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Changes in Penang State Goverment

Dear friends,

I have reliable sources from UMNO that that the general election will on March 11, 2011. Eleven is the lucky number of Najib and he wants a mandate to detain all opposition members under ISA.

This is serious and a high level meeting is been planned next month. Please pass it on.

Changes in Penang
You do not get to read about this in the government-controlled media as it is obviously not to the advantage of BN to let you know about the success of the DAP state government in Penang!

Why should they let you compare their inefficiencies and corruption with the successes of an Opposition administration in Penang?

If you want a better Malaysia tomorrow….

If you want to end corruption…..

If you want better recognized education policies and systems for our children…

If you want the Police to improve and stop crime…

If you want Better subsidies as before, and cheaper living costs…

Make the Change…

This is a special update about Penang.

Achievements of Penang Goverment by Lim Guan Eng

Not published in Malaysian main stream newspapers, a deliberate Act to undermine the people

The governments of Penang and Selangor have actually outperformed the previous BN state governments, their achievements though have been kept unpublished. Here is a report of the Penang State Government.
These governments were elected by the people and the BN is deliberately undermining them.
Read and see how well they are doing.

Pass it on, this will allow the truth to be seen, and why the internal bickering is happening.

Some leaders have their own Agenda.

New measures implemented include competitive and public open tender, payments directly to recipients without going through middle-men,
priority given to Penang contractors, e-tender through the internet and a 2 week objection period to ensure that successful contractors no longer need “political cables” but “computer cables”.

There is no doubt that competitive open tenders save costs and improve quality.

Many contractors have been liberated with the implementation of open tenders at all levels. For Class F contractors previously only open to
bumis, open tender system has now allowed non-UMNO linked contractors in Penang to get contracts for the first time..

In the past, contracts were usually reserved for UMNO cronies and those outside the state. Clearly the competitive open tender system of PR is
more transparent, accountable and beneficial to the people compared to the negotiated tender system for BN cronies.

What is more surprising is the outcome of the open tender system which is open to all races. Instead of the earlier perception that Malays could not compete and that non-Malay contractors would win all open tender contracts, this is not true.

Since the new PR government took over, Penang Development Corporation (PDC) had issued 23 tender awards, of which 7 (30%) were won by
non-Malay contractors and 16 (70%) won by Malay contractors.

Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP) had issued 66 tender awards of which 22 (33%) were won by non-Malay contractors as compared to 44 (67%) by Malay contractors.

The performance by Malay contractors in an open tender system with non-Malays proves that Malay contractors can compete with others and win tender awards on their own merit. Clearly it is not race that is an issue but failed policies that encourage dependency especially when it helps BN maintain the status quo and its grip on power.

A good example is China which suffered famine and severe economic distress with wrong policies of eating from ‘a single iron pot” no matter how hard or little one worked.

However when China opened up its economy and allow one’s hard work and ability to determine one’s success and rewards, China transformed itself from being the “Sick Man of Asia” in the 1960s into the second largest world economy by 2011.

BN had instituted policies that stifle initiative, creativity, hard work, drive and productivity which benefited only the few BN cronies at the expense of the entire country.

For instance, 30% quota of publicly listed shares were reserved for Malays but only a few benefited as many ordinary Malays never received shares from the Federal government.

The state government regrets that there are now certain elements within Pakatan Rakyat Penang that are aligned with BN in opposing efforts to implement an open tender system and CAT governance.

We must remain steadfast as we are backed by results. The Penang state government has been able to turn a projected deficit of RM 35 million in 2008 budget to a record surplus of RM 88 million.

A projected deficit of RM 40 million in 2009 Budget has been turned around to record a surplus of RM 77 million. In fact the 2009 budget surplus would have been a record RM 92 million were it not for the payment of RM 14.7 million as a result of the Tang Hak Ju land scam of the previous administration.

Penang is proud to be the first state to hold public open tenders of government projects and procurement contracts and also conducting it
through the internet (e-tender). By sticking to CAT principles, Penang is the first state government in Malaysia to gain praise from Transparency International.

In politics, we want more friends than foes. But we are willing to lose friends and gain foes if we can change the mindset of the people by providing equal opportunities, be confident, self-reliant and attain international benchmarks.

Pakatan Rakyat Penang’s greatest legacy to Malaysia and greatest threat to BN’s stranglehold on power is to prove that the right policies can make Malays and Malaysians compete and succeed against the best.

Source: FUN email


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