Monday, January 16, 2017

Chong: No comment until end of mourning period

KUCHING: The state DAP will withhold any congratulatory notes or comments on the appointment of Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg as the new chief minister until the end of the 7-day mourning period for the passing of Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Its state chairman, Chong Chieng Jen, issued the statement in response to querries from media organisations which had asked him to comment on the appointment of Abang Johari as the new chief minister on Jan 13.
“To me, it is most inappropriate that the appointment of a new chief minister be made so soon after the passing of Adenan, especially given that the state government has just announced a 7-day mourning period.
“Why can’t the state BN wait out the 7-day period before plunging into the joy that comes with the new appointment,” he said through a press statement yesterday.
“Afterall, there is no danger of BN losing its power during the period. Why the rush? One day the state was in mourning and the next it was in congratulatory mood. Wouldn’t the latter diminish the notion of mourning?” he added.
Chong said all governments had a system and mechanism to operate for seven days without a chief minister.
“Sarawak has three deputy chief ministers. Couldn’t the three of them take up the job for the time being – for seven days? There is absolutely no reason to have the appointment and swearing-in to be made so soon.
“For the time being, I will not say anymore about Abang Johari’s appointment. I will not forward my words of congratulations yet.There are plenty of time for that after the seven-day mourning period.
“Let us, during this time, sit back, cherish the memory of Adenan and reflect on the things that he has done during the past three years, and think of those that he has yet to do which we must do, for the betterment of Sarawak,” he said.
TheBorneoPost January 15,2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Chong lodges police report against false online accusation

Chong (centre) and Yii (left) hold up statement and printout of the online report respectively. Also seen is Aziz.
KUCHING: State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen yesterday lodged a police report against an online write-up that accused a DAP Sarawak leader of questioning the funeral cost of former chief minister the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said none of the DAP Sarawak leaders had queried the late Adenan’s funeral cost.
He also made it clear that the website which published the false news report was not run by Pakatan Harapan.
“I have checked with the leaders (in Peninsular Malaysia). The website is not operated and administered by us,” he told reporters when lodging the police report at the One Stop Centre at Jalan Simpang Tiga here yesterday.
Also with him were his special assistants Kelvin Yii and Abdul Aziz Isa.
Chong pointed out that the late Adenan was one of the very few Barisan Nasional leaders who deserved a state funeral.
As such, he reiterated that DAP Sarawak would never question the funeral cost of the late Adenan.
Chong said the website’s operator intended to ‘give false impression and perception that the website belongs to Pakatan Harapan’.
He added that the false online report had shown disrespect and contempt towards the late Adenan.
Chong opined that any true Sarawakian who took a look at the content would discover that the writer of the report did not understand the state’s politics.
Chong also provided the press with printouts of the online report. Not only did the report fail to name the DAP Sarawak leader but it also spelt the immediate former chief minister’s name as ‘Adenan Satim’.
The opposition leader said the untimely demise of Adenan also saddened the DAP.
“Using such fake website and news, I would say, is a very low political tactic. Only very low-life political party would do it,” stressed Chong.
He thus called upon the authority to look into the website’s owner.
Asked if he would take legal action, Chong said: “The police will have to investigate first. They should have the information.”
TheBorneoPost January 15 ,2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

张健仁:文化渗透砂 本土党阻不了巫统


东西马差距大 练习本售价不一


Monday, January 9, 2017

DAP: East Malaysians should not pay more for textbooks

Sarawak DAP chief says if shipping cost is the reason for the higher price of books, then the difference should be subsidised by the government.

KUCHING: Sarawak DAP today urged Putrajaya to standardise the price of school textbooks for pupils in East and Peninsular Malaysia as East Malaysians are paying more for the same books that are made compulsory by the government.
Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen pointed out that currently, the price difference ranged from 5.7% to 11% for textbooks required by the school syllabus of primary pupils, adding that this was an additional burden for those studying in East Malaysia.
“I think there should be a uniform price and we should not be made to pay more than those in Peninsular Malaysia,” Chong said.
One example he cited was the English language revision book for Standard Six pupils, which is sold at RM4.30 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM4.80 or 11.6% higher in East Malaysia.
The Bahasa Malaysia exercise book for Standard Five pupils is sold at RM5.70 in Peninsular Malaysia and priced at RM6.30 in East Malaysia.
Based on 2011 government data, Chong said there were 289,000 primary school pupils in Sarawak.
“At about RM100 (for each parent) to buy books, you’re talking about RM30 million in additional costs. That’s money sucked out of Sarawak, on average, every year,” Chong said.
Chong also said that if shipping cost was the reason behind the higher prices of textbooks, the cost difference should then be subsidised by the government.
“If the shipping cost is a concern, then the government has to step in, otherwise the books would be more expensive in rural areas,” he said.
“The shipping cost should not be made a reason because these are books made compulsory by the government. The people have no choice but to purchase it.”
freemalaysiatoday january 9,2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

DAP wants public transportation improved

KUCHING: Poor public transportation remains a serious issue not only in this city but across Sarawak that leaves many poor and low income working-class residents crippled with limited mobility and placed additional strain on them financially.
Thus, there is a crucial need to invest in and revive the public transport services, particularly in Kuching, to improve people’s accessibility to just about everything – work, schools and services, Democratic Action Party (DAP) pointed out.
To illustrate their point, Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong said many public bus services throughout Kuching City had been axed in the past several years.
“Many residents in Bintawa have complained after the buses operating to some routes here have been cut for three months now, while the bus services to some areas in Sungai Apong have stopped a year ago,” she told a press conference at the Bintawa Hawker Centre yesterday.
“Now, only bus no. K1 to Muara Tabuan light industrial zone and Tabuan Jaya and bus K11 to King Centre are still operating in the Bintawa area,” she elaborated.
Because of that, she added, many residents in Bintawa area, especially from the low-income group and the elderly, had to seek other means of transportation like private vans to commute to their destinations.
“Public transport like buses are a necessity, an extremely important mode of transport for the poor citizens who can’t afford cars particularly,” she stressed.
DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, who is also Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, highlighted that proper public transportation system is a key factor in every good town planning.
“A truly developed country is where even the rich or well-to-do are willing or regularly take public transport like buses, instead of every household owning two to three cars,” he said.
To show their displeasure with the government for totally neglecting the public bus services in Kuching, DAP held a protest at the bus stop opposite the Bintawa Hawker Centre.
“The public bus service in Kuching is disappearing and there are only 100 over buses operated by four private companies currently which are grossly insufficient considering the size of the population,” Chong said.
He added that DAP had on many occasions reminded the government of the need to improve public bus services in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.
“The Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, had during the state election campaign said he might consider providing free public bus service but after the election, the state government is totally silent about it,” he said.
He suggested that government use the suggestions tabled in the past State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sittings on how it can approach this issue.
“First, acquire shares of all the four existing bus companies. Second, purchase 200 more buses. Third, provide free public bus service in Kuching for the first five years,” he suggested.
“Taking into account the financial reports of the existing bus companies and market rate of new buses, it will take only about RM150 million on the part of the government to fully acquire the four companies, purchase 200 new buses and cover the operation cost for the first year,” he said.
“Operation cost for subsequent years will be about RM50 million a year,” he added.
On why there is a need to provide free bus services in the first five years, Chong said it is to allow people to try, change commuting pattern and adapt to public transportation.
TheBorneoPost January 6,2017

古晋公共巴士服务 张健仁:砂政府完全忽略

 (古晋5日讯) 古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员张健仁抨击砂州砂州政府,完全忽略古晋市公共巴士服务。

张健仁指出,公共巴士服务是任何城市规划的必备元素之一。 一个有良好城市规划的政府,首要的任务就是策划好公共巴士服务。

他说,良好的公共巴士服务是唯一可以解决城市交通堵塞问题的方案。 无论政府花多少钱扩建道路,它都有一个空间的局限,不能解决城市交通堵塞的问题,有时甚至会加剧城市交通堵塞的问题。 唯有落实良好公共交通工具服务,才能解决城市交通堵塞的问题。



“好的政府是要确保公交素质提升至有钱人也愿意乘搭巴士。 第二类,那些比较不好的政府是敷衍公交服务让贫穷阶级的人士至少有巴士乘搭。 最糟糕的政府就是,连公共巴士服务都不提供的政府,任由无车人士自生自灭。 砂国阵就是这第三类最糟的政府,连基本的公共巴士服务,也逐渐消失。”

张健仁指出,砂州行动党有数次向州政府建议,应该全面改善砂州4大城市,古晋、诗巫、民都鲁和美里的公共巴士服务,及提供给这4个城市的居民,免费公共巴士服务。 惟,遗憾的是,阿德南除了在去年5月州选时期表示可以考虑之外,选举过后就无声无息了。


他指出,以古晋如此大的城市,只有区区100多辆巴士,是非常不足的。 因此针对如何改善古晋公共巴士服务,行动党提出以下3点建议:
1. 政府全面收购目前在这4家公共巴士公司;
2. 之后,政府再拨款购买多2倍新的巴士,从原本的100多辆巴士增至300多辆巴士;
3. 在古晋,首5年提供全免费的公共巴士服务。

他也指出,根据现有巴士公司的财务报告以及巴士的市价所做的估计。政府只需要大约1亿5000万令吉令吉,就可全面收购目前这4个城市的公共巴士公司、购买多2倍数量的新巴士,以及资付第一年的运作费。 接下来的第二年的运作费大约是5000万令吉。



1. 减轻生活负担

• 可使几万人节省汽油开支、停车费、汽车维修费,甚至可让人民不再需要购买汽车。 一个家庭(若一辆车而已)每个月最少可节省300令吉。
• 可让刚开始工作的年轻人不需买新车,这可节省高达每个月至少400令吉的付汽车贷款的开支。
• 直接受惠这免费公共巴士的人士,大部份将会是工作阶级中下层人士。

2. 解决古晋市交通堵塞问题
• 古晋的交通堵塞,主要是发生在人们上下班的时间。免费公共巴士服务可节省每月约300只700令吉的开支,肯定将吸引许多工作阶级人士改乘巴士。这将可以大大的减少路上行驶的车辆。每天可减少路上至少一、两千辆的汽车。这肯定可以解决交通堵塞问题。

3. 增加就业机会

• 政府增加巴士数目和运作,需要更多的驾驶、行政和技术人员。这将增加就业机会。

4. 减少道路车祸
• 减少道路上车辆的行驶,也可减少道路车祸。

5. 绿色环保
• 减少路上车辆的行驶,也可减少汽车的排气量,减少一氧化碳和汽车的排污。这对环保有很多的帮助。

6. 减少政府的道路维修费

• 根据国际的调查,更多人以巴士替代个别汽车代步,这将可减少道路的损坏和折旧。它可减少政府维修道路的开支。


“砂州政府自夸拥有270亿令吉的储备金,只花区区的1亿5000万令吉就可解决古晋市的交通堵塞问题,这区区1亿5000万令吉只是砂州政府270亿令吉的九牛一毛而已,却可协助平民百姓减轻他们的生活负担。 何乐不为?”