• Concession Agreement for the Kepong Incinerator project must be publicly disclosed

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang, on the 10th of February, 2017

    Concession Agreement for the Kepong Incinerator project must be publicly disclosed

    It was reported in the Edge Weekly (January 30 to February 5, 2017) that three companies have been shortlisted for the controversial 1000 ton per day solid waste incinerator in Taman Beringin, Kepong. These three companies are Malaysia Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB) in partnership with South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem Co, Cenviro Sbd Bhd (formerly UEM Environment Sdn Bhd) in partnership with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd and DRB-Hicom in partnership with Malakoff Corp Bhd and Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. It was also reported that the concession agreement to build and operate this incinerator will be awarded in March, 2017.

    Concession agreements in Malaysia, from lopsided toll contracts to the Express Rail Link (ERL) contract that allowed for unreasonable price hikes, have almost always favoured the concession holders at the expense of the consumer / user. The nature of many of these lopsided contracts were only discovered after they were signed, usually when the government has had to explain why they had to allow these concession holders to increase the price of tolls or train tickets by large and unreasonable increments.

    This incinerator will be the largest incinerator of any kind in Malaysia. Recall that much smaller scale incinerator projects in Pulau Pangkor, Pulau Langkawi and Cameron Highlands have failed in the past, at great cost to the federal government. The nature by which these contracts were awarded to the company, XCN Technology, was called into question by the Auditor General. If the Kepong Incinerator project fails, the cost to the taxpayer will be far greater than the smaller scale failures in the abovementioned locations. Recall also that this is the second time that the Kepong incinerator project has been tendered out because there was only one company that made a final submission in the first round of tenders.

    In order to avoid the mistakes of the past, I call upon the Minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, to disclose the details of the Kepong incinerator concession agreement including the projected cost of the project, the tipping fee that will be charged to DBKL, the conditions of the waste guarantee to the company, the length of the concession period, the performance indicators and the terms by which the government can take over the project if it fails to deliver.

    In addition, the Minister must convince the raykat the need for the Kepong incinerator given that KL has started the separation of municipal waste which should decrease the overall amount of waste that needs to be disposed.

    Failure to do so will only invite more protests from the residents and the high probability that the taxpayer and the ratepayers in KL will end up footing the bill for another lopsided concession agreement.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

  • 首相纳吉应严厉谴责总统特朗普所签署的穆斯林禁令



    总统特朗普昨天签署了行政命令,禁止叙利亚难民进入美国,同时禁止来自七个穆斯林为主的国家,包括利比亚,伊朗,伊拉克,索马里,苏丹,叙利亚和也门的非美国公民进入美国 。而我们都必须强烈地谴责这种做法。





    实际上,许多国家领导人已经对总统特朗普的这项行政命令发表批评看法。[1] 在2017年1月21日,首相纳吉曾恭贺特朗普成为美国第45任总统。 如今,首相纳吉是否也会谴责特朗普所下令将影响以穆斯林为主的国家的边境政策吗?


    [1] http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/world-leaders-condemn-donald-trump-muslim-ban-170128134635041.html

  • Sekatan imigresen terhadap warga Muslim oleh Presiden Amerika Syarikat Trump perlu dikutuk sekeras-kerasnya oleh Perdana Menteri Najib

    Kenyataan Media oleh Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Serdang pada 29 Januari 2017

    Sekatan imigresen terhadap warga Muslim oleh Presiden Amerika Syarikat Trump perlu dikutuk sekeras-kerasnya oleh Perdana Menteri Najib

    Arahan eksekutif Presiden Donald Trump yang ditandatangani semalam untuk menyekat pelarian Syria dan rakyat dari 7 negara Islam – Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria dan Yaman – daripada memasuki Amerika Syarikat perlu dikutuk dengan sekeras-kerasnya.

    Tindakan ini adalah tidak berperikemanusiaan terutamanya terhadap pelarian Syria yang telah pun diberikan kelulusan untuk memasuki dan mendapat perlindungan di Amerika Syarikat.

    Tindakan ini juga tidak wajar kerana memberi kesan kepada ribuan pelajar dan pekerja yang belajar dan bekerja secara sah di Amerika Syarikat.

    Tindakan ini adalah amat membimbangkan kerana menandakan kemungkinan bahawa Trump akan mengambil langkah-langkah seterusnya, termasuklah lagi menyukarkan perjalanan rakyat daripada negara majoriti Muslim seperti Malaysia untuk melawat, belajar dan bekerja di Amerika Syarikat.

    Ironinya, tindakan eksekutif Trump ini memberi kesan kepada rakyat 7 buah negara tersebut yang telah dijemput oleh kerajaan Amerika Syarikat untuk melawat, belajar mahupun melakukan kajian di AS menerusi program-program Jabatan Negara Amerika Syarikat seperti International Visitors Program (IVP) dan Fulbright Scholarship / Fellowship. Sebagai seorang bekas penerima biasiswa Fulbright di AS yang menamatkan pengajian PhD dalam bidang sains politik di Duke University, saya mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya tindakan Trump kerana ia bercanggahan dengan prinsip tanpa diskriminasi dan keterbukaan yang diwakilkan oleh AS.

    Ramai pemimpin dunia lain telah pun mengkritik tindakan eksekutif Trump. [1] Perdana Menteri Najib pada 21 Januari 2017 telah menghantar ucapan tahniah kepada Trump atas majlis angkat sumpah beliau sebagai Presiden AS ke -45. Adakah Perdana Menteri Najib juga akan menghantar mesej kepada Trump untuk mengecam tindakan beliau yang memberi kesan kepada rakyat negara majoriti Muslim tersebut?

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Ahli Parlimen Serdang

    [1] http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/world-leaders-condemn-donald-trump-muslim-ban-170128134635041.html

  • President Trump’s Muslim Ban must be strongly condemned including by Prime Minister Najib

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang, on the 29th of January 2017

    President Trump’s Muslim Ban must be strongly condemned including by Prime Minister Najib

    President Donald Trump’s executive order, signed yesterday, to stop Syrian refugees from entering the United States and to stop non-US citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries – Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – from entering the United States, must be strongly condemned.

    It is an inhumane action especially for those Syrian refugees who already have been granted approval to travel to and seek asylum in the United States.

    It is an unjustified action that affects thousands of students and employees who are studying and working legally in the United States.

    It is hugely disturbing action that points to further steps that may be taken by Trump including making it harder for citizens from other predominantly Muslim countries such as Malaysia, to travel to, study in and work in the United States.

    Ironically, Trump’s executive action affects citizens from these seven countries that have been invited by the United States government to visit or study or do research in the US via US state department programs such as the International Visitors Program (IVP) and the Fulbright Scholarship / Fellowship Program, just to name a few. As a former recipient of the Fulbright scholarship to the US, where I completed my PhD in political science at Duke University, I strongly condemn this action by Trump as it stands against the principles of non-discrimination and openness represented by the United States.

    Many world leaders have already criticized this executive action by President Trump.[1] Prime Minister Najib, on the 21st of January, 2017 sent out a congratulatory message to Trump on his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. Will PM Najib also send a message to Trump to condemn this executive action that affects the citizens of these Muslim majority countries?

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1] http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/world-leaders-condemn-donald-trump-muslim-ban-170128134635041.html

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