Your MP's Question of the Week #35

On 20 November 2008, the Malay Mail reported here that …

“The controversial, soon-to-be-built Rebana Ubi Arch along the Federal Highway is part of a trade-off deal between the Malaysian government and an outdoor media company, Libroff Media Sdn Bhd, in exchange for an exclusive 15-year concession and a 5-year waiver of advertising licensing fee. As part of the deal, the government will have access to each of these sites for 3 months every year in which to advertise its programmes and promotions.”

According to the managing director of the media company, En Maarof Rahman, the Federal Highway arch is a pilot project that will kick off in December and is a forerunner to 13 other similar arches that will be built nationwide. The cost of building each arch, measuring 30 feet high and 100 feet wide, would be more than RM1 million and the whole project will not cost the government even one sen. It was claimed that this is one venture where the “rakyat” are helping the government. The managing director further said, “instead of seeking aid from the government, we are the ones suffering the losses and the government is the one benefitting.”

Libroff, what a philanthropist!

But how do we reconcile this? The PM had been telling the rakyat to tighten their belts in readiness of the impending economic crisis, which had already hit America, UK and most other countries in the world, and now the “rakyat” are spending good money to build arches where they will be “suffering the losses?” Not so smart is it, “rakyat?”

The question for this week is:

Should the “rakyat” use their money to build 14 arches throughout the country that DO NOT BENEFIT the rakyat directly or should we instead use the money wisely to build more schools, hospitals, sports complexes, public libraries, etc., to help the nation progress in the right direction and be productive?

– Terjemahan oleh Lee Wee Tak – Ucapan ribuan terima kasih dari Wee Choo Keong –

Soalan Mingguan Wakil Rakyat Anda #35

Pada tanggal 20 November 2008, akbar Malay Mail melaporkan bahawa …

“Gerbang Rebana Ubi di Lebuhraya Persekutuan yang banyak dipersoalkan dan akan dibina tidak lama lagi adalah akibat urusniaga bertolak ansur antara pihak pentadbiran Malaysian dengan sebuah syarikat pengiklanan luar bilik bernama Libroff Media Sdn Bhd, dimana pembinaan gerbang ini disahut dengan ganjaran konsesi eklusif 16 tahun serta tidak perlu membayar lesen pengiklanan selama 5 tahun. Pihak pentadbiran pula dibenarkan mengiklankan rancangan mereka selama tiga bulan setiap tahun.”

Menurut pengarah urusan syarikat tersebut, En Maarof Rahman, gerbang di LP adalah projek perintis yang akan dimulakan pada bulan Disember dan akan disertai oleh pembinaan 13 lagi gerbang yang lebih kurang sama di seluruh negara. Belanja setiap gerbang, 30 kaki tinggi dan 100 kaki lebar, menelan belanja melibuhi RM1 juta dan pihak pentadbiran tidak akan mengeluarkan satu sen pun. Ini didakwa sebagai urusniaga di mana “rakyat” membantu pihak pentadbiran. Beliau menambah lagi bahawa, “kami yang menanggung kerugian dan tidak minta bantuan kerajaan dan kerajaanlah yang akan dapat untung.”

Wahai Libroff, anda penderma yang sangat murah hati!

Tetapi bagaimanakah kita boleh merumuskan urusan ini? Perdana Menteri sudah minta rakyat ikat perut meghadapi kemelesetan ekonomi, yang sudah melanda Amerika syarikat, United Kingdom dan kebanyakan negara lain, dan kini “rakyat” belanja besar membina gerbang yang akan “merugikan rakyat”. Nampaknya “rakyat” kurang bijaksana, bukan?”

Maka soalan minggu ini adalah:

Patutkah “rakyat” gunakan wang mereka untuk membina 14 gerbang di seluruh negara dan tidak mendatangkan apa-apa manfaat kepada rakyat secara langsun ataupun kita patut memperuntukkan wang dengan bijaksana untuk membina lebih banyak sekolah, hospital, pusat sukan, perpustakaan umum dan sebagainya untuk membantu negara maju ke arah yang betul dan berhasil?

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11 thoughts on “Your MP's Question of the Week #35

  1. ahmad

    Libroff, you are so kind as to spend million of Ringgit for the 14 arches and you don’t get anything in return. You must be awarded with the title: company of the century!

    The government must stopped such stupid idea of having more arches as white elephants and thousand of rakyat are still suffering in the rural areas.

    DBKl wake up! Stop approving such stupid project.

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  2. temenggong

    Libroff earns from advertising revenue, which pays for the structure, advertising licensing fee and provides advertising time for the state govt.

    No big deal here folks, except that the same arrangements must be made available to other advertising agencies.

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  3. One-Eye Jack

    The Rebana Ubi arches are euphemisms for ugly gantries that are erected across highways for advertising purposes! There are far too many of these eye-sore structures already and we certainly do not need new ones to spoil our scenic beauty!

    This is a business deal and there is money to be made so don’t BULLSHIT us that the “rakyat” is helping the government.

    Who is Libroff Media trying to kid? There is no such thing as a free lunch. Libroff Media is very sly to package the whole deal and let the government has free space for 3 months every year for its propaganda. The 15-yr concession and 5-yr waiver on licensing fee are extra sweeteners grabbed by Libroff Media.

    Think of it this way. Should Libroff Media go through the normal route to get ‘approvals’ for building such ugly gantries it is highly likely that some BN goons will come in their way and wrestle a piece of the pie from them. That’s why the company has come up with this package and spin.

    Anyway, all the construction costs will be paid for by the advertisers themselves and so don’t think we are stupid.

    YB Wee, please get the authority to put a stop to this stupid deal which has nothing to do with the rakyat and that do not benefit the rakyat one bit.

    Yeah, if Libroff Media is genuine and sincere then they should use the money to do those things you have mentioned. Moreover, the authority should seriously consider tearing down all these ugly advertising structures that are exasperating distractions and great highway hazards blocking our views to crucial highway signs!

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  4. anonymous

    Libroff: Please don’t fool us. Charity begins at home ok. There must be a catch somewhere for a rakyat to help the government to pay million. Out of love? bullshit!

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  5. lee wee tak

    If the money belongs to some businessman then I suppose it is the right of the business. Having said that, let’s put things into perspective

    1) how much savings would the business achieve, spending RM14million construction cost vs license fees saved?

    2) if the administration follow through normal procedures, then there would be revenue into state coffers and able to be redistributed for rakyat friendly purposes as YB mentioned. the administration seems to forget about the need to tax properly in accordance with established rules and regulations.

    3) the inconvenience caused to all when the construction is underway.

    I do not see any benefit coming into rakyat’s way. In fact, the normal rakyat been denied license fee revenue that could be re-distributed to the people in various ways.

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  6. Mohd Noor Haji Jaafar

    Tahniah MP Wee Choo Keong kerana membangkitkan soal pembenaan arca rebana ubi diparlimen. Rakyat tidak sepatutnya dibeban dengan projek tak berfaedah yang akan menjadi gajah putih. Libroff Media akan membiai projek tersebut bernilai RM1juta setiap satu dan akan membena 14buah diseluruh negara. Hasil usha tersebut LM akan mendapat ganjaran konsesi eklusif selama 15 tahun dan tidak membayar lesen pengiklanan selama 5 tahun. LM akan mengaut keuntungan berlipat lipat ganda daripada projek tersebut. Dari membena arca yang tak berfaedah lebih baik wang tersebut dibelanjakan kepada projek meningkatkan sosio ekonomi rakyat. Projek ini akan menjadi projek gajah puteh.

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  7. lee wee tak

    saya rasa sebagai WR, perihal nasional dan tempatan perlu dijaga. jika kita suka hadkan peranan, tanggungjawab dan usaha kami, maka pencapaian dan kemajuan kita akan terhad.

    sebenarnya urusan tempatan patut dimantau, diselenggara dan diuruskan oleh perbadanan sedia ada seperti majlis tempatan dan DBKL umpamanya. Oleh kerana mereka ini gagal dalam peranan mereka, maka ahli parlimen Malaysia sering terpaksa terlibat dalam urusan nan bukan lingkungan asal mereka.

    itu pendapat saya

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  8. lee wee tak

    Ubi,

    saya setuju dengan komen saudara mengenai beras itu. Bila saya pergi pusat perkhidmatan, saya tidak nampak bekalan beras serta pihak yang memohonnya.

    Maklumlah, ini pertama kali dibuat, Harap usaha ini akan berjaya akhirnya dan jika saya boleh bantu YB, tetap saya akan buat apa yang saya mampu

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  9. Lee

    It would appear that of late the UMNO/BN cyber-troopers are back in actions by writing rubbish and making stupid allegations about the 100 packets of rice.

    YB Wee: you should carry on doing your works and ignore these UMNO/BN cyber-troopers in trying to degrade and find faults in whatever way they can at the same time the BN leaders are not doing anything to help the rakyat.

    We must be aware of these UMNO/BN cyber-troopers in action. These are all budak-budak upahan!

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