The Kota Kinabalu cabang has set up its machinery to help in the Batu Sapi by election. The machinery led by it’s as Ketua Cabang Christina Liew comprises of the deputy, wanita & youth of the Kota Kinabalu Cabang.
They will be involved in the ceramah, door to door campaign to ensure victory for its PKR candidate. We know it’s an uphill fight against the whole BN machinery. But that will not be deterred us of our fighting spirit.
It never did from the day when i contested under PKR in the Likas by election 10 years ago. I’m still around “lawan tetap lawan”, till we “menang”.
Datuk Karim Ghani’s resignation from UMNO is a right move as he is a veteran politician; he knows what is best for the country, in particular Sabah and the people. We welcome him to join PKR to enhance our effort to change for betterment. He can share his vast political experience and bring the changes by leaps and bounds. Sabahan need to be united irrespective of our background to change the BN government to PR government.
PKR’s Kota Kinabalu divsion chief Christina Liew gives her views on the illegal Sabah residents.
She says that the issue is more than just statistics, and advises that a ministry need to be setup in order to review their citizenship status.
She also says that this habit of people entering the country ‘the backdoor way’ needs to stop, and the increasing brain drain also needs to stop.
Video by Marcel Chong, Citizen Journalist
Published on: Thursday, May 06, 2010
Kota Kinabalu: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah is questioning the rationale for making SPM students pay RM20 each when applying on-line for Petronas scholarships, considering that the oil corporation “is filthy rich”.
As it is, each student has to fill the form electronically and then bank in RM20 to the so-called Petronas Creditors Account.
PKR Sabah Deputy Chairperson, Christina Liew said affected poor parents brought the matter to her attention and could not believe that the national oil corporation would stoop so low.
“Their children recently obtained their results in last year’s SPM examination and were applying for Petronas scholarships.
They had asked for money from their parents to bank in to Petronas.
“RM20 is a lot to low-income families vis-Æ-vis Petronas’ billions of profit from Sabah’s oil production.
Why squeeze the students when it is also a paperless process?
“Petronas should be ashamed of itself when even other scholarship providers, including Shell, don’t ask students to pay a sen when applying for scholarships.”
PKR felt that by right and in line with the Government’s desire to create a pool of future intellectual capital, Petronas should provide a free service to the public.
“Just imagine the amount of money made by Petronas if 10 to 15 per cent of the over 350,000 SPM students nationwide who obtained good results were to apply for its scholarships.
“On top of it, there is no guarantee that these applicants would get the scholarships,” Liew pointed out.
She also said Petronas has so far not been transparent in its dealings with Sabahans. “Sabahans demand to know how many from the State have been awarded scholarships so far and how many went to bumiputras and non-bumiputras.
“What is so secretive about Petronas scholarships unless there is lack of equity? Give us a breakdown for public knowledge.
After all, this is for education.
“Until today, Sabahans remain in the dark as to the number of scholarships offered by the corporation to Sabah boys and girls.”
Given Sabah’s “poorest state” tag despite being an oil-producing state, Liew contended that all the more Petronas should provide more scholarships to deserving students.
“But right now, we really don’t know the criteria for selection.
We won’t be surprised if there are cases of undeserving students receiving Petronas scholarships.”
To be fair to Sabah, she said the National Oil Corporation should consider allocating 50 per cent of its scholarships to Sabah students.
“What a pity that many rural girls are dropping out of school for want of financial support from farming parents when they (rural girls) complete PMR.”
source: daily express
Kota Kinabalu: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah claims it will have more credibility than the present Barisan Nasional (BN) State Government if given the opportunity to administer the State. “We have more credible leaders than in Umno and BN the collective leadership concept we are practising is better than the ‘one-man show’ leadership concept practised by the BN,” said its Chairman Ahmad Thamrin, when opening the PKR Kota Kinabalu Division’s AGM.
He said those questioning the credibility of leadership in PKR need to know the true definition of credibility and see whether it fits the present BN leaders.
He was supporting Deputy Chairperson Christina Liew’s response to a recent letter by a person under the penname “Concerned Public” in the popular Daily Express’ Sunday forum.
“Concerned Public” had stated that the opposition does not have credible leaders and ready policies or guidelines for addressing the issues.
Liew argued that if the BN Government was truly credible, Sabah should not have unresolved problems like illegal immigrants, poverty, electricity and water supplies, rural development, etc.
When the people of Sabah give Pakatan Rakyat the mandate, we will show that the opposition actually can govern much better based on three major principles namely transparency, accountability and fairness and justice.
Liew cited a road construction project from Keningau to Kalabakan costing about RM500 million which actually turned out to be gravel but nobody was held accountable for it.
Yet the Public Works Department suddenly announced last month it is going to apply for another RM200 million to tar the said road we are talking about RM700million,” she said.
“If there is transparency and accountability the cost and money to be spent for just this particular project would not have increased,” she said, adding the RM200 million can be used to seal about 200km of roads throughout Sabah or for another development projects necessary for the people.
On fairness and justice, she claimed the “discriminative policy” of the present BN Government has prevented many students, despite scoring very good results, from studying in local universities.
“They cannot get into university, they cannot get a scholarship although they are smartÉand yet you are telling me the BN Government knows how to govern and the opposition cannot?
Christina also announced that the Hope Foundation, the charity arm of the division, is starting three donation collection centres in Damai, Luyang and Penampang.
She invited the public to donate generously in kind or cash to any of the centres for needy rural folk throughout the State.
“Our centre welcomes any kind of donation, like even old newspapers or instant noodle packs, all these will go to needy rural folk,” she said, adding the foundation together with other non-governmental organisations has also helped provide assistance to flood victims in the northern districts.
source: daily express