Friday, July 08, 2016

Penang Institute's Loyalty to Guan Eng

I refer to Lim Guan Eng's latest press statement on 8 July 2016. You can read it here  if you want to but let me summarize it for you.

This is worth your time. Just compare the two lines below, extracted from the statement.

1.     "...., as the principal funders of Penang Institute, the state government expects loyalty."

2.     "I had contrasted the Penang state government’s liberal position with the Federal government which would act against and punish those who dare to dissent publicly."


 
I didn't know 2+3 and 10-5 will produce different answers. Did Guan Eng just shoot himself in the foot again?

So, can Guan Eng guarantee that the State Government, or he himself, will not act against and punish those who dare to dissent against DAP, Pakatan Harapan and the State Government openly?

Does this mean that Penang Institute can openly criticise or express different opinion than that of the State Government and DAP now with blanket immunity?

I am quite sure you are confused about your political gender. You can't behave like an Opposition member and a Government leader at the same time.

I don't think you are drowning your sorrows with alcohol, Guan Eng.

Which leads me to wonder why you said these especially when Penang Institute is filled with DAP leaders. Netizens, yes, Penang Institute is a DAP State Government funded think tank, with DAP leaders in it. You join the dots and do the math.

The leaders who are in Penang Institute include:

  • DAP MP Bukit Mertajam - Steven Sim Chee Keong as Director
  • Chief Minister, DAP ADUN Air Puteh, MP Bagan - Lim Guan Eng as Director
  • Deputy Chief Minister, DAP ADUN Perai - P Ramasamy as Director
  • DAP MP Kluang - Liew Chin Tong as Director
  • DAP MP Bukit Bendera - Zairil Khir Johari as Executive Director
  • DAP MP Serdang, Ong Kian Ming as General Manager of Penang Institute (KL office - yes Penang issues but office in Kuala Lumpur, don't ask me why)

... and so on but the rest are small potatoes, if any.

Before any of you tries to discredit me, here are the documents that were submitted by Penang Institute to the Companies Commission of Malaysia . Take it and go, for free, from me.



Have you lost control of these politicians in DAP, Guan Eng? What are they up to? What are you worried about?

And netizens, yes, all of the above are DAP politicians in Penang Institute, a think tank funded by Penang State Government which Guan Eng expects loyalty and advised against "biting the hand that feeds you". 

What, are you all surprised? Please, DAP is not a church and they are no Vatican or Mecca. It's a political party.

Just imagine if Najib and UMNO had said this.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Kenyataan Media MP Serdang

Kenyataan Media oleh GOH WEI LIANG, warganegara Malaysia dan penyokong setia Ahli Parlimen Serdang pada 26 Mei 2016.

Saya merujuk kepada kenyataan media oleh Ong Kian Ming yang dimuatnaik ke laman Facebook beliau pada 25 Mei 2016 di https://www.facebook.com/ongkianming/photos/a.407345125987220.106450.398656786856054/1022468547808205/?type=3

Pertama, YB Ong Kian Ming telah bertanya mengapa PEMANDU harus terlibat dalam memberikan perkhidmatan perundingan kerajaan kepada agensi kerajaan yang lain serta entiti di luar negara, sebagaimana yang sedang dibuatnya sekarang?

Saya ingin bertanya kepada YB Ong Kian Ming, apakah salah bagi sebuah agensi kerajaan untuk memberi perkhidmatan perundingan kepada kerajaan lain yang telah mengemukakan permohonan rasmi dan meminta khidmat nasihat kita sendiri?

Di laman Twitter, beliau juga telah seolah-olah menyoal mengenai pembayaran atau keuntungan yang diterima oleh PEMANDU untuk khidmat nasihat kepada kerajaan atau entiti luar negeri. Saya ingin bertanya kepada YB Ong Kian Ming, bukankah baik kepakaran Malaysia diperlukan oleh kerajaan lain?


 

Bukankah ini satu cara untuk meningkatkan hubungan diplomatik antara negara dan satu perkongsian pendapat, pengalaman dan kepakaran juga yang hanya akan membawa manfaat kepada kedua-dua pihak?

Apakah salahnya jika PEMANDU, sebuah unit Kerajaan Persekutuan, menerima pampasan bagi masa dan kos yang telah ditanggung sepanjang tempoh perkhidmatan perundingan di luar negeri?

PEMANDU tidak pernah mengabaikan mana-mana kerja, tugasan atau tanggungjawab di Malaysia. PEMANDU sentiasa meletakkan kepentingan Malaysia sebagai keutamaan dan ini jelas terbukti dalam laporan tahunan Program Transformasi Negara yang dibentangkan setiap tahun oleh Perdana Menteri, ketua kerajaan Malaysia.

Kedua, YB Ong Kian Ming telah bertanya kepada PEMANDU, sebuah unit hak milik penuh Kerajaan Persekutuan, mengapa dalam laporan tahunan PEMANDU kepada Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia, perolehan dan keuntungan / kerugian yang dicatatkan adalah sifar?

Dalam perbualan Twitter, Datuk Lee Hwa Beng telah mencelah dan berkata bahawa adalah tidak normal jika sebuah entiti ada aset dan liabiliti tetapi tidak ada perbelanjaan. YB Ong Kian Ming telah meminta penjelasan PEMANDU.



Saya ingin bertanya kembali kepada YB Ong Kian Ming mengapa perolehan dan keuntungan / kerugian yang dicatatkan dalam laporan tahunan Penang Institute, di mana beliau memegang jawatan sebagai Pengurus Besar, adalah sifar juga? Kenyataan ini adalah berdasarkan kepada dokumen yang telah dikemukakan oleh Penang Institute kepada Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia.




Isu dan persoalan yang YB Ong timbulkan mengenai PEMANDU, berlaku juga di Penang Institute. Kedua-dua badan berkanun PEMANDU dan Penang Institute mempunyai ciri-ciri laporan dan perakaunan yang sama.

Kedua-dua entiti, PEMANDU dan Penang Institute, tidak menerima status EPC iaitu "exempt private company". Syarikat yang menerima sijil EPC tidak perlu mengemukakan sebarang penyata kewangan. Walau bagaimanapun, kedua-dua badan berkanun tersebut telah mengemukakan Penyata Imbangan secara konsisten.

Saya nasihatkan YB Ong Kian Ming untuk mencari jawapan kepada persoalannya di Penang Institute sebelum bermain politik dan memalukan diri dengan bertanya soalan kepada PEMANDU sedangkan isu yang sama timbul di entitinya sendiri. Malu bertanya, sesat jalan YB Ong. Jika inginkan publisiti, sila keluarkan kenyataan media dan persoalkanlah Penang Institute.

Saya sedia menerima didikan dan pengajaran dalam hal ini sekiranya telah melakukan kesilapan. 

Ketiga, YB Ong Kian Ming mempersoalkan adakah wajar mengapa pembayar cukai perlu menanggung kos RM3.9 juta untuk penganjuran Global Transformation Forum selama 3 hari pada tahun 2015, memandangkan pemotongan bajet sedang dilaksanakan di agensi-agensi kerajaan yang lain, termasuklah institut pengajian awam?

Mungkin YB Ong tidak sedar bahawa Global Transformation Forum telah dianjurkan bersama oleh PEMANDU dengan United Nations Development Programme. Forum ini telah menerima kehadiran kira-kira 3,000 orang dari 70 buah negara dengan 30 speaker antarabangsa.

Saya juga ingin jelaskan kepada YB Ong Kian Ming bahawa kerajaan di serata dunia, termasuklah Malaysia, sentiasa menganjurkan pelbagai Forum dengan pelbagai matlamat dan objektif, antaranya untuk meningkatkan imej dan keyakinan terhadap sesebuah produk, perkara atau negara.

Dalam konteks Malaysia, walaupun menghadapi kekangan bajet, ini tidak bermakna kerajaan Malaysia harus menghentikan segala kerjanya di luar dan dalam negara seperti misi perdagangan, promosi pelaburan (yang juga memanfaatkan Selangor dan Pulau Pinang), serta platform lain yang meningkatkan imej negara dan keyakinan pelabur terhadap keadaan ekonomi, kestabilan politik dan keupayaan kami yang kerap diperkecilkan dan telah dimusnahkan oleh pihak tertentu di Malaysia seperti rakan-rakan YB Ong Kian Ming.

Akhir kata, saya nasihatkan warga media agar lebih berwaspada dan berhati-hati mentafsir sebelum menulis mengenai sebarang kenyataan media oleh YB Ong Kian Ming, yang jelas terbukti penuh kelemahan dan kesilapan. Lihatlah ini sebagai satu khidmat untuk masyarakat, demi kesejahteraan semua termasuk YB Ong Kian Ming agar beliau tidak berasa malu setiap kali kelemahannya dan kesilapannya terbongkar.

Friday, April 29, 2016

No water and electricity in Sarawak?

A few days ago, I read Malaysiakini's headlines "DAP: PM promises 4G internet but no water, electricity after 53 years".

In that article, Mr Leon Jimat Donald who is DAP's candidate for Simanggang slammed the Prime Minister for dangling 4G internet if BN wins but failed to provide electricity and water to some in the state.

He said the BN government should be focusing on rural long houses which are lacking basic services.

I actually flipped open the Auditor General Report 2014 Series 2 page 55 and 56.

The Auditor General Report said that as at 31 October 2014, the 24 hours electricity coverage in rural area had benefited 536,278 applicants or 92.8% of them.

The Auditor General was referring to the Rural Electrification Scheme that was introduced to improve the system and quality of electricity supply from 12 hours to 24 hours.

It is thus extremely incorrect for any party, especially Malaysiakini, to use the phrase "no water or electricity after 53 years". The remaining 7.2% of applicants actually have electricity, although limited.

All of us, including politicians, journalists and even the man on the street, We must stop painting a false picture as though Malaysians live in the jungle like Tarzans or Mowgli from the Jungle Book.

The World Bank actually lists Malaysia as one of the 89 countries in the world where 100 percent of the population has access to electricity.

Rural basic infrastructure is a key focus under Najib's Government Transformation Programme. Since the GTP was introduced, Sarawak has received the largest share of the Budget. Billions, every year.

Just on rural electrification under the RES scheme, Government has spent RM2.15 billion in the span of 6 years between 2009-2014.

But we must not forget a very important point. The Government is not dragging its feet on those who are currently receiving 12 hours electricity only and want 24 hours. The Rural Electrification projects in Sarawak are not easy. There are geographical challenges and management of resources to consider.

Not an excuse, yes the Government must and is working on it, but we must not neglect development in other areas of focus.

That is a recipe for disaster, DAP. Look at other countries.

In the ASEAN region, take Philippines as an example, only 87.5% of its citizens have access to electricity. But the country spent about RM6 billion last year on infrastructure for better mobile internet.

Elsewhere in India, where poverty is widespread and some say it is home to a third of the world's extreme poor, only 78.7% of its population have access to electricity. I don't even want to talk about clean water there.

But while the Indian Government is actively working on improving access to basic necessities, the telcos there are building infrastructure and analysts expect 4G smartphone users to grow from a mere 5 million last year to 180 million in 3 years.

So, why belittle or question Najib and BN's offer to develop other areas of focus?

Why can't Sarawakians enjoy 4G internet, while Government also spends billions in upgrading the quality of access to electricity and water?

Third world mentality politicians in DAP.