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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Truly open tender for all public projects

Truly open tender for all public projects

Some government projects are problematic, such as the Port Klang Free Trade Zone, wasting billions of public fund. Today, the Terengganu State Government says that the Ulu Terengganu to Ulu Besut Highway project will start soon. It is estimated at RM500 million. It will be completed in 3 yeras. There must be truly open tender for government projects, so that only competent contractors are appointed.

Champions work so hard

Lee Chong Wei won his first badminton match at the London Olympics. We hope he remains in good condition, reaching for the final.

Champions work so hard

Some Malaysian participants are out of the London Olympics. All champions have worked so hard for years such as Cameron Van der Burgh from South Africa who worked so hard in swimming. This time he wins the 100-metre breaststroke gold in London, shattering the world record.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rebate for gated community?

The Government maintains that the crime rate in Malaysia had gone down by 26per cent. But, there are many gated communities and guarded neighbourhoods, manned by private security companlies. Some say that the Government should pay rebate for these communities. In parliament, the Housing Minister YB Chor has spoken vaguely about the issue? Would he consider paying rebate?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

UN Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations, UN, has failed to reach an agreement on the arms-trade treaty. The arms industry is worth over USD 60 billion a year. Malaysia has purchased two Scorpene submarines from France; Pakistan is said to have bought 12. It is difficult for UN to regulate the arms trade.

Election Commission Oversight

Election Commission, EC, admits that previous oversight caused problems in electoral roll such as applicants did not give complete addresses. It has to work harder to identify weaknesses and to rectify them. All electoral procedures must be fair and reasonable.

The Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Olympics Opening Ceremony was grand. Many have watched the spectacular. For Malaysia, any athlete who wins gold will get RM1 million and a monthly pension of RM5,000. Lets hope that all will try their utmost.

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Isles of Wonder

The 2012 Olympics, the Isles of Wonder, has 204 countries participating with a total of 11,000 athletes, including 30 from Malaysia. As we watch the opening ceremony of the greatest sporting events on earth tonight, we hope that our athletes will try their best.

Beijing flood

The recent flood in Beijing cost 77 lives & huge losses. The city's mayor has resigned. While we are waiting for the Chinese Government's investigation report on the causes, we hope that Malaysia leaves no stone unturned in instituting effective flood prevention in this country.

Kuantan Chinese School

YB Dr Wee says that Kuantan Independent Chinese School has been approved. We like to know the full details.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Selangor water controversy continues

The Cabinet rejects the proposal of Selangor Government to take over Syabas & decides to build the Langat 2 treatment plant, estimating to cost RM8.9 bil. The controversy continues. The Selangor Government asks for RM225 mil to upgrade Sungai Selangor Plants I & III,

Monday, July 23, 2012

Physical and mental training in sports

The most famous bicycle race in the world is Tour de France. This year is its 99th edition. British rider has never won it. Bradley Wiggins is the first to be the champion. He has trained hard for many years, including the 5 years group training with Team Sky. Malaysian cyclists know how Wiggins trains. Physical and mental training is important. The mental strength of world champions is truly good.

Will Tiger Woods win another Major?

Tiger Woods is 3rd in the British Open; South African Ernie Els is the Champion, with the Australian Adam Scott, who led for 3 rounds, coming 2nd. The 14th time Major winner will have to wait for another Major. Physical and mental toughness is important. Scott did less well in the final round.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Vigilance against terrorism

Norway has a memorial service for 77 victims of a fanatic who does not want Muslims in the country. Malaysians must always be on the look out for all forms of extremism. We do not want such type of tragedy in the country.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Will Tiger Woods win the British Open Golf Championship?

Tiger Woods, the 14th time golf major champion is recovering. Having won three championships this year, he is showing his brilliance in the Second Round of the British Open. Will he win the 15th Major?

Why did Special Branch announce terrorist infiltration of PR

Minister YB Hisham says if it concerns national security, action must be taken. Since SB announces terrorist infiltration of PR, YB Hisham has not produced any evidence. What is the action?

The truth about May 13, 1969 Incident?

There is much talk about the film on May 13 Incident. This racial conflict occurred in 1969. If we want to show this incident, we have to tell the whole truth. Let truly independent experts review the whole incident. It is only a matter of time before the the truth is revealed.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Government must be shown to be fair

Public Service Commission Chairman Tan Sri Mahmood Adam says from 2009 to 2011 out of 1.1 million applicants sent in to work for the Federal Government, Chinese and Indians were only 2% respectively. The Government must be seen to be fair. There must greater efforts by people of all walks of life.

Home Minister should investigate the SB officer

Minister YB Hisham cannot confirm the claim by a Special Branch officer that PR is infiltrated by terrorists. As PR opposes terrorism he should haul the officer up and find out the reason for his allegation, followed by appropriate action.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Review thoroughly school going age in Malaysia

DAP National Deputy Chairman & MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw insists that the Education Ministry review thoroughly the school going age in Malaysia, whether to reduce it from 7 to 5 or 4 years. Any new policy must not harm the children.

On 16.7.2012,Dr Tan comments on the Sin Chew Jit Poh's front page, headlining the harm to the child who enters school at 5 years old.This view is based on The Cambridge Primary Review Research Surveys, edited by Robin Alexander.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin has recently replied to questions in parliament, saying that his ministry is doing a wide- ranging review of the education system. One suggestion is that children start schooling at 5.

Some parents send their children to kindergartens early; certain children have pre-school education at 3 or 4 years old. Some children do not go to kindergardens, let alone having pre-school education.

Now, Malaysians children begin schools at 7. Schools start in January each year. Most are over 6 when they enter schools. In England, schools year begins in September. Most children are not yet 5 when they get to schools.

The above-stated Cambridge survey provides a reference. Does starting school at five harm children? The Education Ministry must study it carefully. In fact, the multiracial children in Malaysia may be different from those in Cambridge. Besides Cambridge, what is the situation in other countries?

In 1956, there was Razak Education Report, followed by Aziz, Raman Talib and Mahathir reports. The present review may be named Muhyiddin Report. Have the recommendations in these reports been implemented successfully? After spending over RM 6 billion, the Government scrapped the project on The Teaching Of Mathematics and Science in English over three years ago. We hope that the ministry will not repeat the mistake on the age of schooling.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Is the DPM project based on Malaysian First concept?

DPM YAB Muhyiddin has launched language audits in six sectors initially such as public service, trade and banking. He must let the people know the details of these audits and how he wants to make BM popular. He ought to explain whether the project is based on the concept Malaysian First.

Is spinning consistent with the journalists' code of conduct?

Utusan Malaysia Deputy Chief Editor Mohd Zaini is reported to have said that spin is a useful way to attack opposition to the BN. We do not know whether all media people agree with him. On the other hand, we have been told that journalists have code of conduct, ethics and values. Lets hope that all media report the truth.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Muhyiddin's language audits & the standard of BM teachers

YAB Muhyiddin wants to improve the use of Bahasa Malaysia (BM) by introducing language audits initially on six sectors such as civil service, banking, trade & education. In this multilingual world, raising BM standard & its popularity is a complex matter. We have repeatedly asked the Education Minister in parliament the standard of BM teachers in schools, he has yet to let us know how to raise their quality effectively. Besides his language audits, he should review the standard of BM teachers in the country.

The public want truly effective measures against crimes

Home Minister YB Datuk Sri Hisham says that the police will use the same measures which are for combating street crimes to overcome other types of crime. The public want truly effective measures against crimes.

The Truth About Crime Rate

The victims, relatives & friends of crimes believe that crime rate has increased. Media report that former IGP Tan Sri Musa suspects the authorities of not telling the truth. The current IGP Tan Sri Ismail says that the crime rate is not linked with the release of EO detainees. The police should reveal the truth about crimes in Malaysia.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What is the actual Malaysian crime rate?

The IGP says that the crime rate in Malaysia has gone down 26 per cent compared with last year. But, the people feel that crime is on the rise. The police must explain the formula for assessing the rate as well as effective measures to combat crimes. Is it a solution to engage private security firm to set up gated community or guarded neighbourhood?

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Weaknesses in Malaysian Health Service

As Malaysia progresses, she needs better health service which requires much fund. But, she has many weaknesses such as bad management of the field of research, talents and purchase of equipment. Good publicity cannot always hide these flaws.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Najib advises youths to think critically

Today, PM YAB Najib advises the younger generation to think critically and be able to differentiate the false and true remarks that are made on social media. In fact, Internet and other forms of media carry good and bad things. We believe that the people are able to weigh PR and BN statements in various media, using critical thinking to find out the truth.

Is cooking oil in short supply?

Recently, it is reported that cooking oil is in short supply in the market, especially the 5-kilogramme packs. Every year, the Central Government gives about RM1.6 billion for cooking oil subsidy. It should investigate the situation concerning manufacturers and the market, so that an effective and fair action is taken to ensure adequate supply.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Muhyiddin wants to streamline pre-university education

In Malaysia, there are 83000 Form VI students and 26000 Pre-University (Foundation) students. Naturally, people have a strange feeling, especially regarding the difference in their standard. The Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin must explain how he intends to streamline the system, so that it will be fair to all.

Debt,Gratitude & Promise

It is public fund that the Government spends, including on subsidies and financial assistance. Today, PM YAB Najib says that opposition parties are teaching people bad things: debts do not have to be settled, good deeds can be forgotten and promises need not be fulfilled. The people can check on BN's management on major things such as Federal Govt's total debt RM456.1 billion, EPF total investment assets RM469.22 billion, RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal & RM250 million NFC scandal to understand about debt, gratitude & fulfilling promise. They can also look at PR's performance in Kedah, Kelantan, Penang & Selangor.

Reason why Chinese don't want to become civil servants

Public Service Commission Chairman Tan Sri Mahmood Adam is quoted to have said that he does not know the reason why Chinese do not want to become civil servants. In China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, the question does not arise. Tan Sri will be able to find out the true reasons. Under a fair and just system, there are Chinese who like to be civil servants, soldiers and policemen.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Petrol Price down?

According to the Finance Minister
YB Husni, the price of RON97 is reduced by 10 cents, to RM2.80 a litre. The is because world oil price is down. Does this also mean that the price of other brands of petrol and diesel will be similarly decreased?

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Action against extremists

PR and BN leaders must avoid racial and religious extremism including utterances that inflame ill feeling. The Prime Minister YAB Najib has not been able to show us how he deals with leaders who overstep the limit.

Overcome school bully

School bully, drug and gangsterism are of concern. In 2010, there was a report of rape. Some are swept under the carpet. Education Department, police, school, teacher and parents should be on the alert. We need effective measures.