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Dewan Undangan Negeri Ke 13 (Ucapan/Speech) November 9, 2012

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Dewan Undangan Negeri Ke 13
Mesyuarat Ketiga
Penggal Ke 5
19 Okt 2012- 25 Okt 2012

Speech by:
YB Wong Sze Phin @ Jimmy ADUN N.57 Sri Tanjong

Tuan Speaker

Terima kasih kerana memberi saya peluang untuk membahaskan Pembentangan Rang Undang-undang Perbekalan (2013) yang disampaikan oleh Yang Amat Berhormat Ketua Menteri pada 19 Oktober 2012.

Salam Bersih, Salam Ubah dan salam bersidang kepada semua Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah. Ini kalilah.

Tuan Speaker

Saya akan membaca ucapan saya dalam Bahasa Inggeris.

Tuan Speaker,

Before I begin my debate on the proposed State Budget 2013, I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate our Chief Minister YAB Datuk Seri Musa Aman. He is the best ever Chief Minister since BN took control of the Sabah state government in 1994 for two reasons.

1. The Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) has achieved its best performance by receiving RM10 billion in the first half of this year, the highest amount of private investments among all the states in Malaysia.

2. Sabah has yet again earned praise from Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang for demonstrating sound financial management in 2011 in terms of maintaining its record of efficient and prudent financial management over the past few years.

But at the same time, I cannot help but feel sorry for our CM. After doing such a good job for the state of Sabah, his approval rating among the rakyat has droped from 60% to only 45%, according to the latest polls by Merdeka Center earlier this month. This means that less than half of all Sabahans approve of his performance despite the heavy drumming up of his many achievements in the mainstream media.

CM Datuk Musa, if I was in your position, I would immediately dissolve the state assembly and call for the state elections to prove that a majority of Sabahans still support your leadership. There is no need to wait for Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib, to decide when to call the next general election. Our dear CM, I hereby challenge you to dissolve the state assembly after the tabling of this budget in order to prove your reputation is the best ever CM of Sabah!

However, I don’t think you dare accept my challenge. You are still dreaming and placing false hopes on this newly tabled, so called the best ever budget, to regain the support from the people. For now, we bring the focus back on the budget which you tabled last Friday.

What is about BN state budget?

The CM cum Minister of Finance in his budget speech said Sabah is grateful to Federal Government for the allocation for Sabah. In fact, I feel nothing to be grateful about, due to the very fact that 2013 Federal Budget is one of the worst for Sabah in the last 10 years, receiving only RM3 billion which is 6.5% out of total development expenditure, whereas our population is 11.6% of this country’s population.

CM’s logic that there is a lot of development or that Sabahans have benefitted just because he has been and is going to spend large amount of the state money or how quickly he can spend it! This is all worng!!! Most of the money in previous budgets has  produced little benefit for the people of Sabah. Judging from the poor records of the BN Sabah government, Pakatan is confident that the 2013 state budget will have nothing to shout about.

……Bad management and corruption have continued to keep many Sabahan’s under the poverty line.

Sabah is still the poorest state in Malaysia, hundreds of thousands of Sabahans are working in poorly paid jobs in the Klang Valley, Johor and Penang. Poverty can be seen everywhere within 5km from the centre of Kota Kinabalu! Datuk CM’s own constituency has many poverty stricken Sabahans! What have all the so called good budgets of Datuk Musa done for his own constituents?

Datuk Musa has made too many boosts on the comments from the Auditor General. Behind the façade of so called good management of certain departments, he needs to be reminded of the rampant corruption, deep rooted poverty, bad delivery service, high cost of living and—- his inability to abolish the Cabotage Policy.

Auditor General Report on Sabah concerning old folks home where residents at these homes were sleeping with mosquitoes, bathing with cold water, not fed beyond 5pm and made to eat food that they could not chew or were bad for them. Is this the practice of a government who claim —-“Rakyat didahulukan?”

Therefore, the few departments that have received praises from the Auditor General have done nothing for Sabahans.

–**-Failed Objectives and No Strategy-**

Sabah is an under developed state. We need to improve our very outdated and inadequate infrastructure. Some BN politicians have said, I won Sri Tanjung with the help of the incompetent SESB, Jabatan Air, JKR and Majlis Perbandaran Tawau. Yes, this is indeed true.

What has government done in this regard? Of the 6 objectives of this and previous budgets, the Sabah Bn government, 5 have failed to miserably:
1.   Improve infrastructure – Sabah still has the worst;

2.   Acceleration of achievement of Halatuju – no result as the 2012/2013 Economic Report pointed out, the cumulative committed investment from launch date of the SDC until end of June this year is RM112.0 billion but the actual realised investment amount adds up to only RM12.0 billion, only 10.7% of committed investments in the SDC have been realized. Where is the rest 90% of the committed investors?

3. Development of valuable and high quality youth and human capital – Where the well paid jobs in Sabah? Even pay jobs are not available. This is why so many young Sabahans are working in the Klang Valley and Johor.

4. Eradication of poverty and improve quality of life – Visit CM’s constituency to see plenty of poverty and only his cronies have a good life!

5. Achieved balanced regional development. Except Kota Kinabalu, there is hardly any development. Balanced development does not exist at all!

Not only 5 objectives of this budget doomed to fail. Datuk Musa has no strategy to accelerate economic development for Sabahans, expedite the growth of higher income for Sabahans and innovate the economy of Sabah.

Datuk CM has been too long as the Minister of Finance – the style of his budget is the same every year. There is absolutely no innovation. The worse is that there is no diversification of sources of revenue.

The BN Sabah 2013 budget is boring and has nothing for Sabahans nathing to be happy about becouse……

Datuk speaker
Even though Sabah received praise from the Auditor General, there is no denying that Sabah’s state debt has increased significantly over the past years and now stands at a worryingly high level. Even though state revenue has increased by 236% from RM1.78b in 2005 to RM4.20b in 2010, …..state debt has increased by an even higher rate from RM1b in 2005.. to… RM3.1 in 2010, an increase of 310%.

This prompted the following statement from the Malaysian Ratings Agency at the end of 2011:

‘Despite Sabah’s favorable financial standing in 2010, the state’s public debt was rising at a faster clip of 30.6% in 2010, owing to bond issuances amounting to RM544 million as well as new loans granted by the federal government totaling RM168.0 million during the year. As a result, public debt stock as a percentage of total revenue remained elevated at 73.9% in 2010 (2009: 77.9%).

However, the rapid rise in the debt level may yield legitimate concerns on the state’s ability to repay its liabilities, particularly when the amount of cash balances available in smaller than the size of public debt.

As a result of this rapid increase in debt, debt servicing charges has also increased significantly. For example, debt serving charges amounted to RM92m in 2010 but was projected to increase to RM145m in 2012, an increase of 57.6% in just two years. As a basis for comparison, government revenue was projected to increase by only 22.5% from RM3304m in 2010 to RM4048m in 2012.

Furthermore, according to the 2011 Auditor General Report, Sabah experienced the largest absolute fall in its Consolidated Funds, from RM2.82b to RM2.66b, a fall of RM156.7m, among all the states in Malaysia!

The fact that much of this debt and reduction of Consolidated Funds shows that:

(i) the state government was not prudent in using its budget surpluses for development expenditure;

(ii) the state government was not prudent in minimizing the costs of  projects by open tender…

(iii) the federal government has not played its part in properly funding development projects in the state.

*****Development Benefits Cronies***

Yes, there is GDP growth every year, but the average Sabahan continues to suffer more and more due to cost of living increases. For example, the people of Tawau suffers every day due to traffic jams in Jalan Apas, one of the major routes into and out of the town but the government still has no plans or allocations set aside to construct an outer ring road or a coastal highway.

But a new investment in Sg Burung, Balung, Sipadan Mangrove Resort, located 25km from the junction, has been approved by the Public Private Partnership Unit or UKAS (Urussetia Kerjasama Awam Swasta) and this involves an allocation of RM47 Million to build a tar road for the purposes of benefitting a single resort!

Let us pick another nearer example, the new 1km road to this assembly hall. JKR has announced that the cost was RM14.9 million just for 1km distance! can the minister of Infrastructure explain what make it so expensive to construct this 1 km 2 hala rd which normally costs 2 million?

This highlights the true meaning of what the BN means by Janji Ditepati … tetapi untuk kroni. In the 80’s the government promise to build 4 mile (10 KM) of coastal highway in Tawau but until now is still not fulfilled

And now the government promise to build a coastal highway to Kudat. believve me.. I don’t think this promise will be ever  fulfilled ….even in 100 years of BN ruling.

Tuan speaker,

Concentration of power tends to corrupt

The Ministry of Finance’s allocation has skyrocketed from RM737m in 2008 to RM1.87b in next year, a 263% increase. The combined expenditure of the Chief Minister’s Department and the Ministry of Finance is RM2.59b, constituting 63.4% of the 2013 budget.

Well, thanks to position as Huguan Siou, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Pairin still holds the second highest allocation through his portfolio as Minister of Infrastructure Development with RM560.6m allocated in the 2013 budget. Yet we are not seeing any significant improvement in terms of the overall infrastructure in the state, most notable the road infrastructure especially in the rural areas. The Merdeka Center poll results show that the perception of poor infrastructure is the prevailing point of view among a majority of Sabahans. I am confident that if a approval ratings were to be taken for Tan Sri Pairin, it would not be too different with that of his boss, CM Musa.

The over concentration of the allocations in the hands of the two ministries controlled by the Chief Minister is a reflection of the over concentration of power in the hands of certain UMNO leaders in the state government. The low approval ratings currently enjoyed by the CM is testament that much of this money has not been spent in a way which has benefitted the people of Sabah but instead has enriched a few cronies, mostly those who are closely associated with CM .

Datuk CM  enough is enough. We want real development for our state and real infrastructure improvement. We do not want to have development that only benefits a select few and high allocations given for infrastructure projects, many of which seldom see the light of day.

***Comparing the PR and BN budget***

Even though we in the opposition do not have the same kind of political financing that UMNO receives, of which RM40m of smuggled cash in Hong Kong is just the tip of the iceberg, we are still able to contribute in proposing an exciting alternative budget for the state.

Just to remind the state representatives gathered here today, we in PR Sabah have prepared an alternative budget that promotes financial transparency and accountability, that decentralizes power from CM to the other ministry and local government, that reallocates expenditure away from the Ministry of Finance, that targets social assistance towards the marginalized and which channels much of the increase in oil royalties to infrastructure improvement as well as long term development projects that will distribute wealth and opportunities much more equitably. This is a clear demonstration that the resources of the state government can be allocated equitably, efficiently, effectively and transparently without jeopardizing the state’s financial standing.

As the Pakatan Rakyat budget, which was announced on 17 October, has shown, there is little chance that the BN’s budget can compare with ours, on the simple basis that PR has pledged to increase the oil royalty allocated to Sabah from the current 5% to 20%!

Dear ketuan Mentri  you should perhaps go and seek an appointment with PM Najib in Putrajaya to review the oil royalty and copy PR Sabah’s policy proposals in our budget since there is little chance the BN can come up with a better one.

We will not stop the BN state government from copying our proposals since this will benefit the people of Sabah. I know it is not easy for CM Musa to admit that he needs to learn from us. But at the very least he should consider my following recommendations.

And if you do not want to become the next opposition leader in this Dewan, please follow my advice and take these actions, most notably by asking for more oil royalties from BN federal government in order to compete with us in PR Sabah. If not, you will no doubt regret your lack of actions taken.

****Loss of Compensation

We want to draw attention to a failed promise of the BN government in seeking just compensation from the Federal government for the loss of revenue from revoking the import and excise duties on petroleum products.

This was carried out in 2001 and as promised by the then CM, Datuk Osu Sukam, the Sabah state government would seek RM250m compensation from the Federal Government. But according to the budgets in the previous years as well as the latest 2013 budget, the compensation paid by the Federal government is only RM120m! This means that the Sabah state government has effectively lost RM130m in revenue a year and total RM1.56 billion over the past 12 years!

Not only is the Sabah State government powerless in increasing the oil royalty, they cannot even get the Federal government to pay us Sabahans the proper compensation from lost revenue from the lifting of the excise and import taxes for petroleum products. Perhaps CM  proves me wrong by his actions given his close relationship with Prime Minister Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Conclusion

Lastly, my two cents advice for our CM is, please stop practicing corruption! We Pakatan Rakyat confident to cut down 24% out of non fixed operational expenditure once we are voted in government.

If Sabah BN government has been free of corruption, like PR states of Penang and Selangor, Sabah will have higher income, more job opportunities, and zero poverty!

But now, our Chief Minister, Musa Aman, who has been the focus of an international investigation involving allegations of money laundering via Swiss bank accounts in Hong Kong and Switzerland.
This matter has been raised in parliament and was confirmed by the Minister of Prime Minister Department that investigation is done which found that “no elements of corruption” involved and all the RM40 million is the donation to Sabah UMNO.
As you can ask any ordinary man in the street, nobody will be
so stupid to believe it. I hereby urge the CM to clarify on this serious issue:
1. Why did the money brought in or smuggled in Hong Kong airport in Singapore Dollar?
2. Why can’t Michael Chia just TT the money to Sabah UMNO’s account?
3. How can you CM pretend not knowing Mr Michael if he is your donor?

Dear CM, can you swear that the money received is not illegal and you tell the honorable hall today. I know you do not dare to do so. But I am sincere to help to clear your name, by signing Power of Attorney letter, endorsing the criminal complaint by the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) to allow the Swiss government to investigate UBS AG Bank over the alleged money-laundering on behalf of sabah chief minister.

Thank you

Datuk Speaker,

Sekali lagi saya mohon tidak sokong Rang Undang-undang Perbekalan (2013) kerana ia langsung tidak dapat membantu rakyat Sabah.

Sekian, terima kasih.

YB Wong Sze Phin @ Jimmy
ADUN N.57 Sri Tanjong

DUN Undangan Negeri Ke 13 (Speech) April 4, 2012

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Dewan Undangan Negeri Ke 13
Mesyuarat Pertama
Penggal Ke 5
22 Mac 2011- 28 Mac 2012

Speech by:
YB Wong Sze Phin @ Jimmy ADUN N.57 Sri Tanjong

Terima kasih Datuk Speaker kerana memberi peluang kepada saya untuk membahaskan ucapan dasar kerajaan oleh Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sabah pada 22 Mac 2012. Salam Ubah and salam Muhibah kepada semua Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah. Saya juga bersyukur kepada Tuhan kerana memberi peluang kepada saya untuk hadir di persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah dan diberi peluang untuk mengutarakan isu-isu penting daripada prospektif rakyat jelata maupun kerajaan.

Saya minta izin untuk bahaskan ucapan saya dalam Bahasa Inggeris.

Datuk speaker,

First of all, I would like to register my total disappointment on the part of government for failing to address many issues of Sabahans concern. Particularly the BN government fail completely in making a serious political commitment in this Dewan yang Mulia to support the urgent need of setting up a “ROYAL COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY (RCI)” to resolve the critical PTI issue which are supported by all the political parties except one vested party in Sabah and is highly recommended by Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms Chairman, Dr Maximus Ongkili.

The government brags of spending 75.5% of State development fund and 74.9% of the Federal development fund under the 2011 budget but it fails to provide tangible and convincing proofs of such development. More importantly, the government never informed Sabahans how effective it has spent the money. High percentage of spending means nothing. Sabahan want concrete results, creditability and honest in spending the tax payers’ money. Sabahans know that a large amount of State and Federal Funds have disappeared into the pockets of some people. Otherwise, how can after billions of Ringgit spent, Sabahans are still facing so many problems?

The government has failed miserably on eradicating poverty, just look at the sheer number of recipients of BR1M500. What it shows is the very poor performance of the state of our economy where prices of consumer goods are rising much faster than the stagnant wages and income. The people are desperate and unashamed to come forward to collect their BR1M500 which most recipients feel that it is their money in the first place. The people are unhappy because their money is now been distributed to the “new bumiputra”. Without these new bumiputra the BR1M handouts in Sabah could be more than RM500.

The government is reluctant to address this “new bumiputra” issue in depth. They have taxed our system such as education and health care very heavily. Genuine Sabahans are being deprived of quality services because of there are so many of these bumiputras. I know that some of them have been making “special free medical visits” because they can better attention for free! Genuine Sabahans are not enjoying the richness Sabah is generating. They have penetrated our security and education systems, intrude into our way of life and slowly but surely moving towards a reverse takeover of our country. If the Federal Government is refusing to take decisions to solve this problem, it will in effect, be handing Sabah to the Philippines without it making a claim! What is there in it for the government of UMNO and BN in this issue? Is a political advantage by using them worth it? As a responsible elected representative of Sabah I will continue to highlight this issue in the hope of spurring the present Government leaders to wake up from their sleep and start to protect the sovereignty of our State and Country. I can only tease the present government leaders and hope their conscience will get the better of them.

I am surprised that the government has failed to address the NCR issue. NCR should be respected and honoured. The government should strive hard to provide indigenous people or the natives with titled land to their names so that they will be independent and self-reliance. They can mortgage the land to raise capital for their business ventures or toil the land and make it productive and profitable. By empowering them, the government will not insult their dignity by dishing out financial assistance in the form of BR1M.

The social assistance rendered for family, women and the handicaps are government obligation. I agree with the government on the development of quality and innovative human resources. Unfortunately, it is just lip service. The government stated that the unemployment rate has decline to 5.4% in 2011. What the government fails to reveal is how many Sabahans especially the youth have left the shore to look for greener pasture in other parts of Malaysia or other countries? How many brilliant Sabahans have decided to stay put in other countries and help that countries to progress? While the new bumiputras are remitting millions back to their country of origin, we are practically saving them in their new adopted countries.
Datuk Speaker,
Let me address some of the issues that the government has failed to mention in its policy address.
Native Customary Rights (NCR)

Datuk Speaker

As a Sino-Native, I will start my speech by touching on the Native issue. Indeed I have just touch the raw nerves of many YBs in this house by proclaiming myself as Sino-native. Unless and until the government makes a stand on my native certificate, I shall remain a Sino-native. I am prepared to face the power that be, in this UMNO-led BN government and likewise, I shall continue to highlight the “benefits” that the BN government is giving to illegal immigrants in Sabah against me, the interest of other genuine natives and other genuine Sabahans.

On 30th – 31st January 2012, the KadazanDusun Chair at University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and PUSAKA jointly organised a seminar on Native land reform. A native land tribunal was recommended by the Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak Yang Amat Arif Tan Sri Richard Malanjun to be established. I’m strongly support his recommendation.

The natives of Sabah are the true son of the soil. They existed with their own unique and peculiar customary laws and regulations which led to the establishment of the Native Court of Sabah (formerly North Borneo). Being far-sighted, the Native Court has provision to allow children from a mixed marriage between a Native and non-native to be certified as native and enjoys the privileges and rights as a native of Sabah. One of the special rights is to own or possess native land titles, and to claim land under the Native Customary Rights (NCR).

The seminar which was participated by imminent judges, lawyers and academicians gave a frank overview of the native prospective. We were informed that the definition of a native in Sabah is vague, and there is a difference between the Federal/State Constitution and the Native Ordinance. The government must resolve this issue first before moving further to discuss about native rights.

The seminar also revealed that the issuance of the native certificate is the domain of the Native Court. Indeed, any verification of a native certificate should be through the Native Court. I have no doubt about this matter and I would like to go further to ask the government to quickly consolidate the Native Court by erecting its own administrative and Court houses so that native justice can be dispensed. The Native Court of Sabah to me is the link or a bridge between the indigenous people and the land.

Sabah Attorney General Datuk Roderic Fernandez has done injustice to the Natives of Sabah by proclaiming that there is no NCR land after 1931. This is in allusion to the Sabah Land Ordinance 1930. Let me remind the AG that his statement has angered the Natives of Sabah but I am also thankful to him for awakening the Natives.

Like many others I beg to differ on what Roderic Fernandez has publicly stated. There is one cardinal point which he appeared to have missed and that is, there was no Land Ordinance when the indigenous people, the Natives were roaming the country. To put it simple and clear, land before 1930 is all NCR land and land after 1930 is also all NCR land. The government can only acquire land after the Native Court has cleared the status of the land or approves it because it is for the benefit of the people in general.

For example, The Crocker Range is an NCR land. The people have been using it for gathering food and medicine, hunt, fish and extract timber for their houses. They undertook shifting cultivation and continue to do so until today. With the introduction of rubber, they now tend to stay put on the land.

They settle along rivers and sell their agricultural produce to the town or to middlemen. Then the government decided to gazette the Crocker Range as Sabah Park’s property causing many villages to be illegal and disrupting their way of life.

By right, the government should seek the assistance of the Native Court to convert this NCR land (Crocker Range) into a Parks. No doubt, the government can best protect and conserve this parcel of land which is an important catchment area. The Native Court would then work out an amicable and acceptable agreement for the indigenous people before gazetting it as a Parks. By following this system, all parties are happy and happily help each other to ensure the Crocker Range is protected and conserved while the indigenous people way of life is also preserved.
Amendment to Section 9 of Sabah Land Ordinance 1930

Datuk Speaker

I am proposing that Section 9 of the Sabah land Ordinance 1930 be amended. The effect of Section 9 being so wide in nature is that the powers to alienate land rest on the Cabinet and the Director of land & Survey alone. The Director has no absolute power to alienate land however if the Cabinet does not give directions to him then he can do what he thinks fit. In practice the Director has all the say.

This is what transpired. Many land applications from indigenous people are not processed and the office can always say that they are not complete. However the land offices make no attempt to inform the applicants about their applications. So while waiting the land is given away to big Corporations and well-linked individuals. The natives challenge the decision in Court only to be told by the Director that it is his discretion under Section 9 of the SLO. This is where the term “land grab” has been coined.

I hereby proposed that that Section 9 of the SLO be amended whereby clear criteria for alienation of land should be incorporated. This will give a statutory duty on the part of the State Cabinet and Director of Land and Survey which must be complied failing which any aggrieved person can go to court for remedy or for judiciary review. If it is beyond my capacity as Assemblyman to propose this amendment I then sincerely request the Minister concern to do so.

I would like to propose that the Sabah Land ordinance be amended once and for all, especially the relevant sections referred to by the state AG. This is because despite what the AG said is his opinion, but it is very obvious that when cases goes to Court and the AG is to represent the state government, the AG will be presenting the same arguments before the Courts, hence we can take it that what the AG said on NCR is the State Government’s position.

The other section that needs to be amended is section 9 of the Sabah Land Ordinance. This section basically provides that “subject to any general or special direction of the Cabinet the Director may alienate State Land on such terms or in such manner as is authorised by this ordinance and may also impose special conditions in respect thereof to be set out in the title”.

The effect of this section being so wide in nature is that the powers to alienate state land rest solely on the cabinet and the director alone. In practise, the director has all the say. So what we always ended up is that state lands are given to big corporations at the expense of individuals and especially the natives. We are also faced with the situations of natives (mostly kampung folks) having been on the state land for generations but still do not have titles simply because the director of lands and survey decides to give to big corporations for oil palm purposes. We also have natives applying for the land titles for generations after generations but will never get it, but when big corporations apply for the title, they get it within 2 years, mind you, some even get it within 6 months!

There is even one case, where the YB for the area even distribute seedlings to the kampung folks to plant on the state land, provides generator and etc for the natives to clear the land. After all these effort, the natives or kampung folks doesn’t get the land title! So its a case where the natives clear the land (spend the money and the effort) but somebody else gets the title!

“ Lembu punya susu, sapi punya nama!”

I’m not referring to the NFC scandal. This got nothing to do with the NFC scandal.

The lawyers represent these natives challenge the director of lands and surveys department in court for issuing those titles to big corporations within 6 months or 2 years of application, compare to the natives that have applied for the same for generations after generations. The State AG (representing the government) will merely raise section 9 of the Land Ordinance which merely says they have the discretion!

Sometimes there are cases where the natives’ application (generations ago) were said to be incomplete that’s why they don’t get the land title! But these were never mentioned to the natives when they kept making inquiries at the land office. Then somehow, somebody else gets the land after 6 months of applying! All these is the results of land grabbing!

Therefore, section 9 has to be amended to add in criteria’s for the Director of Lands and Surveys to follow, failing which the issuance of title by the Director can be challenged in court as not being bona fide.

However, I would like to propose the following criteria to be considered in the amendment:

Criterias:-

1. Priority should be given to the application first come in time.
2. Priority only and always given to genuine local Sabahan.
3. Priority should be given to people who has occupied the land or to people who was already on the state land for a number of years.
4. Priority should also be given to people who has open up or cleared the state land and has planted with trees of value and etc.
5. Directors must give good reasons for awarding the titles to a particular person or corporations (which must be local genuine Sabahans).

Failure to adhere to these criterias means that the Director’s decision to award the titles is not done “bona fide”.

Obviously further details and studies (like getting all lawyers to submit their proposals) need to be done but for now, the government must acknowledge and agree that this section has to be amended to avoid abuses. If the BN assemblymen do not support into this, then obviously they are not for the rakyat but for themselves, why, because their families and cronies are also getting these lands at the expense of the rakyat. I have the evidence (sworn in an affidavit) in one of the cases that one of my legal advisors had handled.

1. Proposed amendment to Section 9 that West Malaysians and foreigners are also eligible to apply land in Sabah. This is not right. I would suggest only Sabahans are eligible to apply lands in Sabah. Outsiders are prohibited to apply land in Sabah. Any Sabahan using company to apply land should not be allowed to sell the company to any outsider for quick profit. So there should be a heavy penalty for sale within a certain period of time after the development of the land.

2. There must be transparency for all land applications. In the past decades so much lands have been given to those with well political connection and those people in power. They invariably use nominees. Big chunks of land have been given to 2 ringgit companies with nominee shareholders. So it should be mandatory for all applications to be published in Sabah newspapers with well circulation and government websites to give all stakeholders and natives (in the case of NCR) to right to object.
Water issue
Datuk Speaker,
I would like to raise up the issue for water again. (to show Borneo Post newspaper on Water Tariff Review)

Following the promise made by Minister of Infrastructure Development, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, on the water tariff review, after the previous assembly seating, I would like to direct my question to our fellow Minister, what is the decision of water tariff review? Any progress of the said review or it ends up as empty promise?
It was reported in Borneo Post dated 16th July 2011, Sabah Water Department director Ag Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib said that NRW rate for Sabah as at March 2011 was 51%, which decreased from 76% in 2010. It indicates that half of the water treated and produced, would not been supplied to the end user and merely discharge to drain. What a waste of clean water!
According to the Non Revenue Water (NRW) study carried out by Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (AWER), Sabah continue to leak out money to the drain at alarming rate, with the record of 195 million m3 NRW , which cost us RM175.4 million in year 2010. If we look carefully at the figure for last 3 years consecutively, Sabah water losses equivalent to RM150.6 million in year 2008, RM142.4 million in year 2009 and increase to RM175.4 million in year 2010. Maybe it won’t surprise us if the NRW cost us more than RM200 million in year 2011! Total amount of NRW for 3 years is RM468.4 million. That is enough money to build the Tawau water dam and run the Tawau Mitigation Plan.
The largest waterworks or water treatment plant of Sabah is located in Penampang, which is designed for 165 million liter per day (MLD) production. Just imagine what does it mean by 195 million m3 water loss in 2010. It equals to 3 units of water treatment plant of this size!
It is pointless to keep building new water treatment plant to increase production but at the same time loss half of the treated water along the transmission and distribution pipes. For instance, we do not need to construct any dam in Kaiduan for the near future. Just focus on reducing NRW. We can tackle several issues by just focusing on NRW rate reduction. It can avoid destruction of greenery in Kaiduan, Penampang, avoid relocating people from their ancestral lands, and patch the hole in the State Treasurer’s pocket.

The issue of NRW affect the revenue of Sabah Water Department. Between 1993 and 1999, the state government had entered into three water privatisation deals with private companies for water production but the kept distribution and billing under the state Water Department. It means that the water concessionaires treat and supply water at the outlet of the plant at 100% of it’s production, then Sabah Water Department loss half of the water bought from these privatised companies to the drain. It makes Sabah Water Department always trapped in the deficits.
How much does Sabah Water Department owe to private water concession companies now? From historical record, it was reported in The Auditor-General’s report for year 2004, Sabah owed RM888.0 million to the water concessionaires. In year 2005, it was reported that Sabah Government owed about RM1.21 billion to three water supply concessionaires up to September that year. It was official figure, disclosed by the then Energy, Water and Communication Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik. According to Lim, he was informed that the Sabah Government could only afford to settle a third of the debts every year. The debts are aggravated by the imbalance between income and expenditure of Sabah Water Department. Again, I would like to direct the question to our Chief Minister and Minister of Infrastructure Development, how much our state water department debts now?
We need to look for serious solution to solve the problem of high NRW rate. It is the root cause to other water related issues, such as the highest water tariff in Malaysia, 90cent per m3. Perhaps government try to strike the balance of account by charging the highest water tariff to his own people. It is useless and pointless if the NRW rate as high as half of water production. It was reported also state government re negotiate with the concessionaires to settle the outstanding debts. Re negotiation on the bulk supply rates with those concessionaires to reduce to a more reasonable rate is going on as well.
Sorry to say that, all of these approaches won’t solve the root cause of the problem. In the first place, why does our state government intend to make the deal with these private companies? Is it a short cut to get rich by obtaining the concessions? Does it open and transparent when awarding the concession? In fact, from the point of technical difficulties, why don’t Sabah Water Department take up the responsibility of treating the raw water and supply to the private companies? And then, the private companies will only responsible to distribute it to end user? With the reverse position, don’t you feel that those concessionaires have the incentive to cut down the NRW rate?
Datuk Speaker,
I call upon Barisan Nasional to learn from Pakatan Rakyat. In Selangor, PR state government offer to buy over all four water concessionaires for RM9 billion early of this year, in order to protect the interest of it’s rakyat. I heard that some of the water concessionaires contracts will be ended up the soonest by the year 2013, after 20 years from 1993. I urge state government to buy over water concessionaires and by managing the NRW down to a reasonable rate, say 30%, we can further reduce the water tariff of state, which is the highest in the country. I direct a serious warning to our state government: don’t try to make a fool with rakyat to continue with the water privatisation contract, without reducing NRW rate and revise the water tariff some more higher!
Datuk speaker
On the Water Tariff Review by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, I hope the new tariff will be lower for domestic consumers so it would not burden them especially the lower income group.
It is not fair to charge a flat rate of 90 sen per cubic meter of water for both domestic and commercial sectors.
Domestic user should be charge lower as these groups do not use a lot of water and normally they are poor and from the working class. I hope the ministry could lower the price to as low as 22 sen per cubic meter up to 20 m3 of water in line with Penang. The water tariff in Miri, Limbang, Sarikei and Kapit is only 48 cent for up to 15 cubic meter of water usage (for domestic rate).

Water Tariff Rate for Domestic/Household use (price as in September 2010):

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

2. Pahang -RM0.37 (From 0 to 18m3)
-RM0.79 (18.1-45m3)
-RM0.99 (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)

The ministry should not drag the tariff matter just like the water dam in Merotai as water is a very important basic need of the rakyat.
Year in and year out, the water problems faced by Tawau and Kalabakan areas has not been solved effectively though the ministry knows the problem, but only gives promises.
Even flash floods could cripple the water plant at Cintamata, Merotai, making the rakyat suffer for days and even weeks without water. what a total shame n ridicules to this stupid efficient BN government can’t even provide sufficient drinking water during the last Chinese new year?
The rakyat hope to hear the good news from the ministry and from the government hopefully the good news that the water dam works will start soonest. Don’t keep the people suffering any longer and waiting any more do it now! After all you hv a big 4 billion state budget! Stop the stupid 388 millions Administrative building UTAMAKAN RAKYAT FIRST >>>WATER DAM<<<<<

Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrant

Datuk Speaker

I must also raise the Royal Commission of Inquiry or RCI on illegal immigrant in Sabah. I know it is a pain in your ears more so for the Chief Minister and his Cabinet Ministers. Please bear with me.
The PM was supposed to announce the setting up of the RCI during his February visit but not very surprisingly, failed to do so. It was stop by the Sabah UMNO leaders. I know the heartache felt by Huguan Siou Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan and Datuk Donald Mojuntin and I sympathise with them.

Let me be brief on this subject. I have no hope that the RCI will be established by the BN government. I can however confirm here that this elusive RCI will be established as soon as Pakatan Rakyat takes over Putrajaya. I therefore call on all the concerned political leaders especially the non-UMNO BN component parties to search your conscience and do what is best and right for your people. You decide what legacy you want to leave behind.
Golden Son of the Kadazans

Datuk Speaker,

I am saddened that our State leaders such as the late Datuk Peter Mojuntin is not given due respect by the government. I see no reason why a book to his name entitled “The Golden Son of the Kadazans” continues to be banned. If the ban on a so-called controversial book called “Malay Dilemma” by Tun Dr Mahathir can be lifted I see no difference in this case.

For me it is better to be inspired by such books rather than been bombarded with Sodomy I and II by the BN government.

Datuk Speaker

I seek your support and the government to assist in lifting the ban on a special book “The Golden Son of the Kadazans”. The Natives of Sabah especially the younger generation deserve to know this man better. What is the point of having his stature in Donggongon Township when the young people do not know him at all?
Railway development

Datuk Speaker

The Sabah Railway was established on 01 August 1914 with a vision to enlarge and supply quality and efficient railways services and a mission to provide safe transportation for passengers and goods. The main reason the British constructed the railway track and provide railway service is to transport goods such as tobacco and rubber out from the interior of the country. It was purely an economic consideration. The railway service is a very important means of transportation. I think it is the cheapest and safeties method of moving people and goods. I am saddened to see the decline in this sector.

In the Sabah 2012 budget the railway department has been allocated RM33.5 million from the Federal government. Unfortunately, we are not seeing any improvement in the service. For the record, the British built the Bukau – Weston sector from 1886 – 1900, a time frame of 14 years. Later within a period of 1900 – 1906, the British has constructed 154km of track. This means that they were building the track at 70 meters per day. What is Sabah Railway department’s performance?

I would like to ask what happen to all the projects that are supposed to be implemented by the Sabah railway department under the 8th Malaysia Plan. In the Auditor General report 2006 there were:

(i) Plan to modernise the railway from Tanjung Aru to Tenom at a cost of RM385 millions.
(ii) There was a RM300-million project called shuttle service from Padang Merdeka to the Airport and Putatan with eight stations to improve public transport.
(iii) There was a RM313 million project to rebuild the Tenom-Melalap sector and to construct a new 42km Tenom-Keningau track.
(iv) The department had planned to build a RM210-miilion track from Putatan to Sepanggar Port and KKIP.
(v) There was a plan for a RM40-million railway track connecting Tenom to Simpangan, Agriculture Park and the Murut Cultural Centre.

Today we are looking at the Aeropod project which looks very impressive. I hope it is not another project with a hidden agenda. I think the company is only utilizing government land to make money and I stand to be proven wrong.
Infrastructure Development

Datuk Speaker

I must once again bring to the attention of the government of the poor infrastructure in Sabah. After 48 years of independence and under the BN, Sabah is lagging behind in infrastructure development. The government can claim that it has built roads, provide water and electricity. I am not doubtful on their claim but Datuk Speaker, look at the quality of the roads and the reliability of the water and electricity supply. Are all the villages connected by road and supplied with water and electricity?

I am very surprise why Datuk Speaker is not complaining about the road from Kota Kinabalu to Kota Belud, and why YB Teo is not complaining of the road to Kudat. I am singling these two YBs because they do not have the privilege to fly to their respective constituencies. I ask them if they feel safe when driving back to their kampongs. Remember, “malang itu tidak berbau” (which is literally means accident has no smell).

Let me remind the government especially the Chief Minister that talking about a big budget is useless if on the ground, the people are suffering and living in danger with the poor quality roads which are full of potholes, depression and landslips. Do you realise that the dental patching is unable to catch up with the potholes? After 48 years of independence, Sabah does not even have a four-lane highway.

I am raising the water issue once again. I know it is painful to hear what I am saying but rest assure I am doing it not only for myself but for the rakyat, including our visitors from overseas. I know the rich people can afford mineral water and also install the best water purifier for their homes. Others make do with dirty water or water from God-given rain. I appeal to the government to seriously look into our water supply as quality and quantity have not improved a bit.

Briefly, I think the government has failed to provide the basic infrastructure in terms of our roads, water and power supply, and drainage. Because they are basic, they must be good, reliable and consistent and available throughout the country. The development of any country depends on its basic infrastructure. It is every government responsibility to ensure basic infrastructure is in place in the country. I am surprised that the government cannot feel the inadequacy of these basic infrastructures. The rakyat can see and feel them.
Datuk Speaker,
The government spent 75.5% of State development fund and 74.9% of the Federal development fund under the 2011 budget. So much money spent, yet it doesn’t mean quality of the work is guaranteed. A lot basic infrastructure is yet to be built. Some of the present infrastructures are in sad condition. What we want to know is, what is the percentage of these project having faulty condition and require constant repairs? Is the local engineer is up to the standard? Or there’s some kind of conspiracy at hand. Is there any guarantee or warranty period for each of the project implemented?
I would like to raise some issues regarding promise made in Batu Sapi by election. The prime minister himself made a promise to implement the Sibuga Bypass project. The people are still waiting in vain.
Internet accessibility and upgrading the internet service is the basic requirement of modernization development. I suggest that these services to be privatize as to create a partnership of local companies with foreign companies with a greater knowhow in such communication technologies. Concession system such as this can help improve the internet capacity whereby the government does not need to spend a single cent.
Recently, Tawau condition become grim as the electricity and water problems becomes more rampant than usual. It’s all because of copper. Thieves are getting bolder or perhaps desperate to look for quick cash by selling items made from copper to scrap iron dealers. Cables and valves made from copper are being stolen, causing power outage and the uncontrolled water pressure causes pipe to burst here and there. Of course, it is the rakyat who suffer the consequences. What is the government going to do in order to solve this problem? I hope that the government and the police department can come up with a plan to stop all this once and for all. The government is making losses and so does the rakyat. It’s a lose-lose situation. Again, what is the government going to do about this?
What is the point of having a RM388 million administrative building which is now in a hurry to complete? Is that utamakan Rakyat? Does it ever cross your mind that if you put all the ministers and departments in one BASKET (in ONE BUILDING) is it a good idea? Doesn’t the government ever think that there is a possibility that a suicide bomber may one day come into the building and bomb it? The consequences will render most of the ministers, officers and staffs killed or injured. In that event, the Sabah government administration will surely collapse.

I also want to ask the government several questions?

What is the point of handing out BR1M RM500?

What is the point of issuing communal lands?

What is the point of building more commercial centres?

They are pointless unless the basic infrastructure is in place, proper and in good condition.
Investment in Lobster or money laundering
Datuk speaker
In recent years, the government seems to be more interest in running business rather than improving the life of the people. Government programs like Kedai Rakyat 1 Malaysia and Program Menu 1 Malaysia is actually the government competing with rakyat, how can the government do this. The government should help the rakyat not trying to take over businesses and monopolise businesses. This is insane and madness.
Last Saturday, The CM announced a RM2 billion joint venture lobster project between Inno Fisheries Sdn Bhd and Darden Inc that expect to reach sales up to RM 3 billion by 2025. It is good if the government create a conducive business opportunities. But, I warn the government not to get involve in business. The government is responsible for taking care of the rakyat. Let the private sector take care of the business. This is because we are talking about the money of the rakyat. The government involvement in business will be like throwing the rakyat money into the ocean or gone with the wind. Past records proof that Government Link Company (GLC) does not make any profit at all. For example, Sabah Forest Industry, Sabah Shipyard, Sabah Bank, Sabah Finance, SaMel Plantation Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Airline System (MAS) and Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ). I want ask what happen to the joint venture between Sabah state government and Melaka state government in SaMel Plantation Sdn Bhd. Is the company making profit or losses? A clean and efficient government must not involve in business.
The government should focus more on the people’s needs such as reevaluate water tariff, insufficient electricity, roads maintenance and other basic infrastructure. The most important matter for the government to attend to is the PTI issue. Stay away from sand mining, cement, ports, oil plantation or lobster. What if the project fails? Who is going to pay for it? The answer is the rakyat. The people of Sabah will suffer for the incompetency of the government. Why can’t the government use the money for more important thing like developing and improving the basic infrastructure of the country which will in turn improve and develop the state in terms of economy, social and technology of Sabah. This of course will benefit the rakyat and the state as a whole.
Now let me tell you the truth about GLC that always lose money. It’s because GLC is created by the BN cronies to makan duit rakyat not making money for the rakyat. For me, it’s the same reason behind this lobster project as well. The lobster project will only benefit the BN cronies and probably money laundering is involve as well. Maybe the CM can elaborate further after this. The government should let the private sector take the opportunities rather than doing it yourself. For that I’m not favour in this project.
Let me tell you the success story of the 4 Asian Tiger, namely South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

A team from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development or O.E.C.D. has just come out with a fascinating little study mapping the correlation between performance on the Program for International Student Assessment or PISA exam which every two years tests math, science and reading comprehension skills of 15-year-olds in 65 countries and the total earnings on natural resources as a percentage of G.D.P. for each participating country. In short, how well do your high school kids do on math compared with how much oil you pump or how many diamonds you dig?

The results indicated that there was a significant negative relationship between the money countries extract from national resources and the knowledge and skills of their high school population. This is a global pattern that holds across 65 countries that took part in the latest PISA assessment. Natural resources and PISA don’t mix. In countries with little in the way of natural resources like Finland, Singapore and Japan, education has strong outcomes and a high status, at least in part because the public at large has understood that the country must live by its knowledge and skills and that these depend on the quality of education. Every parent and child in these countries knows that skills will decide the life chances of the child and nothing else is going to rescue them, so they build a whole culture and education system around it.”

K. R. Sridhar, the founder of the Silicon Valley fuel-cell company Bloom Energy said, “When you don’t have resources, you become resourceful.”

That’s why the foreign countries with the most companies listed on the Nasdaq are Israel, China/Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, South Korea and Singapore, none of which can live without natural resources.

The only sustainable way to grow is by giving more people the knowledge and skills to compete and enable the country to reach a higher level.

Natural resources can make you rich but it will weaken the society in the long run unless they’re used to build schools and create a culture of learning. South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, is part of a select group of outstanding Asian economies known as the “Asian Tigers”. These places have risen out of extreme poverty to become some of Earth’s richest nations; they stand as proof that extreme poverty is not an excuse, measures can be taken to make populations astoundingly wealthier over the course of just a few decades. Let’s look at how the Four Asian Tigers became so successful.

South Korea gradually became one of the best educated countries in the world, with one of the highest rates of scientific literacy and mathematical knowledge. It’s highly skilled, technologically educated public eventually making South Korea become one of the world’s foremost exporters of high-tech goods, including software and electronics; South Korea is the world’s leading producer of memory chips, and its Samsung Company is a corporate giant which exports various electronics including televisions, microwaves, cell phones, air conditioners and washing machines.

Taiwan invest and implement the “Ten Large Construction Projects” which included the building of highways, seaports, airports and power plants to improve it’s basic infrastructure. Taiwan also invested in technological education, creating a generation of students familiar with high-tech products. Both of these investments caused Taiwan’s exports and industrial production to grow rapidly. During the 1980s, Taiwan used its skilled students to shift to an economy based on production of computer hardware and software; by 2003, 30% of the world’s computer products were made in Taiwan, and incomes were relatively high (averaging $14,000 per person). Good infrastructure and a highly educated population make Taiwan one of the most prosperous economies in all of Asia.

Singapore used its geographic position to its advantage. It invested in key infrastructure (especially seaports) which made it easier for ships to dock along the Singapore coast. The region immediately became a haven for petrochemical refineries; ships carrying oil from the Middle East to Japan and China would simply stop in Singapore, refine the chemicals, and continue on their way. Singapore used this original surge in wealth to invest in public education; soon, it had a skilled workforce able to attain high-paying jobs in the computer engineering sector. Singapore soon became a major exporter of computer hardware and biotechnology, generating further wealth in the region. Currently, Singapore is the ninth wealthiest country in the world in terms of national wealth per capita. The Port of Singapore is currently the busiest in the world, transporting one fifth of all shipping containers and half of the world’s annual supply of crude oil.

Hong Kong use it’s wealth to build vital infrastructure, including highways, subway systems and high-rise buildings at breathtaking speed. As Hong Kong families became wealthy, they send their children to school, causing the city became rapidly well-educated. Hong Kong soon became one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-tech products, including computer hardware, software and other electronics such as televisions, radio and microwaves.

The government can invest this tax money in health (investing in hospitals which allow people to live longer and be more productive), education (universities and scholarship), physical infrastructure (roads, railway and ports) and state-of-the-art technology (Wifi and internet access) for their citizens.

Good infrastructure and education system increases the competitiveness of the country and attract foreign direct investment (FDI). The wealth generated by this FDI is used to further improve health, education, infrastructure and technology and then generating more wealth through FDI. This cycle continues until the country becomes very rich.
Rubber Prices

Datuk Speaker,

The Sabah Rubber Industry Board (SRIB) is a one-stop agency involved in all rubber related activity for rubber smallholders in Sabah. It strives to achieve its vision to create a modern, progressive and dynamic rubber industry with a mission to develop an integrated rubber industry through efficient management of smallholder sector, increase commercial production and diversification of downstream industry for competitive global market.

SRIB cannot hide under the guise of this beautifully written vision and mission statements. The smallholders are complaining that SRIB is not paying them out cash for their produce and if middlemen are involved, they are getting lower payment. Has SRIB resolved this matter? In the Sabah Budget 2012, the Federal government has allocated RM5 million to SRIB. Why is SRIB having problem paying cash to the smallholders?

The smallholders are complaining of lower price of rubber compared to Malaya and Sarawak. SRIB has explained of the price difference between Malaya and Sabah is due to following:

(i) The freight and transhipment cost in Port Klang or Singapore for onward port designations in China, India, Europe, America and Australia,
(ii) Lack of mother shipping from Kota Kinabalu to designations in importing countries.
(iii) SRIB also said that industrial diesel in Sabah cost seven cent per litre more than in Malaya.

I share the sentiments of the smallholders that SRIB’s explanations do not hold water at all. How then do we explain the better price of rubber in Sarawak when it is no difference from Sabah? We therefore cannot blame our smallholders if they are looking at Sarawak to sell their rubber product.

Knowing the problem and the cause of the high freight and transhipment cost, it is prudent for the government to seriously demand of the Federal government to abolish the Cabotage Policy. There are too many people in Malaysia earning less than RM3000 ringgit which is proven through the BR1M500 handouts. The abolishment of this Cabotage policy will leave more money in the people’s pocket in Sabah.

Cabotage Policy

Datuk speaker

The finding of the independent study ‘to address the high cost of logistics expenses in Sabah.’ Commissioned by the Ministry of Industrial Development, Sabah in 2009 revealed that the Cabotage Policy does contribute to the high shipping cost.

The existence of the Cabotage Policy does not augur well in terms of attracting investments into Sabah. Until the cost of doing business in Sabah is reduced to a reasonable level and prices are standardize throughout Malaysia. Sabah economy will remain backward and the industries and players cannot help achieve the USD15,000 per capita income. The nation cannot keep protecting the domestic shipping lines under the Cabotage policy, subsidies, tax exemptions and comfort zone at the expense of the industry and the people of Sabah. Open up free market will benefit all. If Sabah develops, more cargoes will move around businesses will grow, so does all the business activities in Sabah. Malaysia Shipowners Association (MASA) never present the reason as to why full liberalization between peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia or abolish of Cabotage Policy is a threat. Unless, there is a hidden agenda behind all this. The Transport Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha is trying to hoodwink Sabahans on the country’s shipping Cabotage Policy. How could there be a misconception and misperception among the people in Sabah when the main player in the business industry, the Federation of Sabah Manufacturers, has called for the liberalisation or even scraping of the policy as it does not benefit the domestic shipping lines? Even the Prime Minister has stated that it makes sense when the business community in Sabah requested him to allow Sabah to export directly during a luncheon with the Sabah Chinese community leaders in Kota Kinabalu sometimes in July 2010.

Under the Cabotage Policy implemented on January 1st 1980, domestic trading between two domestic ports can only use the services of local shipping lines to reduce prices of consumer goods. However, the policy fails to achieve its aim and the prices of goods in Sabah are much higher.

Malaysia’s Shipping Association (MASA) has claimed that the shipping rate alone is not the cause of the high prices of goods in Sabah. According to its Chairman Nordin Mat Yusoff the shipping rate is only one of the eight components in a total supply chain involved in the transportation of goods. The other factors are port forwarding, trucking, storage and terminal handling services. MASA also justified that even with the current downtrend in freight rates the prices of goods in Sabah are not lowered.

MASA feels strongly that any attempt to liberalise the component of domestic shipping including suggestions to relax the Cabotage trade between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah/Sarawak would only undermine the development of the local shipping industry. The Association also said that removal of the protection provided under the Cabotage law would only lead to more foreign shipping lines dominating the domestic trade. He added that any attempts to remove the Cabotage policy could cause huge collateral damage to the Malaysian Shipping industry and also undermine national interest.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri however said that the increase in prices of consumer goods was due to several factors including excessive profiteering by certain groups and inefficient loading and unloading service at ports. The other reasons are the exorbitant marine insurance fee, land transport cost and economy of scale.

Nevertheless Bakri said the national Shipping Policy gives priority to domestic shipping services to protect the nation in the long run. He added that if the government allows foreign shipping lines to dominate or control the country’s transportation system our local shipping companies will go bankrupt and eventually the nation will have to depend on foreigners forever. Bakri also revealed that many shipping companies in Sabah and Sarawak had received incentives under the National Shipping Policy. Bakri failed to elaborate on this incentive scheme.

Cabotage policy has failed to reduce the price of consumer goods in Sabah in particular. The Cabotage policy is a monopolistic entity. The government should allow the free market forces to flourish. By allowing competitions, the cost of shipping and other related factors would go down which should be translated to lower prices of consumer goods.

It is not fair for the government to think of only the future of few the local shipping industry at the expense of the whole Sabah and Sarawak people. For example, why do the Sabah rubber smallholders suffer financially because of this Cabotage policy? The government is charging the rubber planters 10% if they sell their product to Sarawak? This is ridicules and does not make any sense. The government must realise that prices of goods are increasing daily while wages and salaries remain stagnant. To have a decent living in Sabah is becoming difficult. It is at this critical moment that the government should put the people first.
The government should called on the Transport Minister to officially announce the liberalisation of the Cabotage policy. Datuk Kong must be serious and quickly propose to amend the Merchant Shipping Act 1952 in order to clear the misconception and misperception among the people of Sabah on the shipping’s Cabotage policy.
I would like to enlighten the State and Federal government on a similar issue which is the Boston Tea Party that happens in 1773.
In England, Parliament gave the East India Company a monopoly on the importation of tea in 1698. When tea became popular in the British colonies, Parliament sought to eliminate foreign competition by passing an act in 1721 that required colonists to import their tea only from Great Britain. British firms bought this tea and exported it to the colonies, where they resold it to merchants in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston.
The Boston Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. The Boston Tea Party was a direct action by colonists in Boston, a town in the British colony of Massachusetts, against the British government and the monopolistic East India Company that controlled all the tea imported into the colonies. Colonists objected to the Tea Act for a variety of reasons, especially because they believed that it violated their right to be taxed only by their own elected representatives. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The Boston Tea Party was a key event that leads to the American Revolution.
If the government do not abolish the Cabotage Policy. It will be the end of BN government in Sabah due to it’s oppressive means and abuse of power by the BN government towards the Sabahan and Sarawakian. Of course, I would gladly see this through and it would be a good help to the Pakatan Rakyat. I would like to thank the BN government in advance.

Rice Production

Datuk speaker,

The rice output of Sabah state is still at 30% and dependent on import 70% for supply. This shows that the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries incapable of improve and increase Sabah rice production. What happen to the RM 150 million irrigation fund which suppose to increase the state rice production? For that, the minister concern is responsible for failing badly and should step down.
Oil & Gas

Datuk Speaker

5% of oil royalty is too little and unreasonable. I want to remind the Chief Minister that the oil royalty is the main agenda of the people. Petronas investment such as Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT) is base on profitable investment. In another word, it’s only for gaining profit for the company itself. Oil royalty is what the government can use as a tool to develop Sabah. Pakatan Rakyat focus more on the prosperity of the rakyat. Not like BN who focus more on prosperity of it’s crony.

The recent visit to Sabah by PM Najib and his wife saw the ground breaking ceremony for the Ammonia and Urea plant (Samur) in Sipitang. This 4-Billion project becomes a symbol of development of the UMNO-BN government in Sabah. The government also talks about job opportunity which will benefit the local people.

The development of the RM4 Billion Kimanis Oil and Gas may be progressing as claimed by the government however the local Sabahan contractors are not the main beneficiary. In fact, foreign contractors are enjoying the fruit of Sabah’s development. This has been reported by the Oil and Gas contractor Association that they are only getting about RM800 million of the project, a peanut to say the least. I would also like to echo their unhappiness on why Sabah has to ship its gas to Bintulu some 520km away.

I would like to remind the government not to spend too much money on ground breaking ceremonies Remember the one involving the steel mill in Kg Limau-Limauan Kudat. The RM1.6 Billion project which was expected to start operation in 2003 never took off the ground after the ground breaking ceremony. Indeed, it is buried in a land acquired by the government for RM11 million!

What has happened to Nusantara steel mill project? The failure of this project has therefore affected the economy of Kudat. Today, Kudat remains the poorest part of the country as stated by the World Bank.

There is an agreement where Petronas would supply gas to the gas-fired power plant for the project. The government should have pursued this part of the project to provide power to the northern region of Sabah. The gas would have done justice for the people of Sabah rather than seeing it burn endless from the oil rigs. It is not too late to re-consider the gas-fired power plant minus the steel mill. I strongly urge the government to establish the gas-fired power plant for Kudat.
Listing of Felda in BSKL

Datuk speaker

I want to know what is the stand of the state government regarding the proposed 300 thousand acres or more of Felda land in Sabah will Not be allocated to poverty stricken poor settlers in Sabah instead going for listing in Bursa Saham Kuala Lumpur (BSKL). Has the government trying to stop it?
How much did the government paid to each of the Felda pioneer? How much is spent? What is the gross income of Felda? How much or percentage of the profit goes to the pioneers?

Sabah Air

Datuk Speaker,

As for the Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd issue. The government must identify the culprit responsible for the losses it made. Justice must be serve. The MACC must investigate the matter starting from the Finance Ministry, Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd and other related agency.

Unemployment rate.
Datuk Speaker,
Last year, the Ministry of Resource Development and Information Technology provide some 15 skill training programs in technical and commerce. Somehow, the youth who participate in some of the training programs who mostly graduates from local universities are still unemployed.
Why and what happen?
Can the ministry give me the numbers of youth participate in the training programs and in what field or skill they are taking?
How many and percentage of the trainee benefited from the training?
Can the ministry identify which field or major most of the graduates took before this?
Is there any special training for those who major in nursing and still unemployed?

Datuk speaker,
The BN government is corrupt to the core. Almost everything is monopolized by their cronies. Subsidies by the government is only a way to mislead the public and benefit certain quarters. The BN government fail to improve the livelihood of the rakyat. BR1M is the proof that the government fail to address the basic need of the rakyat and to develop the rakyat through it’s so called development plans for the people. Teach the people how to fish, not just simply give them fish to eat. Then again, this is how the BN government manipulate the rakyat by misleading them when election is near. After the election, the rakyat will be forgotten. And they will be on their own again, as usual.
Datuk Speaker,

Sekali lagi saya mohon tidak sokong ucapan dasar kerajaan kerana ia tidak memberi penekanan (emphasize) kepada isu-isu penting bagi rakyat Sabah.

Sekian, terima kasih.
YB Wong Sze Phin @ Jimmy
ADUN N.57 Sri Tanjong

 

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

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.

 

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

13th SLA Speech May 18, 2010

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Perbahasan di Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah ke 13 by ADUN N57 Sri Tanjong, YB Jimmy Wong

Tuan speaker, terima kasih kerana memberi peluang kepada saya bahas ke atas Tuan Yang Terutama Yang Dipertua Negeri atas ucapan Dasar kerajaan yang disampaikan oleh Tuan Yang Terutama pada hari Khamis bersamaan dengan 15 Apr 2010.

Terima kasih dan tahniah juga kepada Kerajaan di mana peruntukan sebanyak RM25 billion dari kerajaan persekutuan dalam Rancangan Malaysia Ke (RMK)9 untuk membangunkan Sabah.dan juga peruntukan dari negeri sebanyak lebih kurang RM15 Billion iaitu belanjawan terbesar dalam 5 tahun ini.

Walau bagaimanapun, masalah-masalah seperti kemiskinan, pendatang asing, jenayah, keselamatan, tanah dan kemudahan asas seperti air dan elektrik masih lagi belum diselesaikan. Masalah ini juga disebut oleh ADUN lain seperti ADUN Pantai Manis.  Kerajaan mestilah memantau sama ada rancangan-rancangan yang dijalankan telah dilaksanakan dengan baik dan boleh membantu rakyat dengan berkesan.

Ekonomi

Saya ingin berterima kasih dan tahniah kepada kerajaan Sabah di bawah YAB Ketua Menteri untuk Model Ekonomi Baru untuk membuat pusingan “U” demi membolehkan rakyat mencapai pendapatan tinggi.

Pelan Ekonomi Baru (NEP) yang diperkenalkan perlu dikaji dengan teliti supaya pembangunan tidak terbatas kepada pihak-pihak tertentu sahaja. Ini kerana NEP yang dilancarkan pada 1971 menyebabkan ekonomi Malaysia mendatar, migrasi besar-besaran orang-orang yang berbakat dan sistem pendidikan bermasalah kerana tidak berlandaskan meritokrasi. NEP juga menyebabkan Pendapatan per kapita Malaysia jauh ketinggalan berbanding Negara lain seperti Korea Selatan, Taiwan, Singapura dan Hong Kong.

  Per Capita Income (US Dollar)  
  1971 1981 1991 2001 2008
Korea Selatan 302 1,648 7,119 10,243 19,505
Taiwan 4,859 8,077 14,426 17,040
Singapura 1,061 5,645 17,750 20,865 38,172
Hong Kong 1,107 6,015 15,353 24,695 31,887
Malaysia 406 1,805 3,099 3,701 7,000

 

Pertukaran wang asing juga jatuh.

Pertukaran Wang Asing (RM1)  
  Dulu Sekarang Jatuh
Hong Kong Dollar HK$3 HK$2 33%
Singapore Dollar S$1 S$0.43 57%
Taiwan Dollar T$16 T$9 44%

 

Ini jelas menunjukkan NEP telah menyebabkan kerugian kepada rakyat. NEP hanya membuat kroni UMNO lebih kaya tapi rakyat masih tetap miskin. Menurut Perdana Menteri kita, ini salah dalam ekonomi global baru. yang ingin bersaing di tahap antarabangsa memerlukan kebolehan, bakat dan kepakaran seluruh rakyatnya. Kerajaan kini hanya bergantung pada pendapatan dari hasil minyak dan komoditi untuk pengstrukturan ekonomi negara. Korea Selatan, Taiwan, Hong Kong dan Singapura maju kerana mengamalkan polisi pasaran terbuka. Amalan pasaran terbuka dapat meningkatkan mutu kehidupan, pendidikan, jangkahayat dan nilai demokrasi. Kadar kemiskinan juga akan menurun. Pelancaran Model Economi Baru (NEM) boleh melonjakan Sabah ke tahap yang lebih baik. Keluaran Negara Kasar (GDP) Sabah ialah RM12,583 dan sekarang berada di tempat ke-13. GDP Sarawak ialah RM29,175 iaitu 2.5 kali ganda dari GDP Sabah dan berada di tempat ke-3. Jika pendapatan dari minyak sawit, minyak dan gas dimasukkan dalam GDP Sabah. Sabah telah kehilangan dayasaing. GDP Sabah sudah tentu lebih tinggi. Untuk sampai status negara maju, Sabah sendiri mesti mencapai GDP sebanyak RM57,135 iaitu dengan kadar pertumbuhan GDP mestilah melebihi 10% setahun. Kerajaan mestilah mengenal pasti NEM untuk Sabah supaya boleh mencapai negeri termaju. Tawaran boleh runding juga perlu dihapuskan dan amalan tawaran terbuka mestilah dipraktikkan. Tawaran boleh runding inilah menyebabkan rasuah berleluasa.

Majlis Perbandaran

Pembinaan jalan ke tapak pelupusan sampah di Merotai masih belum dimulakan walaupun telah diluluskan pada persidangan dewan yang lalu. Kontraktor Majlis Perbandaran Tawau (MPT) juga tidak memenuhi syarat-syarat kontrak. Contohnya, penggunaan jentera berat seperti kenderaan menyapu jalan atau mesin pengilap lantai tidak ditunaikan. Kerja-kerja pembersihan dan menyenggara parit, longkang dan taman-taman permainan tidak dilakukan dengan baik. Jika penswastaan  kerja-kerja MPT tidak dilakukan dengan baik. Saya harap MPT sendiri boleh mengambilalih semula kerja-kerja ini seperti yang dilakukan oleh DBKK.

PTI

Sejak penubuhan Malaysia pada 1963, populasi di Sarawak telah meningkat sebanyak satu kali ganda. Populasi di Semenanjung Malaysia juga meningkat sebanyak sekali ganda. Populasi Sabah pula, meningkat secara mendadak iaitu dari 450,000 orang pada tahun 1963 ke 3.28 juta orang pada tahun 2010 iaitu 5 kali ganda. Ini langsung tidak masuk akal. Kes mahkamah yang melibatkan pengundi hantu yang memiliki kad pengenalan pada pilihan raya 1999 memang wujud dan perlu siasatan lanjutan untuk mengesan dan menyelesaikan masalah PTI. Perbelanjaan RM35 juta untuk tujuan penyenggaraan PTI. Ratusan ribu warga asing yang memiliki kad pengenalan asli secara haram mengugat ketenteraman negara dan hak asasi warganegara terutamanya bumiputra. Ini amat tidak memuaskan hati ialah apabila the newly manufactured citizens dengan izin, diberi status bumiputera dengan begitu sahaja. Refugee yesterday, bumiputera today. Orang tengah yang membawa masuk PTI sememangnya perlu di beri hukuman berat.

Tanah

Syarikat-syarikat besar dari Semenanjung mengambilalih tanah di Sabah sebaliknya rakyat Sabah sendiri tidak mempunyai tanah malah ada yang dihalau dari tanah yang telah diusahakan sekian lama dan bukti seperti wujudnya tanah perkuburan, pokok buah-buahan dan tanaman-tanaman komersial. Peranan FELDA adalah untuk membangunkan tanah untuk penanam kelapa sawit. FELDA seharusnya membahagikan tanah yang sudah ditanam dengan kelapa sawit kepada rakyat Sabah yang tidak mempunyai tanah. Felda dan Felcra ialah menolong orang-orang kampung untuk membangun tanah. Baru-baru ini, satu memorandum mengenai isu tanah di Landau Ulu Merotai dan Landau Cenderamata telah dikemukakan kepada speaker Parlimen. Menurut Suhakam, terdapat sebanyak 29 kes yang membabitkan tanah dan hutan simpan di Sabah. 29 kes ini melibatkan ribuan orang-orang kampung yang kehilangan tanah, tempat tinggal dan pendapatan. Masalah ini harus dijadikan agenda utama kerajaan.

Kemiskinan

Sekali lagi ingin saya nyatakan di sini, Sabah sepatutnya menjadi sebuah negeri autonomi. Soal royalty perlulah dikaji semula supaya Sabah keluar dari masalah kemiskinan. Harap-harap, royalti minyak akan dinaikkan sebanyak 20%. Dengan pendapatan per capita sebanyak RM9,536.00, Sabah berada di bawah standard nasional. Peningkatan rakyat Sabah juga menyebabkan pendapatan per kapita lebih rendah dari negeri lain. Dulu, Sabah merupakan negeri terkaya. Kini, Sabah merupakan negeri termiskin di Malaysia.

Air

Saya juga ingin mengucapkan terima kasih pada Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktur kerana memberi kepastian dalam pembinaan empangan di Tawau di bawah RMK10. Saya harap kementerian boleh bagi satu pakej untuk menaiktaraf sistem paip air di Tawau dengan mengganti paip-paip lama, menyediakan lebih banyak tangki takungan air dan pam air yang baru sekaligus menyelesaikan masalah air di Tawau. Tangki takungan air (Reservoir) yang mempunyai kapasiti 20 juta liter di Jalan Sin Onn tidak boleh digunakan kerana tapak tangki telah retak. Oleh itu, tangki air yang baru dengan keupayaan 40 juta liter diperlukan untuk menampung penggunaan air di kawasan tersebut. Tangki takungan air di Jalan Sin San, Pasir Putih, Tawau telah siap tetapi tidak dapat digunakan dan sedang menunggu rancangan naik taraf logi rawatan air Cintamata dalam Rancangan Malaysia Ke (RMK) 10. Tangki air di Tinagat yang mempunyai kapasiti 5 juta liter dibina terlalu tinggi sehinggakan penggunaan pam juga tidak mendatangkan hasil. Tawau masih lagi mengalami tekanan air yang rendah. Kebanyakan bangunan di Bandar Tawau yang lebih dari tingkat 2 masih tidak dapat air sehingga hari ini.

Jalan

Dalam NEM Sabah pula, pembinaan Jalan 4 hala perlu untuk menghubungi bandar-bandar besar dan pekan-pekan untuk memperbaiki. Di semenanjung, kampung pun ada jalan 4 hala. Kemudahan asas sememangnya penting

Perdana Menteri Mesti ubah kualiti hidup perlu ditingkatkan, tawaran boleh runding dan NEP mesti dimansuhkan. Inilah sebab utama berlakunya rasuah. Menurut Auditor Journal Malaysia,  jumlah rasuah bernilai RM 100 Billion. Masalah tanah rakyat perlu dipercepatkan untuk meningkatkan hidup dan pendapatan rakyat.

Konsep 1 Malaysia, Malaysia untuk Bangsa Malaysia memang baik. Tapi, dalam kes LPPB pula sebaliknya. Konsep 1 Malaysia mesti dipraktikkan di seluruh Malaysia. Sabah merupakan contoh yang baik kerana berbilang kaum. Saya sokong Yang Amat Berhormat Perdana Menteri. Semua kaum mesti diberi peluang berdasarkan merit dan kebolehan.

Saya harap objektif-objektif pada Dasar oleh Yang Dipertua Negeri seperti mendapat pendapatan yg tinggi high Income for Sabahan dan peningkatan kualiti hidup yang tinggi dapat dicapaikan, tiada lagi masalah kemudahan asas seperti jalan tidak berturap atau tiada air atau  walaupun di kampung-kampung. Harap-harap angka dalam System Average Interuption Duration Index (SAIDI) iaitu lebih 2000minit di Sabah; Juga di Sandakan, Lahad Datu dan Tawau dari lebih 5000minit turun ke paras 700minit seperti yang disasarkan atau 200minit ke bawah. Keselamatan dapat juga perlu perhatian.

Saya ingin baca petikan oleh Yang Amat Berhormat Perdana Menteri di Borneo Post pada hari Ahad dengan tajuk, “I’m ready to make tough decision”. He said and I quote, “The recent years had witnessed widening disparities and growing polarisation among the different communities as the affirmative action, the new Economic Policy, was seen to have benefited a narrow groups of Malays”. “Not only this is wrong in the new global market, it is unsustainable. Any nation that seeks to compete internationally in the high wage knowledge sectors of the future must be realise the skills, talents and expertise of its entire people. 

Yang Amat Berhormat Ketua Menteri mesti pastikan bahawa konsep 1 Malaysia dipraktikkan dalam lembaga-lembaga pengarah dalam agensi-agensi kerajaan,  perkhidmatan awam dan kerajaan persekutuan Sabah.

Saya harap kerajaan dapat memberi penjelasan bagaimana peruntukan sebanyak RM40 billion dibelanjkankan dalam projek-projek pembangunan rakyat dalam RMK 9.

Keris

Apakah yang cuba ditonjolkan dengan pembinaan keris besar di depan pintu masuk Dewan Undangan Negeri? Berapakah belanja untuk pembinaan keris besar ini?

Di sini, saya ingin mengucapkan Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan kepada Datuk dan Timbalan Speaker, YAB Ketua Menteri yang saya sayangi serta kabinetnya, semua ADUN dan semua rakyat Sabah yang saya cintai. Sabah memerlukan Model Ekonomi Baru dengan segera. Saya sebagai ADUN N57 Sri Tanjong ingin melihat era perubahan dan memulihkan Sabah sebagai negeri yang terkaya sekali lagi di Malaysia. Saya mohon menyokong. Sekian, terima kasih.

Debate on proposed amendment (Land Acquisition Ordinance) December 12, 2009

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DEBATE ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE LAND ACQUISITION ORDINANCE                                                                  DATE: NOV 18TH 2009

By ADUN YB JIMMY WONG N57 SRI TANJUNG

  1. 1 The proposed amendment to section 2(e)by deleting the relevant section will have the effect of broadening the definition of public purpose under the Ordinance. Without the amendment, “public utility” means those undertaken by the Government. Federal Government,a local govnt or any corporation incorporated directly by written law  etc. With the amendment, the effect of it will be that the “public purpose” in connection with any public utility does not have to be limited to those undertaken by the Government.

 

  1. 2 I do not think such amendment has the effect as proposed i.e. to bring it in line with the other paragraphs of the definition where the bodies undertaking or providing the purposes stated in the Ordinance was not expressly provided for. I am proposing that this be further looked into before a decision is made on the same.

 

  1. 3 As for the proposed amendment to section 97(2) of the Land Ordinance wherein the old provision would need the Collector shall affix his own signature thereto in order to be satisfied with the authenticity of the memorandum. With the rampant cases of fraud happening as far as land transfer are concern, I do not think the deletion of this requirement is advisable. Even with the implementation of the electronic registration, although the signature of the Collector may not be required, however, the fact that his verification of the authenticity of memorandum is still required. I therefore, proposed that the proposed amendment be modified.

 

  1. 4 One way is to have electronic finger print system like what the IC department do now when we make our new Mykad.

My Speech in the recent State Assembly (Budget 2010) December 12, 2009

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BUDGET 2010 – SPEECH BY JIMMY WONG N57 SRI TANJONG

  1. 1.          Saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Tuan Speaker kerana telah memberi saya peluang untuk membahas bajet 2010 yang telah dibentangkan oleh Menteri Kewangan merangkap Ketua Menteri. Dengan izin saya ingin meneruskan perbahasan saya dalam Bahasa English.

 

Dengan izin Tuan Speaker, saya ingin mengumumkan yang saya tidak akan memberi laluan kerana masa tidak cukup.

Tuan Speaker

  1. 2.          (a)    First of all, I would like to inform everyone here in this Honourable Dewan that the Tawau rate payers have won the Sabindo open space case in the High Court of Tawau. Please give them a big clap. It is their greatest wish that all open space should be protected and all JVs should be rechecked on the legality. However, it is indeed very sad that the Rakyat had to go to court to protect their rights when this should have been done by the relevant authorities.

 

(b)        It saddened me that the Government who is supposed to be the champion of public interest has failed to protect the public interest and the public had to do the job for the Government, to show and prove to the Government that it had failed them. The AG was not acting for the public but rather for the developer, it was so obvious, what can the people say? Can they trust the AG and the Government to protect their interest anymore? Now the test is for the government to do the right thing and that is to also demolish the other structure that the court had leave for the Government to decide.

(c)        The rate payers had used their own money to fight the case and the Government did nothing, not even thanking the people of Tawau for doing a good job to see that justice is upheld.

(d)        On the 2010 budget, I welcome the announcement by the Minister of  Finance cum Chief Minister on the budget RM3.3 billions ….. very impressive and to be spent prudently.

(e)        But I must say all this will come to nothing because our delivery system had broken down. We can’t even fix our electricity and water problems after all these years. That is why after a few biggest allocations from the State Government, the people say they do not feel the development. The Rakyat do not want to see wasted projects like the Sandakan Water treatment plant that can only operate at half the capacity. The Tawau water reservoir at Tinagat that after completion was not even used because there were flaws. It was not high enough. Who did the study and who approved the project?  

(f)          The Government need to change and listen to the people, there are many experts out there who are not working for the Government but could tremendously help in developments if only the Government listen to their advice. We still do not have enough electricity and water, bad services and so on, when we should be among the best.

(g)        I would also like to point out that Tawau had been left out, there are six YBs but compared to Sandakan, what kind of roads do Tawau have? The people are looking forward to hear the North Road, Kuhara Road and other roads to be upgraded to dual carriage and a coastal road would be good for Tawau as the traffic congestion during peaks hours is getting worst. Why isn’t there a budget for Tawau roads to be made bigger? Chong Thien Vun road extension and Sin On Road upgrade to empat hala that had been approved why is there no budget for it? I hope the Government can tell the Tawau people when it will be implemented.

Tuan Speaker

  1. 3.          2010 Budget

 

(a)        The Finance Minister cum Chief Minister has on 13th November 2009 tabled the 2010 budget amounting to RM3.3 billions. Tagged as the biggest budget in the state’s history, apparently also the biggest tabled by any state Government in the country. However, we are still lacking behind in basic amenities such as water, infrastructures and electricity. Ini macam repeat saja dari tahun lalu, salalu cakap biggest budget tapi last last electric masi tidak cukup, air pun kekurangan dan itu subsidi beras pun susah mau cari. Kalau cakap “biggest budget” patut Sabah mesti sudah maju. However, the biggest budget at the end of the day produces the least development and the provision of infrastructure for Sabahan.In fact, the   2009 biggest butget brought about a lot of negative impack. Power cut without notice and is still going onpower sheeding 3 to 5 hours a day in Tawau . Black out—-top record in Malaysia  and in Asia???  

Tuan Speaker, We are also very disappointed that only RM1.15 billion to come from the Federal. Kalau cakap Sabah adalah “fixed deposit” untuk kerajaan barisan nasional, kenapa interests untuk ini fixed deposit sudah turun berbanding tahun lalu? Ini macam bukan “fixed deposit” tetapi ini sudah macam “anak angkat”. Let us not forget, that Sabah is ranked as one of the poorest state in Malaysia when we should have been an equal partner to the formation of Malaysia. Kita Cuma perlu lihat keadaan jalan raya di Ranau, saya betul betul kasihan dengan orang-orang kampong sana, ada jalan raya yang belum kena tar lagi. Bila lah orang  Sabah dapat menikmati highway macam orang di Semenanjung Malaysia? Kita orang Sabah minta highway 4 hala linking to all major town dalam masa 10 tahun setelah kerajaan barisan nasional telah menjadi kerajaan selama 40 lebih tahun? Saya percaya permintaan ini tidaklah keterlaluan.

(b)         we can abolish the negotiated tender system and to implement the open tender system. Forest revenue drastically drop 229 juta to only 65.79 juta can be increased by open tender to all timber concessions, surely we can improved the collection of Timber Royalty.

  1. 4.          WATER

 

(a)        Water is the most important source to every living things in this planet and therefore very important for all of us here. First of all, I call on the Government to let the public know what are the refurbishment taking place at the Timatch’s water plant. All the public could read from the signboard put up is “refurbishment” without any date specified.

(b)        The people of Tawau would like to see their water woes problems settled once and for all as this has been going on for more than 30 years. I hope the Government is sincere and serious and would plan for the future to ensure Tawau water supplies will never face any more problems once the refurbishment are completed. All pumps should be replaced with new ones as many times disruptions were also caused by pumps that broke-down. Pumps broken 6 to 7 times a month, do think of that kind of water woes face by the Rakyat of Tawau “every day we short of water some where!!!”

(c)        Problems such as leaky old pipe and water thefts should be look into seriously as theses contribute to the revenue loss for the water department. Enforcement on water thefts must be done vigilantly and seriously so that genuine customers with accounts would not have to suffer unnecessarily.

(d)        I would like also call on the Government to build water reservoirs as Tawau is growing and we should be well prepared just in case there is a long drought as the climate of the world is changing. Land is ever ready, as 600 over acres land at Tiku already acquired by the govnt 20 years ago.  

(e)        Tuan speaker ,I hereby proposed that the state government provide 30 cubic meter free water to Sabah rakyat. This I call a gift of love from the state government. It is something that the rakyat can feel, touch and enjoy it, 24 hours a day, of course subject to no disruption. Like the Selangor state government, they have given 20 cubic meter of free water for every customer. They have been doing it for the past 2 years. It costs the Selangor state Govnt only 60 over millions per year and is  really money for value,  for 8 millions rakyat in Selangor. Whereas in Sabah we only have more than 2 million population. why cant we give something so basic to the rakyat which will have tremendous impact to the rakyat. I sincerely believe this historical budget should be shared with rakyat in providing this very basic necessity.

(f)          Tuan speaker I do not wish to teach grandmother how to sucks eggs but perhaps the water department should have water to be delivered to the people if there is a disruption on the water supply after 24 hours, this is the least you can do for the people.  The people in Sarawak has enjoyed this benefit, so what is stopping Sabah from doing the same???

 

  1. 5.          CHINESE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

 

(a)        I wish also to suggest that the allocation for Chinese independent school should be increased to RM15 million considering that the salary generally in the Chinese independent school are lower than the other Government schools. Further, these schools now are also catering for all races. As of now, the starting salary for degree holder teachers in these independent schools is only RM1600.00 and there are no other allowances whereas in government schools a degree holder will have RM2000 plus with allowances. After all these schools have proven itself internationally. Grants should be given at the beginning of the year and to enable them to enjoy better facility.  These additional grants will enable the independent Chinese schools to increase at least the teachers’ salary together with allowances.

 

  1. 6.          TUAN SPEAKER – CORRUPTION

 

(a)    The mother of all corruption is from negotiated tender and I call upon state Government to emulate the Penang State Government by abolishing negotiated tender and implement the open tender system.

(b)        I would like to bring the Government attention to corruptions, I call on the Government to be more serious on these as it had caused the Government substantial losses in contracts, projects and in Revenue. I observed that in many cases there were no supervision and contractors are pocketing public money without giving the best service and high standard of work. Not money for Value!

(c)        I give an example of Tawau Municipal Council town cleaners. Ten years had passed and the contractor had failed to keep the town clean and carry out what is in the agreement such as machine to sweep and clean the streets and kaki lima and 100 workers. To my surprise the same contractor was given an extension again even after doing a very poor job. Every month this contractor will be taking RM110,000.00 just by doing shoddy job. This to me is corruption, stealing from the public, and the council is closing its eye without doing any supervision or checking.

(d)        The Kalabakan-Sapulut road, no supervision, no-one bothered to check whether the contractor is doing a proper job. Even the drainage has no BRC. You don’t believe me? Go and see for yourself, the evidences are there. Almost all the drainage had cracked, so what are the local councils doing? Ini macam taufu project sudah. If this is not corruption, what is this? Hundred of millions are wasted and now the contractor is asking for more. Walaupun itu jalan belum kena seal, tapi itu contractor sudah kena bayar, sekarang mau minta lagi duit untuk buat kerja yang sepatutnya telah siap dari awal lagi. People wants to see the road complete without wastage of millions of Ringgits. This is a very good example of not a prudent spending. This is also prove that our delivery system has broken down.

(e)        To mention a few the RM16 million in Hong Kong, this money laundering has been going on for a long time. Minister losing millions in gambling and yet the Government is not doing anything to investigate. The timber royalty getting lesser next year could also be another sign of corruption.

(f)          I would say those who are responsible to enforce and supervise projects and contracts, they are not doing their job and serving the public interest and the Government.

CONCLUSION

(a)        I hope to see the Government fix many of the problems I mentioned. With such a big allocation people would want to see good development that they can see, feel and benefit from it.

(b)        Please see to it that the water, electricity, roads problems are fixed. The 7.5% CPO tax which the Government is not prudent as the smallholders are still waiting for it to be rectified. May be the State Government can write to all FFB factory directing them not to charge the CPO tax on the smallholders. To slove the problem once and for all.

(c)        I would like to recommend the State Government to stop all negotiated tenders as this would lead to corruptions. Timbers, local council’s contracts jobs for example are negotiated tenders. All tenders should be open tenders like in Penang.

(d)         Lastly, I would like to mention on the RM1,300 loan for smallholders. I feel it is too small as it does not come to RM100 per acre and I do not think the smallholders know where to apply for the loan. I suggest the Government change the loan into a grant to the smallholders to improve their living standard.

Tuan speaker

(e)         Thank you again for this opportunity to debate the budget and raise up issues relating to development and the people expectation. I am looking forward to a fruitful 2010 year to come to appreciate the benefit of developments. NO POWER CUT, NO WATER DISRUPTION, SPEEDY GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND PLENTY OF GOOD ROADS… ETC.

Tuan Speaker, Sekian Terima Kasih.

Ucapan untuk DUN Ogos 2009 July 27, 2009

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ISU BEKALAN ELEKTRIK DAN AIR

Tuan Speaker,

Di sini saya mahu bawa satu isu penting yang saya harap akan diambil perhatian oleh kerajaan, iaitu pasal bekalan elektrik dan air di Tawau dan di Pantai Timur Sabah.

Sejak beberapa bulan lalu, kami rakyat betul-betul sakit hati dan sengsara kerana karan dan air balik-balik mati. Satu hari sampai dua tiga kali. Satu hari sampai tiga empat jam.

Ramai peniaga rugi. Budak-budak sekolah susah mahu belajar. Kehidupan rakyat  juga terganggu.

Saya tidak faham kenapa masalah kemudahan asas bekalan elektrik dan air ini terlampau susah mahu diselesaikan oleh kerajaan.

Dari dulu sampai sekarang tidak juga pandai selesai.

Kerajaan sibuk cakap pasal Sabah Development  Corridor.

Cakap pasal Palm Oil Industrial Cluster dan cakap pasal macam-macam pembangunan.

Peruntukan dibagi berbillion-billion ringgit setiap tahun.

Tapi bacis facilities karan dan air masih juga bermasalah. What are you talking about YAB Ketua Menteri?

Kalau beginilah yang berlaku, saya percaya itu SDC atau POIC tidak akan berjaya.

Siapa mahu melabur di Sabah kalau bekalan asas pun masih banyak masalah.

Oleh itu, saya harap kerajaan betul-betul kasihan rakyat dan ambil tindakan selesaikan perkara ini.

Saya juga mahu cadangkan sejumlah wang dari peruntukan RM 2.7 billion yang diberi kepada Sabah untuk pelbagai program pembangunan, digunakan untuk selesaikan masalah bekalan elektrik ini.

Ini kerana apa guna negeri kita dapat peruntukan yang dikatakan paling besar, kalau rakyat masih tertekan dengan masalah elektrik dan air.

Saya cadangkan kerajaan boleh gunakan RM 300 juta daripada peruntukan itu untuk beli generator set yang dapat bekalkan 100 megawatt bekalan elektrik dan diletakkan di beberapa tempat di Pantai Timur Sabah seperti di Tawau, Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Kunak dan Semporna.

Dengan itu, masalah bekalan elektrik dapat diatasi.

Saya harap cadangan ini dapat dipertimbangkan demi kebaikan rakyat.

Tentang bekalan air pula, saya minta kerajaan supaya gantikan peralatan-peralatan seperti pam yang telah uzur di loji-loji air di Tawau.

Ini kerana kalau hujan turun lebat, penduduk Tawau bukan makin senang, malah makin tiada air sebab kerja-kerja mengepam air terpaksa dihentikan kerana pam air perlu dibersihkan dari sisa lumpur.

Selain itu, dam air juga perlu dibina di Tawau bagi atasi masalah bekalan air terputus.

Saya harap masalah yang saya bawakan ini akan diambil tindakan oleh menteri berkaitan dengan segera.

 

JEJAMBAT DAN PARKING WISMA PERSEKUTUAN

 

Saya juga ingin menarik perhatian Sidang Dewan tentang isu jejambat (over head bridge  – dengan izin) di Tawau.

Sekarang ini Tawau adalah satu-satunya bandar yang tidak ada kemudahan itu di Sabah.

Ketiadaan jejambat menyebabkan banyak kemalangan jalan raya berlaku ke atas golongan pejalan kaki.

Orang tua dan kanak-kanak yang lambat berjalan juga susah mahu lintas jalan.

Apa yang saya tahu, dulu Majlis Perbandaran Tawau pernah setuju untuk bina dua jejambat di kawasan Pasar Tanjung Tawau.

Sekarang sudah lebih 10 tahun, tetapi janji cuma tinggal janji.

Saya mahu YB Menteri Kerajaan Tempatan dan Perumahan perjelaskan, adakah YB Menteri rasa jejambat tidak perlu di Tawau?

Kalau YB Menteri rasa perlu, kenapa masih belum buat?

Jika ada perancangan, saya harap YB Menteri dapat perjelaskan berapakah peruntukan yang sudah disediakan,  berapa banyak jejambat yang akan dibina dan bila akan dilaksanakan.

Saya juga mencadangkan, jika kerajaan mahu bina jejambat di Tawau, kalau boleh binalah yang cantik sikit.

Lagi bagus kalau di jejambat itu ada air-cond dan ada pula gerai-gerai untuk peniaga berjualan di atas.

Oh ya..! Pasal parking dekat Wisma Persekutuan Tawau, bila mau dilaksanakan? Saya minta YB Menteri bagi jawapan sebab inipun satu janji yang sudah lama diberi kepada rakyat Tawau.

 

LEVI KE PULAU SIPADAN DAN KOS GUNUNG KINABALU.

 

Tuan Speaker,

Perkara seterusnya pula ialah mengenai dua pusat pelancongan yang terindah di negeri kita iaitu Pulau Sipadan dan Gunung Kinabalu.

Sebagai rakyat Sabah, saya bersyukur kepada Tuhan kerana dikurniakan pulau dan gunung yang cukup indah ini.

Tapi saya kesal kerana rakyat Sabah dan pengunjung tempatan semakin lama semakin susah mahu melawat kedua-dua tempat pelancongan ini.

Kenapa? Sebab kos yang dikenakan terlampau mahal!

Untuk ke Pulau Sipadan, pengunjung tempatan (local tourist) pun mesti bayar levi RM 40.00 seorang.

Itu belum masuk kos-kos lain seperti pengangkutan dan sebagainya.

Jumlah orang pun tidak boleh banyak pegi itu pulau. Saya harap peraturan-peraturan ini tidak susahkan pengunjung tempatan terutamanya rakyat negeri kita sendiri.

Begitu juga untuk mendaki Gunung Kinabalu Tuan Speaker,

Rakyat Sabah yang mahu mendaki gunung sendiri pun terpaksa bayar beratus-ratus ringgit.

Kosnya naik lebih 500 peratus. Tolonglah kasihan rakyat kita. Mahu lawat tempat sendiri pun susah.

Saya minta YB Menteri Pelancongan ambil perhatian perkara ini.

Kalau pun mahu cari untung, janganlah sampai rakyat kita sendiri pun tidak boleh melancong.

Janganlah mahu kasi untung syarikat tertentu sahaja sampai rakyat susah.

Buka mata dan dengar keluhan rakyat.

Kalau ini terjadi, satu masa nanti orang kita pun tidak tahu sudah apa itu Pulau Sipadan dan Gunung Kinabalu.

 

MESIN SLOT

Seterusnya pasal Mesin Slot.

Di sini saya perlu penjelasan dari YAB Ketua Menteri selaku Menteri Kewangan tentang berapakah jumlah lesen yang dikeluarkan untuk premis dan kelab-kelab yang jalankan aktiviti mesin slot di negeri Sabah.

Saya dan seluruh rakyat juga mahu tahu, berapa pula jumlah cukai yang diperolehi oleh Kerajaan Negeri dari premis-premis termasuk kelab-kelab dalam tempoh tiga tahun ini?

Ini kerana saya difahamkan yang kelab-kelab golf membayar lebih dari premis-premis lain iaitu 15 peratus cukai untuk Kerajaan Negeri dan 10 peratus cukai untuk Kerajaan Persekutuan.

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PEMBUKAAN

Terima kasih Tuan Speaker,

Selamat Pagi dan Salam Sejahtera,

Nampaknya kita sudah berada pada Penggal Kedua di Persidangan DUN Sabah Yang Ke-13, yang berlangsung pada bulan ini.

Seperti biasa, saya akan bawa isu-isu rakyat yang penting di dalam dewan ini dan saya harap, barisan pemimpin Kerajaan Negeri terutamanya YAB Ketua Menteri akan ambil perhatian apa yang katakan di dalam dewan ini.

Ini kerana sepanjang tahun lalu banyak masalah rakyat sudah dibawa oleh banyak wakil rakyat, tapi saya tahu tidak banyak yang sudah selesai.

Saya rasa tidak perlu saya cakap apa isu yang tidak selesai, tapi kalau mahu tahu, tanyalah Ahli-Ahli Dewan lain di sini sama ada apa masalah rakyat yang mereka suarakan pada Penggal Pertama tahun lalu sudah semuanya selesai atau tidak.

Oh ya ! Satu perkara lagi, Perdana Menteri kita sekarang ini sudah pun tukar orang dan Kabinet Persekutuan pun sudah dibentuk.

Saya rasa rakyat sudah nampak satu perubahan dan harap-harap Perdana Menteri dan semua ahli-ahli Kabinet Persekutuan ini rajinlah dan kerja betul-betul untuk rakyat…

Tapi untuk Sabah, kita masih ada lagi Ketua Menteri yang sama.

Saya rasa YAB Ketua Menteri kita ini masih boleh diharaplah dan saya pun bukan mahu ini Ketua Menteri kena tukar.

Saya cuma harap, YAB Ketua Menteri kita dapat kerja lebih rajin.

Ini kerana kalau tidak rajin, rakyat susah… Betul ka YAB Ketua Menteri? Kerja kuat-kuat sikit la ya… Kasi senang rakyat…

KalaU tidak, rakyat mungkin marah dan mintak YAB Ketua Menteri pun kena tukar nanti…

Tuan Speaker,

Sekarang saya akan mula menyentuh beberapa usul saya di dalam dewan ini. Yang Pertama ialah….

BERAS NASIONAL

Sekarang saya mau cakap pasal beras subsidi.

Kerajaan kita nampaknya begitu prihatin kerana menyediakan beras subsidi 15 ST untuk rakyat di negara ini.

Menurut kenyataan kerajaan, subsidi tersebut diberikan agar rakyat dapat mengurangkan belanja isi rumah mereka.

Saya sendiri percaya, pemberian subsidi itu adalah sesuatu yang amat bagus kerana rakyat miskin di kawasan luar bandar, sudah pasti akan mendapat manfaatnya.

Tapi Tuan Speaker,

Di Negeri Sabah, dari Tawau sampai Kudat, nampaknya ramai rakyat kempunan lah kalau mau makan Beras Subsidi 15 ST itu.

Kalau dapat beli pun, mungkin satu atau dua kampit dalam sebulan atau dua bulan.

Akhirnya, mereka terpaksa beli beras yang harganya RM 25 ke atas, sebab kalau tidak mereka satu keluarga mungkin akan mati kebuluran.

Saya bawakan perkara ini Tuan Speaker kerana di Tawau beras subsidi terlampau susah mahu dicari di kedai-kedai atau pasaraya-pasaraya.

Jangankan di kawasan luar bandar, di kawasan bandar pun tidak ada. Saya tidak tahu kenapa itu boleh berlaku.

Ada yang cakap beras-beras subsidi 15 peratus di re-packing oleh pengedar dan mungkin juga pekedai-pekedai untuk dijual dengan harga yang mahal dan ada juga yang cakap, beras-beras itu diseludup keluar ke kawasan negara jiran Indonesia.

Isu ini sebenarnya Tuan Speaker bukanlah satu isu yang baru.

Sekarang saya mahu tanya semua YB di dalam dewan ini, ada yang senang dapat beras subsidi ka? Kalau ada di mana?

Tapi saya rasa kamu tidak makan itu beras bah kan sebab banyak YB-YB di sini yang kaya-kaya.

Buat apa mahu susah-susah cari beras murah 15 peratus Super Tempatan kalau duit boleh beli beras lain kan.

Tapi ingat ! Ramai rakyat miskin di luar sana yang perlukan beras tersebut.

Oleh yang demikian, saya di dalam dewan ini ingin meminta penjelasan daripada pihak kerajaan tentang mengapakah beras-beras subsidi 15 percent ST susah mahu dibeli oleh rakyat?

Apakah berlaku penyelewengan tentang hal ini atau bagaimana?

Saya juga mintak supaya satu langkah diambil agar beras-beras subsidi yang dijual dapat dirasai oleh orang-orang miskin di negeri kita.

Ini kerana saya dengar ramai tauke-tauke restoran yang suka beli beras subsidi banyak-banyak untuk operasi perniagaan mereka.

Pada saya perkara itu harus dibendung kerana tauke-tauke restoran mendapat untung dari pelanggan mereka.

Oleh itu, adalah lebih patut jika beras subsidi 15 peratus hancur itu hanya untuk kegunaan isi rumah rakyat biasa yang tidak mencari untung dengan apa cara pun dari subsidi yang diberi oleh kerajan.

Saya menggesa kerajaan supaya menyelesaikan masalah berkenaan dengan segera kerana kalau kerajaan tidak bertindak, rakyat yang akan menanggung bebannya !

Dengan hati yang benci tapi rindu, di sini saya bacakan dua rangkap pantun pasal beras ini…

Periuk Di Rumah Tidak Berisi,

Yang Ada Pula Hanyalah Ragi,

Anak Menangis Nak Makan Nasi,

Kasihan Si Miskin Berlapar Lagi.

 

Kerajaan Beri Beras Subsidi,

Tetapi Ia Sukar Dicari,

Mengapa Ini Boleh Terjadi?

Adakah Sekadar Nak Sedapkan Hati?

Tolong jawab ya Menteri Yang Berkaitan….

JALAN ULU BALUNG, JALAN KALUMPANG A & B,  JALAN SIN ON TIKU.

 

Sepanjang beberapa bulan lalu, saya banyak terima aduan daripada para pekebun kecil di beberapa kawasan di Tawau, mengenai jalan rosak di kawasan mereka.

Antaranya ialah jalan menuju ke kawasan Ulu Balung dan jalan di Kalumpang A dan B yang sudah rosak lebih 10 tahun.

Di Ulu Kalumpang ada lebih 500 pekebun kecil yang berkebun di tanah seluas kira-kira 7,000 ekar.

Dulu pekebun kecil di sana cakap, jalan itu pernah juga dikasi bagus, tapi lepas itu sudah tidak ada lagi.

Sekarang ini, pekebun kecil di kawasan itu ramai yang sudah tidak dapat pergi ke kebun mereka walaupun pakai 4WD.

Sebabnya jalan itu berlumpur dan kalau musim hujan, 4WD mereka boleh sangkut terutama waktu mereka pergi angkat buah.

Bila itu berlaku, setiap bulan mereka terpaksa menanggung kerosakan kenderaan mereka.

Malah mereka juga keluarkan duit sendiri untuk baiki jalan berkenaan.

Oleh itu Tuan Speaker,

Saya minta kerajaan supaya ambil tindakan membaiki jalan-jalan yang saya sebutkan tadi.

Kerajaan tidak sepatutnya membiarkan para pekebun kecil berkenaan terus berdepan dengan masalah jalan ke kebun mereka kerana mereka juga adalah pembayar cukai di negeri dan negara ini.

Malah untuk tanaman sawit, mereka juga terpaksa bayar cukai jualan (sales tax) sebanyak 7.5 peratus kepada Kerajaan Negeri.

Saya harap kerajaan terutamanya menteri berkaitan dapat ambil serius apa yang saya cakap ini dan jangan buat pura-pura tidak tahu.

Saya mahu masalah jalan para pekebun kecil berkenaan diselesaikan secepat mungkin.

Kalau tiada apa-apa langkah dibuat untuk selesaikannya, itu maknanya Kerajaan Barisan Nasional memang pandai cakap saja mau bela nasib rakyat, tapi tidak pandai buat kerja.

Saya juga mintak sales tax 7.5 percent yang pekebun kecil terpaksa bayar dihapuskan.

Tolonglah kasihan pekebun-pekebun kecil di kawasan-kawasan tersebut.

Mereka sudah lama susah dan kerajaan juga sudah lama membiarkan mereka.

YB Balung, tolong kejar perkara ini dan bantu mereka.

YB sudah lama duduk di kerusi Balung tapi nampaknya masalah jalan di sana tidak selesai?

Kenapa ini berlaku? YB ada turun dan buat kerja jugak ka? Kalau tidak ada, buat apa duduk situ.

Bagus letak jawatan !

Selain jalan-jalan tadi, saya juga mahu sentuh pasal Jalan Sin On Tiku, yang terletak di kawasan saya.

Jalan itu juga sudah 10 tahun lebih rosak dan ada tanah runtuh.

Saya pun hairan ini kerajaan.

Jalan rosak dia tidak buat, tapi jalan bagus pula dia kasi lagi bagus.

Contohnya Jalan Belunu dan Jalan Kuhara di Tawau.

Rakyat Tawau hairan kerana jalan itu tidak rosak tapi diaspal sekali lagi.

Saya mahu Menteri Infrastruktur ambil perhatian dan baiki segera Jalan Sin On Tiku.

Apa guna letak tanda awas saja di situ?

Ini kali banyak masalah tentang Kementerian Infastruktur.

Saya harap Menteri ini kerja baik-baik dan jangan sampai rakyat marah.

Rakyat bayar cukai dan itu maksudnya rakyat adalah bos… Saya harap YB Menteri faham yaaa….

PENUTUP

 

Tuan Speaker, Saya harap kerajaan akan ambil tindakan yang sepatutnya mengenai masalah-masalah yang saya bawa tadi.

Kita mahu lihat masalah rakyat selesai. Tapi kalau ada yang lebih suka masalahnya selesai dulu daripada masalah rakyat, saya harap mereka yang ada niat begitu meletak jawatan sebagai ADUN.

Mereka ini tidak layak untuk duduk di dalam Persidangan Dewan ini.

Ucapan dasar kerajaan tidak ada menyentuh langsung tentang langkah jangka pendek and tindakan langkah jangka panjang ekoran penutupan bangunan Hospital Queen Elizabeth. Kami ada menerima banyak aduan tentang masalah-masalah yang dihadapi seperti keadaaan huru –hara tidak kira bagi pihak pekerja seperti doctor-doktor dan juga para pesakit. Memandangkan pihak kerajaan akan terus memperkasa perkhidmatan awam melalui transformasi serta pembaharuaan pentadbiran untuk menghasilkan perkhidmatan yang berkualiti tinggi, maka keadaan hospital Queen Elizabeth haruslah di beri priority supaya rakyat tidak susah dan sengsara.

Saya juga berharap projek-projek tersebut dapat di masukkan sebagai projek kritikal memandangkan ia telah pun di rancang sejak RMK7:-

Satu lagi perkara mengenai ICT, memandangkan kerajaan persekutuaan melalui pelbagai agensi akan terus melaksanakan projek-projek infrastruktur ICT di Sabah, saya ingin tahu bilakah Sabah akan mencapai tahap free internet atau free wifi seperti di negeri Penang?

Sebelum saya mengakhiri ucapan saya, ingin saya disini mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan Kotobian Tadau Kaamatan kepada semua rakyat suku kaum Kadazan, Dusun, Murut dan Rungus dan rakyat Sabah.

Akhir kata, setakat ini ucapan saya. Saya menyokong.

Sekian dan terima kasih.