Friday, February 20, 2009

From glory to glory

Since the Pakatan Rakyat took over the government of Perak with the people's endorsement through the democratic process of elections on the 8th of March, 2008, many changes have taken place in the administration of the state. Many new, just and fair policies have been implemented for the betterment of the people.

Pakatan Rakyat leaders, especially the Exco, have worked together to implement the 'universal values' of transparency, trustworthiness, justice, effective and welfare conscience government.

For example, all new projects have been awarded to qualified contractors (according to the licences they possessed) though an open tender system. The state government was thus able to save money on many projects and use the remaining funds to implement additional projects of benefit to the people for example in the area of flood prevention. In addition, business licenses have been approved without discrimination or favouritism.

All leaders are expected to be trustworthy and transparent in carrying out their duties without thought for personal gain. For the past year, this principle has been embodied in the persons of YB Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham, YB Nga Kor Ming and other leaders whom I know personally.

Here are some more examples of Pakatan Rakyat government's many undisputed achievements in the past year, which the Barisan National had not managed to accomplish in 51 years of government.

- 20m3 of free water for poor families.
- RM6 Million given to the 6,000 first year needy university students from Perak.
- Implementation of local JKKK elections in many villages and in doing so returning power to the rakyat
- Granting of freehold land titles to 134 and 349 new villages and kampong tersusun respectively in the whole of Perak. These represented 102,000 titles for RPT kampong tersusun and 47,000 titles for new villages.
- Committment to giving 8.25 acres of land to each household of the Orang Asli in Perak.
- Allocation of land for Muslim religious schools, Chinese schools and other kinds of aid for Tamil schools.
- Preventing the federal government from giving the right to waste management to only one company
- Preventing the corporatisation of water works (LAP) by the federal government. LAP makes millions of ringgit every year. This indirectly prevented incorporation of the Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) bill into our water bill.
- Collection of RM637million in revenue in 2008 which is the highest ever achieved by the Perak government. (RM97Million more than the previous year despite the economic downturn.)
- Approval of more 100 applications for housing, commercial and industrial projects in the first three months of administration.
- Attracted and increased FDI of multinational companies due to being business friendly attitude and efficiency in decisions making. FDI for 2008 was RM3.4 billion.
- Gave out goodies to the poor during Hariraya Aidilfiltri, Deepavali, and Chinese New Year.
- And the list goes on...

The people of Perak strongly support Pakatan Rakyat because we are very pleased with what
the Pakatan Rakyat government has done and we trust that they will continue to do even better in the future.

It is amazing how much people can get done if they do not worry about who gets the credit. -Sandra Swinney

posted by jason ling and edited by Bénévole Anonymne

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