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Saya akan terus lantang bersuara September 23, 2008

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Statement yang disiarkan baru-baru ini

TAWAU: “Saya akan terus lantang bersuara bagi membela serta mempertahankan hak-hak masyarakat kerana perkara itu telah menjadi tanggungjawab saya sebaik sahaja saya mengangkat sumpah sebagai seorang ‘wakil rakyat’,” kata Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri DAP Sri Tanjung Jimmy Wong Sze Phin.
Wakil Rakyat pembangkang tunggal di Dewan Undangan Negeri itu berkata, semasa melafazkan sumpahnya bagi menyandang jawatan yang diamanahkan, antara lafaz sumpahnya ialah untuk berkhidmat dengan penuh sedaya upayanya.
Oleh yang demikian tegasnya, meskipun ada pihak yang mungkin ‘tidak senang hati’ dengan teguran-teguran yang disuarakan olehnya, namun selagi perkara itu melibatkan hak dan kepentingan rakyat, beliau akan terus memperjuangkannya.
“Namun begitu, saya juga bersedia untuk menyokong atau berbincang dan bertukar-tukar fikiran dengan mana-mana pihak yang benar-benar ingin melakukan yang terbaik untuk rakyat, termasuklah agensi-agensi kerajaan yang mahu mempertingkatkan kualiti perkhidmatan mereka,” katanya.
Setakat ini katanya, terdapat beberapa agensi kerajaan yang dilihatnya memahami misi dan visinya yang sebenar, meskipun ada juga yang bertindak sebaliknya.
Beliau menyatakan pendiriannya itu dalam kenyataannya kepada media di sini, kelmarin.
Berhubung perkara berlainan, Jimmy dalam kenyataannya turut menggesa kerajaan khasnya Kementerian Pengangkutan supaya segera menamatkan perjanjian dengan pihak Puspakom, berhubung tanggungjawab melakukan pemeriksaan ke atas kenderaan-kenderaan di negara ini.
Kata beliau, perjanjian yang dibuat itu tidak ubah seperti satu usaha yang menghalang konsep perdagangan bebas, memandangkan peluang perniagaan yang seharusnya dibuat secara terbuka itu, kini hanya dimonopoli oleh satu pihak sahaja.
“Apabila ianya dimonopoli oleh satu pihak, unsur-unsur rasuah tentunya akan berlaku dan rakyat pula terpaksa membayar harga yang mahal bagi mendapatkan perkhidmatan tersebut memandangkan mereka tidak mempunyai pilihan yang lain,” katanya.
Justeru itu,  Jimmy menyarankan supaya tanggungjawab memeriksa kenderaan dibuat secara terbuka agar wujudnya persaingan yang secara tidak langsung mencetuskan konsep perdagangan sihat.
“Bagi peluang bengkel-bengkel terkenal seperti UMW, Nissan, Toyota, Proton dan sebagainya terlibat melaksanakan tanggungjawab memeriksa kenderaan-kenderaan di negara ini. Kalau kenderaan yang ingin diperiksa itu jenis Toyota contohnya, bagi bengkel syarikat itu yang melakukan pemeriksaan”.
“Lagipun apabila pemeriksaan dilakukan oleh mekanik-mekanik mereka yang bertauliah, sudah tentu kualitinya juga akan lebih terjamin serta menepati standard. Apabila konsep ini diamalkan, saya percaya banyak insiden-insiden kemalangan juga dapat turut dikurangkan,” katanya lagi.
Selain dengan Puspakom, perjanjian-perjanjian kerajaan dengan pihak-pihak lain seperti Fomema juga ujarnya, haruslah turut ditamatkan dan dibuat berlandaskan konsep perdagangan secara terbuka.

Kontraktor-kontractor MPT perlu melaksanakan tugas dengan sempurna September 23, 2008

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Statement yang telah disiarkan dalam surat khabar baru-baru ini

TAWAU: Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Sri Tanjung Jimmy Wong menggesa pihak Majlis Perbandaran Tawau (MPT) agar memastikan semua kontraktor-kontraktor swasta yang telah menandatangani perjanjian dengan pihak berkuasa tempatan terbabit, melaksanakan tugas mereka dengan sempurna.

Katanya, dasar penswastaan yang diamalkan ketika ini seharusnya memberi manfaat yang lebih kepada masyarakat dan pembayar cukai kerana kontraktor-kontraktor terbabit dibayar pada setiap bulan menggunakan wang rakyat.

Sebagai contoh katanya, kualiti perkhidmatan kontraktor-kontraktor yang menjalankan kerja-kerja seperti menyapu sampah, mencuci tangga, membersihkan longkang dan sebagainya di sekitar Perbandaran Tawau, dilihat masih belum memuaskan hati rakyat.

“Setiap sen wang rakyat ada nilainya. Mereka patut mendapat perkhidmatan yang baik. Tapi cuba kita lihat, berapa kali bandar Tawau kita lihat disapu dan tangga-tangga bangunan dicuci? Longkang-longkang juga tersumbat dan keadaan bandar masih kotor,” katanya lagi.

Berikutan hal yang sama, beliau menggesa wang bayaran kepada pihak kontraktor dipotong jika mereka tidak melaksanakan tugas dengan sempurna, atau perjanjian dengan syarikat yang terlibat ditamatkan.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam kenyataannya kepada media di sini.

Dalam hal berlainan, Jimmy juga melahirkan rasa kesalnya berhubung tindakan pihak berwajib yang sering menutup kawasan tapak letak kereta di hadapan bangunan MPT, untuk disewakan kepada syarikat-syarikat yang ingin mengadakan ekspo atau pameran di kawasan tersebut.

Situasi itu katanya telah mendatangkan kesulitan kepada pengguna kenderaan, apatah lagi apabila bandar Tawau sememangnya berhadapan dengan masalah kekurangan tapak letak kereta.

“Saya harap perkara seperti ini dapat dihentikan dan tidak lagi dilakukan pada masa-masa akan datang. Apabila tapak letak kereta ditutup untuk dijadikan tapak pameran, ia secara tidak langsung menambahkan lagi masalah pengguna kenderaan untuk mendapatkan tapak letak kereta,” kata beliau.

Dalam hal sama, beliau turut mencadangkan agar sebarang pameran yang ingin diadakan, dibuat di kawasan tapak terbuka (open space) dan bukannya di atas kawasan letak kereta.

Full Support on Lim Kit Siang’s statement on why Najib’s apology unacceptable September 3, 2008

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I fully support Lim Kit Siang’s statement, and pesonally the DPM ‘s ‘2nd hand’ apology totally cannot be accepted by right thinking Malaysians. Even the excuses given by PM and DPM are very lame. Only personal public apology, severe party diciplinary action and charge under Sedition Act would help heal the hurt Ahmad Ismail had inflicted on the Malaysian Chinese.

Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008: 

Five reasons why Najib’s apology on behalf of Ahmad Ismail for the latter’s deroginatory and racist reference of Chinese as “squatters” and untrustworthy Malaysians inappropriate, inadequate and unacceptable

There are at least five reasons why Umno Deputy President Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s apology on behalf of Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail for the latter’s derogatory, offensive, insensitive and racist reference of the Chinese as “squatters” and untrustworthy Malaysians is inappropriate, inadequate and unacceptable.

Firstly, why is there no public response from Ahmad Ismail himself, who have shown no sense of contrition or remorse whatsoever in the past nine days for his racist slurs of the Malaysian Chinese? Is Ahmad Ismail fully confident that he has the mainstream support of Umno leaders and members, encouraging him to show contempt for the nation-wide furore?

Secondly, how can Najib’s second-hand apology on behalf of Ahmad Ismail be acceptable when Ahmad continues to be defiant and unrepentant? Even if Ahmad Ismail tenders an apology, the question of its adequacy will arise, following the precedent set by the Cabinet in the Wee Meng Chee case over his “Negaraku” rap video-clip last year, when the Cabinet rejected Wee’s apology as inadequate.

Many police reports have been lodged against Ahmad for violating the Sedition Act. Is Najib’s apology meant to be a message to the Police and the Attorney-General that Ahmad should get off scot-free instead of having to face the full weight of the law?

Thirdly, Najib should apologise on behalf of himself and not on behalf of Ahmad as Najibhad failed to take immediate or prompt action to reprimand Ahmad for the latter’s racist and seditious speech at a Permatang Pauh by-election ceramah on August 24 which was attended by Najib.

Fourthly, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi himself should make a public apology for trying to protect and excuse Ahmad Ibrahim for the racist and seditious speech, with the totally unacceptable claim that the Bukit Bendera Umno division chief had not meant what he said and that he would “tell him not to do it again”.

The Prime Minister’s attempt to condone Ahmad’s racist speech caused outrage among right-thinking Malaysians especially as it is the latest example of a series of extremist, racist and seditious outbursts by Umno leaders, such as Umno MPs shouting “Balik Cina” in Parliament and a keris-wielding Umno Youth leader-cum-Education Minister.

Fifthly, the bona fide of Najib’s apology comes into question when this news is blacked out in the Malay mainstream newspapers owned and controlled by UMNO, in particular Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian. A check with Bernama online shows that Najib’s apology is reported in Bernama’s English news but blacked out in Bernama’s Bahasa Malaysia news.

With such media manipulation of his apology, how much is one to believe Najib when he said that Ahmad’s statement did not reflect the position and attitude of Umno or the leadership of Umno?

If Najib is fully sincere andserious about this statement of the stand of Umno and Umno leadership in dissociating from Ahmad’s speech, why is his statement only allowed to be reported in the non-Malay mainstream media but not in the Malay mainstream media?

*Statement on “Apology for mistake that Najib’s “apology” blacked out by Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian


* Lim Kit Siang,  DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor

Lim Kit Siang’s open letter to PM, DPM, YBs, Cabinet Minister September 3, 2008

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Open Letter to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet by Lim Kit Siang on Tuesday, 2nd September 2008: 

First post-Permatang Pauh by-election Cabinet meeting tomorrow – an acid test whether Barisan Nasional government has learnt the lessons of the two “political tsunamis” in six months

YAB Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister,
YB-YB Cabinet Ministers,

Ten challenges which the Cabinet must address tomorrow to demonstrate that it has learnt the lessons of the two political tsunamis in six months

I believe the overwhelming majority of Malaysians have one common reaction when they read or learnt of the news of the announcement by Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukudu of his sudden resignation yesterday – when Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is going to resign as Malaysian Prime Minister despite his earlier announcement of the power-transition schedule in June 2010.

This may be unfair but this is a fact. Why is this so when four short years ago, the Prime Minister had won the country’s biggest mandate in the 2004 general election winning an unprecedented 91 per cent parliamentary majority?

This was one of my thoughts when I hiked up Penang Hill “48” this morning, which I had not done for a very very long time. The hour hike up and down Penang Hill “48” provided me with a very conducive atmosphere to think about the multiple crisis of confidence afflicting Malaysia – political, economic, educational, judicial, institutional and nation-building.

The idea to pen this Open Letter also came from this hike as the Cabinet meeting tomorrow is the first one after the Permatang Pauh by-election, presenting an acid test whether Barisan Nasional government has learnt the lessons of the two “political tsunamis” in six months to save the country from the multiple crisis of confidence confronting the nation.

There are at least ten challenges which the Cabinet must address tomorrow:

1. Ahmad Ismail’s racist remarks

The Cabinet must sternly and unanimously censure the Bukit Bendera Umno chief, Datuk Ahmad Ismail for his offensive, insensitive, derogatory and racist remarks about the Malaysian Chinese during the Permatang Pauh by-election campaign.

By referring to the Chinese as pendatang, orang tumpang and totally untrustworthy Malaysians, and going into hiding after making the offensive and racist remarks, Ahmad had spoilt the 51st Merdeka anniversary celebrations and sabotaged the Prime Minister’s 51st National Day Message calling on every Malaysian to give importance to solidarity, as “it is the cornerstone of the country’s political stability, social harmony and economic competitiveness”.

The Prime Minister has also caused great dismay and distress among right-thinking Malaysians as he has chosen to demonstrate his “solidarity” with Ahmad when he should be an exemplar for Bangsa Malaysia.

Is there any Cabinet Minister who is prepared to point out tomorrow that the Prime Minister’s response in condoning Ahmad’s racists remarks is weak, unworthy and unacceptable?

The Prime Minister’s statement: “I will tell him not to do it again…. I don’t think he meant it. I’ll make sure to tell him not to use it again” raises many questions.

It means that the Prime Minister had neither met, discussed nor reprimanded Ahmad or he would not have used to future tense of “I will tell him not to do it again”.

How can Abdullah ensure that such offensive, insensitive, derogatory and racist language would not be used again when even in Parliament recently, Umno MPs could hurl racist abuses like “Balik Cina” without any censure by UMNO or BN leadership?

Or shouldn’t the Ahmad Ismail furore be raised and discussed in the Cabinet at all? In that case, let the Cabinet explain its double standards in rejecting the apology of Wee Meng Chee for the “Negaraku” rap video-clip just before the 50th Merdeka anniversary last year, with Umno Ministers competing with each other to demand all sorts of penalties including stripping him of his citizenship as compared to the case of Ahmad Ismail!

2. Declare Malaysia Day on Septembert 16 as a national public holiday

Sabah and Sarawak have suddenly become very important after the March 8 “political tsunami”, not so much to end the long-standing neglect and marginalisation of the rights of the people of Sabah and Sarawak as distinct from those of the leaders of Barisan Nasional in the two states but to ensure the survival of the Barisan Nasional power structure at the federal level.

This is just not good enough as the people of Sabah and Sarawak feel being made used of just to perpetutate the vested interests of the Barisan Nasional in Kuala Lumpur, without any change of heart by the Barisan Nasional leaders.

After 45 years, the people of Sabah and Sarawak must be made to feel that they are an integral part of the Malaysian federation with the Cabinet taking the first step in declaring Malaysia Day on September 16 as a national public holiday with effect from this year.

3. Commitment to establish IPCMC by end of the year

Despite increased budget allocations for the police, Malaysians today feel even more unsafe whether in the streets, public places or the privacy of their homes compared to five years ago when Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi became Prime Minister.

In Pasir Pinji in my parliamentary constituency of Ipoh Timur, there is a reign of fear following a sudden spate of violent thefts leaving the residents and the petty trading community worry for their lives.

This is not an isolated development in Ipoh but represents a worsening situation of law and order in the country, which has made Malaysia unsafe and insecure for its citizens, visitors and investors.

So far there is no political will to fully implement the recommendations of the Royal Police Commission, including the establishment of an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to create an efficient, incorruptible, professional world-class police service to keep crime low.

Let the Cabinet make a policy decision tomorrow to establish the IPCMC by the end of the year.

4. Restoration of an independent, impartial, professional and meritocratic judiciary

The Cabinet has failed Malaysians in failing to set up a Judicial Appointments Commission to restore national and international confidence in the independence, impartiality, integrity and meritocracy of the judiciary.

There must be a Cabinet commitment that although such a Judicial Appointments Commission has not yet been set up, the Prime Minister will respect and follow the spirit of consultation intended in such a judicial reform when appointing the next Chief Justice as the current Chief Justice of Malaysia Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohamad will retire on 17th October 2008.

The Prime Minister and the Cabinet must be forewarned that it does not serve the cause of justice or the nation if the country is plunged into a new judicial crisis because of the appointment of the first Umno Chief Justice in the nation’s history in utter disregard of a proper consultation with the relevant stakeholders such as the Bar Council, the Parliamentary Opposition and the civil society, and in keeping with the principles of accountability, transparency and good governance.

This Open Letter to the Prime Minister and Cabinet is still a work-in-progress. However, because of time factor, I am making public the first four of the ten challenges to give time for deliberation by the Cabinet while the rest of the Open Letter would be finalized and released before the end of the day.

This is one beauty of the Internet era of instant communication and there is no reason why Malaysians should not fully make use of such facilities opened up by the information age.

5. Zero tolerance for corruption

Let the Cabinet declare a new National Integrity Plan objective of zero tolerance for corruption – with Malaysia ranked among the top 10 countries which are least corrupt in the world.

Although there is a flurry of arrests by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), Malaysians are reminded of the earlier flurry of ACA activities in the first few months of the new Abdullah premiership which finally fizzled out into nothing – with Malaysia’s ranking in the annual Transparency International Corruption Perception Index plunging from No. 37 in 2003 to No. 43 in 2007.

Are the Prime Minister and Cabinet prepared to give full liberty and authority to the ACA to fight corruption even against Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers, Mentri-Menteri Besar and top Barisan Nasional leaders without getting any greenlight from the Prime Minister?

6. End the brain drain

Is the Cabinet prepared to admit that one fatal mistake of our nation-building policy which has led to our diminishing international competitiveness and why Malaysia has lost out to South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore in the past half-a-century and continuing to trail behind more and more countries is injustice and discrimination meted out to the best and brightest talents driving them overseas.

Is the Cabinet prepared to end this crippling denial syndrome to end the brain drain of the best and brightest talents overseas – in particular stemming the brain-drain to Singapore by reinstating the principle of meritocracy and ensuring that Malaysia’s best and brightest, regardless of race, can get the best educational and employment opportunities in their own country?

7. Admit failure of Malaysias education and higher education policies

Just refer to the advertorial of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn published in the New Straits Times of August 23, page 43 to commemorate the conferment of an honorary PhD in Education on Raja Zarith Sofiah if anyone still have any doubts of the failure of the Malaysian education system, whether primary, secondary or tertiary.

It is not just about the “murder” or may be more appropriate term “sodomy” of the English language but reflects the utter sense of irresponsibility of the educational authorities which could see Malaysia plunging from a nation with internationally-recognised high standards of English language to one where we can only hold our heads in shame.

The international repute of Malaysian universities have suffered similar decline.

Is the Cabinet prepared to take a policy decision that Malaysian universities should rank among the best in the world – with at least two among the World’s Top 100 and another two in the list of the World’s next Top 100. In other words, at least four Malaysian Universities among the World’s Top 200 Universities?

8. Usher in a new era of democracy and human

Is the Cabinet prepared to initiate action to usher in a new era of democracy and human rights with the repeal of draconian and undemocratic laws which violate human rights such as Internal Security Act, Official Secrets Act, Sedition Act, Printing Presses and Publications Act and the Police Act?

9. Parliament

Neither the Prime Minister, the Home Minister or any other Cabinet Minister has been able to explain why government has rejected the proposal for the establishment of a Parliamentary Select Committee on the DNA bill, raising questions about the government commitment to create a first-world Parliament.

Is Cabinet prepared to demonstrate its seriousness to far-reaching parliamentary reforms including the establishment of a parliamentary select committee whereby every Ministry would be shadowed by a Select Committee?

10. Bangsa Malaysia and Ketuanan Rakyat

Finally, is the Cabinet prepared to totally revamp government nation-building policies in accordance with the concept and vision of Bangsa Malaysia, highlighting the principle of Ketuanan Rakyat and not Ketuanan Melayu, Ketuanan Cina, Ketuanan India, Ketuanan Dayak or Ketuanan Iban?

Yours sincerely,
Lim Kit Siang
DAP Parliamentary Leader &
MP for Ipoh Timor

Make Sept 16 Malaysia Day! September 3, 2008

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Facts are facts, Malaya achieved independence on August 31, 1957 thus the Merdeka Day for Malaya. For Sabah and Sarawak it has nothing significant because it is the history of Malaya.

Both states (Sabah and Sarawak) joined Malaya to form MALAYSIA on September 16, 1963 and this is the history not only for Sabah and Sarawak but also includes Malaya. Because on this date MALAYSIA was born.

If we are talking about Malaysia, to those (Sabahan and Sarawakian) who know the history, August 31 has no meaning compared to September 16.

For many Sabahans who knows the history, we are not celebrating 51st Merdeka this year, but 45th anniversary of Malaysia Day come September 16.

To be a real ‘bangsa Malaysia’, I fully support calls for BN government to recognize September 16 as Malaysia Day as it is the true date Malaysia was ‘born’.

August 31, need not be a public holiday for Sabah and Sarawak only September 16, which is a very important date. 

Among Sabah BN leaders, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok is a true Malaysian as he recognized September 16 as Malaysia Day. DPM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak does not recognized, thus he is fit only to be DPM for Malaya and not for Malaysia.

UMNO and its component parties have to accept this fact. Malaya was ‘born’ on August 31, and Malaysia was ‘born’ on September 16.

So why are we celebrating Malaysia’s ‘independence day’ on August 31? Are we rewriting history here?

I am not against August 31 celebration, that is for former Malaya to celebrate their independence.

Sabah and Sarawak are partners but are not recognized and treated unfairly.

The BN government has ignored calls to correct the celebration date and I believe BN will never correct it.

Personally as a Sabahan, I feel Sabah is being treated as a stepchild. When we make NOISE they give us sweets to make us quite. As Datuk Anifah Aman and other BN leaders had said we are ‘anak tiri’ and not invited stay inside the bungalow but at the bungalow’s toilet.

For this reason, if a Prime Minister does not recognize Sept 16 as Malaysia Day, then he is only a Prime Minister for Malaya, but not for Sabah and Sarawak, as he assumed Sabah and Sarawak to be akin to ‘colonial rule’.

BN comes to Sabah using ‘wheel-barrow’ to bring allocations, but using trailers to bring out the state resources.

If this is how we will be treated, then only Pakatan Rakyat can put things in the right perspective. For a new Malaysia with September 16 as Malaysia Day and for Sabah and Sarawak to be equal partners and treated equally.   

 

Expensive Tawau Dump-site Fence September 2, 2008

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I call on the relevant government ministry to do a thorough check on any misuse of public money on the fencing project at Tawau garbage dump-site, Bukit Gemok, Merotai. I find it strange as I was told during the 1st State Legislative Assembly that the dump-site will be closed soon. So why spent RM388,000 to fence up the dump-site area. Click to read news.

My Speech for the 2nd State Legislative Assembly, Aug 25-26, 2008 September 1, 2008

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Tuan Speaker,

 

COUNCIL PERFORMANCE

 

To begin my speech, I would like to highlight the wrongs in the Tawau Municipal Council which had made mistakes after mistakes which does not benefit the people.

 

I also call on the relevant ministry to review the performance of all the contractors under the Tawau Municipal Council. The rate payers believe many are getting paid for doing unsatisfactory job.

 

e.g Tukang sapu dan parit di taman-taman. Itulah Tawau menjadi rubbish town.

 

Here is our ratings on at the end of the dateline for vote of no confidence ending on August 8, 2008.

A rating of 0 to 100% will be given for any improvement work done since the launching of the 100 days vote of no confidence.

 

a. Street Sweeping – 0%. Hardly any workers were noted on the street to sweep the rubbish and cleaning the road with water.

b. Drainage – 10%. Only noted slight improvement. Blockage of drains were noted after heavy rain.

c. Street Lights – 10%. Badly needed street lights whether repair or install were not done but those which are not needed had been commissioned.

d. Grass cutting – 10% point. Had published in local news to inform MPT to shorten the grass cutting to 1 month interval but MPT still maintain the 3 months interval.

e. Car Park – 10%. Still no improvement noted even though MPT had agreed in principal to convert the old market empty space into temporary parking space.

f.   Rubbish Collection – 50%. Marked improvement noted but still unsatisfactory.

g. Licensing – 60%. Marked improvement on the renewal of license but application of new license still unsatisfactory.

h. Septic Tank – 90% for YB, 2 points for general public. Service was good if complaint handled by YB but general public complaint still lack of urgency from MPT.

i.    Five Foot Way (Kaki Lima) – 10%. Only slight improvement noted. Pot holes everywhere on the five-foot-way.

j.    Rubbish Bins – 0%. No new bins were noted and replenished.

k. Rubbish collection points cum car wash – 0%. The car wash stalls which were commissioning next to the rubbish collecting center suppose to monitor and clean the collecting center but no visible improvement was noted.

l.    Rats and Wild Dogs – 0%. No action taken by MPT.

m.              Rubbish Dump road maintenance – 10%. Improvement noted but have requested for road to be sealed.

n. Road closure for special function – 70%. MPT have done a good job on this.  

 

Average = 23.57% improvement

 

If you feel the rating is biase, then come to Tawau and do your own rating.

 

Nevertheless, I do see some improvements in the Tawau and Sandakan council, such as in Sandakan the council has its own mobile service. In KK the mayor told me, renewing trading license only takes about 5-minutes. This is good.

 

But, there are still a lot of abuses of power that must be checked.

 

In Tawau, I don’t see a proper program. Sweeper don’t sweep but council still pays the contractor. I feel its high time the government being the BOSS should step in and review all privatized work and see whether the work is really being done by the contractors.

 

I heard that the council is going to privatize the streetlights maintenance for RM500,000. How could this be, the council had reduced it streetlights mantainence and spareparts budget down to RM100,000 respectively. To privatise it at RM500,000 means MPT would be in the red ink soon.

 

Among the major towns in Sabah, Tawau has no overhead bridge, not even one. Why? Is the Tawau people life so cheap? There is an urgent need for one at the Pasar Tanjung which was promised to the hawkers more than 10-years ago, plus a multi-storey car park. The promise were made by the council to persuade the hawkers to move from the old market to the new existing Pasar Tanjung. But both not done until now.

 

As there are additional goodies from the Federal Government I suggest part of it to be use for :-

 

1. Repair of streetlights at highways, roads and all the residential (Taman) for a bright Merdeka Day.

2. Repair all broken drainage covers at five-foot way.

3. Clear all drainage at residential areas to prevent flash flood that has been frequent.

 

I also call on the government to ensure there is no marginalization of races in the council. At the moment, I feel there is a racial imbalance at the Tawau Municipal Council. I also propose that the Deputy President post be given to other race for example from the KDM or the Chinese community. 

 

 

Still, about council, now we also go to Sandakan Municipal Council.   

 

 

 

Joint Venture (JV) by Local Councils

Scandals or ‘Sign Buta’?

 

It had already happened in Tawau’s Sabindo open space, and now I want to call the attention of YBs in this Dewan Yang Mulia about ‘illegal’ housing development in Sandakan.

 

The government never allowed illegal squatters, but here we have a JV between the Sandakan Municipal Council (SMC) and a local developer that entered into an agreement to develop an ‘illegal housing’ (Taman Indah Jaya Estate Phase 9) consisting of 290 units on a piece of land that does not owned by either parties.

 

It seemed that everyone was blind not to see or realize that the housing will be built on the wrong site, which is LA 97070642 and not as stated in the JV agreement and Sales and Purchase Agreement TL 077550235.

 

This is not a small mistake, but a VERY BIG mistake. How could the lawyer(s) of the SMC missed this before advising SMC to enter the agreement.

 

The matter had been reported to the police as it is clearly a cheating case. (Show copy of police report)

 

So, if the JV is not ‘SIGN BUTA’, what is it, cheating? Corruption? ‘Gaji Buta’?

 

Police report was made and the issue was highlighted in the news on 25th December 2007 by the DAP Sandakan cum Sabah DAP Chief for Industrial Development bureau, Anthony Teo who had strongly suggested the Police Commercial Crime Investigation Department and the Anti Corruption Agency (ACA) to immediately begin investigation and at the same time urging the relevant ministry to also investigate and take severe action. On top of that Anthony also urged CM to freeze the application on PT 97070642 and the land to be given to the affected house owners. (Show copy of news cutting)

 

But, after 7 (seven) months what happened? Nothing, Nothing, NOTHING HAPPENED. Every agencies and departments are quite. Why? What happened to ‘turun padang’ and ‘membantu rakyat’?

Ada lagi. So today, in this Dewan Yang Mulia, I want to highlight another scandal or maybe another ‘sign buta’. I hope this time action will be taken ASAP, as soon as possible not as slow as possible because this matter is raise in this Dewan Yang Mulia the highest authority with all the ministers and YBs.

 

I bring your attention on the Old Folk Home and Disable Children situated at Sibuga Road, Sandakan, which were gazette under No. 07200205 (plan No 07125042) having an area of 49.88 acres and which was under the care of Sabah Council of Social Services.

 

 

 

What happened? Do any Ybs here know that a part of this land, amounting to 20 acres, was encroached upon and turned into a housing estate!?

 

The opposition questions here are:-

 

1.  What was the main objective or rationales behind n having to give out 20 acres of the land to (Perumahan Permai Sandakan Jaya Sdn Bhd) the developer?

 

2.  If finance is the main consideration, please provide he amount of money received from such a venture.

 

3.  What is the land valuation for the 20 acres?

 

4.  Under what Minister this project was approved and in which year?

 

5.  Is the Ministry taking any action to acquire or replace the loss area?

 

 

 

 

Because of what had happened to the old folk home in Sandakan, I call on the government to immediate check on the status of all existing Old Folk Homes in every district. Who knows the same thing is about to happen again. Who knows ‘Blind JVs’ had already been signed and waiting for developments.

 

I, was an ordinary Rakyat before and because of these injustice now a YB, and I am still baffled and cannot understand how a gazette land could be developed and ‘blind JV’ signed with the local councils.

 

Due to what had happened in Tawau open space and Sandakan housing in which both are JVs between developers and the respective local councils, it gives the impression to the Rakyat that our local councils are managed by unqualified people who abuses their power by cheating the rate payers in order to make money.

 

Here I call on the government to check on what I suspect are rampant power abuse in our local council. All previous JVs must be rechecked, existing JVs to be open to the public to be double checked as the Rakyat cannot trust the local council to do a good job.       

 

SMALL HOLDERS / LAND

 

Lately there were many planters being chased away from the land they had applied for, because the land is in the Forest Reserve. If the lands had been Forest Reserve before they start opening the area, why were they allowed to apply for the lands in the first place.

 

For year, some more than 20-years, they were given false hope with many support from YBs but in the end they were left with nothing.

 

Who is wrong here in the first place? Who gave them the hope and the green light to apply for the lands?

 

These are genuine planters and those who are eligible should be help no ignored and cast away. Those who don’t have any other means of income and have no lands should be given lands so that they can stand on their own and at the same time help the government in the agriculture sector.

 

Now they felt they were cheated and taken for a ride and left on their own without any means to raise their standard of living.

 

I propose the government not turn them away, but allocate them idle lands or any available lands as they had shown that they are serious and genuine planters.

 

By turning them away, we are killing them and creating more poor and hardcore poor Rakyat. The government targets for ‘zero poverty’ by 2010 would not be fulfil if we ignore their plea for lands.

 

Filter them and find out those who are really poor with no other means of support but only through cultivating. Since they had shown their interest and determination, it is only right that the government should assist them to obtain land.

I proposed that the government do what Berjaya had done, that is encouraging the rakyat to go into agriculture and providing plot of lands for them to apply.

 

SLDB and FELDA should play their original role that is to help the rakyat come out of poverty. Both should allocate lands to those who rightly deserve to be called ‘peneroka’.

 

These people want land because they don’t want to rely on others or the government to feed them. So please help them.

 

 

 

SAHAM AMANAH SABAH (SAS)

 

Chief Ministers have changed many times since the SAS was launched with great publicity and government guarantee of RM1 to RM1 profit. However, after from one CM’s promises to another the SAS did not improve but gone from bad to worst almost hitting rock bottom until ‘pisang goring pun tak boleh beli’.

 

What happened to the RM1 to RM1 guarantee? Shareholders want to know what is the situation?

 

Masih ada harapan lagi kah untuk naik? Kalau tiada harapan, kerajaan sebagai ‘gentleman’ patut beli balik ikut harga asal jualan (original buying price). Jangan lepas tangan begitu saja dan buat janji-janji manis, kerajaan harus berani tanggungjawab.

 

Buying back the shares is the best solution. Why? Because one of the main job of the government is to eradicate poverty, but here through the SAS the government is creating more poverty and to make matters worst and adding salt to injury the government is not doing anything concrete to boost the confidence of the investors.

Many are being chased by banks and threatened bankruptcy. Many already bankrupt.

 

Its been too long, its time to help them, and I am sure the government is more than able to help. The government started the SAS so the government should settle it.

 

 

 

 

CPO (CRUDE PALM OIL) AND 7.5% SABAH SALES TAX

 

In the 1st State Legislative Assembly, our honourable Chief Minister said I was talking rubbish and championing the big towkays. The honourable CM personally said that only the CPO and big towkays were charge the 7.5 percent sales tax and nothing to do with the smallholders.

 

We had started on the wrong footing in the first sitting, today, let me clarify, I am NOT trying to protect the big taukeh, but the small taukeh or rather the small holders. I had been approached by many small holders who produce FFB (Fresh Fruit Bunch) and they had complaint that the buyer or millers imposed the 7.5% on their FFB and thus the amount was deducted from their FFB. So I am not talking rubbish here, I am talking real facts. In this case, it is not ethical and wrong for millers to charge the small holders as this is not CPO but FFB. I hope what I am trying to say here is very clear today.

 

 

 

 

This means millers are passing the buck to the small holders. Big plantations, big taukeh no problems, they have their own mills, but why charge the small holders, isn’t this passing the buck.

 

All the small holders can show their receipt to prove that they were deducted the 7.5 percent sales tax. So I urge the government to investigate what is going on and rectify the situation.

 

Now, Yang Amat Berhormat Ketua Menteri, are you sure you never charge the smallholders. Now it is proven that smallholders were charged, even 1 kilo of FFB. You said only big companies, that, I have no objection. You should declare during the winding-up speech if the small holders were not charged the sales tax. I think you should now know it is impossible to charge the CPO or miller. All this while the millers passed the buck and charge the sales tax on the FFB/planters including small holders.    

 

Thus, I call the government to stop the charging of the 7.5 percent sales tax on smallholders immediately.

 

Once plantations are crippled, the whole economy of Sabah will collapse. So do not kill the ‘golden goose’. 

 

To prove my point, I did my homework to gather all the information. Here are my findings.

 

Sabah planters (including smallholders) need to pay the following taxes:-

 

1.  Sabah sales tax (7.5%)

2.  Windfall tax (7.5%)

3.  MPOB cess RM15

4.  Sabah Discount RM40

5.  Mill processing cost (RM35 to RM42)

6.  Income tax (27%)

 

Sabah Sales Tax – This tax is collected in accordance to Crude Palm Oil (CPO) production and is paid by the CPO miller to the State Government. Subsequently this tax shall be part of the cost of the miller. In determining the price of oil palm fruits to be paid to suppliers, the tax is taken into consideration. At this end, the suppliers are getting lower price because of the Sabah Sales Tax.

 

 

 

 

To illustrate the usual way of price tabulation as follows:-

 

FFB (Fresh Fruit Bunch)

CPO (Crude Palm Oil)

OER (Oil Extraction Rate)

PK (Palm Kernel)

PKER (Palm Kernel Extraction Rate)

 

e.g FFB price for June 2008

 

June CPO monthly average price is RM3594.50

3594.50 x 20.57%   =                                 RM739.39

                 (OER)

 

PK month average price is RM1799

1799 x  4.50%          =                                 RM80.96

            (PKER)                         TOTAL= RM820.35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deduct

(i) Sabah Sales Tax RM3594.50 x 7.5%=RM269.59

RM269.59 x 20.57% =                               RM55.45

(ii)MPOB CESS – 15 x 20.57% =              RM3.09

(ii)Sabah Discount – 40 x 20.57% =          RM8.23

(iii)Mill processing cost                              RM42.00

                                                                    RM711.58

 

Thus, price of FFB to be paid by miller to FFB suppliers is RM711.58 per metric ton. When actual fact FFB suppliers should get RM711.58 + RM55.45 (Sabah sales tax deducted by millers) = RM767.03 (But this is not happening). And this is not the nett profit for the smallholders as they have to pay for labour, fertilizer, transportation charges (for those without own lorry), fuel, maintenance and even road maintenance to their respective plantations. So what big money are we talking about? With all these taxes, cess, levies and cost, our smallholders are not laughing all the way to the banks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windfall Tax. Imposed by the Federal Government effective on 1st July 2008 and base on CPO production and shall be paid by CPO millers. Later amended and effective from 15th July 2008 the Windfall Tax is calculated based on FFB weight and shall be paid by the owners (Plantation owner). Oil palm owners holding less than 100 acres are exempted from Windfall Tax.

 

e.g July 2008

 

1st July to 14th July 2008. CPO average price = RM3549.50

Windfall tax is (RM3549.50 – RM2000) x 7.5% = RM116.21

 

To calculate the price (1st July-14th July) is as follow:-

 

CPO month average price = RM3454.50

RM3454.50 x 20.60%         =                    RM711.63

 

PK month average price

RM1776 x 4.5%                  =                     RM79.92

                                                  TOTAL =RM791.55 

 

 

 

Deduct:

(1)                    Sabah sales tax RM3454.50 x 7.5% =RM259.10

RM259.10 x 20.60% =                        RM53.37

(2)                    MPOB less : 15 x 20.60% =         RM3.10

(3)                    Sabah discount : 40 x 20.6% =    RM8.24

(4)                    Mill processing fee                       RM42.00

(5)                    W/ Tax : RM116.21 x 20.6% = RM24.00

                                        FFB Price :RM660.54

 

For 15th July to 31st July the FFB price is RM660.54 + RM24 = RM684.54. The owners pay the Windfall Tax themselves.

                                    

 

Base on amount of oil produce, no doubt the miller is paying the sales tax. But when buying it is deducted from the original price as part of the cost. If the government does not heed this, the oil palm industry in Sabah will be in bad shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also propose :-

 

 

1.  The Sabah Sales Tax of 7.5 percent sales tax only to be charge after CPO reach RM2,000 per ton and the calculation to follow like the Federal Windfall Tax, which is deducting the first RM2,000 before multiplying with the 7.5%. This is because with the existing calculation being use, the golden goose will eventually be killed. At the moment, if  the 7.5 percent sales tax is charge on the CPO then it is eating to the bones or the capital of millers. That is why the millers charge it to the smallholders or FFB in order to survive.

 

Thus to my understanding the Sabah sales tax of 7.5% calculation should be as follows:-

 

Sabah Sales Tax = Month average  – (Minus) RM1,000.00                                                            x (Multiply) 7.5% x (Multiply) oil palm fruit (metric ton)

 

 

 

 

 

Thus, it would look as follow :-

 

 

e.g CPO price for July ’08                (RM)

                                                      3,549.50 per ton

                                                 1,000.00

NET                                           2,549.50

 

X  7.5% State sales tax            191.21 per ton

 

2.  However, I strongly propose that the State Government have a meeting with all the millers concern and work out the best acceptable calculation. Because from the feedbacks that I had received from millers, they say the first RM2,000 should be minus out from the CPO average price for the effective month, just like the Windfall Tax.

 

3.  Refer to the Federal method of charging tax, such as the windfall tax which only will be charge when CPO reach RM2,000 mark.

 

4.  Thirty (30) percent to be set aside for emergency use. Last time I was told not to teach the government as the government knows what t o do, but I see nothing is being done for the planters especially road repairs since the charging of levies. We can ‘turun padang’ together to see.

 

5.  Reduce Fomema charges, the cost of fertilizers, transportation plus levies, cess and sales taxes are chocking our planters.

 

6.  Engaging of foreign labours for plantations to be simplified and levies reduce to minimum because agents fees are too high.

 

7.  Most smallholders have not collected their capital and profit, and already they are being bombarded by levies, cess and sales taxes.

 

 

Conclusion 

      

Based on the existing calculation use by miller, slowly the smallholders will die. And if the Sabah Sales Tax on CPO is to be wholly paid from the miller’s pocket, slowly the miller will die. If both die, Sabah economy will head for disaster and collapse. So please sit down with the millers and iron out the problem.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sabah illegal immigrant problem.

‘FAKE MALAYSIAN’ IS THE REAL ISSUE

 

The real issue here is not illegal immigrants without documents but those who had obtained Mykad illegally and are now in our community.

 

It is estimated there are about 0.5 million of such Mykad holders in Sabah. This, if not address immediately will one day jeopardized the sovereignty of the state. This is a dangerous thing and is like a time-bomb for Sabah.

 

This is not about those foreigners who are without passport or unemployed because they are obviously foreigners. This is about those who look like foreigner, talk like foreigner, smell like foreigner, but had obtained Mykad through dubious ways.

 

I totally agree with what Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said in the newspaper on August 12, 2008. And I support those BN leaders and oppositions who call for the government to be serious in this matter before it is too late to handle.

 

 

 

BN is concern, I too am personally concern. Those without documents are not that dangerous, but those with Mykad are dangerous. They can do anything once they are in our system of administration.

 

I strongly believe only a Royal Commission could address this grave matter and the only one that can do the job once and for all.

 

I have no doubt that none of the real Sabah people believe that the government is serious to handle this issue. To them it is another ‘wayang kulit’ (play acting).

 

I hope BN will wake up, realize the real issue and feel the urgency of this matter. This issue needs a very strong political will.

 

These ‘fake Malaysian’ are everywhere and the Federal Government has never been serious to tackle this issue.

 

I tell you it is real, they are already inside certain government departments and come a time when these ‘fake Malaysians’ become leaders, they will be in control and then what will happen to the real Sabahans.

 

This is the NUMBER ONE issue in Sabah, TOP PRIORITY to be solved in order to protect our nation and the local people.

 

Once again I urge the government to set up a Royal Commission to investigate how Mykads were issued. Action must be taken on the culprits. It is easy, If you don’t have enough documents you cannot hold a Mykad.

 

Anything apart from a Royal Commission is a waste of time and tax payers money. Last time we had Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity headed by Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, now we have a Cabinet Committee. I dare say it won’t achieve much.