Review Category : Politik

Tol masih murah – Tun Dr Mahathir


PUTRAJAYA 03 JANUARY 2018. Pengerusi PPBM, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ketika sidang media Pelancaran Harapan Baru di Putrajaya. NSTP/MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

MO, 10/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad menyifatkan kadar tol lebuh raya di Malaysia masih murah, berbanding negara lain.

Pengerusi Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) itu berkata, bayaran tol perlu dikenakan bagi membolehkan lebuh raya diselenggara.

Dr Mahathir juga memberi contoh bayaran tol di Jambatan Pulau Pinang hanya RM7 dua hala, dan tidak pernah dinaikkan sejak 1980-an, manakala bayaran melalui sebuah jambatan yang hampir sama di Jepun mencecah RM270 sehala.

“Jambatan Pulau Pinang kadar tol RM7 sejak ia dibina pada tahun 1980-an, tak naik sekali pun.

“Dan yang baru ini juga RM7. Saya berpendapat walau ada yang mengeluh, agak terlalu tinggi ‘tol rate’ ini, tetapi sebenarnya ini pergi balik kita bayar RM7, sedangkan jambatan lebih kurang sama di Jepun ‘tol rate’ lebih RM500.

“Fikir-fikirlah sama ada kita (kerajaan) terlalu tamak mengenakan ‘tol rate’ terlalu tinggi? Buatlah perbandingan dengan mana-mana negara sekalipun,” katanya dalam Program Policy Talk: Kos Sara Hidup, Jalan Penyelesaian? yang disiarkan menerusi Facebook Live beliau hari ini.

Bekas Perdana Menteri selama 22 tahun sehingga 2003 itu berkata, kerajaan di bawah pemerintahannya cuba memastikan kadar tol rendah dengan membeli tanah dan memberi pinjaman mudah kepada syarikat pengendali lebuh raya.

“Tetapi masih ramai tak puas hati dengan tol dikenakan. Kalau tol tak dikenakan langsung, sukar nak selenggara lebuh raya utara selatan,” kata Dr Mahathir.

Dr Mahathir yang juga Pengerusi pakatan pembangkang turut menyentuh mengenai kenaikan kos sara hidup, pendekatan peningkatan gaji yang didakwa tidak dapat menangani kenaikan kos hidup, hutang negara dan isu pekerja asing.



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Tiada Istilah “Abang Besar” Kata DAP! PAN Merayu-rayu Minta tambah kerusi Tapi diberi Amaran Keras!!


 

Setiausaha Organisasi Kebangsaan DAP, Anthony Loke baru-baru ini memberi jaminan tiada parti pembangkang yang akan mendominasi parti lain dalam Pakatan Harapan. Baca di sini. Kata Anthony Loke,

Dalam Pakatan Harapan tidak ada soal abang sulung atau pun adik bongsu, tak ada siapa yang lebih besar dalam Pakatan. Kami bukan BN 2.0. Dalam BN semua tahu parti paling dominan adalah UMNO, kita tak berniat meniru pendekatan BN.

Hari ini, apabila parti PAN memperbesarkan isu pembahagian kerusi Parlimen pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14) akan datang, Setiausaha Agong Parti DAP sudah memberi amaran. Kata Joseph Lim Guan Eng, dipetik Berita Harian, di sini,

Macam mana saya nak jawab soalan ini pun saya tak tahu kerana tidak tahu soalan berpunca dari mana, cakap macam mana nak tuntut. Ini kita sudah umumkan dan itulah struktur pembahagian. Justeru, jangan cuba tokok tambah. Apa yang penting kita mara ke hadapan dengan suatu strategi jelas.

Taukeh sudah marah, khadam ikut sajalah. Kesian PAN di anak tirikan sedangkan mereka lah paling banyak berkorban sehingga sanggup derhaka pada Tok Guru dan Ulamak PAS hanya kerana kuasa. Mungkin ini balasan Allah SWT di dunia.



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Pakatan tax glut | Merdeka Online


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MO,9/1/2018 – TWO days ago on Sunday, Pakatan Harapan announced its manifesto for the upcoming general election. One significant part of the manifesto is on the problem of the cost of living and taxes, pointing a finger at the Federal Government policy. However, if they are serious about tackling the cost of living and taxes issues, perhaps they should have looked in their own backyard first, in the states where they govern, which are Selangor and Penang.

Two weeks earlier, on Dec 26, the day after Christmas, the Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) Office scrambled to find an answer to respond to my assertion that property-related taxes are the main cause of increase in the cost of living in Selangor. Selangor MB Datuk Seri Azmin Ali refused to accept my assertion above, and like usual blamed Putrajaya and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for the increase in cost of living. He posted on Facebook: “Putrajaya has implemented the wrong economic policy.”

In their defensive rebuttal, the MB and his office claimed that property taxes did not increase the cost of living in the state, and that they have recently rolled out initiatives to reduce property taxes by giving exemption from assessment fees to village houses and low-cost houses, while charging a nominal fee of RM1,000 for the ownership of residential land for settlers in the state who cannot afford to pay land premium.

However, the above initiatives were only just rolled out in 2016, whereas the cost of living has increased tremendously in Selangor for the last nine years since Pakatan took over the state government in 2008. Significant increase in cost of living happened between 2008 and 2011, years before the implementation of GST. Moreover, the initiatives rolled out in 2016 by the Selangor government were concentrated on rural folks — the MB office mentioned that several hundred thousand village houses were given exemption on assessment taxes.

But, what about the urban folks in the cities and towns where over 80 per cent of Selangoreans reside? The folks in apartments and urban dwellings who have had to pay higher quit rents and assessment taxes since 2008? These are where most of the increase in cost of living happens. The majority of Selangor folks who live in cities and towns have been significantly impacted by the rapid rise in property prices and rental in Selangor because of the state government policy. In the recent Selangor budget speech, the MB said the state government collects an estimated RM2.25 billion in revenue. About 77 per cent of that revenue comes from land premiums, quit rent and business premises-related charges. During Barisan Nasional’s time, the taxes collected from these sources were less than half of that.

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The MB Office recently said property-related taxes haven’t gone up in 14 years. If this is true, then where is all this large tax revenue coming from? After taking over from Barisan Nasional, the Pakatan state governments in Selangor and Penang decided to boost the states’ revenue by increasing property-related taxes, including land premium and rezoning taxes. Since then, there was as much as a 400 per cent increase in local government taxes in these states. While rezoning taxes saw steep hikes by as much as 50 per cent, land premiums were increased by as much as 300 per cent.

The Auditor General’s report shows an almost two-fold increase in total collection of land premiums between 2009 and 2010 in Selangor. This upward trend continued in the following five years. In 2015, the Pakatan government collected RM1.7 billion in land premium and quit rent compared with about RM700 million in 2008. This is an increase of about RM1 billion in property-related tax annual collection in Selangor in less than seven years compared with during Barisan Nasional’s time. In Penang, between 2008 and 2009, the collection of land premium almost tripled from RM19 million to RM54 million just within a year of Pakatan taking over. In 2015, the state government collected RM414 million in land premium, a more than twentyfold increase in less than seven years. While other states also experience an increase in cost of living, it is not as significant as in Selangor and Penang. Both states saw the highest increase in cost of living, which corresponded with the increase in property- and land-related taxes in those states since Pakatan took over the state governments in 2008.

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In Barisan Nasional states, property-related taxes collected are much lower than those in Penang and Selangor. In 2016, in large states comparable to Selangor, Kedah collected a total of RM262 million in property-related taxes, Perak collected RM385 million, Johor collected RM720 million and Pahang collected RM297 million. In November 2010, the Pakatan state government in Selangor introduced its Development Charge Rules, which imposes a 20 to 30 per cent charge on all property developments, including for housing and commercial property. This has increased the cost and price of new housing projects. In Kuala Lumpur, property taxes are no doubt high too.

However, Kuala Lumpur is a small area compared with other states like Selangor, and most people who work in Kuala Lumpur do not reside and buy homes in Kuala Lumpur, but live in Selangor. Evidently, during the day time, the population in Kuala Lumpur is around three million people, but drops to about one million after office hours. In Shah Alam and Subang in Selangor, the Pakatan government had increased assessment rates tenfold in the past few years in Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh and Kampung Baru Subang, collected by the Shah Alam City Council. A case in point, a resident who paid an assessment rate of RM1,470 in 2011 was asked to pay RM23,040 in 2013.

In Penang, the development charge, which was previously RM5 per sq ft for residential units and RM7 per sq ft for commercial units prior to 2008, has tripled to RM15 per sq ft and RM21 per sq ft, respectively, after 2008. Drainage contribution fee, which was RM10,000 per acre during Barisan Nasional’s time, was increased to RM50,000 per acre now by the Pakatan government. These charges add up to the price of homes in Penang and passed on to home buyers.

The significant increase in property tax revenue collected by the Selangor and Penang state governments come out of the pockets of people of Selangor and Penang, who are taxed 10 to 20 times higher now compared with during Barisan Nasional’s time.

The rise in property-related taxes has created a domino effect on the cost of living in Selangor and Penang. It has increased the prices of homes and business premises, and in turn increased the prices of goods and services, and reduced the net disposable income of the people of Selangor and Penang.

We need to do something about this.


 

The 41-year-old writer, a Harvard and Wharton-trained political economist from Paya Jaras, Selangor, is the special officer to the prime minister. He is also the president of Sukarelawan Malaysia. He had served nine years in the private sector and another nine years in the government, including in the Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department

Source –  NSTP&BH



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Going big on social media


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MO,9/1/2018, PETALING JAYA: From ramping up their cyber teams to creating memes, GIFs and content, political parties are gearing up for the general election by embracing social media in a big way. Some parties have also trained their members to use digital platforms to get their messages and aspirations out to the masses, while fending off rumours and fake news in the campaigning period between nomination day and polling day.

Besides social media, they have allocated funds for traditional media such as bulletins and even expanded their media teams. MIC Information chief Datuk V.S. Mogan said the party started training about 300 youth leaders to be active on social media about two years ago. “We also have the MIC information zone, where we disseminate information.

“We also have a team to defend against those who attack us,” he added. MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said the party would spread its message of moderation and explain its work in its constituencies through Chinese media in cyberspace. He added that MCA would not only engage with its current supporters, but also try to woo the younger generation.

Last year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also Barisan Nasional chairman, had said that for the coalition to win the “mother of all elections”, it must first defeat the Opposition in the cyberwar of public opinion on social media. Umno has set up its own information technology bureau with more than 3,500 members. Last week, Najib also launched Barisan’s “theRakyat” portal to combat fake news on social media.

Monash University Malaysia (School of Arts and Social Sciences) lecturer Dr Julian Hopkins said social media had become an essential and effective tool for political parties to reach out to voters. He noted that 97.3% of the country’s Internet users had Facebook accounts, according to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

However, he said, political parties might face challenges in reaching beyond Facebook and Twitter. “WhatsApp groups are also important. Many people belong to such groups but these are private,” he said, adding that people might find it more comfortable exchanging views via the messaging platform.

Other challenges facing politicians, he said, included creating content that was compelling enough for people to share. “They have to create content that is simple, emotional and authentic to capture public attention,” Dr Hopkins added. Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai said it had trained its coordinators and potential candidates to be active on social media since last year. This would help them cover more ground, he added.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Pribumi) communications team has been trying to increase its social media presence in creative ways to woo the younger generation using memes, GIFs and short, quirky clips. “This content has been very well received and (younger users) share it immediately with their friends,” said a spokesman for the team. He added that Pakatan Harapan had also launched an online “do-it-yourself” kit to distribute campaign materials.

DAP assistant national publicity secretary Yeo Bee Yin acknowledged that social media was one of its most important information channels, especially to reach people in rural areas following an increase in the Internet penetration rate. Amanah communications director Khalid Samad said his party maximised the use of Facebook Live and had formed a separate unit, “Media Oren”. “You can find it on Facebook. There is also a TV channel called ‘Jom Channel FB Live’.

“We also have Facebook and Twitter accounts for our party,” he added. In a recent interview with radio station BFM, Selangorkini chief editor Cecelia Alphonsus said some 250,000 copies of the weekly Malay language newspaper, which focuses on Selangor state policies, were distributed to service centres and places of worship. Print publication Selangorkini and web TV portal TV Selangor are entities under Mentri Besar, Inc under the Selangor state government.

The Penang government has spent RM35.94mil on its official newsletter Buletin Mutiara, which began in 2010, and has distributed a total of 32.7 million copies. According to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, there are now 17 journalists working for the newsletter.

 –TheStar



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Masalah manifesto ekonomi Pakatan | Merdeka Online


ekonomi pembangkangMO, 9/1/2018 – Pada Ahad lalu, Pakatan Harapan (PH) mengumumkan manifesto mereka untuk Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14).

Satu aspek penting manifesto ini ialah masalah kos sara hidup dan cukai dengan menuding jari menyalahkannya ke atas dasar kerajaan persekutuan.

Bagaimanapun, jika mereka serius untuk menangani masalah kos sara hidup dan cukai, mungkin mereka patut mencari jalan menyelesaikannya di kedua-dua negeri di bawah pentadbiran mereka iaitu Selangor dan Pulau Pinang.

Dua minggu sebelum ini iaitu pada 26 Disember 2017, sehari selepas sambutan Krismas, Pejabat Menteri Besar (MB) Selangor bertungkus lumus menjawab pandanga tegas saya bahawa cukai berkaitan hartanah adalah penyebab utama kenaikan kos sara hidup di Selangor.

MB Selangor, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali enggan menerima pandangan saya dan seperti biasa menyalahkan Putrajaya dan cukai barang dan perkhidmatan (GST) atas kenaikan kos sara hidup. Beliau juga menyiarkan kenyataan di Facebook berbunyi ‘Putrajaya melaksanakan dasar ekonomi yang salah.’

Kos sara hidup tinggi
Ketika memberi hujah menolak pandangan saya, beliau dan jentera pejabatnya mendakwa cukai hartanah tidak menyebabkan kenaikan kos sara hidup di negeri itu. Tetapi baru-baru ini, mereka sudah menggerakkan inisiatif mengurangkan cukai hartanah dengan memberikan pengecualian cukai kepada penduduk kampung dan pemilik rumah kos rendah selain mengenakan bayaran nominal RM1,000 bagi mereka yang tidak mampu membayar cukai taksiran.

Bagaimanapun, inisiatif di atas hanya mula dilaksanakan pada 2016 sedangkan kos sara hidup telah melonjak tinggi di Selangor sejak pakatan pembangkang mengambil alih kerajaan negeri lebih sembilan tahun lalu mulai 2008. Kenaikan ketara kos sara hidup berlaku di antara tahun 2008 hingga 2011, beberapa tahun sebelum GST mula dilaksanakan.

Tambahan lagi, inisiatif kerajaan negeri Selangor pada 2016 tersebut hanya tertumpu kepada penduduk luar bandar seperti yang dinyatakan oleh Pejabat MB yang mana beberapa ratus ribu penduduk kampung diberi pengecualian cukai taksiran.

Namun demikian, bagaimana pula dengan penghuni di bandar dan pekan yang meliputi lebih 80 peratus penduduk Selangor? Penghuni pangsapuri dan kediaman bandar yang terpaksa membayar cukai pintu dan cukai taksiran yang lebih tinggi sejak 2008? Merekalah yang paling banyak menerima kesan kenaikan kos sara hidup. Majoriti penduduk Selangor yang tinggal di bandar, paling merasai impak kenaikan mendadak harga hartanah dan kadar sewa di Selangor kerana dasar kerajaan negeri.

Meskipun, negeri lain juga mengalami kenaikan kos sara hidup, ia tidak sebesar seperti di Selangor dan Pulau Pinang. Kedua-dua negeri ini mengalami kenaikan tertinggi kos sara hidup selari dengan kenaikan cukai berkaitan hartanah sejak Pakatan mengambil alih kerajaan negeri pada tahun 2008.

Ketika berucap membentangkan bajet Selangor baru-baru ini, Azmin berkata, kerajaan negeri mengutip pendapatan cukai kira-kira RM2.25 bilion. 77 peratus daripada kutipan ini adalah daripada premium tanah, cukai pintu dan yuran berkaitan premis perniagaan. Ketika pentadbiran kerajaan negeri Barisan Nasional (BN), kadar cukai yang dikutip daripada sumber di atas adalah kurang daripada separuh daripada itu.

Pejabat MB juga baru-baru ini, menyatakan bahawa cukai berkaitan hartanah tidak meningkat dalam tempoh 14 tahun. Jika itu benar, dari mana datangnya perolehan pendapatan yang besar daripada cukai di atas?

Naikkan cukai
Selepas mengambil alih daripada BN, kerajaan negeri pakatan di Selangor dan Pulau Pinang memutuskan untuk meningkatkan pendapatan dengan menaikkan cukai berkaitan hartanah termasuk premium tanah dan cukai pengezonan semula. Sejak itu, kenaikan cukai kerajaan tempatan di keduadua negeri ini mencecah sehingga 400 peratus. Cukai pengezonan semula sudah melonjak naik sehingga 50 peratus manakala premium tanah sehingga 300 peratus.

Laporan Ketua Audit Negara menunjukkan, kenaikan hampir dua kali ganda kutipan keseluruhan premium tanah antara 2009 dan 2010 di Selangor. Trend peningkatan ini berterusan untuk tempoh lima tahun seterusnya.

Pada 2015, kerajaan Pakatan di Selangor mengutip RM1.7 bilion menerusi premium tanah dan cukai pintu berbanding RM700 juta pada 2008. Ini adalah peningkatan tahunan kutipan cukai berkaitan hartanah sebanyak RM1 bilion dalam tempoh kurang tujuh tahun berbanding ketika pentadbiran BN.

Di Pulau Pinang, antara tahun 2008 dan 2009, kutipan premium tanah meningkat hampir tiga kali ganda daripada RM19 juta kepada RM54 juta dalam tempoh setahun selepas Pakatan mengambil alih pentadbiran. Pada tahun 2015, kerajaan negeri mengutip RM414 juta cukai premium tanah iaitu peningkatan lebih 20 kali ganda dalam masa kurang daripada tujuh tahun.

Di negeri yang ditadbir BN, kadar kutipan cukai berkaitan hartanah adalah lebih rendah dibandingkan di Pulau Pinang dan Selangor. Contohnya, pada 2016, Kedah mengutip sejumlah RM262 juta bagi cukai berkaitan hartanah, Perak (RM385 juta), Johor (RM720 juta) dan Pahang (RM297 juta).

Caj lebih tinggi
Pada November 2010, kerajaan Pakatan di Selangor memperkenalkan, Peraturan Yuran Pembangunan yang mengenakan caj sebanyak 20 hingga 30 peratus ke atas semua pembangunan hartanah termasuk bagi perumahan dan hartanah komersial. Ini meningkatkan lagi kos dan harga projek perumahan baru.

Di Kuala Lumpur, tidak dinafikan cukai hartanah juga tinggi. Bagaimanapun, Kuala Lumpur hanyalah kawasan yang kecil berbanding negeri lain seperti Selangor dan kebanyakan penduduk yang bekerja di Kuala Lumpur tidak bermastautin atau membeli rumah di Kuala Lumpur kerana mereka tinggal di Selangor.

Umumnya, ketika siang, seramai tiga juta orang berada di sekitar Kuala Lumpur tetapi jumlah ini menurun kepada kira-kira satu juta selepas waktu pejabat.

Di Shah Alam dan Subang di Selangor, kerajaan Pakatan meningkatkan cukai taksiran sebanyak 10 kali ganda sejak beberapa tahun lalu ke atas penduduk di Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh dan Kampung Baru Subang yang dikutip oleh Majlis Perbandaran Shah Alam (MBSA). Dalam satu kes, seorang penduduk yang membayar cukai taksiran RM1,470 pada 2011 diminta membayar RM23,040 pada 2013.

Di Pulau Pinang, caj pembangunan yang sebelum ini RM5 satu kaki persegi bagi unit kediaman dan RM7 sekaki persegi bagi unit komersial sebelum 2008, meningkat tiga kali ganda kepada RM15 sekaki persegi dan RM21 sekaki persegi selepas 2008.

Malah, sumbangan yuran perparitan sebanyak RM10,000 seekar ketika pentadbiran BN dinaikkan kepada RM50,000 seekar oleh kerajaan negeri Pakatan. Semua caj ini mendorong kepada kenaikan harga rumah di Pulau Pinang dan pembeli rumah yang terpaksa menanggungnya.

Peningkatan ketara perolehan cukai hartanah yang dikutip kerajaan negeri Selangor dan Pulau Pinang ini adalah sebenarnya datang daripada saku penduduk di kedua-dua negeri ini yang dikenakan cukai setinggi 10 ke 20 kali ganda sekarang berbanding ketika pentadbiran BN.

Peningkatan cukai berkaitan hartanah telah menyebabkan kesan domino ke atas kos sara hidup di Selangor dan Pulau Pinang. Ia meningkatkan harga rumah dan premis perniagaan yang seterusnya membawa kenaikan harga barangan dan perkhidmatan dan mengurangkan pendapatan penduduk di kedua-dua negeri itu untuk berbelanja. Kita tidak boleh membiarkan perkara ini berlanjutan, kita perlu lakukan sesuatu.

 

Penulis berkelulusan Harvard and Wharton dalam jurusan ekonomi politik adalah pegawai khas kepada Perdana Menteri. Beliau juga adalah Presiden Sukarelawan Malaysia dan berasal dari Paya Jaras, Selangor. Beliau berkhidmat sembilan tahun dalam sektor swasta dan sembilan tahun lagi dalam perkhidmatan awam, termasuk di Unit Perancang Ekonomi, Jabatan Perdana Menteri

Sumber : NST & BH



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Masyarakat Cina dikhianati DAP | Merdeka Online


tim123_cropped.transformedMO, 9/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR – Pegangan prinsip yang semakin luput dalam DAP bakal dihukum pengundi Cina, selepas kepercayaan mereka dikhianati dan diperlakukan ibarat ‘zombi’ atau mayat hidup politik.

Pengerusi Biro Keharmonian Agama MCA, Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, berkata berdekad-dekad lamanya parti cauvinis itu menjaja dakyah bahawa sentimen perkauman dan Pengerusi Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sukar dipisahkan.

Selain itu, katanya, DAP melontarkan pelbagai tuduhan, kononnya kerjasama MCA menerusi naungan Barisan Nasional (BN) sering memperjudi dan memperlekeh nasib masyarakat keturunan Cina di negara ini.

“Selepas tiga dekad mengelirukan penyokong dan meraih simpati pengundi Cina, DAP semestinya bermimpi di siang hari, memikirkan bahawa dakyah mereka selama ini tidak akan dihukum serta dilupakan.

“Mungkin mereka (DAP) berharap tipu daya sebegini berupaya mengaburi pemikiran pengundi baharu, namun ia silap kerana golongan yang majoritinya belia kini semakin bijak dan cakna,” katanya dalam kenyataan, hari ini.

Lian Ker berkata, DAP bakal berdepan hukuman setimpal daripada pengundi Cina selepas parti berkenaan belot dengan bersekongkol untuk menjadikan Dr Mahathir sebagai Perdana Menteri semula.

Tindakan keji itu, katanya, mencerminkan kerakusan DAP yang selama ini dahagakan kuasa dan keinginan untuk menawan Putrajaya, sehingga sanggup membelakangkan prinsip parti serta janjinya kepada masyarakat.

“Generasi pelbagai usia tidak mungkin menaruh kepercayaan atau lupa dengan apa yang dilakukan Dr Mahathir, seperti siri insiden dan percaturan politiknya sebelum ini.

“Dr Mahathir meranapkan usaha Allahyarham Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra yang selama ini menegakkan dasar sekular Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan pengiktirafan hak pelbagai kaum pasca kemerdekaan.

“Selain penerbitan buku Tun M (Mahathir), Dilema Melayu yang bersifat perkauman, beliau bertanggungjawab mendalangi gerakan menyingkirkan dua Perdana Menteri, iaitu Allahyarham Tun Hussein Onn dan Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi,” katanya.

Mengulas perjanjian untuk membebaskan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Lian Ker berkata, Kit Siang hanya berangan-angan apabila memikirkan Dr Mahathir akan berpegang kepada janjinya sebelum Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14).

Helah sedemikian, katanya, sudah menjadi resam dalam percaturan politik terdahulu Dr Mahathir yang tidak pernah menunaikan sebarang janji ditabur sebelum pilihan raya.

“Seperti dikatakan Kit Siang, Dr Mahathir memperdayakan masyarakat keturunan Cina, kononnya bersetuju dengan tuntutan Jawatankuasa Rayuan Pilihan Raya Persatuan Cina Malaysia (SUQIU) sebelum PRU-10 pada 1999.

“Bagaimanapun, selepas Dr Mahathir meraih kemenangan, beliau kembali menegaskan pendiriannya dengan mengklasifikasikan penyokong SUQIU sebagai komunis, pelampau dan puak tidak bersyukur,” katanya.



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‘DAP HAS BETRAYED CHINESE COMMUNITY BY PICKING DR M’


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MO,9/1/2018, -AFTER decades of lying to the Chinese community about a racist Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and accusing MCA of compromising the Chinese community, the DAP has committed the ultimate betrayal of the Chinese. This is by agreeing to make Dr Mahathir the prime minister again, said MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.

“Because of its greed for power and desire to be in Putrajaya, the DAP has conveniently chosen to forget its principles and promises made to the people, especially to the Chinese community. “However, they should not treat supporters and sympathisers like political zombies,” he said yesterday.

Ti said Malaysians from different generations could not trust Dr Mahathir to be in power again. This was due to incidents such as Dr Mahathir being responsible for the downfall of the first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, who had stood by the secular nature of Malaysia’s Constitution and who had recognised the rights of the various races, post independence.

He said Dr Mahathir also outmanoeuvred and forced out two moderate prime ministers — Tun Hussein Onn and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Ti said Dr Mahathir was the adviser of Perkasa, an extreme right wing organisation. Many of its leaders had since joined Dr Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

“This is the reason why DAP has toned down its attacks and is silent in its criticism of Perkasa since it embraced Dr Mahathir. “This shows DAP was lying when it said it was opposing MCA for working with a racebased party like Umno . “However it was under Dr Mahathir that Umno became more Malay centric,” Ti said. He said going by past record, Dr Mahathir would never honour any agreement made prior to the 14th General Election (GE14).

“(DAP supremo Lim) Kit Siang must be dreaming if he thinks that Dr Mahathir will honour agreements made prior to GE14. “As Lim has said in the past, Dr Mahathir has betrayed and deceived the Chinese community by agreeing to the Suqiu’s (Federation of Chinese Organisations) demands for National Harmony before the 1999 general election. But after he won the election, he went back on his word and branded those who pushed and supported Suqiu as communists, extremists and ingrates.”

Ti said DAP had also betrayed the people of Sabah by supporting the architect of Project IC to be prime minister again. “After the royal commission of inquiry on Project IC, Dr Mahathir admitted that he was responsible and defended his action, claiming that there was nothing wrong in giving citizenship to hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants.

“Dr Mahathir and (then deputy prime minister Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) had promised the people of Sabah that there would be a rotation of the three major ethnic population to be their chief minister. “This promise was again reneged.”

Ti said after three decades of misleading their supporters and sympathisers with different stories and promises, DAP must be dreaming to think that their lies and sincerity would go unpunished by the Chinese voters this time around. “Maybe they are hoping to get away with their lies with new voters, who are aware and alert, to what is happening.”

–NSTP



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Oprah mungkin bertanding Presiden mencabar Trump


FILE PHOTO: Talk show host Oprah Winfrey speaks at a Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barak Obama (D-IL) rally in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., December 8, 2007.    REUTERS/Ramin Rahimian/File Photo

MO, 9/1/2018, NEW YORK – Oprah Winfrey mungkin bertanding jawatan Presiden, mencabar Donald Trump selepas timbul spekulasi pengacara program bual bicara bertaraf hartawan itu sedang mempertimbangkan cita-cita terbabit.

Kurang sehari selepas memberi ucapan bersemangat di anugerah Golden Globes, wanita yang paling terkenal di Amerika Syarikat itu menerima banyak panggilan menggesa beliau bertanding untuk jawatan Presiden.

Rata-rata ahli Demokrat mengakui Winfrey lebih baik berbanding Trump. Malah, ahli Republikan sendiri mengatakan beliau adalah pesaing yang lebih kuat berbanding Presiden bintang realiti itu.

Dalam satu temu bual kira-kira 20 tahun lalu, Trump sendiri pernah menamakan Winfrey sebagai Naib Presiden pilihannya.

Rumah Putih turut mengulas mengatakan cabaran itu dialu-alukan tidak kira Winfrey atau sesiapa saja. Bagaimanapun, Winfrey menafikan spekulasi itu.

“Saya tidak mahu. Saya tidak akan bertanding untuk apa-apa jawatan,” katanya di belakang pentas ketika acara anugerah Globes ketika ditanya sama ada beliau mahu bertanding jawatan Presiden.

Agensi berita CNN yang memetik dua sumber disifatkan sebagai ‘rakan rapat’ memaklumkan Winfrey sedang mempertimbangkan untuk bertanding jawatan Presiden.

Katanya, rakan lamanya mencadangkan beliau boleh dipujuk untuk berbuat demikian. – AFP



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Tun M bakal ulangi kesilapan – TPM


KUALA LUMPUR, 9 Jan -- Timbalan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi ketika berucap merasmikan Konvensyen Pendidikan Pencegahan Jenayah 2018 di Menara Kembar Bank Rakyat hari ini. --fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

MO, 9/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR – Resolusi pakatan pembangkang untuk melantik Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sebagai Perdana Menteri jika memenangi Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU-14) boleh menjurus negara kepada kerosakan, kata Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri secara menyindir menyifatkan resolusi itu sebagai “tepat” kerana pembangkang akan memberi peluang kepada “tokoh” berkenaan mengulangi kesilapan yang pernah dilakukannya selama 22 tahun berkuasa.

“Resolusi dibuat pakatan pembangkang dalam perhimpunan mereka adalah resolusi yang tepat, cukup baik dan kena pada tempatnya. Tokoh itu adalah tokoh yang cukup berjasa kepada negara selama 22 tahun dan insya-Allah kalau beliau akan diberikan tempatnya semula, kesalahan dahulu akan diulangi semula oleh beliau. Itu adalah satu kitar semula yang memang sedang ditunggu-tunggu oleh rakyat untuk melihat bahawa tidak ada tokoh lain lebih layak dalam pakatan pembangkang selain daripada tokoh yang cukup berjasa kepada negara itu untuk terus melakukan kerosakan dan kebejatan kepada negara,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang media selepas merasmikan Konvensyen Pendidikan Pencegahan Jenayah Peringkat Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya 2018 bertema Pemangkin Generasi Bebas Jenayah anjuran Kelab Pencegahan Jenayah Malaysia (MCPF) Kuala Lumpur di sini, hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk P Kamalanathan; Naib Presiden Kanan MCPF, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye; Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Induk konvensyen, Bok Siew Mun dan Ketua Polis Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Mazlan Lazim.

Ahmad Zahid mengulas resolusi konvensyen pembangkang Ahad lalu yang bersetuju melantik Pengerusi Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Dr Mahathir sebagai Perdana Menteri dan Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri jika memenangi PRU-14.



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PAN Kelantan unhappy, disappointed over PH seat allocation


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MO,9/1/2018, KOTA BARU: Kelantan Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) is unhappy over the Parliamentary seat allocation it had received, compared to other seats it’s allies received in Pakatan Harapan (PH). PAN’s state chairman Datuk Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah, said despite its party members unhappiness, it has not choice but to adhere to the directive set by PH leadership.

“The decision was made through a consensus by all leaders including those from PAN. “It is not true, if we (state PAN) are not upset with the decision, as PAN was given the smallest seat allocation compared to other parties. Wan Abdul Rahim was commenting on Pakatan’s announcement of seat allocations among its members on Sunday. PAN will contest only 27 Parliamentary seats in the peninsula, which contrasts with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), which will fight for 52. PKR and DAP were allotted 51 and 35 seats, respectively.

“We have to accept it with open heart for the sake of the party and its members,” he said when met here today. Although clearly disappointed, Wan Abdul Rahim said they could not do anything to change the decision. “If we are given a chance, we will like the leaders to reconsider their decision and give us more seats but we are helpless,” he said. On the number of parliamentary seats for the state PAN allocated by its party’s leaders, he said PAN would be contesting at five parliamentary seats in the state.

The seats are Kota Baru, Pengkalan Chepa, Kubang Kerian, Rantau Panjang and Kuala Krai. “The Kuala Krai parliamentary seat is the latest that we decided in a meeting early today. “We hope will gain victory in Kuala Krai despite there will be a tough fight there,” he said.

–NSTP



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