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Why are Malays fleeing?

| December 20, 2014

Zaid Ibrahim recently spoke to The South China Morning Post about Malays fleeing Malaysia to escape the imposition of increasingly extremist ideology by the authorities and various NGOs. The encroachment of the moral police on our everyday life has become more and more obvious and it has frightened some of the ummah, especially when a lot of the rhetoric has become a case of ‘”us versus them”, them being the undefined “musuh-musuh Islam” spoken of by just about every NGO that claims to be defending Islam.

It has come to the point where even our children are put under tremendous peer pressure to be more “Muslim”, and some of us have taken to sending them to religious school immediately after regular school and they stay there until late afternoon. When do they have time for play?

There is indeed a general environment of fear caused not only be the screaming NGOs, but also by the mosque preachers who should know better. At least for those who live in the suburban areas of Selangor, it is not uncommon to hear sermons at almost every other hour of the day blaring through the loud speakers. And more often than not, the subject is divine wrath rather than divine love or beauty. And children hear all this when they should instead be introduced to the beauty of faith, the mysteries of the divine, the love of God that permeates our lives.

Perhaps it’s all part of the push back against the various social ills that plague our society. From incest to drug abuse to robbery, these social ills are nothing to laugh at and need to be dealt with if we hope to ever become a modern society. But a hardline approach is not necessarily always the answer or the solution as it is human nature to push back.

To quote my good friend Megat, “It’s a common sight nowadays seeing Muslims doing what is clearly haram and the authorities’ way of handling these matters seems very aggressive, which only make people do the haram stuff more. The authorities should be showing examples of how Islam actually works rather than making statements about what is right or wrong, or worse, showing how eager they are to punish.”

That’s a pretty good point. Our religious authorities go about their duties in what seems like absolute assurance of their invulnerability, knocking on doors in the middle of the night to find evidence of wrongdoing, warrants be damned. Instead of serving the needy, finding ways to educate and uplift them, we’re more interested in harassing people for any sign of sinful activity, not showing them that there is more to aspire to.

Spying on your neighbour

What is really scary is that the moral policing zeal might soon infect ordinary people like you and me, and we’ll be spying on our neighbours. Once the idea has set in that you have the obligation to police your neighbours, it escalates to taking on authority in telling them what to do, and how to live their lives. Going one step further and forcing them by intimidation is where we cross the line and become that which we profess to hate.

Another friend, Faiz, actually made the move to Australia, but wasn’t able to stay. But he agrees with Zaid Ibrahim that the current oppressive atmosphere created by the religious authorities is unhealthy, and is not an environment he wants his children to grow up in. And he would migrate in an instant if he could.

Faiz may be liberal, but he is a committed Muslim and a good man. For him to be so fearful of this atmosphere and the effect it will have on his children is a good indicator for how Malays feel about the zealots taking over their lives.

Megat agrees. “These zealots believe that there’s only one way to show what’s true (in the context of Islam).” The moderate and liberal Muslims feel compelled to migrate because “the aggressive approach of the authorities on handling Islamic matters in Malaysia is not only ineffective but, at times, inconsiderate.” After all, he explains, Islam is so widespread in the world today you can live in almost every foreign city and practice the faith. “There are shops selling halal food and mosques you can go to for Friday prayers.”

The government must once more define the boundaries of the religious authorities. That they are scaring off our own people is a grave sign for Malaysia, and is not healthy for not only adults, but for the children. If they are taught to do good out of fear, that is against everything the faith stands for. Doing good should come from love and good intentions. It’s time to rethink how we embrace the faith, and the faith will be strengthened by it.

Podcast: Bersih Altanta trio prepares for rally

10:11AM Apr 26, 2012

In the ninth ‘Middle Malaysia’ podcast, media consultant Oon Yeoh has a special Skype conversation with a trio of Malaysians living in Atlanta, United States, who are organising the Bersih gathering over there.

They are so gung-ho about Bersih 3.0 that they actually came dressed in yellow for the podcast recording.

Gary Tan, Jamie Koh and ‘Batman’ Lim, who met one another in the US through a summer internship programme, had all witnessed Bersih 2.0 from afar, and were both inspired and motivated by what had happened back home. So, when Bersih 3.0 was announced, they decided they had to be a part of it.

It hasn’t been easy though. It’s the first time they are organising something like this. But with encouragement and advice from Bersih coordinators in other major US cities, they are putting it together. They are hoping to get around 50 people for the Atlanta gathering.

Gary, Jamie and Lim share with us how they keep in touch with Malaysian news and political developments. Not surprisingly, it’s not through the websites of mainstream media.

And, they share with us what they individually think will be the outcome of the upcoming general elections. Interestingly, all three give differing views on this.

The Atlanta group is just one of around 70 committees around the world which are organising Bersih events to be held in their cities on April 28.

They provide us with a glimpse of what it’s like for Malaysians living abroad, who still love their country and who want to do their bit to raise awareness about the need for reforms and change.

Listen to Gary, Jamie and Lim in this 12-minute podcast.

Previous podcasts

Podcast 1: Tian Chua, Batu MP

Podcast 2: S Ambiga, Bersih coordinator

Podcast 3: Kee Thuan Chye, author and playwright

Podcast 4: Teresa Kok, Selangor senior exco

Podcast 5: Wan Saiful Wan Jan, CEO of Ideas

Podcast 6: Lim Guan Eng, Penang CM

Podcast 7: Maria Chin, Empower chief

Podcast 8: Liew Chin Tong, Bukit Bendera MP

Projek Langat 2, Kerajaan Pusat Terus Takutkan Rakyat
May 16, 2011
by Dr. Dzul

SHAH ALAM 16 MEI : Ahli Parlimen Kuala Selangor, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad menyifatkan tindakan media kawalan Umno-Barisan Nasional(BN) dengan mendakwa tiga kawasan padat penduduk dan maju seperti di Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya bakal berdepan krisis bekalan air menjelang 2014 merupakan satu lagi usaha Kerajaan Pusat untuk menekan Kerajaan Negeri supaya memberi sokongan terhadap Projek Loji Rawatan Air Langat 2.
Malah menurut Dr Dzulkefly, usaha berterusan daripada Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air (KeTTHA) dan Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN) hanya untuk menakut-nakutkan rakyat serta disifatkan sebagai satu desakan yang tidak bertangggung jawab.

Dr Dzulkefly berkata, laporan SPAN yang mengatakan margin simpanan air akan merosot ke paras merbahaya dalam masa empat tahun akan datang adalah berbeza dengan pandangan Lembaga Urusan Air Selangor (LUAS) dan badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) lain yang pernah membuat penilaian mengenainya.

“Kalau Kementerian Tenaga, Teknlogi Hijau dan Air (KeTTHA) dan SPAN benar-benar mahu memastikan Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan (Kuala Lumpur) dan Putrajaya tidak mengalami defisit mahupun kekurangan air pada tahun 2014 sepertimana yang digembar-gemburkan.
“ KeTTHA dan SPAN perlu segera menamatkan pertikaian serta persoalan dalam pemberian pajakan itu kepada kerajaan negeri,” katanya ketika dihubungi TV Selangor.

Dr Dzulkefly berkata demikian ketika dihubungi Tv Selangor bagi mengulas laporan akhbar Harian Metro bahawa SPAN mendakwa margin simpanan air di tiga wilayah utama iaitu Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya mencatatkan pengurangan ketara dari setahun ke setahun.

Ujar Dr Dzulkefly lagi, usaha menakutkan dan menekan kepimpinan Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abd Khalid Ibrahim adalah sesuatu yang tidak wajar semata-mata untuk menyokong kerajaan pusat bagi melaksanakan projek Loji Rawatan Air Langat 2 yang menelan belanja RM8.6 bilion kerana ia telah dipersetujui oleh kerajaan negeri sebelum ini ketika Selangor diterajui Barisan Nasional (BN).

“Projek sebesar ini perlu diberikan penilaian yang teliti kerana kita telah diperingatkan oleh pakar-pakar ekonomi dan para analisis serta investment analise daripada investment bankers bahawa projek-projek mega yang dikendalikan kerajaan pusat seperti empangan Bakun, PKFZ dan yang lain lazimnya akan berakhir dengan pelbagai lebihan kos.

“Ianya jelas dari sudut kos efektifnya dimana ia tidak boleh diyakinkan mengapa pembayar cukai yang perlu membayarnya dan yang paling ketara adalah Bakun iaitu projek dengan lebihan kos yang mencecah hampir RM1 bilion,” katanya.

Tambah Dr Dzulkefly, Kerajaan Pusat seharusnya sedar bahawa Kerajaan Negeri akan sentiasa berusaha untuk mencari sumber air yang lain tanpperlu menjejaskan pengguna dan rakyat Selangor khususnya.
Katanya lagi, usaha itu bukan sahaja akan menjimatkan kantong negara malah ia tidak memerlukan kos besar kerana Selangor merupakan salah satu negeri yang mempunyai sumber air terbesar di negara ini.

”Melalui sumber air bawah tanah ini kalau dihitungdari sudut kos ianya jauh lebih murah yakni senisbah kecil dari lapan billion tak sampai pun ratusan juta berbanding dengan lapan ribu juta,” katanya.

SPAN semalam dilaporkan berkata margin simpanan air di tiga wilayah utama iaitu Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya mencatatkan pengurangan ketara dari setahun ke setahun.

Pengurangan di tiga wilayah utama itu juga dijangka akan berkurangan sebanyak enam peratus (263 JLH sehari) pada 2010 kepada 4.98 peratus (221 JLH) pada 2011, 5.25 peratus (244 JLH) pada 2012 dan kepada 0.4 peratus atau 19 JLH pada 2013.

SPAN turut menjangkakan menjelang akhir 2014 margin simpanan air ini akan mengalami defisit sebanyak 217 JLH dan jumlah defisit ini akan meningkat kepada 460 JLH pada 2015 dan ia berada pada tahap kritikal.

Why Muhyiddin’s education system sucks!
26 April 2011 –

During the Sarawak state general election campaign, both the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin promised to consider the return of the teaching of science and mathematics in English (PPSMI) and that the government would study the possibility of using two mediums of instruction for teaching science and maths.

Has the Cabinet set in motion the return of PPSMI and the use of two mediums of instruction for teaching science and maths or is this just an empty campaign ploy for the Sarawak state elections?

Instead Muhyiddin as the Education Minister has brought forward the abolition of PPSMI by one year, from 2012 to 2011, catching parents and students by surprise.

Is he going to give the parents the option to decide whether to revert back to PPSMI for this year until a decision is taken whether the Cabinet is going to adopt two mediums of instruction for teaching science and maths?

The Barisan Nasional’s education system sucks basically for two reasons:

Firstly, failing to produce internationally-recognised a high-quality education system from primary to secondary and tertiary level which could meet the country’s aspirations to be a globally competitive nation with a creative workforce; and

Secondly, failing to be a major instrument of the Malaysian nation-building process.

I have just received a complaint that illustrates this outrageous aspect of the national education system – that although the Prime Minister is spending RM70 million to preach his 1Malaysia policy, the education system headed by the Deputy Prime Minister is already blatantly promoting the “1Melayu” call of Utusan Malaysia.

The latest April 2011 issue of Dewan Masyarakat with its feature article “Penghakisan Tanah Pusaka – Meruntuhkan Kuasa Politik Melayu (Bahagian Satu)” by Noor Azam which is compulsory reading material for all Form VI students for their General Paper is a case in point.

The article by Noor Azam, formerly political secretary to the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and ex-Chairman of TV3, quoting extensively from Mahathir’s “Malay Dilemma”, reeks of rabid Malay communalism studded with lies and falsehoods especially about the DAP, promoted Utusan Malaysia’s “1Melayu” slogan and the “Ketuanan Melayu” concept.

Clearly Noor Azam has either never heard or rejects Najib’s 1Malaysia objective to create “a more vibrant, more productive and more competitive” Malaysia where “every Malaysian perceives himself or herself as Malaysian first, and by race, religion, geographical region or socio-economic background second and where the principles of 1Malaysia are woven into the economic, political and social fabric of society”.

Noor Azam’s article in Dewan Masyarakat is excellent educational material to illustrate the outmoded thinking and communal poison which Malaysians must transcend if they are to move from the narrow and exclusive “1Melayu” call to the all-embracing, inclusive “1Malaysia” concept.

But this clearly is not the case for the reason why this Dewan Masyarakat article is made required reading for all Form VI students for their compulsory General Paper.

All Cabinet Ministers should immediately get a copy of the April 2011 issue of Dewan Masyarakat and read Noor Azam’s article and decide whether it is promoting Utusan’s “1Melayu” call or Najib’s “1Malaysia” concept.

Malaysians await as to whether the Cabinet would do what is right and expected of them tomorrow – to rescind the decision of the Education Ministry to make the article compulsory reading for General Paper for Form VI students and to express regret that the official organ of a government agency, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka is openly challenging Najib’s 1Malaysia concept by adopting Utusan Malaysia’s contradictory “1Melayu” call.

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455 more Malaysian students scheduled to return home today
Submitted by Najiah on Monday, February 7th, 2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011 19:46:00
JEDDAH: A total of 455 more Malaysian students evacuated from Egypt and sheltered at the Haj Transit Centre, Madinatul Hujjaj here, are scheduled to depart for Malaysia today.

Malaysia’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Prof Datuk Syed Omar Al Saggaf, said 355 of them would fly home on a special Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight at 4pm while the remaining 100 on MAS commercial flight MH141 at 9.20pm (all local times).

“Tomorrow, 1,215 more students will be sent home, 355 on a special MAS flight and 860 on two Boeing 747 aircraft contributed by the Saudi government,” he told a news conference here.

He said the embassy was stepping out efforts to sent home students evacuated from Cairo as quickly as possible to prevent cramping at the centre.

At present, the centre is providing shelter for 5,233 students airlifted out of Egypt and with the 455 students scheduled to leave today plus the 1,215 tomorrow, it is expected that the reduced congestion would help the remaining students to be more comfortable.

Syed Omar said the MAS flight tomorrow was scheduled to depart at 2.20pm while the aircraft provided by the Saudi government at 6pm and 9pm respectively.

He also said at the same time, the embassy was also making efforts to sent the students home on commercial flights.

“We want the students to get home as quickly as possibele,” he said, adding that the embassy was making plans for daily flights able to bring home 455 students in one go from Wednesday (Feb 9) till Feb 13.

“The day after tomorrow and thereafter we aim to have one flight daily from Jeddah for the students and if can, we aim to complete the mission of sending the evacuated students home by Sunday (Feb 13),” he said.

He urged the parents of the students to be patient and assured that the embassy, government agencies involved and Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) were taking good care of the students at the centre.

He added that TH was providing three meals a day for them and also necessities like toothbrush and tootpaste, towels and soap besides milk for those with little children as well as health services.

**All Malaysians should be made aware of this clause…….**

*The limit of your liability for a lost or stolen credit card is RM250.00 only
under Rule 13.2 of the Bank Negara rules on credit card if it has been
fraudulently used.*

Please note this limit and ensure that your bank does not overcharge you
should your card have been used illegally.

Most are unaware of RM250 limited liability – PLEASE READ AND BE
INFORMED! CARDHOLDERS need not pay more than RM250 whenever
their lost or stolen credit cards are used by others. Yet, often times, they
end up paying much more.

This is because Bank Negara has not informed cardholders that they do

not have to pay more than RM250 for fraudulent transactions carried out
using their lost or stolen cards, when they had not acted fraudulently and
had informed the banks about the lost or stolen cards as soon as possible.

This protection is given under Clause 13.2 of Bank Negara’s Credit Card

“The cardholder’s maximum liability for unauthorised transactions as a
consequence of a lost or stolen credit card shall be confined to a limit
specified by the issuer of credit cards, which shall not exceed RM250
provided the cardholder has not acted fraudulently or has not failed to
inform the issuer of credit cards as soon asreasonably practicable after
having found that his credit card is lost or stolen.”

Banks know about Clause 13.2 but have chosen to ignore it. Instead
they pursue cardholders for the fraudulent transactions.

They will tell cardholders that a clause in the credit card contracts states
that all transactions carried out before the loss of the cards are reported to
the banks, are deemed to be carried out by the cardholders.

Many cardholders then pay up because they are unaware of the RM250
limited liability.

Bank Negara should rule that:

*THE RM250 maximum liability on fraudulent transactions is highlighted
to cardholders in the card agreements as well as in the monthly card

*BANKS are not allowed to insert any clause in the card agreement which
is contrary to Clause 13.2.


*BANKS should refund all money in excess of the RM250 collected from

whose cases clearly come under Clause 13.2.

Consumers Association of Penang

Academicians agree exams be scrapped but study needed first
By Bernama
Monday, June 21st, 2010 21:27:00
BESUT: Academicians generally support the government’s move to abolish the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR), but urged that a thorough study be done first.

Many of them, however, agree that the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination be continued in order to gauge the students’ academic performance before they enter the job market.

Senior lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia’s School of Educational Studies, Assoc Prof Dr Hashim Othman, said what came out of the UPSR and PMR all this while was a culture of examination-oriented education and which did not really produce knowledgeable or skilled students.

He said the school system from the primary level up to Form Three should be based on how far the students could solve problems.

“It’s even better if they can apply the education they receive in school in their everyday life,” he told Bernama when asked to comment on the government’s plan.

Hashim said a good example of the effects of exam-oriented education was the failure of students to communicate well although they did well in their Bahasa Melayu and English language exam papers or to solve problems even if they passed their examinations with flying colours.

Assoc Prof Dr Abdul Rashid Jamian from Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Faculty of Educational Studies, said primary education should instead focus on teaching pupils to master reading, writing and arithmetic.

He said the UPSR emphasised too much on the individual’s achievement, causing parents to lose focus and putting pressure on their children to get straight A’s.

“I agree if examinations are managed by schools, and the district or state education offices to measure the students’ achievement at the end of the year.”

Abdul Rashid also agreed if at the secondary level, students were given education according to their capability or skills, for example, in Science, technical subjects, arts or craft.

He also feels that the Living Skills subject should be strengthened at the secondary level before the students sit for their SPM exam.

Advisor of the Bahasa Melayu Educators Association, Professor Emeritus Abdullah Hassan said there should be a comprehensive study done before thegovernment could decide whether to scrap the UPSR and PMR

No sure true or not but stay tune…

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 8 – The mechanism for fuel pricing in Malaysia has finally been finalized and controlled under one mechanism, which also takes the high and lower income group people into consideration, according to Finance Trade Minister Tan Sri Anuar Ali.

“From May 1, the fuel will be pegged at RM 3.90 per litre for RON97, while RON95 will increase to RM 3.70 per litre. However, the prices of national-made vehicles will be lowered by at least 40 percent. For example, a full-spec family sedan Proton Persona 1.6 litre engine will cost around RM 23,000.00 excluding road tax and insurance. Import tax and excise duty will be revised to only 30 percent, from the current 200 percent. Imported vehicles such as the new Toyota Camry 2.4 litre engine will cost around RM 65,000.00.” he said.

The mechanics has been said to be undertaken by a team of experts from Australia and Canada who were earlier briefed on the issue of subsidy in this country, whereas after consideration by the transport minister, they have signed the constitution that the system will be made on May 1, the day it goes into effect.

Under the new system, there will be a major effect on the existing consumers who have already purchased a vehicle and to those who are in the midst of repaying the loan of their vehicle to their financial institutions.

Ahmad Tajuddin said the government might also re-introduce a cash return annually to Malaysians who own a 1,500 cc and below vehicle. The amount have yet to be decided but he assured that the amount will compensate the price of fuel by at least half to eligible Malaysians based on bumi quota.
– SkyNet News Asia

About Malaysia: Social Customs

1. Every races or religions would definitely have their own beliefs and customs to follow. Malaysians are able to live together in a harmonious multicultural living environment, in order to achieve peace and unity.

2. Although handshakes generally suffice for both men and women, some Muslim ladies may acknowledge an introduction with a gentleman with a nod of her head
and smile.

3. Shoes must be removed when entering a Malaysian home. It is also customary to do so upon entering a mosque or an Indian temple or Buddhist temple.

4. It is polite to call before visiting a home.

5. Business cards are always exchanged and should be both given and received with both hands at all times. Study the card for a few moments before placing it in
your pocket.

6. The “salam” is the Muslim equivalent of a handshake. A younger person usually offers the salam by clasping the hand(s) of the elder. This is usually followed by a verbal greeting of “Assalamualaikum” (Peace be upon you).

7. A non-Muslim should note that in Islam, physical contact between the opposite sex is discouraged. Thus,a non-Muslim should not be unnecessarily alarmed if
their offer of a handshake is not reciprocated by a member of the opposite sex.

8. Never give liquor to a Muslim (alcoholic beverages are forbidden in the Muslim religion), or clocks, watches, knives or white flowers to a Chinese person
(white flowers are associated with death in Chinese culture, and so are clocks, knives and watches – the word for time and death sound similar).

9. The right hand is always used when eating with one’s hand or when giving and receiving objects The right forefinger is not used to point at places, objects or persons. Instead, the thumb of the right hand with the four fingers, folded under is preferred usage.

10. The Chinese use their family names preceded by Mr., Mrs., or Miss. A firm handshake and a “hello” are suitable as a greeting.
11. Toasting is not a common practice because Malaysia has a large Muslim population, which does not drink.

12. What to wear: It is ideal to have light clothing to wear year round. In the evenings, a light wrap may be advised. It is also advisable for ladies to wear
long sleeves and loose pants or long skirts when entering mosques and temples.

13. No tipping in Malaysia. Tipping is usually not necessary, unless service is excellent. Most hotels and large restaurants add a 10% service charge automatically.
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The Truth About Kampung Buah Pala
When the Hindraf members were released, I stated that most likely they had stuck a deal with UMNO.

Now it looks as if this is true. They deny the truth , distorted the truth and sought to discredit PR for their own selfish agenda.

Dear all,


Kg Buah Pala – The truth, that the Main Stream Media will never published, Press Statement By Penang CM In Georgetown On 30.6.2009.

TUESDAY, 30 JUNE 2009 11:51 webmaster

Hindraf Must Wake Up And Realise That Kampung Buah Pala Is Still Standing Today Because The Penang Pakatan Rakyat State Government Had Successfully Prevented Them From Be ing Evicted In The Middle Of Last Year.

The Penang Pakatan Rakyat state government has never consented nor approved any demolition of Kampung Buah Pala. Any action taken is by the private developer via a court order issued by the relevant courts.

Up to RM 200,000 per family was offered by the developer to the residents which was accepted by many families but not by those remaining in Kampung Buah Pala. The state government respected the decision of those remaining in Kampung Buah Pala to reject any compensation offer and to fight it out in courts.

If the state government had not been sympathetic to the plight of the residents, then the developer would have evicted the residents in the middle of last year when a court order was obtained. Only the determined preventive efforts by Penang DCM2 Professor P Ramasamy and Penang State EXCO Abdul Malek stopped the developer from entering the village with bulldozers several times last year.

All parties must therefore realise that it is only because of the efforts of the present Pakatan Rakyat state government that the Kampung Buah Pala residents are still living there.

Koh Tsu Koon Owes The Public A Full Explanation Why He Sold The Kampung Buah Pala At A Cheap Price Of Only RM 10 Per Square Feet In 2007 And Without consulting the residents.

The state government land of Kampung Buah Pala was approved to Koperasi Pegawai Kerajaan Pulau Pinang twice by the BN Penang state EXCO led by Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon on 18.8.2004 and 8.6.2005 with a premium of RM 6.42 million or RM 20 per square feet. I can not understand neither the rationale of approving this project without consulting the residents nor selling it at such a low price.

Worse Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon’s EXCO reduced the premium further by 50% to RM 3.21 million or only RM 10 per square feet on the recommendation of theUMNO Deputy Chief Minister. Koh Tsu Koon owes the public a full explanation why he sold Kampung Buah Pala at a cheap price of only RM 10 per square feet in 2007 when the market price in this prime area is many times over and without consulting the residents.

The Penang State Government Should Not Be Unfairly Victimised And Targeted By Hindraf For Helping The Kampung Buah Pala Residents.

It is BN, Gerakan, MIC, UMNO & MCA that are the main culprits for causing, abandoning and even selling out Kampung Buah Pala residents.

The Penang state government regrets the highly irresponsible and irrational actions of Hindraf in targeting the Penang state government over the actions taken by the developer to evict residents in Kampung Buah Pala. Hindraf wants the state government to act against the court order obtained by the developer to evict the residents. This the state government can not do as Pakatan Rakyat governs under the rule of law and is compelled to respect any court order issued.

On the other hand, there have been suggestions that the Penang state government forcibly acquires the land under for a public purpose under the Land Acquisition Act. Doing so would play into the hands into the developer who would be able to reap enormous profits without putting in a single cent. Much as the Penang state government would wish to do, cancelling the project and forcibly acquiring the land would incur costs beyond the financial capability of the state government. We are NOT talking about millions of ringgit or tens of millions of ringgit here!

Clearly Hindraf is unable to distinguish who its friends are by likening such actions to UMNO’s tearing down of Hindu temple. And yet Hindraf does not organise nation-wide protests for the recent tearing down Hindu temples in Kuala Lumpur. The Penang state government should not be unfairly victimised or targeted by Hindraf when we have assisted the residents and also not involved with the tearing down of any Hindu temple in Penang.

Why is Hindraf not demonstrating against UMNO or Gerakan or MCA or even MIC who are the main culprits and perpetrators behind Kampung Buah Pala? This begs the question whether Hindraf has now been infiltrated by collaborators of MIC and BN when it should be demonstrating against those who demolish temples and not the Penang state government seeking a fair deal for the Kampung Buah Pala villagers.

Hindraf should realise what the Penang state government has done for the Indian community, temples and Tamil primary schools. Not only was the first Indian Deputy Chief Minister II of Penang appointed but the 28 Tamil primary schools were given a yearly allocation of RM 1.5 million along with other Chinese primary, Sekolah Agama Rakyat, missionary schools and Chinese independent secondary schools. Further Penang put up the FIRST Tamil road signs in the country alongside with Arabic, Chinese and English bilingual road signs in Georgetown. Even Hindraf never even raised the issue of Tamil road signs.

By going against the Penang state government, Hindraf is indirectly helping UMNO and BN and putting all the achievements made by the Penang state government at risk. There will be no Indian DCM2, no yearly allocation of funds to Tamil primary schools and no more Tamil road signs or bilingual road signs. Hindraf should use reason not emotions of rage or anger and think again who are the real opponents and the real friends of the Indian community.

Most important of all, the Penang state government treats all Indians together with Chinese and Malays as Malaysian citizens, where a Chinese leader can look after Malays a Malay leader can look after Chinese and an Indian leader can look after all citizens. DAP and the Pakatan Rakyat government will not back down or be cowed by BN, UMNO or Hindraf who continues to look at problems from a narrow racial spectrum of Chinese, Indian of Malays. DAP and thePenang Pakatan Rakyat government believes that the issues of Indians are not Indian problems, the issues of Chinese are not Chinese problems nor the issues of Malays not Malay problems but a Malaysian issue.

We should be uniting together as Malaysians around the principles of justice, truth, freedom, democracy and welfare of the people to ensure that we fight corruption to both generate growth and prosperity as well as ensure that everyone shares equitably.

However despite regretting the unwarranted targeting of the Penang state government, Hindraf leaders have the right to exercise the basic human rights of peaceful assembly by demonstrating no matter how unreasonable they are. I have instructed my officials to respect their rights and accept any memorandum submitted in line with non-violent principles of Mahatma Gandhi that, “violence begets violence, an eye for any eye would leave everyone blind.” I also urge the police not to take any action that would lead to untoward actions.

The state government will also not be affected by the actions of the residents in suddenly turning against the state government despite all the assistance offered. The state government will continue to assist the remaining residents of Kampung Buah Pala, including if the residents so wish, that the developer of Kampung Buah Pala continues with its offer of up to RM 200,000 compensation per registered family to the residents. The state government has also not given any consent or agreement to the developer to demolish any buildings as the developer is acting on his own under the court order from the High Court and Federal Court.


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