Tun Mahathir’s former comrade Abdul Hamid has alleged that the reason behind Mahthir’s attack on Najib was because Mahathir was unable to transfer RM1. 194 Trillion of funds back to Malaysia. Abdul Hamid also allege that Najib as the Finance Minister refused to sign on the RM1.194 Trillion transfer of funds.
This revelation if true, is both shocking and explosive as it set not only one but three world records.
Firstly, the RM1.194 Trillion(USD 279 Billion) would make Mahathir the richest man in the world, where his net worth will be 3.5 times more than the 2015 Forbes Richest man in the world, Bill Gates at USD 79.2 Billion.
Secondly, the RM1.194 Trillion of funds owned by Mahathir will make him the only former premier in the world that accumulated wealth which is equal to 4.47 times of the country’s national budget. Malaysia total expenditure in budget 2016 is RM267 Billion.
Thirdly, Mahathir will also be the only former premier in the world that amass wealth that could pay off the entire national external debt in the world. Malaysia’s external currently stood at RM 740.7 Billion.
Mahathir must come clean on how he has accumulated such an astronomical amount of wealth which is 3.5 times more than Bill Gates net worth, 4.47 times of the national budget and 1.6 times of the country external debt. He must disclose his source of income and also the total amount of taxes he paid to accumulate such a huge amount of wealth.
DAP Perak has today lodge a report at MACC Ipoh against Tun Mahathir on the allegation by Abdul Hamid. I urge MACC to investigate if the RM 1.194 Trillion of funds was acquired by Mahathir illegally and take immediate action if there were any wrongdoings committed.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, Political Secretary to DAP Perak Chairman and DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief on 8 December 2015
According to a report in The Malaysian Insider on 12 Nov, AG Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said the sedition charge against Ali Tinju(Mohd Ali Baharom) was dropped because the police could not come up with the audio recording of the alleged inflammatory remarks the ex-soldier made outside Low Yat Plaza in July.
The said video recording of Ali Tinju making racist and inflammatory remark has gone viral on he Internet and it is inconceivable and unimaginable that the police is unable to come up with the recording of Ali Tinju making racist and seditious remark.
DAP Perak has today lodged a report at IPD Ipoh to urge the police to reopen the case against Ali Tinju. We have burn the said video into a CD and hand it to the police as evidence.
With this video evidence of Ali Tinju making racist and seditious remark the police should not have any more excuse to dropped he charge against Ali Tinju.
The decision to drop the sedition charge against Ali Tinju prove that the Sedition Act has been selectively use by BN to persecute opposition leaders and activists while pro BN figure like Ali Tinju was left off the hook.
This demonstrate the double standard employed by BN to shut up the opposition and dissidents.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, Political Secretary to DAP perak Chairman and DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief outside IPD Ipoh on 14 November 2015
DAP Perak today lodged a police report to urge police to investigate the missing education allocation in budget 2015. In budget 2015, RM 800 Million has been set aside for education allocation with Chinese Primary schools(SJKC) allocated RM 50 million, Chinese secondary schools (SMJK) allocated RM 25 Million and Catholic schools allocated RM 25 Million.
However it was revealed by the education ministry that SJKC schools only received RM 20 Million, SMJK received RM10 Million and Catholic schools yet to receive a single cent of education allocation from budget 2015.
There is 650,000 Chinese primary school students in the whole country which make up of 21.2% all students. The appropriate amount of allocation should be RM169 Million instead of RM50 Million or 8.33% of allocation.
If MCA cannot ensure a fair allocation, at least MCA must ensure that the allocated RM 50 Million is disbursed to all Chinese Primary schools.
Bintulu MP Tiong King Sing made a shocking revelation in parliament yesterday alleging that the remaining RM 30 Million of the allocation for Chinese Primary Schools has been used for flood relief efforts.
Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon promised that he will ensure the remaining RM30 Million allocated to Chinese Primary schools will be disbursed by end of the year. With Tiong King Sing revelation that the money has been used, how is Chong Sin Woon going to fulfil his promise?
Who is telling the truth? Whether Chong Sin Woon or Tiong King Sing is lying? If Tiong King Sing lied about the RM 30 Million allocation, the parliament speaker should refer him to the Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee for misleading the parliament.
I urge the police to immediately investigate the missing education allocation if money has been stolen and take action against any party who has misappropriate of funds or using the funds for other purpose than education as specified in budget 2015.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, Political Secretary to DAP perak Chairman and DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief on 3 November 2015
The budget 2016 presented by Najib is not an inclusive budget which benefit all Malaysians but Najib’s personal budget where preference and incentives are given to UMNO and Barisan Nasional traditional supporters to save UMNO Barisan Nasional from defeat in the next general election.
The bulk of the announcement in budget 2016 were focused on allocations and tax breaks to Bumiputera, rural areas, public servants and East Malaysia which have largely been UMNO and Barisan Nasional’s traditional supporters.
There is no effort made by Najib in budget 2016 to address the free falling Ringgit, the rising cost of living, high property prices which has become unaffordable to middle class and to stop the wastage and leakages in the budget.
It is clear that Putrajaya’s tap is running dry with Najib slashing the budget from RM273.9 Billion last year to RM267.2 Billion in 2016, a decrease of RM6.7 Billion. Development expenditure in budget 2016 constitutes RM52 Billion which is only 19.46%, less than one fifth of the total budget.
The high operating expenditure is due to the bloated public service and the interest paid for the national debt. These two problems was inherited from the previous administration and made worse under’s Najib watch. The bloated civil service and high national debt problem if not addressed will pose a systemic risk to Malaysian economy causing a cascading failure should an economic crisis hit Malaysia.
Najib told the biggest lie during the presentation of budget 2016 when he said that the opposition who were once against the GST are now supporting GST. Pakatan Harapan has made it crystal clear in the alternative budget that due to the amount of money and resources invested in the GST system, it is unwise to abolish the system in total. Therefore Pakatan Harapan proposed to zero rate all items which basically means Malaysians need not pay a single cent for GST and at the same time retaining the GST system as a mere accounting recording tool to track the buying and selling of goods and services.
The middle class squeeze where the increases in wages failed to keep up with inflation for middle class workers is already happening in Malaysia and getting worse. The only incentive given to the middle class are in the form of tax relief. Tax relief, however high the amount will not be able to translated to a significant amount of tax savings to the middle class.
Let’s take the example of the RM1,500 tax relief per parent listed as independent. Assuming a Malaysian earning an income of RM4,000 per month with an annual chargeable income of RM48,000 which fall in the income tax bracket of 10%. Assuming he receive RM3,000 tax relief from both parents listed as dependent, the RM3,000 tax relief will translate into a mere RM300 tax saving or RM25 per month which is almost negligible in today’s high cost of living! In order to lessen the burden of the middle class, tax incentives should be given in the form of tax rebates where the whole amount will be offset against the income tax payable.
Najib’s move to zero rate an additional 4,415 types of medicine increasing the zero rated medicine list to 8,630 types including cancer medicine was a call made by the opposition even before GST was implemented. This move although welcomed is still insufficient to address the high cost of medication and healthcare services since health services is listed as an exempt supply under the GST. This means that healthcare providers will not be able to claim their input tax and the GST cost will be embedded in the healthcare bill. In order to free sick patients from paying GST, all healthcare sevices should be zero rated instead of given GST exemption.
The budget 2016 as a whole is once again use by Putrajaya to continue its grip on its traditional supporters. It is clear that the current administration under Najib has no political will to carry out budget reforms to address the main issues plaguing Malaysian economy including the middle class squeeze, the high national debt and how to tackle the wastages and leakages in the budget. Until a new government is put in place, Malaysians will continue to pay the price of an ineffective, unproductive and wasteful spending government.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to the Taiping MP on 24 October 2015
Yesterday UMW Toyota Motors has announced the prices of Toyota and Lexus vehicles will go up from 4% to 16% with effect from Jan 2016 due to the sharp depreciation of Ringgit against US Dollar.
With the announcement by UMW Toyota Motors, I believe other automobile manufacturers will follow suit to hike car prices as a result of the weakening Ringgit causing a market-wide car price hike.
Barisan National in its 2013 General election manifesto has promised to revamp the National Automotive Policy to reduce car prices by 20% – 30% by 2018. We are now almost halfway into 2018 and there is not a sign of BN reducing car prices by 20% – 30%.
Instead, Malaysians especially fresh graduates who have been saving their hard earned money to buy their first car are expected to pay for higher car prices due to the falling Ringgit.
Malaysians no longer believe BN will fulfill its promise to reduce car prices by 20% – 30% by 2018. It is crystal clear that BN’s promise to reduce car prices was only a ploy to get votes in the last General Election.
However, Putrajaya must at least neutralize the effect of falling Ringgit on car prices to avoid a market wide car price hike. I urge Putrajaya to gradually decrease excise duty and import duty to cushion the effect of falling Ringgit on car prices.
Will Putrajaya prevent a market-wide car price hike which is expected to happen in the next two to three months? Or will BN go against its own manifesto and eat its own words and allow a market-wide car price hike?
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to the Taiping MP on 6 October 2015
MCA president Liow Tiong Lai in an interview with Oriental Daily yesterday has said that UMNO needs to deal with its party’s hardliners, who have been out in full-force since the last general election to put the country on-course towards racial extremism. He further added that Hawks’ within UMNO are either pushing the rally, or creating problems behind the scenes.
Liow Tiong Lai is right when he said the Hawks in UMNO is out in full force to put the country on-course towards racial extremism. What Liow failed to mention is that Najib as the UMNO President is currently the biggest hawk in UMNO stirring racial sentiments and advocating the Malay siege mentality that Malays are under attacked by other races.
Malaysians will forever remember Najib as the first Prime Minister ever to openly approve a racial gathering planting the seed of hatred among Malaysians. This is an act unimaginable by all the past five Prime Ministers.
Najib also justified the 916 racial rally by saying the Malays are being slapped 4 times before the Malays rise to protect their dignity. On the other hand, Liow in yesterday’s interview said that Chinese political power is on the brink of collapse.
Both Najib and Liow statement are classic BN siege mentality tactics to deceive the voters that Malays and Chinese are under attack and the need to vote in a race-based party, UMNO and MCA to protect their rights.
How can Najib and Liow be both possibly correct? If the Malays dignity are being challenged and the Chinese political power is on the brink of collapse, does it mean that the Indians, Ibans or the Kadazans are currently on the uprising?
The Malays dignity is not challenged but it is Najib’s premiership being challenged for his failure to answer the many questions raised on 1MDB scandal. Similarly, Chinese political power was never on the brink of collapse but it is MCA which is on the brink of collapse for they have totally failed the Chinese community.
I urge Liow to stop using race as a bait to fish for votes. If Liow is really serious to uphold pruralism and moderation, MCA must immediately cut ties with Najib who has already proven to be the biggest Hawk in UMNO.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to the Taiping MP on 20 Sept 2015
For the very first time in 58 years of nation building, Chinese vernacular schools faced the imminent threat of being abolished as BN abandoned the consensus principle and embrace the “agreed to disagree” principle which means all the other 12 BN component parties have to bow to the demands and decisions from UMNO.
MCA and Gerakan ministers must take full responsibility for having “agreed to disagree” the 916 red shirt rally. This has set a dangerous precedent for UMNO to bulldoze any decision which is opposed by all the other 12 BN component parties.
Cabinet collective responsibility is a constitutional convention in governments using the Westminster System. Therefore MCA and Gerakan ministers cannot shirk from their responsibilities for having “agreed to disagree” the 916 red shirt rally as they are part of the cabinet that made a collective decision to approve the 916 racial demonstration.
MCA president Liow Tiong Lai and Gerakan President Mah Siew Keong must also bear full responsibility for the 916 racial demonstration has spun into an attack against vernacular schools which is a right safeguarded under the federal constitution.
The banner of “Abolish Chinese Vernacular Schools” which was displayed in the 916 Red Shirt Rally reflected the voice of UMNO grassroots and delegates. All these while, there were opinions and voices from within UMNO to abolish Chinese vernacular schools and implement a single-stream education system.
Last year, Petaling Jaya Utara Umno division deputy chief Mohamad Azli Mohemed Saad proposed that UMNO debates the abolishment of Chinese Vernacular schools in its annual general assembly. It is only a matter of time when the opinions and voices from within UMNO grassroots will be too big for UMNO leaders to ignore.
Come that day, will MCA and Gerakan again “agreed to disagree” with the abolishment of vernacular schools?
I call on Liow Tiong Lai and Mah Siew Keong to immediately right the wrong and tell Najib there will not be any more compromising in future issues and Barisan Nasional needs to revert to the consensus princicple instead of the “agreed to disagree” principle which will put Malaysia Agreement Principle and the Merdeka Social Contract under threat.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAPSY Perak Organising Secretary and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 17 September 2015
Last night Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy launched “Justice for Teoh Beng Hock Postcard campaign” at Taiping Siang Malam food court to get public support to pressure the Home minister to instruct the police to immediately arrest and investigate the suspects in Teoh Beng Hock murder case.
The court of appeal in its judgement last September confirmed that Teoh Beng Hock was murdered and MACC officers who are involved in arresting and interrogating him are responsible to the death of Teoh Beng Hock.
During the Postcard campaign in Siang Malam food court, two MCA members who were coincidently there for another campaign to “Save Taiping Market” also showed their support and sign on Teoh Beng Hock’s postcard asking the Home Ministry to take immediate action and arrest Teoh Beng Hock murderers.
Liow Tiong Lai as the MCA President must feel ashamed that he does not have the courage of the two MCA grassroot members. When met by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy in parliament last year, Liow was even usure of the progress of Teoh Beng Hock court case and unaware of the court of appeal judgement.
Liow even asked, “Hasn’t Teoh Beng Hock case come to an end?”
I would like to answer Liow’s question. Teoh Beng Hock case will not come to an end until his murderers have been brought to justice.
I urge liow Tiong Lai as the MCA president and a Minister to raise this issue in the cabinet and pressure the police to immediately arrest Teoh Beng hock murderers. Failure in which Liow Tiong Lai is not even comparable to the two MCA grassroot members who are not afraid to show their support in seeking justice for Teoh Beng Hock.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAPSY Perak Organising Secretary and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 14 September 2015
Malacca UMNO has today denied it issued a directive to all six divisions to mobilise 1,000 members each to attend the “Red Shirt Rally” on Sept 16. State liaison committee deputy chairperson Abdul Ghafar Atan has refuted claims it was mobilising members to the “Red Shirt Rally”.
Abdul Ghafar Atan statement is in contradictory with a letter that has gone viral on the internet that its state secretary Ab Rahaman Ab Karim issued a directive to all divisions to mobilise members to participate in the “Red Shirt Rally”.
I urge Ab Rahaman Ab Karim to clarify if he did issue the letter. If he did not issue the letter, Malacca UMNO must immediately lodge a police report on document forgery. Under S.465 of the penal code, whoever commits forgery shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.
If Malacca UMNO fails to lodge a police report, this would only mean the letter circulated online is genuine and Malacca UMNO is trying to play double-faced politics by directing its members to support the rally but telling the public otherwise.
This prove that UMNO can only tacitly support the “Red Shirt Rally”. UMNO is so afraid to openly support this racist rally as they know the main aim of this rally – to instigate racial sentiments will not bode well with the public.
I call on the police to immediately crackdown and stop the “Red Shirt Rally” as this rally is racist in nature and has the potential to tear the Malaysian society apart, disrupting the peace and harmony of the country.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAPSY Perak Organising Secretary and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 11 September 2015
Over the past 10 days there is a concerted effort by several quarters to demonise, slander and distort Bersih 4 as a DAP-dominated rally and Chinese rally. With UMNO mouthpiece Mingguan Malaysia, the weekend edition of Utusan Malaysia at the very forefront publishing headlines “DAP kuasai Bersih 4.0” and “didominasi oleh kaum cina”.
No Malaysian would believe the headlines printed by Migguan Malaysia does not represent the view of UMNO.
The second wave of attack against Bersih 4 began when there is a rally started circulating in social media without any named organizer which is dubbed the “red shirt rally” or the so-called “Himpunan Maruah Melayu rally”. It is clear that these efforts are made to demonise, slander and distort Bersih 4 as a DAP-dominated rally and a Chinese rally where the Malays are under attack.
Bersih 4 was never a DAP rally nor a Chinese rally. It is a Malaysian rally where patriotic Malaysians of all races, religion and belief come together to demand for a clean election, clean government, the right to demonstrate, strengthening parliament democracy and to save Malaysia economy.
All the 5 values of the Bersih 4 demand are universal and non-racial. However the same could not be said of the “Red Shirt Rally”, where the rally is to gather all the Malays to show their strength to counter the so called Chinese dominated Bersih rally.
With UMNO Supreme Council member Ismail Sobri openly saying that UMNO will send members to support the “red shirt rally” and UMNO Vice President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi giving the green light for UMNO members to join the “red shirt rally, there is not a single doubt that the “red shirt rally” is secretly sponsored by UMNO.
DAPSY Perak has today lodged a police report at IPD Ipoh. I urge the police to immediately take action against the “Red Shirt Rally” and stop the rally from being carried out as it is racially motivated and will tear the society apart. The “red shirt rally”, if given green light will set a dangerous precedent where Malaysians are allowed to openly instigate racial tension through a racial rally.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAPSY Perak Organising Secretary and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 9 September 2015