Thursday 26 February 2009

Utter disgrace to the sanctity of parliament!

Yesterday's mob incident against YB Karpal Singh was a disgrace. It was an insult to the very system of parliamentary democracy. A complete disregard to the sanctity of parliament.

Yes, I am an MIC person. A BN person. Yet, I am ashamed that some of my BN counterpart could stoop to such low levels. When I first read what happened in Malayskini, I just couldn't believe what I was reading! What were they thinking?!?

It doesn't help the least that some quarters are reporting that parliament security did absolutely nothing to stop the mob, and protect an MP. Where is the protection? Where is the security?

Even if Karpal was wrong in accusing UMNO Youth for the bullet incident, he is protected by parliamentary immunity. This is not the way to deal with the issue! For goodness sake, does it really take 22 grown men to 'demand an apology' from a man on a wheelchair?

Sigh, I am disgusted! With people like this in our midst, no matter what good some of us in the BN try to do, it will all just go down the political drain.

Friday 20 February 2009

Anjing keling? Yet again!!!

Malaysiakini reports that a student in Selayang has lodged a police report after his teacher physically and verbally abused him. In his police report filed at the Selayang Baru police station last night, A Kuganeshwaran, a form two student at SMK Darul Ehsan, said: "The teacher called me 'anjing' (dog) and 'keling'." The teacher had apparently also punched him.

This is not the first time. This won't be the last, either. Dato' Seri Hishamuddin, I, we, DEMAND that you take severe action. No more transferring the teacher. If the alleged incident took place as reported, SACK the teacher.

The police should investigate this incident thoroughly. If the act was committed, CHARGE the teacher in court.

The Malaysiakini article is below.

'Anjing, keling': Student files report

Syed Jaymal Zahiid Feb 20, 09 2:19pm

A school is where the seeds of racial unity are supposed to be sowed but there have been cases suggesting otherwise, with the guilty party being none other than the teachers themselves.

Now a new allegation has surfaced from a school in Selayang Baru, where a 14-year-old student claims that he was physically assaulted and verbally abused by a teacher.

In his police report filed at the Selayang Baru police station last night, A Kuganeshwaran, a form two student at SMK Darul Ehsan, said: "The teacher called me 'anjing' (dog) and 'keling'."

He also claimed that the teacher had punched him on the back and arm.

According to Kuganeshwaran, the incident happened during the living skills lesson yesterday.

"There was an announcement made on the class speaker so I stood up to listen to it. My teacher told me to sit but I told him that I wanted to listen to the announcement.

"The teacher then took a wooden stick and approached me. He looked like he wanted to hit me. I pleaded with him not to hit me. Then he placed the stick on the table and punched me," read the report.

The student subsequently informed the headmistress, discipline teacher and class teacher regarding the incident.Kuganeshwaran also stated in his report that his class teacher had pleaded with him not to relate this incident to his parents.

Father sees red

His father K Anchutan, who accompanied his son to file the police report, told Malaysiakini that he was 'very angry' over the incident.

The 38-year-old security guard said a school is a place where children are supposed to be safe from harm.

"I send my kids to school so that they can get the best education and be successful. I did not put them in school to be racially abused and hit by teachers," he added.

Contacted later, SMK Darul Ehsan headmistress Siti Aishah Ismail said a meeting will be convened to discuss the matter today.

"We will investigate first. We want to get all the details and we will speak to the parents as well. We wish to conclude this matter as soon as possible, possibly by next week," she added.

Siti Aishah said once the school completes its investigation, it will submit the findings to the district education department and Education Ministry.

Last July, a teacher from SMK Telok Panglima Garang in Kuala Langat was transferred after she uttered racial slurs and derogatory remarks at several Indian students.

The 35-year-old history teacher had on two occasions called Indian students in a Form Four and Form Five class 'black monkeys', 'negroes' and 'keling pariah'.

Hypocrites Aplenty!

Oh what a week it has been. From Elizabeth Wong to the Perak impasse, Bukit Selambau to Khalid Ibrahim's Lexus.

First, Elizabeth Wong. I think what happened to her was a cheap attempt to smear her. Nothing more, nothing less. It is very disturbing that a woman's reputation, career and peace of mind can be brought crumbling down in such a despicable act. She was a good assemblyperson. She did her job well. She fought hard for human rights issues. She did not deserve this.

But at the same time, Pakatan Rakyat's Standard Operating Procedures needs a little updating. Stop pointing fingers at Barisan Nasional all the time. Her photos was allegedly taken by her ex-boyfriend. He was PKR, not BN. Everytime something happens, it is always "BN this, BN that"! "BN paid him, BN bought that assemblyman, BN threatened him"! What, Anwar? Are ALL your people for sale, or just MOST of them? Oh, and a friendly reminder to Eli... next time please don't wear your specs when you sleep.

The Perak impasse. Well, what can I say? The honourable thing to do would be to go back to the people. It would not be the best for Barisan, but sometimes, honour is more important than power. I rather lose with honour then win without. Now we have a bunch of court cases, suspensions, police reports, talk of emergency. All this at a time when there are bigger issues that need attention.

Bukit Selambau. Ah... another one. MIC did this, MIC this that, BN did this, BN did that. Kidnapping, threats, blah blah blah. Everyone must have missed the report in Malaysiakini that clearly stated V. Arumugam was in the bad books of the Hindraf / Makkal Sakthi boys. The Malaysiakini report clearly stated that is was THEM who wanted him out. But of course, Arumugam was probably following his exit instructions when he made a report insinuating that it was BN that threatened him. Please lah...

Oh, and speaking of Bukit Selambau, we had some UMNO heroes demanding that the seat be contested by UMNO. Apparently MIC has lost the Indian votes. You know what, maybe we have! In the last elections, we obviously lost our Indian voter base. Denying that is stupidity. But hey, we in the MIC have been telling you for donkey years that the Indians are left behind. We demanded so many things. But you wouldn't listen. Our only mistake, we did it behind closed doors, within the BN structure. That made many Indians think we did nothing, and only guys who go out shouting in the the streets were doing something. Well, I don't blame them. How would they know? So now you want the seats? Because we lost the last time? What about all the times we won there? What about the 1999 elections when UMNO performed poorly, but the other BN component parties stood firmly beside you in support? What about all the seats UMNO lost in the last election? Can we redesignate them to other parties since you lost? Think before you talk lah Datuk Mukhriz! Don't shoot us to score brownie points for your UMNO elections!

Finally, there was the cow issue, now the Lexus issue. Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is suing Dato Seri Khir Toyo claiming defamation, but now MACC says there is enough evidence to charge the former. Apparently he used government money to sponsor cattle for his KL constituency. Apparently he used government money to maintain his personal Lexus. Let the courts decide. But the irony is, we get all these people coming and saying "Oh, this is only small money. So and so took billions, you know!" Right, and you saw him take billions? Or you just read it in some blog, and decided it is the gospel truth? And a small bribe is ok? A few hundred thousand is forgivable? Corruption is corruption! Period. If there is evidence that ANYONE misused government funds, charge them! BN or PR, doesn't matter. Don't be hypocrites.

Saturday 7 February 2009

Temple should consider withdrawing police reports.

I refer to the Malaysiakini report 'Temple urged to withdraw police reports' which quotes Shahbandar Shah Alam MIC branch chairman K P Samy asking the Batu Caves temple committee to withdraw the police report lodged by the temple against the 'protesters' who were at the temple grounds preceeding the Nov 25th rally in 2007. Seventy people were subsequently charged in court for illegal assembly and damage to public property.

I fully support this move, and urge the temple committee to strongly consider withdrawing the reports, in conjunction with the Thaipusam festival tomorrow. Let us put our differences behind and move forward as one. I am eager to see the charges against the 70 dropped.

I sincerely hope MIC leaders will take this call by KP Samy seriously and persuade the temple committee to withdraw the reports, and see that the AG drops the charges.

Thursday 5 February 2009

You jump, I jump, remember?

I get up,
And nothing gets me down.
You got it tough.
I've seen the toughest around.
And I know,
Baby, just how you feel.
Youve got to roll with the punches to get to whats real
Oh cant you see me standing here,
Ive got my back against the record machine
I aint the worst that you've seen.
Oh cant you see what I mean?
Might as well jump, jump!
Might as well jump.
Go ahead, jump, jump!
Go ahead, jump.
Aaa-ohh hey you!
How said that?
Baby how you been ?
You say you dont know, you wont know
Until we begin.
Well cant you see me standing here,
I've got my back against the record machine
I aint the worst that you've seen.
Oh cant you see what I mean?
Might as well jump, jump!
Go ahead, jump.
Might as well jump, jump!
Go ahead, jump.
Might as well jump, jump!
Go ahead, jump.
Get it and jump, jump!
Go ahead, jump.

That's a song by Van Halen. It could very well describe the political situation in Perak right now. Let's get one thing straight. I do not condone elected representatives hopping parties. That is an outright betrayal of the voters who put them in power. Voters in Malaysia vote parties, not personalities. It is despicable to betray the trust of the people in such a cheap fashion.

That said, there is a plethora of condemnation against the representatives in Perak who jumped ship. Rightly so. But what puzzles me most, where were all these people when Anwar Ibrahim openly courted BN MPs? What, you think there was no money involved then? Where were all these people when the Bota ADUN jumped ship to PR, albeit for ten days? So that was okay? Why all the fuss now when the PR reps jump to BN? A bunch of hypocrites, I tell you!

I'm upset that BN is trying to wrest control of Perak in this manner. I risk being against BN policy, but I'm saying it anyway. This is NOT RIGHT!

I hope and pray that the Sultan calls for a fresh election. Let's win the right way. I know Anwar Ibrahim started this entire 'kataking' culture. I know the BN has beat him in his own game and made him eat his words. But this is not the way I would like to see the BN get in power. Let's have a brand new state elections, and let the people decide. Either way.

Daulat Tuanku.

P.S. I'm in Bangladesh yet again, with real poor Internet access, so please forgive me if I cannot update this blog as frequently as I'd like to.