• Tun Abdullah Badawi’s delegation to Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 14th of January, 2015 on Tun Abdullah Badawi’s delegation to Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference

    It was reported[1] earlier today in Malaysiakini that Tun Abdullah Badawi said that his NGO, Landskap Malaysia[2], paid for his trip to Paris ‘with some help’ from other sources.

    For the interest of transparency, Tun Abdullah should answer the following questions:

    • How much did the Malaysian government pay for the flight tickets, hotel rooms and car rentals of Tun Abdullah’s delegation?

    According to records which I obtained, Tun Abdullah’s delegation comprised of himself and his wife, Tun Jeanne Abdullah and 9 other individuals including his personal physician, Datuk Dr Aizai Azan Abdul Rahim, his aide-de-camp, Supt Mohd Khairi bin Khairudin, and two bodyguards. Interestingly, according to the records which I obtained, which gives the rooming list and rental car arrangements for Tun Abdullah delegation, the hotel and car rental payments for two individuals in the delegation, Dzulkifli David Abdullah and Dr Dzaeman Dzulkifli David, were labelled as “personal payments.” These two individuals were also labelled as being ‘personal friends of Former PM’ (Refer to Appendix 1 and 2 below).

    According to the website of Landskap Malaysia, Dzulkifli David Abdullah is listed as a member of the Board of Governors of the NGO and Dr Dzaeman Dzulkifli is listed as an alternate Board of Governor member. This seems to indicate that Landskap Malaysia paid for the hotel and rental car expenses of its two Board of Governor members while the expenses of the rest of Tun Abdullah’s delegation were paid for by the Malaysian government.

    Tun Abdullah’s delegation stayed at Hotel Marriot Champs Elysees, a 5 star hotel in the heart of Paris. According to the records obtained, Tun Abdullah and Tun Jeanne booked a vice-presidential suit while the rest of his delegation booked 5 deluxe rooms and 1 twin sharing.[3]

    A quick search on the Hotel Marriot Champs Elysees indicates that the rate for a Suite is RM3725 per night for the month of January while the rate for a Deluxe room is RM1774 per night. The total rental for Tun Abdullah’s suite for one week would have been RM22350 while the total rental for the deluxe room is RM10644. (This is probably an understatement since the hotel rates would have been higher during the UN Climate Change conference)

    The records also indicate that Tun Abdullah rented a Mercedez Benz S500 for one week and his delegation rented a Mercedez Viano (MPV) for one week. A quick check on one of the car rental websites shows that the rental cost for one week for a Mercedez Benz SUV is Euro3586 (RM16854) while the rental cost for one week for a MPV Mercedez Viao is Euro2523 (RM11858).

    The total estimated cost for hotel rooms and car rentals comes up to approximately RM115,000 (not including flight tickets).[4] Was this the ‘help’ which Tun Abdullah referred to in his remarks to the Malaysiakini reporter earlier today?

    • If the Malaysian government did pay for all or a significant portion of the expenses of Tun Abdullah’s delegation to Paris, what exactly was achieved by this delegation during that one week?

    There is nothing wrong with the Malaysian government footing the bill of Tun Abdullah and his delegation if they were in Paris to participate in the Climate Change conference or a side event in ways that would be of benefit to Malaysia. For example, Tun Abdullah and his delegation may have been in Paris to ask for funding from developed countries or foundations in developed countries to help preserve forests and jungles in Malaysia. For the sake of transparency, Tun Abdullah should disclose the exact purpose of his visit to Paris and the outcomes which were achieved as a result of this visit.

    At a time when many Malaysians have to cut down on their everyday expenses because of rises in the cost of living, the Malaysian taxpayer should not be funding expensive trips or holidays abroad for politicians in ways which do not seem to benefit Malaysia in any direct or indirect way.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    Appendix 1: Rooming List arrangement for Tun Abdullah’s delegation in Paris

    Appendix 2: Rental Cars for Tun Abdullah’s delegation in Paris

    [1] https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/326782#.VpdXqsCRHrk.twitter

    [2] http://www.landskapmalaysia.org/

    [3] Excluding twin sharing room of the members of the BoG of Landskap Malaysia

    [4] Excluding the hotel and car rental for the two members of the BoG of Landskap Malaysia

  • TPPA 第一部分:慕斯达法和工商部应该为推动公众参与的努力而获得赞赏

    (2016年1月14日)沙登区国会议员王建民博士针对泛太平洋伙伴关系协定(TPPA)的新闻媒体声明

    TPPA 部分:慕斯达法和工商部应该为推动众参与的努力而获得赞赏

    在1月12日星期二,我与来自双方政治阵营的国会议员们一起出席了由工商部长慕斯达法和其团队所安排的跨太平洋伙伴关系协定(TPPA)的特别汇报会议。据我了解,这是自第十三届大选以来首次由部长为所有国会议员安排了一个跨政党汇报会,以准备为该动议或法案来进行国会表决。[1]

    在会议期间,部长接受了所有国会议员的现场提问。另外,他表示将在2016年1月26和27日的国会特别辩论环节时建议让国会议员对TPPA进行投票表决。实际上,TPPA并无需经过立法批准,因此部长针对此特别会议的建议应被受赞扬。这次的特别会议将允许来自两党的国会议员提出非常多涉及TPPA的重要问题和疑虑。

    在该会议结束后,国会议员也进一步地被邀请选择出席四项热门议题的工作坊之一:知识产权与药物的获取,投资者-东道国争端解决机制(ISDS),政府部门采购(GP)和国有企业和市场进入/劳工/环境。我则选择出席了市场进入/劳工/环境的工作坊,并想赞扬来自工商部的公务员愿意回答所有来自双方议员的提问。他们的回答非常全面,同时反映他们深刻掌握和了解相关的议题。

    同时,工商部允许让公众获得TPPA资料之举也应被受赞扬。这是两项研究机构-普华永道(PwC)的成本效益分析(CBA)和国际问题与战略研究所(ISIS)的国家影响评估(NIA) 首次受委来评估TPPA的冲击。虽然这两项研究都为TPPA给予大部分的正面评估,但他们还不忘强调了多项关注的领域及TPPA所产生的负面冲击。这两项研究原都是英文版本,但工商部最近也提供马来文的精简版本。TPPA的最终印刷版本(共16册)也在去年国会议会最后一天被派发了给所有的国会议员。这也包括CBA和NIA的印刷版本。TPPA的马来文精简版本则在周二被派发给国会议员。以上所有这些资料都可以从工商部官网上的TPPA页面下载。[2] 其他包括过去由工商部所举办的汇报和对话会议的相关资料都可以在这个网站上获取。

    虽然我仍对TPPA存有许多的疑虑,并会接下来的声明中进一步地提出,但慕斯达法和工商部的团队在推动公众参与方面,不仅是国会议员,而且还与州政府,各产业界及非政府组织代表互动,都是值得赞赏。在公众宣传方面,这对公务员而言尤其是一个学习的过程,体现一个进步政府应有的榜样和参考。若在来临1月26和27日的国会环节TPPA获得大部分国会议员的支持表决,希望政府可以在接下来落实TPPA的过程中继续贯彻这样的互动。

    王建民博士
    沙登区国会议员

    [1] I had previously attended a bipartisan briefing on the revamp of the National Service that was arranged by the Ministry of Defense. But this was not in connection with any bill or motion which needed to be passed in parliament.

    [2] http://fta.miti.gov.my/index.php/pages/view/71

  • TPPA (Bab 1) – Mustapa Mohamed dan MITI harus dipuji atas usaha keterlibatan awam mereka

    Kenyataan Media oleh Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Serdang berkenaan Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik (TPPA) pada 14 Januari 2016

    TPPA (Bab 1) – Mustapa Mohamed dan MITI harus dipuji atas usaha keterlibatan awam mereka

    Pada 12 Januari (Selasa), saya dan rakan-rakan sejawat Parlimen daripada kedua-dua belah pihak telah menghadiri sebuah taklimat khas yang dianjurkan oleh Menteri Perdagangan dan Industril Mustapa Mohamed, dan pasukan beliau di MITI berkenaan Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans Pasifik (TPPA atau Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement). Sepanjang pengetahuan saya, ini merupakan kali pertama semenjak PRU13 di mana seorang Menteri telah mengadakan taklimat untuk Ahli Parlimen dari kedua-dua belah parti tentang usul dan rang undang-undang yang akan diundi di Parlimen.[1]

    Menteri telah menjawab soalan yang dikemukakan oleh Ahli-Ahli Parlimen semasa sesi plenari. Beliau juga menyatakan bahawa beliau akan mencadangkan agar undian ke atas TPPA dibuat semasa debat khas parlimen yang akan berlangsung pada 26 dan 27 Januari 2016. Beliau sememangnya harus dipuji kerana menganjurkan sesi khas ini, lebih-lebih lagi kerana TPPA tidak memerlukan persetujuan perundangan untuk diluluskan. Sesi khas parlimen ini akan membenarkan Ahli Parlimen daripada kedua-dua pihak untuk menyuarakan soalan penting dan kebimbangan terhadap TPPA yang kini bertambah banyak.

    Selepas sesi plenari tersebut, kesemua Ahli Parlimen telah dijemput untuk turut serta salah satu daripada empat buah bengkel bagi membincangkan isu-isu panas berkenaan TPPA, iaitu: ‘Harta Intelektual dan Akses Kepada Ubat-ubatan,’ ‘Penyelesaian Pertikaian Pelabur-Negara (ISDS atau Investor State Dispute Settlement’, ‘Pemerolehan Kerajaan dan Perusahaan Milik Negara’ serta ‘Akses Pasaran / Buruh / Alam Sekitar’. Saya telah menghadiri bengkel ‘Akses Pasaran / Buruh / Alam Sekitar’ dan ingin memberi pujian kepada pegawai dari MITI dan kementerian lain atas kesudian mereka untuk menjawab pelbagai soalan yang dikemukakan oleh Ahli Parlimen dari kedua-dua belah pihak. Jawapan mereka adalah cukup komprehensif dan menunjukkan pemahaman terhadap isu-isu-isu TPPA.

    Pada masa yang sama, kementerian MITI juga harus dipuji kerana memberi akses info berkenaan TPPA kepada orang awam. Ini merupakan kali pertama Kos Faedah Analisis oleh PriceWaterhouseCoopers dan Analisis Kepentingan Negara oleh Institut Kajian Strategik dan Antarabangsa digunakan bagi menganalisa kesan TPPA. Walaupun kedua-dua buah kajian ini banyak menonjolkan kesan-kesan positif TPPA, akan tetapi ia juga menonjolkan bidang yang menjadi kerisauan serta kesan-kesan negatif akibat daripada TPPA. Kedua buah kajian ini adalah dalam Bahasa Inggeris, namun Kementerian juga telah mengeluarkan versi Bahasa Malaysia yang merupakan ringkasan daripada kedua buah kajian tersebut. Teks akhir TPPA sebanyak 16 jilid juga telah dicetak dan diedarkan kepada kesemua Ahli Parlimen pada hari terakhir sesi persidangan tahun lepas. Salinan Kos Faedah Analisis dan Analisis Kepentingan Negara juga turut diberikan kepada semua Ahli Parlimen. Malahan, ringkasan teks akhir TPPA versi BM telah diberikan kepada semua Ahli Parlimen pada Selasa. Kesemua maklumat berkenaan TPPA ini dapat dimuat turun daripada laman web MITI.[2] Maklumat lanjut termasuk pembentangan serta sesi dialog yang telah dijalankan oleh MITI juga boleh diperoleh daripada laman web MITI.

    Walaupun saya masih mempunyai banyak keraguan terhadap TPPA, yang akan saya bangkitkan dalam kenyataan media yang seterusnya, Mustapa Mohamed dan pasukan beliau di MITI harus dipuji berhubung usaha mereka untuk meningkatkan tahap keterlibatan awam, bukan sahaja dengan Ahli-Ahli Parlimen, malahan dengan kerajaan-kerajaan negeri, kumpulan industri serta wakil-wakil NGO. Walaupun ramai penjawat awam masih sedang belajar untuk mendekati masyarakat umum, namun ini merupakan satu pembelajaran dan penanda aras yang bagus bagi kerajaan. Interaksi sebegini perlu diteruskan sebagai salah satu proses perlaksanaan TPPA, jika ia menerima undian majoriti pada persidangan parlimen khas pada 26 dan 27 Januari ini.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Ahli Parlimen Serdang

    [1] Sebelum ini, saya pernah hadir ke sebuah taklimat kepada kedua-dua belah pihak politik yang dianjurkan oleh Kementerian Pertahanan, di mana topik perbincangan adalah penyusunan semula Khidmat Negara. Namun, taklimat itu tidak berkaitan dengan mana-mana rang undang-undang atau usul yang perlu diluluskan di Parlimen.

    [2] http://fta.miti.gov.my/index.php/pages/view/71

  • TPPA Part 1 – Mustapa Mohamed and MITI should be praised for their public engagements

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on the 14th January, 2016

    TPPA Part 1 – Mustapa Mohamed and MITI should be praised for their public engagements

    On Tuesday, 12th of January, I, together with my colleagues from parliament on both sides of the political aisle, attended a special briefing arranged by Minister of Trade and Industry, Mustapa Mohamed, and his team at MITI on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). As far as I know, this was the first time since the 13th general election that a Minister had arranged for a bipartisan briefing for all MPs for a motion or a bill which we would vote on in parliament.[1]

    The Minister fielded questions from all MPs during the plenary session. He also said that he would propose that a vote be taken on the TPPA during the special parliamentary debate that will take place on the 26th and 27th of January, 2016. He should be commended for organizing this special session especially since the TPPA does not require legislative approval in order to be passed. This special parliamentary session will allow MPs from both sides of the aisle to raise important questions and concerns surrounding the TPPA, of which there are many.

    After the plenary session, MPs were invited to choose from one of the following four workshops on hot-topic items: “Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines, Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), Government Procurement (GP) and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and Market Access / Labour / Environment”. I attended the workshop on Market Access / Labour / Environment and I commend the civil servants from MITI and other Ministries for their willingness to answer all of the questions posed to them by MPs from both sides. Their answers were comprehensive and showed a deep familiarity with the issues at hand.

    At the same time, the Ministry should be commended for giving public access to the materials associated with the TPPA. This was the first time that two studies – the PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) and the Institute of Strategic and International Studies’ (ISIS) National Impact Assessment (NIA) – were commissioned to evaluate the impact of the TPPA. While these two studies painted a largely positive picture of the TPPA, they also highlighted areas of concern as well as some negative impact that would arise as a result of the TPPA. Both studies were in English but the Ministry recently made available a Bahasa Malaysia (BM) version which is a summary of both studies. The Final Text of the TPPA was also printed for all the MPs and distributed on the final day of the parliamentary session last year (16 volumes in total). Copies of the CBA and the NIA were also given to MPs. A BM summary of the TPPA final text was distributed to MPs on Tuesday. All of this information is available for download from the MITI website on the TPPA.[2] Other relevant information, including past presentations and dialogue sessions conducted by MITI can also be found on this website.

    While I have still many existing concerns about the TPPA, which I will raise in a following statement, Mustapa Mohamed and his team at MITI should be commended for their efforts in public engagement, not just with MPs, but also with state governments, industry groups as well as NGO representatives. It is still a learning process especially for the civil servants, in terms of public outreach, but this is a good lesson and a good benchmark for the government moving forward. Such engagements must continue as part of the process of implementing the TPPA, assuming it receives majority support in the upcoming special parliamentary session on the 26th and 27th of January.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1] I had previously attended a bipartisan briefing on the revamp of the National Service that was arranged by the Ministry of Defense. But this was not in connection with any bill or motion which needed to be passed in parliament.

    [2] http://fta.miti.gov.my/index.php/pages/view/71

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