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Matriculation Misery for Indians

April 19th, 2019
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For those who don’t get the above (hint: watch the ending of Bahubali), there is a proverb in Malay: harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi.

For last one week, we have been hearing all kinds of rumours about the matriculation results which came out on 15th April. For last few years, Indian community were given additional seats (1500) as a means of tool to uplift the community socioeconomically. It offered a faster and cheaper route to university.

After winning the elections last year, the Minister even announced ADDITIONAL 1000 seats for B40 from Chinese community. I’m happy for that. Everyone had high hopes, felt good. and expected thing to remain SAME for this year. Since no news from MOE saying others, its good lah right?

When parents started to line up at Putrajaya this week for rayuan (appeal), seems like things have changed. But why no information for coming?

Then today, MOE released the following statement (refer their FB ) on “penjelasan lanjut”. In this statement its clearly mentioned that MOE is sticking to old formula of 90/10 (90% bumiputera and 10% for others). This means, about 2500 seats only for non-bumiputera (total seats about 25,000). Is it possible for Indian community to get 1500 places from a quota of 2500?

Secondly, there is a quota within quota, meaning within the initial racial quota, 60% of seats is for B40 groups and balance is for M40 and T40. Fine with us. Its good.

The problem with reverting to old system is that not informing your stakeholder/customers in advance accordingly. Why never inform last year when the application was opened? By keeping quiet you have misled them into believing their kids have a chance of furthering their studies in a cheaper, faster way. As it is, places for Asasi (foundation) has been reduced tremendously for non-bumiputera (only 2 or 3 IPTA offering), leaving only Form 6 or diploma studies at IPTA/Politeknik as public education options. Was it due to a string of by-elections, by any chance? To me, this is cowardice and betrayal.

At the very least, MOE can inform that this is the last time giving extra seats for other communities. Next year onward will be back to 90/10. At least we all will know where we stand, can plan ahead and not waste time applying.

This move by MOE leadership also puts unnecessary pressure on the Indian ministers in cabinet. They now have to figure out how to get out this hole. Maybe they should all resign en-bloc as sign of protest.


The irony, just this week our PM said this:

The best investment that can be made is in education. Education raises the potential of the individual through value-added means, which, in turn raises the potential of businesses and economies to perform well,” he said in his speech at the Asia School of Business’ (ASB) Master of Business Administration (MBA) convocation ceremony, here, today.

Are you investing wisely?

PS: no need heroics by later increasing seats and saying that the government has listened. That is so old. We are beyond that.


General Elections GE14 Indian Candidates Results

May 10th, 2018
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This post is continuously updated until all results are finalised.

last updated: 4.25 am 10 May 2018. All updated except 2 seats in Selangor.


Pengundi: 100,900
Datuk P.Kamalanathan (BN) (27,392)
Leow Hsiad Hui (PKR)
P.Kumar (BEBAS) (426)
Dr. Wan Mat Sulaiman (PAS)
GE13 : Datuk P.Kamalanathan (BN) Majority: 3,414


Pengundi: 20,734
K.R. Parthiban (BN) (6800)
Idris Ahmad (PKR)
Jefri Mejan (PAS)
T. Kumaran (PRM) (76)
GE13: Idris Ahmad (PKR) Majority: 739


Pengundi: 36,034
Datuk Ir. Md. Nasir Ibrahim (BN)
Mohd. Sany Hamzan (PKR)
Koh Swe Yong (PRM)
Zaidy Abdul Talib (PAS)
B. Rajandran (108)
GE13: Zaidy Abdul Talib (PAS) Majority: 7,467


Pengundi: 30,873
Datuk N.Rawisandran (BN) (6072)
Amirudin Shari (PKR)
Mohammad Ibrahim (PAS)
Badrul Hisam Md Zin (BEBAS)
GE13: Amirudin Shari (PKR) Majority: 3,261


Pengundi: 40,264
Datuk Johan Abdul Aziz (BN)
Mohd. Rais Zulkifli (PKR)
S. Arutchelvan (PSM) (1293)
Mad Shamour Mad Kosim (PAS)
GE13: Datuk Johan Aziz (BN) Majority: 4,757


Pengundi: 82,698
Datuk Ang Chin Tat (BN)
Gobind Singh Deo (PKR) (60429) Majority: 47635
Mohd. Rosharizan Mohd Rozlan (PAS)
GE13: Gobind Singh Deo (DAP) Majority: 32,802


Pengundi: 42,882
Chai Ko Thing (BN)
Datuk Seri David Sew Kah Heng (PAS)
Rajiv Rishyakaran (PKR) (29,366) Majority: 25,835
GE13: Rajiv Rishyakaran (DAP) Majority: 15,842


Pengundi: 73,448
A.Pakas Rao (BN) (16,681)
Sivarasa Rasiah (PKR) (43,631) Majority: 26,634
Zainurizzaman Moharam (PSM)
Nuridah Mohd Salleh (PAS)
GE13: R.Sivarasa (PKR) Majority: 26,719


Pengundi: 40,953
Datuk Halimaton Saadiah Bohan (BN)
Shatiri Mansor (PKR)
Siti Rohaya Ahad (PAS)
Sivarajan Arumugam (PSM) (435)
GE13: Halimaton Saadiah Bohan (BN) Majority: 1,527


Pengundi: 106,124
Datuk M.Mohana (BN) (26412)
Datuk Abdullah Sani Hamid (PKR)
S.Manikavasagam (PRM) (525)
Dr. Abdul Rani Osman (PAS)
GE13: G. Manivannan (PKR) Majority: 23,790


Pengundi: 32,181
Khairul Anuar Saimun (BN)
Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar (PKR)
Nor Najhan Mohd Soleh (PAS)
S.Manikavasagam (PRM) (346)
GE13: Dr. Abdul Rani Osman (PAS) Majority: 9,079


Pengundi: 37,089
Datuk Saroni Judi (BN)
Dr. Daroyah Alwi (PKR)
Wan Hasrina Wan Hassan (PAS)
N. Ghandi (PRM) (120)
GE13: Dr. Daroyah Alwi (PKR) Majority: 7,846


Pengundi: 36,854
Dr. Mohd. Khairi Hussin (BN)
Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari (PKR)
Jeichandran Wadivelu (PRM) (52)
Dr. Halimah Ali (PAS)
GE13: Datuk Teng Chang Khim (DAP) Majority: 11,309


Pengundi: 136,222
Datuk Chin Eu Boon (BN)
Charles Anthony Santiago (PKR)
Khairulshah Kotapan Abdullah (PAS)
G.Puvananderan (BEBAS)
GE13: Charles Anthony Santiago (DAP) Majority: 24,685


Pengundi: 28,604
Datuk Sheikh Rajesh Sheikh Ahmad (BN)
Azmizam Zaman Huri (PKR)
V. Shanmuga Sundram (PSM)
Khalid Nayan (PAS)
GE13: Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim(Bebas) Majority: 2,994


Pengundi: 54,864
Tee Hooi Ling (BN)
Tony Leong (PKR)
G.S Santokh Singh (PAS)
GE13: Tan Pok Shyong (DAP) Majority: 9,176


Pengundi: 41,261
R. Subramaniam (BN) (4506)
Dr. Gunaraj George (PKR) (38,106) Majority: 33,600
M. Telai Amblam (PRM) (79)
Rajan Manikesavan (PAS) (1722)
PS Rajoo (95)

GE13: V. Ganabatirau (DAP) Majority: 13,369


Pengundi: 121,126
V.Gunalan (BN) (17,874)
Mohamad Sabu (PKR)
Mohamed Diah Baharun (PAS)
GE13: Dr. Siti Mariah Mahmud (PAS) Majority: 29,395


Pengundi: 38,342
Tiew Hock Huat (BN)
V. Ganabathirao (PKR) (28,617) Majority: 21,639
Burhan Adnan (PAS)
Abdul Razak Ismail (PSM)
Rajasekaran (93)
GE13: Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei (PKR) Majority: 12,510


Pengundi: 89,075
Shahril Sufian Hamdan (BN)
Dr. Xavier Jayakumar Arulanandam (PKR) (43,239) Majority: 17,112
Datuk Yahya Baba (PAS)
GE13: Abdullah Sani Hamid (PKR) Majority: 5,358


Pengundi: 23,989
Ng Chok Sin (BN)
Ronnie Liu (PKR)
Rohaya Mohd Shahir (PAS)
Harry Arul Raj Krishnan (79)
GE13:Lai Nyuk Lan(DAP) Majority: 1,972



Pengundi:  55,350
Datuk Seri Dr. S.Subramaniam (BN) (18,584)
Santhara Kumar (PKR) (24060) Majority: 5,476
Khairul Faizi Ahmad Kamil (PAS)
GE13: Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam (BN) Majority: 1,217


Pengundi: 21,958
Tan Chong (BN)
Dr S. Ramakrishnan (PKR) (9705) Majority: 2457
GE13 : Lim Eng Guan (DAP)  Majority: 1,401


Pengundi: 22,726
Datuk M Asojan Muniyandy (BN) (7192)
Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed (PAS)
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin (PKR)
GE13: M. Asojan (BN) Majority: 310


Pengundi: 17,834
Datuk Hassan Johari (BN)
Azman Ibrahim (PAS)
S Jeganathan (BEBAS) (364)
Md Ysahrudin Kusni (PKR)
GE13: Datuk Seri Saipolbahari Suib (BN) Majority: 1,455


Pengundi: 19,842
Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi (BN)
Mohd Jubri Selamat (PAS)
Murugan Muthusamy (PKR) (7085)
GE13: Abd. Mutalip Abd. Rahim  (BN) Majority: 2,518


Pengundi: 21,399
Teoh Yap Kun (BN)
Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali (PKR)
Shamugam Munisamy (BEBAS) (61)
GE13: Teoh Yap Kun (BN) Majority: 103


Pengundi: 22,738
R.Vidyananthan (BN) (10.768) Majority: 2,861
Noorlihan Ariffin (PKR)
GE13: R. Vidyananthan (BN) Majority: 7,801


Pengundi: 28,638
K.Raven Kumar (BN) (12,309) Majority: 5,765
A Rahman A Hamid (PAS)
Rahamizon Abdul Ghani (PKR)
GE13: K. Raven Kumar (BN) Majority: 13,014


Pengundi: 60,686
Datuk Maulizan Bujang (BN)
Azman Atmin (PAS)
Gopalakrishnan Subramaniam (PKR) (26,573) Majority: 8,098
GE13: Datuk Maulizan Bujang (BN) Majority: 8,178


Pengundi: 61,079
Datuk Tan Cher Puk (BN)
R Kumutha (PAS) (2,605)
Liow Cai Tung (PKR)
GE13: Liow Cai Tung (DAP) Majority: 1,460


Pengundi: 70,928
Datuk S.Kanan (BN) (12,233)
Tan Hong Ping (PKR)
GE13: Dr. Boo Cheng Hau (DAP) Majority: 18,050



Pengundi: 26,015
Datuk Boey Chin Gan (BN)
Datuk Johari Abdul (PKR)
Muzaini Azizan (PAS)
M Palaniappan (BEBAS) (167)
GE13: Dr. Leong Yong Kong (BN) Majority: 1,296


Pengundi: 41,654
Datuk Jaspal Singh (BN) (9,449)
Summugam Rengasamy (PKR) (17,573) Majority: 5,635
Dr Mohd Ali Sulaiman (PAS)
GE13: R. Krishnamoorthy (PKR) Majority: 530


Pengundi: 101,829
Shahanim Mohamad Yusoff (BN)
Datuk Johari Abdul (PKR)
Shahrir Long (PAS)
Sritharan Pichathu (PRM) (279)
GE13: Datuk Johari Abdul (PKR) Majority: 9,548


Pengundi: 74,621
Datuk Dr. Leong Yong Kong (BN)
Karupaiya Mutusamy (PKR) (31,274) Majority: 8813
Muhamad Sobri Osman (PAS)
GE13: Surendran Nagarajan (PKR) Majority: 8,437


Pengundi: 44,938
Thuraisingam Muthu (BN) (7,489)
Azman Nasrudin (PKR)
Ahmad Taufiq Baharum (PAS)
GE13: Azman Nasrudin (PKR) Majority: 9,084



P.115 BATU
Pengundi: 73,533
Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai (BN)
Azhar Yahya (PAS)
VM Panjamothy Muthusamy (BEBAS) (383)
Prabakaran M Parameswaran (BEBAS) (38125)
GE13: Chua Tian Chang (PKR) Majority: 13,284


Pengundi: 71,916
Datuk Dr. Loga Bala Mohan (BN) (7,442)
Yeoh Tseow Suan (PKR)
Mohd. Solleh Abdul Razak (PAS)
GE13: Lim Lip Eng (PKR) Majority: 19,199



Pengundi: 32,048
Datuk C. Sivaraajh (BN) (10,307) Majority: 597
Wan Mahadir Wan Mahmud (PAS)
M. Manogaran (PKR) (9710)
Mohd. Tahir Kassim (BERJASA)
Suresh Kumar (PSM) (680)
GE13: Datuk Seri G.Palanivel (BN) Majority: 462


Pengundi: 19,505
Leong Tack Man (BN)
Chiong Yoke Kong (PKR)
Datuk S. Kumar (PAS) (600)
GE13: Leong Ngah Ngah (DAP) Majority: 3,144


Pengundi: 67,359
Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (BN)
Wong Tack (PKR)
N. Balasubramaniam (PAS) (5,706)
GE13: Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (BN) Majority: 379


Pengundi: 11,971
Datuk R. Goonasekaren (BN) (3879)
Kamache A. Doray Rajoo (PKR) (4374)  Majority: 495
Mohd. Khairuddin Abdullah (PAS)
T. Karunaneethi (BEBAS) (145)
GE13: Kamache A. Doray Rajoo (DAP) Majority: 117



Pengundi: 24,860
Ang Chor Keong (BN)
Fabian George Albart (PFP)
Teoh Chai Deng (PRM)
M Hari Devyndran (MU) (106)
Soon Lip Chee (PKR)
GE13: Lim Hock Seng (DAP) Majority: 11,855


Pengundi: 18,414
J. Dhinagaran (BN) (3918)
M. Satees (PKR) (10,701) Majority: 6,783
Jasper Ooi Zong Han (PFP)
Teoh Huck Ping (PRM)
Teoh Uat Lye (MU)
GE13: A. Tanasekharan (DAP) Majority: 5,161


Pengundi: 59,144
Jayanthi Devi Balakrishna (BN) (9130)
Kasthurirani Patto (PKR) (42,683) Majority: 33,553
Jay Kumar Balakrishna (PAS) (2636)
Datuk Ooi Khar Giap (PFP)
GE13: P. Kasthurirani (DAP) Majority: 25,962


Pengundi: 16,064
Suresh Muniandy (BN) (2194)
P.Ramasamy Palanisamy (PKR) (11243) Majority: 9049
Ooi Khar Giap (PFP)
M Samuganathan (PRM) (37)
G Asoghan (33)
Isumary Retnam (BEBAS) (23)
GE13: Prof. P. Ramasamy (DAP) Majority: 7,959


Pengundi: 23,334
Hartini Tan Abdullah (BN)
Goh Choon Aik (PKR)
Kumaravelu Arumugam (PAS) (735)
Ong Seong Lu (PFP)
Goh Bee Koon (PRM)
GE13: Law Choo Kiang (PKR) Majority: 11,020


Pengundi: 12,752
Tang Heap Seng (BN)
Lim Guan Eng (PKR)
Tan Gin Theam (PCM)
R Manikandan (MU) (83)
GE13: Lim Guan Eng (DAP) Majority: 7,744


Pengundi: 19,927
Lim Swee Bok (BN)
Gooi Zi Sen (PKR)
Chew Seng Tung (PRM)
Koay Teng Lye (MU)
Ragindran Sivasamy (BEBAS) (87)
GE13: Lau Keng Ee (DAP) Majority: 13,600


Pengundi: 72,772
J Baljit Singh (BN) (12,529)
RSN Rayer (PKR) (50,700) Majority: 38,171
Tan Sim Bee (MU)
GE13: Ooi Chuan Aun (DAP) Majority: 25,750


Pengundi: 22,034
Lee Boon Ten (BN)
Jagdeep Singh Deo (PKR) (13,712) Majority: 9,561
M Nicholas Diane (PFP)
Lim Boo Chang (MU)
Muhammad Majnun Abdul Wahab (BEBAS)
GE13: Jagdeep Singh Deo (DAP) Majority: 5,020


Pengundi: 84,755
Low Joo Hiap (BN)
Ramkarpal Singh (PKR) (65,622) Majority: 55,951
Lai Xue Ching (MU)
GE13: Ramkarpal Singh (DAP) Majority: 37,659


Pengundi: 29,541
Hng Chee Wey (BN)
Kumaresan Aramugam (PKR) (21,079) Majority: 17,273
Vikneswaran Muniandy (PAS) (1176)
Teoh Kean Liang (PFP)
Teoh Kok Siang (MU)
GE13: T. Jayabalan (PKR) Majority: 9,857


Negeri Sembilan

Pengundi: 11,336
Datuk L. Manickam (BN) (3702) Majority: 1,062
S Musliadi Sabtu (PKR)
Mohd Fairuz Mohd Isa (PAS)
S. Surash (BEBAS) (2640)
GE13: Datuk L. Manikam (BN) Majority: 2,691


Pengundi: 20,629
Leaw Kok Chan (BN)
J. Arul Kumar (PKR) (14,219) Majority: 9,825
Mohd Abu Zarim Abdul Rahman (PAS)
GE13: J. Arul Kumar (DAP) Majority: 4,047


Pengundi: 18,634
Lim Kok Kian (BN)
Chew Seh Yong (PKR)
S. Balamurugan (PAP) (92)
GE13: Siow Kim Leong (DAP) Majority: 8,270


Pengundi: 88,403
Ng Kian Nam (BN)
Cha Kee Chin (PKR)
Mohd Khairil Anuar Mohd Wafa (PAS)
A. David Dass (PAP) (302)
GE13: Teo Kok Seong (DAP) Majority: 24,101


Pengundi: 15,158
Datuk Hasim Rusdi (BN)
Ismail Ahmad (PKR)
Mohd Khairil Anuar Mohd Wafa (PAS)
A. David Dass (PAP) (46)
GE13: Datuk Hasim Rusdi (BN) Majority: 1,511


Pengundi: 15,144
Yap Siok Moy (BN)
Mary Josephine Prittam Singh (PKR) (10,018) Majority: 6560
P. Saraswathy (PAP) (66)
GE13: Marry Josephine Prittam Singh (DAP) Majority: 1,964


Pengundi: 20,541
Ho Choy Shin (BN)
Yap Yew Weng (PKR)
T. Parimala Devi (PAP) (101)
GE13: Wong May May (DAP) Majority: 6,089


Pengundi: 15,761
Datuk Choong Vee Hing (BN)
P. Gunasekaren (PKR) (13,760) Majority: 10,507
X. Sagaya Rajan (PAP) (99)
GE13: P. Gunasekaren (DAP) Majority: 3,335


Pengundi: 70,524
Datuk V. Mogan (BN) (18,515)
Danyal Balagopal Abdullah (PKR) (36,225) Majority: 17,710
Mahfuz Roslan (PAS)
GE13: Datuk Kamarul Baharin Abbas (PKR) Majority: 1,579


Pengundi: 14,926
R. Thinalan (BN) (3,336)
M. Ravi (PKR) (7,366) Majority: 4,030
Kamarol Ridzuan Mohd Zain (PAS)
GE13: M.Ravi (PKR) Majority: 3,260


Pengundi: 19,107
Koh Kim Swee (BN)
S. Veerapan (PKR) (9,568) Majority: 4,758
Abdul Razakek Abdul Rahim (PAS)


Pengundi: 27,894
T. Thangarani (BN) (2,682)
A. Sivasumbramaniam (PKR) (18,005) Majority: 15,323
R. Mohanarani (PSM) (813)

Pengundi: 81,399
Leong Chee Wai (BN)
V. Sivakumar (PKR) (52,850) Majority: 43,868
K. Kunasekaran (PSM) (955)

Pengundi: 24,729
K. Thankaraj (BN) (1,753)
Cheah Poh Hian (PKR)
M. Sarasyathy (PSM) (944)

Pengundi: 22,842
Chang Gwo Chyang (BN)
Leong Cheok Keng (PKR)
K. Bawani (PSM) (213)

Pengundi: 45,174
Datuk M. Saravanan (BN) (16086) Majority: 614
Mohamed Azni Mohamed Ali (PKR)
Norazli Musa (Pas)

Pengundi: 31,242
Datuk Khairuddin Tarmizi (BN)
G. Manivannan (PKR) (10,220)
Mohd. Misbahul Munir Masduki (Pas)

Pengundi: 31,439
Kong Sun Chin (BN)
Terence Naidu @ Raja Naidu (PKR) (19,480) Majority: 14,520
S. Kumaresan (Pas) (939)

Pengundi: 12,922
P. Panirchelvam (BN) (4,085)
G. Saminathan (PKR) (4,392) Majority: 307
Emransyah Ismail (Pas)

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 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.


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


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.”


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.