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Gas Bocor?

June 25th, 2010
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Can’t believe I’m actually reading about this. Only 6 weeks or so and already having problem.

Major differences are emerging among the three top leaders of the Gerakan Anti-Samy Vellu or GAS movement started by former MIC Youth deputy chief V. Mugilan to pressure long-time president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu to step down.

Sources close to the GAS movement said if the differences are not ironed out, a split in the movement was inevitable and would be a boon to Samy Vellu, who has announced he will only retire “about” September 2011.

His term expires in May 2012.

The differences are partly because of a clash of egos and partly because some leaders are having second thoughts after jumping onto the anti-Samy Vellu bandwagon.

Another reason, sources said, is that some GAS leaders have other agendas other than ousting Samy Vellu like joining up with Pakatan Rakyat (PR) if the attempt to dislodge the party veteran fails and their re-entry into MIC is permanently blocked.

The differences are mainly between founder Mugilan (picture) and expelled CWC member Kumar Amman on one side, and Klang businessman and another expelled CWC member, K.P. Samy.

GAS sources told The Malaysian Insider their differences had been there from the beginning when GAS was formed and held its first rally on May 30 which did not see the anticipated 15,000 people turning up and was dismissed as a non-starter.

Simmering differences surfaced today when K.P. Samy issued a statement in the Makkal Osai newspaper, in which he has an interest, distancing himself from Mugilan.

K.P. Samy said he had nothing to do with GAS plans to distribute 500,000 CDs and posters detailing Samy Vellu’s alleged misdeeds over the past 30 years.

He also said the CDs would not be distributed at the second GAS rally in Klang on July 4, which is organised by him.

GAS supporters were shocked by the announcement as they had been looking forward to receiving the CDs and making the July 4 event a success.

“I have no connection and have nothing to do with the CDs,” K.P. Samy said in the statement published in Makkal Osai.

The statement will come as sweet music to Samy Vellu who has been looking for a chink in the GAS armour to exploit and defeat the movement.

At the GAS press conference a fortnight ago, K.P. Samy did not voice any objection when the CDs and other GAS plans to attack Samy Vellu were announced to the press by the three leaders, who sat jointly together on the same table.

“I have to consider the legal implications,” K.P. Samy said when contacted today while declining to explain why he did not raise objections to the CD plan at the press conference.

Additionally, the July 4 gathering that K.P. Samy is organising is not promoted as a GAS protest rally — as the May 30 gathering was —but as an “Indian awakening” forum to decide on the “future of the Indian community”.

A tall order for an expelled MIC CWC member, a GAS supporter said.

Also, no mention is made of GAS, Samy Vellu or CDs in advertisements that are appearing in the Makkal Osai newspaper to promote the July 4 gathering.

Additionally, the July 4 gathering in Klang has also come under attack from the Tamil Nesannewspaper owned by Samy Vellu’s family, who are calling the gathering an anti-Barisan Nasional and “society destroying” event.

Mugilan and Kumar Amman could not be contacted for comment but their aides say they are working hard not to let the differences split their GAS movement.

“While Mugilan is focused on the mission which is to oust Samy Vellu, K.P. Samy is distracted by other issues like legal implications,” said an aide of Mugilan. “We are unhappy with the differences. There are only three of us and we can’t see eye to eye.

“You should have thought of the legal implications before jumping into the GAS movement,” he said, referring to K.P. Samy’s statement today de-linking from the anti-Samy Vellu CDs.

He accused K.P. Samy of having other political agendas like jumping ship to PR if the GAS movement fails and his re-entry into MIC is permanently blocked.

A staunch supporter of former MIC deputy Datuk S. Subramaniam, K.P. Samy has links with DAP vice-chairman and Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran, who is on the lookout for “good” candidates in the next general election and thinks K.P. Samy fits the bill.

In contrast, Mugilan and Kumar Amman are staunch MIC/BN men focused on getting Samy Vellu out and rehabilitating and reforming the MIC and winning Indian support in the next general election.

While GAS is heading for a likely split, the political pressure over Samy Vellu’s retirement is also undergoing a change.

It seems unlikely that Samy Vellu can be pressured to step down earlier than September 2011 and the BN political establishment also appears to have come to terms with that deadline.

The camp of deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel, which was also focused on pressuring Samy Vellu to step down through lobbying the media, has eased off the pressure after Palanivel was made a deputy minister and “endorsed” as successor.

If these changes hold, the GAS movement could become irrelevant over the next 15 months as Samy Vellu’s reaches his retirement at his own pace.

SJKT Bukit Darah UPSR results

November 19th, 2009
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SJKT Bukit Darah recorded a 56% passing rate, which is a 8% drop from last year. HM said its due to more students (37) compared to previous year.

However, the number of good results were similar:

7A – 2
6A – 2
5A – 3

Previously, there was 3 students who got 7As and 1 6As.

This year, UMIC’s involvement was limited due to lack of man power and finances. The school was also being supported by other NGOs this year.

For the last few years, the school is maintaining the passing rate for above 50% and we hope that it will slowly improve.

UMIC thanks all donors and well-wishers for their support.

At SJKT Bukit Darah building fund dinner

November 9th, 2009
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Came back from the Majlis Jamuan Makan Malam Tabung Bangunan for SJKT Bukit Darah at Dewan Sri Menanti, Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh. Attended together with Muru on behalf of UMIC. UMIC gave RM1001 for the building funds.

Event started quite late due to VVIPs being late. A first time effort by the school, so can forgive the hiccups. I was interested with the school history. It started in 1969 with 3 classrooms, and 40 years down the lane, it has 6 classrooms. Is that a proud record?

The school has been doing well in recent year, and I guess UMIC played a tiny role in that. The school have been linking up with various NGOs and being independent in sourcing for help. A good HM with strong PIBG support saw the improvement of science lab, toilets, addition of mini arena and so on.

The school is also starting pre-school classes in 2010. Currently 230 students are registered, and UPSR passing rate is more than 60%. Really commendable for a partially-aided school.

Anyway, the schools hoping to collect RM120,000 to add 3 classrooms and improve their science lab. Want to help? Contact the school at 03-60381335.

Meanwhile, it seems EXCO Xavier had promised RM5000 (which was prominently displayed on the projector so that people won’t forget the promise). Three politicians were in attendance. Two from ruling coalition (MP Subang Sivarasa and MP Selayang William Leong) who each donated RM1000. ADUN Kuang Abdul Shukor from UMNO pledged RM3000 of his own money, and also said that he will help to make the building a realisation. However, he clarified that he can’t promise the amount.

Sivarasa mentioned that the state government is “committed” to solve the land problem for Tamil schools. He mentioned that those on state lands are easier but those on private land like plantation companies need longer time and negotiation.

Sivarasa mentioned that Selangor government gave RM4 million each to Tamil, Chinese and Agama schools from their RM1.5 billion budget. So, he hoped the Federal government will give a similar ratio from the RM190 billion budget allocation for 2010. If we calculate the percentage, RM4 million of RM1.5 billion is  0.267%.  That would mean RM506.67 million just for Tamil schools in 2010!!! I think can buy over many of those private lands that these schools sit on.

UMIC 3rd Annual Treasure Hunt 2008

November 16th, 2008
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UMIC’s treasure hunt took place today. I had a bad start – overslept, still not feeling 100 percent due to stomach upset, and car battery was dead. Managed to reach the starting point as flag-off took place.

This time around, 28 cars took part in a hunt around Klang Valley. It was from 8am till 12.30pm. As mentioned earlier, its the third time UMIC is organising the hunt.

My team joined in as support, in fact its the second time we are taking part. The first was last’s year’s hunt!

The questions were tough, but I thought we did well for 3 adults and a teenager. Not that we won anything this time. But I think I’m getting the hang of it.

Since we were rushing, couldn’t take lots of pics. Most of the photos are of the price giving ceremony:

UMIC Treasure Hunt 2008 around the corner

November 11th, 2008
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Just 4 more days left for the Treasure Hunt. Those interested, can download application form HERE. OR drop by www.umic.org.my

The hunt will be from about 8am until 4pm in KL area. Maximum four people to a team. Its a car treasure hunt, so at least one member must have driving license, and obviously, you’ll need a car 🙂

So, hurry up and send in your participation forms to the organisers:

PURPLE ANTZ EVENTS
32C Faber Plaza, Jalan Desa Bakti, Taman Desa, 58100 KL
www.purpleantz.biz | Fax: 03-5162 1430
Rajj | rajj@purpleantz.biz | 016-2200 765
Shirley | shirley@purpleantz.biz | 019-3242 818
Saravanan | saravanan@umic.org.my | 013-354 4455
Perumal Naidu | perumal@umic.org.my | 016-738 8200