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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Two panel

The Human Rights Commission, Suhakam, will start its inquiry on the use of excessive force by the authorities on the Bersih 3.0 rally on 5.7.2012. The Ex-IGP Tun Hanif Omar heads Putrajaya's independent panel of inquiry on the same matter. If the conclusions turn out to be different, in which panel will the public believe?

Haze Problem

As the dry season drags on, haze will be worse in some Asean countries such as Malaysia. A major source of this annual scourge is forest fires in Indonesia. Asean leaders including the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib should let President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono advise them on how he intends to solve the scourge.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Land & Mines Department must improve monitoring to prevent irregularities

The Director-General of the Land and Mines Department admits that land scam often involves internal and external cooperation. Naturally, there are other factors that include ignorance of the working of land office. Nevertheless, the department must improve its monitoring mechanism to prevent and overcome irregularities in land office.

How fair is the award to the contractor for the Ampang LRT project

The Ministry of Finance, MoF, has Land Acquisition Committee chaired by the Prime Minister YAB Najib. Under MoF is the Syarikat Prasarana Nasional Berhad, SPNB, that owns the Ampang Light Rail Transit System works, estimated to cost RM960 million. As we have experience with the Kepong MRR2 flyover project that was awarded to BumiHiway making a big mess, we would like YAB Najib to explain how open is the tender and how fair is the award to the contractor for the Ampang LRT project.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Allow alternative to Puspakom

Malaysia has only one vehicle inspection company, Puspakom, that monopolizes the service. The Government signs concession agreement and additional agreement with Puspakom to ensure its service and to prevent irregularities such as corruption. We continue to receive complaints of irregularities about Puspakom. The Government should consider seriously an alternative to Puspakom. Let vehicle owners have an alternative. This will encourage a healthy competition, transparency and better service.

Effective plan to manage traffic offences

The House debates Road Transport (Amendment) Bill to restructure and streamline traffic offences and allow electric bicycles, vehicles for the handicapped and left turn at certain road junctions. We need effective strategic plan to enforce the provisions in the bill.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

2011 MACC Report

Today, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, MACC, presents its 2011 report to Parliamentary Special Committee on Corruption, PSCC. PSCC will give its views on the report and how effective is MACC.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Integrity in food supply system

The House is told that in the last 10 years Malaysia imports a total of RM221.8 billion worth of food. Hence, the Government develops a network of food supply system such as aquaculture industry and National Feedlot Centre, NFC. We must ensure that there is integrity in the network system, avoiding scandals like NFC.

Monday, June 25, 2012

KL New Mayor

Starting from 18.7.12 the Secretary General of the Federal Territories Ministry Datuk Ahmad Phesal will the new Kuala Lumpur Mayor. Congratulations. Lets hope he will be able to serve effectively in all sectors.

The Government is topsy-turvy on Lynas

The Malaysian Government let Lynas from Australia build a rare earth plant in Gebeng,Kuantan. Last year, people protest against the plant. Then, it set up a Parliamentary Select Committee to study the safety of the plant.

Today, the PSC presents its report, quoting so-called scientific evidence to conclude that the plant is safe. All it needs is a monitoring committee. The report does not explain in details how the residues such as thorium and tenorm are being handled. Usually, an impact assessment is done before a plant is approved. But, the Government only has the PSC report after the plant has been built. The die has been cast. It is topsy-turvy. It does not give details on how the residues from the rare earth processing such as the slowly radioactive thorium and tenorm are handled. Whether it calls the installation a chemical or nuclear one does not dispel the doubt and the fear about it.

Take complaints against police seriously

Since 1.4.11 Integrity Commission receives 120 complaints against the police: nine referred to MACC and 15 to Police Discipline Board. All concerned must take these complaints seriously, so as to ensure the integrity of the police.

Will Australia take back Lynas' waste?

The die is cast after Lynas from Australia has built the rare earth plant in Kuantan. Then, Parliamentary Select Committee in its report gives green light on safety of the plant. But, it cannot obtain guarantee from Australia to take back Lynas' waste such as the slowly radioactive Thorium.

Against racialism

PM YAB Najib advises youth to ignore racist remarks such as immigrant. He should be seen to take action against anyone who incites racial feeling. This will show his determination to fight against racial extremism.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Truly fair treatment for taxi drivers

PM YAB Najib gives
RM250 annually for each taxi driver, describing companies that monopolize taxi licenses as modern slavery. What we want to see is truly fair treatment for about 100,000 taxi drivers in Malaysia.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Najib says that debate is not a Malaysian culture

Apparently, PM YAB Najib says that debate is not a Malaysian culture. Every race in Malaysia has words denoting debate such as perbahasan. We hope he reconsiders what is meant by a debate between leaders with different views.

Najib says that debate is not a Malaysian culture

Apparently, PM YAB Najib says that debate is not a Malaysian culture. Every race in Malaysia has words denoting debate such as perbahasan. We hope he reconsiders what is meant by a debate between leaders with different views.

We encourage peaceful assemblies

It seems that United Nations HRC condemns the methods used to crackdown Bersih 3.0 rally on 28.4.2012 in Kuala Lumpur. We hope the Government takeheed. We should encourage peaceful assemblies.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What are medical specialists in Malaysia?

Parliament discusses the formation of Medical Qualifying Committee under the Malaysian Medical Council. This is to register specialists in the country. The Academy of Medicine registers over 5,000 specialists. This country is estimate to require 13,000 specialists. Now, it seems that MMC will have one specialists register and the Academy has another one. What is the rationale? What are the criteria of specialists?

Situation conducive to good relations among the people

Deputy Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin says that the Government has to create a situation conducive to good relations among the people. If this is the case, then he must ensure that the actions are fair and just for all concerned including organizations which are connected with Umno, especially on racially and religiously sensitive matters.

Haze problem

The Department of the Environment should furnish the details of the haze in Malaysia so that the Prime Minister YAB Datuk Seri Najib can quickly contact the President of Indonesia to discuss the effective ways to solve the annual problem of forest burning in Sumatra.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Better enforcement to protect the forest in Malaysia

Malaysia must step up the vigilance and the enforcement to protect her forest. There must be continuous efforts to do so. In 1990, this country declared in the Rio Summit that it would preserve at least 50 percent of its land under forest. The Government has repeated this pledge. Besides saying that the Government has investigated over 1,000 companies that infringed the environmental regulations, he has yet to reveal further details on how effective is the enforcement. Malaysians must be more vigilant on the environment, pressing the Government to improve its enforcement. As Pahang is said to have done all water catchment areas must be gazetted and protected.

Enhancing the power of the Malaysian Medical Council

Yesterday, the Health Minister presented in Parliament the Medical (Amendment) Bill that included enhancing the power of the Malaysian Medical Council. It approves medical schools, recognizes and registers doctors. There are 33 medical schools in this country, compared with 20 in Australia. How does it ensure the standard of all medical schools and the quality of over 30,000 doctors?

Civil service transformation

The Central Government forms a Special Commission to study the civil service transformation. It announces the four terms of reference today, such as to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the delivery system. We follow up the work of the commission. We want to know how it brings about the transformation. In practice, how do the 1.4 million civil servants change for the better?

Plastic bottle and salt can be used as weapons

Bloody revolution is not suitable in Malaysia. On 8.3.2008, voters supported PR in five states. They turned against BN. PR believes in a peaceful political change. We do not know what the voters will do in the next general election. We continue to go for a peaceful political struggle. We insist on clean electoral rolls and fair electoral process. Yesterday, Minister YB Nazri answered YB Lim Kit Siang's parlimentary question on the Deputy Prime Minister YAB Muhyiddin's statement that Bersih 3.0 428 rally was an attempt to overthrow the Government. With tongue in cheek, Nazri said that if the people did not support the Government, bottle and salt could be used as weapons.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Attorny-General & Important Cases for Investigation

Apparently, the Attorney General can use the Criminal Procedure Code to suspend investigation of important cases. We do not know whether he has actually done it. If he has, he must clarify, stating the cases and the circumstances.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

44.3% child abusers are their parents

According to Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, 25.4% child abusers are their mothers and 18.9% their fathers. We need to review the situation and to find effective solutions.

Parliament is an important stage for members

DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw believes that both Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional can use the House to debate meaningfully national issues such as corruption, wastage and illegal immigration. Ideally, both sides must follow the Standing Order and the Speaker is non-aligned. Parliamentarians know that they are legislators, concerned with the well-being of the nation, including tyhe national budget and the ways public funds are spent. Every cent allocated and spent must be approved by the House.The Prime Minister and his ministers must also lead by example. For example, during question hour, a minister answers question briefly and relevantly. The member who asks must also be brief and to the point. Thus, the question and answer hour can be meaningful. If a minister makes a long statement and the questioner also makes a statement, the House goes haywire.During the debate, both sides are responsible for keeping the House in order. The situation can improve with time.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Bloody revolution is not suitable for Malaysia

Bloody revolution is not suitable for Malaysia. PM YAB Najib talks about evolution & his transformation programmes. But, the country is saddled with various problems such as bureaucracy, corruption, wastage, misuse and abuse of power. How does he propose to get rid of these deep-rooted problems? Can he help to ensure that the elections will be free and fair?

How many foreign companies have come to Malaysia?

PM YAB Najib talks about RM32.9 billion Foreign Direct Investment in Malaysia in 2011. How many companies have actually invested here? How have his transformation programmes helped to create favourable conditions?

Friday, June 08, 2012

How much imrovement in the public service?

Today, YAB Najib says that the Government has fulfilled all promises made in Budget 2012. He must be able to show us the details of the things he has carried out including how clean and efficient the public service is. There is improvement in the issuance of passport. But, the public feel that the constraints in government departments do not change much.

PTPTN has to improve the management of its fund

After much public outcry, PTPTN has unfrozen its loans to Unisel students. It must improve the management of its fund so that truly poor students are not unduly burdened with a loan. There must be no wastage or irregularities.

PTPTN must be managed effectively & accountability

National Higher Education Fund Corporation, PTPTN, has given out RM43 billion to students. It has collected back only RM3.1 billion. Now, it freezes its loans to students in Unisel, apparently because Pakatan Rakyat has advocated free education. Will it unfreeze? The most important is that allocations for education must be managed effectively and with accountability.

Monday, June 04, 2012

The General Election must be peaceful


The Information Minister YB Datuk Rais espouses the virtues of non-violence as a gentleman's game in the next general election. PR insists on a peaceful GE. The minister must help ensure that the ruling party doe not allow violence, including against condoning anybody using violence.

Tan Seng Giaw

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister predicts that casting doubts on electoral system is paving way for an Arab style revolt - Local politics - CARI English Forum

The Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin predicts that casting doubts on the electoral system is paving way for an Arab style revolt after the 13th General elections. The Prime Minister and his deputy did say that the situation in Malaysia was different from that of the Arab world. Now DPM talks about Arab Spring in this country, showing tremendous contradiction within UMNO-BN. The electoral system has its weaknesses such as irregularities. We have to overcome these weaknesses, to ensure that the electoral rolls are clean. This is a basic way to prevent chaos.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

YAB announced the setting up of a Special Review Commission on Civil Service Transformation - Local politics - CARI English Forum

YAB announced the setting up of a Special Review Commission on Civil Service Transformation - Local politics - CARI English Forum