Adakah RUU SIP akan berjaya dan berkesan?

Rang Undang-undang Skim Insurans Pekerja (RUU SIP) yang telah dibentangkan buat kali pertama di parlimen yang bertujuan untuk membantu para pekerja yang kehilangan pekerjaan akibat ditamatkan perkhidmatan dijangka tidak akan begitu membebankan para pekerja disektor swasta. Namun, ianya masih bergantung kepada bagaimana skim ini akan dilaksana dan diuruskan kelak.

Ia merupakan satu perbelanjaan tambahan buat majikan dan para pekerja sepertimana caruman yang dibuat selama ini kepada PERKESO dan KWSP. Perniagaan dan industri kecil dan sederhana (SME) dijangka memerlukan lebih masa untuk menyesuaikan diri kerana kumpulan inilah yang merasai impaknya terhadap kos operasi mereka, sementara syarikat gergasi tidak akan merasai impak terhadap kos tersebut kerana kadar caruman yang masih kecil.

RUU SIP yang belum selesai pembentangannya telahpun ditunda ke bulan Oktober ini akan mewajibkan majikan dan pekerja mencarum ke dalam SIP berdasarkan kadar yang bakal ditetapkan mengikut tangga gaji se…

Education sector a victim of politicking?

This article has earlier appeared in on 14/4/2017

Clarification from Putrajaya is urgently required! Is the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) taking precedence over the education sector, to the extent that budgets for public universities and related sectors were slashed.

Does Putrajaya now regard education as of lower priority for our younger generation today? Party politics and the politics of survival have apparently become an important task for Putrajaya, particularly the PMD itself.

When we complain of low productivity and a bloated civil service of about 1.68 million employees, the leadership in Putrajaya decided to slash the budgets for public universities instead without considering the consequences to the coming generations.

A source has been reported as saying that the budget cuts of public universities were some sort of “punishment” because many students and academics had been voicing out against policies and systems of the government. If this is the case, then …

Demonstrations are part of democracy

This article has earlier appeared in on 30/3/2017

When the Romanian government planned to enforce a decree to make power abuse a crime punishable by jail only when the sum involved exceeds 200,000 lei, which is equivalent to RM210,000, an estimated half a million Romanians took to the streets to protest their government’s plan to legitimise corruption below the said amount.

The Romanian police did not try their best to prevent the demonstration from taking place in the city of Bucharest by arresting prominent leaders of opposition parties and civil rights organisations.

This is part of the democratic process which the Romanian security has abided by.

But in Malaysia, the Umno-dominated Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition government has very often viewed protests and demonstrations as acts detrimental to parliamentary democracy, thus enacting many kinds of restrictions under the Peaceful Assembly Act, Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma), Prevention of Terrorism…

Will shariah amendments make our nation better?

This article has earlier appeared in on 27/2/2017

Well, the so-called PAS-sponsored Himpunan 355 has come and gone. The rally was supposedly to garner support for PAS president Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill, which is expected to be tabled in parliament next month, to enhance punishments under the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, also known as Act 355.

PAS’ long-time arch rival Umno has also come out in support of Hadi’s bill, citing the importance of uniting regardless of political affiliation in order to protect the religion from threats.

Can PAS and Umno enlighten us on who is “threatening” Islam in Malaysia and how the “threat” has been initiated? Are they able to identify the culprits who have threatened the religion all this while?

Prior to PAS’ decision to forward the bill to amend Act 355 to provide for stiffer shariah punishments, did they scrutinise the bill to look for measures that would enforce good governance and curb corruption in the…

Vote for the independence of our parliament

This article has earlier appeared in the on 27/1/2017

The scandal surrounding the state-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the case of a RM2.6 billion deposit found in the personal account of Prime Minister Najib Razak have not only become local headlines but have also gained international attention.

This is because this nation has become Umno’s Malaysia where everyone must say yes and bow respectfully to the Umno president.

Our nation’s three major organs – the executives, parliament and the judiciary system – are all right under his thumb. This is why he managed to bulldoze through many oppressive laws for use against his critics and opponents in order to stay in power.

In Malaysia, the position of the prime minister has become too powerful. Checks and balances on him are currently non-existent because the institutions themselves have made him so.

As for our parliamentary system, no doubt there are some checks and balances on matters pertaining to governance an…

Parliamentary reform first, shadow cabinet later

This article has earlier appeared in on 9/1/2017

The issue of an opposition shadow cabinet has suddenly surfaced again following a poser by an Umno cabinet minister on the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan’s readiness to govern the country should they win the next general election.

In response to the challenge, a leader from Pakatan Harapan component Parti Amanah Negara gave an assurance that the opposition coalition’s shadow cabinet will be announced this year.

So, what is so important about the opposition shadow cabinet today and why did Umno so often remind us that DAP’s own shadow spokespersons on ministerial portfolios are a sign that the party would dump its Pakatan Harapan partners in order to rule on its own should the opposition coalition win the next general election?

Is it logical for DAP to rule on its own when it will only contest 50 parliamentary seats out of the total 222 seats? Even if DAP makes a clean sweep of the 50 seats, can it rule on its own? …

Ulterior motive in outlawing foreign funding?

This article has earlier appeared in on 25/11/2016

Of late, leaders from the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, particularly from Umno, and many Umno-linked NGOs have shifted their anti-Chinese chorus to that of George Soros.

Sounds like Umno and its sponsored NGOs were deliberately making Soros a scapegoat for their political misadventure and to cover up various scandals linked to their leaders, in particular the 1MDB controversy and RM2.6 billion in the Umno president’s personal account.

Well, Umno has just made Soros a well-known figure in Malaysia today by claiming his involvement in an “attempt to overthrow the BN government”. Every Malaysian would be interested to know if Soros has been laying a plan to become “Prime Minister of Malaysia”.

It is all about foreign funding and the Jews when Umno and its associates are trying their best to discredit and bring down all the opposition parties and civil society groups. The momentum gained by opposition groups has caus…