Friday, May 28, 2010

Call on more women to join the DAP and become the DAP's “Hua Mulan “to champion for all Malaysians - 23/05/2010

All new prime ministers love new slogans. But today, people only remember Mahathir's ABC (Amanah, Bersih dan Cekap) as Air Batu Campur. Abdullah adopted Cemerlang, Gemilang dan Terbilang. But today not many people can remember this anymore. Even BN MPs don’t talk about it anymore.

When Najib became PM, he introduced his " 1 Malaysia , People First, Performance Now” slogan. But is he able to walk the talk?

If Malaysia is truly 1 Malaysia , all Malaysians must be Malaysian First and government policies must be color blind. But is this the case?

If Najib is committed to his "People First, Performance Now” slogan, then there is no need for the BN government to make so much urgent allocations to schools during by elections only.

But now Najib's has got a new slogan whenever there is a by election. He will make deal with the voters with his “you help me, I help you" talk.

In the Hulu Selangor by election, he made such a deal with the voters, promising to allocate RM 3 mil to SJKC Rasa if BN won the by election. In the recent Sibu by election, he told the Sibuans that he would allocate RM 5 mil for flood mitigation projects in Rejang Park if the voters " deliver' a BN victory.

But the voters did not want such a deal. More voters in Rasa supported Pakatan Rakyat candidate Zaid Ibrahim. In Sibu, the people created a political miracle by electing DAP"s Wong Ho Leng as their new Member of Parliament.

Najib should know by now that the voters will not accept such a deal. Such kind of deal is in fact a repudiation of his own “People First, Performance Now ' slogan. Such deal will only mean his slogan has become “Votes First, Performance Later".

After the Hulu Selangor and Sibu by elections, some people have asked “what do the Chinese want or still want?"

Let me tell the BN leaders and these people what the Chinese and Malaysians want. They want development but they want justice, democracy, human rights, fairness and equality more.

When more and more Malaysians are prepared to make such demands through the power of their votes, we will see the rise of People Power that can topple the BN government in the general elections.

The DAP's Sibu victory has shown again that People Power could create political miracle, just like how Perakians created political miracle in the 2008 general election when they threw out the BN state government.

Let us all work hard to ensure that People Power will rise again in the next general election, not only to make Datuk Zamry the state opposition leader, but to ensure the success of Pakatan Rakyat's battle for Putrajaya.

DAP must therefore form more branches and recruit more members and strengthen our election machinery.

There is a Chinese folk tale about a female warrior named Hua Mulan who disguised herself as a man and joined the army to fight in place of her father who was conscripted into the army.

She was a brave fighter and fought in combat for 12 years and her bravery made her a very famous heroine of Chinese folk tales.

Since the birth of the DAP in 1966, there have been many DAP “Hua Mulan"- wanita members who have fought along side the male members to make Malaysia a just and better place for all.

Since joining DAP, our elected representative for Jalung, Sdri Leong Mei Meng has proven herself to be a “Hua Mulan” who has fought DAP’s cause bravely and served the people well.

I call on more women to join the DAP and become the DAP's “Hua Mulan “to champion for all Malaysians.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

KEKURANGAN PERUNTUKKAN ASAS DARI KERAJAAN KEPADA GOLONGAN OKU HARUS DIPERTINGKATKAN

27/05/10 – Kenyataan Akhbar Sugumaran Periasamy (Pengarah Biro Pendidikan Politik, Pemuda DAP Sosialis Perak) bersama Tanabalan Devarajoo (Setiausaha Politik Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat) berhubung



KEKURANGAN PERUNTUKKAN ASAS DARI KERAJAAN KEPADA GOLONGAN OKU HARUS DIPERTINGKATKAN


Kerajaan Tempatan, Negeri & Persekutuan harus mencari jalan untuk mengiktirafkan segala sumbangan atas kebaktian dan kerelaan golongan OKU dinegara ini. Golongan OKU ini adalah “Lemah Fizikal Kuat Mental” serta mereka tidak pernah leka dalam bersaing dengan golongan rakan-rakan yang lain.


Hari ini seorang OKU yang bernama Jaswant Singh yang mengalami kelumpuhan pada tubuh badannya sejak 30 tahun yang lalu meluahkan rasa tidak puas hati terhadap pihak Kerajaan yang tidak pernah mengiktiraf sumbangan beliau dalam arena sukan. Beliau juga menyatakan bahawa sehingga hari ini beliau juga tidak pernah menerima apa-apa anugerah selepas mengalami kecacatan pada tubuh badannya.


Jaswant Singh, sewaktu berumur 17 tahun yang amat dikenali dalam arena sukan Hoki di Negeri Perak, pernah bermain dengan beberapa pemain-pemain hoki Malaysia yang mewakili negara dipersada dunia. Beliau juga menyatakan bahawa sewaktu mewakili negeri Perak, beliau pernah menerima beberapa tawaran daripada pelbagai agensi mahupun dari Kerajaan dan Swasta.


Apabila beliau mengalami kelumpuhan segala tawaran itu seolah nasi menjadi bubur.


Sumbangan terpenting seorang individu harus diberikan keutamaan diperingkat sederhana dalam meningkatkan cara hidup mereka. Kerajaan sepatutnya memberikan peluang yang saksama sewaktu memperuntukkan dana pembangunan usahawan kecil serta harus melonggarkan syarat-syarat yang dikenakan dalam satu permohonan dana Kerajaan.


Disamping itu, kami juga mendesak Kerajaan harus memberikan khidmat yang istimewa dalam peluang pekerjaan dan kadar gaji yang berpatutan demi menjaga diri mereka tanpa apa-apa gangguan kemudahan asas.


Perkara ini sebenarnya lama menjadi perhatian rakyat umum dan nampaknya Kerajaan masih tak ada apa-apa perubahan yang kukuh di Malaysia untuk menyumbang kepada OKU.


Kami berpendapat bahawa, Kerajaan harus mengimplimentasikan satu polisi baru untuk membuka ruang kepada golongan OKU bagi memudahkan mereka mendapatkan kerja disektor Kerajaan.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

All out preparation to begin for battle for Putrajaya in the next general election

DAP knew it was not easy to win Sibu. In fact, we knew it was so tough that we had asked the Sibuans to create a political miracle by electing the first Pakatan Rakyat Member of Parliament from Sarawak.

Barisan Nasional ( BN) leaders were so confident of retaining Sibu parliamentary seat that they had openly said that Sibu had always been a traditional BN stronghold. They had more than once said that Sarawak was BN's "fixed deposit"- strong and secure.

They were not being boastful as Sibu was indeed a traditional stronghold of BN.

But the courageous Sibuans decided to send message to the BN leaders that they wanted change and the people power could make BN lose its "fixed deposit".

While the PR's defeat in the recent Hulu Selangor was a big disappointment for the opposition , the historic Sibu win by DAP's Wong Ho Leng was a booster to our battle for Putrajaya in the next general election.

With the Sibu result, it is unlikely that Najib will want to call for an early general election . But PR must begin all out preparation to do the great battle for Putrajaya .

Recent Hulu Selangor and the just concluded Sibu by election results have clearly shown that there has been increase of Chinese support for PR . But we had lost Hulu Selangor due to decreased support from the Malay and Indian voters.

Hence, special strategies and plans should be put in place to increase PR support, especially among the non Chinese voters.

NASIB PENDUDUK WALLER COURT MEMANG MALANG

Begitulah keadaan penduduk rumah pangsa Waller Court semasa tinjauan kami dari Pejabat Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat yang ke Waller Court yang terletak di Jalan Dato Jaafar di Ipoh.

Rumah pangsa adalah milik Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh yang disewakan kepada golongan berpendapatan rendah disekitar bandaraya Ipoh.

Sewa bulanannya adalah dari RM70 sehingga RM120, iaitu mengikut bilangan bilik. Rumah pangsa Waller Court ini telah dibina pada tahun 1962, kebanyakan penduduk disini adalah dari kalangan orang tua dan yang bersara, juga boleh dikataan mangsa lepasan keluarga kandung atau anak-anak mereka.

Keadaan mereka disini menjadi lebih teruk apabila MBI seolah-olah menganak tirikan mereka. Masalah yang dihadapi oleh penduduk Waller Court boleh dikelaskan kepada beberapa ketagori seperti di bawah:-

Kebersihan di sekitar rumah pangsa

Pemungutan sampah sarap tidak mengikut waktu masa yang ditetapkan, akibatnya penduduk disitu terpaksa menghidu bau yang busuk sepanjang minggu.

Rumput tidak dipotong mengikut masa, tempat permainan kanak-kanak telah tergadai kepada “lepak king”.

Saluran paip bocor dan longkang tersumbat di mana tidak dibersihkan sejak beberapa bulan lalu.

Keadaan longkang yang pecah dan tiada penutup amat merbahayakan bagi kanak-kanak dan orang tua disitu.

Kami juga dapat melihat pembiakan nyamuk dibeberapa longkang kerana air bertakungan tidak dapat mengalir disebabkan oleh sampah sarap.

Struktur Bangunan

Rumah Pangsa Waller Court ini sudah usang dan tidak diselenggara sehingga mencacatkan keindahan bandar raya Ipoh.

Ada yang telah kehilangan tingkap dan tingkap hampir jatuh dibahagian belakang flat tersebut.

Keadaan tandas di dalam rumah pula agak teruk kerana mangkuk tandas tidak pernah di tukar sejak dibina walaupun pecah.

Pintu tandas pula dibaiki oleh MBI tanpa mengikut saiz yang sebenar. (off size)

Rumah terbiar menjadi sarang penagih dadah dan sarang maksiat dibeberapa blok di sini.

Pendawaian saluran elektrik ke setiap rumah yang sedia ada dalam keadaan yang bahaya.

MBI seharusnya mengemaskini keadaannya supaya dalam menghindari kejutan letrik di kalangan penduduk di sini.

Persoalan penduduk

Apakah tindakan yang diambil oleh pihak MBI mengenai hal ini?

Adakah MBI akan membiarkan masalah tersebut dan terus menipu rakyat miskin yang memerlukan tempat tinggal dengan jawapan tiada kekosongan buat masa sekarang.

Dimanakah pendirian MBI jika rakyat didahulukan untuk menderita dan pencapaian sekadar kata saja. Apakah tempoh masa yang diperlukan oleh MBI untuk menyelesaikan masalah ini?

Permintaan penduduk

Waller Penduduk di situ amat memerlukan bantuan pihak kerajaan supaya dapat menikmati kehidupan biasa seperti orang lain di bandar.

Mereka amat memerlukan tempat tinggal sekarang kerana kedudukan Waller Court yang berhampiran dengan pusat perniagaan, pasar, klinik dan hospital dan sebagainya.

Pada Mesyuarat Penuh bulan Disember 2009, pada sidang media Datuk Bandar pernah menyatakan bahawa beberapa rumah pangsa termasuk Waller Court akan diperhati untuk menjalankan kerja-kerja penyelenggaran dan pembaikpulihan semula bangunan tersebut akan dimulakan secepat mungkin.

Tetapi sehingga hari ini MBI bersikap lepas tangan menjaga kebajikan penyewa di sini.

Sehubungan dengan itu, MBI diminta mempercepatkan proses pembersihan dan proses menaik taraf bangunan pangsa Waller Court secepat mungkin.

Pada pendapat saya, sepertimana MBI menguatkuasakan sistem pungutan sewa bulanan daripada penduduk Waller Court, seperti itu mereka harus mempercepatkan kerja-kerja penyelenggaran dan kerja-kerja naik taraf harus dijalankan dengan segera.







D. Tanabalan, Political Secretary











All out preparation to begin for battle for PutraJaya in the next General Election

DAP knew it was not easy to win Sibu. In fact, we knew it was so tough that we had asked the Sibuans to create a political miracle by electing the first Pakatan Rakyat Member of Parliament from Sarawak.

Barisan Nasional ( BN) leaders were so confident of retaining Sibu parliamentary seat that they had openly said that Sibu had always been a traditional BN stronghold. They had more than once said that Sarawak was BN's "fixed deposit"- strong and secure.

They were not being boastful as Sibu was indeed a traditional stronghold of BN.

But the courageous Sibuans decided to send message to the BN leaders that they wanted change and the people power could make BN lose its "fixed deposit".

While the PR's defeat in the recent Hulu Selangor was a big disappointment for the opposition , the historic Sibu win by DAP's Wong Ho Leng was a booster to our battle for Putrajaya in the next general election.

With the Sibu result, it is unlikely that Najib will want to call for an early general election . But PR must begin all out preparation to do the great battle for Putrajaya .

Recent Hulu Selangor and the just concluded Sibu by election results have clearly shown that there has been increase of Chinese support for PR . But we had lost Hulu Selangor due to decreased support from the Malay and Indian voters.

Hence, special strategies and plans should be put in place to increase PR support, especially among the non Chinese voters.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

" People First, Performance Now" or ' Votes First, Performance Later" , YAB Prime Minister?

The Sibu voters created history on May 16 when they elected DAP's candidate Wong Ho Leng as their new Member of Parliament .

Before nomination day, BN leaders had openly said that they could retain Sibu as it was always BN's traditional stronghold. The Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib had also often talked about Sarawak and Sabah seats being BN's "fixed deposits".

Najib had personally campaigned in the by election and in fact, he visited Sibu thrice. He played Santa Claus and dished out huge government allocations.

Despite the blatant practice of money politics by BN, the courageous Sibu voters decided to vote for change.

There is a political now that while BN candidate did not and could not lose his candidate deposit, BN nevertheless lost its " fixed deposit".

One question that many Malaysians are now asking is whether Najib will sign the RM 5 mil cheque for flood mitigation projects in Rajang Park.

On the polling day eve, he had announced in Rajang Park that he would sign a cheque for flood mitigation projects in the area, provided Sibu voters “deliver” him BN candidate Robert Lau in the following day's polling.

When asked by the media yesterday as to whether he would sign the cheque, Najib did not make any commitment.

Let me remind Najib that if he does not sign the cheque, not only he will be seen as being petty, his commitment to his " People First,, Performance Now" slogan will be questioned.

What credibility will such slogan have if he is not prepared to solve flood problem faced by the people? Should people's problems be solved only if they vote for BN?

My question to the Prime Minister is whether his slogan is still ' People First", Performance Now " or has it become " Votes First, Performance Later"?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

How long will the nation go on without any SUHAKAM commissioners, Mr. PM?

Wisma Putra has in a statement announced that Malaysia was re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on Thursday when the United Nations General Assembly elected 14 new members to replace outgoing members of the council.

The statement said that Malaysia garnered 179 votes or 95.2 per cent out of 188 countries that were present and had voted at the election and the high number of votes obtained reflected the confidence of the international community in Malaysia 's ability to play a positive and constructive role in the HRC.

"It is also an acknowledgement of our contribution towards enriching the quality of dialogue, cooperation and action aimed at advancing the promotion and protection of human rights globally," it also said in the statement released.

" Malaysia 's election to the council also signifies that the international community recognises and appreciates Malaysia 's commitment to respect and uphold the inalienable and indivisible nature of all human rights, both at the international and domestic levels," the statement added.

But back in Malaysia , the federal government has not appointed any new Suhakam commissioner after the term for Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman and his 15 commissioners ended on April 23.

I wonder what will be our Foreign Minister's response if he was asked by the foreign media as to why Malaysia could not appoint any new Suhakam commissioners till today.

On April 21, The Star reported that the Suhakam Selection Committee – established under an amendment to the Suhakam Act last year – had finalised nine candidates for the new team on April 16 and submitted it to the Government for the Prime Minister to consider and recommend to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for appointment.

Why then is there such a long delay in making the new appointment? Has the Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib forgotten about his “Performance Now" slogan?

If this does not reflect the inefficiency of the government's administration, it certainly shows the lack of the government's sincere commitment towards Suhakam and respect for human rights.

How long will the nation go on without any Suhakam commissioners, Mr Prime Minister?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SJK Ladang Escot finally got piped water supply because of Hulu Selangor by election

A Bernama report dated May 4 said that after more than 50 years depending on spring water, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil ( SJK) Tamil Ladang Escot in Hulu Selangor finally received piped water supply.



The report further said:-




Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor executive chairman Tan Sri Rozali Ismail said the company swung into action upon learning about the school’s predicament during the just-concluded Hulu Selangor by-election.




“This is to reciprocate the support given by the people who contributed to Barisan Nasional’s win in the by-election. As a government-linked company, we will support the Government’s aspirations,” he told reporters after checking on the pipe-laying work to supply water to the school yesterday.




He added that the job entailed a 1.5km pipeline with the overall cost of the project totalling RM600,000.





It was certainly much welcome news which the school had been waiting for.





In fact, this was the second good news for the school as it was during the campaigning period of the Hulu Selangor by election that the school had finally obtained the Tenaga Nasional electricity supply.





Nevertheless, there are two questions worth pondering.




Firstly, SJK Ladang Escot is not located in some remote interior part of the country, yet why did it take so long for piped water and Tenaga National electricity supplied to it?





Secondly, if it was not for the Hulu Selangor by election where the Barisan Nasional was desperate to win the Indian votes, would the Barisan Nasional solve the long standing plight faced by the school?





There is no doubt at all that it is due to the political awakening of the Indian community and the significant impact the Indian votes can play in deciding the by election and the coming general outcome that the Barisan Nasional government has begun to pay serious attention to some of their problems.





So SJK Ladng Escot got the by election to thank for getting the piped water and electricity supply.





It was the power of their votes which forced the Barisan Nasional government to solve the school's problems.





Just in case the Barisan Nasional or the new Hulu Selangor MP P Kamalanathan think that they have done enough for SJK Ladang Escot, let me remind them of the long standing land problem faced by the school.


The school was once asked to vacate its premises by the previous owner and the present owner, FG Manufacturing, had also in 2006 told the school to do the same.


The BN government must either allocate an alternative place for the school or acquire the present piece of land so as to solve the land issue once and for all.

SJK Ladang Escot finally got piped water supply because of Hulu Selangor by election

A Bernama report dated May 4 said that after more than 50 years depending on spring water, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil ( SJK) Tamil Ladang Escot in Hulu Selangor finally received piped water supply.



The report further said:-




Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor executive chairman Tan Sri Rozali Ismail said the company swung into action upon learning about the school’s predicament during the just-concluded Hulu Selangor by-election.




“This is to reciprocate the support given by the people who contributed to Barisan Nasional’s win in the by-election. As a government-linked company, we will support the Government’s aspirations,” he told reporters after checking on the pipe-laying work to supply water to the school yesterday.




He added that the job entailed a 1.5km pipeline with the overall cost of the project totalling RM600,000.





It was certainly much welcome news which the school had been waiting for.





In fact, this was the second good news for the school as it was during the campaigning period of the Hulu Selangor by election that the school had finally obtained the Tenaga Nasional electricity supply.





Nevertheless, there are two questions worth pondering.




Firstly, SJK Ladang Escot is not located in some remote interior part of the country, yet why did it take so long for piped water and Tenaga National electricity supplied to it?





Secondly, if it was not for the Hulu Selangor by election where the Barisan Nasional was desperate to win the Indian votes, would the Barisan Nasional solve the long standing plight faced by the school?





There is no doubt at all that it is due to the political awakening of the Indian community and the significant impact the Indian votes can play in deciding the by election and the coming general outcome that the Barisan Nasional government has begun to pay serious attention to some of their problems.





So SJK Ladng Escot got the by election to thank for getting the piped water and electricity supply.





It was the power of their votes which forced the Barisan Nasional government to solve the school's problems.





Just in case the Barisan Nasional or the new Hulu Selangor MP P Kamalanathan think that they have done enough for SJK Ladang Escot, let me remind them of the long standing land problem faced by the school.


The school was once asked to vacate its premises by the previous owner and the present owner, FG Manufacturing, had also in 2006 told the school to do the same.


The BN government must either allocate an alternative place for the school or acquire the present piece of land so as to solve the land issue once and for all.

Challenge the new Hulu Selangor MP P Kamalanathan to speak up on the Indian students "dilemma on the SPM 10+2 subjects" issue

Speech at Malim Nawar on 8th May 2010

It was sad that Pakatan Rakyat's candidate Zaid Ibrahim lost in the recently concluded Hulu Selangor by election as he would have been an ideal lawmaker who could be an effective voice of the people inside and outside Parliament.




It was sadder as his victory would have added momentum to PR’s bigger electoral objective in the next general election --to do battle for Putrajaya.




PR knew from the beginning that the Hulu Selangor by election was going to be a tough fight, given the improved approval ratings of the Prime Minister in a recent survey conducted by Merdeka Centre.



But the campaigning period proved the challenges were tougher than expected, with the Barisan Nasional (BN) blatantly going about with its politics of money.





However, PR is not deterred by this defeat. Neither must our supporters be disheartened.





Let the Hulu Selangor by election be another Ijok, where PR came back to capture the Selangor state power in the 2008 general election after Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim had lost in the 2007 Ijok by election.




Analysis of results has shown that BN won Hulu Selangor by election due to increased support from the Malay and Indian voters.





Kamalanathan is an MIC member but it is obvious now that his victory did not bring much joy to the MIC and its president Dato Seri Samy Vellu and deputy president Dato G Palanivel





Kamalanathan’s win has fuelled much talk that it will hasten Samy’s political retirement. Kamalanathan’s candidature has also resulted in G Palanivel having to make backdoor entry to Parliament.





Never before has MIC had to suffer such loss of face and political humiliation. This is the price MIC and its leaders have to pay for not having the courage to quit their positions or quit the Barisan Nasional when they are no longer seen as BN's assets.





In fact, during the by election, Kamalanathan was seen more as an Umno candidate than an MIC or even a BN candidate.





Now that Kamalanathan has become a new MP, let’s see whether he will be a voice of the people.

I therefore challenge the new Hulu Selangor MP Kamalanathan to speak up on the Indian students" dilemma on the SPM 10+2 subjects’ issue.





Last year, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had announced that despite the government's decision to allow SPM students to take 12 instead of 10 subjects, only the results of the 10 core subjects would be considered for government scholarships and other official purposes.




Although flexibility would be given to Indian SPM students to opt for Tamil and Tamil Literature papers, this still falls short of what the Indian community demands.




It is illogical and unfair that the two additional cannot be given equal ranking as other subjects. It is also unjust that they cannot be considered as the core subjects, to be considered for JPA scholarships and other official purposes.





Will Kamalanathan speak up or will he and the BN now take the Indian support for granted after their Hulu Selangor by election victory?

Speech at Malim Nawar

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Women hold up half the sky





Today is Mothers Day and celebrations are held in various ways in many parts of the world to honour mothers.

Mothers are indeed special people and lets wish a very happy mothers day to all mothers in the world.

To all the mothers who have suffered and scarified for their families, I salute you.

On this day, I recall an ancient Chinese proverb which is more popularly attributed to the Chinese leader, the late Mao Tzu Tong.

The proverb is "Women hold up half the sky".

This proverb shows the importance and role of the women. Most important of all, it shows the power of the women.

Without the brave and encouraging support of the women votes, the political tsunami of the 2008 general election would not have been possible.

Because of the strong women support for change, the Barisan Nasional's traditional political hegemony of parliamentary two thirds majority had been smashed.

So while we celebrate events to honour the greatest people -- mothers, let us all not forget too the role and contribution Malaysian mothers and women have made towards political reforms in this nation.

The coming general election is a very crucial battle where the Pakatan Rakyat's objectives are to recapture the Perak state power , but also to battle for Putrajaya.

We should therefore always remember the slogan " Women hold up half the sky" and not only get more women to vote for Pakatan Rakyat but also to get more of them to be directly involved in our preparation for the objectives of PR's coming electoral objectives.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Azhar Ibrahim deserves the sternest disiplinary action from UMNO and an explusion with no opportunity for membership readmittance should be meted out

Penang opposition leader Azhar Ibrahim yesterday's warning's at the Penang State Assembly that there would be a repeat of the May 13 riots if the people lost confidence in the authorities was most shocking.

His further comment that "the army can take over from the police if the later does not enjoy public support" was equally shocking.

It was also reported he also accused Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng of being anti-Malay and anti-Islamic for his attacks against Umno and Prime Minister Najib Razak and had said " "This is an insult to the Malays, don't you think that there will be no Malay gangsters, or the Barisan Tiga silat group, who will come here and teach those who utter these words a lesson?"

I do not recall any elected representative who has ever so blatantly made such dangerous, irresponsible, extreme and seditious comments in any State Assembly or Parliament meeting.

His remarks are totally unacceptable and deserve the strongest condemnation by all Malaysians.

Azhar's comments have shown that he not only does not understand racial sensitivity, he does not even understand democracy. Or perhaps he has made those comments with the clear intention to threaten others.

In November 2006, Umno had suspended its Bukit Bendera division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail of his membership rights and stripped him of his posts for three years for making offensive remarks against the Chinese community.

In February this year, Nasir Safar, the special aide to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, had to resign his post after making racist remarks against Chinese and Indian ethnic minorities.

Whatever is Azhar's reason and motive for making those remarks in the Penang State Assembly, it is clear that he is not fit to be an elected representative.

Azhar Ibrahim deserves the sternest disciplinary action from Umno and an expulsion with no opportunity for membership readmittance should be meted out.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Palanivel has further lost face when he accepted backdoor entry to Parliament.

MIC Deputy President Datuk G. Palanivel completely lost face in the Hulu Selangor by-election when he was not selected as the Barisan Nasional candidate despite having been the only candidate proposed by his own party.





Not only is he the former MP for Hulu Selangor for 4 terms till he was defeated in the 2008 general election, he is also the heir -designate to MIC president, Dato Seri Samy Vellu. Yet, he had to give way to a young an lightweight MIC candidate.




His non selection was humiliating for himself and MIC. It was a big blow to his and MIC's credibility too.





But yesterday Palanivel had dealt a further blow to his credibility when he accepted backdoor entry to Parliament.





Although he had dismissed rumours that his appointment was a consolation for being dropped as the Barisan Nasional's candidate for the Hulu Selangor by-election, there were already media reports even before polling day about his planned appointment as a senator and deputy minister .




Hence, his denial will not have much credibility.





Immediately after the 2008 March general election, Datuk Seri Samy Vellu openly declared that he would not accept a senatorship because he did not want a backdoor entry into Parliament. He said that the voters of Sungai Siput had decided and he accepted their decision.





How could Palanivel be a credible MIC president when he was so willing to enter Parliament through backdoor entry while his President had openly rejected the idea of becoming a backdoor MP and Minister?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Perak's state government's allocation to MCA divisions is an abuse of power

Perak MCA chief Dr Chua Soi Lek disclosed yesterday that the Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry had agreed to allocate RM50,000 to each of the 24 MCA divisions in the state this year.




Chua was speaking to reporters after leading a delegation of state party leaders to meet Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir at his official residence.




He added that the amount would be increased to RM100,000 next year and that the money would be used for small projects and would be channeled to non-governmental organisations ( NGOs) and schools.





DAP agrees that government allocations should be made for small projects that will benefit the people as well as chanelled to NGOs and schools.





However, it is wrong for government allocations to be allocated to any political party, regardless of what are the purposes of the allocations.





Dr Zambry agreement to make available allocations to the MCA divisions shows that he cannot understand or chooses not to understand the principle whereby government's funds must not be given to political parties.




The same goes for Dr Chua who has made such a request.




In fact, the fund allocation to the MCA divisions as revealed tantamounts to an abuse of power by the Perak state government.




All the funds intended for small projects should be made available through the elected representatives of the areas while funds meant for NGOs and schools should be made directly to them.