Posts Tagged ‘UMNO’

Guess who’s back!

December 10th, 2009
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I’m sure many still remember him. I wonder what happened to the police investigations. Hopefully not a case of missing files or witnesses. And you know,  his three year suspension has been reduced to one year by his political party, and today he’s back in action (already one year!).

He is none other than Ahmad Ismail, a sorry excuse of an human, who lives under the guise of local leader of a political party. Well, just read for yourself his returning speech. Its gonna get hot in Penang!

Local Umno warlord Ahmad Ismail said Gerakan’s top leaders must apologise to him if they want to work together with the Bukit Bendera Umno division again.

The vocal Penang politician was suspended for three years last September for describing non-Malays as ‘pendatang’ or immigrants during the Permatang Pauh by-election.

However, the Umno supreme council decided to lift the suspension last Friday – a little over one year after imposing the punishment.

Contacted by Malaysiakini, Ahmad wanted Gerakan president Dr Koh Tsu Koon, party state chief Dr Teng Hock Nan and former Bukit Bendera MP Chia Kwang Chye to publicly apologise to him.

He claimed that the trio were responsible for the breakdown in relationship between Gerakan, his division and Penang Umno during the height of the controversy.
At one point, enraged supporters of Ahmad had even torn posters of Koh.
“Even if they apologise, I will still have to consider whether to accept it or not,” he said.

Ahmad, who came under fire from the Gerakan leaders then, said unlike the Barisan Nasional component party, Bukit Bendera Umno was not dependant on Gerakan’s support for its survival.

He pointed out that of the four seats in Bukit Bendera – one parliamentary and three state – Gerakan contested three while MCA stood in one state seat.

The Umno leader said due to geo-political circumstances, Umno was not going to contest in Bukit Bendera.

“So politically, Gerakan needs our support to win back these seats. They are dependent on us but we don’t need them,” he added.

On his future in Umno, Ahmad said he has always been active in the party even during his suspension.

“I never left Umno… I was only suspended from holding positions,” he added.

During his suspension, the division leadership was helmed by Jalil Ariffin via party elections last year.

Ahmad said Jalil had suggested holding a fresh elections in order to pave the way for his return to the top post.

However, Ahmad said he would discuss with Umno president Najib Abdul Razak tomorrow afternoon on the proposal.

Meanwhile, Penang Umno welcomed the decision by the Umno supreme council to lift the suspension on Ahmad.

“I believe the party supreme council had seriously considered the matter before making the decision and Penang Umno would always welcome Ahmad,” he said.

Puteri UMNO calls for closure of vernacular schools

October 15th, 2009
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Isn’t this seditious? 🙂

Reported by Star:

Another motion adopted by the meeting called on the Government to review the education system and the abolition of vernacular schools.

Under the motion proposed by the Pulai division, the movement wanted the dual school system to be changed and replaced by a more suitable system that was acceptable to all races and with Bahasa Malaysia as its medium of instruction.

Anyway, this idea has been bandied about for ages now. The problem would be “replaced by a more suitable system” as mentioned above. It will be hard to compromise – for example, would there be Saraswathy Pooja prayers in national schools? Can organise Kabadi contest? Can the Chinese students bring non-halal food to school? Can celebrate Mooncake Festival? Guaranteed vernacular language class during normal hours regardless of the number of students? The staff of current vernacular schools given similar positions in new schools? No discrimination in the use of resources in school? A lot of the “freedom” would dissappear when the schools are abolished.

I think an independent team should be set up to interview and research on the Wawasan schools to see the issues that occur there. From use of common facilities to bringing food to school.

Kg Buah Pala residents hope on Bukit Gelugor UMNO

August 23rd, 2009
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Yup, the title is correct. First, they met (a rep) DPM Muhyiddin. Then, Lim Guan Eng said state won’t be helping anymore. Next, came the court verdict which favored the developer. And now this:

Kampung Buah Pala villagers have turned to the Bukit Gelugor Umno division for help now that the state government has washed its hands off the land controversy.

Residents association chairman M. Sugumaran said division chairman Datuk Omar Faudzar had agreed to hold talks with the developer and landowner over the matter.

“We were left without a choice after Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng washed his hands off the issue. We strongly believe we would not be let down this time,” he said during a press conference at the village here Saturday.

Sugumaran also said eight families who had earlier agreed to the ex-gratia deal – a double-storey terrace house with a 99-year lease title for each of the 24 temporary occupation license (TOL) holders – had returned the signed agreements to the developer.

“They are back with us. There are now 21 of us who do not agree with the offer,” he said.

The residents have until Aug 31 to vacate the over 100-year-old village in Bukit Gelugor before the developer Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd starts pulling down their houses from Sept 1.

It was reported Friday that the Federal Court stood by its June 24 decision that the Buah Pala residents must vacate their homes and hand the property over to a developer for redevelopment.

Sugumaran said the villagers were disappointed with Lim who had shirked his responsibility at “the peak” of the issue.

“It is disappointing for Lim to leave us at such a time. But luckily, when one door is closed, there appears to be a ray of hope with (Datuk) Omar now coming to lend us a helping hand. He fully understands our plight,” he said.

When contacted, Omar said he would meet up with representatives of the developer Nusmetro Venture (P) Sdn Bhd on Tuesday.

If the residents play their cards well, maybe can get some compensation, but don’t hope too much. In the end, money talks.

Samy loss due to sabotage?

August 6th, 2009
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OMS Thiagarajan dropped a bombshell when he claimed that an UMNO leader helped to sabotage Samy Vellu’s election campaign in Sungai Siput in the 2008 general elections. Does it mean that the loss was not due to HINDRAF, Makkal Sakthi or anti-MIC sentiments? This is really shocking because all this while the general perception attributed Samy’s loss to HINDRAF and anti-BN sentiments.

Anyway, as I like to say – follow the money trail. It seems the reason the UMNO leader did that was to grab the lucrative Works Ministry from MIC.

Read about it at The Star or the article from Malaysiakini below:

Tamil newspapers are abuzz over the news that a Barisan Nasional component party leader was involved in undermining MIC president and former works minister S Samy Vellu’s chances during the March 8 general election.

It is learnt that the leader in question is from Umno and the alleged conspiracy was centred around the party’s desire to seize control of the Works Ministry from MIC.

During last year’s general election, Samy Vellu was defeated in his traditional parliamentary stronghold of Sungai Siput and subsequently dropped from the cabinet line up.

The Works Ministry fell into the hands of Umno while MIC was given, what most regard as the ‘more junior’ Human Resources Ministry.

The ‘sabotage’ allegation was raised by prominent Indian businessman OMS Thiagarajan earlier this week.

He was quoted in the Tamil newspapers as saying he had the assistance of a BN component party leader to oust Samy Vellu from Sungai Siput to ensure that the MIC president did not retain the position of works minister.

Thiagarajan is a close associate of the MIC president’s former estranged deputy S Subramaniam.

Saravanan: Probe the allegation

Meanwhile, MIC information chief and Deputy Federal Territories Minister M Saravanan said the allegation should be fully investigated as it was very serious.

“I will be talking to BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor about the matter soon,” he told Bernama.

Saravanan said that if the allegation was true, stern action must be taken against the component party leader.

“I am not accusing Thiagarajan of making a false statement, but I just want BN component party leaders cleared of any such allegation.

“This allegation can create a lot of discomfort and result in disunity among BN component parties.

“It is a serious allegation and should be clarified as soon as possible,” he added.

Samy Vellu has yet to comment on the issue.

Amara in joy after family get birth certs

June 11th, 2009
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Great news indeed:

No words can describe M. Amara’s joy when she was informed that her four grandchildren would be issued birth certificates by the National Regis­tra­tion Department.

“This is help from God. I am very glad that my grandchildren can finally live life like other people. They can now go to school, get driving licences and even get married,” she said.

Her four grandsons – Maga­deren, six, Deva, five, Santhos, three, and Yuvan Raj, two months – have never had birth certificates.

They were all issued birth certificates by the NRD after a meeting at the department headquarters yesterday.

Family joy: Krishnan, Kanmani carrying son Yuvan and their other three children (from left) Santhos, Deva and Magaderen holding up the birth certificates at the NRD in Putrajaya Tuesday.

They are the children of Krish­nan, 27, who is Amara’s eldest son and N. Kanmani, 26.

Krishnan and Kanmani, together with his other six siblings – Prema, 23, Suresh, 21, Rajakumar, 20, Selvamoorthy, 18, Visaletchumi, 17, and Thanaletchumi, 12 – also do not have birth certificates or MyKad.

Amara’s youngest daughter Thurgathevi, 11, also does not have a birth certificate.

Umno Youth Community Com­plaint Bureau chief Datuk Muhd Khairun Aseh, who has been helping the family, said the birth certificates were issued after the NRD had verified the children’s status.

“We are very thankful to the NRD for its swift action and cooperation in trying to solve the family’s problem,” he said.

NRD public relations officer Jainisah Mohd Noor explained that birth certificates and MyKads for Amara’s children would only be issued after the department had vetted the documents they had provided.

“The situation looks positive as they managed to provide us with documents from hospitals to show that they were born in Malaysia,” she said.

Earlier in the day, Amara, who has never ventured out of Malacca, and her affected family members were picked up by several MIC representatives at their home in Rem­bia for the journey to Putra­jaya.

“I am happy but at the same time worried as I have never travelled far from home. However, I must make this journey for my family’s sake so that my children and grandsons will get their identification papers,” she said when met at her home before leaving for Putrajaya in a van belonging to the state welfare department.

The plight of the family was highlighted in The Star last Thurs­day. Following that, Umno and MIC Youth worked together to help the family out of their predicament.