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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/

List of Indian candidates for 13th General Elections (full)

April 16th, 2013
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Updated with all parliament seats and states seats finalised.

Below is full  list of Indian candidates standing for parliament or state seats according to the parties they represent. Sorted by party and seat type in alphabetical order.

Total of 133 candidates including two contesting two seats (parliament and state).

It will be updated as new info is acquired. And as you know, anything can happen from now till nomination date.

Most interesting fights will be in Selangor (Kota Raja, Kapar, Puchong, Subang, Seri Andalas) and Perak (Tapah, Sg Siput) where we can see more than one Indian candidates going for the same  seat.

Kota Raja will see Uthayakumar against Murugesan of MIC.

Kapar will see two newcomers from PKR and MIC.

Puchong should be Gobind Singh against Kohilan Pillay.

Subang – Sivarasa will take on MIC new face A Prakash.

Seri Andalas state seat will see HRP Uthayakumar against T Mohan of MIC and Xavier of PKR.

Kota Alam Shah, expect DAP’s Ganabatirau to beat Maglin De Cruz of PPP.

Cameron Highlands, MIC President G Palanivel against DAP’s Manoharan and 2 other independents.

In Perak, its SK Devamany against PSM Dr Jayakumar for Sungai Siput, and in Tapah M Saravanan will defend seat against ex-Hindraf Vasantha Kumar, while Ipoh Barat is DAP’s Kula against independent.

Other places seeing at least two Indian candidates pitting against each other are:

Batu Kawan, Nilai, Senawang, Repah, Buntong, Pasir Bedamar, Perai, Bagan Dalam, Kota Alam Shah, Lunas, Hulu Selangor, Tenggaroh, Puteri Wangsa, Bukit Selambau, Sabai, Jeram Padang, Port Dickson, Jelapang, Hutan Melintang, Batu Caves, Padang Serai, Batu Uban, and Kuala Kubu Bahru. So a total of 32 seats involves more than one Indian candidates.

Also this is a first time an Indian is contesting in Sabah (Marcel Jude as independent in Api- Api state seat)

DAP (23)

Parliament (8)

P46 Batu Kawan (Penang) – KASTHURIRAANI A/P PATTO (new face)

p51 Bukit Gelugor (Penang) – KARPAL SINGH

P65 Ipoh Barat (Perak) – M. KULASEGARAN A/L V. MURUGESON

P66 Batu Gajah (Perak) – SIVAKUMAR A/L VARATHARAJU NAIDU

P78 Cameron Highlands (Perak) – MANOGARAN A/L MARIMUTHU

P103  Puchong (Selangor) – Gobind Singh Deo

P110 Klang (Selangor) – Charles Santiago

P142 Labis (Johor) – RAMAKRISHNAN A/L SUPPIAH

State (15)

N30 Paloh (Johor) – SHANKER A/L RENGGANATHAN

N10 Nilai (N Sembilan) – ARUL KUMAR A/L JAMBUNATHAN

N22 Rahang (N Sembilan) – MARRY JOSEPHINE PRITTAM SINGH

N24 Senawang (N Sembilan) – GUNASEKAREN A/L PALASAMY

N36 Repah (N Sembilan) – VEERAPAN A/L SUPERAMANIAM

N35 Sabai (Pahang) – Kamache Doray Rajoo

N30 Buntong (Perak) – SIVASUBRAMANIAM A/L ATHINARAYANAN

N55 Pasir Bedemar (Perak) – TERENCE NAIDU A/L V.RAJA @ RAJA NAIDU

n57 Sungkai (Perak) – SIVANESAN A/L ACHALINGAM

N09 Bagan Dalam (Penang) – TANASEKHARAN A/L AUTHERAPADY

N16 Perai (Penang) –  P.RAMASAMY A/L PALANISAMY

N29 Datok Keramat (Penang) – JAGDEEP SINGH DEO A/L KARPAL SINGH

N32 Seri Delima (Penang) – SANISVARA NETHAJI RAYER A/L RAJAJI

N34 Bukit Gasing (Selangor) – RAJIV A/L RISHYAKARAN

N48 Kota Alam Shah (Selangor) – GANABATIRAU A/L VERAMAN (new face) (ex-Hindraf 5)

 

HRP (2)

Parliament (1)

P111 Kota Raja (Selangor) – P Uthayakumar (new face)

State (1)

N49 Seri Andalas (Selangor) – P Uthayakumar (new face)

 

Gerakan (3)

Parliament (3)

P46 Batu Kawan (Penang) – N.Gobalakrishnan (new face)

P103 Puchong (Selangor) – A. Kohilan Pillay (new face)

P117 Segambut (KL) – Jayanthi Devi Balaguru (new face)

State (0)

none

 

 KITA (4)

Parliament (0)

none

State (4)

N32 Kuala Ketil (Kedah) –  KRISHNAN A/L GANAPATHY (new face)

N34 Lunas (Kedah) – PREBAKARRAN A/L NARAYANAN NAIR (new face)

N08 Machap (Malacca) – RAVINTHER A/L SEKARAN

N14 Machang Bubuk (Penang) – VIKNESWARAN A/L MUNIANDY (new face)

 

MIC (27)

Parliament (9)

P62 Sungai Siput (Perak) – SK Devamany

P72  Tapah (Perak) – M Saravanan

P78 Cameron Highlands (Pahang) – G Palanivel

P94 Hulu Selangor (Selangor) – P Kamalanathan

P107 Subang (Selangor) – A Prakash Rao (new face)

P109 Kapar (Selangor) -A Sakthivel (new face)

P111 Kota Raja (Selangor) – Murugesan Sinnandavar

P132 Teluk Kemang (N Sembilan) – VS Mogan

P140 Segamat (Johor) – Dr S Subramaniam

State (18)

N33 Tenggaroh (Johor) – K Ravin Kumar (new face)

N41 Puteri Wangsa (Johor) – M Soorian Narayanan

N9 Gambir (Johor) – M Asojan

N Kahang (Johor) – R Vidyananthan

N25 Bukit Selambau (Kedah) –  ML Maran (new face)

N34 Lunas (Kedah) – S Ananthan

N7 Gadek (Malacca) – MS Mahadevan (new face)

N7 Jeram Padang (N Sembilan) – L. Manikam (new face)

N33 Port Dickson (N Sembilan) – Dr P Thanaletchumi (new face)

N35 Sabai (Pahang) – R Goonasakaran (new face)

N9 Bagan Dalam (Penang) – M Karupanan (new face)

N16 Perai (Penang) Krisnan Latcumanan (new face)

N30 Buntong (Perak) C Sivarraajh (new face)

N31 Jelapang (Perak) – S Mookan (new face)

N54 Hutan Melintang (Perak) – R Subramaniam (new face)

N11 Ijok (Selangor) – Parthiban Karuppiah

N16 Batu Caves (Selangor) – Rawisandaran Narayanan (new face)

N49 Seri Andalas (Selangor) – T Mohan

 

PAS (1)

Parliament (0)

none

State (1)

N Tiram (Johor) – R. Kumutha Raman

 

PKR (16)

Parliament (4)

P17 Padang Serai (Kedah) – N SURENDRAN A/L K NAGARAJAN (new face)

P72 Tapah (Perak) -Vasantha Kumar Krishan (new face)

P107 Subang (Selangor) – R Sivarasa

P109 Kapar (Selangor) – Manivanam Govindasamy (new face)

State (12)

N33 Tenggaroh (Johor) – MURUGAN A/L MUTHU SAMY

N25 Bukit Selambau (Kedah) –  KRISHNAMOORTHY A/L RAJANNAIDU

N07 Gadek (Malacca) – RAJANDRAN A/L GOVINDASAMY

N07 Jeram Padang (N Sembilan) – KUMAR A/L THURAISINGHAM

N33 Port Dickson (N Sembilan) – RAVI A/L MUNUSAMY

N24 Hulu Kinta (Perak) – M.A Tinagaran A/l Arumugam (new face)

N42 Tualang Sekah (Perak) – Baldip Singh A/L Santokh Singh (new face)

N54 Hutan Melintang (Perak) – KESAVAN A/L SUBRAMANIAM

N35 Batu Uban (Penang) – JAYABALAN A/L A. THAMBYAPPA

N49 Seri Andalas (Selangor) –  Dr Xavier Jayakumar

N07  Batang Kali (Selangor) – Ramachandran Kandasamy

N10 Bukit Melawati (Selangor) – Manikavasagam Sundram

 

 

PPP (3)

Parliament (1)

P114 Kepong (KL) – Datuk Chandrakumaran Arumugam (new face)

State (2)

N Pasir Bedamar (Perak) – M Kayveas

N Kota Alam Shah (Selangor) – Maglin De Cruz (new face)

 

PSM (3)

Parliament (1)

P62 Sungai Siput (Perak) – Dr Michael Jayakumar

State (2)

N Jelapang (Perak) – M Saraswathy

N Semenyih (Selangor) – S Arutchelvan

 

Independents (51)

Parliament (13)

P017 Padang Serai (Kedah) – GOBALAKRISHNAN A/L NAGAPAN (ex-PKR – has court case pending)

P46 Batu Kawan (Penang) – MOHAN A/L APPAROO (new face)

P56 Larut (Perak) – RAVEENDRAN A/L M.VALLIKANA (new face)

P62 Sungai Siput (Perak) – NAGALINGAM A/L SINGARAVELLOO (new face)

P65 Ipoh Barat (Perak) –  KALWANT SINGH A/L SUJAN SINGH (new face)

P76 Teluk Intan (Perak) – MORALINGAM A/L KANNAN (new face)

P78 Cameron Highlands (Pahang) – KISHO KUMAR A/L KATHIRVELOO (new face)

P78 Cameron Highlands (Pahang) – ALAGU A/L THANGARAJOO (new face)

P82 Indera Mahkota (Pahang) – PONUSAMY A/L GOVINDASAMY

P94 Hulu Selangor (Selangor) – Santhara Kumar Ramanaidu (aka Edmund Santhara of Masterskill)

P112 Kuala Langat (Selangor) – Kottappan Suppaiah

P128 Seremban (N Sembilan) – JOHN A/L FERNANDEZ (ex-DAP)

P163 Kulai (Johor) – SURENDIRAN A/L KUPPAYAH

State (38)

N41 Puteri Wangsa (Johor) – RAVINDARAN A/L DORAISAMY

N51 Bukit Batu (Johor)  – SURENDIRAN A/L KUPPAYAH

N13 Kota Darul Aman (Kedah) – JAYAGOPAL A/L ADAIKKALAM

N25 Bukit Selambau (Kedah) – THIVAGARAN A/L SUPRAMANY (new face)

N34 Lunas (Kedah) – VASANTHI A/P RAMALINGAM (new face)

N24 Bemban (Malacca) – GANDHI RAJAN A/L NALLIAH

N07 Jeram Padang (N Sembilan) – MAZAVAN A/L A RAMAN NAIR

N10 Nilai (N Sembilan) – S. KARUPIAH @ RAJASHEGHER A/L K. SITHAMBAM

N21 Bukit Kepayang (N Sembilan) – VIJAIYAN A/L SIVANATHAN

N24 Senawang (N Sembilan) – KARTHIGESAN A/L SHANMUGAM

N33 Port Dickson (N Sembilan) – DANIEL A/L SIMON

N02 Jelai (Pahang) – ALAGU A/L THANGARAJOO

N22 Jalong (Perak) – KALIMUTHU A/L SINNU

N28 Bercham (Perak) – KALIMUTHU A/L RANGGAYAH

N30 Buntong (Perak) – IRUTHIYAM SEBASTIAR A/L ANTHONISAMY

N51 Pasir Panjang (Perak) – VIJAYAN A/L SUBRAMANIAM

N52 Pangkor (Perak)  –  BERNARD PARENPA A/L JOHN PARENPA PALL RAJ

N56 Changkat Jong (Perak) – SUPPAN A/L KRISHNAN

N58 Slim (Perak) – MOSSES A/L RAMIAH

N59 Behrang (Perak)  -RAMNAIDU A/L SURIDEMUDU

N09 Bagan Dalam (Penang) – ASOGHAN A/L GOVINDARAJU (new face)

N17 Bukit Tengah (Penang) – MOHAN A/L APPAROO (new face) – also contesting parliament seat

N18 Bukit Tambun (Penang) – LOGANATHAN A/L AYYAYU (new face)

N24 Kebun Bunga (Penang) –  JAYARAMAN A/L K. KUNCHU KANNU (new face)

N35 Batu Uban (Penang) – BARATHARAJAN A/L NARAYANASAMY PILLAI

N35 Batu Uban (Penang) – RAJENDRA A/L AMMASI

N38 Bayan Lepas (Penang) –  VELLAUTHAM A/L ARUMUGAM

N15 Api-Api (Sabah) –  MARCEL JUDE A/L MS JOSEPH

N06 Kuala Kubu Bharu (Selangor) – NADARAJAH A/L SUPRAMANIAM

N06 Kuala Kubu Bharu (Selangor) – PRITPAL SINGH A/L MENDER SINGH

N16 Batu Caves (Selangor) – SUMAN A/L GOPAL

N39 Kota Damansara (Selangor) – SUPPIAH A/L ANANDAN

N43 Sementa (Selangor) – THURAISINGAM A/L SUBBRAYAN

N47 Pandamaran (Selangor) – DELIGANNU A/L ALLAGAN

N48 Kota Alam Shah (Selangor) –  PANNERSELVAM A/L G. LETCHUMANAN

N49 Seri Andalas (Selangor) – KOTTAPPAN A/L SUPPAIAH

N50 Sri Muda (Selangor) – DATO’ RAMASWREE A/P DURAISAMY

N54 Tanjung Sepat (Selangor) –  MUVENTEN A/L MUNUSAMY

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.

 

RM50 billion suit for discrimination against Tamil Schools

January 15th, 2013
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Not sure how many readers know about this. RM50 billion suit has to be the largest so far in the country. Usually its in millions only.

RM50 billion! Imagine what can be done with such a huge amount. Probably the country will go bankrupt if lose this case. Anyway, even if they win the case, I doubt the award will reach billion ringgits.

Let’s have a look at Article 12 (1):

Without prejudice to the generality of Article 8, there shall be no discrimination against any citizen on the grounds only of religion, race, descent or place of birth –

  • in the administration of any educational institution maintained by a public authority, and, in particular, the admission of pupils or students or the payment of fees; or
  • in providing out of the funds of a public authority financial aid for the maintenance or education of pupils or students in any educational institution (whether or not maintained by a public authority and whether within or outside the Federation).

And here is the famous Article 153:

  1. It shall be the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interests of other communities in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
  2. Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, but subject to the provisions of Article 40 and of this Article, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall exercise his functions under this Constitution and federal law in such manner as may be necessary to safeguard the special provision of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak and to ensure the reservation for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak of such proportion as he may deem reasonable of positions in the public service (other than the public service of a State) and of scholarships, exhibitions and other similar educational or training privileges or special facilities given or accorded by the Federal Government and, when any permit or licence for the operation of any trade or business is required by federal law, then, subject to the provisions of that law and this Article, of such permits and licences.
  3. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong may, in order to ensure in accordance with Clause (2) the reservation to Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak of positions in the public service and of scholarships, exhibitions and other educational or training privileges or special facilities, give such general directions as may be required for that purpose to any Commission to which Part X applies or to any authority charged with responsibility for the grant of such scholarships, exhibitions or other educational or training privileges or special facilities; and the Commission or authority shall duly comply with the directions.
  4. In exercising his functions under this Constitution and federal law in accordance with Clauses (1) to (3) the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall not deprive any person of any public office held by him or of the continuance of any scholarship, exhibition or other educational or training privileges or special facilities enjoyed by him.
  5. This Article does not derogate from the provisions of Article 136.
  6. Where by existing federal law a permit or licence is required for the operation of any trade or business the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may exercise his functions under that law in such manner, or give such general directions to any authority charged under that law with the grant of such permits or licences, as may be required to ensure the reservation of such proportion of such permits or licences for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may deem reasonable, and the authority shall duly comply with the directions.
  7. Nothing in this Article shall operate to deprive or authorise the deprivation of any person of any right, privilege, permit or licence accrued to or enjoyed or held by him or to authorised a refusal to renew to any person any such permit or licence or a refusal to grant to the heirs, successors or assigns of a person any permit or licence when the renewal or grant might reasonably be expected in the ordinary course of events.
  8. Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, where by any federal law any permit or licence is required for the operation of any trade or business, that law may provide for the reservation of a proportion of such permits or licences for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak; but no such law shall for the purpose of ensuring such a reservation-
    • (a) deprive or authorise the deprivation of any person of any right, privilege, permit or licence accrued to or enjoyed or held by him;
    • (b) authorise a refusal to renew to any person any such permit or licence or a refusal to grant to the heirs, successors or assigns of any person any permit or licence when the renewal or grant might in accordance with he other provisions of the law reasonably be expected in the ordinary course of events, or prevent any person from transferring together with his business any transferable licence to operate that business; or
    • (c) where no permit or licence was previously required for the operation of the trade or business, authorise a refusal to grant a permit or licence to any person for the operation of any trade or business which immediately before the coming into force of the law he had been bona fide carrying on, or authorise a refusal subsequently to renew to any such person any permit or licence, or a refusal to grant to the heirs, successors or assigns of any such person any such permit or licence when the renewal or grant might in accordance with the other provisions of that law reasonably be expected in the ordinary course of events.
    1. (8A) Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, where in any University, College and other educational institution providing education after Malaysian Certificate of Education or its equivalent, the number of places offered by the authority responsible for the management of the University, College or such educational institution to candidates for any course of study is less than the number of candidates qualified for such places, it shall be lawful for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by virtue of this Article to give such directions to the authority as may be required to ensure the reservation of such proportion of such places for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may deem reasonable, and the authority shall duly comply with the directions.
  9. (9) Nothing in this Article shall empower Parliament to restrict business or trade solely for the purpose of reservations for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak.
    1. (9A) In this Article the expression “natives” in relation to the State of Sabah or Sarawak shall have the meaning assigned to it in Article 161A.
  10. The Constitution of the State of any Ruler may make provision corresponding (with the necessary modifications) to the provisions of this Article.

With my limited understanding, Article 12 seems to say that every student and school must be given the same treatment in terms of funding. So, you can’t be allocating RM5 for SK student and RM4 for tamil school student for extra co-curricular activities, for example.

I also wonder, recently Tamil schools were to be given photostat machines (as announced by MIC President) via an anonymous donor. Does it mean that things like photostat machines are not provided by Education Dept/Ministry, or do they only provide for national schools or fully-aided schools, or based on any other parameters? Does that count as discrimination? Other things like salaries are standardised, so no issue of discrimination (that’s due to Article 136).

This is going to be an interesting trial, provided it gets its place in court and not simply dismissed.

 

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin may soon be compelled to answer in court allegations they had discriminated against Tamil schools after the Court of Appeal today allowed a DAP lawmaker’s challenge.

Kota Alam Shah assemblyman, M. Manoharan and Indian politician P. Uthayakumar, were found by a three-man bench to have locus standi, Latin for the right to bring legal action, against Najib (picture), Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, and the federal government for what they said was a clear breach of constitutional rights on equality and access to education.

“The Court of Appeal allowed our appeal and said we have the locus standi… the case will go to trial,” Manoharan told The Malaysian Insider when contacted.

The High Court had last June struck out the civil suit, ruling that neither Manoharan nor Uthayakumar had a direct personal interest in the matter.

But the appeals court panel, chaired by Datuk Mohd Hishamuddin Mohd Yunus, said the duo could do so as their claims were premised on Articles 4, 8 and 12 of the Federal Constitution, which is public law and not private law.

Article 4 holds that the constitution is the supreme law while Article 8 guarantees equality in the law. Article 12, which Manoharan said was key to their suit, lays out the non-discriminatory rules with regards to access to education and its public funding.

“We want the PM to come and answer our claims.

“When the Constitution says education is equal, why is there a difference [in treatment] between Tamil schools and national schools?” Manoharan raised.

The lawmaker said he and Uthayakumar were seeking a declaration from the government that all 523 Tamil vernacular schools nationwide be fully-aided schools, and to be given financial assistance equal to that granted national schools.

Currently, only 370 Tamil schools nationwide receive any government funding, and even that is only partial, Manoharan said.

They also demand 10 acres of land be set aside for Tamil schools; a Tamil vernacular school for every district and in every state except for Perlis, Kelantan and Terengganu — the latter “because there are not many Indians there” according to Manoharan — and a Tamil educational institute, equivalent to the current junior science college set up for Malay students, built.

“And also a RM50 billion fund for 55 years of neglect of Tamil schools, to undo the injustices,” added Manoharan, who is also a lawyer.

He said the High Court has set January 29 for case management of his suit.

Despite Putrajaya’s various moves and initiatives, some Malaysians remain dissatisfied with the government’s role in helping vernacular schools.

In last year’s Budget 2012, the government gave a special supplementary allocation of RM100 million for the upkeep of vernacular schools.

source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-muhyiddin-sued-rm50b-for-discrimination-against-tamil-schools/

Is owning car cheaper compared to other countries over 5-year period?

October 18th, 2012
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Is it true that using our car for 5 years will be cheaper if compared to using same car overseas, due to fuel subsidy?

Let’s say car cost is RM80,000 while in overseas it costs an equivalent of RM60,000 (25% cheaper). Assume petrol price is RM3.40.  After subsidy the petrol is RM1.90 in Malaysia. Assuming your mileage per year is 25,000 km and fuel consumption is 17km/litre.

5 year subsidised = (25,000/17 x RM1.90) x 5 years = RM15,833.37

5 year unsubsidised = (25,000/17 x RM3.40) x 5 years = RM28,333.39

Cheaper car price + subsidised petrol price 5 years = 80k + 15.6k = RM95.6k

Expensive car price + unsubsidised petrol price 5 years = 60k + 28.3k = RM88.3k.

So, with unsubsidised fuel price, the cost is cheaper by RM7k.

The above depends on car price difference, fuel consumption, petrol price subsidy amount. For example, in Thailand, car prices are lower between 30 and 40% while its about the similar in Indonesia and Philippines. Fuel is not subsidised in Thailand.

The actual cost of owning a vehicle also need to consider insurance, road tax, maintenance cost,  and loan rates in addition to car price and fuel price.

The above is just a simple example I created after I heard the following mentioned by PM:

Najib also insisted that middle class Malaysians do reap indirect benefits from government policies, through subsidies such as for RON95 petrol.

“Although we pay slightly more (for car purchases) initially, but because of the large amount of subsidies, you end up paying much less than your counterpart after five years of use,” he said.

source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/speak-malay-pm-tells-chinese-community/