MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim berangan untuk ‘memenangi hati’ rakyat Selangor, dengan janji janji yang akhirnya payah untuk dikotakan. Janji janji ini hanya tidak lain dari usaha sebagai membina imej seorang “MB yang popular dan berjiawa rakyat”, terutama kepada golongan minoriti apabila mengumumkan bahawa Selangor akan mengadakan Pilihanraya untuk jawatan Kerajaan Tempatan. Ini memang sehaluan dengan gerakan parti chauvinis Cina-anti Melayu DAP, untuk sedikit demi sedikit, secara strategiknya ‘merampas penguasaan’ Melayu secara menyeluruh dalam pentadbiran.
Walaubagaimanapun, beliau memberikan ‘ruang’ untuk sekiranya cadangan ini gagal dilaksana dengan kunun kunun memberikan alasan bahawa “Hanya selepas Kerajaan Negeri (kerajaan-kerjasama-camporan) berjaya ‘bertapak’ (settle down)”.
Ini sebagaimana dilaporkan NST:
Selangor ok to local government elections after state administration settles down
Selangor will move towards holding elections for local councillors and village heads but the move could only be carried out after the state administration was “more established”.
“We cannot afford a sudden disruption in services by acting hastily,” Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said today.
In the meantime, all councillors and villages heads who have not resigned should continue, said Khalid, who thanked those who had stepped down for their service up to that point.
Until replacements are found, other penghulu and assistant district officers would be asked to fill the void left by those who have stepped down.
“They must go to the ground and attend to the problems faced by the community,” he said after visiting Kampung Sungai Lima and Pulau Ketam.
It is learnt that only councillors and village heads from MCA and Gerakan have so far relinquished their positions in Selangor.
State village heads committee acting president Mohd Ishak Abdullah, meanwhile, said yesterday those who did not step down would continue serving the people.
On the frequent electricity disruptions faced by both the Kampung Sungai Lima and Pulau Ketam communities, Abdul Khalid said Tenaga Nasional Bhd had assured him that the issue had been resolved.
“Tenaga told me there were teething problems with the four generators which were installed six weeks ago. The issue has been resolved and the villagers should face no further disruptions.”
Meanwhile, a project to supply power directly from the mainland to the fishing villages should start in the middle of the year. The RM70 million project, which involves the use of underwater cables, will channel 6MW of electricity to the island and enable Pulau Ketam to develop.
“The project will allow the island to expend its light industry, have its own ice-making facility and enable hotels to be set up to attract tourists,” he said.
Sebelum itu, MB Khalid juga mengumumkan bahawa cukai pintu rumah rumah ibadat, akan dikecualikan. Ini adalah sebahagian dari program-memenangi-hati-pengundi-Bukan-Melayu sambil menari kepada rentak DAP, yang sentiasa cuba menangguk di air keruh, terutama menjadi ‘hero’ kepada kes kes rumah ibadat dan kuil haram.
Laporan The Star:
Wednesday March 26, 2008
MYT 9:08:59 PM
Quit-rent exemption for places of worship
By WANI MUTHIAH and EDWARD RAJENDRA
SHAH ALAM: There will be no more quit rent and assessment rates for all registered places of worship in Selangor, and a token annual fee of only RM1 will be introduced instead, said Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
“Our executive councillors have come to a decision to introduce a nominal annual fee of RM1 for places of worship. Once this is implemented, it would lift the burden of paying quit rent and assessment rates, thus allowing them to channel funds into their own activities,” he said Wednesday after the state exco meeting.
Khalid added that the RM1 token fee would also apply for vernacular and national-type schools throughout the state.
Former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo had also waived close to RM500, 000 in quit rent arrears, owed by vernacular schools, three months ago.
Dr Khir had said the move was to ensure schools would not be bogged down by fund-raising activities and could concentrate instead on educating the children.
Klang Valley Taoism Association chairman Yeoh Choo Beng, 59, said the RM1 nominal fee for places of worship showed that the new government had a caring approach.
“This is good as Chinese temples operate on contributions from devotees. We also hope the government will help the Chinese temples, and even our Buddhist brothers, with special allocations for our activities,” he said.
Former Sree Selvavinayagar Temple chairman N.P. Raman said the move to do away with the quit rent and assessment rates for places of worship was a good move as the money could be channelled into temple activities.
“We are thankful to the new government’s initiatives. Hindus throughout the state are appreciative, and want the state to gazette Hindu temples and recognise some that are 100-year-old as heritage buildings,” he said.
Raman said Selangor had some beautiful mosques, and Chinese and Hindu temples that were rich in culture, and should be promoted to tourists.
Dalam pada itu, Mantan MB Selangor Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohd. Khir Toyo mencabar MB Khalid untuk mengotakan janji mengenai ‘pengisytiharan asset’, sekarang setelah berjaya menubuhkan kerajaan. MB Khalid kini mula berdolak dalih mengenai isu ini, terutama apabila terdapat dikalangan Exco yang mungkin mempunyai hutang yang banyak dan asset yang luar biasa jumlahnya, termasuk MB Khalid sendiri.
Pengisytiharan asset bermakna orang ramai sewenang wenang ‘meneliti’ senarai asset dan juga kommitmen seseorang pemimpin dan kemungkinan sekarang MB Khalid sudah merasa ‘rimas’ apabila soal peribadi seperti kedudukan kewangan dan asset/kommitmen beliau boleh dikaji.
Khir to MB, exco: Declare assets
Andrew Ong | Mar 27, 08 3:05pm
Former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has challenged his successor Khalid Ibrahim and his state executive councillors to declare their assets.
Mohd Khir was responding to Khalid’s recent revelation that there were reservations by some exco members on the matter.
“Before the elections, they (opposition parties) promised that they would declare their assets. I want them to declare now… if they cannot, that would be very unfortunate for the people of Selangor,” said Mohd Khir during a phone interview today.
In an interview carried by Malaysiakini yesterday, Khalid said that he would “most likely” compel his exco members to declare their assets publicly.
However, he added that there were reservations by some exco members who do not want their shareholding information to be made public due to “family reasons”.
Mohd Khir said that up until now, neither one of the new state governments had compelled their public office bearers to declare their assets, contrary to pledges made prior to the elections.
“All these opposition leaders should declare their assets and their debts. If they have settled their debts, tell us where the money came from,” he said.
Two figures which Mohd Khir paid particular interest to, in regards to debts, was Khalid and newly appointed exco member Dr Hassan Ali.
Mohd Khir said previously, he and his exco members had to declare their assets to the Chief Secretary to the Government once every two years.
On Khalid’s proposal to implement a RM9 monthly levy for each foreign worker in Selangor, Mohd Khir said such a scheme would come under the purview of the federal government and not the state government.
“The first thing he needs to understand is the different powers of the federal and state governments. He should also thoroughly learn the state constitution and laws.
“He has shown signs of an inexperienced menteri besar who did not investigate matters thoroughly,” said the former two-term Selangor chief executive.
Khalid, who has come under fire from various groups over the proposal, had said that the RM9 levy was for the purpose of weaning employers from foreign workers.
He also proposed that the collected levy, which is estimated to reach RM150 million annually, would be used for skills training programmes for youths as a means of tackling unemployment.
On Khalid’s announcement that the new state government would pursue its predecessors ‘zero-squatters’ policy, Mohd Khir said that it was due recognition of the previous government’s policy.
“Our zero squatters policy was the best in the world. Many foreign governments had sought my help in order to emulate a similar system in their respective countries.
“PKR on the hand were playing politics. It was only after they were in power they realised what we were doing in the past,” he stressed.
In the case of Kampung Berembang, Khir said the state government had provided options for squatters to buy affordable and proper housing.
“Last time they were against the policy. Wan Azizah (PKR president) stayed there and gave tents to encourage the people to go against us. But now they seem to be emulating our policy,” he added.
Asked about the Kampung Berembang issue, Khalid said the state government would “revisit” the issue, adding that he would try to accommodate both the wishes of the squatters as well as the developer.
Developers Perspektif Masa Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with state-owned Permodalan Nasional Selangor Bhd (PNSB), had sought to forcibly remove Kampung Berembang residents to make way for development projects last year.
Residents however are asserting claim to compensation as they have lived on the land since 1960s with consent from the Selangor government as evident in provision of electricity, water and other amenities by the authorities.
On veteran DAP opposition leader and Sungai Pinang assemblyperson Teng Chang Khim, Mohd Khir agreed that he had been sidelined in the appointment of exco positions.
“Teng is very senior and I respect him because he was a very effective opposition leader with lots of experience. In contrast, Ean Yong (Hian Wah) is only 29 years old. Why was he (Teng) sidelined?” asked Mohd Khir.
Jelas MB Khalid merupakan seorang pemimpin ‘mentah’, tidak berfikir panjang dan mudah melatah-dalam-kegagapan (statement-happy). Dalam soal isu levy RM 9.00 pada setiap pekerja lading, itu merupakan hak-kuasa (jurisdiction) Kerajaan Pusat dan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor sebenarnya tiada hak mengenakan sebarang cukai selain apa yang diperuntukan untuk kerajaan tempatan, iaitu mengenai hal ehwal tanah dan sebagainya.
Ini sebenarnya akan membawa bebanan kepada Kerajaan Negeri Selangor, kerana semua janji janji yang ditaburkan sewenang wenangnya tanpa mengkaji implikasi sebenar dan bagaimana ianya akan menimbulkan kesan, terutama kepada bajet tahunan.
Dr. Khir juga mempersoalkan kewajaran DAP mengutarakan perlantikan seorang pemimpin mentah sebagai Exco dan mengenepikan seorang wakil rakyat berpengalaman seperti Teng Cham Khim. Sebelum ini Teng pernah menjadi Ketua Pembangkang dalam DUN Selangor.
Perlantikan ini menunjukan bahawa MB Khalid bersifat populist; cuba ‘menawan hati’ golongan muda keturunan Bukan Melayu agar lebih cenderung kepada benar benar mengkaji kesan dan keberkesanan kenyataan, janji dan/atau tindakan yang dibuat.
Ini semua bakal mengundang MALAPETAKA UNTUK SELANGOR!!!!