Monday, April 27, 2015

Bar Petronas execs from entering Sarawak to end royalty impasse, state DAP tells Adenan

Sarawak DAP chief today suggested that Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem to use the state's immigration powers to bar Petronas executives and managers from entering the state to break the deadlock on demand for an increase in oil and gas royalty.
Chong Chieng Jen, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman, also urged Adenan to cancel work permits of those employed in the offices of Petronas, Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas (MLNG) and their subsidiary companies in the state.
In urging the state to resort to strong arm tactics against the national oil and gas company, Chong said that the state “needs to use more drastic and harsher means” to push its demands for the increase in royalty.
He said that barring key people from the peninsula, who were running Petronas' operations in the state and kicking out those who were already here, would put "the bite where it hurts".
"This will put a halt to its operation and production," he said, when debating on the governor's address in the state assembly.
Chong said that the barring and cancellation of the work permits should be in place “until the matter is finally sorted out”.
"It is better to put a halt to the production than to allow the continuous extraction when we only get 5% royalty.
"After all, if the operation is stopped, the oil and gas will still remain in our soil for future extraction.
"We may suffer temporary loss of part of our revenue, but in long term, there is no loss to Sarawak.”
He said that Sarawak had in the past prohibited religious bigots and extremists from entering Sarawak and now should prohibit "robbers plundering our resources" on to the list.
"The chief minister is hitting brick walls on this matter and has to openly seek help of the prime minister so that Petronas will accede to our claim," Chong said, in reference to Adenan's admission last Friday at Petronas' outstanding vendor awards event in Kuching that the state had “not made any improvement” in the royalty negotiation.
Adenan had also said that he would have to speak to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to break the impasse.
Chong retorted by telling Adenan not to be so naïve about the so-called “PM’s help”.
Petronas, Chong said, is a company controlled by the federal government and “if the prime minister agrees to accede to our demand for the 20% oil and gas royalty, there is no way that Petronas cannot agree to it”.
In May last year, the state assembly unanimously agreed to make a request to the federal government to raise the royalty from the current 5% to 20%.
The agreement that was thrashed out was a historic first for the assembly.
With an impasse in talks, Chong said that the state should ditch the “nice and cordial approach” as it is “getting us no way”. 

on Themalaysianinsider - April 27, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

RM1.7 Billion Minor Rural Projects Fund. DAP : Apply Quickly Before Elections

I call upon all the people to quickly go to their Tuai Rumah, Ketua Kampong, District Office and most important, the BN elected representatives or BN potential candidates in their respective areas to apply for minor rural project funds and/or social programs fund.
On Friday (24-4-2015), the DUN has just approved an additional allocation of RM500 million for minor rural project and social program fund. This is in additional to the previously approved RM1.2 billion in the 2015 Budget. Therefore, with this additional RM500 million, the total allocation for minor rural project and social programs fund is now RM1.7 billion for the year of 2015.
RM1.7 billion is a lot of money. It can finance 1,700 projects of RM1 million each. Normally, these rural projects will cost in the region of 50,000 each. If we take RM50,000 each project, RM1.7 billion can finance 34,000 such projects. That is for the period of one year only.
If one were to divide this figure by the total number of DUN constituencies in Sarawak, each DUN constituency will each have at least 500 projects of RM50,000 each in year 2015.
For instance, there are about 40 kampongs in Tasik Biru constituencies. Therefore, each kampong in Tasik Biru should get about 12 allocation of RM50,000 each in the year 2015. At present, it will be lucky if each of these kampong gets one allocation of RM50,000 in the whole of 2015 year. Then, where the remaining 90% of the allocation fund goes to?
Peter Nansian, as the elected representative for Tasik Biru and also an assistant minister, has to explain to the people in Tasik Biru. Where has the money for his area gone to?
I am very sure that many of the other constituencies also did not get their fair shares of the allocation.
If the allocation of money truly goes into the minor rural projects, each and every kampong by now, will have the very basic electricity and water supply, tar-sealed road access and even proper community hall for each and every kampong.
If the fund were truly utilised all these years, there will be no need for us DAP to carry out any of the Impian Sarawak projects. The fact that there are still so many kampongs without water and electricity or proper road access is testimony of the leakages and wastages in these minor rural project funds.
Where has the money gone to?
DAP does not oppose to rural development. DAP opposes to the unaccounted spending and corruption in the name of development.
My question to Rundi, out of the initial RM1.2 billion, how much has truly gone into development for the benefit of the people and how much has gone into the pockets of the BN cronies?
Rundi, being the general secretary of BN Sarawak, must give a full account of the projects and money spent for the whole of the initial RM1.2 billion and the additional RM500 million.

Chong Chieng Jen
MP for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa

Monday, April 20, 2015

DewanUndanganNegeri sitting should not be reduced just to suit the Deputy Prime Minister visit in Sibu

Since I was elected as an ADUN for Kota Sentosa, the DUN sitting has always started on Monday, lasting 8 days.
When we first received the notice of meeting few weeks ago, notifying that the coming meeting will start on 21-4-2015 (Tuesday) and will last for only 7 days, we feel that something is amiss. It is only today when we read in the papers that the reason for cutting short one day of the sitting is so that the Ministers can accompany the DPM in his visit to Sibu.
This is the most ridiculous and outrageous reason for curtailing the time for DUN sitting.
Is it not more important to discuss the PEOPLE’s matter in DUN than to put up a good attendance for the DPM’s visit?
Many a time, we, the DAP ADUNs, find that the time allowed for our debate is grossly insufficient to raise all the issues that we intend to raise. With one day taken out, we will have even less time in this sitting to raise the issues.
The BN government has gotten the priority all wrong. It is for the DPM to arrange his visiting schedule to suit the DUN sitting rather than the whole of the DUN Sarawak to arrange its meeting time to suit the DPM’s visit.
What the State Government did is to relegate the importance of DUN sitting to be second to the DPM’s visit. This is not giving due respect to the highest law-making body of the State and it is also not doing justice to the Rakyat of Sarawak who elected the government of the day.
Even if the DPM cannot change his visiting schedule, it would suffice to have one or two ministers to accompany him while the rest attend the DUN sitting. There is absolutely no need for the whole cabinet to accompany the DPM throughout his visit, thereby sacrificing the time to discuss People’s business in DUN.
It should always be kept in mind of the Government that DUN sitting should be given the highest priority over all other government businesses or programs, be it the Federal or State Government businesses or programs.
We hope this is the last time that DUN sitting is ridiculed in such manner.

20-4-2015
Chong Chieng Jen
MP for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa

为配合副首相节目的排场,牺牲砂州议会讨论砂人民问题时间

古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员张健仁谴责砂州政府,为了配合副首相节目的排场,而牺牲砂州议会讨论砂州人民问题的时间。
张健仁是针对砂州政府为了迎合副首相慕尤丁出席诗巫活动而将今次开州议会的时间缩减一天,而做出如是谴责。
根据砂州议会议长今日在报章表示,因为许多部长显耀将于今日出席慕犹丁在诗巫的活动,而反惯例的把今次的开会,从8天缩减至7天,由本周二开始。
张氏指出,自从他2006年中选为哥打圣淘沙州议员至今,每次的州议会都是星期一开始,为期8天。唯有今次的州议会是星期二开始,而开会时日则减至7天。
“当3个星期前收到开会时间由星期二开始,大家都觉得有点不寻常,但不知是什么原因。只有到今天报章上读到议长的解释才知道是因为如此荒谬的理由。”
张健仁说,州议会是砂州最高立法机构,是提出和讨论砂州人民问题的最佳场合。 往往8天的开会时间就已非常不足,尤其是行动党的议员们,都不够时间把人民的议题提出来讨论。 今次,为了慕犹丁的拜访,辩论时间又被缩短。 这将影响议员们问政的责任。
“难道对砂州国阵的部长和议员们而言,向慕犹丁献殷勤及跟随他出席场面,比开州议会讨论砂州人民的问题还重要? 为了迎合他的行程,州议会开会的时间也被缩减。”
张氏也表示,没有任何官方节目是比开州议会更重要。部长拜访的节目,应该配合州议会开会的时间,而不是如今一般,本末倒置,开州议会的时间配合部长拜访的节目行程。这简直就是把砂州议会的开会当儿戏,不尊重砂州的最高立法机构。
张氏指,就算真的节目时间的安排有冲突,副首相的拜访行程无法修改,顶多一两位部长陪同他出席节目就可,其他的部长则可以照常出席州议会,不需要整个内阁前呼后拥的出席他的节目导致开会时间的缩减。
“砂州国阵政府和州议会的这种安排,缩减州议会的开会时间来配合慕犹丁的访砂行程根本就是在自我矮化,把自身开会的重要性贬为次等于副首相的拜访。这是非常要不得的心态。”
张氏希望砂州政府下不为例,不要如此的不尊重砂州的州议会。

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chong Poses 5 Questions on the Pan Borneo Highway Contract to BN reps

The Sarawak BN elected representatives, the likes of Abdullah Saidol (ADUN for SEMOP), Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (Assistant Minister) and Michael Manyin have totally evaded my queries on the award of Pan Borneo Highway project to Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU) and tried to give a racial twist to my critics on the award of the said project to LBU.
In their statements today, the 3 of them seem to have either purposely avoided answering my queries or just could not understand the issues.
As such, for their clarity, I will put my questions in words that are easier for them to understand. The 5 questions for the 3 BN leaders to answer are as follows:
1. While the Government claims to help Sarawak contractors, why is the Board of Directors of the appointed Main Contractor, LBU, controlled by West Malaysians (4 out of 7 of the directors are West Malaysians)?
2. While the Government claims to help Bumiputra, why is there not a single Dayak in the Board of Directors nor Shareholdings of LBU or its holding companies? Dayaks are also Bumiputra, why are they left out?
On this question, I would like to remind Abdu Karim that by raising this issue, I am not importing the so-called West Malaysian racial politics into Sarawak. It is the act of the Federal Government to award the contract to a single-race company that is importing the West Malaysian racial policy into Sarawak. I am merely stating a fact so that such racial policy can be rectified.
3. While Adenan is preaching integrity and transparency and that the Sarawak cabinet ministers have signed the so-called “Integrity Pledges”, why is a contract worth more than RM10 billion awarded without open tender process?
4. While LBU has only been registered in 2011 and zero track record in construction and any trading activity, why was LBU appointed as the Main Contractor for the Pan Borneo Highway project? Is the government intending to continue with the “Ali Baba” contractor modus operandi in the implementation of its projects?
5. While the government is talking about cutting-costs, why create an Ali Baba middleman? Would it not make better sense for the Government to break down the whole stretch of Pan Borneo Highway into 20 – 30 smaller contracts, carry out open-tender processes and award the contracts directly to the ones doing the work, rather than going through LBU who will get the lion share of commission / profit, leaving the actual contractors smaller budgets to do the job?
Michael Manyin was saying that the works for the projects will not be dominated by one single race. He is either playing ignorant or just pure ignorant. The whole contract has already been awarded to LBU. It is now up to LBU to decide who will be the sub-contractors.
It is well-known in the industry that Main Contractor will take between 10% - 20% of the money and leaving the balance for the sub-contractors who actually do the job. As the Minister in-charge of public works, it would be a joke if Michael Manyin is not aware of this improper practice which has become a norm in public construction works for the Government.
I hope the 3 BN elected representatives can understand and reply to my 5 questions posed above and be accountable to the people of Sarawak.
18-4-2015
Chong Chieng Jen
MP for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa

促以下3位国阵议员/部长针对以下5道问题,给予砂州人民一个交代

民主行动党古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员今抛出5道有关泛婆大道工程的提问,吁国阵3领袖阿都拉(Semop州议员),阿都卡林(助理部长)和麦克马因(部长)回应。
张健仁所列出的5到问题如下:
1. 既然国阵政府表示将帮助砂州承包商,为何政府委任一个由西马人控制的公司为承建泛婆大道的承包商,Lebuhraya Borneo Utara有限公司(LBU)? (这间公司的董事局有7人,其中4人士西马人)
2. 既然政府自称要协助土著,为何LBU这间公司的董事,其母公司的董事和股东,连一位达雅人也没有? 达雅人也是土著。
张氏强调,他提出这问题,并非如阿都卡林所指责的把西马种族政治带进砂州。 其实,当政府委任一间清一色马来人的公司(而且是完全没有建筑背景的公司)承建价值超过100亿令吉的泛婆大道工程,这已是将西马的种族主义政策引进砂州了。 张氏只是道出这事实,以便这种种族主义政策得以纠正。
3. 既然阿德南不断强调廉政和透明施政,砂州内阁成员甚至签署“廉政宣言”,为何这价值超过100亿令吉的工程,在没有经过任何公开招标的程序,就批给了一间公司?
4. 既然LBU有限公司只是于2011年注册,而又没有任何建筑记录和商业活动,为何政府委任LBU有限公司为泛婆大道的承包商? 难道政府还是要持续“阿里巴巴”进行政府工程的运作模式?
5. 既然政府要节省资金,为何又再制造出一个“阿里巴巴”的中间人?与其将全部的工程批给一间公司再由这间公司转批给二手承包商,为何政府不将全程的泛婆大道工程分为20 – 30 段,分发出去,由20 – 30 不同的承包商直接承包工程,不需经过一个中间人的剥削?
针对迈克马因指说该工程的工作将不会只是局限于一个种族,张健仁反驳说,整个工程已经批给LBU有限公司,其他真正进行承建工作的承包商,极其量也不过是二手承包商,由LBU有限公司决定要还他们多少。
“身为负责工程局的砂州部长,难道迈克马因不知道,目前建筑业的惯例,一手承包商将抽取10% – 20%工程的拨款数字,剩余的款项才付给真正承建工程的二手承包商。 若有三手承包商 ,这层层剥削的情况将更糟糕。”
张氏敦促以上3位国阵议员/部长针对以上5道问题,给予砂州人民一个交代。

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Do not equate RM2.1 billion contracts awarded by Petronas with 20% oil and gas royalty

(12-4-2015)
Adenan seems to be contented with the so-called intended awards of RM2.1 billion worth of contracts by PETRONAS to Sarawak contractors, thereby diverting the attention of the people from the initial demand for 20% oil and gas royalty for Sarawak.
Last year, in the Sarawak DUN sitting, the State Legislature unanimously passed the resolution to demand for 20% oil and gas royalty for Sarawak.
Till this day, almost a year has passed and yet it seems that the demand has hit brick-wall.
Despite the failure on the part of Sarawak government under the leadership of Adenan to execute the resolution of the Sarawak DUN, Adenan seems to be happy and contented with the award of contracts worth RM2.1 billion to Sarawak contractors.
The 20% oil and gas royalty is a far cry from the RM2.1 billion worth of contracts awarded in many ways, namely:
1. According to the 2015 Sarawak State Budget’s estimates, the 5% oil and gas royalty will give Sarawak a revenue of RM1.83 billion. Therefore, 20% oil and gas royalty will give Sarawak an additional RM5.49 billion. This is 2.5 times the RM2.1 billion mentioned.
2. “Contracts worth RM2.1 billion to Sarawak contractors” means that Sarawak contractors have to come out with RM2.1 billion worth of material and work to earn that RM2.1 billion. This is totally different from the outright RM5.49 billion cash payment as oil and gas royalty.
3. Out of the RM2.1 billion worth of contract, I am sure a very substantial portion will be paid to import materials from suppliers who are not Sarawakians or to engage consultants who are not Sarawakian. Therefore, not the whole of the RM2.1 billion will be circulating in the Sarawak economy.
4. The contracts worth RM2.1 billion will benefits the local contractors who are awarded with the contracts. Its impact on the general public in Sarawak is limited. On the other hand, the RM5.49 billion royalty payment can be used by the Government to benefit all Sarawakian, especially the poor.
5. Even if all the contracts worth RM2.1 billion were to be awarded this year, they will definitely take more than a year to complete all. Therefore, it will not be RM2.1 billion worth of contract a year. The amount will be spread over a few years. On the other hand, if the 20% oil and gas royalty were to be given to Sarawak, it would mean an additional RM5.49 billion a year.
Given the above 5 points, Adenan should not try to use the RM2.1 billion worth of contracts to cover-up his failure to obtain 20% oil and gas royalty from PUTRAJAYA. Such failure to obtain the 20% oil and gas royalty from PUTRAJAYA shows the disrespect on the part of the Federal Government towards Sarawak’s rights.
It further proves that Sarawak BN is just an insignificant appendage to the Federal BN and that Sarawak BN cannot make any important decision without the nod from the Federal BN.
In the coming DUN sitting, I will suggest some ways whereby the Sarawak Government can compel the Federal Government to give in to the demand of 20% oil and gas royalty, PROVIDED THAT the Sarawak Government must have the political will and resolve that it is not a subordinate or a colony to the Federal Government.
Chong Chieng Jen
DAP Sarawak Chairman
MP for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa