Posts Tagged ‘MIC’

Temple being demolished in Kepong

June 21st, 2012
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Yup, in KL which under federal government. And this pisses off Deputy FT Minister Dato Saravanan. Because now they (MIC) can’t say no temple demolished under BN since PM Najib took over. Yup, its that serious.

Yup. (Just wanted to make it three  “yup”s).

Interestingly, a directive was issued saying temple issues in FT was to be referred to Deputy Minister, but wonder why it was not adhered to this time. Looks like not only in PR-managed states have this problem.

And according to article below, the land has been gazetted to be used for non-Muslim religious purpose. So, what gives?

DEPUTY Federal Territories Ministry Datuk M. Saravanan was incensed by the demolition of the Maha Veppan Kaliamman temple in Kepong early yesterday morning.

Saravanan said he was made to “feel like a fool” negotiating with the group of government officers despite being in charge of non-Islamic religious land issues in the Federal Territory after a directive was sent out two years ago.

“The FT Land and Minerals Department went on with the demolition despite the directive that no temples should be demolished without prior discussion with me, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin and FT Secretary-General Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib,” he said.

Taking control: Saravanan discussing the temple demolition issue with some of the devotees.

When he was informed about the demolition process that morning, he contacted the FT Land deparment director Hashim Ismail.

Saravanan said he had asked for the demolition process to be postponed until he could discuss the issue with Nong Chik but Hashim said he could not do anything.

Temple priest Periasamy Batumalai said 40 devotees tried to stop some 50 officers from DBKL and the police force from demolishing the temple.

Roads leading to the temple wereclosed off and devotees were barred from entering despite pleading with the officers.

According to the temple’s laywer Datin Anit Kaur Randhawa, the temple was not issued any order to vacate.

The officials used the notice from the Land and Minerals Department dated June 19, 2012 and the bulldozers moved in the very next day at 9am, barely 20 minutes after pasting the unsigned notice on the two gates of the temple.

“The DBKL officers and the police came at 8.30am and pasted the notice on the temple before proceeding to demolish it within 20 minutes. They only managed to tear down the fence surrounding the temple as the devotees formed a human barricade to halt the proceedings,” she said.

The demolition was later stopped by Saravanan who arrived at 10am.

The temple was initially located at the Jalan Kuching roundabout before moving to its current site in 2011.

The land in Kepong had been gazetted as religious land and set aside for non-Muslims.

“When I called Nong Chik, he said he was unaware of the demolition. I am surprised at the arrogance of the officers. They seemed to be in a rush to demolish the temple,” he said.

He added that the small plot of land was useful for the temple.

Anit Kaur said letters of support were sent to the Prime Minister’s Department on May 31 last year to apply for the land.

MIC Taman Fadason branch chairman K. Jayaraman said the demolition move was disrespectful.

Non-governmental body, the New Indian Welfare and Charity Malaysia, will donate RM2,000 to put up a barricade and secure the temple.

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/6/21/central/11517229&sec=central

 

400 matriculation places at AIMST?

June 19th, 2012
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This news came as a surprise. As we all know, matriculation students study at matriculation centers. I didn’t know AIMST was selected as one. Thing are still hazy as to what this “matriculation” means.  Is it the same as the government one? Same syllabus, duration, exams and grading? More importantly, can the students apply to IPTA just like other matriculation students? Why is MIC looking for sponsors if its same program? Aren’t matriculation programs sponsored by government? Or is it case of “looks like it, sounds like it, but not it”?  What does it mean by “the matriculation programme at AIMST will carry the same value as the matriculation programme at the government colleges”.  Don’t play with words and provide more details please.

Already tweeted MIC President asking about the above yesterday, but no response till today.

 

MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said another 400 matriculation seats will be available for qualified Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia school leavers from the Indian community at the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) for the 2012/2013 programme.

He said MIC together with AIMST will find sponsors to fund students selected to undergo the matriculation programme at the private university.

AIMST was established by the Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED), the educational arm of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC).

“These 400 seats are offered at a private university (AIMST) while 1,500 are offered at the government colleges.

“However, those 400 students who are qualified to study at AIMST, need not worry about funding because MIC and AIMST officials are now looking for sponsors or funds to fund their matriculation programmes,” he said in a statement Saturday.

Palanivel, who is also a Minister at the Prime Minister’s Department, said that the matriculation programme at AIMST will carry the same value as the matriculation programme at the government colleges.

To date, the Ministry of Education had received 3,000 applications for the 2012-2013 matriculation programme but only 1,500 accepted.

So far, 750 Indian students with SPM have been offered matriculation programmes at the government colleges and the rest of the vacancies will be filled within this month, said Palanivel.

He explained that, once all the seats are filled, the Ministry of Education will send their name lists to MIC for record purposes.

Planivel had previously asked for 1,000 extra seats on top of the existing 500 seats during the MIC general assembly last year

source:  http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/16/nation/20120616185712&sec=nation

3000 Indian students applied for matriculation

June 18th, 2012
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According to MI President, about 3000 students applied for matriculation (contrary to popular belief that not many Indian students apply) and 750 places have been taken up.  So, it won’t be difficult to pick 1500 students, right? I mean if you can pick students with 4As from the other race, there’s no excuse to do the same here, right? Have a quota la – 20% top students (300 seats), 60% average students (900 seats), and 20% weak students (300 seats) like you do for the other race.  So easy maa, I’ve even calculated the number of seats for you. I can even volunteer to help pick students 🙂

BTW, those that didn’t get a place can make an appeal and don’t forget to send a copy to MIC (and also MIETA – Arivu Ananthan – 012-3993710 or Elangovan Annamalai – 017-7081946)

More than 3,000 Indian students have applied for matriculation courses in government colleges, said MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.

Palanivel, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the 1,500 seats allocated for Indians would be filled by the end of the month.

“Generally, only 500 seats are allocated for Indians, but Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has acceded to MIC’s request for an additional 1,000 seats,” he said yesterday.

Palanivel said Indian students with excellent results but failed to obtain places in colleges could appeal to the Education Ministry and forward a copy to MIC.

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/17/nation/11497488&sec=nation

According to MIC President as well, the full list of students will be released by MOE by end of June. Refer video below:

I strongly suggest that the list contains name, school, location (to identify rural/urban) and the student’s qualifications.  If not, MIC will get another round of bashing for not being transparent, practising nepotism, or unable to get MOE cooperation etc. Either way it looks bad on MIC if they not able to deliver what the PM pledged because community expectation is high now. We want to know details and not just be told off with some token answers.  And MIC being self-appointed guardian of Indian community have a hard time living up to the new expectations.

Which brings me to another issue – should we have a Indian deputy Education Minister?

 Footnote: MIC says will ask for more place next year. My question: why not ask to streamline STPM/Matriculation first. Saves lots of headache and cost, and provide a level/just/fair platform for all.

The MIC will request that the quota of Indian students in government matriculation colleges be increased next year, its president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said today.

He said the number of Indian students in matriculation colleges nationwide has increased from 500 to 1,500 for the 2012/2013 session.

“This year we will ask for additional (quota) for next year,”

source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mic-wants-bigger-quota-for-indians-in-matriculation-colleges/

MIC President clarifies 1000 extra matric seats will be in govt centres

May 31st, 2012
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We can breathe easier now as MIC President issued press statement clarifying the allocation of the extra 1000 seats will be in government matriculation centres, and not in any IPTS. This is in response to earlier questions and uncertainties after video emerged on the allocation.  I’ve blogged about it about 3 weeks ago.

With that issue considered settled, the next is about how to fulfill the extra 1000 seats. According to the statement below, about 700 seats has been filled, leaving another 800 or so vacant. The problem is how to get these places filled up.

 

Previously I’ve commented on a post by Mahaganapathy Dass (MIC Higher Education Bureau) on his FB wall:

i think the 1000 extra places should not be limited to those with all As. as you very well know, the 90% places is given to those with even 4/5/6As. with that in mind, we should be firm in our stand that applicants with minimum 5As to be allowed under the 1000 extra seats. in this way, you’ll have a much bigger pool of students.

instead of waiting for matriculation dept to settle the application procedure, why not start a separate “registration process” to fill the 1000 seats (assuming we don’t have enough applicants in the first place). You can collect the applicants and pass to matric dept to process – save their time.

and i think the 1500 matrics place should not include the bursary recipients. that’s unfair and unethical. let bursary be bursary and extra 1000 place to be EXTRA 1000 place. i hope the PM, JPA and MOE understands this. [note: Bursary refers to JPA Bursary for SPM top scorers]

if matric dept says got enough indian applicants to fill the 1500 seats, then just fill it up la. can relax the entry requirements if not able to get 1500 students. those rules are manmade, not law of God. if you can relax for the “others”, why not for us. We must be firm in our stand. this year MUST have 1500 seats filled (excluding bursary recipients). no excuse from matrics dept will be accepted.

and another comment:

 it will be good if matric dept reopen their registration if not enough candidates. maybe for 2 week period. and we can get our promotion machinery to inform as much students as possible – facebook, THR, MIC branches, MP/ADUN office, Astro Vanavil, Minnal FM, RTM news, newspapers etc.

I’m sure the 800 places can be easily filled up if the requirements are not purposely stringent. We should allow those with 4/5/6/7As to enter matriculation as well. A short 2 or 3 weeks exercise would be sufficient to get the SPM leavers to apply, provided we are able to make use of the promotion and publicity channels mentioned above.

However, a rather disturbing email reached me this morning. Its about a parent of a matric student that is unhappy (distressed actually) over the treatment of her daughter.  I think if such negative news is spread, parents will be angry and scoff the offer to study at matriculation. OK, more on that later once I get more info.

 

PRESS STATEMENT BY MIC PRESIDENT DATUK SERI G PALANIVEL 

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 May (MIC) — All the 1,500 matriculation seats allocated to Indian students this year will be conducted at government colleges and no private institutions are involved.

There should be no confusion on the matter. Some people are saying that the 1,000 extra seats allocated for Indian students will be conducted at private colleges.

That is not true. All the students who have been successful will be placed in government colleges

In the MIC assembly last year I had asked for extra 1,000 seats to add to the existing 500 seats.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had agreed to the request and said the courses will be conducted in government institutions.

I had raised the issues with Tan Sri Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, that to date only 700 places have been offered.

I also raised the issue that some Indian students with 11A+ were also not offered matriculation places.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin assured me that all deserving cases would be offered a place and that all 1,500 places for Indian students will be filled.

–MIC

SOURCE: http://mic.org.my/mic_news.php?id=220

1000 extra matriculation places for Indian students at Binary University College?

May 7th, 2012
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I’m sure you still remember our PM’s announcement that an additional 1000 places will be provided for Indian students to pursue matriculation. It was well received, although I expected a more concrete policy-level and high impact announcement (like opening matriculation for all or abolishing it). At the moment, about 500 places are allocated. There’s no mention if this is a one-off gesture or will be implemented annually.

(Interesting fact: the 1000 places were agreed in September (refer video below) but announced in February, during Ponggal celebration in Kapar.)

Now, news is coming out that the 1000 places will be in Binary University College (located in Puchong), and not actually at the government matriculation centers.

MIC President, Senator G Palanivel and also Deputy Minister SK Devamany themselves mentioned that “some” students will be placed in IPTS, including Binary. So another permutation is provided. ( from MIC TV Online):

The announcement is was made on 19th September 2011 (refer the photos on Binary’s website – http://www.binary.edu.my/index.php/events/events-at-binary/ ) and compare to the video above.

This was also highlighted on a youtube video below with some valid questions:

And also in an article in The Kuala Lumpur Post:

They are many unanswered question about the 1000 places given to Indian students to pursue matriculation this year. Those representing the community at the higher level show their gratitude by praising the Government for providing this opportunity. We are also happy because at last the Indians are given the opportunity to compete on the even field. Now many are claiming that they have fought tirelessly for this opportunity but are not given due recognition. However, we shouldn’t be clouded or blinded with all these elation and celebration. We need to know clearly that this promise is being implemented effectively due to claims that a particular private higher learning institution has been appointed carry out this initiative.

The questions are:-

  1. Who is monitoring this process? Is it MIC
  2. If MIC is monitoring the implementation of this initiative, can they assure that all the students will be placed in public matriculation colleges rather than private institutions?
  3. If at all the students are placed in a private institution, will they be accepted into Public Universities (IPTA) after completing their matriculation?
  4. If no, why other professional private institutions such AIMST, TAFE, Penang Medical College, Perdana University, International Medical College and other professional institutions are not included in this initiative?
  5. How about the fee – if the students are placed in private universities – do they have to follow the fee structure in private universities or public universities – we are talking about cream of the society who deserve places in public universities – finally they will end pay back more than what they supposed to payback.
  6. Can the admission of the students offered places in matriculation be made public to ensure transparency?

source: http://kualalumpurpost.net/unanswered-question-about-the-1000-places-given-to-indian-students-to-pursue-matriculation/

The comment on the article above is also useful to gauge the possible impact of placing 1000 students in an IPTS.

But if you refer to the NST article below (on the announcements during Ponggal), the PM specifically said that the places will be in public institution and that MOHE will arrange for it.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday announced that the government would offer 1,000 more places annually for Indian Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia holders to pursue matriculation courses at public institutions.

MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel welcoming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at a Ponggal celebration at the Kelab Kilat Padang, TNB, in Kapar yesterday.

With this, the prime minister fulfilled the promise made during the recent Thaipusam celebrations.

Najib said this to applause from some 20,000 people during the Ponggal celebration at Kelab Kilat Padang TNB, here, last night.

He said with the increased intake of deserving Indian students, it would encourage them to strive for excellence in public institutions.

“This means the number of Indian students in matriculation now will increase from 559 students to more than 1,500 students for the 2012/2013 session.

“The Higher Education Ministry will be arranging the 1,000 seats after last year’s SPM results are announced,” he said, adding that priority will be given to high achievers.

Obviously, we consider the latter events had superseded the earlier ones, and thus hold PM onto his word that the places will be in government public institutions and not some IPTS which got  1 Star for MyQuest under Science Maths and Computing cluster (although overall it was given 5 Star, and for Social Science Business given 6 Star),  Tier 3 for SETARA 2009, never run a matriculation program and is not a proper campus. (refer MyQuest document in MOHE website).

Anyway, I seriously doubt anyone would be dumb enough to place all 1000 students in one place as that will be a PR disaster.

When these kind of half-baked announcements are made, without proper details and transparency, and later you have to read the fine print to find that all is not so rosy, makes it look like 1 step forward and 2 step backwards for them.

My question: aren’t you supposed to study matriculation at pusat matrikulasi, instead of some IPTS? And when would you learn to provide accurate and detailed information to the citizens?