24 Jun 2013

Why the big fuss over the indelible ink?

Of late, the Election Commission has come under fire regarding the usage of the indelible ink in the recent general election. Reason being so, the ink was supposedly to remain on the voter’s finger for a few days after it was applied. This ink was applied on the voter’s finger before the voter was allowed to cast their vote.

Everyone can remember, as on the election day, we all walked into the hall, produced our national registration card to the election officer to be verified against the electoral roll. The electoral officer will announce the name and national registration card number loudly. Only then was the indelible ink applied to the voter’s forefinger. Subsequently the ballot paper was given to the voter to cast their vote. This is a straight forward exercise of this election process.

I have watched and read from the newspapers, media portals and viewed it on the television, articles highlighting that the said ink is washable and as a result, the Election Commission was asked to explain upon which the Election Commission chairman and deputy chairman has explained every time on the procedure.

The absolute objective of using this indelible ink is to prevent voters from casting their votes for the 2nd time. This is the sole objective for the usage of this indelible ink. I share my experience of washing this ink after usage, and it took me two (2) days to remove the ink stain. However, some other voters differ and claim that the indelible ink can be washed off straight away.

This issue has been highly politicised and it has caused many of us to question, why? Of course there may be other reasons why this indelible ink can be removed so fast by others and that will definitely need a special team to investigate this matter.

Subsequently, the Election Commission chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof has explained and affirmed to the fact that the most regrettable thing in his life was the failure of the indelible ink to perform. He went on to say that it was the Almighty’s intervention.

Abdul Aziz has appeared in press interviews and on television, and painstakingly made numerous efforts to explain the nature of this voting ink, and he has formed a special team to investigate into this ink fiasco. The writer ponders what other explanations do we expect to get from him.

What is important is if all the political parties have already filed their petitions concerning the fault, fraud or irregularities in the recent GE13, it will be channeled to the courts to determine, for any fault, fraud or irregularities was committed. This is the best rationale that we, the rakyat can rely on.

I appeal to all to stop this big fuss on this issue. We are matured people and we should be fair to the situation and await outcome of the court. So Abdul Aziz and his team should not resign but stay put, more so to explain and furnish answers if they are called upon by the court. -

20 Jun 2013

Teen Benefits From MoU On Heart Treatment

The teeneger is the first beneficiary of a MoU on Heart Treatment between the Taiwan Medical University & the Malaysian Goverment. The MoU was coordinated by Tan Sri Robert Phang , Chairman of Social Care Foundatiion Malaysia and Datuk TS Yong , Consul of the Malaysian Friendship & Trade Centre in Taipei.


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14 Jun 2013

Detainees to be treated as 'innocent until proven guilty'

Bukit Aman has said it will endeavour to ensure that all its officers treat all detainees as innocent until proven guilty.

"We care about the welfare of all, including the prisoners in our custody. They are innocent until proven guilty," said National Key Result Area (NKRA) director Ayob Yaakob.

NONESpeaking after attending the Selangor NKRA briefing at the state police headquarters today, the commissioner said that this principle must be practised by all police officers.

However, Ayob (right) noted that officers must be given proper training to build their knowledge and confidence levels before they can be truly professional, as well as being provided the proper facilities and amenities to do their job effectively.

"We in Bukit Aman will act as facilitators in this and provide them all that is needed. It is unfair for us to issue orders, yet not give them the resources to implement them."

He said that feedback on deficiencies in the work of the police, such problems in the lock-ups, "are painful to hear", but must be addressed to regain the people's trust.

'The rakyat still has faith in us'

"It is good that they complain, as this shows they still have faith in the police and want to see us improve and be the force that they truly trust."

As such, Ayob urged all police officers to adhere to existing standard operating procedures, help the higher-ups to improve them for the betterment of the force as a service delivery outfit, and to restore public faith in the police.

He also said analyses and studies were being done on weaknesses in the current lock-up system as well as in other areas.

On another note, Ayob announced that international consultancy firm Frost & Sullivans has been contracted to study how members pf the public feel about the men and women in blue.

"We want to measure public perception of the police force and how safe they feel (under our watch).”

He explained that the study would be carried out in two phases.

The first is a six-month initial study, the results of which will be used to formulate a plan to address any shortcomings identified.

The second would be an ongoing assessment of public perception and feedback, in that a time frame would be set and extended as needed.

The results of the study, Ayob said, would be the yardstick for the force to plan reforms and new initiatives.

Allocations for the exercise would be taken from special allotments reserved for NKRA implementation, he added.

Source :  http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/232945







「批 文」一日不改,董总不愿承认,董总的「王牌」是统考,没有」统考「这张「王牌」,我估计董总讲什么都不会激起「千层浪」。董总无法为关丹中华中学参加统考 的大门敞开,是有其复杂的歷史因素,也有明文的法律技术问题。对于一个內部的学校考试,在参加学校身份「妾身未明」时,显然的董总不愿「冒险」,因为后患 可能无穷。











国 民型中学今天「惨痛」的经验其实就是一个活生生的「骗局」,我们华人、华教、华团领袖难道还没有吸取教训。当年政府是怎样对国民型中学作出保证的,50多 年过去了,国民型中学的质变,难道例子还不够鲜明吗?还不够让我们对政府的所谓承诺「步步为营」吗?当年信誓旦旦的口头保证,只能用「不堪回首」来形容。 国中的7节华文节数,请你去看统计数字,现在有多少国民型中学到今天还保持原貌?又得到多少合理的拨款?歷史是一面镜子,为何我们仍然自我「感觉良好」去 迷信「政治的慌言」。


现在关丹中华中学的批文,白纸黑字就 是私立国中,可以考统考也只是「口头保证」,问题是这些首相或副首相的保证有意义吗?有法律约束吗?难道我们相信「人治」多于「法治」吗?当年国民型中学 的保证事实已经证明了是一张彻彻底底的「空头支票」,难道我们现在还要再接受另一张「空头支票」?


我 认为,关丹中华中学应该回到原点。华教元老也是教总前副主席陆庭諭的建议是有见地的,即是:修改关中批文,参照新山宽柔分校的模式称为Sekolah Tambahan,以吉隆坡中华独中分校的方式用Sekolah Tambahan SMP Chong Hwa,在关丹开办新独中。

陆 庭諭指出,教育部批文已经清楚阐明关丹中华是「马来文中学」,因此即使校方採用三三制与独中课本,也不能参加统考。他强调,华文独中统考的定位是华文独中 的內部考试。基于此,他说,为了避免华文独中第二次改制的隱忧,当前的方法就是修改关中批文。他强调「这才表示教育部没有双重標准,教育部有下台阶,也达 致华社的愿望。」






Source:  http://www.orientaldaily.com.my/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=60092:&Itemid=201


华教最后堡垒保卫战!谁是引清兵入关的现代吴三桂? 文:张丹枫


... 根据教育部批文,关丹中华绝对就是一所私立国中,这个毋庸置疑;不是华总的方天兴、教总的王超群、马华的魏家祥、关丹的华社老人陈玉康说它是独中就是独中。这个道理就像明明牠是一只羊,不会因为几个人口口声声说牠是一只狗,牠就变成了狗。









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4 Jun 2013

To all my Comrades, Good Friends and Fellow Malaysian Citizens,

I am a senior citizen and A-Political.

Please kindly take note. I am not interested to do something, in order to seek fame or favour. I just want to serve the Rakyat in my humble devotion. I am only interested to do more social work – servicing the needy fellow Malaysians without condition.

What I have done in the past and even now is to be vocal against the corrupted people and more so the Government servants even to the high ranking officials including Ministers, and I am moving ahead in this direction without fear or favor.

After GE13, it is a very clear cemented proof that MCA has failed to win the support of the Chinese Community. I am sure, majority of our Chinese Community are fed-up with MCA leadership but they certainly do love Malaysia.

Henceforth perhaps the setting up of the Chinese Affairs Council can be seen as a vital bridge in this arena creating the opportunity to interact with each other and perhaps help to win back the support of the Chinese Community to the Government of the day.


3 Jun 2013

Paul Low’s appointment a ‘constitutional blunder’, says lawyer

KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 — Prominent lawyer Tommy Thomas accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of a “blunder” today when he appointed five ministers and deputy ministers without them being MPs or senators in the first place.

Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) chief Datuk Paul Low (picture) and Maybank CEO Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar were both sworn in as ministers on May 16 together with three deputy ministers despite none of them being appointed senators.

“Under the Federal Constitution, the sequence is plain and clear: one must first be elected by the people or be appointed to the Senate before one can become a minister; and not the other way.

“If these ministers and deputy ministers have been discharging the functions of their office since May 16, they have been acting unconstitutionally,” said Thomas in a commentary piece run by online news portal Malaysiakini.

According to Thomas, the five men had told an untruth if they had taken the oath of office and allegiance under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution in front of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The oath reads: “I, ......., having been appointed as a member of the Senate, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully discharge my duties as such to the best of my ability, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to Malaysia, and will preserve, protect and defend its constitution.”

Article 43(2)(b) of the Federal Constitution states that a minister must be a member of either House of Parliament.

Articles 43A(1) and 43B(1) state that deputy ministers and parliamentary secretaries must be parliamentarians, and only political secretaries are exempt from the rule.

Thomas also called for the respective parties to take immediate corrective steps for the “monumental blunder”, including by apologising to Malaysians.

DAP chairman Karpal Singh had last month said the Federal Constitution should be amended to abolish the Senate.

“There is no need for the Senate. It is an unnecessary expense required to be borne by the people. It does not serve a useful purpose.

“It only encourages those who have been rejected by the people or others to be brought into Parliament through the back door via the Senate as in law Parliament also includes the Senate,” he told a press conference.

His remark had been criticised by Senator Datuk Boon Som Inong who regarded it as ridiculing the Federal Constitution, and insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong who appointed members of the Senate.

Source :  http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/paul-lows-appointment-a-constitutional-blunder-says-lawyer/

Low's early fumbles are costly, says Phang

INTERVIEW Former Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) head Paul Low had made some costly mistakes early into his foray as a cabinet minister, said Robert Phang, who was once a TI-M exco member.

Phang said Low should have followed due process prior to his departure as TI-M president on May 24 in order for the organisation's exco to take the necessary measures.
NONEInstead, Phang said the sudden departure had caused "turmoil" in TI-M's leadership.
“His sudden resignation to become a Cabinet minister had led to a chaotic situation not because he was indispensable but because he has deviated from the real code in TI namely transparency and integrity," he said.

Phang said that Low could have called for an emergency TI-M exco meeting to inform them of his decision to accept the appointment to cabinet and not resign only when he was sworn-in as a minister.
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He said that this had shown a lack of integrity and described it as a "big insult" to TI-M, which is meant to promote transparency and integrity in governance.