Friday, March 27, 2015

While Najib continues to remain silent, MCA, Gerakan and MIC should immediately and publicly declare that they will quit BN if the Prime Minister supports hudud law in Parliament



Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on 27th March, 2015

While Najib continues to remain silent, MCA, Gerakan and MIC should immediately and publicly declare that they will quit BN if the Prime Minister supports hudud law in Parliament

It has been a week since the Kelantan State Assembly unanimously passed the Syariah Criminal Code (II) 1993 (Amendment 2015) Bill.

Since then, MCA and Gerakan have been demanding that the DAP should sever ties with PAS. 

But these two parties, which are known to have no backbone, have not answered the most basic question which has been thrown at them, that is, why did they agree to allow the 12 Umno Assemblymen to support the Bill.

Is this a sign that they and Umno have decided to abandon the long standing BN policy that hudud law implementation is against Malaysian Constitution and the 1963 Malaysia Agreement? 

This is the most basic question that these two parties must answer before making demands on DAP.
In fact, they must also answer why they did not raise any objection when Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom had told Parliament on March 27 last year that Umno would support a private member’s Bill if it is table din Parliament. 

The hudud law is a very important and fundamental issue that MCA and Gerakan and all the component BN parties must not take lightly or think that they can divert public attention from their failure by starting a verbal political  war against the DAP .

If MCA, Gerakan and MIC are committed to the long standing BN policy that hudud law is against the Malaysian Constitution and the 1963 Malaysia Agreement, then the minimum that they must immediately do is to “force “the Cabinet and the Prime Minister to state that BN will not support hudud law in Parliament.

The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib ought to have declared his government’s stand without any delay.
This is a fundamental issue which involves   a long standing policy where no time is needed to discuss what should be Umno and BN stand. So why is the Prime Minister keeping silent on the issue till today? 

Is Najib’s silence a sign that BN is going to deviate from its long standing policy? 

While Najib continues to remain silent, MCA, Gerakan and MIC should immediately and publicly declare that they will quit BN if the Prime Minister supports hudud law in Parliament.




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Welcome Nazri’s assurance that he will fight to have Vivekananda Ashram preserved



Press Statement by M. Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Parliament, Kuala Lumpur on 24th March 2015
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Welcome Nazri’s assurance that he will fight to have Vivekananda Ashram preserved

Last week I issued a statement promising to raise the issue of the ongoing saga of Vivenkanda Ashram in Parliament.

As a follow up on this matter, a number of MPs including YAB Lim Guan Eng, YB Fong Kui Lun (Bukit Bintang- the Ashram is located in this parliamentary constituency), me and others had a discussion with Tourism Minister Datuk Nazri on the Ashram matter.
Nazri expressed shock that the trustees are objecting to declare the Ashram as Heritage.

The issue of the necessity for Heritage status for the Ashram was raised in Parliament late last year. As promised the Heritage Department then, a written notice under section 272(2) of the National Heritage Act was issued on January 14. The notice expired last Thursday.
Just a day before that, the Ashram's Trustees had in the last minute submitted a written objection on the proposed granting of Heritage status to Vivenkanda Ashram.

The Ashram, built over 110 years ago, stands out as a historical icon building in the middle of Little India in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. The Ashram is the single most iconic attracting tourist to this area-the last bastion of a century old culture of the Indian community.

It's most sad and shocking that the Trustees are not with the local community on this issue.

The Vivenkananda Ashram has been earmarked for redevelopment that will see a 23 story residential tower with 264 units and a 8 story car park at the site. All this commercial development is contrary to the peace and tranquility teachings of Vivenkananda the icon.

Datuk Nazri is most accommodative to our suggestion to proceed to declare the Ashram grounds as Heritage. He said in view of the trustees’ open objections, a formal open Hearing of the matter will be conducted soon. He said all parties will be given an opportunity for their views, suggestion and opinions to be heard.

He further said his office is in touch with the Federal Territories Minister's office who has the sole power to hear and decide on the proposed redevelopment go the Ashram grounds. Apparently many local residents have put in objections on the proposed redevelopments plan.

The Ashram is located in one of the most expensive areas of Kuala Lumpur. The proposed condos will cost millions when sold in open market. Who among the locals can afford to purchase it?
With the Vivenkananda school next to this Ashram will the building of condos be conducive to the school going children?
The trustees must publicly state why monies and for what purposes it is so required?

Nazri said that the need to confer Heritage status to the Vivenkananda ashram is over whelming. He said he has met many from local leaders to politicians who all want the Ashram to be preserved. He promised not to let the people down.
I welcome Nazri’s assurance and once again call on the Trustees to abide by the wishes of the people who want Vivekananda Ashram preserved.