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Media Statement by Johor DAP State Publicity Secretary and Senai State Assemblyman Wong Shu Qi on 16th February 2017 (Thursday):

 

Minister of Transport should seek assistance from his Cabinet colleagues should his Singapore counterpart refuses to accept his explanation on the road charge

 

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai recently clarified that the RM20 road charge imposed on the Malaysian-side of the Causeway is not a discriminatory charge against Singapore-registered vehicles.

 

Unfortunately, the Singapore government does not accept Liow’s clarification. This caused an exorbitant cost of RM 166.50 to Malaysian travellers who commute between the countries in their Malaysia-registered vehicles.

It is very clear that Liow is incompetent in this matter. He may need to seek assistance from his colleagues in cabinet, perhaps, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, the Minister in Prime Minister Department who signed the MoU on KL-Singapore High Speed Rail.

 

Liow should bring this issue into the agenda of the next weekly cabinet meeting so that top leaders in UMNO/BN are well informed of the toll war between Malaysia and Singapore.

 

At the same time, we hope that the Singapore government should seriously consider adjusting the road charge from time to time according to the exchange rate.

 

For instance, the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) increased the road charge to S$5.30 to match Malaysia’s RM13.60 EDL toll charge in 2014. It was calculated at the exchange rate of SGD1 to RM2.56 then. However, with the current exchange rate, the matching charge for RM13.60 should be only SGD 4.40.

 

The two governments should resolve the problem as soon as possible instead of escalating this toll war and toll wall. It is not sustainable for citizens of both countries and for local businesses besides being a joke for the international society.

 

 

 

Wong Shu Qi

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Media Statement by Johor DAP Publicity Secretary and Senai State Assemblyman Wong Shu Qi by 26th January 2017 (Thursday):

 

It is the biggest joke ever that a Menter Besar criticised the opposition for not “providing service” to people

 

It is unfortunate that our Menteri Besar, Khaled Nordin chose to make a mockery of himself by a fallacious criticism against the opposition for “not providing service to the people”

 

As Menteri Besar, Khaled Nordin should know clearly that it is his responsibility to ensure the needs and welfare of the people of Johor are taken care off. Thus, when people go to the opposition, it means that his government has failed in their tasks.

 

I am shocked that a politician of Khaled Nordin’s stature would follow MCA’s outdated script when criticising the opposition. For years, MCA had criticised the opposition for not providing the so-called “service” to the people. To MCA, “to provide service” usually means, running errands at government agencies and lodging complaints on behalf of the people.

 

This is the problem and therefore failure of the Barisan Nasional government.

 

Both MCA and UMNO are ruling parties. However, corruption, abuse of power and bad governance caused failure in the public delivery service. As such, MCA representatives from the lowest to the highest level, and now unfortunately the Menteri Besar himself, became highly paid drain checkers and health inspectors to make up for the failure of the local and state government delivery services.

 

When even that failed and the people come to the opposition to voice their grouses, it showed that the government is utterly dysfunctional.

 

Take for example the recent slip up in the Plentong chinese cemetery in the Johor Bahru draft local plan caused by the blunder of MCA councillors. Only after the opposition and local residents objected and MCA created a fracas in the media did the Menteri Besar intervened to “resolve” the matter.

Is this the kind of “service” Khaled Nordin was referring to?

 

We can understand if MCA make such ridiculous criticism against the opposition. This was because they wanted to divert the attention away from their failure to improve the public delivery system. Their role as highly paid drain checkers is proof of their failure as part of the ruling party.

 

Therefore, I am very surprised that Khaled himself would now parrot MCA’s desperate line. Blaming the opposition for not providing service to people should be the last thing a Menteri Besar should say. If there is a request from people, the government should take action immediately and not blame the opposition. By the time the opposition had to voice up on basic issues like local government services, it means the government is utterly dysfunctional. It means, it is now time to change the government.

As such, I hereby urge Khaled Nordin to improve the standard and quality of service of his government instead of blaming the opposition. He should not make himself a laughing stock by blaming the opposition for not “providing service” to people. However, if he himself feels that the government is such a failure that the opposition needs to stand in, I want to tell him that, we are ready to replace his dysfunctional government anytime and we are committed to provide better public delivery to the people.

 

 

Wong Shu Qi

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民主行动党柔佛州宣传秘书暨士乃州议员黄书琪2017年1月25日(星期三)发表文告:

 

大臣侃在野党议员没有服务选民是天底下最大的笑

 

作为一名州务大臣,卡立诺丁应该清楚知道他的责任就是照顾州内所有人民的需要,若人民必须转向在野党议员求助,只证明他所领导的政府不及格。

 

看到卡立诺丁这位资深政治人物竟然跟着马华公会的一贯脚本批评在野党议员,我实在吃惊。马华公会习惯批评对手没有提供所谓的“服务”如跑腿、当投诉中介。但我们必须清楚认知到,马华公会以及巫统是当家的政府,如果有任何问题,州政府及地方政府必须第一时间解决,而不是等到居民或在野党出面施压才来负责。

 

因此,如果有任何来自在野党的声音,都在在证明政府还有进步的空间。通常,民众面对的问题往往是与政府部门沟通不良,要解决问题就必须聘雇更多掌握多语的雇员。

 

可是,马华公会总是忘了他们身在政府之内,他们无法改变内部的决策,或做任何决定,他们也没办法促使任何地方政府聘雇更多具备多语能力的职员或提高服务品质。因此,他们只好怪责在野党议员。

 

有鉴于此,我们实在惊讶卡立诺丁竟然也照抄马华公会的说辞,作为州务大臣,责怪在野党议员没有提供服务实在是他最不应该做的事情。如果人民有所请求,他应该立即做了就是,不是责怪在野党。

 

作为资深政治人物,他应该明白作为一名州议员或国会议员的职责所在,民选议员的责任是立法,可是目前的系统严重限缩立法议员的职责,马华公会只好透过所谓的地方服务转移他们不为也不能之处。

 

我们仅此敦促卡立诺丁,加强州、地方政府的服务品质,而不是怪罪在野党,马华公会闹笑话就算了,他不应该跟着照本宣科贻笑大方。

 

 

黄书琪

 

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Media Statement by Johor DAP Publicity Secretary and Senai State Assemblyman Wong Shu Qi on 13th January 2017 (Friday):

 

The current toll war between Singapore and Malaysia will only create a toll wall between the two countries and cost more lives

 

It is very unfortunate that the Singapore of Transport Minister has officially admitted in parliament that the country will match the foreign vehicle’s road charge of Malaysia soon. With the announcement, the toll war between the two countries is escalating. I have warned of this in my previous statements since 2015. A toll war on both sides of the causeway essentially creates a toll wall alienating people, families and businesses in Johor and Singapore.

 

As such before the situation escalate and worsen, we desperately need greater political will from both governments to prevent this impending toll war.

 

First, Malaysian Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai should clarify if the road charge is equivalent to the Vehicle Entry Permit. If the road charge is actually the VEP, then it is very clear that Singapore government should not introduce an additional road charge as there is also a VEP system imposed by Singapore.

 

However, the RM20 road charge has been collected even before VEP system was implemented. This is probably the factor which triggered the latest toll war.

 

Although Liow Tiong Lai has always been left out in transport-related bilateral talks by UMNO government, I do not see why he cannot talk to his counterpart in Singapore to resolve this issue.

 

With our existing public transport infrastructure, I am pretty sure that the toll war/wall will lead us nowhere should the trend continues. Even if both Malaysia and Singapore governments want to encourage the use of public transport, the hike should be implemented after the Rapid Transit System is completed.

 

Yet, it is very clear that we are not adjusting the road charges based on the principle of reducing private vehicle use. It is merely a vicious circle of chauvinistic “you-hit-me-I-hit-you-back”. It does not reflect the ASEAN spirit of cooperation and much less the close affinity shared by Malaysia and Singapore as next door neighbours.

 

What is worse, this toll war/wall will adversely affect ordinary Malaysians and Singaporeans who travel across the causeway for work and other social and personal activities.

 

I have to remind both governments that an average of 8 lives are lost in a month due to the motorcycle accidents on the way to or back from Singapore. These are mostly Malaysians who commute daily to work and live between the two countries. There is a huge economic and social cost to both Malaysia and Singapore if transport policy along the causeway is not properly and amicably planned.

 

With the toll war threatening to escalate, and the shadow of the toll wall looming ever higher, we can foresee more lives affected, more road accidents and lower quality of life to people who need to travel daily between the two countries. I hereby urge both Transport Ministers to stop the toll war or be held responsible for the lives lost.

 

 

Wong Shu Qi