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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Hindraf Supporter Veeramorgan passed away

VEERAMORGAN THE GREAT ACTIVITISTS PASSED AWAY TODAY AT SELAYANG HOSPITAL DUE TO HEART ATTACK.

THE LATE VEERAMORGAN IS AMONG 18 WHO WERE ARRESTED RECENTLY IN BRICKFILED POLICE STATION DURING A PEACEFUL PROTEST MARCH TO DEMAND MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR P.UTHAYAKUMAR.

VEERAMORGAN IS ALSO AMONG THOSE ARDENT HINDRAF SUPPORTER IN DEMANDING THE FREEDOM IN M'SIA FOR THE ETHNIC INDIAN COMMUNITY.
LAST YEAR HE ALSO TOOK PART IN HUNGER STRIKE WITH 12 OTHER PEOPLE DEMANDING THE GOVERMENT TO ACCEPT THE HINDRAF 18 DEMANDS.

WHAT I CAN SAY IS LATE BROTHER VEERAMORGAN'S CONTRIBUTION TO HINDRAF'S STRUGGLE FOR M'SIAN INDIAN'S FREEDOM IS UNCOUNTABLE.

DEAR ALL,

LET US PRAY FOR GOD TO BLESS HIS SOUL SO THAT IT REST IN PEACE.

HIS STRUGGLE TO INDIAN FREEDOM WILL BE REMEMBERED FOREVER.

also pls pass the msg around and attend to OFFER a last "ANJALI" for his "ATHMA SHANTI"

RAJ(SON) H/P 0146332484 (PLS FORWARD YOUR CONDOLENCE TO HIM INDICATE "MAKKAL SAKTHI" AS IT COULD EASE THEIR LOST)

"AUM NAMASIVAYA"



AUM SHANTI.....

FROM A HINDRAF SUPPORTER


















Again report about Kugan

14/3/09

IPD Sepang, Selangor. Three more were call to give statement on Serdang Hospital motuary barge in. The three is S.Sivakumar 41 (Seremban), M.Rajasegaran 33 (Santosa Klang) and S.Manoharan 34 (Meru Klang).

Police Watch & Human Rights Committee question why the should be called, when YB.Manikavasagam have given VCD evidence that we did not barge in. We also want to know why the AG did not charge those murderes till today when the AG allready have the police investigation completed one month a ago. Kugan case is a public intrest issue and should delay no more.

S.JAYATHAS
Police Watch Malaysia
0126362287

Ipoh city council removes ‘democracy plaque’

A few bunches of flowers and bulldozer tracks are all that’s left of the “Democracy tree” plaque. – Pic courtesy of blog.limkitsiang.com

By Shannon Teoh- The Malaysian Insider

IPOH, March 15 – The monument commemorating the “Democracy Tree” was removed this morning.

This comes less than two days after the Ipoh City Council served a 24-hour notice pinned to the tree, telling the “owner” of the plaque to remove it.

Perak DAP claims that witnesses saw city council personnel removing it around 7am this morning.

The site where the plaque stood since March 8 shows signs of being dug up by earthmoving machinery.

The notice, pinned on Friday evening, declared that the plaque, erected on a road reserve, was illegal because no permit had been sought from the council.

It also said that the structure posed an obstruction to the public and hence contravened Section 46(1)(a) of the Road, Drainage and Building Ordinance 1974.

DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang said that the removal was done by those afraid of such symbols of democracy.

“They should be more afraid of the democratic spirit in the hearts and minds of Perakians and Malaysians,” the Ipoh Timur MP said, adding that such a move only highlighted the illegitimacy of Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir as the mentri besar of Perak.

“Marilah kita hidup atau mati sekarang”

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Folded into our experience of the night of May 13, 1969, was there not the glue that binds all of us with the message that we must love each other or die?

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

My early education was in the Alice Smith School at Bellamy Road in Kuala Lumpur. For those not familiar with early KL, that is behind the Dewan Bahasa near the Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara. The Alice Smith School was a school for the children of British expatriates. There were probably only three Asians in that entire school. The other two were one Chinese boy, who I can’t remember what his name was, and a girl named Sarah Chin -- my first ‘girlfriend’ of sorts, although she didn’t give any indication that she knew I even existed (so it was actually a one-way ‘relationship’ in that sense).

The Alice Smith School was only up to Standard Five -- so I was transferred to the Meru Road Primary School in Klang for my Standard Six. I did a short stint (about a month or so) in the Meru Road High School, also in Klang, after which I was sent to the Malay Colllege Kuala Kangsar from 1963 to 1965.

I could not stand the all-Malay environment -- a sort of culture shock after almost seven years in an all-English school -- and in 1965, during my Form Three, I asked to be transferred back to a ‘normal’ school. My father sent me to the Victoria Institution where I remained until my Form Five in 1967. The fact that I did not speak Malay well and was constantly subjected to ragging -- they called me ‘Mat Salleh Celup’ -- made life in MCKK most intolerable indeed. I never mixed with anyone and hardly had any friends other than ‘Manan Cina’, a most Chinese-looking Malay whose father was in the Terendak Camp in Melaka.

In the V.I., I felt more at home. My ‘best’ friends were Rajadurai (whom we called ‘Tengku’, since he was a ‘Raja’), Yim Seng, Yong Boon, Onn, Azizul, Karim, and about half a dozen other Malays, Chinese and Indians. The beauty about all these friends was they were not my Malay, Indian or Chinese friends. It did not occur to me (or to any of the others for that matter) that they were my Malay, Chinese and Indian friends. They were just ‘my friends’. In short, we were absolutely and thoroughly ‘colour-blind’,

But that was in the 1960s. Then, in 1969, we suddenly realised that there was a difference after all. We no longer had ‘just friends’. We had Malay, Chinese and Indian friends. Eventually, we drifted apart. I heard Rajadurai was murdered. I was beside Onn’s deathbed as he gasped his last breath. I don’t know what happened to Yim Seng, Yong Boon, Azizul and Karim. And I can’t even remember the names of the half a dozen or so other Malay, Chinese and Indian friends.

And this is most sad. It troubles me to this very day that these friends of mine are no longer part of my life, and I no longer part of theirs. We were once so close. We were closer than brothers. Now, they are faint memories of what could be equated as ships passing in the night.

What has this country done to us? What happened in 1969 that divided us so? What did not matter back in the 1960s is considered ever so important today.

This country has failed us. The politicians of today have turned the clock back and have destroyed what took many years to build. The destruction is so bad that in our lifetime we shall never see the country restored to what it was. It may never be restored even by the next generation.

I no longer see any hope for Malaysia. It will take a miracle to again see what we saw back in the 1960s. Today, Malaysia is all about the colour of your skin. Your break in life depends on which womb you happen to have come out from. Why must your future ride on the throw of the dice? Why must fate play a cruel game of chance while what lies before you relates to which family you were born into?

Malaysia needs a paradigm shift. But this shift can only occur if all want it to happen. It takes two hands to clap. And the way forward must be to bury the past and not play the blame-game. All are to blame for 1969. No one person or one community caused this. Just as it takes two hands to clap to see this paradigm shift that we so greatly need, it also took two hands to clap for what happened in 1969.

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The glue that binds us
Dato' Mahadev Shankar

May 13, 1969 is nearly forty years behind us. What day of the week was it? Alas I cannot now remember! Perhaps it was a Friday? Friday the 13th has always had such an ominous ring to it! It was certainly before Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (the former prime minister) set our clocks back half an hour and thus took centre stage in our psyche. Of that I am sure.

As sure as I am that in 1969 with our Bapa Merdeka, Tunku Abdul Rahman as Prime Minister before he was deposed, we rose at sunrise and retired at sundown. May 13th 1969 marked a turning point in the history of our nation.

I had finished with the Fitzpatrick case at Court Hill, and made an uneventful return home a little earlier than I should. My wife and children were out somewhere in town and got back just before sunset.

By twilight, all hell had broken loose.

The shouting of a mob in full flow seemed to be coming from the junction of Princess Road (now Jalan Raja Muda) and Circular Road (later Jalan Pekeliling and now Jalan Tun Abdul Razak), which was less than half a mile from our house on the corner of Jalan Gurney Dua and Satu. We were well within earshot of the commotion.

I was then out on our badminton court with my wife and children when I saw a young Malay, face ravaged with shock as he ran past us, intermittently stopping to catch his breath and then run on. The panic he radiated was very contagious.

A few moments later, my neighbour Tuan Haji Ahmad shouted from across the road that a riot was in progress at the Princess Road junction and that we should immediately get back indoors.

Soon afterwards as the darkness set in, we saw red tongues of flame crowned with black smoke go up from the direction of Dato Keramat. From town there was a red glow in the sky of fires burning. The acrid smell of smoke was coming from everywhere. More to the point, the very air around us seemed to be shivering with terror. Fearing the worst, we locked ourselves in and huddled around the TV set.

Then I heard this high pitched wail. It was a female voice in distress - "Tolong, buka pintu, tolong. buka pintu!" (Please open the door!). A diminutive woman, with a babe in arms, was desperately yelling for shelter, obviously not having had much luck with the houses nearer the Gurney Road junction.

Without a second thought, I ran out, unlocked the gate and let her in. She was wide-eyed with terror and the baby was bawling away. The sheer relief seemed to have silenced her and she was not registering my questions. And she was not talking.

Once inside, she slunk into a corner in our dining room and just sat there huddled with her baby, not looking at us but facing the wall. It was now evident that she was Chinese, spoke no English, and was quite unwilling to engage in any conversation except to plead in bazaar Malay that she would give us no trouble and that she would leave the next day. Our attention soon shifted from her to the TV set.

A very distraught Tunku Abdul Rahman, came on to tell us that a curfew had to be declared because of racial riots between the Malays and the Chinese, caused by the over-exuberance of some elements celebrating their election victories, and gave brief details of irresponsible provocations, skirmishes, and fatalities. He stressed the need for calm whilst the security services restored law and order. Well do I remember his parting words to us that night,

“Marilah kita hidup atau mati sekarang.” (Let us choose to live or die now.)

As my attention once again shifted to the tiny woman and her tinier baby, let me confess to my shame, that the thought crossed my mind that living in a predominantly Malay area, I had now put my whole family in peril by harbouring this Chinese woman. It was manifestly evident from the TV broadcasts that her race had become the target of blind racial hatred.

It was an ignoble thought I immediately suppressed as unworthy of any human being. She, too, had been watching the TV and perhaps even more intently was watching me, and must have seen the dark clouds as they gathered around my visage.

None of us were in the mood to eat anything. We all just sat and waited and waited and waited, not knowing quite what to expect. Hours later there was a loud banging at our gate accompanied by a male voice shouting.

I realised then my moment of truth had finally arrived. I asked my cook Muthu, a true hero, if ever there was one to accompany me to the gate. In that half-light, I saw the most enormous Malay man I ever set my eyes on.

With great trepidation I asked him what he wanted. “You have got my wife and child in your house and I have come for them,” he said in English.

Still suspicious I asked him, “Before I say anything, can you describe your wife?”

“Yes, yes, I know you ask because I am a Malay. My wife is Chinese and she is very small and my baby is only a few months old. Can I now please come in?”

I immediately unlocked the gate. In he came and we witnessed the most touching family reunion. He thanked us profusely and without further ado they were on their way. In the excitement we did not ask his name or address.

What next?

I saw where my duty lay and immediately called the Emergency telephone number to volunteer for relief duty. An armoured car appeared the next morning. I was taken to Federal House and assigned to assist the late Tun Khir Johari (as he subsequently became) and the late Tan Sri Manikavasagam.

Our task initially was to transport and resettle the refugees into the Merdeka Stadium and thence into the low cost municipal flats in Jalan Ipoh. We then tied up with Dato Ruby Lee of the Red Cross to locate missing persons and supply emergency food rations to the displaced. Some semblance of law and order was restored and the town slowly came back to life.

If that baby who sheltered in our house that fateful night has survived life’s vicissitudes, he would be 38 years old today.

All the ethnic races, which compose our lucky nation, were fully represented in our house that evening when the Almighty brought us together for a short while. With our 50th Merdeka anniversary fast approaching, and our hopes for racial unity so much in the forefront of our minds, may I leave it to my readers to ask themselves whether there is a pointer here for all of us. Folded into our experience of the night of May 13, 1969, was there not the glue that binds all of us with the message that we must love each other or die?

May 13, 2007

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Dato’ Mahadev Shankar joined the Victoria Institution (V.I.) after the war from Pasar Road School and was active in debating and in drama. Indeed, he was the first president of the V.I. Dramatics Society, a successor to the long-dormant VIMADS (V.I. Musical and Dramatic Society) of the 1920s. He is well remembered for his title role as Antonio in the Society's first major production, Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, which played to packed houses for five nights in August 1952.

He was also the V.I. Rodger Scholar of 1951.

Dato' Shankar is a barrister of the Inner Temple London and was enrolled as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court Malaya in 1956. Thereafter he practised law in Shearn Delamore and Company, Kuala Lumpur, till 1983 when he was appointed Judge of the High Court of West Malaysia. He served in Johor, the Federal Capital, and in Selangor till 1994 when he was elevated to the Court of Appeal.

During his career as a lawyer he served on the Board of Several Public Companies including Malaysian Airlines System. He was the advisor to the New Straits Times Group on libel laws and the resident representative of the Medical Defence Union.

He has also represented Malaysia on several international conferences on a variety of legal subjects. These included Intellectual Property laws in Sydney 1984, Canberra 1987, New Delhi 1995 and Tokyo 1997, and Kanchanaburi Thailand in 1998, Price Variation and Escalation clauses in International contracts at the Singapore Business Laws Conference, and the Right to a Fair Trial in Heidelberg 1996 as well as conferences on Aviation Laws in Dallas 1979, New York 1981, and Taipei in 1990.

Apart from the hundreds of Judgements he has delivered during his tenure as a judge he also served as a Royal Commissioner on two national inquiries and was the Advisory Editor for Halsbury’ Laws of Malaysia on Civil Procedure.

With specific reference to Arbitration, whilst in practice he has acted as an Arbitrator in the Whitley Council to revise the Wage Structure of the Postal Department of Malaysia, in labour disputes on the first Industrial Arbitration Tribunal, and in private arbitrations in disputes between dissenting partners in legal firms. He delivered the judgement of the Court of Appeal on the inviolabilty of the awards of the Regional Centre from Judicial review.

Dato' Mahadev Shankar retired as a Judge of the Court of Appeal Malaysia in November 1997.

Since his retirement from the Judiciary he has acted as an Arbitrator in a corporate dispute between joint venture partners on severance terms, a major dispute between the Owner and Main contractor in one of Kuala Lumpur’s prime building projects. The ongoing arbitrations in which he is now involved include a construction dispute in East Malaysia, and a dispute between two corporate conglomerates on the enforceablity of put options.

He is currently a legal consultant in Zaid Ibrahim and Company, a law firm in Kuala Lumpur.

In April 2000 Dato' Shankar was appointed a Member of the Human Rights Commission Of Malaysia for a term of two years.

3-day nefarious Operation Democracy Tree plaque vandalism–desecration completed

Vandalism and desecration of the Democracy Tree plaque has been completed in a three-day nefarious operation.

There is now not a trace of the Democracy plague or relic at the historic Democracy Raintree in Ipoh.

Ipoh City Council workers in a lorry and tractor were sighted at the site this morning at about 7.30 am this morning to “cleanse” the site, removing every bit and piece of the Democracy Monument.

Even the signposts for the five Democracy saplings were not spared.

Democracy Tree Plaque Completely Bulldozed Away

This is the work of people who are mortally afraid of a Democracy monument and Democracy Tree – not realizing that they should be more afraid of the Democracy spirit in the hearts and minds of Perakians and Malaysians

The nefarious three-day operation to complete the vandalism and desecration of the Democracy plaque has only highlighted the fundamental legitimacy problem of the usurper Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir as well as the legitimacy of the impending sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak in orchestrating the divisive, undemocratic, unethical, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak and neglecting his responsibilities as the Finance Minister to single-mindedly rally and unite Malaysians to tide Malaysia through the world’s worst global economic crisis in a century.

Perakians and Malaysians must tell Najib and Zambry – You can vandalise and desecrate the Democracy plaque, but you cannot quash and destroy the democracy spirit burning ever stronger in the hearts of Malaysians.

Even the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has acknowledged that the power grab in Perak, orchestrated by Najib, was illegitimate, undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional.

If Najib wants to be a Prime Minister for all Malaysians, and not just for Zambry, Umno, MCA, Gerakan, MIC, and the rest of the BN component parties, then dissolve the Perak State Assembly and return the mandate to the Perakains to choose the government they want!

Democracy Tree plaque removed

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Smashed, scarred and now uprooted and gone without a trace - Photos by Kinta Kid

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Now, who did this?: Bro Vincent Corkery, former director of St Michael’s Institution, inspects the site

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… and the rakyat are still coming

On the third day, the Democracy Plaque vanishes… Another metaphor for our lost democracy.

Kinta Kid reports from Ipoh:

The plaque under the now famous Democracy Tree has been removed. According to an eye witness account, it was removed at around 7.00am today, presumably by the Ipoh City Council’s enforcement department. A view of the site indicates that a tractor was used to remove the structure.

If the culprits think they can remove the quest for democracy by removing the plaque, they are sadly mistaken. Democracy is now deeply embedded in the hearts of many Malaysians by now, and no tractor can uproot that spirit.

But with positive indications in favour of justice, such as the Speaker now being allowed to appoint his own counsel and Mahathir’s remarks about the illegality of the new Perak government, it may not be long before the plaque is returned to its rightful place.

The legend of the Democracy Tree lives on…

Debating The Motion To Suspend Gobind

The tabling of the motion to suspend Gobind Singh from Parliament for a year by Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz is intriguing.

The motion reads as follows (taken from YB Lim Kit Siang’s blog):

ATURAN URUSAN MESYUARAT DAN USUL-USUL

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri akan mencadangkan:

BAHAWA pada 12 Mac 2009, Yang Berhormat Tuan Gobind Singh Deo, Ahli Parlimen kawasan Puchong semasa perbahasan peringkat Jawatankuasa Rang Undang-undang Perbekalan Tambahan (2009) 2009 telah mengeluarkan kenyataan-kenyataan yang mendakwa YAB. Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Pekan terlibat dalam kes pembunuhan.

BAHAWA Yang Berhormat Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Puchong juga telah mengeluarkan kenyataan-kenyataan yang menghina Timbalan Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat setelah diperintah keluar Dewan.

DAN BAHAWA kenyataan-kenyataan yang dibuat oleh Yang Berhormat Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Puchong adalah merupakan satu dakwaan yang sangat serius dan menyalahi hak dan keistimewaan sebagai Ahli Parlimen serta merupakan satu penghinaan kepada Dewan ini.

MAKA INILAH DIPERSETUJUI BAHAWA Yang Berhormat Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Puchong hendaklah digantung tugas dari jawatannya sebagai Ahli Parlimen selama dua belas (12) bulan dari tarikh keputusan usul ini diluluskan. Dalam masa penggantungan ini Yang Berhormat Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Puchong tidak akan dibayar kesemua bayaran elaun dan kemudahan sebagai seorang Ahli Parlimen.

It appears that the motion is grounded on Gobind having abused parliamentary process and privilege in accusing the Deputy Prime Minister of being involved in the murder of Altantuya Shaaribuu.

Leaving aside the questions of whether the matter ought more properly be taken up before the Committee of Privileges and whether the suspension of the Puchong MP for a day on 12th March brought the matter to a close, it is significant that a debate of the motion must necessarily involve discussion of whether Gobind Singh had conducted himself inappropriately.

This would necessarily involve a consideration of whether the making of the accusation was warranted which in turn would involve a consideration of the very matters that the Deputy Speaker had directed Gobind Singh not to speak about on the basis that the matters were “sub-judice”.

If the sub-judice ruling holds, then the motion cannot be debated.

The motion is of punitive nature, it aims at suspending Gobind Singh without allowances and privileges. The MP must therefore be given every opportunity to state his position squarely. Additionally, all other MPs must be given an opportunity to debate the motion fully in order that the issue is fully ventilated. As such, the Speaker cannot limit the scope of debate by ruling that reference to the Altantuya case and its investigation is not permitted. This would be akin to the MP being asked to step into a boxing ring with his hands tied behind him.

If the Speaker allows full ventilation of the issue, it would not only be inconsistent with the ruling of the Deputy Speaker on 12th March and other prior rulings that have impeded the raising of the Altantuya matter in Parliament, it would also permit the Altantuya matter to be raised in Parliament.

I am not certain who stands to lose more if the motion is permitted to be debated.

Malik Imtiaz Sarwar

Samy Vellu Set To Retain Crown

By S. Retnanathan

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 (Bernama) -- Long-serving MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu is all set to retain the party's top post for a record 11th consecutive term at the MIC presidential nomination on March 22.

While nomination for the MIC presidential election is a week away, the grapevine has it that the 73-year-old who celebrated his birthday on March 8, would retain the post without a fight.

Sources reveal that his 'contender' Datuk M. Muthupalaniappan, who voiced his intention to contest the post late last year, was unlikely to obtain the 50 nominations needed to be eligible to fight the post.

Muthupalaniappan, in the run-up to the nomination process, has on numerous occasions pointed out that the system in which the party protected its leaders, especially the president, was outdated, unfair and biased.

The incumbent Samy Vellu, who was works minister before his loss in the Sungai Siput parliamentary constituency at the 2008 general elections, has been at the helm of the largest Indian-based political party since 1979, when he became the acting president, following the demise of then-president Tan Sri V. Manikavasagam.

Under the party constitution, a presidential aspirant needs to obtain 50 nominations, with each nomination needing one proposer and five seconders, to be eligible to contest. All proposers and seconders must be branch chairmen.

The MIC president will be picked by about 3,700 branch chairmen nationwide. The party has fixed March 22 for the presidential nomination while polling is slated for April 12.

If Samy Vellu wins uncontested -- in the event Muthupalaniappan fails to obtain the 50 nominations needed -- then the MIC chief would be crowned president on March 22 -- the same date he officially became the party supremo, 28 years ago in 1981.

All indications are that Samy Vellu, who was last challenged for the MIC top post more than 15 years ago, would be crowned president, come March 22.

Even Muthupalaniappan, although not conceding the race, appears to wilt under the heat of Samy Vellu and his band of men, who are all in the MIC central working committee (CWC), the party's highest decision-making body.

Asked on his chances of obtaining the nominations and contesting the MIC top post, Muthupalaniappan told Bernama that concerted efforts by some party leaders to ensure he did not contest, appeared to bear fruit.

"I would say that I am facing an uphill task. Even obtaining nomination forms is a huge task, what more asking branch leaders to sign it. The branch chairmen are scared.

"Even in the event of a contest, I am sure there are more tricks up the sleeves of some leaders to ensure Samy Vellu wins comfortably," said Muthupalaniappan, 66, the former MIC vice-president who hails from Seremban.

Political observers say the reason for Samy Vellu to remain unchallenged for decades is because of "politics of patronage".

"All the CWC members, except for two in the present CWC, were put in by him. At the last party elections and even elections before that, he would ensure leaders he picked sat on the CWC. They are then appointed as state liason chiefs.

"If Samy Vellu gets wind of anyone trying to play politics within, then that person is chopped down using various excuses. There is no room for dissent. The MIC CWC is considered to be his band of men who readily agree to anything the president says," said an MIC division leader, who declined to be named for fear of repercussions.

He said these CWC members who were appointed state leaders to solidify their positions and "please the president", in turn ensured all division leaders followed the MIC supremo's orders without questions.

"This is why Muthupalaniappan is finding it difficult to obtain the 50 nominations needed. If a branch leader signs a nomination for him, then the said branch leader is quickly cornered by the division leader and is made to sign another nomination for Samy Vellu. Automatically, the nomination for Muthupalaniappan becomes invalid because the branch chairman has signed two nomination forms," said a party veteran.

This time around, the presidential election is being held before the divisional election, which would only be held, beginning mid-April.

"This is also another tactic. If branch leaders from a certain division do not support Samy Vellu, then come April, that division leader would definitely be challenged and is likely to lose his post. The challenge will come from any one of Samy Vellu's grassroots supporters.

"So, in order to maintain their respective posts at the division level, the division leaders are working very hard to please Samy Vellu by ensuring that all branch leaders in the division do not nominate Muthupalaniappan," said the senior leader.

He argued that division elections should have been held before the presidential election and not after, as this allowed Samy Vellu to "politically blackmail" division leaders.

Muthupalaniappan revealed that another reason why he was struggling to obtain enough nomination to fight the MIC top post was because division leaders, who are supposed to be returning officers in the presidential election, had turned campaigners for Samy Vellu.

"Division leaders are supposed to be returning officers of the presidential elections and this is stated in the party constitution. In that sense, they should not be allowed to campaign. How can the Election Commission campaign for a certain candidate?

"But this is what is happening now. Division leaders call for a division meeting and ask all branch leaders to sign nomination forms for Samy Vellu. Anyone who does not sign is blacklisted. Now, is that democracy?," asked Muthupalaniappan.

He argued that Samy Vellu should provide a level-playing field in the contest as the veteran claimed that he was "unshakeable" in the MIC.

"If he is as strong as he claims, then he should not fear and use these tactics to retain his post. Come and have a clean fight," urged Muthupalaniappan.

While, issuing such a challenge would be easy, one has only to ask, when has MIC politics been about fairness or involved a 'level-playing' field?

Perguruan : Dari 48,384 Permohonan hanya 6,631 Ditawarkan

Berikut adalah Soalan dan Jawapan YB Kapar di Parlimen pada 12 Mac 2009 .

Soalan No 6.

Tuan S. Manikavasagam [Kapar] minta Menteri Pelajaran menyatakan jumlah pelajar

yang berjaya memasuki Maktab Perguruan dan berikan pecahan mengikut kaum bagi tahun 2005 hingga 2008.

Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran I [Datuk Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong]: Tuan Yang di-Pertua,

bilangan pelajar mengikut tahun yang berjaya memasuki Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) bagi

tempoh tahun 2007 dan 2008 adalah seperti berikut:-

Tahun 2007 - 20,187 orang

Tahun 2008 - 17,678 orang

Sukacita dimaklumkan bahawa jumlah enrolmen tersebut adalah berdasarkan kepada dua kursus adalah Kursus Perguruan Lepasan SPM iaitu lima setengah tahun dan satu lagi adalah Kursus Perguruan Lepasan Ijazah. Manakala data yang dipohon oleh Yang Berhormat sebenarnya selepas tahun 2006, satu keputusan telah dibuat oleh kerajaan di mana Kementeria Pengajian Tinggi dan Kementerian Pelajaran masing-masing mempunyai pengkhususan di mana IPG hanya melatih guru di peringkat sekolah rendah. Kerajaan ataupun Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia tidak mengkhusus ataupun menetapkan sebarang kuota kepada mana-mana kaum tetapi sebaliknya membuka peluang kepada semua calon yang layak untuk memohon ke IPG bagi mengikuti kursus perguruan yang ditawarkan.

Untuk makluman Yang Berhormat oleh kerana sekolah rendah sekarang adalah sekolahkebangsaan, sekolah jenis kebangsaan Tamil dan Cina, bermakna ada tiga aliran. Keperluan guru itu berdasarkan kepada tiga jenis sekolah tersebut. Itulah serba sedikit tentang gambaran di IPG. Terima kasih.

Tuan S. Manikavasagam [Kapar]: Terima kasih, Tuan Yang di-Pertua. Terima kasih

Yang Berhormat Timbalan Menteri. Soalan tambahan saya, berapakah jumlah keseluruhan pelajar yang memohon untuk memasuki maktab perguruan dan adakah kementerian bercadang untuk menambah lagi tempat bagi menampung keperluan tenaga guru-guru terlatih. Sekian, terima kasih.

Datuk Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong: Terima kasih, Yang Berhormat Kapar. Sebenarnya kalausaya memberikan satu senario jumlah permohonan yang diterima di kalangan calon Melayu untuk KPLI 2009 iaitu permohonan dibuat tahun lalu adalah 48,384 dan yang layak ditawar ialah 6,631 orang. Manakala untuk permohonan daripada calon Cina hanya 2,665 yang mana 838 layak ditawar setelah temu duga. Begitu juga di kalangan calon India seramai 1,910 yang mana 338 orang berjaya ditawarkan tempat.

Itu adalah senario yang terkini dan mengenai tempat yang hendak disediakan sebenarnya IPG sedang mengadakan satu perancangan terperinci untuk kita mempertingkatkan kapasiti di IPG termasuk kita membina kampus induk di Nilai. Ini adalah antara usaha yang kita jalankan termasuk kita mengambil lebih ramai pensyarah untuk menjadi pensyarah di IPG.

Terima kasih.

Dr. Haji Mohd. Puad Zarkashi [Batu Pahat]: Terima kasih, Tuan Yang di-Pertua. Kitasering dibangkitkan tentang masalah kekurangan guru terutamanya guru yang berkualiti untuk mengajar anak-anak murid ini. Contoh yang dibangkitkan ialah kemampuan guru kita mengajar dalam bahasa Inggeris. Jadi, saya ingin tahu kemampuan institut perguruan kita ini dalam melahirkan guru-guru yang berkualiti ini. Saya juga ingin tahu apakah kita membezakan lulusan di institut perguruan dengan yang lepasan ijazah ini yang membangkitkan bahawa mereka sukar mendapat tempat untuk menjadi guru sebenarnya.

Datuk Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong: Terima kasih, Yang Berhormat Batu Pahat. Ada dua soalan yang dibangkitkan. Pertamanya dari segi kualiti guru bahasa Inggeris. Sebenarnya kita mempunyai satu kampus khusus iaitu IPG khusus untuk melatih guru dalam bahasa Inggeris. Itu memang kita sedang merancang kaedah yang terbaik untuk kita mempertingkatkan penguasaan bahasa Inggeris itu sendiri dan cara pedagogi untuk mengajar yang paling berkesan kepada murid. Itu memang dalam tindakan kita.

Keduanya, apa yang disarankan oleh Yang Berhormat sebenarnya setelah MOHE mengambil alih latihan untuk guru di peringkat sekolah menengah, itu memang adalah satu masalah yang sering dibangkitkan oleh graduan yang telah menamatkan pengajian di universiti. Mereka menganggap mereka terpaksa melalui temu duga. Sebenarnya ini adalah satu proses yang perlu dilalui oleh kerana ia dilatih di universiti dan ia perlulah melalui proses pengambilan guru ke dalam sistem kita. Maka kalau kita hendak lihat dari segi sistem kita di IPG, kita telah mengadakan latihan amali yang secukup-cukupnya.

Jadi, sebab itulah kita melihat advantage bagi mereka yang memasuki IPG adalah dari segi pendedahan untuk mengajar dan kita mempunyai sekolah dalam maktab itu sendiri untuk mereka diberi pendedahan. Saya rasa dalam konteks ini kita tidak membeza-bezakan kelulusan daripada universiti tetapi sebaliknya dari segi pengambilan kita perlu teliti dan kita kena berdasarkan kepada apa yang telah kita buat dari segi kualiti guru yang kita tekankan. Terima kasih.

New Bar Council commits to protect public interest

By Debra Chong- The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 — Amid grumblings about crumbling public institutions, the new Malaysian Bar Council elected today promised to continue to act as a proactive pressure group in protecting the interests of the public.

“I think the movement for change has come and we all have a role to play in change and reform,” said its newly-minted president Ragunath Kesavan, who is taking over from Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.

Speaking to reporters after its 63rd annual general meeting here this afternoon, Ragunath noted there were many “issues of conflict”, especially those revolving around “sensitive matters” related to religion.

“We need to know how we can deal with these issues of conflict,” he said, promising to hold more dialogues with activists, non-governmental organisations from both the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds such as the Malaysian Institute of Islamic Understanding (Ikim) and Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to exchange views and build better understanding of religion for both sides.

Asked whether the Bar Council was acting in the interest of the public in carrying out the “Allah” polls on its website, Ragunath replied that the poll merely reflected public opinion and was not necessarily its own.

“It’s a matter of No. 1, public opinion, and No. 2, it’s not binding on anyone; it’s not even binding on the Bar Council,” he explained.

He pointed out the council has carried out many polls considered sensitive before, such as whether one is happy with the judiciary and the police force.

Ragunath noted that just because a subject is sensitive, “it doesn’t mean we stop any form of discussion on the matter.”

“As long as it is measured, tempered, I do not see why we cannot have any discussion on any sensitive topics.

“Even when the court has decided you can or can’t use it, doesn’t mean you can’t disagree with the decision,” he said, and added: “That’s what democracy is all about.”

Likewise, asked to comment on the abuse of freedom of expression on the Internet over the recent controversy involving six bloggers who were yesterday charged with insulting the Sultan of Perak online, Ragunath reasoned there was hardly a need for worry.

“In a country of 26 million people, how big a problem is it with things like that?” he threw back.

“Isn’t it more important to demonstrate we are a democratic country?” he added.

Ragunath laughed when a reporter pointed out the Bar Council was seen to be “anti-government and pro-opposition because of its strong views on a number of issues.

“What’s projected is only 10 per cent of the work we do,” he said.

He explained that 90 per cent of the work the Bar Council undertakes, which happens behind closed doors, “are complementary with what the government of the day wants”.

Asked to comment on the de facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz’s statement that the Bar Council is subject to the rule of law like everyone else, Ragunath agreed.

“I agree with Datuk Seri Nazri we cannot be treated differently from anybody else,” he said.

However, he explained fear of prosecution has never stopped the Bar Council from doing its duty and would not stop it in future from speaking out against the authorities should the situation call for it.

“Whatever we do, we do in the interest of the public, of our profession,” he said.

“If action has to be taken, so be it. We’ll face the action when it comes,” he added.

The other office bearers for the new term 2009/2010 are vice-president Lim Chee Wee, secretary George Varughese and treasurer Tony Woon.

A Small acknowledgement To Sir. Wathamoorthy

From Thaarani's blog

Dear Sir. Waythamoorthy, I had just received my SPM results and i scored straight A'S. 8 A1'S AND 2 A2'S.I even appeared in news and was interviewed.

I would like to mention here that i dedicate my success to you as you are my inspiring leader. I wish to be like you in future. Your will to never give up and stay strong through all odds, has inspired me. I also hope that new generation Indians do not forget your contribution to Indian society. Your bravery shall be a stepping stone to all Indians in Malaysia towards acHieving their dreams.
Besides that, my true ambition is to become an Indian leader whom capable of setting Indians in this country 'free'. I bow to upon my honour.

I am currently pursuing my ACCA in Sunway University in Bandar Sunway.
Sir, Thanks a lot for inspiring me and teaching me valuable lessons in life.
MAKKAL SAKTHI

Chow Kit -Tengku Razaleigh

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I have fallen a little behind with my blog. People h ave been asking me what I think of the so-called Second Stimulus Package. What I have to say about it can wait a little while longer. My comments would do little to lift the dismay of our citizens and business people with a package as puzzlingly weak, and directionless, as it is large.

Last Thursday I visited Rumah Nur Salam, a centre for homeless children in KL’s Jalan Chow Kit area. Rumah Nur Salam is founded and led by the indefatigable Dr Hartini Zainuddin, the daughter of dear departed friend of mine. I spent some time with the children and toured the centre, which is, as its name implies, a haven of peace in a very troubled area.

Here, in Chow Kit, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur,

less than a kilometre from the Twin Towers and a stone’s thrown from PWTC, life is cheap, drug users shoot up in the back alleys and children wander the streets hungry. Infants are bought and sold by syndicates, young children are supplied for prostitution and child-pornography. Hundreds of children are on the streets or homeless. They beg and hustle and sell themselves for sex. They are runaways or abandoned or neglected children, vulnerable to STD and HIV, to drug addiction and to rape and murder. Many among them have no registration papers. Although they may have been born to Malaysian parents they are “stateless” and therefore ineligible for free inoculation, medical education or education. They are abused and traded with impunity by criminals and corrupt officials because when they disappear it is without trace. They are nobo

dy’s constituency.

Homeless children and street children in Malaysia number in the tens of thousands. They are in Chow Kit, but also in Dengkil, Jinjang, Pantai Dalam, Kepong, Selayang, Subang Jaya, Petaling Street and Pudu and in the bigger towns across the country. In Sabah and Sarawak, the problem of stateless children is acute.

I sat down to listen to a small circle of community leaders, social workers and volunteers. Some worked with these children. Others worked with other “at risk” groups such as prostitutes, drug users and transsexuals. What these groups have in common is that they are rejected by society. Many of the leaders come from the very groups they now serve. Having picked themselves up, they immediately felt called to give back to other

s. The work they do is more than a job. It is a full-time commitment around which they have shaped their lives. Some have served here for decades, walking daily up and down streets that the police recently considered “too unsafe” to keep a beat base open in.

They told me of a set of linked issues: poverty, bigotry, crime, social breakdown and bureaucratic indifference. They spoke about government that could not join the dots between ministries to help people, and of announcements of assistance that amounted to nothing.

Having served a constituency in the depths of Kela

ntan for forty years, I have seen my share of poverty, but urban poverty is brutal. The family unit is broken. Women and children are left to fend for themselves. The weak are prey to the strong. People are bought and sold like things.

Chow Kit holds up a mirror to our society. It is an image we would rather not see. The way we treat the weakest among us places the worth of our entire society in the balance. In God’s sight this weighs more than all the wealth we could accumulate.

There is another sense in which urban poverty test us. It is the weathervane of our social and economic ills. Since December, the number

of abandoned children has risen dramatically. For the children freshly abandoned to the street, and for their parents, the recession occurred more quickly, and undeniably, than for our leaders.

Behind the evasive and woolly talk we have had about growth figures and fiscal stimuli are the absolutely tangible consequences of our policy decisions in the lives of ordinary people. Economic management, or the lack of it, has disproportionate consequences on the life-prospects of the most vulnerable members of our society.

I came away humbled by the visit. The quiet, day by day heroism of the community leaders and volunteers working to make a difference in Chow Kit was a lesson in leadership as service. I am grateful for all that they and the children shared with me with such open hearts.

EPF DIVIDEND FOR 2008 - 4.5%

It's bad news for Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributors, the dividend for 2008 is expected to be as low as 4.5%.

The time has come for the contributors to demand an explanation for the low dividend rate since the EPF is cash rich, unless the EPF Board had mismanaged the funds.

news n picture courtesy of Malaysiakini

Chitrakala: Samy Vellu Clarifies Reports On Police Statement

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) -- MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu today clarified that the statement he gave to the police yesterday was on the RM2 million Sri Lankan Tsunami Fund and not on the alleged financial mismanagement in the building and running of the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) University as reported by the media.


"I wish to clarify that the police officers who came to see me at the MIC headquarters yesterday only wanted to take my statement on the allegation made by the CEO of the Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED), P. Chitrakala about the so-called RM2 million Sri Lankan Tsunami Fund," Samy Vellu said in a statement.

He said that when tsunami hit several neighbouring countries, he initiated the collection of funds from well-wishers under the auspices of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).

"We collected a total of RM5,595,362.01. We then disbursed a sum of RM1 million to the Sri Lankan government, a further sum of RM1 million to the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation and RM1.7 million to the Tamil Nadu Relief Fund.

"These distributions were effected through the offices of CIDB. The balance RM1,895,362.01 was reserved for the building of a technical school at Vellati in Jaffna under the Tamil Relief Organisation," he added.

Samy Vellu said the architectural plans for the school had already been drawn up but before those plans could be approved by the Tamil Relief Organisation, civil conflict in Sri Lanka escalated.

Under those circumstances, the funds allocated for the project was eventually paid out by CIDB to Yayasan Pemulihan Sosial in March 2008 and placed under fixed deposit receipts, he said.

"The interest earned as of February 2009, is in the sum of RM57,952," he added.

Democracy Tree vandalism caught on camera - Anil Netto

Democracy Tree vandalism caught on camera

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Friday the 13th, 1.30am: The light at the centre of the image is from the headlights of a car parking before a vandal alights to smash the Democracy Tree plaque - (Click to expand) Image sourced by Kinta Kid

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Smashed and scarred: A disappointed little girl looks sadly at what remains of the Democracy Tree plaque - Photos and images by Kinta Kid

The tragicomedy surrounding the Democracy Tree continues as the resourceful Kinta Kid reports from Ipoh:

The plaque was vandalised a second time today. This time the wording was covered with what appears to be road tar. The general consensus amongst all present was that it was once again a sad and cowardly act.

It was more disappointing for a group of 27 Keadilan Cheras branch supporters who had arrived by bus to view the “Democracy Tree”. Its Wanita head, Felicia Ling, said they had decided to visit the tree two days ago. But when they heard the tree had been vandalised on Friday the 13th, they brought forward their trip - only to discover today it had been further vandalised.

Their branch donated RM500 for the reconstruction of the plaque. At a press conference immediately afterwards, Nga Kor Meng showed CCTV footage of the first vandalism incident. “The incident took place at 1.30am…. One person…parked the car next to the tree and used a hammer to damage the plaque.” He plans to upload the incident on YouTube.

(Kinta Kid had earlier reported here that a neighouring house had heard dogs barking at 1.30am that day.)

Those who want to make donations for the plaque may make out cheques to “DAP Perak” and write “Tabung Pembinaan Monumen Demokrasi” on the reverse side and bank it into Public Bank account 311-044-1003.

Meanwhile, the Ipoh City Council, now wanting to be left out, has taken up the cudgel. Someone from the Council stuck a memo (see below) on the tree on Friday the 13th which said the plaque was an “obstruction” to the public and had to be removed within 24 hours failing which the Council would remove the structure. The notice was not addressed to any particular person or party and did not have a mailing address. Instead it was addressed to “pemilik/pemunya” (the owner); so it was presumed it was addressed to the Democracy Tree itself. Either that or it could be addressed to Malaysians in general as many feel the Democracy Tree and plaque are now part of our heritage.

And so the comedy of errors keeps growing. There is only one way to stop it: dissolve the assembly and call for fresh elections.

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Ragunath Kesavan Elected New Bar Council President

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) -- Ragunath Kesavan has been elected as the new president of the Malaysian Bar Council for the 2009/2010 term.

He takes over from Datuk Ambiga Sreenavesan whose two-year term ends this year. He was the vice-president of the Bar Council.


bar council agm 140309 ragunathThe new office-bearers of the Bar Council were also elected. Lim Chee Wee is now vice-president (taking over from Ragunath), George Varughese the secretary (taking over from Lim) and Tony Woon Yeow Thong, treasurer (taking over Varughese).

"The goal of the Bar is two-fold, one is to ensure development and maintaining of standards of the profession, and the other, to pursue vigorously human rights matters," said Ragunath at a press conference after the Bar Council's 63rd annual general meeting, here, Saturday.

The meeting was attended by 625 members who voted in the new office-bearers.

Among the motions proposed by the Bar Council was on detention without trial and deaths in police custody.

"The detention of persons held without trial under laws such as the Internal Security Act (1960), Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969 and Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985 is an unjustified infringement of the universal principles of human rights," said Ragunath.

He said the laws were a violation of the rule of law and principles of a democratic government.


kugan ananthan funeral 230109He also urged the government to investigate all deaths in police custody and called on the setting up of a royal commission to investigate such deaths.

Management Committee To Decide On Norza's Eligibility - Abdullah

PENANG, March 14 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he is leaving it to the Umno Management Committee to determine whether Datuk Mohamad Norza Zakaria can contest in the end of the month party polls.

The Umno president was responding to a reporter's question whether the Federal Territories Umno Youth head is eligible to stand in the party election for a Supreme Council seat following his prosecution yesterday.

Norza, 43, was charged in the Temerloh Magistrate's Court with two counts of vote-buying involving RM3,400 ahead of the Umno elections. The offence was allegedly committed in Taman Bandar Temerloh on Jan 20.

If convicted, he can be jailed up to 20 years and fined not less than five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000 whichever is higher.

Speaking to reporters after meeting leaders of the Penang Muslim League and Federation of Malaysian Indian Muslim Organisations here today, Abdullah said: "Contest eligibility will have to be decided by the Management Committee for cases relating to this matter."

He said the move to bring any party leaders to justice showed that no one was immune from prosecution. Under these circumstances, it was up to them to prove in court that they were innocent, he said.

On today's meeting, he said that among the matters discussed were job, business, training and education opportunities including for people who had been laid off.