Sabtu, 7 Disember 2013
Kenyataan Media V.Sivakumar Ahli Parlimen Batu Gajah pada 5/12/2013 di Batu Gajah
Rasa sungguh kesal dan kecewa dengan kenyataan yang dibuat oleh perwakilan UMNO yang begitu tebal semangat perkaumannya. Ketua Bahagian UMNO Bukit Mertajam menyarankan supaya slogan 1Malaysia ditukar kepada 1Melayu. Bukankah ini satu kenyataan yang menghasut dan berbaur perkauman. Inilah taktik kotor UMNO dan Barisan Nasional yang bijak menukar warna kulit seperti cicak kubing mengikut selera dan keadaan. Sebelum PRU13 UMNO mewar-warkan 1Malaysia, Selepas PRU13 tidak lagi segan untuk mencadangkan 1Melayu.
UMNO adalah satu parti perkauman yang sentiasa menindas kaum-kaum yang lain. Semangat assabiyah UMNO semakin membengkak selepas PRU13 apabila mereka merasakan sebahagian besar golongan bukan bumiputera tidak lagi menyokong Barisan Nasional. Jika itu adalah benar, Barisan Nasional seharusnya mencari sebab musabab kehilangan sokongan itu. Selepas mengenal pasti punca kegagalan, Barisan Nasional sepatutnya mencari jalan untuk memenangi semula hati orang-orang bukan bumiputera. Mencaci dan menghukum orang-orang yang tidak menyokong Barisan Nasional akan memudaratkan lagi penerimaan komponen itu yang sokongan kepadanya semakin hari semakin pudar.
Barisan Nasional harus sedar bahawa golongan bukan bumiputera telah dihimpit dan ditekan selama lebih 50 tahun. Penindasan dilakukan secara terbuka oleh Barisan Nasional dalam semua aspek yang merangkumi ekonomi, sosial dan politik. Nescaya itu, Barisan Nasional telah kehilangan undi populariti di kalangan golongan bukan bumiputera. Ini adalah suatu tindakan atau reaksi yang normal daripada manusia-manusia yang berfikiran waras dan beremosi. Barisan Nasional tidak mempedulikan perasaan golongan bukan bumiputera selama ini. Tetapi secara tiba-tiba sebelum PRU, Barisan Nasional cuba berjinak dengan golongan bukan bumiputera dengan slogan retorik 1Malaysia. Ini dilakukan dengan niat menipu semata-mata untuk memancing undi daripada semua lapisan masyarakat. Sebaik saja habis PRU, Barisan Nasional sudah mula menunjukkan belangnya sekarang.
Apa kata Perdana Menteri Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak tentang cadangan Ketua Bahagian UMNO Bukit Mertajam yang mahu menggantikan slogan 1Malaysia dengan 1Melayu dalam perbahasan Perhimpunan Agung UMNO? Beliau secara terbuka mengatakan bahawa 'bangsa-bangsa lain' telah menikam dari belakang dalam pilihanraya. Beranikah Presiden UMNO itu menegur Ketua Bahagian itu dan menegaskan pendiriannya secara terbuka?
Bagaimana pula dengan pemimpin-pemimpin MCA, MIC, Gerakan dan PPP? Beranikah mereka ini mengutuk secara terbuka ucapan perkauman Ketua Bahagian UMNO Bukit Mertajam? Atau seperti biasa menjadi 'Pak Angguk'' dan turut serta bertepuk tangan mengiktiraf ucapan sedemikian. Saya pasti tidak akan ada apa-apa reaksi daripada puak-puak ini kerana terpaksa menjaga kepentingan politik masing-masing.
Ahli Parlimen Batu Gajah
Jumaat, 6 Disember 2013
Call on all DAP State Conventions in coming weeks to send out one clear message to Malaysians – one with DAP national leadership and Pakatan Rakyat parties to conquer Putrajaya in 14GE to achieve Malaysian Dream
Media Statement by DAP Parliamentary Leader and MP for Gelang Patah Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 26th November 2013:
After the DAP Special Congress on September 29, 2013 to re-elect the DAP national leadership, the UMNO national elections in October and the 59th PAS Muktamar last weekend to elect the PAS leadership for the next two years, the national focus for the coming weeks will be back on the DAP.
Beginning this weekend, most of the DAP State Conventions will be electing the new DAP State leaderships – and true to form, the Umno/BN plotters and conspirators are already working overtime to demonise the DAP leaders to cause maximum dissension, division and damage to the DAP in particular and Pakatan Rakyat in general.
But just as the UMNO/BN plotters and conspirators, through their media, printed and Internet, had failed in their sinister design to destroy Pakatan Rakyat and the component parties of DAP, PAS and PKR, whether before, during and in the half-year after the 13th General Elections, DAP delegates to the DAP State Conventions in the coming weeks must mobilise to rally behind the national DAP leadership to send out one clear and unmistakable message not only to Umno/Barisan Nasional but also to all Malaysians.
This clear and unmistakable message all DAP State Conventions in the coming weeks should send out to all Malaysians is that the DAP at all levels in the country are one with the DAP national leadership and the other Pakatan Rakyat partners, PAS and PKR, to conquer Putrajaya in the 14GE to achieve the Malaysian Dream - a Malaysia for all Malaysians regardless of race, religion, class or region where democracy, good governance and socio-economic justice could flourish to allow every Malaysian to achieve his or her fullest potential for the collective good and greatness of the nation.
I had said yesterday that all the three parties of DAP, PAS and PKR have benefitted from the partnership in Pakatan Rakyat.
From a regional party confined largely to its “Northern” heartland of Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, PAS has gone “national” in the 13th General Elections with parliamentary and/or state assembly representation in every state in Peninsular Malaysia, except for Negri Sembilan.
Performance of DAP (1999 to 2013)
DAP has also benefitted from being in Pakatan Rakyat and needs the Pakatan framework of cooperation and mutual reliance to continue to win more seats.
DAP has come a long way since 1999 in terms of the number of parliament and state seats won.
From 10 parliament and 11 state seats in Peninsular Malaysia in the 1999 general elections to 11 parliament and 15 state seats in the 2004 general elections, DAP took a big jump to 26 parliament and 72 state seats in Peninsular Malaysia in the 2008 general elections.
DAP made further gains in the 2013 general elections by winning 31 parliament and 91 state seats in Peninsular Malaysia. (See Table 1 below)
Table 1: Number of Parliament and State Seats won by the DAP in Peninsular Malaysia (including seats with <60 chinese="" font="" voters="">60>
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Media Statement by Dr. Ko Chung Sen, MP of Kampar on 27th, November, 2013
The study looked at the prices charged by 20 pharmacies in Malaysia compared to the prices offered by the 3 biggest pharmacy chains of few hundred stores, which were the Chemist Warehouse, Terry White Chemist and My Chemist.
The drugs were the popular medicines used to treat common medical conditions. Betaloc and Noten for heart disease, Glucovance and Diamicron for diabetes, Lipitor and Zocor for high cholesterol, Norvasc and Adalat LA for blood pressure, Ventolin for asthma and Volteren as pain killer.
The findings showed that the mean retail prices in Malaysia were 30.30% to 148.28% higher than those in Australia. For example, Lipitor, the biggest selling cholesterol medicine in the world, a 20mg tablet cost an average RM5.07 in Malaysia, but only RM3.12 in Australia, difference of 62.5%. Norvasc 10mg, a blood pressure medicine, cost RM3.34 in Malaysia, RM2.17 in Australia, difference of 53.91%. GlucoVance 500/5mg, a diabetic medicine, was RM0.79 in Malaysia but RM0.38 in Australia, difference of 107.89%. Betaloc 50mg, a heart medicine, cost RM0.72 in Malaysia and RM0.29 in Australia, difference of 148.28%!
The other problem in Malaysia is, the retail prices between pharmacies could be more than 5 times different. For example, for Norvasc 10mg tablet, a blood pressure medicine, the highest price RM8.67, lowest price RM1.60. difference of 541%. Zocor 80mg, highest RM6.60 and lowest RM1.20, 550% difference. Lipitor 20mg, highest RM7.17 and lowest RM3.83, 187% difference. The retail mark-ups for medicines was confirmed to range from 10% to 552% in another published survey.
Prescription drug expenditures are one of the fastest growing components of the health services around the world. The purchase of medicine makes up a large proportion of the healthcare budget and account for a significant chunk of the non-personnel cost. Furthermore, for cash paying patients, higher cost resulted in significant lower drug adherence among the poor. We need to make life saving medicines affordable and less of a burden to the people.
Globally different countries regulate the drug prices differently. France and Italy have direct price control. Germany and Japan maintain price control indirectly through re-imbursement under social insurance schemes. In Britain, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority monitors the prices and regulate the profit that companies can make on sales.
For developing countries like Malaysia, 20% to 60% of the total spending on health are due to expenditures on pharmaceuticals. Indeed the cost of the prescription can be ten times the fee of a consultation. In this country, the total market size for prescription and OTC (over the counter) medicine is estimated at RM4.5billion a year. The government budget for Pharmacy and Supply for year 2014 is RM1,506,036,800. A very large amount spent to keep the nation healthy and working. However, we could potentially save few hundred millions a year for the government budget and RM1billion a year for the country if we purchased the medicines at the Australian market price. The problem of higher medicine prices here are due to the failure of the government to impose price control and regulations in this country.
In Malaysia, there is a total lack of price control and monitoring in every stage from the manufacturers, distributors to the retailers as well as in the doctors’ clinics. In 1994, in addition to price deregulation, the Malaysian government approved a privatized drug- distribution system for public health care facility to help reduce the cost. The Government Medical Store was privatised and Pharmaniaga was set up. Unfortunately, while Pharmaniaga is now a public listed company worth RM1.18billion with huge profit of RM61.7million in year 2012, the cost of the medicine increased after that and kept on increasing. Worse still, many medicines were found to be more costly in the private sector with huge price variation. Indeed, the medicine prices have been reported to be escalating even faster than the developed world.
The Malaysian government and the pharmaceutical industry can no longer claim that the prices of medicines are best controlled by the free market economy. We have practised that policy since 1994. The country and the people have been forced to folk out more than ever. The prices of medicines are expected to rise by as much as 30% with the implementation of the TPPA (Trans-pacific Partnership Agreement) and the GST(Goods & Service Tax). I hereby urge the government to set up a National Medicine Pricing Authority to monitor and maintain the medicine prices at the lowest possible level. This is long overdue. With the ever higher cost of living, the least the government can do is to prevent excessive profiteering from the medicines necessary to ease our pain and suffering.
DAP, PAS and PKR achieved their best parliamentary and state assembly results during their tripartite co-operation in the 1999, 2008 and 2013 General Elections
Media Statement by DAP
Parliamentary Leader and MP for Gelang Patah Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 27th November 2013:
In the 1999 General Elections,
faced with the challenge of the four-party Barisan Alternative comprising DAP, PAS, PKR and Parti Rakyat, UMNO/BN strategists and propagandists launched a fork- tongued campaign, warning the Malays one the one hand that “DAP Plus PAS Equals Islam Hancur (destroyed)” while on the other hand warning the Chinese that a vote for DAP was a vote for PAS and an Islamic State where there would be no pork, no alcohol, no temples, no churches, no karaokes, no Chinese schools, women would have to cover their heads, beautiful women could not find jobs and that there would be the chopping of hands and feet.
By and large, the Malay
voters in the 1999 general elections did not take the bait but the non-Malay voters, particularly the Chinese voters, fell victim to the campaign of falsehoods and fear generated by the Barisan Nasional, resulting in an outcome where PAS was the biggest winner in the Barisan Alternative as the largest parliamentary opposition with 27 MPs and 98 State Assembly representatives, capturing Terengganu state government in addition to Kelantan while DAP suffered severe setbacks, securing only 10 parliamentary and 11 state assembly seats. PKR won 5 parliamentary and 4 state assembly seats.
In the recent 2013 General
Elections, faced with the challenge by Pakatan Rakyat, Umno/BN strategists and propagandists returned to their traditional fork- tongued campaign of lies and falsehoods, warning the Malays on the one hand that PAS would be a puppet of DAP while warning the Chinese on the other hand that DAP would be a stooge of PAS.
Unlike the 1999 General
Elections, the Chinese voters did not take the Umno/BN bait in the 2013 polls. However, unlike the 10th General Elections, the UMNO campaign of lies and falsehoods made some impact on the Malay voters.
As a result, UMNO emerged
from the 13GE stronger than 2008, up 10 seats from the 79 to 88 seats, benefitting from the shift in rural Malay votes.
Based on the present
constituency delineation, and taking more than 55 per cent vote secured as a “safe” seat, presently BN has 82 safe seats and 51 marginal seats while Pakatan Rakyat has 60 safe seats and 29 marginal seats.
The 82 BN safe seats comprise
five urban and 77 rural constituencies, or 53 Malay- majority, 0 Chinese-majority, four mixed and 25 bumiputera constituencies.
The 51 BN marginal seats are
30 Malay majority, 0 Chinese majority, 9 mixed and 12 bumiputera.
The 60 PR safe seats comprise
16 Malay majority, 25 Chinese majority, 18 mixed and 1 bumiputera constituencies.
The 29 PR marginal seats
comprise 20 Malay majority, 4 Chinese majority, 5 mixed and 0 bumiputera.
The 13GE results of 89
Pakatan Rakyat MPs, comprising 38 DAP MPs, 30 PKR MPs and 21 PAS MPs have been exploited and distorted by Umno/BN plotters and conspirators for their campaign of lies and falsehoods, like the baseless accusation that PAS is a puppet of DAP.
I am not surprised that UMNO
cybertroopers have distorted my statement after the 59th PAS Muktamar to give the impression that I had declared that PAS could not develop without Pakatan Rakyat, when what I had said was that all the three parties of DAP, PAS and PKR have benefitted from the partnership in Pakatan Rakyat.
From a regional party
confined largely to its “ northern” heartland of Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, PAS has gone “ national” in the 13th General Elections with parliamentary and/or state assembly representation in every state in Peninsular Malaysia, except for Negri Sembilan.
For the DAP, our partnership
in Pakatan Rakyat has enabled the DAP to win 38 parliamentary seats and 107 State Assembly seats, including 16 ethnically-mixed parliamentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia with less than 60 per cent Chinese voters (nine with less than 50 per cent Chinese voters) and 44 “ethnically-mixed” State Assembly seats with less than 60 per cent Chinese voters (15 of which with less than 50% Chinese voters).
PKR Performance (1999 to 2013)
PKR leveraging Pakatan’s
strength in ethnically ‘mixed’ constituencies
Like DAP and PAS, PKR has
also benefitted from the partnership in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, and this is not just about Pakatan Rakyat retaining the Penang and Selangor State Governments.
constituencies – where no one race is more than 60% of voters – used to be BN’s stronghold. However, with UMNO’s increasingly right wing positions and the poor record of governance by the BN, the opposition has capitalized by capturing a majority of these mixed seats in Peninsular Malaysia.
PKR best represents the model
of leveraging on Pakatan’s inclusive message and the grassroot mobilization ability of the individual Pakatan parties in these ethnically mixed seats. These are the seats which PKR has managed to capture in the past two general elections.
In 1999, the only parliament
seat which PKR won that had less than 70% Malay voters was Permatang Pauh (67% Malay) . The only state seat which PKR won that had less than 70% Malay voters was Penanti (68% Malay) which is located in the parliament seat of Permatang Pauh.
PKR was decimated in the 2004
Abdullah Badawai ‘tsunami’, being reduced to just one parliamentary seat – Permatang Pauh.
In 2008, PKR emerged as the
largest opposition party by winning 31 parliament seats. Out of these 31 parliamentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia, 20 (or 65%) were ethnically mixed seats where Malay and Chinese voters are less than 60% of voters. Out of the 40 state seats which PKR won in 2008, 29 (73%) were ethnically mixed.
In 2013, PKR won 28
parliamentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia out of which 22 (79%) were ethnically mixed seats. Out of the 42 state seats won by PKR in 2013, 29 (69%) were ethnically mixed seats. (See Table 1 below)
Table 1: Number of Parliament
and State Seats won by PKR ( 1999 to 2013) including the number and % of seats which have less than 60% Malay and 60% Chinese voters ( Peninsular Malaysia)
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The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, G. Palanivel, needs to answer serious issues raised by the Al-Jazeera 1010 East Program “The Return of the Lizard King”
Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang on the 29th of November 2013 in Kuala Lumpur
The Al-Jazeera 101 East program - “The Return of the Lizard King” – was published on the 21st November, 2013 and it raised many serious issues which must be answered by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, G. Palanivel namely:
(1) After Anson Wong’s arrest in August 2010 for transporting almost 100 boa constrictors, Perhilitan raided Wong’s reptile sanctuary in Teluk Bahang where 50 wild animals were removed. Why was Anson Wong not charged given that this was his reptile sanctuary?
(2) When Anson was arrested in August 2010, his laptop and 3 phones were confiscated. This presumably would have had important information pertaining to his wildlife smuggling activities including possible contacts in Perhilitan. What was the outcome of the investigation?
(3) In 2010, a student by the name of Sarah Sahondrarisoa, who was featured in the Al-Jazeera program, said that she was paid by Anson Wong to transport bags containing wildlife into Malaysia. She was caught during her 2nd trip to Malaysia and was jailed for 8 months during which she gave birth in prison. Why wasn’t Anson Wong investigated and prosecuted based on the proof and testimony given by Sarah including a phone with numbers and pictures which were confiscated?
(4) The premises of Rona Wildlife, at No.125X, Desa Tanjong, Jalan Tanjong Tokong, 10470 Georgetown, Penang, was highlighted in the program and albino pythons and vipers were found at the premises by Steve Chao. Although the registered owner of Rona Wildlife is not Wong or his wife, the employee said on camera that Anson Wong was his boss. Surely, this is a basis for Perhilitan to visit the premises, if not raid the premises as allowed for under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010? In a response that was issued today, Perhilitan said that “based on our checks, Rona Wildlife’s registered owner is Radamani Govindan. Anson Wong is not listed as an owner, shareholder board member of the company”. They also said that “physical inspection and compliance checks on Rona Wildlife’s premises have been conducted regularly”. I checked the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) yesterday night and I found that Radamani Govindan had resigned as the owner on the 4th of July, 2013 and has been replaced by Muthukomar A/L Kuppan. If their information is outdated by 4 months, how can we trust that they have had regular compliance checks especially when the Al-Jazeera program with the video showing the albino snakes were filmed in November?
(5) The program also showed 3 serval cats in the Telok Bahang reptile sanctuary and these cats are listed under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). This alone should be sufficient for Perhilitan to raid the area.
(6) Perhilitan claims that all licenses for wildlife trading and selling belonging to Anson and his wife have been revoked in 2010 but their companies, namely Sungai Rusa Wildlife, CBS Wildlife, Bukit Jambul Reptile Sanctuary, all of which have wildlife trading activities listed as their business.
(7) If Perhilitan and the Minister is serious about stopping the illegal wildlife smuggling activities of Anson Wong and his wife, why not use the powers under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 to raid all of the properties belonging to Anson and his wife to see if there is other wildlife there?
(8) In the Al-Jazeera program, Minister Palanivel said that he would clamp down on corruption in his Ministry. If this is the case, he should update the public as to the result of the MACC investigation into Perhilitan after Anson Wong’s arrest in 2010.
The Minister G. Palanivel, when interviewed by Steve Chao, admitted that he had not known of Anson Wong prior to that day even though Wong was described as the Pablo Escobar of wildlife smuggling and had achieved worldwide notoriety including from the US Wildlife department which organized a special ‘sting’ just to capture him in Mexico in 1999. We all upon Minister G. Palanivel to hold a comprehensive inquiry into how Anson Wong was allowed to continue his activities in keeping and trading wildlife despite having his licenses revoked by Perhilitan in 2010 and to address the questions raised above.
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