Friday, March 20, 2009

Kemuka surat bantah MBI - Sinar Harian Perak Edition

IPOH – Pasukan Khidmat Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) Jelapang menghantar surat bantahan kepada Datuk Bandar Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI) berkenaan isu pembinaan menara telekomunikasi.
Pengerusi Pasukan Khidmat DAP Jelapang, Frankie Wong Yoon berkata, bantahan ini dibuat kepada MBI kerana kami menerima aduan daripada pemilik-pemilik kilang dan juga penduduk setempat berhubung pembinaan menara telekomunikasi di atas lot tanah bernombor 2, Persiaran Jelapang Maju 7, Kawasan Perindustrian Ringan Jelapang Maju.
Menurutnya, penduduk di kawasan sekitar risau akan akibat yang bakal diterima yang dipercayai memberi berisiko tinggi terhadap kesihatan termasuk serangan pelbagai penyakit kronik lain kesan daripada menara pemancar berkenaan. “Dianggarkan lebih kurang 1,000 buah rumah di kawasan berkenaan mempunyai penghuni dan kemungkinan besar golongan inilah yang mempunyai risiko tinggi diserang pelbagai penyakit.
“Manakala lebih 200 buah kilang yang beroperasi dan boleh menyebabkan nilai aset dan produk dikeluarkan terjejas serta menurun dari segi nilai pasaran,” katanya semasa sidang media di pejabat MBI, semalam.
Sementara itu, Setiausaha Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat, P Sugumaran berkata, MBI sepatutnya lebih bertanggungjawab dalam soal ini kerana ia melibatkan penduduk setempat. Menurutnya, memang tidak dinafikan dari segi prosedur Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) pembinaan menara berkenaan mengikut garis panduan yang ditetapkan.
“Apa yang mendukacitakan ialah risiko kepada penduduk setempat serta operasi kilang-kilang berdekatan terjejas. “Lagipun, pembinaan menara berkenaan dari segi penstrukturannya tidak selamat dan tidak kukuh, tapak menara hanya menggunakan konkrit simen di permukaan tanah sahaja bukannya dikorek serta disimen pada dasarnya,” katanya semasa ditemui di sini. Sugumaran berkata, faktor keselamatan menara berkenaan dipertikaikan kerana kemungkinan besar boleh menimpa kilang berdekatan dan penduduk setempat.
“Oleh sebab itulah kita membawa isu ini untuk berjumpa dengan Datuk Bandar supaya dapat diselesaikan dengan segera. “Kita bukannya mahu mempertikaikan tugas MBI ataupun mempunyai agenda lain tetapi keselamatan masyarakat setempat perlu diambil kira dan diutamakan terlebih dahulu,” katanya. Sehubungan itu, Pasukan Khidmat DAP Jelapang telah berjumpa Setiausaha Bandaraya Ipoh, Datuk Abd. Rahim Md. Arif wakil kepada Datuk Bandar yang berada di luar Perak, dan beliau memberi jaminan perkara berkenaan akan diselesaikan secepat mungkin.
Datuk Abd. Rahim berkata, hasil aduan dan siasatan telah dijalankan serta laporan mengenai perkara ini dalam proses lengkap. Sugumaran berkata, paling penting isu ini akan dapat diselesaikan dengan kadar segera serta boleh memberi manfaat kepada semua pihak khususnya penduduk dan pengusaha kilang kawasan berkenaan.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Stimulus or Supplement Budget

This Budget asks and answers some rather big questions. Begin by asking the man in the street, and he will say that he is happy with anyone’s budget because he is not going to benefit out of it directly or indirectly.

And so the finance minister who is also the Deputy Prime Minister is not dared politician to take on the criticism on his newly tabled Stimulus budget.

Why am I saying so? In the first place what’s wrong with the earlier Budget been tabled by the current Prime Minister? Why do we need to have 2 budgets within a very short spell of time? We have not achieved anything in the passed budget within the shortest possible time and they have not implemented a single project out of it.

The second big question to ask, therefore, is whether economics can hope to prevail over populism, or whether these new political budget considerations always triumph good economics?
To me it is not a positive mini Budget, because it’s not a having growth momentum.
It is a desperate election Budget by Najib, keeping in mind the both Bukit by-elections. The Deputy Prime Minister has not balanced the requirement of the economy keeping in mind the global economic crisis.

And so a government led by economists and economic reformers has ended up blowing to the current political considerations especially to the new waiting Prime Minister and creating an impression on implementing over a year programmes that they may not believe in, but which they have to introduce and then find reasons to support or give excuses to the citizens.
The non triumph stimulus budget also shows that the government are more keen in spending more funds in providing job trainings rather than creating more job opportunities in the country.
What is the purpose of spending in employment programmes on which is not guaranteed in return and with the current economic crisis this policy not realises now that the programme is not being implemented well.

What is our current unemployment rate in Malaysia and how many of them been retrenched over 6 months? What is the retrenchment ratio like; between labourers, skilled workers and professional groups? Do they have the statistics? If yes, the government should more precise and confine in handling the retrenchment issue in this country.

The way the government does its accounting, are they really showing all the spending in the Budget to the public? I doubt.

That brings up another big question: The last big question is whether governments can be trusted to be responsible with money.

In short, the Stimulus budget presented by the Deputy Prime Minister had failed to address the real root of economic recession and it’s a temporary budget by the temporary federal government and a temporary finance minister. Instead of giving any relief to the common man, the budget aims to impress people with large sum and later will confuse them as whole.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009