I normally do not agree with the statistics released by the Ministry of Housing and the Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Well-being. saidahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai dan Naib Presiden KEADILAN they seem skewed in the direction of socialism. But the statistics that the Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, , released recently touched a chord in me. It admitted that majority of the new housing was vacant in urban Kuala Lumpur and that fresh thinking was required to meet the urban housing shortage even within the tenure of the Twelfth Five Year Plan.
For starters, it acknowledged that the housing shortage was not only in the Economically Weaker Sections but in the Lower and Middle Income Groups as well. It also took into account the aspirational trends in the cities today and that housing needs to suit the needs and not by economic categorisation alone.
Redevelopment of cities and housing areas where people have been living for over 80 years to be shifted to new units.
It may not be much but acknowledgement that vacant units have to be forced into the housing market, that old units need asset management, that aspirations of the new urbanites have to be addressed, all show a shift from the previous `I am right’ mentality to a more inclusive `Let’s do this together’ attitude.
Reason enough to hope for change.
Minister Raja Nong Chik’s daughter got RM30 mil govt contract…
To back his claim, he posted documents on his blog Malaysia Today showing how Istijuara Sdn Bhd, a company in which Petra said Nong Chik’s daughter Raja Farhana Raja Nong Chik owned 399,999 of the 400,000 shares as shown by the Companies Commission Malaysia, had been awarded a RM30.8 million contract by the Youth and Sports ministry in August 2010.
Owned since ‘Standard One’
According to Petra, the company was established some 20 years ago when Raja Farhana, now 26, was still in the first year of primary school.
“It has losses carried forward amounting to about a quarter of a million Ringgit and current liabilities of about RM400,000 – against current assets of about half a million and a share capital of RM400,000.
“This does not give a very bright outlook of the company’s finances but I am sure this RM30 million contract can clean up the company’sbalance sheet soon enough,” wrote Petra.
According to the document, the contract for Istijuara was to complete, upgrade and service the training equipment for hospital, marine and oil and gas industry by “direct negotiation” with the government’s National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) in Bandar Penawar, Johor.
A letter, signed by Mohid Mohamed, secretary of the Youth and Sports ministry, further states that Istijuara must deposit five percent of the value of the contract – RM1.54 million – as bank guarantee bonds with a locally certified bank from the commencement of the project to 12 months after its completion.
He said the huge amount of money being spent under Nong Chik’s ministry, including the controversial use of some RM1.5 billion quick housing loan taken from the Employees Provident Fund for low cost homes concentrated within the Lembah Pantai constituency, would make Nong Chik’s bid to win the election there easier.
“With all that, how to lose the Lembah Pantai seat?” he quipped.
In the 2008 general election, Nurul delivered a shock defeat to Wanita UMNO leader Shahrizat Abdul Jalil who had been the MP for Lembah Pantai for 13 years.-harakahdaily
Scandal NFC yang melibatkan dana rakyat berjumlah RM250 Juta, melibatkan Sharizat yang sinonim dengan Lembah Pantai.. kali ini satu lagi scandal yang melibatkan pemimpin yang juga dikatakan sinonim dengan Lembah Pantai terdedah..
Pada 24hb Ogos 2010, sebuah syarikat dengan nama Istijuara Sdn Bhd telah diberikan kontrak kerajaan yang berjumlah RM30, 800,000 oleh Kementerian Belia dan Sukan.Anda boleh lihat butir-butir di bawah.
Ianya mungkin kelihatan agak biasa memandangkan berbilion-bilion kontrakkerajaan dianugerahkan setiap tahun. Jadi.. jka dibandingkan dengan ratusan Billion kontrsk yang bernilai RM30 Juta itu adalah kecil nilainya..
Satu-satunya masalah dengan kontrak kecil yang bernilai RM30 Juta ini ialah Istijuara Sdn Bhd dimiliki oleh Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin, Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Bandar.
Dan ini bukanlah satu-satunya kontrak kerajaan yang telah dianugerahkan kepada syarikat beliau.
Anak perempuan Raja Nong Chik berusia 26 tahun, Raja Farhana, disenaraikan sebagai salah seorang daripada dua orang Pengarah syarikat. Beliau memiliki 399.999 daripada 400,000 saham. Ini bermakna secara praktikal beliau adalah pemilik tunggal syarikat dengan Pengarah yang lain hanya memiliki satu saham.
Pendedahan oleh RPK bersama2 dokumen2 yang lengkap boleh dilihat di sini.- darisungaiderhaka.blogspot.
Raja Nong Chik was born in the state of Perak in 1953 to a family of civil servants. His grandfather, Mustafa Albakri was the first chairman of the Election Commission of Malaysia and also Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal during the premiership of Tunku Abdul Rahman. His father, Raja Zainal Abidin Raja Tachik was secretary-general in the Ministry of Health under second prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein.
He attended Methodist Boys’ School, Kuala Lumpur and later Victoria Institution before studying at the Royal Military College. He obtained his Bachelor of Economics from the University of Wales and is a certified accountant.
Raja Nong Chik began his career as an entrepreneur at the Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (FELCRA) in 1978. He eventually rose to become executive director at a manufacturing company. As a prominent member in the Malaysian corporate scene, Raja Nong Chik became president of the Bumiputra Manufacturers’ and Service Industry Association and also a member of the Malaysia Innovation Council.
He is currently the Patron of Kuala Lumpur FA.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has proposed to raise the eligibility ceiling monthly income to RM10,000 per household, up from RM6,000 for those buying houses worth up to RM400,000.
“These measures may be good to help first-time buyers to purchase their first homes now but there is no mechanism in place to protect future buyers who will end up bearing the brunt of a situation that will only worsen in future,” Real Estate And Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (REHDA) executive councillor Datuk Jerry Chan told The Malaysian Insider.
He said instead of introducing short-term measures, Putrajaya should look at Singapore’s Housing Development Board (HDB) flats model.
“In Singapore, once a HDB flat owner ‘outgrows’ his unit, he has to sell it back to the government where the unit will go back to those who qualify for a HDB flat,” he added.
In Malaysia’s case, current first home buyers may be able to purchase affordable housing built implemented by PR1MA under the RM1.9 billion allocation, but a few years down the line, these owners would reap high profits selling the homes according to market value.
“This means, future buyers will face the same problems we are facing today or worse; they will have to pay higher for the same property that was sold at below market value under the government’s affordable housing programme,” Chan said.
He also said PR1MA affordable housing of below RM400,000 should be built in places such as Klang, Kuala Lumpur and Penang where property prices are very high, instead of at Seremban or Kuantan.
“We do not need PR1MA to build RM400,000 homes in Seremban or Kuantan as developers are already building homes below this price there,” said Chan.
He proposed a three-step approach to fully address the whole affordable housing issue instead of scraping at the surface of it with PR1MA.
“For a start, the government could make it a ruling that loans taken under the My First Home Scheme have a lower interest rate so as to reduce the burden of buyers in servicing the loans,” he said.
Chan said the second step would be for the government to subsidise or to come out with a ruling for manufacturers to reduce the costs of cement, steel and building materials to reduce construction costs and, ultimately, reduce pricing of new built houses.
The final step is to ensure that all those who bought affordable housing are only allowed to sell it back to the government or a property management pool, where the property will only be sold back to first time buyers at an affordable rate instead of to anyone who can pay a price driven up by market demands.
Recently, the term “affordable housing” has been making headlines with many home buyers clamouring for a resolution to increasing property prices, especially in urban areas in the country.
This mostly affects those in the middle- to lower-income group who could only afford homes that are priced at RM350,000 and below. The high prices for properties within cities like Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam and Penang have put homes there out of reach for most middle-income wage earners because of the disparity in income growth as compared to the costs of living.
“The costs of living, including the price of properties, have increased at a speedy rate over the years but income has not increased as much,” said Chan.
For example, 25 years ago, an entry-level engineer had earned about RM1,000, but now, a person in the same position earns only double that, about RM2,000, he said.
In comparison, land prices have increased 25 times in the past 25 years, bringing with it hikes in property prices and costs of living.
Chan said the increase in property prices, especially recently, could be attributed to a lot of factors, from increase in building materials, land prices and the additional requirements that developers has to adhere that increases costs.
According to FIABCI national committee member Michael Geh, the increase in income rate is about 10 per cent each year while property prices increase by 20 per cent each year.
“When property price increases are double that of income, it makes home ownership unattainable for a lot of people,” he said.
He said one of the factors that had caused soaring property prices could be due to a speculator or investor driven market.
“Some developers sell property units en bloc to investors or they give investors insiders’ tips to property launches with discounts thrown in,” he said.
He said this practice will indirectly drive up property prices because there will not be any units left for genuine house buyers, forcing this group to buy units at inflated prices from the investors.
Geh said the ways to overcome this is to involve all parties such as the government, to give discounts in development charges, premium charges and allow for fast-track approvals for projects within the affordable housing range.
“The developers could also implement a fair sales and marketing system so that units are not sold en bloc to only investors but first time buyers will also have a chance to purchase the units at the launch of the project,” he said.
On PR1MA, Geh also said this affordable housing programme is only applicable at urban places such as Penang, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru where houses are out of affordable range.
Under the recently announced Budget 2013, government will allocate RM1.9bil to build 123,000 affordable housing units. This programme will be implemented by PR1MA, Syarikat Perumahan Nasional Berhad (SPNB) and Jabatan Perumahan Negara.
PR1MA will spend another RM500 million to build 80,000 units of houses with prices ranging from RM100,000 to RM400,000 and the locations identified include Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Seremban, Kuantan and Johor Baru.
The houses built under this programme will be sold at 20 per cent below market value through an open balloting system.
The government also announced changes to the My First Home Scheme launched under the previous Budget, increasing the income limit for individuals from RM3,000 to RM5,000 each month and from RM6,000 to RM10,000 for families.
The 50 per cent stamp duty exemption for first-time house buyers has also been extended to December 31, 2014.
Sabarlah pakcik.. moga kepala Dato’ Raja Nong Chik bin Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin yang melastik ball bearing tu pulak pecah kena lenyek lori..aminYes, Khairy, and I can categorically state that you have reduced yourself to the status of an apologist for all of Umno’s crimes against common decency – albeit a very well-dressed one with a posh imported accent
WOMEN, STAY SAFE !from Nong Chik the Rusputin
Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin reiterated his intention to contest the Lembah Pantai Parliament seat during the 13th General Election if he is selected by the Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership.
“I have many times before indicated to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that if I was among the candidates, I wished to contest in Lembah Pantai.
“I know it will be a tough seat to win compared with Putrajaya or Labuan,” he told reporters after attending a Crime Prevention Programme organised by the Universiti Malaya Indian Alumni (PANI-UM) and Lembah Pantai Community and Welfare Centre in Taman Bukit Angkasa, Pantai Dalam here today.
Nong Chi was commenting on reports that he may be contesting either Lembah Pantai, Putrajaya or Labuan.
Asked what was the reason for choosing Lembah Pantai, Nong Chik said he had lived in the area for 25 years and had served the community in various ways.
“I have been involved in solving all kinds of problems in the area, especially those related to the community, all the time unlike some politicians who are only active during the election period.
“So, it is about time I take up the role as the peoples’ representative (wakil rakyat) and serve the people of Lembah Pantai. However, if someone else is chosen by the leadership, I am willing to accept,” he said.
Speaking of the Crime Prevention Programme, Nong Chik said there should be of such programmes organised to create awareness among the people and help the police to fight crime in their respective areas. —
This is fantastic news! Can we please have Shahrizat back to contest the Lembah Pantai seat. We have really missed her. “The way they investigated it is as if they were merely trying to find a reason to let Shahrizat go. What the MACC needs to prove is that there was no influence whatsoever from
Can an election ever throw up the right candidate? Or to put it more moderately, is an election the mechanism best suited to throw up representatives that will strive to work for their constituents and attempt to better their life? Are there in-built into the electoral process, a set of imperatives that help pre-determine one kind of outcome, irrespective of the quality of the candidates? corruption which is gnawing at the vitals of the nation (I know it sounds like a cliché but look around the number of thugs and criminals who are holding political offices and you will know what I am saying) and the electoral system that we have does not ‘consider’ corruption as an issue. Why? Because the voter does not believe that any politician is honest. He takes it as a given and has become fatalist in his approach (so Malays!). So if all politicians are corrupt, the elector casts his vote for a neta who gives them the most (earlier it was who promises them the most). So there is a competition between political parties to up the goodies that they offer to voters – whether it is free color TVs, free power, free medical aid or cheap rise or even thinly disguised cash transfer schemes. With each successive election the battle for offering freebies is becoming more intense. In my opinion elections should be renamed as ‘game of freebies.’ The poor dumb also greedy voter (as all of us are) are taken in by this opium offered to us forgetting in the process that there is nothing known as a ‘free lunch’. Somebody has to fund the cost of the freebies and it is the tax payer (that is you and me that is doing it). Mind you it is not only the income tax payers who are paying for this free lunch but also the poor because there is something known as indirect taxes that you pay while buying any goods/services in the market. And we pay for this in innumerable other ways as well – like the grid collapse in north and east India the other day. So we are all participants ( wily-nily) in this game of freebies that is actually subverting the process of elections and striking at the heart of democracy.
When a poor sport realizes they may be losing, what do they do? More often than not, they figure out a way to cheat. In politics, things are no different. Facing the reality of an ever-diversifying electorate, and their own party’s failure to broaden its horizons,
This is fantastic news! Can we please have Shahrizat back to contest the Lembah Pantai seat. We have really missed her. “The way they investigated it is as if they were merely trying to find a reason to let Shahrizat go. What the MACC needs to prove is that there was no influence whatsoever from … Read more
The word which I think most appropriate to describe the present feeling about Raja Nong Chik,is disesteem. The word captures all the negatives — dishonour, disrespect, held in low opinion of, repulsive, etc.
Why has it come to that? I think the most important factor has been the increasing disconnect between what is desired by the majority and the small elite that’s leading Umno. And that increasing disconnect has also been caused by Umno’s refusal to hold its own elections. Here is why Umno has made the crucial mistake. It thinks by suspending its own elections it can expel the bad feelings; what it does is only postponing the anger and frustrations and disconnect. What it has done is to build up frustration and anger. That will translate into rejection of Umno.
Thomas Paine, the American writer and thinker, wrote “… prudence will point out the propriety of having elections often; because as the elected might by that means return and mix again with the general body of the electors in a few months, their fidelity to the public will be secured by the prudent reflexion of not making a rod for themselves.”
Lest the above paragraph makes life miserable for many Umno people, what it means is that if the elected voluntary submit themselves to be judged frequently by their electors, they will be restrained from forming self-interests. The answer to legitimacy therefore is no prolonged suspension of elections but frequent as per provided for by the constitution. Now, if the elected leaders postpone elections indefinitely, that is a strong presumption that those elected have already made a rod for themselves.