Sunday, 25 December 2011

Penang gets greener

Video by Jimmy Leow

Penang Car Free Day

The Car Free Day will take place every Sunday at certain stretches of roads in George Town. Motorised vehicles, including motorcycles, are disallowed on these stretches from 7am to 5pm.

Beach Street will be off limits to motor vehicles from the China Street junction to the Union Street junction, while both Bishop Street and Church Street will be closed from the Beach Street junction to the Penang Street junction. The whole of Church Street Ghaut will be closed.

Video by TT Loo and Jimmy Leow,
Edited by Jimmy Leow

Penang International Science Fair draws thousands

The Penang International Science Fair held on Dec 10 at the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) attracts more than 5,000 visitors especially students and parents.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Adun Pantai Jerejak solving people's problems

Saturday, 3 December 2011

WWW for Kg Jawa community

Adun Pantai Jerejak, Sim Tze Tzin set up the first library and internet center for Kg Jawa community in Penang. This is to encourage children and teenagers to read and learn to surf the internet. Sim added that there will be five more such centers around Bayan Baru area in the near future.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Monday, 28 November 2011

Ceramic arts gain popularity in Penang

Ceramic arts in Penang.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Pulau Pinang tidak meminggirkan orang Melayu dan Islam

Video by Jimmy Leow

Veterans urged to support Pakatan Rakyat

Kerabat, a new NGO fights for veterans' rights and privileges promised by the federal government. The newly formed group urged veterans to support the Pakatan Rakyat for their future.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Monday, 7 November 2011

Bajet PR Pulau Pinang Part III

Bajet PR Pulau Pinang Part III

Video by Jimmy Leow

Bajet PR Pulau Pinang Part II

Bajet PR Pulau Pinang Part II

Video by Jimmy Leow

Bajet PR Pulau Pinang Part I

Bajet PR Pulau Pinang Part I

Video by Jimmy Leow

Mat Sabu on current issues Part V

Mat Sabu on current issues Part V

Video by Jimmy Leow

Mat Sabu on current issues Part IV

Mat Sabu on current issues Part IV

Video by Jimmy Leow

Say YES to PPSMI as an option

Their focus is to appeal to the Ministry of Education to allow the OPTION for Maths & Science to continue be taught & learned in English.

This Group is set up to show number of supporters for PPSMI (teaching of Maths & Science in English) to be made an option for our children.

There will be a gathering at Speakers Square at Esplanade, Penang on the 23rd Oct 2011 at 5:00pm. For parents, teachers and students who are interested to know more about the group or to support their appeal, do drop by and participate this gathering.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Tmn Kota Permai case II forgotten

Video by Jimmy Leow

Mat Sabu on current issues Part III

Mat Sabu on current issues Part III

Video by Jimmy Leow

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Mat Sabu on current issues Part II

Mat Sabu on current issues Part II

Video by Jimmy Leow

Mat Sabu on current issues Part I

Mat Sabu on current issues Part I

Video by Jimmy Leow

Sharing food with the poor

ou don't have to be a millionaire or a huge organization to start giving to the needy. All you need is a heart of an angel. Erina Law and husband Lawrence Cheah took the first step of bringing food to hungry children and their families last Saturday morning.

With a budget of RM 200.00, they managed to prepare food for 50 hungry individuals. They distributed the packed food at The Goddess Of Mercy Temple, in Penang where at least 40 elderly people was waiting for their arrival.

Erina said, "For some people, a meal for four may cost them RM200.00, but then again, when you can feed 50 people with the same amount, it really felt great."

Lawrence said it was about helping the poor and showing his children the need to be charitable to others.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist.

Illegal parking chokes hospital inner roads

The illegal parking by irresponsible car owners have created congestion at the Penang General Hospital. Despite the availability of a 6 storey parking complex nearby, car owners still prefer to park along the inner roads without consideration for others.

Video by Jimmy Leow

LGE launches first glass museum

Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng launches the first glass museum in Malaysia.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Shaved for a good cause

Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng shaving participants to raise funds for the needy.

Video by TT Loo, edited by Jimmy Leow

Sewage and drainage project cracking homes

Location: Jalan Binjai, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

JPP started to jack in huge concrete pipes into the ground about two months ago and the results were devastating. About 47 houses nearby suffer structure damages such as cracked walls and balconies.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Irresponsible dumping by rubbish collectors

Location: Diamond Vally Industrial Park, Penang

Rubbish collectors conveniently off load their haul of residential waste and wet waste into a rubbish collection site for industrial waste instead of transporting it to the main rubbish dump.

The rubbish collectors also took their time to segregate recycled items such as plastic bottles, cardboard, paper, metal parts which they drove away with and transfer waste they do not want into the industrial waste bins.

Sam Tan, a factory owner located nearby to the rubbish collection site said that this has been happening since 4 months ago, it may be due to the closure of Batu Maung dump site located in the island.

Tan said that at least 2 to 4 trucks off load their "unwanted" rubbish at the rubbish collection site near his factory daily and this has caused the area to be dirty and smelly.

The huge rubbish bins at the site are always full after their daily routine and has prevented factories nearby of using them.

CJ Jimmy Leow has written to MPPP via E-Pintas about this but has not receive any feedback as yet.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Monday, 3 October 2011

Dancing to connect Part III

Part III

Video by Jimmy Leow

Dancing to connect Part II

Part II

Video by Jimmy Leow

Dancing to connect Part I

Five-Day 'Dancing to Connect' Creative Youth Workshop by New York-based Battery Dance Company - An International cultural diplomacy project that touches the hearts and minds of youth through dance

Dancer and Teaching Artist, Sean Scantlebury of New York-based Battery Dance Company together with Lorna Hoong, a Malaysian dancer from the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA) will be holding a five-day 'Dancing to Connect' creative workshop for teens in Penang, hosted by PEARL (Penang Arts Link).

The workshop in Penang has been made possible with support from the Fulbright Specialist program of the U.S Department of State and a grant from the U.S Embassy Kuala Lumpur, with the sponsorship provided by the Whiteaways Arcade and PPB Hartabina Bhd.

'Dancing to Connect' is a program that Battery Dance Company has been introducing all around the world as a mean to provide teenagers with the tools for getting in touch with the dancer within and choreographing their own performances.

It aims to engage international youth in creativity and team building through the American art form of modern dance. DtC was launched in Europe in 2006, Asia in 2008 and Africa in 2009.

CJ Jimmy Leow spoke to the teaching artist and participants.

This is part one of three.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Monday, 12 September 2011

LGE launches Better Hearing and Speech Awareness Campaign

Penang Chief Minister officiates the Women & Children 's Wing , LSC Fertility Specialists Centre and Launching of Better Hearing & Speech awareness campaign at Loh Guan Lye Specialists Centre.

Video by Jimmy Leow

CFAL 2011

Nearly 2,500 cyclists braved the heavy rain yesterday for a good cause. They want a bicycle lane exclusively for cyclists in Penang. The event, CFAL 2011 has registered 3,066 participants from all over the country.

Citizen journalist, Jimmy Leow, spoke to some cyclists about the event.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Monday, 22 August 2011

LGE : Election can be anytime

DAP Penang held a special leaders and members meeting in Butterworth to brief the members about three matters :

1) The recent fire and red paint incidents at DAP Headquarters
2) The unusual increase of the number of voters in Penang and to urge DAP to intensify their voters registration campaign
3) The reminder that election can be held at anytime after PM Najib's recent announcement.

The meeting is attended by several assemblymen from DAP including YBs Professor P. Ramasamy, Phee Boon Poh, Lydia Ong, Thanasekaran, Tan Beng Huat, Tan Cheong Heng, Ng Wei Aik and Lim Hock Seng.

Video by CM's office

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Another soup kitchen for the poor in Penang

Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng officially launched a soup kitchen located at 16 Halaman Arffin, Penang.

Starting in January 2010 with just fifteen packets of food, Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) in Penang was initiated by Patsy Gooi, a long-time student of His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and the outlet manager of Kechara Paradise Penang. Undeterred by this modest start, Patsy went the extra mile to look for more homeless clients on the streets of Georgetown.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Friday, 19 August 2011

Guan Eng : We will remain patient and pray for truth to be revealed

Press reporters asked Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to comment on the recent statement by the Penang Mufti Dato' Seri Hassan Ahmad that the state government was not involved in the Fatwa Council's decision on the loudspeaker ban.

CM Lim said that finally the truth is revealed and the rakyat can see for themselves. CM Lim said that although all sorts of accusations have been thrown at him, he will remain patient and pray for truth.

Video by CM's office

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Sembang Rakyat - Kedai 1 Malaysia

Hahaha, this video got DAP really pissed. Here is what Zairil Khir Johari, "Setiausaha Politik kepada Setiausaha Agung DAP" had to say about this video clip.

Saya selaku Setiausaha Politik kepada Setiausaha Agung Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) mengutuk dan mengecam hebat klip video "Sembang Rakyat - Kedai 1 Malaysia" yang boleh didapati di laman web Youtube.

Dalam klip video tersebut, yang merupakan hasil muatan naik pengguna Youtube yang bernama "Kawasaki9722", DAP didakwa bersekongkol dengan ahli-ahli peniaga Cina untuk menaikkan harga barang di negara ini demi menimbulkan rasa kemarahan rakyat terhadap Kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Ini merupakan satu penipuan dan fitnah ke atas DAP yang bukan sahaja langsung tidak berasas tetapi berniat jahat serta berunsur hasutan.

Seperti yang sedia maklum, antara faktor utama yang menyebabkan kenaikan harga barang di negara ini adalah pengurangan subsidi minyak, gas dan barang keperluan seperti gula. Subsidi-subsidi tersebut merupakan kawalan Kerajaan Persekutuan dan tidak ada kena mengena dengan pihak lain. Di samping itu, syarikat yang mengawal industri gula pula adalah Felda, sebuah syarikat berkaitan kerajaan (GLC).

Faktor-faktor lain yang menyumbang kepada inflasi adalah kuasa pasaran antarabangsa yang berada di luar kawalan, dan juga ketidakcekapan dalam urustadbir ekonomi negara kita. Sebagai contoh, walaupun subsidi gas yang jumlahnya berbilion-bilion ringgit setiap tahun diberi kepada Penjana Tenaga Elektrik Bebas (IPP), tarif elektrik di negara kita makin meningkat. Bukankah tujuan pemberian subsidi itu untuk mengurangkan beban rakyat?

Satu lagi contoh polisi yang menguntungkan syarikat besar dan membebankan rakyat adalah monopoli beras, yang dikawal oleh Bernas, sebuah lagi GLC. Oleh kerana monopoli yang mengekang pasaran beras ini, hasilnya harga beras impot di Malaysia adalah lebih tinggi berbanding harga beras impot di Singapura!

Hakikatnya kenaikan harga barang dan inflasi berlaku kerana ketirisan dan kepincangan dalam dasar dan urustadbir ekonomi negara kita. Justeru, kebertanggunjawaban bagi masalah inflasi harus dipikul oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan dan bukan mana-mana pihak lain, terutamanya DAP.

Dengan itu, bagaimana pula DAP boleh dikatakan terlibat walaupun sedikit? Hipotesis sebegitu langsung tidak memasuki akal dan tidak akan diterima oleh rakyat Malaysia.

Kami percaya bahawa klip video tersebut adalah satu rancangan musuh politik DAP dan Pakatan Rakyat yang bertujuan untuk memecah belahkan rakyat melalui propaganda perkauman yang sempit. Berdasarkan kualiti terbitan klip video tersebut, jelas ia bukan terbitan sembarangan tetapi telah dibuat secara profesional dengan peralatan dan peruntukan yang mencukupi.

Dalam erti kata lain, klip video ini adalah angkara pihak-pihak tertentu yang mempunyai sumber yang mendalam dan yang sudah kekeringan modal. Satu-satunya cara yang tinggal untuk mereka adalah untuk menggunakan kaedah yang berbahaya yang bertujuan untuk menghasut dan mengapi-apikan sentimen perkauman.

Laporan polis akan dibuat pada hari ini, diikuti dengan aduan kepada Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (MCMC). Kami berharap pihak berkuasa akan mengambil tindakan siasatan yang segera serta tindakan susulan yang sewajarnya ke atas penerbit dan penyebar klip video tersebut supaya tidak berlaku kekeliruan dan kesalahfahaman antara kaum di negara ini.

* Zairil Khir Johari, Setiausaha Politik kepada Setiausaha Agung DAP

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Anwar can attend interviews, court rules

Anwar Ibrahim can be present during interviews of witnesses for the defence case in the sodomy trial, but he cannot participate by asking questions.

Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah made the ruling this morning after hearing submissions from the defence and prosecution.

The prosecution had objected to Anwar's presence yesterday, just as interviews were scheduled to be held with former police chief Musa Hassan and former Malacca police chief Mohd Rodhwan Mohd Yusof.

The defence will now be able to interview 10 witnesses today in Anwar's presence, at the Jalan Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur.

However, the list for today does not include premier Najib Abdul Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor or Musa.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Guan Eng hits out at EC

Penang is suspicious because of drastic increases in voters. CM Lim hits out at SPR as the 40 Aduns were not given time to check through the CD of database as the CD was given a day before the deadline to protest the EC's electoral roll.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Shaved for a worthy cause

They shaved bald for a worthy cause, release all EO detainees.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Saturday, 30 July 2011

River meets light: Prangin Canal (Part I)

A mixed media performance, River Meets Light encompassing light design, dance, music and visuals in an evening of experiential showcase to trace the past and present relationship between our rivers and communities.

Venue: Prangin Canal

Video by Jimmy Leow

Friday, 29 July 2011

Who are the EO6?

Prema Devaraj, the sister of Dr Jeyakumar spoke about the condition of the EO detainees and described harsh situation that they had to endure in detention.

Jeyakumar Devaraj, PSM deputy chairperson M Sarasvathy, central committee members Choo Chon Kai and M Sukumaran, Youth chief R Saratbabu and Sungai Siput branch secretary A Letchumanan were initially arrested along with 24 others in Sungai Dua, Penang, on June 26 over allegations of 'waging war against the Agong'.

However, after their remand order expired on July 2, the PSM 6 were re-arrested under the EO and accused of attempting to "revive communism".

The authorities later said their detention under the EO was on the ground of their involvement with the Bersih 2.0 coalition for clean and fair elections, which the government has deemed an "illegal organisation".

Video by Jimmy Leow

Man in Bersih 2.0 picture fiasco reveals himself

The man behind the image of an alleged 'violent protester' that was splashed on the front pages of the country's major newspapers after the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9 has stepped forward.

Speaking at a PAS ceramah in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, Abdul Razak Endut said that the alleged knife he was holding was a Malaysian flag and he was not throwing rocks at police. "When the FRU fired tear gas, I saw the wind blowing towards the demonstrators... I picked up the canister and tossed it to a grass field with the hope that the demonstrators would be safe," said Abdul Razak.

Video by Malaysiakini

Thursday, 28 July 2011

"Release EO6" candle light vigil

A candle light vigil held at Komplek Masyarakat Penyayang for the 6 EO detainees. The public is demanding that they should be released.

Video by Jimmy Leow, CJ.MY

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Guan Eng : PSM 6 - Charge them or release them

A reporter asked Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to comment on the detention of EO6 or the 6 persons from PSM as they had already been detained for over 20 days.

On 2nd July 2011 and preceding the 9th July Bersih 2.0 rally, six persons, Choo Chon Kai, Sarat Babu, Sarasvathy Muthu, Sukumaran A/L Munisamy, A. Letchumanan, and Dr. Jeyakumar Devaraj, were arrested under the Emergency Ordinance (EO6).

Pne of the six, Choo Chon Kai is a Penangite.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

French lawyer Bourdon digs deeper into Scorpene deals

French lawyer William Bourdon, who was in Penang last night to speak about the controversial Scorpene submarines deal allegedly involving millions of ringgit in kickbacks to Malaysian government officials, was detained at the KL International Airport this morning.

Video by Jimmy Leow (CJ.MY)

Sim: People need to know, spread the news

Sim Tze Tzin, Adun Pantai Jerejak said that the main stream media will not carry such news to the public and will have to rely on online portals and the public to spread the news. He was referring to the Scorpene submarine deals which has attracted so much attention globally and yet the Malaysian public do not know much about it.

Video by: Jimmy Leow (CJ.MY)

Tian Chua on Scorpene deals (Part II)

Tian Chua, Batu MP, speaks about the Scorpene deal between the French maker and the Malaysian government at a dinner held by SUARAM in Penang (Part II)

Video by Jimmy Leow

Tian Chua on Scorpene deals (Part I)

Tian Chua, Batu MP, speaks about the Scorpene deal between the French maker and the Malaysian government at a dinner held by SUARAM yesterday night in Penang.

Video by: Jimmy Leow (CJ.MY)

Lim Kit Siang on Malaysian mega scandals

DAP stalwart, Lim Kit Siang speaks about Malaysian "mega scandals" during the Ops Scorpene Fund Raising dinner in Penang yesterday.

Video by: Jimmy Leow (CJ.MY)

Government asked me not to pretend

Mat Sabu, PAS vice president's speech during the Ops Scorpene Fund Raising dinner held in Penang on the 21 July 2011. Venue: Sunshine Square Convention Center.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Thick haze suffocates Penang again

Looks like Penangites will have to endure thick haze as it thickens everyday. This video was taken from a hill top at Paya Terubong, Penang. The thick haze has partially made Georgetown disappear from view and if this continues to worsen, an hourly air quality index report should be provided to the public by the related authorities.

Those with breathing problems should stay indoor, especially children.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Speedy funicular trains cater thousands of visitors

If you have not taken a ride on the new Penang Hill funicular train, you will be surprise with the modern design, comfort and its speed.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

The road ahead for Penang Hill Corporation

Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) is putting together a comprehensive plan to carry out a complete review of all the current processes, from something as basic as the method employed in ticket sales to the more technical and sophisticated issues pertaining to safety and security.

Citizen journalist, Jimmy Leow spoke to Dato Lee Kah Choon, General Manager of PHC on his views and plans to bring Penang Hill to a higher level.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Durian fever in Penang

Penang durians, considered King of Fruits, are famous throughout Malaysia for their pleasant taste and aroma.

It is no wonder that Penang people who work elsewhere in Malaysia return during durian seasons, bringing with them friends to enjoy this wonderful experience of durian feasts, usually held in one of the many durian orchards located on the southwest side of Penang Island, centering on the town of Balik Pulau.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Open bidding a smarter way to buy and sell properties

A open bidding session organized by and Raine & Horne will be held as follows:-

Date : 28 May 2011
Bidding Registration : 10.00 AM
Bidding Start : 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM
Venue : Caring Society Complex
(Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang),
Jalan Utama, George Town, Pulau Pinang.

More than 50 properties are up for bidding.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

DAP the crocodile slayer Pt III

Lim Guan Eng on DAP's recent victory in Sarawak.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

DAP the crocodile slayer Pt II

Lim Guan Eng on DAP's recent victory in Sarawak.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

DAP, the crocodile slayer Pt 1

Lim Guan Eng on DAP's recent victory in Sarawak.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Common plant cures kidney patient

Wong Teck Gee, 63 suffers from kidney failure and has lost hope, but lived to tell the story about how a common plant saved his life.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist
(Interview carried out in Hokkien)

Penang Hill a No Smoking zone soon

Penang Hill may be a "No Smoking" zone soon.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Penang Hill funicular train ready for visitors

Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng launched the Penang Hill funicular train after more than a year of upgrading.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Batalkan semua saman ekor

Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng welcomes the move by the police to terminate "saman ekor" and has strongly requested the cancellation of all summons issued by this method as it proves to have many flaws.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Oldest art society celebrates 58th annual exhibition

The arts society in Penang is the oldest in the country and it just celebrated it 58th annual exhibition at Dewan Sri Pinang yesterday. EXCO Town & Country Planning, Housing and Arts, Wong Hon Wai officiates the event.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Rocking for your rights

Fung Shui master serenades Lim Guan Eng

Putri Wong Kam Fu, a Fung Shui master from Indonesian talks about the year of the rabbit and what it brings. She surprised Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng with a song at the end of a press conference yesterday at Penang International Property Expo 2011.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Monday, 27 June 2011

Foreign property experts praise PIP 2011

What the foreign property experts say about Penang International Property Expo 2011.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

A good property mix at PIP 2011

A property buyer will definitely find his dream home at the PIP 2011. A good property mix ranging from exclusive to affordable.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist.

LGE launches Penang International Property Expo 2011

Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng launches the 6th Penang International Property Expo 2011 at PISA.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist.

Affordable properties in Penang

Michael Geh of Raine & Horne speaks about affordable homes in Penang and the issues about property speculation which is one of the main reasons genuine home buyers are having difficulties in committing their first home buy with such overblown prices.

Raine & Horne will be featuring affordable homes at the PIP 2011 which will be held at PISA, Penang from 18th March to 20th March 2011.

With the affiliation, Zaki + Partners then assumed a new identity known as Raine & Horne International Zaki + Partners Sdn. Bhd. the new synergy embodies the combination of Zaki + Partners' extensive knowledge of the local market and its increasingly and specialist skills of Raine & Home's global family.

The Firm currently has fifteen (15) branches in Peninsular and East Malaysia. The total number of employees for Penang office is 22 including Valuation Department which comprises 11 members.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

LGE launched PIKOM

GEORGE TOWN: The National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) should look into setting up an IT mall in Penang.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng made the suggestion after Pikom chairman Wei Chuan Beng said Pikom would have its very own IT Mall at Cap Square in Kuala Lumpur in July.

Lim said Pikom should look into establishing such malls outside Kuala Lumpur.

"What better place than Penang to have such a mall as Penang is focusing on science and technology and Bayan Baru and Bayan Lepas will become the hub," he told a press conference after launching Pikom's PC Fair and 25th anniversary at the Komtar Dome yesterday.

LGE: Japan will recover quickly

Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng offered his condolences to the people of Japan.

Coffin for Adun

Mohd Ghani, a businessman in KOMTAR, Penang brought a coffin for Adun KOMTAR, Ng Wei Aik. Story to follow.

Video by Jimmy Leow Beng Hock, Citizen Journalist

Education fair attracts thousands

GEORGE TOWN: The Star Edu­cation Fair 2011 at the Penang Inter­national Sports Arena (Pisa) received the thumbs up from thousands of visitors impressed with the choices on offer.

The one-stop exhibition, which ended yesterday, featured 252 booths by 120 exhibitors from various local and foreign institutions offering undergraduate, postgraduate, twinning, diploma, certificates and distance learning programmes.

The foreign institutions were from Britain, the US, Australia, Russia, Singapore, Indonesia, India and Switzerland.

The event was attended by Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng yesterday.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalists.

RM 1.90 million compensation awarded to Tmn Kota Permai flash flood victims

The long wait is over. After fighting for justice and compensation for nearly three and a half years, the Tmn Kota Permai flash flood victims finally get a nod from JPP and its ministry for whooping compensation worth RM 1.90 million.

Bernard Cheen, the Tmn Kota Permai spokesman said that the victims are satisfied with the amount. He stressed that the amount compensated is to ease the losses the victims incurred for the past few years and no one is making any kind of profit from this settlement.

He praised the continuous effort put up by Tan Teik Cheng, the ex Adun of Padang Lalang and those who have helped to make this possible.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Bukit Jambul hike trail receives free exercise equipment

Exercise equipment worth RM10,000 was sponsored by Aduns YB Sim and Ravin of Pantai Jerjak and Batu Uban yesterday at Bukit Jambul Hike Trail in Penang. Sim encouraged Penangites to sweat it out for a healthy lifestyle.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Jade Emperor birthday celebration at Pulau Betong

The Hokkiens and other devotees of the Thni Kong (Jade Emperor) at the little village of Pulau Betong celebrated the deity's birthday on the ninth day of the Chinese New Year.

The village mostly Chinese inshore fishermen families, came all out to celebrate and to offer their prayers last night.

The offerings to the Jade Emperor included roast pork and the must-haves such as ang koo (red tortoise buns), mee koo (red-coloured buns), huat kuih (prosperous cakes), t'ng tak (sugar pagodas) and sugar cane.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Danger lurks at abandon market

The old market located at Balik Pulau, Penang has been the town's icon for decades until the new market complex was build several years ago. The abandon market has been the home to drug addicts who get their daily dosage, according to several shop owners nearby. The premise is dirty and the roof is probably going to collapsed anytime.

MPPP should take immediate steps to prevent people from going through the old market to avoid any mishaps.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Speed devils on Penang Bridge

These factory bus drivers should be reprimand for driving at such a speed and recklessly on Penang Bridge. If you are the one who is engaging these buses to ferry your workers, give them a warning before something bad happens.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Heng! Ong! Huat!

The Penang state-level Chinese New Year open house on Sunday attracted more than 30,000 well wishers and foreign visitors at the new market complex in Balik Pulau

An arch, decorated with lights and elaborate designs, has been set up on the road beside the market to welcome visitors. Rows of small red lanterns strung overhead outside the market have added a touch of gaiety to complement the setting.

Video by Jimmy Leow

MPSP fast response delights foreign investors

A call to MPSP to clear and trim thick bushes and trees by a Swiss factory located at Prai Free Industrial Zone was responded with urgency.

The section outside the rear of the factory has been left unattended for many years and has been a place for illegal dumping by irresponsible parties.

Due to the thick bushes and trees along the fence, it provides a good hiding place for intruders. Recently, some materials has been stolen by thieves who cut through the fencing.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Syabas for SP Setia

It is all praise for SP Setia from Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng. Developer SP Setia has build 360 units of low cost flats worth RM110,000 but selling them at RM42,000 to those earning low income. The flats which are 660 square feet in dimension were completely built one year earlier than scheduled.

Lim asked other developers to follow SP Setia's CSR commitment.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Vel vel vel vel

Nearly 200 thousand devotees made their way to the temple at Waterfall Gardens in Penang during the eve of Thaipusam to fulfill their vows.

The colourful Hindu religious festival saw devotees from all over the country gather at the venue to carry out their spiritual obligations.

Like in the years before, some carried kavadis while many others had shaved their heads bald and carried the pal kodum (milk pot) to show their appreciation to Lord Muruga.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Waging war against encroachment

Teluk Kumbar is a small fishing village on the southern part of Penang Island which consists of nearly 200 inshore fishermen, mainly Malay and Chinese. 
Teluk Kumbar used to be rich in marine life and making a living out of fishing seems effortless before the encroachment by commercial trawlers nearly 40 years ago.

Teluk Kumbar inshore fishermen share the same fate as their fellow fishermen from Pulau Betong. The only difference is the frequency of such encroachment has reduced in Pulau Betong due to frequent "community policing".

The inshore fishermen around the southern part of Penang have suffered abuses and threats from commercial trawlers and the authorities. Some inshore fishermen's boats were rammed because they took photos of the trawlers registration for reporting purposes. Some were challenged to fight at sea.

Commercial trawlers are prohibited by law to fish within the 5 nautical mile radius from the shores as the area is reserved for inshore fishermen. But yet, the invasion continues everyday and night. 

In order to be invisible during the night, the trawlers encroach these fishing grounds without switching on their lights or signals.

This has caused serious accidents where small boats were dragged down because they accidentally cross the floating lines dragged by the trawlers.

Despite the presence of a Fisheries office nearby, the inshore fishermen of Teluk Kumbar have no high hopes of getting any kind of enforcement from the government agency. They said that the office by the beach is frequently used as a beach house for the officers' family during the weekend.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Tmn Kota Permai problems nearly over

The residents of Tmn Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam, Penang can now see the light at the end of the tunnel with IKRAM declaring the structural damages on their houses were caused by the "nearby project" constructed about 4 years ago. 

Bernard Cheen, the residents spokesperson said the compensation plans are "acceptable" and they are still open for further negotiation if required with JPP. But there is still an open issue on the flash floods compensation where JPP has offered a one time payment of RM 500 to RM 1500 for each home. 

According to Cheen, the residents have endured lost of thousands of ringgit every time flash flood hit their housing estate. This is also blamed to the JPP project nearby. This time around, the residents seek assistance from the previous Adun from MCA, Tan Teik Cheng who has assured the residents to "fight until the end" to get justice for the residents and put a closure to this long pending issue. 

Video by Jimmy Leow Beng Hock, Citizen Journalist

Smokey affair on Penang Bridge

Inshore fisherman waits for compensation

Mohd Saifullah, an inshore fisherman from Teulk Kumbar, Penang is still waiting for a reasonable compensation from the owner of a commercial trawler. Saifullah claimed that the trawler had damaged his fishing net as it came too near to the shore. When approached by Saifullah, the trawler captain offered RM 600 as compensation. "I have lost 1,800 feet of fishing net due to this incident and the cost of making one this long is approx RM 3800.00, and without it I cannot go to the sea." he added. Saifullah who is the bread winner of the family said that he has lost the ability to support his mother's medical needs. She suffering from heart problem and diabetes. 

Video by Jimmy Leow

Heritage trail littered

A visit to a heritage trail with a friend from USA left a bad impression as far as cleanliness is concerned. The related authorities should be more attentive to these heritage trails where visitors expect a clean and safe environment.

The rubbish bin in the manhole, well, what can I say....

Video by Jimmy Leow

20000 mud balls for Prangin Canal

 A TOTAL of 1,500 volunteers from Hope International Ministries did not mind getting their hands dirty out of their concern for Mother Nature.

They went ahead to produce a record of 20,000 micro-organism mud balls in Penang.

It was believed to be the biggest gathering ever for such an event.

The volunteers were not only from all over Malaysia, but some even came from Singapore and Taiwan including foreign students enrolled in local colleges.

Those from the foreign countries were amazed by the technology used. According to them, they had never heard or made such mud balls before.

To ensure a speedy process, five mixers were used to mix the ingredients including soil and rice husk to produce what is called 'Beneficial Indigenous' micro-organism.

he event, part of the state's 'Cleaner, Greener Penang' initiative, started at 2pm at a car park near Komtar Walk.

It was jointly organised by Hope Penang, the state government and both local councils here with the cooperation from Hope International Ministries.

Sim, who is also the Pantai Jerejak assemblyman, said 5,000 mud balls that had already been fermented were the ones that were thrown into the nearby Prangin Canal.

Sim said he was grateful to Hope for its time and effort to ensure the success of the event.

The volunteers then proceeded to the canal at about 3.30pm and they had fun tossing the mud balls in. The technology is known to stop algae growth and break down sludge in ponds, lakes, rivers and drains.

Video by TT Loo, edited by Jimmy Leow

Permanent discounts for summons a better solution

Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng urged for the related authorities to come up with a permanent discount structure for summons and suggested that the road transport ministry to do the same too.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Harga minyak naik kerana rasuah

Fuel price increase is because of corruption and the Federal Government needs the money to pay off national debt of RM 408 billion, says Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

HRP demands compensation for demolished fruit plantation

Just two days ahead of Deepavali, workers from the Department of Irrigation and Drainage had bulldozed their way into the area, levelling about 50 banana trees, without prior notice.

Kamala Devi who worked the land for the past 12 years can only watch her plantation destroyed. This is her story.

Video by Jimmy Leow.

Anti ISA event hijacked Part II

Pro ISA group consisting of "NGO"s disrupted the Anti ISA forum. They pushed their way towards the stage while ex ISA detainees were relating their experience inside the detention camp.

A Pro ISA supporter Mohd Ghani was given a chance to speak his mind on stage in a Anti ISA forum.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Anti ISA event hijacked Part I

Pro ISA supporter disrupted the Anti ISA event held at Komtar Walk this morning. Watch out for part 2 where the Anti ISA organizer gave a PRO ISA spokesman to state his case on stage.

Video by Jimmy Leow

Friday, 28 January 2011

A brand new Silver Jubilee Home

Penang left out again

Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng asked why Penang was excluded from the reduction of airport charges. He said the Federal Government should give the same treatment to Penang just like other airports in the country.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

MMC - Gamuda under watchful eyes

The progress of the rail track project by Gamuda will be closely monitored even though the state has lifted the stop work order said Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng.

It lifted the stop-work order on Thursday, the same day it received a guarantee letter from contractor MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, which promised flood-prevention measures and mitigation for flood victims.

Lim had previously said the order had been issued as a preventive measure to ensure Penang did not suffer the same kind of floods as Kedah two weeks ago.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Freaky Foggy Penang

A thick layer of fog covered a big portion of Seberang Prai yesterday morning. The phenomena maybe be contributed by the heavy downpour during the evenings for the past few days. 

On the way to work, CJ Jimmy Leow documented the rare event.

Fog forms when a layer of warm, wet air forms close to the ground and another layer of cooler, drier air forms on top of the warmer layer. When the ground begins to cool down, the water droplets in the warm, wet air begin to condense to form fog. 

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

The forgotten

Tucked in between Kampung Malabar and Chulia Street, Penang, one will find a nameless lane where residents had to endure pitiful living conditions. They claimed that no one cares for them including the local council and their landlord. A resident told CJ Jimmy Leow that MPPP has not collect rubbish for the past 5 years... some said the landlord of these row of "huts" do not care less about the deteriorating living conditions.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Pemberian balik paling rendah

Penang orders halt to rail track project

The Penang Government has issued a stop-work order on the Electrified Double Track Project (EDTP) from Ipoh to Padang Besar effective immediately.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the pre-emptive move was necessary to prevent major floods on the mainland as both the Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung and Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak had said the recent floods in Kedah were possibly due to the project.

He said the move was necessary to ensure that Penang did not suffer the same fate as Kedah.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Hare Krishna lighting the way

At age 7, Lord Krishna insisted that the preparations (made for Lord Indra) be used to honor the Govardhan Hill and brahmanas. When Lord Indra inundated the village with heavy rainstorm. Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhana Hill with one finger of one hand over his head for 7 days. Lord Indra realized that Krishna was none other than Lord Vishnu, he begged Lord Krishna for forgiveness. The Govardhan festival took place and Lord Krishna took on the form of the mountain, thus demonstrating that Govardhan Hill is nondifferent from him.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Tailoring ends meet

Menaka, 41 has a tiny tailor shop along Jalan Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. During this Deepavali festive season, she is overwhelmed with alteration jobs from her regular customers. She recalled customers were willing to buy new clothes last year compared to this year. She said customers are being thrifty.

As the festival of lights around the corner, she has to balance between making ends meet and the preparation for Deepavali.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

Brickfields local traders losing out to foreigners

Local traders are making ends meet at Brickflieds, Kuala Lumpur. One shop owner said that many shops are closing down despite being called the Little India famous for its textile business in capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

Thilaga, who has been involved in the textile business indicates a 70% drop in business. She claims that foreign traders from India and Pakistan are grabbing most of the business by selling sub standard products.

She also blamed middle man traders for sub letting booths along the main street of Brickfields to foreign traders during this Deepavali festive season. According to her, this has worsen the situation.

Video by Jimmy Leow,Citizen Journalist

USM students help needy and clean up Kg Melayu flats

A group of USM students spent their Sunday helping the needy and performed gotong royong in Kg Melayu flats, Penang. Together lending a hand was Wong Hon Wai, Adun Ayer Itam.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist