• Minister for Family, Women and Community Development, Dato Seri’ Rohani Abdul Karim should fulfil her promise and allow Members of Parliament to visit the Desa Bini Diri halfway home for the homeless in Sungai Buloh

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 17th of July, 2014

    Minister for Family, Women and Community Development, Dato Seri’ Rohani Abdul Karim should fulfil her promise and allow Members of Parliament to visit the Desa Bini Diri halfway home for the homeless in Sungai Buloh

    Last Sunday, on the 13th of July, Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, Dato Seri’ Rohani Abdul Karim said that “The perception spun is that we are about to catch them and put them in cells. That is not true. We don’t do that. Now we have the opposition parties wanting to go to Desa Bina Diri (centre for the homeless) in Sungai Buloh to see our facilities there because they think it is a cell. They are welcome to have a look.”[1]

    I had written to the Minister almost a month ago, on the 23rd of June, asking for an official visit for interested Members of Parliament. On the 7th of July, I got in touch with the Minister’s private secretary, Encik Reza-Rizvy Ahmad, and repeated this request. Until today, despite the Minister’s promise in the Star newspaper to welcome us – the opposition parties – to have a look, I have not received any positive response from either the Minister or her private secretary.

    The purpose of our visit is to ascertain the following:

    (i)              Whether the residents are being held against their will
    (ii)            Whether the residents are being given the necessary care to help them transition from homelessness. This would include access to mental health care professionals and proper medical treatment where necessary.
    (iii)          Whether the residents are being matched with suitable training and jobs, if they are able to work in the first place
    (iv)           Whether the residents have help to obtain proper documentation such as Identity Cards
    (v)             Whether the facilities at this DBD is adequate to house the residents

    This visit is all the more necessary after it was reported that some of the residents at the Sungai Buloh DBD are being held against their will.[2] Will the Minister live up to her promise of allowing opposition MPs to visit the Sungai Buloh DBD or will this be another example of a failed promise or janji tidak ditepati by the BN government?

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1]http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/07/13/Sleepless-over-the-homeless-Woman-Family-and-Community-Development-Minister-Datuk-Seri-Rohani-Abdul/

    [2]http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/homeless-beg-to-be-freed-from-sungai-buloh-centre

  • Minister of Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan should fulfil his promise made in Parliament to disclose the full tender documents for the proposed Taman Beringin Waste-to-Energy Plant

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 15th of July, 2014

    Minister of Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan should fulfil his promise made in Parliament to disclose the full tender documents for the proposed Taman Beringin Waste-to-Energy Plant

    Minister of Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan recently tweeted that the proposed Waste-to-Energy plant in Taman Beringin, Kepong, will be built on a Private Finance Initiative basis with the construction costs being borne by the successful tenderer. The government only has to pay the tipping fee per tonne and not the capital expenditure for the proposed plant.[1]

    If this is the case, it is crucial for the Minister to disclose the expected tipping fee per tonne at this Waste-to-Energy plant so that this can be compared to the current tipping fee per tonne that is being paid by DBKL, estimated at RM84 (including costs of transportation) by the director of the National Waste Management Department, Dato Dr. Nadzri Yahaya. If the expected tipping fee is significantly higher than the current tipping fee, it would be the residents of Kuala Lumpur who would have to pay a far higher assessment rate.

    I would like to remind the Minister that the operational cost per tonne for the incinerators in Pulau Pangkor, Pulau Langkawi and Cameron Highlands all exceed RM200 with the highest being RM363 per tonne in Cameron Highlands.[2] If the capital costs for these incinerators are included, then the cost per tonne would be significantly higher than RM200.

    All this information, including the expected tipping fee, are contained in the tender documents (or Request for Proposal / RfP) for the proposed Waste-to-Energy plant. The Director of the Public Private Partnership Unit or UKAS tweeted me on the 7th of July saying that “the RFP is scheduled to be issued on the 3rd week of July 2014”. When I asked the director through twitter on whether this RFP would be published on the website of UKAS, he did not give me an answer.

    I want to remind the Minister of his parliamentary reply on the 26th of November, 2013, during the budget debate where he said – “So, once we – tender ini adalah tender antarabangsa, tender terbuka antarabangsa yang akan diiklankan dan akan pamerkan segala data Yang Berhormat hendakkan. You know Yang Berhormat, kita tidak mahu seperti mana yang saya katakan, kita mahu yang terbaik untuk rakyat dan penduduk Kuala Lumpur.” (pg. 176, DR26112013)

    So far, the Minister has not promised me in our lengthy twitter exchanges that the tender or RFP documents would be made public. I call upon the Minister to keep to his promise made in Parliament that the tender documents will be made public and that the identity of the bidders for this Waste-to-Energy plant will also be made public. The failure to do so would mean that the Minister has broken his promise and that he or his Ministry has something to hide from the public.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1] http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1112566

    [2] http://ongkianming.com/2013/12/27/press-statement-response-to-minister-dato-abdul-rahman-dahlan-on-the-small-scale-incinerators-in-langkawi-pangkor-tioman-and-cameron-highlands/

  • Minister of Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government misleading the people when he said that the bad smells in Taman Beringin will disappear after an incinerator is built there

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 11th of July, 2014

    Minister of Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government misleading the people when he said that the bad smells in Taman Beringin will disappear after an incinerator is built there

    In a press conference yesterday, Minister for Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government, Dato’ Abdul Rahman Dahlan, said that opposition to the proposed incinerator in Taman Beringin, Kepong, was based on emotions and half-baked facts.[1] This is a baseless accusation by the Minister as the opposition to the incinerator in Taman Beringin, Kepong has always been based on facts and figures. If the Minister took the trouble to review my press statements on this matter, he would see that I refer to guidelines from the Department of Environment, facts and figures from KL Draft Plan 2020, the Auditor General’s report and even from his own ministry, to back up my concerns regarding the proposed incinerator.[2]

    As for his accusation that the Selangor state government also has plans to build an incinerator, I refer him to the reply by Selangor Exco, Teng Chang Khim on the 25th of November, 2013 where he said that the option of building an incinerator is still being studied. A three person committee comprising Teng, Dr Ahmad Yunus and Elizabeth Wong is still studying the issue of waste management more generally.[3] (Appendix 1) There has not been any tender documents issued or any site identified for the construction of an incinerator in Selangor.

    The Minister also said that “we will upgrade the waste transfer station and put in a negative pressure chamber to ensure no more foul odour is emitted from the garbage collected there.” If this is the case, then it will be good news for the residents in Kepong who have had to bear with the rubbish smell coming from the transfer station for many years. But the minister is silent on how this negative pressure chamber will be built in the transfer station when there are no plans to shut down the transfer station when the proposed incinerator is being built. The waste transfer station is located in one part of Taman Beringin and the proposed incinerator is located in a separate site in Taman Beringin. It states very clearly on pg. 26 of the Waste-to-Energy memorandum given to potential bidders that the “Kepong Solid Waste Transfer Station would continue to operate as usual during the construction of the Facility” (i.e. the incinerator) (Appendix 2). Is it possible for a negative pressure chamber to be built at the transfer station without shutting it down? The Minister has to clarify.

    One of the main reasons for the bad smells coming from the Taman Beringin Transfer Station is due to the leachate problem from the wet organic waste collected. The Minister is silent on how the building of the incinerator can help in getting rid of the leachate problem.

    In other words, there is no assurance that the bad smells will disappear in Taman Beringin after the incinerator is built.

    Finally, the Minister has said in Parliament that he would make all the documents pertaining to the tender process for the incinerator open to the public. I urge him to make the Request for Proposal (RfP) for the Taman Beringin project to be made available to the public for the sake of transparency. I also urge him to disclose the shortlist of companies which have been chosen to take part of the tender process in the interest of transparency and full disclosure. If he fails to do disclose the RfP and the information about the shortlisted companies, he will not only be going against his own word but also raise doubts that there is something that he is hiding in regards to the bidding process.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    Appendix 1: Reply in the Selangor State Assembly by YB Teng Chang Khim on the issue of incinerators in Selangor

    Y.B. TUAN SULAIMAN BIN ABDUL RAZAK: Terima kasih. Dari segi, saya nak tanya Sungai Pinang mengenai pelupusan sampah. Apakah Kerajaan Negeri di masa akan datang mempunyai rancangan untuk membina incinerator untuk pelupusan sampah-sampah ini?

    Y.B. DATO’ TENG CHANG KHIM: Tuan Speaker, sebenarnya ini adalah soalan berikutnya akan saya jawab. Tapi secara ringkasnya, itu adalah di antara yang dikaji. Kita belum membuat kepastian kerana buat masa ini ada pelbagai, di seluruh dunia ada pelbagai cara untuk melupuskan sampah termasuk menggunakan cara pelupusan yang paling asli, yang paling senang, yang paling murah, yang paling ekonomik adalah dengan menggunakan landfill. Itu yang paling senang. Tapi sekiranya kita hendak negara ini lebih maju lagi kerana memandangkan tapak yang ada memang terhad khususnya di negeri seperti Selangor ini, incinerator adalah di antara cara yang sedang dikaji kerana ia perlu dilihat daripada pelbagai aspek. Terima kasih.

    Itu sedang dilihat, dikaji oleh satu jawatankuasa, task force yang dianggotai oleh saya sendiri bersama dengan Y.B. Sijangkang dan Y.B. Bukit Lanjan. Bersama-sama dengan pegawai kita yang menguruskan soal sampah ini. Terima kasih.

    Appendix 2: Pg.26 of the Waste to Energy Information Memorandum stating that the Kepong Transfer Station will operate as usual during the construction of the Facility

    [1]http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/dont-oppose-incinerators-based-on-emotions-and-half-baked-facts-minister-te

    [2]http://ongkianming.com/2014/04/05/press-statement-was-the-deputy-minister-of-natural-resources-and-the-environment-james-dawos-mamit-not-telling-the-truth-when-he-said-that-the-dioxin-emissions-from-the-bukit-nanas-hazardous-waste-inc/

    http://ongkianming.com/2013/12/27/press-statement-response-to-minister-dato-abdul-rahman-dahlan-on-the-small-scale-incinerators-in-langkawi-pangkor-tioman-and-cameron-highlands/http://ongkianming.com/2013/12/23/press-statement-contracts-to-build-incinerators-in-langkawi-pangkor-cameron-highlands-and-tioman-were-awarded-to-a-company-controlled-by-a-former-navy-chief-which-used-an-unproven-technology/

    http://ongkianming.com/2013/11/25/press-statement-minister-of-urban-well-being-housing-and-local-government-must-give-the-following-assurances-to-ensure-that-the-incinerator-option-is-not-the-default-option-despite-the-internationa/

    http://ongkianming.com/2014/04/13/press-statement-is-the-ministry-of-urban-well-being-housing-and-local-government-reducing-recycling-activities-in-order-to-ensure-supply-of-solid-waste-for-the-waste-to-energy-wte-plant-in-taman-berin/

    [3]http://dun.selangor.gov.my/v2/sites/default/files/05.HANSARD.251113.pdf

  • Prime Minister Najib should ask MP for Kinabatangan, Bung Mokhtar Radin, to apologize for his tweet and his defense of his tweet, to resign as a member of the UMNO Central Committee and as the MP for Kinabatangan

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 10th of July, 2014

    Prime Minister Najib should ask MP for Kinabatangan, Bung Mokhtar Radin, to apologize for his tweet and his defense of his tweet, to resign as a member of the UMNO Central Committee and as the MP for Kinabatangan

    Not surprisingly, the offensive tweet by MP for Kinabatangan, Bung Mokhtar Radin – “LONG LIVE HITLER” – has made international headlines including in TIME[1], UPI[2], the Huffington Post[3], the Washington Post[4], BBC news[5] and the Daily Mail[6], just to name a few. What is worse is that Bung refused to apologize for his tweet but defended it by saying that “Hitler is part of history and the German team fought like how he did”.

    German Ambassador to Malaysia, Holger Michael, expressed his views by strongly rejecting the “distasteful and unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler”.[7]

    Bung’s initial tweet is highly offensive and unacceptable behaviour coming from a Member of Parliament. His refusal to apologise and his ignorant defense of his tweet is even more unacceptable.

    Many politicians in democratic countries have resigned for making racist and bigoted statements. Since it is very unlikely that Bung will apologize or resign over his remarks, I call upon PM Najib to ask the MP for Kinabatangan to publicly apologize for this tweet and the defense of his tweet and to ask him to resign as a member of the UMNO Central Committee and as MP for Kinabatangan as a sign that he is a PM who values Malaysia’s international reputation, the reputation of Malaysia’s parliament and also the reputation of his own party, UMNO.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1] http://time.com/2968793/world-cup-germany-brazil-hitler-malaysia-bung-mokhtar-radin-soccer-football/

    [2] http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2014/07/09/Malaysian-politician-tweets-LONG-LIVE-HITLER-after-German-World-Cup-win-over-Brazil/7801404907850/

    [3] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/malaysia-mp-long-live-hitler_n_5571855.html

    [4] http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/07/09/malaysian-mp-hails-german-world-cup-win-by-praising-hitler/

    [5] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28227713

    [6] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2685915/Malaysian-MP-bizarre-congratulatory-tweet-Germany-World-Cup-victory.html

    [7] http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/07/09/German-Ambassador-reject/

  • Challenge to Dr. Dominic Lau to a public debate on Sunday, 13th of July, about whether incinerators are suitable for Malaysia

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 9th of July

    Challenge to Dr. Dominic Lau to a public debate on Sunday, 13th of July, about whether incinerators are suitable for Malaysia

    It was reported yesterday that Gerakan Vice President, Dr. Dominic Lau, accused me of lying about being part of an official delegation, headed by Director of the National Waste Management Corporation (JPSPN), Dato Dr. Nadzri Yahaya, to Japan, which took place from June 21st to June 24th, 2014.[1] I did not say that I was part of the official delegation. It was most probably an error on the part of the journalist who covered a press conference organized by the NGO, Kuala Lumpur Taknak Incinerator (KTI), on Sunday, 6th of July, 2014.

    However, I did visit Japan after the end of the trip by the official delegation, at my own expense, to conduct my own research into the pros and cons of incinerators in Japan which included visiting 2 incinerators as well as visiting NGOs and academics who are advocating for alternatives to incinerators. Unlike the official delegation, I wanted to hear both sides of the story and not be brainwashed by pro-incinerator propaganda.

    I will be sharing my views, based on information gathered from my Japan trip, at a public forum organized by KTI that will take place at 10am on Sunday, 13th of July, at the following venue:

    Dewan Taman Mastaira, Jalan 6/18D, Taman Mastiara, 51200 Kuala Lumpur (Person in charge is Ms Lee 0169562286 from KTI)

    I challenge Dominic Lau to share his views and findings from his trip to Japan at this forum and for him to publicly state his position on whether incinerators are suitable to be constructed and operated in Malaysia at this time, including the proposed incinerator at Taman Beringin, Kepong.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1]  http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/268105

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