Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kelantan is getting more prosperous under PAS compared to Sabah under BN

Just look at the passenger traffic at the various airports in
While in BN controlled states, the number of passengers had gone down,
in Kelantan it has gone up.
Who says that Kelantan is backward under PAS?

Cargo handled
(metric tonnes)
Cargo handled (KG)
Aircraft movements

Malaysia Airport Berhad,
Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ismail Petra,
16100 Kota Bharu,
Tel: +60 (0) 9 773 7400
Fax: +60 (0) 9 773 2852

Cargo handled
(metric tonnes)
Cargo handled (KG)
Aircraft movements

Lapangan Terbang Sandakan,
Peti Surat 1719,
90719 Sandakan, SABAH,
Tel: +60 (0) 89 660405
Fax: +60 (0) 89 668226

Cargo handled
(metric tonnes)
Cargo handled (KG)
Aircraft movements

Lapangan Terbang Miri,
Peti Surat 851,
98008 Miri,
Tel: +60 (0) 85 615205
Fax: +60 (0) 85 615208

Cargo handled
(metric tonnes)
Cargo handled (KG)
Aircraft movements

Lapangan Terbang Batu Berendam,
75350 Melaka,
Tel : +60 (0) 6 317 5860
Fax: +60 (0) 6 317 5214

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sabah's True poverty at 60%!

Given the higher cost of living nowadays, this figure should be
correct instead of the BN government's self imposed poverty figure.

No region can withstand outstanding robbery of its resources as had
happened in Sabah. Sabah had been robbed of hundreds of billions of RM
and yet given back only less than RM10 billion. This amount is not
enough to cover the costs of the damages done by the stripping of
Sabah's wealth.

The worst is to come with the building of the coal powered plant
while our hydroelectric and gas resources are exported out of Sabah at
great costs, RM2.5 billion for piping to Bintulu and RM10 billion for
underwater electric cables. Soon Maliau BAsin will be stripped bared
for its coal deposits.

Sabah poverty issue crippling BN
TUE, 27 APR 2010 11:40
BY FMT Staff

KOTA KINABALU: The federal government's E-Kasih system has identified
15,293 families in Sabah who are living below the RM540 a month
poverty level .

They were among 44,634 poor families nationwide, who had registered
with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry's E-Kasih

The families were from Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah and

Poverty in Sabah has become a politically crippling issue for the
Barisan Nasional government.

According to the the Sabah-based Common Interest Group Malaysia
(CigMa), about 1.8 million or 60% of the 3.25 million population in
Sabah live in poverty.

In five decades, Sabah, which was once the riches state in Malaysia,
is now the poorest.

Much of it has been attributed to the exponential population increase
and the "Malaysianisation" of illegal immigrants during former Prime
Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's reign.

While the BN-led state government claims that poverty levels have
progressively been reduced, private non-governmental organisations and
opposition leaders differ on the issue.

Serious issue

Yesterday, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat
Abdul Jalil, who admitted that poverty in Sabah was a matter of grave
concern, said the government had deployed the National Population and
Family Development Board Malaysia (LPPKN) officers to access the
hardcore poor and low income families.

"We've set aside RM6.9 million for the LPPKN programmes in six states
to help the poor.

"We will be looking at various issues. One is finance. We will have to
find out which segment they fall under -- the low-income group or
hardcore poor.

"Next, we want to know whether the head of the house is able to work
or if the family needs aid," she said.

She addded that LPPKN will also be identifying household members who
need training, job placements or if they are keen to do business.

"We will find out their needs before helping them," she said.

Shahrizat said it is a start to tackling a serious issue.

"We've been evolving our approach... since the 2008 general
election... I was shocked when I lost in Lembah Pantai.

"But it was a good lesson and since we are still governing the
country, it is a god-given opportunity to make amends and improve
ourselves and the public service delivery system," she said.

On allegations that her ministry was incompetent, she said: "We are
not a department. It's a big ministry... yes, sometimes we make
mistakes too, but we rectify them just as quickly."

Removing Hardcore Poverty(RM540), with RM300/month allowance

The ministry only provides RM300 per month allowance for those
categorized as hard core. My widowed and sickly cousin, was not even
registered earlier so not in the 44,643 hard core poor figure.

If it can happen to my cousin that live right in Sandakan Town, 10km
from the town centre, what about those living in the remote Islands?

hard core is supposed to be survival state. You need RM540 to survive
in Sabah. With RM300, it is not sufficient to survive, especially when
you have to pay water and electricity bills.
Where are the other RM240 coming from? They expect it to be coming
from her relatives such as her son that also have a wife and a few
children, and yet earn below the poverty level.

April 27, 2010 18:20 PM
Shahrizat Confident Of Zero Hardcore Poor By Year End
KOTA KINABALU, April 27 (Bernama) -- Women, Family and Community
Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil today expressed
confidence that the ministry could get all hardcore poor families in
the country out of the clutches of poverty by year end.

She said the confidence was based on positive development of the
programmes implemented by the government and the initiatives taken by
government's departments and agencies in achieving their National Key
Result Areas (NKRA).

"When the NKRA was first introduced, we have 44,643 hardcore poor
families listed in the E-Kasih system.

"Now, after four months of NKRA implementation, we only have 32,693
hardcore poor families left in the list," she told reporters after
briefing Sabah Cabinet members, elected representatives and government
officers on her ministry's NKRA, here Tuesday.

Also present was Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Shahrizat said the ministry needed an additional allocation of RM1.66
billion to get the rest of the families out of poverty by December.

She said the additional allocation was vital to help the states that
had the most poor and hardcore poor families, especially Sabah.

At present, she said there were 15,923 hardcore poor families earning
a monthly household income of less than RM540 and 16,753 poor families
with a monthly household income of RM960 in Sabah.

Meanwhile, Musa said the state government was willing to assist the
ministry as such a cooperation between the federal and state
governments was vital to enable them to receive the allocation and
channel it faster to the target groups.

"We are so happy to be able to discuss and exchange our views on how
the NKRA could be implemented more efficiently and in an orderly
manner," he added.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Delay in World Heritage Application shows that Maliau Basin will be Denuded

Why the delay in the application?
It was mentioined more than 20 years ago. Will it take another 20
years to go ahead?
By this time the coal-powered plant will be operational and will have
the excuse to demand more coal from Maliau Basin.
Have you seen the strip mining in Indonesia? That will happen to
Maliau Basin and will be a disaster worse than the Copper Mine in

If Sabahans can get something out of it, it is all right but facts
show that Sabah has become worse off by being the poorest in the
world, and still the lowest
medical health facility in the world while having the highest case of
Jaundice in the world. All my 5 children got Jaundice at birth whereas
all of us 7 brothers and sisters never got any Jaundice at all.
All are due to the copper mine at Mamut, Ranau.

What will happen after the coal power plant and strip mining of Maliau
basin. What else apart from Jaundice will our future generations get
while still having the least number of doctors and hospitals in the

Malaysia Seeks Heritage Listing for Lost World
The Maliau Basin covers almost 600 square kilometers, hidden so deeply
within Borneo that it was only discovered in the 1970s. Much of it
remains unexplored.
Luke Hunt | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 14 April 2010

Photo: VOA - L. Hunt
An Orangutan on north east Borneo, not far from the Maliau Basin,
which will soon be nominated as a World Heritage Site
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In Malaysia, authorities have ended years of debate and announced they
will seek a World Heritage listing for the Maliau Basin, a pristine
wilderness area in remote northern Borneo.

The decision to seek World Heritage status will effectively save the
isolated and celebrated rain forests from timber and mining interests.

The basin covers almost 600 square kilometers, hidden so deeply within
Borneo that it was only discovered in the 1970s. Much of it remains
unexplored. Scientists hail the Malaysian government's decision on a
heritage listing as a victory for the environment.

Glen Reynolds, director of the Royal Society's Southeast Asian rain
forest program, says a listing will go a long way toward securing the
forest's future.

"Oh it's fabulous, I think it's the most amazing bit of forest I've
ever been in," he said. "There's certain bits of Maliau Basin I doubt
there's ever, [that] anybody's ever set foot. The terrain is very
difficult, it's a got a certain degree of natural protection if you
like in as much as it's very inaccessible, but you know it's really

Miners and timber conglomerates have long eyed the minerals and trees
in the basin, which is home to clouded leopards, orangutans,
rhinoceros, pigmy elephants and hundreds of waterfalls.

Concerns for what remains of Malaysia's native habitat prompted a
decision by the Sabah state government that gave the go ahead for the
Maliau Basin to be nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

But Reynolds notes that rain forest preservation can only be achieved
by including timber companies and miners within the conservation

Malaysian resource company Sime Darby is negotiating to finance a 10-
year scientific study of altered forests and their ecosystems. Funding
is expected to top millions of dollars.

"Most forested areas and obviously plantations, it's all held by big
corporates," he said. "So if we're going to conserve these forests,
better manage them, then you've got to be working within and in
partnership with these companies. They are the major land managers now
in this part of Southeast Asia so it's critical that we're engaged
with them."

Increasingly companies and governments realize that carbon trading -
where industrial polluters pay countries with large forests to keep
trees standing could prove a lucrative way to raise the money to
protect the environment, and fund economic growth.

BN is proud of Sabah's High Poverty Rate

SAbah at 1 doctor every 2650 is 0.37 per 1000 people. As figures below
shows, Sabah is still the poorest among them despite the data being 5
years old.

= 145 Fiji: 0.34 per 1,000 people 1999
= 145 Tonga: 0.34 per 1,000 people 2001
# 144 Burma: 0.36 per 1,000 people 2004
= 142 Nicaragua: 0.37 per 1,000 people 2003
= 142 Thailand: 0.37 per 1,000 people 2000
# 141 Botswana: 0.4 per 1,000 people 2004
# 140 Northern Mariana Islands: 0.44 per 1,000 people 1999
= 138 Iran: 0.45 per 1,000 people 2004

In comparison with Brunei in year 2000, Sabah still has a very long
way to go, and yet BN government is already proud of this figure.
Only gullible fools want a government that is satisfied in giving such
poor service to Sabahans that has much more resources than Brunei.

12 Brunei: 1.01 per 1,000 people 2000
# 113 Maldives: 0.92 per 1,000 people 2004
# 114 Guatemala: 0.9 per 1,000 people 1999
# 115 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: 0.87 per 1,000 people
# 116 Jamaica: 0.85 per 1,000 people 2003
# 117 Trinidad and Tobago: 0.79 per 1,000 people 1997
# 118 American Samoa: 0.78 per 1,000 people 1999
# 119 South Africa: 0.77 per 1,000 people 2004
# 120 Pakistan: 0.74 per 1,000 people 2004
= 121 Samoa: 0.7 per 1,000 people 1999
= 121 Malaysia: 0.7 per 1,000 people 2000
April 15, 2010 17:53 PM
Tun Ahmadshah: Sabahans Enjoy A Better Quality Of Life
KOTA KINABALU, April 15 (Bernama) -- The Sabah people are now enjoying
a better quality of life through the provision of various facilities
and services, Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sabah Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah

He said that in terms of health facility, there were now 22 hospitals,
270 government clinics, including those in the rural areas, and 298
private clinics.

"The doctor-population ratio is also improving from one doctor to
2,935 people in 2006 to one doctor to 2,650 people last year," he said
in his speech when opening the third term of the state legislative
assembly here Thursday.

In terms of education, Ahmadshah said the number of schools had also
increased, from 1,257 in 2006 to 1,271 in 2008.

In the meantime, he said, over 20 education institutions had stated
their commitment to open their respective branches at the Sandakan
Education Hub which is expected to be completed by 2016.

Among them are Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Mara Junior Science College,
several polytechnics, Inland Revenue Board training centre, Asian
Tourism Institute and PTPL College.

"More education opportunities will be provided either at the secondary
or higher education levels to create quality human resources," he

He said the RM2 billion hub, mooted by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa
Aman, would make Sabah the only state in Malaysia to have a large-
scale and integrated education hub.

Meanwhile, Ahmadshah said Sabah should produce high quality products
and services to transform the state from a low-income to a high-income

He said despite numerous positive developments under the Ninth
Malaysia Plan (9MP) (2006-2010), the state was still faced with
internal and external challenges.

"The state should make the shift towards the 10th Malaysia Plan, with
the incorporation of knowledge-based inputs and innovation into all
production chains," he said.

In a related development, Ahmadshah said the state's tourism industry
continued to grow despite the global economic downturn, with tourism
receipt reaching RM3.86 billion last year.

"Some nine million tourists visited Sabah during the first four years
of 9MP compared to about seven million during the previous Malaysia
plan," he said.

Ahmadshah said the number of hotels had also increased to 443 last
year compared to 279 at the end of 8MP.

"This means that there was also an increase in the number of hotel
rooms from 11,528 in 2005 to 18,065 last year," he said.

The tourism sector provided 83,384 employments last year compared to
64,977 in 2006, he added.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

30pc Sabahans under new poverty index: Harris

If you consider RM1,700 to be the poverty line in KL, the poverty line
in most towns in Sabah is not that far off from RM1,700 so the
percentage of Sabahans that are below the poverty line is much higher
than the official figure of just 16%.

30pc Sabahans under new poverty index: Harris
Published on: Sunday, April 04, 2010
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Tawau: Former Chief Minister Datuk Harris Salleh said Sabah still lags
behind other states in Malaysia after 50 years of independence through
the formation of Malaysia.

He estimated that at least 30 per cent of Sabahans are under the new
poverty index.

There are many Sabahans still living on subsistence income or "kais
pagi makan pagi, kais petang makan petang," he said.

"With the cost and standards of living escalating and with the income
of the people in rural and urban areas only increasing slightly, the
effect means that people will just continue to be poorer and poorer
under the new index of poverty," he said.

He also lamented that the Federal Government has classified people in
Kuala Lumpur earning RM1,700 as poor.

Speaking to 18 members of the Ex-Assemblymen Association during their
visit to Balung here, Saturday, he said these days money is everything
and is required for everything.

Although the rural houses may have been rebuilt or improved by the
Government, at least 15 per cent of these houses have hardly any cash
even as low as RM10 at any one time, he said.

"Vegetables or fruits are hardly being planted around their house
compound. These outside incomes may be from the government contracts
or either their children working in Peninsular Malaysia," he said.

"It appears that the government policies and programmes are not
conductive nor productive in helping these rural people. With the
desires on living the modern lifestyle, these rural people had to sell
off their lands or lease them all at once for 99 years.

"The government stimulus packages and the subsistence on various
consumer goods, that includes the giving of allowance to the hardcore
poor and fishermen. All these do not contribute much to the rural

The stimulus packages are nothing but only benefits the 'negotiated
contractors' and foreign workers.

"Development of infrastructures like schools and medical facilities
does not contribute directly to the income of the rural people," he

With respect to the tourists, Sabah is only getting mostly the budget
tourists but despite this fact, everyone is praising Sabah as a great
tourist product, he said.

"I, on my part, have left many economic activities for Sabah and

For example, the famous 906,330 acres identified and reserved for the
smallholders and the planting of accacia trees. Accacia wood will be
the wood of Sabah for now and the future," he said.

He was also critical of the ex-assemblymen, asking them if they had
achieved anything to change Sabah and Sabahans, particularly the
livelihoods of the people during their respective terms.

"The answer is categorically, no," he said.


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