Thursday, December 30, 2010

Trip to a Slanting House



When I took off to Sg. Apong this morning, I was expecting to see something unpleasant after Toni bin Bahram contacted me yesterday. He told me it is an emergency and need my help urgently.

When I walked up the wooden planks to his house, I observed that some houses in the front were alright but it get worst I walked deeper in.

I had expected Toni’s house to be in a bad condition but I did not expect it to be in a dilapidated state. The house slanted towards the river looking like it is going to fall any minute.

Toni introduced me to his wife, Narani bte Keram and son Adam, a pleasant young man who smiles a lot despite his condition. Adam is the only one who is educated in the family and has yet to finish his studies in Unimas. He is the family’s hope to get them out of their poverty.

There were more unpleasant sights that greeted me. The kitchen is forever flooded especially during king tide.

Toni said there is no peace as long as they are in the house. He said anytime of the day, the house might just give way and collapse. One of his grandson had fallen into a broken hole in the house and was saved by a neighbor.

What anger me is that for the past three years, Toni has been to the Ministry of Rural development under DCM Tan Sri Alfred Jabu and the Resident asking for assistance. There were assurances and no help was given. For four decades, BN is the ruling government and there is no end in sight for the hardcore poor.

Toni said he had no choice as he ran out of faith with the government.

Having seven children and working in Bermas, Toni was forced to quit after an accident. He now has to work as a security guard to feed the large brood of family. Four of his children are still with him. Only two are working while one is jobless and one studying. Two grandchildren are also with him.

Earning a pay of RM650 while his two children earn less, the family is living from hand to mouth.

Just recently, Chief Minister boasted of the State’s status, how the income of each household will grow and how rich the state is.

Yes, I totally agreed with him on the latter one, the rich Sarawak full of natural resources but who benefit from it.

There are a handful of rich leaders and their cronies, a large number of ordinary people who slave and slog like the majority of us and a big number who is dirt poor like Toni. Is the State government so high up that they cannot look down to see people like us and Toni. How many Tonis are there in Sarawak and the government is neglecting them.

Toni is a Malay and despite the BN government shouts of Malay supremacy, Toni in his rundown house look far from being supreme or well fed or rich. The shouting is all a slogan to allow the top leaders to continue their lives of riches while the rest of the people remain poor. The gap of the rich and the poor widens and this is dangerous –for the rich.

The country has 40% household whose income is less than RM1,500 per month. Out of four, three are Malays and Bumi.

When reporters asked Toni how much privilege did he get for being a Malay. Tony answered immediately that he did get a number of free items, that is the sunshine, the air and the rain. The rest, he is as ‘poor’ and as ‘under-privilege’ like the non-Malays.

Whatever it takes, I am going to help Toni to apply for the scheme meant for the poor. A neighbor of his, a teacher got a sum of money from the Ministry of Rural development to repair and renovate the house. If a teacher can get it, what about a poor security guard. What is so “odd” about him that he did not deserve to be helped?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Infighting will hamper PR Petra Jaya takeover plan

Source: http://sarawakupdate.com

PENANG – Seat allocation among Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has to be resolved as soon as possible so that the right candidates fielded would see the reality of PR taking over Petra Jaya, said State Treasurer, Violet Yong.


Representing DAP Sarawak in the PR, Violet who is also Pending State Assemblyman said this afternoon that there is no compromise on candidates as only the right ones who had grassroots support and the people’s welfare at heart would be voted in.


She said coupled with the spirit of Sibu by election with all component PR working together, the mission of the march to Putra Jaya would be accomplished.


Saying that time is limited here, she hoped that the selection of the constituency and the candidacy among themselves would be done soon so that they could get their machinery ready.

Infighting, she said hampers the path to take over the present government and despite losses in the recent by election in Galas and Batu Sapi, Violet said Sibu could be used as a yardstick to keep the momentum going for the State.


“Everyone has differences but we should unite ourselves for a better Malaysia, a better tomorrow. We owe it not to ourselves but our future generations to put our country in place to be shared by all races, as equals in Malaysia,” she added.

If PR is not united, she said, the people would look at them as no better than Barisan Nasional and thus the PR politicians are failing their duty to the rakyat assuring them of change for the better.

She said with the by election of Tenang coming up soon, the PR should not speculate on the result but rather each and everyone of them should be working to prepare the Sarawak State election.


Expressing her concern of the general perception of Malaysians, she said the fall of Perak and the few PR wakil rakyat who jumped ship had dented the credibility of the PR to a certain extend.


Saying that not only the people in Peninsula Malaysia are watching, so too are the people from Sabah and Sarawak.


“It is important that we regroup as by internal fightings, the people perceived us to be the same as BN. The news media had already painted the PR as not only not better than the BN but also evil.


Citing an example, she said when four MPs from PR were suspended from Parliament on 16th December 2010, the BN controlled media accused our action to defend ourselves as the “tyranny of the minority”.


Repeated lies, she said would become truth as the people could be gullible, especially the simple folks in rural Sarawak.


“Out of 222 Parliamentary seats, 31 will come from Sarawak. We have only 2 MPs so far, and a lot has to be done in order to ensure that we are not the “fixed deposit” of the BN,”


Sarawak she added is the 4th poorest state in Malaysia and infrastructure is 20 years behind Peninsula Malaysia.


She said a lot of the rural folks have no roads, no medical facility, no electricity and no water supply while a number did not even have homes to live in. In some Chinese areas, the school buildings are infested by termites and unsuitable for students. “As responsible political parties, we must help see that the rural folks in Sarawak are not discriminated against. They are equally citizens of Malaysia,” she added.


The Sibu win had been a windfall for the people as the federal government allocated RM5m to Independent Chinese Secondary Schools in Sibu, an unprecedented RM10m for Chinese Primary Schools in Sibu.


“Then we saw the reduction of land lease renewal premium, announced by the Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib on the eve of the by-election, roads being constructed in many towns and cities in Sarawak where opposition parties are strong. Yesterday, we see the coming of a new political era in Sarawak, when the Chief Minister announced an allocation of 2000 hectares of land for Independent Chinese Secondary Schools. Even land acquisition process had been halted with promise of better compensation,” she added.


Violet pointed out that this goes to show that BN knows that with strong opposition, they could not afford to neglect the plights of the people as opposition party would revealed it.


“If the change did not come this time, I am worry that the Penans will continue to be neglected, the Malay and Melanau kampongs continue to remain poor. Many of the Iban areas are not well looked after because the Ibans YBs are tolling the line of the Chief Minister. Thus, change we must to ensure all races enjoy the fruits of development, not just the top few. We can do it together,” she added.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

杨薇讳:产油国未受惠? 马油价涨幅高于狮城

杨薇讳:产油国未受惠? 马油价涨幅高于狮城

资料来源:诗华资讯(http://www.seehua.com/

杨薇讳质问国阵政府为何我国作为石油出产国,但油价涨幅却比邻国新加坡还高?(本报古晋6日讯)行动党朋岭区州议员杨薇讳质问国阵政府,为何我国作为石油出产国,但油价涨幅却比邻国新加坡还高?

杨薇讳表示,如果这次的涨幅是因国际油价所导致的,但看回邻国新加坡,该国在11月3日也有调整其燃油价格,将RON95每公升新币1.847调至1.877,其涨幅是1.6%,然而我国的RON95每公升1令吉85仙调至1令吉90仙,涨幅是2.7%。

同时,她续说,更明显的RON97之前每公升新币2.129,调整后是2.159,涨幅是1.4%;然而我国的RON97则是2令吉15仙调至2令吉30仙,涨幅7%。

因此,她表示,这证明说政府以国际油价上升理由为借口,来乱向人民开刀,国际油价在最近根本没有大幅度的飙升。

她称,更何况我国是产油国。新加坡连一滴油也没有,但该国并没有大幅度的调高油价。

她说,政府日前宣布的4合1,即RON95汽油、液化天然气、柴油及白糖价格涨幅,是政府认为在最近两场补选,巴都沙比国会议席和加腊士州议席中取胜,是民情归向国阵政府,而所以送给人民的佳礼。

她于今日在新闻发布会上认为,该涨幅是不合理,而且犹如光明正大的向人民荷包乱开刀,并深深的影响人民的生活担子。

她说,在这方面,政府频频的调高产品价值,显得特别有效率,然而却没看到国阵政府推出任何政策或方案来将所省下的津贴,有效的分配给那些低收入的家庭。

杨薇讳表示,国阵政府说将所省下来将近有12亿的津贴,用于降低国家预算案的赤字,但是我们却没有看到政府在这方面所做出的努力。

国家赤字只升不跌

她指出,从敦马哈迪时代900万的赤字,到敦阿都拉巴达威时代约2000多亿,到现任首相拿督斯里纳吉4082亿的赤字,一直在飙升,不曾下降。

她声称,之前政府说过要用所省下的钱来改善公共交通系统,而今天再次用同个借口,但观看砂州到目前为止这些还是个口头支票。

鉴于此,她希望政府国阵不应以提高燃油价格,向人民开刀来节省开支,反而应该朝着肃贪方面着手,这样才有能力帮助国家省钱和增加收入。

她认为,政府必须深入研究通货膨胀的问题,而不是一直的调高物品价格,加重人民负担。

DAP tells Taib to heed Najib's advice

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 10:06

Tuesday 07/12/2010 Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com

By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: Sarawak’s Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud should listen to the advice of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and discard the “four ailments”, namely delusion, amnesia, inertia and arrogance, if Barisan Nasional wants to continue to weild its iron-tight power in the state.

DAP treasurer Violet Yong said the 'four ailments' were as rampant in the Taib administration and was turning the people against BN.


“There are enough examples for delusionary acts by the state government. The construction of the 12 dams is an example of delusion and the arrogance of the state government.

“The dams are irresponsible and unnecessary. By constructing the dams, Taib is going against the people’s desire. He does not care about the sufferings as a result of them being displaced.

“He thinks he is the government and that he has the power to do what he likes,” said Yong, who is the state assemblywoman for Pending.

She said that if the state BN government is a people-friendly administration, then it should stop building the dams.

“The government is yet to resolve the issue of displaced people from the Bakun dam development. These affected people should have been settled first.


"The government should have come up with a proper scheme in order to improve their livelihood and their income level.


"But they have not done this. They have allowed the people to suffer. Look at the natives at Sungai Asap, and how they have suffered as a result of the Bakun dam,” she said.

Yong said Taib had forgotten the primary thrust of the 1Malaysia concept which was ‘people first, performance now’.

She said as far as the BN government in Sarawak was concerned it was "people last and pockets first.”

Land grabs

She said another sore point with the people was BN's arrogance in grabbing native customary rights land belonging to the people.

"Taib must listen to Najib’s advice, otherwise what Najib is saying would be just another slogan in order to hoodwink the people," she said.

Yong was responding to Najib's advice to BN component parties to rid themselves of the “four ailments” before the people’s love for the BN turned into hatred, hope into anger, and support towards opposition.

Touching on the withdrawal of fuel and sugar subsidies, she sarcastically said it was "BN's gift to the people" for giving them victories in the two recent by-elections.

“This is a gift by the BN government. This is the price you have to pay for supporting BN,” she said.

Yong believed the recent price hike in the raw materials was unreasonable and one that will have a great impact on the poor people. Sarawak is the fourth poorest state in Malaysia.

“It is unreasonable, because the government has not come out with a balance policy which will help the lower income group to meet the price hike,” she added.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dewan Speech delivered on 4.11.2010 touching on CM's family's wealth and Sarawak Report

Attending DUN is always considered one of a vital duty for me as a people’s representative. This is the time when I would forward the grievances of the people to the Government. It has always been a challenge for us few in the Opposition to tell the unfair policies, point out the wrongs of the government and to ask for the people’s needs as we are the minority.


When I read out my text of speech in the Dewan last Thursday i.e. 4.11.2010, it was not smooth sailing. I was interrupted many times by the Speaker, Bawang Assan ADUN Wong Soon Koh and Pelagus ADUN Larry S’ng in particular when I touched on the nerves’ issues on the wealth of Chief Minister’s family members. But I told myself, the truth has to be told for the people’s sake.


I have the feeling that the BN state government is so scared that the truth be known to the people, the Hansard for my speech recorded on 4.11.2010 is still not furnished to all members until today.


Below is my text of speech I read in the Dewan on Thursday and the occasion interruption which I wanted to share with all Sarawakians.


I have to bring to your attention the seriousness of the grabbing of land in Sarawak by you-all-know-who.


So many parcels of land have been taken away, land that belonged to the State that is rightfully owned by all the people of Sarawak and should be used for building hospitals, schools, roads or sport facilities. But, NO, in the “Name of Urban Development”, these lands are taken away right under our nose and given to private cronies companies to enrich themselves.


Private lands are now being grabbed by the BN State Government without fair compensation parcel by parcel. One stark example is the Bako lands where 3,000 acres of land that has been and still is until today subject to Section 47.


(At this junction I was interrupted as they want to know who I am referring to. I told them, “ you be patient. I will let you know who later. keep your ears clear and clean”) since 38 donkey years ago are now going to be taken away by the BN state government without fair, reasonable and adequate compensation paid to landowners


Tuan Speaker,


Most of the lands are purchased through people hard-earned money and some from savings of their old parents. Many landowners bought the lands with high expectation of developing the lands or cultivating the lands for fruits gardens, or otherwise dealing with the lands when eventually the blanket Section 47 imposition is lifted. (at this junction, I was interrupted again and I said: I will let you know later on.) But now, the BN leaders in the state have stolen their dreams and hopes they had harboured.


There is no transparency in the whole process of the acquisition exercise of Bako lands. (Interrupted again and I said I will let you know later on, I will name all the names. You just be patient. Keep it as a surprise.)


The true intention of acquisition is not made clear to the landowners until today. Is there something to hide? The State Government never makes known to the people of its detailed development plan in acquiring 3000 acres of Bako lands. The people want to know why the State Government takes away 3000 acres of lands at one go? If indeed there is a development project, why don’t the government reveal it? The state government should also inform the public when will the project start? Who are the developers developing these lands? How do the people benefits from the development scheme?


Or like always the case, will these lands going to be another parcel of land like in Batu Lintang and BDC which are alienated to CM's son, daughters and cousin?


If the BN state government continues with such high handed manner when it comes to land acquisition, who dares to come to Sarawak to invest? Hantu also takut. (Again interruption. I said, I am telling the facts here. Don’t try to cover up the facts for the Chief Minister). The practice of this unfair policy will frighten foreign investors away. How can the people feel safe when the landed properties own by private individual or sectors are worthless when their lands can overnight ended in the hands of the cronies and friends of the BN leaders? ( More interruption from others but I ignored them and read on)


Tuan Speaker,

The offers of compensation of RM40,500.00 to RM80,900.00 per acre by the Sarawak state government which are not based on current market value of lands is an insult to anyone’s intelligent. It is unfair and unreasonable for the state government to offer compensation based on value in 1973 ( Interuption again from a few when s.47 was imposed. It is the talk of the town now that the State Government only knows how to makan the rakyat lands and give them to their relatives and cronies. The people cried foul that it is “Daylight robbery” and I would say it is clear case of exploitation of the people of Sarawak.


Is this the caring and responsible government you all professed to be? Are you not ashamed of taking away again and again from your own Sarawakians, your very own subjects? Do you just take a map of Sarawak and drew a ‘red line’ and said “Oh, I want this, my brothers want this and yes, my sisters need this piece and that A,B,C company or Naim wants that, then you mark it under Section 47, or 48 or whatever it is to make it YOURs. Is this how the government is being run? Exploiting the subjects who had worked for the State all these years.


The present Land code has not benefit the land owners (More interruption and I told them that I will move on to another subject but I continue reading my text) in any way except for the top BN leaders and cronies. It is sad to see that the BN state government has abused the law to enrich themselves. Over the years, we DAP and the people had through their votes told and reminded the Sarawak State government to amend all the unfair provisions in the Land Code including the Section 47 and yet the calls have all fallen to deaf ears.


And now, the self claimed caring and responsible BN government tells the landowners that nothing much can be done because the law provides so. Everything we do we have to follow the law. It is obvious that the present Land Code has been subject to abuse by the BN leaders.


The arrogant government officer even challenges the people to take the matter to court if the landowners are not happy with the decision of the government. Do you think that you are the government and you can simply do whatever you want and even held the landowners to ransom? Do not think that the people are stupid and would believe and accept what the BN leaders said. DAP had thought the people smart and the people are not so easily get cheated by the sweet talks and lies of the BN leaders.


Tuan Speaker,


The Bako land owners wants the compensation paid based on current market value instead of that of 1973. At the same time, they have also put forward a suggestion that if the State government is really interested to develop their lands, they want a share in it.


The land owners who met up with me recently said if truly there is a development plan for Bako area, they are ready to be involved in the development of their lands. I would say it is extremely unfair to exclude them from the development scheme since they are the rightful owners to the lands for all these years. The development of Sarawak should not be allowed to concentrate in the hands of few of the cronies companies of the BN leaders. Why don’t the state government invite all interested landowners to take part in the so called “Urban Development Scheme” and have a share on the economic pie?


Tuan Speaker,


If not because of the imposition of the blanket Section 47 on Bako lands by the state government since 1973, I verily believe that the area would have fully developed by the landowners themselves over these years. The state government is to be blamed for all opportunity loss as well as monetary loss suffered by the landowners of their investment in Bako lands.


May I also suggest to the State Government that another possible way to solve the compensation issue for lands in Bako that are subject to Section 47 notification is that the state government could uplift the Section 47 notification first and then impose Section 48 notification so that compensation can be based on current market value and not market value in 1973.


I sincerely urge the BN leaders to listen to the voice of the people and adopt this suggestion. For once, do leave a legacy behind for the people of Sarawak.


Alienation of 269 Acres of Lands in BDC to CM's children


Tuan Speaker,


Still on the land issue. Do you know the discovery on three parcels of state lands with a total area of 269 acres known as Lot Nos. 9192, 9193 and 9194 Block 11 all of Muara Tebas Land District in BDC area have been alienated to a dormant company called Monarda Sdn. Bhd. at an obscene low price?


These three parcels of land of 269 acres are in prime area in BDC area. A land, every developer would love to own. It would be a ‘gold mine’ for mixed development. Any developer would love to get it at RM78, 647,112.00 million and earn hundreds and hundreds of millions from it. The said sum of RM78 million is not paid by cash but in kind.


While the Bako land owners are crying for their lands lost due to unfair Land law and policies of the Sarawak Government, Monarda Sdn. Bhd. a dormant company is laughing all the way to the bank as the RM78 million land is actually worth more than RM500 million. In other words, if we do a simple calculation, the lands in BDC can easily fetch between RM2 to RM2.5 million have been alienated to Monarda at only RM291,000 per acre. This is really “lelong” land.


Tuan Speaker,


Let me tell you who owns Monarda Sdn. Bhd. You want to know. son of Chief Minister, This dormant company belongs to the eldest daughter of the Chief Minister, Jamilah Hamidah Taib owns 12 shares, President of SUPP, Tan Sri George Chan’s daughter, Anisa Hamidah Abdullah alias Chan Wai Kuen owns 12 shares, youngest daughter of Chief Minister, Hanifah Hajar Taib, 12 share, eldestMahmud Abu Bekir Taib who owns the biggest share of 52 and another crony who owns 12 share. (at this junction, interruption start again) I said, I am standing by the people to this Dun demanding for an answer from the state government as to why are the state government did not alienate this land through an open tender, which the state can earn revenue RM500 million. Ok, We want the Government to give us an answer why Monarda can have this parcel of land.


Tuan Speaker,


It is injustice and sickening to see state lands parcel by parcel being grabbed and given cheaply away on a silver platter. I hope something can be done.


You are the government of the day. Do something decent for the people. Do not ‘grab’ all and leave crumbs for the people to fight over it.


Senior Citizens Appreciation program


Tuan Speaker,


Within two years of taking over, Pakatan ruled Penang State Government led by YAB Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng under the CAT Policy (Competency, Accountability and Transparency) has generously given out RM100 annually to every senior citizen above 60 under the Senior Citizens Appreciation Program.


I wondered why Sarawak, a Barisan Nasional State Government led by YAB Chief Minister for the past thirty years with rich resources of oil, gas, timber, lands to name a few could not afford a sen to their senior citizens. What a failure and shameful Sarawak State government.


Tuan Speaker,


The Sarawak BN State Government often claims that it has insufficient funds to provide or improve the welfare and interest of the people and also always threaten the people that if the BN State Government gives freely to its people, the State will go broke. What a joke?


The Sarawak Government's revenue is 6 times that of Penang Government. If Penang State Government could do it, why can’t Sarawak state government?


This is the failure of the State Government. It goes to show how selfish and how much the State government cares for the people. There is hardly any appreciation at all for people of all walks of life unless you are lucky to be one of the cronies or related to the first family of the State.


On the other hand, we keep reading reports in Sarawak Report website about the immense wealth amassed by the family of the Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak in Canada, US, and UK, Australia, the wealth that most families (at this point I was stopped by the Speaker)


Speaker: This one I have to stop you. You can only do so unless you answer me. Are you the author of Sarawak report? He then turned off the mike making it impossible for the August House to hear me.


Me: You have to on the mike, let me answer it and record it. We want to ask the Chief Minister to answer is this true? If not true, the Chief Minister should explain.


Speaker: Are you the author, are you the author of this website?


Me: No.


Speaker: Are you giving information.


Me: I am not giving information, I want the Chief Minister to explain why all these allegation and he has been keeping silent about it. Let me speak. Let me finish this.


Speaker: Can you erase the statement…..


At this juncture, I hold our DAP leaflet reporting on the allegations made in Sarawak Report and showed it to the members of the Dewan.


Me: The people want an answer. Taib, we want answer. We are not saying this is true. If this is not true, let the Chief Minister say so. You don’t have to protect the Chief Minister.


Speaker: That is Rocket and it is only for DAP members. You are breaching the law of KDM.


Me: No, No, this is for everyone. This is not Rocket. This is a leaflet. This is not Rocket. I will move on to next point. Don’t be so scared of Sarawak Report.


Land lease renewal refund


Tuan Speaker,


On the issue of refund of land premiums. SUPP never stop lying to the people and keep fooling the people around.


When the previous land policy on land premium was announced in 2007, SUPP leaders had been going around telling and persuading landowners especially those in Kenyalang Park to quickly pay up. SUPP leaders told the people that the renewal premium is the cheapest they could find in Malaysia and if they do not do so, the premium could increase higher.


Because of SUPP lies, the landowners were being hoodwinked to pay up the renewal land premium.


See now, what happen, after new revised rate of land premium was announced during the Sibu By-Election by the Chief Minister thinking that it will fish more votes for BN, sorry to say the tactic failed miserably, the land premium refund issue has turned into a sandiwara for SUPP who set up booth in front of Kenyalang Theatre for two consecutive Sundays to collect information from the landowners who had paid the land premium under previous policy to seek for refund. What a joke?


Land & Survey Department is able to furnish me with the data and information complete with lot number, house number, shop number, dates of application and approval of the land lease renewal data of those landowners in Kenyalang, SUPP, being a hopeless ruling party could not do so. What is more shameful is the leaders of SUPP have now self-downgraded to become the agent of Land & Survey Department, filing forms for public. (Interruption from Bawang Assan. I asked, what point? I am not scare of you. What is your point of Order. If you cant find a point of Standing Order, sit down. I am not giving way. Wasting my time.) Wong still making a lot of noise in the background as I continued reading for a while.


Tuan Speaker,


SUPP was just seeking for political mileage. SUPP being the government, why need to collect data which was already in their files and the archive of the Land & Survey Department? Is SUPP so desperate that they have to force the people to go through them?


It irked me when the party’s president came out with an irresponsible statement that only those landowners who applied through SUPP are entitled to the refund.


Is it very difficult for the BN state government to come out with a policy in refunding all moneys which are due to the people? Or is SUPP too scare to tell the Chief Minister or too afraid to antagonize the CM to let him know what the people want?


If the State Government allows and is prepared to alienate 269 acres of state lands at obscenely cheap price to CM’s children company’s Monarda Sdn. Bhd. by letting go the profits of about RM500 million had the land alienated through public tender system, there is no reason for the State Government for not willing to return what actually belong to the people. Is the State Government trying to steal or rob from the people who now mostly live under desperation?


(Interruption from Bawang Assan on Standing Order. I said, Point of Order, Cite point of Order. Not enough. You need to read the Standing Order. If Speaker not going to extend my time, I am not going to give way. Then Bawang Assan start explaining. I said, You can do it in the Ministerial reply. Don’t answer now. Let me finish.)


If there is a refund, refund the money now. All those who have overpaid would be more willing to go to Land and Survey to collect the refund. The people do not need the supp to be the postman. OK, not need, they can go to the land and survey if there is refund policy.


It is really sickening to see the SUPP leaders fooling the people as clowns for their act in gaining their political mileage. It is just too cheap. Have some dignity and pride. I urged, supp leaders like Bawang Assan and Piasau to go back to the Chief Minister and get him to refund the people who had overpaid if you are not the puppets of the Chief Minister.


Jalan Song Fly-Over

Tuan Speaker,


The beautiful trees which formed the boulevard along Jalan Tun Jugah had been chopped off on June 2009 with the promise of an overhead flyover to ease the traffic jam. (Bawang Assan still going on and on and I said, I am on another point already)


While the Kuching people were deprived of the over 200 beautiful trees in exchange for a promise of a smooth flow of traffic along the area, they were greatly disappointed because up to this day, they had not only lost beautiful trees but there was no flyover.


It is common to see traffic jam along the stretch from the Airport to the junction of Jalan Jugah/Jalan Song to Simpang Tiga and Jalan Mendu in the peak hours of the morning and late afternoon.


Since the trees had been chopped in mid 2009, till today, what greets us when we use the road is just a barren stretch of road.


The contractor who also promised to build the Tar College in Bintangor (of course is a lie we know) has taken the initiative to chop off the beautiful trees and then ridiculously charged the Kuching City South the exorbitant sum of RM7.5 million and promised that the project would be completed in 6 to 8 months. What happen to the project now? Where is the Jalan Song/Jalan Tun Jugah flyover as promised? The people also want to know what happen to all the trees that chopped down? Have them all been swallowed? Of course, the people also want to know who foot the bill of RM7.5 million charged to MBKS?


Tuan Speaker,


And I understand that Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister had through the media said that the project was delayed due to lack of fund. If the government is really lack of fund why then the government still goes against the people’s will in building the 12 dams within the State, why built this RM300 million Dun Building and 100 storey Mega Tower in Kuala Lumpur? These are all “White Elephant projects”, a true wastage of taxpayers’ money which benefited CMS, Naim and cronies and friends of BN leaders.


It is always the case when it comes to the people welfare and interest, government always don’t have money. Certain things that need to be attended to in order to make life easier for the people always come last as most of you in this August House do not know the nightmare of waking up early or getting caught in the jam. Do you call this “Rakyat Didahulukan Pencapaian Diutamakan”? The government who are elected by the people should understand the people’s need and set the priorities correct. True developments are developments that can benefit the people and not the pockets of friends and cronies of the BN leaders.


Most of you here are chauffeur-driven during peak traffic hours and some even have the privilege to travel with outriders like our CM, did not know or have to go through the hardship felt by the ordinary people. Try doing it a month, give your drivers a break, stop travelling with outriders and see for yourself what a nightmare it is driving along Jalan Tun Jugah at peak hours. You will only understand if you have been caught in the jam daily.


Hence, I urge the state government to carry out their promises to the people by bringing back the building of the flyover at Jalan Song and Jalan Tun Jugah intersection without further delay.


Tuan Speaker,


Lastly, since Tuan Speaker had rejected all the questions which Honourable Member from Kota Sentosa submitted two weeks before, I am now adopting all the questions as my issues for my debate. Sorry to say the Chief Minister and all government servants involved have to burn the midnight oil and furnish all answers to this August House for each and every Question asked. Never try to run away from the people. The people demands truth to be revealed.


To ask the Honourable Chief Minister to state: (Interruption by the Speaker again refusing to let me raised the questions. Me: It is my issue. We want answer. The people want an answer. Why not? This is my debate and issue).


1. To ask the Honourable Chief Minister to state:


(a) The total costs of Sarawak International Medical Centre (SIMC) to the Sarawak State Government, including the building costs, equipment costs and administrative and financial costs;


(b) What are the terms of the takeover of SIMC by the Federal Government from the Sarawak State Government?


2. To ask the Honourable Chief Minister to state:


(a) In the last 15 years, the list of the parcels of land alienated to companies whose shareholders consist of the son, daughter, brothers and/or sister of the Honourable Chief Minister and the acreage of these parcels of land;


(b) The premium charged by the State Government for the alienation of such land to these companies; (Interruption again by Speaker. I am not. We are asking queries and want answer. Why are you so Scared Mr. speaker. We are asking question and let me speak).


(c) Are these land alienated to these companies through open tender? If not, what are the reasons for alienating these parcels of land to these companies?


3. To ask the Honourable Chief Minister to state:


(a) The total amount expended by the State government in 1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd since its inception, including the salvage exercise carried out by the Government in the merger exercise with X-Fab;


(b) How much is the Government paying annually for the settlement of the debts taken over by the Government from 1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Honorary Minister, can you give answers and not thesis).


(c) The total amount of loss suffered by the Government in its venture in 1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd;


(d) The detailed reason for such losses; and


(e) Whether the government intends to set up an enquiry committee answerable directly to the Dewan Undangan Negeri to investigate into the 1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd scandal.



5. To ask the Honourable Chief Minister to state:


(a) the rationale for agreement to supply 600MW of electricity to Press Metal Berhad at the price of RM0.10/KwH while the average costs of generation and transmission of electricity by Sarawak Energy Berhad is RM0.20/KwH?


(b) given that Sarawak Energy Berhad is currently supplying 90MW of electricity to Press Metal Berhad at such low price, which means Sarawak Energy Berhad is losing an approximate sum of RM78,840,000.00 (RM0.10 x 90,000 x 24 x 365) this year, how is Sarawak Energy Berhad going to finance the loss?


(c) How is Sarawak Energy Berhad going to finance the loss when it comes the time for Sarawak Energy Berhad to supply the full 600MW electricity at such low price whereby the loss to Sarawak Energy Berhad will be approximately RM525,600,000.00 per annum?


(d) Is the Government going to transfer such loss to the people of Sarawak by increasing the domestic, commercial and industrial tariff chargeable on the people?


6. To ask the Honourable Chief Minister to state:


(a) What is the proposed method of financing for the purchase of the Bakun Hydro Project by Sarawak?


(b) Taking into consideration the purchase price and the interest costs, what is the cost of production of electricity (per KwH) of the Bakun Dam?


(c) If the cost of production of electricity is cheaper than the current costs of production of Sarawak Energy Berhad, will the Government lower the electricity tariffs for domestic, commercial and industrial usage?


7. To ask the Honourable Chief Minister to state:


(a) what is the rationale of the Sarawak Energy Berhad in employing a foreign Chief Executive Officer at the annual salary of US$1.2 million together with 10 return trips to and fro Kuching Norway annually?


(b) How many foreigners has Sarawak Energy Berhad and /or its subsidiaries employed in the last two years? What are the amount and the breakdown of their respective salaries and allowances?


(c) How many more foreigners will Sarawak Energy Berhad and /or its subsidiaries employed in the next two years? What are the amount and the breakdown of their respective salaries and allowances?


(d) Are Sarawakians not capable enough for the posts taken by these foreigners that Sarawak Energy Berhad has to spent so much to employ these foreigners?


8. What is the monthly salary amount for Mayor of MBKS? The current Mayor? How many new vehicles did MBKS buy since the current Mayor took office?


With that I conclude my speech. Thank you.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Will SUPP Chicken Out Again?

Today, I am throwing a challenge to the SUPP to make its stand whether the party is prepared to support the Bill titled Land Law Reform (Renewal of Terms of Document of Title and Acquisition) ordinance 2010 which I intend to move a motion pursuant to the Standing Order 45 in next week DUN sitting.


With the passing of the Bill, it will solve the predicament of the landowners in Sarawak. The Bill will repeal part of the Land Code (Cap.81) in so far as relating to renewal of terms of documents of title and resumption of alienated Land like the Bako lands.



I hope SUPP President, George Chan would not again lead the walk out of all the BN Adun this time when I tabled the motion. He should instead WALK THE TALK, not walk out of DUN.


When my comrade, Honourable Member for Kota Sentosa tried to table the motion at the sitting held last May, 2009, SUPP George Chan had the disgrace to lead the group laughing out of the August House. I know he was laughing and thought that he had played out smartly to force the Sitting to be adjourned as the evidence show on the front page of some newspapers the next day.


The people want an answer from SUPP before the DUN sitting on Monday. I want to know if they are going to accept the motion or are they going to turn their back on the people again this time.


How much more have the people got to suffer from being Sarawakians. The government duty is to protect and care for the people, not to make their lives unbearable so much so that a lot of those who left the State have set homes elsewhere.


Let see what SUPP and BN leaders going to play out this time. Will SUPP chicken out again?