- Improve public transport
- Be cautious on economic growth
- Take comprehensive measures to prevent racial and religious conflicts
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 12:45 AM PDT
Improve public transport
(Part of the speech by Dr Tan Seng Giaw at the DAP FT Convention on 3.10.10)
The Government is constructing a RM570 million KL Tasek Selatan Terminal for buses, connecting with Light Rail Transit, Commuter trains and other modes of transport. It has promulgated Public Land Transport Commission Act and appointed Tan Sri Syed Hamid as the commissioner.
Now, only 10% of commuters use public transport to enter KL. The figure should be 60 or 70% or more to ease the congestion. But, public transport services are abysmal. For example, KTM Berhad has 22-24 old 3-coach trains while it needs at least 26. The order of 35 new 6-coach trains from China will take at least one year to arrive. Meanwhile, passengers wait for 30 to 90 minutes, the coaches are congested and the service is poor.
We continue to follow up the situation of the public transport which should be improved. Dr Tan Seng Giaw
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 12:35 AM PDT
Be cautious on economic growth
(Part of the speech by Dr Tan Seng Giaw's speech at the DAP Ft Convention on 3.10.10)
Let Malaysians be cautious on reports of economic performance and growth in the country. We would like the Government to reflect the true situation.
Bank Negara predicts that 2010 economic growth is 4.5% to 5.5%. The Prime Minister and Finance Minister 1, Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak repeatedly says that economic growth in 2011 will be 6% or higher.
According to Najib, his Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) with 131 major projects, including the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) can help economic growth by 0.6 to 0.7%.
By 2020, ETP is projected to attract RM1.4 trillion investments, more than 80% of which will be from the private sector. In the same period, China hopes to get US$3.4 trillion investments for infrastructure.
Despite these forecasts, Malaysians should be cautious in their assessment. Now, Malaysia's per capita incomes are US8,000 compared with US$ for Singapore. BY 2020, the Prime Minister intends to increase the per capita incomes from middle income to high income.
At peak time, Malaysia's local and foreign investments were 37% GDP. Now, it is 10% GDP. How will ETP attract these investments?
We propose that the Government create conducive atmosphere for economic growth and investments by dealing with political, economic and social issues such as racial and religious harmony, projecting truly open and liberal economic policy.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 12:25 AM PDT
Part of the speech by DAP National Deputy Chairman, FT Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw at the DAP FT Ordinary Convention on 3.10.2010
The Federal Government must take more comprehensive and dynamic measures to prevent racial and religious conflicts, such as by taking truly fair and justifiable action against anyone who incites racial or religious resentment.
Since the March 8, 2009 general elections, we have witnessed a serious of racial religious issues. The general perception is that the Government is not seen to be truly fair.
In the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims in the Peninsula, the talk of substituting it with Yaweh adds to the unhappiness. The Government would have to show that it takes everything into consideration regarding this sensitive matter.
Statements by such organizations as Perkasa have given rise to various reactions. The Government seems to be unmoved.
Recently, media reports on one headmaster in Kedah and Johore respectively, spewing racial language. Similarly, a deputy director of Biro Tatanegara is reputed to have done a similar thing. The Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says that he has no power to deal with the alleged action of the two headmasters. Then, the Chief Secretary stresses that the Government does not compromise on such type of cases.
Let us have a full report of the investigation on the three cases as soon as possible. If there is evidence of an offence, the Government should let us know what punitive action it has taken.
On all sensitive racial and religious matters, the Government should not sit idly by.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw
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