The nine-month old economic crisis, NEAC and EPF would be among the
leading issues to be raised in Parliament by DAP MPs in next week's Parliament
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Friday): The nine-month-old
economic crisis, the National Economic Action Council and the Employees'
Provident Fund would be among the leading issues to be raised in Parliament
by DAP MPs in next week's Parliament.
On Monday, the Yang di Pertuan Agong would deliver the Royal Address
after officially opening the fourth session of the ninth Parliament.
On Tuesday, during question time, I have tabled a question to the Prime
Minister to report to the Dewan Rakyat on "the constitutional and
legal powers/jurisdiction of the National Economic Action Council (NEAC)
vis-à-vis the Cabinet and Parliament, the modus operandi and staffing
of NEAC and the remuneration paid to NEAC members".
My two other questions for next week's Parliament are:
- To ask the Prime Minister to name Ministers, Deputy Ministers and
Parliamentary Secretaries who have sold their properties overseas whether
in their names or that of their spouses and next-of-kin - giving dates
and worth of the sales - and brought home the proceeds to put them in local
banks to strengthen the country's foreign reserves and those Ministers,
Deputy Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries who have such properties
overseas who have not done so and whether there is a deadline for them
- To ask Finance Minister to list out the shares bought by EPF since
July 1997, giving date of purchase, purchase price per unit, total price,
amount bought, and losses incurred at the end of the year and to state
the changes of rules with regard to EPF investment in the stockmarket during
the period, particularly with regard to Executive interference with EPF
investment policy decisions.
My other questions for oral answer for the forthcoming Parliamentary
- To ask the Prime Minister how much the Sultan of Brunei or the
Brunei Investment Agency and the Egyptian tycoon Al Fayed have invested
in Malaysia this year, giving details, and whether the National Economic
Action Council has set up a special bureau with the specific task of persuading
the 450 billionaires in Forbe's List of billionaires to invest in Malaysia.
- To ask the Finance Minister the total deposits which had been transferred
by Malaysians from local banks to foreign banks between July and December
1997, and why the government had not taken any concrete action to arrest
such transfer of funds from local banks to foreign banks.
- To ask the Prime Minister what has been the effect on the new Anti-Corruption
Act 1998 on the war against corruption in the country, and the outcome
of the various ACA investigations into high-profile personalities, whether
it be the former Selangor Mentri Besar, Tan Sri Muhammad Taib; the RM1.2
billion corporate acquisitions of Ling Hee Leong, the 27-year-old son of
MCA President and Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ling Liong Sik as
to whether there had been improper use and influence of his father's political
and Ministerial position or the long-standing Perwaja financial scandal.
- To ask the Prime Minister how many (I) political leaders and (ii)
government officials had been investigated by the Anti-Corruption Agency
since the coming into force of the new Anti-Corruption Act for having properties
or assets incommensurate with their known sources of income and the outcome
of such investigations.
- To ask the Finance Minister the latest position on the Bakun hydro-electric
dam project, particularly with regard to compensation claims by Tan Sri
Ting Pik Khiing and Ekran Bhd., the costs and construction that have been
completed on the project to date, whether the government proposes to abandon
the Bakun dam project altogether and allow the indigenous people in the
affected areas to return to them as their natural habitat.
- To ask the Prime Minister whether the government would adhere to
the constitutional criteria for the appointment of Senators "who have
achieved distinction in the professions, commerce, industry, agriculture,
cultural activities or social service" and to stop making political
appointments to the Dewan Negara so as to restore public confidence in
the State as a second legislative chamber and to upgrade its representation
and quality of debate.
- To ask the Education Minister the number government scholars studying
overseas who have been recalled home to continue their studies in local
universities because of the economic crisis, the number of government scholars
overseas pursuing tertiary courses overseas which are available locally
and whether there is a policy to recall all such government scholars overseas
home to save on foreign currency.
- To ask the Health Minister the latest position on the privatisation
of health care services and the status of the the Economic Planning Unit's
proposal that the Social Security Scheme (SOCSO) be the basis for a National
Health Financing Scheme which would ensure equal accessibility of health
care for all.
- To ask the Human Resources Minister the number of workers retrenched
in each state/industry since May 1997, the total number of retrenchments
expected for this year, and what is the government's monitoring mechanism
to prevent mass retrenchments.
- To ask the Minister for Science, Technology and Environment how
many Malaysian firemen had succumbed adversely as a result of being despatched
to Indonesia last year to help fight and contain the raging fires which
caused the regional haze catastrophe last year and what steps have been
taken to ensure that there would be no recurrence of the regional haze
catastrophe as a result of forest fires in Indonesia this year.
- To ask the Minister for Social Development and National Unity why
an Orang Asli has not been appointed to head the Orang Asli Affairs Department
(JHEOA) 44 years after its establishment, why the number of Orang Aslis
in the JHEOA staff had fallen from 58.9% in 1993 to 30 per cent, and whether
the government would ensure that the next head of JHEOA would be an Orang
- To ask the Prime Minister whether the Government will give full
support, including financial, for the holding of a Peoples' Summit in conjunction
with the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Leaders' Summit in Kuala
Lumpur in November this year and provide an international lead for the
first time in the nine-year history of the organisation in ensuring that
APEC broaden its deliberations from economic and trade issues to larger
peoples' concerns such as social issues of sustainable human development.
- To ask the Minister for Science, Technology and Environment what
steps have been taken to develop a national strategy to protect the critical
infrastructures of the country - such as like electric power system, gas
and oil (storage and transportation), telecommunications, banking and finance,
transportation, water supply systems, emergency services (including medical,
police, fire and rescue) and continuity of government services - from information
warfare covering a whole spectrum of threats and attacks as well as assuring
their continued operation.
- To ask the Minister for Science, Technology and Environment to
give a detailed report on the problem of Millennium Bug'' or ''Y2K'' in
Malaysia, both in the public and private sectors, and the measures and
costs involved to resolve it.
- To ask the Minister for Science, Technology and Environment the
latest number of Internet subscribers on (I) Jaring and (ii) Tmnet; when
more Internet Service Providers would be appointed; and what are the government
plans to great expand the percentage of Malaysians with access to Internet
in keeping with the goal to position Malaysia in the very forefront of
- To ask the Education Minister the number of schools without electricity
supply which had been supplied with power in 1997, giving a state-by-state
breakdown of the figures; as well as the number of schools in each state,
stating whether primary or secondary, which are still without electricity
supply or limited supply, and whether all schools could be provided with
power by the end of next year to make use of information technology.
- To ask the Home Minister the number of printing permits which had
been issued for comic periodicals which originate from Hong Kong/Taiwan,
whether in Bahasa Malaysia or Chinese, giving separate figures for each
year since 1990.
*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary
Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member
of Parliament for Tanjong