Wednesday, August 24, 2016
'Dia kata ada kawan terperangkap dalam stor tapi...'
|Rakaman CCTV menunjukkan mangsa mengikut lelaki tidak dikenali selepas diumpan mengatakan rakannya terperangkap di dalam stor.|
DUNGUN - "Ketika dia memeluk belakang leher dan mendukung, saya menjerit sekuat hati meminta tolong," itulah apa yang berlaku kepada murid tahun dua sebuah sekolah di sini yang menjadi mangsa cabul oleh lelaki tidak dikenali.
Kata mangsa yang enggan dikenali, dia menggigil ketakutan dan menangis sebaik sahaja berjaya melepaskan diri.
"Saya ikut sebab dia kata ada rakan yang terperangkap di dalam stor tetapi ketika berada di hadapan pintu stor saya dapati tiada sesiapa di sana.
"Saya enggan masuk ke dalam stor menyebabkan dia memeluk belakang leher dan mendukung tetapi melepaskan semula sebab saya menjerit kuat meminta tolong.
"Saya terus lari di tempat yang ada orang dan menceritakan kejadian itu sebelum mereka memaklumkan kepada guru. Saya tidak mengenali lelaki itu tetapi dapat mengecam wajahnya.
"Sejak kejadian itu saya tidak lagi ke kelas Fardu Ain dan hanya bersekolah pagi sahaja.
Memang masih takut dengan kejadian itu dan bimbang sekiranya berulang," luah kanak-kanak malang ini kepada Sinar Harian.
KELUARGA TERKILAN VIDEO JADI VIRAL
Sementara itu, ibu mangsa melahirkan rasa terkilan apabila rakaman CCTV mengenai kejadian menimpa anaknya diviralkan di laman sosial dan lebih menyedihkan apabila ada mendakwa video itu disebarkan oleh keluarga.
"Saya sendiri tidak dibenarkan melihat rakaman CCTV itu tetapi saya sangat tekejut apabila semalam video itu dihantar oleh ibu kepada rakan anak saya kepada kami.
"Saya dapati video itu juga sudah menjadi viral di laman sosial sedangkan kami ibu bapa tidak tahu menahu.
"Selepas membuat laporan polis, ibu kepada lelaki yang cuba mencabul anak saya datang merayu supaya tarik balik laporan. Saya katakan kepadanya bayangkan anak saya ini adalah anak dia, bagaimana perasaannya walaupun memang ada rasa kesian kepada ibunya itu.
"Sekarang saya serahkan kepada pihak polis dan undang-undang untuk mengambil tindakan serta kejadian ini menjadi satu pengajaran supaya kami lebih berwaspada mengawasi anak-anak walau di mana sahaja berada,"katanya.
He believes his qualification does not necessarily guarantee him an adequate income, so he works two jobs and long hours in order to own a car and service the loan, something previous generation degree holders could have done with just one job as recent as 10 years ago.
After four years into his job, John makes roughly RM4,000 a month. He said his salary increased gradually through the years, but is still far from enough to pay for the monthly installments of a car he took over from his sister, who has since left Malaysia for Singapore. For a better-paying job.
“I didn't think I would have to work two jobs. Honestly, then (studying) I thought I could earn enough (with my qualification),” John told Malay Mail Online, adding that the sharp rise in cost of living in the city forced him to confront the harsh reality that his full-time earnings alone was not enough to pay the bills.
For the well-groomed and articulate 26-year-old, ride-sharing services company Uber is heaven-sent. Its flexible hours give people like John the time to clock in after working hours.
He says he drives around three to four hours a day, which adds up to about 14 hours of work daily. He also works the weekends, which earns him around RM500 a month… just enough to pay for his car.
But John isn't complaining. To him, and many other graduates around his age, what they earn is based on market rate, although he wasn't aware that the rate has been relatively stagnant for the past 15 years.
Being a degree holder today may not hold as much value as it did as recent as 15 years ago. Worst, degrees often acquired at a hefty cost thanks to skyrocketing education fees are no longer the magic ticket to a sustainable income, nevermind a lucrative one.
One of the primary factors contributing to the devaluation of degrees today is wage stagnation. Millennial degree holders today are still being paid around the same starting salary as their older counterparts 10 years ago.
“Ten years ago, a starting salary for a fresh graduate was about RM1,800. Now it's about RM2,000 to RM2,200. So the increase is really slow compared to the inflation rate,” Sharon Soo, director of Savant Search Malaysia, a headhunting firm employed by corporations like the Berjaya Group and multinational Emerson Electric, told Malay Mail Online.
Cost vs earnings
For educated millennials, often stereotyped as the “bratty” and “unrealistic” generation, working two jobs has become quite the norm in the country's industrialised states like Penang and Selangor where cost of living is definitely higher than say, in smaller towns.
And Uber, and its competitor Grab, have become a popular second job option for educated millennials looking to supplement their low full-time earnings. And the numbers are growing by the day, Soo said.
“It's hard for them to sustain and a lot of them are actually getting financial aid from their parents… without parents it can be quite difficult. A lot of my candidates are doing Uber and with Uber you can make quite a bit if you're hardworking.”
But working two jobs can be taxing in the long run. And millennials are beginning to ask if investing so much in their education, which can go up to half a million ringgit for an overseas degree, is worth it since most end up having to work low-paying jobs, and drive Uber on the side just so they can pay their mortgages or car loans.
“Realistically, I don't think I can earn enough to buy a house in 10 years with my pay… and with the situation in the market, I don't think our salaries are going to get any better,” Gerald Wan Tom, 28, who works in a hotel staff and has a degree in hospitality, told Malay Mail Online.
Gerald earns RM4,500 a month after five years into his job. Half of his salary goes to rent (RM1,000 for an apartment in Damansara Perdana) and servicing his car loan (RM700), which leaves him with only around RM2,000 to spend.
“My total education cost was about RM35,000. With expenses I think it went up to RM40,000… when I was studying of course, I expected to make enough with my qualification,” said Gerald, who graduated from Taylor’s College, one of the many private colleges here.
In Malaysia, most parents believe a degree, especially those acquired from Western countries, would give their children the edge in an increasingly competitive labour market.
This is understandable since colleges spend heftily to market their services to parents as insurance for their children's future, which explains why some parents go to great lengths, and sometimes even beyond their means, to secure their children university degrees.
Jason Chi, 31, is one such example. His parents spent RM500,000 to send him to Switzerland to study hospitality. But like Gerald and John, he too drives for Uber after his working hours as a manager in a factory in Ipoh, where the cost of living is still relatively low compared to that in Kuala Lumpur or Johor Baru.
“I do it out of necessity. It helps me pay for the car (a Perodua MyVi) and give me some extra cash to spend. With the qualification I got of course I didn't expect to fall under the category of urban poor. I mean I live above the poverty line but that doesn't mean I'm doing well. I'm struggling to even have a medium (income) life,” Chi told Malay Mail Online.
Wage depression among millennials is not unique to Malaysia. In developed countries like the United States, today’s 30-year-olds make about as much as a 30-year-old would have in 1984, and a dollar less than a 30-year-old in 2004, a study by the Centre for American Progress showed. And this is despite the fact that most millennials there, just like their counterparts in Malaysia, have degrees.
A straw poll conducted by Malay Mail Online found that the majority of millennials with degrees interviewed earn around RM3,000, just RM1,000 above BNM's unofficial definition of urban poor. Malaysia has yet to develop a standardised gauge to define urban poor.
For a top Malaysian student like Priya (a pseudonym), who graduated with a degree in information technology with a near-perfect CGPA of 3.8, the problem of wage stagnation coupled with rapidly shrinking buying power caused by a weak ringgit means a RM5,000 monthly salary ― once considered a high pay ― is no longer enough.
She is planning to get married soon but she's worried that she may not make enough to sustain a family. As an additional income, she has turned her passion of cake decorating into a part-time job.
A good month means she can make RM2,000, a decent amount, and RM1,000 on a bad month. But all that has changed since Malaysia's economy tumbled.
“The economic downturn started last year and since then I don't get many orders. Even if I do get, it’s just simple orders. It's not great but I'm still surviving,” Priya told Malay Mail Online.
Priya said she and her fiance are planning to buy a house, only if they can afford it.
With Malaysian house prices close to doubled in the past 10 years, according to BNM data, most millennials have resigned to the fact that they may have to rent for life.
In a special report on wage stagnation published by Malay Mail Online recently, official data indicates that wages in Malaysia have grown at a 90 per cent slower rate than productivity. For major states like Kuala Lumpur and Penang, wage growth the past two years is in the negative when adjusted to inflation.
Soo said businesses have now exploited the slowdown to keep starting salaries for degree holders low since hiring opportunities have lessened: “Now the rate is RM2,200. Before it was RM2,500 but they have lowered it because they know graduates have no choice but to take it.”
Critics have long called for the government to address the wage problem. Some say Malaysia needs to invest more in education and human capital to move away from a commodity and export oriented economy, to an innovative driven one. But an immediate solution would be to help keep costs low for urban dwellers, a view shared by many millennials.- malaymail
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has apologised for amending the Federal Constitution to curtail the role of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in the legislative branch.
"I would like to apologise for the amendment to the constitution, which made the approval and signature of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong no longer necessary for the legalising of an Act of Parliament.
"It would seem that because of the amendment, the new National Security (Council Act) has become operational, even though the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has not signed it," Mahathir wrote in his blog shortly after midnight.
However, he pointed out, anything that has to do with the Agong's right to declare emergencies still required the King's signature.
The NSC Act grants the prime minister the power to declare security zones, in which security forces will take charge.
Critics have said this is akin to declaring an emergency, something which only the Agong can do.
In 1994, the Mahathir-led government passed amendments to the constitution to allow any law that is been passed by both the Parliament and the Senate to become law within 30 days, irrespective of whether the Agong gives his assent.
On Feb 17, the Conference of Rulers asked for the NSC Bill to be refined, but this was not done.
Then, according to the national gazette, the NSC Bill was automatically assented the following day, on Feb 18, as per the amendments that Mahathir oversaw.
The bill was gazetted into law in June, and came into force on Aug 1.
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YOURSAY | ‘As an elected official, you should be subject to public scrutiny.’
Tan Kim Keong: The only people in public office who do not want to disclose their assets are people with something to hide. These people will find requirement for public declaration of their assets disturbing for obvious reasons.
The threat of family members being kidnapped is merely an excuse.
Anonymous_3fe4: The world's richest, including Malaysia’s, have their net worth reported all the time. I don't see mass kidnapping of them or their family.
It is only those who have plenty to hide - and perhaps owning assets way, way above their means - that they are afraid to let public know how wealthy they are.
Simple Malaysian: As a publicly elected officer, you are compelled to be transparent about your assets. If you are not willing to do so, then withdraw from public life and you shall have your privacy.
Ku Nan is probably trying to tell the public that he has way too much to declare.
Anonymous_1371479577: If you are a private person, then you are entitled to your privacy. As an elected politician and/or public official, you should be subject to public scrutiny that comes with the job. That is a norm is most democratic countries.
Failure to disclose may not be illegal, but it does show something to hide.
Jaycee: Indeed, if you do not wish to declare your assets, leave public office.
Anonymous 2362021442199789: You declare your assets to MO1 (Malaysian Official 1) and MO1 declares his assets to you. That way, both of you have declared your assets.
Next, have the assets declarations classified under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). Then have both these declarations buried mid-ocean, preferably in the Marianas Trench so that they cannot be exposed by potential whistleblowers.
Now both can sleep soundly with the firm belief that no potential robbers or kidnappers know how much each of you are worth.
Ib: The choice is simple. Resign from all public positions. Otherwise, what you are suggesting that you have great unexplained wealth.
The kidnappers are for the police to handle. Are you saying the police force is not trustworthy?
Anonymous_1408265047: I could not wait to send this article to my friends overseas. In the developed world, all politicians have to declare their assets.
Why do many of the country's politicians go to great lengths to make themselves the laughing stock of the world? It would seem that being a moron is a requisite for being a government politician.
Tok Karut: I believe the scandals involving Umno have allowed or encouraged every hoodlum in whatever guise - the taxi driver, the ordinary tradespeople, everybody in the food chain - to try to trick the unsuspecting public into parting with whatever little money they may have as ordinary folks.
I used to believe - hey, that's a Muslim fellow, his religion forbids him from having ill-gotten gains - but that has gone with the wind.
Anonymous_4056: With RM2.6 billion in the bank, who doesn't want to retire to do gardening and concentrate on one’s golfing skills?
We, the rakyat actually salute and praise and thank former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad for speaking out even in his old age. At this advance age, he should be left to enjoy his retirement. Certainly he can't in view of the circumstances.
Mahathir has every right to make sure future prime ministers do not destroy what he has painstakingly built over the last 22 years.
Najib, if you step down, I’m sure Mahathir will go back to gardening.
Anonymous Hotplate: Why is Najib now attacking Mahathir on very occasion everywhere and in all states when he is up on stage. He talks nothing about the country except condemn Mahathir throughout his speech.
Who cares what he does after his retirement as he has billions to spend and can live happily. All we want is for him to quit from his posts
Anonymous_1416272691: I can’t believe that Najib is talking about harassing his successor. He should be praying that his successor doesn't come knocking on his door to harass him.
Is Najib planning to migrate to the country where his son-in-law has set up shop? There are lots of gardening space there and with his wealth, I am sure he can afford to have more than just a garden.
Mushiro: If Najib dare to have a 60-minute dialogue with student leaders, why can’t he have a 60-minute debate with Mahathir? This will be the best, and most gentlemanly, way for Najib to put down Mahathir and clear himself.
Attacking Mahathir in a monologue using the government subservient media has not taken, and will not, take Najib anywhere. - Mkini
Are we concerned about certain headlines in the press and mass media of late?
Amongst several, these stated, ‘We’ll defend every inch of Sabah, vows Najib’ (Daily Express May 29, 2016), ‘Better not to marry illegals’ (Daily Express July 3, 2016), ‘50% of complaints over documents’ (Borneo Post Aug 18, 2016), ‘Threat to Sabah security no longer contained to its east coast’ (New Strait Times March 5, 2016), ‘A case of false patriotism?’ (Daily Express, Aug 19, 2016), and another prominent one from the ex-premier ‘Mahathir Mohamad on corruption and ‘saving Malaysia’’ (Al Jazeera June 24, 2016).
So what is the state of the nation now when we have such frightening or threatening messages? These are really clarion calls that we are in a mess due to the fundamental abuses in our national identity cards and the so-called Project IC to hundreds of thousands, and now allegedly reaching millions, considering all those children born in Sabah and Malaysia for decades.
Many have written much about the massive abuses and I have also done my part in several publications on the extra people Identity cards (EPIC of Sabah).
Are we not in a perilous security environment which has obvious getting out of hand even after the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants Sabah (RCI IIS) 2012 till now? We do not have any solution from the RCIIIS, although so much was told over the hearings.
It would appear we are really stuck with the millions of illegal with dubious documents or otherwise. The ugly manifestations are now conveyed in the headlines ‘50% of complaints over documents’ where many are totally not qualified to get the genuine documents as human rights are not borderless as far as citizenship is concerned, and ‘A case of false patriotism’ where the illegals are just bidding their time, and ‘Better not to marry illegals’ when many are entangled in relationship with illegals.
From the RCIIIS hearings, we know the confirmed leaders near and far were involved with Project IC albeit much denials, so much so that we are still in a dilemma over the presence of illegals with or without whatever questioned documents despite much expectation of the RCIIIS since 2012.
Wasn’t Megat Junid Megat Ayob the deputy home minister in Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s cabinet for 11 years, and was so often mentioned as the alleged front man for the alleged Project IC?
Former state assemblyperson Dr Chong Eng Leong mentioned Chief Minister Musa Aman as allegedly being involved with Project IC in the RCIIIS and the CM intervened in the hearing session, but there was silence therefrom. Why?
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who ordered the RCIIIS, appears to have forgotten about that as he has become mired with 1MDB, and yet he dared to say “We’ll defend every inch of Sabah, vows Najib”, when their actions and omissions and deliberate forgetfulness have allegedly handed over Sabah and the sovereignty of the nation to the neighbouring nation or nations slowly but surely when the local genuine people are outnumbered by the ‘outsiders’.
Mahathir should also search his conscience as to how he can save Malaysia with his declaration thereof supported by sort of a million of signatures, when it is getting nearer to hand over Sabah to outsiders as a scenario of the ‘Trojan horse’ allegedly established in his 22 years of leadership.
Have you ever listened to Malaysia’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman’s speech when he declared the independence of Malaya in 1957? At the end of his inspiring and rousing declaration, he says something interesting.
“Now in the name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful, I, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halimshah, Prime Minister of the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, with the concurrence and approval of Their Highnesses the Rulers of the Malay States do hereby proclaim and declare on behalf of the people of the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu that as from the 31st day of August, 1957, the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu comprising the states of Johor, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Selangor, Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu, Perak, Malacca and Penang is and with God’s blessing shall be forever a sovereign democratic and independent state founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people and the maintenance of a just peace among all nations.”
When it comes to democracy, people like to compare the system we have in Malaysia with other countries. Imagine comparing Tunku’s speech with the US’ Declaration of Independence. It would seem similar seeing that both countries were founded on the belief that there should be liberty and justice for all in a democratic environment where the people are the beholders of their own fate. Seems fair.
Sure, Malaysia has a Westminster parliamentary system while the US is a federal republic. We elect parties and party members choose the prime minister. Americans elect congressmen, senators and the president directly.
There are slight differences here and there, but the basis of the democratic system should be similar. There should always be a platform for the people, which is essentially their right to vote in elections, and a check and balance for the authority.
Currently, there is a lot of attention being given to the US because their presidential election is coming up soon and they have two of the most popular (but probably not favourable by the voters) candidates - Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
I recently had the opportunity to have a one-to-one interview with political scientist Kyle Kondik from the University of Virginia Center for Politics. We talked extensively about US politics and the coming election.
But one main topic that interested me was regarding the power and authority of the man or woman in the spotlight - the president.
With both candidates, Trump especially, making outlandish and ridiculous campaign promises, how worried the Americans are that these just might become reality. For example, building walls along the US borders and barring Muslims from entering the country.
But Kondik wasn’t too worried about the next president brandishing absolute power because it is just impossible with the existence of two other independent branches of government - the legislative and the judiciary.
Any major decision that the executive (president) wants to take will always need approval from the Congress. And there never is a guarantee that there will be a supporting Congress, not even if both houses are held by the president’s party.
As Kondik explains, the president really can’t act as he or she pleases because the system ensures that everything will be protected from absolute power. It would be dangerous if that is the case. So basically, the president is really there to be a leader and not authoritarian dictator.
Now back to Malaysia.
The democratic system in Malaysia also provides the people the right to vote in an election. However, with gerrymandering and manipulation, the value of the individual votes will vary from constituency to constituency.
Also, although there is supposed to be a separation of the executive, legislative and judiciary, the amendment of laws throughout the decades since independence has ensured that a lot of power falls solely in the laps of the executive.
In the very recent past itself we have seen new acts being put in place that will allow the executive to instantly wrangle absolute power without the need to of real and valid justification. The National Security Council (NSC) Act is one such example.
Any vague reason can be given to declare a state of emergency that would in turn put all power and authority into the hands of a ‘security council’ which would be led by, guess who, the prime minister himself.
The system has been slowly moulded and designed so that whoever succeeds in obtaining the coveted position of prime minister will almost be guaranteed the post for as long as he wishes due to the almost absolute power he has (whether officially or not).
Yes, in essence the legislative needs to be consulted when acts and laws like these are tabled, debated and passed. But the way the system is set up allows things to just be bulldozed through as we have seen happening time and again.
So when the many Malaysians out there demand for a proper democratic system to be implemented in the country, it seems illogical to have the elected leaders respond by saying that we need a different kind of democracy here due to the difference in culture. That’s bulls**t.
Malaysia is in dire need of a revamp of the political system. Enough is enough and we have to do something so that a proper democratic system with checks and balances can ensure that no one man is greater than any of our institutions.
ZAN AZLEE is a writer, documentary filmmaker, journalist and academic. He likes the idea of democracy. Visit FATBIDIN.COM to view his work. - Mkini