Musa Aman is not your usual run in the mill politician

Posted: October 3, 2011 in Barisan National, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Musa Aman, North Borneo, Sabah, Sabah Politics, Sabah UMNO
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Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman has got another feather in his cap from none other than Rosmah Mansor the Prime Minister’s wife, the latter obviously impressed by the efforts towards empowering women and the overall development of the state under the stewardship of Musa Aman.

Ever since coming to power in march, 2003, the quiet and efficient Chief Minister of Sabah has gone about doing his job earning both admiration and respect from even his opposition. Under him Sabah has changed for the better. The image of Sabah as a land of illegals, crime, smuggling, corruption, backwardness and poverty is now a thing of the past. Today there are visible signs of peace and development. This is indeed refreshing. Today Sabah would undoubtedly be the most improved State in the country. It’s indeed a great leap forward and due credit to the leadership of Musa Aman.

When people talk about the new Sabah, they usually refer to the transformation — the State was in complete chaos when Musa Aman first assumed office in 2003. Sabah was more popular for its rampant kidnapping in the east-coast of Sabah, the disorder, illegals and poverty. Things have changed and there is hope and optimism among the people. Not only within but the image of Sabah as perceived by the outsider is positive. This is very important for the future prospect of the State. With order, political stability and strong progressive leadership, investors will have confidence to enter Sabah and this will do a world of good to the local economy.

The other aspect about the leadership quality of Musa Aman, which merits attention and applause, is the reformist zeal that he has demonstrated during his tenure as Chief Minister. This is rare for a politician because the more power you get to wield, the more entrenched your vested interest becomes. In the case of Musa Aman, he has challenged the status-quo on many occasions.

Take the case of the RM1.3 billion coal power plant project in Silam, where Musa Aman had scrapped it. Musa Aman said the decision by the state Cabinet to cancel the project was made for health and environmental reasons. Actually the proposed site was close to conservation areas like Darvel Bay Malian Basin, Danum Valley and Ulu Segama which have highly sensitive ecosystems, much of which are still in pristine condition. Darvel Bay itself has a highly diverse marine life and has been called the “Cradle of Coral Evolution” by the scientific community and the location is the genesis of coral reefs running through the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. See, Musa was concern and he specifically said that he cannot trade off the environment for progress and deprive our future generation of Sabah’s natural wonders.

In a unique approach, the failed Silam Power Plant will be replaced by a more Eco-friendly power plant elsewhere. Under the plan, Tenaga Nasional and Petronas was asked to work out a 300 megawatt power plant using gas or fuel probably from Sarawak.

Musa Aman is not your usual run in the mill politician who clings on to power. He has an agenda and vision for the peaceful development of Sabah and its people. And he wants to deliver this vision through real performance and not just publicity stunts. He has been able to move away from the old ways of doing politics i.e. based on the status-quo. And in a way this is welcome development not only for Sabah but also for the politics of the country.

  1. bei soo lang says:

    <<Come to my office in KK for documented evidence,
    KOTA KINABALU: The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), a Sabah Barisan Nasional coalition component, wants the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to speed up its money-laundering investigation involving Chief Minister Musa Aman.

    Lending credence that a snap general election may be announced soon, LDP deputy president Chin Su Phin said the troubling matter should be settled before Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak calls for national polls.

    Chin used the recent announcement by MACC that it had launched an investigation against Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, as the reason for making the call, although it is widely known that LDP is out of step with the Musa administration and is likely to be shunned during the horse-trading for seats in the run-up to the election.

    Alluding to MACC’s probe on Taib, he also said that it was unseemly for Taib to claim innocence and the mere fact that he was under investigation should be enough for him to step aside until after he is cleared.

    On the MACC investigation on Musa, there has been no new development into the alleged money-laundering case that took many by surprise when it was first exposed in late 2008 and was met with silence by top politicians as well as the investigative authorities.

    According to Chin, the case allegedly involved several local leaders but they were merely playing a supporting role while the MACC had failed to catch the main culprit that “is still lurking in the background”.

    “We Sabahans also wish to know the development of this case.

    “I hope MACC will complete its investigation on the people involved in corruption and money- laundering in Sabah and Sarawak, and take them to court before the 13th general election,” he said during the party’s annual general meeting here.

    “MACC is actively combating corruption. But what we see is that those who are brought to court were former leaders, while current leaders involved in corruption are still running free.

    “The people have been complaining that MACC is overlooking the major players who are involved in corruption,” he added.

    Musa link

    Musa’s name first surfaced as a suspect in the alleged money-laundering case when a supposed nominee, Michael Chia, was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong in August 2008.

    Chia was arrested for allegedly attempting to carry S$16 million in cash out of the country, which was believed to be used for the Permatang Pauh by-election at the time.

    The case had since been under investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) which sent three officers to Kota Kinabalu in November 2008 to investigate the source of the money.

    The Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC’s predecessor) investigations director at the time, Mohd Shukri Abdul, confirmed that the ICAC had sought MACC’s help.

    MACC later launched its own investigation which saw a senior lawyer being detained for questioning and his office raided.

    Both Chia and Musa denied knowing each other, but Chia is believed to have cordial relations with the chief minister and has often been seen in his company at social gatherings.

    PKR Youth leader Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin and DAP both lodged a police report against Musa over the investigations and demanded that the MACC disclose the outcome of its investigation


  2. bei soo lang says:

    Can alleged robbers homicide artists stop alleged corruption in our country ?????????????????
    Three MACC officers plead not guilty to nine counts of abetment in robbery,

    Come to my office to view evidence of cases in Sabah.

    Posted on October 8, 2011, Saturday

    CAMERA SHY: Aziz being escorted out of the Session Court. He pleaded not guilty on all of his charges. — Bernama photo

    SEPANG: Three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here yesterday to nine counts of abetting two other men, who are still at large, with robbing three Singaporeans of US$300,000 (RM953,580).

    They are also charged with abetting the two men to impersonate officers from the commission, and intentionally concealing the plan to rob the three Singaporeans last month.

    On the first three charges, MACC deputy superintendent S.Vijayarao, 33, and assistant superintendents Wan Elfie Shafizy Wan Ahmad, 30, and Aziz Jaafar ,48, are charged with abetting T Sritharan, 32, and D Nagarajan, 34, with robbing the three Singaporeans, Hameed Saadik Batcha, Abd Rahman Maricar and Mohamad Zakkaria Mohamed Shatik of US$300,000.

    The robbery was allegedly committed in the men’s toilet, besides the Deli France Restaurant, on the First Floor of the satellite building at the KL International Airport about 11.25pm on Sept 15.

    The offence, under Section 395 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 109, carries an imprisonment of up to 20 years and whipping, if found guilty.

    The three officers also face three alternative charges with abetting Sritharan to impersonate a MACC officer before the three victims.

    The offence, under Section 170 of the Penal Code, was allegedly committed about 11pm on the same day and place, and if found guilty, they could be sentenced to jail for up to 10 years, with whipping and also a fine.

    On the seventh, eighth and ninth count, the three MACC officers are charged with intentionally concealing the plan by Sritharan and Nagarajan to commit armed robbery on the three Singaporeans.

    They are charged with committing the offence at about 11pm at the same place and day.

    The offence, under Section 120 of the Penal Code, carries a jail term of not more than six months or fine or both, if convicted.

    Judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob allowed the accused bail of RM30,000 in one surety each for all the charges and set Dec 6 for mention.

    He also ordered the three MACC officers to report themselves to the nearest police station once a month and to surrender their passport to the court.

    They were also prohibited from leaving the peninsula.

    Deputy public prosecutors Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud, Mohamad Abazafree Mohamad Abbas, Mohd Najib Zakaria and Peter Gregory Syril appeared for the prosecution, while lawyers Mohd Nazri Yahya and T Vijayasandran, represented Wan Elfie Shafizy and Aziz, respectively.

    Vijayarao was unrepresented. — Bernama

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  3. Bei Soo Lang says:

    What is more important ?? Corpses or Votes ??

    1. (C) The police, political leaders, a human rights official in the East Malaysia state of Sabah recently expressed their concerns to us about rising crime and the security impact from the high number of foreigners – both legal and illegal – residing in the state. Sabah’s Acting Police Commissioner said illegal migrants and other foreigners committed three out of four violent crimes in the state, but he did not address terrorist threats or transnational crime syndicates.

    On other issues, a Sabah state minister from Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s political party, UMNO, criticized the PM’s intellectual capacity and said the PM’s inner circle gives him “bad advice.” The minister predicted the UMNO national assembly in November would be “a timid affair.” One of the 16 commissioners from Malaysia’s government-funded national human rights commission (Suhakam) told us the government views Suhakam as “a pest.”

    Seconding other comments from the Suhakam commissioner about the large influx of foreigners into Sabah, two state assemblymen expressed trepidation about the state’s security situation. The pending U.S. Border Control Assessment Initiative (ref A) will assist our efforts to better understand the security ramifications of Sabah’s porous borders and identify ways the U.S. can assist. End Summary.

    Police Face Challenges from Criminals – And Parliament

    2. (C) Sabah’s Acting Police Commissioner, Mohd Bakri Zinin, told us on October 4 that “illegal migrants and other foreigners” account for about three-fourths of violent crimes committed in the state. He said almost all the crime was locally based and that transnational crime syndicates were “not much of a problem” in Sabah. Zinin notably did not address the issue of terrorists either located in or transiting Sabah. When asked about the potential for human trafficking into the Malaysian federal territory island of Labuan, near Sabah’s western coast, Zinin stated flatly, “There is no trafficking problem in Labuan. Those women are all volunteers who claim to be victims when caught.” (Note: Septel addresses prostitution on Labuan. End Note.)

    3. (C) Zinin criticized a recently enacted amendment to the criminal procedure code that eliminated prosecutors’ usage of police-obtained confessions in trying criminal defendants. Confessions are now only admissible if done in front of a magistrate.

    Zinin said the amendment “will hurt our ability to get convictions.” He stated, “As a result, we’ll likely make greater use of (Malaysia’s four preventative detention laws), even though we know this will bring criticism from Suhakam and the NGOs.”

    (Note: The laws he referenced are the Internal Security Act, Restricted Residence Act, Dangerous Drugs Act, and Emergency Ordinance. They allow the police and the internal security ministry to jointly incarcerate individuals for extended periods without trial, in cases where police lack sufficient evidence to obtain a criminal conviction. From our local sources, we believe 700 – 1,000 Malaysians suspected of criminal activity are currently jailed under the Emergency Ordinance alone. End Note.)

    UMNO Minister Swipes at Prime Minister Abdullah…

    4. (C) While making unsolicited comments about Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s public image and job performance, Sabah’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Masidi Manjun, told us, “Abdullah is not an intellectual and is a bit slow in his thinking.” He said the PM is “getting bad advice from his inner circle” regarding both the content and “scripted shouting” of some of his latest speeches to his ethnic Malay political base.

    Manjun, who formally headed Sabah’s primary government-funded think tank (the Institute of Development Studies), told us of a private comment made by former PM Mahathir during a recent trip to Japan. Mahathir reportedly told a senior Japanese politician, “Japan is the home of the rising sun, and Malaysia is home to the rising son-in-law.”

    This was a reference to PM Abdullah’s son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin, who serves as the deputy president of UMNO Youth.

    With Mahathir’s recent failure to be elected as an UMNO delegate at the party’s national assembly in November, Manjun predicted the assembly will be “a timid affair,” with no major pronouncements or surprises.

    …And Foreigners in His State

    5. (C) Manjun complained that Sabah was “flooded with foreigners.” He singled out Filipino Muslims from Mindanao as “especially troublesome.” He said, “They are not as devout as us.” He told us the state’s Filipinos were “using our social services and not integrating into society,” and that “vagrancy and violence” were rampant within Sabah’s Filipino community. He called Sabah’s maritime and land borders “very porous” and expressed concern that Sabah’s foreign residents were starting to become politically active.

    He acknowledged, however, the economic importance of Sabah’s foreign population. With regard to Sabah’s large number of illegal foreign workers, estimated to total over 750,000, Manjun said, “We need them here, or our economy would collapse.”

    Fallout from UMNO-Fueled Population Boom in Sabah

    6. (C) UMNO’s main Sabah-based partner party, PBS, remains publicly indignant about UMNO grants of citizenship and related voting rights during the 1990s to over 600,000 foreigners (predominantly Muslims from Indonesia and Mindanao), in return for those individuals’ votes in Sabah’s state assembly elections.

    Two PBS state assemblymen, Ching Eng Leong and Samson Chin Chee Tsu, told us on October 4 that former PM Mahathir began the initiative prior to the 1994 state assembly election, in order to ensure UMNO’s political takeover of Sabah. UMNO’s control was further solidified during the 1999 state election, as UMNO granted more foreigners citizenship and voting rights under what came to be known as “Project Mahathir.”

    According to Samson, PBS switched from its opposition party status in 2000 and allied itself with UMNO. Ching said, “UMNO had completely taken over by that time. They paid off our party leaders and several assemblymen in cash, and threatened to freeze our constituencies out of federal and state funding if we didn’t join them.”

    Since 2000, the state assembly has remained 100 percent controlled by the UMNO-led coalition; opposition parties in Sabah have no elected representatives.

    7. (C) Suhakam recently researched the allegations surrounding Project Mahathir and concurred with PBS’ findings. According to Suhakam, Sabah’s legal resident population increased 362 percent to 2.6 million from 1970 to 2000, compared to a population increase of only 135 percent over the same time period in the neighboring state of Sarawak.

    This substantial increase in Sabah’s legal residents excludes an influx of over 750,000 foreigners holding invalid identity cards and visas – or no documents at all – according to Suhakam. According to Samson, a UK-educated lawyer whose electoral district encompasses Tawau on the east coast near the Indonesian border, Filipinos and Indonesians outnumber Malaysians 3 to 1 along Sabah’s east coast from Sandakan to Tawau.

    He said, “The security situation in the area is not good.” He also claimed that corruption in Tawau is rampant among police and immigration officers. He said it had “tripled over the last 30 years.”

    He and his wife recently refused to attend an event that gathered public and private sector leaders on the resort island of Mabul, off the east coast of Sabah, as he feared an attack on the gathering by Mindanao-based Muslim extremists. The event took place without incident.

    Government Ignores Suhakam

    8. (C) With regard to the plight of Malaysia’s largely impoverished rural indigenous persons in Borneo, Suhakam’s Vice Chairman and resident Commissioner in Sabah, Simon Sipaun, echoed the sentiments expressed to us by his fellow Suhakam commissioner in Sarawak (ref B).

    He said he spends most of his time on indigenous persons’ issues and lamented the government’s lack of support for Suhakam. He said, “We’re viewed as a pest.”

    Sipuan told us that prisons in the state are “50 percent to 75 percent overcrowded” and that about three-fourths of all prisoners are illegal migrants and other foreigners. He described conditions in the state’s three illegal migrant detention centers as “overcrowded and generally poor.”

    Sipuan felt the large number of Filipinos on the state’s east coast represented a potential security threat “if they decide to become more politically active, or if parts of Mindanao become more autonomous.”


    9. (C) Among all Malaysian states, Sabah faces uniquely severe border control and related security pressures. Filipinos and Indonesians move easily – and often illegally – between Sabah and their respective home countries.

    UMNO leaders in Sabah and Kuala Lumpur will likely continue to remain silent with regard to the deleterious effects of Project Mahathir, as this initiative achieved its primary goal (UMNO political dominance) many years ago; they consider it “old news.” In any case, a significant reduction in Sabah’s foreign-born population could only be reversed in the near term through an UMNO-led effort to round up and deport the very workers that drive Sabah’s natural resource-based economy.

    While Malaysia periodically launches campaigns to expel illegal workers, even PBS’ leaders concede this is highly unlikely to be carried out to the point of seriously harming the state’s economy. The U.S. Border Control Assessment Initiative (BCAI) focused on the Sulu and Sulawesi sea areas of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will enhance our understanding of the security challenges facing Sabah and ways we can assist. We currently are working to obtain GOM approval for the Sabah field portion.



  4. Bei Soo Lang says:

    A good CM would not allow unregistered illegals to stay with his citizens. The citizens may end up raped ,robbed and killed.What say you CM Aman ???

    MANILA, Philippines – Migrant Filipinos are synonymous with the word trouble in Malaysia’s Sabah state, according to a confidential cable from the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur that was released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.

    Masidi Manjun, Sabah’s Minister of Youth and Sports, told US diplomats in Malaysia that his state was “flooded with foreigners” and “singled out Filipino Muslims from Mindanao as ‘especially troublesome.'”

    Manjun claimed that the Filipinos were “using our [Malaysia’s] social services and not integrating into society,” and that “vagrancy and violence” were rampant within Sabah’s Filipino community, according to the diplomatic cable dated October 10, 2006 that was deemed classified by US embassy political section chief Mark D. Clark.

    The Sabah official, who headed government-funded think tank Institute of Development Studies, said the state’s maritime and land borders are “very porous” and expressed concern that Sabah’s foreign residents were starting to become politically active.

    “He acknowledged, however, the economic importance of Sabah’s foreign population,” the US embassy cable said. “With regard to Sabah’s large number of illegal foreign workers, estimated to total over 750,000, Manjun said, ‘We need them here, or our economy would collapse.”

    Sabah’s then Acting Police Commissioner, Mohd Bakri Zinin, also told American officials that “illegal migrants and other foreigners” account for about three-fourths of violent crimes committed in the state.

    The embassy cable also quoted a state assemblyman, Samson Chin Chee Tsu, who said Filipinos and Indonesians outnumber Malaysians 3 to 1 along Sabah’s east coast.

    “He (Samson) and his wife recently refused to attend an event that gathered public and private sector leaders on the resort island of Mabul, off the east coast of Sabah, as he feared an attack on the gathering by Mindanao-based Muslim extremists,” it added.

    Simon Sipaun,then vice-chairman and state head of the Malaysian human rights commission Sukaham, also told US officials that the large number of Filipinos on the state’s east coast represented a potential security threat “if they decide to become more politically active, or if parts of Mindanao become more autonomous.”

    Project Mahathir

    Samson and another PBS state assemblyman, Ching Eng Leong, told US officials that the large number of native Filipinos in Sabah can be attributed to a program hatched by dominant political party UMNO.

    Under the scheme implented in the 1990s, UMNO gave Malaysian citizenship and voting rights to over 600,000 foreigners, predominantly Muslims from Mindanao and Indonesia, in return for their votes in Sabah’s state assembly elections.

    “UMNO’s control was further solidified during the 1999 state election, as UMNO granted more foreigners citizenship and voting rights under what came to be known as ‘Project Mahathir,'” the US embassy cable revealed, in apparent reference to then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

    According to a probe made by Suhakam on Project Mahathir, Sabah’s legal resident population increased 362% to 2.6 million from 1970 to 2000.

    “This substantial increase in Sabah’s legal residents excludes an influx of over 750,000 foreigners holding invalid identity cards and visas – or no documents at all – according to Suhakam,” the cable added.

    “Filipinos and Indonesians move easily — and often illegally — between Sabah and their respective home countries,” it said.

    In its analysis of Sabah’s problems with Filipinos, the US embassy said a significant reduction in Sabah’s foreign-born population could only be reversed through an UMNO-led effort to round up and deport the foreigners, whom Sabah’s economy ironically relies upon.

    “While Malaysia periodically launches campaigns to expel illegal workers, even PBS’ leaders concede this is highly unlikely to be carried out to the point of seriously harming the state’s economy,” it said. “The US Border Control Assessment Initiative (BCAI) focused on the Sulu and Sulawesi sea areas of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will enhance our understanding of the security challenges facing Sabah and ways we can assist.”

    The Philippines has a dormant claim on Sabah that was not resolved by the Manila Accord, or the United Nations Treaty No. 8029 between the Philippines the Federation of Malaya, and Indonesia, that was signed in July 31, 1963 and the succeeding exchange of notes between Manila and Kuala Lumpur in February 7, 1966.

    Former Presidents Diosdado Macapagal and Ferdinand Marcos pursued the Philippines’ claim on the territory but those who succeeded them did not do so.

    The dispute resulted in the 1968 Jabidah Massacre that was exposed by the late Sen. Ninoy Aquino, father of President Benigno Aquino III, according to Malacañang.

    ARMM on undocumented Filipinos in Sabah

    Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said they are trying to address the “cycle of arrest and detention” of undocumented Filipinos through talks with Malaysian authorities.

    ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo led an 8-member team in a visit to Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu last July to discuss the problem with Malaysian Parliament House Speaker Seri Utama Pandikar Amin Bin Haji Mulia.

    Sinarimbo “proposed a ‘non-political’ solution to the Sabah proprietary dispute vis-a-vis its effects on the unabated detention and arrests of undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia,” according to the ARMM website.

    The ARMM has admitted that hundreds of Filipinos continue to go Sabah and later end up getting arrested and deported.

    Most of those who go to Sabah are allegedly recruited to work as domestic helpers or bar girls.

    “Those coming from ARMM areas, especially from Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi were found to be stubbornly returning to Sabah after deportation on the belief that the Sulu Sultanate owns the state,” according to the ARMM.

    Sinarimbo and Mulia have allegedly approved of a plan to set up a center in Tawi-Tawi province that will provide passports and other official documents for Filipinos heading to to Sabah or other parts of Malaysia.

    “Other ARMM officials had earlier thought of putting up even a ‘desk’ in Sabah to facilitate the documentation of Filipinos working or staying in Malaysia without documents or permits. But legal luminaries opposed the concept, saying that such facility would mean an official structure of the Philippines and, thus, signify a waiver of Filipinos’ claim over Sabah,” the ARMM website said.


  5. Yoyo says:

    Yeah… Datuk Musa still be the best CM in Sabah and Malaysia. To develop one state need take a time so that why Sabah still under development now but is really difference with Sabah before. So we should support CM like Datuk Musa..


  6. martycruz says:

    Since RAM is a Rating Agency that known throughout the world and the reports issued by the RAM has been recognized by the World Bank and the Bank of Commerce, the issuance of RM544 million has been put Sabah as a ‘New Direction of World Economy, by Highest Rating of AAA.
    AAA rating is the first time ever recorded by a State Government in Malaysia.. so I think MA has done a good job compared to other CM in this country..


  7. Bei Soo Lang says:

    I am always doing my management rounds in all the 5 star hotels of KK,
    I will buy you coffee and buffet lunch,
    We will make plans together for a new Sabah.


  8. Anonymous says:

    A new Sabah by Bei Soo Lang,
    Full information provided in any of the KK 5 star hotels,
    Meet me there anytime.
    Kesejahteraan Untuk Semua

    Belanjawan Kesejahteraan 2012 is a continuation of the collective effort by Pakatan Rakyat to chart a new future for Malaysia, following the releases of the Common Policy Platform in December 2009 and the Buku Jingga in December 2010.

    Kesejahteraan Untuk Semua can be only achieved with political will to effect genuine and comprehensive institutional reforms guided by the principles of transparency and good governance.

    Malaysia’s diversity is our strength. Our economic growth depends on the solidarity of all people regardless of gender, ethnicity or religion. Only through a budget which is gender responsive, and one that empowers ordinary Malaysians to live a dignified life full of opportunities , will we unleash the full potential of our people.

    Recognizing the inflationary pressures on the Malaysian public, Belanjawan Kesejahteraan 2012 creates growth for all through providing policies and frameworks aimed towards uplifting the 60 percent of Malaysian households earning less than RM3,000 monthly.

    Introduction of minimum wage, reduction of unskilled foreign workers, upgrading of skills and productivity will massively benefit the Malaysian workforce. In particular, special attention is given to improve women’s participation in the workforce. Wage, skills and productivity will improve in tandem.

    Improvements to public transport, housing and healthcare will contribute to increasing disposable income of the people. Higher disposable income will enhance domestic consumption, which is increasingly more important in the volatile global environment.

    Monopolies and oligopolies will be broken up, enhancing competition while helping Malaysian businesses to reduce costs. A competitive environment will mitigate inflationary pressures and generate more choices for the people.

    Therefore, the five key imperatives of Belanjawan Kesejahteraan 2012 by Pakatan Rakyat are:

    To immediately assist the majority of Malaysians in times of increasing economic uncertainty.

    To ensure sustainable financing of government coffers with a focus on deficit reduction.

    To economically empower Malaysians in both the short and long term via technical and vocational trainings, as well as a reasonable living wage.

    To battle corrupt practices and wastages to ensure every cent spent is done efficiently.

    To immediately implement political reforms, which are the prerequisite to smooth economic transformation to bring Malaysia forward.

    2. Rich Country, Poor People?

    Malaysia is resource-rich. But how have the gains from our natural resources- which we have in abundance- trickled down to the average Malaysian? Presently, Malaysians are not earning as comfortably as we should be. The bottom 40 percent of households earn an average income of RM1,500 per month while the middle 40 percent of households earn an average income of RM3,500 per month.

    Overall, 80 percent of households earn only an average income of RM2,500. In terms of qualification, a staggering 70% of the population has only SPM as their highest qualification whilst in terms of employment, more than a third of household heads are in the informal sector. It is not a surprise then, that income inequality in Malaysia is significantly high where the bottom 40% takes only 15% of total income while the top 20% take nearly half with 49%.

    The symptom of the malaise of a trapped Middle Income nation is without a doubt present in Malaysia due to outmoded policies and poor management of the economy that favours a few. Presently, what we are seeing includes (i) the inability of a significant amount of Malaysians to cope with rising cost of living (ii) high unemployment among local graduates although concurrently, employers complain of skills and talent shortages (iii) a subsidy bill that has ballooned 10 times and (iv) both domestic and foreign investments are less than optimal, resulting in Malaysia being the only ASEAN country to experience net FDI outflows.

    This doesn’t help when con-currently, the global economy is entering into another period of turbulence. Capacity of US and Eurozone to generate further growth is now severely limited. Exporting to Western nations is no longer a source of growth for Asia. We need to find new sources of comparative advantage.

    Belanjawan Kesejahteraan 2012

    Belanjawan Kesejahteraan 2012 by Pakatan Rakyat emphasizes empowerment, opportunities and dignity for all Malaysians whilst doing so within a financially and environmentally sustainable framework. Belanjawan Kesejahteraan 2012 chooses to focus on developing Malaysians, not mega-projects and bloated plans. It emphasizes entrepreneurship, productivity, dignified jobs, not handouts and goodies for cronies or vested interest groups.

    3. Responsible spending

    Pakatan Rakyat will maintain expenditures at RM220 billion in 2012 but will spend the people’s money in a more responsible, accountable and effective manner. The deficit will be lowered to 4.4% of GDP from 6% in 2011. 1.6% reduction in deficit equals to RM14 billion.

    Revenue can be raised without further increasing the burden on the rakyat by extracting the full value of government concessions and permits. For example, raising the issue price of APs could raise an additional RM1.2 billion in revenue.

    Effective spending, by eliminating the current practices of wastefulness, misdirection and inefficiency, will generate for the rakyat 20% more in benefits for the same amount spent. For example, Pakatan Rakyat will be able to deploy RM4.4 billion to:

    Enhance education. All teachers will enjoy the RM500 per month special teaching allowance as promised in Buku Jingga.

    A minimum wage that will benefit approximately 300,000 civil servants and raise the overall salary scale of the civil servants.

    The practice of arbitrarily demanding large dividend payments from Petronas will be replaced with a reasonable dividend formula. Even though oil prices are higher, the dividend for 2012 is budgeted at RM26 billion, lower than the RM30 billion in 2011.

    4. Raising income

    Pakatan Rakyat will prioritise policy initiatives aimed at raising the income levels of households and skills of the workforce.

    Wages are low in Malaysia. The bottom 40% of households earn RM1,500 per month. And, low wages are a function of:

    Large supply of cheap unskilled foreign labour

    Lack of skilled labour

    Disincentives for private enterprise to raise productivity

    While recognizing that wages can only grow sustainably with productivity gains, it is also a reality that the wage setting mechanism has become dysfunctional. Pakatan proposes that:

    A minimum wage of RM1,100 per month (total compensation) will be implemented together with holistic labour market reforms including strengthening the worker safety net, centered on retraining and upskilling, job search and relocation assistance, and unemployment insurance. Two years for Sabah and Sarawak to fully implement.

    A minimum wage is the legally enforced floor wage to ensure that all workers at the lowest level receive a humane subsistence wage while the rest will experience a consequential increase in pay.

    RM2 billion will be allocated to a special Facilitation Fund to help entrepreneurs, SMEs and small firms retool, mechanize and adjust their operations to create new jobs.

    RM1.6 billion will be set aside to expand technical and vocational training to upgrade the skill base of the workforce.

    10 000 teachers will be trained and RM 200 million will be allocated to address the shortage of Chinese, English, Tamil and religious teachers, as well as an additional RM 200 million to be immediately disbursed to improve existing buildings of SRJK (C), Sekolah Agama Rakyat (SAR) and SRJK (T) schools in particular.

    5. Ending monopolies

    Pakatan Rakyat will herald a new era by implementing wide-ranging policy and regulatory reforms to reduce cost of living, encourage SMEs and investments.

    An open tender policy for government procurement will reward know-how instead of know-who.

    Affirmative measures for bumiputera and other disadvantaged groups will focus on strengthening the capability of such groups to compete through education, training and financial support.

    A Unfair Public Contracts Act will be enacted to empower a review into lop-sided concessions and agreements that are deemed to be against the public interest.

    The professionalism and glory of the civil service will be restored to better serve all the rakyat, from individuals to small traders and large investors.

    GLCs will be freed from political interference and allowed to operate based on commercial priorities. Ultimately only GLCs in strategic sectors will be retained.

    The Competition Act will be extended to all sectors of the economy, including telecommunication companies, pay-tv services and the power sector.

    The following monopolies (not an exhaustive list) that erode disposable income of ordinary Malaysians and result in high business cost will be to restructured in 2012:

    Abolishing Padiberas NasionalBerhad (BERNAS)’s monopoly for the import of rice. Instead, import licences will be awarded via a competitive, open and transparent process;

    Telekom Malaysia (TM) will be instructed to release its stranglehold on the “last mile” market of broadband internet service and focus on its backbone business – data and telephony – thereby creating a robust and competitive “last mile” market. This will subsequently lower costs and enable enhanced broadband penetration;

    Telecommunication companies’ cartels will be dismantled;

    Press and media cartels will be dismantled;

    Airline services cartel will be dismantled;

    Astro’s monopoly of direct broadcast satellite pay television service will be broken up;

    Taxi licences will be given directly to individual taxi drivers.

    6. Ensuring dignity in difficult times

    Pakatan Rakyat shares the anxiety of the people to live a dignified life in confronting the demands of daily life before policies to raise income take hold.

    The following immediate measures are proposed:

    A senior Malaysian bonus of RM1,000 a year for the elderly;

    Payment of RM1,000 in 2012 for qualified homemakers;

    Supplementing hardcore poor household income to RM550 a monthand enhance social safety net by increasing direct welfare payments to RM550 per month to ensure alignment with assistance to hardcore poor households; and

    A childcare allowance of RM1,000 a year for children below 12 years old from households earning less than RM1,000 a month and establishment of certified childcare centres through special loans and tax incentives will be facilitated. Pakatan wishes to see that female labour participation rate will increase from 46 percent to 55 percent within five years. Other policies to increase the participation of women in the labour force, through training and greater flexibility in working hours will be deliberated.

    Pending the uplifting of rakyat incomes, the existing subsidies on goods and services will be maintained at RM22 billion. Subsidy and price control policies will be overhauled to rationalise government expenditures:

    Subsidies to monopolistic corporations will be stopped;

    General subsidies will be restructured to benefit directly the needy target groups.

    Pakatan Rakyat will not implement the Goods and Services Tax until and unless Malaysia departs from the Middle Income Trap.

    7. Narrowing the Urban-Rural Divide

    Pakatan Rakyat will increase incomes and employment opportunities for Malaysians in rural areas.

    Regional and rural development will be boosted through administrative decentralisation.

    BERNAS’ monopoly for the import of rice will be abolished. Import licences will be awarded through a competitive and transparent process. Subsidies will be delivered directly to farmers via farmers’ institutions.

    RM100 million will be allocated to small businesses to improve cleanliness and sanitary facilities to create more conducive and healthy environments for customers.

    8. Improving the Quality of Life

    Pakatan Rakyat will champion a better quality of life for all Malaysians.

    The police force will be refocused on crime prevention and enhancing public security.

    A “Build, then Sell” policy for low-medium cost housing developments will be implemented, protecting house-buyers. Allocation for public housing projects will increase by RM1 billion.

    A National Transport Policy will prioritize public transport following the principle of “moving people, not cars”. Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will be transferred from the Prime Minister’s Department to the Ministry of Transport.

    Increasing use of green technologies to foster better energy use, efficiency and savings for the people on utilities and other household expenses and for industry to raise productivity and profitability.

    9. Reforming The Political Landscape

    Pakatan Rakyat will strengthen our parliamentary democracy and federalism.

    Pakatan Rakyat will strengthen the principle and practice of federalism enshrined in the Federal Constitution in which states will be accorded with a more equitable formula of power sharing and resource distribution.

    Pakatan Rakyat will also introduce the following reforms:

    To revoke all existing emergency proclamations and repeal all laws that provide for detention without trial, as outlined in the draft Emergency Revocation Act (Akta Pemansuhan Darurat) submitted by Pakatan Rakyat in the March 2011 parliamentary session.

    To restructure the Public Complaints Bureau (Biro Pengaduan Awam) into an Ombudsman institution.

    To place key public institutions including the Auditor-General’s Department, Department of Statistics, Judicial Appointments Commission, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (SPRM), the Election Commission (SPR), and the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM), and an Ombudsman institution under the purview of Parliament.

    To ensure freedom of the media by removing all discretionary licensing requirements via the repeal of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984. In lieu of this, an independent and self-regulating media council will be put in place.

    Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) as an institution will be managed by media professionals, based on the example of the BBC, and placed under the purview of Parliament.

    To restore academic freedom and autonomy of Malaysian universities by repealing the University and University Colleges Act (AUKU) 1971, thereby freeing students from the stranglehold of the Student Affairs Department (HEP). Leadership of public universities will be based on merit.

    To abolish the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and enact a Freedom of Information Act at all levels of government, equipped with the necessary infrastructure. This will ensure access to all information of public interest, with the exception being matters genuinely connected to national security.

    Pakatan Rakyat promises to strengthen the Parliament as an institution and rejects the practice of a Prime Ministerial dictatorship:

    RM10 billion will be reallocated from the Prime Minister’s discretionary budget to the relevant implementing Ministries.

    Proposed spending bills will be subject to rigorous scrutiny at parliamentary committee level. As a first step, seven Budget Parliamentary Committees will be set up to scrutinise ministerial budgets and allow better quality debate and appraisals.

    Committee members and MPs will be given allocations for parliamentary research assistants to improve their effectiveness in reviewing the budget submissions and monitoring their implementation and outcomes.

    10. Youth at the Forefront For Change

    Pending a thorough review and comprehensive investigation on the expenditure and curriculum structure, the National Service programme will be replaced with a school-based extracurricular or community programmes. The RM 747 million, as was allocated to the National Service in the previous year, will instead be channelled into this new initiative.

    A total amount of RM 100 million will be allocated for a YouthChoice programme (PilihanAnakMuda), involving Malaysians under 30 years old, to implement projects and programmes of their choice through a balloting process.

    RM 50 million will be allocated to a special fund to promote youth involvement in creativity and in the creation of more recreational spaces for young people.

    The forthcoming newly installed Pakatan Rakyat government cannot carry out these essential and game changing policies by itself and in isolation. The rakyat, as employees and employers, as housewives, caregivers and students, and most importantly as contributing citizens must play their individual and collective roles and take their place in advancing this brave inaugural agenda to move Malaysia forward to stand tall globally.

    [Pakatan Rakyat Budget 2012 released by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on behalf of PR in Kuala Lumpur on 4th October 2011. Part 1 of 10]


  9. Mark says:

    “The image of Sabah as a land of illegals, crime, smuggling, corruption, backwardness and poverty is now a thing of the past. Today there are visible signs of peace and development.”

    I don’t agreed about what you said. Look at Sabah now, we are still way way behind others, problems like poverty, PATI, slow development in economy, education etc.. all these had yet to resolve and just imagine 20% form the population still not schooling yet.


  10. marrie says:

    Datuk Musa telah banyak membantu menaikkn sabah… kita telah semakin maju di bawah pimpinan Datuk Musa…


  11. shila says:

    sabah semakin membangun… sepanjang tempoh pentadbiran Datuk Musa banyak perubahan telah berlaku… he is a good leader… Datuk Musa tau apa yg terbaik… keep up the good work Datuk…


  12. Edelweiss says:

    mungkin tempoh pentadbiran Musa Aman sebagai KM lebih lama dari KM2 yang terdahulu. semoga beliau dapat membangunkan lagi Sabah sehingga ke tahap yang terbaik.


  13. supra says:

    Musa harus teruskan usaha untuk membangunkan lagi negeri Sabah.


  14. walao says:

    Harap Datuk Musa Aman akan teruskan usaha untuk membangunkan Sabah.


  15. AJ says:

    masih banyak yang perlu dilakukan..apa pun, Musa telah menunjukkan prestasi yang baik. usaha perlu sentiasa dilakukan untuk menjadikan Sabah menjadi lebih membangun..


  16. Anonymous says:

    Apapun Musa memang CM yang baik. All the best Musa.


  17. Anonymous says:

    Sabah harus terus dibangunkan. Apa yang dikecapi sekarang belum memuaskan hati lagi. So please keep up the good work:)


  18. micheal says:

    Its a clear fact that Musa is the best CM we ever had, since the late Fuad Stephen…too bad that when Musa take the CM chair, the State was in a bad position…

    Kudos to Musa for a job well done!!


  19. adam says:

    however, there’s still much more to do…keep up the good efforts..


  20. adam says:

    musa aman is a good leader and a good CM…if he isn’t, then sabah will not developed as what we’ve seen nowadays…which means, musa aman is doing his responsibility as CM efficiently and effectively..


  21. adam says:

    under musa aman administration, sabah developed for more better…


  22. lyn says:

    Sabahan can see the changes taking place in Sabah today. keep up the efforts to develop Sabah..


  23. Risad G. USA says:

    Mr. Selvaraja, which sabah are we talking about ? Is there another sabah that we don’t know of? Muas Aman: the land of illegal immigrants, rampant poverty , corruption and backwardness , a thing of the past ? Seriously, Mr. Somiah, you are pulling our legs and in the process insulting our inteligence ! Just because the government buid afew building and roads here and there does not meant M. Aman is a good CM ? Government are SUPPOSED to do these and WORK FOR THE PEOPLE .


  24. brian says:

    CM Musa Aman is the best chief minister Sabah has ever had.


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