Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Media Statement by M. Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat, and DAP National Vice Chairman in Ipoh on 30th Aug, 2017.

Independent investigation required on the death in custody of Baskar Rao

I just attended the final rights of Baskar Rao, 47 years old who had allegedly set himself on fire while he was detained with handcuffs while he was at the Jelapang police station.

I spoke briefly with the family members. The deceased’s wife, Thanaletchemy 45years and his 2 children were at the crematorium alongside the deceased’s mother who wept uncontrollably not knowing how her loving son was burnt to death whilst under the custody, care and control of the police.

Since he was in the hospital bed for the last 9 days he was literally fighting for his life. He died yesterday at 4.10pm. Now with his departure we need true and honest answers. As the police is the principle party who are supposed to enlighten the family on how this supposed immolation took place. As the police are interested in the outcome of this investigation, we cannot rule out biasness if the investigation is left solely to them. I would suggest the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission and/or SUHAKAM take over the investigations to find out how this incident happened that resulted in the death of Baskar Rao in his prime age.

Who will now provide for the children and the family?. Generally, when there are serious allegations against the police the police would love to and do make it public that the criminal or in the deceased case he was involved in many previous crimes.

For examble SAC Gan while commenting on this matter said “The man had a parang on his motorcycle. He also has a criminal record with 13 cases, including drug related case. Why and for what purpose SAC Gan had to inform the world at large of the previous cases? Are this done to shore up the image of the police or to justify what the police had or had not done?.

I think the action of divulging the previous criminal activates of the deceased makes the police to look good in what they have done. Further, this act is unbecoming of a professional body and stating the facts of any criminal background is clearly to let the case be tried and decided by the media.

How and what opportunity has the deceased to defend the allegation by SAC Gan?. I urge the police to act in a civilized manner and be caring to all including criminals. Nobody is above the law and that includes the police.

Can the police confirm if the CCTV was working at the time of the incident and has any police officers been suspended from work due to this incident? This confirmation would be better than for SAC Gan to speak about the criminal records of the deceased.

As death by fire whilst being handcuffed by the police in a police station, will the Coroner be asked to determine the cause of death? Be rest assured we would make sure justice is served without fear or favour in the case

Our team of lawyers from the DAP, V.Vemal Arasan, N.Selvam and I will provide the necessary legal assistance.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Media statement by M.Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman, Thomas Su MP Ipoh Timur and Cheong Chee Khing ADUN Bercham in Ipoh on 29th August 2017

Election commission frustrates scrutiny of its actions


The Election Commission (SPR) has the sole authority under the Federal Constitution to register new voters. Thus the SPR plays an important role to ensure only citizens are registered as voters. Registration of voters is done on a quarterly basis namely the last been done in the months of April, May and June. After this due registration exercise the SPR than puts up voters list at strategic places in Parliamentary constituencies for any one to file objections if the new voter is not residing in the area he has registered for. Unfortunately such process has been made difficult because the EC has weakened the process of stakeholder empowerment to question its actions by creating obstacles that goes against the common interest of voters.

New voters address incomplete

In Ipoh Barat new voters and transferring of voters have applied to be registered as voters. Although we welcome the voters we find the address of this voters misleading and confusing. The SPR has given the house number and the Gardens (Taman) where the new voters are residing. Unfortunately in almost all Taman’s the process to locate and confirm the new registered voters is time consuming and tedious and most of the time impossible. For example we took a symbolic objection to a new voter registered at a place known as no 63 Kg. Kacang Puteh, Buntong. As the road name was not given in the data made available we could not locate this house no 63. In fact in our search at Kg.Kacang Puteh, there were another 2 houses with the same address 63 at Kg,Kacang Puteh, Buntong. The question is why has SPR refuse to provide the road names? Are there hidden agendas that make objections/verifications impossible? The SPR seems to act in an unacceptable manner which is against reason and common sense. It creates more suspicion on the presence of hidden hands out to frustrate the transparent process of voters registration and verification exercise.

In Ipoh Timur, we have faced the similar problem eg. Lokaliti No. 0642610001 – Kg Sri Kinta, as the road name or details of the address are not provided in the Voters List published, it is almost impossible task to locate house merely identified as “No. 11”. We took a symbolic objection to a new voter registered at this address instead of four (4) new voters applied to be voters at this address, the costs involved is a hindrance and our reluctance to file a comprehensive objections with the SPR . In fact, there are many other new voters where we are unable to locate them as there many same house number registered in the same locality or Taman. SPR should display a more transparent and detailed address of New Voter for proper and due verification purpose.

Softcopy have been refused

The SPR at every quarter of new voters registered will extend a soft copy of the applicants name, address and constituency to political parties. Softcopy Rang Daftar Pemilih Tambahan(RPDT) – Previously the draft supplementary roll was provided to political parties, for them to analyze and detect irregularities for objection. From 2017 onwards, the Election Commission has decided to no longer provide softcopy of the supplementary electoral roll. No reason was given, except that they have no obligations to do so. This is a problem because without the softcopy, it is physically impossible to inspect the draft rolls effectively because they are voluminous and displayed in different areas. Voters have perceived the act of not providing soft copies has prevented stakeholders like political parties to play a legitimate and effective role of check and balance on the SPR.

Refusal to use the Website

Currently every quarterly voter can be found if one makes an effort to go to certain named places to check it. This process is difficult and cumbersome. Many of the voters have little time to physically be present due to work and family commitments. Instead the SPR should upload all this names of new voters and movement of voters onto the website for the public to know and provide feedback. Why has the election commission refuse to use such common technology that would serve the interest of voters?


The inadequacies mentioned above have one thing in common, i.e. they are done in marginal constituencies in a deliberate and coordinated manner in attempt to sway electoral results. The Election Commission has not been honest and transparent in coming up with concrete solutions on proper voter registration that would protect the interest of voters, although they are empowered to do so under several provisions in the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002.

The objection process and information is key to preventing illegal transfer of voters. The SPR must be people friendly and allow all stakeholders to have a say in the registration of voters. SPR is a public body and it is mandated to serve the common good of stake holders. The difficult process made to find out where the new voters are residing itself shows the SPR is acting against the interest of its main stakeholder who are the voters. The only way to command public confidence is for the SPR to illuminate the Malaysian public on how it registers and verifies new voters, and how do stakeholders identify them. Unless this is done the public will continue to doubt on its integrity

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Media  statement by M.Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat and DAP Vice Chairman in Ipoh on 24th August 2017

Passing of Haji Thasleem

These are lean times for the cause of a plural Malaysia.


Barely have we recovered from the stab of loss felt over the passing of Kerk Kim Hock the retired SG of the DAP than we discover that another stalwart Malaysian, Haji Thasleem Ibrahim, has passed from this life.

Thasleem left us at 10 pm on 23rd of August, 2017, at the relatively young age of 66. I mourn the loss of a good friend, a splendid citizen and a highly community-minded person.

I went out to see him at the hospital at 5:30 in the evening. I spoke to his wife while she kept watch by his bedside. The ward where Thasleem was admitted was crowded with people of all works of life to show their sympathies to the man.

I have known Thasleem for three decades. During that time I was fortunate to learn about aspects of his early life when his parents left for India, and he was brought up by a Hindu family.

Despite living with a Hindu family, his faith as a Muslim was never compromised.

Thasleem's life and the causes for which he fought reflect the reality that most people born into a faith do properly stand by it but their eyes survey the surrounding world.

They become what we call plural personalities, ones who discover that learning comes by way of a certain humility, a hesistance to judge others too quickly, and even a generous watchfulness for possible errors in one's own perspectives.

Thasleem's personality and life reflected these strengths, even as these were perceived as weaknesses by others. He was undeterred by the narrow perceptions.

For him, religion was blind to differences of race and language. Thasleem was a Tamil who reveled in the language and the customs of this ethnic group.

He was a staunch Muslim. I attended many of his Hari Raya celebrations where in all the functions he provided financial help to the downtrodden and marginalised who delighted in being hosted by a charitable man.

He was a rich man and generous in assisting the needy, especially students who required help to complete their education.

Thasleem willlong be remembered for what he did in 2011 when the Ministry of Education introduced a book called Interlok by the novelist Abdullah Hussain as a literature syllabus.

Readers found derogatory terms and references in the book to Indians and Chinese. Thasleem got involved in the process to demolish the Ministry of Education’s argument that the novel inculcates good among students.

Thasleem pronounced the book as haram under the Islamic religion. After months of debate, the Ministry of Education eventually withdrew the book.

Many feel that had it not been for Thasleem's exertions, we would not have succeeded in having the book removed from the curriculum.

About two weeks ago, he telephoned me to express his dismay at the government’s failure to enact laws to prevent unilateral conversion of minors by estranged and divorced spouses.

Thasleem was very involved in the Indira Gandhi unilateral conversion of minors issue from 2009 until the end of his life yesterday. He felt unilateral conversion of minors was contrary to his faith and he spoke against it bravely and often.

We have lost a man who courageously stood by principles although it affected his position in society.

The people of Malaysia have lost a good man. He will be remembered for his contributions to the necessity of building a plural Malaysia for many years to come.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Media statement by M.Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman in Seremban Court complex on 8th August 2017

Speedy and hurried disposal of cases itself will not serve the end of justice-Justice hurried is justice buried!!

Teacher Subbarau charged under official Secrets Act (OSA) was ordered by the Court of Appeal to enter his defence on 29.05.2017.

Subbarau was charged for 5 offences under the OSA in 2014. he was acquitted by the Sessions Court in 2015 and this decision was agreed to by the High Court Seremban in 2016. If convicted for each offence Subrrow can be sentenced to a maximum jail term of years thus for 5 charges it can accumulate to 35 years in total!!

Last Wednesday the COA gave the majority written grounds but the dissenting grounds are not out as yet. Thus yesterday an application was filed in the COA to Review the said decision which in normal cases will be heard by 5 COA Judges.

Today we made an application in Seremban Sessions Court for adjournment until the COA disposes of the "Review"

To our utter surprise the DPP objected to our application on the following grounds:

The decision by the COA is not final as the accused still has two avenues to appeal if found guilty.
This application was not done immediately with the COA on 29.05.2017.
That 'justice' for the prosecution must be done.

We replied and said the following issues overtakes the objections by the DPP.

We said inter alia:
We can humanly only make the application yesterday as the grounds of decision was given only 5 days back and adjournment sought was in the interest of justice. Also we have asked for stay of this Sessions Court hearing in the COA review application.
Our application is neither vexatious or frivolous
That in the interest of Justice this case ought to be adjourned as otherwise it would prejudice the accused.
It was difficult if not impossible for us to foresee what the grounds of judgment would be to prepare the Review application before the grounds of judgment were given.

After a lengthy hearing of parties for more then 1 hour the Judge allowed our application and fixed it for continued hearing for October 6th and 13 th

We see no urgency in this trial as the review application out to take its course and president . If otherwise due and fair justice would not be done to the accused . We are puzzled as to the hurried manner the prosecution wants to proceed with the trial. It has to be noted there are 4 more teachers who have been charged under OSA where cases are pending at different levels in the courts. The DPP must only prosecute in the interest of justice and not merely to convict!! Let's not forget in criminal cases the paramount importance is justice and fair play and not forgetting the great saying by William Blackstone who stated "It is better that 10 guilty men escape than one innocent suffer."

ADUN Senawang YB Gunasegaran was in court too.

Parties who appeared for the accused are M. Kula Segaran,Miss Nicole Tan, and Vemal Arasan(pdk)

The Senior DPP's were Tuan Ahmad Thairuddin and Tuan Wan Shaharuddin

This case was presided by Sessions Court Judge Tuan Ramesh.



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Monday, August 7, 2017

Media statement by M.Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman in Parliament media centre KL.

The sudden withdrawal of the LRA shows non commitment to elevate peoples concern!
It comes as a shock that the bill on Law Reform Marriage Act (LRA) Amendment which was introduced for 1st reading last year has now been withdrawn without the Government giving any valid reasons by the De facto Law Minister Azalina today.

This move is most surprising as all and sundry expected the bill to be passed in this sitting.

It all started in 2007 when a Hindu, one Pathmanathan then married to Indira Gandhi converted to Islam. In the process he had also converted his 3 under aged children to Islam. The conversion was without consent, presence and or approval of the children or Indira.

I immediately raised the matter in Parliament and the then De facto Law Minister DS Nazri said the cabinet has issued a directive that when a parent converts to another religion the religion of the child shall remained unchanged and status quo shall remain until the child attains the age of majority.

In 2007 the Cabinet formed a "Conversion" Committee to ascertain how best the controversial conversions can be handled and appropriate legalisation be so done to address the perineal, controversial and difficult issue. Nothing was concluded by this committee and later three other similar committees were formed but there was still no permanent suggested solutions

The issue was dragged on with no conclusion and finally the bill on LRA was tabled last year.

Our allegations that the Government of the day failed to have the political will was demolished with the introduction of the amendments. But it looks like we are not wrong in this allegation we have made earlier.

I urge the Government to give a proper and full explanation as to why the bill was hastily withdrawn. Did the Cabinet unanimously agree to this? And is this permanent or a watered down bill will be tabled?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Media Statement by M.Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat and Cheong Chee Khing ADUN Bercham in ipoh on 5th August 2017

The importance rebuilding Pari Towers as a social obligation to poor.

The DAP has been receiving frequent complains about inadequate housing for the poor in Ipoh. We were invited to have look at SG.Pari Towers the "eye sore" of Ipoh led by former tenant Mr. Mani and others. Mani 65 was a resident tenant for over 20years and when the flats become inhabitable he and many others moved out.

With DAP ADUN YB Cheong,Albert,Ronald,Segaran,Vasu,Ong Jermidah, Cherry and I visited the area today.

The over 200 flats have been abandoned and undergrowths and bushes can be found in the flats. Why these flats have been abandoned when it can serve useful purpose for the poor is mind boggling.

The irresponsible neglect of an iconic building

Social Housing in Ipoh is in a dire state due to inefficient central authority, diminishing role of local councils, and dependency of private sector for housing needs. This is evident when one comprehends the state of an iconic building called Sungai Pari Towers in Ipoh which has great history in housing the poor. Sungai Pari Towers is situated at a highly valued location along Jalan Gurdial Singh Gill and on the bank of Sungai Pari, just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Ipoh railway station. Yet, there is no plan to redevelop the site. Former Ipoh mayor, Datuk Roshidi Hashim, was quoted in 2012 as saying that the Perak state executive council had given the green light to redevelop the Sungai Pari Towers “in a way that the current tenants would not need to be relocated.”Residents there had found it very convenient, as the central bus station, railway station and market are all close-by. They did not want to move out until the situation became unbearable as the city council stopped maintaining the buildings and the surroundings. In fact, there are still some people living in the low-rise units. The Sungai Pari Towers was completed in 1962, during the glorious days of the then Ipoh Municipal Council, which was under the control of the popular People’s Progressive Party. It had stood as the tallest building and a “showpiece” of the success of the public housing projects in the city.

Centralized delays and inefficiency

In a recent reply to YB Encik Cheong Chee Kin concerning Sungai pari towers the Menteri Besar of Perak has stated the MBI had applied for financial allocation for public housing from the Jabatan Perumahan Negara under 11th Malaysian plan in a letter dated 7th March 2014, and the JPN responded in letter dated 16th May 2016 that the PPR Sungai Pari Ipoh is one of the new project under JPN in line with 11th Malaysian plan but would depend on the approval of the economic planning unit under the budget 2017. It is a puzzling that it took two years for JPN to respond. This is how a centralized housing system could be inimical to well being of the poor who are dependable on social housing. The question is why has Pari Tower is seen as a new project when the building could be redone without destroying its foundation? Is there economic motive by the authorities to collaborate with well connected developers to destroy the current structure of the building and create new housing projects, since Pari Towers is in a strategic location?

Sg.Pari towers needs to be rehabilited

When we in Government in Perak in 2008 at one of the local council meetings we were told the building is still very much in tact, the foundation is solid and can last for over 100 years more. I am now surprised that the answer given by the State Assembly to YB Chong states the Sg. Pari Towers would be torn down and a new building would be built instead. Why is there a necessity to demolish the Towers if it can last for another 100 years. In fact the committee at the local council where I was a member even did a structural study and found the Towers was fit for a further 100 years. But what has happened was the proper maintenance and upkeep of the Towers slaked and thus the Towers was left to rod. As a consequence over 200 hundred of the lower income group lost the opportunity to rent and live in the Towers.

Ecosystem of social housing and economic empowerment
Besides reviving the structure of Pari Towers it also vital to enhance the social economic well being of its residence through income subsidies, training on job skills and adequate public transport. Merely building homes without a proper ecosystem to empower the poor would create ghettoes that would be hideouts for crime. It would be unwise if the so-called 11th Malaysian plan for Pari towers is given to developer or private entities that might not have interest of the poor citizens at heart. Developers or Private Management who sole motive is profit would only be interested in collecting rents while paying scant attention to the overall social- economic well being of the poor.

The empowerment of Local Government

To ensure there is no unethical collaboration between the state government and developers it is vital that the local government is empowered to facilitate the project of rebuilding Pari Towers without destroying its foundation. The local government who is far more aware of the realities within its vicinity is the rational authority to undertake the project of rebuilding Sungai Pari Towers. This would require decentralization of housing projects, and adequate financial allocation to local government. The rebuilding of Pari Towers is a importance social obligation to the poor.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for
Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on 2st August 2017

Home Minister’s allegation about Tun Mahathir’s lineage is sign of Umno’s political desperation

It was most shocking that the Deputy Prime Minister cum Home Minister Datuk Seri
Zahid Hamidi has accused the longest serving Umno president and Prime
Minister Tun Mahathir who had struggled the Malay agenda was actually using the Malays.

He has alleged that Mahathir’s original identity card stated his name as Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty.
Zahid’s comments are baffling because in terms of logic, how could one who had struggled the Malay agenda be accused of using the Malays?

By revealing details of a person’s identity card, Zahid has violated the data protection act and he should be investigated by the police.

Since there have been police reports lodged against Zahid, the police should immediately investigate Zahid. As the Home Minister is the political superior of the Police, to facilitate investigation, Zahid should take temporary leave as Home Minister.

It has to be noted that Mahathir’s daughter has refuted Zahid’s allegation .She said that Mahathir’s name should be Mahathir bin Mohamad because her grandfather’s name was Mohamad Iskandar.

The only reason why the Deputy Prime Minister would go the extent of playing such dirty tactic against Mahathir is obviously that Umno is getting desperate due to the ability of Mahathir in spreading Pakatan Harapan’s political message to the Malays, including traditional Umno supporters.

Umno leaders will not want to public admit it but the truth is that Mahathir and his party have been able to garner Malay support for the opposition.

There are very clear signs that there will be a Malay tsunami in the next general election. And when the tsunami peaks at the general election, Umno and BN will just fall.

In order to frighten the Malays, Umno leaders have been using the publicity strategy of Chinese versus Malays in its attacks against the DAP. Malays have been warned to be fearful of DAP.

It is now clear that Umno, by alleging Mahathir’s supposed lineage, is also embarking on a racist approach in its continued attacks against Mahathir.

What Umno cannot see is that the voters including the traditional Umno supports are now more politically aware and informed. They can see how the Malays not only have not suffered but have been fairly treated even though opposition have formed the state governments in Selangor and Penang since 2008.

The racist approach used to attack Mahathir will not work and can even back fire as young Malaysians especially reject racial politics.

It is clear and simple that there is a racist element in Zahid’s allegation.

For months, UMNO has used the racist approach against the DAP
They have claimed that DAP is a Chinese party that will control the opposition
.Malays have been told to be fearful of DAP.

Now with Zahid using Mahathir’s lineage to attack him, the public should be surprised
that Umno has decided to adopt the racist approach against Mahathir after all its attacks
have not been effective.

Why has Umno become so desperate that it can adopt such low and irresponsible tactic against
its former president and the nation’s prime minister.

M.Kula Segaran