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Anti-ISA activities in Penang September 24, 2008

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The paper trail vanishes March 18, 2008

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C’mon guys. All paperwork, even of MPs and ADUNs (state assemblymen), should be transferred over and there should be a proper transition. Like when an office has new staff coming in or after a company takeover. How about itsy-bit of professionalism here?

Here’s hoping that the incoming Selangor exco won’t be facing the same problems. Does it mean no paperwork = no proof = contract/agreements null and void? Wow, a clean slate 😀

Kedah official papers missing
Monday, 17 March 2008All documents from the offices of the Mentri Besar and executive councillors in Kedah have gone missing.

The PAS-led government which took office after 12th general election on March 8 will lodge a police report based on the findings of an internal investigation.

Mentri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak has appointed state executive councillor Phahrolrazi Zawawi to investigate the case of the missing documents.

“Phahrolrazi will investigate what happened.

“I do not want to accuse people without proof,” said Azizan who found that the Mentri Besar’s office was void of documents after the swearing-in ceremony last Sunday.

The newly appointed executive councillors, who were sworn in on Wednesday, found out the next day that their offices were also empty.

“There is not a single paper left in all the offices. We view this very seriously because the documents belong to the executive council, not to any individual,” said Phahrolrazi.

He said most of the documents were classified.

“We are questioning the government officers on duty. No one has a right to transfer the documents without permission,” he said.

Phahrolrazi said the former executive councillors did not have the right to enter the offices without permission.

“We need the minutes of the meetings to check the progress of projects and other matters that were discussed at the executive council meetings,” he said. – THE STAR

Penang excos start work in ‘bare’ offices

Bernard Cheah and Opalyn Mok

PENANG (March 17, 2008): The new state executive councillors (excos) started their first week in office to govern with a clean sheet, literally.

They found their offices cleared of all government documents and minutes of the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government. All records of projects, completed or current, approved by the previous government are missing.

Health, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said: “The action taken by the previous excos have hindered our work.”

“They (the previous exco) claim the documents are ‘personal property’ and cleared the offices,” he told reporters.

The new line-up would have to get copies of the documents from the state secretary’s office.

“We have the resources to track down these documents. They (state secretary office) would still have copies of whatever ‘approval’ documents. If the documents are not approved yet, they still have to come back to the exco for approval,” he said.

Public Works, Utilities and Transport Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said “we have to start from scratch”.

“We will have to go and get copies from various department heads on previous projects,” he said.

Phee said the previous exco members did not follow the conduct of former Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon who has been a gentleman all the way.

“If they (the previous exco) really loved the people, they should not have used such obstructions to try and stop us,” said Phee.

In Alor Star, the PAS-led Kedah government also found all documents in the offices of the Mentri Besar and excos missing when they took office after the 12th General Election on March 8.

Mentri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak has appointed state executive councillor Phahrolrazi Zawawi to probe the case of “missing government documents”.

He also said a police report will be lodged after the “internal probe”. – THE SUN

Penang will vote for change, whataboutyou? March 7, 2008

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DAP stunned itself….

“There were frequent cries of “Just change it” in Hokkien, referring to the political situation.” (Malaysian Insider, 07 March 2008)

Why lah Ong Ka Ting? March 4, 2008

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In my interactions with local residents at Kayu Ara and Desa Jaya (yes… a sliver of Kepong has been carved into Bukit Lanjan!), I was appalled to find that there are still places which had temporary Certificate of Fitness (CF) that have since lapsed. Yes, there are still people living in flats with no CFs!

Ong Ka Ting, who used to head the Ministry of Housing (now caretaker Minister) must think so poorly of those who are middle to lower middle income. In the papers, MCA puts out ads about how they are ‘delivering’ but yet its head allows abodes with no CFs in sight to be built. Another classic example of how greed supercedes basic fundamental concerns for human lives.

Ong and his counterparts in Gerakan, tries to frighten voters about the imaginery loss of ‘Chinese’ influence in the BN, if these two parties were to thrashed in 5 days times.

Frankly, someone like him does not qualify to be a Minister (addition note:- even my dad speaks better Malay than him) and it is dubious to assume MCA and Gerakan have any influence in the first place. (refer to keris waving for two consecutive years, dissolution during CNY etc.)

Also see the continuing saga of ‘Who really decides on the new Chief Minister of Penang”

ST: Design row keeps KL, Beijing a bridge apart January 22, 2008

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Satu lagi projek Bebal Nasional.
Expect delays and cost overruns.

A PROJECT to build South-east Asia’s longest bridge in Penang has stumbled over disputes between its Malaysian and Chinese contractors and a legal suit that could embarrass Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s government.

Government officials and engineers involved in the project say the state-owned concerns from Malaysia and China spearheading it have been locked in a dispute over the design of the four-lane expressway.


(GE12) Good news to jumpstart 2008 January 7, 2008

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Week 1 2008.

It’s been raining bad news one after another for Barisan Nasional (BN) – Sex tape, rationing of cooking oil, school fees which in fact weren’t abolished, toll hike, impending petrol price hike, and now news that refined floor may be hit next (Source: Kosmo 7 Jan 2008).

But at the Opposition end, this bit of news is a fantastic start to 2008, which the voters will no doubt appreciate deeply. (more…)