Police have gathered at Komtar to keep a lookout for a planned gathering that was scheduled for 2.30pm.
Plainclothes police are out in numbers. But as of 3.20pm, apart from a crowd of onlookers and journalists, no one has turned up.
The demonstration was expected to be larger than usual after leaflets attempting to mobilise people were distributed.
This morning a group of 40 workers turned up at the state assembly after being shocked to see their former employer who allegedly owes them money appear in the media after the Mat Rempit protest gathering. The contractor, however, reportedly denied the allegations and claimed it was a DAP conspiracy against him.
Meanwhile Bernama reports:
An opposition assemblyman has asked the Penang government not to demand higher tax revenue receipts from the federal government.
Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya (BN-Teluk Bahang) said the distribution of three per cent of tax revenue receipts from the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) and Royal Malaysia Customs to the state government for the period 2001 to 2008 was appropriate based on the economic position of the state.
“According to the federal system, states with less revenue such as Kedah and Perlis stand to receive more. Most importantly, the people must benefit,” he said at the meeting of the State Assembly, here.
I suppose Hilmi hasn’t even factored in the bridge tolls paid by Penang commuters over the years that has enabled the concessionaire to reap over a billion ringgit in profits. The Penang Bridge (and Rapid Penang for that matter) should be returned to the people of Penang and surplus from bridge tolls used to finance improvements to public transport in the state.