Thursday, March 23, 2017

Is Election Commission only interested in registering a particular creed of Malaysian citizens as voters?

Media statement by DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San on 22nd March 2017 in Petaling Jaya:

The Election Commission of Malaysia must not only act fair and independent but also must be seem to act fair and independent not only in conducting election but also in simple processes as in registering new voters.


When I was in EC Selangor branch office on 13th October 2016 to submit my objection against EC’s proposal to re-delineate the boundary of Petaling Jaya Utara parliamentary constitution, I snapped a photo of their pre-planned activities on that month and I reproduced the schedule as below:

1. 5th October 2016 - Perbadanan Prima @Perbadanan Prima, Putrajaya
2. 5th October 2016 - IPD Sg. Buloh
3. 5th October 2016 - MARA (GMI) Kajang
4. 7th October 2016 - Masjid Hasanah, Bangi (Friday)
5. 11th October 2016 - UiTM, Shah Alam
6. 11th, 12th, 13th October 2016 - TUDM, Subang
7. 14th October 2016 - Masjid At-Taqwa, Selayang Baru (Friday)
8. 21st October 2016 - Masjid Nurul Iman, Rawang (Friday)
9. 28th October 2016 - Masjid Al-Ridhuan, Ampang (Friday)

Certainly, we must commend on EC’s hardwork in registering new voters outside their offices in the month of October last year but one legitimate question needed to be asked is whether EC is only interested in registering voters from a particular race or religion instead of going all out registering new voters from different races, creeds and faiths in various religious institution?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Questions for Liow Tiong Lai, Mah Siew Keong, Abang Johari, the non-UMNO BN component parties’ leaders as well as the “Harum Manis” and the UG fraction in PAS

Media statement by DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San on 19th March 2017 in Petaling Jaya:

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Where would Liow Tiong Lai, Mah Siew Keong or even Abang Johari and leaders of other non-UMNO component parties (especially those from Sabah and Sarawak) hide their faces when UMNO Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister openly admitted that UMNO is prepared to work with “new friends” even if it means to lose some “old friends” in preserving the sanctity of Islam and Malays’ unity?

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi even said that UMNO and the Federal Government will be taking over the task to prepare the bill to amend Act 355 or Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.

Would MCA and other non-UMNO Cabinet members resigning from the Cabinet the moment Hadi’s motion to amend Act 355 is given government priority for it to be debated and voted in the present meeting of Parliament or if the Federal government takes over Hadi’s bill after his motion is passed in the House?

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari also spoke of his disagreements numerously with the motion to amend Act 355 but is he also giving a black cheque to UMNO when he said that he would leave the matter to Najib?

This is more so when Hadi Awang openly called for his fellow members to stop criticising UMNO when PAS needs to work together with UMNO in making sure that “Islam and PAS continue to leads and be the dominant force” in Malaysians politics?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

我們不換政府,好嗎?不好!



最近《南洋商報》言論版刊登了一則題為“我們不換政府,好嗎?”的文章,撰寫者是一位名為黃子倫的評論人。他問的問題非常簡單,但相信大家的答案更簡單——“不好!”

我的黨友李政賢同志不久前也同樣撰寫了一則文章,逐點反駁黃子倫先生的論點,進而得出結論,即通過民主選舉實行政黨輪替是當下馬來西亞向上改革的唯一出路。我贊成政賢同志的言論,因此不會在本文畫蛇添足。無論如何,黃子倫過後的一則文章,題為“反粉的思考短路”,此文紛紛製造許多偽命題,以第三世界部分民主制度不成熟國家來否定民主的重要性。

簡單來說,預期抨擊他人思考短路,倒不如檢討自己視野是否短視,以致出現立論上的矛盾?

黃子倫言論矛盾最經典的證明就在於他寫了這段話:

“因此,我想了想,不如不換政府,趁這幾年賺多一點錢,然後看看有沒有機會移民算了。”

這段文字,言下之意就是以後他也顧不了這麼多,最重要的就是賺一筆錢,然後搞移民就對了。如果黃子倫先生本意竟是如此意興闌珊,其實接下來他也不用浪費時間精神,供稿報館針砭時事。反正最重要的是利用空閒時間多賺一些外快,例如開開優步再存一些錢,或者是進行進修提升本身的能力。

可是黃子倫卻沒有停筆,反而似有越寫越起勁,還寫了一則題為“反粉的思考短路”和各路批評者過手,是否說其之前所發表的極度悲觀言論僅僅是說說而已?

無論如何,黃子倫的調調之所以會矛盾處處,乃是因為他對民主制度認知相對片面。換句話說,他放大一些推行民主制度國家的失敗經驗,進而得出民主並非是萬靈仙丹的結論。或者他諷刺一些國家已民主作為幌子,推翻極權政治,但是政治依舊不穩定,經濟依然不發達,因此無需把追求民主當成最終目的,甚至還否定民主的價值。

於是他批評民主制度,但是他忘記他所批評的民主,是一個嚴重欠缺自由的民主制度。世上許多自稱為民主國家,實際奉行的依舊是壓制異議的極權國家。更有許多國家披著民主的外衣、掛上民主的旗號,實際上乾的就是壓制民主的事情。朝鮮或薩達姆倒台前的伊拉克就是最好的例子。朝鮮的正式國號就是“Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”,可是朝鮮難道是一個民主國家嗎?不僅不是,反之他們的民主制度竟然能讓獨裁者每逢選舉都能贏取90多巴仙選票的選舉。

這些是在野黨要追求的民主國度嗎?顯然不是。我們所談的民主,必須是和自由共存共榮的民主。沒有或缺乏自由這個養分滋潤的民主,肯定是一個營養不齊的怪嬰。

沈恩《經濟發展與自由》一書就提到發展的概念必須超越財富累積,而且必須更為廣闊。我們累積財富,再也要達到更大的自由。自由在於人民有能力做自己認為是有價值的事情。自由成為發展的基石在於它讓個人的能力得以擴張。

黃子倫對民主的要求有極高的門檻,因而當所謂的民主無法提供他所希望看見的改變,他就蓋棺定論否定民主的作用,但是現實情況是這樣的嗎?他所抨擊的民主就是我們要看見的民主社會嗎?制定如此嚴格的門檻是否實際?

沈恩在該書的第六章——民主的重要——的結語就提及:

“對於那些確保民主過程的範圍與影響的條件及環境加以保障也是重要的。民主的可貴在於它是社會機會的主要來源,但是我們也有必要檢驗讓它運行順暢的方式和手段,去了解它的潛力。社會正義的成就不僅取決於製度的形式,而且也取決於有效的實際運作。”

換句話說,所謂的民主並不只是選舉或投票而已,也包含新聞自由、言論自由、集會自由、受教育的自由、免於被歧視的自由、免於恐懼的自由以及其他指標。

在馬來西亞的政治語境下,部分自由權力已經寫進聯邦憲法,惟在現實環境之下,這些基本人權是否獲得足夠的保障乃一大問題。但是我們不能因為這樣而輕易放棄。民主改革的道路從來就不是一步到位。我們終究還是人的組織和社會,從威權體制轉型成成熟的民主制度,大多是循序漸進,若要一步到位、一步登天,恐怕終究水土不服,胎死腹中。

我們不能因為民主自由在一次的選舉帶給我們要看到的政績,就垂頭喪氣、一蹶不振!馬來西亞選民在2008年和2013年大選用於做出改變,2008年的變天雖然不能讓在野黨突然執政中央,但是卻讓在野黨有能力在吉蘭丹州以外的四個州屬執政,同時讓國陣在部分執政州屬和聯邦失去三分之二的多數優勢。

2013年的選舉,在野黨在有所表現的州屬繼續執政,反之卻因為各種因素丟失吉打州政權,以及無法重整旗鼓重奪霹靂州政權。這對在野黨來說是正面的發展,因為在有所表現的州屬,選民擺脫鐘擺定律願意讓在野黨聯盟繼續執政;反之在野黨也必須正視自己的弱點,檢討為何不能在霹靂州重掌政權。

我們不需要高估民主的作用,也不應自暴自棄,低估民主的作用。這樣的現實情況,實有天降大任于斯人也,必將勞其筋骨、苦其心志之妙用。各位期望明天會更好的同道朋友,絕對不能在此時此刻鬆懈下來,反之必須持之以恆,善用手上的一票推動政黨輪替,則這個國家才有機會重生,這個國家的民主才有機會循序漸漸、去蕪存菁。

這一票不是為你自己而投,而是為你的下一代而投的。你不投票或你投棄票,等於您默許壞人當道,因為只要好人不出聲,壞人就已經得逞了。

劉永山
民主行動黨雪州甘榜東姑州議員

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Is MCA ready to resign from Cabinet if Hadi’s motion is given government priority?

Media statement by DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San on 12th March 2017 in Petaling Jaya:

MCA should stop making confusing, contradictory and misleading statements on PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355).

What MCA must explain is their failure in taking a clear-cut and unequivocal stand firstly, that they oppose any government priority to Hadi’s private member’s bill motion for it to be debated and voted in the present meeting of Parliament.

Secondly, MCA must also explain if they will oppose against the Federal government take-over of Hadi’s bill after the passage of Hadi’s private member’s bill motion.
Thirdly, of whether MCA and all other non-UMNO ministers will resign from the Cabinet the moment Hadi’s private member’s bill motion is given government priority and comes up in Parliament for debate and vote.

Particularly, I would like to direct these request to Selangor MCA on their positions on the three request above and if they will press their leaders to take a strong stand against giving government priority to Hadi’s private member’s bill motion and against the taking over of such bill by the Federal government.


Selangor MCA had on 6th March 2017 calling on Selangor DAP, being the “most influential and the most powerful with the most number of seats in Selangor” to sack all PAS local councillors in Selangor for these 67 councillors have been receiving some RM32mil allowances from the government since 2008, indirectly funding the tabling of Hadi’s private member’s bill motion to amend Act 355.

It is an irony for MCA Selangor to have suddenly claimed that Selangor DAP is all powerful and influential that the party can dictate the up and fall of any councilors in Selangor, when the Selangor DAP has always been lamented as a puppet partner without power in the Selangor state government.

Monday, March 06, 2017

張盛聞是否有勇氣下令教育部配合反貪會調查為何華小一二年級學生大量作業簿?

雪州民主行動黨甘榜東姑區州議員劉永山於2017年3月4日在八打靈再也所發表的文告:

副教育部長張盛聞是否有勇氣下令教育部,甚至配合反貪會調查為何馬來西亞華文小學(華小)一和二年級學生必須購買大量作業簿?

教育部是否願意配合馬來西亞華文教育家長總會所提供的資料,尤其是查證和調查該會所出版的《華小貪汙問題面面觀》裡面所揭露關於華小的種種貪污問題、華小貪腐問題的嚴重性、無良校長的貪污手法、校長貪污之金錢流運作方式,以及如何防範和打擊校園貪汙?

正如張盛聞所言,教育部已經在2000年規定,不能為華小一年級和二年級學生增添作業簿,及三至六年級學生購買五科作業簿的通令,即華文、英文、馬來文、數學和科學各一本。

張盛聞更強調教育總監也在2004年發函提醒各校校長,說明2000年的通令依然有效。他還說:“太多作業簿會使教育模式失敗,把作業簿看得比課本重要讓教學失焦。”

張盛聞身為副教育部長,理應有所擔當,敢於在體制內大膽取締貪污校長和無良書商,而不只是流於表面,偶爾面對媒體稍作泛泛之談。

要不然,張盛聞不僅是一位不敢在體制內糾正對母語教育不公平政策的馬華副教育部長,同時也是一位不敢解決華小貪污問題的馬華副教育部長。

華文小學的新生錄取率,不管是鄉區或城市華小,逐年呈現下降的現象。原因除華裔人口比例下滑、人口遷移之外,華小功課與作業簿過多、填鴨式教育、各種有形無形的額外收費也是促使華小新生錄取率下跌的導因之一。

因此,教育部必須盡快還校園一片淨土,解決校園內的貪污事件,讓孩子們能夠在輕鬆愉快的環境下學習。

劉永山

Friday, March 03, 2017

批評行動黨喪失勇氣是假命題

美國總統川普正式宣誓上任不到一個月就發出禁令暫時限制移民和難民進入美國,以及永久性禁止敘利亞難民入境尋求庇護,引起軒然大波。一個月前,社青團和希望聯盟也前往美國駐馬來西亞大使館遞交抗議書。


川普在競選期間多次針對移民、少數民族及其宗教(伊斯蘭教)發表歧視性言論,在國內外掀起軒然大波。還未中選前,就已經激發海內外民主運動和社會運動人士的抗議浪潮。此次川普發布禁令後,全世界的社民黨除了公開聲明不認同川普的言行之外,亦有群眾自發主辦集會抗議川普。

可是部分標榜本身為社民主義的本土政治人物卻在言行上寬待川普的右派政策,甚至有著公開指責抗議川普者為“有時過敏了”。他們也公開質問,如果套用同一套標準,社青團應該針對馬來西亞政府禁止以色列運動員入境、科威特禁止敘利亞難民入境等等事件公開表態抗議,奈何社青團出現雙重標準?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Kabinet harus mempertimbangkan semula keputusan melarang ‘Dego Ride’ oleh Kementerian Pengangkutan

Kenyataan Media ADUN DAP Kawasan Kampung Tunku, Selangor, Lau Weng San pada 16 Februari 2017 di Petaling Jaya:

Saya ingin menyeru Kabinet untuk memberi perhatian serious terhadap percanggahan pendapat antara dua orang anggota Kabinet dalam isu kelulusan ‘Dego Ride’, iaitu di antara Menteri Pengangkutan, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai dan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Nancy Sukri.

Menteri Pengangkutan telah mengumumkan bahawa soal kelulusan kepada Dego Ride adalah bidang kuasa Kementerian Pengangkutan dan kementeriannya telah menolak permohonan Dego Ride untuk menawarkan perkhidmatan ‘teksi motosikal’, manakala Nancy Sukri pula berkata Kabinet tidak pernah mengeluarkan keputusan tersebut tetapi 

Kerajaan boleh menetapkan melalui peruntukan undang-undang untuk mendenda operator dan penunggang Dego Ride yang tidak memakai topi keledar mengikut piawaian yang ditetapkan.

Dego Ride mempunyai potensi untuk meningkatkan pendapatan golongan bawahan. Sekiranya dilaksana dan dirancang dengan baik, barangkali Dego Ride mungkin akan menyelematkan golongan Mat Rempit daripada kancah perlumbaan motosikal haram, walaupun Dego Ride menetapkan syarat yang sangat ketat terhadap penunggangnya, termasuk semakan latar belakang penunggang, penggunaan motosikal di bawah lima tahun dan tidak pernah diubahsuai serta latihan-latihan mandatori terhadap penunggang dan sebagainya.

Apa pun sekali, Dego Ride masih bergantung kepada sambutan pasaran terhadap perkhidmatannya. Sekiranya Dego Ride mendedahkan pelanggan kepada risiko yang tinggi, bukan kerajaan boleh mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap mereka, malahan pelanggan dan pasaran akan me

Dego telah memaklumkan secara umum bahawa mereka bercadang untuk mengambil penunggang dari kalangan B40 bagi mempertingkatkan pendapatan mereka dengan membekalkan perkhidmatan transit kepada pelanggan yang perlu berulang-alik di antara tempat tinggal dan tempat kerja atau stesyen LRT/MRT/BRT/Monorel/KTM setiap hari.

Lau Weng San
ADUN Kampung Tunku

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mohon MAIS dan JAIS siasat Jamal Yunos sama ada van jenazah masjid disalahguna untuk kepentingan politik.

Kenyataan Media ADUN DAP Kawasan Kampung Tunku, Selangor, Lau Weng San pada 16 Februari 2017 di Petaling Jaya:

Saya menyeru Majlis Agama Islam Selangor dan Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor untuk menyiasat demonstrasi yang diadakan oleh Ketua Bahagian UMNO Sungai Besar Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos semalam di mana beliau membawa satu rombongan yang terdiri daripada 16 buah van jenazah dan sebuah keranda sebagai tanda protes terhadap salah satu program kerajaan Selangor.

Friday, January 06, 2017

The removal of the halal cake notice from McDonalds outlet in Miri does not mean Sarawak is not affected by the discriminative policy

Media statement by DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San on 6th January 2017 in Petaling Jaya:

Political Secretary to Sarawak State Chief Minister, Michael Tiang, is too quick to conclude that McDonalds’ discriminative policy of disallowing non-halal birthday cake is lifted throughout all its outlets in Malaysia.

As McDonalds’ has pointed out in a statement dated 31st December 2016, the fastfood outlet has no intention to withdraw the ruling and one must aware that such ruling shall work throughout all its outlets in Malaysia. The removal of such notice from an outlet in Miri does not mean such ruling if lifted and is not inexistence anymore.

One must also be aware that such notice is not displayed in all McDonalds outlets. However, with the press statement issued by McDonalds dated 31st December 2016, it is crystal clear that such ruling is applicable all over Malaysia, regardless of whether the notice is displayed in its outlets or not.

Michael Tiang’s statement issued one day before the said notice was taken down from McDonalds’ outlet in Miri should never be regarded as a “ruling” or “directive” from the state government, as Michael Tiang is merely a political secretary in Sarawak Chief Minister’s office. 



In plain words, he is just a staff and he only represents himself. He does not even represent the Chief Minister unless he is instructed by the Chief Minister to issue such statement, let alone the state government. His statement can never be misunderstood as “directive or ruling from the state government”.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Water cut - Chong Sin Woon should not play to the level of political clown like Jamal Yunos

Media statement by DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San on 21st December 2016 in Petaling Jaya:

I was taken aback by the statement from MCA Youth Chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon published by The Star on 19th December 2016, in which he attacked the state government of Selangor for playing the “deaf and blind” game in turning away the advices from the public to defer the proposed water.

Ironically, the same media on the same page has published another statement from his counterpart from Gerakan, ie the newly appointed National Water Services Commission (SPAN) Chairman Datuk Liang Teck Meng, also MP for Simpang Renggam, who said that the timing of the shutdown was agreed by all parties and the decision should not be politicized. 

Also appearing in the same article are TNB chief corporate officer Datuk Roslan Ab Rahman and TNB vice-president (distribution) Datuk Baharin Din, whom I believe had given a very detailed press conference about the proposed shutdown of their substation in Bukit Badong, which is the only cause for the shutdown in Air Selangor’s water treatment plants in along Sungai Selangor.