The lesser devil is still a devil

Flood. Again.

Within 9 months after the 2008 General Elections, YB Ng Wei Aik put up a banner claiming that they have solved the flood problem of Penang.

Fast forward 9 years later, it is proven that it was not solved yet. Penangites have experienced so many times of flood disasters that probably many would have lost count.

Last weekend was another occurrence of flood that has caused massive problems including loss of belongings and traffic jams. By now, many would have aware that there are ‘new flood areas’, which are places that was never flooded before.

The water that floods Penang is murky and brown in colour. I don’t think that the rain water is naturally brown in colour. And I don’t believe that the dirt on the road and the garbage has caused the water to turn into brown colour either.

Logically, I think it is fair to assume that the colour of the water is caused by red soil. In Penang, there are few places that we can find obvious red soil; the deforested hills and areas with new developments.

I wouldn’t come to a conclusion that deforested hills and over-developments are the only causes of floods; but it could be one of the few main reasons other than poor drainage and flood mitigation systems.

Despite 9 years of DAP taking over the state government as well as the local government, it is to my bewilderment that there are still people who compares the flood situation with during the BN-led era and ‘rationalize’ that the current government can be excused for the flood that has happened.

I was terribly shocked with the reasoning of this group of people for blaming the then BN-led government. If we keep on looking backwards to justify that the current DAP-government can be forgiven for their errors, then we will not be able to look forward and solve the problem of the present.

If I were to answer whether the flood is worse during the BN-led era, I wouldn’t have an accurate answer to it and I don’t think we should even waste time comparing it. What the Penangites need now is to look at the existing problem and solve it. Even if the problem is not as bad as previously, it is still a problem.

We shouldn’t be giving an excuse to a government to avoid their responsibility to solve issues that arises. We cannot afford to wait until the matters grow into the worst situation ever, then only to start to take it into consideration. In fact, we should prevent it at the first place.

The new generation of politicians must not play the blame game. To move forward, we must own our responsibility and do not politicise matters that needs to be solved immediately.

Comparison of who did worst is not a wise way to make a judgement whether a government is good or bad. We have to be really worried if there are people making such justifications. Because by doing that, we are only choosing the better devil out of devils. We are still choosing a devil, in that sense. We must be choosing who the better angel is instead!

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 7th April 2017.
















Do not be played out by hatred and fear

When everyone was still a small little kid, we all know very well how to get our parents to buy the toys that we wanted. Sometimes we beg. At times we cry. The worst of all is to throw a tantrum and get what you want. All these involved influencing our parents through emotions. Either they felt pity over the cries and give them the things that they wanted. Or they are just simply feeling frustrated over the tantrum and wanted to stop it.

Hardly there is any kid would negotiate and articulate the valid reasons on why they would need this or that toy. They aren’t even knowledgable enough yet to tell their parents that certain toys would help develop their brains or physical ability. Emotion is the easiest way to influence their parents.
This is us humans. Most of the time when things happen, we tend to be influenced by our emotions first then only we start to think rationally. But sometimes certain decisions made were too late before we start to think.

A life example would be when we wanted to buy a smartphone. When we are looking out for choices, we are easily influenced by the advertisement or peer pressure. We are attracted to how some smartphones can perform, the technology that it has, the newest apps that it can supports and many other amazing features. We wanted to feel trendy. We wanted to feel technologically-savvy. We want people to know that we are using the best smartphone. Subconsciously, we will then buy the smartphone and then only realise that we probably use some of the feature only.

The same thing happens in politics. Think about it, in public speeches, why do some politicians used words that will incite hatred, fear or anger? Why do they raise up the mistakes of their opponents more than telling the people on what their own capabilities are?

We have to look into the recent issue by DAP’s Hew Kuan Yau or better known as ‘Superman’. It is widely known throughout the nation how vulgar and offensive his words are in his speeches. Many times, at the end of the speech, he makes people feel so angry towards the government.

Last week, when the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie was banned due to a gay character, Hew Kuan Yau has posted very offensive remarks towards the Prime Minister and his wife on Facebook. I may agree that the movie shouldn’t be banned and the Censorship Board has to review their guidelines. But then, I don’t think that Hew has to resort to throw in vulgar and offensive remarks towards the PM. Due to that, he was arrested by the police.

If we can recall, remember in the middle of 2016, Hew announced that he quits DAP due to his Facebook postings in which he insisted that South China Sea belongs to China, drawing the ire of netizens.
Today, when he was detained by the police, suddenly the DAP top leaders were standing next to him backing him up over the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ issue.

I don’t have to explain much, but look at how the DAP plays on issues that easily plays the emotions of the public.

The same goes to the many attitudes of other politicians including the ones from DAP, Pakatan Harapan or even Barisan Nasional. Politicians are people who have followers, it is only a matter of the numbers. It is important to show the people especially the followers on how we should behave in the community.

The same things goes to the Tanjong MP, Ng Wei Aik who has parked his car illegally on a walking pavement and just exactly beside a fire hydrant. The Penang state government has been so aggressively issuing summons and towing cars which has been parked at illegal spaces; and yet an elected representative coming from the party that governs Penang is doing the exact opposite. It is a big slap to their own party leaders that they do not walk their talk. He has even brushed off the journalist who asked for his opinion on that matter.

Therefore, we must remind ourselves that the leader that we choose not only must know how to govern a state or represents the constituents. But an elected representative’s character is also important in shaping the community that follows them.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 24th March 2017.















Double Standard Practice

In life, we always hate people who practices double standard. They treat different people of different groups, differently. Generally, the community dislike such people as they treat different people or groups unequally depending on the status or position.

It is even worse when we have political leaders practicing the ‘double-standard’ way. Not only that they are treating people unequally; but they are showing the community that it is a norm to do it.
Recently, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained several individuals for investigation over a corruption case in Johor which involves the officers and the son of the state’s Housing and Local Government EXCO. MACC has believed that the suspects played a part in a land scandal.

In response to the issue, the great YB Lim Kit Siang called for Johor’s Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin to go on leave pending the MACC investigation into the corruption linked to land conversion case.

We are really not sure how on what basis that such a long-time politician in urging such actions to be taken.

First of all, the case in involves the son of a Johor State Exco member and not the Menteri Besar.
Secondly, the Johor State Exco, Abdul Latif Bandi has taken leave from his position in the government to allow the investigation to be done without any interference.

Back to the north; in Penang, all Penangites knew that the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was charged in court over a land issue as well. But no leaders from DAP has called for the Chief Minister to go on leave from his position.

In the south, it was not the Menteri Besar of Johor nor his officers or son investigated for the case; but Lim Kit Siang calls for him to go on leave. In the north, the Chief Minister was investigated and charged to court for the land issue; and yet Lim kept quiet about it. It is such an obvious double standard practice by the DAP leader.

The double standard practices by DAP has also been shown towards the former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir. When Tun Dr. M was still the Prime Minister, the DAP especially Lim Kit Siang has so much hatred towards him that they criticised every public policy and actions that Dr. Mahathir has taken. It seems that the government that Dr. Mahathir led is so bad.

And today, when Tun decides to form a political party to challenge UMNO, and suddenly he was deemed as a good politician, and the DAP leaders start to cooperate together with him.

Probably, as ‘true politicians’, the DAP leaders were right. They were playing politics all the way from the beginning just to make sure they survive and win politically. They were playing so much politics that they probably ignored developing the community.

Probably the old leaders have dementia that they cannot remember what they have said and preached previously.

For whatever reason they are practicing double standards, as leaders, they are showing a bad example for the community. For those who look up to them, they might think it is a right thing to do.
Our community is already sick with so many social issues happening around. We must not keep on encouraging the people to do the wrong thing.

If the political leaders cannot show a good practice in life; maybe it is time for the people from the grassroots to teach the leaders what is right. We should take the initiative to tell them that their actions are not right.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 10th March 2017.


















Love Penang is not just a lip service. Prove it with actions.

Love is probably one of the words that are used often around the world. And it is definitely a popular word in Penang recently especially last week during the Valentine’s Day.

Every living being in this world experiences love since the day they were born. The ‘love experience’ is different in everyone and in every different phase of life.

When we were born, we feel the love from our parents through their care and nurture. When we start to grow up, we have friendships to love. To a certain point of time, some will have partners, get married and have a family on their own.

We all know love can only be proved through actions.

But there are also many people who talks only about love but doesn’t show it in their actions. These are one of the causes of arguments and relationship issues.

If we are not cautious, we might end up having ‘love issues’ with the DAP leaders. The Penang State Government that they are representing now has recently launched an ‘I Love Penang’ campaign. It appeared to be a long-term campaign by DAP as we can see that the slogan were used in many different events across Penang.

Just because a minister has a thought about converting Penang into a federal territory and talks about it in an interview, DAP launched such a massive campaign against it. Did they realise not that, the idea was not officially proposed. Even if it was officially proposed, it requires a very tough process to pass through.

Article 1(2) of our federal constitution states that Penang is one of the 13 states in the federation and Article 2 states that even merely altering the boundaries of any state requires consent of that particular state and the Conference of Rulers.

It is almost impossible to make such amendments even if Barisan Nasional were to gain power in the state again.

As usual, DAP are so immersed into politicking that they grab any single opportunity from the words of people to turn it into a political issue. And this time, the words of Tengku Adnan Mansor which didn’t even made it to the ‘official table’.

When the DAP launched the ‘I Love Penang’ campaign, again that they have forgotten that there are still many issues that were not solved by them yet. By not solving them, it is just a proof that their campaign is just a lip service.

Hill deforestation, flood issues, traffic congestions, sales of heritage sites to foreigners, unsustainable development, lack of low medium cost houses, loss of foreign direct investments (FDI), closure of factories, and many other local issues which affects the livelihood of the people.

Amusingly, there are even some DAP leaders who still blames the previous state government for the mistakes done today. It has been nine years the DAP has taken over the Penang state government. After nine years, if they are still blaming the previous state government for the problems of today, they can only blame themselves. They are slapping themselves as it shows that their ‘love’ is without ‘actions’.

On the matter of turning Penang into a federal territory, I am confident that Gerakan Penang will not allow it to happen as well. As to my personal stand, I strongly believe that Penang should always stay as a state of its own.

Let us not be swayed away by the way DAP play politics and focus on what we need to do to really love Penang. To Love Penang, we need to save Penang.

Let’s not merely say that we love Penang; let us show the truth by our actions.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 25th February 2017.


爱是世界各地的人们最经常使用的词语之一, 而它最近在槟城绝对是最受欢迎的词语, 特别是在上个星期的情人节。

每个生命在诞生的那天起,就会感受到爱。每个人的“爱的体验” 是不一样的,每个人在生命中的每个阶段,对“爱” 也会有不同的感受。

当我们出生时,我们感受到父母亲照料和培育我们的爱。 当我们成长时,我们有友谊的爱。来到生命的某个阶段, 有些人会寻觅到真爱,与自己的爱人结婚及拥有一个家庭。


但也有很多人只懂得谈论爱,却不曾在行动中证明爱, 这是引发争论和破坏关系的主因。

行动党领导的槟州政府最近发起了“我爱槟城”运动。 行动党似乎准备把它搞成长期运动,因为我们可以察觉到, 这个口号在槟城许多活动中被广泛使用。但是,如果我们不够谨慎, 就可能最终与民主行动党领袖产生“情伤”问题。

当时,只是因为一位部长接受采访时, 建议要把槟城变成联邦直辖区, 行动党就发起了这样一场大规模的运动来反对。他们是否知道, 这只是一个人的一个想法而已,还没有通过正式的管道被提出。 即使它被正式提出,也需要经过一场非常艰难的过程才有可能通过。

马来西亚联邦宪法第1(2)条规定,槟州是联邦13个州属之一; 而第2条规定,即使只是改变任何州属的边界​​, 也需要有关州属和统治者会议的同意。


一如往常,行动党是如此沉醉在政治伎俩之中, 他们不放过任何一个政治化课题的机会。这一次, 轮到了东姑安南的言论,即使这不是一个官方言论。

行动党发起“我爱槟城”运动之际, 他们却忘记了他们还有很多仍未解决的问题。 只要一天无法解决这些问题, 就只能证明他们的运动只是空口说白话。

屈指数来,这些问题包括在山坡砍伐森林、水灾问题、交通拥堵、 卖古迹区老屋给外国人、不可持续的发展、缺乏中廉价屋、 失去外国直接投资、工厂关闭,以及许多影响人民生活的民生问题。

荒谬的是,竟然有一些行动党领袖仍指责今天的问题, 是前朝政府犯下的错。行动党已经执政槟州9年,9年后的今天, 他们怎么还可以针对今天的问题去责怪前朝政府?事实上, 他们只能责怪自己!其实,他们正在倒自己的米, 因为种种问题已证明他们的“爱”,是没有任何“行动”的。

有关把槟城变成联邦直辖区一事,民政党绝对不会允许它发生。 至于我个人的立场,我坚信槟城必须是一个属于自己的州属。

我们千万不要被行动党玩弄政治而影响,反而, 我们必须关注应该做些什么来真正地爱槟城。要爱槟城, 我们就必须拯救槟城!


Don’t scold during the harmonious Chinese New Year celebrations

With just a blink of an eye, the Chinese New Year is about to end. The time flies simply so fast, so quick; that 15 days of celebrations is just a short moment.

The short moment that we have is a previous moment where it is one of the occasion for our friends and family to gather for a reunion.

In Malaysia, it is particularly unique when we celebrate the Chinese New Year. Not only the Chinese celebrates the occasion; but every other races comes together to celebrate. I feel it is even more special for a Malay-majority nation to observe the Chinese New Year with public holidays and we are one of the very few countries to do it. Among the other countries that observes the celebration as a public holiday are China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea and a few others.

As a Chinese, I believe many of us know that there are many rituals and customs during the Chinese New Year. One of the basic things is to usher the New Year with many positive messages and words. Our houses are decorated with bright colours especially red. Positive messages in red couplets are displayed. Beautiful greetings in Chinese New Year cards, emails, text messages were delivered to family and friends. All these are done is to hope that our family, friends and ourselves have a good year ahead. POSITIVITY is the key during the occasion. These are one of the things that we should do, but there are also things that we shouldn’t do.

I remember that my elders used to remind me and my cousins that we must not argue or scold during the CNY. We are supposed to create a happy environment. When we meet people, we must wish each other good luck, prosperity, good health, happiness and many other nice words.

This time around, there are many political leaders even trying to politicise such a harmonious occasion. I’ve been to some of the CNY events in the community, and certain DAP leaders who are up on the stage, simply just talk about politics throughout their speech. Even in the official CNY messages, politicising it and bringing negativity into it.

I agree that many Malaysians are having a difficult time with the increment of cost of living especially when families need to purchase lots of household items for the celebrations. But why can’t CNY messages be as simple as wishing Malaysians a better livelihood throughout the year ahead, hoping for our nation to develop in the coming months.

It is a matter of fact that we are facing many challenges ahead, but we are already working hard to strive through most of the time. Can’t we just put a few days off from the people to enjoy the time with the family and friends?

Even in the online news portal, Malaysiakini, tends to spin the story of the lion dance troupe who refused to perform for the Prime Minister during the Parti Gerakan national CNY open house.

Lion dance is a culture that has been practiced in Malaysia for generations. We all know well that part of the performance in the lion dance is to peel the mandarin oranges or pomelos and serves it to the guest of honour. And in the case during the Parti Gerakan CNY open house, the lion dance performer were crouching and peeling the fruits for the PM. It definitely will take some time to do a good peeling of it.

How can such a news portal spins it to a story of the lion dance troupe disrespecting the PM? How unprofessional can they be?

I wonder if they can live a day without spinning, twisting and politicking.
Again we must remind ourselves; it is not only about comparing who is the lesser devil; we must think and compare who is able to deliver better as the nation’s leaders.

And before we end the 15 days of celebration, let me wish everyone again a Happy Chinese New Year. May all Malaysians be blessed with prosperity, good luck, health and happiness!

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 2nd February 2017.