Wednesday, 28 February 2018

GERAKAN tampil 60 peratus calon baharu


KUALA LUMPUR: Percaturan politik GERAKAN bagi berdepan Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14) bakal menyaksikan hampir 60 peratus muka baharu calon parti itu dipertandingkan.
Presidennya, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, turut optimis parti akan memberi prestasi lebih baik dalam misi merebut kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Pulau Pinang, berbanding PRU-13.
Sehubungan itu, katanya, senarai calon GERAKAN yang bakal diketengahkan pada PRU-14 sudah diberikan kepada Pengerusi Barisan Nasional (BN), Datuk Seri Najib Razak, untuk pertimbangan lanjut.
"Di Pulau Pinang, kita jangkakan parti berupaya mengambil bahagian di DUN, berbanding keputusan yang memperlihatkan GERAKAN gagal memenangi sebarang kerusi pada PRU-13.
"Kita yakin prestasi GERAKAN pada PRU-14 akan lebih baik, sekali gus membantu kemenangan menyeluruh BN untuk membentuk kerajaan," katanya pada sidang media selepas penangguhan Persidangan Perwakilan Nasional Ke-46 GERAKAN, hari ini.
Siew Keong berkata, GERAKAN mempunyai 45 kerusi tradisi yang bakal ditandingi, malah ketika ini dalam fasa rundingan untuk pertukaran dengan rakan parti komponen BN.
Selain itu, katanya, kajian realistik menunjukkan GERAKAN berupaya memenangi lima kerusi Parlimen dan 12 kerusi DUN pada PRU-14 jika momentum jentera parti terus utuh.
"Mengenai siapa calon yang bakal menyandang jawatan Ketua Menteri jika GERAKAN menang di Pulau Pinang, saya mengambil pendirian untuk tidak terlalu teruja memikirkan soal itu.
"Lebih baik untuk GERAKAN bekerja sedaya upaya menempuh PRU-14 manakala perkiraan mengenai siapa calon Ketua Menteri akan diserahkan kepada keputusan bersama parti," katanya.
Membidas pendirian Kerajaan Pulau Pinang mengenai isu banjir, Siew Keong mempersoalkan jumlah projek yang diluluskan Ketua Menterinya, Lim Guan Eng, sepanjang sembilan tahun menerajui tampuk pemerintahan.
Berdasarkan rekod, Siew Keong berkata, bekas Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, ketika pemerintahannya meluluskan empat pelan pembangunan perumahan, berbanding 39 projek yang dikemukakan DAP.
"Saya nak tanya DAP khususnya Guan Eng, berapa banyak sebenarnya projek yang sudah diluluskan sepanjang beliau memegang tampuk pemerintahan.
"Adakah benar jumlah ini meningkat hampir 10 kali ganda, iaitu dari empat kepada 39 projek sepanjang sembilan tahun beliau memerintah?" katanya.

Gerakan ready to return to rule Penang after national election


KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan is ready to recapture Penang from DAP in the next general election, Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said.
He said the party was gearing up its machinery to win the election and would restore Penang to its former glory when it came to power.
He said the people should realise by now that the present state government under DAP had caused Penang to slide into decline.
He said the DAP-led state government had failed in development planning, environmental protection, low- cost housing and responsible governance.
"Gerakan will return to the Penang state assembly and we are the first party to identify the candidates right after the last election.
“We have planned to recapture Penang for a long time, and our potential candidates are the result of party teamwork and unity,” he said when addressing the Gerakan 46th national delegates conference at Menara PGRM here today.
Present was Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chairman.
Mah said Gerakan candidates would have a winning mentality to ensure that they deliver for BN in the election.
He said the party had adopted a “micro-targeting” approach in the 12 parliamentary and 33 state seats traditionally contested by the party.
He said its election manifesto was ready and had been tailored to meet the needs of voters across various constituencies.
“Nobody knows Penang better than Gerakan,” he said.
Mah also took a swipe at DAP for constantly blaming the previous state government and refused to take responsibility for problems in Penang.
He lambasted DAP for approving 10 times as much projects in Tanjung Bungah.
In comparison, he said former Penang chief minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon only approved four projects in Tanjung Bungah from 2004 to 2008.
"DAP must answer why almost 39 projects have been approved in Penang.
“It’s easy to say yes to developers but Koh remained steadfast and protected the state,” he said.
From 1969 to 2008, Gerakan controlled Penang and was closely associated with the fortunes of the state.
In that time, there had been only two chief ministers in Penang - Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu and Koh, both from Gerakan.
In the 2004 election, Gerakan achieved its best electoral result by winning 10 parliamentary and 30 state seats.
However, in the 2008 election the party suffered its worst electoral defeat and lost Penang after an almost 39-year reign.
In the last polls, the party failed to improve its position when it lost one of its two remaining parliamentary seats.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

于英丹拜杜里办清洁美化运动,峇都民政党与当地居民共庆元宵


pic_2.jpg民政党峇都区部同人于昨日元宵节在峇都英丹拜杜里组屋区举办了一场清洁美化运动,与当地的居民一起携手清理当地阻塞已久的多条沟渠,也特安排了Alam Flora部门的工作人员前来协助清理工作       
                峇都区民政党服务中心协调员 刘华才博士也指出,当地的多处沟渠已经阻塞了许久,从来都没有进行过清理工作,导致常年积水,蚊虫滋生,引发骨痛热症的病率也逐渐提高。虽然居民们曾向吉隆坡市政局提出投诉,但基于有关地区属私人地段而不被受理。 因此居民们向民政党峇都区部反映了这项问题,希望当地的卫生问题能获得改善。
"在民政党峇都区部同人和居民们的同心协力下,清洁活动进行的非常顺利,也成功清理了阻塞已久的沟渠,相信这也是居民们在元宵节收到最好的礼物。值得一提的是,这项清洁活动获得居民们的踊跃参与,大家不分种族与宗教,齐心协力打造清洁卫生的居家环境,也显现了一个马来西亚的精神。"刘华才补充。
"在清洁活动结束后,我们也配合元宵节举办了一场新春活动,安排了舞狮表演和派发新年礼品给居民们。另外,我们也特别派发50份特别红包给单亲妈妈、乐龄人士和残疾人士,以帮补他们的日常所需。我们也不忘派发红包给小孩们,大家都玩得不亦乐乎。值得一提的是,英丹拜杜里共有50名居民已签署入党表格加入民政党成为正式党员,以感谢民政党一路来在英丹拜杜里区的付出和所做的努力。因此在活动中我们也安排了入党表格移交仪式。"刘华才补充。
             刘华才博士也补充,民政党将持续服务峇都国会选区的居民,解决他们的民生问题,并提高他们的生活素质。       
A Cleaning and beautification campaign held in Intan Baiduri
Batu Gerakan celebrated Chap Goh Mei with local residents
Press statement by Batu Gerakan Service Centre Coordinator
Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai
25 February 2013
picture_1.jpgMembers of Gerakan Batu Division have organised a cleaning and beautification campaign in Intan Baiduri flat area in Batu parliamentary constituency in order to clean up the ditches with the local residents that have been long clogged, workers from the Alam Flora also came forward to provide a helping hand in the cleaning works.
Batu Gerakan Service Centre Coordinator Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai pointed out that ditches in the local area have been clogged for quite a long time with the complete absence of maintenance works which led to stagnant water formed throughout the year and the breeding of mosquitoes that caused the rate of dengue cases to increase gradually. Although the residents have lodged a complaint to the DBKL prior to this, but due to the place is privately owned their complaint was dismissed. Therefore, the residents have reflected the problem to the Gerakan Batu Division with a hope that the local hygiene problem can be solved.
"Under the concerted efforts from the members of Gerakan Batu Division and the residents, the clean-up works have been carried out smoothly and the ditches that have been clogged for a long time were successfully cleared, I believe that this is the best present that the residents have received in Chap Goh Mei. It is worth mentioning that this cleaning and beautification campaign was well-received by the residents, they all worked together regardless of race and religion to create a living environment that is clean and  healthy, it also served as a testament to the 1Malaysia spirit," added Dr. Dominic Lau.
"After the clean-up campaign was ended, we also organised a New Year activity in conjunction with Chap Goh Mei, arranging lion dance performance and giving out angpows as well as gifts to the residents. Besides, we also gave out 50 pieces of special angpows to the single mothers, senior citizens and the disabled in order to provide help on their daily necessities. We also have not forgotten to give out angpows to the children, everybody seemed to have enjoyed themselves. What is worth mentioning was that 50 residents have signed the application form to join Gerakan and to become a party member as a gesture to thank Gerakan for its contributions and efforts made for the Intan Baiduri community all the while. Therefore, we also have arranged a ceremony to receive the application form in the midst of the activity," added Dr. Dominic Lau.
Dr. Dominic Lau also added that Gerakan will continue to serve the residents of Batu parliamentary constituency, solve their livelihood problems and improve their quality of life.

隆市局予人民组屋10%租金折扣,冀鼓励更多住户按时缴租


民青团总秘书刘华才博士对于联邦直辖区与城市和谐部部长拿督拉惹隆仄宣布吉隆坡市政局将予以10%租金折扣予按时缴付租金的人民组屋住户表示支持。他认为这是一项好举措,也表现当局对这些负责任按时缴租的住户的敬意。
"当局所提供的10%租金折扣显示政府珍惜这些住户按时缴付租金,这将有助于鼓励住户保持不拖欠租金的良好习惯。"
刘华才说,吉隆坡市政局提供的10%租金折扣将对负责任按时缴付租金的住户不仅是一项奖赏,同时也可作为一项激励没按时缴付租金的住户开始按时缴付他们的租金。根据吉隆坡市政局的统计,吉隆坡市政局5万余单位的人民组屋中,只有40%的人民组屋住户按时缴付租金,而其余所没按时缴付及被拖欠的租金高达5500万令吉。
"这些未缴还的租金占了吉隆坡市政局大量的资金,因为当局需要定期为人民组屋进行维修。若缺乏资金,它将该如何提供一个良好的维修服务?"
同时也是思特雅国际大学副教授的刘华才也促政府正视为何部分住户无法按时缴还租金的问题。其中的一个原因很可能是这些人民组屋的住户都来自低收入群,而必须辛苦谋生的这一事实。
"我所接触过的一些人民组屋住户,他们甚至须依赖福利局援助金来过生活,有者更是一日三餐都成问题,我们怎么能要他们每月按时缴付租金?因此,政府应对这一群人伸出援手,以找出一个妥善的解决方案。"
最后,他再次赞赏吉隆坡市政局的这一项好举措,以催收没缴付的租金,并希望这折扣措施将持续实行。
Gerakan Youth supports 10% discount offer for prompt PPR rentals
Dr Dominic Lau hopes it will encourage more to pay up
Press statement by
Gerakan Youth Secretary General
Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai
25 February 2013
Gerakan Youth Secretary General, Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai offers his support for the 10% discount given to responsible PPR tenants who paid their rentals promptly by DBKL which announced by Dato' Raja Nong Chik, Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Well-being. He said that this is a good gesture towards appreciating the responsibility of these tenants.
"The 10% discount offered shows that the government appreciates the prompt payment made by these tenants. This will serve as an encouragement for them to keep up the good habit of not neglecting their rentals."
Lau added that the 10% discount offered will not only serve as a reward for responsible tenants but also as an enticement for PPR tenants who failed to pay their rentals on time. According to DBKL, only an average of 40% of the total of 51,212 PPR tenants paid their rental promptly while the remaining unpaid fees costs about RM 55 million.
"These unpaid rentals cost the DBKL a lot of money as constant maintenance of the PPR facilities are needed. How is the government going to provide a good maintenance service if it is suffering from a lack of funds?"
Dr Lau who is also UCSI associate professor however urge the government to look into the problem why some tenants fail to pay their rentals on time. One of the problems would be the fact that these PPR occupants are already from the low income group and therefore have to struggle to earn a living.
"Some tenants I have spoken to are in fact living on welfare benefits while some are even struggling to put food on the table. So how can we expect them to make monthly rental? Therefore the government should engage with this group in order to find a solution."
Finally, he once again praised the good effort made by the DBKL to recover unpaid rentals and hopes that this will continue on a consistent basis.

民政党关注闪电水灾频频发生,促成立特工队解决问题


民青团总秘书刘华才博士说,最近频频发生的闪电水灾现象实在令人担忧,并需尽速采取有效措施处理,特别是最近在蒲种发生严重的闪电水灾及昨天在八打灵再也地带也发生类似的水灾情况。
"这确实是一项迫在眉睫的问题,因为在短短几日内在巴生谷地区发生了多次的闪电水灾。无数人被困在已长期存在的交通阻塞中,而这一次的情况变得更糟。" 
他指出,市区发生闪电水灾有几项原因,如不负责任的垃圾丢弃情况、不良的排水系统与地方政府欠缺妥善的规划等。  
同时也是思特雅国际大学副教授的刘华才说:"最重要的原因是人们处理垃圾的方法,令人失望的是我国人民的公民意识仍然不高,有很多人还是把他们的垃圾随地乱丢或丢入水沟里。曾有一次,我甚至看到旧家居用品,如床、柜子,甚至是电视机被丢弃在大水沟里!" 
他说,第二个原因是不良的排水系统没有能力在紧急情况下,如倾盆大雨时处理大量的水流。这些于20-30年前所设计的排水系统,已经不足以应付巴生谷地区的蓬勃发展。
最后,他促地方政府成立一个特别工作小组,以确认这些面临水灾风险的地区,并寻求解决策略,以减低这些地区在未来面临相同的情况时所遭受更大的破坏。"人民与政府必须共同努力处理这课题,以达致双赢局面。

Gerakan Youth worried with constant flash flood occurrence
Dr Dominic Lau urges a task force to be set up to address the issue
Press statement by Gerakan Youth Secretary General
Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai
22 February 2013
Gerakan Youth Secretary General, Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai said that the recent flash flood occurrence is a worrying sign that needs to be addressed urgently. This is being said after the recent devastating flash flood in Puchong and a similar kind in Petaling Jaya yesterday.
"This is indeed a pressing issue as various flash floods occurred in a matter of days in the Klang Valley. Countless people were trapped in already long existing traffic jams only this time it is even worse."
He pointed out that there were several factors the flash flood occurred in the city such as irresponsible trash disposing method, ill-equipped drainage system and also lack of planning from the local government.
"The most important factor is the way people dispose their rubbish. It is a sad thing to say that civic awareness among Malaysians are still not high where quite a number of them will just throw their trash on the ground or in the drainage. There was once I even saw old household items such as bed, cupboard and even a television in a large drain!" exclaimed Dominic, also UCSI associate professor.
He said the second factor would be the existence of a drainage system which is ill-equipped to handle large amounts of water in emergency situations such as downpour. Some of these drainage systems which were designed 20-30 years ago are inadequate to handle the constant development around the Klang Valley region.
Finally, he urged local governments to establish a task force to identify areas which are flood risk to minimise the damage towards the area in case such an accident occurred in the future. "The people and government must work together to handle this matter as it is a win-win situation for both parties."