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WAOH! SUCH A RICH MENTERI MUDA

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-in…

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 p…

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 …

人联党领袖在内阁里"闭目养神"?

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
人联党党魁陈康南受询时对报界表示对于财政部这项指南不了解,并需要更多时间来进行探讨。

人联党的许多部长在内阁里到底是在“闭目养神”不知发生何事,还是“知情不报”把这些于非土著不利的种族歧视政策统统扫到地毯下,当没事发生一般?

财政部这项“3千万令吉以下的发展工程必须聘请土著工程师”的指南对于非土著工程师影响深远,有许多非土著工程师公司甚至要因此而被逼关闭。对于这样一个如此严重的指南,财政部实行了9个月,人联党身为国阵的一个成员党还不知情,这简直无法让人接受。

若不是这件事情被行动党揭发出来,人联党的领袖到今天仍然毫不知情,继续隐瞒人民。

如果人联党的领袖对这项财政部的指南实行了9个月仍不知情,那表示人联党的领袖们是在内阁“睡觉”,不理政府政策对人民有什么负面影响。如果人联党早就知道财政部的这个指南而却不公布,那就表示人联党的领袖对人民“不老实”、没诚意。

不论是前者还是后者,这件事情显示,人联党已失去其在朝的作用,它的领袖在国阵内无法,也不会替人民争取权益,典型“当家不当权”的例子。

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。

既然人联党说要开会探讨,那人民也要知道:
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?

这是一个有关各族平等的原则问题,也是有关国家专业水准的问题。人联党身为执政党,应该要立刻表态及采取积极的行动,而不是一味的耍太极来推卸责任。身为执政党不知道这项指南已是罪无可恕,知道后不立刻改正更是罪加一等。

张健仁