Archive for March, 2008

Dasar Kementerian Penerangan

March 19, 2008

Kementerian Penerangan mungkin perlu mencari pendekatan dan fokus baru untuk menyampaikan maklumat kepada rakyat berikutan cabaran baru yang wujud pada masa sekarang, kata menterinya, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek. Berucap kepada pegawai kanan kementerian selepas menerima nota serah tugas daripada bekas Menteri Penerangan Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin di Angkasapuri di sini hari ini, beliau berkata Kementerian Penerangan mungkin perlu memberi penekanan kepada penduduk golongan pertengahan di Kuala Lumpur dan sekitarnya.

Ini kerana golongan tersebut amat berpengaruh dalam mendorong penduduk luar bandar, termasuk keluarga mereka, dan mempunyai suatu persepsi terhadap kerajaan termasuk dalam keputusan mereka semasa mengundi, kata beliau.

Turut hadir pada majlis itu ialah Timbalan Menteri Penerangan Datuk Tan Lian Hoe, Ketua Setiausaha kementerian Datuk Kamaruddin Siaraf dan kedua-dua Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha kementerian, Datuk Azmi Ali serta Dr Rothiah Omar.

Ahmad Shabery berkata cabaran dan perasaan tidak puas hati yang dialami oleh penduduk bandar akan menular kepada penduduk di luar bandar.

Sebagai contoh, beliau berkata persepsi penduduk di Jakarta amat berpengaruh dalam mendorong pandangan rakyat di seluruh Indonesia, begitu juga situasi di Bangkok untuk seluruh Thailand.

Oleh itu, Ahmad Shabery berkata pendekatan baru perlu dilaksanakan untuk menangani golongan yang berpengaruh itu dan beliau akan berbincang dengan pegawai kementerian mengenai program penyebaran maklumat dan penerangan yang lebih berkesan.

Ahmad Shabery berkata Kementerian Penerangan mempunyai tanggungjawab yang besar untuk membantu kerajaan menyampaikan mesej yang betul kepada rakyat jelata supaya dasar kerajaan tidak disalahertikan.

Katanya kementerian itu mesti menjadi ejen perubahan dan bukan penghalang kepada rakyat yang kini mahukan perubahan.

Kementerian, katanya perlu menangani persepsi sesetengah golongan yang beranggapan bahawa amalan ketelusan serta keterbukaan kerajaan sebagai suatu kelemahan dan ada yang cuba mengambil kesempatan daripadanya.

Sebaliknya, amalan ketelusan dan keterbukaan itulah merupakan kekuatan kerajaan, tegas beliau.

Ahmad Shabery berkata Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi telah memberikannya suatu tanggungjawab yang besar dan beliau tidak mempunyai “petunjuk” bahawa akan menerajui Kementerian Penerangan.

Sambil meminta semua kakitangan memberi kerjasama kepadanya, beliau berkata:”Bantulah saya. Jangan anggap saya sebagai bos tetapi rakan sekerja. (Marilah) kita bekerja sebagai teman pejabat.”

Zainuddin yang juga berucap di majlis itu berkata Perdana Menteri membuat pilihan yang tepat dalam memilih Ahmad Shabery dan Tan untuk Kementerian Penerangan kerana kebolehan mereka dalam menyampaikan dasar kerajaan dengan jelas.

Apakah DEB itu?

March 15, 2008
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“Sebenarnya DEB itu bukan undang-undang; ia hanyalah dasar atau polisi Umno yang kemudiannya diserapkan ke dalam peraturan dan pekeliling kerajaan, termasuk dalam soal pembahagian tender kontrak dan sebagainya,\” jelas Profesor Dr. Abdul Aziz Bari ketika diminta mengulas.

Beliau menambah, setahu beliau tidak ada dokumen rasmi yang menjelaskan asal usul, perincian dan pencapaian dasar ini yang dikatakan dimulakan pada 1971.

Katanya lagi, sama dengan \’Islam Hadhari\’, dasar-dasar Umno ini tidak jelas dan kadang-kadang tenggelam dan timbul.

\”Itulah yang berlaku kepada Wawasan 2020 yang dipelopori oleh pentadbiran Mahathir. Di dalam pentadbiran Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Wawasan 2020 tidak diberi perhatian. Sebaliknya ia mencanangkan semula Rukunegara yang dicipta oleh pentadbiran Abdul Razak Hussein,\” jelas Dr. Abdul Aziz lagi.

Jadi DEB, Rukunegara, Wawasan 2020 dan Islam Hadhari ini hanyalah gimik setiap Perdana Menteri yang dicipta untuk dijadikan slogan masing-masing.

Dasar dan slogan ini terkubur dengan kematian atau perletakan jawatan Perdana Menteri berkenaan. Dan seolah-olah mereka sengaja meletakkan tarikh penamat gimik-gimik itu jauh di hadapan; semacam hendak mempastikan bahawa mereka sudah tiada apabila dasar itu tamat.

Oleh kerana DEB sekadar dasar dan gimik Umno maka tidak salah jika Kerajaan DAP di Pulau Pinang tidak melaksanakannya.

DEB hanyalah satu program di bawah Perkara 153 yang melindungi kedudukan istimewa Melayu.

Umno dan media menggambarkan seolah-olah DAP telah melanggar Perlembagan atau undang-undang.

Walau apa pun, Dr. Abdul Aziz menyambung, kita tidak pasti sama ada ia masih berjalan atau tidak kerana pada awalnya DEB, yang dimulakan pada 1970, hendak ditamatkan pada 1990. Tetapi oleh kerana ia gagal maka ia pun dilanjutkan. Umno jelas takut dipertanggung jawabkan atas kegagalan DEB itu.

Malangnya masyarakat Melayu melihat DEB seperti keramat yang tidak boleh dikritik apa lagi dikesampingkan.

Tragedi yang berlaku di sini ialah dasar-dasar itu tidak pernah dibincang dan dinilai secara telus, sebaliknya ia diwar-warkan ke sana ke mari untuk tujuan politik dan mengugut orang Melayu.

\”Yang mengikat dan menjadi peraturan kita ialah Perlembagaan, dan ia mengikat semua orang, tak kira Melayu atau tidak,\” kata Dr. Abdul Aziz lagi.

Bagaimanapun pakar Perlembagaan dari UIAM itu menjelaskan, ia bukanlah sampai ke tahap menggantikan Al-Qur\’an.

Beliau berkata Perlembagaan hanyalah dokumen perundangan yang kita gunakan untuk mentadbir selain menjamin hak-hak kita sebagai warganegara.

\”Dan tak perlulah kita memasukkan elemen-elemen seperti Rukunegara, Wawasan 2020 dan seumpamanya kerana ia akan mencampur aduk dan mengelirukan kita semua,\” ujarnya lagi.

Satu Kenyataan?

March 12, 2008

Dari laman
Malaysiakini

‘From Prisoner to Prime Minister’

KB Gan | Mar 12, 08 5:25pm

Some analysts have said that the election results may herald the beginning of a two-party system. A new era of Malaysian politics may have begun.

It’s clear that race-based parties are on the way out. A coalition of race-based parties does not work when one party has dominance over the others. The Chinese and Indians shunning of MCA, MIC and Gerakan in the polls have sent a strong message to BN to that effect. Each race fighting for rights and privileges under a race based system does nothing for national unity. The nation loses its competitiveness.

If DAP, PKR and PAS can rule the states under them credibly over next five years, the next general elections will be a tough one for BN. Using the same strategy, the opposition may be able to win enough seats to collectively form the federal government. It will no longer be about denying BN a 2/3rd majority but toppling them.

Pak Lah can help here with his weak and ineffective rule which promises more scandals and corruption. With the hated son-in-law having the PM’s ear, Umno will be wrecked with internal factions. PKR will grow in strength. The Internet will loosen the mainstream media’s grip on information even further.

More young and well informed voters who demand accountability will join the electorate. The native parties in Sarawak and Sabah owe no political allegiance to Umno and may just as well switch sides depending on the prevailing wind

As early as the next general elections, BN could be toppled and Anwar would be prime minister. With affirmative action cancelled, the country can then move forward rather than being held back with racial policies. Instead of a continual brain drain of the brightest and best, Malaysians overseas will come back to build the new Malaysia. It’s an exciting prospect.

Of course, this future will not happen if the opposition parties fall to bickering and PAS spouts its religious extremism again. A strong and capable leader can unite the disparage parties and hold them together. It can only be Anwar.

‘From Prisoner to Prime Minister’. One day a headline will read.

siapa kanak2 ini? cuba teka..

March 10, 2008
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I can’t say I knew Samy Vellu personally. But my late grand-aunt, Anna, was his teacher in Batu Arang, once a prosperous mining town in Selangor where the young Samy grew up in the 1940s and worked as an office boy. The Batu Arang English School was actually set up by the coal-mining company.

Samy’s parents, who were both rubber tappers, eventually settled in Batu Arang, where his father worked in the coal mine. The young Samy (Left: Samy Vellu and his mother) would have been familiar with the huge open mines into which lorries would descend until they appeared to be the same size as matchboxes to those standing at ground level.

I took a trip down memory lane to Batu Arang during the Chinese New Year holidays. The old school is still there; so is the school field. It is all lush and green today.

It was not all green in those days. The British burned down the jungle foliage on both sides of the approach road to Batu Arang because they were afraid the communists would lie in wait to ambush them – so the roadsides were all brown and dry.

Back then, a visitor to Batu Arang would have been greeted with the smell of burnt coal and some parents including Anna would fret about the effect the pollution would have on their children’s health. Others worried whether the tunnels deep beneath the earth would collapse.

Today, the deep open mines are filled with water and resemble scenic lakes. Small groups of Indian Malaysian young men gather to chit-chat on the grass by the lake with little piles of crushed beer cans near them as evidence of their ‘liquid’ picnic.

Grand-aunt Anna, whom I called Amma, would reminisce with me: “Even in those days, Samy had the gift of the gab.” Indeed, Samy would go on to become a Tamil drama actor, a news-reader and eventually a political boss who is not exactly reticent or tongue-tied. In fact, he is regarded as one of the best orators in the Tamil language in Malaysia today.

I can’t say Amma was terribly impressed with Samy and how he had turned out. She had a habit of speaking her mind and didn’t suffer fools gladly. She was also aware of the Maika scandal. Still, she was bemused by the great respect he had for his former teachers. Some years ago, when she was arriving at a wedding reception for one of Samy Vellu’s relatives, the MIC president spotted her entering the hall. He immediately yelled excitedly to his brother, “Palani, teacher varuthe (teacher is coming)!” (S Palanivelu passed away last year after a heart attack.) Whereupon both of them raced up to pay their respects to her. “Dei, naalkaali kondu va! (Get her a chair!)” Samy urged one of his aides.

I also bumped into another retired Batu Arang School teacher, in his late seventies or eighties, who described to me the young Samy’s tenacity. Now this teacher had a beautiful Triumph motorbike when he was in Batu Arang, which he parked by the road one day. As he watched from a distance, he noticed the young Samy Vellu walking up to admire the bike. Time passed, and one day, as this teacher was out driving, he spotted a young man vrooming past him on a Triumph bike. It was Samy who had got or borrowed a bike of his own! “You see how tenacious and determined he was?” the former teacher mused.

Samy Vellu’s perseverance saw him taking evening classes to become a draughtsman and he eventually went to the UK to study architecture. If you are interested, you can actually see his name listed in the website of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

(Just search for “Malaysia” and you will see a list of architects based in Malaysia. Look for the names beginning with “S” and you will see the name “Samy Vellu Sangalimuthu , Malaysia”.)

Why am I telling you all this? Just to say that Samy Vellu had humble beginnings but through sheer perseverance, tenacity and who-knows-what-else worked his way to the top. No one denies he has helped some Indian Malaysians with infrastructure and scholarships etc – but like the rest of us, Samy had choices to make along the way: Would he offer them the spoils or the scraps? Where would the spoils really go? Would he really address the root causes of their sense of disempowerment or would he just offer band-aid solutions and cash handouts to address their immediate problems? Could he – would he – have done more, a lot more, to empower the dispossessed? Or would he be more interested in serving the elite capitalist class? And should he have known when to quit, on his own terms, before the writing was on the wall?

In the end, he slunk into anonymity, a sad, solitary figure who will have much soul-searching to do during his retirement.

Malaysian 2008 polls – interesting facts

March 10, 2008

Barisan Nasional only gained about 51 percent of the popular vote from the 7.9 million ballots cast on Saturday.

However, it took 63 percent of the seats contested – or 140 of 222 seats in Parliament.

Interestingly, its peninsula-wide popular vote was only 49.79 percent, which effectively means that the opposition received the majority vote in this part of the country.

However, when converted to parliamentary seats, BN has 85 of the constituencies in the peninsula, while the opposition bagged 80.

Almost 40 percent of the BN’s seats are in Sabah and Sarawak – 55 out of 140.

In 2004, BN won about 64 percent of the popular vote nationwide and 92 percent of the 219 parliamentary seats on offer then.

As the dust settles on the 12th general election, we highlight a number of quirky facts and figures.

Election trivia

* The youngest candidate was PKR’s Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, who is 26. He defeated Seri Setia incumbent Seripa Noli Syed Hussin.

* The oldest candidate was grandma Maimun Yusuf, 89, who contested in the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat. She lost her deposit.

* 56 also-rans from opposition parties and independent candidates lost their deposits after failing to secure one-eighth of the votes cast.

* The largest majority was won by DAP’s Teresa Kok against BN’s Carol Chew, by 36,492 votes in the Seputeh parliamentary seat in Kuala Lumpur.

* The smallest majority was just 14 votes for BN’s Hamdi Abu Bakar who beat Abu Bakar Haji Hussain of PAS in the Pengkalan Baharu state seat in Perak.

* Four pivotal players in the Lingam tape scandal also won: Loh Gwo Burne (who recorded the footage), Wee Choo Keong (lawyer who represented VK Lingam’s brother during the inquiry) and R Sivarasa and Sim Tze Tzin (listed as witnesses but eventually not called). All four are from PKR.

* There will be two ‘lone rangers’ in Parliament: Zulhasnan Rafique, the sole BN survivor in Kuala Lumpur’s 11 parliamentary seats – he took Setiawangsa; and DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen who won Bandar Kuching in Sarawak – the remaining 30 parliamentary seats went to BN.

* The biggest number of candidates was in the Sukau state seat, Sabah, where eight candidates ran, including five Independents.

Debutant politicians

Prominent blogger Jeff Ooi – whose campaign was done online and funds were raised through his website – won the Jelutong parliamentary seat in Penang for DAP.

Other bloggers are Tony Pua (DAP, Petaling Jaya Utara parliamentary seat), Elizabeth Wong (PKR, Bukit Lanjan state seat) and Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR, Seri Setia state seat).

Civil society activists who succeeded were Charles Santiago (DAP, water-privatisation issues), Edward Lee (DAP, local community), Elizabeth Wong and R Sivarasa (PKR, human rights).

Biggest blows

The losses in BN component parties will result in vacancies in various ministries, forcing a cabinet reshuffle.

Ministers

* S Samy Vellu (Works Ministry)

* Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (Women, Family and Community Development Ministry)

* Zainuddin Maidin (Information Ministry)

* Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin (Rural and Territory Development Ministry)

Deputy ministers

* Chia Kwang Chye (Information Ministry)

* G Palanivel (Women, Family and Community Development)

* Tan Chai Ho (Home Ministry)

* V Veerasingam (Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry)

* S Sothinathan (Natural Resources and Environment Ministry)

* Donald Lim (Tourism Ministry)

* Fu Ah Kiow (Internal Security Ministry)

* M Kayveas (Prime Minister’s Department)

Parliamentary secretaries

* Chew Mei Fun (Women, Family and Community Development Ministry)

* P Komala Devi (Education Ministry)

* Lee Kah Choon (Health Ministry)

* Ng Lip Yong (Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry)

* S Vigneswaran (Youth and Sports Ministry)

* Rahman Ibrahim (Home Ministry)

* Dr Mohd Ruddin Ab Ghani (Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry)

* Yew Teong Look (Federal Territories Ministry)

The full team from the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry all lost in the polls.

All top MIC leaders were wiped out – president, deputy presidents, two vice-presidents, women’s chief and youth chief (one of the three vice-presidents, KS Nijar, did not contest).

Post-election quotes

Anwar Ibrahim, PKR de facto leader, quoted in Star today

Some mentris besar in the past spent half-a-million ringgit to renovate their offices. Such things cannot be an example in this new administration.

Nurul Izzah Anwar, Lembah Pantai MP at a press conference yesterday

(On whether she will vacate the seat to force a by-election so that her father, Anwar Ibrahim, can re-enter politics after a five-year ban): I have already started working in my constituency. The question does not arise.

PPP president M Kayveas, quoted in Star today

Prior to the elections, Barisan Nasional had kept on telling people to show their dissatisfaction through the ballot box. Now they have really shown it.

Sungai Petani losing BN candidate Zainuddin Maidin, quoted in Star today

It is not that they love PKR or PAS more that they voted against me.

The Chinese showed their resentment because of the economic backlash they often complained about. So, PAS and PKR should not be overly proud of their win (in Kedah).

The people may have to pay a price for their decision.

sufi makam ketujuh?

March 2, 2008

hmmm kau orang fikir sendirilah.. aku tak tau nak komen..!