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ASEAN’s Missing Social Agenda

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 12:28 AM PST

It's the 27th time that Asean heads of states and world leaders, such as yourselves, will be meeting to discuss the initiative for Asean integration, which deals with the gaps in economic development in the region, besides meetings with other dialogue partners such as Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US.

The formation of the Asean Economic Community in the next six weeks, similar to that of the European Union, which is characterised by a single market and the free intra-regional flow of goods, services and investment will be the main focus of the meetings and has captured the imagination of global and regional economic observers.

Asean has been mouthing that it works in the interest of the people. But the economic integration, fashioned to look as if it prioritises the welfare of the people, only focuses on Business Asean and not Social Asean.

Business Asean, which includes the free trade agreements such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, European Union-Asean trade deal or the recently concluded Transpacific Partnership Agreement, promote multinationals, Asean big businesses and lobbyists.

The social dimension to the integration efforts by the ten member countries — Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia and the Philippines — is therefore sorely missing.

While the Asean Economic Community is said to be tailored after the European Union, it does not have bodies such as the European Parliament or the European Works Council to allow workers, farmers, fishermen, people from lower income groups, aborigines, to have a say on Asean affairs.

In fact much of the meetings, negotiations and discussions about the formation of the Asean Economic Community were done without consultations with the civil society, trade unions, human rights organisations and workers' groups.

As such, the aspirations of the Asean people are completely missing in the integration exercise.

And these people are grappling with day to day issues affecting their livelihood such as outsourcing, inequality within and between countries, migrant labour and informal work.

It is important to note here that declarations by the 10-member grouping, such as the Asean Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, Asean Human Rights Declaration, have not been effective due to their non-binding nature.

Asean leaders gloat that the region represents over 500 million people and a gross domestic product (GDP) of over one trillion US dollars.

But economic integration in the region thus far has been nothing but a race to the bottom with domestic and global capital seeking to exploit cheap labour and in search of profitable investment at the expense of the workers and people of Asean.

For example, the withdrawal of speculative capital from Southeast Asia led to the Asian financial crisis, where thousands lost their jobs and saw their savings vanish.

Fast forward to today and nothing has changed except for cheap rhetoric by Asean governments of a sharing and caring Asean, closing the development gap and reducing poverty and inequality.

As such it's imminent that you agree for a binding Social Asean Charter to be implemented as a core principle of the economic integration to get the commitment of the Asean member states to address the race to the bottom, to ensure fair and equitable distribution of wealth, to observe basic labour rights and to strengthen social protection for the disadvantaged.

In short Social Asean will ensure the economic integration will focus on people over profits.

Dismissing the social charter in the Asean Economic Community would mean the bloc and governments are only interested in raking in the money at the expense of their own people.

Charles Santiago

Member of Parliament



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No loss for Sarawak’s rural villages as BN counters DAP’s Impian projects

Posted: 09 Nov 2015 04:30 PM PST

Villagers and Impian Sarawak volunteers move a rock to make way for a piping project in Kampung Long Luping, Lawas, Sarawak. DAP says its initiative will ultimately benefit rural people even if it cannot deliver votes in the face of Barisan Nasional's machinery. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 10, 2015. 

With DAP's Impian Sarawak gaining traction in remote communities, it was only a matter of time before Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) would have to respond to counter the impact of the opposition party's popular initiative to provide rural folk basic amenities such as water supply and roads.
The Sarawak BN's message is simple yet deceptive: it tells villagers that it is useless to support DAP because Impian Sarawak projects are inferior in quality. Whereas, the BN will provide better roads, water supply and other services.
The message is being spread by Sarawak's ministers to all villages and is repeated in the BN-controlled regional press, in order to nullify Impian's impact ahead of state elections next year.
The Impian project, however, was started by the opposition party to deal with deficiencies in Sarawak BN's own government delivery system.
The BN campaign caused heads to shake in DAP, but its leaders argued that Impian would ultimately benefit Sarawak's most deprived communities.
Development race
Political analyst Dr Faisal Syam Hazis has in the past warned that BN would go on the offensive once Impian Sarawak took off in late 2013.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem urges Sarawakians not to be taken in by DAP's Impian Sarawak, as the state prepares for elections. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 10, 2015.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem urges Sarawakians not to be taken in by DAP's Impian Sarawak, as the state prepares for elections. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 10, 2015.

In a development race where the Sarawak government has bigger machinery and more resources, the state would win, said Faisal, formerly of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).
In November last year, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem did just that. He announced allocations worth more than RM655 million for minor rural projects.
Last April, Adenan urged Sarawakians not to be taken in by Impian Sarawak.
This was followed by Sarawak BN ministers and politicians dismissing Impian projects as publicity stunts.
But Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jien does not think BN's new narrative against Impian is a problem.
Despite Sarawak BN's messages in the local media, it has not stopped demand from villages towards Impian projects.
It is learnt that Impian is currently planning 16 projects which include infrastructure, education and medical camps throughout the vast and remote state.
"It's good that we managed to wake BN up from their slumber and forced them to pay attention to their neglect of the poor and rural areas," said Chong.
On the other hand, there is already a mentality in Sarawak that the party you vote for has to provide for you no matter if it is the government or the opposition.

"So if you don't do anything about it to show you can deliver, then people go back to the BN anyway."
State DAP chief Chong Chieng Jien (right) says Impian Sarawak is to address real problems faced by Sarawak's rural folk, while the project's coordinator Tony Pua (left) says the party is not in it for the votes. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 10, 2015.

No loss
The Impian programme, Chong said, was never meant to compete with the state government in providing basic amenities to rural folk.
It was aimed at meeting needs of the rural people in the interior who were locked in a cycle of poverty that made them reliant on patronage politics.
"You can't go into the villages and talk about good governance or fighting corruption because their concerns are more basic than that.
"You need to show them something tangible," said Chong, the Bandar Kuching MP and state assemblyman for Kota Sentosa.
By providing a water supply system or building a road, Impian would free them of worrying about those basic necessities, said Chong.
"Then they can start thinking about bigger issues such as good governance, higher education and jobs."
If the competition spurred by Impian is able to jolt the Sarawak government into meeting those basic needs, then the DAP initiative would still have fulfiled its original aim.
"In the end the rural folk are the beneficiaries," said Chong.
DAP national publicity chief, Tony Pua, who coordinates all Impian projects in Malaysia, insists that the party is not in it just for the votes.
"Even if it does not make a political difference for us, it makes a real difference in the lives of people who have had to live with no electricity, water, roads. And that cannot be seen as a loss."
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Impian Education Camp – BE Our Volunteer

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 07:12 PM PST

More education camps are coming up this year-end school holidays. If you are keen in making learning fun, interesting and enjoyable, help us inculcate that for the rural communities of Sarawak.
Volunteers are needed to facilitate our activity-based program modules, or help us with administrative / logistics / photography / food and beverage matters.
Your expenses will ONLY include your return transport to the camp sites. All applications must reach us by 10th November 2015.
For more information, please email to

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Water Project in Sg Iran, Song

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 07:08 PM PST

Volunteers Wanted! - Water Project in Sg Iran, Song

We're looking for volunteers to join us for the project which involved civil works. Dates are 21 Nov - 29 Nov 2015.

Due to inaccessible road for this location, all transportation is rely on ekspress boat and longboat. Volunteers who wish to participate must acquired certain level of tread water.

Deadline for registration : 13 November 2015

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DAP throttles on with Katibas centre, anoints Paren for Song

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 05:07 PM PST

The opening of DAP Katibas Service Centre on Saturday by Chong (second left). Next to him his Ling. Paren is on the right.
SIBU: Sarawak DAP opened its service centre in Song last Saturday as it took another step to infiltrate the heart of Sarawak to serve the rural populace.
Called 'DAP Katibas Service Centre', this is the third one opened for rural folks in the Upper Rajang Reach. The first being the Kapit service centre opened in 2013 and the second in Belaga. Its political education director and Sibu MP Oscar Ling confirmed yesterday they were making inroads to the Song community as local lad Paren Nyawi had been active there since the beginning of the year.
"We are ready with the folks of Katibas to face the next election. During the service centre opening last Saturday by our Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Chong said Paren's candidacy would provide an alternative for Song."
He said Katibas was a BN stronghold for more than five decades, and Chong said Paren's candidacy would be a healthy race between DAP and BN.
Paren has a striking personality — a native known to all the folks of Song. He is not only a local who grew up and received his education in Song, but also a celebrity after he won Mr Borneo Hornbill Festival 2011 title.
"With the opening of DAP Katibas Service Centre, it will be easier for the people to work with DAP on issues that affect them."
Apart from the service centres, DAP Sarawak has opened the throttle with centres to serve the rural community in the Upper Rajang Reach. Ling said they had also opened others elsewhere in Sarawak, including the ones in Mas Gading, Betong, Belaga, Sungai Asap, Lawas and others.
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Posted: 16 Oct 2015 02:02 AM PDT

行动党砂州主席张健仁指出,由于竞跑起点处停车位不足,组办单位安排参赛者在距离起跑点2-3公里处停车,再由罗里载送参赛者到起跑点。 从10里巴达旺镇到该地点,大约是1小时的驾车时间。
他说,由于人数众多,载送须时,虽然8公里的竞赛时间在7:15点开始,而5公里的竞赛时间是在7:30开始,张氏呼吁参赛者尽量早点报道。 至于行动党的竞赛组的工作人员,则将会在当天(18/10)早上5:30在现场进行注册、点名和其他工作。
张健仁表示,这条6.5公里的山路Kampong Muk Ayun, Puncak Borneo (Mambong),是由行动党"砂拉越之梦"(Impian Sarawak)义工团和村民统筹统办修建的,耗时约6个月总共耗费约20万令吉。
"由于资金的短缺,我们只能做到4轮驱动车或摩多车可通行的山路。 若当天有下雨,4轮驱动车要行驶也不是很安全。 因此我们鼓励参赛者竞跑结束后,最好还是步行走出Kampong Muk Ayun尤其是若之前有下过雨。"
张氏感到遗憾,砂州政府每年拨款几亿令吉进行乡村发展工程,尤其是今年就拨了11亿5000万令吉做小型乡村发展工程,但是,这Muk Ayun甘榜距离10里巴达旺市镇只是约1小时车程,却无路可直通该甘榜。 如果没有行动党的"砂拉越之梦"计划,这些村民每天还需步行出入。
"无论如何,就让我们当天(18/10)放下各人的事务,一起来体验一下甘榜人民的生活,以及甘榜Muk Ayun的风景。城乡同步,迎变砂州。"


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张氏说,从国阵政府还没在国会提呈《消费税法案》时,行动党就坚决反对消费税的实施。 行动党的理由很简单,就是因为消费税将是百货通胀,使平民百姓生活百上加斤。
张氏说,人联党和国阵的国会议员在国会支持消费税,人联党的其他领袖包括其主席也都在支持消费税的落实。 今天,人联党的古晋支部突然告诉人民他们要反消费税。 令人感到莫名其妙。
"人联党要自打嘴巴,这是它自家门的事情,我没兴趣管。 但是,它要消遣民众,就人人有权对它的行为和它领袖之前甚至现今的矛盾立场,提出质问。"
张氏说,人联党古晋支部发动签名反对消费税,到今天为止,它的党主席还是噤若寒蝉没有出声。 它的国会议员兼部长里查也没有表态。
"如果说现今人联党才大梦初醒,发觉消费税是对人民不利的,那我要恭贺他们的觉悟。 但是,如果它只是在做戏,在面对民众时反对,其领袖到了纳吉和阿德南面前时就支持,那就是政治道德沦亡,无可救药。"

SUPP Kuching Branch’s signature campaign against the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) is mere political stunt aimed at deceiving the people.

Posted: 16 Oct 2015 01:48 AM PDT

SUPP Kuching Branch's signature campaign against the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) is mere political stunt aimed at deceiving the people.
When the GST Act was tabled, SUPP MP cum cabinet minister Richard Riot supports the Bill. Thereafter, its party chairman also supports the implementation of GST. He even claimed that GST is good for the country because it can get more revenue for the Government to implement more projects.
As late as January, 2015, SUPP's woman wing has also criticise DAP for opposing GST.
All the records from the past till today, SUPP has been supporting the implementation of GST. Suddenly, 2 days ago, its Kuching Branch launched a signature campaign to oppose GST.
Is this not political stunt or some form of play-acting by the SUPP Kuching Branch?
There is no question that a large majority of Sarawakian oppose to the implementation of GST. You don't need a signature campaign to verify this.
The problem is, the BN Government ignores the wishes of the people and goes ahead with the implementation of GST. The simple reason being that, the BN leaders and cronies need the extra money to sustain their corruption.
Therefore, before SUPP Kuching Branch even starts to collect signatures to oppose GST, it should get its leaders, Chairman and Member of Parliament and ADUNs to state their position publicly.
We do not want a situation where, on the one hand, SUPP oppose the implementation of GST, but when faced with Najib and Adenan, its leader praises and supports GST.
Do not treat the people as fools and think that the people can be so easily deceived. 


Stop harassing taxpayers, Chong tells IRB

Posted: 15 Oct 2015 12:43 AM PDT

Chong (right) with Ho on his right, holds a letter from IRB demanding the deceased to pay his alleged tax outstanding from over 20 years ago.
KUCHING: An opposition lawmaker here wants the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) to stop 'tax harassment' of taxpayers for backdated claims of over six years.
Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen believed the Limitation Act 1953 and Sabah and Sarawak Limitation Ordinances should be amended so that agencies such as IRB stopped making backdated claims.
He said he planned to raise this matter in Parliament.
Recently, a widow, who wished to be known as Ho, received a letter from IRB demanding her late husband, Pui Kim Hong, pay outstanding tax of RM5,613.20 for assessment years from 1989 to 1993.
The letter, dated March 26, 2015, demanded the deceased to make arrangements to settle his alleged tax. IRB stated it was prepared to discuss payment proposal from the late Pui to lessen his financial burden.
The letter also mentioned that if the agency did not receive any response by April 9, 2015, court action could be taken against the deceased, who passed away on Aug 6, 1997.
In addition, it stated the late Pui could be barred from travelling outside the country under Section 104 of the Income Tax Act 1967.
According to state DAP chairman Chong, Ho had met with IRB officers only to be told that the family must pay the alleged outstanding debt.
Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman, believed Ho should not be held for any outstanding tax, considering that she did not inherit anything from her husband, who passed away 18 years ago.
"It is a duty of the people to pay tax but there should be a limit on how IRB collect taxes. In this case, you can't expect a taxpayer to keep receipts up to 10 to 20 years. Even the bank has a limitation of six years. It's unfair for creditors to ask debtors for receipts.
"In Ho's case, she did not receive any inheritance. Under the Limitation Act, if you don't ask for money within the time limit, you lose those rights. What Inland Revenue did is inhuman and unethical," Chong told a press conference here yesterday.
Following a meeting with Ho, who is a petty trader, Chong said he had written a letter to the IRB, enclosed with a copy of Pui's death certificate.
Chong claimed that of late, IRB has been issuing letters demanding taxpayers to pay alleged outstanding tax payable some 10 to 20 years ago. Such letters included threats that if no payments were made, legal action and restriction of travel order would be issued.
He hoped IRB would have more respect for the law and basic principles of fairness and justice in the collection of debt.
The law of limitations in Malaysia is contained in the Limitation Act 1953 (Act 254) which declares itself to be an Act to provide for limitation of actions and arbitrations that applies only in Peninsular Malaysia.
Sabah and Sarawak have their own respective Limitation Ordinances, which share a similar format, except for some differences.
The scheme of the Act generally allows a period of six years – 12 years in the case of land – to bring an action for the relief that is sought.
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Posted: 14 Oct 2015 07:00 PM PDT

"阿德南和人联党告诉砂州人民,因为有涉及联邦权限,还需一些时间去研究和揣摩承认统考文凭的细节问题。 这分明是在打官腔。"
他说,若砂州政府要在前者事项上承认统考文凭,只需阿德南向砂州各个州部门和机构,发出一份州政府内部指示书,阐明统考文凭是STPM文凭的相等而统考的马来文则是SPM马来文的相等文凭,州政府各部门可聘雇统考文凭持有者,而不需马来文单科优等。 同时,也发函给砂拉越基金会,指示该基金会颁奖学金给统考毕业生。
"难道发一纸公函有如此难吗? 需要连续的公布又公布吗?再由不同的人公布了几次。 将近一个月后,还是只听楼梯响,不见人下楼。"
"况且,阿德南本身也说过,不承认统考文凭使国家损失很多人才。 既然如此,那为何在行动上州政府又没有一点点的迫切感要承认统考文凭?"
张氏说,阿德南把联邦权限事项和州权限事项混为一起来处理承认统考文凭事宜,肯定将无限期的拖延承认统考文凭之事。 难道这就是砂州国阵的缓兵之计?
张氏也质疑,既然阿德南表明在聘雇州政府公务员方面将承认独中统考文凭,那为何又要申请者也持有SPM马来文优等。 统考中也有马来文课。 在现实中,教育部是不允许独中生考SPM的马来文单科考试。 因此,阿德南的这项宣布,也意味着独中生还是需要报考统考和SPM两项考试,和现在的情况并没两样。
"虽然砂州一些校董表示将和联邦教育部磋商允许独中生报考单科马来文,但是,这事件一牵涉联邦部门,华社又是要无年无月痴痴地等待了。 同时间,人才还是在继续的流失。"
张氏强调,原则上,即已承认统考文凭,那就应该包括统考的马来文,不需再附加SPM马来文优等的条件。 一边厢讲承认统考文凭,另一边厢却又不承认统考的马来文课考试,这并非真正的承认。
张氏指出,聘雇州政府公务员和砂拉越基金会奖学金方面,既然砂州政府有绝对的权力,而执行上也是非常简单的只需要阿德南发出一纸公函,如果阿德南真的有诚意承认独中统考文凭,就应该立刻实行。 那明年正月砂州政府就可以统考文凭为准(不需SPM文凭),聘雇独中生。
张氏呼吁阿德南尽速在其州政府权力范围内,促成州政府承认统考文凭,不要再把联邦课题带进来混为一体的无限期拖延承认统考文凭一事。 至于砂大是否会承认统考文凭,此事还是可以和教育部及砂大进行磋商,但应将此事和聘雇州政府公务员及砂基金会奖学金事宜分开了处理。 这才不会不必要的耽误承认统考文凭之事。

Adenan should not keep promising the moon, but to act now on matters which he has the power to do.

Posted: 14 Oct 2015 06:00 PM PDT

Adenan should not keep promising the moon, but to act now on matters which he has the power to do.
I am referring to the UEC recognition issue which Adenan promised with many attached conditions and technicalities yet to be sorted out.
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The simple facts is that Sarawak State Government has the absolute power in the employment of state civil service and the award scholarship by the state-owned trust funds.
If the Sarawak State Government is sincere about giving recognition to the UEC, a simple directive from Adenan will suffice.
On these two matters, there is no need to consult the Federal Government and the Federal Government has no say at all. That is also the reason why I only mentioned the recognition of UEC in these two respect in the Sarawak DUN sittings earlier this year.
In the recent announcement from the government, in addition to the two matters, Adenan brought in the admission to Unimas as an additional item for recognition of UEC, knowing full well that admission to university is in fact a federal matter.
With the inclusion of this additional item which is not under the State's jurisdiction, Adenan's administration is now also delaying the implementation of the other two matters which are within the State's jurisdiction.
What Adenan should do is to take immediate action on matters which he has power to do while the so-called discussion with the Federal Government on matters outside his jurisdiction can go on.
For the Sarawak State Government to recognise the UEC, all that Adenan needs to do is to issue a circular to all State Government agencies stating that the UEC is the equivalent of STPM and that a credit in Bahasa Malaysia under the UEC is the equivalent of a credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia.
There should also not be any additional requirement that UEC holders must also get a credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia for them to be eligible to be employed as State civil servants.
At the moment, the Education Ministry does not allow Chinese Middle School students to sit for SPM Bahasa Malaysia single subject examination. The inclusion of this condition by Adenan will compel the Chinese Middle Schools students to sit for both UEC and the SPM examinations.
While the Chinese Middle Schools boards are talking about discussing with the Education Ministry to allow the students to sit for SPM single-subject BM examination, this will unnecessarily delay the recognition of UEC.
In principle, it is also wrong that on the one hand, the State Government claims to recognise UEC but on the other hand, the State Government does not recognise the results of UEC for Bahasa Malaysia subject.
Similar circular can also be issued to Yayasan Sarawak to specify that holders of UEC are eligible to apply for scholarship like all STPM certificate holders.
If Adenan is sincere about the State Government giving recognition to UEC, there should be some UEC holders (without SPM BM credit) being employed by the State Government by January, 2016.
Therefore, I urge Adenan to act now on matters which he has power, and not bring in matters outside his jurisdiction and delay the implementation of matters which he has absolute power.

DAP to kick start campaign with grand dinner

Posted: 12 Oct 2015 12:35 AM PDT

Chong (third right) together with other DAP members showing the Ubah mascots at their headquarters yesterday.
KUCHING: Sarawak DAP will be hosting a grand dinner on Oct 16 in Sibu to kick start their preparations for the coming state election.
The dinner will also be used as a platform for the party to raise funds for their election campaign through the auctioning of five numbered 'Ubah' mascots.
"There are only five of this (Ubah mascots) in the whole world. It will be auctioned and the highest bidder during the dinner will bring it home," DAP state chairman Chong Chieng Jen told a press conference at their headquarters here yesterday.
He called on DAP supporters from near and far to attend the dinner.
When asked as to why Sibu was chosen to start their campaign, Chong said it was due to DAP's unfinished business.
"We have a specific unfinished business to finish off," said Chong, deflecting questions on what the 'unfinished' business was.
Chong, who is Kota Sentosa assemblyman and Bandar Kuching MP, also revealed that their election campaign slogan and theme song were being finalised and would be made public soon.
On another note, he said there was no reason for Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem to bar any opposition leader from entering the state, apparently referring to DAP publicity chief Tony Pua who was asked to leave the state recently.
"There should be proper justice and fairness not because of personal dealings or the interests of Barisan Nasional," he added.
Meanwhile, the state DAP will be submitting a proposal to Adenan today to improve the outer ring road in Sibu under the next state budget.
Chong further said state DAP would be holding the State Ordinary Members Convention at Crown Square on Nov 8 to elect 15 committee members, which is expected to be participated by 150 delegates.
On theborneopost October 12, 2015, Monday