As of 4pm 45% voters turnout for Sg Kandis by-election

(04-08-2018)

According to unofficial results as at 8 pm, PKR has retained its hold on the Sungai Kandis state seat. Its candidate Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni has passed the minimum threshold with a comfortable lead against BN’s Lokman Adam. Earlier this morning, voters in the Sungai Kandis state constituency are advised to plan their time accordingly and go out to cast their ballot early due to the uncertain weather condition anticipated especially in the afternoon.

In the morning today Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood said the polling process in the state by-election was running smoothly without any untoward incident. “I see an average of 60 to 70 voters at any one polling channel that I visited and it is expected more voters will come out to cast their vote at noon later,” he told reporters when checking on the polling process at Sekolah Agama Menengah Tinggi Sultan Hisamuddin here today. The Sungai Kandis state seat has 51,230 registered voters, comprising 51,217 ordinary voters and 13 absentee voters. Prior to this, the EC has targeted a voter turnout of 80 per cent in the by-election being held following the death of its assemblyman, Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei of PKR of lymphoma cancer on July 2.

It witnessed a three-cornered fight between PKR candidate Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni, BN candidate Datuk Lokman Noor Adam an Independent candidate K. Murthy. Meanwhile when met by reporters after visiting the polling centre at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jalan Kebun in Shah Alam, Othman said 400 new voters in the Sungai Kandis state constituency would vote for the first time in the by-election today. Hence, he wanted as many voters as possible to exercise their rights as voters given that the polling centres would only close at 5.30 pm. Shah Alam District Police chief ACP Baharudin Mat Taib said some 1,200 police officers and personnel were on duty in this by-election. “We deploy between 25 and 39 officers and personnel at any one polling centre to ensure the polling process runs smooth and is under control,” he said when met at the school.

At 5.30 pm, all the 19 polling centres in the Sungai Kandis by-election closed after they opened at 8 am today. The tallying of votes is being carried out at Dewan Besar Tanjung of the Shah Alam City Council in Section 19 here, and the official results are expected to be announced latest by 10 pm. As at 4 pm, the voter turnout in this by-election was 45 per cent. The Election Commission (EC) had earlier expected the voter turnout to be 80 per cent. A total of 51,217 normal voters or 99.97 per cent were eligible to vote today while 13 were absent voters. There is no early voter in the by-election.

Ringgit dijangka naik sedikit berbanding dolar minggu depan

(04-08-2018)

Putrajaya today confirmed that former Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Ronald Kiandee will chair Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) after Ahmad Zahid Hamidi turned down the offer. “Zahid declined the offer when we met a couple of days ago, citing among other reasons the fact that he was a former Cabinet member. He proposed Kiandee’s name from the opposition instead,” Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong told a local press.

Ringgit dijangka melantun semula sedikit berbanding dolar AS minggu depan berikutan data ekonomi domestik yang positif yang mungkin akan menyokong sentimen mata wang tempatan, kata Penganalisis Penyelidikan FXTM, Lukman Otunuga. Katanya, data ekonomi berkenaan termasuk jualan runcit bulanan, kadar pengangguran, pengeluaran pembinaan untuk suku kedua dan pengeluaran perindustrian pada Jun, yang mana akan dikeluarkan minggu depan. Bagaimanapun katanya, sebarang keuntungan yang bermakna mungkin menerima ancaman dari faktor luaran. “Dengan jangkaan kadar faedah Amerika Syarikat (AS) yang lebih tinggi akan meningkatkan dolar serta meningkatkan aliran keluar modal daripada pasaran baru muncul, prospek jangka pendek ke pertengahan ringgit tetap condong kepada penurunan. Jika dolar AS berterusan meningkat, ringgit mungkin akan mencabar tahap 4.090 dalam masa terdekat,” katanya. Untuk minggu yang baru berakhir, ringgit susut ke paras yang tidak pernah dilihat sejak Disember sekitar 4.08, ditambah dengan dolar AS yang semakin mengukuh, begitu juga peningkatan dalam ketegangan dagangan global.

Ancaman Presiden AS, Donald Trump, untuk mengenakan tarif 25% terhadap AS$200 bilion nilai import China hanya menimbulkan risiko yang akhirnya menjejaskan minat pelabur terhadap aset dan mata wang pasaran baru muncul. Perlu juga dijelaskan, ringgit tidak bersendirian kerana renminbi China, dolar Singapura dan banyak mata wang yang baru muncul turut merasai bahangnya. Asas Jumaat ke Jumaat, ringgit susut kepada 4.0800/0850 berbanding dolar AS daripada 4.0600/0650 pada Jumaat lepas. Berbanding mata wang asing lain, ia juga susut berbanding dolar Singapura kepada 2.9770/9811 daripada 2.9763/9806, susut berbanding yen kepada 3.6523/6574 daripada 3.6508/6562 dan susut berbanding euro kepada 4.7222/7292 daripada 4.7193/7264. Ringgit bagaimanapun, meningkat berbanding pound British kepada 5.3064/3146 daripada 5.3117/3199 pada minggu lepas. Mata wang United Kingdom itu lemah selepas jawatankuasa dasar monetari Bank of England membuat keputusan meningkatkan kadar asas sebanyak 25 mata asas kepada 0.75%, satu langkah yang dilihat tidak memberi kelebihan dalam kalangan pelabur.

Manakala, antara berita yang dipaparkan ialah Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee bakal mencipta sejarah menjadi anggota parlimen pembangkang pertama yang menjadi pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kira-kira Awam (PAC). Menurut aturan urusan mesyuarat Dewak Rakyat pada Isnin ini, Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad akan membentangkan usul itu pada hari itu. Kiandee adalah anggota parlimen Umno dari Sabah dan menghabiskan dua penggal lalu sebagai timbalan speaker Dewan Rakyat. Aturan urusan mesyarat juga menamakan anggota parlimen Ipoh dari DAP, Wong Kah Woh sebagai timbalan Kiandee. Perkembangan ini membayangkan usaha pentadbiran Pakatan Harapan (HARAPAN) untuk memberi jawatan itu kepada ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi tidak berjaya. Setakat ini, timbalan Speaker Nga Kor Ming berkata Zahid dicadangkan sebagai pengerusi PAC kerana kerajaan harap dapat mencontohi amalan parlimen di Britain dan Australia dengan melantik ketua pembangkang ke jawatan itu.

“Ini adalah langkah pertama ke arah reformasi parlimen. Kita telah menepati janji (untuk melantik pembangkang mengetuai PAC,” katanya. Kerajaan dulu melantik anggota parlimen kerajaan untuk memegang jawatan itu. Ia membawa kepada kritikan jawatankuaa itu tidak dapat berfungsi dengan sepenuhnya untuk menyemak cabang eksekutif. Jika Zahid menerima jawatan itu, kata Nga lagi, beliau berharap anggota parlimen Bagan Datuk itu akan menyiasat skandal utama antaranya 1MDB serta kerugian Khazanah Nasional akibat pelaburan dalam syarikat pakaian dalam. Bagaimanapun jika Zahid menolaknya, katanya lagi, beliau berharap jawatan itu tetap diberikan kepada anggota parlimen pembangkang. PAC adalah jawatankuasa yang berkuasa besar untuk menyiasat kementerian, syarikat berkaitan kerajaan dan agensi kerajaan.

Ronald Kiandee from UMNO to lead PAC

(04-08-2018)

Beluran MP Ronald Kiandee looks set to make history as the nation’s first opposition MP to helm Parliament’s powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Kiandee is a five-term Umno lawmaker from Sabah and spent the last two terms serving as deputy speaker of the Dewan Rakyat. According to the Order Paper for Monday’s Dewan Rakyat proceeding, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad would table the motion on Monday. The Order Paper also named first-term Ipoh Timur MP Wong Kah Woh as Kiandee’s deputy. Liew said he had briefed the Cabinet on the matter yesterday and the members had accepted the proposal. “The motion will be tabled this Tuesday. It is up to the speaker if he will allow it to be debated,” he added. Liew previously said Zahid, who is Bagan Datuk MP and Umno president, had been put forward for the position.

However, he said it was up to Zahid to decide whether or not to accept the post. Zahid, the opposition leader, reportedly said he would wait for an official letter on the appointment of the PAC chief. He also said he would discuss the matter with MPs from Barisan Nasional and PAS. Deputy Dewan Rakyat speaker Nga Kor Ming said Zahid was proposed as the PAC head because the Harapan administration had hoped to emulate the Australian and British parliamentary practice of appointing the parliamentary opposition leader as the PAC head. “This is the first step towards parliamentary reform. We have delivered on our promise (to let the opposition head PAC),” said Nga. Previous administrations had appointed backbenchers to head the PAC, which often led to criticisms that the committee could not function effectively as a check on the executive.

Nga also stated that he hoped Zahid, if he accepts the post, would investigate major scandals including the 1MDB affair and Khazanah Nasional’s losses resulting from its investment in a lingerie company, among others. In the event that Zahid refuses this position, Nga said Harapan would still reserve it for an opposition lawmaker. “Only if no opposition MP takes it, then we might have to appoint someone from the backbench,” he said. The PAC is a powerful committee which can investigate ministries, GLCs and government agencies. Last week, Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming said the motion to name the PAC chairman and deputy chairman would most likely be tabled for debate on either Aug 6 or 7. The Dewan Rakyat order paper for Monday’s proceeding lists a motion to be brought forward by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to name Kiandee, who is Beluran MP, and Ipoh Timur MP Wong Kah Woh as PAC chairman and deputy chairman respectively.

This is in line with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s manifesto pledge to appoint an opposition MP as PAC chairman and a lawmaker from PH as deputy chairman. Wong is from DAP while Kiandee is from Umno.

这一次,曹观友讲他自己的故事

28楼正式迈入新“曹”代之后,我逐渐发现到,虽然曹首长给人的感觉是不太爱说话,但是遇到对 tune的课题,他可是能够滔滔不绝地说得忘我呢。有一次,一位同事在修改记者会需要使用的资料后,没有再三详细查阅就打印给首长过目,结果,曹首长眼尾一扫,就发现号码的次序跳了,从3号直接跳到5号(因为第4号的重点,首长要求删掉),就问我们怎么可以看漏,虽然只是很小的失误。

接着,他开始讲故事了。“你知道的咯,以前我做过 Echo(当时的英文报) 。那个时候啊,什么都要‘包’,累积下来的经验,我眼睛只要一扫(到任何文章),就可以扫到不对的地方。以前啊,我们连校对(的工)也要做,不像现在。”他说,以前的稿是用手写在纸上,而出版的报纸,则是打字后排版才出街的,排版的设计,与你手中拿着的那一份原稿,不论是次序、方向,都是完全不同的。

他回忆说,那个时候,尽管排版设计、排位、方向不同,但是工作的人都有本事对着两篇完全不一样稿校对,很快可以校对完每一篇,并确保即将刊登出来的内容,是与原稿是一样的。总之,曹观友的结论是,过去不管做过什么样的行业、涉及什么领域,只要你在当下很用心去完成当时的任务,累积下来的每一个小细节,都会成为未来对你有用的工具。

另一次,在《马新社》独家专访完毕后,闲聊期间,新闻主任就谈起曹观友如何从记者成为首席部长的心路历程。尽管有另一个会议在等着他,但是只见曹观友指着对方,说,“我看你也差不多跟我同年龄吧。以前我当林吉祥的政治秘书时,文告是用手交(Hand delivery)到每一间报馆的。你有印象吗?从手交,到后来的传真,再到电邮,到今天的连手机应用程序也可以发文告了。”

接着,他还示范那个年代的复印机,需要用手去滚动,搅一次才印一张出来,要等它干,然后好好收着,再一间一间报馆去派。“哪里像现在,手指一个 Click,透过 Whatapps新闻就传出去了。”他还指着年龄相若的摄影记者 ,问:“你说你说,以前你怎样传照片的?我是指发生重大事件的时候。”

对方腼腆地说,“我们把拍好照片的菲林,透过飞机、德士,或者是巴士,从槟城运到吉隆坡咯。然后,那边的同事就会在巴士站、机场或者是德士站接菲林,然后飞车回报馆,再处理成新闻照。”曹观友说,以前的报纸,照片都是模糊的一块,人影也是黑黑的,为什么呢?因为要赶时间上报纸,所以在当地冲洗了出来之后,透过传真机,传真去报馆,就这样出版了。

“哪里像现在,新闻还没有出街,照片已经在网上传到乱了。以前一个远方的新闻,我们最快要3天才知道,现在不到几秒就知道了。你慢一点回应已经被炒到不能停了。”他坦诚,虽然只是当过很短时间的记者,但是那段回忆却是可以让他讲很多故事。因此,他也很认真地勉励现场的记者,只要有心,也可以和他一样,从记者做到首席部长去。这就是冷笑话天王讲故事时最精彩的地方,冷到~~于是,我快快告诉曹首长,下一个会议的出席者,已经在隔壁的会议室等着了,不好迟到。

邱培栋 : 反对党也承诺将会承认统考

邱培栋 马六甲市区国会议员; 针对我本月24日在国会的演说,我提及了政府承认独中统考文凭的课题。承认独中统考文凭将有助于我国迈向有素质的教育,及国家宪法授予人民拥有教育选择权的权力。承认统考文凭并不会影响马来文做为国语的政策,因为独中教育同样也非常注重马来文的教学和考试,而且希盟政府也同意把考生必须在大马教育文凭(SPM)的马来文考获优等列为首要条件。

身为一名国会议员,我全力支持强化马来文的诉求,并呼吁教育部能够拟定策略,以强化国语,包括也可从独中统考文凭下手。此外,统考文凭的承认也不会和国家教育政策出现冲突,因为国家教育政策也已经包含了各源流学校及私立学校。随着时代的发展,额外学习及掌握一项语言并不是新鲜事,因此统考文凭应该让学生感到这是一项优势和光荣。从教学角度来看,独中统考文凭中的历史科目比例为马来西亚历史(57%)及世界史(43%)。

独中统考文凭的承认工作不应该被政治化,因此它也获得了反对党的认同。反对党国阵及马华也在第14届全国大选的竞选宣言中列明将会承认独中统考;而伊斯兰党也同样在第13届全国大选把承认独中统考列为民联的竞选宣言(橙皮书)中。砂拉越的砂拉越政党联盟也同样在该州的公务员制度内承认统考文凭。

事实上,独中统考文凭的议题如今已经发展成热门课题,因为国阵及马华已把它政治化,但是却又无法承认。国阵及马华在过去的61年都无法解决这个问题,如今轮到希望联盟成为执政的一方,马华却一直催促政府承认统考,但是其盟友巫统却拒绝承认统考。有鉴于此,如今已经是希盟政府向国阵及马华展示如何解决这一项课题,因此我吁请政府能够如竞选宣言中的承诺,尽快承认统考文凭。