‘Prevent foreigners owning heritage buildings in Penang’

‘Prevent foreigners owning heritage buildings in Penang’

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Government has been urged to control the sale of premises in the city, recognised as a World Heritage Site by Unesco since 2008, to foreigners to ensure its heritage value remains protected.

Penang Gerakan Liaison Committee member H’ng Khoon Leng said the DAP-led state government must find a solution to prevent foreigners from owning these heritage premises as priority must be given to the locals if the premises needed to be sold.

“The ‘tidak apa’ (lackadaisical) attitude cannot be tolerated and the state government must find a way to limit the purchase of premises in the state by foreigners, especially in George Town’s heritage site,” he told a press conference, here.

H’ng said many premises in George Town, such as shophouses, were found to have been sold to foreigners, especially from Singapore, and the tenants were ordered to move out soon.

He also claimed that most of the tenants refused to move out because they had been living in these premises for a long time and had nowhere else to go as they could not afford to live in other areas due to the high rental rates.

Meanwhile, a representative of the tenants of shophouses in Lebuh Katz, Ong Cheong Pin, 54, said his landlord had given him until the end of October to move out as the owner had sold the property to a Singaporean.

“We were told to stay for six months for free before moving out but we did not agree with it as we have been living here for as long as I can remember,” he said, adding that most of the families had been there for three generations.

Tanjung MCA Youth Chief Lim Swee Bok said the state government must pay a visit and see the situation for themselves to ensure that the state’s heritage was preserved.

He also hoped that the state government would be more sensitive to the plight of the tenants and act accordingly.

— BERNAMA

‘Prevent foreigners owning heritage buildings in Penang’

‘Prevent foreigners owning heritage buildings in Penang’

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Government has been urged to control the sale of premises in the city, recognised as a World Heritage Site by Unesco since 2008, to foreigners to ensure its heritage value remains protected.

Penang Gerakan Liaison Committee member H’ng Khoon Leng said the DAP-led state government must find a solution to prevent foreigners from owning these heritage premises as priority must be given to the locals if the premises needed to be sold.

“The ‘tidak apa’ (lackadaisical) attitude cannot be tolerated and the state government must find a way to limit the purchase of premises in the state by foreigners, especially in George Town’s heritage site,” he told a press conference, here.

H’ng said many premises in George Town, such as shophouses, were found to have been sold to foreigners, especially from Singapore, and the tenants were ordered to move out soon.

He also claimed that most of the tenants refused to move out because they had been living in these premises for a long time and had nowhere else to go as they could not afford to live in other areas due to the high rental rates.

Meanwhile, a representative of the tenants of shophouses in Lebuh Katz, Ong Cheong Pin, 54, said his landlord had given him until the end of October to move out as the owner had sold the property to a Singaporean.

“We were told to stay for six months for free before moving out but we did not agree with it as we have been living here for as long as I can remember,” he said, adding that most of the families had been there for three generations.

Tanjung MCA Youth Chief Lim Swee Bok said the state government must pay a visit and see the situation for themselves to ensure that the state’s heritage was preserved.

He also hoped that the state government would be more sensitive to the plight of the tenants and act accordingly.

— BERNAMA

‘Prevent foreigners owning heritage buildings in Penang’

‘Prevent foreigners owning heritage buildings in Penang’

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Government has been urged to control the sale of premises in the city, recognised as a World Heritage Site by Unesco since 2008, to foreigners to ensure its heritage value remains protected.

Penang Gerakan Liaison Committee member H’ng Khoon Leng said the DAP-led state government must find a solution to prevent foreigners from owning these heritage premises as priority must be given to the locals if the premises needed to be sold.

“The ‘tidak apa’ (lackadaisical) attitude cannot be tolerated and the state government must find a way to limit the purchase of premises in the state by foreigners, especially in George Town’s heritage site,” he told a press conference, here.

H’ng said many premises in George Town, such as shophouses, were found to have been sold to foreigners, especially from Singapore, and the tenants were ordered to move out soon.

He also claimed that most of the tenants refused to move out because they had been living in these premises for a long time and had nowhere else to go as they could not afford to live in other areas due to the high rental rates.

Meanwhile, a representative of the tenants of shophouses in Lebuh Katz, Ong Cheong Pin, 54, said his landlord had given him until the end of October to move out as the owner had sold the property to a Singaporean.

“We were told to stay for six months for free before moving out but we did not agree with it as we have been living here for as long as I can remember,” he said, adding that most of the families had been there for three generations.

Tanjung MCA Youth Chief Lim Swee Bok said the state government must pay a visit and see the situation for themselves to ensure that the state’s heritage was preserved.

He also hoped that the state government would be more sensitive to the plight of the tenants and act accordingly.

— BERNAMA

‘Prevent foreigners owning heritage buildings in Penang’

‘Prevent foreigners owning heritage buildings in Penang’

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Government has been urged to control the sale of premises in the city, recognised as a World Heritage Site by Unesco since 2008, to foreigners to ensure its heritage value remains protected.

Penang Gerakan Liaison Committee member H’ng Khoon Leng said the DAP-led state government must find a solution to prevent foreigners from owning these heritage premises as priority must be given to the locals if the premises needed to be sold.

“The ‘tidak apa’ (lackadaisical) attitude cannot be tolerated and the state government must find a way to limit the purchase of premises in the state by foreigners, especially in George Town’s heritage site,” he told a press conference, here.

H’ng said many premises in George Town, such as shophouses, were found to have been sold to foreigners, especially from Singapore, and the tenants were ordered to move out soon.

He also claimed that most of the tenants refused to move out because they had been living in these premises for a long time and had nowhere else to go as they could not afford to live in other areas due to the high rental rates.

Meanwhile, a representative of the tenants of shophouses in Lebuh Katz, Ong Cheong Pin, 54, said his landlord had given him until the end of October to move out as the owner had sold the property to a Singaporean.

“We were told to stay for six months for free before moving out but we did not agree with it as we have been living here for as long as I can remember,” he said, adding that most of the families had been there for three generations.

Tanjung MCA Youth Chief Lim Swee Bok said the state government must pay a visit and see the situation for themselves to ensure that the state’s heritage was preserved.

He also hoped that the state government would be more sensitive to the plight of the tenants and act accordingly.

— BERNAMA

Remote Penan settlement gets latest tech for 4G and Internet

Remote Penan settlement gets latest tech for 4G and Internet

BELAGA: The Federal Government will continue to look for cheap but effective systems to provide cellular and Internet services to wider swathes of rural areas in order to narrow the digital divide between urban and rural areas.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said the government had a target that by 2020 Internet penetration will be around 95 per cent.

“To achieve this we need to look for or develop very compatible new systems,” he told reporters today after the launch of a communications tower in Long Urun, about six hours’ drive from Bintulu town.

The tower, belonging to Digi Telecommunication Sdn Bhd which allows for the provision of 4G LTE cellular and Internet services and communications system, was launched in collaboration with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

Long Urun is a Penan settlement comprising 14 longhouses, including four Kenyah longhouses, as well as SK Long Urun. It has a population of about 1,200.

The communication tower is touted as the first of its kind in the country, using the latest SmallCell (Doppler 5000) and VSAT technologies.

Salleh noted that Prime Minister Najib Razak and Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem both wanted better communications to bring about greater rural development.

He said the Federal Government would continue to collaborate with telecommunication service providers to develop the best systems which could penetrate and provide services in the most remote of rural areas.

“We have also asked MCMC to identify remote rural areas which are still without these services for us to rectify the situation phase by phase,” he said.

Salleh hoped that the Long Urun folk would use the now available services to communicate with each other and beyond.

He said they could also go online for knowledge concerning government policies and gather information so that they could discern the truth from slander and lies that were circulated.

BERNAMA

 

Penang Umno leaders win suit against Exco Dr Afif

Penang Umno leaders win suit against Exco Dr Afif

GEORGE TOWN: Four Penang Umno leaders have won a defamation suit against PKR state executive councillor Dr Afif Bahardin at the High Court here today.

Dr Afif was found to have defamed Umno lawmakers — state Opposition leader and Telok Ayer Tawar assemblywoman Jahara Hamid; state assemblymen Omar Abd Hamid and Muhamad Yusoff Mohd Noor; and Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya – at a ceramah in Seberang Jaya on April 17, 2014.

Judicial Commissioner Lim Chong Fong said Afif’s “Ni TUDM Tasek Gelugor, Butterworth, Ahli Parlimen Umno, tiga-tiga DUN Umno, ketua pembangkang, habis jual kepada syarikat kroni TUDM Butterworth” statement was proven by the plaintiffs to be defamatory.

Lim said Afif’s comment was a serious allegation that implied that the four were not fit to hold public office and had betrayed the trust of the public, owing to cronyism.

“The political image of the plaintiffs could have been destroyed when it was uttered to a crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 people.

“This was also published in newspapers later on,” he said in his ruling.

Lim said the defence’s justification of fair comment failed as the court found that there was malice in the statement.

Lim ordered Afif to pay RM70,000 in exemplary and general damages to each of the four Umno reps and RM10,000 in costs to each of the four plaintiffs with 5% interest per annum from Sept 3, 2014.

Azmer Md Saad acted for the plaintiffs while C V Prabhakaran acted for Afif.

Prabhakaran said his client would be appealing against the decision.

Rayer’s sedition trial to resume on June 27

Rayer’s sedition trial to resume on June 27

GEORGE TOWN: The trial of DAP Seri Delima assemblyman R S N Rayer, who allegedly used seditious words in the Penang state legislative assembly two years ago, will resume on June 27 after three prosecution witnesses testified today.

The three prosecution witnesses who testified in the Sessions Court on the first day of the trial were the assembly stenographer Rusli Kamaruddin, Teluk Bahang Umno Youth chief Mohd Ridzuad Mohd Azuddin and investigating officer Inspector Simon Kent.

Another prosecution witness who was supposed to testify today was the state assembly Speaker Law Choo Kiang who could not attend as he was overseas.

Rayer, a lawyer, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of uttering allegedly seditious words during a debate at the Penang State Assembly at 9.30 am on May 20, 2014.

The prosecution was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Lim Cheah Yit, while Rayer was represented by counsel Gobind Singh Deo.

-BERNAMA