MIC Wants 7.4% Employment Quota in GLCs For Indians

MIC wants 7.4% employment quota in GLCs for Indians

KUALA TERENGGANU: The MIC wants at least a 7.4 percent quota in employment for Indians in government-linked companies (GLC), including in senior managerial and executive positions, party president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu said Friday.

He said the quota was based on the minimum 7.4 percent target set by the government for the recruitment of Indians in the civil service.

“We are aware that many GLCs have increased the recruitment of Indians but more can and should be done,” he said when opening the Terengganu MIC delegates conference here.

On Thursday, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S.Subramaniam secured Telekom Malaysia Berhad’s pledge to recruit more people from the Indian community to fill the 7.4 percent quota as agreed to by the Public Service Department.

Dr Subramaniam, who is also MIC secretary-general, had said that, to date, Indians in the company just made up 4.6 percent and this needed to be raised to show a more racially balanced workforce in the public sector.

Samy Vellu also said that the MIC had formed a special committee to be headed by Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria to prepare a comprehensive report on the plans, policies and programmes for the Indian community under the Tenth Malaysia Plan (2011-2015).

He said he would also meet Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said soon to seek more business opportunities for Indians in the state.

“Although the number of Indians in Terengganu is less than one per cent, many are involved in small businesses and as contractors. The state government could allocate certain government contracts to them,” he added. – Bernama

source : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/31/nation/20090731114713&sec=nation


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

Datin Seri Rosmah Praises Tamil Schools

PM’s wife praises Tamil schools

THE achievements of Tamil school pupils in the UPSR examinations has earned the praise of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Malaysia Nanban reported.

The Prime Minister’s wife said 719 pupils obtained 7As this year compared to only 45 in 1999, adding that this was “a tremendous improvement”.

She praised efforts and guidance carried out by the Sri Murugan Centre, Tamil Foundation, voluntary and social organisations, teachers and parents.

The Education Ministry has said that it is taking the necessary action to ensure that all teachers in the schools undergo the necessary teachers training before being posted.

source : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/31/nation/4426266&sec=nation

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MIC Handling Sungai Salak Tamil School Issue

MIC handling school issue

SEREMBAN: Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk T. Murugiah has been told not to take credit for trying to relocate a Tamil school in Lukut as the MIC was handling the problem.

Negri Sembilan MIC chairman Datuk T. Rajagopalu said Murugiah should check with the party rather than give the wrong impression by expressing shock when he visited SJK(T) Ladang Sungai Salak which is operating from two rented double-storey shoplots.

He said the party had laid the groundwork to relocate the school to a nearby land acquired by the Education Ministry for RM1.5mil.

He added that MIC secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, who is also the Human Resources Minister, had already spoken to Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on the matter.

It was reported that Murugiah, who made an unscheduled stop at the school on Tuesday, was dismayed to see the pupils studying in cramped conditions in the shoplots, adding that he would raise the matter with Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Rajagopalu said that the school headmaster S. Krishnamoorthy and the parent-teacher association had asked the state MIC for help when the school closed down in 2000 to make way for a development project.

The school, in the meantime, was operating from the rented premises while waiting to be relocated.

In Port Dickson, Murugiah said that MIC politicians need not be upset with him for highlighting the plight of the 120 pupils as he was only doing his job in his capacity as the deputy minister in charge of public complaints.

“I don’t understand why anyone wants to be upset with what I am doing. I don’t get politicians from other component parties getting upset with me when I help a Malay or Chinese,” he told reporters after a meeting with representatives from several government agencies at SJK(T) Ladang Sungai Salak.

Murugiah said he visited the school on Tuesday following complaints from the PTA that the children had been studying in the rented shoplots for the past two years.

He had earlier chaired a meeting with officers from the Public Works Department, land office, state Education Department, the school PTA and board of governors on the school’s future

source : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/31/nation/4424713&sec=nation

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20 Ways To Waste Your Money

20 Ways to Waste Your Money

by Erin Burt
Thursday, July 23, 2009
provided byKiplinger'sPersonalFinance

Whether a newbie or seasoned budgeter, nearly everyone has spending holes — leaks in your budget that drain money with you hardly noticing.

These small drips can add up to big bucks. Once you find the holes and plug them, you’ll keep more money in your pocket. That spare cash could be the ticket to finally being able to save, invest, or break your cycle of living paycheck to paycheck.

Here are 20 common ways people waste money. See if any of these sound familiar, and then look for ways to plug your own leaks.

How to waste your money

1. Buy new instead of used. Talk about a spending leak — or, rather, a gush. Cars lose most of their value in the first few years, meaning thousands of dollars down the drain. However, recent used models — those that are less than five years old — can be a real value because you get a car that’s still in fine working order for a fraction of the new-car price. And you’ll pay less in collision insurance and taxes, too.

Cars aren’t the only things worth buying used. Consider the savings on pre-owned books, toys, exercise equipment and furniture. (Of course, there are some things you’re better off buying new, including mattresses, laptops, linens, shoes and safety equipment, such as car seats and bike helmets.)

2. Carry a credit-card balance. If you have a $1,000 balance on a card charging 18%, you blow $180 every year on interest. That’s money you could certainly put to better use elsewhere. Get in the habit of paying off your balance in full each month. 

3. Buy on impulse. When you buy before you think, you don’t give yourself time to shop around for the best price. Resist the urge to make an impulse purchase by giving yourself a cool-off period. Go home and sleep on the decision. If you still want to make the purchase a day or so later, do your comparison shopping, check your budget and go for it. Oftentimes, though, I bet you’ll decide you don’t need the item after all.

4. Pay to use an ATM. A buck or two here and there may not seem like a big deal. But if you’re frequenting ATMs outside your bank’s network, the surcharges can add up quickly. Put that money back in your pocket by using ATMs in a surcharge-free network such as Allpoint or Money Pass.

5. Dine out frequently. A habit of spending $10, $20, $30 per person for dinner can be a huge drain on your wallet. Throw in a $6 sandwich for lunch and a $4 latte in the morning, and you’ve got quite a leak. Learn to cook, pack your lunch and brew your coffee at home and you could save a couple hundred bucks each month.

6. Let your money wallow. If you are stashing your savings in your checking account or a traditional bank account, you are wasting money. You could put it in a high-interest online savings account and get paid to save. You can even get an interest-bearing checking account through such reputable companies as Everbank, Charles Schwab, E*Trade and ING Direct.

7. Pay an upfront fee for a mutual fund. Selecting no-load funds can save you more than 5% in sales charges. Of course, no matter how well a fund has done in the past, you can’t be sure how it will perform in the future. But if you pay a load, you’ll begin the performance derby in the hole to the tune of the load. See the Kiplinger 25 for our favorite no-load funds.

8. Pay too much in taxes on investments. Are you investing in a tax-sheltered 401(k) or Roth IRA? If you’re not maxing out those accounts before you invest in a taxable account, you’re spending too much.

9. Buy brand-name instead of generic. From groceries to clothing to prescription drugs, you could save money by choosing the off-brand over the fancy label. And in many cases, you won’t sacrifice much in quality. Clever advertising and fancy packaging don’t make brand-name products better than lesser-known brands (see Similar Products, Different Prices).

10. Waste electricity. Of the total energy used to run home electronics, 40% is consumed when the appliances are turned off. Appliances with a clock or that operate by remote are typical culprits. The obvious way to pull the plug on your energy vampires is to do just that — pull the plug. Or buy a device to do it for you, such as a Smart Power Strip ($31 to $44 at http://www.smarthomeusa.com, which will stop drawing electricity when the gadgets are turned off and pay for itself within a few months.

11. Pay banking fees. Overdraw your checking account and you’ll pay $20 to $30 a pop, so it pays to keep tabs on your balance. Plus, are you still paying for a checking account? Free deals abound — but make sure they’re really free. For instance, will the bank charge a fee if your balance drops below a certain level or if you download your info into a personal-finance software program? That’s not free.

12. Buy things you don’t use. This sounds like a no-brainer to avoid, but how many times have you seen something on sale and thought you couldn’t pass it up? Even if something is 50% off, you’re spending too much if you don’t use it. href=Couponing, for instance, can be a great way to save on your grocery bills. But if you buy things you wouldn’t have purchased in the first place simply for the sake of using the coupon, you’re wasting your money. The same goes for buying in bulk. A bargain is no bargain if it sits unused on your shelf or gets thrown away.

13. Own an extra car. Okay, so a car is a necessity for most people. But face it — cars are a huge drain, from their loan payments to insurance fees to gas and maintenance costs. Own more than one car and you’ll double or triple those expenses. Ask yourself if that second or third car is really necessary. Are you holding on to an old car for sentimental reasons? Can you or your spouse carpool, take public transportation or bike to work?

14. Ignore your local dollar store. Shopping at the dollar store can be hit-and-miss, but it’s not all kitsch or junk. If you know what to buy, you can find some real bargains. For instance, my local dollar store charges 50 cents for greeting cards versus the $3-plus at a drug store or gift shop. (I have a big extended family so I figure this saves me more than $100 per year.) You can also score a deal on cleaning supplies, small kitchen tools, shampoos and soaps, holiday decorations, gift wrap and balloon bouquets.

15. Keep unhealthy habits. Smoking is not only bad for your health, it burns up your cash. A pack-a-day habit at $6 a pack costs $180 a month and $2,190 a year. A junk-food or tanning-bed habit can be costly as well. Not to mention the money you’ll waste on medical bills down the road.

16. Be complacent about insurance. Your bill arrives and you pay it without a second thought. When was the last time you shopped around to determine whether you’re getting the best deal? Rates vary widely from insurer to insurer and year to year. Reshopping your auto, home or renters insurance might save you hundreds of dollars.

It also pays to evaluate your insurance needs. For instance, upping your out-of-pocket deductible from $250 to $1,000 can save you 15% or more on your car insurance. Consider using the same insurer for your home and auto insurance — you could snag up to 15% off for a multiple-line policy. And make sure you’re not paying for insurance you don’t need. For instance, you need life insurance only if someone is financially dependent upon you (such as a child).

17. Give Uncle Sam an interest-free loan. If you get a tax refund each April, you let the government take too much money in taxes from your paycheck all year long. Get that money back in your pocket — and put it to work for you — by adjusting your tax withholding. With a little discipline, you can use that extra cash each month to get started saving or pay down debt (or make ends meet to avoid going into debt in the first place). You can file a new Form W-4 with your employer at any time.

18. Pay for something you can get for free. Dust off your library card and check out books, music and movies for free (or dirt-cheap). Don’t pay to receive your credit report when you’re allowed to get it at no charge by law. Take advantage of kids-eat-free promotions. And dial 1-800-FREE-411 for free directory assistance.

19. Don’t use a flexible-spending account. Your employer may allow you to set aside pretax dollars to pay for medical costs not covered by insurance. You can use the money for expenses such as therapy, contact lenses, insurance co-payments and over-the-counter drugs. You may be able to do the same for child-care costs.

20. Pay for unnecessary services. How many cable channels can a person watch? Do you really need all those extra features for your cell phone? Are you getting your money’s worth out of that gym membership? Are you taking full advantage of your subscriptions (such as Netflix, TiVo or magazines)? Take a look at what you’re paying for and what your family is actually using. Trim accordingly.

source :  Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc.

July 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dato’T.Rajagopalu Bantu Permohonan MyKad

Tidak buat MyKad kerana hidup susah

NORAZURA hidup dalam kesempitan bersama lima anak di rumah pangsa yang disewa di Lukut.

PORT DICKSON: Masalah kemiskinan menyebabkan tiga beradik yang tinggal di Lukut, dekat sini tidak dapat meneruskan persekolahan dan pada masa sama mereka tidak dapat mencari pekerjaan kerana ketiadaan MyKad.

Mohd Amirul Izzuazi Maamor, 18, hanya sempat belajar sehingga tingkatan tiga kerana kerana keluarganya tidak mampu membiayai kos persekolahannya manakala dua adiknya, Saifulazlan Maamor, 14 dan Nurul Mas Lieana, 13, pula hanya sempat belajar setakat Tahun Enam. Saifulazlan juga tidak mempunyai sijil kelahiran.

Ibu mereka, Norazura Nordin, 31, berkata kesempitan hidup menyebabkan dia dan suami, Maamor Omar, 42, yang tiada pekerjaan, tidak mampu menghantar anak ke sekolah.
Katanya, walaupun berat untuk beliau mengambil keputusan itu tetapi terpaksa melakukannya kerana kehidupan mereka ibarat `kais pagi makan pagi, kais petang makan petang’.

Kemiskinan itu juga menyebabkan Norazura yang mempunyai sembilan anak terpaksa menyerahkan empat anaknya yang berumur antara 8 bulan hingga 11 tahun kepada saudara mara untuk dipelihara.

“Kami bergantung hidup kepada belas kasihan orang. Ada masanya jiran atau orang yang mengetahui penderitaan kami memberi makanan… apatah lagi hendak membiayai kos persekolahan,” katanya ketika ditemui di rumah pangsa sewaan mereka di sini.

Selain tiga beradik itu, anak Norazura yang lain yang tinggal bersama adalah Mohd Hafizi. 6, dan Khairul Anuar, 3.

Katanya, kesempitan hidup juga menyebabkan beliau tidak mampu membawa anaknya ke Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) untuk mendaftarkan kelahiran dan mendapatkan Mykad apabila berumur 12 tahun.

“Saya sendiri pun belum mempunyai Mykad. Kami hidup berpindah randah kerana tidak mampu membayar sewa dan rumah pangsa ini adalah kediaman keenam sejak beberapa tahun lalu,” katanya.

Norazura mengharapkan bantuan orang ramai untuk membantu kehidupan beliau sekeluarga serta mengharapkan anaknya mendapat sijil kelahiran dan MyKad secepat mungkin untuk mengelakkan mereka menghadapi masalah pada masa depan.

Sementara itu Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan MIC Negeri Sembilan, Datuk T Rajagopalu, berkata beliau sudah menguruskan permohonan keluarga itu untuk mendapatkan MyKad.

“JPN memberi kerjasama yang amat baik dan saya jangka semua anaknya akan mendapat Mykad tidak lama lagi” katanya.

Beliau juga berjanji akan membantu anak Norazura meneruskan persekolahan serta membantu Mohd Amirul Izzuazi mendapat pekerjaan.

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Murugiah – Crampy Tamil School

120 pupils cramped in two double-storey premises

PORT DICKSON: Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk T. Murugiah has expressed shock at the plight of some 120 pupils of a Tamil school in Lukut near here.

Murugiah, who made an unscheduled stop at SJKT Ladang Singai Salak yesterday, was dismayed to see the pupils studying in cramped conditions in two rented, double-storey shoplots.

“This looks like a fire-trap, it certainly doesn’t look like a school to me. I will do whatever I can to help them move to a better place,” he said.

The school was previously located in Siliau but was moved when its student population dwindled. It was then allowed to squat at SJKT Bandar Springhill for two years.

It was moved to its present location when the student population increased.

Parents, when met outside the school, also expressed hope that the authorities would help to relocate the school.

Murugiah said the school was unable to accept more students as there was no space for expansion. It has been operating from the shoplots for the last two years.

Murugiah said he would consult with Deputy Education Minister Datuk Wee Ka Siong on the possibility of moving the school to a plot reserved for another Tamil school.

It is learnt that the other Tamil school, at the seventh kilometre of Jalan Pantai, was supposed to have moved to the plot but the plan was aborted.

“I will appeal to the Education Ministry to allow this school to be moved there,” he said

source : http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/29/nation/4409338&sec=nation

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Samy Vellu Shocker Attack Sothinathan

Samy Vellu calls former protege Sothinathan a traitor

By Baradan Kuppusamy

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22— MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu who is fielding his own team of candidates for the September 12 party elections, has declared war on former loyalist Datuk S Sothinathan, calling him a traitor.

“I have done so much for him, I treated him like my own child. See what he is doing now,” Samy Vellu said of Sothinathan at a close door gathering of Federal Territory MIC delegates at the Dragon Chinese restaurant in Kampung Pandan yesterday.

The MIC president also criticised Sothinathan for allegedly making disparaging remarks about his son Vell Paari, the Maika Holding CEO.

Samy Vellu’s tirade signals the end of a long relationship that party insiders say was akin to that of a father and son with an unwritten promise that Sothinathan would inherit the presidency.

Samy Vellu said he chose Sothinathan as candidate for the Teluk Kemang by-election in June 2000 eventhough the latter was not even an MIC member at that time.

“I had him selected as parliamentary secretary and even deputy minister and see now what he is doing,” Samy Vellu told the delegates.

He also challenged Sothinathan to a debate over Maika Holdings, which has suffered massive losses, but on condition the debate was behind closed doors and only for MIC members.

Samy Vellu is upset that Sothinathan is going against his wishes by contesting the deputy presidency in the three way contest against incumbent and Samy Vellu loyalist Datuk G. Palanivel and former incumbent Datuk S. Subramaniam.

The party president and his hardcore supporters fear that with Sothinathan in the race the votes of the 1,500 delegates would be split three ways, giving arch rival Subramaniam a slim chance to slip through.

But a strong Subramaniam supporter told The Malaysian Insider that Samy Vellu and Sothinathan were acting out a drama.

He said Sothinathan would split the votes of the gounder caste that number about 500 among the delegates who have always backed Subramaniam.

“Both Subramaniam and Sothinathan are gounder and are fighting for the same vote bank,” said the supporter who is a senior MIC member. “Sothinathan is actually paving the way for a Palanivel victory by splitting the gounder votes.”

Whatever the case, Samy Vellu has turned his wrath on Sothinathan and his action is seriously diminishing the latter’s chances in the September 12 contest.

Yesterday’s ten-table dinner was also attended by Palanivel, vice-president candidates Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, Datuk S. K .Devamany and Datuk S. Saravanan.

As delegates tucked into Sichuan prawns and steam fish, Samy also hit out at Subramaniam as the man who destroyed Maika Holdings and the “hidden hand” behind all the division and infighting in the Indian community.

Although Samy Vellu did not mention the Telekom shares issue but delegates took his reference to “Maika Holdings” when criticising Sothinathan as referring to the controversy over the alleged “hijacking” of nine million Telekom shares in 1992.

Samy Vellu was investigated on the allegations but was cleared of any wrongdoing by the then Anti-Corruption Agency.

The issue had gripped the Indian community for nearly a decade and is still occasionally raised by opposition MPs.

The government originally gave 10 million shares to Maika but later said it was a mistake and offered Maika one million and diverted the remaining nine million to three companies linked to Samy Vellu.

Samy Vellu explained that the three companies sold their shares and the proceeds were channeled to the MIC-owned Tafe College, an explanation that is still disputed.

Sothinathan was director of one of the three companies and was also questioned by the ACA.

Several calls to Sothinathan went unaswered

source : http://themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/33043-samy-vellu-calls-former-protege-sothinathan-a-traitor

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Samy Vellu – SS Subramaniam wont be missed

SS Subramaniam won’t be missed – Samy Vellu

BUTTERWORTH, July 26 – MIC is not affected by former vice-president Datuk S.S. Subramaniam’s departure from the party, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.

He said the party was not disappointed with the move as the former vice-president had not contributed much in the struggle to champion the cause of the Indian community.

“We don’t see it as a loss. In fact, what he has done is a ‘good thing’,” he said when asked to comment on the defection before he opened the Penang MIC convention here today.

S.S. Subramaniam announced yesterday that he had joined Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and that 10 MIC branches with 1,700 members in the Klang Valley would follow suit in the near future.

Samy Vellu refuted the claim, saying that only 300 members were involved.

“He is just bragging. MIC is capable of attracting even more new members especially among the young,” he said, adding that it was not impossible for those who had joined PKR to leave for other parties in the future.

Meanwhile, Samy Vellu said the MIC was mulling over amending the party’s constitution to lower the minimum number of members to form a MIC branch.

“At the moment, the minimum number is 110 members. After the general assembly on Sept 12-13, the number will be lowered to 60,” he said, adding that the move would enable more Indians to join the party and set up branches.

MIC has 3,700 branches with 630,000 members nationwide. – Bernama

source : http://themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/33372?task=view

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SS Subramaniam Joins PKR

SS Subramaniam Joins PKR

Debra Chong @The Malaysian Insider

ss subraOpposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim succeeded today in bringing into PKR ex-MIC vice president Datuk S.S. Subramaniam and the members of 10 MIC branches.

The senior ex-MIC man brought with him his younger brother and some 1,600 members from 10 MIC branches within Petaling Jaya and Meru, Klang into the PKR fold. The defections were touted as a boost for the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) but it is unclear how significant Subramaniam’s move is, considering he has little influence left in the Barisan Nasional (BN) party.

But coming on the heels of former MCA vice-president Datuk Chua Jui Meng’s defection into PKR last week, Anwar will be hoping to gain some momentum from Subramaniam’s decision to join PKR.

Besides Subramaniam and Chua, Anwar had also succeeded in attracting former UMNO minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim into PKR as attempts to strengthen his party’s position as a lynch pin in PR. He will also be hoping the defections can bolster his party’s and PR’s claims of being a truly multiracial platform in his quest to dethrone BN and take federal power.

Speaking before the mostly Indian crowd numbering some 300 people at a function announcing the defections, Subramaniam said he had been supportive of PKR’s multiracial, multicultural policies for a long time but only gained courage to jump after much thinking.

“In Barisan Nasional, MIC occupies the lowest place,” he said, stressing that the party was wracked by in-fighting caused by party chief Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu’s preferential treatment towards members of his own caste.

It is an open secret that Subramaniam had opposed Samy Vellu on many occasions, causing him to be dropped from the vice-president’s post in 1994 in favour of his successor who bears a similar name, Dr S. Subramaniam. “But what we must have is a country that is united in diversity,” said Subramaniam.

source : http://dinmerican.wordpress.com/2009/07/25/mic-senior-stalwart-joins-anwar-ibrahims-pkr/

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Record High Hits

Record High Hits

      Putera MIC Blog records highest per day hits thought out this year at 55 times on the 20th July,one day after our first AGM. Back track shows many VIP visitor included in the counts,and now 1 week after the AGM, our website still records an average of 40 hits per day. Thanx for your support…

– Dr.S.Thinagaraj-

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