Sunday, July 31, 2016

Firearms Incidents: Border Security Agency

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, State Assemblywoman for Damansara Utama on Thurday 28 July 2016 in Petaling Jaya.

The rampant cases of firearm incidents have shown that the newly set-up Border Security Agency under Home Ministry must buck-up to ensure safety and security of all Malaysians. 

Malaysia is no longer safe. We have heard of many shooting incidents since the beginning of the year, many of which happened in broad daylight. Within this month (July 2016) alone, Malaysians have been shocked by at least six firearm incidents[1]. Many were heartless incidents that send shivers down the spine of everyone who lives and works in Malaysia. In the beginning of the month, 32-year old property agent, Wong Siu Ling was shot dead by two gunmen with five shots in Taman OUG, KL. Her daughter, who was sitting at the passenger seat, was seriously injured by the gunshots targeted at her mother. She is only 8 years old! Then in mid-July, drug addict, Chung Chun Wah shot dead his own mother, brother and two-year-old nephew and his mother’s partner with an unlicensed gun in a chicken factory in Penang. Yesterday, we heard yet another case – a moneylender was shot dead at a traffic light junction in Setapak.

Monday, July 4, 2016

"Jangan Salahkan Mangsa" Anti-Rape Campaign

KUALA LUMPUR, 28th June 2016 – Yeo Bee Yin, of Pusat Khidmat ADUN Damansara Utama, in conjunction with All Women’s Action Society (AWAM), kicked off their second collaboration centered on anti-rape awareness today. The launch of the new website,, aims to educate and provide survivors and the general public with basic information and resources on rape and sexual violence such as what constitutes rape, information on the laws pertaining to rape in Malaysia and possible steps that survivors could take if rape takes place and other avenues where survivors can seek help.  

On average, 3000 rape cases are reported every year in Malaysia. Over 60% of these cases involved children below eighteen years old. This breaks down to a woman or a child being raped every three hours. More disturbing and important to note is that only two out of ten rape cases are estimated to be reported, which means that the overall number of cases occurring per year would be much higher.

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.