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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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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

Bantuan Kerajaan Negeri Untuk Mahasiswa Pulau Pinang/Penang Gov Financial Aid to Undergrads

Posted in Economy, Penang by dapjlntembikai on June 29, 2009
1. Permohonan Bantuan Untuk Menampung Kos Pendaftaran Memasuki Ke Institusi Pengajian Tinggi Awam (IPTA)/ Application for Aid for Cost of Registration and Admittance to Public Universities

Borang boleh didapati dengan klik sini untuk muat turun borang/ Click here to download the form

Tarikh Tutup Permohonan/ Dateline : 19 Julai 2009

2. Permohonan Pinjaman Penuntut Negeri Pulau Pinang/ Application for Study Loan for Penang Undergraduates

Permohonan secara online. Sila klik sini untuk Membuat Permohonan dan Syarat-syarat Permohonan/ Click here for application procedures

Tarikh Tutup Permohonan/ Dateline : 31 Julai 2009

Sumber/ Source: http://www.penang.gov.my

Press Statement: Penang Contributed 30% But Only Received 0.8% In Return

Posted in Economy, Penang, Press Statement by dapjlntembikai on June 26, 2009

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We would like to express our disappointment at the allocation of the Federal Government’s RM 60 billion economic stimulus package for state development so far.

From the data available at the Government’s Treasury website (www.rangsanganekonomi.treasury.gov.my), Penang only received RM75.51 million, which is only a mere 0.8% of the total development allocations given out by the Federal Government up to now. Three out of four Pakatan Rakyat-led States (Penang, Kelantan, Kedah) were among the six states which received the lowest allocations from the RM60 billion stimulus package as of 19 June 2009.

Penang is a major economy in Malaysia and contributes about 30% of the total Malaysian exports, but we only receive 0.8% of the total stimulus package allocated for development. Our Chief Minister has submitted an application for RM11 billion allocation for 21 critical projects in Penang, which among others include:

1. North Channel project RM323 million
2. Monorail project RM2.5 billion
3. Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR) RM1.5 billion
4. Mengkuang Dam expansion project RM1.1 billion
5. Repair of Batu Kawan State Stadium RM20 million
6. Public housing RM500 million
7. Flood Mitigation Plan projects RM970 million
8. Traffic solution projects RM50 million
9. Upgrading of Bayan Lepas and Prai Industrial Parks RM66.2 million
10. Halal Hub projects in Balik Pulau and Batu Kawan RM500 million
The meagre allocation to Penang’s development in these challenging economic times does not make sense to our Country’s economy as a whole. The Prime Minister who presented the stimulus package as a Finance Minister earlier this year should set aside political agendas in ensuring that Penang remains as a competitive economic hub of Malaysia. One of the urgent measures should be the upgrading of facilities and infrastructures in Penang, many which were overdue in the past few decades of Gerakan rule. We should not need to wait for overseas visitors such as Mr. Lee Kuan Yew to comment about the state of our facilities before taking actions.

Therefore we urge the Prime Minister to consider the contribution of the State and People of Penang when allocating the stimulus package. Our tax money should not be used as a political reward or punishment tools but rather the Federal Government must dispense these funds on the basis of economic and social needs.

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