Wednesday, February 27, 2008



Newspapers today published M.I.C’s report card titled “The Power of Truth”, proudly claiming all the things it has done for the Indian community. Instead of telling us the actual truth and giving the true figures, M.I.C instead asks the voters questions.

M.I.C questions the community :-

When has enough ever been enough, all requests for assistance have been entertained (be it for RM100 or RM10,000-00 or more).

· Do you know how many medical bills have been settled by MIC?
· Do you know how many underprivileged Indians today own houses, thanks to MIC?
· Do you know how many lawyers and doctors have been created by MIC or as a result of
MIC’s contribution?
· Do you know how much educational aids MIC has given to-date?

MIC claims that it had supposedly :-

· We have never said NO to your problems.
· We have never said NO to your children’s education.
· We have never said NO to your financial difficulties.
· We have never said NO to your medical bills.
· We have never said NO when you want provisions for your family.
. We have never said NO when you need money to conduct a decent death rite(s) for your
loved one.
· We have never said NO to you approaching us at any time. That’s the plain truth.

Now here is the REAL TRUTH which M.I.C did not tell.





Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Deny them a two-thirds' majority

BY P RAMAKRISHNAN, Aliran president.
As polling day draws closer, we are reminded that the only way to stop politicians from manipulating issues of race and religion is to deny the ruling coalition a two-thirds’ majority. After hearing the moving personal tragedies of some unfortunate Malaysians, it would appear that we are heading for turbulent times.

It is rather sad that religion that is responsible for our inner spirituality and our common humanity should be the centre of the storm. We really cannot fault religion for this. It won’t be fair. After all, doesn’t religion instil and inspire in all of us the good values of living a decent life that reflects our compassion for one another, our love for justice, our craving for human dignity, our search for peace and harmony, our desire to fight corruption, our longing to be treated without discrimination?

This is very much so if we reflect on our past and recall our own experiences. I come from a tiny town in a rural setting. We, the people, got on very well. My classmates – Chinese, Indians and Malays – had no qualms in visiting me and sharing our food and spending the night under our roof. Religion never got in our way. It did not form a barrier and did not keep us apart. We used to call one another in jest, "Dei Hindu, Hoi Cina, Hei Melayu" and nobody got offended.

In that tiny town lived a Malay boy. I’m sure he also remembers the peace of the place and the uncomplicated life that bound the people of the town as a community.

I still recall those wonderful days with a tinge of sadness and fondly remember the easy mingling of the races and the friendly faces of people. Race never had any consideration and friends were just people.

Those were the days when you could eat in front of a fasting Malay friend who did not mind it at all. PE lessons were not suspended. Fasting Malay friends then seemed to have boundless energy and we used to play football immediately after school in the hot sun. They were none the worse for it. It would appear that my Malay friends then were made of sterner stuff!

That tiny town is Kepala Batas and that Malay boy is today the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Coming from such a background, I find it so disturbing when race is manipulated and religion is used to cause discord among us. I am not referring to any particular community because every community is guilty of this in one form or another.

What went wrong, you may ask. Well, over the years some religious zealots have become very vocal and very demanding. And when they realised that nobody dared to question them, they became bolder and their voices got shriller.

We have reached such a stage that the state now intrudes into our privacy and dictates to us on almost everything. We are told what to believe and how to pray. But isn’t religion something very personal between you and your God? Has the state any business to intrude into that area?
The state intrudes into your freedom and decides what you can see and what you cannot. It treats you as if you don’t have any common sense and can’t think for yourself.

Now – and this is difficult to believe, mind you – of all things, it says you can’t vote according to your conscience. How can you talk about morality and integrity and honesty when you are forced to fall back on herd mentality? How can you be religious and not be conscionable?

It is this turn of events that has affected the body politic of this nation. The majority of sane and sensible Malaysians not only failed to stand up and be counted but they chose to withdraw into their cocoons paving the way for these zealots to take over completely and have a field day.
Today we are reminded of that saying, "We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another."

So we have this situation in certain circumstances when you are unable to bury your kith and kin according to your beliefs and rites. Where does that leave you?

It would seem that Muslim judges in civil courts find it a problem to adjudicate when Islam is involved, as was the case of someone who wanted the word "Muslim" to be changed in her MyKad. But Justice Gopal Sri Ram, who sat in the same court, had no problem in taking a legal position based on justice.

Then we have the case of Moorthy’s widow whose case did not go through the full trial for a verdict. The judges who sat on this case merely abdicated their responsibility and ruled that it was beyond their jurisdiction to try this case.

When one finds that the doors of the judiciary are shut in one’s face where does one go for justice? Can a civil court refuse to sit in judgment and deny justice to a litigant? Isn’t the court the last resort for justice? If judges cannot dispense justice, should they be sitting on the bench?
When the AG’s Chambers and the court ignore the constitutional provisions and act contrary to their constitutional oath of office, they leave us totally bewildered and frustrated.

We heard that there were rights and freedom for the citizens in the Federal Constitution. But what has happened to those rights and freedom that came with the Merdeka Constitution?

They have been whittled away by subsequent rules and regulations and subsidiary legislation. Our rights and freedom have been stolen from us.

But don’t blame the government for this. They only did what had to be done. Over the years there have been 600 amendments made to the Federal Constitution.

How did the 600 amendments come about? How is it possible for the government to dilute and make meaningless those very rights that were promised and guaranteed to us?

It’s really simple. To amend the constitution, a two-thirds majority is required. Who gave them that two-thirds majority?

The overwhelming majority support given to them has eroded our fundamental rights, thus denying us relief and justice.

They will tell you that they need a two-thirds majority to govern effectively – mind you, not justly – but effectively.

What have they achieved that cannot be achieved by a simple majority? Do you need a two-thirds majority to wipe out corruption, to be transparent and accountable? Do you need a two-thirds majority to provide housing and health care?

Look how they have squandered our money with mega projects. Do the tallest concrete towers mean anything to any of us here? The builders of the twin towers basked in the glory of being the tallest building in the world. Only for a while though - for we no longer enjoy that prestige. But how much money has been squandered away at the expense of the needy and the deserving? Why do they need a two-thirds majority when they can’t even build a crooked bridge with a 90 percent majority?

It is this two-thirds majority that has been the curse of our democracy. It is this two-thirds majority that is threatening our civil liberties and our freedom of religion. It is this two-thirds majority that makes a mockery of Article 8(1) which reads, "All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law". And friends, what we have now is rule by law, and not rule of law.

How do we win back our legitimate rights and put a stop to this erosion of our fundamental rights? The next time you cast your vote think carefully. Ask yourself if you are casting away your rights?

We should henceforth never give a two-thirds majority to any government. We should work collectively to reduce this majority and rescue our stolen rights. What we are proposing to accomplish is nothing new. It is an on-going eternal struggle. Way back on May 27, 1834 – over 170 years ago – Daniel Webster was quoted as saying, "The contest, for ages, has been to rescue Liberty from the grasp of executive power." That’s what we are going to do: Rescue Liberty.
If we want to claim our right to be "equal before the law" as promised under Article 8, if we want to safeguard the freedom of religion as guaranteed under Article 11, then we must be prepared to walk that extra mile to win those rights.

"Democracy," observed Plato, "is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people." Plato was actually referring to us. We are the ordinary people with extraordinary possibilities.

If you want to be further motivated, perhaps this quotation may help: "Since the beginning of time, governments have been mainly engaged in kicking the people around. The astonishing achievements of modern times... is the idea that the citizens should do the kicking."

Friends, I fervently believe that we can do two things: Do something or do nothing. I choose to do something. If you choose to do nothing, it means that you have no grievance and no rights.

P RAMAKRISHNAN is Aliran president. This article first appeared in Aliran Monthly. It was an address that was meant to be delivered at a forum on ‘The Federal Constitution: Protection for all’on May 14, 2006 in Penang. The forum was disrupted by an unruly mob.
Source : Malaysiakini.Com

Monday, February 25, 2008


I am the DAP candidate for STULANG. Although I did not succeed in 2004 when I stood in Stulang, I have continued to serve the people of Stulang and Johor Bahru as I had promised to do.

Stulang is a highly urban constituency with many housing areas and businesses. Many of the businesses like restaurant, shopping and entertainment centres located in Taman Pelangi and Sentosa are also the focal point of foreign visitors particularly Singaporeans to Stulang.

However, the people of Stulang faces problems with:-

Crime continues to be a problem. Barisan Nasional has failed to deliver its promise of lower crime. Snatch thieves...burglary…robbery and murders still happen and too frequently. No surprise Johor Bahru is known as Jenayah Banyak People live in fear and worry. Many people of Stulang and Johor Bahru have fallen victim. Some have have lost their lives. Many victims do not even bother to report due to the inconvenience of making police reports. The high incidence of crime also gives a bad image to Stulang and Johor Bahru. Stulang and Johor Bahru businesses rely much on foreign visitors. Crime is beginning to discourage visitors and as a result business drops.

Infrastructures like roads are in poor conditions. The roads in Stulang and Johor Bahru are in deplorable condition because of poor workmanship and it is poorly maintained. Potholes and uneven roads are everywhere. No surprise Johor Bahru is known as “Jalan Buruk” There are streets with poor lighting. Drainage in may areas is poor. All this pose a danger to the public. Open and green spaces are being lost to development and becoming coming rare.

Delivery system by the local council is still bureaucratic and continues to inconvenient the public. Unnecessary time is wasted when dealing with the local council. Local councils waste public taxpayers money with shoody workmanships and on other non priority things. Local Councils also waste money on study trips abroad which are in truth nothing but holidays. Local council regulations implemented without due consideration and implemented without proper consultation inconveniences business.

It need not continue to be like this. This election you have a choice . To continue to vote for Barisan Nasional who promised to deliver so much but on being elected failed on it promise or an effective and stronger opposition who is prepared to provide an effective check and balance to the government. You the voter have a choice to stand condemned repeating the past mistakes and failures or to change and give the opposition. You have a choice. You can change. You have the choice to vote for someone who is prepared to stand up for the people... speak without fear and dedicate service to the people. I am prepared… I am ready to serve… I promise to serve. Give me a chance.


I shall fight to ensure…

• Increase in the number of policemen
• Increased, continuous and consistent police patrol to reduce crime
• More neighbourhood police stations and police beat base.
• A more effective Rukun Tetangga
• Increase Chinese and Tamil speaking police personal at every police station in order to be able
to assist people who have difficult speaking Bahasa Malaysia.
• Installation of more CCTV’s in public places

• Local government elections to ensure accountability and efficiency
• No wastage of public and tax payers on projects of whims and fancies
• Demand well maintained infrastructures, facilities and public roads
• Ensure playground and open green parks and field in every housing areas
• Ensure local council policies and rule changes do not inconvenient local businesses and traders
• Ensure transparency, good governance and no corruption
• Ensure a people first local government
• Ensure that green lungs are not lost to development
• Streamline bureaucracy, reduce red tape and improve effectiveness
• Transparency, fairness and corruption free
• Good clean and a green environment
• Improve public transportation system and better road planning for a congestion free roads.
• Local councils to ensure sufficient and safe parking areas
• Johor State government to consider to permit and allow Singapore MRT service into Johor
Bahru and or to start railcar service between Johor Bahru to Woodlands, Singapore to reduce
congestion and to improve environment
• The building of more NGV petrol stations

• Ensure clear guidelines for procedures for obtaining business and trading licences
• More opportunities and more predefined places for petty trading activities
• Non harassment on petty traders by local council
• No discrimination on award of licences and permits
• Loans for those involved in small businesses and petty trading

• Ensure a squatter free Johor Bahru
• Ensure the poor is provided with affordable low cost houses
• Fair and transparent policies in the allocation of low cost houses
• Ensure that application procedures for low cost house simplified and to ensure loans be easily
and readily available for the applicants.
• Ensure that there are fair amount of land spaces allotted for the construction of places of

• Protect women’s right
• Respect and protect women’s dignity
• Ensure women are not discriminated on the ground of gender, age, marital status, race and
• Job opportunities, business and financial assistance for single mothers.

• Promote sense of patriotism and Malaysia First identity
• Ensure racial harmony, religious tolerance and appreciate multiculturalism
• Respect Islam as the official religion of Malaysia
• Ensure loyalty to the King and Country
• Honour and uphold the Federal Constitution
• Uphold good moral and the rule of law

• Loyalty to the Sultan of Johor
• Honour and uphold the Constitution of Johor
• Ensure patriotism and pride being a citizen of Johor

• Ensure foreign workers respect and uphold the law
• Local Council and police to monitor the presence of foreign workers
• Local Council, police and RELA to conduct regular spot checks on foreigners
• Local Council, police and RELA to ensure Johor free from illegal immigrants
• Local Council to ensure that foreign workers do not engage in whatsoever business especially
petty trading
• Ensure all foreign workers have legitimate and proper documentation
• Ensure foreign workers do not establish illegal housing settlements
• Local Council to ensure landlords renting premises to foreign workers to provide details to
Local Council



Sunday, February 24, 2008