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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.

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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.

What a low-down and treacherous statement to come from Najib. Do you think the people of Malaysia are all fools. You are fighting to survive, but surely not “emphasise similarities in religious values for unity”.

At the last UMNO gathering, did you think so. No. You wanted to champion the Malay cause, forgetting the non-Malays. You did not even speak of the economy of the country, the high prices, thinking that giving out $500/- will solve all problems.

A chameleon you are and God help you. 

 

Emphasise Similarities In Religious Values For Unity

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Thursday, 15 December 2011 08:28

KLANG — Mohd Najib Tun Razak last night called on Malaysia’s multi-racial society to lay emphasis on the similarities in their respective religious values in order to build a more united Malaysia.

The Prime Minister said although each religion differed in teaching the good points in life, the values were still based on universal aspects such as courtesy, respect for the elders, trustworthiness and diligence.

"If we can emphasise on the common values, then we will have similarities between us. We can develop good citizens regardless whether they are Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Taoists…what is important is being good citizens who love the nation, are loyal to the country, respect the law and other religions," he said.

Speaking at the Selangor Taoist Solidarity Dinner at Pandamaran, here, he said the founders of Malaysia led by Tunku Abdul Rahman were far sighted in administering a complex nation such as Malaysia.

"Thus, the people and leaders must have a tolerant attitude. If we want everything that we demand, we will certainly be divided and quarrel between one another," he said.
In addition, he said Malaysians should have mutual respect for each other’s religion and culture as portrayed by the organiser of the event, the Federation of Taoist Associations Selangor, which provided halal food for Muslim guests.

"I attended the ceremony tonight together with the MIC, MCA, PPP, Gerakan (leaders) out of respect for Taoism," he said while expressing his gratitude to the organiser for having drawn about 15,000 people from all races and religions to the ceremony.

Najib said the 1Malaysia concept hinged on inclusive policies, especially in poverty eradication regardless of race in providing aid.

"When the government extended the RM100 (school assistance), every student irrespective of whether he or she is from sekolah kebangsaan, or Chinese, Tamil or religious schools got it, and soon we will give the RM500 assistance to households earning below RM3,000 (per month)," he said.

He said the government had done a lot to ensure that Malaysia would move forward and strive to become a high-income economy.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said business opportunities for the Chinese community had never been limited and this could be seen from their control on a major portion of the country’s businesses.

"They are successful because we practise a free economic policy. This ensures peace and stability in Malaysia.

"We are fair to all races. The Chinese succeeded with our policies. No Chinese can say they got rich without the government’s assistance," he said.

Besides other races, he said the government also provided land conversion, bank licence, rice licence and sugar licence to help the Chinese community develop their economy.

"This is all the more reason for the people to support what the government has done ," he added.

MIC had not blogged about MIC for quite some time. Sad to say Samy Velu is not around and what can MIC do to interest us on the so called goodies MIC has graced the Indian community. Without Samy MIC is dead and Palanivelu cannot and would not build up MIC to heights maintained by our Samy.

But junior clones of the Sami establishment remain though – R.Ramanan, T.Mohan, V.Ragunathan, who are there to remind Indians MIC is great.

It is still money and illegal dealings, and in time to come, the present day leaders of MIC will beat Samy to the race.

So, MIC is still life and kicking, still helping Indians, but as usual picking up money here and there. Can’t they be ever straight?

Tables turned on Ramanan
K Pragalath |  April 16, 2011

Police report lodged against MIC Youth branch leader for allegedlly swindling a psychiatrist of RM5.5 million in a land matter.

KUALA LUMPUR: Bandar Syed Putra MIC Youth head, R Ramanan, who had accused MIC Youth chief T Mohan of misappropriating funds amounting to RM100,000 from a charity dinner, appears to have had the tables turned on him.

Social activist V Ragunathan, 32, a close friend of Ramanan, lodged a report against the latter this morning at the Sentul police station for fraud.

Ragunathan told the press that he lodged the report based on documented evidence he received on April 10 of Ramanan’s involvement in a land matter involving psychiatrist Dr M Mahadevan and the defence ministry.

“Ramanan squandered RM5.5 million from Mahadevan after pleading he could settle a land dispute the doctor had with the defence ministry,” said Ragunathan.

Ramanan produced an unsigned letter purportedly from defence ministry as an inducement to convince Mahadevan he could solve the latter’s problem over a plot of land in Kedah.

Mahadevan rented out a plot of land in Sungai Petani several decades ago to the defence ministry. However, it stopped paying rental to the doctor in the 1980s, said Ragunathan.

The outstanding rental amount involved is RM26,638,737.96.

Ragunathan wanted to know why the police had not taken action against Ramanan even though a police report was lodged by Mahadevan at the commercial crimes division in Bukit Aman last year.

“Are they afraid to act because he is linked to MIC or because he is a datuk?” asked Ragunathan.

He submitted a copy of the purportedly forged letter from the defence ministry, a bank slip showing a payout for RM5.5 million and a copy of a police report previously lodged by Mahadevan in 2010.

Ramanan was sacked as MIC Youth public complaints by Mohan in February
this year.

I thought blogging was difficult, and personally with the present comedian politics of Sarawak, with a Prime Minister spending 6 days in Sarawak, as if his life depended on it (methinks it is true), and it brought back a smile with the following comment by Iskandar Dzulkarmain. Thanks for the satire Dzul, I wish I could write like you.  

 

Taib, why are you so apologetic?

Written by  Iskandar Dzulkarnain, Malaysia Chronicle

Taib, why are you so apologetic?

Come on, Taib you are the Chief Minister of Sarawak, a VVIP and you do not answer to no one. So, why are you embarrassing yourself, telling Sarawakians in such crucial trying times that you intend to leave? Sarawak needs you more than ever. Don’t believe the Opposition lies. At least half of Sarawak wants you stay. The election results will show that your presence is very welcome in your own home state.

Why must you go? Who says Sarawakians don’t want you around?. Why do you keep on believing the Opposition lies? If you do believe them, then it couldn’t be a lie, could it?

Why is Najib so apologetic to Sarawakians on your behalf? Why is he telling Sarawakians that you have a succession plan? Don’t you want to stay on and rule the state till Kingdom come? He has no right to speak on your behalf. It makes us all feel jittery of the future. If you intend to go, then it makes no sense for Sarawakians to keep BN in power!

Can’t you see the illogical reasoning? If you are gone, who will fend for us? Who will give us our bread and butter? You have always been there for us. You stuck with us through thick and thin. And the Sarawak we see today was lovingly carved by your diligent hands.

Please do not let Najib pressure you. For all we know, you would probably outlive him politically. Does he know something you don’t? And why is he meddling in the affairs of state? Please stay on and help us fight the Colonizers from the West. You may not know it but many Sarawakians want you around, and this will translate into votes very soon. Those that vote against you have succumbed to the poison that Muhyiddin spoke about.

If you wanted to leave, you would have done so long before, way back in 1995. Thank God, you did not forsake us, and the sacrifices you made for the people of Sarawak will echo to the ends of the … er … Mulu Caves.

People keep on asking: “if you really intended to leave, why are you still contesting?” Please ignore these undeserving folks. They are like little children clamouring for attention.

Please don’t believe them, please don’t feel bad, and please don’t feel guilty for overstaying. Sarawak is in your hands, and you can decide who comes and goes in your beloved state. Believe me; no one really wants you to go. You have been around for so long, that people have got used to you. Whether, you did anything for us in the last 30 years is beside the point.

Your mumblings about getting the different races to unite at the confluence or something sounds very confusing. And yes, we do talk about you in the coffee-shops and longhouses, and sometimes you are the butt of jokes. But you must be proud, that at least your fame has led to wagging tongues. Topics range from corruption to nepotism, but it really doesn’t mean a thing as it is just coffee-shop talk.

We know Sarawak is a big state to govern, and even harder to develop so we really can’t blame you for our failures. At least one of us made it. You were the lucky one, with your shrewd business acumen, juggling between your duties as head of state and your vast business empire, while taking enough time of to be a loving family man. I wish more Sarawakians were like you.

We love the way you socked it to Najib, telling him off, how stupid it was to stamp serial numbers on those bibles. You single-handedly solved the Bible issue by just one phone call, and managed to get the PM to sing to your tune. A heroic deed indeed, as someone commented that you held the election in April, so that you could get your hands on those bibles before it got further desecrated, and had it returned to the rightful Sarawak Christians.

By the way, could you also get the AG to drop its appeal on the Allah Controversy as well? Christians here really find it harrowingly to mutter ALLAH’s name under their breath each time they say their prayers! Some even say they feel guilty about it! Sincerely, the Christians would love you if you can help them. Never mind PERKASA.

When the news broke out that you have officially announced your succession plan and your intention to retire from Politics, it came as a great shock especially to … all of us. That you have groomed a successor for the last 20 years, how noble and far- sighted of you. It is a pity you would not name him yet. That we can respect, because with the winds of change currently blowing, your successor may never be able to attain your glory to sit in the Chief Minister’s seat. So for now, better to keep his name secret.

But we would dearly love to know who your successor is, as you so lovingly speak of him, saying that he is not only acceptable to the people but also to BN as well. And to know that he will also be a team player is comforting.

We respect your decision that a disorderly succession does anger the people, but don’t you think 20 years to groom a successor is a long time? It may take lesser time to cycle on a bicycle to the moon and back than to wait 20 years, of course depending on how fit you are. Is it your son? Is it Alfred Jabu or George Chan? Or maybe Awang Tengah? The suspense is killing us.

However, it comes as a surprise that you have delegated some of your powers to certain ministers a couple of years ago. That the PBB leaders chosen by you to contest were not only team players, but strong winnable candidates as well is a feat. So Pakatan Rakyat, better watch out!

We understood your reluctance to leave after SUPP lost terribly in the last state elections, and your insistence to fill the gap by grooming stronger leadership to replace your once admirable administration.

After all that has been said, I am still totally confused whether you are leaving or not. Or when are you leaving? Why can’t you just get to the point and tell us a firm date?

Sarawakians will be relieved once we know. At least we can prepare our departure speeches to bid you a warm farewell and bon voyage. I am not young anymore, and I dread that I may not live long enough to see your departure. And I do not want to be gone, while you are still lurking around. Am I still talking sense?

Why, pray would I want to ask you such an odd question? Well, the fate of Barisan Nasional in Sarawak lies in your presence. Your presence may discourage many Sarawakians to come out to vote. Many are simply bored to vote the same old party. A cross on the Opposition logo sounds very tempting, and it would trigger an adrenaline rush just to be able to do something different. Do I still sound coherent?

But, please don’t go. We may miss you more than we can bear. Once you are gone, how can we ever find you again? As you know Sarawakians are not well off, and we cannot embark on long sea voyages to look for you … er … just in case we miss you. And if we do find you in the end, would you accept us as a Sarawakian compatriot? Will you extend a roof over our heads and give us shelter? Or will you continue to ignore us?

Dear Readers……If you have read thus far…you must know that I have just overdosed on my drug medication and can hardly keep my eyes open. IF readers do find any sanity in this article, you must be more insane than me.

“Please don’t go. Don’t go Away. I am begging you to stay “– the last lyrics of the song before I collapsed in deep slumber….zzzzzz

A husband who cheats to get medical leave, Normala a suspect – birds of the same feather.

The husband is sick, but is dealing with some matters – he should be resting.

clipped from thestar.com.my

LABIS: PAS candidate Normala Sudirman finds herself dogged with allegation that her husband, a teacher, took 21 days of medical leave to be by her side during the campaign trail.

Unfazed by the accusation, Normala instead blamed the state education department for causing her husband Makrof Abdul Mutalib distress by issuing him with a 24-hour transfer letter earlier this month.

However, he was not by her side at the function yesterday. Normala said the secondary school teacher from SMK Tenang had some matters to deal with.

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