Posts Tagged ‘Kedah’

Tamil School in Gurun to be relocated?

June 2nd, 2011
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I think its not practical to keep the school in the same location if there’s very low enrolment. Relocation (to a better location) is good option.

As it is, if the estate wanted  the land back, the state goverment should allocate land nearby. So, our MP Kulasegaran should talk to his buddies in PR state government.

BTW, I think the school in Gurun is SJKT Kalaivaani, Padang Lembu.

 

Malaysia Nanban reported that parents of pupils studying at a Tamil school in an estate in Gurun had staged a demonstration after being informed that the school would be closed due to low enrolment.

Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran, who was present, said the 70-year-old school would be relocated to Gurun town as the estate wanted the land back.

According to him, the government cannot shut down a school even if there is only one student. The school has 26 pupils.

Kulasegaran said if this was allowed to happen, another 200 Tamil schools would have to close soon.

Kedah Tamil Schools Patrons Association president K. Duraisamy said parents should not register their children at the new school in Gurun.

He said that he would ask teachers to conduct classes in the nearby temple if the need arises.

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/6/2/nation/8822892&sec=nation

 

3 years of PR in Kedah

March 11th, 2011
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Some comments by Kedah MIC leader on 3 years of PR rule in Kedah below. Can also add the promise to make Thaipusam a public holiday.

 

… Meanwhile, the Indian community has joined the fray to condemn the Pakatan government for “doing nothing for the people”.

Kedah MIC liaison chief S Ananthan said there have been no policies for Indians and that his party has been organising several programmes, such as e-Daftar, where stateless people are issued birth certificates, MyKad and citizenship certificates.

Ananthan said Pakatan had promised a full grant for Tamil schools and freehold land for temples, but “nothing has happened”.

“The Pakatan government does not provide funds for Indians but through the federal government, MIC obtained RM353,000 for 25 temples in Kedah last year,” he said.

In Lunas, where he is a BN coordinator, Ananthan has obtained RM1,000 each for needy individuals and about RM300-500 a month for the physically challenged from the federal government’s welfare fund.

“We got zero support from the (Pakatan) state government. In the next general election, 75 percent of the Indians are expected to return to BN,” he claimed.

He said BN and MIC had organised meetings with the grassroots and its leaders, branches and divisions, on a daily basis to address their problems.

“The crowd is large… there are indeed many PKR members, especially those from Paya Besar and Padang Serai, who are waiting to join us,” he added.

However, the only obstacle stopping MIC from obtaining more support from Kedahans may be the ‘Interlok’ issue, Ananthan said.

This is the controversial novel that is a Malay literature text for Form Five students.

“(Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister) Muhyiddin Yassin must resolve the issue soon; it may not be a big issue but it’s a sensitive one,” Ananthan added.

“BN must also resolve its internal problems to do well in the next election.”

source: http://malaysiakini.com/news/158008

 

RM561k for temples and NGOs in Kedah and Penang

March 11th, 2011
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Not bad, RM561k for 46 entities. Equals RM12,196 per entity.  At least better than nothing. Still got nearly RM4.5 million, but I think its for whole country, not only Penang/Kedah.

 

THE Federal Government has allocated RM561,000 to 36 Hindu temples and 10 Indian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Kedah and Penang.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the allocation was part of the RM5mil which was requested by the MIC for temples and NGOs to carry out their religious and community activities for the year.

“The money can be used for the renovation of premises and to buy temple utensils,” he said after presenting the grants to representatives of 11 temples in Penang, 26 temples in Kedah and five NGOs from each state at the Penang Golf Resort in Bertam, Kepala Batas recently.

Also present were Penang MIC chief Datuk P.K. Subbaiyah, Kedah MIC chief S. Ananthan and the MIC division chiefs from the two states.

Subramaniam, advised the representatives to serve the community diligently.

He said the party would receive the balance of the RM5mil allocation later.

 

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/3/8/north/8156067&sec=North

1000 propaganda members for Kedah government?

August 7th, 2010
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RM300 x 1000 = 300,000! This is waste of money, if the allegations are true. If you do good, then no need propaganda machinery la..people on the ground will know.

The PAS-led Kedah government has reportedly hired a large group of people to handle its propaganda work, although most of its election promises remain unfulfilled, said MCA chief Dr Chua Soi Lek today.

Chua (left), who was in Alor Star to open the state MCA’s 33rd annual convention, said the Kedah government has appointed more than 1,000 individuals as special officers to man the state government’s propaganda machinery.

Chua added the officers, who were paid at least RM300 each, were tasked to disseminate the ‘good work’ of PAS and the Pakatan Rakyat state administration.

“Everywhere they go they will say that Pakatan is good but actually they were paid to say so,” revealed Chua at a press conference after the convention, which was attended by some 300 members.

Chua, who was a former health minister, said the Kedah government had promised to allow civil servants to take a loan without interest but this, too, remains an empty promise, with the excuse that it will burden the state’s financial situation.

‘No development’

Chua then castigated Kedah Menteri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak for neglecting the state’s socio-economic development.

He said there was no development in the Malay Muslim-majority state, unlike in the past when BN under Umno was helming the state.

Even the Kulim Industrial Estate is not being promoted properly and there were limited numbers of jobs for the people, he alleged.

“There are too many empty promises in the election manifesto of the Pakatan Rakyat,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Chua said the state has not attempted to resolve the issue of pig abattoirs which the administration had destroyed earlier to pave the way for development.

“They promised to rebuild it but have not done so until now,” he lamented.

the children ate stones without parents knowing

June 1st, 2010
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the update to yesterday’s soil eating children provides more twists and turns.

While the earlier report says the children ate soil, today’s report says they ate stone and have been doing it for some time eve after being warned by the father. The father is not unemployed, but working as a laborer. He’s 43 years old, not in the 30s. I wonder how the same newspaper publish so many discrepancies without checking first.

So, looks like its a low income family but no negligence on the parents’ side.

“It tasted like chocolate, that was why I ate them,” said Year Four I. Yogeswary who was admitted to the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital here with her two younger sisters and a cousin for eating stones.

The girls were hospitalised after they vomited and suffered stomach pains for eating stones collected from the compound of their house in Kampung Padang Lembu, some 20km from here.

Yogeswary, 10, her sisters Nageswari, eight, and Ganggadevi, six, and their cousin N. Vikneswary, nine, were admitted to the hospital after one of them revealed their condition to Jerai MIC division chairman R. Supramaniam on Friday.

They were admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit here but on Sunday have since have been moved to the observation ward.

Accompanying them at the hospital was their 61-year-old grandmother N. Bathumalai.

A visit to the ward yesterday showed that Yogeswary, Nageswari and Vikneswary’s condition had improved while Ganggadevi was still weak.

Yogeswary said she had been eating stones since last year, adding that it was very crunchy and tasted like chocolate.

Admitting that she was the one who had introduced the stones to the three girls, the schoolgirl from SJK (T) Kalaivani in Kampung Padang Lembu said they secretly ate the stones behind their parents’ back.

“I collected the stones and hid them in my schoolbag and would eat them in my room. One day, Nageswari saw me eating the stones and joined in while the others did so later.

“My sisters, cousin and I are never full after eating food prepared by my mother. We will only feel full after eating the stones.

“My father had caught me eating the stones a few months back and punished me but I was soon back to the habit,” she said.

Her mother V. Sarojini, 27, when met at home, said the girls were admitted to the hospital after her husband, R. Inderan, 43, searched their room and found plastic packages containing stones hidden in their schoolbags and closet.

“I had warned them numerous times about it but they denied doing it. Ganggadevi and Nageswari were admitted to the hospital for the same problem last June and in January this year.

“My husband may earn a small salary working as a labourer but we are never out of food. I am unable to visit my daughters and niece as I have two other daughters and a son to take care of at home,” she said.

Inderan said he and his wife had been branded as unfit parents by his neighbours after the media highlighted the matter, adding that the accusations were unjust as they had done their best for the children.

NST reported the following version:

Four children are in hospital after eating soil for a week, claiming they did so because they did not have enough to eat at home.

The four girls, between the ages of 6 and 9, claimed to have eaten pebbles and soil as their parents could not provide them with enough food.

The four are in the same ward at Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital, where doctors are conducting tests to determine their condition.

They have been vomiting and complaining of stomach disorder. Three of them are said to be out of danger while the fourth child is still weak.

Their plight was highlighted by Jerai MIC chairman R. Supramaniam, who will accompany State Welfare Department officers to visit the children and their parents today.

The four have been identified as sisters Yogeswary, 10, Nageswari, 7, Ganggadevi, 6, and their cousin, Vikneswary, 9.

On Friday, Yogeswary, a Year Four pupil of SJK (T) Kalaivani, was rushed to the hospital, after she admitted at a medical camp organised for poor children, that she has been regularly eating dirt and soil due to the lack of food at home.

She also said that two of her younger sisters and a cousin suffered the same fate. School authorities sent all four to the hospital.

Yogeswary’s mother, V. Sarojini, 27, however, was aghast when confronted at her home in Kampung Baru Padang Lembu in Gurun, near here, yesterday.

She claimed her daughter had been eating soil to spite her and her husband, R. Inderian. She described Yogeswary as rebellious and always full of anger.

“I found out that she had started eating dirt and soil from the front yard in June last year after my third child fell ill.

“We scolded her for the bad habit and for instigating her younger sister to follow her. We thought she would stop, but she obviously remained stubborn,” said the housewife.

Sarojini said Yogeswary remained rebellious because she and her husband would always reprimand her for misbehaving and not give in to her demands.

“How could any parent not reprimand his or her child for misbehaving or behaving strangely, like eating dirt?”

Meanwhile, Inderian, 43, said if they were bad parents, the children would have long died from starvation. “We are not rich but we try to give our children the basic needs. We even send them to school.

“I earn about RM400 a month as an odd job worker but I have managed to meet the basic needs of my wife, six children and a niece.

“We also have good neighbours who sometimes cook for us and even give us money to buy food and other items.”

Yogeswary, however, remained adamant.

At the hospital, she said her parents never provided enough food for the children. “I would swallow some small red pebbles with soil whenever there was not enough food at home.”

She admitted sharing her “strange” eating habits with her sisters and cousin.

Yogeswary is thin and appears weak. Her medical chart reveals she weighs only 16kg, about 12kg lighter for a normal child her age.