Penang: Has anything changed after two years?


The call in 8 March 2008 was for change. The Pakatan Rakyat has ruled Penang since then. Two years later, what has changed? What has the new Penang state government achieved or has it lost its way? Are there obstacles we don’t know about? How has the state government responded to calls from civil society, not least the Penang Forum, for changes in the Penang Agenda? Where are we up to and what can we map out for ourselves and for the state government?

Date: Sunday, 7 March 2010 
 Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang, Penang                                    
 Penang Forum Working Group

The Penang Forum Working Group cordially invites you to participate in this timely stock take and make suggestions for the betterment of Penang.

Registration fees (incl. vegetarian lunch and tea):  RM10 per person (RM5 for students, disabled persons and pensioners). Participants are required to pre-register their attendance at the Aliran office via either telephone  04-6585251 or through the email: before 5 March 2010.

The Penang Forum is an informal network of Penang based NGOs and individuals who came together in April 2008 to chart a possible way forward for Penang.  The Penang Forum Declaration and the recommendations from 11 working groups (Environmental, Heritage, Transport, Women, Youth and Students, Person with Disabilities, Labour, The Arts, Local Government, Health and Goodwill)  were presented to the State Government in March 2009 (      


Penang: Has Anything Changed After 2 Years? 

8.15 – 9.00am Registration

9.00 – 9.10am Welcome

9.10 – 10.40am   Overview of the Challenges 

Chair: Ahmad Chik

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Federal-State relations: Francis Loh 
Budget and Economy: Lim Mah Hui 
What has been Achieved: Lim Kah Cheng 
Missed Opportunities: Anil Netto 
Open Discussion (30 mins)

10.45 – 11.15am   Coffee Break

11.15 – 11.45am The Penang Forum Experience: James Lochhead Chair: Loh-Lim Lin Lee Open Discussion (15 mins)

11.45 – 12.30pm Transport: A Case Study: Ahmad Chik Chair: Laurence Loh Open Discussion (30 mins)

12.30 – 2.00pm Lunch

2.00 – 3.00pm Seberang Prai Issues 
Chair: Kris Khaira

Housing and Flooding: Sarajun Hoda 
Environment and Youth: (to be confirmed) 
Development and Labour: T. Jayabalan 
Open Discussion (20 mins)

3.00 – 4.00pm   Local Democracy & Local Plan: Peoples’ Involvement Chair: Loh CK 

Opportunities for Local Democracy: Lim Kah Cheng 
Examples of Local Democracy in Selangor: Ong Jing Cheng 
The Penang Local Plan: Goh Ban Lee 
Open Discussion (20 mins)

4.00 – 5.00pm Moving forward 
Facilitators: Soon Chuan Yean and Prema Devaraj 
Group Discussion (30 mins) 
Open Discussion (30 mins)

5.00pm Tea and Close

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