Monday, March 13, 2017

Stop taking Islamic religious teachers from Peninsular Malaysia, Chong urges

Chong shows a copy of the letter by the State Education Department to request for teachers from Peninsular Malaysia to fill teaching vacancies in the state.
KUCHING: DAP Sarawak has called on the state government to take immediate action to stop taking Islamic religious teachers from Peninsular Malaysia to teach in Sarawak.
In a letter dated Feb 3I, its chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the state Education Department with the consent of Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah and the state BN government had requested for, inter alia, 433 Islamic religious teachers from Peninsular Malaysia to teach in the state.
“Even assuming that these teachers are here not to carry out conversion of children of other religions to Islam, but their understanding and notion of Islamic teaching and culture are very different from those in Sarawak,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
To illustrate his point, Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP, pointed out that the segregation of Muslims and non-Muslims was very obvious and strictly enforced in Peninsular Malaysia.
“We do not see any halal food stalls in a non-Muslim eating outlet in Peninsular Malaysia. We do not see Muslims drinking even a cup of tea or coffee in a non-Muslim eating outlet. These are the results of the long-term indoctrination of racial segregation under the Umno policies.
“In Sarawak, it is the reverse. We find Muslims eating halal food side by side with non-Muslims eating non-halal food in the same eating outlet. There are more interaction and mixing together between races in Sarawak and thus there is true racial harmony.”
Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman, feared that these Peninsular Malaysia Islamic religious teachers would bring in their version of Islamic teaching and indoctrinate children in Sarawak with the Umno version of Islamic teaching and further cause racial segregation.
“On an average ratio of one to 50 students, these teachers will influence the thinking of 20,000 students every day. In the long run, we will have a next generation of Sarawakian Muslims behaving the same way as the Umnos in Peninsular Malaysia.”
He argued that the importation of these 433 Islamic religious teachers would be the beginning of religious bigotry – the hallmark of Umno policies into Sarawak – and the subsequent breakdown of racial harmony in the state.
“By allowing this to happen, Fatimah and the Sarawak BN government have betrayed the trust of Sarawakians to defend their interest.”
Chong noted that the reason given for the importation of these Islamic teachers was that there was a shortage of such teachers in Sarawak.
“However, in a separate statement, Fatimah admitted that in an Internet post for advertisement for Islamic religious teachers by Jais, the state government received 4,438 applications from Jan 12 to 27 this year.”
He added that a mere 10 per cent of these applicants would suffice to fill up the alleged shortage of Islamic religious teachers in Sarawak and yet the government rejected all these applicants but allowed Peninsular Malaysian Islamic religious teachers to teach in the state.
As the minister in charge of education in Sarawak, Chong said Fatimah should look into this ridiculous phenomenon, as on one hand there were 4,438 applications for teaching positions offered by Jais while on the other hand there was a shortage of 433 Islamic religious teachers.
“It is impossible that not even a mere 10 per cent of those applicants are qualified to be Islamic religious teachers. Sarawakian Muslims can’t be that poor in their quality.”
He pointed out that if it was the system or policy that prohibited the recruitment of even 10 per cent of these applicants, as the government, BN should change such prejudicial system or policy.
“We further urge that the government give further consideration to the 4,438 applicants who had applied to Jais (as indicated by Fatimah) based on their true academic qualification not on the criteria set down by the Ministry of Education.”
Meanwhile, Fatimah was unreachable for comments at press time.
TheBorneoPost March 13,2017

张健仁:违背砂利益 勿聘西马伊斯兰教师

(本报古晋12日讯)433名西马伊斯兰教育老师即将前来砂拉越执教!行动党古晋区国会议员张健仁促砂政府马上停止引进西马伊斯兰教育老师,因为这是引进宗教极端主义,巫统政策、文化及影响的开端,违背砂拉越人利益。
行动党古晋区国会议员张健仁促砂政府马上停止引进西马伊斯兰教育老师,因为这是引进宗教极端主义,巫统政策、文化及影响的开端,违背砂拉越人利益。
同时是行动党哥打圣淘沙区州议员的张健仁今午在新闻发布会上指出,砂教育局今年2月3日致函联邦教育部,表明砂拉越缺乏中小学伊斯兰教育老师,因此同意接受其他州属师资,并已在由砂福利、妇女及幸福社区发展部长拿督法蒂玛陈赛明所主持之砂教育谘询理事会议上汇报。
根据该信函,砂拉越分别缺乏401名及32名中、小学伊斯兰教育老师。他认为,这些西马伊斯兰教育老师思想、文化与砂拉越穆斯林不同。他举例,在西马很难看到清真食物与非清真食物摊位在同一咖啡店出现,穆斯林也不会到非穆斯林的咖啡店用餐。
宗教极端主义入侵
他称,这是巫统的隔离政策,然而砂拉越却不受此影响,穆斯林与非穆斯林都可以同桌进餐,这种不同种族之间的和谐交流在砂拉越极之普遍。如果433名西马伊斯兰教育老师将他们的思维带进来,并灌输巫统版的教育,西马普遍发生的种族隔离方式、习惯就有可能出现在砂拉越。
他说,若是以1名老师对50名学生比率,每天将有2万学生被上述思维所影响,长期下去,砂拉越下一代穆斯林的思想将与巫统在西马所灌输的相同。因此他认为,引进433名西马伊斯兰教育老师之决定,是引进宗教极端主义,巫统政策、文化及影响的开端,违背砂拉越人利益。
砂4438人申请教师
与此同时,他表示,砂政府接受西马伊斯兰教育老师,是因为砂拉越缺乏此方面师资。但根据拿督法蒂玛陈赛明的另一项记者会,砂宗教局今年1月12日至27日在网上招募老师时,有4438人申请,若有10%人被录取,就足以填补空缺。
他质疑,为何上述申请者无法符合条件?他称:“这就是国阵的教育政策,若是不公平,砂拉越政府就要提出修改,而不是坦然接收。”
为了砂拉越利益,张健仁认为,政府应马上停止引进433名西马伊斯兰教育老师。他呼吁政府重新检讨4438名求职者条件,以他们的教师资格为衡量条件,而不是根据教育部所制定的标准。
转载自诗华日报

Sunday, March 12, 2017

140朝鲜人无工作证 张健仁要求彻查

(本报古晋11日讯)“法律面前,人人平等”!古晋国会议员张健仁认为,政府应该针对176朝鲜人当中的140名无工作准证者事件,对有关违反法律的雇主或公司采取行动,彻底调查此事。
他希望,州政府在这件事情能秉持这项“法律面前,人人平等”的方式来处理,而不是因为一些公司的背景而采取不同的行动。
对付违法雇主或公司
他指出,根据1959/63年移民法令55B(1)条文,任何人若聘用一名或以上没有持合法准证的外籍人士,一旦罪成,针对每一名雇员,可被判罚款不少过1万令吉但不超过5万令吉或坐牢不超过12个月或两者兼施。
他说,相同法令的55B(3)条文又阐明,如果雇主在同一时间聘用超过5名的非法外劳,罪成者可被判坐牢不少过6个月但不超过5年及鞭笞不超过6下,而在相同法令55B(5)也阐明了公司的董事、经理和秘书也会面对同样的处分。
“既然州政府已经逮捕了140人,那么下一步应该列出违反法律的公司,以及所采取的法律行动。”
他透露,这些非法劳工大部分从事煤矿的采矿工作和建筑工作。众所周知,煤矿公司必须有非常广阔的人脉关系才能获得采矿执照。
他也提到,过去很多雇主都因为触犯了相关的法律而被对付,如果州政府认为该法律过于苛刻,不妨可进行修正。
转载自 诗华日报

商场送风机割伤指案 火箭争获警方调查

针对本市某购物广场发生的儿童手指割伤案,古晋国州议员张健仁展示来自警方的回函。左为张健仁特别助理俞利文。
(本报古晋11日讯)针对本市某购物广场发生的儿童手指割伤案,古晋国州议员张健仁表示,在本身争取下,终于获得警方回应,表示将以刑事法典第338条文调查此事故。
他表示,本身是在上个月23日致函予砂警察总监,之后在本月1日获得砂刑事调查组主任拿督德夫古玛回函表示,警方经过研究事故的缘由后,将会进行调查,并以刑事条文338开案进行调查。
他说,在该条文中,任何人的极度疏忽而造成其他人受到伤害,若罪名成立,将会被监禁不超过2年或罚款不超过2000令吉,或两者兼施。
助小伤者家属索赔
至于民事诉讼的部分,张健仁表示,本身将给予全力的协助小伤者及其家庭进行索赔。
他进一步说明,根据医生报告表示,截至目前为止,小伤者的伤口已经愈合,然而,双指的指甲已经永久伤害,意味着不能再生长指甲。
“若要有指甲,只能进行微整容手术。”
他强调,游乐场中并没有任何的充气设施,其实根本不应该放这一台启动着的送风机,而且没有人看守,进而导致这起事故的发生。
他对此促请州内任何购物商场,尤其具备儿童游乐场的,都必须更加严正看待儿童安全的问题。
转载自诗华日报

Saturday, March 11, 2017

25亿收购巴贡水坝,砂政府多付10亿?


在砂州政府正式决定收购巴贡水坝(砂拉越水力发电有限公司)之前,3个阿邦佐必须回答的问题:

问题1 : 砂拉越水力发电有限公司的净资产只有15亿令吉,为何砂州政府却以25亿令吉的价格,购买只有15亿令吉净资产的公司? 为何要多付这10亿令吉的价格?

张氏展示砂拉越水力发电有限公司截至2015年12月31日的资产负债报告书。 该报告书显示,砂水力发电有限公司的总资产为76.8亿令吉,而其总负债则是61.5亿令吉。 因此,该公司的净资产只有15亿令吉。

他说,由于该公司只有一个顾客,那即是,砂拉越电力公司(SESCO),因此,该公司不会有什么“商誉”之类的无形资产。

“在没有无形资产的情况下,净资产就是有关公司的实值,即,15亿令吉。既然如此,那为何砂州政府要以25亿令吉的价格购买实值只有15亿令吉的公司?”

问题2 : 在收购砂水力发电公司之后,砂州政府也将承担该公司的61.5亿令吉的债务,再加上购价的25亿令吉,砂州政府每年所需付还的利息开支将会是多少? 除了利息之外,估计的外汇亏损是多少?

张氏指出,阿邦佐所说的收购砂水力发电有限公司的价格为25亿令吉是具误导性的。 这是因为砂州政府除了以25亿令吉买过该公司所有股权,砂州政府更需承担该公司的所有债务,而该公司的债务是高达60亿令吉。

“以60亿令吉的债务为例,一年1%的利息就是6000万令吉。 以政府债卷普遍的4%利息为准,一年利息就已是2亿4000万令吉。 这是非常巨大的利息开支。 政府有必要向砂州人民坦白。”

问题3 : 目前,砂电力公司(SESCO)是以每KWH单位电力6.7仙的价钱向砂拉越水力发电有限公司买电。 砂州政府收购了砂拉越水力发电公司之后,它的产电成本(包括利息的开支)将会是多少? 是否会比每单位电力6.7仙高,还是低?

张氏指出,SESCO目前是以每KWH单位电力6.7仙的价钱买巴贡水坝的电,再以平均每KWH单位电力30仙的价钱卖电给砂州的人民。 这是一门稳赚的生意。 SESCO这方面产电的成本就是每KWH单位电力6.7仙,没有其他的成本。

“但是,砂州政府收购了巴贡水坝(砂水力发电公司)之后,砂州政府将承担该公司的所有开支包括贷款的利息、操作和维修水坝和发电机器的开支、外汇起落的盈亏等。 这些将间接成为砂电力公司的产电成本。”

他说,如果这些开支所造成的产电成本是高过目前SESCO买电的价钱(每KWH单位6.7仙),那砂州政府收购巴贡水坝之后,肯定电费率将被提高。

张健仁强调,羊毛出在羊身上,砂州政府收购巴贡水坝的一切开支,最终还是会落砂州人民身上,由SESCO所有的顾客来承担。

“既然最终还是要人民来承担,砂州政府在决定是否收购砂水力发电有限公司前,就必须给予砂州人民一个清楚的交代。 不然,大家如今的印象是,联邦政府没钱了,砂州政府动用州的储备金来‘拯救’纳吉的政府。”

Friday, March 10, 2017

3 QUESTIONS THAT ABANG JO MUST ANSWER BEFORE THE ACQUISITION OF SARAWAK HIDRO

Abang Jo’s claim that the acquisition price for the whole of Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd’s equity share is only RM2.5 billion is most misleading.

This figure is not the actual costs involved in the acquisition of ownership of the Bakun dam. The actual costs of the acquisition should be RM8.6 billion and could even be more.

As at 31-12-2015, the total liability of Sarawak Hidro is RM6.15 billion. When Sarawak Government acquires the shares of Sarawak Hidro, it also takes over the responsibility for the repayment of this RM6.15 billion debt.

Based on the financial report, therefore, the total costs for the ownership of the Bakun dam would be the purchase price of RM2.5 billion, the RM6.15 billion debt and the annual operating costs of the dam which, for the year of 2015, was RM600 million.

On the face of Sarawak Hidro’s 2015 financial statement, the net asset of Sarawak Hidro is only RM1.526 billion. Given that Sarawak Hidro has only ONE customer who is Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), it has no intangible asset such as business goodwill.

Why is the State Government using RM2.5 billion to purchase a company which only has a net asset of RM1.526 billion? What was the additional RM1 billion payment for?

As ultimately the general public of Sarawak will be made to foot the bill for the costs of acquisition of Bakun dam, Abang Jo must provide detailed answers to the following 3 questions before the Sarawak Government proceeds with the acquisition of Sarawak Hidro:

1. Why did the Government purchase the shares of Sarawak Hidro at the price of RM2.5 billion when the net asset of the company is only RM1.5 billion? What was the extra RM1 billion price for?

2. Given the debt of RM6.15 billion and the purchase price of RM2.5 billion, what would be the interest payable by the State Government on the debt and the loan taken to purchase the equity? Beside the interest payment, what is the estimated costs of forex loss of the debt?

3. Given at present, the price per KWH electricity sold to Syarikat Sesco Berhad is only RM0.067 sen per KWH, what would be the costs of generation of electricity per KWH (inclusive of the financial costs), if the State Government were to take over the Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd?

At present, SESCO needs only to pay RM0.067 sen for every KWH of electricity sold by Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd to SESCO. After the State Government acquired the equity in Sarawak Hidro, all the financial costs, operation costs, maintenance costs and other contingent costs will be factored into the costs of electricity of SESCO.

The State Government must tell all Sarawakians whether the costs per KWH of electricity will be lower or higher with the acquisition of Sarawak Hidro. If it were higher, then there is no justification for the acquisition. If it were lower, by how much is the costs reduction.

Short of clear answers to all these questions prior to the acquisition of Sarawak Hidro’s equity, the whole exercise will be seen as a bail-out by the State Government of the Federal Government who is now short of fund to repay its debts.

10-3-2017
Chong Chieng Jen
DAP Sarawak Chairman
MP for Bandar Kuching/ADUN for Kota Sentosa

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Chong doubts state government’s ability to fight for autonomy

KUCHING: Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen wonders how Sarawakians can have confidence in the state BN government fighting for autonomy if it cannot even fight for a teaching position in a government school for a fellow Sarawakian.
“I am referring to the matter relating to Wong Wang Yuen’s application to be a teacher in government school. Wong has obtained a Bachelor Degree in Education from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unitar) in 2010.
“She then applied through Jobs Malaysia and SPP (Education Service Commission) website to be a teacher in government school. As there was no positive response to her application, she then took up a Master Degree in Sultan Idris Education University and obtained a Master Degree in Education (Mathematics Education) in 2013.
“With the said Master degree, she continued to apply, year after year, to be a teacher in government schools (Pegawai Perkhidmatan Pendidikan Gred DG41) through the Jobs Malaysia and SPP websites,” he said in a press statement yesterday.
Chong, who is also DAP Sarawak chairman and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said the applicant was still not accepted despite the fact that “there is a shortage of teachers in Sarawak this year.”
He said the state Education Department earlier this year wrote to Education Ministry requesting for 640 teachers from other states to teach in Sarawak.
Out of the 640 teachers requested, the department requested for 64 Mathematics teachers, he added.
“When I posed the question (why a qualified Sarawakian was not recruited when there is a shortage of teachers in Sarawak) to (Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk) Fatimah (Abdullah), who is the state minister in charge of education in Sarawak, she has no answer except to say that recruitment of teachers is a federal matter and she could not do anything about it. This is a totally irresponsible answer to the plight of Wong in particular and to all Sarawakians in general.”
Chong pointed out that the state BN had been talking about fighting for more autonomy for Sarawak including education matters.
“But when it comes to a small matter as in the recruitment of a teacher in Sarawak, the state minister in charge simply pushed it off without even making any attempt to fight for Wong’s rights to be a teacher.
“If the BN Sarawak cannot even resolve a small matter like this, what confidence do the people of Sarawak have in BN Sarawak to fight for us in a much bigger matter such as Sarawak’s autonomy?
“Moreover, in all perspectives, Wong has the necessary qualification to be a Mathematics teacher. Sarawak currently is short of Mathematics teachers. However, she was not recruited because of the unreasonable and unfair recruitment policy of the government.”
He said it is the duty of the state government to resolve the problem for a fellow Sarawakian instead of brushing it aside by attributing it as a federal matter.
“All we want is a Sarawakian’s rights to be employed as a teacher teaching in Sarawak. Is that too much to ask of Fatimah and the state BN government?
“As the minister in charge of education in Sarawak, Fatimah’s action is most irresponsible. Is she too fearful of the officers in the SPP unit or the Ministry of Education that she does not dare to voice out the plight of Wong and to resolve her problem?
“If such were the case, then what can we expect of the state BN when they come face to face to with the much more powerful Umno ministers in the negotiation for Sarawak’s autonomy? Is that also the reason why (Chief Minister Datuk Amar) Abang Johari (Tun Openg) can only beg from (Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) for more allocation in substitution of the 20 per cent oil and gas royalties which we had demanded during (former chief minister the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri) Adenan’s (Satem) time?”
Chong thus said he would bring up the matter in Parliament.
“For BN Sarawak, this matter is a test of your true mettle. All Sarawakians are watching to see if Abang Johari’s administration has the courage to stand up to the unfair Umno’s system to defend the Sarawakian’s rights.”
Wong’s case recently came to light when her application through e-recruitment was rejected by the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department (Jais).
After Chong went to the press about this issue, Fatimah called for a press conference to clarify that Jais had the right to reject the application because the job was not suitable for the applicant.
Following Fatimah’s clarification, Chong issued a press statement alleging that the minister was trying to divert the issue. In a response to this, Fatimah said a minister could not intervene with the appointment of teachers, which is the sole jurisdiction of agencies such as SPP.
TheBorneoPost March 8,2017