Posts Tagged ‘Election 2008’

Padang Jawa temple to be rebuilt

April 25th, 2011
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Remember this temple?

The controversial Sri Maha Temple in Kampung Rimba Jaya, Padang Jawa which was demolished in November 2007 is set to be rebuilt on 15,000 sq feet of land near the Keretapi Tanah Melayu quarters.

seri maha mariamman temple replacement land pronouncement 210910 01The groundbreaking ceremony took place today at the site in Padang Jawa and was attended by Selangor state excos, community leaders and the Indian settlers from the former Kampung Rimba Jaya.

The temple was ordered to be torn down by the authorities as it stood in the vicinity of the Rimba Jaya squatter settlement. Its controversial demolition by the state government in 2007 had led to many Indians turning their backs on BN.

The Hindu groundbreaking ceremony started at 9.00am with bricks coupled with religious paraphernalia arranged in a four foot-deep hole, which will sit right below the main altar of the soon to be built temple.

Land ceded by developer

According to the Selangor State Health, Plantation Workers, Poverty and Caring Government Committee Chairman, Dr A Xavier Jayakumar, the land was donated by the developer, Ken Rimba Jaya.

“The land was given to state government, and was ceded by the developer. Then we, the state government will decide, whom, and how much of the land will be given,” said Xavier (left) when queried on how the land was allocated to this temple.

He also said that all the land for places of worship in Selangor is gazetted under the state secretary.

Xavier also announced that RM300,000 had been allocated by the Selangor state government for the building fund and the land will be managed by the temple association.

Xavier the ‘temple saviour’

The temple committee and community leaders in Padang Jawa honoured Xavier with garlands and gave him the title “temple saviour”.

According to the temple committee chairperson, Madhu Manogaran, the Selangor state government and Xavier has worked tirelessly to help save temples in Selangor.

“We are very grateful to the state government, Tan Sri Khalid and Xavier for helping us to rebuild this temple, which means a lot to us,” said Madhu during his speech.

Xavier also said that the state government had managed to help around 70 temples by giving them land.

“We are prepared to do more for the Indian community, last year we spent RM2.5 million for Hindu places of worship,” said Xavier in his speech.

The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, along with the squatter settlement of Rimba Jaya, was demolished in 2007 by the then BN-led state government as part of its Zero Squatter programme.

The demolition of the temple led to a massive protest by Indian groups and helped trigger the historic Hindraf rally on Nov 25 that year.


Samy loss due to sabotage?

August 6th, 2009
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OMS Thiagarajan dropped a bombshell when he claimed that an UMNO leader helped to sabotage Samy Vellu’s election campaign in Sungai Siput in the 2008 general elections. Does it mean that the loss was not due to HINDRAF, Makkal Sakthi or anti-MIC sentiments? This is really shocking because all this while the general perception attributed Samy’s loss to HINDRAF and anti-BN sentiments.

Anyway, as I like to say – follow the money trail. It seems the reason the UMNO leader did that was to grab the lucrative Works Ministry from MIC.

Read about it at The Star or the article from Malaysiakini below:

Tamil newspapers are abuzz over the news that a Barisan Nasional component party leader was involved in undermining MIC president and former works minister S Samy Vellu’s chances during the March 8 general election.

It is learnt that the leader in question is from Umno and the alleged conspiracy was centred around the party’s desire to seize control of the Works Ministry from MIC.

During last year’s general election, Samy Vellu was defeated in his traditional parliamentary stronghold of Sungai Siput and subsequently dropped from the cabinet line up.

The Works Ministry fell into the hands of Umno while MIC was given, what most regard as the ‘more junior’ Human Resources Ministry.

The ‘sabotage’ allegation was raised by prominent Indian businessman OMS Thiagarajan earlier this week.

He was quoted in the Tamil newspapers as saying he had the assistance of a BN component party leader to oust Samy Vellu from Sungai Siput to ensure that the MIC president did not retain the position of works minister.

Thiagarajan is a close associate of the MIC president’s former estranged deputy S Subramaniam.

Saravanan: Probe the allegation

Meanwhile, MIC information chief and Deputy Federal Territories Minister M Saravanan said the allegation should be fully investigated as it was very serious.

“I will be talking to BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor about the matter soon,” he told Bernama.

Saravanan said that if the allegation was true, stern action must be taken against the component party leader.

“I am not accusing Thiagarajan of making a false statement, but I just want BN component party leaders cleared of any such allegation.

“This allegation can create a lot of discomfort and result in disunity among BN component parties.

“It is a serious allegation and should be clarified as soon as possible,” he added.

Samy Vellu has yet to comment on the issue.

One year after…

March 8th, 2009
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I read the papers today. The common topic was first anniversary of THE general elections. The one recognised as an earthquake or tsunami. The one that brought the ruling coalition to its knees in 5 states (4 now) and denying 2/3 majority in the parliament. In a way, after 50 years of independence, I guess its a renewal process. A rebirth of sorts. Not forgetting, the first general election to utilise the Internet and Web 2.0 to the opposition’s advantage.

The macro impacts  of the election are manifold – more politicking among leaders, possibility of two-party system, more awareness of rights among the public, revelation of alleged irregularities in earlier administration, increase in interest in politics, innovative crimes and conspiracies, sprouting of NGOs unheard of before this, and new use for words like “katak”. Without doubt, having a strong opposition will benefit the public as there will be more effort from both sides to win over the public. However, of late, the economic crisis has put a dampener on things. The political spats are being seen as detrimental to the country and many think the energy should be spent on working together for economic revival. Wishful thinking I’ll say. I doubt the politicians have the “greater good” in mind. Its all about one-upmanship. Decisions are made with political stability and positions in mind.

Anyway, we leave the bigger impacts to the expert. What did 8 March do to me? Or to you? Any difference in your life, barring the the economic downturn?

Personally, I benefit from the free water in Selangor. The local council’s services is yet to improve to our expectations. Other than that, things are going on as usual.  For me, the change of state government has little impact. Most likely due to the fact that I don’t use much of the services being offered. No school-going kids. Not involved in businesses or activities requiring permits. Nothing to do with quotas.  I have not benefited from the  welfare benefits offered by Selangor government like RM3000 for elders and RM1000 for university students. So, I guess I’m not a good candidate (yet) to judge the CHANGE.  The increase in foreign workers, crime and cost of living is something which is not solvable within a year or two. Thus I doubt we can judge state governments on this areas (not to mention its beyond their powers). Anyway, I knew this much earlier, as the elections promises made by the parties quite generic and were not meant for people like me.

The federal government is also grappling with economic problem, party elections, power transition to new PM, and slow implementation. Crime rates not decreasing, corruption statistics unchanged, complaints increasing on government department, and many issues related to equal rights and racial discrimination always plague the ruling coalition.

In terms of secondary opinions, people I meet generally have a positive opinion on the Selangor government. Of course, if we read the papers, we can see all the alleged cases of previous government which tends to put the current government in better light. There are also complaints on current EXCOs and ADUNs but nothing big so far, other than Elizabeth Wong scandal.

One more glaring change is the increased noise from royal houses. More royalties are coming out with their statements and recently, the Kedah Royal Household even wants immunity resinstalled – something which is retrogressive, in my opinion. I think there will come a time when one has to let go. Things change.

Before I end, I guess what the PR state governments haven’t done is declaring their assets. They should do away with flimsy excuses like waiting for forms or the right time and JUST DO IT.

Indians in Permatang Pauh

August 5th, 2008
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According to Samy’s mathematics, there are 3,125 Indian voters in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary, of which 2,000 are MIC members. How would they vote this time? Obviously with a voting population of about 47,000, 3,125 is quite small (6.6%). Previous election statistics showed that 67.7% voters are Malays, 26.3% Chinese and 5.7% are Indians.

Most likely the Malay votes will be split. The Chinese are unknowns. So, how about the Indians? Vote for BN to show unhappiness against PR government? Stick with PR in hope of better future? Or abstain from voting?

MPAJ councillor under scrutiny

July 4th, 2008
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Out of the two (Star) or three (NST) MPAJ councillor nominees alleged to have criminal records or under investigation, one is said to have a criminal record.EXCO Ronnie Liu says that the list was sent to ACA, police and Bank Negara, but no response from them. So, he said that “cannot wait for six months”. So, looks like its not that the new government didn’t send, but the respondents never replied. This makes me think, how can the previous state government elect their councillors so fast? Is it because of good relationship with the ACA/police/Bank Negara (this implies that new state government is not given due cooperation by these organizations) or the previous government never really vetted their councillors. Which is which?


Two councillors will be asked to make statutory declarations (what’s with these declaration thing nowadays?) so that they can be jailed if they are found to have made a false statement. Also, the appointment for councillor position is one year, after which it will be reviewed.


Meanwhile, according to checks with police, only one of the three (a 50-year old PKR member) had a police conviction (for ROBBERY!). Two others – Supriamany Sinnayapal, 59, and Sooria Narayanan, 38, were clean.


Supriamany, a retired Tenaga Nasional Bhd technician, said:

“I am a victim of political assassination. I have no criminal records. I have never dealt in drugs, stolen or committed murder. Why am I being implicated in this?” he said, adding that he was considering legal action.

Sooria Narayanan, of the Ampang Indian Community Charity Bureau, also expressed shock at the allegation, adding that it had tarnished

his reputation. He also said he did not lobby to become a councillor but was offered the post.The Star reported that one of the two nominees to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) accused of having been involved in criminal activities has served two years in restricted residence in Gua Musang. It is learnt the nominee was sent as a restricted resident to the remote Kelantan town from 2003-2005 for suspected vice activities.

From robbery to vice. Still unclear on the whole situation.