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Wishing all Buddhists a Happy Vesak Day.
Have a pleasant holiday, Malaysia.

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Soalan-soalan dibentangkan di Parlimen oleh Wee Choo Keong, Ahli Parlimen Wangsa Maju, untuk Sessi Parlimen yang bermula pada 7 hb June 2010

Parliamentary Questions submitted by Wee Choo Keong, MP for Wangsa Maju, for June Session of Parliament commencing 07 June 2010

Questions for Oral Answers

1. Tuan YB Wee Choo Keong [Wangsa Maju] asks the Minister of Home Affairs to state beside recruiting more police officers what action has the Ministry taken to curb the rising crime rate in the country, especially in Wangsa Maju and when the Ministry intend to place more police officer in Wangsa Maju Police Station?

2. Tuan YB Wee Choo Keong [Wangsa Maju] asks the Minister of Transport to state whether his Ministry was aware that AIRASIA (AA) kept the airport tax collected from passengers who were unable to travel, what is the total sum of the airport tax kept by AA and what actions the Ministry will take to make sure that all airport taxes collected by AA to be paid to MAHB without delay?

3. Tuan YB Wee Choo Keong [Wangsa Maju] asks the Minister of Finance to state why it has become the trend that the Inland Revenue Department takes more than a month to refund the excess payment of income tax which is supposed to be refunded within 30 days from the date of application for refund?

4. Tuan YB Wee Choo Keong [Wangsa Maju] asks the Prime Minister to state what is the definition of the policy of 1Malaysia when the population is still being defined by Bumiputra and Non-Bumiputra and how would the New Economic Model restructure Malaysia to be a just society so that race will no longer be an issue of contention amongst Malaysians?

5. Tuan YB Wee Choo Keong [Wangsa Maju] asks the Prime Minister to state how can government achieve the 1Malaysia policy in Kuala Lumpur lower courts where all the 22 Magistrates are Malay, out of 23 Session Court Judges an exception 3 Indian and to provide the total number of Magistrates and Session Court Judges of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Others origin throughout the country until June 6, 2010?

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In Response To PAS Youth in Wangsa Maju

In 1973 PAS joined BN and fought the 1974 General Elections under the BN ticket, many PAS MPs, including Tok Guru YAB Datuk Hj Nik Aziz Nik Mat were elected. In 1977 PAS resigned from BN but none of the PAS MPs resigned so that by-elections can be held. At that time there was no prohibition under the law that when a MP resigned he or she could not stand as a candidate again in the by-election. PAS should have shown their leadership then by resigning as MPs and not calling others to do so.

PAS Youth in Wangsa Maju conveniently did not touch on my statement of yesterday over the stand taken by Tok Guru. Is it PAS’s policy to “Please don’t follow what PAS leaders did or do but follow what they preached or preach?” I don’t believe that this is the policy of PAS otherwise it will be most shameful to have such a policy when PAS always pride itself of being very Islamic, righteous and democratic. I believe that PAS will not condone double standard, corruption or corrupt practices and “sweeping under the carpet” allegations of corruption or corrupt practices whether in the PR or BN administration. Perhaps PAS Youth in Wangsa Maju do not share such policies and aspirations as PAS’s main body. Maybe PAS Youth in Wangsa Maju was misguided and led by the nose by the equally misguided.

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Press Release by Wee Choo Keong, MP for Wangsa Maju, on 16 May 2010.

In reply to Tok Guru’s press statement yesterday, first and foremost it must be noted that at the time of the 2008 General Elections (GE) I was invited by YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to help PKR and to stand as a candidate in the said GE for he knew that I was preparing to take part in the said GE under MDP. For the sake of opposition unity at the material time, I contested under the PKR flag and I was not a member of PKR. After much persuasion by YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim I joined PKR in April/May 2009.

Yesterday Tok Guru said as follows:

“Akil baligh ini bukan sahaja semestinya dari segi umur seseorang tapi dalam politik pun ada akil baligh juga.  Orang yang lompat parti dan masuk parti politik lain adalah mereka yang tidak akil baligh dalam politik.”

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Sand Mining Scandal In Dengkil, Selangor

Chronology of Events

  1. In February 2010, the three complainants of the sand mining scandal had approached Puchong MP, YB Gobind Singh, and YB Gobind Singh has confirmed that he had informed YB Ronnie Liew, exco member of Selangor and the “Adun Angkat” for Dengkil about this scandal.
  2. On 01 May 2010 YB Ng Suee Lim (YB Ng), DAP Adun for Sekinchan, met with the complainants about this scandal. Today (14 May 2010), YB Ng has admitted in the Star that the complainants have seen him on 01 May 2010 and he advised them “to go through the right channel.” YB Ng told the complainants to see YB Saari Sungib (PAS Adun for Hulu Kelang). YB Ng then left for an overseas trip the next day. He also said: When you want to accuse someone, the issue must be thoroughly investigated and concrete evidence must be found first.” I believe that in view of the seriousness of the complaints, YB Ng must have informed his superior in the Selangor State government.
  3. First week of May 2010, Kapar MP, YB Manikavasagam, wrote about this sand mining scandal in Dengkil in his blog and gave 72 hours notice to the Selangor Menteri Besar, YAB Tan Sri Khlaid Ibrahim to set up an independent body to investigate the matter.
  4. On 10 May 2010 YB Manikavasagam had an emergency meeting with the other MPs over the said scandal in De Palma Hotel in Ampang. The 11 MPs fully supported YB Manikavasagam to voice out this scandal and demand for an independent body to investigate.
  5. On 11 May 2010 YB Manikavasagam handed over documents to support his allegations of corruptions in KSSB and thereafter YB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim challenged YB Manikavasagam to lodge a report on the sand mining scandal to the authorities.
  6. On 12 May 2010 YB Manikavasagam lodged a police report with regards to this sand mining scandal. YB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim immediately fixed an appointment and met up with YB Manikavasagam. YB Manikavasagam handed over the documents on the matter to YB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim. Thereafter, YB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim informed the press that he had referred this sand mining scandal to SELCAT to investigate the matter and he also expressed regret that YB Manikavasagam did not go through the internal channel to resolve the matter.
  7. On 13 May 2010, the Selangor-owned sand mining company Kuala Semestra Sdn Bhd (KSSB) issued a statement through its director, En Ramli Abd Majed. KSSB denies the corruption allegations that YB Manikavasagam made against it. This was the first ever respond from KSSB after the allegations of corruptions broke out in the open since 1st week of May 2010.KSSB also demanded that YB Manikavasagam apologise and withdraw the false accusation within 48 hours or face legal action for defamation for what YB Manikavasagam had exposed. KSSB also called for YB Manikavasagam to resign and pay compensation to the company once it is cleared.
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I am shocked to learn in the Star this morning that Puchong MP, YB Gobind Singh Deo, did meet the complainant over the sand mining scandal as early as February 2010 and he took up the matter with the state exco member YB Ronnie Liew, who holds the local council portfolio. Incidentally, YB Ronnie Liew is also the “Adun Angkat” for Dengkil, the sand mining town in Selangor. YB Ronnie Liew was appointed as “Adun Angkat” for Dengkil because BN won the Dengkil state seat in 2008 and YB  Ronnie Liew was given the responsibility to look after the area. (more…)

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YB Manikavasagam, MP for Kapar, had been calling for an investigation into the sand mining scandal involving the officials in Kuala Semesta Sdn Bhd, which is wholly owned by Menteri Besar Incorporated, and Pakatan Rakyat high ranking elected representatives in Selangor but it fell on deaf ears for some time. In fact, this scandal had been and continue to be an open secret amongst the PR MPs and State Assemblymen for some time, too. The sand mining activities had been taking place in the Dengkil area.  (more…)

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