Objection of the development of Tg Aru Eco Development (TAED)

10th February 2017

The PKR Sabah Chairman Christina Liew together with her vice chairman Kenny Chua and her assistant Secretary Sazalye attended the exhibition of the TAED development plans at the DBKK this afternoon.  They lodged their objections  with the DBKK on the TAED in particular the locality of the development.

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“We welcome any kind of development that will benefit the State’s economy development, providing employments to our locals, promoting our State as one of the tourism hotspot in Malaysia. After all, Sabah, the land below the winds are already one of the favorite spots for the tourists.

Sabah has Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia. We have   beautify beaches including Tg Aru Beach with it’s most amazing sunsets scene and the most spectacular views underneath the sea water for the divers in many of our famous islands. Our State government’s effort to continue promoting, and further developing these beautify places to attract tourist and repeat tourist to visit Sabah is commendable.

However, we strongly object any development projects that may, and likely to, destroy the natural beauty and its environment,  and taking away the existing beautiful beach such as the Tg Aru Beach,  in it’s attempt to turn it into a man made tourism beach couple with hotels and yacht docking facilities for the tourists,  is unacceptable.

Tg Aru Beach is a favourite place among the Sabahan. Many of the Sabahan especially the residents from Kota Kinabalu and other areas had fond memory of the beaches in Tg Aru. Why destroy it’s natural beauty and turn it into a man made beach by the reclamation of the seat front?

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The “assurance” by the project management that 60% (later turned into 30%) will be reserved and available for the locals who wish to visit the TEAD is of no guarantee.

We remember in the case of another resort development in the nearby area of TAED, a piece of land consisting of 4.50 acres was gazetted in 1996 as land reserved for public park at coastal highway, Sembulan.  But on 19th May 2016, the said gazetted land was revocated by the government and it is no one longer a gazetted land reserved for public park. With this past precedent, it is therefor no gurantee such revocation would not happen again in future in the lands reserved for public, in the TAED project.

The people of Sabah are worry that with TAED, it will take away the beautiful sight of the famous sunset view where the ordinary folks can enjoy, like they are now any times.

Further,  from the development plan, it looks like a large part of the TAED project will include hotels and yacht park including other facilites which will be  enclosed,  and only the Tourists and or the rich people can afford to patronize the facilities and enjoy them.

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For the ordinary folks and locals who wish to visit the Tg Aru Beach, they have to go through many “gates and premises” before they have the access to their favourite beaches, which itself is already with limited spaces that are free for them.  Accessibility to the Prince Philp park will be another concern.

Presently we have many hotels build in and around Kota Kinabalu City. Spare this last bit of the beach for the ordinary people of Sabah, with its’ natural beauty.

We have a number of golf clubs and golfing places in and around Kota Kiabalu. We don’t need another 5 star golf course in this TAED.

We urge the state government to bring the concept of such integrated beach front development to other parts of the State, such as Papar, Kota Belud, Sipitang and kudat. All these areas are blessed with beautiful beaches. This is to assist the local communities in their economy development. Provided employments for the local communities that such tourism related projects will bring to.

“A balance development projects in Sabah is what the people need. Do not focus only development in KK city only . Let us bring our tourists to other part of the state to enjoy their holidays. Give back to Sabahan what they are entitled to.  Tg Aru Beaches belong to the people”.

YB Christina Liew
ADUN Api Api

 

Wake up call to implementation safety features

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On behalf of PKR we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims that were drown in a boat ride while holidaying in Sabah.

We urge the authority to treat this incident as a wake up call to make sure the implementation of safety features in all the tourists’ boats are always in place.

The tour operators must exercise prudent discretion when it comes bad weather safety is always first and to be the top priority for boat rides especially during bad weather and rough sea conditions.

We urge the State’s Minister of Tourism Datuk Masidi Manjun to investigate on how come vessel that can only take 12 but had 28 on board in this incident.

Where is the enforcement?

In Korea and japan the minister would resign with so many bad tourism incidents. Few months ago a boat with Chinese tourists also capsized in same area. All were floating at sea for 2 days.

How many more incidents does Sabah needs before some serious action to be taken to prevent such tragic incident happening again?

YB Christina Liew
Sabah PKR Chairperson

Termination of the Flying Doctor Service (FDS) which will affect the rural folks

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Nov 14, 2016

I’m saddened by the news. The FDS is especially important to assist the far-flung rural areas which otherwise have no way out for medical treatment

Desperate villagers, especially sick old folks, pregnant women and children may end up walking to the nearest town for medications and medical attention, which might take between two hours to two days, depending on the location of their villages, aggravating their already frail condition.

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Apart from that, patients with major illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and hypertension will lose their monthly supplies and have to resort to walking, too as the cost of transportation to the nearest town is simply too much for them to bear

Replacing the service with rural clinics or intensifying provision of medical services via land and water will not be sufficient as the lack of proper infrastructure in many areas will prove to be a major obstacle for the efforts.

Most of the villages do not have proper roads even. No public servant will be willing to work in clinics located as such remote areas.

Apart from that, using water and land transportation is just as risky as it also depends on the weather conditions. Therefore, air access is the fastest and most efficient way to reach these villages.

The Health Department must find another way to cut costs instead of scrapping the service altogether as the lives of many poor people which cannot be bought with cash is at stake.

Technical solutions such as switching to single-engine choppers as suggested by officials to manage costs can be done.

The rights of these rural people to minimal medical access should not be overlooked on humanitarian grounds.

Just because most of them are illiterate, live in poverty and can’t voice out their predicaments, they should not be marginalized.

YB Christina Liew
Sabah PKR Acting Chairperson

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Sabah PKR Acting Chairperson YB Christina Liew conveyed her sadness over the termination of the Flying Doctor Service (FDS) which will affect the rural folks in the state.

Liew, who is also Api Api assemblywoman said the service, which provided medical assistance to those living in interior Sabah without access to medical facilities and services, is crucial as they have no other means to obtain healthcare services as well as medications.

The termination of the service by the Sabah Health Department was effectively in place on Sept 30. The department cited rising costs as the reason for the termination.

Call for the State government to reclaim its jurisdiction and management over education.

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The State government should put its foot down in no uncertain term when it comes to safeguarding the autonomy of the state and interest of its people

We agree with the hardline position taken by the Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem in safeguarding the interest of Sarawak and its people insofar the closing of the two IPG is concerned

We urge our State government and our Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman in particular, to adopt a similar stand in protecting the interest of our state and its people, and to send a clear message to the Federal government to object any plans in closing  down the two existing teachers’ training colleges in Sabah and to convert them  into some vocational colleges, as reported recently.

It is time that our Chief Minister speaks up in the best interest of the state and the people. Don’t just simply accept decisions passed down from the Federal government, especially when they are detrimental to the interest of the state and the people of Sabah. Worse still when such decisions were made without any consideration nor consultation with the State government.

This is clearly another glaring example where our State government had failed to exercise its autonomy, if it really exists.

There is no justification for the Federal government to attempt to close down the existing two teachers training colleges in Sabah, instead, the Federal government should further upgraded the two teachers’ training colleges in Sabah to meet the state’s increasing demand for homegrown teachers, especially for the semi rural, rural and interior of Sabah.

I call for the State government to reclaim its jurisdiction and management over education, so that it could have a better say on it, in the best interest of the State and its people and emulate its Sarawak counterpart in recognizing the importance of English language, and to strive to reintroduce it in public schools, as well as in the government departments and agencies.

Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar said, Malaysian politicians are hypocrite in playing politics with education by talking about nationalism when they too send their children to boarding schools in overseas.

Sultan Ibrahim is popularly-recognized as a staunch advocate in championing the restoration of English as the medium of instruction in public schools

The Sultan also cited Singapore as a good example where it had not only through English education system achieved development way ahead of Malaysia, but also successfully forged national unity.

YB Christina Liew
Acting chairperson for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah.

 

Sabah PKR wants Malanjum as next Chief Justice

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KOTA KINABALU, October 23, 2016

Press Statement:

F_11_DxO-Final-Crop1Malaysia had been independent for 53 years, and never a judge from Sabah and Sarawak holding the top position in the judiciary. Since the Chief Justice will retire soon, it is time such position be held by a qualified judge coming from these two Borneo states. If not now, when?

Tan Sri Richard Malanjum is both a qualified and worthy candidate for such a position as  he has held his present position as the Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak for the last 10 years.

His track record holding the position as the Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak shows he is capable in carrying out his duty without fear and favor. He is also well respected and recognized for his remarkable effort of introducing the Mobile Court to reach out to the rural poor in the interior of Sabah who could not afford to seek justice in courthouses otherwise.

In addition, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum was the first judge who initiated the computerization of the courts in Sabah and Sarawak which had greatly improved the judiciary system and benefitted members of the bar, lawyers and judges likewise including the general public who are parties to the litigation.

His (Malunjum) appointment as the Chief Justice will also bridge the gap between Peninsular Malaysia and the 2 Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak insofar the judiciary system is concerned.

Tan Sri Richard Malanjum’s appointment as the Chief Justice would also reflect well on the Federal government’s sincerity in treating Sabah Sarawak as equal partners in Malaysia.

The Federal government must seriously consider appointing the position of Chief Justice to qualified judges from Sabah Sarawak. Otherwise, the people of Sabah Sarawak will not believe that the Federal government has the political will to treat Sabah and Sarawak fairly and as equal partners of the Federation.

If appointed as Chief Justice of Malaysia, I trust that Tan Sri Richard Malanjum will carry out his duty fairly and without fear and favor like what he is doing now as the Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak. His appointment as Chief justice will argue well for the federal government in respecting and promoting qualified judges from Sabah and Sarawak to its highest position in the judiciary.

Many may not know about the  judicial hierarchy, where the Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak is of the same status as the Chief justice of Malaya.  According to the Federal Constitution section 121 (1) (a) and (b), the status of the Chief Justice of  Sabah and Sarawak and Chief Justice of Malaya are of equal status, ie 3rd in judicial hierarchy, with the Court of Appeal president to be of second place.

After 53 years of independence, it is time the people of Sabah and Sarawak to claim our rightful positions in all aspects including appointment of Chief justice from Sabah and Sarawak. Appointing Malunjum as Chief justice will be seen as a significant step forward for Sabahan and Sarawakian.

YB Christina Liew
Sabah PKR Acting Chairperson

Sabah PKR acting Chairman Christina Liew has expressed her full support for the recommendation by the retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus  and the retired Federal Court Judge Datuk Seri Gopah Sri Ram for Tan Sri Richard  Malanjum to be appointed the Chief Justice when the term of current Chief Justice  Tun Arifin Zakaria expires in March 2017.