Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Putrajaya murah hati dengan kontraktor tetapi kedekut dengan ahli bomba?

Kenyataan Media oleh Yeo Bee Yin, ADUN Damansara Utama pada hari Jumaat, 24 Januari 2014 di Petaling Jaya.

Perbelanjaan RM50 juta Kementerian Kewangan membeli peralatan tidak penting bagi Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat boleh digunakan untuk membayar gaji 13,000 anggota bomba (bergaji rendah) - malah boleh dijadikan bonus sebanyak RM3,800 seorang anggota.

Seperti yang didedahkan Jawatankuasa Kira-kira Wang Negara (Public Accounts Committee, PAC), kerajaan Barisan Nasional telah sekali lagi memperlihatkan kekurangan akauntabiliti dalam membelanjankan wang rakat dengan menghabiskan sebanyak RM50 juta membeli "CCS Cobra Cutting Extinguisher E300" melalui rundingan terus. Ini dibuat meski pun Jabatan Bomba tidak berkehendak untuk peralatan tersebut.

Kami percaya bahawa Jabatan Bomba akan lebih mendapat manfaat sekiranya dana tersebut digunakan untuk membayar anggota bomba dalam bentuk bonus ataupun kenaikan gaji. Pada waktu ini, ramai anggota bomba menerima bayaran rendah - gaji pokok seorang anggota muda adalah kurang dari RM1000, malah Ketua Balai pun digaji sekadar RM3,800. Tambahan pula, mereka tidak berhak untuk tuntutan lebih masa. Dalam skim gaji sedemikian, yang lebih rendah berbanding PDRM, walaupun dengan beberapa elaun, ramai anggota bomba merasakan sukar sekali untuk menampung keluarga, terutamanya yang bekerja di kawasan Lembah Kelang.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Putrajaya Paid Generously to Supplier but Peanuts to the Firemen

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, State Assemblywoman for Damansara Utama on Saturday, 25 January 2014 in Petaling Jaya.

The RM50 million the Finance Ministry spent in buying non-essential tools for Fire and Rescue Department will better be spent on compensating the 13,000 (mostly underpaid) firemen – it could well be a bonus of about RM3,800 per fireman.

As revealed by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Barisan Nasional government has once again shown its lack of accountability in utilizing rakyat’s money by spending RM50 million in buying "CCS Cobra Cutting Extinguisher E300" through direct negotiation. This came even WITHOUT the Fire and Rescue Department requesting for it. 

We believe that the Fire Department will be better off if the money was used to compensate the firemen in the form of bonus or pay increment. As of now, many firemen have been underpaid - the basic salary of a junior fireman is lower than RM1,000 and even a Station Commander is only about RM3,800. Furthermore, they are not entitled to overtime claim. Under such a pay scheme, which is significantly lower than their PDRM counterpart, even with some other allowances, many firemen may still find it difficult to raise their families, especially those who are based in Klang Valley area.

Why did Putrajaya pay so generously to the supplier via direct negotiation but peanuts to the men and women who are standing at the forefront to protect the lives and property of the rakyat?  

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Women in Tudung Should be Free from Discrimination: UMNO Shows Two Faces in Tudung Incidents

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, State Assemblywoman of Damansara Utama on Sunday, 19 January 2014 in Petaling Jaya.

Women in ‘tudung’ as a way of professing her Muslim faith should be free from any forms of discrimination in Malaysia, as guaranteed by the Federal Constitution. Nevertheless, UMNO’s different response to discrimination against women in ‘tudung’ in SRJK (C) Nan Ya to that of the multinational retailers in Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) clearly showed that it practices “One Malaysia Two Standards”. 

Is Putrajaya Trying to Cover up the Blocking of BBC's "Kangkung" Site

Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, DAP Social Media Strategist and State Assemblywoman for Damansara Utama on Friday, 17 Jan 2014 in Petaling Jaya.
The incident of BBC’s “kangkung” article being inaccessible raised red flag on Putrajaya’s commitment to Internet and social media freedom, which is crucial for Pakatan Rakyat victory in the next General Election.

Wanita Bertudung Mesti Bebas daripada Diskriminasi

Muslimah bertudung mesti bebas daripada apa jua bentuk diskriminasi dan prejudis dalam proses pengambilan kerja. Syarikat sepatutnya mengambil pekerja berasaskan merit dan kecekapan semata-mata.

Baru-baru ini suatu status Facebook seorang wanita muslim bernama Mira Kamil telah tersebar luas apabila beliau berkongso pengalamannya melalui diskriminasi terhadap Muslimah bertudung. Beliau tidak diterima di beberapa kedai bertaraf antarabangsa di KLCC hanya kerana beliau memakai tudung. Kisahnya itu disahkan oleh Harian Metro apabila seorang wartawannya menyamar untuk mencari kerja di kedai-kedai tersebut dan ditolak mentah-mentah atas sebab yang sama. Keseluruhan proses itu dirakam dalam sebuah video di YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gCIxfbwMZGo

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Open Letter to Prime Minister: Be a Man, Make Your Stand

Dear Prime Minister, 

Since 2 January, our country has once again plunged into the "Allah" chaos, a unique scenario that can be found only in Malaysia. The whole world is laughing at us but that doesn't bother me. What bothers me is this question that keeps lingering in my mind: where does the future lie?

It breaks my heart when I see our country wasting time fighting over the name of God instead of focusing on saving the declining quality of education, the lack of opportunities for the young and the many thousands of rural villages in Sabah and Sarawak that are still deprived of basic necessities.

It also breaks my heart when I see the bond we built as a nation since independence now on the verge of ruin. The gaps between us have just become wider. We have now a situation in Malaysia where someone may have to accept permanent state of inferiority and find himself more like an exile in his own land. This is surely not what our forefathers wanted when they first started this nation.

Mr. Prime Minister,

Malaysia's biggest disease now is hypocrisy. Religion has been repeatedly used to stir up emotions and hatred among the people for political gain. This is not a new weapon, throughout the history it has been used by those who could not prevail, either by persuasion or deeds.

I hope you'll do better than that, don't resort to such schemes to hide your inability to lead and govern.

I remember that you once likened the struggle of UMNO to that of Nelson Mandela's. I would like to remind you that Nelson Mandela had never resorted to splitting his country to gain political power. He stood for what is right and just, even if that meant having to go to jail for 27 years.

I will be very grateful if you, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, posses even the slightest bit of his moral strength. Have you the nerve and the will to stand and speak for what is right?

Mr. Prime Minister,

We must put an end to this "Allah" war soonest possible or it will put an end to our dream as a great nation.

Why are you keeping quiet?

I hate to admit that, but you are the one that should give the final call on the "Allah" issue because only your words will not be twisted and played up by the mainstream media.

We have no time to fight over "Allah" again and again. It is time to fight poverty, corruption, ignorance and incompetency. It is time to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation.

So I ask you now, for the good of all of us and for the love this great nation: please, tell us, how do we move forward?

Mr. Prime Minister,

For your information, my colleagues and I have made a stand as the lawmakers of Selangor after JAIS raided Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM). We stood on the promises of our forefathers as written in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, that everyone has the right to profess, practice and manage his and her own religion.

As for you, you announced the 10-point solution before the election but kept incredibly silent after 2 January. Is the 10-point solution nothing but a tool for you to win power? Does Putrajaya still stand-by the 10-point solution? It is exactly 2 weeks from JAIS's raid but you've made no comment about this. Is this what the Prime Minister supposed to be?

As a lawmaker of Selangor, I have made my stand clear over this issue, the very obligation the people have voted me to do. I am expecting greater conviction and greater courage from you, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

So, be a man, make your stand.

Thank you.

Yours Sincerely,

Yeo Bee Yin

State Assemblywoman of Damansara Utama
16 January 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Be a Man, Make Your Stand

A few months ago, I spoke up for Muslim women in tudung against discrimination during recruitment process based on the principle enshrined in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. (See below the statement.) 

On "Allah" issue, I've made my stand and remain unchanged: the Federal Constitution is the law of this land and it provides every Malaysian his or her right to profess, practice and manage his or her own religion. 

Here's what I want to tell our Prime Minister: "Mr Prime Minister, I've made my stand as a law maker of Selangor. Now, you, be a man, make your stand as the Prime Minister of Malaysia. And yes, please remember 10-point solution sir. The whole country is waiting for you." 


Media Statement by Yeo Bee Yin, DAP Social Media Strategist and ADUN for Damansara Utama on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 in Petaling Jaya.

Muslim women with ‘tudung’ should be free from any forms of discrimination and prejudice in the recruitment process. Firms should recruit employees based solely on merit and competency.

Recently a Facebook status of a Muslim lady by the name of Mira Kamil has gone viral as she shared her experience of blatant discrimination against Muslim women with ‘tudung’. She was rejected outright in several international retail stores in KLCC based entirely on the fact that she was wearing ‘tudung’. Her story was later verified by Harian Metro as one of their reporters went undercover to try to seek job in the stores and was refused based on the same reason. The entire process being recorded in a YouTube video: 

Muslim women should be free to express their religious belief and there should be no force from the employers or compulsion from anybody to make them wear or not to wear ‘tudung’. Muslim women with ‘tudung’ should be free from any forms of discrimination and prejudice; they should not be at a disadvantaged position in the employment process not to mention outright rejection as what has been reported.

In fact, this issue is not of religion but of justice and equal rights. There is a need to review on whether to explicitly include clothing items in the non-discrimination clause of the constitution of Malaysia as of the constitution of the United State and Mexico. (Article 8 Clause 2 of the constitution of Malaysia states “there shall be no discrimination against citizens on the ground only of religion, race, descent, gender or place of birth in any law or in the appointment to any office or employment”.)

Finally, we would like to urge the companies in Malaysia to treat all the potential candidates equally in the recruitment process. The way a woman chooses to dress speaks little of her characters, competency and capability, which are the most important characteristics of a productive employee. The economy will benefit when companies in Malaysia are free from discrimination and the best employees are hired to run the companies.

News links of the statement can be found here:

1. http://www.roketkini.com/2013/09/10/dap-kecam-diskriminasi-syarikat-terhadap-wanita-bertudung/

2. http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/dap-rep-speaks-up-for-woman-in-tudung
3. http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=159251:daps-yeo-slams-firms-for-not-hiring-muslim-women-who-wear-tudung&Itemid=2#axzz2poake0yM