Monday, October 27, 2014

Towards Equal Partners

DAP 2014 Bintulu Declaration :  TOWARDS EQUAL PARTNERS

On 16th September, 1963, four nations, namely Sarawak, Sabah, Federation of Malaya and Singapore, joined to form a nation called MALAYSIA.  It was the intention of the founding fathers that all 4 are to be treated as equal partners in this new nation.

After 51 years, Sarawak is reduced to one of the 13 states in Malaysia and has become a colony of the powers that be in PUTRAJAYA.

When we agreed to form Malaysia, it was also our vision of a country where all are equal and free but the political patronage, corruption and cronyism in the system have impoverished the majority of the population with the State’s wealth controlled in the hands of a few.

DAP aims to restore the EQUAL PARTNER status of Sarawak vis-à-vis the Federation of Malaya in Malaysia and to create an environment where the people of Sarawak will be EQUAL PARTNERS to each other by fairer and more equitable management and distribution of the State’s wealth amongst all Sarawakians.

Given that the level of development in Sarawak is 20 years behind West Malaysia, DAP recognizes that more affirmative measures are required to give true meaning to the EQUAL PARTNER status.

The Bintulu Declaration is DAP’s promise to the people of Sarawak and its call on the Government to implement the reforms and policies so as to achieve the “EQUAL PARTNERS” ideals.


EQUAL PARTNERS between Sarawak and West Malaysia

1. To call upon the Federal Government to respect the true spirit of the formation of Malaysia that Malaysia is a secular state where freedom of religion shall be upheld at all time.

2. To empower the Sarawak State Government with sufficient revenue for the planning and development of Sarawak to be at par with West Malaysia by:
(a) returning to Sarawak State Government 20% Oil and Gas Royalty as compensation in lieu of oil and gas rights; and
(b) returning to Sarawak State Government 50% of all tax revenue generated and collected in Sarawak.

3. To review the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution to devolve powers of education and health care to Sarawak, as well as partially allowing Sarawak to have some autonomy over its own police force.

4. To create the position of Minister for Sarawak Affair who shall have the final decision on all Federal matters in relation to or affecting Sarawak.

5. To change the present judiciary system whereby the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak shall be at par with the Chief Judge of Malaya, with his/her own autonomous power in budgetary and administrative matters in relation to the judiciary in Sabah and Sarawak.


EQUAL PARTNERS amongst all Sarawakians

1.   To adhere to the principles of transparency, fairness and clean governance in government administration by:
(a) implementing open tenders for all government projects;
(b) implementing public bidding and open tender process for the sales and alienation of state lands to developers or plantation companies; and
(c) dividing logging licences into small areas of 500 – 1000 Hectares each and awarding these licences through public bidding or open tender process.

2. To ensure transparency and accountability in the Government administration to reduce corrupt practices and abuses by:
(a) introducing the Freedom of Information Ordinance to grant access of information to the public over all government decisions; and
(b) appointing the Opposition State Assembly member as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for more intense and unbiased supervision of government agencies.

3. To implement a fair and equitable land policy for all by:
(a) guaranteeing the rights to renewal of land leases upon expiry;
(b) protecting the land rights of the natives of Sarawak through issuance of land titles to their Native Customary Right (NCR) land created based on their culture, traditional living and ADAT; and
(c) introducing the Land-to-the-Tiller policy whereby the state government shall grant the rural folks 20 – 30 acres of land per family and provide all financial assistance and expertise for them to cultivate their land.

4. To implement the “Home Ownership Scheme” by building sufficient good quality and reasonably priced 3-bedroom housing flats for the middle and low income earners and implement the “rent to own” policy.

5. To reform the public transport system by the government acquiring all public bus service companies in Kuching, Miri, Bintulu and Sibu and thereafter to improve its regularity and service with a view to provide free public bus services to the public in the first 5 years of its implementation. 

6. To manage our natural environment and resources in a sustainable manner so as to ensure that our future generations would continue to benefit from it.

7. To adopt an inclusive and diverse education system that will meet the needs of our multi-cultural and multi-racial society by:
(a) funding the vernacular schools;
(b) reviving the mission schools with English as the medium of instruction; 
(c) giving official recognition to certificates issued by Examination Boards which are of international standards; and 
(d) awarding scholarship based on meritocracy and principles of social justice. 

8. To restore local government elections to ensure accountability and better service of the local government to the people.

9. To set up a RM1 billion Dayak Endowment Fund to uplift the education level and commercial activities of the Dayak communities.

10. To put in place the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to ensure a professional, clean and efficient police force to combat crimes and provide security to the people.

邁向平等夥伴

2014 年民都鲁宣言:《迈向平等伙伴》

1963年9月16日,四个国家,即,砂拉越,沙巴,马来亚联合邦与新加坡,联合组成一个国家,名为,马来西亚。 当时,倡议者的原意,是大家以“平等伙伴”的原则,组成马来西亚。

51年后的今天,砂拉越在马来西亚的地位,已被降至为马来西亚13个州属之一,并变相沦为联邦布城集权的一个“殖民地”。

当我们共同成立马来西亚的时候,大家也向往创造一个全民平等和自由的国度。 但是,政治势力的支配及贪污与朋党的泛滥,严重侵蚀多数人民的利益,而州的财富只操控在一小撮人手 中。

民主行动党旨在为争取恢复砂拉越与马来亚半岛“平等伙伴”的关系,同时,也为透过更公平和合理的州财富管理和分配,创造一个全民皆“平等伙伴”的全新环境。

基于砂拉越的发展水平比西马落后20年,民主行动党认为应以更积极的措施才能达致“平等伙伴”的真正意义。

民主行动党《2014年民都鲁宣言》是民主行动党给于砂拉越人民的承诺,也是民主行动党对国阵政府所作出的呼吁,以此宣言所列出的改革与政策,迈向“平等伙伴”的目标。


恢复砂拉越与西马“平等伙伴”的地位

1. 敦促联邦政府尊重马来西亚世俗国的建国原则,尊崇宗教自由的权力。

2. 通过以下2措施,赋予砂拉越州政府足够经济能力,以计划和发展砂州,使砂州的发展水平可与西马半岛相等:
(a)归还给砂拉越州政府,20% 石油和天然气开采税;及
(b)归还给砂拉越州政府,50% 从砂拉越所征收的所有税收。

3. 重新检讨联邦宪法第九附录有关联邦和州的权限事项,将教育与卫生事务权力,归还砂州政府,另外,也赋予州政府部份警队事务的主权。

4. 在联邦内阁成立一个全新部长职,即,“砂拉越事务部长”,并赋予权力决定任何联邦政策有关砂州的事项。

5. 修改目前的司法制度,以致沙砂大法官地位与马来亚半岛大法官地位相等,并赋予沙砂大法官权力决定沙砂两州司法的财政开支和行政事务。


创造砂州全民“平等伙伴”的环境

1. 政府行政遵循透明,公平及廉政的原则,并落实以下政策:
(a)透过公开招标程序批所有政府工程;
(b)以公开招标方式售卖政府地给私人发展或大型种植公司;及
(c)将伐木执照分为500 – 1000公顷小面积执照并以公开招标方式颁发。

2. 通过以下措施,确保政府政府行政有更高的透明度和问责制文化,以减少贪污和滥权:
(a)通过资讯自由法,赋予人民知的权力,让全民监督政府行政;及
(b)委任在野党议员为州议会公共账目委员会主席,确保更严格及不偏袒的监督政府机构。

3. 推行公平和合理的土地政策:
(a)保障地契到期获得更新的权力;
(b)保护砂拉越土著习俗地产权,按照砂拉越土著的文化、传统生活方式及习俗所建立的习俗地产权,颁发地契;及
(c)落实《耕者有其田》的目标,发放给乡村人民每户20 – 30 英亩地,并提供经济和技术上的援助,协助他们进行农耕活动。

4. 推行《居者有其屋》政策,兴建足够的高素质兼合理价格的3房式政府组屋,以“先租后售”方式,让中下收入人民有能力拥有自己的房子。

5. 全面改革城市公共巴士服务,政府收购古晋、美里、民都鲁和诗巫现有的公共巴士公司,以政府全资方式提供免费城市公共巴士服务,为期5年,之后才逐步收费。

6. 以可持续发展的原则,管理砂州天然资源,确保我们的下一代还可持续享有和受惠。

7. 实行包容性及多元化的教育制度,以符合州内多元民族与文化的社会:
(a)拨款资助各源流学校;
(b)恢复以英文为教学媒介语的教会学校;
(c)对于那些有国际水平的考试局所发出的证书,给予官方承认。
(d)以绩效制及社会公义的原则,颁发政府奖学金。

8. 恢复砂州地方政府的选举,促使地方政府的行政操作系统更具公信力,及提供人民更佳的服务。

9. 设立一个数额10亿令吉的《达雅族援助基金》,协助提升达雅族群的教育水平和商业活动。

10. 成立《警察投诉与行为不检委员会》,以确保有一个专业、廉洁及高效率的警队,打击罪犯,维持治安。
17th DAP Sarawak Annual Convention 2014

Chairman Address

(26-10-2014)

The year 2014 has been a sad year for all of us DAP Sarawak for we have lost 2 great leaders, our National Chairman, Sdr Karpal Singh and our former State Chairman, Sdr Wong Ho Leng.  Though they are no longer with us, but I believe the memory of them and their fighting spirit will remain with us forever and will continue to be our source of motivation and inspiration.

Since the present State Committee took office on 9-6-2013, it has been a very challenging time for us in the past 16 months.  We have ventured out from our traditional grounds in the urban centres to the rural areas, a new political frontier for DAP Sarawak.  

With the help of the Impian Sarawak team spearheaded by our national leaders, working hand in hand with our local Go-Rural committees, we have managed to make an impact in the rural area, providing a new alternative to the rural people.  While in the past the opposition was accused of talk only no action, we now deliver minor rural projects for the rural people.  While in the past only BN can provide minor rural projects, now we DAP can also deliver such projects.

Since the launch of Impian Sarawak in September, 2013, we have proven to some longhouses folks in Sri Aman, what BN Government estimated to be costing RM70,000 road pavement project, we did it with RM7,000.   We have connected water supply to the doorsteps of the families in the kampongs in Bengoh, Pakan, Limbang, Bintulu where the BN Government has neglected them for decades.  We helped build a house for an abused single-mother whom the BN government has turned its back on. We helped constructed jetty in Sg Rassau, Sibu. We have even constructed a 3 km road for cars to reach 2 kampongs in Mambong where previously there was only a footpath.

In fact, the Impian Sarawak Ubah brand name has struck such fear on the BN that in several occasions, projects requested by some kampongs and longhouses which have been neglected by the government for years were immediately carried out after our Impian Sarawak team paid its first visit to the kampong.

Besides carrying out these minor infrastructural projects, we also engaged in programs to uplift the earning capacity of the rural people.  In Sri Aman, we gave oil palm seedlings to the NCR land owners whom the MPOB was directed by the Sarawak Government not to give.  In Mas Gading, we taught the women, mushroom farming technics and handicraft work for them to earn extra income.

All these programs centre on one political message, what the BN can do, we can also do notwithstanding that we are in the opposition.  Vote us in as the Government, we can do a lot better than the BN.  This message has been continuously delivered to the rural folks through our regular publication and free distribution of Ubah Sarawak newsletter.

The 3 thrusts of our Impian Sarawak Go-Rural projects are namely, improving the living environment, uplifting the earning capacity and enhancing the political minds of the people in the rural area.  These will continue so long as DAP is in Sarawak.  


Political scenario in Sarawak has changed significantly since Adenan Satem replaced Taib as the Chief Minister of Sarawak on 28-2-2014.  Some say that we have lost our punching bag because Adenan Satem is a more friendly and approachable person.

I beg to differ.  It is not Taib that the people in Sarawak is against.  It is the BN policy of cronyism, monopoly of State resources in the hands of few, the land grabs and corrupt practices and abuses that the people in Sarawak is against.  These, Adenan has inherited from the previous administration.

Though Adenan Satem has made some statements that sounds good, eg. “not allowing his immediate family members to apply for state land and timber concession”, he has failed to implement policy reforms in the system to fight corruption and cronyism in the system.  Even his cabinet ministers are not singing the same tune as him.

As a result, if Adenan Satem truly wants to rid his administration of cronyism, corrupt practices and abuses, he is quite alone in BN, and he can only find friends in DAP.

As a responsible Opposition, if the Chief Minister does something bad, we criticise and oppose.  But if a Chief Minister wishes to do good for the people, we not only support, but also will make constructive proposals and list out the reforms in policies that will help him clean up his administration and help to make Sarawak a better place to live.

The State Committee presents to the Convention for adoption and approval, The DAP 2014 Bintulu Declaration titled “TOWARDS EQUAL PARTNERS”.  This Declaration will list out the promises of DAP Sarawak to the people of Sarawak and at the same time, serves as our proposal to the Sarawak BN Government for reforms towards transparent, fair and clean governance and make Sarawak a better place to live.

It will not only restore the EQUAL PARTNERS relationship between Sarawak and West Malaysia as envisaged by the founding fathers of Malaysia, but will further create an environment where all Sarawakians are treated as EQUAL PARTNERS in our nation building.
  

Chong Chieng Jen
DAP Sarawak State Chairman
第17届民主行动党砂拉越常年代表大会 2014

主席致词

(26-10-2014)

对于砂州民主行动党而言,2014年是一个令人伤心的一年,因为我们失去两位伟大的领袖,他们就是,我们已故全国主席卡巴星同志和已故前砂州主席黄和联同志。 虽然他们已离我们而去,但我相信,他们永远会在我们的记忆中,而他们的精神也将继续成为我们政治斗争的动力。

自2013年6月9日成立今届州委,过去的16个月,对砂州行动党是一个充满挑战的16个月。 这期间,我们真正跨出我们传统的城市地区,我们积极的进军乡区,并开拓一个全新的战线。

在我党中央领导的“砂拉越之梦”团队和本州的“进军乡区委员会”配合之下,我们开始在乡区建立起一些基础。 更重要的是,我们提供给乡区人民,一个全新的选择。  过去,国阵常常指责在野党“只会说,不会做”,现在,我们已为乡村人民落实了许多项的小型乡村发展工程。 过去只有国阵可以提供小型乡村发展工程,现在我们也做得到了。

自2013年9月我党开始“砂拉越之梦”的计划,我们以行动证明给斯里阿曼一些长屋居民看,国阵估计需要7万令吉的铺路工程,我们只以7千令吉就完成了。我们也替住在文莪区、Pakan、林梦和民都鲁的一些被国阵政府长期忽略的长屋和甘榜居民,把水管接到他们的家里。 我们协助一位被长期被欺凌而也被国阵政府遗弃的单亲妈妈,建一间简单的房子。在诗巫的Sg Rassau的长屋,我们协助修补他们损坏不堪的码头。我们甚至替曼旺区的两个甘榜把原本长达3公里的步行山路,扩建为可通车的石头路。

其实,现今“砂拉越之梦”的品牌,已为国阵带来极大的震撼。有时,一些受忽略的甘榜,他们所要求的小型基建工程,多年不受理会,但在“砂拉越之梦”团队拜访他们甘榜的消息传开之后,他们所要求的工程就政府立刻开工。

除了进行这些小型基建工程,我们也进行提示乡村居民的经济能力。在斯里阿曼,砂拉越州政府禁止马来西亚油棕局发油棕幼苗给那些没有地契的土著习俗地地主,我们则提供油棕幼苗给他们,让他们能够在他们的习俗地上种植油棕。 在Mas Gading,我们为许多妇女提供磨菇种植培训课程,也安排课程教导她们一些手工艺,使她们能够赚取一些的收入。

我党“砂拉越之梦”的这些工程和计划,带给乡村人民一个强有力的信息,那就是,国阵政府能做到的,虽然我们不是政府,我们也可以做到。 若给我们做一次政府的机会,我们肯定会比国阵做得更好。 我们透过定期出版及免费派发的“乌巴砂拉越”刊物,将这信息不断的传达给乡区的居民,进行政治思想教育工作。

我们的“砂拉越之梦”有3大目标,即,改善生活环境、提升经济能力和增强政治思考。 这是我党的长期政治斗争目标和路线,只要行动党有在砂拉越的一天,我们都会进行这些进军乡区的计划。


自从阿德南在今年2月28日接任成为砂州首长之后,因为他较为友善和亲民的作风,有人认为我们已失去一个攻击的目标。但我并不以为然。

我相信砂拉越人民抗拒的不是泰益本人,而是国阵的朋党作业、资源垄断、掠夺土地、贪污和滥权的政策。 这些不公平的政策,还是从前任首长的行政承传下来给阿德南。 虽然他个人发表了一些让人振奋的言论如,“不允许他的直系亲属申请政府地和伐木执照”,但是他还没有落实任何政策上的改革有系统性的打击贪污和朋党作业。 就连他的内阁成员,也没有公开支持他的言论和立场。 所以,要打击贪腐,阿德南只能在行动党,找到朋友。

作为一个负责任的在野党,当首席部长施政不良,我们会不留余地的做出反对和批评。但是,当首席部长有意愿要做一些有益于人民的事情时,我们不只会给予支持,也会提出建设性的建议,并列出一系列的政策改革议程,协助他建立一个透明、公平、清廉的施政和把砂拉越打造成一个更好的地方。

有鉴于此,我们民主行动党砂州委员会,今日提呈给大会,寻求大会的通过,砂州民主行动党的2014年民都鲁宣言,题为《迈向平等伙伴》。 这是我们给予砂州人民的承诺,同时也是我们向国阵政府所作出的建议,如何建立一个透明、公平、清廉的施政,给砂拉越人民一个更好的居住环境。

这宣言的议程,若得以实现,它将恢复我们砂拉越参组马来西亚时,砂拉越和西马《平等伙伴》的关系。 它也将创造一个砂拉越全民皆是《平等伙伴》的环境,不分彼此的建设砂州。


张健仁
民主行动党砂州主席

Sunday, October 26, 2014

ISTIWAJAR花园住宅区 围墙龟裂土地下陷

(本报民都鲁25日讯)砂行动党主席兼古晋区国会议员张建仁表示,目前,该党将会针对民都鲁丹绒巴都路ISTIWAJAR花园住宅区所发生的围墙龟裂,土地下陷问题,在即将到来的砂州立法议会会议中,由基都隆区州议员周政新代表提呈,希望负责部长以及负责部门能够尽快的让该住宅区居民获得维修相关问题。
砂行动党主席兼古晋区国会议员张建仁(中)指出,该党将会委托都东区州议员叶海量律师来负责民都鲁ISTIWAJAR住宅区居民所面对的房屋墙壁龟裂,地陷等问题的法律援助。左为都东区州议员叶海量律师,右为基都隆区州议员周政新。
张建仁指出,一个发展商或承包商,甚至地方政府应该要对社会上的发展计划,以人民为先的服务为广大市民绩效服务,而不是为了发展计划而忽略附近地区人民的安稳。
“如果承包商或发展商在工程进行之后,导致附近住宅区的住家发生龟裂或泥土下陷,就应该积极主动作出了解,以及负责赔偿,而不是采取不加理会的行为。”
张建仁指出,我们每个人,如果在看到家园遭破坏的时候,心情肯定是会很糟糕,而且这或许是一些人储蓄了一生的积蓄来购买房子,但是却发生类似龟裂或是泥土下陷的问题,肯定会心情不好,甚至会影响到本身还必须先动用一笔费用来进行维修。
“就好比说一个人买了房子,但是因为附近进行工程进展,导致房子范围的墙壁龟裂,泥土下陷,地砖也因为地基遭破坏而导致地砖出现裂痕,甚至造成倾斜等状况,肯定心情是特别不好受的!”
犹如侵犯产权
张建仁指出,这种不负责的建筑工程,就好比侵犯产权的行为,尤其是民都鲁发展局,因为民都鲁发展局乃是民都鲁省的地方政府,应该以民为本的原则来为民服务,但如今却没有看到该局采取积极的应对措施,或巡视ISTIWAJAR住宅区的行动。
“民都鲁发展局乃批准工程的部门,应该要在工程进行的当儿,派员前来巡视了解,积极的与地方人民沟通,了解最新进展,而不是只听取发展商,建筑商的片面之词就好。这种行为应该要改善。”
张建仁也于昨日巡视ISTIWAJAR住宅区民房龟裂,土地下陷问题之后,向本报记者表示,将会由基都隆区州议员周政新收集情报,以便在即将于今年11月10日召开的砂州立法议会会议中提呈向政府反映。
“由我们州议员在州立法议会中,向民都鲁发展局施压。”
张建仁也表示,一旦有关当局还是继续的不加理会或是不予回应,那么这件事情,相信会在法庭上寻求解决。
张建仁也不希望类似事件会衍生至法庭程序,相信会有一个圆满的解决方法,尤其是居民会获得当局的赔偿等等。
张建仁也指出,如果这件事情无法在州议会中获得妥善解决的话,那么行动党将会由都东区州议员叶海量律师负责跟进这事情。
都东区州议员叶海量也表示,行动党将会协助ISTIWAJAR花园住宅区的居民,根据有关事件,提供法律援助。
取自诗华日报(26/10/2014)

It’s good policy enforces it on your cabinet ministers CM urges

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014

DAP urges Sarawak Chief Minister to enforce his policy of no government contracts, land and concessionaire to family members on his cabinet.
Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen, said he risked being seen as toothless, insubordinated by his own cabinet ministers if he didn’t enforce the policy.
“Taking the face value of what he publicly said, no doubt the Chief Minister believes in the philosophy that if you want to be a minister your immediate family members shouldn’t benefits from your position,” Chong said in an exclusive interview with BtuWeekly in Bintulu today.
“If you think it’s good for the state, then you should enforce it on your cabinet,” he said.
The state DAP chief also commanded Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission for its efforts in eradicating corruption particularly in the multi-million illegal logging activities in Sarawak.
He said the party strongly supported MACC efforts and urging them to crackdown harder on the industry known for it corruption.
Chong believed the multi-millions bribery uncovered in recent arrests were merely tip of the iceberg.
“If from a single timber camp they uncovered that few millions. I believed there could be more,” he said.
However, Chong said the success of MACC operations can only be gauged by the number of convictions they will get in court.
“What the point of arrests, charges in court if no one will be convicted for the crime,” Chong said.

on http://www.bintulu.org/

Saturday, October 25, 2014

拟立会提呈动议 制定砂资讯自由法

(本报古晋24日讯)行动党哥打圣淘沙州议员张健仁透露,他会在即将召开的州议会中提呈“2014年砂拉越资讯自由法案动议”,旨在提升民众对政府的监督,减少朋党贪污事件,进而共同建立起透明、公平与廉政施政的政府。
亦为行动党砂州联委会主席的他是于今日召开的一项新闻发布会上,如是指出。
他认为,在民主制度下,如果要让全民监督政府行政是否透明化,最有效的方法就是让每一名公众都可以获取政府部门的资讯。
因此,在下个月召开的州立法议会中,他将提呈砂拉越资讯自由法案动议,以让任何公众人士都有权向政府部门索取一些相关的资讯。
他进一步指出,提呈这项动议,主要是因为州政府在过去几十年,在不透明的程序下,把许多政府合约、工程、伐木执照,都批给一小撮人,此举更加深民众对砂州政府行政充满朋党操作的贪污印象。
公众可索取任何资讯
他直言,新上任的砂首席部长在许多场合公开表明要建立起透明度、公平与廉政操作,鉴此,张健仁认为,2014年砂拉越资讯自由法案一旦获得通过,公众就可以索取政府部门的任何资讯,进而加强民众对政府的监督,有助于减少朋党贪污的事件。
他强调,此举也是要迈向真正透明、公平及清廉施政的政府。
他表示,该动议将今天提呈到州议会秘书,所阐明的包括州政府部门必须聘请一名资讯官员负责收集和整理所有部门的资料,任何公众都有权利向该官员申请有关部门的所有的资料,并且,有关官员必须在30天之内给予答复。
“目前不仅民众无法得到政府的资料,甚至行动党的州议员在州议会发出提问时,也得不到一个全面的答复。”
取自联合日报(25/10/2014)

Rep seeks to introduce private members’ bill


Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen has submitted a motion to the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) to introduce a private members’ bill for the proposed Sarawak Freedom of Information Ordinance 2014.

Chong told reporters yesterday that a full bill has been drafted for the proposed ordinance, which aims to enhance disclosure of information for public interest, and to provide every individual reasonable right of access to information from every state government department.
He claimed that the public has been kept in the dark about the processes involving the award of government contracts, approval of projects, alienation of state land and issuance of logging licenses.
“The public has the right to knowledge. This is a move towards effective democracy and to put the state government administration under the greater scrutiny of the public, not just the Aduns (state elected representatives),” he said.
On the features of the proposed ordinance, he said it would, among others, involve the appointment of an information officer for every department.
He said anyone committing an offence, including destroying, erasing, damaging, concealing, blocking or falsifying information within the control of any department with the intention of preventing disclosure, would be liable to a maximum fine of RM50,000 or maximum five years in prison or both.
Chong, who is Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman, said he hoped the bill would be tabled and eventually passed in the DUN.
The next DUN sitting will be from Nov 10-19.
on Borneo Post (25/10/2014)


Friday, October 24, 2014

吁阿德南再迈进一步,承认独中统考文凭。

民主行动党古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员张健仁表示欣慰,继沙巴、槟州和雪兰莪之后,砂拉越成为全马第四个州属,有常年拨款独中的州政府。

张健仁说,砂州政府拨这300万令吉给独中,是一个好的开始,并希望州政府将逐年增加这数目。毕竟,独中的办学经费昂贵,300万令吉还是非常不足。若政府增加独中拨款,独中的校董们也可相应的减轻他们的负担。而且,有更多的办学经费,学校也可办得更好,招收更多学生,培育出更多优秀的人才,对国家社会有更大的贡献。

张氏说,阿德南昨天的宣布拨款,也再次证明,过去人联党给予华社“政府不能拨款给华校”的理由,如,校地不是政府地、政策不允许、等,都是在欺骗和隐瞒华社。阿德南的拨款证明,政策是由执政者定的,也可由执政者改的。


宪法赋予砂政府,权力承认统考文凭

针对阿德南所说“若他有权力,他将承认独中统考文凭”的这番话,张氏表示,虽然阿德南没有权力左右联邦政府录取和聘雇公务员的决定,但,他有绝对的权力决定砂州州政府公务员的录取和聘雇条件。

张健仁指出,根据我国宪法,砂州的公务员制度有别于西马的州属。西马许多州属,包括槟州和雪兰莪,其州政府公务员也是属联邦公共服务局管辖,就连这些州属的州秘书,也是由联邦政府所批准委任的。

“但是,砂拉越的州政府公务员,如土地局、市议会、县议会、州部门等的官员,都是由砂州政府全权处理。包括砂拉越州秘书的职位,也是由砂首席部长全权委任,联邦政府或联邦公共服务局没有干涉的权力。”

张氏指出,有鉴于砂州政府的这个宪法权力,阿德南有绝对的权力,拟定录取和聘雇州政府公务员的条件,包括,把独中统考文凭列为与马来西亚高级文凭(STPM)或马来西亚大学预科班文凭(Matriculation)同等级的文凭,以此为录取和聘雇州政府公务员的其中之一条件。这就是华社长久来所争取的,“政府承认独中统考文凭”了。


承认统考文凭,只需州内阁决定

他说,要联邦公共服务局承认独中统考文凭,需等到民联执政中央。但是,要砂拉越州公共服务局承认独中统考文凭,阿德南一个决定就可以了。既然阿德南公开表示支持承认独中统考文凭,在砂州方面,已没有任何理由再拖延承认统考文凭的事宜了。只需要一个州内阁的决定,之后一纸批文而已,即日就可使到独中统考文凭在砂拉越受到政府承认。


吁阿德南再迈进一步,成大马第一人

张健仁呼吁,阿德南将独中拨款列入州政府的财政常年拨款,不是马来西亚的一个先列,但是,若他能运用其身为砂州首席部长的职权,承认独中统考文凭,那他将是马来西亚建国以来,第一位执政者,促使独中统考文凭受到政府承认,名留青史。

“而且,若砂州政府能率先承认独中统考文凭,那也能凸显砂州政府的开明和公平对待各族人民。这也可展示,砂州虽然在基建硬体设施落后西马20年,但在思维开明度上,却较西马进步20年。这将是砂州人民最值得骄傲的地方。”


张氏也说,现在的问题不是阿德南能不能做到,而是他要不要做到这一点。

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Electricity Tariff reductionshould not and need not be on the condition of Sarawak succeeding in getting the increase in oil and gas royalty. SESCO can afford lowering tariff by 30%

AdenanSatem was quoted in press today saying that if Sarawak succeeds in getting Petronas to increase oil and gas royalty, the Government will reduce the water and electricity tariffs.

In respond to this statement, it is the position of DAP Sarawak that the reduction of electricity tariffs need not and should not be conditional upon the State getting an increase of oil and gas royalty because of the simple fact that SESCO can afford it.

Our call for the reduction in electricity tariff is based solely on the ability and profitability study of Syarikat SescoBerhad (SESCO) to reduce the tariff.

In the financial year ended 31-12-2013, SESCO generated a revenue of RM2,312 million and made a pre-tax profit of RM408.5 million.

SESCO has 2 main categories of customers, namely:
1.       The normal customers who are paying the tariff of an average of RM0.30 per KwH.  These normal customers include all Sarawakians who are paying domestic, commercial or industrial tariffs. The tariff rates can be obtained in the SESCO website.
2.       The Special Customers who are the smelting plants in Samalaju who are paying tariff rates that are separately negotiated and agreed under separate agreements.  Their tariffs rate were kept as secrets by SESCO. For example, Tokuyama is paying a tariff of only RM0.11 per KwH, Press Metal is only paying a tariff of RM0.105 per KwH, etc.

In the financial year 2013, about 30% of the revenue of SESCO came from these Special Customers.  Forfinancail year 2014, at least 40% of the SESCO’s revenue will come from these Special Customers under special contracts for the supply of electricity. 

It isthe projection of the Sarawak government, as stated byAwang Tengah in DUN Sarawak that the committed electricity demand will increase by at least 25% from year 2013 to 2014. 

Year
Committed Demand (MW)
2012
1490
2013
2331
2014
2996
2015
3377
2016
3517

Out of this increase, 90% will be for the sale of electricity pursuant to the special contracts with the industries in SCORE.

Our DAP’s campaign calling for reduction of electricity tariff is only in respect of the tariff paid by the normal customers of SESCO (including domestic, commercial and industrial tariff).  It will only reduce that part of the revenue from SESCO’s normal customers, without affecting the contractual rates under the special contracts with SESCO’s Special Customers.

Based on the figures above and some simple mathematics calculation, it is obvious that a30% reductionof the electricity tariff for the normal customers of SESCO (including domestic, commercial and industrial users) in Sarawakwill not cause any loss to SESCO.

Therefore, there is absolutely no need for the State government to rely on the increase in oil and gas royalty to lower the electricity tariffs in the State.

I urge the State Government not to find excuses to delay the lowering of the electricity tariff in Sarawak.  In light of the escalating costs of living, the State Government should lower the tariff to help ease the financial burden of the people, especially when it can afford.


 21-10-2014
Chong Chieng Jen
Member of Parliament for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa

DAP Sarawak Chairman, National Vice Chairman

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

无需靠石油开採税收入,砂电力有能力降低砂州电费率。

(古晋21日讯)民主行动党古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员张健仁敦促阿德南,别把降低电费率的事宜,和石油天然气开采税的课题扯在一起。

砂州首席部长阿德南于昨日表示,如果砂州政府成功争取到20%的石油和天然气开采税,砂州政府将降低州内的水电费率。

针对阿德南的这番发表,张健仁表示,降低电费率的决定,根本不需依靠石油天然气开采税的收入。因为,砂电力公司有能力降低砂州电费率。

张氏指出,民主行动党今年初的“降低电费率30%”的签名运动,是纯粹以砂电力公司的收入利润数字的考量来计算的。根本就不需政府额外注资砂电力公司。

根据砂电力公司2013年的年终财务报告,砂电力公司于2013年,总收入是23亿1225万令吉,而其税前盈利则是4亿853万令吉。

张氏说,砂电力公司的收入来源有两大类,即:
1.       普通顾客,即,砂州全民,包括住家、商业和工业的用户。这些普通顾客所还的电费率是约每单位电力0.30令吉。详细电费率可在砂电力公司网站查询。
2.       特别顾客,即,那些在Samalaju的冶炼厂。他们所还的电费率是经由他们和砂电力公司各别磋商后所同意的。他们所还的电费率被视为秘密,砂电力公司不公开给公众知道。但,据张氏所得到的资料,如,PressMetal只还每单位电力0.105令吉的电费率、Tokuyama只还每单位电力0.11令吉的电费率、等

“在砂电力公司2013年的总收入中,约30%是来自这些“特别顾客”。而在今年2014年,砂电力公司的收入,最少有40%是来自这些‘特别顾客’。”

张健仁列出,阿旺登雅在州议会针对砂州2012– 2016年的电力需求所给予的答案:

年份
电力需求 (MW)
2012
1490
2013
2331
2014
2996
2015
3377
2016
3517

根据这数字预算的推算,2013年至2014年,砂州电力需求将增加约25%,而其中90%是卖给座落在Samalaju冶炼厂的这些“特别顾客”。

张健仁强调,行动党的“降低电费率”的签名运动,是争取降低普通砂州人民所还的电费率(包括住家电费,商业和工业电费)(约每单位电力0.30令吉)。它不影响砂电力公司和其特别顾客所同意的电费率。

“根据这些数字,及做一些简单的数学计算,很肯定的,砂电力公司是绝对有能力降低电费率30%,而也不需依赖任何政府注资或津贴来支撑降低电费率。因此,阿德南不应该把‘降低电费率’和石油天然气开采税两个不同的问题,混为一体。”


张健仁再次呼吁,政府应以人民利益为依归,降低电费率30%,以减轻人民的生活负担。

Friday, October 17, 2014

斯里阿曼要等到2018年才有新医院

(古晋16日讯)古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员透露,他在国会得到卫生部长的答案,斯里阿曼新医院预计将在2018年才会竣工。
张健仁在前日参与《2015年财政预算案》辩论时提醒首相,在2011年砂州州选时,首相曾向斯里阿曼人民承诺,将在2011年开工建斯里阿曼,2013年底就可完工,新医院克开始启用。现在已是2014年底了,但是建筑连地基也没打。
张氏揶揄,就连那个设置在所指定的地点的“SatuLagiProjekBN”的国阵广告板,也长满了野草和藤类,就是没有看到任何医院建筑工程。
张健仁表示,纳吉在2011年州选承诺斯里阿曼人民将在2013年开始使用新医院。按照纳吉的名句“you help me, I help you”(你帮我,我帮你)。斯里阿曼的人民帮了纳吉,国阵在2011年州选中,斯里阿曼区的州选区赢完,但是纳吉并没有帮斯里阿曼的人民。
张氏指出,因为纳吉的不守诺言,斯里阿曼许多病人还需被载到古晋中央医院治疗,其中有一些更在半途中逝世。

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pan Borneo Highway project costs has overrun by RM5 billion even before the project kicks off

By an answer dated 1-7-2013, to my question in Parliament, the Ministry of Public Works stated that:
1.         the full length of Pan Borneo is 2,239 km, out of which, 248 km has 4 or 6 lanes, while the remaining 1,991 km is still single carriageway.
2.         According to the Highway Network Development Plan (HNDP) report published in 2010, the total costs to upgrade the full stretch of Pan Borneo Highway into dual-carriageway is estimated to be RM22 billion.
3.         The Government shall upgrade the Highway by stages from 2011 till 2025.


However, on 10-10-2014, in his 2015 Budget speech, Najib said that “the government intends to start construction of the 1,663-km Pan-Borneo Highway comprising 936 km in Sarawak and 727 km in Sabah at a total construction cost of RM27 billion.”


If one were to compare the answer given by the Public Works Minister in Parliament in 2013 and the figure stated in the 2015 Budget speech of Najib, it is shocking to note that the stretch of Pan Borneo Highway that will be upgraded has shortened by 328 km, but the costs of construction has increased by RM5 billion!


Though it may sound good and feel good to hear of the Pan Borneo Highway mentioned in Najib’s 2015 Budget speech, there are 4 important points missing in his speech in this respect:


1.         When will the Project Commence?

In the whole of Najib’s 190-para Budget speech, only 1 small paragraph talked about Pan Borneo Highway and yet there is no mention about when the construction work will begin.

If one were to read carefully what he said, for all the other projects mentioned in the Budget speech which will be implemented next year, he use the word “will”.  But when he talked about Pan Borneo Highway, he used the words “intends to”.

According to the 2013 Public Works Minister’s reply, back in 2011, the Government has already had the intention to upgrade the Pan Borneo Highway.  Why is it that 4 years later, in 2015, the Government still remains at the stage of “intends to” but not committed to?

More importantly, as I glance through the Budget document, I can’t find the expenditure item for Pan Borneo Highway.

As such, the mention of Pan Borneo Highway is mere hot air, to temporarily silence the demand of Sarawakian for the upgrading of Pan Borneo Highway into dual carriageway.



2.         Why, within a short span of 4 years, the roads shortened by 320 km (-16%)but the costs increased by RM5 billion (22%)?

According to the 2010 HNDP report, the estimated costs to upgrade the length of 1991 km Pan Borneo Highway is RM22 billion, ie. an average costs of RM11.05 million per km.  This is already a very high figure.

However, according to the figures mentioned by Najib in his 2015 Budget speech, the estimated costs to upgrade the length of 1663 km Pan Borneo Highway will be RM27 billion, ie. an average costs of RM16.23 million per km, a 46.8% increase in costs per km.

It is impossible for the costs of building material to sky-rocket so high within a mere 4-year period.  This is especially so, given that inflation rates in Malaysia as announced by the Government have been in the region of 3% in the past four years (only 2.1% in year 2013).

Such over-bloated costs is very typical of the transactions found in the annual Auditors-General’s report where RM100 is spent for something worth RM10.


3.         How is the project going to be awarded?

Is the 1,663 km project going to be divided into packages and awarded through open tender system to numerous different contractors? Or, is it going to be directly awarded to one company without any open tender?

If it were the latter, the likely result will be that the single contractor will then sub-contract out the job, thereby keeping a certain percentage as its “Ali Baba commission”.

If this happens, the contractor actually doing the job will have no choice but to cut corners and may even compromise the safety design.  The people in Sarawak will not get the Pan Borneo Highway value for money.  At the end of the day, we will have sub-standard Pan Borneo Highway.


4.         Do we have to pay tolls for the Highway?

In the past, when North-South Highway was built, it was also over-priced.  As a result, millions of road user in West Malaysia are still paying exorbitant toll rates till this day.


DAP Sarawak fully supports the construction and upgrading of the whole length of Pan Borneo Highway into dual carriageway.  However, such development should not bring along additional burden to the people.

In addition, the work must be spread out more fairly, rather than only ONE company getting the work.



Chong Chieng Jen
Member of Parliament for Bandar Kuching
ADUN Kota Sentosa
DAP Sarawak Chairman

DAP National Vice Chairman

泛婆大道,还未开工,已超额50亿令吉

201371日,我于国会下议院,针对提升泛婆大道为全程4条车道的工程所提出的口头提问,工程部所给予的回答是:
1.       泛婆大道从砂州至沙巴州全程长达2239公里,其中248公里已是4(或6)车道了,余下的1991公里仍是单程单车道。
2.   根据2010年所公布的《公路网发展规划》报告书,要全程提升泛婆大道为双程双车道(dual-carriageway),估计将耗资220亿令吉。
3.       提升计划将从2011年至2025年分阶段进行。


但是,在20141010日,纳吉在国会《2015年财政预算案》演词中却提到,政府“有意要以270亿令吉,开始施工1663公里的泛婆大道的工程,包括砂拉越的936公里和沙巴的727公里。” (the government intends to start construction of the 1,663-km Pan-Borneo Highway comprising 936 km in Sarawak and 727 km in Sabah at a total construction cost of RM27 billion.)

若比较之前(2013年)工程部在国会所给予的答案,和前天纳吉预算案演词里的数据,涉及提升的公路少了328公里,但是工程价格却增加了50亿令吉!


虽然咋听之下,好像泛婆大道工程将要施工了,但是,纳吉在其《2015年财政预算案》演词中所提到的泛婆大道工程计划,存有4大疑问:


1.         工程将在几时才开始?

在纳吉整份190段的演词中,只有一小段提到泛婆大道,而且,也没提到几时将开始施工。

若你详细读纳吉的演词,其他全部将在2015年落实的计划,其演词里所用的字眼是“will”,“将会”。但是,当他提到泛婆大道时,他所用的字眼是“intendsto”,即,“有意愿要”。

根据2013年工程部在国会下议院的回答,早在2011年政府就“有意愿要”提升泛婆大道,为何到了2015年的预算案,还是停留在“有意愿”的阶段。

最重要的是,在整个财政预算案开支项目中,并没有阐明“PanBorneo”的开支。

因此,明眼人一听就知道,纳吉只是在“敷衍”砂州人民,根本没诚意要积极提升泛婆大道,只是因为砂州人民有强烈要求泛婆大道的声音,而砂州又是国阵的大票仓,随便塞一句在其演词,暂时满足砂州人民而已。


2.         为何工程在短短4年间,路短了320公里(-16%),价钱却暴涨50亿令吉(22%)?

根据工程部2010年的报告书,估计需要220亿令吉提升1991公里路,平均是每1公里1105万令吉的开支。这已是一个令人咂舌的价格。

但是,根据纳吉前天的演词,估计需要270亿令吉提升1663公里路,平均是每1公里1623万令吉的开支,比之前的估计数额,暴增46.8%

短短4年的时间,建筑成本不可能暴涨的这么高。更何况,国阵政府每年都称,马来西亚的通膨率只是介于3%左右(国家银行公布,2103年的通膨率只是2.1%)。

这种数额暴涨的现象,就如每年总稽查司报告中所出现的“超额”交易,100令吉买10令吉的东西。


3.         工程将以何方式进行?

这项长达1663公里建路工程是否将以公开招标方式,分十多个阶段由不同的承包商承建,或是将以没有招标的直接颁发给一家公司,再由这家公司转发给二手承包商或三手承包商的层层剥削?

若是后者,在这种层层剥削的情况下,真正建路的承包商肯定必须偷工减料,甚至妥协一些安全设施。最终,砂州人民将无法得到物有所值的泛婆大道。


4.         建路费是全由政府承担,还是人民需还过路费?

过去,西马的南北大道也是在没有公开招标方式下直接颁发给一家公司。结果,西马成千上万的道路使用者到今天还在付还昂贵的过路费,平均每个月需还百多两百的过路费。


行动党绝对支持扩建泛婆大道成为全程双程双车道的真正大道,因为这对砂州未来的发展将会带来极大好处。但是,这发展不应带给人民更重的负担,且,人民应得到物有所值的建设。另外,在政府拨款发展的当儿,应该更公平的分配给更多的本地承包商,这将更有效的达至刺激经济的效应,而不是由一两个朋党独肥。


12-10-2014

张健仁
古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员
民主行动党砂州主席兼全国副主