Monday, September 21, 2009

Bahang Bagan Pinang sudah bermula...

The Time to change....PRK Mantin....

Tak lama lagi kita akan menempuhi pilihanraya kecil yang ke-9....... Yang menariknya adalah ia akan diadakan di Bumi N9...

Persiapan awal telah kami aturkan.....Hari ini satu lawatan tidak rasmi telah dibuat ke-kawasan estate di kawasan Bagan Pinang....

Seramai 100 ahli PKR dari NS disertai ahli PKR dari Ranting Sri Andalas Kota Raja melawat ladang Atherton, Siliau dan Bradwall...

Rata-rata penduduk di kawasan ini inginkan perubahan.... dan kami yakin dengan kerjasama dari ahli-2 PR yang lain... Bagan Pinang akan ditawan walaupun BN mempunyai begitu banyak undi POS...

Lawatan turut disertai YB Xavier Jayakumar dan Yb Guna (DAP)

Ladang Bradwall.....

Ladang Siliau.....

AJK Ranting PKR Mantin yang turut serta.....

Member-2 dari Ranting Sri Andalas....

Monday, September 7, 2009

miss this anyone?

The Time to change....PRK Mantin

I really miss this..... but we are moving towards it.... only with Pakatan Rakyat

Its nice to see a good will gesture by true Muslim who does not share the same view of the Section 23 folks! All is not dead in Malaysia,as a new faces of democracy and fairness and religious tolerance is still vey much alive.
It remind me of my younger days in the estate that was neighboring a Kampung. We lived in peace and respecting each other believe and faith wityh respect. Puasa,bubur lombok, muruku,thosai were part of our festive way of life….may all these new breed of malaysian be blessed with love and health by the almighty

The beautiful Malay

Who said Malays, Indian and Chinese in Malaysia have problem.....?

Oh! yes.... only BN says so.....

Attached are only the text message.....pls visit the below link to see the photo as well

The Time to change....PRK Mantin

The beautiful Malay
September 7, 2009

Marina Mahathir had a posting entitled “The Ugly Malay” up two days ago.
She was referring to the uncouth, uncivilised behaviour of the same ‘cow head’ protestors who made their way to the Selangor state government dialogue last Saturday, hijacked the same and allowed no room whatsoever for the voices of reason from within the section 23 community to be heard.
More of my thoughts on that dialogue in another post.
Here, I want to share with you about a little gathering last Friday in Shah Alam that, for me, at least, put on display all that is beautiful about our people.
Including the Malays.
It will help us to take heart that the ugly Malay that Marina spoke of and that we all have had to painfully witness is not your typical Malay.
On Thursday last week, I received the following e-mail from a Malay friend.
“We are very concerned about last week’s protest against the construction of a Hindu temple through cow heads. As individuals we are very disturbed by this and the implications it has on the unity of Malaysia. We are therefore inviting our Muslim friends and colleagues to join us in an attempt to show our solidarity to the Hindu community in Shah Alam and our refusal to allow these provocative and disgraceful acts to be done in the name of Islam. Please join us this Friday,the 4th of September, 8:30 pm in front of the De Palma Inn Hotel in Shah Alam where we will be picked up by someone from the temple to take us there”.
Take us where?
To the temple in section 19, Shah Alam. The temple that was proposed to be re-located to section 23. The temple that sits in the eye of the controversy.
Jaya, Robert, Danny and I set out for the De Palma hotel on Friday evening. Dominic and Chin Huat were going to get there on their own.
We were all at the temple a little after 9pm.
Bearing flowers and fruit that Mas and friends had put together, we were greeted by temple committee members and welcomed into the temple even as prayers were going on.

Jaya leading the way
Very quickly, I made two new friends.

Ramesh serves on the temple committee

I asked Lechumanan if I could take photos within the temple and he helpfully took me on a quick tour to the inner rooms where the deities were housed

Lechu mentioned the names of the deities but, except for one, I can;t remember the others. Sorry, Lechu

This, I think, is Lord Ganapathy, sometimes also called Lord Ganesha. If I'm wrong, forgive me, folks

Prayers were underway so we sat on the floor and joined the congregation.

Food, Not Bombs activists at the back. Chiin Huat in front

If I remember correctly, Joanna on the extreme left whilst Hafizi is on the far right. Didn't get the names of the two ladies in the middle. Slacking in my old age

Another Food, Not Bombs activist

Mas on the right
As the prayers proceeded, temple committee member Selva and Shah Alam local councillor Uthayasoorian
shared with us the problems that the devotees faced.

Temple committee member Selva

Local councillor Uthayasoorian
The issue of relocating the temple has been hanging over their heads for almost two decades.
If special prayers to be held might draw a larger than usual crowd, a police permit must be sought.
A police permit to pray?
They are not permitted to effect repairs to the temple floor, although some parts clearly could do with some repair.
Ramesh pointed out to me a zinc fencing next to the temple.

“The area now fenced in used to be an open space where devotees could park their cars when they come for prayers. In December last year, Pewaris came and fenced off the open space, so that devotees now have no place to park.”, he said
Chin Huat made a lovely suggestion that given that it was the holy month of Ramadhan, how about picking a day where the Hindus could also fast and then host a buka puasa of vegetarian food so that more Muslims who wanted to share fellowship with their Hindu brothers and sisters could come and buka puasa at the temple.
Mas told me today that she will liaise with Selva and see if Chin Huat’s suggestion might be taken up.
After the prayers, we mingled with some of the not-so-shy devotees.

Fellowship after the prayers

More fellowship
Before we left the temple, we got together for a group photo.

Danny's behind the camera. Some were camera-shy. 6 non-Muslims. One not sure. The rest Muslim
Outside the temple, someone spotted a Pewaris signboard just outside the fenced-ff area that Ramesh had alluded to and thought that this would be an ideal place to hold a peaceful demo.

There is hope yet for our country.

Wawasan 2020

If you think we had develop enough.... read below... then decide

The Time to change....PRK Mantin

Vision 2020 ...not bloody likely !!
Mahathir unveiled the Vision of 2020 plan for Malaysia in 1991. Malaysia was to become an industrialized nation and be considered a high-income economy. Najib refined (that is double speak to mean ‘no can do lah’) that vision: 
“It is clear that our Vision 2020 objective has to be refined to remain viable,” Najib said. “Being richer alone does not define a developed nation. There are important social and quality-of-life measurements that must be factored in when considering our objectives and successes.” Malaysia needs to “redefine and recalibrate” how and when it will achieve Vision 2020, Najib told reporters after the speech. That doesn’t necessarily mean a change in the timeline, he said. 

I would have agreed with him in principal had he not put in the “that does not necessarily mean a change in the timeline” proviso. I am no economist but let us just use common sense to look at realities.
Let us look at the differences between salaries earned, the cost of a vehicle and a house between 1973 and 2009.

1.3 liter Japanese Car 7,000
Double Story House 45,000
Engineer Salary 1,000
1.3 liter japanese car 45,000
Double stoty house 300,000
Engineer Salary 2,000

It is the same story when you compare salaries of shop assistants, office staff, factory workers and a whole range of other workers and professional. I have used these 3 items a house, a car and salary earned as a measurement of the country' s performance for the past 35 years to gauge our standard of living. There is little difference in salary between 1973 and 2009 – and yet our purchasing power is vastly different. While the starting income for a newly graduated Engineer between 1973 to 2009 has only doubled – the cost of a car has increase 8.6 times and that of a house 6.6 times.
Fast forward to today.
Ask the kids working at McDonald how much they were being paid per hour? 
RM 3.00 per hour x 8 hours = RM 24 per day. Working 25 days a month means they get RM 600 per month.

In Australia my daughter works part-time during her University days at Gloria Jeans Coffee. She is paid 
Aud$14.00 per hour x 8 hours a day = Aud$112 a day x 25 days = Aud$2,800 per month.
(@ RM2.92 per = One Aud Dollar x Aud$2800 = RM$8176 per month).
My daughter earns 13.6 times more that the girl at McDonalds in Malaysia.

Our Government lays claim to the fact that Malaysia will be a developed country 2020? A high income country? Let us look further.

2005 Financial Times Figures

GNP per Capita in US Dollars.

USA US35,400

United Kingdom US$25,510

Singapore US$20,690

Australia US$19,530

Malaysia US$3,540

The above figures are the 2005 Financial Times figures for GNP per Capita in US Dollars – a measurement of developed country by income measurements.
Malaysia’s GNP per Capita US$3540. Malaysia a developed country by 2020? Not likely. This is a really sad story and a worrying trend is it not?
The Ringgit is sliding further and further under Barisan Nasional. 

To compound the effect of inflation, the Ringgit has depreciated 
greatly against ALL major currencies. The real income of most
 Malaysians has moved backwards.

 This is why many Malaysians suffer under the petrol hike. The root of the problem is that our real incomes have shrunk in the face of 
inflation and a depreciated currency. Malaysians have not been spoiled by subsidy but are unable to move out of the time lock of stagnated and depreciated incomes. 

If you compare the per capita incomes of Singapore, Hong Kong , Taiwan and South Korea they are a few multiples of ours although at independence all these countries were on the same economic level as Malaysia .

What has gone wrong? Were we not once the rising star of East Asia? A country rich in natural resources with the most promising potential ?

What happened?
Massive Corruption for one! Plundering of our precious resources, wastage of funds for huge non-economic projects, anti-public interest deals with politically-linked companies and passing-of-the -buck to the man in the street. I repeat - passing of the buck to the man on the streets!

Four decades of a mismanaged NEP where education, economic and employment policies defined by race without the necessary checks and balances ensured that meritocracy took a back seat.

Our university standard has declined and today our best and brightest youths emigrate to escape the racial inequality and instead now contribute to the economies of foreign lands.

The reputation of our judiciary which was once held in high esteem worldwide has sunk so low that foreign investors now insist on arbitration in Singapore in case of any dispute.

We also have a slew of oppressive laws such as the ISA, OSA, University and University Colleges Act and Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) which all stifle free speech and are designed to keep the ruling parties in power.

We have become less attractive to foreign investors and now lag behind our neighbors in Asean for foreign direct investment. Even some corporations who have established themselves here are moving out. 

All the economic and social malaise cannot help but affect the value of our currency. The strength of a country's currency is after all, a reflection of its fundamentals.

 Furthermore, Bank Negara has a policy of a weak Ringgit to help 
exporters - never mind the burden on the common folk. The government is pro-corporation, not pro-Rakyat.

While the poor and middle-class are squeezed, an elite group gets 
breathtakingly rich. We have the distinction of having the worse 
income disparity in Asean. A re-distribution of wealth is under way 
from the poor and middle-class to a select group of politically-connected elite.
The end result of this re-distribution will be a small group of super-rich while the majority are pushed into poverty and the middle-class shrinks. This is what happens when the rich gets richer and the poor get poorer.

There is much that is wrong with Malaysia. The responsibility for 
pulling the country backwards can be laid squarely at the door of the ruling regime – Barisan Nasional. It is BN's mis-governance, racial politics and culture of patronage and greed which has seen the country regress economically and socially. 

We seem to be sliding down a slippery slope, further down with each passing year of BN's rule. Another five years of BN rule and we'll be at Indonesia 's standard under Suharto. Another 10 years and we'll be touching the African standard.. What a way to greet 2020.

 Is there any hope for Malaysia ?

Faced with the reality that BN will never change, many Malaysians desperate for change turn their eyes to Pakatan Rakyat.
Pakatan Raykat has promised to treat all races fairly, to plug wastage, fight corruption, reform the judiciary and make Malaysia more competitive.
But some have questioned whether we can trust Anwar Ibrahim and his loose coalition of disparate parties..

The question is not whether we can trust the opposition but whether we can afford not to in view of our state of affairs.