Launch of Penang Local Democracy Report 2014

The first Penang Local Democracy Report is launched today! Check out the review of where Penang is up to in terms of local democracy and the challenges that lie ahead of us.

Preview of the report:
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Please click the link to download the full report:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4R0nD1sJ_CSWlU3X1pLdUowZmc&authuser=0

Or, view the full report through Suaram’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/suarampg.my/media_set?set=a.10204112538762768.1073741829.1504295591&type=1 

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Lauching of the First Penang Local Democracy Report 2014 in conjunction of International Human Rights Day 2014

Lauching of the First Penang Local Democracy Report 2014

in conjunction of International Human Rights Day 2014

December 10 | 8pm 

Hin Bus Depot Art Center

 launch of local democracy report

December 10th is Human Rights Day. Today we will celebrate the progress we are making in terms of local democracy. Come to an evening of celebration and activities, and witness the Launch of the first Penang Local Democracy Report, a review of where Penang is up to in terms of local democracy and the challenges that lie ahead of us.

Democratic Heritage Tour 2014

lawatan warisan demokrasi

7 December 2014, Town Hall, Esplanade

9am – 2pm

Many of us are unaware of our democratic heritage. There are many examples in the buildings and environment of Penang that bear testament to this heritage: the struggle of people for democratic development. Each year, Anwar Fazal is our tour guide on a Democratic Heritage Tour bus, a fabulous journey to key places which tell the story of Penang’s history of struggle for democracy. Not to be missed.

Penang state budget forum and booklet

Penang state budget forum and booklet

30 Nov 2014, 2pm-4pm, Room Tanjong 1, Dewan Sri Pinang

Speakers: YB Chow Kon Yeow (Penang state exco), Aloyah Bakar (CEO of PWDC), YB Steven Sim (MP of Bukit Mertajam), Choo Chon Kai (PSM central committee member)

This forum will brief and analyse 2015 Penang state government budget and participatory budgeting. A booklet will be given to introduce and analyse some basic information about Penang state government budget.

budget forum

Budgets are crucial in giving substance to policy goals. The understanding and the process of budgeting are crucial if we believe in the principles of local democracy: allowing both local elected representatives and Penang’s residents to participate both in decisions and monitoring of budget allocations. It is very encouraging to see how the Penang State government, together with MPPP and MPSP, has supported a Gender Responsive Budget process, which includes participation from within more marginalised communities. To help move all this forward, we will produce a booklet on how to read the state budget. The content included the introduction of budget (where did the income come from and where the money go), the budget cycle and suggestion for budget. We will also organise a forum(s) on discuss the Penang Government budget 2015. More forums could be through consultations at community level through the ADUNs in each constituency.

Penang’s LOCAL DEMOCRACY FESTIVAL 2014

Penang’s LOCAL DEMOCRACY FESTIVAL 2014

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Local democracy is all about ensuring the vibrancy and strength of democracy at the local, community level. It is about inclusion: making sure all voices within our communities are heard and have the opportunity and capacity to be part of discussions and decisions, especially those which affect them.

Where there are strong and active communities, we will have a stronger and more resilient society, and a stronger, more inclusive, participatory, ‘people-friendly’, responsive, transparent and accountable government.

Penang has taken a strong lead in promoting local democracy. In addition to the gazetting of state enactments with regard to local elections and freedom of information, and a number of other ‘inclusive’ initiatives at state and municipal level, local democracy has been the specific focus of a week (in 2010), a month (in 2011) and more recently a festival (2012 & 2013). The programme of these initiatives has included a Youth Parliament, community-based trainings on a variety of topics, creative activism workshops, activities to reclaim our local oral history of democratic struggle, activities targeted to include the more marginalized groups in our communities, as well as music, performances and other activities to encourage greater awareness of what local democracy means and to encourage participation in local issues amongst Penangites.

This year once again Suaram Penang office has again taken the lead in coordinating the Local Democracy Festival, with the support of the Penang State government through the office of YB Chow Kon Yeow, whose portfolio includes Local Government. The programme this year includes:

  1. Penang Youth Parliament 2014
  2. Community Empowerment: Badan Bertindak Penebatan Banjir
  3. Expressing the Migrant and Refugee Journey: An Arts and Music Extravaganza
  4. Two Forums  on Understanding Budgeting at State Level
  5. Democratic Heritage Tour: Reclaiming our democratic history 
  6. Publication of a booklet on the Hartal: Reclaiming our democratic history
  7. Human Rights Day Celebration with launch of Penang Local Democracy Report 2014

Local Democracy Festival Partners:

Penang Youth Development Cooperative (PYDC);

Badan Bertindak Penebatan Banjir KADUN Machang Bubok;

Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign

YB Lee Khai Loon service center

 

For more information:  Ong Jing Cheng 012-7583779

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XfK9eu453od5qA7bABBHuzp1b1gMLft1abDo0LW8lD8/edit

Youth Parliament 2014

Penang Youth Parliament have organise four years (since 2010), last 2-3 years have stable in term on getting participants although the program was conduct in 3 days 2 night. This year we will increase the quality of the debate in the youth parliament, at the same time will conduct in 5 days 4 nights. The program this year included three parts: i) concept of good governance, Freedom of Information, Malaysia political system & Participatory democracy; ii) community visits, iii) preparation motion and debate in DUN on policies

.parlimen muda 2014

that is also two forums within the Youth Parliament 2014 is open for public to come.

forum demokrasi dan anak muda

forum reformasi perundangan

Hari Hak Asasi 2010, Penang

 

Come Join Us

Human Rights Day 2010 Penang

12th December, 2010 (Sunday)

10.00am to 6.00pm – Venue : Dewan Sri Pinang

4.00pm – 6.00pm Book launch “Malaysia-lah”
Take part in our launch of the sensational book,
Share your views and ideas at the discussion with

Hishamuddin Rais and Diskopi gang


8.00 pm- 10.00pm : Venue : Auditorium F, Komtar, Penang.

Banduan Akhir di Sel Akhir
“Banduan Akhir” is a drama inspired by the real story of Yong Vui Kong, a Malaysian boy who is facing the Death Penalty in Singapore.

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Programme

10.00am – 6.00pm

i) Letter Writing Marathon
• Write a letter, save a life!


ii) Photo exhibition on Homelessness
• Stories behind the photo, waiting you to explore them.

iii) Exhibition on Death Penalty
No Death Penalty, why?
What’s wrong with Death Penalty?
Come to find out the answer?

iv) Giant human rights mural
Express your creative on the giant human rights mural!

v) Special Henna Painting
Have you try henna painting on human rights theme?
Check it out at henna painting counter!

vi) Local NGOs Booth
Come and visit your local NGOs booth and know find out what they do!

11.00am – 1.00pm

Movie Screening “The Blindside”
This movie based on the true story of Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy who take in a homeless teenage African-American, Michael “Big Mike” Oher.

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Launching Ceremony of Human Rights Day Celebration 2010 at Penang
Amnesty International former Prison of Conscience, Chief Minister of Pulau Pinang, YAB Lim Guan Eng will launch the ceromony and our AIM Ambassador, Zahiril Adzim


4.00pm – 6.00pm

Book launch “Malaysia-lah”
Take part in our launch of the sensational book, “Malaysia-lah” from Diskopi Gang.
Share your views and ideas at the discussion with Hishamuddin Rais and Diskopi gang,

B) Auditorium F, Komtar, Penang.
8.00pm-10.00pm Special Theatre, Banduan Akhir di Sel Akhir
“Banduan Akhir” is a drama inspired by the real story of Yong Vui Kong, a Malaysian boy who is facing the Death Penalty in Singapore.
In 2007, the 18-year-old boy from a broken family in Sabah was arrested with 47 grams of heroin and sentenced with the mandatory Death Penalty. Since then, a Malaysian girl Vui Fung is struggling to save her brother Yong Vui Kong from the Death Penalty. For more than three years, she has been facing with a lot of difficulties from the authorities in an attempt to save her brother. Nevertheless, with Ravi the prolific Human Rights lawyer in Singapore, both of them believe that something can be done to save Yong Vui Kong’s life. This 50-minute drama will portray the dark hours of Yong Vui Kong as he faces the cruel Death Penalty.