Thursday, April 30, 2015


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, 

Closing date is 15 May 2015.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DAP slams Sarawak for bowing to Putrajaya over highway project

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 even more shameful that the state minister seems to be happy that his ministry is reduced to a mere bystander in this mega project.”
The state legislative assembly sitting witnessed some feisty exchanges between Chong and Manyin.
As Manyin winded up debates on his ministry, Chong interjected to ask why the state government allowed the project to be awarded to a company controlled by west Malaysians.
Manyin in reply stuck to the statement he had just made – that the move to award the project to LBU was a federal government decision as the highway was a federal-funded project.
The minister then said if Chong wanted answers to his questions, he should raise it in Parliament. Chong is also the MP for Bandar Kuching.
“If our state ministers are going to adopt such attitude of pushing their responsibilities to the federal government and let federal officers decide matters concerning Sarawak, in no time, Umno, through the federal government departments, is going to control Sarawak,” Chong said.
LBU, he added, should therefore be controlled by the state government and “not by some West Malaysians who are linked to Umno”.
The upgrading work, to turn the two-lane highway to a four-lane one, covers 912km from Tanjung Datu at the southern tip of the state to the Merapok (Sarawak) – Sindumin (Sabah) border crossing.
The upgrade of the entire highway is scheduled for completion in 2023.
 on Themalaysianinsider– April 29, 2015.

Monday, April 27, 2015

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

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's address in the state assembly.
Chong said that the barring and cancellation of the work permits should be in place “until the matter is finally sorted out”.
"It is better to put a halt to the production than to allow the continuous extraction when we only get 5% royalty.
"After all, if the operation is stopped, the oil and gas will still remain in our soil for future extraction.
"We may suffer temporary loss of part of our revenue, but in long term, there is no loss to Sarawak.”
He said that Sarawak had in the past prohibited religious bigots and extremists from entering Sarawak and now should prohibit "robbers plundering our resources" on to the list.
"The chief minister is hitting brick walls on this matter and has to openly seek help of the prime minister so that Petronas will accede to our claim," Chong said, in reference to Adenan's admission last Friday at Petronas' outstanding vendor awards event in Kuching that the state had “not made any improvement” in the royalty negotiation.
Adenan had also said that he would have to speak to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to break the impasse.
Chong retorted by telling Adenan not to be so naïve about the so-called “PM’s help”.
Petronas, Chong said, is a company controlled by the federal government and “if the prime minister agrees to accede to our demand for the 20% oil and gas royalty, there is no way that Petronas cannot agree to it”.
In May last year, the state assembly unanimously agreed to make a request to the federal government to raise the royalty from the current 5% to 20%.
The agreement that was thrashed out was a historic first for the assembly.
With an impasse in talks, Chong said that the state should ditch the “nice and cordial approach” as it is “getting us no way”. 

on Themalaysianinsider - April 27, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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

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 constituencies in Sarawak, each DUN constituency will each have at least 500 projects of RM50,000 each in year 2015.
For instance, there are about 40 kampongs in Tasik Biru constituencies. Therefore, each kampong in Tasik Biru should get about 12 allocation of RM50,000 each in the year 2015. At present, it will be lucky if each of these kampong gets one allocation of RM50,000 in the whole of 2015 year. Then, where the remaining 90% of the allocation fund goes to?
Peter Nansian, as the elected representative for Tasik Biru and also an assistant minister, has to explain to the people in Tasik Biru. Where has the money for his area gone to?
I am very sure that many of the other constituencies also did not get their fair shares of the allocation.
If the allocation of money truly goes into the minor rural projects, each and every kampong by now, will have the very basic electricity and water supply, tar-sealed road access and even proper community hall for each and every kampong.
If the fund were truly utilised all these years, there will be no need for us DAP to carry out any of the Impian Sarawak projects. The fact that there are still so many kampongs without water and electricity or proper road access is testimony of the leakages and wastages in these minor rural project funds.
Where has the money gone to?
DAP does not oppose to rural development. DAP opposes to the unaccounted spending and corruption in the name of development.
My question to Rundi, out of the initial RM1.2 billion, how much has truly gone into development for the benefit of the people and how much has gone into the pockets of the BN cronies?
Rundi, being the general secretary of BN Sarawak, must give a full account of the projects and money spent for the whole of the initial RM1.2 billion and the additional RM500 million.

Chong Chieng Jen
MP for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa

Monday, April 20, 2015

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

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 his visiting schedule to suit the DUN sitting rather than the whole of the DUN Sarawak to arrange its meeting time to suit the DPM’s visit.
What the State Government did is to relegate the importance of DUN sitting to be second to the DPM’s visit. This is not giving due respect to the highest law-making body of the State and it is also not doing justice to the Rakyat of Sarawak who elected the government of the day.
Even if the DPM cannot change his visiting schedule, it would suffice to have one or two ministers to accompany him while the rest attend the DUN sitting. There is absolutely no need for the whole cabinet to accompany the DPM throughout his visit, thereby sacrificing the time to discuss People’s business in DUN.
It should always be kept in mind of the Government that DUN sitting should be given the highest priority over all other government businesses or programs, be it the Federal or State Government businesses or programs.
We hope this is the last time that DUN sitting is ridiculed in such manner.

Chong Chieng Jen
MP for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa


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。”

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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

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 LBU or its holding companies? Dayaks are also Bumiputra, why are they left out?
On this question, I would like to remind Abdu Karim that by raising this issue, I am not importing the so-called West Malaysian racial politics into Sarawak. It is the act of the Federal Government to award the contract to a single-race company that is importing the West Malaysian racial policy into Sarawak. I am merely stating a fact so that such racial policy can be rectified.
3. While Adenan is preaching integrity and transparency and that the Sarawak cabinet ministers have signed the so-called “Integrity Pledges”, why is a contract worth more than RM10 billion awarded without open tender process?
4. While LBU has only been registered in 2011 and zero track record in construction and any trading activity, why was LBU appointed as the Main Contractor for the Pan Borneo Highway project? Is the government intending to continue with the “Ali Baba” contractor modus operandi in the implementation of its projects?
5. While the government is talking about cutting-costs, why create an Ali Baba middleman? Would it not make better sense for the Government to break down the whole stretch of Pan Borneo Highway into 20 – 30 smaller contracts, carry out open-tender processes and award the contracts directly to the ones doing the work, rather than going through LBU who will get the lion share of commission / profit, leaving the actual contractors smaller budgets to do the job?
Michael Manyin was saying that the works for the projects will not be dominated by one single race. He is either playing ignorant or just pure ignorant. The whole contract has already been awarded to LBU. It is now up to LBU to decide who will be the sub-contractors.
It is well-known in the industry that Main Contractor will take between 10% - 20% of the money and leaving the balance for the sub-contractors who actually do the job. As the Minister in-charge of public works, it would be a joke if Michael Manyin is not aware of this improper practice which has become a norm in public construction works for the Government.
I hope the 3 BN elected representatives can understand and reply to my 5 questions posed above and be accountable to the people of Sarawak.
Chong Chieng Jen
MP for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa


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?
“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。”

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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

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, 20% oil and gas royalty will give Sarawak an additional RM5.49 billion. This is 2.5 times the RM2.1 billion mentioned.
2. “Contracts worth RM2.1 billion to Sarawak contractors” means that Sarawak contractors have to come out with RM2.1 billion worth of material and work to earn that RM2.1 billion. This is totally different from the outright RM5.49 billion cash payment as oil and gas royalty.
3. Out of the RM2.1 billion worth of contract, I am sure a very substantial portion will be paid to import materials from suppliers who are not Sarawakians or to engage consultants who are not Sarawakian. Therefore, not the whole of the RM2.1 billion will be circulating in the Sarawak economy.
4. The contracts worth RM2.1 billion will benefits the local contractors who are awarded with the contracts. Its impact on the general public in Sarawak is limited. On the other hand, the RM5.49 billion royalty payment can be used by the Government to benefit all Sarawakian, especially the poor.
5. Even if all the contracts worth RM2.1 billion were to be awarded this year, they will definitely take more than a year to complete all. Therefore, it will not be RM2.1 billion worth of contract a year. The amount will be spread over a few years. On the other hand, if the 20% oil and gas royalty were to be given to Sarawak, it would mean an additional RM5.49 billion a year.
Given the above 5 points, Adenan should not try to use the RM2.1 billion worth of contracts to cover-up his failure to obtain 20% oil and gas royalty from PUTRAJAYA. Such failure to obtain the 20% oil and gas royalty from PUTRAJAYA shows the disrespect on the part of the Federal Government towards Sarawak’s rights.
It further proves that Sarawak BN is just an insignificant appendage to the Federal BN and that Sarawak BN cannot make any important decision without the nod from the Federal BN.
In the coming DUN sitting, I will suggest some ways whereby the Sarawak Government can compel the Federal Government to give in to the demand of 20% oil and gas royalty, PROVIDED THAT the Sarawak Government must have the political will and resolve that it is not a subordinate or a colony to the Federal Government.
Chong Chieng Jen
DAP Sarawak Chairman
MP for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa


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,如何让联邦政府就范,俯顺砂州政府的诉求。 但是先决条件就是,砂州国阵必须要有一个坚强的政治意愿,不要自贬为联邦的附属体或殖民地。

Saturday, April 11, 2015




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。”










‘Treat Sarawak equally to address secession notions’

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 Sedition (Amendment) Bill 2015 was passed by Parliament at 2.30am on Friday.

Sabah and S'wak 'neglected'

Chong said the federal government must also address the violation of the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement, which protects the rights of Sarawak and Sabah.

The Agreement was to bring development in Sabah and Sarawak on par with development in Malaya, but the two states had been mistreated and neglected, he alleged.

Chong cited a list of violation of the rights of Sarawak by the federal. They include the hudud issue, sending of 4,000 teachers to rural Sabah and Sarawak to carry out an Islamisation agenda, and the refusal to respect the request by the state for the gas and oil royalty increase.

Sarawak, he said, was very concerned over the Islamisation agenda as Malaysia was formed not to be an Islamic state.

“These are the causes of strong sentiments for the people Sabah and Sarawak to call for secession.

“The right thing for the government to do is to address the inequality of treatment and respect the rights of the people of Sabah and Sarawak.

“In this way, the government will reduce the sentiments to call for secession,” he stressed.

on MalaysiaKini(Apr 11, 2015)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Impian Education Camp

"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:

* 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.

Register as a volunteer with us for future updates at:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sedition Act amendment

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.


(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。




“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。”



Monday, April 6, 2015

张健仁动议修法 原住民统称达雅族

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。
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。

张健仁:免人才外流 砂应速承认统考文凭


Sunday, April 5, 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 indigenous to Sarawak and natives within the meaning of the ordinance should only be divided into two races, namely Dayaks and Malays.

“Under the proposed Sarawak Interpretation Ordinance (Amendment) Bill 2015 the word Dayaks shall include Bidayuhs (Land Dayaks), Bukitans, Berawans, Bisayahs, Dusuns, Ibans (Sea Dayaks), Kedayans, Kelabits, Kayans, Kenyahs (including Sabups and Sipengs), Kajangs (including Sekapans, Kejamans, Lahanans, Punans, Tanjongs and Kanowits), Lakiputs, Lugats, Lisums, Melanaus (originally spelt as Melanos), Muruts or Lun Bawangs, Penans, Sians, Tagals, Tabuns, Terings, Ukits and any admixture of these sub-ethnic groups with each other,” he added.

He said it was the wishes of the large majority of the natives of Sarawak to be unified as one race called ‘Dayaks’ and that the term ‘Dayaks’ be accorded the legal standing of the word to encompass all the different indigenous groups in Sarawak with the exception of Malays.

Chong said it was his hope that the proposed Bill would be passed by the house although it might be ‘hijacked’ or ‘adopted’ by BN members or ministers like in the past.

“Well, if they want to make some amendments to the bill and make it theirs it is okay with me for as long as the gist of it must still be there,” he said.

on BorneoPost(5/4/2015)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

张健仁:未列零税率商品 官员不“认识”哥罗面?


Friday, April 3, 2015

Two Sarawak noodles, only one with GST

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 hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Even some big retail chains are confused when they collect GST on newspapers," Chong added.

on thestar(3/4/2015)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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 throughout the surgeries.
Therefore, the 2 cardiothoracic surgeons are rendered helplessly redundant due to the lack of anaesthetist. They can only sit around helplessly while the queue of patients waiting for open heart surgery grows longer and longer. It is surely not their fault but the bad planning and neglect on the part of the Health Ministry.
Now, the problem is back to the time when there was only one cardiothoracic surgeon. Patients have to wait for 6 – 9 months before their turns for the operation.
This is a totally waste of human resources. The Health Ministry is wasting the time and talent of the extra 2 cardiothoracic surgeons and also doing a disservice to the patients.
I urge the ministry to quickly resolve the problem by sending sufficient anaesthetists to the said Specialist Hospital
In his winding-up, the deputy Health Minister acknowledged the short-coming and promised to resolve the matter as soon as possible.
Chong Chieng Jen
Member of Parliament for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa