Sunday, October 29, 2006

The works of the 'Great' Bullies in Klang.

DAP Balakong's van was kicked in front. Will Zakarian compensate them for the damages done by his men?

DAP Balakong's Van right side mirror was smashed to pieces by the samseng.

A group of Zakaria's hired-hands at scene. Take note of the hand sign of one of them. To them, law and order is something they do not have to border.

A fight is on...

DAP Pasar Besar Branch's van was vandalised with the wire connecting the speaker and the PA system torn off.

DAP Klang Pasar Besar Branch Chairman, Peter Tan with his van. His van was officiated yesterday night and have to sent to workshop in no less than 24 hours after the officiation.

Zakaria must go, of course, but he must go by resigning from his ADUNship

I was in Kampung Idaman this morning to attend a peaceful gathering to protest against Zakaria's illegal mansion and his power abuse at 10am.

Two banners were put ready and there was a crowd of no less than 700 turned up not only to show their support of the DAP Selangor campaign to drop Zakaria but also to air their dissatisfactions and grievances against him as he has been a street bully in Klang, particularly in his own area.

The Secretary-General of DAP, Mr Lim Guan Eng and DAP Socialist Youth Chief, YB Nga Kor Ming were invited to attend the function. Unfortunately, a group of gangster of no less than 10 people turned up at the scene to disturb our gathering.

All of them wore dark glasses, just like what Zakaria used to wear when he attended the royal summon yesterday in His Majesty Palace.

They shouted at us and tried to disturbed the event. Lim Guan Eng’s speech was interested times. Nga Kor Ming could not delivered his speech as the PA system wire installed on a van belongs to DAP Pasar Besar Branch was deliberately torn off by the gangster. The van was donated by the public and it was only officiated by Parliamentary Opposition Leader, YB Lim Kit Siang yesterday in their branch dinner.

Lim Guan Eng said that the DAP will continue to push Zakaria to fully resigned from his ADUNship and the Klang Municipal Council to tear down Zakaria’s mansion. He said that nobody is higher than the law. Malaysia is a country of rule of law, an illegal building is still an illegal buiding, whether it is big or small, short or tall. Even Zakaria’s mansion is very big and tall, the law is still above it and therefore Zakaria’s mansion must be torn down as well.

Besides shouting and yelling, the gangsters also pushed the crowd from behind and this provoked some members of the public who then fought back. We managed to cool down both sides but the rude gangsters kept disturbing the gathering. Not much can the police do control the situation. DAP Selangor Vice Chairman, Sdr Selvadurai suffered from several punches. He later lodged a police report.

Apparently, there were only no less than 5 police personnel on the scene, including one personnel from the special branch. Even he himself also failed to get cooperation from the gangsters. It seems that Zakaria does not even bother to care about the police warning. Just imagine how powerful he is.

Finally, we have to switch ground. And it was at this moment the second van from DAP Balakong being attacked. Our comrades from Balakong traveled all the way from Balakong to support the event and the struggle of the people of Klang to oust Zakaria. This shows that the issue is no longer a local issue, but an issue of upmost public importance especially for the people of Selangor.

Sdr Lee Ah Seng from Balakong Taman Indah Branch was the driver and he was about to reverse his van from the scene. The same group of gangster quickly ran to him and scolded him. Sdr Lee did not reacted to them and kept reversing the van slowly. They then attacked the van. The right side mirror was broken and they kicked the van from the front.

A press conference was then held outside the village and these gangsters still wanted to rushed out to disturb the press conference until more reinforcement from the police came and shouted them to get back to where they were. A local chap told me that they were from Kampung Raja Uda, meaning that they were not local. I believe that this is true as when I visited the mansion four days ago, everybody in the village was very fed up with the mansion. It was also reported in the paper.

The press conference went on smoothly. The people are all joining us. One lady took up this chance to complain to Lim Guan Eng on how she was bullied by Zakaria. Another lady told me that villagers of Kampung Idaman had once tried to sent a letter to Zakaria asking him to stop works as pilling works on the site created nuisance. It was so unfortunate that Zakaria wife who received the letter immediately torn it apart in front of them.

I dare to guarantee that no elected representative in Selangor (perhaps in Malaysia also) can ever been so arrogant like Zakaria. This only reflects the poor political leadership in Selangor when the State Government led by Khir Toyo had to wait for the His Majesty’s interference before an ultimatum can be issued to Zakaria to relinquish his post as Klang Municipal Councillor. Relinquishing the post of Klang Municipal Councillor and a fine of RM24,000 are just not enough to make Zakaria realize how serious the allegations against him are.

Zakaria must go, of course, but he must go by resigning from his ADUNship. We are not interested whether he can salvage his good name by doing so but we are more concerned that the name of Selangor will be tarnished by this “Raja”, if he still hold his position as ADUN Pelabuhan Klang.

Friday, October 27, 2006











1. 从最初步的公共交通系统概念拟定到后期的承建工程,有关方面必须为巴生谷河流域的公共系统进行全面检讨和重整的工作,这其中必需涉及居民和乘客的建议。
2. 落实‘现有公共交通系统,后有发展计划’的概念,规定任何发展计划在获得有关方面的批准之前必须拥有完善良好的公共交通系统服务该地区。

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Khir Toyo must take stern actions against Zakaria

Instead of attending the royal summon issued to him by His Majesty Sultan of Selangor, a recalcitrant Zakaria refused to do so as he claimed that he is sick but after being discharged from Klang Hospital, he immediately rushed to Malacca, a state few hundred kilometers away from His Majesty’s Palace in Shah Alam to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Before this, Zakaria as a Councilor cum ADUN not only did not meet His Majesty as scheduled in the royal summon but he took His Majesty’s officers five times to try to reach him in order to convey the summon to him.

All these happenings just shows that Zakaria is not only too arrogant, but he is already behaving like a little bully, as if he is already a Raja by himself who does not care about rule of law and good governance.

DAP Selangor strongly condemn such attitude as well as the MB Khir Toyo for failing to take stern actions against Zakaria.

We believe that the MB is also playing a key role in the whole scandal although he is not directly involved in the whole scandal.

Since the eruption of the scandal, though Zakaria to date choose to remain silent with media on the scandal, the MB seems to be protecting Zakaria from speaking directly to the media. The MB is also seems to be the speaker for Zakaria. This is very clear when the Sultan issued the royal summon to Zakaria and Khir Toyo replied to the media on behalf of him that the media should not disturb him as he was not feeling well.

Since the PM himself had asked Khir Toyo to take action against Zakaria, and if there is not stern actions taken against him, the PM should instead turn the table around by taking Khir Toyo to task, including removing him from the position of Selangor MB.

How Zakaria can accumulate so much wealth?

Another question that we should also look into is that how on earth could Zakaria manage to gather such overwhelming amount of wealth despite only serving as ADUN for Pelabuhan Klang for two terms in times less ten years?

Even if we include allowances that he received from MPK as Klang Councilors, I am sure that we will not be able to reach such number.

As some claim that some of his revenue are coming from his business, the public ought to have the right to know what kind of business he is doing and if he has any contracts with the government, especially state government and MPK, as well as whether these projects are awarded to him through open tender system or not. There must be a clear and accountable account on this aspect.













Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A total contempt of Sultan Selangor royal summon

The Star had carried a front page report on 23rd October that:

“It is understood that one of the Sultan’s official had attempted to reach Zakaria five times through the politician’s aide to hand over the order.

“Eventually, the order had to be sent to Zakaria personally by the Klang OCPD.”

Zakaria had informed Selangor Mentri Besar, Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo that he is not felling well, prompting Khir Toyo to inform the press that Zakaria is not suitable to meet the press. It is also believed that this is also the reason that Zakaria had failed to attend the royal summon scheduled on Monday.

For a State Assemblyman cum Councillor like Zakaria, to ignore Sultan Selangor’s royal summon is not only showing that he is uncapable to uphold rule of law, exemplary leadership, good governance and integrity as proclaimed in the Prime Minister’s electoral pledge, as well as the mindset that should have been displayed by a Selangor State Legislator when the Mentri Besar announced that Selangor is already a so called developed state, but it is also showing that he is a man too arrogant, too arrogant until as if he was already a “Raja” by himself.

In a Constitutional Monarch like Malaysia, the Sultans seldom interfere with the running of the Government but for Selangor, the Sultan had several times issued royal summon and ticked off those who are involved in malpractices, this of course cannot be interpreted as interference but it shows the seriousness of the problem in Selangor. Selangor is clearly in serious crisis of good governance.

The previous royal summon from the Palace was for the previous Mayor of Petaling Jaya, Datuk Termizi Puteh for his failure in resolving the City’s billboard scandal. That was only one call by itself and the Mayor had to rush to the palace to testify all the charges against him.

Now we have one Zakaria with the royal summon for him was tried to be conveyed to him five times without success until it had to be passed to him by Klang OCPD.

While doing so, Zakaria managed to explain to the Khir Toyo that it was Zakaria’s architect to be blamed as he did not get approval for his mansion on Kampung Idaman from the Klang Municipal Council.

Zakaria told Khir through the telephone that it was not that he did not want to obtain approval first, but he had left those affairs to the architect.

Khir Toyo informed the press about this and he said that Zakaria is in the process of replacing the architect and the necessary procedures would be followed.

I do not understand that if Zakaria manage to explain to the Menteri Besar on this matter, what makes him so difficult to explain directly to the press and the Sultan as well?

Zakaria’s refusal to attend the Royal summon just show that there is nothing much we can expect from BN Selangor un upholding justice, integrity, good governance and democracy in Selangor. We cannot even expect representatives from other BN component parties to speak up as they have to abide by the BN whip in the legislative assembly hall and they cannot vote according to their own conscience.

To uphold integrity, to salvage good governance and to preserve democracy in Selangor, there must be a strong opposition representation in Selangor. Else, scandals like such will not stop happening.







作为一个君主立宪的国度,马来西亚的马来统治者鲜少过问政府的行政, 但是在雪兰莪州,由于州政府的施政腐败处处,导致苏丹每次必须在关键时刻发出召见令,召见涉嫌的官员入宫亲自向苏丹解释。这显示雪州正陷入严重的良好施政危机。







Sunday, October 22, 2006

Second councillor builds mansion without approval

The rot has deepened. Integrity and good governance in Selangor are at stake. I just read the Sunday Star today and discovered the following shocking news that the second councilor of Klang Municipal Council, Mazylnoor Abdul Latiff has been founding to be building another mansion (smaller in size as compared to Zakaria’s) without any planning approval from the Council.

Second councillor builds mansion without approval


KLANG: Another Selangor municipal councillor has been found to be building a mansion without getting approval from the Klang Municipal Council (MPK).

Mazlynoor Abdul Latiff’s mansion at Kampung Raja Uda along Jalan Lengkungan (left pic) is about 80% completed and resembles the controversial four-storey mansion built by Port Klang assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Md Deros.

Zakaria, also an MPK councillor, was ticked off by the Prime Minister on Thursday for building his palatial house at Jalan Idaman 1, in Kampung Idaman, Pandamaran without getting MPK’s approval.

It is understood that both mansions are being built at about the same time using Javanese masons and are now near completion.

MPK president Abdul Bakir Zin confirmed yesterday that Mazlynoor had not submitted plans for the construction of the mansion.

“It’s a clear defiance of the Town and Country Planning Act 1974 and a fine will be imposed when he submits the plan,” he said.

Asked what action would be taken, he said all councillors would be slapped with the maximum fine.

“MPK will investigate how the mansion came to be built up to this stage without the enforcement or planning department imposing a stop-work order or even alerting me. Work should not have gone on until plans submitted are approved.

Mazlynoor: Says he submitted a plan in 2005
“It is time the council stopped the rot as it will shatter people’s confidence,” he said.

Earlier in the week, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo said the authorities should impose the maximum fine of RM24,580 on Zakaria for the construction and seal the house “if that is what it would take to settle the issue.”

When contacted by The Star, Mazlynoor claimed that other councillors had also built mansions within the area without building plans.

“So, you visited the area. You took a lot of photographs. No reason for you to highlight the matter. Everyone is doing it, but my house is small,” he said.

Mazlynoor said that he submitted a plan to MPK’s planning department in 2005.

“It was returned to me as it did not conform to the sewerage infrastructure. As it involved costs, I went ahead with the construction. I will submit the plans after Hari Raya,” he said.

Zakaria yang perlu disingkir kerana salahlakunya paling serious

Majlis Mesyuarat Eksekutif Kerajaan Negeri Selangor yang dipengerusi oleh Menteri Besar Selangor, YAB Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo telah memutuskan bahawa daripada tiga orang ahli keluarga Zakaria Md Deros, salah seorang mesti disingkirkan daripada senarai Ahli-ahli Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK) yang akan dilantik kelak.

Laporan media oleh akhbar Nanyang Siang Pao juga melaporkan sumber maklumat tertentu yang mengatakan bahawa kemungkinan Zakaria disingkirkan daripada senarai nama ini adalah amat rendah kerana beliau masih merupakan ADUN Pelabuhan Klang dan Pengerusi UMNO Bahagian Klang. Dengan itu, dijangkakan anak Zakaria, Zainuri yang terpaksa disingkirkan.

Sebenarnya, daripada ketiga-tiga orang ini, Zakaria merupakan calon yang harus disingkirkan terlebih dahulu disebabkan oleh tindakan salahlaku beliau yang paling serious.

Sebagai seorang ADUN merangkap bekas Ahli Majlis Perbandaran Klang, salahlaku Zakaria adalah cukup serious dan dapat diringkaskan dalam senarai di bawah:

Pertama, Zakaria tidak memperolehi Kebenaran Merancang daripada MPK sebelum memulakan kerja pembinaan untuk rumah mewahnya yang memakan belanja sehingga berpuluh-puluh juta di Kampung Idaman, Pandamaran, Klang. Zakaria juga tidak menghiraukan notis amaran daripada MPK sehingga beliau sehingga perlu membayar kompaun maksimum sebanyak RM24,000.

Kedua, Rumah Satay kepunyaan Zakaria tidak mendapat Permit Menduduki Sementera (TOL) daripada Pejabat Tanah dan Daerah Klang. Pembinaan rumah satay itu juga tidak mendapat Kebenaran Merancang dan Lesen Perniagaan MPK.

Ketiga, Zakaria begitu ghairah dengan kedudukannya sebagai Ahli Majlis MPJ sehingga beliau boleh berhutang cukai pintu dengan MPK yang melebihi RM45,000. Hutang cukai pintu ini termasuk cukai pintu rumah kediaman Zakaria sekarang, bangunan UMNO Cawangan Kampung Idaman (yang mana Zakaria merupakan Pengerusi Cawangan berkenaan) serta bangunan UMNO Bahagian Pelabuhan Klang. Biarpun Zakaria telah menjelaskan hutang cukai pintu ini tempoh hari, tetapi beliau masih belum menjelaskan kompaun maksimumnya sebanyak RM24,000.

Keempat, kemunculan Pusat Penjaja haram di kawasan DUN Pelabuhan Klang di Taman Teluk Gedong Indah dan Pusat Penjaja ni dipercayai telah beroperasi selama beberapa bulan tanpa TOL. MPK setakat sekarang masih belum mengambil apa-apa tindakan terhadap tuan punya Pusat Penjaja ini, yang disyaki ialah Zakaria sendiri.

Jikalau UMNO memutuskan untuk mengekalkan Zakaria, sama ada keputusan ini datang daripada PM atau MB, ini hanya akan menunjukkan bahawa pihak atasan UMNO sudah kehilangan arah dalam perkara ini. Mereka tidak tahu membezakan antara betul dengan salah sehingga mereka yang jelas melakukan salahlaku yang serious masih daat dikekalkan sebagai Ahli Majlis.

Apa yang kami ingin pertanyakan ialah, jika tidak kerana kekayaan dan kekuasaan Zakaria di Klang disebabkan beliau memegang dua jawatan besar (ADUN Pelabuhan Klang dan Ahli Majlis MPK), mungkinkah Zakaria begitu angguh sehingga beliau tidak perlu menghirau dan menghormati undang-undang?

Jikalau Zakaria dikekalkan, adakah kerajaan akan memberi jaminan bahawa perkara sedemikian tidak akan berulang lagi?

Jikalau Zakaria dikekalkan, adakah ini juga bermakna bahawa sistem penyemakan dan pemantauan calon Ahli Majlis yang diwar-warkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri selama ini telah gagal berfungsi kerana dalam kes ini, Zakaria yang jelas bermasalah masih dapat dilantik menjadi Ahli Majlis, asalkan dia dapt mencari seorang pengganti, iaitu samada anaknya sendiri atau menantunya, untuk menanggung segala kesilapan dan kesalahannya?

DAP Selangor bersama-sama dengan saudara-saudari DAP Klang, penduduk-penduduk Klang yang cintakan integriti serta saudara-saudari seperjuangan daripada parti yang lain akan terus berusaha untuk mendesak supaya Zakaria digugurkan daripada senarai nama itu.






一、 查卡利亚在豪宅事件中并没有获得市议会的规划准正便贸然动工。虽然市议会发出罚单和警告信给他,但是查卡利亚依然无动于衷。查卡利亚必须偿还最高罚款2万4000令吉。
二、 查卡利亚在非法沙爹屋事件中没有向巴生土地局申请临时准证。这间属于查卡利亚的沙爹屋也没有向巴生市议会呈交建筑物图测,更不用说向市议会申请生意执照。
三、 查卡利亚身为兼任市议员的州议员在12年之内竟然欠市议会超过4万5000令吉的门牌税。这笔门牌税包括查卡利亚本身的住宅、巫统甘榜依达曼支部会所以及巫统巴生港口区部会所的门牌税。虽然查卡利亚已经偿还这笔门牌税,但是查卡利亚还没有清还2万4000令吉的罚款。
四、 查卡利亚选区内出现非法小贩中心。这座小贩中心坐落在巴生港口Taman Teluk Gedong Indah。据了解,虽然这座在当地持续经营数月小贩中心并没有获得临时地契和规划准证,但是巴生市议会却视若无睹,没有采取取缔行动。





Siapakah yang memutuskan nasib Zakaria? PM atau MB?

MB Selangor Khir Toyo mengatakan bahawa nasib Zakaria akan ditentukan oleh Jawatankuasa Pengurusan UMNO yang dipengerusi oleh PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sendiri.

Walaupun PM pada hari Jumaat yang lepas mengatakan bahawa beliau mahu tindakan setimpal diambil terhadap Zakaria mengikut peruntukan undang-undang, tetapi beliau turut mengatakan bahawa hukuman itu diserahkan kepada Khir Toyo untuk membuat keputusan terkahir.

PM juga mengatakan bahawa bukanlah satu masalah jikalau adak tiga orang ahli dalam satu keluarga yang menjadi Ahli Majlis tetapi beliau menyerahkan keputusan akhir untuk dibuat oleh Khir Toyo.
Kenyataan PM dan MB yang saling bercanggahan ini amat mengelirukan. Persoalan timbul sekarang berkenaan dengan siapakah yang akan membuat keputusan terakhir? Adalah ianya akan dibuat oleh Jawatankuasan Perhubungan UMNO Selangoryang dipengerusi oleh Khir Toyo atau Jawatankuasa Pengurusan UMNO yang dipengerusi oleh PM sendiri?

Jikalau ini tidak diperjelaskan seawal mungkin, seluruh perkara ini pasti akan dilengah-lengahkan dan ini akan memudaratkan integriti, demokrasi dan hak rakyat Selangor.







BPR Selangor lalai menjalankan tugas?

Nanyang Siang Pao pada hari ini turut melaporkan bahawa Zakaria dan anaknya dipanggil oleh Badan Pencagah Rasuah (BPR) Putrajaya untuk membantu dalam soal siasat berkenaan dengan tuduhan rasuah terhadap kedua-duanya pada hari Khamis dan Jumaat dan dikatakan bahawa seluruh sessi soal siasat ini dijalankan berjam-jam lamanya.

Turut dipercayai bahawa pegawai-pegawai yang menjalankan tugas soal-siasat ini merupakan pegawai-pegawai daripada Ibu Pejabat BPR di Putrajaya dan bukannya daripada BPR Selangor yang berpusat di Shah Alam.

Laporan juga mengatakan bahawa BPR Selangor pernah beberapa kali pergi ke MPK untuk menyiasat kes Zakaria kerana keluarga Zakaria menguasai hampir 60% tender dan projek MPK.

Laporan turut mengatakan bahawa BPR Putrajay terpaksa bertindak sendiri kerana BPR Selangor tidak mengambil apa-apa langkah konkrit dan sekarang tugas-tugas siasatan telah diserahkan kepada BPR Putrajaya.

DAP Selangor amat terkejut dengan laporan ini dan untuk menjelaskan tuduhan-tuduhan yang dilemparkan terhadap BPR Selangor, Pengarahnya perlu tampil ke hadapan untuk memperjelaskannya.

Persoalan timbul sama ada BPR Selangor cuba memberi perlindungan kepada Zakaria dengan cuba menutup hasil-hasil siasatan terhadap Zakaria daripada pengetahuan umum?

Mengapakah BPR Selangor gagal bertindak sehingga BPR Putrajaya perlu bersusah-payah untuk menjalankan proses soal-siasat sendiri semasa musim perayaan ini?

Oleh kerana hari ini, esok dan lusa ialah Cuti Umum untuk kakitangan awam, maka kami akan menulis kepada BPR Selangor untuk meminta penjelasan terhadap perkara ini. Jika kami tidak mendapat sebarang jawapan daripada BPR, maka kami akan membuat aduan rasmi terhadap BPR Selangor dengan Biro Pengaduan Awam.








Friday, October 20, 2006

Councillors appointment process – let the people do the job

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that the Government will take a second look into the process of appointing councillors to avoid instances where more than one member of a family is appointed to a council.

He said that this is necessary to avoid accusations that district or municipal councils would only comprise members of a certain family. It was clearly that he was referring to the recent Zakaria scandal.

He also said that this situation (where several members of the same family become members of the same council) had never happened before, as appointments are made based on certain criteria.

DAP Selangor must strongly express our disagreement with the DPM as the best decision the Government should take is to revive local council election as public decision is always proven to be the best tool to decide who should and who should not sit in the council.

Moreover, previous practices by the State Government and political parties, either to screen the names of the councillors-to-be with the Anti Corruption Agency or outlining various methods to improve council’s efficiency are already proven not effective. All these happen simply because a comprehensive check and balance system is not put in place in our Councils.

When Najib talked about criteria, one main criteria that we can refer to is Section 10(2) of Local Government Act 1976 which says: “Councillors of the local authority shall be appointed from amongst persons the majority of whom shall be persons ordinarily resident in the local authority area who in the opinion of the State Authority have wide experience in local government affairs or who have achieved distinction in any profession, commerce or industry, or are otherwise capable of representing the interests of their communities in the local authority area.”

I believe such a main criteria as provided under the Act is not also strictly followed by the State Government as in Petaling Jaya City Hall alone, based on the information available from the City Hall’s official website (, there are already four councilors (Subramaniam a/l Veruthasalam, Munaliza Bt. Hamzah, Datuk Yahaya B. Bujang, Krishnan a/l Narayana Redy) not residing in area under the jurisdiction of the City Hall but they are appointed to be the councillors for Petaling Jaya City Hall.

It such incompliance can happen, what other criteria can Najib talk about?

Can we have faith and trust in another Government’s self scrutiny when previous scrutiny are already proven failed while malpractices continue to take place in our local councils?

The best Najib should do is to initiate legislative process to revive Local Government Elections Act 1960 so that the people can reclaim their third vote!









我相信许多地方议会都忽略了如此重要的准绳。例如在八打灵再也市政厅,从市政厅网站所获得资料显示,市政厅的四名市议员,即Subramaniam a/l Veruthasalam,Munaliza Bt. Hamzah,Datuk Yahaya B. Bujang以及Krishnan a/l Narayana Redy都不是八打灵再也市的居民,但是他们却能够顺利当上八打灵再也市政厅市议员。















西谚有言:“我们不仅要成为廉洁的人,而且还要成为一个看起来是廉洁的人”(A person must not only be clean but must be seen clean)


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Kerajaan perlu memperjelaskan sebab-sebab keengganan menurunkan harga minyak

Timbalan Menteri Kewangan Datuk Awang Hadi memberitahu media pada 13hb Oktober 2006 bahawa kerajaan tidak berhasrat untuk menurunkan harga produk minyak biarpun harga antarabangsa minyak mentah telah merosot mulai pertengahan tahun ini sehingga sekarang.

Apabila harga minyak mentah antarabangsa merosot dalam tiga bulan berturut-turut, kenyataan Awang Hadi tidak langsung memperjelaskan sebab-sebab kerajaan tidak menurunkan harga produk minyak demi meringankan bebas rakyat khususnya apabila rakyat sedang sibuk membuat persiapan untuk menyambut kedatangan hari kebesaran.

Kerajaan telah pada 28hb Februari 2006 ini mengiystiharkan bahawa harga runcit semua produk petrolum dinaikkan sebanyak 30 sen seliter/sekilogram. Kenaikkan harga minyak ini telah menimbulkan perasaan tidak puas hati daripada rakyat jelata dan beberapa siri demonstrasi telah diadakan untuk membantah tindakan kerajaan ini.

Malaysia sebagai sebuah pengeluar minyak mentah bersih sepatutnya dapat menikmati keuntungan/kebaikan daripada kenaikan harga minyak mentah antarabangsa dan rakyat Malaysia sepatutnya dapat dilindungi daripada kenaikan harga minyak ini. Walaupun begitu, hakikatnya adalah berlawanan dengan apa yang dihasratkan apabila kerajaan menaikkan harga minyak dengan alasan bahawa harga minyak mentah antarabangsa turut meningkat pada masa itu.

Apa yang kita tidak memahami ialah jikalau kita mengikut logik kerajaan ini, maka harga minyak sepatutnya diturunkan secara beransur-ansur apabila harga minyak mentah antarabangsa semakin merosot selepas mencecah paras USD70 setong pada bulan Jun/Julai. Kini, harga minyak mentah antarabangsa berada pada paras USD57 setong. Kalau kerajaan boleh menggunakan alasan harga minyak mentah antarabangsa yang tinggi sebagai alasan untuk menaikkan harga produk minyak sebanyak 30 sen seliter/sekilogram, mengapakah kerajaan enggan untuk menyelaraskan/menurunkan harga produk minyak apabila harga antarabangsan merosot?

Lebih-lebih lagi, kerajaan sudah mendapat keuntungan yang lebih tinggi hasil daripada kenaikan harga minyak mentah antarabangsa. Ini jelas kelihatan dalam Laporan Ekonomi tahun 2006 dan 2007 seperti yang ditunjukkan dalam jadual di bawah yang dipetik daripada Laporan Ekonomi kedua-dua tahun ini.

2005 Actual
2006 Revised Estimate
2007 Budget Estimate (RM billion)

(RM billion)
(RM billion)
Percentage change
(RM billion)
Percentage change
Petroleum Income Tax
Crude Oil Export Duties
Petroleum & Gas Royalties
Petronas Dividend
Daripada jadual ini, adalah jelas bahawa kerajaan mendapat keuntungan/pendapatan yang lebih tinggi hasil daripada kenaikan harga minyak mentah dan ini berlaku apabila kerajaan mengurangkan subsidi. Oleh kerana subsidi yang ditanggung oleh Kerajaan telah berkurang, maka beban yang terletak pada bahu rakyat sudah bertambah.

Dengan itu, kerajaan tidak harus bersifat tidak tahu atau sambil lewa dengan memaksa rakyat terus memikul harga minyak yang tinggi sementara kerajaan sendiri menikmati hasil kenaikan harga minyak mentah antarabangsa tanpa perlu memikul subsidi minyak.

Apabila harga minyak mentah merosot, harga minyak domestik juga harus diselaraskan/diturunkan sejajar. Jikalau ini tidak dilakukan, daya persaingan para peniaga dan pekilang Malaysia akan terus merosot dan mereka tidak berupaya untuk terus bertahan dengan harga minyak yang tinggi.

Oleh itu, Kerajaan harus mengeluarkan satu kenyataan yang lebih komprehensif untuk memperjelaskan sebab-sebabnya harga minyak tidak dapat diturunkan dan ini seboleh-bolehnya dilakukan dengan menunjukkan cara-cara pengiraan yang berkaitan untuk memberi keyakinan kepada rakyat. Jika ini tidak dilakukan, ianya hanya akan menambahkan lagi kesangsian rakyat terhadap kredibiliti dan keamanahan pentadbiran kerajaan.

Government must prove that Syabas has fully fulfilled their contractual requirements

The Minister of Energy, Telecommunication and Water, Datuk Seri Lim Keng Yaik announced that water tariff in KL, Putrajaya and Selangor will face another hike of 15% maximum in which the date of enforcement will be announced by the Selangor State Government.

An announcement of such at times when the economics is not performing will certainly push the inflation, especially in Klang Valley, to another height in which this will make the people suffers more. Though the Minister said that users with monthly consumption less than 20m3 will not be affected by the hike but we must bear in mind that water is a necessity for human life and thus it is a very important public utility. Water tariff hike will irreversibly push up the operating costs of any trader who depends on water to run their daily business operation. Eventually, it is the consumers and the general public who will bear the higher operation cost.

Being a consumer and customer of Syabas, water users in KL and Selangor must push the Federal and Selangor State Government to provide strong proof to prove that water quality has been improved under the management of Syabas, before the authority can ever approve any water tariff hike.

After all, it was the Minister himself who told the press after a briefing held in brief MPs in the Parliament on 16th January 2005 that he himself guaranteed that water tariff will not be increased in at least twelve months after the Federal Government took over the water management from each state. What happened to the Minister’s pledge now? How does the government come out with the conclusion that ‘42% of the users are unaffected as their monthly usage is less than 20m3’? Is there any credibility, accountability and integrity in this figure? Can the Minister himself also reveal the exact calculation and methodology to reach such figure?

The Minister also said that the hike is justified as Syabas managed to reduce Non Revenue Water (NRW) from 42% in 2004 to 37% in 2006. Syabas’ profit also shows a hike from RM900 million to RM1.1 billion, it is mind-boggling that Syabas will still have to increase water tariff to clear their debt when profit is up and NRW is significantly reduced? Can the Minister himself come out with figures and calculations on how this conclusion is reached? What would be the profit level for Syabas if it were not to increase the water tariff to clear it’s debts?

When Syabas took over the water management from PUAS two years ago, Syabas has already engaged in a planning to replace water pipelines of 12,000 km length in 30 years which will cost RM11.7 billion and the project must be contracted out through open-tender system. The first phase of the project which costs RM 150 million has already commenced on 1st January 2005 in which the project mainly focused on the replacement of 500 km water pipeline out of a total of 4400km of water pipeline in Klang Valley. We need to know the progress of all these key questions before a hike of 15% maximum can be approved without greater public scrutiny.

Reply from Katherine Chew

In less than 24 hours, I received a reply from Katherine Chew of Rapid KL to explain on my letter. The appointment was not mentioned but she asked me to wait for Jabatan Keretapi and Ministry of Transport's report on the incident.

Below is her reply:


Dear Mr Lau

We wish to inform that the Jabatan Keretapi and Ministry of Transport has set up independent bodies to investigate on the recent train No 11 failure. Please therefore await their announcement.

As for the RM10 billion to be spent on the rail and bus system, please kindly contact Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Asset Owner) on their plans on the expansion.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely

Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd
Katherine Chew
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications Division
Tel : 1-800-388 228
Fax: 03-7625 6667


我对回青团副团长马兹兰日前对行动党和Hindu Sanggam所发出的警告表示失望和遗憾。马兹兰日前警告行动党和Hindu Sanggam不要再针对Takaful回教法律事务主任法乌兹姆斯达化的电邮内容大事发表言论,因为这个课题涉及回教教义。






Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Mazlan Aliman perlu membaca dengan teliti kenyataan dan pendirian yang DAP dan DAPSY

Pemuda Sosialis DAP berasa dengan kesal dengan kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Naib Ketua Pemuda PAS, Mazlan Aliman berkenaan dengan amaran yang dikeluarkannya terhadap DAP dan Hindu Sanggam supaya jangan memanjangkan isu emel yang dihantar oleh oleh Mohd Fauzi Mustaffa ini kerana “ia melibatkan soal akidah dan soal yang berkaitan dengan hukum-hakam dalam Islam”.

Malahan Mazlan Aliman cuba menangguk di dalam air keruh dengan cuba menghubungkaitkan isu ini dengan isu kedudukan agama Islam di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Apa yang perlu ditekankan di sini bahawa dalam membawa perasaan tidak puas hati terhadap sikap yang tidak toleransi yang ditunjukkan dalam emel yang dihantar oleh Ketua Jabatan Syariah Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Berhad, Mohd Fauzi Mustaffa, DAP tidak pernah mempertikaikan kedudukan agama Islam dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan di mana Islam adalah agama Persekutuan tetepi Malaysia bukan sebuah negara Islam.

Mesej yang ingin disampaikan oleh DAP ialah bahawa kandungan emel berkenaan memudaratkan keharmonian sosial dan perpaduan nasional. Saling mengucap “Selamat” kepada rakan-rakan pelbagai kaum sudah menjadi satu tradisi sejak dahulu kala lagi dan ianya merupakan satu elemen keharmonian kaum yang paling asas di Malaysia. Dengan mengatakan bahawa ucapan “Selamat Deepavali” merupakan satu ucapan yang tidak Islamik di mana ianya jelas merupakan satu perbuatan yang tidak toleransi terhadap kepercayaan agama lain, ianya bukan sahaja menjejaskan suasana menyambut hari kebesaran di kalangan kaum India, tetapi juga boleh menjejaskan keharmonian sosial di Malaysia dan memperbesarkan polarisasi kaum di Malaysia.

Tuduhan dan amaran yang dilemparkan oleh Mazlan Aliman dengan itu adalah tidak perlu malahan adalah tidak tepat kerana kami langsung tidak menyentuh kedudukan Islam dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan DAPSY berpendapat Mazlan Aliman perlu membaca dengan teliti kenyataan-kenyataan yang dikeluarkan dan pendirian yang dipegang oleh pemimpim DAP dan DAPSY dalam perkara ini sebelum mengeluarkan kenyataan yang tidak kena pada tempatnya.








Saturday, October 14, 2006









2005年实际收入 2006年重新估计收入 2007年估计收入
(亿令吉) (亿令吉) 更动巴仙率 (亿令吉) 更动巴仙率
石油收入税收 145.660 204.040 40.1% 246.930 21.0%
原油出口税收 20.290 24.930 22.9% 24.620 -1.2%
石油和天然气税收 32.930 41.050 24.7% 43.920 7.0%
国油花红 110.000 180.000 63.6% 220.000 22.2%
总数 308.880 450.020 45.7% 535.470 19.0%












Thursday, October 12, 2006

Write to Rapid KL to seek for an appointment to discuss LRT breakdown

I have written a letter to Katherine Chew, The Head of Corporate Communications Division of Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd to seek for an appointment with her with regards to the latest PUTRA LRT service breakdowns last week. Below is my letter:


12th October 2006

Katherine Chew
The Head of Corporate Communications Division
Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd
No. 1, Jalan PJU 1A/46
Off Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang
47301 Petaling Jaya
Tel : 03 - 7650 7788 extension 1065, Fax : 03 - 7625 6667

Seeking for an appointment to discuss on the recent breakdowns of PUTRA LRT System

On behalf of DAP Selangor, I would like to write to you to seek for an appointment to discuss on the recent breakdowns of PUTRA LRT System.

2. The appointment is not only to discuss on the breakdowns but also to understand the operation difficulties faced by the company, as well as the future public transportation planning in which RM10 billion was allocated under the 9th Malaysia Plan to improve public transportation in Klang Valley with LRT services spearheading the agenda to improve public transportation.

3. We would like to have the appointment any date, time and venue to your convenience. We will be grateful if you can reply us as soon as possible.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Lau Weng San
DAP Selangor Publicity Secretary

Full house...again

These are the photos taken during the forum organised by the DAP entitled "Young Malaysian Forum: How To Set Pak Lah Free?" at KL-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.

Saturday, October 07, 2006
























雪州行动党不能苟同这看法。作为一个负责任的国会议员,尤其是其推荐书能够在 拨款申请方面发挥重大作用的国会议员,我们认为他们是有责任监督拨款的发放,而不是以放任的态度来处理拨款申请。



Friday, October 06, 2006









Wednesday, October 04, 2006











Tuesday, October 03, 2006















我们认为,在辩论任何课题时,各政党应该秉持着讲事实、摆道理的正确态度。马华公会随意抹黑行动党为“最怕政府政策没有偏差”、“煽动种族情绪,挑起种族对抗的火头,拿人民的安危作赌注,妄图从中取得廉价政治宣传利益,为该党累积政治筹码” 。


Monday, October 02, 2006

DAP Mandarin Forum
"The Coming General Election: The Only Way Out for Pak Lah?"

Date: 4 October 2006 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Venue: Lecture Hall 403, New Era College (Lot 5, Seksyen 10, Jalan Bukit, Kajang)

1. YB Lim Kit Siang (Parliamentary Opposition Leader),
2. Dr. Oh Ei Sun (Scientific & Legal Consultant for Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications, United Nations),
3. Wong Chin Huat (PhD Candidate of Essex University, United Kingdom),
4. Lim Guan Eng (DAP Secretary-General)

Admission is FREE!

For queries, please contact DAP HQ (03-79578127/8022), Ng Wei Aik (019-2459305) or Lau Weng San (016-3231563)
日期:2006年10 月4 日(星期三)
时间:晚上7 时30分
地点:加影新纪元学院403 讲堂
(Lot 5, Seksyen 10, Jalan Bukit, Kajang)

林吉祥 (国会反对党领袖)、
胡逸山博士 (联合国紧急通讯工作组科学与法律顾问)、
黄进发 (英国艾塞客思比较民主化博士候选人)、
林冠英 (民主行动党秘书长)


任何疑问, 请联络民主行动党总部(03-79578127/8022) 或黄伟益 (019-2459305)或 刘永山(016-3231563)

From a frightened Malaysian abroad...

I have received an email from A Very Frightened Malaysian Abroad. Although I do not know him personally, but I think the points he raised in his email are close to reality.

He's 31 and I can consider him my peer because I am only 28 this year.

After reading his email, I have nothing to say except to agree on him. Many of his past experience are quite similar to me, especially the thinking he had during secondary school. The school I attended, is also a missionary school despite it was a male Catholic Chinese secondary school.

Below is his email:


I have been meaning to pen some thoughts for some time now, to let people actually read the views of the typical 'overseas Malaysian' who is kept away. I realize that my email is rather long, but I do hope that you would consider publishing it (and also keep my name private!).

I shall start by telling a little about my background. Mine is a rather sad tale of a young Malaysian full of hope and patriotic enthusiasm, which is slowly but surely trickling away.

I am very different from many other non-bumiputeras, as I was given tremendous opportunities throughout my childhood. Born into a middle-class Chinese but English-speaking family, I grew up with all the privileges of imported books, computers, piano/violin lessons and tuition teachers.

My parents insisted that I should be exposed to a multi-racial education in a national school. In my time, my urban national school (a missionary school) was a truly happy place where the Malays, Chinese and Indian students were roughly equal in proportion. We played and laughed with each other, and studied the history of the world together during Form 4, with one interesting chapter dedicated to Islamic history.

Though 75% of my teachers were Malays, I never really noticed. My Malay teachers were the kindest to me teaching me well and offering me every possible opportunity to develop. I led the district teams for English and Bahasa Malaysia debating competitions. I was the only non-Malay finalist in the Bahasa Malaysian state-level elocution competition. My Malay teachers encouraged me to transfer to a government residential school (sekolah berasrama penuh) so as to enable me to maximize my academic potential. I refused because I was happy where I was, so they made me head prefect and nominated me as a 'Tokoh Pelajar Kebangsaan'. Till this day, I am absolutely certain that it was the kindness of all my Malay teachers which made me a true Malaysian.

I excelled at school and was offered a Singaporean government scholarship to study overseas. I turned them down because I wanted to ensure that I would remain a 'true Malaysian' in the eyes of Malaysia.

So I accepted a Malaysian government scholarship to study at Oxford University. Throughout my three years as an undergraduate, the officers at the MSD looked after me very well, and were always there to offer support.

I graduated with first class honors, and was offered a job with a leading investment bank. The JPA released me from my bond, so as to enable me to develop my potential. I shall always be grateful for that. I worked hard and rose in rank. My employer sent to me to Harvard University for postgraduate study and I climbed further up their meritocratic ladder.

Now I am 31 years old and draw a comfortable monthly salary of US$22,000. Yet, I yearn to return home. I miss my home, my family, my friends, my Malaysian hawker food and the life in Malaysia. I have been asked many times by Singaporean government agencies to join them on very lucrative terms, but I have always refused due to my inherent patriotism.

I really want to return home. I have been told by government-linked corporations and private companies in Malaysia that at best, I would still have to take a 70% pay cut if I return to Malaysia to work. I am prepared and willing to accept that. My country has done a lot for me, so I should not complain about money.

But of late, my idealistic vision of my country has really come crashing down, harder and faster than ever before.

I read about the annual fiasco involving non-bumiputera top scorers who are denied entry to critical courses at local universities and are offered forestry and fisheries instead. (My cousin scored 10A1's for SPM and yet was denied a scholarship).

I read about UMNO Youth attacking the so-called meritocracy system because there are less than 60% of Malay students in law and pharmacy, whilst conveniently keeping silent about the fact that 90% of overseas scholarship recipients are Malays and that Malays form the vast majority in courses like medicine, accountancy and engineering at local universities.

I read about the Higher Education Minister promising that non-bumiputera Malaysians will never ever step foot into UiTM.

I read about a poor Chinese teacher's daughter with 11A1's being denied a scholarship, while I know some Malay friends who scored 7A's and whose parents are millionaires being given scholarships.

I read about the brilliant Prof. K.S. Jomo, who was denied a promotion to Senior Professor (not even to Head of Department), although he was backed by references from three Nobel Prize winners. Of course, his talent is recognized by a prestigious appointment at the United Nations.

I read about UMNO Youth accusing Chinese schools of being detrimental to racial integration, while demanding that Mara Junior Science Colleges and other residential schools be kept only for Malays.

I read about the Malay newspaper editors attacking the private sector for not appointing enough Malays to senior management level, whilst insisting that the government always ensure that Malays dominate anything government-related.

I read that at our local universities, not a single Vice-Chancellor or Deputy Vice-Chancellor is non-Malay.

I read that in the government, not a single Secretary-General of any ministry is non-Malay. The same goes for all government agencies like the police, armed forces, etc.

I read about UMNO screaming for the Malay Agenda, but accusing everyone else of racism for whispering about equality.

I read about a poor Indian lady having to pay full price for a low-cost house after being dispossessed from a plantation, whilst Malay millionaires demand their 10% bumiputera discount when buying RM2 million bungalows in a gated community.

I read about my beloved national schools becoming more and more Islamic by the day, enforced by overzealous principals.

I read about my Form 4 World History (Sejarah Dunia) syllabus, which now contains only one chapter of world history, with Islamic history covering the rest of the book.

As I read all this, I tremble with fear. I love my country and long to return. I am willing to take a 70% pay cut. I am willing to face a demotion. I honestly want to contribute my expertise in complex financial services and capital markets. But really, is there a future for me, for my children and for their children? I am truly frightened.

I can deal with the lack of democracy, the lack of press freedom, the ISA, our inefficient and bureaucratic civil service, our awful manners and even a little corruption. But I cannot deal with racism in my homeland.

I think this is the single biggest factor which is keeping people like me away. And bear in mind there are so many of us (researchers, scientists, bankers, economists, lawyers, academics, etc.). What people read about in Malaysia (like Dr Terence Gomez) is but the tiniest tip of the iceberg.

You will be amazed to know about Malaysians denied JPA scholarships (which would have made them Civil servants) took loans to attend Ivy League universities, but who are later asked to advise our government (on IT, economics, etc.) at fees running to millions of US dollars. Such information will never be published because it is politically incorrect.

As a Christian, I pray for God's blessing on this great country of ours. I pray that He blesses our leaders with the foresight and humanity to see that this will not work and cannot continue. I pray that they will have the strength to make our country a home for all Malaysians and that they will have mercy for the poor, including the non-Malays. I pray for true racial harmony and acceptance (not just tolerance) in Malaysia.

Yours sincerely,

A very frightened Malaysian abroad