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.
OLEH MOHD FARHAN DARWIS (TMI)
November 24, 2013
Latest Update: November 24, 2013 10:30 pm
PKR menerima penurunan tertinggi sokongan masyarakat Melayu.Sokongan masyarakat Melayu kepada DAP ketika Pilihan Raya Umum 2013 (PRU13) meningkat, namun sokongan etnik berkenaan terhadap rakan komponen Pakatan Rakyat (PR) yang lain mengalami penurunan, kata Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
Ahli Jawatankuasa Kerja (AJK) PAS Pusat itu ketika membentangkan dapatan itu di Muktamar Tahunan PAS ke-59 PAS berkata, PKR menerima penurunan tertinggi sokongan masyarakat Melayu, iaitu sebanyak 7%, dan sokongan Melayu terhadap PAS turut menurun 2%.
DAP bagaimanapun menerima peningkatan sokongan sebanyak 2%.
“Bagaimanapun, sokongan masyarakat Melayu terhadap PAS meningkat di Terengganu dan Johor,” kata bekas ahli Parlimen Kuala Selangor itu di Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam hari ini.
Justeru, PAS jelasnya perlu memberikan penekanan terhadap meningkatkan sokongan kumpulan anak muda daripada komuniti majoriti di negara ini kerana mereka akan menjadi penentu dalam PRU14.
Perwakilan PAS dari Kedah, Mohd Nasir Zakaria turut membangkitkan perkara sama dalam perbahasan ucapan dasar Presiden dan menegaskan perkara itu berlaku disebabkan PAS gagal dilihat membela institusi raja, tidak membela rakyat dan tiada tokoh masyarakat.
Berbanding Umno jelasnya yang memiliki lima ciri berkenaan berbanding PAS yang dilihat mempunyai integriti dan Islam sahaja.
Malah, beliau turut memberi ingatan, sekiranya perkara itu, dan masalah dalaman parti tidak diselesaikan, prestasi PAS akan lebih teruk dalam PRU14. – 24 November, 2013.
“Tetapi semua parti-parti dalam PR adalah penggerak bersama untuk memperkukuhkan peranan dalam membawa persefahaman politik ini ke tahap yang lebih maju dan seterusnya memikul amanah yang berat ini,” katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian sewaktu menyampaikan ucapan dasar Muktamar PAS ke-59 bertajuk “Rahmat Untuk Semua” di Stadium Malawati Shah Alam, pagi ini.
Menyoroti prestasi dalam pilihan raya umum lalu, Abdul Hadi berkata PAS dan Pakatan menyertai pilihan raya umum lalu, di padang yang tidak sama rata apabila rakyat dijanjikan dengan kempen, rasuah wang ringgit dan projek segera.
Kalah Kedah jangan lemah semangat
Sekalipun gabungan pembangkang itu berada dalam kekurangan, Abdul Hadi berkata, parti itu mampu bertahan dengan memenangi undi popular,
“Kedudukan kita yang sedemikian ini, hendaknya sedikit pun tidak melemahkan semangat kita semua untuk terus berjuang.
“Kekalahan kita yang menyebabkan hilangnya kerajaan negeri Kedah pula wajar diteladani tetapi janganlah sehingga melemahkan semangat sehingga kita lupa erti sebenar perjuangan.
“Kita masih menjadi pilihan rakyat di DUN Sungai Limau Kedah, dalam pilihan raya kecil yang baru saja berlalu. Kita wajib muhasabah diri sendiri secara dalaman, bukan hanya menjadikan lawan sahaja sebagai penyebab kekalahan kita,” katanya.
Dalam ucapannya juga, Abdul Hadi menggesa semua kepimpinan PAS lebih gigih memadamkan dongeng di kalangan segelintir orang Melayu di luar bandar bahawa hanya Umno-BN sahaja yang boleh memerintah negara.
Katanya, tidak dinafikan sikap kebergantungan kepada parti pemerintah termasuk pegangan agama yang rapuh, tahap pendidikan dan ekonomi yang lemah, maklumat yang tidak sampai memerlukan satu kerangka strategi yang khusus dari PAS.
“Dalam masa yang sama juga, kita mestilah lebih memahami psikologi politik atau psiko-politik orang-orang Melayu di luar bandar dan pengundi atas pagar dalam memahamkan mesej kita.
“Dengan memahami psiko-politik pengundi Melayu ini, tindakan dan gerak kerja yang lebih tepat akan dapat dirangka dan dilaksanakan ke arah menarik mereka sebagai pengundi PAS bahkan sehingga mereka bersedia menjadi ahli PAS,” katanya.
Bukan derhaka pada k’jaan
Antara psiko-politik pengundi Melayu yang beliau gariskan dalam ucapannya adalah kegagalan membezakan bahawa Umno adalah kerajaan dan kerajaan adalah Umno sehingga membuahkan mentaliti:
i) Jika diubah parti pemerintah beerti meruntuh keseluruhan kerajaan seterusnya menimbulkan ketakutan terutamanya kepada pegawai kerajaan dan keluarga mereka.
ii) Harta dan jentera kerajaan adalah harta dan jentera Umno, menyebabkan mereka tidak menganggap salah perbuatan pimpinan Umno menggunakan sumber kewangan kerajaan dalam merasuah pengundi secara terang-terangan.
“Apa yang lebih parah ialah ada juga yang beranggapan bahawa menentang Umno-BN adalah satu kesalahan penderhakaan kepada kerajaan, seterusnya menghasilkan psikologi perasaan bersalah jika mengundi bukan parti pemerintah,” katanya.
Sehubungan itu, beliau menggariskan tiga tindakan dan gerak kerja kerja untuk mengubah psiko-politik orang Melayu itu iaitu:
i) Memastikan semua aktiviti penerangan PAS mengubah dari frasa “menukar kerajaan” kepada “menukar parti pemerintah”.
ii) Memberikan kefahaman berterusan bahawa parti pemerintah boleh ditukar, manakala kerajaan boleh sentiasa kekal dan ditambah baik;
iii) menumbangkan parti pemerintah Umno bukanlah bermakna menumbangkan kerajaan kerana yang hendak ditukar ialah parti pemerintah bukannya kerajaan Malaysia.
|Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (Harakahdaily),||21 Nov 2013|
BY SHERIDAN MAHAVERA (TMI)
November 20, 2013
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (right) speaks at the Selangor state assembly in Shah Alam today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, November 20, 2013.Ulu Klang state assemblyman Saari Sungib pointed to a landslide in a hill side neighbourhood near Kemensah, to drive home his point that planning the state budget for Selangor was challenging.
Saari explained that it was thought that floods normally occurred in valleys or when water flowed downhill.
“But near Kemensah, bungalows on the hill were flooded with mud because when it rained, the drainage system was clogged,” said Saari, whose constituency has both low-middle income housing estates and upper class hill top bungalows.
Water seeped into the slopes surrounding the million-dollar homes, turning the earth into sludge and to eventually inundate the homes.
According to Saari, whether it is a housing estate or a commercial lot, new projects cannot be planned on a piecemeal basis without proper coordination between government agencies involved.
So when a local council and the drainage and irrigation department work together to come out with comprehensive development plans, the money they get should match these responsibilities.
The state can allocate RM100 million for flood mitigation, like it did for the 2013 budget. But Saari pointed out that equally important was who got the money, and how effectively it was spent.
Being an urban state, effectively monitoring how money is spent continues to be a major issue every time the Selangor government tables its budget.
Like in the mudslide example, it’s not enough to approve a project. The state must ensure the project does not harm surrounding structures, and every sen spent on support infrastructure must be a sen well spent.
Firm grip on the purse string
Fiscal discipline has been a hallowed ideal for the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor administration under Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
It is how Pakatan has saved RM2.7 billion in reserves over six years. When it took over from Barisan Nasional in 2008, reserves were only RM400 million.
It is also how it consistently gets top marks in the Auditor General’s reports.
But after years of amassing a huge reserve, Pakatan state representatives want the administration to spend more on development.
The state backbenchers made this known in several meetings with Khalid while the administration was consulting everyone over what to include in the budget.
So when Khalid announced that RM430 million of the reserves would be spent on several initiatives such as building a third Klang bridge and more affordable homes, Pakatan assemblymen were supportive.
When money from the reserves are added to the development fund in the budget, the total amount for development becomes bigger than previous years.
In percentage terms, Selangor will spend 53.7% on operating expenditure and 46.3% on development expenditure.
In contrast, the BN federal government spends 83% of funds in the 2014 national budget on operating expenditure and 17% on development.
But even with a large sum for development, the catch phrase is budgetary performance: spend wisely and make sure money is well spent.
Save more, spend more
Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman Azmin Ali referred to this when he lamented that the state government cut allocations to the State Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID).
Azmin said this was because by September, DID only spent 61% of the funds it received for 2013.
“But the state should not cut the allocation. If the state cuts the allocation it is like punishing the rakyat. Instead we should monitor their expenditure so that the money is well spent”, he added.
Any project that involves the RM430 million will have to be tabled in the state assembly before the money can be released.
“Now our reserves will be spent transparently and responsibly. Unlike during the BN era when there was a lot of money coming into the reserves but no one was told how it was spent,” said Azmin.
For Saari, effectively monitoring how much is spent on operating costs can result in more savings. With more savings, the reserves get bigger. And this means more money for affordable homes, entrepreneurship programmes for youth and women, and flood mitigation.
Also, perhaps a traffic masterplan as called for by Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran as a solution to the suburban traffic woes.
“Everything is planned separate from each other. Roads are separate from bus routes and we don’t plan according to growth projections in our towns. But if we continue to do this then we will be stuck in jams forever,” said Rajiv.
Unlike other big states with wide open spaces, any failure to keep the budget balanced can make a big difference in Selangor. Not just between what it earns and what it spends, but also between operations and development. – November 20, 2013.
NEWS ANALYSIS BY THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
November 19, 2013
Former transport minister Dr Ling Liong Sik was acquitted last month over three charges of cheating the government in relation to the Port Klang Free Zone land deal. – The Malaysian Insider pic, November 19, 2013.If there is one lesson to be learnt from the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) fiasco, it is that some Malaysians never learn their lessons and continue making the same mistakes.
And in the process, waste millions of public funds.
Yesterday, de facto Law Minister Nancy Shukri told Parliament that the Attorney General’s Chambers did not appeal against Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik’s acquittal in the PKFZ scandal as the probability of overturning the acquittal was “very slim”.
She said it was difficult to dispute the testimonies of the defence witnesses – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (former prime minister), Tan Sri Fong Chan Onn (former human resources minister) and Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir (former tourism minister).
“It is highly unlikely that the Cabinet was falsely misled to buy the land, so if there is any appeal, it would involve the question of fact and not question of law and, as such, it would be hard to argue the case successfully.
“Based on these factors, the success rate is very slim and as a result, the AG’s Chambers did not file any appeal,” she said in reply to points raised by MPs during Budget 2014 at the committee stage in Parliament.
Surely the AG could have saved the government millions and a major embarrassment if he only interviewed Dr Mahathir and the other ministers before deciding to charge Dr Ling?
Isn’t that pretty elementary? Instead, the public prosecutor went ahead and charged Dr Ling, only to have the case blow up in the face when the former transport minister insisted they were not cheated and knew the score all along.
How’s that for looking like a complete fool? And fooling the people that action was being taken to ensure that there would be punishment meted out to those who saddled the public with a potential RM12.5 billion bill for a failed project.
That is the danger of going for headlines in the war against corruption. Going for big cases without ensuring that justice will be served.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak can’t wash his hands off this debacle as he was a member of the Mahathir administration when the PKFZ deal went through.
This is now a blot on his administration as no one is closer in uncovering the truth and the people involved in the huge PKFZ debacle, which initially cost RM1.1 billion but quadrupled to RM4.6 billion by 2007.
PKFZ was a huge mistake that cost the public billions. The first PKFZ criminal case is now also a mistake. Will the other cases also be mistakes? There are three more that will come under greater scrutiny now that Dr Ling has been acquitted.
Or is incompetence an accepted hallmark in all branches of the Government these days? And millions more will go to waste in the pursuit of headlines to show how much the Government is doing for the people of Malaysia. – November 19, 2013.