Does Zahid know what the implications are to recruit 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers?

Press Statement by YB Haniza Talha, ADUN Taman Medan dated 13 Feb 2016

Zahid Hamidi must prove the need to recruit 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers over a period of three years. According to a report by the Malaysian Employers Federation dated December 2014, there are already 2.9 million legal foreign workers in Malaysia. Our Malaysian population is slightly more than 31 million at the moment. With an additional 1.5 million workers, that would total 4.4 million workers or 14 percent of our population. With this figure, the number of foreign workers in Malaysia is already more than our Malaysian of Indian descent.

If Zahid claims that businesses requested for these foreign workers and not the government, then is it not because of the levy that Zahid is pushing for this deal to be inked as soon as the cabinet approves it? On top of that, our national registry is still not very updated, with many errors that might accidentally happen and simply filed under the Official Secrets Act after that.

It is a known fact that that our country is facing an economic slowdown at the moment and to say that we need so many foreign workers is like saying that we are overflowing with wealth. Our own people already do not have enough, need to take up two jobs to survive, yet the DPM wants to bring in more people to share our subsidised rice, petrol, sugar and other essential items meant for locals? How can the construction industry be flourishing in this climate of uncertainty, if I may ask? Already investors are either merging or pulling out from our country, but Zahid says we need more workers. Where is the logic? I demand that the DPM explain this illogical move. Has the government made a study on how locals can be employed rather than accepting more foreigners?

When foreign workers earn our ringgit, which at the moment is subjected to a minimum wage of RM1000 per month in the peninsular and RM920 for those in Sabah Sarawak and Labuan, we will see an increased outflow of our ringgit when money is remitted back to their home countries. It was also reported during parliament in November 2013 that RM48 billion was sent through legal channels between 2010 and 2012 and that the figure doubled from RM10 billion in 2009 to RM20 billion in 2012.

All these are official figures. Now let’s just imagine the unreported and unregistered numbers.

I would like to stress that this is, again, a failure in proper planning and management. Zahid has got it completely wrong this time and the scariest part is that he is the DPM with a lot of influence and power. We can only hope that the cabinet has good conscience to reject this very, very bad proposal to accept 1.5 million more foreign workers.

 

YB Haniza Talha
ADUN Taman Medan
Timbalan Ketua Wanita Keadilan

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Skim Pemilikan Kediaman Persendirian

Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (MMKN) hari ini telah meluluskan ‘Skim Pemilikan Kediaman Persendirian’ yang bertujuan memudahkan rakyat Selangor memiliki kediaman dengan bayaran premium yang fleksibel.

Skim yang berkuatkuasa hari ini 1 Jun 2011 adalah hasil kajian bersama pejabat tanah dan galian, pejabat daerah, dan pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri yang dijangka dapat melengkapkan Skim Pemberian Geran yang bermula sejak tahun lepas.

Kajian telah dibuat setelah Kerajaan Negeri mendapati bahawa tidak ramai rakyat Selangor dapat menikmati sepenuhnya skim pemberian geran kerana tidak mampu membayar premium.

Melalui skim ini, rakyat yang tidak mampu menjelaskan keseluruhan premium tanah boleh menjadi pemilik hartanah yang sah dengan hanya membayar bayaran sejumlah RM1,000. Mereka yang memilih cara ini perlu menjelaskan keseluruhan premium (mengikut harga semasa) jika hartanah itu dipindahmilik, dipajak atau digadai.

Skim ini juga memberi peluang kepada mereka yang membayar premium penuh dalam tempoh enam (6) bulan daripada tempoh notis dikeluarkan untuk diberikan diskaun sebanyak 30% secara automatik.

Skim ini boleh dipakai untuk permohonan pemberimilikan baharu, pemberimilikan disebabkan oleh tamat tempoh pajakan, lanjutan tempoh pajakan dan pemutihan langgar syarat kegunaan tanah. Bagaimanapun pindahmilik melalui mahkamah, turunmilik dan perwarisan adalah dibenarkan.

Skim ini hanya ditawarkan kepada satu pegangan hak milik kediaman persendirian sahaja dan tidak boleh dipakai untuk hartanah komersil.

Inisiatif ini adalah satu reformasi oleh pentadbiran Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor bagi menyelesaikan masalah rakyat dalam pemilikan hartanah. Ini adalah kali pertama sebuah kerajaan negeri di Malaysia memperkenalkan skim mudah bayar demi menggalakkan pemilikan harta persendirian.

Kerajaan negeri berharap ianya dapat menolong mengurang beban rakyat yang berdepan dengan kos sara hidup yang makin meningkat, terutamanya dengan peningkatan harga minyak dan elektrik.

Skim ini juga akan menggalakkan rakyat menjelaskan bayaran premium khususnya bagi mereka mengekalkan pemilikan apabila mereka memperbaharui pemilikan atau menyambung pajakan tanah mereka.

Ini akan meningkat bilangan pemilikan hartanah di Selangor sekaligus menaikkan pendapatan negeri melalui hasil cukai tanah yang perlu dijelaskan setiap tahun.

Skim ini akan dilancarkan sepenuhnya pada tarikh yang akan diumumkan kelak.

Skim ini merupakan satu usaha yang dibuat untuk menyenangkan rakyat dalam urusan hartanah bersama Kerajaan Negeri Selangor serta menjadikan pejabat tanah dan galian negeri Selangor lebih “mesra rakyat”.

Sebelum ini, kita telah memperkenalkan skim pemberian geran dengan memperbaiki sistem pemilikan tanah di mana pejabat daerah akan mengenalpasti rakyat yang tinggal di tanah TOL (temporary occupancy license) lebih dari 10 tahun untuk diberi hakmilik kekal dengan syarat-syarat yang telah ditetapkan.

Kerajaan juga telah memperkenalkan pusat maklumat tanah bersepadu yang membolehkan pemilik tanah memeriksa dan mengemaskini status, lokasi dan hal-hal lain yang berkaitan urusan tanah.

Kerajaan Negeri komited dengan agenda ‘Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor’ bagi memastikan hasil negeri di nikmati oleh semua rakyat.

TAN SRI DATO SERI ABDUL KHALID IBRAHIM
DATO MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR

Buku Jingga janji yang realistik & wajar

KUALA LUMPUR 17 MAC: Pandangan yang diutarakan Ahli Parlimen Rembau, Khairy Jamaluddin dalam sidang Dewan Rakyat semalam berhubung dasar penswastaan tol yang termaktub dalam Buku Jingga ternyata bukan berlandaskan inspirasi rakyat.

Ahli parlimen Balik Pulau, Yusmadi Yusof menyifatkan tahap pemahaman cetek pimpinan Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN) mengakibatkan kekeliruan berhubung beban tanggungan kerajaan sekiranya konsesi tol dimansuhkan.

“Isunya di sini bukan isu tidak cukup wang. Isunya ialah tata kelola. Bagaimana hasil yang cukup untuk diagihkan sama rata. Macam Ghandi kata apa yang kita ada ini adalah cukup untuk keperluan tapi tidak cukup untuk ketamakan kita.

“Jadi Rembau ini tidak akan faham isu ini. Pada pandangan saya kalau penswastaan yang dimaksudkan untuk mengurangkan beban kerajaan membina prasarana, sekarang konsesi ini patut ditamatkan,” jelas Yusmadi.

Khairy semalam mendakwa, pemansuhan tol seperti yang digariskan Pakatan Rakyat dalam janji 100 hari pentadbirannya akan membebankan kerajaan.

Namun kenyataan itu disanggah oleh Yusmadi yang berkata, perkongsian perkhidmatan menerusi tata kelola yang baik mampu mewujudkan kesamarataan seraya memberi pulangan besar kepada rakyat tanpa membebankan tanggungan kerajaan.

Ini sekaligus menyangkal tomahan kerajaan Umno-BN yang cuba memanipulasi kefahaman rakyat sehingga membuat kesimpulan bahawa negara akan muflis jika dasar ini dilaksanakan Pakatan Rakyat.

Sidang Dewan petang semalam dihangatkan apabila ahli-ahli parlimen Umno-BN cuba mencetuskan kesangsian terhadap pelaksanaan dasar Buku Jingga yang sering menjadi sasaran ejekan dan dakwaan tidak munasabah dalam dewan.

Yusmadi menambah, maksud penswastaan bukan menyerahkan secara total kepentingan kerajaan dan negara namun hanya sehingga suatu tahap di mana pulangan dikitar semula untuk manfaat kepada rakyat.

Katanya lagi, prinsip perkongsian pintar yang diketengahkan mampu menyangkal sebarang bentuk penindasan asalkan diurus dengan tata kelola yang bertanggungjawab.

“Penswastaan itu sendiri bukan bertujuan untuk membebankan, tapi untuk berkongsi perkhidmatan dan sampai ke suatu tahap kembali kepada rakyat. Bagi saya pandangan beliau (Khairy) ialah bukan pandangan berkepentingan rakyat dan tidak faham apa yang dimaksudkan dengan agenda penswastaan,” kata beliau lagi.

Antara perkara yang dinyatakan dalam Buku Jingga Pakatan Rakyat adalah dengan mengarahkan Khazanah Berhad, Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) dan lain-lain badan milik kerajaan yang memiliki konsesi lebuhraya untuk menyempurnakan ambil alih aset lebuhraya oleh kerajaaan dengan tujuan menghapuskan tol.

Selain penghapusan kadar tol, buku jingga berkenaan turut menjanjikan pemansuhan Akta keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA), merombak subsidi negara, membatalkan Felda Plantations, menaikkan royalti minyak di Sabah dan Sarawak dan penubuhan Suruhanjaya Diraja bagi memulihkan sistem kehakiman negara.

Selangor lancar Skim Mikro Kredit MIMBAR bantu miskin bandar

Pemohon MIMBAR yang menunggu ditemubual di PejabatADUN Tmn Medan

3 Mac 2011 – Kerajaan Negeri Selangor hari ini melancarkan sistem mikro kredit miskin bandar (MIMBAR) bagi membantu golongan berpendapatan rendah meningkatkan pendapatan mereka.

MIMBAR adalah terbuka kepada penduduk kawasan bandar di Selangor yang mempunyai pendapatan isi rumah di bawah RM1,500 sebulan, di mana pemohon layak mendapat pinjaman maksimum RM5,000.

Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim dalam ucapan pelancaran MiMBAR di sini hari ini berkata buat permulaan sejumlah RM20 juta diperuntukkan oleh kerajaan negeri bagi tabung itu yang antaranya bertujuan membantu usahawan kecil.

“Ini penting bagi memastikan miskin bandar di Selangor diberi persediaan untuk keluar daripada garis kemiskinan negeri iaitu memiliki pendapatan isi rumah bulanan melebihi RM1,500.”

Beliau berkata menjelang 2020, 90 peratus daripada Selangor akan menjadi kawasan bandar di mana barangan keperluan harian kebanyakannya perlu dibeli dan ini memerlukan ekonomi isi rumah yang kukuh.

Abdul Khalid berkata kejayaan skim ini bergantung kepada kepatuhan peminjam untuk membayar balik pinjaman yang diterima mereka.

Bernama

Pakatan says reforms not castles in the air

By Yow Hong Chieh and Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders denied today that their 100-day reforms pledge was “too good to be true”, and said it would be funded by cutting back on what it claimed was the wastage and corruption associated with Barisan Nasional (BN).

DAP national advisor Lim Kit Siang said keeping a lid on needless government expenditure was “one of the major things” PR could do to pay for the promised reforms should the PR seize federal power.

“Put a stop to all the waste and corruption. We’ll release funds for a lot of things we are proposing,” he told The Malaysian Insider today, adding that poor governance was bleeding the country of billions of ringgit.

Transparency International’s (TI) Global Corruption Report 2009 released in June last year estimated that corruption costs Malaysia some RM10 billion every year.

The Auditor-General’s Report, also released last year, similarly said that the government lost a whopping RM28 billion to leakages, mainly due to the practice of direct negotiation.

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli said PR could carry out reforms even without depending on the billions that would be saved through better governance simply by removing gas and toll subsidies.

“There’s more than enough to fund everything,” he said. National oil company Petronas spends RM19 billion each year subsiding independent power producers (IPPs) and Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) with gas sold at prices fixed below the market rate, he pointed out.

Rafizi said that if this subsidy — which he called “the biggest subsidy there is” — could be diverted, PR could easily afford to give subsidies to the underprivileged. He also said the current cost of fuel subsidies could be reduced from RM11 billion to RM4 billion if they were targeted at the needy and not applied in blanket fashion to big business as well.

Rafizi added that another RM4 billion could be saved by eliminating compensation to toll operators by getting Khazanah Nasional Bhd and the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) — which already own significant stake in the concessionaires — to take over highway assets.

PAS vice president Datuk Mahfuz Omar said Prime Minister Najib Razak’s statement today calling PR’s 100-day reforms financially irresponsible was proof that Umno had failed the people for the past 53 years.

Najib claimed the “Pakatan Agenda” would bankrupt the country in two years. He said that BN could not understand how PR could afford to undertake such reforms because the ruling coalition had always used up state resources for its own needs and not for public good. “It’s all about managing state money. If you can manage it well, there will be enough for everyone, not just for the Umno elite,” he said.

Mahfuz added the fact that opposition states were able to give financial aid to senior citizens and single mothers was proof of PR’s efficient handling of state finances.

“We have given the impossible, by cutting out wastages… In Penang, we have a state government which is not led by a Muslim, but yet is able to set aside money for religious schools, and for single mothers,” he said.

“The resources of the state are meant to be enjoyed by all, and that is what we aim to push for in our reform plans.”

Najib today labelled PR’s widely-publicised 100-day reform plan as “populist” and “irresponsible,” claiming that the opposition had failed to take into consideration the limitations of the country’s finances.

“We cannot take such a populist approach to the point where we sacrifice our country’s future. We cannot afford to do that, it would be irresponsible to the point where our children and our grandchildren will pay the price and suffer,” he had said.

“As a matter of fact, we do not even have to wait for our children or grandchildren, according to our calculations, if these promises are implemented without taking into account the country’s finances, it would just take two years.” PR’s policy framework, titled the “Pakatan Agenda”, is seen as an answer and solution to questions surrounding the opposition’s administrative plans in comparison to BN.

Speculation is rife that a general election will be held as early as this year although BN’s mandate does not expire until May 2013.

Among the instant reforms promised by the PR coalition, within the first 100 days of taking over Putrajaya, is acknowledging the role and sacrifices of civil servants by studying the current pay schemes and increasing the incentives for teachers by RM500 a month.

PR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has claimed that a PR federal government could afford to pay for a proposed allowance for teachers — projected to be RM3.2 billion annually — by eliminating the “wastages” of the BN administration.

Other “instant” reforms include the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA) as well as offering free wireless Internet access to those in urban and semi-urban areas.