Monday, December 31, 2007

Ng Yen Yen and her see-throughs tales

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MCA Wanita Chief YB Datuk Ng Yen Yen was quoted by major Chinese press today as advising women to dress in sexy see-through suit and applying perfumes when sleeping with hubbies.

She said that women should not be shy to do that as men tends to be flirting and are easily attracted by other women. She further said that if women simply dress up themselves, they will be like “yellow-faced” women which will drive their hubbies away.

What I wish to say is that Ng Yen Yen has both undermined the wisdom of women and men when she claimed that men tends to flirt around.

Need not to deny, each couple has their own way of getting along with each other. Ng Yen Yen’s belief that women should dress up themselves sexily to make themselves attractive to their husbands is something outrageous and ridiculous. It in itself is a humiliation towards the women. We cannot blame if this come out from some conservative political leaders but we cannot accept that this comes from MCA Wanita Chief.

Secondly, Ng Yen Yen’s claim is equally unfair to men as not all men flirt. This is soley her subjective view but is it true to all men? Is it even true to all women and to all couples?

Thirdly, instead of worrying over husbands-and-wives relations, why not she concentrate on how to uplift women status in nation building, particularly when we are moving into 2008. I believe each woman know best how to get along with their husband and Ng Yen Yen needs not to worry for them.


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家家有本难念的经。每一对夫妻也有他们的相处方式。黄燕燕认为天下女性应以性感衣着来吸引丈夫,简直就是匪夷所思、矫枉过正。本质来看,这对现代女性来说是一种歧视。 令人失望的是,类似言论并非是来自保守政党领袖,而是马华公会妇女组主席。



Herald in BM - KDN: OK!

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Maybe this is because of the huge pressure coming from civil societies and church communities, but the Government has finally allowed The Herald - a Catholic weekly newspaper to continue its publication on all languanges, including in Bahasa Malaysia.

The publisher of the newsletter received a letter from the Ministry of Internal Security that the paper can proceed its publication in four languages for the coming year. One thing which is unanswered is that the letter is just a normal approval letter without refering to whether the newsletter can be published in Bahasa Malaysia without dropping the word "Allah" when it is referring god.

Anyhow, I suppose the letter is good enough to explain that the Government has listened to reasons as raised in this blog and others incluidng arguments from the churches and Christian communities.
Below is a write-up from the Star dated 31st December 2007:
Herald can print in Bahasa


PETALING JAYA: The publisher of Herald - The Catholic Weekly newspaper has been allowed to continue printing its Bahasa Malaysia section with no restrictions on the use of the word Allah for God.

The permit for the 13-year-old paper expires today.

The editor, Father Lawrence Andrew, said a representative from the Internal Security Ministry delivered a letter containing the permit to print the paper, dated Dec 28, by hand at 10am yesterday.

“This letter places no restrictions whatsoever and includes the permit for all the languages, including the Bahasa Malaysia segment.

“We thank the Government for this gesture of goodwill in renewing Herald’s printing permit and restoring its right to publish in all languages without any conditions.

“We also thank (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department) Tan Sri Bernard Dompok for his assistance, as well as the various news agencies and other media groups for supporting us with their wide coverage,” Father Lawrence said in a statement.

The paper carries reports, in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil and Chinese, about the Catholic community. It has a circulation of 12,000.

The ministry had earlier issued directives to the publisher to cease the use of Allah in the weekly, failing which its permit would either be suspended or revoked.

The publisher then filed a writ of summons and statement of claim in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to seek appropriate declarations of the use of Allah on Dec 5.

Father Lawrence later said the letter did not specify anything, adding that it was the usual approval letter for printing permit.

“But with the letter, I’m certain that we can continue with the publication as well as the use of the word Allah,” he said.

He, however, said he did not want to speculate on whether the publisher would withdraw the writ of summons.

Dompok said he brought the matter to the attention of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi a few days before Christmas and the latter promised to look into it.

“I think the permit is good news and the Government has given the Christian community a wonderful Christmas present.

“The community will certainly be happy to know that the Government is looking into their welfare and that the Government is interested in all the races,” said Dompok.

National Evangelical Christian Fellowship secretary-general Wong Kim Kong welcomed the Government’s approval of the permit.

Thursday, December 27, 2007


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第一、 蔡细历的说法不能符合他身为一名内阁部长的地位。每一名内阁部长必须为由公务员组成的下属表现负责任,原因无他,因为部长本身的地位和权力凌驾于公务员之上。公务员失责,部长必须过问。如果部长不闻不问,也没有采取主动根除问题,虽然公务员必须负责,但是失责的部长必须承担更重大的责任。这点相信蔡细历自然明白。


第二、 蔡细历曾经在今年3月上旬对媒体发言指责工程部在承建亚罗士打苏丹娜巴西亚中央医院频频更改工程范围,结果一度公开和三美在媒体互相指责。根据蔡细历的逻辑,他当时候不能指责三美和工程部,因为这是公务员的问题。



SCC vs IPCMC: Malaysiakini let you see the difference

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Meanwhile, there will be a parliamentary roundtable called by YB Lim Kit Siang 9:30am tomorrow. Hopefully you can come to give your ideas on how to salvage IPCMC. 2008 will be a meaningfull year if Malaysians is given IPCMC.

Full report as follow:

SCC vs IPCMC: See the difference
Chua Sue-Ann Dec 27, 07 4:28pm

The controversial Special Complaints Commission - a much watered-down version of the independent body mooted by the Royal Police Commission - has come under intense fire for its lack of power and independence.

Given the widespread opposition to this new proposal - which some ex-commissioners and opposition politicians described as a completely ‘different animal’ - the bill has been postponed to the next parliamentary sitting in March 2008.

The SCC bill is the government's answer to the proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission bill drafted by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police two years ago.

In its report, the Royal Police Commission recommended the formation of an independent agency to oversee public complaints against the police, arguably the most powerful watchdog ever proposed in Malaysia.

Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang will be calling for a parliamentary roundtable tomorrow to discuss how to salvage the original proposal made by the Royal Police Commission.

The roundtable, which was originally scheduled for today, will be attended by a number of human rights organsations and some of the royal commission members.

But what exactly are the differences between the SCC and IPCMC? Malaysiakini compares the key features of the two bodies.


The SCC chairperson and three other commissioners are appointed by the prime minister and may be revoked at any time without explanation. Commissioners will hold office for two years, not more than two consecutive terms.

The inspector-general of police, director-general of Public Complaints Bureau and director-general of the Anti-Corruption Agency will automatically be members of the SCC.

Whereas IPCMC commissioners are appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The king is to choose no more than seven commissioners, including a chairperson and two deputies who will hold full time posts. The chairperson and deputies are required to have at least 10 years legal experience.

Parliamentarians, state legislators, former or current members of the police force are not eligible as commissioners. Commissioners may hold office for a period not exceeding two consecutive three-year terms.


The IPCMC has the power to launch its own investigations whereas the SCC would channel it to a special task force.

The SCC task force is to be headed by a chief executive officer and the commission is to engage task force officers from the public services, police force, legal officers or its own commissioners.

On the other hand, the IPCMC has the freedom to establish a task force or joint task forces or cooperate with other such groups. It may also engage consultants or officers to perform services for it and these may include retired or former police officers.

The commission will work with relevant bodies in its investigation including the Anti-Corruption Agency, the auditor-general, the Securities Commission, Bank Negara and overseas police forces.


The IPCMC's main function is to receive and inquire into complaints, particularly "to detect, investigate and prevent police corruption and other serious misconduct."

On the other hand, the SCC merely receives complaints related to an enforcement officer's misconduct and will direct its task force to investigate. The investigation will then be forwarded to the appropriate disciplinary authorities or public prosecutor if legal action is required.

In contrast, the IPCMC has the power to discipline and can, via its chief legal counsel, initiate legal action against police officers found guilty of misconduct.

It is interesting to note that the SCC bill has dropped corruption from its functions and focus.

The IPCMC has a broader scope of function that goes beyond investigating complaints. It is tasked to develop and implement mechanisms to detect, investigate and prevent misconduct. It may also examine and verify any procedural infringement, corruption and misconduct.

Further, the IPCMC will make provisions to audit and monitor particular aspects of the police force's procedure and operations. It may also play a role in promoting awareness of police ethics and integrity or recommending appropriate methods to the government for that purpose.

The IPCMC also has the right to visit police stations and other places of detention.

Investigative powers

The SCC may conduct preliminary investigations "to determine the merit of a complaint" after which it will refer its early findings to relevant bodies for further investigation or action.

On the other hand, the IPCMC may investigate on its own initiative any reports received, referred to it or complaints it has become aware of.

The IPCMC also has the power to direct the IGP to investigate or stop the investigation of any complaints. It may also take over investigation from the IGP without being required to disclose anything to the IGP.

Who can it investigate?

The SCC can investigate all enforcement officers at the federal level while the IPCMC can only probe police personnel.

The IPCMC will investigate any misconduct "by way of action or inaction or alleged" that includes corruption or any corrupt conduct as specified by the Anti-Corruption Act, the commissioning of criminal offences, failure to follow laws or the IGP's rules and any matters which a complaint can be made under the Police Act.

The IPCMC cannot investigate a case involving the employee of a public body or statutory authority if the complaint does not also involve a police officer.

However, it may investigate others cases involving police officers, regardless of whether a police officer was on duty or not, regardless of whether the alleged misconduct occurred within or outside Malaysia and if the misconduct occurred prior to the existence of this Act.

The IPCMC may even investigate cases where no police misconduct is suspected or cases where no particular police officer or other person is implicated.

The SCC will not examine any complaints that are deliberated by other disciplinary authorities, courts and enforcement agencies. Neither will it consider cases that have already been determined by those authorities.

Disciplinary powers

The SCC can only refer investigation papers and documents to the disciplinary authorities if the established misconduct is disciplinary or the public prosecutor if the misconduct is criminal.

The IPCMC may refer a matter to relevant authorities for investigation or action but it can also act on its own prerogative.

The IPCMC can caution and discharge, remove badges and allowances, stop salary increments or impose a fine upon establishing guilt and considering the severity of an officer's misconduct.

It also has the power to demote, transfer duties or dismiss the officer concerned. These disciplinary powers are final and cannot be "challenged, appealed or overturned in any court."

While the IPCMC can initiate its own legal action via its chief legal counsel, it may also refer to the public prosecutor matters involving money laundering, confiscation or recovery of crime proceeds.

The IPCMC may enter into arrangements with the public prosecutor and may recommend that legal immunity be granted to certain persons.

If a corporation is found guilty by the IPCMC, the maximum penalty is double of the monetary penalty stipulated for that offence.

Further action

If the IPCMC is unsatisfied with the disciplinary action taken by the appropriate authorities or public prosecutor, it may submit a report and recommendations to the prime minister after giving the relevant bodies a chance to comment. If it is still unsatisfied, the IPCMC may also submit a report to parliament.

There is no such provisions in the SCC bill.

Power to amend Act

Under the Special Complaints Commissions Act, the prime minister has the power to amend any provisions of the act to "remove difficulties and prevent anomalies" within two years of its enactment.

The IPCMC bill has no provisions for amendments.

Secrecy laws

The SCC's investigations are curtailed by the Official Secret Act 1972 [Act88] or any laws regarding confidentiality of documents or information while these do not apply to the IPCMC.

The IPCMC can intercept any method or form of communications for its investigations.

Commission reports

The IPCMC reports directly to parliament on any investigations or public hearings it has conducted.

It may also recommend that a report be made public, irrespective of whether it has been laid before parliament or not.

The IPCMC may submit special reports to parliament at any time on matters of administration and general policies that relate to its function. It may also submit reports to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at any time, with a copy made available to the prime minister.

The SCC submits its annual report to parliament while the IPCMC annual reports must be submitted to the prime minister and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who will then make it available in parliament.

Arrest and search warrants

The IPCMC has the power to issue arrest warrants for persons who have failed to appear at its hearings while the SCC can apply to a magistrate for a summons to secure a person's attendance.

IPCMC commissioners or any officer authorised in writing may enter premises, inspect documents at the premise and take copies. The IPCMC is also empowered to issue a search warrant if necessary and if there are reasonable grounds to do so.



SCC - Prime minister to appoint commissioners

IPCMC - Agong to appoint commissioners


SCC - Inspector-general of police, Public Complaints Bureau director-general and Anti-Corruption Agency director-general are automatic members.

IPCMC - Unlike SCC, parliamentarians, state legislators, former or current police officers not eligible as commissioners.

Investigative powers

SCC- Task force to investigate complaints.

IPCMC - Power to initiate own investigation and to direct IGP on investigations.

Secrecy laws

SCC - Bound by Official Secrets Act and secrecy laws.

IPCMC - Not subjected to secrecy laws and can intercept any form of communication.

Investigative powers

SCC - Power to probe all enforcement officers at the federal level.

IPCMC - Can only investigate current and former police officers whether alleged misconduct was committed on or off duty.

Disciplinary powers

SCC - Refer investigation to disciplinary authorities or public prosecutor for legal action.

IPCMC - Has disciplinary powers and can initiate legal action via its chief legal counsel.


SCC - PM empowered to amend the Act in the first two years.

IPCMC - No provisions for amendments.

Annual reports

SCC - Annual reports submitted to parliament.

IPCMC - Annual reports submitted to parliament through PM and Agong. Case and special reports can be made direct to parliament.

Parliamentary Roundtable on the Special Complaints Commission (SCC) Bill tomorrow morning

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The Parliamentary Roundtable on the Special Complaints Commission (SCC) Bill – the fake Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) – will be called by Parliamentary Opposition Leader YB Lim Kit Siang in Parliament House tomorrow, 28th December5 2007 at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1, Parliament House. Instead of the originally announced Thursday, 27th December.

The Office of Parliamentary Opposition Leader had already sent out letters of invitation to various NGOs, NGIs, Political parties as well as the 16 Commissioners of the Royal Police Commission to the Parliamentary Roundtable.

Those who had confirmed their attendance are Former Royal Police Commissioner Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Datuk Param Cumaraswamy, Chairman of Bar Council Human Rights Committee Edmund Bon Tai Soon, Hakam Deputy President Datuk A. Malek Zakaria, Suaram Coordinator on Police Power and Right to Justice Tah Moon Hui, Chairperson of KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Wanita Section Madam Lee Sok Wah, Convener of Youth For Change (Y4C) Lee Khai Loon, President of Tamil Foundation Mr K. Uthaya Soorian, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng, Seputeh MP YB Teresa Kok etc.

Instead of an IPCMC “lion” with teeth and claws, a toothless and clawless SCC mouse has been produced wasting four years of the Abdullah premiership, making a total mockery of Abdullah’s pledge to reform the police and the Royal Police Commission Report with its 125 recommendations to create an efficient, accountable, incorruptible and professional world-class police service to keep crime low, eradicate corruption and uphold human rights.

The challenge facing all NGOs, NGIs and Malaysians concerned about the unchecked breakdown of law and order with the rise of endemic crime in the country is how to salvage the original IPCMC proposal of the Royal Police Commission in the face of relentless opposition by the police and the lack of political will and authority of the Prime Minister who is also Internal Security Minister.

The Police has won its battle to water down the IPCMC proposal of the Royal Police Commission, to the extent that the Inspector-General of Police is to become a permanent member of the SCC when the Royal Police Commission had barred serving or former police officers from being appointed as IPCMC commissioners.

All the international best practices in other advanced countries for an effective oversight mechanism over police conduct is for it to be completely independent, excluding all police participation.

The United Kingdom Police Reform Act 2002, for instance, provides for the appointment for a Chairman and not less than ten other members of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). It provides that no person who “holds or has held office as a constable in any part of the United Kingdom” or “is or has been under the direction and control” of a chief police officer could be appointed as Chairman or commissioner.

Why is Malaysia buckling this trend of international best practices if the Police and Government are serious in wanting to make the oversight mechanism over police misconduct a successful one rather than a scandalous failure?

Can the original IPCMC proposal be salvaged and is it worth the effort to try to salvage it.

This is the first issue the Parliamentary Roundtable on the SCC Bill (fake IPCMC) must grapple with. We hope more representatives from other NGOs and political parties could attend this roundtable in producing a world class police force and to salvage the original IPCMC proposal.


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Monday, December 24, 2007

"Allah" is not the sole proprietary of Islam

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So now even when Pak Lah attended the Christmas Tea Party, he had not brought any solution for the Catholics about their weekly publication Herald.

Herald is denied a publication permit by the Ministry of Internal Security over the usage of “Allah” in its Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia publication.

The Ministry has ordered the Catholic weekly to stop publication unless it withdraw entirely it’s Bahasa Malaysia section.

Meanwhile, as reported here in, a Sabah church has sued the government and Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in his capacity as internal security minister for not allowing the import of Christian literature from Indonesia containing the word “Allah”.

Deputy Internal Security Minister Johari Baharum said that the word ‘Allah’ can only be used in the context of Islam and not any other religion as reported here.

Several bloggers including YB Lim Kit Siang has blogged about it, critising Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for not assuring Malaysians that he will not allow the middle ground to be intruded and encroached by extremists in UMNO or the civil service by striking down unreasonable, arbitrary and unconstitutional restrictions on Herald, the Catholic weekly.

Others who had blogged on this issue are Ronnie Liu, kai8994, Tony Pua, James Wong, malaysianabroad and saif2020 etc.

James Wong’s blog post is quite interesting that he put up a photograph showing a wall of a Christian Church in Syria with Arabic wordings.

While at here you can even listen Christian prayer in Arabic.

What do all this show? It just show that the word “Allah” is just a term used to describe god (or God or Gods) by the Arabians. It will not become the sole proprietary of Islam just because the Quran was originally written in Arabics.

Wikipedia has a better explanation on the word “Allah”:

Allah (Arabic: الله, Allāh) is the standard Arabic word for "God". The term is most likely derived from a contraction of the Arabic article al- and ʾilāh "deity, god" to al-lāh meaning "the [sole] deity, God" (ho theos monos); another theory traces the etymology of the word to the Aramaic Alāhā.

While the term is best known in the West for its use by Muslims as a reference to God, it is used by arabic-speakers of all Abrahamic faiths, including Christians and Jews in reference to "God". The term was also used by pagan Meccans as a reference to the creator-god, possibly the supreme deity in pre-Islamic Arabia.

Flood in PJ Jalan Semangat 6pm Christmas Eve 2007

The flood was so serious that flood water even flow to the pavement. Road surfaces of jalan Semangat was severely damaged. I believe it is due to several construction site nearby. Rainwater has got no where to go that the water all flows to loweer area of the road next to Sin Chew Jit Poh.

MBPJ got to look into this. It is getting more and more serious.

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Chew Mei Fun - wheelchaired but still not easy for DAP

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DAP today went to visit YB Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, MCA MP for PJ Utara and Parliament Secretary of Women, Community and Family Development Ministry. The DAP team was led by DAP MP for Seputeh, YB Teresa Kok, who is also a woman MP, Tony Pua and I. Both Tony Pua and I are working for the same constituents with YB Chew in Petaling Jaya Utara. While Teresa and Chew were alumni from Kuen Cheng School.

When I received a call from Malaysiakini indicating that they will be coming to cover the event, it is a bit surprising for me. Malaysiakini is not the media that will only report about DAP visiting Chew, as it is a media that will report what your and my eyes cannot see, as you can read from here. Well, it has been the tradition of DAP leaders to visit MPs, government officers or even Ministers even though they are from different political parties. So Malaysiakini might have seen a bigger picture?

Well, it has always been the DAP to visit the unfortunate political opponents when they met with an accident or any relatives of them passed away. For example, our leaders visited former Home Minister Megat Junid when he was admitted into hospital a few months ago. Our leaders also paid numerous visits to Dr Mahathir when he was being treated in National Heart Institute (IJN).

DAP leaders also paid our last tribute to the late mother of YB Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting in Damansara when his mother passed away years ago.

Of course, Malaysiakini and other presses might be very interested on our purpose to visit YB Chew. I think, though we are working in the same constituency on a totally different political platform, there are times that we do not have to cut the line so clear between MCA and DAP. I had even issued a statement immediately after the accident to wish her quick recovery.

I admit that it will be a tougher fight for us in PJU for the coming GE especially when YB Chew is injured as she will probably rope in some sympathy votes, but I think a fight is still a fight. I do no have personal bad-feeling against her, so does Tony, but when we come to national issues, issues of principle and political stands, both Tony and I with YB Chew are totally different.

We have never undermined YB Chew’s capability, more so when DAP lost badly in PJU during the last election, something which we had never expected. So there is really no credit for us to assume that it is an easy fight in PJU.

With this in mind, how can we afford to undermine her even when she was on wheel chair?


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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Politician of Community Private Affairs - Race and Religion

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23 Dec 2007

Prime Minister of Malaysia
Block Utama, Bangunan Perdana Putra Fax: 03-88883444
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62502 Putrajaya

Dear Prime Minster,

As an educated rubber estate worker, hailing from Kamuuning Estate, Sungei Siput, I must question your wisdom in appointing Mr. Samy Velu of the Malaysian Indian Congress and the Minister for Public Works with the additional portfolio of the strange Minister of Hindu Affairs. This appointment once again reinforces and facilitates the polarisation of the various ethnic communities. It prevents the integration of Malaysians into one mainstream society with diverse political ideologies. Your action fences ethnic divisions and creates community divide based on race. This is abhorrent in the 21st century.

The British in granting the independence in 1957, segmented the Malayan population into their respective ethnic groupings, (the British label every non Anglo-Saxons as ethnic communities even now) and since the Malayan Independence, as long as 50 years ago, the Malaysians have been capsulated into their respective ethnic enclaves, unable to crossover from their respective racial boundary into a mainstream society as Malaysians. In fact the BN dominated government has deliberately prevented the creation of a single mainstream Malaysian society. Racial divide is the order of the day, preventing a cohesive nation of pluralistic society. These racial classification has been slyly crafted by decades of politicians for the purposes of social and political control based on tribal loyalty based on race. Mr. Samy Velu revels in this form of segregation as his political intellect is limited to execute his questionable MIC leadership solely based on Indian tribalism. He is bankrupt other political ethos or ideology.

Now, Sir, you have unilaterally appointed him as the Head of Hindu Affairs, as an additional tool of political power at the expense of private Hindu religious activities. Sir, ethnicity, social customs and religious values should not be politicised in the modern day governance of a State. Race and religions are the private domains of the individual citizens and the community and they should be left alone, free of any form political interference. This is the foundation of a strong nation. Political parties has no right to intervene in these private affairs of the respective communities, otherwise you are courting disaster.

Your move to appoint Samy Velu has the head of the Hindu Affairs shows lack of sensitivity on your part. Our private century old social and religious values and social customs do not need a half baked politician like Mr. Samy Velu as the head. This only gives him more unqualified power to suppress the Indian community, and, Sir, we will desist and resist him more at the grass root level. He will attempt to politicise our private affairs for his own personal and political purpose. This we at the grass root level will prevent.

As the political representative of the Indian community in Malaysia, mandated to work for the benefits of the Indians, with integrity and in a fair and fit manner, he is expected to be transparent. We at the grass root level has asked him to take the lead and voluntarily declare all his assets, owned by him and his immediate family members , including those involved in MICA to publicly disclose all his assets. He is refusing to do so. He is purported to have vast amount of assets accumulated in Malaysia, Australia, India and rest of the world. We have advised Mr. Velu to forgo some of his personal privacy as he is an elected leader, and that such an act of disclosure would be in the interest of the wider Indian community.

His total assets would may well reveal that it is not disproportionate to, and within the means, of his full time Ministerial salary. This would allay the common perception, currently held by the Indian community, that his personal vast wealth has uniqueness enormity, to that of a Indian leader charged with the Ministerial power on behalf of the millions of the Malaysian Indians. It is not uncommon for the Malaysian government to allocate the share of national wealth for the Indians through the Malaysian Indian Congress in which Mr. Samy Velu is the head. He has the responsibility to the community to be transparent and accountable. The 9miilion telecom shares, of the 10 million share, allocated to Indians, is alleged to have been diverted to his son’s company and this issue is still in the minds of the Indians.
Even though the Anti Corruption Agency, that was under the direct control of his friend the previous Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Mahahathir, has given him a clean bill of health, the prevalent perception of the Indian community still sees him under a cloud on this issue. The community is suspicion as to how he would have these vast wealth that he is alleged to have accumulated all over the world, and that such vastness is disproportionate to his fixed monthly minsters salary. I am sure you would like to ask him, as the Prime Minster of the country, to put an end to such community perceptions with facts.

Further as a representative of the Indian community and head of MIC, through whom and which body, most of the government benefits for the Indian community have been channelled through, like the 10ml Telecom shares, he has an obligation to be transparent, and sacrifice some personal privacy for the common benefit of the Indian community as its leader. This is expected of community leaders through whom the government has opted to channel its share of national wealth now and than.

I therefore call upon to Government to :
. Dismantle government institutions that reinforces the race of it citizens
· Cease to allocate national share of wealth through the racially constituted political parties for the Indians and the Chinese
· Deliver government benefits and services without having to go through racially constituted political parties,
· Cease to intervene as form in the private social and religious affairs of the citizens for political control and social engineering,
· Regard the demand of HINDRAF leaders as genuine and not hand it over to MIC
· Release the HINDRAF leaders forthwith

As the general election is expected soon, we in the grass root level is committed to unseat Samy Velu and make MIC irrelevant, for his past antics and failure to safeguard the interests of the Indian Community.

Yours faithfully.

RKC (Ex Kamunning Estate Worker)

Friday, December 21, 2007

ISA Arrests of HINDRAF 5 – Operation Lalang II in the Making?

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The invocation of the Internal Security Act (ISA) to arrest five Hindraf leaders is most deplorable and marks another violation of the pledge by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to promote democracy, uphold human rights and defend the rule of law.

The five detained under the ISA are P. Uthayakumar, M Manoharan, R Kenghadharan, V Ganabatirau and T Vasanthakumar.

The return of the ISA is another regression of Malaysia to the dark era of human rights violations which can only tarnish the country's international reputation and image.

Is Operation Lalang 2 in the works with the warning by the Deputy Internal Security Minister, Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum that "a list of names had been submitted by the police and it was only a matter of time before several others were detained under the ISA".

The DAP is organising a forum on the above issue with the following details:

Date: 21st December 2007 (Friday)
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall

The distinguished panel of speakers will include:
* YB Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader
* YB M Kulasegaran, MP for Ipoh Barat
* YB Fong Kui Lun, MP for Bukit Bintang
* Sdr Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary-General
* Sdr A Sivanesan, DAP Central Executive Committee Member
* Other speakers to be confirmed

Malaysiakini interviews Khir Toyo - is he speaking the truth?

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These are the interviews conducted by Malaysiakini with Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Khir Toyo.

Malaysiakini described him as a straight talking MB.

Yes, he may appear to be so, but that does not guarantee good and corruption-free governance.

The reason he use that he was allowed to contest in General Election proving that he is corruption-free is too weak a reason for us to believe, as the Anti Corruption Agency (ACA) is not an independent body in fighting corruption. The ACA is currently under the supervision of the Prime Minister.

We certainly cannot forget that a lot of ACA reports lodged against him are either fallen into deaf ears or clasiffied case closed. The ACA has to date failed to come up any updates on the reports.

Khir Toyo also undermined the wisdom of the people in Selangor that they are not mature to elect local councillors.

He is true that it is the attitute of civil servants in local councils that causes bad governance but so to say, isn't it true that if the job of supervision and monitoring the civil servants in local councils will better be accomplished if it is given to elected representatives?

Thursday, December 20, 2007


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A day before Hindraf 5 arrested under ISA

Panorama view of a forum organized by DAP entitled: "New Deal for Marginalized Malaysian Indians" in NUBE building, Brickfields a day before Hindraf 5 were arrested under ISA.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

To MM: We are not born yesterday

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By James OPH
Reference is made to your Star newspaper dated 16th December 2007 page N40.

Yes, I agree it is a trick. But it is MM’s manipulated trick to deceive the people when one reads M.M.’s article.

First MM used three constituency of 5000 people as a sample in his argument. This is anachronism. The Electoral Commission NEVER have constituencies with an equal number of voters. For example for the last General Election, Putrajaya had 5,079 voters. Petaling Jaya Utara had 75,935 voters. MM used the three constituencies of an equal number of representation to deceive the ignorant readers as if the EC is practicing this same method. In fact this is what we want and what we don’t have. But MM used something as if we have! This is cheating!

If you add up all the voters that voted for the BN and all the voters that voted for the Opposition at the last General Election you will find that the ratio of BN : Opp is 1 : 10.25.This simply means that the Opposition must get 10.25 votes to equalize 1 vote of the BN. Therefore BN desperately needs the man who can manipulate for them. He is needed to stay on for another year. The powers that be had stooped so low as to amend the constitution just to prolong the service of this one man.

Next MM used a sample of a “two horse races for seats in three constituencies of 5000 people each.” He continued to say that “the winners of the two seats are from the BN with 3000 votes, while the 3rd seat is won by the Opposition with also 3000 votes, then simple mathematics shows that the BN raked in 8000 votes or on average 4000 votes each for TWO seats, while the Opposition won 7000 votes but only got one seat.

BN Opposition Total Result
Constituency A 3000 2000 5000 BN
Constituency B 3000 2000 5000 BN
Constituency C 2000 3000 5000 Opp
8000 7000 15000

8000 should be divided by 3 and NOT 2! 8000 divided by 3 is 2666.67. So it is NOT 4000. Why must MM add 2000 from constituency C to get his total of 8000 and yet divide by 2? Hello MM. We are not born yesterday!

In the 1969 General Elecions the Alliance won less than 50% of the total votes cast but controlled two thirds of the parliamentary seats.

The smart man and his gang at the EC knows area by area of the voter’s mood and political inclination. They worked full time on this and is drawing taxpayers’ money as their gaji. They have to please their political master. They can manipulate and command who to win and who to lose by adjusting the election boundary and injecting or subtracting the voters in any constituency.

An example is the EC’s injection of 5000 voters from a nearby district and 3500 postal voters into the present Ipoh Timor Parliamentary Constituency on the eve of the coming GE. So before the voting starts, any idiot will know who will win in Ipoh Timor. The Opposition nearly lost Bukit Bintang in the last GE because of the postal voters.

The Smart man have his list of “BN likely win section” and “BN likely lose section”. His manipulation is very badly needed. The Constitution has to change to allow him to fiddle at least for one more year. They control who to win and who to lose by their BLWinS and BLLoseS. The Opposition want a transparent GE. So they will be providing transparent ballot boxes to “insult” the Opposition. During the last GE, voting time was extended by the whims and fancies of the Presiding Officers who behave like little Napoleons.

Yours truly

James OPH

Star Letter: It’s just a numbers trick

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From Star Letters to Editors

I READ with some distress the argument put forth by the Opposition and Bersih that our elections are unfair, on the basis that the ratio of votes to seats that the Barisan Nasional enjoys is lower than that of the losers.

This is quite simple mathematics, and works on all types of competitions where first past the post is the rule.

If the competing parties are fighting in two-horse races for seats in three constituencies of 5,000 people each, and the winners of two seats are from the BN with 3,000 votes, while the third seat is won by the Opposition with also 3,000 votes, then simple mathematics shows that the BN raked in 8,000 votes or on average 4,000 votes each for two seats, while the opposition won 7,000 votes but only got one seat.

It's the same in sports. If a person spends X amount of money to train and wins nothing then the money goes to waste, because only to the victor goes the spoils of competition.

Nobody cares who comes in second. The silver medal is only for the best loser.

Does this mean that the process is unfair? Of course, not.

If we have agreed to the first-past-the-post rule, then the numbers will ultimately be skewed against the loser.

It's simple mathematics, and yet the Opposition and Bersih are hoodwinking the people with numbers in their effort to accuse the Government of holding unfair elections.

There is no proportionate representation in Malaysia because each constituency wants to elect its own representative.

The voters do not want the party to choose their representatives for them at the central level, which is what would happen in a proportionate representation system.

A proportional representation system is unfair because the people do not actually get the representatives they want; they get what the party chooses for them.

First past the post is a system that ensures direct responsibility between the representatives and the electorate, whereas in a proportional representation system those sitting in the House are beholden to the party leadership that appoints them to the seat.

The first-past-the-post system ensures better accountability for each seat, and that is why it remains the system of choice for most democracies.

If the Malaysian people want proportionate representation they should work towards changing the Constitution, but for so long as we continue to use the tried and tested first-past-the-post system, the Opposition will have to accept that their vote to seat ration is going to be abysmal.

I call on the opposition to stop hoodwinking the people using this lame mathematical argument.

Sungai Petani, Kedah.

Letter by RKC to PM: Birth Rights of Malaysians

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Dear Prime Minster,

Your detention of HINDRAF Indian leaders grossly violates the international norm of human and political rights as exposed in the UN Human Rights Charter. Further, your intimidation to detaining civil protesters under the Internal Security Act violates the fundamental rights of citizens to participate in peaceful protests. The use of the ISA by your government calls for condemnation by the International community of civilised nations. The application of ISA against peaceful political dissenters is an unlawful application of the ISA. The legislators in framing the ISA had intended it to be applied for those who in fact pose serious threat against the State, not peaceful protesters like HINDRAFF leaders. They exercise their right to peaceful protest against the discriminatory laws of Malaysia. They present no threat to the nation, except to question the discriminatory treatment of the Malaysian Indians. By using the provisions of the ISA you have, with due respect, misused your ministerial powers. You too, Sir, is not above the law.

We the Indians of Malaysia, not the privileged and compliant MIC leaders, expect the Malaysian government to produce the evidence any involvement or links to terrorism or any threat the national security by the HINDRAFF leaders immediately, failing which we demand their release. Secondly, the disfranchised Malaysian Indians ask the Malaysian government to cease providing this misinformation of links to terrorism internationally. Failure on the part of the Malaysian government to produce this demonising evidence will further remove the credibility of your government, and that of your ministers, particularly those who are entrusted as torchbearers of the judicial systems.

Sir, the right to hold peaceful protests to secure one’s civil and human rights is an inalienable fundamental right, and no law can expunge this right. Any one who attempts to do so, for whatever reason and means , will be condemned as an oppressor violating the basic human rights, including political and civil rights .Article 10 of the Malaysian Constitution bestows these fundamental rights. These rights are also enshrined in the various UN Charters and expected to be enjoyed by the citizens of every country irrespective of their race. Your usage of ISA and the Sedition Act, These Acts were incorporated after the construction of the Malaysian Constitution, and as such their lawfulness in expunging the fundamental rights to peaceful expression of freedom of speech and assembly has yet to be adjudicated in an independent judiciary system. Therefore, to incarcerate the HINDRAFF leaders, as the true voice of the Indian community, without access to fair trial is condemned by the fair-minded Malaysians, and you stand to be judged by the international community. You will be responsible and accountable for the consequences of the international communities judgment. Further, your Deputy Prime Minster’s comparison of the HINRAFF leaders to that of arms bearing fighters of Islamic faith is detestable and shows the bankruptcy of political nuance of your Deputy.

Sir, hence your detention of the HINRAFF leaders under the ISA violates the basic rights to peaceful protest, and I ask you in the name of human decency, to release these leaders immediately or charge them through a judicial process, failing which, your Prime Mastership of inclusive governance has to be questioned in the international forums.

Since independence of Malaysia, 50 years ago, the Malaysian Constitutions has been systematically eroded by the Malay dominated UMNO politicians, whereby racial discrimination has come to be well entrenched in law and institutionalised in the daily administration of the Malaysian government. Regrettably the Indian community, as much as the Malaysian Chinese, have become immune to and subjugated of this discriminatory treatment over the years. They have lost sight of their birthrights and their right to be treated as citizens with equal rights. They have become accustomed to this denial of equal opportunities to bring about equal life chances. The educated Indian like me, Sir, can no longer bear this discriminatory treatment based on my race. I too wish to live with dignity with equal rights, not as an discriminated alien in my own country of birth.

We too demand our inalienable right to achieve our full potential under equality in law. Any discriminatory law that denies us these rights will have to be opposed in the 21st century, and we intend to do this in a legitimate and peaceful manner within the due process of the local and international law.

The UMNO dominated BN government has expediently used unrepresentative persons like Mr. Sammy Velu as your point of reference to address the concerns of Indians. As a anointed beneficiary of your racially crafted political system, Mr. Samy Velu, has never shown his capability to advocate for the rights of the Malaysian Indians. Sir, if you continue to use him as the spokesperson for the Malaysian Indians your partnership with the Malaysian Indians is doomed for failure. The BN has positioned Samy Velu and his cronies and rewarded them well. Inherently they have been using their elevated positions to further suppress the rights of the Malaysian Indians, using the misguided principle of tribal loyalty, based on race.

The concept of Bumiputra, used as a tool for racial discrimination, is obnoxious and abhorrent in the present day of human rights. It is an obnoxious label notion to identify one race against the Malaysian Indians and Chinese. This concept of “Bumiputra”, ironically a derivative of Indian language, accords an illegitimate position of privilege and racial superiority to the Malays. It gives the Malays the distasteful right to regard Malaysian Indians and Chinese as mere interlopers who simply has to be tolerated and treated as an alien without any birthrights. It gives the Malays the legitimacy to discriminate other Malaysian citizens who are not Malays. To the Malaysian Indians it is another form of colonialism, dominance of one community over another powerless community by virtue of race.

Sir, no more of this unequal treatment based on race. It is time for the Malaysian Indians to challenge their discriminated and marginalised position. With due respect, you as the Prime Minister of Malaysia have failed to appreciate the core frustrations of Indians and have resorted to using of the ISA to oppress the legitimate voice of their concerns. Your defence that you have been compelled to use the detestable laws of ISA to maintain the national security is a feeble and baseless excuse. There is no threat to national security. It is a mere demand of a discriminated section of the community. These demands are made within the ambit of constitutional rights and the Reids Commission. It is a legitimate demand of one section of the community. You avoid addressing the message of grievances , but have chosen to incarcerate the messengers. Is this the virtuous qualities of a national leader? I do not think it is.

It is widely reported that the Malaysian government, particularly the head of the Malaysian Police Force, is linking HINDRAF to foreign terrorist groups and branding HINDRAF as an extremist group. Sensible people like me find these allegations abhorrent and outrageous lies. These allegations are clearly politically motivated and carry no credibility when the HINDRAFF leaders are engaged within the due process of law. The demands of the marginalised working class Malaysian Indians, in whose origin I hail from in Sungei Siput, cannot be brushed aside as demands of extremist groups. Sir, by the same token one must conclude that every UMNO leader who regularly proclaims the rights and privileges of the Malays to the irks of non Malays, must also be incarcerated under the ISA or else, with due respect Sir, you too must be seen as racially discriminatory in the select application of the ISA laws.

After 50 years of independence the use of ISA on unfounded grounds is not acceptable in a civilised nation. The ISA is akin to the tool of a weak dictator, with no respect to legal procedures. May I remind you, Sir, that it is through legitimate process of constitutional means the HINDRAFF leaders are engaged in, but it is you who have criminalised them for your own weaknesses. The issues were raised on behalf of the million of Malaysian Indians. The leaders are not terrorists, nor do they pose any threat of subverting national security. The Malaysian government cannot brush aside these terrorist –linked demands or that of fanatical fringe group. These demands are within the norms and ambit of universal human rights, and the process will remain within that legal process, no matter how you and your spin doctors may wish to label the demands.

Sir, on the 25th of November 2007, from the lobby of Coreus Hotel I witnessed the peaceful march of the working class Indians. I saw them carry no weapons of any kind. I saw the peaceful march. I also saw the provocative behaviour of the Malaysian police force, indiscriminately firing smoke grenades into the crowd. I saw, to my dismay, the use of chemically laced water cannons against the peaceful and unarmed marchers. The behaviour of the police is not that of a democratic civilised nation.

The use of the ISA to shut the legitimate voice will not make the issues disappear within Malaysia or in the International forums. People like me, to whom my birth rights has been denied and was compelled to leave Malaysia, in protest against discriminatory treatment on account of my race as an Indian, will continue to voice our grievances. I have chosen to be a unit of a statistical minority community with equal rights enshrined in law in my adoptive country, than to be a treated with discrimination, embedded in law, in my own country of birth. I will continue to speak out in countries near and far of the discrimination practised in Malaysia, so that I may be able return to my own country of birth with dignity and equality in law. Sir, you may well be aware how the synergy of the International Community was energised to end the Apartheid in South Africa. The same legitimate processes can be reactivated.

Sir, in consideration of the above circumstances I ask you with due respect to release the HINDRAFF leaders forthwith, and if they have breached any law they be accorded the right to the due process of law to defend their .

Yours Faithfully,


SCC deferred

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The Special Complaint Commission Bill 2007 (SCC Bill) which is scheduled to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat for second reading today was deferred.

This is the latest information I get from some Members of Parliament. More news to follow.

Letter to the Indian Community - The Final Analysis

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From Sambulingam and Friends of Hindraf

My Dearly Beloved Permanently Colonised Malaysian Indians, Vanakam.

On 25th November 2007 we made history and proved that "Failing to gather was not an option!" For those who gathered there, be proud that you were a milestone in the making of history. The suppressed and depressed Malaysian Indians, after 50 years we did the "paradigm shift of the century" by making this gathering a successful one.

The spirit of the crowd was immeasurable. About 10 busloads of passengers walked all the way from Rawang as the authorities denied their rights to enter Kuala Lumpur. If time was not a factor, they may have even walked all the way from Pinang and Johor just to mark their presence at the gathering. A spirit that cannot be denied by the roadblocks nor the warnings from those who should have protected them.

The crowd behaved perfectly. They followed every advice to be calm and to observe non-violence. My God, where did they learn this kind of tolerance? The Indian youth often described as gangsters and rowdies observed perfect calm and a non-violent stance. ABSOLUTE AHIMSA! Now the world knows who turned these innocent youth the other way.

The police followed their superior's order by pounding upon the crowd tear gas after tear gas bombs. Malaysia would not have seen so much of tear gas ever used in one single day. To say the least, the taxpayers' money used to buy tear gas bombs, really were used against the tax payers themselves, an irony! The youth at the frontlines put the bombs off by pouring water which was passed from about one kilometer behind the lines! The crowd clapped and encouraged the bravery of the front-liners.

I was with a massive crowd of not less than 30,000 in front of KLCC. Gallons of what seemed like water-laced chemicals, or I would say chemical-laced water, was jet sprayed from the water cannons, providing my Permanently Colonised Malaysian Indians a free shower, courtesy the FRU. An unforgettable gift from the UMNO led government after 50 years of loyal support from beloved fellow Malaysian Indians! We received the "gifts" with open heart.

I personally went through almost 8 to 10 showers, enjoying the burning sensation throughout my body. My eyes, my skin, my lungs, my stomach and other parts of my body. I let every bit of the burning sensation be absorbed by each and every cell in my body. So did the thousands of the participants at the gathering. We will store the sensation in our cells for rest of our lives. We will pass it on to our children and grand children, after all this was the gift we received from UMNO-led government.

Nevertheless, the crowd did not give up. How could they? They waited patiently for 50 years. Would they give up so easily? I spoke to many foreigners, some were reporters. A gentleman from Spain told me, such brutality cannot be seen in his country, moreover against a peaceful gatherers and he asked me how these guys can do it to us. I wiped the tears that were caused by the gift of UMNO-led government, smiled at him and said "Malaysia Boleh!"

All we asked, me and my Permanently Colonised Malaysian Indians, was for a mere simple one hour. The officials gave us several hours to prove to us how much they care for us. The senior UMNO leaders were saying if this gathering was permitted it might lead to a racial riot. Bullshit! Let me share with you, what happened in Kampung Pandan.

When we walked towards Kuala Lumpur City Centre from Kampung Pandan, we were welcomed with gallons of chemical-laced water. The innocent civilians did not expect such a welcome and they split into all directions. Some ran into the housing area. My beloved Malay brethren quickly called and pushed them into their homes protecting them from the police who wanted to arrest the Indians. After some time, seeing the police outside, the Indians told their Malay brothers 'tak apa bang, nanti abang pula dapat susah, biar kami keluar dan tengok apa akan berlaku (It's OK brother, we do not want you to be in trouble because of us, let us go out and face them)."

A perfect brotherhood among Muslims and Hindus, among Malays and Indians took place. Teachings by Prophet Muhammad and Lord Krishna were observed perfectly. The teachings within the Holy Koran and the Holy Bhagawath Geetha were seen in practise here. The harmony of races in Malaysia! Citizens of various religions and races in perfect harmony, in perfect understanding, in perfect tolerance, caring, loving and watching out for each other.

So then, should there be any scent of racial riots, the Rakyat will know who stirred up the hornets nest. Stop gaining milegae by using us, Politicians! !

As for the Malaysian Indians, be proud of what you have done on 25th, you made History.

May Peace be with us forever.....

Monday, December 17, 2007

Chong Eng: Too many ministerial positions for PM

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MCA MP for Alor Setar YB Chor Chee Heung debated during the RM10 salary cut motion against Minister of Internal Security who is also the PM himself. It is shameful that Chor could say that the high crime rate in Malaysia shows that the economy is performing, which is not true at all.

Speak up against ISA!

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Dear All Muslim, Buddhist, Hindus, Christian, Sikhs, Taoist, Confucians brothers and sisters,

I am sure that you all must be aware about what happened to some of the Hindraf leaders who were arrested under the ISA. And of course, one of the detainees is V. Ganabatirau.

My colleague, Tony Pua, has a posting on him and his arrest here. I have also written about him here.

I do not intend to say more here but I wish to alert you about a petition that is going on about the ISA detention.

By the way, I have received an email from CKM who is a Christian which mentioned:

“Whilst as Christians we should respect the laws of the country, it is our duty to speak out on unjust laws. The arrest under ISA is totally uncalled for and unjust even under Islamic laws. A caring government will inquire about the "ethnic cleansing" allegation by HINDRAF and listen to the issues raised by them. As Christians, we should be colour blind and be compassionate.”

Before, you erase this email, I wish to remind you of a letter written by Martin Niemoller before the 2nd World War in Nazi Germany which is reproduced below.

Martin Niemoller:
When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews, I remained silent;
I was not a Jew.

When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

I hope, there is someone there to defend us
when they came for us, Christians.

We can all choose to keep quiet or stand up and be counted. I have signed an online petition to protest on the ISA arrests (No 18340). Do not be afraid, this online petition is located outside the country and run independently which the police have no access. You can put any name or email address you fancy.

If you believe it is the right thing to do, please mass email to your circle of friends. Go to here and sign.

God bless

CKM and I have joined the petition and have become the 14380th signaturies. Besides what was quoted by CKM, I think it is also good for me to share this famous song in the mid-eighties by Michael Jackson, We Are The World with you:

There comes a time
When we head a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can't go on
Pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of
God's great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need

We are the world
We are the children
We are the
ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me…..
The lyrics, especially the first part which I have bolded and italic-ed in red, tells us that it is time for us to stand visible and counted for against injustices, that this is a call beyond the barrier of religion, that which ever religion we believe in and embrace, it will be a sin for us not to stand up against any injustices.

God Bless You,
May Peace Be Upon You,
Nandri Vanakum
السلام عليكم
Assalamu 'Alaikum
Shalom aleichem
שלום עליכם

Saturday, December 15, 2007


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Friday, December 14, 2007

Pak Lah worst than Mahathir

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The fact that the government has to resort to ISA to detain the five Hindraf leaders shows clearly that the government has ‘lost patience’ in Hindraf.

The Umno-led government, under Attorney-General Chamber, has initiated several charges against Hindraf leaders and supporters under various draconian acts, i.e. Police Act and Seditious Act, and they were brought to trial in open court.

However, the police failed to put them beyond bail and when Hindraf leaders and supporters can be bailed, that means they are still allowed to move freely which the government does not want to see.

In a way when the government decided to initiate civil or criminal charges against Hindraf supporters and leaders in open court, it can be used to prove to the world and Malaysians that the government has taken the ‘right path’ against dissents when they are brought to trial in open court.

However, all talks fall into pieces when out of no way, the government has to resort to the most draconian – the mother of all draconian acts in Malaysia – the Internal Security Act – to put five Hindraf leaders in jail.

In a way, I perceive it as a good sign – good in the sence that it exposes the real face of Pak Lah – that he had removed his velvet glove to show his iron fist, that the smiling faces that won the hearts and minds of many in the 2004 General Election had gone and that he is no different from his predecessor, in fact he is even worst.

Mahathir started off his premiership in 1982 by releasing ISA detainees from Kamunting, and he won a huge victory in a General Election held on that year. Coming up to GE 1986, he is still comfortable with his 2M formation. By 1987, following internal split in UMNO, Mahathir can no longer tolerate dissents. Then came the ISA in October 1987.

As for Abdullah, he doesn’t have to wait until the next general election as he can directly resort to ISA before he can finish his one term serving as PM. More so when the five Hindraf leaders detained are sent straight to Kamunting serving two-year jail term, without having to be put under police custody for 60 days! The first in Malaysia history and of course, an action even worst than Mahathir.

Do you still believe him anymore?

Similarities between Umno and BJP

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By SayYes2Peace&Truth

I find it shocking that Umno should liken Hindraf with India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its closely linked radical Hindu movement, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Umno should look in the mirror if it is looking for the real BJP-RSS of Malaysia.

The BJP-RSS is a disgusting, extremist political party that preaches Ketuanan Hindu in India. It constantly demonises religious and ethnic minorities as a threat to the Hindu majority of India. It aims to establish a two-tier system of rights and privileges for Hindus as first-class citizens and non-Hindus as second and third-class citizens in India.

The truth is that Umno behaves like the BJP-RSS. Umno preaches Ketuanan Melayu in exactly the same way that the BJP-RSS preaches Ketuanan Hindu in India. Umno has done in Malaysia everything that the BJP-RSS had tried to achieve whilst in power in India. Fortunately, the great Indian nation has been open-minded and progressive enough to reject such disgusting supremacist ideologies and voted Sonia Gandhi to lead the Congress party instead.

Hinraf has never supported Ketuanan Hindu or Ketuanan India. It wants democracy, rule of law, equal citizenship, equal rights, equal opportunity, cultural freedoms, religious freedoms, meritocracy and human dignity for all Malaysians. It abhors racism and hates inequality. It does not preach hatred towards anyone but wants Indians to be treated fairly and with respect in this country.

Hindraf supporters want peace. Like many Malaysians of all colours and persuasions, they admire the ideals of the great Mahatma Gandhi who was tragically shot dead by a BJP-RSS fanatic named Godse who strongly felt that the Great Mahatma had been too friendly towards the minorities. Godse wrongly believed the lies of the BHP-RSS propaganda machine that the ethnic minorities had been a threat to the Hindu community. Therefore, he felt compelled to commit a dreadful and horrific crime.

Umno leaders regard Hindraf supporters as "penyangak" (crooks). This reveals just how much the racist mentality is propagated by the government and has permeated the thoughts and attitudes across all sectors of Malaysian society. Umno needs to reject its Ketuanan Melayu supremacist ideologies and policies.

It must stop playing divide-and-rule politics, stop demonising minorities as a threat to the Malay-Muslim majority and stop lying to the public, both Malays and non-Malays. It must stop robbing them of their tax money, which has made so many of its leaders rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

It is clear to every educated person in Malaysia that reforming the patronage system in Umno must take place before corruption can be cleaned up. Umno spends all its time blaming or threatening others for its own problems. Since it has become perfectly clear that Umno cannot reform itself, the easy way out for Umno is to play up racial sentiments to garner votes from its Malay-Muslim majority.

If Umno isn't behaving like the racist supremacist BJP-RSS, then I don't know what it is.

Sivanesan speaks in DAP ceramah

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DAP CEC member Sdr A. Sivanesan, who is also DAP Legal Bureau Chief, also spoken up at DAP Ceramah on 12th December 2007 in NUBE Building.

He touched on various issues which concern Malaysian Indians in Tamil.

Guan Eng: Indians Rich? Please prove it

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DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng to seriously look into the plights of marginalized Indians and Malaysians who are side-lined from main stream development and to take immediate actions to protect them and share the wealth the country.

This what Lim Kit Siang started with his speech organized by the DAP in NUBE building, Brickfields on 12th December 2007 when more than thousands attended the ceramah.

He also criticised government's propaganda to use Hindraf to prove that Malaysian Indians are not poor and that the government needs to prove this.

He also said that the government must be sincere to discuss the problems instead of labelling Hindraf as terrorists or has links with terrorists.

The government should not also come out with statement to revoke citizenship of Malaysian Indians.

Pak Lah is PM for AAB & Co.

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50 years of independence and yet during this celebration which the government has poured in RM100 million, the country seems to be more rotten, divided and government seems to be more oppressing. The country has witnessed 2,000 lawyers, 40,000 Bersih demonstrators and 30,000 Hindraf supporters went to the street to demand a clean-up for the judiciary, to demand a free and fair election and to demand a new and fair deal for the marginalized Indians in Malaysia.

This what Lim Kit Siang started with his speech organized by the DAP in NUBE building, Brickfields on 12th December 2007 when he said that although Pak Lah claimed that he has ‘Big Ears’, his ‘Big Ears’ do not hear the people.

“Pak Lah had promised four years ago that he will be PM for all that he will listen to truth. He hear nothing, he is not a PM for Chinese, he is not a PM for Indians, he is not a PM for Kadazans, he is not a PM for Ibans and he is not a PM for poor and marginalized Malays. He is only a PM for Abdullah Ahmad Badawi & Company.”

Kit Siang also urged Nazri, Devamany to apologise.

He also mentioned what the Indians can do in the general election, that is to shake BN up with the Indians vote for Opposition especially in about 60 constituencies in the peninsula which Indians voters constitute more than 10 percents of the voters. He even named the parliament constituencies in Selangor and Federal Territory.

He also criticized the Attorney-General, Abdul Gani Patail for his claim that Hindraf has terrorist link with LTTE based on a police report.

Kit Siang also questioned, “If that can be justified, then other people can lodge report that UMNO and BN has terrorist links. Can we use this police report to say that UMNO and BN are terrorist or have terrorist links?”

50 years of independence and yet during this celebration which the government has poured in RM100 million, the country seems to be more rotten, divided and government seems to be more oppressing. The country has witnessed 2,000 lawyers, 40,000 Bersih demonstrators and 30,000 Hindraf supporters went to the street to demand a clean-up for the judiciary, to demand a free and fair election and to demand a new and fair deal for the marginalized Indians in Malaysia.

This what Lim Kit Siang started with his speech organized by the DAP in NUBE building, Brickfields on 12th December 2007 when he said that although Pak Lah claimed that he has ‘Big Ears’, his ‘Big Ears’ do not hear the people.

“Pak Lah had promised four years ago that he will be PM for all that he will listen to truth. He hear nothing, he is not a PM for Chinese, he is not a PM for Indians, he is not a PM for Kadazans, he is not a PM for Ibans and he is not a PM for poor and marginalized Malays. He is only a PM for Abdullah Ahmad Badawi & Company.”

Kit Siang also urged Nazri, Devamany to apologise.

He also mentioned what the Indians can do in the general election, that is to shake BN up with the Indians vote for Opposition especially in about 60 constituencies in the peninsula which Indians voters constitute more than 10 percents of the voters. He even named the parliament constituencies in Selangor and Federal Territory.

He also criticized the Attorney-General, Abdul Gani Patail for his claim that Hindraf has terrorist link with LTTE based on a police report.

Kit Siang also questioned, “If that can be justified, then other people can lodge report that UMNO and BN has terrorist links. Can we use this police report to say that UMNO and BN are terrorist or have terrorist links?”