Democracy and human rights will become a privilege only for urban voters if we fail to recognise the importance of economic rights, says Cheah Wui Jia.
People must be at the centre of the planning process and must participate in it, says Lim Mah Hui. They cannot be relegated to a footnote or as an after-thought.
Penang can be transformed into a place that attracts human talent and formulates people-centric policies that can transform it into a developed, sustainable and inclusive economy without poverty, says Lim Guan Eng.
Lim Mah Hui urges the MPPP to engage more with the people and find ways to democratise the whole planning process.
Eight villages from the Baram district have protested against the proposal to build mega dams in the district, reports Mark Bujang.
Soon Chuan Yean showcases Penang Forum 4, a continuing initiative to broaden public participation in local democracy, good governance and decision-making in development.
The Steering Committee of the Penang Forum is holding a public forum at the Caring Society Complex along Jalan Utama on 18 December from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu admits the state does clear forests to plant oil palm as part of efforts to wipe out poverty. But hang on a sec, says Philip Khoo; what happened to RM19bn in logging royalties that the state should have received from a hundred million trees chopped down?
The Tanjong Bunga Residents’ Association (TBRA), the Batu Ferringhi Residents’ Association (BFRA) and 140 forum participants have expressed concern over environmentally sensitive development plans for Tanjung Bunga in northern Penang Island.
Francis Loh observes that more and more Malaysians are demanding both development and democracy. The deepening of democracy in Malaysia requires the consolidation of a two-coalition political system.