Saturday, September 29, 2007


I was shock yesterday when I read the headline of United Daily News reporting that an Assistant Minister, Daud B Abdul Rahman was robbed in his house. I was even more shock when I read that the estimated value of the items robbed was about RM400,000.00,in cash, watches, jewelery and handphone. I have read through the papers in detail and did not find in the report, among the items robbed were TV sets or electrical appliances, which normally are the items of more value in any normal households.

If a person can have so much valuables in his house, one just wonders how much is he worth if we were to take into account deposits in bank, equity holdings, real property assets, bond units etc.

In this particular case, I think investigation should not only be confined to catching the robbers. Maybe other agencies also ought to be called in.

All citizens in our country are now living under the fear of robbery, violent crimes and theft. We no longer feel safe on streets and at homes. Break-ins and robberies are now daily news in all our mainstream papers.

To a great extent, the government of the day ought to be blamed for the breakdown in law and order. Crime happens when economy is bad. Governmenet policies are instrumental in shaping the economy. In Sarawak, too much wealth is concentrated in the hands of too few and only the ones that are well-connected, such that the commoners find it hard to make ends meet.

For the robbers, this break-in is a "jackpot". For the Assistant Minister, it serves as a warning bell and a taste of how the victims of crime felt when their houses are broken in. Given the rotten government policies, the commoners are powerless to change the system in short term. But as an assistant minister, I believe he is in a better position to change the system or at least to influence his colleagues in the administration to change the system.

One advice for Daud and the members of the administration: To restore law and order, we must have a radical change to the present system, especially government procurement process, so that the state's wealth are more equally and equitably distributed amongst the people.

Another piece of advice, for the robbers: If you really have to rob to live, don't take it on the commoners. Target at those who have RM400,000.00 or more in their houses. In this way, you just need to do one case and rest for a few years. In this way, also, the crime rates will reduce and less risk of been caught. In terms of legal point of view, robbing a VIP and robbing a commoner are crimes of the same degree.

Having said all these, the best course of action is still to earn your living in a legal way.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

MBKS Should Review the Waste Management Contract

Majlis Bandaraya Kuching Selatan should review its contract with Sarawak Waste Management Sdn Bhd (Treinekens).

It was revealed by the Auditor General's report that before the privatisation of rubbish collection service, the cost of rubbish collection to MBKS was only RM4.8 million a year. After privatisation, cost of rubbish collection increased more than twofold. MBKS has to pay Treinekens RM8.38 million in 2001, RM10.17 million in 2002, RM11.02 million in 2003, RM10.52 million in 2004, RM9.99 million in 2005 and RM10.5 million in 2006.

The purpose of privatisation was to reduce the financial burden of MBKS but 6 years into privatisation, the costs doubled. It was porposed by the Auditor General that since the contract provides for review after 5 years, it is high time that MBKS review the contract.

I have sent a letter to MBKS requesting for a meeting to discuss the review. Until today, MBKS did not even reply my letter. Nevertheless I will continue to persue the matter and pressure MBKS to review the contract, afterall, MBKS's money is Rakyat's money. When MBKS squanders its money, it will increase its tax on the people to replenish its coffer.

Chieng Jen

Fishy Share Transaction

Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) sold 59,000,000 Encorp Shares at the price of RM86.1 million to a RM2 company. The RM2 company re-sold 40,000,000 of the said shares to a third party at the price of RM120 million within 24 hours, making an instant profit of RM33.9 million and still having19,000,000 Encorp shares.

SEB's majority shareholder is Sarawak State Government. As the holding company of SESCO, SEB derives its revenue mainly from the electricity tariffs paid by Sarawakians. We Sarawakians pay the most expensive domestice electricity tariff in the whole of Malaysia. April this year, the government allowed SEB to increase the industrial tariff by more than 30%. All said, SEB owes its assets and revenue to the people of Sarawak.

The questions that SEB must answer to all Sarawakians in respect of this fishy share transaction are:

1. Did SEB know about the price that the ultimate purchaser of the shares offer before selling the share to the RM2 company?

2. Why did SEB sell such a huge number of shares involving such large amount to a RM2 company?

3. Is it a siphoning of SEB assets (which supposedly belongs to Sarawkians) to a few individual well-connected ones?

4. Beside this transaction, is SEB disposing its other assets clandestinely to enrich a few individual well-connected ones?

5. Is this the main reason why the Sarawak government privatise SESCO, so that such transaction need not be reported to the Dewan Undangan Negeri. This share transaction was picked up by The Edge because it involves a substantial transaction of a public listed company's shares. If it were other assets, the public will never know about it.

If SEB does not provide answers to the above question, Awang Tengah will face the grill in the coming DUN sitting.

Chieng Jen

Monday, September 10, 2007


财政部于去年11月6日发出该项新指南给各州的州务秘书,工程局局长,法立机构及地方议会。该项指南的第9条条文注明,所有3千万令吉以下的发展工程,其工程顾问必须是土著工程师。 然而






扶弱政策是用在帮助那些无法自力更生,需要帮助的弱势的一群。财政部的这项指南是针对工程师而发。不论是土著或是非土著,要成为工程师必须要经过几年的大学课程。 土著工程师已是土著中的精英,不再是弱势的一群,也无须任何扶弱政策的扶持。因此,财政部的这项指南并不是真正的“扶弱”政策,而纯粹是“种族歧视政策”,剥夺非土著工程师的谋生权力。

1. 人联党几时将开会探讨这个事情?
2. 人联党将采取什么行动和措施来纠正这个种族歧视政策?