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IMPIAN HEALTH CAMP 2

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We are looking for 6 VOLUNTEERS to join us in our 2nd Impian Sarawak Health Camp in Kuching.

Date: 26 May - 31 May 2015
Location: Kuching, Sarawak

You will work alongside a team of doctors and assist with registration, organisation and running errands to ensure a smooth process for the villagers and doctors.
We need hard-working volunteers who can work long hours during this 4-day camp. Volunteers are required to bear their own travel expenses to Kuching, Sarawak.

If you are interested, above 18 years old and Malaysian,  please register here:http://impianmalaysia.com/registration/index.php
Closing date is 15 May 2015. Enquiries: impiansarawak@gmail.com



DAP slams Sarawak for bowing to Putrajaya over highway project

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Sarawak's opposition leader Chong Chieng Jen has accused the state government of "surrendering" local rights and control of the RM27 billion Pan Borneo Highway project to the federal government.

The DAP's Chong said the state minister for infrastructure development Datuk Seri Michael Manyin had allowed the federal Works Ministry to have "absolute control over the largest infrastructure project in the history of Sarawak". Chong, the Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said the state government must take a firm stand and take over control of the peninsula-owned company awarded the road upgrade contract, Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU). “It is shameful that in the largest infrastructural work in Sarawak, the state JKR (Public Works Department) is totally sidelined and plays no important role in the implementation,” Chong said. “It is even more shameful that the state minister seems to be happy that his ministry is reduced to a mere bystander in this mega project.” …

Bar Petronas execs from entering Sarawak to end royalty impasse, state DAP tells Adenan

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Sarawak DAP chief today suggested that Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem to use the state's immigration powers to bar Petronas executives and managers from entering the state to break the deadlock on demand for an increase in oil and gas royalty. Chong Chieng Jen, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman, also urged Adenan to cancel work permits of those employed in the offices of Petronas, Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas (MLNG) and their subsidiary companies in the state. In urging the state to resort to strong arm tactics against the national oil and gas company, Chong said that the state “needs to use more drastic and harsher means” to push its demands for the increase in royalty. He said that barring key people from the peninsula, who were running Petronas' operations in the state and kicking out those who were already here, would put "the bite where it hurts". "This will put a halt to its operation and production," he said, when debating on the governor…

RM1.7 Billion Minor Rural Projects Fund. DAP : Apply Quickly Before Elections

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I call upon all the people to quickly go to their Tuai Rumah, Ketua Kampong, District Office and most important, the BN elected representatives or BN potential candidates in their respective areas to apply for minor rural project funds and/or social programs fund. On Friday (24-4-2015), the DUN has just approved an additional allocation of RM500 million for minor rural project and social program fund. This is in additional to the previously approved RM1.2 billion in the 2015 Budget. Therefore, with this additional RM500 million, the total allocation for minor rural project and social programs fund is now RM1.7 billion for the year of 2015. RM1.7 billion is a lot of money. It can finance 1,700 projects of RM1 million each. Normally, these rural projects will cost in the region of 50,000 each. If we take RM50,000 each project, RM1.7 billion can finance 34,000 such projects. That is for the period of one year only. If one were to divide this figure by the total number of DUN constituenc…

DewanUndanganNegeri sitting should not be reduced just to suit the Deputy Prime Minister visit in Sibu

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Since I was elected as an ADUN for Kota Sentosa, the DUN sitting has always started on Monday, lasting 8 days. When we first received the notice of meeting few weeks ago, notifying that the coming meeting will start on 21-4-2015 (Tuesday) and will last for only 7 days, we feel that something is amiss. It is only today when we read in the papers that the reason for cutting short one day of the sitting is so that the Ministers can accompany the DPM in his visit to Sibu. This is the most ridiculous and outrageous reason for curtailing the time for DUN sitting. Is it not more important to discuss the PEOPLE’s matter in DUN than to put up a good attendance for the DPM’s visit? Many a time, we, the DAP ADUNs, find that the time allowed for our debate is grossly insufficient to raise all the issues that we intend to raise. With one day taken out, we will have even less time in this sitting to raise the issues. The BN government has gotten the priority all wrong. It is for the DPM to arrange …

为配合副首相节目的排场,牺牲砂州议会讨论砂人民问题时间

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古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员张健仁谴责砂州政府,为了配合副首相节目的排场,而牺牲砂州议会讨论砂州人民问题的时间。 张健仁是针对砂州政府为了迎合副首相慕尤丁出席诗巫活动而将今次开州议会的时间缩减一天,而做出如是谴责。 根据砂州议会议长今日在报章表示,因为许多部长显耀将于今日出席慕犹丁在诗巫的活动,而反惯例的把今次的开会,从8天缩减至7天,由本周二开始。 张氏指出,自从他2006年中选为哥打圣淘沙州议员至今,每次的州议会都是星期一开始,为期8天。唯有今次的州议会是星期二开始,而开会时日则减至7天。 “当3个星期前收到开会时间由星期二开始,大家都觉得有点不寻常,但不知是什么原因。只有到今天报章上读到议长的解释才知道是因为如此荒谬的理由。” 张健仁说,州议会是砂州最高立法机构,是提出和讨论砂州人民问题的最佳场合。 往往8天的开会时间就已非常不足,尤其是行动党的议员们,都不够时间把人民的议题提出来讨论。 今次,为了慕犹丁的拜访,辩论时间又被缩短。 这将影响议员们问政的责任。 “难道对砂州国阵的部长和议员们而言,向慕犹丁献殷勤及跟随他出席场面,比开州议会讨论砂州人民的问题还重要? 为了迎合他的行程,州议会开会的时间也被缩减。” 张氏也表示,没有任何官方节目是比开州议会更重要。部长拜访的节目,应该配合州议会开会的时间,而不是如今一般,本末倒置,开州议会的时间配合部长拜访的节目行程。这简直就是把砂州议会的开会当儿戏,不尊重砂州的最高立法机构。 张氏指,就算真的节目时间的安排有冲突,副首相的拜访行程无法修改,顶多一两位部长陪同他出席节目就可,其他的部长则可以照常出席州议会,不需要整个内阁前呼后拥的出席他的节目导致开会时间的缩减。 “砂州国阵政府和州议会的这种安排,缩减州议会的开会时间来配合慕犹丁的访砂行程根本就是在自我矮化,把自身开会的重要性贬为次等于副首相的拜访。这是非常要不得的心态。” 张氏希望砂州政府下不为例,不要如此的不尊重砂州的州议会。

Chong Poses 5 Questions on the Pan Borneo Highway Contract to BN reps

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The Sarawak BN elected representatives, the likes of Abdullah Saidol (ADUN for SEMOP), Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (Assistant Minister) and Michael Manyin have totally evaded my queries on the award of Pan Borneo Highway project to Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU) and tried to give a racial twist to my critics on the award of the said project to LBU. In their statements today, the 3 of them seem to have either purposely avoided answering my queries or just could not understand the issues. As such, for their clarity, I will put my questions in words that are easier for them to understand. The 5 questions for the 3 BN leaders to answer are as follows: 1. While the Government claims to help Sarawak contractors, why is the Board of Directors of the appointed Main Contractor, LBU, controlled by West Malaysians (4 out of 7 of the directors are West Malaysians)? 2. While the Government claims to help Bumiputra, why is there not a single Dayak in the Board of Directors nor Shareholdings of…

促以下3位国阵议员/部长针对以下5道问题,给予砂州人民一个交代

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民主行动党古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员今抛出5道有关泛婆大道工程的提问,吁国阵3领袖阿都拉(Semop州议员),阿都卡林(助理部长)和麦克马因(部长)回应。
张健仁所列出的5到问题如下:
1. 既然国阵政府表示将帮助砂州承包商,为何政府委任一个由西马人控制的公司为承建泛婆大道的承包商,Lebuhraya Borneo Utara有限公司(LBU)? (这间公司的董事局有7人,其中4人士西马人) 2. 既然政府自称要协助土著,为何LBU这间公司的董事,其母公司的董事和股东,连一位达雅人也没有? 达雅人也是土著。 张氏强调,他提出这问题,并非如阿都卡林所指责的把西马种族政治带进砂州。 其实,当政府委任一间清一色马来人的公司(而且是完全没有建筑背景的公司)承建价值超过100亿令吉的泛婆大道工程,这已是将西马的种族主义政策引进砂州了。 张氏只是道出这事实,以便这种种族主义政策得以纠正。 3. 既然阿德南不断强调廉政和透明施政,砂州内阁成员甚至签署“廉政宣言”,为何这价值超过100亿令吉的工程,在没有经过任何公开招标的程序,就批给了一间公司? 4. 既然LBU有限公司只是于2011年注册,而又没有任何建筑记录和商业活动,为何政府委任LBU有限公司为泛婆大道的承包商? 难道政府还是要持续“阿里巴巴”进行政府工程的运作模式? 5. 既然政府要节省资金,为何又再制造出一个“阿里巴巴”的中间人?与其将全部的工程批给一间公司再由这间公司转批给二手承包商,为何政府不将全程的泛婆大道工程分为20 – 30 段,分发出去,由20 – 30 不同的承包商直接承包工程,不需经过一个中间人的剥削? 针对迈克马因指说该工程的工作将不会只是局限于一个种族,张健仁反驳说,整个工程已经批给LBU有限公司,其他真正进行承建工作的承包商,极其量也不过是二手承包商,由LBU有限公司决定要还他们多少。 “身为负责工程局的砂州部长,难道迈克马因不知道,目前建筑业的惯例,一手承包商将抽取10% – 20%工程的拨款数字,剩余的款项才付给真正承建工程的二手承包商。 若有三手承包商 ,这层层剥削的情况将更糟糕。” 张氏敦促以上3位国阵议员/部长针对以上5道问题,给予砂州人民一个交代。

Do not equate RM2.1 billion contracts awarded by Petronas with 20% oil and gas royalty

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(12-4-2015) Adenan seems to be contented with the so-called intended awards of RM2.1 billion worth of contracts by PETRONAS to Sarawak contractors, thereby diverting the attention of the people from the initial demand for 20% oil and gas royalty for Sarawak. Last year, in the Sarawak DUN sitting, the State Legislature unanimously passed the resolution to demand for 20% oil and gas royalty for Sarawak. Till this day, almost a year has passed and yet it seems that the demand has hit brick-wall. Despite the failure on the part of Sarawak government under the leadership of Adenan to execute the resolution of the Sarawak DUN, Adenan seems to be happy and contented with the award of contracts worth RM2.1 billion to Sarawak contractors. The 20% oil and gas royalty is a far cry from the RM2.1 billion worth of contracts awarded in many ways, namely: 1. According to the 2015 Sarawak State Budget’s estimates, the 5% oil and gas royalty will give Sarawak a revenue of RM1.83 billion. Therefore, 2…

来届州议会授招州政府如何争取20%石油天然气开采税

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20%开采税与21亿令吉价值合约大不同,民主行动党砂州主席张健仁将于来届州议会授招州政府如何争取20%石油天然气开采税。 也是哥打圣淘沙州议员的张健仁指出,近日砂州首长阿迪南已公开承认砂州政府对于20%石油天然气开采税的诉求触礁,并频频凸显国油公司答应会将价值21亿令吉的工程批给砂州公司。 张健仁表示,价值21亿令吉工程和20%开采税大不同,并列出5个不同点: 1. 根据砂州政府2015年的财政预算案,砂州政府将从5%的开采税获得约18.3亿令吉的收入。若开采税增至20%,州政府将得到额外的54.9亿令吉。 这是21亿令吉的2.5倍。 2. 价值21亿令吉的工程意味着砂州承包商必须付出价值21亿令吉的物质和工作,才可赚取这21亿令吉工程合约的钱。 相比之下,20%开采税的额外54.9亿令吉,是直接的付款予州政府,砂州承包商或公司,甚至砂州政府什么都不需做,就可收到这笔54.9亿令吉的钱了。 3. 至于这价值21亿令吉的工程,我相信,有一大部分将用在进口机器或工程原料及聘雇外籍专才。 因此,这21亿令吉将不会全部留在砂州的经济体之内。 4. 无可否认,价值21亿令吉的工程将惠及一些砂州承包商,但它对全民的效应仍是有限。 相比额外54.9亿令吉的开采税,这54.9亿令吉是政府直接的收入,可用在各个领域的拨款,用以惠及全民,尤其是中下阶级的人民。 5. 这价值21亿令吉的工程,肯定不是每年的,因为就算全部价值21亿令吉的工程可在1年的时间之内批完,也不可能全部都能在1年的时间之内完成。 因此,这价值21亿令吉的工程,等到承包商们真正收足这21亿令吉的钱,最快也要2 – 3年的时间。 相比54.9亿令吉额外开采税的税收,却是每一年的政府收入。 有鉴于以上5个大不同,张健仁敦促阿迪南,不要一直以“价值21亿令吉工程”自我陶醉,来掩饰20%开采税诉求的失败。 更何况,这20%开采税的诉求,是砂州议会一致的议决案,是立法机关给予行政机构(砂州内阁)的任务。 阿迪南的内阁无法履行这项任务,是行政机构的失责。 “同时,这项任务的失败,也显示出砂国阵毕竟只是全国国阵的一个附属体,没有自主决定重要议题的权力。 在联邦国阵完全漠视和不尊重砂州议会决定的当儿,砂国阵只能逆来顺受,屈居人下。” 张健仁表示,他将在来届州议会(21/4/2015开始至29/4/2015)提出一些建议,如何让联…

促联邦政府尊重沙砂州人民权力,不应以煽动法令来压抑

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(古晋10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联邦政府尊重沙砂两州人民的权力,不应以煽动法令来压抑沙砂脱马的情绪。

张健仁是于昨日在国会下议院参与《2015年煽动法令修正法案》时,做出如是呼吁。

张氏昨日在国会下议院引述1962年砂州议会当时针对砂拉越参组马来西亚动议,众多议员们的辩论。 当时许多议员们都强调,要参组马来西亚,砂拉越必须拥有退出马来西亚的权力。

这是为了保障,将来若马来西亚并非如承诺般的好,砂州没有得到应得的利益,我们的下一代有权力退出马来西亚。 这是对砂州人民最重要的保障。

张氏也指出,当时参组马来西亚委员会主席有讲过: “任何自愿参组一个联邦的国家,都拥有退出该联邦的权力,因此,这项权力不需要明文写在宪法里。”

针对《2015年煽动法令修正法案》内的条文,张氏说,虽然内政部长已撤回修正法案中阐明任何怂恿一个州属脱离马来西亚的举止是煽动的条例,但是,内政部长却也声明现有(还没有修正)的煽动法令,已阐明任何欲脱离马来西亚或改变马来西亚版图的举止是煽动,可被在该法令下被提控。

张氏强调,《煽动法令》禁止任何人讨论砂州退出马来西亚的条例,这是违反马来西亚合约及砂拉越参组马来西亚的契约。

“政府应该废除《煽动法令》,因为,用法令来压制沙砂人民脱马的情绪,只会造成反效果,加强这种情绪,于事无补。”

张健仁表示,沙砂两州人民的脱离大马情绪,是国阵长期来违反马来西亚合约所造成的现象。

他直指巫统和伊斯兰党内的一些份子在玩弄的伊刑法课题,其实也是违反马来西亚合约的一个例子。因为,砂拉越参组马来西亚,不是要成立一个伊斯兰国。

“其他违反马来西亚合约的例子有如,派遣4000名教师到砂州郊区执教同时进行回教化的议程、忽略砂州的发展、对于砂州议会所通过的20%石油开采税完全不给予任何尊重。”

在其对该法案辩论做总结时,内政部长阿末扎希指出,任何欲推动“独立公投”的运动,是属于煽动行为,警方将采取行动对付。

张氏表示,最终,公投运动是否抵触煽动法令,还是有待法庭判决。但是,就内政部长在国会下议院所发表的立场,警方肯定将采取行动对付并将推动公投运动的人士提控上法庭。

他认为,这是国阵政府不尊重砂州人民权力并违反砂州参组马来西亚契约的政策。

‘Treat Sarawak equally to address secession notions’

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Sarawak DAP says the only way to reduce secession calls in Sabah and Sarawak is to address inequality between East and West Malaysia.

Amending the Sedition Act and criminalising Sarawakians and Sabahans who call for referendum on secession is plain regrettable, says Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen.

Using the Act to suppress the secession movement, he adds, is the wrong way to do it, “because for every action, there is a reaction, and for every suppression, there is a counter action”.

“In order words they will fight back,” says the Bandar Kuching MP, who spoke up during the debate on Sedition Act amendments in Parliament.

Chong told reporters today that while he might not support the movement for secession, he would defend their right to demand for a referendum.

For the past three years, the calls for secession have become louder in both Sabah and Sarawak, so much so that the Federal Government has to introduce the amendment to the Sedition Act to criminalise any call for secession.

The S…

Impian Education Camp

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"Inspiring Lives Through Education"
We are recruiting VOLUNTEERS!
Come join us in our Impian Education Camp as a volunteer this coming May in Sarawak! 

There will be six-day education camp happening in Kpg Bunuk. Our aim is to inculcate a love of reading in children and to promote Science and Math literacy through our specially-designed programme modules. There will also be lots of fun games and sports activities.

Volunteers will help facilitate the camp sessions as well as experiencing the local culture by staying with a host family.

Your expenses will include airfare (if applicable) to Kuching Airport and a contribution fee of RM160 that includes your return ground transfer, food, accommodation as well as insurance.

Applications must reach us by 19 April 2015. For more information, please email: impiansarawak@gmail.com.

* If you are not able to join us this time, don't worry! There are many more education camps and projects lined up this year in both Sabah and Sarawak.

Registe…

Sedition Act amendment

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Barisan Nasional today tabled in Parliament the Sedition Act (Amendment) Bill which, among others, provides that any talk of a State seceding from Malaysia is seditious.

This is a travesty to the terms in the formation of Malaysia.

It was once argued in the Sarawak Council before we agreed to form Malaysia that the right to secede is an implied condition for the Malaysia Agreement.

Now such right is criminalised by the Federal Parliament.
What is even worst is that once you are charged under the amended Act, there is no right to be bailed, you stay in lockup/jail until the whole case is over.

2015年煽动法令修正法案

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(古晋7日讯) 古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员张健仁大力谴责国阵政府违反马来西亚合约和建国契约。
张健仁是针对国阵政府于今早在国会下议院提呈《2015年煽动法令修正法案》,严禁任何人发表马来西亚其中一个州属退出马来西亚的言论。
张氏说,这修正法案特别阐明,任何人若游说其他人或组织要求某个州属退出马来西亚,这种行为是被列为“煽动”行为。
张氏指出,早在马来西亚还没有成立前,砂州议会曾针对参组马来西亚的事项作出深入讨论,其中有者提出,参组马来西亚之后,如果砂拉越发觉砂拉越的没有被公平对待,是否砂州可以退出马来西亚。
“当时,其中一位参组马来西亚委员会成员表示,任何合作的合约都涵盖分开的条约。 因此,虽然在马来西亚合约中并没有明文规定参组之后砂拉越还可以退出马来西亚,但这权力是默示条件,不必明文写着合约内。”
张氏表示,国阵今日提呈该修正法案,根本就是在践踏砂州的权力。

“更甚的是,若这法案在国会被通过,任何人若被在煽动法案之下被提控,他将不获保释权。也即是说,若有谁被提控煽动罪状,他将被监禁直至法庭审讯完毕,这审讯程序可能为时几年。”

张健仁动议修法 原住民统称达雅族

(本报古晋3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将于下周一向州议会提呈议员私人法案动议通知书,要求在即将于本月21日召开的州议会动议修改2005年砂拉越阐释法对于达雅族的定义。 张健仁今日召开新闻发布会,在文告中表示,他是援引砂州州议会常规第45条提呈议员私人法案动议。该动议通知书重点在于寻求议会的批准,修改现有的《 2005年砂拉越阐释法》。 张健仁指出,现有的《砂拉越阐释法》将砂拉越原住民分为23个民族,即Bidayuhs or Land Dayaks, Bukitans, Bisayahs, Dusuns, Ibans or Sea Dayaks, Kadayans, Kelabits, Kayans, Kenyahs (including Sabups and Sipengs), Kajangs (including Sekapans, Kejamans, Lahanans,Punans, Tanjongs and Kanowits), Lugats, Lisums, Malays, Melanaus, Muruts or Lun Bawangs, Penans, Sians, Tagals, Tabuns, Ukits。 他在通知书上指出,目前,绝大多数的砂拉越原住民的意愿是大家统一为一个民族,即“达雅族”,而“达雅”这个词则必须赋予法律的定位,阐明它包涵除了马来人以外,砂州所有的原住民。 “有鉴于此,我们必须修改该法令,将原有的22个民族(马来族除外),归纳为统一的达雅族。” 他说,如果这项动议可获得通过,那砂拉越的原住民则将只有2个民族,即达雅族和马来族。而达雅族则包括所有伊班族、比达友族等20个族群。这22个族群则将有如华族中的籍贯。 张健仁指出,行动党的这项动议,是迎合最近许多达雅族的非政府组织所做出的议决和公布,即在政府部门表格里的种族归类方面,应该取消之前的“其他(dan lain-lain)”或阿迪南所建议的“土著(Bumiputra)”,而由“达雅族”来取代。 他称,这个共识,不只是砂拉越的一个趋势,也是整个婆罗洲原住民的趋势,在加里曼丹和沙巴,也有同样的趋势,以“达雅族”统一所有当地原住民,避免受到一些政治人物,以不同族群的分类,来分化达雅族。 取自诗华日报(4/4/2015)

张健仁:免人才外流 砂应速承认统考文凭

(本报古晋3日讯)由于独中统考文凭的水准和大马高级教育文凭的程度是同等的,同时也获得世界大学的认同,因此,行动党砂州主席兼古晋区国州议员张健仁要求砂州政府尽速承认统考文凭! 他解释,在过去许多年,联邦政府拒绝承认独中统考文凭,导致独中生要报读国立大学及应征成为政府公务员受阻,此种政策,造成独中人才外流现象。他举例,记忆棒(Pendrive)之父也是独中生,但由于他在我国无法发挥,于是到台湾发展,并为台湾研发记忆棒(Pendrive),受到该国的重用。 张健仁今日召开新闻发布会时指出,砂州首长公开承认表明,若他有权力将承认统考文凭,此举受到华社大力欢迎。然而,有别于西马其它州属,砂州政府有自己主权,可决定是否将统考文凭纳入在聘请州公务员的考量范围中,借此取代原本只能以大马高级教育文凭作为录取公务员的条件和准则。 “在申请砂州政府的奖学金或机构奖学金,当局可将统考文凭视为与大马高级教育文凭的同等级学术文凭。” 亲手呈交请愿信 他表示,本身已将有关请愿电邮和传真到砂州议会秘书处,而下周一他将会把请愿信的正本亲手交上去。 “如果他们要骑劫或另外改动议,我们无任欢迎!” 询及反对党是否担心华裔选票回流国阵一事,张健仁说,身为政治工作者,应该以人民利益为优先,然而,行动党州议员较多来自城市选区,而城市选区以华裔居多,同时华裔一直以来都期许政府承认统考文凭,至于选票是否有回流国阵不应该放在此动议的考量上。 取自诗华日报(4/4/2015)

Chong proposes amending ‘Dayaks’ to accord it legal standing

KUCHING: Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen is proposing to amend at the next State Legislative Assembly sitting the interpretation of the word ‘Dayaks’ and accord the legal standing to encompass all  indigenous groups in Sarawak except the Malays.

He said this was crucial in view of the intense discontentment among indigenous people in Sarawak for being referred to as ‘lain-lain’ (others) in official government forms.

Chong, who is also Bandar Kuching MP, told a media conference at the DAP office here yesterday that he had sent a notice of motion for leave to introduce a Private Member’s Bill with regards to the matter in the April 21-29 State Legislative Assembly sitting.

“My notice of motion for leave to introduce a Private Member’s Bill entitled ‘Sarawak Interpretation Ordinance (Amendment) Bill, 2015’ has been faxed and sent to the DUN secretary today (yesterday) for further action,” he said.

He explained that under the proposed bill races which were now considered indige…

张健仁:未列零税率商品 官员不“认识”哥罗面?

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(本报古晋3日讯)同“面”不同命﹗同是黄色的砂州哥罗面条﹐为何不在零税率商品的行列中﹖ 砂行动党主席兼古晋区国会议员张健仁在今早于该党总部召开的新闻发布会上发言时说明﹐我国政府原先宣布﹐国内的面条将被归类为零税率商品。 他续称﹐但砂州的面条制造商却被关税局告知﹐唯有俗称黄面的油面才被宪报为零税率商品﹐而砂州特有的哥罗面条﹐却不在零税率商品的行列中﹐所以砂州的哥罗面条﹐将是含消费税商品。 黄面哥罗面怎区分﹖ “我国政府声称面条将被归类为零税率商品﹐那黄面及哥罗面条﹐为何又有所区分﹖” 他还指出﹐砂州特有的哥罗面条也是黄色的﹐所以对他而言﹐黄面及哥罗面条﹐也只是粗面条与细面条之分。 为此他感到不解的是﹐为何政府宣称国内的面条将被归类为零税率商品的当儿﹐关税局却又要针对哥罗面条征收消费税﹖ 他更置疑说﹐是否因为相关负责官员不“认识”砂州的哥罗面条﹐所以哥罗面条及黄面﹐才会享有不同的待遇。 他还直言﹐我国政府应该将所有面条列为零税率商品﹐以便能够更公平地对待国内所有的消费者。 用料大致相同 “这是因为﹐面条的用料都大致相同﹐并且同为人民的主要食品﹐所以面条不应有不公的待遇。” 他也透露﹐其将持续向财政部当局反映有关问题﹐以期望当局能够发出另一指示﹐并将哥罗面条纳入零税率商品行列。 与此同时﹐他说明﹐在消费税政策开始实施的当儿﹐单单是面条﹐就造成了商家及政府当局人员的诸多混淆。 为此他认为﹐政府当局也应该给予商家一年期限﹐以让他们适应消费税政策的实施。 取自诗华日报(4/4/2015)

Two Sarawak noodles, only one with GST

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KUCHING: More East Malaysians should have been involved in preparations on the Goods and Services Tax to avoid confusion on items such as Sarawak's famous mee kolok, said Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen.

Chong said confusion arose on two types of noodles - mee kolok is not GST zero-rated while the mee kuning is.

Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP, said the confusion was due to the list of GST-free items being drafted by peninsular Malaysians.

"The drafters were mostly West Malaysians. They probably didn't know in Sarawak there is such a thing as mee kolok, which is basically the same thing as mee kuning," Chong told a press conference here on Friday.

Chong called for mee kolok to be included as zero-rated under the GST. He urged decision making bodies in Putrajaya to include more Sarawakian and Sabahans in the future.

Mee kolok is a daily dish at Sarawak's kopitiams and is as common as Sarawak Laksa.

"The confusion over mee kuning and mee kolok shows that the left…

The shortage of anaesthetist in the Heart Specialist Centre in the Sarawak General Hospital

Yesterday, in Parliament, I raised the issue of the shortage of anaesthetist in the Heart Specialist Centre in the Sarawak General Hospital. Few years ago, the said heart specialist centre had only one cardiothoracic surgeon to carry out open heart surgery. As a result, patients who requires to undergo open heart surgery had to wait for 6 – 9 months before surgery could be done on them. Some even died before the surgery was conducted. After I raised the matter in Parliament, finally two cardiothoracic surgeons were transferred to the Sarawak Heart Specialist Centre. The situation improved and patients needed not to wait in queue for months to have their open heart surgeries. However, since sometime middle of last year, the said Specialist Centre has only one anaesthetist, as a result of which, though there are 3 cardiothoracic surgeons, at any one time, only one open heart surgery can be conducted. This is because for all open heart surgeries, an anaesthetist must be present througho…