Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kebakaran di Buntong pada 28/02/2010 jam 1.00 pagi. Semasa En. Tan berada di rumahnya beliau, tiba- tiba beliau mendengar bunyi letupan dari belakang rumah. Kemudian beliau terus ke belakang rumahnya, mendapat tahu sebuah rumah kosong sedang terbakar.


Beliau melaporkan perkara ini kepada pihak Polis. Diketahui bahawa 2 minggu yang lalu penghuni rumah tersebut telah pindah kerana keadaan rumahnya yang hampir roboh.



Walaubagaimanapun tiada sebarang kehilangan nyawa. Api yang merebak telah menyebabkan rumah tersebut hangus sebelum pihak Jabatan Bomba & Penyelamat datang ke tempat kejadian.



Pihak Bomba hanya dapat menghentikan api merebak ke rumah-rumah berhampiran.


D. Tanabalan

Has MCA become an aggressive tiger in the Tiger year or is it still a sick cat which cannot deliver?

In December 2007, I had thrown a challenge to the MCA on the question of building an additional primary Chinese school in Bercham.

I stated that if the MCA could secure the necessary approvals, I would undertake to raise the money from the local community to build the urgently needed school.

But till today, the MCA has not been able to deliver.

In fact, I was merely counter challenged the MCA when on the 20th of December 2007, I had publicly accepted the challenge by the then Exco member YB Ho Chang Wang to build a new Chinese school in Bercham.

Although it was absurd for a government Exco to make such a challenge as ought to be the responsibility of the government to build a new school, I nevertheless took up his challenge.

I gave him 14 days to get the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities following which the DAP would commence the construction of the new school.

But MCA cannot deliver when counter challenged although one MCA Member of Parliament is the Deputy Minister of Education and there are four MCA Cabinet Ministers!

So the lesson that Ho Chang Wang should learn is never to simply throw a challenge.

He too must always remember what the present MCA president Datuk Ong Tee Keat had many years ago commented about MCA’s position in the Barisan Nasional coalition government --that MCA was “dang jia bu dang quan (当家不当权) ” which means “in office but not in power”.

It is obvious to all that due to the high demand and overcrowding in other nearby schools, a new primary Chinese school be built in Bercham.

In fact a secondary Chinese school needs to be built in this area too to cater for the increasing number of students as there is no secondary Chinese school around Bercham at all.

MCA can choose to ignore my challenge but I will not forget my responsibility as the peoples’ elected representative.

I will bring the aspirations and voices of the Bercham voters on the issue of additional schools to the Parliament meeting session which will begin in March.

I challenge the MCA Members of Parliament to give me their support when I bring up the issue in Parliament.

Let’s see whether MCA has become an aggressive tiger in the Tiger year or is it still a sick cat which cannot deliver..

(怡保28日讯)

行动党怡保西区国会议员M.古拉说,马华前任行政议员何章兴曾于2007年底,发出针对在怡保巴占加建一所华校的挑战。虽然兴建新的学校以满足日益增加的需求是政府必须承担的责任,所以作为政府一分子的何章兴发表此等挑战实在于理不合,不过M.古拉还是乐于接受有关挑战,甚至反挑战何章兴如果能够取得建校所需的批文,行动党责无旁贷的负责向地方上募捐建校所需的资金。

也是行动党全国副主席的M.古拉在文告中指出,虽然马华公会当时拥有包括副教育部长在内的多位正副部长,可惜有关建校的批文却有如石沉大海,何章兴豪言壮语的挑战结果落得无疾而终。M.古拉在文告中提醒何章兴莫忘了马华现任总会长翁诗杰多年前曾经感叹地说过,马华公会在国阵里面当家不当权,何章兴应该从这起事件吸取教训,不要胡乱发出没有把握兑现的挑战。

M.古拉强调,由于学生人数的急速增加,在巴占区增建华小是急不可待的。虽然马华公会对上述问题选择沉默以对,他可不能忘却作为人民代议士的义务与责任。M.古拉表示,他将会在3月展开的国会会议中,把巴占选民的意愿以及心声带进国会。作为一个尽责的人民代议士,M.古拉挑战马华公会的国会议员在国会里,为了人民的利益而勇于支持他针对增建华小的动议。


M.古拉
行动党怡保西区国会议员

Ketidakprihatinan MBI & TNB

Peniaga-peniaga di sekitar Bandaraya Ipoh mengalami kesukaran & kerumitan untuk menyuarakan aduan mereka kepada pihak berkuasa tempatan.

Terutamanya peniaga-peniaga di sepanjang Jalan Masjid, kebanyakannya terdiri daripada peniaga yang menguruskan pengembumian jenazah. Aduan daripada mereka adalah di persimpangan Jalan Masjid dan Jalan Dato’ Tahwil Azhar sering kali berlakunya kemalangan.

Pemandu kenderaan yang menggunakan Jalan Dato’ Tahwil Azhar tidak berhenti di simpang empat malah terus melintas.

Menurut peniaga-peniaga di situ hampir 2 kemalangan berlaku dalam seminggu.

Saya pernah menghantar surat aduan kepada Datuk Bandar sebelum ini tetapi maklumbalas yang saya dapati daripada pegawai MBI adalah tiada peruntukan serta bonggol di kawasan bandar adalah tidak sesuai.

Kenapakah MBI tidak mempunyai mekanisme untuk menyelesaikan masalah-masalah yang sepatutnya diselesaikan dalam pemantauan mereka.

Selain daripada itu pada waktu malam pula berlakunya kecurian dan kes-kes ragut, Ini adalah kerana lampu-lampu jalan di sepanjang Jalan Masjid dan Jalan Dato Tahwil Azhar tidak berfungsi.
Ada lampu yang nyalaanya berkelip-kelipan manakala yang lain tidak bernyala langsung. Untuk perkara ini juga saya pernah menghantar surat kepada Datuk Bandar.

Jawapan yang telah diberikan kepada saya adalah kerosakan lampu bagi tiang jenis konkrit adalah di bawah selenggeraan TNB.

Selari dengan itu saya telahpun memaklumkan perkara ini kepada pihak TNB. Juga tiada sebarang penyelesaian didapati.
Jika proses menuding jari ini berlarutan, dimanakah harus masyarakat mengadu dan siapakah akan bertanggungjawab sekiranya perkara yang tidak diingini berlaku?

D. Tanabalan – 010-3993 020
Setiausaha Politik kepada YB. M. Kulasegaran,
Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat,
Pengerusi Cawangan Kepayang,
AJK DAPSY Perak.

Friday, February 26, 2010

DPM has to do more to prove his sincere and serious commitment to 1 Malaysia concept

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday that all ministers shared the Prime Minister's aspirations under the 1Malaysia banner.

He also said he was on the same wavelength with Najib on the 1Malaysia concept.

Muhyiddin said he never doubted the 1Malaysia concept as it was based on the objective to develop the country on the basis of racial integration.

He was responding to DAP parliamentary leader Sdr Lim Kit Slang's question in a press statement whether he was the right hand man of Najib or Mahathir in the Najib's premiership.

This is an expected answer.

But he has to do more to prove that he is sincere and serious in his commitment to the 1 Malaysia concept because he had made several utterances which were not consistent with the values and spirit of the 1 Malaysia concept or his lack of commitment to the concept.

One example will be his explanation that Nasir Safar 's racially offensive remarks could have been “a slip of the tongue” .Who would believe that Nasir's remarks could have been a slip of tongue when he had uttered just one offensive sentence , but many sentences as he had at the Malacca 1`Malaysia Seminar labeled Indians and Chinese Malaysians as “pendatang”; remarked that “Indians came to Malaysia as beggars and Chinese especially the women came to sell their bodies , and threatened to revoke the citizenship of those vocal about the SPM subject cap issue.Nasir's remarks were so shocking and unacceptable that he had resign his position as special officer to the Prime Minister.Any Cabinet minister who sincerely and seriously supports the 1 Malaysia concept would not have attempted to mitigate public outrage by saying that Nasir 's remarks could have been a slip of the tongue.

Yet Muhyiddin had said that Nasir's remarks could have been a slip of the tongue!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Penduduk Persiaran Kuala Kangsar memohon bantuan MBI & Jabatan Kesihatan

Longkang-longkang di sepanjang Persiaran Kuala Kangsar tidak dibersihkan sejak kebelangkang ini. Ianya mengakibatkan longkang tersumbat dan pengaliran air terjejas.

Semasa saya membuat tinjauan bersama pengadu ke tempat tersebut, saya mendapat tahu bahawa Restoran Thai yang terletak dipesisiran Jalan Kuala Kangsar bersebelahan dengan Pejabat UMNO Bahagian Parlimen Tambun adalah punca utama menyebabkan longkang-longkang ini tersumbat.

Semasa kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat memerintah, mereka pernah meminta kesemua Pemilik dan pengendali restoran supaya memasang perangkap gris dan minyak (grease filter) bagi mengasingkan sisa makanan, minyak dan air untuk sama-sama menyumbang kepada pengurusan sisa buangan secara berkesan.

Kini dengan adanya kerajaan Barisan Nasional pembuangan minyak dan sisa makanan terus ke longkang telah berleluasa. Air yang bertakung di dalam longkang berhampiran dengan kawasan perumahan menyebabkan bau busuk.

Saya juga dapat melihat pembiakan nyamuk kerana takungan air yang berada sejak beberapa bulan. Penduduk Persiaran Kuala Kangsar memohon pihak Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh dan Jabatan Kesihatan supaya membuat pemantauan terhadap perkara ini dengan kadar segera.

Ini adalah kerana mereka amat risau penyakit Demam Denggi akan merebak dan akibatnya. Bolehkah MBI dapat bertindak sebelum masalah ini mengancam kesihatan masyarakat setempat.

Penduduk di sekitar juga mengalami beberapa masalah lain seperti semak-samun yang tidak dibersihkan, tiada penyelenggaran bagi longkang-longkang di hadapan dan di belakang rumah.

Kegagalan atau keengganan pemilik restoran yang tidak memasang perangkap gris dan minyak harus dikompaun sekurang-kurangnya RM1000 atau diarah tutup serta-merta.

Perangkap gris adalah peralatan besi tahan karat berbentuk empat segi yang dipasang di bahagian dapur iaitu di bahagian bawah sinki mencuci.

Fungsi utama perangkap gris dan minyak adalah untuk memerangkap lebihan atau sisa makanan yang bersaiz besar seperti sayuran, mi, tulang ayam atau ikan. Manakala fungsi kedua pula dipenuhi air bagi membenarkan lebihan minyak terapung di permukaan.

Seterusnya, lebihan air cucian, akan mengalir keluar terus ke longkang tanpa mengandungi sisa makanan mahupun lebihan minyak.

Berdasarkan Akta Parit, Jalan dan Bangunan133, kegagalan restoran dan gerai memasang perangkap gris boleh menyebabkan mereka dikenakan kompaun.

Manakala berpandukan undang-undang sedia ada di bawah Akta Kerajaan Tempatan 171, premis yang terlibat dengan aktiviti mengeluarkan sisa-sisa cecair atau pepejal, yang boleh mencemarkan persekitaran, perlu membina atau memasang 'perangkap minyak' sebelum air dilepaskan ke dalam saluran paip pembetungan bawah tanah.

Oleh yang demikian, Datuk Bandar harus memberi arahan kepada kesemua Inspektor Kesihatan supaya memeriksa setiap premis restoran dan gerai dan menyiarkan statistiknya kepada masyarakat.


D. Tanabalan
Setiausaha Politik kepada YB. M. Kula Segaran
Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat
Pengerusi DAP Kepayang
AJK DAPSY Perak

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Jalan Sg. Pari tidak mengikut spesifikasi jalan raya

Saya memohon pihak Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh dan Jabatan Kerja Raya memberi perhatian penuh terdapat jalan raya yang disiapkan oleh kontrakor.

Ini adalah kerana semasa saya membuat tinjauan di Jalan Sg. Pari, Buntong saya mendapat tahu bahawa penurapan tar yang dijalankan semasa membina jambatan baru di kawasan tersebut tidak mengikut spesifikasi jalan raya.

Saya hairan kenapa semakin banyak jalan di Buntong rosak, antaranya berlubang, berlopak dan bercompang-camping.

Punca utama ialah aktiviti korek dan timbus jalan yang berleluasa serta memburukkan keadaan ialah kerja-kerja penurapan semula secara tidak berkualiti oleh kontraktor menyebabkan jalan itu rosak.


Yang menyedihkan pihak Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh dan Jabatan Kerja Raya tidak membuat pemantauan kerja-kerja penurapan semula oleh para kontraktor.

Bayangkan bertapa banyak wang kerajaan dan pembayaran cukai dibazirkan disebabkan kerja penurapan yang tidak kemas dan sambil lewa.

Malah ada jalan yang tidak sampai dua bulan diturap keseluruhannya oleh kontraktor, akan rosak semula selepas kerja korek dan timbus oleh kontraktor bagi tujuan pemasangan kabel dan sebagainya.
Maka saya mencadangkan supaya mengadakan pasukan khas untuk menyelia semua kerja mengorek jalan dan memastikan kerja penurapan semula dilakukan dengan penuh berkualiti.

Kaji semula sistem pasang kabel pada permukaan jalan. Sepatutnya ia dibuat di bahu jalan seperti amalan sebahagian negara maju.

Mengambil tindakan ke atas kontraktor-kontraktor yang tidak bertanggungjawab dan mengenakan denda yang tinggi supaya dapat membayar pampasan kepada mangsa-mangsa kemalangan akibat daripada kecuaian mereka.

Datuk Bandar dan Pengarah Jabatan Kerja Raya Negeri harus turun padang untuk mengenal pasti keadaan jika perlu bagi melihat kelemahan dan permasalahan sebenar.

Wajibkan kontraktor mengikut spesifikasi yang standard. Jangan ada kompromi kepada soal kualiti.
Apa guna menjadi negara maju dan menamakan Ipoh sebagai Banadaraya, kalau kita gagal mengurus dan menyelia dengan baik jalan raya kita.

Dimanakah pendirian MBI dan JKR terhadap konsep Rakyat didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan?
Tanabalan Devarajoo
Setiausaha Politik kepada YB. M. Kula Segaran
(Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat)
Pengerusi DAP Kepayang, AJK DAPSY Perak.

IPOH Barat Member of Parliament (MP) M Kulasegaran responds to the MP Watch: Eye on Parliament project, which asks all 222 MPs six questions.

Would you support the abolition/review of the Internal Security Act (ISA), in particular the provision that allows for detention without trial? Why or why not?

I fully endorse the abolishment of the ISA. Detention without trial violates the fundamental democratic principle that every person has a right to a fair and open trial.

Passed in 1960 as a law intended to deal with the communist threat, the ISA has long been used against a host of offences unrelated to "communist threats", or, for that matter, to internal security. More than five decades later, it continues to be used to trample on Malaysians' human rights and to stifle legitimate political dissent and democratic voices.

Do you think Malaysia should be a secular or an Islamic state? Why?

The framers of the Federal Constitution [considered] Malaysia a secular country. The social contract we entered [into] when Malaysia was formed in 1957 was based on secular principles.

We must bear in mind that Malaysia is a multiracial country. Hence Malaysia should be a secular country, where the justice, freedom and equality pursued by the people is based on and is compatible with the principles of democracy, and not an Islamic state.

How do you define your role as an elected MP? Does Parliament provide you with the necessary infrastructure and support to fulfill your role?

As an MP, my role is to be the voice of the people inside and outside Parliament. My responsibilities will include debates on government policies and solving the people's grievances and problems. As an opposition MP, I am expected, in particular, to be a watchdog of the government's policies.

Parliament should provide more assistance to MPs in terms of full-time researchers and allocating funds to carry out minor development in our constituencies.

Would you support a Freedom of Information Act? Why or why not?

Yes, I fully support the FOI Act. In a democracy, [we are answerable to the people], and their right to know must be respected. FOI encourages openness and transparency, and hence, accountability. Transparency will help in preventing or minimising governmental corruption and abuses of power.

If there was one thing you could do to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Malaysia, what would it be?

To go all out to engage fellow Malaysians from all walks of life to enhance their awareness of, commitment to, and participation in the democratic process and in political development.

Do you believe in separation of powers between the government, Parliament and judiciary? Why or why not?

I certainly do. There can be no true, vibrant and healthy democracy without separation of powers to act as a check and balance on the three branches of power, namely the executive, the Parliament and the judiciary.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

PM should advise dissolution of the Perak Assembly

Yesterday's Federal Court's 5-0 judgment declaring Datuk Zamry Kadir as the rightful Mentri Besar of Perak was a disappointment for all Perakians who had supported the Parkatan Rakyat in the 2008 general election.

It was also a sad day for democracy.

In a parliamentary democracy, the question of loss of confidence in the Mentri Besar can and should only be determined by means of a vote in the state assembly.

But the Court has ruled that this question can be determined by a means other than a vote of no-confidence in the state assembly.

When asked about the prime minister's advice for him, Zamry said Najib hoped that the agenda for the people would be carried out.

In October last year, Najib told the MCA that the solution to MCA’s leadership quandary must not only be legally correct but also morally and politically acceptable.
He said that the MCA must take steps based on these factors or it would never win the support of the Chinese community.

Let me remind Najib that the present Perak government certainly does not meet all the three factors which he has outlined for MCA. He should know that the only correct advice he should give to Zamry is that Perak Assembly must be immediately dissolved.

If Zamry does not dare to face the voters, it simply goes to show that he himself knows that a government that has been formed without meeting all the three factors which the Prime Minister has mentioned, will never win the support of the people.

While he can refuse to immediately dissolve the state assembly , he will finally have to face the people .

Pakatan Rakyat and the Perakians will ensure that come the next general election, Perak Barisan Nasional will be met with its worst ever electoral defeat.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Nasir Safar's remarks certainly not due to "a slip of tongue" .

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said that Nasir Safar 's racially offensive remarks could have been “a slip of the tongue” .

Who would believe that Nasir's remarks could have been a slip of tongue when he had uttered just one offensive sentence , but many sentences as he had at the Seminar labeled Indians and Chinese Malaysians as “pendatang”; remarked that “Indians came to Malaysia as beggars and Chinese especially the women came to sell their bodies , and threatened to revoke the citizenship of those vocal about the SPM subject cap issue.

It is totally shocking and unacceptable that a special officer to the Prime Minister could make such racially offensive remarks which go totally against the 1 Malaysia concept.

On February 5, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak reiterated in Malacca that what Nasir Safar had uttered during the “Rapat 1Malaysia” seminar on Tuesday did not reflect his views nor the stand of the government.

Najib also said that throughout last year, Nasir had given nearly 60 talks and there had been no unwanted incidents so “I do not know what happened two days ago but he has to take full responsibility for his actions.

No one will accept Muhyiddin's explanation that Nasir's utterances could have been due to ' a slip of the tongue'.

Surely Najib who has made 1 Malaysia the central theme of his government should be curious to find out why Nasir had made those remarks which go totally against his 1 Malaysia concept.

While Muhyiddin's ' slip of the tongue ' explanation cannot be accepted, Najib's " I don't know what happened" remarks do not suffice too.

Surely Malaysians are entitled to know why Nasir who had given 60 talks with no untoward incident could be so insensitive and offensive at the Malacca seminar.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Reason for not setting up Interfaith Commission unconvincing

On January 30, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the Govern­ment had ruled out forming a commission for formalised inter-religious dialogues, preferring to rely on ad hoc discussions.

This was because there were currently no major religious issues that warranted the setting up of an inter-faith commission (IFC), he said.

His announcement came as a surprise as it was only two weeks ago that he had acknowledged that it was time to set up an inter-faith council to reach a mutual understanding of religious matters.

“We need to develop a format whereby representatives of the different religious groups in the country can sit down together to reach a common understanding,” he had told reporters on January 17.

So why the backtracking two weeks later?

His ground that there are no major religious issues that warrant the setting up of such IFC is totally unconvincing .

Is he so unaware of the existence of many issues or is he taking the position that the existing issues are just not major issues?

The Deputy Prime Minister should know that the major arguments for the setting up of a formal IFC are firstly, that mutual dialogue will help promote better understanding and thus help resolve issues and secondly , that a formal set up will be bestowed with the authority to make decisions.

He should also realise that an informal set up will not be given the necessary attention and seriousness since it was recently revealed by the former president of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism, Datuk Vaithilingam that the Inter Religious Committee had not met for a year .

Vaithlingam had urged the Prime Minister to ask the Minister in charge of national unity to reconvene the committee.

Can Muhyiddin explain why the informal Committee failed to meet for a year?

I do not see how a government which claims to be serious in wanting to promote religious dialogues can justify its refusal to set up a formal Interfaith Commission.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

ஈப்போ கல்லுமலை அருள்மிகு சுப்ரமணியர் ஆலய ராஜ கோபுரம் யாருடைய முயற்சியின் அடையாளம்?

கடந்த 2007 வது வருடம், ஆலய நிர்வாகக் குழு ராஜ கோபுரம் எழுப்பும் நோக்கத்தை ஈப்போ மாநகராட்சி மன்றத்துக்கு மனு ஒன்றை தாக்கல் செய்தது. அந்த மனுவில், ஆலயம் முன்புறத்தில் திட்டமிட்டபடி 69 அடி உயர ராஜ கோபுரம் அமைப்பதற்கு ஒப்புதல் கடிதம் ஒன்றை பெற முயற்சி செய்தது. இருப்பினும், காரணங்களை தெரிவிக்காமல் அந்த மனு நிராகரிக்கப்பட்டது. அந்த மனுவை தள்ளுபடி செய்தவர் முன்னாள் ஈப்போ மாநகராட்சி மன்ற தலைவர் டத்தோ ராபாய் ஆவர்.

2008 ம் ஆண்டு மார்ச் 8 -ம் திகதிக்கு பிறகு, மக்கள் கூட்டணி பேராக் மாநில ஆட்சியை தன்வசம் கொண்டபொழுது, ஆலய நிர்வாக உறுப்பினர்கள் மாநில ஆட்சிக்குழு உறுப்பினர் மாண்புமிகு ஆ.சிவநேசனை சந்தித்து ஒரு புதிய விண்ணப்பத்தை ஒன்றை சமர்பித்தனர். அதன் பிறகு, முன்னாதாக விண்ணப்பத்தை நிராகரித்த காரணம் கோரும் கடிதம் ஒன்று முன்னாள் ஈப்போ மாநகராட்சி மன்ற தலைவர் டத்தோ ராபாய் அவர்களுக்கு அனுப்பப்பட்டது. சம்பத்தப்பட்ட விண்ணப்பம் அப்படியே அங்கிகரிக்கப்பட்டிருந்தால் அவை ஒரு சிலரின் மதம் மற்றும் மன உணர்ச்சியை தூண்டும் அளவிற்கு சூழ்நிலை உருவாக்கும் நிலை ஏற்படும் என்று, டத்தோ ராபாய் அவர்கள், தனது பதில் கடிதத்தில் கூறியிருந்தார்.

இருப்பினும், பத்து மலை முருகன் சிலை, கிளாந்தான் மாநிலத்தில் புத்தர் சிலை போன்ற பல முன் உதாரணங்களை சுட்டிக் காட்டி, இந்த 69 அடி உயர ராஜ கோபுரம் கட்டுமான திட்டத்திற்கு எந்த ஒரு தடையும் இன்றி அனுமதி பெற முயற்சிகள் மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டது. அதன் பிறகு, இவ்விவகாரம் குறித்து மாநில ஆட்சிக் குழு கூட்டத்தில் விவாதிக்கப்பட்டது. அதற்க்கு மாண்புமிகு டத்தோ ஸ்ரீ நிஜார் அவர்கள் தனது ஒப்புதலை மனப்பூர்வமாக தெரிவித்தார். அதே சமயம் மாநில ஆட்சிக் குழு கூட்டத்தில் இந்த ராஜ கோபுர கட்டுமானத்திற்கு ஒப்புதல் வழங்கப்பட்டது.

கடந்த 2008 ம் ஆண்டு டிசெம்பர் மாதம், பேராக் மாநில மக்கள் கூட்டணி அரசாங்கம் ஈப்போ மாநகராட்சி மன்றத்திற்கு அனுமதி வழங்கும் கடிதம் ஒன்றை அனுப்பியது. அதே மாதம், எந்த ஒரு தங்கு தடையுமின்றி, ஈப்போ மாநகராட்சி மன்றம் மாநில அரசாங்கத்தின் முடிவுக்கு இணங்க 69 அடி உயர கல்லுமலை அருள்மிகு சுப்ரமணியர் ஆலய ராஜ கோபுரத்திற்க்கு ஒப்புதல் தெரிவித்தது. அதன் அனுமதி கடிதத்தை மாண்புமிகு ஆ.சிவநேசன், ஆலயத்தின் முன்னாள் தலைவர் காலஞ்சென்ற திரு.சிதம்பரம் அவர்களிடம் வழங்கினார்.

"இந்தியர்களே, சற்று சிந்தித்து பாருங்கள். கடந்த காலங்களில் நம்முடைய சமய பிரச்சனைகள் இழுப்பரியாகவே தான் இருந்துள்ளது. அதற்க்கு ம.இ.க-வும் தேசிய முன்னணியும் எந்த ஒரு சிறந்த நடவடிக்கைகளை எடுத்ததே கிடையாது. மக்களுக்கு ஆட்சி செய்கிறோம் என்று சொல்லும் தேசிய முன்னணி, இந்தியர்களின் சமயத்தை மதிக்காதது ஏன்? நமது உரிமை மறுக்கப்படுகிறது. சமய சுதந்திரம் உண்டா நமக்கு? மக்களுக்கு முக்கியத்துவம் என்று சொல்லிக்கொண்டு நமது கலாசாரத்தை அடியோடு அளிக்க நினைக்கும் இவர்களை புறக்கணிப்போம். "

கல்லுமலை அருள்மிகு சுப்ரமணியர் ஆலய ராஜ கோபுர கட்டுமான பணி நடந்துக்கொண்டிருக்கிறது. இந்த ராஜ கோபுரம் மக்கள் கூட்டணியின் வெற்றியின் சின்னமல்ல, மக்கள் கூட்டணி மீது மக்கள் வைத்த நம்பிக்கையின் சின்னமாகும்..

கடந்த காலத்தைப் படிப்பினையாகக் கொண்டு எதிர்காலப் பயணத்தை வெற்றிகரமாகத் தொடரும் இந்நடவடிக்கையில் நாம் கைகோர்த்துச் செயற்படுவோம். மக்களின் பூரண ஆதரவு அதற்கு அவசியம்.

இப்படிக்கு - பேராக் மாநில மக்கள் கூட்டணி

In hard times, extravagant signs in Ipoh by Malaysian Insider

By Clara Chooi, IPOH, Dec 18 — Despite running a deficit budget, the Ipoh City Council this year built two giant signs spelling the city's name at entry points on the PLUS expressway for RM800,000.


Pakatan Rakyat (PR) politicians blamed the Perak palace for the signage, modelled on the famous Hollywood sign in the United States, saying they managed to reduce it to two from the initial four when it was built early this year.


The Ipoh City Council confirmed with The Malaysian Insider the whopping cost, which amounts to RM100,000 for each letter that spells out the words "Ipoh".


It is understood that the signs were erected in January this year for two reasons — to mark the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah's silver jubilee celebration and to turn the city of Ipoh into a significant landmark to entice more tourist stopovers.


The RM800,000 spent on the two signs does not include maintenance work and the cost of electricity used to power up the spotlights at night.


A source from the ousted PR state government revealed to The Malaysian Insider yesterday that the proposal to erect the signs had come from the palace last year and the initial suggestion was actually to put up four such signs along the main arteries entering the city.


"The PR government rejected the idea when it was mooted because it was clearly a terrible waste of public funds," said the source, who declined to be named.


The source added that the signage also bore little aesthetic value and would not have helped to boost the city's economy in any way.


"In the first place, there are enough road signboards on the highway to inform people where Ipoh is.


"Not only that, before they allowed the continuous travel between Kuala Lumpur and Penang on the highway, motorists had to pay their toll in Ipoh before they proceeded on their journey.
"Everyone knows where Ipoh is," said the source.


The PR government was toppled when three of its lawmakers resigned to be independent, prompting the Perak royalty to name Barisan Nasional Pangkor assemblyman Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir as mentri besar.


When contacted yesterday, Ipoh Mayor Datuk Roshidi Hashim admitted to The Malaysian Insider the cost of the two signs.


He said that the reason why the signs were so expensive was because each letter had to be lifted up to be erected on its lofty perch up on two separate hills.


"They had to bring in a skylift crane from Kuala Lumpur to erect the letters and this cost us quite a bit," he said.


He said however that the PR government had not completely rejected the idea but had merely voiced some disapproval.


"I also discussed it with (former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad) Nizar (Jamaluddin) and he did suggest putting it up along the Ipoh-Lumut highway," said Roshidi.
Meanwhile, the signs, which spell out the name "Ipoh" using white letters, already seems to be stained with dark blotches.


Roshidi said he was aware of this and had already assigned a city engineer to be in charge of maintaining the signs.


The maintenance work, he added, would include cleaning the letters as well as ensuring that the spotlights to light up each letter at night were working well.


"We also have to clean the undergrowth of the hills behind the signage and keep the place neat," he said.


Roshidi also agreed that the city was currently still running on a deficit budget of between RM7 million and RM10 million.


"But still, our arrears collection has improved tremendously by up to 36 per cent this year alone.


"We also have a huge reserve so we can run without collections for at least six months," he said.


Before the giant Ipoh signs, motorists on the old federal road would know they were near the capital of the tin-rich state from the giant Mercedes Benz three-pointed star logo at the city's southern approach, signifying the wealth of its residents who favoured the German marque.


The only other city with a giant signage is Kuala Terengganu which has the word “Allah” on the hill after Pulau Duyong.

Monday, February 1, 2010

6 million new voters can make a difference for Pakatan Rakyat and Malaysia

The 2008 general election saw the unprecedented electoral victory by the Opposition whereby the Barisan Nasional ( BN) traditional parliamentary majority was finally smashed.

The people power exhibited through the ballots had also enabled the Opposition to win state power in Kelantan, Penang , Perak , Kedah and Selangor.

Official statistics have revealed that in the 2008 general election, 4 million voters could not exercise their constitutional right to vote simply because they were not registered voters.

4 million constituted about 25 % of the then eligible voters. As young voters tend to favour the Opposition, one can imagine the greater electoral defeat that BN would have been dealt with had all these eligible citizens signed themselves up as voters and had voted.
In November last year, the Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar revealed that there would be two million young people who would be eligible to vote at the next general election, in addition to the 4 million who did not register before the 2008 general election.

However, going by past registration results , I am not confident that the EC can meet much success in its new efforts to register the eligible citizens

I therefore repeat the DAP's call that the EC should introduce automatic registration of voters. I also reiterate that there is no justifiable reason or valid ground for the EC not to do so .In a parliamentary reply to my question , the EC has said that Malaysia is a " highly mobile society" and hence there will be frequent change of addresses which are not updated on their MyKad. This is a mere excuse

If this is the problem for automatic registration of voters, then it is also a problem for non automatic registration too. Is the EC saying that the people's failure to update their address is a technical problem that is insurmountable?The second reason given was that automatic registration contains the force or compulsion factor which is against the Malaysia 's democracy as well as the Federal Constitution. This is a ridiculous reason as I cannot see how automatic registration of voters can be interpreted as such.There are countries which have implemented compulsory voting, yet the EC is still trying to argue against compulsory registration!

Pakatan Rakyat has made " Road to Putrajaya " our mission in the next general election which is expected to be held within the next 18 months. There is also a possibility that the Perak State Assembly will be dissolved earlier than the Parliament..

Hence, all Perakians and Malaysians who have yet to register as voters should register as soon as possible.

6 million is not a small figure and is not just a number or statistics. 6 million votes represent people power which can make a difference in the coming general election.

As such, I call on all qualified youths who have yet to register themselves to do so as to make a difference for PR and Malaysia through the power of their ballots in the next general election.