Thursday, 13 June 2013

2013年麥曼珍支部大会 Mak Mandin Branch AGM


2013 年 麥曼珍支部改選成績(所有職位皆不戰而勝)
主席:林峰成
副主席:鄭雅安
秘書:林炳國
副秘書:傅天成
財政:鄭友信 
宣傳秘書:陳宗希
婦女事務:吳秀意
委員:王坤烈、楊明發


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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Umno, jangan berlagak seperti Tuhan!

Oleh Viktor Wong

Wahai Umno dan kesemua NGO-NGO yang diperhamba olehnya, janganlah berlagak-lagak seperti Tuhan. Siapakah kamu-kamu semua untuk memberikan satu ketetapan ataupun sejenis "fatwa" untuk mensabitkan seorang itu bersalah oleh kerana beliau hanya memberikan kenyataan itu berpandukan apa yang tertera di dalam ajaran Al-Quran (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:56).

Para pemimpin Umno dan hamba-hamba NGO di bawahnya tidak berhak untuk mengarah ataupun menentukan mana-mana pihak yang bersalah dan dihukum. Kalaulah seseorang itu benar-benar bersalah, sudah lama orang tersebut telah menerima akibatnya. Tetapi kenapa sehingga kini, orang tersebut masih selamat berada di bumi ini? Janganlah digunakan nama Tuhan untuk cuba menjatuhkan "hukuman" itu mengikut undang-undang "Umno". Itu lagi berdosa, kerana mempergunakan nama Tuhan untuk tujuan-tujuan keji lagi jahat!

Seterusnya

What happened to the EPF's RM6.5 billion loaned to Felda?

By Viktor Wong

Most recently, the Felda Global Ventures Berhad (FGV) a subsidiary of the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) under the chairmanship of a convicted money politics culprit has dropped below the issuing price for the first time ever.

Then, the prime minister who is also the Umno president Najib Razak announced strings  of benefits and cash rewards to the entire nation's Felda settlers worth billions of Ringgit in order to ease these settlers' dissatisfaction over the losses suffered by both FGV and Felda over these years.

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Friday, 5 October 2012

Think tank: BN receives American funding, too

A think tank said the BN should not be “paranoid” about NGOs receiving foreign funding, as the ruling coalition also does likewise and receives American support.
“Barisan Nasional MPs should not be so paranoid about the incoming of foreign funds to support NGOs in Malaysia,” said Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan in an email to Malaysiakini.
“After all, Barisan Nasional parties also receive American support, with the latest one being just last weekend at a luxurious hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
“This is not new because, in fact, Barisan Nasional leaders have been receiving foreign support too for many years,” he alleged.
Wan Saiful was responding to BN parliamentarians such as Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) and Abdul Rahman Dahlan (BN-Kota Belud) who in Parliament yesterday claimed that foreign funders were seeking to undermine the government.
Government agencies and pro-government groups with the BN-controlled mainstream media in tow, have been on a campaign attacking human rights NGO Suaram for receiving foreign funds.
In particular, they have attempted to paint the Scorpenes scandal inquiry in France as one such attempt to put the government in bad light.
News portal Malaysiakini has also not been spared, and has been accused of being a tool of foreign funders to publish “anti-government” news.
'Pro-gov't body receives Christian funds'
Wan Saiful added that “many bodies close to the government” also receive foreign funding, that include a foreign Christian political party.
“For example, I have in front of me evidence that a think tank close to the government receives support from a foundation linked to a Christian party from abroad.
“Foreign funding is a norm for many NGOs,” he said.
He added that just as the government wants foreign investment to enter the country and that is considered good, the same should be said for funds that aid the growth of the country’s civil society.
“Surely the foreign support received by BN parties last weekend is not meant to weaken but to strengthen the institutions of the government.
“Such support should be cherished, not condemned,” he said.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Kedah Gerakan youth questioned safety of solar panel plant in Penang

Kedah Gerakan youth chief Tan Keng Liang had recently dared the Penang state government to come clean on the negative environmental impact of a solar panel plant in Batu Kawan, Seberang Perai Selatan.

Tan also demanded an explanation from Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to confirm if he had taken into consideration on the above issue before approving the setting up of the plant to produce solar panels and other related components.

Tan, as Kedah Gerakan youth chief has forgotten that in his home state, Kedah, there is also a solar panel plant there established on 2007. The establishment of the solar panel plant there was then approved by the then Kedah BN state government of which Gerakan was also part of it.

During that time, we didn't see Tan come up to question the then Kedah BN state government on the above impact, nor he said anything on the danger of such plant whatsoever.

Furthermore, the Penang state government is not that too foolish to ignore such conditions that would impact the people and the state at large. Take for instance in Kedah, prior to the said solar panel plant's establishment, we are certain that such issues has also been looked into.

The other issue is, why on earth Tan being a Kedah Gerakan youth leader wanted to question things that are happening in Penang? Why not look at many issues in Kedah, his home state? Why is Tan always interfering in Penang, thus overlapping its current state youth chief Oh Tong Keong?

If Tan is so interested in Penang more than his home state, resign as Kedah Gerakan youth chief and move over to Penang, contest against Tong Keong for the Penang youth chief post, only then you will fit to speak "for" Penang.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Bankrapkan Negara (BN)

Oleh Viktor Wong

Keadaan di Malaysia jelas menunjukkan bahawa negara ini sedang menuju ke arah kebankrapan yang tidak dapat dielakkan lagi. Ya, singkatan BN ini telahpun digelar Bankrapkan Negara dalam erti kata yang sebenarnya.

Jika sekiranya hutang negara yang kini berjumlah lebih RM456 billion ini ditambah pula dengan tanggungan luar jangkaan sebanyak RM97 billion lagi (belanjawan tak terkawal), negara ini akan menanggung hutang sejumlah RM553 billion, suatu jumlah yang telah melebihi 63% daripada keluaran dalan negara kasar (KDNK).

Menurut Akta Pinjaman 1959 dan Akta Peruntukan Kerajaan 1983, kadar hutang negara tidak sepatutnya melebihi 55% daripada KDNK.

Dan jika sekiranya tanggungan luar jangkaan sebanyak RM97 billion itu tidak dicampurkan bersama dengan beban hutang negara sebanyak RM456 billion, kadar tersebut tidak akan menjangkau lebih 63% daripada KDNK, tetapi hanya akan terletak pada kadar 53.5% daripada KDNK iaitu kurang sedikit daripada 55%. Penetapan kadar yang lebih rendah itu sudah pasti melegakan kebimbangan kerajaan persekutuan BN yang tidak akan menampakkan penyelewengan kewangan negara yang terlalu jelas.

Malah, ahli parlimen PAS Kuala Selangor Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad telah berkali-kali memberi amaran kepada perdana menteri dan presiden Umno Datuk Najib Razak agar tidak membohongi rakyat kononnya defisit negara kita telah berkurangan. Dr Dzulkefly turut menambah kerajaan Greece telahpun menjadi bankrap akibat daripada lebihan belanjawan luar jangkaan yang terlalu tinggi.

Kerajaan persekutuan BN kini sedang berbelanja besar melalui pemberian peruntukan kepada kroni-kroninya yang begitu ramai dan jiga ianya berterusan, adalah dibimbangi negara ini akan menjadi bankrap sepenuhnya sebelum tahun 2019 menjelang.

Disebabkan itulah, kerajaan persekutuan BN beria-ria mahu melaksanakan skim GST (Cukai Perkhidmatan dan Barangan). Perbendaharaan negara kini hampir kering. Sehinggakini, boleh dikatakan kerajaan ini sekarang sedang diuruskan tanpa mempunyai aliran tunai yang kukuh.

Sebaik sahaja negara ini menunjukkan tanda-tanda akan tumbang, ia semestinya akan tumbang tidak lama lagi. Tumbangnya negara ini adalah kerana penyalahgunaan kuasa, penyelewengan, rasuah dan kapitalisma kroni-kroni yang amat berleluasa.

Dan jika sekiranya BN berjaya memenangi pilihanraya umum ke-13 yang akan datang, kerajaan persekutuan BN akan mengambil langkah-langkah yang lebih drastik untuk mengisi semula perbendaharaan serta dana sampingannya dengan perlaksanaan pelbagai jenis percukaian baru yang bakal membebankan lagi rakyat jelata. Kerajaan ini tidak akan mengurangkan belanjawannya, tetapi akan terus bersikap boros seperti sekarang.

Subsidi-subsidi khususnya untuk keperluan harian akan ditarik balik satu demi satu dan penderitaan rakyat jelata akan juga bertambah. Seperti biasa, pelbagai bentuk pembaziran, penyalahgunaan kuasa dan penyelewengan akan menyemarakkan lagi api kemarahan rakyat.

Tukar Lampin

BN dijangka akan dapat memenangi pilihanraya umum yang akan datang dengan bantuan lebih daripada 200,000 pengundi baru yang terdiri daripada para pendatang asing tanpa izin yang telah berjaya menyusup masuk ke dalam senarai daftar pemilih melalui saluran yang tidak sah.

Buktinya adalah terdapat 3 kawasan parlimen yang kini diwakili oleh Pakatan Rakyat telah mencatatkan peningkatan jumlah pengundi berdaftar di antara 25% hinggalah ke 35% iaitu rekod yang boleh dikatakan paling mendadak sekali. 3 kawasan tersebut adalah:

1) Kawasan parlimen Subang yang diwakili ahli PKR R.Sivarasa,
2) Kawasan parlimen Kota Raja yang diwakili ahli PAS Dr Siti Mariah,
3) Kawasan parlimen Puchong yang diwakili ahli DAP Gobind Singh Deo.

Yang pasti, BN boleh memenangi pilihanraya umum yang akan datang dengan menggunakan pelbagai takti kotor dan apajua tipu helah. Dan sudah pasti banyak jenis cukai yang akan dikuatkuasakan kelak terhadap rakyat jelata yang akan mengakibatkan kalangan yang miskin dan berpendapatan sederhana terus menderita akibat terus diketepikan dengan begitu sahaja.

Seseorang yang cukup marah boleh mengakibatkan satu lagi tsunami politik yang lebih besar seperti apa yang telah berlaku di Tunisia di mana seorang peniaga kecil yang membakar dirinya telah menyemarakkan api kemarahan rakyat yang seterusnya bangkit beramai-ramai untuk menggulingkan kerajaan Tunisia. Sememangnya tidak dapat dijangka akan peranan Twitter, Facebook dan kamera telefon bimbit yang boleh menyebarkan maklumat tersebut dengan begitu cepat sekali.

Itulah sebab kenapa Najib sehingga kini masih tidak berani untuk membubarkan parlimen bagi memberikan laluan untuk pilihanraya baru diadakan. Beliau sedar bahawa kedudukannya masih goyah walaupun kerajaan pimpinan beliau telah menyumbangkan sejumlah besar wang kepada umum. Najib juga sedar, kalah atau menang, masalah-masalah akan juga tetapi menyusul. Rakyat jelata kini sedang mengharapkan lebih banyak hadiah tunai akan dikeluarkan dan jika Najib tidak menunaikan sumbangannya sekali lagi, rakyat akan bangkit.

Tibalah masa untuk menukar lampin bayi ini (Malaysia negara yang masih belum matang). Sudah lebih 54 tahun, bayi ini masih memakai lampin sama yang telah rosak dan menjadi busuk.

Angka-angka sering dimanupulasi

Bagi memelihara imej kerajaan dan negara ini di kaca mata dunia, Najib sanggup melakukan apa sahaja bagi mencapai tujuannya, sampailah ke tahap mengupah dan membayar sebuah firma perhubungan awam FBC Media sebanyak RM80 juta.

Walaubagaimanapun, kerajaan pimpinan Najib tidak dapat menutup malu apabila Perbadanan Penyiaran British (BBC) memohon maaf kepada umum atas penyiarannya mengenai Malaysia dan program-program yang direkacipta oleh FBC Media. Beginilah wang rakyat sebanyak RM80 juta dihabiskan dengan begitu sahaja yang mana akhirnya negara kita yang mendapat malu akibat perbuatan Najib itu.

Media-media utama dalam negara yang kebanyakan dimiliki oleh kerajaan, syarikat milik kerajaan, Umno, MCA dan sebagainya tidak henti-henti dengan penyiaran berita-berita yang hanya mempromosikan Najib hampir pada setiap siaran pada setiap hari. Tidak pernah satu hari pun muka Najib tidak disiarkan.

Selain itu, rekod perangkaan dan statistik mengenai pencapaian sesuatu kegiatan atau perlaksanaan juga sering dimanupulasi atau diputarbelitkan bagi disesuaikan dengan kehendak dan halatuju kerajaan BN, Umno dan para pemimpinnya. Misalannya, didakwa kadar jenayah dan penggangguran telah menurun, akan tetapi apabila kita meninjau di sebuah pekan dan bercampur gaul dengan para penduduk khususnya di Jelebu, Negri Sembilan, kita akan dapati ramai warga pekan tersebut yang telah lama dan masih mengganggur.

Bagi kadar jenayah pula, kejadian pecah rumah, rompakan dan sebagainya masih berleluasa di Bandar Menjelana, Kepong, sebagai contoh. Persatuan-persatuan penduduk di kawasan perumahan mengambil inisiatif sendiri untuk membiayai usaha memagarkan kawasan tempat tinggal mereka dan mengupah pengawal keselamatan swasta untuk memastikan kawasan dan para penghuni bebas daripada ancaman jenayah.

Kes ragut turut berleluasa di Taman Sri Sinar Segambut sehingga hari ini. Walaubagaimanapun, pujian harus diberikan kepada pihak polis yang telah mempertingkatkan rondaan mereka di sekitar kawasan yang dikenal pasti mempnyai kadar penggangguran dan masalah sosial yang tinggi.

Menyedari bertapa pentingnya kemenangan BN pada pilihanraya umum yang akan datang, Najib kini sedang berusaha keras untuk memastikan imej politiknya terpelihara dan “jasanya” ditokok tambah dengan seberapa banyak yang boleh.

Akhirnya, kira-kira 200,000 atau lebih pengundi-pengundi baru yang terdiri daripada pendatang pasing tanpa izin ini akan menentukan nasib dan masa depan rakyat kita dan negara ini. Dan jika sekiranya ini benar-benar berlaku, rakyat jelata berkemungkinan akan beralih kepada cara Tunisia atau Greece bagi menghentikan ketidakseimbangan tersebut.

Apakah tindakan Najib seterusnya?

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Debat Guan Eng-Soi Lek, MCA hanya bertumpu pada Hudud

Oleh Viktor Wong

Perdebatan di antara Setiausaha-Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng dan presiden MCA Chua Soi Lek semalam telah menyaksikan pemimpin MCA itu membuka tirai dengan hentaman terhadap PAS dan undang-undang Hududnya dengan menggunakan DAP sebagai bantal untuk tumbukan tersebut.

Hentaman demi hentaman daripada bermulanya siri perdebatan itu sehinggalah berakhirnya forum tersebut hanya bertumpu kepada ketakutan dan kebimbangan MCA dan Chua yang PAS akan memonopoli kuasa sekiranya Pakatan Rakyat berkuasa dan undang-undang Hudud akan dikuatkuasakan terhadap semua kaum termasuk mereka yang bukan Islam.

Hudud, Hudud dan Hudud!

Malah, menurut pengarang akhbar The Star Wong Chun Wai turut menyokong Chua dengan mengatakan bahawa Lim telah gagal menjawab persoalan mengenai kedudukan DAP di dalam isu Hudud yang sering diketengahkan oleh PAS.

Ya, sekitar forum tersebut MCA dan Chua hanya menumpukan serangan mereka dengan menggunakan perkara tersebut sebagai senjata utama mereka. Dan sememangnya adalah amat tepat dan betul sekali bagi Lim untuk tidak menjawab sebarang isu yang berkaitan dengan Hudud itu, oleh kerana pucuk pimpinan tertinggi Pakatan telahpun menjelaskan kepada rakyat jelata bahawa undang-undang Hudud itu tidak akan dijadikan tajuk utama sekiranya Pakatan naik ke pentas Putrajaya di suatu hari nanti.

Ini adalah kerana pembikinan MCA dalam isu Hudud itu adalah merupakan suatu perangkap untuk menarik Lim ke dalam kancah yang bakal melibatkan Umno dan Perkasa apabila isu tersebut diperbesarkan dan diputar belitkan oleh media-media milik kerajaan.

Agak menghairankan kenapa Chua tidak menuding persoalan mengenai Hudud itu kepada pihak yang lebih rapat dengan PAS, iaitu Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS (DHPP) dan presidennya Hu Pang Chew? Ini adalah kerana Hu adalah merupakan pemimpin yang paling sesuai kerana beliau mewakili ahli-ahli bersekutu bukan Islam di dalam PAS.

Dalam membangkitkan isu pemerintahan PAS di negeri Kelantan, Chua juga telah lupa bahawa kerajaan PAS di negeri tersebut telah memberikan lebih banyak kemudahan dan bantuan kepada masyarakat bukan Islam berbanding dengan Umno yang memerintah negeri-negeri yang lain. Pemerintahan PAS di Kelantan juga tidak menampakkan penindasan terhadap masyarakat Cina dan India seperti yang didakwa oleh Chua dan MCA.

Umno takut diKristiankan, MCA takut diIslamkan

Apa yang Chua dan MCA asyik ketengahkan lebih daripada seribu kali sehinggalah ke hari pendebatan semalam adalah apabila Pakatan berkuasa nanti, PAS akan menjadi lebih berkuasa daripada PKR dan DAP, sejurus itu akan merombak negara ini kepada sebuah negara Islam, seterusnya undang-undang Islam akan dikenakan terhadap semua orang tidak kira seseorang itu beragama Kristian, Buddha, Tao, Sikh dan sebagainya.

Tetapi Chua sekali lagi telah lupa bahawa Umno dan presidennya Najib Razak tidak bersetuju dengan kenyataan tersebut. Di dalam ceramah, siri penerangan di seluruh negara, Najib, timbalannya Muhyiddin Yassin dan para pemimpin Umno yang lain asyik memberikan peringatan kepada orang ramai, khususnya masyarakat Melayu bahawa jika sekiranya Pakatan berkuasa, DAP akan memonopoli kuasa dalam kerajaan, meminda perlembagaan persekutuan dan seterusnya membentuk sebuah negara Kristian berdasarkan undang-undang Katolik.

Ini jelas menunjukkan bahawa Umno dan MCA sebenar-benarnya tidak sehaluan langsung di dalam gabungan BN. Pemimpin manakah yang bercakap benar? Umno takut negara ini akan diKristiankan oleh DAP, sementara MCA pula takut negara kita ini akan diIslamkan oleh PAS.

Walaubagaima tidak sehaluan pun MCA dengan Umno, MCA dan parti-parti komponen BN yang lain tetap tunduk dan “kow tow” terhadap Umno dan agenda ketuanannya yang sungguh perkasa.

Sewaktu para pemimpin Umno menonjolkan keperkasaan dan ancaman pertumpahan darah terhadap rakyat jelata, apakah MCA telah buat? Sewaktu pemuda Umno berkumpul di hadapan Dewan Perhimpunan Cina Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur dan mengancam membakar bangunan pertubuhan tersebut, mengapa MCA tidak menyuarakan bantahan mereka? Sewaktu para pemimpin dan perwakilan Umno mengancam untuk membakar seluruh kota Kuala Lumpur dan menyalut keris mereka dengan darah masyarakat Cina, apakah MCA buat? Apabila masyarakat Cina diketepi dan didiskriminasikan, apakah MCA buat?

Yang MCA buat cuma berdiam diri dan asyik menjanjikan “perbincangan tertutup” dengan Umno akan dibuat bagi menyelesaikan masalah tersebut. Akan tetapi, yang kita lihat pada hari ini adalah agenda perkauman sempit yang dibawa oleh Umno ini telah menjadi semakin berleluasa dan tidak dapat dikawal lagi. Apakah MCA buat?

Isu pendidikan

Di dalam isu pendidikan pula Chua dan ahli-ahli MCA di dalam forum tersebut berulang kali mengecam DAP dan Pakatan mengenai pemerintahan tiga tahun mereka di negeri Selangor dan Pulau Pinang tidak menampakkan penambahan sekolah-sekolah rendah jenis kebangsaan (SRJK-Cina) ekoran daripada penambahan bilangan murid-murid berketurunan Cina.

Malah ada yang menuduh Pakatan yang kononnya kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang dan Selangor enggan memberikan tanah untuk membina sekolah-sekolah Cina.

Chua dan MCA sekali lagi lupa bahawa dasar pendidikan di negara kita ini adalah dikelolakan oleh kerajaan pusat selama ini dan kerajaan negeri langsung tidak mempunyai kuasa untuk campurtangan di dalam menentukan sistem pendidikan di negeri masing-masing. Dasar tersebut adalah termaktub dengan jelas di dalam Akta Pendidikan dan Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Pendidikan.

Lupakah Chua pada apa yang telah berlaku di daerah Taiping, Perak sebelum ini? Sewaktu sekumpulan pemimpin masyarakat Cina di daerah tersebut mengunjungi seorang timbalan menteri pendidikan daripada MCA untuk mengemukakan permohonan untuk menubuhkan satu SRJK-Cina, pemimpin MCA tersebut menyampuk dan membalas “kita semua sekarang sudah ada banyak sekolah-sekolah Cina di negeri ini dan kalau nak ditambah sebuah lagi, saya fikir ini mustahil kerana Umno akan membantah sekiranya permohononan tersebut diteliti”. Pada masa itu timbalan menteri pendidikan tersebut adalah seorang naib-presiden MCA.

Jadi, siapakah sebenarnya tidak berusaha begitu bersungguh bagi memastikan agar masyarakat Cina menerima dan menikmati kemudahan-kemudahan dan peruntukan yang setimpal?

Tumpuan MCA hanya perkauman

Sepanjang perdebatan antara Lim dan Chua semalam, pemimpin MCA itu hanya berminat untuk menumpukan perhatiannya mereka terhadap isu perkauman dan begitu juga dengan lain-lain perkara seperti pendidikan dan dasar-dasar kerajaan.

Chua sekali lagi telah lupa bagaimana Umno telah melayan MCA selama ini, malah perkara-perkara berbangkit dan soal yang melibatkan kepentingan negara seperti pembenterasan rasuah dan salahguna kuasa, kronisme di dalam parti dan kerajaan, pelbagai jenis skandal yang melibatkan kerugian berjuta-juta Ringgit tidak diketengahkan oleh pemimpin MCA itu untuk pengetahuan umum.

Sementara di pihak Lim dan DAP pula, yang diketengahkan oleh Setiausaha-Agung DAP itu adalah dasar-dasar kerajaan yang cekap, telus dan amanah, pencegahan rasuah dan salahguna kuasa, hak kesamarataan, keadilan untuk semua rakyat, perkhidmatan yang efisien, penyaluran bantuan untuk semua rakyat, kemajuan dan memantapkan ekonomi negara, menaikan kadar pendapatan setiap isi rumah dan demokrasi yang menyeluruh di dalam negara, serta hak dan kebebasan rakyat untuk bersuara.

Kesemua yang diketengahkan oleh Lim dan DAP ini bukan sahaja untuk masyarakat Cina untuk menikmatinya malah semua kaum, tak kira sama ada orang Melayu, Cina, India, Kadazan, Iban atau Dayak akan juga berhak menikmati segala manfaat tersebut. Ianya melibatkan kepentingan negara dan rakyat Malaysia pada keseluruhannya.

Apa yang Chua dan MCA ketengahkan sepanjang perdebatan tersebut hanyalah bertumpu kepada satu kaum semata-mata dan bukannya untuk seluruh rakyat Malaysia pada amnya.

Jika sekiranya MCA mendakwa ianya wakil masyarakat Cina yang paling berkesan, kenapa selama lebih 50 tahun MCA berada di dalam kerajaan, masyarakat Cina masih menghadapi ketidakadilan di dalam pelbagai dasar-dasar kerajaan dan pendidikan, masih terpinggit di dalam pelbagai faedah dan dianggap sebagai rakyat kelas dua.

Dengan hanya mewakili satu kaum sahaja, kenapa MCA sehingga pada hari ini masih gagal untuk memastikan keadilan dan kesamarataan untuk masyarakat Cina di negara ini?

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Penyaluran bantuan wang yang berlebihan oleh BN. Apakah kesannya?

Oleh Viktor Wong

Kepada kebanyakan keluarga, pemberian Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) sebanyak RM500 seorang adalah bagaikan “ang pow” Tahun Baru Cina buat mereka. Menurut perdana menteri dan presiden Umno Najib Razak, rakyat tidak merasai seberang kesan daripada subsidi minyak, gula atau tepung, tetapi mereka lebih terkilan dengan bantuan tunai sebanyak RM500 tersebut.

Malah, sesetengah penerima skim BR1M turut mencium tangan Najib apabila bantuan tunai tersebut disampaikan, namum keadaan sebenarnya boleh dikaji dalam beberapa aspek.

Sebanyak 4 juta isi rumah dengan pendapatan kurang daripada RM3000 telah memohon untuk mendapatkan BR1M dan jika kita menganggap terdapat 4 orang ahli keluarga di setiap isi rumah, kita boleh dapati seramai 16 juta orang adalah daripada kalangan yang berpendapatan rendah, iaitu kira-kira 57% daripada jumlah penduduk .

Dan oleh kerana tarikh akhir permohonan BR1M itu telahpun dilanjutkan ke 10 Februari 2012, maka jumlah pemohon skim tersebut dijangka akan bertambah, menandakan terdapat jurang yang begitu besar sekali di antara golongan yang kaya dan miskin.

Yang kaya terlalu kaya, yang miskin ...?

Contohnya, bekas menteri belia dan sukan Datuk Azalina Othman telah menerima sejumlah RM300,000 bagi pembayaran ke atas sebuah kereta Mercedez Benz 280SL yang telah dijual oleh beliau kepada seorang pengarah syarikat terkemuka yang tersenarai dalam Bursa Saham Kuala Lumpur dan pada tahun 2010, purata elaun seseorang pengarah syarikat adalah dalam sekitar RM107 juta.

Adalah menjadi suatu kebiasaan bagi mereka yang kaya raya membelanjakan wang ratusan ribu ringgit dalam satu hari sahaja, sementara mereka yang miskin pula terpaksa bergantung kepada hanya RM10 sehari untuk perbelanjaan. Jurang di antara kaya dan yang miskin ini perlulah diperseimbangkan bagi meningkatkan kestabilan sosial dan ekonomi masyarakat.

Di Amerika Syarikat contohnya, Presiden Barrack Obama telah mrncadangkan agar jutawan di negara itu membayar 30% cukai kepada kerajaan. Kerajaan Malaysia juga boleh berbuat demikian dengan mengenakan cukai yang lebih tinggi terhadap golongan kaya raya bagi membantu menstabilkan keadaan sosial ekonomi yang kini tidak begitu seimbang.

Jika sekiranya pihak kerajaan masih enggan menaikan kadar cukai ke atas golongan kaya dengan terus membenarkan mereka menikmati subsidi kerajaan, bagaimana ianya akan dapat memperoleh dana yang mencukupi bagi melaksanakan rancangan dan progam sosial kebajikan untuk rakyat yang benar-benar memerlukannya.

Pilihanraya umum dah dekat

Yang kedua, penyaluran bantuan kewangan yang begitu tinggi jumlahnya sebelum pilihanraya menjelang akan hanya mengakibatkan negara kita ini mengalami nasib yang sama seperti Greece dan Itali.

Elaun RM100 setahun untuk para pelajar, bantuan BR1M sebanyak RM500, pengedaran baucar bernilai RM200 bagi pembelian buku (untuk pelajar) dan yang terbaru subsidi gula, bukannya pemberian hadiah yang terakhir. Sebelum ini, Najib telah mengumumkan bahawa para peneroka Felda akan menikmati satu lagi bentu “hadiah” lumayan yang juga berupakan wang ringgit tidak lama lagi.

Bukan itu sahaja, kerajaan juga telah mewujudkan satu saham amanah bernama Amanah Rakyat 1Malaysia (Sara) yang menjanjikan pulangan yang tinggi sebanyak 12% setiap tahun.

Sementara itu, Cuepacs turut membantah jurang kenaikan gaji yang sangat ketara di antara pegawai kanan dan para pegawai rendah di dalam perkhidmatan awam di bawah skim Saraan Baru Perkhidmatan Awam (SBPA).

Berdasarlan pertimbangan politik, kerajaan telah berjanji untuk mengkaji semula skim gaji di bawah SBPA dengan kadar kenaikan yang baru di antara 7% hingga 13% dan jika sekiranya kadar tersebut dilaksanakan, adalah dibimbangi ianya akan mengakibatkan defisit belanjawan kerajaan yang lebih tinggi pada tahun ini yang kini sedang menuju ke tahap yang kritikal.

Bantuan disalahgunakan

Persoalannya adalah, adakah dengan kebanyakan hadiah wang dan skim bantuan kewangan berlebihan yang ditawarkan oleh kerajaan ini adapat mengukuhkan kadar dan daya saing di kalangan rakyat? Sesetengah orang mungkin tidak akan menghargainya, malah ada yang telah mula menyalahgunakan kemudahan tersebut. Contohnya, baucar RM200 untuk pembelian buku, ada ramai pelajar yang mengiklan di dalam internet untuk menjual baucar-baucar buku yang diterima mereka untuk mendapatkan keuntungan segera.

Jika perkara ini berterusan, dan pada masa yang sama, kerajaan masih gagal menangani masalah gejala rasuah, penyalahgunaan kuasa, penyelewengan kewangan, penggelapan wang dan pecah amanah, pihak perbendaharaan tidak akan mempunyai dana yang mencukupi bagi menampung subsidi-subsidi yang pelbagai.

Arahan kerajaan agar Bank Negara mencetak lebih banyak wang bagi perbelanjaan tersebut tidak akan memberi sebarang manfaat kepada semua kerana perbuatan sedemikian akan hanya membawa malapetaka yang lebih besar ke atas mata wang ringgit di pasaran antarabangsa.

Di jangkamasa yang panjang, akan tidak ada perasaan menghargai segala jenis bantuan yang disalurkan itu dan rakyat jelata akan menerimanya semata-mata kerana dapat mengambilnya.

Untuk merapatkan jurang pendapatan di antara mereka yang kaya dan yang miskin, serta mereka yang hanya bergantung kepada bantuan kerajaan, pembaharuan ekonomi sememangnya tidak dapat dielakkan kerana hanya dengan cara ini sahaja, ianya akan dapat meningkatkan pendapatan negara, meningkat daya saing yang sihat dalam ekonomi dan pada masa yang sama rakyat jelata juga haruslah bijak dan bekerja keras untuk menikmati sebarang faedah.

Memancing undi dengan pemberian berlebihan pelbagai bentuk dan jenis skim atau bantuan kewangan berbentuk “hadiah” atapun “ang pow” sebenarnya hanyalah sesuatu langkah sementara yang boleh memusnahkan ekonomi negara dalam masa yang singkat, sekiranya amalan tersebut diteruskan sebegini rupa.

*Viktor Wong adalah pengarah Inter-Research And Studies (IRAS), iaitu sebuah pusat kajian dan penyelidikan politik dan sosial. Sebelum ini beliau pernah menjawat jawatan Setiausaha DAP Cawangan Bagan Jermal sebelum pilihanraya umum 2008.

Friday, 27 January 2012

行動黨新春大團拜26.01.2012 ( 年初四)


民主行動黨秘書長林冠英指出,如果民聯有機會執政中央,人民將獲得一大一小紅包,包括中央政府的大紅包及民聯州政府的小紅包。

“由民聯執政的檳州政府財力有限,只能每年派小紅包給人民,包括每年派100令吉給樂齡人士及200令吉給新生兒;若民聯執政中央,人民將獲得大紅包,他承諾執政100天內廢除南北大道收費站,每名樂齡人士每年獲1000令吉。”

林冠英也是檳州首席部長。他週四出席檳州行動黨新春團拜時指出,政府財力和權力有限,檳州大多數權限都由中央政府控制,如飛機場、巴士、德士教育等,全由中央政府控制,但州政府還是在能力範圍內,改善人民面對的種種問題。

“南北大道一共耗資63億令吉來建造,根據國會提供的數據,到目前為止已經收到了243億令吉的過路費,而且根據合約,還繼續收費到2038年,而且是逐年提高收費。”

“當然,若執政中央政府後,州政府每年都給的小紅包將會繼續,不會中斷。”

出席者計有檳州第一副首席部長拿督曼梳、第二副首長拉瑪沙米、檳行動黨秘書黃偉益、行動黨顧問林吉祥、華堂主席拿督藍武昌及檳州中元聯合會主席方錫希等。

曹觀友:大選定子孫未來

檳州行動黨主席曹觀友指出,今年是我國重要的一年,因為大選決定了我們及下一代子子孫孫的未來。

他說,人民要怎樣的未來,要向上提昇或向下沉淪,就要在這屆大選做出一個決定,他也促請人民在大選時,不要放任一小撮人繼續的濫權和霸權。

只要不貪污就能省錢

林冠英重提“四兩撥千金”理論,即“錢籌錢、錢賺錢、錢生錢、錢省錢”,希望以四兩撥千金方式,為檳州找到更多錢來發展。

他提到“錢省錢”時說,只要不吃錢(貪污),就能省錢。

“民聯政府在過去3年實行利民計劃都是因為制度改變,所以檳州可以找到錢籌錢。”

他解釋,錢籌錢是以公私伙伴計劃來籌發展費用及利民經費;錢賺錢是以公開招標方式,減少開銷並激發發展。

他說,檳州民聯政府也敢敢面對檳城所面對的主要問題。所以州政府撥出歷史上最大的款項5億令吉建立平民屋。

“州政府也為了減少阻塞,不但改良擴建道路,還推行四大計劃,包括通往峇都丁宜,新關仔角及阿依淡新市鎮的3個新通道,還有海底隧道,以實現“兩岸三通,一個檳州”。”

林吉祥:火箭沒反馬來人

林吉祥重申,行動黨尊重和全力支持我國憲法,因此該黨並非一個反馬來人、反伊斯蘭教及反馬來統治者的政黨。

他說,國陣看到民聯日益受到人民支持而感到慌張,因此,向民聯和行動黨發動強烈的攻勢,包括指責行動黨反馬來人、伊斯蘭教及反馬來統治者等,這都是沒有根據的指責,因為事實證明,行動黨是一個遵從和支持國家憲法的政黨。

“憲法已經列明,我國是一個君主立憲制國家,馬來人是我國土著以及伊斯蘭教是我國國教,如任何團體或政黨不遵從憲法,准證早就被吊銷。

行動黨創黨45年來,都全力支持國家憲法,這一點從來沒有改變。”

“若國陣再指責行動黨反君主、反馬來人和反伊斯蘭教,就顯示他們無知和感到恐懼。”

超過千人出席行動黨新春大團拜。

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Testing Malaysia BN's Promises

By JOHN R. MALOTT

The not guilty verdict handed down last Monday in the sodomy trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim made both sides, Prime Minister Najib Razak and the opposition, happy. Mr. Najib gets an immediate political boost by claiming a victory for the rule of law and an independent judiciary, while Mr. Anwar can focus on the election ahead. This good feeling, however, is likely to be short-lived. Serious challenges lie ahead.

The first test of the post-verdict era will be whether the government chooses to appeal the acquittal. Defense experts successfully demolished the government's DNA evidence, but the judge said during the trial that Mr. Anwar's accuser was credible and reliable. With parliamentary elections looming, the government might conclude that forcing Mr. Anwar back into the courtroom will distract and pull him away from the campaign trail. On the other hand, an appeal would be polarizing and cost the government the support of centrists and independents.

The second test will be whether the government implements key electoral reforms before elections are held. Mr. Najib's government cracked down in July on Bersih 2.0, a coalition of organizations calling for free and fair elections. This demonstrated the ruling party's fear that genuinely fair elections could cause them to lose power for the first time since 1957. However, after strong domestic and international criticism of its heavy-handed treatment of the marchers, the government backtracked and created a select parliamentary committee to propose election reforms. Among the proposals are using indelible ink to prevent voter fraud and allowing the opposition to have access to government-owned television and radio, which now act as propaganda outlets for the ruling United Malays National Organization (UMNO).

The trouble is that so far, none of the proposals have been carried out. The only thing worthy of note is a court decision earlier this month ruling that the one million Malaysians who reside overseas have no right to vote. Expatriate Malaysians, it should be noted, are generally believed to lean toward the opposition.

If UMNO fumbles electoral reform and squanders its newly earned goodwill, the opposition will get stronger. The growing pains and ideological differences that plagued the opposition coalition in years past have largely been overcome, and Mr. Anwar and his political associates express confidence that they could take power in a fair contest.

In contrast, Mr. Najib faces a constant uphill battle. Many of the economic and political reforms that he proposed were not implemented because of right-wing opposition from inside his party. He is regularly undercut in public by criticism from Malaysia's very vocal former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and in private by some of his most senior cabinet officers.

The public sees corruption on the rise and feels that UMNO supporters increasingly believe making money from government contracts is business as usual. Many Malaysians now use the word "kleptocracy" to describe their ruling class. This perception further undermines Mr. Najib's calls for reform, making it seem as if no UMNO leader wants to crack down on this abuse, given its importance to maintaining the support of their political base. This perception is compounded by the fact that Mr. Najib has remained largely silent on the latest scandal, in which one cabinet minister's family allegedly used public funds, targeted to increase cattle production, to buy luxury condominiums in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

These weaknesses compound UMNO's fear of losing power and increase the risk of over-reaction. The party will not go down without a fight, and neither will its supporters in the bureaucracy, media, and business worlds, who fear losing access to the financial gravy train. Because of the high stakes, those who benefit from corruption will make an all-out effort to keep the opposition from coming to power. A return to Mahathir-style strong-arm tactics should not be ruled out.

All this will make the coming election the most important in Malaysia's history—and also its dirtiest. The international community needs to pay attention and hold Mr. Najib to his promise of political and electoral reform. Mr. Anwar's acquittal is only the beginning of the country's fight against political abuse and corruption.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Anwar: Strong opposition needed even if Pakatan comes to power

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has said that a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) federal government would be satisfied with a simple majority in Parliament, citing concerns that a two-thirds majority victory will make the coalition complacent.

The PKR advisor and Opposition Leader said that a simple majority would ensure a strong federal government as well as opposition, as well as allow a proper-check-and balance system so that PR does not end up mirroring the current Barisan Nasional government.

“Why do you need to win and have two-thirds majority, for what? Simple majority cukup (is enough). Two-thirds will make (us) complacent... two-thirds if you are too strong, you don’t and won’t have a strong, formidable opposition,” Anwar (picture) told an interview session yesterday.

The opposition leader said he was confident of PR’s chances of taking over Putrajaya and forming a new federal government, and that he wanted “Umno to perform well as an opposition party.”

Election 2008 saw PKR become the largest opposition party in Parliament with a total of 31 MPs as BN suffered its worst performance at the polls ever, ceding five state governments and 82 parliamentary seats.

But it failed to defend Hulu Selangor in a by-election and lost a further six MPs who decided to become independent, allowing the DAP to become the biggest opposition party in Parliament with 28 MPs.

PAS, despite being the largest PR party in terms of membership, had the smallest representation in Parliament with only 23 MPs after the polls.

Asked about PR’s plans for Sabah and Sarawak, Anwar replied by saying that it was focusing on increasing the current number of state and parliamentary seats for the two states.

“It will not be worse than 2008. We do not need to win Sabah and Sarawak. We need a substantial number of seats, and we are there,” the Permatang Pauh MP told the press.

Since the 2008 general election, 57 of the 60 state assembly seats in Sabah are represented by BN, while the remaining three are represented by the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) (two seats) and the DAP (one seat.)

The Sarawak state election last year saw PR make significant inroads by winning 15 of the 71 state assembly seats. PR previously had seven seats in the state - Agencies.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Umno and Perkasa hijacked Article 153

The constitutional provision outlining the special position of Bumiputeras has been manipulated by Umno and is now being used as a weapon of aggression, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers claimed today amid growing debate on the subject.

On Saturday, National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF) chairman Reverend Dr Eu Hong Seng said Article 153 of the Federal Constitution is akin to “bullying” if it only protects the rights of one group.

Today, several PR lawmakers suggested that Article 153 was being intentionally conflated with the concept of “ketuanan Melayu”, or Malay supremacy.

“Reverend Eu mentioned it should be inclusive and I think it did try to cover it (inclusiveness),” PAS Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said today. “Fundamentally it is inclusive but has been manipulated and it is not about protection anymore but aggression.”

Eu’s remark sparked protest from Malay rights group Perkasa and drew a denial today from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin that the provision had been used to bully any community.

On Sunday, Perkasa claimed the provision kept the country peaceful, further claiming that the race riots of May 13, 1969 happened because it was not implemented properly.

“This country is peaceful because of Article 153 which protects the rights of Bumiputeras who are the majority in this country.

“The reverend needs to remember that Christians are able to practise their religion without worry in this country because of Article 153,” Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hasan Syed Ali had said last week.

Article 153 states that “it shall be the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interests of other communities in accordance with the provisions of this Article.”

Constitutional expert Prof Abdul Aziz Bari also chimed in on Sunday to say this meant “the King must also make sure that (safeguarding Bumiputeras) must not be done at the expense of the legitimate interests of other communities.”

Today, Khalid echoed the view and similarly noted the inclusion of the phrase “other communities.”

“What you want to maintain in the Constitution is that it is recognition of historical facts and that Malays do not lose out even if citizenships were given to the Chinese and Indians.

“Unfortunately it leaves a lot of room for manipulation and it is manipulated by Umno and people such as those in Perkasa where they emphasise on Ketuanan Melayu instead of making sure Malays do not lose out,” said Khalid.

He also noted the Article refers to special privileges, and not special rights.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail agreed with Khalid and spoke of rampant abuse of Article 153 carried out under the guise of safeguarding Malay and Bumiputera interests.

Citing the award of contracts and licensing rights for example, Saifuddin said these appeared to only be given to a core group of politically-connected Malays rather than to the community at large.

“I am clearly guided by the stance agreed by Pakatan Rakyat on this Article 153 ... which is the position of the Malay rulers, Bahasa Malaysia and Islam as the official language and religion of the country and Article 153 as stated clearly in the Malaysian Constitution but at the same time to also look into the interest of minority including those in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.

PKR vice-president Fuziah Salleh said that it was clear the provision was inclusive despite the specific mention of the Bumiputeras and Malays.

“When we give special rights to Bumiputeras, it does not deny the rights of the others as there are other parts of the Constitution that does not provide for discrimination,” the Kuantan MP added.

PAS Kuala Selangor MP Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad also said the clause is self-explanatory and that it provides a “very balanced and just” view of what it should be.

“I have had this understanding for a long time that Article 153 in no way compromises nor usurps any legitimate interests or rights of any ethnic group.

“So if only Perkasa or Ibrahim Ali would read this provision and not just selectively or preferentially highlight what he wants,” he said.

He also stressed that Malays and Bumiputeras had a “special position” that had to be guarded, and not special rights.

“We must move on to bring the nation, both BN and the opposition, forward to one that really confronts and faces the many challenges of the problems in our nation,” he said.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Penang DAP State Convention today



The Penang DAP held its annual state convention today at Pearl View Hotel situated in Prai, Seberang Perai Tengah, Penang.

About 1,000 delegates and observers attended the convention which was held for the first time in Penang's mainland Seberang Perai district.

At the beginning of the convention, state party chairman Chow Kon Yeow gave his opening address stressing on party unity, close ranks and the most essential, 13th general elections which is expected to be held sooner in early of next year.

Next in the line to address the state convention was party national chairman Karpal Singh who gave his sound address which had received the widest applaud from delegates and observers present in the hall.

Karpal gave strong reminder to all party members to adhere strictly to the basics and principles of the party struggle and not to forget the major contribution and sacrifices made by our party veterans which had turned the party to what it is today.

Karpal also gave his stern warning to state party deputy chairman Dr P.Ramasamy not to utter words that are against the principles and basics of the party and liken the word "godfather" which was mentioned earlier by Dr Ramasamy, as a title only used by the mafia and it is therefore unsuitable and should not be produce in the party leadership itself.

Aside, Karpal also warned there will be and shall never be any room for warlords to grow within the party.

Party secretary-general and Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng later gave his speech to officiate the annual convention, stressed in detail on the recent and current political situation, the economy, social affairs and the party's continuous contribution to the state of Penang.

After the officiating the convention, party leaders had also jointly launched the party's new online connection via iPhone and iPad.

Delegates and absenteeism

From our observation at the registration counter at about 11.30am this morning, we found the attendance and response of the delegates and observers were very good.

But somehow, we also found that, there are quite a very large numbers of delegates who failed to turn up for the annual convention.

This is very disappointing, if you are being elected by your branch members to represent them in this party state convention and you didn't attend it, it would be such an irresponsible act and the failure of a delegate to forward their members' voice to the state leaders attention.

In fact, we saw that in some branches, there are more observers who attended the convention compare to their comrades who are delegates but did not turn up.

With such situation in hand, we would like to urge the party leadership to look into this scenario, where delegates elected by their branches but did not attend the convention should not be allowed to stand as a delegate in the next party branch election in order to give other members an opportunity to do so.

Party basics and principles

We had saw that ever since the party's victory in the 2008 general elections, the party membership had increased drastically and so does the branches from with only about 20 branches in the state, to about 100 over branches today.

And when the membership increases, branches also increase and the divisional level parliamentary liaison committees also started to take its place in almost every parliamentary constituencies.

During party branch elections, we saw intense contest and competitions for party post by these new members, which had resulted to many party veterans and those leaders who had held the fort prior to 2008 has been sidelined.

This is unhealthy as these long serving leaders has been ignored and were not being appreciated by these news generation of members who didn't really understand basics and struggles of the party and various sacrifices undertaken by these veterans and leaders of the pre-2008 era.

As such, we urge the top party leadership to look into such challenges and not letting it off so easily.

The party leaders should take one step ahead and learn what had happened to Gerakan, which had began as a humble political party who served the people so well, to a toothless and irrelevant political party today.

Do not let it happen to us, as we already had an example to learn from, that is Gerakan. From a humble opposition party who had suddenly being given the mandate in 1969, then joined the Barisan Nasional coalition in the 1970s, later govern the state with Umno who later overturned Gerakan's policies and struggle into a racial one, where the later had failed to defend its principles and struggles.

Besides, Gerakan also became ignorant of the people's needs and grievances in the state as its leaders had already turn their powerhouse into what is like one of their own.

And this is how the people became frustrated and decided to vote Gerakan out of the state in 2008 general elections.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

DAP winning over Malay voters

DAP appears to be gaining ground in seemingly uncharted territory: the Malays. Despite having been around since the mid-60s, the party has been perceived as a predominantly Chinese-based party, causing many Malays to shy away from it.

This perception, however, according to DAP members, is changing, albeit slowly but surely. Party member Zairil Khir Johari said that the DAP was only recently able to tap into the Malay grassroots after the 2008 general election.

“Before 2008, the Malay support for DAP was almost non-existent,” he said, adding that the alternative political choice was usually the Islamic-based PAS.

“If you joined the opposition, if you had problems with the government, the natural appeal would be PAS. They have (access to) the suraus and the mosques, which DAP does not have.

“Umno would have its ketua kampung (village chief), while PAS has the religious (advantage), but if the DAP wanted to open a branch in a village, it would be so artificial,” said Zairil, who is also DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary.

DAP’s lack of a large Malay support base for the past 40 years, Zairil claimed, was partially because it was an “urban-based” party; it was more attractive to the city-living Chinese.

The government’s control of the mainstream media did not help the party either.

Malay branches in Penang

According to Zairil, the Umno-linked Malay-based media groups such as Utusan Malaysia blacks out anything DAP-related, unless it was negative. These factors, according to Zairil, made sure that even urban Malays were kept unaware of the DAP’s handiwork.
However, the party’s entry into the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, coupled with access to the alternative media, appears to have helped its position, Zairil claimed.

He said that the party has been able to open a few Malay branches in Penang, with forays into Perlis as well.

Though acknowledging that its Pakatan allies – PKR and PAS – were there to attract Malay voters, DAP president Karpal Singh said that the party needed to make its own effort in reaching out to the Malays.

“PKR and PAS are there, but we shouldn’t rely on them. We have to go ahead with our own Malay support. Recently, there have been some Malays who have joined us.”
“They’re not shying away from the DAP… but they’re not coming in at the extent that we’d want,” he said.

Karpal said that the DAP had seen some Malay representation over the years, such as through former Bayan Baru MP Ahmad Nor and current Senator Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim.
Even so, he said these efforts into the Malay heartland were not enough.

Inroads into Dayak land

Yet, the Bukit Gelugor MP said that Malaysian politics was “taking a different form”, and used the non-Muslim PAS Supporter’s Club (PSC) as an example. In 2004, PAS created the non-Muslim wing in order to attract non-Muslims into their fold.

The PSC boasts a membership of more than 20,000 Chinese, Indians and other races, although some reports have claimed that progress there has been slow.

Malays, according to Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen, were not the only Bumiputeras the DAP was attracting in recent years.

He said that the party was “making inroads” into Sarawak’s Dayak community – a longtime Barisan Nasional stronghold – through the Dayak Consultative Council. “We set up the council a month or two after the April 2011 Sarawak election, and it has helped us form policies taking care of the Dayaks, and within the Sarawak alternative budget,” he said.

DAP coverage in the alternative media, Chong added, also helped the party to move into previously untapped political areas.

“Until the last 10 years, we did not have the alternative media. But now, more Malays can read on the Internet (about us), especially the youngsters.”

“With more and more of them using the Internet, it shouldn’t be a problem, as long as they know about our policies and aren’t getting it from the Umno-controlled media,” he said - Agencies.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

BN two-faced about PAS, DAP

The inconsistent claims made by Barisan Nasional (BN) on DAP’s relationship with PAS shows that the ruling coalition’s leaders were misleading, Lim Kit Siang said today.

The DAP parliamentary leader said claims by Umno leaders that PAS was “under the thumb” of DAP contradicted MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s charge that DAP was a “stooge” of the Islamist party.

“Who has lied? Najib and Muhyiddin or Chua Soi Lek?” Lim asked in a statement. “Umno and MCA leaders cannot all be telling the truth — as the DAP cannot be a stooge of PAS and PAS also a stooge of DAP [at the] same time. “Either Umno or MCA leaders have lied.”

But Lim alleged it was more likely that all three — Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his second Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Dr Chua — were being devious.

The Ipoh Timur MP said the trio were guilty of “perpetuating lies” to ensure their respective parties stood a chance in the next general election.

He added that ordinary Malays stood to gain should Pakatan Rakyat (PR) come to power in Putrajaya as Umno would have to “return... the rights and power they have seized and hijacked from the ordinary Malays over the past few decades”.

Umno had focused its attacks on DAP during the former’s five-day general assembly, which concluded yesterday, warning the Malay community that the next prime minister would be a leader from the Chinese-majority party should PR come to power.

Leaders of the BN lynchpin party also alleged that DAP wished to install a Christian prime minister and get rid of the Malay rulers to form a republic.

DAP has refuted the claims, pointing out that a Malay prime minister was “political reality” and that it has never questioned the royal institution.

By HC Yow

Guan Eng questions Umno’s logic behind powerful DAP claim

Lim Guan Eng challenged today Umno’s charge against the DAP by portraying it as the dominant party in the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact.

Lim, who is DAP secretary-general, pointed out that his party had the least number of contests compared to its two allies in PR, PKR and PAS, which stood 97 candidates and 66 candidates respectively in the 2008 general elections.

“How can a party contesting in just 47 seats lead PR? This is clearly a dangerous racial game to incite hatred and fear against the DAP and the non-Malays,” he said while opening the Penang state DAP Wanita congress in George Town today.

A copy of his speech was emailed to The Malaysian Insider.

“To cover up their weaknesses in financial irregularities in BN, Umno had used its last weapon which is to play up racial and religious issues against the DAP, Christians, the Chinese community, and DAP voters,” he (picture) added, referring to Umno’s general assembly that ended yesterday.

During the five-day-long Umno assembly, the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s Malay party had concentrated its attacks on the DAP and warned that should PR come to power in the next polls coming soon, the next prime minister will be a leader from the Chinese-majority opposition party.

“Today, our country and state are in a state of change. At the federal level, we are facing a moral crisis which does not only involve widespread corruption, but is also tainted by the supremacy agenda and racial rhetoric.

“Today, the country is at its critical point because of the Umno-Barisan Nasional administration which is not transparent. The weak leadership by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had caused the transformation agenda to fail," Lim said.

The Penang chief minister pointed to the Auditor-General in his 2010 report criticising the federal government for overspending RM3.7 billion.

He also highlighted the RM250 million “cow and condo” scandal linked to Women, Family and Community Affairs Minister, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

“Even Umno MP (Datuk) Bung Mokhtar (Radin) who is known to insult women who can’t drive and would say things that are inappropriate, can be seen as a hero for asking the women’s minister to resign,” Lim said.

The Bagan MP said his party and the PR pact had proven themselves capable of taking on the BN to govern the country, and pointed to Penang’s administrative successes as an example.

By Melissa Chi