What will happen to the Penang ‘PKR 5’ in this general election?


Is there any room for dissenting voices in Penang Pakatan over the model of development the state government is pursuing?

How many of the PKR 5 will be allowed to contest in their state seats in the coming general election?

The five PKR Penang state assembly members are Ong Chin Wen (Bukit Tengah), Dr Norlela Ariffin (Penanti), Cheah Kah Peng (Kebun Bunga), Dr T Jayabalan (Batu Uban) and Lee Khai Loon (Machang Bubuk).

The five fell out of favour with the state government when they abstained from an Umno-sponsored land reclamation motion in the Penang state assembly in 2015. Four other PKR reps – all of them Penang state executive council members – voted against the motion.

Anyway, it will be a great pity if any of them was not to contest in Penang this time around. They did well in registering their concern over excessive land reclamation in Penang, which will have far-reaching implications for the environment, food security (fisheries) and the livelihood of fisher folk.

The fisher folk are already feeling the pain of dwindling catches – thanks in part to siltation and sedimentation. Check out the video above.

Who among the five will be allowed to re-contest in Penang in this general election? Surely there must be some space for alternative views on the development model in Penang. All will be revealed on nomination day – but don’t hold your breath over whether all or most of the five will be left standing.

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Mah HS

Andrew Han can take his expertise to the national level by shooting the aerial views of reclamation at Pulau Melaka, Forest City, and Pantai Lido/Danga Bay in JB.


True. More damage done by reclamation in Johor.


I am a voter in Kebun Bunga but I have not seen my Adun in the last 5 years. Time to ubah.


Environmentalist think fishes in pg are unlimited and are like people migrating to the island? Is it overfished? When rivers ard difty and muddy, why no voice from from environmentists and ah teh? Polluted water will orso pollute the sea.
Long long ago, Dummo has allowed private developers to build sewerage tanks next to residential housing just like villagers one can do big or small job anywhere. Dummo has no Sewerage plan for pg like like no transport plan which requires a centralised planr, pipes along the routr and pumping stn. They have Sewerage and transport for KL

Kah Seng

What about Penang’s great tradition of split-voting at the State ADUN level vs the federal parliamentary level?

It’s a pity MCA and Gerakan do not know how to sell this point. Probably because they are only looking for sweet, quick, power and rewards, and are too lazy to play useful state Opposition. Who will play the necessary Devil’s Advocate then?


TMJ: Whatever you want at the supermarket on me, RM3k per head

Fact of life: Cash Is King for whatever purposes.

Mah HS

Many Singaporean shoppers benefited as well since Aeon Tebrau City is a higher-end supermarket in JB targeting the rich, unlike Tesco or Giant.


Not a smart way of showering love on Johoreans as intended.


Out of touch with reality.


Aeon Tebrau City left in shambles after TMJ-sponsored shopping binge; supermarket remains closed

Aeon, ALAMAK! So much waste of foodstuff which could feed the poor for the day.

Leon Chok

Since DAP is the head honcho of Penang, I say….. none.


Great video, Andrew Han.
LGE, do take a look at it. It may be too late to reverse the damages done, esp the ones that can cost DAP many loyal voters.
As Andrew aptly said “Penang had the chance to become something different & something much better. Why not we plan towards that – yea, to be Penang”

Unless LGE still cannot see the something different in Penang.

PolitiScheiss (a.k.a. IT.Scheiss)

If these five are not allowed to stand again, what chance is there that Pakatan can win these seats again in GE14, especially after the negative experience of these fisher folk. Of course, the votes of these affected fisher folk, their families and relations, as well as those of concerned citizens, may be too few to matter, so the state government can afford to ignore them, especially if they do not reside in the constituencies involved. A PSM member told me about how the victorious Pakatan brought property developers on stage at a function celebrating the 2008 victory and thanked… Read more »


A psm member orso reveal many developers have other business and help the poor by giving them employment and help them in the housing.
Another true colours of one supporting implementation of huduh. Why dont protest in parliament when speaker did not bring it up?