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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

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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

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Dinner Forum: Change We Did! What’s Next?

Posted in DAP, Development, Event, Penang, Politics by dapjlntembikai on August 15, 2009

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This is an early announcement of an exciting event coming to Bukit Mertajam in August, specially brought to you by DAP Jalan Tembikai!

Change We Did!

Yes, 308 was the turning point of our political scenario. After 50 years of political hegemony, Barisan Nasional has finally been defeated by Pakatan Rakyat in 5 states in Malaysia with the help of People’s Power. In Parliament, BN was also denied a 2/3 majority, thus effectively stopping them from passing amendments to important laws and also our Constitution.

Kedah, Penang, Selangor & Kelantan are now experiencing political fresh air with Pakatan Rakyat State Government introducing pro-people policies. Many new initiatives were implemented in these states including transparent public process such as tender awards, free water supply, zero-hardcore poor policy, free public WiFi, state fundings for vernacular and religious schools, senior citizens appreciation programs and many more. The most important difference must be the opening up of democratic space where individuals and NGOs found that their opinions were being taken more seriously and were even given the opportunity to participate in policy-making process.

What’s Next?

Where will we go from 308 even as we are moving into the 13th General Election? What is the state of Perak since the coup de etat by Barisan Nasional to wrestle power from the legitimate Pakatan Rakyat state government? Are there any real implications in Najib’s 1Malaysia concept? Where is the long overdue civil service, including police and MACC reform? What is the significance of this new political change to our state and national economy?

As we approach 16 months after 308, expectations and excitement continue to be high. Malaysians for the first time have a choice as “political consumers” between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat. But the inevitable question is: What’s Next?

Change We Did! What’s Next?

In the Merdeka month of August 2009, DAP Jalan Tembikai will be organizing a dinner forum with a panel of distinguished speakers to discuss the question which we have discussed on the streets, in our homes, in mamak stalls: Change We Did! What’s Next?

Stay tuned for more information about the dinner forum. Visit our website at www.dapjlntembikai.wordpress.com for updates.

News: Perlancaran Pusat Pendidikan Komuniti Bukit Mertajam

Posted in DAP, Development, Education, Event by dapjlntembikai on August 2, 2009

Syabas kepada Sdri. YB Chong Eng, Ahli Parlimen kawasan kami, Bkt. Mertajam kerana telah melancarkan satu lagi projek komuniti yang akan membawa banyak faedah kepada masyarakat setempat!

Congrats to Sdri. YB Chong Eng, our Member of Parliament in Bkt. Mertajam for launching yet another community project which will greatly benefits the locals!

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Sumber: www.chongeng.org

Ahli Parlimen Bukit Mertajam, YB Chong Eng telah merasmikan Pusat Pendidikan Komuniti Bkt. Mertajam di Pusat Khidmat beliau di Jalan Kampung Baru.

Dalam ucapan perasmian beliau, YB Chong Eng berkata bahawa dua objektif utama penubuhan Pusat Pendidikan Komuniti BM ataupun singkatannya, PPKBM adalah untuk mendirikan sebuah pusat untuk pembelajaran kendiri bagi masyarakat setempat dan mengalakkan masyarakat setempat untuk meluaskan pandangan kehidupan mereka melalui proses pembelajaran berterusan. Justeru, seminar dan latihan yang akan diadakan di PPKBM adalah berteraskan objektif-objektif tersebut dan berunsurkan pembelajaran di luar bilik darjah….Baca seterusnya di sini

Change We Did! What’s Next? – Tickets Now Open For Sale!

Posted in DAP, Development, Economy, Event, Penang, Politics by dapjlntembikai on July 30, 2009

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MP Bukit Bendera: Pendirian Hindraf Hanya Akan Menguntungkan Pemaju

Posted in Development, Economy, Penang by dapjlntembikai on July 9, 2009

Kenyataan akhbar Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Bukit Bendera YB Liew Chin Tong dari Pulau Pinang.

Isu Kg Buah Pala bukan hanya isu masyarakat kaum India. Ianya merupakan isu keadilan ekonomi dan sosial.

Justeru, kami mempersoalkan keikhlasan segelintir pemimpin Hindraf yang bersuara lantang dalam isu Kg Buah Pala. Apakah sebenarnya yang diperjuangkan oleh pemimpin-pemimpin ini?

Adakah pemimpin-pemimpin Hindraf yang lantang menentang Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang ini ingin memelihara Kg Buah Pala sebagai sebuah kawasan kebudayaan masyarakat India di Pulau Pinang? Ataupun adakah mereka berpendapat pampasan yang ditawarkan oleh pemaju tidak mencukupi?….Baca seterusnya di sini