Saturday, March 19, 2016

Free Malaysia Today Special Report: Real change means working on the impossible

KUALA LUMPUR: Anyone meeting Damansara Utama assemblywoman Yeo Bee Yin for the first time, would be struck by the strong sense of work ethic that the 33-year-old politician exudes.
This may be in part due to the pragmatism traditionally associated with the engineering profession, which she trained in extensively prior to her entry into politics.
“I am not a natural politician. I was an engineer; I was never really into politics. So the only thought I had when I was asked to join the political scene was that I wanted to make a change in this country,” Yeo said in an interview with FMT last Friday.
A quick look at the Wikipedia page of DAP’s social media strategist, shows she has a First Class Honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Petronas, and a Masters in Philosophy in Advanced Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University under a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which she completed with a commendation.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Malaysia must recover from Dutch Disease before it kills us.

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, State Assemblywoman for Damansara Utama on Friday 11 March 2016 in Petaling Jaya.

I read with great concern Petronas’ press statement dated 29 February 2016, where it announced that the profit-after-tax recorded by the national oil company in 2015 is RM21 billion[i], which was 56% lower than the year 2014. The drop in profit for Petronas was not unexpected as we have seen crude oil prices falling by 75% in the past 18 months; from USD 110 per barrel to its lowest record since 2003 at USD 27 per barrel, and before it rises again and hovers at USD 35 per barrel.

What concerns me is the fact that with such poor earnings, Petronas may need to tap into its reserve to meet its 2016 RM 16 billion dividend commitment to Putrajaya[ii]. It should be noted that even at the height of 2008's economic crisis and its aftermath, Petronas' dividend paid to Putrajaya was still lower than what it earned, with dividend payout at 39.3% in 2008, 57.1% in 2009 and 74.4% in 2010.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

DAP Wanita Selangor Media Statement: Quality, Affordable and Safe Childcare Services

Media Statement by Hannah Yeoh and Yeo Bee Yin, DAP Wanita Selangor Chairwoman and Organizing Secretary on behalf of DAP Wanita Selangor on Tuesday 8 March in Petaling Jaya.  

On this International Women’s Day, DAP Wanita Selangor urges the Selangor State Government to take the lead and set an example in empowering women by providing and promoting quality, affordable and safe childcare services.

Today, for many women, juggling domestic responsibilities and career aspirations is a reality they have to contend with on a day-to-day basis. It is commonly acknowledged that one of the main reasons women leave the workforce is due to childbirth. This reveals that the responsibility of childcare still lies largely on the shoulders of women. In many instances, the increasingly high costs of childcare in Malaysia forces one parent (usually the mother) to stay home to care for the child.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Review JPA's 'convertible loan' scholarship policy

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, State Assemblywoman for Damansara Utama on Saturday 27 February 2016.

We call upon Putrajaya to review JPA’s unjustifiable “convertible-loan” scholarship policy immediately.

Recently JPA has dropped another bombshell on its scholarship offer, of which all the scholarships it offers from 2016 will be in the form of convertible loan[1]. Upon completion of their studies, JPA scholars are mandated to work in public sector. If they choose to work in government-linked-companies (GLCs) or private sector, they will have to pay back 50% or 100% of the scholarship amount respectively.

Friday, February 19, 2016

A nation built by foreigners, brick by brick

Sharing with you here a good article about foreign workers in KINIBIZ

A Nation Built by Foreigners, Brick by Brick 

KINIBIZ As the Malaysian construction sector boomed over the past few years, with a 12-quarter run of double-digit year-on-year growth rates in terms of construction work value up to the third quarter of 2014, much of it had been on the sweating backs of foreign labourers.
A telling point is that the number of low-skilled foreign workers in Malaysia has increased by 152 percent between 2000 and 2013, according to a strategy paper that formed part of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) that was tabled earlier last year.
Statistics can be deceptive. According to Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) data, the sector employs 9.5 percent of the Malaysian workforce, or 1.2 million registered workers in 2013. Of these, only a quarter of them are foreign workers, according to CIDB.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

UM should not punish the students for holding press conference

Six of these University of Malaya (UM) students were faced with disciplinary proceeding by the university 2 days ago (15 Feb) just because they hold a press conference to raise the issue of Internet quota in the university. It is inconceivable that such simple press conference could get them into hot water.


I wonder how UM as an institution of higher learning can encourage students to think critically in the search for knowledge if it can't even tolerate simple dissent like internet quota. No, this is not what a world class university, which UM aspires to be, would do. 

The time the university management takes to think of how to discourage dissents should be better spent on how to improve the R&D in the university, how to attract more good faculty members, how to equip the students with skills that are important to the job market etc etc. 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Some important income statistics from Parliament

Source: Malaysiakini 

Bumiputera households make up the majority of the country's top 20 percent income earners (T20), but the community also sees the widest intra-group income disparity.
According to data from a parliamentary written reply, the bumiputera make up 53.81 percent of the T20 category, followed by Chinese at 37.05 percent, Indians at 8.80 percent and others at 0.34 percent.
However, when the comparison is made within the bumiputera group itself, T20 earners only comprise 16.34 percent.
The remaining comprises the middle 40 percent income earners (M40) at 38.96 percent and the bottom 40 percent income earners (B40) making up the majority at 44.7 percent.
This is in contrast with the Chinese and Indian communities, where the M40 group makes up the majority.
Within the Chinese community, the T20 group makes up 29.66 percent, followed by the M40 group at 42.32 percent and B40 at 28.02 percent.
As for the Indian community, the T40 group stands at 19.98 percent, followed by the M40 income earners at 41.31 percent and the B40 at 38.71 percent.
The T20 group is defined as having a median income of RM11,610 or a mean income of RM14,305.
The M40 group has median income of RM5,465 or mean income of RM5,662, while the B40 have a median income of RM2,629 and mean income of RM2,537.
Compared across ethnicity, the bumiputera also make up the majority of the M40 group at 64.17 percent.
Chinese make up the remaining 26.43 percent followed by Indians at 9.10 percent and others at 0.30 percent.
However, the bumiputera disproportionately make up the majority of the B40 group.
They make up 73.61 percent, followed by Chinese at 17.50 percent, Indians at 8.52 percent and others at 0.36 percent.
The data, from the household income and expenditure 2014 report, was furnished by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Wahid Omar in a written reply to Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin yesterday.
The rural-urban divide is also apparent in terms of the income they earn.
For rural households, the B40 group makes up the majority at 64.06 percent, the M40 group at 29.35 percent while the T20 group only makes up a meagre 6.59 percent.
In contrast, the middle class M40 makes up the majority at 43.19 percent, followed by the B40 at 32.79 percent while the T20 group is at 24.02 percent.
Interestingly, for the T20 earners, one in five of them, or 20.5 percent, identify themselves as government servants.
Of the remaining in the T20 group, 8.1 percent identify themselves as “employees”, 57.8 percent as private sector workers and 13.5 percent as self-employed.
For the M40 group, three percent identified themselves as employers, 17.3 percent as government servants, 59.2 percent as private sector employees and 20.5 percent as self-employed.
As for the B40 group, only 0.8 percent identified themselves as employers, 8.1 percent as government servants, 56.9 percent as private sector employees and 34.1 percent as self-employed.

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Post DAPSY Election 社青团选后感言: 感恩再感恩

另外,我要感谢那些在这个这个旅程中帮助我的朋友。有些人每天给我发信息帮我加油,有些人请我吃饭,我还记得有其中一位在竞选期间在我最低落的时候请我吃肯德基,哇,那炸鸡的味道美味到好像天堂一样,哈哈!还有你们当中有些人恳切的为我祷告, 有一些比我更努力的帮我竟选!我输了后,你们的关心,鼓励对我不离不弃的举动也让我感动不已。
有了你们,我知道我以后的路不会孤单。谢谢,谢谢,谢谢,谢谢,谢谢 你们!哈哈!

I am especially thankful to my team members. Despite our lost, I just wanna to tell you that we have fought a good fight. We have started to know each other more in this campaign period and I believe that the friendship we built will last beyond this election to our future works. Words cannot express how much I cherish each of your friendship, support and help. 
In addition, I want to thank all of you who during this journey become friends in need for me. Some of you send me many texts to encourage me; some of you belanja me eat nice meals, I still remember one of you belanja me eat KFC when I was very down during the campaign period, that chicken tasted like heaven, haha! Some of you prayed earnestly for me; some of you campaigned harder for me than I for myself.....there are just so many of you that have helped me along the way, and after I have lost, every one of you who has cared and encouraged me, I will forever remember that. 
Overall, I am just so grateful to each of you. With you, I know I am not alone. smile emoticon smile emoticon smile emoticon