Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng answers questions in THE STAR about his leadership and Penang’s situation in DAP’s 100 days in office. He fielded questions from land rights to his pet CAT project (competency, accountability and transparency), tourism, economy and recruitment of staff for his goverment. At the end, he has this to say:

I do not know whether we will succeed but I am willing to fail trying than failing to try.

Yet, has the government fulfilled whatever it set out to do before the March 8 Tsunami? NST (report inside) tries to do what it never did in BN’s 50 years of governance.

However, according to the PenangWatch website, there are some things missing in the NST report and promises not fulfilled by the Penang state government. Lim Guan Eng, hope you are reading this. Anyway, the website listed the unfulfilled promises as:

* declaration of Assemblyperson and MPs’ assets
* appoint Opposition Councilors according to vote shares in state election
* include Tamil and Chinese names in road signs
* cancel parking fee in the evening and weekends
* support Penang’s heritage
* stop local government’s corruption
* support independent media-but the state is about to start a `mouthpiece’ media soon
* meritocratic appointments for GLC/government positions -appointments seems non- transparent eg Museum Board members
* local governments’ sub-committee meetings still not open to public
* no plan for live broadcast of state assembly seating yet

Yesterday, I blogged that:

Like this, says the NST. What do you think?

94 responses »

  1. TAN C.H says:

    If things carry on,dont judge it too early.BUT if they do not FULLFILL it,WHY DONT the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT fullfill it?BE GENTLE to our people…

  2. eeyaw says:

    Hogwash!
    What about your master, Barisan when they were in power the last 50 years?

  3. HotTemp says:

    Why don’t NST list out BN’s report card too to compare ??!! Fair enough.
    No ?!

  4. jude says:

    considering the years of abuse, misuse and downright wastage during the BN coalition, this report card in my books deserves a PASS rate at least. let’s see in 4 years time, if nature runs its course. it will take some time and a great deal of political will to undo some 30 years of collateral damage. whether this state government has the stamina for it is another thing. there’s the federal connection too. good luck to LGH & co.

  5. amoker says:

    For a 3 month work, the report card is very good. HOw did NST earn the credibility to judge others? And why only Penang?

    They should have another category . Instead of not fulfilled and pushing at the federal level ( quite a judgemental comment), they should create another for “foulplay”. haha

  6. kesava says:

    About 80% of respondents were aware of blogs, which were popular with the middle class and below.

    “After making the cross matching, we found that there was no strong evidence that supports the notion that the Internet content had moved people to vote for the opposition,” Dr Baharuddin told Bernama here recently.

    He said many newspaper readers and television viewers had also switched to supporting the opposition in the March 8 polls.

    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/6/17/nation/20080617141025&sec=nation

  7. terry says:

    Hah! How dare the Arrogant and shamless BN speaker question the new government’s performance in their 100 days! the very new and inexperience PR coliation didn’t mess up social and economy condition, and we as penangites still leading the normal live after kicked the BN’s butt at 308 already won the credit! Wanna point at other to clear your 50th year old’s shit within the 100 days!!! Oh, my god! Still in the state of denial!!!!!!!!

  8. kesava says:

    OTHER STORIES : It’s Anwar’s cheap stunt for publicity, says MCA

    GEORGE TOWN (June 16, 2008): Former Gerakan and MCA strongman Lim Boo Chang has moved to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), citing the emergence of a two-party system in Malaysian politics as a persuading factor to join the federal Opposition party.

    http://sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=23222

  9. matt says:

    100 days this monkey’s askn for results what about the 50 yrs that they mismanage the country.Muttons all of them.

  10. Food for thought says:

    Although I no longer stay in Penang, I am happy to see the progress with the new DAP lead government. Given that it is only 100 days old, I am happy to note that there are improvement on better governance. I do not expect miracle overnight, but would expect to see results as the days gone by.
    For once, the Pakatan Rakyat is up-front responding to the needs of the people of which we do not see in the BN led style of governing.
    As a Penagnites, I am happy that my brothers and sisters still in Penang will have better days ahead.
    As for NST ‘ khi cheak sai”

  11. kittykat46 says:

    Barisan Nasional’s report card in the first 100 days ?
    – Petrol price spike
    – Rice shortage
    – Respin “Loss of Malay political power”
    – Makkal Osai ban , then reinstated after public outcry
    – War against Internet media continues. RPK charged under sedition act.
    – etc. etc.

    Enough is enough ! Time to kick the bastards out !

  12. imwatchingu says:

    Congratulation PR. You’ve done in 100 days more than the BN has done in the last 50 years. Carry on and show those BN idiots how a world class government should be run.

  13. moneyX3. What's so funny? says:

    MCA once said “try 4 years, die 4 years” and DAP was crushed in its Tanjung project. What MCA meant was “try Barisan 4 years, die 4 years”. Unfortunately, the voters took it as “try DAP 4 years, die 4 years”. Sigh.

    So far I think Penang did quite well despite non-cooperation from Federal govt. At the minimum, stealing of land and public money stopped. Imagine trying to do something right but there is constant sabotage by higher power.

  14. rocketman says:

    Aiya! Dear sloone, don’t give high hope to rocke-lah. Why don’t you ask ‘ How did the one-stage rocket fare after 50 years in politics?

    Looking at the rocket sending paratroopers to Penang, it’s akin to replacing Penang rojak with Malacca rojak. They are of the same genre.

    The Penang folks might like the Malacca rojak initially but it’s only transient.

    So how did the Malacca rojak taste after all this years?

    The Malacca folks had booted the rocket eunuch who had been cruising at first stage all the while in Malacca.

    The rocket has to revamp structurally, vertically and laterally before it could blast off to outer orbital space and to new frontiers.

    This means that the rocket needs a sound and professional controlled system with well equipped station and manned by well trained and an all-round captain, not a Malacca eunuch replacing another ball-less endemic yes-man.

    So how did Penang fare after 100 days? Well! This Malacca eunuch doesn’t tow the line of the Penang Chinese and the Chinese in Semenanjung. This was reflected in the campaign in the 12th GE.

    The rocket eunuchs got elected not because of their qualification, skill or knowledge but because the rakyat are damn frustrated and sored with the BNdogs.

    So when you put eunuchs into power, what did they want to show for the first 100 days? Well, first off they wanted to show that they have balls ala the the endemic ball-less yes-man who was first elected as the Penang chief.

    But alas, after all this eunuch are settling down and in plausible position, they will be like the ball-less yes-man plundering the wealth of the rakyat and state.

    These are the traits of rocket eunuchs. You can take the rocket eunuchs out from the first stage rocket, but you can’t take the first stage rocket out from the rocket eunuchs- as long as the first stage rocket is captained by the father-son supreme eunuchs eternally.

    Looking at the one stage system in the rocket, I know you know Penang will remain a pariah state for another 100 years under the rocket eunuchs.

    Penang will never be liked the pearl of the island as it used to be, not if Penang is run by a bunch of rocket idiots/ eunuchs with an out-dated rocketing system.

    Sorry Penang folks, got to endure with the Malacca rojaks in a first-stage rocket cruising at bullock cart pace- until mampus also you can’t reach your destination man.

  15. I don't mean it says:

    Not bad, not bad….at least is a cleaner Penang. I will come visit and spend till I drop death.

  16. Hahaha! says:

    Judge not and you shall not be judged! If I have to use the BN scale to see which side, the Bn or the PKR have committed failed promises to the rakyats, the result will be very obvious. Also, the PKR is trying to rid corruption, what can you say
    of the overfed BN jombies? Good try!

  17. penangkia says:

    Too early to judge. At least, they worked something out that under their authority. One thing good for sure is they already START working but other still settling the family problem.

  18. Edi神 says:

    what does the future hold for malaysia?

    Dooms??

    There are so much of uncertainty!

    I am really thinking of bringing my family to migrate for good.

    Is even harder to be husband now than during my father times!

    With all this payrise for TNB head adding fuel to fire!

  19. itioop says:

    REPORT CARD ON MALAYSIAN GOVT AFTER 50.5 years…

    1. Dropped behind Singapore in GDP

    2. Population divided along racial lines

    3. Highest price of petrol among oil exporters

  20. wits0 says:

    How could NST be anything but NaSTy? Ever since, the “N” in from of “ST”, appeared, it has spun for the gomen relentlessly. What is 100 days out of most of the 51 years?

  21. KK Lim says:

    I think LGE and team has done pretty well notwithstanding the hostile and uncooperative attitude of the central government. More important than the tangible aspects of policy initiatives such as the open tender system and land lease renewal policy is the leadership ability of the new CM and new government in convincing the people of Penang that they are going to be fair, transparent and accountable – the basic tenets of good governance.

    Mamy a new government failed when a change of government does not bring about new hopes for the people or that the people are not convinced that the changes had brought about better governance, Thailand and the Philippinrs being good examples.

    Judging from the goodwill shown the new Pakatan government by the people of Penang thus far, LGE and team must be given the credit. Having said that, the PR government must always remember this goodwill can vanish as fast if they forget the simple dictum – the people are the boss. Continue the good work of delivering what is good for the people and state and I am sure Penangites will continue to give their support.

  22. ong says:

    Some other failed promises not mentioned by NST:
    * declaration of Assemblyperson and MPs’ assets
    * appoint Opposition Councilors according to vote shares in state election
    * include Tamil and Chinese names in road signs
    * cancel parking fee in the evening and weekends
    * support Penang’s heritage
    * stop local government’s corruption
    * support independent media-state is about to start a `mouthpiece’ media soon
    * meritocratic appointments for GLC/government positions -appointments seems non-transparent eg Museum Board members
    * local governments’ sub-committee meetings still not open to public
    * no plan for live broadcast of state assembly seating yet

  23. penyokong PR says:

    lim guan eng has not started purging the party DAP
    of its narrow minded typical chinamen members.
    put it in the report card.
    all these narrow minded typical chinamen
    are a liabillity and they are no asset to the DAP.
    trust me these people will do a lotof damages
    to the Pakatan Rakyat Government.

  24. Ahila says:

    NST…PREPARE the BN report card for the past 50YEARS first…and include the amount of $$$$ spent !! Then you can ask what new Penang gov had done for mere 100 days.
    Mr.Ong..fine list..but have you once asked the Koh Soo Khoon gov if he had done any of those in list ?????……..even if you should ask; be realistic- its only 100 D A Y S !!!
    There’s a lot to be done….give them a chance.Lets join hands and wait…and see if the promises are fulfilled or not. Otherwise, come 2012..makkal sakti knows how to play the cards too !!!

  25. onn0088 says:

    it is just 100 days.. what do we expect about the new government in penang? change overnite? to me, it is already beyond my expectation of improvement in penang… especially with the new government govern with both hand tied up and many unforesee problem cause by the opposition(BN) take still in power in many government office and GLC company… if the pakatan rakyat took over the federal government during the last election, my expectation will be even higher than what they achieve today… whereby they will be full power with full authorites…

    besides, let’s look at our federal government, what they had done for the last 100 days? i would say no improvement but many damages.. sad to see that..

  26. Johnny Cheah says:

    NST your paper stinks. You guys really know how to apple polish the BN government. PR state government only 100 days and you compare, Have you compare the BN government after they have been ruling the country for 50 years. Did you see any difference 50 years ago and NOW. Of course you don’t. Why? Because you side the BN government. ME? I can see lots of difference now and 50 years ago. Our roads are full of potholes and uneven. Our drains are stuck with rubbish and it stinks. Our streets are dirty like shit. Our traffic lights are frequently down. NST, did you see all these. Of course not. BN TRIPOD. How i wish the rakyat will boycott you

  27. billauchris says:

    Looking at the report card, I must congratulate LGE and his team for having done so much for the people within such a short span of time. The efforts are really exemplary and should be emulated by all the component parties of BN.

    If there are any project(s) such as the Penang 2nd Bridge or the Monorail that could not take off, we can understand why – BN is cooking up excuses to delay implementing the said projects which they had pledged to the Penang people when it was under their administration.

    For 50 years, even in the populous area where I reside in KL , the traffic has not improved. The BN Government has neglected all the tax-payers residing along Jalan Kelang Lama right up to Subang Jaya. Every morning, unnecessary fuel is wasted because of the traffic jams. The public transport is unreliable. And, the UMNO- ultras got the cheek to advise the public to change their life style when they are not. How I wish they switch over to drive the Kanchil or the Saga for a change in an effort to save energy.

    I do not understand the mentality. You increase the price of petrol and diesel by 41% and then you came out with the brilliant idea of giving vehicles’ owners some rebates.
    Why cannot some assholes up there ever consider to hike up the fuel at lower rate? Then you do not have to tax the postal staff and cause so much of inconvenience to the vehicle owners who are eligible for the rebate? By the rebates that you are giving out, you cannot justify the 41% hike-up in fuel price to the public.

    PR, do show the BN what you can do for the rakyat and shame them if you must into action.

  28. wits0 says:

    Excellent response from the Aliran link, ktak.🙂

  29. Pegasus says:

    For a start ,the Penang Government is certainly moving in the right direction and we are still in the early stages,lets give them a chance,afterall BN were in power for more then 50 years without any report card out on them.
    LGE is certainly in the right driving seat and its not being easy with federal level being the opposition party for the Penang government,but that will change soon. BN parties in Penang will be out in full force to undermine the government and will likely to create ruckus and issue that will only trying to pull the carpet under the Penang government. In my record LGE and his goverment are certainly on the right track.

    Cheers!!!.

  30. ace says:

    PR has done exceedingly well in 100 days, considering what BN could not do in 50 years.
    Why is NST not giving a report card on BN too?
    Ha ha ha, the reason is obvious, isn’t it?

  31. Andrew says:

    Glad to see so many positive sentiments above. We’re beginning to emerge from 51 years 0f 24/7 brainwashing.

  32. dontbehypocritelah says:

    Over 50 years of corruption, abusing, looting, stealing, and bankrupting the country, now you want the new state governments to perform miracle in just 100 days. Frankly, who cares what NST, Star, Utusan, etc… says. Come next, election, BN gets buried. That’s the rakyat’s promise.

  33. Discrimination69, says:

    NST should list Federal Government and Federal Territory/ KL 100 days performance.

    Police corruption
    Marine police corruption
    ACA corruption
    Attorney General
    SPR corruption
    Military corruption
    Education fiasco
    University intake
    Scholarship awards
    Professorship corruption in Universities
    Judges complaints
    Appointment of Judges
    Toll hikes
    Oil hikes
    Flour hikes
    cooking oil hikes
    Rice hikes
    Cooking oil shortage
    Chicken price hikes
    Pork price hikes
    Fish price hikes
    Vegetables price hikes
    Public transportation price hikes
    Port Klang FTZ
    Lingam Tape commission
    Ilegal foreigners
    Project IC in east Malaysia
    Increased crime
    ISA
    OSA
    Printing Publishing Press Act
    University & colleges Act
    Lina Joy case
    Body snatching cases
    Worship places for non muslims
    Civil service promotions/places
    Bloated inefficient civil service
    Car AP’s
    Customs Dept corruption
    Immigration Dept corruption
    RELA corruption
    Local council corruption
    Review all All Ministries/ Ministers corruption records
    No ending – all screwed up by UMNO, Untuk Melayu No Opposition aka For Cronies Only

    Any improvements or still same old BN style?

  34. donplaypuks says:

    Dear Susan

    We cannot seem to get away from our obsession with this ‘100 days’ performance review, which is really a concept imported from USA.

    It is interestingto note that if JFK had been held accountable for his place in history on his performance during his 1st 100 days as USA President, he might well have been legally hung by his own Democratic Party!

    It was Communist Russia which came up with 5-year Economic Programme blocks & cycles as opposed to the year to year planning which until Lenin, was what the West called long-term planning!

    The person who then took a quantum leap and made popular the term ‘paradign shift’ was none other than our own Dr.Mahathir who took a 30 year leap with his Vision 2020 which is now mimicked by many of his detractors. Now, that is what long-term economic planning is all about; the Global Economy has rendered useless 5-year cycles.

    Our problem that is that for 50 years we failed to hold the BN coalition and Govt accountable for its doctrinaire policies and its indiscriminate implementation of the NEP resulting in abject racial polarisation and endemic corruption, until we took hold of our senses on 8th March 2008.

    And we want to whip DAP & PKR into shape after 100 days?

    Come on! Get real!!

  35. F. Lin says:

    Is only 100 days!!!! People what do you expect. They have a 5 years contract with us…. let them prioritize it first than do a report maybe a year from now. I cannot believe even the Tamil and Chinese name for road sign is part of the 100 days not done yet list.

  36. it’s easier to be on opposition side… that’s all that i can say

  37. […] Promises Penang did not keep after 100 days Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng answers questions in THE STAR about his leadership and Penang’s situation […] […]

  38. Kherry Scarry says:

    LGE, 100 days so far so good, keep up the good work…surely still obstacles here and there, preseverance……..100 days of Badwee Govt, flip flop and overnight decisions and inflation – Rakyat hardship.

  39. PHUA KL says:

    Dear Susan

    This is third rate propaganda from the Mainstream Media, as I have commented elsewhere. I’ll repeat myself here:

    1. Title of piece fits the content of the article poorly
    2. “Political observers question the motive of bringing up the issues over and over again” Who are these political observers? The writer of this propaganda piece?
    3. Quote 1 person in the article and imply that it represents the opinion of all Penangite voters? You get an F for this in statistics class!

    As for the other items on the “report card”,
    Toll review: the Fed govt is responsible for the toll agreements, the contents of which are deemed to be of such vital national importance that they are protected under the Official Secrets Act.
    Attract top academics back to Penang: in 100 days ????!!!! Let’s see, famous Professor X from Harvard and famous Professor Y from Cambridge (all former Penangites) will drop all of his/her world class research, abandon his Master and PhD students, hand over all the remaining lectures to the Teaching Assistants, give up tenure, break the contract and pay the fine, ship all the kids back in the middle of the school year, etc etc to serve the people of Penang.
    Childcare facilities: Let’s see. The PR govt in Penang will copy the dictatorial ways of the PAP and order all employers to provide on-site childcare within 100 days (or else!)
    Flexi hours: Let’s see. The NST version of the dictionary of the English language does not define flexihours to include the long hours of the hardworking new PR officials. But it probably includes the “flexi hours” of the previous state no-show, late-show, or mid-show state assemblymen

    Phua Kai Lit (part of the academic fraternity, but not a top academic and not a Penangite)

  40. alrawa says:

    I am willing to fail trying than failing to try – I am smelling a LOSER here.

  41. Promises and buttocks kissing are only made to win votes during elections ,be they BN or opposition members they are all politicians since time immemorial,everyone knows that.
    I learned that in school when I was just a kid.
    Trust one of them and you will regret for the rest of your life and you do not need to show you have the brain of a mouse to be one. Just be a convincing liar and fact twisting bustard you are like Mamak Mahathir.
    The Chinese has a saying ‘crows all over the world are black’ and also just like the Mamak ! When you cannot get on anywhere in life, be a politician and make broken promises and you might become the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

    Not many Tan Sri Dr. Tan Chee Khoon are there left in Malaysia ?

  42. eeyaw says:

    To me as long as LGE measures up to or exceeds that of Barisan, he deserves every vote we gave him, DAP & Pakatan Rakyat. To NST go fly kite with your master!

  43. kai says:

    Wow!, Only in power for 100 days and we all expect them to fulfil all their promises. What about the remaining 1,726 days left? Shake legs and do nothing?

    Are we comparing apples (PR) with apples (BN) here?

    Common guys, even if they achieve 30% of their promises, is still consider a success story, or you all prefer the Old Same Old Same of past 50 years rule.

    We tend to forget that some of the promises need funding assistance from the Federal government to implement. Are you willing to pay more taxes/levies?

    To me, I would give them another 5 years at least before consider voting them out. Of course unless I get a ‘Datukship’ before then hehehehehe!

  44. kesava says:

    Tan Chee Koon who begged a seat for his son to get into UM?
    Tunku Abdul Rahman said that.

  45. danet7882 says:

    It’s not easy to run a company which is in deep trouble not to mention a state or a country, believe me. DAP inheriate a state which was control, pampered, abuse by the previous government. LGE need time to put things in order and things does not change overnight. Be fair to them, let them manage for 1 term if nothings change them I’m sure people of penang will ‘change’ them.. Look at BN, 50 years in charge and we don’t see any improvement.. They will argue that they build this and that (KLCC, Sepang, KL Tower…etc…) but without those greedy dogs, we might achieve what Singapore had over these few decade.. they might be small but the singapore’s government show they got the ball and wisdom to do things right..

  46. David says:

    Ask the Federal government not to delay but to provide whatever funds requested by the Penang government.
    Then only can you critize after that.
    Use your common sense please….,NST!
    Who’s the villian and who’s the crook?
    I’m pretty sure you know who!!!

  47. David says:

    Pak Lah promise us a lot of things but cannot make it, not even in a day or two so what else can you expect to see for 100 days from DAP!

  48. billauchris says:

    The list of expediture that the BN squandered and wasted speaks volumes of the “efficiency” of BN the past 50 years. What can you boast now? The list is merely the tip of the ice-berg.

    Give LGE an opportunity to rule Penang, Three months are too short a period for evaluation.

    I posted this blog somewhere else, I thought readers might be keen to compare what PR and BN did thus far.

    1. The Bank Bumiputra twin scandals in the early 1980s saw US$1 billion (RM3.2 billion in 2008 ringgit) wasted;
    2. The Maminco attempt to corner the world tin market in the 1980s is believed to have cost some US$500 million (RM1.6 billion);
    3. Betting in foreign exchange futures cost Bank Negara Malaysia RM30 billion in the 1990s;
    4. Perwaja Steel resulted in losses of US$800 million (RM2.56 billion). Eric Chia was charged with corruption for allegedly steering US$20 million (RM64 million) to a Hong Kong-based company;
    5. Use of RM10 billion public funds in the Valuecap Sdn. Bhd. operation to shore up the stock market;
    6. Banking scandal of RM700 million losses in Bank Islam;
    7. The sale of M.V. Agusta by Proton for one Euro making a loss of €75.99 million (RM 348 million);
    8. Wang Ehsan from oil royalty in Terengganu amounting to RM7.4 billion from 2004 – 2007;
    9. For the past 10 years since the Philharmonic Orchestra was established, this orchestra has swallowed a total of RM500 million;
    10. In Advisors Fees, Mahathir was paid RM180,000;
    Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (Women and Social Development Affairs)RM404,726; and Abdul Hamid Othman (Religious Affairs) RM549,675 per annum;
    11. The government has spent a total of RM3.2 billion in teaching Maths and Science in English over the past five years.
    Out of the amount, the government paid a whopping RM2.21 billion for the purchase of information and computer technology (ICT) equipment of which the breakdown of costs is unknown;
    12. The commission paid for the purchase of jets and submarines to two private companies, Perimeker Sdn Bhd and IMT Defence Sdn Bhd amounted to RM910 million;
    13. RM300 million to compensate Gerbang Perdana for the RM1.1 billion “Crooked Scenic Half-Bridge”;
    14. RM1.3 billion has been wasted building the white elephant Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facilities on cancellation of the Malaysia-Singapore scenic bridge;
    15. RM100 million spent on the Parliament building for renovations and to patch up leaks;
    16. National Astronaut Programme – RM 40 million;
    17. National Service Training Programme – yearly an estimate of RM 500 million;
    18. Eye on Malaysia – RM30 million and another RM5.7 million of free tickets;
    19. RM4.63 billion ‘soft-loan’ to Port Klang Free Zone;
    20. RM2.4 million on indelible ink for 2008 election;
    21. Samy announced in September 2006 that the government paid compensation amounting to M38.5 billion to 20 highway companies. A RM380 million windfall for 9 toll concessionaires earned solely from the toll hikes in 2008 alone;
    22. RM32 million timber export kickbacks involving companies connected to the Sarawak Chief Minister and his family;
    23. Two bailouts of Malaysia Airline System at RM7.9 billion. At a time when MAS incurred losses every year, RM1.55 million was used to buy three paintings to decorate its chairman’s (Munir) office;
    24. Putra LRT bailout which cost RM4.486 billion;
    25. STAR – LRT bailout costing RM3.256 billion;
    26. National Sewerage System bailout costing RM192.54 million;
    27. Seremban – Port Dickson Highway bailout costing RM142 million;
    28. Kuching Prison bailout costing RM135 million;
    29. Kajian Makanan dan Gunaan Orang Islam bailout costing RM8.3 million;
    30. Le Tour de Langkawi bailout costing RM3.5 Million ;
    31. Wholesale distribution of tens of millions of shares in Bursa Malaysia under the guise of NEP to cronies, children and relatives of BN leaders and Ministers worth billions of ringgits;
    32. APs scandal that has been going on year-after-year going back for more than three decades, involving a mind-boggling sum of tens of billions of ringgit;
    33. Alienation of tens of thousands of hectares of commercial land and forestry concessions to children and relatives of BN leaders and Ministers worth tens of billions of ringgit;
    34. Travel around Malaysia and see for yourself how many white elephants like majestic arches, roads paved with fanciful bricks, designer lamp posts, clock towers, Municipal Council buildings
    that look more like Istanas, extravagant places of worship, refurbishment of residences of VIPs, abandoned or under-utilized government sports complexes and buildings, etc! Combined they could easily amount to hundreds of billions of ringgit;
    35. Since 1997, Petronas has handed out a staggering RM30 billion in natural gas subsidies to IPPs who were making huge profits. In addition, there was much wastage and forward trading of Petronas oil in the 1990s based on the low price of oil then. Since the accounts of Petronas are for the eyes of the Prime Minister only, we have absolutely no idea what the amount is.

    Whatever amount it is, you can bet it is COLLOSSAL! In the Time Asia magazine issue on March 15 2004, a South East Asian economist at Morgan Stanley in Singapore, Daniel Lian, figures that the country may have lost as much as U$$100 billion (RM320 billion) since the early 1980s to corruption.” Mind you, this is only corruption and it does not include wastages and mismanagement which would increase the amount!

    If the above list (which could have been money saved) is added to the nation’s coffers and together with Petronas’ profits; palm oil profits; and profits from rubber, tin, agriculture produce, aquaculture produce, electronic and hardware exports etc, for the past 5 decades, we can all agree on one thing – our country would be wealthier than Venezuela who has little resources except for oil.

    The petrol in Venezuela is RM0.16 per litre!

  49. space man says:

    He who plays with fire gets burnt.

    He who plays with rocket ends up like this -> Rocket exploding

  50. caravanserai says:

    100 days for Penang
    The PR government tries
    In its administration to satisfy
    The wishes promised in the March 8 election

    Things may have moved
    Albeit not all can be done
    In 100 days I don’t expect much
    Give PR 3 years before one tries
    To say they can’t keep promises
    Made to the people for the people

    At least there is something done
    A slow growth nothing to feel sorry
    Like a young shoot it will grow big and strong
    Flexible in distribution its goods
    In time the benefits will shoot in

    It is good LGE dares to fail
    Then doing nothing at all
    In a way he tries
    There will be improvements
    When he gets on with his agendas

    BN roaring and shouting
    Barking for gold light
    As they walk into the dark
    Will the MSM media say anything?
    It is only within the 4 walls it sinks

    The spinning top
    It makes BN headaches
    Where it will land?
    Somewhere on the piracy island

    LGE will carry it through
    The hurdles he will chop off
    Slowly a new horizon will be seen
    For the people……….

  51. penang kid says:

    In the first place, LGE shouldn’t be the Penang CM. LKT and son have hijacked the post of CM of Penang.

    LGE is nothing but a terrorist from the belacan Melaka.

    Boot LGE back to Malacca taking care of the eunuchs in Malacca.

  52. hang jebat says:

    Alamak. This LGE had been drinking water from the well of Hang Tuah. Now he has grown up instead of contribute to the well being of Malacca, he goes to Penang screwing up the state.

    I hope he doesn’t come back to Malacca, else belakang akan sakit oh!

  53. kesava says:

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — Petronas and its employees should not be made scapegoats for the increasing high crude oil price and the resulting move to raise petrol and diesel prices in the country.

    The plea was made by its president and chief executive officer, Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican, in his first live interview with a television channel yesterday.

    He said about 30,000 Malaysians work with Petronas and they have been subjected to various negative comments.

    Some of the workers take heavy risk when carrying out their work at sea but they are being hit with various negative comments, he said during RTM 1 programme “Bersemuka Dengan Media” yesterday.

    The high petrol price is a global problem and not Petronas’, he pointed out.

    The one-hour interview received more than 1,000 short message service responses.

    Many of the SMSes were on how the government had spent the money paid by Petronas and why the subsidies cannot be increased. — Bernama

  54. kesava says:

    PENANG, June 18 — Lim Guan Eng admits readily that he has no experience administering a state government.

    But the new chief minister of Penang, which fell into Opposition hands in the last election, quipped: “I also don’t have any experience in corruption.”

    After 100 days as the head of one of Malaysia’s most economically vibrant state, Lim’s report card is mixed.

    The 47-year-old politician, who is also secretary-general of the Democratic Action Party, is receiving kudos from unlikely quarters.

    At a private function at Kuala Lumpur’s Bankers Club last week, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is no fan of the DAP, gave Lim and his Opposition colleague who heads neighbouring Kedah high marks for their management skills.

    The former premier also predicted that it was unlikely the Barisan Nasional coalition government would be able to recapture the two states in the next general election, according to people who attended the event.

    But some Penangites believe that Lim could do better. They say he should move away from the sloganeering, which the DAP is well-known for, and populist pronouncements.

    “There is a lot of goodwill for the new state government,” said Khoo Boo Teik, a long-time Penang resident and prominent political analyst who teaches social science at Universiti Sains Malaysia. “But Lim and his administration need to present a clear vision on what they intend to do for Penang.”

  55. kesava says:

    But Lim, who is an accountant by training, is discovering that implementing populist policies is not easy.

    When pressed by reporters on when the state government would begin dispensing the cash handout, he said that the “mechanism” on how to implement the plan needed to be sorted out. He also refused to be pinned down to any timeframe when it would be implemented.

    Ordinary folk in Penang are willing to give Lim some latitude.

    Ibrahim Kader, a dispatch clerk for a Penang-based law firm, said that 100 days is too short to judge any government.

    “We cannot ask too much because they just came to power,” he said. — ST

  56. JAMES LOW says:

    Let’s sing to LGE and his Penang,

    A little love that slowly grows and grows…..

  57. matt says:

    Jebat oh jebat dah kena sondol by your racist cm ok but come to LGE 100 day’s nak soal pooorah,

  58. JAMES LOW says:

    Penang kid writes like an infant goat.

    Hang jebat smells like a jamban.

    BBQ them.

  59. Penangboy says:

    People above self. State above politics. i am sure YAB is doing the right thing. After all, 50 years of screwed up administration should have been judged in the ballot box. Did you vote for BN or otherwise? I know I have my conscience clean. I voted otherwise and given a choice again, i will vote against BN. Even if a monkey runs for another party, i will vote for it. I can’t stand another BN administration that continues to pump PGCC crap and scandals into my backyard. So – i think being a Penangnite, I believe it’s the right direction.

  60. zubir says:

    so they are not so efficient..alasan saja bagi..

  61. PHUA KL says:

    Wonderful work, billauchris!

    Please distribute your list as widely as possible.

    See also Prof Jomo’s non-academic book on the economic legacy of
    the previous PM (published by Forum). I can’t recall the name at the moment.

    Phua Kai Lit

  62. hang jebat says:

    Wah! eunuch LGE sure has so many sycophants licking his balls, but unfortunately a eunuch hasn’t got any ball.

    Go and lick buffalo’s ball in a padi field in adjoining Kedah-lah! Ha ha ha ha…

    All these good for nothing but useless eunuchs good for licking balls only.

  63. kesava says:

    Silly loophole on KJ’s Blog

    Possibility 2: When he feels like to defect to PR, how convenient (but he must erase the BN and UMNO logos):
    http://www.rembau.net.my/index.asp?http://keadilanrakyat.org/

    https://airkosong.com/_/2008/06/17/silly-loophole-on-kjs-blog/

  64. sklee says:

    Susan,
    Please be patient.What do you think can be accomplished in 100 days?!?I think Lim Guan Eng is on the right track.The vision he has for Penang will take time to achieve.Let us give him, say, 2 terms.After one term, we can then assess whether to give him th 2nd term.
    “We” refers to the people of Penang.For the present, he has shown that he does not tolerate corruption and he cares for the poors irregardless of races.The government is more open.This is good enough for me.Location election will take time to implement, as it is under Federal laws.We should do our part, as Penangites, to support him.
    Our main resources are all related to human capital.How about more Local investments to supplement Foreign investments.How about keeping Penang cleaner and more tourist-friendly.How about talented Penagites from other parts of Malaysia and the world coming back to Penang!

  65. PHUA KL says:

    Prof Jomo’s book is called “M Way: Mahathir’s Economic Legacy”.

  66. sklee says:

    Sorry, typo error.I mean Local Election!

  67. Dollah & Najib says:

    Dey !! Hang Jebat…musibat hang ,kepala otak hang pi lah balik kampung, wonggepoh wonggepoh..poodah !!!

  68. ah long says:

    Is than why Pak Lah is sleeping while Rome burns ??

    Who cares if Rome can be built in a day !!!

  69. NAJIB LANCHAO says:

    Pendik kata,NST mau kita benci DAP dan puji BN,ok lah… ok lah, BN bagus…skrg aku cakap mcmni,NST puas hati tak?
    betul mcm budak kecil,akbar premier pun mcm kelakuan budak!!!suka main api-apikan org lain je.itu lah aku kata: “NAJIB LANCHAO!!!”

  70. NAJIB CHIBAI says:

    lagi satu,NST tak ada topik api-apikan org yg lagi menarik ke?misalnya Anwar liwat ke???Mahathir penghianat ke?Abdulah Babi kenapa tak mau berundur ke???
    pasti paper NST lagi laku…
    Setuju???

  71. amoker says:

    Normally you whack those who are the biggest threat to you. So, good propogandas on Penang. Distract a bit from the real problems that BN has created.

    On the same vein, distracting and propogandaing.
    And if you did not notice, Petronas have started their own propoganda as well. I turn on the TV yesterday and the Merican chap is on two channels. He is so boring that one have to wonder why the 2 channels are playing it ‘live’. mOney perhaps?

    On his claim that the engineers who go to sea and sad that they are targetted, at least they are happy when they get their monthly paycheck, who lives well above the national average. Are these engineers more sad or those poor / big families that are living at the edge of the knife?

  72. aiyoo what’s wrong if rakyat complain and put pressure on penang government after all they should be closely monitored.. power easily corrupt people.. corruption don’t care if it’s PR or BN. So my take on this, keep pressuring LGE to keep promises made..

    BN or PR.. there’s no easy way once you are in office.. now opposition who just made it to the office.. less pointing fingers.. make a knuckle.. knock your head few times.. you are now in control.. so rather than just complaining and pointing fingers (opposition’s style) you act..

    don’t be NATO

    No Action, Talk Only

  73. fangs says:

    Promises Penang did not keep after 100 days

    hello susan,

    did they promise their promises to be delivered within 100 days?

    may i ask if there is any difference between “did not” and “has yet”

    thanks.

  74. tamade says:

    All of a sudden, the Bolehland F Guomen has created so many Rocketman and Spaceman, marvelous. Looks like the 20-50 million ringgit spent by Guomen is producing “results”. But don’t forget that even the USA Space Shuttle can explode, so please take precautions.

    Anyway, PR is doing fine, consider that:

    1. Arrogant F Guomen is sabotaging the 5 states under PR continuously
    2. MSM is sabotaging PR and plays racial sentiments
    3. Former leaders carting away and destroy important documents
    4. Squandering away the allocation within 2-3 months time (scorched earth policy?)
    5. F Guomen’s 50 years shit needs a minimum 10 years to clean
    6. No transparency in F Guomen, so the moving of fund to PR is unknown
    7. Mahafiraun, Roast Duck, Clown Dentist etc playing racial sentiments (sedition?)
    and many others…

    PR,especially the PAS youths have to be more versatile,alert, observant and sensitive to the surroundings. Don’t be overzealous, otherwise the Terengganu Hadi Awang’s defeat will repeat and your 3 MBs will evaporate into thin air. Be extra careful, and keep your cool mind.

  75. ktemoc says:

    “… Tamil and Chinese names in road signs …”

    Is this important, high up in the scheme of things to do?

    If I have my rathers, roads/streets should be numbered or, if necessary, named after Malaysian geographical locations (eg. Penang Road or Jln PP) and Malaysian flora (Jln Cempaka or Durian or Petai) and fauna (Lorong Kancil), and bugger human names (with the exception of ‘kayteemoc’).

  76. Lid says:

    Why hasn’t anyone voiced out to BN to keep its promises in its 50 years of administration?
    Why suddenly questioning the new Pakatan Rakyat administration after just 100 days? Is it just promises that we care about?
    Anyway I think Penangites have made the right decision to reject BN.

  77. habibi says:

    ATT:JeTT OOOI Chuuan Aann,

    Penang will “turn up side down” if u r still in Penang.

  78. Dollah & Najib says:

    Habiibi Hababa…why are you so negative ? Kurang masuk ke lah nie?

    You better check your six take as BN coalition is now upside down.

  79. lucia says:

    yes i agree. it’s only 100 days. they had done pretty good so far. don’t expect them to do so much (fulfill everything… or almost everything) within 100 days!!

    the first one declaration of assets, LGE had already explained, they need to wait for federal government to start it first as they (or rather badawi) want uniformity. of course for the sake of argument, some would say things like they don’t have to give in to the federal gomen and so on.

    the list from penangwatch – for sure some of them can’t be fulfilled within 100 days. some are on-going (which the BN for 50 years had not fulfilled it so you can’t expect PR to fulfill in 100 days!) – like stop corruption and support heritage.

  80. SM says:

    Please………

    DRAW A TABLE FOR PROMISES THAT BN GOV DIDN’T FULFILL IN THE LAST 50 YEARS.

    MAIN STREAM MEDIA SINGING SONGS ABOUT DOING THIS AND THAT SUCCESSFULLY BUT… HOW MANY BUMIPUTRA / UMNO CONTRACTORS ARE GIVEN FOR ONE PROJECT.

    ONE CONTRACTOR FOR THE FIRST JOB AND MANY OTHERS TO REPAIR OR PICK UP THE ABANDON PROJECT.

    SO ALL THE MONEY FOR DEVELOPMENT ARE ACTUALLY TO FILL UP ALL THE POCKET OF THE ABANDON PROJECT CONTRACTORS.

    SO, LETS DRAW UP A 50 YEARS UN FULFILL GOV PROMISES

  81. free says:

    Cheer up guys, it’s just 100 days.

    No worries, I’m not expecting PR to achieve everything in 100 days. Even if they cannot achieve some of the promises after 5 years after they have tried, that’s fine. The question is, did PR do better than BN? At the end of the day, we all know the answers at the bottom of our hearts.

  82. Daniel Chee says:

    Can you imagine running the country for 50 years, the BN did it with all the complications aside….can the DAP do it or the Pakatan do it, if even within the 100 days they are complaining.

    It’s way too early to compare after all.

  83. is ok for AAB and his cohort to be corrupt and big spender whereas oppos must be saint and 1st world administration style aka corrupt free, fast and furious, and 200% effisen (i.e civil officers work 12hrs 8-8 and probably camp in the office). otherwise, lge can his gang can say his seats goodbye in next 4 year, lge is better stick with oppos job criticizing where no one heed, whereas BN is ok to be corrupt ineffisen…..

  84. lge and his gang sikit sikit pun tak boleh buat like change the roadsign and declare asset. very very very disappointed ….. no different with BN at all, at least BN guarantee stability. for good administrator, 10 days already can fulfill 60% items above. this lge too much gain publicity already, from personal (travelling with no-frill airline), law-ignorant (with a sweep, he canceled at summons from town council), and charlatan (said going to be 2nd bridge, said going to have tram, said got a lot of investors, said implementing CAT) – all empty talks just like AAB!!!!

    lucky i’m not from penang, otherwise i tell my family not to cross DAP, very disappointed with lim family…..

  85. Philip L.H. LIM says:

    thx for the publication of these promises not fulfilled in 100 days. we will take note & do our utmost in the days ahead to fulfill each & everyone of them.

  86. ivan yeo says:

    Remember about last year the Pm when questioned about his performance after 3 years of his lousy adminstration said…. belum warm up…? Huh.. betul useless lah!

  87. free says:

    But, will P a k L a h break his promise that petrol will not rise until next year, in less than 100 days? Read http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/bm/news_business.php?id=339088

  88. free says:

    But, will Pak Lah break his promise that petrol will not rise until next year, in less than 100 days?

    Ekonomi

    ——————————————————————————–
    12 Jun, 2008 20:53 PM

    Minyak Petrol Naik RM3.15 Hujung Bulan Ini Jika Tidak Distruktur Semula

    PUTRAJAYA, 12 Jun (Bernama) — Kerajaan mungkin terpaksa menetapkan harga runcit bahan api yang lebih tinggi daripada RM2.70 bagi petrol dan RM2.58 bagi diesel berkuatkuasa Khamis lepas, jika ia tidak menstrukturkan sistem subsidi bahan bakar.

    Ini kerana harga minyak mentah global meningkat kepada AS$138 setong dua hari selepas itu.

    Tanpa sistem subsidi baru yang ditetapkan pada 30 sen, kerajaan mungkin terpaksa menetapkan harga pada RM3.15 seliter untuk petrol, kata Menteri Kewangan Kedua Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop.

    Menurut beliau semasa kerajaan mengumumkan harga baru petrol, harga tanpa subsidi ialah RM3.00 seliter dan dengan subsidi harganya RM2.70 seliter iaitu kurang 30 sen.

    Pada 4 Jun, kerajaan mengumumkan harga petrol dan diesel masing-masing meningkat 78 sen dan RM1 seliter.

    “Namun pada Jumaat, dua hari selepas pengumuman harga baru, harga dipasaran naik sehingga US$178 setong. Berasaskan pada harga itu, harga tanpa subsidi sekarang ialah 3.45 sen,” katanya pada taklimat media mengenai Bajet 2009 hari Khamis.

    “Harga dah naik, jadi kalau kita tidak buat apa-apa dan kekalkan sistem subsidi. Hujung bulan kita terpaksa umumkan harga minyak pada RM3.15 sen seliter,” katanya sambil menambah jumlah subsidi akan meningkat ketahap RM33 bilion.

    Nor Mohamed berkata tanpa penstrukturan semula, kerajaan mengunjurkan jumlah subsidi dari Jun hingga Disember 2008 sebanyak RM10 bilion, manakala bagi lima bulan pertama 2008, jumlah subsidi meningkat kepada RM8 bilion.

    Menurutnya jumlah hasil kerajaan dari semua sumber hanya RM147 bilion dan daripada jumlah itu, RM33 bilion harus dikeluarkan daripada bajet untuk memberi subsidi kepada syarikat-syarikat minyak kerana mereka telah diminta menjual minyak pada tahap yang rendah.

    — BERNAMA

  89. billauchris says:

    Penang should thank her lucky star to have YAB LGE to be the Chief Minister. He is a good and sincere man who learns fast. Within the frist 100 days, one cannot expect too much because he has to undergo a period of probation and orientation.

    By what he is doing, he has a model for frugality and humility as a leader. Imagine a Chief MInister flying on Economy Class! Which BN Minister would ever do that? You can rely on him to look after your resources.

    Next I learn that he is going to convert all lease-hold land to free-hold land. This a landmark attainment for all the people in Penang having lease-hold land.

    He is pressing the Federal Government to fulfill her two pre-election mega projects – the Second Pinang Bridge and the Mono-rail. And, we can understand that BN is not going to make it easy for LGE. They will try to delay as long as is possible. Remember, when Penang was under the Gerakan, the Bridge did not start construction until 15 years after the pledge was made! So patience and understanding are essential.

    The next point I need to comment is that the officers are more assessible and more service orientated.

    School rentals have been waived. That is a good move in the right direction. If I may even suggest further that allocations be made for shools’ maintenance regardless whether they are national-type or otherwise.

    DAP did not promise that it could fulfill all its promises within 100 days; they did not. So give them a little bit of time and at the end of the day, we can then look up and evaluate its performance.

    I can say this because I am a Penanigite too.

  90. tamade says:

    The Roral Commission for IPCMC was set up long ago, Pak Lah has promised to implement it because he says he is listening to the voices of the Rakyat.

    Looks like he has forgotten his pledge and it may take another 50 years to fulfill all his promises. How pathetic?

  91. wits0 says:

    The whole attempt is a very contrived spin by NaSTy and ilks in terms of time frame and in terms of scope. Trying to compare a state government with with the federal government is like attempting to pit a Kancil against a full fledge SUV. So insidious is the sycophantic MSM and its moronic determination to stupify the people at every opportunity.

  92. brian says:

    hai fellow rakyats, the BN made many promises the last 50 years and despite holding the govt at federal level too, what has come out of all that. PR govt in Penang have only completed 100 days. with the disadvantage of not having the central govt at their control, I think they are doing fine. I hope Penangites will realise this and keep supporting and cooperate with the PR govt for mutual benefit.

  93. Yunnie says:

    Penangites are reasonable and wise. They are brave enough to vote for a change in the govt. What can one achieve/see in a 100 days? Changes and improvement take time to achieve. What did the BN achieve in the last 50 yrs in Penang? Only for their only personal benefit/gain but putting the island in the worst stage I ever saw. I felt sad during my last visit 2 yrs ago. The Penang I was so proud of once upon a time became a shabby town. I sincerely wish that the present govt could bring its glory back to life. I am prepared to wait and support them no matter how long it takes.

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