Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Jawapan kepada soalan bertulis DUN Bulan Ogos 2016: Projek penukargantian paip air

Berikut ialah jawapan bertulis yang dibekalkan kepada saya baru-baru ini terhadap pertanyaan bertulis yang dikemukakan saya dalam sidang DUN pada bulan Ogos 2016 yang lepas.

Soalan saya berkaitan dengan projek penukargantian paip air dan kerajaan Selangor menjawab bahawa kepanjangan paip sepanjang 59.5km yang dipecahkan kepada 12 projek berasingan akan mula ditukarganti pada tahun ini dan dijangka siap pada Disember 2017, sementara 11 projek berasingan berkepanjangan 85km (11 projek) telah dirancang untuk bermula pada tahun 2017 juga. Maklumat terperinci adalah seperti berikut.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Stephen Kalong Ningkam and his British expatriates

I came across a book accidentally in October 2014, entitled "The Struggle For Malaysian Independence", written by a retired police officer, Dato' J.J. Raj (Jr.). This book was also a personal accounts of a high-ranking PDRM officer serving the force during the early days of Independence and the formation of the Federation of Malaysia.



The book was published by MPH in 2007. One of the very interesting chapter to me is Chapter 16, which is about his posting as senior police officer in Sarawak from 1966 to 1972.

That was also one of the most turbulent times in the history of Malaysia and Sarawak, when the first Sarawak Chief Minister Stephen Kalong Ningkam was removed from his position as Chief Minister in 1966, followed by a series of legal suits, igniting one of the very first constitutional crisis in the history of Malaysia.

The cause of this crisis was the deeply entrenched distrust between Stephen Kalong Ningkam and Tunku Abdul Rahman as well as civil servants from Peninsular posted in Sarawak (the author included). 

According to the author, the very first agenda after the formation of Malaysia by the then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman was to localise the civil services of Sarawak and Sabah including and especially the state police services.

Tunku saw this as an important task as though Stephen was the first local Sarawakian Chief Minister, his entire civil service and administration, ie the state secretary, the state treasurer etc were in the hands of British officers, when these positions should progressively replaced by local Sarawakians. However, according to the author, Stephen Kalong Ningkam refused to do away with the services of British expatriates, three years even after the formation of Malaysia Federation.

Considering the fact that the book was published in 2007, long before the emergence of the Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) movement, I would hold that the views of the author, which was the first hand account of a person who had gone through those early days of the formation of Malaysia, are views that are not distorted to balance or counter the views of S4S.


Sunday, September 04, 2016

Tax evasions by multinational companies

European Commission on Competition lately handed Apple a breathtaking demand for €13 billion (US$14.5 billion) to be paid to Ireland on the grounds that Dublin illegally favoured Apple with a tax regime that amounted toa competition-distorting subsidy.

Will Apple have any problem in paying it? Certainly no. Apple has a cash reserve of US$232 billion, of which US$214 billion are kept in foreign accounts. Apple's average profit per month in 2015 was about US$4.45 billion.

Why do companies like Apple wants to pay lower tax? Because they are going to reward their workers, employees and contractors better, such as those who worked extremely long hour in Foxconn's assembly plants?

Certainly no. So where does the monies go? Maybe it is good to ask Apple how much are they paying their CEOs and their top bosses.

I do not go against the business community, I am not a Communist because I believe the business community as well as the capitalists have their roles to play to move the economy forward. But as a global citizen, we must stand up in solidarity to go against them if they are evading their fair share of their taxes while at the same time paying peanuts to their workers and their contractors/workers. In another words, they are exporting poverty and slavery to the people of third world countries and importing huge profit out of exploitation into their own wallets.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

高收入、高科技、高增值產業要從何談起呢?

最近國油解僱砂州子民,改聘西馬員工來砂工作,鬧得沸沸揚揚,甚至一度傳聞國油不惜讓西馬員工非法坐船登錄砂州某一個島嶼,當起“阿燦”了。

砂州子民不滿西馬官聯公司忽視砂州員工本來無可厚非,但是經一些團體的煽動,卻變成仇視西馬人,非常不健康。他們看不見或者選擇看不見一點事實——即原本欺壓和剝削砂州權益的其實就是過去50多年一直執政聯邦的國陣政府和他們在砂州的幫兇。

Monday, August 29, 2016

Jawapan bertulis kepada soalan-soalan DUN Ogos 2016

Termasuk beberapa soalan bertulis dan lisan seperti masalah denggi, rumah mampu millik, projek Langat 2, proses pengeluaran fatwa serta kesan Brexit terhadap Selangor. Ada lagi beberapa soalan yang telah dijawab semasa sidang DUN dan ada juga yang saya masih menunggu jawapan lengkap daripada pihak Eksekutif.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

The arrest of a 76-year old senior citizen from Kampung Tunku shows Malaysia has gone down the path of freedom of expression


Media statement by DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San on 3rd July 2016 in Petaling Jaya:

Malaysians are outraged when Johore police yesterday arrested a 76-year old senior citizen was arrested in Kampung Tunku yesterday for an offence under section 233 of the Multimedia and Communication Act 1998. 

The senior citizen was arrested for allegedly sent an offensive image of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak under the name “Pa Ya” in the WhatApp group “Bicara Politik Melayu”. It seems to us that the oppressive nature of Najib’s regime has shown its true colour since the break out of his RM4.2billion scandal. 

Cabinet ministers, UMNO leaders and government officers including top law-enforcers who work against him are sacked and removed from their positions. Political dissents, social activists, artists and even ordinary Malaysians, in this case a 76-year old, are subject to intimidations, persecutions and selective prosecutions. 

It is sad and no doubt that freedom of expression in Malaysia has gone downwards.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Why tax breaks for Bandar Malaysia when millions of genuine Malaysians have to pay taxes?

Media statement by DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San on 30th June 2016 in Petaling Jaya:


I find it enormously absurd when the Federal Government lately announced that there will be various tax breaks for Bandar Malaysia projects when millions of genuine Malaysian housebuyers and vendors have to pay various taxes when they transact.

The multi-billion ringgit Bandar Malaysia township is located at the old Sungai Besi Airport. The development is expected to house the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail. The tax breaks include an eight-year waiver on stamp duties, Real Property Gains Tax and withholding tax.

In addition to that, the master developers and Bandar Malaysia subsidiaries will also enjoy a10-year income tax breaks and import duty exemption on selected construction materials.

Therefore, it is equally absurd when the master developers of Bandar Malaysia and its subsidiaries are entitled to various tax breaks while many other developers, many of them are medium-size developers are unable to enjoy such tax breaks.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"Sebelum dan selepas"








Sebelum PRN Sarawak, dia berjanji menurunkan lebih banyak kuasa kepada Sarawak sebelum PRU, malahan Adenan berjanji memberi jawatan TKM kepada wakil rakyat Cina/SUPP. 

Sebelum PRK Sungai Besar dan Kuala Kangsar, dia dengan diam-diam mengatur langkah liciknya. Pertama sekali dia mengugurkan Muhyiddin, Mukhriz dan Shafie daripada jawatan masing-masing, tetapi dia masih belum berani mengambil tindakan disiplin terhadap mereka. Malahan dia tidak berani sentuh Tun Dr Mahathir pun.

Selepas kemenangan besar PRN Sarawak dan kedua-dua PRK, PBB kehilangan satu jawatan Menteri Persekutuan, tiada jawatan TKM untuk SUPP, peruntukan untuk Pan-Borneo Expressway ditolak daripada peruntukan pembangunan infrastruktur Sawarak.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sepang International Airport, Selangor.


Everytime when I depart from Sepang International Airport (or KLIA, so they named it), every time when I am asked when I depart from, whether I am taking a domestic or international flight, this is my answer - "Sepang". A guy once criticised my proposal to rename the airport as "Sepang International Airport". He said: "Is this meant to be an example of the Chinese adage: 'When business is bad, paint the front door.' Who gives a flying fingernail what the airport is called. Internationally it's known as KLIA and KUL and that is what it will always be known as. Your desperate attempts to boost the ego of Selangor is idiotic." He is certainly unhappy with my suggestion and he further said that my idea is idiotic. Idiotic it is? Not really until you realise that Selangor is the only state in this country that have carved out, not once but twice, its state land to the Federal Government as Federal Territories, first Kuala Lumpur and later Putrajaya. Not until you realise that Selangor is only paid annually RM25 million for the revenue losses from the two pieces of lands. You can't even build a decent hospital with RM25 million. Not until you realise that the Federal Government has far more constitutional power in this country as compared to every state government, Sabah and Sarawak included even when they pride themselves with autonomy powers. And the list goes on...

“KLIA2”, “LCCT2” or “Sepang LCCT2”? Liow Tiong Lai not answering AirAsia’s concern.

Media statement by DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San on 23rd June 2016 in Petaling Jaya:
  


I read with concern on a statement from AirAsia Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aireen Omar dated 21st June that the group would embark on a rebranding campaign to rename KLIA2 terminal to LCCT2.

Yesterday, Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai rebutted her that such request is “inaccurate, impractical and unnecessary”, citing the reason that the airport is already registed with the official code “KUL”. (The current IATA code for KLIA is “KUL”)

It is clear that the Minister has misinterpreted the proposal from Aireen Omar as what AirAsia proposes is a commercial exercise to rename KLIA2 as LCCT2. Aireen Omar has never stated that the aviation group is planning to change the airport code name with International Air Transport Association (IATA) or International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

While I have no question whatsoever on AirAsia’s proposal on the name change, the subject matter has sparked some debate on the rightful name of the two airports, namely KLIA and KLIA2 (or LCCT2), the authority must not again confuse foreigners with the word “Kuala Lumpur” when the airports are indeed located in Sepang, some 60km away from Kuala Lumpur.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

BN Selangor harus menjadi pembangkang yang cekap sebelum beridaman untuk mengambil alih kerajaan Selangor

Kenyataan Media ADUN DAP Kawasan Kampung Tunku, Selangor, Lau Weng San pada 21 Jun 2016 di Petaling Jaya:
  
Sejurus selepas keputusan Pilihanraya Kecil (PRK) untuk kawasan Parlimen Sungai Besar dan Kuala Kangsar, banyak spekulasi dan kenyataan daripada kem dan jentera Barisan Nasional (BN) Selangor bahawa mereka yakin dan mampu untuk mengambil alih kerajaan Selangor pada Pilihanraya Umum (PRU) yang akan dating.

Sebelum BN Selangor beridam untuk mengalahkan Pakatan Harapan dalam PRU yang akan dating, BN Selangor perlu membuktikan terlebih dahulu kepada rakyat dan pengundi di Selangor bahawa BN Selangor merupakan pembangkang yang berkredibel dan berkesan serta efektif.

Maka untuk menjadi pembangkang yang berkesan, BN Selangor perlu melakukan perkara-perkara seperti berikut:

1.    Mengisi segera jawatan Ketua Pembangkang Dewan Negeri Selangor yang sekian lama dikosongkan akibat perletakan jawatan penyandangnya yang terdahulu, Datuk Mohd Shamsudin Lias, ADUN Sungai Burung.

2.    Menjadi Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kira-kira Awam (PAC) DUN Selangor sekaligus memenuhi keperluan Peraturan-peraturan Tetap Dewan Negeri Selangor dan tradisi Komanwel.

3.    Menerimapakai peruntukan kawasan sebanyak RM200,000 setahun yang ditawarkan oleh kerajaan Selangor sejak tahun 2015. RM200,000 ini merupakan satu permulaan ke arah mengiktiraf sumbangan wakil rakyat pembangkang terhadap pembangunan negeri.



Adalah diketahui umum bahawa pembangkang di DUN Selangor yang diterajui oleh UMNO Selangor telah menolak ketiga-tiga tawaran di atas kerana budaya politik UMNO yang masih ketinggalan zaman.