Sabtu, 20 Disember 2014

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Allahyarham Tan Sri Ani Arope Dalam Kenangan

Posted: 20 Dec 2014 03:30 AM PST

Perkhabaran duka saya terima awal Subuh tadi dengan pemergian Allahyarham Tan Sri Ani Arope ke rahmatuLlah tatkala sedang dalam rawatan di hospital swasta di Subang Jaya.

Allahyarham dahulunya pegawai Kanan MARDI, Pengarah Institut Penyelidikan Getah (RRI), dan terakhir menyumbang khidmat bakti selaku Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). Allahyarham dikenali sebagai seorang ketua yang tegas khususnya dalam kontroversi pengeluar tenaga bebas (IPP) yang menyaksikan perjanjian berat sebelah yang nyata sekali membebankan rakyat terbanyak. Asakan politik ketika itu membuatkan Allahyarham terpaksa membayar harga yang mahal: meletakkan jawatan selaku pengerusi TNB atas prinsip dan integriti.

Memoir beliau yang dilancarkan tahun lepas, meskipun ringkas tetapi padat dengan maklumat dan pendedahan yang sewajarnya membuka mata rakyat.

Kesihatan Allahyarham acapkali terganggu beberapa tahun kebelakangan berikutan kanser prostat yang beliau hidap sekian lama tetapi dikesan hanya pada tahun 2010. Azizah berkelapangan beberapa kali menziarahi Allahyarham mewakili kami sekeluarga.

Sekalung takziah buat Puan Sri Sakinah dan keluarga atas pemergian Allahyarham kembali menemui Sang Pencipta. Nyata sekali ia satu kehilangan besar buat negara khususnya atas batu tanda integriti Allahyarham yang telah dipasak dalam lembaran sejarah.

Anwar Ibrahim

Jumaat, 19 Disember 2014

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50 Wanita Terima Sumbangan Back to School PEKAWANIS

Posted: 19 Dec 2014 08:32 PM PST

Semenyih, 19 Disember 2014 - Seramai 50 wanita terima RM100 seorang dalam satu program Back to School oleh PEKAWANIS. Dihadiri oleh YB Dr. Xavier Jayakumar dan sumbangan disampaikan Puan Sheila Devaraj.

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Posted: 19 Dec 2014 12:09 AM PST


Ahad, 14 Disember 2014

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[BOOK] Critical Muslim 12: Dangerous Freethinkers

Posted: 14 Dec 2014 12:23 AM PST

Critical Muslim 12: Dangerous Freethinkers (October-December 2014 edition)


PDF: Dangerous Freethinkers

Khamis, 11 Disember 2014

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Gotong Royong 2014

Posted: 11 Dec 2014 06:31 PM PST

Semua Penduduk Seisi Keluarga Dijemput Hadir ... Hadiah disediakan bagi Pertandingan Mencari Jentik-Jentik & Pemeriksaan Kesihatan turut disediakan pada Gotong-Royong ini.

Isnin, 8 Disember 2014

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Sambutan Krismas DUN Seri Andalas

Posted: 08 Dec 2014 07:07 PM PST

Majlis sambutan Krismas di DUN Seri Andalas yang telah diadakan di Dewan MPK Taman Sentosa, Klang pada 5 Disember 2014. YAB Azmin Ali, Dato' Menteri Besar turut hadir.

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Pemergian Isteri Ke -2 YACOB MOHAMAD NOOR (Pengerusi JKKK Permatang Damar Laut) ke rahmatullah

Posted: 08 Dec 2014 01:59 AM PST

Salam & Salam Sejahtera...

Ucapan Takziah dari warga kerja n37batumaung kepada keluarga YACOB MOHAMAD NOOR Pengerusi JKKK Permatang Damar Laut Kawasan N37 Batu Maung diatas pemergian Isteri Ke -2 beliau ke rahmatullah pada pagi tadi ( 8/12/2014 ).
Semoga Rohnya Dicucuri Rahmat dan ditempatkan dikalangan para-para Solihin. Al- Fatihah.

Bantuan Pukat & Bantuan Persekolahan Kepada Nelaya

Posted: 08 Dec 2014 01:10 AM PST

 Bantuan Pukat & Bantuan Persekolahan Kepada Nelayan

Majlis Penyampaian Bantuan Persekolahan 2014

Posted: 08 Dec 2014 12:05 AM PST

Jumaat, 5 Disember 2014

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RCI report ‘whitewashing to the pits’

Posted: 05 Dec 2014 01:30 AM PST


Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today said the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) report on the presence of immigrants in Sabah had failed to mention the role of the national security council and the Prime Minister's Department in the issue.

"It did not even attribute any blame on them, notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence to that effect," he said in a statement today.

"While it is well-known that the Umno-Barisan Nasional government will never own up to its failings, we would have expected at least a modicum of contrition, followed by a resolve to make good the errors and misdeeds of the past".

The PKR de facto leader lamented how Malaysians were once again treated to another "farcical display of chest thumping and proclamations of grandeur, reminiscent of the recently concluded Umno general assembly".

Although it was no surprise that the RCI report had absolved the BN government of any culpability, Anwar said it had taken the art of "white-washing to the pits".

He pointed out how the report placed the blame only on errant civil service runners for what was clearly the "biggest illegal immigrant scandal in our history since independence".

"The masterminds and the real culprits responsible for the nefarious importation into Sabah of illegal immigrants from southern Philippines and Indonesia are completely off the hook," he added.

The Permatang Pauh MP said although the hearing had held out the promise of some form of justice for the people of Sabah, the RCI instead yielded a 366-page document of predominantly "meaningless verbiage".

"(It had also exonerated) all the government agencies and departments of any culpability, citing monetary gain as the motive," he said.

The RCI on Wednesday had cleared the government and political parties from involvement in the mass issuance of citizenship to migrants in Sabah.

Instead, the report pinpointed to syndicates involving former National Registration Department officials as the culprits who raked in millions of ringgit.

[VIDEO] Najib’s Sedition Act U-turn ‘puzzles’ US

Posted: 04 Dec 2014 10:32 PM PST

Exclusive: US Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Yun says the United States is ‘puzzled’ by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s decision to maintain the Sedition Act.

Malaysian govt still harboring Amalilio

Posted: 04 Dec 2014 09:06 PM PST


The Malaysian government is fooling the Philippines — again. It already freed last month Manuel Amalilio from a 20-month prison term for passport fraud. But it is breaking its promise to deport him to Manila, to face worse charges of scamming 15,000 Filipinos of P12 billion (891M ringgit, $205M). Supposedly its Ministry of Home Affairs has changed its mind about extraditing the fugitive out of "neighborliness." Just like that. So the Interpol, Philippine courts, and Amalilio's victims, mostly working-class Muslims like Malaysians, are left twisting in the wind.

Manila had trusted Prime Minister Najib Razak's word too much. Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in Feb. 2013 already alerted the Philippines about impending deceit. He divulged then, through this column, that Amalilio held high influence. The conman is a nephew of Razak's foreign minister, solicitor general, and the Sabah chief minister (see Gotcha, 2 Feb. 2013). They were not mere ruling party mates of the PM; the Sabah politico, one of Malaysia's sleaziest for multimillion-dollar bribes from forestry grants and money laundering in Hong Kong, was Razak's main bankroller. Malaysian sources hinted of the kinsmen's ties to Amalilio's Ponzi scheme in Muslim Mindanao. So it was unlikely they would turn him in to Philippine justice.

Razak's officials were in fact already playing games at the time on Philippine counterparts. Amalilio, since fleeing from Mindanao in Nov. 2012, had been spotted several times partying in Sabah. Informed by Malaysia Interpol, Philippine lawmen flew in to take custody. At the airport, however, Sabah local cops stopped the flight and retook the fugitive. Purportedly he had just been charged with entering his Sabah home state on dubious travel papers, so had to be tried. Whereupon, they checked him into a hospital suite, and in two days "sentenced" him to prison till 2014. Interior Sec. Mar Roxas, who was helping Amalilio's victims file charges, was so stunned that he publicly denounced the odd twist of events. The to-do subsided only after Razak's gofers promised Foreign Sec. Albert del Rosario and Justice Sec. Leila de Lima to deport their criminal countryman after serving jail time.

Last month, upon Amalilio's release, de Lima tried to collect on the Malaysian promise. The Home Ministry gave no reason for withholding Amalilio from justice. That is just Razak's "neighborliness" with a nation of the same Malay race. Implicated years ago in murder and multimillion-euro kickbacks, Razak simply is untrustworthy.

It matters not to Razak that Manila is a major ally, whose help he needs when Malaysia chairs next year the ASEAN economic integration. Forgotten perhaps was Malacañang's all-out war against a titular Sultan of Sulu, whose ragtag army had "invaded" Sabah in 2013. (Razak falsely had linked Anwar to that side issue in a vain attempt to silence him about Amalilio's political and blood ties. Two of Anwar's fellow-oppositionists, MPs Tian Chua and Rasiah Sivarasa, were charged with sedition for meeting in Manila, at the height of the Amalilio furor, with scam victims, prosecutors, and Filipino newsmen.)

Razak's duplicitous treatment of Manila is highlighted by a similar row with New Zealand. Last May police there charged a Malaysian envoy with sexual assault and burglary. Invoking diplomatic immunity the offender fled to Kuala Lumpur and from there slandered the female complainant. New Zealand persisted with its raps, forcing Razak to turn over the envoy last Oct. of course, con artist Amalilio enjoys from Razak more than just diplomatic cover.

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Englishman reader John Denne expounds on the nursery rhyme, "Ring a ring o' roses," which I cited Friday in relation to quarantining:

"When growing up we were told that the rhyme referred to the Great Plague of London, a severe strain of flu. It was thought that heavily scented flowers were a form of defense. Moneyed folk then surrounded themselves with such flowers, especially English roses, and wore flowers on their dress. The first signs of disease in sufferers were sneezing, which turned to fever and death. (This also led to people blessing someone who sneezed.) So the poor children would mock them and sing, 'A ring, a ring of roses, a pocket full of poses. Atishoo! Atishoo!, They all fall down'."

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Filipinos would learn historical lessons from the book, "Panahon ng Hapon: Sining sa Digmaan: Digmaan sa Sining (Japanese Occupation: Art in War: War in Art." Published 1992 in 50th anniversary commemoration of World War II in the Philippines, it features the body of literary and artworks during conflict.

That conflict, editor Gina Barte reminds, began with a militaristic neighbor-state grabbing surrounding islands. Concept was by Bing Roxas, then chief of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Barte was director of the CCP Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino.

Now head of the International Council of Museums-Philippines, Barte sees repeats of history. She endorses map exhibitions and researches on the trueness of the Philippine claim and the falsity of China's "nine-dashed line" over Scarborough Shoal. Foremost scholars on the topic are Supreme Court Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio and Dr. Jay L. Batongbakal, experts on Law of the Sea.

U.S. VP tweets concerns over Sedition Act

Posted: 04 Dec 2014 09:04 PM PST


United States Vice-President Joe Biden has expressed concern over the stifling of the opposition in Malaysia with the use of the Sedition Act and other laws.

He also commented on the upcoming verdict for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s final appeal against his sodomy conviction.

In a Twitter posting today, Biden said amid growing US-Malaysia ties, the Malaysian government’s use of the legal system and Sedition Act to stifle the opposition raises rule of law concerns.

However, he expressed hope that the government would make things right through Anwar's case.

“Anwar’s appeal gives Malaysia a vital chance to make things right and promote confidence in its democracy and judiciary,” Biden added.

Biden's call today is reminiscent of former US vice president Al Gore who had famously rebuked the Malaysian government for suppressing freedom, even praising Malaysians who had rallied against former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad as "brave".

”And so, among nations suffering economic crises, we continue to hear calls for democracy and reform in many languages – people’s power, doi moi, reformasi.

”We hear them today – right here, right now – among the brave people of Malaysia,” Gore had said back in 1998 at the annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, although he had always been criticised for trying to foster closer ties with the US, made a complete U-turn when he announced that the Sedition Act will be retained as well as fortified at the Umno general assembly last week.

Najib had said that the Act would be strengthened to protect Islam and other faiths, as well as to deal with calls for secession of Sabah and Sarawak.

The Federal Court is still preparing the judgment on Anwar's final appeal to set aside his conviction and five years' jail sentence for sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, six years ago.

The highest court in the country will make its ruling on whether to allow or dismiss Anwar's appeal to set aside his conviction and jail sentence imposed by the Court of Appeal on March 7 this year, after it had overturned a High Court decision to acquit him.

Khamis, 4 Disember 2014

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Karya R. Ng Ronggowarsito

Posted: 04 Dec 2014 05:34 PM PST

Kebetulan pada jam 1.00 pagi saya membelek karya R. Ng Ronggowarsito (1802-1873), Zaman Edan. Ronggowarsito adalah pujangga Jawa terbesar yang dianggap sebagai penutup segala pujangga jawa kerana selepas beliau tidak ada lagi pujangga. Antara karya beliau yang wajar ditekuni –

Hidup di zaman edan
Gelap jiwa bingung pikiran
Turut edan hati tak tahan
Jika tidak turut
Batin merana dan penasaran
Tertindas dan kelaparan
Tapi janji tuhan sudah pasti
Seuntung apa pun orang yang lupa daratan
Lebih selamat orang yang menjaga kesadaran

Puncak zaman terkutuk
Kebenaran tak lagi tampak oleh mata hati
Kejernihan pikiran telah tumbang
Memang belum saatnya reda
Bahkan malah makin menjadi

Perundangan berbaris-baris
Dijalankan sekehendak hati
Menjadi jalan keuntungan diri
Gelap hati gelap tindakan
Membawa kacau-balau isi dunia

Sekilas saja telah terlihat
Keadaan zaman yang makin gawat
Berantakan dan ruwet kehidupan umat
Hilang sudah ketenangan
Orang menangis di sebarang tempat

Membongkar gunung gunung
Melahap hutan-hutan
Tanpa ada yang berani mencegah
Tekut terkena semburan ludah
Yang beracun dan mematikan

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Selasa, 2 Disember 2014

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Anwar Ibrahim Reflects on the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

Posted: 02 Dec 2014 06:01 PM PST

On November 18, 2014, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, founder and board member, IIIT; leader of the Malaysian opposition; and former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, shared his "Reflections on the Aftermath of the Arab Spring" with the general public at the IIIT headquarters in Herndon, VA.

Citing "O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Apostle and those in authority from among you" (Q. 4:59), Anwar attributed the Arab Spring uprising to the ruling elite's view that the masses cannot protest whatever policies they decide to follow because they are, at least in their own minds, legitimate rulers. Opposing this concept, he asserted that the rulers must govern according to the maqasid in order to achieve the public good – something that they clearly are not doing. Thus the reforms must be systemic, for the entire system is riddled with corruption, abuse, violence, and self-aggrandizement. For the last decade IIIT has been active in this area and has produced many publications in an ongoing attempt to inform Muslims of what the maqasid are and how they can be implemented in contemporary societies.

Citing the lack of ethics in governance, Anwar stated: "The context of the atrocities inflicted upon by the masses was shocking." Moreover, many "experts" who never saw the upheaval coming asserted that it would not spread beyond Tunisia, thereby showing their inability to understand or even sense the pervasive nature of Arab demands and expectations that finally erupted.

Initial hopes that Arab Spring would succeed in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya turned out to be a mirage in the case of the last two. Those countries that managed to oust their leaders were basically bankrupt, and the Islamists assumed power with simplistic and unrealistic ideas about what they could accomplish and how soon they could accomplish it. With little financial and other support from the Muslim world and the West, the early advances made began to be rolled back as more and more promises went unfulfilled.Dr.Abubaker Alshingeiti, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Dr. Hisham Altalib, and Dr. Emad Shahin

On the whole, Anwar considers the Arab Spring a catastrophe, for now it is not the colonial powers destroying the countries but the countries destroying themselves. The West's failure to formulate a firm policy toward Syria and ISIS (i.e., a "policy of ambivalence"), when added to an incoherent and inconsistent policy of "supporting democracy" in the region, has left the Arabs confused and cynical.

Muslims have quite a lot to learn from this whole experience, among them the following:

1. They must become inclusive by forming coalitions and alliances to achieve common goals. The time of combative rhetoric is over, for it only alienates others and turns them into unnecessary enemies. As the world saw in Egypt, Islamists must become more flexible, adapt to existing governing realities, get the military back into the barracks, be patient and practice restraint, be humble enough to admit that they need help, and show more compassion and understanding for others.

2. They should study what has transpired in non-Arab Muslim countries: Pakistan (under Muhammad Ali Jinnah), Indonesia's peaceful transition to democracy, and Turkey's successful campaign to end the army's influence in the political arena.

3. They should take the concerns of non-Muslim communities seriously and make a good-faith effort to address them. After all, these citizens are also part of the nation.

During the Question and Answer Session, he made several more points in response to the audience's many questions:

1. The regional upheaval will continue because the underlying causes remain unaddressed.

2. The new leaders were unqualified to rule because living in a dictatorship deprived them of any chance to learn how to govern. All they had were theories, which turned out to be not very helpful when implemented.

3. It is time for "constructive intervention" so that ASEAN member countries can seriously address long-term problems affecting Muslim minorities in Burma/Myanmar, southern Thailand, the southern Philippines, and Aceh. The leaders of these countries must understand that more killing cannot resolve the underlying problems of underdevelopment and marginalization; what is needed is social justice.

4. The ulema have to understand that the many personal and other freedoms enjoyed in the West are necessary for the Muslim world to become full of new – and real – democracies.

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Najib must withdraw and apologise for repeating RM100 million false allegations

Posted: 01 Dec 2014 10:24 PM PST

Press Release
2 December 2014

At the UMNO general assembly, PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak made a scurrilous and slanderous attack upon Pakatan Rakyat and myself that RM100 million had been offered to Anifah Aman in order for him to come over to PR.

This false allegation is the subject matter of a defamation suit brought by me against Anifah Aman. Despite the fact that the trial is ongoing, Najib chose to repeat Anifah’s latest baseless allegation that one Ishak Ismail had approached him on my behalf and made such an offer.

In reaction to this blatant falsehood Ishak has publicly stated on 1 December 2014 that he had never made any such offer to Anifah. On the contrary Ishak had confirmed that it was an intermediary acting for Anifah who had approached him instead.

Ishak has now rightly and boldly challenged Anifah to repeat this allegation outside of court where he will be not protected by legal immunity.

I now call upon Najib to retract this false statement made at the UMNO assembly and to apologise to myself and Pakatan Rakyat.

Money politics and corrupt methods has always been the hallmark of UMNO and BN; Pakatan Rakyat has never practised and will never tolerate money politics or corruption. We will save this country by reasoned arguments and by the example of good governance in the States administered by us.

Issued by,

Anwar Ibrahim
Leader of the Opposition

Information-rich democracy is key to good governance

Posted: 01 Dec 2014 10:22 PM PST

Huffington Post

By Amartya Sen (Nobel Laureate Economic Sciences)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Human beings have always lived in groups, and their individual lives have invariably depended on group decisions. But the challenges of group choice can be daunting, particularly given the divergent interests and concerns of the group’s members. So, how should collective decision-making be carried out?

A dictator who wants to control every aspect of people’s lives will seek to ignore the preferences of everyone else. But that level of power is hard to achieve. More important, dictatorship of any kind can readily be seen to be a terrible way to govern a society.

So, for both ethical and practical reasons, social scientists have long investigated how the concerns of a society’s members can be reflected in one way or another in its collective decisions, even if the society is not fully democratic. For example, in the fourth century BC, Aristotle in Greece and Kautilya in India explored various possibilities of social choice in their classic books, Politics and Economics, respectively (the Sanskrit title of Kautilya’s book, Arthashastra, translates literally as “the discipline of material wellbeing”).

The study of social choice as a formal discipline first came into its own in the late eighteenth century, when the subject was pioneered by French mathematicians, particularly J. C. Borda and Marquis de Condorcet. The intellectual climate of the time was greatly influenced by the European Enlightenment, with its interest in reasoned construction of a social order, and its commitment to the creation of a society responsive to people’s preferences.

But the theoretical investigations of Borda, Condorcet, and others often yielded rather pessimistic results. For example, the so-called “voting paradox” presented by Condorcet showed that majority rule can reach an impasse when every alternative is defeated in voting by some other alternative, so that no alternative is capable of standing up to the challenge of every other alternative.

Social choice theory in its modern and systematic form owes its rigorous foundation to the work of Kenneth J. Arrow in his 1950 Columbia University PhD dissertation. Arrow’s thesis contained his famous “impossibility theorem,” an analytical result of breathtaking elegance and reach.

Arrow’s theorem shows that even very mild conditions of reasonableness in arriving at social decisions on the basis of simple preference rankings of a society’s individuals could not be simultaneously satisfied by any procedure. When the book based on his dissertation, Social Choice and Individual Values, was published in 1951, it became an instant classic.

Economists, political theorists, moral and political philosophers, sociologists, and even the general public rapidly took notice of what seemed like — and indeed was — a devastating result. Two centuries after visions of social rationality flowered in Enlightenment thinking, the project suddenly seemed, at least superficially, to be inescapably doomed.

It is important to understand why and how Arrow’s impossibility result comes about. Scrutiny of the formal reasoning that establishes the theorem shows that relying only on the preference rankings of individuals makes it difficult to distinguish between very dissimilar social choice problems. The usability of available information is further reduced by the combined effects of innocuous-seeming principles that are popular in informal discussions.

It is essential, particularly for making judgments about social welfare, to compare different individuals’ gains and losses and to take note of their relative affluence, which cannot be immediately deduced only from people’s rankings of social alternatives. It is also important to examine which types of clusters of preference rankings are problematic for different types of voting procedures.

Nonetheless, Arrow’s impossibility theorem ultimately played a hugely constructive role in investigating what democracy demands, which goes well beyond counting votes (important as that is). Enriching the informational base of democracy and making greater use of interactive public reasoning can contribute significantly to making democracy more workable, and also allow reasoned assessment of social welfare.

Social choice theory has thus become a broad discipline, covering a variety of distinct questions. Under what circumstances would majority rule yield unambiguous and consistent decisions? How robust are the different voting procedures for yielding cogent results? How can we judge how well a society as a whole is doing in light of its members’ disparate interests?

How, moreover, can we accommodate individuals’ rights and liberties while giving appropriate recognition to their overall preferences? How do we measure aggregate poverty in view of the varying predicaments and miseries of the diverse people who comprise the society? How do we arrive at social valuations of public goods such as the natural environment?

Beyond these questions, a theory of justice can draw substantially on the insights and analytical results emerging from social choice theory (as I discussed in my 2009 book The Idea of Justice). Furthermore, the understanding generated by social choice theorists’ study of group decisions has helped some research that is not directly a part of social choice theory — for example, on the forms and consequences of gender inequality, or on the causation and prevention of famines.

The reach and relevance of social choice theory is extensive. Rather than undermining the pursuit of social reasoning, Arrow’s deeply challenging impossibility theorem, and the large volume of literature that it has inspired, has immensely strengthened our ability to think rationally about the collective decision-making on which our survival and happiness depend.

This piece also appeared on Project Syndicate.

© Project Syndicate

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Posted: 01 Dec 2014 01:28 AM PST

25 NOVEMBER 2014

Terima kasih Tuan Timbalan Speaker, Seri Andalas ingin mengambil bahagian didalam pembentangan Bajet 2015. Pertama sekali, saya ucapkan tahniah kepada sahabat saya, YB Bukit Antarabangsa yang telah dikurniakan jawatan Dato' Menteri Besar negeri Selangor. Saya yakin dengan pengalaman beliau, kita akan saksikan Selangor lebih maju pada masa akan datang.

Cabaran Tahun 2015 dan Bajet Negeri Selangor

Tuan Speaker, negara kita Malaysia bergantung kepada perbelanjaan yang besar seperti dibentangkan dalam Bajet Parlimen baru-baru ini iaitu sebanyak RM247 bilion. Anggaran yang dibuat hasil dari penjualan petroleum dan gas pada waktu itu bagi minyak mentah adalah USD100 setong. Malangnya sekarang, kita lihat harga setong minyak telah jatuh ke paras USD78 dan dianggarkan akan terus jatuh ke paras USD50 setong. Hasil dapatan dari gas dan minyak adalah 8% GDP dan keseluruhannya adalah antara 28% hingga 30%. Berdasarkan trend penurunan ini serta keadaan ekonomi semasa, apa yang saya ingin sampaikan ialah kita perlu bersiap sedia dengan kesukaran ekonomi yang perlu kita tempuhi pada tahun hadapan. Ini termasuk, GST 6% yang akan dilaksanakan dan ini mengundang masalah besar kepada rakyat. Kita telah diberitahu oleh Dato' Menteri Besar bahawa 30% daripada penduduk Selangor berada di bawah paras kemiskinan dengan pendapatan RM1,500 kebawah sebulan. Malaysia, seperti yang saya baca mempunyai jurang pendapatan terbesar di Asia. Ini adalah perkara yang serius dan saya fikir kita perlu satu perbelanjaan yang menyentuh perkara-perkara ini. Oleh itu, saya ucapkan tahniah kepada kerajaan negeri Selangor kerana telah menyediakan bajet yang saya kira telah mengambil kira perkara-perkara yang saya nyatakan.

Perlu Usahasama Pembinaan Rumah Mampu Milik SelangorKu

Tuan Speaker, ada beberapa perkara yang saya nak sentuh. Di negeri Selangor sekarang, hangat diperkatakan tentang harga rumah yang tinggi. Ramai yang bekerja di negeri Selangor walaupun berpendapatan kelas menengah sukar untuk membeli sebuah rumah teres yang kini harga puratanya RM500,000. Ini tidak termasuk sebagai contoh di Bukit Gasing yang harganya lebih mahal. 

Sebagai kerajaan negeri yang bertanggungjawab, kita perlu berusaha mengatasi masalah ini. Peningkatan populasi penduduk negeri Selangor adalah 4.5% setahun dan dalam 10 tahun dari sekarang penduduk di negeri Selangor akan menjadi dua kali ganda. Ini bermakna kita perlu menyediakan lebih banyak rumah untuk memenuhi keperluan rakyat. Oleh itu program rumah SelangorKu perlu diberi keutamaan. Saya yakin dibawah negeri Selangor ada banyak tanah dapat digunakan. Kerajaan negeri secara bersendiri tidak mampu membina 15,000 rumah dan perlu bekerjasama dengan syarikat-syarikat pemaju dan pembinaan swasta.

Salah satu cara yang boleh dibuat adalah dengan tukar kawasan-kawasan yang telah diluluskan oleh PBT masing-masing untuk pembinaan rumah kos rendah kepada pembinaan rumah mampu milik diatas tanah-tanah tersebut. Pemaju-pemaju yang berkenaan juga boleh dipanggil untuk dibawa berbincang untuk diadakan usaha sama membangunkan perumahan SelangorKu di tanah-tanah bawah kuasa kerajaan negeri. Terdahulu saya pernah diberitahu terdapat Pekeliling yang tidak membenarkan usaha sama dilakukan. Saya minta kerajaan negeri dan EXCO meneliti semula Pekeliling ini supaya kita dapat memberi kuasa kepada GLC atau mana-mana badan kerajaan negeri untuk adakan usaha sama dengan pemaju-pemaju supaya dapat kita bina 15,000 rumah SelangorKu dalam tempoh 3 tahun ini.  

Seperkara lagi ialah kerajaan negeri dan juga PBT serta GLC ada banyak tanah-tanah yang disebut sebagai Pocket Land yang terdapat didalam kawasan-kawasan tertentu. Pocket Land ini boleh jadi sebesar 1 ekar, 1 ½ ekar atau 2 ekar didalam sesuatu kawasan dan kadang-kala dibiarkan begitu saja tanpa dibangunkan. Saya fikir kita boleh gunakan Pocket Land ini untuk dibangunkan rumah SelangorKu dan kita kena benarkan PBT masing-masing yang mempunyai tanah-tanah ini untuk cadangkan kepada kerajaan negeri untuk pembinaan melalui usaha sama.

Saya setuju dengan Bukit Gasing bahawa social amenities adalah keperluan yang penting didalam sesebuah kawasan tapi pada pendapat saya pada masa sekarang ini, realitinya adalah keutamaan untuk memenuhi keperluan kekurangan rumah yang dihadapi oleh rakyat yang bekerja dan tinggal dinegeri Selangor. Saya tidak nafikan bahawa Green Land atau Green Area ini penting didalam sesuatu rancangan. Saya bukan kata semua Pocket Land perlu dibangunkan untuk rumah SelangorKu tetapi kita perlu teliti bersama-sama ADUN-ADUN tempatan untuk melihat keperluannya. Kita juga perlu memastikan bahawa harga Rumah Mampu Milik SelangorKu adalah pada tahap yang munasabah. Jika harga siling Rumah Mampu Milik Kerajaan Pusat adalah RM300,000 dan ke atas kita perlu menetapkan harga siling rumah Selangorku tidak sampai RM250,000, mungkin dari RM180,000 hingga RM250,000. Jadi, inilah sedikit sebanyak yang kita boleh buat dengan projek rumah SelangorKu.

Perlunya Pendidikan Awal Menangani Masalah Denggi

Saya nak sentuh isu berkaitan denggi dan kebersihan di Selangor. Terima kasih kepada Dato' Menteri Besar kerana dalam 3 minggu selepas beliau mengambil alih jawatan, telah pun memberi peruntukan yang lebih dalam sebulan ini untuk tujuan pembersihan kawasan. Tetapi peruntukan ini adalah bersifat one off. Denggi dan masalah kebersihan adalah satu masalah besar. Adalah menjadi mimpi jika kita mahu menghapukan denggi. Apa yang kita boleh lakukan adalah mengurangkan bilangan kes ini. Terdapat 2 faktor iaitu pembuangan sampah dan kawalan atau kerjasama diantara penduduk dengan PBT masing-masing. Isu ini sebenarnya berpunca dari satu perkara sahaja iaitu pendidikan. 

Sebagai contoh, untuk dewan ini, negara Sweden telah pun melakukan banyak usaha untuk menangani masalah sampah. Akhirnya mereka telah memperuntukkan satu dana khas bagi tujuan pendidikan kebersihan sahaja. Mereka mendidik anak-anak mereka dari kecil hingga meninggalkan alam persekolahan untuk ditanamkan dalam jiwa mereka tentang kepentingan kebersihan alam sekitar. Kalau kita boleh mewujudkkan satu peruntukan khas pendidikan kebersihan seperti di Sweden, saya pasti kita mampu mempunyai alam sekitar yang bersih dan bebas denggi.

Malangnya, apa yang saya nampak sekarang di sekolah-sekolah kita, walaupun ada pendidikan moral yang perlu mereka lulus didalam peperiksaan SPM dan sebagainya, hanya menjadi seperti satu slogan dan tidak terterap dalam jiwa mereka. Jadi saya minta kerjasama kerajaan negeri untuk beri tumpuan khusus dalam aspek pendidikan samada dibawah portfolio EXCO Pendidikan, EXCO Kesihatan atau EXCO Alam Sekitar untuk mengadakan program-program pendidikan didalam kawasan-kawan DUN Selangor dengan menggunakan tenaga kerja sedia ada dipejabat-pejabat ADUN disetiap kawasan.

Asrama Anak-anak Pekerja Ladang Mampu Kurangkan Masalah Sosial

Menyentuh isu pendidikan, saya nak bangkitkan satu perkara iaitu pembinaan sekolah Tamil yang telah dimulakan di Ijok. Projek ini telah dimulakan sebelum Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 ketika saya menjadi EXCO dan ADUN Ijok Menteri Besar ketika itu.

Saya minta kerjasama kerajaan negeri untuk memantau pembinaan sekolah ini supaya pembinaannya dapat diteruskan pada tahun 2015. Ini kerana semua kelulusan yang diperlukan telah pun dibuat. Tanah telah pun ditetapkan dan bangunan telah didirikan sebahagiannya. Saya berharap sekolah yang dilengkapi asrama ini dapat disiapkan pada tahun 2016 atau 2017. Dengan terbinanya asrama yang menempatkan anak-anak pekerja ladang ini, masalah sosial dapat dikurangkan. Walaupun kaum India di negeri Selangor ini adalah yang terendah iaitu 14% dari jumlah penduduk di Selangor, tetapi di lokap dan juga di penjara seperti penjara Sg. Ranggam, penghuni tertinggi adalah anak-anak muda kaum India. Tidak dinafikan sebahagian besar anak muda ini terlibat dengan gangsterism disebabkan masalah sosio-ekonomi yang tinggi. Mereka berasa tiada sesiapa yang mampu membantu mereka. Mereka tiada pekerjaan, tidak rasa dihormati dan tiada kuasa politik. Maka ada yang menjadi peragut dan terlibat dengan gangsterism sejak dari sekolah rendah lagi. Mesyuarat EXCO yang lepas meluluskan pembinaan asrama ini dengan tujuan memberikan golongan berpendapatan rendah dari kalangan pekerja-pekerja ladang dan dari keluarga miskin untuk ditempatkan disini supaya diberi pendidikan dan disiplin secukupnya dari tingkatan 1 hingga tingkatan 5. Dengan cara ini dapat membina mereka menjadi insan yang berguna kepada keluarga dan masyarakat. Ini bukan satu cara yang baru tetapi telah dilakukan 20 hingga 30 tahun lamanya di FELDA dan juga sekolah-sekolah berasrama penuh oleh kerajaan Barisan Nasional. Saya mahu gunakan cara ini dan pengalaman yang ada dalam 30 tahun untuk membantu kaum India keluar dari masalah sosio-ekonomi sebelum menjadi lebih melarat.

Pertingkat Penguatkuasaan Penjualan Arak

Sekinchan dan Sabak ada menyentuh tentang isu arak. Saya ingin menambah sedikit tentang isu ini. Saya tiada masalah dengan penjualan arak sekiranya berlesen dan mematuhi peraturan-peraturan yang dikenakan.

Apa yang ingin saya tekankan adalah penjualan arak murah oleh kedai-kedai tertentu yang melepasi had jam 9 malam yang buka sehingga pukul 3 hingga 4 pagi dibelakang kedai dan ada juga yang berani menjual secara terbuka didepan kedai. Penguatkuasa perlu ambil tindakan yang sewajarnya dan kedai-kedai ini perlu ditutup jika melanggar peraturan-peraturan sedia ada. Keduanya, kita tidak boleh benarkan meminum arak dikawasan-kawasan awam. Saya telah pun membangkitkan isu ini dulu, tetapi sehingga kini tiada perubahan. Penguatkuasa PBT perlu ambil tindakan yang sewajarnya seperti di kawasan padang permainan, ada orang yang datang meminum arak disitu walaupun pada pukul 5 dan 6 petang. Gejala ini perlu dihentikan. Kalau ada undang-undang didalam PBT yang berkenaan, tolong kuatkuasakan. Kalau belum ada, kita perlu gubal dan kuatkuasakan.

Kejayaan YAWAS dan Program MES Perlukan Penglibatan ADUN

Saya ucapkan terima kasih kepada kerajaan negeri Selangor diatas pelaksanaan program-program MES, tetapi saya fikir kita perlu teliti semula program-program sedia ada, pelaksanaannya dan penglibatan ADUN-ADUN yang mesti diberi keutamaan oleh UPEN dan kerajaan negeri. ADUN-ADUN adalah wakil rakyat yang dipilih dan mereka bertanggungjawab kepada rakyat. Malangnya, baru-baru ini program YAWAS gagal diseluruh negeri Selangor kerana tidak melibatkan ADUN-ADUN. Saya faham pegawai-pegawai berkenaan mahu menghabiskan program akhir tahun ini juga tetapi perlu memahami isu yang dihadapi. Dengan melibatkan wakil-wakil rakyat yang dipilih, kita dapat capai maklumat dengan lebih berkesan dan sokongan diperingkat rakyat yang dibawah. Dengan ini program dapat dilaksanakan dengan berkesan. Saya minta kerajaan negeri mengambil tindakan sewajarnya supaya supaya program-program MES dapat dilaksanakan secara berkesan.   

Pertambahan Bilangan Ketua Komuniti Tingkat Penyelesaian Masalah Rakyat

Akhir sekali Tuan Speaker, saya minta kerajaan negeri Selangor meneliti isu Ketua Kampung, Ketua Komuniti dan juga Ketua Kampung Baru. Terima kasih kepada Dato' Menteri Besar atas kenaikan elaun Ketua Kampung kepada RM900 sebulan. Saya minta perkara ini diselaraskan untuk semua Ketua Komuniti dan juga Ketua Kampung Baru. Disamping itu juga, kita perlu menambah bilangan Ketua Komuniti. Sekarang kita ada seramai 44 orang, saya minta ditambahkan lagi seramai lebih 30 orang. Ini adalah perlu bagi terus dekat dengan rakyat dan melaksanakan kerja secara berkesan.

Sebelum saya mengakhiri ucapan, terima kasih kepada kerajaan negeri kerana melantik Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai Penasihat Eknomi Negeri Selangor. Beliau adalah seorang ikon didalam dan diluar negara yang boleh membawa manfaat kepada negeri kita untuk masa depan. Sekali lagi saya ucapkan tahniah dan syabas kepada Dato' Menteri Besar dan juga cadangan bajet sebesar RM2.4 bilion untuk tahun 2015. Saya berharap kita semua akan bekerjasama dengan EXCO dan kerajaan negeri untuk bawa kemajuan pada tahun-tahun yang akan datang. Dengan ini saya menyokong cadangan bajet yang telah dibawa oleh Dato' Menteri Besar kelmarin. Sekian.

YB Dr. Xavier Jayakumar
Ahli Dewan Negeri Selangor - N49 Seri Andalas
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