Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on 25thApril, 2017

The Indian community certainly has every reason to doubt that the Blue print launched on Sunday is but just a political eyewash

The Prime Minister Najib Razak launched the federal government’s Blueprint for the Indians last Sunday. He described the blueprint to uplift Indians in Malaysia, with an allocation of more than RM1 billion, as a serious document and not just “empty talk”.

He also said that the launch of the blueprint was not related to the general election.
But with BN government’s record of only announcing nice to hear measures whenever election approaches, the blueprint is definitely launched to woo voter support for the BN which may face its worst ever electoral debacle in the coming general election.

If the BN government had been sincere, committed and effective in helping the Indian community, the Indian community will not still face so much long standing issues in the economic, educational , social , housing employment sectors. The stateless Indians issue could have been resolved long ago.

In fact, in 2000, TIME magazine has carried an article about the Malaysian Indians, describing them as a "disgruntled underclass" with many of them feeling like "third-class citizens" in the country and the "real losers" since the introduction of the New Economic Policy in 1970.
17 years later, are the Indian community better off and what has the government done?

If the government wants the support of the Indian community, it should be able to produce results and achievements that it has helped them since the last election.
Be that as it may, how can the Prime Minister ensure that the Blueprint can really be effectively implemented to benefit the Indian community?

Speaking at the opening of MIC's 70th annual assembly on Oct last year, Najib said an Indian blueprint was necessary because his past initiatives for Indians had not effectively trickled down to the community's grassroots.

So does not this mean that the launch of the Blueprint is a reflection of the government’s past failures to help the community?

A blue print should be an outcome after a parliamentary select committee had been commissioned. This would have been comprehensive and holistic as inputs from a wide spectrum of the society would have been obtained. Subsequently thereafter a report of the progress and achievements made should be tabled to Parliament annually. This would ensure a check and balance on what has or has not been done and would be made available to all and sundry!

Najib said that the blueprint’s implementation would be watched over by an executive committee chaired by MIC president Dr S Subramaniam.
Such announcement does not inspire confidence. We had the Special Implementation Task Force (SITF) under him for 4 years. What's the outcome? Nothing tangible has trickled down to the community.

The Indian community certainly has every reason to doubt that the Blue print launched on Sunday is but just a political eyewash. This is definitely nothing more then an election gimmick!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on 20thApril, 2017

Zakir Naik’s PR: Does the government have the political will to revoke the PR granted?

It was reported today that at the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue held with Indian youths yesterday, MIC president Datuk S Subramaniam said that controversial Indian Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik has no place in Malaysia.

He gave the reply when asked why the preacher was given permanent residency.

He was also reported to say that Zakir is not going to contribute to the advancement of Islam in the country.

I find Subramaniam’s answer unsatisfactory as he did not give any commitment as to what he, MIC or the government will do about the permanent residency (PR) granted to Zakir Naik.

He should know that what the people and the Indian community want is action and not mere words or explanations.

Why he could not give a simple and clear answer as to whether the government will revoke or review the permanent residency granted?

I have three questions for Subramaniam:-

1. When thousands of stateless and red IC holders have been denied the privilege of PR and then leading to citizenship, why was Zakir given the privilege
2. Has MIC expressed its unhappiness on the PR issue to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister?
3. Will Subramaniam raise the issue in the Cabinet and ask that Zakir‘s PR be revoked?

On April 15, India’s Enforcement Directorate filed a charge sheet against Naik’s company Harmony Media Ltd and his colleague Aamir Gazdar for alleged money-laundering.

It was reported that leaders from both sides of the political divide in Sarawak do not want controversial Islamic preacher Zakir in the multi-religious state.
I congratulate the Sarawak political leaders for taking a clear and correct stand on Zakir Naik not being one who will help in Malaysia’s harmony.
Last month, in welcoming the BN Supreme Council’s decision not to push for the Shariah Bill, MIC treasurer S Vell Paari paid tribute to the late Sarawak chief minister Adenan Satem for his “heroic act’ in objecting to the PAS-sponsored bill.

He had said : “Let us not forget also the effort, commitment and firm stand of the late Adenan Satem who during his time as Sarawak CM opposed the implementation of hudud in Sarawak by taking into consideration the various ethnic composition of the state. The heroic act by the late Adenan gave strength to all the component party presidents to continue the fight in opposing the amendment of RUU355 by the government.”

MIC is clearly again one step behind the Sarawak BN leaders on Zakir Naik’s PR issue. Now that the Sarawak leaders have provided the strength, will MIC raise the issue in Cabinet and bring a finality to this issue?