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2008 DAP Penang Candidate Lineup

Posted by limguaneng on February 23, 2008

Here are the DAP candidates for the state seats in Penang in the March 8 General Election:

N.7 Sungai Puyu – Phee Boon Poh

N.8 Bagan Jermal – Lim Hock Seng

N.9 Bagan Dalam – A. Tanasekharan

N.13 Berapit – Ong Kok Fooi

N.15 Padang Lalang – Tan Cheong Heng

N.16 Perai – P. Ramasamy

N.19 Jawi – Tan Beng Huat

N.22 Tanjong Bungah – Teh Yee Cheu

N.23 Air Puteh – Lim Guan Eng

N.25 Pulau Tikus – Koay Teng Hai

N.26 Padang Kota – Chow Kon Yeow

N.27 Pengkalan Kota – Lau Keng Ee

N.28 Komtar – Ng Wei Aik

N.29 Datuk Keramat – Jagdeep Singh Deo

N.30 Sungai Pinang – Koid Teng Guan

N.31 Batu Lanchang – Law Heng Kiang

N.32 Seri Delima – R.S.N. Rayer

N.33 Air Itam – Wong Hon Wai

N.34 Paya Terubong – Yeoh Soon Hin

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I am Contesting in Penang

Posted by limguaneng on February 21, 2008

Lim Guan Eng to contest in Penang to lead the people’s movement of change from UMNO’s political dominance towards a functioning democracy with checks and balances as well as moving forward with a dynamic Penang that is shared by all

Over the past year I have received repeated requests from the DAP Penang State Committee and conducted many discussions in the Central Executive Committee (CEC), to lead Penang DAP in the 12th General Elections. Due to the prominence of Penang to the DAP as a front-line state, both Penang DAP and the CEC have stressed the importance of the leader of the party contesting in Penang to show the importance that Penang plays in the 2008 general elections.

I have decided to contest in Penang to lead the people’s movement of change from UMNO’s political dominance towards a functioning democracy with checks and balances as well as moving forward with a dynamic Penang that is shared by all. I humbly offer myself to the Penang to join in this people’s movement of change inspired by one single motivation that we as a country has somehow not realized our potential or fulfilled the promises made and can do so much better. Let us together share and learn from each other so that we can do better.

Penang was once the leading economic state in Malaysia. Penang also led in brain power the center for democracy and progressive change. However after suffering three consecutive devastating defeats in the 1995, 1999 and 2004 general elections, Penang is no longer the most developed state in Malaysia when its average annual growth rate from 2001-2010 of 6.1% (according to the Ninth Malaysian Plan) losing out to Selangor and even Johor, the mean monthly income of RM 3,531 is No. 3 in the country after Selangor’s RM 5,175.

Despite all the promises of the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER), how much of this RM 177 billion in investment is earmarked for Penang and the other states? Compared with Johor’s Iskandar Development Region (IDR) with RM 383 billion target over 20 years for Johor alone, Penang has clearly lost out in the race for foreign investment by having to share RM 177 billion with three other states of Kedah, Perlis and Perak.

Most projects are privatized leading to the people finally bearing the burden of the costs of the Penang Second Bridge or the highways. The question is why can’t the government use RM 4 billion from the annual RM 70-80 billion profits from Petronas to build the Second Bridge for free for the people of Penang?

Penang was also the center of democracy with the first local government elected in then Malaya in the 1950s. However with one-party control by BN and UMNO, the people have lost their rights and have to suffer from the incompetence, even corruption and lack of accountability, especially in local government services.

For instance, the Penang Global City Centre (PGCC) was not even mentioned in the Penang Draft Structure Plan 2005-2020, which is required by law for statutory urban planning, and yet it was approved in 2007. DAP is puzzled how Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi can launch the RM25 billion PGCC on 12.9.2007, when it has not been even approved by the local authorities.

Residents’ protests against the PGCCat the increased traffic congestion and the need of more public parks are ignored. What is the point of having a Draft Structure Plan that is not even complied with by the government? Or why the illegal building put up by UMNO Tanjung not torn down whilst a Chinese temple Tow Boo Keong in Bukit Mertajam is torn down? There is no more respect for the law.

The NEP has hindered economic growth. When it was introduced, Malaysia ranked third only to Japan and Singapore among East Asian nations in terms of GDP per capita; by 1990 it had fallen behind South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong as well. Had growth not been constrained by the NEP, it is argued, the economic performance and welfare of the bumiputera would have been even more greatly enhanced. The NEP must go and be replaced by a Malaysian First Policy that stresses on ability, needs, competitiveness and shared prosperity.

The high cost of living has eroded our living standards. Even though the government claims that inflation rate in 2007 is only 2%, this is a lie as the true situation on the ground is closer to 20%. The BN government can afford to help the people by distributing Petronas profits to the people. That the BN has failed to do.

The crime rate continues to escalate at a frightening rate. The government can keep us safe by employing 100,000 more police personnel to patrol the streets to protect us from criminals. That the BN has failed to do. The government can wipe out corruption in the police force by setting up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission recommended by the Royal Commission of Inquiry. That the BN has failed to do.

The time has come for the people to act on what BN has failed to do. March 8 is the day when the people must pass their verdict of the BN’s failed report card. We must prove that Malaysians demand better and good governance.

Finally, to make Malaysia safe for democracy, Penang must lead the battle to check and reduce UMNO’s political dominance. After this general elections, the Elections Commission will conduct a new constituency redelineation exercise requiring an amendment to the state constitution, which requires a 2/3 majority.

The redrawing of boundaries will lead UMNO to demand an increase in their seats to achieve their final objective of grabbing the Penang Chief Minister’s post. Everyone knows that no Gerakan or MCA State Assemblyperson would dare to say “NO” to UMNO’s proposals to increase UMNO’s seats. Only DAP dare to say “NO” to UMNO. To prevent UMNO from increasing their political influence, the people of Penang must ensure that DAP wins 14 state seats in Penang to deny BN its 2/3 majority. DAP is willing to even support the Gerakan candidate to ensure that the Penang Chief Minister’s post do not fall to UMNO.

Let us work together in this final battle for democracy for both Penang and Malaysia so that we not only have a voice but an equal place under the Malaysian sun. I humbly offer myself to Penang voters to serve them be their voice and learn from them as to how together we can make Penang and Malaysia not only better, fairer, freer but also give equal opportunities to do well and enjoy shared prosperity.

Let us have a Dynamic Penang shared by all!

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Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary-General

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8 Key General Election Issues for Penang

Posted by limguaneng on February 20, 2008

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DAP identifies 8 key general election issues for Penang to decide whether to join in a Malaysian people’s movement of change towards democracy or continue with UMNO’s political dominance 

DAP identifies 8 key general election issues for Penang to decide whether to join in a Malaysian people’s movement of change towards democracy or continue with UMNO’s political dominance that stifles democracy with a one-party state. As the home state of the Prime Minister, Penang voters will play an important national role in shaping the results of the coming general elections.

BN is not only expected to win the 2008 general elections. BN is expected to win big. The only question is whether we can allow BN an overwhelming mandate of tsunami proportions where BN won 91% of the parliamentary seat. There are 8 key reasons why we need to send in more ROCKETS into both the Parliament and the Penang State Legislative Assembly.

1. Say NO to UMNO’s Political Dominance

• Save democracy by having more people’s voices to prevent a one-party state.
• The next re-drawing of constituencies will be carried out in 2010, which can only be done by amending the State constitution with a 2/3 majority.
• UMNO will demand additional state seats to facilitate its designs of capturing the Penang Chief Minister’s post by 2013.
• Deny BN 2/3 majority to prevent UMNO from increasing its state seat allocation.
• Penang has lost state power over public transport and water supply to federal control.

2. A Dynamic Economy for Penang’s Future

• Advocate and promote a stakeholders’ economy for all where companies undertaking government contracts above RM 10 million in Penang have to contribute part of their profits.
• Attract investments that create more high-paying jobs (not low paying jobs that require importation of cheap foreign labour).
• Run the government administration free from the NEP that breeds cronyism, corruption, inefficiency and it benefits only a small group of Umnoputras.
• Upgrade hi-tech industries, manufacturing and SMIs/SMEs on the global value chain.
• Rejuvenate tourism and service industries such as building more green lungs, a new Penang Zoo, hotels and tourism heritage areas.
• Revamp and restructure Penang Development Corporation, InvestPenang, Penang Skill Development Centre and Penang Port Authority to stimulate greater foreign direct investments.
• Comprehensive plan to promote Knowledge-based economy to secure Penang’s place in the rapidly changing globalised world.
• Tapping into ‘Penang Diaspora’ to complement “Brain Gain” Programme.

3. Social & Environment

• Affordable housing for all.
• Enhance social justice and eradicate discrimination of all kinds, including discrimination against gender, race, religion, and the disabled.
• Reduce crime and enhance public safety by putting more cops on the streets.
• Enlarge green spaces and stop rampant development projects – e.g. the Penang Global City Centre (PGCC) that does not comply with the rules and is not even included in the Penang Draft Structure Plan 2005-2010.
• Overcome environmental pollution in Sg Juru and Sungai Pinang.

4. Thinking and Global Malaysians

• The state of our education system is pathetic. It is unfathomable how the BN government can afford to allocate more than RM1 trillion for the corridor projects instead of focusing on building a good education system which is clearly a key pillar of economic success.
• We want to pressure the BN government to keep politics and religious politicking out of national schools, accept and provide financially for all vernacular schools and respect the right to mother tongue education for all students.
• We support both Mathematics and Science being taught in student’s own mother tongue while focus on improving the proficiency of English through additional classes.
• We want to ensure our tertiary institutions achieve the highest level of accreditation and recognition from international bodies to build a skilled and world-class workforce in order to compete effectively with other economies. The days of low cost production are over.

5. Restoring Local Government Elections

• Unelected inefficient local government breeds mediocrity, incompetency and corruption forcing a generation of elected representatives to perform local councilors’ job that makes a mockery of democracy.
• Restoring local government elections as provided under Article 113 (4) of the Constitution.
• Full accountability for funding, expenditure and enforcement of the law to ensure transparency and justice and not injustices such as cases where only some hawkers are punished or the illegal building put up by UMNO Tanjung not torn down.

6. Respect for Rule of Law & Basic Human Rights

• No illegal demolition of houses of worship for all religions such as the Tow Boo Keong temple in Bukit Mertajam.
• Freedom to enjoy freedom of religion, speech and enacting a Freedom of Information Act.
• Installing road signs in other languages.
• Open tender for all state government projects, with priority given to Penang-incorporated contractors, with all details published for public scrutiny.
• Implementing an integrity law that requires public declaration of assets for all public officers.

7. Good-bye to Traffic and Public Transport Woes

• The state should maintain total control over the licensing and operations of public transport systems, and to ensure the quality of service.
• Holistic approach — Multi-modal transport system integrating bus services, ferries, mass rapid transit (MRT) with comprehensive transit networks.

8. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

• With the breakdown of institutional check-and-balance systems i.e. judiciary, Anti Corruption Agency and the police, there is a need of a stronger opposition voices in the state assembly and parliament.
• It is important to ensure enough opposition candidates made it to both the state assembly and parliament because there are not many seats winnable due to uneven playing field.
• DAP’s role in both the state assembly and parliament is to ensure no community is being displaced from the process of development. We will champion the rights of all Malaysians regardless of race, creed, religion and gender.

Malaysians feel helpless that we continue to be led by BN wakil rakyats that insult our intelligence with the lack of substance in their speeches or shame us with their lack of content in their character. Malaysians should therefore give themselves hope by choosing change from a one-party state to a democracy with checks and balances.


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Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary-General

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