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Chong suggests govt file amendment Bill

Posted: 10 Jul 2016 10:44 PM PDT

KUCHING: State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen yesterday suggested that the BN government file an amendment Bill in Parliament for Sarawak to be restored to its original position as a region.
He said the DAP was willing to support the amendment. He reckoned that together with MPs from BN and PKR, it would have more than the two-thirds majority needed to amend the Federal Constitution.
"We in DAP have already made our stand very clear. Even (DAP secretary general) Lim Guan Eng has already made his stand that DAP will support the amendment of the constitution to restore Sarawak's position as a region, rather than a state in Malaysia," he told reporters when met at Assistant Minister of Housing Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah's Hari Raya open house here yesterday.
"BN has 122 MPs (of which 28 are from Sarawak) and DAP has 38 MPs. I believe that PKR will support as well. This means we will have more than two-thirds majority to amend the constitution, so don't just talk only. Do it in Parliament."
Chong was commenting on Minister of Local Government Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian's call on Saturday to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem to refer to Sarawak as a region in Malaysia and not a state within the federation when negotiating with the federal government on the state's devolution of power.
Dr Sim, who is also SUPP president, said North Borneo (Sabah), Singapore, the Federation of Malaya, and Sarawak were the four regions that formed Malaysia in 1963; hence, he argued that if Sarawak was serious about fighting for its autonomy and reclaiming its status as a region in the nation as written in the Malaysia Agreement, Adenan should take the lead in making this stand.
"When talking about Sarawak's fight for autonomy, I see that Sarawak is still referring to itself as a state in Malaysia. That is not consistent. Sarawak should refer to itself as just Sarawak from now on, not Negeri Sarawak (Sarawak state), in order to be seen as serious in fighting for autonomy," said Dr Sim.
Dr Sim also advocated dropping the word 'state' when referring to Sarawak's legislative assembly or government.
Chong said initially in the original Federal Constitution Article 1, it was provided that Malaysia shall constitute four regions, namely Sabah, Sarawak, Federal State of Malaya and Singapore.
"But in 1976, there was a constitutional amendment whereby that clause was amended to 'Malaysia shall constitute 13 states namely…including Sabah and Sarawak and one territory'. That is where the status of Sarawak being a region has been relegated to a state." Chong explained.
In view of this, Chong reiterated that the government filed an amendment Bill.
"After all, you are the government and that the status of Sarawak ought to be and can only be restored through the amendment of the constitution. There's no point for you to talk outside.
"We call upon the BN government to put in an amendment Bill, failing which I will move the motion (in Parliament)."

Borneo Post Monday , July 11, 2016 

张健仁:恢复砂地位 国阵应呈修宪法案

Posted: 10 Jul 2016 10:39 PM PDT

(本报古晋10日讯)砂行动党主席张健仁直言,国阵政府不要只是空口说白话,若真有意思要恢复砂拉越的地位及身分,就应在国会中提呈修改宪法的法案!
他解释,当初的宪法指名,马来西亚是由4个"区域"所组成,即沙巴、砂拉越、马来亚及新加坡。但在1976年的宪法修改后,马来西亚是由13个"州属"所组成,其中包括砂拉越及沙巴在内,以及联邦直辖区。
自此,砂拉越及沙巴就从原本的"区域(Region)",降级为"州(State)"。
砂应称为"区域"
他就此强调,而唯一能恢复砂拉越身分的方法,即修改联邦宪法。若要修改宪法,就必须由政府在国会中提呈修改法案。
"我呼吁国阵政府提呈这一份联邦宪法的修改法案!"
张健仁表示,该党的意愿与拿督沈桂贤的想法相同,即希望能恢复砂拉越之前的地位。同时,民主行动党全国秘书长林冠英也清楚表明,该党将支持这项修改,以恢复砂拉越的地位,再度在大马中被称为"区域"。
国阵别只说不做
他坦言,国阵有122名国会议员,加上行动党的38名国会议员,共150名国会议员。
"我相信公正党也将同样的给予支持,但就算没有公正党的支持,实际上已经有超过三分之二的数目通过修改该宪法。"
因此,他指出,毕竟国阵才是政府,相关的修改法案必须由政府提呈。所以他希望,国阵政府别只说不做,届时本身将会提呈这项动议。
《转载自 诗华日报》

Local Councils including MBKS should help the freak storm victims to rebuild their houses and roofs.

Posted: 09 Jul 2016 05:32 PM PDT

Local Councils including MBKS should help the freak storm victims to rebuild their houses and roofs. This will expedite the re-construction work which, if left to individuals, such effort to rebuild the houses and roof top will take much longer time.

There is nothing wrong for the councils to mobilise its resources to help rebuild these houses as the houses were damaged by natural disaster.

The excuse given by Dr Sim Kui Hian that these are "private property" is not valid reason, for government agencies throughout the world have known to help natural disaster victims to rebuild their homes.

Furthermore, this is the little benefits and securities that we tax-payers are entitled for paying our taxes.

Therefore, I call upon Dr. Sim to prioritise the re-construction of these damaged houses as the work of the ministry of local governments under his charge instead of bickering and fighting with the UPP over the appointment of local councillors.

The fighting with UPP over the appointment of councillors can wait, but to these storm victims, everyday's delay is an unnecessary ordeal.

9-7-2016
Chong Chieng Jen
MP for Bandar Kuching / ADUN for Kota Sentosa

吁动用市政局资源助风灾灾黎修房子

Posted: 09 Jul 2016 05:29 PM PDT

(古晋9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呼吁市政局,动用市政局资源来协助三天前风灾灾黎重建他们的屋顶和房子。

张健仁表示,政府拨发"天灾救济金"给天灾灾黎及协助天灾灾黎重建家园,是天经地义的事情,也是身为纳税人的一点点权利和保障。

张健仁指出,早期在古晋发生了水灾之后,砂州政府也声称没有给予救济金。 当时,当张氏提出政府必须补贴人民的损失时,人联党的领袖更奚落张氏说,如果政府给予天灾灾黎补贴,政府将会破产。

"过后,我透过行动党柔佛州议员,得到柔佛州的州议会会议记录,证实柔佛州政府确实是有给予水灾灾黎补贴金。 砂国阵和人联党才没话说。 最后,砂州政府才开始发放水灾的补贴金。 从那时开始至今天,砂州政府每逢水灾,都有发放水灾救济金。"

"当年如果我没有据理力争,坚持其他地方都有发放水灾救济金为何砂州没有,若大家只是跟着人联党的领袖,那今天就没有水灾津贴金好拿了。"

张氏表示,这就是行动党议员和人联党领袖的分别。 行动党的议员知道什么是人民的权利,什么是可以争取的,就算原本政府没有设立的福利,人民也可争取。 而人联党的议员就只会跟着土保党的领袖后面走。

"人联党的过去领袖的3不,即,不懂、不敢和不会替人民争取权利,还是呈传到今天沈桂贤的领导。 所以,当发生风灾时,他第一个反应就是:'不知政府有没有给予风灾灾黎补贴金'、'这是涉及私人产业的损失'。"

张氏奉劝沈桂贤,作为一个政党,责任是要替人民争取政策上的权益,不应该一开始就先泼冷水,替政府打圆场。

他说,就如今次的风灾所造成的破坏和对那些受影响业主的损失,砂州政府应该给予这些业主充分的补贴。

张氏也建议,沈桂贤既然身为地方议会部长,他可运用南市市政局的资源,来替这些灾黎进行修补他们的屋顶,相信没有人会给予怪责的,因为这是天灾。

"而且,由市政局来进行这些屋主重建他们的屋顶,它可以在最短,即,几天内就可以解决问题了。 这就是作为部长和执政党应该做的事情。 不是什么也不懂,连救济金的问题都要先询问政府官员先才敢下定论。"

张氏说,部长的责任是制定政策的,政府官员的责任是执行政策的。 如果做部长的要不断的问官员'这个可以吗?'、'那个可以吗',那就是本末倒置,变成由官员来制定政策了,而部长则变成只是一个代言人而已了。

张氏希望,沈桂贤作为一位地方议会部长,他应该把这事件优先处理,而非优先处理如何去跟联民党争有几位市政局主席或市议员。


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