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Shahrir's Motion on Inflation

Domestic Trade Minister, Shahrir Samad is now tabling the Government’s motion on inflation at 11:40 am Monday 23/6/2008.

He is trying to justify the Government’s decision to increase the petrol price by 40% and diesel price by 60% on 4-6-2008.

If the Government wants to discuss this matter in Parliament, why did the Government announce the increment before it was discussed in Parliament? Therefore, this motion moved by Shahrir is just a farce. There is no sincerity in the Government to truly solve the predicament of the Rakyat.

The main reason given by Shahrir is that the subsidy on petrol and diesel is not conducive to produce a competitive breed of Malaysian and therefore detrimental to our nation’s growth.

If the government is so concerned about competitiveness, why:
1. protectionism policy in our automobile policy to allow Proton to rig huge profits for years at the expense of the Rakyat?
2. New Economic Policy whereby there must be quotas to the Bumiputras?

He has just finished. 11:56am…

Dayak, Malay and Chinese --- Chief Minister of Sarawak

The Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) Members of Parliament (MPs) and State Assemblymen (ADUNs) should take the cue from the two SAPP MPs.

This is the time for the BN MPs and ADUNs to quit from BN and make our Sarawak’s voices heard loud and clear.

As the largest opposition party in Sarawak, we, Sarawak DAP, put forth our open invitation to all BN MPs and ADUNs to join us in our struggle for the betterment of Sarawakians. They can either join our party personally as DAP members or join us on a party-party basis as equal partners to form a new alliance front.

As a united front, we shall pursue the following 3 main agendas:

1. To implement a Chief Minister rotation system whereby a Dayak, a Malay and a Chinese will take turn to be the Sarawak Chief Minister. The tenure of each Chief Minister will be for a full term after a State Election. One full term will be quite sufficient for a Chief Minister to implement his policy and some of his visions. Dayak will be the first to be the Chief Minister …

Protest against Fuel Hike

Hand Over MEMORANDUM OF PROTEST

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MEMORANDUM OF PROTEST
Against Petrol and Diesel Price Hike 2008
Yang Amat Berhormat Perdana Menteri
c/o. Sarawak Federal Secretary
Office of Federal Secretary, Sarawak
Tingkat 17, Bangunan Sultan Iskandar,
Jalan Simpang Tiga,
93300 Kuching, Sarawak



Yang Amat Berhormat,


Re: Protest Against the 4th June 2008 fuel price hike:
· Petrol price increased by 78 sen/l and
· Diesel price increased by RM1.00/l
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We, Democratic Action Party, Kuching, strongly oppose to the fuel price hike announced by the Government on 4th June, 2008. By the announcement, the petrol price was increased by 78 sen to RM2.69 per litre (in Sarawak) while diesel price was increased by RM1.00 to RM2.58 per litre (in Sarawak).


The reasons for our strong objection to the domestic fuel price increase are as follows:


1. This is by far the largest single fuel price increment in the history of Malaysia, 40% increase in petrol price and 63% increase in dies…

批发商与北市对峙:决策者与民脱节的写照

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在甘蜜街鱼、菜巴剎与小贩中心迁往新实都东菜市场营业的前一晚(14日),甘蜜街批发商因不满北市市政局的安排,欲前往甘蜜街营业,却遭到北市市政局执法人员封路阻拦,不让批发商的罗里进入甘蜜街营业。 北市市政局处理不当的行举动,引起批发商们的不满,将罗里堵满马吉街道路,情绪激动的与当局对峙起来,有者更将蔬菜抛在地上泄愤,更坚持的与北市对峙到天亮。 这场对峙行动所幸没有造成冲突事件的发生。而在15日晚上,北市市政局的强硬态度也有所软化,让批发贩们暂时在马吉街营业,并安排16日与批发商们进行会议。而在16日的会议,事件也获得解决,当局应这些批发小贩的要求,允许他们迁往实都东新市场营业,才让这次对峙风波平息。 这场批发商与北市市政局对峙的风波,主要是决策者与人民实际的需求脱节引起, 政府当局在做决策时,完全没有咨询的程序,没有考虑到人民的生活及面对的问题,决策者完全不了解人民实际需求的情况表露无遗。 如果有一个咨询的程序,就不会出现批发商与当局对峙的情况,且政策也将能够顺利推行。 今次的事件,可以给予当局一个教训,同时我们也希望今后南市与北市市政局或州政府在实行影响到人民的利益与生计的政策时,能先与相关的人士进行对话,咨询人民的对话,并以人民利益为出发。 毕竟政府是人民推选出来的,且政府也是受到人们的委托来管理国家,所以政府应将人们的利益摆在第一位,而不是依据自身意愿做出令人民无法接受的决策。



Application for Leave to sue DBKU and MBKS. LOST

Just lost the case this morning. Court refused to grant the leave to allow the hawkers to sue DBKU and MBKS.

The Sarawak Attorney-General (SAG) was represented by Datuk JC Fong and Joseph Chioh. They objected to the application vehemently. Hard to believe, such a case, about the cancellation of the hawkers' licence, the SAG sent 2 counsels to argue and at leave stage.

Normally, the SAG will not even appear for the hearing of the application for leave. But this time, it seems that the whole machinery of the Sarawak State Government is on full gear to get these hawkers out by 15-6-2008. Something is cooking behind the scene.

We argued for 2 hours before the High Court Judge.

At the end, I think, it was the reluctance on the part of the Judge to interfere with the policy of the government that turned the table in their favour. The fact that there are only 27 out of a total of 300 hawkers taking up the case also plays a part in the his decision-making process. Datuk Fong did faise the iss…

Subsidized Oil or Not?

Economically speaking, subsidy is bad as it distorts the operation of the market forces, the forces of demand and supply which will maximise the yield from our scarce resources. Therefore, subsidy on the consumption of oil is economically bad.

However, if the government thinks that subsidy is bad because it distorts the market, then likewise the heavy tariff on motor vehicles to protect Proton is equally bad, if not worse.

We, Malaysians, are not enjoying the subsidy on petrol and diesel freely. We pay for the subsidy well in advance, when we purchase a motorcar.

Take for example, the true price of a Toyota Corolla is approximately USD18,000.00 (RM60,000.00). In Malaysia, because of the heavy tariff, we have to pay RM110,000.00. A CRV is sold in Malaysia for approximately RM150,000.00, with tariff exemption, one can purchase it at the price of RM100,000.00.

On average, we pay the government an extra RM50,000.00 when we purchase such a vehicle.

For that matter, with RM50,000.00 cash receive…

Demonstration in Kuching 17-6-2008 Thuesday

We DAP are going to hold a large demonstration at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (Federal Building), Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching on 17-6-2008 at 4:00 pm against the petrol and diesel price hike.

We are in the process of applying for the Polis Permit. The Police says that you need more than 7 days to apply for police permit to hold an assembly. We have complied. It is our constitutional right to hold public assembly. So, I am waiting to see what the Police is going to say. Afterall, the Police personnels and their family members are also suffering from the price hike and inflation.

We need to send a strong message to the BN government that people are suffering and angry with the price increase.

Please pass the message around. See you on Tuesday 17-6-2008 at 4:00 pm.

4th June, 2008

SUPP celebrated its party celebration “党庆”on 4-6-2008. "4th June" is surely a day not to be forgotten for SUPP. The day the party was formed.

Ironically, while SUPP celebrates, Malaysians weep.

For all Malaysian, 4th June 2008 is a nightmare. The government increase our domestic petrol price by 78 sen (40%) and diesel price by RM1 (63%). What a day. I think many Malaysian will remember this day for a long time. For us Sarawakians, our memory will stay for at least another 3 years. That is when the next State Election is due.

Malaysia is a net oil exporter. Increase in international oil price is a "bonus" to Malaysia, yet the government is making the people suffer when Petronas is making record profits for the last few years.

The true reason for the BN government to increase the petrol and diesel prices is because of too much wastage and leakages in the system due to corruption and cronyism. Hundreds of billions of Ringgit is lost through these corrupt practices. If…

Gambier Street Market, Move or Not? Leave it to the Court

I have today filed in an administrative action in the High Court of Kuching agaisnt Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara and Majlis Bandaraya Kuching Selatan seeking leave of the Court to quash the decision of DBKU to relocate the Gambier Street Market (GSM) to Stutong Market.

The grounds are:
1. The notice to relocate is too short. These hawkers have been trading in the GSM for decades yet the government is giving them 1 month to be relocated to another market.
2. The decision of the government to relocate the hawkers to Stutong Market is irrational and unreasonable. Thousands in the central business district of Kuching will have no market to do their marketing. Kuching will lose its historical landmark if the market were to be closed down and demolished. Hundreds of sampan operators will lose their main source of income.
3. The government based the relocation decision on the wrong facts, thinking that most of the hawkers are willing to be relocated. In fact, most of them do not want to be relo…