IRB Investment Panel

In June this year, during Parliament I clashed with the government on the issue of the IRB Investment Panel. After 3 press conferences and pressure on the 2nd Minister of Finance, they withdrew the bill. 

The government said that it will revise and then re-table the bill in this coming Parliament sitting. 

Two weeks ago, I issued a letter to the Ministry asking for a copy of the new draft bill. No replies. Today I read in the Edge Financial Daily that according to sources, the govt has decided to do away with the Investment Panel. I will do a press conference on this matter on Wednesday.

 

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PJS10 Work Commences

After the visit by my team last Wednesday morning to PJS10/9, today MBPJ and the cleaning contractor has started work unclogging all the drains in the vicinity. 

This is NOT a long term solution. The drains are clogged due to indiscriminate rubbish throwing of mostly food waste into the drains and illegal “extensions” over the drains.

For a longer term solution, we need to break all these extensions and also install and enforce food and waste traps.

However from the Subang Jaya experience, such an initiative can be very difficult to implement. In Subang, we tried to demolish a Bak Kut Teh illegal extension over the drains and the local authority officers were met with parangs from the shop. Then MCA came and made it a bigger issue. That matter is now in limbo.

Malaysia has ample laws but no one seems to comply with them. Where does this culture come from? It does not help when people in power believe that they are above the law.

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MBPJ Contractors at work

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Unclogging the drain

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We must find long-term solutions

 

 

PJS10 Community

Last Monday, I went to PJS10 to attend a teh tarik session with the local community. I was greeted by some 50 irate residents, all armed with complaints. All things considered, the session went well and I jotted down some 10 complaints on my note book and must have spoken for 2 hours without a microphone. There were a lot of complaints on drains, dengue, roads, garbage etc. I had a hard time explaning that my main job is national public policy. But I promised to send in my staff, the councillor and the mbpj officers wednesday morning (Tuesday was a holiday).

So two days later, (yesterday morning) Mr. Ho (my MBPJ representative), Gillian (my new research officer) and my two brand new interns William and Ying Ning together with Liza, the very able councillor personal assistant, went bravely to meet the residents. Liza brought along MBPJ and the cleaning contractors. They recorded and photographed all the complaints. We spent two hours there. I think the residents were pleasantly surprised that we actually kept our word and took action.

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Teh Tarik Session at PJS10

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My staff with a resident at PJS10

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My staff and MBPJ staff answering residents’ complaints

Students’ Appeals under HEAP

I have received a lot of emails from students who have lodged appeals under the PKR Higher Education Advisory & Complaints Portal (HEAP) because they could not get a place in public university. I am sorry if I cannot reply to all your emails individually. YB Sim Tze Tzin who leads this initiative on behalf of PKR has issued the following public statement.

Kenyataan Media: Tambahan tawaran IPTA oleh Kementerian Pendidikan membuktikan Tekanan Rakyat mencapai kejayaan

Mengikut laporan, Ketua Pengarah Pendidikan Tinggi, Jabatan Pengajian Tinggi, Kementerian Pendidikan, Prof. Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail telah mengumumkan penambahan pengambilan pelajar seramai 5,328 ke IPTA untuk sesi 2014/2015, sekaligus meningkatkan jumlah pengambilan 42,795 orang pelajar ke IPTA.

1.0 Langkah Terdesak

Penambahan terkini seramai 5,328 pelajar atau 25% pelajar yang merayu ke IPTA/UPU membuktikan bahawa Kementerian telah gagal menawarkan tempat yang mencukupi pada bulan Ogos. Hanya seramai 37,467 pelajar layak atau 55.5% yang ditawarkan tempat pada bulan Ogos. Kami percaya penambahan mendadak ini adalah langkah terdesak “desperate attempt” akibat kemarahan ramai pelajar dan ibu bapa mereka.

Walau bagaimanapun, Parti Keadilan melihat perkembangan terbaru ini secara positif, dan kami berasa bangga kerana hasil tekanan pihak Parti KEADILAN, Pakatan Rakyat, media dan rakyat jelata telah berjaya membuahkan hasil. Parti KEADILAN telah melancarkan laman web HEAP di heap.keadilanrakyat.org pada bulan Ogos dan mendapat sambutan hangat akibat ramai pelajar gagal mendapat tempat ke IPTA atau mendapat kursus yang amat mengecewakan. Sepanjang 10 hari pembukaan laman web HEAP, kami telah mendapat aduan daripada 254 pelajar dari pelbagai kaum dan agama, terutamanya pelajar dari keluarga berpendapatan rendah.

2.0 Sistem UPU yang perlu rombakan semula

Hakikat bahawa krisis kemasukan pelajar IPTA berlaku setiap tahun sejak 20 tahun yang lalu membuktikan bahawa Kelemahan yang ketara berlaku pada Kementerian Pendidikan. Mengikut database HEAP, kami boleh merumuskan bahawa terdapat 2 senario kelemahan sistem UPU:
1. Pelajar Cemerlang dapat kursus luar pilihan & luar biasa.
2. Pelajar yang cemerlang tetapi gagal mendapat tawaran walaupun pelajar yang lebih lemah dapat tawaran.

Parti Keadilan telah membuat analisis yang mendalam dan akan membuat pertemuan dengan pegawai kementerian untuk mencadang penyelesaian yang konstruktif.

3.0 Pengambilan sesi 2014/2015 hanya 63.5%

Ketiga, kami merasa kecewa kerana jumlah pelajar yang layak untuk sesi 2014/2015 adalah seramai 67,388 pelajar, penambahan 5,328 pelajar yang terbaru hanya meningkatkan kemasukan pelajar ke 42,795. Maka pengambilan pelajar untuk sesi 2014/2015 hanyalah pada kadar 63.5%. Pada sesi 2013/2014 yang lepas kadar pengambilan adalah 71.9%. Ini bermaksud, IPTA masih mengurangkan pengambilan sebanyak 8.4% berbanding tahun lepas. Mengikut statistik World Bank, jumlah rakyat Malaysia yang berpendidikan tinggi hanya pada 36% sahaja. Malaysia masih ketinggalan berbanding dengan Korea Selatan 89%, Thailand 41%.

Kementerian Pelajaran harus menjawab kenapa pengambilan pelajar IPTA telah merosot 8.4%, satu angka yang amat membimbangkan. Adakah MOE menghadapi masalah kewangan dan ingin meringankan bebanan menampung pelajar? Adakah Universiti tempatan telah menukar fokus, dengan mementingkan kemasukan pelajar asing? Atau dasar kerajaan ingin memupuk perkembangan IPTS dengan mengurangkan kadar kemasukan pelajar berkelayakan? Ini persoalan yang harus dijawab dengan jelas oleh Kementerian.

4.0 Commercialization of Higher Education

Parti KEADILAN mendesak kerajaan jangan melepaskan tangan daripada tanggungjawab mendidik rakyat Malaysia kepada IPTS. Parti Keadilan berpendapat agak bimbang dasar kerajaan yang giat membenarkan penubuhan IPTS akan mengakibatkan “commercialization of Higher Education.

Pada tahun 2014, ahli-ahli Parlimen meluluskan bajet tertinggi sebanyak 21% atau 54.6 billion ringgit kepada Kementerian Pendidikan berbanding 2013 hanya RM38.7 bil. Peningkatan bajet sebanyak RM15.9 bil atau 41% y-o-y ini agak mendadak dan harus dipakai oleh Kementerian Pendidikan demi melaksanakan tanggungjawab mendidik rakyat Malaysia.

Sim Tze Tzin
Ahli Parlimen Bayan Baru
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa HEAP KEADILAN

Selamat Hari Malaysia

Selamat Hari Malaysia. I especially want to convey my best wishes to my fellow MPs from Sabah & Sarawak.

Here is PKR President Kak Wan’s message for today. Later on at 2 pm I will be joining her for a Gaza humanitarian event in Kelana Jaya.

PERUTUSAN HARI MALAYSIA 2014

51 tahun yang lalu negara kita Malaysia telah ditubuhkan berteraskan semangat persaudaraan di kalangan masyarakat yang majmuk, dan ditadbir sebagai sebuah persekutuan berlandaskan prinsip dan sistem demokrasi berparlimen. Perkara asas ini wajar diperingati setiap 16 September.

Namun apabila kita melihat di kalangan sanak saudara kita khusus di Sabah dan Sarawak, jelas masih banyak yang perlu dilakukan. Kita tidak mahu mana-mana ahli keluarga besar Malaysia ditinggal, dilupakan, dipinggir.

Bukan sahaja itu, keselamatan di sempadan-sempadan negara kita perlu diperketat. Insiden-insiden pencerobohan sempadan khusus di Sabah mutakhir ini amat membimbangkan, lebih-lebih lagi apabila penceroboh terlibat dalam keganasan sehingga mengakibatkan kehilangan nyawa dan harta benda. Isu keselamatan ini perlu ditangani dengan kadar segera demi menjamin kedaulatan negara.

Sempena Hari Malaysia, dalam usaha kita membina sebuah Malaysia yang lebih baik, kita perlu sedar dan ingat bahawa masih banyak undang-undang yang zalim dan menekan rakyat yang perlu dimansuhkan, termasuklah Akta Hasutan, Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan, Seksyen 504 Kanun Keseksaan, dan Akta Kesalahan Keselamatan (Langkah-Langkah Khas) antara lain. Selagi undang-undang kukubesi seperti ini wujud, selagi itu Malaysia belum benar-benar merdeka.

Oleh itu, KEADILAN memegang teguh pada semangat perjuangan untuk memastikan kesatuan dikalangan rakyat Malaysia kekal utuh bagi menjamin masa depan yang lebih baik untuk Malaysia. Sebarang usaha untuk melemah dan menghancurkan perpaduan ini mesti kita tentang demi masa depan negara.

Pertahankan perpaduan kita. Mansuhkan Akta Hasutan.

Selamat Hari Malaysia.

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
Presiden KEADILAN

16 September 2014

Budget Prep, Desa Ria & Desa Mentari with Kak Wan, Subang VPU

I have been busy with the Pakatan Rakyat alternative budget which is coming up to debate in the next Parliamentary session, starting the 2nd week of October.

The alternative budget team comprises of Rafizi, Dr Fahmi Ngah, Shao Loong and myself from PKR, Dr Ong Kian Meng from DAP and Dr Dzul and Azmeer from PAS. The team is organising data, analyses and issues. We have started writing with a target for completion by end of the month.

Last weekend, on community engagements I had 4 events. 2 weeks ago was super busy with some 12 events. So this weekend was at a nice leisurely pace.

For Saturday 8 am, I joined a gotong royong in Desaria 5a. Later at 9.30 am, I officiated block 2 Desa Mentari PASTI sports event. Kak Wan graced these two events. She is doing a meet the people of Selangor initiative and her presence drew in a record crowd of gotong royong people.

Later on Saturday night, I had a mooncake event at the low cost flats in PJS7 with Hannah. PJS 7 is a model success story of low cost housing. Hannah and the JMB team of Mr. Kok and Mary worked tirelessly to upgrade the facilities. They built a community hall and painted the place up. It is really a stark difference compared to Desaria.

Yesterday, I met the voluntary patrol unit (VPU) aasociation of Subang Jaya for a lunch makan. I met their new chairman Mr.Chan, a fine gentleman. It was good to see the police and VPU together working to fight crime in Selangor.

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Desa Mentari Sukan Pasti Event

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Gotong-royong at Desa Ria

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With the Voluntary Patrol Unit of Subang Jaya

Mid-autumn Festivities

Happy Mooncake Festival to all!

The elected representatives of Kelana Jaya constituency are busy this weekend, continuing with their community engagement activities.

Last night I attended 3 events; the PJ Coffeeshop and Hawker association dinner then to Subang PJS 9 to join YB Hannah Yeoh for a community night event with residents. Then, to USJ 3 for a lantern festival event, celebrating with kids and parents around the meighbourhood.

This morning at 8am I was with Nik Nazmi to do a tree planting event with the residents of Tiara Condo. We had a short exercise session to warm up courtesy of Fitness First. Later, I went to Puteri Condo for an anti-dengue campaign. We did door-to-door campaigning to meet residents and distribute leaflets and abate. The condo alone had recorded 60 cases this year and is the main hotspot area in Kelana Jaya. Members of MBPJ and Ministry of Health were also there to help.

At 10 am, I joined YB Hannah at Subang Jaya ss 15 to launch an autism workshop organised by the City Discipleship Presbyterian Church. It was great to catch up with my friend Meng Yee. YB Hannah is a strong supporter of this program and has consistently championed this special kids cause.

Great engaging with the community this lantern festival weekend.

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At Tiara Condo

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Children celebrating with lanterns

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Community night event with YB Hannah Yeoh and residents

Interns Needed

My office welcomes anyone interested in an internship experience. We offer a small stipend that will help with lunch and travel costs, and lots of experience. We encourage those interested to undertake at minimum a one month internship. All interns receive a letter of recommendation upon completion of their internship.

As an intern you will be working with my two permanent staff and assisting them in their day to day duties. This includes, but is not limited to administrative work, following up on cases, assisting with research, and occasionally attending community events. If you have ever wondered what an MP’s office does or what an MP’s role in the community is, this is an opportunity to find out.

If you are interested please send your resume and cover letter to gillian.wongchen@gmail.com.

Selamat Hari Merdeka!

Happy Independence Day, Malaysia!

Today I attended two Merdeka functions in the morning. The first was at the Subang Jaya Buddhist Association with YB Hannah Yeoh. The SJBA event as usual, is well organised and well attended. They also served some of the nicest ondeh-ondeh. After delivering a speech, I went to PJS10 Seri Setia to hand out prizes for a Merdeka Jogathon event. I arrived just in time and together with the Councillor Halimey, we helped out with a community lucky draw too. PJS 10 Residents Association and Rukun Tetangga are quite active and this is my fourth event with them. Mr Pule and Encik Mansor jointly run the community there. They also happily reported that crime rate has been on a downtrend.

In the same morning, my staff Tim and Gillian went to Sepang with 90 residents (some adults mostly kids) from Desa Mentari for an automobile racing cars exhibition called Summernats. It’s an Australian thing, apparently. My team reports that the kids were all super happy being given VIP seats in Sepang F1 and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The tickets and transportation were courtesy of JPM Motorsport and other Summernats sponsors.

PJS10 Jogathon

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Prize giving ceremony at PJS10

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SBJA Merdeka Event

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Desa Ria kids at Summernats