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.
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.
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.
There is no guarantee that those elected as civil society nominees in the Penang Forum elections on 14 November will be appointed municipal councillors come January. But it would be a major mistake for the state government to ignore the results of the poll, says Goh Ban Lee.
Penang-based civil society groups are holding a day-long event known as Penang Forum 3 to elect civil society nominees to serve as MPPP and MPSP councillors for 2011. It is the start of a journey towards full local government elections.
Penang-based NGOs and concerned individuals are rallying behind the Municipal Council president for her stand in opposing the use of Council funds to finance the controversial Penang International Convention Centre.