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Warisan: Sabah in Critical Medical Situation

KOTA KINABALU : As daily new Covid 19 cases in Sabah hovers above 2,000 for the past 2 weeks with experts suggesting another incoming crisis, Warisan today, while stating that even though some in Government have claimed that they have done well on overcoming the pandemic, questioned the Sabah State Government for its continuous inability to wholly assert themselves when dealing with the Federal Government to resolve to mitigate this clear and present danger to Sabah.

The Deputy President of Warisan, Darell Leiking said that there are now talks of an alleged “standing order” being issued to doctors and nurses in Queen Elizabeth Hospital to prioritise younger patients over the elderly due to the lack of sufficient intensive care unit (ICU) beds and equipment and such order is indeed the saddest thing that a family could have to bear.

“Hence, it should not be left to the doctors, nurses or staffs who have done their utmost best and acted professionally through-out the duration of the pandemic to tell families that the hospital cannot accept their infected members because of the alleged standing order but the entire Sabah Government who never had the courage in the first place to stand up assertively in front of their Putrajaya’s political masters and demand that Sabah be prioritised and have an immediate delivery of all essential medical supplies and apparatus for the benefit of fellow Sabahan.

Never forget that Sabah has been a consistent contributor (more so thru its Oil & Gas and Plantations amongst many more) to the Malaysia’s GDP and continuous announcement of Sabah getting all the needed supplies when in fact there are serious shortcomings only affirms that Sabah never is a priority by their Federal Political Masters.

Time and time again, Warisan and throngs of Sabahans be it in printed or social medias have reminded the State Government to be assertive when dealing with the then PN led Federal Government, and now BN, over the inconsistent supplies to the medical facilities issue, the inconsistent SOPs and on the lack of vaccines to Sabah but they (State Government) have seemed to ignore or if they had attempted to liaise with their Federal leaders have been ignored by their Federal Political Masters instead.

What we only seemed to have heard instead are lavished praises to the former Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yasin and media statements announcing that the State Government are doing their job whilst the current predicament faced by the medical facilities and counter facts now speaks for itself.

If at all they had assertively demanded from the Federal Government, then why do we continue hear not only from social medias but also from their own Government State Assemblymen of vaccine shortages at PPVs (Vaccination Centre) that have caused much frustration to Sabahans who had troubled themselves for that particular day to get their vaccinations but only to know that there are limited supplies or none at all.

Have the State Government ever thought that this irregular, limited or inconsistent supply of vaccines at PPVs, which several people have already informed me, will seriously demotivate Sabahans, rendering them to delay their vaccination to a time until there are no more shindigs at PPVs or only when these Covid19 vaccine supplies are guaranteed?”, he said in a statement today.

He also said that there are also reports of oxygen tanks and ventilators from other districts in Sabah being rushed from Beluran and Kinabatangan to the Duchess of Kent Hospital, Sandakan which is also another tell-tale sign of how the State Government lacks foresight in its fight against the pandemic.

“Have the State Government initiated any allocation to purchase ventilators and oxygen tanks to supplement infected Sabahans at all hospitals in Sabah?

Common sense tells us that the need for the oxygen tanks and ventilators in one way or another, will correspond with the increase of daily new cases in a particular district especially in relation to those who need hospitalization and if this State Government had only a little bit of more of foresights, it should have anticipated which district will require these tanks based on the daily reported new cases.

And the State Government should also know that the increase of new cases in the State is based on a constant trajectory hence the reports in the last 2 weeks should have given them ample time to prepare for sudden rise and need of oxygen tanks and ventilators in the State.

But how can we anticipate the next district that will require oxygen tanks (after Sandakan) if the Government continues to tell us that most daily new cases are actually backlog results – since Sabah has only 2 PCR test centres (Kota Kinabalu and Lahad Datu), the delivery of results from these centres to other district can take up to 3 days.

Hence, the State Government must and should establish as many temporary PCR test centres as possible, spread them all over Sabah, so that we can correctly anticipate and triangulate which district that will require sufficient oxygen tanks and related medical instruments to treat Covid patients,” he pressed on.

Leiking also said that the recent revelation by frustrated officials and those who face the reality of what is actually happening on the ground wholly contradicts what the State Government have been announcing of late.

“It would be no surprise at all that some may deem reminders issued by President of Warisan, Shafie Apdal and many others who have reminded, criticised and reprimanded the State Government as merely ‘a statement intended to gain political limelight’ but have these counter-critic realised how could that be a mere statement if the revelations by medical officials and others on the ground contradicts with whatever assurances given by the Government to Sabahans that they are managing the pandemic well?

Let us all admit that that the real pandemic situation in Sabah are not as what they said it to be and in fact Sabah is in a serious and critical medical situation indeed where the Sabah State Government must now present an emergency allocation to supplement what the Federal Government have continuously failed to do for Sabah and now declare that there is indeed a clear and present danger to the health of Sabah not only medically but economically.

Many Sabahans and many medical experts had consistently given warnings, recommendations and ideas to the Federal and Sabah Government on how to contain and mitigate the pandemic Sabah is facing but it would seem that the Government have not seemed to have taken these ideas and recommendations but have just left it to their usual way.

It is imperative that the State Government should while demanding without any reservations from their Federal Political Masters MUST :-

  1. start engaging first the expertise and facilities available by private clinics in Sabah and even from out of Sabah (as an addition when Sabah-based medical doctors have been fully utilised);
  2. engage medical experts in the military to combine their current strategic approach to resolve the pandemic in Sabah;
  3. to immediately deal direct with vaccine producers to procure additional vaccines or even consider taking up the excess vaccine supply as loans from the State of Selangor as had been reported in the media of late;
  4. to secure more single shot anti Covid-19 Dosage such as CanSino and similar products;
  5. to allocate from the State’s funds, the purchase of oxygen tanks, ventilators and essential medical utensils and medication to treat and save the lives of all Sabahans young or old; and
  6. in addition to all, to also secure medical experts who have experience in treating Covid 19 patient treatment regime just as how India, Indonesia and other countries have treated the same including the supply of these proven medication.

It is also proposed just as we had heard as talking points in social media these days that the State Government should consider allocating an aggrievement entitlement of not less than RM5,000/- to the immediate family of those who have passed away because of Covid-19 so that the State Cabinet Ministry will look into the pandemic more seriously than ever before,” he concluded.

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Warisan: Pamirkan Nombor Telefon UPPM

Wirawati Parti Warisan Sabah (WARISAN) telah menggesa supaya senarai nombor-nombor telefon Unit Pemimpin Pembangunan Masyarakat (UPPM) Sabah diterbit oleh Kerajaan Negeri Sabah.

Untuk rekod, UPPM merupakan lantikan politik di bawah di bawah Jabatan Ketua Menteri. Terdapat ramai bekas calon GRS yang kalah dalam PRN lalu, telah dilantik sebagai UPPM.

Melalui sebuah yang kenyataan media yang dikeluarkan pada hari Ahad, Izzatul Aini yang merupakan bekas Pegawai Khas kepada Ketua Menteri Sabah berkata, terbitan maklumat UPPM adalah mustahak agar rakyat yang memerlukan bantuan mempunyai cara berhubung dengan wakil-wakil kerajaan.

“Saya menerima banyak aduan dari rakyat. Lebih-lebih lagi di masa pandemik Covid-19 menular.”

“Rakyat hilang arah dan tidak tahu siapa perlu dihubungi untuk memohon bantuan, kerana kerajaan tidak menyenaraikan cara menghubungi UPPM masing-masing.”

“Malah ramai rakyat masih tidak tahu siapa UPPM di kawasan masing-masing.”

Izzatul yang juga merupakan Ketua Wirawati Warisan Putatan menambah, keadaan sekarang amat berbeza dengan pentadbiran Warisan.”

Ketika saya berkhidmat di Pejabat Ketua Menteri pada era pemerintahan Warisan, senarai UPPM itu kami ada buat.”

“Senarai nama UPPM, nombor telefon pejabat dan telefon bimbit UPPM, semua kami sebarkan kepada umum kerana kami mahu memudahkan urusan di antara rakyat dan kerajaan.”

“Tapi sekarang, maklumat menghubungi UPPM masing-masing tidak boleh dijumpa di mana-mana.”

Kata Izzatul, pihaknya dimaklumakan bahawa peruntukan yang besar telah disediakan kepada UPPM.

“GRS sudah umum bahawa sudah ada peruntukan untuk UPPM. Peruntukan itu sudah disediakan, jadi UPPM harus mengguna sebaik mungkin peruntukan itu untuk rakyat yang susah.”

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Covid-19 Governance Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63)

Warisan: SMIs’ Interests Is Our Priority

Joint Press Statement by the State Assemblyman for Kudat, Ben Chong and Deputy President of Warisan, Datuk Darell Leiking.

14 April 2021

KOTA KINABALU: Warisan today assured that it will continue to serve and protect the interests of the Small and Medium Industry (SMI) and micro-businesses players in Sabah and also to work out within the Federal level to remove barriers that impede the growth of that sector.

The State Assemblyman for Kudat, Ben Chong said the party is prioritizing the SMI and micro-businesses because they play important part in the nation building thru taxes and duties collected while at the same time, provide employment to the locals.

“Warisan believe that industrialization is the key if Sabah aspire to become a developed State with SMIs and micro-businesses the important building blocks in the process, hence, the need for us to protect their interests.

And until today, the party’s President, Shafie Apdal and his Deputy, Darell Leiking still maintain their ‘open door’ practice where they will engage with leaders or members of business associations or stakeholders directly or personally to understand their businesses needs.

The commitment is also reflected when Shafie allocated some RM40 million for the State’s micro-businesses thru Sabah Credit Corporation and another RM50 million loan for SME players during the announcement of the First Round of the Covid 19 Aid Package worth RM670 million in March 24, 2020.

And under the Second Round of the Covid 19 Aid Package t ‘Sabah New Deal’ worth RM240 million, RM60 million had been allocated to invigorate the digitalization of the private sector including SME and RM25 million interest-free loan allocated for those in the agrofood industry,,” he said in a statement today.

“In fact, Warisan placed high importance on SMIs and micro-businesses in Sabah through our Special Covid-19 Manifesto at last year’s State Election where we aspire to boost the setting up of cooperations, the opening up of strategic industrial hubs all over the State, to intensify the effort to bring in FDIs and DDIs thru MTI and InvestSabah and the introduction of Fast Track Special Permit to regulate and assist our youths who are doing home businesses,” he added.

The former State’s Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry also said the several impediments that hampered the growth of SMIs and micro-businesses in Sabah throughout the years require resolute commitment from the Federal Government for the solution, thus, the party’s power-sharing agreement with other political parties will be guided in solving the impediments.

“Many of the constraints that our SMIs and micro-businesses players have to face such as funds, grants, electricity tariffs, marketing in overseas, Cabotage, ports and infrastructure are dependent on the commitment and political will of parties that form the Federal Government of the day.

It is rather unfortunate that while Warisan was in the midst of getting these impediments removed such as by regaining SESB and the control of our gas or finding larger market for our Sabah-made products thru Matrade, the PH Government was toppled which subsequently saw the change of the State Government.

Since the interests of Sabah’s SMIs and micro-businesses is top priority for Warisan, it is imperative that our political partners understand the issues affecting our players, agree to remove whatever impediments there are and to assist our players to achieve their potentials,” he explained it.

Meanwhile, the Deputy President of Warisan, Darell Leiking said that one distinct feature that distinguishes Warisan from other political parties that it is committed to spread the economic opportunities to all.

“Warisan don’t care if you’re Malay, Chinese, Indian, Dayak, KDM, Bajau or if you’re Muslim or Non-Muslim or if you operate a stall or has a food processing or manufacturing business – your hard work and perseverance to do an honest business day and night so that you can provide for your family especially the education for your children will always inspire many, especially our youths, and including the President and myself too.

But hard work and perseverance alone are not enough because the business environment must also be conducive to ensure our players experience continuous growth hence herein the role of both the Federal and State Governments as ‘effective facilitators’ thru fair and effective distribution of funds and assistance to players who have performed well in the past.

And the Government need to invest more on building new ‘economic infrastructures’ that can help our SMIs and micro-businesses players such as e-commerce and not to spend too much time talking about the needs and policies of yesterday because in the end, the Federal Government will still be the biggest gainer through taxes and duties collected by them from our players,” he said.

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Warisan: Covid 19 is a Test for Sabah

KOTA KINABALU : A Warisan leader had today lamented the State Government’s stance of allowing the PN-led Federal Government in deciding the action plans and decisions on Covid 19 management in Sabah, calling it as ‘sad’.

The Deputy President of Warisan, Datuk Darell Leiking, such stand by the GRS-led State Government can potentially delay the economic recovery of the State and pointed out that even Sarawak is handling the pandemic itself.

“With the vaccination process now taking place in the country, we can say that we are now entering the post-Covid 19 period where the economy is slowly opening up with people going back to work.

However it is rather sad to note that several important sectors in Sabah are now facing inefficiencies due to the unnecessary SOPs decided by the PN-led Federal Government that are troublesome to Sabahan employees which in turn, will reduce their performance and productivity at work place,” he said in a statement today.

“While Sarawak has it’s own State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) that is empowered to manage the vaccination process for Sarawakian employees in service, hotel, construction, manufacturing and plantation sectors, GRS disbanded the Sabah Covid-19 Command Centre (previously established by Shafie Apdal) and instead allowed the National Security Council (MKN) to make all the decisions for Sabah.

This dependency on MKN consequentially had caused Sabah to loose its capability to manage its own administration and this is evidenced when Sabahan offshore workers currently have to endure unnecessary SOPs of 10 days quarantine before leaving for offshore and another 10 days when coming back into the State with 2 swabs for each travel.

The question now arises whether such time and money consuming SOP faced by our Sabahan offshore workers is really that necessary considering that Sabahans can now travel to KL without such quarantine – obviously this type of SOP will create some reservation on the part the oil and gas investors who want to reap full benefits from the recovering global economy by investing in this sector here.

And Sabah will be the biggest loser when these investors eventually shift their attention to Sarawak instead,” he explained it.

The former Minister of International Trade and Industry said that it is imperative that Sabah must now manage its own post Covid 19 SOPs to prevent the State from missing out from the recovering global economy.

“I understand why we need to come out with these SOPs but the State Government must emphatize and prioritize the troubles facing our Sabahan workers due to the ‘one size fits all’ type of policy created by the PN-led Federal Government and argue for their case.

Covid 19 management is actually a test for any Government whether it is capable to meet up with all the present and future challenges and this is exactly what the Sarawakian leaders have in mind when they choose to handle everything on their own.

The State Government should be proactive by engaging in continuos discussions with all the industry players in Sabah and to come out with our own methodology in managing the State in this post-Covid 19 period instead of leaving everything to the Federal Government to decide.

All is not gone yet for GRS and it still can revive the Sabah Covid-19 Command Centre previously established by Shafie Apdal and make its own decisions because we should be brave enough to handle matters that relates to our own State’s economy.

This will reduce our financial and economic dependencies with the Federal Government and in turn, make our State at a stronger position when it comes to asserting our inherent rights and privileges under MA63 – how can we talk about if we are politically and economically in a weak position?”

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Perintah Kuarantin 3 Hari Bagi Menteri Kabinet Tidak Berasaskan Faktor Saintifik dan Tidak Adil Untuk Rakyat

Menteri Kesihatan Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba telah berturut-turut mengeluarkan kenyataan yang mengelirukan tentang perintah kuarantin bagi mereka yang pulang dari luar negara.

Pada 8 Februari 2021, beliau menyatakan Menteri yang pulang daripada lawatan rasmi luar negara hanya perlu menjalani kuarantin selama 3 hari sedangkan tempoh kuarantin bagi rakyat biasa adalah 10 hari. Kenyataannya menimbulkan kritikan serius daripada pelbagai pihak termasuk pakar penyakit berjangkit seperti Profesor Dato Adeeba Kamarulzaman dan Academy of Medicine Malaysia, Dato Profesor Dr Rosmawati Mohamed yang turut mempertikaikan pengurangan tempoh kuarantin ini.

Pada 9 Februari 2021 pula, beliau mempertahankan keputusannya memberi dalih bahawa kuarantin 3 hari tersebut hanya diberikan kepada Menteri yang benar-benar mengikut “gelembung program perjalanan” (itinerary bubble), iaitu tidak terlibat dengan mana-mana program kecuali pertemuan rasmi yang layak untuk kelonggaran kuarantin, seperti apa yang dilakukan oleh Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dalam lawatan rasminya di Indonesia baru-baru ini. Sedangkan, Menteri Luar Negara Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein yang mengadakan lawatan rasmi ke UAE pula peru menjalani kuarantin 10 hari kerana jadual lawatan rasminya dikatakan ketat.

Selepas teruk dikritik oleh orang ramai, beliau menambah lagi kepada kenyataannya yang mengelirukan itu dengan menyatakan bahawa kuarantin 3 hari itu mungkin dibuka kepada ahli perniagaan dan orang awam tidak lama lagi.

Kami menuntut Menteri Kesihatan menjelaskan apakah rasional dan kriteria sebenar untuk rakyat Malaysia, tidak kira sama ada Menteri atau rakyat biasa, yang pulang dari luar negara berhubung isu kuarantin dan kawalan Covid-19?

Dr Adham Baba tidak boleh mengeluarkan perintah yang memberi kelonggaran kepada Menteri Kabinet dalam Warta Persekutuan, kemudian sesuka hati berkata kelonggaran kuarantin 3 hari tersebut hanya diberi kepada Menteri yang benar-benar mengikut “gelembung program perjalanan” (itinerary bubble) tetapi bukan kepada Menteri yang lain. Ini bermaksud wujudnya kuarantin “dwi-standard” di kalangan Menteri yang membuat lawatan rasmi ke luar negara. Selepas itu, beliau berkata kuarantin 3 hari akan dibuka kepada orang ramai kerana Kerajaan ingin membuka ekonomi. Tidak ada ketekalan (consistency) dalam keputusan beliau, malah menimbulkan kekeliruan dalam negara.

Kami mahu Kerajaan melaksanakan perintah kuarantin yang adil dan sama bagi semua pihak kerana wabak virus Covid-19 tidak mengenali pangkat dan kedudukan, sama ada kepada Menteri atau pemandu Menteri. Keputusan Kerajaan terhadap isu yang amat penting seperti kuarantin ini perlu berdasarkan maklumat tepat berasaskan sains dan kawalan pandemik, dan bukan untuk memberi keselesaan kepada Menteri.

Sedangkan pada masa yang sama, Kerajaan telah dan sedang mengenakan tindakan keras, iaitu tangkapan dan denda yang berat, bagi mereka yang dituduh melanggar SOP di seluruh negara. Maka, Menteri sepatutnya menunjukkan teladan dengan mematuhi segala SOP kawalan jangkitan Covid-19, dan tidak menjadi punca kepada kluster baharu apabila berjumpa dengan rakyat tanpa mematuhi SOP.

Sehubungan itu, kami 34 Ahli Parlimen Pembangkang menyeru Dr Adham Baba dan Kabinet Perikatan Nasional menarik balik perintah kuarantin 3 hari bagi Menteri yang telah dimasukkan dalam warta Persekutuan.

Kami juga menyeru kabinet PN mengadakan perbincangan segera dengan teliti dan mendalam dalam isu kuarantin bagi rakyat Malaysia yang pulang dari luar negara, dan membuat keputusan yang adil dan sama-rata kepada semua pihak mengikut data saintifik, dan bukan untuk memudahkan gaya hidup Menteri. Wabak Covid-19 adalah soal hidup atau mati yang perlu ditangani dengan serius.

1. Darell Leiking (Ahli Parlimen Penampang)
2. Syed Saddiq (Ahli Parlimen Muar)
3. Mohd Azis Jamman (Ahli Parlimen Sepanggar)
4. Hannah Yeoh (Ahli Parlimen Segambut)
5. Yeo Bee Yin (Ahli Parlimen Bakri)
6. Baru Bian (Ahli Parlimen Selangau)
7. Datuk Rozman Isli (Ahli Parlimen Labuan)
8. Salahuddin Ayub (Ahli Parlimen Pulai)
9. Amiruddin Hamzah (Ahli Parlimen Kubang Pasu)
10. Teo Nie Ching (Ahli Parlimen Kulai)
11. Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud)
12. Mahfuz Omar (Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena)
13. Khalid Samad (Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam)
14. Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji (Ahli Parlimen Raub)
15. Maria Chin Abdullah (Ahli Parlimen Petaling Jaya)
16. Wong Shu Qi (Ahli Parlimen Kluang)
17. Teresa Kok (Ahli Parlimen Seputeh)
18. Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (Ahli Parlimen Kuala Selangor)
19. Dr Lee Boon Chye (Ahli Parlimen Gopeng)
20. Kasthuriraani Patto (Ahli Parlimen Batu Kawan)
21. P. Prabakaran (Ahli Parlimen Batu)
22. M. Kulasegaran (Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat)
23. Chong Chieng Jen (Ahli Parlimen Stampin)
24. Sivarasa Rasiah (Ahli Parlimen Sungai Buloh)
25. Chan Foong Hin (Ahli Parlimen Kota Kinabalu)
26. Steven Choong (Ahli Parlimen Tebrau)
27. Dr Maszlee Malik (Ahli Parlimen Simpang Renggam)
28. Chan Ming Kai (Ahli Parlimen Alor Setar)
29. Dr Azman Ismail (Ahli Parlimen Kuala Kedah)
30. Thomas Su (Ahli Parlimen Kampar)
31. Alice Lau (Ahli Parlimen Lanang)
32. Sim Tze Tzin (Ahli Parlimen Bayan Baru)
33. Datuk Christina Liew (Ahli Parlimen Tawau)
34. Nor Azrina Surip @ Nurin Aina (Ahli Parlimen Merbok)

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Salurkan Peruntukan Kepada Semua Ahli Parlimen Bagi Membantu Rakyat Semasa Pandemik

Sebagaimana yang disarankan oleh Perdana Menteri semasa mengumumkan pengisytiharan darurat, beliau menggesa semua ahli politik untuk mengenepikan perbezaan masing-masing dan bersolidariti bersama rakyat ketika kita berdepan dengan gelombang ketiga pandemik Covid-19 dan pelaksanaan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) 2.0. Tambah beliau lagi, bila tiba masa untuk berpolitik, maka berpolitiklah dengan penuh bertanggungjawab. Justeru, kami Ahli Parlimen Pembangkang menuntut janji Perdana Menteri untuk berpolitik dengan penuh bertanggungjawab dengan menyalurkan peruntukan kepada semua Ahli Parlimen Pembangkang.

Ketika kita sedang berperang melawan Covid-19 dalam situasi yang luar biasa, Kerajaan PN dituntut untuk mengambil tindakan yang luar biasa juga. Ini termasuklah dengan memberikan peruntukan kepada semua Ahli Parlimen Pembangkang sebagaimana yang diterima oleh Ahli Parlimen dari pihak Kerajaan. Peruntukan ini akan membantu Ahli Parlimen Pembangkang menyalurkan dan mengusahakan bantuan kepada penduduk di kawasan kami yang terbeban akibat kehilangan pekerjaan dan punca pendapatan. Rakyat dan para pengundi kawasan Parlimen Pembangkang tidak sepatutnya menjadi mangsa atas keputusan dan hak demokratik mereka.

Kerajaan PN di peringkat Persekutuan perlu mencontohi Kerajaan Negeri dibawah penguasaan mereka seperti di Johor dan Perak dengan memberikan peruntukan kepada setiap seorang Ahli Dewan Negeri (ADUN) termasuk dari parti pembangkang. Sekurang-kurangnya Menteri Besar Johor melihat pihak pembangkang sebagai rakan strategik mereka di Dewan Undangan Negeri ketika berdepan dengan krisis seperti ini. Pemberian peruntukan kepada ADUN pembangkang juga telah lama dilakukan di Selangor dan Pulau Pinang.

Kerajaan PN digesa menggunakan pendekatan dengan melibatkan ‘keseluruhan Kerajaan’ dan ‘keseluruhan masyarakat’ dalam mengendalikan krisis Covid-19 yang semakin buruk pada hari ini. Semua pihak perlu menggembleng tenaga dan sumber untuk melawan pandemik Covid-19 secara bersama dengan segera menyalurkan peruntukan kepada semua termasuklah kepada Ahli Parlimen Pembangkang.

1. Darell Leiking (Ahli Parlimen Penampang)
2. Syed Saddiq (Ahli Parlimen Muar)
3. Mohd Azis Jamman (Ahli Parlimen Sepanggar)
4. Hannah Yeoh (Ahli Parlimen Segambut)
5. Yeo Bee Yin (Ahli Parlimen Bakri)
6. Baru Bian (Ahli Parlimen Selangau)
7. Datuk Rozman Isli (Ahli Parlimen Labuan)
8. Salahuddin Ayub (Ahli Parlimen Pulai)
9. Amiruddin Hamzah (Ahli Parlimen Kubang Pasu)
10. Teo Nie Ching (Ahli Parlimen Kulai)
11. Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud)
12. Mahfuz Omar (Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena)
13. Khalid Samad (Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam)
14. Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji (Ahli Parlimen Raub)
15. Maria Chin Abdullah (Ahli Parlimen Petaling Jaya)
16. Wong Shu Qi (Ahli Parlimen Kluang)
17. Teresa Kok (Ahli Parlimen Seputeh)
18. Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (Ahli Parlimen Kuala Selangor)
19. Dr Lee Boon Chye (Ahli Parlimen Gopeng)
20. Kasthuriraani Patto (Ahli Parlimen Batu Kawan)
21. P. Prabakaran (Ahli Parlimen Batu)
22. M. Kulasegaran (Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat)
23. Chong Chieng Jen (Ahli Parlimen Stampin)
24. Sivarasa Rasiah (Ahli Parlimen Sungai Buloh)
25. Chan Foong Hin (Ahli Parlimen Kota Kinabalu)
26. Steven Choong (Ahli Parlimen Tebrau)
27. Dr Maszlee Malik (Ahli Parlimen Simpang Renggam)
28. Chan Ming Kai (Ahli Parlimen Alor Setar)
29. Dr Azman Ismail (Ahli Parlimen Kuala Kedah)
30. Thomas Su (Ahli Parlimen Kampar)
31. Alice Lau (Ahli Parlimen Lanang)
32. Sim Tze Tzin (Ahli Parlimen Bayan Baru)

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Selamatkan Pekerjaan Dalam PKP 2.0: 6 Bulan Moratorium Pinjaman Secara Automatik dan Subsidi Upah Seperti PKP 1.0

Walaupun Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) 2.0 baru sahaja dilanjutkan, Malaysia belum lagi menyaksikan penurunan jumlah kes Covid-19. Keyakinan para pelabur tempatan mahupun antarabangsa berada pada tahap terendah dan pakej rangsangan Perlindungan Ekonomi & Rakyat Malaysia (PERMAI) yang diumumkan oleh Perdana Menteri pada 18 Januari 2021 baru-baru ini hanyalah bersifat kosmetik dan tidak memadai berbanding kesan daripada PKP 2.0 dan Darurat.

Kini kadar penggangguran meningkat dengan mendadak. Sekiranya tidak ada tindakan yang lebih agresif, lebih banyak industri PKS yang bakal mengalami kerugian dan akan mengakibatkan kehilangan lebih banyak pekerjaan. Untuk mengelakkan perkara ini berlaku, kami menggesa Kerajaan untuk segera:

  • (a) melaksanakan moratorium pinjaman secara automatik untuk tempoh 6 bulan seperti yang dilakukan semasa PKP 1.0. Ini akan menghilangkan keresahan dan birokrasi dengan segera. Industri PKS atau mereka yang tidak terkesan boleh meneruskan pembayaran pinjaman mereka seperti biasa. 6 bulan moratorium pinjaman secara automatik akan meningkatkan aliran tunai kepada sektor ekonomi malah merancakkan aktivitinya. Dengan cara ini individu dan PKS akan mempunyai lebihan tunai yang dapat membantu meningkatkan pendapatan semua jenis perniagaan, seterusnya akan menggalakkan mereka mengekalkan atau mungkin menambah lebih ramai pekerja (bukannya membuang pekerja) sepanjang menghadapi pandemik ini; dan
  • (b) meningkatkan kadar subsidi upah PERKESO RM600 setiap pekerja kepada jumlah yang lebih tinggi (kepada yang mempunyai pendapatan di bawah RM4,000) dan melanjutkannya untuk tempoh sekurang-kurangnya 6 bulan. Jumlah subsidi RM600 sebulan yang diberikan sekarang tidak memadai dalam menghadapi PKP 2.0 dan Darurat yang telah menunjukkan kesannya ke atas beberapa sektor. Subsidi upah selama tempoh 6 bulan akan menggalakkan para majikan untuk tidak membuang pekerja dan membantu mereka bertahan sehingga separuh tahun akibat penyusutan jualan dan aliran tunai. Bagi sesetengah yang lain, ini juga mungkin mendorong mereka untuk mengambil pekerja semula.

Ini adalah masa yang luar biasa. Kerajaan harus mengambil langkah yang luar biasa juga untuk menyelamatkan sektor pekerjaan. Peningkatan jumlah penggangguran bakal merugikan negara sehingga tidak ada lagi pakej rangsangan yang mungkin dapat membantu kita pada masa depan. Kerajaan Perikatan Nasional sebenarnya telah pun tewas kepada negara jiran ASEAN kita dalam daya saing mereka untuk menarik pelabur asing akibat kelemahan, ketidakcekapan dan ketidakstabilan politik. Kekal dengan sindrom penafian dan kedegilan untuk merubah sesuatu yang lebih berkesan untuk sektor perniagaan hanyalah paku keranda terakhir untuk ekonomi kita yang parah dan berdarah.

1. Darell Leiking (Ahli Parlimen Penampang)
2. Syed Saddiq (Ahli Parlimen Muar)
3. Mohd Azis Jamman (Ahli Parlimen Sepanggar)
4. Hannah Yeoh (Ahli Parlimen Segambut)
5. Yeo Bee Yin (Ahli Parlimen Bakri)
6. Baru Bian (Ahli Parlimen Selangau)
7. Datuk Rozman Bin Isli (Ahli Parlimen Labuan)
8. Salahuddin Ayub (Ahli Parlimen Pulai)
9. Amiruddin Hamzah (Ahli Parlimen Kubang Pasu)
10. Teo Nie Ching (Ahli Parlimen Kulai)
11. Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud)
12. Mahfuz Omar (Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena)
13. Khalid Samad (Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam)
14. Tengku Zulpuri Shah Bin Raja Puji (Ahli Parlimen Raub)
15. Maria Chin (Ahli Parlimen Petaling Jaya)
16. Wong Shu Qi (Ahli Parlimen Kluang)
17. Teresa Kok (Ahli Parlimen Seputeh)
18. Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (Ahli Parlimen Kuala Selangor)
19. Dr Lee Boon Chye (Ahli Parlimen Gopeng)
20. Kasthuriraani Patto (Ahli Parlimen Batu Kawan)
21. P. Prabakaran (Ahli Parlimen Batu)
22. M. Kulasegaran (Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat)
23. Chong Chieng Jen (Ahli Parlimen Stampin)
24. Nor Azrina Surip @ Nurin Aina (Ahli Parlimen Merbok)
25. Sivarasa Rasiah (Ahli Parlimen Sungai Buloh)

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Covid-19 Miscellaneous

Kaji Semula SOP, Benarkan Perniagaan Beroperasi Selepas 8 Malam

Kami menggesa Kerajaan Perikatan Nasional membenarkan semua kedai makanan dan minuman beroperasi seperti yang tercatat dalam lesen perniagaan mereka dan tidak terhad sehingga 8 malam memandangkan makan di kedai tidak dibenarkan dan penjualan makanan adalah secara bawa pulang, pandu lalu atau penghantaran ke rumah.

Masa operasi kedai makanan dan minuman seperti sekarang telah menyusahkan mereka yang perlu membeli makanan selepas tamat waktu bekerja. Membenarkan para peniaga beroperasi mengikut lesen perniagaan mereka akan membantu memulihkan ekonomi para peniaga, menjana pendapatan penghantar makanan serta menggalakkan rakyat duduk di rumah kerana mereka boleh membuat pesanan dari rumah dan tidak terhad sehingga 8 malam sahaja.

Kami menggesa Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) segera memperbaiki SOP ini kerana ia memberi kesan kepada para peniaga yang hanya bergantung kepada pendapatan harian mereka. Kami juga menggesa Kerajaan melanjutkan moratorium sekurang-kurangnya untuk tempoh enam bulan lagi. Berbanding semasa PKP fasa pertama, para peniaga mungkin lebih teruk terjejas kali ini kerana mereka terpaksa menanggung pembayaran sewa kedai dan gaji pekerja tanpa adanya moratorium seperti sebelum ini.

1. Darell Leiking (Ahli Parlimen Penampang)
2. Syed Saddiq (Ahli Parlimen Muar)
3. Mohd Azis Jamman (Ahli Parlimen Sepanggar)
4. Hannah Yeoh (Ahli Parlimen Segambut)
5. Yeo Bee Yin (Ahli Parlimen Bakri)
6. Baru Bian (Ahli Parlimen Selangau)
7. Sivarasa Rasiah (Ahli Parlimen Sungai Buloh)
8. Salahuddin Ayub (Ahli Parlimen Pulai)
9. Amiruddin Hamzah (Ahli Parlimen Kubang Pasu)
10. Teo Nie Ching (Ahli Parlimen Kulai)
11. Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud)
12. Mahfuz Omar (Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena)
13. Khalid Samad (Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam)
14. Dr Maszlee Malik (Ahli Parlimen Simpang Renggam)
15. Maria Chin (Ahli Parlimen Petaling Jaya)
16. Wong Shu Qi (Ahli Parlimen Kluang)
17. Teresa Kok (Ahli Parlimen Seputeh)
18. Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (Ahli Parlimen Kuala Selangor)
19. Dr Lee Boon Chye (Ahli Parlimen Gopeng)
20. Kasthuriraani Patto (Ahli Parlimen Batu Kawan)
21. Nor Azrina Surip @ Nurin Aina (Ahli Parlimen Merbok)

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Covid-19 Governance

This Nation Needs to Heal and the Time to Heal is Now

Malaysia recorded a total number of 1741 new Covid-19 positive cases yesterday bringing the total number of infection to 120,818 cases. Some states are hit by severe floods and more than 15,000 Malaysians have been displaced. Current unemployment or reduced income for many families in this time of pandemic remains unsettling. With these in mind, we are appalled by the continuous demand by UMNO to hold snap polls in such a climate.

Just last month, Parliament passed a budget of RM322.5 billion, the largest budget in the history of this nation purportedly to fight Covid-19.

Barely 3 weeks after this supposedly people-friendly budget was passed, UMNO now wants to use fresh elections as a trump card to grab more power at the expense of Malaysians’ wellbeing and health safety. They have bared their true colours for all to see.

We are reminded of this – Najib Razak once urged UMNO members to defend Putrajaya at all costs. “Even if our bodies are crushed and our lives lost, brothers and sisters, whatever happens, we must defend Putrajaya”. Malaysians must reject such wicked and selfish ambition for power. We have lost enough from years of misgovernance and corruption.

This nation needs to heal and the time to heal is now.