Saturday, January 13, 2018


Media statement by M.Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on 13th January 2018


Lets all celebrate the harvest festival of Ponggal





Introduction

The DAP Ipoh Barat is organizing a Ponggal celeberation event in Buntong Ipoh on PONGGAL day that is tomorrow 14th January 2018. Between 3-6 PM cultural and related events will be held. Thereafter from 6pm on wards the following speakers will speak at the event 1) Weathermurthi (HINDRAF Chairman) 2) YB Kamachee 3) YB Siva Subramaniam 4) Oms Thiagrajan 5) Lawyer Saras
The Venue is at Dewan Serbaguna, Buntong (Next to Buntong market) Ipoh

It is a pleasure to be part of ponggal celebration. Ponggal is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun God. Thai Ponggal is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamil people in India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. The importance of sun to the crops has great cultural significance because it provides the necessary light to the agricultural crops that are critical to the social economic well being of farmers. It brings us environmentally closer to our roots which are mother earth and the common bond of identity and language. What could we derive from the ponggal festival?

Understanding our historical roots.

Ponggal should be a day to remember our ancestors who came to Malaysia in dangerous journey where many died along the way. They left their home from India to come to Malaysia to give their children a better life. They cleared the virgin jungles and worked under the sun tapping rubber trees ,and contributing to the Malaysia economy. Malaysia would not be where it is today if not for sacrifices of the Indian community. The ponggal festival which signifies the productive work of farmers is opportunity reaffirm and appreciates the productive sacrifices of our ancestors.

Solidarity among Indians.


The celebration of ponggal is beyond religion where it is celebrated by the Indian and other communities. We find such celebration in Churches also. Ponggal should reignite our cultural origins that unite us rather than divide us. The rich should celebrate it with the poor, and Christian and Hindus should celebrate ponggal together with solidarity and unity in mind.

Reflecting on the Environment.

Being a harvest festival ponggal should propel us to reflect on climate change that is destroying the income of farmers. Many low land areas are effected by climate change where extreme heat are destroying crops and in turn effecting the live hood of farmers. As a community we should be environmentally aware of our surrounding nature and seek to protect from it industries that produce extreme heat.

Enhancing the Tamil Language

Ponggal celebration should propel us to speak more of the Tamil language. It is the language that unites us Indians and gives us an identity. Many parents do not speak Tamil to their children, and the proficiency of the language as deteriorated among the young. Educated Tamil parents are speaking English to their children at home. Let’s bring the Tamil language to the core as we reflect on cultural festival like ponggal.

Social economic awareness.

Our ancestor came toil on the soil to ensure we enough to eat, besides enjoying the fruits of labor The ponggal festival should guide us to reflect on our current social economic position, and work together to improve our social economic well being. The awareness level is still poor among us where we lack behind other ethnic groups in the economic sector. Cultural awareness should empower us to produce more by learning new skills and competencies to survive in the global world.

Conclusion

Therefore may the Ponggal Festival bring us closer together to reflect on our history, language, social economic conditions and the environment. We need to reach out to each other in solidarity, enhance our identity and language and be more aware of our social economic status. Cultural celebrations should be a time of reflection, and building bonds of solidarity that would propel us to be shining contributors to the nation.

We welcome all fellow Malaysians to this auspicious event

Saturday, January 6, 2018





Media statement by M. Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat in Kualal Kangsar on 5th January 2018

Teacher charged under Official Secrets Act –Expert testifies disputing the Government report

UMA MAGESWARI A/P PERIASAMY @ MAYANDY 28 YEARS OLD a teacher was charged in 2014 in Kuala Kangsar Sessions Court under the Official Secrets Act for being in possession of UPSR question papers.


The case was fixed today for continued trial, where the Defence produced their second witness, a Digital Forensic expert to give evidence before Kuala Kangsar Sessions Court Judge, Tuan Johari bin Hassan.

A total of 14 wittiness gave evidence for the Prosecution. Uma gave evidence on 22nd December 2017

Today Internationally-renowned Digital Forensic expert, Mr Fong Choong Fook was called to give his expert opinion regarding the Digital Forensics Report prepared by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), which he concluded that the report produced by MCMC and tendered by the Prosecution lacks details and was incomplete.

He further stated in Court that the methodology of data extraction was not explained and the findings of the report were inconsistent and misleading, which he considers unsafe for the Court to rely on.

An example of such misleading findings was the access time of the impugned image was 12:00AM, but the image was created at 12:40PM of the same day. With the lack of explanation and details in the Digital Forensics Report, Mr Fong opines that it is not possible for an image to have access date/time before the creation date/time.

The Prosecution reserved cross-examination and requested another date to consult the experts from MCMC in order to study the evidence given by Mr Fong. The Court has fixed 19.01.2018 as the next date for the Prosecution to cross-examine Mr. Fong.
The Prosecution was led by En. Yusaini Amer while Mr M Kulasegaran, Mr Omar Kutty and Miss Divya (Pupil-In-Chambers) represented the accused.


If found guilty Uma faces a jail term of 7 years



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