Friday, December 31, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR

"The mind can create millions of miracles; all that is required that we consciously learn to control and direct our thoughts.

In the coming New Year, may we all learn how to make our happiest dreams come true. Happy New Year 2011 to all Malaysian's. Have a great journey in 2011"








From,

Mr & Mrs M.Kulasegaran

All Ipoh Barat MP Office Staff's

All DAP Ipoh Barat Action Team Member's

All DAP Ipoh Barat Branch Member's

Formation of Ipoh Barat Action Team.


With snap poll being strongly speculated to be held in March or April next year, DAP must make all out preparation for the nation’s most important general election.

The next general election will be one where for the first time in the nation’s electoral history, the opposition coalition will be seen as a serious contender for governmental power.

It will be a real tough fight as BN will definitely use its might of money, manpower and machinery, including dirty tactics to win the election.

DAP must therefore go into the coming election better prepared than any other previous election.

I am therefore glad to officiate the launching of the DAP Ipoh Barat Action Team on 30/12/2010, as part of our election preparation. The following have volunteered to be part of the Ipoh Barat Action Team:


K.Ananthan, Chen Kok Kheng, K.H.Khoo, Susan Ang, Yew Soon Seng, R.Leong, Phang Yoke Wah, Leong Ah Kaw,Cheng Khon Hooi, Yau Hoi Wah, Chin Kui Len, Hew You Yim, A.Suganthi, Dr.Jayabalan, Segaran, R.K.Muthu

I wish to thank the volunteers and DAP members for their participation in this Action Team.

The formation of the Action Team will help the elected representatives of DAP Ipoh Barat in providing better service and reaching out to the people.

In view of the fact that close to half a million qualified Perakians have yet to sign up as voters, an urgent task which should be embarked on by the Action Team is to endeavor to get as many as possible to register themselves.

There are also many young people who have ideals and we must therefore reach out to them and enlist them in our struggle for a better Malaysia for all.

Hence, dialogue sessions with the young people should be periodically planned.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

PR state Governments must do more for Indian Voters

My speech at the dialogue session with DAP Negeri Sembilan Indian leaders and members in Kuala Pilah on Tuesday, December 28, 2010.

Tenang by election is most likely the last by election before the nation sees a snap poll as signs are getting clearer that the prime minister is seriously thinking about dissolving the parliament in March or April next year. There has also been speculation that the snap poll may be held in the second quarter of next year.

I am more inclined to believe that it will be held in the first quarter of next year. This leaves us with only 3 months to make all out preparation for the snap polls. Undoubtedly, the coming general election is the most important and crucial election in the nation’s political and electoral history.

In all past elections, no political commentator or analyst would view with seriousness the question of whether the BN government could be toppled. In fact, not many would even think that BN could ever lose its two thirds parliamentary majority seats.

But the political tsunami in the last general election has changed the political landscape and thinking in the country. Now, even BN leaders have said they cannot take power and the people’s support for granted. Some have even said that without reforms, BN can be toppled. But has BN reformed?

Despite all the emphasis on the 1 Malaysia concept, BN government is still unable to ensure that there will be an equal place for all Malaysians under the Malaysian sun. BN can and will make cosmetic changes but it is like a political dinausor which is unable to make significant changes.
BN has too much political inertia and too little political will. BN can talk about the need to change , but in reality, it cannot change or change much.

Hence, for Malaysians who have yearned for changes which will Malaysia a better place for all, their option is to vote for Pakatan Rakyat. The Indian voters who have played their kingmaker role in the last general election must therefore rise to the occasion again to bring about a new federal government. PR must therefore reach out to the Indian community and PR state governments must do more for the Indian voters.
PR must do its utmost to convince the Indian community that PR is their beacon of hope for a better Malaysia for all Malaysians, especially the Indians who have been long been marginalized under the BN rule.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Gift for Kids

It is end of year now. Parents will have to get ready their school going children with books and school uniforms.

Despite the fact that education is free in our primary and secondary schools, parents still have to fork out heavy expenses when school reopens.

This situation is tough for parents who do not earn much. Malaysians not earning enough to have a decent life

Households in Malaysia cannot make ends meet with less that RM 2000 a month and at least 70 per cent of Malaysian households earn RM 2000 or less. The minimum household income in the urban centers would be RM 3000.

Malaysian workers, the Human Resources Ministry stated in August 2010 that the National Employment Return study of 2009 found that 34 per cent of the country’s workforce earned less than RM700 a month which was below the poverty line (RM720 per mensem).

Another 37% earned between RM700 to RM1500, giving 71 percent of the labor force earning RM 1500 or less of more than 11 million in a total population of 28 million

DAP Ipoh Barat selected and gave school uniforms and a set of shoes to alleviate parents financial stress.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What is not democratically possible can be done undemocratically!

By
P Ramakrishnan

Malaysians today witnessed another sordid attempt to make a mockery of the parliamentary system as four opposition MPs were suspended in highly undemocratic circumstances, writes P Ramakrishnan.
What is not democratically possible, it seems, can be achieved undemocratically. We witnessed this despicable undermining of parliamentary democracy in the shameful episode of the Perak debacle.
We have witnessed today (16-12-10), another sordid attempt to make a mockery of the parliamentary system in the quest for power.

The pattern is obvious; the method is devious. It is undoubtedly a deliberate attempt to secure the two-third majority the BN lost in the 12th General Election in March 2008.

Apparently, in this attempt justice is being trampled upon with impunity and shamelessly. The lust for power drives the BN to adopt unethical means to pulverise the Opposition by the tyranny of the BN majority.
It is a pity that the august institution of Parliament was reduced to a shambles, ignoring totally the sacred principles of natural justice. There was not even the pretence of going through the motion of a civilized debate. It was bizarre!

How could the Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee deny Anwar Ibrahim the right to be heard and defend himself?
How could this Committee come to any conclusion by refusing to hear Anwar’s right of reply? How could this Committee lay any claim to being fair, unbiased and guided by the principles of justice when it did not even allow Anwar to be represented by his Counsel?

The Chairman of this Committee was the Speaker of Parliament. According to the records of the Hansard, the Speaker had assured Anwar that he would be given the opportunity to defend himself at the rights and privileges committee meeting.

Yet as Chairman of the Committee, he did not honour his word and permit Anwar to appear before the Committee to defend himself.

He cannot claim that “there was a motion from the committee member, saying that there was no need to listen to the defence… And then, I put it to vote. That was all. I didn’t vote in the committee.” There is no merit in his statement.
He had a solemn duty to guide the Committee to observe the principles natural justice. He had violated this sacred duty by seemingly allowing himself to be led by his nose. His task does not simply imply that he only presides without exercising responsibilities of a chairman entrusted to him. He cannot justify his action by simply stating, “I was just a chair of the rights and privileges committee… I didn’t vote.”

As Speaker, he does not vote either but that does not mean he cannot exercise his discretion to come out with a ruling.

Doesn’t he as Speaker over-rule motions submitted for debate and uphold certain points raised by the MPs?

Doesn’t he have certain authority as Chairman to ensure that the conduct of the Committee is rooted in justice?
Karpal had a point when he pointed out that there was a conflict of interest in the Speaker when he chaired the House session. Pandikar was the Chairman of the committee which recommended Anwar’s six-month suspension from Parliament. How can he be neutral in this issue when he presides as Speaker? Karpal rightly pointed out, “You have lost your moral authority to sit in the chair.”

From what was reported, Karpal was to be admonished according to the report of the rights and privileges committee.

How then did it take a turn and suddenly become suspension from Parliament?

Who twisted this fact to punish Karpal? The suspension of Azmin and Sivarasa was also very peculiar.

They were not asked to show cause and neither were they allowed to defend themselves. No sufficient notice was given; instead the whole charade was rushed through as if the BN just wanted to get over with this nasty episode.

Without a tinge of conscience the tyranny of the majority prevailed for a purpose. The BN now is within sight of a two-thirds majority in Parliament. If it achieves that, it can do whatever it wants without a care for the rights of the minority. The Federal Constitution is in danger of being mutilated, as has been the case, under the BN.

We are reminded of what Edmund Burke said about tyranny: “The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.”

As some wit once said, a government that fails to honour the law on which it is based only invites rebellion. No sane Malaysian wants to go that way.

P Ramakrishnan is president of Aliran

Funeral fit for a "KING"

By

Dr Chen Man Hin, DAP life advisor

On December 16th, about 10 DAP members attended Fan Yew Teng’s funeral, which was held at the Church of the Redeemer in Bangkok. Sdr Lim Kit Siang, Sdr Fong Kui Lun, Sdr Lee Kow and Dr Chen represented the DAP. Five other, members from Selangor drove all the way from KL to Bangkok for the funeral.

There was also a second service, this time in a Buddhist Wat. Fan Yew Teng found the chants, prayers and psalms very soothing when situations were stressful. He requested for buddhist rites, according to his wife, this service was well attended.

At both services, there were crowds of people. Among those present were Thais and members of the diplomatic corps representing countries of the world. You could say that Sdr Fan Yew Teng had a funeral fit for a king.

And rightly so, as Fan was a champion of the poor and oppressed not only of Malaysia but also the countries of the world through his participation and links with international socialist organisations.

It is also well known that his wife, Noeleen Heyzer shared his enthusiasm to save the world. Her work as a United Nations Under Secretary General all these years had helped many countries to take the road to peace and prosperity.

Sdr Fan must have been a very happy man to have a lifetime companion who share his ideals and hopes. They would have mutually encouraged and inspired each other in the task to achieve a better world.
True to character, Fan does not abandon his ideals or unfinished business. Although he has gone, he has left us a legacy which will ensure that his lifetime work is left to posterity. His work will live on through the FAN-HEYZER FAMILY — his wife Noeleen and daughters Lilian and Pauline.

Noeleen was a champion of human rights and justice in her own right. While quietly pushing for peace, security and progress in the poorer and less developed countries. She has achieved international recognition for her work. she won a Fulbright scholarship in her youth. To day she holds the post of the Chief Executive of United Nations ESCAP (Economic Social Commission Asia Pacific), headquartered in Bangkok.

He also left a legacy of two very bright daughters, Oxford scholars Lilian and Pauline who think and speak in the fashion of their late father. Maybe they might become the future Fan Yew Tengs also?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Teenagers in Sex; MIC have evidence



It is reported in todays NST that many tenages are hoodwinked into taking nude photos and then this girls are blackmailed into having sex.

We want the police to conduct investigations and bring this culprits to court and charge them. MIC Youth seems to have some evidence. The whole NST report is as follows;




KUALA LUMPUR: Local syndicates are targeting Indian girls as young as 16 by luring them to take pictures or videos of themselves naked, and then blackmailing the girls into having sex with them.

The syndicates were mostly based in Rawang, Selangor, with one or two in Johor, said MIC Youth secretary C. Sivarajah.

Based on its findings, the youth wing said that some of the groups were targeting schoolgirls as young as 16, as well as factory and girls working in supermarkets, promising them love and marriage before duping them into posing naked.


"After taking their nude pictures and videos, the girls were made to do whatever the guy wanted. Otherwise, their pictures would be uploaded on the Internet or circulated to others," he told the New Straits Times in an interview.

The youth wing had also received cases of girls being forced into prostitution after their nude pictures were taken.

He recalled a case last year where a 17-year-old girl was asked by her boyfriend to pose naked, for a person said to be a loan shark, as payment for money loaned.


"The girl, wanting to prove her love, agreed. The guy who had pretended to be a loan shark, later blackmailed her to have sex with him if she did not want her pictures to be circulated. It was only after he made her have sex with five other men that the girl realised that her boyfriend was part of the syndicate. When she refused to do it any more, they released her pictures."

He related another case early this year where three Form Five girls were befriended by a man from one of the syndicates, promising them love and marriage and persuaded them to pose naked.

"He later took them to Penang for a holiday and there threatened to distribute their pictures if they did not engage in sexual acts. He later sold them to a prostitution ring there."


Sivarajah said the youth wing had tried to help the victims by approaching and negotiating with the men who took the pictures.

"But by the time the victims came to us for help, it would have been too late and their pictures would already be circulating via MMS (multimedia messaging service)."

He added that there have been cases of parents complaining that police allegedly did not take their complaints seriously.

"We urge the police to take this matter seriously. We are willing to work with anyone who can help solve this issue, which is increasingly becoming a big problem among young people today.

"It is not difficult to trace or hunt the men behind the pictures and videos. The question is, are the authorities willing to do it?"

He said amendments needed to be made to Sections 211 and 233 of the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Act 1998, and Section 292 of the Penal Code.

"We need heavier punishments like a longer jail term or even caning for those charged under these acts."

He said parents also needed to warn their children of such dangers and tactics by unscrupulous men who prey on vulnerable women.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Indian voters will play a very important and in fact decisive role in Tenang

19/12/10
Now attending the PR convention at Kepala Batas. Decided to pen a few words on the on coming by-election Tenang state constituency in Johore.


Following the death of Tenang Assemblyman, the nation will see the 14 th by election since the 2008 general election.

Johor has always been BN stronghold and Tenang is undoubtedly one of its strongest territories.

In the 2008 general election, BN candidate Datuk Sulaiman had won the seat by a 2,492-vote majority while in 2004, he had won a whopping 5517 vote majority.

Going by the two previous general election results, it is therefore not entirely wrong for political observers and analysts to say that the by election is only to determine what sort of majority will BN achieve as BN’s victory is already a certainty.

However, when Sibu by election was held this year, all prediction was that it would be near impossible for DAP candidate Sdr Wong Ho Leng to win the seat as it had always been a traditional BN stronghold.

But Sdr Wong won. Hence, while we need to admit that the Tenang by election

is going to be a real uphill battle for Pakatan Rakyat, we will go all out to create a political miracle.

According to the Election Commission's 2008 statistics, the Tenang seat has the following breakdown of voters - Malays (49.66 percent), Chinese (38.13 percent), Indians (12.11 percent) and others (0.10 percent).

The Indian voters will play a very important and in fact decisive role in the Tenang by election result.

DAP Indian leaders will go all out to ensure that the Tenang Indian voters will deliver the strongest ever support to the Opposition.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Funeral fit for a king

By
Dr Chen Man Hin, DAP life advisor

On December 16th, about 10 DAP members attended Fan Yew Teng’s funeral, which was held at the Church of the Redeemer in Bangkok. Sdr Lim Kit Siang, Sdr Fong Kui Lun, Sdr Lee Kow and Dr Chen represented the DAP. Five other, members from Selangor drove all the way from KL to Bangkok for the funeral.

There was also a second service, this time in a Buddhist Wat. Fan Yew Teng found the chants, prayers and psalms very soothing when situations were stressful. He requested for buddhist rites, according to his wife, this service was well attended.

At both services, there were crowds of people. Among those present were Thais and members of the diplomatic corps representing countries of the world. You could say that Sdr Fan Yew Teng had a funeral fit for a king.

And rightly so, as Fan was a champion of the poor and oppressed not only of Malaysia but also the countries of the world through his participation and links with international socialist organisations.

It is also well known that his wife, Noeleen Heyzer shared his enthusiasm to save the world. Her work as a United Nations Under Secretary General all these years had helped many countries to take the road to peace and prosperity.

Sdr Fan must have been a very happy man to have a lifetime companion who share his ideals and hopes. They would have mutually encouraged and inspired each other in the task to achieve a better world.
True to character, Fan does not abandon his ideals or unfinished business. Although he has gone, he has left us a legacy which will ensure that his lifetime work is left to posterity. His work will live on through the FAN-HEYZER FAMILY — his wife Noeleen and daughters Lilian and Pauline.

Noeleen was a champion of human rights and justice in her own right. While quietly pushing for peace, security and progress in the poorer and less developed countries. She has achieved international recognition for her work. she won a Fulbright scholarship in her youth. To day she holds the post of the Chief Executive of United Nations ESCAP (Economic Social Commission Asia Pacific), headquartered in Bangkok.

He also left a legacy of two very bright daughters, Oxford scholars Lilian and Pauline who think and speak in the fashion of their late father. Maybe they might become the future Fan Yew Tengs also?

Funeral fit for a king

By
Dr Chen Man Hin, DAP life advisor

On December 16th, about 10 DAP members attended Fan Yew Teng’s funeral, which was held at the Church of the Redeemer in Bangkok. Sdr Lim Kit Siang, Sdr Fong Kui Lun, Sdr Lee Kow and Dr Chen represented the DAP. Five other, members from Selangor drove all the way from KL to Bangkok for the funeral.

There was also a second service, this time in a Buddhist Wat. Fan Yew Teng found the chants, prayers and psalms very soothing when situations were stressful. He requested for buddhist rites, according to his wife, this service was well attended.

At both services, there were crowds of people. Among those present were Thais and members of the diplomatic corps representing countries of the world. You could say that Sdr Fan Yew Teng had a funeral fit for a king.

And rightly so, as Fan was a champion of the poor and oppressed not only of Malaysia but also the countries of the world through his participation and links with international socialist organisations.

It is also well known that his wife, Noeleen Heyzer shared his enthusiasm to save the world. Her work as a United Nations Under Secretary General all these years had helped many countries to take the road to peace and prosperity.

Sdr Fan must have been a very happy man to have a lifetime companion who share his ideals and hopes. They would have mutually encouraged and inspired each other in the task to achieve a better world.
True to character, Fan does not abandon his ideals or unfinished business. Although he has gone, he has left us a legacy which will ensure that his lifetime work is left to posterity. His work will live on through the FAN-HEYZER FAMILY — his wife Noeleen and daughters Lilian and Pauline.

Noeleen was a champion of human rights and justice in her own right. While quietly pushing for peace, security and progress in the poorer and less developed countries. She has achieved international recognition for her work. she won a Fulbright scholarship in her youth. To day she holds the post of the Chief Executive of United Nations ESCAP (Economic Social Commission Asia Pacific), headquartered in Bangkok.

He also left a legacy of two very bright daughters, Oxford scholars Lilian and Pauline who think and speak in the fashion of their late father. Maybe they might become the future Fan Yew Tengs also?

Appointment of new Secretary

Richard Leong appointed as political secretary to M Kulasegaran, DAP MP for Ipoh Barat.

Effective December 16, Sdr Richard Leong has been appointed as the political secretary to M Kulasegaran, DAP MP for Ipoh Barat.

Leong. 46, is a businessman who hails from Tapah. He writes fluently in English and Bahasa Malaysia.

He speaks Mandarin as well as Cantonese, Hakka and Hokkein dialects.
He is currently the Chairman of DAP Chendering branch and Tapah Parliamentary Laision Committee.

Leong is committed to the DAP’s ideals and is known for his hard working attitude and down to earth approach.

He is always with the people on the ground. In fact, he has been doing political work and service for Kulasegaran on a voluntary basis for some time

Thursday, December 16, 2010

நாடாளுமன்றத்தில் ஜனநாயக கொலை, குலசேகரன் எம்.பி

சபாநாயகர் நாடாளுமன்ற கூட்டத்தை தனது இரும்பு கரங்களை கொண்டு அவையை வழி நடத்துகிறார். அதற்க்கு தேசிய முன்னணியின் அரசியல் அராஜகமும் திரைமறைவில் உள்ளது என்பது அசைக்க முடியாத உண்மை. கடந்த இரு வாரங்களாக சபாநாயகர், பொறுப்பான இடத்தில் அமர்ந்துக்கொண்டு பொறுப்பில்லாமல் நாளும் ஜனநாயகத்தை சிதைத்துக்கொண்டு இருக்கிறார் என்கிறார்கள் மக்கள். அது பகிரங்கமான உண்மையும் கூட. "

மேலும் படிக்க இணைதலை சொடுக்கவும் http://www.semparuthi.com/?p=5662

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

MP Kula 'lupakan' kereta, guna ETS ke Parlimen

Oleh G Manimaran


KUALA LUMPUR, 14 Dis - Sejak Parlimen mula bersidang Oktober lalu, Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat M Kulasegaran melalui pengalaman baru - menggunakan Perkhidmatan Tren Elekterik (ETS) untuk berulang-alik antara Ipoh dan ibu negara.

"Secara kebetulan ETS mula operasi sejak Ogos lalu dan sidang Dewan Rakyat bermula Oktober, jadi saya memutuskan untuk menggunakan perkhidmatan ETS untuk datang ke Kuala Lumpur dan menghadiri sidang Parlimen," kata Kulasegaran yang seolah-olah sudah melupakan keretanya untuk ibu negara sejak KTMB menyediakan perkhidmatan ETS.

"Sepatutnya ETS sudah mula beroperasi tahun 2003, tetapi ia tertangguh hampir tujuh tahun. Jika perkhidmatan ETS diadakan ketika itu, saya sudah pasti telah lama menggunakan ETS," kata wakil rakyat DAP ini.

Wakil rakyat ini berkongsi bahawa beliau sama sekali tidak kisah mengenai status selaku Ahli Parlimen atau merasakan status terjejas dengan menaiki kereta api untuk menghadiri sidang Parlimen.

"Tidak, tidak. Saya merasakan lebih selesa dan selamat... ini bukan soal status, tetapi saya dapat melakukan banyak kerja dalam dua setengah jam perjalanan dari Ipoh ke Kuala Lumpur," kata Kulasegaran.

Kulasegaran lazimnya akan menaiki kereta api pada pukul 5.30 pagi setiap Isnin bagi membolehkannya berada di Parlimen menjelang pukul 10 pagi dan akan kembali ke Ipoh pada petang Khamis. Beliau akan kembali ke kawasannya jika ada urusan antara Isnin dan Khamis setiap minggu.

Kadangkala rakan sejawatannya dari Batu Gajah Fong Po Kuan juga menggunakan perkhidmatan ETS.

Di kalangan ahli-ahli Parlimen, Datuk Shahrir Samad juga pernah menggunakan kereta api ERL untuk pejabatnya di Putrajaya ketika menerajui Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna dua tahun lalu.

Sudah pasti, satu kelebihan di pihak Kulasegaran ialah stesen kereta api Ipoh terletak di bahagian Parlimennya - Ipoh Barat.

"Semasa saya belajar di England, saya selalu menggunakan perkhidmatan kereta api... saya lihat ramai peguam, hakim dan ahli-ahli politik menggunakan perkhidmatan. Ia satu pemandangan biasa di Britain.

"Jadi, saya tidak rasa janggal atau pelik apabila menaiki kereta api selaku wakil rakyat sekarang, sepatutnya wakil rakyat menjadi teladan dalam hal-hal seperti ini," kata Kulasegaran yang Naib Pengerusi DAP Kebangsaan, yang menjelaskan beliau boleh menyempurnakan banyak kerja sepanjang perjalanan.

"Kalau nak lelap sementara, boleh habis membaca majalah TIME misalnya, boleh buat 'kerja rumah' sebagai persiapan menghadapi sidang Parlimen... macam-maca lagi," kata beliau yang turut mengakui seringkali menerima notis saman kerana memandu laju.

"Keadaan (saman ekor), saya boleh elakkan, saya pernah terlibat dalam kemalangan di lebuh raya... saya rasa saya lebih tenang," katanya lagi.

"Malah, saya juga biasanya akan bertemu dengan pengundi-pengundi saya yang menggunakan ETS. Jadi, ini peluang bagi saya berbual dengan mereka, dalam memahami masalah mereka dan menjalin hubungan mesra antara pengundi dan wakil rakyat... ini semua satu peluang," kata beliau yang merupakan Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat sejak 2004. Beliau memenangi kerusi Parlimen Teluk Intan pada 1997 dan tewas dalam saingan pilihan raya umum 1999.

Peguam ini menambah, beliau juga dapat menjimatkan kos perjalanan pada kadar yang cukup besar. "Kalau saya menggunakan kereta, saya akan menghabiskan sekitar RM200, setiap untuk perjalanan pergi balik. Jika menggunakan ETS sekarang, kos dalam lingkungan separuh sahaja," katanya yang menghinap di hotel berhampiran dengan KL Sentral.

Dari KL Sentral beliau akan menggunakan perkhidmatan awam teksi untuk ke bangunan Parlimen. "Akhirnya kita bebas daripada pelbagai masalah termasuk ruang tempat letak kereta dan sebagainya," katanya yang turut menambah bahawa sepatutnya perkhidmatan ETS di Malaysia seharusnya lebih canggih seiring dengan kemajuan teknologi.

"Kita seharusnya ada sistem ETS yang lebih ke hadapan, sistem yang ada sekarang ini ketinggalan dua tiga dekad, berbanding dengan apa yang ada di China," katanya.

Perjalanan pula biasanya memakan masa kira-kira dua setengah hingga tiga jam, dan mungkin lebih lama lagi jika pada musim cuti atau perayaan. Pengunjung ke Ipoh boleh menggunakan ETS yang dibangunkan dengan kos RM48 juta yang merupakan tren pertama yang dilengkapi sistem kamera litar tertutup (CCTV) sebagai langkah keselamatan, kafeteria dan tandas.
ETS yang mula beroperasi sejak 12 Ogos lepas dilaporkan telah menarik purata antara 1,200 dan 1,400 penumpang setiap hari sepanjang dua bulan tersebut.

Waktu operasi dari Ipoh ke Kuala Lumpur bermula seawal pukul 4 pagi dan tamat 6.30 petang manakala tren dari Kuala Lumpur ke Ipoh pula bermula seawal pukul 6.20 pagi dan tamat pada 9 malam.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Health Minister Should Explain on steps taken to adress oversupply of Doctors.

Dato Seri Liow Tiong Lai should explain to the people what effective steps he will take to address the problem of oversupply of doctors.

On Nov 27, The Star has highlighted concerns about a glut on the number of housemen and the quality of fresh medical graduates.

Yesterday, the Star reported that the Government will impose a five-year moratorium on medical programmes as an immediate measure to prevent the glut in housemen from becoming worse.The moratorium will prohibit the launch of new medical programmes in the country.

Existing medical schools will be encouraged to focus more on quality. This is a decision which should have been made earlier. In fact, the glut problem should not have arisen at all .In June this year, I have raised the issue of oversupply of doctors in the country.

I have then said:- “An oversupply will mean that the new medical graduates will face the problem of getting their compulsory housemanship training. Even if the graduates can all be placed in the public hospitals, the question that arises is whether they will obtain sufficient and quality training needed due to the high housemen to patient ratio?”
I wonder if the houseman glut problem has not been highlighted by the Star, will the Health Minister ever do something to address this serious problem.

However, the moratorium will only help to prevent the glut problem from getting worse and not immediately solve the problem. This is because presently we are already having too many medical colleges compared to our population.

Britain which has a population of 61 million has 26medical colleges, and Canada with a population of 34 million has 17 medical colleges.

But Malaysia which has a population of 27 million has 24 medical colleges. Does not this mean that we have too many medical colleges and they are overproducing
doctors?

What the nation is facing is therefore not just the issue of houseman glut, but also the oversupply of doctors. Dato Seri Liong Tong Lai should explain to the people what effective steps he will take to address the problem of oversupply of doctors.

Friday, December 10, 2010

MCA and MIC fails to support motion to censure Defence Minister





I just spoke in a public forum entitled "We are all Patriotic" at Excelsior Hotel in Ipoh.

During question time in Parliament on 9th of November, 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.

He said among the reasons for non-malays not keen in joining the armed forces was because
non-malays are lacks patriotism. Defence Minister made a baseless and insensible statement that the reason why very few non-malays join the armed forces are because they lack patriotism.

Although Defence Minister Zahid tried to explain that he did not question the patriotism of the non Malays and that he did not mean to hurt their feelings, the fact is that he is guilty of both.

Let me ask Zahid how will he feel if he is told that his sense of patriotism is not strong
because he does not join the army?

Zahid’s insensitive, baseless, unfair and irresponsible reply hurt so many people that even BN MPs openly criticized him.

In fact even retired generals came out to whack him. Rear Admiral ( rtd) K Tanabalasinam said, I don’t understand how such a statement came about….I have been through a lot and don’t care who says it, it hurts me . I am a Malaysian born and bred and intend to die here.

Brig General (rtd) Goh Seng Toh described Zahid’s statement as “unfair, stupid and racist”.

In Mid November, Zahid challenged me to join the Territorial Army to prove my patriotism. Was he not saying that if you don’t join the army, you are not patriotic?

Let me tell Zahid that I don’t have to prove my patriotism to him or prove it by joining the army.I was born here and shall die here. I shall defend the nation’s sovereignty and integrity.I am patriotic because I fight hard for a Malaysian Malaysia.

It is regrettable that no MCA or MIC Members of Parliament had stood up to support my censure motion against Zahid yesterday. None even stood up to at least debate on the issue. This again goes to show that UMNO is the big brother and others in the BN are the small brothers. Ketuanan UMNO exists in the BN coalition.

In western democratic nations, if a Minister has made similar remarks by Zahid, he will have to resign his post or face the sack. But here he is even supported by MCA and MIC MPs who have earlier criticized his remarks.


In the BN Convention, the prime minister Najib said that BN must get rid of 4 diseases, namely delusion, inertia, amnesia and arrogance. It is obvious that Zahid is still inflicted with the big disease of Arrogance. So arrogant that he did not even have to withdraw his remarks and tender an apology for it.

We cannot have any educator who will tell the students to go back to China or India. Neither can we have a Minister who questions the patriotism of the people.

Let’s teach Zahid and BN a lesson by supporting PR in the coming general election.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Motion to cut Defense Minister's allowance


There was a fierce debate when a motion to cut the Minister of Defence's salary.

Although we did not succeed to cut his allowance but the Minister ego was jolted! The following are among the matters I raised:

Speech in Parliament while debating on defense Ministry financial estimates 2010

I filed a motion under regulation 66(9) of the Standing Orders of the Dewan Rakyat to cut RM 10 of the Defence Minister's salary.

The purpose of the motion is to censure the Defence Minister for his "unfair, baseless, irresponsible and insensitive" parliamentary answer which have hurt the feelings of the non Malays.

When replying to a question in the parliament on 9thNovember, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid said that one factor causing the reluctance of non Malays to join the Malaysian armed forces had been due to the "lack of strong patriotism" among non-Malays.

Immediately I stood up and demanded Zahid to apologise and withdraw his baseless statement.

But he did not do so.

The 26th President of America said "Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President"

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic. but is morally treasonable to the American public

To translate into Malaysian system, just because we do not support the BN or by not joining the army does not make us any lesser loyal Malaysian.

In fact, many non-Malays have given their limbs and lives for this beloved country.

During the early 50's to 70's thousands of non-Malays served the armed forces when our country was going through various insurgencies, namely the Emergency and the Indonesian confrontation.

Now when there is hardly any "confrontation" why non-Malays are not keen to join the armed forces?

Rear Admiral (rtd) K.Tanabalasinam was the first local to be the Chief of Navy.

After the "unpatriotic" statement by Zahid, he said "I don't understand how such a statement came about.... .I have been through a lot, and I don't care who says it, it hurts me. I am a Malaysian born and bred, and intend to die here.

Brig Gen(Rtd) Goh Seng Toh described Zahid statement as" unfair, stupid and racist"

Both the above when Interviewed by Malaysiakini said non-Malays more often than not, are left behind when it comes to career advancement in the armed forces.

Isn't this statement a real fact?

Zahid should explain how many non-Malays are in the top echelon of the Armed Forces.

Will this problem be addressed, if so, what is the time frame for non-Malay to head the Armed Forces? Can this ever happen?

Yesterday Zahid made a Ministerial statement in Parliament and said "" he had not meant to hurt non-Malays”.

But the truth is Zahid had terribly hurt the non-Malays .Zahid fully knows it or he would not have been compelled to make a Ministerial statement.

Zahid’s refusal to retract his remarks and apologise to the non Malays further proves that he still maintains his reason why there has been reluctance of non Malays to join the army.

After having been heavily criticized by the public as well government and opposition MPs, Zahid had in mid November challenged me to prove my patriotism by joining the Territorial Army.

By challenging me to do so, was he not saying that those who do not join the army are not patriotic?

No Malaysian ‘’s loyalty should be challenged at all or challenged to prove so by joining the army.

Zahid had plenty of time to retract his remarks and apologise over it, but would not do so.


We must not have any educator who will ask a student to go back to China or India for any reason.
Similarly, we must not have a Defence Minister or any Minister who questions the patriotism and loyalty of the people.
In a western democratic nation, a Minister who has made such remarks will have resigned on his own or been given the sack by the prime minister.

Yet, after having questioned the non Malays’ patriotism, the Defence Minister chose not to retract his remarks and tender open apology to the non Malays.

I therefore call upon all MPs to rise above party line and support this censure motion.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fan Yew Teng the legend - 07/12/2010


I was shocked and sad to learn of Sdr Fan Yew Teng’s death in Bangkok.

I had known Fan for over a decade.

I first heard about this great legend in 1974 when he defeated SP Seenivasagam in the general election.

I was then a young boy but had waited eagerly for the Menglembu Parliamentary seat results which finally ended SP Seenivasagam's political career.

I was indeed very excited when he returned to the DAP in August 1998 after having left t the Party for two decades.

Soon I became close to him and would seek sometimes his advice on political issues.

Fan had always been a compassionate man, ever so generous and humble.

He had an Indian lady to clean up his rented house in Ipoh and although he did not have much personally, he paid her handsomely to ensure that she would have decent food on the table for her family.

Always sporty, he never failed to amuse me when he said that Malaysians over eat and thus walking and cycling were his chores!

He was passionate on environmental issues. He had been very concerned on the mutilation and rape of Limestone Mountains in Perak.

He truly loved his country and the people and he was so committed to the cause of fighting for an equal and just society for all.

I shall forever remember the advice he gave me in 2004 when I was invited to speak in the New Zealand Parliament on the issue of Malaysia becoming a member of International Criminal Court of the Rome statute and had asked him to vet my paper.

He threw it to me and said “Kula, when you speak in a foreign land you speak as a Malaysian MP and not like a narrow opposition MP”.

A good man he was, he will be missed by many who will remember that in his stay in mother earth he did what an honourable, principled and honest man would

Discount for traffic offence should be a permanent policy - 07/12/2010


In a move to reduce the backlog of summonses before embarking on the exercise to blacklist traffic offenders from Feb 28, discount for police summonses was announced last week.

Traffic offenders are given a 50% discount if they settle their summonses within two weeks. Those who pay up after the two-week grace period but by the end of the month will get a 30% discount.

Last evening YB Fong Po Kuan (MP for Batu Gajah), YB Thomas Su (SA for Pasir Pinji), Alicia (Thomas’s political secretary) and I made a visit to the Ipoh traffic police center, after having received public complaint about the long wait to check or pay traffic summonses.

We arrived at about 4.30pm and saw a big queue at the traffic police center. Many had been waiting for over 2hours before the police personnel l could attend to their problem.

We observed that at any one time only 2 counters were opened.

Such a situation is not satisfactory and the Police should have more counters to attend to the public.

In fact, the Police should have been more prepared for the big queue before making the discount policy announcement.

From our inquiry with the police, for all summonses issued, photographs will be made available if so asked for provided:-

1) the offence committed is within the Ipoh area

2) for out station areas one has to write to the relevant area of commission of offense

In any case a charge of Rm10 would be levied.

Although the discount policy has invited some criticism that it will give the wrong message that traffic summon has become a” bargainable product”, it is a practical and necessary measure which is welcomed by the majority of the public.

It is undeniable that a large percentage of traffic offenders do not pay their traffic summons promptly and it is therefore important for the authorities to look into this problem.

While the Home Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has rightly pointed out that some public have complained about not receiving their summonses, there are other important factors.

Firstly, the cost factor.

While there is a tendency to believe that harsher penalty can deter drivers from committing traffic violations, summonses which are not affordable will result in many offenders choosing not to pay up or pay promptly.

Secondly, are the speed limits on the highways and roads practical?

For any driver who has to travel frequently on the highway or roads, it is almost impossible that he will not receive any speeding summon at all in his whole life.

In fact, it is getting more common to find divers who receive at least a few traffic summons a year for speeding offence.

Discount policy was announced on past occasions to clear backlog.

But clearly this is not a solution.

The announcement of such policy ha s always caused huge disappointment to offenders who have made prompt payment.

There is also concern that such policy will encourage future offenders to adopt a wait and see attitude so as to enjoy the benefits of the discounts.

As such, I call on the authorities to make the discount for summonses a permanent policy so as to avoid more backlogs of summonses as well as not to be accused of unfair treatment by those who pay promptly.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The train pliot, Foong Poh Kuan MP Batu Gajah and M.Kula in the trains cockpit. We were briefed how the speed is automatically controlled

Sunday, December 5, 2010

PM has good and unavoidable reasons to call for early polls


Today, I joined DAP Adun for Jalong Sdri Leong Mee Meng and local comrades in carrying out voter registration exercise in Sg Siput.
In my short speech, I touched on the following issues.

Despite recent denial by the prime minister that the postponement of the UMNO general election for 18 months is an indication that there will be snap polls in March or April next year, it is very likely that Najb will dissolve at least the parliament as speculated.
BN has valid reasons not to hold a snap poll like it needs more time to carry out more policies.
However, I believe that Najib knows that he has good and unavoidable reasons why he should hold a snap poll.
There are two important factors.

First factor is the expected downturn of global economy which will affect Malaysia’s economic growth.
Second factor is that Najib knows that “ the give new leader a chance “ public attitude which favors a new prime minister will be affected if with passage of time, his performance is not
able to match public expectation.
I therefore strongly believe that there will be a snap poll in next March or April, provided that Najib decides to hold simultaneous parliamentary and Sarawak state election.
If he wants to hold parliamentary election together with Sarawak state election, then the snap poll will be even earlier, as the date speculated is January 2011.
The coming polls will be most crucial an important in the nation’s electoral history.
Pakatan Rakyat will go all out to win more state governments and the Federal power to bring about a better Malaysian for all.
Unregistered voters will play a very significant factor in deciding the results of many constituencies, whether federal or state seats.
Presently, there are about half a million Perakins who are eligible but have yet to register as voters. Nationally, the number is about 5 million!
Hence, all those who are eligible must immediately register themselves so that they will be able to support Pakatan Rakyat to bring about a better Malaysia.
Actually, it is a waste of public money when millions are spent each year by the Election Commission to carry out voter registration campaigns that do not produce satisfactory results.
DAP‘s stand has always been that there must be automatic registration of eligible citizens as voters.
We also advocate for the voting age to be reduced from the present 21 to 18 years old.
We will implement policies if PR takes over Putrajaya.

Friday, December 3, 2010

UCE recognized world wide except in Malaysia!

3/12/10

It is only right and logical that UCE be recognized for entry into local public universities as well as for employment in the public sector.

The Education Ministry’s allocation estimates came up for parliamentary debate yesterday..

I took part in the debate and brought up the issues of admissions into Matriculation colleges and the non recognition of Unified Examinations Certificates.
Every year thousands of students apply to get into the Matriculation Colleges but only the lucky ones will be successful.
The intake is hardly transparent.
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Worse still, the present policy of the Government on the intake of students to study at matriculation is highly questionable.

For the non-Malays, intake is opened to a limit of 10% only. Why should there be a racial quota?
Education is human rights and thus all our children should be given equal opportunities as long as they are academically qualified.
Matriculation being an internally conducted examination is an easier programme compared with STPM 
Why this anomaly of two exams for entry into Universities?
The government must also look into the plight of students who take the Unified Examination Certificate.
There are 61 Independent Chinese Schools in Malaysia. The students of these schools sit for a common examination known as the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
Unfortunately the UEC is not recognized by the Government. This results in UEC holders being unable to apply to gain entry into any local public university or to apply to get a government job.
But the UEC is recognized for intake into undergraduate degrees by many foreign universities and local private universities.
 These universities include renowned world ranking universities.
Every year many top UEC achievers are offered places and even scholarships as encouragement to enroll at Singapore universities and this aggravates the brain drain problem which our nation is facing.
It is only right and logical that UCE be recognized for entry into local public universities as well as for employment in the public sector

Any educator who utters racial slurs should get the sack

2/12/2010
Yesterday DAP submitted a petition containing 2,250 signatures collected from parents and members of the public, mostly from the Chinese community in Johor, to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz in Parliament.
The memorandum was calling on the government to take stern action against the Johor school principal, Siti Inshah Mansor, for making racial slurs against the non Malay students on August 12 this year.

DAP assemblyman Ong Kow Meng who was in Parliament to send the petition revealed that among the derogatory things uttered by the school principal were:--‘Chinese students are not needed here and they can return to Foon Yew school or China’,- ‘the Indian students whose prayer strings tied around their neck and wrist make them look like dogs because only dogs are tied like that’-‘the government has targeted 30 per cent wealth for Bumiputera and 70 per cent for non-Bumiputeras under the National Economic Policy.

If I were to helm the government I will instead allocate 70 per cent wealth for Bumiputera and only 30 per cent for non-Bumiputera’-‘if I own a Proton Saga car and if I give a ride to Munusamy (Indian) and Chong (Chinese), they remain a passengers only. They cannot claim right to the car. Likewise the non-Malay students are merely passengers in the country’.
Ong’s shocking revelations have explained why school parents have taken the strong stand that she should be severely punished as what she has uttered are totally unacceptable and show that she is so unfit to be in the teaching service.
I fully agree with Sdr Ong’s views that her remarks “clearly indicate venomous bigotry and are an utter insult to the entire Chinese and Indian community in the country”.

According to earlier media report, she was already given a warning and was transferred to another school following investigations by the Public Service Department.This is insufficient. She should be charged in court for inciting racial unrest.

In fact, I believe that it is due to the lack of tough action against her and also the Kedah principal who made racial slurs which have resulted in a recent incident where an invigilator in Negeri Sembilan was alleged to make the derogatory remarks that Chinese students should go back to China and Indian students should go back to India if they could not understand her instructions in Bahasa Malaysia.

No Malaysian citizen should be told to go back to China or India. Neither should any educator who utters such racial slurs be lightly punished.It is time that the government must walk the talk on the prime minister’s declaration that there must be zero tolerance against racism.