Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he sympathised with the villagers but the cost of the land was high as it was freehold and had been approved for development.
[Furthermore] The Federal Court had ruled that the land belonged to the Penang Government Officers Cooperative and developer Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd and that the villagers had to vacate it.
* kaytee had earlier guess-timated RM300 mil to purchase-compensate the current owner, but Lim Kit Siang came up with an approximate figure of RM200 mil.
Lim, caught between the demands of the villagers and the court ruling, had asked the federal government to acquire the land from the cooperative and the developer.
Here's Najib's chance to become a hero, a Malaysian Puratchi Thalaivar to the Indian Tamils. Go for it, Datuk ;-)
The Malaysian Insider's Ananda Krishnan reportedly in bid to buy Newcastle United reported that:
Billionaire Malaysian media mogul T. Ananda Krishnan is the man reportedly behind an £80 million (RM460.6 million) bid to buy English football club Newcastle United, according to The Sun newspaper in the United Kingdom. [...]
The British tabloid said the deal represents loose change to the 71-year-old, who is Southeast Asia’s third richest man reportedly worth £4.5 billion.
Loose change eh?
In case the Federal government doesn’t want to tolong (help) the villagers of Kampung Buah Pala in the unfolding tragedy that the former CM, Gerakan Party's Koh TK, had allowed them to fall into, can Aneh Ananda spare half of the
As we know, the federal-funded-deprived Pakatan government of Penang doesn’t have that kind of budget to purchase the land from and compensate the current owner, who had the God-given good luck to buy the (David Brown bestowed) real estate for a mere song from the previous
And Malaysiakini’s Uthayakumar keeps us guessing shows us how some noble glorious start would unfortunately end up sadly as pathetic and ineffectual.
Journalist S Pathmawathy wrote (extracts):
Though only making some eight percent of the Malaysian population, political representation for the small Indian community is an increasingly crowded house.
Currently, Barisan Nasional coalition partners MIC and PPP, along with BN-friendly Indian Progressive Front (IPF), are the biggest players.
They are joined by newly formed Indian-based parties - the Malaysian Indian United Party (MIUP) in 2007 and this year, Malaysian Indian Democratic Action Front (Mindraf) and the Malaysian Makkal Sakhti Party (MMSP).
Malaysiakini tells us of the very strong probability of Uthayakumar forming an Indian-based party in what it has described as an increasingly crowded house. Its report continued:
To a question, Uthayakumar said despite the saturated playing field, he believed there was still room for a new Indian-based political party.
“The other Indian parties – MIC, PPP, IPF – are all linked to Barisan in one way or another... meanwhile on the opposition's front there isn't really a strong Indian-based party,” he said.
Look at the social-economic standing of our Bhais – do they have a political party?
When participating in politics at the federal level, Bhais are mainly either in the BN-Gerakan or PR-DAP. And that may well be the secret of their success. One bloke has even become the national chairperson (and spiritual leader) of Malaysia’s foremost (federal) opposition party.
But alas, the Tamil political leadership continue to punish their supporters with ineffectual mosquito parties, with us wondering who the Tamil leadership are fighting for, their constituencies or themselves?
And you wonder why the Tamil Malaysians in particular have been so badly looked after, so leaderless.
Still room for a new Indian-based political party eh?