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Kasthuri Patto the new MP for Batu Kawan

May 13th, 2013
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We seldom see Indian women leaders or politicians. MIC’s women leaders seemed to be missing on national media. Can’t see any news about them. Even the young MP below, Kasthuri Patto is featured after winning the Batu Kawan seat. Hopefully she will be more prominent and be a good role model for future Indian women politicians.


Kasthuri Patto got her first taste of life on the campaign trail in 1995, when she was only 16, tagging along with her famous father as he stumped the length and breadth of the country canvassing support for DAP in that year’s general election.

DAP lost badly in the April 1995 election and P Patto, the party’s deputy secretary-general and editor of the Rocket, died two months later of a heart attack.

Little did Kasthuri know then that nearly 20 years later, she would be campaigning for herself in an election that would see DAP emerge as one of the biggest victors.

Her victory in the Batu Kawan parliamentary contest last Sunday was nothing less than convincing. She beat BN’s Gobalakrishnan by 25,962 votes in the racially mixed constituency of 57,593 voters.

The 34-year-old microbiology graduate told FMT she was surprised that DAP even considered her as a candidate in the recent election.

“I consulted my close friends in the party as well as my mother,” she said. “They all told me to accept the challenge and gave their blessings.

“Being Patto’s daughter might have been a factor in the decision of party elders to choose me as a candidate.”

Perhaps those elders were also impressed by the work she had done for the party.

Although she did not intend to enter active politics after graduating from Universiti Malaya, she maintained a close association with DAP and served in various capacities in the party’s social work, particularly in constituency services in Bukit Gasing and Subang Jaya. She was also one of party advisor Lim Kit Siang’s secretaries.

She told FMT her victory in Batu Kawan might not have been possible without the help of her father’s former comrades. She made special mention of P Ramasamy, one of Penang’s deputy chief ministers and her predecessor as Batu Kawan MP.

“Prof Rama was very helpful and supportive, and he shared his experience in tackling issues affecting the constituency,” she said.

Recalling the experience of campaigning for election, Kasthuri said she often felt like a newcomer when facing young voters.

“But it was not the same case among elderly voters. The moment my dad’s name was mentioned, no further introduction was needed.”

Kasthuri attributes her victory partly to her fluency in English, Malay and Tamil. “I picked up a few Hokkien phrases while campaigning and intend to improve on other Chinese dialects.”


She admits to a little apprehension at the beginning of her campaign, saying she found it difficult to assess the ground sentiments.

“My concern, obviously, was at least to match the majority of votes secured by Prof Rama in the last general election.

“I was also worried when PM visited Batu Kawan twice.

“However, when the official results were announced, it felt as if a big bonus had been given to me and the party workers.”

The victory comes with some personal sacrifices. Kashturi and her mother are planning to move house to Batu Kawan from Damansara, where she has been living for some years.

“I used to meet residents in Gasing every week and I will be missing them. It’s like leaving your own family behind.”

Nevertheless, she is looking forward to her first appearance in parliament. She said she was eager to highlight the “pressing socio-economic problems” confronting her constituents. These range from a shortage of decent housing to a lack of proper water and electricity supplies to limitations in healthcare services.

“Health issues have always been my concern,” she said. “Medical costs are rising beyond the means of even the middle income group.

“I can assure taxpayers that healthcare need not be costly. What we need is more commitment and dedication from people directly involved in the health sector.”

Besides that, the first-term MP believes in empowering public institutions like the Royal Malaysian Police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

“They are treated as servants of their political masters,” she said. “They should be given back their dignity.

“I strongly believe there should be reforms across the board, not only within the law enforcement agencies but also in all government agencies.”

She said even those civil servants who could legally make decisions on their own and on the spot were often rendered ineffective by pressure from their political masters.

“They avoid dealing with issues or problems brought to their attention by just saying they are in no position to decide.”

Kasthuri agreed that the teenage girl who used to follow her father around had come a long way to take a seat in Parliament. But she said she still had some way to go to master the skills needed to carry out her responsibilities in the tough male-dominated world of Malaysian politics.

Her advantage is that many of her late father’s colleagues and admirers are still alive and willing to be her mentors.

“I am getting inputs on all the dos and don’ts that an opposition MP should observe and the priorities I must set as my constituency’s representative,” said the young politician.


Aid for schools in Puchong

May 13th, 2013
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Hmm…no wonder didn’t win GE13, just give RM5,000 to school. Give lah RM50,000 ke… 🙂  RM14,000 water filter was last year…so this expectation surely higher! I’m sure this is not vote buying. Its just a coincidence that the candidate for GE13 was available to pass the aid.


Timely assistance: Kohilan celebrating with SJK (T) Castlefield pupils after presenting the RM5,000 aid to Amani.

Timely assistance: Kohilan celebrating with SJK (T) Castlefield pupils after presenting the RM5,000 aid to Amani.

Former deputy foreign affairs minister A. Kohilan Pillay presented RM5,000 each to eight primary schools in Puchong recently.

“We want the pupils to improve their overall performance in the UPSR (Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah) exams.

“By providing the aid and facilities, we hope to produce more pupils with 7As this year,” said Kohilan after presenting the first cheque to SJK (T) Castlefield in Taman Perindustrian Puchong.

The aid will be used to organise seminars, motivational camps and extra classes for Year Six pupils.

In addition, 40 pupils from each school will receive the Score-A, an online e-study programme, and a dictionary each.

The other schools that will receive the aid are SJK(T) Kinrara, SJK(T) Batu 14 Puchong. SJK(T) Serdang, SJK(C) Han Ming, SJK(C) Sin Ming, SJK(C) Ladang Harcroft and SJK(C) Yak Chee.

Meanwhile SJK(T) Tun Samban-than in Subang Jaya will also be receiving the Score-A programme.

The aid is provided as part of an ongoing initiative to provide better education and facilities to students.

“We gave 97 Tamil schools in Selangor a RM14,000 water filter each last year, and RM3,000 worth of books for the libraries the year before,” said Kohilan.

SJK(T) Castlefield headmistress Amani Nambial said the school was happy with the contribution as money was needed to run the talks and seminars.

“Hopefully, the Score-A programme will help the pupils perform better in the exams,” she said.

There are 95 pupils in Year Six at the school.



Some of my election result prediction (expectation?)

May 5th, 2013
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Not based on any scientific method. Just based on hearsay, some residents’ comments and gut feeling 🙂


Kota Raja will see Uthayakumar against Murugesan of MIC. Expecting Murugesan to win, or the PAS candidate to win. My bet is Murugesan by slim margin.

Kapar will see two newcomers from PKR and MIC. Expect PKR to win.

Puchong should be Gobind Singh against Kohilan Pillay. Expect DAP’s Gobind Singh to win.

Subang – Sivarasa will take on MIC new face A Prakash. Sivarasa to win.

Seri Andalas state seat will see HRP Uthayakumar against T Mohan of MIC and Xavier of PKR. Expect Xavier to win.

Hulu Selangor, expect Kamalanathan to win comfortably.

Batu Caves, expect MIC candidate to lose against PKR.

Klang, Charles Santiago to win over Teh Kim Poo.


Cameron Highlands, MIC President G Palanivel against DAP’s Manoharan and 2 other independents. Expect Palanivel to win.

Sabai expect MIC candidate to win.


Its SK Devamany against PSM Dr Jayakumar for Sungai Siput. The worry that funds will dry up if Dr gets elected may well push Devamany to finishing line ahead of others. Sad, but that’s reality.

Tapah – M Saravanan will defend seat against ex-Hindraf Vasantha Kumar, Saravanan to win comfortably.

Ipoh Barat is DAP’s Kula against independent and MCA candidate. Kula to win.

Buntong expect Sivasubramaniam to beat Sivaraajh.

Pasir Bedamar: Expect Kayveas to win.

Jelapang expect both PSM and MIC candidate to lose to DAP.

Hutan Melintang – tough to say. Expect MIC win.

Batu Gajah, Sivakumar to retain seat.


Batu Kawan: Kasturirani to win.

Perai: P Ramasamy to win with lesser majority.

Bagan Dalam, DAP’s Thanasekaran to win again.

Batu Uban expect BN to win against Jayabalan.

Bukit Gelugor, Karpal Singh to retain seat.


Lunas, expect MIC to win.

Bukit Selambau, expect MIC to win.

Padang Serai, expect BN to win over Gobalakrishnan and PKR’s Surendran.

N Sembilan

Telok Kemang: expect MIC to lose against PKR by slim margin.

Port Dickson, PKR to retain seat, beating MIC.

Jeram Padang, MIC to win over PKR.


Segamat, expect Dr Subra to retain seat, beating Chua Jui Meng.

Tenggaroh, expect MIC to win against DAP.

Puteri Wangsa, expect PAS to win against MIC.

Labis, Ramakrishnan will find hard against Chua Tee Yong. Expect MCA man to win.


Expect all independents to lose.

List of Indian candidates for 13th General Elections (full)

April 16th, 2013
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Updated with all parliament seats and states seats finalised.

Below is full  list of Indian candidates standing for parliament or state seats according to the parties they represent. Sorted by party and seat type in alphabetical order.

Total of 133 candidates including two contesting two seats (parliament and state).

It will be updated as new info is acquired. And as you know, anything can happen from now till nomination date.

Most interesting fights will be in Selangor (Kota Raja, Kapar, Puchong, Subang, Seri Andalas) and Perak (Tapah, Sg Siput) where we can see more than one Indian candidates going for the same  seat.

Kota Raja will see Uthayakumar against Murugesan of MIC.

Kapar will see two newcomers from PKR and MIC.

Puchong should be Gobind Singh against Kohilan Pillay.

Subang – Sivarasa will take on MIC new face A Prakash.

Seri Andalas state seat will see HRP Uthayakumar against T Mohan of MIC and Xavier of PKR.

Kota Alam Shah, expect DAP’s Ganabatirau to beat Maglin De Cruz of PPP.

Cameron Highlands, MIC President G Palanivel against DAP’s Manoharan and 2 other independents.

In Perak, its SK Devamany against PSM Dr Jayakumar for Sungai Siput, and in Tapah M Saravanan will defend seat against ex-Hindraf Vasantha Kumar, while Ipoh Barat is DAP’s Kula against independent.

Other places seeing at least two Indian candidates pitting against each other are:

Batu Kawan, Nilai, Senawang, Repah, Buntong, Pasir Bedamar, Perai, Bagan Dalam, Kota Alam Shah, Lunas, Hulu Selangor, Tenggaroh, Puteri Wangsa, Bukit Selambau, Sabai, Jeram Padang, Port Dickson, Jelapang, Hutan Melintang, Batu Caves, Padang Serai, Batu Uban, and Kuala Kubu Bahru. So a total of 32 seats involves more than one Indian candidates.

Also this is a first time an Indian is contesting in Sabah (Marcel Jude as independent in Api- Api state seat)

DAP (23)

Parliament (8)

P46 Batu Kawan (Penang) – KASTHURIRAANI A/P PATTO (new face)

p51 Bukit Gelugor (Penang) – KARPAL SINGH

P65 Ipoh Barat (Perak) – M. KULASEGARAN A/L V. MURUGESON


P78 Cameron Highlands (Perak) – MANOGARAN A/L MARIMUTHU

P103  Puchong (Selangor) – Gobind Singh Deo

P110 Klang (Selangor) – Charles Santiago


State (15)




N24 Senawang (N Sembilan) – GUNASEKAREN A/L PALASAMY


N35 Sabai (Pahang) – Kamache Doray Rajoo


N55 Pasir Bedemar (Perak) – TERENCE NAIDU A/L V.RAJA @ RAJA NAIDU

n57 Sungkai (Perak) – SIVANESAN A/L ACHALINGAM





N34 Bukit Gasing (Selangor) – RAJIV A/L RISHYAKARAN

N48 Kota Alam Shah (Selangor) – GANABATIRAU A/L VERAMAN (new face) (ex-Hindraf 5)


HRP (2)

Parliament (1)

P111 Kota Raja (Selangor) – P Uthayakumar (new face)

State (1)

N49 Seri Andalas (Selangor) – P Uthayakumar (new face)


Gerakan (3)

Parliament (3)

P46 Batu Kawan (Penang) – N.Gobalakrishnan (new face)

P103 Puchong (Selangor) – A. Kohilan Pillay (new face)

P117 Segambut (KL) – Jayanthi Devi Balaguru (new face)

State (0)



 KITA (4)

Parliament (0)


State (4)

N32 Kuala Ketil (Kedah) –  KRISHNAN A/L GANAPATHY (new face)

N34 Lunas (Kedah) – PREBAKARRAN A/L NARAYANAN NAIR (new face)

N08 Machap (Malacca) – RAVINTHER A/L SEKARAN

N14 Machang Bubuk (Penang) – VIKNESWARAN A/L MUNIANDY (new face)


MIC (27)

Parliament (9)

P62 Sungai Siput (Perak) – SK Devamany

P72  Tapah (Perak) – M Saravanan

P78 Cameron Highlands (Pahang) – G Palanivel

P94 Hulu Selangor (Selangor) – P Kamalanathan

P107 Subang (Selangor) – A Prakash Rao (new face)

P109 Kapar (Selangor) -A Sakthivel (new face)

P111 Kota Raja (Selangor) – Murugesan Sinnandavar

P132 Teluk Kemang (N Sembilan) – VS Mogan

P140 Segamat (Johor) – Dr S Subramaniam

State (18)

N33 Tenggaroh (Johor) – K Ravin Kumar (new face)

N41 Puteri Wangsa (Johor) – M Soorian Narayanan

N9 Gambir (Johor) – M Asojan

N Kahang (Johor) – R Vidyananthan

N25 Bukit Selambau (Kedah) –  ML Maran (new face)

N34 Lunas (Kedah) – S Ananthan

N7 Gadek (Malacca) – MS Mahadevan (new face)

N7 Jeram Padang (N Sembilan) – L. Manikam (new face)

N33 Port Dickson (N Sembilan) – Dr P Thanaletchumi (new face)

N35 Sabai (Pahang) – R Goonasakaran (new face)

N9 Bagan Dalam (Penang) – M Karupanan (new face)

N16 Perai (Penang) Krisnan Latcumanan (new face)

N30 Buntong (Perak) C Sivarraajh (new face)

N31 Jelapang (Perak) – S Mookan (new face)

N54 Hutan Melintang (Perak) – R Subramaniam (new face)

N11 Ijok (Selangor) – Parthiban Karuppiah

N16 Batu Caves (Selangor) – Rawisandaran Narayanan (new face)

N49 Seri Andalas (Selangor) – T Mohan


PAS (1)

Parliament (0)


State (1)

N Tiram (Johor) – R. Kumutha Raman


PKR (16)

Parliament (4)

P17 Padang Serai (Kedah) – N SURENDRAN A/L K NAGARAJAN (new face)

P72 Tapah (Perak) -Vasantha Kumar Krishan (new face)

P107 Subang (Selangor) – R Sivarasa

P109 Kapar (Selangor) – Manivanam Govindasamy (new face)

State (12)

N33 Tenggaroh (Johor) – MURUGAN A/L MUTHU SAMY



N07 Jeram Padang (N Sembilan) – KUMAR A/L THURAISINGHAM

N33 Port Dickson (N Sembilan) – RAVI A/L MUNUSAMY

N24 Hulu Kinta (Perak) – M.A Tinagaran A/l Arumugam (new face)

N42 Tualang Sekah (Perak) – Baldip Singh A/L Santokh Singh (new face)

N54 Hutan Melintang (Perak) – KESAVAN A/L SUBRAMANIAM

N35 Batu Uban (Penang) – JAYABALAN A/L A. THAMBYAPPA

N49 Seri Andalas (Selangor) –  Dr Xavier Jayakumar

N07  Batang Kali (Selangor) – Ramachandran Kandasamy

N10 Bukit Melawati (Selangor) – Manikavasagam Sundram



PPP (3)

Parliament (1)

P114 Kepong (KL) – Datuk Chandrakumaran Arumugam (new face)

State (2)

N Pasir Bedamar (Perak) – M Kayveas

N Kota Alam Shah (Selangor) – Maglin De Cruz (new face)


PSM (3)

Parliament (1)

P62 Sungai Siput (Perak) – Dr Michael Jayakumar

State (2)

N Jelapang (Perak) – M Saraswathy

N Semenyih (Selangor) – S Arutchelvan


Independents (51)

Parliament (13)

P017 Padang Serai (Kedah) – GOBALAKRISHNAN A/L NAGAPAN (ex-PKR – has court case pending)

P46 Batu Kawan (Penang) – MOHAN A/L APPAROO (new face)

P56 Larut (Perak) – RAVEENDRAN A/L M.VALLIKANA (new face)

P62 Sungai Siput (Perak) – NAGALINGAM A/L SINGARAVELLOO (new face)

P65 Ipoh Barat (Perak) –  KALWANT SINGH A/L SUJAN SINGH (new face)

P76 Teluk Intan (Perak) – MORALINGAM A/L KANNAN (new face)

P78 Cameron Highlands (Pahang) – KISHO KUMAR A/L KATHIRVELOO (new face)

P78 Cameron Highlands (Pahang) – ALAGU A/L THANGARAJOO (new face)

P82 Indera Mahkota (Pahang) – PONUSAMY A/L GOVINDASAMY

P94 Hulu Selangor (Selangor) – Santhara Kumar Ramanaidu (aka Edmund Santhara of Masterskill)

P112 Kuala Langat (Selangor) – Kottappan Suppaiah

P128 Seremban (N Sembilan) – JOHN A/L FERNANDEZ (ex-DAP)


State (38)

N41 Puteri Wangsa (Johor) – RAVINDARAN A/L DORAISAMY

N51 Bukit Batu (Johor)  – SURENDIRAN A/L KUPPAYAH

N13 Kota Darul Aman (Kedah) – JAYAGOPAL A/L ADAIKKALAM

N25 Bukit Selambau (Kedah) – THIVAGARAN A/L SUPRAMANY (new face)

N34 Lunas (Kedah) – VASANTHI A/P RAMALINGAM (new face)

N24 Bemban (Malacca) – GANDHI RAJAN A/L NALLIAH

N07 Jeram Padang (N Sembilan) – MAZAVAN A/L A RAMAN NAIR


N21 Bukit Kepayang (N Sembilan) – VIJAIYAN A/L SIVANATHAN

N24 Senawang (N Sembilan) – KARTHIGESAN A/L SHANMUGAM

N33 Port Dickson (N Sembilan) – DANIEL A/L SIMON

N02 Jelai (Pahang) – ALAGU A/L THANGARAJOO

N22 Jalong (Perak) – KALIMUTHU A/L SINNU



N51 Pasir Panjang (Perak) – VIJAYAN A/L SUBRAMANIAM


N56 Changkat Jong (Perak) – SUPPAN A/L KRISHNAN

N58 Slim (Perak) – MOSSES A/L RAMIAH


N09 Bagan Dalam (Penang) – ASOGHAN A/L GOVINDARAJU (new face)

N17 Bukit Tengah (Penang) – MOHAN A/L APPAROO (new face) – also contesting parliament seat

N18 Bukit Tambun (Penang) – LOGANATHAN A/L AYYAYU (new face)

N24 Kebun Bunga (Penang) –  JAYARAMAN A/L K. KUNCHU KANNU (new face)


N35 Batu Uban (Penang) – RAJENDRA A/L AMMASI

N38 Bayan Lepas (Penang) –  VELLAUTHAM A/L ARUMUGAM

N15 Api-Api (Sabah) –  MARCEL JUDE A/L MS JOSEPH

N06 Kuala Kubu Bharu (Selangor) – NADARAJAH A/L SUPRAMANIAM

N06 Kuala Kubu Bharu (Selangor) – PRITPAL SINGH A/L MENDER SINGH

N16 Batu Caves (Selangor) – SUMAN A/L GOPAL

N39 Kota Damansara (Selangor) – SUPPIAH A/L ANANDAN


N47 Pandamaran (Selangor) – DELIGANNU A/L ALLAGAN

N48 Kota Alam Shah (Selangor) –  PANNERSELVAM A/L G. LETCHUMANAN

N49 Seri Andalas (Selangor) – KOTTAPPAN A/L SUPPAIAH


N54 Tanjung Sepat (Selangor) –  MUVENTEN A/L MUNUSAMY

Indians can be kingmakers says caretaker PM

April 11th, 2013
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Few interesting points:

Reality factor and emotional factor: What was addressed so that confidence increased? Both factors?

No temples demolished in Selangor by Barisan because its not administered by Barisan, but prior to 2008? Maybe The Star wrote wrongly here.

Meeting with Hindraf: So, PM stressed on moderation while Hindraf is viewed as extremists by certain quarters ( Both “moderate” and “extremist” is subject to interpretation). And looks as if PM saying he made Hindraf trio understand. So, who will give way now?

Everyone vote is important, and more so the vote of ethnic Indians in the crucial areas.

Aside: Note that Star keep forgetting caretaker word when comes to PM, but refers Khalid Ibtrahim as head of the Selangor caretaker government (example at 5th para in this article). Why ah? selective memory loss is it?

The Indian community can be the determining force in the general election although it does not form the majority in any parliamentary seats or state constituencies, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Indians, he said, had a big role to play because their percentage as voters in most constituencies could be the determining factor.

“We saw Barisan Nasional’s dismal performance in 2008 and among the factors was the Indian community’s reduced support. But I believe this situation has been reversed.

“We have done studies there is the reality factor and the emotion factor. We (now) see that the Indian community has more confidence in Barisan,” he said in a special interview in the Tamil edition of BernamaTV’s Hello Malaysia programme last night.

Najib pointed out that in Selangor, no temple had been demolished by Barisan while the Pakatan-led state government had taken action against some, including private ones.

Indian voters, he added, could ensure Barisan’s overall victory, especially in states like Selangor, Perak, Penang, Johor, Negri Sembilan and Kedah.

He said he was touched that parties like the Indian Progressive Front and Indian non-governmental bodies were not only supporting but working to ensure a Barisan win.

On some Indians’ lack of confidence in the MIC despite their overall support for him, Najib said: “Ours is a system of parliamentary democracy. My name is not on the ballot papers but those who represent me in certain areas are representatives from MIC.

“Therefore, they (voters) must regard MIC candidates as part of my team.”

Najib said ultimately, what was important were not certain individuals but the party which would be forming the government and the person appointed as prime minister.

Expressing his satisfaction with his first meeting with Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force) recently, Najib said he welcomed their role in wishing to resolve problems involving the Indian community.

“I said I accept it, it’s good. The more people there are who want to help the Indian community, the more effective our efforts will be,” he said.

Najib said he had also explained to Hindraf leaders that there was no place for extremists in Malaysia and that political extremists were dangerous.

“That’s why we must lean towards moderation. If we are moderate in our stand (and) our demands, it will be easy for us to seek solutions. They (Hindraf leaders) understood,” he said.


Bottom line (we are at the bottom of this article!) : Vote wisely macha!