Parliamentary Issues

A Flying Car For Malaysia?

Greetings from Parliament. I just completed back to back Public Accounts Committee hearings. The Deputy Speaker of Australia dropped by to observe 5 minutes of our hearing.

This morning session was on the flying car project, where we heard testimonies from officials of Techventures.

The afternoon session was with former MP Wee Jeck Seng (MCA), over the Vehicle Entry Permit project. Wee had a 25% stake in the company that was awarded a nego tender of RM150 million.

In addition, my interns came to Parliament and we did a farewell lunch for the current group. Most of the interns will end their internship when I am in Germany. We had a simple lunch at the Lake Club and as usual, I gave my interns some words of advice for their future. Today we said goodbye to Chaleena and Clara.

Day 2 of PAC Hearings

Good afternoon from Parliament. This is day 2 of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearings.

This morning, we summoned the ministry of education officials. This is a first hearing based on the findings of the Auditor General Office report. One issue raised is the allegation regarding the political appointment of an advisor by the minister of education, but parked under the payroll of Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS).

After lunch, we will have a hearing on Petronas LPG subsidies, where MoF officials have been asked to testify.

Attached are the farewell pictures of my current summer interns, which we took yesterday in Parliament.

The Biggest PAC Investigation Yet

Good morning. Yesterday after lunch, we had our 2nd Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing. This is by far the biggest PAC investigation to date and on the subject matter of the LPG cooking gas subsidy.

After many months of investigation, the Auditor General’s office made a finding that some RM600 million a year is lost from this subsidy scheme. They found that the LPG cooking gas subsidy scheme, which is targeted for households, were being widely purchased for commercial use at laundries and restaurants.

On my own back of envelope calculation, some 40% of the total LPG cooking gas sold ended up for commercial/business purposes. I presented my calculations to the MoF and Customs officials, and these numbers were not challenged.

A senior MoF official expressed frustration at the lack of political will in cabinet to tackle this wastage by issuing clearer policy directions. The dominant market LPG suppliers are Petronas and Petron.

The Auditor General office also made a point that during their investigations into the three year period of 2015 to 2017, many requested accounts, data, documents and agreements were unavailable for the audit.

PAC will continue our hearings on this matter in the coming weeks and months, but it is somewhat clear that an urgent political policy decision needs to be made by the prime minister and his cabinet. Otherwise taxpayers will continue to lose RM600 million a year and 40% of the subdidized gas will be wrongly utilised by businesses.

Climate Change: Act Today

Here is the latest news article on climate change: global scientists have just published a report that the climate is changing faster than forecast and as such all countries need to triple their emissions targets.

A personal observation; on my recent trip to Germany in mid September, I experienced normal autumn weather of 10 to 12 degrees celsius for the first four days and then on my last two days, the weather changed back to a hot summer like weather of 18 to 22 degrees celsius. The weather is out of balance. My German friends tell me that it has been an unusual scorching summer.

Do read the article below and do get organised. Write to your local MPs and tell them to push for climate action. I will do my bit to talk to the MPs too when Parliament restarts on 7th October.
https://www.theguardian.com/…/countries-must-triple-climate…

‘Till We Meet Again

Hello, Paul Mae here! Today we bid farewell to Eunice and Ruth. Their five-week internship with our office has just flown by and we’re incredibly sad to see them go. These ladies are tough, yet sweet-spirited. Many of today’s goodbye speeches praised their diligence, maturity, and curiosity.

Eunice: “The work of [reformation] is not yet done. Let [us all] strive on.” – Sun Yat-sen
Ruth: “I am grateful for this short internship at the P104 office. It has taught me that although the political situation in Malaysia may seem disheartening at times, we must not lose heart in striving towards a truly reformed nation.”

Thank you, Eunice and Ruth, for your service to Subang and to Malaysia–we are sure the latter will continue!