Khamis, 2 Jun 2011

Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud

Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud

To Dam or To Be Damned? A question to Lim Kit Siang

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 05:23 AM PDT

The proposed construction of a dam in Kota Belud has drawn so many responses. The latest is from DAP parliamentary leader, YB Lim Kit Siang who visited Kota Belud for a few hours to celebrate Kaamatan festival several days ago.
As usual, without wasting any time, Lim Kit Siang launched into a political tirade, delivering  vicious broadside on the BN government and tongue lashing the local YBs including yours truly ( I am the MP for Kota Belud). He took great pains to convince the public of the purported cruelty and heartlessness of the wicked BN government. He accused the government of trying to obliterate Kampung Tambatuon from the map of Sabah for no apparent reason at all.
While I like to consider myself as a person who could handle barrage of criticism, I find myself feeling disgusted at Lim Kit Siang's sheer ignorance and lack of understanding of the issue.
To understand why the government mooted the idea of having a dam in Kota Belud, one needs to revisit agriculture Malaysia circa the 60s and 70s and the recent food crisis experience of year 2007/2008.
In the 60s and 70s Malaysia had been able to produce up to 90% of its rice requirement. The world prices and supply of rice were relatively stable. There were no major food crisis which resembled panic buying and depleting stockpiles except for a one or two brief occasions.
But by the 80s onwards, Malaysia (and the rest of the world for that matter) had been developing quite rapidly. The economy was booming, factories were humming and people by and large were more healthier and wealthier. Without doubt, industrialization of the nation was in full swing.
By the turn of the millineum, demand for food including rice started to rise exponentially in conjuction with increasing population and wealthier citizens. At the same time, more and more lands which could have been used to plant rice, were alienated to be industrial areas (which provide jobs) and housing estates. Infact, more lands were opened for palm oil and rubber plantation than for rice cultivation. 
In 2007 and 2008, Malaysia and the world had experienced critical food shortage phenomenon, coupled with steep hikes in rice prices. There were several reasons for this. Rice exporting countries to Malaysia like Thailand and Vietnam suddenly curtailed their rice exports to ensure local demands in those countries were met. Severe weather related flooding and dry spells also resulted in massive crop failure and crop infestation problem in world's populous countries like China and Bangladesh. This in turn forced them to procure more rice from the international market and thus putting more upward pressure on rice prices.

Observing this phenomenon closely (and nervously), many countries inadvertently exarcebated the acute supply of rice worldwide when they decided to increase the quantity of their rice stockpile (Malaysia raised its national rice stockpile from 92,000 tons to 292,000 tons). This extraordinary demand pushed world's rice price to ever more dizzying heights.
Rice prices nearly tripled from USD362 a tonne in December 2007 to almost USD1,000 in April 2008 as stocks fell to 30-year lows amid surging global demand (according to International Rice Research Institute). There was a 30% jump in prices in Bangkok in a single day, and rice riots in Ho Chi Minh over a weekend. Egypt, the Philiphines, Haiti, Camerron and a host of other countries were struggling in handling the rice crisis. Almost suddenly, the world food crisis was a real threat to national security!
Although by 2009 the international prices of rice had somewhat stabilized (eventhough they were still higher compared to pre-crisis time), the trauma of the food crisis had left its mark in the psyche of Malaysians. Will Malaysia have another round of food supply crisis? Will there be panic buying and hoarding? Will the prices of rice skyrocketed so severly? Will Malaysia be again placed at the mercy of rice exporting foreign countries? Will Malaysians run out of rice if the crisis resurfaces in the future? 
The government moved in quickly to allay fears of Malaysians. It initiated  immediate plans to increase the national capacity to produce rice. This target was made into a firm commitment by the government in 10th Malaysia Plan when it said in the document, " Food security will be strategically addressed!". More funds were made available to the rice production sector as well as indentifying more lands to be cultivated with rice.
When the government was looking for more lands to plant paddy, it naturally turned to Sabah and Sarawak which still have ample lands. All eyes were on Kota Belud's vast but unproductive 25,000 acres of paddy fields.  Kota Belud was chosen as one of the areas to be further developed to help Sabah (30% self sufficiency) and the nation (70% self-sufficiency) avert future rice supply crisis.

The government had then ordered massive infrastructure undertaking to transform Kota Belud into the nation's newest ricebowl (jelapang padi). The government wanted the 25,000 acres ( approximately 10,000 hectares) of fertile lands in Kota Belud to produce up to 4 tons of rice per acre (currently about 1 to 1.8 tons per acre).

In order to achieve such ambitious plan, the government wanted to quickly upgrade Kota Belud's irrigation, management, technology and machinery. In the first year of implementation (2009/2010), the government spent approximately RM150 million. But that was just the beginning and it was not enough. For the plan to succeed, there must be new and adequate sources of water supply to irrigate those 25,000 acres of lands. Hence, the idea of the dam was mooted.
Without this dam, there is no other way to adequately irrigate the massive area of paddy fields. Some NGOS claim the irrigation can be done without building any dams. As of today, I am yet to see any proofs to back up their claim. But one thing for sure the volume of river flows in time of draught is not sufficient to cater for the water needs of 25,000 acres. A dam is needed to store up huge volume of water to be released in time of dryspells.

One of the most important objectives when the jelapang padi and the dam become reality, is that the thousands of Kota Belud poor paddy farmers will now be able to produce 4 tons of paddy per acre or 200,000 tons in two seasons every year. If the rice price maintains around RM1,000 per ton, this means every year the Kota Belud's rice bowl will be able to contribute RM200 million into the local gross income! Some of this money will end up in the hands of local traders, further reinvigorating the local economy with multiplier effect, providing more jobs and bright future for the younger generation. Soon such huge annual income will eventually shed Kota Belud's unflattering title as "One of the poorest districts in Malaysia". 

Apart from ensuring enough water to be diverted to the paddy fields, the dam will also have several other benefits. Firstly, it will be able to prevent perennial problems of floodings in greater area of Kota Belud by controlling the water flow of the river during rainy season. The recurring flood problem has done untold damages to properties and crops in Kota Belud every year. Secondly, since independence, Kota Belud has been experiencing electricity power shortages due to development and sprouting new housing areas. This dam could be used to generate hydro power in the future. Thirdly, with the anticipated huge amount of water in the dam's reservoir, part of it can be used to provide treated water supply for human consumption. And fourthly, the dam will become a tourist attraction, giving boost to Kota Belud's tourism. The man made lake will attract sightseers and activities like fishing and camping.
When the plan to turn Kota Belud into a productive Jelapang Padi was mooted by the government, the District Office, the relevant agencies and the local YBs including myself, discussed the plan extensively in many meetings. We called the consultant to give us a briefing especially on the government's proposal to build the dam. (Infact, I remember seeing the Ketua Kampung Tambatuon and the Chairman of the JKKK attending the meetings as well).
The consultant showed us an aerial map of several potential and suitable locations for the dam. Actually there were a few of them. Each one of the locations was discussed at great length with the intention to single out the one that had the least negative impact to the environment and the affected villagers. The consultant told us some of the other locations would involve flooding even bigger area and affecting several kampungs. Some spots required construction of higher dam walls which would be costly and structurally unstable. 
After extensive discussions, the consultant zeroed in on Kampung Tambatuon as the spot with least destructive to nature and man. Even as the consultant based his findings on his technical observations, the YBs expressed concern about the well being of the affected villagers and the environmental impact. We asked for indepth studies to be conducted to determine whether Kampung Tambatuon was really suitable or not. This exercise would require the consultant to go on field trips to Kampung Tambatuon. 
This is where the whole thing has ground to a halt at the moment. The villagers, despite  assurances that the government will only proceed if the environmental and the societal study are positives, have refused to even allow the consultants to set foot in the kampung to do the studies!
The government has repeatedly said that the project is still in its infancy and that Kampung Tambatuon will only be chosen if the Environmental Impact Assesment (EIA) and societal survey prove positively. The villagers have jumped the gun too early. Click here 
I am amuse reading statements coming from oppostion leaders and Suhakam over this issue. All of them demand the government to look into how the dam may affect the lives of the villagers and to do EIA study before proceeding with the dam (click here). I am absolutely in agreement with their call. But how do we do it? Doesnt this require the consultants to go to the ground and do test and survey both on the land and the community? On one hand they ask studies to be done, and on another hand they instigate the villagers to block the consultants from coming to the village. I am utterly baffled. 
Lim Kit Siang incessantly questioned why no discussions were held with the villagers themselves. All local YBs have met the "Jawatankuasa Bertindak" which was formed specifically by the villagers themselves to represent their interest. Infact, the Ketua Kampung and  JKKK Chairman have all been briefed by district office. There is no doubt that the concerns of the villagers have been heard loud and clear. I believe the memorandum that was given by the Jawatankuasa Bertindak to all YBs as well as to the Chief Minister have essentially captured the gist, essence and substance of their objections. 
Given the fact that it is now become highly politicised issue (thanks to opposition political rhetorics), we feel it is better to wait for the EIA report and the government proposed compensation terms before meeting the villagers. At least with the EIA and compensation terms made known, the villagers can consider them and all parties can use that as the basis to have productive meeting. Without the EIA and compensation terms, very likely any meeting with the villagers will only be repeating what has been  said by the village leaders and the Jawatankuasa Bertindak in the numerous meetings previously.
No YB worth his salt likes to see a village in his constituency destroyed or his constituents being resettled. But resettlement of communities have been done before. From preventing communist influence in pre-independence Malaysia (new villages) to current day building of highways and MRTs in urban areas, people affected by the government's projects have to move and resettle elsewhere. This is not the first time and certainly wont be last. I dare DAP  to put in their election manifesto that if they form the government, no person will be resettled whatsoever to make way for development and construction of crucial public infrastructures. Not even for national security!
For the life of me, I cant understand why Lim Kit Siang refuses to acknowledge the necessity to have food security for the country. Does he want Malaysians to go through the rice crisis panic which happened in 2008 when supplies of rice to Malaysia were badly affected due to export restrictions? Does he want Malaysians to go through another crisis where the national rice stockpile could only lasted for two weeks? Does he even care whether Malaysians have rice for food or not in the future? Will he  take full responsibility if Malaysians are faced with acute shortage of rice supply and high prices? These are hard questions that need to be answered by "leaders" not "politicians". Sadly Lim Kit Siang is more the later than the former. 
I like to reiterate once more that no kampung has been identified as the final location of the dam. More studies must be done before any location is chosen including Kampung Tambatuon. But I believe the people as a whole understand that there is no progress or eradication of poverty if there is no development, which at times require migration, resetllement and restructuring of communities. Of course as responsible YBs, we will ensure the government gives adequate and fair compensation the the villagers and that their welfare is not sidelined. Government must recognise that this people will be sacrificing their village for the greater good of the nation. Perhaps the villagers affected can demand for better houses and systematic infrastructure and amenities. Maybe villagers can insist new school, shoplots, balai polis and klinik desa  to be part of the deal. All I am saying is talk to the government. Afterall, if they wait for normal progress of development, they may need to wait for years before the government can bring this development to them. Whatever it is, on that note, the local YBs will ensure that the affected villagers are not sacrificing their land for pittance.
In short, the objectives of the jelapang padi and the construction of the dam can be summed up this way. In one fell swoop, the government hopes the construction of the dam and the success of the jelapang padi will help eradicate Kota Belud's poverty, bring development and wealth, solve water supply to the people of Kota Belud, solve elctricity shortages, solve the country's food security threat and generate employment for the locals. Nothing sinister at all (as claimed by Lim Kit Siang) about the government's motive.
Unfortunately Lim Kit Siang has no qualms to forever condemn the rural people of Kota Belud to perpetual poverty. He refuses to see the benefits of the dam and the Jelapang Padi. He will always play politics even at the expense of the poor people and the security of the nation. I remember how he always pride himself as being "Malaysian First". But now everyone can see he is actually "Politician First, Malaysian A Distant Second".
Lim Kit Siang rightly pointed the need for YBs to fight for the interest of the people he represent above everything else.  But in this case any YB will find himself sandwiched between the interest of the villagers ( about 550 of them ) and the greater interest of tens of thousands of poor farmers in Kota Belud as well as millions of Malaysians. How do you balance this delicate moral question? Do you compromise the welfare of the few (while ensuring they are adequately and fairly compensated) for the benefit of the larger population and the future of the nation or do you play politics and thus putting the nation at risk? I dont blame Lim Kit Siang if he is unable to answer this moral question. Afterall, he is always been an urban YB and never hold any government positions which at times requires him to make tough decisions such as this.


Some readings on 2007/2008 rice crisis

N45 Dr Halimah Ali

N45 Dr Halimah Ali


Posted: 02 Jun 2011 08:39 AM PDT

Bodohnya nak sedekah kepada Syed Azidi - Husam
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Jun: AJK PAS Pusat, Datuk Husam Musa (gambar) menafikan beliau memberikan duit sebanyak RM350,000 kepada seorang blogger, Kickdefella atau nama sebenarnya, Syed Azidi.

"Adalah bodoh untuk saya mensedekahkan wang sebesar itu kepada orang seperti beliau sedangkan saya sendiri tidak pernah mempunyai wang sebanyak itu sepanjang hayat," kata Husam dalam kenyuataannya kepada Harakdaily.

Husam mengulas kenyataan Syed Azidi yang disiarkan Utusan Online yang mengaku menerima wang sebanyak itu dari wakil Husam di China.

Kenyataan itu ekoran dakwaan para blogger Umno kononnya Husam memberikan duit sebanyak itu kepada Syed Azidi untuk membantu kempen beliau menjelang muktamar ini.
Selain isu memberi wang kepada Syed Azidi, hampir semua blogger Umno menyerang Husam menjelang pemilihan kali ini.

Husam bertanding naib presiden PAS dan baru pulang dari India dan China untuk urusan kerajaan negeri Kelantan.

Berikut kenyataan penuh Husam:.

"Saya merujuk kepada kenyataan Syed Azidi yang disiarkan Utusan online dan dijangka akan disiarkan edisi cetak Utusan besok.                         
"Saya mengambil kesempatan ini untuk merakamkan kehairanan saya terhadap minat Utusan yang terlalu nyata untuk mencampuri pemilihan PAS sejak 2008 yang lalu.

"Mengenai dakwaan Syed Azidi, saya merasa hairan dakwaan ini dikeluarkan pada hari terakhir sebelum pemilihan PAS esok hari di mana saya ikut bertanding.                  

"Adakah kerana beliau tahu bahawa dakwaan palsu beliau akan berhadapan dengan tindakan undang-undang dan bagi mengelakkan tindakan seperti itu, ia dibangkitkan pada saat akhir seperti ini.                               
"Sampai hari ini saya tidak mempunyai wang sebanyak itu dalam akaun saya dan adalah bodoh untuk saya mensedekahkan wang sebesar itu kepada orang seperti beliau sedangkan saya sendiri tidak pernah mempunyai wang sebanyak itu sepanjang hayat.

"Mengnenai kononnya saya ada berbual melalui talipon dengan beliau kebelakangan ini, juga adalah palsu. Rekod talipon saya dan beliau boleh disemak.

"Namun saya akui beliau ada menghantar beberapa mesej seminggu dua yang lalu memaklumkan beliau menulis mengenai kenaikan harga minyak dan saya membalasnya sekali dengan berkata tahniah.

"Syed Azidi telah beberapa kali menimbulkan sensasi tetapi setiap kali sensasi itu berlalu, kredibiliti beliau semakin pudar."

Pengorbanan tuntas Siti Khadijah benchmark MUSLIMAT PAS

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 08:28 AM PDT

Muktamar Dewan Muslimat PAS Pusat ke 51 telah mencatat sejarah baru untuk Dewan Muslimat seluruh Malaysia di mana perwakilan yang datang telah menunjukkan potensi kuasa ekonomi dan sifat kedermawanan mereka apabila jumlah wang yang diderma berbentuk dinar emas dan dirham serta wang ringgit melebihi RM100,000 setelah di mulakan oleh perasmi muktamar DMPP YAB TUAN GURU DATO' NIK AZIZ NIK MAT.yang menderma 3 dinar emas dan 3dirham.. Pengumpulan Dana pilihanraya yang bermula pada lebih kurang pukul 10.30 pg dan berakhir 7.00ptg telah melebihi target yang disebut pada permulaan pelancaran iaitu RM100,000. Allahu akbar!

Mungkin roh perjuangan Siti Khadijah telah meresap ke jiwa Muslimat PAS sehingga sanggup fastabiqul khairat, berlumba-lumba menderma untuk kebaikan iaitu menumpas rejim yang bathil pada pilihanraya akan datang dan membantu cahaya kebenaran menyinar di PUTRAJAYA.

Siti Khadijah pernah mengatakan kepada Nabi s.a.w ketika ajal sudah hampir dan ketika itu HARTAWAN DERMAWAN sudah kehabisan segala harta bagi membiayai perjuangan kebenaran Nabi s.a.w,

" sekiranya tulangku ini boleh digunakan untuk membuat jambatan yang  digunakan oleh tentera Islam lalu, maka ambillah ia Ya Rasulullah!!"

Semoga ALLAH swt memimpin dan melindungi Muslimat dalam perjuangan mendaulatkan syariatNya.


Posted: 02 Jun 2011 07:44 AM PDT


Posted: 02 Jun 2011 07:33 AM PDT

Siti Zailah dinobat Ketua Muslimat
Hazayani Zakaria   
SHAH ALAM, 2 Jun: Pemilihan Dewan Muslimat PAS Pusat (DMPP) bagi sesi 2011/2013 menyaksikan Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof (gambar) menang jawatan Ketua DMPP menewaskan penyandang sebelumnya, Nuridah Salleh. Perkara tersebut diumumkan timbalan pengerusi jawatankuasa pemilihan PAS Pusat, Datuk Wan Mutalib Embong sebentar tadi.
Bagi jawatan timbalan ketua pula dimenangi Dr. Siti Mariah Mahmud menewaskan pencabarnya Wan Hasrina Wan Hassan.

Manakala jawatan naib ketua kekal dengan Mumtaz Md Nawi menewaskan tiga pencabar lain iaitu Mastura Mohamad, Normala Sudirman dan Dr. Najihatussalehah Ahmad.

Berikut adalah senarai Jawatankuasa Dewan Muslimat PAS Pusat untuk Sesi 2011/2013:

Pengerusi Tetap

Nor Hashimah Deraman
Timbalan Pengerusi Tetap
Fatimah Ismail
Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof, YB

Siti Mariah Mahmud, Dr  

Mumtaz Mohd Nawi

1. Aiman Athirah Al-Jundi
2. Halimah Ali, Dr. YB
3. Asiah Ali, Dr.
4. Aida @ Nurul Huda Yusof Rawa
5. Wan Ubaidah Omar, YB
6. Kartini Ahmad
7. Mastura Mohamad
8. Normala Sudirman
9. Azizah Khatib Mat
10. Rosni Adam
11. Najihatussolehan Ahmad, Dr.
12. Siti Aisyah Ghazali, YB

Pemeriksa kira-kira
1. Basmatul 'Uyun Yusof
2. Normilan Mamat

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

`Mufti Bersama Masyarakat` Di Masjid Al-Hasanah, BBB

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 04:37 PM PDT



Posted: 02 Jun 2011 09:20 PM PDT

Screening of Parliament INTERLOK Debate in Bercham.

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 07:41 PM PDT

念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang

念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang

[Free Malaysia Today] TNB chiefs see surge in salary

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 05:35 AM PDT

~ By Patrick Lee

The national power company's bosses have taken home more money this year than they have in previous years, its Annual Report says.

PETALING JAYA: Wages have increased dramatically for national power company Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s (TNB) bosses, according to  its 2010 Annual Report.

By August 2010, its executive director Che Khalib Mohamad Noh received an annual basic salary of RM1.2 million, double the amount he was given in 2009.

Throw in EPF contributions, a RM302,500 bonus and other allowances, his 2010 wage would come to RM1,806,664.

The report said: “During financial year 2009/2010, Che Khalib also received RM400,000 and RM600,000 in respect of arrears for new salary and special ex-gratia, approved by MoF (the Ministry of Finance) and TNB’s board of directors.”

TNB’s second executive director Azwan Mohd, who was appointed on April 15, 2010, received a total remuneration of RM755,320.22, including a basic salary of RM457,440.

The power company also saw slight wage increases for many of its non-executive directors.


Lim Guan Eng

Lim Guan Eng

MCA Has Failed The 86 SPM Top Scorers And Destroyed Their Dreams Again (en/bm/cn)

Posted: 01 Jun 2011 11:55 PM PDT

MCA Has Failed The 86 SPM Top Scorers And Destroyed Their Dreams Again By Breaking Their Own Promise Of Awarding Them PSD Overseas Scholarships Given To Other Top SPM Scorers.

DAP express grave disappointment at the BN Federal government's decision that the 86 SPM top scorers who failed to qualify for this year's Public Service Department (PSD) scholarship grants will not be give overseas scholarships but instead be given places in local private colleges and universities. It was only on May 27 that MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek announced to the press that he had told the prime minister in a meeting that top SPM students should be given scholarships to study abroad despite Putrajaya's claim that it did not make any such promise.

MCA's failure to fulfil their own promise that the 86 SPM top scorers be given the same PSD overseas scholarships given to other top SPM scorers is not only unjust but may further hasten the brain drain of young talents. Is it fair that 300 top scorers get overseas scholarships but not the 86 who are also top scorers?

MCA, SUPP and Gerakan Ministers must explain why they did not dare to press for overseas scholarships for all top scorers in Cabinet or to uphold transparency and accountability by revealing the full list of those who got overseas scholarships and their results? Clearly MCA has failed the 86 SPM top scorers and destroyed their dreams again by breaking their own promise of awarding them PSD overseas scholarships given to other top SPM scorers. MCA has also failed to find a permanent solution to this annual problem which will recur again next year.

This is not a racial issue as out of the 86 students who appealed, three were Malay Bumiputera, one Sarawak Bumiputera, 71 Chinese and 11 Indian. The danger for those top scorers who feel unappreciated will tend to migrate to other countries upon graduation. It is not just non-Malay top scorers who are migrating, even top Malays are doing so.

Universiti Utara Malaysia's Dr Ahmad Zaharuddin Sani said in the in the state of Victoria in Australia, there were about 5,000 Malays, three-fourths of them either permanent residents or Australian citizens. The fellow at University of Melbourne's Asia Institute said they were both professionals doctors and engineers and support staff.

Since Merdeka, more than 2 million Malaysians have migrated – a sheer loss of human talent which Malaysia can ill-afford. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has identified human capital as one the primary resource to escape the middle-income trap and turn Malaysia into a high-income economy. Failure to retain and appreciate our top scorers will only adversely impact and jeorpardise efforts to have a per capita GNP of US15,000 by 2020.

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 2 June 2011.

——— BM Translation ———

Kenyataan Akhbar Oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Y.A.B Lim Guan Eng di KOMTAR, George Town pada 2 Jun 2011

MCA Telah Mengecewakan 86 Pelajar Cemerlang SPM dan Memusnahkan Impian Meraka dengan Memungkiri Janji untuk Memberikan Biasiswa Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) Bagi Melanjutkan Pelajaran ke Luar Negara Seperti Yang Diberikan kepada Pelajar Cemerlang SPM Yang Lain.

DAP meluahkan rasa kecewa dengan keputusan Kerajaan Persekutuan BN apabila 86 pelajar cemerlang gagal mendapat tajaan biasiswa luar negara Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) tahun ini, tetapi akan hanya ditempatkan di kolej swasta dan universiti tempatan saahaja. Pada 27 Mei yang lalu, Presiden MCA Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek telah mengumumkan kepada media bahawa beliau telah menyatakan dalam pertemuan beliau bersama Perdana Menteri bahawa pelajar cemerlang SPM harus diberikan tajaan biasiswa bagi pengajian luar negara, walaupun Putrajaya mendakwa tidak pernah membuat janji seumpama itu.

Kegagalan MCA untuk mengotakan janji mereka bahawa 86 pelajar cemerlang SPM akan diberi tajaan pengajian luar negara JPA sama seperti pelajar cemerlang SPM yang lain, bukan sahaja dilihat tidak adil malah akan memberi impak kepada bakat muda yang berkebolehan. Adakah adil 300 pelajar cemerlang mendapat tajaan pengajian luar negara JPA tetapi bukan 86 pelajar yang juga sama cemerlang?

MCA, Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak (SUPP) dan Menteri Gerakan seharusnya tampil memberi penjelasan mengapa mereka tidak berani mempertahankan pemberian biasiswa pengajian luar negara kepada pelajar cemerlang tersebut dalam Kabinet atau menegakkan ketelusan dan akauntabiliti dengan mendedahkan senarai lengkap penerima biasiswa pengajian luar negara berserta keputusan peperiksaan mereka? Jelas bahawa MCA telah mengecewakan 86 pelajar cemerlang SPM dan memusnahkan impian meraka dengan memungkiri janji untuk memberikan biasiswa JPA bagi melanjutkan pelajaran ke luar negara kepada pelajar cemerlang SPM. MCA juga gagal untuk mencari jalan penyelesaian bagi mengatasi masalah yang berulang saban tahun ini dan pasti akan berulang lagi pada tahun-tahun yang mendatang.

Ini bukanlah masalah perkauman kerana daripada 86 pelajar cemerlang yang memohon, tiga adalah Bumiputera Melayu, seorang Bumiputera Sarawak, 71 orang Cina dan 11 orang India. Bahayanya, pelajar cemerlang ini yang merasakan mereka tidak dihargai akan lebih cenderung untuk berhijrah apabila tamat pengajian kelak. Bukan sahaja pelajar cemerlang bukan melayu yang akan berhijrah, tetapi juga pelajar cemerlang Melayu akan berbuat demikian.

Dr. Ahmad Zaharuddin Sani dari Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) menyatakan bahawa di Victoria, Australia, terdapat 5,000 orang Melayu, 3/4 daripadanya adalah penduduk tetap atau warganegara Australia. Felo Institut Pengajian Asia, Universiti Melbourne menyatakan bahawa mereka adalah golongan profesional iaitu doktor dan jurutera serta kakitangan universiti tersebut.

Sejak Merdeka lagi, terdapat lebih daripada 2 juta rakyat Malaysia yang berhijrah-menyebabkan Malaysia kehilangan bakat dan mengalami kerugian. Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak telah mengenal pasti sumber manusia sebagai salah satu sumber utama mentransformasikan warga Malaysia yang terperangkap dalam kelompok berpendapatan sederhana kepada kelompok berpendapatan tinggi. Kegagalan untuk mempertahankan dan menghargai pelajar cemerlang ini akan hanya memberi kesan negatif dan menggagalkan usaha untuk mencapai sasaran Keluaran Negara Kasar (KNK) berjumlah US$15,000 menjelang 2020.

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A Minimum Wage Package Must Be An Essential Aspect Of Greater Penang Masterplan (en/bm/cn).

Posted: 01 Jun 2011 11:51 PM PDT

First and foremost, I wish to express my warm greetings and appreciation to YB Senator Dato’ Sri Idris Jala and his team for being here today to present an overview of Greater Penang Masterplan(GPM) We are grateful that the State and Federal Government are able to work closely together in bringing about a programme of change and transformation for the people of Penang. The formulation of GPM shall encapsulate initiatives and ambition to bring sustainable economic growth with social equality that is essentially:-

-Pro-welfare; and

To this end, the GPM must include a minimum wage package for Penang. Whilst the level can be subject to discussions with all stakeholders, a minimum wage level must be implemented in Penang soon. The GPM must draw policies and projects that allows Penang to attain our aspirations to be an international and intelligent city. Human talent is a key resource. So is overcoming the infrastructure bottlenecks and inadequacies not just in roads and physical communications but also digital broadband.

Penang as an international and intelligent city must also be livable by addressing the 3Cs issue of crime, cleanliness and traffic congestion. Penang has made much headway but unless the GPM attending to the needs of 3Cs, any success will only be limited.

I hope the joint effort between the State and the Federal Government with other key stakeholders identified will be able to bring in high-value added activities while positioning Penang as a international business and service hub. This includes attraction of talents, building creativity and innovation in science and technology, establishing as an international and liveable city, improving transportation and infrastructure, promoting green spaces, better connectivity and overall improvement of quality of life.

It is clear that Penang has achieved much in recent years. To name a few, Penang led the investment charts with RM12.26 billion of Malaysia’s total investment of RM42.7 billion or 36% of Malaysia's FDI; the first green state in Malaysia; the highest reduction in crime index(27%) in the country, top in medical tourism with 60% of Malaysia's receipts, Penang’s effort to protect, preserve and promote UNESCO World Heritage City of George Town and many other achievements.

Penang is buzzing with excitement and is described as the most happening city in the country. This can only happen with the co-operation from the Federal government where we must harness the energy, expertise and entrepreneurship of Penangites from all sectors to make the GPM a success.

The state government has demonstrated our sincerity for an effective and mature working relationship with the Federal government by discarding our Penang Industrial Blueprint 2011-2015 for the GPM. Last but not least, the State Government of Penang is looking forward for a greater cooperation with PEMANDU and relevant key stakeholders to materialize a programme focused on the priorities of PEOPLE of Penang.


———– BM Translation ————

Teks Ucapan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng di taklimat ‘Greater Penang Transformation Programme’(GPM) pada 2 Jun 2011 :

Pakej Pembayaran Upah Minimum Harus Menjadi Aspek Penting Dalam 'Greater Penang Masterplan' (GPM).

Pertama sekali, saya ingin mengalu-alukan Y.B Senator Dato' Sri Idris Jala dan pasukan beliau dan merakamkan ucapan penghargaan kerana sudi hadir meluangkan masa menyampaikan gambaran tentang 'Greater Penang Masterplan' (GPM). Kami bersyukur kerana Kerajaan Negeri dan Kerajaan Persekutuan dapat berganding bahu dalam membawa perubahan dan transformasi untuk warga Pulau Pinang. Formula GPM akan membawa inisiatif dan cita-cita untuk pertumbuhan ekonomi yang pesat dan berterusan dengan kesaksamaan sosial mengikut dasar-dasar berikut:

– Pro-pertumbuhan
– Pro-pekerjaan
– Pro-bakat
– Pro-kebajikan; dan
– Pro-kemiskinan (pro-poor)

Bagi tujuan ini, GPM harus menyediakan pakej pembayaran upah yang minimum bagi Pulau Pinang. Manakala tahap pembayaran adalah tertakluk kepada perbincangan yang bakal diadakan bersama dengan pemegang amanah yang berkepentingan (stakeholders) untuk menetapkan tahap upah minimum di Pulau Pinang tidak lama lagi. GPM harus menggariskan dasar dan projek yang membolehkan Pulau Pinang untuk mencapai aspirasinya menjadi bandaraya antarabangsa dan bandaraya intelek. Bakat menjadi salah satu sumber utama. Begitu juga dalam mengatasi kekurangan infrastruktur dan jalanraya serta komunikasi fizikal termasuklah sistem digital jalur lebar.

Pulau Pinang sebagai bandaraya antarabangsa dan bandaraya intelek juga harus menjadi sebuah bandaraya yang sesuai didiami dengan mengatasi masalah 3C's iaitu Crime, Cleanliness and Traffic Congestion (Jenayah, Kebersihan, Kesesakan Lalulintas). Pulau Pinang telah mencapai banyak kemajuan, akan tetapi seandainya GPM mampu mengatasi 3C's, maka kejayaan akan terbantut.

Saya berharap agar usahasama antara Kerajaan Negeri dengan Kerajaan Persekutuan bersama stakeholders yang dipilih akan memberi nilai tambah serta meletakkan Pulau Pinang sebagai hab perniagaan dan perkhidmatan bertaraf antarabangsa. Ini termasuklah daya tarikan untuk bakat-bakat baru, pembinaan kreativiti dan inovasi dalam perkembangan sains dan teknoligi, mewujudkan bandaraya bertaraf antarabangsa dan sesuai didiami, meningkatkan mutu sistem pengangkutan dan infrastruktur, mempromosikan ruangan hijau, saling berhubungkait dan meningkatkan kualiti hidup secara menyeluruh.

Adalah jelas bahawa Pulau Pinag telah mencapai pelbagai kejayaan dalam beberapa tahun kebelakangan ini. Antaranya, Pulau Pinang mendahului carta pelaburan negara dengan nilai pelaburan berjumlah RM12.26 bilion daripada keseluruhan jumlah pelaburan Malaysia RM42.7 bilion atau 36% nilai Pelaburan Langsung Asing (FDI); negeri hijau pertama di Malaysia; kadar pengurangan indeks jenayah tertinggi (27%) dalam negara; penyumbang utama kepada pelancongan perubatan negara iaitu 60% daripada nilai pendapatan Malaysia, kesungguhan Pulau Pinang untuk melindungi, memulihara dan mempromosi Tapak Warisan Dunia UNESCO – George Town dan pelbagai lagi.

Pulau Pinang penuh dengan kegirangan dan diiktiraf sebagai negeri yang paling meriah di Malaysia. Hal ini hanya akan menjadi kenyataan apabila Kerajaan Persekutuan memberi kerjasama dan kita harus memanfaatkannya sama ada melalui penggunaan tenaga kerja, kemahiran dan keusahawanan warga Pulau Pinang dalam semua sektor bagi menjayakan GPM.

Kerajaan Negeri telah menzahirkan ketulusan untuk menjalinkan kerjasama yang efektif dengan Kerajaan Persekutuan dan sanggup mengetepikan 'Penang Industrial Blueprint' 2011-2015 demi GPM. Akhir sekali, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang berharap agar dapat bekerjasama dengan PEMANDU dan stakeholders yang berkenaan untuk mewujudkan program yang memberi fokus kepada warga Pulau Pinang.

——— Mandarin Translation ———–




– 促进成长
– 提高就业机会;
– 惜才
– 提供福利
– 扶弱.






州政府已经展现了我们的诚意,要与联邦政府建立有效与成熟的工作关系,我们搁置本身的槟城工业蓝图(2011-2015) ,让路给大槟城蓝图。州政府希望与首相署表现管理和传递单位(PEMANDU)及相关人士更加紧密合作,以实现这项为人民谋福利的计划。

i n t a n h i j a u

i n t a n h i j a u


Posted: 01 Jun 2011 09:43 PM PDT

SHAH ALAM, 2 Jun - Dewan Pemuda PAS berperanan mendukung perjuangan PAS di samping melakukan pembaharuan menyeru dan memulakan langkah menyeru kebangkitan anak muda ke arah wajah baru Malaysia.

Ketuanya, Nasrudin Hassan berkata dalam ucapan tema Muktamar DPPP berkat,"Generasi muda pada masa kini yang merupakan tunjang peradabaan Malaysia akan datang perlu berpegang kepada prinsip Islam dan menjunjung nilai kemanusiaan sejagat."

Generasi muda perlu mempersiakan diri dengan memurnikan perjuangan selari dengan tuntuan al-Quran dan as-Sunnah bagi melakar wajah Malaysia baru yang sejahtera, adil, saksama dan keredhaan Allah.

Secara umum katanya, golongan anak muda bakal menjadi gandingn DPPP bagi menerokai kebangkitan di Malaysia adalah mereka yang lahir selepas tahun 1972 hingga 1994 yang mana mewakili 30 peratus daripada jumlah 28 juta penduduk Malaysia.

"Merujuk kepada proses urbanisasi, tidak sampai 38 peratus generasi muda yang berada di bandar dan tidak sampai 14 peratus berada dalam kategori pengurusan dan professional iaitu hampir 80 peratus berpendidikan SPM ke bawah,

"Sebahagian besar dari mereka boleh dikategorikan sebagai golongan yang tersisih dari mengecapi hasil pembangunan negara melainkan kalangan nepotis dan kroni pemimpin Barisan Nasional (BN)."

Keadaan ini katanya menunjukkan runtuhnya nilai keperibadian dan menjerumuskan mereka ke dalam kancah jenayah ekoran sikap kerajaan Malaysia membangunkan keperibadian generasi muda umpama melepaskan batuk di tangga.

Justeru itu, DPP mengambil langkah seiring untuk memberi kesedaran bahawa generasi muda yang merupakan jentera utama kepada negara perlu diberi perhatian agar tidak disisihkan dengan melumpuhkan kebebasan bersuara selain daripada menjadikan mereka golongan yang bermodal.

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Comment on MiMBAR dapat reaksi positif rakyat by aduntamanmedan

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 02:07 AM PDT

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Posted: 28 May 2011 04:37 PM PDT

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Hamidah Osman

Hamidah Osman

Perwakilan Pas perlu ikhlas

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 02:14 AM PDT

"SAYA perlu memberitahu saudara satu daripada syarat kejayaan bagi satu perjuangan ialah keikhlasan. Kita mungkin bodoh, mungkin jahil, mungkin tidak tahu apa, mungkin tidak kuat.

''Tetapi keikhlasan ada pada kita, maka ada harapan cita-cita ini dapat dilaksanakan. Tidak ada gunanya kita cerdik, pandai, kuat, sekiranya kita tidak ikhlas apa yang diperjuangkan. Kita sucikan tujuan kita kepada itu.

''Kita ketepikan kepentingan yang lain dari itu, ini perlu pada kita. Keikhlasan yang tidak ada belah baginya lagi. Keikhlasan yang tidak mengira yang lain selain daripada apa yang kita tuju di dalam perjuangan asal kita. Kejayaan orang yang dahulu pada diri kita, semuanya pada keikhlasan. Amat perlu keikhlasan ini, kita tanam, kita pupuk pada diri kita".

Keikhlasan - Itulah wasiat yang ditinggalkan oleh Allahyarham Prof. Zulkifli Mohammad kepada wakil rakyat Pas pada tahun 1964 sebelum beliau meninggal dunia.

Sememangnya Muktamar Tahunan Pas Kali Ke-57 yang akan diadakan selama tiga hari bermula esok amat berkait rapat dengan keikhlasan.

Seramai 1,100 perwakilan ke muktamar itu bagi mewakili hampir sejuta ahli dan penyokong Pas mempunyai dua tanggungjawab yang perlu dilunaskan dengan penuh keikhlasan.

Tanggungjawab pertama ialah memilih kepimpinan Pas berdasarkan kepada keputusan yang dibuat mengikut hujah syarak dan bukannya mengikut emosi atau agenda mana-mana pihak.

Tanggungjawab kedua pula ialah keberanian untuk membuat teguran dan memberi pandangan secara ikhlas terhadap perjalanan parti supaya tidak lagi dilihat menjadi kuda tunggangan atau mangsa diperkotak-katikkan oleh sekutu mereka, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) dan DAP.

Dalam soal melunaskan tanggungjawab pertama, perwakilan perlu ikhlas menentukan sama ada hendak mengekalkan kepimpinan sedia ada atau membuka laluan kepada satu gelombang perubahan yang dicanangkan kononnya demi mewujudkan Pas yang lebih progresif.

Ujian terbesar bagi perwakilan ialah menentukan siapakah yang mereka mahu untuk digandingkan dengan Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang bagi jawatan Timbalan Presiden.

Ketika ini jawatan berkenaan disandang oleh Nasharudin Mat Isa yang akan mempertahankannya dan beliau dicabar oleh dua calon lain iaitu Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (ulama) dan Mohamad Sabu (aktivis).

Sebelum perwakilan menentukan pilihan mereka adalah wajar jika mereka menilai apakah benar wujudnya keperluan untuk melakukan perubahan di kerusi nombor dua parti itu.

Tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa Pas perlu perubahan tetapi biarlah perubahan yang membawa kebaikan dan bukannya keburukan.

Salah satu yang boleh menjadi dasar penilaian mereka ialah kenyataan Mursyidul Am Pas, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat yang menegaskan bahawa seseorang pemimpin itu hanya boleh ditukar atau digantikan apabila dia melanggar syariat dan melakukan dosa besar.

Ketika itu, Nik Abdul Aziz mengulas desakan pelbagai pihak yang mahukan Abdul Hadi meletakkan jawatan berikutan kegagalan berturut-turut Pas dalam pilihan raya kecil termasuk di Pilihan Raya Negeri Sarawak.

Persoalannya, adakah kriteria ini akan diambil kira oleh para perwakilan dalam menentukan siapa yang akan menduduki jawatan Timbalan Presiden?

Apakah kerana Nasharudin dilihat 'tidak sebulu' atau bukan pilihan Nik Abdul Aziz, maka ia juga akan dijadikan kriteria bagi menurunkan beliau daripada jawatan tersebut?

Bagaimana pula dengan gerakan terancang oleh kumpulan pro Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dalam Pas untuk menguasai kepimpinan parti tersebut termasuklah memastikan orang yang mereka sokong menjadi Timbalan Presiden?

Mengulas perkara ini, Ketua Kluster Politik, Keselamatan dan Hal Ehwal Antarabangsa Majlis Profesor Negara, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak berkata, jawatan Timbalan Presiden bukan suatu jawatan yang mudah dan tidak penting.

''Calon ini ialah tokoh yang akan ambil alih Pas jika Presiden perlu diganti dalam keadaan tertentu. Calon ini perlu seorang yang telah teruji dalam politik dan pentadbiran, ramai yang bercita-cita tinggi untuk merebut jawatan tersebut dalam parti berkenaan tetapi tidak semua yang layak,'' katanya.

Tegas beliau lagi, Pas memerlukan pemimpin yang dapat membantu Presiden dan kepimpinan parti secara bebas serta bijaksana tanpa perlu mengikut telunjuk atau proksi mana-mana pihak.

Kriteria ini seharusnya menjadi pegangan perwakilan sebelum mereka membuat keputusan. Ini kerana seperti mana kata seorang pemimpin Pas kepada penulis, mereka tidak boleh membuat keputusan hanya berdasarkan kepada cakap-cakap dan laporan media sahaja.

''Sebaliknya berlandaskan kepada hujah syarak yang kukuh kenapa seseorang pemimpin perlu ditukarkan.

''Sebab itulah mereka tidak harus terpengaruh dengan kempen-kempen yang mahukan orang baru menduduki jawatan Timbalan Presiden.

''Bagi saya, biarpun ada sedikit sebanyak kelemahan namun itu bukanlah bermakna gandingan kepimpinan sedia ada perlu diganti,'' katanya.

Atas sebab itulah kematangan perwakilan dalam membuat keputusan amat diperlukan, mereka perlu ikhlas untuk menentukan siapakah yang paling layak berganding dengan Abdul Hadi.

Mereka tidak boleh terperangkap dengan mainan politik merebut kekuasaan yang cuba dicanang oleh pihak tertentu dengan berselindung di sebalik istilah perubahan.

Janganlah nanti hanya kerana terpengaruh dengan laungan perubahan, kepimpinan Pas yang dipilih oleh perwakilan hanya menyebabkan mereka ibarat menang sorak kampung tergadai, yang dikejar tak dapat yang dikendong berciciran.

Menyentuh soal perubahan juga, perwakilan perlu ikhlas untuk mengkaji sejauh manakah hubungan Pas dengan PKR dan DAP menguntungkan parti berkenaan.

Mereka perlu mempunyai keikhlasan untuk menegur secara terbuka tetapi berhemah terhadap kecenderungan sesetengah kepimpinan Pas yang dilihat terlalu 'berkiblatkan' kepada Anwar, PKR dan DAP.

Malahan apa yang paling penting sejauh manakah perwakilan akan ikhlas mendesak kepimpinan Pas menyatakan pendirian berhubung isu moral melibatkan Anwar kerana ia sudah banyak menjejaskan imej Pas sebagai parti yang memperjuangkan Islam.

Jika perwakilan Pas tidak ikhlas menyatakan kebenaran dan cuba menyembunyikannya demi kepentingan politik parti itu bagi merebut kekuasaan, percayalah mereka akan dihukum oleh rakyat seperti mana berlaku dalam beberapa pilihan raya kecil sebelum ini.

Justeru keikhlasan seperti mana kata Allahyarham Zulkifli perlu dijadikan pegangan kepada perwakilan Pas dalam muktamar kali ini.

Ikhlaslah untuk membuat keputusan dan menyatakan kebenaran jika betul perjuangan Islam masih belum terhakis dalam dasar parti itu.