PEMBANGUNAN OH PEMBANGUNAN UNTUK SIAPA ? : RAKYAT TERTELAN AIR LIOR MELIHATNYA !

THE EARTH PROVIDES ENOUGH TO SATISFY EVERY MAN’S NEED BUT NOT ENOUGH FOR EVERY MAN’S GREED

P.Pinang memang pesat membangunan.Kiri kanan jalan dipenuhi bangunan. Atas bukit ada bangunan.Dalam laut tapak tebusguna laut meratap bangunan. Dalam 9 tahun Pakatan Rakyat/Pakatan Harapan perintah pembangunan makin rancak bagaikan nak merekah bumi. Tak ada tempat yang tak ada bangunan. Makin tinggi dan makin padat.Soalnya pembangunan itu untuk siapa. Rakyat biasa tidak merasa dan turut menyertainya.

Harga rumah dan tanah semakin mahal.Se kaki persegi ratusan RM. Sebuah rumah pangsa berkeluasan 700 ka persegi berharga RM 300,000. Bila pinjam bank harganya melonjak sekali ganda. Pendapatan rakyat tidak meningkat.Belanja hidup semakin tinggi akibat inflasi yang terlepas terus datipada kawalan kerajaan.Rakyat hari ini menjadi mangsa pembangunan. Pembangunan bukan lagi untuk mereka tetapi untuk golongan yang kaya menjadi meliana.Hartanah dibeli untuk spekulasi. Harga hartanah diapung ke seluruh dunia untuk menarik para pelabor global. Rakyat tidak lagi menjadi keutamaan kerajaan.

Keutamaan mereka ialah para pelabor dan FDI. Tidakkah kemasukan wang daripada luar akan meningkatkan lagi inflasi dan melonjakkan lagi harga hartanah sehingga tidak mampu lagi dihambat oleh rakyat biasa. Apakah model pembangunan yang kita ikut sehingga memangsakan sebahagian besar rakyat sendiri. Sedarlah  PEMBANGUNAN  yang dibuat bukan lagi untuk rakyat jelata membelinya.

Amat malang kerajaan tidak lagi mempunyai tanggung jawab sosial terhadap rakyatnya. Kerajaan pro pasaran bebas secara keterlaluan. Tidakkah kerajaan itu umpama ibu dan bapa kepada rakyatnya?Tidakkah  fungsi kerajaan yang utama yang utama ialah menggalas tanggung sosial terhadap rakyatnya.Kerajaan yang tidak bertanggung jawab dan ganas ialah yang melupakan rakyat dan membiarkan rakyatnya  diratah swasta dengan sewenang wenangnya.

Inilah yang sedang berlaku di P.Pinang khasnya dan Malaysia amnya. Mengapa ? Rakyat tidak ada bahagian dalam pembangunan.  Jadi Pembangunan ini untuk siapa, kalau bukan dibina untuk rakyatnya ? Pembangunan untuk golongan  yang mewah mewah belaka iaitu untuk warga satu dunia.Rakyat hanya mampu tengok dan mengigit jari cuma.

Wahai pemimpin fikir fikirkanlah. Amat memalukan bagaimana Singapura sebuah pulau kecil berpenduduk 5 juta  mampu menjamin 1 unit rumah untuk rakyatnya. Kenapa kita begitu bermasalah terutama di P.Pinang ? Rakyat kian tersisih daripada pembangunan. Kita di  Tanah Besar telah gagal mengadakan perumahan yang cukup dan  termampu untuk rakyat memilikinya.Bila pembangunan datang rakyat dimangsakan dan dikeluarkan daripada kawasan exklusif. Kini tidak payah membayar pampasan lagi.

Apa nak jadi dengan Malaysia ? Kerajaan semakin hilang tanggung jawab sosialnya terhadap rakyat jelata. Ini petanda rakyat sedang diperintah oleh kerajaan yang paling buruk. Dalam negara yang kaya ramai rakyat yang merana sehingga untuk mendapat 1 unit rumah amat  tersiksa.Mereka terpaksa menanggung hutang sepanjang usia. Apakah sistem yang diguna pakai yang dengan sengaja  menjerut kehidupan rakyatnya ? Ingat fungsi kerajaan bukan sekedar menjadi pengutip cukai semata mata. Rakyat mesti pilih kerajaan yang lebih bertanggung jawab bukan kerajaan yang ambil sikap tidak peduli. Kerajaan yang membiarkan swasta dan korporat bermaharaja lela meratah harta kekayaan dan sumber kekayaan negara.

The earth has everything to cater for everyone need but not enough for everyone greed -Mahatma Ghandi

Apabila diberi kekuasaan usah berbuat kesewenangan dengan menjadikan kekayaan hanya berlegar legar di sekeliling satu golongan sahaja – maksud Al Quran

Satu golongan dalam kontek Malaysia ialah kroni, korporat dan syarikat terpilih yang dekat dengan kerajaan.

Di zaman Gerakan syarikat ………..menjadi pilihan di zamsn DAP do mana mana kelihatan IDEAL GROUP.

YB DR NORLELA QIUTTING POLITIC AFTER HARRASHMENT IN SINGAI LEMBU FIASCO

 

GEORGE TOWN: Penanti assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin is quitting politics for good after losing confidence in her party, PKR.

The embattled lawmaker said she has been disheartened by the attacks against her by party members and party allies over the Sungai Lembu illegal carbon filter factory issue.

She said even her family members had been harassed over the matter.

“My family is also upset with me after being subjected to all the harassment, that I feel like I have nowhere else to go.

“I am so stressed by this entire issue,” she said when contacted today.

P Pinang lulus undang-undang bolehkan pinjam wang bank China

 Ketua menteri berkata ia akan membolehkan kerajaan negeri meminjam wang dari Bank Eksport-Import China (Exim Bank of China) untuk membiaya Pelan Induk Pengangkutan Pulau Pinang.

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GEORGE TOWN: Kerajaan Pulau Pinang hari ini meluluskan Enakmen Pinjaman Kerajaan Negeri (Bank dan Sumber Kewangan Lain) 2017 yang membolehkan ia meminjam wang daripada bank atau institusi kewangan untuk membayar projek prasarana baharu dan projek lain.

Bagaimanapun, pinjaman itu tertakluk kepada penelitian kerajaan persekutuan seperti yang dinyatakan dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Undang-undang persekutuan juga menetapkan semua negeri perlu membayar hutang dalam masa 5 tahun.

Enakmen itu juga mempunyai kesan retrospektif, yang membolehkan kerajaan negeri memohon pinjaman sebelum enakmen berkuatkuasa.

Enakmen disokong Timbalan Ketua Menteri I Mohd Rashid Hasnon (PKR-Pantai Jerejak) dan diluluskan sebulat suara selepas 2 jam ia didebatkan oleh 11 Adun.

Pencadang usul, Ketua Menteri Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Air Putih) berkata enakmen ini akan membolehkan kerajaan negeri meminjam wang dari Bank Eksport-Import China (Exim Bank of China) untuk membiaya Pelan Induk Pengangkutan Pulau Pinang (PIP).

Beliau berkata enakmen itu juga akan membolehkan pelaburan lain yang dianggap untuk kepentingan rakyat Pulau Pinang.

Lim tidak mendedahkan berapa banyak yang akan dipinjam dari Exim Bank of China untuk PIP.

“Kerajaan negeri menandatangani memorandum persefahaman dengan Exim Bank of China pada 16 Disember 2014 yang akan membolehkan kita mengambil pinjaman pada bila-bila masa untuk tujuan yang sudah dipersetujui.

“Enakmen ini dibawa ke Dewan hari ini atas saranan

JAWAPAN KENAPA YB NORLELA UCAPKAN SYUKUR ALHAMDULILLAH !

 

Kenyataan Dr Norlela Ariffin, Adun Penanti 14hb Ogos 2017

Saya telah menerima panggilan dari Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan Negeri Keadilan Pulau Pinang hari ini untuk menyatakan dia tidak membantah aduan saya kepada pihak berkuasa MPSP, Pejabat Tanah, Pejabat Kesihatan, Jabatan Alam Sekitar dan lain-lain jabatan di JK Tindakan Daerah dan Sidang DUN dan beri sokongan usaha yang saya buat untuk memenuhi tanggungjawab saya sebagai wakil rakyat. Hanya saya perlu menjelaskan FB posting yang mengatakan “Alhamdulillah.. Finally. Terima kasih SPRM” yang telah menimbulkan kemarahan ramai.

1. Ya, semasa saya mendapat berita serbuan SPRM dan agensi lain ke atas kilang haram yang telah beroperasi sejak 10 tahun membakar 2000 ton/bulan habuk kayu di Sg Lembu, saya berada di wad Hospital Assunta dan masa itu saya rasa bersyukur kerana akhirnya kilang yang telah beroperasi secara haram di perkampungan Sg Lembu di kawasan dun Penanti akhirnya berjaya di ambil tindakan tegas. Jadi sebab itu saya telah mengucapkan alhamdulillah dan terima kasih pada SPRM. Pada masa itu, tidak ada apa-apa penahanan terhadap sesiapa.

Saya telah memperjuangkan untuk cuba ikhtiar untuk menyelesaikan aduan penduduk di sini sejak Feb 2015 setelah mendapat aduan dari jkkk dan penduduk perkampungan Sg Lembu serta melawat sendiri keadaan kilang dengan beberapa agensi kerajaan dan pihak berkuasa tempatan dan telah bangkitkan isu ini di mesyuarat di MPSP dan Exco bersama beberapa agensi penguatkuasa pada 6hb Mei 2015 dan buat usul di Sidang DUN supaya tindakan penguatkuasaan yang lebih berat boleh diambil memandangkan kompaun maxima hanya rm250 semasa itu.

Saya juga buat pertanyaan susulan di JK Tindakan Daerah berkenaan kebimbangan penduduk tentang kesihatan dan jkkk telah menyerahkan senarai pesakit serius untuk disiasat oleh Pejabat Kesihatan dan berlaku kematian akibat terbakar seorang drebar lori yang telah terjatuh ke dalam salah satu 21 tempat pembakaran di kilang pada 6hb Mei 2015 yang mendapat liputan suratkhabar Cina kerana ini adalah perkampungan Cina.
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Saya juga bangkitkan soalan susulan dalam Sidang DUN tahun 2016 dan Sesi Mei 19-24 2017. Sehingga bulan Mei 2017, saya telah menerima petisyen bantahan bertulis 18 mukasurat dari lebih 168 orang penduduk kampung kerana kilang ini masih beroperasi. Mpsp juga telah bawa kes ini ke mahkamah dan saman dikenakan rm1000 tetapi kilang ini masih beroperasi. Hanyalah selepas serbuan oleh pihak SPRM baru-baru ini operasi kilang dihentikan. Syabas pada SPRM dan lain-lain agensi yang turut sama terlibat.

Saya ingin menjelaskan bahawa saya juga telah buat aduan berkenaan kilang-kilang haram yang lain seperti Vitrakukoh di Kg Tanah Liat dan kilang bakar aluminium smelting di Kg Kubang Ulu yang telah berjaya di ambil tindakan roboh oleh Direktorat MPSP di peringkat PBT saja.

2. Hanya selepas itu saya mendapat berita yang Ahli Exco YB Phee Boon Poh telah direman. Maka saya amat berharap agar YB Phee di beri layanan, ruang dan keadilan yang sewajarnya untuk beliau membela diri memandangkan beliau sendiri secara rela hati memberi kerjasama penuh pada SPRM. Janganlah ada pihak yang di zalimi dalam menangani kes ini.

3. Selain kes ini, saya amat berharap agar SPRM mengambil tindakkan yang sama pada semua aduan yang lain, baik yang sekecil-kecil ikan bilis sehinggalah yang sebesar-besar ikan jerung tanpa mengira parti pembangkang atau kerajaan supaya tidak menimbulkan persepsi dan kemarahan pimpinan dan rakyat yang terdapat “selective prosecution” terutama untuk kes besar yang di hadapi oleh negara sekarang ini seperti kes 1MDB, FGV dan lain-lain yang melibatkan berberbilion ringgit wang rakyat.

Saya seperti rakyat Malaysia yang lain mahu melihat negara kita bebas dari rasuah dan SPRM sebagai agensi yang dipertanggung jawabkan dapat menjalankan tugas dengan berani, pantas dan berintegriti.

Dr Norlela Ariffin
ADUN Penanti
14hb Ogos 2017

POLITIK LEE KUAN YEW : MENGENAL TINGKAH PEMIMPIN SEBELUM DAN SELEPAS BERKUASA

 

Statement on the occasion of Lee Kuan Yew’s death on 23 March 2015

By Dr Poh Soo Kai, former Assistant Secretary-General of Barisan Sosialis and political prisoner under Operation Coldstore from

To me, Lee Kuan Yew – prime minister of Singapore from 1959 till 1990 – is best characterized as a political pimp. In a press release when I was first freed from prison at the end of 1973, I had called him a political pimp. So I was rearrested in 1976.

What is a political pimp? Simply put: a political pimp is one who prostitutes his own people, selling out their well-being, for the interest of his political masters; in the process, he benefits himself, his family and cronies. Is that not a fitting characterization of the man?

It may be inconceivable to the young in Singapore today that the people of Singapore had lived under British colonial oppression. How is that translated in real life? The British had a monopoly over Singapore’s economy, not to mention that there was no elected local representative in the political institutions. Racial discrimination existed in the civil service in favour of Europeans. British officials of British business houses were prohibited from marrying local women, but not from keeping them as mistresses. Did the British build schools for our children? Was there democracy and respect for the human rights of local Singaporeans? Was there a free press? etc. Therefore, in those days of the early 1950s these were very real issues to the ordinary Singapore people, chafing under the yoke of British colonialism.

Few recall the genesis of Lee Kuan Yew that he had begun in the early 1950s by masquerading as an anti British colonialist – the one shouting the loudest anti colonial diatribe. Below is an example where not only did he mouth anti-colonial slogans but even became racist against the ‘white man’. In the Legislative Assembly Debate of 6 June 1956, Lee said the following:

“They (the British) are looking for a stooge group to sign an agreement with them. The duty here of all anti-colonial parties is to see that no stooge group is formed to sign this agreement. I think we shall succeed because when you rub an Asian down to rock bottom, he gathers together and says, “Down with the white man.” He said that for hundreds of years and it takes a long time to get these things out of the system, particularly when the white man is still here. That is the challenge. We must redouble our efforts. We must build up a movement, non-Communist basically, with a chance, maybe for all times but anyway for some time, of running Malaya.”

Yet behind the back of the people of Singapore, Lee was signalling to the British that it was just a facade to hoodwink his people. In 1956 when the left leadership in the PAP – Lim Chin Siong and others – was arrested by Lim Yew Hock, Lee made the cocktail rounds and praised Lim Yew Hock for his courage. The move was calculated to let British intelligence know that Britain could draw a clear line between his rhetoric designed to project the image of himself as an anti-colonial fighter for the consumption of the people of Singapore, and his real self. This was not lost to the British. Lee was making it known to the British that he was one of those whom the British could anoint as leaders in their ‘decolonization’ process.

Another instance came during the first Rendel Constitutional Talks in 1956. Lee Kuan Yew did not support David Marshall and Lim Chin Siong in their demand for self government for Singapore. And he was angry with Toh Chin Chye, the PAP chairman, when the latter issued a statement to say that Marshall was in line with the PAP’s stated policy. This of course was again noted by the British.

In early 1957 further discussions were held in Singapore, (in the context of moving towards self government under the Rendel Constitution), to prepare for a conference in London later that year where an agreement would be signed between the British and representatives from Singapore. Both the British and PAP did not want Lim Chin Siong and detained members of the PAP to stand in the 1959 general election. Lee proposed to the Colonial Office that a clause be inserted in the forthcoming agreement that detainees should be barred from standing in the 1959 election, as well as barred from the Parliament that issued from this election. However, Lee told the British that the proposal should be seen to come from them; they must bear the odium of that undemocratic practice which the UK parliament might not be too happy over – as detainees, unlike criminals, do have political rights. Lee, on the other hand, would attack the clause fiercely and blame the UK for such an undemocratic act of depriving the Singapore electorate of its right to elect Lim Chin Siong. And so it came to pass that Lim Chin Siong was barred from standing in the 1959 general election.

Lee even went to the extent, when he campaigned in the Tanjong Pagar by-election, to say that he would repeal the clause when voted in. He conveniently forgot this promise that he had no intention whatsoever to carry out. He sold out the people’s interests to the colonial power and profited in the process. That is the man.

However, the path of a political pimp, wedged between British colonial interests and the people’s aspirations for democracy and independence, is not an enviable one. Shortly after the 1959 election victory, Lee’s image as an anti-colonial fighter was fading very fast among the people of Singapore as he did not seek the release of all political prisoners still languishing in detention even after he had assumed office. He had also un-democratically tightened regulations on trade union activities. Thus, by 1961, when Ong Eng Guan challenged Lee on a platform that was akin to the PAP’s, i.e., an anti colonial democratic platform in the Hong Lim by-election, Ong easily defeated Lee Kuan Yew’s PAP.

A political pimp’s next resort to save his neck would be to use more deceptive ploys. Before the polling day of the Anson by-election a month or so after the Hong Lim defeat, Lee Kuan Yew unfurled a scheme to the British colonialist in which he (Lee) would propose the release of all political prisoners to the people of Singapore in an attempt to recoup his standing among them as well as quell dissatisfaction in the ranks and ministers of PAP; but at the same time, he stressed to Lord Selkirk (the British High Commissioner), that the British should countermand this proposal!

This scheme failed due to British non-cooperation. The hardened British colonial power preferred to compel its political pimp to ‘come out of the cupboard’, forget all his talk of ‘fighting for the hearts and minds of the people’ but to go along with Britain and the Malayan Federation in a brutal mass arrest of his political opponents – which so came to pass with Operation Coldstore on February 2, 1963.

And likewise with merger in 1963, it was a desperate ploy of Lee to safeguard his political fortune after the defeats in the Hong Lim and Anson by-elections. The British were equally rattled by these electoral setbacks of Lee’s PAP: they realized that their military base in Singapore might be ineffective within a sea of hostile local population, hence endangering British strategic interests in the region. To the British colonial power, its military base in Singapore was non-negotiable. The British solution to this problem was to merge Singapore with Tunku’s Federation of Malaya.

Merger to Lee Kuan Yew was therefore a political life-buoy. He had absolutely no vision of how to foster one people from the two areas via merger – so desired by the people on both sides of the causeway. Lee even told the British that if he had no place in the political set-up after merger, then merger would not succeed.

Lee entered merger with the misplaced ambition to replace the MCA as UNMO’s Chinese partner – an idea that Tunku refused to entertain. Piqued, he wanted to show off to Tunku, the strength of the PAP among the Chinese population in Malaya. So, despite an implicit understanding not to take part, he immediately entered the general elections after merger. He suffered a resounding defeat. Lee then turned to play the racial card, disguised as Malaysian Malaysia, hoping to get the Chinese to support him. This raised the tension in the country and Tunku was faced with the choice of arresting him or letting Singapore go.

Lee’s opportunistic merger with the Federation has left lasting scars, affecting the brotherly feelings hitherto enjoyed by the people of the peninsula and the island. Among the leaders, Lee did not hesitate to refuse Mahathir’s request for a loan to tide over a rough time. However, he saw it fit to give a similar loan to Suharto.

Lee’s communal line to champion Chinese rights and education in Malaysia was only a camouflage. All pretences dropped when he was back in Singapore after separation in 1965. Showing his true colours, he suppressed Nantah – a historical symbol among the Chinese community who had courageously defended Chinese language and culture in Singapore. All that remained of the national language of Singapore was Majulah Singapura! English or more accurately, Singlish became the lingua franca of Singapore.

With independence and the departure of the British colonial masters from Singapore, you might be forgiven to think that the title of political pimp no longer applies to Lee Kuan Yew. In that you are mistaken as the pimp is always a pimp, selling out the interests of his people to, as he termed it, whoever wields the ‘heaviest gun’ in the world. And so in like fashion he went on to serve American interests against regional interests in the South China seas, albeit in a more subtle manner.

Today the people of Singapore are chafing under the lack of democracy in political and economic life that has gone on for more than 50 long years. The controlled Singapore press, (aided and abetted by certain Free World press) has sold the false consciousness to us that Singapore could not have achieved its high standard of material life had there been genuine democracy and respect for human rights. Would this not call into question how other Western democracies have achieved an even higher standard of living than ours?

Hence the need for Lee to terrorize his people with the Internal Security Act, from Operation Coldstore of 1963 to Operation Spectrum of 1987 – to make barren the political landscape of any opposition to him. This he justified through the communist and marxist bogeys and all sorts of name-calling of legitimate political opposition. Again, how are we to explain that Western democracies have achieved a higher standard of living and at the same time practise electoral democracies – their socialist, communist and even outright fascist parties can take part in the polls?

Therefore the question to ask is why does Lee Kuan Yew have to resort to committing crimes against humanity in his large-scale and systematic persecution of all political opposition? Why did he shred every democratic and human rights principle to remain in power? Precisely because in the final analysis, such a dishonorable course benefits the political pimp, his family and cronies to the destitution of the people.

The PAP has ruled with an iron fist for 50 years. Today, it unabashedly pays its ministers and judges the highest salaries in the world – justifying this policy as reflecting meritocracy since the salaries are pegged to the GDP.

We all know that Singapore is a tax shelter to the 1% super rich of this world who can park their money in Singapore to avoid paying income taxes in their home countries. Their money goes to inflate Singapore’s GDP.

We also know that foreign direct investments (FDI) are enticed to Singapore, for its TUC controlled and docile labour force, among other attractive attributes that Singapore offers. What this translates in real life for Singaporeans and their families, is that the bread earner may be unfairly paid or over-exploited, with the attendant consequences on the children and other dependents. This FDI also goes into the GDP’s reckoning.

This is all very sophisticated in comparison to, for example, the blatant corruption of Madam Suharto, known as Indonesia’s Madam Ten Percent, before Lee’s bosom friend, the dictator and human rights violator President Suharto, fell from power!

This obscene gap between the rich top 1% Singaporeans and the bottom 99% ordinary Singaporeans, results in the latter feeling insecure and marginalized: they worry about the value of their HDB flats and most importantly, if they would be able to live off their CPF when they retire, for all around Singapore, they can see the less fortunate of the pioneer generation, gathering card boxes, selling tissue packets, and offering to carry passengers’ heavy luggage with their feeble strength.

The opaqueness in the operations and structure of a large sector of the Singapore economy as denoted by government investment corporations (GICs), – for example, what is the pay structure of their board and directors – have not helped to abate Singaporean’s fear that their CPF may be dipped into for other purposes.

The transparency or lack thereof in the business world of Singapore summons to mind, Tan Liang Hong’s ‘fatal’ brush with the Lee family in the Hotel Properties Limited (HPL) episode that sparked off a political storm in Singapore in 1996. The Stock Exchange of Singapore (SES) censured Hotel Property Ltd, a publicly listed property development company, for not seeking shareholders’ approval for the sale of some of its condominium developments, notably Nassim Jade, at a discount price. Tan subsequently fled Singapore.

Knowing the truth of our history and economy will set us free from the legacies of the political pimp Lee Kuan Yew, so that we can move on to fulfill our aspiration for a HUMANE SOCIETY, where all Singaporeans can live together in dignity and solidarity.

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BARU FAHAM DASAR KERAJAAN NEGERI PP TERHADAP KILANG HARAM : DITERUSKAN WALAU MENCEMARKAN ALAM SEKITAR !!!

GEORGE TOWN, 14 OGOS: Anggota mesyuarat kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang, Phee Boon Poh dibebaskan dari perintah reman lima hari selepas keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Pulau Pinang hari ini.

Penghakiman dibuat hakim Lim Chong Fong yang membatalkan keputusan penolong pendaftar yang dibuat Sabtu lalu.

Phee ketika hadir ke mahkamah pagi tadi memakai baju tahanan SPRM berwarna jingga dan sempat berjumpa dengan ahli keluarganya dan dipeluk oleh Ketua Parlimen DAP, Lim Kit Siang lapor Malaysiakini.

“Saya akan terus berkhidmat kepada rakyat, kita mesti berdiri bersama kerana ini adalah masa paling gelap di Malaysia”, katanya kepada media.

Peguam yang mewakili Phee, RSN Rayer dan Ramkarpal Singh berkata, perintah reman selama lima hari terhadap Phee bukan sesuatu yang lazim kerana ia dikeluarkan oleh penolong pendaftar Ameera Mastura Khamis tanpa mendengar hujah anak guam mereka.

Sementara itu, Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng yang ditemui di luar mahkamah berkata, dasar kerajaan negeri terhadap struktur atau bangunan haram adalah kekal.

Menurutnya, kerajaan negeri akan cuba menyelesaikan masalah tersebut dengan adil dan ‘menang-menang’ dan bukannya bertindak sewenang-wenang mengharamkan perniagaan atau merobohkan premis sesuka hati.

“Kami tunggu penjelasan daripada SPRM. Jika suruhanjaya itu boleh campur tangan dalam dasar negeri, ini bukan sahaja memberi kesan kepada Pulau Pinang tetapi negeri-negeri lain juga,” kata Guan Eng.

Phee ditahan Jumaat lalu kerana didakwa menulis surat kepada Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) berkenaan operasi kilang penapis karbon di Bukit Mertajam yang dipercayai tidak mengikut undang-undang. – Roketkini.com

Malay community not properly represented at George Town Festival, says NGO

KUALA LUMPUR 27 JULY 2017. (UTK HAFIZAH BH SHJ) Pensyarah Universiti Sains Malaysia, Profesor Datuk Dr Ahmad Murad. NSTP/NUR ADIBAH AHMAD IZAM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Penang Malay Heritage and Historical Society (Pewarisan) has expressed its disappointment with the organisers of the George Town Festival, saying the Malay community was not appropriately represented at the event.

Its president Prof Datuk Dr Ahmad Murad Merican said since its inception in 2010, the event had failed to recognise the Malays as the founding community of Penang and Tanjong, among others.

“George Town has a history of the Malays, not only in the ‘Malay town’ of Lebuh Acheh/Armenian and in the surrounding areas where the Malays once plied their trade,” he said in a statement today.

He said the absence of the Malay community in the festival was a false portrayal of multiculturalism.

“We agree that Penang and George Town are cosmopolitan. But the history and heritage of the Malay community have not been portrayed as such.”

He said in previous years, the event’s organisers had included stories by various ethnic groups like the Chinese Peranakan, Hokkien, Indian Muslims and Eurasians.

“But the festival seems to have forgotten the Malay community. Other ethnic groups have claimed that they are the founding community, but the Malays building a community decades earlier was silenced.”

Ahmad said instead, the festival glorified the genealogy of Francis Light, the founder of the British colony of Penang.

“The organisers continue to marginalise the cosmopolitanism in Penang before the arrival of the British — the cosmopolitanism that lends various names of places on the island, and the earlier layer of the history of George Town. This has to be narrated.”

Ahmad said the organisers should refer to various oral and written sources on the history of the Malays in Penang.

“There is no reason to claim ignorance. Or perhaps it (the festival) has been plain selective.

“More recent history of Penang Malay letters, printing, publishing and journalism centred around George Town’s core heritage area are censured.

“The organiser must create the aesthetics for the memory of how Penang began. There will be no meaning to the festival if the founding Malay community is not represented,” he said.

ADUN PENANTI TERMANGSA AKIBAT MEMBONGKAR OPERASI KILANG HARAM MENCEMAR ALAM SEKITAR !

PKR Pulau Pinang menjauhkan diri daripada ADUN Penanti, Dr Norlela Ariffin yang mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) kerana mengambil tindakan terhadap isu kilang haram di Seberang Perai.

Ucapan penghargaan itu disiarkan di Facebook selepas Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kebajikan, Alam Sekitar dan Masyarakat Penyayang, Phee Bon Poh ditahan SPRM Jumaat lalu kerana disyaki melakukan salah guna kuasa.

Beberapa pemimpin PKR memberitahu Malaysiakini bahawa mereka memahami tindakannya mengadu mengenai kilang haram itu kepada SPRM bagi pihak penduduk.

“Tetapi dia keterlaluan apabila mengucapkan terima kasih kepada SPRM yang hanya mensasarkan pembangkang dan ikan bilis, bukan jerung besar seperti yang terlibat dalam skandal 1MDB,” kata salah seorang pemimpin PKR.

Pengerusi PKR Pulau Pinang Datuk Dr Mansor Othman pada awalnya enggan mengulas mengenai perkara itu tetapi akhirnya berkata parti itu berdiri di belakang DAP.

Bagaimanapun katanya PKR tidak akan mengambil tindakan terhadap Norlela yang dilihat pengkritik cuba mewujudkan perpecahan antara DAP dan PKR di Pulau Pinang.

“Kami menegaskan bahawa parti ini di Pulau Pinang adalah bersama kerajaan negeri.

“Kami berasa sedih dengan apa yang telah berlaku kepada Phee dan melihat tindakan ini oleh SPRM sebagai penganiayaan terpilih terhadap beliau”

Apa pun yang Dr Norlela lakukan atas kedudukannya sebagai ADUN Penanti kata pengerusi MPN Parti Keadilan Rakyat P.Pinang Datuk Mansor Othman.