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Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud

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Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud


In defence of Sabah Minimum Wage

Posted: 03 May 2012 05:59 PM PDT

I refer to the recent annoucement by the Prime Minister on the minimum wage for Sabah.

After careful consideration both by the National Wage Consultative Council and by the economic experts including from World Bank, the RM800 amount was decided as minimum wage for the state.

As expected the opposition was quick to turn this into a contentious issue to gain political mileage. They criticised the minimum wage as being too low and also unfair because of the different rate offered in Peninsular Malaysia.

First of all, minimum wage is not a magic wand to solve all economic problems and challenges faced by the lower income society. The government has other tools to help them, which among others, through billions of ringgit of subsidies, direct transfer of cash and training courses to re-skill them.

We must not be misled in thinking that minimum wage is meant to make the poor becoming high income earners overnight. That is never the intention. The minimum wage is a floor benchmark where salary can't go down below the amount decided by the government. This is to ensure employers pay reasonable salary. Of course employers can offer higher if they think the employees deserve it based on their qualification and skill.

There is a big difference between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat on the issue. PR is looking at it from populist view and thus insterested only to look at the employees point of view (where the vote bank is). On the other hand, BN, being in the government, has to be more responsible. To BN, employees and employers are equally critical parts of the economy. They need each other and no one can exist without the other. Hence, BN's approach is to be balanced and fair to both components of the economy.

In their eagerness to criticise the policy, the opposition conveniently forget that their populist demand for even higher minimum wage could be detrimental to the very workers they say they want to champion.

Yes, cost of living is an important factor to be looked at. But other factors are equally serious and also need to be taken into consideration. Factors such as inflationary pressure and the ability of employers especially in the small and medium sized enterprises to pay (for example coffee shops, restaurants, sundry shops in small towns like Kota Belud).

Take for example a restaurant which has 8 workers who, on average, pays its employees RM500 each. The minimum wage policy of RM800 will now increase the employer's business cost by a RM2,400 a month!

At higher minimum wage of RM1,100 as suggested by the oppposition, how many of them will be able to sustain their businesses?

No doubt some will be able to survive but a lot of them won't and may resort to letting go of their employees. In some cases, businesses will even pass the extra cost to the public by increasing their prices of goods and services to compensate for their lost profits. Imagine the scenario in factories which have hundreds and thousands of workers.

The economic disruption and the danger to the nation's economic well being is real.

So, in the end, unrealistic high minimum wage will increase unemployment, inflation and hurt the economy. This must be avoided to prevent workers and public at large from experiencing the backlash.

After careful studies and discussions from representatives of Sabah employers and employees in the Wage Consultative Council, it was concluded that Sabah's small and medium businesses would be able to absorb minimum wage of RM800. Currently, the median income for Sabah workers is RM577 per month. At this rate, some disruption to the economy will still be expected but the impact is manageable.

According to a statistic, 98% of Malaysian businesses are small and medium sized (SMEs). They will the ones hard hit by the minimum wage policy. In small towns all over Sabah, indeed even the minimum wage policy of RM800 will be a great challenge to them.

On the difference between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah, the reason is the regions' economic base. SMEs in Peninsular Malaysia have better economic footing and better profit thus could absorb higher minimum wage than Sabah and Sarawak.

Of course, ideally and for political expediency, the National Wage Consultative Council could propose to the government a standardised national minimum wage level of RM800. But the next question is why penalise workers in Peninsular Malaysia from getting higher minimum wage when their employers can afford it?

The Prime Minister had said that the minimum wage rate would be reviewed regularly and hoped that in the next two to three years we could have a standardised minimum wage throughout the nation.

The fundamental question is this. What is the use of higher minimum wage if in the end the workers lose their jobs and the ensuing inflationary prices of goods and services will dilute the higher purchasing power of the workers?

This is a very challenging question indeed. Hence the government is balancing the issues with great care. It is to be commended for taking the first move by announcing minimum wage structure, which is the hardest part and most difficult. Next, employers and employees must find ways and means to be more productive and efficient. This will lead to higher minimum wage levels in the future.

The opposition must stop endangering the livelihood of the workers. Being populist and demanding higher minimum wages when businesses in Sabah cannot afford them is tantamount to economic sabotage and betraying the workers themselves. It is going to hurt the workers, increase unemployment, close down shops and burden the public with cost-pushed inflation.

We must not let the opposition ruin the economy just as they did during the 1998 global currency crisis. Their irresponsible economic policy then almost bankrupted the country and sent the economy on a tail-spin nose dive. Malaysians have seen their ill-advised economic policy before and it was not pretty.

Salam.


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Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

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Dr Shafie Abu Bakar


Rihlah Ilmiah: Wacana Buku Di DBP

Posted: 03 May 2012 05:13 PM PDT

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KELUARGA NAYATI BAYAR WANG TEBUSAN

Posted: 03 May 2012 05:33 AM PDT

Nayati (tengah) berbaju hijau.
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Mei — Pihak polis hari ini mengesahkan keluarga Nayati Shamelin Moodliar kanak-kanak yang diculik 27 April lalu, telah membuat sejumlah bayaran wang tebusan kepada penculik.

Ketua Polis Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Mohmad Salleh berkata, bayaran wang tebusan tersebut telah dibuat di Cheras, namun beliau tidak mendedahkan jumlah bayaran tersebut.

"Pihak keluarga membuat keputusan untuk membayar wang tebusan.

"Bayaran itu telah dibuat di satu kawasan di Cheras," katanya kepada pemberita di Ibu Pejabat Pilis Kontinjen Kuala Lumpur di sini.

Nayati telah ditemui jam 7.30 pagi tadi kawasan Rehat dan Rawat hentian Sungai Buloh  selepas enam hari diculik.

Menurut Mohmad, Nayati dikatakan telah menghubungi keluarganya menggunakan telefon bimbit yang ditinggalkan penculik bagi menghubungi keluarganya.

"Polis masih akan meneruskan siasatan bagi menangkap penjenayah, dan kes ini akan disiasat di bawah Akta Culik 1961, yang sekiranya didapati bersalah, akan dijatuhkan hukuman mati.

"Buat masa ini, pihak polis masih lagi belum membuat sebarang tangkapan berhubung kes ini," tambah Mohmad lagi.

Keluarga Nayati dalam kenyataan sebelum ini berterima kasih kepada semua pihak yang terlibat dan memberikan sokongan kepada mereka sejak beberapa minggu lalu selepas kanak-kanak lelaki berusia 12 tahun itu diculik dari perkarangan sekolahnya di sini.

Sham dan Janice Moodliar, yang gembira dengan penemuan anak mereka berkata anaknya itu berada dalam keadaan selamat walaupun trauma dengan insiden tersebut.

"Kami bersyukur kerana Nayati selamat kembali ke pangkuan kami walaupun kejadian itu pasti memberikan kesan trauma kepadanya, namun begitu, dia dalam keadaan yang baik sekarang ini.

"Kami tidak dapat melahirkan betapa kami berbangga dengannya yang terpaksa mengharungi kejadian berkenaan.

"Kami telah menerima sokongan daripada rakan-rakan di Kuala Lumpur dan juga dari seluruh dunia.

"Kami tidak dapat menggambarkan dengan kata-kata untuk mengucapkan tanda terima kasih kami, tapi kami tidak akan lupa jasa baik yang telah diberikan kepada keluarga kami," kata Moodliars dalam satu kenyataan yang dikeluarkan akhbar The Star Online hari ini.

Nayati ditemui di Rawang pada 7.30 pagi hari ini dan disatukan semula dengan keluarganya.

Keluarga berasal dari Belanda itu berkata mereka akan terus menetap di sini walaupun insiden penculikan ke atas anak mereka itu.

Kenyataan tersebut turut menyatakan Moodliars turut bersyukur dan terkejut dengan sokongan padu, termasuk dari luar negara, walaupun mereka tidak pernah bertemu sebelum ini, menghulurkan bantuan dalam bentuk masa, bantuan teknikal, dan juga kadangkala wang ringgit tanpa mengharapkan balasan.

Keluarga itu turut berterima kasih kepada pihak polis atas bantuan dan pengorbanan mereka atas kepulangan Nayati.

"Mereka bersungguh-sungguh untuk memastikan tidak berlaku kejadian yang tidak diingini terhadapnya," katanya.

Mereka turut mengucapkan terima kasih kepada kedutaan Belanda, dan duta mereka Paul Bekkers untuk sokongan moral dan bantuan teknikal yang dihulurkan kedutaan terbabit.(malaysianinsider)

Pendakwa Perancis dakwa Najib minta AS$1b untuk Perimekar

Posted: 03 May 2012 12:48 AM PDT

Pendakwa awam Perancis yang menyiasat urusniaga pembelian senjata Perancis-Malaysia mendakwa telah menemui bukti bahawa menteri pertahanan ketika itu, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak telah meminta AS$1 bilion (RM3 bilion) untuk syarikat tempatan Perimekar daripada DCNI - anak syarikat pembuat kapal Perancis DCN.

Menurut kertas pendakwaan yang didedahkan oleh NGO Suaram hari ini, satu faks menunjukkan bahawa Najib didakwa telah meminta jumlah tersebut untuk Perimekar sebagai syarat bagi mengadakan satu pertemuan dengan beliau pada 14 Julai 2001.

Faks yang bertarikh 1 Jun 2001 adalah dari Francois Dupont, wakil Malaysia untuk syarikat swasta Thales Asia International, kepada D Arnaud.

Dokumen itu, satu daripada 153 yang ditunjukkan kepada Suaram, telah dirampas oleh polis Perancis dari pejabat Henri Gide, seorang pegawai Thales.(malaysiakini)

Suara Sri Andalas

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Suara Sri Andalas


Pakatan’s Free Education Move Stymied by BN

Posted: 02 May 2012 03:00 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: PKR today claimed that lopsided agreements signed by Barisan Nasional with contractors is hindering PKR from providing free or subsidised education in opposition-held states.

Party strategic director, Rafizi Ramli, cited Kolej University Islam Selangor (KUIS) where he claimed that as a result of the rent concession signed with contractors, the institute had to spend more than half of its expenditure on rent alone.

Students, too, bore the burnt of this as their fees remained high, claimed Rafizi.

"The contractor was awarded a 33-year lease at an annual rate of RM15.4 million when the cost (to build the hostel and student centre) is only RM97 million. This means the contractors will get RM508 million (over the years)… a 524% profit here," Rafizi told the press.

"The reasonable rent rate is half of the RM6 million which they are paying now. KUIS is tied up paying high rent to the contractors. Therefore it cannot lower its fees let alone provide free education."

The Islamic university falls under the purview of Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (MAIS). According to documents procured from MAIS, rent payment is the second highest expenditure of the institute.

In 2010, KUIS paid RM15,406, 390 for rent. Expenses for its academic staff top the list of expenditure.

Rafizi said that the contractor for the hostel was Redha Resources Sdn Bhd (RRSB) owned by current Permatang assemblyman, Sulaiman Abdul Razak, who is also an Umno member.

Rafizi claimed that Sulaiman was (former Selangor menteri besar) Khir Toyo's crony.

"Khir was a witness for RRSB when they signed the loan agreements (worth RM125.8 million) with banks on Aug 3, 2007, to fund the project," he said.

Rafizi added that RRSB was merely the middle party in the deal as another company, Bina Puri Holdings Bhd, was the one that implemented the project.

"Before Umno members point their finger at PKR, I challenge the Umno leadership to retract Sulaiman's contract so that the hostel rent will be fair to KUIS students," he said.

The issue of funding higher education has been highlighted recently following a protest by 300 students who demanded that the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan scheme be scrapped.

Following this, Rafizi said that PKR will set up a special fund to aid students with their daily expenses should the party take over Putrajaya.

He added this special fund was included in the party's five-point framework to implement a free education policy and to replace the current PTPTN scheme.

Source: FreeMalaysiaToday

Selangor Sediakan Garis Panduan Untuk Bina Rumah Ibadat Bukan Islam

Posted: 02 May 2012 02:30 AM PDT

SHAH ALAM, 2 MEI : Kerajaan Selangor sedang menkaji beberapa langkah agar rumah ibadat bukan Islam dapat disediakan dengan lebih teratur.

Langkah-langkah ini termasuk garis panduan bagi rumah ibadat di dalam rumah kedai dan pusat komersil, dan peruntukan tanah di dalam skim perumahan kawasan bandar.

Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim berkata berikutan perkembangan pesat di kawasan bandar serta pertumbuhan penduduk yang semakin meningkat, berlaku kekurangan tapak untuk mendirikan rumah ibadat bukan Islam di lokasi yang sesuai.

Berikutan itu, tambahnya, banyak pertubuhan agama bukan Islam termasuk persatuan Buddha menggunakan rumah kedai sebagai pusat keagamaan mereka.

"Kerajaan Negeri meneliti secara terperinci prosedur untuk pusat-pusat keagamaan sedia ada yang diwujudkan di kawasan perdagangan akibat kekurangan tanah di kawasan bandar.

"Garis panduan ini untuk diguna pakai bagi permohonan baru bagi menggunakan premis komersil sebagai pusat keagamaan bukan Islam," katanya.

Abdul Khalid berkata demikian dalam ucapan sempena majlis sambutan Hari Wesak 2012 Negeri Selangor di sini semalam.

Turut hadir, isteri Menteri Besar, Puan Sri Salbiah Tunut; Speaker Dewan Selangor, Datuk Teng Chang Kim dan Exco Pembangunan Kampung Baru dan Penyelesaian Kilang Haram, Ean Yong Hian Wah.

Satu lagi langkah bagi menangani kekurangan tanah untuk pembinaan rumah ibadat bukan Islam adalah garis panduan sedia ada yang mewajibkan setiap skim rumah 100 ekar ke atas harus diperuntukkan tanah untuk pembinaan rumah ibadat.

"Kerajaan Negeri sedar garis panduan ini masih ada ruang untuk menambahbaikan kerana pada masa ini sekiranya pembangunan dipohon kurang 100 ekar maka pihak pemaju tidak tertakluk pada kriteria peruntukan tanah untuk rumah ibadat bukan Islam.

"Jika keadaan ini wujud, kita akan kenakan pihak pemaju perlu membayar sejumlah caruman berdasarkan jumlah rumah yang dibeli masyarakat bukan Islam dan ia boleh diamsukkan dalam tabung Rumah Ibadat bukan Islam," katanya.

Abdul Khalid berkata, sejak 2008 Kerajaan Negeri telah menyumbang sekitar RM4 juta setiap tahun kepada rumah ibadat bukan Islam dan peruntukan itu dinaikkan menjadi RM6 juta bagi tahun ini.

Di dalam ucapannya Ean Yong berkata ini adalah kali kedua Selangor menyambut Hari Wesak dan ia merupakan negeri pertama di Malaysia yang menyambut perayaan tersebut secara rasmi.

Dalam tempoh empat tahun Pakatan Rakyat menerajui Kerajaan Negeri, katanya, kerjasama dan hubungan yang terjalin bersama pertubuhan penganut Buddha semakin erat dan kukuh.


Sumber: Selangorku

Selangor Mahu 'Klausa Keluar' Tol SUKE

Posted: 02 May 2012 02:00 AM PDT

Kerajaan Selangor hari ini mencadangkan Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia (LLM) supaya memasukkan klausa keluar (exit clause) dalam perjanjian konsesi Lebuh Raya Bertingkat Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang (SUKE).

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim berkata, tindakan itu perlu dilakukan bagi membolehkan perjanjian konsesi ditamatkan apabila syarikat mencapai sasaran keuntungan lebih awal.

"Apabila ini berlaku kutipan tol harus diberhentikan dan lebuh raya berkenaan perlu dikembalikan kepada pengurusan kerajaan," katanya.

Khalid berkata, klausa itu mesti dimasukkan dalam semua perjanjian konsesi lebuhraya bertol,berkaitan dengan keuntungan pembinaan dan pulangan ekuiti kerana kerajaan persekutuan bertindak menaja jamin SUKE.

Dalam kenyataannya hari ini, Khalid mengingatkan tentang pengamalan sebelum ini apabila syarikat konsesi terus dibenarkan mengutip tol walaupun syarikat konsesi telah pun mengaut keuntungan.

"Penswastaan lebuh raya tidak boleh dibuat semata-mata memberi keuntungan mudah kepada syarikat konsesi di atas kos perbelanjaan rakyat," katanya sambil menekankan mereka menentang penuh urus tadbir yang "berat sebelah" dan membebankan rakyat.

Bagaimanapun, setelah mendengar penerangan cadangan pembinaan SUKE, kerajaan negeri secara prinsipnya bersetuju dengan projek infrastruktur itu kerana ia akan membawa impak positif kepada pembangunan ekonomi negeri.


Sumber: Malaysiakini

Tempoh Daftar TAWAS Dilanjutkan Sehingga Akhir Tahun

Posted: 01 May 2012 03:30 AM PDT

SELAYANG, 1 MEI : Ibu bapa yang belum mendaftar anak mereka untuk program Tabung Warisan Anak Selangor (Tawas) masih boleh berbuat demikian sehingga akhir tahun ini.

Exco Kesihatan, Pekerja Ladang, Kemiskinan dan Kerajaan Prihatin Selangor, Dr Xavier Jayakumar berkata Kerajaan Selangor telah melanjutkan tempoh pendafataran kerana permintaan yang tinggi untuk program itu.

Menurutnya, Kerajaan Negeri sesungguhnya mahu seluruh rakyat Selangor terlibat dalam program Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor (MES) yang diperkenalkan sejak empat tahun lalu.

"Bagi ibu bapa yang terlepas mendaftar anak mereka yang lahir pada Mac 2008 dan selepas masih boleh mendaftar dalam Tawas hingga akhir tahun ini.

"Mereka boleh mendaftar dalam program ini tetapi tempohnya lebih singkat. Kalau bonus dia akan terima kurang.

"Kalau lahir 2008 dan daftar sekarang maka kita akan tolak empat tahun. Tempoh 17 tahun itu akan jadi 13 tahun sahaja," katanya dalam sidang media selepas lawatan kerja di Hospital Selayang di sini semalam.

Turut hadir, Ahli Parlimen Selayang, William Leong Jee Keen.

Mengulas lanjut, beliau berkata, Tawas kini mencatatkan pendaftaran melebihi 70,000 peserta dan ia terus meningkatkan setiap bulan.

Bagi memberi lebih manfaaat kepada peserta Tawas, Kerajaan Negeri juga memperkenalkan program Jom Shopping Tawas bermula bulan lalu sama sepertimana Jom Shopping bagi warga emas.


Sumber: Selangorku

Pusat Perlu Bina Lebih Banyak Hospital Di Selangor

Posted: 01 May 2012 03:00 AM PDT

SELAYANG, 1 MEI : Seiring dengan pertambahan penduduk, Kerajaan Pusat diminta memberi kepada kerajaan negeri membina lebih banyak hospital di Selangor.

Exco Kesihatan, Pekerja Ladang, Kemiskinan dan Kerajaan Prihatin Selangor, Dr Xavier Jayakumar berkata, Selangor adalah salah satu negeri tumpuan di negara ini dengan kehadiran penduduk dari negeri lain dan luar yang bertambah dengan pesat ketika ini.

Berikutan itu, pertambahan pesakit yang ditempatkan di hospital di negeri ini juga mencatatkan pertambahan hingga menyebabkan beberapa hospital mengalami kesesakan.

"Pertambahan penduduk kini pesat di Selangor. Sekarang dah lebih 5.3 juta orang dan pembinaan Hospital Shah Alam pula tergendala. Kita berharap Kementerian Kesihatan dapat bekerjasama dalam perkara ini.

"Kebanyakan hospital di Selangor kini menghadapi masalah pesakit yang ramai. Kita minta sekurang-kurangnya tambahan tiga lagi hospital di Selangor," katanya.

Beliau yang juga Adun Sri Andalas berkata, berdasarkan maklumat diterima, tiada perancangan dalam Rancangan Malaysia Ke-10 (RMK10) bagi pembinaan hospital di Selangor walaupun kerajaan negeri bekerjasama dengan menyediakan lokasi bagi tujuan itu.

Menurutnya, kelahiran di Selangor adalah tinggi termasuk kehadiran orang luar yang bekerja dan melanjutkan pelajaran.

"Kebanyakan hospital di Selangor kini mencapai tahap maksima dengan pesakit yang ramai. Kalau kita tunggu lagi dan tiada tambahan hospital keadaan akan semakin sukar.  Contoh macam Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah di Klang yang kalau dilihat sudah tidak boleh mengambil pesakit lagi," katanya.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan negeri mencadangkan beberapa kawasan di negeri itu seperti di Tanjong Karang dan Kuala Langat manakala usaha menaiktaraf hospital seperti di Banting juga boleh dijalankan.


Sumber: Selangorku

Bantuan Pekerjaan Untuk Belia Masyarakat Ladang

Posted: 01 May 2012 02:00 AM PDT

BESTARI JAYA,1 MEI : Ketua Komuniti Masyarakat Ladang-ladang di negeri ini diseru agar mengemaskini data berkenaan belia masyarakat India yang tidak mempunyai pekerjaan agar pelan tindakan susulan dapat diambil bagi membantu mereka mendapatkan pekerjaan.

Menteri Besar,Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim berkata ianya adalah bagi menempatkan belia-belia masyarakat India yang tidak mempunyai pekerjaan diberi latihan teknikal yang bersesuaian di institusi kemahiran yang ada.

"Kita mahu semua belia di kawasan ladang-ladang yang tidak mempunyai pekerjaan yang tetap akan diusahakan pembangunan kerjaya mereka.
"Mereka akan ditempatkan ke institusi kemahiran yang tertentu bagi meningkatkan tahap kemahiran mereka supaya mereka mendapat pekerjaan yang lebih baik," kata Abdul Khalid semasa Program Pesta Hari Pekerja bagi Pekerja-Pekerja Ladang di Daerah Kuala Selangor.

Program itu adalah anjuran Exco Pekerja Ladang Kerajaan Negeri dengan kerjasama Pusat Khidmat DUN Permatang.

Turut hadir dalam majlis itu, Pengerusi Tetap Jawatankuasa Kesihatan,Pekerja Ladang,Kemiskinan Dan Kerajaan Prihatin , Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar, dan Penyelaras DUN Permatang, Yahya Sahri.

Abdul Khalid berkata kerajaan negeri juga sudah melancarkan Program Mikrokredit Untuk Wanita-Wanita Ladang bagi membangunkan ekonomi keluarga  dengan mempunyai sumber pendapatan yang lebih baik.

"Tujuan program itu adalah untuk memberikan sokongan kewangan kepada keluarga wanita ladang bagi meningkatkan pendapatan mereka," katanya.

Menurut Abdul Khalid sejak Pakatan Rakyat mentadbir Selangor,sebanyak RM4 juta diperuntukkan kepada pembangunan Sekolah-Sekolah Tamil di mana hal itu tidak diberi perhatian oleh kerajaan Barisan Nasional sebelum ini.

" Sudah lebih daripada RM16 juta telah diperuntukkan dan juga dalam kerajaan negeri sentiasa mencari jalan sekolah-sekolah Tamil yang berpotensi agar dapat diperbesarkan atau dibuat disatu kawasan yang lebih membangun dan sesuai," katanya.

Dalam majlis itu juga seramai kira-kira 80 orang pekerja ladang warga emas daripada daerah Kuala Selangor diraikan dan beri penghargaan atas pengorbanan dan jasa mereka.

Sementara itu, Dr Xavier berkata masyarakat warga India khususnya pekerja ladang diseru agar meneruskan sokongan terhadap kerajaan negeri Selangor Pakatan Rakyat yang membela kebajikan pekerja ladang di negeri ini.

"Untuk terus menyatakan sokongan terhadap kerajaan negeri Selangor dalam agenda Selangorku untuk terus meningkatkan pembangunan ekonomi dan membasmi kemiskinan serta menaiktaraf kebajikan penduduk ladang yang tidak mampu dilaksanakan oleh kerajaan Barisan Nasional," katanya.


Sumber: Selangorku

Tuntutan di Hari Buruh: Gaji minimum RM1,500

Posted: 01 May 2012 01:30 AM PDT

Seramai kira-kira 700 orang menyertai perarakan di pusat bandar Kuala Lumpur hari ini dalam perhimpunan tahunan Hari Buruh dengan mesej utama – gaji minimum yang diumumkan perdana menteri semalam tidak memadai.

Kumpulan itu mendesak supaya kadar gaji minimum ditetapkan pada kadar RM1,500 – bukan hanya RM900 di semenanjung dan RM800 di Sabah dan Sarawah.

Kumpulan berpakaian merah itu berarak dalam suasaran meriah sambil memukul gendang dan melaung slogan untuk menuntut "gaji minimum RM1,500."

Selain itu, kumpulan itu juga menyuarakan tuntutan mengadakan pilihan raya bersih dan adil, menghentikan diskriminasi ke atas pekerja wanita dan eksploitasi ke atas pekerja asing.

Turut disuarakan ialah tuntutan untuk pendidikan percuma dan supaya kerajaan mengawal harga barang keperluan.

Sebanyak 14 tuntutan itu dinyatakan dalam risalah dinamakan Deklarasi 1 Mei 2012 yang diedarkan kepada orang ramai semasa perarakan itu.

Deklarasi itu disokong 58 NGO dan parti politik termasuk Kesatuan Kebangsaan Pekerja-pekerja Bank (Nube), PKR, PSM dan Dewan Pehimpunan Cina Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor.

Bagaimanapun, presiden Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia Khalid Atan yang ditemui di perhimpunan itu berkata, dasar yang diumumkan kerajaan itu memadai buat masa ini.

Katanya jumlah itu bukanlah sesuatu yang akan dikekalkan buat selama-lamanya tetapi akan disemak semula setiap dua tahun.


Sumber: Malaysiakini

May Day! May Day! Najib Out to Hoodwink Workers On Minimum Wage!

Posted: 01 May 2012 01:00 AM PDT

Najib's workers day announcement on minimum wage was a cunning election announcement to make the workers happy and not to make the employers worried.

The workers were promised minimum wage which they are not going to see perhaps for the next one year or more and the employers get leeway not to implement this one year or so. In short it was a hollow announcement – a win win for Najib and a lose lose for workers.

Firstly the minimum wage announced for Peninsular has been set at RM900 while for East Malaysia; Sabah and Sarawak and Labuan, it was set at RM800. The poverty line of Peninsular is RM 764 whereas in Sabah it is RM 1048 and Sarawak RM912. How can then, the Peninsular get a higher minimum wage compared to East Malaysia. This is not only discrimination but sheer illogic. It seems the implementation of the minimum wage is not to overcome income disparity but rather widen the gap between Peninsular and East Malaysia.

Secondly, the amount announced by the Government is also way below the minimum wage proposed by JERIT and PSM which is RM1,500. We have previously argued why RM 1,500 is reasonable and affordable. We have also proposed that the Government give subsidies to SME companies to help them pay the workers a minimum wage. PSM has also argued that the Malaysian economy will be able to absorb a minimum wage of RM 1,500 and it will boast the economy when workers have higher purchasing power.

The third most alarming feature of this announcement is that there is no actual time set to implement this minimum wage policy. With Najib's constant flip flopping, we would never see the daylight for this policy. Firstly Najib talks about that the rates will take effect six months from the date the Minimum Wage Order is gazetted, which we do not know when. Next, small enterprises are given another 6 months (1 year) to give them the space and opportunity. He then goes on to give the bosses all the excuses they need for implementing by saying  "The Government is providing a flexible implementation mechanism so those who are really unable to implement the minimum wage can appeal for an extension." This means it is going to take such a long time before we actually see the implementation of the minimum wage in practice. This is delaying tactics.

For the record, In January last year, the Labour Department director-general Datuk Sheikh Yahya Sheikh Mohammed announced that more than 100,000 security guards nationwide were expected to get a RM700 minimum wage by the end of January 2011. This is yet to be implemented and there does not seem to be any enforcement. Therefore, workers and MTUC who welcomed this new announcement can dream on that it will be implemented soon.

The fourth worrying aspect of this popular announcement was Najib's statement that the Government is also prepared a mechanism where some allowances or fixed cash payments are allowed to be absorbed in the calculation for minimum wage. This proposal seems to be in line with the wishes of the bosses who wanted to absorb some benefits into the minimum wage package.

At the end of the day, the Najib Government's game plan is to delay the implementation of the minimum wage without taking away the feel good factor. Najib hopes the feel good factor will be able to carry him forward. As long as workers do not have their pockets and stomach full, all this desire of implementing a minimum wage is just a satire for the election.

Until and unless this minimum wage is implemented immediately, PSM would like to call this a bluff. The struggle for a decent wage and quality life for the working class will continue.

Najib, you can hoodwink people some time but not all the time. May the workers really feel good some day. Happy Workers Day!

Released by,
S.Arutchelvan
Secretary General

1 May 2012

Lim Guan Eng

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Lim Guan Eng


Malaysia’s Ranking Of 122 Out Of 178 Countries For 2012/2013 In The World Press Freedom Index Is Bound To Drop(en/cn)

Posted: 03 May 2012 03:37 AM PDT

2012 World Press Freedom Day by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 3.5.2012

Malaysia's Ranking Of 122 Out Of 178 Countries For 2012/2013 In The World Press Freedom Index Is Bound To Drop After The Debacle Of Police Brutality Against Reporters And Photographers During Bersih 3.0 And The Anti-Lynas Demonstration In Penang.

Press freedom is essential in any functioning democratic society, is clearly under threat in Malaysia. In the aftermath of the Bersih 3.0 debacle that saw not only innocent protesters but also media workers such as reporters and photographers being manhandled, beaten up and their camera equipment destroyed, there is no doubt that press freedom in our country is deteriorating and getting more restricted.

Earlier this year, there was short-lived joy as Malaysia gained 19 places in the 2011/2012 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders to 122nd place, compared to being ranked 141st in 2010. In actual fact, we have actually regressed because we were ranked 92nd in 2006, and have merely regained some lost ground. That said, being ranked joint-122nd on the same level as Tajikistan and Algeria is not something we can be proud of. Even Cambodia fared better at rank 117th.

In light of recent events, Malaysia's ranking is set to take a dive. Nearly 20 reporters and photographers were reported to have been assaulted police during the Bersih 3.0 rally, including The Sun reporter Radzi Razak who was assaulted by up to 15 police officers.

Even reporters from international agency Al-Jazeera were not spared, as they reported Al Jazeera cameraman Ray Jones was punched at the head while Al Jazeera's correspondent Harry Fawcett was roughed up while they tried to film an officer beating up a protester.

Worse, BBC and Al-Jazeera's news coverage was censored by Astro for breaching local content regulations. To date, neither the Home Ministry nor Astro has clarified what the local content regulations were.

The fact that the police did indeed beat up members of the media is irrefutable. Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak himself whispered an apology to the Sun reporter Radzi Razak who was warded to hospital after the beating and the Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar apology to another victim of police brutality, Malay Mail reporter Muhammad Ariff.

DAP regrets that the Minister of Home Affairs Datuk Seri Hishamudin Tun Hussein Onn's stated that the issue must be looked at in the right context because those allegedly beaten by protesters are worse off than those beaten by the police. Hishamuddin's statement is shocking as it appears to give police the right to illegally beat up protesters. Whilst DAP supports action against demonstrators who turn violent, action must also taken against violence by policemen on peaceful demonstrators.

The public is sceptical whether the new independent panel set up by the Home Ministry to investigate complaints of police brutality will result in any action when no action is taken by the police on attacks against reporters in July last year at the Penang Bridge and at the anti-Lynas rally at Speaker's Corner in Esplanade, Penang on 26 February. In the first incident 2 reporters were attacked last year when covering a demonstration involving UMNO at the Penang Bridge.

At an Anti-Lynas rally on 26 February 2012, UMNO and Perkasa members violently attacked and injured two reporters. One of the reporters had to endure 8 stitches to close his injury. Up to now, not a single person has been either arrested or charged by the Penang police. If even UMNO and Perkasa gangsters are not charged in court for beating up reporters, how can the public hope that the police will charge policemen involved in beating up reporters?

Any talk about transformation and greater freedom has been nothing more than lip-service. Until and unless an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) is formed and the Printing Presses and Publications Act abolished, there will never be true press freedom in Malaysia.

DAP expresses full support for all Malaysians to dress in black and pin a yellow ribbon to commemorate World Press Freedom Day today with many Chinese newspapers printing in black today. This occasion is important for press freedom and all Malaysians to stand in solidarity with not just Malaysians assembling peacefully but also the reporters and photographers who were either beaten, had their cameras taken away or smashed during Bersih 3.0 rally.

Lim Guan Eng

—-Mandarin Version—-
民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2012年5月3日世界新闻自由日献词:

马来西亚在2012-2013年世界新闻自由指数排名下滑是必定的(目前在178个国家中排名122),特别是警察在净选盟3.0及槟州反莱纳斯两场集会中,粗暴对待记者和摄影记者。

新闻自由是任何功能健全的民主社会的要素,在马来西亚,新闻自由被侵犯着。在净选盟3.0集会中,不只是无辜的集会参与者受到暴力对待,就连媒体工作者如记者、摄影记者的摄影器材也被毁坏,无疑地,我国的新闻自由情况不断恶化、打压更加严厉。

今年初, 马来西亚刚刚为无边界记者的2011/2013新闻自由指数排名上升到122名而感到欢喜,这个排名比2010年141名上升19位。但是,我们其实在退步,因为我们在2006年排名第92位,我们只是赢回一点点。意思说,与塔及克斯坦、爱尔及利亚同样排名122并不值得骄傲,就连柬埔寨的排名117都略胜一筹。

最近发生了那么多事,马来西亚的排名肯定又将滑落,在净选盟3.0集会中,将近20名记者和摄影记者遭警方粗暴对待,包括被15名警察围殴的《太阳报》记者拉兹拉萨。

就连国际通讯社《半岛电视台》也没有幸免,他们的报导指出,他们的录像记者雷琼斯的头部中拳,而通讯员哈里弗吉企图拍摄一名警员殴打集会者的片段时,也遭围殴。

更糟的是,英国广播电台和半岛电视台的新闻,被指触犯我国媒体内容条例而被Astro电视台检查。至今,内政部和Astro电视台都没有说明到底他们触犯什么媒体内容条例。

事实上,警方殴打媒体工作者是不争的事实。首相拿督斯里纳吉在《太阳报》 记者拉兹拉萨被打送院后,在其耳边轻声道歉。而总警长丹斯里依斯迈奥玛也向另一名警察暴力受害者《马来邮报》记者莫哈末阿力夫道歉。

民主行动党对于内政部长拿督斯里希山慕丁说,我们看这个课题的真实内容,因为那些被集会者殴打的情况比被警员殴打的情况还严重。希山慕丁的言论令人震惊,看来,警员授权非法殴打集会人士。民主行动党支持采取行动,对付那些粗暴的集会者,我们也认为粗暴对待和平集会人士的警员也必须受到对付。

公众都很怀疑,内政部针对警方暴力新成立的独立调查团,是否又会不了了之? 去年7月, 亲巫统示威者在槟城第一大桥示威,以及今年2月26日发生在槟州旧关仔角演说者角落的反莱纳斯大集会,也发生记者遭袭击事件,前者两名记者在采访巫统涉及的集会时被殴。

在2月26日反莱纳斯集会中,巫统和土权组织的成员暴力致伤两名记者,其中一名受伤的记者还缝了八针。到今天,槟州警方也还没有逮捕或提控任何人。如果巫统和土权的流氓在攻击记者可以逍遥法外,当局都没有采取行动,我们真的可以指望警方会提控那些涉及殴打记者的警员吗?

谈什么转型、更多新闻自由都只是空谈而已。除非政府成立独立警方投诉及行为不检委员会(IPCMC)、出版及印刷法令废除,否则马来西亚不会有真正的新闻自由。

民主行动党全力支持全体马来西亚人穿黑衣及配戴黄丝带,来纪念世界新闻自由日,今天也有很多中文报章以黑色版面出街。这是新闻自由的重要日子,也是全体参与和平集会的马来西亚人表示团结一致,也对那些在净选盟3.0集会中被殴打、摄影器材被抢走或毁坏的记者和摄影记者表示声援支持。

林冠英

Bernama telah menyalahgunakan kebebasan untuk membuat lapuran mengelirukan tentang jawapan saya dalam mesyuarat Dewan Undangan Negeri (bm/cn)

Posted: 03 May 2012 03:13 AM PDT

Kenyataan Akhbar Oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng Di Pulau Pinang Pada 3.5.2012

Saya berasa kesal bahawa pada Hari Kebebasan Akhbar Sedunia, Bernama telah menyalahgunakan kebebasan untuk membuat lapuran mengelirukan tentang jawapan saya dalam mesyuarat Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang semalam berkaitan penjualan tanah Bayan Mutiara secara tender terbuka.

Semalam, saya mengakui bahawa kerajaan negeri tidak mengikut penilaian yang ditetapkan oleh Jabatan Pernilaian dan Perkhidmatan Harta kerana anggaran harga itu adalah terlalu rendah. Jabatan Penilaian dan Perkhidmatan Harta dalam surat bertarikh 5 November 2009 telah menganggarkan harga sebanyak RM65 sekaki persegi.

Sebaliknya kerajaan negeri tidak mengikuti harga R65 sekaki persegi dan menetapkan harga rizab sebanyak RM 200 sekaki persegi, iaiatu lebih 3 kali ganda daripada penilaian Jabatan Penilaian. Dalam tender terbuka yang tutup pada 31.12.2010, pemaju yang tawarkan harga paling tinggi sebanyak RM 240 sekaki persegi dipilih ataupun sebanyak RM1.07 bilion untuk 102.56 ekar.

Malangnya dalam laporan semalam, Bernama enggan menyiarkan harga penilaian yang disyorkan oleh Jabatan Penilaian sebanyak RM65 sekaki persegi tetapi hanya pengakuan bahawa saya tidak mengikut harga penilaian Jabatan Penilaian. Ini akan memberikan gambaran bahawa kerajaan negeri telah menetapkan harga yang lebih rendah daripada yang disyorkan oleh Jabatan Penilaian. Biasanya kerajaan BN tidak memakai tender terbuka dan akan menetapkan harga yang lebih rendah daripada harga Jabatan Penilaian.

Demi mengelakkan gambaran yang mengelirukan, pejabat saya telah meminta Bernama membetulkan laporan mengelirukan ini dengan menyiarkan harga penilaian oleh Jabatan Penilaian tetapi Bernama enggan buat demikian. Saya kesal dengan keengganan Bernama menyiarkan semua fakta berkaitan yang jelas disengajakan agar memberikan laporan yang mengelirukan.

Lim Guan Eng

—–Mandarin Version —-

民主行动党秘书长林冠英于2012年5月3日在槟州发表声明:

我感到遗憾,在世界新闻自由日,马新社滥用了新闻自由,以模糊的方式报道我昨天在槟州议会的有关公开招标出售峇央珍珠湾土地的问题。

昨天,我承认州政府没有根据产业估价及服务局定下的价格,因为有关定价过低。当局在2009年11月5日的估价为每平方尺65令吉。

相反地,州政府并没有根据每平方尺65令吉的估价,并订下每平方尺200令吉的产业价格,比估价局高出3倍。在2010年12月31日的公开招标中,我们选择了出价最高,即每平方尺240令吉(102.6英亩总值10亿7000万令吉)的发展商。

让人遗憾的是马新社昨晚的报导拒绝刊登估价局所做出的每方尺65令吉估价,可却只是刊登我没依据估价局的估价。如此将会让民众误以为州政府所拟定的底价比估价局的估价还要低。众所皆知,国阵政府在没有采用公开招标之下,通场所拟定的土地价格,都会比估价局所估的价格还要低。

为了避免让民众混淆,我的办公室已经要求马新社更正这则引起混淆的新闻,重新刊登估价局所做出的土地价格,可是马新社还是拒绝这么做。我非常失望马新社拒绝刊登全部的相关事实与数据,很明显的是要制造让人混淆的新闻。

林冠英

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Posted: 02 May 2012 04:55 PM PDT






Pada 2 Mei 2012, satu majlis penyerahan bantuan rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M) bagi DUN Seberang Takir telah diadakan di Dataran Permata, Kg. Baru, Seberang Takir.

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Comment on The highhandedness of the TRIO & their inaction over RM31 million debt against AAX by Antigajibuta

Posted: 03 May 2012 12:39 PM PDT

Even after the Thambi and KM left the BOD, it doesnt make much different coz Danny is still there and AJ is taking instructions from those Pariahs. Next step, make this fool bloody idiots leave MAS.

Comment on Genuine collaboration needs no share “SUAP”! by Anonymous

Posted: 03 May 2012 10:14 AM PDT

Sudah la lu Jamie..another stupid bugger..Bodoh!

Comment on Genuine collaboration needs no share “SUAP”! by Jamie

Posted: 03 May 2012 09:41 AM PDT

Who would you suggest be appointed to replace them? Anyone has any suggestions? Anyone even remotely capable in Malaysia? Idris jala who was doing a perfectly good job also you stupid employees complain. Please!!!

Comment on Genuine collaboration needs no share “SUAP”! by Jamie

Posted: 03 May 2012 09:37 AM PDT

Wck, firstly I would like to state that I am a diehard opposition supporter. I have also never flown any other airline but mas!! However, i need to call a spade a spade- you are so off mark on the mas aa swap thing, it pains me to read. Firstly, your hatred for Danny aside, the swap was suppose to be a good thing. If given the free will to implement, the new board and mgmt will put in good financial discipline which is what mas needs. The stupid arrogance of the unions to resist the changes necessary not only for mas survival but to catch up with the changing times is absolutely mind boggling!!! What alternative has the union ever put across?? I certainly have read none in the papers.

Another thing, Why in the world does mas need 20000 staff to run a crippled airline?? Analyst reports tell me that Aa has only 1/4 of that staff size and they have more planes AND they are profitable. The stupid unions only wantto cling on to their perks, which is one of the reasons the airline cannot be turned around. Who bloody bails them out in the end?? Taxpayers! Me an opposition voter. If you are really deserving of my vote, take the unions to task!! I don’t care about the swap or the collaboration. Whatever. The cancer in mas are the unions. Make them pay. Sick and tired of bailing out 20000 deadwoods!!! It’s gotten so bad and so difficult to fire people that the air stewardesses are getting overweight and quite unattractive. Come on, this is service industry lar!!

Comment on The highhandedness of the TRIO & their inaction over RM31 million debt against AAX by Stan

Posted: 03 May 2012 07:41 AM PDT

The Unions have distributed a request to members to come up with suggestions to improve business.

The business proposals are simple

1. Ensure procurement contracts are of arms length and reflect value for money
2. Proper personnel with integrity are placed in the correct departments.
3. Feeder routes must be identified properly and the network must be realign
4. Non core functions such as the Property department and MAS holiday to be gotten rid off.
5. Visible and effective marketing campaigns must be capable of being measured to improve sales
6. For quicker fix simple policies such as “fatty policies” in place for paying passengers. A fatty policy is where passenger with large behinds must buy two tickets instead of one unless occupying a row occupied by family members.
This will help ensure that other passengers get to enjoy their flight.
7. Customer contracts must be at arms length beneficial to the company.
8. Departments must be consolidated and the number of department heads reduced. Management must pay for redundancies (tax free) that cover at least a 2 year period. The sacking of human resources personnel is a must as they are the culprit for overstaffing the company.

Comment on The highhandedness of the TRIO & their inaction over RM31 million debt against AAX by Thumb Logic

Posted: 03 May 2012 07:24 AM PDT

MAS cannot be turned around.

1. Catering contract for 25 years I understand is one of the best sweet-heart deals ever signed between an Airline and Catering service.

2. Air Asia fleet Air Bus MAS mixed. So Cheaper for Air Asia to continue to have planes serviced by its crrernt service partner

3.MAS UNIONS will always be strong because most of the MAS employees are well connected ( that is how they got employed) and in a position to turn the screws on MAS

4.MAS wants to provide Firstr Class and Business Class servive. THis sector is very competitive. The existing players SIA CX have a stong and loyal client base.

1.KAHZANAH should stick to its core business. Take care of Government Finances. KHAZANA PLEASE NOTE; The CEOs of most successful airlines have been on their post for more than 8 years. But in MAS CEOs come and go while the Officer Boy is permanent.

Comment on The highhandedness of the TRIO & their inaction over RM31 million debt against AAX by adam schandler

Posted: 03 May 2012 07:20 AM PDT

Oh Mr Najib. Please weak up!

What? You too? Don’t have a single clue u say?

Your days s numbered Jib!

Comment on Genuine collaboration needs no share “SUAP”! by JackDaniel

Posted: 03 May 2012 06:38 AM PDT

Dear YB, I dont know you and I dont know why you help me. However, I still want to say to you “Thank you”. May god bless you n your family.

Comment on The highhandedness of the TRIO & their inaction over RM31 million debt against AAX by Anonymous

Posted: 03 May 2012 05:49 AM PDT

AJ is a good pretender. On one hand he condemned MAS staffs being of low productivity and when MAS flight to LOndon got fire he praised MAS staffs as heroes. A double head snake. He does think for expediency that suit for the occasion. MAS does not need idiot like AJ. MAS needed a real aviation professional to bring MAS to a greater height.

May be Aj should join Anwar because both believe in dong things for the sake of expediency.

In the mean time, AJ please bring Nanny Danny with to get out of MAS. And OUT now. You are no longer fit to be in MAS but AirAsia.

Comment on The highhandedness of the TRIO & their inaction over RM31 million debt against AAX by Jala of MAS

Posted: 03 May 2012 02:39 AM PDT

AJ is managing MAS or kidding himself around to get gaji buta. After good 9 months and he is asking the union what should he do.

The Union should tell him to disappear from MAS and stop contributing to the leakages by drawing big salary with zero performance. AJ is good in taking instructions from the Pariah.

AJ: why are you not taking actions against AAX for not paying the RM31 million deposit? Is this how you are turning around MAS?

Do you know what you are doing beside taking instructions from the Pariah and Amok.

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