Thursday, November 23, 2017

Putting aside the past, for the future

I am a 27-year-old member of DAP. When the announcement was first made that Bersatu will join the opposition coalition, I could not stomach it.
I shook my head at the idea of working with a political party with a race-based façade. We the opposition had fought long against the laws, policies, the institutional and social fragmentation that occurred during former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s era – how could we turn our backs on our work all these years and now sleep with the devil (so to speak)?
I figured that there must have been a reason for this move, and instead of criticising, chose to first listen to my leaders. In doing so, I effectively had a mirror held up in front of me for a good, hard look. I realised that the questions I asked, had too, reflected of me. Let me explain why.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

MCA Land Grab in PJ and Its Perverted Definition on “Public Service”

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, ADUN for Damansara Utama on Friday 29 September 2017 in Petaling Jaya.

MCA Land Grab in Petaling Jaya (PJ) and Its Perverted Definition on “Public Service”

Since our exposé on MCA land grab in Petaling Jaya on 14 September, three MCA leaders - MCA Selangor vice-chairperson Tang Chong Sang, former Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya Utara (PJU) Chew Mei Fun and the now MCA PJU division chief Tan Gim Tuan, has come forward to justify the 1 acre land grab in PJ at RM1 per sq ft on the ground that MCA will use it for “public service”.



The question is, if MCA really intended the land for "public service", there's absolutely no need for MCA to "own" the land. If fact, if it is for public service, the land should be owned by the state government.

The question Malaysians would like to ask MCA is, what guarantee can they provide that the piece of land will be used for public service?

In fact, why is it that MCA is now in applying for the land to be rezoned and converted from “water body” to “commercial" land?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

ECRL - learn from Sri Lanka before it's too late.

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, ADUN Damansara Utama, on Friday 21 July 2017 in Petaling Jaya.

Putrajaya should heed Nazir Razak’s suggestion to thoroughly scrutinize East Coast Rail Line (ECRL).

The Edge Financial Daily reported that Nazir Razak has called for government scrutiny on China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiatives, particularly the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project at the roundtable on “China’s Belt and Road Initative in ASEAN: Economic Opportunities and ASEAN Centrality”[i].


We have repeatedly raised concerns regarding the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) but all seem to have fallen into deaf ears. Now even Nazir Razak, who is a prominent banker, raised concerns over the value proposition of the project as well as the debt implications, we hope that Putrajaya will heed his suggestion to thoroughly scrutinize the deal.

ECRL project is awarded to China Communication Construction Co Ltd (CCCC) without open tender. At RM 55 billion price tag, it is deemed the most expensive railroad of its kind by The Edge Weekly after benchmarking it against other rail projects around the world. The project is going to be financed by a loan from China via Export-Import (Exim) Bank of China. Putrajaya has repeatedly said that the loan is offered at low interest rate, but how “low” is the “low interest rate” ? What are the terms and conditions?

In short, it seems like with ECRL deal, most of the money that come from China via Exim bank will go back to China via CCCC, what’s left for Malaysians is an overpriced infrastructure and huge debt, only to be paid by the people in the future.

There is risk that reckless mega infrastructure constructions will send Malaysia into deep debt trap.  What happen to the troubled Sri Lanka offers a good glimpse into how mega infrastructure financed by debt without proper framework to benefit local economies through the construction and completion of the infrastructure, is not development but debt disaster in the making.

布城应该听从纳西尔拉萨的建议,全面审查东海岸铁路工程(ECRL)

百乐镇州议员杨美盈于2017721日(星期五)在八打灵再也所发布的媒体文告。

布城应该听从纳西尔拉萨的建议,全面审查东海岸铁路工程(ECRL

The Edge财经日报》报导说,纳西尔拉萨在“中国在东盟的一带一路计划:经济契机和东盟中心”圆桌讨论上呼吁政府审查中国的一带一路计划,尤其是东海岸铁路工程(ECRL.

我们一直重复表达我们对东海岸铁路工程(ECRL)的关切,但有关方面却似乎对此充耳不闻。现在,连重要的银行家纳西尔拉萨也对这项工程的利益价值以及我国因此亏欠中国巨额债务的影响表达关切,所以我们希望布城不要再漠视这些关切,听从建议,并全面审查这项工程。

ECRL工程是在没有公开竞标下,以550亿令吉颁授给中国交通建设公司(CCCC是非常高的价格。The Edge周报》在把这项工程和世界其他铁路工程进行国际标准衡量后,将它誉为世界上造价最昂贵的铁路。而中国出入口(Exim)银行将提供贷款来承担该工程的建筑费交通部部长拿督斯里廖中莱重复表示,Exim银行以低利息提供这笔贷款。但是,这“低利息”究竟有多“低”呢?还有什么其他的条款吗?

总而言之,看起来在ECRL协议里,大部分透过Exim银行的来自中国的钱最终仍会透过CCCC回到中国去,而马来西亚人所获得的是一个过份昂贵的铁路和庞大的债务,这笔债务最终还是会由人民买单。

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Three Reasons Isa Samad Should Not be SPAD Chief

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, State Assemblywoman for Damansara Utama on 23 June 2017 in Petaling Jaya.

On June 19, when Isa Samad resigned as Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (FGV) chairman, Prime Minister Najib Razak appointed him as the acting chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) with immediate effect “in appreciation of Isa’s role” in FGV.

This is an absolutely ridiculous appointment. No one will believe that Isa is the best candidate to fill the post left vacant with the retirement of Syed Hamid Albar. Here are three main reasons why Isa Samad should not be the chief of SPAD.

First, he is undoubtedly incompetent. Under his chairmanship, FGV went from glory to sorry.
In 2012, when FGV went for its US$3.1 billion initial public offering (IPO), it was the world’s second largest IPO of the year, after only Facebook Inc’s US$16 billion IPO.

In five years, FGV’s market capitalisation dropped more than 60% from around RM19 billion to only around RM6 billion, meaning RM13 billion had evaporated from the original value of the company.The share price went from RM4.641on June 29, 2012 to only RM1.75 as of close of trading on June 23, 2017.

In addition, FGV started with a cash surplus of RM5.09 billion in December 2012 but four years later in December 2016, it is RM1.97 billion in debt. FGV’s current sorry state of affairs didn’t happen overnight, it was a result of a series of missteps, all of which were made under the watch of Isa.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

依沙沙末不应该成为SPAD主席的三大理由

首相拿督斯里纳吉在丹斯里依沙沙末辞去环球创投主席职位的同一天,委任后者成为陆路公共交通委员会代主席,并即时生效,以此来“肯定依沙在环球创投的角色”。

这是绝对荒谬的委任。无人会相信依沙沙末是填补丹斯里赛哈密退休后所留下的空缺的最佳人选。以下是依沙沙末不应该成为SPAD主席的三大理由。

其一,无可置疑的是,他是无能的。环球创投在他担任主席之下,从兴盛走向衰败。环球创投在2012年展开它31亿美元的首次公开募股(IPO),这是当年全世界第二大的IPO,仅次于面子书公司的160亿美元的IPO。然而,环球创投的市值却在五年内下滑超过60%,从190亿令吉至60亿令吉而已,蒸发掉了大约130亿令吉。它的股价也从2012629日的每股4.641令吉跌至昨天下午的每股1.75令吉而已。除此之外,环球创投在201212月所持有的现金是50亿9000万令吉,但却在四年后的201612月,负债达到19亿7000万令吉。环球创投目前的糟糕情况,并不是一夕间发生的,它是由一系列的错误所造成的,并且全都是在依沙沙末的看管下发生的。

Friday, June 16, 2017

It is unnecessary and untimely for Putrajaya to impose tourism tax.

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, ADUN for Damansara Utama on Saturday 10 June 2017 in Petaling Jaya.

It is unnecessary and untimely for Putrajaya to impose tourism tax.

We are very concerned with the rush of Putrajaya into imposing tourism tax, leaving hotel operators and those who are involved in confusion. It was reported that the taxation rate will be RM20, RM 10, RM 5 and RM2.50 per room per night for hotels with five star, four star, one to three star and other ratings respectively.

The lightning speed of the implementation of the Tourism Tax Bill 2017 passed just a few months ago shows that Putrajaya’s coffer is running so dry that it is going all out to milk more monies from the people in any way possible.

This swift implementation of the law passed in Parliament is in sharp contrast with the implementation of Child Offender Registry, which is provided by Child Act Amendment 2016. The government couldn’t complete the registry, which contains records of convicts who committed crimes against children including sexual crimes, nine months after the law was passed in the parliament (April 2016) and six months after the law was gazetted (July 2016)[i]. (The registry is finally ready now with slightly more than 100 child offenders record.) On a contrary, for Tourism Tax Act 2017, the government can’t wait to execute the law even before it is gazzetted! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

马来西亚的父权主义和强奸文化


镇州议员杨美盈于2017413星期在八打灵再也所发表的文章

巫统打昔牛汝莪国会议员沙布丁在一周前引起很多西亚人民的道强奸受害者和她的强奸者婚并无不妥这样黯淡的前途表示小至912的女孩子只要已经处于青春期即她的身体和18少女无异就可以沙布丁的和强奸者“9女孩可以背后的核心思想不是出于他个人的变它也反映出马西亚社会根深蒂固的父主义

女在今今日的马西亚仍然被一些人视物件财产或比男人低一等9的男孩子被认为处于上学和游玩的年的同9的女孩子却被一些人看适婚

强奸案发生经常会听到像当时的穿着是怎样的当时在哪里她是否出夜门当时是否喝醉了以及她是否有问题仿佛假如问题的答案符合一般刻板的促使强奸的条件她被强奸就变得是或自找受害者多少要被侵犯负责的有害念持续渗透在我的社会里

当谋杀案发生被怪的总是人犯当抢劫案发生被怪的总是劫犯当贩毒案发生被怪的总是毒者强奸案发生被怪何却是受害者呢有任何女或女孩应该被强奸


个怪罪受害者的父文化解何有么少的受害者有勇气向别说在罪案发生后求强奸生者的支援和害怕被怪罪视和被抛弃在马西亚每十宗强奸案只有两宗会被投平均来说每年有大3000宗强奸案假如我将没有投的案件算在们将会看到一个令人震惊的事实,那就是西亚每35分钟就会有一名女孩或女被强奸更糟的是3名强奸受害者中就有大两名是未成年人士— 16以下的女孩子