I would like to wish all my blog readers a Happy Lunar New Year.
Even if you are not an ethnic Chinese, I hope you will join in the festivities with your friends.
We must not merely practise tolerance or acceptance of our diversity in our everyday lives. We must celebrate it in all its beauty and glory – along with justice, freedom and solidarity.
We cannot rely on the politicians alone to lead us to the promised land of the new Malaysia. We all have to do our part.
On New Year’s Day, 1 January, I had two wishes.
That the federal government will stop the sale of Plus to private entities. Instead of reducing tolls, use the toll revenue to improve public transport and provide subsidies and concession fares to encourage the use of public transport. Part of this wish has come true (the government called off the sale). Now use the toll revenue to boost public transport.
The second wish is for the Penang government to call off its plan to sign the so-called “project delivery partner” agreement with SRS Consortium, which will commit the state to:
- expensive transport infrastructure, which will not reduce congestion across the state
- massive ecological damage that will erode our food security
- a huge debt burden
After all, the federal government has already scrapped the ridiculous “project delivery partner” model elsewhere, so why should Penang be the exception?
Finally, here is the “free gift” I mentioned. Hop over to the Aliran website and subscribe for free to the Aliran weekly newsletters, which will highlight trends, obstacles and possibilities on the path to a new Malaysia. I highly recommend them as they are written by some of the most concerned Malaysians around. (Of course I am “biased” as I am part of Aliran!)
Kiong Hee Huat Tsai! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Kung Hei Fatt Choy!
Whatever the dialect, you know I wish all of you the best in the coming year. May every blessing and joy come your way.