Thursday, August 14, 2008

Muslim Graves in Kuching EXHUMED! Letter to the Authorities

Our Ref: Kubur land
Date: 13-8-2008

1. Menteri Penrancangan dan Pengurusan Sumber II
c/o. Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Planning and Resource Management, Level 3, Wisma Sumber Alam,Jalan Stadium, Petra Jaya,
93660 Kuching, Sarawak. BY FAX & POST

2. DirectorLand and Survey Department SarawakLevel 6, Menara PelitaPetra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak BY FAX & POST

3. Penguasa Tanah dan Survei
Jabatan Tanah dan Survei, Bahagian Kuching
Jalan Badruddin,
93576 Kuching, Sarawak. BY FAX & HAND

Dear Sir,

Re: Exhumation of graves at Lot 192 Block 208 KNLD
along Jalan Kereta Api, Kuching on 12-8-2008

I refer to the incident yesterday where 44 graves at the above-mentioned land were exhumed.

According to the search conducted by me with the Lands and Surveys, the title to the land contains a Special Condition that “The land is to be used as a burial ground only”. Enclosed herewith a photocopy of the relevant land search.

Given the Special Condition of the land, it puzzles everybody why a contractor will take action to exhume the graves.

As matter relating to graves and burial ground is sacred and highly sensitive, I urge your goodselves to take immediate action to investigate into the matter and clarify with the public and the affected family members on the following queries:

1. Who is the contractor involved in the exhumation of the graves?

2. On whose instruction did the contractor carry out the work?

3. Why was such instruction given?

4. Whether there is any application for development of the land? If so, what is the position of the government in respect of the application and what is the status of the application?

5. Who made the application for development of the land?

6. What subsequent action will be taken by the government henceforth?

I hope your goodselves will view this matter seriously and I look forward to your prompt clarification.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Chong Chieng Jen

Monday, August 11, 2008

Black-out in Sarawak

I felt amused when I read in Borneo Post today quoting our Chief Minister saying that the Satureday blackout was "nothing compared to that in New York city, USA, in 1965".

The first question that came to my mind was, "Are we comparing ourselves with the 1960s' USA?". Our Chief Minister might as well say that it is only few hours' of "no electricity", not as bad as the times when there was no electricity.

From the explanation of Awang Tengah, it seems that the power outage was due to the shutting down of Circuit 1 between Sibu and Bintulu. In the press statement, Awant Tengah also said that:
"Due to insufficient generation capacity to meet the load demand in Kuching-Sibu sub-system, the generators in Batang Ai and Sejingkat Power Corporation (SPC) tripped, causing blackout in areas in Kuching, Sri Aman and Sibu."

If the shutting down of Circuit 1 will have such repercussion, why did the SESCO technicians not know the effect before the shutting down of Circuit 1. So much talk about the increased eficiency of SESCO after privatisation.

Before privatisation of SESCO, there is only one such state-wide blackout. It lasted for less than half an hour and was during the vote-counting of the 1999 General Election (during the height of the reformasi movement and a critical moment for BN).

After privatisation of SESCO, we see the industrial electricity tariff sky-rocketed. We still have the most expensive domestice electricity tariff. We see the connection fee charged by SESCO sky-rocketed, collecteral deposit charged by SESCO remains very unreasonable. In short, the consumers pay more to SESCO after privatisation.

But what happened on Satureday exposed that, with all such increased payment, we do not have a better and more efficient system. Where has our additional payment gone to?

On a lighter note, 9 months after the 1965 New York blackout, there was a surge in birth rate in Nedw York. Whether blackout has the same effect in Sarawak, we wait and see. Statistics will tell in 9 months' time.

Vote Buying in UMNO

Another allegation of vote-buying in UMNO general assmebly. This time, it is by Umno vice-president Muhyiddin Yassin.

It is nothing new that rampant vote-buying is alleged to be rampant in UMNO assembly. This is also not the first time such allegation was made publicly.

The question that the general public wants to know is: What happens next? Are there going to be stern, unbiased and effective action taken?

There were allegations of vote-buying in the previous UMNO General Assembly. However, after all the hue and cry over the matter, no action was taken agains the personalities involved in such allegations.

It seems that in UMNO, so long as you stay in power or befriend the ones in power, you will not be investigated by the law enforcement units even if you break the law. That is why, year after year, vote-buying in UMNO General Assembly continue to happen and it seems to be getting from bad to worse. The perpetrators know full well that the important thing is to stay in power. If you are in power, all wrong-doings can be swept under carpet. If you try to be clean but cannot stay in power, you will be sidelined, despite your integrity.

What happens in UMNO General Assembly may be the internal matter of UMNO, but being the backbone of the ruling party in Malaysia, the culture of UMNO will surely infiltrate into both the public and private sectors of the nation.

At the end of the day, it boils down to whether Pak Lah has the political will to clean up the country and to start from UMNO. If he doesn't, the people will just have to change a Prime Minister and the ruling party.