Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Budget Speech

Vote according to your Conscience: Reject the 2016 Budget
Honourable Tan Sri Speaker,
I am grateful for the opportunity to debate the 2016 Budget.
2 I urge the Honourable Members of this August House especially those on the right of this hall, to vote according to your conscience and reject the 2016 Budget.
3 Firstly, it is uncertain the Honourable Member from Pekan retains the confidence of the majority of the Dewan Rakyat. It is a fundamental principle of the Westminster parliamentary democratic system and an express requirement of our Constitution that the Prime Minister must retain the confidence of the majority in the Dewan Rakyat. The Motion of No Confidence submitted by the Honourable Member from Petaling Jaya Selatan is buried at the bottom of the Order Paper, item 27 out of 30 items. It will not see day light. The Honourable Speaker suggests the Opposition Leader inform him of the Barisan Nasional MPs who support the Motion of No Confidence she submitted before he decides to table the Motion. This is not the practice of a 1st World Parliament. It is not even done in a 3rd World Parliament or any parliamentary democracy.
4 The textbook Erskine May on “Parliamentary Practice” states that a Motion of No Confidence must be debated immediately and takes priority over other motions. The Speaker is to take action immediately upon receiving such a motion because it is a motion submitted by the potentially next government. The Speaker is to inform the Government of the day and the Government of the day has to decide on the date for the debate without delay. Failure to do so is an admission that the prime minister has lost the confidence of the House. It will be an illegitimate Government. An illegitimate Government has no moral authority to collect one ringgit of tax from the citizens nor to spend one ringgit of the taxpayers’ money.
5 Secondly, there is a crisis of confidence in the leadership of the Honourable Member from Pekan. The 1st Cause is the Honourable Member from Pekan used his powers as Prime Minister to interfere with criminal investigations against him. This is a corrupt practice under section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act. The Honourable Member from Sungai Petani has in his speech provided the details and events on the sacking of the Deputy Prime Minister and other Ministers who dare to ask questions on 1MDB, the removal of the Attorney-General, disbanding of the Special Task Force, transfer of the MACC directors, Special Branch directors and the police investigating the MACC officers. The PAC could not carry on with its investigation of 1MDB after the Prime Minister appointed 4 PAC members to the Cabinet. The special strategic communications director, the Member from Kota Belud and Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government said that the Prime Minister had to “take out people” after an alleged charge sheet against the Prime Minister emerged.
6 The 2nd Cause is the lack of a full and frank disclosure on the state of Government finances. The Government has not provided a full disclosure of the RM42 billion loans owed by 1MDB, a wholly-owned company by the Ministry of Finance and the RM2.6 billion in the Prime Minister’s private account. The Prime Minister should have given immediately a full and complete explanation when the Wall Street Journal published the article in July. The people also waited in vain for him to give his explanation in his 2016 Budget speech. His prolonged and protracted silence only leads to the inference that there is everything to hide. This has led to the declining confidence in his leadership.
7 The Prime Minister also did not include in this Budget, information on two further matters which affects the confidence and trust of the people in the Government. This lack of openness in the Budget process leads to loss of faith and confidence in the Government’s management of the people’s money and the economy. The Government use off-budget mechanisms to finance government projects. The PAC in its report on Pembinaan PFI Sdn Bhd found that PFI was used to raise RM27 billion to finance projects and activities. Although the projects were identified as part of the 10th Malaysia Plan, the expenditure funded by PFI was not tabled to Parliament. PAC found the PFI programme to be an off-budget government loan. The off-budget expenditure created doubts as to the integrity of the figures produced in the budget, they did not reflect the real financial standing of the Government, its contingent liabilities, deficit calculation and level of government debt. The actual deficit and government debt would be higher if the PFI debt is taken into account. PAC in its report made recommendations for the provisions, expenses and debts of PFI to be tabled for approval by Parliament. PAC further recommend that all forms of off-budget expenditures should also be reported to Parliament. Unfortunately, the 2016 Budget has not complied with these recommendations.
8 The Government did not provide full disclosure of the amount of guarantees, letters of comfort and other forms of expression of financial support given for loans taken by statutory bodies and government-linked companies. Irrespective of whether it is a guarantee, letter of comfort or other form of letter of support, the Government in the end has to pay if the GLC defaults. There have been too many cases of this nature in the past. The Government lost RM3 billion for Pewaja, RM12 billion for PKFZ, RM20 billion in the several restructuring exercises of MAS and now the potential liability of RM42 billion for 1MDB. It is shocking to see in Attachment 6 to the Federal Government Financial Statement of 2014 that the total amount of government guarantees to statutory bodies and GLCs is RM850 billion (RM850,035,142,802.34). This will be substantially more once letters of comfort and other forms of letters of support are given to show the total amount of the Government’s contingent liabilities. This will far exceed the 55% GDP limit placed on Government debt. It makes a mockery of the members of parliament to debate late into the night for the payment of RM500 bonus to government servants while the executive commits the Government to billions in debt for GLC without the approval or knowledge of parliament.
9 The 3rd Cause is the abuse and breaking down of our nation’s institutions. The independence of the Judiciary was destroyed in the 1980’s by the then prime minister. What little hope of the judiciary’s redemption was shattered by the Court’s convicting opposition leader, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim. International jurists have remarked that he should not have been convicted. Recently the Court of Appeal delivered a decision that the Peaceful Assembly Act does not contravene the Constitution. This contradicts the decision of an earlier but different panel of the Court of Appeal, leading to uncertainty in the law. The former prime minister, Tun Ahmad Badawi sought to correct this wrong by enacting the Judicial Commission Act. This has been set back by the recent revelation that the Judicial Appointments Commission’s recommendation for the elevation of Justice Mohd Hishamuddin Mohd Yunus to the Federal Court in 2013 was rejected by the Prime Minister. The most cable and respected judge was passed over many times. Another example of the breaking down of our institutions is Bank Negara Malaysia. The integrity of Bank Negara Malaysia, an internationally respected institution has been irreparably damaged. Questions remained unanswered, how BNM allowed RM2.6 billion to be transferred into the Prime Minister’s private bank account. There appears to be a lack of oversight by BNM. Now it appears by the Attorney-General’s rejection of BNM’s recommendation to charge 1MDB that BNM is also incompetent and cannot even carry out a proper investigation to enforce its exchange control regulations.
10 The 4th Cause, is that Government responded to the 1 MDB revelation by investigations, arrests and detention of opposition politicians, activists, students, academicians, banning of newspapers and blogs and race-based mobilization. This has raised concerns of security and stability.
11. All these four causes have combined to affect the confidence of both local and foreign investors. MIDF Equities reported on 3 August 2015 that an estimated outflow of RM11.7 billion surpassing the RM6.9 billion outflow in the whole of 2014. It has led to the plunging value of the Ringgit which is described as due to “sentiments.” Fitch Ratings and economists have also described the Government’s 2016 estimated revenue to be “optimistic.” The use of these words is a polite form of euphemism for loss of confidence. Subsidies for petrol, sugar, cooking oil and rice have been removed. BR1M does not provide full relief for the rising costs of living and burden of GST. Price increases mean consumers are more careful in spending, which in turns leads to an economic slowdown as the domestic market lacks stimulation. It means that the Malaysian business will be negatively affected. The Malaysian Employers’ Federation (MEF) reported in July that 10,000 people have been retrenched due to the declining value of the ringgit, escalating prices and economic slowdown and more will no doubt follow.
12 The revenue estimates for the 2016 Budget is indeed “optimistic” based on an 8.9% growth on company income tax and 44% increase in GST and not realistic when GDP growth is only expected to be 4-5%. Any hope that private consumption will help to sustain growth needs to overcome several challenges. The high level of household debt which is more than 80% of GDP will act as a dampener on private consumption and domestic demand. Stagnant wages are likely to weaken demand. The problem of high household debt and stagnant wages are due to structural problems. Real wages in manufacturing and the service sector have not increased significantly. This has contributed to a brain drain of Malaysians of all ethnicities. Wages are held down by the high importation of cheap low-skilled foreign labour. The lack of political will and inadequate resources for investment on improving skills of the workforce, limited development of English-proficiency, problem solving and creative thinking and lack of other soft skills have led to the declining standards and productivity of the Malaysian workforce. The proposed increase of minimum wages from RM900 to RM1,000 and from RM800 to RM900 in Sabah and Sarawak will not resolve the problems without a holistic, strategic and sustained combined effort of the Government and the industries. There is none in this Budget.
13 The temporary cash payments in the form of BR1M have no meaningful contributions to reduce household debt or to adequately cover the rising cost of living and inflation. The increase in toll rates, removal of rice subsidy will more than take back the increase in BR1M payments. The executive director of MIER, Zakariah Abdul Rashid has described BR1M as “helicopter raining money.” It is a populist move with no positive impact on productivity and without any “multiplier effect.” What is needed is a sustainable social safety net to address the current economic difficulties faced by the middle and lower income groups. This is not found in the 2016 Budget.
14 I therefore ask the Members of this August House to vote against the 2016 Budget according to your conscience. You cannot in good conscience allow the needs of one man to prevail over the needs of thirty million. Allow one man to keep his job while thousands will lose theirs. I know party discipline require you to vote on party lines. My respected colleagues on the right side of this August House, you have until now turned a blind eye to the destruction of our constitutional safeguards, institutions and democracy. You have closed your minds to the truth. You have dutifully acted as a rubber stamp to wastage and excesses.
15 Today I ask you to open your eyes and open your minds. Open your eyes and look at the Merdeka Centre report- only 23% support this Government. Malay support has sunk to 31%. Open your mind and accept the significance of the unprecedented case of the Rulers Conference issuing a statement for the 1MDB investigations to be carried out, completed and those involved punished. Remember your oath to faithfully discharge your duties when you were elected as a member of parliament. Your duty is to exercise reason and good judgment in the best interest of the nation. You duty is to act according to the clearest conviction of your judgment and conscience. It is not to obey blindly, vote according to dictation and act for the best interest of one individual.
16 Those of you constrained to vote against your conscience, to vote against your heart and mind, to vote for the Budget and to retain the Honourable Member from Pekan, know when our economy lies in ruins, when heads of families are without jobs, when people are unable to make ends meet, know the people have - in their hands the power to vote. The people will vote against corruption, vote against abuse, vote against oppression, the people will vote you out of power.
17 For these reasons, I reject the 2016 Budget. Thank you.
William Leong Jee Keen
MP Selayang
2 November 2015

Ucapan Debat Bajet 2016 : Menolak Bajet 2016

Mengundi Mengikut Hati Nurani : Menolak Bajet 2016

Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Yang Di Pertua,

Saya mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kerana diberi peluang untuk membahaskan Bajet 2016.
2 Saya meminta Ahli-Ahli Yang Berhormat di Dewan yang Mulia ini terutama rakan-rakan di depan saya untuk mengundi mengikut hati nurani dan menolak Bajet 2016 (dengan izin “to vote according to your conscience and reject the 2016 Budget”).

3 Alasan pertama untuk menolak bajet 2016 adalah tiada kepastian Yang Berhormat Pekan masih ada sokongan majoriti Dewan Rakyat. Prinsip asas sistem kerajaan demokrasis berparlimen Westminster dan satu keperluan yang nyata Perlembagaan kita ialah perdana menteri perlu sokongan majoriti Dewan Rakyat. Dua Usul Tidak Percaya telah dibawah. Usul Tidak Percaya (Motion of No Confidence) yang dikemukakan oleh Ahli Yang Berhormat dari Petaling Jaya Selatan terbenam di bawah Kertas Perintah. Perkara 27 daripada 30 perkara, ia tidak ada peluang untuk dibahas. YB Yang DiPertua meminta Ketua Pembangkang, Ahli Berhormat Permatang Pauh, untuk memkemukakan ahli-ahli Parlimen Barisan Nasional yang menyokong Usul Tidak Percaya dibawah oleh Ketua Pembangkang, sebelum keputusan diambil untuk membenarkan Usul tersebut untuk dibahas. Ini bukan amalan demokrasi berparlimen.

4 Saya yakin Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Yang Di Pertua mengikut buku teks “Parliamentary Practice” oleh Erskine May. Usul Tidak Percaya perlu dibahaskan dengan segera dan diberikan keutamaan daripada usul-usul lain. Mengikut dengan izin “Parliamentary Practice and Convention” Kerajaan wajib menentukan tarikh dan maklumkan kepada speaker bila usul akan dibahas dengan segera. Ini adalah sebab kegagalan berbuat demikian adalah pengakuan bahawa perdana menteri telah hilang sokongan majority legislatif. Ia akan menjadi satu Kerajaan yang tidak sah (dengan izin “a government lacking legitimacy”). Satu Kerajaan yang tidak sah tidak mempunyai kuasa moral untuk mengutip satu ringgit cukai daripada rakyat ataupun untuk membelanjakan satu ringgit wang pembayar-pembayar cukai.

5 Alasan Kedua, adalah terdapat krisis keyakinan terhadap kepimpinan (dengan izin “a Crisis of Confidence in the Leadership). Sebab Pertama adalah siasatan jenayah terhadap Perdana Menteri telah diganggu. Ahli Yang Berhormat dari Sungai Petani telah merujuk kepada pemecatan Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan Menteri-Menteri lain yang berani menyoalkan 1MDB, penyingkiran Peguam Negara, pembubaran pasukan petugas khas, pemindahan pengarah-pengarah SPRM, pengarah-pengarah Cawangan Khas kepada jabatan di bawah Pejabat Perdana Menteri yang belum wujud dan polis menyiasat pegawai-pegawai penyiasat SPRM. PAC tidak boleh meneruskan siasatan selepas Perdana Menteri melantik 4 ahli PAC kepada Kabinet. Pengarah komunikasi strategik khas, Ahli dari Kota Belud dan Menteri Kesahteraan Bandar, Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan telah dilapor berkata bahawa Perdana Menteri terpaksa “take out people” selepas kertas pertuduhan yang didakwa terhadap Perdana Menteri muncul. Tindakan ini adalah kesalahan dibawa seksyen 23 Akta Surhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia 2009;

6. Sebab Kedua adalah kekurangan penjelasan menyeluruh (full and frank disclosure) mengenai keadaan kewangan Kerajaan. Kerajaan tidak memberikan penjelasan menyeluruh tentang hutang RM42 bilion 1MDB dan RM2.6 bilion dalam akaun peribadinya. Perdana Menteri. Sepatutnya penjelasan penuh dan lengkap perlu dimaklumkan dengan segera selepas artikel Wall Street Journal diterbitkan pada bulan Julai. Rakyat juga telah menanti-nantikan Yang Berhormat Pekan memberikan penjelasan penuh dalam Ucapan Bajet 2016, tetapi malangnya ini tidak berlaku. Berdiam diri berpanjangan dan berlarutan hanya membawa kesimpulan bahawa ada segala-galanya yang hendak disembunyikan (dengan izin “the prolonged and protracted silence only give rise to the inference that there is everything to hide”). Oleh yang demikian kesan adalah keyakinan terhadap kepimpinan terjejas and makin menurun;

7 Keyakinan juga terjejas kerana Kerajaan menggunakan mekanisme off-budget untuk membiayai projek-projek kerajaan. PAC dalam laporannya mengenai Pembinaan PFI Sdn Bhd mendapati bahawa PFI telah digunakan untuk meminjam RM27 bilion untuk membiayai projek-projek dan aktiviti-aktiviti. Walaupun projek-projek telah dikenal pasti sebagai sebahagian daripada Rancangan Malaysia Ke-10, perbelanjaan yang dibiayai oleh PFI tidak dibentangkan ke Parlimen. PAC mendapati program PFI sebagai suatu pinjaman kerajaan off-budget. Perbelanjaan off-budget menimbulkan keraguan mengenai integriti angka-angka dalam bajet yang tidak memberikan kedudukan sebenar kewangan kerajaan, liabiliti kontinjen (“contingent liability”), pengiraan defisit dan tahap hutang kerajaan. Defisit dan hutang Kerajaan yang sebenar akan menjadi lebih tinggi jika hutang PFI diambil kira. PAC dalam laporannya membuat cadangan-cadangan bagi peruntukan, perbelanjaan dan hutang PFI dibentangkan untuk kelulusan Parlimen.  PAC selanjutnya mengesyorkan bahawa semua bentuk perbelanjaan off-budget juga hendaklah dilaporkan kepada Parlimen.  Malangnya, ini tidak dipatuhi bagi Bajet 2016.

8 Keyakinan terhadap Kerajaan juga terjejas sebab Kerajaan tidak menyediakan penjelasan lengkap tentang contingent liability, selain daripada jaminan, surat “letters of comfort” dan lain-lain bentuk sokongan kewangan yang diberikan untuk pinjaman-pinjaman yang diambil oleh badan-badan berkanun dan syarikat-syarikat berkaitan kerajaan (“GLC”) harus dibentangkan. Kerajaan perlu membayar hutang jika GLC ingkar. Terdapat terlalu banyak kes seperti pembayaran RM3 bilion bagi Pewaja, RM12 bilion bagi PKFZ, RM20 bilion dalam beberapa penyusunan semula MAS dan kini potensi liabiliti sebanyak RM42 bilion untuk 1MDB. Adalah mengejutkan untuk melihat dalam Lampiran 6 kepada Penyata Kewangan Kerajaan Persekutuan 2014 bahawa jumlah jaminan kerajaan kepada badan berkanun dan GLC adalah RM850 bilion (RM850,035,142,802.34). Ketaralah jumlah “contingent liability” adalah lebih apabila letter of comfort dan lain-lain bentuk surat sokongan diambil kira. Ini tidak harus berlaku. Ini tidak adil kepada ahli-ahli parliament yang membahas sehingga lewat malam tentang kenaikan gaji pejawat awam atau bonus lima ratus ringgit tetapi hutang berbilion-bilion GLC diberikan tanpa kelulusan atau pengetahuan ahli-ahli parlimen;  

9 Sebab Ketiga adalah penyalahgunaan dan penghancuran institusi negara kita. Kebebasan Badan Kehakiman telah dimusnahkan oleh bekas Perdana Menteri pada zaman lapan pulohan. Apa harapan pemulihan telah berkecai dengan sabitan Mahkamah terhadap Ketua Pembangkang, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, peguam-peguam dari perbadanan perundangan antarabangsa berkata kesabitan Ketua Pembangan tidak wajar. Juga Makahmah Rayuan engan mengikut keputusan yang telah diberikan oleh panel Makahmah Rayuan yang lain dan memutuskan bahawa Akta Perhimpunan Damai tidak melanggar Perlembagaan. Keputusan ini bercanggah dengan keputusan Makahmah Rayuan pertama. Bekas Perdana Menteri Yang Berhormat Tun Ahmad Badawi berusaha untuk membetulkan badan penghakiman dengan menggubal Akta Suruhanjaya Kehakiman. Matlamat ini tidak dapat dicapai kerana baru-baru ini didedahkan bahawa nama Hakim Mohd Hishamuddin Mohd Yunus telah dicadangkan oleh Suruhanjaya Pelantikan Kehakiman untuk pelantikan ke Mahkamah Persekutuan pada tahun 2013 tetapi Perdana Menteri tidak memihak kepada perlantikan beliau. Hakim yang paling rajin, adil dan dihormati telah dilangkau banyak kali. Lain adalah integriti Bank Negara Malaysia, institusi peringkat antarabangsa yang dihormati telah dirosakan. Nampaknya ada kekurangan pengawasan BNM dalam pemindahan RM2.6 bilion dalam akaun peribadi Perdana Menteri. Sekarang ternyata dengan penolakan Peguam Negara terhadap siasatan BNM untuk mendakwa 1MDB. Ini merupakan BNM tidak tahu atau dengan izin “incompetent” menjalankan siasatan.    
10 Sebab Keempat adalah Kerajaan sedang melakukan penyiasatan, penangkapan dan penahanan ahli-ahli politik pembangkang, aktivis-aktivis, pelajar-pelajar, ahli-ahli akademik, pengharaman akhbar dan blog-blog dan mobilisasi berasaskan kaum. Ini telah menimbulkan kebimbangan keselamatan dan kestabilan;

11. Semua empat sebab telah bergabung untuk menjejaskan keyakinan pelabur tempatan dan asing. MIDF Equities melaporkan pada 3 Ogos 2015 bahawa anggaran aliran keluar sebanyak RM11.7 bilion melebihi aliran keluar RM6.9 bilion di seluruh 2014. Ia menyebabkan nilai Ringgit menjunam. Pakar ekonomi memanggil nya sebagai “sentiment.” Fitch Ratings dan ahli-ahli ekonomi juga berkata anggaran hasil Kerajaan 2016 adalah “optimistik”. Perkataan “sentiment” dan “optimistic” adalah istilah berhemah yang bermaksud mereka tidak ada keyakinan kepada anggaran yang diterbitkan. Memang “optimistic” untuk meramalkan hasil Kerajaan naik dengan kenaikan cukai pendapatan syarikat sebanyak 8.9% dan GST 44% dan tidak realistic bila ramalan pertumbuhan KDNK adalah hanya 4-5%. Kenaikan harga bermakna pengguna lebih berhati-hati dalam perbelanjaan, yang akan membawa kepada kelembapan ekonomi kerana pasaran domestik tidak mempunyai rangsangan.

12 Ini bermakna bahawa perniagaan rakyat Malaysia akan terjejas secara negatif. The Malaysian Employers’ Federation (MEF) melaporkan pada bulan Julai bahawa 10,000 orang telah diberhentikan berikutan penyusutan nilai ringgit, harga yang semakin meningkat dan kelembapan ekonomi;

13 Gaji bertakung dan perusahaan tidak dapat naik rantai nilai (dengan izin “move up the value chain”). Ini adalah sebab tahap produktivit buruh rendah, ketidakcekapan pengunaan sumber, proses inovatif yang tidak cukupi, kekurangan kemahiran dan penting sekali kebergantungan kepada pekerja asing berkemahiran rendah. Kebergantungan kepada pekerja asing berkemahiran rendah serta ketiadaan dasar yang komprehensif telah menyumbang kepada peningkatan bilangan pekerja asing berkemahairan rendah. Pada masa ini daripada jangkaan 6 juta pekerja asing lebih daripada 4 juta adalah tanpa izin. Oleh yang demikian cadangan Bajet 2016 untuk menaikan gaji minima daripada RM900 kepada RM1,000 dan daripada RM800 kepada RM900 di Sabah dan Sarawak, tidak akan menyelesaikan masalah. Usaha perlu dilaksanakan secara holistic, bersepadu dan disokong diperingkat Kerajaan, industry dan perusahaan;

14 BR1M tidak dapat membantu golonggan berpendapat rendah menampong kenaikan kos saraf hidup yang tinggi selepas subsidi di mansuhkan dan sekarang kadar tol telah naik dan subsidi beras dimansuhkan. Pengarah eksekutif MIER, Zakariah Abdul Rashid berkata BRIM adalah langkah populist dan merupakan “helicopter raining money.” Bayaran ini hanya menaikan kadar inflasi, tidak ada kesan positif terhadap produktiviti, tidak memberikan “multiplier effect.” BRIM adalah langkah sementara dan bukan penyelesaian. Apa yang diperlukan ialah satu jaringan selamatan sosial yang bekesan untuk menampong kos hidup yang semakin naik dan membebankan rakyat;
15 Oleh yang demikian saya meminta Ahli-Ahli Dewan yang Mulia ini untuk menolak Bajet 2016 mengikut hati nurani. Takkan kepentingan seorang keperluan tiga puluh juta rakyat dikorbankan. Takkan sebab mengekalkan jawatannya seorang, beribu-ribu dibiarkan kehilangan kerja mereka. Saya tahu ahli-ahli parliament di depan saya ada kekangan untuk membuat keputusan mengikut suara hati. Walaubagaimana pun, saya merayu jangan menutup mata kepada kemusnahan perlembagaan, institusi-institusi negara dan demokrasi. Jangan menutup hati dan minda kepada kebenaran.

16 Buka mata dan lihat laporan Merdeka Centre – hanya 23% menyokong Kerajaan.  Sokongan orang Melayu telah jatuh ke 31%. Buka minda dan menginsafi nasihat Persidangan Raja-Raja (Rulers Conference) dalam kenyataan untuk siasatan dijalankan, diselesaikan dan mereka yang terlibat dihukum. Jangan lupakan sumpah sebagai ahli parlimen untuk bertindak demi kepentingan negara pada keseluruhannya. Tanggungjawab adalah membuat pertimbangan yang terbaik untuk rakyat. Bukan untuk taat membuta tuli, undi mengikut imlak dan bertindak untuk kepentingan seorang individu.

17     Jikalau anda mengundi menentang hati nurani, menentang hati dan minda, sedar diri apabila ekonomi kita jatuh merundum, ketua setiap keluarga hilang mata pencarian, rakyat mengalami kesusahan menampong kos sara hidup tinggi, diperingatkan – dalam tangan mereka adalah kuasa untuk mengundi. Pada ketika itu rakyat akan mengundi menentang rasuah, mengundi menentang penderaan, mengundi menentang penindasan, rakyat akan mengundi anda dari kuasa.

18 Atas alasan-alasan yang diberikan, saya menolak Bajet 2016. Terima kasih.

William Leong Jee Keen
Ahli Parlimen Selayang

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

梁自坚吁峇南人改变思维 助民联落实改朝换代



暂圈定6候选人 蓝眼攻打峇南3选区


Lapok Baram needs clean water supply, says Selayang MP

Posted on March 16, 2015, Monday

Leong (seated, second right) with others pose for a photo after their press conference yesterday.
MIRI: The Ministry of Public Utilities (Water Supply) has been asked to find ways to supply clean pipe water for those living in Lapok Baram and its surrounding areas.
Selayang MP William Leong, who made this call, said he was surprised to see the poor conditions and lack of many basic necessities of those living in rural areas when he went to Long Lama on Saturday to launch the PKR Baram election machinery.
“When we came back from Long Lama after our function on Saturday, we stopped over in Lapok. We saw a lot of water tanks that people use to store rain water. Initially, we thought they used them for drinking, cooking and other things,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
However, they were surprised to learn that some villagers did not dare to drink the rainwater from the tanks as it was not hygienic.
“They claimed that at night, they heard rats and cats on their rooftops, which made them scared of drinking water from the tanks,” he said.
He said the ministry concerned should look into the request to help connect these rural areas with clean water for hygienic reasons.
On another matter, Leong said PKR is always ready and prepared to work with the state government to bring development to the people in Baram and eradicate poverty.
However, he said PKR would not support the government if the development they intended to bring would displace thousands of people and cause misery.
“Nobody objects development, but if the development will displace over 20,000 people in Baram and cause misery then no one will accept this,” he said.
Present at the press conference were Miri MP Dr Michael Teo, PKR Baram chairman Roland Engan and PKR Baram information chief Dennis Along.