Snap polls for Penang unwise, unnecessary

The site of a hill-slope project above the 250-feet threshold

Update: Looks as if there was no consensus between DAP and PKR on the issue. Azmin says they are “yet to be convinced on the objective”.

Talk of snap polls has been rife – though I fail to see the need for it when the next general election can’t be too far off.

If anything, it is a distraction and diversion from the issues we are confronted with in Penang: unchecked property development, soaring prices for residential property, the clearing of hills that has contributed to flash floods, ill-conceived mega projects, and rapid gentrification in the George Town world heritage site.

Then, there is the elephant in the room, the RM46bn SRS transport infrastructure proposal for expensive highways, elevated LRT and monorails. Along with it comes an equally controversial 4,500-acre land reclamation scheme, which will affect fishing communities in southern Penang Island, to raise funds to finance the expensive transport infrastructure.

The RM46bn SRS proposal has deviated so much from the original RM27bn Halcrow transport masterplan, which proposed mainly bus rapid transit and modern trams, which are cheaper to build, operate and maintain. I wonder if it is the land reclamation that is driving the SRS proposal for transport infrastructure rather than vice versa.

If there is a snap poll and the DAP capitalises on sympathy votes for the chief minister to win, will the result be used to legitimise the exorbitant SRS proposal – at a time when most people are not aware of the Better, Cheaper, Faster blueprint? In the last general election, the DAP used the widespread desire for change to whip up support for its tunnel mega project.

Together with news of the snap polls is the news that the DAP party elections has been postponed – in the same way, that Umno party elections are often postponed ahead of general elections. Emulating this old Umno habit is not the democratic way to go.

Why snap polls? Some speculate this could be one way to bring in national DAP leaders into the state government in case the chief minister has to step down. But that – or any other partisan political considerations – is not a good reason to force the electorate to go to the polls prematurely.

It is not as if the state government is in any danger of collapsing. The Penang state government should just get on with the job it was elected to do.

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Joe yeap

Clearing the hills… true colour of dap.. we are part batu feringghi community really against this… sure there is big change in vote during pru14

gk ong

Snap poll now shifted to Trengganu?

Anyway, exactly 30 years ago today Lim Guan Eng took on football towkay Soh Chin Aun for Kota Melaka at PRU7, and the rest is history. Read about it on Kwang Hwa Jit Poh today:


Suddenly BN will have to face snap poll in trenchant where PAS is ready to pounce.


Gerakan, Umno perlu ada konsensus dalam BN, seperti Pakatan Harapan, respons Guan Eng

Awang Khenit

Lesson learnt from this saga: PKR is still uncertain if it could win the malay votes in any election right now.


PKR is never ready, unlike DAP.
Yet it still demanded more seats in Penang?
PKR will lose Selangor, and Umno is now thinking greedily how to spend the state reserves.


PKR may lose more relevance with the emergence of new party from the 3M.

Yong TF

Sesi Penerangan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang : Masa Depan Pulau Pinang


UMNO and BN actually sees LGE as a potential leader of Malaysia who can take over from Anwar, this is why they are headhunting him in a corruption charge. The fragmented opposition themselves however cannot see this in LGE – for whatever reasons eventhough he has managed DAP and Penang pretty well. Its true that LGE is an unpolished gem to be a national leader, but so was Anwar and Mahathir when they first tasted real power. LGE can perhaps be guided and polished by a mentor committee. The opposition should sit down and look into this factor long term… Read more »

Ronald Benjamin

The snap polls in penang is not neccesary. Polls should not be the means for popularity contest,it should be based on the vision of state for next 10 to ,15 years.


Snap poll can ascertain whether Penang folks support the Transport plan.


Snap poll is not all about the Penang Transport Plan, my friend.
It is an Art of War – 1) a psychological tactic or tailored perception of who’s the Devil.
2) move the pawns for a quick check-mate (why waste time when the FBI has
created a lead?)
3) whose rice bowls are at stake? LGE or Penangites? You decide.
Cheers Kopi-O kau kau +kau kau.


My 2-cent guess: 1) Snap election to reinforce popularity support & psychological verdict (of innocence) for LGE while the 308 fire is still rekindled for CAT. Before any court verdict to prove him guilty, which will technically put him out of the election race, which will also put a damper on the vote mood of Penangites without LGE. It is a psychological warfare of perception before the real ‘Armageddon’ of GE14. 2) If no snap election but waiting out for GE14, it may be yat sei (Cantonese phonetic for 14). The court may ‘speed up’ the verdict before GE14, the… Read more »

kampong lad

say pakatan harapan wins all 40 seats and guan eng goes to jail, what’s next?

Tabik Kopi O

Rakyat also live like in jail with little joy and comfort when life’s restricted in many ways ?


The earth keeps spinning in forward direction.

Tabik Kopi O

Snap poll seating governor’s final go ahead now that the news of “US government gonna seize US$1 billion worth of misappropriated assets originated from people’s money” to be the advantage trump card to silent be end regime???

LGE tak boleh

DAP has better candidates for the CM post

Johan Khun Pana

Smart move to have an earlier poll.
Money & benefits from the BN will be pouring into Penang.
New street lights, freshly tarred roads plus ample bags of goodies.
Cost a lot? We are already paying GST just to keep Najib’s office afloat & his high maintenance lady.

Furthermore ,best to test the support for Harapan (minusPAS) & Mahathir now .
Selangor should do the same too.
AYE to an earlier poll.


Yes, agree with Johan, after Penang state election, selangor should follow.

Do it now and do it quick, that is a wise move for pakatan, yes minus pas.


While the coffee is still hot, drink it together.
Cheers to Penang & Selangor!
Pas Kelantan can go fly kites.

Muttaqin Othman

“It is not as if the state government is in any danger of collapsing. The Penang state government should just get on with the job it was elected to do.”

In a nutshell. And I think the state’s drive to fund its projects is the real reason for the megaprojects.


agree. they failing to listen to ppl

Lim Kah Cheng

I agree with you absolutely. Say no to snap polls.


dont drag the public into it making verdict. Let the courts decide right or wrong. It seems like a personel agenda.

selvaraja somiah

it’s a good move by Guan Eng, should call for a snap poll, exactly what Pairin did in 1991when he was charged for corruption


Having 2 Kitingan brothers made the complication more complicated.
Remember Jeffrey Kitingan? A jungle chameleon cannot match his political PH color change.


so who is more manipulative? who is more bully? ok allow the system to continue? where is the river of justice? all big talk only.

Victor Liew

I support snap polls for penang. It will show who supported who before the big battle of GE14. For one it will show pas that without support from Pakatan Harapan, pas will also lose kelantan. Than there will b a chance of hadi ouster by pas members.

Oo Thiam Peng

Don’t be fooled. In politics, nothing is certain. Everything is calculated by both sides. Just see BREXIT.

Vkk Gobi

Snap polls is a waste of money. You have think about it.


pg pay for the poll? better not to have elections to have election? or good for pg because it is a BUY elections. Raya not over yet. many goodies to distribute. who is coming to perform free concert? pg more visitors. Far Lim kopi tiam can laugh to the bank.

Johan Khun Pana

Yes it is a rather waste of money.
But, whose money?
Our GST and whatever tax money are already in BN’s piggy bank.
Why not break their bank?

It is not about money , it is all about getting a solid backing.
Look at Selangor situation , azmin or PKR are held ransom by PAS.
Everybody know that PAS is not part of Pakatan Harapan.
Spend the money on some snap election is much wiser than keep on feeding a hippo.

Victor Liew

Anil, why is it unnecessary? Eventually pg will also face a state election….either sooner or later. If sarawak can have a stand alone state election, why not pg?


why have to be in tandam with fefderal polls? so real head of pg is pm? agree pm says cant have local councils too?


Ya, Mr Anil, why premature going to the polls now for orang penang ? Going to the polls now is a good, wise and necessary for pakatan in view of 1mdb mega law suits in america.

Anil seems more concerned with the transport system than the 1mdb worldwide big scandals !!!


It seems they have sensed something in the BN’s (secret) plan all out to [finish off] LGE/DAP in wholesome?
No other alternative way to fight back but only in using the rakyat’s people power? Moreover, they can use it (snap election) later to bulldoze some of their “brain-child projects” who knows?


Why get excited over snap poll? Just a stunt to tickle Gerakan!

Sin Yoong Cheong

Yeah. People’s support for the CM doesn’t give any weightage in the court of law, let alone our infamous Appeals Court