Thursday, January 19, 2017

Chong: SUPP should ask for finance minister post, not DCM post

KUCHING: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) should be requesting for a finance minister post rather than badgering for a deputy chief minister post if it truly wants to serve the people.
State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said this was so because the post of deputy chief minister “has no portfolio or real power”.
In a statement yesterday, Chong cited several reasons that this post (DCM) was merely symbolic.
“For one, there is no specific function or power of a deputy chief minister. For instance, although Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing is a deputy chief minister, his jobs and functions are still in the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transformation. As for Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah his main job is still with the Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture and Rural Economy.
“Therefore, rather than asking for a token or symbolic post, why not ask for one that has real function and power, namely the finance minister post?”
Chong, who is also Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said it was also the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s wish not to appoint a deputy chief minister from SUPP.
“When he (Adenan) created the third deputy chief minister post in May last year, SUPP made a demand to have its leader appointed as a deputy chief minister. Its request was however rejected, which shows that it was his (Adenan) decision not to have a deputy chief minister from SUPP.”
He added so much had been said by SUPP leaders on continuing Adenan’s legacy and wishes but he questioned if they were true. Why was SUPP openly challenging his decision so soon after his passing and even within the seven-day mourning period.
“It seems that whatever is claimed by SUPP about continuing the legacy of the late Adenan, such claims were made merely for the purpose of political expediency.
“When it comes to the personal interest of a ministerial post for a SUPP leader, Adenan’s legacy or otherwise, is never a factor to be taken into consideration by SUPP.”
He also reckoned that the finance minister’s post could help the people better because the minister could do much more than a deputy chief minister.
“At least, a finance minister has the power to decide on financial allocation for Chinese and mission schools, and other purposes.”
The other reasons, Chong said was that SUPP used to hold the finance ministerial post and that if the party were to hold this post, it would surely have an absolute advantage over UPP because its president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh was only second finance minister.
“But the question is, why is SUPP not demanding for this post? Have they not thought about it, or rather, are they afraid of PBB?”
Nevertheless, Chong said there was no limit to the number of DCMs being appointed.
“Adenan increased the number to three and the new Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg can well further increase it to four, five or even six.
“The only limit imposed by the Sarawak Constitution is that there shall not be more than 10 other ministers in the cabinet. Nothing is said about the number of deputy chief ministers,” he said.
As such, he said apart from satisfying personal egos, there was no practical significance even if a SUPP leader were appointed a deputy chief minister.
“However, if SUPP truly wants to help and serve the people, the finance minister post is of more significance. Rather than talking about the deputy chief minister post, SUPP should demand the return of the finance ministerial post which it once held,” he said.
Theborneopost January 19, 2017, Thursday

Monday, January 16, 2017

Chong: No comment until end of mourning period

KUCHING: The state DAP will withhold any congratulatory notes or comments on the appointment of Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg as the new chief minister until the end of the 7-day mourning period for the passing of Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Its state chairman, Chong Chieng Jen, issued the statement in response to querries from media organisations which had asked him to comment on the appointment of Abang Johari as the new chief minister on Jan 13.
“To me, it is most inappropriate that the appointment of a new chief minister be made so soon after the passing of Adenan, especially given that the state government has just announced a 7-day mourning period.
“Why can’t the state BN wait out the 7-day period before plunging into the joy that comes with the new appointment,” he said through a press statement yesterday.
“Afterall, there is no danger of BN losing its power during the period. Why the rush? One day the state was in mourning and the next it was in congratulatory mood. Wouldn’t the latter diminish the notion of mourning?” he added.
Chong said all governments had a system and mechanism to operate for seven days without a chief minister.
“Sarawak has three deputy chief ministers. Couldn’t the three of them take up the job for the time being – for seven days? There is absolutely no reason to have the appointment and swearing-in to be made so soon.
“For the time being, I will not say anymore about Abang Johari’s appointment. I will not forward my words of congratulations yet.There are plenty of time for that after the seven-day mourning period.
“Let us, during this time, sit back, cherish the memory of Adenan and reflect on the things that he has done during the past three years, and think of those that he has yet to do which we must do, for the betterment of Sarawak,” he said.
TheBorneoPost January 15,2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Chong lodges police report against false online accusation

Chong (centre) and Yii (left) hold up statement and printout of the online report respectively. Also seen is Aziz.
KUCHING: State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen yesterday lodged a police report against an online write-up that accused a DAP Sarawak leader of questioning the funeral cost of former chief minister the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said none of the DAP Sarawak leaders had queried the late Adenan’s funeral cost.
He also made it clear that the website which published the false news report was not run by Pakatan Harapan.
“I have checked with the leaders (in Peninsular Malaysia). The website www.suarapakatanharapan.com is not operated and administered by us,” he told reporters when lodging the police report at the One Stop Centre at Jalan Simpang Tiga here yesterday.
Also with him were his special assistants Kelvin Yii and Abdul Aziz Isa.
Chong pointed out that the late Adenan was one of the very few Barisan Nasional leaders who deserved a state funeral.
As such, he reiterated that DAP Sarawak would never question the funeral cost of the late Adenan.
Chong said the website’s operator intended to ‘give false impression and perception that the website belongs to Pakatan Harapan’.
He added that the false online report had shown disrespect and contempt towards the late Adenan.
Chong opined that any true Sarawakian who took a look at the content would discover that the writer of the report did not understand the state’s politics.
Chong also provided the press with printouts of the online report. Not only did the report fail to name the DAP Sarawak leader but it also spelt the immediate former chief minister’s name as ‘Adenan Satim’.
The opposition leader said the untimely demise of Adenan also saddened the DAP.
“Using such fake website and news, I would say, is a very low political tactic. Only very low-life political party would do it,” stressed Chong.
He thus called upon the authority to look into the website’s owner.
Asked if he would take legal action, Chong said: “The police will have to investigate first. They should have the information.”
TheBorneoPost January 15 ,2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

张健仁:文化渗透砂 本土党阻不了巫统

(本报古晋9日讯)行动党古晋区国会议员兼该党砂州委员会主席张健仁认为,砂拉越的本土政党无法阻止巫统的文化渗透砂拉越!
张健仁今日在砂行动党总部召开的新闻发布会上,针对快餐店禁止民众携带非清真蛋糕入他们快餐店一事表示,虽然巫统无法实体的在砂拉越设立支部,但是这些事件都是典型的巫统政策。巫统的文化和政策已渗透入砂拉越。
他认为,宗教局回教化的政策已慢慢渗透入商业领域,而这些都与巫统的政策扯不开关系。
他认为,砂首长拿督巴丁宜丹斯里阿迪南沙登可以重新检讨砂拉越政府的政策,以防巫统的文化和因素深入砂拉越。
转载自诗华日报 

东西马差距大 练习本售价不一

(本报古晋9日讯)东西马小学练习本价格差距8%至9%,为砂家长们带来达3千万令吉的额外开销。
张健仁(中)在朋领区州议员杨薇讳(左)及特别助理俞利文(右)的陪同下召开新闻发布会。
行动党古晋区国会议员张健仁呼吁尤其是砂政府,注重于捍卫砂普通百姓的权益,而不是在争取砂教育主权课题上,仅提及选建校的承包商及建学校等的课题,而是也关注普通百姓的权益。
张健仁于今日在砂行动党总部召开的新闻发布会上披露,在东马所售卖的小学练习本与西马所售卖的价格有5.7%至11.6%,或30仙至0.6仙的差距。
强制学生购买
他进一步披露,政府强制要求小学生都必须拥有这些小学的练习课本,而父母须自掏腰包自己购买。
“既然是强制要求学生必须拥有,那就应该统一价格,不要在让父母买贵书,加重父母的负担。”
他说,根据统计的数目,他预计砂州的小学生人数达30万人。如果父母每年都需要付额外的100令吉为孩子购买强制要求的课业本,那总数将达3亿令吉,而其10%便是3千万令吉,也为砂学生的父母带来达3千万令吉的额外开销。
加重父母负担
他认为,这对东马的父母有欠公平,因为这些练习本是强制要求学生必须购买,而比起西马的父母,东马的父母还需要付多余的钱。
他也认为,邮寄费不应成为课本价格差距的原因,如果是,那将对尤其是内陆地区的学生,如加帛的课本更贵了。
“如果真的是邮寄费而导致东西马的练习课本价格有所差距,那政府更应该介入解决。”
另外,他指出,砂首长拿督巴丁宜丹斯里阿迪南沙登一直以来谈及的砂教育自主权或权力下放也只谈及让砂政府委任建校的承包商及决定学校的地点,根本没谈及学校的课程,也忽略了砂普通百姓的权益。
转载自诗华日报

Monday, January 9, 2017

DAP: East Malaysians should not pay more for textbooks

Sarawak DAP chief says if shipping cost is the reason for the higher price of books, then the difference should be subsidised by the government.

KUCHING: Sarawak DAP today urged Putrajaya to standardise the price of school textbooks for pupils in East and Peninsular Malaysia as East Malaysians are paying more for the same books that are made compulsory by the government.
Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen pointed out that currently, the price difference ranged from 5.7% to 11% for textbooks required by the school syllabus of primary pupils, adding that this was an additional burden for those studying in East Malaysia.
“I think there should be a uniform price and we should not be made to pay more than those in Peninsular Malaysia,” Chong said.
One example he cited was the English language revision book for Standard Six pupils, which is sold at RM4.30 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM4.80 or 11.6% higher in East Malaysia.
The Bahasa Malaysia exercise book for Standard Five pupils is sold at RM5.70 in Peninsular Malaysia and priced at RM6.30 in East Malaysia.
Based on 2011 government data, Chong said there were 289,000 primary school pupils in Sarawak.
“At about RM100 (for each parent) to buy books, you’re talking about RM30 million in additional costs. That’s money sucked out of Sarawak, on average, every year,” Chong said.
Chong also said that if shipping cost was the reason behind the higher prices of textbooks, the cost difference should then be subsidised by the government.
“If the shipping cost is a concern, then the government has to step in, otherwise the books would be more expensive in rural areas,” he said.
“The shipping cost should not be made a reason because these are books made compulsory by the government. The people have no choice but to purchase it.”
freemalaysiatoday january 9,2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

DAP wants public transportation improved

KUCHING: Poor public transportation remains a serious issue not only in this city but across Sarawak that leaves many poor and low income working-class residents crippled with limited mobility and placed additional strain on them financially.
Thus, there is a crucial need to invest in and revive the public transport services, particularly in Kuching, to improve people’s accessibility to just about everything – work, schools and services, Democratic Action Party (DAP) pointed out.
To illustrate their point, Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong said many public bus services throughout Kuching City had been axed in the past several years.
“Many residents in Bintawa have complained after the buses operating to some routes here have been cut for three months now, while the bus services to some areas in Sungai Apong have stopped a year ago,” she told a press conference at the Bintawa Hawker Centre yesterday.
“Now, only bus no. K1 to Muara Tabuan light industrial zone and Tabuan Jaya and bus K11 to King Centre are still operating in the Bintawa area,” she elaborated.
Because of that, she added, many residents in Bintawa area, especially from the low-income group and the elderly, had to seek other means of transportation like private vans to commute to their destinations.
“Public transport like buses are a necessity, an extremely important mode of transport for the poor citizens who can’t afford cars particularly,” she stressed.
DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, who is also Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, highlighted that proper public transportation system is a key factor in every good town planning.
“A truly developed country is where even the rich or well-to-do are willing or regularly take public transport like buses, instead of every household owning two to three cars,” he said.
To show their displeasure with the government for totally neglecting the public bus services in Kuching, DAP held a protest at the bus stop opposite the Bintawa Hawker Centre.
“The public bus service in Kuching is disappearing and there are only 100 over buses operated by four private companies currently which are grossly insufficient considering the size of the population,” Chong said.
He added that DAP had on many occasions reminded the government of the need to improve public bus services in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.
“The Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, had during the state election campaign said he might consider providing free public bus service but after the election, the state government is totally silent about it,” he said.
He suggested that government use the suggestions tabled in the past State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sittings on how it can approach this issue.
“First, acquire shares of all the four existing bus companies. Second, purchase 200 more buses. Third, provide free public bus service in Kuching for the first five years,” he suggested.
“Taking into account the financial reports of the existing bus companies and market rate of new buses, it will take only about RM150 million on the part of the government to fully acquire the four companies, purchase 200 new buses and cover the operation cost for the first year,” he said.
“Operation cost for subsequent years will be about RM50 million a year,” he added.
On why there is a need to provide free bus services in the first five years, Chong said it is to allow people to try, change commuting pattern and adapt to public transportation.
TheBorneoPost January 6,2017

古晋公共巴士服务 张健仁:砂政府完全忽略

 (古晋5日讯) 古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员张健仁抨击砂州砂州政府,完全忽略古晋市公共巴士服务。

张健仁指出,公共巴士服务是任何城市规划的必备元素之一。 一个有良好城市规划的政府,首要的任务就是策划好公共巴士服务。

他说,良好的公共巴士服务是唯一可以解决城市交通堵塞问题的方案。 无论政府花多少钱扩建道路,它都有一个空间的局限,不能解决城市交通堵塞的问题,有时甚至会加剧城市交通堵塞的问题。 唯有落实良好公共交通工具服务,才能解决城市交通堵塞的问题。

“除此之外,良好的公共交通工具服务,也可减轻中下层的日常的交通开支,减轻他们的生活负担。”

张健仁表示,一个真正先进发达的国家,是连有钱人也乘搭公交(巴士)的社会,而不是每家庭都拥有一辆或两辆车。

“好的政府是要确保公交素质提升至有钱人也愿意乘搭巴士。 第二类,那些比较不好的政府是敷衍公交服务让贫穷阶级的人士至少有巴士乘搭。 最糟糕的政府就是,连公共巴士服务都不提供的政府,任由无车人士自生自灭。 砂国阵就是这第三类最糟的政府,连基本的公共巴士服务,也逐渐消失。”

张健仁指出,砂州行动党有数次向州政府建议,应该全面改善砂州4大城市,古晋、诗巫、民都鲁和美里的公共巴士服务,及提供给这4个城市的居民,免费公共巴士服务。 惟,遗憾的是,阿德南除了在去年5月州选时期表示可以考虑之外,选举过后就无声无息了。

张氏说,就以古晋的公共巴士服务而言,根据部长在州议会所给予的答案,目前是由4家公司经营,总共约有100辆巴士在使用。

他指出,以古晋如此大的城市,只有区区100多辆巴士,是非常不足的。 因此针对如何改善古晋公共巴士服务,行动党提出以下3点建议:
1. 政府全面收购目前在这4家公共巴士公司;
2. 之后,政府再拨款购买多2倍新的巴士,从原本的100多辆巴士增至300多辆巴士;
3. 在古晋,首5年提供全免费的公共巴士服务。

他也指出,根据现有巴士公司的财务报告以及巴士的市价所做的估计。政府只需要大约1亿5000万令吉令吉,就可全面收购目前这4个城市的公共巴士公司、购买多2倍数量的新巴士,以及资付第一年的运作费。 接下来的第二年的运作费大约是5000万令吉。

“由于乘坐巴士对许多驾车人士是个全新的生活方式,因此,政府必须在首5年提供免费公共巴士服务,这才能有足够的吸引力促使人民改变他们的通勤习惯。”

张健仁也列出免费公共巴士服务的许多好处:

1. 减轻生活负担

• 可使几万人节省汽油开支、停车费、汽车维修费,甚至可让人民不再需要购买汽车。 一个家庭(若一辆车而已)每个月最少可节省300令吉。
• 可让刚开始工作的年轻人不需买新车,这可节省高达每个月至少400令吉的付汽车贷款的开支。
• 直接受惠这免费公共巴士的人士,大部份将会是工作阶级中下层人士。

2. 解决古晋市交通堵塞问题
• 古晋的交通堵塞,主要是发生在人们上下班的时间。免费公共巴士服务可节省每月约300只700令吉的开支,肯定将吸引许多工作阶级人士改乘巴士。这将可以大大的减少路上行驶的车辆。每天可减少路上至少一、两千辆的汽车。这肯定可以解决交通堵塞问题。

3. 增加就业机会

• 政府增加巴士数目和运作,需要更多的驾驶、行政和技术人员。这将增加就业机会。

4. 减少道路车祸
• 减少道路上车辆的行驶,也可减少道路车祸。

5. 绿色环保
• 减少路上车辆的行驶,也可减少汽车的排气量,减少一氧化碳和汽车的排污。这对环保有很多的帮助。

6. 减少政府的道路维修费

• 根据国际的调查,更多人以巴士替代个别汽车代步,这将可减少道路的损坏和折旧。它可减少政府维修道路的开支。

张健仁说,免费公共巴士服务是一个新的概念。政府应慎重考虑这建议,而不是整日价的只会喊等拨款扩建道路。

“砂州政府自夸拥有270亿令吉的储备金,只花区区的1亿5000万令吉就可解决古晋市的交通堵塞问题,这区区1亿5000万令吉只是砂州政府270亿令吉的九牛一毛而已,却可协助平民百姓减轻他们的生活负担。 何乐不为?”

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

油价涨人民苦 张健仁:应恢复津贴

 (古晋2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强烈谴责国阵在如此经济低靡时刻,调高国内汽油和柴油的价格,使平民百姓的生活雪上加霜。

政府于昨日2017年的第一天,调高全国汽油和柴油的价格,RON95和柴油价格各调高20仙至RON95每公升RM2.10而柴油则每公升RM2.05,RON97的价格也被调高15仙至每公升RM2.40。 其所给予的理由是国际油价上升,因此在没有津贴的情况下,国内的汽油和柴油价格也被调高。

张健仁指出,做为一个石油出口国,国际油价飙升,对政府的收入有增加,就算给予国内人民一些汽油和柴油的津贴,整体上,政府收入还是有增无减。 更何况,石油是属于国家的天然资源,不是国阵政府的专利。 石油所带来的利润,一小部份用在汽油柴油的津贴惠及人民,又何错之有?

他透露,在全球石油出口国当中,马来西亚的国内汽油和柴油价格是最贵之一。

“尤其是在如今马币贬值,百货通胀的经济经济低靡的时刻,大部份人民的收入都不足以应付日常的开支,而新年的到来,孩子们开学等额外的开支更是使人民生活百上加斤。”

“一个真正关心人民的政府,不会在这种经济状况和时候,调高油价加重人民的生活负担的。 只有一个不管人民死活的政府才会在过年的第一天就给人民迎头棒喝,调高油价。”

张健仁说,人民刚迎来2017年的第一天,国阵政府就送全国人民如此一个“大礼”,最大原因是因为国阵在砂州选举胜利之后,对来届国选信心百倍。 因此,可毫无忌惮的向人民开刀。

张氏也指出,这次的油价上调,再次证明,无论阿德南和砂国阵如何的吹嘘捍卫砂州自主权,它们连砂州人民最基本的柴米油盐的价格和人民基本生活的问题,也无法捍卫。 一切阿德南所谈的“自主权”,只是砂国阵的政治把戏,讲了两年多了,人民生活也不见有任何改善,反而日益幸苦。

“无论是砂国阵,还是全国国阵,它们都是同属一个贪污腐败滥权的国阵。 当国库因为长期的贪污和浪费而空虚的时候,人民就会被国阵政府强逼去付它们的贪污债。 今天国内油价的上涨,就是国阵政府强逼人民替国阵还国阵的贪污债。”

DAP: Fuel price hike shows BN confident of election win

Sarawak DAP leader says BN’s 2016 Sarawak election victory has given PM the confidence that he can do anything he wants and yet keep his supporters.

KUCHING: The DAP says the Jan 1 fuel price hike shows the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) is confident of winning the general election, widely expected to be held this year.
“For BN to increase petrol and diesel prices now and in an election year, is an indication that the BN is confident of winning the coming (general) election,” said Sarawak DAP leader Chong Chieng Jen in a statement.
“To a large extent, BN’s showing in the 2016 Sarawak election has given (Prime Minister) Najib (Razak) that confidence. In other words, he can do anything he wants and yet the people will continue to support the coalition and return BN as the government,” he said.
BN won 72 of the 82 state seats in the Sarawak election held in May. Najib, who heads the BN coalition, must call for a general election no later than June 2018.
Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP, criticised the government for raising the price of fuel.
He said putting the blame on rising international oil prices did not make sense as the government’s overall oil revenue should also have increased.
He said there was nothing wrong in using part of the proceeds from the production and export of oil as petrol and diesel subsidies to benefit the people, especially now when the ringgit was depreciating.
The country, he said, was in an economic slowdown and people were finding it extremely hard to make ends meet.
“Besides, at the start of the school year, many parents incur extra expenses for their children. This is surely not the right time to increase petrol and diesel prices,” he added.
The price of RON 95 and diesel were raised by 20 sen per litre to RM2.10/l and 2.05/l respectively. The price of RON 97 was increased by 15 sen to RM2.40/l.
The finance ministry has defended the move, saying high-income earners were benefiting from the subsidies due to their use of large vehicles.
freemalaysiatoday january 3,2017