Ijok : BN banks on money and threats

LATEST: Opposition leader and several other opposition MPs went to the Batang Berjuntai police station with deputy internal minister Johari at 7 pm today to lodge police report on what happened last night. Several ceramahs were cancelled by the police for unjustifiable reason. Those who accopmpanied Lim are PKR President Azizah and DAP SG Lim Guan Eng.

BN always banks on money(taxpayers’ money) to win by-elections, so much so that it has a become a curse to their elected representatives (you know what I mean).On record, more than RM50 million has been pumped into Ijok as of today ( Machap: RM 30 million- according to its District Officer).Money, you can bet, it’s their most powerful weapon.

When money alone may not win the election for them, they have no qualms to use another weapon i.e. threats and warnings. The politic of fear is being used in Ijok right from the Day of Nomination because BN is “kiasu” this time.

The BN camp knows pretty well that they have done many things that upset the Ijok people over the years.

The late K Sivalingam did not provide good service to the Ijok people. Instead, he becomes a big bully over the years. He also broken his promises on the closure of landfill and donation for the local primary Chinese school, SJKC Yuk Chee.

Selangor Menteri Besar Khir Toyo has not bothered to visit Ijok for years. He refused to entertain the call made by the local MCA leaders on the issue of the smelly landfill in Batang Berjuntai. He likes to use Kuala Selangor as the dumping grounds for Kuala Lumpur because he could not get along with the MP of Kuala Selangor. He has opened another landfill in Jeram, also in Kuala  Selangor.

MCA President Ong Ka Ting is also not popular among the Ijok MCA leaders. Ong never bother to entertain them on the issue of landfill.

On the other hand, Samy Vellu has really upset Thirumoorthy and other local MIC leaders and members by appointing Partiban, an outsider. Partiban’s name was not even on the original namelist (23 names). He was selected because of Umno. Partiban works as the special assistant of Nor Omar, a deputy minister of education. If elected, he will listen 100% to Umno leaders, instead of serving the interest of Ijok people on behalf of MIC.

Opposition unity is another big headache the Bn camp has to handle.

No one should rule out the possibility of another “Lunas”. The Ijok people has given their full support to BN over the last 50 years. They have the right to shift their support to the Opposition now that they have seen the true colours of BN leaders – who were arrogant, greedy and serving self -interest – in general.

On the same day, Anwar responded to the allegations made by MCA on the issue of sending teachers who were not well-versed in Mandarin to Chinese primary schools some 20 years ago when he was the Education Minister. Inthe press conference, Anwar explained that he would not defend the decision which he made under the Umno education policy. He admitted that that decision was biased and he acted within the framework of Umno.

DAP SG Lim Guan Eng opined that “whoever becomes the education minister would not be able to act against the policy and framework of Umno”. In other words, we need to change the system dictated byUmno or put it simply, change the oppressive and racist  Umno-led BN government if we want a fair and just mother tongue education policy.

Merdekareview.com has the story…

回应1987年华小争议事件
安华坦承受巫统制度框架所限
■日期/Apr 25, 2007   ■时间/06:13:40 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/merdekareview.com宏祥
           
【本刊林宏祥撰述】1987年调派不谙华文教师出任华小高职事件中,备受争议的教育部长安华依布拉欣今日正式承认,自己过去在“巫统制度框架”里办事,把“打压华教”根源追溯到巫统制度底下的产物。他承认当时政策执行时可能出现违背目标的偏差个案,并表示不会捍卫自己过去的所有作为。

安华,华人不安”的形象,一直是造成部分华教斗士对安华,以及其所领导的改革运动有所避忌、保留的障碍。安华最近在马接、依约补选站台时,公开以数理科教学英化、废除新经济政策课题逼马华公会表态,导致后者重挑1987年事件反击安华,并大肆批评当年反对安华、如今却为安华站台的华教斗士陆庭谕以及民主行动党秘书长林冠英。【点击:“团结一切可以团结的力量” 陆庭谕回应马华指为安华站台】

目前是人民公正党顾问的安华今日连同民主行动党秘书长林冠英、人民公正党副主席西华拉沙(Sivarasa Rasiah)、该党最高理事罗志昌在其八打灵再也办公室召开记者会,对这起20年前的事件作出交待与回应。

1987年事件道歉?

安华曾于422日在依约华人新村站台时公开表示,他愿意正视自己的过去,如果他过去曾做错任何事,他愿意为自己犯下的错误道歉。无论如何,他当时并没有明确说明自己曾犯下什么错误,也没有正式就任何他在任时犯下的错误道歉。【点击:安华:昔日犯错我愿道歉 马华公会轰安华一错再错】

在今日的记者会上,“我道歉”这三个字并没有从安华口中说出。然而,当《东方日报》记者询问他是否会对调派不谙华文教师出任华小高职事件道歉时,他的答案是:“是!如果出现失误(Yes, if there were mistakes)……”

而他在回应《当今大马》记者首次提问会否道歉的问题时则说:“我当时在巫统的政策下做事。在我的行动中,我的理由是行政问题。我执行的时候,我的目的是为了让行政更顺畅。然而下层执行时,可能出现弱点,我接受,我不会捍卫所有我做的东西。问题是,这个课题还合时宜吗?”

安华(左图)坚持捍卫早前“调派不谙华文教师出任华小高职是为了方便书信来往”的理由,但是不讳言执行过程中,可能出现偏差的个案。他透露,他本身确实在出任教长时,亲自到过无法以马来语作为书信来往媒介语的学校,故作出上述决定。然而,他也强调,“1987年的事情不能在2007年回答”,目前华小校长不谙马来语的问题,已经不复存在。

《独立新闻在线》记者以马华公会昨日文告中举的例子,即马六甲野新育贤华小,当时被调派到该校的第一副校长、第二副校长、课外活动主任,都是不谙华语文的教师向安华提问时,他否认当时发出“委派超过一个不谙华文教师出任华小高职”的指示,更强调这不是政策的原意,惟表示“倘若查证后证实上述个案的确发生”,他愿意就这个个案承认错误。

总的来说,安华在1987年委派不谙华文教师出任华小高职的事件上,依然坚持此政策在1987年的情景是正确的,惟“个案”出现失误。稍整理安华前后的说法,我们可说他在前后的回答中,“间接”地表示愿意为“执行过程中出现偏差的个案”道歉。至于此立场、态度会否略嫌含糊,又会否被华社接受,则又是另一个话题了。

世界变了,巫统没变!

安华在记者会上也解释“当年”与“当下”马来社会的迥异,并娓娓道来自己在大学时期的观察所得。他说,语言的问题在1930年代已经开始被讨论,并形容1950年代的讨论变得强烈(kencang),并在1960年代变得炽热(hangat)。

他叙述自己活跃于学生运动的196070年代,马来人圈子的辩论都围绕在“扶助华小会威胁马来学校、继而导致马来学校落后”的焦虑。但是他提醒,目前已经是2007年,华团、民主行动党,非但没有质疑,更都已接受了“马来文为国语”的地位,因此“扶助华小会威胁马来学校”的问题并不存在。

记者也质疑安华“华文经济价值提升、因此支持华教”的论述,并认为捍卫母语教育本该出自捍卫基本人权的立场,否则经济价值尚不如华文的淡米尔文,便不受落。

安华澄清,自己也捍卫淡米尔文源流教育,并表示这是出自于对基本人权的尊重。他解释,他之所以不断以“华文在世界地位提升”来论述自己支持华教的理由,旨在点出“世界已经改变了”,而巫统领袖却停留在旧有的思想,以为支持华教会引起马来社会的反弹,故继续打压华教。

安华趁势批评马华公会:“我已经迈向2007年了,只有你的朋友(巫统)还停留在1960年代。我知道马华公会想用主流媒体来挑出、放大安华过去做了什么,但是我想问的是,现任教长侮辱、威胁华人,你(马华公会)的立场是什么?”

现任教育部长希山慕丁(Hishammuddin Hussein)也是巫统青年团领袖,曾经在20052006年两度在巫统大会上“拔剑出鞘”,恫言切勿质疑“新经济政策”。

安华也透露,他将在依约补选后,召集来自不同源流教育的教师,辩论马来西亚多元流教育的问题。

巫统制度的问题

林冠英(左图)也指出,认为打压华教的根源出自巫统,并称:“不管谁成为教育部长,只要他是来自巫统,这个个人并不能带来改变。”

他继续说:“我们需要的是制度的改变,不是个人,如果安华现在成为巫统的教育部长,他也不能做什么。”

他列举三项课题,即在数理科教学英化政策、白小重开以及华淡小拨款上的不公,反问马华公会何以不能在上述课题中,支持安华的立场?他更出示图表,指出第九马来西亚计划拨款的不公比例,即华小学生占21.2%,却仅获3.6%教育拨款;而淡小生占3.2%总人数,却仅获1.3%教育拨款。

他不忘讽刺副首相纳吉,指马币九亿元的军购交易佣金如果可以拨给华小、淡小,甚至是宗教学校,将让这些源流的学校获益无穷,总好过把钱给自己的朋党,即阿都拉萨巴金德(Razak Baginda)以及前马六甲州首席部长阿迪阿旦(Adib Adam)。

当记者提问会否就纳吉曾经发表‘用华人的血洗马来人的剑’的言论,挑战纳吉道歉,安华以自己过去是体制的一部分,不愿就此课题深谈,但是他重申本身曾经就1987年茅草行动事件,向当时首相马哈迪反映自己的看法。

他说:“这个事件本来是巫青团与马青年总团的领袖挑起,茅草行动时,被扣留的是民主行动党、回教党、非政府组织的领袖,马青的李金狮去了澳洲,而纳吉后来升职。”

安华坦承本身过去在巫统局限:“在巫统的安华,不能像现在的安华如是自由,不止是这个(教育问题),贪污问题也是。我对抗,但是我在内部对抗。但是我不能公开谈论。现在的问题是,马华公会在里面也没有反抗!我当时调换华文老师,马华公会哪有向我反映?没有!”

他说:“真正的华教斗士,是民主行动党领袖、陆庭谕老师这样的华教斗士!”

安华最后表明自己回答了马华公会的指责,只有马华公会还在回避他提出的问题,更讽刺说国阵大玩种族政治。他说:“巫统女少青团(Puteri UMNO)跑到马来甘榜说我亲华人,而马华公会说我反华人,哈哈……”

3 Responses to “Ijok : BN banks on money and threats”

  1. VT Says:

    when you have no result to speak of, throw money, wow em, hope to blind them, i m just hoping that Ijok people are smarter than the likes of Batu talam and Machap

  2. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    Only until April 30!!!!

    Electoral roll for Q1 2007 up

    KUALA LUMPUR (April 25, 2007): The electoral roll for the first quarter this year has been put up at 867 places nationwide and will be on display until April 30 for perusal and objections.

    Newly-registered voters whose names do not appear in the roll can notify the Election Commission (EC) while objections to any name on the list can also be made within seven days of the display of the roll.

    The list is up at the EC head office, state election offices, computerised post offices, government office complexes, district and land offices, district and municipal councils and community halls, among others, an EC statement here said.

    The names of those to be removed from the roll due to death, forfeiture of citizenship or retirement from the armed forces and the police, which disqualifies them as postal workers, are also displayed.

    The statement, reported by Bernama today, said the EC received 141,553 applications from new voters and 30,574 for change of address in the first quarter this year.

    For enquiries, the public can call the EC head office at 03-88856500, Kedah 04-7331332, Perlis 04-9761180, Kelantan 09-7482510, Terengganu 09-6221218, Wilayah Persekutuan 03-26181050, Negeri Sembilan 06-7639975, Melaka 06-2824124, Johor 07-2243516, Penang 04-2617692, Perak 05-2544195, Pahang 09-5165025, Selangor 03-55194273, Sabah 088-488555 and Sarawak 082-254867.

  3. Zainol Abidin bin Abd Rashid Says:

    Malaysia practices Democracy. As such voters should play a Democratic Game. Government gives new roads, infrastructure, mosque, temples and churches, schools etc take them but there is no need to vote for Barisan. People in Ijok are very lucky the general election is not far away. So they should vote for the Opposition party to make sure the Government fulfill all their promises made ten twenty years ago and recently. THe government must deliver all their promises irregardless of whether Barisan win or not in this Buy Election. If they dont then in the next general election the Barisan is sure to lose, maybe with much more since in the general election every candidate must paddle their own boat, no more big help from big brother. So people/ voters in Ijok must take advantage of Democracy to the fullest extend. After all Barisan can effort to lose Ijok seat. One seat only give face to Opposition lah and hear some voice of dissent.

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