• What happened to spending on ST15 rice and why was the paddy subsidy to farmers cut?

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 4th of November 2015

    What happened to spending on ST15 rice and why was the paddy subsidy to farmers cut?

    The announcement by the Ministry of Agriculture that the subsidy for the Super Tempatan 15% (ST15) broken rice has been abolished is not surprising. In the 2016 budget estimates, the RM528 million subsidi harga beras in 2015 was reduced to zero in 2016.

    It was reported that the Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry’s (MOA) Paddy and Rice Industry Division secretary, Samsuddin Ismail, had said that the program was abolished because there were too many leakages in the scheme including the rice being bought by non-Malaysians and by food eateries.[1]

    Since this subsidy was introduced in 2008 to 2015, an estimated RM3.4 billion has been spent (see Table 1 below). If there were leakages in this subsidy, how was of this subsidy was wasted? How much did this subsidy benefit restaurant owners who would gain additional profit from using this subsidised low grade rice? How much of this subsidy went to unscrupulous middle-men who bought ST15 subsidized rice and repackaged them to see it at a higher grade and higher price? The Ministry of Agriculture must explain to the Malaysian taxpayer.

    This subsidy was introduced in 2008 when the price of rice was at a historic high. According to statistics from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture (FAO) Rice Market Monitor, the price of Thai White 100% B 2nd grade export rice hit a high of US$963/tonne in May 2008. Since then, the price has dropped to US$367 in September 2015 (See Table 2 below).

    This ST15 subsidy was channelled through BERNAS whose main responsibility was to ensure a steady supply of ST15 rice given the then historically high price of rice in the international market. But since the price of rice has dropped by more than 50% since 2008, how much of this subsidy has gone into the bottom line of BERNAS itself? Shockingly, when the price of rice in the international market for Thai 100% B had dropped to less than RM410 in 2014 and 2015, the subsidy for ST15 was maintained at RM528m for 2014 and 2015. Was this a subsidy to help the poor buy cheap rice or was it a subsidy to benefit BERNAS directly? The Ministry of Agriculture must also explain.

    Finally, the Prime Minister, in his budget speech announced that the government will increase the rate of the paddy subsidy to farmers (or Skim Subsidi Harga Padi) from RM248.10 to RM300 per metric tonne. This is supposed to translate into increasing a farmer’s income from RM1190 to RM1440. But when the allocation of the Subsidi Harga Padi in the Anggaran Belanjawan is examined, we find that this has actually been cut from RM480 million in 2015 to RM400 million in 2016. How can this be consistent with Najib’s announcement that the paddy farmers’ incomes will increase? Will the Ministry of Agriculture impose a quota system so that fewer farmers are eligible for this subsidy scheme since there are an estimated 172,330 paddy farmers in Malaysia whereas Najib’s plan will only benefit 155,000 paddy farmers?

    In Pakatan Harapan (PH)’s 2016 Budget, we advocate for the transfer of the ST15 subsidy to the farmers because of the leakages experienced in this subsidy scheme and because the paddy subsidy to the farmers has not been increased since 1991. We feel that this is a more equitable way of allocating the subsidy. And the income of the poor will be significantly increased via the abolishment of the GST compared to the ST15 subsidy scheme which does not even get channelled to the poor communities.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1] http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/11/01/Rice-ST15-subsidy-abolished/

  • 针对烟霾问题向印尼驻马大使呈交备忘录

    (2015年10月28日)沙登区国会议员王建民博士的新闻媒体声明

     针对烟霾问题向印尼驻马大使呈交备忘录

    昨天,由民主行动党秘书长林冠英领衔的代表团,与伴随的国会议员包括林立迎(泗岩末),沈志强(大山脚),黄泉安(日落洞),黄天发(山打根),黄伟益(丹绒),再里尔(升旗山)和我在10月27日前往了拜访印尼驻马来西亚大使赫尔曼,并针对因在印尼发生烧笆活动而导致严重影响马来西亚的烟霾问题呈交备忘录。

    其中备忘录里的重点内容包括,印尼政府应该认真考虑来自马来西亚和新加坡政府的技术援助,以便提供相关设备和专业消防员来协助扑灭林火,同时尽快签署与马来西亚政府之间合作的谅解备忘录,以共同应付烟霾问题。根据自然资源和环境部长拿督旺朱乃迪,我们有留意到该谅解备忘录的签署活动已被延迟两次。

    印尼大使也向我们传达了一些重要的资讯和说明。这包括印尼政府提出要求需要更多有能力在受灾地区内展开“投掷水弹”任务的飞机,而马来西亚政府所派出的庞巴迪(Bombardier)两栖飞机目前正在该地区进行灭火任务。[1] 同时,我们也被告知印尼政府已经派出了约13,900名来自军队和警察的部队在灾区进行灭火任务。

    根据吉隆坡的印尼大使,我们还获悉马来西亚和印尼政府之间致力于打击烟霾问题的谅解备忘录仅适用于苏门答腊岛的廖内省,而非更全面涵盖其他露天焚烧范围的加里曼丹和苏门答腊其他省份的协议。随后经过进一步地调查,在2014年11月自然资源与环境部副部长拿督詹姆斯就已宣布提呈该谅解备忘录。[2]

    最后,我们被要求要问在印尼有业务的马来西亚公司,协助灭火行动包括租用开展“投掷水弹”任务的飞机及其它相关活动,好让目前印尼部分地区的火势得以控制。

    我们衷心感谢印尼驻马大使答应这一次会面,并愿意与我们彼此坦诚地交流意见和资讯。

    王建民博士
    沙登区国会议员

    Lim Guan Eng – Memorandum Jerebu (BM)

    Lim Guan Eng – Haze Memorandum (Eng)

    [1] http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/malaysia-indonesia-hold-further-talks-aid-combat-forest-fires-and-haze-78123

    [2] http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/13/Malaysia-Indonesia-haze-MoU/

  • Penyerahan memorandum tentang masalah jerebu kepada Kedutaan Indonesia di Malaysia

    Kenyataan Media oleh Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Serdang pada 28 Oktober 2015

    Penyerahan memorandum tentang masalah jerebu kepada Kedutaan Indonesia di Malaysia

    Semalam pada 27 Oktober, delegasi dari Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) yang diketuai oleh Setiausaha Agung, Lim Guan Eng ditemani oleh barisan Ahli Parlimen, Lim Lip Eng (Segambut), Steven Sim (Bukit Mertajam), Jeff Ooi (Jelutong), Stephen Wong (Sandakan), Ng Wei Aik (Tanjong), Zairil Khir Johari (Bukit Bendera) dan saya telah melawat Duta Indonesia di Malaysia, H.E. Herman Prayitno bagi menyerahkan memorandum berkenaan masalah jerebu akibat daripada pembakaran terbuka yang berlaku di Indonesia dan memberi kesan teruk kepada Malaysia.

    Antara perkara yang dibangkitkan dalam memorandum tersebut adalah bahawa Kerajaan Indonesia perlu memberi pertimbangan serius terhadap tawaran dan bantuan teknikal oleh Kerajaan Malaysia dan Singapura untuk menghantar peralatan dan anggota bomba profesional bagi membantu memadamkan kebakaran hutan, dan Indonesia perlu segera menandatangani memorandum persefahaman dengan Malaysia berhubung mekanisme kerjasama terperinci untuk menangani masalah jerebu. Kami memerhatikan dalam memorandum tersebut bahawa persetujuan memorandum persefahaman telah ditangguhkan dua kali seperti mana yang dikatakan oleh YB Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Menteri Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar.

    Beberapa maklumat penting dan penjelasan juga telah disampaikan kepada kami oleh Kedutaan Indonesia di Kuala Lumpur. Kami diberitahu bahawa Indonesia memerlukan bantuan dari segi pesawat yang mampu menjalankan misi ‘pengeboman air’ di kawasan yang terjejas dan pesawat pengebom air Malaysia yang mampu melakukan misi tersebut kini sedang diselenggara.[1] Kami juga diberitahu bahawa Indonesia telah mengerahkan 13,900 anggota tentera dan polis bagi aktiviti memadam kebakaran di kawasan terjejas.

    Kami juga dimaklumkan berkenaan Memorandum Persefahaman antara Indonesia dan Malaysia dalam kerjasama untuk menangani masalah jerebu hanyalah untuk Wilayah Riau di Sumatera sahaja, dan bukannya merupakan perjanjian holistik yang merangkumi kawasan pembakaran terbuka di Kalimantan dan kawasan Sumatera yang lain. Semakan selanjutnya mendedahkan bahawa Perjanjian Persefahaman ini telah dibentangkan sejak November 2014, seperti yang diumumkan oleh Timbalan Menteri Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar pada masa itu, iaitu Datuk Seri Dr. James Dawos.[2]

    Akhirnya, kami digalakkan untuk meminta syarikat Malaysia yang beroperasi di Indonesia untuk membantu dalam memadamkan kebakaran dengan menyewa pesawat untuk melakukan misi pengeboman air dan aktiviti lain yang berkaitan bagi mengawal dan memadamkan api yang sedang merebak di Indonesia.

    Kami mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Kedutaan Indonesia di Malaysia kerana kesudian untuk mengadakan pertemuan ini serta memberikan pandangan dan maklumat secara jujur.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Ahli Parlimen Serdang

    Lim Guan Eng – Memorandum Jerebu (BM)

    Lim Guan Eng – Haze Memorandum (Eng)

    [1] http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/malaysia-indonesia-hold-further-talks-aid-combat-forest-fires-and-haze-78123

    [2] http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/13/Malaysia-Indonesia-haze-MoU/

  • Handing over a Memorandum on the Haze Problem to the Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 28th of October 2015

    Handing over a Memorandum on the Haze Problem to the Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia

    Yesterday, on the 27th of October, a delegation from the Democratic Action Party (DAP), led by Secretary General Lim Guan Eng, and accompanied by the following Members of Parliament – Lim Lip Eng (Segambut), Steven Sim (Bukit Mertajam), Jeff Ooi (Jelutong), Stephen Wong (Sandakan), Ng Wei Aik (Tanjong), Zairil Khir Johari (Bukit Bendera) and myself – visited the Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia, H.E. Herman Prayitno to hand over a memorandum on the haze problem affecting Malaysia as a result of the open burning which is occurring in Indonesia.

    Among the points raised in the memorandum was that the that Indonesian government should give serious consideration to the technical assistance and offers of the Malaysian and Singaporean governments to send equipment and professional firefighters to help extinguish the forest fires and for the Indonesian government to expedite the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Malaysians government on detailed cooperation mechanisms to jointly overcome the haze problem. We noted in the memorandum that the signing of this MoU has been postponed twice, according to the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, YB Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

    Some important information and clarification was conveyed to us by the Indonesia embassy in Kuala Lumpur. We were told that Indonesia requires assistance in the form of aircraft that were capable of carrying out ‘water bombing’ missions over the affected areas and that the Bombadier plane which Malaysia sent to carry out these ‘water bombing’ missions was currently being serviced.[1] We were also told that Indonesia had deployed 13,900 personnel from the army and police for fire fighting activities in the affected areas.

    We were also informed that the MoU between Malaysia and Indonesia on cooperation to combat the haze problem was only for the Riau province in Sumatra and not, as far as the Indonesia embassy in KL knew, a more holistic agreement covering other open burning areas those in Kalimantan and other parts of Sumatra. A subsequent check revealed that this MoU has been on the table since November 2014, as announced by then Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. James Dawos.[2]

    Finally, we were encouraged to ask Malaysian companies with operations in Indonesia to help contribute to the fire extinguishing efforts by renting planes to carry out ‘water bombing’ missions and other related activities in order to control and put out the fires which are currently burning in parts of Indonesia.

    We expressed our thanks to the Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia for his willingness to have this meeting and for the frank sharing of views and information.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    Lim Guan Eng – Memorandum Jerebu (BM)

    Lim Guan Eng – Haze Memorandum (Eng)

    [1] http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/malaysia-indonesia-hold-further-talks-aid-combat-forest-fires-and-haze-78123

    [2] http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/13/Malaysia-Indonesia-haze-MoU/

  • 恭贺首相送上“以民为本”的预算案

    (2015年10月26日)沙登区国会议员王建民博士的媒体新闻声明

    恭贺首相送上以民为本的预算案

    我想要“恭贺”首相撤销2016年种植及原产业部底下高达9.5亿令吉的食用油津贴方案,最终可能导致食用油价格的上涨。

    我想要“恭贺”首相大砍高达90亿令吉的津贴和现金援助(从2015年的193亿令吉减至2016年的106亿令吉),最终可能无法缓冲大部分百姓生活成本高涨的冲击。

    我想要“恭贺”首相撤销电费津贴,最终一定会导致电费的上涨,而身为受益最多的穷人必定首当其冲。

    我想要“恭贺”首相在2016年将从马来西亚人民身上额外多征收45亿令吉的消费税(相比2015年销售及服务税的345亿令吉,2016年的消费税为390亿令吉)。

    我确信一马援助金所增加派发的10亿令吉(从2015年的49亿令吉至2016年的59亿令吉)远远无法填补政府所削减的101亿令吉直接津贴和额外从你我口袋所征收45亿令吉的消费税。

    尽管最近18条大道过路费都已经起价了,我还是想要“恭贺”首相仍然提高大道特许经营公司的赔偿金,从2015年的4.587亿令吉提高至2016年的5.933亿令吉。想必那些可怜的大道公司在多年经历赔偿金微薄和过路费无法获得调涨的委屈下,终于可以在2016年享受一番。

    再次“恭贺”如此“以民为本”的预算案,我相信在2017年预算案到来之前,全体马来西亚人民都会对此抱着终身感恩之心…

    (备注:仅通知上述声明带有嘲讽之意)

    王建民博士
    沙登区国会议员

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