Tan Sri Muhyiddin & BN Are Exploiting The Imaginary Threat Of Non-Malays And Non-Muslims To Distract Attention (En/Cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 9 July 2014

Tan Sri Muhyiddin And BN Are Exploiting The Imaginary Threat Of Non-Malays And Non-Muslims As A Bogey To Instil Fear Into Malays And Muslims To Distract Attention From The Real Issue Of Rising Prices And Favoured Treatment Of BN Cronies Such As Rice And Independent Power Generation At The Expense Of Public Interest.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and BN are exploiting the imaginary threat of non-Malays and non-Muslims as a bogey to instil fear into Malays and Muslims to distract attention from the real issue of rising prices and the favoured treatment of BN cronies on essential commodities and services such as rice and Independent power generation at the expense of public interest.

For example one of the important crony projects privatised in 1996 relates to our staple food, rice. With the monopoly of rice imports in Malaysia, the concession agreement was extended for Bernas to 2021 in 2011. Until now, BN has refuse to explain why such an extension of time was given.

More importantly BN must come clean on why a tax waiver RM 2.25 billion of duties on rice imports between 2008 and 2013 was given to Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas). How is such a RM 2.25 billion tax waiver benefiting the public? If the price of rice did go down or the poor paddy farmers benefit in some manner, then the public can understand but if the only beneficiary is the private crony, then this is a betrayal of public interest and trust by BN. Further BN should also come clean on whether Bernas received a similar tax exemption before 2008 from the time Bernas was first privatised in 1996?

Bernas’s shareholders are so lucky that Bernas not only obtained a monopoly on rice imports without an open competitive tender but also a RM2.25 billion tax waiver. Were Bernas ultimate shareholders privy to information of such a huge RM2.25 billion waiver in rice import duties that it influenced the majority shareholders’ decision to privatise Bernas in April and removed it from Bursa Malaysia stock listing?

Another BN crony is YTL Power which was listed in 1997 after securing the concession agreement as the first IPP in Malaysia. Since then, YTL Power has paid out 36.3 per cent of earnings to shareholders as dividends with a Compounded Annual Growth Rate(CAGR) of 5.4 per cent since being listed. This compared favourably to CAGR of only 4% for the Malaysian economy in terms of GDP during that period.

YTL’s success in sustainable earnings and above average dividend yield is due to YTL Power’s ability to secure the highest internal rate of return (IRR) for an IPP of 15-19%. And also compel Tenaga Nasonal Bhd to enter into a compulsory power purchase agreement where Tenaga must take at least 90 % cent of the capacity of its plants.

If Tenaga can be compelled to purchase 90% of power produced by IPPs, why shouldn’t IPPs be compelled to compensate the public or Tenaga for the breakdown in power supply as happened recently. The favourable concession agreements given to IPPs do not benefit the public in terms of lower electricity charges. Further there is an extra cost when Tenaga if forced to purchase power it does not need when it has a reserve margin of nearly 30%, one of the highest in the world.

These crony projects have either cost the Malayisan government and its people to lose out on revenue it could otherwise collect. Or Malaysians must pay a higher than market price for commodities and services. Why are these BN cronies who have earned billions of ringgit not threatened in the same manner that ordinary non-Malays and non-Muslims who have not earned billions of ringgit are threatened with May 13?

LIM GUAN ENG

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Kenyataan media oleh Setiausaha Agung DAP merangkap Ahli Parlimen Bagan, Lim Guan Eng di Kuala Lumpur pada 9 Julai 2014.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin dan BN sedang mengeksploitasi ancaman rekaan orang bukan Melayu dan bukan Islam sebagai momokan demi membangkitkan ketakutan orang Melayu dan orang Islam demi mengalihkan perhatian daripada isu sebenar kenaikan harga barang dan layanan khas untuk kroni BN dalam hal bekalan beras dan penjanakuasaan tenaga yang merugikan orang awam.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin dan BN sedang mengeksploitasi ancaman rekaan orang bukan Melayu dan bukan Islam sebagai momokan demi membangkitkan ketakutan orang Melayu dan orang Islam demi mengalihkan perhatian daripada isu sebenar kenaikan harga barang dan layanan khas untuk kroni BN dalam hal bekalan beras dan penjanakuasaan tenaga yang merugikan orang awam.

Sebagai contoh, salah satu projek kroni yang diswastakan pada tahun 1996 adalah berkaitan makanan ruji kita, nasi. Dengan monopoli terhadap import beras di Malaysia, perjanjian konsesi kepada Bernas dilanjutkan tempohnya sehingga 2021 pada tahun 2011. Sehingga kini, BN enggan menjelaskan kenapa tempoh tersebut dilanjutkan.

Lebih penting lagi, BN mesti jujur mengenai sebab kenapa pengecualian cukai sebanyak RM2.25 bilion dari duti import beras antara tahun 2008 dan 2013 diberikan kepada Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas). Bagaimanakah pengecualian cukai sebanyak RM2.25 bilion memberi manfaat kepada orang ramai? Kalau harga beras betul-betul jatuh dan para pesawah padi miskin mendapat faedah, maka bolehlah orang ramai memahaminya; tapi jika yang mendapat faedah itu hanyalah kroni, ini pastinya merupakan satu pengkhianatan terhadap kepentingan dan kepercayaan orang ramai oleh BN. Selanjutnya, BN juga mesti berlaku jujur samada Bernas turut mendapat pengecualian cukai sebelum 2008 sejak sewaktu Bernas mula-mula diswastakan pada tahun 1996.

Pemegang saham Bernas begitu bertuah sekali kerana Bernas bukan sahaja mendapatkan monopoli ke atas import beras tanpa tender terbuka tetapi juga mendapat pengecualian cukai RM2.25 bilion. Adakah pemegang saham utama Bernas mengetahui rahsia maklumat pengecualian cukai yang begitu besar sehingga RM2.5 bilion dalam duti import beras sehingga mempengaruhi keputusan majoriti pemegang saham untuk menswastakan Bernas pada bulan April dan mengeluarkannya dari senarai Bursa Malaysia?

Satu lagi kroni BN ialah YTL Power yang disenaraikan pada tahun 1997 selepas berjaya mendapatkan perjanjian konsesi sebagai IPP pertama di Malaysia. Sejak itu, YTL Power telah membayar 36.3 peratus daripada hasilnya kepada pemegang saham sebagai dividen dengan Kadar Pertumbuhan Tahunan (Compounded Annual Growth Rate, CAGR) sebanyak 5.4 peratus sejak disenaraikan. Cuba bandingkan dengan CAGR sebanyak hanya 4 peratus bagi ekonomi Malaysia dari segi KDNK pada tempoh tersebut.

Kejayaan YTL dalam menjana keuntungan mampan dan hasil dividen melampaui kebiasaan adalah disebabkan kemampuan YTL Power untuk mendapatkan kadar pulangan tertinggi (internal rate of return, IRR) untuk suatu IPP sebanyak 15-19%. Dan juga ia mampu memaksa Tenaga Nasional Bhd untuk bersetuju dengan perjanjian pembelian tenaga wajib di mana Tenaga mesti mengambil sekurang-kurangnya 90% daripada kapasiti loji janakuasanya.

Jika Tenaga boleh dipaksa untuk membeli 90% daripada tenaga elektrik yang dijana IPP, kenapa pula para IPP tidak boleh dipaksa untuk memberi pampasan kepada orang awam atau Tenaga sendiri atas kegagalan bekalan elektrik yang berlaku baru-baru ini. Perjanjian konsesi yang diberikan kepada IPP tidak memberi faedah kepada orang ramai dari segi kadar bayaran elektrik yang rendah. Selanjutnya lagi, terdapat pula kos tambahan apabila Tenaga terpaksa membeli tenaga elektrik yang ia tidak perlukan apabila ia memiliki marjin simpanan hampir 30%, iaitu antara yang tertinggi di dunia.

Projek kroni ini telah merugikan kerajaan Malaysia dan rakyatnya daripada mendapatkan hasil yang sepatutnya boleh dikutip. Atau adakah rakyat Malaysia mesti membayar harga yang lebih tinggi berbanding harga pasaran untuk mendapatkan komoditi dan perkhidmatan. Kenapa kroni-kroni BN ini yang telah mendapat berbilion ringgit tidak diugut sepertimana rakyat bukan Melayu dan bukan Islam yang tidak mengaut hasil berbilion ringgit diugut dengan 13 Mei?

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民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2014年7月9日在吉隆坡发表的声明:

丹斯里慕尤丁及国阵利用非马来人及非穆斯林为假想的威胁,灌输马来人及穆斯林的恐惧,以让人民对物价上涨及有损公众利益却利惠国阵朋党的各主要基本用品及服务,如米及独立发电厂等真正问题上,转移视线。

副首相丹斯里慕尤丁及国阵利用非马来人及非穆斯林为假想的威胁,灌输马来人及穆斯林的恐惧,以让人民对物价上涨及有损公众利益却利惠国阵朋党的各主要基本用品及服务,如米及独立发电厂等真正问题上,转移视线。

其中一项在1996年展开的最重大朋党私营计划,就是关系到我们的主要食糧—稻米。在垄断了马来西亚的稻米进口后,马来西亚国家稻米公司(Bernas)竟然在2011年,获得延长其特许经营权至2021年。截至目前为止,国阵依然拒绝解释为什么给予这项特许经营权的延长。

更重要的是,国阵政府必需透明地做出交代,为什么从2008年至2013年,共批准了总值22亿5000万令吉的稻米进口税优惠豁免给马来西亚国家稻米公司。这22亿5000万令吉如何惠及我国民众?若米价因此降低,或稻农能从某方面获益,那民众至少可以明白稻米入口税的减免用在何方,但倘若此举只是私人朋党公司获益,那岂不是违背了公众利益,更是信任国阵换回来的背叛。还有,国阵也应该交代 ,在2008年之前,也即是从1996年当国家稻米局私营化变成来西亚国家稻米公司后的这个阶段,它们是否也享有类似的免税优惠?

马来西亚国家稻米公司的股东何其幸运,因为马来西亚国家稻米公司不只在无需公开招标的情况下,垄断了我国的稻米进口,更获得高达22亿5000万令吉的进口税减免。马来西亚国家稻米公司的大股东会否因知悉了这22 亿5000万令吉的“内慕消息”,而影响大多数的股东的决定,以在4月份全面收购、私有化马来西亚稻米公司,并将之从大马股票交易所主板除牌?

另一个国阵朋党是杨忠礼电力。它是在1997年获得马来西亚首个独立发电厂合约后,成功上市的公司。自此之后,杨忠礼电力经已发出36.3巴仙的股息给股东,自上市以来,其复合年均增长(CAGR)率为5.4巴仙。这与同期的马来西亚经济4巴仙复合年均增长(CAGR)率(以当时国内生产总值计)相比,毫不逊色。

杨忠礼在永续盈利及高于平均股息率的成就,是基于杨忠礼电力能获得独立发电厂最高的内部回报率 (IRR)即15-19%的能力。加上强逼国家能源有限公司签署了强制购电合约 – 即国能必需购买该发电厂的至少90%电源。

若国能可以被强逼购买独立发电厂的90%发电量,那当最近发生多次的电流中断时,为何独立发电厂就不能够同样地被强逼赔偿损失给民众呢? 对独立发电厂有利的特许经营合约,并没有在降低电费方面惠及民众。更甚的是,即使国能已有全球几乎最高30%的能源储备、根本没有能源需要,它也被逼要向独立发电厂购买所有的电源,增加了国能的成本。

这些朋党计划,要么让马来西亚政府及人民在可能获益的收入上面对亏损,再不然则是让马来西亚人被逼以高过市价的成本,购买基本产品及服务。为什么这些赚取上亿令吉的国阵朋党,并没有像普通的非马来人或非穆斯林老百姓般面对诸如513重演的恐吓?

林冠英

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Anwar: Usah bimbang hadapi kuasa besar, tuntut keadilan MH17

(Azuan Ab Rahman)

KUALA LUMPUR 23 Julai : Kerajaan digesa untuk bertindak lebih tegas dan tidak menunjukkan sikap bimbang apabila berhadapan dengan kuasa besar untuk memastikan keadilan buat mangsa dan keluarga penerbangan MH17 dapat dicapai.

Gesaan itu dibuat oleh Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dalam sidang khas Parlimen bagi mengutuk serangan ke atas pesawat milik Malaysia Airlines (MAS) yang ditembak jatuh di sempadan Rusia-Ukrain pada 17 Julai lalu.

JAPAN-MALAYSIA-CHINA-AVIATION-PILOT-OPPOSITION-ANWAR-FILES“Kerajaan perlu mengambil pendirian tegas dan tidak menunjukkan kebimbangan apabila berhadapan dengan kuasa besar dalam isu ini.

“Saya juga menggesa kerajaan memastikan kuasa-kuasa besar tidak mempersulitkan siasatan atau melindungi penjenayah yang sebenar,” tegasnya.

Anwar dalam perbahasan itu turut mengulas tindak Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang menghubungi ketua pemisah Ukrain yang pro Rusia baru-baru ini.

Walaupun tindakkan tersebut jelasnya agak kontrovesi, namun ia wajar disokong sebagai usaha memastikan kepentingan mangsa dan keluarga diutamakan.

“Saya fikir, tidak ada jalan keluar mudah selain berhubung dan merujuk terus kepada ketua pemisah di kawasan terlibat,” katanya lagi.

Berharap pasukan antarabangsa yang menjalankan siasatan tersebut dapat mendedahkan pihak bertanggungjawab dalam trajedi itu, Anwar turut berharap jenazah mangsa dapat dibawa pulang secepat mungkin bagi disempurnakan.

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Gaza: Obama akan hantar 2,000 tentera bantu zionis

Gaza: Obama akan hantar 2,000 tentera ke Semenanjung Gaza bagi membantu Israel

 

Rabu, hari ke 16 ‘Operation Protective Edge’ dilancarkan oleh Pasukan Pertahanan Israel (IDF) terhadap penduduk Gaza menyaksikan ststistik kehilangan jiwa dipihak mereka semakin meningkat..

Lagi dua orang IDF mati dalam pertempuran dengan Hamas menjadikan jumlahnya meningkat kepada 29 orang dan seorang lagi dilaporkan hilang..

Wednesday, the 16th day of Operation Protective Edge. The IDF death toll is at 29, with another soldier MIA and claimed by Hamas to be in their hands (dead or alive). 

US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are in the region, but a ceasefire does not appear close. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the operation will continue until sustained quiet is achieved for Israel and Hamas’s terrorist capabilities greatly degraded. 

Some foreign airlines are suspending flights to Israel after a rocket hit a home in the Tel Aviv area. IDF-Hamas fighting in Gaza remains intensive, Hamas is still trying to carry out attacks in Israel through tunnels, and rockets are still being fired ~ The Times of Israel

Briged Izzuddin Al-Qassam pula melaporkan statistik kejayaan mereka di medan peperangan hari ke-15(Hari Selasa);

Membunuh sekurang-kurang 52 tentera penceroboh Israel antaranya 2 berpangkat tinggi dalam pertempuran berdepan mahupun serangan hendap.  

Menghancurkan 36 buah mesin kenderaan; kereta kebal, kereta perisai, kereta peronda, dan jentolak.  

Meletupkan rumah yang dijadikan kubu tempat berkumpul tentera penceroboh dengan 35 bazooka dan 33 periuk api 

Paling menarik laporan dari National Report yang mendakwa Obama akan menghantar 2,000 tentera ke Semenanjung Gaza bagi membantu puak Zionist itu.. 

Obama Sending 2,000 Troops to Gaza Strip 

Documents leaked on the Internet on Monday revealed that President Barack Obama has asked the Pentagon to ready approximately 2,000 combat-ready soldiers for a possible deployment to the Gaza Strip, to aid Israel in their fight against Hamas and the Palestinians. 

The Pentagon papers were leaked Monday morning on the website WikiLeaks, ordering the readying of ground and naval forces, while also ordering a force depletion report for major combat action in the Gaza theater. 

A force depletion report is an estimation of US casualties, should ground operations be carried out. 

The Pentagon’s response was that they would ready several companies of United States Army Rangers, and would be sending one Apache Longbow helicopter, two AH-6 Littlebird helicopters, and several support vehicles, including Blackhawk helicopters, armored personnel carriers, and Humvees.

Those ground forces would have air support from the George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing toward the Red Sea. 

As for the force depletion report, the Pentagon’s outlook is grim, with 18% casualties expected in the region. 

The report very clearly states that additional forces would be necessary if the White House hopes to be effective in the region, saying that 2,000 soldiers and a small handful of vehicles “simply isn’t enough” for President Obama’s combat objectives, should those units be ordered to deploy. 

“They’re making it clear as day here. They don’t want this operation in Gaza to happen, not with the forces Obama wants to send in,” says US Army General Paul Horner (Ret), whom we asked to review the documents, given his background in military intelligence. 

“It sounds counter-intuitive to a layman, but if you want fewer casualties, you need to send more men,” Gen. Horner explained. 

“If Obama wants to send these forces and help out Netanyahu, he’s going to need to send at least 6,000 soldiers. And I would send Marines in, too. They’d get there later, but amphibious assaults and establishing beachheads in Gaza, that would go a long way toward routing this particular enemy.” 

If Obama gives the go-order, it would be the first time US soldiers have been deployed to Gaza or Israel on a combat mission. 

It remains unclear when Obama hopes to launch the mission, or whether or not he’ll actually give the order ~ National Report

# Harakahdaily tidak bertanggungjawab di atas segala info yang ditulis oleh pihak pengendali blog. Pandangan penulis blog tidak mewakili Harakahdaily.

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Ketibaan mayat nahas MH17 di Belanda

12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda

on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kumpulan mayat pertama daripada pesawat Malaysia Airlines MH17 tiba di Belanda malam tadi, kira-kira seminggu selepas pesawat malang itu ditembak jatuh di ruang udara Ukraine ketika konflik meletus semula di kawasan terhempasnya pesawat itu. – See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/bahasa/article/kumpulan-pertama-mayat-mangsa-mh17-tiba-di-belanda-disambut-penuh-istiadat#sthash.YXCcroRB.dpuf
12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda
Kumpulan mayat pertama daripada pesawat Malaysia Airlines MH17 tiba di Belanda malam tadi, kira-kira seminggu selepas pesawat malang itu ditembak jatuh di ruang udara Ukraine ketika konflik meletus semula di kawasan terhempasnya pesawat itu. – See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/bahasa/article/kumpulan-pertama-mayat-mangsa-mh17-tiba-di-belanda-disambut-penuh-istiadat#sthash.YXCcroRB.dpuf
 Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17  
Di Sinilah Perjalanan Pertama Bermula
Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 
Perjalanan Kedua Ke Atas Keretapi
12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda
 Meninggalkan Kawasan Kejadian Di TOREZ Menuju Ke Airport
 12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda 
Penghormatan Terakhir Oleh Tentera Ukraine Sebelum Berlepas Ke Belanda
 12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda
 12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda
Bersedia Untuk Berlepas Ke Belanda
12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda
12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda
 Ketibaan Mayat Mangsa Di Belanda
12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda

Kira-kira 1,000 keluarga 193 mangsa rakyat Belanda berkumpul di lapangan terbang termasuk Raja Willem-Alexander dan Queen Maxima, Perdana Menteri Mark Rutte dan wakil negara yang terlibat menyambut ketibaan pesawat itu.  

 12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda

12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda

 12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda
 12 Gambar Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda
Konvoi Yang Membawa Mayat Mangsa Nahas MH17 Meninggalkan Eindhoven Airport Menuju Ke Hilversum untuk proses pengecaman identiti

Ketibaan Mayat  Mangsa Nahas MH17 Di Belanda

Setelah seminggu kejadian nahas MH17, kumpulan mayat pertama daripada pesawat Malaysia Airlines MH17 akhirnya tiba di Belanda malam tadi. Kesemua 40 keranda yang membawa mayat tersebut diterima oleh tentera Belanda dalam majlis penuh istiadat sebagai penghormatan terakhir disaksikan oleh orang ramai yang berbaris di kiri dan kanan jalan.
 
Kira-kira 1,000 keluarga 193 mangsa rakyat Belanda berkumpul di lapangan terbang termasuk Raja Willem-Alexander dan Queen Maxima, Perdana Menteri Mark Rutte dan wakil negara yang terlibat menyambut ketibaan pesawat itu.

Majlis dua jam itu disiarkan ke seluruh negara dan dunia dalam suasana amat berbeza berbanding layanan di kawasan kejadian. Loceng gereja dibunyikan di seluruh Belanda ketika pesawat yang membawa kumpulan pertama mayat yang belum dikenal pasti itu mencecah bumi negara itu di mana kebanyakan mereka adalah rakyat Belanda.


Kesemua mayat dibawa ke makmal tentera di Hilversum, selatan Amsterdam, di mana pakar forensik akan menjalankan proses mengenalpasti identiti mereka. Perdana Menteri Belanda, Mark Rutte telah memberi amaran bahawa mereka mungkin memerlukan tempoh sebulan atau lebih lama untuk mengenalpasti kesemua mayat sebelum dihantar balik ke negara masing-masing. Hmmm…
 
P/s: Perjalanan yang sungguh jauh dan lama untuk mereka yang telah pergi. Doakan semoga semuanya dipermudahkan.

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[SPEECH] Anwar Ibrahim On The Occasion of Sarawak 51st Year Of Independence

Speech by Anwar Ibrahim on the occasion of Sarawak’s 51st Year of Independence on July 22, 2014

A brief history of Sarawak reconstructed

In a leading text on Sarawak history, Steven Runciman, the English expert on Byzantine studies and a contemporary of George Orwell, tells us that in return for successfully waging war on piracy and insurgency among the indigenous peoples, the Sultan of Brunei, the late Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin II, ceded amassive tract of land in the southwest area of Brunei to James Brook.

This generous grant was not only a surrender of land as such but a secession of sovereignty and heralded the birth of a dynastic monarchy that we have come to know as The White Rajahs who ruled the “Kingdom of Sarawak” from 1841 to 1946.

Between enemies and heroes

While that aspect of history is familiar to most of us, I am more concerned about the history books clichéd reference to “fighting pirates and insurgentsamong the indigenous peoples”. I believe the time is overdue for a reconstruction of this part of Sarawak history so as to get a balanced discourse.

The question is: what do you mean exactly by ‘pirates’ and ‘insurgents’? The answer depends on whose point of view we are taking. Indeed, if we view itfrom the perspective of the colonial overlord, or even from the ruler’s, they were pirates and rebels to be destroyed. But how about from the point of view of the indigenous peoples?

To my mind, those who might be seen as enemies by the colonial masters and domestic oppressors may well be celebrated as heroes for the native peoples. For example, Iban chief Libau ‘Rentap’ of Kanowit might have been James Brooke’s arch-enemy but to us as Malaysians, and definitely to the people of Sarawak, he remains “the Hero of Bukit Sadok”, no doubt a great Dayak Iban Warrior.

Similarly, Sayyid Mashhur bin Muhammad Al-Shahab, or more popularly known as “Sharif Masahor”, was also public enemy number one for the White Rajah but there is no doubt that he was one of the greatest Melanau warriors inour history. After forging an alliance with Rentap, their history of struggles can no longer be seen as rebellion but one of the earliest heroic struggles for freedom against British colonialism and oppression.

So, today we are here not only to celebrate an occasion or a day but also to commemorate the heroism, sacrifice and invaluable contributions of the people of Sarawak.

The concept of Federalism and Malaysia

Malaysia is a Federation, which is why we have what is called the Federal Constitution. However, when we go through the Federal List, it would soonbegin to dawn on us that our Federation, for all intents and purposes, is more a unitary state.

The concept of federalism entails a division of power between the federalgovernment and the state governments while in a unitary state, power is centralised.

In a true federation, the distribution of power allows all the component states to work as separate units while the overall structure remains intact to allow theNational Government to move the nation forward as a sovereign state recognised in the international community. To maintain cohesiveness as a multi-cultural multi-religious nation, all national policies must be inclusive and sensitive to the fundamental rights of the diverse communities.

Bahasa Malaysia as the national identity

Language identity as a nation cannot be separated from the sovereignty and distinct character that makes one nation distinct from another. In this regard, any proposal to enhance federalism without giving pride of place to Bahasa Malaysia as the national unifying language for all Malaysians is doomed to fail.

Thus, the position of Bahasa Malaysia must not be questioned at all. This is a struggle not just for the champions of the language but a conviction for all of us regardless of our mother tongue. Indeed, Malay is the only language that will bind us linguistically as a nation.

We should be guided by such an overriding principle so as to maintain unity in diversity while preserving national sovereignty as a nation and this can done without an overconcentration of centralised power.

Rather than being fixated on amassing power at the centre, the Federal government must seriously consider a general decentralisation agenda that will add invaluable economic synergies and cultural empowerment to the states regardless whether they are controlled by Pakatan or Barisan Nasional.

To ensure the preservation of the national statehood, essential matters covered in the Federal List such as national defence, internal order and security and raising revenue should never be compromised.

The establishment of the Federation of Malaya – as a consequence to the opposition to the aborted Malayan Union – was, at least in theory precisely to allow for that unity without sacrificing the individual sovereignty of the states.

If we stop to ponder then that there would have been no Malaysia withoutbringing in Sarawak and Sabah, then our appreciation of these two states should grow by leaps and bounds.

Indeed, the wealth of resources they bring are immense but this is not the point Iam making. More important than anything else I am talking about the rich diversity in people, culture and religion that cannot be measured in economic terms that Sarawak and Sabah bring to the very concept of Malaysia as a nation.

Pakatan’s 7-Point Proposal for Sarawak and Sabah

They say that celebrating the Independence Day of Sarawak is a very brave step. Indeed, it is. But I believe the people of Sarawak deserve more and in conjunction with this 51st anniversary, and in line with the true concept of federalism, the following 7-point plan is proposed:

Point 1

1. In recognition of the spirit of the federal compact signed in 1963 known as the Malaysia Agreement, to:

a.

Recognise – in the Federal Constitution, text books and official discourses – Sabah and Sarawak as special states that are equal partners to the Peninsula of Malaysia within the Federation of Malaysia; and

b.

Recognise three National Days: August 31 as the Merdeka Day for Malaya and Sabah, July 22 as the Independence Day for Sarawak and September 16 as Malaysia Day – with national celebrations for August 31 and September 16.

 

Point 2

2. In the spirit of true federalism that values unity in diversity while preserving a cohesive nation, to:

a.

Uphold Bahasa Malaysia as the national language unifying all Malaysians regardless of faiths, ethnicity or mother-tongue;

 

b.

Protect the freedom of expression and information in all languages, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, including the use of Allah in the Malay and Iban-language Bibles and other publications; and

c.

Establish a television channel for Borneo

Point 3

3. In full recognition of the injustice in the marginalization and poverty suffered by Sarawak and Sabah despite their rich resources, as a result of corruption, nepotism and cronyism by both the Federal and State Governments, bring about the following economic reforms and developments when Pakatan Rakyat forms the new federal and state governments:

a. Federal-state sharing of petroleum wealth and power in Petronas, with

i.

a director each from Sarawak, Sabah and all other petroleum-producing states on Petronas’ Board;

ii.

the establishment of state-owned second-tiered Oil and Gas company as Petronas’ partners; and

iii.

20% royalty for those states;

b. The abolition of cabotage policy to eliminate the artificial price disparity that burdens the people of Sarawak and Sabah;

c. The construction of a Pan-Borneo highway of comparable quality to those highways in Peninsular Malaysia

d. The supply of electricity and tap water to 90% of households in Sarawak and Sabah

Point 4

4. To correct and prevent the illegal naturalization and enfranchisement of foreigners and the failure in safeguarding the border of Sabah, establish permanent joint Federal-State Commissions in Sarawak and Sabah answerable to both the Federal Parliament and the respective State Assemblies in order to oversee:

a.

The naturalization of foreigners in Sarawak and Sabah;

b.

The trans-migration of other Malaysians into Sabah and Sarawak; and

c.

Border and coastline security in both states

 

Point 5

To ensure protection of the native communities and environment:

a.

Establish State Land Commissions in Sarawak and Sabah, with institutionalized representation from the native communities and answerable to the respective State Assemblies, to administer land especially Native Customary Rights (NCR) lands, undertake surveys, investigate and resolve land disputes; and

b.

Establish elected third-tiered governments at city and division level, with the boundaries of rural divisions taking into account socio-culturalboundaries of native communities where possible, to facilitate participatory decision-making and indigenous autonomy.

 

Point 6

Guided by the spirit of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement, support human resource development in Sarawak and Sabah, with no discrimination on the ground of religion, through:

a.

Borneonisation of the state public service in Sarawak and Sabah with transparent and meritocratic recruitment and promotion;

b.

Recruitment of more Borneans into the Administrative and Diplomatic Services and appointment of more Borneans as Ambassadors and High Commissioners; and

c.

More scholarships for both Bornean students in general and Bornean native students in particular.

 

Point 7

7. Establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry to commence a study on the health of federalism in Malaysia within the first year of the new Federal Government and complete it within 3 years, to reform and rejuvenate our federal system before GE15 to better serve the nation and all the states and territories.

Conclusion

A federation of states is only as strong as the sum of its parts. The call for real federalism and greater devolution of powers is intended to strengthen these parts and that in turn will strengthen the entire federation. This will augur well for the future of Malaysia.

 

Thank you.

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PAS, DAP setuju pencalonan Wan Azizah MB Selangor

pakatan-rakyat-tmiKUALA LUMPUR 23 Julai : Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat yang bermesyuarat hari ini 23 Julai 2014 telah menerima cadangan daripada KEADILAN untuk membuat pertukaran Menteri Besar di Selangor seterusnya mencalonkan Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Parti DAP dan PAS akan membawa perkara ini ke dalam mesyuarat peringkat tertinggi parti masing-masing dan akan membuat keputusan dalam masa terdekat.

DAP dan PAS secara dasarnya menghormati prinsip pencalonan jawatan Menteri Besar Selangor adalah daripada KEADILAN.

Kenyataan bersama ini dikeluarkan oleh Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu dan Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng.

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