Khamis, 2 Februari 2012



Lim Guan Eng

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 01:06 AM PST

Lim Guan Eng

The Election Commission Should Recognise that the Local Government Elections Act 1960 (Act 473) Has Been Revised in 1991 and Constitutes the Sole and Only Proper Law Relating to the Election of Local Councillors(en/cn)

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 08:43 PM PST

The Election Commission (EC) should recognise that the Local Government Elections Act 1960 (Act 473) has been revised in 1991 and constitutes the sole and only proper law relating to the election of local councillors. For this reason, the Penang state government is taking a progressive step-by-step approach towards removing all legal impediments preventing the conduct of local government elections by the EC.

One of the steps that is being taken is the instruction by the Penang State Government to the Penang State Legal Adviser to issue a gazette notification exempting local authorities in Penang from section 15 of the Local Government Act 1976 as a precursor to seeking a court declaration to compel the Election Commission to conduct local government elections.

The EC Chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, has said that he is confused by the Penang State Government's intention to bring to the Courts the issue of the State's right to ask the Election Commission to conduct local government elections to the local authorities in Penang. On 4 March 2010, I wrote to the Election Commission asking it to conduct local government elections to the MPPP and MPSP exercising the state powers under Article 113(4) of the Federal Constitution, but the Election Commission also refused. Article 113(4) states,
"Federal or State law may authorise the Election Commission to conduct election other than those referred to in Clause (1)."
On 12 March 2010, I also wrote to the Prime Minister offering to meet with him to discuss the State Government’s position but again received no response.

I can confirm that the EC Chairman wrote a long letter to me on 23 March 2010 setting out the Federal Government's claim that local government elections are not possible because section 15 of the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171) had caused the Local Government Elections Act to be of no force and effect. This is the very reason why the state government is gazetting notification exempting local authorities in Penang from section 15 of the Local Government Act 1976

The EC Chairman and the Federal Government have also sidestepped the crux of this issue, namely that the Local Government Elections Act was never repealed and was in fact revised in 1991. According to section 10(2) of the Revision of Laws Act 1968 (Act 1), a revised law "shall be deemed to be and shall be without any question whatsoever in all courts and for all purposes whatsoever the sole and only proper law in respect of matters included in it and in force on that date".

Clearly the Local Government Elections Act clearly authorises the EC to conduct elections to local authorities in Malaysia. It is therefore perplexing that the EC Chairman continues to refuse to conduct local government elections in Penang. As the EC is the only legal authority that is empowered to conduct local government elections, the Penang state government has no choice but to seek a court declaration to compel the EC to abide and obey the Penang state government's directives.


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By Refusing To Criticise The Prime Minister’s Refusal To Condemn Perkasa For Distributing “White Pows” And Not Acting Against MCA Seputih Division Committee Member Dr Tiew Chew Ming, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek Can No Longer Hide MCA’s Links And UMNO’s Open Support With Perkasa.(en/cn)

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 06:39 PM PST

By refusing to criticise the refusal of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to condemn Perkasa for distributing "White Pows" and not taking action against MCA Seputih Division Committee Member Dr Tiew Chew Ming, MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek can no longer hide MCA's links and UMNO's open support for Perkasa. What is the use of condemning the racist Perkasa when Chua should also have asked why the Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib did not condemn Perkasa for blatantly trampling over the sensitivities of the Chinese community by distributing white instead of red ang pau during Chinese New Year?

Clearly the Prime Minister's refusal to condemn Perkasa only proves UMNO's open support for Perkasa racist objectives in creating their own version of "Asian Apartheid" by wanting to divide Malaysians into favoured "first-class" and discriminated "second-class" citizens. MCA is equally guilty by failing to act sternly against its Sri Desa Branch Chairman and Seputeh division committee member Dr Tiew Chew Ming, who has been exposed as openly assisting Perkasa by ferrying elderly citizens to Perkasa's event and spoke publicly in defense of Perkasa.

Such open linkages with Perkasa by UMNO and MCA contrast with the openness of PAS in respecting the religious and cultural sensitivities of the Chinese community. PAS leaders not only distributed ang pau, mandarin oranges and Chinese New Year cards to market traders but also to a pork seller, with his pork openly displayed. Will UMNO leader have a green lion dance performance or do what PAS leaders have done?

The time for racist parties like UMNO and MCA is over. Malaysians regardless of race must reject not only extremist Perkasa and Utusan Malaysia but also UMNO and MCA, that has divided the people for 55 years and robbed the country of trillions of ringgit by relying on racial rhetoric.

Star had a front-page report yesterday quoting Customs deputy director-general Datuk Zainul Abidin Taib as saying that 7 high-tech cash scanners capable of detecting bank notes in luggage are to be installed at all entry and exit points in the country to curb the illegal outflow of money that has amounted to bilions of ringgit. US-based watchdog group Global Financial Integrity in its annual report said Malaysia lost RM150bil in illegal outflow of cash in 2009.

Malaysia was the fourth highest among developing nations, losing US$338bil (RM1.08trillion or 1,077 billion) between 2000 and 2009. Are we to lose another trillion ringgit or go bankrupt first before realising that we are being distracted from fighting corruption by supporting extremists and racists?

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昨天《星报》 头条新闻引述关税局副总监拿督再努说,当局将在我们所有出入口安装7部现款扫描机,以阻遏数百亿令吉非法资金外流的问题。美国全球金融廉正机构在年度报告中说,2009年,马来西亚因资金非法外流而损失了1500亿令吉。

马来西亚在2000年至2009年间损失了10兆7700 亿令吉,是资金非法外流第四多的国家。难道我们还要等到损失另一个1兆令吉或破产,我们才发现反贪工作因支持极端及种族主义而转移视线,?


PDC Akan Menjadi Agensi Pelaksana Untuk Tabung Rumah Mampu Milik Sebanyak RM500 Juta Untuk Bina Rumah Mampu Milik Di Seberang Perai Dan Pulau Pinang (bm/cn).

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 01:58 AM PST

PDC akan menjadi agensi pelaksana untuk Tabung Rumah Mampu Milik sebanyak RM500 juta untuk bina rumah mampu milik di Seberang Perai dan Pulau Pinang.

Jumlah RM500 juta merupakan jumlah yang paling besar diperuntukkan oleh mana-mana kerajaan negeri di Malaysia untuk membina rumah mampu milik. Jumlah wang ini diperolehi daripada pengswastaan Bayan Mutiara secara tender terbuka. Di bawah pentadbiran lama RM600-800 juta wang rakyat dicadangkan dibelanjakan untuk memindahkan pusat pentadbiran baru daripada Komtar ke Bayan Mutiara. Kerajaan baru Pakatan Rakyat telah menolak cadangan ini dan menggantikan dengan cadangan pengswastaan yang tidak perlu membelanjakan wang besar sebalik menambahkan sumber kewangan agar kerajaan negeri boleh menjalankan projek sosial seperti membina rumah mampu milik.

Sejak mengambil alih tampuk pemerintahan pada tahun 2008, Kerajaan Negeri berjiwa rakyat di bawah pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat telah meluluskan pembinaan rumah kos rendah dan kos sederhana rendah sebanyak 11,596 unit yang sekaligus menyangkal dakwaan yang mengatakan kerajaan negeri pakatan rakyat tidak membina rumah mampu milik kepada rakyatnya. Ini adalah di antara kos rendah (RM42,000) dan kos sederhana rendah (RM72,500) yang diluluskan.

Di bawah Kerajaan Negeri dan Agensi Kerajaan Negeri, projek perumahan Kos Rendah dan Sederhana Rendah seperti berikut yang dibangunkan adalah seperti berikut :







Lim Kit Siang

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 11:39 PM PST

Lim Kit Siang

Malaysia: Why do I care? (Part 2)

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 11:05 PM PST

By Clive Kessler | February 02, 2012 The Malaysian Insider FEB 2 — Part 2: The "philosophical" aspect. Why do I care about Malaysia? Why do I have ideas and opinions? Why do I voice them? And why do I believe that people might occasionally listen and give some heed when I do? Half the [...]

‘Umno warlords will not let Najib succeed’

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 07:08 PM PST

By Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz | February 2, 2012 Free Malaysia Today Sometime ago I met The Economist correspondent Dr Richard Cockett who asked me whether Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will succeed in his transformation ideas. I said, Najib will not suceed. And why not? Because Umno won't let him succeed. Take the case [...]

In just two years, Najib has “given up the ghost” on his signature 1Malaysia policy

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 03:39 PM PST

"Why must I be Malaysian first and Malay second?" This seemingly innocuous question by the Minister without Portfolio in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Idris Jala yesterday marked another watershed in the 34-month premiership of Datuk Seri Najib Razak. In just two years, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has "given up the [...]

Idris Jala: Why must I be Malaysian first?

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 05:43 AM PST

By Clara Chooi The Malaysian Insider Feb 01, 2012 KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 1 – Datuk Seri Idris Jala said today that nationality, race and religion are of equal importance when determining an individual's true Malaysian identity. As such, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the "Malaysian first, Malay next" dilemma should not arise [...]

PR MPs will remind Najib in March Parliament to honour his solemn undertaking to leave “no stone unturned” to find out the truth about Beng Hock’s death or face the censure of voters

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 11:47 PM PST

For more than 30 months since his murder at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters at Shah Alam on July 16, 2009, justice have been denied to Teoh Beng Hock. Despite an inquest, an exhumation, a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) and solemn undertaking by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to Teoh Beng [...]


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Will Pemandu Stop the RM7b West Coast Expressway Contract?

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 07:54 PM PST

The Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Razak started his premiership with much fanfare over his transformation programmes, starting with the "Government Transformation Programme" (GTP) launched in December 2009.

One of the key "National Key Result Area" (NKRA) contained within the GTP is to fight against corruption.  The GTP admitted that "the perception of corrupt practices has risen in recent years, evidenced by Malaysia's declining ranking in Transparency International's (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI). In 2009, Malaysia's ranked dropped 9 places from 47 to 56."

Najib's administration has since failed its own transformation objectives with Malaysia falling to its lowest level ever in TI CPI in 2011 at 60th place.  The fall in rankings doesn't come as a surprise at all scandals being exposed hard and fast over the past two years including the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone project, RM9 billion naval patrol vessel and RM7.55 billion armoured personnel carrier acquisitions, the RM330 million "cows and condos" fiasco and now a RM7.07 billion West Coast Expressway privatisation concession.

To stop the rot, PEMANDU Chairman Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon must declare if the latest mega-highway concession has been awarded according to the principles and policies set out by the GTP to meet the Prime Minister's goals on "transformation".

The GTP promised that "we will reduce leakages of funds allocated for national development and operational expenditure and ensure transparency in the award of contracts."

It further added that "it is well established that transparency is crucial for a fair and efficient government procurement process. This is because transparency increases public scrutiny on the procurement process and helps ensure that accountability and well-defined policies, regulations and procedures have been put in place and followed closely."

However the award of the RM7.07 billion 60-year highway concession to Europlus flies in the face of GTP's promises, especially with the unexplained increase in cost by 134% from RM3.02 billion and extension of concession period by 27 years from the original 33 signed in 2007.

PEMANDU must demand that the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) disclose all details including the concession terms in the award to Europlus especially since the award was made via direct negotiation.  It has been more than 5 days since the announcement made by Europlus on Bursa Malaysia and yet the Government has been steadfast in its refusal to shed light on the project.

PEMANDU must ensure that PMO is transparent and accountable by explaining the projected profits of the concessionaire, the future toll burden to be bourne by commuters.  As the agency in-charge of GTP which promised "people first, performance now", PEMANDU must ensure that lightning will not strike multiple times on the same spot as per previous BN government privatisation agreements.  What's more, the Government had to extend a RM2.24 billion soft loan and up to 3% in interest subsidy to Europlus commercial loans to undertake the WCE project.

The rakyat has been "taxed" mercilessly with lopsided concession agreements signed with independent power producers, highway operators such as the North South Highway (PLUS) and the Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP) as well as utility companies such as water suppliers.

Will Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon have the audacity to demand that the WCE project be suspended pending review to ensure that Malaysia recovers from the pits of the TI CPI or will he chicken-out by shirking his responsibility as the chairman of PEMANDU?

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