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It is very disturbing that this racial slur is still prevalent. I am not blaming all teachers, some of them are really good, but then if there is a black sheep amongst them, the whole group of teachers are blamed. Perhaps this particular teacher is not made out to be one and deserves to be sacked and earn a living elsewhere.

Do we not have enough racial problems amongst our mid and teachers should aggravate the problem and plant seeds of mistrust and racial tones into young minds.

The Education Minister should volunteer some comments on this. 

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‘Anjing, keling’: Student files report 

‘Anjing, keling’: Student files report

Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Feb 20, 09 2:19pm

A school is where the seeds of racial unity are supposed to be sowed but there have been cases suggesting otherwise, with the guilty party being none other than the teachers themselves.

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Now a new allegation has surfaced from a school in Selayang Baru, where a 14-year-old student claims that he was physically assaulted and verbally abused by a teacher.
In his police report filed at the Selayang Baru police station last night, A Kuganeshwaran, a form two student at SMK Darul Ehsan, said: “The teacher called me ‘anjing‘ (dog) and ‘keling‘.”
He also claimed that the teacher had punched him on the back and arm.
According to Kuganeshwaran, the incident happened during the living skills lesson yesterday.
“There was an announcement made on the class speaker so I stood up to listen to it. My teacher told me to sit but I told him that I wanted to listen to the announcement.
“The teacher then took a wooden stick and approached me. He looked like he wanted to hit me. I pleaded with him not to hit me. Then he placed the stick on the table and punched me,” read the report.
The student subsequently informed the headmistress, discipline teacher and class teacher regarding the incident.
Kuganeshwaran also stated in his report that his class teacher had pleaded with him not to relate this incident to his parents.

Father sees red

His father K Anchutan, who accompanied his son to file the police report, told Malaysiakini that he was ‘very angry’ over the incident.
The 38-year-old security guard said a school is a place where children are supposed to be safe from harm.
“I send my kids to school so that they can get the best education and be successful. I did not put them in school to be racially abused and hit by teachers,” he added.
Contacted later, SMK Darul Ehsan headmistress Siti Aishah Ismail said a meeting will be convened to discuss the matter today.
“We will investigate first. We want to get all the details and we will speak to the parents as well. We wish to conclude this matter as soon as possible, possibly by next week,” she added.
Siti Aishah said once the school completes its investigation, it will submit the findings to the district education department and Education Ministry.
Last July, a teacher from SMK Telok Panglima Garang in Kuala Langat was transferred after she uttered racial slurs and derogatory remarks at several Indian students.
The 35-year-old history teacher had on two occasions called Indian students in a Form Four and Form Five class ‘black monkeys’, ‘negroes’ and ‘keling pariah‘.

‘Anjing, keling’: Student files report

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Quite strong words came out from Hishammuddin, who addressed UMNO youth, like suffering consequences for not respecting monarchy, a price will be paid for those who are willing to destroy or damage the country, traitors will be driven out, a wave that will become a tsunami – in all a warning be careful.

He is remembered for his kris waving and appetite for blood not very long ago and now, it is a tirade against traitors particularly Pakatan Rakyat. I voted for PR in the last election, would that mean it is also directed at me and all those who voted the party in. Not too sure yet.

Somewhat in the press conference later, he confirmed the youth had to take out their frustration in a controlled manner, and it was never meant to incite hate, adding if things carry on as such the Malays would suffer.

The gathering was a pro-monarchy effort, and the PR government in Perak also constitutes Malay members, and when he said Malays would suffer, did he mean the UMNO Malays. The majority of the Perakians are angry that an elected government was neglected, and this feeling is shared by all cutting across race. I think Hishammuddin should be more specific next time.

MIC youth deputy chief Murugesan vowed to protect the monarchy and the constitution. Wise words indeed. But when the constitution is kept aside, temples destroyed, and Indians were marginalised, what the heck did he do. The constitution also protects the Indians.

The MCA youth deputy had a classical piece to say, what is true remains true and what is false remains false. What was he referring to?   

 

BN Youth says ‘they will pay the price’

By Shannon Teoh and Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 – Barisan Nasional Youth made a thinly-veiled threat tonight against Pakatan Rakyat that it would suffer the consequences for not respecting the monarchy.

At a pro-monarchy gathering tonight, its chairman Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that “those who are willing to destroy or damage the royalty and betray the country will pay the price”.

“Who says Umno Youth has no spirit and is not brave? We will show them,” he said to cheers from a 5,000-strong crowd of predominantly Umno Youth members.

“What do we do to these traitors? We drive them out,” he added.

He warned that tonight was only a wave which will end up as a “tsunami” against those who are “willing to risk the honour of the nation and the institution of the monarchy”.

“Our independence and the freedom to choose our government was only gained with the support of the rulers yet certain individuals are willing to give this away,” he said.

BN Youth supporters had begun to gather from 8pm and most were clad in yellow t-shirts to listen to component party youth leaders as well as Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir whose government is the subject of a constitutional crisis which BN claims is due to PR’s willingness to commit treason against the Perak Sultan who had appointed Zambry as the new MB.

Shouts of “Daulat Tuanku (Long live the King)” were interspersed with abuse hurled at PR leaders such as de facto PKR chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP chairman Karpal Singh, who had said that he would sue the Sultan for his role in the power grab by BN in Perak.

Hishammuddin also called DAP chairman Karpal Singh “rude” and Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin a “traitor”.

However, at a press conference after the gathering, he said that the event was to allow BN Youth to vent its frustrations “in a controlled environment”.

“They should not go out on the streets and incite hatred. It is not BN culture to demonstrate on the streets,” he said.

Hishammuddin had claimed during his speech that if things were allowed to continue this way, then Malays would suffer.

Earlier in the night however, youth leaders from MCA and MIC as well as from Sabah and Sarawak, gave their full support to the move to declare their loyalty to the Malay rulers.

Conspicuously, several said that “we are with you”, clearly denoting that this was an Umno-led campaign, as reflected by several slogans seen that night calling for the defence of Malay honour.

“We have accepted constitutional monarchy and from across the South China Sea, we are with you to say that the youth of Sarawak are loyal to this system,” PBB Youth chief Fadillah Yusof said.

MIC Youth deputy chief S. Murugesan echoed this sentiment, declaring that the wing was “with you to support the royalty and uphold the constitution”.

MCA Youth deputy secretary-general Loh Chew June however, called on PR to stop its conspiracy of making false accusations against BN.

“Stop your baseless allegations. What is true remains true and what is false remains false,” he said.

Head teacher attacked: ‘This is for the hell you gave me at school 14 years ago’ | Mail Online

Head teacher attacked – ‘This is for the hell you gave me at school 14 years ago’

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Head teacher Kieran Heakin is recovering from the injuries he received – apparently from a former pupil

After the attack: Head teacher Kieran Heakin is recovering from the injuries he received – apparently from a former pupil

A former pupil allegedly smashed two glasses into the face of a headmaster in what was apparently ‘revenge’ for his miserable schooldays.

The man is thought to have borne a grudge for more than a decade after falling out with teachers at his primary school.

The victim, Kieran Heakin, suffered serious facial injuries and was taken to hospital, where he is recovering.

Despite suffering several broken bones, the 57-year-old – a committed Christian – has vowed to forgive his attacker.

The incident happened on Tuesday as Mr Heakin enjoyed a meal in an Indian restaurant with two friends.

As Mr Heakin was tucking into a curry at Kapana in Rochdale, the man approached the table. He asked: ‘Are you Mr Heakin?’ Mr Heakin replied: ‘Yes’.

Then the former pupil allegedly said: ‘You made my life a hell in school’ before attacking him.

After the incident, Mr Heakin, the headmaster of St John’s RC Primary in Burn-ley, Lancashire, was taken to hospital suffering from a broken nose, a broken cheekbone, a fractured eye socket and a broken jaw.

Doctors are also treating him for broken ribs and say he will need extensive medical care and facial reconstructive surgery.

Mr Heakin, who has been a teacher for 34 years, said: ‘I’d walked into the restaurant with some friends when the lad opposite introduced himself to me and asked if remembered him.
Mr Heakin before he was attacked in the curry house

Innocent victim: Mr Heakin before he was attacked in the curry house

‘He told me I’d taught him at primary school. It’s not unusual for me to bump into former pupils. They usually come up and say “Can I buy you a drink?” or something like that.’

Mr Heakin, a grandfather of three, added: ‘I’m not going to let this one episode spoil everything. I’m a committed Christian and I’ve chosen to forgive this young man.

‘I need to be able to stand up in front of my kids and say I practise what I preach.

‘I can’t think why he would harbour a grudge for all these years.

‘I remember him as a curly-haired little boy from his school days. He came to us with a bit of attitude and we did everything we could for him.

There wasn’t a problem with him when he left. He seemed a decent youngster.

‘Some time down the line I’d like to sit down with him and see what’s gone wrong. I’d ask him why it’s come to this.

‘He might not be my pupil any more but I will help him in any way I can.’

Mr Heakin’s son Damien, 30, said: ‘Whoever has done this is not even fit to lace my father’s shoelaces. He is a rock of a man and his attacker is simply a coward.’

He added: ‘He is talking but is on quite strong painkillers. He is stable and we are all sure he will pull through this. To attack anyone like that is just cowardly. It was completely unprovoked.’

The police are investigating Mr Heakin’s claim that his attacker was a former pupil.

A married father of three, Mr Heakin was twice mayor of Whitworth, near Rochdale, and he also works as a prison service counsellor.

A man in his 20s from Rochdale has been charged with assault and criminal damage in connection with the incident.

The first thing that struck my mind was how these Indian based non-government organisations agreed to form an alliance with MIC. We don’t have the list of the NGOs. I can only surmise this is one further exercise in re-branding the now political party that has lost its importance and standing in the political arena.

Samy admits that MIC can’t do it alone, he wants others to help. But why should these NGOs submit to him and be classified as another extension to MIC. Would they want to lose the influence they have by associating with a party which has a President who wants bury the party with him, a non-entity as far as Indians are concerned and finally end up as sore loser. Think NGOs.

 

MIC forges alliance with NGOs for by-elections

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — The MIC has formed an alliance with several Indian-based non-governmental organisations to face the April 7 by-elections in Bukit Selambau and Bukit Gantang, party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said today.

He said the party had formed a “working team” made up of party grassroots leaders and the NGOs to ensure better understanding and coordination, especially in wooing the Indian voters, who had backed the opposition candidate in the last general election.

He said the MIC wanted to adopt a new approach by roping in the NGOs into its election machinery “because they are a strong force among the people”.

“The NGOs have made an impact in the last general election and we have now forged an alliance with many of the NGOs to win the hearts and minds of the voters,” he told reporters after chairing the MIC central working committee meeting at the party headquarters here.

He also said the party had activated its operations room in the Bukit Selambau state and Bukit Gantang parliamentary constituencies for which nominations would be held on March 29.

He said that over the last one year, the opposition had failed to bring any developments to Bukit Selambau and now the people wanted change.

“We have also formed a youth NGO team in Bukit Gantang to woo Indian youths in the constituency,” he said, adding that the party would focus more on the younger voters.

Samy Vellu also said that the party would not be drawn into a spat with other Barisan Nasional component parties over who should contest in Bukit Selambau, which has been traditionally been contested by the MIC.

“Our priority is to ensure a Barisan Nasional victory, not only in Bukit Selambau but also in Bukit Gantang,” he said, adding that it would be an uphill task but with early preparations, “we can win”. — Bernama

Is he going to stay on as said by Mahathir. If he is quitting, all he had to say yes, but why this “don’t want to talk about” thing. The plot thickens.

PM: They’ve disrespected sultan’s decision

Abdullah was also quizzed on the rumour that he would not be stepping down as prime minister even after quitting his Umno president post next month at the party’s general assembly.

The rumour gained more credence when his predecessor and most ardent critic, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, wrote in his blog that Abdullah and his ‘fourth floor’ advisers are conspiring for the outgoing PM to stay on.

Abdullah however refused to respond to the issue, telling reporters that he “doesn’t want to talk about” such rumours.

Religious conversion for marriage un-Islamic: Clerics-India-The Times of India

Religious conversion for marriage un-Islamic: Clerics
19 Feb 2009, 1204 hrs IST, IANS

NEW DELHI: Muslim clerics have termed as “un-Islamic” and “unacceptable” conversion to Islam to escape legal complications of a second marriage, citing the example of Chander Mohan alias Chand Mohammed and Anuradha Bali alias Fiza whose apparent wedding of convenience is now showing signs of strain.

“Adopting Islam with an intention for second marriage is not only un-Islamic but against reason as well,” renowned Muslim scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan said.

The debate about religious conversion was triggered after then Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan announced his second marriage to former law officer Anuradha Bali and their conversion to Islam December 17 last year. Chander Mohan is the father of three teenagers from his first marriage.

The much-hyped love affair soured sooner than expected after the rechristened couple of Chand Mohammad and Fiza fell apart. Chand suddenly left Fiza’s home in Punjab’s Mohali town on January 28 and has been elusive since then.

Quoting from a hadith, Prophet Mohammed’s saying, Khan said such conversion is “unacceptable” and “childish”.

The author of around 200 books and a known authority on interpretation of the holy Quran said that embracing Islam “in its true spirit should be for the sake of truth”.

“Conversion should not be for the sake of marriage or any personal motive. The motive of conversion should be truth… The realisation of the truth in a religion can be achieved only after in-depth study and discussions about the religion,” Khan said.

To prevent such conversions, Khan laid emphasis on educating people about the sanctity of the institution of marriage and “not to take it as fun”.

“It is not possible to check such conversions. We are living in a society which provides freedom on such aspects to every one. The only thing we can do is to educate people about the seriousness and sanctity of marriage. Marriage is not a fun thing and we need to make people understand this,” Khan said.

A senior cleric of Darul Uloom, a highly revered seminary in Deoband town of Uttar Pradesh, also denounced the conversions with the objective of marrying again.

“Adopting Islam with the intention to have a second wife is un-Islamic, incorrect and not justifiable,” said Qari Usman, an expert on hadith.

About the Chand-Fiza marriage and conversion, Usman said: “Although he (Chand) became a Muslim, the whole chain of events has come out in a way that has sent a wrong message about the religion in society. People should not use religion for such motives.”
Usman has also been pro-vice chancellor of the seminary that attracts thousands of students from India and other countries.

Darul Ifta, the fatwa department of the Darul Uloom, has also slammed Chander Mohan, saying his conversion was a “lowly act”.

Mufti Muqarram Ahmad, a leading cleric in Delhi, says accepting Islam should be in consonance with belief in the tenets of Islam and “not for using it for personal hidden motives”.

“One cannot know the real intention of a person but using Islam for purposes like to have a second wife is not in the spirit of Islam,” Ahmad said.

Samy Vellu has announced that the Presidential election for MIC will be held on April 12. 30 years is a long time for any one to hold on to the same post, and Samy has been doing that from 1979. As usual he will be standing and the chances are M.Muthupalaniappan will have little or no chance to beat him – provided of course he is allowed to stand. Samy knows the tricks and he will continue for another term. If it should happen there is a challenger, I bet my bottom dollar it would not be fair and square elections.

It would appear the party will disintegrate with Samy, and what was started in 1946, will disappear.

It is greed that makes Samy to contest and it has nothing to do with his proclamation that it is done to help the Indians. It is personal self-interest and Samy is unable to say enough is enough. 

MIC presidential polls on April 12

Feb 19, 09 1:55pm

MIC’s all-powerful central working committee (CWC) today decided that the party’s presidential elections will be held in April.

 

samy vellu and mic 160408At a press conference this afternoon, MIC president S Samy Vellu announced that nomination will be on March 22 and polling on April 12.
The veteran politician is  expected to defend the post which he has been holding since 1979.

When asked if he would contest on April 12, he jokingly replied: “Maybe.”

The elections for the other positions have yet to be fixed but observers believe that it will be held between June and September.
To date, only former vice-president M Muthupalaniappan has openly expressed his intention to challenge Samy Vellu for the top post.

This joker recognised a joke alluded to V.Sivakumar Perak State Assembly Speaker who suspended 7 members of Barisan Nasional.

But when Barisan Nasional took over the Perak statement government, did he not see another joke as well.

He is a joker but laughs at the wrong jokes.

clipped from www.bernama.com

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 (Bernama) — Describing the move by Perak State Legislative Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar as a joke, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the former was making a mockery of the Perak State Assembly.
Sivakumar’s Action A Joke, Says Nazri

He said the whole episode was a “comedy” because the decision by Sivakumar was “very ridiculous”.

“The Speaker took it upon himself to become judge and jury when he has no jurisdiction at all. This is really a joke and a mockery of the whole episode,” Nazri told a press conference at the Parliament building, here today.

“But I feel that this must be stopped. Barisan Nasional state assembly members should take to court to resolve the stalemate to clarify the situation,” he said.
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A owner of a computer shop, R.Elangovan, becomes a contract worker. Syabas Police, you are good.
clipped from thestar.com.my

Six armed robbers shot dead in Kulim (Update)

SUNGAI PETANI: Police shot dead six armed robbers and nabbed four women in a shootout at a house in Kampung Kemunting, Karangan, in Kulim.

They were involved in a series of armed robberies on goldsmith shops in Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor, said Kedah police chief Datuk Deputy Comm Syed Ismail Syed Azizan.

“We had no choice but to retaliate or else the policemen could have been shot dead. The exchange of gunfire ultimately led to the death of the six men aged between 20 and 50.

The deceased have been identified as contract workers R.Elangovan, 38, and L. S. Santana, 34, contractor R. Pannir, 28, crane driver S. Vadivelan, 29, carpenter S. Gurusamy, 50, and lorry attendant R. Dilip Kumar, 20.

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Please people of Selangor, pay your water bills today. Puncak Niaga is short of cash. It is a money collecting agency. The directors want more..more..more.. give it to them.
http://anilnetto.com/accountability/puncak-niaga-paid-out-rm10m-for-directors-in-2007/
Puncak Niaga spent RM11m on directors in 2007

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Let’s take a quick look at Puncak Niaga, one of the main water concessionaires in Selangor.

You can see that the firm is making huge profits. (Profits for 2006 were higher as there was a gain arising from the partial disposal of a subsidiary of RM206m in 2006.)

The group had close to a billion ringgit in deposits, cash, and bank balances as at 31 December 2007 and a net current asset ratio of 1.2. In other words, very liquid.

Syabas, which is 70 per cent owned by Puncak Niaga, also received a government grant of RM250 million (that’s our money) “solely for the purpose of financing the costs and expenditure of the non-revenue water” to reduce unaccountable water loss.

Also, a federal government support loan (to finance construction of the Wangsa Maju water treatment plant), originally repayable over 20 years (from 1999) at 8 per cent interest rate was “restructured” in 2004.  The government reduced the interest rate to 3 per cent per annum retrospectively and revised the repayment schedule of the loan. How thoughtful.

Having made super profits with the help of government funding, Puncak Niaga and other water concessionaires are now asking for a higher price than what the Selangor government is prepared to pay to nationalise water assets in the state.

These are the directors of the firm (during the financial year 2007):

The Directors of the Company in office during the financial year were as follows:

  • Tan Sri Rozali bin Ismail
  • Dato’ Matlasa bin Hitam
  • Dato’ Ruslan bin Hassan
  • Dato’ Ir Lee Miang Koi
  • Dato’ Syed Danial bin Syed Ariffin
  • Tan Sri Dato’ Hari Narayanan a/l Govindasamy
  • Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Ting Chew Peh
  • Datuk Dr Rahman bin Ismail
  • Tan Seng Lee
  • Tengku Dato’ Rahimah binti Almarhum Sultan Mahmud *

* This Director had been redesignated to Non-Independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 January 2007.

The firm paid out close to RM11 million in directors’ remuneration in 2007.

According to the  Annual Report:

The number of Directors of the Company whose total remuneration during the financial year fell within the following bands is shown below:

  • RM1 to RM100,000  –  1
  • RM100,001 to RM200,000 –  2
  • RM200,001 to RM300,000  – 1
  • RM500,001 to RM600,000 – 0
  • RM600,001 to RM700,000  – 1
  • RM800,001 to RM900,000 – 0
  • RM900,001 to RM1,000,000  – 2
  • RM1,000,001 to RM1,100,000 – 0
  • RM1,100,001 to RM1,200,000 – 0
  • RM1,200,001 to RM1,300,000 – 1
  • RM1,300,001 to RM1,400,000 – 1
  • RM4,500,001 to RM4,600,000 – 0
  • RM5,100,001 to RM5,200,000 – 1

Total directors’ remuneration rose from RM9.2 million in 2006 to RM10.8 million for 2007. In 2006, only one director received more than RM1.2 million and no one received more than RM4.6 million. But in 2007, three directors received more than RM1.2 million, including one director who received more than RM5.1 million.

Gamuda also has an interest in water in Selangor.

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And there could be a 30 per cent water tariff hike in Selangor from April!