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Homeless ex-policemen December 26, 2008

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pix1apix2aI visited some ex-policemen at Kampung Dusun near Hill Top today after I was informed that some of them had received notice from the Tawau Municipal Council to dismantle their house and move out by January 1, 2009 dateline.

How cruel, how inconsiderate could our authority be. These are ex-policemen who had served the country and they derserve better than an ultimatum to move out or forced out.

True, they had built their homes on the river reserve of Tawau river, but are they to be blamed after they could not acquire lands to build a house to call home. They are local bumiputra but do not have any lands and they could not afford to buy a house base on their penchants, and are not eligible for low-cost housing as they are not categorize as hardcore-poor.

There are 22 houses at Kampung Dusun and 11 had received such notice. I wonder why the native Dusun’s, why are they targeted when they are other illegally erected houses along the same river reserve which some belongs to foreigners or non-bumiputras. Shouldn’t by right these house should go first and the native Dusun’s houses be left untouched until a suitable place is identified so that they could be properly shifted.

I can’t imagine, where will they live, where will they find shelter, where will they find a roof over their head.

Another thing that struck me is whether there is a conspiracy going on to have them forced out. Is there a catch where someone will gain once they are out of their ‘kampung’.

I am ashamed that we could not take care of our natives and give them lands they rightfully deserved.

I am even more ashamed foreigners all over the state are left-off easy with their colonies still exist though the government had vowed for zero squatters. Worst, they are squatting fro free, receive free water and electricity.

This new year, these ex-cops will be homeless with no one to turn to for help except the government.

This is an important signal to the government. What sort of incentives do these ex-police get if their ending is like this.

The people are already facing hardship but where are the help promised to the people.

Which ever it is for the twenty-two families who built their house along the river reserve of Tawau river and naming their village Kampung Dusun, their only hope is the government to end their problem.

Among them who are waiting to receive such notice is retired corporal Molondoi bin Likob, 61 who is having sleepless night as he do not know where he will put up his family.

Molondoi said he had applied for housing under the poor a few times but was not eligible and had been chased out from a piece of land in Andrassy which he had applied for and a house built there burnt down.

He said he do not owned any lands where he can build a house and cannot afford to buy a house with his monthly pension of about RM1,000.

In the same dilemma with him are other ex-policemen who had also built their home at Kampung Dusun and they too had expressed disappointment that their sacrifices serving as policemen were not valued and now they are left hanging on a thread.

According to them, many of them were from other parts of Sabah but there is no point going back to their respective village as they do not have lands there.

All of them (ex-police) had their last posting in Tawau, and had called Tawau their new home and had tried to apply for land and build their home here, but sadly there are no lands available for these natives.

Feeling humiliated, they questioned why their Kampung Dusun had been targeted to be demolished by TMC while there are other kampungs also along the river reserve belonging mostly to non-natives and foreigners.

Molondoi said they will dismantle their house, but on condition that all the others along the river reserve also ordered to do the same or else the Kampung Dusun residents will defend their homes.

Molondoi who was clearly disappointment on how they are being treated took-off his false leg when posing for a photo with me and said this false-leg is what he got from the government.

They are locals and we should not forget their sacrifices, if they don’t have lands and need lands, then the government could devise a special scheme for local and ex-policemen in gratitude for their service to the country.

If TMC wants to dismantle the houses along river reserve then it should be fair and starts with those belonging to non-locals and that there should not be any double-standards and selective.

 

Kemana Akan Mereka Pergi?

 

Bagaikan layang-layang putus tali, tiada arah, walaupun ada dirikan rumah tetapi tanah bukan ada geran jadi bererti sama juga seperti belum ada rumah yang betul-betul boleh di panggil rumah.

 

Semas lawatan saya ke Kampung Dusun, seorang pesara polis, Molondoi Likob, 61 – penduduk di kawasan tanah simpanan sungai di perkampungan Dusun di sini – melahirkan rasa bimbangnya jika pihak berkuasa memutuskan untuk merobohkan kediamannya suatu hari kelak, tanpa menyediakan kediaman baru untuk dia dan keluarga.

Kebimbangannya itu katanya timbul berikutan 11 buah rumah jirannya di perkampungan setinggan terbabit telahpun diberikan notis perobohan, yang perlu dilaksanakan sebelum 1 Januari 2009.

Untuk rekod, terdapat 22 buah rumah setinggan di perkampungan terbabit.

“Walaupun rumah saya belum menerima notis lagi, tapi kami sekeluarga amat bimbang kerana kalau rumah kami pun menerima notis dan ingin dirobohkan kelak, kami tidak tahu lagi ke manakah harus kami tinggal,” katanya kepada saya..

Dalam pertemuan itu, Molondoi juga memberitahu bahawa beliau sebenarnya pernah memohon sebanyak tiga kali untuk mendapatkan bantuan perumahan, namun kesemua permohonannya ditolak kerana wang pencen yang diterimanya setiap bulan agak tinggi.

Bagaimanapun katanya, wang pencennya itu hanya cukup untuk menyara dirinya dan keluarga, apatah lagi apabila kaki kanannya adalah kaki palsu.

Beliau menyatakan bahawa jika kerajaan benar-benar ingin merobohkan rumah-rumah setinggan sekalipun, penempatan atau kediaman baru haruslah disediakan terlebih dahulu untuk para penduduk tempatan yang terlibat.

Saya berasa simpati di atas apa yang dialami dan dirasai oleh Molondoi serta keluarganya dan mengapakah ini boleh terjadi kepada seorang bumiputra di tanah nenek moyangnya. Manakah pergi hak orang asli di bumi Sabah ini untuk mempunyai tanah sendiri?

 

Saya minta pihak berkuasa kalau pun mahu merobohkan rumah setinggan, robohkan dulu setinggan-setinggan yang didiami oleh pendatang asing. Untuk setinggan tempatan, sediakan dulu rumah untuk mereka dan bukannya terus dirobohkan begitu sahaja.

Saya mencadangkan kepada pihak kerajaan supaya dapat menyediakan kawasan penempatan khas untuk pihak polis dan tentera, bagi memudahkan mereka mendirikan kediaman dan tinggal bersama keluarga semasa selepas bersara.

Semasa mereka masih berkhidmat, mereka dihargai dan dipuji. Tetapi bila mereka bersara, mereka terbiar dan diabaikan. Janganlah biarkan perkara ini terus berlaku. Janganlah kerajaan sampai kerajaan di sifatkan bagai kacang lupakan kulit.

 

Saya juga berharap para Ahli Parlimen and Adun kawasan ini dapat bantu mereka dengan apa cara pun. Yang penting mereka dapat dirikan rumah yang sah di tapak yang sah. Saya tidak menyalahkan sesiapa dalam perkara ini, kerana mungkin terlepas pandang ataupun maklumat belum sampai, tetapi yang penting marilah kita sama-sama mencari jalan dan idea untuk membantu bekas kakitangan kerajaan ini.

 

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I’m not being mischievous, misguided December 19, 2008

Posted by wong jimmy in Oil Palm.
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I am not being mischievous and misguided over the oil palm issue affecting smallholders, it is State Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary Datuk Yusoff Kassim who was misguided and do not understand what is going on.

 

Yusoff said the Government had highlighted in the recent State Assembly Budget 2009 sitting that the 7.5% Sabah Sales Tax was imposed on Crude Palm Oil (CPO) only and this means the sale of Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) was not affected.

 

If he felft he is correct then ask the planters who produce FFB and they will tell you Yusoff is totally wrong. The sale tax does affects planters income because its deducted in their sale receipt.

 

If really the state CPO sales tax is being paid by millers or CPO producers, today I can guarantee all the millers would have stop operating or close shop.     

 

The special committee formed by the state government should immediately check or call the millers and ask them if what I said is true and if the committee cannot do this then the committee is for what.

 

The State government should ask CPO producers (millers) to make a stand and my challenge to the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman to prove me wrong is still on.

 

In Fact, by stating that I am mischievous, then Yusoff also mean the planters are also being mischievous as they had handed a memo to the State government regarding the CPO sales tax.

 

I would also like to inform the State government that Sarawak had already waived their CPO sales tax to help their oil palm industry to overcome the economic crisis. Here is Sabah the government says it is doing everything to help the oil palm sectors but at the same time reluctant to review the Sabah sale tax on CPO. This 7.5% Sabah sale tax will be the killing point on the planters and millers.

 

 

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Open Letter to Sabah Chief Minister December 12, 2008

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Sabah 7.5% Sales Tax – I will step down if CM can prove I am wrong

As I have said I will step down as Sri Tanjung Assemblyman if your honourable Chief Minister Datuk Sri Musa Aman can prove that the smallholders are not being taxed the Sabah 7.5% Sales Tax.

 

I had already highlighted the ‘error’ many times including at the State Legislative Assembly and even shown proves to the Chief Minister, Ministers and Assemblymen during the recent assembly.

 

It is the state government duty to correct what is wrong, I have come out with proves and many had also highlighted the matter in the news, but nothing is being done.

 

Therefore I put up this challenge and I will step down if CM can prove that I am wrong, and I hope CM too will do the same if he is wrong.

 

This is very important as it means the survival of the small and medium size planters and the whole oil palm industry. Even big companies in West Malaysia have already made statements that they are heading towards troubled waters. Planters in Sabah are even worst off with high fertilizer cost and the most taxes and the State Government cannot keep ignoring this and should act now before it is too late.

 

With the 7.5% Sabah sales tax still being erronously charged on planters and the government is not admitting the mistake I see another black history in the making of the agriculture industry. The first was cocoa where planters were left on their own by the government and one-by-one died and the cocoa industry was history for Sabah. I do not want to see the same thing happen to the oil palm industry and I will do my part to help.

On the price issue, I call the State Government to act immediately to help the oil palm sectors in the state that are now feeling the pressure and hard pressed due to the falling price of the commodity.

 

Without any concrete action from the government the situation will worsen and Sabah as the largest oil palm producers will become history.

 

I had many times urged the state government to review the 7.5% Sabah Sales tax imposed on the industry and had shown prove that the tax  has been passed to the smallholders no matter how small their plantation are.

 

If the situation is allowed to go on, it not only burden the planters especially smallholders but also make the state unattractive to investors.

 

I hope this issue will receive the government attention and drastic action as I had showed prove to the Chief Minister at the recent State Legislative Assembly that the planters including small and medium size oil palm planters are the one paying the 7.5% Sales Tax, though in the first assembly CM had told me that the government never taxed the small holders and only the big companies and I had proven to him that he got the wrong information.

 

With the Sabah Sales Tax matter coming to light and more people understanding the real situation, I hoped the state government would direct millers not to impose the 7.5% sales tax to planters and the tax be reviewed due to the drastic fall of the CPO (Crude Palm Oil) price.

 

Apart from that, the government should come out with a statement and explanation on what steps is being done, already done and will be done in connection with the fallen price of oil palm to help the industry.

 

The people in the oil palm sector and me would like to know whether the special committee to tackle the issue had been set up. If already set up, what had been done to address the situation?

 

I voice out on behalf of the oil palm industry and it should not be taken lightly as the price had gone down by about 70 percent compared to three months ago and cause loses not only to small holders but also big companies, millers, producers and fertilizer companies.

 

In fact, I am surprised to hear that a big listed company had to cut 20 percent of its employee’s salary following losses caused by the fallen price of oil palm. That was a few days ago, now many companies are either cutting cost by slashing employee’s salary or retrenchment. If no action is taken, I am sure the government plan to develop the Palm Oil Industry Cluster (POIC) will not bear fruit.

 

Massive Unemployment

The global economic crisis is real, every seconds count and immediate action must be taken to address and counter the drastic fall in CPO prices. Massive unemployment will happen in Sabah if the State government failed to listen and act positively and immediately.

 

In Singapore and other develop countries retrenchment in other sectors of their industry has already started as condition gets tough. This is because there is no remedy in the sector they are in.

 

Our oil palm industry could be helped, however without aid, our oil palm industry too will head the same direction, starting from cutting cost, slashing salaries then retrenchment, resulting in many unemployment.

 

This could be remedied, but steps must be taken such as:-

-reviewing policies

-reviewing CPO taxes and cess (Federal and State government)

-reduction of fertilizer high price 

-review the plantation workers’ levy

-review of the RM40 per tonne discount on CPO price for east Malaysia

 

The state government has the voice and platform and should request for a review on the CPO taxes and cess such as discount on MPOB oil cess and subsidy for fertilizers.

 

To set a good leadership example the state government should take the lead by reviewing its 7.5% Sabah sales tax which is the highest in the country.

 

We cannot afford to wait and see for the impact to happen, our oil palm industry could be help, don’t wait until there are massive retrenchment of workers, acting at that time would be too late as the damage had been done and the government will have to fork out more to help those affected by the economic crisis.

 

Without the help from the Sabah State Government the oil palm industry that has been paying numerous taxes and cess to Federal and state government will collapse and I for one do not want to see them die-standing without being heard and getting help from Federal and State government so that they could survive the global economic crisis.

Yours sincerely

Jimmy Wong 

 

 

Cukai 7.5% – Saya cabar KM buktikan Pekebun Kecil Tidak Di Cukai December 6, 2008

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Saya mencabar Ketua Menteri Datuk Seri Musa Aman untuk membuktikan yang pengusaha kecil sawit tidak dikenakan cukai jualan dan jika perkara itu terbukti saya sedia meletakkan jawatannya sebagai Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri. Tetapi, jikakalau Datuk Musa tidak dapat buktikan seperti apa yang saya katakan sebelum ini, saya harap dia juga akan letak jawatani.

Saya telah banyak kaili cuba menerangkan dan sampaikan bukti yang pekebun-pekebun kecil kelapa sawit dikenakan cukai Sabah Sales Tax 7.5%, tetapi Kerajaan Negeri tidak ada mengambil apa-apa tindakan langsung malah mengatakan saya yang salah dan cakap kosong. Sekurang-kurangnya siasat dulu dan kaji dawaan saya sama betul atau tidak. Saya kesal dengan sikap kerajaan yang tidak ambil serius masalah pekebun-pekebun kecil kelapa sawit yang terpaksa membayar cukai yang pihak kilang-kilang yang sepatutnya bayar.
Berapa lamakah perkara ini harus berterusan sebelum kerajaan negeri sedar tetang kesilapan ini. Kerajaan harus berani bertangungjawab jika benar kesilapan telah berlaku.
Pada masa yang sama Kerajaan Negeri harus juga bertindak segera membantu para pengusaha ladang-ladang sawit di negeri ini, yang kini terus tertekan ekoran berhadapan dengan masalah kejatuhan harga buah yang mendadak.
Tanpa tindakan dari pihak kerajaan, situasi itu tentunya akan menjadi bertambah buruk dan dikhuatiri, kegemilangan negeri ini sebagai antara pengeluar sawit utama negara akan tinggal menjadi sejarah.
Seperti kenyataannya sebelum ini di dalam akbar dan di Dewan Undangan Negeri, saya ingin mendesak kerajaan supaya mengkaji semula kadar cukai sebanyak 7.5 peratus yang dikenakan kerana ia bukan sahaja melibatkan pengilang, malah para pekebun kecil.
Jika perkara itu diteruskan katanya, ia bukan sahaja akan lebih membebankan mereka yang terlibat di dalam industri penanaman kelapa sawit, malah para pelabur luar juga tentunya tidak berminat untuk melabur di negeri ini.
Saya berharap perkara ini mendapat perhatian dan tindakan drastik kerana saya telahpun menunjukkan bukti kepada Ketua Menteri pada persidangan Dun lalu yang pengusaha kecil sawit juga sebenarnya terpaksa menanggung kadar cukai tersebut.
Pekebun-pekebun kecil dan saya berharap agar kerajaan segera mengarahkan pihak pengilang supaya tidak mengenakan kadar cukai tersebut ke atas para pekebun kecil.
Saya juga meminta Kerajaan Negeri supaya memperjelaskan langkah-langkah yang telah, sedang ataupun akan diambil berhubung isu kejatuhan harga sawit.
Saya juga ingin tahu apakah jawatankuasa khas mengenai isu sawit jatuh harga ini telah ditubuhkan seperti yang dinyatakan sebelum ini? Jika sudah ditubuhkan, apakah yang telah dilakukannya berhubung kejatuhan harga sawit ini?
Apa yang disuarakannya itu haruslah diambil perhatian kerana kejatuhan harga sawit yang kini mencecah kira-kira 70 peratus berbanding tiga bulan lalu, bukan hanya merugikan para pekebun kecil, tetapi juga syarikat-syarikat besar, pengilang dan pengeluar serta pembekal baja.
Malah apa yang mengejutkan saya apabila mendapat tahu bahawa sebuah syarikat besar yang tersenarai di dalam Bursa Saham, turut terpaksa bertindak memotong 20 peratus gaji pekerjanya ekoran kerugian akibat dari kejatuhan harga buah berkenaan.
Jika tiada tindakan bagi mengatasi masalah ini diambil, saya yakin perancangan kerajaan seperti untuk membangunkan Program Palm Oil Industry Cluster (POIC) tidak akan berhasil. Justeru, lakukan sesuatu bagi membantu mereka yang terlibat di dalam industri ini.

Sabah 7.5% Sales Tax – I will step down if CM can prove me wrong December 4, 2008

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I will step down as assemblyman if Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman can prove that the smallholders are not being taxed the Sabah 7.5% Sales Tax.

I had already highlighted the error many times including at the State Legislative Assembly and even shown proves to the Chief Minister during the recent assembly.

It is the state government duty to correct what is wrong, I have come out with proves and many had also highlighted the matter in the news, but nothing is being done.

I will step down if CM can prove that I am wrong, and I hope CM too will do the same if he is wrong.

On the price issue I call the State Government to act immediately to help the oil palm sectors in the state that are now feeling the pressure and hard pressed due to the falling price of the commodity.

Without any concrete action from the government the situation will worsen and Sabah as the largest oil palm producers will become history.

I had many times urged the state government to review the 7.5% Sabah Sales tax imposed on the industry and had shown prove that the tax  has been passed to the smallholders no matter how small their plantation are.

If the situation is allowed to go on, it not only burden the planters especially smallholders but also make the state unattractive to investors.

I hope this issue will receive the government attention and drastic action as I had showed prove to the Chief Minister at the recent State Legislative Assembly that the smallholder are the one paying the 7.5% Sales Tax, though in the first assembly CM had told me that the government never taxed the small holders and only the big companies and I had proved to him that he got the wrong information.

With the Sabah Sales Tax matter coming to light and more people understanding the real situation, I hoped the state government would direct miller not to impose the 7.5% sales tax to planters.

Apart from that, the government should come out with a statement and explanation on what steps is being done, already done and will be done in connection with the fallen price of oil palm.

The people in the oil palm sector and me would like to know whether the special committee to tackle the issue had been set up? If already set up, what had been done to address the situation?

What I had voiced out on behalf of the oil palm industry should not be taken lightly as the price had gone down by about 70 percent compared to three months ago and cause loses not only to small holders but also big companies, millers, producers and fertilizer companies.

In fact, I am surprised to hear that a big listed company had to cut 20 percent of its employees salary following losses caused by the fallen price of oil palm. If not action is taken, I am sure the government plan to develop the Palm Oil Industry Cluster (POIC) will not bear fruit and POIC will be a ‘white elephant’.