Penang hill project: Court to decide if early hearing needed

Source: FMT News

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal will decide on Nov 13 whether to expedite an appeal by a group of residents over a sensitive hillslope development in Penang.

Their lawyer, Gurdial Singh Nijar, said the court deputy registrar fixed the date in view of the latest tragedy on the island and fears that such a landslide may also hit them once the project proceeds.

The residents are seeking to restore the decision of the Penang Appeal Board involving hillslope developments.

On Jan 27 last year, the three-member board set aside the approval given by Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) to the developer, Sunway City (Penang) Sdn Bhd, to build 600 condo units on a hillslope.

This piece of land is situated more than 76.2 metres above sea level, with a slope gradient of more than 25 degrees. Read more

Suhakam demands immediate payout for Penang landslide victims

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The Penang government and the developer of a construction site hit by a deadly landslide must directly compensate the families of workers killed, said the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

The commission also expressed bafflement over Penang authorities’ decision to approve the project despite the rejection by the Department of Environment (DoE) due to its proximity to an active quarry.

Suhakam further noted that such sites were often worked by migrant labourers vulnerable to exploitation, and said the group was also customarily afforded little to no protection despite the hazardous nature of their work. Read more

Seminar on ‘Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness, Then What Next?

Source: The Star Online

(From left) Phee, Mark, Ong, Yeap and Fox holding up the banner announcing the seminar after the press conference. Pic by The Star.

HUMAN trafficking is a global problem and an ‘industry’ valued at US$39bil globally, said National Council of Women’s Organisations (NCWO) Penang vice-chairman Marlene Fox.

“It is an incredibly well-organised industry and affects men, women and children.

“For the career criminal, it is a potential source of revenue which cannot be ignored.

“Human trafficking is perpetrated by international syndicates and defined as ‘the recruitment, transportation, harbouring or receiving people by means of threat or force for the purposes of exploitation’.

“Law enforcement agencies call it ‘modern day slavery’,” she told a press conference on the announcement of a seminar on ‘Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness, Then What Next?’ in Komtar on Tuesday.

Fox said worldwide statistics show that about 68% of people trafficked were forced into prostitution, 26% into forced labour and 6% into begging or other kinds of sex industries.

She added that the one-day seminar, which is organised by NCWO Penang, will be held at the Methodist Boys’ School in Jalan Air Itam, Penang, on Sept 30.

“There will be an ‘Introduction to Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants’ by the Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign (STOP) folowed by an ‘Introduction to the Concept’ by the Federation of Women’s Lawyers, North Malaysia.

“The other speakers in these sessions are representatives from the Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-Migrant Smuggling Council (Mapo), Royal Malaysian Police and Immigration Department of Malaysia,” she said.

Fox said there would also be talks by trafficked survivors and an interactive discussion among panellists from Mapo, STOP, Tenaganita and Suhakam (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia).

NCWO Penang chairman Yeap Meng Chee said it was everybody’s responsibility to eradicate human trafficking.

Those who are keen to attend the event, please register by calling 04-2298355 (Nancy)/012-3046301 (Yeap)/016-4879850 (See) or emailing ncwopg@gmail.com.

Closing date is Sept 19.

Registration fees are RM20 for adults and RM15 for affiliates and students.

Also present were state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh, NCWO Penang secretary Katherine Ong and NCWO Penang committee member Molly Mark.

Kawasan hijau Balik Pulau semakin terancam

Sumber: FMT News

GEORGE TOWN: Kawasan hijau di Balik Pulau semakin terancam disebabkan pelbagai projek pembangunan tidak terancang yang diluluskan kerajaan negeri pimpinan DAP, dakwa Ahli Parlimen Balik Pulau Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.

Katanya sebelum ini kawasan itu merupakan kawasan hijau yang bersih dengan kampung tradisional terpelihara dengan baik selain kebun buah-buahan dan sawah padi.

“Ketika era pentadbiran Barisan Nasional (BN), tidak ada kondominium atau banglo mewah di tengah-tengah hutan di Balik Pulau. Kami benarkan pembangunan namun kami laksanakannya berdasarkan pelan struktur dan hanya kawasan tertentu boleh dibangunkan,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas melawat Hospital Pulau Pinang bersempena sambutan Aidilfitri hari ini.

Hilmi yang juga timbalan menteri kesihatan mengulas kenyataan Ahli Parlimen Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw yang mengeluh mengenai perubahan di Pulau Pinang dan kehijauan Balik Pulau yang semakin terhakis, menerusi akaun Facebooknya semalam. Read more

In tit for tat, Penang Umno to file motion against Guan Eng

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Penang Umno state liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said Lim Guan Eng’s (pic) refusal to relinquish his post or to take leave due to the corruption charges against him has tarnished the authority of the Penang Chief Minister’s office. — Picture by K.E.Ooi for the MMO.

Penang Umno state liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said Lim Guan Eng’s (pic) refusal to relinquish his post or to take leave due to the corruption charges against him has tarnished the authority of the Penang Chief Minister’s office. — Picture by K.E.Ooi for the MMO.

GEORGE TOWN, April 10 — Penang Umno said today it will table a motion demanding for Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s resignation, after he announced plans to file a motion condemning an Umno MP’s comments on rape victims.

Penang Umno state liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said Penang Umno has decided to ask its Opposition Leader, Datuk Jahara Hamid, to table the motion at the state legislative assembly that will start on May 19.

“We want to reiterate our call to Lim to take leave or to resign from his chief minister post until his corruption case in court is over,” he said in a statement issued today.

He said Lim’s refusal to relinquish his post or to take leave due to the corruption charges against him has tarnished the authority of the Penang Chief Minister’s office.

“Witnesses especially government officials will be at a loss and feel pressured if they are called to give their testimony in court against a chief minister who is still in office,” he claimed.

He added that the long trial of the case will also disrupt the daily schedule of the chief minister and could adversely affect the state administration. Read more

Penang govt to sue EC over delimitation exercise

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lim Guan Eng says his administration will sue the Election Commission (EC) in protest of its delimitation exercise. Pic by Ke Ooi for the MMO.

Lim Guan Eng says his administration will sue the Election Commission (EC) in protest of its delimitation exercise. Pic by Ke Ooi for the MMO.

GEORGE TOWN, April 5 ― Claiming to have new “disturbing” information, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng announced today his administration will sue the Election Commission (EC) in protest of its delimitation exercise.

He said the state government sent in a first objection to the EC on April 4 and will file a second complaint before the EC’s given deadline for objections.

“After submitting that, we realised that there is new shocking information about the redelineation exercise, so we will send in a second round of objection before April 7,” he told reporters at his office today.

He declined to disclose the information for the time being, citing the absence of state executive councillor Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim from the state. Read more

Injured inmate: Finish probe first, says Ramasamy

Source: FMT News

P Ramasamy - Pic from FMT News

P Ramasamy – Pic from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Penang police have jumped the gun by claiming the injuries sustained by prisoner Chandran Muniandy are due to a fall, said P Ramasamy.

The Penang deputy chief minister II said police should complete their investigations first before attempting to explain to the public what they believed had happened to 42-year-old Chandran.

It is for this reason too that Ramasamy refused to accept the “simple and premature” explanation they provided, adding that he would “discuss with his lawyers to make sure the family got the truth”.

“Some things the police said did not make sense,” he told FMT.

“For example, police said that Chandran’s missing toenails were removed because he had a skin disease. But I spoke to his mother and she said he didn’t have any disease.” Read more

‘Unrealistic’, ‘thoughtless’ to federalise Penang, says MCA veep

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun says turning Penang into a FT requires an amendment to the Federal Constitution, since Article 1(2) states that Malaysia is made up of 13 states. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun says turning Penang into a FT requires an amendment to the Federal Constitution, since Article 1(2) states that Malaysia is made up of 13 states. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 ― MCA senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun criticised today Umno minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor’s wish to turn several areas including Penang into Federal Territories (FT) as “unrealistic” and “thoughtless”, without any strong and compelling reason.

Chew who is also vice-president of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s Chinese party said turning Penang into a FT requires an amendment to the Federal Constitution, since Article 1(2) states that Malaysia is made up of 13 states.

“Besides fulfilling certain terms and conditions, turning an area into a FT may not be executed by merely a suggestion,” Chew said in a statement.

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Former AG: Putrajaya can acquire state territories by law

Source: FMT News

Abu Talib Othman says that provisions in the constitution however must be met, including getting the consent of the affected state government. Pic from FMT News.

Abu Talib Othman says that provisions in the constitution however must be met, including getting the consent of the affected state government. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya can acquire any part of Malaysia provided provisions in the Federal Constitution are complied with, former attorney-general Abu Talib Othman says.

He said, for a start, the affected state must consent to surrender its territory by passing an enactment in its legislature.

However, Talib said, any acquisition of state territories could be blocked now as the Barisan Nasional (BN) central government did not have the two-thirds majority in Parliament to amend the constitution.

“Also, the affected state governments through their state legislatures must pass a law with a simple majority to surrender part of their territories,” he told FMT. Read more