Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Samy's appointment as special envoy can PM justify?

I raised the matter of DS Samy Vellu's appointment as special envoy while debating on public works Ministry's budget estimates

Can the Prime Minister justify the need to appoint Dato Samy Vellu as special envoy for infrastructure with ministerial status?

Today the 2011 financial estimates of the Works Ministry came up for parliamentary debate

I took the opportunity to raise news report about proposed appointment of Dato Seri Samy Vellu as the special envoy for infrastructure with Ministerial status. It has been said also that he will be in charge of all infrastructure matters for Malaysia in the Indian sub continent.

I asked for details on his remunerations and for how long would his appointment be.

 The Deputy Minister of Public Works,

 Dato Yong Khoon Hian confirmed that Samy would be appointed as a special envoy for infrastructure with Ministerial status. But the Deputy Minister said the terms and conditions of appointment would be decided by the Prime Minister.

It has been reported that Samy’s appointment as special envoy is a negotiated bargain for his agreement to quit his post as MIC president.

If this is true, then such appointment is made merely to resolve the prime minister’s political headache rather than in the economic interest of the nation.

Since the 2008 general election, several BN leaders have openly called on Samy to retire completely from politics but to no avail.

Following his defeat in the Sg Siput constituency in the 2008 general election, Samy has proclaimed that he will not seek a senatorship appointment.

He has managed to salvage some pride in refusing to go back to the Cabinet through the backdoor though the right thing that he should have done is to relinquish his presidency and retire from politics.

There is no doubt that having been a Minister of Works for many years, Samy has the experience to handle infrastructure issues, but if the special envoy appointment is indeed a condition or even “reward” for Samy’s political retirement, it will not go down well with the public.

The government has s been talking about the need to cut subsidies on petrol and food items, the creation of a special envoy position to solicit a party president’s political retirement is certainly unacceptable.

Can the Prime Minister justify the need to appoint Dato Samy Vellu as special envoy for infrastructure with ministerial status?

 

Construction costs of double train track Ipoh-KL has balooned over 300 percent from Initial cost

29/11/10
I spoke in Parliament on the Electric Train Service. My speech among other things are as follows;
Government must explain as to the delay of over 7 years in the construction of the electric double train track and the construction cost which has gone up by over 300%!

Today the 2011 financial estimates of the Transport Ministry came up for parliamentary debate.

In the debate, I asked for some clarification on the issue of Electric Train Service which plys between the Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur.

The double train track was finally completed after almost 7 years delay.

The project started in July 2000 and was to completed in June 2003.

The initial cost of building the double track was only RM1.43billion but it had short up to RM4.34billion an increase of over 300% per cent.

But even when the double track was completed, the train coaches were not ready. It was only at the beginning of this year that the coaches were finally up and running.

I asked the Ministry to explain why the present fare rate of RM30 per trip would be increased to 45.40 coming February.

The reasons given by the Deputy Minister, among others are

1) the bus and travel by flights are far too expensive

2) the amount of investment warrants a reasonable fare for the use of train service

3) compared to many other countries, Malaysia has one of the cheapest rates for train transport.

I immediately retorted that the train service should be a social obligation by the Government to the people. The Government should not place money making as its priority in providing the necessities to the people.

I also reminded the Deputy Minister that almost in all other countries it has always been for the Government of the day to provide a cheap, reliable and efficient form of public transport to the people.

The Transport Ministry also confirmed that discounts fares would be made available to the disabled, the aged and the young.

The Deputy Minister also confirmed that they are now doing feasibility studies on the viability of building a train track from Ipoh to Lumut.

Additionally, the Deputy Minister said that the old route between Tapah and Teluk Intan is also being relooked and studied to see if it is viable to proceed.

Anak kembar dibawa lari

Makkal Osai - 01/12/2010
Sinar Harian - Sentral - PK2 - 30/11/2010

Malaysia Nanban - Page 1 & 10 - 30/11/2010









Monday, November 29, 2010

Lets get all in particular the Indians to continue supporting the PR

Speech to Indian leaders in Sitiawan on 28November2010

 

      Although DAP is a multi racial party, the Indian leaders and members in the party have greater responsibility in ensuring the Indian support for the DAP and PR coalition.I wish to thank all who have conveyed their words of support to me after my recent defeat at the Perak DAP state election.
 
As I have said before, I may be down but I am definitely not out. I will continue to play my role in Perak state and national politics. 

I can understand Indians’ grassroots’ feelings with regard to my defeat. But I ask all not to be disheartened. 

Translate your anger into positive force for the party. Don’t refuse to sell Tamil Rocket newspaper.

We must reach out to the Indian community and Rocket newspaper is one way of doing so. 

Let’s all continue to soldier on the DAP’s fight for a Malaysian Malaysia.

      There is no doubt that the Indians’ kingmaker role in 2008 general election helped create the political tsunami which resulted in BN‘s unprecedented electoral debacle.
       Many described the strong Indian support for opposition as the result of the political awakening of the Indian community.     Why then so soon after the 2008 general election, there has been a swing of Indian support back to BN?
     Is it because BN has changed and implemented policies and measures which greatly benefit the Indian community? Or is it because the PR has failed to meet the expectations of the Indian community?
     BN has not changed much. The failed attempt to acquire the Sitiawan Indian heritage land is one fine example that shows BN’s continued arrogance and insensitivity.
     I therefore believe that the slide in Indian support for PR is because PR has not been able to meet the expectations of the Indian community.
    This may not be something nice to admit but we can’t act like ostrich burying its head in the sand.
    We must be bold to admit the fact and buck up immediately.
    Although DAP is a multi racial party, the Indian leaders and members in the party have greater responsibility in ensuring the Indian support for the DAP and PR coalition.
    We must therefore reach out to the Indian community and champion their rights and interest.
      We must also “champion internally “to ensure that PR state governments can meet the expectations \of the Indian community

Makkal Osai News Released 29/11/2010


Recent political developments in the country

I spoke at the retreat organized by Prof Rama's Batu Kawan Parliamentary Committee. It was held at the Golf Resort in Bedong. My assigned topic was " Recent political Development in the Country.".

Among the matters I said was:

     After the 1969 general election, the delineation exercises have made it difficult for opposition to fight against the BN.
Denying BN its two thirds parliamentary seemed impossible, let alone winning Selangor, Perak and Penang state governments. 

But the political tsunami of 2008 general election dealt BN its worst electoral debacle.
Many reasons have been cited for the political tsunami. In short, it was the combined strength of the Malays, Chinese and Indians which have brought about the unprecedented victory for opposition.
But since Najib taking over as the new PM more than a year ago, it is evidenced from both public surveys conducted by Merdeka Center and a few by elections results that BN has been slowly but certainly gaining back support from the Malays and Indians. 

Galas and Batu Sapi by elections should serve as wake up call to PR as the results must mean that the Chinese votes have also begun to swing towards BN.
Although tow swallows do not make a summer, and there is a possibility that Galas and Batu Sapi could be isolated cases, PR must not take the results lightly.

In fact, there have been write ups that if BN continues to gain momentum, there will be another political tsunami in the next general election, except that this time it will be the PR that will be “tsunami”.
Hence, while we don’t have to be pessimistic about PR’s chances, we must be realistic in admitting that of late while BN is gaining political momentum.
It cannot be denied that two key factors resulted in the 2008 political tsunami in favour of PR.
Firstly, it was the unstoppable political fervor for political change.
Secondly, it was because three major races, namely the Malays, Chinese and Indians threw their support behind PR.

The Indian community which have long been regarded as BN safe deposit rose up to the occasion and played their king maker role in helping PR to triumph in many areas.
  Without these two key factors, PR‘s political mission will not be achievable.

With snap polls being speculated to be held in March or April next year, PR must quickly regain the necessary momentum.

In fact, we can’t even rule out the possibility of snap polls as early as January next year where parliamentary and Sarawak state polls are held simultaneously held.

 In order to achieve our electoral objectives of capturing more state governments and the federal power, PR must go all out in reaching out to Malaysians.

An important issue that PR must look into is why the Malays have and Indians swung back to the BN? Have PR failed to live to their expectations?

I must be honest in saying that PR has to do a lot more to regain the Indian community’s support.
 Without the kind of support given by the community to PR in the 2008 general election,
It will not be enough for PR to even maintain the feat of 2008 general election.
27/11/10

நேர்பட எழுத்தில் பேசு: இனவாத புரட்சியா? அல்லது இழிளிவு நிலையின் முதிர்ச்ச...

நேர்பட எழுத்தில் பேசு: இனவாத புரட்சியா? அல்லது இழிளிவு நிலையின் முதிர்ச்ச...: "இனவாத வார்த்தைகளை பள்ளிகளில் அள்ளி வீசிவது மலேசியாவில் உள்ள பல மலாய் இனத்தை சார்ந்த ஆசிரியர்களின் இடையே ஒரு வீர தீர செயலாக கருத்தப்படுகிறது..."

நேர்பட எழுத்தில் பேசு: ஆணவமும் வெறுப்புதன்மையும் கொண்ட அம்னோ தேசிய முன்னண...

நேர்பட எழுத்தில் பேசு: ஆணவமும் வெறுப்புதன்மையும் கொண்ட அம்னோ தேசிய முன்னண...: "மிகுந்த பரபரப்புடன் பேசப்படும் முன்கணிப்புகளில் ஒன்று தான், கூடிய விரையில் நடைபெறும் என்று எதிர்பார்க்கப்படும் இடைத்தேர்தல் வியூகங்கள். சமீ..."

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Need to address the drop of support of the Indian Community towards PR

Speech at S.Siput among Indian leaders dinner talk on 26thNov2010

The success by Pakatan Rakyaat in denying BN its traditional two thirds parliamentary majority in the 2008 elections was one of the greatest feats in Malaysian elections.

This victory coupled with PR’s triumphs in winning 5 state governments has made the 2008 elections all the more sweater.
The unprecedented success by the Opposition was a result of Malays, Chinese and Indians having decided that it was time for a political change.
The Indian voters though did not constitute majority in many constituencies, had played the kingmaker role and helped PR victories.

For over 52 years, the Indians have steadfastly supported the Barisan Nasional coalition come what may.

 But in 2008 elections, the Indians decided to vote for change and supported the Opposition. Why did this happen?

First and foremost, it was the political awakening which had finally taken place as a result of the Hindraf movement.
In the Hindraf rally of 27November, 2007. many Indians in the thousands got down to the streets to support the Hindraf cause. They advocated the 26 point plan.
Secondly, the BN has not been effective in helping the Indian community.

  The Indian community has always faced high rate of unemployment, single mothers, alcoholism, school drop outs and gangsterism.

Although the  BN  Government has promised in the 9thMalaysia Plan to increase the Indian community’s equity participation from 1.5 % to 3% by  2010,  the target has not been achieved  and the time to achieve it has been post postponed to 2020

The above issues are fundamental to the Indian community.

BN lost significant Indian support because MIC and BN had failed to deliver their promises.

It is therefore imperative that PR must live up to the expectations of the Indian voters.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Speech by M Kulasegaran , DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 in Klang

PR can do it if we can reach out to Malaysians to convince, inspire and prove to them that we are the hope for a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.

Two days ago, prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dismissed reports of a Cabinet reshuffle in anticipation of snap polls early next year.

"Reports are reports.

Rumours are rumors. Cabinet changes are rumors. Elections are also rumors. They are just rumors," he said.

There has been strong speculation that snap polls will be held in March or April next year.

I believe that Najib has not made up his mind whether to call snap polls as speculated, but this is certainly an option which he is thinking about.

If BN does well in the Sarawak state election expected to be held soon, then Najib will certainly go ahead with snap polls plan.

In an interview with Bloomberg a few days ago, former Prime Minister Dr
Mahathir said BN was capable of wresting one or two states from PR in the 13th general election because, he said, the opposition was in disarray.

However, he added that BN would likely fail to regain its two-thirds majority in Parliament.

Many people believe that the two PR state governments which BN is confident about wresting are Selangor and Kedah.

Let me say that PR will go all out to ensure that not only we will be able to retain all present PR held state governments, we will also recapture Perak state power.

And for the federal level, our objective is not to again deny BN its two thirds parliamentary majority in Parliament, but to make Najib the new parliamentary opposition leader.

I must admit that these are not easy tasks for PR. In fact, they are very very tough as BN will employ all kinds of tactics to stop us from reaching our goals

But I believe that PR can do it if we can reach out to Malaysians to convince, inspire and prove to them that we are the hope for a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.

There is no doubt that a big challenge that PR is facing is that BN is gaining political momentum as evidenced by its victories in the recent Galas and Batu Sapi by elections.

All is not lost as the opposition lost Ijok by election in April 2007 but captured Selangor state government less than a year later in the subsequent 2008 general election.

We can make Galas and Batu Sapi our Ijok—temporary loss. And we can create the political tsunami again if we quickly regain the political momentum and the people’s confidence and support.

PR must therefore take stock of the recent by election defeats. New strategies and approaches to reach the people will have to be thought out.

The PR state governments will have to do more to prove to the voters that they have made the right decisions in voting for PR in the 2008 general election.

Let PR continue to be the people’s choice and hope.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Umno and BN are just too rotten and arrogant to change.



I spoke on Sunday at the PKR Tambun service center. I spoke in Tamil as most of those who attended the function were Indians. Tambun constituency has over 15% Indians.

Among the matters i said were:

For some time, there has been speculation that the prime minister will call for snap polls. Such speculation has gained momentum after BN’s victories in the Galas and Batu Sapi by elections.

Latest speculation is that Datuk Sri Najib may just call for snap parliamentary polls in March or April next year.

BN’s yesterday’s decision to accept members directly into the coalition with immediate effect is also seen as a sign that snap polls are imminent.

The important question that Perak PR supporters want to know is – can PR recapture Perak state power and make Najib become the federal opposition leader?

My answer is a big Yes. But we must not take things for granted.
We must admit that the Galas and Batu Sapi by election results should serve as wake up call for PR.
We must quickly rectify our weaknesses, chart out new strategies as well as effectively reach out to the people.

We must work harder.

I believe that for Malaysians who want to see a fair, just and better for all Malaysians, PR is still the best choice.

Umno and BN are just too rotten and arrogant to change.

Latest example is the “weak sense of patriotism is a factor for non Malays’ reluctance to join the army “remark by the defence minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid.

Despite the fact that his remarks have attracted heavy criticism all round, including rebuke from even BN MPs. he even challenged me to join the Territorial Army to prove my patriotism.

Let me tell Ahamd Zahid that I don’t have to prove my patriotism by joining the army. Neither should anyone’s patriotism be challenged to prove his patriotism or prove it by joining the army.
We in the PR who have been fighting to bring about a better Malaysia are definitely patriotic Malaysians.

In fact, a defence minister who dares question the patriotism or loyalty of any race should be immediately sacked.

Let’s see if the prime minister will drop him from the imminent Cabinet reshuffle or at least demote him.

After the recent Perak DAP party election, I was asked more than once whether I will quit DAP or politics.

Let me reiterate that I will not quit DAP or politics. I will continue to play my role to help ensure the success of PR’s electoral objectives of recapturing Perak state power as well take over the Federal government.

The Opposition lost Ijok by election in April 2007 but bounced back in a big way in the subsequent general election held in March 2008.

Let Galas and Batu Sapi be Ijok.

Let’s work hard to regain our political momentum and create another political tsunami in the coming general election to deal the BN its worst ever electoral debacle.
21/11/10

Mari bergabung tangan dalam mempertahankan ancaman musuh politik PR - Nanban 22/11/2010



Sunday, November 21, 2010

‎State Government and MBI must address 3 issues following Arumugam's snake bite death in Buntong, Ipoh.

My statement following my visit to the deceased's family in Buntong, Ipoh

State government and MBI must address 3 issues following Arumugam’s death due to snake bite

Arumugam , aged 42, from Buntung, Ipoh, died of snake bite yesterday.

When I visited the bereaved family today, I was told that the deceased had previously made numerous complaints of presence of snakes to the local authority (MBI).

The snakes live at his neighboring land/lots which has heavy under growth. Over 120 families live in the surrounding area.

I was shocked when told that at one time, 12 snakes had entered his house in a day.

Together with the locals, we handed over some cash and food aid to the bereaved family.

The deceased has 2 young children. The elder child is in Form 4 while the other one is just 5 years old.

The deceased was the sole bread winner of the family. The wife is a home maker and has been medically unwell for some time.

The locals are angry and they demand to know why has the MBI failed to act despite so many complaints having been made about the threat posed by the snakes?
If MBI has acted on the deceased’s complaints, his tragic death could have been avoided.

Perak state government and MBI must now address the followings 3 issues:-1) Why the necessary action was not taken to clean/clear up the undergrowth?
2) When will top brass of MBI visit the deceased family and apologise for this mishap
3) What form of compensation will the state government and MBI give to the deceased family?

Lastly, the MBI must immediately act to clear the undergrowth and eradicate the snakes
21/11/10
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On line news
Between 10 to 12 snakes could be seen slithering daily within the premises of A. Palanimal's home at the Ipoh Tamil Settlement village in Buntong here.

The 38-year-old housewife said the snakes, ranging from poisonous to non-venomous snakes of all sizes would enter her home frequently to the horror of her family.



"The snakes can be seen hiding in our toilet and sometimes sleeping on a ceiling bar in our bedroom," said Palanimal when met at her temporary home, provided by a neighbour, in the village yesterday.

"The villagers have even caught a three-metre long python near my home about a month ago," she added.


Palanimal said her husband R. Arumugam, 42, died on Friday after he was bitten by a snake, believed to be a King Cobra, on Nov 12.


"This is the second time my husband had been bitten by a snake," said Palanimal.


"The first time that he was bitten was about three months ago and he survived the ordeal," she said, adding that the snakes started appearing since three years ago.


Palanimal explained that her husband was about to feed their dog when the snake bit him in the leg at about 8pm on that unfortunate day.

"We will usually just leave the snakes alone as they come and go," she said.
She said her late husband had complaint to the Ipoh City Council on several occasions to clear the area near her home, which was surrounded by bushes but to no avail.



She noted that the area at the village was like a "forest" in the middle of the city.

"I am scared of going back to that house now," she said, adding that she was afraid that both her children, Thivananthan, 16 and three-year-old Kalaivani, would be harmed.


Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran, who visited the family, said Arumugam's death was unnecessary and the incident could have been avoided.


The city council could have just brought in bulldozers and tractors to clear up the bushes when a complaint was made.


"Arumugam's family has lost their sole breadwinner now because of the city council's inaction," he said.

"I will be discussing with the family tomorrow to take legal matters against the city council," he added.


Kulasegaran later presented the deceased's family with some grievance aid and foodstuffs.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Speech by M. Kula, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at the launching of the Voters Registration Campaign at Kg Tawas Market, Ipoh

Everyone in Perak DAP will have to prove to our supporters that despite some internal problems and personal setback, we shall all be united in fighting for the DAP’s common cause and fighting against our common political foes.

Presently, there are about 5 million eligible citizens who have yet registered as voters. In Perak, those who have yet to register number about 4.5 million.


These are huge figures. If these eligible citizens become qualified voters, they will help play a very decisive role in determining the electoral outcome in many constituencies.

DAP has been calling for the introduction of automatic registration of voters as a solution to solve this problem of many eligible citizens not signing up as qualified voters.

The government has always refused to accept our proposal for the obvious reason—due to the belief that the young and new voters are unfavorable to the Barisan Nasional.

I therefore call on all NGOs to help in getting eligible citizens to register as voters and vote in the next general election for a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.

The coming general election, expected to be held in March or April next year, will be a very important and crucial general election and hence Perak DAP will have to be thoroughly prepared for it.

Now that the Perak DAP party election is over, all comrades must move on and make all out preparation to do battle with BN in the general election.

Everyone in Perak DAP will have to prove to our supporters that despite some internal problems and personal setback, we shall all be united in fighting for the DAP’s common cause and fighting against our common political foes.

M. Kula Segaran

Friday, November 19, 2010

Zaid is silly by saying patriotism means only if one joins the armed forces.

Let me tell Zahid that I don’t have to prove my patriotism by joining the army. Neither should anyone be challenged to prove his patriotism or to prove it by joining the army

When answering a parliamentary question in Parliament on November 9, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said that lack of patriotism was a reason for the low number of non-Malay recruits in the armed forces.

I had on the same day given notice I would file a censure motion against him by way of a RM 10 salary cut when the Defence Ministry estimates come up for debate as his reply was insensitive, baseless, unfair and irresponsible.

His reply had hurt the feelings of the non Malays and tantamount to questioning their loyalty.

After being heavily criticized by even the Barisan Nasional MPs over his parliamentary reply, Zahid attempted to clarify the matter.

In his media statement released on November 10, he clarified that he had never made statements about the non Malays being unpatriotic nor had he intended to do so.

“What I had said was that it was possible that it could be due to several factors, including the sense of patriotism that is not strong enough,” he said.

I immediately responded by saying that his clarification was only adding salt to the wound as it was clear that he had failed to comprehend the injustice of associating patriotism with the reluctance of non Malays to join the army.

I stated that no matter how one defines or looks at patriotism, whether in the narrow or broad sense and context, it is totally unfair and irresponsible to link it with the non Malays’ reluctance to join the army.

Hence, instead of trying to indulge in polemics, he should have been bold and responsible enough to admit his mistake and sincerely apologise to the non Malays.

There was a subsequent report in the Sin Chew Daily on November 13 saying the issue was discussed in the Cabinet.

In the report, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Koh Tzu Koon said that the Prime Minister agreed with the view that the loyalty of Chinese and Indians cannot be questioned.

However, two questions which immediately arise are: -

1. Why did not the Cabinet issue an official statement stating its official stand on the insensitive, unfair, baseless remarks made by Datuk Seri Ahamd Zahid?

2. Why did not the Cabinet at the very least direct Zahid to retract his remarks and tender an open apology to the Chinese and Indians?

Zahid is no ordinary person but a Cabinet Minister in charge of the defence ministry. And he gave the reply in the august Parliament House.

If a defence minister of a western democratic nation has uttered such unfair remarks publicly or in the parliament, he will have to pay the price of losing his minister’s position.

It is therefore puzzling and disappointing that the Cabinet did not even at the very least direct Zahid to retract his reply and tender an open apology to the non Chinese and Indians.

It is because of such of lack of necessary action from the Cabinet that Zahid has even on November 14 challenged me to join the Territorial Army in Ipoh Barat constituency to prove my patriotism.

By making such a challenge, it shows that Ahmad Zahid still maintains the view that joining the army has to do with one’s sense of patriotism.

On November 11, I had asked Zahid what would be his response if he or the prime minister was described as having less sense of patriotism or being unpatriotic for not encouraging their children to join the army?

Would he or the prime minister agree with or accept such description of them?

He has not replied to this question.

Let me today ask Zahid another question-will he challenge the prime minister or the non Malays to join the Territorial Army to prove their patriotism?

Let me tell Zahid that I don’t have to prove my patriotism by joining the army. Neither should anyone be challenged to prove his patriotism or to prove it by joining the army.

Nevertheless, if Zahid still insists on his ridiculous and irrational challenge, then my reply to him is that he should first throw the same challenge to the prime minister and all Cabinet Minister.
19/11/10

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I pledge to play my active and continued role in both state and national politics ...............

I pledge to play my active and continued role in both state and national politics to help achieve the Pakatan Rakyat’s twin electoral objectives—to recapture Perak state power and to March towards Putrajaya.

On Monday November 13, I received a sms from Sdr Ngeh Koo Ham informing me of my cooption into the new Perak DAP state leadership.

His sms reads “Sdr Kula Would like to inform you that the new state committee unanimously agree to co opt you and elect you to the post of Vice Chairman. Looking forward to working together with you.”

I have said then that i would seek feedback and views from party leaders and grassroots as well supporters on whether I should accept such a cooption.

I stated that among the factors which I should like to find out was how best I could continue to play an effective and meaningful role in state politics.

Since then I have received much and valuable feedback which I appreciate very much.

After having weighed all opinions and taking into consideration the present political development and circumstances within Perak DAP, I have decided to decline the cooption offer from the state committee as a state committee member and as state vice chairman.

This decision is in no way an announcement that I am quitting state politics.

M. Kula Segaran

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dimanakah perhatinan agensi kerajaan?

Penduduk kawasan Taman Desa Impian meminta pihak berkuasa untuk menjalankan kerja-kerja pembersihan sampah dengan serta merta. Ini adalah kerana sejak kebelakangan ini Taman Desa Impian dan beberapa taman di Bercham sering dilanda banjir.

S. Arumugam, 38 berkata paras air telah mencecah sehingga paras pinggang. Akibat daripada banjir ini beliau mendapati barang-barang kelangkapan rumah seperti perabot, pakaian, barangan elektrik, keperluan sekolah anak-anaknya serta makanan telah rosak.

Beliau pernah melaporkan aduan beliau di MBI, justera itu sub contractor MBI telah mula membersihkan longkang-longkang di hadapan dan di belakang rumah. Walaubagaimanapun beliau menyatakan bahawa monsoon drain tidak dibersihkan langsung.

Semasa lawatan saya ke tempat kejadian memang benar monsoon drain tersebut sumbat dengan takungan air. Ini menyebabkan air tidak dapat mengalir serta mengeluarkan bau yang busuk.

Sharulina Bt. Rusli, 26 dan Noor Fazynn Bt. Abdul Majid, 26 pula masing-masing mengalami kerosakan harta benda. Apabila menemui penduduk-penduduk di situ, saya mendapat tahu bahawa anggaran kerugian setiap penduduk di kawasan tersebut adalah sebanyak RM 3000.00

Di Taman Bercham Baru pula Chia Sing Kui, 33 tidak berpuas hati langsung dengan tindakan pemaju rumah yang menutup saliran pengaliran air ke longkang. Pada November 2009 beliau pernah mangadu bahawa banjir yang mencecah sehingga paras lutut disebabkan oleh pemaju rumah bernama NOVA.

Selepas laporan tersebut, pihak MBI dan pihak Jabatan Saliran dan Perparitan pernah membuat penyiasatan tetapi hasilnya tidak berguna.

Semalam saya telahpun menelefon pihak Pejabat Kebajikan Masyarakat Daerah Kinta untuk melaporkan insiden ini. Malangnya pihak kebajikan tidak dapat hadir ke kawasan tersebut kerana sangat sibuk.

Pagi tadi saya bagi pihak pengadu telah membuat beberapa aduan di MBI mengenai banjir dan masalah sampah. DAP berharap pihak MBI, pihak JKM dan pihak Jabatan Saliran & Perparitan serta JKR menjalankan kerja-kerja pemantauan untuk membantu mangsa-mangsa banjir ini.

Penduduk kawasan Taman Desa Impian meminta pihak berkuasa untuk menjalankan kerja-kerja pembersihan sampah dengan serta merta. Ini adalah kerana sejak kebelakangan ini Taman Desa Impian dan beberapa taman di Bercham sering dilanda banjir.

S. Arumugam, 38 berkata paras air telah mencecah sehingga paras pinggang. Akibat daripada banjir ini beliau mendapati barang-barang kelangkapan rumah seperti perabot, pakaian, barangan elektrik, keperluan sekolah anak-anaknya serta makanan telah rosak.

Beliau pernah melaporkan aduan beliau di MBI, justera itu sub contractor MBI telah mula membersihkan longkang-longkang di hadapan dan di belakang rumah. Walaubagaimanapun beliau menyatakan bahawa monsoon drain tidak dibersihkan langsung.

Semasa lawatan saya ke tempat kejadian memang benar monsoon drain tersebut sumbat dengan takungan air. Ini menyebabkan air tidak dapat mengalir serta mengeluarkan bau yang busuk.

Sharulina Bt. Rusli, 26 dan Noor Fazynn Bt. Abdul Majid, 26 pula masing-masing mengalami kerosakan harta benda. Apabila menemui penduduk-penduduk di situ, saya mendapat tahu bahawa anggaran kerugian setiap penduduk di kawasan tersebut adalah sebanyak RM 3000.00

Di Taman Bercham Baru pula Chia Sing Kui, 33 tidak berpuas hati langsung dengan tindakan pemaju rumah yang menutup saliran pengaliran air ke longkang. Pada November 2009 beliau pernah mangadu bahawa banjir yang mencecah sehingga paras lutut disebabkan oleh pemaju rumah bernama NOVA.

Selepas laporan tersebut, pihak MBI dan pihak Jabatan Saliran dan Perparitan pernah membuat penyiasatan tetapi hasilnya tidak berguna.

Semalam saya telahpun menelefon pihak Pejabat Kebajikan Masyarakat Daerah Kinta untuk melaporkan insiden ini. Malangnya pihak kebajikan tidak dapat hadir ke kawasan tersebut kerana sangat sibuk.

Pagi tadi saya bagi pihak pengadu telah membuat beberapa aduan di MBI mengenai banjir dan masalah sampah. DAP berharap pihak MBI, pihak JKM dan pihak Jabatan Saliran & Perparitan serta JKR menjalankan kerja-kerja pemantauan untuk membantu mangsa-mangsa banjir ini.

Dog shooting will stop immediately - Datuk Rahim

Picture: Anthony Siva Balan Thanasayan, President of Pets People Positive Living giving a memorandum to Datuk Rahim to stop dog shooting with immediate effect.

IPOH: The Ipoh City Council will implement a ban on all shooting of stray animals with immediate effect.

Speaking to reporters after meeting council secretary Datuk Abdul Md Ariff yesterday, Petpositive president T. Anthony Siva Balan said the council has agreed to stop shooting strays and would use other methods to deal with them.

"The council will send its officers to their counterpart in Petaling Jaya to learn dog catching methods by next week," said Anthony Siva Balan, who is also MBPJ local councillor.

"They are also studying the possibility of setting up an animal pound to keep animals that were caught from the streets," he said.

Anthony Siva Balan said the council would work closely with the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in dealing with strays.

"A committee set up by the council will have meetings later to discuss further on neutering and spaying the animals," he added.

Anthony Siva Balan also said that there was a misconception that the city council hates dogs.

"Nobody likes killing dogs. The council just did not know how to approach the problem with stray animals," he said.

He added that the Datuk Bandar or a representative from the council would visit the 75-year-old owner of Spunk, the therapy dog which was killed by council dog catchers late last month to apologise for the unfortunate incident.

"Spunk's sacrifice was not in vain," said Anthony Siva Balan. "It is a victory of sort for pet lovers and they can finally sleep soundly knowing that their pets are safe from being shot at," he added.
On Oct 29, the 10-year-old Spunk was shot dead after its owner left it unattended for a while to get toilet paper to clean after the animal.

The killing of the animal had drawn flaks from numerous NGOs, calling for immediate ban on dog shooting.

Noah's Ark Ipoh founder and treasurer Dr Ranjit Kaur Mendhir said she was delighted that things have worked well after the meeting.

Earlier, several NGOs, including Petpositive, Noah's Ark Ipoh and the Ipoh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals jointly handed over a memorandum to ban animal shooting to Abdul Md Ariff.













Monday, November 15, 2010

Despite my defeat at the state election, I shall continue to soldier on the DAP’s political cause of fighting for a better Malaysia for all Malaysians


The results of the Perak DAP election held yesterday came as a shock to me. It was also a very painful day for me.

It was shocking because capable and dedicated leaders like Sdr Thomas Su, Sdr Seah Long Peng, Sdr Keong Meng Sing, Sdr Cheong Chee Khing, and Sdr Frankie Wong.. were heavily defeated. They even lost to candidates who had no track record and were lesser or hardly known within and outside the party.

I accept my defeat as in any contest, one either wins or loses. I am pained though by such setback.

What has pained me is the fact that what should have been a healthy contest has turned out to be a day of “slaughter” of capable, committed and dedicated comrades who could have easily sailed through in a fair and healthy contest.

There have been questions about the entitlement of about 50 branches to send 350 delegates to the Convention and this will definitely cast doubt on whether the winners have the right to claim moral authority of their victory.

Nevertheless, I wish to announce that despite my defeat at the state election, I shall continue to soldier on the DAP’s political cause of fighting for a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.

I like to take this opportunity to thank party leaders, members and supporters who have since yesterday, through sms, tweets and phone conversations, conveyed their kind and encouraging words of support and solidarity.

I also wish to thank Sdr Dr Chen Man Hin, Sdr Karpal Singh, Sdr Lim Kit Siang , Sdr Lim Guan Eng and Sdr Tan Kok Wai for their tireless efforts before the Convention to ensure the election could produce a united, dynamic and capable team of state leaders.

I had played my part and offered my olive branch but sad to say, the top leaders’ efforts had failed as their success would require willingness from both sides to cooperate for the larger interest.

Lastly, I received a sms this morning from Sdr Ngeh Koo Ham which reads “Sdr Kula Would like to inform you that the new state committee unanimously agree to co opt you and elect you to the post of Vice Chairman. Looking forward to working together with you.”

I shall seek feedback and views from party leaders and grassroots as well as supporters on whether I should accept such a cooption.

Among the factors which I shall like to find out is how best I continue to play an effective role in state politics.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Perak DAP Elections

Press Statement
It is imperative that at the Perak Ordinary State Convention to be held tomorrow, Convention delegates must rise to the occasion and prove to our supporters that they want and will elect a united and capable Perak DAP team to lead the party into the next general election.
The unexpected heavy defeats of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) candidates at the recently concluded Galas and Batu Sapi by elections came as a big shock to many Malaysians, especially PR supporters.
We knew from the beginning that both by elections would be very tough for PR but we nevertheless believed that there was a chance that PR could at least retain the Galas state seat.
The defeats did not shock us but the big majorities secured by Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates were a real shock to us.
The big majorities obtained by the BN candidates must mean that Chinese support which has not swung back to BN since the 2008 general election has now started to drift in BN’s direction.

Some political analysts have written that the by election results could spell troubles for PR in the next general election strongly speculated to be held within 6 months.

Hence, these two by elections must serve as timely wake up call for the PR and the PR leadership Council will have to quickly devise new strategies to win the people’s support and confidence.

The new Perak DAP state leadership will have very heavy responsibilities in that it will have to , together with our PR comrades, ensure the PR’s twin electoral objectives of recapturing Perak state power and to march towards Putrajaya.

Hence, it is imperative that at the Perak Ordinary State Convention to be held tomorrow, Convention delegates must rise to the occasion and prove to our supporters that they want and will elect a united and capable Perak DAP team to lead the party into the next general election.

Let’s prove to our supporters that there is only one team in the Perak DAP, that is, the Perak DAP team. Let tomorrow’s party election results show that there is room and role for every capable leader in the team.
13/11/10

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Motion to cut RM10 of Defence Minister served to Parliament

YB Foong (Batu Gajah) Mano(T.Intan),YB Shah Alam and YB Batu join me to hold a press conference at Parliament.

The press confercence was to announce my proposal to move a RM10 salary cut motion to censure Defense Minister for making insensitive, baseless, unfair and irresponsible statement in the august House about the non Malay’s reluctance to join the army.

When answering a parliamentary question in Parliament on Tuesday, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said that lack of patriotism was a reason for the low number of non-Malay recruits in the armed forces. 

In his media statement yesterday, he clarified that he had never made statements about the non Malays being unpatriotic nor had he intended to do so.

“What I had said was that it was possible that it could be due to several factors, including the sense of patriotism that is not strong enough,” he said.

Let me inform Zahid that his insensitive and baseless remarks in Parliament have hurt the feelings of the non Malays.

His clarification is only adding salt to the wound as it is clear that he has failed to comprehend the injustice of associating patriotism with the reluctance of non Malays to join the army.

No matter how one defines or looks at patriotism, whether in the narrow or broad sense and context, it is totally unfair and irresponsible to link it with the non Malays’ reluctance to join the army.

Let me ask Zahid what will be his response if he or the prime minister is described as having less sense of patriotism or being unpatriotic for not encouraging their children to join the army?

Will he or the prime minister agree with or accept such description of them?

In fact, Zahid’s statements made in the august House of Parliament were all the more insulting.

As such, instead of trying to run away from the issue by playing with words, he should have been bold and responsible enough to admit his mistake and sincerely apologise to the non Malays. 

In any case, his attempt to run away from the issue has certainly failed as his clarification will not even be accepted by some MPs from BN component parties.

I shall give notice to the Parliament to move a RM10 salary cut motion to censure him for making such insensitive, baseless, unfair and irresponsible statement in the august House about the non Malay’s reluctance to join the army.
11/11/10
 

KETIADAAN NILAI " KESETIAAN NEGARA" BUKAN PUNCA BUKAN MELAYU ENGGAN SERTAI PASUKAN TENTERA


Missing of 16th year old girl - Careless of JKM











நேர்பட எழுத்தில் பேசு: இந்தியர்களும் சீனர்களும் தேச பற்று உள்ளவர்கள்

நேர்பட எழுத்தில் பேசு: இந்தியர்களும் சீனர்களும் தேச பற்று உள்ளவர்கள்

Kenyataan Zahid Hamidi terima tamparan hebat daripada Wakil Rakyat - Makkal Osai




Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kedua ibubapa risau kehilangan anaknya

Suasana kedua ibubapa menjadi sedih dan risau selepas menerima panggilan daripada Pusat Pemulihan Ahklak Taman Seri Puteri. Pada 15/06/2010 Francesca Ann Cubinar, 16 tahun, telah dihantar ke Pusat Pemulihan Ahklak Taman Seri Puteri, Batu Gajah melalui arahan Mahkamah Sesyen dan Majistret. Walaubagaimanapun arahan ini dikeluarkan atas permintaan Ibubapanya.

Ibubapanya melawat beliau setiap bulan sejak hari itu untuk mengambil tahu keadaan dan progress pemulihan anak mereka. Tetapi pada 06/10/2010 selepas ibunya Rosalind A/P Letchumanan telah menerima panggilan telefon daripada pegawai yang bertugas di Taman Seri Puteri menyatakan bahawa anaknya telah hilang bersama 2 orang budak perempuan melayu semasa berada di Hospital Batu Gajah.

Ibubapanya mendapat tahu bahawa 3 hari sebelum insiden ini berlaku, ada 2 orang lelaki menghantar pakaian ke pusat tersebut. Kecuaian pengawal keselamatan pusat tidak mengambil sebarang pengenalan diri 2 lelaki tersebut lalu menghantar pakaian tersebut kepada Francesca. Selepas itu Francesca di bawa ke Hospital bersama 2 orang lagi berturutan dengan aduan Francesca yang menyatakan beliau mengalami masalah kulit.

Semasa saya menyoal Pn. Suraya daripada Pejabat Kebajikan Masyarakat Daerah Kinta berkenaan kes kehilangan Francesca, Beliau berkata Pusat Pemulihan Ahklak Taman Seri Puteri telah membuat laporan Polis di Batu Gajah. Beliau juga berkata pejabat kebajikan hanya harapkan pihak polis dapat menyelesaikan masalah ini.

Justera itu saya berhubung dengan Insp. Norazila, Balai Polis Batu Gajah, beliau pula menyatakan pihak polis daripada Ipoh tidak berkerjasama bersangkut dengan kes-kes Francesca sebelum ini. Walaubagaimanapun beliau menyatakan bahawa memang keselamatan di pusat pemulihan tersebut tidak memuaskan. Ini adalah kerana buku rekod pelawat tidak dikemaskini mengikut masa.

Ibu Francesca difahamkan bahawa salah seorang budak perempuan melayu telah di tahan di Kuala Lumpur. Daripada kenyataan budak tersebut seorang lelaki india membawa mereka keluar dari Hospital Batu Gajah dan menghantar 2 orang budak melayu ke stesen bas medan gopeng bersama sehelai pakaian baru dan tambang kepada mereka.

Kini kedua ibubapanya memang risau dan sedih ingin mengetahui keselamatan anak mereka. Sudah 1 bulan 4 hari tiada sebarang informasi daripada pihak Polis dan Pejabat Kebajikan. Juga tidak tahu samada anaknya masih hidup atau tidak.

Mengikut kes ini saya hanya melihat agensi kerajaan menuduh sesama lain. DAP mahu pihak polis menjalankan tugas mereka. Kami juga menyaran supaya pihak Pejabat Kebajikan menghormati arahan Mahkamah serta bertanggung jawab dalam kes ini. Jika sesiapa dapat berjumpa dengan Francesca silalah hubungi pihak ibubapanya di talian 012-3755347, 0165077317 atau saya di talian 010-3993020.

Gambar dari kiri D.Tanabalan, Paulino Cubinar (Bapa), Rosalind Lechumanan (Ibu) sedang menunjukan gambar anaknya.

Sekian.
Tanabalan Devarajoo – 010-3993 020
Setiausaha Politik kepada YB M. Kula Segaran, Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Minister of Defense- non Malays lack of participation in the armed forces is not because of "unpatriotic" but lack of promotion avenues is the cause

Issued a media statement at Parliament lobby at 2.30pm. YB Nizar, YB Balik Pulau, YB Shah alam and YB Jelutong joined me in the press conference


Today, during question time in Parliament, the Minister of Defence was asked on the breakdown of intake into the armed force according to races.

He replied that for the year 2009, a total of 8151 were recruited. The racial breakdown according to races is Malays 90% Chinese 0.26%  Indians 0.91%, Bumiputras Sarawak and Sabah 8.8%.

He further said a total of 9,054 were appointed as new officers and other ranks in the past two years while 14,749 were hired from 2007-2009.

Zaid further said the Government does not impose any quota on the recuritment if army personnel and appointments are made based on qualifictions and the applicants interest in providing service.

He also said that Non-Malays’ reluctance to join the armed forces was because:-

1) discipline is strict;

2) low remuneration ;

3) no initiative ;

4) lack of patriotism

At the material time, I gave notice to the House Speaker that I intent to ask for clarification from the Minister on the issue of "patriotism" and I asked that the Minister to be in the House at 11.30am as this is the time so permitted. Notwithstanding this express notice, the Minister failed to be in the house at 11.30 when I raised the matter.

I was shocked and hurt by the reply where the "lack of patriotism" was listed as a reason why there has been reluctance from the non Malays to join the army.

Such reason is most unacceptable and baseless as it has painted the non-Malays as "not loyal".

It is said patriotism is love and devotion to one’s country. I have no doubt that, Malaysians of all races love this country, that they are prepared to die for it.

It is true that for various reasons, the non Malays are reluctant to join the armed forces, but this is certainly not because they are unpatriotic. One of the main reasons as to why the lack of participation of non-malays in the armed forces is because, there is a lack of promotional prospects. Many non Malays who retire from the armed forces are very dejected as their years of sacrifice and service has been not valued and appreciated.

Non Malays have headed the armed forces during trying, challenging and turbulent times. Thanabalasingam headed the navy during the 60's.

The Minister must withdraw this unacceptable, baseless and irresponsible answer and tender a public apology over it.
9/11/10

Friday, November 5, 2010

The heavy defeats of PR candiates in Galas n Batu Api must serve as timeluy wake up call

We knew right from the start that Batu Sapi by election was going to be very very tough for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) candidate.
We knew too that it was not easy for PAS to retain the Galas state seat.
But the heavy defeats took us by surprise.
The heavy defeats of PR candidates in the Galas and Batu Sapi by elections must serve as timely wake up calls for PR.
There is a Chinese saying that
 “The water supporting a boat can also make it capsize (
水能载舟,亦能覆舟).Lets always bear in mind that the people can support us, they can also abandon us.
PR leadership Council will have to conduct a thorough post mortem to identify the reasons for such heavy defeats.
I am particularly surprised at the drifting away of Chinese support in Galas as this is the second state seat where there was such a strong swing against a PR candidate.
There was a significant Chinese swing in last year’s Bagan Pinang by election in Negeri Sembilan.
In the Hulu Selangor by election where Datuk Zaid Ibrahim was defeated, there was a swing of Malay and Indian voters away from PR.
Hence, the swing of Chinese votes against PR in Galas is worrying. 
PR will stand to lose many parliamentary and state seats if the Malay, Indian and Chinese do swing away from PR in the next general election.
In fact, there could be a possible political tsunami against PR.
However, all is not lost as we will have some time
 to re-organise, re-invent and re-strategise our political approach and policies to win over lost ground since it will be at least a few more months before a snap polls will be held.
PKR lost in Ijok by election in April, 2007, but PR scored an unprecedented electoral success in the 2008 general election.
Let’s work harder to ensure that PR’s electoral objective of “March towards Putrajaya”will become a success in the next general election.
Deepavali signifies the victory of light over darkness. There must be more light in this beautiful country.
I call on all Indians and all other Malaysians to unite to shine the light of justice, freedom and solidarity and to bring about a better Malaysia for all Malaysians in the next general election.
5/11/10

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Come next General Election, Malaysians of all races must rise to the occasion and ensure PR takes Putra Jaya

I spoke last night at Cameron Highlands which is only an hours drive from Galas. The by election at Galas which will take place on Thursday 4thNovember2010 is expected to be a tight race. Given to understand for over a decade there has been no formal political dinner talks held in Cameron Highlands by the DAP in the scale it was done yesterday. Among the speakers were CM Lim Guan Eng, Augustine, Simathri, Thomas Su, Tony Puah, Chong Eng, Leong Mei Meng and many others. It was well attended.

Among other matter i spoke on the following issues;

It has been more than a year since Dato Sri Najib took over from Tun Abdullah as the nation’s 6th prime minster.

As usual, a new prime minister will introduce his own slogan and make promises.
Najib has introduced 1 Malaysia concept and promised that he will be a prime minister for all Malaysians. He has often stressed People first, Performance Now slogan.

But has he been able to walk his talk? Or is BN government still “ cakap tidak serupa bikin” ?

The answer is obvious, BN government is unable to change and it is still “cakap tidak serupa bikin”!

Let’s look at some issues and cases.

There is still shortage of Chinese primary schools in various parts of the country but yet no new school can be built based on need.

Many schools still have to raise their own money from the public to upgrade their much needed infrastructure and facilities. Students will still have to pay miscellaneous fees to help support the schools.

One Tmail primary school in Hulu Selangor had no Tenaga Nasional electricity and water supplies for a few decades only had such supplies connected in the recently parliamentary by election.

In the Sibu by election, the prime minister abandoned his “People First, Performance Now” slogan and wanted to make a “You help me, I help you” deal with the voters on the issue of flood problem. Of course, when the by election results were announced, he knew the people’s answer was “No deal!”.

Najib recently declared that the government’s stand is zero tolerance against racism, but what satisfactory action has been taken against the Johor school head who made derogatory and insulting racial slurs against the students?

Cakap tidak serupa bikin!

If BN government really believes in People First, Performance Now slogan , then eligible farmers in Cameron Highlands ought to have been given land titles, not TOL, long ago.

But instead of issuing land titles to the farmers, bulldozers were sent in to their farms.

This is not “People First, Performance Now” but “People Last, Bulldozers Now”.

The prime minister is down with chicken pox and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Today, the Deputy Prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin delivered speech on his behalf at the Second World Chinese Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur.

The Prime Minister said, “ Malaysia would not be what it is today without the industry, expertise and dedication of the Malaysian Chinese community”.
“Likewise, there will be a bleak future for Malaysia without the Chinese community’s support. We would clearly fall short of reaching the goals to become a developed nation by 2020.”

Yes, indeed the Chinese, along with the other races have made major contribution to the nation. Contribution from all, regardless of race, is much needed to make our nation a success.

The problem that the nation faces today is not the people, whether Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans, Orang Asli or other minorities.

The greatest problem is because we have a government that cannot change and has failed to make Malaysians feel that there is usual place for all under the Malaysian sun.

Despite being a resource rich country, Malaysia has been said to face bankruptcy in 2019 unless food, petrol and other subsidies are cut.
Can the Malaysians continue to place their hopes on BN?

The answer is a big NO.

Come next general election, Malaysians of all races must rise to the occasion and ensure the success of Pakatan Rakyat’s electoral objective of March Towards Putrajaya.

2/11/10

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ஜ.செ.க ஈப்போ பாராட் தீபாவளி திறந்த இல்ல உபசரிப்பு -Rumah Terbuka Deepavali DAP Ipoh Barat.

ஈப்போ பாராட் நாடாளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர் அலுவலகம் ஏற்பாட்டில், ஜ.செ.க ஈப்போ பாராட் கிளைகளின் இணை ஆதரவோடு தீபாவளி அன்று 05/11/2010 வெள்ளிக்கிழமை மாலை 6.30 மணியளவில், எண் 182 , ஜாலான் குவலா கங்க்சார், தாமான் பூ ஒன் (ராஜம்மா உணவகம் அருகில்), ஜ.செ.க சேவை மையத்தில் தீபாவளி திறந்த இல்ல உபசரிப்பு நடைபெறவுள்ளது என்று இதன் வழி தெரிவிக்கின்றோம்.

இந்நிகழ்வுக்கு பேராக் மாநில முன்னாள் மந்திரி பெசார் டத்தோ ஸ்ரீ நிஜார்,
ஈப்போ பாராட் நாடாளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர் மு.குலசேகரன், ஈப்போ தீமோர் நாடாளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர் லிம் கிட் சியாங் போன்ற தலைவர்களுடன் இதர மக்கள் கூட்டணி தலைவர்களும் இதில் கலந்து சிறப்பு வருகை புரிவர். பொது மக்கள் அனைவரும் இந்நிகழ்வில் கலந்து கொள்ளுமாறு கேட்டுக்கொள்ளப்படுகிறது.

Satu majlis rumah terbuka sempena perayaan "Deepavali" akan diadakan anjuran bersama Pejabat Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat dan cawangan-cawangan Dap Ipoh Barat pada 05/11/2010 jam pukul 6.00ptg - 9.00mlm di Pusat Khidmat DAP Ipoh Barat (Caw.Jln Kuala Kangsar) di alamat No:182, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Taman Fu Oon, 30010, Ipoh Perak (bersebelahan Restoran Rajammah).

Tetamu-tetamu kehormat yang akan menghadiri rumah terbuka ini adalah Dato Seri Nizar Bin Jamaluddin, Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat M.Kulasegaran, Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Timor Sdr Lim Kit Siang dan barisan pimpinan PR Negeri Perak. Orang ramai dijemput hadir bagi memeriahkan lagi jamuan ini.

Nota : Rakan-rakan media juga dipelawa untuk menghadiri jamuan terbuka ini.

Sekian

Monday, November 1, 2010

If BN fails to build a new Chinese school in Bercham PR will do so

Speech at the “March Towards Putra Jaya” Dinner in Bercham, Ipoh on Sunday, October 31, 2010
 
Bercham has over a population of 100,000 people and over 90% are Chinese.

Over 60 years ago when Bercham was just a village, SJK (C) Bercham was built.
 
Today the school has 38 class rooms and over 3000 pupils. The school has almost all its class rooms crammed with a student population of over 50 students per class room. 

Internationally, the recommended student population per class room is 25. 

Numerous times the Barisan Nasional government has been saying in Parliament that the long term objective of the Education Ministry is to achieve the ideal ratio of 25 students per class.

Over the years, the SJK (C) Bercham has seen an increase in the enrollment of students and now the average number of students per class room is 50.

The school has also to turn away many students as the school has been just too over crowded.
Presently the school has two sessions.

Last week it was announced that the Federal Government has set aside an allocation of Rm3million for the upgrading and building of 33 new class rooms.

With the building of the new class rooms for the first time the school will be run in a single session.

We welcome this announcement with reservations because all extra classes will be squeezed into the already overcrowded school size of 2.4 hectares 

As the    school ground will be taken up for building the new class rooms, this will result in lack of place for sports facilities. 

In fact, the proposed increase of class rooms is contrary to the guide lines issued by the Education Ministry.   

In December 2007, MCA former Bercham Assemblyman Gooi Seng Teck said a new Chinese school could not be built in Bercham as there was

 no available place for the construction of Chinese school unless a private land owner donated a piece of land for this purpose.

I immediately issued a public challenge to him and MCA to look at a piece of land which had been reserved for the building of a school in the Bercham area.

Just about 3km away from the present school compound, there is a parcel of land measuring over 5 acres which has been reserved for a school.

DAP has over the years consistently stated our stand that this land should be utilized for the building of a new Chinese primary school.

I had even said then that if the Government gave the approval, I would be making the necessary fund raising arrangement for the building of the new school.

My challenge was however not taken up. 

Our fear is that as the land has been idle for over 10 years, it may one day be gazatted or alienated for some other purpose than the building of a school.

When I recently raised this issue in Parliament, the Deputy Minister of Education Wee Ka Siong said the present SJK(C) Bercham could accommodate the increase of students.

Now with the allocation of RM3 million announcements meant for the building of additional classrooms, it has proven that Wee’s earlier assertion has been wrong and misleading.   

It baffles me why cannot the piece of land already reserved for the building of a school be the new site of a new Chinese primary school to cater to the needs of the Bercham people?

Often times MCA has cited the lack of land as one of the reasons why new Chinese primary schools cannot be built. So what is going on here seems so perplexing!

Is there a hidden agenda?

The Education Ministry must explain why it has refused to do what is logical, that is, to erect a new school on the reserved land?

If BN fails to build a new Chinese school in Bercham PR will do so when we take over Putra Jaya 
31/10/10

Speech at Kampar

I spoke at the dinner talk organized by DAP Pekan Kampar, Kampar on Saturday.

Among issues I spoke on are
1. Najib promised high income for
Malaysians, but in his 2011 Budget, he announced increasing the service tax from 5 % to 6 %.

 Cakap tidak serupa bikin.

 

2.       Service tax covers so many things. You will now have to pay more for your telekom or mobile phone bills. You will pay more when you dine in restaurants. Associations which hold annual dinners will also have to pay more in service tax. When your child gets married and a 50 table dinner is organized, you will know that 1% increased service tax means a lot.

 

3.       People are bored with RTM programmes and hence subscribe to Astro programmers, now the subscribers have to pay tax too.

 

4.       So is this a people friendly budget?

 

5.       Iris Jala said if subsidies for food, petrol etc not cut, Malaysia will go bankrupt in 2019. So logically speaking, govt should be more careful and prudent with spending.

 

6.       But PM announced the building of a 100 storey high tower. PM‘s wife recently organized

 a First Ladies conference which cost taxpayer a bomb. Only 1l9 of 192 countries sent their first ladies and almost all were from African countries.

 What type of Conference is this?

 


7.       The face book campaign to oppose mega tower project has reached 200k.

  We call on more people, especially the young ones who are face book account holders to show their voice and strength through face book power. Let the PM know that Malaysia does not need anymore mega tower.

Launching of "DVD" in Sitiawan

On 25th August2010 the Perak state Government formally announced the cancellation of intended acquisition of Indian Heritage land in Sitiawan. Public out cry, demonstrations and the subsequent arrest by the police was well documented via "DVD".
I was invited to speak at the launching of the said "DVD". My speech as follows: 

To bring about a second and bigger political tsunami in the next general election, the Indian voters shall have to again play their kingmaker role.
 

In the 2008 elections, the Indians” support for the Opposition has helped to bring about the political tsunami which dealt the Barisan Nasional its unprecedented electoral debacle.

The Indian voters have played the kingmaker role.

But of late, public opinion surveys have shown that the Indian support for Pakatan Rakyat is wavering. 

In the Bagan Pinang and Hulu Selangor by elections, the results have shown that there was an obvious swing of Indian support for the Barisan Nasional candidates. 

It is not an exaggeration to say that if the Indian support for the Opposition continues to decline, then our twin objectives to recapture Perak state power and to win Federal power in the next general election will be very much affected.

Hence, Pakatan Rakyat must identify the reasons for the Indian voter swing in favour of BN and implement effective strategies, plans and policies to arrest the decline and win back the much needed support.

In fact, PR’s aim must not only be to arrest the decline, but we must go all out to ensure that there will be even increased Indian support for PR compared to the 2008 general election.

Tonight’s meeting is therefore called to discuss proposals on PR strategies and policies specially for the purpose of winning greater Indian support in the coming general election that is strongly speculated to be held within 6 months.

I will propose that the very first thing that we should discuss is on policies of the PR state governments.

Lets discuss whether correct or enough policies for the benefits of the Indians have been implemented and what are the areas and weaknesses which need to be addressed.

Let’s also identify and propose new policies which should be implemented, be they short or long term policies.

It is very clear that the people‘s yearn for political change and the support for PR is still very strong.

But the 2008 political tsunami was made possible because of the king maker role of the Indian voters.
To bring about a second and bigger political tsunami in the next general election, the Indian voters shall have to again play their kingmaker role.
It is therefore imperative for us to ensure that the Indians will continue to play their kingmaker role.
29/10/10