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New Year Message From State DAP Chairman December 31, 2011

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Happy New Year.
Welcome year 2012, the year of the dragon!

In the Chinese tradition, dragon is associated with strength, prosperity, bravery, success, wealth and great leadership,

Every married couple wishes to have their child born in this year as it is associated with the great features of this creature.

We certainly expect a vibrant Malaysians of Malaysia in the year 2012. A year of great success, prosperity, full of wealth and vibrancy. To achieve that, we certainly need a lot of changes. We do not need an evolution for this vibrant socio-economic transformation. We need a revolution! A total revolution in our political system. A total transformation and restoration of the rightful interpretation of our Malaysian Constitution. As the highest law in Malaysia, it has been badly interpreted and abused by certain quarters of top leadership. For generations, these leaders who inherited the Malaysian dynasty of political power had continue to carry on the abusive and discriminative system without settling down and think for themselves the implication of what they have done for the country. Malaysia is at least 20 years behind any highly developed countries in the world at any given time. We do not deserve to be layback. We are a vibrant society with great leaders, great intellectuals and a God given wealthy natural resources. But what have our past and present leaders done with such rich resources we have? Restrictive and discriminative policy that destroyed our nation.

The year 2012 signifies a great transformation to take place both nationally and internationally. The world economy is projected to be on an uncertain state. The increasing incidence of disaster all around the world in the year 2011 has taught us a valuable lesson to be prepared for the unforeseen disasters ahead of us. The world political turmoil and drastic transformation warrant notification. People are tired of leaders who are too busy collecting wealth for themselves and leaving the people in a poor state.

We need to be more proactive rather than reactive in our approach. The world economy is expected to be on a slower developmental state as natural calamities, corruption, mismanagement, speculation and abuse of powers continue to exist.

At this very moment of the year, we normally gather together in our respective organization, may it be the church, mosque, temple or any place of worship to praise the Lord that we worship, to give thanks and to pray, hope and make new wishes that our Lord my grant us what we desire, yet allowing His will to be done in our life.

This time around, I prayed and hope that we also make new resolution for our country. Disregard of what race we are, what position we are, what career we are in, we are just the same, human being with basic and similar human characteristics. What makes us different and a better person lays in the power of choice. The choices we made every moment of our life. This time around, let us put our aim and aspiration together, from unity comes strength, from new aspiration and dare to change, we make a new world. Its was said that, a new government is always a better government.
Remember Indonesia under Soeharto, Philippines under Marcus? The subsequent Govt. was so much better. And in the case of Taiwan, the new KMT Govt. is also so much better.

We, who are Malaysians, called Malaysia our home. Sabah is the home for the native of Sabahan. It should be governed by the local and not some transplanted BN-led appointee to rule over the people of Sabah or Sarawak. We are not staying in the jungle or on the tree top anymore. But if the people of BN-led leaders would like to stay on the tree top, we do have some of the top class tourist spot for you to rent and enjoy for a fee.

Do take note that we have Sabahan who hold top political leadership in Australia, top surgeon, top accountants serving in Singapore, UK, US and Australia, and medical doctors serving in top hospitals in Singapore, Australia, UK and US, and many more excellent achievement. Malaysia is never lack of intellectual. What it lacks is equality and opportunity for all races.

The year 2012 ahead of us remains uncertain with the deficit budgeting by state government. Election goodies will be distributed by January 2012. Such an act is an insult to the intelligent of the people of Malaysia. We do not need another lollipop which was given free of charge every few months before election. After all it’s a budget derive from our tax. It’s our own money.

Let us put our soul and heart together and pray for a better Malaysia, tomorrow. The power lies in the hand of each and every one of us, the rightful citizen of Malaysia. Vote wisely because your future, your children’s future, your children’ children’s future and generations to come, lays in the hand of your single vote today. Your vote counts! So use it wisely.

Cheers and happy dragon year 2012.

………………………………………………
From the Desk of

Jimmy Wong

State Dap Sabah

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Sabah Air’s Eurocopter AS 355 NP and EC 145 without Operations Specification Certificate? December 20, 2011

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Following my question based on the Auditor General findings on the purchase of the Eurocopter AS 355 NP for RM13 million and Eurocopter EC 145 for RM21 million by Sabah Air, I received many information and feedbacks from concern public in my blog and email.

As Datuk Pang Yuk Ming said I was being senseless, I would like to ask him is it true that Sabah Air Aviation Chairman Datuk Yusof and CEO Manu with one senior staff were seen rushing to Kuala Lumpur trying to get  both the EC145 and AS355NP new choppers  register onto Sabah Air Aviation’s “OPERATIONS SPECIFICATION  CERTIFICATE” from the Jambatan Penerbangan Awam in Putra Jaya on December 6, 2011(Friday).

Without the ‘OPERATION SPECIFICATION CERTIFICATE’  in place which should be kept with other document in the chopper, Sabah Air Aviation cannot use the choppers for revenue flights for example for public charters.

I was informed that the AS 355 NP is not only without the OPERATIONS SPECIFICATION CERTIFICATE but also without the “AIRWORTHY CERTIFICATE” not renewed since expired about a month ago.

The AS 355 NP is therefore  not allow to fly any passenger with an expired Airworthy Certificate . The chopper may only fly under special condition only for example for ‘Flight Test’ to qualify for the Airworthy Certificate renewal.

If this is true, how dare Sabah Air Aviation wants to invite me to flying in the AS355NP on December 16, 2010 (Friday)

Is it true the EC 145 carry the registration mark “9M-CMD” and that EC 145 is also with VVIP seats configuration and the Chief Minister can use this expensive chopper to travel on the EC 145.

Is it true that “9M” signifies Aircraft  registered in Malaysia and follow the running three alphabets and one can choose special registration mark. I am told that Sabah Air specially selected 9M-CMD to signify Chief Minister Department.

Can I, as the people representative, visit Sabah Air and see the Original copy of the OPERATION SPECIFICATION CERTIFICATE that the EC 145 Registration mark 9M-CMD and AS355 NP Registration mark 9M-MOH are registered in the Sabah Air’s  Operations Specification Certificate.

I do not want to be shown a photo-copy like what NCT did when showing the photo copy of their expensive AS350 which I was informed is already off registered from Malaysia register few months ago.

I would also like to know if NCT will allow me to charter all their three helicopters for the PBS (Parti Bersatu Sabah) and Kota Kinabalu Kapitan who tried to defend NCT. I would like Frankie Chai, the spokesman for NCT to show me the original copy of AS355NP Airworthy Certificate.

Is it true that only one pilot was sent for the AS355 NP training and not three as claimed and this pilot was not sent for the EC145 training.

My information is that three pilots were sent for EC 145 training, one had resigned and at this moment only one can fly as the other pilot currency to fly the EC145 has expired.

I hope the invitation to fly on Christmas Day for a joy ride with children is still on. I and the people would like to see the Sabah Air two new choppers and NCT’s three choppers on that day with all the original certificates in order unless both have something to hide from the people.

Let me remind you that IN THE AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT Sabah Air Aviation Sdn. Bhd. (Sabah Air) was established in 1975 under the Company Act 1965 and has shares (allowed) totalling RM100 million and paid up capital RM40.87 million. Sabah Air is owned by the Sabah Government which holds RM31 million shares (75.9 per cent) and Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn. Bhd with RM9.87 million (24.1 per cent) shares. Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn. Bhd. Is a wholly owned State Government company. Sabah Air has three direct (3) subsidiary companies and two (2) indirect subsidiary companies.

The main objective of Sabah Air is in air transportation service and look after planes. Services provided are oil support services, aerial survey and photography, filming, heavy lifting/underslung job, flying doctor service, power work, executive charter and aerial crop spraying & application. Sabah Air has two (2) King Air type planes and a Nomad and eleven (11) helicopters which are eight (8) Bell type, two (2) Eurocopter and one (1) Augusta.

The Auditor General found that in general Sabah Air is capable to provide air service and look after planes as its establishment objective, however, Sabah Air’s income from 2007 to 2009 are not consistent. Sabah Air recorded clean profit for 2007 and 2009 while for 2009 recorded loss.  For 2007 to 2009, income for 2007 was RM18.24 million and increased to RM27.51 million in 2008, however, the income reduce to 20.07 million in 2009 and for 2009 Sabah Air spent RM2.70 more from its income. The 2007 high income was due to the sales of two units of helicopter/plane totalled EM8.41 million, while the higher income for 2008 was due to high demand during the election.  Sabah Air’s profit before tax reduced to RM2.78 million for 2007 and RM1.82 million for 2008 and for 2009 a loss of RM2.71 before tax.

That is why I questioned the RM1 lease as it did not make money for the people of Sabah.

Sabah Air is in the ‘red’ and is not making money in 2009, so why leased at RM1.

 

Jimmy accepts invite for Christmas helicopter joy ride December 17, 2011

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The Borneo Post

TAWAU: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sabah chief Jimmy Wong has accepted Datuk Pang Nyuk Ming’s invitation to him to take a helicopter ride though he feels the current Sabah Air chairman Datuk Yusoff Kassim is the appropriate person to issue the invitation.

“I was hoping that the current chairman Datuk Yusoff Kassim would issue the invitation. Nevertheless, let us see these two helicopters at the Merdeka town padang on Christmas Day, December 25,” he said.

“We will be at the padang on Christmas morning together with the rakyat of Sabah, the children in particular, for the promised Christmas joy ride by Sabah Air,” he said, adding that he also wants to see Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and his entire Cabinet to be at the padang in Kota Kinabalu on Christmas Day.

On the clarifications made yesterday by Yusoff and Sabah Air CEO Manu Sasidharan and Datuk Pang Yuk Ming, Jimmy said it showed the organisation was in disarray.

He said: “Three persons made statements and it only showed that no one is in charge of Sabah Air. By having three spokespersons, it is akin to spreading the liabilities.

“In this respect we must revisit the Auditor General Report 2010. Sabah Air was formed in 1975 with the objective of readying air transportation for passengers, cargo and other services in Malaysia.

“Datuk Yusoff Kassim’s contention that Sabah Air is predominantly in the business of saving lives contradict the original objective of the organisation.

“How is Sabah Air going to register profit when they are basically involved in saving lives?”

Jimmy said DAP Sabah never denied the importance of air ambulance service but if the government had laid out a good road network and infrastructure, the need for air ambulance and flying doctor services would be minimal.

He said rural clinics and mobile clinics are more basic and a priority for the rural community.

On Yusoff’s statement that it is prudent to ensure fleet expansion and renewal is carried out on the basis of an upcoming possible contract, Jimmy said the AG Report 2010 stated that the company must properly plan when buying helicopters.

“This came about when Sabah Air had signed a contract to purchase one helicopter model AEW139 at a cost of RM45.45 million in the hope that they will succeed in getting the tender for the Carigali Hess’s production and drilling operation in Kota Bharu.

“The contract was terminated and Sabah Air then purchased the controversial helicopters from Eurocopters for RM33.8 million in October 2010 and January 2011 respectively,” he claimed.

“The AG Report 2010 said that the helicopters had technical problems which were repaired in April 2011. However, the report (dated 24 June 2011) also stated that since the purchase of the two helicopters they were not ready to be utilised and are kept in the hanger,” he said.

“Therefore, it is not wrong to label these expensive helicopters as scrap iron since they were not utilised at all,” he asserted.

“It does not take one to be a rocket scientist to say that two helicopters in the storage are scrap iron. As an aviation man, CEO Sasidharan should be ashamed for not utilising the helicopters to make money for the company. There is nothing political about this issue, it is business,” he said.

“Why should Eurocopters be given the privilege to put the choppers in Lima Show for a ringgit? This is against the very essence of Yusoff’s and Pang’s statements that the helicopters are used for the benefit of the people. Why are they being leased for the show and for demonstration flights? After all, Sabah Air will not get a cent from any successful transaction between Eurocopters and other buyers,” he said.

Jimmy said he wants the government to review the position of Sabah Air as it has moved away from its original objective.

He said Pang’s statement that Sabah Air made a RM1.6 million profit when he was the chairman contradicted the AG Report 2010 which specifically noted Sabah Air’s accumulated losses of RM3.675 million in 2007, RM2,070 million in 2008 and RM4.764 million in 2009.

“Sabah Air has five subsidiaries and only one, Intra-Travel is active. The others including the Wildlife Sanctuary (Borneo) Sdn Bhd are dormant, according to the AG Report 2010,” he said.

Jimmy said DAP Sabah urges the government to review the position of Sabah Air chairman and CEO as they are not sticking to the original objective of the company.

“When I read their press statement, I am not sure if they know what they are doing.

“As a wholly-owned government agency, the State Government should assist Sabah Air to get contracts with the Petronas oil and gas industry.

“Sabah Air should be given priority when it involves Petronas in Sabah in particular. The State Government should also consider expanding Sabah Air to provide air transport covering Borneo and the Southern Philippines,” he said.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/12/15/jimmy-accepts-invite-for-christmas-helicopter-joy-ride/#ixzz1gkZooOQS

Jimmy gets invite to ride chopper

The Borneo Post

KOTA KINABALU: Assistant Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Pang Nyuk Ming has accepted Sabah DAP chief Jimmy Wong’s challenge to prove the latter wrong on his allegations about the purchase of the Sabah Air helicopters.

Pang during a press conference with Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Yusoff Mohd Kassim and the company’s CEO Manu Sasidharan yesterday issued an official invitation to Jimmy for a ride in the Eurocopter AS 355 NP next week.

“I officially invite Sri Tanjung assemblyman Jimmy Wong to ride in the chopper and I will have a Christmas present for him when he comes back from the flight,” the former Sabah Air chairman said in response to Jimmy’s challenge.

Jimmy told reporters on Sunday that he would resign as an elected representative if the state government could prove that his allegations on the purchase of the Sabah Air helicopters were wrong.

“But if I am right, then the State Cabinet should resign,” Jimmy said, adding that he stood by his statement describing the two helicopters purchased by the state government as scrap metal that had never been used.

Jimmy when countering Pang’s criticism to his allegations disclosed that one unit of Eurocopter AS 355 NP was purchased at a price of RM13 million and one unit of Eurocopter EC 145 at a price of RM21 million from Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

He also was of the opinion that the purchase of the two new helicopters was a waste of the people’s money as Sabah Air’s current fleet of eight units of Bell 206 helicopters were not fully utilized.

The money used to purchase the helicopters should have been put to better use such as building roads, improving the water and electricity supply as well as constructing infrastructure for the people in the state, he opined.

He also claimed that since delivery, both helicopters had not generated any revenue flying hours for Sabah Air adding that the AS 355 NP was delivered to Sabah Air in Dec 2010 and EC 145 in Jan 2011.

“In Oct 2011 the EC 145 was leased to Eurocopter for demonstration flights and static display in West Malaysia for RM 1 only. The One Ringgit Malaysia lease agreement between Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd and Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd was signed by CEO and Director of Operation on Sept 30,” he alleged.

“As Sabahans have yet to see any of these helicopters, I challenge the state government to give the rakyat a good Christmas present by putting the two machines on display. The government should also consider operating charity flights on the helicopters for children on that day.

“I also want the Sabah Chief Minister and his three deputies as well as assistant Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Pang Nyuk Ming to accompany the children on the charity flights and if you want me to be there, I will,” he said.

Pang also refuted Jimmy’s allegation that Sabah Air had made a loss in 2010.

“I was the chairman then and I can tell you now that Sabah Air made RM1.6 million net profit. I do not know what he meant by not making profit,” he added.

Explaining about the EMS service, Pang used the 101010 bus accident tragedy in Peninsular Malaysia as an example on how important swift emergency service was in saving lives.

One of the contributing factors to the number of fatalities in the accident was that the EMS could not get to the victims on time, he said.

“In Sabah we realize that we lack this facility because in rescue service, the first hour is very critical as it could mean the difference between life and death. Imagine this scenario, an expectant mother in Keningau has complications, how can she endure the two-hour ambulance ride?

“Wouldn’t it be better if she was airlifted to the nearest medical facility for emergency treatment? It was because if this reason that I personally went to see the Health Minister about three years ago to explain about the EMS and the need for it.

“Sabah Air realized this three years ago, which is why we have been pushing for this and that is why we bought this equipment, not just because we want to buy it. Now if we can convince the federal government to give this budget which they have now allocated, I don’t see who loses here,” he stressed.

Pang added that he was emotional about the issue because Sabah Air has very good people who had worked passionately for the past three years to create awareness about EMS in this country.

“We have someone who come in and say we bought this useless thing…this is a very irresponsible thing for a YB to do,” he said.

Meanwhile Manu pointed out that Sabah Air has business in countries like Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and Singapore, among others.

It was also the first choice of the United Nation for its Aceh rehabilitation program after the tsunami disaster struck the island.

“Sabah Air was the first choice and spent the longest time there,” he said adding that UN picked up contractors who they were confident to do the jobs.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/12/14/jimmy-gets-invite-to-ride-chopper/#ixzz1gkalLxa1

Assemblyman to resign if allegations on purchase of choppers proven wrong

The Borneo Post

KOTA KINABALU: Sri Tanjung assemblyman, Jimmy Wong said that he will resign as an elected representative if the state government can prove that his allegations on the purchase of the Sabah Air helicopters were wrong.

“But if I am right, then the State Cabinet should resign,” the Sabah DAP liaison chief told reporters here yesterday.

Wong maintained that he stood by his statement describing the two helicopters purchased by the State government as scrap metal that had never been used.

Speaking at a press conference here, Wong claimed that Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned company of the State Government, purchased two new units of helicopters to provide for the Health Department’s flying doctor and medivac services contract.

“One unit of Eurocopter AS 355 NP was purchased at a price of RM13 million and one unit of Eurocopter EC 145 at a price of RM21 million from Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd,” Wong alleged when countering criticism to his allegations by the former chairman of Sabah Air, Datuk Pang Nyuk Ming.

Wong also said that the purchase of  the two helicopters was a waste of the people’s money as Sabah Air’s current fleet of eight Bell 206 helicopters are not fully utilised.

The money used to purchase the helicopters should have been put to better use such as building roads, improving water and electricity supplies as well as constructing infrastructure for the people in the state, he opined.

He also claimed that since the delivery, both helicopters have not generated any revenue flying hours for Sabah Air. Wong disclosed that the AS 355 NP was delivered to Sabah Air in Dec 2010 and the EC 145 was delivered in Jan 2011.

“In Oct 2011, the EC 145 was leased to Eurocopter for demonstration flights and static display in West Malaysia for RM 1.00 only. The one ringgit lease agreement between Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd and Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd was signed by the CEO and the director of operation on Sept 30,” he alleged.

“As Sabahans have yet to see any of these helicopters, I challenge the State government to give the rakyat a good Christmas present by putting the two machines on display. The government should also consider operating charity flights on the helicopters for children on that day.”

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/12/12/assemblyman-to-resign-if-allegations-on-purchase-of-choppers-proven-wrong/#ixzz1gkbaVlSS

Review position of Sabah Air, Bosses: DAP

Daily Express

Kota Kinabalu: DAP Sabah Chairman Jimmy Wong said the government should review the position of Sabah Air, as well as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, as they have moved away from its original objective.

Wong, who is Sri Tanjung Assemblyman, said this in response to Sabah Air Chairman Datuk Yusoff Kassim, CEO Manu Sasidharan and former chairman Datuk Pang Nyuk Ming who held a joint press conference at its office Tuesday to counter his earlier allegations about the company.

Wong, who accepted Pang’s invitation for a helicopter ride although he feels that Pang has no locus standi to do so, said the clarifications made by the three showed how disarrayed the organisation is.

“It only shows that no one is in charge of Sabah Air.

By having three spokespersons is akin to spreading the liabilities.

Re-visiting the Auditor-General Report 2010, Wong said Sabah Air was formed in 1975 with the objective of readying air transportation for passengers, cargo and other services in the country.

He said Yusoff’s contention that Sabah Air is predominantly in the business of saving lives contradicted the original objective of its establishment.

“How is Sabah Air going to register profit when they are basically involved in saving lives? DAP Sabah never denied the importance of air ambulance but if the government has laid out a good road network and infrastructure, the use of air ambulance and flying doctor services will be minimised.

What happened to our rural clinics and mobile clinics?

These are more basic and a priority for the rural community,” he said.

“How on earth could the people of Sabah benefit from the air service and improve their standard of living through better technology and facilities?

It looks like the Chairman has been watching and influenced by the rescue operations in the United StatesÉI urge Yusoff to go back to the original objective of Sabah Air,” he added.

Yusoff had said fleet expansion and renewal was carried out on the basis of an up-coming possible contract, said Wong, adding that the A-G Report 2010 stated that the company must properly plan when buying helicopters.

“This came about when Sabah Air has signed a contract to purchase one helicopter model AEW139 at a cost of RM45.45million in the hope that they would succeed in getting the tender for the Carigali Hess’ production and drilling operation in Kota Bharu,” he said.

The contract was terminated and Sabah Air then purchased the controversial helicopters from Eurocopter for RM33.8mil in October 2010 and January 2011 respectively, he said, adding the A-G Report 2010 had stated that the helicopters have technical problems which were repaired in April 2011.

However, he said the report (dated June 24, 2011) also stated that since the purchase of the two helicopters they were not ready to be utilised and are kept in the hanger.

“It is therefore not wrong to label these expensive helicopters as scrap iron since they were not utilised at all. It does not take one to be a rocket scientist to say that two helicopters in the storage are scrap iron,” he said.

Wong said CEO Sasidharan, as an aviation man, should be ashamed for not utilising the helicopters to make money for the company.

“There is nothing political about this issue, it is just business.

Why should Eurocopter be given the privilege to put the choppers in the Lima show for a ringgit? This is against the very essence of Yusoff’s and Pang’s statements that the helicopters are used for the benefit of the people.

Why are they been leased for the show and for demonstration flights?

After all, Sabah Air will not get a cent from any successful transaction between Eurocopter and other buyers,” he charged.

Wong said Pang’s statement that Sabah Air made RM1.6mil when he was the chairman contradicted with the A-G Report 2010 which specifically noted Sabah Air’s accumulated losses of RM3.675 million (2007), RM2.070 million (2008) and RM4.764 million (2009).

Sabah Air has five subsidiaries and only one, Intra-Travel is active.

The others including the Wildlife Sanctuary (Borneo) Sdn Bhd are dormant, according to the A-G Report 2010.

“DAP Sabah urges the government to review the position of the Sabah Air Chairman and CEO as they are not sticking to the original objective of the company. When I read their press statement, I am not sure if they know what they are doing,” he said.

As a wholly-owned government agency, he said the State government should assist Sabah Air to get contracts with the Petronas oil and gas industry.

“Sabah Air should be given priority when it involves Petronas in Sabah in particular.

The State government should also consider expanding Sabah Air to provide air transport covering Borneo and the Southern Philippines,” said Wong.

Dap Sabah maintains stand on helicopters December 17, 2011

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The Borneo Post

KOTA KINABALU: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sabah maintains that the two helicopters bought by Sabah Air are useless as they are just sitting in the hangar and not benefiting the people of Sabah.

Its chairman, Jimmy Wong, said DAP Sabah was never wrong when it said the two expensive Eurocopter helicopters, AS355NP and EC145, were nothing but scrap iron.

“Sabah Air chairman Datuk Yusoff Kassim said DAP’s statement was an outrageous lie and an irresponsible accusation that tarnished the good name of Sabah Air while Datuk Pang Nyuk Ming criticised me for labelling the choppers as scrap iron.

“Sabah Air CEO Manu Sasidharan went at length to say about Sabah Air’s business in countries like Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and Singapore among others. He also said a helicopter sitting in a hanger does not make it a scrap metal and being an aviation man all these years he finds it quite blasphemous.

“We would like to reemphasize that the two helicopters are scrap iron as until today they have not earned any revenue for the company. They are parked in the hanger and while the EC145 was put on show and demonstration at the Lima airshow in Langkawi for the seller, Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd, it was with a lease of just one Ringgit per day.

“How could Sabah Air save RM844,729.21 from this deal (as claimed)? This is called penny wise pound foolish. Eurocopters could have spent more if they have to bring in and then ship back their helicopters to their country of origin. Who are Yusoff, Pang and Manu trying to fool?” said Wong at a press conference here yesterday.

Wong had previously questioned the logic behind the purchase of the two aircrafts, which he claimed to be underused and a waste of public fund.

He had also questioned the capability of Sabah Air and its business officers as a business entity, attracting immediate reaction from its CEO and chairman as well as the Youth and Sports Minister Pang, who was previously the chairman of the company.

Manu in his response had offered to meet face-to-face with anyone who actually made the allegations minus the political issues, and discuss the technical side of Sabah Air’s operation.

For this, Jimmy said he was more than happy to meet Manu and suggested the latter provide the date, venue and time for the meeting.

On the Christmas joy ride offered by Sabah Air to him, he said he had accepted the invitation and hope it would not only be for him but the air service company would offer the same to the public to allow them to see for themselves that the two expensive machines were actually in good condition and could be used.

“Not only this will allow Sabahans to view these two magnificent flying machines but to check their suitability as claimed. It would be interesting to see if the houses around the present helicopter landing site, for example in Kampung Buayan in Moyog, can withstand the power of these machines during landing and takeoff,” he said.

On the Sabah Air’s financial situation, Wong said Yusoff, Pang and Manu could easily defend themselves by publishing the Sabah Air audited account for 2010, where it made RM1.6 million profit.

However, he said it must not be forgotten that Sabah Air still has accumulated losses of over RM3 million.

“We must focus on the subject matter which is the two new helicopters. We would specifically like to see the flying hours by these two helicopters, who use their services and the revenue generated. This will make it easier for the trio to justify the purchase of the two choppers.

“The three must also be reminded that the Auditor-General’s Report 2010 has stated that Sabah Air had incurred accumulated losses to the tune of more than RM4.7 million in 2009. The claim by Pang that the company made a profit during his chairmanship does not mean anything if the company continues to be in the red.

“Sabah Air is a losing entity unless otherwise proven. Yusoff who was formerly the permanent secretary in the Finance Ministry should be well versed with the financial situation of Sabah Air,” he said.

Wong went on to suggest that Yusoff should study the AG’s report diligently and find ways and means to turn the company around before it reached a point of no turning back.

He noted that there were five subsidiaries in Sabah Air and except for the travel agency, Intra-Travel, the rest are dormant.

He said DAP would enlighten the rakyat further on the performance of the company based on the latest available financial statements, and discuss about the other financial mismanagements of the company as highlighted in the Auditor General’s Report.

As the chairman, he said Yusoff should ensure Sabah Air was given contracts not only on the flying doctor and medivac services but also services required in the oil and gas industry.

He added that Sabah Air should be given priority to all contracts requiring their services in the Petronas oil and gas industry in Sabah, suggesting that the Chief Minister who is also the Finance Minister to give these contracts to Sabah Air.

“As the chairman, Yusoff should be pro-active and alert to the ever-changing dynamics in air transportation. The MAS-AirAsia merger and the slow decline of Firefly should spark excitement in Sabah Air. An opportunity is opening for Sabah Air to go big in the airline business. The Borneo, Philippines and Indonesian markets are big enough for Sabah Air as a start,” he said.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/12/16/dap-sabah-maintains-stand-on-helicopters/#ixzz1gkYuM2Qe

Malam Pemuda Roket December 17, 2011

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13th DUN Speech December 17, 2011

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Dewan Undangan Negeri Ke 13
Mesyuarat Ke 3
Penggal Ke 4
18 Nov 2011- 24 Nov 2011
Pembentangan Bajet 2012

Speech by:
YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin N.57 Sri Tanjung

Tuan speaker,

Terima kasih Tuau speaker kerana memberi saya peluang untuk membahas ucapan bajet 2012 Sabah yang telah dibentang oleh Menteri Kewangan pada hari Jumaat 18 November 2011 di Dewan yang mulia ini.

Tuan speaker Minta izin saya akan bahas ucapan saya degan English.

First of all I would like to thank the Minister of Finance who is also Chief Minister of Sabah for under item 65 of his Budget speech recognizes the existence of the opposition. I am only sadden that he did not see the positive role of the opposition in the development of the State through its checking and reminders to the ruling BN government of its obligation and responsibility to “walk the talk” as per in his annual budget speeches. The opposition especially DAP knows what is diamond and what is glass and we also know what is a stone and what is a jewel. When the Minister ends his “pantun”, bukan BN siapa lagi. We all know the answer is DAP and Pakatan Rakyat.
Tuan Speaker,

In the 2008 Water Audit report, Sabah did not comply with the water management standard. Now, what action had the government took to rectify this. The people have the right to have access of clean water, literally. Raw water quality is bad. Water treatment plant Sabah is not equipped with tools, labs, qualified personnel. Fluoridation is insufficient. Tank or pond cleaning in water treatment plant is not properly done and plan. No proper water sampling station. Sabah Quality Assurance Program is unsatisfactory. All these are comments made from the 2008 water audit. Yet, the price Sabahan have to pay is very high which is RM0.90 for every 1,000 liter / 1m3 (1 cubic meter). Sabah has the highest water tariff. Why? Perlis charging 38 cent per 1m3, Perak 30 cent per 1m3 and lowest water tariff in Malaysia is in Pulau Pinang which is 22 cents per 1m3. Of course, the charges are accordance to usage. But, Sabah water tariff is 90 cent per 1 m3. The flat rate is not fair to the poor people and the water is not even clean. No wonder Sabah is the poorest state in Malaysia. This is the work of BN government.

 
Water Tariff Rate for Domestic/Household use:

1. Sabah -RM0.90 For every 1m3 (cubic meter) Flat rate

2. Pahang -RM0.37 (From 0 to 18m3)
-RM0.79 (18.1-45m3)
-RM45 (above 45m3)

3. Perlis -RM0.40 (0-15m3)
-RM0.70 (15.1-40m3)
-RM1.10 (>40m3)
4. Sarawak
Kuching -RM0.48 (0-15m3)
-RM0.72 (15-50m3)
-RM0.75 (>50m3)
Sibu -RM0.46 (1-15m3)
-RM0.72 (15-50m3)
-RM0.76 (>50m3)
Bintulu -RM0.61 (0-14m3)
-RM0.66 (14-45m3)
Miri/Limbang/Sarikei/Kapit -RM0.46 (0-14m3)
-RM0.72 (14-45m3)
-RM0.76 (>45m3)

5. Perak -RM0.30 (0-10m3)
-RM0.70 (11-20m3)
-RM1.03 (>20m3)

6. Pulau Pinang -RM0.22 (1-20m3)
-RM0.40 (20-40m3)
-RM0.52 (40-60m3)
-RM0.90 (60-200m3)
-RM1.00 (>200m3)

7. Kedah -RM0.40 (First 20m3)
-RM0.70 (21-40m3)
-RM0.90 (41-60m3)
-RM1.10 (>60m3)

8. Negeri Sembilan -RM0.55 (0- 20m3)
-RM0.85 (20-35m3)
-RM1.40 (>35m3)

9. Johor -RM0.38 (0-15m3)
-RM1.31 (16-30m3)
-RM1.82 (31-45m3)
-RM2.20 (46-100m3)
-RM2.23 (>100m3)

10. Melaka -RM0.55 (0-15m3)
-RM0.85 (15-40m3)
-RM1.33 (>40m3)

11. Terengganu -RM0.42 (0-20m3)
-RM0.65 (20-40m3)
-RM0.90 (40-60m3)
-RM1.00 (>60m3)

12. Selangor -RM0.57 (0- 20m3) under the Pakatan Rakyat ruling, its now free
-RM1.03 (21-35m3)
-RM2.00 (>35m3)
Tuan Speaker,

The 33-page budget speech and the tabling of the RM4.048.28 billion budget made headlines. However beneath the beautifully constructed words and sentences lies many discrepancies and mis-match.

I am surprise that the Finance Minister talked about the five Asean economies of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. He has left out Brunei and Singapore. Singapore should be the focus of the Sabah government as even without much natural resources it is able to attain an average quarterly GDP growth of 6.36%. Sabah may even want to compare with the economy of tiny Penang and Selangor which when under the care of Pakatan Rakyat have been managed with surplus budget. Even with a budget of less than RM2 billion, these two States have made great stride in terms of economic and physical development. These two States use more than 60% of their budget on development compared to Sabah at about 20%.

The Malaysian economy is expected to grow between 5 – 5.5% in 2011. The Sabah economy is expected to grow between 3 – 4%. The slow rate of growth in Sabah is an indication of a bad economic management when it has abundant natural resources. Sabah will be very dependent on the domestic sector for growth. The high cost of import is affecting the economic growth of Sabah and we all know that the Cabotage policy is one of the culprits. Is the private sector willing to invest in such environment? Therefore, relying on the domestic sector is not a sound decision.
There is nothing to shout about as far the Sabah Budget 2012 is concerned. It is a deficit budget. In 2011, the estimated revenue was RM2,747.94 millions which was revised to RM3,820.45 millions, an increase of 39% or RM1,072.51 millions. The 2011 budget was RM3,068.66 millions and a supplementary budget for RM1,395.00 millions bringing it to RM4,463.66 millions. This represented a deficit of RM643.21 millions. The same can be said for the 2012 budget. The revenue is expected to be RM3,690.53 millions over a budget for RM4,048.28 millions. This is another deficit budget for RM357.75 millions.

The Auditor-General’s report for 2010 did mention the satisfactory performance of the State in relation to financial management. What the Finance Minister is not telling is the fact that the government failed to collect unpaid revenue amounting for RM496.91 millions and unpaid repayment of loans from State Agencies to a tune of RM1.07 billions. This is a huge amount. Has the government collected this unpaid revenue?

The Finance Minister is trying to paint a rosy picture of the financial position of the government by mentioning the RAM Rating services Berhad which rates the government of Sabah a triple A (AAA). This rating is only meant for the RM544 millions bond issued by the government on 9th December 2009. In a press statement RAM rating service has also clearly stated that Sabah has the highest unemployment rate and poverty. These facts were conveniently omitted by the Finance Minister in his budget speech.

AG’s 2010 Report also reveal that some projects in are not worth what the government is paying for. The most alarming find in the Auditor-General’s Report is the failure by several local councils in Sabah to submit their accounts for auditing. There’s definitely something fishy is going on. Corruption, misuse of public funds, wastage of taxpayers’ money and abuse of powers, this is what happening under our noses. And this is the true face of BN government.

The Auditor General has reported that the Sabah government debt has increased in 2010 because of the issuance of this RM544 millions bond. The government debt in 2010 was RM3,104.25 millions. The debt has been increasing since 2006. I ask what is the Sabah government debt for 2011? While Penang has reduced her State debt by 95% in just three years under Pakatan Rakyat, the BN Sabah government is doing the exact opposite.

I have studied the Auditor General report 2010 for Sabah and I saw many matters that the Finance Minister has not touched. What I am stating today is just the tip of the iceberg.
Auditor-General report revealed that only two out of 300 computer laboratories for Sabah schools have been constructed since the government began its RM160.73 million project in April 2008.

Sabah recorded the highest number of computer lab construction projects as well as costs, followed by Sarawak (RM49 million), Johor (RM10.88 million) and Selangor (RM11.95 million.)
The report added Sabah was the only state with unfinished computer labs, and that other states had long since completed the construction of the facilities in schools.
“The computer lab project in Sabah has failed to reach its objective because the contractor failed to prepare and deliver the project following the stipulated time frame,” the Auditor-General’s Report said.

 
The contract was awarded to TimeCom Holdings Sdn Bhd on June 15, 2007, and was scheduled to have been completed by April 30, 2008.
The report said the delay in the construction of labs has cost the government RM3.17 million in “liquidated and ascertained damages.” What is the state government going to do about it.
Auditor General’s (AG) 2010 Report also revealed that most schools failed in distributing uniforms, shoes, stationeries and milks to school children in the Sabah. There’s no proper monitoring system and this causes wastage. It’s a waste of public fund. Most schools don’t have proper storage facility to store milk which in turn will cause spoilage and again wastage. AG’s Report also shows that several state libraries had not received books which were paid for. The expensive mobile library buses are not working, books are not categorized and ICT facilities which was promised has not implemented. the Audited reports in Tawau district among others revealed the council had failed to address the shortage of parking space despite widespread anger over the issue.

The report also identified the failure of the second phase of Tawau sewerage treatment plant and pump station which were completed in 2008, simply because no provisions were made to supply electricity to the facility.

In Semporna, wooden bridges and walkways are not properly repaired and can pose danger to the public.
Several projects carried out under the State Education Department such as the building of teachers’ quarters and repair of classrooms and several other facilities were found to be of low standards. AG’s report also noted that some projects even lacked in basic plans

The Sabah government managed to spend 94.4% or RM6.02 billion of the RM6.37 billion provided in the 9th Malaysia plan, many of the 34,485 projects were in poor standard and cannot be used. All this is a waste of the public funds. In one case, a agriculture tractor purchased for the Lahad Datu district council at the cost of RM83,839 in 2009 that had never been used and Lahad Datu public toilets build with the cost of RM196,900, cannot be use.

pembelian 2 buah helikopter dari Eurocopter pada 10 Dis 2009 berharga RM 33.8 juta. Apakah ini nilai sebenar pasaran ? Kedua x2 helikopter juga didapati mengalami kerosakan teruk dan terpaksa dibaiki. Malah keduax2 helikopter ini tidak pernah digunakan sejak dibeli. Sehingga April 2011, helikopterx2 ini masih disimpan di hangar. Apakah ini dikatakan pentadbiran berkesan? Kenapa kita beli besi buruk yg tak boleh digunakan? Malahan kos penyimpanan semakin meningkat dari masa ke masa. Konsep “value for money” langsung tidak diendahkan pihak kementerian.

Kenapa pihal pemjual tidak menyediakan latihan pemgendalian helikopter ini? adalah tidak masuk akal sama sekali mengatakan bahawa helikopter ini todak dapat diterbangkan atas sebab tiada kemahiran juruterbang tempatan. Masakan wang berjutax2 dibelanjakan membeli helikopter ini tidak disertakan dgn latihan? Tak masuk akal kebodohan transaksi ini.harga mahal, tak berfungsi dan tiada latihan diberikan. Kalau bukan setakat menjana duit mudah, apa lagi namanya? Kenapa perkhidmatan ini yg dibentuk atas justifikasi kepentingan rakyat, tetapi tidak sampai ke nikmat rakyat? Kenapa mempergunakan nama rakyat?

Jadual penerbangan 90 jam dalam tempoh 28 hari/sebulan bagi juruterbang tidak dipenuhi. Pencapaian adalah kurang 50% daripada sasaran 90 jam. Ada yg terbang serendah 1 jam 15 minit sebulan! Terdapat 4 juruterbang yg tidak membuat sebarang penerbangan antara 1 hingga 6 bulan. Alangkah senangnya kerja juruterbang di Sabah Air. Makan gaji buta saja! Apa tindakan pembaikan? Kita menuntut bayaran balik gaji buta ini utk disalurkan kepada rakyat miskin tegar di seluruh Sabah tanah air kita.
Sabah Air melantik 2 agen promosi. Bagi tempoh 2008-2010 sejumlah RM 163,580 telah dibayar. Bayaran lebihan RM 67,100 utk ” mobilization/ demobilization” dan ” standing charges” adalah tidak dinyatakn dlm surat perjanjian. Bayaran lebihan RM 64,361 utk Medical Emergency Evacuation Services (Medevac) secara berasingan juga adalah tidak perlu memandangkan hal ini telah dimasukkan dalam salah satu syarat perjanjian.

Ini merupakan tindakan yg salah di sisi undangx2 dgn membuat bayaran membabi buta (reckless). Wang ini perlu dikembalikan dan digunakan untuk membantu rakyat yg miskin di sabah. Tindakan undangx2 perlu diambil ke atas pihak x2 terlibat. Apakah tindakan kementerian?

31 okt 2000 dan 21 mei 2001, sebanyak 2 tahun berturut turut permohonan dikemukakan kepada Kementerian Kerajaan Tempatan dan Perumahan Sabah to repeal Tawau Municipal Council (parking place) by-law, 1982 dan replace dgn Undangx2 Kecil Tawau Municipal Council (parking place) by-law, 2000. Amendment ini telah dilengah lengah kan sehingga menyebabkan hasil kurang dikutip berjumlah RM 3.6 juta bagi tempoh 10 tahun 4 bulan( jadual 8.4)Kenapa ini berlaku? Kita mahukan jawapan konkrit dan pelaksanaan undangx2 baru ini disegerakan. Kenapa para pemandu dikenakan penalti / saman meletakkan kenderaan di tempat yg sedia sesak, sedangkan tiada tempat letak kenderaan yg mencukupi? Bukankah ini satu perangkap kepada rakyat yg perlu berurusan di tempat yg memang tiada kemudahan tempat letak kenderaan yg mencukupi? Apakah langkah mengatasi masalah ini dgn kadar segera dgn memastikam kos operasi yg rendah?

MAJLIS DAERAH KUNAK, MAJLIS DAERAH LAHAD DATU DAN MAJLIS DAERAH SEMPORNA

9.4.1.2
lebihan bayaran kepada kontraktor berjumlah RM 17,130 untuk kerja x2 yg tidak dilaksanakan. Wang ini mesti dituntut kembali daripada pihak kontraktor dan kontraktor berkenaan mesti dikenakan tindakan undangx2 disamping disenarai hitamkan. Kenapa pihal majlis daerah sentiasa membiarkan perkara ini berlaku?

KEMENTERIAN PEMBANGUNAN MASYARAKAT DAN HAL EHWAL PENGGUNA
JADUAL 10.3 Susu UHT satu pek berharga RM 0.76 Adalah tidak munasabah harga ini memandangkan syarikat yg mengilangkan susu ini sedang melakukan penghasilan skala ekonomi, di mana kos pengeluaran dapat dikurangkan serendah rendahnya.
In Sabah, most are direct negotiation with the contractors thus they have fat profits because of no competitive Open tendering and also no middlemen.

2. On the surface it looks” clean” but the big question the people asks is when politicians gives contracts how many projects go to their own companies Without tendering? Eg the award of Sabah Rural development projects!

3. I just want to ask the BN state Ketua mentri what is so proud to hv the certificate when more than 1 million Sabah people still no access to good road to their villages, no Clean pipe water , no electricity even the uban areas also constantly suffering shortage of power and water and very bad roads!

4. It was allege by some concerned and bloggers that the chief minister of Sarawak paid RM 9 millions to get the Clean certificate after AG reported that he siphoned 60% of the budget allocation. And Sabah is the poorest state?
I want to ask the chief minister …..and I want you to be honest to yourself, how many % Sabah budget allocation being siphoned away ? Is Sabah better than Sarawak ? More than 60 % leakage or less leakage in Sabah government ? Honestly …did you pay anyone to obtain to the ” Clean Certificate”.? Sorry lah I am very doubtful about the certificate!

5……. Yeah ! your may claim to be clean cos you obtained A clean certificate from the AG but the big simple question the rakyat asks is this: ……….Why sabahans , especially the youth migrate to KL, JB, Singapore and even as far as overseas to seek jobs? An efficient government should be able to translate better employment or business opportunities / so that our youth don’t need to migrate elsewhere. True or not?

6. We don’t need a clean certificate cos certificate can be bought. What we can see in PR states where open tenders and transparency is practiced is any time better than certificate . action speaks louder than certificate . We need clean government and clean CM! I can certify that Nick Aziz and Lim Guan Ang are clean. They don’t need a certificate. People can see that . It is simple at that.
7. Petronas makes “significant” oil find offshore of Sabah via the Wakid-1 well in Block 2G-2j. Preliminary estimates put the well’s reserves to 227 million barrels of oil equivalent. Projected 3 different reservoirs yielded a maximum production rate of 8200 barrels per day (bpd). Petronas Carigali s/b , is the sole equity holder of the production sharing contract for the block. I would like to ask the minister of finance. What did Sabah gain from this and where and how much is Sabah share?

8. 49 of the 129 projects announced for Sabah were awarded at exorbitant prices . None of the projects went through a tender board and most of the companies awarded the projects are RM $2 companies.

An Example: “the rural power supply project for the connection of power grid No 1 (for 2011- 2012) which was awarded at a price of RM 41,736,809.77. The lowest price was only RM 7,775,000(15 times or 1500% higher than the normal price!

“Some of the contractors involved are found to be closely linked to certain senior BN- UMNO politicians from Sabah.
I wish to ask the minister of Rural developments what you have to say and explain to Sabah rakyat on these financial abused? Please come clean and look at the above projects and prove that I am wrong? If indeed I am wrong, sue me for slander, otherwise just admit the mistakes had been done and go after those officers who approved them.

10-20 times professional estimates smacks of gross corruption. It is pure greed when a few millions of all that Sabah 10 or more rural areas will get power supply.

 

Tuan Speaker,

The Finance Minister is trying to hoodwink the people (including BN leaders) about the ISO certificate from Moody International. To me this is a waste of money. The Audit General office should suffice as far as auditing the management of the State budget.

The Finance Minister seemed to get so excited when he informed the House that “we paid all dues” when referring to the government ability to service the Federal government loan. The Minister should be aware that under item 53 he mentioned that part of the Federal allocation is used to repay the Federal loan (if that is what is implied in this speech).

According to the Finance Minister, the objective of the 2012 budget is to stimulate the State economic growth with emphasis on improvement of basic infrastructure and public amenities for the benefit of the people and investors.
The government is very generous when disbursing funds for their State Assemblymen. With RM1.5 million the BN Assemblymen will without feeling guilty, use this allocation to fish for votes. This is a glaring move by the government which has elements of corruption. It is therefore not wrong to say that this 2012 budget is deemed to be an election budget.

While we wait for the impact of this budget on the infrastructure and public amenities, we can see that the budget shows no effort to fight inflation, expensive housing and low income which are extremely important for the present and future generations of Sabahans. Like all previous BN budgets, it is said, unexciting and worse, there is very little for the average and less fortunate Sabahans.

Emolument and Recurrent Expenditure drastically increase from RM768 million to 1,787.6 million or 332.75% since 2001. Its look like the BN government is only good at creating extraordinary expenses than creating real economic return in the past 10 years.
How much is the government spent on basic infrastructure such water, electricity and roads. Can the government list down the detail of the money spent on these three areas and compare it with last year achievement in the same matter.
The Sabah revenue base is very narrow. We are largely dependent on palm oil and petroleum of which the government has limited or no control. The tourism sector does show great potential as a revenue earner but with the many fatal accidents involving our visitors the sector will face a negative review which will affect visitors. Broadening this economic base is required but it does not seem to happen under the BN government.

The high emolument for RM623.66 millions is very high compare to Sarawak (RM400+ millions) and Malacca (RM40+ millions). To add insult to injury, Sarawak and Malacca have much higher GDP per capita than Sabah. The high emolument shows the bad management of human resources. The appointment of selected pensioners as consultants has contributed to the higher emolument. The government must be transparent and publish the newly established posts and posts been filled including the persons holding these positions.

I have noted that based on the allocation according to sector, there appears to be a discrepancy. Without taking the government bonus into account the total allocation is RM2,782.14 millions and when added to the Federal government allocation of RM1,520.76 the total allocation is RM4,302.76 millions. This is RM254.62 millions more than the 2011 budget announced by the Finance Minister. If this is an error, then the Auditor General’s advice for the government officers and staffs to be trained and be efficient and competent is relevant.

I am also saddened to see that Sabah only received a tiny RM1,520.76 Federal allocation. The Prime Minister has revealed a RM232 billions national budget 2012. What Sabah is getting back from the Federal government is so insignificant. I call on the government to ask for an increment in the oil royalty from 5% to at least 20% or more.

Pakatan Rakyat States of Penang and Selangor have shown how good governance and corruption-free environment can transform the States from a deficit-managed States to one that are surplus-managed States. This is done in just under three years after assuming power. Sabah needs a Pakatan Rakyat government to steer it back to the right track so that all Sabahan can truly benefit from the development of Sabah and enjoy all her resources.

Tuan Speaker,

The State budgets have a unhealthy trend. It appears that only the Finance Minister-cum-Chief Minister is controlling more than 58% of the total budget which is RM2,350.65 millions. The other State Ministers have very little to manage. Out of this RM2,350.65 millions only 5.18% or RM209.52 millions is for development. Thus, the CM and Finance Minister controls so much of the money and yet so little for development. This means that there is a lot of fixed cost (not for development) within the government. I agree with the LDP that the rotational Chief Minister post should be re-instated so that all the major races in Sabah can benefit.

The World Bank states that Sabah is the poorest state in Malaysia and Sarawak is the second poorest in the Malaysia. Sabah and Sarawak is rich in natural resources. The international Fund for Agriculture Development Report 2011 explains that the improper rural road system is a major factor preventing rural smallholders from participating in marketing their agricultural which is a contributing factor responsible for their poverty. Based on the statistics of the state economic planning unit, the Director General disclosed that indigenous communities in Sabah and Sarawak are the poorest communities in Malaysia. Yet, both states are the poorest in Malaysia. The Sabah and Sarawak indigenous groups are the poorest amongst other in Malaysia. Is this something we are proud of? The answer is surely, NO. The Sabah government should be ashamed by the statement and is accounted for their failure.

 

The world bank reported on 2010 that the majority (40%) of the total hard core poor in Malaysia were from the Rungus in Kudat and Matongong .

If one pays a visit to any rural Rungus long houses or those who live in Pitas, Sapulut, Pensiangan, Sook, Tongod, Kuala Penyu, menumbok, Nabawan and Pagalungan in Keningau. One can see their sad living conditions of dilapidated walls, roof and flooring. These sections of the communities still live from hand to mouth and put up in houses that are on the verge of collapsing. These people find it difficult;
(1) To have proper food
(2) Afford adequate clothing and
(3) Bring their family out of the poverty line.

The state imports registered higher growth of 13.2% in the first half of this year mainly due to higher import cost of food (such as chicken and chicken wing, price jumps from RM9 to RM14.50 – RM15.50) and Fuel.
Tuan Speaker,

The Sabah state government has allocated RM4.048 billion for its 2012 state budget, an increase by RM979.62 million compared with the estimated provision for 2011.

Chief Minister Musa Aman, who is also state Finance Minister, said the estimated expenses of 2012 will cover three main components, namely emolument (RM623.66 million), recurring expenses (RM1.120 billion) and special expenditure (RM2.303 billion).
1. National economy vs. Sabah economy
1.1. Malaysian Economy – expected to grow between 5% and 5.5% in 2011.
1.2. Sabah Economy – expected to grow between 3% to 4%.
1.3. Sabah’s growth is much slower than the national growth. This is bad economic management as Sabah has so much natural resources.

2. Sabah will be dependent on domestic sector for growth.
2.1. Sabah GDP is quite big but most of it will be leaked away.
2.2. Sabah’s domestic real sector in effect is very small. Relying on domestic sector is misplaced.

3. [Item 12] The budget claimed “Sabah BN …………..becoming a developed and prosperous state will be achieved”.
3.1. Currently Sabah is very behind the top economic performance states, like Selangor and Penang.
3.2. Sabah GDP per capita is only RM17, 000 [after taking into account of leakages, this figure may be a lot less!
3.3. What is Sabah’s GDP per capita when we can claim to be “developed state”?
3.4. When will 3.3 be achieved?
3.5. CM talked only. The real truth is that there is no plan and Sabah BN cannot develop Sabah into a developed state. Sabah BN government has too much corruption! Talking is cheap — prove Sabah BN can do it!

4. Financial Management?
4.1. CM must tell Sabahans: –
4.1.1. The total amount Sabah Government is still owing to contractors and suppliers and for how long.
4.1.2. The total amount Sabah Government owes the Federal Government.
4.1.3. The total amount that has already been committed compared to expected revenue within the next 5 years.

4.2. After so 11 years of “clean bill” awarded by Audit General, how come Sabah still has the most number of hardcore poor? This is proof that Sabah BN’s claim to have “good financial management” has not helped Sabahans and has no meaning for Sabahans!!!!!!!

4.3. Penang has reduced her state debt by 95%. What is Sabah total State debt and how much has Sabah BN Government reduced it since it came to power?

5. [Item 14] – Claim of RM730 million surplus in 2010.
5.1. Where did this surplus come from? Most of the years since Musa took over as Minister of Finance, his budgets have been in deficits.
5.2. Can the CM confirm that this is from 2011?
5.3. If from 2011, how is this possible when: –
5.3.1. 2011 revenue = RM3,820.45 million
5.3.2. But expenditure = RM3,068.66 + RM1,395.00 [supplementary budget].
5.3.3. Deficit = 643.21

 

 
6. 2012 budget deficit again!

Total Expenditure Total Revenue Deficit
4,048.28 3,690.53 357.75

7. Unhealthy Budget Trend.
7.1. 1 person controlling more than 58% of total budget OR RM 2,350.65 million. All the other state ministers have very little to do!
7.2. Of RM 2,350.65 million, only 5.18% of total budget or RM209.52 million is for development. He controls so much and yet so little for development.
7.3. This means there is a lot fixed cost [not for development] within the Government.

Budget (RM) % of Total Budget Development (RM) % of Total Expenditure
Ministry of Finance 1,918.62 47.39% 18.58 0.46%
Chief Minister Dept 432.03 10.67% 190.94 4.72%
Total (under CM) 2,350.65 58.07% 209.52 5.18%

7. State Budget 2012, like all previous Sabah BN Budgets, is staid, unexciting and worse, there is very little for average and less fortunate Sabahans.

7.1. Revenue base is very narrow.
7.1.1. Largely dependent on palm and petroleum – both of which Sabah Government cannot control.
7.2. Bad Management of Human Resources: –
7.2.1. Very high Emolument = RM623.66 million compared to
7.2.2. Sarawak = RM400 million +
7.2.3. Malacca= RM40 million +
7.2.4. Adding insult to injury, both Sarawak and Malacca have much higher GDP per capita than Sabah.
7.3. There are no efforts in the 2012 budget fight inflation, expensive housing and low income, all of which are extremely important for the present and future generations of Sabahans.

8. Sabah needs a Pakatan Government after the 13th General Election to steer back to the right track so that all Sabahans can truly benefit from the development of Sabah and all her resources.

 

 
Singapore’s households are at their wealthiest, boosted by rising property prices, a report released by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said. Singapore’s households are at their wealthiest, boosted by rising property prices, a report released by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) stated on Friday. Household wealth stood at a record high of $1.471 trillion in the three months to September, up 8.6 per cent from $1.354 trillion in the same period in 2010, said the central bank. Property made up about 50.2 per cent of the household assets, while cash, Central Provident Fund balances, stocks and shares, as well as insurance, formed the other half of households’ assets. Companies and banks were also in the pink of health, with good profits, a strong base of funding and healthy balance sheets.
Sabah road is badly maintain. May I know which company is responsible for the maintenance? Who is monitoring the road condition and how frequent is the monitoring? How much did the government spent on road maintenance and repair this year? Why am I asking. Because its a lousy workmanship and yet the people are still paying for the bad service. This is unbelievable and unfair to the people of Sabah.
Old folks aid is only given to either the husband or the wife in every household. This is not fair and aid should be given to each individual above 60 years old. The said aid should also increase to RM 500 per person due to the high cost of living. I propose that the government give RM200 ang pau or bonus to senior citizen over 60 years old and above, regardless of race or religion. Old folks, disabled, single mother entitle to RM500 each.

In 1998, the budget presented by Datuk Ghapur Salleh is 1,727.35 million. Forest Sector contributed RM611.80 or 35% of the total state revenue. 20 million is allocated for assistance it non-muslim religious organizations and 8 million is made available as grant to private school. I hope that the government can allocate about 30 million to the non-muslim religious organizations and private school in Sabah for the year 2012. In the 20 point agreement, there is no official religion in Sabah but it seems that only Islam getting all the fund and other religion is neglected.

Tuan Speaker,

Saya mohon tidak menyokong bajet 2012 Negeri Sabah yang dicadang dan dibentangkan oleh Menteri Kewangan.

 

Sabah Air clarifies purchase of two helicopters December 16, 2011

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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Yussof Mohd Kassim has issued a press statement to counter allegations by Sri Tanjung assemblyman cum Sabah DAP chairman Jimmy Wong’s allegations about two of its helicopters, the EC145 and AS355NP.

Jimmy described the two helicopters as ‘scrap metal’ and the purchase was a waste of the people’s money. He also claimed that the aircraft were not suitable for rural areas as they would ‘take of the roof of houses’ if they tried to land in the villages.

Yussof in his statement that he read out to reporters yesterday said that before the acquisition of the EC145 and AS355NP helicopters, Sabah Air used to operate one of the oldest fleets in the region.

The management was mindful of the issues which led to a program to renew and modernize its current fleet of aircraft to ensure that its products and services were competitive, he said, adding that the company always ensured continuous improvement in all aspects of the company’s operation.

It was also prudent to ensure that fleet expansion and renewal was carried out on the basis of an up-coming possible contract. The decision to renew its fleet of helicopters and the decision to purchase Eurocopter EC145 and AS355NP are that of the Board of Directors of Sabah Air in a series of discussion and evaluation of the various types of aircraft with consultation with the technical team.

“It is purely a commercial and strategic business decision,” he added.

“As in all commercial dealings, Sabah Air needs to position and improve its chances to move forward. In doing so, the company must have the right tools and equipment to bid for tenders that are opened to the company.

“The Medical Services Contract was opening for tender as soon as the current contract expires. The new contract specification requires the successful contractor to use the next generation helicopters (e.g. Twin Engine Requirement); keeping in mind safety as a primary concern. The then fleet of Sabah Air was no longer suitable to bid for this contract. Hence the said helicopters were procured to meet the requirement of the end user,” he disclosed.

According to him, the AS355NP and EC145 helicopters are twin engine helicopters and unique to Sabah Air as the company has always been operating Bell helicopters in the past. The Bell helicopters are single engine helicopters.

As a matter of fact, Sabah Air’s EC145 helicopter was the first of such model being acquired in Malaysia, he added.

“The accusation that the EC145 cannot land in rural areas is an irresponsible statement. As a prudent operator, all measures and steps are taken, considering the safety aspects of the people, to choose a suitable landing point and not otherwise that will pose a threat to the safety of the people and their properties, as alleged.

“We cannot just simply land where we like; there are landing provision made by authorities and there are no cases of rooftops being blown off,” he said.

He also countered Jimmy’s accusation that there was no pilot who flew the AS355NP as another misinformed accusation as the said helicopter was flown in from Kuala Lumpur by Sabah Air’s pilot in 2010.

“The resignation of the said pilot from the company relates to a personal decision at his own accord because he was offered better terms elsewhere. It is a normal scenario in any commercial entities; helicopter pilots being a very scarce profession nowadays.

“Nevertheless, it should be noted that such scarceness of the said resources would not ensure guaranteed employment in any Aviation Organization if the person is found to have violated the company’s safety code,” he stressed.

“The statement that the said helicopters are scrap metal is an outrageous lie and irresponsible accusation that tarnishes the good name of Sabah Air. The helicopters were originally flown in all the way from Kuala Lumpur, and was also recently flown back to Kuala Lumpur and then to Langkawi for LIMA `11. This is ample proof that the said helicopters are definitely airworthy for revenue flights.

“With respect to the allegation of wasting people’s money for purchasing the helicopters, Yang Berhormat Jimmy Wong is reminded that the purchase does not deprive the interest of other needs of Sabahans with respect to state fund provisioning for building roads and basic infrastructure.

“As such the people’s interest and welfare at large are not affected. On the contrary, it improves the communication in the rural areas which are not accessible by road. In the event of emergency, life and death situation, air transport is the only solution.

“The people of Sabah will benefit from the service which will definitely improve their standard of living through better technology and facilities. In conclusion, Sabah Air is predominantly in the business of saving lives,” he said.

Sabah Air CEO Manu Sasidharan when explaining about the leasing of EC145 to Eurocopter for the LIMA air show at a token nominal sum of RM1said the company had decided to send the aircraft to Langkawi but the cost involved was quite heavy.

“So we approached Eurocopter and parked the aircraft under their booths for about three months. To do that we need to do a lease agreement because when you do it under a lease agreement, the cost of insurance will be passed to the temporary holder.

“The cost of taking the aircraft to LIMA and all other associated costs is RM844,729.21. The advantage to Sabah Air was that we saved that amount as it was borne by Eurocopter for that nominal RM1 transfer for three months on a transfer agreement.

“The agreement also stated that whatever cost that we incurred in terms of our crew during the transfer to KK-KL-Langkawi they will pay for it, they will basically maintain the aircraft for this period of time at their cost, they have hangered the aircraft at Subang at their cost, the cost of exhibiting at Langkawi was at their cost and the cost of participating we didn’t pay as exhibitor, we went in as trade show visitor,” he said.

On top of that, Sabah Air is given the opportunity to display and promote the potential services the helicopter has at the LIMA air show under the bigger flagship of Eurocopter. It is a business strategy and no participation fee is involved which would have been a significant cost to the company.

Being a new fleet and first of its kind in Malaysia, promotional efforts are actively made to introduce such new helicopters to the users especially the emergency medical services (EMS), search and rescue, and other utility roles which are new in Malaysia.

The participation in LIMA had successfully attracted potential users especially government departments.

Manu also explained that Sabah Air has 11 pilots and nine are helicopter pilots.

The aircraft, he said were bought with a purpose, adding that the flying doctors service was the next contract and had to be operated on a twin engine concept, so Sabah Air had to buy a new chopper.

“And then there was another concept in the emergency medical services (EMS) which is not being implemented in Malaysia yet. Sabah Air is leading that effort with the Ministry of Health and Sabah Health Department to come up with the protocol on the service.

“At this stage when we don’t have the contracts yet, so we have nominal pilots who are trained on these aircraft. When the contract starts, we have a plan to train more pilots to meet the requirements of the contract. So the allegation that we do not have pilots for this type of aircraft is completely not true,” he stressed.

Manu added that a helicopter sitting in a hanger does not make it scrap metal.

“Being an aviation man all these years I find that blasphemous. In fact I am willing to answer face to face whoever made the allegations, minus the politics, purely on the technical side and we are willing to give him a presentation on the chopper itself, take him on a ride to see Kota Kinabalu,” he said.

He also brushed aside any doubts that the helicopters are not in flying condition as the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCAM) has issued certificate of airworthiness for these two aircraft.

DCAM will not issue the certificate unless and until they have irrefutable proof that these aircraft are safe machines, he stressed.

On the allegation of the helicopters not being able to land in the rural areas, Sabah Air as a responsible flight operator which is also the longest serving operator in the country at 37 years, does not go flying into a location blindly.

“We will have people to identify a preconceived determined location for landing, we check the weather, we will have a person on the ground, the community leader in the village knows and they will control the crowd on the ground,” he pointed out.

Assemblyman to resign if allegations on purchase of choppers proven wrong December 16, 2011

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KOTA KINABALU: Sri Tanjung assemblyman, Jimmy Wong said that he will resign as an elected representative if the state government can prove that his allegations on the purchase of the Sabah Air helicopters were wrong.

“But if I am right, then the State Cabinet should resign,” the Sabah DAP liaison chief told reporters here yesterday.

Wong maintained that he stood by his statement describing the two helicopters purchased by the State government as scrap metal that had never been used.

Speaking at a press conference here, Wong claimed that Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned company of the State Government, purchased two new units of helicopters to provide for the Health Department’s flying doctor and medivac services contract.

“One unit of Eurocopter AS 355 NP was purchased at a price of RM13 million and one unit of Eurocopter EC 145 at a price of RM21 million from Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd,” Wong alleged when countering criticism to his allegations by the former chairman of Sabah Air, Datuk Pang Nyuk Ming.

Wong also said that the purchase of  the two helicopters was a waste of the people’s money as Sabah Air’s current fleet of eight Bell 206 helicopters are not fully utilised.

The money used to purchase the helicopters should have been put to better use such as building roads, improving water and electricity supplies as well as constructing infrastructure for the people in the state, he opined.

He also claimed that since the delivery, both helicopters have not generated any revenue flying hours for Sabah Air. Wong disclosed that the AS 355 NP was delivered to Sabah Air in Dec 2010 and the EC 145 was delivered in Jan 2011.

“In Oct 2011, the EC 145 was leased to Eurocopter for demonstration flights and static display in West Malaysia for RM 1.00 only. The one ringgit lease agreement between Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd and Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd was signed by the CEO and the director of operation on Sept 30,” he alleged.

“As Sabahans have yet to see any of these helicopters, I challenge the State government to give the rakyat a good Christmas present by putting the two machines on display. The government should also consider operating charity flights on the helicopters for children on that day.”