Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak delivers his keynote address during the opening of the 2013 United Malays National Organisation General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur December 5, 2013. — Reuters picKUALA
LUMPUR, Dec 5 — Putrajaya should use “1 Melayu” in place of its all-inclusive “1 Malaysia” slogan since efforts to reach out to Chinese voters were snubbed in Election 2013, a Penang Umno delegate told the 64th Umno annual general assembly today.
Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir also accused the Chinese community of “betraying” the government, saying they were not appreciative despite the amount of money used to woo them in the run-up to the 13th general election.
“We shouldn’t shout ‘1 Malaysia’ anymore; what for? We should now shout ‘1 Melayu’ slogan,” Musa said during the policy speech debate.
“What’s the use of helping them? We did all these things they stab our backs. All that effort… to hold dinners and such with almost RM30 a head,” he added, referring to the many campaign dinners organised by Barisan Nasional prior to the May 5 general election.
Kerajaan PM Najib-BN semacam orang ‘kemaruk’ persis ‘baru lepas berpantang’. Sejak pembentangan Budget 2014, Najib tidak lagi peduli akan kesan tindakan polisi-polisi kewangan yang membebankan kepada rakyat khasnya rakyat yang berpendapatan rendah.
Yang pentingnya beliau kini adalah untuk mengatasi bebanan hutang yang hampir sangat mencecah had statutori yang tidak diizinkan undang-undang yang digubal sendiri oleh BN satu ketiaka dahulu. Najib baru mengakui bahawa negara akan bankrap kalau langkah drastik dan konkrit tidak diambil segera. Najib semacam orang baru sedar dari koma atau mimpi negeri yang panjang. Kerana terlalu bermewah dan boros dahulu kini tindakan beliau dalam kegusaran dan perhitungan beliau serba tak kena nampaknya.
Kalau Maybank Investment Bank (IB) pada Oktober lalu mengumumkan inflasi paling tinggi dalam tempoh 20 bulan kerana kenaikan 20 sen RON 95 dan diesel pada September 2013 lalu, maka rakyat mesti bersiap dengan kenaikan inflasi yang paling parah pada tahun depan ini akibat pelbagai kenaikan yang dilakukan kerajaan Najib mutakhir ini.
Semasa mengumumkan tentang pengenalan GST dalam Belanjawan 2014, Najib telah pun telah isytiharkan penarikan balik subsidi gula sebanyk 34 sen sekilo. Pelbagai alasan diberikan untuk kesihatan rakyat. Harga gula melonjak dari RM2.50 sekilogram ke RM2.84 sekilogram.
Kenapa harga runcit adalah lebih mahal dari harga pasaran gula mentah dunia adalah kerana isu monopoli. Gula diimpot oleh dua syarikat yang diberikan AP yakni Felda Global Venture dan Tradewind.
Tetapi lebih pelik lagi, kedua-dua telah membeli gula secara kontrak jangka panjang yang dibuat oleh kerajaan sendiri bagi pihak mereka dari pembekal gula mentah dunia. Meskipun harga gula dunia turun, kontrak jangka panjang yang kerajaan meterai adalah pada harga lama yang lebih tinggi.
Sepatutnya kerajaan mesti letakkan risiko turun-naik harga pasaran komoditi ini (hedging) ini kepada pembekal gula yang mengimpot. Maka jelasnya kroni terus membuat keuntungan ratusan juta RM sementara rakyat tanggunglah impak kenaikan harga gula sebab kononnya kerajaan tak sanggup lagi menampung subsidi.
Hakikatnya yang disubsidi adalah 2 syarikat kroni yang terus untung hampir RM1 bilion mengikut dakwaan sesetengah pihak. Inilah yang dikatakan ‘Celaka’ yang menimpa rakyat!
(Penulisan ini pertama-tama terbit atas tajuk: “Apabila Najib kemaruk naikkan harga’ (The Malaysininsiders).
- Written by Shahrim Tamrin, (CBT ONline) Published on December 4, 2013 7:53 am,
- Tagged with: Tags: land public transport commission, fare increase, syarikat prasarana negara berhad, erlsb, erl, monorail, keretapi tanah melayu, transit, express rail link, fare hike
The announcement on Monday by the government on the electricity tariff hike of 15 per cent in the peninsula and 17 per cent in Sabah and Labuan beginning January 1 may see public transport providers to request for a new fare structure.
Industry players have confirmed with Cars, Bikes & Trucks (CBT) that public transport conglomerates are requesting for an urgent meeting with Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) in the wake of the electricity tariff hike starting from 2014.
There are currently at least three public transport companies in the peninsula rail networks which utilize electric as the only source of energy to provide the transportation service to the public.
Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) with two Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems under its wings namely the Kelana Jaya and Ampang lines as well as the KL Monorail service, KTM Berhad which runs the urban commuter rail in Klang Valley and ETS inter-city services, and Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERLSB) which operates the country’s only airport transfer and transit services – to and from capital city and Kuala Lumpur International Airport, would be affected as a result of the new electricity tariff.
Prasarana group director for Rail Khairani Mohamed told CBT that the new tariff rate would definitely affect its rail operation cost.
“The new tariff would cause our expenditure to escalate. A fare review for rail services would help as it is long overdue ever since the days we started the LRT and Monorail services. Besides, we have been absorbing high operation cost for quite a while since we are still paying the electricity according to commercial rate,” he said.
Khairani stated even though Prasarana was mentally prepared for the expected electricity hike for its 2014 projected expenditure, he said: “It will certainly hurt our operation cost. We were preparing for about 10 per cent increase from electricity charges but with 15 per cent, then we have to relook at our budget.”
ERLSB chief executive Noormah Mohd Noor said it was crucial for the government to look into the public transport providers plight in view of the electricity tariff increase.
“We are using electricity to transport our passengers and air travellers daily. I think it is beneficial for us if SPAD could support our cause if we can get some sort of special electricity rate with Tenaga Nasional Berhad,” she told CBT during the Land Public Transport Conference held two days ago.
Prasarana group managing director Datuk Shahril Mokhtar and Noormah concur that it is imperative for the government to allow the rail operators to enjoy special rate for electricity usage.
“I need to study thoroughly of the new tariff. But it will be good if SPAD and TNB to listen to our rationale. We are running a service for the public on daily basis,” said Shahril in a telephone interview.
Noormah said the public transport companies were unified to meet SPAD soon to present their justification.
SPAD CEO Nur Ismal Kamal said the commission was ready to meet the rail companies to have an in-depth discussion.
“We are currently studying all fare structures in the public transport sector. We will listen. We will study their proposal for a special electricity rate and probably will support it since after all, the public transport companies are providing service to the masses,” he said.
Meanwhile, public transport supporter Improvement of Mass-Transit (TRANSIT) expressed displeasure about the possibility of fare hike by rail operators next year.
“It is sad that public transport users will be forced to pay twice despite doing the most for reducing (traffic) jam,” TRANSIT tweeted via its @transitmy.
Muktamar PAS ke-59 baru sahaja melabuhkan tirainya. Segala teka-teki dan telahan daripada hal pemilihan sudah terjawab secara muktamad. Segala kegawatan dan hingar-bingar pemilihan wajar berakhir. Pemenang diumumkan serta yang tidak terpilih juga reda dengan keputusan.
Dalam tradisi parti Islam ini seingat penulis, tidak ada dakwa-dakwi selepas pemilihan. Apatah lagi untuk membatalkan keputusan pemilihan kerana ada perwakilan yang tidak layak atau cawangan-kawasan yang tidak sah. Jauh lagilah untuk mendakwa atau membatalkan pemenang kerana menyogok perwakilan atau terpalit dalam ‘politik wang’ atau rasuah.
Ini antara keunikan dan sifat ‘tamayyuz’ Parti Islam Se-Malaysia, PAS . Bukan hendak ‘masuk bakul angkat sendiri’ tetapi sekadar menegaskan ‘imperatif’ atau kemestian yang sudah turun-temurun menjadi amalan budaya parti ini.
Yang menang sebak kerana mengalahkan ‘lawan’ yang diakui punya kelebihan daripada dirinya apatah lagi yang dikalahkan adalah sifu politiknya dan abang atau ‘senior’ dalam perjuangan. Yang kalah pula berjiwa besar untuk berdiri memberi hormat kepada yang menang bahkan meredakan suasana haru dan pilu yang mencengkam jiwa masing-masing.
Penulis sememangnya layak merakamkan jutaan tahniah kepada semua calon yang mengambil bahagian. Ya, mereka wajar dirakamkan tahniah kerana kesediaan untuk menggalas tanggungjawab. Itu sahaja cukup untuk mereka mendapat sekalung tahniah.
Yang sah menang lebih layak lagi diucapkan tahniah dan takziah kerana memang sah mereka akan dibebankan dengan tugasan berat kepimpinan. Dalam perspektif Islam, ‘Kepimpinan bukan habuan tetapi beban’. Memecah tradisi yang lazim, penulis tidak berasa terpanggil untuk mengucapkan tahniah kepada pemenang. Bukan untuk kali ini.
Lebih penting lagi di sebalik kehangatan berkempen menonjolkan calon masing-masing, persoalan yang berlegar dalam minda perwakilan berpusat di sekitar hal dan orientasi ‘pendekatan serta strategi politik’ pasca-Muktamar atau yang bakal diikuti parti Islam ini. Bukan ‘peribadi atau individu’nya tetapi ‘saf dan gerombolan’nya yang sebenarnya dinanti-nantikan oleh semua. Individu penting tetapi saf adalah lebih penting.
Betul. Calon yang menang inilah bakal menganggotai saf kepimpinan eksekutif bersama Presiden parti yang menang tanpa bertanding dan kini menanti ‘hulubalangnya’. Saf inilah yang akan mewarnai, mengangkat dan menentukan persoalan besar strategi dan pendekatan parti Islam ini. Siapa yang memilih mereka? Perwakilan!
Dek kerana itulah penulis mahu mengajak seluruh anggota parti Islam ini memberikan satu ‘tabik hormat’, satu ‘standing ovation’ buat pemenang ‘sebenar’ yang belum lagi diumumkan dalam pemilihan dalam Muktamar ke-59 ini.
Nah, setelah selesai segala pemilihan dalam satu persaingan yang sangat bersejarah dan punya naratif atau pengkisahannya tersendiri, yang nyata menang adalah perwakilan. Sebabnya jelas. Kerana perwakilanlah yang menentukan saf yang paling ‘sesuai dan wajar’ untuk terus mengemudi perjuangan parti ini bagi menyelesaikan segala kemelut yang bersimpang-siur kini dan bersama membuat persiapan mendepani cabaran PRU ke-14 nanti….Sambung baca.
BY EILEEN NG (TMI)
November 28, 2013
Latest Update: November 28, 2013 03:24 pm
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has again earned the wrath of de facto PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, this time over the huge increase of salaries to state leaders and assemblymen.
“The Menteri Besar has to review the quantum and he has to give a reasonable justification for the hikes,” Anwar (pic) told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.
His remarks come two weeks after his criticism of Khalid for his frugal style of government spending.
Yesterday, the Selangor State Legislative Assembly approved a salary hike for all 56 state assemblymen effective next year, with its Deputy Speaker getting the highest percentage of 373.3%.
The menteri besar’s salary would be increased from RM14,175.15 to RM29,250; state executive committee, from RM6,109.29 to RM20,250; speaker, from RM6,109.29 to RM22,500; deputy speaker, from RM3,327.50 to RM15,750; and state assemblymen from RM6,000 to RM11,250.
Anwar said the increase in the salaries of assemblymen was too much and too sudden.
He said although he agreed with raising the salaries, the quantum is “totally inappropriate”.
Anwar disagreed with Khalid’s reasoning that the increase was 75% of the allowance and salary for administrative members and state assemblymen in Sarawak.
“I don’t think we should use it as a basis. Nevertheless, Khalid has to explain to Pakatan as well as the media the reasons for the hike,” he said.
Selangor’s last salary adjustment was made in 2011.
Khalid, in his second term as Selangor MB, has been criticised in the past for being too prudent with the state’s spending and for holding back state reserves accumulated during his first term. The policy drew criticism from PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.
Last month, Anwar said Khalid should ease up on the purse strings and use the money to help the needy in the state.
“It is good to have excess funds and to spend within our means, but there are still poor people in the state, there are still youths who cannot afford to get into university, and there are people who need housing aid,” he said, adding that the people wanted efficiency and transparency, and not just excess funds. – November 28, 2013.
Ahmad told parliament that of the RM529.2 billion, RM512.3 billion or 96.8% is domestic debt while the remaining RM16.9 billion or 3.2% is external debt.
Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan disclosed today that the government debt level as of September 2013 stood at RM529.2 billion.
Ahmad told parliament that of the RM529.2 billion, RM512.3 billion or 96.8% is domestic debt while the remaining RM16.9 billion or 3.2% is external debt.
Just last month the Finance Minstry revealed that the domestic debt stood at RM502.9 billion. This was a climb from its June 2013 figures which was RM519.3 billion.
In explaining the increase, the ministry said the government’s policy was to prioritise domestic loans which have high liquidity, lower borrowing costs and able to minimise foreign exchange risks.
Domestic loans are obtained through the issuance of treasury bills, government investment issues, the government security and loans to housing loan funds.
Holders of such instruments include financial institutions, insurance companies and social security institutions such as the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Social Security Organisation (Socso).
On the other hand, the national debt stood at RM284.7 billion or 28.2% of the gross domestic product (GDP).
The national debt is incurred by the state due to loans obtained by the government and private sectors from foreign sources and includes the external debt of the federal government, public non-government enterprises and the private sector.
The PAS president says it is normal for differences of opinion.
On that note, he also defended DAP’s differing stand on that issue.
“The party that opposes Islam the most is Umno. The DAP doesn’t agree with Islam. We have differences of opinion but the DAP voices out their differences,” said Hadi.
He added that PAS had organised seminars with the DAP, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and various other groups some time ago.
“They all came but not Umno,” said the PAS leader.
He also said that in the event the DAP agreed with PAS, they would have joined PAS.
Hadi reminded delegates that Umno is PAS’ enemy.
“Now they are inviting us to sit and talk but in the 1990s they passed a motion that was brought up to the Council of Rulers so that we are forbidden from using the term Islam for our party,” he said.
However the muftis ruled that it is fine for a political party to use the word Islam.
There was also an attempt within Umno to do that in the 1980s.
On that note he criticised the Umno-led government for having two rules over the usage of the word Allah.
Last month, the Court of Appeal decided that the Allah term cannot be used by The Herald, a Catholic weekly. The government however announced that the ruling was limited to Peninsular Malaysia.
Karpal’s right to plea
Later at a press conference, when asked on DAP national chairman Karpal Singh’s plea for PAS not to implement hudud in Kelantan, he said: “It is his right to say whatever he wants as everyone has their own ideology.
“However, we also have our right to continue with plans to implement hudud in Kelantan,” he said.
Karpal yesterday said that the state government has no jurisdiction or power to pass the hudud law in the state.
Commenting on Johor’s change of weekend holidays from Saturday and Sunday to Friday and Saturday, Hadi said it was up to each state’s jurisdiction.
He added that it was the colonisers who made the change initially, as the Christians’ day of worship is on Sunday.
“Friday on the other hand, is Islam’s holy day where we perform our religious obligations,” he said.
Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar made the announcement yesterday and said the decision to change the the state’s rest days was made after receiving feedback from various quarters.
Hadi also disagreed with opinion which states that the ulama did not make a dent in the recent party polls.
“I do not think it is right to say the ulama’s presence in the central leadership is not prominent as there are nine of us in the leadership,” he said.