Budget Speech 2009

Datuk Nur Jazlan bin Tan Sri Mohamed [Pulai]: Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. Terima kasih Tuan Yang Di-Pertua, saya bersyukur ke hadrat Allah SWT, kerana dengan ini dapat saya membahaskan Bajet 2009 yang sudah dibentangkan oleh Perdana Menteri, Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi pada 29 Ogos yang lepas. Sebelum saya memulakan, izinkan saya mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada semua, maaf zahir dan batin serta selamat bertugas kepada Menteri Kewangan yang baru iaitu Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Seri Haji Mohd. Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak yang mengambil portfolio ini daripada Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Abdullah bin

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9th Malaysian Plan Mid-term review speech

Yesterday I managed to debate on the 9th Malaysian Plan Mid-term Review. The speech is as per below… Saya ingin menyentuh mengenai perundingan Perjanjian Perdagangan Malaysia dan Amerika Syarikat. Perundingan ini telah diadakan sebanyak tujuh pusingan sejak tahun 2007 dahulu. Perundingan perjanjian yang begitu penting dan mempunyai kesan besar kepada dasar Pembangunan dan Sosial Negara telah dijalankan dengan secara sulit dan tidak pernah dibentang kepada Parlimen untuk perbahasan. Keputusan perundingan tersebut hanya diperhalusi dan diluluskan oleh cabinet.

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In Parliament: Is the Ministry of Information’s Department of Special Affairs too Islam-centric?

I am not convinced with the Minister’s answer. The  protest votes of the non malays contributed to the poor performance of the BN in the last election. It is apparent that the JASA which is supposed to monitor  current trends and issues which affect the voters were caught unawares by the major shift in the support of the non malays away from the BN. I suspect that the reason is because their activities were mainly Malay centric and focused too much on Islam. Thats why they lost touch with the unhappy sentiments among the non malays.

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In Parliament: Govt’s initiatives to help the middle class in light of the recent price hike and subsidy restructuring

This is a follow up question to enlighten the government on the plight of the middle class who may slip into the lower income group because their needs are not being addressed. I foresaw this shortcoming because the government has been obssessed with implementing measures to eradicate hardcore poverty now estimated at 3.5%. I wanted to know what the government is doing to help prevent the rakyat from being added this percentage! SOALAN: 86 Y.B. DATUK NUR JAZLAN BIN MOHAMED [PULAI] minta PERDANA MENTERI menyatakan cadangan Kerajaan untuk membantu rakyat kelas menengah terutamanya di bandar utama seperti Kuala Lumpur dan

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In Parliament: Influence of Bank Negara’s control on interest rates on interest rates

The US Federal Reserve is independent and  sets monetary policy in the US. They are basically responsible over the control of monetary supply and inflation via the management of interest rates. I asked this question to find out whether the government is ready to let Bank Negara be more independent of the government to strengthen the check and balance and the management of the country’s economy. I had asked a question in Parliament two years ago to find out the number of internationally recognised economists currently employed by the MOF and the EPU. I was told that only Bank Negara

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Real winners and losers

This article first appeared in the Malaysian Insider. The current Parliament session has been extended two days, thanks in no small way to time-wasting and stunts by veteran and newbie lawmakers interested in scoring points rather than representing the rakyat. Yesterday was one such day. The Opposition called for a bloc vote to approve a part of the Supplementary Supply (2007) Bill 2008 that referred to the Youth and Sports Ministry.

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In Parliament: Is there a directive to the media give pro govt reports?

I asked this question to raise the need to review the Printing Press Act which requires the mainstream printed press to apply for a licence and renew it annually. This is unfair because online news portals are not subjected to the same controls. The mainstream Press should enjoy the same privileges  as the online news portals are gaining popularity and influence a growing number of voters especially in urban areas. The public has the perception that the mainstream press is being controlled by the government because the newspapers are unwilling to be critical of the government. This may due to

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