Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Kong Cho Ha would have no choice but to resign as Transport Minister if there is a majority of at least 112 out of 222 MPs supporting the suspension of AES--Lim Kit Siang

Kong Cho Ha would have no choice but to resign as Transport Minister if there is a majority of at least 112 out of 222 MPs supporting the suspension of AES--Lim Kit Siang 

Oct 31, 2012


In the past 24 hours, two UMNO MPs have broken ranks and swung their support for Pakatan Rakyat’s call for the immediate suspension of the Automatic Enforcement System (AEA) for traffic offences, pending full study of various public interest issues related to its implementation.

The first to do so is the UMNO Youth leader and MP for Rembau Khairy Jamaluddin who, after a meeting of the UMNO Youth executive council yesterday, called for the government to defer the implementation of AES as a review of the system was necessary to rectify weaknesses in it.

Today, a UMNO MP for Sabah, Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin, who is also Deputy Chairman of Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) also crossed the political divide to back the PR call for suspension of AES.

The Pakatan Rakyat state governments of Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan have already suspended approval for the implementation of the AES until conclusion of full study and a proper consultation process with all the relevant stakeholders.

The question now is whether there is any MCA MP, Deputy Minister or Minister who dare to break ranks to call for immediate suspension of AES to produce the first fruit of MCA’s two-year-old “high profile politics” or whether all the boasts of “high profile politics” are just bunkum.


Since the Transport Minister, Datuk Kong Cho Ha has refused to listen to the legitimate concerns about the implementation of the AES, I call on all Barisan Nasional MPs, whether Minister, Deputy Minister or ordinary backbencher; whether UMNO, MCA, Gerakan, MIC or other BN component parties; whether from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah or Sarawak, to follow the example of Khairy and Bung Mokhtar to support the call for the immediate suspension of AES.

MPs from both PR and BN can effect an immediate suspension of the AES by adopting a common position during the committee stage of the 2013 Budget debate on the Transport Ministry on 20th November 2012.
Pakatan Rakyat has 76 MPs and if there are at least another 36 MPs from Barisan Nasional and Independents who support the suspension of the AES to make a total of a parliamentary majority of at least 112 out of 222 MPs, then Kong Cho Ha would have no choice but to resign as Transport Minister if he refuses to heed the voice of the majority of MPs to immediately suspend AES.

There’s no future for Pahang under BN October 31, 2012

Pahang is bankrupt if not for the federal government’s funds that are sourced from borrowings, says PKR veep Chua Jui Meng.

Free Malaysia Today
Oct 31, 2012 


 
By Chua Jui Meng

Pahang’s 13 successive years of budget deficits should convince the rakyat that the Barisan Nasional government is unreliable and a non-performer.

Just like the BN federal government’s misrule which has accumulated more than RM500 billion in debts, the majority of the people of Pahang, the rural poor and the Orang Asli, will continue to live in abject poverty under the BN.

There’s no future for you in Pahang and in Malaysia under the BN.

This is why the people of Pahang should give the Anwar Ibrahim-led Pakatan Rakyat the chance to govern in the next general election.

Greece is living proof of how the people will suffer if their country accumulates too much debt and goes bankrupt. The standard of living in Greece has plummeted and it will need to plunge 40% before the economy can be revived.

This will happen if the BN is given the mandate to continue to plunder the country’s wealth unabated to enrich their business cronies and the Umno elite.

Why must Pahang be so far behind Selangor in terms of socio-economic development? BN and Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob are leading the rakyat nowhere other than economic hell.

Pahang is bankrupt if not for the federal government’s funds that are sourced from borrowings.

Have you all benefited from Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak who is from your state? And he repays the Pahang peoples’ support with Lynas or nuclear waste.

Najib has also exposed himself as a coward and a Muslim prime minister who cannot even defend his religion against the attacks by Dr Chua Soi Lek and MCA.

He did not have the conviction and courage to accept Anwar’s challenge to debate Budget 2013 in Parliament. This debate would have been the best chance for Najib to convince the rakyat that if Pakatan ruled, it would bankrupt the country.

And Najib also said it was not a Malaysian culture to debate. So, what have all the elected representatives been doing in state assembly and Parliament sittings for the past 55 years, if not debating?

Najib and all his Cabinet members are cowards when not a single of them dared to be present in Parliament to face Anwar’s opening debate on Budget 2013.

Weak leader


When Pakatan offered free education for Malaysians in its alternative Budget 2013, Najib and BN just brushed it off, without offering any valid arguments, that the country would be bankrupted by such a move.

Again, Anwar challenged Najib to debate the free education issue, and again he goes into hiding.
Why is the prime minister so scared to debate on significant issues afflicting the people? Why can’t Najib let the people judge his and Anwar’s arguments over such important issues?

Now, even Dr Mahathir Mohamad who ruled Malaysia for 22 years says Najib is a weak leader.
Throughout his tenure as prime minister, Mahathir had misled the Malays and Orang Asli and enriched his family and cronies.

Mahathir was the one who, in 1991, amended the Land Acquisition Act 1960, to enable the states to seize or grab land cheaply from the people, especially the Malays, in the name of development for the private sector. And subsequently, Mahathir passed the land to cronies like UEM to develop and reap huge profits.

This is happening in Johor. Nusajaya and Pengerang are two glaring examples. I believe this is also happening in Pahang and in all other BN-ruled states.

With such cruel abuses of power, can you really expect and hope for the BN to lead the rural and urban poor, and the Orang Asli, to prosperity?

Chua Jui Meng is PKR vice-president and Johor state chief. He is also a former MCA vive-president and an ex-Cabinet member.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Selangor orders halt to Batu Caves condo, sets up independent task force

Selangor orders halt to Batu Caves condo, sets up independent task force

October 30, 2012
Malaysian Insider 
File photo of the rally at the Batu Caves temple complex on October 26, 2012 to protest against the construction of the condominium. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — Selangor has ordered a temporary halt to the construction of the 29-storey condominium near Batu Caves pending the findings of an independent state-level task force to be set up tomorrow, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said today. He, however, offered the state’s assurance that the matter would be resolved as soon as possible, admitting that the stop-work order would cost the developers financial losses.
“We must act very fast... because we don’t want to create an unfair business decision. Delays lose money but we must also make sure that it must comply with all the regulations … that is what we are trying to do,” Khalid (picture) told a press conference in Parliament.
The Bandar Tun Razak MP said members of the proposed independent task force will be selected during the Selangor state executive council meeting tomorrow.
He said the task force would comprise members without any interest in the issue and will include professionals from the relevant industries such as town planners, lawyers and former judges.
The MIC and Gerakan have been leading protests against the condominium development, that they say was approved by the current Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government, a stone’s throw from the limestone caves that house the popular Sri Subramaniar Temple and the venue of Malaysia’s largest gathering to celebrate Thaipusam, a Hindu festival.
In response, Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu had revealed over the weekend that the project was given a “planning approval” in 2007 when the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition governed Selangor, the country’s wealthiest state.
“The explanation by Kohilan saying the ‘Planning Approval’ is not approval to implement is utterly ridiculous,” said Liu, referring to political foe Senator A. Kohilan’s remarks on the project earlier.
The Dolomite Park Avenue condominium project, by developer Dolomite Properties Sdn Bhd, is a sensitive issue as Batu Caves is the religious focal point of Hindu Indians, who form the majority of the 1.7 million Indians and are a key voting group in many urban seats in Selangor.
Kohilan had claimed on Friday that the current PR government, which gained control of Selangor after it defeated BN in the 2008 general election, was behind the approval of Dolomite’s plans to develop the land.
On Friday, about 300 Hindu and non-governmental activists joined a “Save Batu Caves” rally in the Batu Caves temple complex to protest against the condominium construction, saying it was an environmental risk that would jeopardise the temple grounds but did not furnish proof to substantiate their allegations.

Local council says BN government gave nod to Batu Caves condo

Local council says BN government gave nod to Batu Caves condo

UPDATED @ 04:37:43 PM 30-10-2012
October 30, 2012
Malaysian Insider
Zainal Abidin gestures when speaking on the Batu Caves condominium project on October 30, 2012. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — A controversial condominium project in Batu Caves that has sparked protests from the Hindu community was not approved by the Pakatan Rakyat government, the local council said today.
 This comes after MIC lawmaker P. Kamalanathan denied yesterday that he was with the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) in 2007, when the Dolomite Park Avenue project was approved.
In a press conference after a MPS meeting today, president Datuk Zainal Abidin Aala said that the “Planning Approval” given on November 30, 2007 was key to every construction awarded by the council.
“This project involves two phases, both of them awarded in 2007, and the completed construction of shoplots was the first phase. The second phase is the construction of the condo units,” he explained.
Zainal Abidin also revealed that the project by Dolomite Properties Sdn Bhd was approved by the Mineral and Geoscience Department during BN’s rule of Selangor despite disapproval from Department of Environment in its initial report.
The councilman plans to solve the issue by bringing it up to the State Planning Council (SPC) which will proceed accordingly.
Meanwhile, Selangor has ordered a temporary halt to the construction of the 29-storey condominium pending the findings of an independent state-level task force to be set up tomorrow, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said today.

He, however, offered the state’s assurance that the matter would be resolved as soon as possible, admitting that the stop-work order would cost the developers financial losses.

The Bandar Tun Razak MP said members of the proposed independent task force will be selected during the Selangor state executive council meeting tomorrow.

MIC and Gerakan have been leading protests against the 29-storey condominium development that they say was approved by the current Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government, a stone’s throw from the limestone cave that houses the popular Sri Subramaniar Temple and the venue of Malaysia’s largest gathering to celebrate Thaipusam, a Hindu festival.

In response, Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu revealed over the weekend that the project was given a “planning approval” in 2007 when the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition was still governing Selangor, the country’s wealthiest state.

The Dolomite Park Avenue condominium project is a sensitive issue as Batu Caves is the religious focal point of Hindu Indians, who form the majority of the 1.7 million Indians and are a key voting group in many urban seats in Selangor.

On Friday, about 300 Hindu and non-governmental activists joined a “Save Batu Caves” rally in the Batu Caves temple complex to protest against the condominium construction, saying it was an environmental risk that would jeopardise the temple grounds but did not furnish proof to substantiate their allegations.

Former MPS councillor Senator A. Kohillan Pillay had claimed on Friday that the current PR government, which gained control of Selangor after it defeated BN in the 2008 general election, was behind the approval of Dolomite’s plans to develop the land.

The Gerakan politician admitted he had been aware of the project since 2007 but stressed that MPS had only given approval for a commercial development proposal on “Lot 622”.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pakatan states to block AES cameras rollout

Pakatan states to block AES cameras rollout

UPDATED @ 05:35:01 PM 29-10-2012
October 29, 2012
The decision will interrupt the deployment of 40 per cent of the AES network. — Reuters pic
 
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 ― All four Pakatan Rakyat (PR)-governed states have decided to suspend the federal government’s controversial Automated Enforcement System (AES) that detects speeding motorists.
 “That means 40 per cent will not be installed,” Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said at a press conference today, referring to the 331 out of the planned 831 cameras under the nationwide AES scheme.
“This is because we want to protect the people’s interest.”

The AES cameras, which also captures those who beat traffic lights, is in its pilot phase, with 14 installed in Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya.

Following Election 2008, PR now governs Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan.

Lim said approval from state administrations was needed for the project initiated by the federal government.
The state authorities will withhold approval for the installation of AES cameras until they receive more information, he added.

“For the time being, we suspend (our authorisation); we want to have further discussion.”

He also said the PR states also wished to obtain the public’s feedback on the camera system first.
“(It’s) not that we want to encourage the committing of offence as we please, but do it correctly, do it well,” Lim said.

Now, DAP unveils its own election war truck

Now, DAP unveils its own election war truck
  • Nigel Aw
  • 11:02AM Oct 29, 2012
 
DAP has launched its very own war truck ahead of what pundits expect to be the most competitive general election ever, with fierce campaigning everywhere.

NONEThe red trailer launched in Seremban yesterday by party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng is wrapped with a giant image of DAP's hornbill mascot Ubah, with the words ‘Ubah! Bersihkan Malaysia'.

"Basically, the truck will be a mobile ceramah stage that is equipped with a big back drop and some lighting," Negeri Sembilan DAP chairperson Anthony Loke said when contacted.

Loke who is also DAP Youth chief, said the truck, dubbed "Dream Machine" is also aimed at grabbing attention whenever it hits the roads, particularly during the election campaigning period.

NONEAsked about the significance of the truck's name, Loke replied: "The name was coined by our secretary-general. It means that the truck brings us hope and will help to realise the dreams of Malaysians for a change of government."

The move comes almost two months after PKR launched its very own campaign trailer and bus.

PKR's campaign bus, plastered with the face of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, has been the target of political violence since its launch.

'Mobile shop and office'


NONEHowever, for DAP, the Dream Machine will not be lonely as it will be accompanied by two smaller trucks.

"One of the small trucks will be used to sell merchandises, such as Ubah toys. It's mobile so it is useful and we don't need to set up a stall to display our merchandise.

"The other is a multi-purpose truck, that will serve as a mobile office and can also be used for purposes such as a press conference," said Loke.

The trucks, he said, was loaned and refurbished by DAP supporters and will serve the party until the next general election.

NONE"We do not own the trucks, we did not invest anything. There is a group of supporters loaned the vehicles to us and modified them according to our needs," said Loke, the Rasah MP and Lobak state assemblyperson.

The trucks are expected to make their debut at a Pakatan Rakyat rally in Seremban Jaya on Nov 3.

Kula: Batu Caves condo a BN sleight-of-hand

Kula: Batu Caves condo a BN sleight-of-hand
  • Terence Netto
  • 9:16AM Oct 29, 2012
 
DAP national vice-chairperson M Kulasegaran said the controversy over the Batu Caves condo project was another instance where the "BN was trying to offload the onus for the project on Pakatan Rakyat after it had connived at the initial spadework."

Batu caves condo near temple site of projectSpeaking to Malaysiakini via email from Burma where he was on a visit, the Ipoh Barat MP said: "This episode reminds me of the 1990 protests led by the DAP which saw the then Selangor government revoking all quarrying activities at the temple site."

Kulasegaran said that for years prior to the 1990 revocation, the Batu Caves temple committee had protested to the Selangor state government about the activities of quarrying companies at the temple site, claiming that the work posed an ecological risk to the caves.

NONE"Those protests fell on deaf years but when (DAP leaders) Lim Kit Siang and A Sivanesan took up their cause and led a protest, the Selangor government was compelled to halt quarrying activity," he recalled.

Kulasegaran (left) said the current controversy reminded him of this 1990 antecedent where BN's connivance at extraction activity enabled its undertakers to proceed until the risk posed by it to the temple site became undeniable at which point, the BN evaded responsibility or shed the onus on others.

"These tactics won't wash this time like they did not the last occasion," commented Kulasegaran.

Shifting blame

The latest round in the charge and counter-charge sequence of the Batu Caves condominium controversy sees Selangor state executive councillor for local government, Ronnie Liu, producing documents purporting to show that BN had approved a permit for the erection of the 29-storey condo project in 2007.

Batu caves condo near temple ronnie liu with map 2Liu was attempting to rebut the claims of A Kohilan Pillay, the deputy foreign minister who is from Gerakan and was a Selayang municipal councillor, that the permission that was obtained under BN rule for the condo project was provisional.

Kohilan had claimed that the 2007 permit supposedly approved by the BN-dominated council was merely a planning permit and did not stipulate that a tower block would be built next to the temple. Liu derided this claim.

"They [BN] are trying to shift the onus on Pakatan," said Kualsegaran, "but this attempt has failed as can be seen from their inability to get crowds more sizeable than what had turned out for them in the protest held thus far."

protest at batu cave temple 261012 03MIC president G Palanivel has called on the Indian community to rally to protest the condo project allegedly approved by the Pakatan state government after it took over from the BN in 2008.

"It's pathetic - this attempt to scavenge for issues," said Kulasegaran.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Two DAP members want project near Batu Caves scrapped - Nation | The Star Online

Two DAP members want project near Batu Caves scrapped


KUALA LUMPUR: Two senior DAP members want the Selangor Government to scrap the proposed 29-storey condominium project near Batu Caves.

Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M. Manoharan said Batu Caves was a heritage site and had the tallest statue of Lord Murugan in the world.

“We cannot have the project putting these under threat,” he said.

Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran also urged the state government to offer the developer an alternative location as compensation.

Kulasegaran said both Barisan and Pakatan leaders had agreed to this.

“Even the Malaysian Nature Society pointed out that it is unsafe to build high-rise buildings in the area,” he was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today.

Meanwhile, Selangor exco member Ronnie Liu distributed copies of the development order for the proposed project, which was signed in 2007, at a press conference here yesterday.

Liu also displayed letters purportedly from the Department of Environment to the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS), prior to the approval, saying it was unsafe to build high-rise projects there.

He added that the Minerals and Geoscience Department had also written to MPS, advising it that the project was unsafe unless some conditions were met.

It was also revealed that the developer Dolomite Industries Sdn Bhd had not submitted an environmental impact assessment report.

BN approved Batu Caves condo in 2007, says Selangor exco

BN approved Batu Caves condo in 2007, says Selangor exco

UPDATED @ 08:07:19 PM 27-10-2012
October 27, 2012
Malaysian Insider
Ronnie Liu (centre, in yellow) with Selangor Pakatan Rakyat supporters showing the 2007 approved plan granted to developer Dolomite Properties Sdn Bhd to build a 29-storey condominium and shop lots near Batu Caves. — Picture by Md Izwan
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — Selangor revealed today that the controversial Dolomite Park Avenue condominium project currently being built near Batu Caves, a gazetted heritage zone, was given planning approval in 2007 when the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition governed the country’s wealthiest state.

MIC and Gerakan have been leading protests against the 29-storey condominium development that they say was approved by the current Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government, a stone’s throw from the limestone cave that houses the popular Sri Maha Mariamman Devasathanam Temple and the venue of Malaysia’s largest gathering to celebrate Thaipusam, a Hindu festival.

“The explanation by Kohilan saying the ‘Planning Approval’ is not approval to implement is utterly ridiculous,” said Ronnie Liu, the state executive councillor (exco), referring to political foe, senator A. Kohilan’s remarks on the project yesterday.

Kohilan, at the time, was a councillor with the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS), which was in charge of development projects for the area.

“Where is there approval for implementation as said by Kohilan? The ‘Planning Approval’ is approval to the developer to build the project,” said Liu, the chairman of the Local Government, Research and Development Committee.

He slammed Kohilan for feigning ignorance over the condominium project.

“How can he say he doesn’t know? How can he say the developer only will build shop lots there? Today, I have the construction plan that covers the shop lots and the condominium approved by MPS,” Liu added, pointing out that the condominium building is clearly marked out in the plans.

The Dolomite project, by developer Dolomite Properties Sdn Bhd, is a sensitive issue as Batu Caves is the religious focal point of Hindu Indians, who form the majority of the 1.7 million Indians who are a key voting group in many urban seats in Selangor.

Kohilan had claimed yesterday that the current PR government, which gained control of Selangor after it defeated BN in the 2008 general elections, were behind the approval of Dolomite’s plans to develop the land.
Kohilan, who was also present at the “Save Batu Caves” rally, admitted he had been aware of the project since 2007 but denied that the former BN administration had given approval for the project.
A picture of the construction plan for Dolomite Park Avenue sent to the Selayang Municipal Council for approval in 2007. — Picture by Md Izwan
“I knew of the project since 2007, but MPS had then only approved ‘Planning Approval’ for a commercial development proposal on Lot 622.

“But it is not about the approval for ‘Development Planning’ to build the 29-storey building,” Kohilan said.
Today, Ronnie revealed the complete documents of the “Planning Approval” that was granted on November 30, 2007 after a One-Stop Centre (OSC) meeting.

He also showed reporters a construction plan, including the location of shop lots and the condominium, which was submitted by the developer to MPS.

“After OSC met on September 27, 2007, this “Planning Approval” was given to the developer.
“In the letter of permission, it is stated ‘building plan has to be presented according to the procedure set by MPS Building Department’. This proves that MPS had then already known about this condo,” Ronnie said.
When asked about the state government’s steps to handling this issue, Ronnie said MPS would raise it with the state planning committee (SPC).

“A study will be carried out by SPC, it may take a month.

“If this study finds that there will be bad effects if the construction is continued, then this “Planning Approval” will be cancelled.

“The state government will also not be burdened with the need to pay compensation,” the Pandamaran assemblyman said.

The construction of the condominium, planned since 2007, is now under public pressure, especially from the Hindu temple committee at Batu Caves, whose protest of the project also is supported by MIC leaders.
Yesterday, hundreds of Hindu and non-governmental activists joined the rally in the Batu Caves temple complex to protest against the condominium construction, saying the work was an environmental risk that would jeopardise the temple grounds but did not furnish proof to substantiate their allegations.

Former works minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu who attended the same rally on the invitation of the temple committee, gave a speech to the crowd of around 300 people yesterday.
Samy Vellu (standing in front, fifth from left) with the protestors at the Batu Caves demonstration on October 26, 2012. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cancel Batu Caves condo project, says Kula | Free Malaysia Today

Cancel Batu Caves condo project, says Kula

G Vinod | October 27, 2012
DAP vice chairman also urges the state government to find another strategic site for the developer as compensation
PETALING JAYA: Scrap the proposed condominium project slated near the Batu Caves temple, said DAP vice chairman M Kulasegaran.

In a statement today, he said that both the Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders and Pakatan Rakyat leaders agree that the project should be relocated to a different site.

“The temple committee and the public are okay with this. Even the Malaysian Nature Society pointed out that it was unsafe to build high rise buildings in the area,” said the Ipoh Barat MP.

About 300 people protested at the Sri Subramaniar Temple in Batu Caves yesterday, calling for the state government to scrap the proposed 29-storey condominium project.

The project, slated to be built on a piece of the land adjacent to the temple, was approved by the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) in 2007, when the state government was under BN.

“We must know who sat in the council meetings at that time. Who approved the project?” asked the temple committee chairman R Nadarajah yesterday.

He said the same approach must also be used to determine the “culprit” who issued another building plan approval in June, 2008.

Kulasegaran urged the state government to offer another strategic piece of land to the developer in order to compensate them.

BN must apologise
Training his guns against MIC, the DAP veteran challenged MIC to reveal names of its party members who were holding councillor’s positions at MPS, when the project was approved.

“Instead of blaming the Pakatan state government, the MIC and BN as a whole must apologise for their councillors’ silly mistake,” said Kulasegaran.

In related matter, Malaysian Indian Voice chairman, V Pappa Raidu, hit out at Nadarajah, saying that the Pakatan government only appointed its first batch of councillors in July 1,  2008.

“None of the Pakatan councillors were involved in the approval given in June that year,” said Pappa, who was among the first batch of councillors appointed by Pakatan.

He served at the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) from July 2008 till June 2010.

Pappa, who is also the Kota Raja DAP chairman, pointed out that new councillors have no power to undo the approval given by the previous council, without incurring a financial setback.

“If councillors needed to withdraw an approval given by previous office bearers, we must pay the affected party compensation,” he said.

Jaclyn Victor’s ‘Harapan’ is my ‘Harapan’ too — Terence Martin

Jaclyn Victor’s ‘Harapan’ is my ‘Harapan’ too — Terence Martin

October 27, 2012
Malaysian Insider -Side Views 
 
OCT 27 — Jaclyn Victor sang “Harapan Bangsa”.

Jaclyn Victor’s a Christian.
It’s a Christian song of praise and worship.
No one ever pretended it was not.
Perkasa is now out with pitchforks and torches to lynch somebody, anybody; but preferably Jaclyn Victor.
Whatever is next?
No worship services for Christians in Malay in this country?
Or perhaps a government official will make audio, video and photographic recordings of each and every service in Malay in this country? Just to find evidence of conversion, conspiracy and the like?
Or maybe set up an anti-Christian panel comprising people like Ibrahim Ali, Helen Ang, Syed Akbar Ali and the like to put the Christians “in their rightful place”?
The serenity prayer thus reads:
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
“The courage to change the things I can, 
“And the wisdom to know the difference.”
I know what I cannot change and what I can.
The wimpy leaders and politicians who allow all this to happen unchecked, that I can change.
And change we will.
Change we must.
For I have as much a right to co-exist peacefully in Malaysia to practise my religious beliefs.
As does Jaclyn Victor.
That hope she sang in the song. That hope I sing in my heart.
* Terence Martin was born into a Christian family, baptised a Christian and will die a Christian. And he loves Malaysia wholeheartedly even with the racists and bigots running wild sowing seeds of division and hatred unchecked.

Batu Caves Condo Project: MIC and the other BN coalition partners must apologise to all for their councilors” silly mistake!



Media statement by M. Kula Segaran,  MP for Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman in Ipoh on Saturday, 27 October 2012

Batu Caves Condo Project: MIC and the other BN coalition partners must apologise to all for their councilors” silly mistake!

Yesterday, internet portal Free Malaysia Today reported that  only some 300 people flocked to the Batu Caves temple to protest against a proposed high-rise development project. The attendance fell way below the organiser’s grand 100,000 target.

The two 29-storey condominium project was approved by the Barisan Nasional-led Selangor government in 2007.

It is obvious that even the attendance of former MIC president Dato Seri Samy Velu together with the Temple President Dato Nadarajah was not able to bring the sea of people as targeted.

Why so few people attended?

In fact the present MIC President Dato Palanivel had openly asked for protests all over the country but his call has failed miserably is

I am convinced the Malaysian public is aware who actually is the problem and has caused this unnecessary “headache" to Murugan temple of Batu Caves and to the Hindus of this country.

1.     DAP saved Batu CavesTemple in 1990.

For many years the Batu Cave lime stone area was authorised by the BN state Government for quarrying. The temple committee’s open objections and protest fell on deaf years. Finally, quarrying activities were endangering the temple and its surrounding.

In 1990, YB Lim Kit Siang and Sdr. A.Sivanesan from the DAP led a protest and it was then that the BN State Government finally revoked all quarrying licences on the Batu Caves area.

2.     Who approved the building of Condos?

The BN was the party running the Selangor Government in 2007 when the building plans for the condo project were submitted for the necessary approvals. The Selayang Local Council was the approving authority for this project.

At the material time, the present Deputy Foreign Minister A Kohilan Pillay was a councillor with 4 more from the MIC and many more from the BN Coalition. 

The councillors had the full authority to approve or reject this scheme.

What did they do?

They approved the project. Kohilan now has the audacity to say publicly that what was approved in 2007 was only a planning permit.  

The BN Councilors are guilty for the wrong done to the Batu Cave Murugan temple and the Hindu community. They and the BN government must be held responsible for their mistake.  

MIC should also reveal openly who were their appointed councillors who made the unacceptable decision to approve the condo project.  

Instead of trying to put the blame on Pakatan Rakyat government,   the MIC and the other BN coalition partners must apologise to all for their councilors” silly mistake!

3.     Solution

1) The nature society says it is unsafe to allow the construction of the condos.
2) The Temple Committee and politicians from the Government and Opposition are in agreement that the condo scheme should be scrapped.
3) Ordinary Malaysians feel the condo project could be done elsewhere.

DAP’s position is that the construction project must not proceed. This means that the project will have to be cancelled.

A win win solution can be worked out. The solution will be for the Selangor government to offer the developer some other strategic land in Selangor to compensate them from the cancellation of this project.




Friday, October 26, 2012

Let Federal Court decide status of M’sia | Free Malaysia Today

Let Federal Court decide status of M’sia

Athi Shankar | October 26, 2012
The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong shoud command a full Federal Court bench to determine if Malaysia is a secular or an Islamic state, says Karpal Singh.
GEORGE TOWN: Senior parliamentarian Karpal Singh has urged the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to command a full 12-man bench of the federal court to decide and declare on whether Malaysia is a secular or an Islamic nation.

The DAP national chairman urged the king to invoke his power under Article 130 of the Federal Constitution to refer the contentious issue to the highest court for its opinion and “clear the air once for all.”

He believed it was crucial for the king’s intervention for a judicial pronouncement as to the status of the country in view of recent controversy on the secular – Islamic state issue and its impact on the country.

Article 130 permits the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to refer to the Federal Court for its opinion on any question as to the effect of any provision of this constitution which has arisen or appears to him likely to arise, and the Federal Court shall pronounce in open court its opinion on any question so referred to it.

Karpal was responding to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz’s parliamentary reply on Monday, declaring that based on legal provisions in the country, Malaysia has never been declared nor endorsed as a secular nation.

Nazri said that the situation in Malaysia was different than in the United States, India and Turkey, which clearly specify that those countries were secular in their constitutions.

But Karpal countered that the constitution neither had declared Malaysia as “an Islamic state” unlike countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iran.

He said notwithstanding specific provisions on Islam and the lack of the word “secular” in the Federal Constitution, Malaysia had been officially declared as a secular state, including in judicial pronouncement.
He said that Mohd Nazri’s parliamentary statement was also in conflict with a 1988 judicial decision.

Judicially pronounced to be secular

In the case of Che Omar bin Che Soh vs Public Prosecutor in 1988, then Supreme Court’s five-man judicial bench presided by the then head of the judiciary, Lord President Salleh Abas clearly stated “the law in the country was secular.”

The Supreme Court was equivalent of the current Federal Court which replaced the Privy Council.
Karpal said given the official declaration of the nation’s highest judicial authority, Malaysia has been “judicially pronounced to be a secular state”.

“A country having secular laws could not be an Islamic state,” argued Karpal, also a senior lawyer.
He recalled that two former prime ministers, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman and Hussien Onn, had also stated on record that “Malaysia was not an Islamic state”.

He rubbished political declaration by another ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamed in September, 2001 at the Gerakan general assembly that Malaysia was an Islamic state.

“It does not have the stamp of legitimacy,” Karpal told newsmen in Bandar Baru Air Itam during his Bukit Gelugor parliamentary constituency visit here today.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

UMNO/MCA “Devil’s Compact” confirmed by Mahathir within 24 hours-- Lim Kit Siang

UMNO/MCA “Devil’s Compact” confirmed by Mahathir within 24 hours

--Lim Kit Siang 

Oct 24, 2012

Yesterday, I publicly said that MCA and UMNO leaders have reached a “Devil’s Compact” for each side to tell the most blatant lies and falsehoods to frighten Chinese and Malay voters respectively in their desperate belief that such politics of hate and duplicity is the only way to stampede Chinese and Malay voters to vote for Barisan Nasional in the 13th General Election.

I had expected MCA and UMNO leaders and their propagandists to embark on prolonged polemics to deny the existence of such an unholy compact and to throw up all sorts of “red herrings” to distract attention from the “Devil’s Compact”.

What I least expected was for my expose of UMNO/MCA’s “Devil’s Compact” to be confirmed within 24 hours in a most authoritative fashion and in a manner completely disarming and stripping the MCA and UMNO leaders and propagandists bare of their wiles and hypocrisies.

There is only one person who could perform such a feat – Tun Dr. Mahathir and this was exactly what he did yesterday.

At a media conference yesterday at the Universiti Malaya symposium “Inter-civilisation dialogue towards peace, harmonious co-existence and sustainability”, Mahathir admitted that MCA’s “hardline stance” against hudud law at last weekend’s MCA General Assembly was merely aimed at “scaring” the Chinese community and was not aimed at the Malays or Muslims.

Mahathir said:

“Their purpose is to frighten the Chinese, not the Malays or Muslims… MCA wants to scare the Chinese so they will shun DAP.

“In the past, MCA never objected when we declared this country to be an Islamic state and that we will practice Islamic values.”

Yesterday, in a written reply in Parliament, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Senator Datuk Sri Jamil Khir Baharom said that if hudud laws are implemented in Malaysia, they will not have any implications on non-Muslims.

The MCA President Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek and the four MCA Ministers should explain whether Jamil’s answer represents the stand of MCA in Cabinet and the Barisan Nasional, and if not, what are they going to do about it.

Mahathir’s confirmation that UMNO and MCA have a “Devil’s Compact” where each side can tell the most blatant lies and falsehoods to respectively frighten Malay and Chinese voters and stampede them to vote for Barisan Nasional deserve the serious attention and strongest condemnation of all Malaysians.

In their “Devil’s Compact”, UMNO leaders keep their silence regardless of the lies disseminated by MCA leaders “to scare the Chinese”, including falsehoods which UMNO leaders know are utterly baseless, such as MCA defamation of PAS and Islam for condoning rape of non-Muslims or for trying to set Malaysia back to the “Dark Ages”.

Similarly, MCA leaders keep their silence although they do not believe UMNO lies and falsehoods “to scare the Malays”, that DAP wants to create a Christian Malaysia, abolish the Malay Rulers and set up a Republic!

I am reminded of a general surgeon’s blog yesterday commenting on the 59th MCA General Assembly, who concluded:
“In fact the MCA General Assembly may have struck the final nail to its coffin as to most Malaysians, the MCA has become irrelevant, so is Gerakan, MIC and to some extent Umno. The demise of these race based parties may be a blessing in disguise as we need multi-racial parties to move forwards to survive in a globalized and highly competitive world.”
This is the greatest challenge for all Malaysian voters in the 13GE, whether we are to move forwards as Malaysians with a common vision of hope and optimism that Malaysians united as one people regardless of race, religion, class or territory is the best guarantee for the country to stand tall to compete with the rest of the world or we allow ourselves to wallow in the politics of corruption and greed sowing inter-racial and inter-religious hatred, suspicion and distrust through lies and falsehoods which will only condemn the country to the trajectory of a failed state.

Pakatan Rakyat stands for the former to unite all Malaysians to forge a common destiny while Barisan Nasional stands for the latter, persisting in its “divide-and-rule” tactics among the different racial and religious groups to continue to serve the interests of the Umno-putras and their cronies.

Let the demise of the race-based parties reach its high-water mark in the 13GE.

Pakatan Rakyat stands for the future while Barisan Nasional represents the past!

Ministerial moral insight: A brief comment — Clive Kessler

Ministerial moral insight: A brief comment — Clive Kessler

October 25, 2012
Malaysian Insider--Side Views
 
OCT 25 — The infliction of the hudud punishments will not affect, or have any impact upon, non-Muslims, the minister has sought to assure everybody (“Hudud will not impact non-Muslims, minister says”, The Malaysian Insider, October 24).

Just consider for a moment.

The state will inflict the hudud punishments on some of its citizens. On their bodies, and brutally.
Since it will be acting as the state, and not as some instrument of private punishment or vengeful enforcement, it will be doing so in the name of all of its citizens. That is what, by definition, modern states are.

So all of the state’s citizens, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, will be complicit in, and will share moral responsibility for, the infliction of those punishments.

And, as a result, their nature as “moral agents” will be transformed by that complicity, by their dragooned participation in and shared authorship of those mandatory stonings, amputations and the like.

Yet the minister says that these non-Muslim citizens will be in no way affected, or “impacted.”

It is an assurance that is entirely unconvincing. One that is patently inadequate, ill-founded and wrong.
People are entitled to expect more — and better, both in intellectual credibility and moral sensibility — from a leading minister of the government of the day.

If he and his government seriously want to proceed in that dire direction, they will have to devise some better, and far more serious, arguments than that weak claim.

The pathetic inadequacy of this reasoning will be readily apparent to any intelligent high school student or undergraduate.

So how can it convince a minister and prove acceptable to the entire Cabinet of which he is a member?
In political life there is no end to bizarre mysteries.

One is sometimes tempted to think that the more outrageously daft ministerial statements are simply practical jokes by a wickedly playful cosmic comedian.

* Clive Kessler is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Let’s debate on Suhakam reports, says Nazri | Free Malaysia Today

Let’s debate on Suhakam reports, says Nazri

Patrick Lee | October 23, 2012
Suhakam's reports have never been debated in Parliament, leading to the perception that the human rights commission is a 'toothless tiger'. But the minister wants this to change.
KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz today mooted the idea of discussing Malaysian Human Right Commission (Suhakam’s) reports in Parliament.

He acknowledged that though Suhakam had been sending its reports to Parliament for many years, MPs had not debated on its contents.

“I agree that Suhakam’s reports have not been debated before, and it’s not fair to them,”  he told the Dewan Rakyat.

Nazri was responding to a query by DAP-Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran who raised Suhakam’s perception as a “toothless tiger”.

At the same time, Nazri said that Parliament should not stop there.

He added that there needed to be a permanent committee to address issues raised by Suhakam, much like the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.

Despite being in existence since 2000, none of Suhakam’s reports have ever been debated in Parliament.
Kulasegaran also compared Suhakam’s role to that of foreign equivalents, such as South Africa’s Human Rights Commission, which he said had regulatory powers.

He also said that countries such as India and Indonesia had specific Human Rights Courts, promising that if Pakatan Rakyat were to take over, it would set up these courts here as well.

Nazri however denied that Suhakam was a “toothless tiger”, adding that the role of the commission was not to take action against human rights violations.

“Suhakam can’t arrest people. If a person needs to be arrested, then it must be reported to the police,” he said.

Powers of Suhakam commissioners

He added that Suhakam also did not have the power to amend Malaysia’s laws. However, he noted the commission’s influence, adding that its criticism of the Internal Security Act (ISA) led to the law’s repealing by the government.

Nazri was originally responding to a query by UPKO-Putatan MP Marcus Mojigoh who asked if Suhakam’s members received any kind of support from the government.

Citing the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999, Nazri said that Suhakam was protected against any kind of legal or civil action in the course of their work.

Later, Mojigoh asked about the implications of giving these members immunity, which he feared could give the opposition ammunition to overthrow the government.

To this, Nazri said that he did not think that Suhakam was capable of such a feat. He added that the government had no intention to “clip the wings” of these commissioners, even if they were going to criticise the government.

Call for the setting up of a Human Rights Court.


Media statement by M.Kula Segaran, MP for Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman at Parliament House, Kuala Lumpur on 23th October 2012.

Call for the setting up of a Human Rights Court.

This morning while answering an oral question in the Parliament on the role of SUHAKAM, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nazri Aziz replied that SUHAKAM plays the role as set out in the Human Rights Act.
 

I then posed a supplementary question and said:-

1) 1. the general public perception is that although SUHAKAM carries out its duties and roles as set out under the Act, it fails flatly to protect human rights in this country. All its investigation and actions are very rarely ever acted on by the Government. Thus SUHAKAM is like a “toothless tiger". How can the Government allow SUHAKAM to play a pivotal role in our country

2) 2. yearly SUHAKAM complies its report and submits it to Parliament. The reports are not debated and thus they collect dusts. It would be advisable and correct if Parliament could set aside a day just to debate the annual report


3) the need to set up a human rights Court to deal specially with human rights issues.

The minister in reply said SUHAKAM plays effectively the role as set out under the Act. He cited the case where the Government acceded to SUHAKAM’s recommendation to real the ISA. He further said that although many of the recommendations have not been acted on, it does not mean that the Government rejects these recommendations.

As regards the reports of SUHAKAM to be debated in Parliament, the Minister says the government is looking into setting up a permanent committee like the PAC to deal constantly on these issues.

I most welcome this idea for the proposed committee to act on human rights issue.

However, the Minister refused to state categorically the Government’s stand on the setting up of a human rights Court.

We need a specialized court to handle human rights issue. South Africa, Indonesia have such Courts and the speedy disposal of cases has enhanced the standings of these Courts.

I repeat my call that a Human Rights Court should be set up in Malaysia as soon as possible.






Nazri proposes special panel to discuss Suhakam reports

Nazri proposes special panel to discuss Suhakam reports

October 23, 2012
 
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has proposed the setting up of a special committee to discuss reports from the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) on human rights.

With the committee, human rights-related matters in the report could be championed continuously instead of being debated in one day at Parliament.

“Human rights are an important issue. I don’t think the report can be discussed in a day. They (Suhakam) have prepared a thick report within a year and it deserves more than a presentation,” Nazri (picture) said in reply to a supplementary question from M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Kulasegaran wanted to know what could be done to give more meaning to Suhakam and its report on human rights.

Nazri said like the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the special committee on human rights would consist of several MPs and could have a sitting simultaneously or outside the Dewan Rakyat.
“This (special committee) is more important than window-dressing. We’re not interested in window-dressing, rather to address human rights problems in our country by forming a permanent committee,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nazri said the government was ready to accept suggestions and constructive criticism from Suhakam should it have reason for the government to stop or proceed with an action.

“The government has no intention of clipping the wings of commissioners because we have promised them (Suhakam) freedom to carry out their duties,” he said.

He said the government had given sufficient protection under section 18 of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act for Suhakam to perform its duties well.

The provision clearly stated immunity for the commission and its members from court action involving criminal and civil proceedings while carrying out their responsibilities, he added.

Besides that, the Human Rights Committee in Geneva rated Suhakam “A” for not restricting full investigation and issuing statements which could be said as reproaching the government. — Bernama

MCA in denial, PAS gets my vote

MCA in denial, PAS gets my vote

  • May Chee
  • 6:16PM Oct 22, 2012
I think every kampong or neighbourhood has this one person whom you see at the warung or food-stall during mealtimes. He kind of holds court, speaks rather loud and in a condescending tone.

If you stay long enough, you will also notice that he never pays for his food. It's as if he needs to speak the way he does to earn his keep. I think you call that "freeloading"?

All these "hate" speeches lately by the MCA against PAS, "hudud", and about my favourite Mursyidul Am, Nik Aziz instigating rape of non-Muslim women, borders on being just that - "freeloading".

Rehashing news from 2008 just goes to show how bankrupt MCA has become. To go back in time when you should move forward - to create, innovate, progress, anything but backslide and with such malice, too. It beggars belief!

Instead of suggesting something constructive, the MCA, in election gear, decides to embark on a fear-mongering campaign.

Goodness, a dearth of brains in the MCA-ah? Are the people in MCA even serious about wanting to represent our interests in Parliament? Aiyoh, how-lah?

How can we trust such bird-brains to fight for us? Sure lose, hands-down!

Despite what a fumbling imbecile of a minister may say, Karpal Singh, another towering Malaysian has reminded us not too long ago that in 1988, former lord president of the Federal (later, Supreme) Court of Malaysia ruled that the country was governed by secular law which meant Malaysia was a secular state.
Is that not clear enough?

Come on MCA, we are not morons. We know you for what you are. Among the featherbrain schemes, initially the 1Care and now, the latest being the AES, you are in cahoots with the plunderers to rob us Malaysians blind!

How lofty can you people in the MCA get? Are you not touching base with the ordinary rakyat? How on earth can we afford to enrich you and your cronies any further? To feed your avaricious appetite for money and power?

Have you not seen how the poor are getting poorer and the ordinary Malaysian is finding it hard to get by? And you people still think that it is only a perception that the crime rate has skyrocketed?

Are you people in the MCA living in denial or what? By the time you wake up, the rest of us Malaysians have crossed over to the other shore while you stay behind, stranded! Worse still, you'll be drowned!

PAS president, Abdul Hadi Awang, himself had reiterated last year, that the Koran did not provide for an Islamic state but a welfare state.

That's not a bad thing. Shouldn't that be every leader's responsibility, to see to the welfare of the state?

What do we have in the MCA? Now and then, fighting for scraps that fall off the banquet table? Even Lazarus had better! Are you anyone's equal, MCA? 1Malaysia, what's that?
A miserable handful of scholarships for some students and that too, debatable about whom they go to. I've heard stories about how some people obtained their scholarships. You are a farce, MCA, you really are!

We have real problems here, in Malaysia. For instance, we need to do something real quick about our mounting debts. It's definitely not a perception that we live in fear.
My daughter was almost "mishandled" by someone in a car-park in one of the shopping centres in KL recently. Thank God she had a friend with her and a gentleman who parked his car on the same level.
I cannot wait to pack her off to where she can be safer. Our education system is in shambles.
My nephew who has been placed first in class since he started Standard 1 told my sister that he needed Physics tuition because his teacher has not taught since the beginning of this year.
All she does is to ask the students to refer to some bright sparks in class.

I don't want to foam at the mouth, as RPK would say. But honestly, MCA, are you aware of the problems we, the people whom you profess to represent, have?
Doubt fear-mongering, using PAS as your punching bag, is the quick-fix we need. Get real, MCA or ship out!

To me, the MCA has apparently isolated itself from the misfortunes of the ordinary rakyat, and day after day, wastes the opportunity to help them.
Yes, it's an opportunity to be of service to others, for the last shall be first and the first, last.
I don't see any effort coming from the people in MCA that promote human dignity nor do I see any of them participating actively in the building of the future of this nation.
But I do see how hastily these same people wanted to implement the AES. I see a loathing self-interest to enrich their own coffers and a lack of courage in standing up to their "sleeping partners".
Or is it a case of "you scratch my back, I scratch yours"; acting like opportunists whose deeds do not match the responsibilities that they are entrusted with.

Coming from the Malacca hometown of Tun Tan Siew Sin, I shudder to think that the MCA of today has all but lost its original identity and mission.
I see a leadership whose intuition is bogged down by corruption, cronyism and cowardice. And for that, the MCA is already deemed irrelevant and will have no further impact on our Malaysian history.

I believe many, past and present leaders of the MCA, realise that they are no longer respected by the majority of Malaysians, not even those they "sleep" with.
Yet, MCA, you are not purging yourselves to merit this respect. Sad, no?
Aren't you made of sterner stuff? Your forefathers crossed oceans, with nothing more than the shirts on their backs, to seek a fortune for themselves. Even the cousins they left behind in Thong San are doing really well.

As national leaders, those of you in the MCA should open your eyes to the evils that afflict the nation. You should know by now that injustices will be paid for dearly or are you still fooling yourselves that you can get away with it?

We need progressive leaders who can champion unity, not those who still engage in the stone-aged tactics of divide-and-rule. That's not Malaysian. We have to discover a new meaning in the Malaysian way of living.
For that, we have to leave behind an existence where we live alienated lives from one another. That's no more Malaysian. We need each other to mature as a true, progressive people.
Things will work out better for us if we share our responsibilities. That's Malaysian. Having a stranglehold on the economy and perhaps, leaving entire classes of people in poverty is no more acceptable. It shall not be Malaysian.

The devil is not out there, MCA. It's not PAS and it's not the DAP. It's within you.

Be afraid, MCA, be very afraid. I'm not alone here when I, a Catholic and a Chinese woman says, "PAS gets my vote, any day!"

God bless, especially Mursyidul Am, Nik Aziz and please forgive MCA's insolence. Thank you.