Friday, February 29, 2008
On 25th Feb:
I was coming from the road from the Market turning into the road that leads to MPAJ Hall. The light turn green and my car moved to turn. Reaching the center of the junction a bunch of motorcyclist stopped right in front of me and stopped me. Then they made hand movement like the traffic police does, to allow the traffic from the opposite direction that turns towards the same direction that I am going to move even though it is a RED light for them. The I saw a dark color painted car with lots of BN flag coming out from the traffic and moving on to the road that I am suppose to go. It looks like the BN supporters took control of the traffic and the role of the Police. The whole bunch moved towards the housing area nearby.
On 27th Feb 2008:
I was coming from the same market area but this time I was at the "T" junction near the market towards the traffic light that I was stopped on 25th Feb 2008. But thing time I was on the way to Ring Road. As I turn from at the "T" junction towards the road leads to the Traffic light...again a bunch of motorcyclist stopped me, it was too inside for me to stop and I had to move on, I did not see and police car or ambulance. Then I saw a bunch of motorcyclist about 40 or more was in front and back of me and further back I saw a car with BN logo and I told my self this must the "VIP". All the motorcyclist was trying to clear the whole road to allow the "VIP" to have a smooth ride.
I guess even the KING would not have this much of outriders...
Most of the motorcyclist was having the "glowing stick" (or whatever you can call it, that I have seen traffic police using it to control traffic) to move the traffic aside. Suddenly I heard a not too loud police siren just next to me. He was too close and showing his hands asking me to move aside.
By then they moved the right turning lane and I stayed on the lane that suppose to go straight. The I saw the motorcyclist that had the siren was wearing a reflective jacket that said at the back "KESELAMATAN". He was wearing a sandal. And they did the same, stop the other traffic and allow the "VIP" traffic to go even on RED light.
What would have happen if DAP or KEADILAN or PAS would have done this?
WHO IS THE BOSS?
Thursday, February 28, 2008
We vote for BETTER MALAYSIA ....make politics work for people and for a Better MALAYSIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
My father Tan Sri Athi Nahappan died 32 years ago . On April 4th 1976 , one month before he died he made a speech at a dinner in his honor by the Penang State MIC at Wisma Perseketuan .
Let me read you a paragraph from his speech .
“The Government is now concerned with the eradication of poverty of all the races. This will be emphasized in our 3rd Malaysia Plan .
“Poverty is to be found in every community. In solving poverty we should not think of Malay poverty, Chinese poverty or Indian poverty. There can only be one poverty and that is NATIONAL POVERTY which must be solved regardless of race. I am aware that the Prime Minister (Tun Hussein Onn) is determined to eliminate the poverty of the nation as a whole. The answer to poverty is the equal distribution of opportunities, income and wealth. The MIC is determined to work with the govt to ensure that this will happen.”
A few weeks ago Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi said “There are not just poor Indians, but also poor Chinese, Malays and other Bumiputras as well. This is why eradicating poverty among Malaysians, and I stress the word Malaysians, has been on our agenda and remains one of our priorities.”
Ladies and gentleman, what Prime Minister Badawi said was first mentioned by my father 32 years ago. Obviously, nothing has changed and the Barisan government continues to make empty promises.
Events of recent months have clearly shown that the MIC leadership has dismally failed in their duty to ensure that the Indian community has had equal opportunities or equal distribution of wealth and income as outlined by my father in 1976. In fact, the MIC has totally neglected to address the desperate conditions faced by large sections of the Malaysian Indian community. This transcends every facet of human life and endeavor.
Whether it is in EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION, HOUSING, CORPORATE WEALTH or simply EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES, the Indian Community as a whole has fallen behind and missed out these last 28 years. Let me give you some facts.
- There are less than 3-4% Indians studying in the Govt Universities.
- Indians comprise less than 1% of those who were given the opportunity to study Nursing in the various Government Nursing Colleges .
- Malaysian Indians have, over a fifteen year period, comprised less than 2.5% of the annual student intake of teacher training colleges.
- Malaysian Indians have received less than 1% of all scholarships awarded by Govt and Govt-related bodies .
- Less than 1% of those training as officer cadets in Military Colleges are Indians.
- For the last 15 years, Indians have numbered less than 2% annually of those who underwent training as police officers.
- The situation in the Malaysian Civil Service is even more grim and appalling. One can walk into any Govt department and you will be hard pressed to find an Indian or Chinese in the clerical and administrative sections. For example, in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, in KL, out of 400 staff, there are only 2 Indians and 3 Chinese.
- The KTM , which was a traditional source of employment for the Indian Community , is recruiting less than 3% Indians on an annual basis.
- As of 6th Feb’08 , the total market capitalization of the KLCI was 764 Bln ringgit. I estimate the Malaysian Indian Community accounts for less than 1% of the listed Corporate wealth of the country .
In 1971, three foreign Indian banks then operating in Malaysia prior to Independence were merged as the United Asian Bank. A signatory to the merger documents was my late father. In 1973 the United Asian Bank started operations, with one of its management objectives, to provide capital and financial support to Indian entrepreneurial development . Another objective was to provide management training for Malaysian Indians. As a matter of interest, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah was one of the bank’s earliest management trainees.
Like many Malaysian banks during the 1980’s , UAB got into problems from which it largely recovered . However, unlike the other banks, UAB was forced to merge with the Bank of Commerce in the early 90s.
There lies another story —– THE UNSEEN HAND OF DAIM .
Another Malaysia Indian based bank at that time was Bank Buruh. That bank, too, was also forced to merge with Bank Simpanan Nasional. Malaysian Indians effectively lost the only 2 banks that they had control of. When approached by many members of the community to prevent this happening, including a special delegation, Dato Samy Vellu , the purported leader of the Indian Community, responded “ MY HANDS ARE TIED . THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO “.
As a result, the Indian Community as a whole have been without the support of an Indian based Financial Institution . Now we are informed that Dato Vel Pari the Managing Director of MAIKA Holdings and SAMY VELLU’s son is selling off the only remaining financial institution which the community at least has some indirect interest. That is United Oriental Assurance.
The MIC and the Govt originally refused to admit and maintained a state of denial about the genuine issues raised by Hindraf. Now that the elections are about to be announced and the Govt , in particular the PM and DPM , have softened their positions and typically distributing their token largesse, including declaring a public holiday for Thaipusam. Prime Minister, we do not want a public holiday. What we want is jobs and equal opportunities. Malaysia has enough public holidays.
Even the great Samy Vellu now admits he needs to change the MP’s and the faces of MIC . The deputy PM has even gone on to suggest that the MIC rebrand itself . Dear Dato Samy Velu, can I suggest that a more appropriate brand for the Malaysian Indian Congress be “The Malaysian Indian Conmen”?
In the early 1970’s when I was a student in London , Samy Vellu advised me, in a taxi drive from London Heathrow airport, the subject matter being a watch and his application to the ARIBA . I will hold that discussion in confidence but I would now like to advise him that YOU CAN CON SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME BUT YOU CANNOT CON ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME . In the eyes of many, he has single handedly been responsible for the current plight of the Indian Community than any other person but even more insidious than that , he has largely destroyed their self respect and pride. Whilst over the past 30 years, the Indian diaspora all over the world has progressed and excelled in all aspects of human endeavour , the Indian community as a whole has regressed and is today in a worse state than it has ever been .
SHAME ON YOU SAMY VELLU …… SHAME ON YOU MIC!
I have not taken the decision to support the DAP and Keadilan lightly . Prior to the elections in 1999 , totally disgusted with Dr Mahathir and everything he represented, I met Datin Sri Wan Azizah Ismail as well as Kit Siang and offered my support to both of them. At that time I was not prepared to openly support either party . However, I went on to spend some time with Kit Siang in the run up to polling day in Penang. I also spent a little time with Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj who stood against Samy Vellu . It was a David vs Goliath match. I leave you no guesses as to who Goliath was both in shape and mentality but unfortunately unlike the biblical story, David was beaten by Goliath.
In the general election of 2004, like dead men clutching at straws , so many of us put our trust in Pak Lah hoping and praying that with the departure of the dreaded Mahathir , Pak Lah would bring some fundamental change to the state of the nation and I did not offer any support to either Keadilan or DAP .
Alas, this was not to be as we have merely exchanged a wolf in sheep’s clothing for a sheep in sheep’s clothing, and the wool continues to be pulled over our eyes. And nothing has changed or will change with the current leadership as these failed policies will continue in different clothing.
Symptoms of these failed policies include ……
1. The Evil of Corruption: The same endemic corruption that started and flourished with the advent of the Mahathir and Daim eras continues unabated with a life of its own and always with subsequent cover ups. We have the 6.75 Bln Ringgit naval boat fiasco unearthed by none other than the auditor general and the 4.60 Bln Ringgit Port Klang free Zone Ghost town.
2. The Evil ISA:
The continuance of this evil draconian act which was used by the British over 50 years ago against communist terrorists has been viciously brought to bear on 5 innocent men who have merely identified the plight of ordinary Malaysian Citizens.
3. The Evil Police Brutality:
The recent demonstrations by 2000 peaceful lawyers defending fundamental democratic rights and the constitution was met with such ferocity by the police, with overhead helicopters and water cannons being used against them.
Innocent Hindraf supporters were sprayed with chemical laced water. In this room we have a living example of police brutality. Memories are so short but it was Dato Anwar Ibrahim who was beaten up brutally by the IGP, who directly reported to Mahathir as Home Minister, who if we remember, tried initially to claim that the injuries were self-inflicted.
4. The Evil of Violence:
Pak Lah promised that the Barisan Nasional will improve the level of personal safety of every individual and it would enhance the efficiency of the police force. Individual Security has deteriorated to such a level that ordinary citizens fear to walk the streets alone even during midday or go into carparks of shopping centres. Till today the police have failed miserably in apprehending the perpetrators of the vicious sodomy and murder of a 9-year-old girl in Selayang, nor the murderer of 8-year-old Nurin Jazlin from Kampng Bahru .
Without proper employment opportunities, low self esteem Indian thugs roam the streets and it was just 4 weeks ago that an Indian lady with 2 young children had her neck decapitated for her gold necklace in Taman Sentosa near Klang. In Johor Bahru, the sister of a well known Singaporean author died as a result of her head being bashed in by armed robbers while bystanders were unable to do anything. Crimes like this are becoming so rampant that neighbourhood vigilante groups are growing.
And according to the Prime Minister, quote “The current police training academy cannot accommodate a surge in trainees, more centres need to be built first. The ratio of police to the population ideally should be 1:250 people but, in Subang, for example, the ratio is 1:3,000.” (End of quote)
This is clearly a complete lack of planning. If the Prime Minister, who is also the Home Minister is not sleeping, who is?
4. The Evil of Communalism :
Communalism continues to be perpetrated by keris-wielding Barisan leaders who, bankrupt of real ideas or solutions, continue to play politics of the lowest order. MCA leaders are told to shut up, and they meekly sokong. Families have been devastated by the intrusion by officers to retrieve dead bodies of their kin in the name of religion. Communalism has spread to the very fabric of our schools , our colleges and universities. Even at the Primary school level, children of different races do not mix with each other and stick to their own communities. This is a sad situation and does not bode well for the future of our country.
5. The Evil of Overspending :
We have seen the reintroduction of 150 bln ringgit worth of mega projects. It remains to be seen who will be the ultimate beneficiaries of some of these mega projects but if history is anything to go by, then the spoils will be shared by the Putras of UMNO, MCA and MIC. These mega projects are taking place despite the ordinary man having to face harsh realities of rising prices of fuel , cooking oil , rice and basic subsistence commodities.
This evil that is destroying the state of this nation just cannot go on .
Edmund Burke , a famous 18th Century Irish statesman and philosopher said …“ ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS THAT ORDINARY MEN DO NOTHING “
I decided to stop being an arm chair politician and do something. I am here today because I believe that our nation is on a slow but steady path to irreversible ruin. Our people, and the children of our people, will not prosper or have the chance to prosper as they rightfully deserve unless we all realize the urgency of the situation, and the necessity of each and everyone of us standing up to say NO MORE!
seals: Need someone to answer... BN has been ruling for 50 years and why till now BN has to spend so much in campaign and put lots of banners and so on during election? If they really do a good job with everything within their control, there are no reason for the people not to support BN. Can some one clarify?
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
He leads a Spartan life and lives on 2 banana and a tumble of milk daily. It is 27 years since he drank water, nor does he take any other fruits. Slender in appearance but mighty in powers he performs the Homam in his characteristic unhurried manner. He has acquired tremendous powers through apasana and it is thrilling experience to watch him bath in the sacrificial fire of the Homam.
The performance of this yagna will not only benefit the local residence but also the entire universe .. as the Upanishad statement goes " A tree in full bloom will send out its fragrance as far as the wind will waft.
The Uchishta Ganapathy Manthra is highly powerful it can cure chronic diseases, warding of evils, creating friendly feelings, fulfilment of one's desires are some of the important effects of this mantra.
He has the Poorna Anugraha of His Guru. He is also a great poet, philosopher, dramatist, composer, musician and Vedic scholar
seals: the few days I was there gave me the real inside of the strength of the yagna. The best was the last day. I guess the days made my mind and consciousness tuned and the last day made me experience power of the yagna.
I also saw a child admitted at ICU got transferred to normal ward and was discharged on the last day of the yagna as the prayers were directed to her. Also saw improvements for a special child...
To Contact the YOGI :
No: 30D, Giri Road Srinivasapuram,
Thanjavur-613 009, Tamil Nadu
No: 86/2, Mundakakanni Amman Kovil Street
Mylapore, Chennai 600 004
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Another good one to consider....how we were and how we are now....
That time even in my school we played football with random members or based on where you stay etc. But now I see in school the teams are divided into race. Where we are heading?
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
By CHRISTINA CHIN and DAVID TAN
PENANG: I am a Malay but I am a prime minister of all races – that was Prime Minster Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's message to the people.
Speaking at a dialogue session with the Chinese community at the Penang Chinese Town Hall (PCTH) yesterday, the premier said as a Muslim, it was his duty to be “honest and fair” to everyone regardless of their race or religion.
“The Quran tells us to always have integrity and this is something I will never forget. As a Muslim, I will one day meet my Maker and He (Allah) will ask me what I have done as the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
“I cannot lie because God is all-knowing,” he said, adding that he had friends from all communities.
“Until today, my Indian and Chinese school friends are very close to me and we have never had an argument. Similarly, in the Government, I am friends with leader representatives from various communities because we are satu hati (united) and have a common mind and objective.
“Let me tell you honestly, Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon Tsu Koon is my good friend. And when (Datuk Seri) Ong Ka Ting, (Datuk Seri Dr) Lim Keng Yaik or Tsu Koon ask me for help, I never say no.
“When Ka Ting asked me to solve issues relating to Chinese schools, I immediately picked up the phone and asked (Datuk Seri) Hishammuddin to look into the problem. We want all our children to have access to good quality education, to become good friends and good Malaysians,” he said.
The Barisan chairman noted that it was not enough for the children to be pandai (smart) as they also needed to have good hearts.
“Today we have 100% literacy in the country and it is time to focus on developing human values. We must add value and quality to the success we have achieved in the last 50 years otherwise we cannot progress. That is what I want for the future,” he said, adding that since he became Prime Minister in 2003, the country has been peaceful.
“Of course there are minor misunderstandings. Sedangkan lidah lagi tergigit, what more when we are a multi-racial society.
“What is important is that we are willing to talk and solve our problems together,” he added.
In his speech, Dr Koh said the Barisan Nasional realises that it was a government elected “by and for people.”
“We take into account all the various views and wishes when formulating policies.”
seals: "minor misunderstandings"? Sending 5 people to ISA is "minor misunderstandings"? the 5 who send you letters for years and no action from you, the 5 who came to putrajaya to see you and no responce from you, the 5 who made many attempts to make you know the situation is a "minor misunderstandings" and when thy had a peaceful gathering twice you send water cannon and tear gas to make it look ugly, is a "minor misunderstandings"?
"I am a prime minister of all races" election talk?
We might need the ruling party to rule without 2/3 control! Then every seat will be a hot seat and the ADUNS and MP's will have to make sure they deliver for the people.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
4 hours ago
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Malaysian police Saturday fired teargas and water cannons to disperse ethnic Indians clutching flowers and gathered in the capital, in the latest crackdown on public protests, witnesses said.
Some 300 people defied a police ban and attempted to gather in Independence Square in downtown Kuala Lumpur to protest alleged discrimination, before police moved in, an AFP correspondent witnessed.
"It is an embarrassing attack on the Indian community and on people who just wanted to hand over flowers to the prime minister," said R. Thanenthiran, one of the rally organisers.
The flower protest is the latest in a series of demonstrations in recent that have rocked the multicultural nation, which is now gearing up for general elections on March 8.
More than 20 people were detained, police said, after supporters of Indian rights group Hindraf turned up near Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square. Police had earlier refused a permit for the gathering.
Indian youths dressed in saffron coloured t-shirts with the Tamil words "Makkal Sakti", or People's Power, chanted slogans calling for justice and an end to alleged discrimination against ethnic Indians in the country.
More than 200 police approached the crowd before spraying them with water cannons and firing tear gas shells above their heads, the AFP correspondent witnessed.
"We wanted to have 200 children also peacefully give Abdullah flowers but we were tear-gassed and water-cannoned by police," Thanenthiran said, referring to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Thanenthiran said organisers decided it was unsafe for the children to take part in the protest and they were bused away from the scene.
"We came with a gesture of peace and love and the Malaysian government did not have the courage to accept the roses," Hindraf chairman P. Waythamoorthy told AFP. Prime minister Abdullah had not indicated before the protest that he would accept the flowers.
The protest comes after the detention of five Hindraf leaders who enraged the government in November by leading a mass rally protesting alleged discrimination against minority Indians.
The protest highlighted the grievances of Malaysia's Indians -- descendents of labourers brought over by British colonial rulers in the 1800s -- who say they are marginalised in terms of education, wealth and opportunities.
Abdullah has said that street protests and anger within the Indian community could have an impact on how the government fares in the general elections.
Abdullah is head of the United Malays National Organisation-led coalition government of race-based parties that have ruled Malaysia since it gained its independence from British rule in 1957.
Although Abdullah's party is expected to win the March election, analysts say a slew of issues including rising prices, corruption and religious as well as racial tensions could cut the government's majority in parliament.
Ethnic Indians make up 7 percent of Malaysia's 27 million population with Malay Muslims forming 60 percent and ethnic Chinese at 26 percent.
Friday, February 15, 2008
1 day ago
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Malaysians will vote in general elections on March 8, authorities said Thursday as the nation braced for a campaign dominated by ethnic tensions and anger over rising prices.
"The EC has fixed the nomination date for February 24 and polling will be on March 8," Election Commission chairman Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said, a day after Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dissolved parliament.
Abdul Rashid defended the short campaign period, which is in line with previous elections in Malaysia, which has been ruled by the Barisan Nasional multi-ethnic coalition since independence half a century ago.
"They can campaign from nomination date -- it is more than sufficient time to campaign," he said, also denying charges that the ballot would be sullied by vote-buying and manipulation including phantom voters and postal vote fraud.
"Can anyone prove to us there is rigging? We are for fair elections. Rigging means you change the contents of the ballot box -- can this happen?," he said. "There are no phantom voters."
Malaysia's opposition parties have attacked the timing of the polls, which are being held in advance of a May 2009 deadline, as well as the decision to dissolve parliament during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations.
Dissident former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim, who was sacked and jailed in 1998, said the government was attempting to sideline him by holding the ballot just a month before he is eligible to run for office.
Anwar said Abdullah was rushing to the polls after his approval ratings dropped to an all-time low.
"Malaysians are hard hit by rising prices, rampant crime, endemic corruption and heightened ethnic tensions. The longer that Barisan Nasional waits, the more seats it stands to lose in the general election," he said in a statement.
"Denying me the opportunity to contest demonstrates that the four-year track record of the Abdullah administration has been so banal, disappointing and characterised by failure that it can ill-afford to take any chances by allowing for a truly democratic electoral process."
Abdullah insisted Thursday that the timing of the election was "nothing to do" with the former deputy premier.
"We have forgotten about Anwar. I don't remember about Anwar," he told a press conference.
The coalition grabbed 90 percent of parliamentary seats in a 2004 victory that came a year after Abdullah took over from premier Mahathir Mohamad who had ruled for more than two decades.
Since then, the premier has been criticised as weak and unable to carry out key elections promises like ridding the country of corruption which plagues business and politics.
However, there is little doubt the coalition will score another victory, and Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said it was confident of achieving a majority of more than two-thirds.
"In fact more than the two-thirds hopefully," he told reporters late Wednesday.
Abdullah is grappling with a number of red-hot issues including friction between Malaysia's racial groups -- the majority Muslim Malays, and ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities.
His government has also been rocked by unprecedented street rallies in recent months, targeting issues including electoral reform, alleged discrimination against Indians, and rising prices of fuel and food.
The premier cast doubt over the future of Samy Vellu, the head of coalition member the Malaysian Indian Congress and a divisive figure accused of mishandling the anti-discrimination protests.
"I haven't decided anything yet. When the list comes, maybe he will not be named in the list. You never know," Abdullah said.
The prime minister expressed optimism that the government could seize control of northeastern Kelantan state, the only one held by PAS.
"There is hope to win, there is definitely hope to win," he said "We see that we have strong support there."
- I think with MIC the minority can soon became "lain-lain"
- "90 percent of parliamentary" was the cause of the weak Government ...we should not have BN to get 2/3 to make them and other party to work for the people...
- If you have forgotten Anwar....why rush?
- Just because BN ruled since independence can we skip the elections? For me this only makes me believe BN is scared that the opposition will have enough time to have a good campaign.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
"We have applied for a permit to gather outside Parliament but have not heard from the police... Irrespective of things we intend to assemble peacefully outside Parliament on February 16," Sunderan, the adviser of the non-governmental Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), said.
Police have, meanwhile, refused to grant them permission to gather outside Parliament, which was dissolved by Premier Abdullah Badawi on Wednesday, as Hindraf is not a registered body.
Hindraf Chairman Wayathamoorthy's daughter and some other children also planned to walk to Parliament and present Abdullah with roses and a note appealing for release of the Hindraf leaders detained under the controversial Internal Security Act after they organised a rally of over 20,000 ethnic Indians in November last year.
Five-year-old Vaishnnavi has already written to Abdullah asking him to be present to receive the roses, a part of the Valentine Flower Campaign by Hindraf which has been leading a campaign against alleged marginalisation of ethnic Indians.
The girl had also written to the Malaysian Human Rights Commission chief and Penang Chief Minister to accompany her to Parliament "to protect her from any violence from police."
"It is our right to assemble peacefully," Surendran said adding 10,000 people are expected to attend the weekend rally. Several supporters would be coming from outside Kuala Lumpur.
Surendran said they did not know if Abdullah would come to receive the flowers from the children. "There has been complete silence from their end."
seals: Malaysia is already shaken up with the voice that indians has and has start to see the things that thay have not been doing. If HINDRAF is a registered body that they will have another reason.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I spoke at Au Long, Taiping on 30thJanuary2008.
Among the matters spoken were
1) Demand the release of the HINDRAF 5
2) SPR should ensure all the 17000 newly registered be eligible voters to vote in the coming elections
Malaysian former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday said the government should talk to the Hindraf leaders, not arrest them under the ISA.
He also said the corruption and vote buying will be rampant in the next election.
Dr Mahathir said BN coalition member the Malaysian Indian Congress was not properly representing the Indians.
The Hindraf rally was one of several streets demonstrations that have shaken the government in recent months, along with an election reform rally that drew more than 30,000 protesters.
These are very serious observation by the former Prime Minister who knows better to urge Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi to release the five Hindraf leaders.
He said the Hindraf protest happened because the government failed to listen to the Indian people grievances.
How true is Dr Mahathir’s observation.
Abdullah must heed this wise advice and release the Hindraf leaders immediately and without any condition. He should open dialogues with the Indian community based on the 18-points memorandum Hindraf had submitted to him in August last year.
We urge the Prime Minister to urgently set up a Parliamentary Select Committee to investigate this matter, release the Hindraf leaders and begin a proper study to help the Indian community based on the 18-points memorandum.
Only this action will ease the anger the Indian community is feeling and clearly expressed during the Nov 25 protest, boycott of Thaipusam at Batu Caves on January 23 and next will show their anger at the general elections expected din mid-March.
Are the 17000 who registered with the SPR in the last quarter eligible to vote in the coming elections?
The Elections Commission Chairman has announced that over seventeen thousand have registered as voters between the months of October-December2008 but these voters may not be eligible to vote in the coming elections as “investigations could not be completed by then”. This is really disappointing. Or are the 17000 new voters perceived as going to vote against the Barisan in the coming elections.
Why it takes such a long time to verify and gazette the new voters? We urge the SPR to speed up the process and gazette all the eligible voters so that they can vote in the coming elections. The SPR should if the need be employ more staff for this purpose.
The SPR wants powers to sue those who make “wild allegations” against the SPR. Instead of trying to shield from criticisms the SPR should come clean and do its primary work of gazetting eligible voters the soonest possible.The SPR spends over RM80 million a year to carry out voter registration exercise. All this is shear waste of tax payer’s money as all the particulars of eligible voters could be obtained from the National Registration Department and the data could be used to up date the records of the SPR.
In countries like New Zealand and in many other countries:
1. a voter can register as a voter a day before elections and why this is not the case in Malaysia;
2. can register as a voter by email but this not possible in Malaysia;
The SPR chief has traveled widely around the globe to witness the election process but the question is why the good practices in those countries are not implemented in Malaysia? Recently we met him in Ipoh and he had just come back after the Australian general elections but nothing has changed since then.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Road signs in Kuala Lumpur have started including directions in Jawi as part of the government’s effort to promote Islam Hadhari (civilisational Islam) and tourism.
“This will help tourists from the Middle East identify places in the city. But we’re not confi ning the new signage to tourist spots alone,” said City Hall (DBKL) public works department director Siti Saffur Mansor yesterday. “It’s also a chance for non-Muslims to know and learn Jawi,” she said.
She was responding to complaints by some residents and the Opposition over the change in signage in certain areas.
Siti Saffur said the plans and budget for the new signages were approved by City Hall. The conversion, to be done in phases,has already been completed in Bandar Tun Razak, Taman
Seputeh and Taman Tan Yew Lai while Jinjang is currently undergoing the change.
Taman Tan Yew Lai residents, who are mostly Chinese and Indians, have since last week opposed the change after more than 10 new signages in the housing area appeared with the Jawi script printed above the Bahasa Malaysia street name. Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, who is also DAP publicity secretary, said it was a waste of funds to change the signage because each one costs between RM1,000 and RM2,000. She said the changes gave the impression that Malaysia was moving towards becoming an Islamic state.
Jawi is, however, merely the Arabic alphabet, and like all other alphabets, does not inherently denote a particular religion.
However, OUG Heights residents’ association committee member Ronnie Teoh said the new road signage does not refl ect multicultural Malaysia. “Why don’t they put in Chinese and Tamil as well?” he asked. He said Bahasa Malaysia should suffi ce for all road signs.
“How many people (in this area) can actually read Jawi? Some postal officers can’t even read Jawi,” said Bukit OUG Condominium residents’association committee member Raymond Lim.
“Taxpayers’ money should have been used to repair roads and drains in the area instead,” said Villa OUG residents’ association president Gary Chong, pointing to the area’s poor road conditions.
Kok said she will prepare a signature campaign for all residents associations and draft a memorandum to be presented to the Mayor Datuk Abdul Hakim Borhan to convey the residents’ views.
She said she would also seek an appointment with the mayor over the matter.
The popular comedian, better known as Vivek, arrived from Chennai yesterday morning and headed straight for the Perdana Leadership Foundation here to meet a man he most admired.
“Meeting Dr Mahathir is a dream come true. I compare him with (Dr APJ) Abdul Kalam (India’s former president).
“I have admired him from afar and have read a lot about him and the development he had brought to Malaysia.
“I have been waiting to see him for the last three years,” he said, adding that he missed an appointment three years ago when he was filming in Ipoh due to a massive traffic jam.
“Last month, I made another appointment to see him when I was filming here but he was not well and when I suddenly got a call yesterday, I came straight over,” he said, adding that he was now busy acting in five films.
Vivek, who presented Dr Mahathir with a Tanjore Plate made of copper and silver and a miniature Taj Mahal, was especially impressed with Dr Mahathir’s reply on what drove him.
“He immediately said that it was his love for the nation,” he said, adding that he would treasure the 30 minutes with Dr Mahathir forever.
Vivek had also asked the former Malaysian prime minister to autograph a book.
It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's,arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb.
He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.
I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him.
I saw him looking at his watch, and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.
On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.
While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.
The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.
I inquired as to her health; he told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.
As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.
He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.
I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are'?
He smiled as he patted my hand and said, 'She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is'.
I had to hold back tears as he left; I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, 'That is the kind of love I want in my life'.
True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.
With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails, sometimes there is one that comes along that has an important message.
This one I thought I could share with you.
The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.
I hope you share this with someone you care about. I just did.
'Life isn't about how to survive the storm, But how to dance in the rain.'
seals: touching lea...thanks to Mr Sivaraman who forward me this mail
Monday, February 11, 2008
He is one of the rare person that I have meet face to face that I experienced great amount of energy and divine vibrations. The other great soul that i meet was Prof. Yogi SAA Ramaiah of Babaji Yoga Sangam. I will publish photos of the homa that was performed by Him here in Malaysia recently
If you notice the menu above, it says VEGETARIAN CURRY NOODLE Price RM15.90. This is at KLIA airport one of the few restaurants that is listed in the meal coupon when our flight was delayed. I suppose for the vegetarians who never ask will assume it to be vegetarian food and will eat it. But in my case, I asked the waitress just to be double sure and she said "no it is not vegetarian, the menu says VEGETARIAN but it is not vegetarian"
Are they fools who does not know what is vegetarian food or fools by the language?
What ever it can be ...a fool is a fool....!
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Anyway..let me wish you a very happy New Year..
May this year be like the Fat Rats of Bangsar. Full of Joy, Prosperity, health and wealth and not to forget blessings in all. Gong Xi Fa Chai....
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
They, more than anyone, do more harm to racial harmony and unity by implementing laws and regulations creating unrest and controversies with the other races, for example, the anti-dog campaign.
With all the matters of importance to attend to, like potholes, broken public amenities, traffic chaos, bad road conditions and so on, they choose to spend public funds and their time going around changing road signs.
They say it is to encourage tourists from the Middle East! How many Arabs will visit Taman Seputeh? Why the emphasis on Arab tourists? The millions of tourists to our country are not solely Arabs. Why are the signs not in Mandarin or Tamil as well?
The ACA should investigate who are the directors and beneficiaries in the companies contracted to provide these signs.
We are fed up of hearing the little Napoleons complain that they are short of funds, when the funds are diverted for useless and controversial purposes.