By Allowing Private Scandal To Defeat Public Policy, BN Is Running A Failed Government.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng And MP For Bagan In Kuala Lumpur On 25.10.2012.

One of the basic rules of good and clean governance is the crafting and implementantion of public policies that benefits the people and the nation. Private scandal involving questions about integrity and moral behaviour should neither infringe nor influence public policy to the detriment of the nation’s interests. By allowing private scandal to defeat public policy, BN is running a failed government.

Several exposes have highlighted how the BN government not only condones private scandal but also promotes bad public behaviour. Beginning with the Bank Negara foreign exchange scandal, which the Bank Negara admitted incurred losses of RM 10.1 billion in 1992 and RM5.7 billion in 1993.

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Will BN Leaders Walk The Talk Of Fighting Corruption By Applying The 6 Tests Of Making A Public Declaration Of Assets, Implementing Open Competitive Tenders, Bar Family Members From Being Involved With Government Contracts, Remove BN Leaders With Extravagant Lifestyles, Protect Genuine Whistleblowers And Come Clean On Political Donations? (en/cn)

Speech By DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng During The DAP Sibu Dinner On 13.10.2012.

Will BN leaders walk the talk of fighting corruption by applying the 6 tests of making a public declaration of assets, implementing open competitive tenders, bar family members from being involved with government contracts, protect genuine whistleblowers, remove BN leaders with extravagant lifestyles and come clean on political donations?

Malaysians are shocked at the written Parliamentary reply by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz that the Attorney-General’s Chambers had not found any element of corruption in the case of the Sabah timber trader Michael Chia, who was detained in Hong Kong for trying to smuggle out RM40 million in Singapore currency allegedly meant for Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman. Nazri said that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigations revealed that the S$16 million(RM40 million) cash constituted political contributions to Sabah UMNO, and not Musa thereby to clearing Musa of charges of corruption and money laundering.

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Malaysians can no longer stomach the sheer arrogance displayed by such BN leaders who have not only accumulated extraordinary wealth but also flaunt it publicly.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 12.10.2012.

Malaysian Anti-corruption Commission(MACC) Has No Credibility With Malaysians To Conduct An Independent Investigation Into The Record Breaking Wedding Of Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Sri Mohd Ali Rustam’s Son With 130,000 Guests And Allegations Of The Extraordinary Wealth Of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud When No Action Is Taken Against The RM40 Million Cash Given To Sabah UMNO.

Yesterday, the BN government was very proud to announce the exoneration of Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman from the S$16 million(RM40 million) cash scandal as he was cleared by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on charges of corruption and money laundering. Did MACC carry out a full investigation including recording the statement of Datuk Seri Musa?

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Will BN leaders pass the test to walk the talk in fighting corruption by making a public declaration of assets, implementing open competitive tenders, bar family members from being involved with government business and drop BN leaders with extravagant lifestyles? (en/bm/cn)

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib’s speech at the opening of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities Conference urged leaders at all levels of society to exhibit the right values and ethical conduct in order to prevent corruption. Unfortunately Najib is long on rhetoric but short on action in fighting corruption.

The drop in Malaysia’s Transparency International’s(TI) Corruption Perception Index(CPI) from No. 37 in 2003 to No. 60 in 2012 is the most damaging indictment of BN’s failure to root out corruption. Worse, TI Malaysia Deputy President Mohammad Ali even noted that Malaysia’s CPI has continued to decline as “elements of state” that facilitated “grand corruption” were still prevalent. Even Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung admitted that corruption cost Malaysia RM26 billion every year.

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Can BN justify spending RM6.7 million just to set up one KR1M store to sell basic necessities like sugar, rice and salt or are the KR1M stores also selling luxury goods like designer handbags, gold and diamond jewellery?(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 3.10.2012.

The Failure Of The 2013 Budget To Announce The “Inevitable Increase” Of Electricity Tariffs Proves BN’s 3Ds Record of Deficits, Debts and Deception As Compared To PR’s State Government’s 3S Achievement Of Surplus, Sustainable Debt Reduction And Stern Action Against Corruption.

BN’s Budget 2013 is clearly an exercise in deception following the admission by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Peter Chin in an interview with Sin Chew Daily yesterday that an increase in power tariffs in the future is inevitable due to climbing international prices of fuel. Even though Peter Chin did not reveal the time and quantum of the electricity tariff hike, he pointed out that higher electricity prices will encourage the public to save energy and switch to products with green technology.

Such an admission by Peter Chin is shocking as this should be included by any responsible government in the 2013 Budget. If a hike in electricity tariffs is inevitable, why then was this not announced in the 2013 Budget presented by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on 28 September 2012?

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Proposes A RM 1 Billion Sabah Endowment Fund That Delivers 3Es Of Building Human Talent By Providing Educational Opportunities, Uplift The Economic Livelihood Of Native Sabahans And End Poverty.(en/bm/cn)

Speech By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In DAP Kaamatan Festival In Loyang, Kota Kinabalu On 28.5.2012.

DAP proposes a RM1 billion Sabah Endowment Fund that delivers 3Es of building human talent by providing education opportunities, uplift the economic livelihood of native Sabahans and end poverty. Sabah is amongst the richest state in Malaysia but also amongst the most corrupt state as shown by the highest poverty rate in Malaysia.

The time has come for Sabahans to be treated with respect and be allowed to live with dignity. BN has continuously failed Sabah since 1963, not just in terms of giving only 5% of oil and gas revenues but also treating Sabah and Sarawak with contempt by fixing a lower monthly minimum wage of RM800 as compared to Peninsular Malaysia’s RM900.

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Political Will, National Commitment And Even Personal Obligation Rather Than A Single Law Such As The WPA Will Determine Whether Integrity In Leadership Centred On An Ethically Based Society Can Be Established.(en/bm/cn)

Speech by the Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, at the 4th Annual Corporate Governance Summit, Kuala Lumpur, on 6 March 2012.

(On The Topic: Whistleblowers Revisited – How Effective Has the Enforcement of the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010(WPA) Been in Malaysia?)

It gives me pleasure to speak to you today at this 4th Annual Corporate Governance Summit organised here in Kuala Lumpur. I have been asked to speak on the issue of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2010 (or “WPA”) which was passed by the federal Parliament and has been in force in Malaysia since December 2010.

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Shocking RM2.52 Billion Losses In 2011 Suffered By MAS Marks A Spiralling Dive Of No Return For Our National Carrier Unless Failed Policies Are Replaced With Professional Management, Results-Oriented Work Ethic And A New Business Model Based On CAT (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 1.3.2012

Shocking RM2.52 Billion Losses In 2011 Suffered By MAS Marks A Spiralling Dive Of No Return For Our National Carrier Unless Failed Policies Are Replaced With Professional Management, Results-Oriented Work Ethic And A New Business Model Based On Competency, Accountability and Transparency(CAT)

The shocking net loss of RM2.52 billion for 2011 recorded by national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is a stark reminder of how mismanagement and a failed business model has caused a crisis in the once-reputable and proud airline with its cash reserves almost bled dry.In fact, MAS has been on a downward spiral since the departure of now Minister in the Prime Minister Department Dato’ Seri Idris Jala in 2009, with its net profit of RM490 million in 2009 to RM234 million in 2010 plunging tragically to the record breaking staggering losses of RM2.52 billion in 2011.

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The Prime Minister Should Stop Playing General Election Games But Prove His Sincerity About Fighting Corruption By Publicly Declaring The Assets Of Cabinet Members And Amend The Federal Consitution Now To Reform The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) As PR Would Support BN To Secure The Necessary 2/3 Majority.(en/bm/cn)

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak has revealed that the BN Government is playing games with the people and is clearly not sincere about reforms by saying that he will grant more power to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) if BN wins a two-thirds majority in the coming General Election. The Prime Minister should stop playing general election games but prove his sincerity about fighting corruption by publicly declaring the assets of cabinet members and amend the Federal Consitution now to reform the MACC as PR would support BN to secure the necessary 2/3 majority

According to news reports yesterday, Najib said that constitutional amendments are required to form an anti-corruption Service Commission with the power to appoint and sack members of the MACC. Currently, MACC officers are appointed via the public services commission. He then added that BN will only carry out the necessary amendments if they win two-thirds in the next GE.

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Why Have The MACC And Police Not Taken Any Action When The Law Minister Himself Has Said That The RM250 Million NFC Cows And Condos Scandal Is Tantamount To Constructive Breach Of Trust ?(en/cn)

The RM250 million NFC Cows For Condos scandal reached a new sensational level with Minister in Prime Minister’s Department and de facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) has breached its loan conditions with the Federal Government. Nazri was reported to have said: “In a way, there has been a constructive breach of trust. The money, which was meant for the cattle industry, was used for something else. The money was specifically given out based on a project given to NFCorp, that it could raise cattle and sell (it) at a cheaper price.”

In other words, we have a damning indictment by the Law Minister himself that the RM 250 million loan used to pay for Shahrizat and her family’s personal expenses, purchase of two luxury condominium units in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur is a criminal breach of trust. Malaysians want to know why has neither the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) nor the police taken any action on those responsible in the RM250million NFC fiasco?

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Does The Prime Minister Agrees With His Two Cabinet Ministers That Datuk Seri Sharizat Abdul Jalil Repay The RM 250 Million National Feedlot(NFC) or Cows For Condos Scandal As Well As The RM100 for School Children And RM500 Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) Financial Assistance Can Be Given Out Yearly?(en/bm/cn)

Does Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak agrees with his 2 Cabinet Ministers that Datuk Seri Sharizat Abdul Jalil repay the RM 250 million National Feedlot(NFC) or cows for condos scandal as well as that the RM100 for school children and RM500 Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) Financial Assistance can be given out yearly?

First Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal had responded 2 days ago to my suggestion that the financial aid of RM100 be given out yearly to school children and RM500 for the poor. I had expressed disappointment that the BN government had only undertaken this initiative during the general election year but not every year.

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BN Pulau Pinang Dan Dr Teng Hock Nan Dicabar Untuk Menunjukkan Bukti Bahawa Saya Telah Membuat Bayaran RM14.7 Juta Dalam Skendal Tanah Tang Hak Ju Sungguhpun Kes Ini Masih Dalam Proses Rayuan Semata-mata Demi Kepentingan Peribadi Saya(bm/cn).

BN Pulau Pinang dan Dr Teng Hock Nan dicabar untuk menunjukkan bukti bahawa saya telah membuat bayaran RM14.7 juta dalam skendal tanah Tang Hak Ju sungguhpun kes ini masih dalam proses rayuan, semata-mata demi kepentingan peribadi saya. Saya tahu BN Pulau Pinang dan Dr Teng marah saya kerana saya enggan menarik balik atau meminta maaf kerana menyebut kes tanah Tang Hak Ju sebagai satu skendal.

Akan tetapi mengapakah beliau atau BN Pulau Pinang tidak berani menyaman saya ke mahkamah kalau saya tidak bercakap benar? Saya telah menyatakan samada kerugian kepada kerajaan negeri adalah RM40 juta ataupun RM14.7 juta ataupun RM500,000 ia tetap satu skendal. Jumlah wang yang kerugian rakyat samada RM40 juta ataupun RM500,000 tidak menukar istilah skendal kepada bukan skendal samada seperti yang haram tidak boleh dihalalkan hanya kerana jumlah yang terbabit dikurangkan.

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DAP Malaysia Thaipusam Message: Corruption And Crony Capitalism Not Welfare State Will Cause The Malaysia To Go Bankrupt (en/bm/cn).

Thaipusam is celebrated not only by Hindus but also by non-Indians as a victory of good over evil as well as well as the enlightenment of wisdom and knowledge. Many non-Hindus carry the kavadi in fulfilments of their vows. This is the spirit of harmony and mutual respect essential in any peaceful multi-cultural and multi-religious society.

DAP wishes all Hindus a Happy Thaipusam festival. DAP hopes that the message of good over evil, wisdom and knowledge will reinforce our commitment to fight endemic corruption and crony capitalism.

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The Prime Minister Should Abandon The Fighting Corruption NKRA In His Government Transformation Programme (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 31.1.2012

The Prime Minister Should Abandon The Fighting Corruption NKRA In His Government Transformation Programme (GTP) If He Dare Not Compel His Ministers And Deputy Ministers To Publicly Declare Their Assets And Set Up A Royal Commission Of Inquiry(RCI) Into The RM250 Million Cows & Condos Scandal.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak might as well abandon the Fighting Corruption NKRA or New Key Results Area in his GTP if he dares not compel his Ministers and Deputy Ministers to publicly declare their assets and set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry(RCI) into the RM250 million cows & condos scandal or the RM1,077 billion in illicit money(including corruption funds) secretly taken out of the country during 2000-9.

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Elected Public Officials Should Put Their Country First And Not Endanger Malaysia By Taking The First Necessary Step To Publicly Declare Their Assets To Promote Transparency And Accountability(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 20.1.2012

Elected Public Officials Should Put Their Country First And Not Endanger Malaysia By Taking The First Necessary Step To Publicly Declare Their Assets To Promote Transparency And Accountability

DAP urges BN to take a bipartisan approach towards promoting transparency and accountability in Malaysia by publicly declaring their assets. Whilst revealing the asset declarations of ministers and their immediate family members to the public may endanger the individuals concerned, as a first step those holding public office should disclose their assets publicly.

In the interest of bipartisanship, DAP is willing to start only with Ministers, Deputy Ministers or state excos publicly declaring their assets instead of their family members. Declaring to the Prime Minister alone or only to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission(MACC) is not enough.
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