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AAB’s 83 overseas trips in 44 months as PM

June 28, 2007
Yes, the PM should stay back to fight corruption, instead of spending too much time overseas. He aslo fails to bring investments back to Malaysia.

PM takes ‘too many’ overseas trips
Bede Hong
Jun 28, 07 4:55pm
Malaysiakini
Opposition Leader Lim Kt Siang has criticised Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for making over 80 official visit overseas since coming to office, saying the premier’s time should have been better spent fight corruption back home.Lim said Abdullah should spend more time in the country to ensure his trips abroad “do not result in the neglect of his duties” as prime minister, internal security minister and finance minister.In a written reply to Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah), the Foreign Ministry reported that the premier went on 83 official and work-related visits overseas over a period of three years and eight months.

Abdullah made 22 trips in 2004, 25 in 2005, 20 in 2006 and 16 in 2007. His most recent visits were to Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Italy.

“One message from the answer is that Abdullah has not only three portfolios … he has a fourth portfolio as the travelling de facto foreign minister,” Lim told a press conference in Parliament lobby today.

Lim said Abdullah should “revamp his time-management” and focus on fulfilling his 2004 general election pledge to create a cleaner, more efficient government.

“The most important agenda of the Abdullah Administration to wipe out corruption has fizzled out, highlighted by the ignominious dismissal of the Eric Chia corruption case,” said Lim.

Chia, a tycoon charged with running steel company Perwaja in the 1990s, was the first public figure charged for graft in February 2004.

Long list of failures 

Abdullah had made pledges to fight corruption and cronyism as part of his campaign drive in early 2004. Chia was acquitted by the High Court on Tuesday on charges that he allegedly misappropriated RM74.6 million.

Lim added that Malaysia has dropped rank in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index from 37th to 44th placing from 2003 to 2006 and that the country’s crime rate has soared since Abdullah took office.

He said the recommendations by the Royal Police Commission to set up the IPCMC was ignored.

“Such a list of failures of the Abdullah premiership stems from the hopes and expectations he has raised when he became prime minister … will be quite a long one.

“It will include setbacks to nation-building process arising from worsening religious polarisation because of the lack of political will and leadership to restore inter-religious dialogue as in the first three decades of nationhood,” he said.

Lim Kit Siang nabbed at the airport

June 28, 2007

LKS Series # 3

 

Dear Sir

 Re: Hello Lim Kit Siang. (28  years old). On 13th May 1969, where art thou? 

The 1969  May 13th   racial riots started from the house of  the then Menteri Besar, Dato Harun Idris. The house was in Princes Road ( Jalan Raja Muda). Half a kilometre away, at Fook Chuen Mansions, Batu Road ( Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman ) was the office of the then Secretary General of the Democratic Action Party, Mr Goh Hock Guan.*. He was and still is a Chartered Architect and Town Planner practising under the name of M/s Goh Hock Guan and Associates.

 

Prior to 13th May  1969, LKS  was a political  Liliputian. He was the DAP National  Organising Secretary and the Editor of The Rocket** then.  His first  political debut projected to the Malaysian public was his  participation in the “ Great Cultural Debate” between the DAP and the Gerakan which took place before the General Elections of 1969. At that point in time Gerakan was in the Opposition. After the 13th May riots, Gerakan joined the Alliance to form the Barisan, until today. The debate was held at the MARA Auditorium which was at Batu Road, Kuala Lumpur.

 

When the ethnic riots started on 13th May 1969,  LKS was in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. A political novice, untried with no credentials to back him up. He was campaigning for the independent candidates there. Fellow members of the DAP in Petaling Jaya called LKS on the phone asking him not to come back to Kuala Lumpur for his own safety until such a time when  things cooled down. (Official fiqures:190 plus, Malaysians killed.)

 

LKS in his maiden political quest for justice, freedom, upholding of democracy and an equal right to happiness, dignity and fulfillment in life,  was already under the “protective” custody of the KK police. He replied that he “ is going back to Kuala Lumpur immediately and is not afraid to DIE for his political convictions” — all for a better life for all Malaysians. There was no choice. He had to martyr himself. There was no alternative. However, in case his life was spared, LKS was prepared to face any charges that the Alliance Government will bring up and charge against him.

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Flights between East and West Malaysia was suspended.  Also at that point in time there was no direct flight between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. LKS took the first flight out of KK to Singapore en route to KL on 15th May 1969. He had to stopover in Singapore.  

When he was in Singapore, he had many friends and supporters to discuss the racial riots and its consequences on opposition members. Anything can happen. There was no guarantee on his safety. LKS was adamant that it was his sacred duty to go back to KL.

 

He took the first available flight to Subang International Airport ( now Sultan Abdul Aziz Airport ) on 18th May 1969. He boarded the plane at the Paya Lebar International Airport, Singapore The  plane took off for KL.

 

While airborne, all of a sudden, LKS found that he was now alone. Alone to face the music. He cannot turn back then, unless of course the pilot turned the plane around. Samuel Taylor Coleridge can describe him as:-

“Alone alone, all all alone

Alone on a wide wide sea

And never a saint took pity on his soul in agony” – in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

                                                                                  Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

The airborne mariner cannot change his mind then. Can he call for help? Call who? Call the CIA?. Call the FBI? Call the KGB?. Call MI 5?. Call OSS?. Call Chin Peng?. Call Chen Tian?. ( there were no mobile phones then)

 

Lim Kit Siang believed that he was going to be eliminated. On this last home coming  flight,   he  decided  to write a  last  letter to his wife – a homemaker. He asked his wife to be strong, to  expect  the EXPECTED and  to  bring up the four children.***.  To LKS, the demise of LKS is NOT important. The Political Future of Malaysians and the Future of Malaysia ARE of Paramount Importance. Malaysia MUST GO ON!  The letter was physically handed to the flight stewardess for posting. But it was without a stamp. Until today the letter was not delivered.  

The curfew was on. There were  lots of soldiers around the Subang Airport  then. They were there guarding the airport and to PROBABLY “welcome” home  in a formal reception “ceremony” for Mr Lim Kit Siang. All the soldiers’ SLR rifles were on a horizontal level. Their forefingers were just glazing the side of the trigger, in preparation to shoot at any time.

 

The moment of truth had arrived. The stage was set. The grand finale was about to begin. LKS came into  the arrival  hall. The atmosphere was unexceptionally quiet. Nobody was talking. The silence was deafening. It was tense and solemn because everybody were expecting the arrival of the Yang Berhormat,  the DAP MP for Bandar Malacca (now Kota Melaka). LKS was no fugitive. LKS, a young, non violent, non belligerent man, stepped out of the arrival hall. A group of Special Branch Officers  and soldiers with their horizontal SLRs “greeted” him. LKS need not hail a taxi for his transport to KL. There were no taxis anyway. There was also NO shooting.

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On his journey to the High Street Police Station, LKS saw for himself the senseless carnage, atrocities, plunder and destruction. Smoke can still be seen from houses which were torched. After a few days of detention in the High Street Police Station, LKS was  sent   to a Police Station in Kuala Selangor, Selangor. 

                   

Prior to 13-05-69, Dato Dr Ismail (later Tun), left the Government. He joined back the Government immediately after 13-05-69. The first words he said was “Democracy is Dead”.  As the Minister of Internal Security, Dato Ismail signed the Detention Order on LKS. LKS was then sent to the Muar Detention Camp. He was entitled to free food and lodging for the next 18 months at taxpayers’ expense. Ironically, Muar was 32 miles away from LKS home. His house is in Batu Pahat,  Johore

The Internal Security Act is an Act of Parliament formulated to suppress the communist insurgency and to arrest the communists at that period of time. Ironically, the PAP’s ( later DAP) Member of Parliament for Bungsar (now Bangsar) , Mr Devan Nair supported the ISA Bill earlier then.****. It is detention without trial.

 

While under detention LKS was appointed the 3rd  National Secretary General of the DAP (in absentia). There was a vacancy. The appointment was necessary because somebody had  disappeared  but  can be found in another country. He stayed put in that country then. “ I am NO LIM KIT SIANG.  If  I  go back  then,  all of you will be deprived of a Great Leader”.    The vacancy was filled. LKS  held  the  post of  National Sec-Gen  till 1999.

 

LKS could have absconded while in Singapore. ( Singapore was given independence by Malaysia in 1965). He could have asked for political asylum in another country. He could have been an MP in exile. He was and is a true loyal Malaysian Citizen. With guts, he went back to the hornet’s nest – “a river of no return”,  says Marilyn Monroe. Sorry. My apologies. He was and is  still in one piece. He was never charged in open court then. He will still be around for many years to come.

 

Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once”—Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

Again sorry lah Kit, (as he is fondly known as).  We do realise that, the particular effective organ that is part of your anatomy is your gift of  the gap – a non lethal instrument. Now we know you are battle hardened. In spite of your tireless, relentless political pursuit, vocal, articulate or otherwise, until today, matters have become from bad to worst. True, “That All Men Are Born Equal but then some selectives are more equal than others—Abraham Lincoln’s version for  2nd class citizens.

 

LKS was again detained, the 2nd time in 1987, (after the 1986 General Election)  under the Mahathir Administration. He got free curry lunch, lodging, bed and breakfast again for another 18 months, on the auspicious pleasure of the host — the Barisan Government ala taxpayers. Again  no charges were brought against him. Can somebody name me a similar Malaysian likewise?

                                                                 

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Somebody say LKS only NATO ( No action, talk only). If that is the case, let him talk! We like to hear him talk. Why detain him to stop him from talking? You are hitting below the belt. Do you want him to talk on what you like to hear and then stop him from talking on what you don’t like to hear? But at the same time you go on talking and talking on what we don’t like to hear! (Editor: hahah…that’s a good one! )

 

Finally, a belated sincere tribute must be made to the powers that be, at that critical, predatory point of time. LKS’s life was spared. The expected was not performed. The expected was unexpected – so to speak! Had LKS, the political apprentice left us to join the happy hunting ground, he will be forgotten. Nobody will raise an eyelid after all:-

                                                                      

“When beggars die, no comets are seen.

The heavens blaze forth the marriage of princes  Julius Caesar,  William Shakespeare’s

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The powers that be was still rational then. Maybe its was mercy.

  

The quality of mercy is not strained

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

The Merchant of Venice. William Shakespeare                                                           

                                                                      

So to the players of  May the 13th, I am wishing a belated words of  thanks. To Whom It May Concern.  Thank You Very Much  for the fact that we still have LKS around. Say what we like. We argue.  We are all still Malaysian Citizens. We are born here. Do you want to deprive LKS  of his citizenship like Mr Lim Lean Geok ? By the way LKS is local born and can be classified as a Baba and his wife a Nonya. He is more Malaysian than  a bigger number of Malaysians put together!

Finally, we reiterate that we are all peace loving citizens. Some say we are citizens “by default”. This is subjective and debatable. Supposing we ARE citizens by default, we are still citizens, maybe 2nd class citizens or otherwise.

 

To all Malaysian mankind:-

He loveth best, who loveth best, both man and bird and beast.

He loveth well, who loveth well, for all things both great and small

For the dear God who loveth us, he made and loveth all.”  

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s moral message to humanity especially to Malaysian humans.                                                                                              

The writer notes that after the riots of 13th May 1969, the Deputy Prime Minister, Dato Abdul Razak (later Tun) set up  The National Operations Council. Parliament was suspended after all “Democracy is Dead”. Looking after this NOC, was Dato Ghazali Shafie (later Tun).                                                             4

Incidentally, the 3rd man in ranking, in  the  NOC  then, was a slim, serious, handsome, no nonsense looking man – a politically unknown then.  He was probably the “executive secretary” of the NOC. He literally commanded the day to day operations of the NOC —  hands on. He was already a “Chief Executive Officer” and “Prime Minister” then, way back during 1969.  He looked familiar and was identical  towards  a former school mate of mine from my Alma Mater : Methodist Boys School, Penang. My school mate’s  name was and is Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

 

Lastly, to all the participants of May the 13th that are not indicted including Lim Kit Siang. All are still executives of  liberty,  happy,  free from all encumbrances and despotic control. All will live happily ever after including LKS.

                                                                    

* Mr Goh Hock Guan was the 2nd DAP Secretary General (1968 to 13th May 1969). Mr Goh’s  sister, Ms Phyllis Goh was an architect undergraduate then and was a college mate of the writer.

In 1969, the writer was staying above the office of M/s Goh Hock Guan & Associates at Fook Chuen Mansions at Batu Road, Kuala Lumpur. He had a 1st Class ring side seat cum an On Line, Real Time bird’s eye view of the May 13th story.

   

** Lim Kit Siang was the 1st DAP National Organising Secretary and Editor of The Rocket. (1966 to 1969).

Lim Kit Siang was appointed the 3rd  DAP Secretary General (1969 – 1999) – the longest serving DAP Sec Gen.

   

*** As at 13th May 1969, Lim Kit Siang has four children then. The eldest is a son 9 years old then. He is Lim Guan Eng,  the  present day  Secretary General of the DAP.  An Australian Graduate of  Monash University, he is an Accountant by profession.

 

The second child is a daughter. She was 7 years as at 13th May 1969. She hold a double degree – in law and in accountancy.

 

The third child is also a daughter. She was 6 years old as at 13th May 1969. She is a B.A degree holder.

 

The last and fourth child is a son. He was 3 years old as at 13th May 1969. He is a heart specialist. A few years ago, I understand that he was attached to the IJN (Institut Jantung Negara) as a cardiologist.

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PAP is the People’s Action Party of Singapore which was already ruling Singapore in 1964.

                                                                 

Mr Devan Nair was  born in Malacca on the 8th of August 1923. He was the main organizer and founder of the DAP. Naturally he became the 1st Secretary General of the DAP ( 1966 – 1968). He stood as a PAP ( later DAP) candidate in Bungsar in the 1964 General Election. Winning this Bungsar seat, he became the Member of Parliament for PAP in  the 1964 – 1969 parliamentary session. From 1981 to 1985 he was appointed  the President of Singapore. Dr Chen Man Hin, the present day DAP Life Advisor said “ Without him the DAP may not be born”.

 

The writer at 18 years old, campaigned for Mr Devan Nair during 1964 General Election. His son Janadas (now Ph D) recalled the days when he was small boy as at 1964. He remembered an incident when the writer was nearly apprehended by  the police when the writer put up a  2nd  political banner at the Railway Station  KL  prior to the 1964 General Elections. The setting up of the 1st banner was earlier accomplished at the flyover, beside the KL Railway Station. The banner says “ Vote  PAP – a  Non Communist  Democratic Socialist Party”. The writer then was able to outwit, out manoeuvre and  run away from the  police in  a  busy  KL  because he was young,  agile and  was on a portable bicycle! 

Dr Jana (as he is known to me) who is now residing in Canada. He was here  on  2006 during the DAP Devan Nair Memorial. We recalled the good old days.

 

The writer deliberately put in the names of the literary writers because of requests from the younger readers.

 

AKAN DATANG

Watch out for

1)  Dr Lim Kit Siang.

2) “Lim Kit Siang – 18 months after 13th May 1969” in the coming episodes.

3) Lim Kit Siang an opportunist and an agent of UMNO?

  

Yours truly,

  

James Bond Zero Zero One

Nazri’s behavior pathetic and roudy:Positive thinking doctor

June 26, 2007

Dear Malaysian,

 

I refer to the debate in parliament between Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Nazri and YB Lim Kit Siang on the subject of corruption. 

 

I had the occasion of sighting the video clip of this debate and to my dismay and disbelief  I found the Minister’s behaviour and performance absolutely pathetic and roudy as if he was in the company of some disorderly school children. This was how he addressed the members of the Yang Berhormats from the opposition party in Parliament.  He called them Ai! Ai! Rambut puteh! Rambut puteh!Bodoh! Bodoh! Bodoh! My college children had the misfortune of seeing the video clip and they themselves were shocked and asked me if this is how MP’s behave and act in parliament.

 

Now, Nazri, you must listen to me now and here. You have brought absolute ridicule to the Malaysian Parliament. You behaved as if you were a thug representing a group of unruly gangsters. To begin with, where are your manners? You called YB Lim Kit Siang ‘ bodoh bodoh bodoh,’ etc. Is that how you show respect to a senior, both in terms of age and someone who is one of the senior most politicians in Parliament ? Remember, he is also the head of the opposition in the Malaysian parliament.

Doesn’t that mean anything to you? 

Next, is that how you address Yang Berhormats in Parliament by calling them ‘rambut puteh’ and Ai! Ai! Ai! I call you ‘kurang ajar’ totally unfit to occupy the august house of the Malaysian Parliament. I feel sorry for you but you certainly reflect that of someone who is a badly brought up child either in your own home or in your school. Perhaps your teachers have failed to give you any moral training. 

 

I cannot imagine the taxes I pay is being used to maintain characters like you. Frankly, you were merely throwing tantrums around in the august House and to all the other elected law makers in the country and forgive me for my language but you appeared to me as if you were just admitted to the psychiatric ward with a mental disturbance with your laughter and giggles while debating.  You were not debating but you were merely yelling   You  kept saying ‘ikut pandangan saya’ there is no corruption. Your debate had no substance nor any form of logic to back your arguments. Is this how you participate in a debate? 

Secondary school children from  an average  school  in Malaysia can do better than you. I for one would not give you even 1 out of 10 in the form of markings.

 

What irritates me even further is that I have been told you are a law graduate. If that is so the case then I wonder what training you received in law school. It certainly does speak badly of your alma mater. If this is how you perform in court as a lawyer then I doubt you can win even a single case in court.

 

May I now ask you this. Is it your failure in your legal profession that prompted you to take a shot in politics? My God! Miss Molly! You seem to be wrecking this profession too. The profession of politics !! Remember, the profession of politics just like any other must be treated with decorum and decency. If the people that make up the profession acts with impunity, bad behaviour and devoid of any sensible and rational thinking then the profession would soon be dumped as a piece of rubbish. Then I would not want my money to be used to maintain such rubbish.

 

Now, I do not know whether you have reached a point of ‘beyond redemption’. This is for you to answer.

 

Having said what I wanted to say, but the responsibility now definitely rests in the hands of the Prime Minister. The PM must take the bull by the horns and carefully select every potential candidate to stand for elections. He must make a check list for himself. Every candidate must be fully scrutinized for his character of conduct, educational background, intellectual  excellence, family background, value for human dignity,  good mannerisms, innate desire to serve the public, plural racial spirit, and of course the ability to understand the complexities of legal enactments. They must be made subject to strict code of ethics in Parliament whether from the ruling party or from the opposition. There should be no room for prejudice or favouritism.

 

Finally, the Speaker of the Parliament session must be someone who can maintain the decency and respect in the conduct of the parliament debates.

 

Positive thinking doctor

IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHT:
You behaved as if you were a thug representing a group of unruly GANGSTERS.

IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHT:
Next, is that how you address Yang Berhormats in Parliament by calling them ‘rambut puteh’ and Ai! Ai! Ai! I call you ‘kurang ajar’ totally unfit to occupy the august house of the Malaysian Parliament.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
This is not the first time he did something like that. This is what we call the “Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!” incident.

Recognise his face first. Recognise the Man of “Many Calls”.

Picture link: http://202.188.124.43/berna…

Remember these?
1) The “Racist! Racist! Racist!” incident.

3 links: http://downthisvideo.com/ta…
http://www.youtube.com/watc…
http://prema.livejournal.co…

2) The “Jantan” incident

Link: http://www.jeffooi.com/2006…

I think if Nazri is “Jantan” he should fire Dr M instead of the other way round since it is Nazri himself who is not pleased.

3) The “Amok” incident.

Link: http://www.westernresistanc…

The only thing he hasn’t done is to lift up the keris, wave it around while repeating the words from item 1 to 3 plus the word “Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!”

Has anyone seen Monty Python?

Regards,
http://sagaladoola.blogspot…

 

Parliament leaks: A challenge to Samy Vellu

June 23, 2007

Dear Samy, give us the job for half the cost!

I’m in the process of preparing a letter of challenge to the Works Minister S. Samy Vellu on the issue of exhorbitant cost of repair for the leaking Parliament House. We will bring the letter of challenge to him to the Parliament or his office next week.

Basically, we will challenge Samy to give us the job for half the cost he has quoted in the press ( NST Tuesday June 19 2007 Page 16 Prime News section).

 A letter of intent has been given to Jasaman Sdn Bhd by Samy, and the price quoted was RM13 million. But the value of the contract has yet to be finalised. Samy claims that the work would include replacing the waterproof membrane of the concrete roof and replacing the rain water channels.

We call it a “bullshit” because firstly, there’s  no way to replace the rain water channels because they were concealed in the columns of the building. And secondly, the cost quoted was far too high. To repair a square meter of the roof does not cost more than RM50 according to water-proofing experts.

The challenge is based on these simple conditions plus throwing in a few “bonus” for Samy…

1. An inspection of the site and to work out the specifications.

2. To hack the existing water-proof cement rendered.

3.To do water-oroofing from the base that is from top of R.C. slabs.

4. To place water-proof membrane on top of slabs, and to make good all hairline cracks with grouting prior to membrane.

5. Water-proof cement render of panels 4ftx 4ft and in between panels to apply sealants for extensions and contractions due to therma shock.

6. To apply 3 coats of water-proof coating system.

7. All rainwater down pipes to be replaced if the rainwater down pipes can be replaced with upvc pipes.

8. We will give 10-year warranty plus 1 year free miantenance.

9. Price? We only want RM6.5 million, which is half of RM13 million as announced by Samy.

10. And last but the least, we will donate RM1 million to whichever charity, school or temple Samy wants us to contribute.

How about that, Datuk Seri YB Samy Vellu?

If Samy accepts our challenge, it means Malaysian taxpayers will save some RM6.5 million.

It also means that you would not see a leaking Parliament House anymore (or at least for the next 10 years).

And he becomes a Malaysian hero for saving money for the nation and at the same time able to help a charitable cause worth RM1 million in his name.

( Did I tell you that even with half the cost, we would be able to make about RM2 million?)

Please call me at 012 201 3656 if unclear. Hope to see you soon, dear Minister.

Samy, give us the job!

June 22, 2007

Another “bullshit” from Samy the “Bocor”! He asked for RM13 million to repair the leaking Parliament House after spending some RM100 million in renovation.

A reliable source told me this morning that the cost of water-proofing for the Parliament House would not be more than RM5 million. According to an industry expert, the cost per square meter for such repair works would be no more than RM50.

I challenge Samy to give the job to us at half the price he quoted in the press. On top of that, we will give the Parliament House a 10-year warranty. Plus RM1million as donation whichever school or temple or charity he wants us to contribute!

RM13 million to repair the leaking Parliament House? Stop bullshiting, Semi Value!

19th June 2007

Samy Vellu: Only Toll Concessionaires I Care!

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WwYGjYa0N8

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJxG7-PuHEk

Nazri owes the Opposition Leader an apology

June 21, 2007
The august house is no more august with ministers like Nazri and “bocor” MPs like Bung Mokhtar and Mohd Said. You may want to call it something else but I would call it a national karma.It’s the people who voted such creatures into the Parliament. These creatures did not put a gun on the heads of the voters to support them (they may have sweettalked, lied or even cheated the voters). In a sense, the Malaysian voters collectively deserved to have such creatures as our YBs (not necessary Yang Berhormat as the abbreviation for YB could be very different if you asked me; one of my favourites is Yang Bodoh). Since the voters have chosen to send such YBs to the Parliament, they deserved to have such YBs to crowd the not so august house these days. The not “so smart minister” is part of our national karma. The deadwoods in Malaysian Cabinet is part of our national karma. The sleeping beauty who heads the Government is also part of our national karma.

Now, who’s really stupid?

Bohong and Bodoh! Nazri shouted “Stupid!” at Kit Siang

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iCgZohPSI8

*Also available in DAP Radio – http://www.dapradio.info/parliament/2007/june/

Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

Yoges Palaniappan
Jun 21, 07 4:05pm
Malaysiakini
Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!…Even journalists covering the Dewan Rakyat proceedings could not recall how many times Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz repeated this word.His target was none other than the Opposition Leader, Lim Kit Siang. The two heavyweights locked horns over corruption today.

Unhappy with the lengthy explanation provided by Nazri on Malaysia’s poor placement in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI), Lim quizzed him on the corruption allegation against Deputy Internal Security Minister Mohd Johari Baharum.

Johari was accused of receiving RM5.5 million in bribes to free several criminal suspects held under the Emergency Ordinance (EO). The deputy minister denied this but an investigation was launched.

“How can he (Johari) come clean when the ACA (Anti-Corruption Agency) has not released its findings, and when the Attorney-General (AG) also keeps mum?” asked Lim.

This question irked Nazri, who retorted:

“Malaysia will never develop as long as we have people like Lim. All these (corruption allegations) are lies. Why are you so stupid? Where are the allegations? You have no brains. Stupid, stupid, stupid!…

“All these are lies. Where is the RM5 million? There is no RM5 million, which means the allegation is not true.

“If you want to know why the AG is keeping quiet, you should ask him and not me. I cannot answer on his behalf because I will be accused of influencing him.”

Lim, who was also seeing red by this time, responded: “The AG is not here. But you are here. And you have the responsibility to answer.”

Speaker: No ruling

At this juncture, DAP MPs rose to defend Lim and urged Dewan Rakyat Speaker Ramli Ngah Talib to make a ruling against Nazri for using improper language in the House.

However, the Speaker refused to do so.

“Improper language is used all the time in Dewan Rakyat. If I make a ruling every time it happens, we will not have any time for debates.

“Even though I don’t encourage rudeness in the House, I will not make a ruling. However, I hope MPs will be more careful with the language they use in future,” he said.

This prompted Nazri to throw in a sarcastic comment: “Since stupid is not proper, I will use ‘not smart’ instead.”

Earlier, Nazri (BN-Padang Renggas) was responding to Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR-Permatang Pauh) who asked Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to state if he is focussed on fighting corruption since Malaysia’s ranking in the CPI was on the slide compared to neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore.

While agreeing that the ranking had deteriorated, Nazri, however, argued that the CPI does not reflect the real corruption situation in the country.

“We were ranked 39th in 2005 and last year we were ranked 44th. However, more countries were included in the study last year compared to 2005,” he said.

“Furthermore, the report is based on perception and is contrary to the real situation. Nevertheless, the negative perception must be treated as a lesson by everyone in order to work harder to fight graft,” he added.

Singapore – not a real country

The minister also said that Malaysia must not be compared to countries like Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam.

“Singapore is not a real country, it is a small island. Singapore’s population is just three to four million and there are no opportunities for corruption, unlike in our country.

“As for Vietnam and Indonesia, I understand that they received lower rankings last year. But being among the first 200 is not difficult. But once we get to be among the first 40 or 50, it is difficult (to improve) as we have reached a bottleneck,” he added.

Wan Azizah then asked if the government plans to allow the ACA to be answerable to Parliament in view of the many corruption allegations, especially against top politicians such as Johari and Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud.

“We have a freer media now that allows many voices to be heard. That is why we have many people making unfounded allegations in the media,” responded Nazri.

Citing the Johari case as an example, Nazri said the allegations had appeared on blogs and anybody could create a blog.

“All these are people’s perceptions which cannot be made as a basis for charges,” he said, proposing instead on a more tighter control of the media.

BMC access road: Samy is unreasonable and arrogant

June 21, 2007

Dear bloggers, pls take some time to read the Hansard below. You’ll see how unreasonable and arrogant the minister was on the issue of the access road between Bandar Mahkota Cheras / Bandar Sg Long and Kuala Lumpur.

It must be out of his mind for Samy to suggest putting up another toll plaza on the access road. No wonder the Works Minister is a.k.a Toll Minister. But the Umno-led BN government still has the cheeks to call themselves as Pembela Rakyat (defender of the people). Can you beat this?

As an advisor to the BMC Open Access Road Action Committee, I would suggest that we would raise hell with Samy at his office and the Parliament.

DEWAN RAKYAT PARLIMEN KESEBELAS PENGGAL KEEMPAT

MESYUARAT KEDUA

Bil. 28 Selasa 19 Jun 2007

1. Dato’ Markiman bin Kobiran [Hulu Langat] minta Menteri Kerja Raya menyatakan

apakah tindakan kementerian untuk mempercepatkan pembukaan persimpangan jalan masuk

Lebuh raya Grand Saga ke Bandar Mahkota Cheras dan bilakah ia akan menjadi kenyataan.

Menteri Kerja Raya [Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu]: Tuan Yang di-Pertua, untuk makluman

Ahli Yang Berhormat, pihak Kementerian Kerja Raya masih lagi mengadakan rundingan dengan

pemaju Nara Jaya dan juga Syarikat Konsesi Cheras-Kajang-Kuala Lumpur-Cheras.

Perkara ini mempunyai satu sejarah iaitu pembinaan telah berlaku dan pemaju telah

menjalankan pembinaan beberapa ribu rumah di tepi lebuh raya yang telah diadakan lebih awal

daripada pembangunan itu berlaku. Pada masa mereka memohon untuk mengadakan jalan

masuk ke Lebuh raya Cheras, kami telah mengenakan beberapa syarat. Satu di antara

syaratnya iaitu mereka mesti berunding dengan syarikat konsesi Grand Saga dan selepas itu

juga mereka boleh membina dan menyambung dengan Lebuh raya Cheras yang sedia ada.

Mereka masih membina rumah. Mereka mempamerkan satu papan tanda. Papan tanda

itu menyatakan orang yang membeli rumah di sini tidak payah membayar tol. Jangan bayar tol.

Saya percaya mereka bukanlah … they are not sincere dengan izin dan mereka terus membina

rumah beberapa ribu. Sejumlah rumahnya yang dijangka sebanyak 10,000 buah rumah dalam

satu projek dan 4,000 rumah dalam satu projek.

Kita jangka lebih kurang kedua rancangan ini akan mempunyai 40,000 buah kenderaan

sehari. Saya telah mengadakan perbincangan dengan Nara Jaya di pejabat saya. Nara Jaya

menyatakan bahawa mereka tidak bersetuju apa-apa, buka gate. Ini bukan gate Kereta Api

Tanah Melayu. Suka kita buka, bila ada kereta api, kita tutup. Ini lebuh raya. Apa kita cakap

pun dia tidak mahu dengar.

Oleh kerana itulah kita tidak membenarkan mereka masuk dalam Jalan Cheras. Saya

suka juga menerangkan sedikit kepada Ahli Yang Berhormat telah membangkitkan soalan ini.

Sekarang, selepas beberapa perbincangan, minggu ini iaitu 15 Jun, saya telah meminta

Lembaga Lebuh Raya Malaysia untuk memanggil kedua-dua pihak mengadakan perbincangan.

Syarikat konsesi bersetuju untuk membina sebuah plaza tol dengan harga yang murah

iaitu harga yang murah itu sebanyak RM5 juta. Oleh kerana beberapa alat elektronik mesti

dipasang dan perbincangan di antara Nara Jaya dan mereka, Nara Jaya kata, saya bagi RM1

juta sahaja. RM1 juta tidak bolehlah Yang Berhormat.

Mereka minta, dalam pembinaan ini RM5 juta mereka kena bayar. Nara Jaya kata RM1

juta, saya kata bincanglah, bincang sampai lagi lima tahun dia bincang, lima tahun tidak ada

buka, 10 tahun bincang, 10 tahun pun tidak ada buka. Kedua-dua pihak pun mesti

bertanggungjawab. Walau pun syarikat konsesi dia bertanggungjawab, dia kata okey kita boleh

bayar setengah, panggil dia bayar setengah, dia kata tidak boleh. Itulah masalah Yang

Berhormat, saya jelaskan kepada Yang Berhormat.

Dato’ Markiman bin Kobiran [Hulu Langat]: Cheras juga minat. Terima kasih Tuan

Yang di-Pertua. Terima kasih Yang Berhormat Menteri kerana datang sendiri ke Parlimen ini

untuk menjawab soalan spesifik ini. Soalan utama tadi dengan soalan tambahan ini Yang

Berhormat Menteri, adalah mewakili penghuni dan penduduk Taman Bandar Mahkota Cheras

dengan Bandar Sungai Long yang lebih kurang 10,000 penduduk yang cukup ramai dan mereka

sudah pun menderita lebih kurang 10 tahun dan tiga tahun yang lepas laluan keluar masuk yang

baru yang disekat ini disiapkan dengan kos lebih kurang RM12 juta oleh pemaju berkenaan.

Akibatnya mereka terus menderita walau pun jalan ini sudah siap kerana ditutup.

Mereka terus menderita kerana berlaku keangkuhan oleh pemaju yang hanya mementingkan

kewangan. Kedegilan Grand Saga kerana mementingkan kutipan tol, kelemahan serta

kelewatan rundingan katanya oleh LLM dan kementerian melainkan Yang Berhormat Menteri

yang cukup cekap pada hari ini.

Penduduk di situ terus menderita, Tuan Yang di-Pertua. Hingga sekarang jalan siap

begitu lebar, begitu luas dengan lampu dan jambatan tetapi tidak boleh digunakan. Apa

gunanya? Jadi, soalnya sekarang, adakah perlu rundingan sampai tiga tahun, sampai lima tahun

atau sepuluh tahun? Ini adalah keputusan berkenaan dengan kewangan, bukan nyawa yang

perlu penelitian yang terlalu detail.

Oleh itu saya minta kementerian bantulah sikit. Pihak pembangkang asyik

berdemonstrasi tiap-tiap hari Sabtu, tiap-tiap hari Ahad, menunjukkan kononnya merekalah yang

membuat kerja hal rundingan ini. Kononnya merekalah yang memperjuangkan kepentingan

penduduk-penduduk setempat. Tetapi…

Tuan Tan Kok Wai [Cheras]: [Bangun]

Dato’ Markiman bin Kobiran [Hulu Langat]: Nantilah dulu. Ini soal spesifik, tetapi

Yang Berhormat Menteri perkara ini mesti diselesaikan, tidak kira sama ada bayarannya berapa

dan matlamat saya ialah ia mesti diselesaikan dalam masa yang terdekat.

Tuan Yang di-Pertua: Baik, Yang Berhormat. Cukup.

Dato’ Markiman bin Kobiran [Hulu Langat]: Terima kasih, Tuan Yang di-Pertua.

Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu: Tuan Yang di-Pertua, suka juga saya menjelaskan kepada

Ahli Yang Berhormat satu syarat yang penting telah diperkenalkan oleh kerajaan kepada mereka.

[Yang Berhormat Menteri membaca satu daripada syarat] Pihak Nara Jaya Berhad (NSB)

hendaklah bersetuju menanggung rugi LLM Grand Saga atas segala tindakan tuntutan, prosiding,

kerugian, kerosakan, pampasan, kos dan perbelanjaan apa juga mungkin dialami oleh LLM

Grand Saga berbangkit atau berkaitan dengan kerja-kerja pembinaan, laluan keluar masuk yang

dinyatakan di atas lampiran format”.

Ini satu daripada syarat-syarat yang telah dikenakan. Jadi, penswastaan projek -“Kami

Nara Jaya Sdn. Bhd. bersetuju dengan syarat-syarat yang dinyatakan di atas berjanji untuk

mematuhinya”. Ditandatangani oleh Liew Choon Wit, Senior General Manager, Eng Kai Lai,

Senior Project Manager.

Inilah Yang Berhormat, [Menunjukkan sebuah risalah] Pembangkang bolehlah tunjuk

perasaan. Kalau dia tidak tunjuk perasaan dia bukanlah pembangkang lagi. [Dewan riuh] Kami

kerajaan…

Dato’ Markiman bin Kobiran [Hulu Langat]: [Bangun]

Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu: Sekejap, Yang Berhormat. Kami kerajaan, kami mempunyai

tanggungjawab. Jikalau saya minta buka jalan itu pada akhirnya siapa yang akan bayar ganti

rugi sebanyak RM400 juta? Kerajaan kena bayar ganti rugi RM400 juta. Saya tidak mahu

kerajaan membayar ganti rugi RM400 juta oleh kerana RM400 juta itu boleh dibelanjakan kepada

rakyat.

Walau bagaimanapun, untuk Yang Berhormat, sepatutnya Yang Berhormat bincang

dengan saya, sekali lagi saya panggil syarikat. Ada juga orang daripada syarikat yang ada tanduk

di sini. [Membuat aksi tanduk di kepala] Tidak mahu cakap, tidak mahu buka mulut, keras

sahaja tidak mahu bincang. Kami bila-bila pun rendah sahaja, kita simpati tetapi dia tidak. Pasal

dia ada duit, dia besar. Bila bina itu, sudah dapat kelulusan tetapi syarat mesti dipatuhi. Ini satu

perkara. Sekali lagi bolehkah mereka mempamerkan, “Belilah rumah di sini, boleh masuk ke jalan

lebuh raya tanpa bayaran tol”. Kami ada gambar.

Tuan Yang di-Pertua: Yang Berhormat, apakah cadangan kementerian untuk

menyelesaikan perkara ini?

Dato’ Markiman bin Kobiran [Hulu Langat]: Ya, saya hendak tahu bila sahaja.

Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu: Tuan Yang di-Pertua, atas permintaan Yang Berhormat, dua

bulan yang lalu saya sudah minta Jabatan Kerja Raya dan juga Lembaga Lebuh Raya Malaysia

untuk mengadakan satu persetujuan di antara mereka. Akhirnya, dalam mesyuarat pada 15 hari

bulan ini, Grand Saga bersetuju pada mulanya dia kata RM10 juta. Saya kata, tidak boleh RM10

juta. RM5 juta boleh dijadikan satu toll gate untuk smart card dan lain-lain di mana mereka minta

RM2.5 juta dibayar oleh pemaju dan RM2.5 juta lagi dibayar oleh syarikat. Itu pun saya minta

LLM jika boleh mengurangkan ganti rugi daripada pemaju tetapi syarikat itu akan

bertanggungjawab. Ini akan berlaku dalam tempoh dua atau tiga minggu lagi. Selepas itu saya

akan beri kebenaran kepada syarikat itu untuk membina dengan segera dan kita boleh

mengambil masanya lebih kurang sebulan setengah dan selepas itu kita buka jalan itu.

Tuan Tan Kok Wai [Cheras]: [Bangun]

Tuan Yang di-Pertua: Baik, terima kasih. Ya, Yang Berhormat bagi Cheras.

Tuan Tan Kok Wai [Cheras]: Terima kasih, Tuan Yang di-Pertua. Pada pengetahuan

saya pada bulan Jun ini Syarikat Grand Saga kutipannya selepas operasi selama lapan setengah

tahun telah mengutip bayaran tol sebanyak kos yang sama dengan pembinaannya. Ini bererti

dalam tempoh bakinya 25 tahun syarikat ini akan membuat keuntungan bersih ditolak dengan

sedikit kos maintenancenya. Ini merupakan satu kebaikan kepada syarikat kroni Barisan

Nasional. [Disampuk oleh Ahli-ahli Pembangkang].

Tadi Yang Berhormat Menteri sudah memberikan satu jawapan yang paling

menyedihkan dan mengecewakan penduduk-penduduk Bandar Mahkota Cheras bahawa beliau

telah bersetuju untuk pembinaan satu plaza tol di jalan utama akses tunggal masuk ke Taman

Mahkota Cheras itu. Saya ingin bertanya Yang Berhormat Menteri, adakah Yang Berhormat

Menteri sedar bahawa kelulusan yang pertama yang telah pun diberikan oleh Majlis Perbandaran

Kajang kepada Nara Jaya pemaju Bandar Mahkota Cheras itu untuk membina jalan utama

diberikan pada tahun 1994 sebelum perjanjian konsesi Grand Saga dengan kerajaan

ditandatangani?

Kedua, jalan utama ini sememangnya menjadi satu syarat utama dalam perintah

pembangunan yang dikeluarkan oleh Majlis Perbandaran Kajang kepada pemaju.

Ketiga, rumah-rumah baik pun komersial atau kediaman di Bandar Mahkota Cheras tidak

akan memperoleh sijil kelayakan (CF) untuk bangunan premis mereka jika sesuatu syarat dalam

perintah pembangunan itu tidak dipatuhi oleh pemaju. Saya ingin bertanya Yang Berhormat

Menteri, mengapakah rumah-rumah di Bandar Mahkota Cheras ini masih boleh dapat CF

walaupun jalan utama ini tidak boleh digunakan?

Tuan Yang di-Pertua: Baik, Yang Berhormat. Cukup.

Tuan Tan Kok Wai [Cheras]: Bukan, ini untuk pengetahuan Dewan ini kerana Majlis

Perbandaran Kajang walaupun tidak dapat mengeluarkan CF bagi jalan atau sijil kesempurnaan

       how do I say completion of work …

        

Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu: Sijil kelayakan.

Tuan Tan Kok Wai [Cheras]: Sijil kelayakan bagi jalan itu tetapi Majlis bersetuju

memberikan CF kepada rumah-rumah kerana Majlis sendiri yang menghendaki pemaju itu

membina jalan itu.

Tuan Yang di-Pertua: Baik, Baik.

Tuan Tan Kok Wai [Cheras]: Dari aspek ini, adakah ini merupakan satu kesalahan oleh

pemaju? Saya minta penjelasan.

Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu: Tuan Yang di-Pertua, untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat

bagi Cheras, Yang Berhormat tunjuk perasaan sahaja tetapi saya mengadakan beberapa

perbincangan dengan penghuni-penghuni rumah yang telah membeli rumah datang ke pejabat

saya. Saya telah menunjukkan beberapa dokumen mengapakah ini tidak boleh berlaku. Saya

jelaskan… Saya kata, walau bagaimanapun jangan susah, kita cuba selesaikan perkara ini

seberapa segera yang boleh. Majlis Perbandaran tidak mempunyai kuasa untuk meminta

manamana pihak masuk ke dalam lebuh raya. Menteri Kerja Raya sahaja yang boleh! [Disorak]

Tahukah? [Buat isyarat menulis] Saya sedia beri kebenaranlah.

Beri dia kebenaranlah. Dia bagi kebenaran kepada satu ratus orang pun saya tidak

peduli. Bila mereka mematuhi syarat-syarat baru saya ikuti dengan saya punya arahan. Jadi

saya minta Ahli Yang Berhormat dari Cheras, bantulah kita sedikit. Kita bersama kerja. Saya

pun tahu, saya kesian dengan penduduk-penduduk. Penduduk-penduduk dan 40,000 kenderaan

dalam tempoh masa enam bulan lagi akan menggunakan jalan ini. Jadi kami mesti menjaga

kepentingan rakyat, kepentingan penghuni rumah dan juga kepentingan syarikat konsesi khasnya

kerajaan.

Terima kasih.

Dinner: Reclaim PJ Parliamentary and State seats

May 28, 2007

Congratulations to the PJ Action Team for the successful dinner held in Sg Way (Seri Setia) a while ago.

Sec Gen Lim Guan Eng and deputy sec gen Chong Eng came all the way from Bukit Mertajam and Kota Melaka respectively to give the potential candidates in PJ their greatest support.

Other speakers tonight include Lau Weng San (PJ Action Team Chairman), Ean Yong Hian Wah (Selangor state chairman), Liew Ching Tong ( DAPSY leader), Thomas Goh ( PJ Action Team Treasurer), Tony Pua ( Economic Advisor to Sec Gen DAP), Rama ( Chairman of Kg Tun Razak ).

In my speech, I criticised the MCA local elected reps for not helping the residents and villagers. I also explained what has happened to my OSA case ( no fruther development) and the compensation I won from the case against the former IGP some six months ago was still not paid to me.

I did an opinion poll on the spot and to our delight, majority of the supporters said Yes to opposition cooperation; only 3 persons said No. I have no time to ask them why but I did use the opportunity to explain why we should get the opposition parties to work together.

In my speech, I explained why DAP leaders believe that the coming GE will fall in November this year ( NOV 25, to be more precise) or latest by March 2008. 

I also expressed my deep regret that the voters who lived in Jalan 4 and Jalan 18, Sg Way were fooled by Chew Mei Fun and Dr Wong Sai Hau in the 2004 GE. They were promised land titles immediately after the GE but guess what, their homes were all demolished by the authority in 2006. Both Chew and Wong did not even give it a fight. Not only that, they even failed to get the rightful compensation for many of them: No monthly rental subsidy of RM120 per family. No transport/ moving cost subsidy. No homes for second family…

But it’s too late for the residents who have trusted Chew and Wong. Chew has even gotten a promotion after the 2004 GE. There’s nothing the villagers can do except for voting against the two in the coming general elections.

Other speaker touched on issues such as mother tongue education, quality of tertiary education, freedom of religion, the importance of voters registration, rampant corruption and abuse of powers, increasing crime rates in PJ and Selangor, the restructuring of police force to fight crimes, the reasons for strengthening the DAP and other opposition parties, the NEP and income divide, the sexist Umno MPs ( we played the video clips of the relevant Parliamentary seating) and what should we expect  from a state assemblyman and Member of Parliament.

Everyone in the audience agrees with DAP speakers that Malaysia is not a better place to live after Abdullah has taken over from Dr Mahathir. We were all greatly disappoineted with the performance of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Haris has got a good idea…

May 27, 2007

Save the Constitution: No 2/3 Majority for BN

 Haris Ibrahim

This is no longer an option.

It is imperative that the government be denied another 2/3 majority in Parliament, if we are to put a stop to any further destruction of the Constitution and to have any hope, at some time in the future, of restoring the Constitution to what it was before.

In the last general election, 219 Parliamentary seats were at stake. BN took 199 (90.87%). Opposition won 19 seats and 1 seat was won by an independent candidate.

Not accounting for increased Parliamentary seats arising from a redelineation exercise, if the government is to be denied a 2/3 majority in Parliament after the next elections, Opposition and Independent candidates would need to secure 74 seats.

The Parliamentary seats that did not go to BN after the 2004 elections were:

Pendang (PAS)

Tumpat (PAS)

Pengkalan Chepa (PAS)

Pasir Mas (PAS)

Rantau Panjang (PAS)

Kubang Krian (PAS)

Bagan (DAP)

Permatang Pauh (Keadilan)

Bukit Mertajam (DAP)

Bukit Gelugor (DAP)

Tanjong (DAP)

Ipoh Timur (DAP)

Ipoh Barat (DAP)

Batu Gajah (DAP)

Kepong (DAP)

Bukit Bintang (DAP)

Seputeh (DAP)

Cheras (DAP)

Bandar Kuching (DAP)

Sandakan (Independent)

These 20 seats must be retained by the Opposition after the next election. The last thing we need to see happen at the next election is BN making inroads in any of these 20 non-BN seats.

If we are serious about denying the government a 2/3 majority after the next election, my sense is that we cannot leave this to the Opposition parties alone.

We, the voters, whose rights under the Constitution are being imperilled by the very persons entrusted to protect them, must act.

I would therefore like to initiate a ‘Keep our MP’ effort in these 20 constituencies.

If readers who are registered in any of the 20 constituencies mentioned above want to get together to work to ‘Keep our MP’, please send an e-mail to thepeoplesparliament@gmail.com

Even if the 20 seats mentioned above are retained by Opposition, that would still leave us short of 54 to deny the government a 2/3 majority.

How do we, the voters, even begin to try to wrest 54 seats from BN?

My thoughts on this in the next post.

Meanwhile, all ideas are welcome.

Samy the sexist, shame on you!

May 23, 2007

Lat week, I commented that the sexist duo reflects the culture of Umno. Now, I may have to reword it to “the sexist trio reflects the culture of Barisan Nasional”.

According to Chong Eng, there are plenty of sexists among the current batch of BN MPs. The former MP of Ipoh Timur from the MCA was one of them. They were fond of using words like “bagi masuk sikit (allow to enter a littel ), ” saya nak sentuh wanita” ( I wish to touch women)… they find poking fun at the women a folk a nice past-time.

Samy joins ranks of sexist politicians

Malaysiakini-May 22, 07 7:14pm 

 Just as the dust was about to settle over the sexist remarks made by two parliamentarians, a senior minister has kicked it up again. Veteran politician S Samy Vellu yesterday drew a parallel between the dilapidated state of the 43-year-old Parliament House to the looks of a woman of 50 years.

“A woman may be pretty but after 50 years she would not be pretty,” he was quoted as saying at a press conference yesterday after officiating an engineering exposition.

A women’s group today ticked Samy Vellu off, saying that it was inexcusable that one of the country’s longest-serving ministers chose a sexist comment to make his point on the need for renovation works on the Parliament House.

 “His remarks reinforce the gender stereotype that a woman’s worth lies with her extrinsic attributes (looks) and not with her intrinsic qualities as a human being,” said Loh Cheng Kooi from the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality.

“His statement and comparison are demeaning and an affront to women of all ages as they reduce women to objects of beauty, depreciating in value over time.”

Samy Vellu’s sexist remarks came hot in the heels of the furore over those made by two parliamentarians – Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin and Jasin MP Mohd Said Yusof – early this month. The parliamentarians, during debate on the lack of maintenance resulting in leaks in the Parliament building after heavy downpours, had attacked a woman opposition representative who raised the issue. “Where’s the leak? The Batu Gajah MP leaks every month too,” Bung said referring to DAP representative of the constituency, Fong Po Kuan. The duo have since apologised following intense criticisms from the public.

Samy did it before

Loh lamented that it was not the first time for Samy Vellu to make such sexist remarks – in October 2005, the works minister was quoted to have compared “toilets to new brides”. He was reported to have said: “Toilets are like new brides after they are completed. After some time, they get a bit spoiled. Even if you do not use them frequently, you need someone to clean them every 25 minutes.”

“For far too long, elected representatives have repeatedly made derogatory remarks against women, ranging from comments on their bodily functions to statements on their physical attributes, and have gotten away with such sexist language.

“These comments show a complete lack of gender sensitivity and reflect a deeply ingrained culture of patriarchy as well as a total lack of respect for women.” She called on Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is chairperson of the Gender Cabinet Committee, to take this matter seriously and put an immediate stop to sexist comments from his cabinet and Parliament. If not, Loh said that Malaysians should then send a clear message at the ballot box.

“Gender insensitive leaders should just be voted out.”