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PPP to sack Murugiah

May 10th, 2009
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Looks like his days are numbered –  involvement in money politics, failing to represent the party or cooperating with the leaders and using his position for self promotion.

The executive council of PPP is gunning for Murugiah’s head.  He has only until June 7 to retain his position in the council. After that goodbye to him. According to Kavyeas, more than “90% of members” had called for Murugiah’s sacking because of mounting complaints against him from within and outside the party.

Party president Datuk M. Kayveas said Murugiah’s sacking would be announced after the AGM which is expected to be opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“I’ve advised the executive council members to delay the sacking so that we will not be accused of denying Murugiah a chance to contest in the party elections,” Kayveas said after chairing the executive council meeting here yesterday.

“We are giving him a chance to contest for the presidency or any other position.”

Murugiah is not able to contest in any seat because his PPP branch is de-registered. So, he will be stuck in limbo unless he gets things sorted out soon.

Murugiah has clarified that he is not contesting and challenged the complainants to report to MACC if there is proof of his alleged crimes.

PPP supreme council member Datuk T. Murugiah has challenged critics to report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission if they have proof he has been bribing party members to nominate him for the party’s top post.

Murugiah, who is also Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said he was not eyeing the top post, contrary to speculation.

“I am young and happy to be appointed the PPP’s sole representative in the Government, despite being at number nine in the party hierarchy,” he said when met at the Tafe College here yesterday.

Murugiah, 45, said he would continue to support Datuk M. Kayveas as president, describing the latter as an effective leader.

“I want to make it clear that I will not be contesting the presidency. How am I to contest that post when I am not even a vice-president?”

On Thursday, Kayveas, who has been president since 1993, claimed Murugiah was secretly going around the country seeking support for the top post in party polls to be held on June 7.

Kayveas said he had proof that Murugiah, the party’s Youth wing leader for 13 years, had offered money and contracts to win votes from divisions.

To this, Murugiah said: “I am a deputy minister solely in charge of the Public Complaints Bureau. I don’t get projects, the only income I have is as deputy minister.

Murugiah said some of his critics may be unhappy because he was named the most popular Indian politician by an online portal recently.

Murugiah said there was no fallout with Kayveas and that he would explain his side of the story at the party’s supreme council meeting today.

Another report (NST) says:

Former People’s Progressive Party Youth leader Datuk T. Murugiah yesterday strongly denied any intention to contest the party’s top post and refuted allegations of vote-buying.

Murugiah, 45, said he had no intention of going against his boss Datuk M. Kayveas for the president’s post.

“He is a good leader and I don’t see any reason why we need a change. I will continue to give him my support.

“I am still young… still learning the ropes and I’m not ready nor see myself contesting the post in the near future,” he said at a scholarship presentation ceremony at Tafe College, Sikamat, near here.

Kayveas, who took over the presidency in 1993 and retained the post for three consecutive terms, had earlier claimed that Murugiah was planning to challenge him for the top post even after the party’s supreme council had agreed that there shouldn’t be a contest for the top post.

Murugiah, who is a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said he would speak to Kayveas over the weekend to clear the air.

“I have not spoken to him yet as I only learnt of the news but I hope we will be able to settle the matter soon.”

On allegations that he was offering money and contracts for divisional votes, Murugiah said he was shocked by the allegation.

“It’s sad that people would think I would resort to such tactics. I am not rich to be able to give out money freely. I am only a civil servant earning my deputy minister’s salary.

“Furthermore, my duty is only with the public complaints bureau in the Prime Minister’s Department. I only receive complaints and not projects. So what kind of project can I give out to people? These are baseless allegations.”

He added that if there was proof to these allegations, a report could be lodged with the police or the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

“I will give my full cooperation to the agencies. I believe the truth will prevail. Until then, I will just have to be patient and continue serving the people.”

Meanwhile, a close aide to Murugiah said jealous PPP members were “poisoning” Kayveas into believing that the former wanted to contest the party’s top post.

“Murugiah did not say or imply he was going to contest for the party’s presidency. He had even explained to Kayveas two weeks ago during the supreme council meeting that he had no intentions of challenging him.”

The source said the party’s top leadership was feeling threatened by Murugiah’s growing popularity among the grassroots, which had sparked rumours among top party members.

“Murugiah was told by former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to be in charge of the Indian community’s affairs and in line with this, the deputy minister had been organising seminars for small and medium enterprises for the Indians.

“Some 2,500 participants comprising mostly PPP members attend each of the seminars. This is worrying the party’s top leadership because even the party’s AGM (annual general meeting) does not draw that many (attendees),” he said.

The source said that it was widely rumoured Kayveas had also mentioned that he wanted to “finish off” Murugiah’s role as a deputy minister and become a minister himself.

Kavyeas takes up this challenge and mentioned that party members would lodge reports with MACC next week. He said one guy who is an aide to Murugiah was already suspended for bribery case. Meanwhile, Murugiah did not turn up for the meeting.

Kayveas said party members would lodge reports with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission next week against Murugiah for money politics.

“We have suspended one of Murugiah’s aides for negotiating money transactions among division and branch leaders, while a division chairman was suspended for receiving a RM74,000 allocation from Murugiah.”

Where’s that insect repellent?

Kavyeas feeling the heat

May 5th, 2009
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No surprises in this. All talk and no action for how many years now? Stepping on the toes of other BN parties. Party called mosquito for obvious reasons. Obviously one will feel the heat.

People’s Progressive Party (PPP) president Datuk M. Kayveas will defend his post in the party elections set to be held in the first week of June.

He said although the supreme council had passed a motion last week that there should not be a contest for the post of president, there was talk that someone would challenge him.

“I hear three names, including one who is not a supreme council member, going around the country looking for support,” he said at a press conference after the party’s supreme council meeting yesterday.

Although Kayveas did not name who his challengers were, party insiders believe that one of them could be former Youth leader Senator Datuk T. Murugiah.

On the issue of official line-up, Kayveas said that this time, he wanted to look at candid-ates who are loyal to the party and its leadership.

Nominations for PPP’s party election is on May 30 and the election date will be set after getting confirmation from Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

It seems got scent of money politics (in pun mau copy ka? just call it bribery la!) in the party, claims Kavyeas. Others may see it as a plot to oust the contender.

Pushing for civil service intake increase

February 20th, 2009
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MIC is constantly announcing that there are plans/proposals/initiatives to increase the number of Indians in civil service. Latest is the plan to put in place a quota across the board for civil service. That means 8% of officers, not only 8% of low level support staff jobs. But how long it will take to be approved and implemented is anyone’s guess. We don’t exactly have any good track record on getting things done.

Murugiah was commenting on the statement by Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam that there were 20,000 vacancies available in the civil service.

Subramaniam had announced there would be a “major breakthrough” in the request for increase in non-Malay recruitment in the civil service.

On a statement by MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu that there should be quotas on places set aside for non-Malays in the civil service, Murugiah said he would be meeting with SPA on the matter on Monday.

Meanwhile, PPP’s Murugiah is butting into MIC’s territory when he said there are plans to meet with Public Services Commission (SPA) :

Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Senator T. Murugiah said he would also be meeting with the board of the Public Services Commission, which is responsible for interviewing and recruiting civil servants, particularly non-Malays.

“We have checked thoroughly and these are the places available that need to be filled, either due to promotion or retirement. There has also been some restructuring of government agencies, which may see more vacancies, as well as demand for more staff from the ministries.

“These vacancies do not take into account available posts in the teaching or police professions, which conduct their own recruitment, as well others in the local authorities and councils,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday.

“In 2007, 827,540 Malays applied for positions in the Government, of which 41,117 were successful. For the Chinese, there were 17,443 applications, of which 2,286 were successful, and for the Indians, 24,815 applications, of which 2,367 were successful.

“I will the matter further with my minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok and we will hand in any proposal to the Cabinet,” he said.

So, we can expect another round of unhappiness from MIC over Murugiah’s transgressions.

Anyway, just to share a story, someone I know applied for the PTD position quite recently. As you many know, PTD (Administrative and Diplomatic Officer) is considered the creme of the crop of public service. They constitute degree holders from all kinds of fields unlike those in the medical, engineering or IT service scheme. Entry into PTD is quite strict – 5 written exam, a one day assessment, and an interview. The person I mentioned above did well in exam  and was shortlisted for the assessment (PAC). Unfortunately, the person did not pass the assessment even though was confident of doing well and believed had done excellently during the assessment.

This year, PTD positions will be offered on two year contract basis, with rumours saying that its due to the performance of recent intakes. If the officers performs well in two years, he/she will be confirmed into a permanent position.

IPF replacing PPP?

December 30th, 2008
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Hmmm..as far as I know, IPF’s entry into BN was blocked by MIC. After demise of IPF’s boss Tan Sri Pandithan, there seems to be some good fortune smiling on the party.

BN secretary general Tengku Adnan hinted so, saying that PM Badawi himself had mentioned it during the supreme council meeting:

Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had, at the coalition’s supreme council meeting last week, said it would seriously consider the IPF’s long-standing ap­plication to join the ruling coalition.

Barisan secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who disclosed this yesterday, said Abdullah made the statement when opening the meeting.

Tengku Adnan, who is the Umno secretary-general, said the possibility of IPF being accepted was very bright.

I am looking forward to welcoming IPF, which has always been our friend, as a mate soon, he said when opening IPF’s 16th annual general meeting yesterday.

Tengku Adnan said Barisan had always been thankful for the support shown by IPF, especially during general and by-elections.

Adnan said he did not see much difficulty in IPF being accepted as a member since it had always shared and believed in the Barisan spirit.

As Barisan and Umno secretary-general, I fully support the IPF application, he added.

The article in the Star also shows Samy Vellu’s son Vel Paari at the IPF function. Interesting.

However, there a slightly different yet crucial report in NST:

“This matter was brought up during the recent BN supreme council meeting as other parties, especially from Sarawak, had indicated their interest to join the coalition.

“The chairman said BN would consider their requests,” Tengku Adnan told about 500 IPF members who attended the party’s 16th general assembly at a hotel here.

“When I informed Datuk Seri Abdullah that I was invited by IPF to officiate its general assembly, he told me to go because they (IPF) are friends of BN.”

Star reports as if IPF is certain to be a BN member, but NST’s report seems to indicate there’s a long way to go.

This new turn comes at a time when the mosquito is making all kinds of noise that seem to irritate the big brother. So, would the mosquito be finally swatted?

BTW, IPF president (?) Jayashree says there are 300,000 members. I think MIC supposed to have 500,000 members. 800,000 out 1.7 million Indians accounted for. Assuming 60% are above the age of 21 (1.02 million), that means there’s another 420,000 Indians who would be members of other parties or not members at all.

marriage course for malaysians

December 17th, 2008
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I see the non-existence of compulsory marriage course for non-privileged malaysians as a form of discrimination. Why should it be provided for certain segment of the society only? Isn’t a happy family vital for practically everything that our leaders want our country to achieve? From economic progress to national unity, a strong and stable family is critical, yet we can’t even seem to have a fair provision in providing marriage courses.

Now, PPP’s Deputy Minister Murugiah says that a memorandum will be submitted (by whom under what capacity?) to provide compulsory marriage course for non-malays. Can this be also included in the Cabinet Committee for Indian Community?

A MEMORANDUM will be submitted to the Government urging it to make it compulsory for non-Muslims to attend marriage courses before their wedding, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator T. Murugiah.

He was reported in the Malaysia Nanban as saying that the number of divorces among the Indian community had risen tremendously.

The Government could give approval to a marriage after the bride and groom present their certificate of attendance at the marriage course, he said.