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The Young and Bold November 24, 2008

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Here is an article by LEX Borneo a guest  columnist for The Borneo Post that showed the younger generation are fully aware of the politic and economy scene of the country and their aspirations should not be taken lightly. lexborneo

7.5% Sabah Sales Tax – burden to smallholders November 24, 2008

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Have handed smallholders memorandum to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman during the State Legislative Assembly recently and hope CM would see the problems faced by smallholders are real and true. With the current economic crisis and low price of CPO and FFB, failure to take immediate action and remedies will cause smallholders to incur loses. As the Sabah Sales Tax of 7.5% is taxed from the first RM1 without any deduction of cost, I hope the government would see the error made and immediately rectify it. As I has said the cost of production must be deducted out first before calculating the sales tax, then only there is hope or our oil palm sector.sales-tax

Launch of booklet “The Cries of Sabah” November 16, 2008

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Am in Tawau together with Tunku Aziz for the Tawau DAP Branch-cum-Sri Tanjong service centre opening this morning.

Tonight, will attend a history-making event, the first thousand-people political dinner in Tawau organized by Tawau DAP and the DAP’s sole Sabah State Assemblyman Jimmy Wong at Lau Gek Poh Memorial Hall.

This is another historic first by Tawau DAP. Last year, Tawau DAP organized a very successful and capacity-crowd lunch-time ceramah and during the March 8 general election, pioneered a breakfast ceramah.

There are also other embarrassing “firsts:” in Tawau, as I found during my visit. The power breakdown is getting so regular and prolonged that Tawau’s daily newspaper, Morning Post, was forcibly turned into an evening paper when it could be distributed only at 4 pm!

Tonight, I will also launch a booklet “The Cries of Sabah”.

The following is the Introduction for the booklet:

    Introduction 

    The thought of producing this booklet came to me when I received consecutively on Oct. 10/11 two heart-wrenching cries from two visitors to my blog. (The cries of Sabahans; Don’t neglect Sabah, please!)

    I felt very ashamed as a Malaysian that after 45 years of Malaysia, there is still such an ocean of ignorance among West Malaysians about Sabah and Sarawak. Even more shameful is that the Government is guilty of allowing such wide gap of differences – economy, education, health, basic infrastructure – to exist between the people living on the two lands of the same country divided by the South China Sea. Clearly, the Barisan Nasional (BN) is not prepared to create a truly Malaysian nation where Sabahans and Sarawakians can fully feel that they are treated as equal citizens and an integral part of the nation.

    This is why BN has become quite irrelevant, not only to Sabahans and Sarawakians but to all Malaysian communities, whether Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazan-Dusun-Muruts, Ibans or Orang Asli.

    This booklet also chronicles the day-by-day effort made in Parliament in May this year to table a motion for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah – the worst problem faced by Sabahans – and how it failed because of the lack of support by the BN Members of Parliament, including those from Sabah.

    It starts with the observation on the seemingly change of attitude shown by some Sabah Members of Parliament in the first Parliament sitting after the March 8, 2008 general election where the unprecedented political tsunami swept away five state governments from the control of the BN, and for the first time in the history of Malaysia, denied the BN 2/3 majority in Parliament.

    The contents of this booklet are from my blog postings, each of which provoked heated discussion and debate on the topic at hand.

    In the appendix are the blogs before the “political tsunami” of March 8, 2008, starting with my parliamentary speech on “The New Underclass in Sabah” on 16th April 2007.

    Blog, a modern medium where everyone can express his/her views even anonymously as visitors, has given a completely new meaning to freedom of expression to Malaysians.

    This is why the BN government has invaded the cyberspace and intruded into this new space of freedom.

    There has been a transformation from its initial bewildered and hostile attitude to the blogosphere, highlighted by the “goblog” chapter of the previous “Misinformation Minister” Zainuddin Maidin and the Internal Security Act (ISA) detention of Malaysia’s famous blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin to a more nuanced and engaged posture sending cybertroopers into the blogosphere to fight its cause.

    A new sense of freedom provided by the Internet must be matched by an equal sense of responsibility and I do not apologise for the minimum of moderation on my blog, disallowing language which are vulgar, obscene, inflammatory or inciting hatred of race or religion.

    Although the latest parliamentary effort to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah was not successful, the problems and plight faced by Malaysian Sabahans and Malaysian Sarawakians continue. But let Malaysians join hands as one people despite the obstacles and baggage of BN to change this.

    The struggle must go on…

    Lim Kit Siang
    Parliament
    November 2008

RM7 billion “black hole” in 2009 Budget – Najib has got lousy advisers November 16, 2008

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by Lim Kit Siang

Yesterday, the Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman presented a walloping RM2.78 billion budget for the state for 2009, declaring that the amount allocated would be able to keep up the economic momentum to ensure Sabah’s continuous growth, especially amidst the current economic turmoil.

He also announced a higher state development fund for next year to the tune of RM1.040 billion.

Very impressive but where have all the past billion-ringgit development funds for Sabah gone to, and will the huge budget and massive develoment funds announced by Musa yesterday go the way of past funds – disappearing into thin air instead of translated into projects on the ground to directly benefit the people?

In Tawau this morning, I visited Jalan Sin Onn, an important artery for Tawau but which is choked with traffic. The Barisan Nasional Government had promised to build Jalan Sin Onn into a four-lane dual carriageway, way back in the Seventh Malaysia Plan as part of its “Sabah Baru” manifesto to capture power in Sabah state.

It was in the Seventh Malaysia Plan as well as in the Eighth Malaysia Plan. It is now in the Ninth Malaysia Plan but will it again be shunted to the Tenth Malaysia Plan into a ‘never-never” future, without a single foot of construction?

Jalan Sin Onn has become a daily traffic nightmare in broad daylight in Tawau.

I will meet the Works Minister, Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed in Parliament to check on the status of the upgrading of Jalan Sin Onn in Tawau.

The Sabah Chief Minister should not talk about development in Sabah until he can resolve once and for all the basic infrastructure problems like regular and efficient power and water supply.

We just launched my new book “The Cries of Sabah”, which also highlighted the development nightmare of Sabahans to the extent that it is said that “If there is no power disruption in Sabah, then it’s not Sabah” and where SESB stands for “Sabah Everyday Sure Blackout”!

The power breakdown in Tawau in the last two days were so bad (I am told that the people of Tawau and Sabah have become quite numbed to such disruptions) that it had turned Tawau’s daily newspaper, Morning Post, into an evening paper, as it could only be printed and distributed at 4 pm!

All over the world, governments are preparing their countries to face the world’s worst economic crisis in 80 years. China has announced a US$586 billion economic stimulus package while South Korea unveiled a US$11 billion stimulus package.

In the United States, Congress is working with the Bush Administration to craft a US$700 billion bailout of troubled US banks.

Malaysia, however, is an oddity. Although the government has announced a measly RM7 billion economic stimulus package when winding up the debate on the 2009 Budget on November 4, this RM7 billion economic stimulus package is quite a mirage as it has not been formally presented to Parliament by way of an amendment to the 2009 Budget and is therefore not before Parliament for approval when every sen of government expenditure must be passed by the House.

This is why there is a complete air of unreality in the 2009 Budget debate, as there is a RM7 billion “black hole” so long as the economic stimulus package has not been incorporated into the 2009 Budget and placed on the agenda for parliamentary approval.

This RN7 billion “black hole” in the 2009 Budget is completely indefensible and unacceptable. The Prime Minister-designate Datuk Seri Najib Razak has got very lousy advisers who could land him in such a trouble as not complying with parliamentary procedures and practices in seeking a formal approval from Parliament for the RM7 billion package.

He should rectify this gross mistake without any delay or he would seen as acting in a very arrogant and supercilious manner in his relationship with Parliament – five months before he actually become Prime Minister!

(Speech 3 at the Tawau DAP Thousand-People “Towards A New Era” dinner at Lau Gek Poh Memorial Hall, Tawau on Saturday, 15th November 2008 at 9 pm)

Sebatik Farmers asked to shift to new jetty but facilities poor November 12, 2008

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DAP will take Sebatik farmers plight to assembly if no action from local council, that’s my promise. The Sebatik farmers had turned to DAP for help after the difficulties faced by them to land their products for Tawau market and loading of goods to be brought back to the island fell onto deaf ears.

I went there personally to see their problem after they called me and I agree with them that the LKIM (Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia) jetty which the Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) had asked them to use is not suitable, after inspecting the newly built jetty.

The stairs leading to the main platform is to steep and small. The gangway is also small for lorries and quite a distant from the road. On top of that there is no railings for safety measures. With such crowded activities, people could fall off the jetty.

Because of this I understand and see the reasons why the farmers and businessman resorted to use another area near the jetty to land and load their goods and products.

Everyone has to rush unloading their products such as bananas, oil palm fruits and other cash crops to be loaded onto waiting lorries and to be transported to the market before the tide subsides, as the boats will get stuck in the mud.   

I call on the TMC that had shifted them to Tanjung Batu to immediately monitor, note down the problems and address the situation before the coming State Legislative Assembly. If needed I will bring the matter up at the assembly and ask for allocation on behalf of the assemblyman here so that a temporary landing and loading area could be constructed while waiting for a better and permanent one to be constructed by TMC.

TMC should had prepared in advance prior to the shifting and must have a plan to have a permanent jetty for the Sebatik people and not simply shifting them from one place to another without considering their plights.

A temporary jetty is okay but it’s the council’s responsibility to have a suitable site for a permanent jetty which is agreeable to the Sebatik people.

I advised the Sebatik farmers and businessman to form a special committee to handle the issue and I will contact TMC for meeting.

The livelihood and economic activity of the Sebatik people has been disrupted and I hope everyone concern will help find solution. I was told that the building project of the police station and a school in Sebatik could also be disrupted as there are difficulties in transporting the materials such stones to be shipped to Sebatik.

Meanwhile, I suggest that they be shifted back to their former place at Sabindo temporary while waiting for a better permanent jetty.

Open Spaces Signature Campaign November 12, 2008

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PRESS RELEASE ON THE BANDAR SABINDO OPEN SPACES

12th November 2008

Due to numerous public requests regarding the latest development on the Bandar Sabindo Open Space public litigation, James Wong, the spokesman for the plaintiffs, and YB Jimmy Wong hereby hold this press conference.

1. Court met in chamber on 14/10 2:30pm in KK under purview of High Court Judge Md. Yew Jen Kie.

2. MPT and developers had cancelled the JV and development plan and developers requested the court to strike out the plaintiffs’ suit assuming that base on such cancellation, from now on the plaintiffs cannot interfere with the future changes regarding the commercial developments on the Sabindo Open Spaces on lot C and D (in front of Man Cheong) where the illegal structure stand. The structure on lot E (Beside Tai Yuan Super Marker) will be converted for public use. But plaintiffs’ lawyer Datuk Simon Shim pointed out that one of the plaintiffs’ prayers is the complete demolition of the present illegal buildings on the Open Spaces on lot D and E. Therefore this public interest litigation will continue although MPT and the developers had cancelled the JV and development plan.

3.The Attorney General representing the government conceded to the view of the developers (as above in item 2) and highlight that the so call ‘Open Spaces’ identified as lot C and D are not open spaces but state reserve, which means the government has made a mistake more than 30 years ago in designating the state reserve as ‘open space.’ Therefore the AG holds that the government can allow the commercial development on the land identified as lot D to continue and requested the court to lift the stop work injunction so that the commercial building can continue. The plaintiffs’ lawyer requested for an adjournment of two months to study the status of the land and government documents as the plaintiffs believe that this is a mere excused in support of the developers’ interest.

4. And the plaintiffs’ lawyer reminded the court that MPT had earlier consented judgement that the JV and development plans are illegal and undertake not to interfere with the order to stop work. Therefore the action of the AG is a contradiction of this procedure. Further, the plaintiffs’ lawyer reminded the court that the AG has shifted his stand in protecting the interest of the public to protecting the interest of the developers, and the plaintiffs would like to see how the AG would protect the interest of the public in this case because the plaintiffs represent the people of Tawau

5. Seeing the new turn of event of this public interest litigation, the plaintiffs with other associations and members of the public who desire to preserve the Sabindo Open Spaces, whether ‘state reserve’ lands (lot C & D) that has been known as ‘open spaces’, hereby seek a new mandate through a signature campaign to achieve the followings:

a. That the Sabah State Government will abide by her decision through the Chief Minister’s reply to the then YB Samson Chin of Sri Tanjung, N57, dated 7 December 2005, to preserve the Bandar Sabindo Open spaces identified as lot A, B, C, D and E for public interest and will not approve any commercial development on the lands now and in the future.

b. The complete demolition of the illegal structures erected on the lot D and E and restores the lands to their original state for public use.

c. That the Anti Corruption Agency (ACA) would commence immediate investigation into the Bandar Sabindo Open Spaces scandal and prosecute those who are found guilty in approving the lands for commercial development.

6. The plaintiffs and all those who share the same mission of the above to come forward to give support to this signature campaign so that the government will hear in no uncertain terms the public outcry of the people of Tawau.

7. The next hearing is fixed on the 5th January 2009 at the Tawau High Court.

8. For further development please log into jimmyspw.wordpress.com where there will be a signature campaign in the blog in support of the plaintiff effort to protect open spaces in Tawau.

9. To support send your name and Mykad/I.C number through ‘comment’ and I will update in my blog. Thank you for your support and concern on our open spaces.

Regards,

 

 

James Wong Chong Leong                                          Wong Sze Phin @ Jimmy

I.C 580416-71-5557                                                    I.C 500301-12-5845

 

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