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I read this in Malaysia Today:

 

(The Rocket) – RM41.60 is enough to feed a family for a week, according to Prime Minister Najib Razak. In a speech boasting about the impact of the BR1M government welfare assistance program, Najib said that receipients of the RM500 aid would be able to buy food for one year.

“We have calculated that on average, a family can buy groceries such as 10kg of rice, 5kg of cooking oil and other essentials per month with RM41.60. That means they have enough to buy food for 12 months with the RM500 BR1M,” he told the crowd when  officiating the Terengganu state level “Program Jelajah Janji Ditepati” in Dataran Syahbandar, as reported by news agency Bernama.

Based on Najib’s calculations, each family would have a household daily food budget of RM1.40.

Rising food prices
Netizens have ridiculed Najib for his comment, calling him out of touch with the actual cost of living struggles faced by ordinary citizens. Threads in the popular forum lowyat.net are discussing Najib’s statement, juxtaposing it together with actual food prices.

A forum user calling himeself “t3arsCulprit” pointed out that the cheapest price for a 10kg packet of rice costs RM20 and a 5kg bottle of oil cost RM15.

User “scorptim” went further to divide the amount of rice that an individual could afford to consume within a month with a 10kg limit and three daily meals, working out to be 111g of rice per meal.

Users “Mie131085″, “exBlasTer” and “Acher13″ also doubted that the RM500 would be sufficient to cover living expenses for a year.

Illogical calculations

Meanwhile, PAS’s Parit Buntar member of parliament Mujahid Yusof Rawa called Najib’s calculation “illogical”, pointing out that the threshold level for poverty is a household income of RM1,200 a month. “It’s hilarious, whether Najib said it wrongly or he said it unconsciously, but he was wide awake,” Mujahid said.

DAP’s MP for Bukit Bendera, Liew Chin Tong called Najib “a political prince” who has no understanding of the lives and aspirations of the ordinary Joe. Liew said Najib’s statement showed that he has no inkling of what the people endure in an economy that doesn’t help the bottom 60 per cent.

In his speech, Najib added that this showed that Barisan is a government that looks after the people. As such, he stressed that the people should now realise the truth and reject the opposition coalition.

More than 20,000 people attended the event, including Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said.

Najib must be referring to the times when a cup of coffee cost 25 cents – was it in the 50’s or what. What hurt me most was the fact that we have a Prime Minister lost in wonderland, impervious to the difficulties of the ordinary citizens. Perhaps, he was born with the proverbial silver spoon, to say $500 was enough to buy food for a year. He is so shallow of thought and if anything good is to come, he should go and buy his own foodstuff and see how much it costs. Whew! what a PM and he wants another 5 years. I think he has taken all the BRIM recipients as fools, and did not have the grace to keep mum. He is sure going to lose.

I was wondering how much he earns, but went far enough to find a web page, to know a Minister’s earning:

 

Basic salary: RM18000.
Entertainment allowance: RM10500.
Housing allowance: RM10800.
People’s representative allowance: RM10650.
Parking fee allowance: RM5700
Total RM55650 will credit to a minister personal bank account every month no matter him/her is working or not.
Wow, a lot? No yet, let’s see other benefits.
Foreign travel allowance RM50000 (this is pocket money only); it is claimable without any receipt and even the minister didn’t go for travel.
Free use of electricity.
Free use of water.
Free charge of using telephone.
Yearly renovation allowance is claimable maximum up to RM40000.
Provided a Mercedes S320 car, mobile phone, driver and free petrol.
All the donations expenses are claimable.
Open house for any festival is claimable maximum up to RM400000.

Apparently this is a 2009 figure. Is Najib joking?

It hurts badly that our Indian community has councillors who are dumb, “uneducated” and simply baggage that the Malaysian Indians have been tolerating for over 5 decades.

I am referring to the episode labelled “Batu Caves Condo” which is highlighted by Malaysiakini today.

I see a lot of adverse comments posted on  Deputy Foreign Minister A Kohilan Pillay and Hulu Selangor MP P Kamalanathan and the assertion they are involved in the condo project. I feel sorry for them. A good old Tamil saying goes (it may be there in other languages as well) when the cat closes its eyes the world becomes dark.

But these two chaps are not of that category. Comparing them to cats makes the category demeaning and now I realise the cats are “better educated” then them.

I suggest Datuk Seri G. Palanivel consider educating them. Case closed.

 

 

‘Duo not at meeting that okayed Batu Caves condo’

  • Lu Wei Hoong
  • 4:24PM Nov 2, 2012

Deputy Foreign Minister A Kohilan Pillay and Hulu Selangor MP P Kamalanathan were absent from the Selayang Municipal Council’s (MPS) full board meeting that approved the controversial 29-storey condominium near the iconic Batu Caves temple when they were councillors.
NONE“Yes. Kohilan (left) and Kamalanathan were not at the full board meeting,” a reliable source in MPS confirmed when contacted byMalaysiakini.
It is expected that MPS president Zainal Abidin Aala will issue a statement on the matter soon.
The plan for the massive condominium project near the historic Sri Subramaniar Temple in Batu Caves grabbed the spotlight after the temple committee, backed by MIC top guns, including former president S Samy Vellu, led a protest against the Selangor government.

Police reports lodged

However, Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu subsequentlyrevealed documents to show that the BN government had in 2007 approved the condominium project – considered by many to be an eyesore to the locality – when it controlled Selangor.
NONELiu was reported as saying that Kohilan and Kamalanathan were among those responsible for approving the condominium project.
However, both Kohilan and Kamalanathan have denied the accusation and lodged police reports on the matter.
Kohilan told Malaysiakini on Tuesday that he had nothing to do with the approval of the Dolomite condominium project because he did not sit on the MPS’ One Stop Centre (OSC) during his tenure as MPS councillor.
However, incumbent MPS councillor Lee Khai Loon refuted this, saying that all approvals from the OSC must be endorsed by the council before projects can be executed.

Shocking!! They always called Samy Vellu a gangster and a thug. Perhaps this was one reason he controlled MIC for 32 years. He is supposed to have helped Indians, but here, I am being fair, there have been instances when he had helped out Indians in need. But with all the scandals in MIC, the help he rendered is considered pittance – he could have if he intended to help the Indians, more.

 

Well, he is reaching his end days, and I can tell you it is frustrating to know you have not done the best having been given the chance. God help him to find his peace.

 

Now we see the younger gangsters and thugs within MIC. Samy was a Batu Caves one, where does T.Mohan come from. He can’t beat Samy, he cannot last 32 years, and seeing his picture:

 

I can vouch he is too young and being in a precarious position to follow Samy. I believe his wife is involved. My suggestion to this family, you cannot be like Samy, he was special because the Indians were foolish to believe MIC was there for them. Now, they curse Samy but with the present political upheaval, Mohans cannot do anything for the Indians. Please get on with your lives, you cannot be another Samy. You may end up being sorry. Good luck.

 

What intrigued me was this statement:

To questions from reporters, Latheefa said the mob shouted that the issue of stateless ethnic Indians was an MIC issue, and asked why PKR was getting involved.

Why are Indians made stupid by MIC. You can’t do it, why not let others do. MIC is a washout but there are some “never die” members, displaying prominence, have you forgotten why Najib is even willing to bring in Makkal Sakthi, to get Indian support. 300,000 Indian people were not helped. Where are you MIC.   

 

 

MIC thugs attacked us at PM’s office, decries PKR veep

  • Koh Jun Lin
  • 5:47PM May 2, 2012

 

PKR claims that its delegation to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) this morning was attacked at the gates by MIC thugs, causing one member to be warded in Putrajaya Hospital for his injuries.
NONEThe party’s vice-president N Surendran said he and about 30 PKR leaders and supporters were there for an appointment with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak on the issue of secondary school student Reshina Batumanathan’s citizenship.
“We found hundreds of MIC gangsters waiting there for us.
“What was even more shocking was that they were led by MIC Youth chief T Mohan himself, and other MIC leaders,” Surendran told a press conference at PKR’s headquarters in Tropicana, Selangor.
In the incident about 11.30am, Surendran said, the MIC men charged at him and Reshina, but they were blocked by PKR supporters. They were then able to enter the PMO.
NONE“However, PKR Puchong division chief S Murali was pulled out and seriously beaten by the MIC gangsters. He was bleeding from his eye and fainted. He was then admitted to the hospital,” he said.

PKR’s Women’s wing chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, who was also with the delegation, expressed disappointment that police officers at the scene did not intervene in the scuffle.
Other PKR leaders in the delegation were its director of strategy Rafizi Ramli, legal bureau head Latheefa Koya, MP for Kapar S Manickavasagam and information bureau committee member K Gunasekaran, all of whom were also present at the press conference.
Latheefa claimed that the attack was pre-mediated and that the group was not there by coincidence, for they carried banners making reference to Surendran.

‘MIC Youth leader’s wife tweeted, asking for Surendran’

Also, Mohan’s wife had tweeted, “Where are you Surendran, we are waiting for you,” prior to the attack.
To questions from reporters, Latheefa said the mob shouted that the issue of stateless ethnic Indians was an MIC issue, and asked why PKR was getting involved.
NONEReshina, 17, was expelled by her school last month because she did not have an IC to register for the SPM examination, even though she was born in Malaysia and her father has a blue IC, indicating that he is documented as a citizen.
“Under Article 14 (of the federal constitution), she is automatically a citizen of Malaysia because her father is a citizen,” said Surendran, who also showed the father’s IC to members of the press.
He said Reshina “is living proof” that the government’s MyDaftar programme to register undocumented Malaysians was a failure, and claimed that the programme’s taskforce consultant, Siva Subramaniam, had advised her to register to study as a foreigner.
This was unacceptable, Surendran said, as Reshina is not a foreigner but a Malaysian who does not have the documents to acknowledge her citizenship.
He urged Najib to recognise her citizenship within 24 hours, since the pertinent documents had already been handed to his aide Ghazali Ibrahim.
As for the attack, Surendran said a police report would be lodged on the matter tomorrow afternoon.
As of late this evening, Malaysiakini’s attempts to reach the MIC’s Mohan for his comments have been unsuccessful.

This is about Lynas. The facts are there.

 

An estimated 20,000 citizens together with Malaysian civil society organisations converged in Kuantan for a rally to protest against the Lynas project and to demand for a clean and safe future for Malaysia.  The Stop Lynas campaign has escalated into the biggest ever environmental issue for the country.  Participants arrived from all over the country including the east Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.

“Today marks the beginning of a nation-wide campaign to stop the Lynas rare earth project.  Malaysians have made our stand and we do not want this hazardous project in our shore.” Said Mr Wong Tack, a key organiser of today’s event.

The Lynas rare earth refinery project was constructed with a speedy approval process without any public consultation or a waste management plan.  It was not until March 2011 when the New York Times reported that the world’s largest rare earth plant was being built in the Industrial estate of Gebeng near Kuantan that residents were jolted into action to start protesting against it.

Last May Responding to public pressure, the Malaysian Government requested the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to review the project.  The IAEA made 11 recommendations to the Malaysian Government.  The Government adopted all of the 11 recommendations which included a more extensive public consultation and a waste management plan to address the permanent disposal of the radioactive waste and plant closure issues.

However, despite not having a safe permanent waste disposal plan and on-going public protests where over one thousands submissions were made to the Government in response to Lynas’ application for a licence, the Government issued a temporary operating licence to Lynas in early February.  This has sparked outrage amongst Malaysians which culminated in this morning’s historical rally.

Mrs Phua Seet Ping, a rally organiser said, “We are peace loving citizens.  I took part in this rally because I have two little children.  Kuantan is a wonderful place to raise our children and I do NOT want Lynas to ruin that for my family.”

Malaysia has draconian laws which outlaw public actions.  Yesterday, truck-loads of riot squat were paraded through the town to intimidate residents.  The town council forced organisers of the rally to relocate it from the public field in the heart of the town to another further away in an attempt to hide the event from the general public’s view.  These intimidations have done little to deter residents from coming out in force to show their strong opposition to the Lynas project.

Andansura, Chairperson of the Stop Lynas Coaltion was grateful and thankful for the strong presence of so many people.  He said,

“I know many people living in villages close to the Lynas plant.  They have been coerced into accepting the plant.  They know the plant will pollute their fishing grounds but they are powerless to do much.  Today, they know they are not alone in this struggle.  It is heartening to see so many people.”

This is the first time ordinary people took to the street in such large numbers for an environmental issue in Malaysia.  This is also the first time an environmental issue has gone national in such large-scale.

“Today’s turn out at the rally should show the Government of the day how strongly Malaysians feel about the Lynas plant and how far they will go to stop it.  We comment the Government for not taking harsh actions against the protestors and we hope the Government will heed the people’s concerns by cancelling the licence.  After all, it has a duty of care for its citizens and the natural environment over the vested interest of a foreign corporation!” Concluded Andan.

In Perak, Nga is DAP. If the head is rotten, the whole body smells. This is what I wrote in an earlier posting:

This Nga fellow can scream and rant, but one thing is certain, if not for him his wife would not have got this contract. Reminds me of Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jali, who apparently does not sleep with her husband in not knowing what happened to cowgate. By the way, is his wife the best when it comes to lounge suits. Nga, I believe is a legal chap, perhaps his income is is withering away because of his political involvement, why not brother, with the help of your wife open up a tailoring institute. More money there. But please, I beg you do not make her a sleeping partner. 

 

Now to the funny part. His wife owns the company, but sleeps all the time. Now I know why she wanted help from Nga.

 Nga is like Shahrizat, he should go if DAP wants to win Perak.

 

DAP disciplinary panel to probe tailoring contract

Lee Way Loon
11:45AM Jan 4, 2012

The DAP disciplinary committee has decided to investigate an allegation of abuse of power against Perak DAP secretary Nga Kor Ming.

The decision was made at a central committee meeting in Kuala Lumpur last night, which was chaired by secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
tan kok wai dap pc 010808 01Disciplinary committee chairperson Tan Kok Wai told a press conference after the meeting that a party branch chief in Perak had complained to the committee that Nga had breached party discipline.
A pro-Umno blogger has also accused the Taiping MP of instructing the Ipoh City Council to award a contract for lounge suits to a tailoring firm partly owned by his wife, when Nga was state exco in charge of local government in 2008.
Nga has denied the allegation and has filed a defamation suit against the blogger.
Nga, who is also DAP national assistant treasurer, was not present at last night’s meeting, though it had been reported earlier that he would be present to clarify the matter.
"The disciplinary committee received an official complaint and therefore has to investigate. Nga does not need to explain to the central committee," said Tan, adding that Nga would be questioned during the investigation.
He hopes to conclude the investigation by next week.

Malaysiakini learnt that the allegation had sparked heated discussion during the meeting, during which several leaders questioned Nga’s absence and the disciplinary committee’s inaction.
The first leader to question Nga’s no-show was national vice-chairperson M Kulasegaran, who is known to be Nga’s arch rival in Perak. He said Nga had promised the central committee an explanation.
Although Tan later told reporters that Nga was attending a dinner, sources told Malaysiakini that Tan had not informed the central committee about this.
NONEAccording to sources, the baton was then passed to Selangor legislative assembly speaker Teng Chang Khim, who criticised the disciplinary committee’s ineptness in handling the issue.
"Teng cited two examples – the misuse of official letterhead by former Klang councillor Tee Boon Hock and Teng’s Twitter comment said to be related to Tee’s issue – and questioned why the disciplinary committee had been swift in investigating these two cases, but slow in probing a matter that had been revealed two weeks ago," an insider said.
Another insider said Teng also lambasted Tan’s explanation that he was overseas when the incident took place.
"Teng argued that it is not a valid reason or else people will accuse DAP of practising double standards. Lim was irked by his remark and demanded that he not use the phrase ‘double standard’," the source said.

Lim also stressed the matter should be addressed through internal party channels, according to the insider.

sinchew ipoh reporter injured 181211 nga kor mingSources also revealed that national publicity chief Tony Pua and Pasir Pinji assemblyperson Thomas Su were present at the meeting and that Pua had called for the issue to be resolved immediately as it has tarnished the party’s image.

In a text message to media today, Nga (right) welcomed the decision of disciplinary committee to hold a hearing into the allegation.
"This proves that DAP is a fair and just party. I will give 100 percent cooperation to the committee. As a party member, I totally comply with the party discipline.
"I can’t wait to attend the hearing to clear my name as soon as possible."

‘Godfather’ spat resolved

Another central committee member raised the public spat between national chairperson Karpal Singh and deputy secretary-general P Ramasamy, said a source.

But Karpal said the matter is no longer an issue as it has been addressed under the party mechanism.
Ramasamy, who is also Penang deputy chief minister, was at the meeting.
penang dap convention 111211 karpal guan eng ramasamyDuring the press conference, Tan said the dispute between the Karpal and Ramasamy has been resolved, while Karpal declined comment.
Tan said the disciplinary committee would also probe last month’s protest against Johor DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau in Muar by a group of party members.
They were unhappy that Boo had planned to field his own candidate to contest the Bentayan state seat.
Tan refused to reveal the names of the members involved in the demonstration, saying that they were just grassroots members.

Sharizat’s married life must be in tatters. She has admitted that..

“Legally and professionally, I am not involved in the NFC. I am just the wife of the NFC chairman. All women have families and husbands,” Shahrizat told reporters on Wednesday.

What a shame, how much more must Mohamad Salleh Ismail  have cheated on his wife, a poor lawyer to boot. Does she regret now, I wonder. 

 

 

Shahrizat hints of quitting: As a responsible leader, I know what action is needed

Shahrizat hints of quitting: As a responsible leader, I know what action is needed

Under heavy fire for an abuse of power and corruption scandal, Umno minister Shahrizat Jalil gave her strongest hint yet she was ready to quit her Cabinet post ahead of snap general elections, widely expected to be held early next year.

However, it is less clear whether she would also resign her post as the head of Wanita Umno, the party’s women’s wing. In the past weeks, several Umno stalwarts including former premier Mahathir Mohamad have asked her to step down.

The quit calls came after arch rivals Parti Keadilan Rakyat exposed the RM250 million NFC debacle, showing documentary evidence that instead of using the government soft loan to finance the development of a cattle livestock industry, Shahrizat’s family had spent the money to buy luxury condos in Bangsar and Singapore, a super-class Mercedes Benz plus grant million ringgit discounts and cash transfers to family-owned firms.

“Nobody needs to tell me what to do. As a responsible leader and veteran in politics who loves Barisan Nasional, I know what action needs to be taken and I will discuss it with (Prime Minister) Najib Razak,” Shahrizat told reporters on Wednesday.

The last straw

PKR leaders attributed the slight bending in stance to their latest revelation that Shahrizat’s family, which had been awarded the project, had also bought another condo – this time in the swanky Orchard-Scotts Residence in Singapore.

The Singapore condo worth nearly RM10 million was even registered in the personal names of her husband, Salleh Ismail, who is the NFC chief, and her two children, who also sit on the NFC board.

"What is even more nauseating is that the unit was registered directly under the names of Shahrizat’s family members, instead of the company… they were jointly registered under (husband) Mohamad Salleh Ismail and their two children Izran and Izzana,” PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution had told a press conference on Tuesday.

Not acceptable she is uninvolved, say pundits

Nonetheless, while the embattled Shahrizat finally succumbed to the pressure she was facing, she was still defiant, insisting that she was innocent and not involved in NFC operations.

“Legally and professionally, I am not involved in the NFC. I am just the wife of the NFC chairman. All women have families and husbands,” Shahrizat told reporters on Wednesday.

“I will decide of my own volition.”

Shahrizat might be hanging onto her pride, but certainly she fooled no one, including her own Wanita Umno members.

“Who knows him from Adam?” a delegate was reported as having told the Malaysian Insider in reference to Shahrizat’s husband during the Umno annual assembly.

“Come on, they (the delegates) understand. It is your husband, so what do you mean it has nothing to do with you? If you were not a minister do you think your husband would have gotten the project?"

Husband tries to handle matter "intelligently"

Separately, the same day, Salleh declined comment on the Singapore condo allegation, which political pundits from both sides of the divide said was the death knell for Shahrizat’s political career.

“No. I am not speaking to any media. I’m sorry,” Malaysian Insider reported Salleh as saying. "It is better for me to handle this intelligently and not speak to the press. I am not speaking to any media because it involves too many people."

Malaysia Chronicle

This Nga fellow can scream and rant, but one thing is certain, if not for him his wife would not have got this contract. Reminds me of Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jali, who apparently does not sleep with her husband in not knowing what happened to cowgate. By the way, is his wife the best when it comes to lounge suits. Nga, I believe is a legal chap, perhaps his income is is withering away because of his political involvement, why not brother, with the help of your wife open up a tailoring institute. More money there. But please, I beg you do not make her a sleeping partner. 

 

Now to the funny part. His wife owns the company, but sleeps all the time. Now I know why she wanted help from Nga.

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Not cut from the same cloth

K Pragalath

| December 20, 2011

Now, there is a query whether the Ipoh tailor who made the lounge suits for the Perak state representatives had vested interest.

PETALING JAYA: After more than three years, controversy relating to lounge suit for local government councillors has surfaced.

Taiping MP and Pantai Remis state representative, Nga Kor Ming (picture), is alleged to have given a lounge suit sewing contract to a Ipoh company – Ethan & Elton, belonging to his wife, Wong Seow Ching.

The lounge suits are meant for local government councillors. Ironically all the councillors appointed under the Pakatan Rakyat have since been fired after the Barisan Nasional took over the goverment in 2009.

And the detractors are saying this was done without an open contract. The contract is deemed to have been given when Pakatan Rakyat was the state government for a brief period.

Blogger M Shashi, who is also Shah Alam MIC division member, on Saturday revealed documents from the Malaysian Companies Commission (SSM) and a letter from the Ipoh City Council’s organisation development and administration department confirming that the contract was given to Ethan & Elton.

The documents can be viewed at Shizone http://www.shizone.com/.

The SSM document revealed that Wong is one of the company’s directors and it was registered 42 days after Pakatan took over the state government.

This was done even though Ethan & Elton had offered the highest bidding price of RM650 compared to four other companies.

The contract was given to the company based on an instruction from the then Pakatan-led Perak government.

Open tender

When contacted today, Shashi said that he was not the first person to make the allegations.

“The information first appeared in another blog called azmikelanajaya.blogspot.com/ and I found the SSM documents on kexpress.net/.

Nga. when contacted, brushed aside the allegations on the grounds that Ethan & Elton had obtained contract through an open tender.

He said the firm got the tailoring job after an open tender exercise conducted by the Ipoh City Council.

“(Then menteri besar Mohamed) Nizar (Jamaluddin) and I were never on the tender board, and we did not interfere in the decision-making (either),” he said.

“I challenge them (the bloggers) to lodge a report with the MACC.”

He added: “The allegations are totally unfounded and defamatory. If they dare, they can lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti -Corruption Commission (MACC).”

On his wife’s role in the company, he said that his wife is only a sleeping partner.

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The following news gives you the impression of the run around often exercised by civil servants to solve a problem. There is no integrity but poor stupidity.

Apparently from what I gather, two little Napoleons are involved. Definitely they are senior officers, but the way they carry out their duties defies the norm.

The 2 great administrators are incidentally:

Federal Territory Education director Datuk Khairil Awang

Education director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud

Bukit Nanas Covent got a new principal. She was not one identified by CBN.  The following statement confuses rather than clear any fact.

But then, as per Khairil,   only one candidate had originally been eligible for the job from among the names submitted to the ministry, but that person was due to retire. However, the person, whom he did not name, has now opted to retire only at 60 under a new government scheme, paving the way for the new appointment.

But wait, this is interesting:

But Tan said the candidate referred to — whom she was not permitted to identify at the time of contact — had not opted to retire at 60, as the government had already announced it had raised the retirement age to 60 at the time the nominee list was presented to the ministry for consideration early this year.

Please Khairil, you are I believe, a able administrator, you or the scumbags at the Ministry of Education, could have easily communicated this fact to the school authorities, and they in return would have told you you are all wrong. But then you, as usual a scapegoat, because someone above you decides, gave an idiotic statement. When will you learn?

Our DPM has his “cowgate” but why burden him with more.

The Malaysian Insider

Malaysia

CBN owners say not informed of latest head change

By Debra Chong

Dec 20, 2011

Pakiam complained last week about the Education Ministry’s decision to bypass CBN’s owners in appointing a new principal. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 — The Catholic owners of SMK Convent Bukit Nanas (CBN) have disputed the education ministry’s claims today that they were consulted over the latest appointment of the school’s principal, following unease over the government’s previous unilateral appointment.

Sister Rosalind Tan, the mother provincial of the Congregation of the Holy Infant Jesus for Malaysia, told The Malaysian Insider when contacted today, “That’s not true. We were not told.”

Tan was responding to news reports earlier today quoting Federal Territory Education director Datuk Khairil Awang as confirming that a new name has now been proposed for the job, replacing the Education Ministry’s earlier choice of Datin Seri Zavirah Mohd Shaari.

The Catholic Church had complained last week about Zavirah’s appointment, pointing out that it was not consulted on the matter, although it noted that the issue had nothing to do with her race or religion.

“I have consulted with Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam and the CBN board to explain the matter. The issue is settled,” The Star newspaper’s online edition quoted Khairil as saying today.

“I have given the name of the new principal to the ministry,” he told The Star.

Tan, who in is in charge of the Catholic order’s convents and schools here, said neither she nor CBN’s board of governors were informed of the latest decision.

She said the chairman of the school board, Dr Indrani Manuel, had contacted her yesterday to discuss calling for a board meeting.

Manuel was a former CBN headmistress.

Conventionally, a school board meeting is called by the school principal who also sits on the board as secretary. The other board members include representatives from the school owners, or mission authority as they are properly called, as well as representatives from the alumni and the parents of students.

The Malaysian Insider understands that Pakiam was only contacted by Khairil through a phone call yesterday.

The archbishop could not be reached to verify the information.

Khairil said only one candidate had originally been eligible for the job from among the names submitted to the ministry, but that person was due to retire. However, the person, whom he did not name, has now opted to retire only at 60 under a new government scheme, paving the way for the new appointment.

But Tan said the candidate referred to — whom she was not permitted to identify at the time of contact — had not opted to retire at 60, as the government had already announced it had raised the retirement age to 60 at the time the nominee list was presented to the ministry for consideration early this year.

Asked her next move, she said: “I’ll wait for the black-and-white.”

For Catholic Malaysians, Putrajaya’s latest pick of a Malay-Muslim principal to head the prestigious CBN underscored a worrying trend of disregarding the Church’s contributions and rights in the country.

Pakiam waded last week into a growing row between the 112-year-old school’s Catholic owners and the Ministry of Education (MOE) after Zavirahi’s surprise arrival at its doorstep.

“The appointment of the principal of CBN is not only contrary to the government policy of maximum consultation but has given the impression that it is the government’s strategy to take over the mission schools in total disregard for the status, ethos and special character of mission schools, especially CBN,” the archbishop said in a statement published last week in Catholic paper The Herald.

He was appealing to Education director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud to reconsider the ministry’s decision and pick a suitably qualified person nominated by the school’s owners under the Infant Jesus (IJ) Sisters order. The school is considered among the top convent schools in the country.

The case comes on the heels of a recent drama over the police’s extra conditions for carolling permits on two South Klang churches less than two weeks ago.

Earlier this year, right-wing Malay-Muslim groups triggered national uproar over persistent rumours that churches are on a campaign to convert members of the community and pushing unfounded allegations of a secret political plot to install a Christian prime minister in the next general election.

Christians say such issues are part of attempts to erode their religious rights in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

 

 

 

Shakespeare’s Hamlet question is being played out again in Malaysia, although with a difference. UMNO is handing out goodies, $100/- to students, hefty bonuses for civil servants, pensioners; $500/- under the Bantuan Rakyat and so forth. All these schemes were announced by Najib of course, but when mandors of the MIC speak out and for a good cause, viz to tell the Indian community the dreaded Interlok is no more study material for students of the Indian and Chinese community, hell breaks loose.

 

MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam forgot their role as “Kangani” – and perhaps the following will confirm their roll as mandors or aptly “Kanganis”. The original is “Kangani” which translate as mandors.

 

Oh, Kangkani, Kangkani,
One with the black shirt
Did you not bring me
With a promise
To chase crow away from the sugar
But, alas (now)
There are the thorny lalang
And the shells of the rubber seeds
With prick and bring me pain.

Oh, Kangkani, Kangkani,
One with the black shirt
Did you not bring me on janji
But (now) you are killing (me).

Oh, lady of the house, Virayi;
Would you not rise from your sleep
The kangkani is here to chase you
Hurry up for the roll-call
The dorai too has come
In his car with its rattling noise
And the kirani has come, too,
Speaking his language of ‘kis-mus’
(English).”

So we have a pathetic situation where the Kangani thinks he is a “Dorai” talking kis-mus, but the Dorai is still UMNO, if you please, and  ask the Dorai first before speaking.

 

What a shameless spectacle, Palanivel and Subramaniam, your self-respect is in shatters.

For the unwary please read on……

 

MIC ministers under fire over Interlok announcement

Posted on 19 December 2011 – 05:20am
Last updated on 19 December 2011 – 09:44am

Husna Yusop and Michelle Chun
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

PETALING JAYA (Dec 18, 2011): Two MIC ministers who announced that the cabinet had decided to withdraw the controversial novel Interlok from the school syllabus from next year came under fire from Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi today.

Puad said the two ministers, who had nothing to do with the Education Ministry, had jumped the gun by making the annoucement.

According to Puad, they should have waited for Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to make the announcement. Muhyiddin is overseas and will be back only on Dec 25.

"I only heard about the the decision on Friday night when watching the news on television. I cannot confirm or deny it, as I was not at the cabinet meeting," Puad said.

He said MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam should not have preempted the minister in charge of education.

"Their action could have created a misunderstanding. They should not have done it. It is as if they were not giving a chance to the education minister to explain further," Puad told theSun today.

On Friday, Palanivel, a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, and Subramaniam, the human resources minister, announced separately that the cabinet had decided to withdraw the book from the school syllabus.

When contacted by theSun, Palanivel defended his decision to make the announcement, saying the withdrawal is not a sudden decision.

"I spoke of this to National Interlok Action Team chairman Datuk Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim on May 12 when we both visited former MIC deputy president S. Subramaniam when he was sick, and I told him Interlok would not be used in 2012," Palanivel said.

"The amended version, which we agreed upon, was only used because it was already introduced to the schools this year. At the cabinet, we merely reminded the deputy prime minister to come out with a statement saying the book would not be used from next year onwards," he said yesterday.

Meanwhile, a ministry source said the education director-general is calling for a meeting today in relation to the decision on the novel which has been accepted, with amendments, as the literature component of the Bahasa Melayu subject for Form Five.

"We can expect an announcement to be made Monday," the source told theSun.

Meanwhile, Kavyan Literary Group president Uthaya Sankar SB cautiously lauded the "withdrawal" pending an official statement from the ministry.

"We will only know whether the withdrawal of Interlok is true and valid when Muhyiddin makes a statement, which is supposed to be in the near future, so we are waiting for that," Uthaya told theSun when contacted.

"We are concerned as to whether this could become another flip-flop issue, as the MIC president made a statement last week saying the party was happy with the amendments to the book and now this sudden claim of withdrawal," he said.

Uthaya also expressed concern that the decision, if true, could be a political move solely aimed at winning votes during the impending 13th general election.

Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka director-general Datuk Termuzi Abdul Aziz said when contacted that he has not been informed of the government decision on Interlok.

"I only knew about this when the news broke out on television, radio and in the newspapers. The dissatisfied parties had already agreed to the amended version, which we have printed and distributed to schools already for next year. I am now waiting for a directive from Muhyiddin," he told theSun.

The Interlok has been a textbook for the literature component of the Bahasa Malaysia subject for Form Five this year in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan and Putrajaya.

The novel, written by national laureate Abdullah Hussain, chronicles the lives of three persons – a Malay, a Chinese and an Indian.

It is deemed controversial because of certain phrases and words are considered racially insensitive by the Indian community. Some amendments were made to it earlier this year.

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