Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pakatan Rakyat's Jingka Deal

The Jingkat Deal launched on January 14 2012 during Pakatan Rakyat's National Convention in Alor Setar briefly outlines an alternative policy in four areas of governance, including measures to strengthen civil service, revamping Felda, introduction of anti-monopoly policies and a commitment to the spirit of federalism to improve state-federal relationship.
  • To strengthen civil service, PR promised a review of the controversial Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA), under which a small group of 40 civil servants would get salary increments of between RM35,000 and RM60,000 in addition to other allowances, while the rest would only see salary hikes of between RM80 to RM200.
  • The Deal  also includes a promise to revise previous agreements and concessions, which entails the enactment of a Public Contracts Act that could allow revision of any lopsided agreements involving public interests, including energy concessions.
  • The coalition pledges to pay royalties to states on their natural resources, and empower state governments in deciding matters such as public transportation.
  • The coalition also promised to uphold the 18- and 20-point agreements with Sarawak and Sabah respective, where terms for their incorporation into the Malaysian federation are spelt out.
  • On Felda, PR promises to halt the much-debated listing of Felda Global Ventures Holding on Bursa Malaysia, citing that the act would render settlers the losers. The coalition also promised to dismantle Felda Plantations to provide 830,000 acres of land, and introduce comfortable housing scheme to second and third generation Felda settlers. To further secure settlers’ confidence, the PR vows not to shortchange settlers in the distribution of profit for their palm oil - an issue which saw Felda being dragged to court by hundreds of settlers recently.

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