Friday, 17 May 2013

BN has failed the Sabahans” series for GE 2013 // 大选文告系列之五 “国阵已让沙巴人彻底失望” – 粮食保障




此大选文告系列是由路阳候选人邱庆洲发出,旨在要告诉选民国阵已让沙巴人彻底失望。马来西亚让国阵连续执政超过50年。而沙巴州四届的政府都是由国阵的成员党执政。然而国阵联邦及州政府的无能管制之下,情况已是日况益下。 世界银行的报告指出沙巴从最富有的州属之一成为最贫穷的一州,这显示出国阵的无能。

案例5 - 沙巴缺乏粮食保障

越南,泰国,印尼,印度,中国,美国和澳洲等国家在种植业方面很先进,他们甚至可以出口白米,并卖到全世界各地,他们已经进行了有一段很长时间,今天他们的白米出口已成为国家主要收入之一。



This is a series of articles by the Luyang candidate, Hiew King Cheu, to point out why Barisan Nasional (BN) has failed the Sabahans. The people of Malaysia have given BN more than 50 years of continuous rule. In Sabah, there were four governments which were in one way or another aligned to BN that had resulted to Sabah from being one of the richest states to become one of the poorest states today as reported by the World Bank. What have gone wrong?

Case 5 – Sabah no Food Security

Countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, India, China, USA and Australia are very advance in their rice planting and production and they are exporting rice to the rest of the world for a long time now and the rice export is a major earner for their country.


In Sabah, there are many factors contributed to the low production of rice, our staple food. Kota Belud, better known as the “Rice Bowl” of Sabah, is where the bulk of the local rice being produced. The rice produced would not be sufficient to feed the whole population, but have to depend to import 85% of our rice requirement in Sabah worth Rm1.0 billion.

Our paddy fields are at least 25 years behind time when compared to the rice producing countries in the world. The paddy planting in Sabah is in a sorry state and is still stagnant in the era of the 70s. The BN government boasted so much about increasing the rice production and had announced millions of Ringgit in allocations, grants, subsidies and assistance on plans after plans to boost rice production in the rice granaries of Kota Belud, Papar, Kota Marudu and so on. Sadly, until today we see no improvement on rice production from the rice producing areas.

Secondly, big land areas of Sabah are planted with oil palm adding woes to food security. When palm oil prices are high, all the plantation owners are happy, and when the prices and demands drop, as in recent times, it is very sad to see the fruits going to waste and rotting away.

Thirdly, the acreage for paddy fields in Sabah has drastically been reduced resulting in the need for higher importation of rice from Thailand, Vietnam, India and China. Sabah is currently importing more than 220,000 tons of rice valued at almost RM1 billion per year to feed the people. Sabah is only producing a miserable 15% of our rice requirement. What actually went wrong? Probably, it is easier to import than to plant our own rice! Or maybe there is some handsome commissions to be earned.

Take a trip to Kota Belud and you will understand why there is no improvement in the rice production in Sabah. It is shocking that there is very little effort to help the poor farmers in spite of the huge budget allocated to the rice planting sector. The paddy fields in Kota Belud and many other areas in Sabah are in a sorry state. There are so many dormant paddy fields growing valueless “lalang” or weeds! So where has all the money allocated for rice cultivation gone to?





The BN government is extremely myopic in their outlook towards agriculture and food security. Koperasi Pembungunan Desa (KPD), for example, was founded to eradicate poverty in the rural areas and to tailor specific programs to assist and improve the economic and social well-beings of Sabah rural poor. The initial motive and intention to develop land as well as infrastructure in the rural areas and create employment, other gainful economic activities and opportunities, establish commercial model farms, facilitate transfer of modern technologies, undertake farm mechanization, food processing, provide credit facilities and so on were fantastic plans to help rural folks. These are all planned and done in the interest of food security, diversification of agricultural activities and farming. However, what is actually done for them?

In the last 36 years, KPD had not produced any positive impact on rural agriculture but had continually introduced agricultural activities and practices that had resulted in failures after failures despite being allocated hundreds of millions of Ringgit in funds for the purpose. The management and experts in KPD have not been dedicated, persistent, consistent or knowledgeable enough to make any project workable or successful – as such, all the efforts and funds have just gone to waste.

These are just typical examples of the failures of the BN government in the planning, organization, coordination and management of food security projects. The people of Sabah are being made to suffer at the receiving end and will have to continually bear the brunt of high food prices. With the 13th General Elections looming, the people are forced to ask what the BN government has done to ensure food security in Sabah. As such, this time around, we have no other choice but to vote for “change” in order to see positive development and improvement in our future food security in Sabah.

Hiew King Cheu,
Calon N16. Luyang


大选文告系列之五 “国阵已让沙巴人彻底失望” – 粮食保障

此大选文告系列是由路阳候选人邱庆洲发出,旨在要告诉选民国阵已让沙巴人彻底失望。马来西亚让国阵连续执政超过50年。而沙巴州四届的政府都是由国阵的成员党执政。然而国阵联邦及州政府的无能管制之下,情况已是日况益下。 世界银行的报告指出沙巴从最富有的州属之一成为最贫穷的一州,这显示出国阵的无能。

案例5 - 沙巴缺乏粮食保障

越南,泰国,印尼,印度,中国,美国和澳洲等国家在种植业方面很先进,他们甚至可以出口白米,并卖到全世界各地,他们已经进行了有一段很长时间,今天他们的白米出口已成为国家主要收入之一。

沙巴州有许多因素导致本地白米产量低。哥打毛律是沙州的稻米生产地。 可悲的是该处所生产的白米却不足以养活全沙巴的人口,这导致沙巴州需要依赖85%的进口白米,每年的费用大约是十亿令吉。

沙州的稻米种植业与全世界的白米生产及出产国相比至少是落后25年。 沙州稻米种植一直都无法提升,仍然停滞在70年代的情况。 国阵不断的吹嘘说,他们已提高水稻生产量,并且宣布说已拨出上百万令吉的拨款和津贴用于稻米种植业,此外还推出稻米种植的援助计划以提升哥打毛律,吧巴,哥打马鲁都的稻米产量,如提供水稻种子,肥料和大米储存库等。 可悲的是直到今天沙州稻米产量一直都没有改善和增加。

其次,沙巴州许多的土地都用在种植油棕,这也是其中影响粮食保障的原因。 之前棕油价格高,棕油园主都赚大钱,但是最近棕油价格和需求都下降,导致棕油果实无法卖出而烂掉。

其三,沙巴州的稻田面积已大幅减少而无法种植足够的白米,因此必需大量进口泰国,越南,印度和中国的白米。 目前沙巴州每年必须进口超过22万吨的白米,价格几乎高达一亿令吉来养活沙州人民,而沙巴州却只能生产出大约15%的白米。 到底出了什么问题?也许国阵认为进口白米比较容易过自己种植! 或者他们可以从中获得丰厚的佣金?

如果大家到哥打毛律走一趟,就会明白为何稻米的生产一直都没有改善和无法提升。最令人难过的是国阵尽管宣布说有拨出巨大款项来协助稻米种植业, 事实上该处贫困的稻农真正获得的援助是非常的少。 沙州哥打毛律和其他地方的稻田大都被废置着,没有进行任何耕种。 许多稻田都是杂草丛生! 国阵所拨出去的钱到底去了哪里?

国阵对于农业和粮食保障并没有加以关注,其实沙巴农业合作社(KPD)的宗旨是要协助农村地区的农业发展和减低贫困问题,并制定具体方案以协助并提高沙巴州贫困农民的经济和福祉。 此外该合作社最初的方针是推动乡村土地开发和建设基本设施,创造就业机会,以及其他有收益的经济活动,包括商业方面,如农业发展,使用现代技术促进农业机械化和食品加工,提供信贷融资等,这些计划都非常出色并且确实能帮助贫困的甘榜人,尤其是农民。 这些计划都能确保增进粮食保障,并且能够达致多元化的农业发展和生产。 问题是这些计划为何没有了下文?

在过去36年该农业合作社并没有达到其宗旨真正帮助到农民,他们不断推出的计划和方案一直都在失败中,虽然被分配巨大的资金也没有多大的作为。 该农业合作社的管理层和农业专家都无法有效和成功的推动任何计划项目,最后所有的努力和资金都白白的浪费掉,而影响最深的人就是那些贫困的农民。

国阵粮食保障计划的规划,组织,协调和管理已完全失败。沙巴人民首当其冲面对物价格高涨的痛苦。 随着第13届大选到来,人民都在问国阵到底做了什么以确保我国能够有充足的粮食保障。 这一次大选是没有其它选择,惟有投票给民联,更换政府才能看到国家有积极的发展,尤其是确保有粮食保障。