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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.

 

MIC General Assembly requests to be in Budget 2014

December 14th, 2012
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General assemblies of political parties will see a slew of resolutions being passed. Same with the recently concluded MIC general assembly. 6 resolutions were passed. Various “requests” were made, and according to MIC President, the PM will study these “requests”. And he mentioned that the bulk of it would be in Budget 2014, meaning not next year la (well, Budget 2013 is over already).

Anyway, some of 2011 requests were approved, for example more places in matriculation and increasing allocation for Indians in the budget 2012.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will study the various requests made by MIC during its just-concluded general assembly.

“We didn’t ask for a lot. We made specific financial requests. I raised them in the recent Cabinet meeting and he agreed. The bulk will be included in the 2014 Budget.

“The Government has given a total RM1.8bil to the Indian community since he took over as Prime Minister,” said party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.

Palanivel had in his presidential address asked the Government to set up a 1Malaysia incubator fund for the Indian community in order to attract young minds; RM10mil for Yayasan Strategik Sosial to train young entrepreneurs; RM10mil to expand MIC’s pilot after-school remedial programme, as well as a RM30mil grant to MIED and a matching grant to AIMST University, among others.

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/12/14/nation/12460127&sec=nation

Education Ministry studying proposal for secondary Tamil school

October 16th, 2012
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“currently studying the proposal”? Seriously? Are these guys trying to pull our legs? Wonder when the “study” will end.

 

PENANG MIC has proposed that the Government set up a Tamil secondary school in the state.

Its acting chief L. Krishnan said a memorandum on the matter had been handed over to the Education Ministry which was currently studying the proposal, reported Tamil Nesan.

Krishnan hoped the school, if it becomes a reality, would be able to provide continuous education to students from Tamil primary schools in the state.

Currently, many students from Tamil primary schools, after finishing their Year Six, end up being involved in unwanted activities as there are no one to guide them once they enter secondary schools which are alien to them, he said.

Krishnan also urged Indian non-governmental organisations to organise more activities for such students so that they would not be led astray.

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/10/16/nation/12175235&sec=nation

Tan Sri Manickavasagam Scholarship Fund grants awarded

October 11th, 2012
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 Though the amount is small, the grants can help to alleviate the financial burden faced by parents.  Hopefully the parents are able to source the balance amounts so that their children can complete their studies.

 

Lorry driver Muniandy Ratnam, 49, was in tears as he narrated how his daughter Selvamary had slogged to excel in her exams and qualify to pursue a medical degree.

“She had put in hours of non-stop studying. I had hoped and prayed that her dreams of becoming a doctor will come true because of her hard work and dedication,” said Muniandy, who works for a transportation company.

Muniandy was one of many proud parents who accompanied their children to receive the Tan Sri Manickavasagam Scholarship Fund grants from MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel at the party headquarters yesterday.

Selvamary is scheduled to leave for Kursk State Medical University in Russia on Monday to pursue a six-year medical degree programme.

<b>Tears of joy:</b> Muniandy relating how Selvamary (right) had slogged day and night to qualify for the scholarship.
Tears of joy: Muniandy relating how Selvamary (right) had slogged day and night to qualify for the scholarship.

She received RM15,000 that will go towards the initial RM43,000 payment required upon admission into the university.

The fees for the medical course will be entirely borne by Muniandy.

Muniandy said he told his daughter that she must come back after completing her studies to serve the country.

His other child, a son, is pursuing a Business Management course at a local institution.

Selvamary, 18, said her father was her role model and that she would make him proud by bring home her medical degree.

“Our family isn’t well off. In spite of this, my father ensured that my brother and I received the best,” she said.

Palanivel said RM1.1mil had been disbursed through the scholarship fund this year….

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/10/4/nation/12121313&sec=nation

MP Kapar mom passed away without getting citizenship

October 11th, 2012
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Sad to hear the unfulfilled wishes of MP Kapar Manickavasagam’s mother. 56 years and still didn’t get citizenship.

At least my mother in law fared better, after trying for so long, will be getting her citizenship hopefully by next month.  She was born in Malaysia (but lived in India for a short while), married a Malaysian school teacher, and all her kids are Malaysians. She applied during MyDaftar again, but surprisingly, her name  was missing in the successful applicants list. After checking with NRD, it seems like some documents were lost in translation and we did not get the letter. Anyway, all issues settled and hope to hear good news soon.  And yeah, while should thank NRD and MyDaftar campaign, the resentment is still there on why it took so long and special program to settle it.

S Manickavasagam (PKR-Kapar) today put a human face to a long-standing issue by sharing with the Dewan Rakyat how his mother died without a Malaysian citizenship after 56 years of waiting.

He said that despite migrating from India to the Federated Malay States before 1957, she died last year only a permanent resident.

“I am an MP and I brought her to Putrajaya several times, and yet they didn’t give her an identity card.

“She was able to sing Negaraku, (speak) fluent Bahasa Malaysia and even English. Why?” he said while debating the budget.

According to the National Registration Department website, a holder of the red identity card is a permanent resident while a blue identity card denotes that the holder is a citizen.

His Sabak Bernam born mother-in-law, too, is facing the same conundrum and has also waited 56 years for her citizenship.

“I also did a search and found Tan Kim, aged 77 and born in Pahang who is still waiting for her identity card,” he added.

This, Manickavasagam (above) said, is despite 42,493 people awarded citizenships from 2008 to Mar 2, 2012.

Citing a written reply to him by Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, he said as of Feb 29, there are 225,222 people who hold Malaysian permanent residency.

Of this, 162,233 are Indonesians, 35,856 are Filipinos, 8,950 Thais, 4,412 Cambodians and 13,771 are from other countries.

Speaking to Malaysiakini later, Manickavasagam said that the fact that his mother had died without gaining citizenship had really saddened him.

“That is why I am fighting for all mothers to have blue identity cards,” he said.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/211329

I wonder if he applied through the MIC initiated MyDaftar campaign which was started since last year February.  Talking about MyDaftar, I can’t find detailed statistics but according to reports published in various sources:

9,529 people especially Malaysians of Indian descent had applied for citizenship. Of the total, 5,593 applicants were successful (I assume they’ve got citizenship, and that’s about 59%).

source: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/291826

The MyDaftar programme has received 9,529 documentation applications from the Indian community since May said Coordinator of the Special Implementation Taskforce (SITF) of the Cabinet Committee on Indian Community in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam

He said from the total, 6,527 were applications involving citizenship while the remaining was for other documentation registration such as birth certificate, marriage and identity card.

“The application for citizenship involving foreigners with entry permits numbered 3,770 and from the total, 2,016 were approved by the Home Ministry (KDN).

“We also received 1,922 citizenship registration applications from the Indian community born in Malaysia after independence and 1,479 [77% success rate] were approved by the NON,” he added.

source: http://www.mic.org.my/news-events/mic-news/2012/9500-applications-received-indian-community-under-mydaftar

He said MyDaftar also received 708 citizenship applications from those who were married to Malaysians and from the total, 600 applications [about 85% success] were approved by
KDN.
MyDaftar also received 12 citizenship applications from the children of such citizens and from the total, eight were approved by KDN.
On documentation of late registration of birth, Siva Subramaniam said  there were 1,778 applications and from the total 1,459 applications were approved by
KDN.

Interestingly, PKR highlighted two cases where the documents were issued under MyDaftar, but upon checking the citizenship status in the documents were “yet to be determined” (refer http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/199660).

 It would be good if proper statistics are revealed.