Keeping George Town’s living heritage alive

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It’s a battle to keep alive the living heritage of George Town and to protect the traditional trades of the city in the face of gentrification.

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Shriek
Shriek
6 Feb 2023 2.30pm

Al pha 888, please help and support your contempories. Your rickshaw pullers are gone long ago. Soon will be your kawan kawan trishaw riders. The clog makers are going and soon gone. Why you no fuss about them??

luca
luca
17 Feb 2023 10.46am
Reply to  Shriek

Those traditional trade that has no religious connection will find it tough to survive. Clogs will disappear with time but not Joss sticks. Trishaws can only appeal to older tourists (descending from cruise ship for half day visit) who could not walk around the heritage zone with ease.

Shriek
Shriek
18 Feb 2023 6.45am
Reply to  luca

Who wants to follow any carry on with the trade. Everyone can fly and can go over the sea. Everyone has diploma and degree. Why make life so hard? To look after business and same time making?

luca
luca
18 Feb 2023 2.27pm
Reply to  Shriek

Chinese are very practical. They will not carry on with the trade if it is not profitable. Passion alone is not enough since young folks want to earn more to enjoy eating beyond Menu Rahmah.

luca
luca
19 Feb 2023 9.24pm
Reply to  Shriek

PAS Trengganu also keeps its heritage alive like Chinese opera?

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/655660

Dominic Gerakan care to explain?

enid
enid
20 Feb 2023 12.04pm
Reply to  luca

After Tik Took, now PAS is using Cosplay to attract votes?

Kasturi
Kasturi
22 Feb 2023 2.07pm
Reply to  enid

Very sick. As a Malay I am deeply ashamed!

There are other achievements in Islamic civilisation that is worth celebrating! Not warfare and crusade war!

Ganapathy
Ganapathy
22 Feb 2023 6.00pm
Reply to  enid

Penang cannot open the gate for PN – PAS will bring its strange ideology and practices. Remind us of IS!

enid
enid
3 Mar 2023 12.34pm
Reply to  Ganapathy

Are Malays going to depend on racism, religious bigotry, and a false sense of superiority to improve their lot in life?

Or do they want to be part of the civilised world which focuses on uplifting the underprivileged, promoting excellence in every field, improving vocational skills, enhancing educational standards, promoting racial harmony and respect, emphasising integrity in governance, rehabilitating the environment, respecting freedom of speech and religion?

SammyBoy
SammyBoy
22 Feb 2023 6.31pm
Reply to  luca

Dominic could bring in such Cosplay to Penang. Reject PN at all cost in the coming state election!

nkkhoo
nkkhoo
12 Mar 2023 11.39am
Reply to  SammyBoy

Dominic still stand by Abah. Don’t know what benefit he get. MACC should also check Gerakan account.

Dominic must explain to Malays why Chinese contractors get contracts under Jana Wibawa!

luca
luca
15 Mar 2023 5.13pm
Reply to  nkkhoo

The Jana Wibawa programme had benefited certain companies owned by local Chinese as they are deemed “friendly parties in Johor”, according to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/node/658542

Mashita
Mashita
8 Mar 2023 1.59pm
Reply to  luca

PAS is sesat now going against decree of Sultans. Separate politics from mosque please!

Restu
Restu
19 Mar 2023 11.24am
Reply to  Mashita

Strange no action is taken against Hadi.
No wonder he is getting more daring each day.

Mike
Mike
22 Feb 2023 2.04pm
Reply to  Shriek

Anil’s much delayed next topic can touch on diversification of Bolehland economy as mentioned in Aliran, to provide more robustness to the economy.

https://m.aliran.com/thinking-allowed-online/does-anwars-government-have-the-guts-to-move-from-palm-oil-to-food-production

Alternatively, Anil may touch on trailing the Panama Papers and it’s impact on Bolehland’s fortune and future.

Yellow
Yellow
9 Feb 2023 9.48am

Penang 2023 Miao Hui (temple gathering) has demonstrated that the old heritage and rituals are alive – also a great tourist attraction.

Sia Boey Boy
Sia Boey Boy
9 Feb 2023 7.06pm
Reply to  Yellow

People of China are amazed how the Chinese in Malaysia has preserve the Chinese culture long list in China due to the cultural revolution.

The Chinese in Malaysia are glossing over the fancy and elaborate rituals no longer available in China. Personally the PRC Chinese are no longer practicing those superstitious rituals, as they are focusing on advancing with first world technology to compete with USA.

Jamie
Jamie
9 Feb 2023 8.49pm
Reply to  Yellow

Good to see minorities culture can thrive in nusantara land. Festive joy that attracts tourists to Penang.

Vicki Tok
Vicki Tok
10 Feb 2023 4.56pm
Reply to  Jamie

Sometimes the spiritual beliefs have gone too far into the realm of superstitions. People making money out of your fear of unknown and faith in hearsay. Too bad many young Malaysians do not study science or study in TVET to improve their life with living skills, only to grow up getting stuck in middle class trap, saddled with car debt with little in EPF for decent retirement living.

Shriek
Shriek
11 Feb 2023 6.28pm
Reply to  Vicki Tok

That is their rights to do what they want but please don’t impose their views on others like the haves and religious leaders

Roger Rabbit
Roger Rabbit
12 Feb 2023 1.51pm
Reply to  Shriek

Most religions cannot solve your present problems, so they are now ‘marketed’ as preparing you for better afterlife. Another level of faith needed since no dead person can come back to verify this to you!

Shriek
Shriek
14 Feb 2023 2.43pm
Reply to  Roger Rabbit

Neither can any gomen include reformasi. It is deform and not reform

SammyBoy
SammyBoy
22 Feb 2023 6.32pm
Reply to  Roger Rabbit

Afterlife with vested virgins awaits! Ha ha! Good news to many who are disillusioned with present life!

luca
luca
14 Feb 2023 1.12pm
Reply to  Vicki Tok

Money better spent to help poor children with free tuition and subsidised education fees, so that they could grow up with good living skills to have better quality of life.

Shriek
Shriek
15 Feb 2023 2.31pm
Reply to  luca

Better to spend $$$ in how to be self supporting like the 30%

T Murugiah
T Murugiah
10 Feb 2023 5.33pm
Reply to  Jamie

The Chinese and Indians in Malaysia must be commended for keeping true to their fundamental cultures despite the global influences. Sad to see the Malays in Malaysia somehow abandoning their rich culture (kebaya dressing a good example) to blindly adopt Arabian culture in the name of their religious beliefs.

Shriek
Shriek
11 Feb 2023 6.30pm
Reply to  T Murugiah

P Ram Lee and Sa Loma used to wear sarong and kebaya. I love the shows by Shaw Bro

luca
luca
17 Feb 2023 10.51am
Reply to  Shriek

Singapore can safely claim Kebaya to be it’s intangible heritage once MAS gave up it’s kebaya uniform for the Singapore Girl of SIA to be the sole benefactor of the kebaya.

Brocky
Brocky
4 Apr 2023 5.00pm
Reply to  luca

Malaysia has joined hands with four other countries to submit a joint nomination for the kebaya to the United Nations Unesco Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity for the year 2023.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/436364

Esme
Esme
23 Feb 2023 1.03am
Reply to  Shriek

P Ramlee shows are on Cathay.

Shaw Brothers showcased Wu Xia movies of David Chiang and Ti Lung, directed by the late Chang Cheh.

Kasturi
Kasturi
22 Feb 2023 2.08pm
Reply to  T Murugiah

You are right! [Many] Malay lost their cultural compass embracing Arab practices and dressing!

Shriek
Shriek
10 Feb 2023 6.08pm
Reply to  Jamie

Shiok sendiri when there are still ketuan and beliefs

Zamil Kassim
Zamil Kassim
11 Feb 2023 3.34pm
Reply to  Shriek

The movie I like is Ola Bola – different races come together to achieve common goal (qualified for Olympic football). I dislike Mat Kilau the movie that is not historically correct and perpetuates ketuanan superiority.

enid
enid
20 Feb 2023 3.09pm
Reply to  Shriek

Why this Singaporean couple decided to retire in Penang, Malaysia. Charles and Lena considered several countries but ultimately decided to buy a condo and retire in Penang. What is reality like? What are the pros and cons? What are things they miss from Singapore?

Abby
Abby
22 Feb 2023 1.39pm
Reply to  enid

There are many YouTube videos showing new migrants talking about cost of living in Penang. They are rich and find Penang cheap to live.

Ganapathy
Ganapathy
22 Feb 2023 6.02pm
Reply to  enid

These foreigners could spend big with their strong currencies but cause inflation to locals. No wonder popular hawkers already increase their price.

Mike
Mike
23 Feb 2023 6.00pm
Reply to  Ganapathy

[A certain well known] Char Kway Teow now RM15 a plate. If you complaint too high price, she shall askyou to leave to make way for other q up customers mostly from outstation or foreign lands with stronger currencies.

SammyBoy
SammyBoy
22 Feb 2023 6.34pm
Reply to  enid

Ghib Ojisan’s videos are more engaging than those from Jimmy/iChang that only sing praises of Malay food.

enid
enid
5 Mar 2023 8.49am
Reply to  SammyBoy

Jimmy & iChang got nomad visa to stay in Bolehland to showcase more Malay halal food in YouTube?

Shriek
Shriek
15 Feb 2023 4.37am
Reply to  Jamie

They let you have shiok sendiri for 2 weeks but cannot display beers etc and affect the feelings

Bianca
Bianca
7 Feb 2023 11.37am

Heritage preservation needs money.
Can developers support?
Now can count out Ivory and MBI for financial assistance.

shriek
shriek
7 Feb 2023 7.43pm
Reply to  Bianca

not only $$$, but they need people like rakyat to maintain them. Otherwise if no body uses them back to sum zero and square one

Sia Boey Boy
Sia Boey Boy
9 Feb 2023 7.12pm
Reply to  Bianca

I think it is more important to focus on living skills for today’s environment instead of those superstitious practices and rituals. Remember the PRC Chinese are now sending astronauts to space station (and soon to Mars) while we are focusing making the largest joss sticks and biggest roast pig for offerings and Book of Irrelevant Records!

Ganapathy
Ganapathy
22 Feb 2023 6.02pm
Reply to  Sia Boey Boy

Religious studies must be balanced with financial literacy besides living skills.

Esme
Esme
27 Feb 2023 12.21pm
Reply to  Ganapathy

STEM and TVET education is the way to go, otherwise we will continue to lag in competitiveness to attract high value investment.

enid
enid
5 Mar 2023 8.52am
Reply to  Ganapathy

Seven million Malay EPF members had a median savings of RM16,900 in April 2020, and now they only have an average of RM5,500.

Some RM145bil was withdrawn from the EPF by 8.1 million members during the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/02/17/epf-members-running-out-of-funds

Diane Yee
Diane Yee
10 Feb 2023 5.49pm
Reply to  Bianca

Heritage preservation can bring in tourism dollars?

If there is ROI (return of investment) then people will certainly pour money onto preservation projects.

Today money talks, idealism from Penang Forum alone is not enough.

T Murugiah
T Murugiah
10 Feb 2023 5.34pm

The sidelining of non-Malays from participating in sports is becoming prevalent and requires stern action to nip it in the bud.

Football coach B Sathianathan said he has often heard non-Malay parents grumbling about the issue since he took up the profession.

Julian Hee
Julian Hee
11 Feb 2023 12.39pm
Reply to  T Murugiah

Now with a Korean coach, at least 5 non Malay players made it to the starting 11 in the recent AFF tournament. FAM must promote diversity!

Roger Rabbit
Roger Rabbit
12 Feb 2023 1.53pm
Reply to  Julian Hee

Interestingly more foreigners are naturalised to play for Harimau Malaya. So locals including the Malays are now deprived the opportunity for national team call up.

Julian Hee
Julian Hee
11 Feb 2023 12.47pm
Reply to  T Murugiah

Are we willing to accord each citizen equal rights? Will privileges be given based in need and not race.One way to redress this travesty of justice is to regard all Malaysians born in Malaysia as “Bumiputra” and as such will be entitled to all the privileges. That way, no privileges will be taken away and neither will any privileges be denied to any particular race.

Of course there needs to be refinements such that the civil service to be represented by all races.

glissantia
glissantia
13 Feb 2023 1.08pm
Reply to  Julian Hee

We are experiencing apartheid. A married couple consisting of a Chinese and an Indian must register their children as Chinese or Indian. The establishment fears unity.

luca
luca
14 Feb 2023 12.52pm
Reply to  glissantia

Register as Chindian?

What is then your suggestion?

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Br2WErLffog&feature=youtu.be

Abby
Abby
22 Feb 2023 1.40pm
Reply to  luca

In Singapore can marry a Malay but no need to convert to Islam. Very practical.

PCH
PCH
6 Feb 2023 9.52pm

Penang iconic ferry was (is?) a living heritage
MCA as port authority then removed it and replaced it with refurbished Langkawi boat (kenangan) for non-vehicle passengers.
Now ferries are set to return, and late last year layout with new waiting lounge may not be practical for returning vintage ferries?

Kasturi
Kasturi
22 Feb 2023 2.06pm

Jana Wibawa is camouflaged under Bumiputra assistance program when in realty it is [allegedly] to pad the pockets of well connected Bumiputra millionaires not the millions of B40 Bumiputras. And if I am not mistaken most of the projects have yet to take off or progressed significantly.

Esme
Esme
23 Feb 2023 1.06am
Reply to  Kasturi

Jibby went to jail with SRC.

Muhyiddin could possibly be his jail mate with Jana Wibawa?

Niaokong may join with the tunnel case?

luca
luca
17 Feb 2023 4.02pm

Mat Salleh Ini Teruja Dengan Menu Rahmah RM5, Cadang Kerajaan UK Contohi Malaysia

luca
luca
18 Feb 2023 2.42pm
Reply to  luca

Anil and readers please provide name and address of food vendors in Penang that provide good value Menu Rahmah.

Thanks.

Ganapathy
Ganapathy
22 Feb 2023 6.04pm
Reply to  luca

Good suggestion. But Penang hawkers somehow not responding to menu rahmah. Nasi kandar still very expensive if not overpriced!

Esme
Esme
24 Feb 2023 12.17pm
Reply to  Ganapathy

Product Rahmah now at KK mart

https://youtube.com/watch?v=NbEtICYaHRg&feature=youtu.be

Lotus’s and Giant (to change ownership) should also have Rahmah initiative, since Mydin could do it.

PC Cheen
PC Cheen
9 Feb 2023 4.37pm

Recent news published that Min.Nga to consult HDB pros on housing practices to implement in Malaysia. Now that everything is reopened, perhaps Anil can make a study cum travel trip down the causeway to learn about the HDB township and ecosystem, summarizing the pros ,cons and suitability (in Malaysia). When back, provide valuable feedback and input to the Penang Housing Development Board.

ps: Anil, based off your most recent tweet, are you currently in Edinburgh ? If so, do make a detour to Singapore when on the way back, 3 days will suffice

Sekian,
P.C Cheen
.

Sia Boey Boy
Sia Boey Boy
9 Feb 2023 7.09pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Sometimes cocooned yourself without traveling out of the country to see the new world will mean you have limited perspective and views on the changes happening elsewhere. Can adopt and adapt Singapore success factors, and prove to the heartland Malays how much we have fallen behind especially in the quality of life!

Jamie
Jamie
9 Feb 2023 8.47pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Be not a katak dibawah temburung if you never travel out of the country to see how the world has progress.. .

Hairi
Hairi
10 Feb 2023 4.45pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Now you can go to Singapore, no more Covid restriction like wearing mask from next Monday. Go see for yourself how Singapore has emerged stronger (including SingDollar) post pandemic however unhappy you are with the PAP government.

Vicki Tok
Vicki Tok
10 Feb 2023 4.52pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Easy to be stuck in comfort zone.
Venture outside to experience life and enrich your views.
Singapore is just an hour flight fro Penang – 2 day 3 night stay will open your eyes how far we are behind despite those feel good tagines like 1Malaysia, Prihatin Malaysia, Keluarga Malaysia and now Madani Malaysia.

Julian Hee
Julian Hee
11 Feb 2023 12.41pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Anil and Aliran should look for sponsors to Singapore. Can try the Tourism Biard of Singapore if Anil can prove himself to be an internet influencer.

Zamil Kassim
Zamil Kassim
11 Feb 2023 3.28pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

I am a Singaporean Malay currently working in Penang for a MNC in Bayan Lepas.

I am very shocked to hear from many Malays in Penang that Singapore Malays are sidelined by PAP government.

Actually Malays in Singapore can compete on equal terms with other races in Singapore. There is no special treatment for certain races as Singapore provides equal opportunity for all to succeed. However the Malays in Singapore receive free education all the way to university, no need to pay tuition fees.

glissantia
glissantia
13 Feb 2023 1.17pm
Reply to  Zamil Kassim

Don’t be shocked. Many such lies support the Big Lie that has facilitated the plunder for decades. Anyone watching CNA can see that everyone – even foreigners – get a fair chance there.

luca
luca
14 Feb 2023 12.56pm
Reply to  glissantia

CNA on Malays in Singapore – progressive and not sidelined.

glissantia
glissantia
21 Feb 2023 12.28pm
Reply to  luca

They are very far ahead. Having achieved general prosperity through meritocracy, socialism, etc., they are considering opportunities for those who do not do well in studies, got injured, etc. This means dignity, supervising robots, etc. It will also reduce the dependence on foreign labour.

luca
luca
21 Feb 2023 6.57pm
Reply to  glissantia

Harry Lee set the foundation, and the rest is history…

Abby
Abby
22 Feb 2023 1.41pm
Reply to  luca

He has proven Tunku wrong.
He had the last laugh!

Zamil Kassim
Zamil Kassim
11 Feb 2023 3.32pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

It is not true as alleged by certain political party in Malaysia that Malays are evicted from kampungs like Geylang to make way for housing. In fact HDB housing is open to all races, and the policy is to have different races living together within the same neighbourhood based on racial quota – to prevent different races set up their own enclave. So different races live together, be it in the HDB estates on previous Malay dominant area like Geylang, or Chinese dominated kampung in Chua Chu Kang.

luca
luca
15 Feb 2023 2.00pm
Reply to  Zamil Kassim

Today Singapore is one of the richest and most prosperous nations on earth, but it’s not exactly obvious how. At independence it was surrounded by hostile nations, had no natural resources, two thirds of its population lived in slums and it appeared destined to remain underdeveloped and poor. How did Singapore succeed when many other nations failed and is Singapore’s economic miracle just too good to be true?

glissantia
glissantia
20 Feb 2023 1.24pm
Reply to  luca

Short answer: by (a) promoting capable people (b) vigilantly punishing corruption, racism and crime (c) controlling immigration (d) inviting talent and rewarding innovation. Though many are very rich, few are poor and get either opportunities or aid. We saw this during the covid lockdown.

Bolehland is almost the opposite. Apart from the connected wealth, many are dirt poor. Even during floods, leaders delay aid until the packages with the right logos are ready. (continued).

Abby
Abby
22 Feb 2023 1.42pm
Reply to  glissantia

Have you live in Singapore?

Need to live there to appreciate the reality, not the fake news to discredit Singapore especially in the local Malay media.

Esme
Esme
27 Feb 2023 12.38pm
Reply to  Abby
glissantia
glissantia
20 Feb 2023 1.33pm
Reply to  luca

(Cont.) During covid lockdown, some were starving. The borders do not stop extremists, smugglers (in both directions), poachers, undocumented workers, etc. Politicians come up with instant policies, and sometimes reverse course. Racism and threats of violence underlie politics. Someone should compare the 2 countries in a book.

Jive Bunny
Jive Bunny
11 Feb 2023 5.18pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Air Asia one way flight to Singapore can be below RM100. You will reach Terminal 4 Changi – its budget terminal, which Penang airport can learn from.

luca
luca
15 Feb 2023 11.10am
Reply to  Jive Bunny

Air travel can be frustrating with long queues, lengthy immigration clearance, security checks and the mad rush to the gates. Instead of making airports bigger to accommodate more passengers, Changi T4 takes a different approach by using automation and clever design to make air travel seamless and less stressful.

Shriek
Shriek
20 Feb 2023 4.48am
Reply to  Jive Bunny

Sing apor is different. They are the inter change hub. You go anywhere and change your plane there. Who goes to Penang? Wong Fei Hoong shop house only? If more planes fly to Penang, will be full plane. noise and pollution

luca
luca
16 Feb 2023 8.57am
Reply to  Vicki Tok

The rebranding exercise for Keluarga Malaysia cost the government RM62 million.

https://www.nst.com.my/amp/news/nation/2023/02/880055/rebranding-exercises-cost-govt-rm627mil-keluarga-malaysia-highest

PM9 care to explain? How many sets of Menu Rahmah could be offered to Rakyat with this big sum of money?

glissantia
glissantia
20 Feb 2023 2.22pm
Reply to  luca

How much will Madani cost? How much did 1Malaysia, Hadari and Cakap Bersih cost?

luca
luca
19 Feb 2023 3.53pm
Reply to  Anil Netto
SammyBoy
SammyBoy
22 Feb 2023 6.35pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Now money no enough.
Need to withdraw from EPF to travel overseas?

Esme
Esme
23 Feb 2023 11.26am
Reply to  SammyBoy

Today, some EPF contributors only have a total of 68 cents a day if they reach 75 to 78 years of age, due to the multiple withdrawals allowed by Prihatin PM8 since 2020.

https://www.sinardaily.my/ampArticle/190589

Esme
Esme
23 Feb 2023 3.27pm
Reply to  SammyBoy

71% or more than two-thirds of active contributors 55 years and below, are in a serious situation where their savings are insufficient for retirement above the poverty line.

EPF estimates that members need to work an additional 4 to 6 years to rebuild their savings withdrawn during the pandemic.

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=224156

Retirement age to go up?

Esme
Esme
24 Feb 2023 6.13pm
Reply to  SammyBoy

Bajet Madani: Putrajaya will give those with less than RM10,000 in their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) an additional RM500 to help rebuild their retirement savings.

Jive Bunny
Jive Bunny
11 Feb 2023 5.16pm
Reply to  PC Cheen

The Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP) of Singapore HDB was introduced in 1989 to ensure a balanced mix of ethnic groups living in HDB estates, so as to promote racial harmony and strengthen social cohesion. It applies to the sale and purchase of all new and resale HDB flats, and is implemented for all ethnic groups.

Nga Kor Min must learn this from HDB consultant.

luca
luca
14 Feb 2023 12.59pm
Reply to  Jive Bunny

Singapore’s success in solving racial segregation shows there’s huge benefits of learning to live together. A cornerstone has been the Ethnic Integration Policy: government quotas that restrict public housing sales by ethnicity. While intrusive, the EIP ensures that racial enclaves do not form. It’s a massive change from the 1960s, when racial enclaves dotted Singapore, and racial riots broke out thrice.

Ganapathy
Ganapathy
22 Feb 2023 5.58pm
Reply to  luca

Now I watch CNA and not CNN, less bias. Also can learn from Singapore success stories!

glissantia
glissantia
23 Feb 2023 12.34pm
Reply to  Ganapathy

The major flaw in CNA is that S’pore government dare not deviate from whatever Uncle Sam orders, and CNA must sing along. E.g., Ukraine war and China lifting lockdown.

Esme
Esme
27 Feb 2023 12.25pm
Reply to  glissantia

When American thinkers, scholars and ordinary Americans are saying, ‘America is a terrorist state’

https://mysingaporenews.blogspot.com/2023/02/when-american-thinkers-scholars-and.html?m=1

Shriek
Shriek
14 Feb 2023 2.49pm
Reply to  Jive Bunny

He will learn KbKb from racists and believers.The nons will have to give up bah just Teh and eat go ats and meh meh just like school canteens and new food courts.

enid
enid
9 Mar 2023 1.53pm
Reply to  Jive Bunny

NST on Singapore HDB model:

While implementation is still under conceptualisation, Nga may understand it as the next evolution in city living, plus it being a political asset, a prize valuable beyond any estimation. Just ask the Singaporeans.

https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/leaders/2023/03/886863/nst-leader-singapore-model

PCH
PCH
8 Feb 2023 11.53am

Family cannot sustain old heritage trade (rattan, wood carvings etc depicted in CNA video) as there is no passion to carry on to earn livings from them (unlike street food maestro’s), and outsiders cannot be recruited as apprentices for same reasons.
Such trades can be sustained via paid exhibition to tourists interested in past heritage. These Sifus of various trades can showcase their skills in tourism workshops to sustain the know- how.

Esme
Esme
22 Mar 2023 1.14pm

RM1 charge (when not ordering drinks) is Penang Kopitiam heritage practice?

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/03/22/rm1-charge-stays-says-shop-owner

luca
luca
15 Mar 2023 1.05pm

Penang’s manufacturing sector loses appeal – Only RM13.7bil invested in 2022, down 80% from 2021.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/business/2023/03/15/penangs-manufacturing-sector-loses-appeal/

Among the foreign investors were electronics firm TF AMD and medical equipment manufacturer Boston Scientific while industrial automation company Greatech Integration and appliances, electrical and electronics manufacturer Inari Technology were among the local investors.

Esme
Esme
27 Feb 2023 2.16pm

Malaysia’s deficit will be 65% if civil servants’ salaries rise further, PM Anwar says amid wage bump clamour

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2023/02/27/malaysias-deficit-will-be-65pc-if-civil-servants-salaries-rise-further-pm-anwar-says-amid-wage-bump-clamour/56996

Salary increase must be in tandem with productivity increase i.e. doing more with less resources. Cuepecs must take note.

QiuYi
QiuYi
12 Feb 2023 1.21pm

Outspoken SG opposition cum business leader complaining that food vendors not allowed to raise price in Singapore. Anil, are we living in a matrix ?

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Yellow
Yellow
13 Feb 2023 12.33am
Reply to  QiuYi

SG opposition has little credibility.
They should push for Menu Rahmah, a thing they can learn from Malaysia.

Mike
Mike
13 Feb 2023 9.53pm
Reply to  QiuYi

Anil is Accountant not Politician to give you an absolute answer, ha ha ha

luca
luca
14 Feb 2023 1.03pm
Reply to  QiuYi

Rentals at Singapore hawker centres around HDB estates are kept affordable for vendors, food prices are capped, and profits are ploughed back into the hawker centre for training and assistance to stallholders, and food coupons to low-income residents, for instance. Operators further help hawkers to defray costs, for example, by buying meat in bulk from wholesalers.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/keeping-singapores-hawker-food-affordable-and-accessible

glissantia
glissantia
20 Feb 2023 2.12pm
Reply to  luca

Agree, Here, the biggest problem may be rising rent, followed by irregular supplies and new regulations not discussed in advance.

enid
enid
3 Mar 2023 8.39am
Reply to  luca

Singapore: All coffee shops leased from the HDB will have to offer budget meal options to diners by 2026, said Senior Minister of State for National Development Sim Ann on Mar 2.

All rental coffee shops up for renewal from May this year will have to provide 4 budget meals ($3-$3.50 each, 2 must be rice-based) and two budget drinks as a condition for the renewal of their three-year tenancy.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/budget-food-hawker-coffee-shop-hdb-budget-2023-3317681

enid
enid
3 Mar 2023 8.43am
Reply to  luca

All HDB rental coffeeshops in Singapore to sell budget meals by 2026

shriek
shriek
15 Feb 2023 6.56pm
Reply to  QiuYi

sink gomen built many food court so that food prices can be lower with chip rent. Here how many foot court umno gomen built? Instead umno gomen allow squatter warongs litter along the roadside – no need to pay rent and income tax. Result so many rats. Many rats are even bigger than cats. Nons have their stalls in kopi tiams and kedai copy.

luca
luca
16 Feb 2023 7.54pm
Reply to  shriek

(Unlicensed) Roadside warungs are mushrooming for certain groups to cari makan – no proper water supply for washing and cooking. Waste food and oil thrown to longkang (no grease trap) polluting waterways. Majlis Bandaraya closed one eye. Worst still to such warung can operate in front of legal Kopitiam on shoplot – no need pay rental, license fee, income tax. 3rd world mentality.

luca
luca
21 Feb 2023 7.51pm
Reply to  shriek

Do you support Roadside Nasi Lemak stall (pay no rent) or Nasi Lemak from nearby canteen (pay rent), if the former is cheaper?

https://www.therakyatpost.com/news/malaysia/2023/02/19/watch-woman-selling-rm1-nasi-lemak-confronted-by-canteen-operator/

Abby
Abby
22 Feb 2023 1.43pm
Reply to  luca

Unfair advantage is a norm in Malaysia. The enforcer tend to be ignorant on this but very selective in certain aspect (we know what)!

enid
enid
5 Mar 2023 8.57am
Reply to  shriek

Singapore residents have welcomed the government’s move to provide cheaper meal options at all HDB rental coffee shops from 2026. Food inflation soared 8.1% in January to its highest level in more than 14 years. HDB will extend its budget meal requirement for a current type of coffee shop tender to all future tenancy renewals.

luca
luca
16 Mar 2023 9.13am
Reply to  shriek

A research study by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) revealed that Singaporeans need at least $16.89 to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in kopitiams, food courts, and hawker centres.

https://sbr.com.sg/food-beverage/news/how-much-do-singaporeans-need-eat-three-meals-in-food-establishments

How much would it cost to eat 3 meals a day in Penang?

shriek
shriek
25 Feb 2023 5.49pm

Penang in full flight to speed up airport expansion plan | Free Malaysia Today (FMT)

Penang Airport going to expand. Civil groups not going to protest? Increase in noise, more traffic and more people going to over populate the island???

enid
enid
3 Mar 2023 8.45am
Reply to  shriek

Bajet Madani: Kerajaan cadang besarkan Lapangan Terbang Subang, Pulau Pinang

enid
enid
25 Feb 2023 12.00pm

Anil

Any comment on DSAI’s Bajet Madani?

Do you get any goodies? Tax reduction or handout?

Esme
Esme
27 Feb 2023 12.29pm
Reply to  enid

Most Malaysians have unrealistic expectation of DSAI undoing the 60 years of damage with this Madani budget?

Luxury tax should include smartphone costing RM5K and above?

I think specialty coffee above RM10 should be taxed more than the current 6%.

A Rakyat 88
21 Feb 2023 10.45am

“END TABLE WAR, HAWKERS IN PENANG TOLD” By N.Trisha
dd Tuesday, 21 Feb 2023

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/02/21/end-table-war-hawkers-in-penang-told

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Hallo Councilors, good to know and appreciate you people are on top of things on this matter by putting large bright red signboards.

Could you please also send your cleaners to clean up the signboards dripping birds sh!t. You can see it in the photos. It is very clear and prominent. Imagine, a eating place with bird sh!t all over. Food must be really tasty at these food courts.

shriek
shriek
21 Feb 2023 6.48pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

Al pha, why dont you tell all customers to finish clean the foodand drinks. Any food left behind, birds, dogs, cats, cats you name them will come. Like Oliver Twist – Food gloriest food. Birds dont aim when they do their jobs. It can drop on the lourves. So are saying must cleam wash the place every time? you ask more work from cleaners and food seller, you want to naik harga?

Shriek
Shriek
23 Feb 2023 1.12pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

Al pha, many food are left untouched. Where do they go? Dump orso need space. Can you create space for dumped food? Penang island continent? Or 1/2 day round island can be done?

A Rakyat 88
17 Feb 2023 1.15pm

B2 == How come this business people or restaurant operators can so easily be able to bring down the price of cooked food to just 5 Ringgit per plate and are not complaining about the high cost of raw food ( wet and dry ), poultry and sea food etc, high transportation cost and shortage of labor, all of which they were shouting about as being very costly, like before of November of 2022?  What has happened? Has the prices of all goods come down? No more Ukraine war? Plenty of foreign labor? Our Ringgit is on par with Singapore… Read more »

Shriek
Shriek
18 Feb 2023 12.43pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

Ask your MCA and Umno who govern more than 65 years..you are expecting Maggie noddles from pH. Instant noddles no good especially for Seniorita like you

Shriek
Shriek
19 Feb 2023 9.13am
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

Al pha, go and ask them and come back and tell us. We are not crooks or cooks.

A Rakyat 88
17 Feb 2023 1.16pm

B1 == The PH unity government is saying so many things. But we Rakyat can’t see anything tangible so far. Their supporters are also quiet. Maybe still in shock and dazed from the GE15 results, now that they have to hold hands and sleep in the same bed with their opposers.  The silent Rakyat as usual seems to be silent too. Ah guess that must have been how they got their name – ‘Silent Rakyat’. Still no worries. The only tangible thing we have seen so far is ‘Menu Rahmah’. Even the ‘Madani’ program don’t seem to be working much,… Read more »

Shriek
Shriek
18 Feb 2023 12.36pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

Al pha, when are you going to open a rm 2 shop and sell rm 5 meals or meals on wheels? …

Shriek
Shriek
19 Feb 2023 9.17am
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

Al pha, you no logi. Charge you rm 5, you still want to query and kbkb. Chip chip orso make noise. If rm 10, you happy and keep quiet?

A Rakyat 88
10 Feb 2023 4.48pm

A1 == SINGAPORE READY TO LOOK AT HSR PROPOSALS ON ‘ CLEAN SLATE ‘ by Jason Thomas dd February 10, 2023 10:45 AM https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/02/10/singapore-ready-to-look-at-hsr-proposals-on-clean-slate/ ======== Ya, for sure it has to be a clean slate otherwise how to ‘telan’ again 2nd time with the Ding Dong HSR project. First proposed by BN, then PH came in and decided to suspend the project in the 22 months they were the ruling government. Carried forward to PN government who dragged it for awhile then decided to cancel it and paid compensation for it.  Also the same, did not last for long and… Read more »

Shriek
Shriek
13 Feb 2023 9.16am
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

Al pha. Now you like to quote red dot? U very green against red dot. pH suspend because your MCa [allegedly] overvalue the contract. Otherwise our debt is 1.5T

luca
luca
15 Feb 2023 11.13am
Reply to  Shriek

Singapore government acquired Jurong Country Club (with golf course) to make way for HSR. Cancellation of HSR means compensation.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/failed-kl-singapore-high-speed-rail-project-could-herald-reimagination-jurong-second-cbd

A Rakyat 88
10 Feb 2023 4.48pm

A2 == Now under Pakatan Harapan unity government, they are talking about reviving the project again but under a clean slate meaning signing a fresh contract. Some people say current unity government may not last for long also. Ah guess little red dot may know something about this because they don’t mind looking into the HSR Project again. Why not, round 1 was easy money  320 mil made. Round 2 could be a larger amount. Who in their right mind do not want to make hundreds of millions for just talking about it, then put it on paper, sign it… Read more »

Shriek
Shriek
12 Feb 2023 2.13pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

What easy $$$? Red dot employed people to do some work. You think the work done is foc?

A Rakyat 88
8 Mar 2023 8.42pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

” Govt Open To Reviving HSR Project Without Using Public Funds, Says Loke
 By Junaid Ibrahim dd Wednesday, 08 Mar 2023 3:18 PM MYT

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/03/08/govt-open-to-reviving-hsr-project-without-using-public-funds-says-loke

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” A lot of parties are talking about the project but we haven’t received any complete proposal.” 

Wonder why? This is a multi billion project.

A Rakyat 88
6 Feb 2023 11.29pm

Shriek 6 Feb 2023 2.30pm ” Al pha 888, please help and support your contemporaries…..” ======== Ah think you should take up your ‘fuss’ with the State MPs, State Assembly persons and the State Govt. The state govt since 2008 have set up many state agencies also, many of which we Rakyat do not know about or what their relevancy are, for the betterment of our state and its people.  These agencies are salaried staffed. Also am not sure, in how many of these state agencies, our own state leaders have taken up positions as chairpersons,  and whether they receive multiple salaries,… Read more »

Yellow
Yellow
7 Feb 2023 12.59pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

GEORGE TOWN, Feb 6 — Local Government Development Minister Nga Kor Ming announced a total allocation of RM40 million for Penang in his first work visit here today.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.malaymail.com/amp/news/malaysia/2023/02/06/local-government-development-minister-announces-rm40m-allocation-for-penang/53652

Hairi
Hairi
10 Feb 2023 4.47pm
Reply to  Yellow

Penang is better now under DAP leadership. No need to bring back Gerakan who will bring in the PAS influence to Penang island scaring away investors!

A Rakyat 88
10 Feb 2023 5.09pm
Reply to  Yellow

Not sure how much that is going to help. Our state budget is still lopsided, more on the Operation cost side with our state leaders holding multiple state post besides the at main one.

C.A.T. seem to be missing here. Their supporters don’t mind all this but like to point the finger at PAS, PN and PKR etc.

Julian Hee
Julian Hee
11 Feb 2023 12.44pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

Do not waste time trying to promote PN and Gerakan to us, now that Penangites have given up hope on MCA ( that MCA lady candidate at Bayan Baru was rejected in GE15).

A Rakyat 88
12 Feb 2023 12.00pm
Reply to  Julian Hee

Why you need to worry about how ah use my time. My time is mine and ah will use it as ah see it fit. If Penangites rejected MCA, that is on them and no one else. Penangites decided, Penangites will have to live with it. Good or Bad, just don’t go around pointing fingers at others and openly display one’s hypocrisy.

luca
luca
21 Feb 2023 2.06am
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

A88 should spend time checking up the Jana Wibawa case. Pasti meetup!

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=224070

luca
luca
21 Feb 2023 1.39pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

“Social injustice” is one of the top three reasons why many Malaysians are migrating abroad for work, the Human Resources Ministry has reportedly said.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2023/02/21/hr-ministry-social-injustice-among-top-three-reasons-malaysians-leave-abroad-for-work/55985

Abby
Abby
22 Feb 2023 1.45pm
Reply to  luca

Social injustice is referring to the affirmative action?

Why hide behind a word. Be open about it!

Esme
Esme
24 Feb 2023 12.46pm
Reply to  Abby

Mariam Mokhtar: Bumiputera’s worst enemy is another Bumiputera

https://www.sinchew.com.my/?p=4489456