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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:


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



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

Posted by wong jimmy in Land, speech, State Legislative Assembly.
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DEBATE ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE LAND ACQUISITION ORDINANCE                                                                  DATE: NOV 18TH 2009


  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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  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???




(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.


(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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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.




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.




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.



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.

Pertanyaan untuk DUN Ogos July 16, 2009

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Notis Pertanyaan YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin (ADUN N.57 Sri Tanjung) pada Mesyuarat Kedua Penggal Kedua, Persidangan DUN Sabah Ke-13 di Kota Kinabalu, Sabah – Ogos 2009.


1)                  Menteri Pelancongan, Kebudayaan dan Alam Sekitar.


Caj levi ke Pulau Sipadan sebanyak RM40.00 serta yuran ratusan ringgit untuk mendaki Gunung Kinabalu amat membebankan pengunjung tempatan. Apakah penjelasan kerajan dalam hal ini kerana kedua-dua kos berkenaan bernar-benar membebankan mereka.

                                                                                                                                                (37 patah perkataan)

2)                  Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktur.


Apakah perkembangan terkini projek pembinaan dam air di atas tapak seluas kira-kira 600 ekar di Gudang Empat Tawau, seperti yang telah diwartakan? Mengapakah setakat ini dam tersebut masih belum dibina?

                                                                                                                                                (30 patah perkataan)


3)                  Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktur.


Apabila hujan lebat atau banjir berlaku, pam-pam air di loji-loji di Tawau terpaksa dibersihkan dari sisa lumpur, yang secara tidak langsung menyebabkan penduduk menghadapi masalah gangguan bekalan air. Justeru, apakah tindakan konkrit yang diambil untuk menyelesaikan masalah ini? 

                                                                                                                                                (38 patah perkataan)



4)                  Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktur.


Jabatan Air mengenakan yuran penyambungan sebanyak RM50 kepada pengguna yang ingin menyambung bekalan air mereka yang telah dipotong. Mengapakah perlu adanya yuran tersebut sedangkan pihak SESB tidak pula mengenakan bayaran untuk tujuan penyambungan. Bolehkah yuran itu dihapuskan?

                                                                                                                                                (37 patah perkataan)



5)                  Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktur.


Mengapakah perjanjian dengan pihak Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) masih diteruskan sedangkan prestasi TNB tidak memuaskan hati masyarakat ekoran gangguan bekalan elektrik yang kerap berlaku? Apakah tindakan kerajaan terhadap tanggungjawab TNB dalam hal ini?

                                                                                                                                                (33 patah perkataan)



6)                  Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktur.


Apakah perkembangan projek pembinaan Loji Janakuasa Elektrik Kimanis yang boleh membekalkan bekalan elektrik 300MW setakat ini?

                                                                                                                                                (16 patah perkataan)



7)                  Menteri Belia dan Sukan.


Bilakah Projek Fasa II Kompleks Sukan Tawau akan dimulakan? Apakah peruntukan untuk projek tersebut sudah tersedia dan jika belum, apakah pula tindakan yang bakal diambil untuk  memastikan pembinaan projek Fasa II itu dapat dilaksanakan?

                                                                                                                                                (34 patah perkataan)


8)                  Menteri Pembangunan Infrastuktur.


Bilakah Projek Fasa Kedua Jalan Sin On yang telah diluluskan sejak RMK-7 dapat dimulakan? Apakah punca atau penyebab projek itu tergendala hingga setakat ini?

                                                                                                                                                (24 patah perkataan)



9)                  Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktur.


Bilakah Projek Fasa Kedua yang menghubungkan Jalan Chong Thien Vun Tawau dengan Jalan Kabota Tawau akan dimulakan?

                                                                                                                                                (17 patah perkataan)



10)               Menteri Penbagunan Infrastruktur.


Apakah langkah-langkah di bawah Projek Penebatan Banjir (Flood Mitigation Projects) yang akan diambil kerajaan bagi mengatasi masalah banjir dan banjir kilat di daerah Tawau ? Bilakah langkah-langkah tersebut akan mula dilaksanakan?

                                                                                                                                                (31 patah perkataan)



11)               Menteri Berkaitan.


Pernahkah kerajaan mengeluarkan lesen melombong batu karang kepada mana-mana syarikat di negeri ini ? Apakah pula penjelasan atau reaksi kerajaan terhadap pendedahan aktiviti melombong batu karang di Balung Tawau seperti yang tersiar media-media massa sebelum ini?

                                                                                                                                                (36 patah perkataan)

12)               Menteri Berkaitan.


Mengapakah bot-bot pam (pump boats) dilihat masih bebas beroperasi di perairan Semporna, sedangkan penggunaan bot jenis itu sebelum ini sudahpun diharamkan? Ini kerana penggunaan bot jenis itu didakwa menjadi antara penyebab berlakunya aktiviti pengeboman ikan.

                                                                                                                                                (35 patah perkataan)



13)               Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktur.


Mengapakah kerajaan tidak membina jejambat di sekitar Perbandaran Tawau, sebagai kemudahan untuk pejalan kaki melintas jalan? Apakah ada perancangan untuk membina kemudahan itu pada masa akan datang dan di manakah lokasinya?

                                                                                                                                                (31 patah perkataan)



14)               Menteri Kerajaan Tempatan dan Perumahan.


Mengapakah tapak letak kereta di kawasan berdekatan dengan Wisma Persekutuan Tawau masih belum dilaksanakan sedangkan ia sudah diluluskan?

                                                                                                                                                (18 patah perkataan)



15)               Menteri Pelancongan, Kebudayaan dan Alam Sekitar.


Caj levi ke Pulau Sipadan sebanyak RM40.00 serta yuran ratusan ringgit untuk mendaki Gunung Kinabalu amat membebankan pengunjung tempatan. Apakah penjelasan kerajan dalam hal ini kerana kedua-dua kos berkenaan bernar-benar membebankan mereka.

                                                                                                                                                (37 patah perkataan)



16)               Menteri Pembangunan Masyarakat dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna.


Berapa ramaikah penduduk berkelayakan dari kawasan Dun N.57 Sri Tanjung yang telah menerima bantuan dari agensi-agensi di bawah kementerian ini dan berapakah pula jumlah penduduk miskin yang direkodkan oleh pihak kementerian setakat ini?

                                                                                                                                                (33 patah perkataan)

17) Menteri Berkenaan


Hospital Tawau kekurangan tempat letak kereta. Apakah status tanah JKR yang bersebelahan kamar mayat dan bolehkah tanah itu diberi kepada hospital untuk dibina kawasan letak kereta?


                                                                                                                                     (25 patah perkataan)

SLA speech April 21, 2009 May 21, 2009

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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….


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….



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….



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.

My Speech for the 2nd State Legislative Assembly, Aug 25-26, 2008 September 1, 2008

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Tuan Speaker,




To begin my speech, I would like to highlight the wrongs in the Tawau Municipal Council which had made mistakes after mistakes which does not benefit the people.


I also call on the relevant ministry to review the performance of all the contractors under the Tawau Municipal Council. The rate payers believe many are getting paid for doing unsatisfactory job.


e.g Tukang sapu dan parit di taman-taman. Itulah Tawau menjadi rubbish town.


Here is our ratings on at the end of the dateline for vote of no confidence ending on August 8, 2008.

A rating of 0 to 100% will be given for any improvement work done since the launching of the 100 days vote of no confidence.


a. Street Sweeping – 0%. Hardly any workers were noted on the street to sweep the rubbish and cleaning the road with water.

b. Drainage – 10%. Only noted slight improvement. Blockage of drains were noted after heavy rain.

c. Street Lights – 10%. Badly needed street lights whether repair or install were not done but those which are not needed had been commissioned.

d. Grass cutting – 10% point. Had published in local news to inform MPT to shorten the grass cutting to 1 month interval but MPT still maintain the 3 months interval.

e. Car Park – 10%. Still no improvement noted even though MPT had agreed in principal to convert the old market empty space into temporary parking space.

f.   Rubbish Collection – 50%. Marked improvement noted but still unsatisfactory.

g. Licensing – 60%. Marked improvement on the renewal of license but application of new license still unsatisfactory.

h. Septic Tank – 90% for YB, 2 points for general public. Service was good if complaint handled by YB but general public complaint still lack of urgency from MPT.

i.    Five Foot Way (Kaki Lima) – 10%. Only slight improvement noted. Pot holes everywhere on the five-foot-way.

j.    Rubbish Bins – 0%. No new bins were noted and replenished.

k. Rubbish collection points cum car wash – 0%. The car wash stalls which were commissioning next to the rubbish collecting center suppose to monitor and clean the collecting center but no visible improvement was noted.

l.    Rats and Wild Dogs – 0%. No action taken by MPT.

m.              Rubbish Dump road maintenance – 10%. Improvement noted but have requested for road to be sealed.

n. Road closure for special function – 70%. MPT have done a good job on this.  


Average = 23.57% improvement


If you feel the rating is biase, then come to Tawau and do your own rating.


Nevertheless, I do see some improvements in the Tawau and Sandakan council, such as in Sandakan the council has its own mobile service. In KK the mayor told me, renewing trading license only takes about 5-minutes. This is good.


But, there are still a lot of abuses of power that must be checked.


In Tawau, I don’t see a proper program. Sweeper don’t sweep but council still pays the contractor. I feel its high time the government being the BOSS should step in and review all privatized work and see whether the work is really being done by the contractors.


I heard that the council is going to privatize the streetlights maintenance for RM500,000. How could this be, the council had reduced it streetlights mantainence and spareparts budget down to RM100,000 respectively. To privatise it at RM500,000 means MPT would be in the red ink soon.


Among the major towns in Sabah, Tawau has no overhead bridge, not even one. Why? Is the Tawau people life so cheap? There is an urgent need for one at the Pasar Tanjung which was promised to the hawkers more than 10-years ago, plus a multi-storey car park. The promise were made by the council to persuade the hawkers to move from the old market to the new existing Pasar Tanjung. But both not done until now.


As there are additional goodies from the Federal Government I suggest part of it to be use for :-


1. Repair of streetlights at highways, roads and all the residential (Taman) for a bright Merdeka Day.

2. Repair all broken drainage covers at five-foot way.

3. Clear all drainage at residential areas to prevent flash flood that has been frequent.


I also call on the government to ensure there is no marginalization of races in the council. At the moment, I feel there is a racial imbalance at the Tawau Municipal Council. I also propose that the Deputy President post be given to other race for example from the KDM or the Chinese community. 



Still, about council, now we also go to Sandakan Municipal Council.   




Joint Venture (JV) by Local Councils

Scandals or ‘Sign Buta’?


It had already happened in Tawau’s Sabindo open space, and now I want to call the attention of YBs in this Dewan Yang Mulia about ‘illegal’ housing development in Sandakan.


The government never allowed illegal squatters, but here we have a JV between the Sandakan Municipal Council (SMC) and a local developer that entered into an agreement to develop an ‘illegal housing’ (Taman Indah Jaya Estate Phase 9) consisting of 290 units on a piece of land that does not owned by either parties.


It seemed that everyone was blind not to see or realize that the housing will be built on the wrong site, which is LA 97070642 and not as stated in the JV agreement and Sales and Purchase Agreement TL 077550235.


This is not a small mistake, but a VERY BIG mistake. How could the lawyer(s) of the SMC missed this before advising SMC to enter the agreement.


The matter had been reported to the police as it is clearly a cheating case. (Show copy of police report)


So, if the JV is not ‘SIGN BUTA’, what is it, cheating? Corruption? ‘Gaji Buta’?


Police report was made and the issue was highlighted in the news on 25th December 2007 by the DAP Sandakan cum Sabah DAP Chief for Industrial Development bureau, Anthony Teo who had strongly suggested the Police Commercial Crime Investigation Department and the Anti Corruption Agency (ACA) to immediately begin investigation and at the same time urging the relevant ministry to also investigate and take severe action. On top of that Anthony also urged CM to freeze the application on PT 97070642 and the land to be given to the affected house owners. (Show copy of news cutting)


But, after 7 (seven) months what happened? Nothing, Nothing, NOTHING HAPPENED. Every agencies and departments are quite. Why? What happened to ‘turun padang’ and ‘membantu rakyat’?

Ada lagi. So today, in this Dewan Yang Mulia, I want to highlight another scandal or maybe another ‘sign buta’. I hope this time action will be taken ASAP, as soon as possible not as slow as possible because this matter is raise in this Dewan Yang Mulia the highest authority with all the ministers and YBs.


I bring your attention on the Old Folk Home and Disable Children situated at Sibuga Road, Sandakan, which were gazette under No. 07200205 (plan No 07125042) having an area of 49.88 acres and which was under the care of Sabah Council of Social Services.




What happened? Do any Ybs here know that a part of this land, amounting to 20 acres, was encroached upon and turned into a housing estate!?


The opposition questions here are:-


1.  What was the main objective or rationales behind n having to give out 20 acres of the land to (Perumahan Permai Sandakan Jaya Sdn Bhd) the developer?


2.  If finance is the main consideration, please provide he amount of money received from such a venture.


3.  What is the land valuation for the 20 acres?


4.  Under what Minister this project was approved and in which year?


5.  Is the Ministry taking any action to acquire or replace the loss area?





Because of what had happened to the old folk home in Sandakan, I call on the government to immediate check on the status of all existing Old Folk Homes in every district. Who knows the same thing is about to happen again. Who knows ‘Blind JVs’ had already been signed and waiting for developments.


I, was an ordinary Rakyat before and because of these injustice now a YB, and I am still baffled and cannot understand how a gazette land could be developed and ‘blind JV’ signed with the local councils.


Due to what had happened in Tawau open space and Sandakan housing in which both are JVs between developers and the respective local councils, it gives the impression to the Rakyat that our local councils are managed by unqualified people who abuses their power by cheating the rate payers in order to make money.


Here I call on the government to check on what I suspect are rampant power abuse in our local council. All previous JVs must be rechecked, existing JVs to be open to the public to be double checked as the Rakyat cannot trust the local council to do a good job.       




Lately there were many planters being chased away from the land they had applied for, because the land is in the Forest Reserve. If the lands had been Forest Reserve before they start opening the area, why were they allowed to apply for the lands in the first place.


For year, some more than 20-years, they were given false hope with many support from YBs but in the end they were left with nothing.


Who is wrong here in the first place? Who gave them the hope and the green light to apply for the lands?


These are genuine planters and those who are eligible should be help no ignored and cast away. Those who don’t have any other means of income and have no lands should be given lands so that they can stand on their own and at the same time help the government in the agriculture sector.


Now they felt they were cheated and taken for a ride and left on their own without any means to raise their standard of living.


I propose the government not turn them away, but allocate them idle lands or any available lands as they had shown that they are serious and genuine planters.


By turning them away, we are killing them and creating more poor and hardcore poor Rakyat. The government targets for ‘zero poverty’ by 2010 would not be fulfil if we ignore their plea for lands.


Filter them and find out those who are really poor with no other means of support but only through cultivating. Since they had shown their interest and determination, it is only right that the government should assist them to obtain land.

I proposed that the government do what Berjaya had done, that is encouraging the rakyat to go into agriculture and providing plot of lands for them to apply.


SLDB and FELDA should play their original role that is to help the rakyat come out of poverty. Both should allocate lands to those who rightly deserve to be called ‘peneroka’.


These people want land because they don’t want to rely on others or the government to feed them. So please help them.






Chief Ministers have changed many times since the SAS was launched with great publicity and government guarantee of RM1 to RM1 profit. However, after from one CM’s promises to another the SAS did not improve but gone from bad to worst almost hitting rock bottom until ‘pisang goring pun tak boleh beli’.


What happened to the RM1 to RM1 guarantee? Shareholders want to know what is the situation?


Masih ada harapan lagi kah untuk naik? Kalau tiada harapan, kerajaan sebagai ‘gentleman’ patut beli balik ikut harga asal jualan (original buying price). Jangan lepas tangan begitu saja dan buat janji-janji manis, kerajaan harus berani tanggungjawab.


Buying back the shares is the best solution. Why? Because one of the main job of the government is to eradicate poverty, but here through the SAS the government is creating more poverty and to make matters worst and adding salt to injury the government is not doing anything concrete to boost the confidence of the investors.

Many are being chased by banks and threatened bankruptcy. Many already bankrupt.


Its been too long, its time to help them, and I am sure the government is more than able to help. The government started the SAS so the government should settle it.







In the 1st State Legislative Assembly, our honourable Chief Minister said I was talking rubbish and championing the big towkays. The honourable CM personally said that only the CPO and big towkays were charge the 7.5 percent sales tax and nothing to do with the smallholders.


We had started on the wrong footing in the first sitting, today, let me clarify, I am NOT trying to protect the big taukeh, but the small taukeh or rather the small holders. I had been approached by many small holders who produce FFB (Fresh Fruit Bunch) and they had complaint that the buyer or millers imposed the 7.5% on their FFB and thus the amount was deducted from their FFB. So I am not talking rubbish here, I am talking real facts. In this case, it is not ethical and wrong for millers to charge the small holders as this is not CPO but FFB. I hope what I am trying to say here is very clear today.





This means millers are passing the buck to the small holders. Big plantations, big taukeh no problems, they have their own mills, but why charge the small holders, isn’t this passing the buck.


All the small holders can show their receipt to prove that they were deducted the 7.5 percent sales tax. So I urge the government to investigate what is going on and rectify the situation.


Now, Yang Amat Berhormat Ketua Menteri, are you sure you never charge the smallholders. Now it is proven that smallholders were charged, even 1 kilo of FFB. You said only big companies, that, I have no objection. You should declare during the winding-up speech if the small holders were not charged the sales tax. I think you should now know it is impossible to charge the CPO or miller. All this while the millers passed the buck and charge the sales tax on the FFB/planters including small holders.    


Thus, I call the government to stop the charging of the 7.5 percent sales tax on smallholders immediately.


Once plantations are crippled, the whole economy of Sabah will collapse. So do not kill the ‘golden goose’. 


To prove my point, I did my homework to gather all the information. Here are my findings.


Sabah planters (including smallholders) need to pay the following taxes:-


1.  Sabah sales tax (7.5%)

2.  Windfall tax (7.5%)

3.  MPOB cess RM15

4.  Sabah Discount RM40

5.  Mill processing cost (RM35 to RM42)

6.  Income tax (27%)


Sabah Sales Tax – This tax is collected in accordance to Crude Palm Oil (CPO) production and is paid by the CPO miller to the State Government. Subsequently this tax shall be part of the cost of the miller. In determining the price of oil palm fruits to be paid to suppliers, the tax is taken into consideration. At this end, the suppliers are getting lower price because of the Sabah Sales Tax.





To illustrate the usual way of price tabulation as follows:-


FFB (Fresh Fruit Bunch)

CPO (Crude Palm Oil)

OER (Oil Extraction Rate)

PK (Palm Kernel)

PKER (Palm Kernel Extraction Rate)


e.g FFB price for June 2008


June CPO monthly average price is RM3594.50

3594.50 x 20.57%   =                                 RM739.39



PK month average price is RM1799

1799 x  4.50%          =                                 RM80.96

            (PKER)                         TOTAL= RM820.35










(i) Sabah Sales Tax RM3594.50 x 7.5%=RM269.59

RM269.59 x 20.57% =                               RM55.45

(ii)MPOB CESS – 15 x 20.57% =              RM3.09

(ii)Sabah Discount – 40 x 20.57% =          RM8.23

(iii)Mill processing cost                              RM42.00



Thus, price of FFB to be paid by miller to FFB suppliers is RM711.58 per metric ton. When actual fact FFB suppliers should get RM711.58 + RM55.45 (Sabah sales tax deducted by millers) = RM767.03 (But this is not happening). And this is not the nett profit for the smallholders as they have to pay for labour, fertilizer, transportation charges (for those without own lorry), fuel, maintenance and even road maintenance to their respective plantations. So what big money are we talking about? With all these taxes, cess, levies and cost, our smallholders are not laughing all the way to the banks.







Windfall Tax. Imposed by the Federal Government effective on 1st July 2008 and base on CPO production and shall be paid by CPO millers. Later amended and effective from 15th July 2008 the Windfall Tax is calculated based on FFB weight and shall be paid by the owners (Plantation owner). Oil palm owners holding less than 100 acres are exempted from Windfall Tax.


e.g July 2008


1st July to 14th July 2008. CPO average price = RM3549.50

Windfall tax is (RM3549.50 – RM2000) x 7.5% = RM116.21


To calculate the price (1st July-14th July) is as follow:-


CPO month average price = RM3454.50

RM3454.50 x 20.60%         =                    RM711.63


PK month average price

RM1776 x 4.5%                  =                     RM79.92

                                                  TOTAL =RM791.55 





(1)                    Sabah sales tax RM3454.50 x 7.5% =RM259.10

RM259.10 x 20.60% =                        RM53.37

(2)                    MPOB less : 15 x 20.60% =         RM3.10

(3)                    Sabah discount : 40 x 20.6% =    RM8.24

(4)                    Mill processing fee                       RM42.00

(5)                    W/ Tax : RM116.21 x 20.6% = RM24.00

                                        FFB Price :RM660.54


For 15th July to 31st July the FFB price is RM660.54 + RM24 = RM684.54. The owners pay the Windfall Tax themselves.



Base on amount of oil produce, no doubt the miller is paying the sales tax. But when buying it is deducted from the original price as part of the cost. If the government does not heed this, the oil palm industry in Sabah will be in bad shape.









I also propose :-



1.  The Sabah Sales Tax of 7.5 percent sales tax only to be charge after CPO reach RM2,000 per ton and the calculation to follow like the Federal Windfall Tax, which is deducting the first RM2,000 before multiplying with the 7.5%. This is because with the existing calculation being use, the golden goose will eventually be killed. At the moment, if  the 7.5 percent sales tax is charge on the CPO then it is eating to the bones or the capital of millers. That is why the millers charge it to the smallholders or FFB in order to survive.


Thus to my understanding the Sabah sales tax of 7.5% calculation should be as follows:-


Sabah Sales Tax = Month average  – (Minus) RM1,000.00                                                            x (Multiply) 7.5% x (Multiply) oil palm fruit (metric ton)






Thus, it would look as follow :-



e.g CPO price for July ’08                (RM)

                                                      3,549.50 per ton


NET                                           2,549.50


X  7.5% State sales tax            191.21 per ton


2.  However, I strongly propose that the State Government have a meeting with all the millers concern and work out the best acceptable calculation. Because from the feedbacks that I had received from millers, they say the first RM2,000 should be minus out from the CPO average price for the effective month, just like the Windfall Tax.


3.  Refer to the Federal method of charging tax, such as the windfall tax which only will be charge when CPO reach RM2,000 mark.


4.  Thirty (30) percent to be set aside for emergency use. Last time I was told not to teach the government as the government knows what t o do, but I see nothing is being done for the planters especially road repairs since the charging of levies. We can ‘turun padang’ together to see.


5.  Reduce Fomema charges, the cost of fertilizers, transportation plus levies, cess and sales taxes are chocking our planters.


6.  Engaging of foreign labours for plantations to be simplified and levies reduce to minimum because agents fees are too high.


7.  Most smallholders have not collected their capital and profit, and already they are being bombarded by levies, cess and sales taxes.





Based on the existing calculation use by miller, slowly the smallholders will die. And if the Sabah Sales Tax on CPO is to be wholly paid from the miller’s pocket, slowly the miller will die. If both die, Sabah economy will head for disaster and collapse. So please sit down with the millers and iron out the problem.




















 Sabah illegal immigrant problem.



The real issue here is not illegal immigrants without documents but those who had obtained Mykad illegally and are now in our community.


It is estimated there are about 0.5 million of such Mykad holders in Sabah. This, if not address immediately will one day jeopardized the sovereignty of the state. This is a dangerous thing and is like a time-bomb for Sabah.


This is not about those foreigners who are without passport or unemployed because they are obviously foreigners. This is about those who look like foreigner, talk like foreigner, smell like foreigner, but had obtained Mykad through dubious ways.


I totally agree with what Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said in the newspaper on August 12, 2008. And I support those BN leaders and oppositions who call for the government to be serious in this matter before it is too late to handle.




BN is concern, I too am personally concern. Those without documents are not that dangerous, but those with Mykad are dangerous. They can do anything once they are in our system of administration.


I strongly believe only a Royal Commission could address this grave matter and the only one that can do the job once and for all.


I have no doubt that none of the real Sabah people believe that the government is serious to handle this issue. To them it is another ‘wayang kulit’ (play acting).


I hope BN will wake up, realize the real issue and feel the urgency of this matter. This issue needs a very strong political will.


These ‘fake Malaysian’ are everywhere and the Federal Government has never been serious to tackle this issue.


I tell you it is real, they are already inside certain government departments and come a time when these ‘fake Malaysians’ become leaders, they will be in control and then what will happen to the real Sabahans.


This is the NUMBER ONE issue in Sabah, TOP PRIORITY to be solved in order to protect our nation and the local people.


Once again I urge the government to set up a Royal Commission to investigate how Mykads were issued. Action must be taken on the culprits. It is easy, If you don’t have enough documents you cannot hold a Mykad.


Anything apart from a Royal Commission is a waste of time and tax payers money. Last time we had Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity headed by Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, now we have a Cabinet Committee. I dare say it won’t achieve much.



Question for 2nd State Legislative Assembly August 21, 2008

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154 .   Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada MENTERI KEWANGAN, apakah tindakan terkini oleh kerajaan ke atas permasalahan yang dihadapi oleh pemegang-pemegang   Saham Amanah Sabah (SAS).


155.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada KETUA MENTERI:-


            a)         Apakah kriteria-kriteria Hutan Simpan Kelas Pertama;


b)         Apakah tindakan kerajaan  ke atas kawasan Hutan Simpan yang sudah di tanam dengan tanaman kelapa sawit.


156.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada KETUA MENTERI, adakah seorang Wakil ADUN Pembangkang layak menerima peruntukan pembangunan kerajaan seperti yang dinikmati oleh Wakil ADUN Kerajaan dan sekiranya layak berapakah peruntukan tersebut setahun.


157 .   Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada MENTERI KERAJAAN TEMPATAN DAN PERUMAHAN, berapakah bilangan kakitangan Majlis Perbandaran Tawau dengan gaji dan elaun-elaun mereka termasuk caruman KWSP, Sosco dan sebagainya.


            JAWAPAN SOALAN NO.157


            Tuan Speaker,


            Untuk menjawab soalan daripada Ahli, Yang Berhormat Sri Tanjong Majlis Perbandaran

            Tawau mempunyai 690 orang kakitangan dan perbelanjaan gaji dan elaun-elaun mereka

            setahun berjumlah RM15.70 juta.


158.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada MENTERI KERAJAAN TEMPATAN DAN PERUMAHAN, berapakah bilangan kontraktor-kontraktor yang menjalankan kerja-kerja kontrak untuk Majlis Perbandaran Tawau dan apakah jenis-jenis kontrak-kontrak bekenaan dengan kosnya sekali.


159.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada MENTERI KERAJAAN TEMPATAN DAN PERUMAHAN, apakah status terkini pembangunan tapak pelupusan sampah yang baru bagi Daerah Tawau.


            JAWAPAN SOALAN NO. 159


Tuan Speaker,


Untuk menjawab solan daripada Ahli Yang Berhormat Sri Tanjong, status terkini pembangunan tapak pelupusan sampah yang baru di Batu 19, Jalan Bukit Quion seluas 100 ekar adalah sedang dalam proses untuk melantik Juruperunding bagi menyediakan Laporan Penilaian Kesan ke atas Alam sekeliling (EIA) oleh Syarikay konsesi Majlis Perbandaran Tawau iaitu SYARIKAT HASIL BENUA SDN BHD. 


160.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada TIMBALAN KETUA MENTERI/MENTERI PEMBANGUNAN INFRASTRUKTUR, berapa kalikah jalanraya ladang kelapa sawit yang menghubungi Quoin Hill – Bukit Tajam, Sungai Burung, Jeroco dan ladang kelapa sawit yang lain diselenggarakan dan diperbaiki oleh Jabatan Kerja Raya.


161.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada MENTERI KERAJAAN TEMPATAN DAN PERUMAHAN:-


a)         Berapa banyakkah kontrak perjanjian yang ditandatangani oleh Majlis Perbandaran Tawau sejak 10 tahun yang lalu;


b)         Sehubungan denan ini, apakah faedah-faedah yang dapat diperolehi oleh penduduk-penduduk dalam kawasan Majlis Perbandaran Tawau.


162.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada MENTERI KERAJAAN TEMPATAN DAN PERUMAHAN, apakah faedah-faedah yang diperolehi oleh Majlis Perbandaran Tawau daripada projek-projek Sabindo Square, Grace Plaza, Sabindo Open Space, bekas Rumah Penyembelihan di Hot Spring dan Taman Semarak Open Space.




Tuan Speaker,


Untuk menjawab soalan daripada Ahli Yang Berhormat Sri Tanjong, faedah-faedah yang diperolehi oleh Majlis Perbandaran Tawau daripada projek-projek Sabindo Square, Grace Plaza, Sabindo Open Space, bekas Rumah Penyembelihan di Hot Spring dan Taman Semarak Open Space adalah seperti berikut :-


(PERKARA) Sabindo Square – (FAEDAH) Syarikat bertanggujawab sepenuhnya untuk membayar premium dan “subdivision premium” tanah dan sewa tahunan tanah yang dianggarkan berjumlah RM4,492,950.00 pada tahun 2000. Pulangan hasil kepada MPT adalah berbentuk 279 buah tapak letak kereta dan bas selain daripada ruang letak kereta yang wajib disediakan mengikut Pelan Pembangunan yang diluluskan.


Keseluruhan pembangunan tersebut perlu disiapkan dalam masa 30 bulan berkuatkuasa daripada tarikh pelan-pelan yang berkenaan diluluskan agar Majlis boleh mula memperolehi hasil melalui stesen bas, ruang letak kereta dan cukai pintu bangunan kedai. Pembangunan telah pun siap pada akhir tahun 2003.


(PERKARA) Grace Plaza – (FAEDAH) Lot kedai dengan jumlah nilai RM3,024,000.00


(PERKARA) Sabindo Open Space – (FAEDAH) Perkara ini sedang dalam kes mahkamah. Dengan itu faedah kepada Majlis tidak dapat dipastikan.


(PERKARA) Bekas Tapa Rumah Penyembelihan – (FAEDAH) 1 unit Bangunan Pasar Am, 1 unit Rumah Penyembelihan Ayam, 12 unit Gerai Makan, 188 unit Ruang Letak Kereta dan Bas


Central Pedestrian Area


(Nota: Memandangkan sebuah pasar swasta telah wujud dikawasan berdekatan dan tanggungjawab ke atas rumah penembelihan telah diambilalih oleh Jabatan Perkhidmatan Haiwan dan Perusahaan Ternakan Sabah maka Majlis pada masa ini sedang mengkaji cadangan untuk mengubah dua pulangan hasil di atas kepada 9 buah lot kedai dalam sebuah bangunan).


(PERKARA) Projek Usahasama di Taman Semarak Diantara MPT dan Everlasting Luck Sdn. Bhd. – (FAEDAH) Syarikat Pemaju bertanggungjawab sepenuhnya untuk membayar premium berjumlah RM1.54 Juta dan sewa tahunan tanah yang berjumlah RM15,400.00.


Tambahan kepada perkara di atas MPT juga memperolehi 2 buah pasar iaitu Pasar inabutan bernilai RM2.075 Juta dan Pasar Taman Semarak bernilai RM1.2 Juta.


Kedua-dua buah pasar telahpun diserahkan kepada MPT. 





163.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada MENTERI KERAJAAN TEMPATAN DAN PERUMAHAN, bilakah kawasan lapang di Pasar Lama Tawau akan dijadikan Tapak Letak Kereta sementera.




Tuan Speaker,


Untuk menjawab solan daripada Ahli Yang Berhormat Sri Tanjong. Majlis Perbandaran Tawau kini sedang dalam proses mengkaji surat perjanjian usahasama di atas tapak Pasar Lama samada ianya boleh dijadikan tempat letak kereta sementara dalam masa terdekat ini.


164.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada MENTERI KERAJAAN TEMPATAN DAN PERUMAHAN, apakah hasil daripada lawatan sambil belajar Majlis Perbandaran Tawau ke China baru-baru ini berhubung isu tempat letak kereta.




Tuan Speaker,


Untuk menjawab solan daripada Ahli Yang Berhormat Sri Tanjong, Kementerian ini dimaklumkan bahawa lawatan kakitangan Majlis Perbandaran Tawau ke China adalah merupakan lawatan peribadi dan kos lawatan bukan dibiayai oleh Majlis.


165.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada KETUA MENTERI:-


a)                 Bolehkah kerajaan menempatkan semula, memberikan tanah seluas 15 ekar atau menempatkan pekebun-pekebun kecil  yang diusir oleh Jabatan Hutan baru-baru ini ke Skim Penempatan FELDA; dan


b)                 Bolehkah pekebun-pekebun kecil ini diberikan ”Occupation Permit” seperti di Nagos Semporna.


166.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada KETUA MENTERI, berapa hektar tanah yang telah diberikan kepada Yayasan Melaka.


167.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada TIMBALAN KETUA MENTERI/MENTERI PEMBANGUNAN INFRASTRUKTUR, apa status terkini jalan-jalan raya berikut:-


a)                 Jalan Chong Thien Vun/Sin On Tiku ke Jalan Kubota (Kemp Askar)


b)         Jalan daripada Kg. Titingan ke Batu 4 Jalan Apas.


168.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada TIMBALAN KETUA MENTERI/MENTERI PEMBANGUNAN INFRASTRUKTUR, bolehkah kerajaan membina jejantas di hadapan Sekolah Sabah Chinese High School di bandar Tawau.


169.    Y.B. Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada MENTERI KEWANGAN, adakah Ketua Menteri sedar bahawa kilang-kilang kelapa sawit mengenakan 7.5% sales tax kepada semua penanam kelapa sawit sama ada kecil atau besar dan jika sedar, apakah tindakan kerajaan terhadap kilang-kilang kelapa sawit berkenaan.



Speech at 1st State Lesgislative Assembly June 3, 2008

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Terima kasih Tuan Speaker,


Pertama  sekali,  saya ingin mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kerana memberi  saya peluang,   untuk terlibat di dalam perbahasan Ucapan,   Dasar Kerajaan yang sebelum ini telah disampaikan oleh,   Tuan Yang Terutama yang DiPertua Negeri Sabah. 

Apa yang saya perlu katakan buat permulaan di sini,   ialah saya berharap  persidangan DUN sabah,   yang buat pertama kalinya saya sertai ini,  akan dapat menjadi satu landasan untuk kita semua terus membincangkan,   soal-soal kebajikan rakyat.


Tuan Speaker,

Sebelum saya membawa usul saya,  izinkan saya untuk meneruskan ucapan usul saya di dalam bahasa Inggeris…….

Being the sole opposition elected representative of the people in Sabah, I feel the heavy burden of bringing their issues to this assembly.  In the course of discharging my duty,  I intend to trade ideas,  seek co-operation and not trade insults.                                                                         

As Assemblymen, we represent our respective constituencies and are responsible for mobilizing state resources to address their needs.  Despite my status as an opposition assemblyman, I know that I will be treated equally in this Assembly with the same privileges as accorded to other Assemblymen.  This is the strength of the democratic institutions in Malaysia. 

Tawau has been sidelined in term of infrastructure development in recent years resulting in the lack of basic facilities to the citizens of  the district.  Tuan Speaker,  I  would like to touch on some of the basic infrastructures  that are still very much  lacking there:

I will forward the following  matters which are required serious attention from the assembly:



I need not repeat the common knowledge that there is a water crisis in Tawau.  The government blames this on water theft.  Illegal connection without paying for the water is a financial matter of enforcement.  It is a separate matter from water shortage.  The Honorable Minister of Infrastructure has urged people to register their connection and seems to solve the shortage by registration.  Registration by itself will not bring more water through the pipes.  Don’t mix water shortage with enforcement.  By the way enforcement itself is also a duty of this government.


My predecessor had on 19 April 2004  mentioned in this assembly that over  Ringgit Malaysia 600 millions was owed to three water concessionaires.  Is the amount subject to audit or is the state short of cash?  What has been done since? Because  none payment could also pose a serious problem to the water supply chain.  May I ask on what is the status of the proposed dam at Gudang Empat?  The government paid huge compensations in 1993 to acquire some 670 acres of land for such purpose.


Tawau district face sever dry season in the past.  It is therefore important that the dam be build so that Tawau residents can enjoy a 24 hours non stop quality fresh water supply like any civilized society.  In the past three months,  people in housing estates often could not have  enough water for cooking and bathing.  This is hard to believe after fifty years of Merdeka.  Its most unfair  as Tawau contributed a lot in the form of taxes and  double sales taxes from oil palm planters for instance.


I also remind the government that you have yet to pay the remaining 25 percent of the compensation to the more than 100 landowners whose land you have acquired for the water dam  and when is the Government going to settle this 20 years old debt?  Failure or further delay in completing the payment to the landowners could brand the Government as the `King of Bad Paymaster’ in the eye of society.




With the present RM1.6 billion allocation under the 9th Malaysian Plan for present projects and another RM2.8 billion for  new projects together with another 27.1 percent out of the RM5 billion prepared by SDC,  this constitute a large  sum of money for infrastructure developments. 

Tuan Speaker,  I wish to congratulate the effort leading to the largest allocation for the state by the Barisan Nasional government.  With this sum and additional from the state government,  I wish to urge that Tawau require some of the long awaited fund for the purpose of upgrading and building of new roads in the district as Tawau desperately requires such infrastructure:


01)  Cadangan Menaiktaraf Jalan Sin Onn kepada Jalan Berkembar Dua Hala – it was under the RMK-8 submission and now resubmitted again under RMK-9 under State Fund. The traffic congestion is  very serious due to rapid development along the road as well as Jalan Timor (Eastern Road) and Jalan Sin Onn Utara.


02)  Cadangan Road Rehabiliatation for Jalan Eastern – the road was constructed almost 20 years ago but now inadequate due to extensive traffic following massive development at the northern part of  TAWAU.


03)  The second Phase of Naiktaraf Jalan Chong Thien Vun/ Sin Onn Tiku across Jalan Kubota (Army Camp) need to be expedited.


04)  Cadangan Pembinaan Jalan Persisiran Pantai –    need  to construct a new road across Kg Titingan right to mile 4, Jalan Apas to reduce the increasing  traffic along Jalan Apas up to mile 5.


05)  Naiktaraf Jalan Utara Baru – Heavy traffic along the road up to 1 or 2 miles from 5 to 6pm daily. Need to expedite.   The proposed upgrading to dual carriageway from Bulatan Airport Lama to Taman Ria or Kg Jambatan Puteh.


06)  Waterdam at Gudang 4 Merotai.


My predecessor had made a request for the sealing of 1.9 kilometer of road leading to the TV station as well as the water dam which had not been done yet and but I dare those involved to take up the challenge  of my proposal for the construction of five (5) roads  and A water dam as mentioned earlier could be made.



Tuan Speaker,  disposal of garbage is a mess in Tawau.

A satisfactory solution for the disposal of household and commercial waste in Tawau has not been identified and the problem has existed for several years.  This is most readily apparent at the Tanjung market located in the district’s town centre,  as well as the Sin Onn market located at Sin Onn road.  I am very concerned about the long term health and environmentally impact on residents as well as to the image  projected to tourist.

My investigation revealed that the contractor responsible for the maintenance of the road,  about 1.5 KM leading to the landfill located at Merotai has failed to maintain an all weather road,  resulting in the very poor road condition.  The consequence is  that garbage trucks cannot always make it to the landfill.  After several visits,  I made another visit on 2nd May to the relevant section of the road and found the condition had turned from bad to worst!  When asked about the deplorable condition,  the council’s reply was `Tidak ada duit’.   You see,  the Government can and should solve the Tawau people’s garbage miseries by a mere RM100 thousand or any amount deemed justify but lacks the caring attitude to do so.  Since the local authority cannot do its job,  I have no choice but to appeal to this assembly and especially the Honorable Minister of Local  Government to immediately discharge this duty to solve the problem.

In addition,  I can state that the landfill is poorly managed,  There is a lack of appropriate machinery needed for efficient waste management.  Urgent steps need to be taken to improve the road and management of the site.  Sufficient allocation should be made available by the government to ensure that the best contractors are appointed for the job.

Another matter in regard to waste disposal where it is necessary to have sufficient fund .  At least  an initial of  Ringgit 500,000 must be allocated for the Tawau Municipal Council to purchase  minimum 20 units Roll On – Roll Off garbage bins to put at strategic and populated areas such as markets.




Concrete ways must be taken to recover the loss incurred by Sabahan who invested in the Amanah Saham Sabah.  Minister after Minister have repeatedly promised to find a solution.  Many years passed.  Still no solution.  Is the government so short of ideas? The Government must not forget that there are  over 54,000  unit holders and among many them are Government  servants or pensioners and orang  miskin.

A great number of them whose borrowed from financial institutions are facing financial difficulties or in the process of  being sued for bankrupcy.They are crying for Government help day and night. They demand to know what have been done by the six man  special committee appointed by the BN  3 years ago?  

The pledge by our past government that the share value will not drop beyond RM1 per share, but still nothing has been done to uphold that pledge as the share value could be deemed as hitting rock bottom Now at 20 cents!.  It is the aim that this scheme could assist in reducing poverty among Sabahan but it has done the opposite and someone must take the blame and someone else must take up the task of rectifying the situation.  As we are now  in the year 2008,  then the present Government must take up that task.  Saham Amanah Sabah is a huge blunder but we could not leave it as such and turn a blind eye.




Tuan Speaker

Millions of Ringgit have been invested by SESB on the East-West grid system which,  according to the SESB director,  was to eliminate power outages once the system was completed.  The grid  is now completed but blackouts continue.

For the past weeks,  Tawau witnessed constant power cuts.  Businesses suffered losses and people continue to suffer.  Tenaga Nasional Berhad  took control of SESB to solve the problem when the Sabah State Government failed yet the problem persist.

We export our natural gas to foreign buyers.  Why not use a small portion for generating more electricity for Sabah?


Tuan Speaker,




The open space issue strikes at the heart of the people of Tawau because it is affecting their living environment.  The stand of the Government on open space is very clear – `don’t touch open space’.  The problem faced in  Tawau shows that the Government says one thing and do another.  I wish to remind this assembly that the honorable Chief Minister and other Ministers made promises to resolve the problem of open space in the process of being used for commercial development.

The reality is that no action was taken and civic minded citizens of Tawau had to take the matter to court to defend their rights to the open space.  To rub salt into the wound,  the Tawau Municipal Council being the arms of the Government charged with the duty to protect open space is itself the culprit.  It has betrayed the trust that it is duty bound to uphold when the council approved the development plan to develop open space.  The Sabah Land Ordinance specifically prohibits development contrary to title condition and yet nothing was done when such development take place.  Why not?

If the rakyat cannot rely on the Government and its agencies and departments to uphold the law and Minister make promises after promises,  it is no wonder that people vote for opposition Assemblyman.  I urge all of you in the Government,  in fact I challenge you to take appropriate action to put an end to such development.  You have the administrative and enforcement powers.  With your overwhelming number in this assembly you also have the legislative powers.   But why are you all not doing anything apart from making promises?


Tuan speaker



Tuan speaker,

In line with the Government policy to upgrade the public administration in preparing for the successful implementation of SABAH DEVELOPMENT CORRIDOR “I am calling the government  to  adopt a timeframe for all government bodies to process all types of Government  payments and  applications e.g. Government  payment to contractors claim  that take months , Milk producers also take 4 to 5 months to get their payment and this has again happened when some cow fresh milk  producers had notified me that they had not receive any payment from the government for the past  months since January 2008, just three days ago,   land applications that take years and a lot of  landless citizens even waited till they eventually passed away, ordinary  trading licenses that take  months in Tawau  for both New applications and renewal  ,  similarly also to water meter, Electricity meter, application for telephone , Identity Card, lorry permit etc. causing a lot of financial hardship and frustration  and lost of immeasurable valuable productive times to the general public.  And the snail pace experienced in the case of applications for development plan and issuing of Occupation Certificate.  Get this done fast and the Government can enjoy its collection from businesses earlier.

Its high time ,the Government need to sit up and direct all its agencies,  ministries and institutions to set their respective standard  time frame for various services.  Learn from the Immigration Department.  They can issue and renew an important documents such as a passport in a matter of 3 days.  That is what I mean by a standard time frame and maybe not excellence but good enough on government providing such speedy service.


Tuan Speaker


There should be one `clear,  simple and transparent’ procedure to process payments and applications.  This is in line with the Government’s sincerity to upgrade public services and achieving excellence as outlined in the UCAPAN DASAR KERAJAAN YANG DISAMPAIKAN OLEH TUAN YANG TERUTAMA YANG DIPERTUA NEGERI SABAH  on 29th April 2008.


Another matter which I feel that should be highlighted in this assembly was the calls made by planters as the government is now considered taking from them by imposing  CBO sales tax and double taxes on their palm oil for years ,now totaling over RM2 billions collected.  It is yet another situation which I deemed as unfair as they are getting nothing out of their contribution such as having the  government reserved roads leading to their estate build or repaired and the soaring prices of  cost of productions such  as fertilizer.  Let me cite an example,  MOP fertilizer cost around RM500 per metric ton four years ago but now the same tonnage cost over RM3,000 and the price is expected to go up to Ringgit 4,000.  Despite the rise of palm oil price, soon  the profit could not sustain the margin of cost of production.

It is not right  for the government  to ask from Sabah people for more and should  instead seek  more funding from the Federal government.  As our Honorable Prime Minister had said that Sabah and Sarawak are `safe deposit for the government.

This is the Golden time for BN Sabah  to ask for MORE from BN Bersekutuan. It is high time the state government should seek a higher petroleum royalty of up to 20% increase . Why the state BN afraid to ask for  more ? Pakatan now offers  20 percent increase and it could be a good way out? I mean, Eventually if no better alternative lah!!. After all, the oil royalty has never been reviewed since independent.  That is totally unfair to Sabah for too long. That is how I strongly feel. 

The situation now as compared to Berjaya time are different,  during the Berjaya time,  situation is good but now it is bad,  the government should play their role by taking steps such as abolishing the palm oil sales tax in  to  the smallholders having land less than 100 acres.  This has been done at the Federal level.  After most of them are smell holders holding less than 15 acres. Kasihan juga lah..

The planters wish that  the State Government must set a side 30% 0f the revenue from the palm oil sales tax of  7.5%  to put under Reserve  Fund as provisions to assist  back the oil palm planters  in the event of economic crisis or when they greatly need financial assistance  for replanting their estate. This is a fair request because the planters  don’t want to end up their fate similar to the economic nightmare of the coco industry in the nineties. The Government at that time had similarly taken cocoa cess from the planters but turned a blind eye when the cocoa planters faced financial crisis. As a result  almost all the cocoa planters , big and small, bankrupted by their merciless financer.  This government must avoid that kind of irresponsible disaster but take the heed of the pride of the planters. Act timely now for the planters’ wish in time of  their need for the protection of the government. Tuan speaker , that is what a caring Government must do.


Tuan Speaker

In conclusion,  I owe the people of Sri Tanjong for the opportunity to address this assembly.  I will discharge my duty as their elected representative without fear or favor.

The Government has the means and resources as well as the obligation to address these issues.  The question is whether you have the will or the insincerity.  This Government must not forget that it exist to serve and satisfy the fundamental needs of all the people of Sabah,  including people of Sri Tanjong constituency.  I hope that this Government will function in a transparent and caring manner that is crucial component of a good governance.  Accountability will ensure the continued confidence of residents of the state of Sabah in all government institutions and punishment for those individuals who do not abide the law.  A  good government which is active in improving the provision of government goods and services to the people will leave behind a strong legacy that will be a model for successive government to emulate for years to come.

I sincerely wish this administration will strive hard and being a caring Government.  Should this government fulfill all the requests made in this speech,  I take my hat off and salute its effort.


Tuan Speaker


Sebelum saya akhiri ,  terima kasih sekali lagi,  di atas

peluang bercakap di dalam dewan ini,   dan akhir kata,  saya mohon menyokong usul yang telah dibentangkan oleh,   Tuan Yang  Terutama Yang DiPertua Negeri Sabah.


Let us move forward together.  Sabah Boleh if the Government pull up its sock and find the will.

Sekian dan Terima kasih.

Thank you.





Q & A at the State Legislative Assembly May 11, 2008

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YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin:  QUESTION.

Pose question to the Minister of Finance on how much was collected from the sales tax of 7.5 % cess imposed on palm tree products in Sabah since collection began and can cess be reduced?



Datuk Haji Tawfiq Datuk Haji Abu Bakar Titingan:  ANSWER.

In answering the question posed by the YB of Sri Tanjong, and to inform this hall,  the state government did not imposed cess to Crude Palm Oil (CPO).  The state government only imposed tax when the sales of CPO reached over RM1,000 per metric ton.  And the rate imposed of 7.5% on the value of sales was enforced on January 1,  2005 and collection of cess until 31 December 31,  2007 is at RM2,115,326,220.41 million only.


Further information for YB,  the rate of 7.5% which has been imposed is appropriate as the state government never imposed sales tax on Palm Kernel Oil unlike Sarawak.  Apart from that,  the 2008 budget which has been approved by this hall is based on  last year’s based on collection at the rate of 7.5 % for the value sales of CPO.   If the tax rate is reduce,  it will therefore affect the implementation of programs which has been planned this year.




What the government had done,  in return to all planters enormous contribution of over RM2 billion?



Datuk Haji Tawfiq Haji Abu Bakar Titingan:  ANSWER.

For information of YB,  the huge amount collected from taxes of CPO,  a large sum of it had been returned to the plantation industry as well as to the palm oil industry in Sabah.  As an example,  the implementation of the POIC project in Lahad Datu which cost nearly RM32.9 million to conduct work under POIC such as earth work site preparation and drain sewerage system and others.  Apart from that,  as we know,  this year state budget is quite big RM2.3 billion for repair of infrastructure not only in towns,  not only in Sri Tanjong but all places such as rural areas including building of roads and bridges and others.


For further information,  the tax imposed on sales of Palm oil as I have mentioned earlier could not be reduced as the tax of CPO contribute around 30% to 35% of the state income.  Any reduction in the tax rate will affect the implementation of the 9th Malaysian Plan and affect the state and the Sabah Development Corridor which is currently under implementation now.  Before the state government fix the rate of 7.5% ,  we had made study and we are not imposing it without any study as the phrase goes that we could not butcher the duck which lay the golden egg.  It is therefore that the rate we imposed is reasonable.  And we believe that we develop the state and give back to society through this tax.  We want to ensure that the rate of 7.5 % would not hard for planters and palm oil producers to absorb and they could still smile all the way to the bank with huge profit from their product due to the high price of the commodity in the world market.




YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin: SOALAN.

Bertanya keapda MENTERI KEWANGAN berapakah jumlah pendapatan yang didapati hasil dari cess 7.5 % keatas hasil kelapa sawit di Negeri Sabah sejak pemungutan cess tersebut dimulakan dan bolehkah ianya dikurangkan?




Datuk Haji Tawfiq Datuk Haji Abu Bakar Titingan:  JAWAPAN.

Tuan speaker,  untuk menjawab ahli Yang Berhormat dari Sri Tanjong,  dan untuk makluman Dewan yang mulia ini,  kerajaan negeri tidak mengenakan ses ke atas Minyak Sawit Mentah atau CPO.  Kerajaan negeri hanya mengenakan cukai ke atas jualan CPO apabila harga purata CPO melebihi RM1,000 setiap metrik tan.  Dan kadar yang dikenakan ialah 7.5 peratus atas nilai jualan dan telah berkuatkuasa bermula pada 01 Januari 2005 dan jumlah pungutan sehingga 31 Disember 2007 adalah RM2,115,326,220.41 Juta sahaja.


Untuk makluman ahli Yang Berhormat  kadar 7.5% ini yang dikenakan adalah sesuai memandangkan kerajaan Negeri tidak mengenakan cukai jualan ke atas Minyak isirong kelapa sawit ataupun dengan izin,  Palm Kernel Oil seperti di Sarawak.  Di samping itu Belanjawan Tahun 2008,  yang telah diluluskan oleh Dewan yang Mulia ini,  pada tahun lalu berdasarkan kutipan hasil dari yang telah dikira dengan kadar 7.5% bagi harga jualan CPO.  Maka sekiranya kadar ini dikurangkan maka akan menjejaskan perlaksanaan program-program yang dirancang pada tahun ini.



YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin:   SOALAN TAMBAHAN.

Apakah yang kerajaan telah lakukan kepada golongan pekebun setelah mendapat cess yang melebihi RM2 billion itu?


Datuk Haji Tawfiq Datuk Haji Abu Bakar Titingan:  JAWAPAN

Terima kasih Tuan Speaker,  untuk makluman dari ahli Yang Berhormat Sri Tanjong,  jumlah yang begitu besar yang kita dapati daripada cukai jualan CPO ini sebahagian besarnya juga kita kembalikan kepada industri perladangan dan juga industri sawit Negeri Sabah.  Sebagai contoh,  dalam perlaksanaan project POIC di Lahad Datu kita telah membelanjakan hampir RM32.9 juta untuk melaksanakan POIC di Lahad Datu untuk kerja-kerja seperti earth work site preparation dan drain sewerage system dan sebagainya.  Di samping itu juga seperti yang ktia sedia maklum ini,  Bajet negeri Sabah yang pada tahun ini amat besar RM2.3 billion adalah untuk kita memperbaiki infrastruktur yang bukan saja di Bandar,  bukan saja di kawasan Sri Tanjong bahkan juga kita salurkan ke kawasan-kawasan luar Bandar termasuk juga pembinaan jalan-jalan,  pembinaan jambatan-jambatan dan sebagainya. 


Tuan Speaker,  untuk makluman sidang Dewan yang mulia pada hari ini,  sebenarnya cukai jualan kelapa sawit ini seperti yang saya sebutkan tadi ini,  tidak dapat kita kurangkan kerana hasil cukai jualan CPO menyumbang kepada 30% sehingga 35% hasil pendapatan Negeri Sabah.  Sebarang pengurangnan kadar ini akan menjejaskan perlaksanaan Rancangan Malaysia ke-9.  Menjejaskan hala tuju Negeri Sabah dan juga menjejaskan Sabah Development Corridor yang sedang dalam perlaksanaan sekarang.  Sebelum kerajaan negeri membuat ketetapan menguatkuasaan kadar jualan 7.5 % ini kita telah pun membuat kajian yang terperinci,  kita bukan buat suka-suka sahaja dan kita juga berpendapat bahawa kita tidak boleh seperti peribahasa bagitahu menyembelih itik yang mengeluarkan ataupun bertelur,  telur emas.  Oleh itu,  nilai yang kita tetapkan adalah nilai yang berpatutan dan wajar.  Dan kita yakin ianya akan mampu membangunkan negeri Sabah dan mampu memberikan kesejahteraan apabila kita pulangkan duit ini kembali kepada rakyat Sabah.  Dan kalau nilai kadar yang telah ditetapkan ini kita rasa berpatutan dan sebenarnya peladang-peladang ataupun mengeluar-pengeluar minyak kelapa sawit hari ini walaupun kita kenakan 7.5 % mereka masih mampu lagi tersenyum,  mereka masih mampu tersenyum pergi ke bank dengan keuntungan yang begitu besar daripada hasil yang mereka dapati kerana harga komoditi yang begitu tinggi di pasaran dunia.


Terima kasih,  Tuan Speaker.





YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin:  QUESTION.

Pose question to the ASSISTANT CHIEF MINISTER/ MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT on what steps has been taken to overcome the problem of water shortage due to burst pipe and water theft and what is the latest development on the proposed water dam  planned at the 600 acre land at Gudang Empat Merotai which has been prepared 20 years ago?





The Ministry through the Water Department had taken few steps to overcome the problem of water shortage due to burst pipe and water theft which is considered quite serious in Tawau area.


Among the immediate steps taken were the  effort to reduce burst pipe and water theft through the implementation of `Tawau District Prevention of Lost Water (NRW) Program’ costing RM20 million which began in July 2007 and is expected to be completed in 24 months.  The program physical completion is now at 48.5 percent and the scope of the program is to change old pipes especially steel pipes which is easily broken,  changing pipes which are used by water thief to steal water and repairing of broken pipe.  Apart from that,  the Sabah Water Department is increasing enforcement operation to cut and compound whoever found to be involved in illegal connection and stealing water.


The project to build the water dam at Gudang Empat Merotai costing RM240 million had been suggested under the 9th Malaysian Plan but was not approved.  This project involve the building of the dam at Tawau river and other structures such as water treatment loji,  storing tanks,  transmission pipe,  retikulasi system,  pumping station and others.


However,  this project will be proposed for implementation under the 10th Malaysian Plan and fund by the state government.





YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin:  SOALAN.

Bertanya kepada TIMBALAN KETUA MENTERI/  MENTERI PEMBANGUNAN INFRASTRUKTUR apakah langkah yang telah diambil untuk menangani masalah-masalah kekurangan air akibat paip pecah dan kecurian air dan apakah pembangunan terkini dalam cadangan pembinaan empangan di kawasan 600 ekar tanah di Gudang Empat Merotai yang telah disediakan 20 tahun yang lalu?





Untuk makluman ahli dari N. 57 Sri Tanjong,  Kementerian ini melalui Jabatan Air telah mengambil beberapa langkah untuk menangani maalah kekurangan air akibat paip pecah dan kecurian air yang sangat serius di kawasan Tawau.


Antara langkah-langkah serta-merta yang telah diambil bagi mengurankan kejadian paip pecah dan kecurian air adalah dengan melaksanakan projek `Program Mengurangkan Kadar Kehilangan Air Tak Terhasil (NRW) kawasan Tawau’  berjumlah RM20 juta yang telah dimulakan pada bulan Julai 2007 dan dijangka siap dalam tempoh 24 bulan.  Kemajuan fizikal projek pada masa ini adalah 48.5%.  Scop program ini juga merangkumi penggantian paip penghubung untuk pengawal pemyambungan haram dan pembaikan paip pecah.  Di samping itu,  Jabatan Air Negeri Sabah sentiasa mempergiatkan operasi penguatkuasaan dengan memotong serta mengkompaun sesiapa sahaja yang didapati melakukan aktiviti penyambungan haram atau mencuri air.


Projek pembinaan empangan di Gudang Empat Merotai berjumlah RM240 juta telahpun dicadang semula dalam Rancangan Malaysia ke-9 tetapi tidak diluluskan.  Projek ini melibatkan pembinaan empangan air di Sungai Tawau dan kemudahan seperti loji rawatan air,   tangki simpanan,  paip transmisi dan system retikulasi,  stesen pam penggalak dan sebagainya.


Walau bagaimanapun,  projek ini akan dicadangkan semula untuk pelaksanaan di bawah Rancangan Malaysi ke 10 dengan biayaan kerajaan negeri.  







YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin.  QUESTION.

Pose to MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND HOUSING on is the government had any plan to speed up the process of issuing and renewing of trading licenses which now takes three days (three months – typo) to be the same as processing passport which only takes less than a day?




The application   and renewal of trading licenses is under the authority of District Office and not through Local Municipal except for the district of Kota Kinabalu,  Sandakan and Tawau where district office no longer exist.


For issuing and renewing of licenses in the Tawau Municipal Council,  the Tawau Municipal Council is capable in issuing renewal licenses in a single day while application for new licenses could be approved between 1 to 7 days depending on the kind of license.  Application for license such as for restaurant,  eatery and drink shop,  internet and others require the process through Council Licensing Meeting in which comment from specified department is needed to process and approve the licenses.


The government will continue from time to time speed up the process of issuing and renewal licenses.





YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin.  SOALAN.

Bertanya MENTERI KERAJAAN TEMPATAN DAN PERUMAHAN  mengenai perancangan pihak kerajaan untuk mempercepatkan proses mengeluarkan atau meperbaharui lesen perniagaan yang sekarang ini memakan masa tiga hari (tiga bulan) sama seperti memproses paspot yang hanya mengambil masa kurang setengah hari?




Pengeluaran dan pembaharuan lesen perniagaan adalah dalam bidangkuasa Pejabat Daerah dan bukan di Majlis Daerah kecuali bagi daerah Kota Kinabalu,  Sandakan dan Tawau dimana tidak lagi wujud pejabat daerah.


Bagi pengeluaran dan pembaharuan di Majlis Berbandaran Tawau,  setakat ini pihak Majlis Perbandaran Tawau mampu memproses permohonan pembaharuan lesen perniagaan dalam masa 1 hari.  Manakala bagi permohonan lesen perniagaan baru,  pihak Majlis boleh meluluskan permohonan dalam masa 1 hingga 7 hari tertakluk kepada jenis-jenis perniagaan yang dipohon.  Permohonan jenis-jenis perniagaan yang melibatkan lesen operasi seperti lesen restoran,  kedai kopi/  makan,  internet dan lain-lain akan diproses melalui Mesyuarat Pelesenan Majlis dimana komen dari jabatan tertentu diperlukan dalam proses meluluskan lesen.


Kerajaan dari semasa kesemasa akan meneruskan usaha-usaha untuk mempercepatkan epngeluaran dan pembaharuan lesen-lesen tersebut secara berterusan.





YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin:  QUESTION.

To the CHIEF MINISTER on whether the government had taken steps to gazzet  open spaces for playground and recreation and how many had been gazzetted and had also been made known to the public?




The government through Hasil Bumi office will take steps to gazzet government lands set up for the purpose of recreation and playground.  In this respect,  the local authorities in the state as planners for townships in their respective district are responsible to identify and apply for such places to be gazzetted through the Land and Survey Department in line with the Section 28 of the Sabah Land Ordinance,  chapter 68.  At this moment,  local authorities are studying all places for the purpose of being gazzetted.


At the moment,  open spaces being gazzeted stood at 14 parks and had been made known to the public through gazzet notices.






YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin:  SOALAN.

Bertanya keapda KETUA MENTERI mengenai adakah pihak kerajaan mengambil langkah untuk menggazet tanah terbuka bagi tapak permainan dan rekreasi dan berapakah tanah terbuka yang digazet telah dimaklumkan kepada masyarakat?





Kerajaan negeri melalui pejabat Hasil Bumi akan memgambil langkah-langkah untuk mewartakan tanah-tanah kerajaan yang telah dirancang sebagai tanah terbuka untuk tujuan Taman Rekreasi dan Taman Permainan Awam.  Dalam hal ini,  Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan Negeri sebagai pihak perancang untuk pecan atau Bandar di daerah masing-masing adalah bertanggungjawab bagi mengenalpasti dan membuat permohonan untuk kawasan-kawasan tersebut diwartakan melalui Jabatan Tanah dan Ukur,  selaras dengan Seksyen 28,  Ordinan Tanah Sabah, bab 68,  mengemaskini dan mengkaji semula kawasan-kawasan baru untuk diwartakan.


Tanah terbuka yang telah diwartakan adalah sebanyak 14 taman dan ia telah dimaklumkan kepada orang awam melalui notis gazet.





YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin:  QUESTION.

Pose question to MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND HOUSING on whether the government plan to upgrade the road leading to the Merotai dumpsite as the current road condition is not suitable during raining period and is there any plan to get a new dumpsite for the purpose of discharging garbage?




The State Government has no plan to upgrade the road except for maintenance work from time to time by MPT to ensure that garbage lorries could go into the site for the time being.  On the new dumpsite,  the government had identified and approved a 120 acres site at Bukit Quoin road,  Tawau,  to be build to the class of Sanitary Landfill class III.  At the moment,  actions such as the preparation of architecture and preparation of report impact of the site to the environment will be taken up by7 the related authorities to obtain approval before work could begin.  Apart from that,  the Country Solid Waste Management Department is considering to assist MPT to upgrade and repair the present dumpsite.





YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin:  SOALAN.

Bertanya MENTERI KERAJAAN TEMPATAN DAN PERUMAHAN tentang rancangan pihak kerajaan untuk menaiktarafkan jalan masuk ke tapak pelupusan sampah di Merotai,  Tawau memandangkan jalan sekarang ini tidak boleh digunakan semasa hujan dan adakah perancangan untuk mendapatkan tapak baru pelupusan tersebut?




Kerajaan Negeri tidak akan merancang untuk menaiktarafkan jalan masuk ek tapak pelupusan sampah di Merotai selain daripada kerja-kerja menyelenggaraan dari semasa ke semasa oleh MPT bagi membolehkan lori-lori sampah dapat masuk ke kawasan tersebut secara sementara.  Mengenai dengan tapak pelupusan baru,  kerajaan negeri telah mengenalpasti dan meluluskan satu kawasan seluar 120 ekar di Jalan Bukit Quoin,  Tawau untuk dijadikan tapak pelupusan baru bertaraf Sanitari Landfill kelas III.  Setakat ini tindakan-tindakan untuk penyediaan rekabentuk dan penyediaan kajian kesan alam sekitar akan diambil oleh pihak yang berkenaan untuk mendapat kelulusan daripada pihak-pihak tertentu sebelum pembinaan dibenarkan.  Selain itu,  pihak Jabatan Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal Negara juga sedang mempertimbangkan bagi membantu MPT menaiktaraf serta membaikpulih tapak pelupusan di Merotai





YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin:  QUESTION.


Asking the MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND HOUSING on what is the government plan to solve the problem of shortage of parking spaces which is now serious in Tawau and can open spaces not used be utilize for temporary car parks such as the open space next to the district State Library and the old Tawau market site?





The government plan to solve the acute parking spaces in the town of Tawau through encouraging  the development of a shopping complex with multi storey carparks,  to add more car parks at certain places such as the re-design of road islands and usage of open spaces under the care of MPT which include the open space near the district State Library and the old market site as well as increasing the increasing the parking bay tax.  However,  this proposal need to be planned and decided through the Tawau Municipal Council Traffic committee.





YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin:  SOALAN.

Bertanya MENTERI KERAJAAN TEMPATAN DAN PERUMAHAN tentang apakah rancangan kerajaan untuk menyelesaikan masalah  kekurangan tempat letak kenderaan yang teruk di Tawau dan bolehkah tanah-tanah terbuka yang ada digunakan untuk membina tapak letak kereta sementara seperti di kawasan terbuka sebelah bangunan perpustakaan Negeri Tawau dan tapak pasar lama Tawau?





Rancangan pihak kerajaan Negeri untuk menyelesaikan masalah kekurangan tempat letak kenderaan di Bandar Tawau antaranya adalah menggalakkan pembangunan kompleks Pusat Beli Belah dengan tapak letak kereta bertingkat,  menambah bilangan letak kereta di kawasan tertentu khususnya pengubahsuaian ruang pulau-pulau jalanraya serta kawasan-kawasan tanah lapang di bawah jagaan MPT secara sementar termasuk kawasan tanah lapang berhampiran Perpustakaan Negeri Tawau dan tapak pasar lama serta menaikkan tariff cukai letak kereta.  Walau bagaimanapun,  perkara ini perlu dirancang dan diputuskan melalui jawatakuasa Lalulintas Majlis Perbandaran Tawau.






YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin:  QUESTION.

Pose question to ASSISTANT CHIEF MINISTER/  MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT on whether the government plans to set up a standby  electric generator with 30 megawat power for Tawau in the event the district faces natural disaster thus able to generate its own power?




SESB Tawau have a station generating 52 MW (dependable capacity) and one IPP with 35MW.  Diesel powered station will be suggested as these sets are old and less dependable thus decreasing the output to generate electricity.  Future plan is to build a 300 MV station for East Coast of sabah to cater for needs.






YB Jimmy Wong Sze Phin:  SOALAN.

Bertanya kepada TIMBALAN KETUA MENTERI/  MENTERI PEMBANGUNAN INFRASTRUKTUR adalah pihak kerajaan merancang untuk memasang satu generator letrik tambahan dengan kuasa 30 MW untuk Tawau dalam situasi bencana alam agar daerah ini dapat menjana bekalan letrik sendiri dalam keadaan itu?




Tawau mempunyai stesen janakuasa 52 MW dan satu IPP berkuasa 35 MW.  Stesen janakuasa diesel akan disarankan kerana set-set ini sudah  lama dengan dayaharapan yang rendah dan secara langsung mengurangkan perstasi penjanaan bekalan eletrik.  Pelan masa depan hadapan ialah pembinaan stesen janakuasa sebanyak 300 MW di Pantai Timur Sabah untuk menampung permintaan bekalan eletrik di kawasan Pantai Timur Sabah.