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


An Emperor Prime Minister is a Threat to Malaysia’s Parliamentary Democracy

There seems to be no end to the incredulity by the country’s top executive in clearing both the Prime Minister as well as the government backed investment mammoth , 1MDB – perception wise.

The latest twist saw an unsigned MACC statement clear the RM2.6 billion found in our Premier’s personal account – as mere donation money – after many weeks of allowed speculation and feigned ignorance to the existence and nature of the personal accounts.

Notwithstanding the Malay translation is “derma” falls within the ambit of the MACC as “suapan” : “suapan” ertinya –
(a) wang, derma, alang, pinjaman, …….. atau apa-apa manfaat seumpama itu yang lain;

This definition then opens the door wide open for the person responsible – in receiving or paying a bribe – to be in violation of Section 3 and Section 50 of the MACC Act respectively. Specifically Section 16 of the Act highlights that those found guilty can be jailed up to 20 years. Clearly if the Executive is seen to hamper an Anti Corruption Agency; it is a move most detrimental to our parliamentary democracy.

While the MACC resolve its wide ranging dilemma from releasing unsigned statements to last minute prayers for a corrupt free regime plus integrity to prevail; we are left wondering on the roles of the following institutions :

Bank Negara – our Central Bank. For the first time in Malaysian history, our Governor is being sought after the IGP for investigations related to section 124B being detrimental to parliamentary democracy – in the exact moment the public awaits the outcome of a task force she jointly chairs – investigating none other than 1MBD and the PM (Chair of 1mdb advisory board). Any threat and harassment against the Governor – the bastion of Malaysia’s economic and financial wellbeing – is certainly a threat against our parliamentary democracy.

As arrests and investigations become the prevailing order – we are left asking : Does BNM have anything to comment on the massive inflow of fund? How did the transfer of RM2.6 billion escape the AMLA automated alert?

Who was the deep pocketed donor allegedly from the middle-east that donated this money to the PM? An immediate disclosure of the nameless middle-east donors must be made as Israel also is in the middle-east.

Was the donor from SRC international and how was the money utilised? Was the money used to fund the Barisan Nasional 2013 General Elections campaign?

Affronts within the executive have also taken place with the PM sacking of his Deputy and members of his cabinet who were vocally critical against him and the 1MDB fiasco.

Whilst the sacking can be replaceable with other like minded yet less outspoken UMNO / BN leaders;  the same cannot be said for the removal of the Attorney general -in the background of a rumored purported charge sheet against our Premier.

In his place we have a new AG, no less a former UMNO member and disinterested in either disclosing the interim AG’s report on 1MDB or updates on the now derailed investigations by the 1mdb task force . The main cause for the Derailment is the often used phrase of being detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

Whither the PAC? Courage of members easily wilt in the face of cabinet upgrades – whilst the remaining members of the corum are blocked from continuing meetings , deliberations, or downright access to the PAC office.

The fourth estate is also not spared by our executive – latest victims include The Edge Financial Daily – whose dogged interest in exposing the 1MDB saga has cost it a 3 month ban. Whistleblower site Sarawak Report is not only blocked but there is also an arrest warrant on its owner.

Clearly, the fourth estate is being severely attacked – a move that is most detrimental to our parliamentary democracy .

Malaysians – on the other hand – will not enjoy rights enshrined under Article 10 of our Federal Constitution – as those assembled against the Prime Minister’s involvement in allegations of embezzlement and corruption are spuriously arrested – the list of 37 arrested include an octogenarian and a minor in last Saturday’s #DemiMalaysia rally.

​Such systematic dismantling of democratic principles of separation of power threatens our parliamentary democracy .

The more that Prime Minister strengthens his authoritarian and emperor like grip, the more frail our parliamentary democracy becomes.

Such growth of authoritarianism will only bring the country into further ruin and disrepute.

Malaysians cannot live with an Emperor.  All agencies and democratic institutions must be reminded to achieve this aim and end the reign of the emperor Prime Minister. The wellbeing of the Rakyat and survival of the nation are predicated on a working and thriving parliamentary democracy.


Support Transparency in Malaysia

Dear friends,

Malaysian authorities just shut down two newspapers for doing their job: investigating a possible $1.8 billion scam. Citizens have a right to know — let’s sound the alarm on this attack on press freedom!

Earlier this month, bank accounts linked to Prime Minister Razak were frozen as part of an investigation into accusations that he was pocketing money intended for national development. Whether or not the allegations turn out to be true, silencing journalists when they raise uncomfortable questions isn’t the way to address the issue. An independent public inquiry can shed light on the case. And with people already planning to take to the streets over the issue, a massive call from citizens could make it happen.

That’s where Avaaz members in Malaysia come in. If everyone joins the call to protect press freedom and the country’s resources — and then uses email or social media to recruit just one friend to join in — we can create a call too loud to ignore. Sign now:

It seems absurd that the papers that raised the alarm are the first ones to suffer. Citizens want to know what their government is up to — and be able to build an informed opinion, especially with allegations of this magnitude.

It’s a knee-jerk reaction, and Malaysia can do much better — by opening a public enquiry and stopping censorship in its tracks.

If enough of us show that we are watching, we can pile on pressure to ensure a swift and truly independent inquiry. Sign now and share this campaign with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and everywhere else:

Avaaz members across the world have called out corruption from Brazil to India — and won! And hundreds of thousands of us have stood up for brave whistleblowers, journalists and press freedom. Now let’s come together for Malaysia.

With hope,

Antonia, Danny, Rowena, Daniel, Luis and the whole Avaaz team

More information:

Malaysia Orders Suspension of Two Publications (WSJ)

Malaysia Suspends 2 Newspapers Covering Scandal at State-Owned Fund (New York Times)…

The Scandal That Ate Malaysia (Bloomberg)…

Najib Razak’s links to Malaysia fund need transparency (Financial Times)


16 MAC 2015

Private Jet baru yang dibeli

Private Jet baru yang dibeli

Dalam suasana rakyat tertekan akibat kenaikan harga barang dan Barisan Nasional terus memotong subsidi dan perbelanjaan pro-rakyat yang lain, saya terkejut dengan sikap tiada kepedulian pentadbiran Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak yang dengan sewenang-wenangnya membeli sebuah jet peribadi (“private jet”) baru.

Menurut jawapan Parlimen yang diberikan Jabatan Perdana Menteri pada sidang November 2013, Kerajaan Malaysia sudah mempunyai sekurang-kurangnya 6 jet peribadi termasuklah sebuah Boeing Business Jet.

Saya sertakan bersama satu surat perjanjian yang mengesahkan pembelian jet baru ini yang bertarikh 1 Disember 2014. Perolehan jet peribadi baru untuk Perdana Menteri ini dianugerahkan secara rundingan terus kepada Jet Premier One (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd yang turut mengendalikan jet peribadi sedia ada iaitu ACJ319.

Penggunaan jet peribadi sedia ada iaitu ACJ319 melibatkan kos sebanyak RM28.8 juta setahun dalam bentuk sewaan dan RM5.5 juta setahun dalam bentuk kos penyenggaraan.

Pembelian sebuah lagi jet peribadi baru yang kini di bawah pendaftaran 9H-AWK dan telah siap dicat dengan logo 1Malaysia (seperti di dalam gambar yang disertakan membuktikan bahawa pentadbiran Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak terus menerus bergelumang di dalam keborosan dan pembaziran, pada kala negara masih dikejutkan dengan skandal kewangan 1MDB.

Tindakan membeli sebuah lagi jet peribadi baru ini sudah tentu menimbulkan kemarahan rakyat pada kala rakyat terpaksa berdepan dengan pelaksanaan GST dalam tempoh 2 minggu dari sekarang. Rakyat terpaksa menanggung cukai baru yang sebahagiannya akan digunakan untuk membayar jet peribadi baru Perdana Menteri ini.

Saya mendesak supaya pembelian jet ini dibatalkan serta merta dan Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak meminta maaf dengan rakyat kerana tindakan membeli jet peribadi baru ini membelakangkan kepentingan rakyat.




Denial of medically-required facilities puts Anwar’s health at serious risk

Denial of medically-required facilities puts Anwar’s health at serious risk 

Opposition leader and prisoner of conscience Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim enters his 7th day of confinement in the Sungai Buloh prison today. He has been kept in a bare cell with a 2-inch foam mattress placed on the floor, a bucket for bathing and a squat toilet.

This situation poses an extremely serious threat to the 68 year old Anwar’s health and well-being. Anwar suffers from a long-term back and spine condition. The conditions he is being held in are aggravating his spine and back condition and may pose a grave threat to his health.
At the very minimum, in line with his medical condition, he must be given a bed and a medically appropriate mattress, a chair and table, a shower and appropriate toilet. Anwar cannot bend over or stand up from sitting on the floor without pain and aggravation of his condition.
The Home Minister and prison authorities are fully aware of the opposition leader’s health condition and requirements. Copies of Anwar’s medical reports have been given to the Home Ministry and the prison authorities. However, repeated requests to the Home Ministry and prison authorities for these basic medical requirements have been so far been ignored. What is the excuse for not having supplied these urgent requirements over the past week?
We call upon the Home Minister and the government to take into account Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s medical condition and treat him according those needs. His conditions must be immediately improved before there are serious consequences to his health. Damage done to his health, considering his age and current health condition, may be irreparable.The government is fully responsible for prisoner of conscience Anwar Ibrahim’s safety and health whilst he remains in custody.
Issued by,

N Surendran 

Latheefa Koya
Sivarasa Rasiah
Lawyers for Anwar Ibrahim
16th February 2015

Online Petition “MARCH TO FREEDOM” Please support the campaign and sign

Dear All,
An online petition has been launched by former US ambassador to Malaysia John R. Malott urging the United States government to prioritise the politically motivated incarceration of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
It has collected over 50,000 signatures since its launch five days ago.
In order for this petition to work, it will need 100,000 signatures by March 12.
Please support this petition. Let the injustices end.
We end with an excerpt from my father’s statement:
“Going to jail, I consider a sacrifice I make for the people of this country.
I have fought most of my life on behalf of the people of this country – for the people I am willing to go to jail or face any other consequence. My struggle will continue, wherever I am nt and whatever is done to me.
“March to Freedom” is that struggle. A struggle to free our father from unjust incarceration and give voice to Malaysians who have suffered injustice in our country.
 We call everyone to join us in our effort – let the injustices end.
15 FEBRUARI 2015

Kempen March to Freedom oleh Nurul Nuha Anwar

Segala puji bagi Allah yang Maha Kuasa.

Bagi pihak keluarga kami, saya dengan penuh rasa rendah diri ingin menyampaikan rasa terharu dan bersyukur ke hadrat Illahi dengan sokongan dan semangat solidariti daripada rakan-rakan serta para penyokong di dalam dan dari luar negara.

Semalam merupakan sebuah hari yang penuh dengan ujian. Harapan kami untuk tertegaknya keadilan musnah sama sekali. Setelah 17 tahun bergelumang dengan tekanan, fitnah, gangguan-gangguan dan penganiayaan berakhir dengan sebuah lagi hukuman penjara.

Serangan demi serangan dilakukan untuk menamatkan karier politik ayahanda yang kami cintai. Penganiayaan jahat seperti ini ke atas ayahanda kami tidak pernah berlaku dalam sejarah negara kita ini.

Dalam tempoh 17 tahun yang lepas, Ayahanda kami, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah menunjukkan kesungguhan serta erti keberanian, perjuangan, sifat belas kasihan dan yang paling utama, erti kasih sayang. Dialah contoh yang terbaik seorang yang berjuang menongkah arus melawan kezaliman.

Nilai-nilai ini akan kekal bersama kami sehingga ke akhir hayat. Sebagai anak-anak, kami perlu mengambil alih, dan meneruskan perjuangan, harapan serta cita-cita ayahanda kami.

Tujuh belas tahun yang lepas merupakan sebuah tempoh yang lama. Kita tidak tahu berapa lama lagikah perjuangan ini akan berterusan, tetapi kami akan bersama-sama dengan ayahanda kami sehingga nyawa berada di hujung badan. Kami berharap sokongan daripada rakyat Malaysia akan terus berkembang dalam perjuangan menuntut sebuah Malaysia yang adil bagi rakyat.

Saya ingin mengakhirkan kenyataan ini dengan petikan daripada kenyataan bapa saya;

“Perjalanan ke penjara ini, saya anggap sebagai pengorbanan untuk rakyat Malaysia. Saya telah berjuang seumur hidup untuk rakyat – dan untuk rakyatlah saya sanggup untuk dipenjara atau akibat-akibat lain.

Perjuangan ini akan diteruskan, dimana jua saya dihantar dan apa jua yang dilakukan kepada saya.”

“March to Freedom” adalah kesinambungan perjuangan ini. Perjuangan untuk membebaskan ayahanda kami, dan memberi suara kepada rakyat yang menghadapi kezaliman di Malaysia.

Marilah bersama kami dalam perjuangan ini – sama-sama kita hentikan kezaliman.


11 FEBRUARI 2015