Friday, January 20, 2017



诗巫要前进,市议会责无旁贷!

美景花园商业区面对基本设施严重损坏问题一路以来被市议会忽视显然对该处的商家十分不公平 !我日前巡视该商业区看到该处道路依然充满窟窿,水沟也开始崩塌,而且日趋严重,针对这问题我多年来就已多次提出,遗憾的是有关当局却视若无睹。

在中选为柏拉旺区州议员前我就对该商业中心的基本设施要求市议会和政府关注和提升以给商家和民众一个安居乐业的环境。在 2011 中选为柏拉旺区州议员后,我前后数不清有多少次向市议会投诉美景花园商业中心的破烂基本设施。可是市议会只会打太极利用一些不能成立的理由拒绝为该中心提供服务。

我十分不苟同日前市议会主席张泰卿声称因为该商业区还未移交给市议会管辖所以无法提供沥青重铺。

我想请问张泰卿,诗巫市议会是否有向该区商店业主收门牌税?收了多少年的门牌税?门牌税总数收了多少?如果张泰卿主席的理由站得住脚的话,那么是否市议会因为该商业中心还没移交给市议会就不应该收门牌税?

收了为何业主们每年还了门牌税却得不到公平对待?甚至有些业主向我们大发牢骚说,即然市议会对该处的基本设施严重损坏问题置之不理,那么他们是否也可以豁免付还门牌税?否则的话,这么多年以来诗巫市议会在该区所收取的门牌税,那些钱用去哪儿了?

此外,诗巫许多地方都已经移交给市议会管辖为何该处基本设施也还是十分差?比如位于南兰律第一巷以及临近的静雅路商业区一带,该处不只每年征收门牌税,甚至泊车费都收了,请问该处严重下陷问题已经这么多年了,为何诗巫市议会不去全面提升?

据我所知,人联党之前表示市议会要求美景花园商业区业主呈上联署签名请愿书以要求重铺沥清。我不知道人联党身为执政党的作为到底是什么,他们好像不知道执政党是要执行他们作为政府的任务而不是要向民众收集签名才能执行任务。

况且人联党的党主席沈桂贤就是地方政府部长,全部地方议会都在他管辖下,为什么这样一点民生问题都不能指示市议会立刻去解决,反而须要业主们呈上联署签名而多此一举?

人民绝不要看到政府只懂得向人民征税却没把份内工作给做好。诗巫人民希望诗巫市议会主席张泰卿能有一点表现,市议会不要往往一句没钱就把民生问题给撇开了。我也希望看到目前身兼都东区州议员的张泰卿能在今年季度的州立法会议上向州政府讨拨款来解决这些诗巫所面对的问题。否则的话,我劝请张泰卿自动退位让贤,让有魄力者来当任诗巫市议会主席!

我们也要人联党主席和砂地方部长的沈桂贤医生拿出一点点的表现,不要当一个当家不当权的部长



黄培根
行动党砂州副主席兼柏拉旺区州议员

19-01-2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

踏入年关嗅不到年味


日前我偕同助理走遍诗巫市区的大街小巷,察觉到虽然距离农历新年已不到两个星期,但是至今还嗅不到浓浓年味,往年在这时候市场已充满新春气息,甚至民眾办年货的热潮,惟自20154月开始落实消费税后,无论是商家或消费者都转向保守姿态,所以近年来的新春气氛一年比一年逊色。

如今再加上马币兑美元贬至4.50令吉兑1美元的关口已经让国内百货通膨进一步恶化导致国人都不得不勒紧裤带过活。这问题对市场衝击实在太大,几乎各行各业皆面对生意滑落的打击,因此已没有“闲情”与“闲钱”增添新年装饰。很多商家都在,各种基本开销能省则省,尤其是装饰品的费用,因此许多购物商场或大街小巷都看不到许多的新年装饰。

我们在走访的过程中,无论是消费者或商家都是叫苦连天,新年货品全都飙涨,比如进口年柑的价格涨了33%,花生瓜子也都涨15%,其它新春期间食品的各类罐头丶香菇丶零嘴及装饰品,都因马币贬值而相继调涨售价10%30%不等。

“许多商家向我们投诉说目前整个市场非常淡静,平均生意量大跌50%左右,跌幅惊人,继续下去恐怕会面临亏损,难以求存。一些金铺商甚至和我们大吐苦水说有时他们好多天都没有生意成交。”

为什么大马的经济一年不如一年?追根究底一切都是因为国阵政府几十年来太腐败!

我国蕴藏丰富的天然资源,但是因为国阵政府的滥权贪污而导致国库早已经被贪官掏空,比如大马一号官员的26亿丑闻,一马公司案件,政府挥霍4亿6千万购买专机等都浪费了许多国家的资源,而政府也以国库空虚为名,征收消费税,这根本就是向老百姓打劫!

首相纳吉更一度表示国内所实施的消费税不会对人民的经济造成负担。这恐怕只是纳吉和那些高高在上的官老爷不知民间疾苦而自欺欺人的一番谈话。消费税的实行就是国人一个噩梦的开始,市场普遍上的物品都被征收6%的消费税,在牵一发动全身的情况下许多物品都讯速的开始涨价,从此人民也被迫必须花费更多的钱来消费。

“国阵政府无视人民的生活困苦硬性实施劫贫济富的消费税政策,如今更遇上马币严重贬值,通货膨胀,万物嚷嚷涨价,这简直是把人民赶上了绝路 !”
以我们的砂拉越为例,几十年来在所谓本土政党管治下,砂拉越经济却日愈退步。虽然这里是一个地广人稀,天然资源非常丰富的州属,但因为长期被国阵政府剥削,而沦为全马最穷州属之一。砂拉越森林资源,特别是热带雨林的木材,可说是闻名世界,可惜在数十年来毫无节制砍伐下,绿色的原始森林已不复见。而砂州石油天然气资源,95%被联邦国阵拿走,只有区区的5%开采税的砂拉越又有何所得?

“砂拉越的资源在国阵朋党的掌控下,人民根本就无法受益!”

2015年接踵而来的消费税及马币日愈贬值问题对砂拉越人民来说简直是等于在伤口上撒盐。过去砂拉越政府也没有推出明显的改革经济结构这种关键政策,比如向联邦索回20%石油开采税来发展砂拉越经济方面由始至终只闻楼梯响,迄今还是没有明确的成果。随着日前首长阿德南的逝世,如今向联邦索回20%石油开采税已陷入了不明朗。至于新接任砂首长的阿邦佐哈里将会有什么新政策都还是未知数,这更加考验着砂拉越未来的经济前景。

去年的砂拉越选举,人联党借了当时新首长的东风赢下多个议席,可惜到目前为止也没有看到他们有任何实际的经济政纲来帮助振兴砂拉越的经济,甚至许多民生问题比如砂拉越医院设施问题他们都无力解决,这简直是有负选民的委托!

总而言之,万恶的源头皆因国阵!如今闻名全球的一马公司丑闻就是最好的佐证,我国贪官肆无忌惮的把数以十亿美元透过资金转移把国家的发展资金变成自己的钱。许多外资也因此对我国失去信心而大肆撤资,导致马币严重贬值甚至国家银行前总裁洁蒂都曾表示,只有解决一马公司的课题后,恢复外资的信心,我国经济与货币才有望回升。

国阵政府的贪污问题已经使我国逐步走向失败国,如今人民唯有用手中的一票让国阵政府倒台大马经济才会有救!”

黄培根
行动党砂州副主席兼柏拉旺区州议员

11-01-2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

诗巫中央市场多层停车场问题有待解决





日前我和助理们前往诗巫中央市场多层停车场视察,在这之前我们就接获许多的投诉有关于该处车位显示屏没有正常操作,导致民众无法准确地获取该停车场的泊车空位的信息,如今我们已经看到该停车场入口处电子车位显示屏已经完全停止操作。
对于诗巫市议会的驼鸟心态我感到非常失望,当问题发生后,他们不是选择解决问题而是选择逃避问题的发生 !如果电子车位显示屏未能正常运作,他们应该找专人设法改进,全面电脑化车辆进出记录系统并把数据连接至电子车位显示屏,而不是就如此般让它废弃而停止操作,这简直是在浪费纳税人的资源 !

我们都知道该区如商会路、海唇街、邱炳农路和丹斯里路等,由于交通拥挤,时常都面对泊车位不足的问题,所以车主们唯有涌入中央市场多层停车场里寻找泊车位,直到入口处都挤满了车辆,等候驶入停车场,尤其是每逢大节日这种情况更为严重。
电子车位显示屏,其作用是为了方便车主迅速找到泊车空位、减轻拥堵的的情况,随着它的停止操作,就会大大地降低了停车场使用效率。若停车位供不应求,车主得在停车场内盲目巡游的寻找停车位,这将给停车场制造了不必要的拥堵和秩序混乱的问题,尤其是诗巫城市转型中心(UTC)就设在该处,使得该显示屏更显为重要。

如今车位显示屏没有操作,民众根本就无法知道中央市场多层停车场内是否还有泊车空位,他们唯有以“博一博”的方式把车驶入停车场内。万一找寻车位不果,他们就得付“冤枉钱”,因为打从车辆驶进停车场泛围内就会开始计费,就算最终车主不能在里边找到泊车位,他也是得缴付泊车费。

我相信诗巫的民众绝对无法忍受类似没得到服务却也被迫付费的霸道作风!

“行动党要强烈抨击地方议会这种“坑钱”的手段!在还未采用自动付费系统之前,至少还有半小时“宽限”,即是车主把车驶入后发觉没有泊车位,而在限定的宽限时间内再把车驶出,他们则无需付费
为何如今采用自动付费系统后就取消这样的方式?我要呼吁诗巫市议会马上恢复之前的制度,给予车主们最少30分钟的宽限时间。若是为了民众的利益,地方政府应该要提供一个公平的运作方式,而不是设下类似的“陷阱”而让百姓花冤枉钱
此外,我们也在现场亲眼目睹停车场内的拥堵情况,同时也接到多位在场的车主的投诉,他们的车被堵在出口处因为还未在自动收费机付费。当他们被堵后才再下车去缴付泊车费导致随后而来的车辆大排长龙。这问题主要原因是因为告示牌太少,尤其是来自外省的民众,他们都还没意识到诗巫中央市场多层停车场的收费系统已经由自动收费机来取代过去的人手收费。 
随着诗巫城市转型中心在中央市场多层停车场内运作,现今已大大增加车流量,每天平均大约800辆车进出,地方议会应该要设立更多的自动收费机,而作为长期计划,诗巫市议会必须要全面提升中央市场多层停车场,比如效仿古晋和美里省多层停车场采纳“智能停车场管理系统”,这类技术甚至也已在各大购物广场的停车场广泛的应用,所以我相信诗巫也能做到,不过问题是在于带领诗巫的执政领袖是否有这意愿。

行动党要求诗巫市议会主席张泰卿马上解决以上人民所遇到的问题 ,若他不能解决,他有必要公开说明原因,而这也是普遍诗巫民众的共同心声。



黄培根
行动党砂州副主席兼柏拉旺区州议员

29-12-2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

黄培根:挑战人联党主席沈桂贤来诗巫和一起巡视综合政府诊疗所





诗巫乌也路综合政府诊疗所被许多的民众投诉已经不是一朝一夕的事,尽管过去行动党国州议员多次把问题传达给政府,但是非常遗憾的国阵联邦政府继续漠视这些问题的所在。
众所周知,乌也路综合政府诊疗所长年人满为患,有些病患为了争取能够领到前面的挂号甚至于清晨56时就已经守在门外,等诊所开放后第一时间递入病历卡领取看病编号。
日前我和特别助理就亲自前往乌也路综合政府诊疗所及南兰综合诊疗所视察及“体验”民众所面对的问题。两间的综合政府诊疗所相较起来,显然的乌也路综合政府诊疗所面对的问题严重许多。
我察觉诊疗所内环境简直是糟糕透了 !历时几十年的乌也路综合政府诊疗所内的设施几乎没有提升。诊所内部的座椅本来就有限,不足以容纳这么多的病患,因此站着等候原本是无可厚非。不过令人感到气愤的是部份座椅却久已失修,塑胶椅显得摇摇欲坠,有的甚至已脱落,但是当局却没有及时给予维修。病患身体已不舒适,现在连个椅子都没有的坐,而且一等就需要好几小时才轮到看诊拿药,尤其是对上了年纪的病患及行动不便者来说,更是苦不堪言。
此外,诗巫乌也路政府诊疗所病患逐年暴增,诊疗所内的空间太小,因看诊人数过多而拥挤,空调不足,影响空气流通。之前,政府声称因为地方受限所以无法扩建乌也路政府综合诊疗所,但是卫生部应该考虑拨款为整间诊疗所安装空调,翻新所有的椅子,这样至少能让病患有较舒服的环境等候问诊,同时,医疗人员在舒适的环境下也能更有效率的去服务病患。
国阵的部长们根本未能体会普罗大众的痛苦,他们自身或许有能力选择环境舒适的私人专科,但是对许多普通老百姓来说私人专科医院的昂贵医药费根本负担不起,这也是政府诊疗所病患人数一直增加的原因。我相信在糟糕的环境下不只病患感到痛苦,甚至该诊所内的医务人员也不好过。
“试问,部长们本身是否有能耐长期呆在拥挤闷热的工作环境?可能卫生部长自己长期坐在布城舒适宽敞的冷气房内惯了,所以无法有类似的同理心 !”
我们甚至接获诊所内的医务人员投诉说他们的工作环境需要改良,尤其是,配药柜台太窄极需要扩充。
在整个关察过程中,我们发觉配药处的人潮拥挤的情况最为糟糕,不只在乌也路综合政府诊疗所,甚至过后我们前往南兰综合诊疗所也是遇到同样的问题,尽管配药处的配药师已经非常努力的工作但是人潮还是“停滞”在配药处。在场许多民众也都纷纷向我投诉他们在诊疗所一等往往就是要半天,若是来自偏远乡区的病患,他们甚至要花上整天的时间。
不过至少南兰综合诊疗所内的设施和环境比乌也路综合政府诊疗所好许多,虽然后者历时较久,而且地方受限而不能扩建,但是,为何拨款全面提升诊所内的设施,尤其是安装空调系统都不能做到?
我们进行祥细关察及讨论后,做出了一些建议做为疏缓乌也路综合政府诊疗所人潮的方案:
(一)    政府必须增加诊所内的人手尤其是配药师,虽说空间受限,但是可以进     行轮班制,把工作时间延长至晚间九时半。
(二)    星期六照常运作至少半天至中午12时。
(三)    加强宣传,教育及鼓励民众,善用现有的“手机短讯预约拿药时间的服 务系统,此举可以缩短病患本身等候时间及减少泊车问题。
(四)    作为长期计划,政府必须在诗巫觅新地点兴建另一所综合政府诊疗所,把求诊人数分散。
追根究底,这些种种问题的衍生主要原因是国阵政府分配资源不公,没有正正把钱用在刀口上本来可以用于公共医疗、教育、福利的资源,被首相署夺取,导致医院拨款被削减而许多的提升计划被逼搁置我们可以看到2017年財政预算案中,首相署拨款佔了160亿。但实际上首相署並不需要那么多拨款,2008年阿都拉担任首相的时代,首相署拨款只有70亿令吉,可是现在由纳吉担任首相,2016年的首相署拨款就翻了3倍,增加至210亿令吉。
砂拉越政府医院长年人满为患,医疗团队却人手不足。阿德南领导的砂拉越政府必须索回医药自主权,让砂拉越政府能自行分配医药设施和医务人员,如此才能针对砂拉越内陆地区的各个情况进行有效的医疗规划。
针对砂拉越普罗大众所面对的医药问题,行动党呼吁砂卫生局总监拿督祖基菲里赞丹严正看待提升州内现有的医疗设备及服务的需求,当中包括新医院或诊所的增设。砂拉越行动党肯定还会继续把问题带入国会及州立法议会向国阵政府施压至到见到成果。
我们也要挑战人联党主席兼砂地方政府部长沈桂贤来诗巫和我们一起巡视乌也路综合政府诊疗所及南兰综合诊疗所来解决这个悬而未决的人民问题!

黄培根
行动党砂州副主席兼柏拉旺区州议员

22-12-2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

黄培根:经年失修 海唇街马克律道路待重铺



行动党砂州副主席兼柏拉旺区州议员黄培根认为,海唇街及马克律后巷走道应该重铺及美化,以利民众走动。
他说,他接到不少在上述后巷营业的商家反映后巷走道的问题,并发觉到海唇街及马克律商店后巷多处的走道虽然之前有铺上柏油,但经年失修,如今以出现凹凸不平,有些甚至龟裂造成坑洞。若有路人尤其是老人一不留意就会被绊倒,十分危险。
他发表文告称,2017是年诗巫旅游年,诗巫市议会之前宣布将进行一系列的提升基本设施工程,当中包含了观光景点走道、道路及卫生方面等。但是,地方议会似乎忽略了美化海唇街及马克律商店后巷,该处的商店都是在四五十年,甚至六十年前所建造,当初商家除了在商店前面营业,许多也在后巷开业,至今已经有数十年的历史,也成为了诗巫的特色之一。
配合旅游年除了道路及观光景点的基本设施活得提升外,地方政府不应该忽视一些市区后巷的历史文化特色。这些后巷有潜能打造成具特色和有吸引力的新概念景点,以便在市区有限的空间拓展更多新景观,带动更多外来人流和旅客进来这里。因此,诗巫市议会首要任务必须把后巷走道重新铺上柏油,全面提升它的容貌以给游客们留下好的印象。
美化老街后巷迎客来
黄培根表示,目前的诗巫市中心外的商业区发展得非常迅速,因此对市区内的商家造成非常大的竞争。为了保持平衡,他建议诗巫地方议会必须立刻把这几个深具有历史文化特色的老街后巷重新美化,使诗巫的商店后巷及边巷能够给人整齐美观的感觉,借此吸引更多人,提升商家们的生意额。
他称,诗巫近年来的经济走下坡,其中一个因素是人口外流,同时,本地未能长期连续性的吸引外来游客,因此,商家小贩的生意也越来越有限。其实这些后巷和街道已经有数十年的历史,建筑物拥有特色,诗巫市议会可以把它们重新打造起来,成为本区未来的新看点以带动外来人潮和游客进入本区。

诗巫后巷商业活动绝对是一个值得重新美化及打造。一旦落实这计划,未来就有机会为诗巫市区打造出一个新的看点以带动外来人潮和游客进入市区。我呼吁诗巫市议员们不要挂着头衔,他们应该多到市区走动亲身去了解民生问题,同时我也建议诗巫地方议会不要雷声大雨点小,而是必须立即派员探讨,拨款落实美化诗巫海唇街及马克律商店后巷,为诗巫市区的商业活动注入一股新活力。

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

巫统热衷玩弄族情绪当做政治筹码

最近的巫统大会上,巫青团副团长凯鲁阿兹万表示,若华裔继续支持行动党,他和巫青团将强烈要求中央政府停止拨款给华校、不颁发政府合约、不允许华裔任职公务员,甚至会出现“减少关注”或“消灭华小”的诉求等言论已经严重破坏大马的全民团结。

巫统的代表们每年在巫统大会上的种族极端言论不绝于耳,他们借此玩弄族情绪来当政治筹码。凯鲁阿兹万的停止拨款给华裔, 并也扬言将拨款转移给宗教学校及土著经济基金的言论也充份体现出巫统所散播的种族狭隘思维, 以及巫统霸权几十年来已经浅移默化的把国库当作自家的党库。

孰不知国家拨款并非是属于巫统,部长或副部长的钱,那是各族人民所缴纳的税款。这些钱是用在发展国家,让各种族都能均衡的享有发展的成果。但是,国家局势发展至今而来,我们可以看出这些人民所委托予政府管理的钱已经任由国阵巫统在滥用权力之下说了算。

一马公司案清楚显示了国阵政府对于贪腐丶挪用公款和滥用权力毫不在乎。它是马来西亚独立以来最大型的贪腐丑闻,该公司成立后至 2013 年之间,虽然政府官员与内部人员多次利用一马公司转移资金,盗用资产,导致几十亿的国家财富就此蒸发,但是在巫统的霸权下,至今涉及此案而身份呼之欲出的“大马一号官员”竟然不被提控,反而揭发此案件的在野党领袖都纷纷在被滥用的司法之下受到了对付。


巫统所发表的种族极端言论无非是想要转移视线国阵本身的管理不当,因为在国阵的政策下,马来人同样的也是受害者。比如汽油涨价,马来同胞也一样被逼使用贵汽油,食用油津贴取消后无论是什么族群也都同样食用贵油以及马币贬值所带来通货膨胀同样冲击各族人民,消费税政策的实施,难道马来同胞就不需要缴纳 6%的消费税吗?


随着第 14 届全国大选的脚步越近,巫统领袖更是把行动党当箭靶,并把行动党标签为奉行华人沙文主义的政党。巫统此举无非是在恐吓马来和华裔选民,同时也刻意标榜自己为捍卫马来族群的英雄,误导性的灌输若没有了巫统马来人就会失败的意识予支持行动党的马来选民,以期望在 308 大选和 505 大选国阵所流失的马来选票在来届大选回流国阵。

巫统领袖一而再,再而三的极端言论只会加剧种族两极化,这不但对国家建设没有帮助,反而破坏了大马要在 21 世纪成为一个具备国际竞争能力的国家。倘若是一个负责任的全国执政党,那么就应该在大会上把重心放在涵盖全民的国家政策,而不是让利用大会成为玩弄种族主义进行恐吓以达到政治目地的平台。

马来西亚若继续由崇尚种族主义及玩弄恐吓政治手段的巫统所主导的国阵执政的话,那么受苦的将会是各族人民,反之若由希望联盟执政的话,并不会如巫统主席兼首相纳吉所说的马来人权益会面对结束,马来机构将消失等问题,反而是那些朋党及利益集团将会遭受到终结,因为届时希望联盟将致力打造一个不分肤色,公正,廉洁,严厉杜绝贪污滥权的新政府。

黄培根
砂行动党副主席兼柏拉旺区州立法议员

( 02-12-2016 )

Debate speech Nov. 2016 (Sarawak Budget 2017)


Budget session
The budget session is very important as the budget shows how the government is going to allocate and share the resources, in the most basic form it is “who gets what, when and how?”
Legislatures play an important role in monitoring government budgets. Most democratic constitutions demand that parliament/state assembly deliberates on and approves the annual budget. Transparency and accountability are only achieved through independent checks on the integrity of a budget. Is government doing what it says it will be doing and is the monies spent to benefit the peoples?

Monitoring government budgets is also conducive to better decision-making within government and prevents leakages. It provides a forum for purposeful and concrete engagement between the executive, the legislatures and civil society around critical choices and allocation of resources.

The goal of the budget is supposed to ensure that public funds will be spent in accordance with the needs of the people, ensure that public projects are structured to benefit the peoples as opposed to politically well-connected as well as enabling Sarawakians to achieve greater economic freedom.

But in Sarawak, the BN government has all this while has a free hand as such many have labelled the state legislature as the rubber stamp of the executive branch and the minority views have been drowned /lost in the House.


Malaysia budget 2017
Tuan Speaker, are we happy about the federal budget 2017? Is our CM pleased with the scrap been thrown at Sarawak by the PM cum Finance minister? I know 2 of his deputies are happy about the Malaysian 2017 budget as they gave that away by telling the press.

However, our Minister for Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing DatukFatimah Abdullah said there were 486 dilapidated schools throughout Sarawak and 183 of them were categorized as ‘worse than others’.
“We need to upgrade all 183 dilapidated schools. They cannot wait. The allocation for only 30 schools does not even constitute half of the schools that urgently need repairs and upgrading.”
The CM when tabling the Sarawak budget 2017 said that the 2017 allocation under the national Budget is just NOT ENOUGH.
You see, Tuan Speaker, we have serious conflicting statements from the same cabinet. If our CM says the federal government is “stupid” then how about our own state government? Does the word “stupid” sound appropriate?
Tuan Speaker, so how much was the actual grant for Sarawak in budget 2017? RM 150 million! That’s like a drop in the ocean where the national budget is concerned and proves DAP right that the only way forward for Sarawak is for Sarawak BN to withdraw its support for national BN to show its resolve.

The allocation of only RM 150 million is not even 1% of the development expenditure of the Malaysia Budget 2017, not even 1 %. Imagine that the CM always says that because of the courteous relationship between the federal and state government we should be able to secure more from the federal government.

Again we see that no matter what the CM says and no matter how Petra Jaya supports Putra Jaya, we are still been left out to dry by ourselves. The pertinent rights such as the demand for 20% oil royalties was not even been mentioned much less been addressed by the PM in Budget Malaysia 2017.

Malaysia Budget 2017 also ignored the state government’s request for the return of stamp duties for land transfer, mortgage and other dealings, which was under the state’s jurisdiction and rightfully revenue for the state, but was wrongfully taken away from the state by the federal government.  A review of the special grants for Sarawak pursuant to the Tenth Schedule, promised to be reviewed every five years after the formation of Malaysia but was only reviewed once in 1969.


Sarawak to rise up
Sarawak can’t rise if our Petra Jaya bows to Putrajaya, all the talks about claiming back the rights are just rhetoric without substance.

The CM must take the lead after the state election when he pledges to restore the glory of Sarawak and take back our rights. He made restoring of Sarawak rights his election manifesto but how much progress do you think he has made or able to  make in his remaining 4 years in the post of CM. Time is ticking and he must spring the long marathon like it is a 100 meter race or else he will leave the office empty handed.

However, everyone now knows that the state of Sarawak being one of the poorest states in Malaysia was attributed by the facts that the state BN who have sold our rights away over the last half a century, the worst were
 1) supported the amendment of artice 1(2) which downgraded our status from a partner of three to just a state in Malaysia, 
 2) the signing of the Petroluem Act whereby Sarawak gave up our rights to oil and gas for a mere 5% of what we are worth, 
 3) the state BN support that passed the GST act making Sarawakian pay for 6% GST and thus the downward spiral of our economy and made so many poor Sarawakians poorer , 
 4) the unconditional support of the state BN for the National Security Act which made Sarawak lost any of its residual power because the PM and the council could revoke anything under the said act.


Export of sand, clay and stones, a case of Sarawak BN failure to defend our rights
These are the minerals extracted from our land, Sarawak. Previously, before this year, for the exportation of such sand, clay and stones, the exporters only need to get the permit from the Land and Survey Department. This year, the federal department of Mineral and Geo-sains, started to implement the new policy that all such exportation shall require the prior permits from the said Federal department.

The customs department works hand in hand with the said federal department and prohibits the exportation of such sand, clay and stones from Sarawak without the permit issued by the said department
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In addition, royalties are also charged by the said Department on the exportation of sand, clay and stones from Sarawak. As a result, the exporters from Sarawak have to pay both royalties to the state and federal government.

Tuan Speaker, by requiring a permit to be issued, the federal government is exerting its control over the exportation of natural minerals resources of Sarawak.

This is a new policy implemented by the federal government at the height of Sarawak government demanding for more autonomy and devolution of power. Instead of devolving more power to the state government, the federal government is now imposing its control over the jurisdiction that’s sorely ours.

The most disappointing fact in this further encroachment into the state autonomy is that the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment is a Sarawakian himself, the Member of Parliament for Santubong, a senior member of PBB, a local party.

While the Chief Minister is putting up a show of bravery to fight for more autonomy for Sarawak, his subordinate in PBB, sitting as a federal minister, is implementing federal policies which encroaches our state’s right.

It seems that the Sarawak BN Members of Parliament are not only sleeping in Parliament while Sarawaki’s rights are eroded, but the ministers from Sarawak sitting in Federal Ministries are taking active parts in the further erosion of Sarawak’s rights.
When Adun for Kota Sentosa raised the matter in Parliament, none of the Sarawak BN MPs dared to say anything, the minister himself did not even come o parliament to answer to the point raised.
Does the State government know about this? If not, are you sleeping after 50 years? If yes, why do you allow this to happen?

Tuan Speaker, I challenge BN law makers in this House not to speak of the lack of development in their constituencies if they will for they always talk about BN bringing developments while the oppositions can’t. In actual fact, they always talk about the lacking of the most basic amenities in their constituencies and never ask “why?” They blindly support the Administration and like I said earlier “sign Buta” of all the bills and motions or laws that the executive asked of them. For example if the government ask them to sign away the Immigration autonomy, I am sure they will just happily sign it away, that’s what I see of the BN lawmakers.

Tuan Speaker, we should not make this House the Rubber stamp of the BN government or else there is really no hope whatsoever for Sarawak. We need to rise above the gutter politics that had made us where we are today. There is no point crying all the time that we have been mistreated by the federal government when our lawmakers and leaders are blind loyalist of UMNO led BN.
Tuan Speaker, Sarawakians believe that as long as BN remains in Putrajaya the development disparity between Sarawak and peninsular Malaysia will never be able to be bridged as BN is the perpetrator for the poor state of the affair of Sarawak. 

We need the state government to pay more than lips services if we want Sarawak to catch up with the peninsular, words like “tidak cukup” or “we also want Sarawak to have the same facilities as enjoyed by our brothers and sisters in peninsular Malaysia” by the CM are not enough although they sound nice and brave to some.
When I tabled the motion for the state government to demand that the federal government to allocate funding for Sarawak Railway Line, when DAP and PKR tabled the motions to claim back our state rights and what not, the question the BN should ask is “are these beneficial to the people of Sarawak?” instead of seeing them as the Motions from the opposition.

My motion for a Sarawak Railway Line have captured the imagination of Sarawakians who all this while thought we will never catch up with the West Malaysia. What I did though was merely fighting for the rights of Sarawakians and we deserve better than what the BN government granted them.
Sarawak government must understand that if we do not demand, nothing will be given. The MP for Sibu has brought the question of a railway line in Sarawak to Parliament and was told by the Minister that because Sarawak has never brought up the matter and thus the federal government will not even entertain such an idea.
Tuan Speaker, so much about Sarawak rights and devolution of power.


Sibu marginalized
Tuan Speaker, since 2011, I have raised many issues about the developments of Sibu or rather the lack of them. Over the past 10 years, there is no new road or link being built/constructed in Sibu and Sibu’s development has basically come to a standstill. I have submitted a Sibu Outer Links’ proposal to the CM’s office in October 2015 and urged our CM to have it adopted into the 2016 budget. The 70 million proposal will ease the heavy traffic jam and solve the problem of the lack of connectivity among the densely populated residential and commercial areas in Sibu as well as pave the way to develop a low cost housing hub in Sibu.

Tuan Speaker, to deny Sibu the necessary budget in 2016 and 2017 is to totally cut Sibu out of the state development, the BN state government is in contempt of the people of Sibu as we don’t see any reason for the CM to refuse a proposal which is good for Sibu even if that proposal was initiated by the DAP.


Setting up free tuition in all the 82 state constituencies
Tuan Speaker, I have set up a community center in Pelawan and provide free tuition for kids from the poor families and a mini library for the benefits of the community in my constituency of Peawan.

DAP has set up an Impian House in Miri which provide free tuition for the 37 kids who live in the squatters in Miri.

Our Minister for Welfare, Women and Community Welbings was recently being reported saying she hopes that the Bill for the intervention programme to enhance students’ achievements in public exams will be approved.

Thus, I urge the state government to set up free tuition center in every constituency in Sarawak to assist the students and the parents, if DAP can do it then I don’t see any reason why the state government with an anuual budget of RM 5.3 billion can’t.


The Police Chief or OCPD Sibu
West Malaysian head of Federal departments or the Ketua Polis Daerah in Sarawak must understand that they are in Sarawak and must not be “sombong” as if they only have to be answerable to their superiors in Wet Malaysia.

Tuan Speaker, we have a KPD in Sibu who refused to have dialogue with the opposition elected representatives although we have written twice to him for a dialogue session to address the issues of security and crimes in Sibu.

Feedback from the public is that many KPD in Sarawak polis daerah are those who are almost of retirement age when they received their commission for the post of KPD and they lack the passion to serve knowing very well that it is simply a “pre-retirement posting”.

Tuan Speaker, as the Officer in-Charged of a Police District (OCPD), he should know that the police needs the cooperation of the general public if he wants to fight against crimes but how can he cooperate with the general public if he refuses to work together with their elected representatives? 

I urge the state government to seek an explanation from the Sarawak Police Chief and failing which the CM can use his immigration authorities to send back the KPD Sibu just like what he did to Petronas.All the west Malaysian serving in federal departments will then not repeat the mistakes made by the KPD Sibu and serve Sarawakians with dignity and respect.


GST and its effects on the local economy
Tuan Speaker, correct me if I am wrong, I was been told that the Rajang port authorities (RPA) has experience a sharp decline in its volume since the beginning of 2016. I was told that from its peak of handling 4000-5000 containers per month, it’s now handling something of 1000 containers per month and is not even able to meets its own operational cost.

The seriousness of this is RPA being the port handling the cargoes coming into central region of Sarawak and if what I was been told is correct, it shows that import of goods have dropped by 70% and the local economy in the central region is facing its worst in decades.

Tuan Speaker, many small marts in Sibu have closed down in the past 6 months and the reason being their business volume dropped sharply since the implementation of GST, they cannot claim the GST rebate and thus lost their competitiveness.

Businesses across the board have reported a drop of business from 50-70% this year and many will not survive until next year, from furniture stores to fashion outlets and to hardware stores, many are contemplating to wind up their business in 2017.

But I did not see any intention of the State Government to address this issue or any plan to help the businesses suffering due mainly by the GST. I want to place on record that because of State BN MPs supporting the GST Bill and their vote for the said BILL to pass in Parliament, the state BN must be held answerable for the state of the economic affairs in Sarawak.

Are we to blame on the federal government or should state BN take the blame as well? We can’t keep on the blaming game while we are a part of the state of the affair.



Tuan Speaker, I conclude my debate saying that a development biased budget and a rural biased budget tabled by the CM will not be able to get Sarawak anywhere because Sarawak has been robbed of our rights and resources and the only way forward will be for the state government to make a stand against the Bully in PutraJaya.

















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