Sunday, November 23, 2014

人联党只会以金钱来衡量行动党对华校的贡献

(古晋22日讯) 民主行动党砂州主席兼古晋区国会议员张健仁今日表示人联党只会以金钱来衡量行动党对华校的贡献,并调侃人联党已经沦落为金钱挂帅的政党。

也是哥打圣淘沙区州议员的张健仁是针对今日人联党甲必丹黄锦就在报章上指行动党的代议士,浮罗岸区州议员黄庆伟和实旦宾区国会议员陈国彬冷待华校的文章而作出回应。
张氏说,议员对华教的贡献,是政策上的争取,倘若要以金钱来衡量,人民倒不如让亿万富翁来当议员。看谁出的钱多谁就来当议员。

人联党就是长期来,都是以金钱财富来衡量贡献,所以才会沦落到今天变成一个财团控制的政党,没有钱就什么都不行了。

张健仁表示,民主行动党一路以来对于捍卫华校的立场相当明显,并且还不时的在议会提出华教的课题。

在议会里,行动党有10位州议员,难道同一个课题,需要全部的州议员提出才算有争取? 议会里有时一位议员发表的时间只有20分钟,如此多人民的问题,有些课题其他议员提过了,别的就不需再提,除非有一些不同的建议或看法。”

张氏说,行动党的议员是一个团队,是依循党政策和方针进行政治斗争和争取人民权益。该党捍卫华教的政治路线,全民有目共睹,经得起时间的考验,而该党的每一位国、州议员和领袖,都是依循着这方向而斗争。

张氏也说,在今年5月召开的州议会,他以行动党砂州主席的身份,代表行动党授招于新首席部长阿德南,若阿德南要赢取华社的支持,其中一个方式就是常年拨款华教。 他的发表,也记录在砂州议会201457日第36页第2段的会议记录中。 黄锦就若不相信,他可去查询。

张氏也表示,人联党最强盛的时期,即1987年至2005年,独中没有拨款,而今时今日人联党最弱的时期,独中却获得拨款。

人联党的领袖当议员是叫人民出钱支持华教。而行动党的领袖当议员却是叫政府出钱支持华教。 当行动党的议员人数可以形成一股足够的压力时,独中就有拨款了。”
张氏也奉劝黄锦就,不要因为本身是执政党所委任的甲必丹,就以一些没有根据的言论来污蔑行动党。

张氏说,首席部长阿德南今次的给予独中300万令吉的拨款已证明了今时的政治,不再是人联党常常说的“朝中有人好办事,而事实却是人在朝里难说话,因此,人联党长期在国阵的体系下,不能说、不敢说也不会说,而华社的权力也因此被典当掉。


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sarawak DAP opposes amendment to Land Code

Sarawak DAP strongly opposes the Land Code (Amendment) Bill 2014 which allows native landowners to sell their land to other natives of different races regardless of location as they can be easily exploited by the rich and super rich natives.

“If we allow this bill to be passed without safeguards, there will be a time whereby the rich owning hundreds and thousands of NCR land, while the poor natives will have no land to farm,” Kota Sentosa assemblyperson Chong Chieng Jen warned yesterday.

This had happened in China about 60 years ago where the poor farmers had to work in the land owned by the land lords, he said during the debate on the Land Code (Amendment) Bill
2014.

The Bill was introduced by Deputy Chief Minister and Rural Development Minister and Modernization of Agriculture Minister Alfred Jabu anak Numpang (right) to seek an amendment to section 5(2) of Land Code to allow the untitled  NCR land to be ‘inherited, acquired, 
purchased by or transferred, or sold or disposed off to or dealt with another native’.

Don't support for the sake of supporting

Chong said: “We cannot support this Bill unless the government comes up with an amendment to this Bill such as to provide safeguards to protect the interest of the less informed and the less educated native landowners.

“There must be a provision and a safeguard to ensure that only natives in the area can buy the land within the area. Other rich natives for example from Layar and Baleh should not be allowed to buy the land and leave their investment there,” he said.

“Secondly, we are talking about the enhancing the sale value of the land with conditions attached such as that the buyers must develop the land within five years.

“If any potential buyer has a plan to develop the land and buys the land from the native landowners, he must develop the land within five years.

“We cannot allow the rich natives to continue to buy and buy and buy the land and keep it there for years. By not developing the land, that in itself is non-productive economically.

“If he fails to develop the land, then he breaches the condition and the land should be reverted to the land owners,” he said.

Chong also suggested that a different treatment should be given to a category of land like the urban, sub-urban and country land.

“What we object strongly is that  the rich and super rich natives or a big company with native status come and buy hundreds and thousands of acres of country land as they know that the land will not be developed within 10 years or so.

“When they know that the government has plans to develop the area, they will buy and continue to buy the land from the natives at very cheap prices. But when a road is built through the land, it will appreciate in value by 20 or 30 times,” he said.

“They will get a windfall, but the original landowners will get ‘nadai apa-apa’ (nothing),” he said.

He also suggested that there must be a native land board to monitor the sale of land  to  prevent hundreds and thousands of natives becoming landless in the state.

“If this happens, it will not good for the natives and it will not good for the state, and it will not good for everybody,” he said.

“So what I am saying here is that the bill at this at this stage is a tool of exploitation of the poor and the less informed and less educated natives,” he said.

Saying that it is the duty of the government to protect them, he said that the bill has so many loopholes for implementation.

“For that we oppose the bill,” said Chong who is the Sarawak DAP chief.

'Have a heart for the poor landowners'

Debating  the same Bill, the DAP member for Meradong Ting Tze Fui  said that  there is an underlying worry that once this proposed Amendment Bill is passed and becomes law, the NCR lands will be easily acquired by the rich natives or the proxy, nominees or political allies who are well-connected to the prominent politicians.

“We as lawmakers shall be extra cautious and giving more thought in respect of the possible impacts and consequences of passing such a law which could be a double-edge sword as it can be positive or negative, especially when the newly amended Section 5(2) has the retrospective effect which may cause even more NCR land disputes,” she said.    

The DAP member asked the minister for rural development who is a Dayak himself to think  thrice before supporting this amendment bill just for the sake of supporting it.

“Do study carefully and have some heart for your own communities. Land is life for the natives, the Sarawak state government should have instituted pro-people policies so that these indigenous people can live and work in peace and contentment in their own lands,” said Ting.

Meanwhile, DAP Member for Dudong Yap Hoi Liong asked the government to lay down clear laws and regulations as to the sale of native titled land, sale of the native customary land (NCL) is sale of ‘temuda’ or sale of ‘pemakai menua’ so as to avoid exploitation of the rich over the poor natives.

Yap quoted Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjun said that if holders of NCL were or are allowed to dispose them off by way off by way of sale then the very purpose in the creation and existence of NCL would be defeated. The adat and custom of ‘tungkus asi’ would be greatly undermined.

on Malaysiakini (11/11/2014)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

首长署复函答非所问

(古晋4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炮轰砂州国阵政府,隐瞒砂州国阵州议员从政府的法定机构、政府机构及官联公司,领了多少薪酬。

张健仁透露,在今年5月的州议会,他提呈了以下的一个问题,即:
询问首席部长,请列出目前所有的砂州州议员在法定机构、政府机构及官联公司所被委的职位及他们各别自2009年所得到的薪酬。”

张氏指出,虽然他的问题是在5月开会前14天就提呈给州议会,但是,首长署却等到5个月后于今年1028日才给予一个答非所问的答案。

首长署给予的答案如下
州政府委任州议员出任法定机构、政府机构和官联公司职位的考量,是基于这些州议员的适合性、能力和经验,是否是这些机构所需要的。”

(Question :   To ask the Honourable Chief Minister to state all the respective positions in statutory bodies, government agencies and government-linked companies that are currently held by Honourable members of the Sarawak State Assembly and what are the respective remuneration paid to them since year 2009.

Answer :       Appointment of the Honourable Members of Sarawak State Assembly to the respective positions in statutory bodies, government agencies and government-linked companies are based on suitability, capability and experience of the candidate required by the agency concerned.)


张健仁表示,连一位读3年级的小孩子都可以看得出,这答案根本就是答非所问。

“我问首长,这些州议员从法定机构、政府机构和官联公司,拿了多少薪酬,首长却回答说,以什么准则委任这些州议员。如果考试有这样的答案,肯定是不及格的。”

张健仁质疑,难道首长署的官员或首长的智商如此低,连回答一个简单的问题也无法做到。

他说,首长署的官员或首长不可能这么差的,唯一的结论就是,他们要隐瞒事实,不愿告诉砂州人民,这些国阵的州议员,除了州议员的薪金之外,还有多少的收入来自这些法定机构、政府机构及官联公司。

“这些法定机构、政府机构及官联公司的钱也是砂州人民的钱。我们有权力知道,到底政府每个月总数还多少钱养这些国阵的州议员。”

张氏说,众所周知,多数的国阵州议员,都有被委任为这些政府法定机构、政府机构及官联公司,如古晋海港局、美里海港局、砂经济发展局和其他官联公司如砂电力公司的董事。

“砂州政府有几十个如此的法定机构、政府机构及官联公司,而国阵的州议员也有许多是这些法定机构、政府机构及官联公司的董事。他们领取的董事薪酬也是人民的钱,因此,砂州人民有权力知道,国阵的州议员到底领取了多少薪酬。

张健仁表示,自从阿德南上任砂州首长之后,他的言论展示他有意愿要落实透明和清廉施政,但是,他在议会给予的这样的答案,却和他的言论南辕北辙,完全相反。

张健仁也指出,首席部长以如此的答案,回答州议员在州议会的提问,根本就是在侮辱神圣的州议会,仿佛砂州州议会就只是这样的水准。


“因此,不论阿德南是否知道其部门对州议员的提问给予如此低级的答案,我呼吁阿德南言行一致,对于我的提问给予一个真正的答案,不要延续泰益所以留下来,不透明的行政文化。”