Former Aliran president P Ramakrishnan is joining the Penang state government in a suit against the federal government and the Election Commission to compel them to restore local council elections in Penang, writes Lim Guan Eng.
The Penang Bersih 3.0 solidarity gathering at the Esplanade on 28 April 2012 drew thousands of people, many of them reassured in the knowledge that the authorities had no objection to the event. Unbeknownst to many, Aliran had to work hard behind the scenes in the days leading up to the event.
Lim Mah Hui urges the MPPP to engage more with the people and find ways to democratise the whole planning process.
Aliran has written to the Penang Police and the Penang Island Municipal Council about the Bersih 3.0 gathering at the Esplanade this Saturday.
Aliran views with deep concern the threat by the Penang Island City Council to take legal action against Selangor MCA Beliawanis chief Jessie Ooi for having posed queer questions pertaining to the City Council and Penang during the much-hyped Lim-Chua debate recently.
Lim Mah Hui looks at budgeting in the Penang Island Municipal Council and suggests several steps for improving the process.
Two local councillors today (19 October 2011) objected to the RM50 million expenditure on the controversial subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre, dubbed sPICE, reports Susan Loone of Malaysiakini.
The Penang Forum is deeply concerned over the manner in which the concession agreement between the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) and the project concessionaire for the sPICE centre was signed.
What type of development do we want for Penang? Is it rampant and unbalanced development or is it sustainable and balanced development, asks Lim Mah Hui.
Penangites turned out enthusiastically to support a civil society initiative towards local democracy, reports Tan Seng Hai.