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Bravo Senator. Hamid, Rais Yatim and Azalina can kiss their Ministerial role goodbye. How relieved will Najib be.
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A senator has proposed that all cabinet ministers resign en bloc to enable incoming prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to choose his own cabinet.

Senator Datuk Akbar Ali said this did not mean that he had lost his confidence in outgoing prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi but to pave the way for the formation of a new cabinet.

“I hope new cabinet ministers will have the criteria listed by Datuk Seri Najib — loyal, of high integrity, competent and dedicated. I hope he will inject a new confidence,” said Akbar when debating the royal address at the Dewan Negara today.

Senator Ahamat @ Ahamad Yusop said he hoped the new cabinet would be more creative in solving the economic crisis and bring the country out of the doldrums.

Senator Datuk Dr Mohamed Jins Shamsudin said he hoped Najib would be able navigate the country through the economic turbulence.

Ministers should resign en bloc to allow Najib to pick own Cabinet: Senator
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This afternoon I read the Police have directed that campaign speeches for the 3 by-elections should not touch on , Altantuya, and the Sultan of Perak pertaining to the dissolution of the Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak. In any political debate, one has got to say the good and the bad, and  if the ruling government is all good, excellent, there are no issues the opposition can raise, and why allow any opposition to take over when the existing one is good. But this is not so, there are elements which derail the present government, Altantuya, where the present Deputy Prime Minister has much to explain, and besides the perception the Sultan has acted wrongly.

The people have nothing personal about these two individuals namely Najib and the Sultan. Most of them, possibly would not have met them personally. Why get angry with them. The people feel they have been wronged and is it not right things must be put right.

It may be superfluous, but if Najib has explained, how he was seen in Paris with the Mongolian woman, immigration records missing, Bala missing, then at least the people can weigh and accept what is correct. But unfortunately, no answers are forthcoming and this leaves a bad taste of indifference when explanations are asked.  

The second, any monarch, will want to satisfy his subjects and this is the role of a ruler. He need not speak directly, but has any one considered some spokesman explaining why it was necessary to dissolve the state assembly. The people are all ears, and any indication of the predicament of the Sultan at the time of decision would have been most welcome and the populace are not that dumb to brush aside comments indirectly from another source, without considering the merit.

I suppose the elections will come and go, but these issues which have not been answered will linger on for years to come and get recorded in history.

Sad to say, the bad news of the day is the news is that Najib will be sworn-in this Friday. We have had 5 Prime Ministers before Najib, and all these were accepted without any qualms on their character. But the sixth, as everybody says has baggage he carries along to make it weighty for him to gain the confidence of the people. Nobody out there hates him, but he must throw away the baggage and walk briskly in, light, with only the thought to serve the country. Is he doing it.

Asians have this inclination to blame fate for things they can’t avoid, and so, rather than destiny, it is fate Najib becomes Prime Minister.

So Malaysians are fated, a rather defeatist view in the present days, but then let us hope tomorrow will bring a date where even fate can be caste away. When is that.

Najib to be sworn in on Friday

Mar 31, 09 6:52pm

Ministers and their deputies have today received invitations to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new prime minister in Istana Negara on Friday.


Contacted by Malaysiakini, a deputy minister, who declined to be named, confirmed receiving the invitation via the Short Messaging System (SMS) this morning.

pak lah and najib raising the umno flag agm 2009 260309 02The SMS reads: ‘Istiadat pengurniaan surat cara perlantikan dan istiadat mengangkat sumpah jawatan dan setia serta sumpah simpan rahsia oleh YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib sebagai PM.’
Apart from listing out the dress code for the function, the SMS also stated that the time for the swearing-in ceremony was at 9am.

It is learnt that invitations were also sent to menteris besar and chief ministers, including from the Pakatan Rakyat-ruled states.
On Thursday, outgoing premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is expected to meet the King regarding the transition of power issue.
However until yesterday, Abdullah had refused to state the date for handing over the reins and told the media not to pester him on the issue.
"Just wait. Don’t ask me to say anything. All will happen when the time is right. The transition will take place," he said, sparking off another round of speculation that the plan could derail at the eleventh hour.

Incoming premier Najib Abdul Razak too has remained tightlipped on the matter.

Wait for the official statement
This afternoon, Najib was quizzed on he purported swearing-in ceremony when he visited the Sin Chew Daily office in Petaling Jaya.
najib announce new bn perak state govt 040209 07Neither confirming nor denying the matter, he said any question on the actual date of the transfer of power will only be known after the official statement is issued by the Prime Minister’s Department.
"This has to wait for the official statement, I can’t make the official statement," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.
Asked on the new cabinet line-up, he said the matter would only be decided after the swearing-in of the prime minister.
On whether he would be appointing the Umno candidates who had lost in the party election last week into his cabinet, Najib said: "I have yet to think about it."
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Shahrir Abdul Samad, who was among those who lost in the election, had expressed his intention to step down.
He would be tendering his resignation letter at tomorrow’s cabinet meeting, which could be the last to be chaired by Abdullah.
Several other cabinet members including Tourism Minister Azalina Othman Said and Foreign Minister Dr Rais Yatim left it to the top leadership to decide their fate.
Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar was also defeated in his bid for the vice-presidency.

Najib is expected to name his new cabinet either on April 8 or 9.

I hope RS Thanenthiran has read this.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 — The Hindu Rights Action Force claimed today that it has uncovered more than 200 Special Branch officers within its midst.
“Hindraf’s genuine supporters should be aware there are many who pretend to be our loyal supporters but in fact are ‘agent provocateurs’ planted by parties interested in destroying and dismantling Hindraf’s struggle for the Indian community,” Hindraf chairman P. Waytha Moorthy said in a press statement e-mailed to The Malaysian Insider.
“These are not necessarily police officers but informers who are on the payroll of the Special Branch. In due course, we will reveal these personnel with evidence.”
Waytha, who is in exile in London after an Internal Security Act warrant was issued on him, also revealed that he had asked Dr William F. Shija, secretary-general of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, to raise serious human rights issues affecting Malaysian Indians at the CPA meet in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 1-10.
Waytha condemned parties that were using Hindraf as a brand name in promoting businesses and forwarding personal agendas and objectives.
"Many see Hindraf as an opportunity to gain leverage and dictate their own benefits. This is totally against our principles. Hindraf is you and me who are battling a war for better policies and governance for the Malaysian Indian as a society with equal and fair treatment as opposed to individual glamour and glory," Waytha chastised.
Hindraf has planned a raft of events that began with last Sunday’s gathering to launch a flag campaign leading up to National Day in an effort to dispel the notion that the movement was not patriotic. It would also request the government to allow its supporters to march during the National Day parade.
Taking a cue out of Gandhi’s book, it would begin a “relay” hunger strike throughout the country beginning at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre on Aug 10 leading up to National Day.
The movement plans to bring 10,000 supporters to attend each of the following Hari Raya events: the traditional open house by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, the open houses of each menteri besar and the national Hari Raya celebration in the capital to commemorate its five leaders now under ISA detention.
If all goes according to plan, it would also commemorate the anniversary of its Nov 25, 2007 demonstration with a full-scale gathering.
– The Malaysian Insider

Hindraf is making the biggest mistake in not supporting the PKR candidate in Bukit Selambau. This is going to cause ripples and repercussions far more than what the leadership thinks. If there are issues at hand with Anwar then this must be settled with him, but just because  RS Thanenthiran was not given the right to contest brings them to a low undignified position that the party is more interested in being assemblymen and parliamentarians and the perks that goes along for the position. They are no better than Samy Vellu claiming to help the Indians but in the end it is the power, the money and the perks that he gets and wants to maintain until when nobody knows. 

Hindraf started well with the intention of helping and overcoming the marginalisation of Indians. To be politically correct the group was there to help the Tamils but the Indian community, some who did raise this issue, felt not left out but thought at least an important issue is being discussed. By showing the true colours in wanting positions, the noble cause for which 5 people are detained under ISA and another exiled in England, has gone to the winds.

If these leaders want to be elected, why not open up another political party like MIC, PPP or Gerakan. When they help out in their saffron wear they are not helping Anwar, Lim Kit Siang or Hadi Awang, but do so for a cause that in any change of government it is hoped the Indians are treated differently. It is not for the party they work but to maintain the reasons for Hindraf.

You cannot have your cake and eat it as well. Either Thanenthiran gets out and joins any existing political party to fulfil his ambition to be a Yang Berhormat, or leave Hindraf alone. It is useless to drag his followers who are misled to forget the original concept why Hindraf came about. That is for the active members in saffron, but for the Indian community are they idly going to give in to the whims of ambitious leaders set on improving themselves, unmindful of the origin concept, and still have good thoughts of Hindraf. Indians outnumber the saffron group and they are the voters. To bring in the other races into the picture, will be a shame, they too will think and remind themselves of the et tu Brute analogy exemplified by Thanenthiran. 

Thank God the choice is not Thanenthiran or Samy Vellu. 

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Hindraf will not help PKR’s Manikumar

Athi Veeranggan | Mar 31, 09 2:38pm

Barisan Nasional’s MIC candidate S Ganesan would be relieved to know that he would not face the army of orange T-shirt clad electoral soldiers in the current Bukit Selambau by-election campaign in northern state of Kedah.


brickfields uthayakumar hindraf 280209 marching to stationUnlike in last March general election, the saffron-clad supporters from the outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), popularly known as makkal sakti, will not be campaigning against BN and MIC this time around.
Instead, Hindraf has decided to throw its full support behind PAS candidate Nizar Jamaluddin, the former Perak menteri besar, in the Bukit Gantang by-election in Perak.
In the last election, Hindraf was instrumental in ensuring victory for independent candidate V Arumugam against MIC’s S Krishnan in this urban-rural constituency located in the rice bowl state.
Citing personal problems, Arumugam resigned on Feb 9 to pave the way for fresh polls.
Aggressive Hindraf supporters

MIC campaigners were not relishing their electoral chances in facing another round of battle with the aggressive Hindraf supporters, who were among the major reasons for BN’s unprecedented electoral reverses in 12th general election.
But by twist of luck, Hindraf has decided to stay away from Bukit Selambau, which would see a record number of 15 candidates, including 13 independent candidates, vying for the seat.
The decision was made by local Hindraf leadership on Sunday.
"We will mobilise our supporters and, spend our time and energy only for PAS in Bukit Gantang," said the human rights group’s Penang deputy coordinator, R Sanjeeviramah, also known as Sanjay.
suaram human rights award 091208 rs thanenthiranThe Hindu rights movement’s local leaders and supporters have decided to boycott Bukit Selambau in protest against PKR and its supremo Anwar Ibrahim’s decision not to field its national coordinator RS Thanenthiran as PKR candidate.
They were also aggrieved that PKR chose an unknown S Manikumar as party nominee ahead of several other potential local Indian leaders such as PKR deputy youth leader Dr R Krishnamoorthy and Sungai Petani municipal councillor K Masilamani.
"Only Anwar knows why he chose a parachute candidate ahead of other potentially better candidates.
"Perhaps he was taking the Indian voters for granted," said Sanjay.
It has been decided that Hindraf supporters will not campaign for the PKR candidate in Bukit Selambau, unless the movement leaders such as P Waythamoorthy, his detained brother Uthayakumar or Thanenthiran, were to announce otherwise.
Praying for a PKR defeat in Kedah

"Unless our leaders were to tell us to support PKR, Hindraf will not get involved in the Bukit Selambau by-election.
"But Hindraf will go all out to campaign for a victory for PAS in Bukit Gantang," said Sanjay.
Nizar faces BN candidate Ismail Saffian and independent Kamarul Ramizu Idris in the Bukit Gantang parliamentary constituency.
zaid ibrahim book launch nik aziz anwar ibrahim pc 230309 03Some Hindraf grassroots leaders and supporters were silently praying for a PKR defeat in Kedah to teach a political lesson to Anwar and company for failing to value the movement and its army of supporters.
"Perhaps then Anwar and company will know how to appreciate Hindraf and Indian votes," said Sanjay.
Bukit Selambau’s 35,140 registered voters comprise 50.2 percent Malays, Indians 29.5 percent, Chinese 19.3 percent and one percent others.
Hindraf was convinced that the Islamic based PAS had been the only party in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition to have given recognition to it and appreciated the enormous contributions made by its army of supporters in the 2008 general election.
Hindraf to help Nizar secure massive win

"PAS has been the only party to respect us and value our contributions," said Sanjay, accusing DAP and PKR of only giving lip service to Hindraf.
p waythamoorthyWhen contacted, London-based Hindraf leader Waythamoorthy confirmed that the movement would go all out to secure Nizar a massive win.
However, he declined comment when asked on Hindraf’s boycott on PKR in Bukit Selambau, which would be a big blow to PKR’s armoury.
PKR is already being besieged by internal dissent among local Indian leaders over the choice of Manikumar as candidate.
Yesterday former Jerai division chief B Kalaivanar and some 500 supporters resigned from the party and closed down their branches.
Kalaivanar is upset that Anwar had overlooked him as a candidate and accused the PKR supremo of being a dictator. The former PKR leader was charged in court last year for two counts of cheating involving RM3,600.

Two other PKR members, S Moganakumar and A Jayagopal, meanwhile are contesting the seat as independent candidates, allegedly under protest against Manikumar’s candidature.
Polling day will be on April 7.

I googled “Altantuya murder” and find 82,900 results for this issue. As for “Sultan Perak dissolve state assembly” there were 13,700 results. Apparently, these are issues discussed not only in Malaysia but throughout the world. I think the Police are adopting a wrong notion that if these two issues are not brought in the campaign speeches, Malaysians are ignorant of what happened as the old wives tale that a cat thinks the world is dark when it closes its eyes.

The other wrong conception is the issues will die down if not brought up in the speeches, but once this news is carried by word of mouth that Police has restricted the raising of these two issues, even the most ignorant, or the most indifferent man or woman on what is happening around him will make an attempt to find out more, thereby giving more publicity, than warranted.

Some may not know the name Altantuya, but mention Mongolia or Mongolian the man in the street gives a knowing smile, such is the notorious nature of the word.

The Police are, unwittingly giving more prominence to these two issues, opposite their attempt to muzzle discussion.

Cops ban PKR from raising Altantuya issue

Mar 31, 09 1:57pm

In the run-up to the Bukit Gantang by-election on April 7, PKR has been dealt with a severe blow by the police in restricting the issues that the opposition party can raise at its daily ceramah.

bukit gantang nomination day najib altantuya and cartoons 290309 03For instance, party leaders are barred from raising the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in their speeches.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is expected to stop in Bukit Gantang tomorrow as part of his campaign trail.
According to a state PKR leader, the police imposed several conditions when issuing permits for the PKR ceramah.
Among the main restrictions are:

  • No instigating the crowd by questioning the Perak sultan’s decision
  • No mention of the Altantuya issue must be made
  • No racial and religious issues can be raised

In addition, PKR must ensure that the crowd at its ceramah is confined to a specific area where the event is being held. [see below]
The police have warned that action will be taken if the crowd spills beyond the permitted area, said Lau Teck Hai, who had applied for the permits on behalf of his party.
Lau, who is political secretary to PKR’s Kuala Sepetang state representative Tai Sing Ng, was told to go to the Taiping district police headquarters yesterday where he was informed of the conditions.

Ready to defy

Addressing a press conference on the matter this afternoon in Taiping, Perak PKR deputy chief Chan Lih Kang said the party is ready to defy the police on these restrictions.
bukit gantang by election nomination day crowd shots 290309 07He also said that it would not appeal against the police decision to impose such restrictions.
"These restrictions are new. They have never been imposed before," said Chan, who is also the Teja state assemblyperson.
"We will not be appealing against these restrictions and will be not be adhering to them as well."

He said the party is ready to face whatever action the police take against it for breaching the conditions.
"They cannot stop us from exercising our freedom of expression," he said.

The controversial issues
However, PAS, whose candidate Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin is contesting the by-election, has not been barred from raising these issues.
It is learnt that PAS was only told to stop its ceramah by 11pm so that this does not cause any disturbance in village areas.
The Altantuya issue has been used by the opposition, especially the PKR, to implicate Najib in the death of the Mongolian, a charge which the Umno politician has repeatedly denied.

bukit gantang nomination day najib altantuya and cartoons 290309 02As in previous election campaigns, several posters of Altantuya and Najib have already found their way to Bukit Gantang.

Altantuya’s remains were found scattered in a jungle reserve in Shah Alam, Selangor on Oct 19, 2006.

Two special elite policemen who were bodyguards to VIPs including Najib are facing murder charge. The verdict is expected early next month.

The opposition has also been highlighting the manner in which Perak Umno, led by Najib, ‘stole’ the state government from Pakatan. They have questioned the manner in which an Umno representative was then named as the new menteri besar.

Mohd Nizar has refused to step down as menteri besar although the Perak sultan had ordered him to do so. This had led to him being accused of committing derhaka (treason) against the sultan.

bukit gantang nomination day bn vip side 290309 05The by-election will see a three-cornered fight involving BN’s Ismail Saffian, Mohd Nizar (photo) and independent candidate Kamarul Ramizu Idris.
It is being held following the death of PAS member of parliament Roslan Shaharum on Feb 9 from a heart attack.
In the last general election on March 8, 2008, Roslan defeated Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi of BN and independent candidate M Mohganan by 1,566 votes.
Meanwhile in Bukit Selambau, it is learnt that one of the restrictions imposed on political parties is that all ceramah must be held indoors.

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It was a good thing Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib’s wife Puan Sri Asbi Rohani Asnan, just voted because others did so. At least she is honest. She did not know what the heck went on, and not wanting to be left out in the cold all alone, joined the crowd, as we would say, sheep lead to slaughter. Only sheep, like Asbi Rohani can not know why Balkis was dissolved, but vote without being aware what it is for. She would make a good politician. 

Ex-MB’s wife: I voted with the others for dissolution

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Umno liaison chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib’s wife Puan Sri Asbi Rohani Asnan told an inquiry that she did not know why the Wives of Selangor Assemblymen and MPs Welfare and Charity Organisation (Balkis) was dissolved but voted for the dissolution because everyone else at the meeting did so.

She also told the Selangor state government’s Special Select Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) that it was agreed at the meeting that the association’s monies totalling RM9.9mil would be transferred to another organisation with a similar agenda.

(The money was eventually given to the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) after Balkis was dissolved.)

Asbi Rohani was Balkis president until 1997, while at the time of the dissolution former mentri besar Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo’s wife Datin Seri Zaharah Kechik was the president.

This is from an e-mail I received. She is Malaysian, is she not.

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Nevermind if they don’t publish in the papers…..lets circulate ……..

This Picture Made It To the Pages of India Times but not in our own papers!

The shame of it all that we should be so proud (and are) of our own Malaysian receiving an international award  like this, but the Malaysian government and press don’t see it as important enough to publish it in our local dailies! It was only published by THE SUN but rather small and hidden in the inner pages.  WHY???…

Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama
12 Mar 2009, 0853 hrs IST

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama present give away Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage to Malaysia ‘s Ambiga Sreenevasan at the State Department in Washington , DC . (AFP)



Are we looking at another Government bail out!
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CIMB urges staff to take unpaid leave

Top investment bank CIMB today urged its staff to go on unpaid leave for up to six months in a move to cut costs because of the global economic downturn.

CIMB Group chief executive Nazir Razak said the offer to its 36,000 staff was aimed at avoiding layoffs and would involve branches in Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, state news agency Bernama reported.

“We don’t have a target but there will be cost savings. It’s a positive move and a win-win situation,” said Nazir, whose elder brother is incoming premier Najib Abdul Razak.

He added that in the current economic situation, “it is fully understood that there is spare capacity.”

CIMB, the country’s second-largest bank, is the first major Malaysian company to ask staff to consider taking unpaid leave.

The surprise move comes just after a labour group said on Sunday that more than 26,000 people have lost their jobs in the country so far this year.

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At the age of 73, one should be congratulated on their achiements, being nostalgic of some good things you have done in life, how you tried to be a good person in spite of your failures, what type of a legacy you are going to leave behind, how well your family and the public are going to remember you, and so forth. But not so with Samy Vellu the MIC President, who leaves behind a legacy of hate, disappointment, not doing what could have been done, a philanderer devoid of feelings of the Indian community and the last a failure. Does all these serve a purpose in life. You were a fighter, that is when young, you have achieved all that you want, why not walk away and time will at least erase your unmitigated failures as a leader. But being in the lime-light, issues, one after the other crop up, and the latest is one from your erstwhile favourite, S.A.Vigneswaran. Please reveal your secret how the heck you stay unmoveable and pretend your world is a bed of roses. It will be good motivation for the septuagenarians in this country and world wide.

‘MIED not authorised to give out study loans’

Mar 30, 09 6:21pm

Questions are being raised on whether MIC’s education arm, Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED), a limited company under the Companies Act 1965, can give loans and collect repayments.


sa vigneswaranThis follows a revelation by former MIC Youth chief S A Vigneswaran today that MIED is not authorised to give out study loans but only scholarships under its Memorandum of Association (MOA).
Following this, he has taken MIC president S Samy Vellu to task and called on the veteran politician to explain the matter.

Providing Malaysiakini with a copy of the MOA, Vigneswaran said Article 3 stated that MIED would receive and administer funds for education, scientific and charitable purposes, all for public welfare and for no other purposes, and to this end:
‘To foster, develop and improve education of all kinds and in such manner as may, from time to time be decided by the institute, including but without prejudice to the generality of this provision, the founding and maintaining of scholarships, provided that it does not contravene the provision of the education law in Malaysia’.

mic and mied education scandal"There are no other provisions as regards to give any study loans. Any disbursement of money to the needy are only by way of scholarship or grants," said Vigneswaran in a press release.
"MIED is not authorised to give any study loans but only scholarships under its own MOA," he added.

RM100 million in study loans

Despite this, Vigneswaran, who is now the chair and legal consultant to the Malaysian Indian Youth Development Foundation (MIYDF), said MIED disbursed close to RM100 million in study loans to almost 10,000 students.
Over the years, MIED also charged six percent interest per annum six months after the student had graduated.
Vigneswaran said in 2008, an additional two percent interest was charged from the time the loan is disbursed and six percent upon completion of the course till the loan is settled.
mied memo of association 300309"To give any loan, with interest, whether study loan or otherwise requires a money lending license without which it becomes illegal," he pointed out.
"To date, MIED does not have any money lending license. Therefore, all monies collected with interest is illegal," he said.
Vigneswaran, who is a lawyer, said all monies collected with interests are taxable, where failure to pay tax is another breach of the law and failing to declare the interest as an income is evading tax and illegal.
"MIED has and is violating its own MOA and the Malaysian law," he noted.
The former MIC Youth leader said the MIC president, the MIED board of trustees, its company secretary and auditors should take responsibility for these unacceptable acts and omissions where not a single members’ meeting was held except for signatures collected during the party’s Central Working Committee (CWC) since its inception in 1984.
"Prior to January 2009, MIED’s board last met in 2003," he said.

Embroiled in a scandal

samy vellu exclusive on tamil schools 080708 06MIED is currently embroiled in a scandal with Samy Vellu describing its chief executive officer P Chithirakala Vasu as a ‘thief’ while she has accused the veteran politician of siphoning funds.
The matter is currently being probed by the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Chithirakala, who had been with MIED for 14 years, had lodged two police reports late last month disputing all claims of misdeeds involving some missing contract documents.
One was on RM2 million worth of donations which were collected to help the tsunami victims in 2004 under the Ministry of Works, when Samy was its minister. The money was subsequently transferred to the account of MIC’s social welfare arm Yayasan Pemulihan Sosial (YPS).
chitrakala_miedThe second report was on missing files and documents from her office at the MIC headquarters.
According to her, Samy Vellu had said that the cash was extras from the funds that were collected and intended for future use of the people of Sri Lanka (where an ongoing civil war has caused the loss of hundreds of lives).

In the UMNO elections she bragged that she had not been prying into the kitchen of the leaders to gain votes for Wanita UMNO chief. In fact, she maintained she had not visited their kitchens for the last 20 years. Because she did not visit kitchens she lost to Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

Now she is visiting door to door to garner support, the people should ensure that she does not visit the kitchen, it can be dangerous.

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Despite being defeated in her bid to retain the Wanita Umno chief post last week, veteran politician Rafidah Aziz did not allow the setback to deter her from hitting the campaign trail.

“Without the Wanita canvassing for votes from door-to door, we cannot reach the voters at the grassroots level,” she added.

“My message is that if they continue with the work which has already been planned, no problems will crop up and the campaign will run smoothly.
Rafidah said the management of the Wanita election machinery in Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau will be handled by newly minted Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
“Although I am no longer the director (of the Wanita election machiney), I came here to see if the work is being done… God willing, my instructions are being carried out,” she was quoted as saying by Bernama.
Dubbed as the ‘Iron Lady’, the former minister was in Bukit Gantang (Perak) where she joined the Wanita Barisan Nasional in their door-to-door campaign.
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