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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Penang. A different planet?

The bridge to a different ONEMalaysia?

Whenever I cross the Causeway into Singapore I get the feeling that, "Wow! This is like a totally different planet, man!"

Or when crossing the other way, "What the fuck! Baarger! This is like a totally different planet, man!"

I am sure you know what I mean, right?

And if you say, "Ale! So good meh?" going one way and "Where got?" coming the other, then you are:-
a) so blindly patriotic you deserve a medal
b) you've been paid to say "Where got?"
c) you really don't care one way or the other and are awaiting your PR approval from Australia.

Last week I spent a couple of days in Penang. You know, the island up north that is managed by those Opposition flers? I knew something was wrong the minute I crossed over the messy, Federal-funded and built Penang Bridge.


Eh? How come the Rapid Penang buses all so clean one?


Eh? Aren't those low-cost council flats? How come look so clean and fresh one? With new coat of paint some more.

How can man? These Opposition flers just know how to complain about Federal government not giving them enough money to do things, right? Also they are supposedly marginalising some communities by holding back development and business opportunities right?

Then how come everybody here looks so happy one? Okay, so 2 days isn't enough to make a survey worth shit la but I must still admit that I was impressed man!

Okay, so I shall wait impatiently for some comments to come in after this telling me, "If you like it so much, move there la. Blaardy pendatang!"  But then it's different from being yelled at to go to another country. Penang IS in my country. Isn't it? Then how come it looks and feels so different one? Didn't all the YB's say that those Opposition flers can't do shit and not to vote for them?

Ah! And then I read in the newspapers that the Penang flers who live on the mainland are getting free bus rides to work. Some more can park their cars for RM1.00 the whole day and ride bus to work. Free!  Can do like that meh? Opposition government wor.

Ah! And then ah I also heard the Chief Minister make a speech to an audience of about 200 people at a book store.  Wah! I really tabik the Lim fler la.  Damn best speech I've heard from a politician in years la. He spoke about Penang and the people's collective efforts in building a great place to live and work and bring up family all. And he never once highlighted any one particular community for praise.  All are Penangites and all contribute and share. I tell you ah, after listening to him and enjoying Penang for 2 days I really felt like moving there to live la. Friendly, happy people. Malays, Chinese, Indians, Dll's. Clean environment. Efficient administration. Sun, sea and surf. What's there not to like? Well, maybe just one thing la. The property prices there quite terror la. Don't know if can afford. But then in a place like Penang the rule can always be "If you're prepared to work hard the rewards are there to be shared". So maybe can.  Somemore no need to apply visa all.


Niamah!!!

122 comments:

Jac Yeap said...

Hahaa..Pat, I was there!!! Got to see you in person!!

Though yes..you’re right. Being a penangite myself, I was quite surprised when I heard Lim Guan Eng mentioned about internationally, they don’t care what skin color you are or which country you’re from but rather, what result you can deliver. It hit me that, is he the only politician that know of actual reality on how the globe turns? It was my 1st time listening to his speech vis-à-vis..yaa..shame on me…

Still, love your book….but love your blog more..! If you could print out this blog and make it into a book…I will definitely buy two..! One for meself..and another to borrow around…

Do update your blog more frequent k…!!! God Bless..

donplaypuks said...

The 4 Pakatan controlled States attracted more FDI's than all the UMNO/BN ones and the Auditor General has certified that Penang and Selangor top the administration and transparency charts.

Nuff Said!

But do chek out my latest posting and cartoons on the Sighfull Special and Maha Firaun condoms at http://donplaypuks.blogspot.com

Cheerio!

dpp
we are all of 1 Race, the Human Race

LC Teh said...

Pat, I thought you're an original Penang lang? Those days 40 years ago I remember hearing your voice on Penang's Redifusion...

Richard Loh said...

welcome to Penang Patrick and glad to know that you love it. Got Teohlogy signed by you and have yet to read it.

Housing is indeed a big problem in Penang Island and of course its very expensive due to many factors.

We Penangnites are indeed very fortunate to have LGE as the CM but you know lah the never ending attacks from you know who.

Malaysians are still not thinking right when it comes to voting, at least Penangnites are a little better knowing who to vote for. We are waiting for free food and goodies comes the 13th GE from BN but will vote for PR...lol...

Anonymous said...

nice picture of incheon bridge. i can see it from my room at the sheraton.

David Chan said...

Dear Patrick, do come! Penang welcomes you! :-)

Or, let's work together and send those flers away from every state in GE13. (I work and stay in Penang but vote in my hometown in Perak because I like tough fight... you know what I mean la... :-))

P.S. Mainland (Prai) property is still affordable.

Anonymous said...

Come more often to Penang lo....You are most welcomed one!!

cinafong said...

hahaha.. this is hilarious... but does give me a warm fuzzy feeling. I like that Lim fella lah

$a7u \m/ said...

Uncle Pat,

They r ruling party in Penang state Govt. not opposion fler...at least in Penang...lol~

Cheers!

$a7u \m/

Anonymous said...

uncle pat, good one! i am a proud penangite even that i've residing in Kl for yrs. and yes! LGE has done a good job for penang, most of me mate, whether they r mly, indian, cina or dan lain lain are loving him, except ppl from umnoputra lah. u know what i mean.

btw, been to MPH BV1, your book has been sold out there. Will look out for it again.

derichan said...

yes. You are visiting a whole new penang here...we are kinda like rural town last time but now we can say is urban city, do come visit here and survey on the internet about the housing here, there are still place that you can afford too because we not like the capital city which boom that fast too. Having being a penang "kia" is really proud...cheers to our Lim Chief Minister of Penang

1 Malay-sia(L) said...

i don't think pat's a penang kia; probably a eeeboh chai.

KoSong Cafe said...

I must say my wife commented twice that Penang appears to be cleaner since Pakatan took over.

But we are regulars at Lebuh Chulia where the antique shops are, and where the budget travelling 'angmo' hang out. The roads are still partially occupied by 'temporary' stalls, tables and chairs which are permanently there. The toilets of old coffee shops leave much to be desired which is a reason why my wife would insist on visiting a toilet before getting out of NSE, or use the newer one next to the stadium off Lorong Kulit if we happen to be there.

It is going to be very unpopular to try and change things. Slowly but surely, Penang should insist on upgrading toilets in those old shops, clear the streets of stalls occupying roads or pedestrian walkways. Someone already wrote about the impossibility of walking from one place to the other without having to walk out to the road now and again.

I understand the parking system is going to be changed, otherwise, tourists are often caught with tickets but cannot find the attendants.

sintaicharles said...

I like Penang. I go there almost every year. Nothing beats the good food and friendly people on the island.

Anonymous said...

At last we have a choice closer to home. No need to go to Australia or abroad.

Anonymous said...

uncle pat,
i solute you wor--,I miss you radio four with yasmine yusuf. lah

i hope malaysia have more people like you - true grit lah

Anonymous said...

Welcome Patrick to Penang. Penang has so much to offer. We have those flers that took pictures and highlight thru' emails to mppp for improvements and walla, most of the time, they happened. U can get easily contact nos of YBs, Councillors and officers in charge. Once i send an sms to a yb for email address and it replied almost instantly, impressive! Few days back i highlighted some road cleaning problem, and walla, the officer in charge contacted me and resolved the problem the next day.Very different now le...Keep it up to all penang state civil servents!

Anonymous said...

Oh shit what has you done Patrick!!! With your write up praising the opposition and Penang CM for their efficient administration of Penang, you are surely inviting the BN/UMNO fellas (not forgetting the Ibrahim "The 3 x Shit" Ali and Utusan) to up their attacks against the Penang CM and opposition party. Gosh, Patrick, please write something-lah to praise the 1PM and his UMNO led government to balance things off. Anything that sounds like a praise will do lah as little praise is better than no praise.

Zeroed said...

Frankly....I've been staying, earning a living in KL for the past 17 donkey years. As usual, as time goes, I go back less and less. One thing I notice when back recently is that the street are just too damn clean compare to before. U can see city council people periodically sweeping and cleaning up the place. This is not just something....but things being said and done. It's just marvelous.

RicoRoyal3 said...

Penang extends her loving arm around an eloquent, opinionated bad*ss like you. Maybe your next book can be about the differences within a country.

nstman said...

Penang has undergone massive changes, believe it or not. But the Barisan wont leave it alone. Every day, Barisan goons try to make it difficult for the people. These bastards try every way and mean to run down Guan Eng. Every minute detail is exploited. Everything is down to race. But Penangites are smarter than that. Penangites will show these shit stirrers that the only way is for all races to unite. And Penang is showing the way. Najib, are you listening?

Anonymous said...

Me and my Malaccan colleague coincidentally quitted our 'rather' high pay job in Singapore and came back to Malaysia in 2009.

While today she is in Toronto now but I am still remain in Penang.

Could it be something to do with the Lim Guan Eng factor, hehe!

Anonymous said...

Prejudice distorts what it sees , deceive when it talks and destroys when it acts.

Much of our self-esteem comes from feeling better (actually not) about ourselves than about others because of the group we belong to.

PREJUDICE is not easy to overcome especially to LOOSER. Instead of showing superiority and favourism , 1 malaysia shoud demonstrate compassion ,kindness , humility , gentleness and patience towards each other.

Above all 1 Malaysia shud be All in All.

ODB

Anonymous said...

pat, u wanna be a penang-lang? then u must turned into a "kiamsiap" fler first. lol. :)
no offence, all penangites.

another penang-kia.

patrickteoh said...

Thank you all Penangites for your warm hospitality and friendship. No I am not a Penang boy. I come from Ipoh which I personally think has gone to shit since the BN took over the government all those years ago from the PPP. There was a glimmer of hope in 2008. But Alas! Frogs came into the picture and Ipoh croaked. But there is hope. Next time!

Anonymous said...

Bro you bias le. When you cross onto the island (Singapore and Penang) you already subconsciously wanted to see the good.

Imagine this - if you were a Singaporean and wrote what you wrote Mr Lee would have put you behind bars already. If you leave in Penang, you would probably cared a damn about what happens in KL and just enjoying the Penang Laksa and durians man!

yin said...

am penangite and uncle lim is doing good. just that there aren't many job opportunities - those he created are the high tech/engineer job(but no taker). many get out of penang due to lack of good jobs, unless you want to work in a factory, or bank, or have own business, else, the pay is relatively low.
hope he continues to do well, and i will come back to penang, when i can make enough to afford the house.

Anonymous said...

Nobody can deny that Penang is the cleanest and people friendly state since march 2008.
Couple months back i was at a friend " wedding kendhuri" in kampong Baru. A group of UMNO goons and PERKASA were having funs poking jokes at Selangor Govt. Then one of them asked "how about Penang?".. Nobody dare to make any comment.After couple minutes one joker break the silence " Penang sejak Cina Lim tu pegang, gua tabik(salute)la.. kalu boss kita(DSN) ada 10% otak cina lim tu pun dah bagus.. sure Malaysia terror... Ha ha you see Patrick even the UMNO and PERKASA macai admit it that Penang is another planet. Long Live Penang.

BK

Anonymous said...

My wife and I both Thais (from Bangkok) having been travelling in and out of Penang since 2005.

All I can say a vast improvement since BN days. After 2008, we decided to settle down here. Bought a nice apartment near the beach and never for once regretted it.

CM Lim, keep up the good work. A model state for other states to emulate epsecially BN States. Doubt if they can even come close.

Anonymous said...

why not?am sure ur family would love it here.

after all,this is pendatang island ma..
and we need more pendatang like u on this island.


kehoe

oh chin eng said...

Hi Sir,

I am Chin Eng, a Penangite, your blog's reader and also the chairman of teh Student Representative Committee in University Tunku Abdul Rahman Perak.

I would like to invite you to my uni to promote your book and give a talk.

ok ah ok ah?? =p

Lee Zhi-Li said...

As a through-and-through PJ Boy, I must admit it's very curious indeed. The way it's being put by you Mr. Patrick and the other commentors, sounds like Penang is now cleaner than Selangor! That the case-ah? By, a curious junior blogger www.boomtome.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Heard his speech in Adelaide, Australia n was very impressed too. He n his team r so dedicated n genuine in making Msia a better place for all.

Anonymous said...

Penang rules! WINGNUTS sucks! Born in Johor, living in Penang for the past 36 years already. All are welcome if you want to see examples of good governance, fair play and equal treatment. Nuf said!

Anonymous said...

Hi Patrick - I am Penang born - Yb LGE has indeed turned the state from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan - mind you this is just 3 years of administration - it is improving by the day - Kudos to Pakatan and YB LGE and god bless you

Anonymous said...

Patrick,

So many positive comments for LGE and team in Penang PLUS your encouraging write-up.

Please drop a note to LGE so that he and his team will be motivated. THey also need motivation. They are being run down day-in-day-out by the Barisan Najis gang and the Ibrahim Ali otak kosong.

Thanks and please write more often.
I enjoy reading your write-ups.

An observer

mahaza said...

Pat,
even Shah Alam is cleaner and the greens/playing field are really taken care of. MBSA people move around in their cars to check the quality of works done by the contractors. Abandoned projects is looming to progress. Is it just me noticing these factors?

Anonymous said...

Hi Patrick,
This is the first time I read your blog, and i must say it is AWESOME!!! This is what a blog should be all about! CM LGE has done a fantastic job that all Penangites are proud of (me included). I will go get a copy of Teohlogy. Come to Penang anytime!

Anonymous said...

bro, i got a better idea. buy house in sungai petani and drive to work to penang. not that far. the green padi fields greet u on the morning drive and after work hang out at hard rock cafe penang before balik sp. plus... kedah now is PAS state ma... can experience PAS and DAP in both states!! p.s. sungai petani house still cheap.

Anonymous said...

Nice one! Being from Penang myself (and now living in KL like everyone else), every time I go back, I always hear good things about the opposition party managing the public's funds very well. And these are coming from people who couldn't be bothered about politics etc.

Penang kia said...

my penang friends are saying that Penang should be an independent country (just like Singapore), and keep all the federal taxes to Penangites. Pay taxes to federal but not getting aid. Penang will prosper even more without Malaysia!

Lucius Chow said...

Patrick should conside moving to live in Penang for the good government, good food (see your blogger friend Anil Netto blog entries on the fabulous Penang street food) and friendly people.

Of course we still have the remnants of the Gerakan relics who are still making noise every now and then to please its umno master.

I am now working in Singapore and I hope you will do your book launch/signing in Singapore soon (perhaps after their GE as their PAP government may be afraid of your influence).

Radiance said...

you mean you didn't smell it once you crossed into the penang border even from the mainland?

even the air is different. it smells like good governance.

glad you saw the beauty of my home state. cheers.

Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed Penang.

UMNO is playing the politics of the '60s in Penang. The racial issues UMNO raised today in the state are no different from those raised against Lee Kuan Yew even though Guan Eng is a lot less confrontational than the then Singapore leader.

The living standard enjoyed by the everyone (including the Malays) in Singapore is a testimony of how good government policies can make a huge difference to the citizens.

Unfortunately, there is not much a state in Penang can do. Singapore then had a lot more autonomy than us today. Most importantly, Singapore had control in post-merger period over information and they could use the main stream media to reach to the voters. Penang today can only depend on the internet to fight lies and half truths in the main stream media.

The federation concept instituted by Tunku coupled with the constitutional amendments over the years whittled away state powers and had them concentrated to Putra Jaya.

This reduced the Penang government role to custodians of 2 main portfolios. One is land (which the previous CM surrendered to UMNO) and the other is local government.

So if we want to see real changes in Penang and Malaysia, get rid of the mediocre government in Putra Jaya.

- wira

Walski69 said...

As my wife (who's from Penang) would say: "Hi, I'm from Penang, which country are you from?"

Yes, the propaganda machinery paints a bleak picture of Penang, but the reality is that the state is doing well under thr DAP-led state government.

Glad you enjoyed your time there!

ahsiang - known as "吹水 - CHUI SUI" previously said...

Patrick, come to Penang la.
Glad that you give a good comment for Penang, hope this would give a loud and clear msg to other states that still under blood sucker control!

Anonymous said...

Mate,
Are you serious ah? Falling in love with Penang in just two days? If you said you like the Char Koay Teow or Penang Laksa we understand but are you sure Pulau Pinang is now the most improved state in Malaysia? And Pakatan doing a fantastic job despite all the hoo ha I keep reading in other blogs?
May be I should visit the island to confirm what you so unshamefully brag about.
Taikohtai

Wait a sec! That's my former homestate you're talking about! Right on bro!

Leslie Jeyam said...

Dear Patrick; its been a long time. Yes I believe everything you saw was as you say; unreal! A different planet. Almost not Malaysia yet so Malaysian I was there a little while back and got the exact same impression. Good people, good signboards (drove around in a rental) and good food. Needless to say I enjoyed myself, met some cool Joe's and drank myself silly by the beach.

The short holiday was punctuated with a 'must come back soon' and I am doing just that next month.

Leslie Jeyam said...

And congrats on the book :)

Anonymous said...

Aiya unker, very easy one lah, all you have to do is do away with under-table money/(over-table money ?), grease (for palms), "komisyen" ,"hadiah"etc etc...

You oso can do leh if you are the CM .

new fart said...

See Patrick...you don't need all the resources from the corrupted Federal Govt. if you just use whatever you've got to manage the state...because you use every cent available to do the right thing by the people instead of lining their own pockets with most of it!!! That's why! Yes, going into Singapore is like returning to Hong Kong after you have left hell behind in Shenzhen. That's exactly the feeling you get when you are travelling between the two cities. Same feeling with returning to Malaysia after visiting Singapore except it is the other way round!

marduk said...

Dear Pat,

What have Ah Goon been doing all those years? Worst is that he still has the cheek to make so much noise! Did he said he would SaiLang LGE this month? or jump off Komtar? which one??

Daryl Lau said...

Excellent view and opinion Pat. I am also a Penangite who have been residing like so many in KL for the past 12 years. I do go back twice a year to visit my family and I totally agree with you that since 2008, Penang has blossomed into a perfect place to call home.

If only LGE can rejuvenate the job opportunities, I for one would gladly head back home but then I have a feeling Penang might just be overcrowded... LOL!

Gratz on your book btw!

Cheers!
Daryl

Khun Pana aka johanssm said...

When the ever sarcastic Uncle Pat starts talking about something good is happening in Malaysia , this is a positive sign.

NiaMah to all the bn states.

Anonymous said...

Uncle Pat dont fret!!
We will sweep the bn goons of the lands of IPOH once and for all in the next GE! Ipoh will be a clean and nice place to live again

Ipoh mali tarak sombong

Anonymous said...

Yeah you're right Patrick. I was there in "Pi Mai Pi Mai Tang Tu" in Georgetown late last year. I was pleasantly shocked that the back lanes of the city was sooooo clean. No smell of garbage whatsoever! And guess what Penangites don't double park!

Sigh maybe Penang should seek independence from Bolihland and called itself The Republic of Penang...LOL

Anonymous said...

Pat,
You got pass the bridge near lam wah ee hospital, the small narrow fly over which was built by the former CM koh tsu koon. Piaang eh! Very narrow.

Kanineh this ah khoon fella ready created a bad traffic jam by building that fly over.

You must try this and give your comment.

Btw, your new book, very lun Phar wan (no1)
I already buy oh...I buy somemore to gift.

Anonymous said...

From comments here, Pakatan Penang gets almost all its support from Chinese...

Geronimo said...

Pat, although I was born and bred in KL, but my roots are actually from Penang and I do make a trip to the island every month on my business assignments. Couple of things worth mentioning:
1. Whenever I am in Penang, I stay at the B-suite Hotel In Bukit Jambul. For my dinner, I normally visit the food court just around the corner near the Shell petrol station. To reach there, I have to walk along the main road infront of the hotel where a monsoon drain runs parallel to it. Before the 2008 GE, the drain was filled with sludge and dirt so much so, it emitted a terrible odour which in most times spoiled my dinner appetite. Weeks after the 2008GE, I returned to Penang for another assignment. That evening I was thinking of walking a little further out from the monsoon and run the risk of being knocked by a car, when I notice there was no smell coming from the drain. I looked into it and what do you know, crystal clear water was running through it. Of course, the water is now a little dirty but nonetheless the drain is maintained as far as I can see.
2. I boarded a taxi at the Bayan Lepas Airport to ferry me to the hotel. It was six months after the 2008GE. The driver, who was a Malay, and I struck up a conversation. I started off by asking him how are things now under the new state govt. He replied enthusiastically, "Very good, Sir, very good". He went on to tell me how his uncle (an E or F Class contractor) just secured a project to provide lamps/lightings/wiring, worth RM500k from the state govt through the open tender system. He told me in the past, you can only dream of securing such a project as they are all controlled by the politicians, and even if you did, the amount you have to pay the main con hardly leaves you anything left to spent.
Well, I am certainly impressed and from the looks of things, BN, Gerakan or MCA can forget about getting Penang back. The state is now in good hands, especially runned by an accountant, heh heh heh.

Anonymous said...

Nice piece Niamah! I used to listen you on the radio during the early 70's as a young teenager living in Bagan Serai.

By the way Niamah....the IGP went to the same school as you did in Ipoh...if you have not already, maybe you should link up with him. Then you two can try to make changes for the better in Ipoh. Maybe someday it can be on par with Penang.

What do you say Niamah...dont just talk lah. Try to make things happen....be part off the change.

sbennit@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Uncle Pat
Good that you LOVE Penang!
Me too... Since LGE took over, the City State is simply superb place to visit relax and get laid too.

I've been looking for Penang Hokkien to be my LaoPor for quite sometime but failed to catch one, woh!

Visiting Penang & Traders Hotel my spot, every once-a-month at least for the last 3years lor.

Malacca can be as good as Penang if the state people select Transparency Integrity leaders instead of Mongkeys woh. Bet you agree with me!

Take care, Uncle Pat.

Anonymous said...

Dear Pat

i am a msian residing abroad for the past 11 years due to work commitments.I come back often and this time was in Penang as well.....blimey....i was really surprised to see how things have changed and all because of LGE and his vision and mission to be fair to all.....god bless you...

Wassalam
Ben

Anonymous said...

niamah! .this my-hard-dick now says English Language is important .

this fucker can say what he likes and get away from the malay community.!

Anonymous said...

Have to agree man...very clean...

Another 5 years they maybe like Singapore....

Hello Khalid of Selangor...please lah ...stop the complaining and learn how to berdikari....

Klang and Subang and Meru are still as dirty as ever....

They should really bring in someone like LGE to get Selangor - the richest state in Malaysia - moving..

Anonymous said...

I would love to get a copy of Teohlogy book.

I have been talking to my wife and kids about going to Penang for a visit since last year and it did not happen. After reading this blog, I think I must make it a point to go to Penang for a visit this coming March school holiday. See and feel it for myself "This totally different planet" and enjoy the local food.

Glad to read Patrick's favourable blog of Penang as an independent outsider that based on facts. Sometimes, really have enough of those politically motivated slandereous accusations.

katdog said...

What? Are you guys serious? Lets be realistic. Its been just 3 years. Theres still a lot needed to be done.

Penang is still filthy. Cleanliness is still a major problem.

Roads are still badly patched. For example the coastal highway has 1001 uneven patches. This probably can be attributed to the federal govt's refusal to provide funding for upgrading the highway.

Illegal parking is still a major issue. Attempts by the new govt to tackle the problem fizzled out.

But definitely, there has been many positive changes since the new govt. took over. After all, failure is not an option. There are no second chances for PR in Penang.

But so far, the Penang govt. definitely deserves 2 thumbs up for the hard work and improvements they have achieved.

Zeroed said...

Proud to have 07 code in my IC.....Cheers!!!

Anonymous said...

You Penangites are dumb! Penang is losing hundreds of millions ringgit under Pakatan and this is being swept under the carpet. You should have a few politicians die in Penang, so that there's by-elections. With each by-election, you will have new roads, new schools, new everything without paying a single sen!!! All the sudden, donations and grants in millions of ringgit will come pouring in. No need to so difficult getting FDI.

Go lah wish some politicians to drop dead ... maybe start with those politicians from the party with the 'scale' symbol ... DUMB Penangites!!!

Anonymous said...

My Indian colleague from N.Sembilan took his family to Penang for a short trip. HE came back happy - "wow, the people there are friendly, you do not feel the racial tension as Johor. Everyone is talking to one another like old friends." Besides, he liked the food there.

Whenever I go back to Pg (like once every 2 months) I take the opportunity to check the ground sentiment - I spoke to taxi drivers - Chinese, Malays and Indians - all, I said ALL of them are happy that Penang is getting much cleaner now as the City Council are working now.

Kudos to LGE and his team. Keep it up.

Penang Mali

Anonymous said...

See what a good Melakan can do. Hope for the same transformation in Melaka "Maju" some day.

Anonymous said...

We spent 3 days in Penang staying in Burmah Road, last July. We didn't have a car so we either walked or caught buses and it was a pleasure. Granted, some of the footpaths were woeful (narrow and uneven) and there are still some buildings in need of repair especially across from Komtar. but the buses were a real find and I have recommended many of my friends go for a visit. Kudos to the 'opposition' govt and the people of Penang.

Anonymous said...

Dear All,
Penang loves nobody, nobody, but U!
A Penangite.

LatestSportsNews said...

Penang's a lovely state. Too bad it's too small and congested. Still, I love Penang!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9.24pm You must be suffering from short term memory loss with such a comment. Wishing people to die BEFORE improvements are made to the state?! Look, have you forgotten the 'I help you, you help me' fiasco? And to wait and beg for funding from the 'big boys' when it IS ours in the first place?! Shit man! I rather find my own way and make good with the shortcomings then be like a freaking kid begging for crumbs from 'DAD'! Has 50 odd years taught you nothing?! WINGNUTS!

W H Chaandani said...

I had the same impression of Singapore (the previous time I was there was over 30+ years ago) when I went down recently to register my son at a University there. "A whole new world!!!".

And contrary to what a lot of my friends here have impressed on me I find Singaporeans are really nice people. They have warmly welcomed my son into their fold, the university staff are wonderful and my son has yet to encounter any form of racism when he goes about Singapore. And you must understand I am not an ethnic Chinese here but of Indian origins

The citizens down the border are truly lucky compared to their unfortunate neighbours north. The bunch of ruling political "Yahoos" we have to put up with are really cringeworthy.

And you say now.... Penang is showing positive signs of being a future Singapore. That makes me happy as I had told my son after serving his 3-year bond and he still wants to come home then we will settle in Penang, knowing the capabilities of LGE (he is the illustrous LKS's son after all) and DAP party.

I pray they will have a long reign despite the dirty tricks the ruling coalition will resort to try and topple them.

Anonymous said...

katdog is part of the remnants/relics from Gerakan era.

Somehow the postal votes is going up in perak, looks like BN needs more than frogs to retain the state.

Anonymous said...

Anon@924pm,
Penangites are anytime smarter than you.
We were losing BILLIONS under Koh Tsu Goon and UMNO bastards!

Musmail said...

A good job by the Penang state government despite being allocated the lowest percentage of federal grants among all states in the country compared to the tax revenues contributed by the states. This is a true example of ‘Rakyat didahulukan’.

The Finance Ministry statistics has shown that the state was given a mere RM794 million over eight years (2001 to 2008) for its consolidated funds. The amount came up to a paltry 3% of the RM25.67 billion in taxes collected from the state by the federal government during the same period.

In contrast, other states received much higher percentages in grants. Kelantan was given 98.8%, Perlis 40.7%, Sabah 23.79%, Kedah 23.79% and Pahang 22.5%.

I hope BN government should learn how not to waste money on unnecesary projects to really help the rakyat beyong the 1Malaysia slogan.

Anonymous said...

the BN cronies have too many mouths to feed. so need to create so many white elephant project to steal rakyet money

Fang Ling aka Ginefly said...

I am a penangites who has been living and working in Sg for the past 11 yrs .My job takes me to many countries and big cities .i must say penang is still the best place to live in if i get to choose . Especially last 2 yrs + since PR took over the state Gov ...the improvement is tremendous and can be felt everywhere . I am seriously thinking of coming back to work n once again enjoy the wonderful island of penang which has so much to offer. Keep it up my beloved PR .Especially CM Lim GE . WELL DONE .

Kassim Mustapha said...

Penang has really transformed for the better under the current state government to recapture the glorious past that is tainted by Gerakan.

myrayza said...

Can't wait to travel to Penang.

Anonymous said...

I've the privilege to live in Penang, and I enjoy every minute of it.And I'm sure we haven't seen the best of PG yet. If Pakatan another few years to govern, PG will become one of the most favoured and the most livable international city.

Anonymous said...

You people aaa.. especially Penangites... and Pat.. get your facts right before you condemn anybody. Rapid Penang..? Clean buses.. hah.. I'm sure you haven't taken the Rapid KL bus... Clean.. TV .. no problem... and it's run by a Government linked company. Low cost council flats... clean, new coat of paint...? Emm.. have you seen the same flats in KL... Same thing.. clean.. new fresh coats of paint... and where does the funding comes from..? Oh... Ministry of Housing and Local Government... Hmmm.. Penangites, be thankful that the Federal Government still provide funds for the maintainance of Council's roads and infrastructure... which existed BEFORE the PR took over and given credit.. Anything new lately..????????

KT said...

Is Penang the Pulau Pen(dat)ang?

Anonymous said...

I really LOVE Penang :D

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10:18AM,Penang is still part of Malaysia and it is also one of the major tax contributors to the country.It is the federal gov's responsibility to provide the fund for maintenance.This is not a special privilege.In fact, we got much less than what we contributed.Pls check the data above.Look at what happened to Penang before PR took over.Any changes done to Penang during that period?We should be thankful to LGE for managing the public funds well.You think KL is in good shape?Think again.Who screwed up the LRT & monorail projects in KL and caused the traffic jam to be so bad because of the bad public transport system?Why is KL still having so frequent flash floods after so many yrs?Please check your facts instead.If you want to know what are new in Penang after PR took over, pls read the comments above.

Anonymous said...

totally agreed to all comments stated but the taxi drivers in penang are worse than kl. their charges really make one wanna say niamah!!

Anonymous said...

hii everyone out there, no one can beat Patrick Teoh our wonderful Radio DJ.. man those were the days.. we missed you..am very sure majority agrees to that.

ong said...

Patrick should send his write-up together with all the comments to Selangor MB Khalid and all his Ex-co. They all need to get a wake-up call. I live in PJ and as far as daily life is concerned, no noticeable difference from BN days.

Some say it is because civil servants are the same ones inherited from BN. But as far as I am aware, Penang civil servants are also from inherited from BN.

Anonymous said...

I ve decided long ago
never to walk in anyone's shadow

Cause i found the greatest love of all.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 10.18AM, you are like a "katak di bawah tempurung" coz what you just said is just pure bodoh. PENANG is one of the major tax contributor in Malaysia. Of course Penang deserve to get funds for its maintenance, you are saying as if we minta sedekah from the Federal Government. If Federal Government is so great, then don't take Penang's tax money la, we Penang's tax money go directly to our local government we are OK with that. Do you know that the money given from Federal Government is just a fraction of the total of of the amount taken from us??????

Anonymous said...

Bravo Penang and Mr Lim make everybody envy why we are still living in this shithole. Assessment Bill for 1st half year arrive like daylight robber pay for nothing. Maybe can think of moving to Penang.

Melvin Theology said...

Anonymous 1018am why are you so proud and think that you talk smart. Have you seen the rakyat getting much easy life with BN in powers? Please don't tokkok. Keep it to your hooked nose. To Patrick and LGE we need more people like you. Congratulations...

Anonymous said...

Patrick Teoh, you book was launched by LGE at Penang Gurney popular Bookshop.... so you POH his LP is it?I'm a Penang Guy , you don't bull-shit. WTf! U r damn unpro.. writer.

patrickteoh said...

Aiyoh! Anonymous 3:36PM if you want to say Por Lan Par then say it properly la. Penang fler also cannot spiak Hokkein. (Por Lan Par = suck up. Literally = carry his balls)
"I'm a Penang Guy, you don't bull-shit"? What did I bull shit you about? You call me a damn unpro writer. But you damn incomprehensible writer leh

patrickteoh said...

Aiyoh! Anonymous 3:36PM if you want to say Por Lan Par then say it properly la. Penang fler also cannot spiak Hokkein. (Por Lan Par = suck up. Literally = carry his balls)
"I'm a Penang Guy, you don't bull-shit"? What did I bull shit you about? You call me a damn unpro writer. But you damn incomprehensible writer leh

Anonymous said...

pat, i nearly end up being a penangites...but we stick to being good friend...and i always enjoy going back there once a while reminicing those wonderful days....yup...penang is still the best to me....!!!!


~JAZZMAN~

Anonymous said...

waaa...u never publish my comment about penang...no good la u.....



~jazzman~

Yati said...

Man, you just reminded me that I need to plan my yearly pilgrimage to Penang.

I JUST LOVE PENANG. Kudos to Lim!

I wish I could live there but so far only 1 company call me for interview. That one also didnt get the job. Damn!

Penang, penang.... i want to move there....

Anonymous said...

Hi Brader Pat,
No denying that property on the island is expensive BUT property on the mainland is damn cheeeeap. Tell me where u can get a double storey semi-d at RM150k? We'll u can get one on the mainland and it has a hypermarket nearby also.

Anonymous said...

150k for a double storey semi-d near a hypermarket? you must have been misinformed :)

Tim @fumour said...

Haven't been to Penang for years. After reading this post, I tempted to bring my kids there for the coming holiday. :)

Anonymous said...

BN leaders like Koh Tsu Koon's explanation that the previous Penang government has provided a strong foundation and platform for the present state government to manage the state could not tally with the surge of public confidence as well as investors' confidence towards the present state government.

Without knowing that it is utterly shameless acts of their desperation if UMNO and BN leaders want to continue their credit claim for the success and not for the failures in Penang due to their past incompetencies and current unfairness to Penangites too, especially in terms of the distribution of the Federal Government's financial grants and allocations.

Adrian Oh said...

hi pat, i'm a penangite living at long river selangor. i still frequently back penang for my favorite foods (mom cooking too!) once every month or 2.

i would say, the state gov really did a brilliant job. It is really really much cleaner now. I still remembered how we all penanglang were embarrased by Tun M as he call penang "rubbish of oriental". Now, it's finding it's Glory back on recovery to become the real Pearl of Oriental.

Cleanliness is so important, it reflects almost everything about our community, from civic mindedness to the images which we project to the world. Every good things start from little stuffs like being clean. i have high hope for penang.

And if every states can be run this way, Malaysia, will be a real bolehland. We don't even need talent corp to attract talents back.

Anonymous said...

Is Penang part of Singapore ?

Mr.Brown

Anonymous said...

Chinese people all fuckers ! DJ pat launch book also talk so much.!

Chinese people very no 1 poking own chinese one..

what's wrong with DJ pat making a few bucks? Niamah ke hai he could go to stay Hilton in Kammunting you know ?OR thrown out in some building ..you know??

i am with you pat. but if you kena with BN goons ..sorry lah bros. you are on your own..I am just chinese !


niamah myself and the fucker who taruk you. !

jefferyseow said...

Just a quick one to let you know my dad read this and loves it! (^uu^)

Anonymous said...

another college kena rombak by way of helping the overly previllage group.!

niamah!

Sweej said...

Pat, thanks for your comments on Penang. I was there last week as well and felt the same way. Oh, you might also want to mention the free wi-fi. It's something I don't believe I'll ever se in KL.

Robin said...

salute to your article! love the sarcasm.

prem said...

go Penang KIAS. The BEST state in Malaysia.

Anonymous said...

Niasing! This makes my decision to MOVE UP HERE FROM KL a worthy shit to brag! Beaches, durian, forest+falls, smart ppl, that makes Penang so sweet!

Tuck

Anonymous said...

I beg to differ. Last time I went to Penang (about a year ago) I was taken aback by how dirty it was compared to 2000-2006. Uncontrolled development... Potholes... Don't get me wrong though - I don't support the federal govt and I really think we need a change!

Anonymous said...

Bravo Uncle Pat!!
For the positive one keep it up. Things will surely getting better and better.
For the negative one, just keep it to yourself. you will deserve only in your negative way of thought!!

We will work hard to be abandoned and a country independantly...

from Penang gal.

al juburi said...

Put some pictures la macha! I dun believe you!

Anonymous said...

As a Penangite, I still support Penang. Let's compare Apple to Apple. That day I came back from Saigon and arrived at LCCT. Very 'Good' Service: No Aircond and Bloody Hot in there. After we flew to Penang Int'l Airport, it was so well organised (although it's a bit haywired on the way out to the taxis). Okay, let's not be bias then. Comparing KLIA to Tan Son Nhat Airport, Tan Son Nhat Airport much friendlier to tourists. Anywhere we go around Vietnam cities, there is sure to be having a security guard, tourist police or a police cop. The same case is almost equivalent over here in Penang. Also, when we went around, our tour guide even told us - Malaysians are troublesome. Non-Halal Food cannot eat, Non-Chinese Food don't know how to eat, this, that, etc. But we convinced the tour guide - Penangites are no problem at all. We enjoy all food equally because Vietnamese food are mainly spicy or vegetarian meals and if you go to seaside areas - Seafood! Just the way Penangites enjoyed them! This invites lots of Tourists from Vietnam to be in Penang, and many Penangites to Vietnam, for both have something very common - the sea, the sun and all the fun!

Anonymous said...

I couldnt agree more with Pat on the positive feedbacks on this island. LGE is doing a pretty good job and whenever I am there, you get a feel of the old Malaysia. All races worked hand in hand for a better Malaysia. You know like the old days, we sat together at the tuckshop bench and everyone was able to enjoy our homecooked food side by side...

Anonymous said...

I'm a Singaporean, I oso wanna move to Penang to be a Penangite for good!

Anonymous said...

Dear Patrick, i thought Penang is home... mati, also i say it is great. Today, i comb your blog and others too for some niamahs on Penang. None!

I have to tell you my dear friend that the PAI KA CHAI APTLY DESCRIBES HIM. I voted him into power. I am guilty. Now, we have a monster on our hands. He is unscrupulous, a fucking bastard !!! and screwing up Penang and the average penangite such as me! He is abusing his powers... there is no law any more... black can be white and white can be black. he is running Penang and MPPP to hell. He thinks he is God! NIAMAH! NIAMAH!NIAMAH! LIM GUAN ENG YOU ARE DOOMED!

Anonymous said...

The inside story is not so pretty... Lim Guan Eng now thinks he is invincible... his greed has gone into his head... he is abusing his powers and MPPP is now a circus... architects, engineers, developers dare not squeak and they are treated like dirt, yes professional dirt! YES, NO ONE dares say a harsh word against MPPP or Lim Guan Eng. NO ONE DARES OR YOU SUFFER!!! That it is clean is an illusion. The corruption is going to get worse... because he is a fucking rotten fish head... sad, very very sad that we all bank so much on Penang and now we have a fucker up there who does not care a damn about Penang or its people. Koh Tsu Koon was utterly useless... we thought we are better off, i thought we were better off... now, i see for myself. LIM GUAN ENG IS SCREWING UP THE PEOPLE OF PENANG IN BROAD DAYLIGHT!!! Patrick, for the first time i feel what you feel... NIAMAH!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Patrick, have you visited Penang in 2014? Have you caught up with the latest in Penang? You must come and hear the true story, first hand... we need a NIAMAH LIM GUAN ENG!!!
P/S i have calmed down considerably after shouting a few niamahs in my amateur attempts to post here. Thank you for this blog...

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