Saifuddin Nasution faces tricky balancing act as Penang CM’s adviser

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PKR secretary general Saifuddin Nasution’s appointment as the Penang chief minister’s strategic adviser has raised eyebrows among certain quarters.

To some observers, the appointment of the PKR secretary general as the strategic adviser of the chief minister, who is DAP secretary general, sounds a bit awkward. Would the reverse take place?

A Penang state government leader says the appointment will strengthen ties between the two parties. But segments within Penang PKR are understood to be puzzled and uncertain over the objectives of the appointment.

With Penang Umno seemingly subdued on a number of state development policies and with a dearth of vocal critics in the state, Penang PKR has often stepped up to highlight issues of concern. For instance, PKR reps have been vocal over controversial issues such as the Penang transport masterplan proposals and environmental issues such as Botak Hill and extensive land reclamation.

Saifuddin’s appointment comes at a crucial juncture for the state, and he will have to quickly familiarise himself with the far-reaching implications of a couple of major developments.

First, the state government is on the verge of signing a project delivery partner agreement with SRS Consortium, which has proposed controversial transport infrastructure worth RM46bn.

And second, the state government is in the process of revamping the Penang Structure Plan, which is the blueprint for development policies and planning in the state.

In the past, the national-level PKR allowed leeway for their Penang PKR leaders to raise issues of local concern. This has allowed local PKR state reps to take up issues of concern to their constituents in the Penang State Assembly. Some of these issues have occasionally led to differences of opinion with the DAP leadership in Penang. This is healthy local democracy at work.

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It remains to be seen how Saifuddin would handle such conflicts or strong differences of opinion between the two parties, if they arise, in his advice to the chief minister while at the same time protecting the role Penang PKR has played as part of the system of checks and balances in the state government.

It is going to be a tricky balancing act for the PKR secretary general, and observers will be closely watching to see how he handles this delicate dual role.

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We honestly question the sincerity of these UMNO and PAS political leaders and NGOs Jamil, Ali and the rest of those declaring themselves as defender of Islam. They seems to be defending only “selective” issues such as the Rohiyas and “Allah” but not true issues relating to Islam and Muslim. On the Rohiyas and Allah issues, they roared like warriors preparing to die to defend Muslim. But when real issues such as Trump discrimination policy against some Muslims countries, these same warriors became kitty cat conveniently hiding at a corner. They should be ashamed of themselves for not doing what… Read more »

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The real question is why he was appointed in the first place? Based on what DCM2 and other Pakatan leaders say, it is for political reasons to help DAP to strengthen its position. So now it seems like the state govt. and the public funds are [allegedly] being used as the personal property of DAP and the CM. Furthermore, why does the CM needs more advisers ? He has, if I am not mistaken, more than a dozen assistants and advisers. Far more than any CMs/MBs or even the PM. So the accusations that all these positions are dedak is… Read more »

tunglang supports Bersih 5 & coming Bersih 6
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tunglang supports Bersih 5 & coming Bersih 6

Does a deity need advice?
In Penang where many seek protection & advice (guidance) from deities, the idea of an adviser for a deity is unbelievable.
Imagine Datuk Kong getting Kuan Kong as his personal adviser!

Terry
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Despite all the insinuations by PM Najib to scare the malays that Pakatan would make Lim Kit Siang the deputy PM, there is no way DAP is able to command the automatic access to PM or even Deputy position. Najib doesn’t know what has been written for him. Its all a propaganda to sustain a feudal system. No matter what those who continue to put BN in power probably deserve what they get. In return for low paying jobs, subsidies, mediocre education and maybe even free lunch BN rulers will continue to enjoy easy access to power, resources and privileges.… Read more »

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AsiaOne: Malaysia to shut down scandal-ridden 1MDB The Malaysian government is laying the groundwork to shut down state-owned 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) in a bid to bury a scandal that has become the most serious blight on Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration. Under a plan spearheaded by a high-level government unit called the Budiman committee, the assets of the state development fund will be transferred in coming months to two companies owned by the Finance Ministry. These valuable assets are two massive plots of land in Kuala Lumpur and one on Penang island. 1MDB, which at one point had debts… Read more »

tunglang supports Bersih 5 & coming Bersih 6
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tunglang supports Bersih 5 & coming Bersih 6

Now, who get to shoulder all that purgatory of ‘sins’ of 1MDB?
Of course the Rakyat, but Naik Jeep & his merry men said it’s not!
My subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud apps will increase by 43.2258% this month due to Ringgit free falling.
To those who brought about this purgatory of ‘sins’, “Niamak…”

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1PKR: “I now advise you on this & that (matters) & hope you see to them what’s best for Penangites.” DAPPYCAT: “Now you are my adviser, I am your boss. I can take it or leave it as I am the Boss.” 1PKR: “Now, as appointed adviser I am responsible for advising you, whether you take it or leave it.” DAPPYCAT: “OK, let’s put it this way. You advise, I listen & together, we put this to the press & bloggers esp Anil” 1PKR: “But listening is not the end to my advice.” DAPPYCAT: “OK, let me put it like… Read more »

zoro
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zoro

dedak does not know what is advisors. dedak expect boss to know many things. dedak thinks tokong is the GOD.

Niao Boh
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Niao Boh

Tunglang,
Like Mannan who overmatched Bollywood, you probably read too much comics. Be realistic to stand out. May be you should go to Komtar Asia Comic Museum to get more realistic inspiration to be a Hero to the people.

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statistician-Real

As long as projects are CAT enough, good for the majority public (above70%) then the PgGov does not need to hesistate rolling out the job. Keep listening to idealists or insincere dedakian drummings only set back developments. Jari tangan kita pun tak semua sama panjang yaaaa

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What a bunch of overentiled representation hogwash. If the suspicion here is coopting of PKR, its DAP-PKR political decision and their right. Calling it coopting is assuming unlimited open criticism is always more productive than any cooperation even among enemies. It’s a false assumption, arrogantly over-entitled on representation.

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Mannan Thalapathi

The more I see the developments in Msia (BN) and Penang (Pakatan), the more I see the need for a Rajanikanth-like Sivaji The Boss to put the houses in clean order, and I appreciate Anil’s writings AND now we need a Hero to put that in action !

Don’t ever play play play with rakyat !!!

Niao Boh
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Niao Boh

Mannan,
Many emphatize with you. Don’t over fancy fictional character in movies. You can be a hero yourself. Recommend you listen to the song by Mariah Carey called Hero.