• Pakatan Harapan (PH) memberi tawaran yang lebih adil dan lebih mampan kepada KTMB dan pekerjanya

    Kenyataan Media oleh Pakatan Harapan pada 9 Ogos, 2017

    Pakatan Harapan (PH) memberi tawaran yang lebih adil dan lebih mampan kepada KTMB dan pekerjanya

    Perjanjian Akses Rangkaian Kereta Api (RNAA) adalah perjanjian antara KTMB dan Perbadanan Aset Keretapi (RAC) di mana semua aset tanah dan ‘rolling stock’ KTMB akan dipindahkan ke RAC. Proses perjanjian ini sepatutnya diselesaikan pada tahun 2018.[1]

    Pakatan Harapan menentang RNAA atas sebab-sebab berikut:

    (i) Ini merupakan pintu belakang bagi kerajaan untuk memberi akses kepada syarikat kroni yang akan menggunakan rangkaian rel untuk mengambil alih perkhidmatan KTMB termasuk dalam perkhidmatan ‘freight and haulage’ yang terdiri daripada 42% jumlah hasil KTMB (RM216 daripada RM516 juta dalam Tahun Kewangan 2015).

    (ii) Ini akan meningkatkan kos operasi untuk KTMB kerana RAC akan mengenakan caj kepada KTMB untuk penggunaan ‘rolling stock’.

    (iii) RAC, dengan hanya 38 pekerja, tidak berkeupayaan untuk mengurus asetnya dengan baik termasuk penyelenggaraan stok dan trek. Kemungkinan besar tanggungjawab ini akan dikontrakkan kepada syarikat kroni lain.

    KTMB telah mengalami kerugian terkumpul sebanyak RM855 juta dari tahun 2009 hingga 2015 kerana harga tiket yang rendah dan kontrak perolehan yang mahal. Sebagai contoh, KTMB membazirkan RM85 juta untuk kontrak sistem ‘Automatik Fare Collection’ (AFC) yang tidak dapat dilaksanakan. Pada awal tahun ini, Presiden KTM ketika itu, Datuk Sarbini Tijan, diminta ambil cuti sambil menunggu siasatan dalaman mengenai tawaran perolehan yang bernilai berjuta-juta ringgit.[2]

    RAC juga gagal memperolehi keuntungan. Ia telah mengalami kerugian terkumpul sebanyak RM372 juta dari tahun 2009 hingga 2015. RAC tidak mempunyai kakitangan yang mencukupi untuk mengurus asetnya yang bernilai RM36 bilion (termasuk tanah) dengan baik. Kesilapan pengurusan pembayaran kontrak penyelenggaraan keretapi dilaporkan dalam laporan Ketua Audit Negara pada tahun 2013.[3]

    Pakatan Harapan menawarkan perjanjian yang lebih adil kepada KTMB dan 6000 pekerjanya termasuk:

    1) Membatalkan RNAA antara RAC dan KTMB

    2) Memindahkan aset di RAC ke KTMB sebagai cara untuk memaksimumkan nilai aset tersebut. Saiz kecil RAC menghalangnya daripada menambahkan pendapatannya daripada sumber seperti ‘Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)’, pengiklanan serta penjualan barangan (‘retail’). Aset-aset ini perlu dipindahkan ke KTMB dan KTMB mesti dibenarkan untuk menambahkan kepakarannya dalam bidang-bidang ini. Ini akan membolehkan KTMB untuk mencapai keuntungan dan juga untuk mengurangkan keperluan untuk meningkatkan harga tiket.[4]

    3) Mengkaji semula kos dan kesesuaian projek East Coast Rail Link (ECRL). Aset-aset di bawah ECRL iaitu ‘rolling stock’, trek, tanah dan stesen, tidak akan dimiliki oleh RAC ataupun KTM. Sebaliknya, ia akan dimiliki oleh sebuah syarikat yang baru diwujudkan, Malaysia Rail Line (MRL) Sdn Bhd, yang 100% dimiliki oleh Kementerian Kewangan. Ia telah dilaporkan bahawa perkhidmatan ECRL akan dijalankan oleh operator lain yang belum dinamakan lagi. Kos ECRL bukan sahaja sangat tinggi malahan kemungkinan besar operasinya akan diberikan melalui rundingan terus (‘direct negotiation’).

    4) Melaksanakan tender terbuka untuk semua pembelian aset dan perkhidmatan oleh KTMB; dan

    5) Tidak menswastakan KTMB

    Dengan tawaran dasar-dasar baru tersebut, maka kita dapat mensasarkan KTMB menjadi sebuah syarikat yang kedudukan kewangannya kukuh dan berkeuntungan, memastikan para penngguna perkkhidmatan KTMB tidak dibebani peningkatan harga tambang keretapi dan juga menjamin kebajikan dan keselamatan ribuan pekerja KTMB pada masa akan datang.

    Tan Sri Muhyidddin Yassin, Presiden BERSATU
    Liew Chin Tong, Ahli Parlimen Kluang
    Dato’ Abdullah Sani bin Abdul Hamid, Ahli Parlimen Kuala Langat
    Dr. Hatta Ramli, Ahli Parlimen Kuala Krai

    Gambar pemimpin Pakatan Harapan bersama dengan wakil Railwaymen Union Malaysia (RUM) termasuk Presiden RUM, Encik Abdul Razak

    [1] http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/transport-ministry-says-agreement-will-not-cost-4000-job-losses-ktmb

    [2] http://tonypua.blogspot.my/2011/01/ktmb-rm85m-contract-to-company-without.html dan http://ongkianming.com/2015/08/22/press-statement-prime-minister-najib-should-look-at-the-failure-of-the-automatic-fare-collection-afc-system-rather-than-asking-for-new-ktm-ticket-counters-to-be-added/

    [3] http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/01/11/rail-controversy/

    [4] http://english.astroawani.com/business-news/highlights-auditor-generals-report-2013-series-2-37880

  • Pakatan Harapan (PH) offers a fairer deal to KTMB and its workers

    Media Statement by Pakatan Harapan on the 9th of August, 2017

    Pakatan Harapan (PH) offers a fairer deal to KTMB and its workers

    The Railway Network Access Agreement (RNAA) is an agreement between KTMB and the Railway Assets Corporation (RAC) which will see KTMB transferring all of its rolling stocks and lands to RAC. This exercise is supposed to be completed sometime in 2018.[1]

    Pakatan Harapan is opposed to the RNAA for the following reasons:

    (i)               This is a back door way for the government to provide access to crony companies to use the rail network to undermine KTMB’s core businesses including the freight and haulage business that comprises 42% of its revenue (RM216 out of RM516 million in Financial Year 2015).

    (ii)              This will increase the costs of operations for KTMB because RAC will charge KTMB for the use of the rolling stock.

    (iii)            RAC, with only 38 employees, is in no position to properly manage its assets including the maintenance of the rolling stock and the track. It is likely that these responsibilities would be sub-contracted out to other crony companies.

    KTMB has suffered accumulated losses of RM855 million from 2009 to 2015 because of low ticket prices and expensive procurement contracts. For example, KTMB wasted RM85 million on a contract for an Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) ticketing system that could not be implemented.[2] More recently, the then President of KTM, Datuk Sarbini Tijan, was asked to go on leave pending an internal inquiry on procurement deals worth millions of ringgit.[3]

    RAC has also not been profitable. It has accumulated losses of RM372 million from 2009 to 2015. RAC does not have enough staff to properly manage the RM36 billion in assets including land. Its mismanagement of train maintenance contract payments was reported in the Auditor General’s report in 2013.[4]

    Pakatan Harapan promises a fairer deal to KTMB and its 6000 workers including:

    1)     Cancelling the RNAA between RAC and KTMB

    2)     Transferring the assets in RAC to KTMB as a way to maximize the value of these assets. The small size of RAC prevents it from increasing its revenue from ventures such as transit oriented development and advertising and retail. These assets should be transferred to KTMB and KTMB should be allowed to expand its expertise in these areas. This will be the way forward to KTMB to regain its profitability and also to minimize the need to increase ticket prices.

    3)     Review the cost and suitability of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project. The assets under ECRL i.e. the rolling stock, the track, the land and the stations, will not be owned by RAC or KTM. Instead, it will be owned by a newly established 100% Ministry of Finance Owned Entity, Malaysia Rail Line (MRL) Sdn Bhd. It has been reported that the ECRL service will be run by another operator which has not been named.[5] Not only is the cost of the ECRL extraordinarily high, it is very likely its operations will be awarded via direct negotiation.

    4)     Implement open tenders for all procurements of assets and services by KTMB

    5)     Not to privatise KTMB

    With these policies, we can chart the path towards financial profitability for KTMB, guarantee continued low prices for the passengers and ensure employment security and welfare for thousands of railway workers.

    Tan Sri Muhyidddin Yassin, President of BERSATU
    Liew Chin Tong, MP for Kluang
    Dato’ Abdullah Sani bin Abdul Hamid, MP for Kuala Langat
    Dr. Hatta Ramli, MP for Kuala Krai

    [1] http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/transport-ministry-says-agreement-will-not-cost-4000-job-losses-ktmb

    [2] http://tonypua.blogspot.my/2011/01/ktmb-rm85m-contract-to-company-without.html andhttp://ongkianming.com/2015/08/22/press-statement-prime-minister-najib-should-look-at-the-failure-of-the-automatic-fare-collection-afc-system-rather-than-asking-for-new-ktm-ticket-counters-to-be-added/

    [3] http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/01/11/rail-controversy/

    [4] http://english.astroawani.com/business-news/highlights-auditor-generals-report-2013-series-2-37880

    [5] http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/03/29/east-coast-rail-kicks-off/

  • 青年和体育部必须采取更积极的行动来提升马来西亚跑步竞赛活动的素质

    (2017年8月1日)沙登区国会议员王建民博士的媒体声明

    青年和体育部必须采取更积极的行动来提升马来西亚跑步竞赛活动的素质

    《2017年布城半程马拉松挑战赛》原计划于2017年4月17日举行。宣传活动的原创海报表示,这次活动得到了青年和体育部及布城单位的支持。可惜的是,比赛已经被展延到2017年10月1日。过后,该举办方承认它们并没有获得青年和体育部和布城单位的支持。我们也不清楚所有已经支付报名费但都想退出比赛的参赛者,是否已经获得退款?[1]

    在2015年,人力资源发展基金(HRDF)半程马拉松曾经也被取消。[2]其中很多参赛者都还没有获得退款。而这场马拉松的举办方竟然是来自我国政府机构!

    如此的事件不禁促使我开始在跑步爱好者的社群中展开问卷调查。一份通过谷歌文档(Google Docs)来进行的《马来西亚跑步爱好者问卷调查》。[3] 在2周内(从2017年7月17日至30日),我就收集了473份不重复的问卷回复。当中的331名受访者为男性(70%),143名为女性(30%)。354名受访者年龄在30岁以上(74.8%),114名受访者为18至30岁(24.1%),5名为18岁以下(1.1%)。几乎所有的受访者都是来自马来西亚(473中的457个或占了96.6%)。大多数受访者(473中有374人或占了79.1%)从未在比赛中赢得任何现金或奖品。

    其中的问题包括试图调查大家是否希望和支持政府能设立的特别单位来监督这些比赛,尤其是马拉松竞赛。36.8%的受访者表示强烈支持,另有36.8%的受访者表示一般支持。大多数受访者选择支持的反应(77.6%)正表明了,参赛者普遍对目前举行的马拉松竞赛表示不满。一些人也希望未来举办方能表现得更好,不会在没有任何通知或理由的情况下“卷款而逃”或取消竞赛。一些人则希望举办方能遵守适当的标准作业程序(SOP),以便未来能确保这些竞赛的高质量。一些人也希望这个单位能确保马拉松的报名费可以更廉宜。上述建议是由一名跑步爱好者- Juani Abu Bakar所整理出来,随后并获得一些媒体的报道。[4]

    昨天在国会的特别议会中,我再提出设立体育监督单位的建议,尤其是在本地所举行的马拉松竞赛。随后,我收到了青年体育部副部长拿督沙拉瓦南的快餐式答复。他的答复有提到我们可以参考涉及体育单位在举办竞赛所使用公认的国际规则和条例的《1997年体育发展法案(Act 576)第34条文》。

    他也进一步地提到根据同一法案的第36条文,任何参与体育活动的举办方都必须申请向体育委员会申请经营活动的执照。

    首先,这份回复根本性地忽视了一些目前的现实。首先,马来西亚几乎所有的跑步竞赛都不是由马来西亚田径联合会(MAF)或隶属该会底下的任何州级体育机构所举办的。因此,这些举办方都不必遵循《1997年体育发展法案第34条例》所规定的指引。

    第二,举办方一直都没有向体育委员会注册的习惯。即使有的话,我们也缺乏清楚的指引来确保这些举办方的素质有达到足够高的标准,或者规定一旦竞赛被取消,举办方必须向参赛者退款。

    如果部长真的认真看待要如何提高跑步竞赛的素质和保护参赛者的利益,他应该与相关利益单位(赞助商,举办方,活动策划单位,经验丰富的参赛者)共同成立一个工作小组,以便根据《1997年体育发展法案》的框架下来规划出必要的指导方针和步骤。

    《马来西亚跑步爱好者问卷调查》的其他结果还包括:

    i) 大多数受访者都认为要找到信誉良好且收费廉宜,平均在50令吉或以下的跑步竞赛活动是件越来越难的事情。

    ii) 大多数受访者认为,非马来西亚公民应该被允许进入非公民组别来参加本地的跑步竞赛,并且赢得这些奖品或奖金。

    iii) 大多数人同意允许切换名牌,但前提是必须通知举办方。

    昨天在国会里,我透过他的副部长拿督沙拉瓦南移交《马来西亚跑步爱好者问卷调查》的成绩报告给青体部长凯里。

    我敦促部长采取更积极的行动,以便确保和提升本地跑步竞赛活动的素质。 作为一名运动员的部长,我相信他希望看到马来西亚的跑步爱好者的利益受到保护,和越来越多的国人能够享受费用更廉宜的和质量更高的跑步竞赛。

    最后,我也必须赞赏青体部分别在8月12日和8月19日所举办免费的Fit Malaysia竞跑和在布城的东运会欢乐竞跑活动,以便参赛者可以对当天早上一样参加东运会马拉松的选手表达支持。

    王建民博士
    沙登区国会议员

    Attachment 1: Malaysian Runners’ Survey, 30th of July 2017

    Attachment 2: Jawapan Kamar Khas – Badan Pemantauan Acara Larian

    Attachment 3: Letter to YB Khairy Jamaluddin on the Malaysian Runners’ Survey, 31 July 2017

    [1] https://www.facebook.com/events/1693451187639577/permalink/1784785265172835/

    [2] https://www.facebook.com/HRDF-Half-Marathon-2015-819245831478966/

    [3] https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fLzyuDKh1aPltpmuvbdgmCfj1Fqod17CvMuwU675MhE/edit#responses

    [4] http://www.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/running-enthusiasts-call-for-monitoring-body

  • The Ministry of Youth and Sports needs to do more to improve the quality of running events in Malaysia

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 1st of August, 2017

    The Ministry of Youth and Sports needs to do more to improve the quality of running events in Malaysia

    The Challenge Putrajaya Half Marathon 2017 was initially scheduled to be on the 17th of April, 2017. The original poster promoting this event said that this event was supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) and also Perbadanan Putrajaya. The race has been postponed to the 1st of October 2017. The race organizers later admitted that they did not have the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Perbadanan Putrajaya. It is uncertain whether the runners affected by this cancellation have received the promised refunds.[1]

    In 2015, the HRDF Half Marathon was cancelled.[2] Some runners have yet to receive their refunds – and this is a run organized by a government agency!

    It is experiences such as these that prompted me to conduct a survey among the running community. The “Malaysian Runners Survey” was conducted using google docs.[3] 473 unique responses were collected over 2 weeks (from the 17th to the 30th of July, 2017). 331 of the respondents were male (70%) while 143 were female (30%). 354 respondents were over 30 years of age (74.8%), 114 respondents from 18 to 30 years of age (24.1%) and 5 were below 18 years of age (1.1%). Almost all of the respondents were Malaysia (457 out of 473 or 96.6%). Most of the respondents (374 out of 473 or 79.1%) had never won any cash prizes in a race.

    Among the questions asked was one which tried to gauge the level of support for a special body to be set up by the government to monitor athletic events, especially races. 36.8% of respondents strongly supported and another 36.8% supports this proposal. The fact that a large majority (77.6%) of respondents supported or strongly supported this proposal shows that there is current dissatisfaction among the running community over the races which are being organized. Some of the comments reflect the desire to have better event organizers who will not ‘run away with the money’ or cancel races without any notice or reason given. Some of the comments reflect the desire to have better organized races with proper Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) so that the quality of races can be maintained at a high level. Some respondents also want this body to ensure that the entry fee for races remain affordable. This proposal was recently made by a runner, Juani Abu Bakar, and subsequently reported in some news outlets.[4]

    When I was given the opportunity in the special chamber in parliament yesterday to bring up the proposal of a sport monitoring body, especially for races / runs in Malaysia, I was given a very cookie cutter reply by the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk M. Saravanan. The reply referred to Section 34 of the Sports Development Act 1997 (Act 576) which refers to the use of recognized international rules and guidelines for competitions organized by a sports body.

    It also refers to Section 36 of the same act which states that a company who is involved in any sporting activity, as may be prescribed by the Minister in the regulations, must apply for a license to operate by the Commissioner of Sports.

    This reply ignores the reality on the ground. Firstly, nearly all of the races in Malaysia are NOT organized by an official sports body such as the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) or one of its affiliates at the state levels. Hence, these race organizers do not have to follow the guidelines as stipulated under Section 34 of the Sports Development Act 1997.

    Secondly, it is not common practice for race organizers or companies to register themselves with the Sports Commissioner. Even if there are race organizers who register with the Sports Commissioner, it is unclear if there are steps currently taken to ensure that the quality of these races is of a sufficiently high standard or that refunds must be given back to runners if a race is cancelled or postponed.

    If the Minister is really serious about improving the quality of races and protecting the well-being of runners, he should establish a working group with relevant stakeholders (sponsors, race organizers, event organizers, experienced runners from running groups) to lay out the necessary guidelines and procedures which can then be implemented under the Sports Development Act 1997.

    The other findings from the Malaysian Runners’ Survey include the following:

    (i)                  A majority of respondents feel that the it is increasingly difficult to find runs which are both affordable and well-organized, in the entry price range of RM50 and below.

    (ii)                A majority of respondents feel that non-Malaysians should be allowed to participate in races in Malaysia and that they should be allowed to win prizes but with the condition that there is a separate category for non-Malaysians.

    (iii)              A majority of Malaysians agree with bib-switching but with the caveat that the race organizers must be informed.

    I have passed a copy of the results of the Malaysian Runners’ Survey to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin, through his Deputy, Datuk M. Saravanan, yesterday in parliament.

    I urge the Minister to do more to ensure that the quality of races in Malaysian is maintained at a high level. As an athlete himself, I am sure that he would want to see the interest of runners in Malaysia protected and that more and more Malaysians will have access to affordable and high quality races in the country.

    I applaud the Ministry of Youth and Sports for showing the way by organizing the Fit Malaysia run on the 12th of August, which is free of charge, and also for organizing the SEA games run in Putrajaya on the 19th of August, so that runners can also support our SEA games marathon athletes who will also be competing in Putrajaya on the same morning.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    Attachment 1: Malaysian Runners’ Survey, 30th of July 2017

    Attachment 2: Jawapan Kamar Khas – Badan Pemantauan Acara Larian

    Attachment 3: Letter to YB Khairy Jamaluddin on the Malaysian Runners’ Survey, 31 July 2017

    [1] https://www.facebook.com/events/1693451187639577/permalink/1784785265172835/

    [2] https://www.facebook.com/HRDF-Half-Marathon-2015-819245831478966/

    [3] https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fLzyuDKh1aPltpmuvbdgmCfj1Fqod17CvMuwU675MhE/edit#responses

    [4] http://www.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/running-enthusiasts-call-for-monitoring-body

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