Friday, October 29, 2010

246,962 Register As Voters

October 28, 2010 16:44 PM

246,962 Register As Voters


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 (Bernama) -- A total of 246,962 people have registered as new voters from July to September this year.

The Election Commission said in a statement today that 32,494 present voters applied to change their polling station.

The Additional Electoral Rolls for the third quarter of 2010 will be displayed from Oct 27 to Nov 2.

The commission advised people who have registered as new voters and others applying for a change in polling venue to check the rolls.

Those who registered as new voters but were missing from the rolls should use Form B to lodge their claims.

Voters objecting to the inclusion of any name on the rolls should fill Form C to complain.

The rolls are displayed at State Election Commission offices (14 places), computerised post offices (457), government complexes/offices (103), district/land offices (157), district/municipal councils (52), multi-purpose halls, Rukun Tetangga bases and community halls (183) and other premises (30).

The commission is also displaying the names of voters to be struck off the register because they have died or are no longer citizens or for any reason no longer qualified to vote.

The commission called for the cooperation of the next of kin to report a death promptly to the National Registration Departemnt and present certificate of burial as proof of demise.

"Without confirmation of death from the department, we have no power to remove the name of the deceased from the voters registration data base," the commission said.

It advised voters who had moved house to request a change of polling station that is closest to their new place of residence.

For more information on this, voters can go to www.spr.gov.my or call the commission's headquarters at 03-88856500 or fax 03-88889117.

-- BERNAMA

Makkal Osai Released 29/10/2010




Press Released - Sin Chew Jit Poh - 27/10/2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Automatic registration and lowering voting age to 18 of eligible voters is a demoratic and necessary for a healthy and vibrant democracy

When answering an oral question in the Parliament House two days ago, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the government did not believe in forcing citizens to register as voters.

"If there are Malaysians of voting age who don't want to register to vote, we cannot force them to. It will be undemocratic if the government does that," he said.

He was replying to a supplementary question from YB Ab Aziz Ab Kadir (Pas-Ketereh), who asked whether the government planned to introduce automatic registration of voters.

Nazri also said that automatic registration would result in problems as a large number of people no longer lived at the addresses in their identity cards.

Nazri’s reply did not come as a surprise as the BN government has always taken the position that there shall not be any automatic registration of voters despite the fact that about 5 million eligible citizens have yet to register as voters.

The Election Commission has always failed in its exercise to register new voters, even with assistance from political parties.

The government’s reasons for rejecting automatic registration of voters are unjustifiable and unacceptable.

Last year, the Election Commission has also cited the reason that Malaysia is a “highly mobile society" and hence there will be frequent change of addresses which are not updated on their MyKad.

I don’t see how the problem of addresses not being updated on MyKad should be a hindrance to automatic registration.

If high mobility is a problem for automatic registration of voters, is it not the same problem for non automatic registration of voters?

What is wrong for citizens to be registered at their old addresses in MyKad if they have moved and have not updated their addresses?

Why can’t they be allowed to be registered at their old addresses and allowed to update their addresses later if they so wish?

Is it not true that in the present system of registration of voters, there are cases where voters who have registered with their MyKad addresses later move to new home without having their addresses updated?

So how could the issue of address, whether old, new or not updated address, become a problem and hindrance to automatic registration of voters?

The government’s argument it is undemocratic to force citizens is undemocratic is ridiculous.

In other countries, compulsory voting has been implemented and yet the government is still arguing against automatic registration of voters.

In fact, automatic registration of eligible citizens as voters is democratic and necessary for a healthy and vibrant democracy.
Reduce the voting age

Also the age for voting should be reduced from 21years to 18 years. More then 100 countries in the world has a voting age of 18. Further at 18 years old Malaysians can be 1) called to do national service and they are thought how to handle fire arms.
2) can get married;
3) can open bank accounts and start working.

From the above factors the Government feels those above 18 can govern their life well and responsibly then why then they cannot vote?

The only obvious reason is that the trend shows that more of the young voters are inclined to vote for the opposition then the government in power.
Thus the whole process of registration of voters is made cumbersome and difficult which thus puts off the young voters!

26/10/10

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

民主行动党霹雳州政治教育局主任张志坚于2010年10月26日(星期二)在怡保所发表的文告。


(怡保26日讯)民主行动党社青团全国理事兼霹雳州政治教育局主任张志坚表示巫统领袖在巫统大会提出的 500年前“马六甲王朝灭亡论” ,来警戒巫统和国阵成员党以坚决捍卫中央政权有愚化人民之嫌。

张志坚强调,”政党轮替”和”王朝灭亡” 有天渊之别,前者为民主国家的人民用选票让政党轮替,后者是封建王朝被他国侵略或对外战争失败导致国家灭亡。举例,今年六月英国工党结束13年执政,英国保守党重新夺回政权。英国再实现政党轮替,英国女王伊丽莎白二世在白金汉宫授权英国保守党党首卡麦隆组成新政府和接任首相职务。那么,政党轮替有导致英国和英国女王的王朝灭亡吗?

张志坚表示,人民才是制衡政府的力量,唯有人民用选票让政党轮替,执政的政府才会有警觉性,政治和政党的贪渎问题才能有效获得改革。

民主行动党

Istanbul forum on the empowerment of women Building human security

I spoke at the Istanbul forum on empowerment of women building human security. 2 issues I spoke
on was 1) the trafficking of women and children and ) International Criminal Court
The forum was co-organized by Turkish Government , Parliamentarians for Global Action(PGA) and NGO's. Many Parliamentarians from all over the world attended the talk.
My speech as follows;

For a few years of late Malaysia has been in the watch list in the trafficking of women and children.

It has been estimated that at least 200 to 225k women n children are trafficked from Southeast Asia.
The majority 60o/o upon entering the country leave in no time but about 40o/o are distributed within in SEA

Crime in Malaysia manifests in various forms including drug trafficking money laundering fraud corruption black marketing n man others

Malaysia is a destination, supply and transit point for women and children trafficked for commercial sexual exploition. Women and girls from Burma Cambodia Indonesia Phollipines Thailand and Vietnam are trafficked to Malaysia. Malaysia is a transit country along Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand in Chinese human trafficking.

Migrants from countries in this region work as domestic servants and laborers in the construction ans agriculture and face exploitative conditions. It is said that human trafficking is big business and it is said the business is worth some RM2billion
A) prostitution is illegal in malaysia. It is common to find many foreigners are in the illegal business.

Anti Trafficking in Persons Act was passed In 2007. The act has some weakness but in the overall it has been able to lower down the number of innocent people who are caught within the meaning of trafficking of humans.
We welcome the recent arrest of immigration officers who are suspected to be involved in the trafficking of humans.

International Criminal Court( ICC )

Pleased to note the involvement of Parliamentarians for Global Action(PGA) in the promotion of the Rome statute of the ICC.
ICC became a reality after the Rome Statute was formally agreed to the many countries which signed it in 1998.
The ICC has been mainly formed to handle issues where governments are reluctant to investigate and prosecute people who involved in genocide, crimes against humanity,ethnic cleansing, mass murders and rapes.

On the 28thMay2010 Minister in the PM Department DS Nazri announced in Kampala, Uganda that Malaysia will soon sign the Rome Statue of the ICC.

Last week I raised the matter of ICC membership in Parliament during the budget speech. I am given to understand the Foreign Minister will be tabling a report for approval to the cabinet soon.
To date over 100 countries have signed the Rome Statute. The reluctance and slowness by the Malaysian Government in becoming a member is most surprising!
24/10/10

Speech at Istanbul Turkey on 24 October 2010

For a few years of late Malaysia has been in the watch list in the trafficking of women and children.

It has been estimated that at least 200 to 225k women n children are trafficked from Southeast Asia.
The majority 60o/o upon entering the country leave in no time but about 40o/o are distributed within in SEA

Crime in Malaysia manifests in various forms including drug trafficking money laundering fraud corruption black marketing n man others

Malaysia is a destination, supply and transit point for women and children trafficked for commercial sexual exploition. Women and girls from Burmaj Cambodia Indonesia Phollipines Thailand and Vietnam are trafficked to Malaysia. Malaysia is a transit country along Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand in Chinese human trafficking.

Migrants from countries in this region work as domestic servants and laborers in the construction ans agriculture and face exploitative conditions. It is said that human trafficking is big business and it is said the business is worth some RM2billion
A) prostitution is illegal in malaysia. It is common to find many foreigners are in the illegal business.

Anti Trafficking in Persons Act was passed In 2007. The act has some weakness but in the overall it has been able to lower down the number of innocent people who are caught within the meaning of trafficking of humans.
We welcome the recent arrest of immigration officers who are suspected to be involved in the trafficking of humans.

International Criminal Court( ICC )

Pleased to note the involvement of Parliamentarians for Global Action(PGA) in the promotion of the Rome statute of the ICC.
ICC became a reality after the Rome Statute was formally agreed to the many countries which signed it in 1998.

On the 28thMay2010 Minister in the PM Department DS Nazri announced in Kampala, Uganda that Malaysia will soon sign the Rome Statue of the ICC.

Last week I raised the matter of ICC membership in Parliament during the budget speech. I am given to understand the Foreign Minister will be tabling a report for approval to the cabinet soon.

To date over 100 countries have signed the Rome Statute. The reluctance and slowness by the Malaysian Government in becoming a membber is most surprising!

Makkal Osai News Released - 26/10/2010




Wednesday, October 20, 2010

மு.குலசேகரன் - 2011 ம் ஆண்டு வரவு செலவு திட்டம் குறித்து நாடாளுமன்றத்தில் வெளியிட்ட கருத்து.

பூர்வகுடிமக்கள் சம்பந்தமான சட்டம் அவர்களின் அனைத்து மேம்பாட்டுக்கும் தடையாக இருக்கும் வேளையில் அதனை அரசாங்கம் முற்றாக அழித்தல் வேண்டும். மேலும் இவர்களின் கிராமத்து தலைவர்களுக்கு சிறப்பு ஊதியம் இவர்களின் மனதை கவர்வதற்காக வழங்கப்படும் செயலாக பிரதிபளிக்கிறது. காரணம் அவை அனைத்தும் நிர்வாக உயர்வை தான் கொண்டுவருமே ஒழிய வாழ்க்கை மேம்பாட்டை கிடையாது. இவர்களின் பூர்விகத்தை அரசாங்கம் முழுமையாக அங்கீகரித்து இவர்களின் தேவைகளை பூர்த்திசெய்ய வகை செய்ய வேண்டும்.

- சீன மற்றும் தமிழ் பள்ளிகளில் மாணவர்களின் எண்ணிகையை கருத்தில் கொண்டு எத்தனை புதிய சீன மற்றும் தமிழ் பள்ளிகளை கட்டவுள்ளது என்ற விவரத்தை தெளிவுபடுத்த வில்லை. ஒவ்வொரு முறை கல்வி அமைச்சு ஒரு குறிப்பிட்ட தொகை தமிழ் பள்ளிகளுக்கு ஒதுக்கப்பட்டது என்று சொல்வதும் அதற்க்கு பிறகு அதனை கூட்டி இன்னொரு தொகையை ம.இ.க அமைச்சர்கள் கூறுவதும் வியப்பாக உள்ளது. கல்வி மேம்பாட்டிலும் கண்ணாமூச்சி ஆட்டம் எதற்கு. ஆகவே மத்திய அரசாங்கம் இதனை எண்ணத்தில் கொண்டு சீனர்கள் மற்றும் இந்தியர்களின் கல்வி மேம்பாட்டிற்கு ஒரு புதிய வடிவத்தை உருவாக்கவேண்டும்.

- நாட்டில் பல திறமைசாலிகளின் எண்ணிக்கை குறைந்து கொண்டே இருக்கிறது. இதற்க்கு முற்றுப்புள்ளி வைக்க அரசாங்கம் என்னென்ன நடவடிக்ககளை மேற்கொண்டுள்ளது என்று அறிக்கை ஒன்றை தயார் செய்ய வேண்டும். ஏன் இந்நாட்டில் பிறந்து ஆரம்ப கல்வி பயின்று, அதன் பிறகு வெளி நாடுகளுக்கு சென்று உயர் கல்வி முடித்தவுடன் நாடு திரும்ப இவர்களுக்கு விருப்பமில்லை? மேலும் பலர் நாடு திரும்பினாலும் சிங்கப்பூரில் வேலை செய்கிறார்கள். இவர்களின் வெளிநாட்டு உயர்கல்விக்கு உதவித்தொகை வழங்கப்படும் பொழுது அதனை முறையான சட்டப்படி இவர்களுக்கு வழுக்குதல் வேண்டும். அதனை தொடர்ந்து இவர்கள் இந்நாட்டில் வேலை செய்ய வாய்ப்பும் தகுந்த ஊதியமும் வழங்கப்படுதல் வேண்டும். நாடு முன்னேற்றம் பெற இளைஞர்களின் பங்கு அளப்பரியது. அதிலும் இவர்களின் திறமை வெளிநாடு முன்னேற்றத்திற்கு உபயோகப்படுத்தினால் நம் நாடு வளம் நிறைந்து முன்னேற்றம் காணாத நாடாக திகழும்.

- ஏன் இன்னும் மலேசியா சர்வதேச நீதி மன்ற உறப்பினர் பட்டியலில் இடம் பெற முயற்ச்சி செய்யவில்லை. பல முறை இதனை குறித்து நடாளும்ட்ரத்தில் கேள்வி எழுப்பியும் அரசாங்கம் பொருப்படுத்தவில்லை.

- இறுதியாக இந்தியர்களின் எதிர்காலத்தை தவிடு பொடியாக்கிய மைக்கா நிறுவன முதலீட்டு விவகராத்தை விசாரிக்க அரச விசாரணை குழு ஒன்றை அமைத்து முழுமையா புலனாய்வு செய்ய வேண்டும். இந்து நாள் வரை இப்பிரச்சனை குறித்து லஞ்ச ஒழிப்பு ஆணையமும் காவல்துறையும் கண்டு காணாதது போல் இருப்பது, தேசிய முன்னணியின் சூழ்ச்சியும் இதில் அடங்கியுள்ளது போல தெரிகிறது. மக்கள் நலன் காக்கப்படும் என்று சொல்லும் தேசிய முன்னணி, மைக்கா நிறுவன விவகாரத்தில் ஏமாற்றம் கண்ட இந்தியர்களின் உணர்வை மதிக்காதது ஏன்? தனது இரும்புக்கு கரங்கள் கொண்டு முதலீட்டார்களின் பணத்தை அடிமட்ட விலைக்கு விற்ற மைக்கா நிறுவனத்தின் நயவஞ்சக செயலுக்கு அரசாங்கம் தீர்வு காண வேண்டும்.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Makkal Osai Relesed - Budget 2011 - 17/10/2010




Makkal Osai Released - Little India Gantry Sign - 16/10/2010


Kes kecurian hantui penduduk

Kerjasama MBI dan pihak Polis diperlukan.

17/10/2010, Taman Sri Tasek, Ipoh, penduduk tempatan membuat aduan bahawa pihak MBI dan Pihak Polis tidak menghindari masalah mereka.

Sejak kebelakangan ini lebih kurang 10 kes kecurian telah berlaku di Taman Sri Tasek dan Taman Manikavasagam.

Penduduk menyatakan sekumpulan lelaki berpakaian hitam yang bersenjata parang dan kapak merayau di kawasan tersebut serta mencuri barang-barang kemas dan berharga serta wang tunai.

Tindakan pencuri tersebut adalah amat kejam sehinggakan mereka meletak parang di bahagian leher dan mata.

Walaupun beberapa laporan Polis telah dibuat masih terdapat kes yang sama berlaku.

Salah seorang mangsa menyatakan pencuri tersebut pernah menyatakan "jika kamu membuat laporan polis, saya akan datang ke rumah kamu sekali lagi".

Dan keadaan ini memang berlaku pada mangsa tersebut sehinggakan seisi keluarga tersebut menjerit lari lintang pukang untuk menjaga keselamatan mereka.

Penyataan ini seolah-olah ada pehubungan di antara pihak polis dan pencuri.

Semasa saya membuat lawatan ke tersebut saya dapat lihat sebidang kawasan belukar di Lebuh Raya Taman Tasek bersama sebuah "fiber container".

Penduduk juga menyatakan container tersebut menjadi tempat lindung bagi pencuri tersebut.

Semasa mangsa tersebut berjumpa dengan salah seorang pegawai polis di 'B' Team, IPD Ipoh, mengenai hal ini. Pegawai polis tersebut menjawab bahawa pihak polis tidak boleh menjaga rumahnya bagi masa 24 jam.

Tindakan pegawai polis tersebut telah menunjukkan bahawa pihak polis tidak berminat dalam kes ini. Jika inilah tindakan pegawai tersebut kepada masyarakat maka DAP meminta Menteri Pertahanan untuk menghentikan perkhidmatan pegawai yang terlibat dengan serta merta.

Penduduk tempatan juga mendesak pihak polis untuk menunjukkan statstik kes kecurian dan jenayah yang berlaku di kedua taman tersebut serta tindakan yang di ambil oleh pihak polis bersangkut dengan kes-kes ini.

Adakah tangkapan dibuat ataupun pihak polis berjabat tangan dengan pencuri.

Saya dengan ini mendesak pihak MBI supaya menjalankan kerja-kerja pembersihan kawasan belukar tersebut.

Bersamaan dengan kes ini Pejabat Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat akan berhubung dengan pihak Polis pada hari Rabu (20/10/2010) ini.

Gambar: dari kanan Sdr. K. Ananthan, Pengerusi DAP Taman Loke Lim, D. Tanabalan bersama penduduk.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Staff Shortage at Bankruptcy Office

Staff shortage problem at bankruptcy / insolvency offices should be addressed.During today’s Parliament question time, a question asked was about the number of youths who were declared bankrupts.

The Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Department YB Liew Wei Keong replied that over 1,046 youths were declared as bankrupts.

I then stood up and asked a supplementary question whereby I welcomed the suggestion to do a whole review of the Bankruptcy Act and raised the problem of shortage of officers at the bankruptcy offices to handle bankruptcy and insolvency cases.

It is an open secret that there is a severe shortage of experienced officers in the bankruptcy/ insolvency offices.
For example, at its Penang office, there are only 8 officers handling over 70, 000 cases. This means a single officer will have to handle an average of 10, 000 cases. How an officer can singularly dispose the cases is a “6million dollar question"!
This shortage problem occurs nationwide and efficiency of the offices is thus seriously hampered.

It is therefore imperative that new and experienced officers should be quickly recruited.
Additionally, the bankruptcy/insolvency officers need to be more effective in the supervision of bankrupts.

There are cases where people who have been declared as bankrupts still continue to enter into contracts.
These transactions are unenforceable under the law. Many bankrupts are getting away scot free due to the lack of enforcement by the bankruptcy/insolvency office. The bankruptcy/insolvency office needs to buck up to address this matter the earliest possible

I also propose that the web site of the Bankruptcy/insolvency office needs to publish the names of persons declared as bankrupts. This way any person can easily verify the status of an individual before entering into a contract with him/her.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Full review of Industrial Reations Act overdue

Full review of Industrial Relations Act 1967 is required to make it more labour friendly and a better protector of the legitimate rights of the lower income workers
During the question and answer session in the Dewan Rakyat today, I have stood up to raise a supplementary question in relation to the Industrial Relations Act 1967 to the Deputy Minister of Human Resources.
I said that the entire Act needed to be reviewed and a detail study was required and then raised a specific question which involved two parts:-
1)       Presently the right to refer an Industrial case rests with the Minister’s discretion and whether this can be reviewed. 

2)        There are presently 2 vacancies in the Industrial Courts, namely the position of Chairman (Judge). One in johore Baru and the other in Kuala Lumpur. These vacancies have not been filled for over 8 months. 

It was disappointing that the Deputy Minister failed to reply to the above issues. She just read a prepared a text which was on the process of cases settled in the Industrial Courts.

Her reply was totally unrelated to the matters I had raised.
Unhappy with her reply, I stood up and asked her to reply to the issues raised by me.
She was speechless as it was obvious that she just did not know what to reply.
The Speaker then intervened and said my question was not “directly" related to the original question.
Speaker actually saved her from further embarrassment   !
She should be more conversant with her portfolio so that she will be able to provide good, relevant, quality answers to questions and issues raised in Parliament.
There are many provisions in the Industrial Relations Act 1967 which are out dated and arbitrary. In fact, some are even anti-labour in nature.Hence, full review of Industrial Relations Act is required to make it more labour friendly and a better protector of the legitimate rights of the lower income worker
12Outober20100 at 4pm

Monday, October 11, 2010

Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP Vice Chairman, Perak State Deputy Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat, at DAP Dinner orgnised by DAP Jelapang Service Centre

Call on the Jelapang voters to deliver the biggest ever majority vote victory for DAP in state seat of Jelapang in the next general election to demonstrate total rejection of BN’s seizure of state power from Pakatan Rakyat

March 8, 2008 was a historic day for Perakians and Malaysians.

It was the day when people power triumphed and caused Barisan Nasional to lose state power in Penang, Kedah, Perak, Selangor and Kelantan.

The people power also smashed the traditional two thirds parliamentary majority long enjoyed by the BN government.

In Perak, a new government that would truly serve the people was born. It was the Pakatan Rakyat government.

Though Tun Mahathir has recently described the Pakatan Rakyat government as a Chinese government, it was a truly Malaysian government which would treat all Malaysians fairly.

Who will seriously believe that then PR state government was a Chinese government? Only Mahathir would say so.

Till today, opposition supporters are still very proud of the various policies implemented by the Perak PR state government, especially the freehold land title for new villages and the land allocation to Chinese independent schools.

Though in power for just a few months, PR government could implement policies which MCA; Gerakan would never dare to dream of and would not even dare to ask Umno to do.

February 4 last year was the darkest day in Perak political history. It was a day when political frogs betrayed the people’s trust and mandate and caused the down fall of the legally elected PR government.

It was a day when BN showed how power hungry, unethical and unprincipled it was. BN ought to have dissolved the State Assembly but it would not because power is just too important for them.

There is a Chinese saying that a person leaves behind a name when he dies while a tiger leaves behind its skin when it dies.

The saying tells us that it is important for a person to leave behind a good name.

Political frogs cannot understand this and they will forever be remembered as traitors of the people’s trust.

It is very likely that the Prime Minister will dissolve Parliament after next year’s Chinese New Year festival to pave way for early general election.

I believe that Najib will want to hold early general election because of 2 main factors:-

1. he needs a mandate that he can call his own to implement his own policies

2. there are speculation that world economy will slow down and Malaysia will be affected

The coming general election will be very crucial as PR are determined to achieve our two important political missions—to recapture Perak power and to win federal power.

These will not be easy tasks as BN will be employing all tactics to keep to power.

PR must therefore be better prepared for the coming election.

Most important of all, the people who have long yearned for a better Malaysia must rise to the occasion and vote solidly for PR.

In the Perak state seats, we need to ensure that DAP must win all the state seats we are going to contest; we must especially win big in the Jelapang constituency.

In fact, I will on the Jelapang voters to deliver the biggest ever majority vote victory for DAP in state seat of Jelapang in the next general election to demonstrate the voters’ total rejection of BN’s “seizure” of state power from Pakatan Rakyat.

Speech by M Kulasegaran, DAP National Vice Chairman, Perak State Deputy Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at Dinner organised by DAP Bidor Branch

If Najib is sincere and committed to 1 Malaysia concept , he must ensure that all Malaysians, irrespective of their race, religion and class, firstly will be able to say that they are Malaysian first and secondly, they can all have an equal place under the Malaysian sun.

Every new prime minister wants to have his own political slogan. Tun Mahathir Mohamad introduced ABC (Amanah, Bersih and Cekap) and Tuan Abduallah launched his Cemerlang, Gemilang and Terbilang slogan.

Now the only ABC the public now know is Air Batu Campur. Now not many people can remember Cemerlang, Gemilang and Terbilang slogan.

Najib introduced his 1 Malaysia concept and slogan when he assumed office as the nation’s 6th prime minister. He promises fairness to all Malaysians and racial unity.

But has 1 Malaysia concept brought any significant change which makes Malaysia a better place?

Are Malaysians now more united than before Najib became the prime minister?

The answers are No. Why? Because Najib cannot walk his talk. BN government is still “cakap tidak serupa bikin”.

Despite the prime minister himself having declared that there will be zero tolerance against racism, till today no action has been taken against the Johor and Kedah principals who had uttered racial slurs against students.

In overseas countries, a Minister who makes racist or sexist remarks will even have to resign his post, yet in Malaysia, the government cannot even act against or is so slow in acting against the culprits who have made racist remarks.

So zero tolerance against racism has become zero action. The reason is simply because the government does not have the political will to do what is right.

Racist educators are in fact anti I Malaysia nation building. The government must not hesitate to take severe action against them.

Malaysia is the home for all Malaysians. No one has the right to tell any Malaysian to go back to China or India or anywhere.

If Najib is sincere and committed to I Malaysia concept, he must ensure that all Malaysians, irrespective of their race, religion and class, firstly will be able to say that they are Malaysian first and secondly, t they can all have an equal place under the Malaysian sun.

2. MCA still does not understand what the Chinese want

When opening the MCA Wanita Congress yesterday, MCA Secretary General Datuk Kong Cho Ha said that the MCA must send the correct message to the Chinese community and not allow the Chinese to feel that they are very pitiful.

I don’t think the Chinese feel they are pitiful but they have strong demands and aspirations that they must be treated fairly and equally as Malaysian citizens.

Kong Cho Ho’s “pitiful” remarks simply shows that MCA still does not understand the aspirations of the Chinese community.

In other words, MCA still does not know what the Chinese want.

Yet he dares to say that MCA needs bigger Chinese support so as to have a stronger voice to fight for the Chinese community.

If MCA still cannot understand what the Chinese want, how could it effectively champion the community’s interest and rights?

More MCA elected representatives will merely mean more MCA Ministers and Excos. Only some MCA leaders will benefit, not the Chinese community.

Actually, the voters have given MCA more than one opportunity in the past. But MCA still could not deliver.

Whoever is the MCA’s president and no matter how many elected representatives the party has, MCA cannot be an effective voice for the Chinese community as long as its position in the BN coalition is still “in office but not in power” (Dang Jia by Dang Quan-当家不当权)

The BN coalition is not an equal partnership.

MCA, no matter how strong, will not be able to deliver what the Chinese want, even if MCA really understands the community’s demands and aspirations.

Come next general election, Malaysians should rise to the occasion and support Pakatan Rakyat to bring about a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.

Joint Statement by DAP Perak State Chairman Ngeh Koo Ham and DAP Perak Deputy Chairman M. Kula Segaran

We have met and agreed that all our differences should be resolved
internally in the party as the greatest challenge is to restore public
confidence in Perak DAP and Pakatan Rakyat to win back Perak State
Government as well as to capture Putrajaya in the next general
elections to fulfill the people’s hopes and expectation for political
change in the country.

We will work on the details to restore party unity, solidarity and a
common sense of purpose in Perak DAP.

Present at the meeting in Ipoh were DAP National Advisor, Dr. Chen Man
Hin, DAP Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Lim Kit Siang, National Vice
Chairman Tan Kok Wai, State Asemblyman for Pasir Pinji Thomas Su and
State Assemblyman for Tebing Tingi, Ong Boon Piow.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"True gold fears no fire" A person of integrity can stand severe tests

I have given much thought to my “plans’ in relation to the Perak crisis. I shall not at this stage divulge what my decisions are.

Suffice to say that my final decisions will depend very much on the outcome of the meeting to be soon held to seek a unity formula for Perak DAP.

I reiterate that the recent Perak crisis is one which should be quickly resolved so that all can move on with our important political missions of recapturing Perak state power as well as Federal power in the next general election which is quite likely to be held after next year’s Chinese New Year.

I urge all DAP members and supporters to be aware of people with hidden agenda to try to “fish in troubled waters” by making baseless accusations against Perak DAP leadership, including via the distribution of poison letters.

In so far as the “ logging concessions allegation” poison letter is concerned, I suspect it is the work of irresponsible people out to tarnish the good name of DAP elected representatives.

The letter alleges that all Perak DAP elected representatives have received kickbacks from the logging concessions. I categorically deny that I have received any kickback as alleged.

If anyone has any evidence that there is wrong doing by any Perak elected representative, he /she should forward it to the DAP national leadership for an investigation to be carried out.

There is a Chinese saying that “true gold fears no fire” (真金不怕紅爐火). This basically means that a person of integrity can stand severe tests.

I have no doubt whatsoever that every DAP elected representative is prepared to be investigated if there is a basis for investigation.

As a Party that practices the Competency, Accountability and Transparency principles, DAP will not hesitate to conduct a full probe if there is a basis for us to do so but will not act on poison letter with generalized allegations.

Finally, I wish to take this opportunity to clarify various media reports which said that I had stormed out of the Perak leadership meeting held on Friday, October 08, 2010. This is inaccurate. I had informed the meeting that I had to attend to a dinner which my family was hosting for a foreign guest and I had excused myself to leave the meeting early. Permission was granted for me to leave early.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Kit Siang: Don't repeat mistake of 1995 - Malaysiakini

Humayun Kabir, Oct 7, 2010, 4:12pm

Do not allow party disunity among DAP members for short-term gains to be the stumbling block in Pakatan's visionary objective in recapturing Perak state and taking over Putrajaya in the next general election, warned party supremo Lim Kit Siang.

The veteran leader has told Perak party leaders and members not to repeat the same mistake made in the 1995 general election when, because of party disunity, Perak DAP suffered its worst electoral setback when the party won only one state assembly seat.

Whereas in the 1990 general election, the united party members had won four parliamentary and 13 assembly seats, he pointed out.

In a media statement, the Ipoh Barat MP went on to cite a quotation by George Santayana, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it”.

He urged party members to stop bickering over irrelevant petty issues and concentrate on the long-term vision of Pakatan to take control of Putrajaya.

“DAP Perak leaders, branches and members should fully embrace the unity formula in Perak so that DAP Perak can play its full role in ensuring that DAP and Pakatan Rakyat 'write history' in the state in the next general election,” he urged.

“The party members must live up to the high expectation and aspiration of all Perakians and Malaysians who want to see a new beginning for Malaysia after more than half-a-century of misrule (by BN)” he reasoned.

He warned party members not to fall into the political trap that BN is setting to ensure that Pakatan does not achieve its objective of reaching Putrajaya in the next general elections.

He urged all state members and supporters to rally behind party state chief Ngeh Koo Ham and his deputy M Kulasegaran on a unity ticket to restore the Pakatan government in Perak and help the coalition to take over Putrajaya in the coming general election.

He explained that Ngeh and Kulasegaran have put their personal differences aside to further strengthen the unity of the party in these challenging political times.

'Decisive action needed'

On Sunday morning, the veteran peace maker had sent an SMS to both the party state leaders:
“Let's face it. What happened last 36 hrs have caused enormous damage to DAP leaders involved, DAP, PR - only question is who suffer more damage - which is utter madness. Its massive 'lose-lose' formula without any redeeming 'win-win' element at all. Public opprobrium all round. Nobody can hold head high. Decisive action needed.”

Ngeh and Kula have since issued apologies for the Perak DAP leadership crisis and have pledged to resolve party differences internally.

Meanwhile, Buntong assemblyperson A Sivasubramaniam and his Pertama branch chief Tang Yaw Hooi lodged separate police reports at the Ipoh police headquarters here today.

They were also accompanied by party state vice-chief A Sivanesan and party state assistant secretary V Sivakumar.

In their police reports, both the complainants urged the police to take action against a group of Indians and Malays who had claimed to be Buntong DAP branch members in yesterday's incident when they mounted a demonstration over the feud between Kulasegaran and both Ngeh and his cousin Nga Kor Ming.

They had urged Kulasegaran to resign from DAP and 300 Buntong members will follow suit.

After the police reports were made, Sivanesan told a media conference that yesterday Kualasegaran had telephoned him from Nepal and had denied urging the so-called DAP supporters from Buntong to demonstrate on his behalf.

Both Sivanesan and Sivasubramaniam had denied that the demonstrators were from DAP Buntong and claimed that BN was behind this incident to break up the state party.

A similar stand was also taken in a media statement by state Dapsy chief Wong Kah Woh that the demonstrators were neither Buntong DAP members nor Pakatan youth members.

Meanwhile, Kulasegaran, in a media statement today, urged the DAP leadership to hasten implementing the unity formula to unite all state party members.

“In fact for a better Malaysia, the unity formula must be worked out soon,” he stressed.

He reiterated that despite the problems and pains that he had to endure for quite some time before the crisis erupted into the open, he is still committed to DAP's cause to bring a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.

He called on his supporters not to demonstrate against both Ngeh and Nga and DAP which will aggravate the matter further.

DAP: Demo meant to create unrest in Pakatan - Malaysiakini

Humayun Kabir, Oct 6, 2010, 7:36pm

DAP has accused BN of plotting to cause political unrest, disunity and confusion among Pakatan Rakyat members to reduce the chances of them taking control of Putrajaya.

Party state vice-chief A Sivanesan (right) alleged that Umno, which was first targeting PKR members with this political plot, has now changed its focus to include DAP leaders.

The DAP leader said that this morning's demonstration by the dozen or so Indians who were allegedly DAP members from Buntong, is to create a political war between Buntong assemblyperson A Sivasubramaniam and Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran.

The relationship between these two DAP politicians has been strained lately as both failed to see eye-to-eye in party matters, and now Umno was allegedly exploiting this strained relationship to create further tension between the two.

The group, claiming to be DAP Youth members from Buntong, had gathered in front of DAP state headquarters at Medan Istana in Ipoh and carried posters to show their support for Kulasegaran and to criticise the state DAP leadership.

The posters had accused the two DAP cousins of Ngeh Koo Ham and Nga Kor Ming of abuse of power and of not doing much for the benefit of the Indian community.

The protesters called on Kulasegaran to resign from DAP and 300 party members would also follow suit in support of the party state deputy chief.

One of the protesters, Alex Raj, 22, who claimed to be a committee member of the Buntong Youth group, said that there had been no development support for Indians from DAP.

Another protester, R Perabu, 27, claimed that Ngeh had sidelined the Indian community.

Mohd Azman Mohd Mubaruk who also claimed to be a committee member of the party Youth wing of Buntong, claimed that 300 members were ready to walk out with Kulasegaran if he resigns from the party.

Sivanesan, who was earlier involved in two court cases in the Ipoh High Court, hurried back to party headquarters when he heard of the demonstration.

Suspected mastermind seen inside restaurant

Sivanesan suspects that former Ipoh Barat PKR division chief Fauzi Muda, who was seen inside the restaurant situated on the ground floor of the DAP building, is the mastermind behind this staged demonstration protest.

Earlier, after the five-minute demonstration, the protesters went to the back of the restaurant and were seen chatting with Fauzi, who was wearing dark glasses.

When Malaysiakini confronted Fauzi as to whether he was the mastermind behind this incident, he laughed and denied the allegation.

Fauzi (right) was lately in the media glare when he made several accusations against his former party and its leaders.

He had told Malaysiakini that his objective is to destroy the state PKR party for his own personal satisfaction.

Even Special Branch officers and reporters who had come to cover the incident today, had privately said that Fauzi was the ammunition behind this peaceful demonstration.

Later, it emerged that none of the protesters were Buntong party members, as Sivasubramaniam had sent his personal assistant to go through the photos taken of the men by DAP officer workers. The aide claimed that none of the protesters were Buntong party members.

Azman Mubarak, 24, who claimed to be the spokesperson for the group, said a total of 300 DAP members from Buntung, Ipoh were willing to follow Kulasegaran, who is also Ipoh Barat MP, to quit the party.

They were disappointed with the state DAP leadership for sidelining Kulasegaran and party supporters of Indian origin, he added.

Kula: Stop the anti-Ngeh demos

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 16:39 . .By FMT Staff

IPOH: Perak DAP deputy chairman M Kulasegaran has urged party members and supporters to stop holding demonstrations to denounce the state's party leaders Ngeh Koo Ham and Nga Kor Ming.

“I would like to appeal to all who sincerely support the DAP, irrespective of whether they are DAP members or not, not to aggravate matters by holding anti-Ngeh/anti-DAP demonstrations,” he wrote in his blog today.

He is currently taking a short break in Nepal following a major fallout with Ngeh and Nga.

Yesterday, about 20 protesters gathered in front of the state DAP office in Ipoh, carrying banners stating their support for Kulasegaran and criticising the Perak DAP leadership for sidelining Kulasegaran and marginalising Indians in the party.

They also urged Kulasegaran, the Ipoh Barat MP, to quit the party.

Responding to the protest today, Kulasegaran urged everyone to stop making baseless and malicious allegations against the DAP and its leaders.

“I appeal to all not to bear any hatred against Ngeh and his cousin, Nga, or hurl unfair accusations against them.

“Let me once again reiterate that despite the problems and pains which I have had to endure for quite sometime before the crisis erupted into the open, I shall remain committed to the DAP and its cause of bringing about a better Malaysia for all Malaysians,” he added.

Cooling off in Nepal

Kulasegaran, who is also the Perak DAP deputy chief, had on Oct 1 stormed out of a meeting with Ngeh (state DAP chief) and Nga (state secretary), threatening to resign from party positions.

He then tweeted "Just finished DAP leadership meeting in Ipoh. Sad day as I will announce what is lacking in Perak leadership 2molo n why I have 2 leave 4good.”

He had also planned to hold a "tell-all" press conference on Saturday, but called it off at the last minute and left for a week-long trip to Nepal.

This was after the intervention of DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, who wanted Kulasegaran to take time off to let things cool down.

On Tuesday, Kulasegaran issued an apology for washing the party's dirty linen in public and said he would cease discussing party matters openly.

Protesters not DAP members

Meanwhile, DAP's Taman Pertama branch chairman Tang Yaw Hooi said the people who staged the demonstration yesterday were not DAP members.

Speaking to reporters after lodging a report on the demonstration, Tan claimed that the names of the protesters, who spoke to the press, were not on the DAP membership list. He wanted the police to investigate the background of the group.

Perak DAP vice-chairman A Sivanesan, who accompanied Tang, added that he believed the protest was initiated by an "inner group" out to disrupt the party.

He claimed that Kulasegaran, when contacted in Nepal, denied his involvement with the group.

Perak DAP feud shows no sign of abating

By Sylvia Looi, The Star

IPOH: Despite a ceasefire call by party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng to Perak DAP’s feuding factions, there are no signs that the fight is abating.

Barely 24 hours after state deputy chairman M. Kulasegaran issued a public apology over his recent outburst and threat to resign, accusations of secret meetings being held by groups close to state chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and secretary Nga Kor Ming have emerged.

A source close to Kulasegaran said meetings to meet supporters had been planned by Ngeh and Nga.

“One such meeting is at Bercham state assemblyman Sum Cheok Leng’s service centre later in the evening,” said the source yesterday.

The source added that Tronoh assemblyman V. Sivakumar would be chairing the meeting purportedly to explain to members the true picture behind the spat between the top three state leaders.

”Why are only certain people being invited to the meeting, leaving out staunch supporters of Kulasegaran?” asked the source.

Ngeh could not be contacted for comments while Sum confirmed that a meeting would be held at his service centre.

“It is a closed-door meeting for members,” he said.

When asked why supporters of Kulasegaran had not been invited to the meeting, Sum said:“Maybe they do not want to attend.”

Lim had issued the ceasefire after Kulasegaran threatened to resign as state deputy chairman last Saturday.

During a party dinner on Sunday, Ngeh had reportedly apologised to the public over the open spat.

Ngeh was quoted as saying that the feud between him and Kulasegaran could be resolved internally and urged the public to continue supporting the party.

The source also told The Star that Kulasegaran would be returning to Ipoh on Friday.

“He will most probably meet the central leadership after a function in Jelapang or Bidor on Sunday,” said the source.

I did not apologise 4 or 5 times over the Perak crisis.

I have been told that there are newspaper reports in today’s Chinese dailies saying that I have apologised a few times over the Perak crisis.

China Press said I apologised 4 times in yesterday’s tweeter while Sin Chew Jit Poh said I apologised 5 times , 4 times in tweeter and once in my blog.

The truth is that I have only apologized once through my blog yesterday over the fact that the Perak family crisis has become a public issue.

I do understand that going public can affect the Party’s image to some extent and accept the disappointment expressed by some DAP leaders, members and supporters.

But I stand by what I have openly said against Sdr Ngeh as I have spoken nothing but the truth.

I am not however responsible for the adverse comment against Sdr Ngeh and his cousin Sdr Nga Kor Ming in the various media articles and commentaries.

Let me clarify about the so called repeated apologies in my tweeter.

My tweets were merely reproduction of media reports about my apology, which were The Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini, The Star and New Straits Times.

So it is not true that I have apologised again and again.
If the reporters do not understand tweeter and have made genuine error of reporting that I have repeatedly apologized, then I hope this clarification will correct the error.

I certainly hope that there is no hidden agenda in the erroneous reports

Press Release - 07/10/2010


I believe that with total sincerity from all , a unity formula which will unite all DAP Perak leaders, branches and members can be soon worked out

Yesterday morning, I have through my blog expressed my thanks to all inside and outside the DAP for their expression of sympathy, solidarity and support for me over the recent Perak crisis.

It shocked me to learn that yesterday afternoon there was a demonstration by some people at Perak DAP office, calling on me to quit DAP and denouncing Sdr Ngeh Koo Ham and Sdr Nga Kor Ming as well as the DAP.

I would like to appeal to all who sincerely support the DAP , irrespective of whether they are DAP members or not, not to aggravate matters by holding anti Ngeh /anti DAP demonstration.

Before my departure to overseas, I have agreed with Party Secretary General Lim Guan Eng to cease talking to the media over the problems which caused the crisis.

Subsequently, while delivering his speech at the DAP Khantan Jaya dinner on October 3, Sdr Ngeh has publicly and humbly apologized over his less than perfect handling of the party problems, as well as assuring that our differences could be resolved internally.

I therefore appeal to all not to bear any hatred against Sdr Ngeh and his cousin, Nga or hurl unfair accusations against them.

Neither must anyone make unfounded, baseless, malicious allegations against the DAP.

Let me once again reiterate that despite the problems and pains which I have had to endure for quite sometime before the crisis erupted into the open, I shall remain committed to the DAP and its cause of bringing about a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.

In fact, what has been on my mind most of the time while having this one week break from home is the message from Sdr Lim Kit Siang ---that the Perak DAP must demonstrate leadership which will win public confidence and support.

I believe that with total sincerity from all , a unity formula which will unite all DAP Perak leaders, branches and members can be soon worked out.

In fact, for a better Malaysia, the formula must be worked out.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Kit Siang tells Perak DAP to unite under Ngeh, Kula

By Clara Chooi, October 06, 2010, KUALA LUMPUR,

Oct 6 — Lim Kit Siang wielded his power as DAP advisor today by urging all Perak party members to unite behind both their squabbling leaders — chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and his deputy M. Kulasegaran.

The Ipoh Timor MP reminded members today that against all odds, they should stick to their primary goals of restoring Pakatan Rakyat’s power in Perak and help the coalition win Putrajaya in the next general election.

“Perak DAP leaders, branches and members should fully embrace the unity formula in Perak so that Perak DAP can play its full role in ensuring that DAP and PR write history in the state in the next general elections — which is the expectation and aspiration of all Perakians and Malaysians who want to see a new beginning for Malaysia after more than half-a-century of misrule,” he declared in a statement.

Perak DAP’s brewing troubles reached its climax during a special leadership meeting attended by Lim himself last Friday when an angry Kulasegaran threatened to quit his state party post.

Since the debacle exploded in the media however, both disputing parties have attempted to make nice by issuing public apologies to the party for the uproar their quarreling had caused.

Lim took pains to point this out today, noting that in view of the apologies, all party members should take this cue to support the bid for unity.

He explained that on Sunday, two days after Kulasegaran’s outburst, he had sent an SMS to both Ngeh and Kulasegaran saying, “Lets face it. What happened last 36 hrs have caused enormous damage to DAP leaders involved, DAP, PR — only question is who suffer more damage — which is utter madness. Its massive ‘lose-lose’ formula without any redeeming ‘win-win’ element at all. Public opprobrium all around. Nobody can hold head high. Decisive action needed.”

Lim added that the incident reminded him of two quotations about lessons to be learned from history.

One, he said, was from English writer Aldous Huxley who wrote, “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.”

Another, said Lim, was from Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana who wrote, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

“Perak DAP leaders, branches and members [must] remember these quotations and prove that they are not only mindful of them but would not repeat the Perak DAP history where because of party disunity, it suffered the worst electoral setback in the 1995 general election — reduced to only one state seat after winning four parliamentary seats and 13 state seats in the 1990 general election,” said Lim.

The quarrel between Kulasegaran and Ngeh and his cousin, Perak DAP secretary Nga Kor Ming, has always been an open secret in the party and dates back to even before the 2008 general election.

It gained momentum in recent months however, ahead of the party’s coming state elections scheduled for November 14.

Among other things, their disputes center on Kulasegaran’s dissatisfaction with the duo’s leadership methods and counter-allegations made by both camps on the formation of branches in the state.

On the one hand, Kulasegaran and his men have alleged that both Ngeh and Nga had been opening new branches without receiving endorsement from the state committee while on the other, he has been accused of illegally reviving old branches to shore up support for himself in the coming party elections.

When their bickering reached a boiling point, a unity plan was apparently mooted some three months back, and both camps agreed to set aside their differences for the good of the party.

Friday’s meeting was purportedly aimed at ironing out several issues that had cropped up of late, including the existence of a letter which Kulasegaran’s men have claimed was being used to destroy his popularity among the branches.

When arguments during the meeting failed to reach a settlement, Kulasegaran walked off, threatening to resign his party post.

He later publicised his intention via microblogging site Twitter, earning Ngeh’s disapproval who charged that as a responsible leader, the Ipoh Barat MP should have kept the matter within the confines of the party.

Both men later apologised for the uproar the matter had caused, acknowledging that the party now looked fractured in the eyes of the public.

Press Released - Malaysia Nanban 06/10/2010

Media statement from D. Tanabalan, Political Secretary to YB. M. Kula Segaran at DAP Perak, Medan Istana, Ipoh

The sudden morning protest at the DAP headquartes at Medan Istana at Ipoh by the PR youth group came as a sudden surprise to everyone especially since CM Lim Guan Eng has issued a directive to all in the party to avoid any press statements live alone a demo. As much as the intentions of the PR youth leaders maybe noble but we seek kind indulgence from all the PR members not only DAP members, to stop any or all kind of activities such as this and also from going from branch to branch internal campaigning which seems to be very active despite the CM’s instructions as this is only tarnishing DAP & PR’s name. I, on behalf of Y.B. Kula in his absence and according to his statement released today at his blog and I quote” I firmly believe that every Perak DAP comrade, whether a leader or a member has the duty and responsibility to ensure that good principles are observed and good practices maintained in the Party’s administration and organization matters” , request everybody to stay calm and let Y.B.Kula to handle matters upon his return which is only 2 days more.

Regards,
Tanabalan Devarajoo
010-3993 020

Long distance thanks to all for their kind and encouraging words - Nepal

This is my fourth day overseas with my family. Though I have this “ burden “ of having to mull over “ my plans” in relation to the recent Perak “ issue”, my family and I are still enjoying our trip here.

I have yesterday tendered my apologies to those who have felt disappointed about Perak DAP problem becoming a public issue.

I would like to take this opportunity today to express my heartfelt thanks to all inside and outside the DAP who have expressed their sympathy, solidarity and support for me over the recent “issue”.

Surprisingly, many have even expressed understanding of the need for me to go public with the Perak DAP “issue”.

I am indeed very touched by their kind and encouraging words.

Let me nevertheless again reassure everyone that despite the challenges and problems, frustration and even vilification which I have to face, I shall remain committed to the Party’s cause.

I firmly believe that every Perak DAP comrade, whether a leader or a member has the duty and responsibility to ensure that good principles are observed and good practices maintained in the Party’s administration and organization matters.

I shall continue to play my part in this aspect.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sinar Harian 05/10/2010

Perak DAP shall continue to be the beacon of hope for a better Malaysia

Expression by YB. M. Kula Segaran from Nepal.

I have been planning for two months for this one week trip away from home. This is my third day here in Nepal.

My family and I are happy with our stay here. But while enjoying the sightseeing and foods here, my thoughts are also with my second family back home in Malaysia—the DAP.

DAP is like a family and comrades are just like brothers and sisters. The last thing I want to do is not to hurt this family and the family members.

Nevertheless, to all those Party leaders and members as well as party supporters who have felt disappointment or even anger over the Perak family problem becoming a public issue, I hereby tender my sincere apologies.

I have no hidden agenda or ill intention. My conscience is clear.

I spoke no lie and made no insinuation against anyone. I was prepared to go open and tell all--nothing but the truth.

But since I have agreed with the Party Secretary General Sdr Lim Guan Eng of the need to cease talking about internal issues openly, I shall abide by the agreement.

I wish to take this opportunity to reiterate that despite the problems, challenges and disappointment, I shall remain committed to the DAP cause.

Sdr Lim Kit Siang hit the nail on its head when he said that Perak DAP must demonstrate leadership which can win public confidence and support.

I shall play my part to ensure that DAP shall continue to be the beacon of hope for Malaysians who have yearned so long for a better Malaysia

Monday, October 4, 2010

Makkal Osai 04/10/2010

Ngeh pleads forgiveness over leadership crisis

The Malaysian Insider, By Clara Chooi, October 04, 2010,

IPOH, Oct 4 — Faced with criticisms over his deputy’s recent quit threat, Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham has chosen to eat humble pie by pleading for the public’s forgiveness and urging them not to misjudge him or his cousin Nga Kor Ming.

The embattled leader also insisted on keeping silent over his strained ties with M. Kulasegaran, refusing to respond to the “hurtful” allegations made against him and Nga in hopes that the matter could be resolved internally.

“Forgive us if we have been less than perfect in handling Perak DAP’s problems. Perak DAP calls on the public to allow it to resolve its problems internally and calls on the people to continue to support the DAP for what it stands for and for its proven track record,” he said in his speech at the Taman Kanthan Jaya DAP dinner last night.

He also graciously extended an olive branch to Kulasegaran, whose outburst last week had been the cause of the party’s plunge into crisis, and urged the people not to hate the veteran leader for his outburst on Friday.

“I believe whatever differences M. Kula has with me or with others, they can be resolved internally. I ask that you do not hate M. Kula for what has transpired,” he said.

Kulasegaran had reportedly stormed out of a special leadership meeting held in Kampung Simee last Friday, dangling a threat that he would resign from his post in the state committee.

The meeting was supposedly aimed at promoting unity between the two feuding factions, in the wake of the party’s coming state elections this November 14.

Ngeh (picture), who together with Nga, have been named as the sole culprits behind Kulasegaran’s discontent, also pleaded with the people not to hate him or his cousin, pointing out that their views could be lopsided.

“I ask that you do not hate me or my cousin Nga Kor Ming, after hearing (only) one side of the story.

“You may have judged us wrongly and unfairly,” he pleaded.

Ngeh lamented that the media, in its extensive coverage of Kulasegaran’s quit threat, had produced many “unfair articles” which had generated many hurtful comments against himself and Nga.

“We became the target of hate and are exposed to the attacks of our enemies. For the above reasons, I have earlier expressed my regret that M. Kula should expose internal matters to the media,” he said.

After Kulasegaran’s outburst last week, the leader conveyed his grouses via microblogging site Twitter, where he announced that he wanted to quit.

He continued to flash updates on Twitter the following day, announcing that many supporters and members had urged him to rethink his brash decision.

Kulasegaran had also called for a “tell all” press conference on Saturday, threatening to expose all his grouses with Ngeh and Nga.

The conference was however cancelled at the last minute and Kulasegaran has since departed for a week-long holiday in Nepal.

Following this, Ngeh reprimanded the Ipoh Barat MP for washing the party’s dirty linen in public, pointing out that a responsible leader should know better than to publicise the quarrel.

He however refrained from rebutting all the allegations made by Kulasegaran’s camp in the media, pointing out that two wrongs did not make a right.

“I would like to have my side of the story told but I would be committing the same error (as Kulasegaran). I will be exposing my comrades and the party to the attacks of the enemy.

“A soldier will keep a secret to safeguard a nation and risk being shot. I will willingly suffer the injustice of being denied the right to reply and be subjected to hurtful attacks that have been assailed against me than to put my party in jeopardy and cause the mission of the people to be derailed,” he said.

Ngeh firmly noted that the people’s mission was to have a change of government in the coming 13th general election and to save the nation from “bankruptcy and destruction”.

He pointed out that in any organisation, it was normal to have differences of opinions among its leaders.

“This is because these organisations are made up of different individuals. However, whatever the differences, they must be resolved internally, lest it brings a negative impact and image to the organisation,” he explained.

Ngeh urged the people not to allow the recent episode to soil their confidence in the party, promising that its leaders would do its best to resolve the crisis.

“You must continue to support the DAP for what it stands for and for its proven track record. Please support each and every leader of the DAP.

“I hope this episode will not in any way erode your confidence in the DAP and PR. Forgive us if we have acted less than perfect in the abovesaid episode,” he concluded.

It is no secret that there is no love lost between Kulasegaran and the powerful cousins but their rivalry finally reached a boiling point on Friday when Kulasegaran threatened to quit.

The Malaysian Insider understands one of their main grouses is their disagreement on the formation of new branches in the state.

On the one hand, Kulasegaran and his men have accused Ngeh and Nga of forming over 100 new branches without attaining endorsement from the state committee while on the other, the cousins have alleged that their arch rivals had been illegally reviving old branches to shore up support for themselves.

Perak DAP clams up on Kula

Perak DAP chairman Ngeh Koo Ham says DAP will not be making any public statements on the publicised spat with M Kulasegaran that erupted two days ago.

A joint statement with his vice president A Sivanesan (right in photo, with Lim) today revealed that Ngeh has discussed the matter with DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng when the CM was at Penang International Airport returning from his Australia trip.

“We agreed with Lim's suggestion that matters involving Perak DAP should be handled internally,” read the statement.

“Thereby we will not be making any public statements or answer press queries on this issue.”

According to the duo, Lim is expected to convene a meeting with Lim Kit Siang in attendance, when Kulasegaran returns from his leave in Nepal.

The statement comes after the disgruntled party national vice-chairman Kulasegaran (right) posted a challenge on his blog - and on Malaysiakini's comments to a related story - for an open debate with Ngeh “on the polices and issues he had done especially when we had Perak for 11 months.”

“Please just tell me the place and time, I am ready to 'tell all',” said the Ipoh Barat MP.

Friction had been building up in Perak DAP between Kulasegaran and Ngeh and state secretary Nga Kor Ming leading to a meeting with top leaders on Friday night to iron out differences.

Following the break down of the 'peace talks' a frustrated Kulasegaran announced that he would hold a “tell all” press conference, but cancelled the next morning at the advice of the party leadership.

Feud between Kula and cousins out in the open - The Star

At loggerheads: The Perak DAP faces a split, with deputy chairman Kulasegaran on one side and Ngeh and Nga on the other (below).
IPOH: The Perak DAP has plunged into a crisis with Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran threatening to quit as state deputy chairman, citing unhappiness and declaring “enough is enough.”

Kulasegaran is caught up in a wrangle with Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and state secretary Nga Kor Ming over control in the state.

The MP will not be the first to run foul of the Ngeh-Nga combination in Perak, which has often been blamed by other DAP members for their fallout.

However, their feud has been put on hold for now after Kulasegaran, who was expected to hold a tell-all press conference here yesterday, was asked by party supremo Lim Kit Siang to reconsider his decision and ponder over the matter on a trip overseas.

Other developments yesterday:

> Kulasegaran has posted on Twitter a challenge for a debate with Ngeh;

> Ngeh slams Kulasegaran for his public outburst; and

> Jelapang assemblyman Datuk Hee Yit Foong said she felt sorry for Kulasegaran and understood his predicament.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Challenge Dato Ngeh to a public debate

In today’s Malaysiakini’s report titled

Dato Ngeh dismisses allegations as” totally unfair”, it was mentioned that Ngeh said he had persuaded me not to resign.

This is not true because when I mentioned my intention to relinquish my state deputy chairman’s position, he was obviously happy about it. He even said that Kula is still the National Vice Chairman, so there will be no great damage by him resigning.

There are many truths which cannot be hidden or swept under the carpet forever. I will deal with them at the appropriate time and occasions

Nevertheless, I want to challenge Ngeh for a public debate on the policies issues he and his cousin Nga Kor Ming have done during the 11 months when Pakatan Rakyat was in power in Perak.

I am willing to challenge him issue by issue. In fact, I challenged him yesterday but he did not give me a direct reply. Just name me the place and time and I am willing to “tell all”.

Let’s be clean and fair to all before we ourselves make allegations against the BN coalition.

Bigger prize at stake in Perak crisis - The Star


Analysis By Baradan Kuppusamy

Things are boiling over in the Perak DAP, with factionalism threatening the party’s stability. A senior party leader has threatened to quit and it is time for the DAP top brass to act on the squabbling.

AT the heart of the Perak DAP crisis, as elsewhere in the party, is the dispute over sharing the spoils of the sudden and unexpected victory in the March 2008 general election.

That victory catapulted the asset-poor and financially struggling opposition party into a ruling power and with it came wealth, hordes of new members, power realignment and the inevitable disputes over sharing of the largesse.

Although the Pakatan-led government fell to Barisan Nasional due to defections, some DAP leaders already tasted power and the perks that came along with it.

Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran threatened to resign as Perak DAP deputy chairman and tell all but has ostensibly pulled back.

Not his first tantrum, Kulasegaran has genuine resentment against the Foochow cousins — state DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and secretary Nga Kor Ming — who are the “real power” in Perak.

The source of his dislike, especially towards Nga — the more forceful of the duo — is the blocking of his bid to become the Ipoh Mayor.

He blames the cousins for not fighting hard enough for him within Pakatan Rakyat, the civil service and Malay political establishment in Perak and with the Palace.

He privately blamed the cousins, famously known in the DAP as abang-adik (brothers), for getting for themselves what they wanted – plum posts in the state executive council.

His ego bruised, Kulasegaran joined a long list of DAP state leaders who in one way or the other resented the abang-adik and blamed them for all kinds of things, sometimes unfairly.

Others fingering the cousins include Hew Yit Fong whose defection to the Barisan brought down the Pakatan state government and Jalong assemblyman Leong Mee Meng who even broke down and cried at DAP functions. Both blamed the cousins for their actions.

The latest imbroglio involving Kulasegaran is therefore not surprising and has been in the works since early 2008 when they all fought to put their respective supporters as candidates in the 2008 general election.

On the eve of nomination, Kulasegaran threatened to resign if the cousins did not field V. Sivakumar in Tronoh.

The cousins relented, Sivakumar was fielded and won and became the Speaker.

Now, Sivakumar is the main “Indian leader” in the Ngeh-Nga faction.

For almost a year until the state government fell, the cousins — supporters of Lim Kit Siang — flaunted their power, rode roughshod over others and lately started forming dozens of new branches with an eye on the Perak DAP elections on Nov 14.

They allegedly set up nearly 100 new branches that have caught Kulasegaran and his camp by surprise.

Kulasegaran and his main supporter, organising secretary Thomas Su who is a Kit Siang loyalist, have been busy reviving old branches to match the cousins’ tightening grip but are still short of numbers.

The Ngeh-Ngah faction also gained strength with support from several Perak DAP leaders like Sivakumar, Buntong assemblyman A. Sivasubramaniam and Sungkai assemblyman A. Sivanesan.

The Indian leaders were previously allied with Kulasegaran but have since shifted their alliance, DAP sources said.

The cousin’s faction also expanded with support from Pasir Bedamar assemblyman Seah Leong Peng, Keranji assemblyman Chen Fook Chye and Canning assemblyman Wong Kah Woh, seriously isolating Kulasegaran and Thomas Su.

Kit Siang’s hold on Perak weakened as a result.

The cousin’s influence became so pervasive that even Kit Siang and his son, secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, got worried. “They decided to nip their rising authority in the bud.”

Kit Siang told the Sin Chew newspaper on Friday that he was “not involved” in the Perak feud but only wanted to settle the crisis.

That day, a whole team of Kit Siang loyalists such as Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai and others descended on Ipoh in an effort to end the “crisis” and curb the rising power of the cousins.

Their arrival in Ipoh was the signal for Kulasegaran to force the issue, walking out of a “table talk” with the cousin’s faction chaired by Kit Siang and threatening to resign and wash dirty linen in public.

“Kit Siang is manipulating Kulasegaran and others to take on the cousins. He wants to cut the cousins down to size, and clip their wings,” said a DAP insider loyal to Kit Siang.

“They are also his supporters but he feels they have grown too big for their boots.”

“He will not allow any DAP leader to become strong enough to question him. Perak is too big and important a state for the DAP for Lim to allow the cousins to rule with impunity,” the official said.

The opening salvo in the battle was fired by Kulasegaran early this month when he talked about a “one leader, one post” policy, aimed at the cousins who are both MPs and state assemblyman.

DAP chairman Karpal Singh — another Kit Siang loyalist — immediately took up the issue in support of Kulasegaran and repeated the same arguments but inexplicably “exempting” Guan Eng, who is also an MP and assemblyman, from it.

The cousins and their supporters have been touring the state almost nightly holding ceramahs and drumming up support for their line-up.

Their aim is to seize control of the state committee on Nov 14, cut down the influence of Kulasegaran and the others and be the kingmakers in the state especially in choosing candidates for the next general election.

For Kit Siang, the crisis is an excellent opportunity to cut the cousins down to size, stay in control of the new and wildly expanding DAP and keep it safe for his son, Guan Eng whose attention is fully focused on Penang.

Kula told to go on leave, says Kit Siang

By Debra Chong and Clara Chooi, October 02, 2010,

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2 — DAP maverick M. Kulasegaran was told to take a break the day he was to disclose his differences with the party’s Perak leadership, veteran leader Lim Kit Siang said today.

“He didn’t request it, it was suggested to him to go on leave,” the party’s advisor told The Malaysian Insider over the phone this afternoon.

Lim (picture) declined to speak further.

“Enoughlah for one day,” he added.

The Ipoh Timur MP whose constituency borders Kulasegaran’s constituency, had been involved in stormy meeting last night with the ethnic Indian lawmaker.

Attempts by The Malaysian Insider to contact the moustachioed Ipoh Barat MP has been unsuccessful to date.

The state DAP deputy chairman also cancelled a press conference here today to disclose events leading to his initial decision to resign from the state leadership.

“Sorry to inform that today’s PC is cancelled. Since last night, I have received many calls/sms/msg from dap leaders,” the lawyer said in a posting to his Twitter microblogging account this morning.

“Members and supporters asking me to reconsider. I will be away for a week n will then tell all if the need arises.” Kula added today.

Kulasegaran was due to meet the media at the state DAP headquarters here at 10.30am this morning to “go open on internal problems” but called off the meet barely 15 minutes before it was about to start.

Disappointed press members who had gathered at the state DAP office in preparation for the conference had to leave empty-handed.

The Malaysian Insider understands that Kulasegaran, who had stormed off in a huff after an intense quarrel with his arch rivals, the “Ngeh-Nga” cousins during a special leadership meeting held last night, may now be having second thoughts about his decision to leave.

It is believed that the leader has decided to take some time off from party matters to mull over his impulsive decision to quit as state party deputy chairman.

The veteran party leader, known to be the main arch-rival of the two famed cousins in the Perak DAP — state chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and secretary Nga Kor Ming — had apparently stormed out of a “special meeting” held last night after an intense shouting match with the duo.

In his announcement on what transpired during the meeting, believed to have been held in Kampung Simee and not at the party’s state headquarters, Kulasegaran, who is also the party’s national vice-chairman, wrote on microblogging site Twitter, “Just finished DAP leadership meeting in Ipoh. Sad day as I will announce what is lacking in Perak leadership 2molo n whu I have 2 leave 4good.”

Kulasegaran did not offer more details but when contacted by The Malaysian Insider after midnight, he confirmed that he was not leaving the party entirely.

“Leaving DAP no way. But going open on internal problems. I am being run down by Ngeh and I can’t take it any more,” he explained in an SMS.

When pressed for a confirmation however, Kulasegaran remained silent and would not take calls.

According to a state committee member who attended last night’s meeting, the discussion had been summoned as a part of the party’s efforts to unite the two feuding factions between Kulasegaran’s camp and the “Ngeh-Nga” camp.

It is no secret that for years, there has been no love lost between Kulasegaran and the two cousins.

The faction-fighting had however let up momentarily when Pakatan Rakyat won Perak in the last general elections and the party had to concentrate on administering the state with its partners PKR and PAS.

With the two cousins both holding posts as MP, state assemblymen and state executive councillors however, the faction-fighting eventually began again.

The two were also accused of being puppet-masters in the state government by holding total control over former mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin of PAS.

This had allegedly been one of the reasons behind the abrupt resignations of three PR assemblymen last year, a move that caused Perak to fall to Barisan Nasional.

Following PR’s loss of Perak, the factional fighting in Perak DAP worsened.

During a function in September last year, the first-term assemblyman for Jalong Leong Mee Meng reportedly wept openly during her speech and later explained that her tears were born out of frustration from being sidelined by the cousins.

In recent days, the formation of new branches and the revival of defunct ones became the latest bone of contention between feuding factions.

According to one state committee member in Kulasegaran’s camp, both the Ngeh-Nga cousins have been establishing brand new branches without the knowledge of other state committee members.

But the Ngeh-Nga faction has accused their detractors of wrongfully reviving old ones.

Their arguments, having reached a boiling point, had apparently led to the recent decision by both camps to engage in a peace plan for the sake of facing the party elections in November.

Kula reconsiders quit threat from Perak DAP

UPDATED @ 11:57:31 AM 02-10-2010, By Clara Chooi, October 02, 2010

IPOH, Oct 2— Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran is reconsidering his threat to quit the Perak DAP leadership, telling supporters that he will be away for a week to mull their requests to stay on despite a fractious split within the state chapter.

The state DAP deputy chairman also cancelled a press conference here today to disclose events leading to his initial decision to resign from the state leadership.

“Sorry to inform that today’s PC is cancelled. Since last night, I have received many calls/sms/msg from dap leaders,” the lawyer said in a posting to his Twitter microblogging account this morning.

It is understood that DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang were among party leaders who have spoken to Kula. Lim declined to speak to reporters this morning.

“Members and supporters asking me to reconsider. I will be away for a week n will then tell all if the need arises.” Kula added today.

Kulasegaran was due to meet the media at the state DAP headquarters here at 10.30am this morning to “go open on internal problems” but called off the meet barely 15 minutes before it was about to start.

Disappointed press members who had gathered at the state DAP office in preparation for the conference had to leave empty-handed.

The Malaysian Insider understands that Kulasegaran, who had stormed off in a huff after an intense quarrel with his arch rivals, the “Ngeh-Nga” cousins during a special leadership meeting held last

night, may now be having second thoughts about his decision to leave.

It is believed that the leader has decided to take some time off from party matters to mull over his impulsive decision to quit as state party deputy chairman.

Efforts to contact the leader however proved futile.

The veteran party leader, known to be the main arch-rival of the two famed cousins in the Perak DAP – state chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and secretary Nga Kor Ming – had apparently stormed out of a “special meeting” held last night after an intense shouting match with the duo.

In his announcement on what transpired during the meeting, believed to have been held in Kampung Simee and not at the party’s state headquarters, Kulasegaran, who is also the party’s national vice-chairman, wrote on microblogging site Twitter, “Just finished DAP leadership meeting in Ipoh. Sad day as I will announce what is lacking in Perak leadership 2molo n whu I have 2 leave 4good.”

Kulasegaran did not offer more details but when contacted by The Malaysian Insider after midnight, he confirmed that he was not leaving the party entirely.

“Leaving DAP no way. But going open on internal problems. I am being run down by Ngeh and I can’t take it any more,” he explained in an SMS.

When pressed for a confirmation however, Kulasegaran remained silent and would not take calls.

According to a state committee member who attended last night’s meeting, the discussion had been summoned as a part of the party’s efforts to unite the two feuding factions between Kulasegaran’s camp and the “Ngeh-Nga” camp.

It is no secret that for years, there has been no love lost between Kulasegaran and the two cousins.

The faction-fighting had however let up momentarily when Pakatan Rakyat won Perak in the last general elections and the party had to concentrate on administering the state with its partners PKR and PAS.

With the two cousins both holding posts as MP, state assemblymen and state executive councillors however, the faction-fighting eventually began again.

The two were also accused of being puppet-masters in the state government by holding total control over former mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin of PAS.

This had allegedly been one of the reasons behind the abrupt resignations of three PR assemblymen last year, a move that caused Perak to fall to Barisan Nasional.

Following PR’s loss of Perak, the factional fighting in Perak DAP worsened.

During a function in September last year, the first-term assemblyman for Jalong Leong Mee Meng reportedly wept openly during her speech and later explained that her tears were born out of frustration from being sidelined by the cousins.

In recent days, the formation of new branches and the revival of defunct ones became the latest bone of contention between feuding factions.

According to one state committee member in Kulasegaran’s camp, both the Ngeh-Nga cousins have been establishing brand new branches without the knowledge of other state committee members.

But the Ngeh-Nga faction has accused their detractors of wrongfully reviving old ones.

Their arguments, having reached a boiling point, had apparently led to the recent decision by both camps to engage in a peace plan for the sake of facing the party elections in November.

Kula calls off tell-all session

Perak DAP deputy chief M Kulasegaran has called off a tell-all press conference over an apparent crisis in the state party leadership at the eleventh hour.

It is understood that he was persuaded by the top DAP leadership to lay down his arms in a one-week cooling off period.

The press conference was planned today to expose allegations that the 'Ngeh-Nga' cousins have been undermining leaders not aligned to them.

The 'Ngeh-Nga' faction - so-called because of state chairperson Ngeh Khoo Ham and secretary Nga Kor Ming - have been in conflict with many state leaders who are uncomfortable with their allegedly authoritarian style.

This conflict was suppose to be resolved during a high-level mediation talks in Ipoh last night involving top national party leaders, including party advisor Lim Kit Siang.

However, the peace talks fell apart with Kulasegaran's camp claiming that the 'Ngeh-Nga' faction has refused to compromise or keep to their promises.

Kulasegaran 'frustrated'

Contacted today, Kulasegaran said he would be going overseas for a week and will call for a press conference when he returns.

He conceded that he had abruptly left the mediation talks last night after 90 minutes because the stalemate could not be broken.

"I am frustrated that no meaningful solution could be found to resolve the problems with the state leadership," he said.

Kulasegaran confirmed that he and several other leaders are upset over attempts by the 'Ngeh-Nga' faction to tighten their grip over Perak DAP.

"They are desperate to win and stay in power at whatever the cost," he said.

"The principle of the a party united in its political struggle has been overtaken by self-interest and factional fighting."

'Enough is enough'

According to a source close to Kulasegaran, the mediation talks were held last night after the culmination of several events which had caused friction among state leaders.

The 'Ngeh (left) - Nga (right)' faction has been accused of reviving defunct branches while attempting to disqualify those allied to their detractors from voting in the upcoming state party polls on Nov 21.

Another accusation is that the cousins have been badmouthing Kulasegaran and several others state leaders, including elected state legislative assembly and parliament representatives, during statewide tours.

The source said that the cousins also have been busy establishing branches in state or parliament constituencies held by their detractors, such as that of Ipoh Barat and Jalong which are held by Kulasegaran and state treasurer Leong Mee Meng respectively, and running parallel service centres.

“We have been holding our tongue for a long time. But enough is enough,” said the source.

According to the source, the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back was when the 'Ngeh-Nga' faction started a petition among branches, which the majority are in their favour, to disqualify branches allied to their detractors.

“How can you disqualify these branches, such as Tebing Tinggi and Pasir Pedamar? These branches existed long before and were the lynchpin for the party in Perak prior to 2008,” said the source.

Either Ngeh or Nga must step down

During the mediation talks last night, the 'Ngeh-Nga' faction was given a severe reprimand by Lim and other national leaders for being overzealous.

Among others, Lim was said to have drawn analogies from the book 'The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris' by Peter Beinart to warn them that arrogance and overconfidence would lead to one's downfall.

In Greek mythology, Icarus constructed a set of wearable wings made of feathers held by wax. Against his father's instructions, Icarus flew too close to the sun causing the wax to melt and leading to the tragic hero plunging to a watery grave.

The source said Ngeh sidestepped the accusations and went off the tangent several times, thus raising temperatures to an already tense meeting.

It is understood that Kulasegaran and opponents to the 'Ngeh-Nga' faction feel that the only resolution to the 'crisis' is for either Ngeh or Nga to step down from their positions, to break their stranglehold on Perak DAP.

Numerous attempts were made to obtain comments from Ngeh and Nga. At press time, they have yet to respond.

Additional reporting by Humayun Kabir

Friday, October 1, 2010

BN's major obstacle will be removed

With Dato Samy Vellu’s planned exit in January, a major obstacle has been removed and it is likely that snap polls will be held in March next year Dato Samy Vellu is not the first president of a component party of Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition to have been defeated in a general election.

Gerakan’s Tun Lim Chong Yu was defeated in a general election but he chose to retire honorably.

It is no exaggeration to say that that due to his unwillingness to retire honorably following his and MIC’s electoral defeats in the 2008 general election, Samy who has long overstayed his welcome has suffered public humiliation unprecedented in BN’s history, with several BN leaders openly calling him to retire from politics and labeling him a liability to the coalition.

In 2009, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad whom Samy himself has long admired openly lashed out at Samy, describing him as a liability to the Barisan Nasional coalition.

Mahathir said that Samy should relinquish his post for his party's failure in the 2008 general elections, where Samy was also defeated in his parliamentary stronghold of Sungai Siput.

Mahathir was reported to say:

"In other countries, when a leader fails, he resigns voluntarily. In Japan, he would commit harakiri (suicide). We are not asking him (Samy Vellu) to commit harakiri.

"You have failed to lead MIC to the point that you lost yourself,"

"Samy's performance is worse than Pak Lah (Abdullah), but he still does not want to give up his post," he said, adding: "He should have resigned before things got to this stage."

Although Samy has resisted all pressures to quit early, his days were already numbered from the day when he lost his parliamentary seat.

Even the Prime Minister ‘s reminder to BN component party leaders at the launch of 63rd MIC General Assembly that it was pointless for them to strive to be popular within their own party when they were unpopular with the people was seen as a direct message to Samy to retire from politics.

As such, Samy’s yesterday’s announcement that he will finally call it quits in January 2011 does not come as a surprise.

The only question that some people have raised is why did he have to wait this long to make the decision to retire when he could have done so honorably immediately after the 2008 general election and saved himself and MIC all the public political humiliation.

There has been speculation that Prime Minister may dissolve Parliament next year but to proceed with his plan, he has to first ensure that Samy who has been regarded as a liability to BN must step down as MIC president .

With Dato Samy Vellu’s planned exit in January, a major obstacle has been removed and it is likely that snap polls will be held in March next.