Penang CM announced 7th July as a public holiday in Penang (from 2010)

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CM Lim Guan Eng announced 7th July as a public holiday to celebrate Penang’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Well…from next year onwards…Not today, ok?


So, I went to the event at Dewan Bandaraya. Being the noob that I am, I thought it is some event out in the field on a hot day, at 10 am….Doh…So, I wore a t-shirt and an old jeans, plus slippers. (remember my clothes were left in Jimmy’s car last night?)

But alamak, I didn’t know Dewan Bandaraya is the Town Hall and it is an elegant, majestic building with awesome interior. And everyone wore suits. OMG, wrong clothes for the wrong place. Never mind…who cares…..right?


Then, I tried to place my camera tripod. NTV 7 asked me to shift to RTM’s side because he said when he pans, I will block him. I went to RTM, RTM asked me to belakang sikit. But we are in the ‘industry’ together, I must listen to all the ‘bang’ (abang, I call them), you see. Can you see how small my camera is? I also don’t care, used to it already.


The outside of the building. Really nice. Too bad the sun was freaking hot, so I didn’t get the ‘cloud moving fast-fast’ technique we learned during our course.


Here comes the main point of my post. No, the Penang gets a holiday is not the main point. There is a launching of the Georgetown heritage passport. So, the VIPs went up to the stage. There are lots of photogaphers, videographers and reporters down below.

(the above video is not my official ONE, ok? Just play-play only. It is a raw clip. WATCH OUT AT 1:40)

Everyone is jostling. Some body ordor is about to kill me. The videographers are mostly men, without boobs. So, there was this poor me…I have a back-pack at the back, so that part is safe from body contact. But left and right, the men were pushing. We videographers cannot afford to get moved, unlike photographers. You can take a photo again. But for us, the shot will be jumpy (and our editors in Malaysiakini are going to scream that we give them headaches with our jumpy videos)

And I have boobs. And I have to hold my video camera on mono-tripod, i.e. all the three legs folded up because there is simply no space. That means I must hold my camera really steady but at the same time, I also do not want some fella go elbow into my errm…you know…Because when you lift up both your arms to hold the camera steady… get the idea?


Everyone gets frantic when the mock-up huge passport was about to be opened/flipped open and signed by the CM. Everyone wants the main angle, frontal view. And they pushed further. Well, I am not amused and couldn’t be bothered because there is the body odor, invading elbows and lots of ugly men all around.


And jeng jeng jeng….The CM re-positioned the passport, turned to my direction and asked really loud, from the stage, “OK? Lilian, ?” and I replied “OK!….” And he opened the page, signed and the end….

17 thoughts on “Penang CM announced 7th July as a public holiday in Penang (from 2010)

  1. mama22beas – I just put up the video. Hahaha, bangga sampai jatuh tangga.

    arlene – Bukan kawan lah, only supporter of his governance.

  2. Wow you have come a long way. From being so ecstatic just managing to take a photo with him, to him calling you by name in front of so many ‘abangs’.. Congrats!!

  3. Lilian!!! you are the Greatest!! THUMBS UP to you!! Even the CM remembers your name

    anyway i pity those politician. like the CM, he needs to reposition the passport 10 thousand times before signing it… He looks kinda awkward while doing that ^^

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  4. ok, Lilian??

    u should have said…. wait!! 2 more seconds!
    next time the NTV /RTM bangs (nyamuk) must give face to you lah.
    many journalist/pro photographers tend to go the a venue early and put their sign on the spot either a ladder/chair/tripod or even selotape a cross on the floor and write their name on it.

    OK, Lilian?

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  5. JT – Yalor, I oredi ‘jom’ my tripod place mah, with them together. Yahor, I shud say, “Wait CM, I adjust ISO, WB, aperture, shutter speed first….”

    Lillian – Dunwan, I want to go down to the ground level and bring the matters to the top.

  6. KGC – Who cili padi ah? I did nothing wor….I only stand there, gong-gong, bodoh-bodoh, let ppl pushed me left, right, left, right…

    moo – Yalor, not that I want to aksi but really lah, where to find video online ah? I know Bernama Tv has it but I just can’t view eventhough I installed plugin.

    lingzie – proud of my samseng-ness and guts enuff. Today, I ran to jom my spot in the press con but still, lose out. So many ppl today.

  7. JT – Then there is no more CJ but propaganda reporter liao. Against my principle liao.

    buzzingbee – I don’t know if he was giving me the best angle or he kesian I kena pushed or what. Whatever, damn bangga, right? 🙂

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