Sunday, July 12, 2009

Najib's 100 days in office but he fails to address peoples issues!

At the gathering to mark his 100 days in office, PM Najib has announced a slew of " goodies" .

People like " goodies" and he can expect his approval ratings to go higher than the 65% achieved recently.

But if Najib wants to truly bring about changes, he has to implement more and real changes and not just populist measures or goodies.

For example, I did not see his promise that a Royal Commission of Inquiry will be set up into the PKFZ issue. Should the people be satisfied with just the release of the recent PKFZ Report?

Neither did he promise that he will permanently solve the highway toll rate problem. Should the people be happy with the discount announced? Is this all his government can do ?

There was no promise that his government will abolish draconian laws like the ISA, OSA and the Printing and Press Act.

There are many more promises which the PM has not addressed.

The " what he did not promise"list can go on but what is important is that the people who have voted for change in the last general election must be able to see what the PM did not promise rather than what he has promised.

The nation and the people definitely deserve more than the slew of goodies announced.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Perhaps PM Najib should consider conduting a referendum on PPSMI for primary and secondary schools

The government's decision to reverse the PPSMI for both primary and secondary schools have attracted mixed reactions.

The feedback I have received shows that generally, the reversal for primary schools is accepted by the people , especially educationists who have long insisted that
primary school subjects are best taught in the students' mother tongue.

However, there seems to be some parents of urban schools who prefer that the status quo be maintained for the primary schools, if given a choice.

For the secondary schools, the number of urban parents who support the status quo be maintained for the secondary schools is quite overwhelming.

I am therefore not surprised that in the poll conducted by the former PM Tun Mahathir , majority have voted against the PPSMI reversal. Majority of his blog readers are urban parents or voters..

It will be interesting had Tun"s poll been separated into two sections, one for primary schools and another for secondary schools.

Tun Mahathir has asked his readers to answer yes or no to the question-- do you support the government's decision to teach Maths and Science in BM?

Based on his poll result, Tun has said that it seems that the government is not listening to the voice of the people.

May be PM Najib should seriously consider holding a referendum on the two questions:

1. Should PPSMI be reversed for primary schools?

2. Should PPSMI be reversed for secondary schools?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Any political consideration in the two year delay of abolition of PPSMI?

Yesterday's Cabinet decision to reverse the PPSMI ( Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Inggeris) policy is not a surprise to many.

Many NGO’s and political parties as well as Chinese, Tamil and Malay educationists and oppositionists had warned before the PPSMI was implemented that it would not be able to achieve its declared objective of improving the standard of English of our students.

Time has proven the policy critics right.

Faced with the fact that the ill conceived PPSMI has failed its objective , the Cabinet was left with no choice but to reverse it.

Like many, I am a little surprised though that the reversal will include the secondary schools.

Many have thought the Cabinet will abolish the PPSMI for the primary schools only.

However, a question that many have asked today is , if PPSMI has made guinea pigs of our students and that the government has admitted it is a failed policy, then why is there a delay of 2 years in reversing it?

Why cant the reversal take effect next year?

Is there any political consideration in the two year delay? Is the general election a factor of consideration?

The Education Minister should know that not many will be convinced by his explanation that the reversal requires a " soft landing".

For a plane that has crashed , no on will talk about soft landing. For a policy that has failed, isn't immediate reversal the answer?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Meeting with the Kg.Buah Pala villagers

Tuesday 8thJuly09
With him being unfairly and inaccurately accused by some people that he is not willing to personally meet the villagers, I have voiced my opinion that the Penang Chief Minister should meet the villagers.

I am glad that a meeting will be held between the residents and the Penang Chief Minister tomorrow morning.

It is the fervent hope of the Indian community and the Pakatan Rakyat supporters that a constructive solution can be achieved.

Tommorrow's meeting has proven very clearly that Guan Eng is not a Chief Minister who will run away from the problem, unlike the Prime Minister who washes his hands so quickly and Tan Sri Koh Tsu Kookn who so irresponsibly passes the buck to Guan Eng.

At about 5pm on Tuesday 7thJuly YB Sivanesan , Sdr Sudagar a local Penang NGO rep and I met the villagers at the Kg.Buah Pala. During the discussion held we were told by the villagers that they want to stay put in the village and they want the state to assist them in this respect. We also made an extensive on hand tour of the village.

We have since then, relayed the above request to the Chief Minister of Penang.

We are given to understand that they were also 5 malay families residing in the village. But all of them have since moved out, as they had accepted compensation from the developer.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Najib washes his hands!

I have never seriously believed that Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon will take responsibility for the Kg Buah Pala issue and make amends by raising the matter in the Cabinet.

So I was not exactly surprised when he said that it was the present Penang state government which must solve the villagers ' predicament.

I was a little surprised though to learn from the news yesterday that the Prime Minister had so quickly washed his hands of the Kg Buah Pala issue.

When asked by the reporters on request by the Penang state government, Najib had said that it was a state matter which should be settled at state level.

How quickly he has washed his hands off the issue, even before Penang Chief Minister's letter requesting Federal intervention has reached him.

I thought the least Najib would have done was to say that the Federal government will study the issue or direct his KPI Minister to propose a solution .

After all, he should know that the former Penang state government led by Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon was the culprit of the problem.

Could the Prime Minister really wash his responsibly of a problem which was caused by a former BN Chief Minister who is now his KPI minister?

Monday, July 6, 2009

The reality of political involvement

An intresting write up by By Baradan Kuppusamy
KARAK, July 5 — While many of her compatriots in DAP celebrated their party's best ever electoral results last March, Kamache Dorai Rajoo counted the cost of her 145-vote loss in the Sabai state seat, and made a life-changing decision.
She decided to leave her husband behind in Kuantan and uprooted the rest of her family — her mother and two children — to this small town at the foothills of Genting Highlands. The 39-year-old would stay back to fight for a chance to be elected by the people of this small town.
More than a year later — she now has a permanent service centre she mans with party volunteers — many locals are behaving like her constituents and flock to her office for help.
With the help of her 68-year-old mother Mariyamal, whom she sees as her biggest inspiration in life, Kamache continues her campaign to get elected.
Although a one street town, Kamache's new home has a Chinese new village, a KFC and MacDonald’s outlet and two police stations one at each end of the town, reminiscence of the days when it was a communist hotbed.
Her husband is putting up in Kuantan where he works as a senior supervisor with an oil palm mill belonging to Sime Darby and although he has applied for a transfer to Karak he has little chance of getting it, says Kamache.
She is determined to stay in Karak despite the odds.
“In Kuantan only my husband needs me but here in Karak the many people need me,” she said.
“They face numerous problems and see me as their Wakil Rakyat and come to me for help even though I lost,” Kamache said. “I can’t let them down.”
“I intend to stay here for good even though it is a struggle to stay afloat,” said Kamache in fluent English.
The 10th in a family of 11 children, Kamache studied in a Tamil school, picked up English working as a receptionist, was a ground staff for a German airline and is currently doing a masters in English with the Open University.
But it has all been downhill since she uprooted from Kuantan and set up camp in Karak in the Sabai constituency with about 10,000 voters.
She gave up a lucrative job teaching English that paid about RM8, 000 a month when she moved to Karak.
“I persuaded my husband to let me go as I was determined. After drifting in life I have found my vocation in life. Politics, serving the people, fighting for justice...these are what I want to do,” she said.
“One day I would want to take a seat in Parliament. This is my dream,” she said. For the moment it is a uphill battle.
After landing in Karak she looked for a job and has yet to land one.
She rents a house in Karak for RM500 a month and her service centre cost RM350 a month.
Unlike in Kuantan where she taught tuition for a handsome fee, in Karak she is teaching English for free as part of the DAP's service to the constituents.
Without a steady job or business Kamache is finding it tough to pay the rent. Her savings is fast depleting.
Her mother is helping out from her pension along with her husband who earns about RM4,000 a month.
He also pays the monthly instalment for their house in Kuantan and for a Chevrolet 1.8 Optra that was bought during the good times in Kuantan.
“I can last another month or two but after that only a miracle can save us,” she said.
To make ends meet the family drastically scaled down their lifestyles.
Her daughter Venosha, 15, has given up on school tuition and Indian classical dance lessons. Before they were chauffeured to school now they take the school bus.
The credit cards have been shelved and a upcoming trip to Budapest, on July 14, for a eight-day political training stint has also been cancelled.
"I tried to raise money for the trip but there’s just not enough,” Kamache said with a trace of regret.
On the personal front, her health is not balmy.
Her asthma has started to act up with the cooler and wetter weather in Karak and in addition she suffers from a live long battle with psoriasis, a skin disease which is suppressed by taking steroids. “Why do you think I always wear longs sleaves,” she joked adding “I have spent over RM200,000 in my life for a permanent cure but without success.”
The amazing thing is that it never crossed her mind to give it all up and go back to the secure and comfortable life she had in Kuantan.
“I am not a quitter and besides I am needed here. There are so many issues and problems I have taken up. I cannot just walk away,” Kamache said.
“I have fought all my life. I have survived one personal crisis after another. I don’t plan to give up,” Kamache said. “I can’t abandon the people here.” It was not always like this with her.
Although the family started poor on her father’s small income as a civil servant, she managed to get educated up to A-levels first in Ipoh and later in Jelapang where they moved on her father’s retirement in 1989.
They lived in a squatter settlement outside town.
“I worked in numerous places — at a hotel in Langkawi, as ground stewardess and as receptionist in Klang,” she said.
Her political initiation came one day in 1990 when she attended a forum on the plight of the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Meru, near Klang.
“That forum changed my outlook about myself and the world,” she said.
“That’s when I realised one had to look beyond self and one had to speak up against injustice.”
That realisation made her take an active interest in human rights issues and get involved in the struggle for freedom of minorities.
It was during this period that she got involved in the setting of the Tamil Foundation, an NGO that promoted Tamil education and culture.
Through this activity Kamache met activists lawyers like P. Pasupathy, M. Manoharan (currently Tamil Foundation chairman and Teluk Intan MP) and M. Kulasegaran (MP Ipoh Barat).
In the run up to the March 8 general election the DAP was keen to promote Indian women to stand for election as the party had never fielded one before.
Naturally Kamache, with her speaking talents and experience with grassroots rights activities was a natural choice.
“I was reluctant but was persuaded to take the plunge by YB Kula,” Kamache said. She was presented to the DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang and secretary general Lim Guan Eng and they were agreeable for Kamache to contest in the Sabai state seat.
“I arrived with my two children and my mother one day before parliament was dissolved (on Feb 13, 2008),” she said. “This was the first time I had stepped foot in Karak.”
The four of them slept on the floor of the DAP office in Karak for the next 25 days running a chaotic campaign with the help of the local DAP leaders against the well oiled campaign by BN candidate Datuk M Davendran.
On polling day she swept the urban votes but lost the bulk of the votes in Felda Serting. Overall she lost by a narrow 145 votes. “I cried for days, my mother cried, by children cried, DAP party workers cried. We were so close and yet we were defeated,” Kamache said recalling the agony of defeat.
Three days after the defeat she met her husband and told him she had made up her mind to return to Karak, set up office and serve the people and fight on.
Her husband agreed.
Her financial woes are just one of the many battles she faces.
She fights the bureaucracy, headquartered in Bentong about 30 minutes from Karak, for everything — health services to garbage collection, problems with birth certificates and provision of basic amenities.
“I don’t have time even to read the newspapers,” she said adding she is “vaguely” aware about the issues in Buah Pala village in Penang. “I have my hands full here.”
“Unlike before the DAP has to fight on several fronts now. We fight for all Malaysians. We are not perfect but we stay the course,” she said.

1 Malaysia, 1 Kg.Buah Pala or 1 Malaysia, no kg. Buah Pala?

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has said that he will write to the Prime Minister to ask him to intervene, by acquiring the Kg Buah Pala land and compensate the developer.

I believe this is one good way that the Kg Buah Pala issue can be resolved and the village can be preserved as an Indian heritage village. That is why I have suggested this, as an option to be put to and decided by the villagers themselves.

It is obvious that the culprit of the problem, Dr Koh Tsu Koon , will not make amends and at least raise the matter in the Cabinet.

The fact that he did not even bother to stand up to reply or rebut me when I had questioned him in Parliament proves his lack of sense of reasonability on a issue which was created by the Administration headed by him.

However, now that the Prime Minister will be given an official letter by the Penang state government, Najib is provided with an opportunity to show the nation
whether it will be " 1 Malaysia, 1 Kg Buah Pala" or " 1 Malaysia, No Kg Buah Pala".

Lets see what it will be from the Prime Minister who can resolve the issue with " a stroke of the pen".

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Kg Buah Pala Controversy

Kg Buah Pala Controversy
I have received feedback from fellow Indians who are DAP and non DAP members, following my suggestion that polling be conducted among the villagers to consider 3 options .

It does not surprise me at all that the Kg Buah Pala controversy has become a very emotionally charged issue for many.

While some thought the polling is a democratic exercise which can gauge the actual and true feelings and have welcomed the idea, many have expressed their view that the only right thing for the Penang state government to do is to preserve the village as a heritage village.

This is definitely a good solution which our Sdr Lim Guan Eng will be most willing to adopt if it is a straight forward matter.

However, from what has been uttered by him over the last two days, is is very obvious that he is in a predicament just like the villagers.

I have stressed that the culprit of the controversy is the former administration headed by Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon.

An ideal solution will be for the BN federal government to compensate the developer and take over the land and gazette it as an Indian heritage village.

But it is apparent that Koh Tsu Koon and the BN Federal Government will not want to intervene at all.

Many believe that the federal government will not intervene , especially when even groups or people friendly to the DAP , Penang state government and Pakatan Rakyat have started to demand that the Penang Chief Minister solve the problem.

BN politicians are now "enjoying" reading news reports where DAP is pressured and blasted
Nevertheless, from my earlier feedback, I have sensed the general expectation that a government in power must solve the problem, irrespective of whoever is the culprit and whatever is the cause of the problem.

Sdr Karpal Singh hit the right note when he said in Today's Star that " they are ( the villagers) tired of the blame game and want us to act because we are in power- if I were in their shoes, I would say the same";

The Kg Buah Pala issue is the greatest challenge faced by the DAP and Penang state government since the last general election.

And this is one challenge we must be able to surmount.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Kg.Buah Pala- suggest polling among villagers to consider 3 options

There is no doubt that the cause of the Kg Buah Pala residents' plight is the previous BN state government headed by Tan Sri Koh Tzu Koon.
Our KPI Minister Tan Sri Koh is therefore the culprit who must be held responsible and accountable for his government's decision which created today's controversy.
I had a chance to question him on why he had alienated the Kg Buah Pala land without consulting the villagers as well as at land premium price which was far below the market price at RM10 a sq.foot when he turned up at Parliament on Thursday. The nearly 6 acres of prime land was alienated to a Co-Operative said to be an UMNO stooges. Why the land was not sold or alienated to the residents there?

If he had any sense of accountability, surely he would have stood up to reply or rebut me. But he chose to keep quiet.

Isn't being accountable for one's action and helping the people to solve their problems one of the KPI of a federal minister?

Be that as it may, the Kg Buah Pala I plight should be well and quickly resolved, lest more exploitation by some quarters and the misinformed will continue to happen.

In fact, since the controversy erupted, DAP has been unfairly and inaccurately portrayed as a Party that has abandoned or marginalized the Indians.

I wish to put across my personal view that the DAP state government should conduct polling among the villagers to consider the following options:

1. That the Federal government steps in with the necessary funding to compensate the developer, hence allowing the state government to cancel the project

2. That the state government provides an alternative land for the villagers to build their new homes

3. That the developer's compensation package to include the provision of alternative land for the villagers to build their new homes.

In view of the urgency of the issue as well as to stop the unfair accusation that the Penang Chief Minister is not getting true opinions of the villagers, I will suggest that our Sdr Lim Guan Eng meet the villagers as soon as possible.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

ஈப்போ பாராட் நாடாளுமன்ற அரசியல் செயலாளரின் பத்திரிகை அறிக்கை

குறை கூறுவதை நிறுத்தி, குறையை தீர்க்க முயற்சிப்போம்.

இந்நாட்டில் எது நிழல்தாலும் மற்றவருக்கு நல்லதாகவும் இந்தியர்களுக்கு பாதிப்பு ஒன்றே பயனாக அமைவது வேதனையை தருகிறது.

இப்பொழுது புவா பாலா கிராம பிரச்னையை உன்னித்து கவனித்தால் யார் செய்த குற்றம் என்பதனை தெள்ள தெளிவாக சொல்ல இயலும். ஆனால் அதனை சுட்டி காட்டி நழுவுவதும் மறுபுறம் அதனை கண்டும் காணாததுபோல் இருப்பதும் ஒரு சிலரின் பொறுப்பற்ற கொள்கையாகிவிட்டது.

உதவி புரிந்தவர்களை எட்டி உதைப்பதும் அவர்களை உதாசினப்படுத்துவதும் பல இரக்கமற்ற மனிதர்களின் செயலாகி விட்டது. அன்று இந்நாட்டில் அரசியல் மறுமலர்ச்சியை தொற்றுவித்தவர்கள் இந்தியர்கள்தான். அதன் வாயிலாக பல சமுதாய உள்ளம் கொண்ட சிலர் பல இன்னல்களையும் ஐந்து தலைவர்கள் சிறை வாசத்தையும் அனுபவித்தார்கள்.

இவர்களின் தியாக உணர்வை ஒரு பொழுதும் யாராலும் குறைத்து மதிப்பிட முடியாது. ஆனால் பிறர் அதனை குறைத்து மதிப்பிடும் அளவிற்கு நடக்காமல் இருப்பது சமுதாய உணர்வுள்ள தியாகிகளுக்கு நல்லதாகும்.

இப்பிரச்சனையில் ஒருவருக்கொருவர் குறைகூறி சூழ்நிலையை மோசமடைய செய்தலை தவிர்த்து குறையை தீர்க்கும் ஒரு வலுவான கருத்தை தெரிவிக்க முயல செய்வது அனைவருக்கும் மற்றும் அனைத்திற்கும் நல்ல முடிவை தரும்.

அன்று மக்களின் உரிமையை உதாசினப்படுத்திய ம.இ.க இன்று நல்லவர்களை போல் இந்த விஷயத்தில் நாடகம் ஆட கூடாது. அன்று இந்நில விவகாரத்தில் நடுவில் நின்றுக்கொண்டு சுயலாபத்திற்கு கும்மாளம் அடித்தவர்கள் ம.இ.கவை சேர்ந்தவர்கள் என்று மறந்துவிடக்கூடாது.

எது எப்படி இருப்பினும், தற்பொழுது இருக்கும் பினாங்கு மாநில அரசாகத்தில் இந்தியர்களின் தலை கவசமாக திகழும் பேராசிரியர் ராமசாமி அவர்களை உதாசினப்படுத்தி ஓரங்கட்டி நாம் பகைமையை உருவாக்கிகொல்வதை விட, அவருடன் துணை நின்று இப்பிரச்சனையை தீர்க்க முயலவேண்டும்.

சுகுமாரன் பெரியசாமி

MPs concerned over amendments to laws on religious conversion

Data Source :

MPs have raised concerns over the proposed amendments to three laws on religious conversion, saying that the matter must be handled with care.

“In a civilised society, it is essential to have freedom of religion in line with basic human rights,” Datuk Seri Wilfred Mojilip Bumburing (BN – Tuaran) said.
“The matter is now back at the discussion table. I hope there will be a good solution to all,” he said when debating the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Amendment) (Amendment) Bill.

The suggested amendments to the conversion laws were not tabled this time around, as more time was required to review them.

M. Kulasegaran (DAP – Ipoh Barat) said the issue of religious conversion had caused problems to the families involved where children were often caught in the tussle. This had led to much heartache, he added.

At the Parliament lobby, Lim Kit Siang (DAP – Ipoh Timur) said the Cabinet should call for an emergency meeting by next month to push through amendments to the religious conversion laws.

The Cabinet, he said, had to resolve the issue fast because unilateral conversions had wreaked havoc on the family structure and affected racial unity.

It had been a very polarising and divisive matter, he told reporters.

On Tuesday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz announced that the Government was putting on hold the amendments to hear the views of state religious councils.

The three laws are the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act, the Administration of Islamic (Federal Territories) Islamic Law and the Islamic Family (Federal Territories) Law.

Lim said there could be more cases of family disunity as a result of religious conversion until Parliament sat again in October.

PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz (PAS – Pokok Sena) said time should be given to Rulers for their feedback on the issue.

PAS has disagreed with the Cabinet’s decision, saying that the courts should decide on the children’s religion and not the Cabinet.

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Georgetown On 2.7.2009.

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Georgetown On 2.7.2009.

The State Government Will Not Take A Single Cent Of The So-called “Goodwill Payment” From The Developer Unless The Kampung Buah Pala Residents Agree To The Compensation.
The Penang state government warns Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd, the developer of the proposed housing project in Kampung Buah Pala, for threatening to send bulldozers in by August 2 to forcibly evict residents and demolish their houses as highly irresponsible and inflammatory. It is highly improper to stoke fear into the villagers’ hearts by reminding them that they will have to move out by Aug 2 when the one-month grace period given by the developer expires and there will be “no more extensions". The one-month grace period was negotiated by the state government with the developer to find a solution to the problem.

Nusmetro claimed to have offered the highest compensation in the state from RM140,000 to RM260,000 to the temporary occupation of land (TOL) holders as well as their immediate and extended families. And even offered one of the two cattle ranchers there RM330,000 including a five-year rent-free deal for land in Balik Pulau which was rejected.

To say that the developer has the legal right not to pay anything to the residents just because the developer has a Federal Court order, would not assist in resolving this problem. Instead of all the cruel talk about bulldozers, the developer should continue to seek solutions that works towards a win-win situation for all parties. For this reason, the state government will not take a single cent of the “goodwill payment” proposed by the developer to the state government unless the villagers of Kampung Buah Pala agrees to the compensation.

I wish to reiterate that the state government has nothing to do with the eviction, or the Federal court order and the bringing in of bulldozers to demolish the houses. Instead the state government had intervened to prevent the eviction of the residents since last year. Even though this is a court order obtained by the developer, the state government would continue to work aggressively to try to assist the villagers.

தீர்வு காணும் வரை பின்வாங்க மாட்டோம்

பினாங்கு மாநில முதல் அமைச்சர் லிம் குவான் எங் அவர்களின் பத்திரிகை அறிக்கை - 02/07/09

கம்போங் புவா பாலா குடியிருப்பாளர்கள் சம்பந்தப்பட்ட தனியார் மேம்பாட்டு நிறுவனம் வழங்க முன்வந்த நஷ்ட ஈடு தொகைக்கு சம்மதம் தெரிவிக்காத வரையில், அந்நிறுவனம் "நல்லெண்ணத்துடன்" வழங்கும் எந்த ஒரு சல்லி காசையும் மாநில அரசாங்கம் ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளாது.

இதன் தொடர்பில் அந்நிறுவனம் வருகிர ஆகுஸ் 8 இல், புல்ல்டோசரை அனுப்பி அங்கிருக்கும் மக்களை வழுக்கட்டாயமாக வெளியேற்ற போவதாக மிரட்டுவதை, மாநில அரசாங்கம் நுஸ் மெட்ரோ (பி) செண்டிரியான் பெர்ஹாத் நிறுவனத்தை வன்மையாக கண்டிக்கிறது. இதுபோன்ற மிரட்டல்கள் கண்டதுக்குரியவை மட்டுமல்லாமல் அவ்வைகையில் அந்நிறுவனம் அங்கிருக்கும் வீடுகளை தரைமட்டமாக்க நினைப்பது பொறுப்பற்ற செயலாகும்.

இவ்வகையில் மறைவான முறையில் அங்கிருக்கும் மக்கலுக்கு அச்சம் செய்யும் வகையில் நடந்துக்கொள்வது கொஞ்சம்கூட முறையான செயல் அல்ல என்பதனை இதன் மூலம் தெரிவித்துக்கொள்கிறேன். கொடுக்கபட்ட ஒரு மாத கால அவகாசம் ஆகஸ்ட் 8 இல் முடிவடைவதால், அதற்குள் அங்கிருக்கும் மக்கள் தானாகவே வெளியேற மறுத்தால் அக்கால அவகாசம் நீடிக்கப்படாது என்று மிரண்டல் விடுப்பது முறையான செயலல்ல.

இப்பொழுது நடைமுறையில் உள்ள ஒரு மாத கால அவகாசம், சம்பந்தப்பட்ட நிறுவனத்திடம் பேச்சுவார்த்தை நடத்திய பிறகு மாநில அரசாங்கம் அந்நிறுவனத்திற்கு வழகப்பட்டவை ஆகும். இக்கால அவகாசம் அந்நிறுவனம் ஒரு சிறந்த தீர்வை இப்பிரச்னையில் கண்டறிவதற்கான அவகாசமாகும்.

நுஸ் மெட்ரோ நிறுவனம் அங்கிருக்கும் மக்களுக்கு மிகவும் உயர்ந்த நஷ்டஈடு தொகையான ரிங்கிட் மலேசியா 140,000 லிருந்து 260,000 வரை வழங்க முன்வந்திருப்பதாக தெரிவித்தனர். இது போன்ற சன்மான தொகையை இந்நிலத்தில் தற்காலிகமாக குடியிருப்போருக்கும் அவர்களை சேர்ந்த குடும்பத்தாருக்கும் வழகப்படும் என்றனர். அதுமட்டும் மின்றி, அங்கு இருக்கக்கூடிய ஒரு மாட்டு தண்ணைக்கு சுமார் ரிங்கிட் மலேசியா 330,000 சேர்த்து ஐந்து வருட இலவச வாடகை நிலம் ஒன்று வழங்க முன்வந்ததை, நிராகரிக்கப்பட்டது என்று அவர்கள் தெரிவித்தனர்.

சம்பந்தப்பட்ட நிறுவனம் கூட்டரசு நீதிமன்ற உத்தரவை பெற்றிருப்பதால், சட்டத்துக்கு உட்பட்டு அங்கிருக்கும் மக்களுக்கு எந்த ஒரு நஷ்டீடையும் கொடுக்காமல் செயல்பட முயன்றால் அது போன்ற போக்கு எந்த ஒரு சுமுக தீர்வையையும் இப்பிரச்சனையில் கொண்டுவரா இயலாது.

சம்பந்தப்பட்ட நிறுவனம் ஒரு சிறந்த தீர்வை கண்டறிய முன்வரவேண்டுமே ஒழிய தேவையில்லாத மற்றும் அங்கிருக்கும் மக்களுக்கு அச்சம் விளைவிக்கும் வகையில் பேசுவதை தவிர்த்தல் வேண்டும். ஒரு சிறந்த முடிவு அனைவரின் முன்னேற்றத்தை உறுதிசெய்யும் என்பதனை இந்நிறுவனம் புரிந்துக்கொள்ள வேண்டும். அதன் அடிப்படையில் புவா பாலா மக்கள் அவர்களுக்கு வழங்கப்பட்ட நஷ்ட ஈடு தொகையை ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளாதவரை அந்நிறுவனம் "நல்லெண்ணத்துடன்" மாநில அரசாங்கத்திற்கு வழங்க முன்வந்த தொகையிலிருந்து எந்த ஒரு காசையும் பினாங்கு அரசாங்கம் ஏற்காது என்று இதன் வழி தெரிவித்துக்கொள்கிறேன்.

ஆகையால் மக்களின் உணர்வுக்கு மதிப்பளிக்கும் வகையில், இந்த புவா பாலா குடியிருபாளர்களை காலி செய்யும் முயற்சி நடவடிக்கைக்கும் மாநில அரசாங்கத்திற்கும் எந்த ஒரு சம்மதமும் கிடையாது என்பதனை மீண்டும் தெரிவித்துக்கொள்கிறேன். இருப்பினும் கூட்டரசு நீதிமன்ற கட்டளையை கொண்டு எந்த ஒரு தரப்பினரும் புல்டோசெர் கொண்டு புவா பால நிலத்தை காலி செய்ய முயன்றால் அதுவும் பினாங்கு மாநில அரசாகத்தின் செயல் அல்ல என்பதை நினைவில் கொள்ளுமாறு கேட்டுக்கொள்கிறேன்.

எதுவாகினும் மாநில அரசாங்கம் , இப்பிரச்சனை ஒரு நல்ல தீர்வை காணும் வரை அங்கிருக்கும் மக்களுக்கு துணை நின்று உதவி செய்ய அயராது பாடுபடும் என்பதனை அறிவித்துக்கொள்கிறேன்.

லிம் குவான் எங்

PKFZ report: Longer wait for MPs

At 10am to day i stood up to inform the Speaker that I want to invoke a point of order in relation to the PKFZ.
I cited Standing Order 20 of PArliament which, reads as follows
20(1) Papers shall be presented only by Speaker, a minister or the Chairmman of a Committee, and shall be sent to the Setiausaha.
2) Every paper a copy of which is so received by the Secretary shall be deemed to have been presented to the house and ordered to lie upon the table.

The Minister of Transport stated on 15June that 300 copies of PricewaterhouseCoopers on the PKFZ scandle reports have been served on the Secretary(Clerk) of Parliamnet. Question is why it has not been table to date and as to day is the last day of this session of Parlaiment.

The rest is news from MalaysiaKini

Parliamentarians will not see the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) audit report and its appendix on the Port Klang Free Trade (PKFZ) until the Public Accounts Committee has completed its investigation on the matter.

House Deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee said this today when he was asked when the report would be released to the parliamentarians.

"The PAC has yet to have a final meeting on the matter... they have yet to arrive at a decision. Let them decide and the full report will be revealed," he said.

This revelation means that parliamentarians will only be able to look at the report in full at the next Parliament sitting in December. The current sitting ends today.

Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat last week said that 300 copies of the PwC audit report have been passed to the Parliament secretariat and it was up to the latter's prerogative as to when these reports will be distributed.
The deputy speaker however today said that the copies of the report were attained by the secretariat on its capacity as the secretariat of PAC because the reports were needed by the PAC.

The deputy speaker stressed that he does not want the report to be released in phases but rather be discussed in its entirety when it is ready.

"Trust me, the reports are not locked in a metal chest," he said.

When pressed on the fact that Ong had promised the MPs will attain a copy of the report by the end of this session's sitting, the deputy speaker said that he had already given his explanation on the issue and that whatever that had been reported in the press on the matter was immaterial.

Question posed by Kula

The deputy speaker refused to answer any further questions on
the matter even when asked why the secretariat needed 300 copies of the report.

Kiandee was responding to a question posed by M Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat).

Yesterday it was revealed that PAC will be calling in some big names to complete its probe into the PKFZ scandal.

According to the audit report, PKFZ's development cost may eventually balloon to a staggering RM12.5 billion from an initial cost of less than RM2 billion.

Other key issues highlighted in the report include weak project management, cost overruns and conflict of interest.

The report, released in May, had named three top politicians as among those involved in the scandal, with two being cited as having a conflict of interest.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hindraf Protest infront of DAP Perak

A group of 20 Hindraf supporters gathered staged a peaceful protest in front of the Perak DAP headquarters at Medan Istana at 4.30pm. More update on timely basis available at