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Speech – State Legislative sitting Aug 22-23, 2011 August 23, 2011

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YB Datuk Speaker,

 

First of all I wish all my Muslim counterparts “Selamat Berpuasa”.

I am extremely shocked to learn that the State government under UMNO and BN is requesting a supplementary budget of approximately 1.4 billion OR 1,394,566,040.00 billion to be exact. This is about 47% of the 2011 budget. I think this is a record for a supplementary budget.

Tuan Speaker

There is only way to describe this supplementary budget – poor and bad planning on the 2011 budget and mismanagement at the highest order and of which one of the root causes is rampant corruption.

Tuan Speaker

I would like to know how the government is going to finance this supplementary budget. We all know that the government has come out with a bond and another by Sabah Development Bank. Together they are worth RM1 billion and it must be repaid within five years. But I would like to remind the government that the bonds are not revenue but liability.

The question now is how much does the government really have in its coffer? Is it correct that we have only RM3 billion in the consolidated fund? How many contractors are still waiting for their payments? Is the money coming from the 7.5% oil palm surtax and 15% tax on 4-digit outlets?

Tuan Speaker

Something caught my attention in the supplementary budget. The equity investment in Innoprise Corporation Sdn Bhd ICSB of 114,550,080 million is now raised to 675 million in the supplementary budget, an increase of 589%. The money is to add to the equity investment in ICSB. It says the government is using the dividend received from ICSB to prop up the equity investment in ICSB.

I am surprise and want to know how the government comes into the picture. As far as I know ICSB is a subsidiary of Yayasan Sabah. The dividend from ICSB should be channeled to Yayasan Sabah. It is the Yayasan Sabah’s Board of Directors decision to inject the money back to ICSB and not the government.

How then ICBS contributes to the development of the State?

It is beyond doubt that this government is making Corporate history by returning dividend earned through ICSB back to ICSB, and by a government for that matter which does not have any business in ICSB

Tuan Speaker,

My other concern is under S26 the contribution to Group Development Fund (Kumpulan Wang Pembangunan) which accounted for RM300 million. In the 2011 budget, it was provided for RM400 million.

Under the same code S26, the government had placed RM100 million in the Public Trust Fund (Kumpulan Wang Amanah Berkanun) in the 2011 budget and has now requested another RM120 million in the supplementary budget. Funds for maintaining roads and bridges should be under the Public Works Department.

There is a lot of money involved for the two “expenses” above and therefore important for the government to explain fully or in detail about this “investment”.

Tuan Speaker,

The supplementary budget involving S26 (Trust Fund) and S27 (Equity investment) take up 78.5% of the said budget. They are shroud with mystery. I hope the government will bear with me on my ignorance on these “expenditures” and provide me with a more simple explanation concerning them. I am sure the public will also benefit from the explanation.

Social Welfare Assistance

There was headline news concerning the Social Welfare Services Department. I am extremely distressed by the revelation of abuse by government officers in the Social Welfare and Community Development Department. The hundreds of elderly folks who had their welfare assistance suspended, discontinued or rejected by these officers must be viewed seriously. I have already stated my concerned of this nature in the press sometimes ago but unfortunately no concrete action was taken by the Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun.

I am surprised that the Welfare Services Department did not request any supplementary budget.

To be fair to the officers of the department I once again urge the government to make a Police report and also the MACC so that the complaints are not hearsay. The officers have been accused of abuse publicly and if the complaints are not investigated thoroughly then it is unfair to the officers concerned.

 

 

Eradication of Poverty

Poverty eradication is an obligation of a good and caring government. I am shocked to learn that the number of poor people in Sabah is getting higher, and more are surfacing with the introduction of eKasih program. In the 9th Malaysia Plan we were informed that Sabah has the highest poverty of 23% and also the highest in terms of abject poverty. The World Bank report in 2010 stated that Sabah is the poorest state in Malaysia with 40% poverty rate among the Rungus community.

I have to ask the Chief Minister if his declaration of Tawau as free from poverty still holds water. Poverty is putting Sabah in the news when the Prime Minister’s wife was shocked to learn of a Rungus single mother of three children living in a shack in Matunggung. At one point a Croatian Ambassador came over to Kota Marudu to help build a home for another family. Even with these public revelations, the government does not feel ashamed but continue to brag about the billions of ringgit it is getting from the Federal government.

While the people suffer in silence the government now plans to build a RM388 million administrative centre. The government is also acquiring a prime seaside land in Putatan for their administrative centre to the extent of sidelining the need for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The government is more interested in embarking on huge expensive projects such as the RM450 million Tambatuon and RM2.8 billion Kaiduan dams which are opposed by the people and of no necessity in the near future.

It looks like the poverty eradication program is only a lip service. 11-year old Dusun boy by the name of Donny hanged himself because he was ashamed to be poor. Since his death the government has not been serious in addressing the problem of poverty. The e-Kasih becomes pilih-kasih as only their supporters are given priority. And who cares about Donny?

I would like to appeal to the government to keep aside pride by asking for the review of the Petronas Act 1974. The Sabah government should fight for at least 20% of the oil royalty or even for the return of the Oil and Gas to Sabah so that this country can develop and put poverty behind us. It is unacceptable for a government to see its people suffer while natural resources are aplenty. Why do our people of Sabah suffer so that West Malaysia can modernize and fully developed? This to me is illogical.

I urge the government to emulate the DAP-led Pakatan Rakyat government which has effectively eradicate poverty including abject poverty from the island State in less than three years after assuming power. I strongly recommend that the Sabah government learn the rope from the Penang government.

Infrastructure Development

Without saying infrastructure development is important for a country to move forward. With infrastructure we can undertake rural and urban development. The four basic infrastructures which every government should be concern about are roads, electricity, water and drainage. I feel ashamed to continuously remind the Dewan and also the BN YBs and Ministers concerning the poor state of our basic infrastructure. Our roads are not just bad they are terribly bad and dangerous. I hope the YBs are not spending time rushing to hospitals to see some supporters, family members, friends and relatives involved in road accidents. Worse still, I hope YBs do not spent lots of time attending funerals caused by road accidents.

The urban roads although small appear good but the government keeps on resealing them. The village roads are small, some gravel and mud, damaged by landslips or riddled with potholes but they do not receive attention from the government. Some villages are not connected by road network. Even if the villagers have so much produce from their land they have no means of transporting them to the market. Without a good road network agricultural products cannot move, people remain subsistence and no development will arrive at their doorsteps.

Our highways are in horrible condition. There are depressions here and there, making traveling like in a boat. There are so many damaged parts of the roads and are not looked into or repaired quickly until someone close to a BN YB is dead or injured. The Sapulut-Kalabakan highway which cost about RM550 million is never sealed and now looks like a jungle timber road. Repairing and sealing the 151 km highway will now cost the tax-payer another RM300 millions. This highway alone will cost the tax payer RM850 million. Where is the government integrity on all these substandard works?   I ask if UMNO and BN are really governing the State.

The power supply issue is even more dramatic. When the coal-powered plant was shot down by the people, the government has to pay RM70 million to the contractor for preliminary works. To me this is daylight robbery of the highest order. Even a layman knows that a gas-powered plant will be more logical and viable since we are burning our gas freely out in the South China Sea. Then because of the peoples’ want for cleaner energy, an oil and gas plant is established in Kimanis. But then, the gas will be siphoned to Bintulu for processing and then send back to Sabah for the gas-powered plant. This is just ridiculous of the highest order. It is only natural the government faces a hostile public concerning their proposal.

Now after Kimanis the government wants to build a gas-powered plant in Lahad Datu. Why Lahad Datu and not Kota Belud where the oil platforms are located nearby. Only the government knows the reason why it wants the gas-powered plant to be sited in Lahad Datu and that decision is again another gullible one of the highest order.

Even with such primitive power supply in Sabah the government has decided to increase the tariff by 15%. We are facing inflation and prices of commodities are skyrocketing. People are getting poorer because wages and salaries are stagnant. We are gas and oil producer yet we are paying more for them. There seems to be no logic at all. And now the government feels excited to withdraw the subsidies that the lower income groups are depending on to survive. What the government is doing is incredibly confusing. When it is confused the people are suffering.

I urge the government to seek a review on the Petronas Act 1974 and to demand at least 20% oil royalty or the return of the resource to our care.

Sabah is blessed with plenty of rain. The rural folks are happy and will be more than happy if the government provides them water tanks. Yes, the government gives them water tanks but only during election. On top of that the BN blue colored toilet will be making its round soon. What the government should be doing is not only to provide rural folks with water tanks but also good quality roofing and gutters.

Sabah is also blessed with the mighty Crooker Range. Here, water flows to every parts of Sabah and the government should protect this catchment without compromise. The government must take advantage of these rivers from the Crooker Range to source and treat the water before supplying to the people especially the urban and semi-urban community. But with a good delivery system every houses will and should be enjoying clean treated water. Somehow, the government has failed in this aspect.

CPO

I read with interest that Sabah earned RM13.56 billion from the sales of 5.136 million tons of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) in 2010 (Daily Express 31/7/11). But what I am also interested to know is what happen to the 7.5% surtax on per metric ton of CPO, RM40/metric ton of CPO transportation to refineries and the windfall tax when price of CPO is above RM3000/metric ton?

I am unhappy and the players in the oil palm sector are also not happy that they are charged RM40/mt of CPO for the transportation fee to refineries in West Malaysia when the CPO is now send to refineries in Sabah soil.

Looking at the massive amount of money collected from the oil palm industry the government should use it to improve the road where oil palm plantation vehicles especially heavy laden lorries are using them. The government should also use the money to recruit more local people give them better wages and good living condition. A minimum wage of RM1500 per month will entice them to stay in Sabah.

I am also urging the government to implement the objective of FELDA, FELCRA and RISDA where after developing the land the agencies must hand them over to the poor and landless Sabahans. Let me emphasize that the Sabahans to be given these developed lands are the genuine Sabahans and not the new bumiputra. I would like to recommend to the government to give away 8 acres per person/family of the federal agencies land and we will see the abrupt disappearance of poverty in Sabah.

Amnesty

I read in the news that in 2008 a total of 312,837 foreigners were registered followed by another 161,747 in 2009.  In this 2011 amnesty program, about 157,966 foreigners were registered. What the government is confirming is the presence of more than half a million illegal immigrants in Sabah, and now they are duly registered and legalized.

I am including this subject in my speech today to remind the government that while foreign labour is required to drive our plantation and construction industries we must realize that they do not pay tax and also, they continue to remit money back to their home country. The presence of millions of foreigner has a drastic impact on our social, environmental, health and educational services. Even our culture is now diluted by them.

Article 153

I am reminding the government of Article 153 of the Federal Constitution whereby the Malays and Natives of Sabah and Sarawak are given special quota for matters pertaining to job opportunity, business contracts and other licenses that will help uplift their standard of living. The bumiputras have been taken care of by the government which is commendable. However I must remind the government that the non-Muslim natives should also benefit from Article 153 which is not the case at the moment. I learned that many non-Muslim native contractors have to fly to Kuala Lumpur to beg for projects from the Ministers which should not be the case. I would like to urge the government to be fair when applying Article 153.

Cement, cooking oil and timber downstream processing

Lately Sabah is facing shortage of cement and it is affecting the construction industry badly. The transporters are also affected because they have to wait for days before the only cement factory at Sepanggar can load available cement onto their lorries. I strongly urge the government to be liberal and open the business to other private companies. Competition will improve the supply of cement in Sabah.

Our country is reported to earn RM13.56 billion from oil palm from 5.136 million tons of crude palm oil (CPO) in 2010. Sabah is the largest producer of CPO and yet, today we are facing shortage of cooking oil in the market. A Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism even said that there is enough oil that we can bath with it. How silly this BN Minister?

I urge the government to quickly investigate how can there be shortage of cooking oil in Sabah when we are the largest producer of CPO? I urge the government to investigate if the subsidize commodities are smuggled to our neighbouring countries which has in one way or another caused the shortage.

I am also asking the government why it is not supporting the timber industry association by providing them with logs for downstream processing. Round logs are shipped directly to other countries without giving any consideration for downstream processing. I would like the government to reveal to the public the business transaction involving logs from Yayasan Sabah concession area. We want to know the volume, species of timber and the price we are getting from this log export.

Tuan Speaker,

RM388 million Administrative Centre

 

The proposed RM388-million administrative Centre has attracted a lot of interest. I am informed that there are ample offices spaces in Kota Kinabalu. There are free spaces in Wisma Innoprise, Wisma MUIS and even Wisma Tun Fuad Stephens. Many of these buildings are looking neglected. When the new Administrative Centre is completed there will be more empty spaces because many government agencies will move to the new centre.

When the new administrative centre is completed it will overshadow or block Menara Tun Mustapha. Everyone can see that Menara Tun Mustapha is now looking neglected. I think the government decision to have an administrative centre that is overshadowing Menara Tun Mustapha is an insult to our Father of Independence.

I think this is not a responsible decision.

I ask the Chief Minister if it is for his own glory that he wants to erect the administrative building or centre. It does not make sense when we have so many open available office spaces and also, it is not respecting the late Tun Datu Mustapha bin Datu Harun.

Conclusion

Tuan Speaker,

To me Sabah is heading to be a failed State.

The huge amount involved in this supplementary budget gives us an idea of how the government is been managed. There is incompetency is preparing the 2011 budget.

The World Bank has stated that Sabah is the poorest state in Malaysia despite the abundance of natural resources – oil and gas, oil palms, rubber and timber.

Our basic infrastructure is still in the 4th world country. The government is embarking on expensive projects that are of no necessity now such as the dams and administrative centre

The creams of our society are or have left the country in search of better life or greener pastures. The brain-drain has attributed to the slow economic growth of the country. The government has failed to create jobs. The unskilled generation cannot find any job in Sabah so they flock over to West Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei and face a bleak future.

The government went to enlarge its oil palm plantation and constructions sectors that depended on foreign workers. These workers many of them illegal are now systematically legalized, given citizenship and become voters. We are talking about 1.5 millions of them and have now overwhelmed the native population of Sabah. Indeed they are the fixed deposit of UMNO and also benefiting the other BN component parties. Despite being made new bumiputra they continue to remit money to their homeland while contributing nothing to the department of Inland Revenue. This is a political gain at the expense of the future of genuine Sabahans. The future of our children has been hijacked.

Sabah is not safe and the numerous reported serious crimes perpetuated by these new bumiputra against the local populace are driving away foreign investors. The local businessmen are also looking at China and other country to put their investment.

The civil service is been dominated by just a single race. The non-Muslims are been sidelined and marginalized. This has just happened in the case of the general manager of KKIP where a Kadazan (Melvin Disimon) who is number two was by-passed by a junior Malay officer. There are allegations of abuse in the Welfare department and Land and Survey department just to name a few.

To me it is all about management of the country wealth. The UMNO-led BN government has failed to manage this state. It is time to allow Pakatan Rakyat to manage the land below the wind. We have proven in Penang and Selangor that we can govern well, fair and transparent. There, prosperity is growing while poverty is becoming a thing of the past, a BN past and legacy.

Tuan Speaker, Saya mohon membantah permintaan Kerajaan melalui Bajet Tambahan 2011 terutama sekali perbelanjaan S26 and S27.

In conclusion I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone “Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri” in advance.

Thank you.

YB Jimmy Wong Szn Phin

ADUN N57 Sri Tanjung

Motion on RM388 mil administration center rejected August 23, 2011

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KOTA KINABALU: Motion to table the RM388 million state administration center was rejected and Sabah Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Jimmy Wong said the reason is simple everything is under Barisan Nasional (BN) thumb.

“Reason simple, under BN even judicial, MACC, police, speakers are all stooges of BN,” he said disappointed when receiving an official letter dated August 17 from the state speaker informing of the rejection to allow the motion to be tabled in the State Legislative Assembly sitting on August 22-23.Jimmy said the rejection was unacceptable to him as it is upmost urgent to be debated so that there are no abuses to the building of the center.

He said under the history of Malaysia and under the BN rule none of the emergency motion brought up by the opposition had ever been allowed though enormously affecting the people.

“I had high hopes that this motion would escape from being rejected,” he said disappointed.

He said he bagged his hope on the new speaker being young and dynamic speaker and  wil

l break the rejection ‘taboo’.

“The speaker let the people down, he said the motion could not be allowed to be tabled and did not give any reasons,” he said.

Jimmy however said his reasons is based on the people voices and to prove his point the 628 people who clicked ‘like’ in the Facebook to show they rejected the building pla

n and an overwhelming more than 90 per cent comments in Freemalaysiatoday.com also rejecting the idea to build the administrative center.

He questioned why the government is scared to debate the matter as it is in the interest of the people.

“I don’t see it as wasting time. It is a big sum of money and the people has a right to know more whether the center is viable and benefiting to the majority of the Sabah people. The motion would  allow a healthy debate for each sides to submit their views and arguments for the interest of the people. Are all the more than 50 BN Ybs scared of only one me, come on, the people and me are very disappointed,” he said.

Photo – Jimmy (middle)showing the letter rejecting the motion with DAP Sabah publicity secretary Chan Foong Hin (right) and DAP Tawau youth chief Martin Wong.

‘State reps don’t need extra medical aid’ August 23, 2011

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by Free Malaysia Today

TAWAU: Sabah DAP chairman Jimmy Wong is seeing red over the addition provision (fourth term) of RM1,660,000 for state assembly representatives’ medical costs to be tabled in the Sabah State

Legislative Assembly tomorrow.

Describing it as outrageous, he said he spent less than RM1,000 on medical fees plus nutrients per month.

“If approved, which I am sure will be, it means YBs will get to spend RM2,660,000 per year (RM1 million already approved) or RM3,694 per YB per month,” he said.

Wong said he is against the additional provision being applied and hopes the other state representatives are with him.

The additional cost, he said, is laughable as it tends to point out that state representatives are seriously ill and need huge medical fees at the expense of the tax-payers money.

According to the soon to be tabled provision, the additional amount is needed to coordinate the payment of medical costs for assemblymen since last year.

Wong however said the additional amount was unnecessary and suggested assembly representatives “do more exercise and eat healthy food to keep-fit”.

“I do Hash (runs) whenever I have time, at least once a week, and I watch what I eat and I suggest every YB does so and help reduce medical fees,” he said.

The special provision for additional RM1.6 million medical expenses for the 60 state representatives also flies in the face of the already much-criticised standard of medical facilities available in the state.

“YBs should be an example to the people and keep tab on their health by doing more exercise rather than relying on medical help or solutions.

“As leaders, we should lead by example and I would rather have this additional RM1,660,000 be given for the BOT (Bantuan Orang Tua). They will need it more for their medical expenses.

“The addition sum being sought for medical and other services does not strike the right tune and YBs must show that they are as-fit-as-a-fiddle to become leaders to the people and not sick leaders who rely on free-medication.”

Wong said he would like to see which assembly representatives had spent the highest amount on medical fees over the past two years before a decision was made.

“It will be seen as helping YBs to ease their burden of expense with regards to the rising cost of living.

“If approved, I will waive the additional sum of RM1,300 which I am entitled to per month and I would like to advise other YBs not to abuse the additional sum for Viagra,” he said.

Sabah facing shortage of cooking oil August 23, 2011

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by Free Malaysia Today

TAWAU: Smuggling activities in this strategic town on the border of Indonesia, a mere 20 minutes boat ride away, hardly raises an eyebrow anymore. But when essential items become hard to find, especially during a festive period, expect some fireworks.

Boat traffic from this town to the Indonesian half of Pulau Sebatik has increased dramatically during this fasting month of Ramadan in the run-up to the Hari Raya celebrations at the end of this month and with it, the outflow of subsidized goods.

The situation has become such that consumers here are grumbling that low-priced food items like cooking oil, rice and sugar are becoming increasingly difficult to find in shops.

Tawau member of parliament Chua Soon Bui and Sri Tanjung assemblyman Jimmy Wong both said they were made aware of a shortage of the subsidized rice and a critical shortage of cooking oil in the state.

The shortage not only affects Tawau but reached as far as the west coast of the state as well as to Semporna, Kunak and Lahad Datu.

Chua said she had visited several stalls and sundry shops here and was told that the supply from the wholesaler had been reduced significantly.

The Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry says that Sabah gets 6,000 metric tons of subsidized cooking oil per month which is more than sufficient for the local market.

However, a good portion of it is obviously disappearing.

Surge in population

Chua, who is also the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) vice-president, said she was informed that 39 outlets had been licensed to distribute the commodity and there should not be any shortage.

It would indeed be ironic if Sabah which produces 35% of the country’s CPO (Crude Palm Oil) is facing a shortage.

Apart from smuggling, Chua believed that part of the problem also lied in the failure by the ministry to acknowledge the surge in population of the state to 3.12 million, excluding its foreign workers and illegal immigrants.

“I urge the ministry or MPOB (Malaysia Palm Oil Board) to increase the quota for Sabah as at the moment the monthly supply can provide about two kilograms of subsidized cooking oil per person per month which is not enough,” she said.

Enforcement agencies have so far proven toothless in their bid to curb smuggling of subsidized oil especially the most sought after one-kilogram plastic packets.

She said she was shocked when told by a manager of a leading supermarket here that street children are being used by black-marketeers to make multiple purchases of 1kg cooking oil packets “as only one packet is allowed per person and they keep coming in and out of the supermarket to buy until the shelf is cleared and wait until the supermarket replenishes the stock before they start again”.

Smugglers making profit

Jimmy Wong who is also the Sabah DAP chairman, said he and party secretary Edwin Bosi took time to check outlets in Tawau to verify the complaints that subsidized cooking oil was hard to get.

“It is confirmed … oil palm-based cooking oils are not found on the shelves of supermarkets and smaller village mini-markets. What we saw are only expensive cooking oils from soya bean and corn which the low-income group cannot afford,” he said.

“We were told that supplies are inadequate. For example a wholesaler said that he now receives about 296 cartons of 17kg/carton cooking oil (5,032 kg) as opposed to the usual 34,000 kg (2,000 cartons) before. The retailers are unhappy and we (wholesalers) are also unhappy,” he said.

Wong said it was troubling to note that the main beneficiaries are the foreigners who buy the subsidized goods and smuggle it out for resale in Indonesia. The price of subsidised cooking oil, about RM2.70 per kg in Sabah, is sold at RM5.00 per kg in Indonesia.

He said shopkeepers want the government to find a solution on how to sell these subsidised goods so that it will benefit the targeted group of Sabahans.

“They must also investigate if smuggling of subsidised commodities is rampant,” he said adding that he was asked to bring up several matters affecting the business community at the next state assembly sitting.

“People want to know the reason why we are facing a cooking oil shortage when our land is basically covered with oil palm. There is speculation that the subsidy has not been paid to the refineries,” he said.

Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism deputy minister Tan Lian Hoe has gone on record to state that there is no shortage and even went to the extent of saying that the people could even bathe in the stuff and there would be more to spare.

“I say she is very wrong and should personally come and see the situation,” said Wong.

Sabah has the largest planted area of oil palm in the country. It covers over a million hectares and earned, according to a recent report, RM13.56 billion from 5.136 million metric ton of crude palm oil in 2010.

‘RM388m can build 9,200 low-cost houses’ August 23, 2011

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by Free Malaysia Today

KOTA KINABALU: Opposition assemblyman Jimmy Wong is set to table a motion in the coming State Legislative Assembly to debate a plan to build in the poorest state in Malaysia a state administration centre costing several hundred million ringgit.

The Sabah DAP chairman said he is objecting to the RM388-million centre because it goes against the government’s “people first” slogan and will bring no real benefit to the people.

“This big sum of money can be put to better use such as for infrastructure… in Sri Tanjung itself there is an urgent need for funds for flood mitigation, dam projects and the Tawau-Kalabakan-Sapulut road.

“I want to ask the Sabah government: is it ministers first or people first?” he said, adding that he hoped to get a favorable response for the motion.

He said it must be discussed and studied more closely because it involves the interest of the people of Sabah and has received objections from the public.

He suggested that the administration centre be based at the Sabah Foundation and Innoprise buildings as “both buildings belong to the people”.

“Do the people need another building or is it because the Chief Minister (Musa Aman) wants a building credited to his name?

“Let me remind the government that Sabah is still the poorest state in Malaysia and this money should be used to help the people.

“If a low-cost house costs RM42,000, the RM388 million can be used to build 9,200 units of low-cost houses for the hardcore poor housing programme.

“It can also benefit 1,290 elderly people under the ‘Bantuan Orang Tua’. Meet the basic needs of the people first… the building can come later.

“Can the government guarantee that with the Sabah Administrative Centre, things will get better for the people?

“Personally I don’t think so,” he said.

‘Lacking basic needs’

Wong wants the funds for the building to be used to solve urban congestion problems in Tawau.

“A coastal highway through Kampung Titingan to Mile 4, Apas Road, is needed and the people are waiting for one to be constructed.

“In fact, every time a meeting at the State Legislative Assembly is held, representatives of the people apply for funds for basic infrastructure.

“It goes to show that we are lacking in the basic needs of the people.”

Wong also proposed that the money be ploughed into efforts to increase rice production in Sabah, which could, in turn, reduce rice imports.

“The government has said it wanted to achieve the target of 60% of domestic rice production.

“Has the government achieved the target? Has the government successfully made Kota Belud and Kota Marudu a major rice producer in Sabah?

“This RM388 million can make it a reality.”

Those against the expensive project say the money should be used for more urgent things such as infrastructure repair, schools, hospitals, piped water and electricity, which the state is lacking.

Sabah BN shamed over Wong’s ‘nativity’ issue August 23, 2011

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FMT Staff (Free Malaysia Today)

TAWAU: The tussle between opposition assemblyman Jimmy Wong and the state government over his ‘bumiputera’ status appears to have reached a stalemate with the state government reluctant or unable to move the prickly issue forward.

“They are fighting a losing battle. They will have to take me to court if they want to disqualify my bumiputera-status,” Wong, who is a Sino-Kadazan, told FMT recently.

When the issue was first raised by Sabah Umno assemblymen in 2009, Wong, who is Sri Tanjung assemblyman, described it as a waste of time and public funds and indeed it has turned out as such.

“Of course they went and put me under a commission of inquiry. They set up a special commission just to investigate this.

“I sent my Native Certificate (‘Sijil Anak Negeri’) and then they called me for an interview and asked me how I got the certificate.

“I told them: how would I know? I said (to the special commission) you should ask my mother as she was the one who witnessed everything.

“I mean she testified in front of seven native chiefs, not one or two, and that was 30 years ago. One chief is still alive.

“I told them (the commission); Why don’t you go ask him?” said Wong.

Wong said what was most important to him was the authencity of his nativity certificate.

“I was more concerned about the document. I asked (the commission) if my certificate was genuine or false or duplicated?

“He (commission chairman) said it’s genuine.

“Then I told him if genuine you better send it back to me or otherwise you take me to court,” he said.

No case

In the end the commission chairman agreed to return Wong his certificate which was deemed to be genuine.

But when the matter was invoked again in the state assembly by Sekong assemblyman Samsudin Yahya, who asked as to the outcome of the investigation, Local Government and Housing Minister Hajiji Haji Noor declared that Wong was not qualified to hold the ceritificate.

Hajiji’s ministry also overseas all matter pertaining to the interpretation of the native laws as well as native courts.

“This time when Samsudin asked about my certificate again, I fired him back. I was not going to be bullied.

“I asked him if it was true he was born in the Philippines and he had got his IC through the Project IC (an alleged project whereby thousands of illegal immigrants were granted citizenship despite not qualifying for it).

“That shook him. He (Samsudin) immediately claimed that he is a relative of the TYT (Head of State) but that is not the point.

“Why does he hide behind the TYT?

“I said (to the assembly that) the PTI (the Bahasa Malaysian acronym for new immigrants) have already entered into the Dewan through Project IC,” Wong said.

Declaring himself a ‘genuine Sabahan’ Wong said if taken to court, he would win.

“What are they (Hajiji and Samsudin) talking about?

“I am a genuine Sabahan and I was born and raised here in a kampung in Kota Marudu in the Kadazan community.

“This (issue) is settled already. Nobody can touch me. They want to go to court, go lah,” he said.

1982 status valid

Since the last assembly sitting however, no further action has been initiated by the ruling government.

Wong, on his part, is still waiting.

He said the current rule was that any declaration of bumi status made before 1982 was valid.

“The Syed Kecik case is a landmark case. And the rule is that in any bumi issue before 1982 are all (declared) valid.

“No court can interfere. Only after a certain period then the High Court can entertain.

“But if the decision by the Native Court is conclusive then no one can argue,” he said.

Q & A Mesyuarat Pertama Penggal ke 4 DUN ke-13 August 1, 2011

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Soalan No.20 (Bertulis)

Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada TIMBALAN KETUA MENTERI/MENTERI PEMBANGUNAN INFRASTUKTUR, adakah penurapan Jalan Kalabakan/Sapulut sudah dimulakan. Bilakah punurapan Jalan Kalabakan-Sapulut boleh dimulakan.

JAWAPAN NO.20 (BERTULIS)

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat dari N.57 Sri Tanjong, Makmal Pengurusan Nilai (Value Management) bagi penurapan Jalan Kalabakan/Sapulut baru saja selesai. Kerja pembinaan hanya akan dimulakan setelah proses tender selesai.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Komen saya:

Saya berharap kali ini Jalan Kalabakan/Sapulut akan benar-benar siap. Lebih RM500 juta telah digunakan sebelum ini, tetapi jalan tersebut tak pun siap. Wang yang begitu banyak terbazir begitu sahaja. Lebih teruk sekali, tiada siasatan dilakukan, siapa yang bertanggungjawab dalam hal ini. Saya rasa, perbelanjaan untuk menurap Jalan ini akan mencecah RM1 billion kerana kerja-kerja terpaksa dibuat semula.

EC- Find the 5 oldest voters in Perak August 1, 2011

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Democratic Action Party (DAP) Member of Parliament for Taiping, Perak and also state assemblyman for Pantai Remis, Nga Kor Ming  threw a challenge at the Election Commission to find the five oldest voters in Perak latest electoral roll.

“DAP Perak will pay RM10,000 (RM2,000 each) to the voters if they (EC) can find the oldest out of 1,607 voters who are above 100 years old,” he said yesterday.

Nga said the oldest was born in 1879 during the time Larut was a mining town.

He said his conditions are that EC find the five voters age 132 years old which is in the list within seven days, the voters must had voted in the last election and they are still alive.

“I am proud Perak can produce many centenarians. Since this is EC’s list find them. Failing which EC deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar should resign as it was he who said if anyone has evidence show us (EC),” he said.

“I put my challenge based on their (EC) list,” he said.

On another note, Nga said indelible ink has proven effective and cheap compared to the biometric  voter identification system the EC is proposing.

“Why kill ‘mosquitoes’ using ‘machine guns’ when you can use mosquitoes spray,” ha said adding the proposed system will create another problem.

Meanwhile, DAP Sabah chairman Jimmy Wong said DAP Sabah will top-up another RM10,000 if the EC can find the 5 voters in Perak who are over 132-years-old.

“If you (EC) can find them, you can find me and I will pay. I also call for EC to have an open debate in Sabah so the people can bring evidence on phantom voters,” he said.