Saturday, July 31, 2010

To save Malaysia, come next General Elections, Malaysians must rise to the occasion and create the second political tsunami

To save Malaysia, come the next general election, Malaysians must rise to the occasion and create the second political tsunami to “retire permanently” the Federal and Perak state BN government from office and power.

Tunship enjoys legal immunity?
I have more than once been asked this question in the past by my constituents , “ is it true that a person who is a Tun enjoy legal immunity?”
With Tun Ling Liong Sik being charged for cheating the government in connection with the RM 12.5 bil Port Klang Free Zone ( PKFZ) fiasco, I no longer have to explain that a Tun ‘s privilege is only being entitled to the use of VIP room at KLIA and state airports.
Malaysians have always lamented that in the government’s battle against corruption, only ikan bilis are caught or charged. Sharks and big fishes are always elusive.
It therefore still came as a surprise that Tun Ling was arrested and charged for cheating the government.
Ling was the MCA president for 17 years. He is a former Minister. Media have described him as a big fish. He indeed is.
Till today, many will still remember his famous reminder to MCA leaders and members that a fish rots from the head.
Of course, many people also still remember comments he made two years ago in connection with Dr Chua Soi Lek sex video issue.
He was reported to have said that “men have to release their extra energy, and as long as they don’t talk about it (cheating on their spouses) and don’t get caught, there is no problem”.
RM 12.5 bil Port Klang Free Zone ( PKFZ) fiasco- will any one else be charged?
With Ling being charged, public speculation is rife on whether and when will another big fish be arrested and charged..
Last year, the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recommended that the former Transport Minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy be investigated for criminal breach of trust over the wrongful issuance of three letters of support.
The BN government must tell the people what is the latest status with regard to the investigation.
Everyone knows that when a fisherman goes fishing, he does not come back with one fish. That goes too for deep sea fishing, the catch will not be just one big fish.
There will only be one fish if the sea has only one fish or the fisherman’s net can only catch one big fish.
No one will believe that the RM 12.5 bil PKFZ scandal only involves one fish or one big one. There are also so many corruption issues in the country where big fishes are involved and still swim free. The MACC and the Attorney General office have enough powers to go after the big fishes.What is needed is the political will from the BN government which sadly is still lacking.
BN- Barang Naik- Bankruptkan Negara
A few months ago, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Idris Jala had warned that the nation could go bankrupt if subsides on petrol , sugar and some food items are not slashed.
I say that subsidies alone or even high subsidies will not make a nation bankrupt, but a decadent government, massive corruption, mismanagement, wasteful mega projects are the key causes.
Public have always said BN means Barang Naik. Now they have begun to say BN means Bankruptkan Negara.
To save Malaysia, come the next general election, Malaysians must rise to the occasion and create the second political tsunami to “retire permanently” the Federal and Perak state BN government from office and power.
MCA President optimistic PR can form next Government
MCA President Datuk Chua Soi Lek has said that if Pakatan Rakyat comes to Federal power, a PAS leader might become the new Prime Minister. Obviously, MCA which used to frighten Chinese voters with the Islamic State issue is now banking on a PAS Prime Minister tactic to scare the voters. But lies will not work.In fact, by saying so , Datuk Chua is acknowledging the possibility of Pakatan Rakyat toppling the BN government but his worry is only that the new Prime Minister may be from PAS. So come the next general election, lets put the Pakatan Rakyat in Federal power and Anwar as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hindu mother allowed to challenge kids' conversion



The Ipoh High Court has finally granted leave to M Indira Ghandi to seek a judicial review over the certificates of conversion of her three children issued by the Perak Muallaf (Converts) Registrar.

A decision on the application had been postponed three times, as Justice Zainal Adzam Abdul Ghani wanted to accommodate the Federal Court decision on S Shamala's case, which is similar in nature.

In chambers today, Justice Zainal Adzam asked Indira Ghandi's lawyer M Kulasegaran if he wanted to wait for the outcome of Shamala's case, to which the reply was in the negative.

The judge then ruled that Indira Ghandi now has 14 days to file a full application.

Speaking to reporters later, Kulasegaran commended the judge for a “fantastic and unique” decision.

“We will be putting in all the written submissions by next week and the judge will then decide on the matter,” he said.

Kulasegaran (left) said his client wants to proceed with the case immediately because it has been dragging on for more than a year.

Indira Ghandi, 35, had filed an application for leave to quash the certificates of conversion to Islam of her three children - daughter Tevidarsiny, 13, son Karan Dinish, 12, and daughter Prasana Diksa, two.

She named the Perak Muallaf Registrar, Perak religious department director, both the state and federal governments, the Education Ministry and her husband as respondents.

Indira Ghandi's three children were converted to Islam by her estranged husband Mohd Riduan Abdullah @ K Pathmanathan in April last year without her consent or knowledge.

Following this, Indira Ghandi succeeded in securing custody of the three children at the Ipoh High Court, but Mohd Riduan refused to surrender their youngest daughter after failing to obtain a stay order. He is believed to be in hiding in Kelantan.

Indira Ghandi's case mirrors that of Shamala, whose children were converted to Islam eight years ago by her husband after he converted to Islam.

The five-member Federal Court panel led by Chief Justice Zaki Azmi has been sitting on the matter since May 3.

Warga Tua menderita tiada rawatan susulan disebabkan oleh kelewatan JPN

Kelewatan Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara dalam pemprosesan kad pengenalan gantian mengakibatkan Pn. Muniamah (75) tidak mendapat rawatan susulan di Hospital serta tidak mendapat Wang Pencen.

Pn. S. Muniamah yang tinggal di Cheery Park, Ipoh adalah seorang warga tua yang juga seorang pesakit “Schizophrenia” yang memerlukan rawatan Prikiatri setiap bulan.

Beliau telah kehilangan kad pengenalan pada 8hb November 2009 semasa berada di Hospital Ipoh. Selepas kejadiannya, anak beliau Pn. D. Nagamah telah membawa beliau ke balai polis untuk membuat laporan mengenai kehilangan.

Semasa berurus dengan JPN Perak mereka mengalami beberapa masalah untuk mendapatkan cabutan / carian butir-butir pengenalan sehinggakan kesnya dirujuk kepada JPN Putrajaya.

Pn. Nagamah pernah berurus dengan JPN Putrajaya bagi memproses kad pengenalan ibunya dengan segera. Tetapi beliau gagal mendapatkan sebarang jawapan.

Kemudian beliau merujuk kepada Pejabat Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat untuk bantuan. Selepas kami menghantar surat pertanyaan mengenai kes ini, kami mendapat tahu bahawa cabutan/carian PN. Muniamah telah siap untuk dikutip.

Oleh kerana masa yang diambil oleh JPN adalah agak lama iaitu lebih daripada 6 bulan, Pn. Muniamah tidak dapat menerima rawatan susulan dan perubatan sehingga sekarang.

Beliau juga mengalami masalah dalam mendapatkan Wang Pencennya daripada Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia selepas kematian suaminya yang pernah bekerja di Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Lenggong.

Pada hari ini kami diminta hadir di JPN Perak Bahagian Siasatan, selepas soal siasat, pegawai tersebut telah merujuk warga tua ini kepada bahagian kad pengenalan untuk pemprosesan dokumen pengenalan sementara yang sah laku sehingga 27/11/2010.

Persoalannya berapa lamakah Puan Muniamah ini harus menunggu untuk mendapatkan kad pengenalan gantian yang sah? Adakah pihak JPN akan bertanggungjawab ke atas kesihatan beliau kerana kelewatan pemprosesan kad pengenalan ini?


D. Tanabalan

Kekurangan pemantauan MBI menyebabkan rakyat terpaksa menghidu bau busuk.

Kekurangan pemantauan MBI menyebabkan rakyat terpaksa menghidu bau busuk daripada longkang sepanjang Jalan Guntong, Buntong, Ipoh. Longkang tersebut dipenuhi dengan semak samun dan rumput yang panjang.

Penduduk setempat mendakwa tiada penyelenggaraan dilaksanakan oleh MBI sejak enam bulan.

Jeremy Chuah (Naib Pengerusi DAP Pasir Puteh) & D. Tanabalan (Setiausaha Politik kepada YB. M. Kula Segaran, Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat) telah meninjau kawasan berkenaan bersama penduduk sekitar.

Longkang sedalam empat hingga lima kaki tersebut di Jalan Guntong adalah merupakan longkang utama bagi jalan besar, kawasan kediaman dan kawasan perniagaan di sekitarnya.

Longkang ini penuh rumput panjang menyebabkan pengaliran air terganggu serta berlaku takungan air apabila hujan dan tidak dapat mengalir dengan sempurna disebabkan oleh pasir dan lumpur sehingga mengeluarkan bau yang busuk.

Berturutan masalah tersebut penduduk sekitar juga mengadu bahawa pembiakan nyamuk berleluasa dan kes-kes demam denggi meningkat.

Pihak MBI diminta agar membuat pemantauan serta mengambil tindakan keatas mana-mana pekerja & kontraktor yang berkenaan yang tidak menjalankan tugas bagi mengatasi masalah kesihatan merebak.

Dimanakah pendirian MBI dimana slogannya menyatakan Mesra, Bersih dan Indah tetapi keadaan sebenarnya bertentangan.

D. Tanabalan


Relocation of squatters of Kg. Tai Lee need to be speeded up.

Last Friday DAP Ipoh Barat met with the residents pf Kg. Tai Lee to discuss to find a solution to the squatter issue.



For over three generations over 76 families / 50 houses are staying in the village with repeated assurances that they will be given/provided housing lots by the state government.



Just before the General Elections of 2008 letters were sent by the Ipoh Land office that all squatters will be resettled in Pusing. Nothing has proceeded after this promise. This kind of promise is made and never kept by the BN government.



Sometime in 3rdJanuary2010 there was a gotong royong organized by the state government with the Kg. Tai Lee residents. At that gotong royong the MB Zamry ordered the local council of Ipoh (MBI) to find a solution to settle the squatter’s issue. A number of meetings had taken place, between both this parties. We are here to day to speak to the Mayor to speed up the process of relocation of the squatters.



There is a pending court case to evict the squatters of Kg. Tai Lee in the High Court. No date for Hearing has been fixed yet. Only a political solution will bring about a permanent solution to this squatter issue.



Sometime in 2000 the former MB of Perak Tajol Rosli had assured all that Perak would be squatter free by 2005. 2005 has passed by and there are thousands still in squatter settlements in Perak. Recently Zamry has apparently promised 2015 a new date for Perak to be declared squatter free. The “goal post” keeps on changing all the time!



It’s no use declaring a date which the state government cannot fulfill. What is needed is “blue print” policy decision on this matter.



We suggest the State Government to set up a high level committee to formulate a new policy and ways be found to settle squatter issues in Perak.



Presently there are over 14 thousand squatters in Perak according to the Perak Economic Planning Unit.



It is duty and obligation of an efficient State Government to find a just a fair relocation of all squatters in Perak. Question is, has the present Perak Government the will power to do so?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Dialogue session and meeting with Kg. Tai Lee squatters


The Ipoh Barat DAP visited and had a dialogue session with the Kg. Tai lee resident committee. The DAP was represented by M.Kula MP Ipoh Barat, Dr. Jayabalan and Sugumaran Chairman Kinta Valley Branch. The resident committee was represented by over 10 residents.
The primary discussion was the issue of housing lots/ flats to be given to them by the State authorities. The total number of families residing in the area exceeds 50.

They are the 3rd generations residing on the said private land which is with the Ipoh City area.

We showed the resident committee members the proposed area where the lots/flats would be given to them by the authorities. Although numerous promises has been made but the people have only to date got assurances but the lots/flats have not materialize.

In this context we have now made arrangement to meet the relevant authorities tomorrow to ascertain as to when the 50 odd squatters would be provided with state housing or lots to resettle them.

We hope our meeting tomorrow will bear some fruite and this long time issue can be resolved.

Urban squatters is a majour problem in Malaysia. The State Government should find a long term solution to the Kg. Tai Lee squatter problem

Friday, July 23, 2010

Kekurangan tempat letak kereta di kawasan Little India punca kesesakan lalulintas



Little India, Ipoh adalah satu-satunya bahagian yang paling utama di Pekan Lama Ipoh dan unik lokasinya kerana majoriti peniaganya adalah kaum India. Ianya juga boleh dikatakan satu-satunya tempat destinasi persinggahan pengunjung luar negari/negara untuk membeli belah dan merasai makanan tradisi kaum India.

Walaupun kawasan ini mempunyai pelbagai ciri-ciri keutamaan, hanya dengan cuma permasalahan yang kecil pada peringkat awal kini sudah menjadi penghalang utama yang menyumbang kepada kemerosotan peniaga-peniaga dikawasan ini. Baru baru ini MBI telah membelanjakan beratus-ratus ribu ringgit untuk mengindahkan serta mengubah struktur jalanraya demi kepentingan peniaga dan pelanggan. Tetapi ketiadaan tempat letak kereta yang wajar menjadi punca utama untuk kemerosotan perniagaan dikawasan ini. Sudah beberapa kali, bukan sahaja wakil rakyat dan wakil Parlimen, namun pembayar cukai sendiri telahpun membangkitkan isu ini pada MBI, namun masih tiada jalan penyelesaiaan yang sewajarnya. Rancangan yang teratur demi kebaikan bersama pengguna jalan serta peniaga-peniagaa di kawasan Little India sehingga hari ini tidak dititikberatkan oleh pihak MBI.

Jika kita lihat dengan teliti, dimana 15 tahun yang dahulu, pekan Ipoh sememangnya mempunyai tempat letak kereta yang boleh memuat sebanyak lebih daripada 60 kereta pada bila-bila masa. Kini, lokasi itu telahpun ditukar wajah dan menjadi “PEOPLE’S PARK” serta wujud satu restauran Nasi Kandar diatas tapak tersebut. Saya sebenarnya tiada bantahan terhadap pembangunan ataupun kewujudan perubahan mengikut keadaan masa, tetapi kepentingan pembayar cukai juga harus diteliti dengan terperinci oleh MBI sebelum melaksanakan perubahan tersebut. Persoalaanya, adakah MBI mewujudkan satu lagi tapak tempat letak kereta bagi mengganti kawasan tersebut? Jika tidak, sehingga hari ini apakah langkah yang telah diambil oleh MBI dalam menangani kekurangan tempat letak kereta sekitar pekan lama Ipoh khususnya di kawasan Little India? Lebih-lebih lagi, adakah MBI sudah mengenal pasti satu pelan alternatif ataupun lokasinya untuk mengurangkan beban pembayar cukai berhubung isu tempat letak kereta ini? Dapatkah MBI menyenaraikan jumlah tempat letak kereta yg wujud pada 10 tahun yang lepas dan kini demi pengetahuan semua pihak?

Setiap kali waktu tengahari, didapati ketiadaan peruntukkan tempat letak kereta dimana pelanggan terpaksa meletak kereta diatas bahu jalan ataupun bersebelahan dengan kereta lain menimbulkan kesesakan dan halangan lalulintas sekitar laluan tersebut. Selain daripada itu, waktu ini juga menjadi sasaran penguatkuasa MBI untuk mengeluarkan saman tanpa menghiraukan kepentingan semua pihak. Saya amat pasti, jikalau adanya tempat letak kereta yang berpatutan, maka tidak akan wujud kesesakan jalan serta pelanggan tidak perlu membayar saman yang dikeluarkan oleh pihak MBI.

Saya mencadangkan supaya MBI menjalankan satu lagi kajian berhubung perkara ini, bersama peniaga-peniaga Pekan Lama Ipoh, pelanggan-pelanggan, wakil rakyat serta rakyat awam demi mendapatkan fakta benar mengenai isu ini secara terperinci. Selain daripada itu, MBI juga harus merangka pelan untuk memperuntukkan sebahagian kawasan padang bola Ipoh untuk membangunkan sebagai kawasan tempat letak kereta yang bertingkat. Kemungkinan besar, ini boleh menyelesaikan permasalahan kesesakan yang berlaku sejak bertahun lamanya dikawasan ini.

Cabinet to accord official recognition of UEC examination for entry into public universities as well as for employment in the public service

On August 30, 2008, the Pakatan Rakyat Perak government announced the approval of 1,000ha of land to the state's nine Chinese independent secondary schools.

The PR Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said that the state's executive council had already approved the allocation in principle but had yet to identify a location.

"We are doing this to show the state's recognition and appreciation of these nine Suwa (independent) schools for we know that they have survived all these years without a single bit of government aid.”

The announcement a few days ago that the present Perak Government has allocated a 1012 ha piece of land to the nine Chinese independent secondary schools to be developed as a palm oil estate is therefore welcomed as it was a PR initiated plan.

If it was not due to the bold and unprecedented decision by the then PR Perak Government, BN government would never have thought of such a plan. And if it was not due to the continued pressure by the Chinese community, such plan will surely have been cancelled by the BN government.

It cannot be denied that the nation’s 60 Chinese independent secondary schools have made immense contribution to the nation in terms of human capital development.

Hence it is time that the Federal Government should accord official recognition to the Independent Secondary Chinese Schools’ Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), not only because of the high academic standard of the examination but also because the government cannot continue to keep a blind eye to the brain drain problem.

According to a recent news report, Singapore has been making concerted efforts to woo Malaysian Chinese independent secondary school leavers in recent years.

The report says that, among others, the Singapore government waives entrance examinations and doles out scholarships, permanent residency or even citizenship to absorb the crème la de crème of the Malaysian Chinese education.

Of the 4,000 to 5,000 students sitting the UEC examination every year, the number of those furthering their education in Singapore has increased from 5.59% in 2006 to 8.40% in 2007 and 9.96% in 2008.

Brain drain is a serious issue that must be solved in the government’s goal to achieve developed nation’s status.

In fact it is unfair that when UEC can be accepted and recognized by world renowned universities, it is not recognized by our own government.

I therefore call on the Cabinet must accord official recognition of UEC examination for entry into public universities as well as for employment in the public service.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

NST (16/07/10) - News vendor's true grit


KUALA LUMPUR: He started selling the Straits Times and Straits Echo when it was just five sen a piece on a bicycle.

V. Murugeson, one of the country's pioneer newspaper vendors, who died on Sunday at the age of 100, started to distribute both papers around Lumut, Perak, in the late 1940s when he realised that no one was doing it.

His son, Ipoh Barat member of parliament M. Kulasegaran said his father, who was initially a rubber tapper, spotted an opportunity to improve the family's livelihood.

"At that time, no one was distributing papers, so my father took it up as he spoke English.

"His job transformed our lives. We had all kinds of newspapers and magazines in the house for us to read."

He said everyday, Murugeson would make the journey to the Batu Gajah railway station by bus to pick up about 100 to 200 newspapers, which he would later distribute to the people of Lumut.

The enterprising Murugeson even roped in his five sons, including Kulasegaran, to help to distribute the papers when they reached the age of eight or nine.

"We will go house-to-house to distribute newspapers and collect the subscription in the mornings before school. After school, we have to help out as well, either selling ice- creams, lottery tickets or nasi lemak made by our mother."

As business improved, Murugeson set up a stall to sell newspapers and magazines before moving into a shop in the 1960s.

The shop, called Murugan Store, is still in operation in Lumut. It is currently run by Kulasegaran's youngest brother, M. Sethupathi.

Kulasegaran said his father had a "military rule" -- he insisted that the newspapers had to be delivered regardless of the weather.

"Once, I had to deliver newspapers to the house of the Lumut district police chief. Not only was the house located on top of a hill, there were fierce dogs as well.

"I was chased and fell down the hill, injuring my arms and legs.

"After I recovered, he asked me to go back again to deliver the papers."

Looking back, Kulasegaran said starting work young helped him to pick up skills like book-keeping and learning to deal with a variety of people, traits that became useful later in his career as a politician.

Although his father was a staunch MIC supporter, Kulasegaran said he was open about him in DAP.

"Deep in his heart, he would have preferred us (to be in MIC) but he realised we need to follow a new path."

Friday, July 16, 2010

Media Statement by M.Kula Segaran, National Vice Chairman of DAP, MP Ipoh Barat

The Prime Minister must clarify whether his 9A+ announcement means that a
student who has scored 9 A + in any subject, including Mandarin or Tamil subject
is entitled to the JPA scholarship or the JPA stipulated requirement in 9
specified subjects still applies?


When opening the 64th MIC annual general meeting on July 10, the Prime Minister
Dato Sri Najib announced that all students obtaining 9A+ and more for their
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination will receive the Public Service Department
(JPA) scholarships for either overseas or local universities.

He received a standing ovation when he mentioned all students would get the
scholarship irrespective of race.

In response to his announcement, I had on July 11 asked three questions as
follows through tweeter:-

1. does the “ 9A+ subjects” refer to the core subjects only?
2. what about those with less than 9+? No more scholarships for them?
3. does this mean that the Cabinet has revoked its earlier decision to
phase out the JPA scholarships?

However, till today, neither the Prime Minister, the Minister of Education nor
the JPA has made any further statement or clarification on the above issues.



In fact, I have subsequently received enquiries from some parents as to whether
their children who had scored 9A+ but did not apply for the JPA scholarships
earlier can do so now.



I don’t understand why till today the government is not able to make the
necessary clarification as surely such details would have been discussed and
ironed out before the Prime Minister made his announcement.



Some parents and students are especially eager to know if the Prime Minister’s
announcement refers to any subject or the core subjects specified by JPA
scholarship application guidelines.



In other words, they are eager to know if Tamil and Mandarin subjects are
included in the 9A + mentioned by the Prime Minister.

In the JPA scholarship application guidelines, minimum requirement have been set for 9 subjects which vary according to programme.

For example, for students wishing to pursue medical degrees in United Kingdom,
India , Ireland, New Zealand, Russia , Dentistry degrees in Australia, Ireland,
New Zealand , United Kingdom and pharmacy degrees in Australia, New Zealand
United Kingdom , International Medical University , the JPA guideline
stipulates that applicants must “ mendapat sekurang kurangnya A- dalam sembilan
(9) matapelajaran berikut :-

a. Bahasa Melayu
b. Sejarah
c. Pendidikan Islam atau Pendidikan Al Quran dan As Sunnah atau Pendidikan
Syariah Islamiah atau Pendidikan Moral
d. Fizik
e. Kmia
f. Biologi
g. Matematik
h. Matematik Tambahan
i. Bahasa Inggeris


Hence, Tamil and Mandarin are not listed as the core subjects for the above
programmes.

If the Prime Minister’s announcement means that the 9 A+ refers to any subject,
it must therefore mean that the JPA guidelines no longer apply and therefore his
announcement must also mean that A+ in Tamil and Mandarin subjects are also
considered in the 9 A+.

But is this really the case? Why is the government keeping silent on the
necessary clarification?



The Prime Minister must clarify whether his 9A+ announcement means that a
student who has scored 9 A + in any subject, including Mandarin or Tamil subject
is entitled to the JPA scholarship or the JPA stipulated requirement in 9
specified subjects still applies?


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

DAP Supremo attended the funeral with PR reps


13th July 2010 - YB Lim Kit Siang - MP for Ipoh Timur, YB. Chong Eng - MP for Bukit Mertajam, YB. Dato Seri Ir. Hj. Nizar - MP for Bukit Gantang, YB. Thomas Su - ADUN Pasir Pinji, YB. Leong Mee Meng - ADUN Jalong, YB. Chang Lih Kang - ADUN Teja, YB Lim Pek Har - ADUN Menglembu with DAP members paying their last respects at Seri Manjung.

YB A. Sivanesan - ADUN Sungkai and Lawyer N. Selvam also sharing their sympathy.

Last Respect to the late of V. Murugeson

12th July 2010 - Last respect by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, YB. Ngeh Koo Ham, MP for Beruas, YB. Gopalakrishnan, MP for Padang Serai





Monday, July 12, 2010

YB M. Kula's father passed away

Murugeson a/l Veerasamy (Age: 100 years)
passed away peacefully on 11/07/2010 (Sunday) at 11.51pm.
Leaving behind:
Beloved wife: LATE P. VISALACHEE
Children & Spouses:
M. Visvanathan (Deceased)
M. Kamala Devi @ Papathi (Sri Manjung) & Ramasamy (Deceased)
M. Lachimi (Deceased) & Chandralingam (Deceased)
M. Valliamah (Australia) & Dr. Murugesan
M. Loganathan (Deceased) & Vasantha
M. Thiagarajan (Deceased) & Rani
M. Mohana Rajan (Lawyer KL) & Malar
M. Kula Segaran (MP – Ipoh Barat) & K. Jayalachimi
M. Sethupathi (Murugan Store, Lumut) & Krisna Veni
Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Relatives and Friends to mourn his loss.

Funeral will be at No. 183, Fasa 2D, Jalan SM 5A/20, 32040 Sri Manjung, Perak (near Sri Manjung Hospital) on 13/07/2010 (Tuesday) at 2.00pm. Cortage will leave from the above address at 3.00pm to Pundut Estate Crematorium near by the quarry.

For more deatails please contact:-
YB. M. Kula Segaran - 012-5034346
Mr. M. Sethupathi - 019-5104217 / 05-6835187

The family requests no wreaths. Donations can be made in the name of YPPPTM
(Tamil Foundation – Education).

图片说明:姆鲁杰逊老先生遗容



(怡保12日讯)



民主行动党怡保西区国会议员M.古拉先父,姆鲁杰逊老先生于昨晚11点15分安详的与世长辞。姆鲁杰逊老先生享年100岁整,膝下遗留儿女媳婿共17人以及孙儿曾孙子多人。



也是行动党全国副主席的M.古拉在耗文中告知各界友好,其父亲的治丧处位于霹雳州红土坎No. 183, Fasa 2D, Jalan SM 5A/20, 32040 Sri Manjung, Perak. (邻近斯里曼绒医院)。



姆鲁杰逊老先生的遗体将于明日(13/07/10)下午2点发葬还山,各界友好欲联络治丧处可拨电联络M.古拉(012-5034346)或M.锡都(019-510421/ 05-6835187)



M.古拉说丧居不会接受帛金捐献,如果各界友好如欲对姆鲁杰逊老先生致以最后的敬意,请把款项捐献给YPPPTM (淡米尔教育基金)。



M. 古拉

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Clash of the MPs: Kula off the hook


Aidila Razak, Jul 7, 2010, 5:40pm

The government will not refer DAP's Ipoh Barat parliamentarian M Kulasegaren to the parliamentary rights and privileges committee over his recent clash with another MP, said minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz.

“We have decided not to, and we have informed the speaker about this,” he told reporters in the Parliament lobby today.

However, he said the complainant - Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin - is free to lodge a police report against Kulasegaren if he so chooses.

Bung Moktar earlier told Malaysiakini that the matter will be discussed during the pre-council meeting for BN MPs next week, to decide whether to pursue the motion or lodge a police report.

The two MPs were engaged in a shouting match on June 9 at the Senate Lounge, which involved Idris Haron, the BN lawmaker for Batu Tangga.

It took place during a discussion on scholarships that was hosted by Opposition parliamentarians and non-government organisations.

Bung Moktar, who protested the presence of “outsiders” in the lounge, had called for the Dewan Rakyat to investigate the incident.

Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia yesterday said that, based on the reports received by Parliament officers, he believes that there is a prima facie case against Kulasegeran.

Kulasegaran has refused to apologise claiming that he did nothing wrong, and said that he is willing to face any punishment meted out.

Yong's lawyer 'stupid'

On another matter, Nazri claimed that he was unaware of the reported renewal of the government's contract with public relations company Apco.

“This is something that you need to ask the Prime Minister's Office,” he said.

Nazri (left) also said that he is unaware that private investigator P Balasubramaniam (right) is due to make a public statement in London later today.

"Usually I would be informed of this either by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) or the attorney-general, but I have not gotten any notification,” he said.

Balasubramaniam is also due to answer questions sent to him by the MACC, over his claim that several personalities had coerced him into retracting a statutory declaration concerning the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Nazri was more forthcoming about claims made by M Ravi, the lawyer for Malaysian death-row prisoner Yong Vui Kong in Singapore.

“(Ravi, right) is a liar for saying that he has met me. He claims that I refused to meet him, but I was never aware that he wanted to meet as he never made an appointment.

"He is trying to pressure me to speak to the law minister in Singapore. He should be aware that this is now a diplomatic matter and (Foreign Affairs Minister) Anifah Aman has already sent a letter (to the Singapore government). He should know this. He is a lawyer and still he is acting stupid.”

Yong was only 19 when he was caught trafficking 47g of heroin into the island in 2007. His scheduled execution in December last year was postponed when Ravi filed for a stay pending his appeal.

Singapore has yet to receive a request for clemency from Malaysia, the foreign ministry said today.

2.June 9 ruckus: Speaker passes ball to Bung Mokhtar

Hazlan Zakaria & Humayun Kabir
Jul 6, 2010, 10:54am

Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia gave Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) several options today on how to tackle the June 9, 2010, incident in Parliament that saw several Opposition and BN MPs involved in a loud ruckus at the Senate House Lounge.

Addressing the Dewan Rakyat this morning, Pandikar (left) said based on reports he received from Parliament officers on the incident, he believes there is a prima facie case against M Kula Segaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) for his role in the incident.

“While generally I try to avoid matters like this from arising, (and) I don't want a member to be referred to the (privileges) committee and a motion (raised in) the Dewan against anybody, I'm always here to discuss and intercede on your behalf and solve disagreements.

“However, in this case, I have failed to do that. It is up to you, (Bung Mokhtar) and the BN backbenchers' club (BNBBC)... to bring this matter up as a motion,” said Pandikar.

The Speaker then said Bung Mokhtar can table a motion on the matter under Standing Order 27 (3) as a private member of the House to which he can make a decision within two weeks.

Alternatively, said Pandikar, Bung Mokhtar (right in photo, sitting) may request a minister to table a motion on which a decision can be made within seven days or, if the Speaker is in agreement, within 24 hours.

The Speaker said further that if Bung Mokhtar, who is also the BNBBC deputy chief, thinks the incident was serious enough or any of those involved in the verbal fracas had violated the law, a report can be lodged with the police.

"But as (ours is) a parliamentary system that practices parliamentary democracy, we stand by the principle whereby 'we guard our own integrity'. I don't want to see other parties intervening in parliamentary matters.

“But if you want to do so, I cannot but help to agree to an investigation,” said Pandikar.

Pandikar also announced today that from today onwards, it will not be sufficient that MPs obtain permission from Parliament officers in order to hold events involving non-parliamentarians.

“You can only hold functions on parliamentary grounds if you receive permission from the Senate President, his deputies, the Speaker of Dewan (Rakyat) or his deputies,” he said.

Kula Segaran, who is also DAP vice-chairperson, was among a number of Pakatan Rakyat and BN MPs who had clashed at the Senate House lounge after several of the latter were said to have intruded into an opposition-hosted roundtable discussion on the issue of tertiary scholarships for non-Malays.

Following the incident, Bung Mokhtar - who had protested the presence of "outsiders" at the lounge - moved under Standing Order 26(1)(P) for the House to investigate the pandemonium.

Action against aggressor or victim?

In a statement issued later today, Kula Segaran charged that the ones who should be the subject of any disciplinary action are those BN MPs who had “barged” uninvited into the Senate Lounge that had been specially booked by Parliament officials for the purposes of the roundtable discussion.

“Let's get the facts right on who trespassed into the meeting uninvited.

“It was the Umno MPs like Tangga Batu (Deputy Higher Education Minister Idris Haron), Lenggong (Shamsul Anuar bin Nasarah) and Kinabatangan who had barged into the dialogue session and acted like gangsters.

“So against whom should action be taken? Against the aggressor or the victim?” said the Ipoh Barat MP (right).

He also reiterated his stance against any need to say sorry to any party, even at the risk of being reprimanded or even suspened from Parliament..

“For the record, let it be known that I have no justifiable reason to apologise and I am no apologist!

“If need be, I am willing to face any form of punishment meted out. For I believe my stand is consistent with the interest of all,” he added.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

No reason for me to apologise over the Senate Lounge incident

It has been an annual thing that many bright and deserving SPM scorers will fail to obtain JPA scholarships. This year is no different when JPA scholarship results were released on May 21.

Subsequently, I received many calls from parents from all over the country expressing shock that students who had obtained 11'As and 12A's in their SPM examination were not successful in obtaining JPA scholarships. Many parents alleged that the JPA was not being transparent and fair in awarding the scholarships.

On June 9, I decided to have a dialogue in Parliament with some parents and NGO's on the JPA scholarship issue. I wrote a letter to the Secretary of Parliament to request for a room to have the dialogue.

I was asked to get in touch with a Parliament staff who subsequently booked the Senate Lounge as there was no other room available then.

Over 100 people attended the meeting. As it was proceeding some UMNO MPs barged into the Lounge uninvited. As a result a commotion occurred and harsh words were exchanged.

On the very day, the MP for Kinabatangan Datuk Bung Moktar moved a motion in the Parliament Chamber to refer me to the Committee of Privileges.The Speaker then said he needed time to investigate the incident. The Speaker delivered his decision in the Parliament Chamber today.

The Speaker announced that there is a prima facie case against me but Kinabatangan MP had cited a wrong provision of the Parliament’s Standing Order to refer me to the Committee of Privileges.

He advised MP for Kinabatangan to file a substantive motion which requires 14days notice before the motion can be debated. Alternatively, a Minister can move a motion which can be debated forthwith.

MP for Kinabatangan and other MP's then suggested that I should just apologise and get the matter settled. I stood up and informed the house:-

1)That the June 9 dialogue was held to get views from parties affected by the unfair award of JPA scholarships. Parliament will become irrelevant if issues of this nature are not ventilated. We as the elected representatives are expected to raise and discuss such issues.

2)Let's get the facts right on who have trespassed into the meeting uninvited. It was the UMNO MPs like MPs for Tangga Batu, Lenggong and Kinabatangan who had barged into the dialogue session and acted like gangsters.

3)So against whom should action be taken? Against the aggressor or victim?

For record, let it be known that I have no justifiable reason to apologize and I am no apologist! If need be, I am willing to face any form of punishment meted out. For I believe my stand is consistent with the interest of all

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin does not believe that the era where the government knows best is over

When he assumed office as the Prime Minister last year, Dato Sri Najib Razak had declared: “The era where the government knows best is over”.





He had said “We can only achieve our ambition for Malaysia if the government and the people, in a unified effort, work together for success and progress”.




But his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin obviously does not believe that the era where the government knows best is over.





Two days ago when opening the Parit Sulong Umno division meeting, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had lashed out at a small section of the Malays for always questioning government policies, particularly those aimed at developing the Malays.




Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin obviously does not believe that the era where the government knows best is over.





Why cant the people question and criticize government policies when the Prime Minister himself has declared that the era where the government knows best is over?





Moreover, is it not the right of every citizen to question and criticize government policies?





In fact, Muhyiddin is not only unprepared to accept that the era where the government knows best is over; he is still the Umno politician who will resort to the old political style of playing racial card to woo Malay support.





This was evident when he accused these groups of Malays who have supported the opposition, particularly the DAP, as not only been questioning the efforts to enhance the economic well-being of the Malays but also the position of the Malay Rulers and Malay as the national language.




DAP has never questioned the position of the Malay rulers and the position of Malay as the national language.





As the deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin should know his responsibility not to make unsubstantiated and dangerous statements which can cause racial animosity.




Hence, he should back up his allegations and reveal who are the groups of Malays and when have they questioned the position of the Malay rulers and position of Malay as the national language .

Monday, July 5, 2010

Call on the Indian voters to continue to play their king maker role and bring about the second political tsunami in the next general election



Speech by M Kulasegaran, DAP National Vice Chairman , Perak Deputy State Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat, at DAP Ipoh Barat Tamil Dinner held at Dewan Han Kang, SJKC Yuh Hua, Buntong, Ipoh on Friday, July 2, 2010.

The 2008 general election saw the combined power of the Malay, Chinese and Indian voters in creating a political tsunami which caused Barisan Nasional’s its worst electoral debacle.



The people power unleashed by Malaysians who have longed for political change and a truly united, just and fair Malaysia has caused the BN to lose not only its traditional two thirds parliamentary majority but also the state power in Perak, Penang, Kelantan, Kedah and Selangor.



It cannot be denied that the Indian voters had played kingmaker and helped bring about an electoral outcome which shocked the entire nation.



Even MIC president Dato Samy Vellu who had served as a Minister for 28 years and had always appeared unconquerable was dislodged from his Sg Siput parliamentary seat.



Such was the people power and such was the power of the Indians’ kingmaker role!



Why did the Indians reject the BN and MIC?



Because enough is enough! Decades of marginalization are long enough.



The Indians had given the BN and MIC enough chance but the BN kept squandering the chances.



So in 2008, the Indians decided that it was time they should give themselves a chance.



They had through their votes sent the strongest message to the BN that they were totally fed up of being neglected and marginalized.



It has now been 2 years and 4 months since the last general election. But BN has not taken much heed of the political message sent by the Indian voters. No major and effective reform has been taken to address the long standing grievances of the Indian community.



Today, bright and deserving Indian students continue to be denied government scholarships. Despite the Prime Minister’s talk of 1 Malaysia , only 10 % of the matriculation college places have been opened up to non bumiputra students and many Indians have failed to gain admission.



SJKT Ladang Scot in Hulu Selangor had no piped water and TNB electricity supply for decades and it had only obtained the supply due to the occurrence of the recent by election where BN was desperate to woo the Indian votes.



If it was not because of the by election, the school’s plight would continue to be ignored.



In this regard, I wish to call on the present Pakatan Rakyat state governments to do their utmost to serve and assist the Indian community so as to provide them with the confidence that Pakatan Rakyat is a reliable and effective coalition that they can trust and continue to place their hopes on.



Of late, there has been increased speculation that the next general election will most likely be held in early 2011 because the Prime Minister is encouraged by his approval ratings whereby he has won increased support from the Malays and Indians.



While we may question the accuracy of public opinion survey, it is clear that, judging by the Bagan Pinang and Hulu Selangor by election results, Najib has managed to win back some Indian support since the last general election.



The Pakatan Rakyat’s electoral objectives to recapture Perak state power and to win the Federal power in the next general election cannot be achieved without the people power.



The Indian voters who have helped to create political tsunami in the next general election must therefore continue to play kingmaker.



I therefore call on the Indian voters to continue to play their kingmaker role and vote for change in the next general election so as to bring about the second political tsunami and make Malaysia a better place for themselves and all Malaysians.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

DAP: MP allocations better spent on scholarships - M. Kula, LKS, LGE @ Tamil Dinner, Buntong, Ipoh.

Humayun Kabir, Jul 3, 2010, 5:32pm

The DAP has slammed the additional project allocations to parliamentary constituencies totalling RM111 million, saying the money would be better spent on more scholarships to deserving students, our future assets.

Party supremo Lim Kit Siang lashed out at the BN government for squandering precious public funds for their personal political agenda instead of helping needy students.

He said more non-Malay students who deserve scholarships are not getting the opportunities (above), describing Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's 1Malaysia policy as hypocritical.

Lim praised party national vice chief M Kula Segaran - who is helping Indians secure Public Services Department (PSD) scholarships - for championing the rights of his community.

Economy flip-flop

Lim (below) also picked on the BN leadership's flip flopping statements on the state of the national economy.

He referred to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz had claimed that the government lacked sufficient funds to increase PSD scholarships.

And then in the same breath Nazri announced that because the government has extra funds all BN parliamentarians would enjoy an increase project allocations from the annual RM1 million to RM1.5 million, said Lim.

Another contradiction, he said, was Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Idris Jala's claim that the nation might become bankrupt by 2019 if the government continues with its subsidies policy.

Lim said this was in stark contrast to Mahathir's vision of a developed Malaysia by 2020. Najib had also claimed this week that the target was achievable.

“On the one hand we have the possibility of the nation going bankrupt by 2019, and a year later (we achieve) developed status. Which is correct?,” asked Kit Siang.

Lim was speaking at the DAP Barat Tamil Dinner at Dewan Han Kang, SJKC Yuh Hua in Buntong, Ipoh on Friday night.

1,000 Buntong residents attended the function, where six top DAP leaders, including Penang chief minister and party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng spoke on the country's current political situation.

East Malaysia 'fleeced'

Kit Siang said that both Sabah and Sarawak are now more receptive to the political change that hit the peninsula on March 8, 2008.

Likewise, he called on the Indian community to also support Pakatan to take control of Putrajaya.

Guan Eng (right) touched on reducing the high level of corruption in the country, with measures such as open tenders and enforcing anti-corruption laws.

He said politicians should also lead by example by taking steps to cut costs and boost revenue.

“Many `frogs' (party defectors) have mocked me for flying economy class in Air Asia, and said that I have no class. But at the end of the day I have cut costs and saved public funds by economising,” he added.

He said Sabah and Sarawak are both lands of plenty, but massive depletion of public funds through wastage and corruption has left the natives in poverty while the “two-legged crocodiles” continue to fleece the natural resources.

DAP joins the imminent polls chorus

Humayun Kabir, Jul 3, 2010, 2:41pm

The DAP is putting its money on snap general elections, including Sarawak's, being held by September or October based on their reading of the feel-good factor being projected by top Umno leaders.

Party national vice chief and Ipoh Barat MP M Kula Segaran (right) hazarded this prediction in his speech at a Tamil dinner organised by his division at Dewan Han Kang, SJKC Yuh Hua in Ipoh last night.

The two-hour function was attended by about 1,000 residents from the Buntong area and six top DAP leaders of Penang chief minister and party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Penang deputy chief Minister professor P Ramasamy, party supremo Lim Kit Siang, party state chief Ngeh Koo Ham and party state vice chief A Sivanesan.

Kula said he based his forecast on the prediction of Monash Malaysia University professor James Chin that snap elections may be held by September as there may be a second wave of global economic downturn next year.

So, when Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announces good economic growth for the second quarter of this year, Chin assumes that he will most likely exploit that advantage by dissolving parliament and not wait till 2011.

Also based on the government's announcement of national economic growth of more than 10 percent for the first quarter, September polls is likely, according to Chin.

Another event that lends substance to speculation is the sudden generous hiking of allocations for small projects for each BN parliamentary constituency from the present RM1 million to RM1.5 million.

Back to the fold once more

Kula said: "This increase in allocations is for BN MPs to strengthen their hold on their constituencies and reach out to more people to shore up support for the BN."

Later, Kula told Malaysiakini that Najib's 1Malaysia policy seems to have taken a back seat as he attempts to return to the good books of the Malay community by reversing government decisions and reforms favouring all Malaysians.

The DAP state deputy chief said: "The BN suffered a big political psychological blow when they lost the Sibu parliamentary seat to the DAP.

"Now, fearing that they may lose their prized Sarawak state to Pakatan if separate elections were held, Najib may try to conduct both simultaneously to thin the resources and manpower of Pakatan, to ward off such a possibility," Kula said.

"Also, Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud recently held talks with his state BN counterparts and the election commission."

According to Kula, Najib fears that in the face of Taib's ebbing political influence, separate polls may allow the prized state to slip away.


The recent Merdeka Centre survey showing the PM's popularity at an all time high across all races could also be another push factor for the polls, he said.

Kula pointed out that commenting on this survey, former premier Mahathir Mohamad had encouraged Najib to call for general elections to test his popularity.