DAP’s 2009 Budget Brief

30 08 2008

You may download DAP’s 2009 Budget Brief in English and Chinese from the following URLs :-

http://dapmalaysia.org/repository/DAP_2009_Budget_Brief_En.pdf
http://dapmalaysia.org/repository/DAP_2009_Budget_Brief_Cn.pdf

The DAP 2009 Malaysian budget brief focuses on the twin challenges of global economic slowdown and our high dependence on oil and gas resources.

You are encouraged to put the above Budget URLs on your blogs or Websites. n_n

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Dispute over DNA Identification Bill 2008

28 08 2008

This bill is definitely an important one.

In Canada, similar bill was introduced in 1998 (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/D-3.8/index.html). 10 years later, a DNA Identification Bill was tabled in our Parliament.

However, timing of tabling this bill must be severely questioned.

This bill was only introduced last Monday, ie 18 August 2008. One week later, it was brought up for second reading. Is it usual? Table below should be able to answer this question.

Bill 1st reading 2nd reading
Geologists Bill 2008 15 May 2008 24 June 2008
National Service Training (Amendment) Bill 2008 20 May 2008 Not yet
Education (Amendment) Bill 2008 22 May 2008 19 August 2008
Rang Undang-undang Lembaga Kenaf dan Tembakau Negara 2008 25 June 2008 18 August 2008
University and University Colleges (Amendment) Bill 2008 16 July 2008 Not yet
DNA Identification Bill 18 August 2008 26 August 2008

Despite the fact that this bill is a brand new bill and not an amendment bill, we were only given 2 and half days to debate this bill. Around 4pm this afternoon, even though a few members of Parliament still wish to participate in the debate of DNA Bill, including MP Shah Alam and myself, Tan Sri Speaker just directed the Minister to reply, who at the end of his reply refused to answer a simple question, ie would he agree to refer the bill to select committee.

“Setuju atau tidak?”

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【东方日报】联邦政府负债2667亿

26 08 2008

(吉隆坡25日讯)截至2007年12月31日,联邦政府共负债2667亿令吉的债务。

财政部长拿督斯里阿都拉指出,2667亿令吉债务中,2471亿令吉或92.7%的债务,属国内债务,其余7.3%或196亿令吉为国外债务。

也是首相的他今日在国会下议院,书面回答行动党沙登区国会议员张念群的问题时,这么表示。

他说,我国拖欠外国的债务数目不高,因政府尽量减少向外国举债,这也能减少外汇波动的风险,选择通过国内的管道,进行借贷。

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[Bernama] Hutang Kerajaan Persekutuan Sebanyak RM266.7 Bilion

26 08 2008

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 Ogos (Bernama) — Jumlah keseluruhan hutang Kerajaan Persekutuan sehingga 31 Dis 2007 ialah sebanyak RM266.7 bilion, kata Menteri Kewangan Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Abdullah yang juga Perdana Menteri berkata daripada jumlah itu, sebanyak RM247.1 bilion atau 92.7 peratus, membabitkan hutang dalam negeri manakala bakinya sebanyak RM19.6 bilion (7.3 peratus) merupakan hutang luar negeri.

“Hutang luar negeri adalah kecil, selaras dengan dasar kerajaan untuk mengurangkan pinjaman luar bagi mengurangkan risiko pertukaran mata wang asing dan mengutamakan pinjaman daripada sumber domestik,” katanya dalam jawapan bertulis kepada soalan Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Serdang) pada persidangan Dewan Rakyat di sini, hari ini.
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[The Edge Daily] Govt debts at RM267b

26 08 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: The federal government’s domestic and foreign debts amounted to RM266.7 billion as at Dec 31, 2007, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

He said of the government’s total debts, domestic debt accounted for 92.7% or RM247.1 billion while foreign debt stood at 7.3% or RM19.6 billion.

“The low amount of foreign debt is in line with the government’s policy of reducing foreign borrowing which would then decrease the risk of foreign exchange and rely on loans from domestic sources,” Abdullah said in a written reply yesterday to Teo Nie Ching (Serdang-DAP) who wanted the finance minister to state the amount of money owed by and to the government as well as the main creditors and borrowers.
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【念念有辞】 莫名其妙被禁

25 08 2008

Click here to read blog post “Banning of books“.

你一年看多少本书?两页?两本?还是20本?

阅读是种良好嗜好,我相信不少马来西亚人在条件许可的情况下,都会愿意拿起一本书慢慢细嚼。可惜,条件往往不允许,没有时间成了最好的挡箭牌。

建议那些喜欢阅读却苦恼于找不到时间的朋友,不妨考虑到内政部工作。毕竟内政部的工作之一就是审核书刊的内容,在那里工作不愁没时间看书。

数据显示,自1971年到2007年我国被禁的书多达1446本。巅峰时期的1994年,被禁书刊更是超过150本。首相阿都拉上任后,被禁的书每年都超过50本。

本月14日,内政部又禁了两本书。其中一本是由国民大学Norani Othman教授编着,回教姐妹组织出版的《女性穆斯林挑战极端回教主义》。
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【中国报】 国会问答环节答非所问 张念群炮轰部长敷衍

23 08 2008


张念群促请内阁部长认真看待国会问答环节,勿答非所问。

For your information, the Work Minister did not answer the last part of my parliamentary question, i.e. “would collection of highway toll in Serdang area be terminated earlier once the amount of toll collection in Serdang has been reaching concession company’s target profit?”

Last Thursday, the minister and deputy minister of Tourism were also absent from Parliament meeting when Saudara Lim Kit Siang raised his question to them. All these show the arrogance of our cabinet members.

All ministers and deputy ministers should take the meeting of parliament seriously to show their respect to this country’s highest legislative body. In case they are too busy to attend parliament meeting, they should prepare complete written replies to the parliamentary questions raised by backbencher MPs.

Moreover, all backbencher MPs have been submitting their questions to parliament secretariat 3 weeks before the commencement of each parliamentary session, ministers should have ample time to prepare their answers for the questions directed to them.

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