Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Soi Lek should have to admit MCA's mistakes and to apologise to the Chinese community for going against the community’s wishes in the “528”...........

Chua Soi Lek should have the courage to admit his and MCA’s mistakes and to apologise to the Chinese community for going against the community’s wishes in the “528” takeover of Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press in 2001

May 28, 2001 was a black day for the Malaysian Chinese community and a blow to press freedom when MCA went ahead to acquire Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press Daily despite strong protest from the Chinese community.

The takeover was made through MCA’s Huaren Holdings Sdn. Bhd. for RM230 million.

Although MCA had then defended the takeover as a business deal, the argument was not convincing at all.

But yet MCA which claims to represent the interest of the Chinese community went ahead with the arrogant proposal.

Last week, MCA disposed off the remaining 3.6% shares and MCA‘s Youth Chief Datuk Wee Ka Siong had apologized for the Party’s takeover of the two dailies.

However, MCA president Dato Chua Soi Lek refused to tender an apology. He was reported to say yesterday that the issue of an apology did not arise and it could not rectify anything.

Chua has also stressed that MCA will not sell off other media organisations owned by the party through Huaren, including the Star English daily and several radio stations despite calls by media watchdogs for the Chinese-based party to totally withdraw from the media industry.

He said , "In a democratic country, every NGO is entitled to express their view and the same also applies to political parties. However, this does not mean that when some people express their view, other people have to agree."

Chua’s argument for not tendering an apology for the “ 528 takeover ”is not acceptable. Neither is his justification for MCA not to withdraw totally from the media industry.

Firstly, as one of the leaders who strongly supported the “528 takeover” of Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press and as the present MCA president, Chua Soi Lek should have the courage to admit his and MCA’s mistakes and apologise to the Chinese community for going against the community’s wishes.

He should in fact also apologise to the top managers and editors of the two newspapers who had to leave immediately as a result of the takeover deal.

Secondly, MCA should uphold the principle that in a vibrant democracy, free, independent and professional media are important and hence there must be no political party ownership of the media industry.

The question therefore is not that MCA has to listen to every NGO’s view, but a question whether it is committed to what should be the right practice in a democracy.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The time has come for the Prime Minister to take the bold and necessary decision of closing down BTN.

Despite vehement denials by some government leaders, it is a well known and an undeniable fact that Biro Tata Negara (BTN) has long been involved in promoting hatred among races with its race based courses.

Despite the fact that its proclaimed objectives are to foster nationalism and instilling patriotism, it has also been playing the role of political brainwashing and attacks against the Opposition parties.

In the controversy which erupted late last year when Selangor Pakatan Rakyat government imposed a ban on students at its universities and state employees from attending BTN courses, several Pakatan Rakyat legislators had related their personal experience.

Selangor State Assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad had revealed that course participants were told that PKR members were Jewish agents. DAP was labeled a Singapore party while PAS was labeled a deviant movement.

The controversy subsided with the announcement by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dato Nazri Aziz that a Cabinet directive to revamp the BTN training programme in line with the Prime Minister’s 1 Malaysia concept had been issued.

However, with the proclamation by the BTN deputy director Hamim Husin to a Puteri Umno function that Malay rights is a mandate to rule the country, the time has come to close down BTN.

It is obvious that the Prime Minister’s 1 Malaysia concept has not been accepted by all in Umno. But now BTN is going to be the biggest obstacle to 1 Malaysia nation building as it is now extending its anti 1 Malaysia talk to Umno Puteri members.

The existence of BTN is a main factor why there are civil servants, university students and lecturers who are racist minded.

Its continued existence will mean more obstacles to 1 Malaysia nation building.

Its continued existence is also a waste of public fund.

Revamping the BTN training modules is not the solution.

The time has come for the Prime Minister to take the bold and necessary decision of closing down BTN.

It was reported that Hamim had used apparently derogatory terms to describe the Chinese and Indian communities in Malaysia.

He said, “The ‘si mata sepet’ that has never gone to a mosque or surau only has one vote. The ‘si botol’ that only knows how to go up to Batu Caves up and down only has one vote,” .

The Prime Minister has declared zero tolerance against racism and hence stern action must therefore be taken against Hamim for making such insensitive and derogatory remarks against the Chinese and Indians.

“தமிழ் பள்ளிகளுக்கு கிள்ளிக்கொடுப்பதை நிறுத்தி அள்ளிக் கொடுக்க மஇகா கேட்க வேண்டும்”, குலசேகரன்

தாய்மொழிப்பள்ளிகள் இந்நாட்டில் புனிதமானதாகக் கருதப்பட வேண்டும். அதன் அடிப்படையில், நமது தாய்மொழிப்பள்ளிகளான தமிழ்ப்பள்ளிகளின் மேம்பாட்டிற்கு அனைத்து வசதிகளையும் உதவிகளையும் எந்த ஒரு பாரபட்சமின்றி அரசாங்கம் வழங்க முன்வரவேண்டும். மேலும், அதனை அமைச்சரவையில் உள்ள இந்திய அமைச்சர் தட்டிக்கேட்க வேண்டும் என்று ஈப்போ பாரட் நாடாளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர் எம். குலசேகரன் கூறினார்.
இந்தியர்களின் பிரச்னையைச் சிறப்பு குழு கவனிக்கும் என்று சொல்லிக்கொண்டு ஊர் ஊராகச் சென்று இப்பொழுதான் மஇகா சேவைசெய்ய முயல்வது வேடிக்கையாக உள்ளது.

இத்தனைக் காலமாக இந்தியர்களுக்கு பிரச்னையை உருவாக்கியது யார் என்பதனை முதலில் அவர்கள் புரிந்துகொள்ள வேண்டும் என்றாரவர்.

ஏன் 30 தமிழ்ப்பள்ளிகள் மட்டும்?

இந்தியர்களின் முதன்மையான பிரச்னை தமிழ்ப்பள்ளிகள்தான் என்பதனை மறந்துவிடக்கூடாது என்று சுட்டிக்காட்டிய அவர், இந்தச் சிறப்புக் குழு பத்தாவது மலேசியா திட்டத்தில் 30 பள்ளிகள் 7 கோடி ரிங்கிட்டில் தரம் உயர்த்தப்படும் என்ற தகவலை மனிதவள அமைச்சர் டாக்டர் சுப்ரமணியம் கூறியுள்ளது மிகவும் கேளிக்கையானதாக இருக்கிறது என்றாரவர்.

“எந்த அடிப்படையில் இந்த 7 கோடி வெள்ளி வழங்கப்பட்டது? நீங்கள் முழு அமைச்சர் என்ற முறையில் அரசாங்கத்திடம் பரிந்துரை செய்த தொகை எவ்வளவு? நீங்கள் பரிந்துரை செய்யும் முன் முழுமையான ஆய்வு மேற்கொண்டீர்களா? அதன் விவரங்கள் என்ன? அதனை மக்களிடம் ஏன் தெரிவிக்கவில்லை? எத்தனைத் தமிழ்ப்பள்ளிகள் இந்நாட்டில் அடிப்படை வசதி இன்றி இருக்கிறன என்பதனை மக்களுக்கு விளக்க முடியுமா? எந்த ஆய்வின் மூலம் 30 தமிழ்ப்பள்ளிகளை மட்டும் தேர்ந்தெடுத்தீர்கள்? தேர்தெடுத்த இந்தப் பள்ளிகளில் இதர மொழி பள்ளிகளை காட்டிலும் என்னென்ன வசதிகள் இல்லை என்று ஒப்பிட்டு பார்த்தீர்களா?”, என்று கேள்விகளை அடிக்கினார் குலசேகரன்.

“முழுமையான ஆய்வுகளை மேற்கொள்ளாமல் எதற்காக அவரச அவசரமாக அரசாங்கம் வழங்கிய சின்னஞ்சிறிய ஒதுக்கீட்டை பெரிய அளவில் தம்பட்டம் அடிக்கிறீர்கள்?”, என்று அவர் வினவினார்.

பொதுநலத்திற்கு இடமில்லையா?

“மஇகாவின் அமைச்சர்கள் சிறுபான்மையாக இருக்கும் வேளையில், மக்கள் கூட்டணி தலைவர்களுடன் கலந்தாலோசித்து முடிவு எடுத்திருக்கலாமே? ஏன் அதனை செய்யவில்லை? ஏன் கட்சியின் தன்னலம் கருதி முடிவு செய்கிறீர்கள்? பொது நல கொள்கை எப்பொழுது மலரும் உங்கள் எண்ணத்தில்?

“கல்வி என்பது நமது சமுதாய வளர்ச்சிக்கு மிகவும் முக்கியமானது. இந்தியர்கள் கல்வியில் சிறந்து விளங்கினாலும் வசதிகள் மறுக்கப்படுகின்றன” என்பதை வலியுறுத்திய அவர், இதனால் இதர மொழி பள்ளிகள் வசதியில் உயர்வாகவே இருக்கும் காரணத்தினால் நமது பிள்ளைகளைத் தமிழ்ப்பள்ளிக்கு அனுப்ப பெற்றோர்கள் தயக்கம் காட்டுகின்றனர் என்பதைச் சுட்டிக்காட்டினார்.

பிறகு தமிழ்ப்பள்ளிகளில் மாணவர்கள் பற்றாக்குறையைக் காரணம் காட்டி அவற்றை மூடிவிட அரசாங்கம் முயலும்போது தேவையற்ற மன உளைச்சல் ஏற்படுகிறது.

“இந்நாட்டில் தற்சமயம் தமிழ்ப்பள்ளிகளில் மாணவர்களின் எண்ணிக்கை அதிகரிப்பு காணும் வகையில் இருக்கக்கூடிய 523 பள்ளிகளை முழுமையான வசதியுள்ள தமிழ்பள்ளிகளாக மாற்ற அரசாங்கம் என்னென்னத் திட்டங்களை கொண்டிருக்கிறது என்று பட்டியலிட முடியுமா?

“மாணவர்களின் எண்ணிக்கை கூடிக்கொண்டே போகிறது. ஆனால் பள்ளிகளின் எண்ணிக்கை கூடவே இல்லை. தமிழ்ப்பள்ளிகளின் வசதிகளுக்கு முழுமையான தீர்வே கிடைக்காத பட்சத்தில், எதற்காக இந்த ஒதுக்கீடு என்று சிந்தித்து பார்த்தீர்களா? கிள்ளி வழங்கியதை அள்ளி வழங்கியதுபோல் பேசுவதுதான் அமைச்சருக்கு அழகா?”, என்று குலசேகரன் மேலும் வினவினார்.

பத்தாவது மலேசியா திட்டத்தில் தமிழ்ப்பள்ளிகளுக்கு என்று ஒதுக்கியது இவ்வளவுதானா? இதற்கு முன்பு அரசாங்கம் தமிழ்ப்பள்ளிகளுக்கு வழங்க வாக்குறுதி அளித்த ஒதுக்கீடுகள் என்னவாயிற்று என்று அவர் மேலும் கேட்டார்.

“ஆயர் தாவார் கொலம்பியா தோட்ட தமிழ்ப்பள்ளியின் நிலையை நீங்கள் நன்கு அறிவீர்கள். ஆனால், இதுநாள் வரையில் அந்தத் தமிழ்ப்பள்ளியின் அவல நிலை குறித்து எந்த ஒரு நல்ல முடிவும் பிறக்கவில்லை. நீங்கள் தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ள அந்த 30 தமிழ்ப்பள்ளிகளில் இந்தக் கொலம்பியா தோட்ட பள்ளி அடங்கியுள்ளதா இல்லையா? இல்லையென்றால் விளக்கம் சொல்ல வேண்டும்” என்று குலசேகரன் வேண்டுகோள் விடுத்தார்.

தேசிய முன்னணியின் வழக்கமான, பழைமை வாய்ந்த சூழ்ச்சிகளில் மேலும் தமிழ் பள்ளிகள் பலியாவதை தடுத்து நிறுத்த முயற்சி செய்யுங்கள். இனியும் தமிழ் பள்ளிகளின் எதிர்காலத்தை கட்சியின் சுயலாபத்திற்கு அடகுவைக்காதீர்கள் என்றாரவர்.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Hari Bersama Rakyat

Kuil Sri Maha Kaliamman di Bercham telah mengadakan sambutan perayaan ulangtahun. Jawatankuasa kuil telah mengundang YB. M. Kula, YB. Thomas Su dan beberapa orang ahli DAP untuk menghadiri upacara sembahyang di kuil tersebut. YB. Thomas Su memang tertarik dengan gendang tradisional yang dimainkan oleh sekumpulan pemain musik tradisional. YB. M. Kula juga turut serta dalam sambutan Hari Keluarga anjuran Pusat Khidmat ADUN Canning.

Cawangan-cawangan PAS di kawasan Ipoh Barat telah menganjuran satu majlis yang sangat meriah sempena Hari Raya Aidilfitri pada tahun ini. Majlis ini telah diadakan di padang permaiman Taman Tasek Damai. Orang ramai dan Penduduk tempatan daripada pelbagai lapisan masyarakat dan kaum telah mengambil bahagian dalam sambutan ini. Turut serta YB. M. Kula Segaran, Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat, YB. Sum Cheok Leng, ADUN Bercham, YDP PAS kawasan Ipoh Barat Tuan Hj. Nor Azli, Timbalannya En. Riduan, Bekas ADUN Teja, Sdr. R.K.Muthu serta memberi ucapan sempena hari yang mulia ini. Kedua-dua wakil rakyat telah menunjukkan simpati terdapat warga miskin dengan memberikan sumbangan wang raya kepada mereka yang memerlukannya. Manakala juadah yang disediakan pada pagi tersebut adalah sumbangan daripada kesemua cawanagan PAS kawasan Ipoh Barat. YB. M. Kula mengalu-alukan sambutan sebegini serta menyokong penuh supaya majlis seperti ini diadakan di seluruh kawasan di seluruh negara. Ini adalah kerana majlis seperti ini akan mengeratkan lagi perpaduan di antara kaum di negara ini.

DAP will proceed an urgent parliamentary motion and demand full debate when Parliament reconvenes on Oct 11 if there is no satisfactory action taken

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s remarks on September 23 that he could not act against the racist principals came as a shock to many Malaysians.

His remarks have also made him a subject of political jokes as he is now labelled as the “deputy Prime Minister and education minister without any power”.

Of course the joke is not because the public believe that a Minister can be so powerless, but because they simply think that it is laughable that a deputy Prime Minister could have said that he was so powerless.

Muhyiddin has defended his remarks by saying that a minister cannot discipline any civil servant.

Such defence is again laughable because he should know that what the Opposition and the public are talking about is a Minister’s political responsibility, and not his personal power to mete out the necessary disciplinary actions against the racist principals.

It is simply a question of lack of political will, not a question of jurisdiction.

The absence of disciplinary action till today shows the government’s lack of political will.

A Minister is of course not powerless as he can direct the relevant authority to act.

It is reported today that Public Services Department ( PSD) director-general Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Abdullah has said that the conduct of public servants came under his scrutiny and only the disciplinary committee of the PSD can decide on the fate of the two principals who were alleged to have made racist remarks.

He has made a correct point as far as legal provision and procedure is concerned.

But the question which he and the deputy Prime Minister must answer is how long does it take for the PSD to study the report and to decide on the two principals?

According to media reports, the Education Ministry has submitted the investigation report on the Johor principal’s case to the PSD before the Hari Raya holidays. So why the long delay in arriving at a decision?

The Prime Minister has talked so much about “Performance Now”, so when can PSD deliver?

DAP supports the stand that there must be zero tolerance towards racism. We will not allow the Prime Minister’s “zero tolerance towards racism” declaration become “zero action towards racism”.

DAP will therefore, as earlier announced by DAP parliamentary leader Sdr Lim Kit Siang, proceed to move an urgent parliamentary motion and demand full debate when Parliament reconvenes on October 11 if there is no satisfactory action taken against the two school heads who made racist slurs.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

DAP supports the stand that there must be zero tolerance towards racism. Hence we will not allow the government’s “zero tolerance towards racism” decl

Just finished my proposed speech for tonight for the Karak people. I am going to be be driven by supporters to Karak, Pahang any time now. I was in Taiping this morning to attend to 1) a case where a girl who was cheated of marriage. 2) an accident case where the the guilty party a doctor refuced to give any form of help to the victim!
My draft speech for tonight is as follows: Happy reading
1. DAP supports the stand that there must be zero tolerance towards racism. Hence we will not allow the government’s “zero tolerance towards racism” declaration become “zero action towards racism”.
Recently a member of the public asked me why government has declared 1 Malaysia Day as a public holiday. He has mistaken Malaysia Day as 1 Malaysia Day.
Another public said a foreign friend asked him if 1 Malaysia is Malaysia’s new name.
These show how good the government is in publicing a political slogan.
But what benefits has 1 Malaysia slogan and concept brought to Malaysians since it was introduced more than a year ago by the Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib?
Has 1 Malaysia brought about real, concrete, quick and significant changes which Malaysians yearn for?

Has 1 Malaysia made all Malaysians feel that they and their children have equal place and opportunities under the Malaysian sun?

The answer is obvious.1 Malaysia is just a slogan.
Despite all the beautiful talk by the Prime Minister about 1 Malaysia, he cannot walk his talk. Even on the simple , clear cut issue of racism, the Prime Minister's former special aide and the school heads who had made racist and anti 1 Malaysia remarks were not penalised .
Datuk Safar Nasir has not been prosecuted in court though he had made offensive and anti-1Malaysia statements early this year by labelling Indians and Chinese in Malaysia as “pendatang” and saying that “Indians came to Malaysia as beggars and Chinese especially the women came to sell their bodies (jual tubuh)”;
He had also threatened to revoke the citizenship of those vocal about the issue of SPM subject cap.

On Aug 12, Siti Aishah Mansor, the school principal of SMK Tunku Abdual Rahamn Putra from Kulaijaya, Johor, was allegedly to have used racist remarks against non-Malay students during the launch of the school’s Merdeka celebrations.
It was reported that she allegedly told the school assembly that the Chinese could go back to China and that the Indians looked like “dogs” when they wore their prayer strings.
In another incident which happened last month, Ungku Aznan Ungku Ismail, the principal of SMK Bukit Selambau was also alleged to have uttered “Balik Cina” remarks against Chinese students.

But despite the Prime Minister’s declaration that there must be zero tolerance towards racism and that actions will be taken against the culprits, zero tolerance has turned out to be zero action.
The Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin said that it was not under his jurisdiction and he therefore could not take action against the two school heads who made racist remarks.
If Muhyiddin was trying to give an excuse, he has certainly given a terrible one.
If such an answer can be accepted, then I will not be surprised that in future, if queried why ISA, sedition act or any draconian law has been invoked to suppress freedom of speech or voice of dissent, Muhyiddin may reply that it is the Police which invokes the act and it is not under his jurisdiction!
Surely the Cabinet, the Prime Minister or the deputy Prime Minister can direct the enforcing authority, the Public Service Department to act swiftly, sternly and fairly.
No wonder there is now cynical public talk that nowadays, it seems that when quick and effective actions are needed, they are not forth coming. But when no quick action is needed, the reverse can happen.
The Inspector General of Police has recently admitted that if thorough probe have been conducted in the earlier police reports lodged against the Sosilawati killings main suspects, the recent killings could have been avoided.
Then when the problem of 9 dogs which have turned aggressive due to hunger could have been easily solved by feeding them, they were put to sleep. Such quick and effective solution!
DAP supports the stand that there must be zero tolerance towards racism. Hence we will not allow the government’s “zero tolerance towards racism” declaration become “zero action towards racism”.
DAP is prepared to raise the issue in the Parliament and DAP parliamentary leader Sdr Lim Kit Siang has announced that a parliamentary motion will be moved if there is no satisfactory action taken against the racist school heads by October 11.
2. Pakatan Rakyat government, whether at state or federal level, is and will be a Malaysian government for all Malaysians
Most speculation has said that the Sarawak state election will be held in October this year.
I believe that if the Sarawak State Assembly is not dissolved by this year, then it will be held early next year, soon after the Chinese New Year.
If this is the case, then we may have the simultaneous elections of Sarawak State Assembly and Parliament as Dato Sri Najib will likely dissolve Parliament after the Chinese New Year to pave way for early general elections.
The next general election is going to be a most crucial and important election in the nation’s history.
For the first time, the people have the real chance of installing a new Federal Government.
It will also be the dirtiest election as BN and especially Umno will employ all tactics to try to stay in power.
Tun Dr Mahathir who has been described as Number 1 racist in Malaysia by Sdr Lim Kit Siang , Perkasa led by Ibrahim Ali and other Umnoputras will play the race card and instill fear that if Pakatan Rakyat comes to power, the Malays will lose
Let me say that the Pakatan Rakyat government. whether at state or federal level, is and will be a Malaysian government for all Malaysians.
No Malaysian needs to fear a Pakatan Rakyat government. Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans or the minorities will not be marginalized. Muslims, Buddhist, Christians or Hindus will not lose out. All types of schools will be treated fairly.
Pakatan Rakyat believes in the concept of Ketuanan Rakyat and we will ensure a better Malaysia for all.
We therefore call on the people to rise to the occasion and vote Pakatan Rakyat in the next general election so as to bring about a Malaysian government which can bring about a better Malaysia.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Actions speak louder than words. Governments’ “zero tolerance towards racism” declaration must not end up as a mere slogan.

Yesterday’s remarks by the Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister , that he cannot act against the racist principals has come as a shock to many Malaysians who have been waiting for government’s actions against the culprits.

On August 27, Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib said that the Government will not hesitate to take action against anyone who makes racist remarks or fuels racism in the country.

"Our stand is that we do not tolerate racist remarks by anyone and action will be taken against them,” Najib said in a dialogue at the Barisan Nasional Youth Lab programme in Kuala Lumpur City Hall Auditorium.

Early this month, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin himself has reiterated the government’s “zero-tolerance” policy towards racism.

However, till today, no action has been taken against the two school heads who were alleged to make racist remarks against the students.

On Aug 12, Siti Aishah Mansor, the school principal of SMK Tunku Abdual Rahamn Putra from Kulaijaya, Johor, was allegedly to have used racist remarks against non-Malay students during the launch of the school’s Merdeka celebrations.

It was reported that she allegedly told the school assembly that the Chinese could go back to China and that the Indians looked like “dogs” when they wore their prayer strings.

In another incident which happened last month , Ungku Aznan Ungku Ismail, the principal of SMK Bukit Selambau was also alleged to have uttered “Balik Cina” remarks against Chinese students.

It was already disappointing enough when the Prime Minister and his deputy did not immediately slam the principals for their remarks.

Yet the deputy prime minister has come out to say that he cannot act against the racist principals.

His remarks were more disappointing and would also give the message that the government was not taking the racism issue with the utmost seriousness that the issue deserves.

Surely the Cabinet, the Prime Minister or his deputy can direct Public Service Department which is the relevant enforcement authority to take the necessary action.

If the government is serious about zero tolerance towards racism, there is no excuse for any delayed action against those found guilty of being racist.

Although the deputy prime minister has explained the delay in taking the necessary action as a question of jurisdiction, it hardly convinces anyone.

The whole question is whether the government is truly committed to its declaration that there must be zero tolerance towards racism.

If it is committed, then there must be political will which will translate into swift, firm and decisive actions against the culprits.

It is therefore a question of political will, not a question of jurisdiction.

Actions speak louder than words. Government’s “zero tolerance towards racism” declaration must not end up as a mere slogan.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The question is, can MCA deliver if it cannot change its “in office but not in power” position in the BN government?

Yesterday, MCA President Datuk Chua Soi Lek said that DAP has been relying on the same political tactic to gain support for more than 30 years by criticizing and issuing statements on various issues but which yield no results.

If it is true that DAP does not produce any results, why have the voters, especially majority of the Chinese voters have consistently supported the DAP in the past general elections? Why have they chosen not to support MCA?

Dr Chua has also said that DAP will always claim that MCA has no influence despite being BN’s second largest component party if there is no allocation for Chinese schools, but when funds are allocated, DAP will claim credit.

Let me ask Datuk Chua Soi Lek two questions.

Firstly, is it not true that MCA is still “in office but not in power”? Is it not true that this phrase was coined by a top MCA leader to describe MCA’s position in the BN government?

Secondly, is speaking up for the people inside and outside Parliament and State Assemblies not a responsibility of the elected representatives?

The voters have supported the DAP because DAP has been an effective voice of the people and has been making demands and speaking for the people, inside and outside the Parliament and State Assemblies.

This is something that either the MCA cannot understand or it simply refuses to accept.

A political party that does not speak for the people and champion their rights and interest will not be trusted and supported by the people.

MCA should accept the fact that it has suffered severe electoral debacle in the last general election simply because it has failed the people.

If it truly wants to regain the people’s support, it must know what the people want and be able to deliver, not merely to promise.

The question is, can MCA deliver if it cannot change its “in office but not in power” position in the BN government?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

PM must walk his talk on Zero tolerance towards racism and ensure that action must be taken against those found guilty of uttering racist remarks

On August 27, Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib said that the Government will not hesitate to take action against anyone who makes racist remarks or fuels racism in the country.

He said the Government has always maintained a zero-tolerance towards racism.

"Our stand is that we do not tolerate racist remarks by anyone and action will be taken against them,” Najib said in a dialogue at the Barisan Nasional Youth Lab programme in Kuala Lumpur City Hall Auditorium.

But public are asking what actions have been taken against two school heads and a police officer who were alleged to have uttered racist remarks.

On Aug 12, Siti Aishah Mansor, the school principal of SMK Tunku Abdual Rahamn Putra from Kulaijaya, Johor, was allegedly to have used racist remarks against non-Malay students during the launch of the school’s Merdeka celebrations.

It was reported that she allegedly told the school assembly that the Chinese could go back to China and that the Indians looked like “dogs” when they wore their prayer strings.

In another incident which happened last month , Ungku Aznan Ungku Ismail, the principal of SMK Bukit Selambau was also alleged to have uttered “Balik Cina” remarks against Chinese students.

On September 4, Kuala Lumpur Police Chief DCP Datuk Muhammad Sabtu Osman said the police officer alleged to have told a snatch theft victim to go back to China was assigned to administrative duty while waiting for the outcome of the investigation being carried out.

Surely any investigation into such allegations will not require so much time to complete that till today the authorities concerned are not able to make any decision on the above three cases.

If investigation has been completed, surely it will not take that much time to decide on the necessary action.

Early this month, the Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Abu Bakar Abdullah said that he had received the investigation paper from the Education Ministry's investigation committee on the case related to the Johor school head and was scrutinizing it together with several PSD officials.

So why has it taken PSD that long to make a decision?

As correctly said by the Prime Minister, unity is of paramount importance and there must be zero tolerance towards racism.

Hence, the Prime Minister must walk his talk on zero tolerance towards racism and ensure that action must be taken against those found guilty of uttering racist remarks.

News Release by Malaysia Nanban 22/09/2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

News Release from Makkal Osai 21/09/2010

Overwhelming public support to my proposal of one candidate for one seat in Perak

My proposal that DAP Perak should cease fielding a candidate in two seats in the next general election has evoked much interest and overwhelming public support.
Over the last two days, I have received much public feedback.

All those who have expressed support for my proposal agreed with my two main points which are firstly, Perak DAP has many capable and dedicated leaders and members , hence they should be given the chance to contest in the general election and secondly, it is too taxing for an elected representative to serve two seats.

Another important factor which was raised is the fact that even a profoundly popular political legend like Sdr Kit Siang did not have to contest two seats in Perak.

This goes to show that the conditions in Perak are now suitable for the DAP to cease fielding one candidate in two seats.

One public has in fact pointed out the continued fielding of one candidate in two seats by Perak DAP will be viewed negatively by the voters.

Actually, I have been receiving much feedback over the last one year over this practice. The feedback has further strengthened my belief that the time has come for Perak DAP to cease such practice.

Let me clarify that my proposal was only confined to Perak DAP. I am of course aware of the reasons why there has been such a practice in other states.

That is why I will still support such practice being continued in Sarawak, Selangor, and Negeri Sembilan due to the requirement of political need and strategy. I will even give support if there is a proposal that such practice be adopted in Johor in the next general election.

I have been given to understand that Malacca DAP has long ceased such practice and any proposal to re implement such practice will not go down well within and outside the Party.

I also wish to state my agreement with DAP National Chairman Sdr Karpal Singh that the Penang Chief Minister Sdr Lim Guan Eng should contest two seats so that he will be able to fight for Penang state's interest in the Parliament.

Of course, such practice will automatically cease when Pakatan Rakyat has won Federal power .

Monday, September 20, 2010

Speech by M Kulasegaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at Melaka on Sunday, September 19, 2010

1. Call on the Government to set up an independent Committee to investigate whether there has been inefficiency, incompetency and even cover up in all earlier police investigations which were linked to the main suspects of Sosilawati killings.

Recently Malaysians have been told that the Police force has achieved success in reducing crime rate.

However, the Sosilawati killings have shocked the nation.

The general impression is that the Police have been efficient in solving the Sosilawati murders. Even the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has congratulated the police force for its efficiency in solving quickly the murders.

DAP strongly condemns such heinous crime. We also praise the Police efficiency in quickly solving the murders.

However, there have been public doubt and allegations about the Police’s lack of efficiency and competency in solving previous police reports lodged against the main suspects of Sosilawati killings.

Selangor police Chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar has revealed that new evidence has caused police to re-examine nine police reports lodged since 2005 against the lawyer brothers who are linked to the murders of Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and three others.

He said seven of the reports were fraud and criminal breach of trust cases linked to land deals with loses estimated at RM7.1 million.

The remaining reports were criminal cases, involving the murder of a housewife here in 2008 and the disappearance of an Indian businessman in January this year.

Datuk Khalid ahs said that all nine reports were lodged at the Kuala Langat district police headquarters here.

When so many police reports have been made at the same Police station and are linked to the same persons, surely any efficient Police force will have taken extra and special efforts to fully probe the complaints.

The question that naturally and inevitably arises is therefore whether there has been inefficiency, incompetency or even cover up by the Police in the investigations into the above nine cases.

This question will not only tarnish the Police’s image, it will to some extent erode public confidence in the Police force.

We must not allow public doubt to linger on and neither must any black sheep in the Police force be allowed to continue to spoil the Police’s name.

In fact, it is too dangerous to allow any black sheep to continue in the Police force.

Hence, I call on the government should set up an independent Committee to investigate whether there has been inefficiency, incompetency and even cover up in all earlier police reports which were linked to the main suspects of Sosilawati killings.

2. Call on the Indian voters to play their kingmaker role in the next general election

The nation just celebrated our 47th Malaysia Day two days ago. It was the first time that such a day was celebrated as a public holiday.

It ought to have been declared a public holiday 47 years ago. But the government is only willing to make it a public holiday when there is a political need.

The 2008 general election has seen the BN government suffering its worst electoral debacle. It would have suffered worse and more if strong Peninsular wind of change had then blown as strong in Sarawak and Sabah .

Sarawak has 31 parliamentary seats and Sabah 25 parliamentary seats. These two states are now far too important for BN and that is the reason why a public holiday was declared for Malaysia Day.

But BN will make a serious mistake if it thinks that a public holiday is enough to maintain its political support in Sabah and Sarawak .

The Prime Minister should know very well that a government elected by the people must serve all the people and people want development, fairness and justice.

Hence, he must walk the talk with his 1 Malaysia concept and slogan.

Has 1 Malaysia brought about real, concrete, quick and significant changes which Malaysians yearn for?

Has 1 Malaysia made all Malaysians feel that they and their children have equal place and opportunities under the Malaysian sun?

Recently, the Sitiawan Indian community even had to fight Government’s attempt to compulsorily acquire their Heritage land that was bought in the 19030’s with contribution by rubber tappers from Sitiawan and nearby estates.

But the unity and determination shown by the local community has forced the Government to back down.

This shows the power of unity and determination. This shows the people power.

The recent Australian general election had produced a hung Parliament and a few independent Members of Parliament became “Kingmakers” and decided which Party would form the government.

Although Indians constitutes 10 % of Malaysian population, we can still play the Kingmaker role as was evidenced in the last general election when Indian support helped Pakatan Rakyat to win state governments.

Come the next general election, let’s tell the BN that 1 Malaysia slogan is nice to hear, but it rings hollow.

Come the next election, the Indian voters should again play their kingmaker role by supporting Pakatan Rakyat to make Malaysia a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Call for the review of Perak DAP's practice of fielding one candidate in two seats

We were invited for the thanks giving dinner organised by the Kg. Bintang Branch. The function started at about 7.30pm at Sdr. Jega's residence. Good food and many people attended the function. My speech is as follows:

Tonight’s thanks giving dinner is held with two main purposes, firstly to celebrate the branch ‘s success in organizing the recent dinner and secondly to celebrate he people’s success in forcing the Government to cancel the intended compulsory acquisition of the Indian Heritage land in Sitiawan.

August 25th, 2010 is certainly a day of pride for local Indian community and the DAP as even though the BN could “seize” Perak state power, they could not seize the Heritage land.

Today is the first time when Malaysia Day has been declared a public holiday. This public holiday should have been declared in 1963 when Sabah and Sarawak joined us to form Malaysia.

If it was not because of the 2008 general election results which dealt BN its worst electoral debacle, Malaysia Day would never be declared a public holiday by the BN government.

This shows the power of people’s votes and what changes the people’s votes can bring about.

Presently there are over 4 million unregistered voters in the nation and about 900,000 are Perakians. These unregistered voters will be significant factor in the electoral outcome if they can vote in the next election.

Automatic registration of voters will be the ideal and practical solution to solve the problem of such high number of unregistered voters but the BN government is afraid of the young voters and therefore will not support such a long standing DAP’s proposal.

Hence, it is imperative that DAP branches must double or even treble our efforts to register new voters to ensure that our twin objectives of capturing Perak state and Federal power in the next general election can succeed.

Undoubtedly, next general election is going to be the most important election in the nation’s electoral history. It is also going to be the dirtiest one as BN will certainly employ dirty tactics to try to keep in power.

To regain Perak state power and to capture Federal power will not be easy tasks and require better and thorough preparation from the Pakatan Rakyat, whether in terms of publicity work, policy formulation, people mobilization etc.

One important area that Pakatan Rakyat must give importance to is putting up the most winnable candidates in every seat.

Hence, we will have to do a thorough study on the present performance of our elected representatives.

We need to weed out the inefficient and the opportunists. We need to identify new people.

In terms of strategy, the Perak DAP’s practice of fielding one candidate in two seats, that is, the state and parliamentary seats has to be reviewed.

Even holding and serving a single seat is already a mammoth task. What more if a person holds two elected posts?

More importantly, Perak DAP does not lack capable, dedicated and honest members who are winnable candidate materials.

By ceasing the practice of fielding one candidate in tow seats, we can also allow these deserving candidates the chance to serve the Party and the people in the forefront.

I therefore call for the review of the Perak DAP’s practice of fielding one candidate in two seats.

(Other speakers at the above Thanksgiving Dinner were the Branch Chairman M.Sethupathi, Secretary Jega MC Sivan, and Jason Ling

இரண்டு தொகுதிகளில் ஒரே நபர் போட்டி முறையை தவிர்த்தல் வேண்டும்

வருக்கூடிய தேர்தலில் புதிய பலமான முகங்களுக்கு வாய்ப்பளிக்கும் வேளையில் இரண்டு தொகுதிகளில் ஒரே நபர் போட்டி போடும் முறையை ஜ.செ.க மாற்றியமைத்து ஒருவருக்கு ஒரு தொகுதி மட்டுமே வழங்கப்பட வேண்டும் என்று ஈப்போ பாராட் நாடாளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர் மு.குலசேகரன் கேட்டுக்கொண்டார். இதுபோல புதிய அணுகுமுறையை ஜ.செ.க பயன்படுத்தினால் அது திறமையுள்ள நபர்களுக்கு வாய்ப்பளிக்கும் செயலாக கருதப்படும் என்று தெரிவித்தார்.

ஒரு சட்டமன்ற தொகுதியை தங்கவைத்துகொண்டு மக்களுக்கு சேவை செய்வது ஒரு சுலபமான செயலல்ல. அது மிகப்பெரிய கடமையாகும். அவ்வகையில் இரண்டு தொகுதிகளில் எவ்வாறு முறையாக சேவைசெய்ய முடியும் என்பதனை நன்கு ஆராய்ந்து செயல்பட வேண்டும். மக்களுக்கு சேவை என்பது அரசியலில் ஒரு முக்கிய பங்கு, அதனை முறையாக வழங்க வேண்டும்.

மேலும் தற்சமய சூழ்நிலையில், பேராக் மாநில ஜ.செ.க-வில் நிறைய திறமையுள்ள நபர்கள் உள்ளனர். இவர்கள் நேர்மையான கண்ணியமான வேட்பாளராக இருக்க வாய்ப்புண்டு. இவர்களின் திறமைகளை பார்த்து தக்க சமயத்தில் வாய்ப்பு வழங்குவது கட்சியின் முக்கிய கடமையாகும் என்று நான் கருதுகிறேன் என்றார் அவர்.

கடந்த காலங்களில் இரண்டு தொகுதிகளில் ஒருவரே போட்டி போடும் முறை ஒரு பொதுவானதாக இருந்தது என்பது உண்மை. காரணம் தேர்தலில் போட்டி போட யாரும் முனைப்பு காட்டுவதில்லை. இப்பொழுது அவ்வாறு கிடையாது. நிறைய நபர்கள் அவர்களின் அரசியல் திறமைகளை வெளிபடுத்த தொடங்கிவிட்டனர்.

நடந்து முடிந்த 2008-ம் ஆண்டு பொதுத்தேர்தலில் பேராக் மாநில ஜ.செ.கவின் தலைவர் டத்தோ ங்கே கூ ஹாம் சித்தியவான் சட்டமன்றத்திலும் பெருவாஸ் நாடாளுமன்ற தொகுதியிலும் போட்டிப் போட்டி வெற்றிப் பெற்றார். மேலும் அவரை தொடர்ந்து அதே போன்ற சூழ்நிலையில் பேராக் மாநில ஜ.செ.க-வின் செயலாளர் ங்கா கோர் மெங் பந்தை ரெமிஸ் சட்டமன்றத்திலும் தைப்பிங் நாடாளுமன்ற தொகுதியிலும் வெற்றிக்கண்டார்.
அடுத்து வரக்கூடிய பொதுத்தேர்தல் நாட்டின் மிக முக்கியமான தேர்தலாகும். அவை தேசிய முன்னணியின் பாரம்பரிய வெற்றிக்கு சவால் விடக்கூடிய தேர்தலாக இருக்கும் வாய்ப்புள்ளது.

அதே சமயத்தில் பேராக் மாநில மக்கள் கூட்டணி மீண்டும் மாநில ஆட்சியை கைப்பற்ற என்னமிருக்கும் வகையில் தேர்தல் இயந்திரத்தை முழுமையாக பலமாக்கி கொள்ளவது மட்டுமல்லாமல், விளம்பரம், கொள்கை சூத்திரங்கள் மற்றும் எந்த நேரத்திலும் மக்களை திரட்ட கூடிய ஆற்றல் நம்மிடம் இருக்கவேண்டும் என்றார் அவர். அடுத்து மத்திய அரசாங்க ஆட்சியை அமைக்க நாம் எண்ணம் கொண்டிருந்தாள் இவை அனைத்தும் முக்கியாமாக கவனிக்கப்படவேண்டும்.

இவை அனைத்தையும் விட மிக முக்கியமான ஒன்று, ஒரு சிறந்த வேட்பாளருக்கு வாய்ப்பளிப்பதை பற்றி மக்கள் கூட்டணி சீர்தூக்கி பார்க்கவேண்டும்.

ஒரு சிறந்த மாற்றத்தை கொண்டு வர, தற்சமயம் மக்களால் தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்ட சட்டமன்ற நாடாளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர்களின் சேவை தரத்தை நன்கு கவனித்து அதில் அரசியால் சுயலாப கொள்கைவாதிகளையும் அரசியல் ஆற்றல் இல்லாத நபர்களை மாற்றி அமைத்து திறமையுள்ள நபர்களுக்கு வாய்பளிக்க இதுவே சிறந்த முறையா விளங்கும் என்பதில் எந்த ஒரு மாற்று கருத்தும் கிடையாது என்று, ஜ.சே.க கம்போங் பிந்தாங் கிளை ஏற்பாடு செய்திருந்த விருந்து உபசரிப்பில் இதனை கூறினார் மு.குலசேகரன்.

行动党全国副主席兼怡保西区国会议员M 古拉(9 月16日晚上8 时),在爱大华柏兰园丘甘榜宾当的晚宴演词:


今晚的感恩宴会有两大意义,主要庆祝支部最近成功举办宴会,其次是共庆人民成功迫使政府取消强硬征用实兆远的印度人世袭遗产地段的意图。2010年8 月25日肯定是本地印度人和民主行动党感到高傲的日子,因为国阵政府可以“夺取”霹州政权,却无法抢夺人民的世袭遗产。

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sebelum membuat kenyataan sila kaji kenyataan tersebut.

K.M. Raj yang mengeluarkan kenyataan palsu harus meminta maaf kepada pemimpin PR.

Kenyataan yang dibuat oleh K.M.Raj sangat dikeji kerana ianya hanya berpanduan dengan kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Utusan Malaysia. K.M. Raj harus memahami kandungan Utusan Malaysia hanya memaparkan serta mengungkitkan isu perkauman.

Dalam tempoh 10 bulan Pakatan Rakyat memerintah, 13 kuil Hindu telah dianugerahkan dengan tanah, dan sebuah crematorium dalam pemprosesan kelulusan.

Tanah ini hanya diberikan kepada golongan miskin tanpa mengira kaum, bukannya seperti yang dimanupulasikan oleh UNMO dan Utusan Malaysia.

Kelulusan tanah ini diberikan kepada Kg. Baru sebanyak 64000 orang & Kg Tersusun sebanyak 42000 orang. Dalam angka ini 5% -6% daripada penduduk Kg. Baru adalah penduduk kaum India.

K.M.Raj diminta supaya untuk mengkaji atau melawat kampung – kampung ini supaya dapat mengetahui hal sebenar.

Pemberian tanah kepada Sekalah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina pula adalah diberikan kepada SJKC Persendirian bukannya sekolah bantuan modal penuh daripada kerajaan persekutuan. Analysis menunjukkan tiada SJKT Persendirian di Negeri Perak.

Walaubagaimanapun pemimpin PR telah bermesyuarat dengan PIBG untuk mengendalikan proses pemberian tanah kepada SJKT secara rasional, terutamanya SJKT di Pangkor. Malangnya setelah BN merampas kuasa segala rancangan baik kepada rakyat telah tergendala.

Di Perak jumlah pengundi mengikut kaum adalah seperti berikut 51% Melayu, 33% Cina, 13% India dan Lain-lain 3%, tetapi 95% jumlah staf perkhidmatan awam dari pegawai atasan hingga pekerja bawahan terdiri daripada kaum Melayu manakala 2.5% adalah kaum India yang terdiri daripada pekerja bawahan.

YB A. Sivanesan, EXCO kerajaan PR pada masa itu telah membangkitkan isu pengambilan pekerja serta mengkaji semula pemberian quota bagi kaum India.

Kami ingin menegas disini janganlah memandang rendah terhadap pekerja “Mandur” kerana kebanyakan “Mandur” di Malaysia terdiri daripada kaum India. Mereka ini adalah pekerja am yang menjadi salah satu unsur pembangunan Negara ini serta rakan persejuangan kaum India.

Persatuan kami menegaskan K.M.Raj supaya menunjukkan identiti yang betul semasa membuat kenyataan sepenuhnya bukannya sebagai surat layang.

Ahkirnya pembinaan “Raja Gopuram” setinggi 70kaki di kuil Sri Subramaniam, Gunung Ceroh adalah ditandatangani oleh YB A. Sivanesan tanpa sebarang pindahan. Semasa BN memerintah BN menolak permohonan, seolah-olah akan menctuskan isu perkauman.

Kenapakah K.M.Raj tidak hindar bahawa BN selama 52 tahun bukan saja tidak menunaikan janji tetapi BN sering menepikan kebajikan dan kemajuaan kaum India.

Kenyataan Media daripada D. Tanabalan, Setiusaha, Persatuan Kebajikan, Komuniti & Dialog, Ipoh, Bekas Pegawai, Unit Hal Ehwal Bukan Islam, SUK Perak pada 03/09/2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

நேர்பட எழுத்தில் பேசு: ஊழியர்களுக்கான குறைந்தபட்ச வருமான திட்டத்தை மேலும்...

நேர்பட எழுத்தில் பேசு: ஊழியர்களுக்கான குறைந்தபட்ச வருமான திட்டத்தை மேலும்...: "நாட்டின் அனைத்து நிலை மேம்பாட்டிலும் ஊழியர்களின் பங்கு மிக மிக முக்கியமான ஒன்று. ஊழியர்களின் குறைந்த வருமான திட்டத்தை மலேசியா ஊழியர்களின் சம..."

Why MEF and the Government are reluctant to introduce minimum wage for workers?

The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF)’s stubborn stand in rejecting the call for minimum wage is most shocking.

MEF argued that a minimum wage policy will hurt local businesses and workers as it tends to benefit low-skilled and low-income foreign resulting in more money being remitted out of the country.

Its Executive director Shamsuddin Bardan has also said the way to push for higher income levels was not by basing it on a minimum wage but by increasing employee productivity and performance.

These two arguments are however flawed and unacceptable.
We now have over 2 million foreign workers. Many of the jobs taken up by them are what are called the three D’s (Dirty, Dangerous and Demeaning).

These jobs are very lowly remunerated. Unless a decent salary is paid, locals will not be attracted to work in this 3 D’s sector.

Despite the fact that our nation has gained independence for 53 years, thousands of our citizenry are still earning below the hard core income level and is this to be condoned? Should we allow them to continue to be suffering without a decent wage to live on?

The bargaining powers of a worker vis a vis an employer is just too loop sided. The employer is all mighty who can dictate terms favorable to him. Who can protect the workers’ rights if there is no law to govern this area?

The argument for minimum wage comes with the right to basic needs which includes housing, a five-day work week, and 90 days' maternity allowance, housing allowances, free medical care and education. The ultimate should be the introduction of weekly wages for all workers.

There have been so many calls in the past that the government ought to introduce minimum wage but the government has not responded positively.

Some years ago under Mahathir administration, minimum wage was considered a dirty word as then Prime Minister backed employers who preferred wages to be tied up with the so called “productivity” formula of a worker.

Then about two years ago the government has in a reply in Parliament said that minimum wage policy was untenable as the economy was slowing down.

Last year the stand by the government has moved to “we will not be a competitive economy if we have minimum wage policy”.

This fondness to give excuses simply shows the government’s lack of commitment to a minimum wage policy.

MEF should realize that the need for minimum wage policy is all the more necessary as the country transforms from a developing country into a developed country. Our unemployment rate is 3.8%.Thus in economics terms we are classified as a country with full employment. If this is so, why is minimum wage is being shot down?

DAP calls the MEF and the Government not to deny the fruits of development of the country by the workers. The success of our economy would not have been achieved without the sweat, sacrifice and contribution of the workers. Workers contributions need to recognized and remunerated accordingly and the introduction of minimum wage should not be delayed any longer

Employers not budging over minimum wage

News on Minimum wage by MEF in the New Straits Times today. I am in the process of writing an article to refute the claims of the MEF

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) is sticking to its stand that a minimum wage system will hurt local businesses and workers as it tends to benefit low-skilled and low-income foreign workers.
Executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said the way to push for higher income levels was not by basing it on a minimum wage but by increasing employee productivity and performance.

"A minimum wage will only benefit foreign workers, resulting in more money being remitted out of the country," he said.

He was responding to Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam's announcement on Sunday that a minimum wage is likely to be introduced by the middle of next year.

Dr Subramaniam had said the minimum wage would cover most jobs in the private sector, with some variations based on geographical locations.

Shamsuddin said Malaysia should look at adopting the wage systems of other developed countries such as Singapore's which practised a flexible wage system of 70 per cent fixed pay and 30 per cent variable pay.

He said such a system was dependent on the individual's performance and rewarded workers according to the value of their jobs, their capabilities and contributions.

"This wage system also gives businesses the flexibility to make adjustments to wages during an economic downturn and not force them to retrench workers," he added.

Shamsuddin also cited Sweden's time bank system which allowed businesses to retain workers and avoid retrenchment.

The time bank in principle allowed the employer to deposit a "credit" to the individual employee's benefit in terms of time off from normal working hours which the employee could choose to draw on as he chooses.

"The additional work done during better times is put into the worker's time account as a 'credit' which can be drawn during a downturn.

"This enables the workers to still draw their salaries even when productivity is lower."

Shamsuddin said that if Malaysians expected higher incomes, they should be willing to upgrade skills.

"The problem here is that people who start out with Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia certification remain with the same certification throughout until they retire.

"If we upgrade out skills, employers will be more willing to retain workers with outside investors more willing to invest in those companies due to the high skills available."

Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud said it was not enough for the government to say that it wanted high-income levels if it did not have a clear plan on implementing a minimum wage. He urged the government to upgrade the salaries of those earning below RM900 a month.

"For those who are already earning more than RM900, it's not an issue but this RM900 minimum wage must cut across all sectors in all states."

Syed Shahir also said the government should not confuse minimum wage with take-home pay.

"The minimum wage must be based on the typical working hours put in as per the law which is based on eight hours, five days a week shifts," he said.

"It's sad when you hear of workers asking for an advance from their company to be able to celebrate Hari Raya. When people don't even have enough to spend for their festivities, it's clear that more needs to be done to improve the income levels in the country."

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in a recent interview with Martin Soong on CNBC Conversation, said that the government would put in place measures to ensure the wage structure in Malaysia was commensurate with the true value of talent.

He had said that this was among measures to be taken by the government to attract Malaysians working abroad.

He had also said that the government would make some important announcements shortly in respect of the establishment of the Talent Corporation which would get Malaysians abroad to work here.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The "Best" of Teoh Beng Hock's Inquest

நேர்பட எழுத்தில் பேசு: இரண்டாவது அனைத்துலக குறைந்த விமான நிலைய கட்டிடத்தி...

நேர்பட எழுத்தில் பேசு: இரண்டாவது அனைத்துலக குறைந்த விமான நிலைய கட்டிடத்தி...: "கடந்த 30 -ம் திகதி குறைந்த கட்டன விமான நிலையத்திற்கு அனைத்துலக கோலாலம்பூர்  விமான நிலையம் 2 என பெயர் சூட்டப்படும் என்று அடிக்கல் நாட்டு விழா..."

The conversion of PTPTN loan to scholarship policy should also apply to those who have graduated in with first class honours 2006 to 2009.

In October last year, Prime Minister had announced in his maiden budget speech that beginning 2010, all university students taking the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan would be able to covert the said loan to full scholarships, should they graduate with first-class honours.

This new policy was much welcomed as it means that those who have excelled in their studies will be rewarded.

Recently, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said that according to PTPTN, about 2,000 students qualified for scholarships worth RM73mil.

"As of June 24, only 1,200 first class honours students from 18 IPT had applied for scholarships worth RM26mil."

The conversion of PTPTN loan to full scholarship for graduates with first class honours is actually not a new policy. It was in practice until it was scrapped in 2005.

As a result of the scrapping, those who have graduated with first class honours in 2006 to 2009 have missed out the benefit of converting their loans to scholarships.

Prime Minister’s reintroduction of the policy has brought joy to many but has also been seen as being unfair to those who have graduated in 2006 to 2009.

It is laudable that the Prime Minister has this year taken extra efforts to reward those who have excelled in their studies, including giving out incentives to those who are not from the government schools.

But why has the government forgotten about these top graduates of 2006 to 2009 who could have had their PTPTN loans converted to full scholarship if not because of the government’s unwise decision to scrape the policy? ?

I don’t know the number of first class honours graduates for the period who were entitled for the loan conversion benefit, but it can be safely said that the figure will be around 2000 per year.

This is surely within the financial means of the government and there is no reason why the conversion of PTPTN loan to full scholarship policy cannot be applied to those who have graduated with first class honours in 2006 to 2009.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hungry Ghost Festival

Pasir Pinji, Ipoh – September 7, 2010 – The Pasir Pinji Market Committee members carried out prayers in conjunction with Hungry Ghost Festival.

The Hungry Ghost Festival is a traditional Chinese festival and holiday a celebrated by Chinese in many countries. In the Chinese calendar (lunar calendar), the Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the seventh lunar month (14th in southern China).

On the fifteenth day the realms of Heaven and Hell and the realm of the living are open and both Taoists and Buddhists would perform rituals to transmute and absolve the sufferings of the deceased. Intrinsic to the Ghost Month is ancestor worship, where traditionally the filial piety of descendants extends to their ancestors even after their deaths.

The committee has been preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense, and burning joss paper, a paper-made form of material items such as clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors.

DAP was invited by the committee members and the hawker’s of market.YB. M. Kula the MP for Ipoh Barat with the Ex. Clr. Lee Kin Chew, Ex. Clr. Simon Ng, Ex. Clr. Chan Tong Tuan, Pasir Pinji ADUN’s Secretary, Alicia Ng, Ipoh Barat MP Political Secretary, D. Tanabalan and the members from Pasir Pinji Service Centre were involved in the prayers with more than 350 local resident’s and hawkers.

Several Chinese traditional food were served for the ancestor during the prayers. The foods were contributed by the hawker’s at Pasir Pinji markets.

DAP welcomed this type of celebration. Joint celeberation of this event speaks volumes of the local cooperation .

This form of event can even be promoted as a tourist attraction event.

D. Tanabalan

Home Ministry must be efficient, fair and transparent in processing citizenship applications.

Special Officer to the Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk Lau Yeng Peng, announced yesterday that in a move to speed up citizenship application, the Home Ministry has set a time frame of between three months and two years to process every application.

This means that within two years, stateless people will be given a definite answer on their application status, and those whose applications are rejected for any reason will be allowed to file a fresh application.

“Last time, applicants had to wait for many, many years before they could even get an answer as to whether their applications were approved or rejected. And there was no avenue for appeal,” Datuk Lau had said.

Under the new move, he assured that the ministry would try to resolve every application between three and six months and not exceed more than two years.

“Those whose applications are rejected can immediately file a fresh application and have their applications processed again.”

I welcome such a move and urge the Home Ministry to always be efficient, fair and transparent in processing citizenship applications.

According to media reports, over the last few months, there have been a number of cases where applicants who have waited for even more than 30 years have been successful in getting their citizenship.

However, there are still many applicants who have failed a few times in their applications and there are many applicants who have waited for more than 30 years.

Last year, MCA set up a Citizenship Task Force Service Centre to compile cases of those having difficulties with their Malaysian citizenship application.

Last month, MCA has again set up a special task force headed by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong to help Malaysian Chinese yet to become Malaysian citizens to apply for citizenship status.

This goes to show that despite various media reports in recent months carrying pictures of successful applicants showing their gratitude by hugging a grinning Home Minister, citizenship woes remain for many.

It is unfair and tormenting for any deserving applicant to have to wait for 2 years to have their applications approved, yet there are so many who have waited long years.

Home Ministry must therefore strive to be efficient, fair and transparent in processing the applications by adopting the following measures:-

1. Publishing the standard criteria one has to meet to be granted Malaysian citizenship

2. Every application shall have its receipt acknowledged

3. No application shall be left idle

4. Time taken to process each application must not exceed 6 months. In special cases where a decision cannot be made within 6 months, the reason must be conveyed to the applicant in black and white

5. A specific and clear reason must be given when an application is rejected

Press Statement by M Kulasegaran, DAP National Vice Chairman, Perak Deputy Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat on Friday, September 03, 2010 in Ipoh, Perak.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The government must, through severe punishment against the two school heads, send the right and strong message that enough is enough..................

It has been reported that the Education Ministry has through a recent circular, warned principals and teachers that action would be taken against those who made such remarks.

Media report says that in the circular dated Aug 26, Ministry director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said he viewed seriously the allegations against a small group of people for making racist remarks in school.

Such circular is timely and welcomed.

Educators are highly respected by the society and they play a very important role in shaping the students’ behavior, character and thinking.

There must therefore be no place for racist principals and teachers in our schools.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Nazri has said it well when he recently said that the question is not whether racist educators is a minority, but there must not be even one such educator.

Since the Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib has also recently declared that there must be zero tolerance for racism, he should be aware that the public are still waiting to see what actions will be taken against the school heads of SMK Tunku Abdual Rahman Putra and SMK Bukit Selambau for making racist remarks against the students.

I have no doubt that if a public survey is carried out, majority of Malaysians will say that enough is enough and it is time for tough action.

The traditional practice of transferring problem school teachers and principal to another school will no longer be accepted as sufficient punishment. In fact, this is seen as merely transferring the problem.

The long delay in taking action against the school heads has invited question as to why the government is dragging its feet .

The earlier failure of top government leaders to immediately slam the racist remarks incidents has also meant a missed opportunity to send out the message that the government does not tolerate racist educators.

The government must, through severe punishment against the two school heads, send the right and strong message that enough is enough and there must be no racist educator

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Name low-cost terminal after Tunku, says DAP

Humayun Kabir, Sep 3, 2010, 6:23pm

The DAP wants the federal government to name the proposed mega low cost airport as Tunku Abdul Rahman International Airport (Taria) to honour Malaysia's first prime minister, instead of KLIA2 as suggested by Premier Najib Abdul Razak recently.

DAP national vice chief M Kulasegaran (left) said, “This is to ensure that Tunku's name remains a living legend, not only among Malaysians but also with the international community.

"While the celebration of Merdeka is in the minds of all Malaysians, the memory of Tunku's contributions to the nation seems to be slowly fading especially among the BN politicians," he said.

"The former premier Mahathir Mohamad had preferred to name the nation's main international airport as KLIA to basically promote Kuala Lumpur ... instead of honouring Tunku," Kulasegaran said.

During the ground-breaking ceremony for the project on Aug 30, Najib was reported as saying that the terminal would be completed in 2012 and that it would be called KLIA2.

The DAP, however, hopes that Tunku's legacy will not be sidelined once again.

“I have received public feedback (asking) why the government has chosen such an unexciting and dull name for the airport,” he said.

Cat more important?

The party's state deputy chief concurs that simply adding a '2' to the existing name of KLIA did not sound “special” at all.

“I was surprised why the government did not ask for public suggestions to name the new airport,” he said.

After all, said Kulasegaran, Najib had taken the trouble this June to ask for public help to name his new pet kitten (left), announcing therefore that an era where "the government knows best" was over.

“When Najib wanted public opinion on the naming of his kitty, why could he not seek such public feedback for an important national issue such as the naming of the proposed new low-cost air terminal?" asked Kulasegaran.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Government should consider naming the mega low cost airport as Tunku Abdul Rahman International Airport (TARIA)

At the ground breaking ceremony of the new mega low cost carrier airport on August 30, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that the project was scheduled to be completed in 2012 and it would be known as KLIA2.

I have received public feedback on why the government has chosen such an unexciting and dull name for the airport which will be the world’s first mega low cost carrier.

Many feel that while KLIA is an appropriate name for the nation’s main airport, to name another airport as KLIA2 does not sound “special” at all. Many feel that the “2” does not indicate anything special.

I was surprised why the government did not ask for public suggestions to name the new airport.

After all, in June this year, the Prime Minister who has said before that the era where the government knows best is over has asked for public’s help to name a kitten he has bought.

KLIA was chosen for the nation’s main international airport basically to make Kuala Lumpur an international name. Hence, I personally don’t see the need to use KLIA2 for the new terminal as the original purpose has been achieved with naming the main airport as KLIA.

I wish to make a personal suggestion that the new terminal be named” Tunku Abdul Rahman International Airport” ( TARIA) to honur the great contribution our Bapa Merdeka made to bring the nation from colonialism to independence and in memory of his great legacy.

In 2003, the then DAP Chairman Sdr Lim Kit Siang had this to say about the late Bapa Merdeka:-

“History and the world at large acknowledge his contributions as a statesman, a nation builder and as a singularly unique historical figure.

He personified decency, a deeply-held belief in the rule of law and respect for tradition”.

Tunku had also sincerely believed that tolerance and goodwill among Malaysians were most important to the nation’s peace and harmony.

In fact, he has today become a symbol of moderation.

Malaysians must always be reminded of the contributions made by our Bapa Merdeka and the noble values he had sincerely upheld .

I personally feel that the main international airport should have been named Tunku Abdul Rahman International Airport. But that chance has been missed.

I hope that the government will now consider the world’s first mega low cost terminal as “Tunku Abdul Rahamn International Airport” (TARIA).

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Why has Tapah Local Council refused to allow local residents to build an Arch at the entrance of Chedering town?

In many new villages, it is the norm to see an arch at the entrance of the village.

However, such an arch was never built in Chendering New Village.

Although Chendering is a state seat where MCA has won for many terms, the building of the arch has never being given importance.

Thus the local Residents Association has initiated some meetings among the locals and the people agreed to build an arch at the entrance of the Chendering town with the local peoples own money.

The Residents Association made a formal application to the local authority on 26thMay2009. A fee of RM270 has been paid for processing of the application.

The arch issue has become a big issue among the locals. The Arch has been designed by qualified consulting engineers.

Unfortunately, the Association was informed via a letter dated 6thAugust2010 that the application has been rejected by the Tapah Local Council on the following grounds:-

“Adalah dimaklumkan permohonan Tuan telah dibincangkan dalam mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Pusat Setempat Bil. 12/2010 pada 29 Julai 2010. Mesyuarat telah menolak permohonan Tuan dengan justifikasi berikut:

i. Dikhuatiri kemampuan pihak Tuan untuk menjalankan kerja penyelenggaran secara berkala dengan baik memandangkan ianya melibatkan kos yang tinggi dan kepakaran tenaga kerja. Sekiranya pintu gerbang tersebut tidak diselenggara, ia boleh menyebabkan strukturnya rosak dan terbiar usang; dan
ii. Sekiranya pintu gerbang ini dibina oleh individu atau sebuah badan NGO, dikhuatiri apabila berlakunya kemalangan, struktur binaan pintu gerbang tersebut runtuh atau dilanggar, Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan akan dipertanggungjawabkan.

Both the above reasons are unreasonable and unjustifiable.

The Residents Association has got sponsors and the local people are capable to raise the monies to fund the project.

On the second issue the occurrences of accidents; let me inform the local authority that the Consultant Engineers have taken into account the safety aspect before giving the final copy for submission to the local authority.

If the grounds given by the Tapah local authority can be accepted, I wonder how many arches in other new villages in the country would have been approved and constructed.

I have advised Richard Leong the Chairman of the Resident’s Association
1) to appeal against the rejection to the Tapah Local Council
2) convene a meeting with NGO’s and interest groups to further discuss and how best to handle and sort out this matter.
3) To write and ask the State Exco and MB Perak whether they will review the local council decision to reject this application? If not why not?


Taiping hospital snuffed out my father's life.

A letter written by a Doctor to MalaysiaKini on the Hospital which treated his father. This should be an eye opener to all, in that, even public hospitals may be sub-standard?
I have come across so many cases where allegations of wrong doings/ negligence in public hospital. Its not easy to win a case of negligence against the hospital in our courts.
I have a case where a 70+ years old psychiatrist patient while under treatment in Teluk Intan Hospital had both her eyes gorged out by another psychiatrist patient.
The case is in court and I cannot comment more about it. But now the hospital have asked the children to take their psychiatrist patient mother home. Is this fair?
Now to the Taiping case............
Taiping Hospital snuffed out my father's life
With all humility let me introduce myself. I am a doctor who started his career as a houseman in 1983 at the Taiping Hospital. True to the nobleness of my late father and my profession, this is written in full honesty, level-headedness and rationality.
My father, of 94 years of age, passed away on Aug 5 at the Taiping Hospital in Ward D4. Life has to end at one point of our life and there are no misgivings in that. My father was no exception and while I take heed of that, I cannot contain or refrain myself from bringing out the following with all sincerity and truthfulness.
My father was taken to the hospital on Aug 8 with complaints of weakness and walking not as usual and was examined by a doctor at the Accident & Emergency Bay followed by an ECG and chest X-Ray. Blood samples were also drawn for further tests.
Subsequent to this, the doctor had told my uncle that my father’s ‘heart was weak’ and he had to be admitted. Blood investigations revealed elevated cardiac enzymes and a positive Troponin T test was diagnosed as, ‘acute coronary syndrome’.
Any doctor worth his salt would have known that a patient of 94 years with evidence of chest infection, elevated cardiac enzymes with a positive Troponin T needs to be in the CCU (Coronary Care Unit) or ICU and it’s no rocket science to deduce that. If the blood pressure is on the falling trend he needs to be on some kind of ionotrope if necessary.
The questions that need an answer are the following:
Why was he put into a normal ward?
Why was he on normal diet when rightfully he should have been on a soft diet?
What was the treating doctor waiting for?
Where was the aptitude, logical deliberation of the admitting doctor, the treating physician and the medical officers?
It would seem to me that the medical personnel in the hospital would only act if the patient was to throw a massive myocardial infarction (MI or heart attack) and cardiogenic shock before it warrants the patient to be in an ICU or CCU.
It is my personal feeling that perhaps because my father was 94 years he was therefore worthless, inconsequential, forgettable, unimportant, inessential and ephemeral.
I was further shocked when it was told to me by my sister on the day of admission that a junior doctor who was with another doctor had said the following words in Tamil to her which I translate as follows: ‘Do you know what is heart attack? He is having a heart attack. We cannot do anything. You better inform your relatives’.
In my mind, if you are going to say that you cannot do anything for a patient who has been diagnosed as having an acute coronary syndrome or heart attack for that matter, then there is something seriously wrong.
At the time my father was admitted at the Taiping Hospital, I was still in KL. I was trying to contact the Taiping Hospital (05-808 3333) from KL on Aug 5 from 2pm onwards and it was virtually impossible to get the operator on the line as after the completion of the ringing tone, the line gets disconnected.
I am disappointed that a very old man with an acute myocardial injury, blood pressure in the descend and with a diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome was sent to a normal ward. Pray please tell me is this some kind of new management which I may not have known about. This is just mind boggling and if this is indeed a breakthrough I am willing to humble myself.
When I arrived from KL and went to my father’s bedside at about 6.30pm, I was concerned that he was not even on a drip or a monitor and appeared to be tachypnoeic, with oxygen prongs in his nostrils. I did notice some Venofix in his elbow.
I was looking for the doctor but was told he was not in any of the wards. By then, I realised without any doubt that my father has to be moved out from that ward if he is to survive as he was ‘just sitting on a time bomb.’
At about 7.25pm my father became more tachypnoeic and I could hear wheezing. I realised he was in respiratory distress and immediately I was calling for the nurse to get the doctor-in-charge while trying to get things for a CPR. The nurses appeared to be at a loss and didn’t even have the foresight to even bring the emergency trolley if ever there was one.
I was asking them for a cardiac-board (CPR board) but probably they never understood what it was. I told them to fix the pulse-oxymeter and the monitor and by then my father was already showing signs and symptoms of a cardiogenic shock.
His limbs and chest were becoming cold and sweaty The Pulse-Oxymeter was not displaying anything and there was not even an Ambu-bag available at that moment of time. Still there was no signs of the doctor. There was not even an airway at that moment and to my utter dismay and shock while trying to open my father’s mouth which was closed I saw that his dentures were still there!
I managed to remove the dentures and kept telling the nurses to get the doctor-in-charge, only to be told that he was on the way. Finally, after a lapse of 10-15 minutes the doctor showed up and only then were the electrodes were placed on my father’s chest and the monitor showed marked ST elevations. The doctor told me to stay ‘outside’ and I was informed that the oxygen saturation was 85% which was anything but reliable.
I am thoroughly disappointed that the doctor was complaining about my presence there. I overheard him say that I had no right to be there or do anything since I am not in government service. This attitude was appalling.
The doctor was much more keen to shine a torch into my father’s eyes rather than to take any pro-active measure in resuscitation. I could see that the doctor was not going to intubate though it was absolutely essential to do this with such an oxygen-saturation.
I walked up to the doctor and told him, ‘Doctor, he needs to be intubated and if you don’t mind, can I intubate’ and not surprisingly my request was denied.
I sincerely and wholeheartedly pray that no other son should undergo this trauma where you realise your beloved father’s life ebbing away and the doctor is really not doing anything about it and neither allowing you to do something which you are competent to do and to what extent ‘bagging’ will improve oxygen saturation is anybody’s guess. What was so wrong to grant me the permission to perform an indispensable procedure? Was it pride or ego, I ask.
By this time, I knew it would take a miracle, short of divine intervention for my father to come back. All the way through, it was only the houseman who was trying to do ‘resuscitation’ and only after an aeon later were two other senior doctors were present. But by then it was too late.
As I knew that the houseman was not going to do what was necessary, I told the Ward Sister to contact the doctor whom I had spoken to and to tell the housemen that my father needs to be intubated and to do it immediately.
But sadly, the Sister, instead of getting the doctor on the line, was much more interested to find out to what extent I knew the doctor – whether I knew him personally or not and so till I left the ward after my father’s life was extinguished the Sister never got the doctor on the line.
At this juncture, I must also note that this Sister - who was at the Nurses Counter - did not show any urgency towards a patient who has collapsed. Only much later was she there for assistance.
The time of death of my father has been stated as 8.17 pm. This is not true. For more than fifteen to twenty minutes, there was only a pretension of resuscitation when in actual fact, nothing was being done. In reality, my father’s life was snuffed out much much more earlier than 8.17 pm.
As a doctor who had gone through the mill for the past 30 years, I could only stand by watching helplessly and witnessing everything that took place
In any resuscitative effort, time is of the essence and there should be a sense of urgency, speed and aptitude combined with a whole lot of doctor’s competence. Otherwise, what is undertaken is just perfunctory and the result will be surely and definitely be a failure as to what has happened to my father. None of the abovementioned attributes were present when my father’s life was ebbing away.
The final blow for the day came when the lady Medical Officer came and asked me whether they can be allowed to perform a post-mortem on my father – reason being to establish the cause of death. I was at a loss for words. As for me, I feel the onus is on me to confirm the cause of death and in this instant they seem to be multi- factorial. Causes of death of my father:
1. Mismanagement
2. Negligence
3. Incompetence
4. Lackadaisical
5. Inaptitude
6. Nursing Apathy
My father is no more. The happiness, strength you draw and the happy moments you share with an aging father more so if he is good-natured and hale and hearty for his age. With a saintly demeanor, this gift is just colossal and inestimable.
My family’s dreams for our aging, dignified father, an embodiment of sacrifice, has been doused because of deplorable reasons and nothing will ever be able to fill the void created.
The old adage, ‘something is rotten in the state of Denmark’ can now be mutated to‘something is seriously and really not right in the House of Hippocrates’ as far as Malaysia is concerned.