Bravo !!! Karam Singh of TV3

 Karam Singh cited the “Raja Zakaria” case as one of the examples why he believes the resoration of local council elections would be good for the people. DAP launched a year-long campaign (Restoration of local government elections) in 2005 as we believe that such exercise allows the people to keep the local councils accountable to the people. The present system fails to work as all coucilors were elected by their political masters and they feel that they were not accountable to the rakyat since they were elected by them. Bravo, Karam Singh!

Malaysiakini has the story…

TV personality calls for local council polls

Soon Li Tsin
Dec 8, 06 6:57pm

The poor state of affairs concerning local councils has reached a stage where it can only be overcome with the return of local council elections, one of the panelists at the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s (Suhakam) dialogue programme with media noted.Broadcast journalist Karam Singh Walia told participants at the dialogue entitled ‘The media’s role and human rights’ in Kuala Lumpur yesterday that he had witnessed and heard testimonies of poor management by the local councillors.

“These little Napoleons are supposed to be the front line men of the Barisan Nasional goverment. But they have time and time again failed miserably to deliver on a fair and civil administration,” Karam said.“A promise was given that local council elections would be put back in place after the May 13, 1969 riots were over. Until today, that has remained an empty promise,” he said.

Karam said local council elections should be brought back to stop the mismanagement of local authorities and the appointment of unqualified councillors.

“I say this in my own personal capacity and not as a TV3 journalist that if we bring back elections for councillors at all local councils in this country, it’s going to make our lives better, protect the environment and a lot of people will be happier,” he said.

He pointed out that local councillors who fail to perform could be voted out in the next election and qualified candidates like doctors, engineers and architects can be brought in.

‘A lucrative job’

Karam cited several examples of local councillors who have failed to deliver amongst them Port Klang assemblyperson Zakaria Mohd Deros, recently involved in
a controversy over his illegally constructed mansion.“How did a railway-gate keeper become a millionaire so quickly? He can even afford a big car and Gucci sunglasses and was the Umno division head for 22 years. Where’s the transparency?”

Karam also highlighted the RM40,000 spent by the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) for a training stint for their councillors in Genting Highlands.“They could have held it in their MPS hall. The money saved could be used to set up a clinic in the outskirts or to pave roads that are used by thousands of people,” he lamented.

“Who are these councillors? They are people who have no inkling about government administration. I was told by former councillors that being a councillor is a lucrative job because they get money from setting up small companies and getting tenders,” said Karam.

Other panelists at the dialogue included International Movement for a Just World president Dr Chandra Muzaffar, Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan and Sisters in Islam programme manager Norhayati Kaprawi.



8 Responses to “Bravo !!! Karam Singh of TV3”

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  3. mohd shahrin bin shaari Says:

    Kami pembeli Taman Kota Lenggong, Lenggong Perak minta jasa baik Karam Sigh Walia untuk ketengahkan masalah kami.
    -Projek perumahan yang kami beli dijanjikan siap pada Desember 2007
    -PadaNovember 2007 pemaju telah membuat tuntutan palsu kepada Perbendaharaan malaysia menyatakan rumah kami telah siap dan Perbendaharaan malaysia telah membayar 100% kepada pemaju pada Desember 2007.
    -kami membuat aduan kepada Penguatkuasa Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan pada April 2008. penguatkuasa turun tengok tetapi tiada sebarang tindakan.
    -hantar surat kepada Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan pada januari 2009, tapi tiada jawapan.
    -seterusnya pada Mei 2009 hantar surat meminta PM tolong kes kami.Beberapa surat telah diterima tetapi rumah kami tiada sebarang kemajuan.
    -Rata-rata pembeli telah dipotong gaji sejak awal tahun lepas.
    -Kami cuma hendakkan hak kami. Gaji dipotong, pemaju menipu rumah siap, pinjaman kami telah 100% dikebas pemaju, aduan telah banyak dibuat, bantuan dari pihak berwajib yang diharap-harapkan tidak kunjung tiba hingga hari ini.
    -Kami tak tahu dimana lagi nak dapatkan bantuan, harap Encik Karam Sigh dapat membantu kami. tolonglah kami.
    sekian, terima kasih.

  4. sahabat alam Says:

    salam sejahtera, minta en.karam singh menyiasat mengapa hutan di kaki gunung genting di tebang sewenang-wenangnya.saya kerap ke genting higland dan kawasan sekitar genting sempah atas urusan kerja dan mendapati baru-baru hutan di tebang sehinnga ke puncak bukit. kawasan tersebut mudah dilihat apabila kita melalui pos kawalan pertama di kaki bukit genting dan seterusnya lebih jelas bila menghampiri Gohtong jaya.

  5. Hanif Hussien Says:

    Commuters beware
    I wish to report an incident so that others will not fall victim to people who prey on the innocent.
    I was at the Putra Commuter Station at about 16:15 HRS, 11th March, 2010. While I sat reading a book, I believe I was sized up by a gang for getting my wallet pick-pocketed. Upon arrival of the train, while I was waiting to board while the passengers disembarked. One individual feigning being mentally challenged dropped a few pamphlets and grabbed my legs and started shaking them. I was stunned and did not have the heart to kick the individual. Meanwhile an accomplice of his used the commotion to pick my pocket. I regained my composure and checked my back pocket as the commuter took off for the Bank Negara Railway Halt. I realized that my wallet was gone. I believe the real intent of the person who grabbed my legs was tugging my pants giving his accomplice the opportunity to easily remove my wallet from my back pocket without my realization.
    Please publish this letter to alert all persons who use public transportation of this modus oprendi so that they will not fall victim to these slippery thieves.
    My humble advice from this unfortunate incident:
    1) Whenever any commotion such as somebody pretends to drop something or grabs your legs like some mentally unsound individual be it in a queue at the LRT/ Commuter/ Bus or at a bank teller, quickly be alerted, jump away free from your present location and immediately check that your valuables are intact.
    2) Always keep your valuable documents (reads: NRIC, passport, credit cards, driver’s licence, touch & go, etc) separately in a compact credit card wallet. Always keep it in your front pocket or more secure location on yourself. For tourists, leave your passport, and most of your money back in the hotel, preferably in a safe.
    3) Always have the presence of mind to secure your valuables and documents by placing your hands securely over them in your pockets while boarding public transportation or being in a crowd.
    4) I might as well mention: always memorise your pin numbers of your ATM Card, etc and never write them down anywhere, especially where you keep these cards, eg in your wallet.
    5) Buy a cheap wallet, put a small amount of money inside it, and carry it as a decoy. Hide your real money in a money belt or in an inside zippered front pocket. Keep sufficient money for minor shopping in the decoy minus your valuable documents in it. Even if somebody grabs it and takes off while you are paying for something, you would only have lost a small sum of money and prevent yourself the hassle of having to start a painful process of cancelling your cards and re-applying for new ones.
    Be warned these conniving thieves always work as a team. Distraction is their tactic.
    Hanif Hussien

  6. rohayah mohd yusuf Says:

    hai encik karam,saya dari sarawak mahu encik karam mengambil tindakan bagi pihak kami sebagai pembeli perumahan kos rendah, yang di kendalikan oleh syarikat SPNB KCH SWAK yang lama terbengkalai.kami sebagai pembeli tidak puas hati dengan tindakan syarikat itu yg tdak ada kata purus/ surat dari pihak mereka mengatakan projek VITA WAWASAN itu belum dijlnkan lagi. kami berharap en karam dpt memolong pihak kami utuk mendapat penjelasan dari mereka yang berkenaan dan meminta syariat SPNB mengembalikan wang pembayaran pendahuluan yg kami telah byr sekiranya projek itu tdak di jlnkan jagi. kami sebagai pembeli yg berpendapatan rendah, kami mahu hak kami kembali.tq harap berkerjasama.

  7. ana Says:

    salam perpaduan…tempat saya mempunyai masalah jalanraya.memang jarang ada kemalangan berlaku tapi seharusnya kita harus menyediakan payung sebelum hujan.inilah isunya…jalanraya disini tak ada jejantas yang boleh dilalui oleh pengguna jalanraya.kebanyakan orang disini menggunakan kereta tetapi bagaimana dengan orang yang tidak mempunyai kereta sendiri???mereka perlu melalui jalanraya dimana kenderaan disini memandu dengan laju.tambahan lagi,ada sesetengah orang tidak memasang lampu ketika waktu malam dan ini amat membahayakan pengguna-pengguna jalanraya ini.lebih-lebih lagi tiada pengangkutan bas yang lalu di kawasan ini.selain daripada itu,bas dari bandar ke tempat ini amatlah terhad mungkin dalam lingkungan 4-5 bas tetapi jumlah orang yang menggunakan perkhidmatan bas amatlah ramai.ini boleh menyebabkan berebut-rebut ketika menaiki bas dan ada sesetengah orang akan mengambil kesempatan untuk mencuri.hal ini amatlah serius dan harap tuan dapat membantu kami disini…sekian terima kasih…

  8. Bed And Breakfast Kuala Lumpur Says:

    Traders Kuala Lumpur…

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