Penang #PRU13: Lim Guan Eng Says No Permit Needed For Esplanade Rally

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  • Lim Guan Eng says Penang rally was legally organized by state government

    • Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng insisted the Padang Kota rally on Saturday did not need a permit as it was a state government function to introduce the new leadership.
    • “Since the programme was organised by the state government, it did not need a permit. As such, we did not apply for one.

      “Talk that the rally is illegal is ridiculous. The rally went on peacefully and no police report was lodged,” he told reporters here today.
    • The Penang new state exco line-up was only introduced after the four hour rally ended at midnight.
    • Meanwhile, Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi today confirmed that statements were recorded from several people responsible for organising the illegal rally.
    • He stressed that under Peaceful Assembly (PPA) Act 2012, rallies organised by the state government or federal government must get approval and permit from the police.
  • Police will investigate "unapproved" Esplanade rally

    • Thousands turned up at the Esplanade to attend the Penang Pakatan Rakyat state government rally this evening despite the police declaring it an illegal rally. Many in the crowd were dressed in black with a sprinkling of red, yellow and green, in support of the PR.
    • Tonight's rally, which was originally organised by PR, is a state government rally to introduce its new leadership and to thank Penangites for their support.
    • State police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said: "The rally is illegal as the organisers had failed to give police at least 10 days notice prior to the event as required under Section 9(1) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 " he told theSun when contacted yesterday.
    • Penang police are investigating the Thanksgiving Mega Ceramah organised by the DAP-led state government last night as the rally was said to have gone ahead without obtaining proper approval from the authorities.
    • He however stressed that last night's Mega Ceramah was not an illegal assembly.
  • Saturday's Thanksgiving Mega Ceramah is on despite police's rejection

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        Saturday's Thanksgiving Mega Ceramah is on despite police's rejection
    • THE state government will be organising a ‘Thanksgiving Mega Ceramah’ at the Esplanade in Penang tomorrow. With the theme of ‘One Person, One Vote, Same Democracy’, he said many issues such as money politics, the unfairness of the Election Commissions (EC) will be brought up during the ceramah.
    • The Thanksgiving Mega Ceramah' by the state government at the Esplanade in Penang Saturday will go ahead as planned.
    • Deputy Chief Minister I Mohd Rashid Hasnon said “We can continue with the event because it's a state government function. “Under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, places like the airport, dams, and hospital, can't be used to hold any assembly.

      “So there's no issue to organise it at Esplanade,”
    • Police have rejected the application for the mega ceramah organised by the state government scheduled to take place at Esplanade on Saturday evening.
    • George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said "After deliberation, we rejected their application based on several factors.

      "The organiser failed to notify the police 10 days prior to the event in accordance to the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012,"
  • Penang state govt will offer free mammograms and health scans for women

    • The Penang state government will introduce free mammogram and health examinations for women in the state through its newly formed women’s brigade.
    • Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today the screening would be conducted in all districts in the state.

      "This is a public private partnership (PPP) programme. Lim said the state government had placed great emphasis on women's welfare and well-being.
    • Lim said this is part of the women’s programmes that the state government is introducing on top of the annual RM100 for homemakers and single mothers as well as the setting up of the women’s brigade.
    • “It will definitely benefit women in the lower-income group but the free mammogram examinations are open to all women in the state,” he said in a press conference at his office today.
  • 'Himpunan 505' organizers may be hauled by police

    • The Pakatan Rakyat rally at the Batu Kawan Stadium last night was held without a permit, said Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi.
    • “On the same day (Friday), the OCPD replied and urged the organisers to postpone it as they did not abide by Section 9(1) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, which requires the district police chief to be notified 10 clear days in advance of any gathering,”
    • Hence, the police had lodged a report against the organiser under Section 9 (5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for holding a rally without a permit which carries a fine not exceeding RM10,000, if convicted.
    • He said those found guilty under the law will be liable to a fine of up to RM10,000.
    • Meanwhile, on seven reports lodged by car owners who found their tyres punctured while they were at the event, Rosli said the matter will be investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code for committing mischief.
  • 60,000 Malaysians attend 'Himpunan Black505' in Stadium Batu Kawan

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        Sources say 60,000 attended Batu Kawan rally in Penang on 11 May 2013
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        The stadium before the rally began. Carloads of people were seen on major roads leading to the stadium, causing a traffic crawl from 5pm onwards.
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        Lim Guan Eng speaking at Stadium Batu Kawan, 11 May 2013.
    • [MORE VIDEOS/PICS] Click to see what happened at Stadium Batu Kawan on 11 May 2013.
    • It was reported that some of those who turned up, dressed in black, had to park their cars at the Bukit Tambun toll plaza a few kilometres away due to the traffic congestion.
  • Penang exco line-up welcomes new faces

    • The other three new faces are Jagdeep Singh Deo, Dr Afif Bahardin and Chong Eng.
    • For the first time in Penang, two Indians were appointed to the state executive committee. Jagdeep Singh Deo, son of DAP chairman Karpal Singh, joins Dr P. Ramasamy in the new lineup.
    • PKR's Mohd Rashid Hasnon is the new Deputy Chief Minister (1) while Prof P Ramasamy of DAP is retained as Deputy Chief Minister (2).
    • here were four new faces when Penang’s state executive councillors were sworn in today before Penang Yang diPertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.
  • Lim Guan Eng sworn in as Penang CM for second term

    • All the newly elected Penang state and parliamentary representatives were present to witness the ceremony today.
    • The swearing in ceremony took place before Penang Governor Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and his consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff at the Seri Mutiara.
    • DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng was sworn in as Penang Chief Minister for the second term on Tuesday.
  • Pakatan Rakyat wins Penang as Teng Chang Yeow resigned as BN Chairman

    • Pakatan Rakyat retained Penang when it won 30 of the 40 state seats and secured a two-thirds majority in the state assembly. It also won 10 of the 13 parliamentary seats.
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        Pakatan Rakyat wins Penang as Teng Chang Yeow resigned as BN Chairman
    • Barisan Nasional, however, only managed to secure 10 seats.

      Caretaker Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng admitted that the victory did not come easy.
    • DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng retained his Bagan parliamentary constituency with a 34,159-vote majority, Air Puteh state seat with an over 7,700-vote majority
    • Lim thanked Penangites for allowing Pakatan to serve another term.

      “We are humbled by the faith they have in us. We will work harder and will not disappoint,”
    • Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow announced his resignation within hours after the poll results were announced to take full responsibility over the failure to wrest the state from Pakatan Rakyat.
    • The Chinese have rejected Gerakan. They do not want us to represent them anymore. The result is unexpected,” Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow said.
  • Lim Guan Eng says public holiday for Penangites on May 6

    • Penang caretaker chief minister Lim Guan Eng has declared May 6 as a public holiday for the state.
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        Lim Guan Eng says public holiday for Penangites on May 6
    • Lim said that the holiday is to facilitate the residents and voters in Penang who are returning to their home states to vote tomorrow.
  • Chua Soi Lek said head-shaving act is abuse of temple

    • "Of course this can provoke the emotion of a lot of people but if you ask our reverend, it is the wrong way to shave your head if you go to a temple," added Chua Soi Lek.
    • MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek today said the act of caretaker Penang Chief Minister's wife Betty Chew to go bald to protest against money politics is nothing more than a gimmick.
  • 4 May: Over 120,000 turn up at DAP-Pakatan Rakyat ceramah held at the Esplanade

    • More than 120,000 people were reported to have attended the DAP-Pakatan Rakyat ceramah at the Esplanade in Penang last night (4 May 2013). RM587,168.50 in donations were collected.
  • 3 May: Betty Chew shaves her head for clean and fair elections

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        Betty Chew, wife of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, has her head shaved bald as a vow for a clean and fair election at a ceremony in Penang on May 3, 2013.
    • Lim Guan Eng said his wife made the drastic decision to shave her head bald because she had reached the height of anger at the fact money politics could be so blatantly practised in his constituency.
  • 2 May: Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow receives threatening note

    • Penang Barisan Nasional chief Teng Chang Yeow received a threat in the form of a dead chicken along with a note warning him not to continue contesting or his family will be in danger.
    • A man had knocked on the operations centre door and left the box before walking away at about 3pm, Teng said yesterday (2 May 2013).
    • He lodged a police report at Bukit Tengah. "I don't want to speculate who is behind this but I want them to leave my family out of this," said the Gerakan secretary-general.
    • He said that it could be the work of anyone, even those in BN who were unhappy about being dropped from the candidate list or his opponents or just someone unhappy with the party.
  • 30 April: DAP Penang held press conference to address missing voters' names on SPR

    • Some voters have been unable to find their records online as a result of providing their IC numbers at the 1Malaysia Concert and other 1Malaysia events.
    • DAP Penang Chairman Chow Kon Yeow (Candidate for N26 Padang Kota) & DAP Penang State Secretary Ng Wei Aik (Candidate for P49 Tanjong) organized a press conference to address this matter today.
    • He advised those who have been implicated & are facing problems to approach their Election Center at their respective constituencies to check that their names are reflected in the electoral roll.
  • The "Himpunan Perubahan" at Han Chiang in Penang saw turn out of 70,000 people

    • 70,000 people showed up at the "Himpunan Perubahan" at the Han Chiang College field yesterday, 29 April, in Penang. The gathering featured Pakatan Rakyat leaders and PRU13 candidates.
    • A total of RM236,000 was collected at the Pakatan Rakyat "Himpunan Perubahan" at the Han Chiang College field.
  • Is this overkill?

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        The roundabout near Fort Cornwallis, covered with BN's blue flags.
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        "Please respect public property and art! 喬治市古蹟區的鐵線藝術壁畫也不能倖免,被插滿一馬旗幟!這過份猖狂的行為不止破壞公物,也不尊重文化藝術。"
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        "请各位政党停止破坏槟城乔治市文化遗产区的市容,还有破坏滥用槟城乔治市街边艺术(铁线艺术)的举动。。。 请以文明的方式来宣传您的政党!!! 严厉谴责这种不负责任的举动。。。请各位槟城和热爱艺术的朋友分享出去。。。 To all POLITICIAN, please use the proper way to promote your party. Don't vandalise, misuse the Street Art at George Town, Penang. Be a moral politician and political party. Please SHARE, all Penangites and Art Lover..."
    • A photo of overcrowding banners with the caption, "To all politicians, please use the proper way to promote your party. Don't vandalise, misuse the Street Art at George Town" was uploaded onto FB.
  • Teng Chang Yeow says the 1Malaysia mat rempits is not theirs

    • State Barisan Nasional has denied any links with the group of 1Malaysia Mat Rempits who disrupted a DAP rally in Bukit Gelugor here last night.
    • State chairman Teng Chang Yeow denied that the Mat Rempits acted in such hostile and violent manner under the directives of BN or any of its component parties.
    • He said anyone could have obtained the 1Malaysia T-shirts as BN had been freely distributing them to party election workers.
    • “We have no control over them. I categorically deny BN or any component parties of any links of this group.
    • “I will talk to all BN component parties on this matter. We don’t want anyone in BN to have links with any act of violence. It would damage our chances,” Teng stressed.
  • Photographer punched at DAP rally in Georgetown

    • A photographer from China Press was punched by a man said to be wearing a 1Malaysia T-shirt at a DAP ceramah in a BN stronghold seat, Kampung Sungai Gelugor in Gelugor last night.
    • Datuk Keramat incumbent assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo's speech was disrupted when more than 50 motorcyclists wearing 1Malaysia T-shirts booed and shouted at him as they rode past the venue.
    • A photographer from China Press was warned by the group against taking their pictures.
    • The photographer sustained a blow to his right ear in the 9.45pm incident after he was seen snapping pictures of a group of men wearing 1Malaysia T-shirts.
    • Sin said the man fled the scene after hitting him.
  • Teng Chang Yeow says BN can win in Bagan

    • Although the Bagan parliamentary seat defended by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng is regarded as a DAP stronghold, Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow feels the community may yet be surprised.
    • Teng said BN is optimistic about fielding a new face as he claimed the public are fed up with DAP's failure to fulfil the 2008 manifesto which included scrapping the Sungai Nyior toll.
    • "BN candidates contesting the Bagan parliamentary seat and three state seats here are known by the people because they often go down to the field," he told reporters.
    • He said the BN candidate for the parliamentary seat, Chua Teik Siang, was seen as the underdog but had worked as an elected representative for over four years.
    • In his 4 years of going to the field, Chua said he found that the people are sick of the DAP state govt which had done nothing but condemn BN.
    • He referred to the state government's failure to increase the number of Chinese schools in Bagan, as well lack of planning for economic development and low-cost housing.
  • Nomination day heats up Penang Island

    • Nominations centres closed across the nation at 10am this morning, after opening to a frenzy of activitiy an hour earlier to accept submissions for the 222 federal and 505 state seats.
    • Guan Eng will face a three-cornered fight with MCA’s David Chua Teik Siang and PCM’s Lim Kim Chu.
    • Permatang Pauh (Penang) - PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim arrives with his Jelajah Merdeka bus. Party flags are all on standby as supporters conduct prayers before moving off.
    • Earlier, when Anwar approaches the centre, BN supporters shout and boo at him. Both BN and Pakatan supporters shout at one another although they are about 500 meters apart.
    • BN supporters, who seem very energetic up until now, are shouting "Hidup BN" and singing the patriotic "Inilah Barisan Kita" song.
    • Later as Pakatan candidates including Anwar pass the barricades to go into the nomination centre, their supporters get into a scuffle with the police.
    • Bagan (Penang) - 1,000 Pakatan supporters gather in front of DAP’s operations centre, 500m from the nomination centre Kwong Wah school.
    • Lim Guan Eng led a procession of PR supporters in a procession of flags and banners towards the nomination centre in Air Putih after filing his documents to contest the Bagan federal seat.
    • AP sec-gen Lim Guan Eng leads a 500-strong crowd to the nomination centre, chanting “Ubah.”
  • Barisan Nasional Penang candidate list

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        Barisan Nasional Penang candidate list GE13
  • BN's Penang manifesto reaches out to all community segments

    • Penang BN launched its manifesto Thursday, promising to benefit all segments of society with pledges to boost economy, enhance competitiveness and make Penang a liveable world-class city.
    • The coalition unveiled a 19-point manifesto that pledges to provide free annual health screening for senior citizens, incentive scheme to companies that employ retirees andemployment for rural folks.
    • Penang BN also promises to abolish hawkers' license fees, upgrading rural facilities, abolish motorcycle toll for Penang Bridge and free annual personal insurance to voluntary patrol members.
    • The BN Penang manifesto addresses the needs of different segments of society - career women, hawkers, commuters, senior citizens, students, flat dwellers, low income groups, tourists, business, and..
    • Only one or two of the pledges bore slight similarities to the opposition's Penang, such as child care policies and women empowerment programmes and a promise to build affordable housing.
    • He said BN do not want to "merely build an undersea tunnel". "We need to boost Penang in the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) through the free port status".
    • Penang BN chief Teng Chang Yeow promised tonight to continue and double Pakatan Rakyat’s social welfare handouts if it wins back the state.
  • April 16: Lim Guan Eng says DAP will go ahead with undersea tunnel project if given mandate

    • The DAP-led state government will go ahead with the proposed undersea tunnel if re-elected.
    • "Some people do not agree with the project but we must think of our children we must be courageous enough to do this for them,” Lim Guan Eng said.
    • Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said certain people had questioned whether it was wise to discuss the undersea tunnel project during the general election period.
      • The 6.5km Gurney Drive-Bagan Ajam undersea tunnel is part of a RM6.3bil mega package comprising the 4.2km Gurney Drive-Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Bypass, the 4.6km Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu-Bandar Baru Air Itam Bypass and a 12km road connecting Tanjung Bungah and Teluk Bahang.
    • “We do not want to wait until after the election to talk about the tunnel because then people will ask why we did not disclose our plans earlier,” he said.
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        Penang will continue with the controversial undersea tunnel project if DAP is re-elected.
    • The 6.5km Gurney Drive-Bagan Ajam undersea tunnel is part of a RM6.3bil mega package comprising Gurney Drive-Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Bypass, Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu-Bandar Baru Air Itam...
  • April 11: Pakatan's Penang manifesto promises free fishing nets for fishermen and RM600 for taxi drivers

    • Pakatan Rakyat will give away two free fishing nets annually, one worth RM400 to RM500, to each onshore fisherman in Penang if it gains another mandate to rule the state.
    • In a similar move, Pakatan is also throwing goodies to taxi drivers as well by giving them RM600 annually as a good service incentive.
    • “This is because taxi drivers are frontliners in the tourism industry,” the Penang chief minister said.
    • “One of our pledges in our manifesto is to help the agriculture sector and rural residents,” said Lim Guan Eng, who is DAP secretary-general.
    • He said Pakatan planned to give away the gifts because it did not want these groups to be marginalised and sidelined from state welfare benefits any longer.
  • April 4: Lim Guan Eng confirms the dissolution of Penang State Assembly

    • The Penang State Legislative Assembly was dissolved today, paving the way for the Election Commission (EC) to hold simultaneous state and federal elections.
    • Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said “it is fitting for the dissolution to be on a Friday so that it will bring blessing to all in the upcoming polls”.
    • “For Pakatan Rakyat, we promise and guarantee that the transition of power in Penang will be done smoothly if we fail to retain the state administration in the general election,” he said.
    • Governor Abdul Rahman Abbas consented to the dissolution when Lim had an audience with him at his official residence in Seri Mutiara yesterday.
  • April 3: Penang set for dissolution tomorrow

    • Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will meet Governor Abdul Rahman Abbas tomorrow to seek his consent for the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly.
    • “The state exco has agreed to dissolve the state assembly along with the dissolution of the parliament to pave way for Election 2013,” Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said.
    • “The prime minister has asked for the Penang state government’s co-operation to hold the general election simultaneously with Parliament,” he said in a press conference at about 1.30pm at Komtar.
  • April 2: The Padang Kota battle is called off

    • The showdown between Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Barisan Nasional state chief Teng Cheng Yeow is off.
    • Lim told reporters today that he would be defending his Air Putih state seat after Teng insisted on deciding the battleground for his challenge against the Pakatan Rakyat chief minister.
    • “I must confess that I have been deceived by Teng in his political game challenging me to contest against him,” Lim said today.
    • Teng Chang Yeow said today he had expected his political foe Lim Guan Eng to call off the challenge to have a showdown in Election 2013 right from the start when the gauntlet was thrown.
    • "He (Lim) cannot be rhetorical about being a Malaysian leader and yet dare not face a multi-racial composition seat. How could he now proclaim himself to be a Malaysian leader?" he asked.
    • “His statement that he has been deceived by me is the biggest joke of Election 2013,” the Gerakan secretary-general said at a hastily-called press conference.
  • April 1: BN members protest against Penang govt for failure to demolish Sungai Nyior toll plaza

    • A group of Barisan Nasional members staged a peaceful demonstration against the DAP-led state government for failing to fulfill its promise to demolish the Sungai Nyior toll plaza here.
    • Bagan MCA Youth chief David Chua said the Pakatan Rakyat state government had promised to demolish the toll plaza within 3 years after the last elections if the Federal Government failed to do so.
    • “The DAP government is well-known for making promises and failing to deliver them,” he said yesterday.
    • Bagan Umno division head Datuk Abdul Latiff Mirasa, who also attended the protest, said Pakatan Rakyat had failed to fulfil its promise to champion the squatters' cause here.
    • FULL STORY: In Selangor, 1010 housewives are suing the Selangor state government (PKR) an amount of RM5,858,000 for failiure to fulfill the housewifes RM100 housewife allowance promise.
  • March 31: Lim Guan Eng agrees to contest Teng Chang Yeow in Padang Kota

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        Lim Guan Eng has stepped up to Teng Chang Yeow's challenge.
    • DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has agreed to one of Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chief Teng Chang Yeow’s conditions, that is running for only one seat, but only if the contest is in Padang Kota.
    • “If Teng agrees to stand in his old seat of Padang Kota, I will convey to the DAP top leadership that I will not stand for Parliament, as is required of me as DAP secretary-general,” he added.
    • He said it was to show his sincerity in wanting to let the contest happen. "I will not stand for Parliament, provided Teng also contests in Padang Kota," he said.
    • He also said the condition that he cannot contest both a parliamentary and a state seat appeared to be a trap to prevent him from playing his role as the DAP national leader.
  • March 30: The fight is on between DAP's Lim Guan Eng and BN's Teng Chang Yeow

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        DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s has challenge BN's Teng Chang Yeow to face-off in the upcoming polls.
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        Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Teng Chang Yeow has accepted DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s challenge to face-off in the upcoming polls.
    • Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Teng Chang Yeow has accepted DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s challenge to face-off in the upcoming polls but wants to decide the battle ground.
    • Lim had responded by challenging Teng to contest at the Padang Kota state seat, where Teng had held the seat for three terms before losing it to state DAP's Chow Kon Yeow in 2008.
    • Penang Barisan Nasional chief Teng Chang Yeow is challenging Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to contest only a state seat in the upcoming general election.
    • However, Lim should only contest a state seat, not play safe by contesting a federal seat as well. Second, Teng would choose the state seat for the “battle of sec-gens.”
    • This is a contest of policies and not about personalities so when it comes to policies, it should be decided by seats that reflect the population of the state,” Teng said.
    • Teng said Lim must show commitment to the people of Penang by contesting in only one seat, which Teng would choose once Lim accepted the conditions.
  • March 29: BN says GE 13 candidate list is ready

    • Penang Barisan Nasional announced today that it has finalised its list of candidates for the coming election
    • The allocation of seats among the coalition’s partners would remain the same. Umno will contest 5 parliamentary and 15 state seats, Gerakan 4 and 13, MCA four and 10 and MIC 0 and 2.
    • The list of Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates for the 13th general election has been determined, with 40 per cent of the candidates being new faces, state chairman Teng Chang Yeow said.
    • "We are confident that these candidates can put up a good fight against the opposition pact in the coming general election," he told reporters.
    • Teng said making a final decision was tough as there were those who felt they had served a long time and saw no reason to step aside.

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