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Nothing moving for unit headed by Deputy Minister Waytha?

August 28th, 2013
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Received this via email. I just added the red color for focus. So, guess what – no name, no charter, no infrastructure procurement, no expert committee, no budget for 2013 and no planning for 2014 budget (next month gonna announce by PM).

Now push the ball to PM’s court and say Waytha will resign if nothing improves. Rightly so, as Waytha is just deputy minister and the minister in charge is PM himself. Our guess is that all the proposals has been made by Waytha and team but no approval given, thus no progress.

Now they know how hard things are. This is similar fate usually suffered by MIC, if and when they come out with proposals that require huge sums of money?

 

HINDRAF PRESS STATEMENT

Hindraf calls on Prime Minister Najib to get cracking on the Hindraf BN MOU

27th August 2013

The recent high pitched campaign by the police to address the rising crime rate in the country has helped to highlight the extent to which Indian youth are caught up in the whirlpool of crime. The fact that there is such a large involvement of the Indian young is a fairly recent phenomenon. This has not always been the case. This trend was set some 30 odd years ago in tandem with the massive forced displacement of Indian plantation workers out of their traditional abodes in the estates. This crime problem of the Indian young is only one of many, ailing the Indian community and is also only symptomatic of the more serious socio-economic problem.

It was against this background that Hindraf put out its five year Blueprint to address the situation of the displaced estate workers in a targeted and focussed manner with permanent and comprehensive solutions in mind. The Blueprint contained all the elements to address the socio-economic issues of the displaced estate workers which would have had a direct effect on this rising crime problem. The plan clearly addressed the many economic, social, physical and psychological factors that contributed to the marginalization of the Indian displaced estate workers – the path that leads to crime..

BN bought the Blueprint on the 18th of April 2013 in an MOU Agreement in an official ceremony and made a public promise to implement the Blueprint on returning to power. They returned to power on the 5th of May.

The most significant thing that that has been accomplished deriving from the MOU in the period since, is the appointment of Waytha Moorthy as a Deputy Minister.

The unit headed by Waytha Moorthy in the Prime Minister’s department has yet to be given a name. The charter of this unit has yet to be publicly confirmed. The infrastructure proposal for the unit has not been bought off. The Expert Steering Committee which is supposed to come out with the specific plan for addressing the income opportunities, housing and skills training for the Displaced Estate workers has yet to be even identified. The Budget proposed for 2013 has still not been deliberated upon, not to even mention the planning for the 2014 budget.

The process seems to be painfully slow. It is ironical that on the one hand, we have this situation with regards to crime being addressed in a hurried manner with these shootings and arrests and which does not assure sustainability anyway. On the other, we have a plan that promises to be a sure and sustainable remedy and which will have long term positive effects effectively delayed.

 The Prime Minister I am sure is behind the plan of the Home Minister to get aggressive in addressing the crime situation through the police. What he should be equally doing is to be behind Waytha Moorthy and get aggressive on rolling out the Blueprint.  He should speed matters up and get the implementation of the Blue print going. He should name Waytha ’s unit, he should publicly confirm its charter, he should immediately get the Expert Steering Committee going, he should approve the necessary infrastructure and budgets to implement the plan,

The current lacklustre and half-hearted approach is not going to win the hearts and minds of the affected Indian estate workers whose expectations are sky high because of the public promises during the recently concluded GE. They want “Janji mesti di tepati and Nambikei” to mean something tangible.

We hope the Prime Minster will get things moving without further delay. The Blueprint and its implementation through the unit is the last hope the Indian community places on the government. If Prime Minster Najib fails to keep his promises, he is looking at an imminent resignation of Waytha Moorthy from government and we believe this will permanently shift the Indian voter completely away from BN on a long term basis.

It is now in the Prime Minister’s hand which way all this will go. For our part we only want to see correction of a serious historical wrong.

N.Ganesan

Hindraf National Adviser.

12th International Tamil Internet Conference

August 14th, 2013
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Anyone interested to attend? It starts tomorrow and ends on 18th August. Venue: Universiti Malaya.

Their official website: http://ti2013.infitt.org/my/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/infitt

MALAYSIAN INDIAN AGRO FOOD AND INNOVATION SEMINAR MIFIS 2013

July 23rd, 2013
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Posting this on behalf of organisers. They are organising a seminar on agrofood industry (basically agriculture related to food production – fruits, vegetable, fisheries, animal rearing etc). Those interested can click on the link below or visit http://buoory.blogspot.com/2013/07/malaysian-indian-agro-food-innovation.html

Good opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn about agriculture industry and some of the schemes available.

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Thaipusam holiday in Kedah soon?

July 15th, 2013
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I know, got plenty of serious things to blog about….am still compiling materials. In the mean time, what PR govt failed to do in last 5 years may come back to haunt it. Newly elected BN govt is saying that wheels are set in motion to make Thaipusam a public holiday in Kedah. Not sure if its possible by 2014 (still got 7 months++). If it succeeds, then it will look bad on PR especially the PKR reps who were even EXCO in the state. If the promised Tamil schools are completed by next election and no other controversies, then can say the Indian votes in Kedah are secured for BN for GE14.

Let’s see how this progresses…(and back to more serious stuff like conversion and IPTA intakes — coming up soon)

 

 Kedah is likely to get a public holiday for the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, in keeping with an election promise of the Barisan Nasional.

The application for a Thaipusam public holiday is to be discussed at the weekly meeting of the state executive council on Wednesday, said State Religion, Indian and Siamese Community Affairs, Human Resources and Tourism Committee chairman Mohd Rawi Abd Hamid.

“I hope the outcome of the meeting will bring good news to Hindus in Kedah because the time has come for Thaipusam to be a state public holiday as Kedah has almost 20,000 Hindus,” he said after a visit to the site of the Sri Ramakrishna Organisation building in Alor Semadon, here, Sunday.

The Sri Ramakrishna Organisation was established to conduct free motivation, religious, computer and music classes for youngsters. The organisation has applied for RM40,000 from the state government to conduct these classes.

Meanwhile, Kedah MIC treasurer R. Muniandy said the application for a Thaipusam public holiday was submitted a long time ago.

In 2008, the Pakatan Rakyat promised to consider the matter if it won the election but the promise remained just that after the pact came to power in the state.

“We are thankful to the BN for having taken the initiative to grant the Thaipusam public holiday much-awaited by Hindus in Kedah,” he said. – Bernama

source: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/07/14/Kedah-to-get-Thaipusam-holiday.aspx

SJKT St Joseph still standing on stilts built in 1924!

June 7th, 2013
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This is the SECOND time this school’s misery is published in newspaper. Already once in January, and before that in 2011. So that’s 2.5 years. Already. Nothing to be surprised as the school remains the same as in 1970s, and standing on the same stilts built in 1924. Another 11 years it will centenary celebration for the stilts.

Before GE13, MIC’s Dato Saravanan visited and mentioned about relocation.  6 months down the lane, still waiting for decision. Will forward this to newly minted Deputy Minister of Education P Kamalanathan to see how things are progressing.

No canteen, no field, no computer lab, no science lab. AND still does well in UPSR.

Do you believe these parents will vote for you?

89 years old: St Joseph was built in 1924 on wooden stilts. Today, it still stands on the same wooden stilts. The school does not have a canteen, field, library, science lab or computer room.

89 years old: St Joseph was built in 1924 on wooden stilts. Today, it still stands on the same wooden stilts. The school does not have a canteen, field, library, science lab or computer room.

PARENTS of children attending an 89-year-old Tamil primary girls’ school in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur are calling on the Government to make good its promise to build a new school for them.

SJK (T) St Joseph’s board of governors want to know what progress has been made on a pledge that they be relocated.

In January during the distribution of RM100 school assistance by then Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, parents had requested for a new building with proper facilities.

Following this, Saravanan announced the Government had allocated three acres of land in the Batu Muda people’s housing project (PPR) where the school would be relocated to.

He said the land belonged to the Education Ministry, and that it was ideal because it could accommodate a football field too.

“Saravanan told us an announcement would be made before the general election,’’ school board chairman Alice Fatimah said. However, they have not heard anything since.

“Every day they (parents) ask me to update them on when we are getting the land. Their children’s future is at stake,’’ she said.

“We want the authorities to come clean about their plans for our school, especially when there are rumours that something else is being planned for the land.

“We will go to Putrajaya to see the Prime Minister if we have to.”

She reiterated that they were only asking for what had been promised.

Alice said St Joseph would be holding its annual Sports Day on June 15, and the school authorities needed to look for sponsors to bring pupils to the venue.

We face this problem every year. Since we have no school field or proper facilities, we have to beg for sponsors to provide us with a venue to carry out activities such as Sports Day.

“This time, we are holding the event at La Salle Sentul, but we still need funds to transport the children there.

“In April, we organised a Science Day for the children but we could not afford to hold it at a different venue. We had no choice but to cram over 100 pupils into the assembly area.

“This is not the way to educate children, we clearly need a more conducive environment for them,’’ she lamented.

All this can be settled once and for all if the Government builds the school,’’ said Alice, who was formerly the St Joseph’s parent-teacher association (PTA) chairman.

Former PTA deputy chairman Kobi Subramaniam said there were rumours the land had been allocated for another project.

A parent who only wished to be identified as K. Menaka said she studied at St Joseph in the 1970s.

“It was tough back then, with no facilities, but nothing has changed for my 10-year-old daughter who is studying here now,’’ she said.

Parent M. Shankar said with so many Indian representatives in the government, someone should take the responsibility to solve the problem.

“Enough is enough, it is time for action and we want this matter resolved once and for all,’’ Shankar said.

St Joseph was built in 1924 on wooden stilts. Today, it still stands on the same wooden stilts. The school does not have a canteen, field, library, science lab or computer room.

Its pupils sit under trees during recess and have been doing their sports activities by the roadside.

According to Alice, the school receives some funds from the Education Ministry from time to time to repair the leaking roof and termite-infested building.

“Clearly, long-term solutions are needed for the well-being of these children,’’ she said.

In January, StarMetro reported that the owner of the land had asked the school to relocate.

Due to uncertainty over its future, the school authorities were not able to proceed with renovation plans on the ageing structure.

“It would be pointless to keep renovating when in the end, we do not know what the future holds,’’ Alice pointed out.

The partially-aided school has five classrooms, 135 pupils and 15 teachers.

Those interested in helping the school can call Alice at 012-305 9615.

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2013/6/7/central/13207439&sec=central