Dec 20, 2008

Poll Result : What Malaysian Say About the Ban of HINDRAF?

The ban of HINDRAF by Home Ministry drew various types of reaction among Malaysian, and it is still a hot topic to discuss since months ago till today. Some Malaysian agree with the ban and some deny the government’s action. In order to get some response from the Malaysian, I have created a poll to get know what is actually in their mind. A total of 157 voted in the poll on whether HINDRAF should be outlawed or shouldn’t.

Based on the results, we can see 49 out of 138 voted that they are agreeing with government’s action to ban HINDRAF. Its around 31% agreed that the banning of HINDRAF was relevant step by government to end the marginalisation of Malaysian Indian. And there are large number of them voted that government shouldn’t stop the HINDRAF movement. They believe that it’s not a good solution to deal with the Malaysian Indian that claiming that they have been marginalized for more than half century. 108 voters or 68% are those oppose the ban of HINDRAF.

In my opinion, majority of Malaysian supports HINDRAF to be a human right movement to defend the Malaysian Indian from continuously marginalised. This totally rejected accusation of government that HINDRAF is causing racial tensions. Multiracial Malaysia mostly voted to support HINDRAF movement; it’s a clear message that something wrong with the governance system and its policies. Rather than accuse HINDRAF, I believe Malaysian wants government to look at the issue once again and find out what’s wrong in the system.

I think we need a brand new systems or policies that help every Malaysian regardless of race and religion. It’s better to change the government policies that failed to uplift the Malaysian in various sectors. It’s important to satisfy everyone including the race based movements like HINDRAF, ABIM, Dong Jiao Zhong and others. Lets we strive together in same vision and mission. No one can be left out from mainstream development in order to form a competent nation under one umbrella of Malaysian flag.

Hope my messages reach the government. By banning HINDRAF movement, they can’t solve the Malaysian Indian community dilemmas and so to satisfy the non-Indian wish. Then if government doesn’t want to make the U-turn to re-legalised HINDRAF then it must set new plans to end the marginalization of Malaysian Indians as well as other marginalized groups in the country including Malay, Chinese, Kadazan, Dusun, Murut in Sabah, the Ibans, Penans, other minorities in Sarawak and Orang Asli of course.

Thanks for the vote!

Dec 19, 2008

"JERITAN RAKYAT" Shaked Parliament!

Congratulation to Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT) cyclists for bringing Malaysian peoples aspirations to parliament house from north and south. During more than two weeks of journey, JERIT cyclist faced a lot of tests from various group of people along their journey.

Here are some demands by JERIT cyclist:

Must watch video:

Dec 18, 2008

Fishermen End Protest, Government Yet to Respond


With the international oil price having gone down to US$40 per barrel, fisherman around nation want the diesel price to go back to RM1. The strike, which started last Friday and initially for three days, reportedly involved some 45,000 fishermen from seven states. On Monday, the fishermen decided to extend their protest and now its over.

They hope the Government will bring down the price of diesel supplied to fishermen to RM1 per litre. Their livelihood was affected when the diesel price jumped from RM1 a litre to RM1.43 in June. The fishermen said that their monthly costs increased by at least RM5,000 and its make them hard to survive.

Fishermen from Selangor and southern Perak go back to the sea today after six days away to press their claims for a lower diesel price. The decision came following a dialogue that Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai and Housing and Local Government Minister Ong Ka Chuan had with some 100 fishermen yesterday. Hope the government listen to fishermen plights to reduce the fuel price.

Malaysian parliament going to debate on the fishermen's diesel protest today. This issue are accepted to be debated in Dewan Rakyat yesterday because its specific, of public interest and with urgency. Lets hope good news for suffering fishermen!

Dec 17, 2008

Suddenly, Everyone Starts Blogging.....


Malaysia's political leaders are rushing to set up blogs and increase their postings on existing ones after recent polls showed how effective the Internet has been. The move signals a dramatic turnaround because until recently, senior political leaders dismissed bloggers as rumour-mongers and even described some as 'stupid' and 'monkeys'. The authorities have also detained some bloggers for allegedly libelous or seditious postings.

Former Selangor MB Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo started his blog towards last March, another colleague of his started one. This is the Malacca Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam. The two must have gotten over their fear of being described liars, and monkeys. It's early days yet, but Dr Khir's blog appears to have received tremendous response since he started. He said that it's impossible to respond to every query but he read every single comment that has submitted by the readers. For sure, don't forget Tun Dr Mahathir's Chedet, and Datuk Seri Najib's new website that had been launched just few months ago.

The bloggers joined several Opposition bloggers who have been writing much earlier. They include Jeff Ooi, Tony Pua, Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang. The opposition party leaders have much more experience in blogging field. The blog turned to an important source of information in our nation even before March 8 political Tsunami.

MPs and ADUNs would be in a better position to try and convince voters to vote for them through blog. These people did not blog just for the fun of it but they blog because they want to engage their voters, and blogging give the voters direct access to their "wakil rakyat".

Dec 16, 2008

BN/MIC Admit that They Have Contributed Little to Malaysian Indian

MIC party President Dato S Samy Vellu tries to restore the party’s popularity among Malaysian Indian by pressuring it's own party, BN. He released press statement that Barisan Nasional (BN) should do more to Indian community. Read here- Do more for Indians.
Samy Vellu wants Malaysian Indian to support MIC again; he said BN has started some efforts to uplift social and economic status. But I haven’t seen anything yet. How about you? Is it another lip service akin to frequently they do? Or anyone can tell me how they started their initiatives.

After huge defeat in the March 8 political Tsunami, I can hear the MIC rebranding workshop everywhere. But there are no clear evidences on what they are rebranding on! They are not showing honesty and seriousness to strengthen Malaysian Indian in every aspect including social, economic, education and politics.

He also said that there are 50 million allocations for Tamil schools. Until today I have not see any schools received the fund. Hope MIC not again mishandles the allocation like it happened in MAIKA Holdings and Telecom share scandals. Make sure the money reach right places! Most of the Tamil schools now are partially aided; I think MIC should have made the schools fully aided long time ago. Not now after the damages has been done.

BN/MIC knows that they are contributed too little to Malaysian Indian; 25 November 2007 (HINDRAF rally) showed that this statement is extremely undeniable. Glad to hear that Samy Vellu admitted that, but please don’t wait until next election to make empty promises again. We are awakened after more than half century of marginalization, solve all our problems immediately!

Dec 15, 2008

Let University Students to Exercise Their Political Rights

Malaysian government should restore democracy on campuses by repealing or amending the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA/AUKU) . Students must be given opportunity to take part in democracy processes since universities are supposed to be the place where intellectuals and future leaders are educated.

Higher Education Ministry should have upheld democratic principles are in the campuses rather than tie up students from involving in politics. Be open on student's view and criticism on the politics. The education ministry must function professionally, be transparent, and not use its position to advance a certain political agenda in the universities. University administrations should not allow it to be controlled by any political hidden agendas by operates independently. It’s important not to sacrifice the integrity of the university through the different thought and views of politics among the students and administration.

Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA/AUKU) has been haunting Malaysian University students for such a long time, it's the right time now to repeal or amend the law. Restoring the rights of students will allow students to give their view and opinion on the progression of nation and the administration generally. Let students top train themself to be capable leaders in future. Freedom to voice their opinions on both local and international political issues lead students to build their leadership qualities.

Malaysian parliament must amend the UUCA/AUKU to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of university students. Most of the nation that practice democracy processes tolerate and support the university students to involve in the politics. Why not Malaysia?