Ahad, 5 Februari 2012



The Year of Water Dragon will be year of good “Feng Sui” for Pakatan Rakyat.

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 11:07 PM PST

Philosophy Politics Economics

Philosophy Politics Economics

Najib's Poor Leadership Stalls Economic Reforms

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 10:57 PM PST

Najib's poor leadership stalling economic reforms, says Pakatan
By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal February 02, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders have blamed Datuk Seri Najib Razak's poor leadership as prime minister and Umno president as the main cause behind stalled economic reforms, saying he lacked the political will to weed out corruption and push for transparency in the awarding of lucrative government contracts.

The PR leaders were commenting on banker Datuk Seri Nazir Razak who had said economic reforms are not moving as fast as was hoped due to distractions from a general election which has to be held by early next year.

While agreeing with what the CIMB group chief executive officer said about the state of the government's economic reforms, opposition leaders charged that the impending general election should actually push Najib's administration to expedite reforms, not stall them.
"Reforms have stalled because Najib lacked the political will to overturn the patronage and gravy train system in BN and particularly in Umno.

"Najib is fearful that the reforms will destroy the very fabric that glues Umno together, that is the opportunity for its leaders and members to secure lucrative contracts with the government and government-linked companies," DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua told The Malaysian Insider.

Pua pointed out that despite transparency and accountability being a cornerstone of Najib's Government Transformation Programme (GTP), lucrative procurement contracts continue to be dished out without any open tenders.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP has been leading in demanding Najib reveal the details of its direct negotiations with Kumpulan Europlus Bhd (KEuro), a company which, he said, has no experience in building the RM7 billion West Coast Expressway (WCE).

KEuro announced on Thursday that it has been awarded a 60-year concession for the RM7.07 billion WCE, which will connect Banting in south Selangor to Taiping in north Perak. The new highway will serve as an alternative to the North-South Expressway.

"I completely agree that economic reforms are completely stalled and the NEM (New Economic Model) and ETP (Economic Transformation Programme) have now become a programme of continuity and not of the purported transformation," said Pua.

He charged that the prime minister showed failure in leadership by not expressing or acting against senior Umno ministers involved in financial scandals, citing the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) as an example.

For the full article in The Malaysian Insider, click here.

Low-Cost Housing Loan: In Breach of EPF Act 1991

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 07:25 PM PST

Both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Federal Territories tried to justify the use of RM1.5 billion from Employee Provident Fund (EPF) to provide loans for social housing yesterday after being criticised for abusing workers' retirement funds for political purposes.

Datuk Seri Najib claimed that RM1.5 billion needed was "not substantial compared to EPF funds".  He further added that "the scheme does not undermine the interests of the EPF because the value of the housing units in the market is far higher than the purchase price... If a buyer is unable to or does not repay the loan, the unit can be sold for a higher price."

Raja Nong Chik also explained that "To the EPF, this is a secured business transaction, a secured loan, it is more secured than other corporate land property which is guaranteed by a government agency — the DBKL (Kuala Lumpur City Hall)."

Firstly the Prime Minister must be castigated for having the cheek to claim that the RM1.5 billion is an insignificant amount relative to the EPF fund size. Regardless of whether it is RM1.5 million or RM1.5 billion or even RM15 billion, the EPF funds must be managed stringently and not be subjected to abuse.  Similarly whether the amount is a RM100 or a RM1 million bribe, if its a crime, being the lesser amount provides absolutely no justification.

Secondly, if the low-cost properties are so collateral-worthy, that the market price is much higher than the purchase price, then why can't these loans be made via commercial banks and not through EPF social lending programmes? If DBKL is able to provide the guarantee, and the guarantee is even "better than normal corporate property", then surely, banks will be rushing to provide the loans and not shy away from them.

The EPF on its website says that it "aims to provide financial security for its members' retirement purposes. The fund is committed to preserving and growing the savings of its members in a prudent manner in accordance with best practices in investments and corporate conduct."

Therefore the EPF is not a lender of the last resort for the poor and neither is it a social welfare organisation.

Finally, the social housing loan scheme is in breach of the EPF Act 1991 which regulates the fund in terms of permissible investment activities.  Under Clause 26 the Act, the EPF may lend money to Federal and State governments. It can also provide loans to and subscribe to bonds of registered corporate bodies in the country.

It may even provide loans to members of the Fund "for the purpose of purchasing or building a house". The EPF housing loan to its members is based on a proportion of the worker's contribution to the Fund.

However, no where in the Act does it say it can provide loans to individuals to acquire low-cost apartments using the property as a collateral. Despite the "guarantee" from DBKL, the loans are being made out directly to the property owners who may or may not have contributed to EPF.

We fully support measures by the Government to assist the poor to own their own properties. However such measures cannot be at the expense of abusing Malaysian workers' retirement savings as specifically outlined in the EPF Act.

The Federal Government if need be, can borrow directly from EPF as it does normally, for its social welfare programmes.  The EPF should not however be directed to provide loans directly to the general public and put itself at risk of default by the individual borrowers.

Najib who is also the Finance Minister must stop the social housing loan scheme in its current form to not only ensure compliance with the EPF Act, but more importantly, ensure that the workers' hard-earned savings will not be jeopardised in the guise of politically motivated charity.

My journey - Wong Hon Wai 黃漢偉

My journey - Wong Hon Wai 黃漢偉

Visit Schools in Air Itam (Chung Hwa A & B and Sin Kang Primary School)

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 10:07 PM PST

As reported in Guangmin Daily

















As reported in Sinchew Jit Pao (28-1-2011) I visited the school in year 2011 and now by the allocation from the State Government, the classrooms for Sinkang Primary School and the basketball court of Chung Hwa Primary School have a new look.




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Visit Schools in Air Itam (Kong Min Main School and Kong Min Cawangan Satu)

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 10:05 PM PST

As reported in Kwong Wah

亚依淡区8中小学申请拨款 黄汉伟率先巡审2校
二零一二年一月三十一日 凌晨十二时三十三分







提升3项基设 公民总校申请逾19万






公民一校8项申请 逾17万提升基设





Lim Lip Eng

Lim Lip Eng

10 nabbed over Lim and Bersih posters

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:18 PM PST

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/2/5/nation/10680611&sec=nation (5/2/2012)
KUALA LUMPUR: Ten people were nabbed for putting up posters that deride Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and two top officials of the Bersih 2.0 coalition at Taman Tun Dr Ismail here. The 10 were arrested a few hours after the posters were found pasted at several bus stops early yesterday.
"We have recorded their statements and are taking the necessary action on this matter," said Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid. He was not able to give details of the time the vandals were arrested, saying he had just returned from abroad and had yet to get more information on the matter. All the 10 men had been released on bail, he added.
The posters depicted images of Lim, Bersih 2.0 chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevaasan and national laureate Datuk A. Samad Said, who is Bersih 2.0 co-chairman. The posters depicting Ambiga and Samad displayed the words lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans and a caption that suggested a vote for Ambiga is a vote for free sex. The posters depicting Lim carried a Nazi swastika symbol and a caption that he is a racist.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, whose constituency covers TTDI, said neighbours woke him early yesterday to tell him about the posters. "I was also informed about them via Facebook, Twitter and e-mails," he added.

DAP unfazed by Guan Eng, Ambiga 'hate' posters

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:15 PM PST

Photos by DAP TTDT
Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/188280 (4/2/2012)
DAP says the "hate" posters against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and public figures Ambiga Sreenevaasan and A Samad Said, found in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) this morning, will only make the people despise the perpetrators more.
"We forgive them whoever are responsible. The more they do it, the more people will despise them," said DAP MP for Segambut Lim Lip Eng. Lim through his Twitter reported that the offensive posters were "posted all over TTDI this morning".
One set depicts Guan Eng calling him 'anti-Malay', while the other depicts Bersih chairperson Ambiga and poet and national laureate Samad Said and reads "Vote Ambiga, Vote for free sex".
"We urge TTDI police to announce openly who the culprits are, because the police should be able to easily identify them through the many CCTV recently installed in TTDI under Najib's transformation programme," tweeted Lim.
The MP said in a statement later today that the posters were found at bus stops, public telephone booths and plastered over old posters along Jalan Datuk Sulaiman and Jalan Burhanoddin Helmi in the Kuala Lumpur suburb under his constituency. He expressed "disgust" at the intolerant, racist and politically-motivated posters. "Some cowards had put these posters overnight with an intolerable message (on it) as told to me by my TTDI supporters. "Upon checking in the later part of the morning this message has been torn off," said Lim.
Escaped cops' notice
He said it was a surprise that the police had not known about the exercise of putting up the posters, that took place along two main roads in the area and that must have taken a considerable amount of time. "A quick count of the posters measuring 1ft by 2ft confirmed that quite a substantial amount of money had been spent on this exercise," he added.
Lim slammed the perpetrators for such an act in a multiracial neighbourhood and on the eve of Prophet Muhammad's Birthday tomorrow.
"I suspect that the purpose was to create discord and suspicion. "I strongly urge the police to investigate and nab the culprits involved as this neighbourhood is one that is proud of the diversity of its residents and any racial discord intended shall not be tolerated. "It would be a shame if these posters are to remain any longer than the time they have been up," he said.
Related news: DAP MP slams anti-Guan Eng, Ambiga posters

Sabtu, 4 Februari 2012

Lim Kit Siang

Lim Kit Siang

1Care: What ails Malaysia’s healthcare system?

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 11:29 PM PST

— Mustafa K. Anuar The Malaysian Insider Feb 04, 2012 FEB 4 — Supposedly based on the UK National Health Service (NHS), the 1Care scheme is said to be aimed at financing the supposedly increasing costs of public health care while making it still affordable to the lower-income group. But we fear that, like most [...]

Mat Zain: Cops can determine ‘within hours’ if NFC funded umrah

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 11:18 PM PST

By Shannon Teoh The Malaysian Insider Feb 04, 2012 KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 — A former senior officer questioned today the police's reluctance to act against Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil's family in the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal, saying it should only take "hours" to determine if they had misused project funds for their [...]




Permohonan Tanah SJKT Changkat Ditolak oleh Kerajaan Zambry

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 07:19 PM PST

Philosophy Politics Economics

Philosophy Politics Economics

Letter: Schemes for poor shall not be at the expense of EPF contributors

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 07:22 AM PST

Dear YB Tony Pua,

Permit me to introduce myself as a retiree  from private sector who had been an EPF contributor. I thank you very much for bringing up the issue of EPF advancing monies for low cost houses in Willayah Persekutuan. As much as we support schemes for supporting the poor, as rightly pointed out by you and others, it shall not be at the expense of EPF contributors like us. I wish to bring to your kind attention few issues which I hope your team will examine for the benefit of contributors like us. As this has direct and long term implication for every EPF contributor, I humbly request you to vehemently protest and protect innocent contributors like us.

1. Who is the borrower in this case and who is the lender? Only the lender can foreclose a property and if EPF is not the lender what is the use of a collateral? If EPF is not the direct lender what locus standi does EPF  have for foreclosure? Is there loan agreement with EPF and the borrower ie individual borrower? How is EPF going to implement land code act in the event of defaults? Is EPF permitted to lend to individuals who are not even EPF members? Can EPF, in this case as a 3rd party, take any action against defaulters? ( There is no guarantee etc). What recourse does EPF have in the event the organisation behind this does not exist after a few years as these loans can be as long as 25 years?

2. What is EPF's collection arrangement? Who is the debt collector? May be City Hall  of Kuala Lumpur will undertake this function but then what firm arrangements have been made? To disburse funds by March means, probably all formalities are likely to be overlooked.

Hope your team of Ahli Parlimen will will stand behind citizens like us and wish you good luck in all your endeavors.

Yours sincerely,


KLIA2: Malaysia Airports Has to Raise Additional RM600m

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 07:21 PM PST

The announcement by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to raise additional RM598 million in via new share placement proves that public interest has been compromised as a result of the cost of KLIA2 ballooning from RM1.7 billion to RM3.9 billion

Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of MAHB had on 29th November 2011 denied that public funds will be used to fund the drastic increase in cost of KLIA2, the new "low-cost" airport.  He has earlier announced that the cost of the KLIA2 has increased to as much as RM3.9 billion.

The cost of the airport first announced in July 2007 by the Transport Minister then Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat was RM1.7 billion.  The airport was also supposed to be completed by September 2011 but has since been delayed several times to the now April 2013 deadline.

Despite Tan Sri Bashir's denial that public funds will not be used, MAHB has announced to Bursa Malaysia on 30th January that it will raise approximately RM598 million from a proposed share placement exercise.  In the info-memo submitted to the stock exchange, MAHB stated that "the gross proceeds to be raised from the Proposed Private Placement will be utilised to part finance the additional capital expenditure to be incurred as a result of the enhancement in specifications for the new low cost carrier at Kuala Lumpur International Airport"

The new equity will be raised via the issuance of 110 million new shares constituting 10% of MAHB share capital.

The action by MAHB to raise additional funds from the market proves that public financial interest has been compromised as a result of the RM2.2 billion increase in cost of KLIA2.

Existing major shareholders of MAHB which act indirectly as trustees to Government and public funds are forced to dilute their shareholding by 10% as a result of the exercise.  Khazanah which owns a majority stake of 54.0% in MAHB before this will have its stake reduced to 49.1%.  Similarly, the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) and Skim Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) will have their 10.3% and 6.8% stakes slashed to 9.4% and 6.2% respectively.

The MAHB info-memo also stated that "assuming that the net earnings of the MAHB Group for the financial year ended 31 December 2011 remains unchanged, the earnings per share (EPS) of the MAHB Group will be reduced proportionately with the increase in the number of MAHB shares".

The above proposed issuance of new shares to raise funds, is on top of RM3.1 billion in debt MAHB has raised in 2010, of which RM2.5 billion has already been drawn down for the purposes of financing the new KLIA2.

Therefore it is completely ridiculous for Tan Sri Bashir to deny that "public funds will not be used" when it is clear, the Government and public interest in the project held by Khazanah, EPF and ASB have been compromised through a dilution of their stake as well as a reduction in earnings.  This has yet to take into account the fact that RM3.1 billion in debt has been incurred as a result of the cost overruns.  What is of concern to the public is the fact that MAHB's ability to repay the debt without future bailout by the Government is by no means assured.

We call upon the Ministry of Transport as well as Khazanah, who act as custodians of public funds and interest in MAHB to initiate and inquiry and investigation into the KLIA2 fiasco to ensure that those who have been negligent, intentional or otherwise, are brought to book and prevent future excesses by the guilty culprits.

Jumaat, 3 Februari 2012

Charles Santiago

Charles Santiago

“கனவுக் கோலங்கள்” நூல் அறிமுக விழா

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 01:00 AM PST





The Economist says ‘so much for the great reform programme’

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 11:48 PM PST

Lim Lip Eng

Lim Lip Eng

Lip Eng hits back at mayor over budget row

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 10:29 PM PST

Source: http://www.mmail.com.my/story/lip-eng-hits-back-mayor-over-budget-row (by Ikram Ismail, 2/2/2012)
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng (pic) has denied claims he did not show up at a public seminar organised by City Hall in mid-December to discuss details of expenditure for City Hall's 2012 budget. He was responding to a claim by KL mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail after Lim alleged City Hall had denied Kuala Lumpur MPs full details of how the council's RM2.3 billion budget was to be spent. Ahmad Fuad had claimed on Wednesday Lim should not make demands now as he had been given a chance to have his say but did not show up at the forum.
Lim hit back at the mayor, saying he was present at the seminar. "I was there in the afternoon until the seminar ended and the mayor should acknowledge my presence."
Ahmad Fuad had, in The Malay Mail report yesterday, claimed the only MPs who attended the function was Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Batu MP Tian Chua.
Lim said he could not recall which other MPs attended the seminar. "I am just asking for basic treatment. The same type of treatment City Hall owes to other city folk. City Hall can ensure there is transparency by uploading the detailed budget on its website for public scrutiny."

Mayor says he has no hidden agenda behind City Hall's 2012 budget

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 10:28 PM PST

Source: http://www.mmail.com.my/story/mayor-says-he-has-no-hidden-agenda-behind-city-halls-2012-budget (by Azril Annuar, 1/2/2012)
KUALA LUMPUR: "What makes him so special?"
KL mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail today took a swipe at Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng after the latter alleged City Hall did not disclose the full details of the city's 2012 budget when it was unveiled last month.
Lim had earlier accused Ahmad Fuad of refusing to disclose full details of the the budget to the public and KL's members of Parliament. "We are KL's MPs who have debated the national budget in Parliament. So why can't we look at the detailed city budget?", Lim questioned. Lim claimed that during a meeting between several KL MPs and the mayor that was held prior to Chinese New Year, the MPs had asked for a copy of the budget. However, he said Ahmad Fuad refused to entertain their request and only allowed them to view the summarised hard copy version. Lim also accused Ahmad Fuad of not consulting with the public and the MPs before the budget was approved.
Responding to Lim's allegation, Ahmad Fuad said Lim failed to attend a seminar which was organised by City Hall last year despite being invited to attend.
Ahmad Fuad told The Malay Mail that the city council had engaged with around 200 to 300 citizens and consulted, explained and discussed the tentative budget and invitations were sent to "everyone including Lim". "We called for a seminar, we invited around 500 people and around 200 to 300 showed up. The only MPs who bothered to attend was Nurul Izzah (Lembah Pantai) and Tian Chua (Batu). So why is he bringing this up? Why am I being accused that I did not consult the public or the MP?
"He did not show up. He accused me of having an agenda? What agenda? I have to report to the Ministry (Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing ministry) and the prime minister.
He said that during the seminar, City Hall representatives explained to the public on how revenue for the city was generated and how the city plans on spending the budget allocated. Public concerns were also taken note of and it was included in the budget. Ahmad Fuad said his plate was full as City Hall has to be audited and there are procurement procedures which he has to oversee in addition to attending monthly meetings with the chief-secretary to the government.
"Why does he (Lim) want special treatment and have a 'special meeting' just for him when other concerned citizens can come to the seminar. We even advertised it. "Maybe he trusted us so much that he feels that KL is in good hands," Ahmad Fuad said.

Lim Guan Eng

Lim Guan Eng

Only Pakatan Rakyat(PR) Will Place More Importance On The People’s Health And Public Safety Than The Blind Pursuit Of Profits By Ensuring That There Are No Rare Earths Plants and Nuclear Facility In PR States.(en/bm/cn)

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 10:21 PM PST

DAP regrets that BN government has shown that it is not committed to green and sustainable growth but instead is willing to sacrifice people's health for profits. Malaysia's Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) has granted Australian company Lynas Corporation a temporary operating licence (TOL) for its controversial Pahang-based and also the world largest rare earth refinery plant provided it fulfils five conditions.

Instead of focusing on race and religion, perhaps Barisan Nasional should explain why they are allowing the Lynas Rare Earth Plant in Kuantan to be operated; despite all the dangers inherent and even its regulators themselves did not have a clear radioactive waste disposal proposal from Lynas. Among other issues, the Lynas' waste management plan does not fully disclose the contents of its waste streams.

Two days ago the New York Times (NYT) had also reported that Dutch multinational AkzoNobel, a key contractor, had withdrawn from the project due to the safety concerns. Engineers involved in the project and internal emails showed that AkzoNobel withdrew from supplying the chemicals after it was told that the fibreglass liners would be installed in concrete-walled tanks that have a problem with rising dampness in the floors and cracks in the walls.

Followed by the issue of the conditional TOL, shares in Australian miner Lynas soared yesterday. Clearly, the irresponsible BN government is colluding with the industry interest group at the expense of the health and welfare of the hundreds of thousands of innocent Malaysians.

Last year, the BN government has brought a panel of radiological experts from the IAEA to review the case. However, not only does the panel contain no public health and environmental expert, the IAEA is also seen to be industry-driven, and is expected to rubber-stamp their approval.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia(SAM) has revealed that the Lynas project was fast-tracked for approval by the Pahang State DoE. The DoE received the Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment(PEIA) on the 21st of January 2008 and approved it in early February. Why is DOE acting with unholy haste to give their approval for such a complex project involving potentially radioactive hazards with a very vague waste management, storage and disposal proposal?

In the light of the nuclear disaster in a highly-advanced country like Japan, the BN government should also abandon their plans to build two nuclear power plants by 2021. Lynas has always insisted the plant, which will handle rare earths imported from Australia, will be safe, but if that is so why did Lynas not build it in Australia? Is it because Lynas is unable to convince Australian environmental and health regulators that radioactive waste would not leak out thus threatening public health and the environment?

If even the Australian authorities are unwilling to face such hazardous risks despite their highly rated safety standards, how can BN be trusted to ensure the safety and health standards of such a dangerous and high risk project like nuclear plant or rare earths refinery plant? BN has a poor abysmal safety record when the BN government cannot even build a stadium without its roof collapsing or the roof of Parliament leaking? Up to now no one knows where or which state the next plant will be sited.

Only a PR ruled state will not take such risks. I have stated clearly that so long as PR rules Penang, there will be no rare earth refinery plant or nuclear power plants. For this reason the people of Pahang as well as other BN states should learn an important lesson that only a PR ruled state can ensure that there is no rare earths refinery or mines or nuclear facilities to threaten their health and safety of their families.

Let your votes decide in the next general elections whether you want a nuclear plant or rare earth refinery plant in the backyard of your home!

— BM Translation—

Kenyataan Akhbar Setiausaha Agung DAP dan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng di Kuala Lumpur pada 3 Februari 2012

Hanya Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Akan Mementingkan Kesihatan Rakyat Dan Keselamatan Awam Daripada Mengejar Keuntungan Dengan Memastikan Bahawa Loji Nadir Bumi Dan Loji Nuklear Tidak Dibina Di Negeri-Negeri PR.

DAP berasa kesal bahawa Kerajaan BN jelas tidak berkomited terhadap pembangunan mapan dan hijau, dan sudi mengorbankan kesihatan rakyat demi keuntungan. Lembaga Perlesenan Tenaga Atom (AELB) Malaysia telah memberi Lesen Kendalian Sementara (TOL) kepada syarikat Australia Lynas Corporation untuk pembinaan loji pemprosesan nadir bumi yang terbesar di dunia di Pahang sekiranya mereka dapat memenuhi lima syarat yang ditetapkan.

Daripada menumpukan sumber dan tenaganya kepada isu-isu perkauman dan agama, adalah lebih baik Barisan Nasional menjelaskan kenapa loji nadir bumi di Kuantan dibenarkan untuk beroperasi, sedangkan projek itu berbahaya dan pihak pengawal selia sendiri tidak menerima cadangan pembuangan sisa radioaktif yang jelas daripada Lynas. Tambahan pula, pelan pembuangan sisa Lynas tidak mendedahkan sepenuhnya kandungan aliran-aliran sisa.

Dua hari lepas, New York Times (NYT) telah melaporkan bahawa syarikat antarabangsa dari Belanda iaitu AkzoNobel, salah satu kontraktor utama, telah menarik diri daripada projek tersebut ekoran kebimbangan keselamatan. Jurutera-jurutera yang terlibat dalam projek serta emel-emel dalaman telah menunjukkan bahawa AkzoNobel telah menarik diri daripada pembekalan resin setelah diberitahu bahawa lapik kaca gentian yang akan dipasang di tangki berdinding konkrit tidak memenuhi standard keselamatan dan piawaian.

Susulan pemberian TOL bersyarat, saham syarikat Lynas telah melonjak semalam. Adalah jelas bahawa Kerajaan BN yang tidak bertanggungjawab ini sedang berpakat dengan pihak-pihak industri sehingga menjejaskan kesihatan dan kesejahteraan beratus-ratus ribu rakyat Malaysia yang tidak bersalah.

Tahun lepas, Kerajaan BN telah membawa masuk sebuah panel pakar radiologi daripada IAEA untuk mengkaji kes ini. Namun demikian, panel tersebut bukan sahaja tidak mengandungi seorang pakar kesihatan awam dan persekitaraan, IAEA itu sendiri dilihat umum sebagai didorong oleh pihak industri, dan dijangka akan meluluskan projek tersebut.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) telah mendedahkan bahawa projek Lynas telah mendapat kelulusan "fast-track" oleh Jabatan Persekitaran (DOE) Pahang. DOE telah menerima Penilaian Awal Impak Alam Sekitar (PEIA) pada 21 Januari 2008 dan meluluskannya pada awal bulan Februari. Kenapakah DOE memberi kelulusan dengan begitu tergesa-gesa dalam sebuah projek yang bukan sahaja rumit dan melibatkan sisa-sisa radioaktif yang berbahaya, tetapi juga tidak mempunyai pelan pembuangan dan penyimpanan sisa yang jelas?

Ekoran daripada bencana nuklear yang terjadi di negara maju seperti Jepun, Kerajaan BN harus meninggalkan sahaja rancangan mereka untuk membina dua loji nuklear menjelang 2020. Lynas selalu berkeras mempertahankan loji mereka yang akan memproses nadir bumi yang diimport dari Australia sebagai selamat, tetapi jika memang selamat kenapa tidak bina sahaja loji itu di Australia? Adakah ia kerana Lynas tidak dapat meyakinkan pihak pengawal selia persekitaran dan kesihatan di Australia bahawa loji mereka betul-betul selamat?

Sekiranya pihak berkuasa di Australia tidak sanggup menghadapi risiko yang berbahaya walaupun mereka mempunyai standard keselamatan yang tinggi, bagaimanakah kita boleh yakin bahawa BN akan memastikan standard kesihatan dan keselamatan projek yang berbahaya dan berisiko tinggi ini? BN mempunyai rekod prestasi yang tidak cemerlang apabila stadium yang dibina pun mengalami keruntuhan bumbung dan bangunan Parlimen pula bocor. Sehingga sekarang, tidak sesiapa tahu di mana loji seterusnya akan ditempatkan.

Hanya negeri yang ditadbir PR tidak akan mengambil risiko sedemikian. Saya telah lama menyatakan dengan bahawa selama PR berkuasa di Pulau Pinang, loji pemprosesan nadir bumi atau nuklear tidak akan dibina. Kerana itu, rakyat di Pahang dan juga negeri-negeri BN lain harus tahu bahawa hanya negeri-negeri yang ditadbir PR sahaja yang boleh memastikan tidak ada loji nadir bumi atau nuklear yang akan mengancam kesihatan dan keselamatan keluarga mereka.

Undi anda dalam Pilihan Raya Umum akan datang akan menentukan sama ada anda mahukan loji nuklear atau nadir bumi di kawasan rumah anda!

— Mandarin Translation —





两天前,《纽约时报》报道,稀土厂的其中一家荷兰化学品公司Akzonobel已经退出上述工程。从参与设厂的工程师的电邮内容发现,他们发现原本要安装玻璃纤维内衬(Fibreglass Liners)的混凝土储存槽出现底部潮湿、外壁出现裂缝的问题。

随着当局发出临时营运执照,澳洲矿商莱纳斯的股价也在昨天上涨。很明显地, 不负责任的国阵与工业利益团体勾结,牺牲成千上万名无辜马来西亚人的健康及福利。