Friday, July 4, 2008

Media reports on my parliamentary speech

New Straits Times online :

DEWAN RAKYAT, July 3, 2008:

After three days of melodramatic dissidence between MP for Puchong Gobind Singh Deo and Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia that fixated the easily excitable MPs, the House may have been “converted” into a soundstage for the set of Law & Order: Dewan Rakyat for a fourth scintillating day of juicy squabbles but it was not to be. And for good reason.

But by taking away sensationalism out of the debates, the extraordinarily ordinary came in its place to allow lesser known MPs the chance to take centrestage and argue economic points of the MTR. Loke Siew Fook (DAP-Rasah) must have burnt many midnight oils to bring forth his legwork but it didn’t court controversy until he impregnated his speech with the charge that Umno committed the folly of eroding Malay trust with the inept implementation of the New Economic Policy.

Loke’s charge throttled the perennially choleric interjector Datuk Tajuddin Rahman to blast back, sans Speaker permission as always, as he accused Loke of egging away Malay fortitude, pride and rights with the DAP’s known disavowal of the NEP. Loke refused to back down, insisting that the DAP respected the NEP’s policy of raising the socio-economic status of “poor Malays and bumiputeras”, just as long as it wasn’t done the Umno way. Tajuddin laughed off Loke’s stance, scorning it as “insincere” but the argument lapsed there and then.

But there was another salient point Loke raised that subtly hit the nerve of the national psyche – the inability to maintain punctuality. He complained that the public transport the Government built was fine for its engineering marvels, especially the train services between Seremban and Kuala Lumpur, but he could not stand its continual delays, unlike the services in other developed countries where the train arrives “not a minute early and not a minute late.” That’s hitting the nail on the head for tardy Malaysians’ fondness for flagrant time keeping.

Loke proposed that the transport authorities hire a German consultant to work out the snags in six months to flush the public transport inefficiencies out of its drowsiness. “If the German fails in six months, then you can sack him and if you continue to fail to improve the system, then the Transport Minister should resign or be sacked,” he said.

The Star:

Loke Siew Fook (DAP – Rasah) said it was a myth that most Chinese were rich and doing well economically.

“The perception that there is no poor Chinese is simplistic. Although seven of the 10 richest men in Malaysia are Chinese, there are still poor Chinese,” he said.

Many Chinese traders, he said, often had to resort to borrowing from loan sharks because they lacked the documentation required to seek funds from banks and other financial institutions.

“The micro financing scheme should thus be expanded,” he added.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"punctuality & inefficiency of public transport"

i still remember when i was working in sabah in yr 2002 , i had relied on the mini bus to commute from home to work sometimes the waiting times for public bus could goes as long as 1hour ,sometimes the bus is fully packed that i had to wait for the next bus & as a result i was late for work. from that time onwards i started to rely heavily on car to commute from home to work & vice versa.

I still remember when i visited china (Zhu Hai) i'm quite impressed with their level of public transport efficiency , as not only was their bus terminal huge , there is also buses leaving quite punctually every 15 minutes taking you to any of the provinces nationwide.

if china despite being a huge country with large population could manage well their public transport , why ma'sia being a smaller country than china couldn't do it ?

really a shame......