23 Feb 2017
Johor ruler shoots down ‘not so smart’ minister’s proposal
Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar disagrees with the suggestion by Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to create more federal territories.
“Recently, a ‘kurang bijak’ (not so smart) federal minister sought to increase the number of federal territories by taking over land from states.
“Perhaps he has forgotten about the sovereignty of the states,” Sultan Ibrahim said in his speech in Muar today.
6 Feb 2017
Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had said that making Penang a federal territority would mean more affordable housing and better treatment of the state’s Malay community.
Penang affordable housing – Harapan’s 20,887 vs PR1MA’s zero
The Penang government’s policies had allowed 20,887 affordable housing units to be built since 2008, with another 65,796 units to be built over the next 10 to 15 years.
State exco member in charge of housing Jagdeep Singh Deo said that in contrast, not a single affordable home under Putrajaya’s PR1MA and PPA1M housing scheme has been built in the state.
He said the applications for the PR1MA housing scheme only surfaced in 2015 and approvals could not be granted because several compliance issues were not met.
“The delivery of such affordable housing by the Pakatan Harapan government speak for itself.
“The number of low and low-medium cost units built during BN’s rule (2000 to 2007) was only a dismal 5,124 units,” Jagdeep said during a press conference today.
Jagdeep said the Malay communities were not left out of the state’s affordable housing scheme as “almost half” of the units were allocated to Malays.
He said 5,686 Malays, 3,029 Chinese, 872 Indians and 36 others obtained low cost homes, while 2,188 Malays, 3,498 Chinese, 550 Indians and 30 others have obtained low-medium cost homes.
6 Feb 2017
Explain ‘Malays neglected in Penang’ remark to police, Ramkarpal tells Ku Nan
A DAP lawmaker has called on Federal Territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to explain his “Malays neglected in Penang” remark to the police.
Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh said this today after lodging a report at the Dang Wangi police headquarters against Tengku Adnan, as the statement had “undermined the Penang state government”.
“I don’t see him (Tengku Adnan) going on a U-turn (on his statement). 48 hours is a long time for him to retract (his statement).
“The point is this: It is up to him to explain to the police. We’ve done our part to lodge a report,” said Ramkarpal, who was accompanied by Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) Assoc Prof Kartini Aboo Talib@Khalid said thst in order for Penang to be turned into a FT, it would require two-thirds support in the Dewan Rakyat, the state’s approval and also the okay from the Conference of Rulers.
4 Feb 2017
Now it’s out in the open: UMNO doesn’t care for non-Malays. We knew this all along as well as the fact that they despise their MCA, MIC and Gerakan junior partners…
Tengku Adnan said that the federal government will ensure that the development in the state is enjoyed by all and not by only one race. That is a lie.
Ku Nan: Proposal to turn Penang into FT to help neglected Malays
The idea to make Penang a federal territory is to ensure equal development in the northern state, said a cabinet minister.
Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said it was not to extend authority over the state but to help the Malays.
“We know what is happening in Penang. They (the state government) does not care about the Malays,” he told reporters after the Federal Territory ‘Khatam Al-Quran 2017′ programme in Putrajaya today.
He said if the matter can be realised, the federal government will ensure that the development in the state is enjoyed by all and not by only one race.
2 Feb 2017
Penang FT plan a ruse to wrest control, says Zairil
GEORGE TOWN: DAP’s Zairil Khir Johari has renounced Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Mansor’s suggestion to make Penang a new Federal Territory( FT), calling it an attempt to get rid of the state government.
Zairil said should Penang become FT, there would be no state legislature, no chief minister and all powers would be given to a mayor.
“It is a backdoor way to wrest control over Penang, because once it is a FT, there will be no longer a state assembly, let alone a state government.
“The mayor would be a federal government appointee. The mayor will be all powerful under the orders of the FT minister,” the Bukit Bendera MP told FMT.
Meanwhile, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) Assoc Prof Kartini Aboo Talib@Khalid also agreed that all powers would be bestowed on a mayor if Penang becomes FT.
“Gerrymandering can be done in Penang for BN to gain back the state but again, even with changing the boundaries, the true fight is the voters’ vote to elect.
“A simple majority means voters are still the main players in the election,” the academician with UKM’s Institute of Ethnic Studies said when contacted.
Tengku Adnan, in the interview in conjunction with Federal Territories Day on Feb 1, said he “would like to expand the Federal Territories” so more funds can be allocated to the territories.
“If I can, I would take Langkawi, Penang and certain parts of Malacca,” he said.
The federal territories includes Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.
‘Tidak, pu yao, mudiathu’, Guan Eng tells minister seeking Penang as next FT
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 — Saying “no” in three different languages, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng rejected today Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor’s desire to stake federal control over the northern state as well as Langkawi and parts of Malacca.
Lim who is also secretary-general of DAP, which is an Opposition party at the federal level, chided the Federal Territories minister for raising the issue in public before discussing it with the states concerned, news portal Free Malaysia Today reported.
“We are not happy to give up our state. This is unacceptable. We will tell Adnan ‘Tidak, pu yao and mudiathu’,” he was quoted telling a news conference in George Town, Penang.
Guan Eng rebuffs ‘conquerer’ Ku Nan over Penang FT proposal
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has voiced strong objection against a proposal to turn Penang into a federal territory.
The proposal, which also included Langkawi, was made by Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor in an interview with BFM 89.9 yesterday.
“We are not happy to give up our state. This is unacceptable. We will tell Adnan ‘Tidak, bu yao and mudiathu’,” he reportedly told a press conference in George Town today, using the words for “no” in Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and Tamil.
“It is strange and inappropriate. Don’t even try it. Penangites will never be happy to become an extinct state. This can be considered seditious,” he was quoted saying by Free Malaysia Today.
He added that the proposal threatens unity.
“I do not want to be the last chief minister of Penang. There will be other CMs after me. I do not want to be a pembelot dan pengkhianat (traitor),” he said.