Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:09 AM PDT
PKR Supreme Council Member –cum PKR Sabah Secretary Dr Roland Chia Ming Shen is very disappointed with the total amount contributed by Petronas in the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP) on the people of Sabah. A mere spending of RM47million from 1975 to 2011 ( over a period of 36 years i.e RM1.3 Million a year) is a total humiliation to the rakyat of Sabah; given that the billions of revenue that Sabah has contributed to the coffers of PETRONAS over the last 36 years.
On the other hand, PKR Sabah has got the priorities right for the rakyat that in the 1st 100 days when PR comes into power as stated in Buku Jingga Sabah.
a. RM1 Billion to be set aside as Sabah Heritage Fund - to assist the poor whose income is less than RM1500.
b. RM1 Billion to be set aside for formation of PetroSabah to capitulate this Sabahan company into an International conglomerate in providing jobs opportunity for Sabahans and attract back the brain drain of Sabahans back to Sabah.
PESP which was started in 1975 – a sponsorship programme to provide educational opportunities to deserving students, to help realize their academic potential. It seeks to develop a pool of professionals to meet Petronas Manpower and business growth needs.
To add salt into injury, Petronas had declared that it will spend RM50 billion to RM55 billion a year within the next five years for the replacement of its ageing assets in order to maintain sustainable growth going forward ; as reported in their recent announcement of their pretax profit ended December 31, 2010.
This is utterly ridiculous without taking onto consideration of the plight of the rakyat especially Sabahans whose poverty rate in the 2nd highest in the country , Malaysia.
Petronas under the BN government has absolutely got their priorities wrong, that will only benefits certain individuals and not the rakyat as a whole. Petronas can spend billions in investing in F1 – Circuit and sponsors fast cars to participate in F1- circuit , and yet fail to fulfill their corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the very own home country that contributed to their wealth.
Sabah being the largest gas producer and the fourth largest crude oil producer state in the country,never reaped the benefits from this GLC instead being robbed of the very resources to the core.
In addition, Petronas in its CSR effort should invest in free community buses (transportation) to the rural school kids in Sabah & Sarwak – for many of them who at times had to walk 10- 20 kms to reach the nearest primary and secondary school, thus depriving them of the basic availability of a decent education.
The PKR Sabah wishes to convey our utmost condolences to the family of the late Mr. Baharudin Ahmad who died a martyr for the sake of the nation in the recent BERSIH2.0 in Kuala Lumpur- PKR Central Supreme Council Member cum PKR Sabah Secretary Dr Roland Chia Ming Shen conveyed in a press statement today.
Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:06 AM PDT
PKR Central Supreme Council Member cum PKR Sabah Secretary
Dr Roland Chia Ming Shen conveyed in a press statement today.
The family of the late Baharudin Ahmad 56, one of the protesters at Bersih's massive rally on Saturday whose funeral was attended by Pakatan Rakyat top leaders on Sunday has disputed claims by police that he had died of heart problems.
There were reports said the deceased had suffered difficulty in breathing after the police charged tear gas towards him to disperse crowd of people near KLCC. He then collapsed, but was denied immediate care due to ambulance being prevented from arrival. A nephew of Baharudin, Azhar Kassim when contacted told us that "Four of his chest bones were broken and 3 teeth were also broken, he has no asthma, heart problem nor diabetic, he only had high blood pressure. He was healthy," he added.
PKR Sabah questioned the need for the Government's to be so over-zealous and excessive in showing of power by sheer determination to crush the Rakyat freedom to exercise of their Constitutionally-guaranteed fundamental rights. According to media and eyewitness accounts, the police used arbitrary, improper and disproportionate physical force, including assaulting some participants physically, wantonly arresting hundreds of individuals and recklessly using tear gas and water cannons on unarmed participants who were gathered in a peaceful and disciplined manner. In Sabah , there were intimidation of dry-run exercise of riot control, in addition there were excessive roadblocks entering the city of Kota Kinabalu & Penampang on 9 July 2011 followed by surveillance of helicopters covering the skyline of the city. This was also compounded by the arrest of 7 Pakatan Youths a week earlier on 2 July 2011 for having breakfast in Kota Kinabalu. We seek for wisdom and restrain from the Police for the sake of our nation.
We call on the Home Ministry to adhere to the United Nations ("UN") Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, of which Malaysia is a member. Article 3 provides that "[l]aw enforcement officials may use force only when strictly necessary and to the extent required for the performance of their duty". Furthermore, in 1990 Malaysia adopted the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials, which mandate that law enforcement officials "shall, as far as possible, apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force", and may use force "only if other means remain ineffective". Even when the use of lawful force is unavoidable, law enforcement officials must "exercise restraint in such use and act in proportion to the seriousness to the offence.
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