Welfare Day in Kampung Lindungan & Desa Mentari

A slightly busy morning for my staff and I. We went to greet our constituents to deliver on our Welfare Month program. Its what we call a “turun padang” event.

At 10 am, we were in the Kampung Lindungan mosque to meet Ustaz Zul. Earlier we had asked the good Ustaz to identify 30 poor families for my office to provide financial assistance to. Halimey, my local councillor was also present in the event.

We then visited a young woman who lost her twins at childbirth and she herself became comatose. Her mother who looks after her, greeted us. The event was very emotional and my office will pledge additional support for her upkeep.

After that we went to Desaria, the poorest area in my constituency. There community leaders Ravi and Prakash had also identified 30 poor families. In addition to the 30, we have given another 100 families some assistance this year.

There we were informed of another comatose victim. We visited her and I remember the Chinese lady. She was always active at Hindu temple events. Her husband is an Indian man and she had converted upon marriage. About six months ago, she had complained of a migraine and then suddenly fell into a coma state. We will also provide money to assist her.

After that, I went home around 12.30. My wife and toddlers took me to makan durian as a father’s day treat.

Wishing all a Happy Father’s Day and also Happy Dumpling Festival.

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at Desa Ria with welfare recipients

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with Ustad Zul, Councillor Halimey and Encik Suhaimi at Masjid Al-Islamiah Kampung Lindungan

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Last Day of Parliament

This morning in Parliament, we have two quirky news.

First, the Speaker is obviously in a foul mood and ejected my friend, MP Charles Santiago for questioning the Speaker’s judgment. The Speaker said that the dengue crisis is not an urgent matter and therefore need not be debated as an emergency motion. Whereas yesterday the Speaker approved an emergency motion on the water restructuring. Inconsistencies abound. So much for his call for Reformasi Parliament.

Second, Parliament will sit until 6.30 pm. To this announcement by the Minister, MP Mahfuz Omar of the progressive PAS group stood up and sarcastically said that the BN government has once again technically disallowed Hadi Awang’s hudud bill to be debated.

Mahfuz was baiting a reaction from the PAS ULAMA MPs. To everyone’s surprise, NONE of the ulama group stood up to fight for Hadi Awang’s bill. All the Ulama MPs sheepishly continued to sit quietly including YB Nik Abduh. So there you have it. Outside the Dewan the ulamas champion hudud as a holy calling, but in the Dewan, they can’t be bothered to question a Minister’s arbitary decision.

 

Today is the last day for this session of Parliament. In the next few days, my office will publish the answers we got from Ministers to our 15 questions. 5 of the written replies will come in about a month ‘s time from now, so please be patient. Unfortunately, the government is not very efficient in answering Parliamentary questions.

Parliament will resume in October and last till December for the Budget debate. My office will most likely be very busy from now till October with the budget document.

Lastly, this is a short report of our Bulan Kebajikan program. Up till 18th June 2015, my office has processed 267 applicants and allocated RM133,000 of my community service allocation (I get RM250,000 a year). This Saturday, we will give welfare grants to about 30 families in Kampung Lindungan mosque, where the Nazir, Ustaz Zul is helping us identify the poorest applicants. We hope to reach 350 applicants this year and spend RM150,000 to RM170,000. This means that my office will allocate about 60 to 70% of our entire year’s community budget for welfare. The rest will go to local organisations, mosques, churches and temples. We have a strict policy of not spending one sen on organising makan-makan events. I rather give RM10,000 to 30 poor families and feed them for two weeks than to blow it away in 2 hours of open house makan-makan.

Press Statement: End of Pakatan

KENYATAAN MEDIA

Pakatan Rakyat ditubuhkan pasca Pilihanraya Umum ke-12 tahun 2008 atas initiatif Sdr Anwar Ibrahim bersama pimpinan utama dengan membawa tiga parti pembangkang terbesar dalam negara sebagai bergabung menentang Barisan Nasional.

KEADILAN yakin bahawa sokongan padu kepada Pakatan Rakyat (KEADILAN, DAP dan PAS) selama ini dipacu oleh arus rakyat yang benar-benar dahagakan perubahan. Satu harapan yang besar digalaskan kepada Pakatan Rakyat untuk menggantikan Barisan Nasional.

Harapan rakyat itu berpaksikan kepada prinsip-prinsip bersama yang dipersetujui dan diperjuangkan bersama oleh Pakatan Rakyat selama ini seperti yang dimeterai di dalam Dasar Bersama Pakatan Rakyat, termasuklah:

1. Keterangkuman semua kaum, kumpulan dan setiap rakyat dalam membina Persekutuan Malaysia yang adil dan sejahtera;

2. Mempertahankan kedudukan agama Islam, kedudukan istimewa Melayu dan Bumiputra, institusi raja-raja dan bahasa Melayu mengikut peruntukan Perlembagaan dengan menjamin hak kaum dan agama lain;

3. Menyuburkan sebuah negara bertatakelola baik dan berlandaskan prinsip demokrasi dan keluhuran undang-undang;

4. Mensejahterakan ekonomi negara yang berkepedulian rakyat, berdaya saing dengan membanteras gejala rasuah dan penyalahgunaan kuasa.

KEADILAN sangat menghargai permuafakatan yang digembleng bersama dengan PAS dan DAP sebelum ini dan dukungan padu rakyat yang melonjakkan Pakatan Rakyat sehingga mendapat sokongan 52% pengundi dalam PRU13.

Mengambil kira perkembangan terkini Biro Politik KEADILAN yang bermesyuarat pada 16 Jun 2015 telah memutuskan:

1. Menyatakan rasa kesal atas usul yang diterima tanpa bahas di Muktamar PAS ke-61 dan berikutnya Jawatankuasa Eksekutif Pusat (CEC) DAP telah mengumumkan penamatan riwayat Pakatan Rakyat yang kami anggap tindakan tergesa-gesa. Ekoran dari itu, gabungan politik PR tidak lagi berfungsi secara formal;

2. Namun, kami bersyukur ke hadrat Allah SWT kerana semangat dan permuafakatan Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor di bawah pimpinan Dato’ Menteri Besar Sdr Azmin Ali, dan di bawah pimpinan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Sdr Lim Guan Eng terus kekal. Dan dalam semangat yang sama, dan tertakluk kepada Dasar Bersama Pakatan Rakyat, KEADILAN akan terus memberikan sokongan kepada Dato’ Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Ahmad Yaakob;

3. KEADILAN akan terus merintis usaha-usaha membina permuafakatan parti-parti politik, badan bukan kerajaan (NGO), kumpulan-kumpulan rakyat dan tokoh-tokoh berpengaruh untuk menumbangkan Barisan Nasional.

Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
Presiden KEADILAN

17 Jun 2015

PRESS STATEMENT

Pakatan Rakyat was established after the 12th General Elections in 2008 on the initiative of Sdr Anwar Ibrahim alongside key leaders to bring together the three largest opposition parties in the country to challenge Barisan Nasional.

KEADILAN believes that the strong support for Pakatan Rakyat (KEADILAN, DAP and PAS) all this while was driven by the will of the rakyat truly demanding for change. Much hope has been placed in Pakatan Rakyat to replace Barisan Nasional as the federal government at the 14th General Elections.

The rakyat’s hope is based upon the common principles agreed and fought for together by Pakatan Rakyat as represented in the PR Common Policy Framework, including:

1. The inclusion of all ethnic communities, groups and every citizen in the building of a Federation of Malaysia that is just and prosperous;

2. The defence of the position of Islam, the special position of Malays and Bumiputras, the constitutional monarchy and the Malay language based on the Federal Constitution while ensuring the rights of other ethnic communities and religions;

3. To revitalize a nation that is well-governed, based on the principles of democracy and the rule of law;

4. To make prosperous the nation’s economy which cares for the rakyat and is competitive by combating the plague of corruption and abuse of power.

KEADILAN truly appreciates the cooperation that has been achieved together with PAS and DAP before this along with the support of the rakyat in enabling Pakatan Rakyat to secure 52% of the popular vote in GE13.

Cognisant of the latest developments Biro Politik KEADILAN that met on 16 June 2015 has decided on the following:

1. That KEADILAN expresses regret on the resolution that was accepted without debate at the 61st PAS Muktamar and subsequently the DAP Central Executive Committee’s announcement of the end of Pakatan Rakyat that KEADILAN considers hasty. In light of this, the political coalition that is Pakatan Rakyat no longer functions formally;

2. Even so, we are thankful to Allah SWT for the spirit and cooperation of Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor under the leadership of Dato’ Menteri Besar Sdr Azmin Ali, and in the leadership of the Penang Chief Minister, Sdr Lim Guan Eng continues. And in the same spirit, and based on the Pakatan Rakyat Common Policy Framework, KEADILAN will continue to give support to the Dato’ Menteri Besar of Kelantan, Datuk Ahmad Yaakob;

3. KEADILAN will continue to pioneer efforts to build a coalition among political parties, non-governmental organizations, groups and influential individuals to defeat Barisan Nasional.

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
President of KEADILAN

17 June 2015

Community Night

After Parliament at 5.30pm, I rushed to my constituency office in Subang Jaya. I briefed my staff and interns on the latest developments re Pakatan Rakyat. Then we grabbed a quick dinner and started service night at 7.50 pm. We had a big group of applicants and a variety of problems.

I had two interviews with students, a Glenmarie group, representatives from Blok 1 and 2, a citizenship case, a maid case, some 30 to 40 applicants for welfare.

My staff, interns and volunteers did really well tonight. Despite the full on work load, they soldiered on and closed office at 10.20 pm.

Tomorrow its back to Parliament and I am scheduled to debate probably after lunch on the Development Financial Institutions bill.

 

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PKR’s Response

PKR has announced its immediate response to DAP’s statement that Pakatan Rakyat has in reality ceased to exist. PKR political bureau will meet tonight and deliberate the matter. An official stand is expected to be announced tonight.

16 JUN 2015

KENYATAAN YAB LIM GUAN ENG, SETIAUSAHA AGUNG DAP MENGENAI KEDUDUKAN DAP DAN PAKATAN RAKYAT

Saya mengambil maklum kenyataan DAP mengenai kedudukan DAP dan Pakatan Rakyat seperti yang ditandatangani oleh YAB Lim Guan Eng, Setiausaha Agung DAP sebentar tadi.

KEADILAN akan membincangkan kenyataan tersebut dan pendirian KEADILAN di dalam mesyuarat Biro Politik mingguan yang akan diadakan mala mini jam 830 malam di ibu pejabat KEADILAN.

Pimpinan KEADILAN di semua peringkat tidak akan mengeluarkan sebarang kenyataan sehinggalah pendirian parti mengenai perkara ini dimuktamadkan.

RAFIZI RAMLI
NAIB PRESIDEN/SETIAUSAHA AGUNG
AHLI PARLIMEN PANDAN

PC on Fall of Ringgit

I also did a press conference yesterday on causes of the fall of the ringgit. It is basically a supply and demand issue and the supply outpacing demand in the shape of investment outflow and capital flight.

To put things very simply, domestic and international investors are uprooting their money and parking their money outside, selling the ringgit down. The only way to stop the slide is to regain confidence of investors and to do that the government has to clean up 1MDB and Najib has to resign.

The press conference was reported in The Sun today.

http://m.thesundaily.my/node/314811

Govt to deduct benefits allowances of civil servants

Yesterday morning I did a press conference in Parliament on three new bills presented for debate by UMNO BN. The bills arrived on our table at 9 am. Since I arrived early, I had a quick read. Then it was read by the minister immediately at 11.30 am and said that these are scheduled to be debated in the next few days.

The speed and secrecy of this bill is always a giveaway that the govt has a controversial bill and intend to ram it through. The bill allows for govt to deduct pay, allowances, pensions, grants from judges, junior policemen and armed forces to settle outstanding debt for public sector housing.

Politically this is suicidal for UMNO BN since nearly all in these groups are Bumiputeras. Whilst the legislation is a question of law, the drive to push these legislations is a sure sign that the government finances are totally koyak. Targeting the lowest paid civil servants is a sure sign of extreme desperation.

Read articles below:

Will keep all updated on the debates.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/06/15/pkr-rep-questions-bills-empowering-govt-to-deduct-benefits-allowances-of-judges-police-and-military-personnel/

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/mp-questions-move-to-dock-civil-servants-security-personnel-pay-for-unpaid

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/06/15/Parliament-Judges-Pay/7

 

Parliamentary Reforms?

The Speaker of Dewan Rakyat Tan Sri Pandikar Amin said he wants to reform Parliament, make it more open, more modern, more relevant. All this after his heart to heart with Dr. Mahathir, which he then U-turned on. Presumably because after Dr. Mahathir, he had a heart to heart talk with Najib.

Two days ago, he ejected 2 DAP MPs from the Dewan. Yesterday, he denied the motion to debate claims by the Police Special Branch that 80% of border authorities are corrupt, even though the Minister acknowledged the report.

Now, our self proclaimed “reformist minded” Speaker comes to the rescue of Najib over 1MDB.

 

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/speaker-rules-out-live-telecast-of-pac-hearings-on-1mdb