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Lim Lip Eng

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 07:10 AM PST

Lim Lip Eng


Lip Eng hits back at mayor over budget row

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 10:29 PM PST

Source: http://www.mmail.com.my/story/lip-eng-hits-back-mayor-over-budget-row (by Ikram Ismail, 2/2/2012)
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng (pic) has denied claims he did not show up at a public seminar organised by City Hall in mid-December to discuss details of expenditure for City Hall's 2012 budget. He was responding to a claim by KL mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail after Lim alleged City Hall had denied Kuala Lumpur MPs full details of how the council's RM2.3 billion budget was to be spent. Ahmad Fuad had claimed on Wednesday Lim should not make demands now as he had been given a chance to have his say but did not show up at the forum.
Lim hit back at the mayor, saying he was present at the seminar. "I was there in the afternoon until the seminar ended and the mayor should acknowledge my presence."
Ahmad Fuad had, in The Malay Mail report yesterday, claimed the only MPs who attended the function was Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Batu MP Tian Chua.
Lim said he could not recall which other MPs attended the seminar. "I am just asking for basic treatment. The same type of treatment City Hall owes to other city folk. City Hall can ensure there is transparency by uploading the detailed budget on its website for public scrutiny."


Mayor says he has no hidden agenda behind City Hall's 2012 budget

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 10:28 PM PST

Source: http://www.mmail.com.my/story/mayor-says-he-has-no-hidden-agenda-behind-city-halls-2012-budget (by Azril Annuar, 1/2/2012)
KUALA LUMPUR: "What makes him so special?"
KL mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail today took a swipe at Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng after the latter alleged City Hall did not disclose the full details of the city's 2012 budget when it was unveiled last month.
Lim had earlier accused Ahmad Fuad of refusing to disclose full details of the the budget to the public and KL's members of Parliament. "We are KL's MPs who have debated the national budget in Parliament. So why can't we look at the detailed city budget?", Lim questioned. Lim claimed that during a meeting between several KL MPs and the mayor that was held prior to Chinese New Year, the MPs had asked for a copy of the budget. However, he said Ahmad Fuad refused to entertain their request and only allowed them to view the summarised hard copy version. Lim also accused Ahmad Fuad of not consulting with the public and the MPs before the budget was approved.
Responding to Lim's allegation, Ahmad Fuad said Lim failed to attend a seminar which was organised by City Hall last year despite being invited to attend.
Ahmad Fuad told The Malay Mail that the city council had engaged with around 200 to 300 citizens and consulted, explained and discussed the tentative budget and invitations were sent to "everyone including Lim". "We called for a seminar, we invited around 500 people and around 200 to 300 showed up. The only MPs who bothered to attend was Nurul Izzah (Lembah Pantai) and Tian Chua (Batu). So why is he bringing this up? Why am I being accused that I did not consult the public or the MP?
"He did not show up. He accused me of having an agenda? What agenda? I have to report to the Ministry (Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing ministry) and the prime minister.
He said that during the seminar, City Hall representatives explained to the public on how revenue for the city was generated and how the city plans on spending the budget allocated. Public concerns were also taken note of and it was included in the budget. Ahmad Fuad said his plate was full as City Hall has to be audited and there are procurement procedures which he has to oversee in addition to attending monthly meetings with the chief-secretary to the government.
"Why does he (Lim) want special treatment and have a 'special meeting' just for him when other concerned citizens can come to the seminar. We even advertised it. "Maybe he trusted us so much that he feels that KL is in good hands," Ahmad Fuad said.


Lim Guan Eng

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 01:38 AM PST

Lim Guan Eng


Only Pakatan Rakyat(PR) Will Place More Importance On The People’s Health And Public Safety Than The Blind Pursuit Of Profits By Ensuring That There Are No Rare Earths Plants and Nuclear Facility In PR States.(en/bm/cn)

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 10:21 PM PST

DAP regrets that BN government has shown that it is not committed to green and sustainable growth but instead is willing to sacrifice people's health for profits. Malaysia's Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) has granted Australian company Lynas Corporation a temporary operating licence (TOL) for its controversial Pahang-based and also the world largest rare earth refinery plant provided it fulfils five conditions.

Instead of focusing on race and religion, perhaps Barisan Nasional should explain why they are allowing the Lynas Rare Earth Plant in Kuantan to be operated; despite all the dangers inherent and even its regulators themselves did not have a clear radioactive waste disposal proposal from Lynas. Among other issues, the Lynas' waste management plan does not fully disclose the contents of its waste streams.

Two days ago the New York Times (NYT) had also reported that Dutch multinational AkzoNobel, a key contractor, had withdrawn from the project due to the safety concerns. Engineers involved in the project and internal emails showed that AkzoNobel withdrew from supplying the chemicals after it was told that the fibreglass liners would be installed in concrete-walled tanks that have a problem with rising dampness in the floors and cracks in the walls.

Followed by the issue of the conditional TOL, shares in Australian miner Lynas soared yesterday. Clearly, the irresponsible BN government is colluding with the industry interest group at the expense of the health and welfare of the hundreds of thousands of innocent Malaysians.

Last year, the BN government has brought a panel of radiological experts from the IAEA to review the case. However, not only does the panel contain no public health and environmental expert, the IAEA is also seen to be industry-driven, and is expected to rubber-stamp their approval.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia(SAM) has revealed that the Lynas project was fast-tracked for approval by the Pahang State DoE. The DoE received the Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment(PEIA) on the 21st of January 2008 and approved it in early February. Why is DOE acting with unholy haste to give their approval for such a complex project involving potentially radioactive hazards with a very vague waste management, storage and disposal proposal?

In the light of the nuclear disaster in a highly-advanced country like Japan, the BN government should also abandon their plans to build two nuclear power plants by 2021. Lynas has always insisted the plant, which will handle rare earths imported from Australia, will be safe, but if that is so why did Lynas not build it in Australia? Is it because Lynas is unable to convince Australian environmental and health regulators that radioactive waste would not leak out thus threatening public health and the environment?

If even the Australian authorities are unwilling to face such hazardous risks despite their highly rated safety standards, how can BN be trusted to ensure the safety and health standards of such a dangerous and high risk project like nuclear plant or rare earths refinery plant? BN has a poor abysmal safety record when the BN government cannot even build a stadium without its roof collapsing or the roof of Parliament leaking? Up to now no one knows where or which state the next plant will be sited.

Only a PR ruled state will not take such risks. I have stated clearly that so long as PR rules Penang, there will be no rare earth refinery plant or nuclear power plants. For this reason the people of Pahang as well as other BN states should learn an important lesson that only a PR ruled state can ensure that there is no rare earths refinery or mines or nuclear facilities to threaten their health and safety of their families.

Let your votes decide in the next general elections whether you want a nuclear plant or rare earth refinery plant in the backyard of your home!

— BM Translation—

Kenyataan Akhbar Setiausaha Agung DAP dan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng di Kuala Lumpur pada 3 Februari 2012

Hanya Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Akan Mementingkan Kesihatan Rakyat Dan Keselamatan Awam Daripada Mengejar Keuntungan Dengan Memastikan Bahawa Loji Nadir Bumi Dan Loji Nuklear Tidak Dibina Di Negeri-Negeri PR.

DAP berasa kesal bahawa Kerajaan BN jelas tidak berkomited terhadap pembangunan mapan dan hijau, dan sudi mengorbankan kesihatan rakyat demi keuntungan. Lembaga Perlesenan Tenaga Atom (AELB) Malaysia telah memberi Lesen Kendalian Sementara (TOL) kepada syarikat Australia Lynas Corporation untuk pembinaan loji pemprosesan nadir bumi yang terbesar di dunia di Pahang sekiranya mereka dapat memenuhi lima syarat yang ditetapkan.

Daripada menumpukan sumber dan tenaganya kepada isu-isu perkauman dan agama, adalah lebih baik Barisan Nasional menjelaskan kenapa loji nadir bumi di Kuantan dibenarkan untuk beroperasi, sedangkan projek itu berbahaya dan pihak pengawal selia sendiri tidak menerima cadangan pembuangan sisa radioaktif yang jelas daripada Lynas. Tambahan pula, pelan pembuangan sisa Lynas tidak mendedahkan sepenuhnya kandungan aliran-aliran sisa.

Dua hari lepas, New York Times (NYT) telah melaporkan bahawa syarikat antarabangsa dari Belanda iaitu AkzoNobel, salah satu kontraktor utama, telah menarik diri daripada projek tersebut ekoran kebimbangan keselamatan. Jurutera-jurutera yang terlibat dalam projek serta emel-emel dalaman telah menunjukkan bahawa AkzoNobel telah menarik diri daripada pembekalan resin setelah diberitahu bahawa lapik kaca gentian yang akan dipasang di tangki berdinding konkrit tidak memenuhi standard keselamatan dan piawaian.

Susulan pemberian TOL bersyarat, saham syarikat Lynas telah melonjak semalam. Adalah jelas bahawa Kerajaan BN yang tidak bertanggungjawab ini sedang berpakat dengan pihak-pihak industri sehingga menjejaskan kesihatan dan kesejahteraan beratus-ratus ribu rakyat Malaysia yang tidak bersalah.

Tahun lepas, Kerajaan BN telah membawa masuk sebuah panel pakar radiologi daripada IAEA untuk mengkaji kes ini. Namun demikian, panel tersebut bukan sahaja tidak mengandungi seorang pakar kesihatan awam dan persekitaraan, IAEA itu sendiri dilihat umum sebagai didorong oleh pihak industri, dan dijangka akan meluluskan projek tersebut.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) telah mendedahkan bahawa projek Lynas telah mendapat kelulusan "fast-track" oleh Jabatan Persekitaran (DOE) Pahang. DOE telah menerima Penilaian Awal Impak Alam Sekitar (PEIA) pada 21 Januari 2008 dan meluluskannya pada awal bulan Februari. Kenapakah DOE memberi kelulusan dengan begitu tergesa-gesa dalam sebuah projek yang bukan sahaja rumit dan melibatkan sisa-sisa radioaktif yang berbahaya, tetapi juga tidak mempunyai pelan pembuangan dan penyimpanan sisa yang jelas?

Ekoran daripada bencana nuklear yang terjadi di negara maju seperti Jepun, Kerajaan BN harus meninggalkan sahaja rancangan mereka untuk membina dua loji nuklear menjelang 2020. Lynas selalu berkeras mempertahankan loji mereka yang akan memproses nadir bumi yang diimport dari Australia sebagai selamat, tetapi jika memang selamat kenapa tidak bina sahaja loji itu di Australia? Adakah ia kerana Lynas tidak dapat meyakinkan pihak pengawal selia persekitaran dan kesihatan di Australia bahawa loji mereka betul-betul selamat?

Sekiranya pihak berkuasa di Australia tidak sanggup menghadapi risiko yang berbahaya walaupun mereka mempunyai standard keselamatan yang tinggi, bagaimanakah kita boleh yakin bahawa BN akan memastikan standard kesihatan dan keselamatan projek yang berbahaya dan berisiko tinggi ini? BN mempunyai rekod prestasi yang tidak cemerlang apabila stadium yang dibina pun mengalami keruntuhan bumbung dan bangunan Parlimen pula bocor. Sehingga sekarang, tidak sesiapa tahu di mana loji seterusnya akan ditempatkan.

Hanya negeri yang ditadbir PR tidak akan mengambil risiko sedemikian. Saya telah lama menyatakan dengan bahawa selama PR berkuasa di Pulau Pinang, loji pemprosesan nadir bumi atau nuklear tidak akan dibina. Kerana itu, rakyat di Pahang dan juga negeri-negeri BN lain harus tahu bahawa hanya negeri-negeri yang ditadbir PR sahaja yang boleh memastikan tidak ada loji nadir bumi atau nuklear yang akan mengancam kesihatan dan keselamatan keluarga mereka.

Undi anda dalam Pilihan Raya Umum akan datang akan menentukan sama ada anda mahukan loji nuklear atau nadir bumi di kawasan rumah anda!

— Mandarin Translation —

民主行动党秘书长兼槟州首席部长林冠英于2012年2月3日在吉隆坡发表声明:

唯有民联才会注重人民的健康及公共安全,确保民联州属不会兴建稀土厂或核电厂,而不是盲目地追求利益。

国阵政府已经证明它并不是立志追求绿色与永续发展,而是为了利益愿意牺牲人民的健康,民主行动党对此感到遗憾。马来西亚原子能执照局(AELB)已经发出临时营运执照给澳洲莱纳斯公司,让他们必须遵守五项条件的情况下在彭亨州运作世界最大的稀土提炼厂。

与其不断地玩弄种族与宗教课题,国阵应该解释,为什么他们明知稀土厂存在这么多危险,甚至连管制单位也不知道莱纳斯稀土厂将如何处理辐射性废料,却允许他们在关丹设厂?其它的课题还包括,在莱纳斯的废料管理计划中,它们还未全面公布它们的废料内容。

两天前,《纽约时报》报道,稀土厂的其中一家荷兰化学品公司Akzonobel已经退出上述工程。从参与设厂的工程师的电邮内容发现,他们发现原本要安装玻璃纤维内衬(Fibreglass Liners)的混凝土储存槽出现底部潮湿、外壁出现裂缝的问题。

随着当局发出临时营运执照,澳洲矿商莱纳斯的股价也在昨天上涨。很明显地, 不负责任的国阵与工业利益团体勾结,牺牲成千上万名无辜马来西亚人的健康及福利。

去年,国阵政府请来了国际电子能机构的代表来审查此个案。无论如何,这个代表团并没有公共卫生及环境的专家,而国际电子能机构也被视为工业主导的团体,预料也将会似橡皮图章般给予得批准。

大马自然环境之友揭露,莱纳斯工程是彭亨州环境局加速批准的计划。州环境局在2008年1月21日收到初步环境评估报告,在二月上旬就批准了。这项工程涉及辐射公害、含混不清的废料管理、储存与废弃问题,为什么环境局要如此仓促地批准他们兴建如此复杂的工程?

就连高科技国日本也发生核泄危机,国阵应该放弃在2021兴建两座核电厂的计划。莱纳斯经常强调,他们从澳洲入口的稀土是安全的,如果是真的,那么为何莱纳斯不把提炼厂建在澳洲?还是因为莱纳斯根本无法说服澳洲的环境及卫生管制单位,有关辐射性废料不会泄漏,危害公共卫生及环境?

尽管澳洲政府拥有高级别的安全水平,他们也不愿面对稀土提炼厂的风险,更何况安全设备记录恶劣的国阵?就连体育馆顶盖会倒塌、国会大厦屋顶也会漏水,我们还能相信国阵将确保像核电厂或稀土厂这样危险及高风险的项目,符合公共安全及健康水平吗?直到今天,我们都不知道,下一次会轮到哪一个州属。

唯有民联执政的州属不愿意承担这种风险。我已经说过,只要民联执政槟城,这里就不夫有稀土厂或核电厂。因此,彭亨州以及其它国阵州属的人民都应该要吸取这个重要的教训,那就是只有民联执政的州属才能保障人民的健康与安全,不兴建稀土提炼厂或矿场或核电设施,来伤害人民的健康及安全。

来届大选,就让全民投票决定,你要不要核电厂或稀土厂兴建在你家的后院!

林冠英

Lim Kit Siang

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 11:33 PM PST

Lim Kit Siang


DAP calls to Najib – convene in mid-Feb RoundTable Conference of all political parties, religions and NGOs to condemn all acts of religious desecration, particularly the dastardly incidents of pig’s head outside mosques to provoke racial and religious strife

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 10:30 PM PST

DAP calls on the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak to convene in mid-February a RoundTable Conference of all political parties, religions and NGOs to reaffirm moderation and condemn all acts of religious desecration, particularly the dastardly incidents of pig’s head outside mosques, to provoke racial and religious strife. It must be the concern of [...]

Najib at bay

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 08:38 PM PST

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Unity

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 05:05 PM PST

- by Clement Ting - The Malaysian Insider Feb 02, 2012 FEB 2 — Ever since DS Najib took office on April 3, 2009, "unity" is yet another word used on slogans without much effort to embrace the word for what it truly means. Let's look at the latest and hottest slogan promoted by our [...]

Anti-1 Care group demands Putrajaya kill proposed healthcare scheme

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 04:49 PM PST

By Clara Chooi The Malaysian Insider Feb 02, 2012 PETALING JAYA, Feb 2 – The newly-formed Citizens' Healthcare Coalition (CHC) came out for the first time today to demand the government shelve its proposed "1 Care" insurance scheme, warning that its implementation would spell "disaster" for Malaysia's healthcare system. The pact insisted that the present [...]

Jika Mempunyai Peluang, Saya Akan Menyertai DAP

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 02:40 AM PST

Oleh Ahmad Tajuddin Abdullah Kenyataan ini seolah-olah saya mahu menyertai politik selepas tamat pengajian. Tidak, bukan itu maksud saya. Tetapi sedikit komentar dari saya setelah memerhatikan beberapa siri kejadian yang tidak disangka-sangka oleh ramai rakyat Malaysia yang aktif memerhatikan gelombang politik tanah air muttakhir ini.  Siri kemasukan ramai nama-nama besar melayu (terpulang kepada persepsi pembaca) [...]

A Critique of the ETP: Part 3 (i) – Execution (i) – PEMANDU strengthens the ‘know-who’ cancer

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 01:34 AM PST

By Dr. Ong Kian Ming BSc (LSE), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Duke) Teh Chi-Chang, CFA, BSc (Warwick), MBA (Cantab) Refsa Very swift progress, but is it due to PEMANDU? In its 8 ETP updates so far, PEMANDU has announced multiple new EPPs (Entry Point Projects) worth billions of ringgit of investment and creating thousands of jobs. [...]

MY VOICE FOR NATION

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 01:06 PM PST

MY VOICE FOR NATION


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Posted: 02 Feb 2012 09:42 AM PST

Philosophy Politics Economics


EPF Funds Must Not Be Politically Abused for "Social Welfare"

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 07:23 AM PST


It was reported on the front page of The Sun two days ago on 30th January that "some RM1.5 billion will be channelled from the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to finance the special funding scheme for the sale of houses in public housing programmes in Kuala Lumpur."

Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said the funds will be given to the Federal Territories Foundation to help some 20,000 eligible tenants.  He added that "the scheme, announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, will help those who are eligible to buy public housing units but are unable to obtain loans from banks, due to them being retired or not having steady income."

Datuk Raja Nong Chik added that "these loans will be repaid over a period of 15 to 25 years… there will be an interest charged, but it will be much lower than current housing loan interest rates charged by banks."

We support the fact measures by the Government to put in place low-cost and affordable housing schemes to help put a roof over the head of poor Malaysians.  However such programmes must not be financed by the EPF whose mission is to protect the hard-earned retirement income of 11 million working Malaysians, by maximising returns with the lowest possible investment risk.

On EPF's own website, it says that "the EPF is Malaysia's national provident fund that aims to provide financial security for its members' retirement purposes. The fund is committed to preserving and growing the savings of its members in a prudent manner in accordance with best practices in investments and corporate conduct."

The EPF is not a lender of the last resort for the poor and neither is it a social welfare organisation.  By utilising RM1.5 billion of Malaysian workers' monies to lend to house-buyers who are unable to secure financing from commercial banks will only jeopardise their retirement funds and is clearly an abuse by the Government.

Datuk Raja Nong Chik tried to allay fears that EPF could be at a losing end if the buyers default on their loans, by giving assurance that "the loan is secure as it is guaranteed against the housing unit itself".  However, if the housing unit is indeed a credit-worthy collateral, why can't commercial banks take it as a collateral?  Why is EPF funds being mobilised to give housing loans?

Instead of using the EPF, the Government should make full use of existing institutions such as Bank Rakyat or even Malaysia Building Society Bhd (MBSB) by channel special allocations to them via the social welfare and housing funds approved in the annual Federal Government budget for the purpose of providing soft loans to those in need.

By setting a precedent for EPF to be used "social welfare", the EPF could in future be further abused to finance political programmes to win votes under the guise of the same.  It is a slippery slope which will jeopardise the future savings of Malaysian EPF members.

We call upon the Government to source its own funds for the housing programme and not direct EPF to fund its social welfare schemes.  We also call upon the Board and Investment Panel of the EPF to thoroughly review the scheme to ensure that it is the workers' interest which is being prioritised and reject proposals which may harm the financial returns for our workers.

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