Monday, February 28, 2011

Fire Yogi


Fire Yogi (http://selians.blogspot.com/2008/02/fire-yogi_18.html) will be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for another Homa from 10th March to 19th March. Homa will start from about 9 am till 9pm. Location: Perumal Temple, Batu Caves

Please drop a comment here if you are keen to assist as a volunteer during the period.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Uthaya, 108 others arrested to quash HRP rally

Police arrested Human Rights Party (HRP) leader P Uthayakumar and 108 others and erected roadblocks around Kuala Lumpur in the bid to stop an 'anti-racism' rally organised by it and its affiliate Hindraf in the city centre today.

NONEThe rally was also aimed at protesting the controversial 'Interlok' novel by national laureate Abdullah Hussain, which has been criticised for containing racial slurs and stereotypes against the Indian and Chinese communities.

Uthayakumar (right), who has been arrested numerous times, including as leader of the banned Hindraf, and spent 18 months in detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA), was today intercepted by the police as he left his apartment in Pantai Hillpark, Kuala Lumpur, at 8am.

“He was handcuffed and taken in a white van,” said Uthayakumar's younger brother, Waythamoorthy from London in an SMS message to Malaysiakini.

hindraf mass rally against umno and interlok 270211 4According to HRP information chief S Jayathas, Uthayakumar was been brought to the Sentul district police headquarters for questioning.

It is understood that the march is to begin now from the Renaissance Hotel, which is located about one kilometre away from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC).

In addition to Uthayakumar, scores of other persons suspected of being participants in the rally have also been taken in by the police this morning - seven at KLCC and 10 at the Renaissance Hotel.

hindraf rally with copsTheir identities have not yet been ascertained.

As at 10am, it has been estimated that about 100 people have been arrested in various parts of Kuala Lumpur.

The police appeared to be stopping and arresting anyone suspected as Hindraf supporters, especially Indians, who were found walking in the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

Many by-passers have complained that they have been stopped and their bags checked despite having nothing to do with the rally.

Kuala Lumpur locked down

hindraf mass rally against umno and interlok 270211 3Meanwhile, the police have locked down Kuala Lumpur city centre ahead of the planned demonstration.

Roadblocks, some set up as early as 5.30am, were reported on Jalan Ampang, Jalan Kepong, Jalan Cheras, Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Duta–Sungai Buloh Highway, among others.

The march was supposed to have begun at the KLCC, but plans were apparently modified following the large presence of police personnel this morning. It was announced that the march would begin at the Renaissance Hotel at the Jalan Ampang-Jalan Sultan Ismail junction.

hindraf mass rally against umno and interlok 270211 6Meanwhile, an estimated 200 uniformed and plainclothed police officers - including four trucks with Light Strike Force (LSF) personnel - have been stationed on Jalan Ampang between Avenue K and the Petronas Twin Towers.

Reporters were told to stay put near the bus stop on the KLCC side, but such directions are intermittently broken when a commotion breaks out elsewhere.

Around 9.15am, about 80 in groups of 10 to 30 HRP/Hindraf supporters marched from Renaissance Hotel towards KLCC, shouting "Makkal Sakthi" and other slogans - were arrested in front of Maya Hotel.

hindraf mass rally against umno and interlok 270211 5

Three Malaysiakini citizen journalists (CJs), Mathavan Velayutham, Thiagarajan Marrapan and one Veeramani were arrested while shooting footage of the protest.

This was despite the CJs producing their press tags to the cops and wearing their 'Citizen Journalist' T-shirts.

Mathavan, Thiagarajan and Veeramani were released about five hours later, at 6pm.

A reporter from Tamil daily Makkal Osai was also among those taken in while reporting on the event.

Kedah HRP chief Ramu Ramasamy and a Penang HRP leader were arrested. Both have been brought to the Sentul district police headquarters.

Former ISA detainee M Manoharan later clarified that Ramasamy and the Penang HRP leader were at Jinjang district police station.

HRP information chief Jayathas was then arrested around 10am and brought to the Jinjang district police headquarters.

According to a police source, 78 people had been arrested up until mid-morning.

hindraf arrests klccAmidst the commotion, a small group of students belonging to the Association of Tamil Students Malaysia, held a small demonstration on Jalan Mayang, off Jalan Ampang, near the Australian High Commission against the Interlok novel. They were dispersed without any arrests.

By about 10.20am, activity at the KLCC area appeared to have died down considerably with police personnel standing down.

The action by this time had moved to the Kootu Malai Pillayar Temple on Jalan Pudu near the Pudu bus station, where about HRP supporters and members have gathered and shouted 'Hindraf Valge!' (Long live Hindraf!) 'Haramkan Interlok!' and 'Jangan hina kaum India' (Don't insult the Indian community!)

March proceeds to Pudu IPK

hindraf rally marchersThey carried banners supporting their anti-racism and anti-Interlok campaign.

After chanting for about half an hour, they proceeded to march towards the Kuala Lumpur contingent police headquarters.

They included about six disabled persons and Manoharan, who is also Kota Alam Shah state representataive.

rally proceeds to Pudu IPK police cordonBy about 11.45am, the crowd had swelled to a procession of about 200 moving towards the contingent police headquarters.

Water cannon and other Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) trucks were seen on standby at the headquarters.

During the march, the police drove two patrol cars into the crowd, forcing the HRP/Hindraf supporters to break up into two lines and onto the sidewalks flanking the road.

rally proceeds to Pudu IPKUpon arrival at the contingent police headquarters, the demonstrators demanded that Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Amar Singh release those arrested within the hour.

As of 11.40am, according to a police source, at least 183 have been arrested over the aborted HRP/Hindraf rally.

If the police refused to heed their demands, said the demonstrators, they would camp outside the police station. They made the assurance, however, that they would not block traffic.

At a press conference in the police station, meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur police chief Zulkifli Abdullah (left) clarified the number of those arrested was 109, not 183 as earlier reported.

hrp rally 270211 kl cpo zulkifli abdullah press conference183 was the total number of those picked up in the police operation, including by-passers and curious onlookers. These were later released.

Those who were held over involvement in the rally were from the ages 18 to 66 years old, and included eight women and eight HRP leaders, said Zulkifli.

Explaining the police action, Zulkifli (right) said: "We were forced to act to stop those who were planning the gathering as they were still adamant to proceed despite the permit for the gathering being rejected," he said.

Zulkifli also said two men had claimed to be alternative media journalist.

Malaysiakini understands that a group of unidentified persons posing as Malaysiakini journalists with counterfeit press tags, were spotted trying to pick fights with the police at the Kuala Lumpur contingent police station, claiming they were from the news portal.

All of those arrested were being detained and investigated under Section 27(5) of the Police Act, for participation in an illegal assembly, said Zulkifli.

He added that the eight identified as leaders of the HRP were also being investigated under section 45(1) of the Societies Act for being involved in an illegal organisation.

The Kuala Lumpur police chief said that he was disappointed with the people behind the gathering who had proceeded despite being told not to.

jinjang station gates 4pmZulkifli said further that he is also grateful to 13 Indian Ngo leaders who had volunteered to talk the Indian community out of participating in the illlegal gathering today.

Around 12.30pm, the bulk of the crowd at the contingent police headquarters dispersed, leaving behind only about 20 to continue the protest.

Many headed in the direction of Jinjang district police headquarters, where HRP leaders and activists Uthayakumar, W Sabulingam, K Balakrishnan and T Selvum has been detained.

jinjang station gates 4It was reported that police checkpoints were set up on the way to the station.

About half a dozen FRU personnel and two dozen uniformed police officers had stationed themselves at the gate inside the Jinjang police station in anticipation of the crowd.

By 4pm the crowd across from the station had grown to over 200, shouting 'Hindraf vaalga!' and other slogans.

'We will stay here until Uthaya is released!' many of them were heard saying.

Six more taken into custody, Uthaya released

According to a citizen journalist on the scene, Deepa Nair, a police officer suddenly opened the gate of the Jinjang district police station to announce that the four HRP leaders whose release the crowd was demanding were no longer in the police station inside.

"They are are in Putrajaya. They're not here," the officer was heard as saying.

Refusing to budge, the crowd stayed on, vowing to hold a candlelight vigil starting at 7pm. By that time, there were only 50 HRP supporters left.

At 7.15pm, however, the police suddenly barked orders for the crowd to disperse or else they would be placed under arrest for illegal assembly.

A few minutes later, scores of police personnel came out chasing and arresting those who were caught.

About six were arrested this way and taken into the Jinjang police station. It is not certain if the candlelight vigil will proceed as scheduled.

By 7.35pm, word came out that Uthayakumar and Sabulingam, among others, had been released from detention.

Meanwhile at 9.45pm it was learnt that S Jayathas, K Selvam, P Ramesh and Bala have been released from Putrajaya IPD lockup on bail.

VIDEO | 2.29 mins: S Jayathas arrest

VIDEO | 3.23 mins: More arrests

VIDEO | 6.52 mins: Police PC

PHOTO GALLERY

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/157150


seals: the message ...In Malaysia ....... read the news ...you will know



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hindraf invites UN to monitor march

The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) has requested for observers from the United Nations (UN) to monitor its 'People's March in Solidarity Against Umno's Racism' this Sunday.

The march will start from the KLCC at 9am, and end at the Dang Wangi Police station.

The demonstration is to protest against Interlok, the controversial novel that Form Five students use as a compulsory literature text.

NONEHindraf national information coordinator, S Jayathas (third from left), said that it would only be fair if the UN were to to witness how the protestors were being handled by the police.

He was speaking at the UN office in Kuala Lumpur.

"The UN will see that we are running a peaceful demonstration."

Jayathas added that the police have yet to reply regarding their application for a police permit submitted on Feb 11.

Asked to comment on Ibrahim Ali Perkasa president lodging a police report against Hindraf today, he replied:

"Perkasa is under the Umno. If they were to report to the police, everyone pays attention and action is taken. If they were to run a demo, nothing happens, no one is arrested.

"When we make a police report, the response is slow. When others - like us - demonstrate, we get arrested.

On Feb 13, the police detained 59 people nationwide who were travelling in Hindraf organised convoys. There have been with allegations of rough treatment by the police.

Request for UN to intervene

Jayathas has also submitted a letter urging the UN to intervene in the 'Interlok' issue.

It was received by Devendran Patel, United Nation's Security Advisor for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

He explained that the book was not appropriate for use in school as it portrayed Indians negatively.

The novel, by national laureate Abdullah Hussein, became a controversial issue following the ministry's decision to use the novel as a literature textbook, with several parties claiming that it contains words deemed demeaning to the Indian community.

Education Minister MuhyiddinYassin had announced on Jan 27 that the novel will remain as the textbook for the literature component of the Bahasa Malaysia subject for Form Five, but with amendments to those parts deemed offensive by the Indian community.

Jayathas said he wants Unesco to intervene in this issue as it degrades the Indian and Chinese community.

"The book has nothing but racial slurs and it stereotypes the two races," he said, adding that the novel would only divide the peaceful Malaysian nation.

Jayathas added the anti-Interlok forum is still on schedule.

"Tonight we will run the forum at the Mahamariamman Temple at Ladang Bukit Jalil near Puchong and the last day of forum is at the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall tomorrow.


source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/156765


Monday, February 21, 2011

Crackdown on anti-Interlok forums continues

While previous arrests have only occurred when forums are under way, the police today tried to pre-empt an anti-Interlok forum in Hulu Selangor by arresting its organiser, prior to tonight's event.

Malaysiakini was alerted to the arrest of M Gobalakrishnan, 26, whose name appeared as the contact person on fliers promoting the anti-Interlok forum by a representative of the Human Rights Party (HRP) this afternoon.

"They came to his house at 12.30pm today, without an arrest warrant. They picked him up and took him to the local police station.

"I believe they arrested him for organising an illegal event," the Indian party's information chief S Jayathas said when contacted.

NONEHowever, Jayathas (left) said, the forum would go on despite the absence of Gobalakrishnan, who was picked up by six plainclothes police officers.

"We will go on with it, and hold the event at another venue in the same housing area," he said, adding that HRP was not daunted by the police
sealing off the original venue chosen for the forum.

In a note issued later in the afternoon protesting Gobalakrishnan's arrest, HRP secretary-general P Uthayakumar said the HRP activist was being held incommunicado and denied access to lawyers.

“This police act is in violation of Article 5 of the federal constitution, which guarantees the liberty of a person and right to counsel,” Uthayakumar said.

He also said party vice-president K Tamilselvam contacted the police, who confirmed that Gobalakrishnan was arrested for sending out text messages promoting the forum.

No details on welfare of arrested man

However, Tamilselvam failed to obtain any further information on Gobalakrishnan's welfare or where he was being held.

HRP, the political party rebirth of the outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), has been on the warpath against the use of Malay literature textbook Interlok, which is due to be implemented for Form Five students this school year.

Its main contention is the use of the word 'pariah' in the novel written by national laureate Abdullah Hussain to describe several characters in the story who are immigrants from India.

Today's pre-emptive strike is the latest in a series of arrests that saw 63 HRP leaders and members arrested nationwide last week, and another 16 in Perak last night.

However, all 79 picked up by the police have already been released. The 63 were released within 24 hours of their arrests and the 16 about 3am today.

Jayathas and other HRP notables are planning to take their grouses over the arrests and other dissatisfactions to the United Nations tomorrow, having fixed an appointment for 1.30pm at the international body's Kuala Lumpur office.


source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/156619

seals: hmmmm Only in Malaysia......

16 HRP leaders arrested at anti-Interlok forums

Seven leaders and activists of the Human Rights Party (HRP) were arrested earlier today during a forum held by the Indian-based group's on the controversial 'Interlok' novel in Kulim, Kedah.

police arrest human rights party activist in interlok forum 200211 2According to HRP pro-tem secretary-general P Uthayakumar, the seven include HRP president W Sambulingam, Kedah HRP deputy-chief P Muniandy.

Among the others were Kedah HRP coordinator R Ramu, Selangor HRP deputy chief MS Maniam, and activists S Dass, D Raja and CF Mani.

Uthayakumar said the party also expects arrests to be made at a similar forum to be held this afternoon in Farlim, Penang.

The police, Uthayakumar added, have put up notices of arrest against those attending the forum.

According to HRP information chief S Jayathas, all seven activists who were arrested in Kulim were taken to the Kulim district police station.

The police, said Jayathas in a posting on the group's website, had said the forum was illegally held after its application for a permit was rejected.

The forum is part of HRP's nationwide campaign that will culminate on Feb 27 in a march against racism and the Interlok novel.

hindraf feb 27 march against interlok 030211 posterInterlok, written by national laureate Abdullah Hussain, has been accused of perpetuating racial stereotypes.

T-shirts confiscated, again

When contacted, Uthayakumar said the police at the Kulim police station were attempting to repeat the efforts made last week to confiscate the orange-coloured T-shirts worn by the HRP activists as a condition for their release.

"They say that if the HRP activists do not surrender their shirts, they will be locked up for seven days," said Uthayakumar.

"But to us, we will not surrender the shirts. They have become (like) sacred to us," he added.

Uthayakumar, who is also legal advisor to Hindraf, noted that thousands of PAS Youth members gathered in Kota Sarang Semut in Kedah without being disturbed by the police.

These activists nor the members of other NGOs and parties ordered to surrender their 'kopiah' or shirts, he added.

Perak chief P Ramesh, seven others arrested

Meanwhile, the group has also reported at 2.45pm that their gathering at Farlim, Penang was also scuttled.

The Penang CPO reportedly dispersed the forum "forcibly", after which 60 police officers stood guard around the cordoned off hall.

hindraf protest outside Kulim stationThey also expect police raids and arrests at their 6.30pm forum at Simpang Ampat Sri Meenachiamman Temple, Prai.

Following that, it is reported that Perak HRP chief P Ramesh is arrested - for the second time this week - this time outside Kulim IPD.

100 Hindraf supporters led by Perak and Penang HRP chiefs peacefully protested outside the station with placards (above), demanding the release of the seven arrested earlier.

Later this evening, HRP reported that eight more Hindraf and HRP leaders were indeed arrested at Simpang Ampat, Penang, as earlier predicted.


source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/156510


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Merlimau: By-election and the promised lands

After more than two decades of promises, SRJK (T) Merlimau, now squatting in the compound of a secondary school, may finally get its own premises.

srjk t merlimau 2But even Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's presence at the groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow may not be enough to convince residents.

Approached by Malaysiakini during a visit to the constituency last week, voter Ramachandran, 60, said that the same promise has been made for the past four general elections.

“They are now measuring the place, but we don't know what will happen after the by-election,” said Ramachandran, who has lived in Merlimau almost all his life.

The promise is also pretty familiar to Durairaj, 48, who had attended the school with his siblings some three decades ago.

promised land 1 w tnb“I was a student there, as were my sister and brother. Now my children go there. We have heard this promise many times.

“The first plot of land had a temple on it. They demolished the temple and said that they will build the Tamil school there, but now there's another building on the land,” he said when approached.

Other locals asked about the Tamil school during Malaysiakini's visit to the constituency corroborate the father-of-two's story.

Locals point out 'promised lands'

Pointing to a Tenaga Nasional Berhad building, Padmanathan, 47, said the land referred to by Durairaj was “promised” for the Tamil school some “20 to 25 years ago”.

promised land 2 w preschoolApproached in front of the Merlimau BN operations room, the self-proclaimed loyal MIC man said it never came through because “no one took the initiative”.

The second said 'promised land' is located in Taman Muhibbah about five minutes' drive from the TNB building.

Resident Saundriama, when asked, said that she has lived opposite the land for 19 years and heard the promise made about 10 years ago.

“About 10 years ago some government officers came to this land and measured it and told us that they will be moving the Tamil school here,” she said.

bn flag and signThe land is mostly vacant except for a small pre-school.

In 2008, said another Merlimau voter who prefers to be known only as Krishnan, BN had also promised a plot of land which is part of Sime Darby's Merlimau oil palm estate, near the water treatment centre.

Taking the Malaysiakini team to the plot of land, he said: “It was all said verbally. No black and white. (The government) said it will be here... We don't know what happened, until now it's still like this.”

Exco man: Claims are nonsense

When met, Malacca executive councillor R Perumal said that the claims were “nonsense” and that a piece of land where Muhyiddin will perform the ground-breaking ceremony is the only one planned for the school.

He said the school, which now has 175 students, has been sharing premises with the secondary school for 40 years.

According to Perumal, who was met when he was inspecting the land with Public Works Department engineers, the government started looking at moving the school a decade ago as enrollment was rising.

r supramaniam pibg srjk t merlimauHe said that the federal government has allocated RM6.1 million under the 10th Malaysia Plan for the school, including for acquiring the five acres of land from Sime Darby. The land was acquired in 2004.

The school's parent-teacher association representative, R Supramaniam (left), also said that that the previous PTA leaders were not too serious about it.

However, the new committee has been persistent about it and was told in January that the project will commence in the next six months.

Project a 'coincidence'


Perumal admitted that the project is now hastened following the death of Merlimau assemblyperson Mohamad Hidhir Abu Hassan.

final promised land 1“It is just a coincidence. These things don't happen overnight. You need time to acquire the land, etc. Don't make an issue of it,” he said, adding that construction is expected to be completed in one year.

According to Durairaj, this is the first time he has seen the government test the soil and bring in heavy machinery to land promised for the school.

“I don't know if it is real or it is a big 'drama' (but) I really hope that they will build the school this time,” he said.




source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/155917

This is why I said earlier, we all have to pray for at least 2 by-elections at each DUN and Parliament seat for every tearm so that UMNO will actually do "for people"....only during by-elections....


Monday, February 14, 2011

Malaysian Indian student get bullied as 'Keling Babi'!




The Start of INTERLOK Results.....

The Psycological Impact to the student that will make a "inferior" future INDIANS and the "SUPERIOR" "UMNOtizen" that can make sure the Indians of tomorrow will never raise and question the UMNO and will remain the slaves of UMNO.... this is the future that the current UMNO wants to leave for the future UMNO so that they will not see another similar HINDRAF Rally or an upraise that caused a fall of the UMNO/BN in the last GE

DO YOU STAILL WANT TO REMAIN THE UMNO SLAVES..... well MIC till date have been .... will you too? Then make sure we move into 2 party system!!!

Will MIC and the NGO and who ever make a police report and get the BULLY arrested?

I will say whatever the BULLY is .... he too the worst kind of the BABI (for the one who don't know that BABI is, it is a PIG!)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

'Christians sinful' remark by TV personality raises ire

Comments by motivational speaker Siti Nor Bahyah Mahamood linking Valentine's Day to Christianity and immoral activities by Christians have been criticised by the Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM).

NONEThe remarks, the council's Youth coordinator for social, economic and environment justice Elaine Teh said, "are derogatory and irresponsible".

A well-known Islamic motivator on local television networks, Siti Nor Bahyah said on an TV9 programme that "immoral activities, partying and unmarried couples associating in private are traditions of the Christian community".

She is said to have made the remarks in her bid to discourage Muslim youth from celebrating Valentine's Day. A clip of her TV programme was posted on YouTube.

Siti Nor Bahyah is a popular TV personality, with Semanis Kurma on TV9 and Astro being her biggest hit.

'Erroneous opinions disguised as facts'

She comperes the programme with her husband, Wan Akashah Wan Abdul Hamid, in which they give answers to queries and advice on marriage to callers and those who write in.

In the posting on YouTube, Siti Nor Bahyah gives her opinion on Valentine's Day. At 3.2 minutes into the clip, she says, "Maksiat, disco, couple-couple, bersunyi sunyian, inilah tradisi masyarakat yang beragama Kristian."

Teh rapped Siti Nor Bahyah for basing her argument on unsupported legends and fables and for using the public sphere to abuse another community's beliefs with erroneous opinions that she weakly disguised as facts.

NONEInstead, Siti Nor Bahyah could have advised the young people to be wiser and not to be exploited by such a blatantly commercialised celebration, rather than openly attacking another community's beliefs, Teh added.

CCM also hoped Siti Nor Bahyah would apologise to the Christian community for passing such remarks.

Siti Nor Bahyah, 45, received her early education at Maktab Mahmud in Kedah and furthered her tertiary education at al-Azhar University in Egypt, taking up Islamic Studies and Arabic.

She then began her career as a religious speaker and has produced 40 albums on various religious topics, motivation and tips in the form of VCDs, CDs and cassettes.

She has also authored eight books.

Yesterday, several politicians lashed out at PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hasan for his intention to police Valentine's Day in the Pakatan states, as reported by AFP.

Nasrudin Hasan has denied that he or the youth wing are involved in any move to carry out checks on couples in the Pakatan states on Valentine's Day, adding that the AFP reporter had misunderstood his statement.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/155759

seals: So we all can link doings of some to their religion or this is her lame way of trying to get popular?

Friday, February 11, 2011

CROSSING THE BORDER

If you cross the North Korean border illegally
You get 12 years hard labour.

If you cross the Iranian border illegally
You are detained indefinitely.

If you cross the Afghan border illegally
You get shot.
If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally
You will be jailed.
If you cross the Chinese border illegally
You may never be heard again.
If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally
You will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.
If you cross the Cuban border illegally
You will be thrown into political prison to rot.
If you cross the British border illegally
You will be arrested, prosecuted and sent to prison and deported
If you are an Indonesian and cross the Malaysian border illegally
You will get:

- My PR (Permanent Residence)

- A driving license

- Voting rights

- Job reservation

- Special privilege to be consider as a bumiputera

- Credit cards

- Subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house

- Free education

- Free healthcare

- UMNO membership

Oh Malaysia ! What a great country!


LOL!!!! A Good Joke :)

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Ex-US envoy launches broadside at M'sia's racism

Former United States ambassador to Malaysia John Malott has lambasted Prime Minister Najib Razak's hypocrisy over his 1Malaysia slogan in a scathing article published today in the Asian Wall Street Journal.

NONEMalott (left), a frequent critic of the government since ending his three-year tenure as US ambassador in 1998, told Najib to take “a long look in the mirror” if he was serious about achieving his 1Malaysia goal.

“Despite the government's new catchphrase, racial and religious tensions are higher today than when Najib took office in 2009.

“Indeed, they are worse than at any time since 1969, when at least 200 people died in racial clashes between the majority Malay and minority Chinese communities,” said Malott in his AWSJ commentary.

He blamed the recent escalation of tensions on the government for “tolerating, and in some cases provoking, ethnic factionalism through words and actions”.

Malott cited a number of examples, including the incident where a top Najib aide, Hardev Kaur, had suggested that no crucifixes be displayed during the premier's Christmas Day open house visit at the residence of the Catholic archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.

“Ms Kaur later insisted that she 'had made it clear that it was a request and not an instruction', as if any Malaysian could say no to a request from the prime minister's office,” lamented Malott.

NONEOther examples of insensitivities, said Malott, included Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussien defending the actions of a group of residents who paraded a cow's head to protest the relocation of a Hindu temple to their neighbourhood, and Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi questioning the “lack of patriotism” of ethnic Chinese and Indian Malaysians.

Malott also slammed Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia for stoking racial hatred by regularly attacking “Chinese Malaysian politicians, and even suggested that one of them, parliamentarian Teresa Kok, should be killed”.

As a result of the growing racism, as many as 500,000 Malaysians left the country between 2007 and 2009, more than doubling the number of Malaysian professionals who live overseas, decried Malott.

The economic price tag of racism

He also said Najib is enamoured to right-wing groups such as Perkasa, which are against economic reforms in the name of 'Malay rights'.

“But stalling reform will mean a further loss in competitiveness and slower growth. It also means that the cronyism and no-bid contracts that favour the well-connected will continue.”

NONEMalott said that while Najib may not actually believe the rhetoric emanating from his party and his government's officers, he allows it because he needs to shore up Malay votes.

“It's politically convenient at a time when his party faces its most serious opposition challenge in recent memory - and especially when the opposition is challenging the government on ethnic policy and its economic consequences.”

The steady erosion of tolerance, warned Malott, had become an economic problem as well.

“To meet its much-vaunted goal of becoming a developed nation by 2020, Malaysia needs to grow by 8 percent per year during this decade.

“That level of growth will require major private investments from both domestic and foreign sources, upgraded human skills and significant economic reform. Worsening racial and religious tensions stand in the way.”

The former US ambassador argued that while the government might find it politically expedient to stir the racial and religious pot, such opportunism comes with an economic price tag.

“Its citizens will continue to vote with their feet and take their money and talents with them. And foreign investors, concerned about racial instability and the absence of meaningful economic reform, will continue to look elsewhere to do business.”


source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/155472

Monday, February 07, 2011

BN turns open house into partisan affray

The BN open house for Chinese New Year in Penang today, with Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and federal cabinet minister Koh Tsu Koon in attendance as hosts, turned out to be a mortifying experience to some guests, notably Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

The practice of one-upmanship, nominally confined to out-and-out political occasions, was on uncomfortable display, with Gerakan president Koh leading the way and Muhyiddin following suit.

penang bn cny open house 060211 guan eng and MuhyiddinGuan Eng and a slew of Pakatan Rakyat reps and their aides attended the function for reason of their being invited.

As on Friday, when both Koh and Guan Eng were guests of the Penang Chinese Town Hall at their open house at the same venue - the PCTH building in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling - Koh could not resist the temptation to score political points.

On that occasion, he has lauded federal-Penang state relations as having brought much benefit to the people of Penang during the time when Gerakan helmed the administration (1969-2008).

penang bn cny open house 060211 koh tsu koonToday, at the BN open house, Koh spoke first and quickly shifted into political gear by telling the crowd that Penang's current prosperity was due to the groundwork done by the previous Gerakan-led administration.

If he had kept to the tenor of generalized observations only, his preference for mildly political speech on an occasion when the guest list included oppositionists would not have mattered.

But when he sallied forth into openly partisan turf, the incursion raised doubts about his judgment of the verbal proprieties on the occasion.

Koh told the crowd that it was not true, as Guan Eng had claimed, that Penang were tops in medical tourism only now; the former chief minister claimed the top billing was achieved as early as 1995.

penang bn cny open house 060211 01"The state's lead in medical tourism is due to the effort that was made in past years," said Koh.

He claimed he and former Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi had gone to Indonesia to secure for their citizens wanting to come to Penang for medical treatment exemption from the country's exit tax.

"We laid the groundwork for the current good fortune of Penang," said Koh.

DPM joins in one-upmanship

penang bn cny open house 060211 Muhyiddin YassinAs if this mode of one-upmanship wasn't grating enough, DPM Muhyiddin (right), when it came time for him to speak, waded unabashedly into political waters - with an edge that was faintly sinister.

He said the state government had no choice but to cooperate with the federal authorities.

"They have no choice but to do so," he averred.

About hawkers' licences, a subject of some controversy in Penang, Muhyiddin asked petty traders to demand them from the chief minister.

At that stage, the lurch into crass political partisanship, begun by Koh and accelerated by Muhyiddin, was off-putting enough to cause the small Pakatan Rakyat complement to the audience to slink away into the adjoining street, except for Guan Eng.

For propriety's sake, he had to be stoic till the end.

Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/155337

seals: It would not even take a fool to believe it ...

"Penang's current prosperity was due to the groundwork done by the previous Gerakan-led administration."

So BN/Gerakan as beed doing just ground work for 39 years and did not should any results? This is poor leadership a leader who could not show results but keep doing "ground work" for 39 years ....and YES I AGREE WITH YOU Koh, it take a good leader to show results .... and the leader who did it was Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

I have seen too BN always say "you vote me I solve your problem" or "I know the problem faced by the people in this area, vote me and i will solve it for you"

Note: the previous MP / DUN was a BN person too...so that past BN Member failed to address the peoples problem? Why should the people someone from the same party now?

So I propose a 2 party system for every MP to be a leader who can deliver for people!

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