Monday, March 22, 2010

Opening of Lahat DAP service center

Lahat is a former tin mining town with a population of 10,000 people. It comes under the Jelapang constituency. In the last elections the state assembly seat was won by DAP.

But the Adun Hee Yit Fong betrayed the voters’ trust and left the DAP. Nevertheless, our commitment to serve the Jelapang people does not stop. Jelapang Service Center (JST)’s expansion and the opening of this branch are most welcome and it is a testimony of our commitment.

This service center will be able to serve the locals as well to expand the influence of DAP locally.

I take this opportunity to congratulate the JST for opening up this service center.

Yesterday Gua Musang MP and UMNO veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah revealed that the national oil company Petronas had discovered an oil field which could be the largest in the world.

Apparently the government is aware of this. But it is puzzling that no announcement has been made.

Oil found in any part of Malaysia belongs to its citizens. There is no reason why the government cannot announce this good news in the Parliament the soonest possible.

Last year RM75b was contributed to the national coffers by Petronas and this represents 42per cent of GNP. In 2008 Petronas was the 95th largest company in the world and for 2009 it went up to become 80th largest.

Petronas should not be a play tool of UMNO and its huge revenue should not be used to bail out ailing companies. It is imperative that Petronas must be open and transparent in its operation.

Additionally, a certain amount of Petronas profits should be kept in a fund for use of future generations. In Norway , billions in US dollars are invested in this manner PERKASA is coalition of over 180 NGOs started by Pasir Mas MP Ibrahim Ali.

The coalition is nothing but an ultra group frightening Malays in that over time Malays will lose their grip of power unless they unite to protect their special rights.

No one can question the bumi's special rights as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

Ibrahim is therefore just fanning racial feelings by raising this matter which is a non issue.

.It is more disheartening to note that the former Prime Minister Mahathir is one if PERKASA’s ardent supporters.

Mahathir has even agreed to attend its AGM.Being a former PM , Mahathir should realize that by attending this function it can be construed as him endorsing the ultra right wing stand of PERKASA.

(DAP Lahat Service Center was opened at 2pm. Among those present were Lahat branch Chairman Sdr Wong Kow, State Chairman, Sdr.Ngeh Koo Ham, YB Lim Peik Har, YB V.SivaKumar, YB Leong Mei Meng and Sdr Frankie Wong.)

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