Saturday, October 10, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
We are enjoying the success today because the leaders have worked together and garnered the support of the people. Leaders must be prepared to work and help out the poor Chinese, poor Indians and poor Malays," he said.
Najib pledged that more assistance will be passed to the Indian community if they show their support to BN.
"We have already allocated RM100 million for Tamil schools, RM2 billion for the Indian community, another RM15 million to assist young Indian entrepreneurs. We will continue to provide if the response is good.
"We need the Indian community to show their support to BN. Show us that you are with BN. We have a chance to make our Malaysia a great nation. We must forge a strong bond and strong alliance within BN as was done by our forefathers by bringing the community together."
Friday, September 11, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
So what if BN had lost the mandate from the people? Penang for one is managing well without them and during the past few weeks, BN has been drumming the messages that a vote for PAS is a vote for DAP and a vote for DAP is anti-Islam. Sometimes, when one gets too emotional, one tends to ignore the side effects of what he or she has said. I totally disagree of what has happened yesterday. It was uncalled for just because a temple is to be reallocated to the area. Has this people gone nuts? Is it the month of Ramaddan condoning what they have done to hurt the feelings of non Muslims? I have seen the video and I urge all parties to restraint and not to be provoked. The action of these silly people were done with one intention - to get the attention of the decision-makers and to intimidate the rest. I hope all Indians will not respond to this. Let it be known that the actions of these silly individuals are done by their little misguided minds.
Although it is a sensitive issue, I fail to understand why the head of an innocent cow was used to demonstrate their opposition of a temple that is to be reallocated? The temperature is rising again when the country heads into the National Day celebration. Have we all lost our minds? I know I have not as I intend to just shrug my shoulders and ask god to forgive those who have demonstrated. I hope the police will arrest these individuals for illegal assembly.
I rarely place a quote from a person that I have neutral respect for but here goes
Calling on the protesters to reflect on their action, he asked: "How would you feel if the proposal to build a mosque in a non-Muslim area - which is already happening - leads a group of non-Muslims to burn and stomp on the Quran?"- Khairy
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Read this and let me know your thought.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Oscar Sanchez once wrote: 'Even if a small part of the truth is hidden, a great lie may be born'." You go figure how much Malaysians can trust the very truth that MACC is trying to uncover or in short bury.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
The effectiveness of the local council is based upon its performances. If certain individuals are not pulling their weight, let it be judged based on that. Do not let the BN goons take full advantage of this situation. After all, Kampung Buah Pala is well managed with great support from the general public. I see no further discussions can be unearthed. Only self righteousness will lead to destruction. These are my few words to all parties. I am a voter and a a member of the political party. Don't let BN play your asses .... it is time to put the country ahead and the people as prime rather than a few chosen ones.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Before I start attacking Wayna, let me reiterate that Hindraf needs a fresh of new air. I really think the Hindraf did more drama. Drama of gigantic proportion where they actually imported people from KL to cry outside of CM's residence. I shudder to think how this organization will succeed when its claims and arguments are ....best to leave the last phrase alone.....
Read and see what I mean
LGE sanctions fraud against the Kg Buah Pala residents - Waythamoorthy
Posted Sat, 08/08/2009 - 12:41 by naragan
By P. Waytha Moorthy, HINDRAF Chairman
HINDRAF is appalled by LGE’s continued political drama to see thru injustice for the residents in Kg Buah Pala. Although, he claims and acknowledges that there was fraudulent transaction, yet he blackmails the residents by producing a building plan with unreasonable conditions on August 6, 2009 to comply with it within one day for families that has lived on or about 200 years in the same land.
Why are you sanctioning a fraud when you should have acquired the land and returned what is rightfully belonging to the residents of Kg Buah Pala instead of making a deal and short changing them?
If you look at his press conference read out by his mandore Prof Ramasamy, it is nothing but gloating about the achievement of DAP and condemnation of the fraudulent transaction started by the UMNO led BN and gladly completed by the current government.
If LGE can talk so much about the fraudulent transaction, what did he do about it? He sat by and watched it be completed. When did he appoint an investigation committee to address the transaction when he was well aware of this fraudulent transaction even before he came into the power? Yes, it did not happen until the 1st week of July 2009 and what was the result of the investigation committee as nothing has been revealed so far.
Was he really serious in assisting those residents with the investigating committee or it just another political game?
Many legal avenues were available for him to pursue the fraudulent transfer of the land starting from March 8, 2008, yet he sat on it hoping that it will pass by for poor and defenceless Kg Buah Pala residents who are insignificant for him as opposed to the Developers and the rich and mighty.
Section 340(2) of the NLC clearly spells out:The title or interest of any such person or body shall not be indefeasible(a) in any case of fraud or misrepresentation to which the person or body, or any agent of the person or body, was a party or privy; or(b) where registration was obtained by forgery, or by means of an insufficient or void instrument; or(c) where the title or interest was unlawfully acquired by the person or body in the purported exercise of any power or authority conferred by any written law.
Now show us the public what efforts had you undertaken to challenge the fraudulent land transfer other than clamouring that it was KSK’s fraudulent act and you can’t do anything about it. Doesn’t the law provide for such acts? Well you are the CM, you have the power and authority to challenge the transaction yet you positioned yourself with developers against those poor and defenceless Kg Buah Pala residents.
Nowhere does it exist in law that fraud is acceptable, when you yourself claim it is a fraudulent transaction. Is this the example you are setting for the rakyat?
In total you have just sanctioned fraud and acted just like another corrupted UMNO led BN government that is only interested in their own individual welfare as opposed to the public benefit.
Don’t even talk about the so-called $150 million compensation. Let HINDRAF enlighten you, the land was sold for RM3.2 Million and now you claim it is worth RM150 million. That means the price has rocketed to 2,343.75%. That even beats the property hike price of some high-end properties in New York and London before even construction had began. This can only happen in the BOLEHLAND.
Where is the logic that a RM10 per square feet increases by 2,343.75% in 15 months since the project was launched? Mind you if all the land was utilized notwithstanding the basic amenities such as community hall, tennis court, tadika, administration office, clinic, landscape and so forth. Then I guess the price is even higher per square foot.
LGE is definitely sounding like a broken record because we all know the malfeasances and that is why the rakyat elected you to power.
Unfortunately it is very clear that you play the same game that BN plays by blaming everything on BN without addressing the real issue being your inaction and your inability to initiate an action for the fraudulent land transfer against public benefit.
You admit fraud was committed, and then what did you do about it other than playing politics with the residents of Kg Buah Pala at the 11th hour when you have been in power for the last 17 months to initiate proceedings for the fraudulent land transfer.
The latest proposal that you put forward to the residents on behalf of the Developer is so ludicrous.
You think that you have negotiated the best deal for the residents with a gun onto their head. HINDRAF is totally disappointed with your continues drama that only appears to be that you are actually the mouthpiece for the Developer rather than the plight of the Kg Buah Pala residents. Is it reasonable, just and fair that, within one day 41 families needs to make a decision, uproot and move on the unreasonable conditions of the Developer? People at least have choice to make, but what happens to all the innocent animals, sent to the slaughterhouse?
HINDRAF feels LGE is a CM for the Developer and their mouthpiece and not one who has been transparent at least in his dealings with the Kg Buah Pala issue for reasons known best to himself.
HINDRAF feels this is clear hypocrisy on the part of the DAP led Pakatan government in Penang for their lack of political will to safeguard the interest of their citizenry in Kg Buah Pala.
HINDRAF cries with those Kg Buah Pala residents who have been deceived and blackmailed to be deprived from their ancestral homes for a simple reason that with the change and the promises given to them, they had faith in you and your government blindly on the basis of trust that you would be just and fair for the truth in this matter.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Poll from Anil Netto's blog
Do you support Guan Eng's move to revoke the development order in Kg Buah Pala?
- Yes, it's the right move to be on the people's side (86%, 1,012 Votes)
- No, he should have tried other options (11%, 125 Votes)
- Don't know (3%, 35 Votes)
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I must say that my theory of the flanking attack on Penang state government is clear and real. The demonstration by Indian MIC Youth is clearly a representation that BN is now stepping efforts to create chaos and also to ensure that Pakatan government falls. Enemies are plentiful but it is time to march alongside with the residents of Kampung Buah Pala as one to resolve this through heart to heart discussions rather than taking to the streets. Remember this, Hindraf and the residents are not even there. Although there are reports that 2 of the residents were there, I believe the issue of bread and butter rule the day. I am taken aback that MIC is taking this step. Let alone, Lim Guan Eng taking this in the first place. Why MIC needs to march to Komtar? I must say that the rule of law must apply.
MIC - you are just as responsible as your other component parties. I dare say this with the minutes given out to the public . You were powerless and you took the step to muddle the water. Enjoy yourselves in the hands of the police. Penangites are friendly people and we know nothing more nothing less - you are the tool of the BN's plot to destablise the government. I hold you responsible for all the the wrongdoings in the state. Let's see each other in the polls again. I will vote against BN anytime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Extract-he night before, I was at the public forum for Teoh Beng Hock. Last night, I attended to the Kampung Buah Pala meeting. The residents came in streams. It was evident that the residents wanted answers. Otherwise, 23 families would not have showed up. Seriously, there is a disjoint from the very beginning and I believe "mysterious" elements were swaying the entire issue from the North to the South. Nevertheless, the Chief Minister made it very clear that no one other than the residents will be allowed to be present. I am sure the Hindrafs and lawyers were fummingly made for such a request. At least for now, I am certain that decision held well. I am giving an update of what has happened. After all, being shouted at during the first meet, I had the nasty taste of what this so-called lawyer is capable of. He called me a bloody bastard and of course ended up with the term "go away office boy!" Sure Mr lawyer, you will have your day in the courts but I am serving the people and my Chief Minister is the rightful leader of the state.
The residents came in just about 8 pm. Being early for some, this experience may be quite overwhelming for some. I am certain that for many they were here to show their displeasure of the recent months leading to this meeting. I waited for the guests at the lower level 3. I knew that tension is high but I showed high respects to the residents and of course taking questions if there were any. The lawyer tried to ask for permission to head up with the residents and I took the opportunity to courteously gave him my thoughts. "You are not allowed up. Specific instructions from the Chief Minister that only residents are allowed." The lawyer rebutted " I am a resident of Penang unlike some leaders who are parachuting from Melaka." I replied, "At least he has gotten the mandate whereas you didn't. " Before he could reply, I walk away. "I am a Penangite and I am sure you are too. How can you let a Melaka resident boss you around." I replied within the crowd " Sir, you are out of line. I am working for the Penang State Government and you are not. So, please QUALIFY YOUR STATEMENT." Tension built up and Himashu of The Sun grabbed hold of me and ask me to chill. He saw the side of me that many didn't. A committed Penangite who believe that Penang is under seige by collaborators like him.
My question - why am I here? I could have decided not to. However, I had a theory for the past 4 months now. This Kampung Buah Pala incident is clearly an attempt by the Barisan Government to create chaos within the state. Obviously, well-timed, the attack on PR government in Selangor nearly achieved its objective if not for the unfortunately demise of Teoh Beng Hock. I am certain Kedah was the second. The BN government probably felt the crack within PR was the best opportunity that can ever happen while the emergence of the Human Rights Party would anger many Indians around the country to come and do a mexican stand-off in Penang on August 3. I write this with full conviction that if there were any disruptions, the BN led Federal Government would call for an emergency rule and shut the machinery of the state government down. I stand by my prediction.
Obviously, all of the parties - whether it was Hindraf or the lawyers or even the residents who are against the state are seen as the possible collaborators of the BN led government. It is no longer racial but the future of the state at stake. I had been very vocal in my text messages that could have angered some but I had to. For unselfish gains, this PR government is the rightful government of the day. Internally and externally, I will stand by my commitment to serve the party just like Teoh Beng Hock did until his untimely death. The residents will meet CM again this Friday. I will be there again. Why? 23 families have finally met the CM and he has lost his agenda.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I speak because I have seen so many flanking attacks by the ruling government. Don't get me wrong. MACC is not all evil. MACC is not all destructive. I believe some are puppets of certain individuals. Some are just puppets to be a poster boy to some political leaders. I stand here not being able to stomach what has been said by BN for the past 2 days. Let his death be a tipping point. I stand by my words a father to my children, a husband to my wife and a party member of DAP. I am pissed. My enemy is BN. Sure - no permanent enemies but it is time.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
I speak as a Malaysian. I speak with pain and despair seeing crooks robbing the folks at Buah Pala. I see lawyers calling YB and special officers – Office boys. Why all these name calling ?? Why not speak about this poor soul that died today? The time has come for people to rise above the occasion. So what if it is 1 Malaysia where we can’t even trust the authorities anymore? So what if you form 1 Malaysia Foundation where non of the trustees will ever know about death within their own family under the custody of the authorities. It is time my fellow Malaysians. It is time !
Last nite, the Buah Pala residents were expected no show but true to the surprise of many, 9 families turned up. The meeting behind closed doors lasted for 2 hours. I didn't go in but I knew a deal was struck. After all, office boys like myself can't go in. Thank god the lawyer didn't come. I believe Hindraf is a lousy organization. After all, with the death of Teoh Beng Hock, I wonder why there is such a silence on this end?Aren't they suppose to be speaking up against social justice? Hindraf, my ass!
I wear black today. Like many Malaysians, my heart goes out to the Teoh's family. He didn't die in vain. He just went to sleep and we are now in him all the way. Labor Omnia Vincit (Labor Conquers All)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
This is what KTK said "I would also like to ask him (Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng) to announce and make public a chronology of the promises that DAP leaders had made before and during the last general election on this issue and quote what they have said themselves (to the residents) just as he had quoted from the 'presumably' exco minutes"
So Thamaraj, since you have chosen your path path, I think you should lighten up and treat folks at Komtar with respect. Koh Tsu Koon is playing you into a corner. Always qualify your statement because each day goes by, you are looking not so good by the day. Why am I saying this ?
Firstly, if it was really a caring BN government, why did they sell it away and at discounted price? This land could have been earmarked for heritage and your fellow residents would have gotten the best treatment ever. After all, you failed to do so and is it because you are covering your failures? In fact, you should ask KTK to resign as Minister since the KPI for good governance is missing on his part. Hence, he has no moral rights to even ask my Chief Minister list out the things that was promised. Check http://www.anilnetto.com/ website. See how many people are demanding KTK to explain. I guess Thamaraj is trying to set himself up to become the next ADUN of Seri Delima. After all, if he is sincere, he wouldn't have said lots of things. Anyway, I am a tax payer and I have a right to voice my views. Mr. Thamaraj, you are being used by BN, Hindraf for the own ends. Better you regroup and speak to the state on suggestions. I believe sending out CDs won't get back your land. You will maybe get yourself elected in the expense of your fellow residents. Enough said. Sad case we see at Kampung Buah Pala - not Thamaraj but the remaining residents being led by a few misinformed persons.
Statement from P. Waythamoorthy
Posted by admin
Friday, 10 July 2009 10:53
Whilst HINDRAF appreciates the part revelation of Penang Chief Minister on the Kg.Buah Pala Saga, we are however surprised that he had carefully chosen what should and what should not be revealed.
From the revelations, we are not in the slightest doubt that the BN under its previous Chief Minister Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon and his cohorts had robbed the poor and defenceless people of Kg. Buah Pala of their land and they should be held accountable.
ARE YOU VERY SURE? PLEASE SEE TO YOUR GUYS IN MALAYSIA. THEY HAVE SOLD YOU OUT BY ISSUING STATEMENTS THAT SO ARE SO CONFLICTING.
However Guan Eng has to clarify the following points:
· How was the land that was given to the villagers and held in trust by the Government sold to private developers in the first place;
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT'S DOING - WHY ASK THE STATE GOVERNMENT WHO IS HELPING THE PEOPLE THERE.
· Since it was plainly obvious from the documents that the land was robbed from the people then why did Guan Eng and his Government allow the fraudulent transfer to take place after he and his Government came into power;
ADMINISTRATIVE WAYNE, ADMINISTRATIVE.
· Why didn’t Guan Eng adhere to the advice by the resident's previous Lawyer that the transaction of the previous Government could be revoked by him as fraud is involved;
ASK YOURSELF THIS - WITH SO MUCH LAND SCANDAL IN THE PIPELINE, MAYBE YOU CAN WORK WITH THE STATE GOVERNMENT TO LOOK INTO THIS.
· Why did Guan Eng keep mum on this fraudulent transaction by the previous Government for these many months? Why the failure to lodge Police Reports and to the MACC if he was aware of the fraud by BN? Why hasn’t Guan Eng raised the matter in Parliament though he has been elected for more than 15 months now?
MUM - THE STATE ARE NO COWBOYS - THEY NEED TO CHECK FACTS UNLIKE HINDRAF
· How can land sold at RM3.21 million suddenly “rocket” up to hundreds of millions after the land has been transferred to the developers by the Guan Eng Government.
A TOTAL BLATANT LIE - GO CHECK THE CHRONOLOGICAL OF EVENTS
· Why is Guan End deliberately dragging his feet in finding a permanent solution to the problem ie exercising his authority under the Land Acquisition Act ?
YOU HAVE THE MONEY WAYNE? YOU HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY THE DEVELOPER? YOU DON'T LIVE ON THIS FREAKING ISLAND WHILE WE DO. WE DON'T ENJOY FREE ACCOMODATION UNLIKE YOU.
· Why was Guan Eng’s Exco members exerting pressure on the village residents to accept the peanut offer of compensation by the developer;
RULE OF LAW - HINDRAF FORGETS THAT THERE IS SUCH THING CALL LAW. FEDERAL COURT HAS RULED AGAINST THE RESIDENTS. WHAT ELSE.
HINDRAF warns Guan Eng against using unfriendly language in his Press Statements especially accusing the residents of displaying aggression, hostility and arrogance for refusing to see him yesterday. The villagers have made it clear that they wish to be represented by a Legal Representative of their choice and not by a representative chosen by Guan Eng. He should not make a mockery of himself by further complicating the matter by coercing the people into submission with his bullying and high handed tactics.
YOU SHOULD BE THERE WAYNE. CALLING NAMES AND SHOWING FISTS TO GOVERNMENT OFFICERS. YOU CALL THAT SOLVING THE PROBLEM? DON'T BE A SISSY OKAY?
Over the last one week, Lim Guan Eng had diverted from the main issue and has personally and through his cohorts been diverting from the real issue. The Kg Buah Pala Residents had repeatedly insisted that they are not interested in any form of compensation but only want to preserve their livelihood. But Guan Eng plays deaf by talking about compensation and raising fear of unimaginable magnitude of compensation to the developers.
COHORTS? YOU HAVE MORE WAYNE. ONE LAWYER CALLED INDRAN WAS SHOWING HIS FANGS BUT REPEATED TELLING THE PRESS HOW CONCERNED HE WAS. I DOUBT HE IS FROM BUAH PALA.
In addition, he insinuates that HINDRAF is a collaborator of BN. Guan Eng must remember HINDRAF is apolitical and we do not condone any wrong doing by any Government. In this case, why blame us for not condemning the BN when you and your colleagues have quietly played along with BN and attempted to sweep the matter under the carpet, perhaps motivated by the “unimaginable” sum.
OF COURSE, UTHAYAKUMAR GOT BACK HIS PASSPORT DIDN'T HE? COME ON, WE ARE NOT BLIND. WE ARE NOT BLIND. HINDRAF MUST MAKE IT VERY CLEAR...OFFER SOLUTIONS THAT ARE WORKABLE.
HINDRAF only interfered after desperate appeal by the villagers; and if not for the action taken by HINDRAF 4 days prior to the demolition date, Guan Eng and his BN corrupt allies would have been celebrating by now.
CORRUPT ALLIES? PAKATAN RAKYAT GETS THE BRICKBAT WHILE BN RUNS AWAY. WHERE IS YOUR DEMO OUTSIDE UMNO, GERAKAN, MCA AND MIC OFFICE? POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK
To date, Guan Eng has not answered all the queries I raised in my Statement issued on the 1st July 2009 and is continuously using diversion techniques that we see used frequently by BN.
If he is sincere in using “all the legal avenues of resolving the issue” as claimed, then the only option is the Land Acquisition Act. He should erase the delusion that hundreds of millions of compensation is involved when the act clearly states that a reasonable sum only need be paid.
AND SET THE PRECEDENCE THROUGHOUT THE STATE? HINDRAF BROTHERS, YOU GOT MONEY TO PAY OR NOT.
WAYNE - COME BACK FROM LONDON. I BELIEVE THE TEA AND COFFEE THERE HAS MADE YOU A LITTLE DISALLUSION. IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP TO THE CALL OF JUSTICE BY BEING HERE ON THE GROUND. SEE YOU OR SHUT UP!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
|'High Chaparral': No relief from National Land Code|
|CH Ong | Jun 29, 09 6:39pm|
| I refer to the Malaysiakini report Villagers pin last hopes on state gov't. The article states the following:|
1.‘The villagers wanted Lim to exercise his chief ministerial power under Section 76 of the National Land Code to save their village from the developers.’
2.‘Sugumaran said the villagers wanted the state government to use Section 116 of the National Land Code to stop the developer from entering the village to demolish their homes. The section states that the developer needed a permit from the state authorities to demolish the village.’
To better understand what has been written I looked up the relevant sections of the National Land Code (NLC) and this is my understanding as a layman:
Section 76 of the NLC (Subject Title : Meaning of Alienation)
This section explains and defines the meaning of alienation of state land. It defines the state authority's power to alienate state land but I do not see any mention of any power by the state authority to retract an earlier legal alienation of state land.
I therefore cannot understand how Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng can make use of Section 76 NLC to ‘save’ the village from the current legal land owner/developer. Sugumaran should have been asked to elaborate.
Section 116 of the NLC (Subject Title : Implied conditions affecting land subject to the category 'building’)
This section imposes conditions on all alienated land in addition to those conditions expressly stated on the document of title.
Sugumaran said ‘the villagers wanted the state government to use Section 116' because ‘this section states that the developer needed a permit from the state authorities to demolish the village.’ It appears to me that the villagers, in their desperation, had lifted a few words out of context from Section 116(1)(d) to justify their proposal.
However, when I read the entire Section 116, especially Section 116(1)(a), my understanding is the exact opposite. In order to comply with Section 116 of the NLC, the registered land owner may have no choice but to demolish all the existing buildings, depending on what are the express conditions imposed on the land title. Unfortunately such conditions have not been published in the above report.
To illustrate, let's use as an example a land title under the ‘bangunan’ category, with the express condition of ‘bangunan kedai’. Assume also that there exists on the land only one existing building which is not a ‘bangunan kedai’.
To comply with Section 116 of the NLC, the registered land owner must now build a ‘bangunan kedai’ within the stipulated time and subject to the building plans being approved by the local government authority. In order to build the ‘bangunan kedai’ the land owner will have no choice but to demolish the existing building which is not a ‘bangunan kedai’.
When Section 116(1)(d) states that ‘no such building shall be demolished, altered or extended without the prior consent of the appropriate authority’, my understanding, after reading the entire section 116, is that the ‘such building’ refers only to any existing building that already complies with Section 116(1)(a) and 116(4), and not to any existing building that does not comply with the said section.
In the case of the 'Tamil High Chaparral' land, if the registered land owner has already obtained an approved development order given based on the expressed and implied conditions of the title, I cannot imagine how the state government can stop the land owner from demolishing the existing houses if such an act is necessary to comply with the approved development order.
On the other hand if no approval has been given yet, the state government can always sabotage the land owner by taking forever to approve the application.
As far as I am aware, the law only says that applications that comply with all the planning condition shall be approved, but there is no stipulation as to how soon such approval must be given. But surely we do not want the Penang Pakatan Rakyat government to emulate such BN tactics as sabotage?
The end of the report also quoted Sugumaran as having made this statement :
‘If there is a political will, there is an administrative way to cancel it’.
Is it possible that there are unscrupulous people including opportunistic politicians who are misleading the villagers and giving them false hopes that it is very easy for the state government to take back the land which had been legally alienated without having to pay adequate compensation at current market value?
To the sympathisers of the villagers, it may be worth noting that if it was that easy for the state government to simply acquire the 'Tamil High Chaparral' land on the cheap or for free to give it to the villagers, then it will also be equally easy for the state government to acquire any other citizen's land with ‘political will’ and by using some ‘administrative way’, to use Sugumaran's words.
Then no Malaysian property owner will be able to feel secure with the tenure of their property.
I am not sure if Malaysians are funny or just plain stupid. For 50 years they continuously voted in the same government of their choice.
When they finally voted for a change of government, they expect the new government to commit illegal acts in order to undo what the previous government had done.
CM Lim Guan Eng is facing the issues of Kampong Buah Pala head on. So what is Hindraf's stand on burning BN flags? I doubt any of Hindraf will speak on this.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
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Terence Netto | Jun 20, 09 11:43am
“In my beginning is my end,” runs the refrain from a poem of TS Eliot’s, lines with a special poignance to Ho Kok Chee, brother director of St Xavier’s Institution and a Masters in English - a postgraduate qualification he has had to equip himself with, as otherwise his fitness for the headmastership of the school would have been deemed by the authorities as inadequate.
In the event, it enabled him to last 16 years as brother director, the longest tenure of the 28 principals who preceded him since the foundation in 1852 of this flagship school.
Ho’s retirement today brought to a close the 157-year presence of the La Salle Brothers in Malaysia, a Roman Catholic teaching order that at its height was responsible for the administration and ownership of 59 primary and secondary schools in Malaysia that educated something like two million students.
Alumni of these schools have graced the upper reaches of Malaysian socio-political life since independence and have not been averse to crediting their alma mater for the training they received.
However, a glance at the list of Malaysian luminaries who have been educated in these schools would stay the impulse to any triumphalism about the worth of the education afforded there, for the products occupy the range from the proud to the sordid. It must be admitted that much the same could be said for the legatees of most other famous schools in the country.
Why then the poignance that attended the closure rituals at Bro Paul Ho’s departure?
Perhaps it was because of the ideal of gratuitous service that animated the La Salle Brothers, who at the height of their presence in Malaysian education in the 1950s and 60s, numbered about a hundred members spread among the staff of the few score schools, mainly located in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, that they built and ran.
In a skeptical age, it would be easy to deprecate the value of this service but when it is seen that barely 10 percent of the enrollment in each of these schools was composed of pupils of the same religion as the Brothers, and that the latter did nothing in the way that could be construed as attempts to proselytise, their record of service was indeed what they claimed it was: gratuitous.
Faintly optimistic of the future
“It’s a new beginning,” opined Bro Paul Ho in remarks made to Malaysiakini as he packed his belongings in the modest office near the entrance to the school earlier this week in preparation for Friday’s departure.
He sounded faintly optimistic of the future, that the “special character of this school and its like” – meaning the half dozen other schools in the major towns of the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia – would resist the attrition that would come from being administered by Education Ministry appointees not imbued with the spirit of the La Salle order.
It was hard to see the grounds for his optimism, albeit a faint one. But there wasn’t anything contrived in the way he gave vent to it.
“It now depends on those who value the education they have received in these schools to preserve their alma mater’s special character,” he elaborated.
“They have to exert the effort to preserve it,” he asserted. “If they cannot be depended upon to do that, who else would do it now that the Brothers are no longer around to preserve it?”
He added: “The La Salle order has looked upon students that have come to it for their education as special gifts to be respected for their human dignity and worth, irrespective of whether they belonged to the religion the Brothers professed.
“That was what made the order and the schools they ran special. That was why no proselytising was done because we respected the dignity of the person entrusted to our care.
“Our ideal of gratuitous service was based on that respect for the dignity of the human person and the end of our presence does not mean that the value of that ideal is no longer relevant nor is ended the possibility that it could endure in the hearts of those who have been touched by its worthiness,” said Bro Paul in a light-hearted tone that belied the gravity of what he said.
“The Brothers were never in this for profit or proselytising,” he emphasised. “They were in it for the dignity of the human person and that is why a void in their presence does not mean the cessation of that ideal.”
Bro Paul Ho chuckled when it was suggested to him that he was standing TS Eliot’s famous refrain on its head – “In my end is my beginning.”
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Neil Khor Jun 6, 09 11:52am
Gerakan, the party of Lim Chong Eu and Lim Keng Yaik, is going through a rough
patch. It has been some 14 months since the last general elections but party
reforms have yet to bear any tangible results.
MCPXIn terms of governmental
influence, Gerakan has a full minister and two deputy ministers. Its president,
the low-key and ever diligent Dr Koh Tsu Koon, is in-charge of national unity.
He is also monitoring ministerial performance through the setting-up of Key
Performance Indicators (KPIs).This appointment, whilst attracting much criticism
from detractors, is seen as a lifeline for Gerakan to exert some influence over
national politics.It is still too early to tell if this strategy – of the
president having a ministerial position – will help Gerakan gain lost ground
after the last general elections. At this point anyway, most people still
remember Dr Koh’s announcement that he would not become a minister by way of the
senate. Few people, except perhaps Gerakan members themselves, have cheered him
on when he assumed his ministerial position.There are three main problems that
is plaguing Gerakan. Firstly, the party is suffering from an image problem. The
urban electorate still see the party as an appendage of the race-based parties
of Umno, MCA and MIC. Dr Koh’s consensual style, which the BN thinks will help
calm ruffled feathers, is not helping much in the party’s efforts to re-build
its public image. Koh needs a more vocal postureBoth Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu (left)
and Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik (below) had an air of the rebel about them. A rebel, by
the looks of Koh’s political career path, he certainly is not. Dr Koh needs to
chart a credible, independent and more vocal posture.The second problem is that
Gerakan is still trying hard to carve out a role for itself in national politics
post-Penang. From 1969 to 2008, nearly forty years, Gerakan was “in-charge” of
Penang.Control of this largely non-Malay state, with its vibrant
manufacturing-based economy, gave it an edge over its non-Umno rivals within the
BN. Other than Umno, it was the only BN component party that held the reins of
government. In fact, the political reputation of the party as innovative, clean
and efficient was built mostly on Penang’s success.The loss of Penang may be a
problem but the process of losing that state is even more demoralising for the
party. For this was not just losing by a seat but a clear and decisive
“wipe-out”. To date, few Penangites regret voting the way they did. Gerakan’s
chances of single-handedly winning back the state is almost nil.Dr Teng Hock
Nan’s stewardship of Gerakan in Penang will be crucial for reform efforts. But
so far, he has been less than sterling. Calls to take the Pakatan state
government to task on the tennis affair and more recently, his humanitarian
appeal for Chin Peng’s return have not earned Gerakan any positive points. There
are also very wide rifts between Gerakan and Umno in Penang that Dr Teng needs
to close.He may be a more vocal and assertive personality when compared with Dr
Koh but his track record in the previous government leaves him open to
criticisms. Then there is the MCA, eager for a leadership position in Penang at
the expense of Gerakan. Pakatan likely to hold on to Penang in 2013Penang Umno
is still unhappy over its secondary role to Gerakan despite it consistently
winning most of its allotted seats. Gerakan’s inability to galvanise the BN
through the leadership of Dr Koh will almost guarantee a Pakatan victory in
2013.Without Penang, Gerakan has been forced to re-examine its party ideology,
which is inherently non-sectarian and therefore a source of its third problem.
How can the party ignore developments on the ground calling for an end to
race-based policies? Many of Pakatan’s goals, including means-tested and
merit-based economic policies, were championed by Gerakan in the late
1960s.Gerakan used to call itself the “conscience of the BN”. It was the party
that asked difficult questions and temper the race-based policies that the
coalition promoted to secure equitable development and nation-building. That
Malaysia is only partially successful in this area speaks volumes for Gerakan’s
inability to influence governmental policies. The party may have the right
values but these are not shared even within the BN.Today, Gerakan is in the
strange position of having to reach back into its past to be relevant again. Dr
Koh has been made minister in-charge of national unity and this in the midst of
the shared aspirations for “1Malaysia” where Malaysians are all equal. It should
be a good opportunity for Gerakan to lead in this programme. The only problem is
that not every BN component party agrees or share the same interpretation of
1Malaysia.Playing second-fiddle to UmnoIn short, Gerakan like the PPP are going
through a rough patch because both non-sectarian parties find themselves
anomalies in a race-based coalition. Gerakan’s political role was shaped by a
strong BN and a weak non-sectarian opposition. Now that the political ground has
become more even, supporters of non-sectarian politics have new champions in
Pakatan Rakyat. Is the role of Gerakan and PPP been played out?What is
surprising is that Gerakan leaders have taken so long to act. Dr Koh has yet to
state publicly what sort of role Gerakan will have in the new political
landscape. Playing second-fiddle to Umno will not win back lost ground. Trying
to be broker between non-sectarian interests and the race-based parties is not
viable especially when the party simply does not command the votes. Gerakan’s
inability to swing non-Malay voters to the BN in Bukit Gantang, a seat it used
to win, is evidence of its diminishing role.Perhaps, Dr Koh has a new game plan
for the party. If he has, he is keeping things close to his chest. It would be
simplistic to expect these smaller but important non-sectarian parties to leave
the BN. What role would they have as a “third force”? In today’s
political scenario, third parties like independent candidates, have little
chance of winning elections.Whatever new strategy Gerakan may have for itself,
it must put into effect sooner rather than later. One way to become a viable
political party again is to stick to its guns when it comes to governmental
decisions it does not agree with. The BN government in Perak, the unfolding PKFZ
scandal, the on-going revisiting of the ISA, rising crime, corruption in the
police force, and the shaping of new economic strategies for Malaysia; all are
opportunities for Gerakan to provide thought leadership.A ministerial position
may be a much needed lifeline but it can be a liability soon enough if the KPIs
are not met, national unity becomes more elusive with the radicalization of
race-based parties and Gerakan’s inability to find new ways of thinking that
will once again return it to its fundamental non-sectarian values.As things
stand today, support for the party is quickly diminishing. Image problems and
the loss of Penang aside, Gerakan’s hope for recovery lie with its ability to
embrace and advocate its founding values. But if the BN does not move in the
same direction, it may find itself a party with the right values but in the
NEIL KHOR (PhD) (Cantab) is the co-author of 'Non-Sectarian
Politics in Malaysia: The Case of Parti Gerakan Rakyat'.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
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MALAYSIA continues to attract significant foreign direct investments (FDIs) into the manufacturing sector, with projects worth RM3.3 billion approved in the first three months of this year. International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said total foreign investments approved in Malaysia's manufacturing sector in 2008 increased to RM46.4 billion in 480 projects.
(B)Malaysia’s First-Quarter Foreign Investment Drops 79%
May 15 (Bloomberg) -- Malaysia’s approved foreign direct investment in the manufacturing industry plunged 79 percent in the first quarter amid slumping global demand for the country’s products, a minister said. The Southeast Asian nation approved 3.3 billion ringgit ($931 million) in foreign direct manufacturing investment from January to March, International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today. That compares with about 16 billion ringgit a year earlier.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
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I just can't help cross posting my dear favorite blogger's comments. I believe he has made some serious findings and it is clear that some people in Perak is lying. I am not insinuating anything but just go ahead and read this posting. It's fun and good!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has somewhat defended the manner in which
Pakatan Rakyat's ousted Perak speaker V Sivakumar was dragged out of the House
yesterday.Speaking to reporters in Kuala Lumpur today, he said Sivakumar "should have vacated his seat" since he was no longer the speaker."I don't know... he did not
want to vacate his seat. When he is no longer the speaker, then he should have
vacated his place," he added.According to him, the chaotic proceedings in the
Perak state assembly has tarnished the nation's image although Malaysia
practiced a "mature democracy"."Our government is holding firm to constitutional
rights and democracy. If we do not respect this practice, then it would be no
less than a jungle law," he said.Even if both sides of the political divide have
different principles, the premier stressed that "they shouldn't have forced
their principles on others."
Friday, May 8, 2009
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It is now very clear that BN has taken a "legitimate" path to nowhere and Malaysians now have to pray for the fabric of democracy that remains very fragile and brittle. I am disappointed with the concept of 1Malaysia where Malaysians are giving all opportunities to seek their best in this so-called "land of opportunity". I am certain that as the Perak "legitimate" government continues to plot its move, I see more blatant disregards for the concept of "going back to the people" Maybe it will be wise for the move to call for an emergency and save all of the us the bloody rethoric that is getting very stale - sorry I didn't vote for the BN and I will never vote for them again. Never say Never again!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
So - statistics can kill or otherwise. So, better make your choice.....use it wisely or it will use you back....so the verdict - the findings were done before the new government came in, so the ratings are reflective of the MPPP of the past administration...boo boo....
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The DAP’s socialist streak
WHEN the Penang government announced late last month that it had eradicated hardcore poverty within its borders, the news raised quite a few eyebrows. It seemed an incredible, if not impossible, task to achieve. On hindsight, however, when one looks at what the Pakatan Rakyat government executed, the solution seems common-sense. But though it may appear simple, the move was instituted with such impudence and guts it could only come from a political element that is part of the origins and makeup of the DAP – its democratic socialism.What the state did was to directly uplift every one of the 726 households registered with the welfare department as being in the hardcore poor category by giving them the money. Affected families were literally funded to ensure their incomes are topped up so that they get at least RM500 every month.These poor souls whose lives, and statistics, seemingly changed overnight must owe their new fortunes to a political decision made way back in 1966. It was then that the DAP was first registered, following the Setapak Declaration, as an offshoot of the Singapore-based People’s Action Party (PAP). What marks the event as significant today is not just its history, but the fact that the party was registered as a democratic socialist entity.Penang’s success in eradicating hardcore poverty is a fruition of a progressive post-modern socialist ideology. In fact, much of the state’s economic and social policies today can be attributed to a highly-evolved socialist streak in the DAP. By socialism we do not necessarily mean the radical, anti-capitalist school that emerged in the early 20th century, influenced by the works of Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Democratic socialism surfaced as a splinter movement that envisioned the attainment of socialism not through a revolutionary process, but through an embracing, evolutionary one. It embraced civil liberties, free elections, parliamentary democracy and transparency in governance.It is no coincidence then that the DAP is a long-time member of the Socialist International, whose origins can be traced to early international labour movements. Now, some 43 years after the DAP was founded, Penang has to some extent become a test-bed of sorts for a modern socialist experiment in Malaysia. Hints of this new wind, blowing along a distinctly proletarian agenda, was already felt on the first day that the DAP took helm of the state by assuming the chief minister’s post, with Lim Guan Eng ordering all summonses for hawkers and parking be waived.Lim had later even proposed to the federal government an “economic stimulus” plan worth RM48 billion that he said would have a “tidal effect” in directly benefiting 27 million Malaysians during the financial crisis. The plan included giving a RM6,000 annual “oil bonus” to all families earning less than RM6,000 a month, or a RM3,000 annual bonus to bachelors earning less than RM3,000 a month. The amount, Lim said, would cost RM35 billion or one third of Petronas’s 2007 gross profits of RM107 billion.The idea to use national coffers in a massive way to alleviate the people’s burden is perhaps something that could only have come out with such brazen confidence from the DAP, due to the socialist element in its set-up. For democratic socialism seeks to improve the rights and standards of the majority by directly increasing the powers of workers and consumers. It does place social welfare as a prime component in the governance of a society. Any aid or subsidy, however, is not meant to be dished out as dole benefits to passive citizens without resourcefulness or personal enterprise; the aid is deemed necessary to empower people, by giving them impetus to be active participants in the greater economic community. In one of the Penang government’s boldest moves, for example, all residential landed properties on state land were made freehold, and all industrial and commercial property owners had their leaseholds converted to the maximum 99 years. “We want to give ownership of land back to the people,” Lim had said.Of course, in practice, the DAP’s style of administration is not so purely egalitarian; but its socialist roots do hold significant sway in how the administration has caught people by surprise, by making sweeping changes with unassuming audacity. It remains to be seen then how many more surprises the DAP-led government will dish out, and exactly how well its socialist inclinations will work for the state over the remaining duration of its term in power.
Himanshu is theSun’s Penang bureau chief.