Posts Tagged ‘Elections’

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.

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/4/9/nation/12945976&sec=nation&utm_source=TSOL_main&utm_medium=links&utm_campaign=GE13

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

Summary of PM Najib goodies during Unity Ponggal concert

February 3rd, 2013
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I watched the Unity Ponggal event (organised by MIC and an NGO) via TV. The HD version was good. The performances were OK, but the theme of event totally spoilt by the speeches, especially by MIC leaders. Disgraceful comes to mind. Saying unity but talk about politics.

Anyway, the most anticipated moment is PM Najib’s speech as he is expected to announce goodies (remember last year event at Kapar?). The list below is what he had mentioned today:

1. He will discuss with Education Minister Muhyiddin on possibility of converting those partially-aided SJKTs, who agree to be converted, into fully aided ones in stage.

2. TAFE college to be upgraded to technical university college

3. funding for pre-school education to be provided in SJKTs

4. funding to upgrade 15 crematoriums and community centres in areas where Indian community population is high.

5. to focus on reducing crime among Indian youths, increase equity to 3% and improve access to higher education.

The goodies were quite general in nature (and some like 3% equity is stale news), so expect the details to arrive…probably after GE13. I’m always wary of the (yet-t0-be-seen)  fine prints. The upgrading of TAFE is something MIC asked for, during the AGM.

Myself quite disappointed because PM (i) didn’t declare holiday for Ponggal, (ii) didn’t lift suspension on Vishvaroopam, and (iii) didn’t announce that places in matrikulasi and asasi IPTA will be open to all.

Oh yeah, he also mentioned something about “Indians, including Indian Muslims” when talking about money changers business. Struck me as odd.

Interestingly, PR also held a Ponggal function today in Klang, and yes, it was also politically-toned.

Abusing our festivals.

 

Have Nambikei in us!

December 10th, 2012
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The last few months, we’ve been bombarded with shouts of “nambikei” – asking the Indian community to have “nambikei” (faith/trust/confidence) in certain groups.

I for one, believe that such “nambikei” must be earned or reciprocated, not asked or begged.

As such, stop asking us to have “nambikei” on you.  Show your “nambikei ” on us. HOW, you ask? Let me give you some ideas (well, as if you really don’t know!):

Have “nambikei” in us by scrapping STPM and send all of the students to matriculation or Asasi program. Trust us, your action will not be wasted. We will study well and save your “maanam” (pride).

Have “nambikei” in us by providing more jobs in civil service, across the board. Give us some positions of Chief Secretary of ministries, heads of departments, heads of divisions, and see miracles happen! Fix the imbalance in civil service by having special intakes so that civil service doesn’t continue its selective servicing and discriminatory policies.

Have “nambikei” in us  to do well in business. So GIVE us  more loans and grants like TEKUN or TERAJU (and make sure we eligible to apply!). Give us franchise opportunities. We will spur the economy to greater heights.

Have “nambikei” in our Tamil school students. Give them proper teachers, facilities, buildings and financial support. They will give you the best results and future leaders.

Have “nambikei” in us to promote culture and religion be it via state-ownded radio and TV channels or NGO activities. Don’t give flimsy reasons until can’t perform on stage or not able to be screened on TV/radio. You may lack “nambikei” in your people, but don’t penalise us for that. Our culture and religion can help to attract more tourists and at the same time enrich our society spiritually/socially.

Have “nambikei” in us and give citizenship to those who had been waiting for decades. Help them to find solution, not hinder them with more and more requirements.

In short, make concrete effort to elevate us from fourth-class citizens to be equal citizens as others.

There you go. Take the above for starters. Its been nearly 5 years now (we are assumed to ignore the previous 50 years), so how much “nambikei” have you shown on us for us to have “nambikei” on you? A lot, some, or little? Just started?

Ganapathi Rao as candidate for Kota Alam Shah state seat?

September 3rd, 2012
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I’m not sure how many branches there are in Klang, but I guess around 30. And 8 of them reject Ganapathi Rao. With incumbent Manoharan Malayam almost confirmed to be left out, it is interesting to see who are the potential replacements.

Ganapathi Rao is Selangor DAP’s legal bureau chief and is involved with the Malaysian Indian Voice (MIV) group as advisor. And yes, he was projected into the limelight due to Hindraf. He also holds position as a director in the state-owned Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd and is an aide to Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim.

Being voter in that constituency, hopefully I’ll get to see suitable candidates.

Meanwhile, Ganapathi replied as follows and another DAP official said the candidate list is not finalised:

Selangor DAP official V Ganabatirao today admonished those calling on the party not to field him for the Kota Alam Shah state seat, saying they were jumping the gun.

Reacting to statements by eight DAP branch leaders in Selangor, he said the objection was premature because the party had yet to announce the names of candidates for the coming election.

“I myself do not know whether I will be fielded to contest in Kota Alam Shah,” he told FMT. “Candidacy is decided by the central executive committee. It is too premature to speculate.”

He rejected his detractors’ claim that members of the eight Selangor branches were against his candidacy in Kota Alam Shah, saying the branch leaders were had their own agenda and were expressing their personal opinions.

“The objections are individual opinions of people with their own agenda,” he said. “The objections are not resolutions from the branches.”

Another DAP official confirmed that the party had not finalised its candidates’ list for Selangor.

source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/09/03/don%E2%80%99t-jump-the-gun-dap-man-tells-detractors/

 

Eight DAP branches here have called on the party leadership not to field V Ganapathirau (photo) as candidate in Kota Alam Shah state seat in the next general election.

The branches, all from the state constituency, warned the party leadership that the DAP would lose the seat if Ganapathirau, a former detainee of now repealed Internal Security Act, was fielded.

The DAP eight branches, with collectively some 500 members, openly opposed Ganapathirau are Taman Gembira, Klang, Teluk Pulai, Bayu Tinggi, Taman Chi Liung Indah, Southern Klang, Persiaran Raja Muda Musa and Ehsan.

The group spokesman Ivan Ho said they were all against Ganapathirau because he was not a local familiar with the party grassroots leaders and members, or constituents in the area.

Ho said Ganapathirau does not have close rapport with party grassroots in the constituency, a winning factor so crucial for a potential candidate.

He urged the party leadership to respect grassroots sentiments and not to force in parachute candidates like Ganapathirau in Kota Alam Shah.

“DAP members and constituents don’t know him much.

“The party should not push us to accept Ganapathirau.

“We don’t want him,” Ho, the Taman Gembira branch head, told FMT.

Kota Alam Shah incumbent assemblyman is M Manoharan, a protégé of DAP national chairman Karpal Singh.

It’s learnt Selangor DAP leadership under Teresa Kok planned to replace Manoharan, also a former ISA detainee, with Ganapathirau.

Ganapathirau is a staunch confidant of deputy secretary general and Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy.

Not an Indian hero

Taman Chi Liung Indah head K Yogasigamany reminded the state party leadership that time had lapsed to promote the Ganapathirau as a former ISA detainee and his so-called involvement in Hindraf Makkal Sakti.

He said DAP grassroots members and constituents know that Ganapathirau, who now leads NGO Malaysian Indian voice, was not a Hindraf leader.

“Constituents have realised that Ganapathirau was never the Hindraf leader or Indian hero.

“He is no more relevant for Indian community.

“It will be futile and fatal for party leadership to field Ganapathirau in Kota Alam Shah.

“The leadership should drop the idea altogether,” Yogasigamany told FMT.

source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/09/02/sgor-dap-branches-reject-ganapathirau/

Waytha requests to meet PM Najib Razak and PR leader Anwar Ibrahim

August 30th, 2012
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This is interesting. I wonder which of the requests will be successful. None, both or one of them? PM Najib may say he has the MIC and other NGOs, so why bother with Waytha and Hindraf. Or he may think that this is good opportunity to bring Hindraf into his side as its still has strong support in some areas.  Not sure about Anwar as he may agree to meet and nothing concrete may turn up.

Anyhow, I agree that much more could have been done all this while by both sides. They’ve been pussyfooting and doing small stuff and make its sound so grand.

 

Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairperson P Waythamoorthy, who returned to Malaysia earlier this month, has requested to meet Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim separately to discuss approaches to permanently addressing the socio-economic problems of marginalised Indians.

In a statement issued today, he said, “Hindraf believes all past and current approaches fall way below the power curve needed to resolve the problem permanently.

“It is also Hindraf’s belief that a permanent solution and the mechanics to arriving at the solution lies first in a proper definition of the problem, something we believe has eluded the policy-makers and problem-solvers up to now.

“To achieve this there need to be prerequisite political will. This is also another key element that has been missing in all past and current efforts”.

Yesterday,the movement delivered two letters to both leaders respectively requesting for the meetings.

Waythamoorthy said the meetings are to confirm first, the demonstration of that political will and then to work out the details and modalities for the solution.

“We are approaching this initiative with an open mind and are willing to talk to both the leaders as they both share the leadership of the governments in the country.”

‘We will let the people decide’

Waythamoorthy urged Najib and Anwar, who he calls “prime-minister-in-waiting”, to view this as an opportunity to demonstrate their seriousness and commitment to resolving the socio-economic problems of the marginalised Indian community.

“We have requested that both the leaders respond back within two weeks or by Sept 11 to our request for this meeting. It is also our intention to get the meetings going before the end of September 2012. We look forward to having these meetings.

“We will let the people decide on the respective attitudes shown by the leaders in their responses to our request. But we will go on, nevertheless, as we have ‘miles to go before we sleep’,” he added.

Waythamoorthy left the country soon after the Hindraf rally in November 2007 to take the movement’s campaign global. His passport was revoked on April 2008.

After nearly five years of self exile, he returned to the country on Aug 1 without a hitch.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/207373