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