Selasa, 27 November 2012

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Pembinaan Jalan Di Dun Bangi

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 03:14 PM PST

N45 Dr Halimah Ali

N45 Dr Halimah Ali

Sekolah Rendah Agama Integrasi Selangor

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 11:26 PM PST

     Selangor mempunyai satu sistem yang mewujudkan pengajaran dan pembelajaran akademik di bawah satu  pentadbiran sebagai usaha untuk mula sistem pendidikan sepadu yang dinamakan Sekolah Rendah Agama Integrasi(SRAI).Ia masih begitu awal untuk memperlihatkan keberkesanan dan menghayati kesyumulan sistem pendidikan Islam.

Ruang untuk penambahbaikan masih begitu luas.Namun langkah untuk memulakan sistem holistik adalah baik berbeza dengan sistem pendidikan bersifat dualisme warisan daripada penjajah.

Maklumat SRAI di Selangor

599 GURU
7217 MURID
  1. Klang: 1 sekolah; 22 KELAS; 53 GURU; 734 MURID
  2. Kuala Langat: 1sekolah;13 kelas; 37 guru; 429 murid
  3. Kuala Selangor: 1 sekolah; 13kelas; 37 guru; 365 murid
  4. Hulu Langat: 2 sekolah; 42 kelas; 114guru; 1463 murid
  5. Hulu Selangor; 0 sekolah
  6. Sabak Bernam: 1 sekolah; 13kelas; 34 guru; 324 murid;
  7. Gombak: 2 sekolah; 37 kelas; 110 guru; 1231 murid
  8. Petaling: 2 sekolah; 60 kelas; 169guru; 2209 murid
  9. Sepang; 1 sekolah;16kelas; 45 guru; 462 murid



It’s the system that turns good leaders bad | Free Malaysia Today

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 09:14 PM PST

念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang

念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang

My baby's half day adventure in the Parliament

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 08:01 AM PST

November 27, 2012 - Inspired by Licia Ronzulli, I decided to bring my 4-month old baby Jinger to Parliament today.

Licia Ronzulli is an Italian Member of the European Parliament (MEP) who made waves two years ago when she brought her infant daughter to work.

On 22 September 2010, Ronzulli took her 44-day old daughter, Vittoria, to a plenary session of the European Parliament as a symbolic gesture to reclaim more rights for women in reconciling work and family life. She has continued to bring her daughter to work since then.

During one interview Ronzulli said her decision to bring baby Vittoria to work was not a “political gesture but a maternal one” based on the fact that she was still breastfeeding. She nonetheless said she wanted to “remind people that there are women who do not have this opportunity (to bring their children to work), that we should do something to talk about this".

Like others in various parts of the world, working mothers in Malaysia need urgent attention and assistance.

Even though Malaysia produces more female than male graduates in recent years , the increase of women’s participation in the labour workforce is very low. It was 44.7% in 1995 and at 2011, the female labour force participation rate in Malaysia stood at 47.9%. This is in sharp contrast to the neighbouring South East Asian countries of Thailand, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam where the corresponding figures are 71%, 63% and 60%, respectively.

Increasing female labour force participation requires balancing their competing responsibilities within the family and the workplace. Among other things, we need safe and high-quality childcare facilities at the workplace so that women do not need to leave the workplace in order to raise their children.

As at today, only 71 childcare centres have been established at various government agencies and 20 in the private sector for working mothers . This is far from sufficient and is highly unsatisfactory. Even Parliament, where we discuss about human rights and best policies for the people, does not provide such facilities. It is therefore not surprising that many women leave their jobs in the middle of their careers once they have children because Malaysia’s workplaces are still not mother-friendly.

We in Pakatan Rakyat demand that the BN government pay more attention to assist working mothers in Malaysia. As a start, we would like to see childcare centres set up in all government agencies, if the government is serious about their target to increase female labour force participation rate to 55% by 2015.

Investment in childcare centres will benefit the country long-term, as rightly pointed out by the World Development Report 2012 on Gender Equality and Development, as it improves women's access to jobs and economic opportunities – this move could significantly boost productivity in the region.

Furthermore, the 2010 Asia-Pacific Human Development Report (AHDR) estimates that if the female employment rates were raised to 70%, Malaysia would enjoy an increase in GDP of between 2% and 4%.


Majlis Deepavali Seksyen 7, Bandar Baru Bangi

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 01:39 AM PST

Tarikh: 25hb Nov 2012
Waktu: 8.01 malam
Tempat: Seksyen 7, Bandar Baru Bangi


Bubur Asyura @ Taman Putra Kajang, Bangi

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 01:29 AM PST

Tarikh:25hb Nov 2012
Waktu: 10pagi
Tempat: Taman Putra kajang, Bangi


Program Berkhatan di Kajang Utama

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 01:18 AM PST

Tarikh: 25hb Nov 2012
Waktu: Petang
Tempat: Surau Al-Muhajirin, Persiaran Damai, Kajang Utama


Perayaan Deepavali Sri Pulai, Balakong

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 01:09 AM PST

Tarikh: 24hb Nov 2012
Waktu: 7 malam
Tempat: Rumah Pangsa Sri Pulai


[HarakahDaily] Anak Kristian antara sertai khatan beramai-ramai

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 04:18 AM PST

SHAH ALAM: Musim cuti sekolah datang lagi dan aktiviti yang paling popular sepanjang musim ini adalah kenduri kahwin dan berkhatan.

Khatan biasanya majlis biasa untuk orang Islam tetapi sejak adanya Pakatan Rakyat dan kerjasama baik antara PAS dan DAP ia telah menjadi majlis bersama.

Majlis khatan yang selama ini asing bagi orang bukan Islam menjadi majlis yang sangat menarik bagi mereka.

Yang paling sibuk dan sangat teruja dengan majlis ini adalah para wakil rakyat bukan Islam dalam Pakatan Rakyat.

Hari ini, sekurang-kurangnya dua wakil rakyat bukan Islam dalam Pakatan Rakyat meraikan rakyat di kawasan mereka dalam majlis berkhatan beramai-ramai.


Lim Guan Eng

Lim Guan Eng

Kong Cho Ha Should Do His Duties As Transport Minister And Visit The Twin Distressed Projects Of RM250 Million Expansion Of Penang International Airport And RM 43 Million Tanjung City Marina As Well As The Troubled RM65 Million Swettenham Pier Project.(en/bm/cn)

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 10:47 PM PST

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 27.11.12.

Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha should do his duties as Transport Minister and visit the twin distressed projects of RM 250 million expansion of Penang International Airport and RM 43 million Tanjung City Marina as well as the troubled RM 65 Million Swettenham Pier project. The Penang state government is shocked by the outrageous claim by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) that renovation and upgrading works at the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas have been "substantially completed".

Any passenger who uses the Penang International airport facility knows this is untrue. How can MAHB sacrifice public interests by stating that the expansion project has been substantially completed when the roof has still not been put fully up, water leaks occur when raining, the toilets are dirty and the whole place still looks like a construction work-site with noise and dust. Only those with eyes but do not see, ears do not hear and a brain that does not think can agree with MAHB's outrageous lies that the RM250 million expansion project has been "substantially completed".

Instead of trying to defend the contractors and officials monitoring the work done, MAHB should come clean and own up to the reasons behind the failure to complete the work on time. There have already been 2 extensions of time given to the contractor, the last one which expired on 24 November 2012. Can Kong state what is the new completion date and the penalties imposed on the contractor for failure of completion?

Kong should come and inspect the airport himself instead of allowing MAHB to make Malaysia an international laughing-stock by announcing the airport to be substantially completed when it is not. If an uncompleted project can be passed off as "substantially completed" after spending RM250 million, then this is a clear case of not just mismanagement of funds but also abuse of public trust.

Kong should also inspect the abandoned RM 43 million Tanjung City Marina project, which is in a pitiful state. Despite being completed in 2007 at a cost of RM43 million, it is practically rotting away with half submerged disembarkation ramp in the sea water and rows of concrete and foam pontoons floating dangerously, posing a threat to cruise liners and ferries as well as security risks posed by lighting that is not working. The marina has the capacity to accommodate 140 yachts and boats with 102 berths but there are now no yachts or boats.

The Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) management has pushed away responsibility for this failed project with a statement in today's papers that the marina’s berthing facilities, designed and constructed by the Penang Port Commission (PPC), were badly damaged because of design flaws. To overcome the design flaws, PPSB said that an additional RM10 million was required for repair works. PPSB added that the previous PPC Chair Tan Cheng Liang had promised to provide the RM10 million for repairs but the promise remain unfulfilled.

Clearly the present PPC Chairman Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek has failed in his duty not just improving but even to maintain the facilities under PPC. For this reason, Kong must intervene and find a quick solution or else this abandoned RM 43 million Tanjung City Marina will only remind us all that is wrong with the management of a BN-controlled PPC.

Kong should also inspect the RM65 million Swettenham Pier to prevent it from suffering the same fate. There have been several complaints of inadequate facilities and service by the important cruise liners that serve an important role to expand tourism into Penang.

These 3 projects under the Transport Ministry cost a total of RM358 million. RM358 million is a gross wastage of public funds and abuse of public trust if Kong does not take immediate steps to stop such failure in project management as well as rescue these distressed projects. Instead of only being concerned about the tender of car registration numbers and installing 831 1Malaysia cameras under Automated Enforcement System or AES, Kong should come urgently to Penang to find a salvage and rescue formula.

Lim Guan Eng

—BM Version–
Kenyataan Akhbar oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng di Komtar, George Town pada 27.11.12

Kong Cho Ha Harus Menunaikan Tanggungjawab Sebagai Menteri Pengangkutan Dan Melawat Dua Projek Parah Iaitu Projek RM250 Juta Untuk Naik Taraf Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang dan Projek RM43 Juta Tanjung City Marina Serta Projek Bermasalah Swettenham Pier Yang Bernilai RM65 Juta.

Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha harus menunaikan tanggungjawab sebagai Menteri Pengangkutan dan melawat dua projek parah iaitu projek RM250 juta untuk naik taraf Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang dan projek RM43 juta Tanjung City Marina serta projek bermasalah Swettenham Pier yang bernilai RM65 juta. Kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang amat terkejut dengan dakwaan Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) bahawa kerja-kerja ubah suai dan naik taraf di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang di Bayan Lepas sudah "banyak yang siap".

Mana-mana penumpang yang menggunakan prasarana Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang pasti tahu bahawa kenyataan ini adalah palsu. Bagaimanakah boleh MAHB mengenepikan kepentingan awam dengan kenyataan bahawa projek naik taraf tersebut sudah "banyak yang siap" apabila bumbung belum habis dipasang, air masih lagi bocor apabila hujan, tandas-tandas berada dalam keadaan kotor dan seluruh tempat itu kelihatan seperti tapak pembinaan dengan bunyi dan habuk. Hanya orang yang mempunyai mata yang rabun, telinga yang pekak dan otak yang tidak boleh berfikir sahaja akan bersetuju dengan penipuan MAHB bahawa projek RM250 juta tersebut itu sudah "banyak yang siap".

Daripada melindungi kontraktor-kontraktor dan pegawai pemantauan, MAHB harus bersikap jujur dan memberi sebab-sebab kenapa kerja naik taraf tersebut tidak mematuhi masa. Masa sudah pun dilanjutkan 2 kali untuk kontraktor tersebut, di mana lanjutan terakhir telah tamat pada 24 November 2012. Bolehkah Kong menyatakan apakah tarikh siap baru dan apakah penalti yang akan dikenakan kepada kontraktor kerana gagal menyiapkan dalam tempoh masa yang sepatutnya?

Kong harus datang dan memeriksa sendiri dan tidak membenarkan MAHB untuk menjadikan Malaysia sebagai bahan lawak antarabangsa dengan pengumuman bahawa lapangan terbang tersebut sudah "banyak yang siap" apabila jelas banyak lagi yang belum siap. Sekiranya projek yang tidak siap boleh dikatakan sebagai "banyak yang siap" selepas perbelanjaan RM250 juta, maka ini adalah satu kes yang membabitkan bukan sahaja salah urus kewangan tetapi penyelewengan amanah awam.

Kong juga harus memeriksa projek RM43 juta Tanjung City Marina yang terbengkalai. Walaupun disiapkan pada tahun 2007 pada harga RM43 juta, ia kini berada dalam keadaan reput dengan tanjakan yang separuh tenggelam dan barisan-barisan pontun konkrit yang terapung serta membahayakan kapal-kapal persiaran dan feri serta membawa risiko keselamatan akibat lampu-lampu yang rosak. Marina tersebut mempunyai kapasiti untuk menampung 140 buah kapal layar dan bot dengan 102 kawasan berlabuh, tetapi tiada satu pun kapal layar atau bot yang kelihatan.

Pihak pengurusan Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) menepiskan tanggungjawab bagi kegagalan projek tersebut dengan kenyataan dalam akhbar hari ini bahawa prasarana pelabuhan yang direka dan dibina oleh Penang Port Commission (PPC) telah rosak akibat kecacatan reka bentuk. Untuk mengatasi kecacatan reka bentuk, PPSB berkata bahawa RM10 juta diperlukan untuk kerja pembaikan. PPSB menambah bahawa Pengerusi PPC terdahulu Tan Cheng Liang telah berjanji untuk menyediakan RM10 juta untuk kerja pembaikan tetapi sampai sekarang janji tidak ditepati.

Jelas Pengerusi PPC kini Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek telah gagal dalam tanggungjawabnya bukan sahaja untuk menaikkan taraf malah untuk menyelenggara prasarana PPC. Untuk sebab ini, Kong harus campur tangan dan mencari penyelesaian dengan lekas. Kalau tidak, projek RM43 juta Tanjung City Marina yang terbengkalai ini akan menjadi peringatan kepada semua tentang salah urus oleh pihak pengurusan PPC yang dikawal BN.

Kong juga harus memeriksa Swettenhem Pier yang bernilai RM65 juta untuk mengelak daripada nasib yang sama. Aduan telah diterima daripada kapal-kapal persiaran yang penting kepada sektor pelancongan Pulau Pinang bahawa perkhidmatan dan kemudahan yang disediakan tidak memuaskan.

Ketiga-tiga projek ini adalah di bawah naungan Kementerian Pengangkutan dan berjumlah RM358 juta. RM358 juta ini akan menjadi pembaziran yang besar dan penyelewengan amanah awam sekiranya Kong tidak mengambil langkah segera untuk mengelakkan kegagalan dalam pengurusan projek serta menyelamatkan projek-projek yang parah ini. Daripada membazirkan masa dengan nombor pendaftaran kereta dan pemasangan 831 kamera 1Malaysia di bawah Sistem Pengkuatkuasaan Automatik atau AES, Kong harus datang segera ke Pulau Pinang dan menyelamatkan keadaan.

Lim Guan Eng

—-Mandarin Version—













Speech By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In The ASLI Conference In Singapore On Penang Investment Opportunities

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 03:50 AM PST

Penang is a small island located off the northwest coast of Malaysia. With a total land area of about 1,031 sq km when combined with the mainland portion of the state, we make up the second smallest state in Malaysia. However, though we may be small in size, I am sure many of you here in Singapore will agree with me when I say that good things come in small packages.

We share many similarities with Singapore. Penang, being a part of the Straits Settlements, had its humble beginnings as a prosperous port city. Naturally blessed with the strategic geographical advantage as the gateway into the Bay of Bengal and a pivotal point in the spice and silk trades, Penang was able to carve a commercial niche as an international transhipment hub and entrepôt.

This continued until free port status was withdrawn in the 1960s. Faced with the need to adapt, Penang showed typical resilience by taking advantage of the global industrialisation trend and quickly positioning itself as a base for export-oriented manufacturing. In five decades, manufacturing as a component of the economy grew from a mere 13% in the 1970s to 51% in 2010. At the same time, we have also moved up the value chain and diversified beyond low-skills low-productivity manufacturing into higher technology, knowledge-based sectors such as LEDs, renewable energy, biotechnology and even venturing into areas such as shared services and business process outsourcing.

Today, we are now one of the largest global electronics manufacturing hubs and a world-renowned tourist destination that has managed to maintain the delicate balance between a highly-urbanised and developed state and the physical and living heritage that has made us a UNESCO World Heritage City.

Factors of success
Ladies and gentlemen,

The lynchpin of Penang's future success is based on five key factors. Firstly, Penang is blessed with valuable human talent in the form of a dynamic workforce. Thanks to an inherited legacy of well-developed institutions, Penangites have a high rate of literacy well above the national average, as well as a multi-lingual population that is conversant in English, Mandarin and many other languages. As a result, our talent pool has been the backbone of our economy. The superior quality of Penang talent is of course well-known to Singapore, as many of our sons and daughters have ended up headhunted by Singaporean universities and corporations. Sometimes I think our biggest export product has not been electrical and electronics goods but in fact our people!

Secondly, Penang has been a traditional logistics hub with well-established trade-related and communications infrastructure. Linkages between our port, rail, air and highway facilities are seamless and well connected. Besides the RM250 million airport upgrade currently on-going, the Second Penang Bridge linking BatuKawan on the mainland and BatuMaung in the south of the island will be ready in less than a year's time. We are also planning to build an undersea tunnel as a third link between the mainland and the island, in anticipation of future growth and development.

Thirdly, as a result of Penang's long involvement in the manufacturing sector, we have been able to not only foster a local supply chain ecosystem of high-quality, efficient supply services but also embed ourselves in the global production network. The existence of such an established ecosystem makes us an ideal location for any investor looking to set up shop.

Fourth, Penang is highly liveable. According to ECA International, we are the most liveable city in Malaysia and 8th most liveable in Asia. While we may not be able compare to Singapore, which ranks amongst the top in the world, we are tops in education and healthcare both in terms of money and value for money – two key areas for expats and their families. And equally important, Penang is the safest city in Malaysia with the highest drop in crime index for the last 4 years. Who wouldn't fancy living and working in a tropical island paradise with beaches and hills within twenty minutes of each other? On top of that, we are also a cultural capital and, most important of all, home to the best food in the world. This is why Yahoo Travel! has ranked Penang as one of top 8 islands in the world to visit before you die.

Finally, while the availability of human talent, logistics, mature supply-chain and liveability are important factors, there is one crucial element that binds them all together – institutional stability provided by good governance. In short, there must be rule of law. In this, Penang offers strong intellectual property protection and an effective, non-corrupt government based on the core principles of Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT). Penang has recorded budget surpluses every year, reduced our debts by a record 95% over 4 years to nearly debt free winning accolades not just from the annual Auditor-General's Report as the best performing state but also from Transparency International for implementing open competitive tenders.

We also passed the Freedom of Information Enactment which allows disclosure of government contracts with the private sector. And to top it off, we have also become the first state in Malaysia to have the entire state cabinet including the Chief Minister make a full public declaration of assets.

These measures, in addition to solid fiscal fundamentals and prudent financial management, have led to Penang becoming the number one investment destination in the country in 2010. This historic feat was repeated in 2011 as well, with the total foreign direct investment achieved over those two years making up 28% of the national total. For a state that makes up only 6% of the nation's population, that is no mean feat. Further Penang contributes 25% of Malaysia's imports and exports and nearly 2/3 of Malaysia's health tourism receipts.

And so, because of these five factors that I have mentioned, Penang has been able to establish itself as the home to some of the biggest names in the business, such as Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Agilent Technologies (originally Hewlett Packard), Fairchild Semiconductor (originally National Semiconductor), Intel, Clarion, Renesas (originally Hitachi), OsramOpto Semiconductors (originallyLitronix), Robert Bosch and up to 300 other multinational corporations.

Key industries
Ladies and gentlemen,

As I mentioned earlier, Penang has been a traditional leader in the electronics manufacturing sector, especially in areas such as semi-conductors, electronics, medical devices, storage hardware and even the halal industry.

However, over the last few years, we have aggressively promoted Penang as a destination of choice for investment in higher value-added technology such as LED/solid-state lighting devices, renewable energy, biotechnology, as well as aerospace/avionic industries. The results have been encouraging and many corporations such as Intel have now made Penang their base for research, design and development activities.More recently,leading USB flash drive manufacturer Phison Electronics Corp has selected Penang to be its first overseas location by setting up its engineering development and design centre in Penang. This significant move by Phison will not only attract more scientific and engineering talent but also lead to technology and talent transfer to Penang.

Other than manufacturing and its related activities, we are also promoting Penang as a hub for shared services and outsourcing, particularly in business processing outsourcing (BPO), information technology outsourcing (ITO) and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO).

At the same time, while we will continue to build upon our solid manufacturing base, we also seek to beef up our services sector. In this, we wish to take a leaf out of the Florida book. Although Florida is a high-tech, high-knowledge state, more than 50% of its economy is derived from the services sector. Hence, Penang is now aiming to promote our services industry through sectors such as tourism, healthcare, education, hospitality, MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions), property and logistics.

Penang is of course well-known as a tourist destination, what with our hills, beaches, glorious food and colourful social and physical cultural heritage. These are our treasures that attract people, investors and tourists to Penang.

Within tourism itself, we are also carving a niche as a leading provider of medical tourism. About two-thirds of national medical tourism receipts nowcome from Penang, with Penang hospitals servicing 60% of the total 555,000 foreign medical tourists who came to Malaysia for healthcare in 2011. We currently have seven major private hospitals that provide high-quality yet affordable healthcare to both local and foreign patients.

In addition to becoming a Medical City, Penang also aims to be a regional Education Hub. Historically, students from the northern region of Malaysia and even from Thailand have sought out Penang for commercial studies as well as English classes. Today we have more than 30 public and private universities and colleges, in addition to nine reputable international schools. Furthermore, in a bid to draw the interest of students from around the region, we have successfully attracted the Asian Women's Leadership University to set up campus in Penang. The AWLU will be a liberal arts institution managed by the renowned Smith College from the United States.

As for the MICE industry, construction is already underway to build the Subterranean Penang International Conference & Exhibition Centre (SPICE), which will be a massive underground exhibition centre with the "Penang People's Park" on the ground above that will include a sports arena as well as an aquatic centre. Following closely behind will be the construction of an iconic conference centre at The Light, an upcoming coastal development in Penang. The conference centre at The Light will be designed and managed by Suntec, which is regarded as one of the best MICE developers and managers in the world.

Besides the above, we are also embarking on developing the Penang Tech Centre, which will become a public showcase of technology and innovation as well as a centre for convergence of industry, innovators and thinkers. This project will be spearheaded by the Penang Science Council, which is a government-facilitated but wholly private-sector led initiative. To give Penang the competitive edge, Penang is the only state in Malaysia to offer free wifi in public places.

The trinity of residents-tourists-investors
Ladies and gentlemen,

I believe that in order for Penang to make the leap into the future, we must be able to fulfil the trinity of choice, which I define as: the habitat of choice for residents, the destination of choice for tourists and the location of choice for investors in setting up business.

Besides strengthening the five key factors of success which I have outlined earlier, it is also important for Penang to build upon our natural niches as an innovative industrial base, heritage city and campus for intellectual property creators as well as ensuring equitable distribution and sustainable development for all.

Penang will be the first state in Malaysia to eradicate poverty by 2013. We are also undertaking a massive public housing programme and have appointed the best builder of public housing in the worl, namely Surbana, formerly known as HDB Corporation. On sustainable development, we are proud to be the number one green state in Malaysia with the highest recycling rate, banning plastic bags at supermarkets and the use of polystyrene packaging, weekly car-free Sundays and turning Penang into the Bicycle State of Malaysia.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Our vision is to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city. Our mission is to make Penang the preferred location that is clean, green, safe and healthy. We can guarantee that the freedoms and openness that we see in Penang will still remain 10 years or 20 years from now.

Thank you.

Lim Guan Eng

Speech By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng During The 4th World Chinese Economic Forum

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 03:48 AM PST

Speech By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng During The 4th World Chinese Economic Forum In Melbourne Convention Centre On 13 November 2012.

Many Asian Countries, Including Malaysia, Faces A Talent Cliff That Will Not Only Blight Economic Growth And Innovation But Also Affect Efforts To Establish Integrity In Public Life.

1. The United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA) estimated that in 2008, for the first time in history, more than half of the world's population will be living in cities. With 3.3 billion people living in cities today this number will double by 2050 where 75% of the world's population will live, with urban growth concentrated in Africa and Asia. For this reason whilst I agree with the Asian century, I am more inclined to think that the Century of Cities will have more relevance to us.

2. In principle, cities offer a more favourable setting for the resolution of social and environmental problems than rural areas. Cities generate jobs and income. With good governance, they can deliver education, health care and other services more efficiently than less densely settled areas simply because of their advantages of scale and proximity.

3. However this brings us face-to-face with challenges relating urban, property and infrastructure development. The challenge for Asian and African cities revolve around one key issue – urban planning. Melbourne has much to offer in its unique experience and success in transforming itself into the most liveable city in the world.

4. Asia continues to provide the momentum to drive global economic growth. Even though the World Bank recently cut its projected growth rate for East Asia and the Pacific from 7.6% to 7.2% in 2012, this will still be the fasting growing region in the world. Following closely behind is the South Asia region which is projected to grow at 6.4% in 2012. By contrast, the countries in the Eurozone are expected to experience a 0.3% decline in GDP while the United States is only expected to grow by 2.1% in 2012.

5. The center of economic gravity has already begun to slowly but steadily shift away from North America and Europe towards Asia. And this trend will continue for the next decade or so. By 2014, East and South Asia, with slightly more than half of the world's population, would have overtaken the Eurozone in terms of economic output. Asia's Nominal GDP in 2014 is projected at US$16.2 trillion, not far behind the United State's Nominal GDP of US$17.2 trillion.

6. Billions of people have been lifted out of poverty and millions have entered into the ranks of the middle class. According to the Brookings Institute, China already has 157 million people in the middle class, making it the 2nd largest middle class population in the world. Asia is projected to add another 2.5 billion people into the middle class ranks in the next 20 years. The Economist Intelligence Unit projects that China and India will each have more than 200 million people with annual incomes exceeding US10,000 by 2015.

7. Much of this growth has taken place in the urban conurbations in Asia. According to the United Nations, the percentage of the population in Asia who lives in urban areas almost doubled from 23.7% in 1970 to 45% in 2011. Despite having the 2nd lowest level of urbanization among the major areas around the world, Asia already has 52% of the global total urban population, with 1.9 billion people. Urban centric economic growth has increased rural-urban migration and fuelled an explosion in the population of mega-cities in Asia. By 2015, 16 out of the world's 24 megacities – cities with more than 10 million people – will be located in Asia.

8. Rising incomes and an increasing middle class who will be concentrated in large and growing cities translates into unprecedented levels of demand for this population. The new middle class need to be fed, clothed and housed. They also possess a new found purchasing power that gives them access to a wider range of consumer goods. China is already the world's largest market for mobile devices and passenger cars, having overtaken the United States in 2010.

9. The infrastructure needs in the region have to keep pace with the increasing demands of the population. Asia needs better and more roads to connect its growing cities and to cope with the ever increasing number of vehicles on the roads. It needs more railway lines to transport goods and passengers more cheaply and efficiently. It needs a greater number and bigger airports to connect cities within its own borders and in other countries. It needs more power stations and alternative energy sources to supply factories, offices and homes. That is why in Penang, we have decided to boldly implement highways and tunnel infrastructure costing billions of dollars.

10. The Asian Development Bank projects that US$8.22 trillion will need to be invested in national infrastructure needs in the energy, transport, telecommunications, water and sanitation sectors from 2010 to 2020. A further US$320 billion is required for regional infrastructure projects such as the Trans Asian Railway and projects in the Greater Mekong subregion as well as in ASEAN.

11. This huge amount of resources needed for infrastructure investment requires the various stakeholders to have clear principles when planning for and carrying out these projects. The stakes involved are high not just in terms of the financial resources being spent but also the possible impact on the environment and on the lives of ordinary citizens affected by these infrastructure projects. Let me outline four clear principles which I have found useful in planning and carrying out such projects in my home state of Penang – what I describe as CAT governance of competency, accountability and transparency.

12. Firstly, Competent and Credible decisions have to be made by policymakers and politicians when planning and carrying out these infrastructure projects.

13. Secondly, the policymakers and politicians have to make Accountable decisions in terms of the location, scope and scale of these infrastructure projects. This means that the local residents who would be affected by these projects need to be properly consulted. Proper environmental impact assessments (EIAs) have to be carried out especially for large projects such as the building of dams which requires thousands of hectares of forests to be cut down or submerged.

14. Policymakers and politicians also have to consider the economic and environmental costs and benefits of these projects to the local community. For example, in Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia, the state government has plans to build 12 dams under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewal Energy (SCORE) that can generate 7000 MW of power even though there is already an overcapacity of power in the state after the completion of the controversial 2400MW Bakun dam. These 12 dams are supposed to produce cheap electricity to support heavily polluting industries including aluminium smelting. Legitimate questions are asked how the local indigenous communities that have to be relocated will benefit.

15. For some of these projects, neighbouring countries should also be consulted especially where resources are shared. For example, even though the proposed Xayaburi dam in Laos is situated within its own borders, but it will affect the economic activities of millions of farmers and fishermen further downstream in the Greater Mekong area which includes Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The decision of the Laotian government to continue with the construction of this dam despite not having obtained a consensus from the Greater Mekong Commission seems to be against the spirit of mutual cooperating and consensus building which has been the modus operandi of the ASEAN countries.

16. Thirdly, the decisions made by the policymakers and politicians have to be Transparent. And the costs associated with the lack of transparency are huge. For example, the Economist estimates that as much as US$39 billion was lost to the Indian government as a result of the 'dodgy sale of mobile-phone licenses' in 2008. Similarly, the less than transparent allocation of coal blocks to public and private companies was estimated to have cost US$34 billion. In Malaysia for example, the construction costs alone for the Bakun dam doubled to US$2.6 billion after the firms in question, which were awarded the contracts through direct negotiation, could not deliver in time and had to be terminated.

17. Fourthly, these large scale infrastructure projects requires Smart Partnerships which are Sustainable in order to bring about long term benefits to the most number of people, especially Public Private Partnerships to finance these projects in a manner which is fair and equitable to both the public and private sector. Far too often, we have seen PPPs turn a privatisation exercise meant to benefit the public to a piratisation exercise to benefit the cronies.

18. The 'smarter' the partnerships, the greater the chances of the projects being sustainable from a financial, environmental and social impact perspective. This will create a virtuous cycle that is mutually reinforcing where the government, the private sector and the local communities can work together for the benefit of all in the long term.

19. The USD 10 billion China-ASEAN Investment Cooperation Fund (CAF) by China is a private equity fund focusing on investment opportunities in infrastructure, energy and natural resources in the ASEAN region and China. Commencing in 2010, the CAF gives opportunities not only to ASEAN but also Australian companies to get involved in this Asian century.

20. Australia has the unique advantage of having gone through big infrastructure projects such as the irrigation of the Murray-Darling basin and managing its water resources, building energy infrastructure of coal, iron, oil and gas. Countries in the rest of Asia can leverage on the experience of Australia, to learn from its best practices as well as some of the negative experiences, so that Competent and Credible policymakers and politicians in the region can make Accountable and Transparent decisions which involve Smart Partnerships which are Sustainable.

21. Commencing in 2010, ASLI patron Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew and ASLI CEO Michael Yeoh had mentioned that the Asian region faces four broad challenges, the "Four E's": economic growth, energy, environment and education. To which I would like to add "Two I's" namely integrity and innovation. The challenge to retain human talent and establish trust in society will decide the success or failure of sustainable economic growth and equitable development for all.

22. If America faces a fiscal cliff, many Asian countries including Malaysia, faces a talent cliff that will not only blight economic growth and innovation but also affect efforts to establish integrity in public life.

23. Cities thus present opportunities for social mobilization and women's empowerment. And the density of urban life can relieve pressure on natural habitats and areas of biodiversity. The challenge for the next few decades is learning how to exploit the possibilities urbanization offers. The future of humanity depends on it.

Suara Sri Andalas

Suara Sri Andalas

Water Crisis - Learn from Mahathir’s Blunder

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 01:45 AM PST

"The fake water crisis in Selangor, manufactured by BN, features the same blunder that Mahathir made, forcing Singapore to look to technology for water self-efficiency. "

By Chua Jui Meng
Singapore's $9 billion per annum water industry exposes Barisan Nasional government as incompetent, unable to think out of the box.

The island republic is now thanking Malaysia's former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad for its current $9 billion per annum water industry.

If not for Mahathir's devious intentions and actions to use the raw water supply to hold Singapore to ransom, the island republic today would not have such a thriving industry.

So, Mahathir is, after all, not all that Machiavellian?

Only a man without conscience will threaten to deny human beings their right and thirst for water.

Let's now look at Selangor's water issues for a parallel comparison. The ongoing Langat 2 dispute between the Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor government and the BN federal government is another inhumane attempt to try and hold the people of Selangor to ransom.

The BN's intention to bulldoze the construction of the RM8.6 billion Langat 2 water treatment plant is to realise its share of the gravy train for its cronies which is also linked to the RM60 million annual royalty for raw water supply from Pahang.

When completed, the people of Selangor will be burdened with a 100% hike in water rates.

The fake water crisis, perpetuated by BN, features the same blunder that Mahathir made, forcing Singapore to look to technology for water self-efficiency. Mahathir's not so Machiavellian move is now a blessing in disguise for Singapore.

As it is, all seven dams in Selangor are operating and supplying sufficient raw water. All 34 water treatment plants in the state are also running smoothly to ensure adequate supply of treated water in the state.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had also tried to cow Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim by saying construction of Langat 2 would proceed with or without the approval of the state.

That only reflects Muhyiddin's "bully boy" mentality and his utter contempt of law. I reiterate the Selangor government's stand that there is no necessity for Langat 2.
Shortage of raw water in Selangor?

Langat 1 was constructed to resolve the 2009 water crisis in the state. Fewer than three years after, why is there the need for Langat 2?

The real issue is Syabas' inefficient and incompetent management to ensure smooth treated water supply in the state. The beef with Syabas is the 30% loss in Non Revenue Water (NRW).

According to the Selangor government, a 10% reduction in NRW would save 500 million litres of water a day for the state and consumers.

It will do BN leaders well to learn from its selfish mismanagement and its greed to remain in power at all cost.

You are elected to serve the people, not for your personal cause and financial well being. Learn from Mahathir's blunder that is now benefiting Singapore.

Source: FreeMalaysiaToday
Chua Jui Meng is PKR vice-president and Johor state chief. He is also a former MCA vice-president and an ex-Cabinet member.

Syabas Tiada Hak Lulus Projek Baru di Selangor

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 01:30 AM PST

SHAH ALAM, 27 NOV : Kerajaan Selangor telah mengeluarkan arahan kepada pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) untuk meneruskan kebenaran merancang yang dipohon oleh pemaju hartanah bagi melaksanakan projek-projek baru.

Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid berkata, tugas pihak Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (SYABAS) adalah untuk membekalkan dan mengagihkan air terawat sahaja.

Justeru pihak Syabas tidak ada kena mengena dengan kebenaran untuk meluluskan projek kilang, perumahan dan pusat komersil baru di negeri itu.

"Ianya kerana kita percaya pihak Syabas jika tidak boleh melaksanakan penyaluran air tersebut maka Syabas akan diambil alih oleh Kerajaan Negeri," kata Abdul Khalid.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam Sidang Dewan Negeri Selangor (DNS) semasa perbahasaan mengenai JKR.

Sebelum itu ADUN Permatang Sulaiman Abdul Razak memohon penjelasan berkenaan tindakan Syabas yang idak dapat meluluskan projek kilang, perumahan dan pusat komersil baru.

Syabas didapati enggan memberi kelulusan untuk projek komersil dan perumahan baru atas alasan tidak cukup bekalan air di Selangor.

"Kerajaan Negeri sudah membuat persediaan pasukan yang akan menolong berkenaan penyaluran-penyaluran air di Selangor," kata Abdul Khalid.

Sumber: Selangorku

Lebih 75 peratus Warga Emas Di Selangor Didaftar Dalam Program SMUE

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 01:15 AM PST

SHAH ALAM,27 NOV : Seramai 200,356 orang warga emas telah didaftarkan untuk program-program di bawah Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE) sehingga 31 Oktober 2012.

Jumlah tersebut merupakan 75.6 peratus daripada keseluruhan populasi golongan itu di dalam Selangor.

Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim berkata, Kerajaan Negeri tidak dapat mendaftar warga emas secara automatik kerana ketiadaan sistem pangkalan data tentang maklumat warga emas di Selangor.

Sistem tersebut terletak di bawah Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara.

Abdul Khalid berkata, berdasarkan analisa, terdapat kira-kira 236,000 warga emas yang sepatutnya boleh mendaftar untuk SMUE.

"Menurut peratusan sejak program ini dilancarkan sebanyak 75.6 peratus adalah layak mengikut syarat untuk menyertai dalam Skim Mesra Usia Emas," kata Abdul Khalid.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam Sidang Dewan Negeri Selangor (DNS) menjawab soalan dari Adun Batu Caves, Amirudin Shari.

Sumber: Selangorku

Laporan Penyata Jawatan Kuasa Khas Dicetak dan Diedar kepada Umum

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 01:00 AM PST

SHAH ALAM 27 NOV : Dewan Negeri Selangor (DNS) hari ini mengorak langkah terbaru dengan menerbitkan penyata laporan setiap jawatankuasa khasnya untuk diedarkan kepada masyarakat awam.

Sepaker DNS, Datuk Teng Chang Kim berkata setiap jawatankuasa akan menyiapkan penyata laporan berbentuk buku yang lengkap untuk tujuan pencetakan dan pengedaran.

Sebelum ini, katanya, penyata laporan hanya dibentangkan dalam DNS dan pengedarannya terhad.

"Mulai hari ini DNS membuat satu langkah terbaru dengan penerbitan semua penyata laporan bagi setiap jawatankuasa.

"Kita mngikut amalan berparlimen dipraktikkan di negara komanwel lain di mana ia diterbitkan untuk dieadarkan kepada pihak awam," katanya dalam sidang media di sini hari ini.

Jawatankuasa Pilihan Khas tersebut adalah :

Jawatankuasa Pilihan Khas mengenai Keupayaan, Kebertanggungjawaban dan Ketelusan (Selcat), Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Awam (PAC), Jawatankuasa Pilihan Mengenai Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah (JP-Padat) dan Jawatankuasa Pilihan Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (JP-PBT).

Teng berkata, buat permulaan DNS sudah menerbitkan lima penyata laporan Selcat dan satu penyata masing-masing daripada PCA, JP-PADAT dan JP-PBT.

Beliau menjelaskan semua penyata laporan tersebut dilengkapi dengan maklumat menyeluruh termasuk cakera padat.

"Setiap penyata laporan buat permulaan akan diterbitkan dalam 200 set setiap satu dan akan ditempatkan ke pelbagai agensi yang mudah untuk diperolehi oleh semua pihak," katanya.

Sumber: Selangorku

Comments for Wee Choo Keong

Comments for Wee Choo Keong

Comment on AirAsia did not meet regulatory standard? by Joana

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 03:26 AM PST

Now Everyone Know The truth!

Comment on AirAsia did not meet regulatory standard? by Average Joe

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 02:18 AM PST

Yes, the point is that why the heck Air Asia is still given a renewal (no matter 6 months or 6 weeks or anything) when it should have been grounded straightaway. Something to do with somebody in DCA having sons working for Air Asia?

This is all about Air Asia’s safety concern, not MAS-this or MAS-that or anything else.

Comment on Complaints for DBKL by Hui Kim Seah

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 02:11 AM PST

Dear YB Wee,

Hope to get the good news from you, not even damaged my house also throw paint to my car porch & my car, reported Police, but police say need “Saksi” only can do action. Anyway thank you very much again.

Have a nice day


Comment on Complaints for DBKL by weechookeong

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 01:43 AM PST

Dear Mr hui

Thank you for your kind words.

I will do my utmost to assist in whatever manner I could under the circumstances.
have a pleasant day.

Thank you

with kindest regards

wee choo keong

Comment on Complaints for DBKL by Hui Kim Seah

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 01:40 AM PST

Dear YB Wee,

Thanks for your prompt and appreciate on your helping hand, i’m really hope someone can help on my case.

Thousand of thanks and all best for you YB


Comment on Complaints for DBKL by weechookeong

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 01:30 AM PST

Dear Mr Hui

Thank you for your reading my blog.

I regret to inform you that Taman Segambut is not in my constituency and therefore, it will be better for you to get assistance from the MP of Segambut. However, I will do my best to forward this complaint to the DBKL office in Segambut for them to take the necessary actions based on your complaints.

Thank you.

With kindest regard

wee choo keong

Comment on Complaints for DBKL by Hui Kim Seah

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 01:04 AM PST

Dear YB Wee,

I’m Mr, Hui fr Tmn Sri Segambut, can i drop my case here, i really need the help from anyone here, i been logged comaplint to DBKL Since 08/08/12 keep call to chasing the answer but no reply and answer they give, until 16/11/12 i able to call to the in charge person, finally he give me the disappointing answer, DBKL can’t do anything on this complaint, my complaint is next door do renovation cause my house damaged and leaking and never repair for me. The office say the owner never submit any of plan and no action taken to the owner, the officer told me that, he can ask for the owner to apply for the plan but he ask me do this benefit me???? I’m shock on the reply, they not follow the procedure to do their job? If someone break the rule, they should take action, or only have a party get the benefit DBKL only will take action on that???? I been ask him anywhere to log my complaint to other dept for help, he say only way is pay money to laywer to sue.

Sir, if i can complaint my case on here, i can provide you my full frame of the story with all the photo or video to support, i really need the help on this case. My house still keep damaged, and feel sad to see when at home. Or any other way can i go for the further complaint.

Thanks & Regards,

Comment on AirAsia did not meet regulatory standard? by Ilham Putera

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 12:03 AM PST

Bro,who is talking about money here? We talk about AOC issued until April 2013. Can you hear this? Keep to the story line.

Comment on AirAsia did not meet regulatory standard? by Poseidon's Spear

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 08:51 PM PST

I am curious.

Does it mean that other LCCs have impeccable and unblemished safety records?

That’s something that can be Googled.

The Gooberman raised a valid point. Why is AirAsia’s AOC renewed for 6 months?

Surely, if the DCA is concerned about the safety of AirAsia’s passengers, it should have immediately grounded the airline in Malaysia, thrown the book at it, made the findings public and communicated it’s concerns to regulators in other countries where AirAsia operates.

AFAIK, none of this has happened.


Comment on AirAsia did not meet regulatory standard? by Johan

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 07:43 PM PST

No wonder AA was on a fierce publicity campaign in the Star asking public to buy tickets in advance until March 31 2013. Traveling public must take into account that the AA AOC granted until March 2013. Why take the risk?

Now Everyone Is Open To Risk.

Direct Free Kick

Direct Free Kick

27 Nov 2012 - Majlis perasmian MC Blok L34 dan L35, Pandan Jaya.

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 06:25 AM PST


Posted: 27 Nov 2012 02:54 AM PST


Pemilik pangsapuri kos rendah boleh mendapat potongan 25 peratus cukai pintu daripada Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan ( PBT ) walaupun tidak wujud JMB dan MC di pangsapuri mereka.


Ini ialah kerana potongan diberikan "on the spot" kepada pemilik ketika membuat bayaran cukai pintu di PBT bersama borang khas.


Potongan tidak hanya diberikan jika keseluruhan pemilik di sesuatu pangsapuri membuat permohonan.


Walaupun seorang pemilik membuat permohonan, beliau akan mendapat potongan 25 peratus.


Setiap permohonan mestilah disertakan bersama borang khas yang telah disahkan oleh sama ada :

1.     Pengerusi JMC atau MC;

2.     Pesuruhjaya Bangunan ( COB ) PBT atau;

3.     Ahli Majlis PBT


Potongan juga hanya untuk pangsapuri-pangsapuri yang didiami oleh pemilik atau waris pemilik.


Buat masa ini Kerajaan Negeri belum ada bilangan pemilik yang telah diberikan potongan kerana polisi ini baru sahaja dikuatkuasakan pada bulan September lepas.


Data-data ini akan diperolehi daripada PBT-PBT pada akhir tahun ini.


Dari data-data ini, satu kajian juga akan dilakukan oleh Kerajaan Negeri untuk menentukan sama ada dengan potongan cukai pintu maka lebih ramai pemilik telah membayar yuran penyenggaraan (maintenance fees) pangsapuri mereka.



Iskandar bin Abdul Samad

EXCO Perumahan, Pengurusan Bangunan dan Setinggan

Negeri Selangor

27 November 2012


25 Nov 2012 - Bersama penduduk flat Tmn Nirwana, Ampang.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:29 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 -Presiden PAS, Tuan Guru DS Abd Hadi Awang di Kg Pandan.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:28 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 -Presiden PAS, Tuan Guru DS Abd Hadi Awang di Kg Pandan.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:26 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 -Presiden PAS, Tuan Guru DS Abd Hadi Awang di Kg Pandan.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:25 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 -Presiden PAS, Tuan Guru DS Abd Hadi Awang di Kg Pandan.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:24 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 -Presiden PAS, Tuan Guru DS Abd Hadi Awang di Kg Pandan.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:22 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 -Presiden PAS, Tuan Guru DS Abd Hadi Awang di Kg Pandan.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:16 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 -Presiden PAS, Tuan Guru DS Abd Hadi Awang di Kg Pandan.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:15 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 -Presiden PAS, Tuan Guru DS Abd Hadi Awang di Kg Pandan.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:13 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 - Ceramah YB Dato' Mahfuz Omar dan YB Tian Chua di Tmn Lembah Maju.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:09 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 - Ceramah YB Dato' Mahfuz Omar dan YB Tian Chua di Tmn Lembah Maju.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:07 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 - Ceramah YB Dato' Mahfuz Omar dan YB Tian Chua di Tmn Lembah Maju.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:04 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 - YB Dato' Mahfuz Omar sedang berceramah di Tmn Lembah Maju.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 02:59 PM PST

26 Nov 2012 - YB Dato' Mahfuz sedang berceramah di Tmn Lembah Maju, Ampang.

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 02:56 PM PST