Kenyataan Media YB V.Sivakumar Ahli Parlimen Batu Gajah & Timbalan Pengerusi DAP Perak pada 12 April 2014 di Ipoh
Kerajaan telah memperuntukan wang sejumlah RM560 juta untuk pembangunan sekolah-sekolah Tamil sejak tahun 2009. Ini merupakan satu jumlah yang besar dan boleh membantu menaik taraf sebahagian besar daripada sekolah-sekolah Tamil yang berada dalam keadaan yang uzur.
Seperti mana kita semua sedia maklum banyak diantara sekolah-sekolah Tamil di negara kita memerlukan peruntukan kerajaan untuk membaik pulih bangunan dan menambahkan infra struktur supaya dapat memenuhi kehendak semasa. Perkara ini bukanlah perkara baru yang diperjuangankan oleh masyarakat India di negara ini. Pelbagai pertubuhan bukan kerajaan dan rakyat biasa juga sentiasa membangkitkan isu sekolah-sekolah Tamil yang daif ini.
Kita juga tidak boleh lupa kepada peristiwa 25 November 2007 di mana puluhan ribu kaum India dari semua lapisan status sosio-ekonomi telah bersama-sama turun berhimpun di Kota Kuala Lumpur. Satu daripada ketidak puasan yang membangkitkan perasaan kemarahan kaum India di nagara ini ialah berhubung dengan sikap kerajaan yang sentiasa menganak tirikan sekolah-sekolah vernukular terutamaya sekolah-sekolah Tamil. Ini merupakan salah satu faktor yang menyebabkan tsunami politik berlaku dalam PRU12 dan menyebabkan pertama kali Barisan Nasional hilang majoriti 2/3 di Parlimen dan tumbang di Selangor, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Kedah dan Kelantan.
Saya yakin kerajaan telah mempelajari kelemahannya daripada pengalaman ini dan telah mengambil beberapa langkah untuk menutup kesilapan-kesilapan lampau. Itulah sebabnua kerajaan mula memberikan peruntukan yang lebih besar mulai tahun 2009. Tujuan kerajaan adalah untuk menawan semula hati masyarakat India.
Oleh yang demikian, kerajaan telah memperuntukan wang sejumlah RM560 juta dari tahun 2009 hingga 2013 untuk memperolehi tapak baru, membina blok tambahan dan kerja-kerja naik taraf bagi sekolah-sekolah Tamil. Dari tahun 2009 hingga tahun 2011, dikatakan bahawa RM340 juta dibelanjakan untuk pembangunan sekolah-sekolah Tamil. Pada tahun 2012 sebanyak RM 100juta telah diperuntukkan untuk tujuan yang sama. Begitu juga, bagi tahun 2013 kerajaan memperuntukkan jumlah yang sama iaitu RM100 juta yang diluluskan dalam belanjawan kerajaan. Pada tahun tersebut sejumlah RM20 peruntukkan tambahan telah disalurkan untuk membina dan memperbaiki 13 buah sekolah Tamil di seluruh negara.
Masalahnya ialah samada wang sejumlah RM560 juta itu benar-benar disalurkan untuk pembangunan sekolah-sekolah Tamil. Tidak ada perubahan yang besar yang dapat dilihat dan dirasakan oleh kaum India setelah sejumlah wang yang besar itu, kononya telah dibelanjakan oleh kerajaan. Banyak lagi sekolah-sekolah Tamil yang berada dalam keadaan yang sangat uzur dan menyakitkan mata yang memandang.
Isu ini telah mengecewakan keseluruhan masyarakat India yang berasa tertipu dengan janji-janji yang diberikan oleh kerajaan. Adakah wang sejumlah RM 560 juta benar-benar telah disalurkan kepada sekolah-sekolah Tamil? Jika benar, kerajaan harus bertanggungjawab untuk melaporkan melalui siapakah wang itu disalurkan. Nayatakan nama sekolah-sekolah yang menerima peruntukan itu dan jumlah yang diberikan kepada sekolah-sekolah tersebut dalam tempoh yang sama. Perkara ini perlu didedahkan segera oleh kerajaan supaya rakyat mengetahui keadaan yang sebenar.
Pemimpin-pemimpin MIC sedang membisu dalam hal peruntukan ini. Maka, ini telah menambahkan lagi perasaan kecurigaan rakyat terhadap kerajaan dan parti MIC. Ada 2 kemungkinan yang berlaku jika kerajaan juga turut membisu dalam hal ini.
1) Wang yang disalurkan kepada pihak-pihak tertentu itu telah dilesapkan secara licik tanpa pengetahuan kerajaan.
2) Kerajaan tidak jujur memberikan peruntukan itu seperti mana yang telah dijanjikan. Hanya janji kosong pilihanraya untuk menipu masyarakat India.
Oleh yang demikian, saya mendesak kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak untuk mendedahkan semua maklumat berkaitan dengan peruntukan wang sejumlah RM560 itu secepat mungkin. Ini juga telah mengugat kewibawaan Perdana Menteri yang tidak menepati janji kepada masyarakat India dalam banyak hal-hal yang lain.
Sabtu, 12 April 2014
YB.V.SIVAKUMAR , AHLI PARLIMEN BATU GAJAH
DI BATU GAJAH PADA 11 APRIL 2014
‘ASEAN : REFORMASI PENYELESAIAN PERTIKAIAN PERLU
UNTUK MENINGKATKAN PRESTASI AFTA’
DAP, or Democratic Action Party, is still seen by many as a political organisation with a lot of Chinese leaders and members. Therefore, it is often perceived as a Chinese party.
However, the real Chinese party in Malaysia is MCA or the Malaysian Chinese Association. Only Chinese join this party, and it is only interested in serving the Chinese community, although in practice it is more about the interest of the Chinese Malaysian capitalists and their government cronies.
Due to its Chinese characteristics, MCA is not an organisation for all Malaysians. It is only limited to the Chinese community who represent less than 25% of the country’s population.
By its minority nature, MCA is usually bullied by its de facto leader in the Barisan Nasional coalition – Umno – an ethnic Malay party claiming to represent most of the 60% of Malaysian population.
Umno was originally a Malay nationalist party formed in the 1940s but has transformed itself into some sort of a supremacist party of today – although there are some leaders and members who are not too happy with its current insular tendency.
However, in reality, by selling the propaganda that Umno “protects” the Malays, Umno leaders and their cronies managed to keep the economic cake for themselves, leaving the poor Malays poorer while antagonising all other Malaysians who have no connections with the big business.
Such is a vicious cycle of a race-based political system. Under BN, it has become the epitome of racism; and racism hurts everyone, including the Malays who do not agree with the views of the Malay supremacists.
An example of this arrogance of power is when a government minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim proposed that Malaysians should vote along racial lines. This means Malays vote for Malay candidates, Chinese vote for Chinese candidates and so on. If accepted, this could further segregate Malaysians who are already separated by race and religion.
So where does DAP fit into this scenario?
DAP is not a race-based party. It has never fought for merely the sake of Chinese community. It fights for the rights of all Malaysians.
Its first ever slogan was Malaysian Malaysia – where Malaysia belongs to every Malaysian, and not any person from any particular race or religion, where equal opportunity is the norm of our daily life.
From day one, DAP is a multiracial party. But the Umno-led government has used and continued to misuse state apparatus and the media to vilify DAP, to falsely accuse DAP of being racist.
After almost 50 years being fed with such a lie, it is not surprising some Malays believe it to be true. They believe that DAP is a Chinese party that fights only for the Chinese.
But it’s not just the Malays who believe it. Some Chinese believe it, too.
Apparently some of these Chinese actually joined DAP, thinking that DAP is MCA 2.0, that is, an alternative party for the Chinese Malaysian. These people must have thought that since MCA had failed to help them, DAP should be the next best choice.
The problem with this line of thinking is that it is racial in nature, and will only perpetuate segregation and racial hatred.
This is why it’s important for some DAP leaders and members to realise that DAP is a party for every Malaysian; its ideology is social democracy and its core values are freedom, justice and solidarity. It also believes in freedom of religion and that religion is personal. It is not for any particular ethnic group or any particular religious organisation.
However, screaming about idealism without putting into practice those good, positive fundamental values does not mean much in real life.
When all DAP members are clear about it, it will only be a matter of time they will work harder towards sharing the idea of DAP with all Malaysians; seeing everyone as Malaysian, as human being regardless of gender, and not as a race or a person representing a certain religion or belief. – April 8, 2014.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
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Sabtu, 5 April 2014
Your are cordially invited to DART Training for Delineation Exercise in Perak on
Date: 6April 2014 (Sun)
Time : 2pm - 6pm
Vanue : Jade Hall
No 54 Medan Istana 1.
Bandar Ipoh Raya,
(Opp Suk Perak)
(Same block as Dap Perak ofc)
Organiser: by Bersih 2.0 Secretariat
We hope all of you will be able to attend this training as to raise up the momentum for free and fair election and protect our boundaries.
Bersih 2.0 Secretariat
The Ministry of Transport and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) have repeatedly deceived Malaysians over the KLIA2 low-cost airport scandal
Media Statement by Tony Pua, DAP National Publicity Secretary and Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya Utara in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 1 April 2014:
For the past 3 years, the Ministers of Transport as well as the top management of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) have repeated lied to Malaysians about the opening dates for KLIA2. The date has been moved at least 5 times from September 2011 to the current deadline of . Despite the due date being just 30 days away, there is still no certainty if KLIA2 can actually effectively operational, despite the bravado displayed by the Minister, Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein and his deputy, Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.
However, the biggest lie by both the Ministers and MAHB is the repeated claim that the cost of the “low-cost” airport would not exceed RM4 billion.
The initial budget for the airport when it was first announced by Dato’ Seri Ong Tee Keat, the then Transport Minister in July 2007 was only RM1.7 billion. (Berita Harian 22 July 2007)
The budget was subsequently increased to RM2.0 billion in March 2009 (The Star 10 March 2009), and then RM2.5 billion in October 2010 (Business Times 30 October 2010).
MAHB then shocked Malaysians by disclosing that the cost of the new airport has ballooned to RM3.9 billion due to cost overruns in November 2011.
The CEO of AirAsia Group, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes had tweeted that the cost of KLIA2 has ballooned to RM5 billion in July 2012, a claim which was immediately denied by the authorities.
In October 2012, we were told in Parliament by the then Deputy Transport Minister, Dato’ Abdul Rahim Bakri that the cost was increased to RM4 billion. The current Transport Minister, Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin reiterated in August 2013 that the cost will not exceed the RM4 billion figure.
On this year, the Dato’ Abdul Aziz Kaprawi who was heading the Special Cabinet Taskforce on KLIA2 again confirmed that the cost of the airport will not cost more than RM4 billion despite the overwhelming skepticism expressed by the industry.
Hence it did not come as too much of a surprise when the Deputy Transport Minister himself finally admitted to The Edge Financial Daily that the cost of KLIA2 airport will cost more than RM4 billion. He attributed the additional cost to a change in job scope and “other unforeseen matters”. However, he did not confirm the exact quantum of increase in cost, but it is clearly expected to be significant.
Malaysians can no longer tolerate being repeatedly deceived by Ministers and the top management of Government-linked companies (GLCs), which are entrusted with our tax-payers’ money. MAHB in particular has clearly demonstrated complete incompetence, and has attempted to hide such incompetence and mismanagement using outright lies and deception.
There can no longer be any excuse for the Prime Minister act firmly against the top management of MAHB, or even his Transport Ministers for failing to check on MAHB’s intransigence. Most importantly, the contract for Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid that has been extended twice since the cost of KLIA2 was confirmed to have ballooned to RM4 billion must be terminated immediately. Heads must roll, or the entire Najib administration will be responsible for perhaps a revised-RM5 billion “low-cost” KLIA2 scandal and to send a message to all GLCs, that he will not tolerate incompetence and gross mismanagement.
Minister-In-Charge of the Election Commission, Shahidan Kassim, should resign over his proposal for electoral apartheid failing which Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak should ask for his resignation
Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, 31st of March, 2014
This morning, during the parliamentary question and answer session, MP for Seremban, Anthony Loke, asked the Minister in charge of the Election Commission, Shahidan Kassim, a question regarding the extent of the implementation of the one-man-one-vote principle in the upcoming delimitation exercise as per the recommendations of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reform. Instead of answering this question, the Minister went on to propose his own proposal that was based on racial voting and racial representation. He went on to give the example that since Bumiputeras form 67% of the population, Bumiputeras should vote in 67% of Bumiputera candidates into parliament and since Chinese form 23% of the population, Chinese should vote in 23% of Chinese candidates into parliament and since Indians form 8% of the population, Indians should vote in 8% of Indian candidates into parliament. His entitled his proposal ‘One Vote, One Person, Based on Race” – “Satu Undi, Satu Manusia, Berdasarkan Kaum”.
I call for the Minister in charge of the Election Commission to immediately resign as he has shown that he is not fit to be a Minister, especially the Minister in charge of the Election Commission which will undertake the upcoming delimitation exercise. The Minister should resign for the following three reasons.
Firstly, his proposal of voting in candidates based on the race of the voter is akin to ‘electoral apartheid’. In apartheid South Africa, black voters were put on black electoral rolls to vote in black representatives, coloured voters were put on coloured electoral rolls to vote in coloured representatives and white voters were put on the common roll to vote in white candidates. This is in effect what the Minister is advocating for in his proposal. Apartheid was widely condemned by the international community including Malaysia and it has since been abolished in South Africa. To propose that Malaysia introduce a voting system which is akin to ‘electoral apartheid’ is highly offensive and should be similarly condemned by all Malaysians. It shows that the Minister is totally ignorant about electoral systems including the fact that what he proposed was used in apartheid South Africa.
Secondly, his lack of knowledge of the one-man-one-vote principle shows his total ignorance that this principle is a commonly accepted standard in democratic countries. Most democratic countries which practice the first-past-the-post electoral system such as the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada recognize and respect this principle and electoral laws were introduced in each of these countries to limit the disparity between the number of voters in each constituency. In addition, this one-man-one-vote principle was emphasized in one of the 22 recommendations given in the report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reform. If the Minister is not aware that the one-man-one-vote principle is an internationally recognized democratic principle and that this was emphasized in one of the recommendations of the PSC on Electoral Reform, then he is not fit to remain as Minister.
Thirdly, the Minister shows his ignorance of the constitution in his proposal for ‘electoral apartheid’. There is nothing in the Federal Constitution that suggests that representation according to racial groups that will be voted by voters of the same race is permissible. On the other hand, the one-man-one-vote principle, with conditions, is stated in Article 2(c) of the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution which says that:
(c) the number of electors within each constituency in a State ought to be approximately equal except that, having regard to the greater difficulty of reaching electors in the country districts and the other disadvantages facing rural constituencies, a measure of weightage for area ought to be given to such constituencies
The fact that the Minister did not refer to the constitution but instead gave his own wild and reprehensible proposal of ‘electoral apartheid’ shows that he is not fit to hold his position.
The Minister cannot claim to be speaking only in his personal capacity because he is no longer a backbencher but a Minister and therefore part of the government of the day. In addition, he also holds the portfolio of being in charge of the body which manages electoral matters in the country, namely the Election Commission.
It is not sufficient for the Minister to apologize for his statement because an apology cannot change the fact that he does not understand the one-man-one-vote democratic principle, the fact that he does not respect the recommendations of the PSC on Electoral Reform and the fact that he feels that ‘electoral apartheid’ is the best way to maintain peace in the country. His statements have made him lose whatever credibility he may have had to perform his responsibilities as a Minister in charge of the Election Commission.
If the Minister refuses to resign, then I call upon Prime Minster Najib to ask for the Minister’s resignation. If the Prime Minister fails to do so, this would make a total mockery of the 1 Malaysia slogan and the efforts of the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) to promote national unity after the 13th general elections.