Sunday, June 29, 2014

Wawancara CEO Petronas bukan isu perkauman




Wawancara terbaru Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Petronas Tan Sri Shamsul Azhar Abbas bersama The Edge tidak seharusnya menjadikan satu isu perkauman tetapi isu kebajikan dan pertumbuhan negara. 

Amat menghiburkan sekali melihat bagaimana Perkasa 
dan konco-konconya menjadikan segala-galanya berbaur perkauman, bahkan wawancara CEO Petronas itu sendiri yang menyenaraikan masalah sebenar yang dihadapi syarikat petroleum negara dan turut memberi kesan kepada kebajikan orang ramai pada masa akan datang.



Friday, June 27, 2014

Putrajaya Should Work Closer with NGOs in Combatting Human Trafficking

Last Friday, the U.S State Department downgraded Malaysia, together with Thailand and Venezuela to the lowest “Tier 3” status in its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Reports, as the world’s worst centers of human trafficking. This came after the State Department found that the Malaysian government has shown no significant effort to comply with the minimum standards for elimination of trafficking.
Such a downgrade is a shame to us as we are dumped into the same category with some of the world’s most lawless, dysfunctional and repressive regimes such as Iran, Syria, Zimbabwe and North Korea. The downgrade may also open up the country to possible U.S sanctions.



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Congratulations to "Allah" Soldiers 祝贺“阿拉”战士


This must be a happy time for those of you who think you have won a war for Allah.
First of all, I would like to congratulate Perkasa and other NGOs who have screamed, shouted, and threatened Malaysians who disagreed that Allah should be exclusive to Muslims. Congratulations! You have won your holy war. Go celebrate.


Second, I would like to congratulate the four judges who dismissed the Catholic church’s application for leave to appeal against a decision upholding the government ban against its use of “Allah” as a reference to God. If you made this judgement to protect your own religion, congratulations for sacrificing your professionalism.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Kidex highway will only cut jams by 3% to 5%, according to traffic report

The controversial Kidex elevated highway will only cut traffic congestion by up to 5% in Petaling Jaya when the RM2.4 billion project is completed, according to an early report prepared by its developers.

Selangor DAP lawmakers revealed the preliminary Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) for the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) today, saying it flies in the face of previous claims by the company's officials that the 14.9km expressway will reduce traffic jams by 20% to 35%.

Damansara Utama state assemblywoman Yeo Bee Yin said today according to the TIA, the highway would reduce congestion on 43 roads in PJ by only 3.05%, ten years after it has been completed by a company owned by an Umno lawyer and the family of former chief justice Tun Zaki Azmi.

When it is completed in 2018, the highway, which would cut through some of the densest parts of PJ, would only ease congestion by 5.84%.



 Damansara Utama state assemblywoman Yeo Bee Yin said today according to the TIA, the highway would reduce congestion on 43 roads in PJ by only 3.05%, ten years after it has been completed by a company owned by an Umno lawyer and the family of former chief justice Tun Zaki Azmi. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Faisal Salehhuddin, June 11, 2014. 


Friday, June 13, 2014

Hudud in Selangor: Will MCA go anti-hudud on UMNO?

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, DAP State Assemblywoman for Damansara Utama, on Thursday 12 June 2014, in Petaling Jaya.

Will MCA turn their “Say No to PAS Hudud” campaign to “Say No to UMNO Hudud” campaign in Selangor?




We were surprised to receive the news that UMNO’s Sungai Air Tawar assemblymen Kamarol Zaki Abdul Malik has submitted a motion to study the implementation of hudud law in Selangor for debate in the coming state assembly sitting.


DAP has been firm on our stand in this issue. As the state assemblyperson of Selangor, I would like to express my stand that multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious Malaysia should always be a secular country with the Federal Constitution as the supreme law of the land, as what our founding fathers had intended the country to be. Therefore, to preserve the secular nature of the country, I will use my voting right in the Selangor state assembly to reject the implementation of religious laws irrespective of which religion.  
  

Since PAS suggested tabling a private member bill on hudud in the parliament, MCA Youth has launched a nationwide “Say No to PAS Hudud” campaign with roadshows, signature drives, forums and so on[i]. They have also hold demonstration in front of the PAS headquarter[ii].


Now that their partner in the coalition UMNO has also mooted hudud to be studied in Selangor, will MCA now turn the “Say No to PAS Hudud” campaign to “Say No to UMNO Hudud” campaign in Selangor? Will MCA demonstrate in front of UMNO Selangor headquarter to speak against this motion?   


Monday, June 9, 2014

Putrajaya must justify Kidex record price tag

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, DAP State Assemblywoman of Damansara Utama, on Sunday 8 Jun 2014, in Petaling Jaya.


Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (KIDEX) will incur the highest construction cost per km for tolled roads in Malaysia history, with a total cost of more than RM 3 billion.



If KIDEX is to be constructed, the 14.9km highway with a construction cost of RM2.4 billion, will incur the highest construction cost per km in Malaysia tolled roads history, costing us RM 161 million per km. (See table below for construction cost per km for existing toll roads).


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Gang-rape in Kelantan a wake up call to address violence against women and children

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, DAP State Assemblywoman for Damansara Utama on Tuesday 2 Jun 2014.

Recent gang-rape incident in Kelantan is a wake-up call for us to tackle increasing violence against children and women in Malaysia.



We are deeply saddened by the news of a 15 year-old teenage girl who was gang-raped by 38 men in Ketereh, Kelantan on 20 May 2014. Such a tragic case sends shiver down the spines of many Malaysian women, who may also be subjected to similar violence.  

We urge the authorities to go all out to bring the inhumane perpetrators of this case to justice according to the laws.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Be part of the solution, Yeo tells Khairy

DAP's Damansara Utama state assemblyperson Yeo Bee Yin has urged Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to be part of the solution after a back and forth argument on the Selangor water crisis.

"If Khairy is really sincere about solving Selangor water problems instead of getting into endless rebuttals to lay blame on Selangor government, I have four practical suggestions for him as a cabinet member," she said in a statement today.

Firstly, Yeo (right) said Khairy should convince his colleague in the cabinet, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to approve Selangor's application to use Thailand's Royal Rainmaker Technology for cloud seeding as it uses ejectable flare.

"Secondly, in order for the public to have fair assessment on the water issues without the politicians interpreting them biasedly, I suggest Khairy to push for the declassification of water concession agreements, which are still hidden under Official Secrets Act," she said.

Yeo said the information is necessary to justify if it was logical for the state government to block a water tariff hike of 37 percent in 2009, 25 percent in 2012 and 15 percent in 2015 by Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) for not sufficiently reducing non-revenue water (NRW).

Khairy, in his rebuttal to Yeo's defence of Selangor's handling of the water issue on Tuesday, had blamed the state's blocking of the water tariff hike for the Syabas failure to sufficiently reduce NRW as it was deprived of funds.

      
'Let the public decide'

Furthermore, Yeo asked Khairy, who is also BN Youth chief, to push the cabinet to declassify the national audit report on Syabas.