Thursday, January 27, 2011

A killer blow to online media

COMMENT Many had expected Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to be more stringent in enforcing controls a la Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the media. Few expected that he would be worse than Mahathir.

Yesterday, the Home Ministry announced that the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) - the mother of all censorship laws - would be amended to cover online content. Its secretary-general Mahmood Adam said the changes will plug loopholes in the law.

NONEThere is no doubt that Malaysiakini and other online media have gained from the 'loophole', derived from Mahathir's pledge not to censor the Internet in 1995 as he kick-started the Multimedia Super Corridor project.

Since his retirement in 2004, Mahathir has himself turned blogger.

Free of censorship, the online media went on to lay the foundations for the 'political tsunami' in 2008, resulting in then prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi conceding that the government had “lost the Internet war”.

While the traditional media and online media are both kept in check by some 35 laws which restrict freedom of expression in Malaysia, there is one crucial difference between the two.

The online media, unlike its print and broadcast cousins, does not need government approval to put out the news or to go back to the Home Ministry each year to renew the publishing and printing permits. It is this which keeps editors and journalists in the traditional media on a short leash.

It is likely that, should the proposed amendments become law, the online media too will be required to apply for a licence.

This will be the final nail in the coffin for press freedom. The little freedom of expression that Malaysians have enjoyed online over the past 16 years will end.

The licensing regime will enable the government to apply political pressure to the online media, and worse, allow the all-powerful home minister to declare news websites illegal. Don't forget that under the PPPA, the minister's decision cannot be challenged in court.

NONEThis is why Najib is worse than Mahathir when it comes to media operations.

Instead of freeing up the traditional media by doing away with the licensing regime under the PPPA, Najib and his cousin, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, are taking the regressive step of controlling the online media.

Singapore-style Internet censorship

The timing and the speed of the amendment - it is expected to be tabled in Parliament by March - shows that the government has the upcoming general election in mind.

azlanThis proposal comes hot on the heels of similar curbs imposed by Singapore on its fledgling online media.

Only two weeks ago, the Singapore government announced a litany of restrictions on political website The Online Citizen, often dubbed as the island-state's version of Malaysiakini.

As part of the new requirements, The Online Citizen must declare itself a political organisation. This will bar its team of volunteers from writing, reporting, analysing or commenting about the elections expected to be called as early as March.

It is clear that the Malaysian government is taking a leaf from Singapore's Internet censorship playbook.

The move to amend the PPPA to include the online media must be defeated. Otherwise, Malaysia will return to the bad old days when the government had complete monopoly on truth.

STEVEN GAN is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Malaysiakini, an online media organisation launched in 1999.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

To Prepare for Merlimau BUY-Elections

Hi People.... Merlimau buy-elections is next ... for the one who dont have a citizenship now and staying in Merlimau pls apply now so that you will get it during the Merlimau buy-elections.


Monday, January 24, 2011

By-election windfall for Tenang residents

Tenang locals have been receiving a windfall since the by-election was called, including cash and gifts from government agencies and other related quarters, all claiming it is just business as usual.

tenang by election hamper 230111 02BN representatives have claimed that they are merely regular assistance due to underprivileged residents from the various government agencies.

Regardless of the excuses, how to receive "election goodies" has become the hottest topic in Tenang coffeeshop talk.

Malaysiakini managed to interviewed several voters who had received the so-called "assistance", based on tipoffs from the locals.

A 40-year-old single mother residing in Labis who requested anonymity fearing reprisal, showed Malaysiakini a RM50 hamper, a RM200 'Ang Pow' and 12 feet of fabric that she received in an event at Labis municipal hall last week.

"I don't know who was the organiser. I think there were over 100 beneficiaries. The organiser gave out RM200 cash, hampers and fabric. The cash was kept in a white envelope,” she said.

According to her, Labis MP Chua Tee Yong and Johor exco Tan Kok Hong from MCA were present as VIPs and one of them called on those present to support the BN candidate.

Tan when contacted denied that the goodies were from MCA, saying that they were given by the Welfare Department.

"This is not vote-buying. We did not do so. This kind of activities are carried out by relevant agencies throughout the year. How can we direct the department around?" he said.

Cash for flags

Another female voter also claimed that her neighbour was given RM1,000 cash for putting up four BN flags and a banner with Najib's portrait in his house compound throughout the campaign period.

tenang by election 230111 1 malaysia group distribute goodies 1She added that the kindergarten in which her nephew is studying has called parents to inform them that families earning under RM2,000 are entitled to RM450 cash.

"Initially my relatives need to go to the district education department in Segamat to collect the money, but it was later postponed because the activity will be held in Labis."

However Malaysiakini could not verify the allegations above with the relevant authorities.

It has however been observed that ever since the announcement of the Tenang by election, various government agencies have focussed their programmes and assistance schemes in the constituency.

Tenang - Shafie Apdal giving goodies to orang asliNajib, in his visit to Tenang on Tuesday, also announced RM1.31 million to upgrade all the mosques, surau and religious schools in all three Felda settlements in the constituency.

Yesterday Rural and Regional Development Minister Shafie Apdal also promised 20 new free houses to two indigenous villages.

What makes this even more interesting is that MCA president Chua Soi Lek - who holds no government post - has also announced that Tenang new village will get a new basketball court.

Meanwhile Bernama reported thatvAgriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Noh Omar today dismissed the notion that the ministry's programmes in the Tenang state constituency were instant projects implemented because of the by-election.

He said the programmes were ongoing, such as the ministry-with-the-people programme which was held monthly.

"For example, last year we had more than 15 programmes, none of which had anything to do with elections," he told reporters after launching a young entrepreneurs development programme at the Labis square in Tenang.


seals: I see this over night development when a DUN or a MP dies ... I mean a buy-elections happens and BN is contesting ....

This is a good news for the people as this is the only time the PEOPLE GETS a small part of what is for them. NOT during a GENERAL Elections...

What is the message here ... when there is a BUY-ELECTIONS and BN is contesting .... the PEOPLE gets something.....

I WISH there will be a BUY-ELECTIONS at every DUN and PARLIAMENT seat every 2 years. Means there should be 1-2 BUY-ELECTIONS for every seat for every TERM.

Pssst..... I am sure MACC / EC will have a good excuse the hamper and cash!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Muhyiddin lied, say Indian groups

The Federation of Indian NGO Associations has tagged Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin a liar and a traitor for suggesting that the ministry has reached consensus with the Indian community on the use of the Malay literature textbook 'Interlok'.

Instead, the federation's information chief AP Raja Retinam said, some Indian representatives who attended Tuesday's meeting had called for a total withdrawal of the book.

"Muhyiddin is a liar and a traitor for saying the ministry has reached a consensus, with making some amendments, as well as adding a glossary and teaching guidelines, as possible solutions.

indian ngo pc 221209 federation of malaysian indian ngos (prima) president a rajaretinam"We, along with the representatives who attended the meeting, had called for the complete withdrawal of the book, not such solutions," Raja Retinam (left) said, adding that those who mislead the public would go to hell.

The federation, which opposes the use of the Form Five textbook in schools, had also earlier said it would put up a candidate in Tenang, but did not do so.

Raja Retinam instead called on the Indian voters there to give their backing to PAS.

He has also called on the MIC, which sent its representatives to the meeting in Putrajaya last Tuesday, to hold a central working committee meeting to discuss Muhyiddin's statement and for the party to state its honest position.

Muhyiddin said yesterday the meeting, chaired by deputy minister Puad Zarkashi, had arrived at a consensus with possible solutions to end the 'Interlok' row, such as inserting additional footnotes, a glossary and teaching guidelines into the textbook.

Muhyiddin said the novel discussed national unity and integration among races, which were in line with the 1Malaysia concept.

The minister added that it was just that there were worries in the MIC and certain groups from the Indian community over a few words used in the novel.

Mass police reports

Raja Retinam called on the Indian community to join the move tomorrow to file police reports 'en masse' to put on record the Indian community's dissatisfaction with 'Interlok' and the ministry's insistence on using the book in schools.

NONE"Go all out, in groups or as families, to every police station. Make sure everybody makes a report against 'Interlok'," he said.

on Tuesday quoted a source who attended the Putrajaya meeting as telling the panel that 'pariah' and other words once used on low-caste people have been declared unlawful in India.

Therefore, teaching Malaysian students aged 16 and 17 years such things now would not be suitable. It could rekindle what was no longer prevalent today, and even create more tension amongst students, the source said.

Some 120,000 copies of 'Interlok' have been distributed in Selangor, Putrajaya, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Negri Sembilan, and there is worry about potential repercussions, the source said.

During Thaipusam at Batu Caves on Thursday, the Hindu Rights Action Force and members of the Human Rights Party protested against 'Interlok' just as Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak arrived at the venue, with the police making nine arrests.

Muhyiddin 'missing the point'

Meanwhile, DAP national vice-chairperson M Kulasegaran said in a statement his party would continue to pursue the 'Interlok' issue throughout the Tenang by-election and after, until the matter was resolved to the satisfaction of the Indian community.

dap education roundtable meeting 111006 m kulasegaran"No one should be surprised if this issue prolongs even into the (next) general elections. It will snowball to become the central issue of anger of the Indian community against BN," said the Ipoh Barat parliamentarian.

Further, Kulasegaran (left) said, Muhyiddin had missed the point if he thought grievances over the matter could be resolved by him saying that a consensus had been reached, and that the author had no intention of disparaging the Indian community.

"Such clarification or argument misses the real point, for no one is questioning the intentions of the author," he said.

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

"The controversy has dragged on long enough and the federal government should focus on the real questions," Kulasegaran added.

Among them, he said, were:

  • Can such a controversial book be used as a school textbook?
  • Can it truly promote better racial understanding and forge unity?
  • Why can't we just have a textbook that is non-controversial and acceptable to all?
  • Why is it so difficult for the education ministry to right an obvious wrong?

NONEThose who argued that the book must be read "in the right context or as a whole" do not understand why the Indian community is angry with and hurt by inaccuracies and demeaning words found in the book, Kulasegaran said.

"It is disappointing that the federal government cannot even understand the sentiments of the Indian community.

"If the cabinet leaders do understand... then they definitely lack the political will and wisdom to resolve the issue." he added.


seals: Liar, Liar Pants on FIRE!!!!!!

They have been living in a life full of Lies !!!! So this does not make any difference.... and same MIC will continue to sleep and fail to play the role to protect the Indians......

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Serdang MP gets death threat and dead chicken

Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching received a death threat this morning, reinforced by a dead chicken hung on the grill door of the DAP Sungai Chua branch office.

NONEHer assistant Chen Fan Dao, when contacted, said local residents had alerted her to this about 8am.

When he arrived at the office about 9.30am, the carcass was still hanging where it had been hung.

Its throat had been slashed and blood was still dripping, Chen said. A poster was stuck to the signboard, with the warning: "Ingat! Ini satu Peringatan Teo Nie Ching, Tentera Jihad" (Take note! This is a reminder Teo Nie Ching, the Jihad Army).

Asked if security would be tightened, Chen said the MP's schedule will not be affected, although she "will be more careful".

He would not speculate on who might have made the threat, only saying that they would allow the police to investigate this.

Tesuhakam suara keadilan 250309 teo nie chingo (left) lodged a report at the Kajang police station at 11.45am.

The Serdang MP has been embroiled in several controversies recently.

She was accused of inappropriately addressing an audience in the prayer area of Surau Al-Huda in Kajang Sentral on Aug 22.

There were also complaints that she had worn “tight clothes” during an aerobics exercise event in the compound of the Taman Cheras Jaya mosque on Dec 12.

When contacted, Teoh said she took about one hour to give her statement to the police, who asked her whether she had quarrel with anyone recently. She was also asked whether she suspected anybody and if this was the first time she had been threatened. Citing her police report, Teoh said a CCTV recording belonging to the shop next door showed that two males approached her office at 1.56am today.

The duo's ethnicity could not be determined, said Teoh.

One of them, who was wearing a cap, was seen placing the carcass and poster.

"Before leaving, they took pictures of their act," she said.

Teoh said although she will continue fulfilling her duties as a member, she feels her "safety and that of other DAP have been compromised", and will try not to go anywhere alone.

Later, a team of police went to DAP Sungai Chua office and took the placard and dead chicken away.

Long string of death-threat cases In an immediate reaction, Selangor senior exco Teresa Kok “unreservedly condemn the despicable” death threat. “The scoundrels behind this crime display their lack of human decency and most of all, their own incapacity or refusal to discuss issues of contention in a calm, civil and rational manner.” dj jamal hishammudin rais and teresa kok forum 270910 08Kok said today's death threat was just the latest in a long string of cases where opposition politicians were targeted. “In August 2010, Tony Pua, MP for PJ Utara, received an M16 bullet and a death threat note. In September 2009, a coward who used the pseudonym 'hanturaya' wrote on my blog, 'teresa, kau ni perlu diajar dgn darah t.kasih (sic)' “In September 2008, a Molotov cocktail was thrown into my family home together with a note that said they would set my family and me on fire.” She lamented that the police have yet to nab the perpetrators behind these death threats.

Death threat group accused of perverting jihad call


seals: Welcome to Malaysia the BN has build

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Anwar targeted as sexy dancers jazz up pro-BN dinner

Over 1,000 Tenang constituents were treated to a sumptuous dinner last night with free beer, sexy dance performance and a lucky draw, featuring a 100cc motorcycle as the grand prize.

NONEThe pro-BN 1Malaysia dinner also featured a fiery speech by former Umno vice-president Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, who had made his political comeback by winning the Bagan Pinang by-election in 2009.

He made PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and PAS his main targets.

see the full news at :

seals: Hmmm UMNO at "with free beer, sexy dance performance" to promote UMNO? They are at this point to attract people with beer and woman? I thought ....errrr !!!!

These are some of the Phases found in Interlok

These are some of the Phases found in Interlok that controversial ,as if the book narrated and insult the living condition of Indian in pre-Independence time.

The book remind us to realise how bad the living standard in motherland India , and also point to the idea that we are "pendatang" to Malaya and the Indian should be grateful to the the Malays to live in Malaysia, and don't ask for more.

The book narrated about caste system and poor living standard before they come to Malaya.

The book has hidden agenda to attack the non-malay and remind us not to ask for rights and privilege as what happening lately,awakenning of Indian start questioning injustices inflicted upon the Indian.

The wost things is our SPM Indian children has to digest this book and they may feel humiliated about the content in front of the other races, may subject to UMNO style of bully.

The extract:

1. Maniam seperti orang India yang lain, tidak pernah khuatir tentang keselamatan isterinya. (Page 218).

2. Mereka yang dari arah ke utara sedikit bercakap bahasa Malayalam atau Telugu, tetapi hampir semuanya tahu bahasa Tamil. Malayalam dan Telugu pun berasal dari satu rumpun bahasa Dravidia. Satu perkara besar yang membuatkan mereka senang berkaul adalah kerana mereka tergolong dalam satu kasta Paria. (page 211)

3. Mereka tidak perlu takut akan mengotori sesiapa kalau bersentuhan. (page 211) Mereka berasak-asak seperti kambing . (page 211)

4. Disini, pekerjaan yang membezakan kasta tidak ada. (page 216)

5. Kuli-kuli Cina itulah yang lebih banyak mendapat kesempatan. Maniam mengakui bahawa mereka lebih pantas bekerja dan sedikit bicara. (page 218)

6. Dia gembira hidup di negeri ini kerana untuk pertama kali dalam hidupnya dia berasa dirinya sebagai manusia seperti orang lain. (page 218)

7. Disini dia tidak sahaja bebas bercampur gaul dengan orang lain sama sebangsanya, malah dia tidak takut dengan pantang larang yang terdapat di negaranya apabila seorang India daripada kasta rendah menyentuh orang India daripada kasta tinggi. (page 218 & 219)

8. Dia tidak sahaja dimaki hamun dengan kata-kata yang kesat, malah disisihkan daripada masyarakat sehingga dirinya dan orang-orang yang sekasta dengannya menjadi lebih hina daripada. (page 219)

9. Di negeri ini, orang daripada keturunan kasta tinggi, kasta Brahma memakai punul yang melintang di tubuh, tetapi dia tidak takut menyentuh orang itu. (page 219)

10. Dia boleh membeli barang daripada penjaja dengan memberikan wang dari tangan ke tangan; tidak seperti seperti di negaranya, dia mesti meletakkan wang itu di suatu tempat dan penjaja itu akan menyiram wang itu dengan air sebelum diambil dan dimasukkan ke dalam petinya. (page 219)

11. Apatah pula lembu ialah binatang suci bagi orang Hindu; dan kalau binatang itu mati, seperti ibunya sendiri yang mati. (page 220)

12. Tidak makan tengah hari tidak mendatangkan masalah, asalkan dia dapat mengunyah sirihnya seperti lembu atau kambing memamah biak. (page 224)

13. Dia gertak sahaja, orang kulit hitam ini tentu takut kecut. (page 253)

14. Suppiah menerpa ke hadapan dan sujud di kaki orang putih Lantas, dia menendang Suppiah. Suppiah terjungkir. (page 256)

15. Dia berasa bangga kerana anjing orang putih itu jinak dengannya. (Page 276)

we all deserved to call as "Paraya"? Think and Stand for your right!

(For your info: The word "Paraya" has been removed from the OXFORD dictionary few dacades back due the objection came from Indian Community.)


1. The Author is reflecting the whole Indian community do not care about the safety of the wife. "seperti orang India yang lain". If we agree to this then I will mark all Indian leaders too don't care about the wife's safety and it is an insult to all the husbands!!!

2. He clains all Indians in Malaysia are said to be Praiah? As we all are from India.

3. "Mereka berasak-asak seperti kambing" further degrading the Indians?

4. Praising the then "locals" with the intention of the locals accepted the Indians in mercy. As though the local was living with all the wealth and comfort and they accepted the Indians. I see this as misleading as the British brought the Indians to Malaysia as they see the local was not enough to drive the infra and plantation development in Malaya. There was a big need there, so they have to bring in the Indians to improve the plantation industry (rubber) and the infrastructure (roads and railways). So, I can see Malaya improved in economy (one of the reason) was because of the Indians.

5. Skip

6, 7, 8. Again degrading the Indians

9, 10. Skip

11. Insulting the culture and life of Indians

12. "mengunyah sirihnya seperti lembu atau kambing memamah biak" Insulting again .....

13. "orang kulit hitam ini tentu takut kecut" Insulting

14. "berasa bangga kerana anjing orang putih itu jinak dengannya" One of the greatest insult ... making the indians feel lower then the DOG!!!

And if he said a words in dict can be used then I will use the big F word freely on the people who has the ulterior motives....

And why with all these protest the government is still sticking to the decision to use the book in EDUCATION system of Malaysia?

The MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT plans to make the future Indians to feel "inferior" so that they will not stand up to claim their rights for Malaysia and that the UMNO can have more power and say to turn Malaysia to their own way?

This of the Impact of this book in 10 years time, how much it would have made psychological changes to the Indians mind and emotions. This I call as a psychological warfare to mold the generation of tomorrow. You will not see it now but it will be too late when you know it!!!!

Politics is none of your business, Markom

Markom was 'just looking for anti-gov't teachers'

Yes, government servants must support the government of the day elected by the rakyat since its policies and projects are implemented by them. But Markom Giran cannot meddle with the rights of the teachers as voter-citizens as to which party they support.

Is there any circular or law that says all government servants must be BN members/supporters? Going by your words, Penang, Selangor, Kelantan and Kedah government servants must support Pakatan Rakyat and not BN.

It is not your duty to find out which party they support. Teach the students sincerely and faithfully according to the teaching profession. Don't be political parties' mouthpiece.

You and me, and the rest of the rakyat, as voters will decide which political party to vote for in the next election and elect the government. Shut up and do your work.

Righteous: It's simply sickening that anyone in our education system would suggest that "if they are found to be against the government, we will call them up and send them for courses to let them understand that a government servant should not be against government policy."

Dear God, what are they trying to do? Whatever happened to free thinking, let alone free speech? Are they trying to produce robots that simply follow blindly? What qualifies a person to become a leader if they are never taught to think and thereby lead?

Why should the government never be questioned? If they make a wrong decision should we just swallow it whole and hope someone else sets it right?

Swipenter: Caught on tape and now trying to twist and turn. Markom, it's none of your business which political party a teacher supports or doesn't support as long as he/she doesn't bring politics into the classroom.

Did the education minister give you the directive to ferret out "anti-government teachers?" Or was it your own idea to ferret them out and send these so-called "anti-government teachers" to boot camps such as BTN (National Civics Bureau) for re-education?

Anonymous_40a7: Markom, you might just as well say, "We will brainwash any opposition supporters so they will preach to students what we wanted them to." That would save us a lot of trouble trying to understand the jibberish you are trying to say.

For a better Malaysia: Is Markom the best we can have to manage the education of tomorrow's generation? Thank God, I don't live in Johor.

Enviroman: I listened Markom's whole speech and it was clear he was asking the teachers to identify their political leanings and direct them to persuade those supporting opposition to switch sides.

If this is not campaigning then I don't know what is. It looks like even educated people are prepared to lie and this is the condition which the nation has degenerated to under Umno/BN.

Not Confused: Markom obviously thinks we are all as unintelligent and naive as him. There is a world of difference between implementing educational policies in schools, and the personal political convictions and affiliations of a teacher, or anyone else for that matter.

So if they do not support the ruling coalition, they will be sent like sheep for indoctrination courses? This is reminiscent of what happened during the Cultural Revolution in China. Perhaps they should be incarcerated in Kamunting while they are being brainwashed (err... I mean indoctrinated!).

If it were not so serious, I would be rolling on the floor in tears with laughter.

Anonymous_4135: Markom, when you tell a lie too often, you'll believe it as the truth. Unfortunately, we do not believe you or your lies. Why the heck are you trying to find out who your teachers support? Are you paid to do this?

People like yourself should be removed from your post, otherwise sacked. You're just like your political masters.

Anonymous: How do you equal support of opposition to non-support of government policies? How sure are you that support of ruling parties equal support of government policies? Need I remind you about the racist remarks spewed by PM Najib Razak's aide Nasir Safar that went against the so-called 1Malaysia thingy?

You have no right to stick your nose into other people's political conviction. If you find a government servant going against government policies, it would be on the strength of his/her act alone not on his/her belief.

You 'makan gaji' at the hands of the people, not the government. So you don't campaign for the government of the day.

Phra Ong Chao: Government servants are always required to adhere to principles of human rights and rule of law above all. If the policies of the government goes against this, the government servant should not blindly follow them.

This is why we're now saying that employees of the imperial Japanese and Nazi government should not have carried out racist and inhumane laws against the minorities in the Japanese and German empires at that time.

Ghkok: Yes, a civil servant must execute government policies when he or she is operating in a role of a civil servant. A civil servant is also a voter. In the role of a voter, the civil servant is entitled to support and vote for any political party. Once a political party wins and assumes power, the civil servant is obliged to follow the policies of that government.

The civil servant must not confuse party and government. The government cannot dictate what party the civil servant (or any person) supports. That surely is a crime.

Malaysian Born: Having broken every rule in the book about civil servants not participating or using their authority and influence for politics, Markom is trying to justify his actions. Does he mean they will then punish teachers who have affiliations with opposition parties? Force them to undergo orientation programmes like drug addicts?

I'm really concerned. If the welfare of our children and their education is in the hands of such low-grade individuals, their prospects are really under risk. This man needs to go back to school and be re-educated very badly.

Is this is indicative of similar nonsense being perpetrated in other states?

Libra: His mind has been "bonsified" just like what former student activist Hishamuddin Rais said.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Principal apologises for 'pariah' remark

A school principal who was said to have uttered a term derogatory to the Indian Malaysian community has issued an apology to her students.

According to complainant AP Raja Retinam, who is also Federation of Malaysian Indian Organisation information chief, the apology was made at 12.30pm today.

“She made the apology to the Indian students today, so the matter is closed and we are moving on,” he said.

Principal Zaini Mohd Zin of SMK Taman Tasik Ampang in Selangor was reported to have said the word 'pariah' during a speech.

azlanHowever, she later told the media that she believes that she was taken out of context as she had used the word while referring to the novel 'Interlok' which has attracted much controversy.

“She (said she) had used the book as a reference. This is what we don't want and this is the reason we want the book banned,” said Raja Retinam.

“Young people don't know how to contain their anger when they hear words like 'pariah' used amongst them.”

The Federation of Malaysian Indian Organisation is among the many organisations agitating for a ban or removal of the novel from the reading list of the Form Five Bahasa Malaysia syllabus. They object to passages which refer to one of the characters, Maniam, as a member of the pariah caste.

Set in pre-independence Malaya, the character describes how he found relief from the caste system when he moved from his homeland in India.


seals: This is already an evidence why this book should not be published
The Johor Education Department has attempted to transfer the husband of PAS' Tenang candidate Normala Sudirman from Tenang to Johor Bahru on the ground that he cannot "control his wife".

tenang by election pas announce candidate 160111 normala sudirman with husbandThe sudden directive, which orders Normala's husband Makrof Abd Mutalib to relocate to Johor Bahru within 24 hours, was however retracted after the couple (left) protested.

"The headmaster said it was because I can't control my wife, referring to her political participation in PAS," said Makrof Abd Mutalib, who has been teaching in a school in Tenang for the past 13 years.

Met at a PAS event to announce its candidate last night, Makrof told Malaysiakini that he received the transfer notice a few days ago when it was heavily speculated that his wife could contest the Jan 30 by-election for the state seat.

Makrof said the transfer notice did not state a reason.

"We confronted the district education department. Normala had resigned (as a teacher). (We told them) they should not act like this (and that) if they did not retract it, we would take it to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission or call a press conference. They then retracted it," said Makrof.

Normala, who was a teacher in nearby Segamat, had tendered her resignation recently to become a full-time party worker.

According to Makrof, the transfer notice was a form of discrimination against teachers whose family members are supportive of the opposition.

Johor PAS information chief Mazlan Aliman said the department's directive was politically motivated.

Education Dept director caught on video

Last week, Johor Education Department director Markom Giran was caught on video, openly canvassing for support for BN among teachers in Tenang.

NONEA video footage uploaded on YouTube shows him pleading to the teachers present "to help the government win the by-election".

Markom told the teachers to organise motivational programmes for their students, after which they would be required to meet with the parents of the students to identify whether they are supporters of BN or the opposition.

He said 15 schools in the Tenang constituency and the Education Department plan to organise motivational programme for pupils where all teachers would meet with the parents.

"In meeting the parents and the house occupants, you shall classify them based on four colours - green, blue, grey and white. Green is for hardcore opposition, blue for BN.

“For 'grey' (fence-sitters), we want you to inform us so that we can try to change them to 'blue'," he said.

A police report on Markom's campaigning has been lodged by Johor PAS deputy commissioner Dzulkefly Ahmad.

Nominations are set for Jan 22 for the by-election caused by the death of BN Sulaiman Taha who died on Dec 17. Polling will take place on Jan 30.


seals: if Book burning insult to education system, what is this to the education system? Not a double insult? Education system is now being used by BN for their game? And the director should be investigated?

Friday, January 14, 2011

'Burning of Interlok insults Agong, literary greats'

A group of five NGOs today filed five separate police reports against the burning of controversial novel 'Interlok' and the picture of its author, Abdullah Hussein, last Saturday.

NONEThe group claimed that the torching incident was a direct insult to the book's author, the nation's literary greats and also the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The police reports, filed at the Dang Wangi police station at 3pm, also claimed that the book burning was an attack on the dignity of the author and smelled of excessive hatred that could spark racial tensions and the anger of the Malays.

The five NGOs include Gapena and Pena, representing Malay literature writers, aside from Ikatan Melayu Asli Nusantara, Majlis Permuafakatan PIBG Nasional and Majlis Kebudayaan Negeri Selangor.

The group have also urged the police to investigate Kota Raja MP Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud and Kota Alam Shah state assemblyperson M Manoharan over their involvement in Saturday's protest.

All five police reports stated that “their presence at the protest was an acknowledgement and acceptance” of the book burning and that they should be investigated because as political leaders, they hold great influence.

Siti Mariah earlier today however denied supporting the book burning, stating that in no way did her brief presence at the event mean that she supported the Indian community's opposition to the book.

Book burning insult to education system

PIBGN president Prof Madya Mohamad Ali Hassan told journalists that the book burning is also an insult to the national education system perpetrated by those who are “childish, immature and hard up for political mileage”.

Saying he is speaking on behalf of parents nationwide, Mohamad Ali said education should not be politicised; instead it should be discussed intellectually and civilly.

“The burning of the novel is a bad example and rude for Malaysian citizens. We do not want this to continue and it should be stopped... this is not the way to protest.”

Mohamad Ali noted that PIBGN and Koperasi Kedai Buku Universiti Malaya will jointly organise an open forum at Rumah Universiti on Jan 26 at 2pm to find an acceptable solution to the on-going controversy.

In a related development, Gapena will host a gathering with other NGOs in a bid to find common ground on how to deal with the controversial novel.

Gapena media officer Borhan Mat Zain said the gathering will be held this Saturday (Jan 15) at 2pm at Rumah Gapena near the Dewan Bahasa dan Pusaka building.

Gapena is also scheduled to present a memorandum of protest over the book burning to the Education Ministry at 3pm tomorrow.


seals: When the Indians fight for their own pride and rights, how can it "spark racial tensions and the anger of the Malays". Is the one who made the statement is so blind or he is just using (as the norm of UMNO) this statement to show its power and create a fear?

One day they will tell talking bad about UMNO will also "could spark racial tensions and the anger of the Malays", and will bring in the AGONG.

Can NOT the Indians demand what they think is right ?

Why I am against this book:

1. It will create a degrading statement soon, among the young minds, the same work is used to call the INDIANS by the others for sure it will widen the racial GAP and create a dis harmony situation in Malaysia and this is against the direction of 1Malaysia.

In 1Malaysia we are one if I AM called a PRIAH so will be the rest of the MALAYSIAN.

2. The purpose why this book was inserted into the Malaysian Education system (the mind of the young leaders and the citizen). This has a psychological war tactic that in years to come the mind of the leaders of tomorrow programmed in a way that the Indians are PENDATANG.

"The PENDATANG came from a bad and poor life in India and got a shelter in Malaysia and received in Mercy by the locals". Will, make a mind set of the leaders (of tomorrow) that the Indians are pendatang and they cannot or do not deserve the rights to demand in Malaysia. They are PENDATANG and we accepted in Mercy. That is what the leaders (of tomorrow) will say and manage.

The Indians at that time since it is well programmed, will too think they are the pendatang and let go of the rights as a community that at one time did play a great role in getting the independence for Malaysia and contributed towards the development of Malaysia.

The evidence that I see here is, the History do not talk (or little) about the contributions of the Indians and Chinese.

This is I see as part of the UMNO AGENDA in our education system. The same I see on why they try to appoint a Malays Guru Besar in Tamil and Chinese schools and import tamil / Chinese language into SK school

The above are my 1 cent on why I disagree with the BOOK. If the Malaysian education system said it is still right. Then well said ...i will too follow what is said in the book I read in Form 6 Malay Literature "Keluarga Gurilya" i will start to use some of the words that is used in that book. Since that book was part of my education. And the book too educated me to fight for my nation ... I will do that too.

Tanah Tumpah Darah Saya ... This is MALAYSIA, MY LAND!

Major rally next week against Khusrin's posting

A new pressure group is planning to host a rally next Sunday (Jan 23) to protest the appointment of Mohd Khusrin Munawi as the new Selangor state secretary.

NONEHormati Suara Rakyat Selangor (HSRS) is hoping to attract at least 10,000 people for the rally, that will be held at the MPPJ stadium in Kelana Jaya.

The group's spokesperson, Haris Ibrahim (left), said the rally is aimed at pressuring federal state secretary Mohd Sidek Hassan to declare Khusrin's appointment null and void.

“Khusrin's appointment is a culmination of the relentless attempts by the BN federal government to frustrate the Selangor administration in carrying out their policies and programmes,” he said at a press conference at the KL-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall today.

Consultation is 'simple courtesy'

Bersih 2.0 chairperson Ambiga Srineevesan (below) pointed out that HSRS was mooted as a united movement amongst various civil society groups to demand that all parties respect the choice of the people in such matters.

NONEShe said the controversy surrounding Khusrin's appointment could have easily been avoided if the parties involved had simply consulted and sought the consent of Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim.

"We think it's an infringement of our rights. Ultimately that's what it translates to, 'you may have voted for X, but I don't care'.

"Whenever we see our elected representatives being undermined, when there is an attack on our elected representatives, it is an attack on the voters as it does not respect the choice of the voters.

NONE"Ultimately it boils down to courtesy, convention and the right thing to do," said Ambiga.

HSRS involves 12 civil society groups including Bersih 2.0, Jerit, Pertubuhan Jemaah Islah Malaysia (JIM) and the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM).

Haris said they plan to host a series of speakers for the event, including at least one representative from the Selangor government, to tell the public "how the (state) government is being sabotaged".

Both Haris and Ambiga assured that the organisers will do all they can to work with the police in maintaining safety and security during the rally, that will be held for three hours from 4pm to 7pm.


seals: When people elect the government and the Fed Gov insert forcefully a rep (a key post) against the elected government, it means UMNO is going against the people!!!!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

300 demand Khalid's head over Khusrin row

Three hundred protestors marched to the gates of the Selangor state secretariat building in Shah Alam today to protest the state government's handling of the appointment of Mohd Khusrin Munawi as the state secretary.

They are also demanding the resignation of Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, likening his opposition to the appointment as a form of treason.

"Khalid is a traitor to the Malay rulers. He lied to the rakyat and has tarnished the state administration with his political machinations," said rally leader Hamidzun Khairuddin, who heads the Gagasan Anti Penyelewengan Selangor (Gaps) movement.

Protestors included members from Umno, Malay rights pressure group Perkasa and MCA Youth.

The group marched from Dataran Shah Alam to the building but were stopped about 100 metres from the gates by 30 police personnel in riot gear.

During the march, the group chanted “Daulat Tuanku”, “Tangkap Anwar (Arrest Anwar)” and “Undur Khalid (Khalid resign)”.

A protest memorandum was submitted to Khalid's chief administrator Ghazali Bolhi.


Seals: Where was the 300 for the " Anti Penyelewengan " during the early administration? I just smell rotten fish send by some others just to create trouble...

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Anwar too hot to handle in Tenang?

Despite Johor's reputation as a BN stronghold, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim's presence on the Tenang by-election campaign trail seems to have given the ruling coalition the jitters.

At two rallies in the constituency last night, the police moved in to stop the events the moment Anwar took the rostrum.

NONEIn contrast, the police ignored other Pakatan Rakyat leaders who spoke before Anwar.

Nor did the authorities act when PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang spoke at several functions a few days before.

“When other leaders spoke, there were no interruptions. But when Anwar spoke, the police would stop him almost immediately," said Johor PAS information chief Mazlan Aliman.

“Johor Umno is very worried about Anwar's because he was very influential here when he was deputy prime minister. There were Umno leaders and community leaders at the two ceramah last night.”

At the first function at Kampung Ayer Panas, the road leading to the venue were lined up with police vehicles and roadblocks.

Eyewitnesses reported that the heavy police presence dissuaded many people, leaving only a small crowd of 300 people at the event.

Apco issue triggers action

When Anwar took the stage at about 9.45pm, the police promptly moved in and demanded that the ceramah be stopped. Anwar relented and moved on to the next function in Felda Cempelak.

NONEThe ceramah at Felda Cempelak attracted a far larger crowd of 3,000 people despite heavy police presence, backed by two water cannon trucks.

Anwar took the stage at around 10.45pm after other leaders including Johor PKR chief Chua Jui Meng (below), PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin and Mazlan had addressed the crowd.

Again, almost immediately after Anwar starting speaking, the police moved in to stop the ceramah.

Organisers failed to convince the police to allow Anwar to speak and the PA equipment was confiscated.

Unperturbed, Anwar continued with this speech using a loudhailer, leaving only those closer to the stage to be within audible range.

The police allowed the gathering to proceed until about 40 minutes later when Anwar denounced Apco Worldwide, an international firm hired by the Najib administration.

“We needed to prevent possible chaos so we ended the ceramah,” said Mazlan, who is also PAS deputy campaign director for this by-election.

'Double standards'

It was learnt that the police had refused to grant permits for the two functions because the campaign period starts on Jan 22, as stipulated by the Election Commission (EC).

NONEMazlan maintained that Pakatan has the right to hold functions all year round.

“Holding a ceramah does not necessarily mean we are campaigning... We have the right to assemble. This has nothing to do with the EC,” he said.

He said that the police clampdown last night was double standards because BN and Umno had been campaigning “blatantly” through government agencies and using public facilities such as community halls.

azlan“Government agencies sent letter to residents asking them to attend events by BN and Umno leaders.

“If they want to tighten the enforcement, it should equally apply to BN and Umno but their programmes were not prohibited at all,” he said.

Anwar will return to Tenang on Thursday to meet Chinese voters at a dinner function organised by PKR in Labis, a Chinese-majority rural township.

The by-election was called after the death of state assemblyperson Sulaiman Taha on Dec 17 last year.

The constituency, a traditional Umno stronghold, is located within the parliamentary constituency of Labis, now held by Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Chua Tee Yong, from MCA.

Polling will take place on Jan 30.


Seals: LOL ... thanks to the Police to do this least it will add many more Pity vote towards PR... a path towards Putrajaya ......

Wonders of holy Neem

Wonders of holy Neem

Neem is a multipurpose herb, which is recommended in every type of ailment. Following are the wonders of neem, which ayurveda has to offer to this world and modern life style of living.

Local action:

· Neem act as anti bacterial, anti parasitic, anti fungal, anti protozoal and anti viral thus helps in protection from all the microorganisms, which are always ready to invade in our body causing serious ailments.

· Local application of neem powder or neem oil has miraculous results. As it is a famous anti microbial herb, it renders all the microorganisms inactive therefore helping in proper healing of wound without causing any infections and septic conditions.

· Taking bath of neem leaves water is a very common sight in Indian homes that helps our body to counter mild infections, which our body might get in day-to-day activity.

· Its tropical application makes us relieved from acne, eczema and even ringworms

· In skin related diseases, neem works as blessing of God on mankind. It has an action on almost every kind of skin disease thus making its indication in eradicating every kind of itch, rash, infection and allergy.

· Neem water is extensively used in burn injuries, thus to protect them from any kind of infection and also promote healing.

· Neem oil is extensively used in hair fall and early graying of hairs with very satisfying results. It also find its application in dandruff and in lice growth

· Its local application on arthritic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, Osteoarthritis, lower back pain, and musculo skeletal pains is highly recommended with good results

Internal action:

· Due to presence of tickt rasa it is beneficial in indigestion, constipation and restoring taste of mouth.

· It helps in fighting with the intestinal worms there by act as a deworming agent

· It is highly recommended in hyperacidity and epigastric pain as it suppresses pitta that is the main culprit in the aggravation of such illness.

· Good results have also been seen in gastritis

· Widely and extensively used as blood purifier as it possess the properties like tickt rasa which helps in detoxifying any toxins floating in our blood stream which may lead to illness.

· It gives wonderful results in diabetes incipidus and diabetes mellitus due to presence of tickt rasa.

· It is very helpful in curing urinary tract infection

· It stimulates liver for proper functioning therefore helps in maintaining proper secretions of liver

· It acts on all kinds of skin disorders and provides great relief.

· It works as an anti inflammatory and pain relieving agent

· It also helps in suppressing extra heat generated in body due to any reason thus helps in maintaing normal condition in hyperthermia. Very useful in suppressing fever.

· Anti malarial action of neem has also been seen

· Since old times neem leaves have been used as an agent that helps in increasing vision as it helps in suppressing kapha disorders thus releasing congestion on eyeballs caused due to mucus accumulation in sinuses.

· Coughing is relieved by use of neem water

· It helps in reducing excess micturation

· It has given very good results in diseases like gonorrhea and syphilis

· It works as an immunoboosting agent therefore making our immune system very strong and efficient to fight against any foreign invasion making our body strong and disease free
Heart Disease:Including high blood pressure, blood clots, cholesterol, and Arrhythmia/rapid heart beat.

Blood Disorders: Including poor circulation, blood poisoning, and kidney problems.

Digestive Disorders: Including heartburn/indigestion, peptic/duodenal ulcers, gastritis, and hemorrhoids.

Nervous Disorders: Including anxiety, epilepsy, and hives.

source: Forwarded Mail

NUJ: Utusan infringing Hata's rights

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has urged Utusan Malaysia to call off the domestic inquiry against the union's president Hata Wahari.

Hata, a senior journalist, will face an inquiry panel on Thursday over public statements condemning Utusan's editorial policy which he blamed for the daily's falling circulation.

NONEUtusan should respect the right of NUJ officials to make public statements which relate to the interests of union members," said general-secretary Anbalagan in a statement today.

“Hata (right) had made his remarks as a union official, and Utusan is free to make a public rebuttal if it does not agree with NUJ's statements.”

If disciplinary action is taken against Hata, he would be the third Utusan union official to be sacked since former NUJ president Yazid Othman and NUJ Utusan chapter chairperson Amran Ahmad.

It is understood that the NUJ executive committee will hold an emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss the development.

Hata was elected NUJ president last September and has consistently urged Utusan to change its editorial policies and stop stirring up communal sentiments.

In his New Year's day statement, Hata singled out Utusan and said that some its editors and journalists have “no dignity” and bow to pressure from political masters.

Hata also raised eyebrows when he condemned Umno for barring journalists from several online news organisations from its media centre during the party's annual general assembly.

He had also urged Utusan's critics to direct their criticism against individual editors and journalists rather than the organisation as a whole.

Hata argued that those not involved in the decision-making process should not be blamed for the actions of editors.


Monday, January 03, 2011

MB downplays Khusrin's role as state secretary

Despite tomorrow being his first day at work and his oath-taking ceremony scheduled to take place before the Sultan next Thursday, federal appointee Mohd Khusrin Munawi's position as Selangor secretary remains uncertain.

NONE"I will have to meet with my executive council members first and discuss the matter. We need to sort out the actual powers of the state," said Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim to reporters in Ampang Jaya today.

He was responding to a question about the matter in a press conference after awarding 5A notices to about 220 applicants from the Kuala Langat district for land titles.

Asked if he is going to administer the oath of secrecy that Khusrin must take before being allowed to be privy to state secrets and participate in the day-to-day running of the state, Khalid was evasive.

"I don't know, I have to consult my excos first.

"I shall also talk to the sultan about this and other things. It is the duty of the MB to report to the Sultan. An MB is answerable to the Sultan," added Khalid.

The MB had tried to meet the sultan on the matter since Khusrin's appointment was announced, but was unsuccessful as the ruler was on leave.

Khalid said further that the work of an MB is like that of a football coach, who is entitled to choose the players on his team if he is going to do a proper job as the chief minister of the state.

"I cannot deliver good performance if you dictate who plays on my team and then give me a person who can only kick with his right foot."

'Follow the drama'

"How would Prime Minister Najib (Abdul Razak) feel if he cannot choose who is to be the chief secretary to the government? Imagine his feelings," said the Bandar Tun Razak MP.

NONEKhalid however downplayed the matter as being just one facet of the state government's activities saying it was not of great import to the big picture.

"Even without a state secretary, the government continues to function. This is a small matter," he argued.

The PKR leader said further that it was an internal administrative matter that he was loathe to discuss in the open.

"I'd rather we do not talk of this in public. We are still discussing the matter and I do not want to encourage speculation.

"You will have to wait for what happens and follow the drama," jibed Khalid.

Appointment 'undemocratic'

Meanwhile PSM has condemned Khusrin's unilateral appointment as disrespectful to the Selangor government as the elected administrator of the state in accordance with the country's democratic principles.

suaram forum on police 260910 arutchelvan“The selection of the state secretary without any consultation with the elected state government represents an act of contempt,” said PSM general secretary S Arutchelvan (right) in a statement today.

“It ignores the conventional practice where the Public Services Department is required to forward suitable candidates for the menteri besar's approval before the choice is submitted to the sultan to be accepted,” he said.

Arutchelvan said the appointment was therefore questionable, adding, “We will not be surprised if the motive behind Khusrin's appointment is an attempt at illegal power grabbing in Selangor, considering the extraordinary powers of the state secretary, such as we have witnessed in Perak,” said the PSM secretary.


seals: I salute PKR if PKR can and will ignore the UMNO fellow altogether. Dont invite him for any functions and ceremony, if he still come use YOUR enforcement to stop him at gate. When he speaks ...all should leave the place ...but be careful of the "musuh dalam selimut" in ur own team .....

And be prepared he will use the police to force you to "work for him".... watch out ....