Challenge to Abdul Rahman Dahlan to prove that DAP has in the past supported any racial policy or fight for the rights for a single race.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan is not only arrogant but resorted to lies to smear DAP when he took to twitter and tweeted the following.

“Let me be clear. I don’t take lectures or advice from a chauvinist and racist party like DAP! Period!”

Is Abdul Rahman Dahlan so ignorant that he could not understand my simple statement? Or is he trying to play stupid so that he can continue to manipulate and instigate racial sentiments?

I could not be clearer that I fully support a thorough probe and investigation on the allegation that house buyers are being victimized by housing developers. However, there is absolutely no need for Abdul Rahman Dahlan to look at such allegation from a racist angle to fan racial sentiments and publicized it even before any investigation has been conducted.

Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s twitter rant against the DAP is just a tactic from him to divert attention from his inability to respond to PMUM suggestion, thereby making baseless accusation and lies that DAP is chauvinist and racist.

Abdul Rahman Dahlan must respond to the suggestion by Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya(PMUM) whether he agrees that property discount should be extended to all low-income groups regardless of race.

It is pure hypocrisy that a minister that comes from UMNO, a party which only accepts a single race membership, supported race-based policies, and fight for the rights for a single race is now accusing DAP for being chauvinist and racist.

I hereby challenge Abdul Rahman to prove that DAP has in the past supported any racial policy or fight for the rights of a single race. DAP has never endorse any policy that is race-based as we believe policies should be formulated on a need-basis to benefit all Malaysians regardless of race.

Let me answer Abdul Rahman Dahlan question that he tweeted, “Has DAP become too big-headed to acknowledge that Bumiputera house buyers’ rights must be protected?”

DAP will not only fight and protect the rights for bumiputera house buyers but will fight and protect the rights for all Malaysian house buyers regardless of race. Is UMNO prepared to do the same?

Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to the Taiping MP on 29 Sept 2014

Instead of racialising the allegation of house buyers being victimised by housing developers, Abdul Rahman Dahlan should look into the suggestion to extend property discount to all low-income groups regardless of race.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan is tring to stir racial sentiments and divide the people by racialising the allegation of house buyers being victimised by housing developers.

I fully support a thorough probe and investigation on the above allegation to protect house buyers interest. However, by taking a racist angle alleging bumiputera house buyers are being victimised by non-bumiputera housing developers, Abdul Rahman Dahlan is trying to stoke the anger of one particular race towards another race based on an allegation that has yet to be investigated. It is very irresponsible and unbecoming for a minister to issue a statement like this.

Why couldn’t Abdul Rahman Dahlan look at the issue from a non-racial perspective rather than from a racial lens?I urge Abdul Rahman Dahlan to immediately retract his statement and issue a public apology to all Malaysians who are offended by his remarks.
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BN is fearful of a voter backlash in the Pengkalan Kubor by-election hence the flip-flop on imposing GST on petrol and diesel

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan on Monday insisted that the government was still undecided on how to treat petrol and diesel when the GST comes into effect next April.

Ahmad Maslan further clarified that the ministry had not arrived at a decision on whether petrol and diesel would be gazetted as zero-rated or tax-exempted items.

Ahmad Maslan’s statement contradicted earlier remarks by Royal Malaysian Customs Department senior assistant director Ishak Daud saying that petrol and diesel would not be exempted from the GST, which comes into effect on April 1, 2015.

Is the BN government fearful of a voter backlash in the Pengkalan Kubor by-election if an announcement is made to impose GST on petrol and diesel? It is clear that Ahmad Maslan is buying time for BN to avoid making an announcement to impose GST on petrol and diesel before the by-election. Hence the flip-flop and the ambiguous reply from various departments and ministries would not be hard to comprehend.

Is BN government so incompetent that with less than seven months from the GST implementation date, BN is still unable to come up with a complete list of GST-exempt and zero-rated items? If BN needed more time to study and finalise the list of items, BN shouldn’t have rush through the implementation of GST taking the people and businesses by surprise.

Ahmad Maslan also said the decision to impose GST on petrol and diesel will be dependent on the fuel subsidy rationalisation programme. This is a mischievous way to confuse the people. Regardless whether the government decides to “rationalise fuel subsidy” or “impose GST on fuel”, the net effect will be the same – fuel subsidy will be removed which will directly lead to higher petrol and diesel prices causing a chain effect burdening the people.

Najib must immediately come clean and announce whether BN will impose GST on petrol and diesel. Let all Malaysians be the judge if the BN government is sincere to fulfil its first promise of the 13th general election manifesto – easing the cost of living.

Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to the Taiping MP on 17 Sept 2014

GST on petrol akin to removing subsidy

According to a news report in Sin Chew Jit Poh, The Malaysian Customs Department revealed in a goods and services tax (GST)forum that petrol will not be exempted from GST.

Petrol is a government subsidized product, imposing GST on petrol is akin to removing subsidy on petrol thereby burdening the people.

The subsidized price of RON95 is RM2.10 per liter, imposing GST on RON95 will raise the price to RM2.23 per liter and this is no different from removing 13 cents per liter of petrol subsidy.

I urge Najib to review the decision to impost GST on Petrol, and list petrol as a zero rated product under GST to avoid increasing the burden of the people.

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Najib is deluded when he described the RM6 billion injected to MAS as an investment rather than a bailout

No Malaysian will believe Najib when he described the RM6 Billion injected to MAS as an investment rather than a bailout. Why would any sane investors want to “invest” in a company that has lost a total RM4.3 Billion for the past 3 years?

It is crystal clear that the RM6 billion injected to MAS is a bailout as it is use to save the airline from bankruptcy. Najib is deluded when he said the RM6 billion injected to MAS as an investment rather than a bailout.

The proposed MAS Act to facilitate staff transfer and to terminate or review contracts which are unfair to the airline is also controversial. The proposed MAS Act if come into effect will retroactively changes the legal status of the employment contacts of MAS staffs. The MAS Act is against natural right and unjust as it could nullify all current employment contracts with MAS.

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Chua Tee Yong either failed his accounting or lied when he said big companies will not want to do business with non-GST small businesses as they cant claim their input/output tax

According to a news report by The Malaysian Insider on 16 Aug 2014, Deputy Finance Minister Chua Tee Yong said the below during a GST seminar organised by the Secretariat For Empowerment of Indian Entrepreneurs under the Prime Minister’s department

“Come April 1, 2015, which is the date for GST implementation, the big companies will not want to do business with the non-GST small businesses as they can’t claim their input/output tax.

“This will sooner or later cause these micro and small businesses to become less competitive in terms of pricing structure.”

The above statement by Chua Tee Yong shows his complete ignorance towards the GST implementation subject matter. This is outright unacceptable and an outrageous mistake for a Deputy Finance Minister and an accounting graduate like Chua Tee Yong to commit.

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Najib must explain the real reasons behind the decision of spending RM1.4 billion of tax payers’ money to take MAS private

Khazanah Nasional’s decision to take Malaysia Airlines(MAS) private is questionable given the current dire financial state MAS is in. MAS has lost a total of RM 4.3 Billion over the the last three financial period. There is no indication that a turnaround would happen in the near future based on the current cost structure MAS is operating in. Khazanah Nasional’s move to buyout MAS is akin to throwing good money over bad.

Instead, a better option is to let MAS emulate the footsteps of Japan Airlines(JAL) in 2010 by filing for bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy under Section 176 of the Companies Act 1965 would allow MAS come under creditors protection and restructure its operation in a shorter timeline.
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Khairy should stop being a hypocrite by equating a personal facebook status update to the act of a road bully

Khairy should stop being a hypocrite by equating a personal facebook status update to the act of a road bully. While the facebook status update by Kelvin Yip is inappropriate, it was a personal facebook status update(not a public status update) which is only limited to his facebook friends. This could be clearly seen from the facebook setting from the screenshot Khairy posted.

If Khairy insists that Kelvin Yip should be charged, he must answer the more pertinent question in this issue – under what act should Kelvin Yip be charged? Is it the Sedition Act that Najib promised to repeal more than two years ago?

If Sedition Act were to be used in this case, what about the people(which includes Khairy) who were distributing and sharing the screenshot of the status update? Weren’t they as guilty as they were promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Malaysia?

If Khairy is serious in seeking justice for all and ask for all deserving criminals to be charged, Khairy needs only to look into the mirror. What about the UMNO Youth who publicly storm DAP Headquarters in KL vandalizing private property? Do they deserve to be charged? Why is there no action taken despite nationwide police reports lodged against UMNO Youth?

Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to the Taiping MP on 1 Aug 2014

Surat terbuka kepada pengundi Teluk Intan – Chong Zhemin

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31 Mei akan diingat dalam sejarah Malaysia sebagai hari paling penting dalam beberapa dekad pembangunan negara. Ia akan menentukan sama ada politik Malaysia akan beralih paradigma kepada era politik baru yang berdasarkan idea, pendapat, polisi dan prinsip. Atau Malaysia akan terus kekal pada politik lama dimana isu perkauman dan agama terus didominasi dan dimainkan oleh politikus untuk kekal di tampuk kekuasaan.

Sepanjang tahun lepas, negara kita telah dilanda pelbagai masalah termasuk kontroversi kalimah Allah, rampasan bible berbahasa melayu, pertuduhan pemimpin pembangkang, kos sara hidup yang meningkat, perlaksanan GST. Daripada memberikan fokus kepada isu-isu sebenar yang memberi kesan kepada kelangsungan hidup rakyat biasa Malaysia, kaum dan agama terus dimainkan untuk mengalihkan perhatian dari isu-isu utama. Jika kita menganggap terma Najib tamat, pilihanraya umum yang akan datang adalah alam empat tahun lagi. Walau bagaimanapun, anda sebagai pengundi Teluk Intan mempunyai peluang untuk meletakkan perkara yang betul di atas landasan negara ini pada 31 Mei. Dengan mengundi calon DAP, Dyana Sofya sebagai Ahli Parlimen Teluk Intan, kita akan menghantar satu gelombang kejutan ke seluruh negara ini. Continue reading “Surat terbuka kepada pengundi Teluk Intan – Chong Zhemin”

An open letter to Teluk Intan voters

31 May will go down in Malaysia’s history as one of the most important day within the next decade of nation building. It will determine if Malaysia politics is going to take a paradigm shift to a new era of politics which is based on ideas, opinions, policies, and principles. Or if Malaysia would revert to the old politics where racial and religious issues continue to dominate and played up by politicians to cling on power.

Over the past year, our nation has been riddled with a myriad of problems including the Allah controversy, confiscation of the Malay bible, persecution of opposition leaders, rising cost of living, the implementation of GST. Instead of focusing on the real issues that would affect the bread and butter of ordinary Malaysian, race and religion continue to be played up to divert the attention of the main issues.

Presuming Najib see out his term, the next General election will be 4 years away. However, you as a Teluk Intan voter have the chance to put things right on track for this country on the 31 May. By voting in DAP candidate, Dyana Sofya as the MP of Teluk Intan, we will send shock waves to the entire nation.

Dyana is young, a female, Malay and a Muslim. But none of these matter as she is the same as we are, a Malaysian. Therefore, I urge all Teluk Intan voters regardless of age, sex, race or religion to stand solidly behind Dyana and send her to parliament for she upholds the principles of justice, freedom and equality.

Over the past fifty seven years, we have been brainwashed by the ruling party that we need to vote our own race in order to safeguard our community interest and survival. Malays to vote for a Malay, Chinese to vote for a Chinese and Indians to vote for an Indian. The time has come for us to think out of the box, we want a Malaysian who can fight for us.

Teluk Intan is a mixed constituency where none of any race forms more than 50% of the electoral. This racial composition is also identical of Malaysia’s which make the by-election of significant importance.

By giving Dyana a strong solid backing and convincing victory, Teluk Intan can send a resounding message to the entire nation – the days of racial politics are gone. Let us show to Malaysia that Teluk Intan is colour blind and we vote according to the candidate credentials not based on age, sex, race or religion.

If Dyana wins the by-election, she would not only be the first female Malay MP for DAP, she would also be the youngest MP in the current Dewan Rakyat. In the 1997 by-election, Teluk Intan wrote history and created miracle when DAP capture the Teluk Intan seat overturning a huge majority by Gerakan in the 1995 General Election. Can Teluk Intan do it again? Yes we can. Let us write history and create miracle. Let Diyana, a political greenhorn pull off an upset against the President of Gerakan, Mah Siew Keong in his stronghold Teluk Intan.

For too long, we allow the racial and religious bigots to roam free in this country. It is time for all patriotic Malaysians to reclaim our nation from being hijacked by the minority extremist. Malaysia needs to move forward, and the journey starts from Teluk Intan.

Will 31 May be the watershed moment in Malaysia politics? The decision is in your hands. 531, Vote for Dyana, break the wall, break racial politics.

Open letter by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief, Political Secretary to DAP Perak Chief and a Teluk Intan voter