Sunday, November 28, 2010

BN seems to be planning a one day sitting again from the agenda sent to Perak State Elected Representatives.


BN seems to be planning a one day sitting again from the agenda sent to Perak State Elected Representatives. Pakatan Rakyat Elected Representatives call for sufficient time to be allocated for elected representatives to debate the matters before the House for this coming State Assembly budget sitting commencing on 30/11/2010.

Last year the Perak 2010 budget was past without debate in 20 minutes by BN elected representatives because Dato’ R. Ganesan position as a Legitimate Speaker was in question and they do not allow that question to be raised.

In the last sitting on 3/8/2010, the BN appointed speaker, Dato’ Ganesan intentionally did not want allow the PR elected representatives to speak on behalf of the people. He decided that the sitting should be for one day only and allow opposition leader Dato’ Seri Mohd Nizar Bin Jamaluddin (who should rightfully the Menteri Besar) only 15 minutes to speak. The Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives protested as it makes a mockery of the State Assembly. Traditionally, there is no time limit imposed on the opposition leader to bring the State matters before the house just as no time limit is set for the Menteri Besar. So long as the matters spoken are relevant and relate to the State of Perak they would be allowed. On one occasion, I spoke for 3 hours as opposition leader and when PR was in government Dato’ Seri Tajol Rosli as opposition leader spoke for 2 ½ hours.

The PR elected representatives protested as they were expected to be given much lesser time to debate especially matters pertaining to their respective constituencies.

Dato’ Ganesan and the BN Perak Government accused the PR elected representatives of making a scene when our objection was to defend democracy. BN Perak Government had planned to make the State Assembly a rubber stamp without a debate. They use hundreds of police to surround and control the State Assembly to ensure that the State Assembly will be a mere rubber stamp to approve what they want.

Just like the last sitting where the matters to be transacted for that sitting were contained in a one day agenda, and subsequently all matters were approved within the same day, all matters that needed to be transacted in this coming State Assembly sitting are also listed a one day agenda.

The matters to be transacted are as follows:-

1. Oral Questions Session.
2. To pass the Perak Malays Higher Studies Scholarship Fund (Amendment) bill.
3. To pass the Perak Nationals (Non-Malay) Scholarship Fund (Amendment) Bill.
4. To pass Wood – based Industries (Amendment) bill.
5. To pass the supply 2011 bill (Budget) amounting to RM832,417,100.
6. To pass a motion to approve the use of RM273,000,000 from Consolidated Development Fund and
7. To pass a motion to approve the Perak Constitutional Amendment to include 4 other titled Raja (Raja Kecil Besar, Raja Kecil Sulong, Raja Kecil Tengah, Raja Kecil Bongsu) as members of the Dewan Negara.

The Perak State Assembly will become meaningless if the above said matters are past in a day without meaningful debate.

The BN Perak Government is expected again to use the police force to ensure that they will achieve their purpose in passing the above said matters without being questioned.

I call on Dato’ Ganesan to declare that he will allocate at least 4 days for debate and call on the BN Government to support my call.

If BN fails to restore democracy in Perak, let the people of Perak oust them decisively in this coming general election.

Dated this 28th day of November 2010.

MP for Beruas & State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

Corrupt practice suspected in drastic drop in timber revenue.


Corrupt practice suspected in drastic drop in timber revenue.

BN Perak State Government must explain why the revenue from timber concessions given out in 2009 is only RM12.3 Million while the revenue in 2008 under Pakatan Rakyat was RM40.0 Million

Every year the Perak forestry department allows 7,000 hectares of timber concessions to be approved (on a sustainable basis). Despite the acreage being the same the following are the timber concessions revenue for the last 5 years received by the Perak State Government.

2005 RM15.14 Million (under BN)
2006 RM13.65 Million (under BN)
2007 RM16.00 Million (under BN)
2008 RM40.00 Million (under PR)
2009 RM12.30 Million (under BN)

The above figures clearly show that under the PR Government with its open tender system the State Government receives up to more than 3 times in revenue compared to BN’s system of awarding timber concessions directly to the cronies. The PR Government channel this additional income to benefit the people of Perak while only certain individuals benefited from BN crony system. It is well known fact that BN politicians will have a share from the profits made by their cronies.

The above said figures also clearly show that all these years BN politicians and their cronies have been benefiting from their direct award system at the expense of the people.

I call on Dato’ Seri Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir to explain why the drastic drop in revenue received from the timber concessions given out by the State Government, from RM40.00 Million in 2008 (when under PR) to only RM12.30 Million in 2009 (when under BN).

I also call on the Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency (MACC) to act swiftly to investigate if corrupt practices are involved. We see MACC acting swiftly in Selangor (PR State) when only a small sum is allegedly involved. I expect MACC to act more swiftly in Perak as the amount involved is many more times than the amount allegedly involved in Selangor cases. However, many people have expressed cynicism because the suspected corruption involved BN politicians. Many believe that MACC will only act against BN politicians if it gets the nod from the BN political masters.

Dated this 27th day of November 2010.

MP for Beruas & State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

Friday, November 19, 2010

Perak Pakatan ready for snap polls, says Ngeh

By Clara Chooi, The Malaysia Insider
November 17, 2010

AYER TAWAR, Nov 17 — Perak Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has finally recovered from its bruising fall from government last year, declaring itself ready to take on the Barisan Nasional (BN) should snap polls be called soon.

Unlike in other states, the PR pact in Perak is said to be the most cohesive of the lot, bound together by the year-long constitutional impasse that rocked the state following BN’s infamous power grab in February 2009.

In an exclusive interview with The Malaysian Insider, newly re-apppointed Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said that since the power grab, all state PR leaders and members have been working themselves to the bone to ensure another victory in the next general election.

“Our PR brothers are very close here in Perak, not just because of the crisis but because we have very good, sound, matured and very capable leaders.

“And yes we are [ready to face elections]. In fact, we have been on election-mode since the power grab. And now that the election can be called anytime, we are ready.

“I believe our general election machinery is still in tact,” he said, when met at his office here yesterday.

Ngeh admitted however that due to the series of events during the constitutional crisis in Perak after the power grab, the PR machinery now desperately needed to raise more funds and quickly.

“When our machinery is enriched, then we can move smoothly. We have spent a fair bit on our expenses, especially when paying costs to BN during the court cases,” he explained.

The Perak PR has been engaged in a mountain of legal suits against the BN since February last year, during its many attempts to declare BN’s rule in the state as unconstitutional.

Despite this however, Ngeh, who was formerly a senior state executive councillor in the Perak PR government, claimed that PR has been making inroads with the more rural population in the state, where it had lost greatly to BN during Elections 2008.

In the March 2008 political tsunami, the traditionally BN-helmed state of Perak fell to the hands of the opposition with a narrow three-seat margin.

DAP had swept up all 18 state seats it had contested, primarily in the urban Kinta Valley area, while PKR had managed to win in seven seats and PAS, in six.

BN had managed to score 28 seats, thanks to Umno’s popularity in the more rural Malay-dominated areas in the silver state. MCA only won in one state seat while MIC failed to secure any.

In the early hours of March 9, 2008, the three opposition parties of DAP, PAS and PKR came together in a hasty meeting and made an agreement within an hour that it would form a tripartite government in Perak.

Due to the defections of three PR assemblymen however, the government fell back to the BN in February 2009 and the state was plunged into turmoil for over a year.

Today, after exhausting all avenues to seek legal redress over the power grab, PR has now set its sights on recapturing Perak from BN in the coming general election, said to be held early next year.

This Saturday, the BN supreme council will meet to chart campaign plans for a possible snap polls widely speculated for the first half of 2011.

In Perak, PR’s greatest hurdle is the Malay vote, particularly in the semi-urban and rural areas contested by Umno in Elections 2008.

But Ngeh remains confident that coupled with the injustice of BN’spower grab and PR’s 10-month performance in Perak, PR’s influence with the Malay voters has now greatly improved.

“We believe and hope that we already now have at least 40 per cent of support from the Malays in the rural areas.

“Ideally, our target is not to win with just a majority of three seats. This time, we aim to win two thirds of the 59 state seats in Perak,” Ngeh declared.

He claimed that the Malay ground was now “ripe and open” to the opposition, judging from the general sentiment of voters in the traditional Umno strongholds.

“It is a great transformation. Before March 2008, the DAP could never even raise our flag there. We could not even enter their territory.

“But now, they welcome me and when I come, I speak to a crowd of two thousand people. I feel very welcomed,” he said.

DAP, he said, was no longer considered a “Chinese chauvinist party or a Communist party”.

Similarly, Ngeh added, voters in the Chinese community, no longer feared non-Chinese centric parties and were now in acceptance of multiracial parties like PKR and even Islamist party PAS.

“This is why what we are doing now is to ensure that there is non-Malay support for PKR and PAS in the areas where DAP is not contesting.

“We are persuading the Chinese not to fear these parties and we have been moving to infiltrate all the deepest recesses of Perak,” he said.

Strategically, Ngeh said the PR alliance already has its presence in all 24 parliamentary constituencies in Perak.

“We have formed PR liaison committees in every parliamentary constituency, represented by nine members – three from each party,” he explained.

For DAP, Ngeh added, there were at least one or more branches in each area.

“That is why, we always have people moving on the ground there, working the ground and helping us to mobilise our functions when we plan any,” he said.

He added that each PR party is also expected to provide service in the areas that they would likely be contesting in the coming elections.

The seat distribution among DAP, PKR and PAS, he added, would likely be the same as the last general election.

“It is not a problem for us. It is true that DAP gave up two seats to PKR to contest but we are not fighting among ourselves for the seats. What is important is that our relationship is sound.

“That is why Perak PR is so close... your area is considered my area and we count ourselves as PR leaders, not just leaders of our own respective parties,” he said.

In Elections 2008, DAP contested in 18 seats, PKR in 20 seats and PAS in 21 seats.

Ngeh added that it was a general consensus among PR leaders that former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, a PAS man, would be retained as the Mentri Besar.

“We look at merit and Nizar was a sterling leader and a great Mentri Besar. In fact, when Nizar said, as an MB, that he would administer the state irrespective of race or background, I knew I would support him all the way, we do not even need to discuss policies,” he said.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

PRU: Pakatan Perak sudah sedia tumbang BN, kata pengerusi DAP

Oleh Clara Chooi, The Malaysian Insider
November 17, 2010

AYER TAWAR, 17 Nov - Empat hari ini selepas pemilihan sengit, DAP mengisytiharkan Pakatan Rakyat Perak sudah bersedia untuk menghadapi Barisan Nasional (BN) jika pilihan raya umum tergempar diadakan dalam waktu terdekat.

Berbanding negeri-negeri lain, Pakatan Rakyat Perak dikatakan lebih padu di sebalik krisis politik yang menimpa negeri itu awal tahun lalu, menyebabkan kerajaan negeri jatuh ke tangan BN.

Pakatan Rakyat masih melihat perubahan awal 2009 sebagai satu bentuk ‘rampasan kuasa’ oleh BN, yang turut membawa kepada krisis perlembagaan negeri.

Dalam temu bual eksklusif, Pengerusi DAP Perak yang baru Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham berkata, sejak ‘rampasan’ kuasa lebih setahun lalu, kesemua pemimpin dan ahli Pakatan Rakyat di negeri terus-menerus bekerja keras untuk memastikan satu lagi “kemenangan”, yang lebih besar berbanding 2008, dalam pilihan raya umum ke-13.

“Saudara-saudara kami dalam Pakatan Rakyat, kami sangat rapat di Perak, bukan hanya disebabkan krisis tetapi disebabkan kami mempunyai pemimpin-pemimpin yang baik, disegani, matang dan berupaya.

“Dan, ya, kami sudah bersedia (untuk menghadapi pilihan raya umum). Sebenarnya kami berada dalam persekitaran pilihan raya sejak (kuasa) kerajaan negeri disambar. Dan, sekarang pilihan raya akan dipanggil pada bila-bila masa, kami sudah bersedia.

“Saya percaya jentera pilihan raya kami berada dalam kedudukan mantap,” kata beliau kepada The Malaysian Insider di sini.

Bagaimanapun Ngeh mengakui, ekoran siri peristiwa ketika krisis perlembagaan selepas kuasa kerajaan negeri disambar, jentera Pakatan Rakyat kini amat terdesak untuk mendapatkan lebih banyak dana dan dalam kadar secepat yang mungkin.

“Apabila jentera kami diperkaya, maka kami boleh bergerak dengan lancar. Kami telah membelanjakan jumlah yang banyak bagi membiayai perbelanjaan khususnya untuk membayar kos kepada BN ketika kes mahkamah,” kata beliau.

Pakatan Rakyat Perak terlibat dalam siri kes mahkamah ke atas BN sejak Februari 2009, dalam usaha mengisytiharkan kerajaan negeri sebagai tidak sah.

Pun begitu, bekas exco kerajaan negeri kanan Perak ini berkata, pihaknya sudah berjaya menyaksikan kemajuan dalam menerokai sokongan di kalangan pengundi kawasan luar bandar di mana ia kalah besar di tangan BN pada 8 Mac 2008.

Pada 2008, Perak yang secara tradisi dikuasai, BN jatuh ke tangan pembangkang dengan perbezaan hanya tiga kerusi.

DAP menyapu bersih di kesemua 18 kerusi yang ditandingi khususnya di kawasan Lembah Kinta manakala PKR menang di tujuh kerusi manakala PAS pula enam.

BN pula terus bertapak di 28 kerusi, kebanyakannya di kawasan luar bandar yang majoriti adalah pengundi Melayu. MCA menang satu kerusi manakala MIC kalah teruk.

PKR, DAP dan PAS membentuk kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat pada awal pagi 9 Mac 2008 - sehari selepas pengundian.

Bagaimanapun kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat tumbang ekoran tindakan tiga wakil rakyatnya - dua dari PKR dan seorang pemimpin DAP keluar dan mereka bertindak sebagai anggota mesra BN.

Selepas siri usaha perundangan untuk memperoleh kembali kuasa kerajaan negeri, Pakatan Rakyat Perak kini memberi tumpuan untuk mendapatkan semula kemenangan dalam pilihan raya umum tergempar yang dijangka diadakan tidak lama lagi.

Dewan Tertinggi BN akan mengadakan mesyuarat Sabtu ini, dijangka memberi tumpuan ke atas persediaan menghadapi pilihan raya umum ke-13 dan konvensyen mereka.

Di Perak, halangan besar Pakatan Rakyat ialah mendapatkan undi orang Melayu khususnya di kawasan-kawasan separa bandar dan luar bandar yang ditandingi Umno pada pilihan raya umum 2008.

Bagaimanapun Ngeh kekal yakin bahawa disebabkan gabungan ketidakadilan yang disebabkan oleh BN dan prestasi kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat selama 10 bulan, pengaruh mereka di kalangan pengundi terus mengalami peningkatan.

“Kami percaya dan berharap bahawa kini kami memiliki sekurang-kurangnya 40 peratus sokongan pengundi Melayu dari kawasan luar bandar,” katanya.

“Secara ideal, sasaran kami bukan untuk menang dengan majoriti tiga kerusi. Kali ini, kami meletakkan sasaran untuk menang dua pertiga daripada 59 kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri di Perak,” kata Ngeh.

Ngeh juga mendakwa berdasarkan pada sentimen umum pengundi di kawasan-kawasan kuat Umno, pengundi-pengundi Melayu kini lebih terbuka ke arah Pakatan Rakyat.

“Ia satu perubahan besar. Sebelum Mac 2008, DAP tidak boleh menaikkan bendera di kawasan-kawasan itu. Kami tidak boleh masuk langsung wilayah mereka.

“Tetapi sekarang, mereka mengalu-alukan saya dan apabila saya datang, saya bercakap kepada kehadiran sekitar 2,000 orang, saya merasakan diri saya dialu-alukan,” kata beliau.

DAP, kata beliau, sudah tidak lagi dianggap sebagai parti “cauvinis Cina atau parti komunis.”

Begitu juga sebaliknya kata Ngeh sambil menambah, pengundi komuniti Cina juga sudah tidak bimbang dengan parti-parti berorientasikan bukan Cina.

Kata beliau, mereka sudah mula menerima parti-parti pelbagai kaum seperti PKR dan PAS yang berlatarbelakangkan dasar Islam.

“Ini yang kami lakukan sekarang bagi memastikan ada sokongan bukan Melayu bagi PKR dan PAS di kawasan yang DAP tidak bertanding,” katanya.

Kata beliau, pihaknya kini dalam proses memujuk masyarakat Cina agar tidak bimbang dengan kedua-dua parti itu dan sedang bergerak untuk melepasi halangan-halangan sedemikian di Perak.

Bercakap mengenai strategi, kata Ngeh, gandingan Pakatan Rakyat sudah ada perwakilan di kesemua 24 bahagian Parlimen di negeri itu.

“Kami sudah membentuk jawatankuasa perhubungan Pakatan Rakyat di setiap kawasan Parlimen, diwakili oleh sembilan orang, dengan tiga wakil daripada setiap parti,” kata beliau.

Tambah beliau, setiap parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat juga dijangka menyediakan perkhidmatan di kawasan yang kemungkinan mereka akan bertanding dalam pilihan raya umum ke-13.

Ngeh juga berkata, peruntukan kerusi membabitkan ketiga-tiga komponen Pakatan Rakyat dijangka sama seperti dua tahun lalu.

“Ia bukan satu masalah bagi kami. Benar, DAP menyerahkan dua kerusi kepada PKR, tetapi kami tidak bergaduh sesama kami untuk kerusi.

“Apa yang penting ialah hubungan kami kukuh. Itu sebabnya, Pakatan Rakyat Perak sangat rapat... kawasan anda dianggap sebagai kawasan kami dan kami melihat kami sebagai pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat, bukan hanya pemimpin parti sendiri,” kata beliau lagi.

Pada 8 Mac 2008, DAP bertanding di 18 kerusi, PKR di 20 kawasan manakala PAS pula 21.

Ngeh says jealousy behind ‘dictator’ label

By Clara Chooi, The Malaysian Insider
November 18, 2010

AYER TAWAR, Nov 18 — Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, who easily won re-election last weekend as Perak DAP chairman, is claiming that jealousy is behind the widely-held perception that both he and his cousin Nga Kor Ming are dictators.

In an exclusive interview with The Malaysian Insider earlier this week, the veteran leader, who is now into his seventh term as state party chairman since 1998, lamented that the term “dictator” was likely pinned on him by people who disliked him and Nga were jealous as they had become so popular in the party.

Describing it as the scourge of Malaysian politics, Ngeh pointed to the example of the father-son team of DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

“We see it often in Malaysian politics. And like Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng, even though they have both served time in prison, people call it a dynasty.

“What dynasty, I would like to ask? I would like to point to the example of how the church preaches that a pastor who does not push his son to become a pastor like him is not setting a good example. Because being a pastor is a sacrificial position and before you ask someone else to sacrifice, you have to be willing to sacrifice your own son first,” he charged.

He pointed out that Kit Siang’s willingness to sacrifice his own son in prison to fight for the rights of the people should be considered as “exemplary” instead of a “dynasty”.

“I know them so well. They have sacrificed so much for the people and both even went to prison for it,” he said.

Ngeh noted that the reason why both he and Nga were accused of being dictators was purely psychological as it played on the basic human instinct of jealousy.

“It is just about that... the basic human instinct: jealousy. They see us up there as cousins and they call us dictators because we are both in power and we are cousins.

“It is totally unfair,” he said.

Ngeh (picture) pointed out that if he was a substandard party leader and had a bad track record, he would not have been voted back into power during Sunday’s polls.

“If Ngeh and Nga are lazy, if Ngeh and Nga are corrupt, if Ngeh and Nga are seeking benefits for themselves and not sacrificing, if Ngeh and Nga are not doing work, if Ngeh and Nga are for any reason, negative, then by all means reject us.

“But do not reject us when we have been sacrificing so much; our time, our money, our family and personal lives, do not reject us simply because we are cousins... it is totally unfair,” he said.

Ngeh added that the negative perception of him and Nga had prolonged because they had always chosen not to react to accusations.

“I have said that I would willingly suffer the injustice of being denied the right to reply and be subject to hurtful attacks assailed against me than to put my party in jeopardy and cause the mission of the people to be derailed.

“A good soldier is willing to keep a secret to safeguard a nation and risk being shot. This bad impression is given because I do not reply in the media. But it is a cost I would rather pay than to speak on the outside and cause the whole party to suffer,” he said.

Ngeh acknowledged that the accusations had begun even during the time when Pakatan Rakyat helmed the government in Perak, noting that they were merely “a pack of lies”.

Among others, former PKR assemblymen Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu, had levelled numerous complaints against both Ngeh and Nga, claiming that the duo often bulldozed decisions through during state executive council meetings.

All were a part of the state executive council line-up following Election 2008.

Jamaluddin and Mohd Osman had claimed in earlier interviews that their anger with Ngeh and Nga had been one of their primary reasons for abandoning Pakatan Rakyat (PR), a move which had caused the downfall of the Perak PR government in February 2009.

Besides them, former DAP assemblyman Datuk Hee Yit Foong had done the same and had also complained that the cousins had sidelined her when they refused to offer her a spot on the state executive council line-up.

“Firstly, both Jamaluddin and Mohd Osman never spoke out in our meetings. We made hundreds of decisions and only on one or two issues they spoke out and we were in agreement with their arguments.

“We were very professional and (former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad) Nizar (Jamaluddin) was very good. We would always go one round and ask everyone for their opinions... it was a perfect power-sharing formula and never before was it ever this democratic in the government,” Ngeh said.

On Hee’s case, Ngeh claimed that he had been very fair to have offered her the post of deputy Speaker in the state assembly.

“Her qualification was only up to Form Five and not that I am saying it’s a bad thing or I am looking down on her. Then, she is also a polio victim and she often complains about travelling. To be an exco member, you have to travel.

“So I thought that the perfect position to give her was the deputy Speaker’s post,” he reasoned.

Ngeh also denied that he had manipulated the votes on Sunday, pointing out that it was close to impossible for him to have forced such a large number of delegates to vote for him.

“We have 175 branches and over 1,200 delegates. It is impossible for me to control the minds of all the voters to choose me. In fact, one-third of them did not vote me and this shows there is freedom to exercise the right not to vote for me.

“How could I be dictatorial just because people voted for me? I do not have a gun to threaten them, I do not have anything to entice or seduce them to my side. But if the people, by my track record, want to vote for me, if they think I am popular, then what is wrong with having a huge majority?” he said.

During Sunday’s polls, the Ngeh-Nga cousins made a near-clean sweep of the 15 posts on the Perak DAP state leadership committee and sailed to an easy victory.

While the duo had polled the top two highest number of votes, their arch-rival in an opposing camp led by former state deputy chairman M. Kulasegaran failed to even make it onto the team.

Kulasegaran and team members like Thomas Su Keong Siong, Keong Meng Sing, Cheong Chee Khing, Seah Leong Peng and Frankie Wong failed to secure a spot on the state committee.

Only one person in his camp scraped through in last place — Jalong assemblyman Leong Mee Meng.

The results were a resounding slap in the face for Kulasegaran, the Ipoh Barat MP, who for months had been attacking the cousins, accusing them of being difficult to work with and too top-down in their leadership style.

The leadership crisis flared last month when an angry Kulasegaran threatened to quit his state posts in the party following an unresolved dispute with the Ngeh-Nga cousins during a special meeting in Ipoh.

Although the leader was finally convinced to stay, tension between the two warring factions continued to rise and Sunday’s polls were a crucial stepping stone for Kulasegaran and his team to topple the cousins in Perak.

Despite their failure, the cousins and the newly-elected team of state committee members decided to co-opt Kulasegaran back into the state leadership as vice-chairman.

But Kulasegaran has yet to decide on the offer.

He has instead charged that there were irregularities during Sunday’s polls, claiming that there were 50 questionable branches represented by 350 delegates who were allowed to vote in the convention.

Ngeh however refuted this, pointing out that the state leadership did not have a hand in conducting the polls.

“Let us just move forward. The delegates have spoken. And I would like to clarify that everything was organised by the central executive committee. All our agents were from out of state.

“The qualification of branches was decided by our party headquarters and the Registrar of Societies so I think we should no longer question that. Everything was done professionally... let us move ahead and plan for the future,” he said.

Perak DAP accept’s Kula’s decision, will not ‘force’ him

POH, Nov 18 — The Perak DAP leadership has accepted M.Kulasegaran’s decision to reject its offer to be vice-chairman and will not “force” the leader to change his mind.
State chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham told The Malaysian Insider this evening that the party would respect his former deputy’s decision but still hoped to work closely with him.

“We still wanted him to work with us in the state committee, which was why we invited him onboard.

“However, if he has rejected the offer, we cannot force him to change his mind,” he said when contacted.

Ngeh added that the party still considered Kulasegaran as invaluable to Perak DAP due to his seniority and political experience.

“We still hope to work with him in the future, in his capacity as an experienced and capable politician,” he said.

Ngeh would not field questions on whether Kulasegaran’s decision was a direct snub of his leadership, expressing hope that the issue would not be played up in the media.

“I think it is best we lay it to rest, there is no need to comment on these presumptions. Kulasegaran has the right to make his decision and we respect it,” he said.

In a media statement today, Kulasegaran announced that he would not accept the party’s offer to be vice-chairman, citing the present circumstances in Perak DAP as his primary reason.

“After having weighed all opinions and taking into consideration the present political development and circumstances within Perak DAP, I have decided to decline the cooption offer from the state committee as a state committee member and as state vice chairman,” he said.

The leader had suffered a major defeat during last Sunday’s party polls when his entire team of supporters were wiped out from the state leadership.

Kulasegaran himself, formerly a deputy chairman in Perak DAP, had failed to secure a spot in one of the 15 state committee posts up for grabs.

The polls results were vastly different from the party’s previous elections in 2008 when Kulasegaran emerged top and polled the highest number of votes, above both his archrivals in the party, Ngeh and his cousin Nga Kor Ming.

This Sunday, it was both Ngeh and Nga who polled the top two highest votes and those said to be on their team sailed to an easy victory, snapping up 14 of the 15 state committee posts.

The duo was later reappointed to their original posts with Ngeh as chairman and Nga as the party secretary.

Only one member of Kulasegaran’s team made it into the team – Jalong assemblyman Leong Mee Meng – but even then, she only scraped through at the last 15th spot.

Despite being the former state treasurer, Leong was not given a post in the committee.

Others like incumbent state committee members Thomas Su Keong Siong, Seah Leong Peng, Keong Meng Sing and Cheong Chee Khing, as well as newcomer Frankie Wong, all known Kulasegaran supporters, failed to make the cut.

Despite this, the newly-elected committee agreed unanimously to co-opt Kulasegaran back into the team as vice-chairman, along with former vice-chairman A. Sivanesan and three others.

The party’s constitution provides for the co-option of five state committee members, to be handpicked by the newly elected team.

Tomorrow, Sivanesan, a close ally to both warring factions, will announce his decision in a press conference at 11am on whether to accept the vice-chairman’s post.

Earlier, the Sungkai assemblyman had told The Malaysian Insider that he was uncomfortable with the idea of entering the state committee through the “back door”, pointing out that he had lost in the polls and fully respected the decision of the delegates.

Today, he said that before making his decision, he would take into account several factors including the issue of party unity and feedback from his supporters and party loyalists.

“I have been receiving many SMSes from leaders and supporters so I will take everything into account. But whatever it is, the party’s interest must come first,” he said.

When asked if he would likely accept the post, Sivanesan declined to comment but added, “I will say this much – I will not let down the people and the party.”

Monday, November 15, 2010

Speech by Sdr Ngeh Koo Ham at the DAP Perak State Ordinary Convention on 14th November 2010 (Sunday) held at Tower Regency Hotel, Ipoh.

Speech by Sdr Ngeh Koo Ham at the DAP Perak State Ordinary Convention on 14th November 2010 (Sunday) held at Tower Regency Hotel, Ipoh.

1. Words of Appreciation

The last two years have been an exciting and yet challenging times for DAP Perak. Our membership has grown and increased significantly. We have now about 20,000 in our membership list. We have branches in all the 24 Parliamentary Constituencies in Perak. After the undemocratic grab of power by BN on 6/2/2009, we had to face numerous challenges including the use of force by the police and facing a judiciary that in the words of retired Court of Appeal Judge, Dato’ NH Chan ‘has on many occasions decided cases against the plain provisions of the law.’

I would like to thank the DAP National Leadership, the DAP Perak State Committee, elected representative of PR, members of PR and the public for their support. Not to forget the legal team led by Perak legal bureau chief, Sdr Nga Hock Cheh who has rendered excellent legal service to DAP and the PR with regard to the numerous legal cases on a pro bono basis.

2. Comparison between BN and PR rule of Perak.

Last year at our 15th Annual State Convention, I said ‘The Auditor General has confirmed that the Pakatan Rakyat State Government of Perak has caused improvement to each and every department and agency of the Perak State during its 11 months’ rule. The PR Government has succeeded in making historic achievements during this short period. It is without a doubt that PR is the hope of the people and it has brought the changes the people had voted for on 8/3/2008.”

The PR State Government has increased State Revenue by more than RM100 million from RM538,761,178 in 2007 to RM639,425,143 in 2008 despite not having increased any tax whatsoever on the rakyat and despite the PR State Government having reduced all land conversion premium and quit rent for not profit organizations to RM1,000 and RM40-00 respectively. The PR State Government increased revenue through hard work, open tender system and zero tolerance for corruption.

In the recently released 2009 report, the Auditor General reported that under the BN Perak State Government, the Consolidated Fund for Perak State has dropped from RM774.57 million to RM689.25 million. A drop of RM85.32 million.

The BN Perak Government which grab power undemocratically also show arrogance by refusing to be accountable to the people for what they do. They have refused to answer why lease renewal for Chinese New Villages residential houses is only 60 years when they have promised 99 years lease. They have refused to disclose the lists of lands approved after their power grab on 9/2/2009. I believe that the reason why the BN Perak State Government does not dare to reply or disclose the information requested is because what they have done will not be acceptable to the people of Perak.

BN State Government is also not able to defend its policies because Dato’ Seri Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir, the BN MB for Perak does not dare to authorize Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon to debate with me on BN and PR Perak State Government policies in the debate that was planned at the Kwangtung Association Hall, Taiping on 1/11/2010. Dato’ Dr Mah who was the one who challenged me to the debate chicken out and failed to turn up for the debate.

PR State Government has proven to be a better government and the people are hoping that we will come back to manage the State in the next general election. Let all members unite and continue to work together to ensure victory in the next general elections.

3. Democracy

Malaysia is a democratic country and we elect our leaders through democratic means. We condemned BN for the undemocratic grab of power of the Perak State Government on 6/2/2009. We know that a healthy democracy will help a nation grow. Myanmar (Burma) is a clear example of a rich nation that became poor because her leaders refused to allow a healthy democracy. Similar, DAP is a democratic party. As DAP members, let us nurture the democratic virtues in us so that it can become part of our culture. The purpose of a democratic election is to choose leaders to serve for a term specified. Those elected by members are to lead with service also in mind. Those who do not succeed in an election are still part of the team to work together with the leaders that have been chosen.

Members and the public must not always take an election contest as factional when differing views are expressed during the run up to an election. The expression of different views is part and parcel of a healthy democratic process. I regret to note however, that some media tend to sensationalise the run up to an election and I hope members will not be trapped into it.

Let the delegates expressed their democratic choice to elect the DAP Perak leaders for the next 2 years. Just as a Prime Minister is a prime minister for the people of the whole nation, those elected to position must act and carry out their duties as leaders for the whole membership of DAP Perak.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dato' Ngeh Koo Ham (Parliament Beruas) Wishing :

To all my Hindu friends here & everywhere, may I wish you all a Happy Deepavali.

To others, enjoy the holidays!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

BN Menteri Besar for Perak confirms that Dato' Mah is not authorised to represent BN Perak Government to debate with Dato' Ngeh‏

Media Statement

Dato’ Seri Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir, BN Menteri Besar for Perak confirms that Dato’ Mah Hang Soon is not authorized to represent BN Perak Government to debate with Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham. It also confirms the fact that Dato’ Mah has no say in the BN Perak State Government.

Dato’ Seri Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir, BN Menteri Besar for Perak has confirmed in his statement to the media that the debate between Dato’ Mah Hang Soon and me does not concern him at all implying that Dato’ Mah does not represent the BN State Government in the debate.

His statement confirms my early assertion that Dato’ Mah Hang Soon does not have any say over Perak BN policies and does not have the authority to represent the Perak BN Government.

Dato’ Mah Hang Soon must apologise to the public for giving the impression that he can represent the BN Perak Government to debate with Perak PR.

I have wanted to debate with him the policies of BN and PR that have been implemented and also the proposed programs that BN and PR will be carrying out for the people of Perak

The people are not interested in what Dato’ Mah Hang Soon or I have to say. They would like to see how the policies of BN and PR will benefit them.

Dato’ Mah is now trying again to find the an excuse to avoid the debate. He is now saying that the venue, time and moderator appointed for the 1st November debate are not suitable.

I would like to remind Dato’ Mah that when he put forth his challenge he had stated that he was ready to debate anytime anywhere. PR Perak accepted the challenge and has authorized YB Nga Kor Ming to take up the challenge and fixed 8.00 pm 1st November 2010 for the debate at Kwantung Association Hall at Taiping with NTV 7 Miss Lee Siad Huey as the moderator.

Dato’ Mah Hang Soon then give an excuse that he will only debate with me and not YB Nga Kor Ming. He had never objected to the time, venue or the moderator.

I will wait for Dato’ Mah at time and venue that has been fixed and hope he with get the mandate from BN Perak State Government to debate with me.

Dated this 26th day of October 2010.

Chairman of DAP Perak
MP for Beruas & State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham accepts the challenge by Dato’ Mah Hang Soon to debate on the policies of Pakatan Rakyat and the BN Perak Government.

Media Statement

Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham accepts the challenge by Dato’ Mah Hang Soon to debate on the policies of Pakatan Rakyat and the BN Perak Government. Mah Hang Soon must come with the mandate from the BN Perak State Government as he has no say in the BN Perak State Government.

Dato’ Mah Hang Soon, a member of the BN Perak State Government Executive Councillor has recently thrown a challenge to the Pakatan Rakyat Perak to debate on the policies implemented by Pakatan Rakyat during its 11 months’ reign in Perak before the power grab by BN on 6/2/2009.

Dato’ Mah asserts that the policies of BN are better than PR which the latter disputes.

PR Perak has authorized one of its then PR Perak Government Executive Councillor, YB Nga Kor Ming to represent PR to debate with Dato’ Mah Hang Soon. Dato’ Mah Hang Soon however, chicken out giving the excuse that he will only debate with me. I did not accept then because Dato’ Mah Hang Soon like many other Executive Councillors and Ministers of MCA does not have a say over the policies of BN which are dominated by UMNO and therefore, they cannot represent BN.

I had then suggested that since it is a debate over the policies of BN and PR State Governments, Dato’ Seri Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir as BN Menteri Besar should take on Dato’ Seri Nizar Bin Jamaluddin the PR Menteri Besar in the debate. My suggestion has not been taken up by BN as I sincerely believe that Dato’ Seri Zambry does not dare to take up the challenge because BN policies pale in comparison with the PR policies.

In order not to give an impression that the PR Government cannot defend its policies, I hereby declare that I will take on Dato’ Mah Hang Soon to debate on the policies of PR and BN Governments of Perak. I would however, like him to get the mandate from the BN Government of Perak that he represents the BN Government of Perak. I will await the announcement from Dato’ Seri Zambry that his government endorsed Dato’ Mah as his government’s representative. The reason why I insist that Dato’ Mah must get the endorsement from BN Perak Government is because it has been proven that he has no say in the BN Perak Government.

When PR Government approved the freehold titles for Kg Tersunsun and New Villages, Dato’ Mah had asked that the premium discount should be 90% instead of the 80% (of the enhanced value of the property) given by the PR Government. Now, that he is in government he cannot influence the BN Government to give the 90% discount proposed by him. He could not even get the BN Government to continue approving freehold title to the residents of Kg Tersusun and New Village.

I do not want Dato’ Mah to come to the debate delivery the policies of BN which are in fact not that of BN.

I am awaiting to meet Dato’ Mah Hang Soon at Kwantung Association, Taiping at 8.00 pm, 1st November 2010 (Monday).

Dated this 23rd day of October 2010 (Saturday).

DAP Perak Chairman
Member of Parliament for Beruas & State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

BN Perak Menteri Besar, Dato’ Zambry and BN must not divert people’s attention from their involvement in transferring voters from one constituency to

BN Perak Menteri Besar, Dato’ Zambry and BN must not divert people’s attention from their involvement in transferring voters from one constituency to another.

Dato’ Seri Mohd Nizar Bin Jamaluddin and I have raised our concern that BN is probably behind the transfer of voters who are supporters of PAS/PR from the Pasir Panjang Constituency (Nizar’s constituency) to my constituency of Sitiawan. This is to undermine Dato’s Seri Nizar’ success in the coming 13th General Election in his constituency when he won with 4,474 majority votes in 2008 (11,994 v. 7,520) while allowing DAP to continue to win the Sitiawan Seat. This is because the BN feels is unlikely to be reversed the result of the Sitiawan seat which DAP won by 8529 votes in 2008 (12,381 v. 3852). We have also raised the issue of BN behind removing PAS/PR supporters from the Pengkalan Baharu seat where BN won the seat by only 14 votes.

The media has on 16/10/2010 quoted Dato’ Seri Zambry, the BN Menteri Besar of Perak as saying that Dato’ Seri Nizar and I are probably behind the transfer of voters from Ipoh Timur, Ipoh Barat and Batu Gajah to Sungai Rapat (Dato’ Hamidah’s Constituency).

Dato Seri Nizar and I would like to categorically deny that we are involved in the shifting of voters as alleged by Dato’s Seri Zambry. I have also checked the DAP representatives of Ipoh Timur, Ipoh Barat and Batu Gajah and they are also not involved in the shifting of voters.

I call on Dato’s Zambry to answer specifically if BN is involved in the shifting of voters in the Perak as many have reported to us that BN is involved and will play dirty in this coming General Election. Zambry must not divert the people’s attention from their wrong doings.

Dato’ Seri Zambry and Dato’ Hamidah are involved in a show play (sandiwara). I have news that Dato’ Hamidah is no longer popular with the voters of Sg Rapat and is finding an excuse to move out and contest in Hulu Kinta. Dato Zambry is trying to help her. I understand that the present elected representative of Ulu Kinta (Dato Rosnah) is very upset by this move and there is an upheaval in UMNO. I hope Zambry and Hamidah will clarify the happenings in UMNO rather than shifting the people’s attention to other people.

DAP Perak Chairman
Member of Parliament for Beruas & State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

19th October, 2010 (Tuesday)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Speech by Ngeh Koo Ham, Perak DAP Chairman at DAP Bidor dinner on 10/10/2010:

Agreement has been reached with M Kulasegaran to settle all differences through internal discussion. Our differences not because to seek position, glory or benefit but differences in opinion which occur in any organisation

I am happy to note that this afternoon I have reached an agreement with Sdr M Kulasegaran to settle all differences through internal discussion.

I would like to emphasise that our differences was not because we were seeking personal position, glory or benefit as some have tried to imply when our differences were exposed in the media.

Sdr M Kulasegaran and I have joined the DAP for more than 20 years ago at a time when joining the DAP means only sacrifice and risked being arrested (just after the 1987 Operation Lallang). We joined out of a duty to our nation and a call to contribute to our society.

I would like the public to realise that in any organisation be it in a Parents Teachers Association, a School Board, Chamber of Commerce, a committee of a religious organisation or a non-governmental organisation, there will be differences in opinion as they are made up of individuals. All the more, in a political party where more contentious matters will have to be dealt with.

Very often a decision made will inevitably make some unhappy. For example, when there are three qualified potential candidates for a constituency, only one candidate can be selected to contest on behalf of the political party. When a candidate is selected the other two will probably be unhappy. The public must realise that some unhappiness will be unavoidable in certain political decisions.

Similarly in the democratic system which we all subscribed to, there will be a winner and a loser in a contest.

What is important is that the party chose a candidate base on his merits and suitability. Similarly, leaders in a democratic process is elected to carry out the work that he has been elected to perform. Those who lost are also to help those elected to ensure the tasks ahead are successfully carried out.

Politicians very often have to make a decision in a non-ideal circumstances but the people will judge us with an ideal mind.

I hope the public will not see any differences in opinion as a split, a fractional or factional politicking.

Ngeh Koo Ham
DAP Perak Chairman,
MP for Berusa & State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

Friday, October 8, 2010

Deeply regret that media will give coverage to a poison pen letter which was obviously false and a piece of rubbish.

Media Statement

Deeply regret that media will give coverage to a poison pen letter which was obviously false and a piece of rubbish.

I refer to the media coverage concerning a poison letter which has been circulating even before 1/10/2010. I deeply regret that the media should give coverage to such a piece of rubbish.

The letter has no author, no date, no address or contact number and its contents obviously false.

It was addressed to 19 DAP State elected representatives and 6 DAP MPs in the Perak State. (Note: The DAP has only 18 State elected representatives in the State of Perak).

It alleges that all the 6 MPs and 19 State elected representatives were given timber concessions and each of them were paid RM500,000-00 for each of timber concession. No one in his right mind would ever believe that YB Lim Kit Siang, myself, YB M. Kula, YB Nga Kor Ming, YB Fong Po Kuan and YB M. Manogaran and all the other State Assemblymen/women of the DAP would be involved in such a scandal.

If anyone has any evidence of any corrupt practice, against any DAP elected representative, he can easily sell it to UMNO/BN for a million ringgit each. The evidence will ensure that DAP/PR will not get the trust of the people and therefore, the mandate to lead the State in the next General Election.

The records of PR’s administration are in the hands of the BN Perak Government and BN has taken control the Perak State since 6/2/2009. If there is evidence of corruption, they would have exposed it long time ago. The police and the MACC would have been after us a long time ago. Imagine how the MACC went after PR leaders in the Teoh Beng Hock case when the alleged (which is not true) misuse of fund was only about RM2,400.00.

On the contrary, the Auditor General’s office which is a department of the Federal Government has given the PR Perak Government an unprecedented 4 Star excellent performance rating for PR’s short administration of Perak.

I believe the poison letter is not an inside job as speculated by some because it implicates all MPs and State Representatives of the Perak DAP. It was circulated before the outburst of Sdr M. Kulasegaran on the night of 1st October, 2010 when he announced his intention to leave the Perak DAP.

I believe, just like the demonstration by a group of protestors ( who claimed to be DAP members but are not ) in front of DAP Perak on 6/10/2010, it is the work of BN or its supporter. SATU LAGI PROJEK BN.

Dated this 8th day of October 2010.

Chairman of DAP Perak
MP for Beruas & State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Demonstration in front of DAP Perak Headquarters. PR members and the public must be wary of dirty tactics employed by BN

Media Statement

Demonstration in front of DAP Perak Headquarters. PR members and the public must be wary of dirty tactics employed by BN

At around 11.00am this morning a group of about 20 mainly Indian youths demonstrated in front of the DAP Perak headquarters. They claimed to be DAP members from the Buntong branches and members of the PR Youths in Perak.

I have now verified from Buntong DAP branches and our national membership record that those who participated in the demonstration are not DAP members.

We suspect BN is behind the demonstration as the former Ipoh Barat PKR division chief, Fauzi Muda was seen among the group. Can BN owns up?

A police report will be lodge by a representative from the Buntong DAP branches against this group for impersonating as DAP members tomorrow.

We urge DAP members and the public to stay calm and be wary of the dirty tactics employed by UMNO/BN which we have witnessed repeatedly in Penang.

I call on the people to stay on course with PR in our mission to save the nation from bankruptcy and destruction by changing the BN government in the coming 13th General Election.

Dated this 6th day of October 2010.

Chairman of DAP Perak
MP for Beruas & State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

Monday, October 4, 2010

Forgive us if we have been less than perfect in handling DAP Perak problems. DAP Perak calls on the public to allow it to resolve its problems interna

Speech by Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham, DAP Perak Chairman at the DAP Taman Kanthan Jaya dinner last night (Sunday 3rd October 2010) at Kwan Ti Meow hall (Temple hall), Perak.

Forgive us if we have been less than perfect in handling DAP Perak problems. DAP Perak calls on the public to allow it to resolve its problems internally and calls on the people to continue to support the DAP for what it stands for and for its proven track record.

Today almost all the newpapers give headline coverage with regard to the intended resignation of Sdr M. Kulasegaran from DAP Perak.

Thank you to the many who have expressed their concern for the unity and the solidarity of DAP Perak. As Chairman I will be the first to be concerned that they are maintained.

After M. Kula informed the media concerning his intended resignation, many unfair articles have been written and hurtful comments made against me and my cousin, Nga Kor Ming. We became the target of hate and are exposed to the attacks of our enemies. For the above reasons, I have earlier expressed my regret that M. Kula should expose internal matters to the media.

I would like to have may side of the story told but I would be committing the same error. I will be exposing my comrades and the party to the attacks of the enemy. A soldier will keep a secret to safeguard a nation and risked being shot. I will willingly suffer the injustice of being denied the right to reply and be subjected to hurtful attacks that have been assailed against me than to put my party in jeopardy and cause the mission of the people to be derailed.

The people’s mission is to have a change of government in the coming 13th General Election to save the nation from bankruptcy and destruction.

Just like any organisation be it a School Board, Parents Teachers Association, a church committee, a temple committee or a Non Government Organisation, there are bound to be differences because they are made up of individuals. Whatever differences, they must be resolved internally lest it brings negative impact and image to the organization. I believe whatever differences, M. Kula has with me or with others, they can be resolved internally. I asked that you do not hate M. Kula for what he has transpired. I asked that you do not hate me or my cousin, Nga Kor Ming after hearing one side of the story. You may have judged us wrongly and unfairly. Please support each and every leader of the DAP. Allow us to settle our differences internally just like you would with other organizations.

You must continue to support the DAP for what it stands for and for its proven track record. Each and every support is needed to accomplish our coming mission. I hope this episode will not in any way erode your confidence in the DAP and PR. Forgive us if we have acted less that perfect in the abovesaid episode.

DAP Perak Chairman
MP for Beruas & State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Menteri Besar Perak (BN) Should Explain Why The Sudden Drop Of RM247.5 Million In State Reserve In Less Than 2 Mths Or He Lied To The Perak State Ass.

Perak Statement

BN Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir, the court appointed Menteri Besar must explain why the sudden drop of RM247.5 Million in State reserve in less than 2 months or did he lied to the Perak State Assembly?

On 3/8/2010, Dato’ Seri Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir stated in the Perak State Assembly that the State has RM847.5 Million (according to book value) in reserve or RM928.36 Million if based on current market value.

The New Sunday Times in its 26/9/2010 edition quoted the Perak State current reserve stands only at RM600 Millions. Why a sudden drop of RM247.5 Millions in less than 2 months?

At the 3/8/2010 State Assembly sitting, Dato’ Zamry boasted an increase in revenue of RM117.26 Milliion for the period of January to July 2010. What has happened to this additional amount? The state reserve should have increased in view of this additional income.

Dato’ Zambry has nothing to boast concerning this additional RM117.26 million as I was given to understand this amount comes mainly from land premium payments. I was not given the opportunity to verify this from the State Government as Dato’ Seri Zambry has insisted that the State Assembly can only sit for one day so that the elected representatives do not have the opportunity to question the state government on numerous issues. Income from land premiums only mean that the BN government has been approving many pieces of land to cronies at prices much below the market value. The increase in income was not due to good governance, competence, thriftiness or creation of wealth through effective development programmes.

The New Sunday Times report further quoted the State Financial Officer Datuk Jamalludin Al Amini Ahmad as saying that the State Treasury is recommending a RM50.0 Million deficit budget for 2011. Why further deficit when there is so much additional income?

Under the Pakatan Rakyat 10 months’ rule, we increased the revenue by RM103 Million or about 17% of the state revenue without increasing any form of taxes despite giving water, study grants and other assistance to the poor. We also collected only nominal premium and quit rent for conversion of agricultural land to building category for non profit organizations like the schools, religious organization and dialysis centres which amount to millions of ringgit.

Dato’ Zambry and the BN State Government have a duty to answer the people with regard to the abovesaid matters.

The people demands transparency and accountability from BN Perak Government but many people reminded me not to expect too much from robbers.

Dated this 28th day of September, 2010.

DAP Perak Chairman
MP for Beruas & State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

Thursday, August 19, 2010




霹雳州人民在哀悼中,因为他们没有机会投选所要的政府,这犹如马来亚当时被统治的情况。民主已在霹雳州死亡。当州议会进行时,许多警员包围及控制着霹雳州议会大厦。在国政的指示下,合法的州议会议长,Mr. V.Sivakumar被警员们强迫拉出州议会。警方在按照国政的指示下行事,也可以违反法律。霹雳州也因此成为了警察州。州议会已不再是商讨与辩论州事的地方。各代表也没有机会自由地发表。周内年度预算案只在短短的20分钟内被通过。与此同时,州议会也在一天内结束。这情况使到霹雳州人民,同时也包括马来西亚人民感觉到8月31日的国家独立日不再有意义了。




木威区国会议员 及 实兆远州议员

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Do not force us to celebrate‏


Perakians are mourning. Do not force us to celebrate. If forced to fly the flag, can we fly half mast?

I refer to the statement by the Mayor of Ipoh, Datuk Roshidi Hashim that shops that do not fly the national flag on National (Independence) Day, or the state flag on the Sultan’s birthday will risk their licences withdrawn.

Perakians are mourning as they can no longer choose their own government just like colonial days. Democracy is dead in Perak. Hundreds of police surround and take hold of the Perak State Assembly building whenever the Assembly sits. The legitimate speaker, Mr.V.Sivakumar was forcibly removed by the police from the State Assembly on the bidding of BN. The police broke laws with impunity because they carry out their actions according to BN’s instructions. Perak in virtually a police state. State Assembly is no longer a place to debate and discuss the affairs of the state. Elected representatives are no longer allowed to speak freely. Annual Budget is approved within 20 minutes and State Assembly is over within a day. For Perakian and Malaysians who symphatise with us, there is nothing to celebrate on this 31st August our national independence day.

Allow Perakians to mourn for this may be soothing to their souls. Allow them to wear black coloured shirts or even fly black coloured flags on 31st August, if that will help to alleviate the injustice that they are subjected to.

Has the Mayor of Ipoh been directed by BN Government of Perak to enforce the above said ruling? It sounds like imperial masters of the past forcing patriotism on the conquered subjects. It is like the Japanese who conquered the then Malaya and using force on the people of Malaya to host the Japanese flag and swear allegiance to the Imperial Japanese Government.

If the BN government and the Mayor of Ipoh insist that shop owners must fly the flags, may I ask if they are allowed to fly half mast?

Dated this 17th day of August 2010.

MP for Beruas
State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

Friday, August 6, 2010

Perak State Assembly destroyed by BN‏

Media Statement

Dato’ R. Ganesan, the chairperson of the Perak State Assembly sitting on 3/8/2010 acted against the fundamental purpose of a legislative assembly and breached the legislative assembly convention when he ordered Dato’ Seri Nizar Bin Jamaluddin out of the State Assembly. Dato’ Seri Zambry, BN Perak Menteri Besar does not want the State Assembly to function properly.

The media were not aware of the events in the Perak State Assembly before Dato’ Seri Nizar Bin Jamaluddin, as opposition leader stood up to speak during the 3/8/2010 sitting. This is because they were not allowed into the State Assembly (except the pro BN media) and were placed in a glass enclosed area where they cannot hear the proceedings unless BN appointed technicians turn on the microphone in the State Assembly.

Dato’ R. Ganesan had ruled that Dato’ Seri Nizar as opposition leader be given 15 minutes to speak and the other elected representatives be given only 10 minutes to speak. He also ruled that the sitting will only be for one day. This has sparked protest and objection from Dato’ Seri Nizar and PR elected representatives as this ruling make a mockery of the legislative assembly. The microphones were switch off so that the media cannot hear the protests and the hansard will not record the request by the PR elected representatives to have at least 4 to 5 days’ sitting.

The fundamental purpose of a legislative assembly is to allow elected representatives total freedom to speak before any enactment or bill is passed. The elected representatives are also expected to bring out all issues that affect their constituents. This is the place where elected representatives are expected to speak their minds. Laws have even been passed to protect elected representatives from being sued so that they are free to speak. Dato’ Ganesan’s rulings go against the fundamental purpose of the legislative assembly.

By convention, the Perak State Assembly does not limit the time an opposition leader can address the house. The only limitation the State Assembly imposed is that the speech of the elected representatives must be relevant and relate to the State of Perak.

In 2004 when I was the opposition leader, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Tajol Rosli of Barisan Nasional who was then the Perak Menteri Besar allowed me to speak as long as I like and my speech normally takes about 3 hours to cover the various issues affecting the people and the State of Perak.

In 2008, when Pakatan Rakyat was in government with Dato’ Seri Nizar Bin Jamaluddin as Menteri Besar we also did not limit the time Dato’ Seri Tajol Rosli who was then the opposition leader to speak and he took about 2 ½ hours to deliver his speech.

It is the duty of Dato’ Seri Nizar and Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives to protest and object to the ruling by Dato’ R. Ganesan to limit speeches to 10-15 minutes which is ridiculous.

The Pakatan Rakyat representatives would have failed in their duty if they allow this ruling to stand as the people who elected them expect them to discuss and debate all issues affecting the people.

Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives have submitted more than 200 questions for the BN Government to answer. The 1 ½ hours allocated for Question and Answer session per day of sitting normally see only about 10 questions being answered. It is the intention of the BN Government not to answer the questions submitted by PR elected representatives.

The BN Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Zambry and his Exco must be willing to be questioned like the Prime Minister and his cabinet in Parliament. If they do not want to be accountable to the people, then they should resign honourably. They cannot be allowed to take high pay and enjoy all the perks which are paid by the people and yet not be accountable to the people.

The 3/8/2010 sitting clearly show that Dato’ Seri Zambry, the Menteri Besar together with his Exco who were rejected by the people but gain power through despicable means and assisted by the court do not actually want the State Assembly to function.

The majority of the people who do not trust Dato’ Seri Zambry and his Exco have been proven right as Zambry and his Exco do not want an open debate which will expose them.

To the small group of the people who have asked us to give BN a chance to operate, the events on 3/8/2010 sitting and the earlier sittings clearly show that BN Perak does not want the Perak State Assembly to operate.

Dated this 6th day August 2010.

MP for Beruas and
State Assemblyman for Sitiawan

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Zambry & Abdul Rahman control Perak State Assembly‏

Media Statement

Perak Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Zambry and the Perak State Secretary, Dato’ Dr Abdul Rahman must explain who instructed the State Assembly doors be pad locked and who gave instructions to prohibit laptop computers from being brought into the Perak State Assembly when Dato’ Ganesan a/l Retanam who chaired the State Assembly yesterday has stated his stand otherwise

Dato’ Ganesan A/L Retanam who chaired the Perak State Assembly yesterday upon my query ruled that laptop computers can be brought into the State Assembly and he also ordered that the doors on the opposition side that were pad locked be unlocked.

Prior to the sitting yesterday, the Perak State elected representatives had received a notice from Rumaizi Bin Baharin @ Md Daud, the secretary to the State Assembly that laptop computers and video cameras cannot be brought into the State Assembly. Rumaizi Bin Baharin @ Md Daud unfortunately is a civil servant employed by the state government seconded to the job.

I have queried Dato’ Ganesan why when it has been the policy of the State Assembly to encourage elected representative to bring laptop computers to the State Assembly have now been prohibited from doing so. In fact the State Assembly has in 2004 and 2008 budgeted and gave each elected representative a new laptop computer to enable State Assemblyman/ women quick access to information. The State Assembly has wireless internet connection for easy access to internet information. Dato’ Ganesan replied that laptop computers are allowed in the house.

I also queried why when the letter from Rumazi stated that video cameras are not allowed, BN has position people to openly video shoot the whole proceedings to which Dato’ Ganesan has no answer. When I complained that the doors of the State Assembly on the opposition side are pad locked, Dato’ Ganesan ordered the doors to be unlocked.

In the last sitting the doors on the opposition side were also pad locked and the opposition elected representatives have no choice but to walk across the Assembly hall to the other side to exit from the House. Some pro BN media have labeled us as rude and uncivilized for walking across the hall. I believe it is BN’s strategy to use this method to produce materials to paint PR elected representatives in a bad light.

Media representatives (except those appointed by BN) have no access to the Stated Assembly. They were quarantined in an glass ‘aquarium’ where they can hear only what BN wants them to hear i.e the microphone is swith on or off at the dictate of BN employed technicians.

Unless Dato’ Ganesan dare to cite Dato’ Seri Zambry and the State Secretary, Dato’ Dr Abdul Rahman for contempt of the august house, he should step down immediately rather be humiliated like a cow with its nose hooked and led by Zambry and Abdul Rahman.

Zambry and Abdul Rahman must answer to the public for the contempt they showed to the Perak State Assembly and putting it into disrepute.

Dated this 4th day of August 2010.

MP for Beruas
State Assemblyman Sitiawan

Friday, July 30, 2010

Pakatan Rakyat 10 months’ rule saw Perak revenue touch historic high with additional RM103 Million Ringgit.

Media Statement

Pakatan Rakyat 10 months’ rule saw Perak revenue touch historic high with additional RM103 Million Ringgit. 10 months’ Barisan Nasional rule see Perak facing highest deficit in history with RM104 Million in deficit.Request by BN Perak Government for an additional RM80.0 Million proves PR governs the Perak State better that BN.

Perak Barisan Nasional (BN) government had presented a deficit budget of RM39,998,870for 2008. It had also presented deficit budgets for many years prior to 2008.

When Pakatan Rakyat (PR) took over the administration of the Perak Government, it collected an additional revenue of RM103 million without increasing any form of tax or charges on the people. Therefore, there was a surplus amount of about RM63 million for the year 2008.

Pakatan Rakyat when presenting the 2009 budget at the end of 2008, has no knowledge yet that it will be collecting an additional sum of RM103 million for 2008. So, PR being prudent, presented a budget with a reduced deficit of RM25 million.

In view of the increased in revenue in 2008, PR believes that had it been given the opportunity to continue to administer Perak it would also have been a surplus for the year 2009.

Unfortunately, we see BN undemocratically grabbed power in Perak on 6/2/2009. Perak under BN continued to be a year in deficit for 2009.

BN had again presented a deficit budget for 2010 with a deficit of RM23,890,000. As expected with its corrupt and non transparent administration, BN Perak State administration chalked up additional expenditure. It has now asked the State Assembly sitting on 3-8-2010 to approve another RM80 million for its administration.

In the circumstances, BN Perak State Government is expected to register RM103,890,000in deficit for 2010 which is the highest in the history of Perak.

BN Perak Government is paying and giving benefits to Dato’ Chan Ko Youn, Dato’ Veerasingham, Dato’ Hamdi Bin Abu Bakar for holding posts without a job. Why does the government need to pay Dato’ Chan Ko Youn and Dato’ Veerasingham as state advisors with Exco pay and benefits? Is Dato’ Seri Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir the BN Menteri Besar admitting that he is not competent to government the State or is he just trying to benefit BN candidates who have lost in elections? These are public funds and not his personal money.

BN Perak State Government has announced giving RM50,000 to each MCA division. We believe secretly it is also doing so for UMNO divisions.

Zambry has spent huge amount of State money to put up thousands of posters to promote himself.

Perak BN government also wasted State fund to promote itself by advertising in the media and sending ‘Teachers’ Day’ cards every teacher.

The public demands that BN stop wasting public funds. Public funds are meant for the public and not to promote BN or Zambry.

PR once again calls for open tender of government projects which will save Perak State Government money and also open tender of awarding timber concessions which has proven to bring in huge increase of revenue to the State Government.

I call on the Dato’ Seri Zambry to itemize what the proposed to use the additional RM80 Million for. The people has the right to know the details to avoid it going to dubious projects.

Ngeh Koo Ham
Assemblyman for Sitiawan
MP for Beruas

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Investments in Perak highest during PR's rule

Press Statement

Investment was the highest in Perak during the reign of Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

The figures released by Malaysian International Trade and Industry (MITI) for the last 10 years from 2000 to 2009 show that the investment in Perak was the highest when PR ruled Perak.

The investment in Perak in 2008 was RM3,130,017,250. This was despite the fact that PR took over power only after March 2008 and the uncertainty that surrounds the first 2 months of the change of Government after more than 50 years of BN rule. It was also despite the fact that the United States of America and Europe were facing economic crisis in 2008.

Investors were having great confidence in PR after just a short period of its administration. I believe investments would have increased further had it not for the undemocratic grab of power by BN on 6-2-2009.

Due to the grab of power by BN, investments drop drastically in Perak by 71.5% to only RM893,872,874 million in 2009.

Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Bin Tun Razak and Dato’ Seri Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir are to be blamed for dashing to pieces the new hope that PR was bringing to the people of Perak. They killed the economic prosperity that was to follow due to the exemplary rule of Pakatan Rakyat Government which was highly praised by the Auditor General’s office.

Unemployment and low paying jobs continue to dominate the job market in Perak. The people must teach BN leaders a lesson in the coming 13th General Election for putting personal powers and interests above the welfare of the people of Perak.

Ngeh Koo Ham
Assemblyman for Sitiawan
MP for Beruas

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dialogue with Jabatan Perikanan, Miritim & Pantai Remis Area Fishermen

YB Dato Ngeh Koo Ham (MP For Beruas) had dialogue with Jabatan Perikanan & Miritim and Pantai Remis fishermen this morning. This because the Pantai Remis fishermen had faced the problem for 3 weeks since 01/07/2010 and they feel suffer with all the rules & regulations.

Date : 22/07/2010 (Thursday)
Time : 10.30am
Venue : Persatuan Saudagar Peniaga Ikan Pantai Remis
(Hoo Seong Kong Huay)

1) YB Dato' Ngeh Koo Ham given speech to the fishermen on his right hand side are Mr.Liew (Jabatan Perikanan), Mr.Ang & En.Rosli (Miritim)

2) Pantai Remis area fishermen

3) The hall is crowded with fishermen until need to stand at outside the hall

Dato' Ngeh Koo Ham
Assemblyman for Sitiawan
MP for Beruas

Friday, July 9, 2010

Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives' respond to 3-8-2010 Perak State Assembly sitting‏

Media Statement

Perak Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives looking forward to an incident free State Assembly on 3rd August 2010. Hope Perak BN Government will cooperate

The Secretary the State Assembly, Encik Rumaizi Bin Baharin @ Md Daud has called for State Assembly to sit on 3/8/2010.

The Perak Pakatan Rakyat Assemblymen and Assembly women met last night and have expressed the hope that this coming State Assembly sitting will be incident free. We hope that for the sake of the people of Perak, the BN Perak Government will act responsibly by answering questions raised by the elected representatives and allowed debates to be conducted in free and conducive environment.

We call on the Perak BN Government to cease the following which have occurred in the past State Assembly sittings:-

(i) Allowing the police to surround and invade the State Assembly creating a climate of fear and intimidation.

(ii) Refusing to answer the questions raised by the elected representatives base on a flimsy reason that it was forwarded to the Assembly secretariat by V. Sivakumar, the PR recognized legitimate speaker. Nowhere under the rules is this prohibited. Questions can be forwarded through email, courier, pos laju, normal mail, an office boy or any other person. Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives are willing to forward their questions directly to the State Assembly Secretariat this time round just to avoid the people’s questions go unanswered.

(iii) The microphones of the Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives were switch off to prevent them from debating or asking questions.

(iv) Doors to the State Assembly were locked to ensure that Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives use only the route designated which is controlled and under the strict surveillance of the police.

(v) Only BN controlled media are allowed into the State Assembly while other media are locked in a room where the audio sound cannot be heard except for selected messages that the BN Government wants them to hear.

The above said incidences have make a mockery of the democracy in Perak. Perak Pakatan Rakyat had hoped that fresh election can be called to restore full democracy in Perak but BN has refused to do so. Until then, for the sake of the people of Perak, Pakatan Rakyat elected representative will continue to bring up the issues affecting the people by asking questions and debating on the issues affecting them.

The question of who is the legitimate speaker is a legal one. Pakatan Rakyat is of the view that from whatever angle, Dato’ Ganesan cannot be a legitimate speaker and Mr. V. Sivakumar is still the lawful and legitimate speaker.

In order that this coming State Assembly sitting will go on smoothly without its legitimacy being questioned, Mr V. Sivakumar will also issue a notice for the State Assembly to sit on 3/8/2010. Again, in order that this coming sitting will proceed smoothly and for the sake of the people of Perak. Mr V. Sivakumar and the other Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives have also agreed to allow Dato’ Ganesan to chair the meeting albeit not as a speaker (as his legitimacy can only decided by law) so that this session can be conducted in an orderly manner and free of any untoward incidence.

We hope the Perak BN Government will respond positively for the sake of the people of Perak.

Dated this 9th day of July 2010.

Issued by Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham for and on behalf of Perak Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives.

Dato' Ngeh Koo Ham
Assemblyman for Sitiawan
MP for Beruas

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Proposed New Insurance Scheme by Bank Negara

Press Statement

1. DAP calls on the Government to consult all stakeholders before implementing the proposed new scheme by Bank Negara Malaysia to cover third party bodily injury and death.

2. DAP calls on the Government to review the limits imposed by the Civil Law (Amendment) Act 1984 on the quantum of damages for personal injury claims which does not reflect the actual loss suffered by the victims or their families.


Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has proposed to introduce a new scheme to cover third party bodily injury and death which it hopes to implement in the second half of 2010.

Several DAP MPs had a meeting with representatives from the Bar Council led by its President, Mr Ragunath Kesavan yesterday. Having studied the proposed scheme, DAP MPs are of the view that the proposed scheme has wide implications and ramifications.

The DAP calls on the Government to be transparent on the proposed scheme and allow all stakeholders’ views to be taken before any decision to implement the said scheme is made. A committee where all stakeholders are represented must be formed to study the proposed scheme before the Government makes any decision.

Meanwhile, the DAP calls on the Government to immediately review the limits imposed by the Civil Law (Amendment) 1984 where only a sum of RM10,000-00 is paid for a death purportedly for bereavement and no loss of income is allowed if one has reached the age of 55. It also does not allow a victim to claim for any loss of income though he is highly qualified and has the potential of high earnings if at the time of accident he is not gainfully employed. The limits imposed are grossly unfair and unjust as they do not reflect the actual loss suffered by the victims.

Dated this 10th day of June 2010.

Dato' Ngeh Koo Ham
Assemblyman for Sitiawan
MP for Beruas

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ibrahim Singgeh funeral pictures‏

Media Release,

DAP mourns the lost of one of its veteran members Tuan Haji Ibrahim Singgeh who pased away at 7.40pm on Monday (31/5/2010) aged 92 leaving behind a wife, Puan Hajjah Jamilah Bt Sham, 3 sons and 2 daughters. He was buried today (1/6/2010) at the Kg Sekolah Banir Muslim cemetery in Perak. The late Ibrahim Singgeh was the State Assemblyman for Tapah Road (now Air Kuning) in 1969. He was also a former Deputy Secretary of the DAP. Two years ago DAP Perak held a birthday party at the Dewan Merdeka Tapah to celebrate his 90th birthday.The DAP would like to put on record its appreciation for the services rendered by him to the party and the nation. The Party would like to extend its deepest condolence to the bereaved family of the late Tuan Haji Ibrahim Singgeh. He will be greatly missed by all.

Photos showing:

(1) Ibrahim Singgeh cutting his 75th birthday cake in the presence of YB Lim Kit Siang, Dr Chen Man Hin and the late P. Patto.

(2) YB Ngeh Koo Ham (Deputy SG and DAP Perak Chairman), YB Keshvinder Singh (Assemblyman for Malim Nawar) and YB Chen Fook Chye (Assemblyman for Keranji) representing the Party at the funeral of the late Tuan Haji Ibrahim Singgeh).

(3) Ngeh Koo Ham conveying party's condolence to Tuan Haji Ahmad Murad Bin Ibrahim Age 73 (far right) the eldest son of Ibrahim Singgeh.

Dato' Ngeh Koo Ham
Assemblyman for Sitiawan
MP for Beruas

submitted by DAP Perak

Monday, April 12, 2010

BN Using the Police


BN Perak Government successful in using the police to divert attention from its misrule. Call on the police to concentrate on its primary duty of maintaining law and order. The police must also observe law themselves

I am deeply sadden that the media and the people of Perak is focusing this morning on the police investigation against me purportedly for sedition. BN Perak Government has successfully diverted the people’s attention by using the police force. The media and the people should be focusing on the 216 questions raised by the PR elected representatives in the State Assembly which concern the Perak State and the people of Perak. The people of Perak wants to know if the BN Perak Government has approved or intents to approve 14,000 hectare of land to Rahman Hydraulic Tin Bhd for tin prospecting, why timber concessions in the State are not open for tender and the list of persons or companies who were approved land in the last one year since BN grabbed power in the State. There were hosts of other issues that affect the people of Perak which the Perak BN Government must answer.

The primary duty of the police is to maintain law and order. They should be going after criminals but in Perak they have been used by BN to act against Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives. The police instead of answering my demand and the demand of the people that the police stay clear of the Perak State Assembly, now choose to act against me. I will continue with my demand that the police cease to descend in large numbers at the Perak State Assembly or its precincts when the State Assembly sits as it interfered with the independence of the State Assembly. I also question why the Police Force Commission has not commenced its investigation into the conduct of the Perak Police force when so many police reports have been lodge against them? I will continue with my struggle to uphold the democratic institutions of this country to ensure Perak and Malaysia will not become a police state.

This morning I also demand that police must follow the law. The Federal Court in Authony Gomez v Ketua Polis Daerah Kuantan 2MLJ 24 which were also followed in subsequent cases very clearly decided that a person who has any interest in a first information document including a police report is entitled to a copy of the document. Unless a police report is supplied to me I will not be able to give a proper statement to the police as I will not be able to answer in the proper context. I am also demanding this right for the Malaysian public because a person who is called to give a statement or arrested must know why he is called or arrested.

The police have promised me many months ago to get an opinion from the Attorney General’s office but till date has not done so. I call on them to get the legal opinion immediately if they are still of the opinion that the police report cannot be given to me.

Dated this 12th day of April 2010.


Assemblyman for Sitiawan
MP for Beruas

Friday, April 2, 2010

Statement By Dato' Ngeh-Policemen in the State Legislative Assembly

Media Statement

Call on the Police Force Commission to investigate into the conduct of the police force in Perak whose overwhelming presence at every sitting of the Perak State Assembly has negate the very notion that the Legislative Assembly must be free from outside interference.

I refer to the media statement issued by the Perak Chief Police Office (CPO), Dato’ Pahlawan Zulkifli Bin Abdullah yesterday that I will be investigated under Section 4(1)(a) Sedition Act, 1948 with regard to the State Assembly sitting on 31/3/2010. This is a clear indication that the police is actively involved politically to side the BN Perak State Government that was not democratically elected. They have deviated from their primary role of maintaining law and order. They are now actively involved in helping BN find fault with the PR leaders.

I call on the Police Force Commission to investigate into the conduct of the police force in Perak whose overwhelming presence at every sitting of the Perak State Assembly has negate the very notion that the Legislative Assembly must be free from outside interference.

Perak is effectually a police State. The police is used to protect and ensure that the BN which has been rejected by the people in the last general election but grabbed power through undemocratic means stays in power. The overwhelming presence of the police during Perak State Assembly sittings negate the idea of a Legislative Assembly that is free from outside interference.

The police is now trying to find fault with me not because they want to uphold the law. The BN is trying to use them to oppressed the opposition. I will not fear intimidation as I have my oath of office to uphold. If the police truly uphold the rule of law they should have the policemen who invaded the State Assembly and forcibly removed V. Sivakumar from his speaker’s seat on 7/5/2009 charged in court. I challenge the CPO to reveal the names of all those policemen who entered the Perak State Assembly. The police have refused to disclose their names thereby hampering the course of justice. Due to the refusal to disclose the names, the Legislative Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar could not sue them.

The CPO said that the police acted because they followed the instructions of the Speaker. The police followed the instruction of BN and not the Speaker. On 3/3/2009, when V. Sivakumar was recognized by both BN & PR as the legitimate Speaker why did the police ignored his instruction to allow the State Assemblyman and women to convene the sitting of the State Assembly thereby causing the infamous Assembly sitting to be held under a tree? Police have clearly breached Section 124 of the Penal Code when they prevented the elected representatives from performing their duties. Why was no one charged in court? Police takes instruction from Dato Ganesan because he is BN installed.

Police have been violent against V. Sivakumar on 7/5/2009 and 28/10/2009 and other elected representatives on other occasions. We believe they can be violent when instructed. Therefore, there is real fear that they will be violent on 30 & 31/3/2010 when hundreds of them surrounded the State Assembly and occupy the corridors of the State Assembly. The police have permitted many plain clothes strangers into the State Assembly which from past experience could also be members of the police force.

The Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives view the huge presence of the police as an intimidation to overwhelm or overawe them. The State Assembly has always been conducted in an orderly manner with only one Sergeant At Arm in his ceremonial clothes. Even assuming that police presence is needed, 4 or 5 of them will be more than sufficient. In the whole Perak crisis, the elected representatives from both the BN and PR have never used physical force against each other. It was always the police who have acted violently.

I would like to remind the CPO to observe the law and not act on the wishes of BN because he will find himself one day charged in court once he is out of favour with BN or the police force. Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Dato Ramli bin Yusoff are examples that he must always be mindful of.

- Assemblyman for Sitiawan
- MP for Beruas

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Press Statement - YB Dato' Ngeh Koo Ham - Call To Revert The Filing Of Returns & The Payment Of Real Property Gains Tax (RGPT)

(24/03/2010)Press Statement

Call to revert the filing of returns and the payment of Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) to that practiced in 2007. New procedure unfair cumbersome, burdensome and has caused uncertainty.

Real Property Gains Tax was introduced in 1976 through Real Property Gains Tax Act 1976. RPGT was abolished from 1/4/2007 but was reinstated by the Government from 1st January 2010. From 1/1/2010, the Government imposed 5% tax on gains received from the disposal of a property which was acquired within 5 years.

The new RPGT rules, however, require the Purchaser to forward the returns and 2.0% of the purchase price to the income tax department within 60 days from the date of the Sale and Purchase Agreement failing which an additional 10.0% on this amount will be imposed.

These new rules are unfair, cumbersome, burdensome and has caused uncertainty for the following reasons:-

1. 2.0% of purchase price very often far exceeds the 5.0% RPGT that is imposed.
e.g. If a property acquired at RM1.0 million is sold for RM1.1 million there is a gain of RM100,000-00. A sum of RM22,000-00 will have to be paid to the income tax from the deposit paid within 60 days. The tax payable is however, only RM5,000-00. A sum of RM17,000-00 will have to be claimed back from the income tax department on a later date. From experience, it will take a long long time to claim back money from a government department. This constitute undue enrichment to the Government who does not pay interest on this additional sum paid.

2. The Purchaser or his solicitor is under a duty to forward this 2.0% of the purchase price. This placed an unfair duty and burden on the Purchaser because additional 10.0% penalty will be imposed on this amount if payment is delayed.

3. Those who will not be taxed will also be required to file form.

4. Getting the refund and filing of the unnecessary CKHT 3 form will cause the parties expenses and time. This is unproductive work for both the government servants and the additional staff that the solicitors and tax agents will have to employ.

5. It create uncertainty when a sale falls through. In such an event the deposit paid will be forfeited by the Vendor. The 2.0% purchase price which form part of the deposit was paid by the Purchaser to the income tax department. Will the tax department refund the amount to the Vendor or the Purchaser in the event of a dispute?

6. In the case where a sale is contingent on an event e.g the requirement for the Menteri Besar’s consent, will the 2.0% purchase price still have to be forwarded to the income tax department within the 60 days period? (one income tax officer says the 60 days period operate from the date the Menteri Besar consent is received but it is not stated in the rules. Will the Purchaser be slamned with a 10% increase if another officer interprete otherwise?)

I proposed that we revert back to the practice in 2007 before RPGT was abolished. Both Vendor and Purchaser submit their respective returns within 30 days and RPGT be paid upon the tax department issuing the notice for payment. The estimated RPGT payable be retained by the Purchaser’s solicitors until then. At least the Purchaser is entitled to the interest earned if the tax department delayed in assessing and issuing the notice for payment.

Dated this 22nd day of March 2010.

- Deputy Secretary General DAP Malaysia
- MP for Beruas

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Media Statement By Dato' Ngeh Koo Ham - ‏DUN Perak - Dato Ganesan's Action In Inviting The Police To Act Against YB V.Sivakumar Must Be Condemned

(22/03/2010) Media Statement

Dato’ Ganesan’s action in inviting the police to take action against YB V.Sivakumar , The Legitimate Speaker of the Perak State Assembly, clearly shows his willingness to destroy the democratic institution in Malaysia. He is not part of the Perak State Assembly and neither is he the Legitimate Speaker. Therefore, he has no qualms about destroying the institutions of the Speaker and the State Assembly.

King Solomon was once asked to decide who is the mother of a child. Two women both claimed to be the mother of the child. King Solomon in his wisdom (then he did not have the benefit of DNA tests) decided that in order to be fair to both the child be cut into two and each woman be given one half. One agreed but the other woman immediately requested the King to spare the child’s life and have the child given to the first woman. The wise King immediately knew who the child’s mother was. A mother will never want to see harm befall his child.

The police report lodged by Dato’ Ganesan on 19/3/2010 inviting the police to take action against YB V. Sivakumar, the Legitimate Speaker of the Perak Assembly, is clearly an action calculated to destroy the democratic institution of the Perak Sate Assembly. Dato’ Ganesan had on 7/5/2009 invited the police force to invade the Perak State Assembly and forcibly removed YB V. Sivakumar from the State Assembly. The harm that was done to this democratic institution of Perak was beyond repair.

Like the woman who is not the mother of the child, Dato’ Ganesan has no qualms about destroying this democratic institution of Perak. He was a reject. The people rejected him during the last General Elections. He is not part of the State Assembly and neither is he the Legitimate Speaker of the Perak State Assembly. His ascension to the Speaker’s seat on 7/5/2009 was done by using the police to forcibly removed YB V. Sivakumar.

In a democratic system, the separation of powers between the judiciary, the legislature the executive have been clearly defined. All matters pertaining to the State Assembly must be dealt with by the Assembly itself. The independence and the sanctity of the legislature must never the sacrified or compromised. What Dato’ Ganesan is doing in to encourage a Police State where might is right.

YB V. Sivakumar has in all his conduct tried to maintain and uphold the independence and the sanctity of the State Assembly. He was never cowed by the threat or force used by BN and the police against him.

All Malaysians must condemn Dato’ Ganesan for his treacherous act against over democratic institutions.

Dated this 22/3/2010

Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham
DAP Perak Chairman
State Assemblyman for Sitiawan