Saturday, September 13, 2014

DAP files graft report against Finance Ministry

A member of Sarawak DAP filed a report with the Malaysian Anti-corruption Commission (MACC) in Kuching today on secret conversions of open tender processes into selected tender processes by the Finance Ministry.

These acts of corruption, which the party claimed in its report occurred in the tender processes of three projects called by the ministry, could lead to abuse of power, corruption and cronyism.

The reports involved two in connection with the construction of Package B of Jalan Kapit-Song, and Package C of the same road, worth RM100 million each, and the proposed Kanowit Bridge, which is worth RM150 million.

Speaking to the media outside the MACC headquarters in Kuching, Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said a member of his party had lodged a report with the MACC on the secret conversion of the tender processes for the three projects.

“Initially the projects were advertised for open tender process, but later, the Finance Ministry secretly converted the open tender process into selected tender process.

“For the open tender process, anyone can submit their application, but for the selected tender process, only a few names nominated by the ministry are eligible to tender.

“There is room for corruption, abuse of power and cronyism under the selected tender system,” said Chong, who is the MP for Bandar Kuching and assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa.

'Suddenly and secretly changed'

He added: “The most suspicious thing in this case is that the whole thing was already announced and advertised in the media.

“And, despite the fact that 50 applications have been received for both the road projects, the Finance Ministry suddenly and secretly changed it (the open tender process) into selected tender process.

“Given the lack of transparency in the way this was done, a member of Sarawak DAP has decided to lodge a report with the MACC against the Finance Ministry.

“I hope the MACC will investigate the matter thoroughly without fear or favour.”

Chong went on to add that he had raised the issue with the ministry, twice, and the official reason it gave in Parliament was that it wanted to urgently implement the projects.

Under the open tender process, the closing dates for the three projects were supposed to be called in March and April this year.

“But because of the secret conversion to selected tenders, the projects have not commenced until now. Had the ministry proceeded with the open tenders, I am sure the projects would have started by now,” Chong said.

Meanwhile, it is understood that 10 invited companies have been earmarked for the road projects in Kapit.

Six of them are said to be owned by a relative of a minister in Sarawak.

As for the Kanowit Bridge, three of the 10 invited contractors are either newly formed companies or have a paid-up capital of RM500,000 to carry out a project worth RM150 million.

“This is most ridiculous as the backgrounds of the companies are questionable,” Chong said, adding, “I think this is a very serious issue and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is also the finance minister, has lot to answer on these matters.”

on Malaysiakini (12/09/2014)

Friday, September 12, 2014

‘No response’ but earthworks stirring at Batu Kawah site

KUCHING: The state has yet to respond to a proposed project to build affordable housings on a 263-acre state land opposite Batu Kawah New Township (MJC), but a recent earth-filling work at the site has raised curiosity of opposition lawmakers.

Chong holds up a sketch on his proposed development of public affordable housings and amenities while Chiew shows a picture of a recent earth-filling work taking place at the said land.

State Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen proposed for the development of four parcels of land – Lots 127, 128, 2301 and 2304 all of Block 225 Kuching North Land District – with a total area of 106.67 hectares.

The proposed development, which was suggested to be undertaken by the Housing Commission, consists of the building of 104 blocks of 5-storey residential flats containing 30 units each, making a total of 3,120 units of affordable housing for the poor; two primary schools with five acres of land each and various sports facilities including a public swimming pool.

Also proposed was an allocation of 20 acres of land to the Chinese Middle Schools Management Board for development of shophouses to generate income for the school board.

However, the Bandar Kuching MP has not received any reply from the government in respect to his application sent to Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem through a letter dated July 31.

“It is shocking that recently, earth-filling work was seen being carried out on the land although it is still registered as a State Land. A land search on the four parcels of land with the Land and Survey Department revealed that as of July 30, the State is the registered proprietor of the land.

“The immediate question that comes to my mind is whether the work is done by some ‘crony companies’ or that it is done by the government itself, which is unlikely. The state government normally does not carry out earth-filling work,” he told a press conference at DAP headquarters here yesterday.

Also present was Batu Kawah assemblywoman Christina Chiew.
Also, there was no signboard detailing the works, project length and the name of company engaged to undertake the contract carried out at the land.

In this regards, Chong who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman wrote to the Land and Survey Dept superintendent (Kuching Division) and forwarded a copy to Adenan to enquire on the matter.

The letter enquired whether there was any application made to the Land and Survey Department for the earth-filling work to be carried out and whether any approval has been given to the applicant to carry out such work.

If so, Chong queried on what ground was the approval granted and what action would the department take against the contractor if there was no approval.

“Who made such application and on what locus standi did the applicant base its application? It is incredulous and unbelievable that someone can be so blatant as to enter a state land which is located next to a main road and carry out earth-filling work as if the land belongs to that person,” he said.

He hoped the department will take immediate action on the matter. In addition, he urged the chief minister to approve the submitted plan to build over 3,000 low and medium cost housings for low-income earners.

Chong expected the four parcels of land under the jurisdiction of Padawan Municipal Council to have a market value of around RM500 million.

on TheBorneoPost (12/09/2014)

批给私人发展商? 石角263.6英亩地已填土

(本报古晋11日讯)民主行动党砂州委员会主席兼国州议员张健仁透露,行动党向州政府提呈在石角新市镇对面兴建中低廉价组屋的建议书,截至目前都没有回覆。惟,该土地近期却明目张胆的展开填土工程,是否意味着该土地已批给私人发展商?

他表示,行动党于7月已向首长丹斯里阿迪南沙登提呈建议书,并附上设计蓝图,倘若首长同意及批准该建议书,届时负责进行该计划的就是政府机构。

可惜的是,他表示直到现在并没获得州政府任何回覆。

他解释,石角新市镇对面的4片土地面积有263.6英亩,市价轻易可达5亿令吉,而根据行动党提呈的建议书中,除了兴建3120个单位的中低廉价组屋外,同时还有体育馆、两所学校及保留给中中的土地。

他称,调查显示4片土地还是属于政府地,因此他将在今日致函砂土地与测量局,并要求土地与测量局给予解释及答覆。

张健仁认为,土地与测量局应立即采取行动,毕竟该土地是政府地,而填土工程早在6月杪已开始展开。

“任何填土工程都必须获得土地与测量局批准才能进行,否则就是非法活动。与此同时,通常填土工程都有设立资讯牌,显示被委任的承包商、动工及完工的日期,以及发展计划的资讯等,可是我们都没有看到相关资讯牌。”

他吁请首长批准行动党提呈的建议书,毕竟与其批准给朋党公司中饱私囊,倒不如兴建中低廉价组屋给贫困居民,为他们提供负担得起的住宿。

取自诗华日报 (12/09/2014)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

别再玩弄经济数字 实际解决通膨问题

(本报古晋9日讯)行动党国州议员张健仁促请国阵政府和部长不要沉醉在玩弄经济数字的游戏,反之,实际去解决人民所面对的通货膨胀。
张健仁今日召开新闻发布会时表示,我国首相署部长拿督斯里阿都瓦希两天前发布一个最新的调查数据,宣称我国一个家庭在2014年的每月收入达到5900令吉。
他指出,这项调查数据对于全国50%以上的家庭都没有意义,因为平均收入是包括计算富有家庭在内,然后再平均分配。
“举个例子,一个咖啡店里的顾客都是家庭月收入1000多令吉,但是突然一个富豪前来消费,那么整个咖啡店顾客的家庭平均月收入都会变得很高。”
张健仁出示一份2012年家庭收入及基本生活福利设施调查报告表示,有关报告显示我国每个家庭当时的平均月收入是5000令吉,不过家庭收入的中位数只有3626令吉。
我国贫富差距大
他继称,有关报告显示最低收入的40%家庭平均收入只有1847令吉,最高收入的20%家庭平均收入则高达1万2159令吉,可见我国贫富差距的鸿沟之大。
他说,截至2012年杪,马来西亚的贫富差距情况比泰国和印尼更糟糕,以0至1基尼指数来计算,马来西亚是0.431、泰国0.4、印尼0.37和印度0.33。
他再举例,我国在2013年共有418万户家庭获得“一个马来西亚援助金”,这些家庭都必须是月收入少过3000令吉,才能符合申请资格。
他声言,月收入少过3000令吉的家庭,在城市生活是很艰难的,因此政府和部长不该沉醉在玩弄经济数字的游戏,而是要实际去解决通货膨胀问题。
取自诗华日报 (10/09/2014)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

除非民联同意,砂不能增新议席。

除非民联同意,选委会不可能落实选区重新划分或增加新选区,砂州也不可能会增加新的州议席。

近期,砂选委会主席透露,砂将划分出新的9个州议席。恰巧的是,分别退出人联党和民进党之后所成立的联民党和力量党,其州议员的人数也是9位。而,人联党和民进党也分别强烈表示将不会把他们原有的选区让给这两个国阵附属党。



张氏表示,选委会在这当儿计划在砂州增加9个议席,似乎是为这9位国阵附属议员量身定做,以便解决国阵内部不和的棘手问题。这是用纳税人的钱,来解决国阵的私家事。

“这种做法是违反民主原则,而国阵这如意算盘也是敲不响的。”

张健仁说,要增加新选区,这项动议必须在国会下议院,以2/3的多数议员表决支持才能获得通过,因为增加新选区相等于修改联邦宪法。目前,国会下议院总议席是222,民联有86位国会议员,国阵有135位国会议员,以及一位新的独立议员卡立。

“如果国阵要增加新选区,它需得到至少148位国会议员在国会投票支持,除了现有的135位国阵国会议员和1位独立议员,它还缺少12位国会议员支持。在上一届国会,民联最低时期只有79位国会议员,国阵只差5位国会议员的支持就可修宪重现划分选区,它尚且无法拉拢到那关键的5位民联议员,更何况今届国阵还差12位议员的支持。”

张健仁表示,根据宪法规定,我国每8年就需选区重新划分一次。国会依稀的最后一次选区划分是在2003年,已过了10年了,而砂州的最后一次选区划分则是在2005年。两者都已过期了,但国阵因为无法得到2/3的国会议员支持,无法在选区划分上再次的“做手脚”,替国阵巩固它的胜算,所以迟迟不进行选区划分。

张氏强调,不论是国会选区或州选区的划分,都必须得到国会下议院2/3的多数支持才可获得通过。这就是为何行动党一直以来不断强调否决国阵2/3多数议席的重要性,以避免国阵不断的在选区划分上“作弊”。

因此,张氏说,若任何人以为国阵能以9个新选区来解决砂国阵的内部纠纷,那是大错特错的。因为,除非划分选区可以以一人一票的原则下进行,而不是城市地区几万选民一个议席,乡村地区几千选民一个议席的不公平划分,行动党和民联是不会同意的。而且,就算真的有划分出9个新选区,也不可能9个新选区都给了这9位国阵附属议员,还有一些土保党的基层领袖对新选区虎视眈眈。

张氏预测,以人联党和民进党的一贯对土保党和首席部长唯唯诺诺的作风,最后,若阿迪南一声令下,人联党和民进党只会服从,让出他们的选区给力量党和联民党。

“这种对土保党委曲求存的心态就是导致今天选区划分极度不公平的现象以及土保党一党坐大的最大原因。几十年的这种奴性心理,造就成今天人联党沦为一个可有可无的政党,也使到人民的权利不断的被国阵践踏。”

Friday, September 5, 2014

Opposition MPs hold key to increase in state seats – Chong

Without the consent of Members of Parliament from Pakatan Rakyat, there is no way that the Election Commissions (EC) can re-delineate the State and Parliamentary constituencies, and there is no way that Sarawak will have any new State constituencies.

I am referring to the recent statement issued by the Sarawak EC that the EC is planning to create 9 new State constituencies in Sarawak.  Coincidentally, currently, there are 9 ADUNs who have quitted SUPP and SPDP and now in UPP and TERAS.  These BN-plus ADUNs seem to have no seat to contest in the coming State Elections given that SUPP and SPDP objected strongly against them.

It seems that the creation of these 9 seats are tailor-made for these 9 ADUNs.  As a matter of principle, such intention in constituency re-delineation is WRONG.  This is using tax-payer’s money to solve the internal squabble of BarisanNasional.

In reality, these 9 ADUNs or anyone harbouring such hope of having 9 new seats to be divided among these 9 ADUNs are in for a big disappointment.

To increase the number of State or Parliamentary constituencies, the EC needs to get the support of no less than 2/3 Members of Parliament in DewanRaykat (the Lower House).  At present, there are 222 MPs in the House, out of which 86 are Pakatan Rakyat MPs, 135 BN MPs and 1 Independent MP.

If there were to be any constituency re-delineation, BN will need to have at least 148 MPs supporting such motion in the Parliament. With its present 135 members and 1 Independent, it is still 12 short.  In the last Parliament when the Pakatan Rakyat only had 79 MPs, BN was 5 short and yet it could not get that crucial 5 votes.  What more to say, now that it is 12 short?

In fact, according to our Constitution, there should be constituency re-delineation every 8 years.  The last re-delineation exercise for Parliamentary seats was carried out in year 2003 and as for Sarawak state constituencies, it was done in year 2005.

As such, it is overdue for another constituency re-delineation exercise, but BN will not do it because without the 2/3rd majority support in Parliament, BN could not engage in its gerrymandering to enhance its winning chances.

I wish to reiterate, DAP will not agree (and I am sure neither PKR nor PAS will agree) with the lop-sided constituency delineation whereby the number of voters in urban seats are several times more than the number of voters in rural seats.  Unless the EC will put in practice the principle of ONE PERSON ONE VOTE ONE VALUE in the upcoming constituency re-delineation exercise, there is no way that there will be any re-delineation or increase in State seats or Parliament seats.

Ultimately, being what SUPP and SPDP have always been, they will just cow-tow to the wishes of the PBB and the Chief Minister of the day. As such, I foresee these two parties compromising their stand in the allocation of seats.  Say what they like, they will ultimately give up some of their seats to UPP and TERAS.

Such subservience and total submission to the powers that be is the main reason for the downfall of SUPP and rendered them a redundant party which is powerless to fight for the people’s rights. 

 5-9-2014
Chong Chieng Jen
Member of Parliament for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa, Sarawak
DAP Sarawak State Chairman, National Vice Chairman

Saturday, August 30, 2014

证明人民支持火箭,挑战土保党出战市区。

(本报古晋29日讯)城市选区的有识选民大多因为拒绝贪污滥权﹐朋党主义等因素﹐而在砂国阵与行动党之间选择支持行动党﹐所以砂土保党如果对有关事项存有怀疑的话﹐那该党在下次选举时大可与砂人联党交换选区﹐以负责出战州内的城市选区。
与人联交换选区
砂行动党主席张健仁是在今早于该党总部召开的新闻发布会上发言时﹐如是表示。
他披露﹐在砂州的城市选区方面﹐该些有识选民就往往在砂国阵与行动党之间﹐选择支持行动党。
“城市选区的有识选民大多选择行动党﹐这是因为﹐他们拒绝贪污滥权﹐也拒绝朋党主义。”
他续称﹐如果砂土保党对有关事项存有怀疑的话﹐那该党在下次选举时大可与砂人联党交换选区﹐以负责出战州内的城市选区。
与此同时﹐他说﹐砂行动党在禁止巫统东渡砂州一事上所持有的立场﹐就像砂首长丹斯里阿迪南沙登禁止西马种族极端分子﹑宗教狂热分子等人前来砂州的原则一样。
他也透露﹐在西马政党方面﹐砂州人民接纳了砂行动党﹐却拒绝接纳巫统。
另一方面﹐他披露﹐砂首长丹斯里阿迪南沙登日前发言时曾经提及说﹐砂州人民的事务应该由砂州人民自己决定。
他说明﹐在有关事项上﹐他要说明的一点就是﹐砂行动党向来拥有自主权﹐并且可自行就砂州事务﹑砂州政策做出决定。
“行动党砂州委员会的成员﹐就100%是砂拉越人﹐而我们的决策﹐也不受西马行动党的约束。”
取自诗华日报(29/08/2014)