Archive for December 2010

1. QUESTION No 1:

December 30, 2010

Dr. S. Ramakrishnan asks Prime Minister to state breakdown of civil servant by races and explain the plans of JPA better reflect the Malaysian identity in representing various races. Can the department indicate the number of non-Malays are not coming from Peninsular Malaysia which also called the “Bumiputra” is currently serving in the Federal Service, PSD, and BTN, not including the police, and military.

ANSWER:

 

YB DATUK LIEW VUI KEONG

DEPUTY MINISTER IN THE PRIME MINISTER DEPARTMENT

Until December 3, 2010, the racial statistics of civil servants working in the public sector (including police and military personnel) is composed of 78% Malay, 8.8% other Bumiputera, Chinese 5.5%, 4% Indians and 2% other non- Bumiputera.

The position of various ethnic statistics are achieved after a long time and was affected by several factors, including consistency of Bumiputera’s application, particularly for positions support groups, lack of applications from non-Bumiputera candidates and developing a more attractive job opportunities in the private sector.

However, the Appointing Authority, particularly the Public Service Commission since 2008 has undertaken efforts to attract the participation of candidates from non-Bumiputera group to apply to serve in the public sector. Among the work we have done is publish job advertisements and online registration through the website throughout the year and other media such as vernacular Sin Chew Daily, Tamil Nesan and Borneo Post newspapers, through radio and television as well as career exhibitions, roadshows and promotion in strategic locations such as public and private institutions. In addition, SPA has also established a working committee which also comprises non-Bumiputera employees to overcome the lack of participation of non-Bumiputera.

Up to 3 December 2010 the number of employees in the Federal Public Service from the Bumiputera of Sabah and Sarawak (not including police and military) is about 69,423 of which about 128 officers serving in the JPA, including filling the position of Director and Senior Deputy Director and 25 other peoples worked with Biro Tatanegara (BTN).

 

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Press statement regards Selangor water impasse

December 23, 2010

The 8 Pakatan Rakyat senators support the Selangor government effort to undertake a holistic view of the water resources, climate changes and restructuring the water distribution processes to make water supply affordable and sustainable. Federal government has made a fundamental error by privatizing to 4 companies instead of corporatizing into one entity the water supply management in Klang valley. Since privatizing, the Federal Government has bailed Syabas out many times using Malaysian tax-payers’ money and is about to give another soft loan to them.

To resolve the current impasse of water supply management in Selangor, the primary consideration that all parties must bear in mind that water is life saving commodity and access to water supply is basic human rights. Therefore Water supply should not be treated as profiteering services. In 2005 Syabas has violated the concession terms and conditions importing RM375 million woth of pipes from an Indonesian company instead of sourcing them locally.   The Indonesian company was owned by Tan Sri Rozali Ismail, the CEO of Syabas. Its public knowledge that the CEO of Syabas gets a monthly salary of RM425000 or RM 5.1 million per year. An audit report on Syabas showed more than 72% of contracts worth RM 600 million in total was awarded to companies chosen through direct negotiation not by open tender process.

Syabas must prove through an independent audit that they have reduced leakages (non-revenue water) in the distribution system and to justify any proposed water tariff hike. Also RM325 million was found to be missing in discrepancies between the public accounts of Syabas and the records of contracts awarded from 2005 and 2007. The four water companies have a combined debt of RM 6.4 billion. The federal government has given Syabas a soft loan of RM 320 million. The total interest on this 20 year loan is RM 250 million, and Syabas will not be required to pay a single sen of this amount. Instead, this cost will be fully borne by Malaysian taxpayer.

In light of this appalling financial mismanagement, the Selangor state government has prevented Syabas from raising water tariffs by 37%, and is now endeavouring to reacquire all water concessions from the private water companies. Their goal is to eliminate the element of privatised profit and socialised losses, stop the corruption and leakage, and ensure quality delivery of water at affordable rates. This move requires public support and pressure to succeed.

 

The federal government’s current perspective is that the RM9 billion Pahang Selangor raw water transfer project is a non-negotiable undertaking, even though the scheme has been roundly criticized as being both costly and unnecessary by stakeholders and civil society.

The federal approach appears to be focused solely on water supply management, instead of combining it with water demand management for best effect. An effective water demand management plan across Malaysia can save more water in the long run than what the Pahang Selangor Raw Water Transfer Project proposes to supply. By reducing water usage, a water demand management plan will help protect a critical resource water plus the flora and fauna which depend on it. Furthermore, the Government and taxpayers can likely avoid wasting billions of ringgit by finding efficient alternatives to the Pahang-Selangor Water Transfer project and other unwarranted new water infrastructure.

Press statement regards Selangor water impasse

December 23, 2010

The 8 Pakatan Rakyat senators support the Selangor government effort to undertake a holistic view of the water resources, climate changes and restructuring the water distribution processes to make water supply affordable and sustainable. Federal government has made a fundamental error by privatizing to 4 companies instead of corporatizing into one entity the water supply management in Klang valley. Since privatizing, the Federal Government has bailed Syabas out many times using Malaysian tax-payers’ money and is about to give another soft loan to them.

To resolve the current impasse of water supply management in Selangor, the primary consideration that all parties must bear in mind that water is life saving commodity and access to water supply is basic human rights. Therefore Water supply should not be treated as profiteering services. In 2005 Syabas has violated the concession terms and conditions importing RM375 million woth of pipes from an Indonesian company instead of sourcing them locally.   The Indonesian company was owned by Tan Sri Rozali Ismail, the CEO of Syabas. Its public knowledge that the CEO of Syabas gets a monthly salary of RM425000 or RM 5.1 million per year. An audit report on Syabas showed more than 72% of contracts worth RM 600 million in total was awarded to companies chosen through direct negotiation not by open tender process.

Syabas must prove through an independent audit that they have reduced leakages (non-revenue water) in the distribution system and to justify any proposed water tariff hike. Also RM325 million was found to be missing in discrepancies between the public accounts of Syabas and the records of contracts awarded from 2005 and 2007. The four water companies have a combined debt of RM 6.4 billion. The federal government has given Syabas a soft loan of RM 320 million. The total interest on this 20 year loan is RM 250 million, and Syabas will not be required to pay a single sen of this amount. Instead, this cost will be fully borne by Malaysian taxpayer.

In light of this appalling financial mismanagement, the Selangor state government has prevented Syabas from raising water tariffs by 37%, and is now endeavouring to reacquire all water concessions from the private water companies. Their goal is to eliminate the element of privatised profit and socialised losses, stop the corruption and leakage, and ensure quality delivery of water at affordable rates. This move requires public support and pressure to succeed.

 

The federal government’s current perspective is that the RM9 billion Pahang Selangor raw water transfer project is a non-negotiable undertaking, even though the scheme has been roundly criticized as being both costly and unnecessary by stakeholders and civil society.

The federal approach appears to be focused solely on water supply management, instead of combining it with water demand management for best effect. An effective water demand management plan across Malaysia can save more water in the long run than what the Pahang Selangor Raw Water Transfer Project proposes to supply. By reducing water usage, a water demand management plan will help protect a critical resource water plus the flora and fauna which depend on it. Furthermore, the Government and taxpayers can likely avoid wasting billions of ringgit by finding efficient alternatives to the Pahang-Selangor Water Transfer project and other unwarranted new water infrastructure.

My farewell to Datuk Samy Vellu

December 7, 2010

The greatness of a leader is not what he did during his term in office but what he leaves behind after his term in office. The great Samy Velu who just retired today after 31 years as undisputed MIC chairman leaving behind a party which has lost all its purpose and trust of the very community it was set for. Samy Velu held an iron grip of the MIC dodging and detracting his opponents and critics. He strengthened his iron grip after every crisis and onslaught on his leadership. All his opponents within the party and within the Indian community were silenced, shamed or won over. He was ruthless. The Tamil speaking Indian community was mesmerized with his fluent and flowery Tamil speeches falling flat into his political trap. He choked, destroyed and brought the community to ruins and this can be seen till today.

In 2008, the cries and commotions of the suffering Indian community must have reached the ears of the Almighty, propelling the overnight emergence of Hindraf, rescuing the suffering community. The political tsunami of 2008, a political novice, in Samy Velu’s standards, flushed away Samy Velu off the political landscape. The rest is history. The dethroned Samy Velu could not believe what hit him and shamelessly clung on to his belittled post of chairman in the party that was almost wiped out by the tsunami. UMNO, the political master and patron of Samy Velu realized, the once upon-a-time vote attracter, is now a political liability. Samy Velu having overstayed his position, shamelessly accepted UMNO’s golden handshake, at the expense of tax payers’ money by becoming an ambassador without a country! A position with ministerial ranking! UMNO’s clever plan to remove Samy Velu, from the post that he was clinging on like a leech and safeguarded for the past 31 years, was done with a stroke of a pen. Bravo Mr. Najib!

Well good luck Datuk Samy Velu, thanks for squeezing and dumping the poor innocent estate workers who have blindly trusted you. You just held on to your chair and appeased your political master UMNO! You have offered the future and fortunes of estate workers during the 70s, 80s and 90s on the racial altar of ketuanan Melayu of UMNO. Today many of these estate workers’ children are either in prison, on the way to prison or realized the hard way of their parents’ folly of blindly supporting you. This is your greatest contribution to the Indian community in Malaysia!

Even the party whose chair you had held for the past 31 years, has lost its direction and control. It is now under the thumb of UMNO president and Prime Minister. The UMNO president now deals directly with the various institutions and sub groups within the Indian community. The succeeding MIC chairman is just name sake. Whatever programs for Malaysian Indians in now handled directly by the Prime Minister’s department in the name of 1Malaysia. You have waken-up the once blind and indebted community into the current political reality but unfortunately the Indian working class has no financial stamina to stand up against UMNO’s bribery and political deception. You have successfully brought the MIC to its knees and a slave to UMNO.

MIC only interested to score political points and not the welfare of Indian community

December 7, 2010

The recent huge and cry of MIC youth shows its hypocrisy in championing Indian issues. Yayasan Selangor did no better for Indians and Chinese under BN before 2008 and MIC youth did not say anything. But now that Yayasan Selangor is more accountable and transparent, they are criticized for their poor contribution towards non Malays communities. These are the legacies left behind by BN for Pakatan Rakyat to put right. Yayasan Selangor has a new General Manager who is willing to offer more loans, scholarships and places to non Malays in residential schools. But to-date the responses from non Malays are weak. Yayasan Selangor needs the support of Indian community leaders to enroll more students in residential schools, loans and scholarships. The political leaders should help enroll more students and not score political points at the expense of Indian community. 

MIC youth should stopping politicking and find ways to put in more Indians in these residential schools, loans and scholarships. MIC youth must find out the name of students who did not get the loans or scholarships after applying and highlight their case. The general manager of Yayasan Selangor says the number of students applying is small and even that reduces if the same students get PTPTN loans. Looks like PTPTN loan is more favored by Indian students. More students should apply for Yayasan Selangor loan because if the loan holder gets high points continuously the loan is converted to scholarship. MIC youth and their supporters should take the effort to register more local university students for Yayasan Selangor loan which can be converted into scholarship if the students can maintain high points every year.

Yayasan Selangor also runs residential schools all over Selangor. Standard 6 students who score a minimum 4 A and 1 B can apply for residential school. A student admitted to form 1, will get scholarship all the way to university. This year, out of 1200 students who applied for residential only 9 were Indians and 2 were Chinese. Yayasan Selangor has agreed to extend the closing date for residential schools from today (3/12/2010 to 10/12/2010). More Indian students, who have finished standard 6, should apply to study in residential schools. Application forms for residential schools, loans and scholarships can be down loaded from www.yayasanselangor.org.my website. Parents who apply are kindly requested to keep one copy of the application for referral purpose later. Tamil school headmasters must be more resourceful and show the way to parents. Parents and students who need more information on Yayasan Selangor residential school, loan or scholarship can contact senator S.Ramakrishnan, 03-79541830, fax no 03-79541831, H-6, 2nd floor, Jalan 8/1E, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.  

MIC youth and its supporter must go down to the ground find out what exactly is the problem with the community than merely issuing Press statements. Give a helping hand to the needy on the ground and don’t play politics with every issue.