BN’s Gerakan seems to be confused

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Press Statement by Chris Lee Chun Kit (MBPP Councillor / DAP) on the Gerakan’s so-called “revelations” on the Penang Undersea Tunnel – 5/2/18 in George Town, Penang
 
 
Gerakan is trying to score political points with the election coming by creating an issue which has nothing to do with the Penang State Government. Instead of going for facts, Gerakan is now twisting facts and presenting doubts in an attempt to spread gossip and hopefully change the negative perception that surrounds them.
 
If Gerakan thinks that a company had promoted condominiums before the proper approvals were given, then they should bring the issue up with the company that is doing the promotion or even the consumers’ association for their disagreements with their business ethics. Even the article states that:
 
In response, an official of the Real Estate and Housing Developers Association said developers were allowed to create an early market awareness of their projects.

“But they must first obtain an advertising permit and developer’s licence (APDL) for each specific resi­dential project from the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry before selling properties under construction,” he said.

The official, who declined to be named, said agents could collect expressions of interests from prospects and inform the public about their property plans.

“Until the project has obtained an APDL, they cannot advertise or sell the units,” he said”

– https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/02/04/gerakan-questions-early-promotion-of-property/

 
Therefore, perhaps Gerakan should first check with the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry for further clarifications on what is and what is not allowed. It seems that Gerakan has once again contradicted with the BN federal government which they are a part of. I am beginning to wonder if they actually remember that they are a part of the BN which is currently still the ruling coalition on the federal level.
 
The Penang State Government will just follow the proper procedures on approval and will not give approvals until their requirements are fulfilled. If Gerakan thinks the company jumped the gun and started to promote before the governmental approvals are given, then it is between Gerakan and the company, the government has nothing to do with it so stop wasting time trying to turn this into a political issue.
 
However, Gerakan is desperate for issues and almost anything seems to be an issue now. Maybe next time they will blame the 1MDB scandal on the Penang State Government also.
 
Gerakan should instead be pressuring the BN federal government to fulfill their responsibilities in infrastructure and other facilities. Penangites are one of the highest payers of income tax in the country but is allocated less than 1% of the federal budget. Gerakan could not even demand more for Penang when they were in government in Penang.

 

Chris Lee Chun Kit
MBPP Councillor (DAP)

Gerakan should just stop wasting everyone’s time!

This is a response to the press conference held by Parti Gerakan Rakyat led by their Acting State Youth Chief Jason Loo published by NST on 1/2/18 : https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/02/330989/gerakan-demands-penang-government-makes-public-feasibility-eia-reports

I read with amusement and bewilderment on Gerakan’s Jason Loo’s demands towards the Penang State Government published in the New Straits Times entitled “Gerakan demands Penang government makes public feasibility, EIA report for paired roads project”. It is clear Gerakan as whole is confused about what they are attacking and is now clearly attacking for the sake of scoring political brownie points. Gerakan is all out trying to confuse the public on whether the project will affect forest reserves.

First of all, our environmental record speaks for itself. Penang is the only state in Malaysia that has not lost a single square inch of forest reserve. If Gerakan is interested so much in forest reserves, he should attack Barisan Nasional states where the plundering of forest reserves for personal gain of BN leaders have been ongoing yet mysteriously absent from many of the BN controlled media’s coverage.

Also if any of part of our forest reserve is illegally or accidentally affected by any project for any reason, as a responsible government, we are prepared to quickly mitigate and return the affected area to normal. We are prepared to defend our forest reserve all the way but the same cannot be said for Gerakan as they are part of the BN coalition that has allowed the destruction of forest reserves in many states which they are in power. Gerakan is clearly being hypocritical in their attacks.

Gerakan is also making demands on the EIA which in the same article published by NST themselves (https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/02/330989/gerakan-demands-penang-government-makes-public-feasibility-eia-reports) mentions that it has been approved by the Department of Environment on November 7th last year (2017). Last I checked, the DOE was a federal department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment which the Penang State Government has no control of. If the DOE has approved and Gerakan is questioning the approval process, then Gerakan should do a press conference and call out the DOE, I am sure they can get the answers they want since they are part of the federal government as well.

So to Gerakan, please check your facts before going public about something. Even as an opposition party in Penang, Gerakan is still part of the coalition that forms the federal government and should have access to the DOE if they want. Unless, they are confirming the suspicions of most Malaysians that Gerakan has no say nor access in the UMNO dominated Barisan Nasional government. Gerakan had once provided Penang a Chief Minister for 39 years and is now reduced to nitpicking non-existent issues, pushing fake news and creating boogeymen of pure fantasies. What a shameful evolution Gerakan has been through.

Chris Lee Chun Kit

MBPP Councillor (DAP)

Finishing off the BN system

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As witnessed at the recently concluded Pakatan Harapan Convention, former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has been unanimously agreed upon among all the PH parties to be our Prime Minister designate to take on the current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Barisan Nasional in the fast approaching 14th Malaysian General Elections which is expected to be held in the coming months. Intense debate has followed among Malaysians who are all forming different opinions of the announcement. One thing is certain though, the candidacy of Dr. Mahathir has struck fear into the hearts of the BN leaders who are extremely worried about losing their positions of power that they have invested so much financially to obtain,
 

Let us look at the bigger picture and explore what is at stake in this coming GE. On one hand we have the BN that has been in power uninterruptedly for the past 61 years. This means the ruling coalition has never tasted defeat in a GE and has never had to be in the opposition. Those many years of uninterrupted rule has made the BN very established in the government and most Malaysians today have never seen neither have they experienced a Malaysia without the BN in power. This has made BN so comfortable in power that every single level of the individual parties of the BN are now only functioning because the BN is in power. BN leaders who seek higher positions or office now have to climb the ladder in the only established way: money!

One way of determining how endemic the money culture is within the BN is to simply talk to your friends. If you tell them that you are volunteering in the coming elections for any opposition party, they will probably be fine with it. Tell them that you are volunteering for the BN and they will probably laugh at your face and ask you why aren’t you getting paid for your time? You see, in other countries, any political party that is seeking a mandate from their electorate would have to raise money for their individual campaigns but here, the BN never seem to have to raise any money at all. They have never held a fundraiser neither have they ever set up a websites asking for donations for any of their election campaign. Instead, they offer free food and money to their election workers every time they go into an election. If they never have to raise funds for their campaigns then where are they getting their money from?

The money culture has infected the BN from the very top to the very bottom. Their non-stop reign as the rulers of Malaysia has made them unable to shake money politics out of their system as divisions and branches insist on getting paid for support of any leaders to climb the ladder or for them to remain as party leaders. Any BN leader who seek to reform the BN will be forced to make a choice between reform or losing power. Divisional leaders hold their top leaders ransom in exchange for financial rewards. A BN leader who is in power at the governmental level will then have to find the funds from within the government in order to pay their “downlines” in twisted form of multi-level marketing. Unfair monopolies and super ridiculously priced contracts will then have to be created for money to be channeled out of the government and into the party’s “downlines”.

As BN leaders and grassroot members make themselves rich over their milking of the country’s resources, the country suffers on the overall as the culture has become unbreakable for as long as the BN remains in power. No BN leader today is willing to risk his or her political careers in order to try to break the culture and reform their parties. As far as their wealth is concerned, its “better me rich than jobless”. Thus the BN is unable to reform itself and is now suffering from an internal disease that is eating them from the inside but with their grip on power acting as a steel armour, no one has been able to even put them out of their miseries.

This is why we now have to stay focused and once and for all put the BN out of their misery by breaking their armour of power. Only then will their disease be removed from the government and the country can once again heal. The talk of reform within the BN is over. The BN is beyond saving for as long as they are in power. The system within the BN is too well established after 61 years of uninterrupted power. Their armour of power is stuck with the BN that it has come to a point that BN and power are one and the same.

This elections is no longer about personalities or politicians, it is about destroying the system that is destroying Malaysia. It is about destroying a BN system that will be fighting tooth and nail with every ounce of their governmental powers to stop us from saving the country. Every single party of the BN is suffering from the money plague and as long as they stay in power, it is a matter of time before every single Malaysian gets infected with poverty plague that follows it.

 
The PM has no intentions of reform, rather the comforts of power will make him use any means necessary to win the next elections. We the rakyat, will have to pay his bills as well as the bills of every BN leader as a result.
 

Let us put our differences of opinions aside and stay focused! Bring down the BN system and put them all out of their misery!

Chris Lee Chun Kit is a City Councillor at the City Council of Penang Island (MBPP) representing the DAP

Union of Subservience

I read with great interest yesterday on the so called “unity” of MCA and Gerakan in facing the coming General Elections. Although their talk of unity is a national one, their main focus has got to be Penang where the two parties each had had a Chief Minister before in the past . After failing to win a single seat in the 12th and 13th General Elections in Penang, it seems they are now putting their hostility and hatred of one another aside and is vowing to work as a team.

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One may ask about that so-called hostility between them and how did it start in the first place? To understand that, let us go back to history. MCA from the time when it was part of the then three party political coalition known as the Alliance Party together with UMNO and MIC, had always claimed to be the sole voice of the Malaysian Chinese citizens in the government. Due to a falling out between the then MCA President Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu and the Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Dr. Lim left to be part of as well as lead a “non-sectarian” opposition political party known as Gerakan. After Gerakan managed to win the Penang State Government in the 1969 Malaysian General Elections, Tun Dr. Lim ousted Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee and became new Chief Minister of Penang.

All that would have been fine if that had been the permanent political arrangement between those parties especially if Gerakan had remained in the opposition.  If Gerakan had remained in the opposition, then MCA would have had the chance to reclaim the Penang Chief Minister’s post in the following General Elections. However, as we all know by now, Gerakan ended up forming and joining an enlarged Alliance coalition which came to be known as Barisan Nasional. With the presence of Gerakan now holding on the CM position and now being on the same team with MCA, Gerakan was able to negotiate with UMNO that the CM’s post would remain permanently with Gerakan in the event of a BN victory in every subsequent election.

UMNO knew that the presence of Gerakan within the BN would be to its advantage. Gerakan was encouraged to solely concentrate their efforts on only the Chinese community and the Penang CM’s position was kept permanently with Gerakan in subsequent elections. This move effectively took away MCA’s sole chief executive position within Malaysia, which severely weakened the MCA. UMNO also took away the Finance Ministry from the MCA and until today, the highest ministry an MCA President could claim would be the Transport Ministry, which UMNO then also started to weaken by consolidating many functions of public transport from the Transport Ministry and placing them under the Prime Minister’s Department.

With the presence of Gerakan, MCA could no longer claim to be sole voice of the Malaysian Chinese community hence, UMNO took full advantage of the situation to further weaken the MCA from making demands towards them. Any subsequent MCA leader who dared stand up against UMNO was purged through UMNO supported replacements within the party. These UMNO replaced new MCA leaders would ensure that MCA would make no demands and will only deliver the Malaysian Chinese votes and never question UMNO’s directions. Former strong Gerakan leaders were also slowly replaced by new UMNO supported “yes men” which would ensure that while the Penang CM’s post was held by Gerakan, real power would be wielded by UMNO like a puppeteer behind a puppet.

Since 2008, while both parties now no longer hold the Penang CM’s position and are led by UMNO “yes men”, they still harbour that hostility and hatred towards each other. What is the basis of that hatred, one might ask? The answer is their mutual greed for power and dominance over the Malaysian Chinese community’s support. Both will want to impress UMNO in the coming elections by delivering Malaysian Chinese votes to prolong UMNO’s ‘divide and rule’ policy just so that they would be subsequently rewarded. It has now become like two servants trying to outdo one another to impress their mutual master.

So why are they now talking about working together? Because both are now out of power and have nothing to lose in their quest to regain the Penang State Government. Should their propaganda and politics manage to win them the government, no doubt a power struggle between them will once again start in order to secure the Penang CM’s post. However, if one wants to really look into any possible similarities between MCA and Gerakan in this new alliance, one can find that they are mutually similar in their subservience to UMNO no matter who wins their power struggle and would never deny UMNO anything in fear of losing their positions. Even if it means bartering the entire state of Penang to UMNO as a Federal Territory in return for more rewards. Therefore if there would be a name for this new union, one can only call it the Union of Subservience.

 

Chris Lee Chun Kit is a City Councillor at the City Council of Penang Island (MBPP) representing the DAP

UMNO wants more Power in Penang

Press Statement by Chris Lee Chun Kit on “Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s statement that the Penang Chief Minister’s post being too powerful” in George Town Penang on 21st August 2017


This statement is in response to this press report: http://www.thestar. com.my/news/nation/2017/08/21/ it-is-time-to-separate-penang- cm-from-state-agencies/


And in particular, the below statement:


“The Penang Chief Minister may not lead state government agencies such as the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and PBA Holdings Bhd (PBAHB) if Barisan Nasional wins the state in the next general election.


Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said it was time to separate the Chief Minister from state government agencies.”


This statement above by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan is a rare glimpse into what Penang will be like if Barisan Nasional recaptures the State in the next election.


He is trying hide the fact that even if the Chief Minister’s post is held by a BN component party like Gerakan or MCA, the real power behind the scenes and controlling Penang State Agencies will be UMNO. He is hiding behind that fact by saying that the Chief Minister’s post is too powerful.


Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan should know that with Malaysia being such a centralised country today, a lot of power in the Malaysian states are already in the hands of the Federal Government controlled by UMNO. The Federal Government even controls public transportation directly under the Prime Minister from UMNO and not the Ministry of Transport held by MCA. And yet UMNO is still so greedy and wants to control Penang behind their puppet component parties like Gerakan and MCA?


Penangites should know by now that the BN component parties will not be able to stop UMNO from imposing their will on Penang. First, they control their Chief Minister by stripping him of the position’s power over state agencies, will the conversion of Penang to a federal territory as a gift to the Prime Minister to rule Penang directly be next?


Chris Lee Chun Kit is a City Councillor with the City Council of Penang Island representing the DAP

Divide, divide and divide some more

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It is clear that the current ruling BN government of this country will do anything to stay in power. Their noble causes of entering Malaysian politics were all but destroyed decades ago, replaced by a desire for luxurious lifestyles all funded by public money. Nothing is now below the belt for them in their quest to retain power. So no matter what they say, their so called “transformation” is another sweet word meant to entice voters to maintaining the status quo. And despite what they tell you, that status quo is not the welfare and betterment of the people, but rather their access to almost limitless wealth.

The most toxic among the political movements of the ruling regime was something they inherited from the British colonial days which is the politics of ‘divide and rule’.  You see, they know the corruption that exists within their ranks as well as the increasing disappearances of money.  So, to hide all their misgivings, the BN will resort to dividing Malaysians as much as possible in order to stay in power. They know that should Malaysians stand together as a united force, their days in power would be numbered. Therein comes the age old game of scaring people about “those other guys” that may be different from them.

The BN has played this game to perfection. What started as a power sharing formula between parties that were supposed to ensure that each community is fairly represented in government had turned into vehicles for opportunistic politicians to create a climate of fear of between the communities in this country. It is quite simply, a blatant move to exploit differences between communities given that populace is diverse culturally and religiously each with their own norms and taboos.

Instead of promoting the beauty of unity in diversity, they decided that it is better to exploit people’s natural insecurities about the same diversity to ensure that the electorate can never work together. Add in gerrymandering and voila, you have a sure fire way of retaining power no matter how much you screw the country up. Sad isn’t it?

Rest assured, these types of politics are not just practised in Malaysia but all over the world. Fear is the easiest way of winning and retaining power. Fear of “those other guys”, happens everywhere from the Americas to Europe, Africa and Asia, as long as the population is diverse, there is the possibility of exploiting those differences for staying in power. All someone has to say is “vote for me so I can protect you from ‘those other guys’!”

Division of the people aside, those in power will then proceed to divide their political rivals through their game of “bait and switch” of promises and rewards. Their objectives are of course to ensure the devoid of a united force in opposing them order to further split their threats and keep themselves in power. Suddenly, there are parties, individuals and organisations popping out saying that only they truly represent the voices of the people and asking for votes in the upcoming general elections.

The only thing that they will achieve is to ensure that the BN stays in power on the federal level and capture back the States that they had lost. Confused voters who are opposed to the BN will be forced to choose between opposing parties which will result in the splitting of the opposition votes and allowing the BN to win the majority. After all, we practise the “first past the post” system and the BN will do whatever it takes to exploit it to their advantage.

People of Malaysia, our differences are being exploited to maintain the luxuries of those who currently walk the halls of Putrajaya. The 14th General Election is coming soon and you can bet if we do not stay focused on battle between Pakatan Harapan and the BN, then the BN will further drive this country to the ground for their own personal wealth.

This election must be between the Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional. Some may say they are the “third force”, well let me ask you what good is a third force when a two party system has not even been achieved yet? What good is a third force when the ruling BN will use all aspects of governmental power to their advantage during the campaign and the actual polls? That third force is only going to result in a one force system which is a return of the Barisan Nasional to near absolute power with a two third super majority in Parliament to amend the Federal Constitution and further consolidate power to the Prime Minister.

As the nation heats up towards the 14th General Election, let us be focused on ensuring that Pakatan Harapan gets the votes in this electoral battle for the future of Malaysia. All other parties and individuals within that contest will only seek to divide the votes and ensure a BN victory. Focus on the establishment of a two party system so that we can finally end the dominant party system that has made the BN what it is today. Only with proper political competition, can the people truly be winners. We are all Malaysians; let us do this as a team for Malaysia.

Do it for Malaysia…..

Chris Lee Chun Kit is a City Coucillor in the City Council of Penang Island (Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang) representing the DAP. #ilovepenang