Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bestino- Bank Negara must act!

A meeting was held at Buntong on the get rich quick scheme which has affected many people

Speech I made:

In 2006, Bestino Group introduced a special scheme to attract investments.

The investment scheme offered by this investment company was as follows:-

1. An investor would be given a 3 percent guaranteed monthly return on the amount invested with the company.

At same time a quantity of gold would be given as security for the amount so invested. So if RM 10,000 is invested, a RM 10,000 equivalent worth of gold would be given as collateral. 2. If the gold security is returned to the company the guaranteed monthly return on the amount invested is increased from 3percent to 5percent Later, the company was persuasive enough to ask all investors to surrender the gold in favour of an investment certificate from the company.

As the returns were handsome and consistent, the investors readily surrendered the gold bar. In June 2009, Bank Negara and the Securities Commission launched an investigation on the activities of Bestino Group, following numerous complaints received.

The following is an extract of the then news report:-

“ KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the Securities Commission (SC) has raided an illegal deposit-taking company that is believed to have raked in hundreds of millions of ringgit involving gold investments and the issuance of redeemable preference shares.
The joint operation saw BNM and SC officers raid Bestino Group Berhad and its related companies in Ipoh and Petaling Jaya yesterday.
The raids were conducted following numerous complaints and inquiries from the public who claimed the company promised a whopping 36% dividend a year or 3% returns per month.
“The SC has ordered the company concerned to immediately cease issuing preference shares or securities of any kind to the public with immediate effect.
“Through a scheme it marketed, Bestino Group claimed to be involved in gold investments and the issuance of redeemable preference shares, promising monthly returns of 3% in dividend payments.
“Bestino Group has failed to seek the SC’s approval for the offering of their preference shares to the public and to register a prospectus with the SC as required under the law,” BNM and SC said in statement. ”

All monies of the company were also frozen. Consequently the monthly payment of guaranteed investment return fizzled out and investors were left high and dry.

Many, who invested, some in millions of ringgit, were caught and unable to comprehend the problem.

An action committee was subsequently formed. The action committee co-coordinator Sdr.Lucus said that the Committee had so far had 13 committee meetings. Among the other members of the committee are Sdr. Bala of Merdaka Garden and Sdri. Saraswarthy from PSM.
Today, the action committee organized a meeting to discuss the investors’ plight and the necessary action plans to best protect their interest.

Over 500 investors attended the meeting held at the Arul Oli Mandram Hall in Buntong, Ipoh.

The meeting lasted for over 2 hours and a number of suggestions from the investors were deliberated and accepted.Among others is that the investors will call over at Bank Negara and the Finance Ministry to get the latest.

Over 6,400 people have invested over RM400 million in the said company.

On my part, I will raise the matter and the investors’ plight in the next sitting of Parliament.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Why the long delay in building a new Tamil school in Merlimau

As a follow up on our visit to Merlimau, to day with local residents made a visit to the local Tamil school. I gave a speech and among other matters are as follows:

SJKT Merlimau, Melaka was built some time in 1968. It was built on government land. The total area of the school is less then ½ acre. It lacks basic facilities like a field for the children and for other recreational activities.

The Merlimau area has more than 7 estates and the bulk of the workers are Indians. Together with Sdr Guna, Sdr Gandhi and local PR leaders we visited the area.

We received numerous complaints about the school lacking up to date facilities. We were indeed surprised to see that the school is exactly the same plank built school that it was as in 1968.

With such condition which is so uncondusive for studying, it is not surprising that the school enrolment has not been encouraging. Many parents prefer to send their children to national or other schools which have better facilities.

This lack of facilities has been known to the BN leaders but the problem remains unresolved till today. In fact, over 10 years ago, the local BN leaders had promised to rebuild a new school on a 2 acre land which will also have a field and some open space. But it was an empty promise.

At every election, in order to win votes, the locals would be promised that a new Tamil school would be built. With the upcoming by election in this area, the local MIC leaders are now playing the same music again.

The latest news to go around is that a sum of RM4 million has been set aside by the state government for the building of a new Tamil school in Merlimau. If the news is true, will it be another election gimmick to fish for votes only?

Building of a school is a federal matter and since when does a state government have to take over the responsibility? Before BN makes more promises, it should at least do two things:_

1. Apologise to the Indian community for its failure to fulfil its past promises to build a new Tamil school.

2. Explain the reasons for not fulfilling its promises

Nevertheless, we are here to push for the government to keep its promise.

Questions that need answers are:-

1) Where has the land been identified for the building of a new school?

2) Will the school have the best facilities for the children?

3) What is the overall cost of building the new school and when will it be completed?

There are a total of 21 Tamil schools in Melaka. Out of this total, 11 schools are partially aided schools and are built on private land.

The Indian community has, over the last 53 years, been pushing the government to make all
partial aided schools as fully aided. But the government has been giving unacceptable excuses.

One of the excuses is that it is costly to acquire private land and/ or impossible to acquire the land.

There is a specific Act of Parliament- the National Acquisition Act which allows for the acquisition of land for public use.

This act has been used many times before and we see no reason for the government’s reluctance to do what is the easiest. The government should therefore stop finding excuses.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Indra Gandhi's pending court cases are in real jeopardy



28/1/11
A group of concerned citizens gathered at the ipoh police station to show support to Indria Gandhi. I said among other matters the following:


Indira Gandhi who has been in and out of the courts for custody of her 3 children may soon be disentitled even to proceed with her 2 pending court cases which are in the courts now.

On 28thJuly2010, Indira Gandhi successfully got leave of the High Court to proceed to quash the decisions of:-

1) the Jabatan Agama Islam Negeri Perak which had converted the 3 Hindu children of the family into Islam2 the Syariah High Court of Perak which had given custody of the 3 children to Indria’s husband on 08April2009.

In both the above instances, the husband Pathamanathan a/l Krishnan obtained the order in the absence of his wife Indria Gandhi.

Subsequently, the High Court in Ipoh gave an order of custody of the 3 children to Indira Gandhi.

To date the last child of the family is still with Pathamanathan. His and the child’s where about is unknown. The High Court decision is pending appeal to the Court of Appeal by the Pathamanathan. A new development may mean that the above cases may be derailed.

A car was bought in the name of Indira sometime in 1999. The monthly installments were to be paid by her husband Pathamanathan.

Unknown to Indira Gandhi, her husband had failed to pay the monthly car installments. She had moved house and had not notified the bank of the new address. All documents including bank’s court documents were served at the old address. Now she has been adjudged a bankrupt.

Although the Ipoh High Court has granted custody to Indira, her youngest child of 3 years old has not been given back to her by her husband. According to reliable sources, he is hiding in Kelantan.

Today, Indira has formally lodged a police report pertaining to the above bankruptcy. She is in a dilemma.

Strictly according to the law, a bankrupt cannot institute a court case. Thus her case may all fizzle out unless the authorities give permission for her to proceed.

The lingering question is --in view of her action against the government; will the authorities give her permission/leave to proceed with her civil suites?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Call on the authorities to conduct a full probe into the hair cut incident


Basant Singh, 18 years old, was all excited when he was selected to participate in the National Service programme.

But on 15thJanuary, 2011, a most shocking incident had happened to him at the the dormitory at Kem Seri Impian in Sungai Bakap, Kedah. Basant's hair was cut when he was a sleep.

Today, YB Fong Po Kuan, Sdr Bala (lawyer) and Bala (my former secretary) and I made a visit and met Basant, his father Surinderpal Singh and his mother at their house at Gurudara Temple grounds in Buntong, Ipoh.

Basant's parents were upset that in this day and age, there could be such disrespect to the Sikh's religion. Some mischievous chap had 60cm of Basant's hair cut off. It seems Basant's never had a hair cut all his life as he strictly follows the Sikh religion. His father is the High priest of the Gurudara Temple of Buntong, Ipoh and his family follow the strict teachings of the Sikh religion.

From our discussion with Basant, we realize that there is a subject on "inter racial integration" which will be taught during their training.

Unfortunately this is the last subject to be taught before the trainees finish their training. We suggest that in a multi racial, muti lingual and multi religious country this said subject be given preference and taught to all trainees at the earliest time possible.

After a police report was lodged by Basant, police investigations have begun. Additionally, an internal investigation on the alleged wrongful hair cut was done by the National Service authorities.

However, Basant has not been called to help and or asked to provide any statement to assist the investigation.

Why the authorities did not call Basant at all? Yet the authorities have said there was no evidence of the "hair cut"!

We call on the authorities to reopen the investigation and conduct a full probe. They must call Basant and take his evidence. We are happy to note that notwithstanding all the trauma and tribulations Basant has gone through, he is still keen in continuing his National Service at a different camp.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chua Soi Lek must have the courage to publicly apoligise for his unfair and insensititive attacks on Normala Sudirman

To day we launchthe “Year of the Rabbit – Change” programme at Batu Gajah. MP Batu Gajah spoke at the event. Good crowd. I had this to say;

It has not surprised me that the deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin has distanced from MCA President’s ridiculing of PAS candidate Normala Sudirman for refusing to shake hands with male voters in Tenang.

It would have been a political suicide for him to support Chua Soi Lek’s indefensible act.

It puzzles me as to how Chua who is a former Minister could be so unfair and insensitive as to pick on her decision not to shake hands with male voters.

I am very certain that Chua is fully aware of the fact that Normala’s decision not to shake hands is because of religious reasons.

Why cannot Chua and the MCA respect and accept her decision?

Did not Chua realize that his attacks could lead to more Muslim women who choose not to shake hands with male friends because of religious belief become the subject of ridicule at work places ?
It goes to show the extent MCA is prepared to exploit issues in its attempt to win votes.

Although it is crystal clear that DAP does not support the establishment of an Islamic state in Malaysia and that the Islamic state is not the Pakatan Rakyat’s policy and agenda, MCA has continued to manipulate the Islamic state issue against Pakatan Rakyat.
Chua has on a few occasions mentioned his willingness to publicly apologise over the DVD scandal which has also cost him his Ministerial position.

Chua Soi Lek must have the courage to publicly apologise for his unfair and insensitive attacks on Normala.

If he fails to do so, then the prime minister must direct him to do so and to ban him from campaigning in the Tenang by election.

Zairil Khir Johari: Why I joined DAP

January 25, 2011

Zairil said he chose the DAP because it shared ‘common goals’ with what his late father had looked for in the ‘old’ Umno. — Pictures by Jack Ooi
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — A year ago, Zairil Khir Johari’s only association with politics would be his father — the late Tan Sri Mohd Khir Johari, Umno stalwart, former education minister and who served three prime ministers including the late Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Over the past few months, however, Zairil’s name has been the talk of the town, namely through opposition blogs as well as anti-Pakatan Rakyat (PR) blogs over his appearance at the coalition’s last convention in Kepala Batas, where he was a guest speaker.

His retractors have accused him of being a “traitor” and “anti-Malay” for abandoning his late father’s party and choosing to become a part of the DAP — a party which is still feared by many Malays and considered to be pro-Chinese due to its majority Chinese membership.

The DAP has, however, of late extended an olive branch to Malays in its bid to shake off “misconceptions” about the party, and Zairil is seen as an example of the party’s efforts.

Zairil said he chose the DAP over Umno because the PR party shared “common goals” with what the late Khir had looked for in the “old” Umno.

“My father’s Umno is a completely different Umno from today’s Umno. When he joined Umno it was during pre-independence, his struggle was to free our country from the oppression of the British government. Now after more than 50 years of BN rule, the situation is such that people are being colonised, oppressed by our own people, we do not have any freedom.

“There are no civil liberties, so the struggle is still the same. It’s the same struggle, I am just using a different platform, that’s why I chose the DAP over Umno,” said the 28 year old who runs his own chocolate business.

Zairil told The Malaysian Insider that if the late Khir were alive today and at the same age as Zairil, he himself would not be a part of Umno.

“It would go against any principle he believed in. When my father joined Umno it was a grassroots party, most of the members were teachers, my father was a teacher himself... today many of them are in it only for the money and to secure lucrative government contracts,” said Zairil.

Coming from a family of nine siblings including himself, Zairil admitted that many of his peers back in his Penang hometown were grassroots DAP members and had encouraged him to join the party.

Prior to joining the DAP, Zairil had “followed” its leaders and attended night functions and ceramahs to get a better idea of what the party was about.

Zairil: ‘My father’s Umno is a completely different Umno from today’s Umno.’
“People in DAP, Liew Chin Tong, for example, have been proactive in introducing me to ceramahs. I followed them to Galas. What I’ve been impressed is the influx of young leaders in DAP as well as PKR.

“There is no social mobility in Umno where it is based on patronage and hierarchy. In PR, young leaders who are capable are allowed to shine,” he said.

Zairil told The Malaysian Insider that he consulted many parties before making the decision, including some very “senior” Umno members who had advised him against joining his father’s party.

Zairil said he was “willing” to contribute to DAP in any way he could — even if it meant contesting in the next general election.

“I put myself out there to serve... no one has discussed anything yet but I am willing to serve in any capacity that is needed,” said the father of one.

According to the young politician, PR was a platform which could be used for restoring “civil liberties” in the country with the abolishment of draconian laws such as the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA), and the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) which prohibits students from being politically active.

“Personally, I am pushing for the Education Department to be a separate entity from the Education Ministry. There is too much politics involved when the department is answerable to a minister. There should be a separate panel to monitor the department, made up of all interested parties in the field of education, and this will also include the ministry,” said Zairil, who said he was writing an academic paper on such a proposal.

Political parties are currently rushing to sign up some 4.3 million unregistered voters.

The DAP takes the lead while Umno follows closely behind.

The DAP registered 32.5 per cent of the 169,838 new voters registered between January and June last year.

Umno registered 32.3 per cent of the new voters while PAS registered 22.7 per cent in the same duration.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Islamic State is not and will not be the Pakatan's policy and agenda.



In the Galas by election, MCA had campaigned on the Islamic State’s agenda of PAS. It is obvious that MCA now believes that this is the killer weapon that it can use against the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat.

There is no doubt that Islamic State issue will be the main issue MCA will want to exploit in the coming general election. But MCA’s campaign whether in the Tenang by election or coming general election that “ A vote for Rocket is a vote for Islamic State’ or ‘ A vote for PR is a vote for Islamic State ’ is not true and is a lie.

Islamic State is not and will not be the PR’s policy and agenda. DAP‘s stand on the Islamic State is very clear. Our stand and principle is that Malaysia is a secular nation, with Islam as the national religion. Malaysia is not an Islamic state and Malaysia must remain a secular democratic nation. We will not compromise our stand and principle.

PR has been formed to bring about political change and save Malaysia. Islamic State is not and will not be the PR’s policy and agenda. Islamic State is therefore a false issue in Tenang and coming general election. Voters must vote for PR to bring about political change in the nation. Today, together with YB Fong Po Kuan, Chong Chee King, DAP members and supporters, we are all gathered here to launch the “Year of the Rabbit—Change” programme.

Besides spreading the political message of change, the two activities of this campaign are to register new voters and to provide checking of voting status for existing voters.

In November last year, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dato Nazri revealed that 11,381,193 citizens were registered as voters. 4,304,620 who were above 21years old and eligible have not registered as voters. Thus nearly 30 per cent qualified citizens have yet to sign up as voters.



The new voters will definitely be able to determine the outcome of many state and federal constituencies. Hence, it is imperative that those who want to see and bring political chan
ge in the next general election must quickly sigh up as voters.

Just as it is our duty to save Malaysia through political change, we also want to save the Earth by encouraging the public to minimize the use of plastic bags.

Hence, as part of our public awareness exercise, we are also giving out free recycle bags to those who come forward to register as new voters or to check their details in the electoral rolls.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"Your Vote Your Destiny"

Speech by M.Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman at Tawas Market on 23rd January 2010


Today we are all gathered to launch the programme initiated by the Kinta Valley DAP-- Year of the Rabbit- Change programme
.
We are glad YB Fong Po Kuan, Sdr.Chong Chee Khing and members and supporters are all gathered at the Tawas market to make sure this programme do succeed.

As stated earlier our programme is two fold 1) to ensure new voters are registered 2) also to facilitate existing registered voters to verify if their name is on the electoral role.

All who are participating in the above programme would be given a recycle beg. In this manner we hope to educate the general public to minimize the use of plastic and plastic begs. Plastic is non biodegradable and causes severe environmental damage.

In late November2010 Minister in the PM Department stated that 11,381,193 are registered as voters. 4,304,620 who are above 21years old and eligible but have not registered as voters. Thus nearly 30 per cent eligible voters are just i dealing and are failing to exercise their right to vote.

It is said the present voters preference to vote a particular party and candidate is more or less decided. Only with new voters and many of them who are below 30years if registered are more then likely to support and vote the opposition.

Thus registering more new voters should greatly help PR to capture Putra Jaya.

Police Report Against INTERLOK



Tarikh : 23/11/2011


Saya ingin membuat laporan Polis terhadap sikap dan pendirian KEMENTERIAN PENDIDIKAN & KERAJAAN MALAYSIA yang sengaja mahu memperpanjangkan isu kontrovesi NOVEL INTERLOK tanpa apa-apa tindakan yang sewajar untuk membatalkannya.


Novel INTERLOK yang ditulis oleh Sasterawan Negara Datuk Abdullah Hussain itu sememangnya tidak boleh diterima oleh mana-mana kaum India yang bermaruah kerana kandungannya tidak berasas, menghina, menyentuh sentiviti kaum serta fakta-fakta sejarah yang kurang tepat yang sengaja diputarbelitkan dengan niat untuk menjatuhkan maruah kaum India secara keseluruhan.


Novel INTERLOK tidak perlu lagi dikaji semula untuk mendapatkan pandangan pelbagai pihak bagi mencerminkan kemurniaannya. Tetapi ianya harus dibatalkan dengan serta merta bagi mengelakkan sebelum kandungan Interlok mencetuskan keretakkan pada keharmonian dan perpaduan Negara yang didiami oleh berbilang kaum masyarakat.


Watak yang diperkatakan dalam Novel itu juga tidak menunjukkan nilai positif dimana jikalau ianya digunakan sebagai sumber pengajian diperingkat sekolah maka sudah pasti ianya tidak akan membenihkan nilai murni selain daripada sikap kebencian kaum lain pada kaum India.


Selain daripada itu, penulis juga tidak menunjukkan kejujuran atau tidak mengkaji secara mendalam mengenai salah-silah perkauman orang India sebelum menulis Novel Interlok.


Oleh yang demikian saya mendesak Kementerian Pendidikan & Kerajaan Malaysia supaya membatalkan Novel INTERLOK itu dengan kadar yang segera.


Sekian Laporan saya.


Yang Benar.


P.Sugumaran

Setiausaha Akhbar

kepada

(M.Kulasegaran)

Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat

Saturday, January 22, 2011

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Unless resolved, DAP will continue to pursue the Interlok issue in Tenang by election & even in the General Elections.


It is puzzling that the Federal government is still dragging its feet in resolving the Interlok controversy. According to the Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin, the discussion on Tuesday among Education Ministry, MIC and other organisations, reached a consensus that 'Interlok' has no intention of disparaging the Indian community.

Such clarification or argument is actually missing the real point as no one is questioning the intentions of the author. If that was the only consensus reached, it was certainly a disappointing meeting.

One would think that the meeting would have reached a consensus that the book has hurt the Indian community and that the controversy must be immediately resolved.

The controversy has dragged on long enough and the federal government should focus on the real questions. There is without a doubt that the book contains factual inaccuracies. It is also true that the book contains words which are demeaning and hurtful to the Indian community.

Let me ask the Education Minister 4 basic questions:-

1. Can such a controversial book be used as a school text book?

2. Can it truly promote better racial understanding and forge unity?

3. Why can’t we just have a text book that is non controversial and acceptable to all?

4. Why is it so difficult for the Education Ministry to right an obvious wrong?

I must say that those who argue that one must read the book in the right context or as a whole do not understand have failed to understand why the Indian community is angry with and hurt by the inaccuracies and demeaning words found in the book.

It is disappointing that the federal government cannot even understand the sentiment of the Indian community. If the Cabinet leaders do understand the sentiment of the Indian community, then they definitely lack the political will and wisdom to resolve the issue.

Unless resolved, DAP will continue to pursue the Interlok issue during and after the Tenang by election. No one should be surprised if this issue prolongs even in the General Elections it will snowball to become the central issue of anger of the Indian community against BN.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Call on the Tenang voters to teach the " cakap tidak serupa bikin" BN Governmnet a lesson

19thJanuary2011

I spoke at the Tenang Station, Tenang on the occassion of the opening of service center by the DAP Johore.

Call on the Tenang voters to teach the “cakap tidak serupa bikin “BN government a lesson. Although the BN’s majority in the Tenang state seat was heavily reduced in the 2008 general election, Tenang is still a BN stronghold.

Admittedly, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is facing an uphill battle in the Tenang by election. With opinion polls conducted by Merdeka Centre showing that the Prime Minister’s approval ratings among the Malays and Indians have been increasing over the last one year, BN is very confident that it will retain the Tenang seat.

In fact, the deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin was even talking about a BN’s victory with a 5000 plus majority. BN has its reasons to sound so confident but whether it will succeed in its target will depend on the Tenang voters.

I call on the Tenang voters to reflect whether they should give the “cakap tidak serupa bikin “BN government a victory, especially one with such a big majority in the by election. Teoh Beng Hock died mysteriously more than a year ago. The coroner’s court recently recorded an open verdict on the case. Teoh’s family has called for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the cause of Teoh Beng Hock’s death.
This is a fair and justified request.

Prime Minister Najib said before that the government would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the cause of death would be determined.

Yet till today, the government is still unwilling to widen the scope of the proposed RCI to investigate the cause of Teoh Bengt Hock’s death. BN government is therefore a “cakap tidak serupa bikin “government.

The Interlok controversy is an issue that could be easily resolved by the federal government. The Indian community has been hurt and is angry with the demeaning and derogatory words found in the novel.

Allowing such words to be used in a school text book is definitely against the 1 Malaysia concept and also shows that BN is still the same “cakap tidak serupa bikin “coalition.

Yet till today, the federal government is still dragging its feet on this issue. There is no doubt that the Indian voter swing against the BN in the 2008 general election has contributed to the BN’s unprecedented electoral debacle.

Recently, some people have asked me why is BN so confident that it will not face another backlash from the Indian voters to the point that it has dragged its feet on the Interlok controversy.

Tenang voters should teach the “cakap tidak serupa bikin “BN government a lesson in the by election.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

2 simple "issues" unresolved by BN Government




I spoke at the "Thanneer Panthal" organized by DAP Ipoh Barat and PR.

A good response from volunteers. Thank you all.

Thaipusam falls in the "thai" calendar of the Hindus and is celebrated at a very grand scale by Hindus all over Malaysia.

In Ipoh over 500,000 people and tourists are expected to coverage at the Sri Subramaniar Temple in Gunong Cheroh, Ipoh. Over 500 kavadi bearers will be seen approaching the temple. Also over 20,000 devotees will be shaving their heads.

Every year without fail, DAP Ipoh Barat puts up a "taneer pandal" (a stall to provide drinks for devotees) near the main temple.

The stall is operated by a group of volunteers and they comprise people of all faiths. This thus enriches the bond among the multi racial facet present in our country.

Malaysia is a multi racial, multi religious and multi lingual country. It’s the tolerance and mutual understanding among the various races which has built a strong bonding among the races.

On this auspicious day, I call on the Federal Government to immediately attend to two pressing matters of the community.
Firstly, it should declare Thaipusam a public holiday.

Thaipusam is the most important event after Deepavali. All Hindus without fail will make it a point to visit temples and offer prayers.
Thaipusam should therefore be declared a national holiday in Malaysia.

Secondly, the federal government must be decisive and swift in resolving the Interlok controversy.

Failure to withdraw the interlock novel as a literature book for form 5 students is puzzling.
The word "pariah" used in the novel is derogatory, demeaning and hurting. In fact, factual and historical facts had been twisted and written without basis.

The Indian community is hurt. To make matters worse the Education Ministry is dragging its feet on this issue.

MIC has sent a panel of leaders to meet the Deputy Education Minister Dato Puad but nothing meaningful has materialized.

Obviously, the loss of sizeable chunk of Indians votes in the 2008 General Elections has not changed the thinking of the BN masters.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Year of the rabbit can a change take place at PutraJaya?

I spoked at the old town Ipoh coffee shop area today at noon. Present were YB Fong and YB Thomas Su. Also many supporters and well wisherers came to give a helping hand to our launch of the programme.

“Year of the Rabbit—Change” programme in Ipoh on Wednesday, January 19, 2011. Irrespective of whether a snap poll is held as speculated or later, PR must be totally prepared for the next general election.

It is strongly speculated that the prime minister will call a snap poll in March or April this year.
Although Najib does not need to call for elections before 2013, there are various factors why a snap poll is likely to be held as speculated.

A key factor is undoubtedly the eagerness and impatience of Umno leaders and grassroots to want to regain seats lost in the 2008 general election.

Another factor is that Najib realizes that he requires a mandate of his own from the voters.
One more important factor is the fact that any further delay in holding the next election will hurt BN’s chances as the soon expected slowdown in world economy will also affect Malaysia’s economy.

However, given the unprecedented electoral debacle suffered by the BN in the last general election, it is natural that Najib will want to see more favorable signs to BN’s advantage before he finally decides to go for snap polls.

Out come of Tenang by elections will influence Najib’s decision on polls. Hence, the upcoming Tenang by election will have big influence on his decision. I believe that if BN wins big in the by election, then a snap poll will be just around the corner as speculated.

Irrespective of whether a snap poll is held as speculated or later, PR must be totally prepared for the next general election. The prime minister has openly declared that he will do whatever necessary to keep BN in power. PR must therefore expect the next election to be the dirtiest in the nation’s electoral history.

More importantly, PR must be totally and better prepared for the election. PR will have to be prepared not just internally but also must reach out to the people more.

Today, MP for Batu Gajah Fong Po Kuan, SA for Pasir Pinji Thomas Su and myself are present here in the heart of Kinta Valley to launch the:

“Year of the Rabbit--Change Programme”.

This campaign will be an ongoing programme in the whole of Kinta Valley and will be extended to other areas in Perak after the Chinese New Year.In Perak, there are still about 500,000 qualified citizens who have not registered themselves as voters.

This is a huge number and if they are eligible to vote, they will play a very decisive role in determining the electoral outcome of many seats in the general election, both the state and federal ones.

Hence, we call on those who have yet to sign up to quickly do so as to be able to exercise their constitutional voting right in the next election which is the most crucial and important one in the nation’s electoral history.

We also call on registered voters to come forward to check their voting status and area of voting. We can check for them on line and inform them of their status immediately.
We want to make Malaysia a better society through political change. We also want to make the Earth a better place for all.

Today, for each individual who comes to register as a voter or to check his /her voting status, he /she will be given a recycle bag. Plastic bag is a cause of long term environmental damage.
Last year, on the 11th of January2010 the DAP has submitted a memorandum to the Ipoh City Mayor urging him to declare a plastic bag free day in Ipoh. Unfortunately, till today, nothing much has moved in Ipoh.

In this regard, we must congratulate the Penang government led by Lim Guan Eng in its determined efforts to reduce the use of plastic bags.

This shows that the PR government will do what is right and necessary for the long term good of the people and the place we live.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

PONGGAL CELEBRATION IN KAMPUNG CHAN THYE LEE



ACID (NGO) and Kg.Thye Lee residents committee arranged for the Ponggal Ceremony in their village land yesterday (15/01/2011).

This tradition is slowly diminishing as more Hindus are working and have not had the time to observe it. The need to perform this ceremony became more meaningful each year of our life.

Another way of saying Ponggal is Thai Ponggal as it begins in the month of Thai. It is also a start to be in the festive mood in preparation of Thaipusam. So basically Ponggal is celebrated by most Hindus in the harvesting month, saying grace to God for a bountiful harvest.

In olden days, it is a three days festive celebration. First day, is sharing your harvest with friends, neighbors and relatives. Then the festival begins with the main event, boiling the milk and praying for another good year in their crops for the farmers. Second day is a festive day for the cows, Mattu Ponggal.

Having worked so hard, it is time to dress them up and say thanks to the cows. To the Hindus, cows are sacred to them. The third day is for young marriageable ladies, Kanni Ponggal. Young ladies will be adorned with all the family heirlooms and then prays for marriage to a good man, their life.

M.Kulasegaran, being the Member Parliament for Ipoh Barat constituency, in his speech expressed his happiness and encouraged ACID and locals to perform more traditional programs in future.

This was the first time that more than hundreds of local people around shared their celebration mood with the village residents.

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Visited George at the Taiping Hospital.



George joined DAP in the 70's. He is the Chairman of Bagan Seri branch. George has been a fateful and loyal member of the DAP. He has been very active on the ground and has kept DAP active in and around Bagan Seri. He has not been well for the past few months and he is slowly recovering at the Taiping Hospital. Simon, the Chairman of Kamunting Branch and Segaran Chairman of Ipoh Barat was also present.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hearing date blunder causes much anguish and inconvenience to Lim Sang Fah and his wife.


January 12, 2011, in Ipoh, Perak


On the 1st of February2010, Lim Jian Wei, a school boy of 10 years old was riding bicycle to Bercham Chinese School.

Unfortunately on the way, a school motorbus hit him and he died instantly. Prior to the incident the deceased had always used the same route and never had any mishap.

The bus driver has been charged for reckless driving and if found guilty could be sentenced to a jail term. Today the father of the deceased Sdr. Lim Sang Fah, 49, and his wife was asked by the police to be present in court to give evidence against the bus driver.

DAP has agreed to provide legal assistance to Sdr Lim and today they were represented by lawyers, Selvam and Bala together with myself.

We were in court sharp at 8.30am but were told by the court staff that they had wrongly informed about the Hearing date as today. The actual date is the 2/2/11.

With the introduction of the KPI (key performance index) and speedier trial system in the Courts, we were surprised the a wrong Hearing date was given to the Lim's family.

The death of Lim Jian Wei was a tragic loss to Sdr Lim and his family. The Hearing date has caused them further anguish and distress .

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kula weighs in on interlok affair

Malaysikini.com News

DAP national vice-chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat, M Kulasegaran, today denounced as “grandstanding of the painfully comic sort” the move by MIC's Vell Paari to seek a court declaration banning the Malay novel 'Interlok'.

The novel, part of the literature syllabus for Form 5 students, has become a hot potato with Indian NGOs calling for its withdrawal because of its allegedly defamatory depiction of Hindu culture.

“By the time the legal process winds its way to a decision, this book would have spread its distortions and its fallacies,” he said in remarks to Malaysiakini.

Kulasegaran said he has not read the book as yet for he only just procured his copy, “but from what I have read of some parts, in the commentaries of some journalists, it appears the author's research is shoddy and his conclusions slipshod.”

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He said Vell Paari's move to seek a court declaration is “grandstanding of the painfully comic sort because the courts are not the arena for the determination of a book's merits or demerits.”

“The matter of the novel's suitability is for the Education Ministry, academic and literary circles, and a reading public to determine,” opined Kulasegaran (right).

He said Vell Paari's move to seek a court declaration starkly reflects the inability of the MIC to ask for and obtain influence over government matters pertaining to education and culture.

“For Vell Paari (below) now to seek a court declaration on the matter shows that in matters affecting Indian Malaysians, the MIC prefers the stance of posturing rather than that of shaper of opinion within the government,” he commented.

“This episode is testimony of the party's irrelevance and inability to influence government decision-making,” he said.

Against book burning

Kulasegaran said he did not support the burning of the novel by former national laureate Abdullah Hussein as that is “an extreme reaction.”

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“I prefer rational discourse to fiery demonstrations of symbolic speech,” he added.

“Though I understand the feelings of the NGOs protesting the apparently fallacious contents of this novel, I do not support intemperate action such as book burning,” he said.

He said book burning had echoes of the stridency that coloured discourse in less technologically driven eras when people had little access to knowledge and were marooned in cultural ghettoes.

“We live in more liberated times though some of us are not that free of manifestly false premises and assumptions,” he remarked.