All new Aduns in Sarawak were supposed to submit questions to the State Assembly for the session this coming week. But 10 questions were rejected for the 20-29 June sitting of the legislature.
Check out See Chee How’s facebook about the Assembly rejecting his question even before he even asked it!
What’s wrong with my Question 3?
Q3 for the Sarawak State Assembly (DUN) is to ask the Minister of Planning and Resource Management:
(i) What is current ratio of forests reserves vis-a-vis total land area, and
(ii) the rationale in awarding and or approving of nine (9) timber concession and or logging licences to operate in forests reserves on the eve of the recently concluded Sarawak State Election, which included Forest Reserves in the Batang Ai HEP water catchment area.
In a letter dated June 13, DUN Secretary notified me that Q3 has been rejected under Standing Order 20(1)(b) i.e. the question contains a statement that I am not prepared to substantiate.
What’s wrong with the question? What statement? How did they know that I can’t substantiate the statement when they didn’t even ask? The question begs for more questions!
Another Adun, Chong Chieng Jen, also had two of his questions rejected for supposedly breaching standing orders.
The questions, published in a Malaysiakini report reproduced on Kit Siang’s blog:
The first question was to the chief minister to state:
a) In the last 15 years, the list of the parcels of land alienated to companies whose shareholders consist of the son, daughter, brothers and/or sister of the honourable chief minister and the acreage of these parcels of land;
b) The premium charged by the state government for the alienation of such land to these companies;
c) Are these land alienated to these companies through open tender? If not, what are the reasons for alienating these parcels of land to these companies?
The second question was to ask the chief minister to state:
a) given that the Syarikat SESCO Berhad has entered into agreement Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd to purchase electricity power generated by Bakun Dam at the price of 6.25 sen/KwH, whether the government has any plan to reduce the domestic, commercial and industrial electricity tariff of SESCO for the local consumers, businessmen and industrialists?
b) who will be the beneficiaries of the cheap electricity generated by the Bakun Dam?
Chong was reported as saying he had no improper motive nor was he suggesting any imputation in asking Taib to list out the parcels of lands alienated to his family members.
What does that say about the state of democracy in the land.
The irony is that the Sarawak State Assembly is the oldest state legislature in the country.