MEX Highway earning significant profits while the rakyat will have to pay higher tolls under this BN government

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang and Assistant National Director for Political Education for the DAP, on the 31st of March 2018

In a reply from the Minister of Works yesterday to my parliamentary question on the amount of toll receipts collected by the MEX Highway concessionaire in 2016 and 2017 at the Seri Kembangan exit, it was stated that the total amount of toll receipts collected was RM16.4 million in 2016 and RM19.8 million in 2017.

The Seri Kembangan interchange for the MEX Highway was opened in early January 2016 with a toll rate of RM2.20 for cars heading to and from KL. At the toll rate of RM2.20, this means that the daily traffic for the Seri Kembangan interchange was 20,422 vehicles in 2016 and 24,734 vehicles in 2017. This number is projected to increase in the future.

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Pembahasan Persempadanan Semula, 28 Mac 2018

Pembahasan Persempadanan Semula 28 Mac 2018 (Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Serdang)

Terima kasih, Tan Sri Speaker atas peluang ini untuk mengambil bahagian dalam pembahasan yang begitu penting ini.

Pertama, saya memohon Perdana Menteri untuk hadir menjawab soalan-soalan yang berkaitan dengan laporan persempadanan semula selepas pembentangan laporan ini untuk bacaan ke-2 berdasarkan tanggungjawab beliau yang dinyatakan dalam perlembagaan persekutuan.

Perkara 8 Jadual ke-13 Perlembagaan Persekutuan jelas menyatakan bahawa SPR, setelah selesai menyediakan laporan persempadanan semula, mesti mengemukakan laporan ini kepada Perdana Menteri. Dalam Perkara 9 Jadual ke-13 Perlembagaan Persekutuan, juga dinyatakan dengan jelas bahawa Perdana Menteri bertanggungjawab untuk membentangkan laporan itu di hadapan Ahli Parlimen di Dewan Rakyat, dengan atau tanpa ubah suaian, syor yang terkandung dalam laporan ini.

Memandangkan bahawa hanyalah Perdana Menteri yang ada kuasa perlembagaan untuk melakukan pengubahsuaian kepada laporan persempadanan yang dikemukakan kepada beliau oleh pihak SPR, kita memerlukan YAB hadir di Parlimen untuk menjelaskan kepada kami, butiran dalam laporan tersebut, dan untuk memberitahu kami dengan tepat di mana pengubahsuaian, jika ada, telah dilakukan kepada laporan ini sebelum ia dibentangkan di Dewan Rakyat. Continue reading “Pembahasan Persempadanan Semula, 28 Mac 2018”

Parliamentary Speech on the Delimitation Report, 28th March 2018

Parliament Speech on the Delimitation Report 28th March 2018 (Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang)

Thank you, Tan Sri Speaker, for allowing me to take part in this very important debate.

Firstly, I would like to strongly urge the Prime Minister to be present to answer the questions pertaining to this report after the tabling of this report for the 2nd reading. This is his constitutional responsibility.

In Article 8 of the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution, it is clearly stated that the Election Commission, having completed the delimitation exercise report, must submit the report to the Prime Minister. In Article 9 of the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution, it is also clearly stated that the Prime Minister is responsible to lay the report before the Members of Parliament in the House of Representatives, with or without modifying, the recommendations in the report.

Since it is the Prime Minister who receives the final delimitation report from the Election Commission and since only the Prime Minister can make modifications to the delimitation report before it is tabled in parliament, we need his presence in parliament to explain to us, the details in the delimitation report, and to inform us exactly where he has made modifications to the final delimitation exercise report which has been tabled in parliament.

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