Selayang MP prepared to make way for Anwar

(06-08-2018)

Selayang MP William Leong says he is willing to give up his seat to pave the way for Anwar Ibrahim’s return to Parliament. “I am prepared to do so,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby this afternoon. Speaking to reporters, the three-term parliamentarian said he was sure that the other 51 PKR MPs would be willing to give up their seats for Anwar, who had last night won the party presidency unopposed.

“I believe all 50 PKR MPs would do the same if asked. None would not want to give way for Anwar,” he added. The PKR lawmaker also brushed off the suggestion that he was prepared to be the sacrificial lamb, pointing out that Anwar was a political victim. Anwar is seeking to return to Parliament after being disqualified from Permatang Pauh following his 2015 conviction for sodomy. Anwar had in the past claimed that he had been politically persecuted. “Even if he were to contest, it would be under the same flag. There is no issue of the ‘rakyat’ being victimised, or who is the sacrificial lamb,” he said at the Parliament lobby. Earlier today, Anwar’s daughter, Nurul Izzah, hinted that she would not give up her Permatang Pauh seat for her father, hours after Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also said she won’t relinquish her position as Pandan MP to make way for her husband.

However, Leong said there have been no discussions on this matter within the party as yet. Anwar had previously hinted he would run for a parliamentary seat. The former Permatang Pauh MP was released from prison in May and received a royal pardon, allowing him to become active in politics. When stumping for Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni in the Sungai Kandis by-election last week, Anwar had hinted at his return to Parliament. The 70-year-old politician, who maintains that he was imprisoned based on false charges, is slated to succeed Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad when the latter steps down. Prior to the May 9 general election, Harapan said Mahathir would helm the nation for two years before passing the baton to Anwar. However, Mahathir has since indicated that he might stay on longer.

Earlier today, Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar insisted that she will not be vacating her seat for her father, Anwar Ibrahim. “Permatang Pauh is my cinta abadi (eternal love). I think I’m going to be committed to my eternal love until my term ends,” Nurul Izzah told reporters at the Parliament lobby. Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also denied she would vacate Pandan for her husband, Anwar. “Memang tak (definitely not),” she said. When stumping for Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni in the Sungai Kandis by-election last week, Anwar had hinted at his return to Parliament. “There is a vacant seat in Sungai Kandis, there is a vacant seat in Balakong, and there’s a vacancy in Parliament because I want to contest,” said the new PKR president.

The Permatang Pauh seat has become synonymous with Anwar, having served as MP for four consecutive terms before being removed as deputy prime minister and jailed for sodomy. After founding PKR, he won the seat again in the 2008 and 2013 elections before his second sodomy conviction. With Anwar winning the PKR presidency uncontested yesterday, PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali said this was proof that the party was fully behind him. “This shows that party members want to see Anwar be given a bigger role to play in leading the party, especially when PKR is the biggest Pakatan Harapan bloc in Parliament today. His leadership will be utilised,” he told reporters today. When asked of his take on his chances of defending his deputy president post against long-time rival Rafizi Ramli, Azmin quipped he would “leave it to the wisdom of my members.”

Penang to have LCC Terminal says Finance Minister

(06-08-2018)

Penang will likely get a new low-cost carrier (LCC) airport to serve airlines like AirAsia in the next “one or two” years, following the federal government’s plan to call for a bid by private companies to do so. The Finance Minister YB Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Air Putih) said the project would be fully funded by private companies as the federal government did not have enough funds to build a new airport for the time being.

In his speech to thank the governor at the state assembly, he said the existing Penang International Airport (PIA) was already bursting at its seams, with 7.1 million arrivals compared to the airport’s 6.5-million capacity. “So we are forced to find new ways by cooperating with private parties such as AirAsia to carry out expansion works in the nearest time and also build a new LCC. We are considering expanding the Penang Port through the same way too,” Lim said. PIA was enlarged in 2012 to meet its current capacity of 6.5 million passengers, which was supposed to last until 2020. However, the numbers shot up to 6.7 million last year. The Penang government wants an expanded airport with a 15 million passenger capacity, based on the uptrend of tourist arrivals over the years. PIA is the second busiest airport in the country after the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), with Kota Kinabalu International Airport coming in at third place. In a press conference outside the chambers, Lim said the LCC project would take place next to the PIA and share the same runway.

“For the expansion of the PIA and the building of the LCC, we want a bidder to come in and pay for it at their own cost. We have talked to AirAsia and Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad and the reception has been positive. It will be a public-private partnership. But before anything, we want to wait for the outcome of these talks first. LCC can be built quickly, say one to two years. As for the PIA main terminal, it might take longer,” said the Finance Minister. “The concern now is when we expand, we must be able to recoup it with the volume of passengers to the airport,” Lim explained. It was previously reported that Citaglobal Airports Sdn Bhd had plans to build a new LCC next to KLIA to accommodate higher passenger numbers. Citaglobal Airports wanted to develop the terminal on a 182ha plot next to KLIA. The project was reported to be a joint venture with Britain-based airport operator Manchester Airports Group Plc to manage the terminal.

In another unrelated development, the Prime Minister’s Department has projected that it will only need RM4.9 billion of the RM12.3 billion development expenditure budgeted for this year following the restructuring of its agencies. However, its operating expenditure will only be reduced by two percent (RM100 million) of the budgeted RM5.2 billion. The savings comes from the abolishment of the National Professors Council, as well as the removal of several government advisors and special envoys. “However, the savings or reduction in government allocation for this year can only be finalised once the restructuring of the Prime Minister’s Department is completed,” said de facto Law Minister Liew Vui Keong. Liew said this in a parliamentary written reply to Johor Bahru MP Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir, who sought figures on how the new Prime Minister’s Department planned to save cost.

The Najib Abdul Razak administration has been characterised by an extremely high concentration of funding for the Prime Minister’s Department. Najib had allocated a whopping RM18 billion for the department this year, 6.1 percent of the total budget. In contrast, the budget for the Health Ministry was RM27 billion. The Prime Minister’s Department expenditure first breached the RM10 billion mark in 2010 soon after Najib took the reins. It surpassed the RM20 billion mark just six years later. The average allocation for the Prime Minister’s Department between 2010 and now is RM16.15 billion.

Tun M : This year Merdeka is more meaningful

(06-08-2018)

This time, the independence (Merdeka) is more meaningful; not only the people celebrate the independence from foreign colonialism but from kleptocracy and dictatorship, Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said. Malaysians should fly the flag “Glorious Stripes” (Jalur Gemilang) at all corners from the cities to the villages, houses, shops, offices, roads and the seas as a symbol of patriotism and the love for the country.

The people should fly the flag as Malaysia is our country and we love Malaysia. Patriotism is a noble feeling. “The slogan for the two celebrations for independence are “Love My Malaysia” (“Sayangi Malaysiaku”) This slogan is very timely and because of our love for Malaysia, we have worked hard to save our country from kleptocracy. Now I repeat, proof your love for Malaysia and fly “Jalur Gemilang.” Fly the “Jalur Gemilang” is a symbol of happiness and gratitude for 2018,” he said in his speech in conjunction with the launching of the National Month and Fly “Jalur Gemilang” at Padang Kota Lama, Penang on Saturday evening. The Prime Minister added, generally the people are relieved and happy because they have been out from various kinds of pressure and torture that nobody expect could affect the country.

“We managed to get back the freedom from the cruelty of the kleptocratic government and this is our extraordinary success. Actually the people freed themselves. They came out courageously to vote against kleptocracy. Despite many obstacles and threats, the people were not afraid. The results were unexpectedly successful. The people deserve to celebrate their achievements. Not many countries could change the government without riots and the death of political activists. Due to the people’s big success, the former government was inevitably forced to accept the defeat and handed over their power,” Tun Dr. Mahathir reiterated. Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir continued to say that the success of the people should be celebrated and they have to express their happiness by way of flying the symbol of Malaysia that is “Jalur Gemilang.” “Let the world see that our country is safe and is saved by the people,” Tun Dr. Mahathir repeated.

Dr. Mahathir also remarked that Malaysia is now burdened with various problems as the former government had abused their powers. The national debts are heavy, the government machineries are spoiled, many people are poor and businesses and trades are down. A lot of time will have to be spent in the efforts to revive the country. However, with the support from the people the government could address all issues in a stable situation. Dr. Mahathir stressed that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Government is not revengeful but it is unavoidable that actions would be taken on those who have brought disaster to this beloved country. “We will strongly follow the rule of law and abide the laws even though this process will take time. Yes, it is easier and faster if we put aside the laws or abuse it. We do not want to be cruel to anyone,” said the Prime Minister.

“Our priority is to uphold justice. This is our promise. We will hold to our promises even though the process of sentencing is slow despite we know that they are guilty,” he said.

Prime Minister visiting Japan from Aug 5 to Aug 9

(06-08-2018)

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be undertaking a working visit to Fukuoka and Oita, Japan from Aug 5 until Aug 9. The Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra) in a statement today said Dr Mahathir will be accompanied by his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik and Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook, as well as officials from Wisma Putra. During the visit, the Prime Minister is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the Japan Future Leaders School and Kyushu Asian Institute of Leadership.

Wisma Putra said Dr Mahathir will also be meeting Japan Prime Minister’s Special Advisor Hiroto Izumi and visit the Kyushu Railway Company Safety Creation Centre and Groovenauts Inc. Technology Park in Fukuoka and the Ritsumeikan University in Oita. “The visit will allow Prime Minister to meet and have meaningful discussions with young Japanese leaders. It will also allow Malaysia to enhance its bilateral cooperation with Japan, especially in the fields of education, technology and transportation,” said Wisma Putra. It said Malaysia and Japan continue to maintain close bilateral relations in many areas of cooperation. In 2017, the total bilateral trade between the two countries was recorded at RM138.5 billion (US$32.22 billion), an increase of 14.7% as compared to 2016. Japan is Malaysia’s fourth largest trading partner after China, Singapore and the United States.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad has always been a strong articulate man – subsequently a statesman – in a hurry. When he became the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia in 1981, he was already 54. He once lamented to an interviewer that he wished he was the prime minister sooner. Not because he was crazy about power and the trappings of office but the possibilities availed by the industrial revolution of the post-World War II. In his trip to Japan in the mid-60s, Mahathir was able to witness (literally) the rise of the proverbial Phoenix. From the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan was already up and standing, and ready for the world in hosting the 1966 Tokyo Olympics. In a short two years, Tokyo will once again host the 2020 Olympics, at which point, Mahathir, with the grace of God, would have completed the half way point of his five-year tenure.

In his current trip to Fukuoka, the second in almost 100 days, Mahathir may appear overly enthusiastic about Japan. Yet, such a reading would be completely wrong for three reasons. To begin with, Japan has entered a post-industrial phase of its revolution. The technology with which it specialises in has reached a range where Japan can compete in anything from nano to nuclear technology. In the automobile sector alone, Japan, not unlike Tesla, is racing ahead with an electric car – one that can reduce the carbon footprint of the world. In fact, KS Jomo, having been a constructive critic of Japanese Incorporation, affirmed recently that an emphasis on an electric car would be consistent with the broad strategic trends – should Mahathir insist on joining the race to build a car from scratch, having witnessed the failure of Proton.

However, the delegation of Mahathir, did not include Science, Technology, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin. Rather it included the Minister of Transport Anthony Loke and Minister of Education Mazlee Malik. Both have not been known to be familiar with the trajectory of any major breakthrough in technology. Thus Mahathir is taking a middle path: he knows Malaysia is not in the same league as Japan as yet, but Malaysia does want to get there. Human capital and a transportation plan that can enhance Malaysia’s standing in the region are therefore an absolute must. To be sure, Mahathir wants to create a car, with the help of Japan, that can break into the whole of the Asean market, perhaps, with the collaboration of President Joko Widodo of Indonesia too.

Such a plan is not far-fetched, to say the least. But it does entail certain risks. To be sure, research by the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo shows that the number of middle-class consumers in the region can reach 700 million people in total by 2050. This is twice the figure of the middle class of China, and the combined total of the middle class of China and India currently. If the boom in China and India has helped to raise the welfare of the entire Asian and South Asian continent, Mahathir believes the technology gained from a third national automobile can benefit Malaysia and the rest of Asean. Nevertheless, the risks involved the joint concentration of the special skill sets of Malaysia and Indonesia, which must be constantly harnessed by all the ministries of the two countries well into 2050. It is a long game.

To prevent any cataclysmic business failure, Malaysia and Indonesia have to raise the ante several folds, not just between two or three ministries but across the whole phalanx of the respective governments. Not unless Indonesia’s public and private sector can buy into the concept of a Malaysian or Malaysian and Indonesian made car – ideally an e-car – Putrajaya should venture into the car making industry with real extreme caution. Giving incentives and providing a subsidy to the third national car, for instance, could involve an infringement of the competition rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and potentially the Asean Economic Community and the Regional Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement too. Thus the legislative aspect of a third national car must be looked into, without which it could skew the prior commitment of the Ministry of Trade and International Industry.

Come what may, should Malaysia proceed with the e-car, this is also Japan’s last chance to be a regional leader in Asean, granted its shrinking population and greying society. Why is this the case? For what it is worth, friendly, democratic and clean political leaders like Prime Minister Mahathir and President Joko Widodo are hard to come by in Asia. A friendly coalition of three Asiatic powers. Now that they are a pair, Japan should build up Malaysia and Indonesia together. But not as a countervailing power against China. Rather as a friendly coalition of three Asiatic powers to work with China. In the same vein, Japan cannot keep relying on Malaysia and Indonesia to forge (a path) ahead. Japan has to learn how to manage its rivalry with China too.

Tokyo must know Malaysia and Indonesia are both trying to Look East, not choosing Japan over China. And, if both Mr Mahathir and Mr Widodo are doing so, Japan must know how to calibrate its relationship with China as well, to prevent Malaysia and Indonesia from having to choose between China and Japan. For what it is worth, the Japanese ambassador to Malaysia Mr Makio Miyazagawa recently affirmed that “Japan can allow China to lead too”, especially if China does not resort to using military power and a large amount of debt to exert its influence across the region. This is the clearest sign (as yet) that Japan can co-exist with China; on the proviso that a win-win solution is found by both countries across the region. With Mahathir leading the way, Malaysia can clear a path to allow Japan and China to gain from Asean’s embrace of all forms of an automobile or high technology.

But if Japan loses this chance, to embrace the enthusiasm of Mahathir and potentially Widodo too, the top officials in Kasumigaseki in Tokyo should indeed be saying “sayonara” to Asean. They would have no one but themselves to blame. In this context, what Japan should be doing is a keen appreciation of how or what Japan can do in relation to Malaysia’s strategic plan to reduce its national debt that is now at US$250.6 billion (RM1,023 billion). A strong package of low-interest loans would allow Malaysia to offset and retire some of its national debts that are pegged to higher interest. Such a gesture would signal to other leaders in Asia that Mahathir’s diplomacy can provide a strategic alternative to a total reliance on China. China, in turn, can breathe a sigh of relief too that it does not have to keep forking out its hard-earned national reserves to bail other countries out.

Nga Kor Ming : Saya bukan cauvinis dan saya anak tulen Malaysia

(05-08-2018)

Kemampuan Timbalan Yang Dipertua Dewan Rakyat, NGA KOR MING mengendalikan persidangan berjaya menarik perhatian banyak pihak. Sikap profesional dan tenang Ahli Parlimen Teluk Intan daripada DAP itu turut mendapat pujian termasuk daripada ketua pembangkang yang juga Presiden UMNO , Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Tidak disangka juga, Timbalan Setiausaha Agung DAP itu yang menguasai bahasa Melayu berjaya mendapat kepercayaan Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad untuk menduduki kerusi penting kepada lambang struktur demokrasi berparlimen negara di sebalik dirinya yang sering dilabel sebagai seorang cauvanis dan anti-Melayu. “Ramai salah faham dan tuduh saya sebagai Cina cauvinis, itu tidak tepat. Saya ini betul-betul tulen anak Malaysia yang akan sentiasa menjunjung tinggi Perlembagaan Malaysia,” katanya kepada Wartawan Mingguan Malaysia, di pejabatnya di Parlimen baru-baru ini.

Apabila ditanya apabila banyak pihak memuji kemampuan YB selepas berjaya mengendalikan sidang Dewan Rakyat dengan cukup profesional malah penguasaan bahasa Melayu YB juga cukup baik dan turut menarik perhatian, YB Nga Kor Ming memberi komen “ Saya berasa terharu dan bangga dengan tanggungjawab dan peranan baru ini kerana saya sedar ini merupakan tanggungjawab dan amanah cukup penting. Saya juga bersyukur kerana kali ini merupakan penggal kelima saya dipilih sebagai wakil rakyat. Sepanjang lima penggal ini saya mempunyai pengalaman di dalam Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) serta di Dewan Rakyat, sehubungan itu tentunya pengalaman itu banyak membantu saya, malah profesion saya sebagai seorang peguam yang mempunyai latar belakang undang-undang membuatkan saya berasa cukup faham dengan perintah-perintah tetap peraturan mesyuarat. Memang sebagai peguam, saya arif dengan undang-undang dan ini banyak membantu saya untuk mengendalikan persidangan dewan ini secara profesional dan tertib. Setakat ini saya cukup terharu kerana dapat pujian daripada beberapa pemimpin termasuk daripada Presiden UMNO, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Bekas Menteri Penerangan Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin turut menulis artikel dan memuji tahap penguasaan bahasa Melayu saya.”

Persoalan dari wartatan mengenai sikap profesional dan tertib YB berbeza dengan pandangan banyak pihak terhadap YB yang disifatkan mereka sebagai celupar, lantang, rasis serta anti-Melayu dan Islam. Beliau berkata “Ramai orang tak faham, mereka ingat Nga Kor Ming ini seorang Cina cauvinis namun itu sebenarnya langsung tidak tepat. Rumah yang saya duduki hanya berada di sebelah masjid, setiap hari saya dengar azan berkumandang. Bukan setakat itu, saya sebenarnya lahir di Kelantan dan semasa masih belajar di peringkat Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) saya dapat gred A untuk mata pelajaran Bahasa Melayu. Manakala semasa menduduki Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) saya bersyukur dapat keputusan A untuk mata pelajaran Kesusasteraan Melayu dan Sejarah Islam. Selain itu, apabila menjadi wakil rakyat, saya sebenarnya merupakan penyumbang utama majlis berkhatan beramai-ramai di Masjid Kampung Expo, Taiping, bukan setahun tetapi untuk enam tahun berturut-turut.”

“Waktu itu walaupun ada pihak yang mempunyai fahaman sempit cuba membangkitkan pelbagai isu mengenai saya, tapi saya mahu membuktikan bahawa saya merupakan wakil rakyat untuk semua rakyat Malaysia. Apabila saya menjadi penaja program tersebut, setiap tahun terdapat kira-kira 100 orang budak Melayu menyertai majlis berkhatan itu. Pada satu hari semasa saya melawat kawasan, ada eorang budak Melayu datang dan terus mencium tangan saya. Saya bertanyakan kepadanya, adakah dia mengenali saya, dia menjawab kenal kerana ketika dia berkhatan saya yang memberikan tajaan. Oleh sebab setiap tahun saya menaja majlis berkhatan tersebut, pernah imam masjid berkenaan meminta saya untuk turut menjadi peserta – bukan hanya sebagai penyumbang majlis sahaja. Setiap tahun saya membelanjakan elaun saya untuk majlis tersebut dan memperuntukkan sebanyak RM5,000 bagi setiap majlis terutama bagi membantu untuk masyarakat asnaf dan miskin,” YB Nga berkata.

“Setiap kali tiba bulan Ramadan, saya juga sering menghadiri majlis berbuka puasa dan turut memberikan sumbangan kepada pihak surau dan masjid kerana saya percaya bahawa Parti DAP adalah parti untuk semua anak Malaysia. Bagi saya, Melayu, Cina, India adalah keluarga saya. Ini yang saya ingin tegaskan sebab itu jika mereka mengenali saya, mereka tahu kami di DAP bukanlah parti rasis dan pemimpin seperti saya ini betul-betul tulen anak Malaysia dan selaras dengan impian Malaysia Baru dan kerajaan baru ini. Cabaran utama kita apabila mahu menjalankan tugas adalah untuk menukar cara pemikiran, fahaman sempit, fahaman pelampau dan radikal. Itu semua seharusnya ditinggalkan bak kata pepatah Melayu, “buangkan yang keruh dan ambil yang jernih.” Fahaman perkauman ini adalah sikap assabiyah dan dilarang oleh Nabi oleh itu jika betul-betul menjunjung ajaran Islam yang sebenar, seharusnya kita meninggalkan fahaman-fahaman sempit.”

“Setiap orang Melayu, India, Cina, Kadazan ataupun Dusun kita harus bangunkan bangsa Malaysia supaya negara ini di mata dunia sentiasa disegani dan dihormati. Inilah tanggungjawab kita bersama, di bawah impian Malaysia Baru dengan pimpinan Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad,” kata beliau. Wartawan juga mengemukakan soalan bahawa sebelum ini YB pernah dituduh sebagai rasis apabila terpalit dengan kontroversi ‘hitam metalik’ yang dikaitkan dengan bekas Menteri Besar Perak, Datuk Seri Dr. Zambry Abd. Kadir. Menurut YB Nga, “Itu merupakan kisah lama, kerana bagi kami pada waktu itu berlakunya rampasan kuasa di negeri Perak. Waktu itu ada jugalah kata-kata yang tidak senonoh sebab itu saya sudah memohon maaf secara terbuka. Jika saya lakukan kesilapan wajar saya memohon maaf dan tidak mengulangi lagi. Kenyataan saya itu terpulang kepada tafsiran orang tapi jika kita ikuti ceramah yang selama satu jam mesti ada satu dua perkataan yang orang petik dan kemudian ‘edit’, perkara itu bagi saya biasa berlaku.”

Seterusnya, beliau ditanya sebelum ini pernah mendapat kecaman kerana pernah bersikap lantang mengkritik Dr. Mahathir namun kini YB menjadi ahli Parlimen PH yang berkhidmat di bawah pimpinan Dr. Mahathir. Timbalan Speaker YB Nga berpendapat bahawa “ Tun Dr. Mahathir merupakan legenda yang tiada tolok bandingnya. Dalam usianya yang mencecah 93 tahun, sudah tentu saya cukup kagum dan hormat dengan beliau. Sebenarnya waktu perasmian pembukaan Parlimen baru-baru ini, itu kali pertama saya duduk semeja dengan Tun Dr. Mahathir dan beliau berada di depan saya. Pada waktu itu, beliau berkata bahawa saya bagus dalam berucap, saya membalasnya dan berkata bahawa saya masih lagi dalam proses belajar. Tun Dr. Mahathir kemudiannya menasihati supaya saya mesti belajar untuk mengawal diri sendiri dan bagaimana untuk mengawal ahli Parlimen yang lain. Apa yang penting katanya bagaimana saya perlu menjadi seorang yang neutral. Saya amat menghargai dan berterima kasih kepada Tun Dr. Mahathir kerana peluang yang diberikannya kepada saya untuk belajar, supaya boleh jadi seorang yang baik dan budiman dengan sikap yang lebih neutral dan objektif. Memang dulu saya seorang yang lantang tetapi apabila usia makin meningkat, tentunya saya akan belajar daripada kesilapan dahulu dan harus memperbaiki diri.”

Wartawan juga bertanya apakah rahsia beliau mempunyai penguasaan bahasa Melayu Timbalan Speaker yang cukup dipuji malah beliau telah berkongsi tadi tentang kejayaan memperoleh keputusan cemerlang dalam mata pelajaran Bahasa Melayu semasa SPM dan mata pelajaran Kesusasteraan Melayu semasa STPM. YB Nga seterusnya berkata “Saya tidak berani kata bahawa tahap bahasa Melayu saya sangat baik, tapi minat saya untuk belajar bahasa Melayu bermula daripada ibu saya. Saya mahu berterima kasih kepadanya. Bapa saya merupakan seorang guru sekolah Cina dan saya juga belajar di sekolah Cina, tetapi ibu saya selalu mengajar saya bahasa Melayu lagipun dia orang Kelantan. Dia merupakan seorang kerani di sekolah tapi setiap malam dia akan ajar saya bahasa Melayu. Sejak itu saya sudah jatuh cinta dengan bahasa Melayu, kerana saya percaya bahasa Nusantara ini bahasa yang cukup indah sekali.”

YB Nga Kor Ming seterusnya berkata “Saya juga amat terpegun dengan pantun serta peribahasa-peribahasa Melayu yang jelas menunjukkan simbol kebijaksanaan orang Melayu. Baru-baru ini saya ada menegur Ahli Parlimen Kinabatangan, Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin dan memintanya supaya terus untuk bersikap berhemah dan jangan hanya ‘hangat-hangat tahi ayam’. Ini semuanya mencerminkan keunikan dan keindahan bahasa Melayu. Masyarakat Melayu jangan salah faham, saya memang belajar di sekolah Cina, tapi sekolah Cina juga ada mengajar Bahasa Melayu sehingga saya mampu memperoleh gred A dalam SPM dan mata pelajaran Kesusasteraan Melayu semasa STPM . Oleh itu bagi saya apa yang penting adalah sikap seorang murid sama ada mereka sudi untuk belajar ataupun tidak. Kita boleh hantar mereka ke sekolah Melayu tetapi kalau murid itu sendiri yang malas, dia boleh gagal juga dalam Bahasa Melayu.”

Seterusnya, wartawan juga bertanya komen YB mengenai masih terdapat ahli Parlimen yang gagal menguasai malah bertutur dengan baik dalam bahasa Melayu termasuk daripada DAP sendiri pada masa ini. YB Nga memberi komen bahawa “Dalam aspek ini saya rasakan semua ahli Parlimen perlulah belajar dan saya harap rakyat harus berikan mereka ruang untuk belajar. Tetapi kita jangan lupa bahawa dalam kalangan 222 orang Ahli Parlimen masing-masing mempunyai latar belakang yang cukup unik dan majmuk. Selepas saya dilantik sebagai Timbalan Yang Dipertua, barulah saya menyedari mengenainya. Kita ada wakil rakyat daripada etnik Dayak dan Iban serta ahli-ahli Parlimen lain dari Sarawak dan Sabah, barulah kita sedar bahawa Malaysia ini cukup indah sekali. Inilah keistimewaan dan keunikannya apabila Tuhan menciptakan manusia berbagai-bagai bangsa, cuma jika boleh saya meminta untuk semua wakil rakyat ini haruslah menguasai bahasa kebangsaan, tidak kira apa juga parti.”

Mengenai isu kenapa perlu iktiraf UEC, wartawan bertanya sejak kebelakangan ini terdapat beberapa kenyataan pemimpin DAP yang tidak disenangi orang Melayu termasuklah dalam isu pengiktirafan Sijil Peperiksaan Bersama (UEC) sehingga terdapat perhimpunan bantahan terhadapnya dan apa pandangan beliau terhadap isu ini. Beliau menjawab “UEC ini adalah kebanggaan negara kita, sijil ini telah bermula sejak tahun 1974. Ini adalah isu akademik dan pendidikan dan tidak seharusnya menjadi isu politik ataupun perkauman. Apa yang penting UEC ini mencapai tahap akademik yang setaraf dengan sijil peperiksaan antarabangsa yang lain. Setahu saya, sejak 1974 tahap akademik UEC ini telah mendapat pengiktirafan antarabangsa dan setakat ini UEC telah dijadikan kelayakan untuk memasuki universiti-universiti tersohor di Amerika Syarikat, United Kingdom, Australia dan Singapura. National University of Singapore yang menduduki ranking 15 terbaik dunia juga memberikan biasiswa penuh kepada pelajar UEC kerana negara itu sedar mereka amat memerlukan bakat muda. Jika kerajaan tidak mengiktiraf UEC, itu adalah kerugian besar kepada negara kita.

“Jangan dilupa dalam manifesto Pakatan Harapan (PH) apabila kita berjanji mahu mengiktraf UEC, ada syarat yang perlu dipenuhi iaitu semua pelajarnya mestilah mengambil peperiksaan bahasa Melayu di peringkat SPM dan mereka perlu lulus dan barulah sijil UEC mereka itu diiktiraf. Jika begitu, bahasa kebangsaan akan terus dihormati dan pihak Dong Jiao Zong yang bertanggungjawab melakar silibus ini juga sudah bersetuju. Oleh sebab itu saya rasa tidak harus perkara ini menjadi isu lagi. Jika kerajaan negeri Sarawak yang dahulunya dikuasai Barisan Nasional (BN) telah lama mengiktiraf UEC malah Selangor, Pulau Pinang, Melaka dan Perak juga telah mengiktiraf sijil tersebut maka mengapa Kerajaan Persekutuan perlu bercanggah dengan pendirian kerajaan-kerajaan negeri. Saya faham kegusaran dan kekhuatiran masyarakat Melayu. Mereka haruslah tidak terperangkap tetapi mesti melihatnya dalam perspektif soal akademik. Jika UEC tidak mencapai tahap akademik yang diwajibkan dan standardnya tidak menepati keperluan maka tidak wajar untuk kita iktirafnya,” kata YB Nga.

Beliau juga berkata “Jika kita boleh iktiraf O-Level dan A-Level, mengapa sijil kita iaitu UEC yang telah dapat pengiktirafan antarabangsa tapi kita tidak mahu mengiktiraf. Isu ini harus kita tangani secara profesional. Biarlah isu ini ditangani dalam aspek pendidikan dan tidak dipolitikkan kerana ia hanya akan merugikan semua pihak dan tiada sesiapa yang akan dapat manfaat dan faedah.”