MCA is barking up the wrong tree, they should train their guns on UMNO government for the refusal to recognize UEC certificate after telling the Chinese community that "the journey towards the realisation is only a mile away."

MCA Publicity Bureau Chairperson Chai Kim Sen has attacked Lim Guan Eng’s offer to sponsor Liow Tiong Lai a wheelchair to help him through the last mile as “uncouth behavior”.

Chai Kim Sen is barking up the wrong tree, MCA has time and again promise the Chinese community that the journey towards UEC recognition is only a mile away. Why is MCA taking so long to finish the last mile of journey?

Clearly Chai Kim Sen cannot understand a simple figure of speech of “wheelchair” and take the word literally. It simply means that the journey towards recognition of UEC has been stalling since MCA made the “last mile” promise.

I urge MCA to train their guns on UMNO government for their refusal to recognize UEC, a certificate which is equivalent to A-levels which is recognised by top international universities including California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Oxford University, University of Cambridge, University of Toronto, University of Tokyo, National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong, University of Melbourne, Peking University and Kyoto University.

MCA must also explain to the Chinese community why the 10 new Chinese primary schools which was announced a day before the budget 2018 were not included in budget 2018? Who is going to fund the construction of these 10 schools?

Do the Chinese community need to fork out money again even after paying income taxes and GST? This is akin to triple taxing the Chinese community as the Chinese would need to pay for income tax, GST and “education tax”.

MCA must also explain why are there no allocation to Chinese Secondary schools and Chinese Independent schools in budget 2018. In budget 2013, a year before GE 13, Chinese Primary schools get an allocation of RM100 million while Chinese Secondary schools get RM30 million. This figure is slashed by half to RM50 million for Chinese Primary schools in budget 2018 while Chinese Secondary schools and Chinese Independent schools get nothing.

Media Statement by Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Publicity Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to MP Taping on the 29 October 2017

Where is the "double broadband speed at half the price" as promised by Najib in budget 2017 last year?

Prime Minister Najib has announced in the tabling of budget 2017 in parliament last year that internet service provider(ISP) will double the internet speed by 2017 and half the subscription price by 2018.

The promise made by Najib is nothing but a smokescreen to hoodwink Malaysians that we are going to receive fast internet speed at an affordable price.

Tmnet did roll out a “Thank You Surprise” campaign to double the existing user internet speed early this year, however this campaign was only limited to home users (excluding business users) and only for a limited period of time (3-months period), which has now been discontinued.

Other ISP such as Maxis, Time Broadband, Yes and P1 did not follow up with any campaign to double up the user’s internet speed during the whole year.

Malaysians demand to know when can we receive the “double broadband speed at half the price” as promised by Najib in budget 2017.

Three days ago, Lowyat.net reported a new Unifi lite plan at RM99 for 10Mbps download speed for a limited time. However, checks with tmnet that this plan has been delayed indefinitely. I urge Najib to clarify whether his ministry interfere with tmnet to roll out this unifi lite plan so that Najib can repackage this RM99 unifi lite plan and announce it during budget 2018 this Friday as affordable broadband to all Malaysians.

This watered down unifi lite plan(10Mbps) at RM99 even if announced by Najib is still a more expensive broadband plan at 6 times slower the speed as to what promised by Najib last year!

Tmnet has been offering Unifi Advanced plan with the speed of 30Mbps at a monthly subscription of RM199 when Najib announced the “double broadband speed at half the price” offer last year. If Najib were to keep his promise, Malaysians would be able to enjoy a 60Mbps broadband at only RM99.50!

At this information age where Malaysians rely heavily on broadband speed, we deserved faster broadband packages at a lower price. I urge Najib to make good his promise made in budget 2017 to offer Malaysians “Double broadband speed at half the price”! Can he deliver?

Media Statement by Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Publicity Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to MP Taping on the 24 October 2017

Did Dominic Lau read the entire 251 pages of the latest court filing by Department of Justice(DOJ) in relation to 1MDB scandal that Jho Low has stolen Billions of Malaysian Taxpayers money?

I find it shocking and amusing that Gerakan Vice President Dominic Lau find it offensive with the remark Jho Low won the gold medal in the “running away with money” category.

Did Dominic Lau read the entire 251 pages of the latest court filing by Department of Justice(DOJ) in relation to 1MDB scandal that Jho Low has stolen Billions of Malaysian Taxpayers money?

No Malaysian would expect Gerakan to speak up against the 42 Billion Mega 1MDB scandal. However, Gerakan should at least have the decency not to defend the indefensible.

In his statement, Dominic Lau said the following,
“From the beginning, Gerakan’s stance on the 1MDB issue has been neutral. We trust the outcome of investigations by the law enforcement agencies and insist those who have broken the law to face punishment.”

Dominic Lau’s statement that Gerakan is neutral on the 1MDB issue is an inference that Gerakan will stay silent and condone the robbers and thieves to rob Malaysian taxpayers’ money. How can Gerakan trust the law enforment agencies when key personnels investigating the 1MDB scandal has been ousted or forced to retire early? These key personnels include the former AG Tan Sri Apandi, former Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Zeti and former MACC Chief Tan Sri Abu Kassim?

Let me reply Dominic Lau with a famous quote by Desmond Tutu,
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

The DOJ legal document in Paragraphs 339 to 348 allege that US$681 Million was transferred from the Tanore account to an account belonging to Malaysian Official 1.

The Tanore account belongs to Eric Tan Kim Loong, a known alias by Jho Low. UMNO Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan in a BBC interview has also confirmed that Prime Minister Najib is MO1. He has also said anyone that doesn’t know who is MO1 is an idiot.

The allegation by DOJ that the US$681 Million was transferred from the Tanore account has torn the lies by Najib about the 2.6 Billion donation into pieces.

I challenge Dominic Lau to openly state Gerakan’s stand in relation to the US$681 Million transferred into Prime Minister Najib personal bank account which originated from 1MDB funds.

Will Dominic Lau pretend that he doesn’t know who is MO1, thus becoming the idiot that Abdul Rahman mentioned?

Media Statement by Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to MP Taping on the 22 August 2017

Did Johari sign the Goods and Services Tax (zero-rate supply amendment No.2) Order 2017 without understanding what he is signing? If so, do we have a puppet finance minister who will sign whatever order put on his table?

I find it astonishing and shocking that Second Finance Minister Johari Abdul Ghani told off the customs department that they cannot impose GST on items without the approval from the cabinet.

Johari is quoted saying the below by a bernama news report,

“The items are not supposed to be subject to GST at the moment. I have to tell it to the Customs authorities that each item to be subjected to the GST should be brought to the level of the Ministry of Finance and we will bring it to the cabinet.


“It (Customs department) cannot impose (GST) without the approval of the cabinet,”

Under the GST Act 2014 Section 17(4), only the minister has the power, by order published in the gazette to determine which goods are zero-rated.

The Goods and Services Tax (zero-rate supply amendment No.2) Order 2017 which was gazetted on the 2 June and will come into effect on 1 July 2017 was signed off by none other than Johari himself.

Did Johari sign the GST zero-rate supply amendment order without understanding what he is signing? If so, do we have a puppet finance minister who will sign whatever order being put on his table?

Or, is Johari trying to put the blame on the customs department after the decision to collect GST on necessity items such as vegetables, fruits and noodles earn the wrath of netizens?

There must be a due process before deleting items from the zero-rate supply order. The government must first seek public consultation especially from the business and consumer groups which will be directly affected.

I urged Johari himself to clear the air and explain how the zero-rate supply amendment No.2 order fiasco can happen since he is the one who signed off the order!

Media Statement by Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to MP Taping on the 20th June 2017

Has Putrajaya been quietly collecting hidden fuel tax which has cause inflation to be the highest in eight years. Call for Putrajaya to reveal and make public the formula and calculation for the weekly fuel price.

Malaysians are shocked to find out that this week fuel price will see its third consecutive increase. RON 95 has been hike 3 cents and RON 97 will go up 2 cents.

The world crude oil price in the past week has go down by a dollar and the Ringgit has strengthened marginally against the dollar. The government must explain on what basis it has hike the fuel price once again.

According to a report by Reuters, March inflation has hit an eight-year high at 5.1%. Has Putrajaya been quietly collecting hidden fuel tax which has cause the inflation to shoot up in recent months?

When Putrajaya abolish the fuel subsidy in November 2014, RON 95 was retailing at RM2.27. The price for RON 95 has gone down since then due to the fall in world crude oil price.

When Government implemented GST in April 2015, RON 95 was priced at RM1.90 per litre, which is lower compare to today’s price. It is not a surprise that Inflation in March has shoot up to 5.1% since the price of RON 95 has gone up to the price of pre abolishment of fuel subsidy and GST has been implemented now.

Government has collected an additional RM 18 Billion under GST compare to SST. The government has also saved an estimated RM20 Billion annually since the abolishment of fuel subsidy.

Malaysians have to bear the burden of this total of RM 38 Billion in tax collection and subsidy saving by the government.

I call on Putrajaya be transparent and immediately release the formula and calculation for the weekly fuel price to prove that it has not been quietly collecting hidden fuel tax from the rakyat.

Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Developement Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 19 April 2017

Najib must explain why the double broadband speed for the same price announced at budget 2017 is only valid for broadband package signed before 28 February. Call for government to upgrade all broadband package with double speed automatically and permanently.

When Najib tabled budget 2017 in parliament last October, he promised Malaysians that starting from Jan 2017, telco companies would upgrade all broadband package with double speed at the current price.

Najib announcement in budget is not only misleading but also deceiving. We have earlier exposed that the “Thank You Surprise” campaign rolled out by TM in January to double the broadband speed is only valid for home users but not commercial users.

We were also told by TM that the double broadband speed upgrade is only valid for customers who signed up their broadband package before 28 February 2017. In other words, current home users who wish to sign up a new unifi package will not get the free double speed upgrade.

TM staff has confirmed with us that the current unifi packages are, 30 Mbps at RM199 per month, 50Mbps at RM249 per month and 100Mbps at RM329 per month, which is the same package before the free speed upgrade.

The current package price is not only more expensive but also slower than the previous package offered. Users who signed up before 28 February 2017 just need to pay RM179 for the 30 Mbps package and would be offered free speed upgrade to 50 Mbps.

We urge Najib to explain why the free broadband speed upgrade could not be made permanent but just for a limited time period.

We have also received complaints from certain Streamyx users where their old package were not valid for the free speed upgrade. These users who have signed their broadband package quite some time back paid RM60 per month for 500kbps. However, TM refused to provide them with the free speed upgrade giving the excuse that they are on an old package not offered by TM anymore.

Malaysians are already paying very expensive monthly fees for the same broadband speed compared to our neighbouring countries due to TM monopoly in the industry. We urge the government to immediately fulfil their promise in budget 2017 to upgrade all broadband package (home and commercial) automatically and permanently.

Joint Media Statement by YB Ong Boon Piow SA for Tebing Tinggi, YB Teh Hock Ke SA for Jelapang and Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Publicity Bureau Chief on 19 April 2017.

The new import steel tax will cause property prices to increase, further side-lining the people who already could not afford a house. Call for Putrajaya to provide tax rebate or subsidy to local steel players instead of imposing import duty.

We strongly condemned the government’s move to impose new taxes on imported steel products. This new tax will increase the domestic construction costs and thus lead to higher property prices.
Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani earlier said new taxes on imported steel products were meant to protect the local steel industry. If the Government’s intention is to protect the local steel industry, the government should provide the local steel industry with tax rebates or subsidy, there is no need to impose a new import tax on steel products.

The move to provide local steel players with tax rebate or subsidy will not only ensure that the local manufactured steel is able to maintain at a competitive price, it can also prevent the property prices to continue climbing, killing two birds with one stone.

Property developers will definitely not absorb this newly imposed import duty and pass on the cost increase to property buyers. Ultimately, it will be the property purchasers who will foot the bill for the steel import duty. We call on the government to put a stop to this potential property price hike and withdraw the steel import tax with immediate effect.

In the third pledge of BN last General Election manifesto, BN had promised to provide affordable and secure housing. The imposition of new import duty on steel shows that BN has betrayed its election manifesto and the people’s trust.

The Malaysian Real Estate Development Association had earlier revealed that the real estate industry in Perak has been stagnant in the past six months. On average, the property sales rate does not exceed 30%; some developers has not sold even a single house recording zero sales.

The government’s new steel import tax will make the current stagnant property market worse and house ownership even more difficult for young people hunting for their first home.

Joint Media Statement by YB Paul Yong Choo Kiong ADUN Tronoh, YB Sivasubramaniam ADUN Buntong and Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Economic Development Chief on 17th April 2017.

The reversal of the excise duty hike of MPV does not mean BN fulfill its last GE manifesto, call for BN to make clear on the roadmap to reduce car prices by 30% by 2018.

I cautiously welcome BN move to reverse the excise tax hike on certain MPV models, though the excise duty hike should not have happened in the first place since BN has promised to reduce car prices up to 30% by 2018.

The decision to reverse the excise duty hike does not mean BN has fulfilled its last GE manifesto. The people have every right to ask when will car prices come down by 30%.

We are now less than a year before reaching 2018 and there is not a single sign that car prices will come down. Has BN decided that it will renege on its promise to bring car prices down hence the flip-flopping on excise duty hike trying to give the impression that car excise duty have come down?

If Putrajaya is sincere to bring car prices down, I urge Putrajaya to immediately lay out a clear roadmap on how to reduce car prices by 30% by next year.

Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 14 April 2017

The Public Universities disciplinary action against University students who speak up against the 1MDB scandal is an assault against freedom of expression and an act to further clampdown dissent on the 1MDB scandal.

Since 2016, there were 10 University students who were taken disciplinary action for speaking up against the 1MDB scandal.

Four of the University Malaya students known as UMANY 4 was taken action and fine for holding up placards during the 1MDB town hall forum. The 1MDB town hall forum which Arul Kanda was the speaker is nothing but a spin of facts to whitewash the 1MDB scandal and to brainwash the university students.

It is outrageous that a simple act of holding placard to show dissent is not tolerated by UM. Among the wordings on the placard reads, “1MDB Jangan Spin”, Mahasiswa mahukan jawapan”, 1MDB pulangkan duit rakyat”. UM’s move to take disciplinary action against UMANY 4 is an assault against freedom of expression.

Apart from that, 6 other student leaders were also taken disciplinary action for participating in the “Tangkap MO1” rally. 4 of the students are from UM, 1 from UKM, and 1 from UiTM.

The right to peaceful rally is enshrined under the Federal Constitution and the university should not take action against students who merely exercise their constitutional rights.

We urge UM, UKM and UiTM to immediately drop all charges against the students for speaking up against the 1MDB issue. Malaysia has overnight become a kleptocracy and one of the most globally corrupt nation due to the 1MDB.

University students who are the nation’s future have the responsibility to speak up against the 1MDB scandal and save Malaysia from being a global kleptocrat.

Joint Media Statement by Paul Yong Choo Kiong, DAP Perak Assistant Secretary and ADUN Tronoh and Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Publicity Bureau Chief on 12 April 2017.

BN’s move to increase excise duty on budget MPV by 5% is a betrayal of their GE-13 manifesto. Call for the government to immediately fulfil their GE-13 manifesto to reduce car prices by 30%

Yesterday, Paul Tan’s Automotive News, a Malaysia popular automotive website revealed that the government has increased the excise duty on budget MPV by 5% to 65%. The vehicles that are affected by this increase of excise duty include Honda BR-V, Toyota Sienta, Toyota Avanza, Perodua Alza and Proton Ertiga.

It is anticipated that car manufacturers will pass on this increase in excise duty to customers and this would lead to more expensive car prices.

BN’s move to increase excise duty on budget MPV is a betrayal of their GE-13 manifesto to reduce car prices by 30%. Since 2013, car manufacturers have hike car prices at least twice due to the falling Ringgit. BN not only failed to formulate any policy to reduce car prices, they also failed miserably to neutralize the effect of depreciating Ringgit that lead to car price hike.

Budget MPV is now one of Malaysian’s favorite car segment as the SUV-styled seven-seater cater to the needs of a small family. I urge BN to withdraw the increase in excise duty on budget MPV with immediate effect.

I also call on BN to fulfil their GE-13 manifesto to reduce car prices by 30%, failure in which BN will be booted out by the people in the next general election.

Media Statement by DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to MP Taiping, Chong Zhemin on 8 April 2017