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I took my Driver’s licence in the year 1966, within 3 days after applying. I had no driving licence but was forced to buy a car, and without a valid licence registered it under my friends name as a temporary measure. I paid $50/ as down payment and the rest was covered with a loan. I could drive, although the car was parked in my house, with strict instructions from the second hand dealer I could not take the car out.

To get the drivers licence I had to pay something like $150/ to a driving school. And mind you part of this was the bribe to my instructor who passed me in the road transport system. By present day standards it was cheap.

Now I am told the driving school fees alone comes to thousands, and of course the bribe to the instructors in the road transport department.

Our new Transport Minister, Anthony Loke Siew Fook has promised no bribes for license,and it will help beginners to obtain licences.

 

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After a break in my bloggers activity, I am trying to regain this activity. Blogging is very interesting, keeps you busy, but the best it keeps you involved in what is happening around you. I stopped blogging when there were restrictions, and then, sad to say people got worried that writing or commenting on issues on the government is not welcome anymore. I am too old to be called up by the authorites to explain what I write. My blogging now is, hopefully, within bounds. Let me enjoy what I like. Happy blogging.

Times are bad in Malaysia. A country that fared better than many other neighbours is today a laughing state because of mismanagement and people are suffering. I am not referring to world factors affecting the economy of this country, but how people here tend to react to whatever information they receive. Prices go up, who is to blame? Najib, the main culprit, financial rot, greed of people, the UMNO thing their leader can keep on leading as long as they receive their dues. It sucks. You cannot say anything, but pray. Many Prime Ministers come and go. Except Najib, things were not bad, or we did not know all the happenings that caused problems. Today, people are sure. Najib. The hurting part is, nothing can be done about Najib,he is too powerfull, and he is holding us ransom. What is next.

I am getting an extra $200/- in this budget. If this is not a bribe, what could it be. I feel for the poor, unemployed, those not registered, God please them.

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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.