Kos kajian tiga jalan berjumlah RM31 juta?

Kos kajian tiga jalan berjumlah RM31 juta?

KUALA LUMPUR: Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang perlu menjelaskan mengapa kos kajian kebolehlaksanaan bagi tiga jalan di negeri itu bernilai RM31 juta, sedangkan Projek Terowong Dasar Laut yang lebih sukar dan berisiko pula hanya menelan belanja RM20 juta.

Pengarah Komunikasi Strategik BN, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan berkata, jumlah keseluruhan bagi tiga kajian kebolehlaksanaan, reka bentuk dan penilaian kesan alam sekitar (EIA) yang berjumlah RM305 juta juga terlalu mahal.

“Saya sedar kerajaan Pulau Pinang belum menyatakan ia akan melibatkan Kementerian Kerja Raya yang menawarkan bantuan untuk mengurangkan kos dan memastikan ketepatan masa projek itu yang saya syorkan supaya dipertimbangkan kerajaan negeri,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan pada malam Selasa.

Abdul Rahman juga mahu tahu mengapa syarikat sama yang diberikan projek itu turut diberi tanggungjawab melakukan kajian bagi menentukan sama ada projek mereka mampu dilaksanakan atau mesra alam.

“Bukankah ini satu konflik kepentingan?” soalnya.

Dalam pada itu, Abdul Rahman yang juga Menteri Kesejahteraan Bandar, Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan mempersoalkan rancangan kerajaan Pulau Pinang menetapkan kadar tol di Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang sama dengan kadar di lebuh raya dengan ‘alasan’ tidak mahu pengendali jambatan itu kerugian.

“Ini tidak boleh diterima kerana kadar tol jambatan kedua ditetapkan berdasarkan operator mengutip bayaran untuk penyelenggaraan dan mendapatkan balik pelaburan mereka bagi pembinaan jambatan itu.

“Bagaimanapun, operator Projek Terowong Pulau Pinang akan mengenakan kadar bayaran yang sama walaupun ia tidak perlu mendapatkan kembali kos pembinaan kerana ia ditanggung sepenuhnya oleh kerajaan negeri,” katanya.

– BERNAMA

Penang’s ‘PKR 5’ uncertain if they will abstain again

Penang’s ‘PKR 5’ uncertain if they will abstain again

GEORGE TOWN: The infamous Penang “PKR 5” assemblymen are non-committal whether they will abstain from voting again on a new Umno motion on reclamation that will come up for debate in the state assembly.

Bukit Tengah assemblyman and PKR chief whip Ong Chin Wen said “nothing has been decided” and they will only do so when the debate commences.

“That one … I will reserve comments. We will wait until the debate,” he said when reporters asked if the PKR 5 will abstain from voting again.

Ong said their stand on the previous abstention on an Umno motion remained.

Umno’s Pulau Betong representative Muhammad Farid Saad has proposed a similar motion to the one he made last year.

His proposed motion is to “urge the state government to cancel reclamation works involving some 4,000 acres at the south of Penang Island and seek alternative financing for the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan”.

Farid’s motion has been given the nod for debate by state Speaker Law Choo Kiang.

The five assemblymen — by Ong, Cheah Kah Peng (Kebun Bunga), Dr Norela Ariffin (Penanti), Dr T Jayabalan (Batu Uban) and Lee Khai Loon (Machang Bubuk) – had chosen to abstain during voting on a motion on land reclamation tabled by Farid during the final day of the state assembly sitting on Nov 27 last year.

Speaker Law Choo Kiang rejected the motion after 23 assemblymen voted against the motion, 10 voted for and the “PKR 5” abstained.

DAP assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu also voted for the motion. But he later apologised for doing so at a press conference after the state assembly sitting.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had criticised the “PKR 5”, saying the abstention was a betrayal to the state.

The five had then responded by saying it was a vote of “conscience”.

Elak kepartian sempit, teruskan berjuang- Wan Azizah

Elak kepartian sempit, teruskan berjuang- Wan Azizah

PETALING JAYA: Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail menggesa agar parti-parti komponen pembangkang supaya mengatasi isu kepartian sempit demi perpaduan nasional.

Ini kerana pihaknya menghadapi pelbagai cabaran dan halangan yang sekali gus menjadikan Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) Sarawak kali ini pilihan raya yang paling sukar bagi PKR.

“Pelbagai cabaran dan halangan mengingatkan kami untuk terus istiqamah dalam perjuangan mendesak pilihan raya yang lebih bebas dan adil sebelum pilihanraya umum yang akan datang,” ujarnya dalam satu kenyataan, hari ini.

Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh itu menambah akan terus mengangkat suara rakyat tanpa rasa takut kerana percaya masih banyak yang perlu diusahakan demi membina masa depan yang lebih baik untuk semua.

“Kami berjanji untuk terus berkhidmat dan mempertahankan kepentingan rakyat Sarawak, sama ada di peringkat DUN mahupun Parlimen,” katanya lagi.

Sementara itu, DAP dijangka melakukan ‘post-mortem’ selepas mengalami kehilangan lima kerusinya kepada BN.

“Parti akan menjalankan post-mortem dan tunggu laporan penuh daripada pengerusi DAP Sarawak Chong Chien Jen. Ia termasuk kegagalan membawa sebarang kemajuan di kerusi luar bandar,” kata Setiausaha Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng dalam satu kenyataan.

Dalam pada itu, Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang itu juga bertekad untuk bekerjasama dengan parti PKR dan Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH) dalam Pakatan Harapan.

“Terdapat keperluan untuk mengukuhkan mekanisme dalaman Pakatan Harapan supaya perjanjian yang dibuat dihormati selain dipertahankan. Pakatan perlu memulihkan keyakinan orang ramai terhadap keupayaan kita,” jelas beliau lagi.

PKR tewas di 37 kerusi namun mengekalkan kesemua kerusi dimenanginya pada pilihan raya Sarawak 2011 iaitu di Batu Lintang, Krian dan Ba’kelalan.

DAP yang bertanding di 31 kerusi hanya mengekalkan tujuh kerusinya iaitu Pelawan, Pujut, Bukit Assek, Padungan, Kota Sentosa, Pending dan Tanjong Batu.

Isu banglo, Taman Manggis dijangka hangatkan sidang DUN

Isu banglo, Taman Manggis dijangka hangatkan sidang DUNGEORGE TOWN: Pembelian banglo oleh Ketua Menteri Lim Guan Eng dan penjualan tanah Taman Manggis dijangka dibangkitkan oleh anggota pembangkang dan penyokong kerajaan pada persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Pulau Pinang, yang bermula Selasa ini.

Walaupun usul pindaan Perlembagaan Undang-undang Negeri Pulau Pinang untuk mengehadkan tempoh jawatan ketua menteri kepada dua penggal ditolak, persidangan dewan kali ini dijangka tetap hangat dengan dua isu yang kini ‘membelenggu’ ketua menteri, selain isu tambakan laut.

Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri Tanjung Bungah daripada DAP Teh Yee Cheu mengemukakan notis usul pindaan perlembagaan untuk mengehadkan tempoh jawatan ketua menteri itu kepada Speaker DUN Datuk Law Choo Kiang pada 31 Mac lepas dan beliau dimaklumkan usul itu ditolak melalui surat bertarikh 3 Mei.

Mesyuarat Pertama Penggal Keempat Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang ke-13 akan bermula pada 10 Mei dan disambung pada 13 Mei hingga 19 Mei ini.

Law dalam surat memaklumkan usul itu ditolak dengan alasan usul yang dicadang dengan merujuk kepada peraturan 31, 54, 86, 93 dan 109E

Peraturan-peraturan Majlis Mesyuarat DUN Pulau Pinang untuk meminda Fasal (9) Perkara 7 Perlembagaan negeri adalah tidak tepat.

Bagaimanapun dua isu yang mempunyai kaitan dengan ketua menteri iaitu penjualan tanah di Taman Manggis dan pembelian banglo dengan harga RM2.8 juta oleh Lim di Jalan Pinhorn, di sini, dijangka tetap akan dibangkitkan oleh anggota-anggota dewan.

Sehubungan itu, Law berharap semua anggota DUN, sama ada daripada pihak kerajaan negeri mahupun pembangkang dapat berhujah dalam suasana yang profesional.

“Semua anggota dewan perlu ikut peraturan Mesyuarat supaya perjalanan sidang dewan lancar, kurangkan emosi demi kesihatan sendiri dan berhujahlah dengan profesional dan rasional,” katanya kepada Bernama.

Pembelian banglo pada harga RM2.8 juta oleh ketua menteri Pulau Pinang itu menjadi kontroversi apabila Anggota Parlimen Tasek Gelugor Datuk Shabudin Yahaya membangkitkan isu itu pada persidangan Dewan Rakyat, Mac lepas bahawa ia dibeli pada harga di bawah nilai pasaran.

Shabudin, yang juga Pengerusi Lembaga Kemajuan Wilayah Pulau Pinang, turut meminta SPRM menyiasat penjualan beberapa lot tanah termasuk tanah Taman Manggis di Pulau Pinang yang dikatakan asalnya diperuntukkan untuk pembinaan rumah Projek Perumahan Rakyat Termiskin.

Sementara itu Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Betong daripada Barisan Nasional (BN) Muhammad Farid Saad lega apabila usul beliau berhubung projek tambakan laut di selatan pulau negeri ini diterima oleh dewan.

“Satu-satunya usul yang diterima untuk dibahaskan kali ini, saya berasa lega kerana dapat membawa harapan besar rakyat ini,” katanya kepada Bernama.

Wakil Rakyat BN itu berkata projek tambakan laut untuk mewujudkan tiga pulau buatan manusia itu terus mendapat bantahan dan mencetuskan keresahan penduduk di kawasan berkenaan.

Beliau berharap usul berkenaan dapat dibahas dengan bijak dan mengambil kira semua aspek terutama melibatkan kepentingan dan kesejahteraan rakyat negeri ini.

Dalam pada itu ketua pembangkang DUN yang juga wakil rakyat Telok Air Tawar Datuk Jahara Hamid ketika dihubungi Bernama, mengambil sikap ‘kunci mulut’ dan tidak mahu mendedahkan apakah antara perkara yang bakal dibawa anggota dewan daripada pihak pembangkang.

“Saya tak mahu keterujaan itu hilang, tunggulah sehingga hari persidangan bermula, nanti anda semua tahulah apakan yang akan kami bangkitkan,” kata Jahara.

-Bernama

 

Guan Eng might face further MACC grilling

Guan Eng might face further MACC grillingGEORGE TOWN: Anti-graft officers have completed two days of questioning of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng about his RM2.8 million bungalow purchase, but he could be called up again for further questioning in the future, his lawyer, R S N Rayer, said.

Rayer, met by reporters outside MACC this evening, said the tail-end of the two-day interrogation had gone well without much trouble.

He said MACC may call up Lim again for questioning when necessary.

Lim left the Penang MACC headquarters in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah at 7.45pm, having been there since 10am, with a lunch break from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Yesterday, MACC officers completed their questioning of Lim and his wife, Betty Chew, over about six hours.

Questions about possible corruption and conflict of interest have arisen about the bungalow purchase and any possible links to the sale of state land in Taman Manggis, said to have been earmarked for public housing.

Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya had brought up the RM2.8 million bungalow purchase at the Dewan Rakyat sitting in March. He questioned if Lim had purchased his bungalow from businesswoman Phang Li Koon at below the market price, while similar properties in the area went for between RM6 million and RM6.5 million.

Lim had stated there was no wrongdoing in the bungalow purchase as the price was determined on a “willing-buyer-willing-seller” basis.

However, questions arose about Phang’s links to her business partner who is the majority shareholder of Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre Sdn Bhd, which purchased the state land in Taman Manggis for RM11.5 million.

Phang made a statutory declaration that she had no links with the Taman Manggis land purchase or the company that owns it. However, documents were made public that reportedly showed she and the KLIDC director were business partners in a Penang-based management company.

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MACC to be done with Guan Eng by evening, says Rayer

MACC to be done with Guan Eng by evening, says Rayer

GEORGE TOWN: Anti-graft officers are expected to wrap up their interrogation of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over his bungalow purchase by this evening, says his lawyer R S N Rayer.

Rayer told reporters outside the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office that officers will be done by “this evening”.

Lim came in for a second day of questioning today at 10am and left for lunch at 1.30pm. He was expected to return at 2.30pm.

Yesterday, MACC officers completed their questioning of Lim’s wife, Betty Chew, over the span of about seven hours.

Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya had first brought up the RM2.8 million bungalow purchase during a Dewan Rakyat sitting in March.

He claimed that Lim had purchased his bungalow from businesswoman Phang Li Koon below the market price, with similar properties in the area priced between RM6 million and RM6.5 million.

Lim then said there was no wrongdoing in the bungalow purchase as the price was determined on a “willing-buyer-willing-seller” basis.

Phang was later linked to Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre Sdn Bhd, a company which had purchased a plot of land in Taman Manggis from the state government for RM11.5 million.

In a statutory declaration, Phang said she has no links with the Taman Manggis land purchase nor the company that owns it.

Guan Eng in second day of questioning at MACC

Guan Eng in second day of questioning at MACC

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is being questioned by anti-corruption officers for the second consecutive day, and had his statement recorded, over allegations of corruption and conflict of interest in deals related to his purchase of a bungalow for RM2.8 million.

He arrived at the MACC office here at 10.05am, accompanied by lawyer R.S.N. Rayer, Bernama reported.

Reports have been lodged with the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission regarding Lim’s purchase of the double-storey bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn and its relationship to the state government’s sale of land said to have been earmarked for public housing in Taman Manggis, Jalan Zainal Abidin.

Lim and his wife Betty Chew were questioned and had their statements recorded. They were accompanied by their lawyers, Rayer and Gobind Singh Deo for Lim, and Ramkarpal Singh for Chiew.

Also questioned were Lim’s special officer, Jeffrey Chew, and a staff member of Winbond Management and Consultant Sdn Bhd, owned by the businesswoman who sold Lim the bungalow.

They left the MACC office at 7pm on Friday, nine hours after they had gone to the office, at 9.30am. They were allowed a three-hour lunch break, the commission said in a statement.

The bungalow and Taman Manggis deals were the subject of questions in the Dewan Rakyat, when the MP for Tasek Gelugor, Shabudin Yahaya, questioned whether the two deals had been done below the market value.

Lim bought the house for RM2.8 million from businesswoman Phang Li Koon, said to be a friend of Lim’s wife. Phang is a business partner of the man who has a majority shareholding in a Kuala Lumpur-based company that bought the Taman Manggis state land for RM11 million for a hospital-cum-hotel project.

It was also alleged that the company had bought the land at below market price and the owner had intended to sell the company for RM70 million.

DAP mustahil bentuk kerajaan tanpa sokongan Dayak – Kit

DAP mustahil bentuk kerajaan tanpa sokongan Dayak – Kit

MIRI: DAP mengakhiri malam terakhir kempen PRN ke-11 Sarawak dengan satu iltizam: menumbangkan kerajaan BN Sarawak pada pilihanraya 2021.

Namun pemimpin besar DAP, Lim Kit Siang dalam ucapannya mengingatkan jentera dan para penyokongnya kepada satu hakikat: kerajaan DAP Sarawak tidak mungkin menjadi kenyataan tanpa memenangi sebahagian kerusi majoriti Dayak.

“Jika kami berjaya mencapai matlamat ini, maka DAP Sarawak sudah bersedia untuk menjadikan PRN seterusnya sebagai medan mengakhiri enam dekad pemerintahan BN, dan menggantikannya dengan kerajaan DAP atau gabungan yang diketuai DAP,” katanya di hadapan kira-kira 5000 hadirin di Pusat Komersial Boulevard, di sini malam tadi.

DAP bertanding di 31 kerusi DUN kali ini, termasuk 16 kerusi majoriti Dayak, iaitu Mulu, Murum, Samalaju, Kemena, Ngemah, Pakan, Tasik Biru, Mambong, Kedup, Bukit Semuja, Bukit Goram, Katibas.

Kerusi ini biasanya ditandingi PKR, lalu membawa kepada pertembungan dengan rakan Pakatan Harapan di enam DUN.

Sambutan yang hambar menandai sepanjang tempoh kempen, namun pada malam akhir tempoh berkempen, warga Miri akhirnya keluar untuk mendengar ceramah terakhir daripada parti-parti bertanding.

Sebaik tiba, Lim Kit Siang bersama-sama Sasterawan Negara Datuk A Samad Said naik ke pentas dan menerima sorakan hebat para hadirin yang majoritinya etnik Cina.

Sementara itu, sejumlah 500 menghadiri ceramah BN – jumlah yang boleh dikatakan baik selepas mengambil kira jumlah kehadiran di ceramah-ceramah mereka sepanjang tempoh berkempen.

Satu-satunya penyandang dari BN, Datuk Lee Kim Shin dijangka berdepan tentangan sengit daripada dua calon Dayak, Dr Bob Baru (DAP) dan Philemon John Endau (PBDS Baru) untuk mempertahankan Senadin.

Calon langsung BN, Hii King Chiong dan lawannya, Ting Tiong Choon dari DAP keduanya berpeluang cerah untuk memenangi kerusi Pujut.

Di Piasau pula, penyandang dari DAP Alan Ling akan berhadapan calon SUPP yang juga setiausaha agung parti itu, Datuk Sebastian Ting.

Tepat jam 12 malam, tempoh kempen secara rasminya tamat dan kesemua pusat mengundi akan dibuka jam 8 pagi.

Banglo: SPRM selesai soal siasat Betty

Banglo: SPRM selesai soal siasat Betty

GEORGE TOWN: Penyiasat Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) selesai menyoal siasat isteri Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Betty Chew berkenaan pembelian banglo di Jalan Pinhorn pada harga RM2.8 juta tahun lalu.

Peguam kanan Lim Guan Eng, Gobind Singh Deo berkata SPRM dijangka menyambung soal siasat Guan Eng pada esok hari.

“Siasatan keatas Puan Betty Chew telah selesai dan dijangka esok Guan Eng akan disoal pada jam 10 pagi.

“Siasatan berjalan lancar,” kata Gobind ketika ditemui di luar ibu pejabat SPRM negeri, di sini hari ini.

Terdahulu, Guan Eng dan Betty disoal siasat selama tujuh jam oleh pegawai SPRM dengan ditemani masing-masing, RSN Rayer dan Ramkarpal Singh Deo.

Ahli Parlimen Tasek Gelugor, Shabudin Yahaya menimbulkan isu pembelian banglo RM2.8 juta di Dewan Rakyat Mac lepas.

Beliau mendakwa Guan Eng telah membeli banglo itu daripada seorang ahli perniagaan, Phang Li Koon di bawah harga pasaran, sedangkan hartanah sekitarnya dianggarkan bernilai antara RM6 juta dan RM6.5 juta.

Guan Eng menafikan sebarang salahlaku dalam pembelian banglo itu kerana harga ditetapkan atas dasar rela hati.

Phang kemudiannya dikaitkan kepada Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre Sdn Bhd, sebuah syarikat yang telah membeli sebidang tanah di Taman Manggis daripada kerajaan negeri pada RM11.5 juta.

Phang dalam akuan berkanunnya menafikan sebarang kaitan dengan pembelian tanah Taman Manggis dan syarikat yang memiliki tanah itu.

MACC wraps up inquiry on wife, Guan Eng next

MACC wraps up inquiry on wife, Guan Eng next

GEORGE TOWN: Anti-graft officers are done questioning Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s wife, Betty Chew over the RM2.8 million purchase of a bungalow in Pinhorn Road here last year.

Lim’s lead counsel, Gobind Singh Deo said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) are, however, expected to question Lim further tomorrow morning.

“Investigation into Ms Betty Chew is complete and Lim is expected to be interviewed tomorrow from 10am.

“The investigation went smoothly,” Gobind said when met outside the state MACC headquarters here today.

Earlier, Lim and Chew spent seven hours being questioned by MACC officers, with their lawyers, RSN Rayer and Ramkarpal Singh Deo, respectively, present.

Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya had first brought up the RM2.8 million bungalow purchase during a Dewan Rakyat sitting in March.

He claimed that Lim had purchased his bungalow from businesswoman Phang Li Koon below the market price, with similar properties in the area priced between RM6 million and RM6.5 million.

Lim then said there was no wrongdoing in the bungalow purchase as the price was determined on a “willing-buyer-willing-seller” basis.

Phang was later linked to Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre Sdn Bhd, a company which had purchased a plot of land in Taman Manggis from the state government for RM11.5 million.

In a statutory declaration, Phang said she has no links with the Taman Manggis land purchase nor the company that owns it.