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Malaysians…..We Need This More Than Ever This Time Round!!!

Posted by ErnieJean on April 26, 2013

And here we are again….back in a full circle…..and this time all ready and pumped up to finish what we were supposed to have done the 12th General Election 5 years ago.

There’s been an avalanche of feeds in my Facebook page this time round, on this General Election and it feels good…….OH BOY!! Does it feel so good!!  Folks who refused to support any sort of initiative to spread political awareness 5 years ago are now posting links and sorts on the corrupted. The very same people who tsk-tsked attempts to educate on voters’ rights 5 years ago, are now advocating the same. How amazing is that!!!! There is this vibe that you can pick up on now that was so sorely missing 5 years ago…..a vibe so strong and exciting, that it inspires.

Back then in 2008, I remember how majority of Malaysians still had that “ISA-bogeyman” hanging over their heads. Nobody wanted to say anything. They say that if they were to even express their frustrations at the shifty going-ons with the BN government, they could very well receive a visit from the dreaded undercover agents of the law. So, hush! ok? Stay safe.

The few who dared, went on to beyond just mere lip-service and initiated a cyber awareness campaign, to ignite the desire for a better nation. But many still battled with the “what-if“s and chose to remain anonymous instead of their true identity, for the protection of their families…..yours truly included. The rare few who blogged with their real identity for all to see had many friends and loved ones praying for their safety. Those were scary yet exciting times…….

And those were the years where friendships and comradeships were forged…(like the ones amongst us Dandelions…*wink wink*)

Looking back, and seeing how fear no longer controls the political emotions of Malaysians today, my heart swells with pride. Malaysians have finally beaten the Big Bad Wolfie back  into its lair, running with its tail between its legs…… Barisan National is now on the defensive and not doing very well in that sense either. They have made themselves a laughing stock, running aroung like headless chickens…….that sings….and dances……….very BADLY!!!

Malaysians, I salute you…..confronting the evils of fear, that had always been the forearm of the current regime’s modus operandi, has been a huge leap. While we’ll not know whether BN has placed enough cheats in place to win this coming election, the awareness that Malaysians owe it to themselves for a better future is a win enough on its own.

But this election, it is crucial that we take back the control of where the nation is heading. The current captain of the ship is a complete lost-cause and the rest of his crew? OMG!!!!! I don’t care if they still use thugs to scare us….I don’t even care if they got a Hong-Kong actress to beg on their behalf……They are as good as gone!!

UBAH!!!

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They don’t really care about us!!

Posted by ella-mae on August 8, 2009

Posted in Anwar Ibrahim, Bangsa Malaysia, BN, Crime, Current Affairs, Dandelions, ella-mae, government, Human Rights, Ideology, Mainstream Media, Malaysia, malaysiakini, malaysian, MIC, Music, Najib Tun Razak, News, Observation, Observations, PAS, People, PKR, Politicians, politics, Racism, Raja Petra Kamarudin, Samyvellu, the dandelions, UMNO | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Hamidah Osman, The Indian and The Snake!

Posted by ella-mae on February 10, 2009

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Barisan Nasional ADUN from Sungei Rapat, Hamidah Osman was sworn in this morning as a Perak EXCO member.

Malaysian Insider had earlier reported Hamidah Osman was not too happy with Zambry’s appointment because she had great expectations to be the country’s first female Menteri Besar.

She was probably not made the MB because Hamidah Osman prefers a certain type of reptile more than some of her constituents.

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Remember this???

Noooo…Hamidah Osman did not mean our Feather-Indian friend here…

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Let’s reminisce together…

Hamidah says ‘sorry’ for racial slur – MalaysiaKini

Ahti Veeranggan | Jun 28, 08 6:55pm

Sungai Rapat state assemblyperson Hamidah Osman, who caused a furore in the Perak legislative assembly on Friday with her racial slur, has publicly apologised for hurting the Indian community.

At a packed press conference in the Ipoh Country Club this morning, the Barisan Nasional elected representative issued the public apology before newsmen, saying that it was not her intention to hurt the Indian community with a racial slur.

“I have already retracted my statement in the House and now, I am  offering my humble and sincere apology here to all Indians for uttering the racist remarks in the heat of the moment.

“I regret for saying that and promise not to repeat it anywhere anymore,” said a visibly moved Hamidah, who plans to embark on a ‘constituency road-show’ to explain and apologise over the incident to electorates in Gopeng, which encompasses Sungai Rapat.

Her apology came in the wake of several police reports lodged by Perak Indian-based public interests groups such as cultural-based organisation Ipoh Tamilar Tirunaal (ITT) organising committee, which has 30 Indian NGO affiliates.

Remarks spark furore

ITT advisor M Mathialagan, a lawyer, lodged the report condemning Hamidah’s racial slur and called upon her to openly apologise to all Indian Malaysians.

During a fiery state assembly meeting in Ipoh yesterday, Hamidah earned the wrath of Pakatan Rakyat assemblypersons when she asked whether speaker Sivakumar (an Indian) ‘agreed to disagree’ with a well-known fable of whether a snake or a man from a certain racial community should be killed first.

Her ‘un-assembly-like’ question sparked a furore, prompting Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives led by executive councillor Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Pantai Remis) to demand that she retracts her words.

However, Hamidah maintained her innocence and said she was merely asking if Sivakumar “agreed to disagree” with it.

The speaker who is also DAP Tronoh assemblyperson instead let her off the hook with a mere warning of “not to repeat such sensitive remarks.”

She later retracted her words.

Hamidah was roundly criticised by elected representatives and public interests groups from inside and outside Perak for uttering racist remarks in the House.

DAP Buntong state assemblyperson A Sivasubramaniam did not mince his words, labeling her “a racist upholding BN tradition of racial brand politics”.

“It is ungainly graceless for a people’s representative to utter such racist remarks against the speaker and his community,” he said.

Playing with fire

Sivasubramaniam also said Hamidah’s remarks was proof that BN, particularly Umno, had yet to accept its electoral defeat and conform to the reality that “a speaker of Indian origin was presiding the House”.

“She and Umno are playing with fire by hurting the racial sentiment of others,” he told Malaysiakini.

Meanwhile, Penang’s Datuk Keramat assemblyperson Jagdeep Singh Deo said the Perak assembly should have suspended Hamidah immediately and referred her to the Privileges Committee for disciplinary action.

Over the years, Jagdeep’s father, Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh has had in several instances clashed with Barisan MPs in Parliament over similar racist remarks that implicitly portrayed “the Indian community as more venomous than a snake”.

The Penang assemblyperson said Hamidah’s racial slur clearly showed BN had not learnt its lessons from the last general election.

He suggested that another round of elections would remind the coalition that “its racial brand politics no longer appeals to the majority of Malaysians”.

However, a Perak government insider said Hamidah was not referred to the Privilege Committee because she was deliberately left to “suffer public condemnation”.

“She could have become an Umno ‘heroine’ and evaded public humiliation since she would gain ‘immunity’ if referred to the committee.

“The game plan worked to force Hamidah to come out and openly apologise to Indians in Perak and the country as well,” the insider said.

Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise: the newly (I still cannot believe MY SULTAN DID THIS) installed Perak state government does not have a single Indian rep.

So with this new (I still cannot believe MY SULTAN DID THIS) state government in place, Hamidah Osman can no longer threaten to beat up anyone from the ruling (I still cannot believe MY SULTAN DID THIS) coalition.

Or can she still?

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The Yoga Fatwa: MIC joins the fray?

Posted by Oscar the Grouch on November 30, 2008

I have been in self-restrain for the past many weeks from commenting on the yoga fatwa. Being a religious-traditionalist that I am, though very much in idealistic denial, I choose to regard religion as a personal matter at-heart. Or for that matter: – that religion and politics make a bad mix.

When the chairman of the National Fatwa Council, Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor Husin declared the practice of yoga as haram, he explained that the ruling was only meant for Muslims to follow; the non-Muslims are free to do as they wish. To me, this is an issue of faith for the Muslims; it is not for the non-Muslims, like me, to offer critical analysis. I do not read the Quran or any of the Shariah literatures to be someone of sufficient wisdom to give my two-cents worth on Islam.

Yes, I do have my own personal reservations over the fatwa issue. However, whatever misgivings I may have, it is not for me to pass disparaging comments. With so many other religions in this world, I am sure I will find other rules of faith inexplicably alien as well; given my own distinctive grounded background. If I can accept the Muslims praying, fasting, not eating pork, not drinking liquor and not gambling; who am I not to accept them not practising yoga.

Perhaps, that is why I took it upon myself to overturn my self-imposed abstention upon reading The Star’s article (Friday, 28th November, 2008), entitled “MIC welcome PM’s clarification on fatwa”, where it was reported that the MIC has appreciated Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s explanation that had cleared all misunderstandings or misconceptions among Malaysians.

I find it a tad bit hard to understand: – what is it about the fatwa that concerns the MIC? This yoga issue, in its essential core, concerns only the Muslims. The Indians, Chinese and the other non-Muslims are still free to practice yoga. Yoga has not been banned, that is a misconception. The fitness and yoga clubs can carry on business as usual. Technically, even the Muslims are free to practice yoga, if it is in defiance of the edict and in risk of ramifications.

Yes, I readily agree, most of us non-Muslims have our own opinionated reservations on the yoga edict, including me; but whatever misgiving qualms that we may have, it is not in our place to make our say in the very public domain. Perhaps, indulging in small coffee shop talk or chit-chatters during social pub-drinking sessions is mildly acceptable; but definitely not via an unintelligent press statement by a political party.

What exactly does the MIC mean when it says the Prime Minister has cleared all misunderstanding and misconception among Malaysians? To me, the Prime Minister is not explaining anything. His “reassuring explanation” is that: – Muslims can perform yoga without chanting any mantra. This is merely a reiteration of what the National Fatwa Council has said earlier: – that yoga practices that does not include the elements of chanting and worshipping, is not wrong in the eyes of Islam (although not encouraged). It is only that when the practice covers all 3 aspects, then it becomes prohibited.

Both the National Fatwa Council and Prime Minister Badawi are essentially saying the same things. Why should the MIC, on the one hand, views the fatwa as causing misunderstanding and misconception among Malaysians; whilst on the other hand; it accepts the Prime Minister’s statement as a comforting clarification that reassures all Malaysians.

If this is not bodek, I don’t know what is.

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Scrap Metal Collectors = Indians of Permatang Pauh? If You Say So, Mr. DPM….

Posted by ErnieJean on August 20, 2008

Chinese, Indians Told To Give Clear Support For BN

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Aug 19 (Bernama) — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has urged the Chinese and Indian communities in Permatang Pauh to give a clear signal of their support for Barisan Nasional (BN) by rejecting the opposition in the Aug 26 by-election.

He said they should not gamble with their children’s future by supporting the opposition candidate who had been making false promises.

“Do not be easily hoodwinked by the opposition promises and fall for their trickery because if we were to believe them, we will be quarrelling with each other,” he said when addressing the Indian and Chinese communities in Sama Gagah here Monday.

He said in the March 8 general election, the Indian and Chinese communities were unduly influenced by the opposition and now it was the time to support BN again.

Najib said BN would champion the Indian and Chinese communities’ cause in the constituency as they had been neglected by the opposition.

He said to look after the well-being of the Indian community, a special cabinet committee was formed, while their educational opportunities were enhanced through the setting up of the Asian Institute Of Medicine, Science and Technology.

Vocational and skills training courses were also conducted for those living in the estates, while Tamil primary schools with less than 50 students each would be merged to enable the government provide better facilities for the students.

Najib said the government had also agreed to approve scrap metal collector’s licence for Indians in Permatang Pauh.

At the function, he announced aid for three Tamil primary schools and six Chinese primary schools.

— BERNAMA

Is it me or does Najib’s pleading, oops, I mean, campaigning method, seem somewhat like an ill-concealed attempt to make a mockery of the voters? Scrap metal collector’s license only if they vote for UMNO!!??? Special cabinet committee!!?? Only for one particular community!!?? Only in Permatang Pauh!!?

Our future PM, in his mission to ensure the election machinery is well oiled, has succeded, within a period of less than a week, in confirming the following, what the opposition parties have been trying to tell us silly voters over the past few decades :-

– Belittle the capabilities of a community based on racial prejudices, in this case, the Indian community of Permatang Pauh (Indian = Scrap metal collectors….what a joke!!!)

– Openly sidelining and denying the rights of the other races, including the one whose rights UMNO is supposedly fighting for, in Permatang Pauh to venture into certain industries/vocation (thru selective issuance of licenses and permits?)

– Government aids to “sekolah jenis kebangsaan” only comes in abundance during by-elections.

With that sort of support heading one’s election campaign, Arif can be very sure that he is in “good” hands……… 😛

Posted in Current Affairs, erniejean, government, Malaysia, malaysiakini, MIC, Najib Tun Razak, Observation, Opinions, Politicians, UMNO | Tagged: , | 13 Comments »

Samyvellu doesn’t want to miss the orgy!

Posted by barbie on July 28, 2008

Samyvellu, being a true attention seeker and narcisstic person he is, (it takes one to know one) does not to be left out of the fun. He is joining the orgy fest of secret discussions, the latest craze among power crazy politicians!

He shamelessly claimed that there were discussions among MIC and Hindraf youth leaders to which the latter outrightly rejected. The old goat (anyone is going to call me racist for me calling him a goat instead of snake?) must be delusional to make such claim,  when according to the ‘baffled’ Hindraf national event co-ordinator Kannan Ramasamy, it never exists.

Sunday July 27, 2008 MYT 6:46:03 PM
MIC, Hindraf in secret talks … NOT!

KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC says that it has been wooing the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) in secret discussions, but the group has rejected this claim outright.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the party had been holding discussions with Hindraf youth leaders in Kedah, Perak and Selangor, which he said went well. He said the meetings went well as the Hindraf leaders realised that the MIC was also fighting to upgrade the living standards of the Indian community.

“Whatever happened in the past, especially in the March polls, is history. We must work together for the betterment of the community,” he said, claiming that some of the Hindraf leaders also regretted their decision to support the opposition.

Hindraf national event co-ordinator Kannan Ramasamy, when contacted, said he was baffled by Samy Velu’s claims as none of the movement’s 10 coordinators had met any MIC leaders.

“Hindraf does not have a membership roll. It is led by P. Waythamoorthy who is assisted by 10 coordinators and as far as I know, none of us had met anyone from the MIC,” added Kannan.

He said Hindraf has never regretted convincing the Indians to vote for the opposition in the 12th general election as the move had brought much improvement for the community in some parts of the country.

“We have noted that a lot of improvement has taken place for Indians in the five states led by the Pakatan Rakyat coalition since the election,” he said.

Hindraf national coordinator R.S Thanenthiran concurred and added the best thing that happened from supporting the opposition was the awareness created that Indians mattered in the country.

“For the first time ever, it has been made known to the minority Indians that they had the power to bring changes through the ballot box,” he added.

Both Thanenthiran and Kannan advised Samy Vellu to back off and concentrate on rebuilding the MIC.

Still, we cannot be too sure whether the ‘secret talks’ between MIC and Hindraf really happened especially after what transpired between PAS and UMNO. PAS before this vehemently denied any talks between the party and UMNO only to admit later there were discussions for the sake of ‘Malay unity and Islam’.

One thing is sure, both parties- UMNO and MIC have reached the stage where they are no longer quite relevant to the current political landscape in Malaysia.  Both parties are like sick cows, waiting to be flogged to death. Hence, it is not surprising they are looking for antidotes to prolonge their survival from the sure, slow, painful death. Death is definite, a friend of mine said this before and yes, for racial based parties like UMNO, MIC, and MCA the angel of death is knocking on their doors.

ps: Well, I damn hope the last paragraph is true. Say NO to racial based parties!

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