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Lim Guan Eng

Posted: 16 Sep 2011 01:55 AM PDT

Lim Guan Eng


Happy 48th Malaysia Day! (en/cn)

Posted: 16 Sep 2011 12:12 AM PDT

Let Us Ensure That Not A Single State Nor Citizen Is Left Behind!

48 years ago Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore took the bold step to form Malaysia. Singapore subsequently left 2 years later in 1965 but both Sabah and Sarawak remained. Unfortunately all the economic and social indicators show that Sabah and Sarawak continue to be left behind whilst Singapore has soared to surpass Malaysia in 2010 as the 3rd largest economy in ASEAN after Indonesia and Thailand.

Why did 7% continuous economic growth for more than 25 years leave behind not only oil-rich states like Sabah and Sarawak but also Terengganu? The "Growth Commission" Report (2008) by Economics Noble Laureate Michael Spence identified Malaysia as one of the 13 countries in the world that enjoyed sustained growth of 7% for more than 25 years based on 5 common characteristics:-
1. fully exploited world economy;
2. maintained macroeconomic stability
3. exhibited high savings and investment;
4. relied on markets to allocate resources; and
5. committed and credible governments

The answer why Sabah, Sarawak or Terengganu is left behind is corruption in Peninsular Malaysia, endemic and entrenched in Sabah and Sarawak. Too much have been lost. The shocking revelations by the US-based financial watchdog Global Financial integrity of RM 888 billion illicit capital flight from Malaysia between 2000-2008 cost is shocking. This means that every Malaysian man, woman and child have lost RM 33,000 each over 9 years!

South Korea's GDP per capita was one third of Malaysia in the early 60s, but is now 3 times that of Malaysia despite having a bigger population of 48 million people. South Korea succeeded because they successfully fought not only corruption but reconnected with both the economic and ethical values of hard work, openness, integrity and innovativeness.

This is the desperate political battle for the economic soul of Malaysia that we can not lose. The time has come for Malaysians to choose carefully. Only a two-party system can ensure peace, harmony and that Malaysia’s rich natural resources benefit 27 million Malaysians. A two-party system requires a strong opposition which can not only deny BN its customary two-thirds majority but also able to change the government.

For those who say that PR does not know how to govern, the 4 PR states of Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan have proven our ability by beating the other 10 BN states by attracting RM25 billion in investments comprising 53% of Malaysia’s total investments of RM47.2 billion in 2010. For the first time in history, Penang is now the new champion of investments in Malaysia, coming out top in 2010 with RM 12.2 billion.

Let us reject a crony government in favour of a people's government centered on 3Es of enabling the people with skills and education, empowering them with rights or opportunities and enriching the people by ensuring that the fruits of economic success can be shared.

Let us therefore teach our children hope and build their confidence that they can be as good as they want to be and not be forever deprived or condemned to be inferior merely on account of the colour of their skin.

Let us fight and protect each other based on freedom, justice and truth. Let us ensure that no single state or citizen is left behind. Then only can we lock our arms together and our heart beat as one for this beloved Malaysian nation that belongs to all whether black, brown, white or yellow.

Happy 48th Malaysia Day!

DAP Malaysia Day Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 16.9.2011

——- Mandarin Translation —–

民主行动党秘书长兼巴眼区国会议员林冠英于2011年9月16日在吉隆坡发表马来西亚日献词:

让我们确保没有一个州属、没有一个公民被忽略!

48年前,沙巴、砂拉越和新加坡踏出勇敢的一步,与马来亚共同成立马来西亚。两年之后(1965年)新加坡脱离马来西亚,沙巴和砂拉越则继续留下来。不幸的是,所有经济和社会指标都显示沙巴和砂劳越持续落后,新加坡甚至在2010年超越马来西亚,成为东盟国家当中第三大经济体,仅次印尼和泰国。

为什么连续25年的7%成长率,会让那些拥有石油的州属像沙巴、砂劳越甚至是登嘉楼被发展抛在后头?诺贝尔经济学奖得主斯宾塞(Michael Spence)的2008年成长委员会报告书指出,马来西亚是全世界其中13个连续25年享有每年7%经济成长率的国家之一,这些国家的5个共同特征如下:

1. 全面利用世界经济;
2. 维持宏观经济的稳定
3. 高存蓄率及投资率;
4. 依赖市场分配资源; 及
5. 拥有热心及可信任的政府

为什么沙巴、砂拉越和丁登嘉楼会落后,这是因为马来半岛的贪污已经在沙巴和砂拉越蔓延、生根。我们失去太多了。美国金融机构全球金融诚信(GFI)揭露,在2000年至2008年期间,马来西亚流失的非法资金高达8880亿令吉。这意味着,每一名马来西亚人,不分男女老少,每个人在这9年内失去了3万3000令吉。

韩国的国民生产总值在60年代只有马来西亚的三分之一,但是现在是马来西亚的3倍,尽管他们拥有约4800万人口,比我们多。韩国会成功,不只因为他们成功肃贪,也因为他们将经济与一些伦理价值如:勤勉、开通、廉正及创新联系起来。

我们正陷于一场为马来西亚经济灵魂而奋斗的政治战场,我们孤注一掷,无论如何绝不能失败。是时候马来西亚人小心地选择。唯有两线制可以确保我国的和平与和谐,并让我国2700万人都受惠于马来西亚丰富的天然资源。两线制需要强大的在野势力,这个股势力不仅仅要足以否决国阵三分二议席,也还必须能够改朝换代。

对于那些指民联不会做政府的人,我们已经通过槟城、雪兰莪、吉打和吉兰丹证明我们超越其它10个国阵州属,在2010年,这四个州属吸引了250亿令吉的投资额,占全马总投资额的472亿令吉的53%。这也是历史上,槟城所获投资额达122亿令吉,全马居冠。

让我们拒绝朋党政府,选择执行"三民任务"- 启迪民智、赋权予民及富国强民的政府。
让我们教导我们的孩子,心存希望,建立他们的自信,让他们可以做到心里想像的一样好,不要让他们因为自己的肤色,而永远被剥夺机会或觉得自卑。

让我们为自由、公义、真相而斗争,互相守护。让我们确保没有一个州属、没有一个公民被忽略。唯有这样,我们才能因这个由不同肤色人民所爱的马来西亚而团结起来。

祝马来西亚48岁生日快乐!

林冠英

Charles Santiago

Posted: 15 Sep 2011 11:49 PM PDT

Charles Santiago


Najib Does a Houdini on Democracy

Posted: 15 Sep 2011 08:09 PM PDT

I would not celebrate. Not just yet. Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s announcement to repeal the Internal Security Act (ISA) is welcomed. But I would have been happier if it came with no catch.

Whichever way I look at the announcement, it is clearly a victory for the people – the thousands who took to the streets demanding that ISA be repealed, the detainees who fought for the archaic law to be abolished as it strips people off dignity and the human rights activists who worked tirelessly, denouncing the Act.

But Najib is replacing ISA with two new laws. We are unsure of the ambit of these laws and it's unclear if it would still make provisions for arbitrary arrests.

Whatever little we know now is enough to make me look at Najib’s “greater democracy” speech with suspicion. And especially as the government is tinkering with the idea of bringing in an  Anti-Terrorism Act which would mirror the US Patriot Act.

In the US, this Act dramatically reduced restrictions on law enforcement agencies to search financial, business, medical and telephone records, expanded the powers of these agencies, gave the immigration wide discretion to detain and deport immigrants suspected of terrorism-related activities and conduct surveillance on individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities even though they are not linked to terrorist groups.

In short anyone and everyone suspected to be linked to terrorist organizations could be nabbed, humiliated, subjected to long-hours of interrogation and charged at the prerogative of the government. And all because terrorism is a sexy word and one that is used to bulldoze through a person’s life.

Under the ISA, the Home Minister had the power to do just that. So where is the change, I am wondering.

And what media freedom exactly? As I look at it, the media organizations would still be under the watchful eye of UMNO and the Barisan Nasional government. Replacing a license which needs yearly renewal to a one-off permit that could be revoked if the media organizations did not dance to the tune of the government does not amount to further freedom for the media workers.

In fact, Najib made it even more difficult for the media organizations as there is no way to challenge the Home Minister’s decision to revoke a publishing license. In essence, it means that papers and TV channels would have to shut down if they wrote or reported on issues which the government is not happy about.

The premier, to make my suspicion worse, did not raise crucial provisions under the Sedition Act or Official Secrets Act. Both these laws limit the freedom of media workers.

Najib has promised amendments to Police Act to grant greater freedom of assembly but warned against street demonstrations. And we still need to write in for permits for peaceful rallies.

However hard I try, it’s incredibly difficult to give credit to Najib’s so-called slew of reforms for a better Malaysia. These policy changes are his boldest announcement since he came to power. In his speech Najib also said that heading towards a bolder democracy was risky but crucial for his government to survive.

Therefore, it’s obvious that Najib is making hasty decisions to bolster support for himself and UMNO ahead of the general election, which is widely expected to be held within the next six months.

Najib’s popularity took a dip following the way he mishandled the Bersih 2.0 rally. From a high 72% popularity rating in June 2010, the Merdeka Center survey showed a 59% support level recently.

Now Najib has a bigger headache to handle and it would be exciting to see how he pacifies the right-wing faction within his own political party, who were never happy with efforts to shake the status quo. Either that or the premier would, again, make a U-turn on these policy changes.

He was too weak to keep his promise of allowing Bersih 2.0 to use any stadium to hold a peaceful protest and unwilling to take on Perkasa for the rubbish dished out.

When I re-look at Najib’s speech text, it becomes clearer that he has done a Houdini. Without the specifics, this is nothing but mere hot talk.

The devil is in the details. And UMNO cannot be trusted.

Charles Santiago

Member of Parliament – Klang


Greater Democracy, Greater Democracy – Najib’s new buzzword and mirage

Posted: 15 Sep 2011 03:15 AM PDT

Source: Malaysia Chronicle

Written by  Melissa Lee

In a few hours time, Prime Minister Najib Razak will make announce a slew of earth-shaking reforms, including relaxing the Internal Security Act, if the information from his administration is accurate.

But after so many rounds of let-down, few Malaysians are holding their breath and certainly no believes that the measures would “redefine the political landscape of Malaysia.” A government source was reported by the Star to have said, “We already have the Government and economic transformations. This is now the time for political transformation in line with current global developments.”

However, despite the sweet words, most Pakatan leaders are expecting more cosmetics from the 58-year-old Najib, who desperately needs to prop up his fast-sinking popularity. His approval rating plunged 6 percent to 59 percent in August compared to 65 percent in May.

"’Greater Democracy’ is going to be the next buzzword,” predicts a caustic Charles Santiago, the DAP MP for Klang.

“Just like the previous buzzwords like NEM, NKRA and such, ‘Greater Democracy’ is going to be nothing more than hot air, a public relations gimmick to win boost his waning popularity caused by his mishandling the Bersih 2.0 rally, his inability to bring down the cost of living, his silence when the international community condemns Malaysia as a country that violates the rights of refugees. The ‘Greater Democracy’ that is to be announced will be a short list of inconsequential measures that will give the impression that the Barisan Nasional government has the people's interest at heart.”

Very easy, implement electoral reforms immediately

Charles is not the only opposition leader with such a view although few wish to appear as ‘spoilsports’ before the speech due at 8.45pm Thursday night, as part of Najib’s Malaysia Day address.

Tomorrow, September 16, is the day that Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak joined the peninsular states to form Malaysia in 1963. Singapore left in 1965.

Najib is also expected to touch on his government and economic ‘transformation’ programs, which his crtitics have described as being more akin to ‘mirages’ or sleight-of-hand’ programs due to their lack of substance and result.

“It is very easy. If Najib is sincere, all he needs is to declare a complete cleanup of the electoral system before any general election takes place. What greater boost for democracy than this,” PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

Another PKR leader Sivarasa Rasiah stressed rejigging the ISA was not greater democracy. He said the only meaningful reforms would be the total repeal of preventive detention laws like the Internal Security Act, Emergency Ordinance and the Dangerous Drugs Act.

"If the PM wants to make a meaningful change for the people of Malaysia, then he should take our suggestions," said Sivarasa, the Subang MP.

Let the press be the Fourth Estate

Meanwhile, Charles said if the Prime Minister was serious about the running of the country, then he should amend the Constitution to include a clause or section that says, “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right to assembly and petition the government for redress of grievances”.

“Furthermore, the Prime Minister in his "Greater Democracy" speech should announce the formulation of the freedom of information act and outline steps to remove media control by political parties or their business affiliates,” said Charles.

“The main reform this country should see is in the organisation and function of the press. There should no longer be any political master hovering over media organisations, dictating agenda and chastising investigative journalism. Instead the press should be allowed to function as the Fourth Estate as it was designed so as to ensure true democracy prevails. Anything short of all this is not a reform.”

- Malaysia Chronicle


DAP man predicts ‘hot air’ from PM

Posted: 15 Sep 2011 01:36 AM PDT

Source: Free Malaysia Today

G Vinod | September 15, 2011

Charles Santiago believes that Najib’s ‘greater democracy’ speech is nothing more than a public relations exercise.

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's "greater democracy" announcement scheduled for tonight will be nothing but hot air, said Klang MP Charles Santiago.

He also said that "greater democracy" would end up being another buzzword like the New Economic Model (NEM) and National Key Results Areas (NKRA).

"It's just a public relations gimmick to prop up his waning popularity," added the DAP leader in a statement.

Yesterday, Bernama quoted Information, Communications and Culture Rais Yatim as saying that Najib would make several important announcements tonight in his Malaysia Day speech.

Santiago, however, said if Najib was sincere in his reforms, then the latter should institute a constitutional amendment that would allow more space for freedom of speech.

"He should include a clause or section that says; no law shall be passed abridging freedom of speech and expression of the press, or the right to assembly and petition the government for redress of grievances," he added.

The media, he said, should be allowed to function effectively as the fourth estate as the press had an important role to play in a democratic nation.

"And there should no longer be any political master hovering over media organisations, dictating its agenda and chastising investigative journalism," he said.

A survey done last month by the Merdeka Centre found that Najib's approval ratings had dipped to 59%, which was 13 points lower than the 72% high he enjoyed in May last year.

Among the issues attributed to the decreasing number was his mishandling of the Bersih 2.0 demonstration and his apparent lack of ability in managing the rising cost of living in the country.


Kelab Kebajikan dan Social Klang, Selangor Anniversary

Posted: 15 Sep 2011 01:33 AM PDT

Source: Nan Yang San Pau


Guarantee Free Speech, Introduce Freedom of Information Act & Abolish Media Ownership by Political Parties as Part of Greater Democracy

Posted: 14 Sep 2011 11:14 PM PDT

"Greater Democracy" is going to be the next buzzword after the Prime Minister announces "reforms" in politics, social and security matters.

Just like the previous buzzwords like NEM, NKRA and such, "Greater Democracy" is going to be nothing more than hot air, a public relations gimmick to win boost his waning popularity caused by his mishandling the Bersih 2.0 rally, his inability to bring down the cost of living, his silence when the international community condemns Malaysia as a country that violates the rights of refugees.

The "Greater Democracy" that is to be announced later this evening will be a short list of inconsequential measures that will give the impression that the Barisan Nasional government has the people's interest at heart.

If the Prime Minister is serious about the running of the country, then he should amend the Constitution to include a clause or section that says: No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right to assembly and petition the government for redress of grievances.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister in his "Greater Democracy" speech should announce the formulation of the freedom of information act and outline steps to remove media control by political parties or their business affiliates.

The main reform this country should see is in the organisation and function of the press. There should no longer be any political master hovering over media organisations, dictating agenda and chastising investigative journalism. Instead the press should be allowed to function as the Fourth Estate as it was designed so as to ensure true democracy prevails.

Anything short of all this is not a reform.

Charles Santiago

Member of Parliament – Klang


Lim Kit Siang

Posted: 15 Sep 2011 11:23 PM PDT

Lim Kit Siang


For now, a healthy dose of scepticism

Posted: 15 Sep 2011 10:18 PM PDT

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