Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Electricity Tariff reductionshould not and need not be on the condition of Sarawak succeeding in getting the increase in oil and gas royalty. SESCO can afford lowering tariff by 30%

AdenanSatem was quoted in press today saying that if Sarawak succeeds in getting Petronas to increase oil and gas royalty, the Government will reduce the water and electricity tariffs.

In respond to this statement, it is the position of DAP Sarawak that the reduction of electricity tariffs need not and should not be conditional upon the State getting an increase of oil and gas royalty because of the simple fact that SESCO can afford it.

Our call for the reduction in electricity tariff is based solely on the ability and profitability study of Syarikat SescoBerhad (SESCO) to reduce the tariff.

In the financial year ended 31-12-2013, SESCO generated a revenue of RM2,312 million and made a pre-tax profit of RM408.5 million.

SESCO has 2 main categories of customers, namely:
1.       The normal customers who are paying the tariff of an average of RM0.30 per KwH.  These normal customers include all Sarawakians who are paying domestic, commercial or industrial tariffs. The tariff rates can be obtained in the SESCO website.
2.       The Special Customers who are the smelting plants in Samalaju who are paying tariff rates that are separately negotiated and agreed under separate agreements.  Their tariffs rate were kept as secrets by SESCO. For example, Tokuyama is paying a tariff of only RM0.11 per KwH, Press Metal is only paying a tariff of RM0.105 per KwH, etc.

In the financial year 2013, about 30% of the revenue of SESCO came from these Special Customers.  Forfinancail year 2014, at least 40% of the SESCO’s revenue will come from these Special Customers under special contracts for the supply of electricity. 

It isthe projection of the Sarawak government, as stated byAwang Tengah in DUN Sarawak that the committed electricity demand will increase by at least 25% from year 2013 to 2014. 

Committed Demand (MW)

Out of this increase, 90% will be for the sale of electricity pursuant to the special contracts with the industries in SCORE.

Our DAP’s campaign calling for reduction of electricity tariff is only in respect of the tariff paid by the normal customers of SESCO (including domestic, commercial and industrial tariff).  It will only reduce that part of the revenue from SESCO’s normal customers, without affecting the contractual rates under the special contracts with SESCO’s Special Customers.

Based on the figures above and some simple mathematics calculation, it is obvious that a30% reductionof the electricity tariff for the normal customers of SESCO (including domestic, commercial and industrial users) in Sarawakwill not cause any loss to SESCO.

Therefore, there is absolutely no need for the State government to rely on the increase in oil and gas royalty to lower the electricity tariffs in the State.

I urge the State Government not to find excuses to delay the lowering of the electricity tariff in Sarawak.  In light of the escalating costs of living, the State Government should lower the tariff to help ease the financial burden of the people, especially when it can afford.

Chong Chieng Jen
Member of Parliament for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa

DAP Sarawak Chairman, National Vice Chairman

Friday, October 17, 2014


张健仁表示,纳吉在2011年州选承诺斯里阿曼人民将在2013年开始使用新医院。按照纳吉的名句“you help me, I help you”(你帮我,我帮你)。斯里阿曼的人民帮了纳吉,国阵在2011年州选中,斯里阿曼区的州选区赢完,但是纳吉并没有帮斯里阿曼的人民。

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pan Borneo Highway project costs has overrun by RM5 billion even before the project kicks off

By an answer dated 1-7-2013, to my question in Parliament, the Ministry of Public Works stated that:
1.         the full length of Pan Borneo is 2,239 km, out of which, 248 km has 4 or 6 lanes, while the remaining 1,991 km is still single carriageway.
2.         According to the Highway Network Development Plan (HNDP) report published in 2010, the total costs to upgrade the full stretch of Pan Borneo Highway into dual-carriageway is estimated to be RM22 billion.
3.         The Government shall upgrade the Highway by stages from 2011 till 2025.

However, on 10-10-2014, in his 2015 Budget speech, Najib said that “the government intends to start construction of the 1,663-km Pan-Borneo Highway comprising 936 km in Sarawak and 727 km in Sabah at a total construction cost of RM27 billion.”

If one were to compare the answer given by the Public Works Minister in Parliament in 2013 and the figure stated in the 2015 Budget speech of Najib, it is shocking to note that the stretch of Pan Borneo Highway that will be upgraded has shortened by 328 km, but the costs of construction has increased by RM5 billion!

Though it may sound good and feel good to hear of the Pan Borneo Highway mentioned in Najib’s 2015 Budget speech, there are 4 important points missing in his speech in this respect:

1.         When will the Project Commence?

In the whole of Najib’s 190-para Budget speech, only 1 small paragraph talked about Pan Borneo Highway and yet there is no mention about when the construction work will begin.

If one were to read carefully what he said, for all the other projects mentioned in the Budget speech which will be implemented next year, he use the word “will”.  But when he talked about Pan Borneo Highway, he used the words “intends to”.

According to the 2013 Public Works Minister’s reply, back in 2011, the Government has already had the intention to upgrade the Pan Borneo Highway.  Why is it that 4 years later, in 2015, the Government still remains at the stage of “intends to” but not committed to?

More importantly, as I glance through the Budget document, I can’t find the expenditure item for Pan Borneo Highway.

As such, the mention of Pan Borneo Highway is mere hot air, to temporarily silence the demand of Sarawakian for the upgrading of Pan Borneo Highway into dual carriageway.

2.         Why, within a short span of 4 years, the roads shortened by 320 km (-16%)but the costs increased by RM5 billion (22%)?

According to the 2010 HNDP report, the estimated costs to upgrade the length of 1991 km Pan Borneo Highway is RM22 billion, ie. an average costs of RM11.05 million per km.  This is already a very high figure.

However, according to the figures mentioned by Najib in his 2015 Budget speech, the estimated costs to upgrade the length of 1663 km Pan Borneo Highway will be RM27 billion, ie. an average costs of RM16.23 million per km, a 46.8% increase in costs per km.

It is impossible for the costs of building material to sky-rocket so high within a mere 4-year period.  This is especially so, given that inflation rates in Malaysia as announced by the Government have been in the region of 3% in the past four years (only 2.1% in year 2013).

Such over-bloated costs is very typical of the transactions found in the annual Auditors-General’s report where RM100 is spent for something worth RM10.

3.         How is the project going to be awarded?

Is the 1,663 km project going to be divided into packages and awarded through open tender system to numerous different contractors? Or, is it going to be directly awarded to one company without any open tender?

If it were the latter, the likely result will be that the single contractor will then sub-contract out the job, thereby keeping a certain percentage as its “Ali Baba commission”.

If this happens, the contractor actually doing the job will have no choice but to cut corners and may even compromise the safety design.  The people in Sarawak will not get the Pan Borneo Highway value for money.  At the end of the day, we will have sub-standard Pan Borneo Highway.

4.         Do we have to pay tolls for the Highway?

In the past, when North-South Highway was built, it was also over-priced.  As a result, millions of road user in West Malaysia are still paying exorbitant toll rates till this day.

DAP Sarawak fully supports the construction and upgrading of the whole length of Pan Borneo Highway into dual carriageway.  However, such development should not bring along additional burden to the people.

In addition, the work must be spread out more fairly, rather than only ONE company getting the work.

Chong Chieng Jen
Member of Parliament for Bandar Kuching
ADUN Kota Sentosa
DAP Sarawak Chairman

DAP National Vice Chairman


1.       泛婆大道从砂州至沙巴州全程长达2239公里,其中248公里已是4(或6)车道了,余下的1991公里仍是单程单车道。
2.   根据2010年所公布的《公路网发展规划》报告书,要全程提升泛婆大道为双程双车道(dual-carriageway),估计将耗资220亿令吉。
3.       提升计划将从2011年至2025年分阶段进行。

但是,在20141010日,纳吉在国会《2015年财政预算案》演词中却提到,政府“有意要以270亿令吉,开始施工1663公里的泛婆大道的工程,包括砂拉越的936公里和沙巴的727公里。” (the government intends to start construction of the 1,663-km Pan-Borneo Highway comprising 936 km in Sarawak and 727 km in Sabah at a total construction cost of RM27 billion.)



1.         工程将在几时才开始?






2.         为何工程在短短4年间,路短了320公里(-16%),价钱却暴涨50亿令吉(22%)?





3.         工程将以何方式进行?



4.         建路费是全由政府承担,还是人民需还过路费?





Saturday, October 11, 2014

Reverse decision, charge Ibrahim Ali

DAP Sarawak expresses deep regrets and disapproval over the reply given by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Nancy Shukri, that the threat to burn Bible in Malay-language is not a crime as it was in defence of Islam.

It is especially shocking to receive such a Parliamentary answer from a Minister coming from Sarawak, where different religions are practiced freely in different languages and there is no conflicts between the followers of different religions.

Has Nancy Shukri forgotten where she comes from or is she just carrying out the biddings of her UMNO masters mindlessly?

In Sarawak, many of the churches conduct their congregations, especially the Dayak congregation, in Bahasa Malaysia and the Bibles used were printed in Bahasa Malaysia.  The existence of Bibles in BM has never been seen as a threat to Islam. 

Even more so, many of the Muslims political leaders in Sarawak went through the missionary schools education and they were exposed to Christian prayers and teaching throughout their school-life and yet they still remain Muslims.

The notion of having a Bible in Bahasa Malaysia poses a threat to Islam is itself an incredulous notion.  And to threaten to burn Bible in Bahasa Malaysia because it is treated as a threat to Islam is utter religious extremist and most unacceptable in our country.

For the Government to allow such threats to be made and still try to justify the act for the offender, it just shows that the Government has no respect for the other religions and that the Government has no intention to uphold the provisions of the Constitution when it comes to the freedom to practice any religion by non-Muslims.

We DAP Sarawak therefore call upon the Government to review its decision not to prosecute Ibrahim Ali because by condoning Ibrahim Ali’s action, the Government is actually encouraging religious extremism amongst the Muslims. Such encouragement by the Government will ultimately lead to religious conflicts and disharmony in Malaysia.

Chong Chieng Jen
DAP Sarawak Chairman

MP for Bandar Kuching & ADUN for Kota Sentosa










Wednesday, October 8, 2014


(古晋7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谴责,联邦政府根本没有诚意欲增加砂州石油和天然气开采税。


他于今早在国会下议院收到国会议长信函,拒绝允许张氏在国会下议院提出该问题。 议长在信中给予的理由是,有类似议题的案件目前正在法庭等待审讯,因此国会不可讨论该事项。

当张健仁站起来质问议长有关案件到底是谁入禀法庭的。 议长回答说,该案件是吉兰丹州政府起诉国油和联邦政府的案件。

1.         吉兰丹政府的案件,跟砂州没有关系;
2.    他的国会提问是有关增加砂州石油天然气开采税的税率,而议长所提的案件却是吉兰丹州政府追讨其开采税的诉讼案。





张健仁指出,吉兰丹州政府起诉国油和联邦政府的案件是于2010年入禀法庭,而这起案件最快也需多10年时间才会有一个了断。若以国会下议院议长今日的决定为准,那要求增加砂州石油天然气开采税事宜,将在这10年内,完全不可在国会被提出。 10年后怎样,还是未知数。