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Nothing moving for unit headed by Deputy Minister Waytha?

August 28th, 2013
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Received this via email. I just added the red color for focus. So, guess what – no name, no charter, no infrastructure procurement, no expert committee, no budget for 2013 and no planning for 2014 budget (next month gonna announce by PM).

Now push the ball to PM’s court and say Waytha will resign if nothing improves. Rightly so, as Waytha is just deputy minister and the minister in charge is PM himself. Our guess is that all the proposals has been made by Waytha and team but no approval given, thus no progress.

Now they know how hard things are. This is similar fate usually suffered by MIC, if and when they come out with proposals that require huge sums of money?

 

HINDRAF PRESS STATEMENT

Hindraf calls on Prime Minister Najib to get cracking on the Hindraf BN MOU

27th August 2013

The recent high pitched campaign by the police to address the rising crime rate in the country has helped to highlight the extent to which Indian youth are caught up in the whirlpool of crime. The fact that there is such a large involvement of the Indian young is a fairly recent phenomenon. This has not always been the case. This trend was set some 30 odd years ago in tandem with the massive forced displacement of Indian plantation workers out of their traditional abodes in the estates. This crime problem of the Indian young is only one of many, ailing the Indian community and is also only symptomatic of the more serious socio-economic problem.

It was against this background that Hindraf put out its five year Blueprint to address the situation of the displaced estate workers in a targeted and focussed manner with permanent and comprehensive solutions in mind. The Blueprint contained all the elements to address the socio-economic issues of the displaced estate workers which would have had a direct effect on this rising crime problem. The plan clearly addressed the many economic, social, physical and psychological factors that contributed to the marginalization of the Indian displaced estate workers – the path that leads to crime..

BN bought the Blueprint on the 18th of April 2013 in an MOU Agreement in an official ceremony and made a public promise to implement the Blueprint on returning to power. They returned to power on the 5th of May.

The most significant thing that that has been accomplished deriving from the MOU in the period since, is the appointment of Waytha Moorthy as a Deputy Minister.

The unit headed by Waytha Moorthy in the Prime Minister’s department has yet to be given a name. The charter of this unit has yet to be publicly confirmed. The infrastructure proposal for the unit has not been bought off. The Expert Steering Committee which is supposed to come out with the specific plan for addressing the income opportunities, housing and skills training for the Displaced Estate workers has yet to be even identified. The Budget proposed for 2013 has still not been deliberated upon, not to even mention the planning for the 2014 budget.

The process seems to be painfully slow. It is ironical that on the one hand, we have this situation with regards to crime being addressed in a hurried manner with these shootings and arrests and which does not assure sustainability anyway. On the other, we have a plan that promises to be a sure and sustainable remedy and which will have long term positive effects effectively delayed.

 The Prime Minister I am sure is behind the plan of the Home Minister to get aggressive in addressing the crime situation through the police. What he should be equally doing is to be behind Waytha Moorthy and get aggressive on rolling out the Blueprint.  He should speed matters up and get the implementation of the Blue print going. He should name Waytha ’s unit, he should publicly confirm its charter, he should immediately get the Expert Steering Committee going, he should approve the necessary infrastructure and budgets to implement the plan,

The current lacklustre and half-hearted approach is not going to win the hearts and minds of the affected Indian estate workers whose expectations are sky high because of the public promises during the recently concluded GE. They want “Janji mesti di tepati and Nambikei” to mean something tangible.

We hope the Prime Minster will get things moving without further delay. The Blueprint and its implementation through the unit is the last hope the Indian community places on the government. If Prime Minster Najib fails to keep his promises, he is looking at an imminent resignation of Waytha Moorthy from government and we believe this will permanently shift the Indian voter completely away from BN on a long term basis.

It is now in the Prime Minister’s hand which way all this will go. For our part we only want to see correction of a serious historical wrong.

N.Ganesan

Hindraf National Adviser.

Sg Siput MP shares his election story

June 7th, 2013
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Just one month since our 13th General Elections. Here’s a story on the election campaign moments by Sg Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar. He is one of the underdogs in this campaign and managed to block return of MIC to Sg Siput by defeating one of the MIC nice guys, SK Devamany. The article below is to remind us of the election dramas that happened throughout the country.

 

By Dr Michael D Jeyakumar

The sheer volume of complaints we received indicates how little trust the Malaysian public have in the EC. And it is good to see that the Malaysian public are prepared to monitor the polling process itself to ensure it is not hijacked by any party.

There were many complaints of electoral irregularities, if not fraud, during the course of the 13th general election campaign and during polling day.

As this seems to be a hotly debated issue, I would like to share my experience as the candidate for the Sungai Siput parliamentary constituency.

There were many voters who came claiming that their names were not on the Election Commission’s list of voters though they had voted in previous elections. We have recorded their names down and intend to take this up with the EC.

There were also others whose names were registered in the voting list of other constituencies though they had voted in Sungai Siput before, and had not applied for a change in constituency. This too we intend to follow up.

It was painfully obvious that the BN campaign was far exceeding the RM200,000 expenditure limit for a parliamentary seat. Their flags, banners and posters by itself would come to much more than that.

House-owners who allowed the BN to tie banners on the fronts or sides of their houses were paid RM300!

There were numerous programmes during the campaign period when the BN gave out hampers, gift vouchers, and conducted lucky draws with rice cookers and toasters as presents.

There were several programmes where government agencies launched projects, such as the ground breaking for a new Tamil primary school and the handing out of Tekun loans amounting to RM2.5 million to about 100 applicants.

The BN candidates (for the parliamentary and two state seats) were the guests of honour in these sort of events while the opposition candidates were not invited.

Buses to ferry voters

On polling day, our supporters found four tour buses parked in Sungai Siput.

When my team and I when to check, there were no passengers in sight – but the drivers said that they had brought Malaysians working in Singapore back to Perak to vote.

We made a police report and the police detained the four buses and took statements from the drivers.

We were given a list of 35 names by one of the bus drivers – young Malays and Chinese mainly. No foreigners!

When we contacted the handphone numbers recorded in this list, the people named confirmed that they had come on that bus from Johore to Perak on May 3.

We have not been able to identify the passengers from the other three buses yet, but intend to try and do so by contacting the companies. But we do not have any proof that these buses brought in foreign voters.

In any case, our people in the Pondok Panas did not notice foreign looking people trying to attend the voting centres.

Many voters also complained about the ink that washed off. I called the returning officer and he said that perhaps the bottle of ink was not shaken properly. We advised all those complaining to make police reports.

Ballot boxes by helicopter

There are video postings of a young SPR officer guarding two yellow ballot “bags” in a field. That field happens to be in Sungai Buloh in Sungai Siput.

They contained the 237 votes from Orang Asli voters in Kuala Mu. As was agreed, polling at Kuala Mu stopped at 2pm, and the votes were counted there in the presence of PAS counting agents.

The Borang 14 was given to these counting agents, and the ballot papers were then sealed in these two bags and flown by helicopter to Sungai Siput. All these arrangements were made known to us on the afternoon of nomination day.

So this is not evidence of any hanky panky here, but a crowd of about 500 Sungai Siput residents had surrounded the ballot bags and it was only after I arrived and assured them that it was okay that they allowed the SPR to take these bags to the main counting centre.

Another complaint filed to us is the wilful delay in announcing the results.We got the copies of the Borang 14 from most of our polling centres by 8pm. By 8.30pm we knew we had won by about 2,800 votes.

However it took the EC another five hours to announce the result. Painful, but there wasn’t anything sinister in this.

It was the process of tabulation – the EC required each of the 104 “Ketua Tempat Mengundi”to submit his Borang 14 to the Returning Officer, the ADO. This would be typed in and projected on to a screen to enable the candidates to cross-check against their own Borang 14.

After a few minutes, an assistant to the Returning Officer would announce over the mike that vote results from such and such school had been accepted, and it would be added to the cumulative total. Openness and transparency can be time-consuming!

Entrance of 8 EC bags at 11.30pm

Many people in the hall were alarmed when this happened. I was already about 5,000 votes ahead when this happened and many supporters were anxious that extra votes were being brought in to cheat us of our victory! Again, nothing sinister.

The votes from three interior Orang Asli villages were not counted at site, though the process of voting was observed by our PACA.

These votes were brought out by four-wheel drives to the District Office where they were counted under observation of my and PAS’ counting agents.

The “Undi Awal” were also counted then. Apparently it was all done one by one which is why it took several hours to complete. These arrangements were made known to all parties contesting on nomination day itself.

PRU 13 was not a fair one. The mainstream media and government agencies supported the BN shamelessly and openly. And the BN spent far more than the legally permitted limit for each constituency.

There are serious lingering doubts about the authenticity of the voters’ lists. However in Sungai Siput, we were not able to find conclusive evidence of significant cheating during the polling process.

The sheer volume of complaints we received indicates how little trust the Malaysian public have in the EC. And it is good to see that the Malaysian public are prepared to monitor the polling process itself to ensure it is not hijacked by any party.

There is a much higher level of citizen activism to preserve the sanctity of the polling process compared to before. This is good for a democracy and we must say our thanks to the Bersih movement.

And Syabas to the general public. If we want a better system we have to put some effort into creating it.

Dr Michael D Jeyakumar is PSM’s winning candidate for Sungai Siput. He defeated MIC’s SK Devamany and an independent by a majority of 2,793 votes to retain this seat

source: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/05/13/no-significant-cheating-in-sungai-siput/

Kasthuri Patto the new MP for Batu Kawan

May 13th, 2013
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We seldom see Indian women leaders or politicians. MIC’s women leaders seemed to be missing on national media. Can’t see any news about them. Even the young MP below, Kasthuri Patto is featured after winning the Batu Kawan seat. Hopefully she will be more prominent and be a good role model for future Indian women politicians.

 

Kasthuri Patto got her first taste of life on the campaign trail in 1995, when she was only 16, tagging along with her famous father as he stumped the length and breadth of the country canvassing support for DAP in that year’s general election.

DAP lost badly in the April 1995 election and P Patto, the party’s deputy secretary-general and editor of the Rocket, died two months later of a heart attack.

Little did Kasthuri know then that nearly 20 years later, she would be campaigning for herself in an election that would see DAP emerge as one of the biggest victors.

Her victory in the Batu Kawan parliamentary contest last Sunday was nothing less than convincing. She beat BN’s Gobalakrishnan by 25,962 votes in the racially mixed constituency of 57,593 voters.

The 34-year-old microbiology graduate told FMT she was surprised that DAP even considered her as a candidate in the recent election.

“I consulted my close friends in the party as well as my mother,” she said. “They all told me to accept the challenge and gave their blessings.

“Being Patto’s daughter might have been a factor in the decision of party elders to choose me as a candidate.”

Perhaps those elders were also impressed by the work she had done for the party.

Although she did not intend to enter active politics after graduating from Universiti Malaya, she maintained a close association with DAP and served in various capacities in the party’s social work, particularly in constituency services in Bukit Gasing and Subang Jaya. She was also one of party advisor Lim Kit Siang’s secretaries.

She told FMT her victory in Batu Kawan might not have been possible without the help of her father’s former comrades. She made special mention of P Ramasamy, one of Penang’s deputy chief ministers and her predecessor as Batu Kawan MP.

“Prof Rama was very helpful and supportive, and he shared his experience in tackling issues affecting the constituency,” she said.

Recalling the experience of campaigning for election, Kasthuri said she often felt like a newcomer when facing young voters.

“But it was not the same case among elderly voters. The moment my dad’s name was mentioned, no further introduction was needed.”

Kasthuri attributes her victory partly to her fluency in English, Malay and Tamil. “I picked up a few Hokkien phrases while campaigning and intend to improve on other Chinese dialects.”

Apprehension

She admits to a little apprehension at the beginning of her campaign, saying she found it difficult to assess the ground sentiments.

“My concern, obviously, was at least to match the majority of votes secured by Prof Rama in the last general election.

“I was also worried when PM visited Batu Kawan twice.

“However, when the official results were announced, it felt as if a big bonus had been given to me and the party workers.”

The victory comes with some personal sacrifices. Kashturi and her mother are planning to move house to Batu Kawan from Damansara, where she has been living for some years.

“I used to meet residents in Gasing every week and I will be missing them. It’s like leaving your own family behind.”

Nevertheless, she is looking forward to her first appearance in parliament. She said she was eager to highlight the “pressing socio-economic problems” confronting her constituents. These range from a shortage of decent housing to a lack of proper water and electricity supplies to limitations in healthcare services.

“Health issues have always been my concern,” she said. “Medical costs are rising beyond the means of even the middle income group.

“I can assure taxpayers that healthcare need not be costly. What we need is more commitment and dedication from people directly involved in the health sector.”

Besides that, the first-term MP believes in empowering public institutions like the Royal Malaysian Police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

“They are treated as servants of their political masters,” she said. “They should be given back their dignity.

“I strongly believe there should be reforms across the board, not only within the law enforcement agencies but also in all government agencies.”

She said even those civil servants who could legally make decisions on their own and on the spot were often rendered ineffective by pressure from their political masters.

“They avoid dealing with issues or problems brought to their attention by just saying they are in no position to decide.”

Kasthuri agreed that the teenage girl who used to follow her father around had come a long way to take a seat in Parliament. But she said she still had some way to go to master the skills needed to carry out her responsibilities in the tough male-dominated world of Malaysian politics.

Her advantage is that many of her late father’s colleagues and admirers are still alive and willing to be her mentors.

“I am getting inputs on all the dos and don’ts that an opposition MP should observe and the priorities I must set as my constituency’s representative,” said the young politician.

source: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/05/13/kasthuri-walks-out-of-patto%E2%80%99s-shadow/

Aid for schools in Puchong

May 13th, 2013
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Hmm…no wonder didn’t win GE13, just give RM5,000 to school. Give lah RM50,000 ke… 🙂  RM14,000 water filter was last year…so this expectation surely higher! I’m sure this is not vote buying. Its just a coincidence that the candidate for GE13 was available to pass the aid.

 

Timely assistance: Kohilan celebrating with SJK (T) Castlefield pupils after presenting the RM5,000 aid to Amani.

Timely assistance: Kohilan celebrating with SJK (T) Castlefield pupils after presenting the RM5,000 aid to Amani.

Former deputy foreign affairs minister A. Kohilan Pillay presented RM5,000 each to eight primary schools in Puchong recently.

“We want the pupils to improve their overall performance in the UPSR (Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah) exams.

“By providing the aid and facilities, we hope to produce more pupils with 7As this year,” said Kohilan after presenting the first cheque to SJK (T) Castlefield in Taman Perindustrian Puchong.

The aid will be used to organise seminars, motivational camps and extra classes for Year Six pupils.

In addition, 40 pupils from each school will receive the Score-A, an online e-study programme, and a dictionary each.

The other schools that will receive the aid are SJK(T) Kinrara, SJK(T) Batu 14 Puchong. SJK(T) Serdang, SJK(C) Han Ming, SJK(C) Sin Ming, SJK(C) Ladang Harcroft and SJK(C) Yak Chee.

Meanwhile SJK(T) Tun Samban-than in Subang Jaya will also be receiving the Score-A programme.

The aid is provided as part of an ongoing initiative to provide better education and facilities to students.

“We gave 97 Tamil schools in Selangor a RM14,000 water filter each last year, and RM3,000 worth of books for the libraries the year before,” said Kohilan.

SJK(T) Castlefield headmistress Amani Nambial said the school was happy with the contribution as money was needed to run the talks and seminars.

“Hopefully, the Score-A programme will help the pupils perform better in the exams,” she said.

There are 95 pupils in Year Six at the school.

 

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2013/5/13/central/13097516&sec=central

Look mom, I got a degree!

April 17th, 2013
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Five election candidates has been accused (by the opposing side, of course) of holding academic qualifications from dubious universities. They are:

1. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Kohilan Pillay (candidate for Puchong) – Masters in Commercial and Industrial Economy from the Western Pacific University, US. [There’s actually two uni with same name, one in California and another in Hawaii. Wonder which one Kohilan studied at].

2. Port Klang Authority chairman Teh Kim Pooh, (Klang) – DBA from New Port University, US. (Same uni as Perlis Menteri Besar got his doctorate from). [Newport University’s website does not exist. Doesn’t that sound weird?]

3. AB Wahab Ibrahim (Taman Medan) -doctoreate from Irish International University, UK. [This is a well known notorious one. Check their website http://www.iiuedu.ie/ and also read this Malaysian court judgement – http://kl.kehakiman.gov.my/sites/kl.kehakiman.gov.my/attachments/S-23-50-2006.pdf

4. Ching Eu Boon (Pandamaran) – doctorate from St George University International. [website doesn’t exist http://www.stgeorgeuniversity.edu and not to be confused with St George’s Uni]

5. Lee Ban Seng (Kajang) – degree from Rutherford University.[ world famous case – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutherford_University]

Person number 5 said he’s degree is from American Liberty University, not Rutherford. This ALU is recognised in California (https://app.dca.ca.gov/bppe/view-school.asp?schlcode=3014471) but not in another state in US, Oregon (http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/oda-degree-authorization-academic-unauthorized-Invalid.aspx). Weird huh?

In any case, readers can check
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unaccredited_institutions_of_higher_education

For US universities, one can check at http://www.chea.org/

Try search google for the above universities and you can make interesting conclusions.

Do note, that in many cases these universities will claim they are unaccredited/new university/online learning/distance learning type, thus not in the accredited list.

Full Article:

Five Barisan Nasional candidates for seats in Selangor are holding fake degrees, alleged DAP election strategist Ong Kian Ming.

“It is disappointing that the candidates listed academic qualifications from universities which issue bogus academic degrees for a payment,” he claimed.

Among the names mentioned is Selangor Gerakan chief A Kohilan Pillay, who is also the deputy foreign affairs minister.

Kohilan is slated to contest for the Puchong parliamentaryseat and had listed in his biodata that he obtained a Masters degree in Commercial and Industrial Economy from the Western Pacific University in the US.

Ong alleged that Western Pacific University was found to be a degree mill, and it was closed down by the authorities some time back.

“Even more shocking is that Kohilan is our caretaker deputy foreign affairs minister! It is a disgrace if Kohilan had indeed ‘bought’ a degree to bolster his credentials,” he said.

Ong also accused Teh Kim Pooh, BN aspirant for the Klang parliamentary seat, of obtaining his doctorate in business administration from the New Port University in the US.

“In 2009, an English daily had said that New Port University is a degree mill. This is the same university our caretaker Perlis menteri besar Isa Sabu got his doctorate as well,” he claimed.

Teh is also the Port Klang Authority chairman.

Others accused of holding fake degrees are AB Wahab Ibrahim (Taman Medan), Ching Eu Boon (Pandamaran) and Lee Ban Seng (Kajang).

Ong alleged that the Irish International University, where Wahab obtained his doctorate, was raided by the British authorities in 2008 for being a bogus varsity.

He added that St George University International, where Ching obtained his doctorate, was also claimed to be a degree mill.

“And it is the same case with Lee, who obtained his degree from the Rutherford University,” he claimed.

The DAP leader said although election law does not require a candidate to hold paper qualification, the candidates’ integrity could be questioned if they had to “buy” their degrees to cheat the electorate.

“If these candidates are willing to dupe voters about their academic qualifications, what other areas would these candidates be willing to lie about, including in areas of public interest such as management of public funds and the proper use of public resources?”he asked.

BN reps dismiss allegations

Contacted later, Kohilan said: “Ask DAP to show proof. If not, I’m going to sue them.”

Teh also dismissed the allegations, saying DAP was playing up an old issue to discredit his candidacy.

“It’s a non-issue and if DAP wants to harp on it, then go ahead,” he said.

Explaining the matter, Teh said that he did pursue a doctorate from 1999 to 2002, which involved taking up 12 subjects and completing three theses.

“I even produced my certificates and theses to the court during a trial. Even my former supervisor in the university was willing to take the stand. Tell DAP to check on that first,” he said.

Lee, on the other hand, said there was an error in his biodata.

“I received my degree from America Liberty University, not Rutherford University,” he added.

FMT could not reach Wahab and Ching for comments despite several attempts.

source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/04/17/bn-hopefuls-have-bogus-degrees/