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BN seems to be planning a one day sitting again from the agenda sent to Perak State Elected Representatives.

Posted: 27 Nov 2010 08:48 PM PST

MEDIA STATEMENT

BN seems to be planning a one day sitting again from the agenda sent to Perak State Elected Representatives. Pakatan Rakyat Elected Representatives call for sufficient time to be allocated for elected representatives to debate the matters before the House for this coming State Assembly budget sitting commencing on 30/11/2010.

Last year the Perak 2010 budget was past without debate in 20 minutes by BN elected representatives because Dato' R. Ganesan position as a Legitimate Speaker was in question and they do not allow that question to be raised.

In the last sitting on 3/8/2010, the BN appointed speaker, Dato' Ganesan intentionally did not want allow the PR elected representatives to speak on behalf of the people. He decided that the sitting should be for one day only and allow opposition leader Dato' Seri Mohd Nizar Bin Jamaluddin (who should rightfully the Menteri Besar) only 15 minutes to speak. The Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives protested as it makes a mockery of the State Assembly. Traditionally, there is no time limit imposed on the opposition leader to bring the State matters before the house just as no time limit is set for the Menteri Besar. So long as the matters spoken are relevant and relate to the State of Perak they would be allowed. On one occasion, I spoke for 3 hours as opposition leader and when PR was in government Dato' Seri Tajol Rosli as opposition leader spoke for 2 ½ hours.

The PR elected representatives protested as they were expected to be given much lesser time to debate especially matters pertaining to their respective constituencies.

Dato' Ganesan and the BN Perak Government accused the PR elected representatives of making a scene when our objection was to defend democracy. BN Perak Government had planned to make the State Assembly a rubber stamp without a debate. They use hundreds of police to surround and control the State Assembly to ensure that the State Assembly will be a mere rubber stamp to approve what they want.

Just like the last sitting where the matters to be transacted for that sitting were contained in a one day agenda, and subsequently all matters were approved within the same day, all matters that needed to be transacted in this coming State Assembly sitting are also listed a one day agenda.

The matters to be transacted are as follows:-

1. Oral Questions Session.
2. To pass the Perak Malays Higher Studies Scholarship Fund (Amendment) bill.
3. To pass the Perak Nationals (Non-Malay) Scholarship Fund (Amendment) Bill.
4. To pass Wood – based Industries (Amendment) bill.
5. To pass the supply 2011 bill (Budget) amounting to RM832,417,100.
6. To pass a motion to approve the use of RM273,000,000 from Consolidated Development Fund and
7. To pass a motion to approve the Perak Constitutional Amendment to include 4 other titled Raja (Raja Kecil Besar, Raja Kecil Sulong, Raja Kecil Tengah, Raja Kecil Bongsu) as members of the Dewan Negara.

The Perak State Assembly will become meaningless if the above said matters are past in a day without meaningful debate.

The BN Perak Government is expected again to use the police force to ensure that they will achieve their purpose in passing the above said matters without being questioned.

I call on Dato' Ganesan to declare that he will allocate at least 4 days for debate and call on the BN Government to support my call.

If BN fails to restore democracy in Perak, let the people of Perak oust them decisively in this coming general election.

Dated this 28th day of November 2010.




DATO' NGEH KOO HAM
MP for Beruas & State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

Corrupt practice suspected in drastic drop in timber revenue.

Posted: 27 Nov 2010 08:35 PM PST

MEDIA STATEMENT

Corrupt practice suspected in drastic drop in timber revenue.

BN Perak State Government must explain why the revenue from timber concessions given out in 2009 is only RM12.3 Million while the revenue in 2008 under Pakatan Rakyat was RM40.0 Million

Every year the Perak forestry department allows 7,000 hectares of timber concessions to be approved (on a sustainable basis). Despite the acreage being the same the following are the timber concessions revenue for the last 5 years received by the Perak State Government.

2005 RM15.14 Million (under BN)
2006 RM13.65 Million (under BN)
2007 RM16.00 Million (under BN)
2008 RM40.00 Million (under PR)
2009 RM12.30 Million (under BN)

The above figures clearly show that under the PR Government with its open tender system the State Government receives up to more than 3 times in revenue compared to BN's system of awarding timber concessions directly to the cronies. The PR Government channel this additional income to benefit the people of Perak while only certain individuals benefited from BN crony system. It is well known fact that BN politicians will have a share from the profits made by their cronies.

The above said figures also clearly show that all these years BN politicians and their cronies have been benefiting from their direct award system at the expense of the people.

I call on Dato' Seri Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir to explain why the drastic drop in revenue received from the timber concessions given out by the State Government, from RM40.00 Million in 2008 (when under PR) to only RM12.30 Million in 2009 (when under BN).

I also call on the Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency (MACC) to act swiftly to investigate if corrupt practices are involved. We see MACC acting swiftly in Selangor (PR State) when only a small sum is allegedly involved. I expect MACC to act more swiftly in Perak as the amount involved is many more times than the amount allegedly involved in Selangor cases. However, many people have expressed cynicism because the suspected corruption involved BN politicians. Many believe that MACC will only act against BN politicians if it gets the nod from the BN political masters.


Dated this 27th day of November 2010.


DATO' NGEH KOO HAM
MP for Beruas & State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

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