MIC Camp In Bukit Selambau

MIC Confident Of Support From Bukit Selambau Voters


By: Ramjit



KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — The MIC is confident of drawing the support of Indian voters in Bukit Selambau, Kedah following several “open discussions” between party leaders and the community, said party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.

“Both sides (MIC and the Indians) have been engaged in open and frank discussions for the past two weeks, and we have managed to thrash out many differences,” he said in a statement here Thursday.

He said the MIC wanted to hear the views and feelings of the Indian community in Bukit Selambau over various issues, including the death of suspected car thief, A. Kugan while in police custody.

“We have explained to them that the matter is currently being investigated and if there is a case, the police have said that the culprits will be charged in court,” he said.

Samy Vellu said MIC had “camped” in Bukit Selambau for the last two weeks to oversee the party’s election preparations and was happy with the cooperation extended by all the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in the constituency.

BN will be fielding Datuk S. Ganesan from the MIC in the April 7 by-election. Nomination is scheduled for March 29. Indian voters account for almost 30 per cent of voters in Bukit Selambau.

Samy Vellu said he had personally gone to opposition-controlled areas in Bukit Selambau to “neutralise the lies” being spread by certain quarters about the federal government and BN.

“There are 13 to 15 areas, which according to our survey, are hot spots, and we have embarked on a door-to-door campaign to meet the voters.

“They (Indian voters) have become friendly with us (MIC) because they feel that the previous assemblyman from the opposition had neglected them.”

According to him, they had also accepted Ganesan who had been moving with the MIC chief on his campaign trail.

“The Malay and Chinese voters have also accepted him because he has the experience, being the former assemblyman of Lunas (Kedah) and a lawyer by profession. His smile and pleasant face is also wooing the crowd,” he said.

Samy Vellu said that based on the cooperation and spirit shown by all BN component parties, BN could wrest the Bukit Selambau seat back from the opposition come April 7.

“I will continue to visit Bukit Selambau until the by-election is over. Right now, I am in Bukit Gantang (for the April 7 by-election),” he added

source : http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=397548


March 31, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

15 For Bukit Selambau

15 For Bukit Selambau Election

SUNGAI PETANI, March 29 (Bernama) — The Bukit Selambau state by-election created a record for having the most number of candidates — 15 altogether, with 13 of them independent candidates.

Returning officer Datuk Abdullah Mat Akhir announced that all 15 candidates who submitted their nomination papers qualified to contest in the by-election.

Among the huge pool of independents are Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate S. Ganesan and Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) S. Manikumar.

The independent candidates are R. Loganathan, Tan Hock Huat, Mohd Radhi Mat Lazim, Mohd Fadzli Wahab, Abdul Rahim Abu, L. Sarala, A. Jayagopal, S. Moganakumar, Khamis Awang, Husaini Yaacob, Venason Michael, Mejar (Rtd) Anuar Abdul Hamid and T. Chandrarajan.

In TAIPING, Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof confirmed that the number of candidates in Bukit Selambau was the highest ever in the country’s election history.

“Previous record was in Sabah involving eight candidates,” he said.

He was not sure, however, whether the record in Sabah was set in a state election, a by-election or a general election.

Asked what could be the reason for the crowded contest, he said, “I don’t know. The only reason I could think of is that in the 12th general election last year, an independent candidate ended up being appointed as an executive council member.”

“This is a democratic country, that is their choice, we don’t stop them,” he told Bernama.

Independent candidate V. Arumugam won the seat in the 12th general election and later joined PKR and appointed state executive councillor.

Arumugam vacated the seat in February, paving the way for the by-election.

Abdul Aziz also said that the EC was satisfied with the nomination process despite the number of candidates.

“The nomination process was over in 40 minutes,” he said, adding that nine objection were received but they were all rejected as they were merely on technical matters.


March 31, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

MIC Presidency Election

Samy Vellu becomes MIC president for 11th time
Malaysia Sun
Monday 23rd March, 2009

Kuala Lumpur, Mar 23 : Malaysian Indian Congress president S. Samy Vellu has won the party presidency for a record 11th term, and has immediately declared it would be his last term in office.

His challenger M. Muthupalaniappan failed to secure enough nominations, The Star reported.

In his acceptance speech, Samy Vellu said: “I will hand over control of the party to a younger leader at the right time.”

He, however, did not identify his successor. MIC presidential election steering committee chief K. Vijiyanathan declared Samy Vellu as the president from May 2009 to May 2012.

More than 1,500 supporters, who had gathered since early morning, clapped and cheered at the announcement, and later garlanded the veteran politician.

Muthupalaniappan, 66, was absent when the announcement was made.

Vijiyanathan said the nominations took place smoothly, with Samy Vellu obtaining 572 nominations while Muthupalaniappan submitted 53.

The election committee and MIC staff verified all nominations obtained by both candidates.

A total of 117 nominations for Samy Vellu and 48 nominations for Muthupalaniappan were rejected for non-compliance with the party constitution and election by-laws.

Candidates were required to have a minimum of 50 nominations to be eligible to contest for the president’s post. This meant Muthupalaniappan, with only five valid nominations, failed to qualify.

Vijiyanathan said the nominations were rejected as many branch chairmen had nominated both candidates.

March 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Shahrizat New Wanita

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil ended Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz’s long reign in Wanita Umno when she won the movement’s number one post.

Shahrizat secured 507 votes against Rafidah’s 280 votes, a victory that was rather expected as over the past few days she was said to be having the edge over her more seasoned rival who had ruled the movement for 21 of the last 25 years.

Rafidah’s defeat was the second as Wanita leader, after losing out to Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman in 1996 by a 27-vote majority. She came back to reclaim the crown in the next round four years later.

The defeat also drew the curtains on Rafidah’s illustrious career since taking over from Tan Sri Aishah Ghani in 1984.

Shahrizat’s No. 2 is Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim, who had won the movement’s deputy head post uncontested.

Counting of votes at the Dewan Tun Abdul Razak was rather slow and when protests were made, re-counting had to be done for both the Youth and Puteri elections.

Shahrizat and her supporters, including her two children and husband, arrived about 6.30pm when word got around that she had won.

Many of her supporters started to gather around to hug and kiss her as it became clear that victory was in her grasp.

Rafidah was, however, not present when permanent chairman Tan Sri Napsiah Omar announced the official results about 9pm as she was attending the Umno supreme council meeting chaired by out-going Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting later, Rafidah said she accepted the decision of the delegates and congratulated the new chief and her exco line-up.

She hoped that the new leaders would take good care of Wanita Umno and serve the party, the people and the nation well.

Results of the other key posts in Wanita included that of the deputy permanent chairman which went to Saripah Aminahbi Syed Mohd.

Twenty others elected as executive council members were Hasnah Salam, Datuk Maznah Hamid, Rosni Zahari, Armani Maharuddin, Norhayati Onn, Datuk Norhayati Omar, Rosnah Kassim, Marlia Abd Latif, Noriah Mahad, Ros Suryati Alang, Jamilah Abu Bakar, Suraya Yaakob, Azihani Ali, Norliza Abd Rahim, Sharifah Azizah Syed Zin, Datuk Maznah Mazlan, Azizah Mohd Dun, Seripah Noli Syed Hussin, Norliza Ahmad and Wan Hazani Wan Mohd Nor.

source : http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/Frontpage/2515226/Article/index_html

March 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Putera MIC On KJ

Putera MIC On KJ

We are really proud to have UMNO Youth Wing Chairman in Negeri Sembilan, KJ we give our full support for you and your team. Lets work together and create a better youth generation.

Analisa Kemenangan KJ ( http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/19752/84/)

KEMENANGAN Khairy Jamaluddin sebagai ketua pemuda Umno yang baru tepat dan sekaligus menunjukkan kebijaksanaan perwakilan pemuda membuat pilihan mereka.

Kemenangan Khairy menjelaskan pemuda memilih mengikut citarasa mereka dan tidak terikat dengan kebendaan. Mereka tahu memilih antara intan dengan kaca.
Mana bakal pemimpin muda yang boleh membawa perubahan dan mana yang masih berlegar dalam kepompong lama.

Ada beberapa perkara menarik tentang Khairy yang meletakkan kemenangan baginya.

– Ada keberanian dan bersikap terbuka dan melatari suasana semasa.
– Gigih, tabah menghadapi kecaman ke atasnya terutamanya oleh Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
– Mempunyai keyakinan diri yang kuat dan sanggup menerjah sesiapa saja dengan pandangan dan akalnya
– Dia juga lebih rapat dan mesra dengan pemuda.
– Perwatakannya menampakkan kepemudaan berbanding dengan dua calon lain.
– Mendapat simpati apabila beliau dikacau oleh Lembaga Disiplin.
– Kerana langsung tidak didokong oleh bapa mertuanya, Abdullah Badawi.

March 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

KJ’s stunning win

By EILEEN NG,Associated Press Writer AP
– Thursday, March 26KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia’s ruling party delegates on Wednesday elected the prime minister’s son-in-law as the head of their youth wing _ part of an expected reshuffle in the top leadership to boost the party’s plunging popularity.

The race for the youth wing’s chief _ a training ground for future leaders_ was seen as a proxy fight between Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his predecessor and most bitter critic, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, whose son was also contesting the post.

Mahathir accuses Abdullah of inefficiency and nepotism by promoting the Oxford-educated Khairy Jamaulddin, who was found guilty of vote-buying last week by the party’s disciplinary committee. He was let off with a warning.

The 33-year-old won a three-way race for chief of the United Malays National Organization’s youth wing.

Khairy, who is currently the youth wing’s deputy chief, defeated former Mahathir’s son, Mukhriz Mahathir, and one other candidate at the start of two-day elections for the party’s office bearers.

On Thursday, the party will elect its deputy president, three vice presidents and 25 members of the decision-making supreme council. After the results were announced, Khairy who got 304 of 793 votes cast, hugged Mukhriz, who got 232 votes.

“I am touched by this mandate given to me. … Some had said that the KJ era is over,” said Khairy, referring to himself by his nickname.

Khairy’s victory is a consolation for Abdullah, who will step down as party president on Thursday to make way for his deputy, Najib Razak, partly to accept blame for UMNO’s disastrous show in the March 2008 general elections. Najib is contesting the post of party president unopposed.

Abdullah is also scheduled to hand over the prime minister’s job to Najib next week.

UMNO, as the dominant party in the ruling National Front coalition, has been in power since independence in 1957. But its popularity plummeted in the March 2008 elections when the Front failed to get a two-thirds majority in Parliament for the first time in 40 years. It also ceded control of five of Malaysia’s 13 states to the opposition.

On Tuesday, Najib called for radical reforms in the party to end deep-rooted corruption and patronage, warning that the party faces total rout in the next elections.

Much of voter anger was directed at UMNO, whose leaders are widely perceived as corrupt, power-hungry and inefficient. The party is accused of subverting the judiciary, the police force and the bureaucracy.

Najib’s most radical proposal was to change the way the party elects its leaders. At present they are elected by some 2,600 delegates, while more than 3 million party members have no voice. This has led to a culture of patronage with delegates often taking bribes and other favors in return for their votes.
Associated Press writers Vijay Joshi contributed to this report.http://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/ap/20090326/tap-as-malaysia-politics-3rd-ld-writethr-b3c65ae.html

March 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

3000 It Job Offer

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 (Bernama) — The Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications says it will offer 3,000 job and training opportunities to Information Technology (IT) graduates this year.

Selected graduates will be placed in three thousand selected schools with IT facilities, throughout the country, its minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said.

“They will be given an allowance of RM1,000 a month,” he told reporters at the launch of Digi Telecommunications broadband services here today.

He said the ministry’s programme was a follow up to the Mini Budget announced by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak earlier this month.

The ministry will be spending RM72 million for the programme.

Shaziman also announced that the six percent contribution to the Universal Service Provider (USP) Fund by telco companies will now come from companies earning RM5 million and more. Previously, companies earning RM2 million onwards had to make the contribution to the fund.

“We want to ensure that the companies are able to operate well amid the economic downturn and hope they will not retrench their staff,” he said.

On WiMax licence, Shaziman said the ministry will probably consider withdrawing the licences from companies that do not fulfill their WiMax’s business plan.

“By end of this month, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission will complete its evaluation to see whether the licence holders meet their business plan or not,” he said.

On the water supply restructuring plan for Selangor, Shaziman said he had written a letter to Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim but declined to reveal the details of the letter.

He said the Selangor state government must be responsible for the tariff increase.

“When they requested us to postpone the increase in tariff till March, we agreed. But they must remember, if there is a difference in the water tariff, the Selangor government must by law be responsible for the increase,” he explained.


March 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bantah PPSMI?


Please Submit Your Comments To Putera MIC Negeri Sembilan

Jimadie Shah Othman | www.malaysiakini.com
Aktivis pendidikan Tamil turut menghulurkan sokongan kepada perhimpunan membantah dasar Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Bahasa Inggeris (PPSMI) ke Istana Negara, esok.k uthayasoorian peresident tamil foundation“Esok (kami) turun,” kata presiden Yayasan Tamil, K Uthayasoorian kepada Malaysiakini hari ini.

Jumlah aktivis dan penyokong pendidikan bahasa itu belum dapat dipastikan, tambahnya.

Beliau menjejaskan sokongan susulan Gabungan Persatuan-persatuan Lembaga Pengurus Sekolah Cina Malaysia (Dong Zhong) memutuskan tidak menyertai perhimpunan anjuran Gerakan Mansuhkan PPSMI (GMP) bagi menyerahkan memoramdum kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong jam 2 petang.

Dong Zong membuat keputusan itu dengan mendakwa ia tidak terlibat merangka memorandum dan tidak mengetahui kandungannya walaupun beberapa kali memohon untuk menelitinya.

Uthayasoorian, yang turut terlibat berkempen bersama GMP, berkata yayasannya juga belum melihat memorandum itu.

Beliau menegaskan, tuntutan Yayasan Tamil bertujuan mengembalikan bahasa ibunda dalam pengajaran dua subjek itu termasuk bahasa Cina dan Tamil.

Sementara itu, Gabungan Persatuan Penulis Tamil Malaysia (Gapetam), walaupun mempertahankan penggunaan bahasa ibunda di peringkat sekolah, tidak bersetuju menggunakan saluran berdemonstrasi bagi menyuarakan bantahan.

“Kami tidak sokong bantahan (di) jalanan. Sepatutnya gunakan saluran tertentu (sampaikan bantahan),” kata presidennya K Balasubramaniam.

Kumpulan Sasterawan Kavyan (Kavyan), persatuan tunggal kaum India yang berkarya dalam Bahasa Malaysia, pula belum memutuskan untuk terlibat dalam perhimpunan besar esok kerana tidak pernah berdemonstrasi bagi membantah dasar kontroversi itu.

uthaya sankar sb chairman kavyanDitanya kehadiran penasihat persatuan itu Sasterawan Negara A Samad Said bersama GMP, pengerusi Kavyan, Uthaya Sankar SB berkata: “Kami sokong Pak Samad”.

A Samad, penasihat kehormat Kavyan sejak kira-kira sepuluh tahun lalu, turut dilantik penasihat GMP.

Uthaya menambah, beliau menentang dasar itu sejak awal ia diumumkan oleh perdana menteri waktu itu Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad pada 2002.

“Respons kepada pengumuman itu, saya tulis sajak ‘Perjuangan Bahasa Malaysia’ di media, tetapi orang salah sangka (ingat saya menentang istilah bahasa Melayu),” katanya, yang kini bertugas sebagai penyunting berita di sebuah stesen televisyen

March 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Flooded by Bangladeshi

Malaysia Need 70,000 More Bangladeshi Worker

The Human Resources Ministry is to ensure that the more than 70,000 Bangladeshi workers coming soon to Malaysia to take up employment are confined to the plantation, construction and services sectors, Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said today.

He said the government would only allow them to work in these three sectors as the jobs for foreigners in the other sectors had been frozen.

“If they are coming to work in the other sectors, where the jobs have been frozen, the matter has to be looked into with the Home Affairs Ministry for a decision,” he told reporters after a ceremony at the Sannasimalai Hindu temple in Cheng, here.

Dr Subramaniam was commenting on the statement by the Labour Counsellor at the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Talat Mahmud Khan, yesterday that more than 70,000 Bangladeshi workers were expected to arrive in Malaysia soon to take up employment in the plantation, construction and services sectors.

He said the government had in place a policy to reduce the number of foreign workers in the country and that it was being implemented.

Only 21,000 Pakistani workers were brought into Malaysia in the last six years following a manpower supply pact signed by both countries in October 2003.

Pakistani High Commission’s community welfare and labour attache Nadeem Ashraf said the actual quota under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was 100,000 workers for the construction, plantation, manufacturing and services sectors.

Nadeem said the quota could not be fulfilled because the Pakistani workers felt the wages and perks here were unsatisfactory.

“Pakistani workers preferred to work in the Middle East countries where wages were very attractive and work conditions better. Moreover, it was also nearer home,” he told Bernama here.

Nadeem said the High Commission had set up a dedicated unit to assist Pakistani workers to get adjusted to the Malaysian way of life and also solve any problems they had with their employers.
– Bernama –

Do we need more Bangladesh worker? Please send your comments, thanx

March 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Datuk Muthu Contest

Datuk Muthu To Contest

Datuk M. Muthu Palaniappan, allowed back into the race for the MIC party president’s post on Thursday, has several other hurdles to cross before the finishing line.

The former MIC vice-president, who received his branch registration book from state MIC chief Datuk T. Rajagopalu yesterday, has to win his branch chairmanship to contest the top post.

He then has to obtain 50 nominations from branches nationwide to qualify to be a contender for the post held for the past 10 terms by Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.

The Negri Sembilan strongman is not expected to face difficulty in winning the branch chairmanship or getting the 50 nominations to take on Samy Vellu.

Muthu, 68, was happy that the party Central Working Committee had considered his appeal against expulsion by the party disciplinary board over charges that he had made statements detrimental to the party and Samy Vellu.
“The decision by the CWC was a sound one in the interest of MIC and the Indian community.

“Nullifying my expulsion paves the way for me to continue to serve the people in a very effective manner,” he told the New Straits Times.

He added that he would contest the presidency as he had already served in all capacities in the party, from branch leader to vice-president.

“I am confident of winning the contest. I am not a liability to the MIC and the Indian community but an asset and will continue to contribute to the party in whatever way I can.”

Muthu, who announced late last year that he would challenge Samy Vellu, was given a show-cause letter on Dec 23 by the MIC disciplinary committee over the statements.

The allegations were based on excerpts from a Nov 11 article in the Makkal Osai newspaper and an interview with Malaysiakini the following month.

He was called for an inquiry by the committee on Jan 20 where he asked that he be allowed to present witnesses.

Refusing to answer the inquiry, he asked that an independent committee be set up to hear his case.

He also asked for committee chairman Tan Sri G. Vadiveloo to be removed from the inquiry as he was an involved party in one of his alleged statements regarding the overnight formation of illegal branches in Seremban during the 1994 MIC divisional elections.

Vadiveloo rejected all of Muthu’s requests.

The following day, the committee expelled the veteran who subsequently appealed to the CWC against the decision.

Muthu, who has been in the party for more than 30 years, said the time has come for MIC to work hard to change the attitude of Indians in the country.

“I am appealing to all leaders from branch to top level to work closely together to see MIC walk tall, proudly and with dignity.”

The lawyer said Indians had a lot of respect for him as he had served them for more than three decades.

March 8, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment