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Kedah Exco says have helped Malaysian Indian community

September 6th, 2011
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Same excuse: “cleaning up the mess of 50 years can’t be done in 3 years”. I think some of the mess can be cleared in short time, provided got willpower. It will be good for the state government to come out with its report card to show what difference has been made. Mere RM229k for 58 school is nothing to shout about as it works out to barely RM4k per school. No difference from RMK plans which allocate pittance to Tamil schools. You can say that this is something new and previous government hadn’t gave anything but “giving something is better than nothing” won’t work anymore because the other party can give something more than the “something” you are giving.  You have to move fast and come out with better plans and execution.

Wonder what is the status of the land allocation for schools. Last 3 years, don’t tell me can’t even get land for any of the 49 partially-aided schools? Hope can enlighten us on this matter.

Noticed it covers the standard stuff: school, temple, cemetery, NGOs.

A Pakatan Rakyat state assemblyman has dismissed allegations by certain quarters, including a few Indian-based NGOs, that the Kedah state government had not done much for the Indians there.

According to Bukit Selambau assemblyman S Manikumar, the state government had done its best to help the community bearing in mind its ‘limited resources’

“It’s unfair to expect Pakatan to clean up all the mess left by the Barisan Nasional in more than 50 years within three years.

“But we are trying our best to help the Indian community in the state with the limited state resources (that we have).

“We are not getting the amount of allocation that other BN ruled states get from the federal government,” said Manikumar who also heads the state’s tourism, Indians affairs and human resources portfolio.

Citing Tamil schools and temples as examples, he said the Pakatan-led state government had done far more for the state’s Indian community than MIC.

“Talking on Tamil schools, there are 58 Tamil schools in Kedah and only nine are under the fully-aided category (which means they receive full financial grants from the federal government).

“The rest 49 Tamil schools are partially-aided schools where the money given by the Education Ministry is only for the purposes of school activities and not for the upgrading of the school infrastructures.

“This year the state government allocated RM229, 000 to be disbursed to all of the 58 Tamil schools.

“The amount each school received varied depending on the needs of the particular schools,” he said.

Tamil schools and NGOs

Manikumar claimed that such disbursements to all Tamil schools had never occured during BN’s rule in the state.

According to him, in the past money came only during election campaigns when MIC will request ad-hoc allocations for certain Tamil schools and that there was no proper structure to the disbursements.

“But under Pakatan government, the allocation for Tamil schools are included officially under the state yearly budget,” he said.

He also slammed Indian-based NGOs who complained of receiving nothing from the state government.

He said unlike the BN regime which cared less for proper allocation strucure, the Pakatan state government insisted on paperworks and proper documentations.

“We had given RM7, 000 last year and RM20, 000 this year to Kedah branch of Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) to carry out activities that are related to the community. The activities were to weed out social ills among Indians.

“We can’t entertain every single NGO that come without proper paperworks or documentations to back their claims.

“I proposed to the state government to approve the request by MHS based on the documentation evidence of their programmes and activities.

“MHS itself is an established NGO and was founded in 1928,” explained Manikumar, who is also the PKR’s central leadership council member.

Temple and cemetry

He also pointed out that the Kedah state government had granted a land title to the 100-year-old Sri Mahamariamman Temple at Jalan Bakar Bata in Alor Setar.

“The temple was granted a land title last year and the temple land has been gazetted under National Land Code.

“Also this year the state government approved and allocated five acres of land for a cemetry for the Hindu community in Langkawi.

“During BN’s ruling for more than 50 years MIC never took the initiative to get the land title for the temple or a Hindu cemetery in Langkawi.

“But we have done it in less than three years,” Manikumar told FMT.


YB Manoharan’s seven motions for Indian community

August 29th, 2011
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The seven motions:

1. Felda-like scheme involving 2000 acres of land for 200 hardcore families.

2. RM10 million fund to be set up to assist Indians in small and medium enterprises.

3. set up an Indian affairs bureau under the purview of the menteri besar.

4. at least 10 acres of land for all Tamil and Chinese schools in the state.

5. renaming Jalan Barat in Petaling Jaya to Jalan V David to commemorate the late unionist.

6. seven percent discount for all poor Malaysians who are purchasing homes from the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).

7. “no demolition” order or shifting of temples erected in the state before 2008.

Number 7 was accepted with a modification:  no demolition or shifting a temple without the approval of the executive council in charge.

Motion number 1 is difficult due to land scarcity, but I believe Selangor still got plenty of land outside Klang Valley which can be utilised for agriculture. The state government can even consider reserving certain percentage for the poor Indians in any schemes being implemented/planned.

Motion 2 is not a big problem. Can easily be set up.

Motion 3 is even easier.

Motion 4 is noble indeed. Must be supported.

Motion 5, well, not exactly top of my list. Can even consider naming some of the new projects being done by the state government instead of renaming, if its an hassle.

Motion 6, totally agree. Not sure if anyone in the right mind will disagree to this.

Motion 7, as it has been amended, we can hold the executive councillor in charge responsible if any demolition happens.

Out of the 7, 3 are outright motions to help Indian community, while the other 4 are mixed or of no direct help.

Gotta agree with the YB, this kind of motion was unheard of before this. I hope its retabled and let’s see how the state government responds.

I’m not sure what the senator Barat Maniam meant by saying that MIC representatives will support the motion if BN wins Selangor. Someone need to table the motion FIRST, before you can support it. So, would MIC representatives make promise to table such a motion?


Just days after Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers conceded that the opposition pact, which rode to victory in five states on the wave of Indian support in 2008, had failed the community, a legislator revealed that several motions beneficial to Indians had been dismissed by the Selangor State Legislative Assembly.

According to Kota Alam Shah state assemblyman M Manoharan, the assembly has dismissed seven motions which he had tabled in July.

He said if the motions had been passed and become law, not only would the Indians have benefited but all the poor in Selangor would have also found reprieve.

Explaining the motions, Manoharan said he had moved for a Felda-like scheme involving 2,000 acres of land to be set up for 200 hardcore Indian poor in Selangor.

He had also moved for a RM10 million fund to be set up to assist Indians in small and medium enterpries in the state.

“I also tabled a motion to set up an Indian affairs bureau under the purview of the menteri besar and asked for at least 10 acres of land for all Tamil and Chinese schools in the state,” he said.

The other three motions he had tabled were renaming Jalan Barat in Petaling Jaya to Jalan V David to commemorate the late unionist, a seven percent discount for all poor Malaysians who are purchasing homes from the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) and a “no demolition” order or shifting of temples erected in the state before 2008.

“But the only motion that was accepted by the assembly was the temple order.

“But that too they (Pakatan lawmakers) tweaked to read no demolition or shifting a temple without the approval of the executive council in charge,” said Manoharan, who added that he will again table the same motions in October sitting of the assembly.

Land and housing

Manoharan, who was upset with the dismissal of his bids, said it was “high-time Indians enjoyed the benefits denied to them since Independence”.

“About one-third of the entire Indian population in Malaysia lives in Selangor.

“If the motions had been passed and become law, they would not only help Indians but also all those who are poor in the state.

“I asked for the land so that we can teach the Indian community to cultivate it for agriculture or livestock.

“This would also empower our youths and deter them from joining criminal activities,” said Manoharan,who is from the DAP.

On the housing issue, he said owning a house was a basic necessity for everyone.

He added that PKNS was in a position to assist Indians and the low-income earner acquire homes.

“PKNS is an established property company and it makes money from its housing projects.

“Surely, it can help our low-income people by offering discount.

“Besides, the Menteri Besar (Khalid Ibrahim) is the chairman of the government-linked agency and he can monitor it directly,” said Manoharan.

Malay votes

Asked why the other Pakatan state assemblymen refused to support his motion, Manoharan said it could be due to fear of losing Malay votes.

However, he added that even the Malay assemblymen were aware that the Indians were left behind in many areas.

“Some lawmakers did come to me after the state assembly meeting and said my ideas were good.

“But when I asked why they didn’t support it then, they kept mum,” he said.

However, Manoharan stopped short of criticising the Pakatan state government, saying the assemblymen now enjoyed more freedom to table their motions unlike in the previous state government.

“The Indian representatives then would not even dare to table such motions.

“I must thank our current speaker (Teng Chang Khim) for allowing more freedom in the assembly.

“And I am going to table the motions again in the next state assembly sitting in October. I’m confident my fellow Pakatan assemblymen will support me,” said Manoharan.

‘Good ideas’

Meanwhile, newly appointed Senator V Subramaniam, however, supports Manoharan’s motions, saying the ideas “were good”.

Subramaniam, however, conceded that allocating 10 acres for Tamil schools in Selangor would be tough as some schools were located in densely populated areas like Petaling Jaya where land is scarce.

“However, the rest of the motions are good. The (state assembly’s) rejection shows that Pakatan is not sincere in helping the Indians despite riding high on the community’s votes in 2008,” said Subramaniam, who is better known as Barat Maniam.

Subramaniam, who is Petaling Jaya MIC’s division chief, said if BN wins Selangor in the next polls, MIC representatives will support the motion to improve the Indians’ lot in the state.

“The ideas are in line with the 1Malaysia concept. If we win in the next polls, we will look out for the welfare of all Malaysians.

“Besides, that is why we are elected into the post,” he said.

Last week, Indian DAP leaders conceded that the opposition pact had failed the community after having a closed-door meeting involving 50 DAP members, including lawmakers.

One DAP member said that Pakatan is doing “another BN” for Indians in Selangor, Penang and Kedah.

Among those present at the meeting were DAP national vice-chairman and Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran, Penang DAP deputy chairman and deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy, Perak DAP deputy chairman and Tronoh assemblyman V Sivakumar, Perak DAP vice-chairman and Sungkai assemblyman A Sivanesan and former ISA detainee V Ganapathirau.


Temples in Section 19 PJ get land from developer

August 15th, 2011
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One good thing is that the developer is made to fulfill their application conditions. However, I’m not sure of the pro and cons of allowing developer to keep the lease and the impact of perpetual lease agreement between land owner and temple. Who will determine the rate for rent of the land (if got any rent)? Is it possible the land given free, but later may be charged to temple? Can the land be revoked and used for other purpose by the land owner?


TWO temples that have been operating for more than 40 years in Section 19, Petaling Jaya, will be allocated 0.09ha (10,000sq ft) of land in the same area.

The Tow Boo Keong Taoist Temple and the Arulmigu Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple had in May received notices from a developer of nearby condominium project to move out of the land that they have been using as places of worship at the former squatter area.

During a press conference at the Hindu temple on Saturday, Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said Petaling Jaya city councillors had the planning approval for the Ameera condominium on March 29, 2007.

“One of the conditions in the planning approval signed by developer Selangor Dredging Bhd (SDB) states that they must provide 10,000 sq ft of land to each temple so we have asked them to comply,” said Pua.

Also present were temple chairmen Tan Kam Piew and Tanasakaran Rengasamy and MBPJ councillors R. Selvarajan, Mak Khuin Weng and Jeyaseelan Anthony.

Pua said after discussions with the developer, SDB had agreed to give 0.09ha to each temple but would be keeping the land title.

“The temples will enter into a perpetual lease with the land owner and it is now up to the committees of both temples to negotiate the location of the plots with the developer,” said Pua.

He said the DAP had a team of lawyers who could oversee the negotiations but he advised the committees to appoint their own to finalise the agreement.

Tanasakaran said they were relieved that they would not have to relocate the temple and his committee would be meeting the developers to discuss the matter.

SDB communications and corporate affairs manager Yeoh Guan Jin confirmed that they would be allocating a 0.09ha to each temple to build their place of worship and SDB would hold the land titles.


Tumpat Muthumariaman Temple gets RM100k

July 18th, 2011
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THE Muthumariaman Hindu Temple in Tumpat, Kelantan, has received RM100,000 to expand and renovate the temple for its devotees.

Pengkalan Kubor state assemblyman Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar handed over the cheque to temple chairman R. Chandrasekaran.

In his speech, Chandrasekaran thanked the Barisan Nasional for assisting the Hindu community to realise its dreams of expanding the temple for more than 300 devotees.

He said it took the committee three years to collect RM600,000 and he was grateful that the Government had topped up the figure to enable the committee to expand the temple.

He said that the temple also accepted devotees from Kota Baru while many devotees from the surrounding districts also came to the 100-year-old temple to perform prayers.

Noor Zahidi said the Federal Government was more than willing to assist the temple.

He also said that the money was insignificant when compared to the goodwill of fostering racial and religious harmony.

He added that the Federal Government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was interested to achieve the racial and religious balance for the betterment of the country.

“This is what the 1Malaysia concept is all about and the prime minister is working hard to promote the concept.

“It is beginning to show results,” he said.

A small community of Indians who came to work for the Keretapi Tanah Melayu in the 1940s had once prayed in the temple.

It also served as a community hall for them to socialise and conduct religious classes.

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Puchong relocation issue

June 10th, 2011
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I was wondering what happened to other temple. There were two Amman temples next to each other, just outside USJ exit (Elite highway), near the traffic light turning into USJ. Looks like that temple has relocated while the other is refusing to do so.

I pass by this place often, but have not visited the temple. Its quite risky since there’s limited parking and the road is crowded during morning and evenings.

Just curious on when the temple was established, because it says the temple is on the land belonging to the developer.

Hope the temple management (got two groups!)  can clarify and also settle this problem, and not bring the religion into disrepute.


The flyover project at the junction of Persiaran Kewajipan and Jalan Hicom-Puchong in Subang Jaya is being delayed because the Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple has refused to shift to a new site.

One City Development Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Ramle Nayan said they needed to build a diversion road before the construction of the flyover for traffic from Puchong to Shah Alam.

However, the work on the diversion road, which is 80% completed, could not proceed unless the temple on a land belonging to the developer, agreed to move.

“The negotiation started in 2009 and we have offered them an alternative site in USJ 26. We will also bear the relocation cost.

“But there are two groups seeking to control the temple, making the negotiation difficult,” Ramle said.

He was responding to a protest near the site on Tuesday afternoon by motorists demanding the flyover to be built to relieve the congestion during peak hours.

“We have helped another temple, Sri Maha Kaliaman, to relocate from the site to USJ 26 six months ago.

“We hope to resolve the issue amicably with the temple management,” Ramle said.

The protesters had earlier urged the Public Works Department and the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to get the developer to start the construction work.

Special officer to Seri Serdang assemblyman Capt Mohd Shobhi Mustakim said the flyover would ease the traffic heading towards USJ and Hicom.

“The developer should solve the problem hindering the project because motorists are waiting for the infrastructure as promised by the developer,” he said.

Puchong MCA chairman Wong Hock Aun said the jam now was until Kampung Bersatu near the Puchong Barat toll of the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) in the morning.

According to the plan approved by the LLM, the first phase of the project involved the construction of the flyover with the traffic lights at the junction of Persiaran Kewajipan and Jalan Hicom-Puchong removed.

It would take about 12 months to complete the project.

Next, an integrated interchange involving LDP and Persiaran Kewajipan would be built.

“We will bear the cost of between RM40mil and RM50mil,” Ramle said.