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Press Statement: Shahrizat, Legislate Against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Now – Opposition Will Support Bill If BN’s Male MPs Refuse

Posted in Uncategorized by dapjlntembikai on November 3, 2009

Originally published at Sdri. Chong Eng’s website

021109 | Kuala Lumpur

I refer to Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s statement in the press today. She told employers to take reports of sexual harassment at workplace seriously. Shahrizat also admits that many victims suffer in silence and employees are reluctant to report such cases due to fear of job termination.

This issue is not a new problem. DAP and women rights NGOs have pre-empted the lack of protection against sexual harassment at workplace and limitation of redress when such cases occur. We have been calling for the Government to legislate against sexual harassment in the past ten years but the Government refused to comply.

In 2001, a coalition of women NGOs, Joint Action Group against Violence against Women (JAG-VAW, now JAG) had submitted a memorandum with a thoroughly researched proposal for a Sexual Harassment Bill to the Human Resource Ministry. The Bill is to replace the existing voluntary Code of Practice on the Prevention and Eradication of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.

Up till today, the Government has failed to take any initiative to introduce the proposed Bill.

In the same press report, Labour Department D-G Datuk Ismail Abdul Rahim claimed that the introduction of such Bill “could lead to a dull and rigid environment in the workplace”. This clearly showed the mentality of a Government unconcerned for the welfare of the working class and have total disregard towards gender sensitivity.

The Government, especially Shahrizat, should realized that if even a senior civil servant in charge of labour can conclude that preventing sexual harassment will make the workplace “dull”, how little respect for gender and sexual sensitivity there will be in the actual working environment.

If Shahrizat really takes sexual harassment seriously, then the time is now to legislate against it. However, if the Minister is facing the same chauvinistic mentality and indifference from her Barisan Nasional male colleagues in Parliament to introduce the anti sexual harassment bill; rest be assured the Opposition bench, female and male MPs, will stand united to support her.

Chong Eng
Bukit Mertajam MP
DAP Deputy Secretary-General
DAP Wanita Chief

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Press Statement: Gender Provisions Are Still Missing in Najib’s 2010 Budget

Posted in Development, Economy, Parliament by dapjlntembikai on October 24, 2009

Originally published at YB Chong Eng’s website

241009 | Bukit Mertajam

I would like to first convey my congratulation to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for presenting his first budget since his appointment April this year. Nonetheless, it is most unfortunate that while the Prime Minister tried to present a Pakatan Rakyat and DAP-like reform in the economy through his well-worded budget speech, the budget itself failed in the spirit of real reform.

Most prominently, gender provisions are still missing from Najib’s 2010 Budget. The Budget did not reflect the seriousness of gender inequality in our country nor the seriousness of Government’s effort to promote empowerment.

The contributions of homemakers, majority of whom are women, who had played a major role in our socio-economy development, continue to go unrecognized. While we welcome the announcement for the voluntary EPF contribution scheme for the self-employed and those without fixed income, homemakers are still marginalized without a social security and Government supported retirement plan. Consequently, a homemaker will be a continual dependant to her spouse and for the lower income group, will become a burden to the family at old age. This has led to numerous cases of families abandoning their old folks in hospitals as reported in the press.

In contrast DAP has recommended a FairWage component in our Alternative Budget where RM1500 will be given to a homemaker (non-working spouse of a working adult) whose spouse income is not more than RM3000 through the EPF mechanism.

Najib’s budget also failed to include any provision to empower the women workforce which currently totaled about 3.79 million. For working mothers, one of the biggest obstacles is getting good and affordable child care service. We have many times urge the Government to increase provisions for child care whether to build more Government-funded child care centres or to provide child care subsidies so as to provide facilities and incentives to enable more women to participate in the workforce. The increase of the income bracket of RM2000 to RM3000 to qualify for child care subsidy is only limited to those in the civil service. There is still no Government provision for those in the private sector. A well-planned child care provision will release the majority of mothers who are traditionally the child care givers at home to join the workforce of our economy, this is especially important for poorer families so that mothers can work to bring home a second income. The scheme will also help reduce the dependence on foreign domestic workers who were often hired to take care of children at home. It will also enable children, especially from lower income group to have an equal and healthy head-start and thus pre-empting future social problems of children growing up without proper family care.

In this critical time of the global economic downturn and in view of the slow recovery, Najib’s budget did not raise the confident of Malaysians who were expecting a more just and social-driven reform. Instead, more allocations were given to projects and programs which have yet to demonstrate a direct impact on the persons on the street. Sadly, women, especially homemakers and those from the lower income groups, who are the worst hit group in the economic downturn, continued to be marginalized and isolated from the wealth and prosperity of our Country.

Prime Minister Najib should have heeded the DAP Alternative Budget which is a true people-focused budget and not merely going about “doing business as usual”. He should also follow the examples shown by Pakatan Rakyat State Governments such as Pulau Pinang and Selangor which has been given positive commendations by the Auditor-General for prudence utilization of resources.

Chong Eng
Bukit Mertajam Member of Parliament
DAP Deputy Secretary-General
DAP Wanita Chief

UMNO-BN’S Victory Must Be Put Into Perspective

Posted in Politics by dapjlntembikai on October 19, 2009

An article by Sdr. Steven Sim

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After 7 consecutive wins, Pakatan Rakyat was suddenly confronted with a lost in the recent Bagan Pinang by-election. It was not totally unexpected, after all, PAS-PR candidate lost the seat to UMNO in the last “political tsunami”-12th General Election even though the Opposition coalition managed to win the Teluk Kemang Parliamentary seat and three other seats out of 5 state seats within the parliamentary area.

From the beginning, PAS-PR was the underdog. Regardless of the 308 euphoria, they were battling on the opponent’s stronghold. Add to that, UMNO’s candidate, Isa Samad, former Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan for more than two decades and a former Federal Minister, was in many ways a local General. The fact that Isa was selected as UMNO’s candidate after an absence of 3 years, showed the enormous local support which asserted tremendous pressure on the Party to allow him to contest. He was forced into political wilderness the last 3 years after being convicted of money politics by the Party’s discipline machinery.

And to further add to that, the huge…read the rest here

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花几十亿玩口号 —— 温维安

Posted in Chinese Article by dapjlntembikai on October 13, 2009

Artikel Bahasa Cina oleh Sdr. Oon Neow Aun, S/U Publisiti Caw. & Ahli Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai

原刊2009-09-22东方日报《纸上议会》

我在电脑上搜寻了老半天,想找一些马来西亚普腾收购莲花后究竟做了一些什么东东的资讯。

我很失望,我找不到任何足以令人感到高兴和自豪的具体报告及分析。莲花被我们买下来后,好像处在半冬眠状态。人民已差不多要忘记莲花这个名字时,最近才被咱们迷上《一个马来西亚》口号的首相提醒,原来莲花是属于我们的!

马来西亚真是一个凡事都“Boleh”的国家。咱们国家虽小,人民平均年收入只不过几千美元,但豪情万千,玩得起每年必须耗费数十亿令吉来维持的F1车队,要和法拉利争锋;要和布朗GP斗快。

人家的F1车队都以赞助商的名字来命名,赚取天文数字的广告费,咱们则把F1政治化。纳吉慷人民之慨,花几十亿人民的钱玩世上其中一项最昂贵的游戏,把车队命名为《一个马来西亚莲花第一方程式车队》,我除了佩服得目瞪口呆之余,还流了一身冷汗!

花那么一大笔钱搞F1车队值得吗?马来西亚人民能得到什么实质的益处?我们是否能通过F1车队把莲花的成就提升到更高的层次?我们制造的莲花汽车能卖到全世界去吗?我们的研发工程师及技术人员能从F1车队学习到什么吗?

也许我应该说服自己不需要太过思虑及悲观,更不必想那么多那么远。也许我应该告诉自己,《一个马来西亚》的口号能和F1扯上关系,让全世界知道马来西亚只有1个,而不是2个、3个、4个,这个“成就”已值得几十亿令吉了!《一个马来西亚》这个令我常常感觉奇怪和不知所谓的口号从此名扬天下,我应感激纳吉的超凡创意,还是应催眠自己,义无反顾的和纳吉一起沉醉在《一个马来西亚》那种虚无飘渺的幸福安全感中?

马来西亚其实没有本钱去追求虚荣的名堂,国阵政府应脚踏实地,一步一脚印做好本份,而不是好高鹜远,想一步登天!

纳吉花人民的钱玩《一个马来西亚》F1口号,我思前想后都无法认同这是正确的决定。我始终认为F1是F1,《一个马来西亚》是《一个马来西亚》,两者互相挂钩,总叫人感觉别扭和牵强。

纳吉要推销《一个马来西亚》口号有许多方法,有些甚至不必花费人民一分钱,例如实行公平对待全民的政策,不再分土著和非土著就是最实际的做法,不知道纳吉是否同意?

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Posted in Event by dapjlntembikai on September 19, 2009

Salam perpaduan dan salam perjuangan. Maaf zahir dan batin…

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