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Cycling is on the increase in Penang. More people are cycling for health and recreation or using their bikes as a sustainable, efficient and affordable mode of transport. The Penang State Government is committed to make Penang a cycling -friendly city, with a safe and easy bicycle network for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Bicycle routes and paths with increased separation from traffic and parked vehicles will make it easier to get around and improve connections to the city’s existing network of public transport.
The first pilot phase was implemented in 2010 in partnership with CIMB for 44km. The bicycle routes have to share space with the local traffic in the George Town area. We are encouraged by the positive response from the general public which lead to the increased number of cyclist and also cycling competition and leisure rides.
Penang DAP head Chow Kon Yeow has invited state BN chief Teng Chang Yeow to support its ‘Return the port to Penang’ campaign.
Chow (left) said it appears that Teng has voiced his stand on the matter and that his position is similar to that of the DAP.
Barisan Nasional is the real enemy to press freedom, blasted Penang DAP, hitting back at state BN chief Teng Chang Yeow’s claim that Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was not media-friendly.
Thanks to BN’s near 55-year rule, state DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow said Malaysia was now ranked joint 122nd with Tajikistan and Algeria on press freedom, and even behind Cambodia, Liberia and Zimbabwe.
A “Local Government Elections Penang Island and Province Wellesley 2012 bill” will be tabled at the ongoing Penang State Legislative Assembly sitting. As part of the Pakatan Rakyat Penang State Government’s continuing efforts in encouraging greater citizen participation in the democratic process at the local level, the tabling of the said bill should pave the way for the Election Commission to administer elections for the purpose of electing councilors for MPPP and MPSP.
The protest against the contentious Peace Assembly Bill proceeded peacefully without any disruption from the police in Penang yesterday.
More than 100 people gathered at the famous Penang Speakers’ Square to stage the protest, organised by human rights group Suaram, with the presence of several state executive and municipal (MPPP) councillors and assemblypersons.
The state government has agreed to pay RM20 million to Boustead Holdings Bhd as compensation for scaling down its 12-storey hotel project to five-stories, as required by Unesco heritage requirements, in the city’s heritage enclave.
Local government committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow revealed to the state assembly today that Boustead had initially asked for RM58 million but following negotiations, the company agreed to the amount offered by the state.
TWO DAP assemblymen made heads turn when they arrived at the state legislative assembly hall on a Central Area Transit (CAT) city shuttle bus from Komtar.
Both Padang Kota assemblyman Chow Kon Yeow and Pengkalan Kota Lau Keng Ee were all smiles after alighting from the bus.
Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow has refuted allegations that the Komtar Walk commercial project here had not been approved by the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP).
Chow, who is the state Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman, said the building plan for the project was approved in April 2009 and that the certificate of completion was proof of that.
THE temporary ban on water scooter and parasailing activities in Penang is lifted effective today.
The operational hours for these activities and that of other water sports will however be limited to between 7am and 7pm daily while beach boys hired by the operators must wear armbands.
The Election Commission Chairman Abdul Aziz Yusof’s response to the Mismah-gate shocker is inadequate and unacceptable because it is based purely on speculation without facts. Abdul Aziz’s official explanation that the NRD fails to inform the public including millions of Malaysian voters how such a scandalous blunder could have happened.
I view with great concern the circumstances in which Dr Jeyakumar has had little choice but to voice his protest through a hunger strike. I would like to respond to the Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar’s claims that the six PSM members detained under the Emergency Ordinance are being “well taken care of”. This is another lie by the authorities. I urge that the six, including Sungai Siput MP Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, be released immediately and unconditionally.
OPERATORS of water activities at the Batu Ferringhi beach in Penang should ensure that their beach boys undergo proper training.
State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said these beach boys had to be trained and made aware of the guidelines.
I view with great concern the rising state of repression in our country. With regards to Saturday’s (Jul 9, 2011) Bersih rally in the nation’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur, it is impossible to ignore the violent actions of the Royal Malaysian Police in acting against peaceful protesters. Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak’s comments today that “Police had used minimum force and there was no actual physical contact” is an outright lie, which is contradicted by the abundant availability of photographs and video clips documenting the blatant opposite of his imagined claims.
An assemblyman was surprised to find numerous medical items, such as surgical drainage tubes and gallipots, scattered all over one of the old Penang Hospital quarters that is being used as a store.
Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik said the items, which were in damaged cardboard boxes, were not kept properly and could be detrimental to the patients’ health when used.
THE Pulau Burung landfill will generate between RM12mil to RM14mil of royalties over the next 12 years for Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) due to the proposed landfill gasification project.
The project will see the building of a gasification mechanism on 33 hectares of land at Phase I of the landfill.
THE Penang government will adopt the Business Improvement District Scheme (BIDs) to rejuvenate the inner city.
State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the scheme was popular in many countries but would be the first for the state.
We have completed our visits to 8 schools in the Padang Kota constituency to assess their application for allocations from the Penang State Government.
Most of these schools are in dire need of funds to undertake major repair works and electricity rewiring works.
THOSE who carry out spring cleaning to usher in the Lunar New Year celebration at the George Town heritage enclave need not worry about disposing of their bulky belongings.
Some 500 volunteers from various organisations in the area and the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) employees will arrive at your doorstep to provide free waste collection.
Not all of the federal guidelines recently devised to govern the burgeoning bird nests industry would be applicable for Penang, local government committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said today.
He said the state authorities had the prerogative to adopt portions of the guidelines that were appropriate to the unique circumstances of the respective states.
THE Penang Municipal Council is allocating RM1.2mil to councillors to conduct programmes under ‘The Cleaner, Greener Penang’ initiative launched on May 22.
State Local Government and Traffic Manage-ment Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said each councillor would receive RM50,000 for projects such as landscaping and education programmes and gotong-royong drives.
A Penang executive councillor said the federal government should listen to the people if it is serious about amending the Internal Security Act (ISA).
Local government, traffic management and environment committee chairperson Chow Kon Yeow said the government should organise a forum for open debate.
He was commenting on police action against anti-ISA protestors who had attempted to hold a candlelight vigil on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of enforcement of the unpopular law.
The Penang government will enforce its polystyrene ban among hawker stalls owners here from next year onwards to reduce the usage of polystyrene packaging in the state.
State Local Council committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) and the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) would incorporate the condition as one of the clause in the license renewal process.
PENANG’s Chowrasta Market, which is well known for its secondhand bookstores, preserved fruits and titbit stalls, will undergo a RM1mil facelift next year.
Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik said the Penang Municipal Council’s licensing, building and engineering departments started a discussion in May for work to be undertaken.
DAP KOMTAR will be organising a fund-raising dinner for its General Election Preparatory Fund on 31st of July, 2010 (Saturday) 7.30p.m. at Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society, Macalister Road, Penang.
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In celebrating the upcoming second anniversary of George Town’s listing on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Persatuan Gaya Hidup Berbasikal Pulau Pinang (PCLS) will be organizing a heritage bicycle ride and a children’s drawing and colouring contest at New World Park on 27th June 2010 (Sunday). Themed ‘Cycling Through George Town’, this event is to encourage bicycling activities and to instil more awareness on George Town’s heritage sites especially in children.