Wednesday, December 28, 2011
On a hot Wednesday morning last week, I stood in the scorching sun watching council workers burned the ballot papers of my constituency N10 Pending at their workshop in Semangat road, Pending.
I was called to witness the destroying of my ballot papers two weeks before. In every state election, ballot boxes would be sealed, stored in a safe place by the authority before destroying in six months time.
I understand that my constituency was the last to be destroyed.
As I waited for the council staff to open and destroyed the ballot papers by burning them, there was no witness from the SUPP.
Actually, what I want to bring to the attention of voters is that, do not be afraid who do you vote. There is no authority for anyone to open up the ballot boxes to see the individual votes. In rural areas, it had been known that fear tactic was used to frighten the voters to vote for the Barisan Nasional despite the individual wanting to vote otherwise.
So in the coming general election, be brave to vote who you want and not to fear of any repercussion.
Monday, December 19, 2011
A car owner is most frustrated that a signboard from Berjaya BGI had dropped on it causing a big dent in the car.
On November 6, a car owner parked her vehicle in front of a chicken rice shop along Jalan Song Thian Cheok, Kuching. The signboard dropped on her car denting the roof and causing some scratches.
When it happened, the car owner took pictures of the scene and approached the Berjaya BGI but instead, the staff told him to go and see the agent as the signboard was placed there by the agent. To make matter worst, the car owner was being pushed from one party to another to seek compensation.
When she went to see the agent, he told her he was no longer representing the insurance company and asked her to go back to the company. Again when she went back, she was being ‘pushed’ around. Frustrated with no solution in sight, the car owner seeks my assistance.
The car had been repaired and cost RM700. What the car owner wants is to pay her RM700 for the damages caused. Why it is so difficult for a big company as Berjaya to fork out RM700 in compensation.
The company is one of the biggest in the country and trying to avoid by pushing the poor car owner from one person to another is indeed very unethical. It is earning the company a bad image that damage done was not compensated.
I am writing to Bank Negara KL and the company headquarters to seek for compensation for the car owner.
If damage is done, please pay up and not act like one of the biggest company in the nation where RM700 is so huge for them, they could not even compensate.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The visit of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s to the Palace of Justice, Tun Zaki Azmi who has since retired has indeed jeopardized the independence of the already ‘problematic’ judicial system.
Both Najib and Chief Justice, Zaki gave contradictory versions of why the visit transpired causing the people to doubt the judicial independence. The people already have a low opinion of the judicial system due various high profile cases which included Teoh Ban Hock, Lingam video clips and the ridiculous Anwar sodomy II cases.
I was not surprised that Najib praised the Judiciary for reducing the backlog of cases but Zaki said the PM was there to see how the allocation of RM130 million to his department was spend to upgrade court facilities and it was normal for the prime minister to see how the money was spent. So much for honesty!
I beg to differ. The two should sit down and compare notes and then tell the Malaysian who is telling the truth, Najib? Zaki? Why should a PM go and see how allocation of fund was spent. If that were the case, then the PM’s duty would be flying all over the country looking at projects to see how well the allocation of money were being spent. I think the PM should also have to travel to the interior Sarawak to see whether the government projects had spend the money wisely or ended up in some cronies’ pockets.
Zaki did not realize it that by stating that the PM was there to see the allocation of fund to the department, he was actually ‘demoting’ the PM to that of an auditor’s task.
The government has already in place, an Audit department which see to it that money allocated are spend wisely. In Zaki’s opinion of the PM, then I think that the Audit department should close shop and let PM run the show.
Zaki kept pointing out that if the Judicial department need funding, the PM can do it. Zaki should get the facts right, the money was not Najib personal savings to the department but the tax payer’s money.
Malaysian should realized that Judiciary independence is a universal value. This is to see that court rulings are done based on the laws, facts, evidences and wisdoms and not due to ‘unseen hands’ pulling the string of which way judgment should go.
Malaysia is already suffering from unfair practices of the Judicial system and in 1988, it undergone a judicial crisis when judges are appointed without going through Parliament. , it is time, Najib wisen up and stop committing more blunders that is so unbecoming of a Prime Minister.
If he is really that desperate for a cup of tea, I think I can afford to buy him a cuppa! And he can rest assured; I will not influence him to hand over the government to Pakatan Rakyat. We always fight a fair fight, not under table dealings or dirty tactics. And the tea would be ‘real’ free.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
When the poor relied on Welfare Aid, it is most cruel to let them wait for it as they need it for their daily living. And this is exactly what is happening to many of the poor families in Kuching who had called me for help as the aid for this month has yet to be banked in to them. Money is supposed to bank into the recipients’ account on the 3rd day of each calendar month.
The Social development and Urbanisation Minister, William Mawan and the Director of Welfare department should get out from their air-conditioned rooms to see how the people are suffering from their inefficient-run ministry and department. They should explain why the poor who already have to rely on handout are not getting them on time, the third time this year.
A few families had contacted me telling me that for the past few months, they have been getting their welfare aid late. These people are already so poor and living from hand to mouth and some are celebrating their Hari Raya waiting for the money to buy the necessities.
I called the Director last month to find out the truth and left messages with the steno but there was no reply until todate. Is the Director asked to conceal the truth? Why is the Director so worried to contact me back to tell me the reason for banking in the money late. These people have to know why their money arrived late. An officer in the department told me that the problem was with the Federal side. What is really going on in the Welfare department?
Why is it that the poor always have to suffer at the expense of the inefficient government. Is the coffer runs dry after the State election or was corruption so rampant that even Welfare Aid money has to be bank in late due to some hanky panky.
I want the Director to explain to the people and not keep them in the dark. That is the least he can do.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
There are thousands of people in Malaysia who are jobless, genuine jobless people who would search high and low just to get a job.
I always feel sorry for the jobless as their future is uncertain and many have housing or car loans to service and a family to provide for.
When Dr. Sim Kui Hian, a self-claimed jobless man was offered a job by Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, it surprised many that he turned down the job offer without even an attempt to find out what the offer was all about.
It just shows one thing about Dr. Sim. He is not hard-up for a job or interested to get a job. He is definitely not your average Joe who has house or car loans or debts pilling up, or worrying when the next meal will be.
On April 27, May 11 and June 27, Dr. Sim told the press three times that he is jobless when reporters approached him. After he made the statement the first two times, YAB Lim Guan Eng decided to make an offer to him to work in Penang, out of goodwill in the event Sarawak Government does not offer him a gainful job.
It was on August 10 that I got a letter from Lim asking me to convey to Dr. Sim that a specialist position in Penang is offered to him and I am authorized by Penang State Government to liaise with Dr. Sim respecting the job offer. How many people get a direct offer from the Penang CM?
After I wrote him a letter and passed it through SUPP headquarters on 12.8.2011, I was also taken aback that he made the statement of not wanting the job as he did not know what the offer was or the deal is all about. It is natural for a jobless man to contact your potential employer and hand over your CV and wait anxiously for a reply.
From the way Dr. Sim acted and said in the press, he is definitely not looking for a job. Instead, he is looking for public sympathy after losing in the election. A person without a job and having no steady income (to quote him) would have jumped at an offer by a Chief Minister and handed over his personal data instead of making all sorts of complaints and insincere statements criticizing Penang State Government and DAP.
Whatever it is, I will convey the message to the Penang CM that Dr. Sim is not interested in his job offer.
Definitely, a frank and jobless guy will not act and say what Dr. Sim had acted and said. We now see the True Colours of Dr. Sim.