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CIDB: MBAM’S MATTHEW TEE CALLS “A SPADE A SPADE” ON INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

 

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KUALA LUMPUR: Matthew Tee, President of the Master Builders Association of Malaysia (MBAM), comes across as a progressive and articulate building professional when he talks about the Malaysian construction industry.

Being absolutely passionate about the industry, he feels that its players should be more pro-active if they were to move forward with the times.

 

He usually calls a spade, a spade when he speaks openly about the industry’s challenges, especially in relation to human resource and the use of better and modern techniques to become more efficient contractors.

Tee’s career in the construction industry has seen him rise to become Group Executive Director of Bina Puri Holdings Bhd, President of the Master Builders Association of Malaysia (MBAM) and a Director of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).

“You have to constantly improve yourself. We need to look within ourselves and improve ourselves first before highlighting the shortfalls of the industry, which are all well known to its players. When faced with problems, we often tend to just complain. We have to be more proactive,” he says.

 

“For instance, if you’re not happy with something and want your message to be heard, just don’t talk after meetings. Follow up with the right (working) paper,” he adds.

 

Tee is especially concerned about the human capital aspect of the industry. He is all for the reduction of foreigners in the construction industry but feels that the authorities need to have a thorough examination of the issue and not just hand out piecemeal solutions.

 

“When we talk about human capital issues, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Human Resources should consult with us before implementing certain policies. When we tell them we have a problem they should see us instantaneously rather than being bureaucratic. Taking into account CIDB Chairman, Tan Sri Dr. Ir. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali’s statement that all these foreigners for today’s solution is tomorrow’s problem,” he stresses.

 

But on the other side of the coin, Tee says that if one were to look at the practical side of things, reducing the number of foreigners is easier said than done.

After all, he acknowledges that Malaysia’s population is still relatively small, and very few Malaysians want to be in the construction industry.

 

“Our industry pays well, but it’s always a ‘don’t want’ syndrome. A mobile crane operator, who goes for a course with CIDB in collaboration with the Malaysian Mobile Crane Association, actually gets a monthly allowance of RM600 to train.

 

“We usually get Form 5 or so school leavers as these are the only people we can tap to join the industry. From there the company itself gives them RM60 every day in allowance to work. So after three to four months, they graduate. For such trained workers, their salary then ranges from RM2,500 to RM2,800 and that’s quite a lot.

 

“You get people working as toll collectors and being paid RM900; drivers RM1,400; hand phone sales staff RM1,200 and some people in the hotel line are getting RM400 to RM900 before the service tips. So it goes to show that our industry pays well.”

 

Taking cognisance of the issues of productivity and innovation in the 11th Malaysia Plan, Tee believes in harnessing skilled foreign workers in the current tight labour situation.

He feels that industry players must work extra hard to fill the void, such as marketing themselves better or looking at improving the wage structure.

If there needs a mind-set change to effect employment of more locals, Tee believes that there should also be a parallel condition to compel employers to do so with more stringent requirements by the government.

 

“Only then it can be done. If you pay more, you should have better productivity in an ideal situation,” he adds.

 

Tee believes that the long term solution will be greater mechanisation among industry players.

It is really a chicken and egg situation or a cat and mouse game. Presently, import duties for heavy machinery used for construction are rather prohibitive and employers are therefore playing a waiting game for duties to come down.

 

“We have been highlighting the reduction of import duties to 5.0 per cent to be on par with regional peers since 2006. Until now, except for reduction for 3 categories of construction machineries which saw a reduction from 10% to 5% effective 11th June 2015, the Government has not heeded our request for reduction on other construction machineries with import duties above 30% and these are things that I feel that the Government can do to (seriously) tackle the labour problem,” he says.

 

After 20 years, what are Tee’s perceptions of his peers in the industry? “Our industry must elevate our own standards and look within our own organisations, rather than always complain about all the shortfalls and difficulties of our industry. If everyone does his or her part to improvise, then the industry will move along the same (progressive) path,” he feels.

 

On CIDB’s 20th year milestone as an industry regulator, Tee says that the agency has been instrumental in raising construction standards and training all kinds of workers for the needs of industry.

He is also pleased that the construction industry is now more structured, with CIDB having taken over many functions.

 

Tee regards such developments spearheaded by the CIDB as the construction courts and Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (CIPAA) as game changing for the industry.

“CIDB worked with us to implement the CIPAA. For us contractors, when we perform the work, we want to be paid. Payment is a lifeline for every contractor. After so many years, this to us is a very important thing.”

 

As for the future, Tee is especially optimistic that the recently launched Construction industry Transformation Plan (CITP) will be important for the industry. This is especially so when other ministries rather than just the Works Ministry have to be part of the CITP’s thrusts and processes.

 

With that assurance, Tee is working with industry peers and associations to make sure that “all of us are working towards the common goal.”

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CIDB LOOKS TO DO MORE FOR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

 

Taman Negara 1: Suatu Persepsi

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Apabila mendapat Jemputan untuk ke Taman Negara yang di taja oleh Mutiara Taman Negara, saya cukup yakin bahawa ini bukan tugasan cabaran buat saya, malah telah mencadangkan agar rakan Penulis  iaitu Dr Marzieh Falah seorang pakar Eko Pelancongan untuk menghadirkan diri. Bukan kerana saya tidak cukup ‘Adventure’ tetapi kerana  banyak tugasan yang perlu di selesaikan.  Namun begitu, apabila Puan Aishah dari Mutiara sendiri menghubungi  dan memujuk untuk datang, saya terpaksa mengalah. Melihat kepada jadual program yang di email, saya hanya menyukai program sarapan, makan tengahari dan BBQ pada waktu malam. Kemudiannya saya bertanya untuk kepastian , antaranya ialah berapa jauh terpaksa berjalan untuk jungle trekking? Adakah Aktiviti Night Walk akan menemukan kita dengan binatang buas dan kita terpaksa berlari untuk menyelamatkan diri? Bot yang di gunakan adakah Selamat dari libasan buaya?  Setelah berpuashati dengan semua jawapan dan janji manis…OK LULUS..I am Ready, Willing and Able.

(Nota: Saya lupa nak tanya ketinggian jambatan gantung)

Bas Sudah Menanti, Taman Negara Sedang Menunggu

Tepat pukul 9 pagi kami sudah menunggu di perkarangan Hotel Istana. Untuk memastikan benar benar bersedia , saya telah bersarapan 2 kali sejak pukul 7 pagi lagi dan ke bilik air sebanyak 3 kali. Dr Marzieh tidak dapat hadir pada saat akhir kerana terpaksa pulang ke Iran. Maka saya jemput Murtadha  sebagai ganti. Mungkin Arkitek Muda ini dapat memberi sedikit inspirasi tentang Pelancongan Eko ini dari perspektif beliau.

Semasa berkumpul , saya berasa kurang seronok apabila melihat peserta -peserta yang hadir kelihatan seperti pendaki-pendaki Gunung Profesional. Beserta kelengkapan umpama seorang trekker, mereka telah benar benar melemahkan semangat saya.  Mereka duduk sekelompok mungkin berbincang tentang pendakian dan penaklukan mereka yang lepas….(Saya rasa macam nak balik rumah)

Saya memberanikan diri dan menegur salah seorang dari mereka Maswa dari Mingguan Wanita. Saya tanya, ‘Apa Gunung terakhir yang u all tawan ?’ Dia menjawab dengan selamba dan saya masih ingat kata -katanya ‘jangan terpedaya dengan bentuk fizikal kami Bang, kami duduk di ofis je’  Jawapan itu benar benar melegakan aku sebab Bukit yang paling tinggi aku pernah naik ialah Bukit Bintang. Itu pun guna eskalator. Nampaknya aku takkan pancit sorang lah….

Dalam Bas persiaran khas milik Mutiara Negara memang selesa memuatkan kami 30 orang. Dalam bas saya berkenalan dengan remaja yang kaki adventure, Nisa namanya. Kebetulan dia juga pernah ke Taman Negara melalui laluan Merapoh dan Sg Relau. Maka 2 jam kami di habiskan berkongsi cerita mengenai Caving Adventure.Perjalanan mengambil masa hampir 4 jam untuk ke Taman Negara, melalui Jerantut. Setibanya di sana , kami dapat melihat kesan akibat dari Banjir Besar yang telah melanda seluruh negeri Pahang.Banyak restoran terapung dan penempatan yang telah hanyut. Namun begitu MUTIARA Taman Negara tetap tersergam menanti kami selepas menyeberangi sungai dan menaiki 33 anak  tangga.

(Next: Tapir dan Babi Hutan singgah di Chalet kami)

Maswa, Aishah, Mike Tan dan Faisol ready nak menyeberang.
Maswa, Aishah, Mike Tan dan Faisol ready nak menyeberang.

HALAQAH BICARA INTELEK (HBI) IDEA KECEMERLANGAN UIM

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Cyberjaya 18 Ogos 2015, jemputan oleh pihak Universiti Islam Malaysia (UIM) benar-benar saya hargai. Saya masih ingat lagi beberapa tahun yang lepas di mana kami turut bersama di panggil untuk berkongsi sebuah idea mewujudkan  Universiti yang di miliki oleh Raja -Raja Melayu. Pada ketika itu ianya di ilhamkan sebagai Universiti Islam Diraja. Saya sudah merasakan sesuatu yang positif pasti akan lahir dari cetusan idea ini. Tambahan lagi idea ini telah di berikan pengertian dan gambaran yang intelektual oleh Tokoh yang saya amat hormati iaitu Tan Sri Prof.Dr Mohd Yusof Noor.

Maka pada 18 Februari 2014, UIM telah berjaya menganjurkan Siri Perbincangan Ilmu yang di beri nama HALAQAH BICARA INTELEK (HBI). Perbincangan ilmu ini bertujuan untuk menyuburkan minda dengan diversiti ilmu tanpa sempadan sebagai salah satu usaha mencari kebesaran dan kekuatan di sebalik “Wisdom” yang sukar di perolehi dalam kegawatan kehidupan masyarakat dunia pada zaman kemajuan Industri (Industrial Renaissance)kini. Ia juga memberi ruang kepada para ilmuwan untuk menzahirkan keprihatinan mereka tentang kelestarian kehidupan yang memerlukan kefahaman yang mendalam terhadap ilmu yang akan menentukan kualiti kehidupan. Dari maklumat yang saya terima pihak UIM telah sampai ke siri yang ke 12.

 

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Apa yang membezakan antara HBI dan siri dialog atau forum forum yang lain ialah penerapan konsep “Voice Of Wisdom” . Dalam intepretasi dan pemahaman saya Wisdom ialah Kematangan+Kebijaksanaan + Kesederhanaan. Ianya perlu di cari dan di kaji. Saya petik apa yang di katakan oleh Presiden Universiti Islam Malaysia, Tan Sri Prof, Dr Mohd Yusof Noor bahawa suatu pendekatan yang sistematik amat di perlukan bagi membentuk “Wisdom” ini sebagai suatu Kemahiran. Beliau berpendapat Universiti Islam Malaysia (UIM)  adalah sebuah institusi yang bertepatan untuk memperkenalkan era baru dalam pendidikan “Applied Wisdom” di mana ianya mampu menyumbang ke arah usaha-usaha kestabilan dan melahirkan keamanan sejagat.

 

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Pada 18 Ogos yang lalu saya hadir pada satu sessi Halaqah Bicara Intelek siri yang ke 13 dan Tetamu Khas ( di UIM ianya di panggil Amir atau Amirah Halaqah) ialah Prof. Dr Muhaya Mohamad.  Beliau bercakap mengenai topik Transformasi Diri , dari Perspektif Pakar Mata.

Saya amat teruja dengan Bicara Intelek beliau dan saya ingin berkongsi sedikit mengenai latarbelakang beliau yang cemerlang ini. Prof Dr Muhaya Mohamad mengikuti pendidikan di UKM pada tahun 1979 hingga 1985, semasa di UKM, beliau merupakan pelajar wanita Malaysia pertama memenangi anugerah Toh Puan Rahah atas kecemerlangannya dari segi sahsiah dan akademik. Pada tahun 1991, beliau lulus sarjana Surgery Oftalmologi di Ukm dan di iktiraf sebagai pakar mata. Selanjutnya beliau membuat fellowship dalam bidang Uveiteis di Moorfields Eye Hospital, United Kingdom dan menjadi pakar wanita pertama membuat pengkhususan dalam bidang tersebut. Selepas menamatkan PhD dalam bidang Ocular Immunology dari University Of London, Dr Muhaya diiktiraf sebagai wanita islam pertama mendapat ahli Fellow Royal College Of Surgeons (FRCS) Edinburgh di Malaysia.

Saya puji usahanya untuk mengubah minda masyarakat melalui beberapa rancangan bual bicara antaranya, Dari Mata ke Hati, Reset Minda(2013), Celik Hati (2014) dan Kanta Prof. Muhaya (2014) Berikut adalah beberapa kata-kata hikmah yang di kongsikannya:

“Lihat apa yang kita fokus pada hari ini. Kesyukuran atau Kesukaran. Ia menentukan kualiti hidup kita hari ini”

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( Editor: Sememangnya Halaqah Bicara Intelek  ( HBI) bukan sahaja punyai WOW factor malahan ianya turut ada VOW -Voice Of Wisdom )

 

ZAHID HAMIDI STORY: ICE CREAM BOY NO 38

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( As Published in Chinesse Newspaper)

The newly appointed deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid had in many occasions revealed that he has a Chinese foster father.However, not many people knew about the relationship of the two of them began from the peddling of ice cream.The small ice cream became the origin of connection between the two generations of different ethnicity, even many years after Ahmad Zahid had come to the fore in political arena, and he could still recall the past story with deep emotion.Although there was no ritual ceremony being held, he had respectfully called the Chinese ice cream seller “bapa angkat”; even after his foster father passed away, he still provides assistance to the family of his foster father whenever they are in need.

This is the story between Ahmad Zahid and his “foster father” Chen Jin Ting (translated name).

More than half a century ago, in his twenties and thirties, Chen Jin Ting who was not highly educated, would have to leave home to make a living every day at noon.

At the rear seat of his bicycle was a large iron bucket containing ice cubes and ice cream, he would cycle from his house at Simpang Tiga, Hilir Perak to about three kilometers away selling ice cream.

Along the road there were a few national primary schools, the students would rush to him excitedly to buy ice cream; suddenly there was a Malay boy yelling: “Mari-mari, mari sini beli aiskrim!”, and more school children were being attracted by the voice and bought ice cream from Chen Jin Ting.

Being helper for six years

Sometimes there would be a naughty child who took away the ice cream without paying money, the Malay boy would act as a “little boss” to get back money for Chen Jin Ting.

After a hard day’s work, Chen Jin Ting would reward the Malay boy who had a sense of justice with an ice cream; the boy was so happy and would returned with a smile on his face.

Since then, whenever Chen Jin Ting peddled for ice cream, the kid would come forward to help after school.

The small boy was Ahmad Zahid who was then studying in standard one. In his six years’ education in primary school, he had cultivated deep feelings with Chen Jin Ting.

Ahmad Zahid’s hometown was in Sungai Nipah Darat, Bagan Datoh, Teluk Intan, he left his home town after his primary education to study in secondary school in Ipoh and thus putting an end to the little story.

Thinking about Chen Jin Ting when talking about Zahid’s foster father

Chen Yong Zhong said the life was hard during his late father’s time. Chen Jin Ting used to work as an odd job labourer and ice cream peddler; he bought the whole Ais Potong and cut them into small pieces and put them in iron bucket, and then rode on a bicycle to peddle the ice cream from morning for miles and miles of road.

“Subsequently my father changed his job to sell biscuits, I used to help him in selling biscuits when I was small, life was difficult then,” he said.

When Chen Jin Ting was selling ice cream, there were also many ice cream peddlers, the competition was fierce.
However, said Chen Yong Zhong, Ahmad Zahid seemed to be quite congenial with his father, Zahid liked to help his father and both of them had built up close relationship.

When asked about how Ahmad Zahid called his father “bapa angkat”, Cheng Yong Zhong said he was not sure about this, but he believed that Ahmad Zahid called his father “Ah Ting”, but when talking to outsiders he would address him as foster father, and his father had never rejected the title.

Even though the story happened half a century ago, and his father had passed away, Chen Yong Zhong felt that it was a warm and interesting memory, at least now that the residents around Simpang Tiga would remember Chen Jin Ting when someone mentioned about Ahmad Zahid’s foster father.

Takes initiative to mention about foster father

After he became a minister, Ahmad Zahid had openly announced that Chen Jin Ting was his “Bapa Angkat”, even during the interview with the media he had also mentioned that he had got a foster father.

Chen Yong Zhong recalled that at one time during the general election Ahmad Zahid went back to his home town quite frequently, every time when he held political talk at the Simpang Tiga public hall, he would invite Chen Jin Ting to attend the talk, and during the session he would ask Chen Jin Ting to rise and introduce him to the public that Chen Jin Ting was his foster father.

At the beginning of his political career, Ahmad Zahid had seen his meteoric rise on the top, Chen Jin Ting had then predicted that he would have a successful political career, Chen Yong Zhong said, “Probably this is the reason Ahmad Zahid was grateful to my father.”

Still remembers foster mother even though foster father passed away

He remembered his father passed away in 1999, it was also the year where general election was held, at that time his father was not feeling well, Ahmad Zahid had specially asked someone to fetch his father to polling station for voting. More than ten days later, his father had passed away.

During the general election in 2008, Ahmad Zahid came back to Teluk Intan for campaigning; he had specially visited the late Chen Jin Ting’s wife Guo Jin Luan.

“On that day I was sitting at the coffee shop, Ahmad Zahid came in and asked me ‘Is your mother in?’ After which he straight away entered the house, holding my mother’s hand and talked to her fondly,” he added.

Chen Yong Zhong said as he was not well versed in Malay, he only had a brief conversation with Ahmad Zahid. He was five years younger than Ahmad Zahid, hence most of the incidents happened in childhood were related by his father.
“During the general elections, whenever he came back to attend the political talks, he would hold on to my shoulder when we met, we are just like brothers,” he said.

Helping to settle the medical bill

In 2011, Chen Jin Ting’s son-in-law was sent to the National Heart Institute (IJN) for treatment, he stayed in the hospital for more than ten days, the medical bill came up to more than RM40,000, the whole family was worried about how to settle for the payment.

During that time, Ahmad Zahid had engaged a MCA secretary to help him in handling some political affairs, Chen Jin Ting’s family members informed the MCA secretary that they wished to meet up with Ahmad Zahid if he happened to come back to Simpang Tiga Umno division.

Chen Yong Zhong said his mother Guo Jin Luan and younger sister was able to meet with Ahmad Zahid. After reading IJN’s letter which had requested for the payment for medical expenses, Ahmad Zahid promised to help to solve the problem. Subsequently the medical bill was settled.

“The incident had impressed upon the whole family, we are grateful to him for his help,” he said.

Relationships strengthened when foster father joined MCA

When Ahmad Zahid joined Umno, Chen Jin Ting was also being appointed as MCA branch chairman, the relationship between them became closer as they shared the same political ideology.

Chen Yong Zhong said more than 30 years ago, there was no MCA branch in Simpang Tiga, his father’s friends suggested that he rent a shop house to set up the MCA branch upstairs, and to open up a coffee shop at the ground floor, his father could also become the branch chairman.

“Subsequently, my father used his savings to rent the shop house, besides running a business, he also became the first Simpang Tiga MCA branch chairman, at that time there were more than 100 members,” he said.

Zahid’s nickname–“38 car number plate”

Chen Yong Zhong admitted that he hoped Ahmad Zahid would bring more development to Simpang Tiga area such as building more factories to increase the population, so that business in the area would be more flourished.

“Apart from this, a few years ago the Perak state government had mulled to build a bridge across the Perak River linking Bagan Datoh and Kayan, Manjung, we hope it could be implemented as soon as possible in order to stir up the economic activities in the surrounding areas,” he said.

The “38” number plate is also Ahmad Zahid’s nickname!

Chen Yong Fu (55), the second son of Chen Jin Ting said, when Ahmad Zahid first contested the Bagan Datoh parliamentary constituency in 1995, his father was still alive. His father told him about the story that Ahmad Zahid had used to help him in selling ice cream.

“My father told me that the ‘number 38 boy’ might contest in the general election,” he recalled.

“38” was actually the number of Ahmad Zahid’s car plate, and it was also the favorite number of the Chinese, that was also one of the reasons his father was impressed by Ahmad Zahid.

The kind little boy had become DPM

In the heart of the family members of Chen Jin Ting, what kind of person Ahmad Zahid is?

Although they had never really got together, whenever they mentioned about Ahmad Zahid, the family members of the late Chen Jin Ting would talk non-stop with fervor and assurance. “From the story relating to his childhood, we knew that he was a little child with kind hearted and simplicity, and also at that time he must be extremely active!”

Like friend and also like father and son

Chen Yong Guo (49), the youngest son of Chen Jin Ting told reporters that the relationship between Ahmad Zahid and his late father was like friends and also like father and son. They were like friend because they helped each other; and they were like father and son because of their age gap.

“My mom said occasionally Ahmad Zahid will come and visit them, he will also tell the people around him that she is his foster mother, but my mother is not well versed in Malay language, there was not much conversation,” he said.

He related his mother’s words saying that in those years when his father was selling ice cream, he had talked about the little Ahmad Zahid, a kind hearted Malay boy who used to help him selling ice cream.

Chen Yong Guo said his mother did not put these things in her mind; she and her family members did not expect the Malay boy would one day become the present deputy Prime Minister.

He pointed out that his mother could remember very well that she and her daughter had sought Ahmad Zahid’s assistance to settle the hospital bill of her son-in-law, she was grateful with Ahmad Zahid’s help, and felt that he was a good person.

Did not go through ritual ceremony

After many efforts in asking the way, Nanyang Siang Pau reporters had finally arrive at the coffee shop in Simpang Tiga, unfortunately Chen Jin Ting had passed away.

They managed to interview Chen Yong Zhong (57), the eldest son of Chen Jin Ting.

Touching on the issue of which his father was addressed by Ahmad Zahid as foster father, Chen Yong Zhong said with a smile: “That’s what he mention about!”

He told reporter that he was informed about the story regarding ice cream peddling by his late father, it seemed that the story had inscribed on his father’s memory.

Chen Yong Zhong said his father passed away 16 years ago at the age of 65 because of cancer. If his father were still alive, he would be 81 by now. He learned from his father’s mouth about the story of his father and Ahmad Zahid when he grew up.

“In the 70s, Ahmad Zahid was twenty or thirty years old and was working, he would come back to visit his parents in home town once in a while and would incidentally came to the sundry shop to buy newspapers, at that time my father had already operating the coffee shop, he would come to have a chit chat with my father. I was wondering who this guy was? Why did he come to our place from time to time? Subsequently, I came to know about the story after being told by my father.

“I remembered my father told me when he was peddling ice cream, this particular Malay boy had often helped him to attract customers; I felt that he and my father was just like what the Chinese said ‘It must be fated’, both of them were like friends,” he added.

He said with a smile, Ahmad Zahid told people that his father was his foster father but actually they did not hold any ritual ceremony on that, Ahmad Zahid was just too polite.

Bajet 2015 – Bajet Rakyat ?

KUALA LUMPUR: Berikut ialah intipati Bajet 2015 yang dibentangkan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang juga Menteri Kewangan di Dewan Rakyat hari ini.

Bajet 2015 bertemakan “Ekonomi Keperluan Rakyat.”

Bajet 2015 menggariskan tujuh strategi utama iaitu memperkukuhkan pertumbuhan ekonomi, memantapkan tadbir urus fiskal, mengupaya modal insan dan keusahawanan, memperkasa agenda Bumiputera, memartabatkan peranan wanita, membangunkan program transformasi belia negara dan mensejahtera rakyat.

Bajet 2015 memperuntukkan RM273.9 bilion, peningkatan RM9.8 bilion berbanding peruntukan asal 2014.

*RM223.4 bilion bagi perbelanjaan mengurus, RM50.5 bilion untuk perbelanjaan pembangunan.

* RM65.6 bilion untuk emolumen, RM38.1 bilion untuk perkhidmatan dan bekalan.

* Di bawah peruntukan pembangunan, sektor ekonomi menerima agihan RM29.3 bilion

* Peruntukan untuk sektor sosial merangkumi pendidikan, kesihatan, perumahan dan kesejahteraan masyarakat (RM12.6 bilion).

* Peruntukan sektor keselamatan (RM4.9 bilion)

* Kutipan hasil kerajaan Persekutuan untuk 2015, diunjurkan RM235.2 bilion, meningkat RM10.2 bilion berbanding 2014.

* Pertumbuhan ekonomi dijangka kekal kukuh pada kadar 5 hingga 6 peratus, manakala defisit fiskal dijangka berkurangan kepada 3 peratus.

* Anggaran RM23.2 bilion hasil kutipan menerusi pelaksanaan cukai barang dan perkhidmatan (GST) pada 2015.

* Barangan dengan anggaran nilai RM3.8 bilion dikecualikan GST.

* Pemansuhan cukai jualan dan perkhidmatan (SST) menjurus kepada kehilangan hasil kerajaan RM13.8 bilion.

* RM4.9 bilion disalurkan untuk keperluan rakyat melalui pakej-pakej bantuan, contohnya tambahan BRIM.

* Hasil kutipan bersih GST berbaki RM690 juta.

* Kerajaan akan terus menyediakan ekosistem yang kondusif dan komprehensif bagi melonjak pelaburan domestik dan asing.

* Projek infrastruktur 2015; membina Lebuh Raya Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang sepanjang 59km dengan kos RM5.3 bilion; Lebuh Raya Pantai Barat dari Taiping ke Banting (276km/RM5 bilion); Lebuh Raya Damansara-Shah Alam (47km/RM4.2 bilion); Lebuh Raya Lingkaran Luar Kuala Lumpur-Hubungan Timur (36km/RM1.6 bilion); menaik taraf landasan keretapi sektor Pantai Timur (RM150 juta), pembinaan MRT Jajaran Kedua dari Selayang ke Putrajaya (56km/RM23 bilion), Projek LRT3 hubungkan Bandar Utama-Shah Alam-Klang (RM9 bilion).

* Projek Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex dengan nilai pelaburan RM69 bilion, dijangka wujudkan lebih 10,000 pekerjaan.

* Dana pinjaman sustainable mobility fund RM70 juta bagi membangunkan industri pembuatan kenderaan elektrik, sebagai permulaan 50 bas elektrik akan diperkenalkan.

* RM100 juta Dana Industri Kandungan Digital Industri bagi memajukan industri kreatif negara.

* RM2.7 bilion untuk pembinaan seribu menara pencawang telekomunikasi baharu dan pembinaan kabel dasar laut dalam tempoh tiga tahun bagi meningkatkan keupayaan jalur lebar berkelajuan tinggi

* Kerajaan mensasarkan 29.4 juta pelancong asing dengan jangkaan pendapatan RM89 bilion, sempena ‘Malaysia – Year of Festivals 2015’.

* RM316 juta diperuntukkan di bawah Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan.

* TEKUN sediakan RM500 juta untuk pembiayaan keusahawanan iaitu RM350 juta (usahawan Bumiputera), RM50 juta (usahawan muda India), RM50 juta (usahawan wanita muda), RM50 juta (program pembangunan usahawan bekas tentera)

* Pinjaman mudah RM50 juta untuk PKS kaum Cina, manakala penjaja dan peniaga kecil (RM30 juta).

* RM2.7 bilion untuk pembinaan seribu menara pencawang telekomunikasi baharu dan pembinaan kabel dasar laut dalam tempoh tiga tahun bagi meningkatkan keupayaan jalur lebar berkelajuan tinggi

* Penjualan runcit minyak petrol RON95, diesel dan LPG diberikan pelepasan GST.

* Kadar penggunaan elektrik yang tidak dikenakan GST dinaikan daripada 200 unit kepada 300 unit pertama.

* Kadar cukai pendapatan individu akan dikurangkan satu hingga tiga peratus, 300,000 pembayar cukai pendapatan, tidak lagi perlu membayar.

* Golongan berkeluarga berpendapatan RM4,000 sebulan, tidak lagi mempunyai tanggungan cukai.

* Bagi tahun taksiran 2016, kadar cukai pendapatan syarikat dikurangkan satu mata peratusan daripada 25 kepada 24 peratus, manakala kadar cukai pendapatan syarikat kecil dan sederhana dikurangkan satu mata daripada 20 kepada 19 peratus.

* Kerajaan memperuntukkan RM40.5 bilion untuk pelbagai subsidi pada 2014.

* Kerajaan akan membangunkan satu mekanisme baharu pemberian subsidi petroleum dalam masa terdekat.

* RM56 bilion diperuntukkan kepada Kementerian Pendidikan untuk biayai pelbagai program pengajaran dan pembelajaran.

* Kerajaan akan bina 12 sekolah baharu iaitu tujuh sekolah rendah, 3 buah sekolah menengah dan dua sekolah berasrama penuh.

* RM1.2 bilion untuk program Transformasi Vokasional dan Teknik

* RM800 juta diperuntukkan untuk aspek keselamatan, persekitaran pembelajaran dan penyelenggaraan fasiliti pendidikan

* Kos bil elektrik dan air semua sekolah jenis kebangsaan di bawah Kementerian Pendidikan dibayar sepenuhnya dengan siling RM5,000 sebulan berbanding kuota RM2,000 sebelum ini

* RM3 bilion diperuntukkan untuk tajaan pelajaran – RM1.9 bilion melalui tajaan Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA), Kementerian Pendidikan (RM759 juta) dan Kementerian Kesihatan (RM258 juta)

* Sehingga kini, seramai 2.1 juta rakyat Malaysia telah mengambil pinjaman Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) berjumlah RM47.8 bilion, bagaimanapun, setakat 31 Ogos 2014, hanya RM5.36 bilion atau 46 peratus daripada RM11.76 bilion pinjaman telah dikutip.

* Setakat 2010, seramai 174,000 peminjam PTPTN langsung tidak pernah membayar balik pinjaman, kerajaan akan mengambil langkah baru yang setimpal dan sewajarnya kepada mereka.

* Rebat 10 peratus diberikan sekiranya peminjam membuat bayaran balik pinjaman PTPTN secara berterusan selama 12 bulan sehingga 31 Disember 2015 dan tawaran diskaun 20 peratus diberikan kepada peminjam yang membuat penyelesaian sekali gus mulai hari ini hingga 31 Mac 2015.

* Akta Kerja 1955 dan akta perburuhan yang berkaitan akan dikaji semula bagi memastikan kebajikan pekerja terus terbela.

* Kerajaan perkenalkan Sistem Insurans Pekerjaan bagi membantu golongan pekerja yang diberhentikan.

* RM600 juta diperuntukkan bagi meningkatkan pemilikan ekuiti Bumiputera dalam syarikat swasta mahupun syarikat berkaitan kerajaan (GLC).

* RM2 bilion diperuntukkan menerusi MARA kepada pelajar Bumiputera yang layak untuk tajaan pelajaran.

* Kerajaan akan mula membina Lebuh Raya Pan Borneo sepanjang 1,663km melibatkan jajaran Sarawak sepanjang 936km dan Sabah sepanjang 727km dengan kos pembinaan RM27 bilion.

* RM660 juta diperuntukkan kepada Kawasan Keselamatan Khas Pantai Timur Sabah (ESSCOM) bagi memperkukuhkan keselamatan di kawasan Zon Keselamatan Pantai Timur Sabah (ESSZONE).

* Landasan lapangan terbang di Lahad Datu akan dipanjangkan bagi membolehkan pesawat berkeupayaan tinggi mendarat, Skuadron Hawk akan dipindahkan dari Butterworth ke Labuan dengan peruntukan RM50 juta.

* RM2.26 bilion diperuntukkan kepada Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat bagi pembangunan dan operasi.

* Kerajaan akan wujudkan 1Malaysia Youth City dengan peruntukan RM100 juta bagi membiayai tiga projek perintis di Semenanjung, Sabah dan Sarawak.

* Skim Perumahan Belia secara perkongsian pintar di antara kerajaan, Bank Simpanan Nasional, Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja dan Cagamas diumumkan.

* Mulai Januari 2015, bantuan persekolahan RM100 seorang akan disalurkan kepada 5.4 juta pelajar sekolah rendah dan menengah dengan peruntukan sebanyak RM540 juta.

* RM6 bilion diperuntukkan kepada Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani bagi memperkukuh Rantaian Bekalan Makanan.

* RM23.3 bilion diperuntukkan bagi perkhidmatan dan kemudahan kesihatan rakyat seperti membina Hospital Dungun di Terengganu dan Hospital Seri Iskandar di Perak, menambah 30 Klinik 1Malaysia, mengganti 635 unit mesin hemodialisis di hospital dan klinik kerajaan.

* RM1.2 bilion bantuan kewangan disediakan kepada keluarga miskin, kanak-kanak, warga emas dan Orang Kelainan Upaya (OKU) .

* RM117 juta diperuntukkan kepada Kementerian Pendidikan, Tabika Kemas, PERMATA dan Tabika Perpaduan bagi mengukuhkan pendidikan awal kanak-kanak.

* 80,000 unit rumah PR1MA dibina dengan peruntukan sebanyak RM1.3 bilion.

* Membina 26,000 unit rumah Program Perumahan Rakyat dengan peruntukan sebanyak RM644 juta.

* Membina 12,000 unit Rumah Mesra Rakyat dan 5,000 unit Rumah Idaman Rakyat. Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) akan membina 20,000 unit Rumah Aspirasi Rakyat di atas tanah persendirian.

* RM4.5 bilion diperuntukkan bagi menyedia dan menaiktaraf kemudahan dan infrastruktur luar bandar terutamanya di Sabah dan Sarawak.

* Kerajaan akan menyediakan National Water Blueprint bagi memastikan kelangsungan bekalan air di seluruh negara untuk jangka panjang.

* RM17.7 bilion diperuntukkan untuk Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM), Polis Diraja Malaysia (RM9.1 bilion) dan Agensi Penguatkuasa Maritim Malaysia sebanyak RM804 juta bagi meningkatkan tahap keselamatan dan ketenteraman awam serta pertahanan negara.

* Pemberian Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) ditingkatkan daripada RM650 kepada RM950 bagi isi rumah berpendapatan bulanan RM3,000 ke bawah.

* Bagi isi rumah berpendapatan bulanan antara RM3,000 hingga RM4,000, bantuan BR1M akan ditingkatkan daripada RM450 kepada RM750.

* Pemberian bonus sebanyak setengah bulan gaji kepada penjawat awam dengan bayaran minimum RM500 dan akan dibayar pada bulan Januari 2015, pesara kerajaan pula diberi bantuan khas sebanyak RM250.

– BERNAMA

HACKTIVISM: ARE WE SAFE ONLINE?

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Hacked or Not? ….. It is just a matter of time. Your option whether you want an ease of use or a tighter security? When being online is an obligation to you, then this seminar is a MUST!

As an online activist you need to know what are the Threat and Vulnerabilities online. Do you think Whatsapp is totally safe? Think again. Consider all the time that you spent online , are u sure you are not being spied through a “key logger” that will record every keystroke that u entered and later sent to a third party.

In this preview seminar , you will be introduce to all the threats and trojan or virus that may harm your online transaction. Have you heard of a “ZOMBIES” -“DIALER”- DENIAL OF SERVICE” ?

I have been collaborating with this White Hat Hacker cum Internet Forensic Specialist on ways to educate and to help fellow Malaysian to acquire and to get professional certification and Alhamdulilah this short seminar will spearhead our sincere intention. The white hat hacker will be here to share the knowledge this coming event.

Fot those who are interested to attend please sms/whatsapp to this no..011 26253977 just type Hack and your email. Place are limited . First Session Oct 10,friday 8.00pm ( place will only be reveal upon individual confirmation and payment)

Hope to see U all there….Just Remember….

BE ALERT…BE AWARE!

 

~Zamiel Zukie~

CEH, CCNA

 

TUN SUHAILAH , WIDOW OF MALAYSIA 3RD PRIME MINISTER TUN HUSSEIN ONN DIES AT 82

Wife of former PM Tun Hussein Onn, Tun Suhailah, passes away

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KUALA LUMPUR: The wife of former Prime Minister Tun Hussein Onn, Tun Suhailah Tan Sri Mohd Noah, passed away early Saturday morning.

Suhailah died at the Damansara Specialist Centre at 12.30am.  She was 82.

She leaves behind six children, one of whom is Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

Her other children are the late Datin Roquaiya Hanim, Puan Sri Dr Suraya Hani, Rodziah Hanis, Datin Dr Rozita Halina and Datuk Harris Onn.

Her remains will be taken to her family home at 19 Jalan Changkat Tunku, Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur.

Members of the public can begin to pay their last respects from 9am today.

Prayers will be held at Masjid Negara at 12 noon before the funeral at the National Mausoleum.

 

ARTS: WHEN NATURE CALL..

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It was a very inspiring evening that I have spent with Ardy Timmer,  she is a Dutch Nationalities and have been living in Malaysia for 13 years. When I read about this  art exhibition on FB, I immediately Private Message her and inform her of my intention to visit her  exhibition. To my surprise,she responded  and said that she will be waiting for me.

Her collections of artworks were actually exhibited at a nice Cafe in Bangsar, Jalan Telawi 3, Ashley’s By Living Food. It was launched on September  14th by Loes Nas,spouse of the Ambassador Of Netherland. On the same day, an environmentalist Matthias Gelber  gave a talk entitled  ” The Truth Behind The Haze”

Ardy, is truly an artist who paints based on what inspired her, she said that she felt the connection between her painting and the aura surrounding. When others draw to impress she does it to express.

Sharing more of her experience and thoughts, she told me that she recently had formed a small group of Art Appreciation Clubs in the pursuit of promoting arts in Malaysia.

Ardy..you are the best!

BACK TO NATUREby Ardy Timmer

The Back To Nature intends to show  my journey as a painter. From figurative works to flowers and landscapes in which I  express my artistic musings and through which I challenge myself on an artistic and personal level. At the same time, I felt the need to start exploring landscape as that was what I needed at that point in my life. As an ARTIST, I am intuitively guided by the deepest movements of my inner call calling..