Thursday, October 23, 2014

2178) UTUSAN 21/20/2014 - Perang Habis - Habisan


 

2177) SINAR HARIAN 20/10/2014 - GST Sudah Bermula?












MASIH berbaki enam bulan untuk pelaksanaan cukai barang dan perkhidmatan (GST). Ini bermakna semua syarikat yang layak mengenakan GST sudah membuat persiapan.

Namun dalam tempoh ini, ada juga peniaga-peniaga kecil dan beberapa syarikat sudah mengenakan caj GST ini. Adakah ini sebagai pra permulaan atau sekadar mengambil kesempatan.

Tinjauan Sinar Harian mendapati, perkara ini sudah berlaku di beberapa tempat, namun bukan daripada syarikat besar sebaliknya kedai makan kecil dan tempat parkir kereta. Ikuti kupasan wartawan mengenai isu GST ini.


Pekerja ditumbuk gara-gara GST

KUALA LUMPUR - Seorang pekerja kedai makan di Kampung Bharu ditumbuk apabila pelanggan kedai itu tidak berpuas hati kerana dikenakan caj tambahan sebanyak enam peratus.

Menceritakan keadaan itu, pengurus kedai makan berkenaan berkata, majikannya terpaksa menghentikan caj enam peratus itu setelah mendapat rungutan pelanggan.

“Ramai marah apabila caj tambahan itu dikenakan, mereka kata tidak patut kedai kami kenakan cukai itu. Mereka merungut ‘kedai nasi campur pun nak kenakan GST (cukai barangan dan perkhidmatan) ke?

“Sebenarnya caj berkenaan baru dikenakan sekitar dua minggu lalu kepada pelanggan setelah didenda sebanyak RM23,000 akibat tidak memulakan operasi memungut cukai sebaik mendaftar dengan Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (JKDM) bulan enam lalu,” dakwanya yang enggan dikenali.

Dakwanya lagi, bukan mahu mengambil kesempatan tetapi itu adalah syarat yang ditetapkan kerajaan.

Pengurus kedai itu mendakwa menerima arahan untuk memungut cukai itu sebagai langkah persediaan kepada pelaksanaan GST.

“Kami mendaftar kerana tidak mahu lari daripada membayar cukai, bersikap bertanggungjawab atas perniagaan ini. Namun ramai yang menyangka kami telah laksanakan GST lebih awal,” katanya.

Ditanya adakah kedainya itu mencatatkan pendapatan melebihi RM500,000, pengurus itu bagaimanapun kurang pasti mengenai perkara itu.

Sumber : http://www.sinarharian.com.my/nasional/gst-sudah-bermula-1.325997



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2176) ISMAWEB 21/10/2014 - NGO-NGO Islam Menunggu Tindakan Segera KPN


BANGI, 20 Oktober – Pimpinan-pimpinan NGO Islam menggesa Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar untuk mengambil tindakan segera berhubung laporan polis yang dibuat oleh Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Pembela Islam (PEMBELA) semalam ke atas seorang ahli Gerakan Batu Pahat Johor, Tan Lai Soon kerana mengeluarkan kenyataan menghasut.
Setiausaha Biro Politik Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA), Ustaz Mohd Hazizi Ab Rahman mahu kes ini ditangani dengan segera.
Katanya, semua mata rakyat Malaysia sedang memerhatikan ke arah Ketua Polis Negara dan menunggu tindakan yang diambil.
“Jelas dan terbukti kenyataan Tan itu mengandungi unsur hasutan dan laporan polis telah dibuat. Maka Tan Sri Khalid harus laksanakan tanggungjawabnya sebagai KPN,” kata beliau ketika dihubungi.
Presiden Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (Muafakat), Ustaz Ismail Mina Ahmad berkata, Ketua Polis Negara perlu bertindak segera dengan laporan yang dibuat.
“Tidak perlu tunggu laporan yang lain. Laporan daripada PEMBELA sudah cukup untuk beliau bertindak dan membuat siasatan. Ini kerana tuduhan Tan kepada Melayu itu cukup berat dan bersifat huru-hara.
Ketua Aktivis Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM), Datuk Nadzim Johan juga meminta agar tindakan ke atas Tan Lai Soon perlu disegerakan.
“Ketua Polis Negara perlu bertindak dengan cepat. Kes seperti ini perlu ditangani secara serius apatah lagi kenyataan Tan itu berniat jahat. Mengatakan Melayu adalah pendatang adalah penipuan dalam sejarah,” tegasnya.
Manakala Setiausaha Agung Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (PERKASA), Syed Hassan Syed Ali menyatakan bahawa kata-kata Tan itu sebenarnya adalah antara cubaan pihak tertentu yang mahu bercakap apa sahaja bagi merealisasikan pemansuhan akta hasutan.
“Mereka mula berlatih sekarang ini. Jadi matlamat Perdana Menteri untuk membiasakan rakyat untuk menerima kenyataan sensitif selepas ini akan terlaksana,” katanya.
Tambah beliau, jika sebelum ini lambat tindakan yang diambil ke atas pihak tertentu yang mengeluarkan kenyataan sensitif kerana tekanan politik, tetapi kali ini Ketua Polis Negara harus bertindak segera kerana tidak mahu perkara seperti ini berulang lagi.
Semalam PEMBELA yang mewakili 82 pertubuhan Islam utama dan arus perdana membuat laporan polis ke atas ahli Gerakan Batu Pahat Johor, Tan Lai Soon kerana mengeluarkan kenyataan biadap dan menghasut apabila mengatakan Melayu juga adalah pendatang di negara ini.
Laporan polis itu dibuat di Balai Polis Daerah Dang Wangi kira-kira jam 10 pagi.

2175) TranungKite 21/10/2014 - Gerakan Gantung Ahli Parti Label Melayu Pendatang


Gerakan hari ini menggantung keahlian Tan Lai Soon yang berucap pada Persidangan Perwakilan Nasional ke-43 parti itu di Shah Alam semalam, mengatakan kaum Melayu, sama seperti kaum lain, ialah pendatang di negara ini.

Perwakilan dari Johor itu juga diminta menjawab surat tunjuk sebab kenapa beliau tidak harus dikenakan tindakan atau dipecat selaras dengan Fasal 17.2 Perlembagaan parti, kata Timbalan Presiden Gerakan Datuk Dr Cheah Soon Hai.

"Ini bukan pendirian parti Gerakan. Kita semua rakyat Malaysia dan tidak ada seorang pun rakyat Malaysia yang patut digelar 'pendatang' atau 'pendatang asing'," katanya dalam satu kenyataan.

Melalui kenyataan bertajuk "Gerakan komited untuk 1Malaysia, tiada siapa rakyat Malaysia adalah pendatang", Cheah mengecam perbuatan Tan itu walaupun mengambil maklum yang dia sudah menarik kembali kenyataannya dan memohon maaf.

Katanya, keputusan menggantung keahlian Tan dibuat Jawatankuasa Kerja Pusat parti itu dalam satu mesyuarat tergempar hari ini susulan aduan yang dibuat beberapa ahli parti.

Pada persidangan semalam, Tan berkata kecuali Orang Asli dan anak negeri Sabah dan Sarawak, orang lain di Malaysia semuanya merupakan pendatang.

"Apabila ahli Umno kata orang Cina ialah pendatang, mereka nampaknya lupa yang mereka juga pendatang dari Indonesia," tambahnya.

Sebelum itu, bekas menteri penerangan, Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin mengatakan beliau hairan kenapa kaum Cina rasa sangat marah apabila digelar 'pendatang' sedangkan mereka sendiri tidak mahu menguasai bahasa kebangsaan.

Bagaimanapun, selepas Tan membuat kenyataan itu semalam, Zainuddin menulis di blognya mengatakan, memang benar Melayu juga merupakan pendatang.

"Tetapi, Melayu ialah pendatang paling awal yang terkuat, berani dan bijak dan kerana itulah mereka menjadi sultan dan raja yang dihormati dari sejak sejarah awal negara ini," katanya.

Sementara itu, Cheah juga turut membuat permohonan maaf kepada rakyat Malaysia atas insiden tersebut dengan menegaskan parti itu sama sekali tidak membenarkan ahlinya mengeluarkan kenyataan berunsurkan perkauman.

"Kami menyeru semua pihak berhenti mengeluarkan sebarang tuduhan atau kecaman yang hanya memburukkan keadaan. Gerakan sentiasa menegakkan dan mempertahankan Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan Rukun Negara," katanya.

Kenyataan Tan semasa persidangan itu menimbulkan kemarahan, terutamanya kepada pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Melayu Islam yang menggesa perwakilan itu disiasat mengikut Akta Hasutan.

Gabungan Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (Pembela) yang mewakili 82 NGO Melayu Islam termasuk Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma), Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) dan ProMuslim, hari ini membuat laporan polis menggesa tindakan sewajarnya diambil.

Selain menuntut Tan dikenakan Akta Hasutan, Pembela juga menggesa Presiden Gerakan Datuk Mah Siew Keong mengugurkan keahlian beliau selaras dengan janji Mah semasa persidangan itu yang mengatakan tidak akan berkompromi dengan mana-mana ahli yang membuat kenyataan berbaur perkauman.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2174) RAKYAT MARHAEN 20/10/2014 - Semua Pendatang: Kumpulan Melayu Mahu Perwakilan Gerakan Dipecat



Kumpulan pertubuhan Melayu berang dengan desakan seorang perwakilan Gerakan supaya pemimpin Umno berhenti membuat kenyataan mengenai "pendatang" kerana menurutnya, orang Melayu juga adalah pendatang.

Sebuah gabungan 82 kumpulan Melayu-Muslim - Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (PEMBELA) berkata presiden Gerakan harus memecat perwakilan Tan Lai Soon kerana membuat komen tersebut dalam mesyuarat agung tahunan parti itu di Setia Alam semalam.

"PEMBELA menegaskan bahawa umat Islam di negara ini adalah umat berdaulat dan Islam dilindungi olih Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

"Kini kedaulatan mereka di gugat oleh anasir jahat dari sekumpulan bukan Islam yang berniat untuk memecahbelahkan rakyat," kata
Timbalan Pengerusi  PEMBELA dan ISMA, Aminuddin Yahaya dan Exco Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM), Mahmud Hishamuddin dalam satu kenyataan bersama hari ini.

Kumpulan itu merancang untuk membuat laporan polis berhubung perkara itu di balai polis Dang Wangi di Kuala Lumpur hari ini.

Sementara itu, Rakyat Post melaporkan Tan meminta maaf atas kenyataannya semalam.

Tan dilaporkan berkata beliau amat menyesal dan menurutnya, beliau bermaksud untuk mengatakan bahawa tidak seorang pun rakyat Malaysia yang harus dipanggil sebagai 'pendatang', kerana mereka semua adalah rakyat Malaysia.


Sumber : http://www.wargamarhaen.blogspot.in/2014/10/semua-pendatang-kumpulan-melayu-mahu.html

2173) MALAYSIAKINI, YAHOO NEWS 20/10/2014 - Malay NGOs Want Gerakan Man Probed for Sedition

Malay groups are upset with a Gerakan delegate's call to Umno leaders to stop making remarks about "pendatang" (immigrants) because the Malays too are immigrants to this country.
A coalition of 52 Malay-Muslim groups calling itself Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (Pembela) said Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong should sack Johor delegate Tan Lai Soon for making the comment during the party's annual general meeting in Setia Alam yesterday.
Pembela deputy chairperson Aminuddin Yahaya led a delegation to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur  this morning, demanding that Tan be hauled up under the Sedition Act.
Flanked by other NGOs such as Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) and Pejuang Islam Melayu Malaysia (Pewaris), they lodged at least three police reports against the Gerakan member.
"We demand that Gerakan president (Mah Siew Keong) sack the member who made the statement in order to be consistent with his promise that he will sack any members who make racial remarks.   "We also want the authorities to investigate and the attorney-general to prosecute Tan Lai Soon under the Sedition Act," said Aminuddin ( right ).
'Who are the pendatangs?'
  Meanwhile, Pewaris deputy president Saharudin Bakar reminded Tan of his roots, telling him that he should be mindful of who are the real "pendatang".   "Do not make such statements calling us (Malays) 'pendatang'.
"If we study history, who are the 'pendatangs'? He should go back and study his history.   "The Chinese were brought in by the British for mining and the Indians to work in the estate, when they arrived, the Malays were already here," he said.   Saharudin strangely attributed such remarks to the supposed absence of history lessons in schools, asking that the Education Ministry restore the History subject.   PPIM activist Muhammad Yusuf Azmi added that Tan should not be making such statements in a peaceful and harmonious country.   "He can choose to live in a foreign country or any other countries that is willing to accept him.   "He should be grateful that he can stay in Tanah Melayu - Malaysia where he can do as he wishes but that (calling Malays pendatang) is wrong," he said.   While debating the Gerakan president's policy speech yesterday, Tan said, "Let me make the positions of Malaysians clear: Malays, Chinese and Indians were all pendatang, except the Orang Asli, Sabahans and Sarawakians, who are the original bumiputera."
The Rakyat Post reported Tan had apologised for his remarks last night.
"I am profoundly sorry and had meant to say that no Malaysian should be called 'pendatang', as we are all Malaysians," Tan was reported as telling the online news site.

Credit : https://my.news.yahoo.com/malay-ngos-want-gerakan-man-probed-sedition-060255678.html

2172) THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER 20/10/2014 - NGOs want Gerakan man hauled up under Sedition Act for calling Malays ‘Pendatang’

Pembela vice-chairman Aminuddin Yahaya during a press conference after lodging a report against Gerakan member Tan Lai Soon at the Dang Wangi police station in Kuala Lumpur today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, October 20, 2014.

Fuming over a Gerakan member's claim that Malays, too, are “pendatang” (immigrants), a coalition of Malay NGOs called Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (Pembela) today lodged a police report at the Dang Wangi police station over the issue.
Pembela vice-chairman Aminuddin Yahaya said the NGOs were asking Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to charge Johor's Gerakan delegate Tan Lai Soon under the Sedition Act 1948.
"Pembela condemns the seditious statement which has given rise to a tense situation and triggered anger among Malays.
"It has also indirectly insulted the position of the Malay rulers," he told reporters.
Pembela comprises 82 Malay rights’ groups including Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma), Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) and ProMuslim.
Yesterday, Tai told the party's national conference that with the exception of the Orang Asli and natives of Sabah and Sarawak, everyone else was considered “pendatang”.
"When Umno members say the Chinese are 'pendatang', they obviously forgot that they were also 'pendatang' from Indonesia," he said at the Setia City Convention Centre in Setia Alam.
Pembela today also called on Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong to sack Tan, noting that the minister had promised during the conference that they would not compromise with any members who issued racist statements.
Aminuddin said Pembela was willing to organise a forum to debate the “facts” regarding the “pendatang” concept with the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party.
"If they say we are too emotional, we are offering to hold a forum to talk about this issue. We explain the correct facts to them. We are not afraid."
He also denied that Pembela only took aim at the Chinese community, saying that the coalition would take on anyone in its fight to uphold the rights of Malays and Muslims in the country. – October 20, 2014.

Credit : http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/ngos-want-gerakan-man-hauled-up-under-sedition-act-for-calling-malays-penda

2171) FREE MALAYSIA TODAY 20/10/2014 - Gerakan Man Suspended for ‘Pendatang’ Remark


PETALING JAYA: Is calling someone a “pendatang’ a racist remark? Gerakan thinks so and a Johor delegate to its national conference yesterday has to bear the brunt.
During the conference, party president Mah Siew Keong said he was against racism and would come down hard on anyone in the party showing racist tendencies.
During the debate on the president’s policy speech, Johore delegate Tan Lai Soon said, “Let me make the positions of Malaysians clear: Malays, Chinese and Indians are all pendatang. The Orang Asli, Sabahans and Sarawakians are the original bumiputera.”
For the remark, Gerakan today suspended Tan’s membership, issued a show-cause letter and asked him to explain his position within 14 days.
At a press conference, Gerakan deputy president Cheah Soon Hai said: “We apologise on behalf of the party to all Malaysians who have been hurt by his remark. He should go back and ask what is the feeling of his Malay neighbours.”
Cheah said Gerakan was a “party for all races” and Tan’s statement did not reflect its stand.
“It is not the party’s stand; we are all Malaysians and no Malaysian is a pendatang or an immigrant,” Cheah said.
As of yesterday, at least 14 members had lodged complaints to the party against Tan’s remark, added Cheah.
Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (Pembela), a coalition of 52 Malay-Muslim groups, said Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong should sack Tan.
Together with Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) and Pejuang Islam Melayu Malaysia (Pewaris), they went to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur this morning, demanding that Tan be hauled up under the Sedition Act.

Credit : http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/10/20/gerakan-man-suspended-for-pendatang-remark/

2170) ARKIB BERITA PP1M - 11/10/2014 THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER, YAHOO - ‘Goodies’ Not Enough To Offset Rising Living Costs, say Consumer Groups

Despite more cash handouts, lower income tax and a multitude of items exempt from the goods and services tax (GST), consumer groups said Budget 2015 was not enough to offset rising living costs for Malaysians.
Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) CEO Datuk Paul Selvaraj said consumers would still had to pay a premium for housing as well as petrol because of the lack of public transport.
He also said the lack of government enforcement would give rise to profiteering once the GST was implemented April next year at a rate of 6%.
“It looks like the government has taken certain measures to minimise the impact of GST, many are zero-rated, while there is no tax on petrol.
“But our concern is profiteering. I am concerned that sellers will take advantage of the GST and increase the actual price, so zero-rated items will be sold at inflated prices,” Selvaraj told The Malaysian Insider.
“We feel that all items should be labelled – what is zero-rated and what is taxed. The government should also set up a hotline for consumers to turn to if they are unhappy with their purchase.”
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced yesterday when tabling the budget that the GST was expected to raise RM23.2 billion in revenue. But RM3.8 billion in zero-rated goods would be deducted from this amount.
Selvaraj also said that despite petrol prices having gone up from last week’s subsidy cut, the government did not address alternatives for the rakyat to wean them off their fuel dependency.
On October 2, the government reduced the fuel subsidy of the RON95 petrol and diesel by 20 sen. Petrol now costs RM2.30 a litre compared with RM2.10, while diesel costs RM2.20 compared with RM2 previously.
“The bus system is not being addressed, and it’s to the point that there is no choice for the ordinary people except to rely on their cars to commute.”
Another issue for the average consumers, said Selvaraj, was housing, with homes either being beyond their means or located too far from the city centre that they would have to pay a premium on petrol for their daily commute.
“There have been many efforts to create affordable housing, but the government hasn’t done enough to make it difficult for speculators to enter the market. The market should have stronger regulators.”
Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president S.M. Mohamed Idris said he was sceptical that prices would go down once the GST was implemented, despite the long list of exempted items, including RON95 petrol, diesel, noodles, coffee and tea.
“Even if those are exempt, input cost will go up. Transport cost, the cost of raw materials… in the end, you will still pay more,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
“CAP has never agreed with the GST because we say it’s a regressive tax. They should have implemented the more progressive inheritance tax.”
Mohamed also shrugged off the government’s decision to lower income tax by one to three percentage points, noting that this would not benefit the lower-income groups who did not make enough to qualify for income tax.
“We’re talking about only rich consumers benefitting from this. Can you imagine how many millionaires will now be taxed even less? They should have introduced different income tax rates instead.”
He added that the government made a mistake in not implementing the sin tax, noting the economic and social costs alcohol and cigarette consumption had on Malaysians.
“The BR1M is not likely to offset extra costs. I don’t think anyone has done any research on how effective it is for the people. It’s just one-off,” he added, referring to the 1Malaysia People’s Aid cash vouchers.
Najib announced yesterday that BR1M for the lower-income group would be raised from RM650 to RM950 next year, while households earning between RM3,000 and RM4,000 a month would now receive RM750.
Single people aged 21 and above and not earning more than RM2,000 a month are entitled to BR1M worth RM350, an increase of RM50, said Najib.
Datuk Nadzim Johan, an activist from the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association, said BR1M should not be permanent.
“Our people are not able to appreciate it and we are afraid that it may not be used effectively. It is a liability,” he said.
Unlike the other consumer groups, Nadzim said the budget was too consumer-friendly to the point that it was counterproductive.
“For example, about 1,000 products are exempted from the GST, it’s almost like most products are not taxed. I also think the margin between the present tax and the new tax is too small.
“All in all, I feel that the budget is too soft and Malaysians can’t appreciate it. There shouldn’t be anything for consumers to complain about.” – October 11, 2014.

Credit : https://my.news.yahoo.com/goodies-not-enough-offset-rising-living-costs-consumer-024449422.html

2169) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 11/10/2014 THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER, YAHOO! NEWS - Bumiputera Agenda Allocation in Budget 2015 Too Low, say Malay Groups

Malay NGOS are unhappy wth the Budget 2015 tabled by Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday, saying the government paid little attention to the Bumiputera agenda and rising living costs.

“I noticed that the allocation for the Bumiputera is very little. In terms of equity ownership, it is only set at RM600 million. How far can that go to reach the target of 70% Bumiputera population (by 2020)?” said Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) president Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman.
“The budget will not change the Bumiputera’s economy and did not outline the development policies for Bumiputeras that we had hoped for,” said Abdullah Zaik.
The prime minister announced yesterday that the Ekuiti Nasional Bhd (Ekuinas) would be allocated RM600 million to increase Bumiputera ownership in private and government-linked companies.
He said this would strengthen the Bumiputera agenda as they had yet to achieve the 30% corporate equity ownership target. He added that their effective control over corporations was also only around 10%.
Abdullah Zaik also said that Najib did not focus on how the government would solve the rakyat’s living-cost woes.
“I don’t see how the prices of goods will fall with all the incentives they introduced. We do not feel the estimated 4% reduction in prices of goods.”
Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) said that although the government had increased the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) cash handouts for next year, it was only a short-term solution for the people.
Abim president Amidi Abd Manan said the government must realise that the people were suffering due to high living costs and low wages.
“BR1M has proven not to be the right mechanism to resolve living cost issues. This is because living costs are based on daily needs, and those who work in Malaysia need 14 months of salary in a year (to survive).
“This is due to rising living costs. BR1M is only useful during certain periods, such as when school begins and during religious celebrations. It has little impact on living costs,” he said.
Amidi added that the government was not serious about the term “subsidy rationalisation” as the people would still have to bear the rising cost of goods due to the hike in petrol prices.
“It is ironic to use the term ‘subsidy rationalisation’. They increased the petrol prices, which will result in food prices going up as well.
“Subsidy rationalisation is not effective because the price of the subsidised items will continue to rise. I don’t see the rationale in raising petrol prices,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

Najib said that BR1M for the lower income group would be raised from RM650 to RM950 next year, while households earning between RM3,000 and RM4,000 a month would now receive RM750.
Single people aged 21 and above and not earning more than RM2,000 a month are entitled to BR1M worth RM350, an increase by RM50, said Najib.
Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association President Datuk Nadzim Johan said he was concerned that the BRIM would breed a culture of laziness among Malaysians.
He said that while the government provided numerous incentives to the people, he was afraid that the benefits would not reach the people.
I am more afraid of the people not benefitting from all this because of the culture that the BR1M cultivates, which is that you should not work hard otherwise you are not legible for BR1M.
“The people have failed to take advantage of many of the budget’s incentives because they are ignorant or unable to appreciate it,” said Nadzim.
The Malay NGOs also believed the government should place more emphasis on improving education.
“I was waiting for the government to announce that it would implement the School Based Assessment (SBA) programme more effectively. But this budget did not touch on that,” said Amidi.
He also said that the number of students in a class should be reduced.
Isma said education was not emphasised in next year’s budget, adding that this was perhaps due to more focus placed on managing the existing schools.
“The budget did not touch on reducing the burden of education because they need to address new necessities and improve on the current facilities.
“In terms of physical costs, parents will still have to bear a lot,” Abdullah Zaik said. – October 11, 2014.

2168) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 11/10/2014 MOLE.my - BR1M: A Move In The Right Direction?

The BR1M cash handout is seen more as a short-term solution to assist the lower-income group
The anticipated increase in BR1M or Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia cash handout in Budget 2015 has become a reality with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's announcement that the cash amount would be increased from the current RM650 to RM950.

The increase was certainly welcomed by many but there has also been a long list of questions pertaining to the handout.

How long should the government continue handing out the incentive? Is BR1M an excellent solution for the needy and is it sustainable in the long-run?

The Mole asks politicians, academicians, lawyers and consumer bodies, among others, on their views regarding the government’s 'targeted subsidy' initiative.

Below are their opinions:

Former minister and Kuala Kangsar MP Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz:
"I wouldn’t support if the government decides to continuously dish out money like this unless it is targeted at individuals who are really in need. Otherwise, people who get it but are not appreciative will forget about it after a day. The core issues affecting the lower-income group should be looked at and a programme that benefits the needy should be introduced.”

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof:
"BR1M should continue as it is targeted at the lower income group whom I think need support from the government. However, it is useful if they are provided with general guidelines on how to effectively use the money."

Lawyer, banker and National Cancer Society Malaysia advisor Datuk Zuraidah Atan:
"For me, it’s the issue of sustainability. Can we put aside a huge sum of money every year? Question on whether it is good or otherwise is debatable but I've spoken to different strata of people and for some, the handouts are like a bonus to them."

Writer and "I am Muslim" book author Dina Zaman:
"Maybe the government has their hearts in the right places but to me BR1M is just a short-term solution. I would prefer if the government can work on something to empower the people so that they can learn to manage their money and expenditure.”

Malaysian Trades Union Congress president Mohd Khalid Atan:
“It is a one off payment every year and what people need is the assistance on their daily expenses. I hardly think BR1M offers any help in that department.”

The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association secretary general Datuk Paul Selva Raj:
 “BR1M does help to lift the burden on people’s shoulder, however it is still inadequate. We need a comprehensive safety net especially to reduce impact of the Government Service Tax (GST) that will be applied next year.”

Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister Datin Chew Mei Fun:
“I believe we need BR1M to assist individuals from lower income group as it is the most immediate and direct form of assistance the government could provide. However, in the long run, there should be a more comprehensive solution.”

Malaysian Red Crescent Society vice-chairman Datuk Dr Bahari Abu Mansor:
“What is really needed now is an impact study to see how effective this approach is. From the study, we will be able to find out the effectiveness of BR1M and decide then on whether to continue with the assistance.”

MCA central committee member Datuk Ti Lian Ker:
“I do not think that BR1M is achieving its purpose and it needs to be reviewed. The amount is not enough to elevate an individual’s cost of living. If anything it will only exhaust the cash bank and instead of handing out money, the government should create more projects that can help the people and indirectly enhance the economy.”

Malaysian Islamic Consumer Association chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan:
“It is reasonable to give out BR1M but the government must also educate the public that it cannot be continuous in order to avoid over-pampering.”

Education and Higher Learning II deputy minister P.Kamalanathan:
“A lot of low income people appreciate BR1M and have been using the money to pay bills and purchase daily necessities. If the country can afford it, then it is okay to go on with it.”

Universiti Utara Malaysia political analyst Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani:
“BR1M is not a long-term solution to assist the needy. What the government must do is to create more jobs or increase the worker’s salary. I personally think BR1M is not a good idea.”

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak political lecturer Dr Jeniri Amir:
“You need to teach people how to fish instead of giving them fish. The cash handouts will certainly not help address poverty. It’s just a short-term benefit, it’s not sustainable.”

Pas information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar:
“BR1M does not solve problems and it does not portray the government's efficiency in generating the country's income. The government must search for other methods to solve problems such as the hike in fuel prices and the increasing cost of living.”

PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad:
“BR1M is quite a small handout as opposed to the impact of the GST.”

Lawyer Datuk Mohd Haaziq Pillay:
“The truth is I don’t think it is going to eradicate anyone’s financial problem. The government should spend the money on better things like sending people for courses which can benefit them in the long run. There are also business owners who don’t declare their taxes and still receive BR1M, so I think is it also subject to abuse.”

Bookshop owner Fazrin Hazni:
“Although BR1M is labeled as a waste of national wealth but it actually helps those with low-income. If there is an increment in the amount of BR1M then it is good as it can continue to benefit the low-income group and ease their burden in coping with financial woes.”

Retired army officer Zariffi Azmi:
 “For me the government should not be giving out BR1M in the first place as it does not significantly mitigate the public's financial problems.

Technical assistant Al-Faizal Khalid:
“I think the amount for BR1M should be increased especially to those living in the urban areas due to the high cost of living and should be given on a monthly basis.”

Public Relations executive officer Afiqah Aisyah:
“BR1M cash assistance will not last long as it is insufficient in coping with the current cost of living. I do not agree with BR1M implementation as it could be used in other sector which can promise a greater and lasting effect.”

2167) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 11/10/2014 RAKYAT MARHAEN - Bajet 2015 Kurang Tangani Agenda Bumiputera, Kos Sara Hidup, Kata NGO Melayu



Badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Melayu melihat pengumuman Bajet 2015 oleh perdana menteri semalam bukanlah sesuatu yang menggembirakan, malah insentif yang diumumkan Datuk Seri Najib Razak itu dibimbangi gagal menyediakan rakyat bagi berdepan kenaikan kos sara hidup. Mereka mendakwa agenda Bumiputera kurang diberi perhatian khusus kerajaan selain insentif yang bersifat sementara mungkin mengundang kelompok masyarakat yang malas bekerja. “Saya tengok peruntukan bagi Bumiputera hanya sedikit. Dari segi pemilikan ekuiti diletakkan RM600 juta. Daripada RM600 juta itu, sejauh mana mampu mencapai anggaran pertambahan bilangan penduduk Bumiputera mencapai 70%?

“Dengan bajet begitu, tidak akan mengubah ekonomi Bumiputera dalam kerangka pembangunan akan datang untuk merangka polisi pembangunan Bumiputera yang kita harapkan,” kata Presiden Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman. Najib dalam pembentangan Bajet 2015 berkata, kerajaan melalui Ekuiti Nasional Bhd (Ekuinas) akan memperuntukkan RM600 juta bagi meningkatkan pemilikan Bumiputera dalam syarikat swasta dan syarikat berkaitan kerajaan. Katanya, peruntukan itu diberi bagi menguatkan lagi agenda Bumiputera kerana pemilikan ekuiti korporat masih belum mencapai sasaran 30% selain kawalan ke atas kebanyakan syarikat kini hanya pada sekitar 10%.

Abdullah berkata, Bajet 2015 tidak memberi fokus bagaimana kerajaan akan menyelesaikan masalah rakyat bagi menangani kenaikan kos sara hidup. Katanya, walaupun kerajaan berhasrat mengurangkan defisit fiskal, namun rakyat secara keseluruhan masih tidak melihat kerajaan serius menangani beban ekonomi. “Saya tak nampak kesan penurunan harga barang dengan insentif yang dibuat. Anggaran penurunan 4% harga barang tak dirasai." Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) pula berpandangan walaupun kerajaan menaikkan kadar Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) pada tahun depan, namun ia hanya bersifat penyelesaian jangka pendek kepada rakyat.

Presidennya Amidi Abd Manan berkata, kerajaan perlu menyedari rakyat kini begitu tertekan dengan kos sara hidup yang tinggi apatah lagi pendapatan bulanan masih tidak mencukupi. “BR1M terbukti satu mekanisme tidak sesuai menangani kos sara hidup. Ini kerana kos sara hidup bersifat harian dan mereka yang bekerja di Malaysia memerlukan pendapatan 14 bulan dalam setahun. “Gejala ini berlaku kerana kenaikan kos sara hidup.

Dengan BR1M, ia hanya dapat memenuhi keperluan waktu tertentu seperti waktu persekolahan dan perayaan. Ini tidak banyak membantu,” katanya. Beliau berkata, kerajaan jelas memainkan istilah rasionalisasi subsidi apabila rakyat juga akan menanggung kenaikan harga barang dengan peningkatan harga bahan bakar. “Ini sesuatu yang ironi dalam erti kata rasionalisasi subsidi. Mereka naikkan harga minyak, begitu juga harga makanan akan meningkat seiring dengan harga petrol. “Rasionalisasi subsidi tak begitu beri kesan kerana barangan yang diberikan subsidi akan terus mencatatkan kenaikan harga. Saya tak nampak rasional kenaikan harga minyak,” katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider. Semasa pembentangan bajet semalam, Najib yang juga menteri kewangan berkata,

Putrajaya akan meningkatkan BR1M daripada RM650 kepada RM950 bagi isi rumah berpendapatan bulanan RM3,000 dan ke bawah. Bagi isi rumah berpendapatan bulanan antara RM3,000 dan RM4,000, kerajaan akan meningkatkan nilai BR1M daripada RM450 kepada RM750. Sementara itu, Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) bimbang jika BR1M diberikan kerajaan itu akan mewujudkan golongan yang malas bekerja.

Katanya, walaupun kerajaan memberikan pelbagai insentif kepada rakyat, dibimbanginya bantuan berkenaan tidak sampai kepada rakyat secara efektif. “Saya lebih takut kita gagal memanfaatkan semua ini kerana sikap kita bila nak BR1M, tidak kerja kuat sangat, kerana bila kerja kuat tak dapat BR1M. Itu antara falsafah yang perlu dibetulkan rakyat.

“Saya melihat dari sudut pelaksanaan bajet ini, mungkin terlalu banyak insentif gagal dimanfaatkan rakyat yang jahil atau mereka yang tidak pandai menghargai,” kata Presiden PPIM Datuk Nadzim Johan. Selain mengutarakan kenaikan kos sara hidup, NGO Melayu berpandangan kerajaan perlu lebih memberi penekanan kepada aspek pembangunan pendidikan.

 “Apa yang saya tunggu ialah pengumuman kerajaan melaksanakan Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS) dengan lebih berkesan. Bajet kali ini tidak menyentuh bagaimana memperbaiki PBS. “Kita perlu mengecilkan jumlah pelajar di dalam kelas,” kata Amidi. Isma berkata kurangnya aspek pendidikan yang ditekankan dalam bajet kali ini mungkin kerana lebih memfokuskan kepada aspek pengurusan sekolah sedia ada.

“Mengurangkan beban pendidikan tidak disentuh sebab mereka terpaksa membuka keperluan baru dan membaiki keperluan sedia ada. Dari segi kos fizikal, ibu bapa yang menanggung beban kehidupan masih dirasakan,” kata Abdullah.


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