Thursday, June 28, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Translation (See Hua Daily 17th June, 2012)
ISSUE TIMBER LICENSE
MINISTER BLAMING FOREST DEPARTMENT
Tourism Deputy Minister, Datuk James Dawos blaming Forest Department because they don’t know anything, don’t understand the timber harvesting will pollute the water and simply issuing the license in the water catchment area Bengoh.
He even suspicious the Director of Forest, whether he abusing his power? Or he doesn’t know that the water catchment already gazette and totally cannot issue the timber license.
How come the water catchment area can become the harvesting ground?
Why water catchment area still can be issuing a timber license? You should go and ask Director of Forest, this is abuse power, or he doesn’t know the new gazette already mentioned that this water catchment area cannot be issue a timber license?
He even requested reporters based on this problem to go and ask Director of Forest, why this thing can happen and why water catchment area can be issuing a timber license?
James Dawos was present in the new Te Chiao Association village when the reporters came and visit him and asked him about this matter.
For environment management, they know nothing.
He said, for this issue, there is no need to talk about environment and how to save the water from being polluted. This is because you can do anything and even throw your rubbish in the river, even the government officer do it.
In timber harvesting, they using heavy machineries with thick oil and grease, and when leakage happen, the oil and grease will drop on the soil and flow to the river, or they really don’t know anything or they really don’t know how to manage the environment.
He straightforward says, this is really a big problem and timber harvesting will create a lot problem to the water source, it will give a big problem to the water port, where they have to increase more on filter processing. According to James Dawos, Bengoh water catchment area during the year 90’s, together with Datuk JC Fong, State Former Attorney General made report and State Government agreed to put Bengoh water catchment area and Jo So Kang under Forest Reserved area.
State Government need to solve this problem.
He admits, the problem came from the Forestry Department, so State Government need to solve this problem. Because the area has been gazette as water catchment area, by right should not be issue a timber license and reporter asked him whether he wants to take action against Forest Department, and he said have to give to the State Government to make the decision.
James Dawos never denies the issue will become big in parliament election, even which will affect Barisan Nasional.
Forest Department create problem.
‟This is already become an issue and this will be a side effect to Barisan Nasional. Once this problem delay until the next parliament election, what will happen?” he says.
‟I don’t mind about election, who cares about election? This case already happens because Forest Department create problem.”
Sunday, June 24, 2012
|Hanya beri pandangan berhubung|
perlantikan pengerusi baru Petronas
Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak diminta mengkaji semula perlantikan bekas Ketua Setiausaha Negara (KSN), Tan Sri Mohd. Sidek Hassan sebagai Pengerusi Petronas.
Menurut Ketua UMNO Bahagian Cheras,Datuk Wira Syed Ali Alhabshee, jawatan pengerusi baru Petronas sepatutnya dipegang oleh golongan profesional dan tidak semestinya daripada bekas pegawai tinggi kerajaan yang sudah bersara.
"Saya bimbang perlantikan tersebut akan menimbulkan rasa kecewa sesetengah pihak termasuk bekas pemimpin-pemimpin politik," ujarnya.
Langkah itu juga katanya, bagi mengelak timbul anggapan umum bahawa mana-mana pegawai tinggi kerajaan yang sudah bersara telah disediakan jawatan baru dengan pendapatan yang lebih lumayan.
"Semasa berkhidmat dengan kerajaan, mereka menerima gaji yang tinggi dan pencen yang sudah mencukupi, sepatutnya jawatan tersebut diagihkan pula kepada golongan profesional atau pun bekas-bekas pemimpin politik," tegasnya.
Beliau bimbang perlantikan Mohd. Sidek yang dilihat sesetengah akan menimbulkan pelbagai pelbagai persespsi negatif.
"saya hanya mahu Perdana Menteri menimbang semula perlantikan tersebut, bukan bermaksud menentang atau pun mempertikaikan kewibawaan Mohd. Sidek," tegasnya.
Perdana Menteri pada satu majlis makan malam penghargaan sempena persaraan Mohd. Sidek di Kuala Lumpur malam tadi mengumumkan bekas KSN itu sebagai pengerusi baru Petronas.
Najib berkata perlantikan itu akan berkuatkuasa sebaik selesai beberapa urusan dalaman.
Bercakap kepada media selepas merasmikan Juara Rakyat Parlimen Cheras Karnival NGO dan Swasta dan pelancaran Gerakan Memertabatkan Pejuang Negara (GMPN) Wilayah Persekutuan di Chears pagi ini, Syed Ali menambah, saranan beliau itu bukan bermaksud menentang keputusan Perdana Menteri.
Menurut beliau lagi, umum akan melemaprkan tuduhan kononnya kerajaan hanya menjaga kepentingan bekas-bekas pegawai tinggui kerjaaan yang sudsah bersara.
|PM umum Sidek Hassan|
sebagai pengerusi baru
Sedangkan kata Syed Ali, banyak golongan profesional dan bekas-bekas pemimpin politik apabila bersara tidak mendapat kedudukan istmewa atau ditawarkan jawatan penting dalam mana-mana syraikat milik kerajaan.
"Saya hanya memberikan pandangan berdasarkan suara di bawah, kerana khuatir perlantikan tersebut boleh menimbulkan rasa kecewa dan marah rakyat kepada kerajaan," ujarnya.
Katanya, rakyat tidak akan melakukan protes secara terbuka tetapi apabila mereka 'marah dalam diam' sedikit-sebanyak akan memberi kesan kepada kredibiliti kerajaan menjelang Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) ke-13.
"Sudah tentu rakyat akan bertanya, mengapa pegawai tinggi kerajaan yang sudah bersara diberikan jawatan penting itu, ini memungkinkan timbuil pelbagai andaian," ujarnya.
Bagaimanapuin kata beliau, terserah kepada Perdana Menteri untuk membuat keputusan muktamad berhubung perkara tersebut.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
"Now because of the Forestry Department, the government is going to waste time and money" - Timbalan Menteri Pelancongan
Forestry Dept brought to task
Monday June 18, 2012
By RINTOS MAILKUCHING: The state Forestry Department has been blamed “for creating issues” in Mambong parliamentary constituency.
Tourism Deputy Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos said the department’s decision to issue a timber licence in a gazetted water catchment and agricultural lot allocated to families affected by the Bengoh Dam had got the people all riled up.
Besides, he said, as the MP of the area, he felt by allowing the areas to be logged out, the department was pitting him and the Barisan Nasional against the people.
“Logging is a very sensitive issue among the natives and it is already a major issue in my area that can turn the people against Barisan Nasional in the coming parliamentary election,” he said.
Dawos was commenting on reports of villagers who have voiced their opposition to logging in the said areas which are the forests in the upper Sarawak Kiri River and the agricultural lot set aside to provide for the resettlment of said villagers.
Timber licences are said to have been issued to some individuals and companies to extract timber from the secondary forest of the native customary right (NCR) land of Kampung Giam, Kampung Semadang and the agricultural lots of the four villagers.
Dawos, who is Mambong MP, said in the first place timber licence should not have been issued in the area because it was a gazetted water catchment area.
Asked how he would tackle this issue in the coming elections, Dawos replied: “The state government should tackle the issue, not me.
“Of course, the people will blame me for not doing anything, but I know for a fact that it was me and the former state attorney general Datuk J C Fong who prepared the gazettement notice and (spell out) the prohibited activities in the area last time and not the director of forest.”
According to him, logging is totally prohibited in the area because it will pollute the water. He said if all the prohibited activities were being done in the water catchment areas then there was no point protecting the quality of our water any more.
“If you allow logging in the area then we can do anything, we can go and throw poisons into the water as you like because government officers themselves are allowing this sort of things,” he said.
He said logging would cause sedimentation because loggers would also use oil and lubricants and when they threw these to the ground they ended up in the rivers.
He said it was “all stupidity not knowing how to manage the environment”.
“I am fed up with all this and I don’t care about election if this problem is not resolved. This thing has given me pain in the neck because the state government agency (Forestry Department) is creating the problem in the area,” he said.
~ The Star
Friday, June 15, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s parliamentary culture has evolved, though not necessarily for the better.
Deputy Speaker Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar believes that the unbecoming conduct seen in MPs today stemmed from the massive influx of Barisan Nasional lawmakers into Parliament.
The lack of opposition MPs in the Dewan Rakyat, he said, led BN lawmakers to emulate their opponents in the House.
“What happened is that the culture changed during that time. BN MPs said, ‘We must speak like the opposition. We want to check the ministers’.”
“And that is the era where people like [Kinabatangan MP] Bung Mokhtar [Radin] were asking four or five ministers to resign.”
“[There were] people who made use of the language to persuade the Speaker to allow them to continue talking [in the Dewan Rakyat]. So this culture evolved into something we see today,” he told FMT in an interview in his office.
(BN won 198 seats in the 2004 election, leaving the opposition with a mere 20 seats. It was their largest vote grab to date, commanding 63.9% of the electorate.)
Wan Junaidi said this practice could be seen during Question Time, where MPs query ministers over national issues.
Prior to 2004 Dewan Rakyat sittings, he said that as many as 14 questions could be answered during this session.
He added that this period was increased by another 30 minutes so that Parliament could see more questions being answered.
“Every morning, we see up to 60 to 70 questions [in the Order Paper]… following what we had before, if we can reach 15 in one hour, then we can have 20-plus [with the change].”
“But in 2004, MPs started talking [but they weren't] asking questions. [They were] showing off how good they were and how well they knew [a subject],” he said.
With MPs showing off and interrupting a session, Wan Junaidi said that a lot of time was wasted.
For example, he pointed to June 13 Order Paper, which had a total of 111 questions to be answered.
However, only six questions were discussed over 90 minutes.
This culture of wasting time, Wan Junaidi said, was missing in Western Parliaments.
“If you look at England’s Parliament, their Prime Minister Tony Blair managed to answer 10 questions in half an hour,” he said.
Don’t play political card
Another problem with local MPs was their tendency to agree with their colleagues over every issue.
“You don’t agree with every MP in the Dewan Rakyat. Including the [BN] backbenchers, they’re not supposed to say yes all the time!”
“They are supposed to tell the government what is not right and correct,” he said.
At the same time, he said that an MP should not always go against a government’s view.
“You have to listen to the government’s explanation as well, and not just continue to say your [view] is right and the other’s is wrong.”
“…The whole idea of MPs who are not holding portfolios [in the government] is to put the government to account on whatever they do.”
“That is their responsibility as an MP,” he said, adding that an MP needed to refrain from playing the emotional or political card.
But most important of all, Wan Junaidi said that Malaysian MPs needed to respect each others’ opinions, even if they did not agree with them.
Every MP, he added, had the right to be heard.
“While you dare to say something, you must also dare to listen to what others say. It may be contrary to your belief.”
“…[An MP might say] I don’t like to listen, [but] that’s why they say, ‘I hate to hear what you [have to] say [but I'd] die to preserve the right [for you] to do it.’”
“That is democracy,” he said.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Cerita-cerita mula timbul mengenai Rimbunan Hijau Group of Companies menyokong dan memberi wang kepada calon DAP Wong Ho Leng dalam pilihanraya kecil Sibu 2010.
Adalah dikhabarkan bahawa anak-anak syarikat Rimbunan Hijau telah membayar beberapa juta kepada guaman Wong Ho Leng sebagai 'upahan guaman'.
Jika begitu kenapa kerajaan negeri dan pusat masih memberi banyak projek-projek dan perladangan kepada Rimbunan Hijau? Kerajaan menyokong Rimbunan Hijau Group of Companies untuk membuka Malaysia China Business Park di China. Kerajaan menyokong dan recommend Rimbunan Hijau kepada kerajaan Cina untuk business park di provinsi Guangxi Zhuang.
Banyak lagi pertolongan kerajaan Barisan Nasional kepada Rimbunan Hijau Group of Companies. Adakah kerana kerajaan takut dengan pengaruh suratkhabar-suratkhabar milik Rimbunan Hijau seperti Sin Chew Jit Poh dan lain-lain?
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Take more interest in politics — SCCCI chief
Borneo Post March 12, 2012, MondaySIBU: Chinese businessmen should show more concern about political matters rather than merely standing on the sidelines and grabbing whatever businesses that arise.
“Be active and be more concern about politics in the coming general election instead of only focusing on your businesses.
“This is because politics will affect the financial development of the country,” said Sibu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) president Hii Yu Siong at its 22nd annual general meeting here yesterday.
Hii added that whatever happened politically could also affect the benefits that the people were enjoying today.
On another matter, Hii urged small and medium enterprise (SME) operators to always sharpen their competitive edge in order to survive.
“This is different for large-scale company as they are linked to companies overseas.
“They are doing business globally.”
Hii said SCCCI had organised several seminars last year to help SMEs better manage their business and learn how to go about doing business globally.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Semakin lama semakin ramai menunjukkan minat untuk menjadi calon BN untuk kerusi Parlimen Santubong. Penyandang adalah timbalan speaker Dewan Rakyat iaitu Yang Berhormat Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. Beliau di khabarkan akan naik pangkat ke Speaker Dewan Rakyat iaitu antara jawatan terpenting politik negara. Jawatan Speaker Dewan Rakyat tidak perlu memegang kerusi parlimen. Speaker sekarang Tan Sri Datuk Seri Utama Panglima Pandikar Amin Haji Mulia melepaskan semua jawatan politiknya (seperti ketua UMNO Bahagian Kota Marudu) selepas menaiki kerusi Speaker Dewan Rakyat.
Jika bertukar wajah maka 'front runner' sekarang adalah Wan Hamzah Wan Paie. Wan Hamzah bukan sahaja mendapat sokongan YB Datuk Wan Junaidi (jika tidak dicalonkan) tetapi juga Ketua Pemuda PBB iaitu YB Datuk Fadillah Yusuf. Sokongan Wan Hamzah bukan sahaja ada dari cawangan Demak Laut tetapi juga Zon Samarahan (diketuai kawan rapatnya Hamzah Ibrahim), cawangan Batu Lintang (kawan rapatnya Dato Safri bin Dato Abdillah yang juga dikhabarkan menggantikan YB Datuk Ahmad Lai di parlimen Sibuti).
Juga seorang 'contender' adalah Drahman Jaladin iaitu bekas pegawai kanan bank RHB yang merupakan timbalan ketua cawangan pantai damai (DUN dalam kerusi parlimen Santubong). Beliau adalah lebih 'senior' dalam parti jika dibandingkan dengan Wan Hamzah Wan Paie namun terpulang kepada 'selera' politik sekarang samada mahu memilih darah muda atau pengalaman.
Seorang lagi 'contender' adalah aktivis media sosial iaitu Wan Abdillah Edruce. Beliau telah menyatakan kepada kawan-kawannya bahawa beliau telah banyak berjalan di kawasan parlimen Santubong sejak beberapa bulan ini. Beliau juga mendapat banyak perhatian apabila menganjurkan media sosial event di Kuching Hilton 2 bulan lepas. Event itu di hadiri oleh kedua-kedua Pengerusi Barisan Nasional iaitu Pengerusi Barisan Nasional Kebangsaaan YAB Perdana Menteri dan Pengerusi Barisan Nasional Sarawak iaitu YAB Pehin Sri Ketua Menteri. Dalam event itu juga beliau mendapat pujian dari kedua pemimpin tertinggi BN. Dalam memorandum kepada YAB Perdana Menteri Wan Abdillah telah menulis bahawa bakal calon BN wajib fasih media sosial untuk dipertimbangkan menjadi calon.
3 hari lepas mantan YB DUN Demak Laut (dalam kerusi parlimen Santubong) telah menyatakan dalam akhbar kesediaannya untuk bertanding kerusi parlimen Santubong. Dengan itu 5 bakal calon untuk kerusi parlimen Santubong. Kerusi parlimen Santubong merupaka kubu kuat PBB dan BN. Oleh itu ia di gredkan sebagai 'very safe seat'. Mana-mana 5 calon ini boleh menang.
Village chiefs not pushed to send memorandum – Wan Junaidi
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
SWP's bn-friendly claims illogical, irrational - Najib
JULAU, June 3 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has described new opposition party, Sarawak Workers Party (SWP)'s claims of being Barisan Nasional (BN)-friendly as illogical and irrational, as the party, in the same breath, wants to contest all six seats belonging to BN component party Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).
"SWP cannot claim to be BN-friendly when it wants to contest against the BN. Such action is obviously not consistent.
"If it is really BN-friendly, what is wrong in supporting all BN candidates. That is the crux of the issue," the prime minister told a media conference today.
Earlier, he had attended the PRS Gawai Dayak Open House at Rh.Jana anak Saweng, a 77-door Iban longhouse in Batu Matop near here.
Najib, who is also BN chairman, said even if SWP managed to win any seat in the coming general election, it would not be invited to join the BN.
"There is no question of joining the BN. The important thing is to support all BN candiadates.
"Otherwise, if they plant their candidates, the votes will be split. My advice to the people of Sarawak is for them to support only the BN," he said.
SWP is led by former two-term Pelagus state assemblman Larry Sng Wei Shien, who is also a former assistant minister in the Chief Minister's Office.
He was sacked from PRS in 2007, over a leadership dispute with its president, Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.
Earlier in his speech, Najib denied that he, as BN chairman, and Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud as state BN chairman, had endorsed the setting up of SWP.
"We only recognise and support the PRS, PBB (Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu), SUPP (Sarawak United People's Party) and the SPDP (Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party).
Asked if the time was opportune for the 13th General Election to be held soon, Najib replied in jest that the Gawai Festival should be allowed to continue first.
Julau Member of Parliament Datuk Joseph Salang also joked with Najib that the number, '7', was auspicious to the Ibans, implying that the general election could be held next month.
Najib also said he believed the state BN would do well in the election, based on the strength of the BN and support of the people on the ground.
"Based on these, there is no reason why the BN cannot do well in the state...but we need to work hard till the end," he said.
On his personal view of the Gawai Festival, Najib said it was a celebration full of culture and traditions of the Ibans.
He described the Ibans as "very friendly and hospitable", especially to outsiders.
The prime minister noted that the Ibans were excited that he and Abdul Taib had visited them at two longhouses here and at the Betong community hall in Betong.
"They had prepared themselves very well and extended a very warm welcome to us and all visitors," he said.