Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Indulge in the Anticipation when your Passport is LOST

Below is my post release draft i wrote for medias, regarding the interview with YB Lim Guan Eng, only on... Red FM. (:

We all know that the brand new show from Red FM’s Red Evening Drive (RED) by the fun loving duo Dilly and JD from 4 - 8pm weekdays is bound to give you a breath of fresh air when you’re on the way home from a grueling day at the rat race. This time however, the new partnership took a festivity trip all the way up north for a 2 days 1 night stay at Penang for the same mission, done with a different fashion.

On the bright cheerful day of 20th June, JD and Dilly went LIVE on an Outside Broadcast at Komtar Penang; which created a storm of fun, joy, and laughter for all the Penangites in town. Participants got to play games with the DJs and sensational prizes were given on the spot!

Saturday arrived effortlessly for Red FM’s two most endearing DJs as they got a more personal touch with the new Penang Chief Minister; YB Lim Guan Eng in a debonairly intimate interview. “I was pleasantly surprise to find an approachable, down to earth and unassuming man –the chief minister of Penang”, Dilly said felicitously.

“He was very open and has a very good sense of humor. Since he is the new chief minister of Penang, it was a unique opportunity because he is also the son of Lim Kit Siang! It is a cool experience after all”, stated DJ JD.

The interview was tight, solid, and good – all compressed into half an hour. But that doesn’t mean that the interview was all work and no fun. As Dilly asked “What’s a day of the life of Mr Lim Guan Eng?”, the chief minister replied “Busy. Busy. Busy.”, inducing the urge for the DJs to burst into laughter chasing hostility away from the tense room and filling it with joviality as better substitute.

Now digging deeper into the curiosity of how our chief minister of Penang live his life, JD served his inquisitive buds by asking how early does the CM’s day start and how is it with his family lately.

“Lets put it in a nutshell. When I go back my kids are sleeping. When I wake up they are still sleeping. Sometimes I never really see the sun. I go back very late at night and when I wake up its still predawn. I try to spend time with my children during the weekends when I can, but even that is rather limited because we work on a basis of 24/7. But it’s still very challenging; when you have an objective, a goal to reach, it just keeps you going.”

When JD suggested the chief to bring his kids to work days, YB Lim Guan Eng thinks that they wouldn’t enjoy it. “They complain – we don’t even get to see you, dad! You say hello, hi, then you go off to next meeting, and they say they understand what I’m going through but I don’t think they do. Children always demand time from their parents.”

So would the chief minister push his children to go into politics? “I wouldn’t encourage them to, but it is a choice they have to make” he said.

On the other hand, Dilly questioned if there is any additional pressure to perform being the son of Lim Kit Siang, to find her curiosity being well-fed once again. “I face that pressure when I was growing up but its not like there’s a monkey on your back that’s going to die! When I become my own man, my own person, now I think the pressure comes from me being the leader of the party because all eyes are upon Penang, and that’s the real pressure cooker.”

Wonder how have the Penang CM’s first 100 days been so far and whether he has achieved anything? YB Lim Guan Eng blithely said he would like to think so and that one of their first acts is to cancel all summons right up to the day they were elected. Before he could elaborate further on this statement, the comical Penang boy JD punctuated a “Thank you for that, minister!” note.

“I’m sure many enjoy that,” adds the chief laughing demurely. “We also implemented an open tendency system to improve accountability and transparency. We feel not all the summons issues are really properly done so we also want to reduce the financial burden of the lesser off, as well as those who has many reverses against how this parking summons were issued in the first place.”

Transportation and the whole petrol price increasing have actually raised a lot of issues as transportation has always been one major part of contention in Penang itself. So the following question was if there are any updates on that issue and if we are going to see more of the augmentation of public transport or getting cabs that actually use meters.

Confidently assured, YB Lim Guan Eng claimed that the new government is committed to rolling up their sleeves and with the 3 Cs –crime, congestion, cleanliness; they are taking step by step approach to deal with these problems.

With these programs that are going to be announced in the next few months, and in addition with the political courage and will, the time to luster the pearl of the orient has come even though it is not easy to change the mindset and lifestyle of people.

Ways to promote Penang ranging from education, medical tourism, ecotourism, to Penang as a food center are being explored. “Penang is a place brimming with talents and its time local Penangites show what they have to offer and that Penang indeed has it all”, he stated.

Towards the end, Dilly enthusiastically popped up the question of what are the other type of improvements that the people in Penang can expect to see in future. CM gave a high-spirited answer by saying “We are going to make Penang a happening place. The Hard Rock CafĂ© will be opened soon and we hope that all the young ones can have fun. Good clean fun.”

“We want to forge Penang into an international city; to see Penang with a soul – the king of soul. Like when you are talking about music or jazz, soul is very important.”

Last but not least, YB Lim Guan Eng believes that to build a harmonious and cohesive society we must have love and a caring community, and that is the vision of Penang as a vibrant international dynamic city. An international destination of choice with soul, with passion – of living up with soul filled with faith, brimming with hope, overflowing with love.

When it comes to the end of the interview, our down to earth Penang CM was surprised and implied, “But this is too short, isn’t it? We should be having a long session. Why don’t we have another one? You can follow me, we can have something in the car. Its not everyday I can stick to Red FM like this, and I’m feeling chilled to be here!”

Can you imagine if Penang becomes a republic? Or be off on its own like Singapore?

"I hate you! I don't want to live here anymore. I'm going overseas."
(sadly) "Where to this time, honey?"
"Do you need your passport?!"