Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Call on the Government to set up a Special Cabinet Committee to Combat the Dengue Menace" M.Kula

Clearing: Workers cleaning a drain clogged with rubbish at Tasek to help reduce the risk of dengue.

THERE is growing concern among residents in Ipoh over the increase in dengue fever cases nationwide.

Since January, there have been 22 deaths due to the disease, with about 2,000 cases being recorded each week.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subrmaniam was reported to have said that there have been about 11,880 dengue cases nationwide as of the second week of February and expected the number to increase further.

A check by The Star with residents at several housing areas in the city also found that there have been an increase in Aedes mosquitoes in their neighbourhoods.

Businessman Wong Weng Guan, 62, from Taman Rishah, said he has been having sleepless nights for the past few weeks.

“The mosquitoes are really irritating, and they attack even when you are asleep.

“I have been kept awake for several nights now from the bites and when they buzz around near my ears,” Wong said.

He said even spraying insect repellent only kept the mosquitoes away for a few hours.

Retired nurse Mary Lim, from Menglembu, also said that there has been an increase in mosquitoes at her home.

Lim, in her 70s, said news of the increase in dengue fever has made her alert, ensuring there were no stagnant pools of water in her house.

“My grandchildren are still young and I do not want to expose them to this danger.

“I try my best to keep the house clean,” she added.

Lim also said she lighted mosquito coils in all the bedrooms and kept the doors closed for some time, before going to bed.
“It helps to a certain extent,” she said.

Housewife Jessie Tan, 65, from First Garden said undergrowth and an illegal rubbish site near her home was a concern for the residents there.

Tan said they had complained to the Ipoh City Council and asked them to clear the area that had become a breeding ground for the mosquitoes but that nothing had been done so far.

“I am planning to put up mosquito netting on my windows and doors to prevent the insects from entering the house.

“It is the only way to protect my family as the council is not doing anything to help us,” she said.
“I will also use mosquito coils and insect repellents when needed,” she added.

However, factory supervisor Tung Weng Choon, 53, said the mosquitoes in his neighbourhood in Taman Saikat were not the Aedes species but another species.

“The mosquitoes do not have the black and white stripes on their abdomen and are slightly greenish in colour.

“I have heard of a new strain of dengue fever going around but I am not sure whether this is related,” he said.

The father of three said he was worried that his family would fall sick due to the increase in mosquitoes in the area.

“The undergrowth in front my house is also a concern. I really hope the council will get its workers to clear it soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran has called on the Government to set up a special Cabinet committee to combat the dengue menace.

Kulasegaran, who is also national DAP vice-chairman, said as of early this month, the total number of dengue cases had increased by nearly four-fold, compared to the same period in 2013.

“A total of 11,879 cases have been reported nationwide. Also, 22 people have died of dengue fever this year, compared to eight deaths within the same period last year,” he said.

Kulasegaran said the Government should take more pro-active measures to ensure that more people do not become victims of dengue.

“Malaysians want the Government’s assurance that effective measures will be taken to control the disease and prevent fatalities,” he added.

In deriding Anwar, Daim shows Umno fear of losing Putrajaya sooner than later

In deriding Anwar, Daim shows Umno fear of losing Putrajaya sooner than later


February 26, 2014
There are fears if Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes over at the helm of Selangor, Barisan Nasional's chances of losing federal power are high. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 26, 2014.There are fears if Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes over at the helm of Selangor, Barisan Nasional's chances of losing federal power are high. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 26, 2014.So why is Tun Daim Zainuddin quaking?

Make no mistake, the former finance minister is worried. Worried enough that he keeps talking incessantly about Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Publicly, he dismisses the PKR de facto leader as a publicity hound, a man who craves the limelight and loves the next headline.

Publicly, he runs the opposition leader down as someone who has never been able to solve any problem.

Publicly, he says that Anwar's move to contest a by-election in Kajang is a complete waste of public funds.

Apparently Daim's fixation with Anwar continues in private discussions but behind closed doors, the tone is less dismissive, less condescending.

Those in his circle say he speaks with some concern over the consequences of an Anwar victory in Kajang; chiefly the real possibility of Anwar being the chief executive of the richest state in Malaysia with several billion ringgit at his disposal and the immediate impact on the morale of Umno members in Selangor and then around the country.

Left unsaid is the fear that with a strong economic base and a platform to showcase stronger leadership qualities than the incumbent in Putrajaya, a rejuvenated and focused Anwar could lead Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to defeat Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general elections - an end result could prove particularly uncomfortable for Daim, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and other Umno leaders from the glory days of privatisation and excess.

After all, Selangor is the country's richest and most-industrialised state and next to it is Kuala Lumpur, which make them rich pickings for infrastructure projects, property deals and business for cronies and others connected to Putrajaya.

It would be in the interest of the few who have benefited in the past to ensure Selangor returns to the Barisan Nasional fold.

Anwar leading the state would make that a remote possibility for the near future and turn Selangor into another political fortress like Kelantan is for PAS.

To put it simply, there is a need to protect the golden goose.
And Umno-linked tycoons will go all out to prevent Anwar from taking over as menteri besar.
So do not be surprised if Daim takes more than a cursory interest in how Umno/BN are preparing for battle against Anwar.

It would be in the interest of the old guard of the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad era if the current Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim does not vacate his position or at least drags out the whole process.

And let's be clear, their disdain about the “Kajang move” has little to do with the use of public funds for a by-election.

Because if they were truly concerned about how taxpayers money is spent, they would not have allowed the one-sided toll concessions or sweet deals for the independent power producers or keep water resources in the hands of a few connected businessmen.

The battle for Kajang then, is really the battle over who gets to control Putrajaya in the nearest future.
An Anwar win in Kajang could lead to Umno losing the federal government sooner than later. – February 26, 2014.

Teacher lodges police report against ex-hubby


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

MCA has opted for form than substance, says Kula

9:53AM Feb 25, 2014; Malaysiakini

MCA has opted for form than substance, says Kula

DAP national vice-chair M Kulasegaran said the MCA's decision to accept posts in the ruling BN coalition showed that the party was "more interested in the forms of political representation even if these are empty than in their actual substance."

The MP for Ipoh Barat, a predominantly Chinese constituency, was commenting on last Sunday's decision of the extraordinary general assembly of MCA to accept posts at all levels of the coalition that has ruled the country since independence in 1957.

"What residual credibility the MCA had prior to last Sunday is now gone for good," observed Kulasegaran (left), in remarks to Malaysiakini that castigated the decision to enlist in government.

Having suffered their worst performance in national electoral history at the 13th general election last May, where the MCA won in only seven parliamentary seats and 11 state wards, the party decided to stay out of government, in fulfillment of a 2011 determination to decline posts should MCA be rejected by Chinese voters at the polls.

MCA misreads Chinese mood

MCA were duly rejected by Chinese voters who overwhelmingly opted for the opposition at last May's general election.

By contrast, MCA's rival, DAP, ascended to their best showing which saw them net 38 parliamentary seats and 95 state ones.

"Staying out of government would have shored up the MCA position because, at least, that stance enjoyed the aura of principle," remarked Kulasegaran.

"This decision to join the government is marked by opportunism and lack of principle which is what voters despise in MCA.

"It will bring more ill-repute to the MCA than it would bring benefits to the personal gainers from the decision," added the federal legislator.

"The MCA is misreading the mood of the Chinese voters in this country who want meaningful change and not the outward forms of representation without its substance which is the ability to shift policy makers and implementers in the direction of effective and responsive government," argued Kulasegaran.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Feb 23 was a Pathetic Day for MCA


Media Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Feb 23 was a pathetic day for MCA

MCA central delegates voted overwhelmingly at its extraordinary general meeting held on Feb 23 for the party to accept government posts at all levels.
 
This decision by a show of hands was a reversal of the decision made by the 2011 General Meeting where it decided not to accept any government post if the party’s electoral performance in the 13 th general election was worse than that  of 12 th general election.
 
MCA scored its worst electoral result in the 13 th general election held on May 5, last year. It was reduced to a 7 -11 party, wining only 7 Members of Parliament and 11 State Assemblymen.
 
It is crystal clear that the electoral result showed that the Chinese community could not be bothered whether MCA was represented in the Cabinet.
 
If MCA is a party that honours its word and respects the decision of the Chinese voters, it should not do a flip flop and go back to the Cabinet. It should have instead quit BN coalition after the May 5 polls.
 
But MCA which has long been ridiculed as a party without principles and sense of honour has chosen to rejoin the Cabinet.
 
MCA’s yesterday’s decision has proven that it is a party that cannot survive without government positions.
 
Its decision to join the Cabinet is not because it can champion the people’s interest, but because it just cannot survive with government positions.
 
Feb 23, 2014 was indeed a pathetic day for MCA for a few reasons.
 
Firstly, MCA has broken its promise to the Chinese community.
 
Secondly, the delegates were denied a chance of a secret ballot on the resolution.
 
Thirdly, its President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has made pathetic remarks about the Ministerial positions the party should get.  
 
After yesterday’s general meeting where the resolution to rejoin Cabinet was approved, Liow said that the number of Cabinet posts given to the party would be the prerogative of the Prime Minister.
 
MCA is in such a weak position that even its President dared not even say openly how many Ministerial posts it hopes or wants to have. May be Liow realises that “beggars cannot be choosers”.
 
Undoubtedly, MCA will go all out to tell the Kajang voters how relevant and effective it can still be as a political party, but the fact is that MCA is a failed party and will continue to be so.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Telling the truth is a crime in Malaysia

Telling the truth is a crime in Malaysia

Mariam Mokhtar

OUTSPOKEN:
If more Malaysians were prepared to tell the truth and support others
who told the truth, our country would not be in the mess it is today.

If more people were prepared to step forward, instead of covering up
for those who commit serious crimes, the deaths of A Kugan, Aminulrasyid
Amzah, Ahmad Sarbini and Teoh Beng Hock could have been avoided.
Silence is akin to complicity in these crimes.

The guilty people roam freely among us, safe in the knowledge that
their secrets will be protected. Someone must have seen something, heard
something or known something, but preferred to keep their suspicions to
themselves. You may think these people lack a conscience, but what
about the ones who receive money and position in exchange for their
silence?

Death may have been a release for some who were tortured or betrayed,
but hundreds if not thousands of Malaysians and foreigners face an
insufferable future, being beaten or deprived of medicine. They languish
in prisons throughout the nation, and we, on the outside, must continue
to speak for them.

A week before the rest of the country took part in the 13th general
election (GE13), the armed forces went to the polls, as is the normal
practice in Malaysia. One man, 45-year-old RMAF pilot Major Zaidi Ahmad,
noticed that the indelible ink that was used to prevent people from
casting their votes multiple times, washed off two hours after he had
voted. He considered it his public and moral duty to lodge a police
report about the ink.

Instead of the Election Commission (EC) and the supplier of the ink
being investigated, Zaidi found that he was portrayed as the villain.

He was removed from flying duties, relieved of his role as commanding
officer of 12 Squadron, transferred from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur
with immediate effect, relegated to a desk job, and he will be court
martialled. If convicted, he will lose his pension and be imprisoned for
at least two years. That is the penalty for telling the truth, in
Malaysia.

There is a reason for punishing Zaidi. Last November, Minister in the
Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kasim said that
Malaysia had 1,132,450, civil servants, excluding the policemen.

On April 30, 2013, a total of 235,826 security forces personnel and
their spouses voted early. The combined total of civil servants,
security forces personnel and their spouses is about 1.4 million. This
is around 5% of the total population, a significant figure which could
make or break a party’s success in the elections.

Zaidi had to be punished to act as a deterrent to other civil
servants and members of the armed forces. The move to punish Zaidi is a
calculated political gambit.

Other civil servants who have allegedly been manipulated and
intimidated by their superiors are teachers and council workers. Some
allege that their voting papers are marked and that they cannot vote
freely.

Men and women who are prepared to lodge a police report when the
system is abused are exceptionally brave. Many risk their careers, their
prospects and financial stability. Zaidi faces all these consequences.

People like Zaidi would have weighed carefully their decision to tackle head-on the abuses of the system.

Zaidi found that the EC failed to do its job to ensure that the
democratic process runs smoothly. Initially, he may have wondered if a
genuine mistake had been made.

After voting, Zaidi found that other people also found that the ink
faded within a few hours. He realised that his was not an isolated case.
He was prepared to make a police report.

He subsequently found that he was under investigation because he
failed to lodge the report to the military police. The organisation
started a train of events to shun and humiliate him. He ended up as a
target drone.

Then came the character assassination; Zaidi’s superiors relieved him
of his responsibilities ignoring 25 years of training. They allegedly
also accused him of sending seditious text messages.

The air force isolated him by sending him to KL, and bound him to a
desk in an effort to break his spirit. Others with a weaker resolution
would probably have become depressed or fallen ill.

Fortunately for Zaidi, the NGO Pahlawan, which represents former
army, police and security forces veterans, extended their moral support.

Upright, principled citizens like Zaidi are prepared to uphold the
truth, whereas most other people would have taken the easy way out.

Zaidi and his family have sacrificed a lot, so that we and our
children may lead a better life. The irony is that the people who should
have protected them are the ones who are doing the attacking.

We must ask ourselves: is this the Malaysia we want to leave to our
children? Our children cannot be led astray by leaders who are
fraudsters, who claim to represent the electorate, but in truth, cheat
so that they may continue their stranglehold on us.

After the presentation of overwhelming evidence, the EC finally
admitted that the ink was not indelible. Their list of excuses was as
long as the paper trail leading to the crony who supplied Malaysia with
very expensive food colourant. The irony is that the EC has escaped
scot-free, but Zaidi may lose everything.

Mariam Mokhtar is "a Malaysian who dares to speak the truth."

Thursday, February 20, 2014

1MDB NAJIB'S WATERLOO? Sudden shock resignation of external auditors triggers alarm bells

Written by Tony Pua

As of yesterday, 19th February 2014, when I checked with the Companies Commission of Malaysia, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has yet to file its accounts for its financial year ending March 2013.

 The last available accounts was dated 31 March 2012. It is both shocking and suspicious that an multi-billion ringgit entity 100% owned by the Ministry of Finance has failed to produce its audited financial statements after nearly a year.

The directors of 1MDB have clearly run afoul of the Companies Act 1965 by failing to hold the company’s Annual General Meetings, file its Annual Returns to the Registrar of Companies together with their Audited Financial Report within the specified time period.

Clause 169(1) of the Companies Act says that “the directors of every company shall… once at least in every calendar year at intervals of not more than fifteen months, lay before the company at its annual general meeting a profit and loss account for the period since the preceding account (or in the case of the first account, since the incorporation of the company) made up to a date not more than six months before the date of the meeting.

Under Clause 171(1), the Act dictates imprisonment for 5 years or RM30,000 “if any director of a company fails to comply or to take all reasonable steps to secure compliance by the company with the foregoing provisions of this Division or has by his own wilful act been the cause of any default by the company thereunder, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.”

Even auditors run off

What rings the loudest alarm bells however is the sudden resignation of the company’s external auditors, KPMG, who has audited the company since its inception. Instead, Deloitte Malaysia has been appointed its new auditors.

It was KPMG, who in 1MDB’s first financial statement in 2010 raised an “emphasis of matter” over the US$1 billion (RM3.29b) investment in a mysterious joint-venture (JV) with PetroSaudi International Ltd, which was subsequently converted into a US$1.2 billion (RM3.95b) loan within a period of less than 6 months.

While the “emphasis of matter” was removed in subsequent financial accounts as the JV was servicing the loan with interest payments, it was also highlight that 1MDB extended an additional US$700 million (RM2.3b) in loans to the JV, despite receiving less than US$200 million in interest between 2011 and 2012.

Through a series of complicated financial engineering in the latter part of 2012, the loan was prematurely terminated and redeemed. However, the repayment of US$2.32 billion (RM7.93b) was made in a perplexing manner in a “seggregated investment portolio” based in Cayman Islands.
To date no one has been able to verify with any certainty who the investment portfolio manager is, the fund’s performance or for that matter, if the money actually exist.

The “investment” in Cayman Islands raises highly suspicious questions as 1MDB is desperately trying to raise funds through new bond issuance in Malaysia to funds its aggressive acquisitions of independent power producers as well as its mega-projects in Bandar Malaysia and Tun Razak Exchange. In fact, 1MDB is already laden with an estimated more than RM40 billion in debt, and hence such investments is a luxury that 1MDB does not have.


RM40 BILLION DEBT!
As a matter of public accountability, in line with Dato’ Seri Najib’s Razak’s call for transparency and government transformation, 1MDB must provide detailed and immediately clarification for the above matters. Most urgently, 1MDB must remove any doubts that the resignation of an internationally reputable auditor is due to an unverifiable US$2.32 billion parked at an anonymous “seggregated porfolio fund” in the highly secretive Cayman Islands, which is better known as a tax haven for global money launderers.

If 1MDB fails to provide satisfactory answers to the above scandal, then Malaysians are likely to be witnessing the seeds of the single largest financial scandal in the country, which makes the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone catastrophe look like child’s play.




Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Media statement by M. Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman in Ipoh on 19th February 2014

Waytha’s quitting exposes Najib’s bad faith and Hindraf’s poor judgment  
 Prime Minister Datul Seri Najib must publicly apologize to the Indian poor for “having committed a historic act of betrayal to the Indian community.
Hindraf Chairman and former deputy minister P. Waythamoorthy yesterday apologized unconditionally to the Indian community for not being able to fulfill the socio-economic programs pledged after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Barisan Nasional (BN) just before the 13th general election.
On Feb 8, Hindraf secretary P Ramesh, in a statement had said:“Hindraf’s only regret is that we have not been able to deliver the changes to the Malaysian Indian poor that we had promised with this initiative.  We sincerely apologize to them for the hopes we raised.
He has also described Najib and BN as having “committed a historic act of betrayal to the Indian community by not honoring the MoU.
Malaysians yearning for political change were shocked, angry and felt betrayed when Hindraf signed the MoU with BN prior to last year’s general election as it was obvious to all that the signing was merely an opportunistic move to win Indian voter support for BN.
Although the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had often talked about his willingness to help the Indian community, we in the opposition did not believe that he can or will walk the talk.
If the BN government was committed to resolve the woes faced by the marginalized Indian community, it could have done so since it has been the government for decades. It was obvious that it was only a question of time before Hindraf would be betrayed by theBN.
Time has proven that Hindraf made a grievous mistake in trusting the Najib administration and in giving the Indian poor false hopes.
Wathamoorthy was dealt another slight when the Prime Minister,who would have been apprised of Hindraf’s advance notice of Wathamoorthy‘s resignation, did not lift a finger to dissuade the deputy minister.
After Wathamoorthy tendered his resignation on Feb 10, Najib’s reaction was that Wathaymoorthy should have discussed the matterwith him before opting for resignation. Now Wathamorthy says at least 16 meetings were held with Najib to resolve Indian issues.
Now who is speaking the truth? Najib or Wathamoorthy?
Why weren't the deliberations made public by Waythamorthy?
It would appear that with the general election over, Waythamoorthy has outlived his political usefulness to the BN government.
However, Najib must know that his commitment was not to Hindraf only but to the Indian community. He must therefore publicly apologize to the Indian poor for “having committed a historic act of betrayal to the Indian community.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Don’t decry, just eat humble pie, Waytha told

5:13PM Feb 18, 2014

Don’t decry, just eat humble pie, Waytha told

DAP national vice-chair M Kulasegaran has advised Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia leader P Waythamoorthy to resist the temptation to engage in “futile recrimination” following his resignation from government and the Senate.

A week after resigning as a deputy minister in the Najib Abdul Razak administration and from the Senate to which he was appointed by the prime minister, Waythamoorthy has criticised Najib in caustic terms.

The MP for Ipoh Barat, a not infrequent target of accusations by the association of being a ‘mandore’ - a derisory epithet for ingratiating subalterns - said that Waythamoorthy should now prefer “humble self-scrutiny to futile recrimination”.

Earlier today, Waythamoorthy poured vitriol on Najib, calling him a “liar” who had “betrayed the trust” of the Indian people by not implementing the terms of a pre-polls agreement between Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia and a caretaker PM that was meant to secure Indian votes for the BN at GE13.

The agreement promised substantive measures to lift the Indian poor out of their decades-old familiarity with abject poverty.

Eights months after the agreement was inked, Waythamoorthy resigned on Feb 10 in frustration over the absence of any effort to fulfill the terms of the Hindraf-Najib pact.
  
“Were not Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia aware that the PM and the BN severely lacked credibility as agents for political and economic change?” quizzed Kula (right) when reached for reaction to Waythamoorthy’s denunciation of Najib.

“Up to the point when the association signed the agreement with Najib, the word among people sceptical of the PM was that he talked a good game of change, moderation and transformation but that when push comes to shove, he refuses to walk the talk,” argued the federal legislator.

“This was not just a perception among government critics, it was also the feeling of people inclined to give the benefit of the doubt to the government.

“Yet, against all odds, the association decided to go ahead and sign the memorandum of understanding (MOU) which they said was proof that the BN was worthy of the support of Indian voters,” said Kula in elaboration of his points.

The DAP lawyer said it would be more relevant for the association to explain what was it that had prompted them to put aside popular scepticism about Najib’s powers of delivery in favour of radical optimism that a post-election PM would be a changed man, ready to deliver on promises improbable and unrealisable.

Inexperienced dabblers?

“The question now is whether Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia were a bunch of inexperienced dabblers in the political game or realistic exponents of the cause of the Indian poor?” said Kula.

“I’m afraid the verdict of history on the association is that they mistook one swallow as having made their summer as exponents of the Indian cause,” said Kula, referring to the movement’s organisation of a dramatic street march by the Indian poor in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 25, 2007, an event that was to shift the Indian vote from its traditional allegiance to the BN to the opposition. 

“Now they know that one march does not make a movement and one MOU does not usher in changed economic and political circumstances,” mused Kula.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Are we heading for emergency rule?

Are we heading for emergency rule?

Is that why no action is taken against trouble-makers who whip up ethno-religious sentiment – because unrest is necessary for emergency rule, wonders P Ramakrishnan.
Photograph: The Malaysian Insider
Photograph: The Malaysian Insider

It was reminiscent of the lawless Wild West when rough-necks went on a rampage to assert their authority over the helpless town folks.
 
There was nobody brave enough to stand up to the mayhem they created. There was no Sheriff, no Deputy and no hero to take on these hooligans.

That was what happened last Thursday, 6 February 2014, when troublemakers took to the streets in a frenzy of hatred to incite and provoke Malay extremists to partake in acts that would threaten our peace and harmony. It was no ordinary gathering; it was a gathering of racists and bigots out to create mischief.
In blatant defiance of the law, these members of several Muslim NGOs gathered in the afternoon near the busy Puduraya bus terminal and government offices at Jalan Tun Perak in Kuala Lumpur.

Some participants stomped on the banner bearing the faces of DAP and PKR representatives. They then slaughtered four chickens and smeared their blood on the faces of Teresa Kok, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and Machang Bubok assembly member Lee Khai Loon (PKR) in a ritual intended to cause calamity in the country.

This bloody act was committed by these trouble-makers claiming to belong to the Council of Islamic NGOs as proclaimed in the banner to “Protest against insults of Malay leadership, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Islam and Malay dignity by a splinter of politicians, leaders and Chinese chauvinists”.

These claims are clearly far-fetched without any justification. Who in their right minds would want to insult the Yang di-Pertuan Agong? He is the national symbol of our unity. He is respected and held in high esteem.

But these mischief-makers blatantly claimed that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was insulted. Can they provide concrete evidence when this insult was perpetrated and by whom?

Who would want to insult Islam? Malaysians are peaceful people and are sensitive to the ethos of the different communities and traditions. Who would want to court trouble consciously and disturb our harmony by being disrespectful?

What Malay leadership was insulted? Please don’t lie if you are truly a believer in the true sense of your religion.

Disagreeing with the policies and criticising leaders of the government doesn’t constitute an insult to the Malay leadership. In any case, the government may be dominated by Umno but essentially it is a coalition government albeit without MCA representation. But there are Chinese ministers and others from various communities in the cabinet which would suggest that the disagreement and criticism is not aimed solely at the Malay leadership but against the Barisan Nasional.

But these trouble-makers deliberately twisted the facts to give a racial angle to arouse the emotions of unthinking people who can be easily misled.

What was said was clearly and deliberately provocative and inciting.

Zulkifly Sharif from Pertubuhan Permuafakatan Majlis Ayahanda Malaysia (Permas) told Malaysiakini that “the chicken slaughter and blood smearing ritual was a hark back to the ‘bloody’ May 13, 1969 racial riots”.

“The blood represents the May 13 incident…It should be easily understood,” he said.

In other words, he is actually threatening a repeat of the May 13 incident. This is clearly seditious; it is an incitement; it is definitely a provocation. It had the potential to spark chaos and disturb our harmony. Things could go out of hand to the detriment of the nation.

It should have been nipped in the bud. The full force of the law should have landed on them so that it would not encourage similar provocative demonstrations and protests elsewhere.

But that was not the case. Where was the AG? Where were the police, the guardians of law and order? Above all, where was the Prime Minister, the supreme leader of the nation? Why did none of them criticise this act of lawlessness? Why were these racists and bigots not condemned for their reckless irresponsibility?

It is this lack of response from the keepers of the law that encourages this unbecoming behaviour. For it can be construed with justification that they will not face the wrath of the law and that they have the implicit backing of the law enforcement agencies.

This demonstration was held apparently as a reaction to Seputeh MP Teresa Kok’s New Year video entitled ‘OnederfulMalaysia CNY 2014’.

Various claims and accusations were made in connection with this video. But what was it all about? Was there any disrespect shown to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong? Was Islam insulted in this video?

It is very disturbing for Zulkifly to state with reference to the slaughtering of the chicken, “It is symbolic of the bloody incident, – meaning May 13 – this means we are sending a serious warning to Teresa Kok not to provoke and create something that threatens the peace and feelings of the Malays.”
Was he correct in what he stated? Did Teresa “provoke and create something that threatens the peace and feelings of the Malays”?

It seems that the video was in Mandarin. Do these rabble-rousers understand Mandarin? Could it be possible that while translating misrepresentation could have occurred?

Why not broadcast this video over TV so that the truth can be unveiled and facts revealed to the entire nation before things get out of hand through misunderstanding and misrepresentation? This is what should be done if we are really interested in the truth. But would the BN dare to do this? Or will it take advantage of this mindless reaction for its own political purposes?

These mischief-makers went beyond threatening. They even offered a bounty to anyone who is willing to slap Teresa. Just like in the Wild West when rewards were offered to bring in the outlaws “dead or alive”, and bounty hunters would take up the offer and go after their quarry. Similarly, in this instance, a reward of RM500 was offered which was later increased to RM1,200.

Imagine if one stupid hothead goes up to Teresa and slaps her, what would happen? Perhaps those with her may react and assault him which could in turn lead to a racial conflict. Is this what they want to happen? Is it a ploy to create unrest and unleash an ethnic clash that would benefit the BN?

The situation was so serious and yet there was no urgency to address it. Even Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi foolishly and flippantly trivialised the whole episode by claiming that it was not a threat to Teresa and unbelievably stated that it would have amounted to nothing except if a death threat had been issued against Teresa. For a Home Minister not to see the danger in this emotionally-charged affair is mind-boggling.

Not to be outdone in foolishness, the Housing and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan also criticised Kok, saying that she should not play victim when threatened by Muslim groups as the DAP had “relentlessly attacked the position of Malays and Muslims…The DAP had also insulted the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Islam”.

If that was the case, how did the DAP garner so many Malay votes, make a break-through in the Umno fortress of Johor, and get its Malay members elected as members of parliament? Without Malay votes, all this could not have been possible.

How ridiculous they are can be seen when Zulkifly accused the politicians whose faces adorned the banner of manipulating the price hike issue. According to him, “The increase of prices of goods has been turned into a kind of propaganda to bring down Malay leadership. They are trying to provoke hatred and belittle Malay leadership.”

The lives of Malaysians have become a nightmare because of price hikes which have made life very difficult for people. It is felt by everyone on a daily basis and their sufferings are nation-wide. It is not confined to any ethnic community.

To blame these four leaders as manipulating the price hike to bring down the Malay leadership is grossly unfair and wrong. It is utter nonsense!

The price hike demonstration organised by various NGOs in Penang effectively debunked the atrocious statements and the sweeping claims made by the trouble-makers.

More than 1,000 turned up to oppose the price hikes and the implementation of the GST. The crowd was largely Malay with good support from the Chinese and the Indians. What transpired was heart-warming and encouraging. It showed that whatever ploy that is used by Umno and its henchmen to drive a wedge between the Malays and non-Malays will not work.

The Seberang Jaya Municipal Councillor Zulkifli Saad said the gathering was a show of solidarity among Malays, Chinese and Indians.”We are not racists, this is a gathering of people.”

Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) spokesperson Badrul Hisham Shaharin, better known as Chegubard, asked who were the Malays who felt insulted by Lee’s act of stuffing kangkung into a replica of Najib.

“Hello! Who says Malays are insulted? We are insulted because we have a PM who cannot manage the country,” he said.

He also warned groups who threatened violence and racial riots, saying that their non-Malay brothers and sisters would be protected even if “one hair of yours is disturbed”.

Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli said that anti-price hikes groups would protest in all the states, culminating in a massive protest in Kuala Lumpur on 1 May, themed Gasak Sampai Tumbang (GST).

Rafizi emphatically said, “There is also no link between race and price hikes.”
“It is just their way of putting fear in us as they are racists,” he claimed.

“If there is one Chinese youth among us who is threatened, 10 Malays among us will be there to protect him,” he assured, followed by shouts of support.

Afif Bahardin, the Seberang Jaya representative, drove home a valid point rather forcefully, “The price hike is suffered by not only DAP, PKR or Pas but by Umno members as well.”

It is this kind of solidarity building up that is worrying Umno. Their usual divide-and-rule policy is no longer working. Race and religion can no longer be an effective campaign strategy to retain power.

So, it seems, an unrest is necessary for emergency rule and is that why no action is taken against these trouble-makers?

P Ramakrishnan
Aliran executive committee member
16 February 2014

失踪年余捎信告知家人,少女私奔沦为按摩女


星洲日报新闻-失踪一年多,妈妈焦虑【女儿快回来团聚!】Single mother hopes her daughter that has been missing for a year to come back home


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Utusan’s wrong assumptions in tirade against non-Malays

Utusan’s wrong assumptions in tirade against non-Malays

COMMENTARY BY THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
February 16, 2014

Mingguan Malaysia's deputy editor Azman Anuar today wrote about his weekly's pet peeve - non-Malays. In his mind, they must know their limits and not take actions that are construed as insulting Islam, Muslims and the Malay rulers

The newly-promoted newsman also took Putrajaya to task for not defending the religion, race and royalty, saying the lax attitude came about after "respectable and knowledgeable Malay leaders" departed from the scene.

He did not name them although only two leaders have retired in the past decade - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. No prize for guessing who he is probably referring to.
"Non-Malays have apparently forgotten that Malaysia's majority population is Malays. They have no respect at all for the Bumiputera.

Why has this happened? It is because we are too compromising, too afraid to take action against those who have insulted Malays and Islam.

"In the end, it appears as if non-Malays are the landlords and Malays are the tenants, immigrants and the minority in our own country," wrote Azman in his article entitled "Melayu, Islam dihina di Tanah
Melayu!".

The basic premises of Azman's argument are:

1. Non-Malays are second class citizens and must kow-tow to the Malays.
2. Malays equals Umno.

The fact of the matter is he is wrong on both assumptions.

The non-Malays, just like the Malays, are citizens of this country and are equal before the law.

There is no concept of landlord and tenant in Malaysia among the races and no one is inferior to another in the country. Perhaps Azman and Utusan journalists need to look up the Federal Constitution on citizenship and rights.

And all the more so if he laments the loss of draconian security laws. Malaysia is a modern democracy, a constitutional monarchy where the law is supreme - not where supremacists are the law.

The irony of Utusan and those of their ilk is that it is an Umno-owned newspaper, where the president himself has been championing moderation and unity among Malaysians.

Perhaps this is their biggest fear and the reason for such a tirade - that there are some leaders who are tired of such diatribe and believe they can lead the country on a basis of equity and harmony among all,
rather than for a few. – February 16, 2014.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Should you migrate? The 64,000-dollar question – Koon Yew Yin


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Should you migrate? The 64,000-dollar question – Koon Yew Yin

February 14, 2014
Malaysian Insider

Recently, I received a reference to a new book written by two migrant Malaysian brothers who have lived abroad for more than 10 years with advice for would-be migrants.

Their advice included tips, such as never taking things for granted, never burn your bridges, to be objectively optimistic and the importance of financial freedom among.

These tips are useful in any major decision you make about life and career.

In fact, many “how to succeed” books – whether they deal with the stock market or changing jobs – offer similar or variants of this advice, although the advice may be presented in different languages and styles.

The most important point that the book seems to emphasise is that every country has its good and bad points.

This again is sensible.

Every would-be migrant – unless he or she comes from the most god-forsaken and wretched country on earth – should know that the new country he or she is intending to migrate to will not be a paradise on earth.

What the book seems to be concerned about is that many Malaysians are being driven to migrate in the false hope that somewhere in some countries, the governments care for their people, practise freedom of speech, and promote fairness and equality.

Actually, I think few Malaysians have the expectation of a completely level playing field and fair play in Australia, New Zealand, United States, Britain or any other country to which they intend to migrate.

I also do not believe that any departing Malaysian has an ideal picture of the host country and its various freedoms and racial policies as their main reason for migration.

Why Malaysians are migrating

What is driving them – especially Chinese and Indian Malaysians, and also Malays – to migrate is that the political and social situation in Malaysia has gone from bad to worse.

They see growing “ketuanan Melayu” and “ketuanan Islam” intruding into their personal and public lives.

They see a Barisan Nasional government which is unable to reform and increasingly giving way to Perkasa, Isma and other extremist forces in public policy making and implementation – a development which even moderate and liberal Malays cannot stomach.

Of course, they are fully aware that they are exchanging one “ketuanan” for another in the countries that they are migrating to.

But the important difference for many that make the hard decision to leave is that, even though the playing field may be uneven when they arrive at their new home, it will be a more even and fairer one for their children – in terms of education and jobs – even without taking into account the higher quality of life in these countries.

This then is the 64,000-dollar question which many Malaysians – especially those who have succeeded so well and are the top of their professions – face.

Just on the economics of it, for these businessmen or professionals, Malaysia is a good country to live and die.

Many Malaysians (I am part of this group) have done well for themselves. Despite the New Economic Policy and other forms of discrimination, we remain privileged in our economic standing.
But the younger generation face an increasingly bleak future.

As the economic pie shrinks, the fight for good jobs, contracts, commissions and a better life is becoming fiercer.

A young graduate today without assistance from his parents will never be able to afford a decent apartment in Kuala Lumpur or Penang.

A house within an hour from his place of work in the city centre is a dream which can only be achieved by winning the lottery.

When you combine the economic with the political, social and educational factors, then the decision on whether to migrate or not becomes a more urgent one – even for Malaysians who have done really well in their careers here.

For them, it is the future of their kids which becomes the final push factor.

What the government can do to stem migration

While the decision to migrate or stay back is an individual and personal one, the government must realise that most Malaysians – I would say more than 90% – are loyal and patriotic.

We know that we are living in a good and in some ways, a lucky country. The majority of Chinese Malaysians do not want to leave for a new land and to start afresh all over again.

But we, and our children, must not be treated as “pendatang”.

Our contributions to the country’s prosperity and wellbeing must be recognised.

It is an undeniable fact that all the urban towns, megamalls, apartment buildings, amusement centres, roads, railways, ports, rubber plantations, manufacturing plants were built solely or mainly with Chinese and Indian labour and capital.

The foundations of our educational system – our schools and universities – similarly owe much to non-Malay teachers.

It is also an undeniable fact that modern Malaysia and its amenities and standard of living – what Perkasa and Malay and Islamic supremacist groups take for granted – will not exist without the Chinese and Indian contributions.

It is not only on the economic side that we have contributed.

Our contributions have also been in the arts, culture, architecture and social.

Just think of how much Malay food has borrowed from, and has been enriched by the Chinese and Indian communities – even right down to the language – taugeh, bihun, kuetiao, pohpiah, sotong, lobak, chapchai, tauhu, chapati, roti canai, mee mamak, thosai, sambal, nasi biryani and more.

Do not kill the golden goose 

Our talent and abilities must be given equal opportunity so that we can contribute to a more prosperous and greater Malaysia. Our young people must not be driven to feel they have an inferior place in this country.

The Malay ultras and those in Umno must come to their senses regarding the place of the Chinese in Malaysia.

Malays may have control over all the major sectors of the country – political, social, cultural, educational, and a large part of the economy through government-linked companies and new Malay business elite.

But it is the non-Malay component that created the old wealth. It is also the non-Malays who can provide much of the driving force and dynamism that enables new wealth to be created and shared with the less productive and needy.

Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg for Malays and Malaysia is my advice to them.
Finally, to those facing the dilemma of migration, I wish to point out that the Pakatan Rakyat manifesto during the last elections acknowledges the need for reforms to dismantle the racially discriminatory policies put in place by the Barisan Nasional.

Since the opposition coalition won more than 50% of the popular vote, there is hope still for a fairer society to emerge. – February 14, 2014.

* Koon Yew Yin reads The Malaysian Insider.

A case of broken promises – again – to minorities, say analysts BY JENNIFER GOMEZ

A case of broken promises – again – to minorities, say analysts

BY JENNIFER GOMEZ
February 15, 2014
Malaysian Insider
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's administration signed a pact with Hindraf, promising to aid poor Indian Malaysians in return for their support in elections. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 15, 2014.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's administration signed a pact with Hindraf, promising to aid poor Indian Malaysians in return for their support in elections. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 15, 2014.Caution to Malaysia's minority groups: beware of a government bearing promises and agreements before an election.

Several analysts interviewed by The Malaysian Insider said that this was one of the lessons to take away from P. Waytha Moorthy's resignation from the Najib administration and Putrajaya's inability to make good a 10-point solution with Christians over Malay Bibles and the use of the word “Allah”.

While they agreed that the Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force) leader was equally to blame for his hasty move to sign a pact with Putrajaya days before the May 5 elections and for accepting a deputy minister's post after Barisan Nasional's (BN) victory, it was an obvious case of broken promises by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

"Should Hindraf decide to engage in a public campaign to denounce the PM  and government agencies for their cynical disregard of the Indian electorate after making use of them during the recent elections, the damage to Najib personally and BN as a whole could be considerable and long lasting," said political analyst Dr Lim Teck Ghee.

He said that apart from Indians, other minority groups, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, had also been monitoring the progress of the Hindraf agreement with Najib.

Hindraf had said Putrajaya had been “dragging its feet” in delivering its promises to aid the poor Indian Malaysians in return for their support in the elections.

Waytha himself has been silent on his resignation and has not answered calls from the media. Najib, however, yesterday said he was disheartened by Waytha’s resignation, adding that the Hindraf leader should have tried to work with the administration and with colleagues to implement Putrajaya’s projects that would fulfil his cause.

In a statement, Najib had said: “I would like to stress that in line with my dream to form a more approachable government that always gives help to those who need it, we will implement socio-economic development programmes for the Indian community, as well as the other races".

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak political analyst Dr Jeniri Amir agreed with Dr Lim, saying Putrajaya was bound to face challenges when making promises in future elections.

He said this was also applicable to the 10-point solution reached just before the Sarawak elections in April 2011 with the Christians over the import and distribution of Malay Bibles.

"Sometimes, perception is more real than reality, so it does not reflect well on PM Najib and BN that they did not deliver on their promises," he said.

Dr Lim said although Umno was a major partner in BN, there had been some optimism that it would moderate its "ketuanan Melayu" stance for the sake of 1Malaysia.

"Now it looks as if the 1Malaysia concept is well and truly buried, especially when other recent developments are also taken into account," he said in reference to recent cases of  incitement  of violence against Seputeh MP Teresa Kok over her Chinese New Year “Onederful Malaysia” video and other DAP leaders.

Independent analyst Khoo Kay Peng said the 10-point solution and the MoU with the Indian community were merely “political agreements to garner votes”.

"It is done to appease voters and cannot be viewed as a sincere effort by Putrajaya to come up with real solutions.

"This is because BN is race-based, and anything Umno does will be seen in the context of Malay rights," Khoo said.

He also said Waytha did not have any credibility left.

"Many Indians were disappointed that he had acted out of self-interest and that he and Hindraf had played a factional game.

"In this case, he is the bigger loser when compared with the BN," Khoo added.

Universiti Putra Malaysia's political scientist Dr Jayum Jawan, however, felt that Waytha had salvaged some honour by resigning.

He said this should be emulated by others in the government who did not agree with Putrajaya's policies.

"He has set a good example by resigning because he had said he would do so if the promises to the Indian community are not kept. This is what we are lacking in the government.

"As it is, there are a few of them who do not agree with cabinet decisions but are keeping quiet and staying put because they do not want to lose their government positions," Jayum said. – February 15, 2014.

Friday, February 14, 2014

அரசியலா? சமூகமா?

குலசேகரன்,  து. காமாட்சி, அ. சிவநேசன், டிஎபி, பெப்ரவரி 14, 2014.
 
1kulaசமீபத்தில் நான், சபாய் சட்ட மன்ற உறுப்பினர் து.காமாட்சி, சுங்கை சட்ட மன்ற உறுப்பினர்  .சிவநேசன் ஆகியோர்நாம்என்ற இயக்க தொடக்க விழாவில் கலந்து கொண்டதை ஆட்சேபித்து பலரிடமிருந்து கண்டனக் குரல்கள் வரத் தொடங்கியுள்ளன.

என் மேலும் என் கட்சியின் மேலும் நல்ல அபிப்பிராயமும்  நம்பிக்கையும் வைத்துள்ள பல கட்சி அபிமானிகள், பொது மக்கள், துணை அமைச்சர் டத்தோ சரவணன் ஏற்பாடு செய்தநாம்”  தொடக்க விழாவில் நாங்கள் கலந்துகொண்டிருக்கக் கூடாது, அது ..காவின் இயக்கம் ஆகவே எதிர்கட்சியிலுள்ள நாங்கள் அதற்கு ஆதரவு கொடுக்கக் கூடாது என்கின்ற தோரணையில் பலர்  முகநூல்வழியாகவும்  குறுஞ் செய்திகள் வாயிலாகவும் தங்களின் ஆட்சேபங்களை தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்

முதலில், அவர்களுக்கு  எங்களது நன்றியினை தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம். அவர்கள் எழுப்பிய கண்டனங்கள், அவர்கள் எங்கள் பால் இது காறும் வைத்திருக்கும் நம்பிக்கையையும் , எங்கள் கட்சியாகிய ஜனநாயக செயல் கட்சியின் மீதுள்ள வலுவான பற்றுதலையும் நன்கு  புலப்படுத்துகின்றது.
அந்த வகையில் அவர்களுக்கு இது குறித்து விளக்கமளிக்க கடமைப்பட்டுள்ளோம்.

எல்லா அரசியல் கட்சிகளும் தங்கள் முதன்மைக் குறிக்கோலாக சமுதாயத்திற்கு நல்லது செய்ய வேண்டும் என்பதைத்தான்  சொல்லி வருகின்றன. ஆனால், அவற்றின்  செயல் வடிவங்கள் கட்சிக்குக் கட்சி மாறுபடுகின்றன. ஆளும் கட்சிக்கு பண பலம் இருப்பதனால் அதன் திட்டங்களை  நிறைவேற்றுவதில் தடங்கல்கள் அவ்வளவாக வருவதில்லை.

ஆனால்,  எங்களைப் போன்ற  எதிர்கட்சியைச் சேர்ந்தவர்களுக்கு, சமுதயத்திற்கான நல்ல திட்டங்கள் கைவசம் இருந்த போதும் அதை நிறைவேற்றுவதற்கான பணபலம்  இருப்பதில்லை. ஒரு நல்ல காரியம் மக்களின் நன்மைக்காக செய்யப்படுகிறதென்றால் அதனை ஆதரிக்க வேண்டியது ஓர் உண்மையான அரசியல்வாதியின் கடமை என்று நாங்கள் நினைக்கிறோம். ஏனென்றால்,  இந்தநாம்இயக்கம் இந்திய இளைஞர்கள் பொருளாதாரத்தில் முன்னேற வழிவகுக்கும் ஒரு நல்ல திட்டமாகும் .  இந்த திட்டத்தை ஆதரித்து அதன் விளக்கக்கூட்டதில் கலந்து கொள்வதில் ஒரு நியாயம்  இருப்பதாக கருதியதால்தான் அதில் நாங்கள் கலந்து கொண்டோம்.

அப்படி கலந்து கொண்டதால் , நாங்கள் எங்கள் கட்சி கொள்கைக்கு எதிராகச் செயல் பட்டோம் என்று சொல்ல முடியாது. .செ.கட்சியும் . .கா வும் வெவ்வேறு கொள்கைகள் உடையவை என்பதை மறுப்பதற்கில்லை. அவர்கள் ஆளும் கட்சி,  நாங்கள் எதிர்கட்சி . நாடாளுமன்றத்தில் எதிரில் அமர்ந்திருப்பதனால் மட்டுமே நாங்கள் எதிர்க்கட்சியென பெயரெடுத்துள்ளோம். அதற்காக நாங்கள் எதிரிகளல்ல. நாளை நாங்களும்  ஆளும் கட்சியாகலாம்.  ..கா எதிரில் அமர்ந்து எதிர்கட்சி என்ற பெயரெடுக்கலாம்.  ஆனால் எங்கள் இருவரின் குறிக்கோள் என்றுமே மக்கள் சேவைதான் .
நாங்கள் அந்த இயக்க விழாவில் கலந்துகொண்டதானால், ..கா விற்கு ஆதரவு கொடுக்கிறோம் என்று  சொல்வது தவறு. அவர்கள் போட்ட திட்டம் வெற்றி பெற்று அதனால்  இந்திய இளஞர்கள் பயன் பெறுவார்கள் என்ற நம்பிக்கையில்தான் நாங்கள் ஆதரவு வழங்கினோம். அரசியலில் வெவ்வேறு மூலையில் நாங்கள் அமர்ந்திருந்தாலும், சமூக நலன் கருதி ஒருவருக்கொருவர் ஆதரவு தருவது அரசியல் கண்ணியம் என்று நாங்கள் கருதுகிறோம்.

அறிஞர் அண்ணா சொன்னது போல எல்லா காலக் கட்டத்திலும் , எதிர்க் கட்சியினரை எதிரிகள் போல் பார்க்கக் கூடாது. அரசியலில் கருத்து வேறுபாடுகள், கொள்கை வேறுபாடுகள், கருத்து மோதல்கள் அவ்வப்போது  ஏற்பட்டாலும் அதற்கும் அப்பால் அரசியல் நாகரீகம் , பண்பாடு, கண்ணியம், மனித நேயம் என்ற பலவற்றை கடைபிடிக்க வேண்டி உள்ளது. இதன் அடிப்படையில்தான்  சரவணன் எங்களை மதித்து, எங்கள் மீதும், நாங்கள் சார்ந்த கட்சியின் மீதும் உள்ள நல்ல என்ணத்தினால் எங்களை  அழைத்தபோது நாங்கள் அந்த அழைப்பை ஏற்றோம்.

இது போன்ற சந்தர்ப்பங்களில் ஆளும் கட்சியும் எதிர்கட்சிகளும் ஒன்று சேர்ந்து இயங்குவது என்பது ஒன்றும் புதிதல்ல . ஏற்கனவே, நான்  தமிழ்ப் பள்ளிகளுக்காக நாடளுமன்ற வளாகத்தில் அனைத்துக் கட்சிகளுக்குமான ஒரு சந்திப்புக் கூட்டத்தை  ஏற்பாடு செய்து அதில் ..காவைவும் கலந்து கொள்ள செய்துள்ளேன். அப்போது பிரதமர் துறையில் அமைச்சராக இருந்த  நஸ்ரிதான் அதனை அதிகாரப்பூர்வமாக திறந்து வைத்தார்.

..கா ஹோல்டிங்கஸ் ஆரம்பிக்கப்பட்ட போது அதற்கு ஆதரவு கொடுத்து அதன் பங்குகளை நான் வாங்கியுள்ளேன். ஆனால், அது பிற்காலத்தில் குட்டிச்சுவராக்கப்பட்டபோது இதே குலசேகரன்தான்  அதை எதிர்த்து போராடி அதனால் அடியும் வாங்கிக்கொண்டான்.

இன்னும்,  பல திருமணங்களில், அரசு சாரா கூட்டங்களில் கோவில் திருவிழாக்களில் கட்சி பேதமின்றிக்  கலந்து கொண்டிருக்கின்றோம்.

இப்பொழுது ஆரம்பிக்கப்பட்டிருக்கும்நாம்இயக்கம் தன் இலக்கை நோக்கி போகாமல் தவறான பாதையில் பயணிக்குமாயின், அதற்கு முதல் எதிர்ப்புக் குரல் இந்த குலசேகரனிடமிருந்துதான் வரும் என்றும் கூறிக்கொள்கிறேன்.
  
சமூக நலன்  என்று வரும் பொழுது சீன சமூகம்  கட்சி பேதமின்றி ஆளும் கட்சியினரும் எதிர்கட்சியினரும் ஒன்று கூடி  செயலாற்றுவதை  நாம் பார்க்கின்றோம். அதே போல இந்திய  சமூக நலம் கருதி நாம் ஒன்றுகூடி ஒருவொருக்கொருவர்  ஆதரவு தருவதில் எந்த தவறும் இல்லை என்பது எங்களின் தாழ்மையான கருத்து.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Call on the government to set up a special Cabinet Committee to wage an all out war against the dengue menace



Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Call on the government to set up a special Cabinet Committee to wage an all out war against the dengue menace

Health Minister Datuk S Subramaniam told AFP yesterday that deaths from dengue fever have nearly tripled in Malaysia this year compared with the same period in 2013.

As of this week, 22 people had died from dengue in 2014, compared to eight deaths over the same stretch last year, he said.

A total of 11,879 cases had been reported as of Monday, up nearly four-fold from the same period in 2013.


In fact, Subramaniam had on November 6 last year told the Parliament that the total number of dengue fever cases reported from January to November 2 last year rose more than 10,000 or more than 50% compared to 2012.
On November 5 last year, it was reported that Lokman Hakim Sulaiman, who heads the Health Ministry's public health division, said the ministry was calling on all Malaysians to "destroy all the breeding places," such as illegal dump sites.

He said prevention was key, due to the lack of proven vaccines or treatment.

"The problem with dengue is that we don't have enough tools to manage the situation. It's a global challenge," he further said.

Subramanian needs to explain why has the Ministry failed to control the soaring dengue cases since last year?

What did Lokman mean when he said “we don’t have enough tools to manage the situation?

The same report said that Singapore had responded to its dengue problem by distributing insect repellant to every household and recruiting hundreds of disease-control officers.

Has Malaysia’s Health Ministry done or is going to implement such measures?

Malaysians want government’s assurance that effective steps that will be taken to control the disease so as to prevent unnecessary and avoidable deaths.

I call on the government to set up a special Cabinet Committee to wage an all out war against the dengue menace.