Source : Malaysiakini
MCA Vice-president Fong Chan Onn In a recent interview with Malaysiakini, he urged the federal government to implement as least the first half of the projects, if indeed the government is running low in funds. Here is what Mr.Fong Chan Onn got to say :
“For example if the initial monorail route is 50km and the allocation is not sufficient, we could build the first 25km. At least we need to start the project to benefit half of the population,” said the economist turned politician.
Penangites need the two projects more now, after the drastic petrol price hike, because these are closely related to public transportation, stressed Chan.
However, he did not buy the idea that the decision was made to retaliate against Penang for having voted in a Pakatan government.
On the Ninth Malaysia Plan mid-term review report tabled in parliament by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi , Chan was disappointed that the government has again emphasised the increase in equity holding for bumiputeras in public listed companies.
“I'm disappointed that the government did not reduce the limit. Instead, it proposes to apply the limit to new sectors. I think this will affect national unity,” he said.
In the report, the government is proposing to extend the controversial criterion on equity holding in the manufacturing and construction sectors.
He also expressed disappointment over the proposal for public-listed companies to provide details of employees based on race, in their annual report.
Chan, who was once human resource minister, rejected the introduction of a minimum wage system as a way of reducing the burden on the poor.
"We have over two million of foreign workers who would enjoy the same wage if the proposal is implemented,” he explained.
“The core problem is still with foreign labour. Two million foreign workers not only affect job opportunities for Malaysians, but also pull down the wage (potential) of local workers. We need to study how to reduce the intake of foreign labour.”