Malaysia’s Budget For 2009

August 30, 2008

Malaysia’s Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi delivered a 90-minute 2009 Budget speech at the Parliament today.

Some points that I could remember :

  1. waiver for electricity usage below RM20 per household
  2. 1 month bonus for civil servants
  3. nearly 1 billion allocated for the people of Sabah & Sarawak … is this daylight bribery or not ?
  4. more money for the transportation sector, espescially for rail transport … hmm, isn’t Scomi in the railway/monorail business nowadays ?
  5. budget for development under the PM’s office has been quadrupled … smells fishy here

Budget 2009: Salient points
Aug 29, 08 4:32pm

The following are the salient points in Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s 90-minute 2009 Budget speech. The 2009 Budget is Abdullah’s fifth since taking over as prime minister from Dr Mahathir Mohamad in October 2003.

Gov’t to spend record RM208 bil for 2009

The total expenditure was set at RM207.9 billion for 2009 compared to RM176.9 in 2008.

Of this amount, RM154.2 billion is for operating expenditure, while RM53.7 billion is for development expenditure.

In 2008, the operating expenditure was RM128.8 billion and RM48.1 billion for development expenditure.
– Additional income tax rebates
– Free electricity for the poor
– 3-sen hike in cigarette taxes

Download the full text here (in Bahasa Malaysia)

For information regarding Malaysia’s budget for the previous 5 years, please check the links below.
2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004


Mission : 3P (Part 6)

August 29, 2008

With the rejections, tha game is still wide open

Sabah MPs reject loyalty pledge

KOTA KINABALU, Aug 29 —Sabah Barisan Nasional MPs have rejected the idea of a pledge of loyalty, a move bound to fuel more political uncertainty.

The decision also confirms speculation that several MPs from the state are keeping their options open.

Yesterday, Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal lead a group of about 20 MPs in calling speculation that they were crossing over to Pakatan Rakyat nothing more than lies by irresponsible parties.

He said the MPs would sign a pledge of loyalty to the ruling coalition to be sent to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“We are not commodities to be bought and sold. We have our honour,” he told a press conference in the Parliament lobby.

Today, Kimanis MP Datuk Anifah Aman said he would not sign such a pledge, saying it was “degrading and humiliating”.

Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh, who also said he would not sign such a pledge, said the pledge seemed to infer that Sabah MPs could not be trusted.

Karambunai MP Datuk Eric Majimbun, the Sabah Progressive Party deputy president, said neither he nor fellow SAPP MP Datuk Dr Chua Soon Bui of Tawau would be signing such a pledge.

Taken from : themalaysianinsider.com.my


Mission : 3P (Part 5)

August 29, 2008

As I have strongly suspected, the defection will not only involve the Sabah & Sarawak MPs. They will be mass defection from various parties, as there has been suggestion that a few MCA MPs will join the action. As with UMNO, not all of their leaders are corrupted. Datuk Seri Anwar also have strong connection from his previous time with UMNO. Most probably he has adviced them to lie low since 1998.

Pakatan Rakyat Kini Semakin Kukuh, Dua AP Terengganu Mungkin Lompat
Ditulis oleh SM Noor
Friday, 29 August 2008

KTerengganu – Dengan kembalinya Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim ke Parlimen, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) menjadi lebih kukuh dengan membentuk satu gabungan lebih yang kuat.

Kelmarin, Timbalan Pesuruhjaya PAS Terengganu, Dato’ Wan Abd Muttalib Embong mencadangkan agar PAS, PKR dan DAP berbincang dengan lebih serius mengenai perkara tersebut demi kebaikan ketiga-tiga parti itu dan lima negeri naungannya.

Menurut beliau, cadangan itu dibuat bagi membolehkan setiap keputusan atau apa juga tindakan yang diambil oleh PR selepas ini dapat diselaraskan di semua negeri yang diperintah pembangkang agar keliha-tan lebih selari.

Justeru, cadangan Wan Muttalib tersebut telah mula kelihatan dengan pertemuan pertama Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat yang telah diadakan di Pejabat Ketua Pembangkang Tingkat 14, Bangunan Parlimen semalam ini.

Pertemuan tersebut telah dipengerusikan oleh Anwar telah dihadiri oleh Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Presiden PAS, Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang dan Pengerusi DAP Karpal Singh.

Pertemuan tersebut menegaskan kembali pendirian parti-parti yang bergabung di bawah Pakatan Rakyat untuk memperkukuhkan semangat kerjasama masing-masing.

Dalam perkembangan yang sama, dua anggota parlimen dari negeri Terengganu mungkin akan melakukan lompatan, berhijrah meninggalkan Barisan Nasional dan menyertai Pakatan Rakyat.

”Bahkan saya juga terdengar, bahawa kalau ada yang menyeberangi masuk Pakatan Rakyat, maka ada ahli-ahli parlimen negeri Terengganu juga paling kurang dua orang, akan melompat masuk Pakatan Rakyat, “kata Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Kawasan Ladang, Dato’ Tengku Hassan Tengku Omar ketika berucap di Kampung Tanjung Sabtu semalam.

Beliau berkata program 16 September Pakatan Rakyat menuju Putra Jaya dan mengubah kerajaan BN kepada kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat masih atas landasan yang betul.

Menurutnya, Timbalan Presiden PKR Azmin Ali mengesahkan perkara tersebut ketika ditemui semasa berkempen dalam pilihanraya kecil Permatang Pauh baru-baru ini.

Dalam masa yang sama, Tengku Hassan berkata, BN semakin lemah dengan parti-parti gabungan yang bernaung dibawahnya menyatakan hasrat untuk keluar dari BN.

“Di Perak Parti Gerakan meminta supaya keluar daripada BN, di Kedah juga, Parti Gerakan juga membuat cadangan kepada pimpinan (mereka) supaya keluar daripada BN,

“di Pulau Pinang, mereka (Parti Gerakan) merancang untuk juga membuat cadangan dalam kongres (Parti Gerakan) yang akan datang supaya keluar daripada BN, disetengah-setengah tempat MCA juga telah berbisik-bisik untuk juga mencadangkan supaya keluar daripada BN,

”mereka semua (parti-parti tersebut) menyalahkan kepada pimpinan Pak Lah (Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad badawi) menyebabkan mereka kalah dalam pilihanraya (umum) baru-baru ini,”ujar Tengku Hassan ketika mengulas tentang kebangkitan rakyat yang sedang berlaku diseluruh negara.

Pada 20 Ogos lalu, tokoh Parti Gerakan Pulau Pinang, Dato’ Toh Kin Woon bertindak keluar parti dan menyokong PKR membuktikan bahawa parti itu semakin tidak diterima ramai masyarakat.

Toh pernah menjadi Exco Kerajaan Negeri di bawah kepimpinan Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon kecewa dengan Gerakan kerana terlalu banyak penyelewengan dan penyalahgunaan kuasa dilakukan oleh kepimpinan negara.

Mengulas tentang kunjungan hormat pimpinan PAS Terengganu terhadap Menteri Besar Terengganu, Dato’ Ahmad Said, Dato’ Tengku Hassan berkata Ahmad lebih dilihat sebagai Menteri Besar ‘Yang DiPertuan Agong’ dari dilihat sebagai Menteri Besar UMNO.

”Bukan macam Menteri Besar UMNO, nampak macam Menteri Besar ‘Agong, sebab itu kita pergi ”kata beliau.

Menurut beliau sudah dua kali pertemuan diadakan antara pimpinan PAS dengan Ahmad Said.

Kunjungan hormat kali pertama adalah selepas ADUN PAS mengangkat sumpah di Dewan Undangan Negeri Mei lalu, manakala secara rasminya pertemuan kali kedua adalah pada 15 Julai lalu.

Taken from : buletinonline.net


Mission : 3P (Part 4)

August 29, 2008

I read this as a strong signal from the representative of the people of Sabah that any change will be forced. The majority of the people wants a new landscape where racial segragation & animosity is a thing of the past.

Pity that UMNO have not learnt anything even though their stance is far from what Islam is all about. Hatred even to non-muslims is prohibited.

Yong on the landslide victory of PKR

SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee on the landslide victory of PKR Advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the Permatang Pauh by-election 26 August 2008

Kota Kinabalu, August 27, 2008

1. The land slide victory of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim augurs well for non-racial politics in Malaysia. The rejection of racial politics shown in the March general elections has been repeated resoundingly by the voters of Permatang Pauh of whom 69% are Malays.

2. But the BN leadership, especially UMNO, never learn. Instead of strengthening national unity among the people, UMNO tried desperately to whip up racial emotions on the NEP issue by mob demonstrations in Penang immediately after the elections. The orchestrating of the student demonstrations at UiTM by UMNO this month, the inflammatory speeches of their MPs in Parliament and racial instigation against SAPP MPs over the no confidence motion in June all prove that the BN and UMNO are still trapped in the old mind set of racial compartmentalization of Malaysian politics.

3. In fact, after the March general elections, both the PM and DPM had declared that the BN would conduct independent studies on the losses suffered by the BN and why people were rejecting BN. Several high level BN committees were even formed to ¡§re-brand BN¡¨.

4. But instead of changing for the better with people-friendly policies, the BN government played around with fuel prices at the whims and fancies of the Prime Minister inflicting suffering on the ordinary people. High level corruption continues unabated. And according to news reports quoting senior UMNO leaders, this year’s UMNO party divisional and branch elections are the dirtiest and most corrupted by money politics ever in the history of UMNO.

5. When SAPP first declared no confidence in the PM, almost all the BN component parties chose to condemn SAPP instead of solving the issues affecting the people raised by SAPP. SAPP reminds the BN component parties to join the SAPP’s move of no confidence in the PM so as to effect change for the better in the country. SAPP now calls on the people in Malaysia, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, to be ready for change.

Issued by SAPP HQ


Mission : 3P (Part 3)

August 29, 2008

On 30/08/2008 Datuk Eric Majimbun (SAPP) will be organizing a convention on Sabah Issues. The convention will be joined by panelists Datuk Harris Mohd Salleh (ex-CM of Sabah), Tan Sri Simon Sipaun (ex-State Secretary of Sabah) Dr Pang Teck Wai (an economist) & Amde Sidik (lawyer).

From the 4 panelists, Datuk Harris has previously clashed with Datuk Yong Teck Lee (SAPP president) which resulting him disqualified for 2 general election starting 1999 (refer to : freeanwar.net). Is the participation of Datuk Harris in the convention means that he & Datuk Yong are now colleague-in-arms ? This surely gives another exciting twist the plot of Mission : 3P.

So, will the ball start rolling on 30/08/2008 in Kota Kinabalu ?

The presence of Datuk Harris will spice up the convention considering the fact that he won a election nulifying Yong ’s election as a ADUN in 1999 (freeanwar.net). That had resulted in the so called “red card” for Yong who had to sit out two general elections.

It is believed Harris agrees with SAPP’s declaration of no confidence against the PM. Will 30 August see any special move on Sabah politics? Is it the prelude to the 16 September date Anwar was flashing about?

So fasten your seat belts, when the guillotine drops it is going to be really messy! Do you think SAPP will survive this Merdeka..?

Read more at : audie61.wordpress.com

Press Statement by YB Datuk Eric Majimbun
MP for Sepanggar/ Deputy President of Sabah Progressive Party
26 August 2008

CONVENTION ON SABAH ISSUES

1. About 1,200 people are expected to attend the Convention on Sabah Issues to be held at the Putera Theatre Ballroom in Kota Kinabalu on August 30, from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

2. Organizing Chairman, Datuk Eric Majimbun, said the current political development in the country had prompted SAPP to organize this convention.

3. This convention is a follow up to a Special Committee chaired by Majimbun which was set for the purpose of collecting, compiling and analyzing issues submitted by the people.

4. The convention will provide an opportunity for views and recommendations to be expressed by the people. The views will be compiled into a document for endorsement by other political parties, organizations and individuals paving the way for it to be adopted as a roadmap for Sabah towards establishing a trustworthy government and a progressive, just and harmonious society.

5. We feel it is important during this critical period for the people to re-connect with the history of Sabah¡¯s independence, the position of Sabah as a state within the Federation of Malaysia as well as the current economic condition of the State.

6. The speakers at the convention include :
a. Datuk Harris Mohd Salleh – Sabah Chief Minister (1976-1985) and former president of Parti Berjaya Sabah
b. Tan Sri Simon Sipaun – Deputy Chairman of SUHAKAM anda former Sabah State Secretary
c. Dr Pang Teck Wai – economist
d. En. Amde Sidik – lawyer, author, columnist & social/political commentator

7. Participation at the convention is free & open to the public.

8. Police permit has been obtained

To view the original copy of the document : download here

courtesy of : akimomogun.blogspot.com


Mission : 3P (Part 2)

August 28, 2008

Rumblings in Sabah detected yesterday.

1st :

PBS rebel chief Sindin quits party
Joe Fernandez | Aug 27, 08 3:54pm

Parti Bersatu Sabah rebel chief Sindin Ranggangon has quit the party en masse with his entire 3,000 strong division of Kiulu, rather than face the music after being served with a show-cause letter on Aug 14.
– ‘Might join PKR’
– Other PBS leaders not fazed

Taken from :

Then :

Rebel party hails PKR victory
Tony Thien | Aug 27, 08 6:58pm

Sabah Progressive Party (Sapp) has hailed the landslide victory of PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, saying it augurs well for non-racial politics in Malaysia.
– BN must change to stay relevant
– Resounding ‘no’ to racial politics

Taken from :


Mission : 3P

August 28, 2008

Mission : 3P has been set in motion. The 1st P, Permatang Pauh was won so convincingly on 26/08/2008. The 2nd P, Parliament was breached today, 28/8/2008. The final P, Putrajaya is expected to be conquered on 16/09/2008.

Well, that’s the promise from Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim so far. Will his mission be a success come 16/09/2008, which coindentally is also the 45th anniversary of Malaysia ?

Here’s the chronology of our country’s history since 08/03/2008 :

08/03 – Pakatan Rakyat won a historical 82 parliamentary seats in PRU2008 | [read it here]

19/03 – Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Abu Bakar and Datuk Anifah Aman declines deputy minister’s post in Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi new cabinet line-up | [read it here]

27/03 – Datuk Ghapur Salleh tendered his resignation as Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment just a week into his appointment | [read it here]

07/05 – During a parliamentary session, Datuk Anifah Aman brings up the idea of moving to a terrace house from the bungalow when space is not made available | [watch the video here]

12/05 – During a parliamentary session, Datuk Ghapur Salleh reminds that without 54 MPs from Sabah & Sarawak, BN would have been toppled in PRU2008 | [watch the video here]

31/05 – Tun Mahathir suggest 3/4 of BN MPs to leave BN | [watch the video here]

18/06 – SAPP press statement proposing a no-confidence vote against Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi | [watch the video here]

03/08 – Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew ( ex-Secretary of Parliament to the Ministry of International Trade & Industry ) leaves MCA to join PKR alongside 2097 MCA members| [watch the video here]

18/08 – Dr Toh Kin Woon leaves Parti Gerakan Rakyat | [read it here]

22/08 – Dr Tan Kee Kwang of Parti Gerakan Rakyat joins Pakatan Rakyat | [read it here]

26/08 – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim won Permatang Pauh by a 15,671 majority | [read it here]

28/08 – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim re-enters Dewan Rakyat. Coincidentally, Datuk Eric E. Majimbun from SAPP was the 1st to congratulate him| [read it here]