Malay Reservation and National Unity

9 06 2010

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Has Malay Reservation land anything to do with national unity? It has, judging from the controversy over the development of 307 acres known as Kampung Bahru, which is literally next to the Golden Triangle, the posh business centre of Kuala Lumpur.

Objections range from those who speak about preserving the “Malay village” in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city as a national heritage to the giving away of 40% of reserved Malay land to non-Malays. Perhaps the only contiguous tract of land in the city owned by the Malays, the rest, as suggested by Tun Dr Mahathir, has largely been Chinese-owned for so long.

Arguments hinge upon the value of the land with stipulated conditions of ownership transfer, the ability to develop the land and sell the units based on the existing conditions.

Developing Kampung Bahru has been mooted out years ago. This time the idea came out after the Primer Minister did a “walkabout” to the area. Now the Minister of the Federal Territories is talking about Acts of Parliament to establish the Federal Territories Land Working Committee and Kampung Bahru Development Corporation. Some smell rats in the proposal and the power to be acquired from the Acts of Parliament.

Some of the Kampong Bahru residents have spoken out, individually and through the Kampong Bahru Residents Association.

Let’s check this out from the following articles and discuss them in the usual manner.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 03, 2010

NO to non-Malays in KL’s Kg Baru

“We are going to fight for our land. We will never accept the proposal to open 40 percent to non-Malays in Kampung Baru. Any native of Kampung Baru will not agree to the proposed lifting of restricted ownership.This land belongs to the Malays, hence the name Malay Agricultural Land. It was given by the then Sultan Selangor to the Malays.” – Baki Husin, 72, a Kg Baru land owner

The above are excerpts from The Malay Mail’s report No to non-Malays in Kg Baru. It’s the Most Viewed article this week. To be fair to the government, it has said that the proposed 60:40 idea is just an idea and that it’s out to gather feedback. Well, based on the feedback so far, the FT and Urban Well-being Minister Raja Nong Chik must realize now that it’s not going to be a walk in the park at all. Previous administrations have tried. I think it would be wise to accept that he only way to develop Kg Baru is to ensure that Malay ownership remains intact. It ain’t broke, why fix it?

http://rockybru.com.my/

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May 29, 2010 20:03 PM
Interests Of Malays Will Not Be Affected In Kampung Baru Development- Raja Nong Chik

KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 (Bernama) — The interests of the Malays in Kampung Baru here will not be jeopardised even if non-Malays are given a 40 per cent quota to own property in the area when the Kampung Baru Development Project is implemented later, said Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

He said this was because the Federal Territories Land Working Committee and Kampung Baru Development Corporation which will be established under acts of Parliament would serve as mechanisms to protect Malay ownership of property in the area.

“This will allow maximisation of the development potential of Kampung Baru…and when we say non-Malays, it is not limited to non-Malay Malaysians but also interested foreign investors.

“If we continue to restrict development of the area to only Malays, I don’t think we will be able to get value of RM4,000 or RM1,000 (per square feet) as is desired by the landowners and beneficiaries,” he told reporters after holding a meeting on developing Kampung Baru with landowners and beneficiaries of the Malay settlement in the city, at the Putra World Trade Centre here Saturday.

Based on the proposed lifting of restrictions to develop the prime land, non-Malays will be eligible to own business and housing properties which will be built, on a ratio of 60:40.

Raja Nong Chik said, the Cabinet at its meeting earlier this month, had agreed in principle to the proposal.

Presently, there are restrictions preventing non-Malays from owning land or properties in the settlement, which has caused a dilemma in maximising the development potential of Kampung Baru.

Asked if the RM4,000 per square feet value was realistic, Raja Nong Chik said it was rather high but not impossible to be met in the long term.

Raja Nong Chik also said that the government had agreed to appoint Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) as the master developer for Kampung Baru and that two other government-linked companies (GLCs), Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) and Pemodalan Hartanah Berhad (PHB), had also been asked to come on board.

He said the government would not be the developer but play a supervisory role as it did not have the capacity and that the three companies were considered because they would be able to protect the interests of the Malays.

However, other GLCs would be encouraged to take up ownership of properties to be built, he added.

The size of Kampung Baru is 307.344 acres and based on the valuation done on 136 acres in March 2007, land there was valued at between RM270.00 and RM300.00 per square feet for housing and from RM500.00 to RM600.00 per square feet for commercial lots.

– BERNAMA

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=502054

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Monday May 31, 2010

Most Kg Baru residents want development
By BAVANI M
bavanim@thestar.com.my

THE meeting between Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin with landowners and residents of Kampung Baru on Saturday, to discuss the redevelopment plans, was a cordial affair with most owners agreeing that the 100-year-old village must be developed.

Several landowners and residents, however, were sceptical over the Government’s proposal that Kampung Baru be opened to non-Malays and questioned the rationale for this.

Many feared their interests would be affected if the government were to lift the restriction on non-Malays to own properties and conduct business in Kampung Baru by introducing a ratio of 60:40.

Raja Nong Chik said the only way for Kampung Baru to develop in tandem with its surrounding areas was to open its doors to the non-Malays.

He, however, stressed that the interests of the Malays would not be affected in any way as the Federal Territories and Land Working Committee and Kampung Baru Development Corporation, which would be formed once a Bill is tabled in parliament, would protect the interests of the stakeholders.

“The landowners want a value-for-money deal that is on par with the surrounding areas like KLCC but the value of their land must also be on par with the value of the surrounding areas. This would not be possible if Kampung Baru remains as it is.

“We are aware of the sensitivity of the issue and I was expecting fireworks at the meeting on the 40% quota but if we continue to restrict development to only Malays, it would be difficult to get the value that the residents want,” he said.

Nong Chik added that for Kampung Baru to develop fully, it must do way with archaic rules such as land titles could only be owned and rented by Malays. The proposal is also in line with the Government’s 1Malaysia concept.

When asked if the landowners request that the land value be set at RM4,000 per sq ft was realistic, Raja Nong Chik said: “If we are talking about term plans maybe but if they are seeking immediate gains then it is not. It also depends on the government-linked companies (GLCs) which want to develop the land. If the land price is too high then no one will want to do it as the GLCs are also accountable to their shareholders,’’ he said.

Nong Chik added that the government could not be expected to pump in money just to compensate 4,000 landowners as it had to take care of the entire country.

Meanwhile, Persatuan Pembangunan Kampung Baru Kuala Lumpur (PPKB) vice-president Dr Mohd Yusof Ismail said the association did not think Kampung Baru should be open to non-Malays.

“We agree that properties can be leased or rented out to non-Malays but there should not be any transfer of titles or ownrship. Kampung Baru represents a symbolic presence of the Malays in the capital city. Therefore, it belongs to all Malays in the country and that interest should be safeguraded at all cost,’’ he said.

About 1,000 residents attended the meeting and those who were unable to attend can write in their feedback and suggestions to the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry.

The Cabinet approved the redevelopment plans submitted by the ministry recently.

There were three components to the redevelopment plans — one of it is that the Cabinet had agreed that Kampung Baru would be developed comprehensively and secondly that a Kg Baru Development Corporation will be formed and a bill tabled in Parliament to allow for the setting up of the corporation by the end of the year.

Thirdly, only a GLC will be involved in the project.

It was revealed during the meeting that Permodalan Nasional Bhd has been selected to be the lead developer for Kampung Baru.

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2010/5/31/central/6368059&sec=central

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May 31, 2010 16:46 PM
Proposal To Develop Kampung Baru On A 60:40 Ratio Not Final

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (Bernama) — The proposed Kampung Baru redevelopment based on a 60:40 ratio of Malay and non-Malay participation, cannot be finalised without acceptance from land owners said Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

The government would hear feedback and views of land owners before making any decision said Raja Nong Chik.

“Kampung Baru land owners need not worry. What we had put forward to them on Saturday is just the beginning and we want to listen to feedback from land owners themselves,” he said in a statement Monday.

On Saturday, a meeting was held between the government, landowners and beneficiaries of Kampung Baru at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), with regard to a proposed development in the area.

Raja Nong Chik said the interests of the Malays in Kampung Baru here will not be jeopardized even if non-Malays are given a 40 per cent quota to own property in the area when the Kampung Baru Development Project was implemented later.

“This is to allow maximization of the development potential of Kampung Baru…and when we say non-Malays, it is not limited to non-Malay Malaysians but also interested foreign investors.

“This will maximize returns to land owners who can also invest in the development,” he said.

– BERNAMA

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=502322

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June 04, 2010 20:14 PM
Kg Baru Land Will Not Be Sold To Non-Malays – Raja Nong Chik

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 (Bernama) — Not a single square inch of land in the redevelopment of the Kampung Baru Malay settlement in the city will be sold to non-Malays, said Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

“As I had explained, the 60:40 ratio for property ownership in the area was only a proposal by the government and did not mean the existing land there would be sold to non-Malays or foreign investors based on that ratio,” he said in a statement here Friday.

He said this ratio would only be used if the area was redeveloped with skyscrapers conditional upon the consent of landowners in Kampung Baru.

He added that not a single landowner there would be sidelined in the redevelopment of Kampung Baru and that when they gained ownership of the new properties, they would have the liberty to sell or enter into equity ownership of their properties.

“We have also not taken a decision whether the new properties will be sold, rented or leased out to non-Malays or foreign companies.

“The ratio proposal was actually aimed at ensuring that the redevelopment of Kampung Baru could be participated by foreign giants, specifically for hotels, hypermarkets, banks and the like,” he said.

He said, if the landowners did not agree with the proposed ratio, the government was willing to discuss the matter further so that a win-win situation could be reached for all parties.

– BERNAMA

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsgeneral.php?id=503645

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Cabaran kekal hak Melayu Kampung Baru — Zulhasnan Rafique
June 07, 2010

Usaha membangunkan Kampung Baru, di ibu negara sudah sekian lama digiatkan kerajaan. Sejak Pilihan Raya 2004, usaha pembangunan dan pengurusan kampung itu dilaksanakan menerusi Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan dan agensi di bawahnya, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL).

Pelbagai pendekatan, idea, strategi dan kaedah pelaksanaan cadangan pembangunan Kampung Baru sudah disiap, diutarakan kepada pemilik dan penduduknya untuk menjayakan usaha itu. Ia bertujuan untuk memberi peluang mereka turut serta dalam proses pembangunan Kampung Baru, kawasan strategik milik Melayu di tengah Bandar Raya Kuala Lumpur.

Pada 2005, kerajaan memulakan projek pembangunan di situ dengan membuka Pejabat Unit Khas Pembangunan Kampung Baru di Jalan Hamzah. Ia dianggotai pegawai Pejabat Tanah dan Galian Wilayah Persekutuan, DBKL dan Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan. Unit itu bertindak sebagai pejabat pengurusan tanah Kampung Baru bagi membantu menyelesaikan isu pemberi milikan tanah.

Pada 2006, kerajaan menerusi Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan (RMK-9) memperuntukkan RM100 juta khusus bagi tempoh lima tahun untuk mempertingkatkan prasarana sedia ada di Kampung Baru dan pembangunan di tanah milik DBKL.

Kerajaan juga menerusi Kementerian Wilayah menubuhkan Jawatankuasa Perundingan Pembangunan Kampung Baru yang dipengerusikan Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan; dan Jawatankuasa Kerja Pembangunan Kampung Baru yang dipengerusikan Ketua Setiausaha kementerian.

Pada 2007, kerajaan memulakan beberapa mesyuarat bagi memantapkan cadangan penubuhan Perbadanan Pembangunan Kampung Baru (PPKB). Pada masa sama, kementerian menerusi DBKL melakar draf pelan khusus untuk pembangunan dinamakan Draf Pelan Tempatan Kampung Baru yang terkandung dalam Draf Pelan Tempatan Kuala Lumpur 2020; yang diuar-uarkan kepada rakyat pada 2008.

Sehingga hari ini, pembangunan Kampung Baru masih menjadi isu sensitif. Ia bukan saja membabitkan rakyat tempatan, malah juga kerajaan, badan bukan kerajaan, parti politik dan akhirnya pandangan mata seluruh negara. Pembangunan kawasan itu perlu dilihat daripada aspek kepentingan strategik dan kritikal orang Melayu di Kuala Lumpur.

Justeru, semua pihak wajar bersabar, bertenang dan melihat apakah isu utama yang seharusnya diselesaikan sebelum Kampung Baru boleh dibangunkan dengan berkesan, mempertingkatkan nilai hartanah orang Melayu dan memberi pulangan berterusan serta berkekalan kepada orang Melayu yang menjadi pemilik tanah di kampung itu.

Ia juga satu usaha yang akan membawa Kampung Baru ke persada pembangunan abad ke-21 dan kemajuan kepada pemilik tanah selain memastikan warga kampung itu tidak ketinggalan mengecapi nikmat arus pembangunan negara.

Ada beberapa isu asas perlu diselesaikan sebagai titik permulaan pembangunan Kampung Baru. Pertama, isu status tanahnya. Ramai berpendapat atau menyangka Kampung Baru ialah tanah rizab Melayu. Ia tidak tepat. Sebenarnya ia tanah bebas milik bersyarat iaitu tidak boleh dipindah milik dan hanya boleh diduduki orang Melayu.

Jadi untuk membangunkan Kampung Baru, perkara pertama harus dilakukan ialah menyelesaikan isu status tanah ini. Bagaimana ia dapat dilakukan? Ada beberapa pilihan kepada pemilik. Antaranya, melalui proses pengambilalihan tanah oleh kerajaan pada kadar harga dipersetujui pemilik atau berdasarkan nilaian semasa harga tanah. Hanya kerajaan menerusi Pejabat Tanah dan Galian Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kabinet, berupaya menukar status tanah itu.

Persoalan yang timbul apakah jaminan kepada pemilik bahawa penjualan atau pengambilalihan tanah oleh kerajaan tidak akan menghilangkan terus hak mereka ke atas tanah itu? Bagaimana kerajaan menentukan kepentingan orang Melayu Kampung Baru terbela jika tanah itu terus diambil kerajaan? Selepas pemilik menjualkan tanah, mereka masih berhasrat menetap di Kampung Baru selepas kawasan ini dibangunkan.

Ada pemilik mungkin berhasrat membangunkan tanah mereka secara sendirian atau menerusi usaha sama pihak ketiga. Jawapannya adalah kepada kesungguhan politik kerajaan dalam menjamin masa depan orang Melayu Kampung Baru.

Sebagai kawasan yang ditadbir terus Kerajaan Pusat menerusi Kementerian Wilayah, isu ini dapat diselesaikan terus pada peringkat pusat atau Kabinet. Perdana Menteri dan jemaah menteri boleh menetapkan syarat mengenai kaedah pengambilalihan tanah Kampung Baru selepas dipersetujui semua pihak terbabit, bagi melindungi kepentingan pemilik tanahnya, pada mesyuarat Kabinet.

Yang penting adalah menjaga kepentingan pemilik tanah dan menjamin tanah keramat ini kekal di tangan orang Melayu, walaupun selepas dibangunkan. Pilihan seterusnya jika perlu, kerajaan boleh membuat keputusan menukar status tanah Kampung Baru kepada pajakan selama 25, 30, 60 atau 99 tahun, mengikut keperluan pembangunan dan persetujuan pengeluar dana kepada pembangunan iaitu institusi kewangan.

Beberapa syarat boleh dikenakan untuk mengelak syak wasangka kepada pemilik. Antaranya, mensyaratkan tanah boleh dipajak hanya kepada pihak yang akan membangunkan Kampung Baru.

Dengan ini, isu pemilikan tanah tidak akan timbul kerana selepas tamat pajakan, tanah kembali kepada pemilik asal. Penyelesaian isu pemilikan tanah adalah permulaan kepada kejayaan usaha membangunkan Kampung Baru.

Isu seterusnya ialah Pelan Pembangunan Kampung Baru. DBKL sudah mencadangkan Pelan Pembangunan Kampung Baru dalam Pelan Tempatan Kuala Lumpur pada 2008. Ia dibincang dan dibahaskan semua pihak. Pelan itu merangkumi segala aspek pembangunan, termasuk lot komersial, perumahan dan tapak rizab bagi kemudahan awam.

Ia peta pembangunan yang memberi gambaran menyeluruh kepada rakyat terutama pemilik tanah Kampung Baru, mengenai cadangan ke atas tanah milik. Justeru, ia memberi gambaran nilai sebenar tanah pemilik mengikut pelan yang dicadangkan. Semua pihak harus memberi masa supaya pelan itu dapat dipersetujui dan diwartakan terlebih dulu. Jika tidak, usaha pembangunan Kampung Baru tidak dapat dilaksanakan sebab harga tanah tidak dapat ditentukan secara khusus dan tepat.

Pewartaan pelan ini juga satu tanda keprihatinan dan kesungguhan kerajaan menerusi Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan dan DBKL dalam membangunkan Kampung Baru secara teratur dan menyeluruh. Cadangan menubuhkan PPKB adalah bernas dan perlu diperhalusi untuk memastikan pihak yang menguruskan pembangunan Kampung Baru mampu melaksanakannya dengan berkesan.

PPKB wajar diperbadankan menerusi satu Akta Parlimen bagi menentukan ketelusan serta tanggungjawab, peranan dan fungsinya. Antara pihak yang wajar menjadi pemegang saham PPKB adalah Kerajaan Pusat menerusi Menteri Kewangan Diperbadankan, serta syarikat berkaitan kerajaan (GLC berkepentingan Melayu)yang mempunyai dana dan kepakaran, contohnya PNB dan Tabung Haji.

Dana pinjaman pembangunan pula boleh didapati daripada kerajaan, KWSP dan institusi kewangan korporat. Pemegang saham yang dicadangkan ini akan menjaga kepentingan pemilik tanah Kampung Baru, di samping memberi pulangan kepada caruman dan pelaburan rakyat yang dibuat menerusi ASB, ASN, Tabung Haji dan jika perlu, saham tertentu contohnya “Kampung Baru Property Reit”.

PPKB diberi tanggungjawab membeli semua tanah daripada pemilik yang bersetuju menjual tanah dan menjadi pemegang amanah kepada tanah itu. Menerusi pembabitan PPKB yang diperbadankan, pembangunan Kampung Baru dapat dilaksanakan dengan melantik golongan profesional untuk merancang dan melaksanakan pembangunannya sambil memberi gambaran serta jaminan kepada pemilik bahawa kerajaan mengambilalih tanah itu untuk meningkatkan nilai hartanah, memberi pulangan kepada pemilik dalam jangka waktu panjang serta memberi pilihan lebih tepat untuk menjaga kepentingan semua pihak.

Ia akan menjamin tanah Kampung Baru tetap menjadi 100 peratus milik orang Melayu dan pembangunannya diurus tadbir kerajaan dan pemilik sendiri. Penyelesaian isu itu akan menjadi wadah kepada titik permulaan pembangunan Kampung Baru berwawasan, sejajar aspirasi semua pihak.

Untuk menjadi kenyataan, rakyat Kampung Baru harus bekerjasama dengan kerajaan dalam satu gagasan supaya hasrat pembangunan Kampung Baru tercapai sebagai satu legasi pusat tamadun Melayu dinamik dan berjaya. Sudah tentu misi pembangunan Kampung Baru menjadi pemangkin ke arah memperkasakan Melayu Bandar. Insya-Allah! — Berita Harian

* Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique, Ahli Parlimen Setiawangsa dan bekas Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/cabaran-kekal-hak-melayu-kampung-baru-zulhasnan-rafique/

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9 06 2010
Nono

This is ridiculous. What protection of the interests of the Malays in Kampung Bahru is the Minister talking about when he is proposing 40 per cent to be given to non-Malays?

They are supposed to protect the rights and interests of the Malays and now they are proposing to give away 40% of Malay Reserve land. Preposterous idea.

To entice the Malays, they talk about high prices when doing it by giving away 40%. Don’t these people realise there are only those 300 acres of Malay land in the whole of KL? Stupid. Damn stupid. Uncaring about the Malay legacy.

10 06 2010
SSS Admin

Nono,

Tun Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying that if all the non-Malay owned buildings are taken out of Kuala Lumpur, what is left is only Kampung Bahru. The 300 acres are the only real estate belonging to the Malays now. Out of many thousands of acres that make up the city.

During colonial times, the British had allocated the area south of the Gombak-Klang River for Chinese settlements. The Indians settled in the present Kampong Masjid India area. The Malays settled in the beyond – Kampung Bahru and Chow Kit areas. The Chinese have owned Petaling Street and all land up to the Gombak River. They have encroached into the Indian area; hardly a third of the area is now owned by Indians. There were Malays owning 1-2 shop lots in the Jalan Masjid India area after Merdeka, including the family of one senior Police Officer who died many years ago. Now not a single shop lot is Malay owned except in Kampung Bahru.

The Government must ensure the 300 acres remain in Malay hands forever and must not think of developing it in ways that involve giving any portion of it to others.

9 06 2010
Halim

Baguih, Encik Baki Husin. Jangan setuju cadangan depa nak kasi 40% kapada bukan Melayu. Cari sebanyak mana yang tak setuju. Beri tahu semua waris juga jangan setuju kalau depa nak majukan macam tu dibelakang hari.

Kalau depa buat undang-undang beri kuasa depa buat jugak ikut depa suka, bantah ramai-ramai. Saya pun nak lihat tanah disitu jadi hak Melayu selama lamanya.

PNB ke hapa ke boleh majukan tanah tu. Mana yang tak cukup Melayu beli, pemaju boleh simpan. Sewakan kapada NGO Melayu. Kalau gamen nak tulung, gamen boleh seliutkan tangan depa supaya depa sewa bangunan-banguan tu sampai masa lebih Melayu sanggup beli unit-unit disitu.

10 06 2010
SSS Admin

Halim,

Kuasa diatas hal ehwal tanah diWilayah Persekutuan terletak diatas Kerajaan Persekutuan. Sekarang Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan bercadang menggunakan kuasa yang diberi dibawah Akta Parlimen bagi memajukan Kampung Bahru. Perlu diawasi rang atau derap Akta yang dicadangkan itu. Jika memberi kuasa kapada Perbadanan Kemajuan Kampong Bahru atau Jawatan Kuasa yang berkenaan mengambil tindakan atau membuat keputusan sendiri diatas tanah itu, perlulah dibantah.

Mesti ada jalan lain untuk memajukan Kampung Bahru dengan tidak melepaskan 40% darinya kapada bukan Melayu. Walau pun jika pulangan kapada pemunya tanah tidak begitu tinggi. Sebagaimana kata Naib Pengerusi Persatuan Pemilik Tanah Kampung Bahru itu, Kampung Bahru adalah warisan semua kaum Melayu. Kita harus berbangga dengan pendirian mereka.

10 06 2010
Daeng Ajibul Rahman

kita bantah. Kita minta UMNO bantah. Kalau tak hiraukan kita juga, kita tak usah undi dia orang lagi.

11 06 2010
SSS Admin

Daeng Ajibul Rahman,

Kurang pasti sama ada Kampong Bahru ada cawangan UMNO dan jika Cawangan itu aktif atau tidak. Kawasan itu banyak didudukki mereka yang menyewa dan pemilik tanah atau warisnya banyak yang tidak mendiami kawasan tersebut. Namun demikian, UMNO dimana-mana pun perlu mengambil tindakan diatas perkara ini.

Yang sedihnya cadangan tersebut timbul selepas “jalan-jalan” Presiden UMNO kekawasan itu. Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan yang mengeluarkan butir-butir lanjut cadangan tersebut pun orang UMNO. Maka ahli-ahli UMNO lain nampaknya diam mungkin dalam tabi’at Melayu enggan membantah kata orang tua atau pemimpin. Tetapi perlu UMNO mengambil tindakan membantah dan menentukan jangan ada bahagian Kampong Bahru ini lepas ketangan bukan Melayu. Marilah kita terus menyaran dan mengesyurkan kapada ahli-ahli UMNO supaya bersuara dalam perkara ini.

9 06 2010
Aman

Tak perlu dibahas rizab Melayu ke tidak. Kalau dah “bersyarat tidak boleh dipindah milik dan hanya boleh diduduki orang Melayu” tu maknanya rizab Melayulah tu. Efeknya sama.

Jangan dibenarkan pajak 25 tahun ke 99 tahun ke yunit yang dimajukan. Kalau tanah Kerajaan, pajak selalunya disambung kapad penama, melainkan Kerajaan mahu gunakan tanah itu untuk pembangunan negara. Panjang lebar ceritanya jika dibenarkan pajak. Lenyap ke bukan Melayu akhirnya.

10 06 2010
SSS Admin

Aman,

Pajakan atau gadaian tanah memang boleh meleret kapada kehilangan tanah itu dari milik pemunya. Sebab itulah hanya bank tertentu sahaja yang dibenarkan dan sanggup mengambil gadaian tanah Rizab Melayu. Sekarang Bank Bumiputera sudah tidak ada lagi. Tidak pasti bagaimana keadaan tanah-tanah gadaian Melayu yang tidak dapat membayar pinjaman baginya salepas harta pesaka Bank Bumiputera diambil alih entiti bank yang bahru. Betul, pajakan yunit-yunit yang dimajukan dari tanah Kampung Bahru akan membawa kerumitan sehingga memungkinkan unit-unit tersebut lepas ketangan bukan Melayu.

Peguam-peguam boleh mengemukakan cadangan pajakan atau gadaian yang dikatakan “water-tight”. Tetapi tidak ada perjanjian didalam dunia ini yang 100% tepat. Itulah sebabnya ada pekerjaan yang dinamakan peguam atau “advocates and solicitors”, yang tugasnya, mengikut Kamus, adalah “menganjur dan mengguambela”. Mereka boleh menganjurkan sesuatu tindakan kapada sesiapa, juga membela tindakan yang diambil diatas sesiapa. Setiap talam ada dua muka, setiap perjanjian ada dua sudut melihatnya. Maka tentulah lebih elok dielakkan pajakan dan gadaian tanah atau yunit-yunit kemajuan diKampung Bahru sama sekali. Terutamanya kerana hanya itulah sahaja yang ada hak Melayu dibandar Kuala Lumpur sekarang.

9 06 2010
Wake UP!

40% kepada orang bukan Bumiputera adalah satu cadangan yang ditentang sekeras-kerasnya.

IDF troops praised by Netanyahu.

11 06 2010
SSS Admin

Wake UP!,

Cadangan itu perlu ditentang kerana ia akan menjadi teladan atau “precedent” yang akan menjahnamkan hak dan kepentingan Melayu. Telah diperkatakan disatu komen sabelom ini bahawa tidak perlu dibincang sama ada taraf tanah Kampung Bahru itu Rizab Melayu atau tanah bersyarat untuk Melayu kerana yang penting ialah maksud syarat itu nyata tanah itu sebagai tanah yang dikhaskan untuk Melayu sahaja. Jika dibenarkan bagi Kampung Bahru, maka bermaknalah tanah Rizab Melayu dilain-lain tempat pun boleh dilakukan begitu.

Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Perdana Menteri harus sedar dan perlu disedarkan implikasi besar cadangan itu dan cadangan itu mesti ditentang.

9 06 2010
San Peng

Bro Rocky puts it blandly, “…. It ain’t broke, why fix it?” So?

So all these “juicy high-ended talk” in “fighting for Kg Baru for the people of Kg Baru” is a suger-coated way of saying ….. “lu olang mulayu mana atak lui kasi bangun itu tanah KL? Lu olang pigi balik utan laaa …. kasi gwa olang cin dev ini tanah..”

So?

So … in the name of progress … all ruling powers have to abide by the rules of the rich.

So?

So … the inarticulate has only Rockys words to repeat … “….It ain’t broke, why fix it?

So?

So …. which Mr Richy care to listen to the inarticulate.

11 06 2010
SSS Admin

San Peng,

The sad and unfortunate thing is that the idea of giving 40% to the non-Malays comes from the Malays, and the leadership Malays at that. One is reminded of Tengku A Rahman giving away Singapore and free of charge, too, in the name of “kicking Lee Kuan Yew and Singapore out of Malaysia”. And endless problems, one after another, rose in dealings with Singapore, both government-to-government and people-to-people. A number of those living in Singapore either as citizens or as permanent residents from Malaysia started criticising Malaysia in the Internet and elsewhere – they cannot speak up in Singapore because of the lack of freedom to do so there.

With huge GLCs like PNB, Tabung Haji etc, Kampung Bahru can be developed without selling any units to non-Malays. It can bring high returns although some of the returns may be staggered over a period of time and part of the benefits may go to the waris of the existing landowners. he properties may be developed and sold to whatever Malays can afford to purchase in the immediate future. The remaining units can be held in custody by the developer and sold as and when Malays acquire capacity to purchase – the 30% Bumi corporate wealth target is being retained and will be spread out under NEM anyway. In the meanwhile, the authorities can “persuade” the many GLCs renting space elsewhere to move into the developed Kampong Bahru to provide revenue to the developers and landowners.

10 06 2010
Abdullah Hukum

I am very proud of the stand taken by the Persatuan Pembangunan Kampung Bahru Kuala Lumpur (PPKB) when the vice-president Dr Mohd Yusof Ismail said the association did not think Kampung Baru should be open to non-Malays and that “Kampung Baru represents a symbolic presence of the Malays in the capital city”.

Dr Mohd Yusoff, in fact, is a former Director of one of the Divisions in the then Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department. Kampung Baru is his ancestral home. He obtained a PhD from Cornell University, US, served in many Government Ministries and Departments for decades and had been at the EPU for many years, retiring from Government service some years ago. He should know what development is all about, what avenues there may be for development of Kampung Baru, and the dire situation of the Malays as far as wealth, land and property holdings are concerned.

That statement of his that Kampung Baru “belongs to all Malays in the country and that interest should be safeguarded at all cost’’ should ring pretty heavy tones into the ears of the authorities. Let us hope they are not deaf.

11 06 2010
SSS Admin

Abdullah Hukum,

Indeed, let us hope that Malay leaders like the Minister of Federal Territories and the Prime Minister are not oblivious to the sentiments of the Malays and are not so narrow in their thinking as to resort to the easy ways of developing Kampong Bahru. They must realise that Kampong Bahru is the last bastion of Malay presence in the capital city and that many Malays cannot accept any attempt to dilute that property ownership in Kampong Bahru in any form whatsoever.

It is uncaring of that Malay sentiment to have even suggested developing Kampong Bahru by way of selling 40% of units developed to non-Malays. The politicians must remember the fate of Geylang and such Malay pesence in Singapore. Now there is no such Malay area in Singapore at all. Any overseas visitor to Singapore is likely to feel that Singapoe is a Chinese city. This in fact is already seen in all the commercial centres, shopping malls and plazas in Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere. Hardly any shops with Malay names on the signboards.

10 06 2010
Kenn

Perhaps it was not to find or begin a new life, faraway from mother land.

Perhaps it was not the intention to embrace new citizenships.

Perhaps it was not solely to earn a living in tin mines.

Perhaps it is to invade other land.

Perhaps it is to conquer other nation without the use of military weaponry, but language and cultures.

Perhaps it is to plunder the wealth of others, not only tin but the riches of gold and other precious stones.

Truly Pendatang.

11 06 2010
SSS Admin

Kenn,

Whatever their intentions might have been, or may still be, the fact remains that they are living in this country and claiming citizenship. They simply have to be loyal to this country and the only test for loyalty is respect for and living by the Constitution of the country. That, the elements of which had been agreed by the leaders during the negotiations for independence from the British, and that which had been discussed and approved by Parliament comprising representatives of practically all the races in this country at Merdeka.

When persuading the Malay leaders to agree to citizenship for the non-Malays during the independence negotiations, the British had said that the non-Malays were, after all, transient. True, many have since left the country and are continuing to do so. There is no problem about that, despite the claims of brain drain, affecting the economy and the like. But how much of such a loss and how much effects on the economy is a matter of opinion, and economists are generally not agreed on many issues in any case. But those wanting to stay permanently have no choice other than to follow the laws of the country and the Constitution is the highest set of laws in the country.

10 06 2010
kassim

Cabaran kekal hak Melayu Kampung Baru — Zulhasnan Rafique.. beberapa hal yg tkandung perlu disokong. hal pemilikan dan status tanah, mestilah dilindungi agar kekal dtangan Melayu.. apa yg dmaksudkan memaksimakan pembangunan? apa mestikah 40% tergadai demi utk naikkan nilai hartanah? biarle murah .. asal jgn terlepas.. klu dah..xdpat balik.. singapura tu.. p pinang dan lihat jumlah ekiuti/ pemilikan tanah oleh bukan Melayu.. dr segi luasnya dan nilainya.. depa dah lebih 70% ! xsedar, xingat? skrg pun.. nak beli rumah dr pemaju bkn Melayu, pnjam bank depa gak.. hak yg Pebadanan kemajuan Negeri buat pun bmasalah.. yg syrt perumahan negara pn xboleh harap sgt.. esok2 jd mcm felda/ tanah rancangan.. Melayu masuk hutan teroka.. pastu jd mcm sg. buaya.. duit 1juta xrasa tp tanah xde.. yg buat reka/ silapmata tu org sebangsa gak.. letih gini! salam…

11 06 2010
SSS Admin

kassim,

Istilah memaksimakan pembangunan mungkin termasuk membina pencakar langit dan gedung-gedung serta plaza jual beli besar-besaran saperti terdapat dikota-kota besar didunia, atau pun dikawasan sabelahnya yang dikenali sebagai “The Golden Triangle”. Konsep itu dikatakan boleh menghasilkan nilai yang amat tinggi bagi tanah tersebut.

Tetapi, sebagaimana Sdr sebutkan, tidak semestinya nilai maksima sahaja yang dikejarkan kerana ini bukan so’al wang semata mata tetapi so’al lambang adanya kaum Melayu mempunyai tanah atau harta pesaka dikota besar Kuala Lumpur. Menteri Wilayah telah mengatakan Kerajaan tidak sanggup membiyai kos secara membolehkan dapat harga tanah menjadi RM4,000 sekaki persegi, tetapi pihak berkuasa boleh mencari jalan supaya pemunya tanah mendapat pulangan pelaburan yang jadi begitu tinggi jika, umpamanya, mereka atau waris diberi saham didalam syarikat yang memajukan kawasan itu. Pemunya tanah mendapat “profit share” dari pembangunan itu.

Jika ini tidak dapat dilakukan, PNB dan/ atau Tabung Haji serta lain-lain badan berkanun Kerajaan (GLCs) boleh memajukan bersama kawasan itu dan menjual yunit-yunit kapada Melayu yang berupaya, bakinya dipegang diatas nama pemaju dan dijual mengikut keupayaan Melayu membelinya ditahun-tahun kemudian. Kerajaan boleh meminta badan-badan GLC yang menyewa ditempat lain menyewa dan masuk keKampong Bahru menerajui pendudukan kawasan yang dimajukan itu dan mendatangkan hasil menampong kos kewangan memegang (holding costs) harta tersebut hingga kesemuanya habis dijual kapada Melayu.

10 06 2010
jebatmustdie

Kudos to SSS for broadening the subject on Malay’s education to Malay’s plight overall.

Education and socio-economy are two inter related aspects within the whole Malay’s universe.

If the leaders could not see the importance of both subjects in relations to the whole Malaysian’s geo-political psyche than those leaders have neglected their duties.

Thank you.

13 06 2010
SSS Admin

jebatmustdie,

We feel encouraged by your compliment. We are still within the framework of the efforts to achieve a united and cohesive Bangsa Malaysia that Kempen SSS set out to do. Unity has many facets and we will pursue any subject that has a bearing on it.

Bridging the huge gap in the educational and economic advancement of the majority Malays compared to the 23% Chinese is essential for long-term unity in this country. That was the underlying cause of the 1969 racial riots. How important the NEP is to the Malays can be seen from the emergence of Perkasa, the 76 Malay NGOs, the rallies and get-togethers they have organised and the Melayu Bangkit rally in Trengganu being organised.

Political leaders in their greed for power may be one-track minded and are bent on placating the Chinese in their attitude towards vernacular schools and in the New Economic Model. They need to remember that the best of political analysts, planners and strategists were wrong twice – in 1969 and in 2008 when they lost their two third Parliamentary majority. The recent Sibu and Hulu Selangor by-elections show that the Chinese did not give them the sought-after votes despite offers of money to Chinese schools, etc. The leaders should seriously consider changing their strategy and concentrate on getting the Malays united. Only then would the Chinese cease exploiting the disunited Malays and think of falling in line in terms of mainstream affiliation and the traditional concept of working together with the majority Malays.

11 06 2010
Abu

It’s preposterous. It’s ridiculous. It’s uncaring. Insensitive to the feelings of the Malays.

Where have these people’s senses gone to? The only remaining Malay area in the city to be given away almost half?

Read what Pak Baki Hussin said above. Find ways of developing the place with Malay ownership intact.

We support Pak Baki and the Kampung Baru Development Association. We are proud of your sense of belonging to the Malay heritage. We condemn those who appear to have lost their roots and call themselves liberal. Liberal my foot. Not at the expense of the Malays. Remember that.

13 06 2010
SSS Admin

Abu,

This appears to be another instance of attempts to placate and gain the votes of the Chinese by DS Najib and the Minister of Federal Territories. The idea was mooted out soon after DS Najib’s walkabout in Kampong Bahru.

True, he has been on the path of economic liberalisation to attract foreign investments and improve the economy. But opening up Kampong Bahru to non-Malay ownership can hardly be seen to be that. He can create industrial townships out of oil palm estates and jungles to attract foreign investors to open up factories and labour-intensive activities, even the robotic ones for exports that would still bring in foreign exchange to the country.

With the huge assets, management skills and experience of GLCs like PNB and Tabung Haji, Kampong Bahru can be developed even with skyscrapers in it, unsold units kept in custody for later Malays, managed and rented out by the developers until there are sufficient Malays having acquired the capacity to purchase all the units there. The GLCs renting out office spaces elsewhere can be persuaded to move into the developed Kampong Bahru, the rents providing revenues to sustain the keeping in custody of the unsold units by the developers.

11 06 2010
jebat's fren

I seriously don’t see this as a race issue except that this land has sentimental value.

What is mentioned is correct. Govt can develop this land solely based on GLC or govt’s institutions (just for the sake of preserving the legacy) but the owner might not get a good price of out of it. Well, it’s an economics decision. Ask the land/house owner whether they want to sell their properties and a value at X price (without non-bumi/foreign ownership) or Y price (with non-bumi/foreign ownership).

If I am one of the resident in Kg Bharu, I will make decision based on economics benefit, not to sure about you. Btw, how many commenters here are residents or owned some houses/land in Kg Bharu? You might not want but that doesn’t mean the Kg Bharu residents don’t want a more valuable development.

From the way I look at it, better for the non-malays not to get involved at all in this Kg Bharu development. Lest, the non-malays will be faulted/blamed to bully the malays. If the govt indeed open up 40% of its development to non-malays, then will just go over there to buy what is allocated.

11 06 2010
Abu

Good of you to say “better for the non-malays not to get involved at all in this Kg Bharu development. Lest, the non-malays will be faulted/blamed”

It is understandable for you to say “If the govt indeed open up 40% of its development to non-malays, then will just go over there to buy what is allocated”.

But we’ll try to get the Government not do that. You must realise that it is the only small chunk of Malay land left in KL. The Government will be cursed if they allow a portion of it be given away. Like Tengku A Rahman is still being cursed for giving Singapore away 45 years after the event.

13 06 2010
SSS Admin

jebat’s fren,

We are proud of your stand in this instance. We agree with you that this is not a race issue. It is merely the Malays expressing a wish that the last bastion of Malay presence in the capital city by way of ownership of a contiguous piece of real estate be preserved forever. We believe there are many others like you who do not wish to get involved in the Kampong Bahru development lest it be construed as wanting to take a portion of the only remaining piece of Malay land in the centre of the city. We are proud associating with them as well, as fellow Malaysians.

The land owners may not get the maximum value of the property at one go and at the outset. They will get it if allowed to be developed and sold gradually over a period of time that may even stretch to the next generation – considering many among them are now retirees. But the value is huge and so the current beneficiaries should be satisfied with getting just a big portion at the outset, the rest at a later period, even allowing their children to get them progressively.

The land can be developed by PNB, Tabung Haji and the like. Units unsold can be kept in custody for the land owners and their “waris” until all have been sold as more Malays acquire the capacity to purchase them. The wider spread of NEM benefits that DS Najib had announced in Parliament a few days ago would create more Malays with just sufficient capacity to purchase such Kampong Bahru units rather than enormously rich Malays joining Arab sheikhs buying properties in London, New York and elsewhere.

We need the developed properties to remain in Malay hands forever to avoid future generations resenting the present Malays and their elders for allowing otherwise. Unity among the Malays, like among the Chinese and among the Indians, is also an essential ingredient for unity among the various races.

13 06 2010
Ziha

Pak Baki Hussin said, “We will never accept the proposal to open 40 percent to non-Malays in Kampung Baru. Any native of Kampung Baru will not agree … ”

The Star said, “Most Kg Baru residents want development” – in a report about giving 40% to non-Malays.

Just lousy reporting and poor editorial responsibility by the Star? Or the MCA-owned newspaper has an agenda on diluting Malay land ownership in KL and not supporting NEP fully? They should be lambasted.

14 06 2010
SSS Admin

Ziha,

There has been a lapse of quality reporting and editing in Malaysian newspapers for quite some time already. There was the time when reporters and/ or editors ensure that anything mentioned in the report that appear unclear, further details or background are dug from the archives and added on. And inaccuracies or misleading words used were avoided in their news headings, even in the body of the reports. Not always these days. They don’t bother what “Most” means or consider the word “Many” being more suitable. Such is the moral degradation that has occurred in the last decade or so.

That moral degradation does not escape politics. When a member of the ruling coalition does not seem to tow the coalition line in terms of policies and publicised lines of action, it does reflect the disarray in the pursuit of common objectives among political parties. There has been unity problems in practically every political party in the last decade. We need to hope and pray for better times to see the return to a saner situation.

14 06 2010
Khairul

Yang lagi aku musykil, dalam banyak2 laporan akhbar macam kurang maklum balas daripada pemilik yang terlibat, seolah-olah suara mereka tidak penting.
Yang selalu keluar konon-konon menerangkan lebih lanjut adalah menteri terlibat, Melayu apa dia ni? Kalau dah tak ada isu yang ‘pertinent’ lebih baik diam. Orang tak suka, faham-faham la, bukannya buat bodoh!
Bolehkah kita harap kepada Najib, Hishamuddin dan seangkatan? Bolehkah kita harap kepada Muhyuddin dan seangkatan? Bolehkah kita harap kepada pemimpin2 disebalik dinding tebal sebelah sana (tuan garu mereka berkata jangan ada sebarang usaha perpaduan sesama Melayu!!!)?

15 06 2010
SSS Admin

Khairul,

DS Najib perlu mengusahakn sedaya upaya mendapatkan perpaduan Melayu. Gunakan apa saja cara, buatkan kompromi sebanyak mana yang boleh supaya Melayu UMNO, PAS dan PKR dapat bersatu. Ini kerana bukan Melayu nyata telah mengeksploitasi keadaan sejak pemerintahan sebelomnya lagi. BN sudah kehilangan 2/3 majoriti diParlimen. Tunggang langgang dia mengejar undi larian yang difikirnya adalah Cina.

Maka sibuklah dia dengan langkah langkah yang mengkompromi Bahasa Kebangsaan, bukan sahaja dengan mengumumkan sekolah vernakular diteruskan, juga memberi bantuan wang kapada sekolah Cina diPKR Kuala Trengganu, Hulu Selangor dan Sibu. Demikian juga dia nampaknya mengkompromikan Dasar Ekonomi Bahru. Tidak nyata DEB dimasukkan sepenuhnya kedalam Model Ekonomi Bahrunya. Bangsa Cina diramalkan akan banyak mendapat faedah diMEBnya. Bukan sahaja peniaga dan pelabur Cina lega dengan liberalisasi ekonomi Najib. Juga Cina yang berpendapatan rendah dibandar, dipinggiran dan diluar bandar. Dengan itu Cina akan mendapat faedah secara menyeluruh. Walhal Melayu yang majoriti dinegara ini dimintanya bertanding dipadang yang tidak sama rata.

Jika Melayu bersatu peluangnya mendapat undi Melayu dengan banyak ada lah cerah. Undi Melayu juga adalah majoriti dinegara ini. Separuh undi Melayu didapatinya masih lagi melebihi kesemua undi Cina yang ada. Tetapi sayang dia memilih jalan yang lain. Di harap dia akan menukar haluan dan persepaduan Melayu akan timbul dimasa hadapan. Perpaduan diantara Melayu boleh mendorong kapada perpaduan negara.

21 06 2010
Ariff Shah

Everyone’s always blaming the PM. Damn, it’s not his fault!

The simple fact is, the people that YOU vote at Dewan Rakyat makes all the laws. Laws can simply be changed if there are enough votes in the Dewan Rakyat. Sure, the Majlis Raja-Raja may be able to stop any constitutional amendments made towards Hak Istimewa Orang Melayu, but history has shown us that our Kings HAVE been forced to do something they don’t want to in the past, yes? (for instance, during Malayan Union)

In other words, the people that YOU vote makes all the laws and changes. The PM, on the other hand, had to follow the demands from the Dewan Rakyat. Thus the more number of non-Malays (or Malays hating fellow Malays a.k.a. opposing political parties) in the Parliament will mean only one thing; laws will change in favor of a select few at the expense of the Malays.

The question is, how many Malays know about this, or even care to vote?

21 06 2010
SSS Admin

Ariff Shah,

The PM has the ultimate responsibility on matters of government. Naturally people tend to blame him for not only the faults but also the weaknesses of the government. On the matter of Kampong Bahru land – the only remaining piece of real estate in the city still belonging to the Malays – his Minister said that the Government is proposing to develop 80 acres of it by way of giving 40% to non-Malays. Of course, Malays, having a lot of sentimental attachment to Kampong Bahru, blames the Government of which the PM has the ultimate responsibility.

Whatever laws proposed to be discussed and passed by Parliament have to be first approved by the Government in power – the draft has to be Oked by the PM. Again, the PM is the responsible person. The PM does not have to follow the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan cannot make demands on the PM. That’s the system as far as Parliamentary Democracy is concerned.

The case of the Malayan Union was different. It happened before Merdeka, bbefore there was a Parliament and Malaya was still under British rule then. Under the present system, the YDP Agong “acts on the advice of the Prime Minister” i.e the government in power, whichever party(ies) get the most Parliamentary seats during a general election.

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