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Recalculating our debts to one another

Originally published in TheMalaysianInsider. Recently, I read a book by David Graeber entitled “Debt”. At the beginning of the book, the author recalled a conversation where he told an acquaintance that he was advocating the abolishment of Third World debts. Her replied was: “But… they’d borrowed the money! Surely one has to pay one’s debt”.… Continue reading Recalculating our debts to one another

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PRESS: 威省公共运动设施建设及维修

English version here. 2013年3月13日| 大山脚 我在此非常开心地宣布,上星期我已经指示威省市议会向规划、建设及美化小组提呈一项有关威省公共休闲及运动设施的建议,经已被接纳了。 以下是66个分别在威省区内的运动设施: 区域 羽球 藤球 篮球 网球 排球 总共 威北 1 14 6 0 2 23 威中 9 7 11 1 0 28 威南 2 7 5 1 0 15 总共 12 28 22 2 2 66 这些在前朝政府的人民代议士拨款下所建造的球场设施,都没有根据程序呈上图测予威省市议会,部分甚至没有符合正式规格。因此,这些球场并没有被列入威省市议会的景观规划,也不在其维修维护的计划内。 今年,我们拨出了RM450,000.00的款项来提升及维护建立在公共公园及操场的露天休闲设施,这个款项将会被用在诸如维修毁坏的儿童游乐场、操场维护、小径、围篱等方面。不过,这并没有包括维修球场,因为这些球场建成之后并没有移交给市议会。 无论如何,我们接获民众有关很多球场损坏或没有维修的投诉。过去,这些维修或提升工程都在人民代议士的拨款下所完成的。 公共球场设施建造及维修新政策 为此,在地方政府法令第101(c)项条文下,委员会已经同意: 1) 提供款项维修损坏不堪的球场 2) 采纳新的条规予相关球场 委员会也接受同意维修13个经过审查,处于损坏不堪状况的篮球场。其中2个在威北、8个在威中和3个在威南,预计拨款为RM93,500.00. Taman Desa Palma篮球场状况… Continue reading PRESS: 威省公共运动设施建设及维修

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PRESS: Building and Maintenance of Public Sports Facilities in Seberang Perai

chinese version here. 120313 | Bukit Mertajam I am happy to announce that last week, I have instructed MPSP to table a paper to the Jawatankuasa Perancangan, Pembangunan dan Pengindahan on the building and maintenance of public recreational sports facilities in Seberang Perai. There are a total of 66 such facilities in the whole of… Continue reading PRESS: Building and Maintenance of Public Sports Facilities in Seberang Perai

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308 – a marker of our struggles

An email I sent to my friends on March, 8: March, 8 is celebrated worldwide as International Women's Day. It is a reminder both of how far we have come from a 100 years ago in women's rights struggle as well as how far still the journey towards our goal. Today, we stand in solidarity… Continue reading 308 – a marker of our struggles

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PRESS: 大选时监控社交媒体是专制政体没落前的挣扎

English translation here. 文告 2013年3月4日|大山脚 针对新闻、通讯及文化副部长拿督佐瑟沙朗上周六在槟城出席活动时指出,大马通讯与多媒体委员会 (MCMC)将在第13届全国大选时监督社交媒体的运用(http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/3/2/nation/20130302190121&sec=nation),社青团认为此为过时、危险以及反民主的举动,并且反映出这是专制政体没落前的垂死挣扎!这项控制人民发言权的步骤,犹如战争时代的纳粹德国元首希特到勒穆巴拉克和前利比亚领导人穆阿迈尔.卡扎菲,在他们的独裁政权灭亡前的最后一击。 我国目前拥有许多足以对付欺骗行为及滥用公共信任的法令,所以佐瑟沙朗所发出的声明,已经恶意性侵害了人民发言权。这也是另一项足以证明首相拿督斯里纳吉最近所带领签署的廉政宣言是毫无意义的一场秀。 因此,社青团强烈谴责佐瑟沙朗的声明,并要求巫统承诺不受约束与公平的选举,以确保全马人民选出理想中的政府。 社青团要求首相指斥来自他所领导的内阁团队的反民主言论,进而确保来届大选期间的绝对自由言论权。 最后,社青团也强烈要求纳吉及中央政府支持净选盟的八大诉求: 选民自动登记 (允许所有年届21岁的合格国民自动成为选民; 改革邮寄选票 (允许拥有合理理由无法回乡投票的合格公民,以邮寄方式投票); 使用不褪色墨汁 (杜绝幽灵选民); 公平接触媒体 (确保主流媒体不偏袒任何政党); 竞选期至少21天; 巩固公共机构 (确保选举委员会、反贪污委员会及警方的独立性,挽回人民对这些机构的信心); 制止贪污; 停止肮脏政治手段。 沈志强 民主行动党社青团全国政治教育主任 民治行动党社青团槟州宣传秘书 威省市议员

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PRESS: Control of social media during GE13- BN is copying authoritarian regimes in their last days

Press Statement 040313 | Bukit Mertajam I refer to the statement by Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz who said in an event in Penang last week that the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is looking to monitor and control the use of social media during the 13th General Election… Continue reading PRESS: Control of social media during GE13- BN is copying authoritarian regimes in their last days