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Hindraf should be given the permit to gather on Sunday 25 Nov

November 23, 2007
The police was wrong to reject the application of permit for BERSIH’s Nov 10 Peaceful People’s Gathering. They now again made the same mistake by rejecting the application by Hindraf for the coming Sunday rally. The police must respect the right of assembly enshrined in our Federal Constitution and grant a permit to Hindraf for the rally at the British High Commission. The warning of stern actions will be taken on protesters was uncalled for.The PM should interfere immediately to grant a permit for the Sunday rally. Hindraf has the right to hold the peaceful rally to present its memo to the British High Commissioner.I understand that the Indian community are now determined to present their views to the BN government and a responsible government must be prepared to listen to those views any time, any where.I will be there as an observer on Sunday. C U There!

 Hindraf rally: Cops warn of ‘stern action’

Andrew Ong
Nov 22, 07 5:47pm
Malaysiakini
The police warning is predictable – Kuala Lumpur CPO Zulhasnan Najib Baharudin issued his first public warning against a planned rally at the British High Commission on Sunday, organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).
He warned that the planned rally is illegal and that the public should stay away.
“I will take stern action (against participants),” Zulhasnan told a packed press conference at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters today.Zulhasnan said no police permit has been issued for the event and that those who attend would be violating Section 27 of the Police Act 1967.Under the law, offenders can be fined between RM2,000 and RM10,000 and are also liable to a jail term not exceeding one year.

Zulhasnan said Hindraf had applied for a police permit but that this was rejected.

“I have received the appeal against the rejection but I rejected it after studying the matter,” he said.

On the reasons for the rejection, Zulhasnan said the police have received information that “criminal acts” such as “fights” and “arguments” would occur during the rally.

Crime prevention

The police chief confirmed that numerous roadblocks have been erected around the city to prevent rally participants from entering.

“We believe they will be wearing orange shirts,” he said in reply to a question.

After the press conference, however, Zulhasnan said the roadblocks were part of a “crime prevention” exercise.

Zulhasnan skirted a question as to whether the police would be using water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan said the police had received information that gangsters would be used during the rally that would disturb the peace.

“These illegal street rallies and demonstrations would surely lead to aggression and these acts can affect the safety and economy of the country,” he said in a statement.

Hindraf plans to gather 10,000 Indians to hand a memorandum addressed to the British Queen to support a class-action suit against Her Majesty’s government for bringing Indians to Malaysia as indentured labourers and exploiting them for 150 years.

A total of US$4 trillion (RM14 trillion) is being sought for US$2 million for every Indian residing in Malaysia.

Watch the 5-min video heremkinitv_client(‘hindrafPolice_2211.wmv’);

Hindraf rally – police stop over-reacting, dismantle roadblocks and issue permit

/ Lim Kit Siang

November 23rd, 2007 « 3 Comments »

The police should not repeat their over-reaction and high-handed action on Nov. 10 over the peaceful 40,000-people Bersih gathering to hand over a petition to the Yang di Pertuan Agong for electoral reforms to ensure free, fair and clean elections and should immediately dismantle the roadblocks creating massive jams in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley since yesterday.

The massive Nov. 10 traffic gridlock creating massive congestions in Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley were largely the creation of the police and could have been avoided or ameliorated considerably with enlightened and sensitive police handling of peaceful gatherings by citizens exercising their fundamental constitutional rights to get their voices heard in a meaningful democracy.

If the Police had issued a police permit for the Bersih peaceful gathering on Nov. 10, demonstrating greater sensitivity and respect for human rights guaranteed in the Malaysian Constitution as recommended by the Dzaiddin Royal Police Commission 30 months ago, all legitimate concerns would have been met – the concerns of the police and government with regard to law and order and the concerns of aggrieved citizenry to petition the Yang di Pertuan Agong for an end to electoral abuses.

For the Hindraf rally on Sunday, the Police has not only refused to learn any lesson to respect the human rights of Malaysians to peaceful assembly, but has decided even earlier to impose roadblocks – starting since yesterday on various roads and expressways in the Klang Valley.

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JERIT: Fong should resign and work in factory

June 27, 2007

GABUNGAN PEKERJA KILANG & KESATUAN SEKERJA (GPKK)

JARINGAN RAKYAT TERTINDAS (JERIT)

d/a 72B, Taman Sri Langat, Jalan Reko, 43000 Kajang, Selangor

Tel/Faks: 03-87370766 Website: www.jerit.org

 

 

PRESS STATEMENT
27 June 2007

DATO’ FONG CHAN ONN :

Resign As Minister and Work in a Factory

 

 

The  Human Resource Minister, Datuk Seri Fong Chan Onn and its Deputy, Dato Abdul Rahman Bakar should  resign as a Minister and work as labourer or in a factory. Then, he should decide whether MTUC should drop its demand from minimum wage of RM900 or not.

 

Today  the Minister of Human Resource said MTUC’s demand for minimum wage  of RM900 for private sector workers is not practical and MTUC should drop its demand(The Star 27 June 2007). He further said wage should be left to markets forces to decide. Meanwhile, his Deputy Minister said MTUC’s action is not professional, unreasonable and it does not have support from workers. They are also worried foreign workers and foreign maids will get the benefit from minimum wage. (Utusan Malaysia)

 

JERIT feels that both statements from both Ministers are uncalled for. JERIT feels that the Ministers who suppose to represent and champion the rights workers, are lacking ground experiences and do not know how low wage workers are suffering. Last year September, JERIT submitted memorandum and 50,000 signature postcards calling for a minimum wage. MTUC is also has been demanding for minimum wage legislation for years. All this calls are not political gimmick but rather it came from workers themselves who have been struggling when cost of living is increasing. How can the deputy minister say that the Minimum Wage Campaign does not have support from the workers when thousands of workers picketed last Monday(25/6/2007)   demanding minimum wage RM 900 and COLA RM 300

 

Why the Ministers are are so afraid of investors and employers?  Isn’t the government elected to protect its citizens?   The interest of citizen in the country should come first. Demanding minimum wage of RM900 is nothing compared to millions of profit made by the private sectors.

 

And what is wrong to provide minimum wage for foreign maids if they deserve it. A foreign made is required to do all sorts of work like baby-sitting, cooking, washing and etc and works 24/7. Everyone one of us will demand for pay hike because the burden of work that keep increasing. So, why foreign maids are different. If you can’t afford them, then don’t hire them. Do the work on your own and tell us whether they deserve it or not.  

 

According to National Productivity Report 2006, Malaysia has scored 3.7% with the manufacturing sector contributed 4.4% followed by other sector like finance and transport ( 4.1%).  This productivity level is higher than Singapore (1.2%), Japan 2.5%, Sweden (2.8 %), Germany (2.0 per cent), Denmark (1.8 per cent), US (1.5 per cent) and the UK (1.7 per cent). Where this productivity does came from? Workers from those sectors definitely had played crucial part in increasing the productivity.

 

Thus, why minimum wage legislation is so impossible when:

 

  1. Malaysian productivity is higher than developed countries
  2. Countries like Vietnam and South Korea even China have minimum wage for its workers
  3. One of the reasons by Government for pay hike to civil servants is higher cost of living (inflation)
  4. Workers basic pay in private sector especially in manufacturing is just around RM350-RM500.

 

As such, JERIT calls the government to enact the legislation that guarantees minimum wage of RM900 for the workers in private sectors and STOP sacrificing and exploiting the workers to make the employers and investors happy.

 

Prepared by

 

Simon

Coordinator

Gabungan Pekerja Kilang & Kesatuan

012-2842202

BMC access:Toll plaza works started today

June 25, 2007

BREAKING NEWS!!!

Grand Saga started work to construct a toll plaza on the blocked access road from Bandar Mahkota Cheras to KL this morning. Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai rushed to the site after tipped off by BMC OARAC chairman Tan Boon Wah and he managed to stop all works.

Grand Saga has the backing of the “toll mister” (you know who) but such act is totally unacceptable and DAP will work closely with the BMC residents to fight for their rights.

Yesterday, the BMC OARAC just launched a month-long 10,000 people signature campaign as a protest against the installation of a toll plaza at the RM16 million access road from BMC to KL. The access has been blocked for more than a year since its completion. More than 13 demonstrationshave been held to mark the strong protest by the BMC and BSL residents.

Baixiao: Umno has no respect on MCA/Gerakan

June 24, 2007
It’s a night of Chew Mei Fun bashing! Both the Sec Gen of DongJiaoZong and educationist Cikgu Loot Ting Yee criticised Chew for neglecting her duty and responsibility as the MP  for  PJ Utara.Cikgu Loot also urged the voters to vote against Barisan Nasional parties to send a strong signal to them that “enough is enough”. He said if the people had wanted a good and caring government, they must make sure the government is not too powerful and arrogant. He said only a shaky (goyang-goyang) goverment would respect the will and aspirations of the people.

The representative from KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall reiterated its support for Baixiao. As long as Baixiao is not reopened, the organisation will not take down the “countdown” signboard erected on its building at Jalan Maharajalela, KL. The signboard registers the number of days of closure of the original SJKC Damansara for the past 7 years, reminding the people about the struggle of Baixiao.

A total of RM260,000 was raised last night (exceeded the target of RM250,000).

DAP was represented by me, Liew Chin Tong and Tony Pua. And PKR was represented by Sivarasa Rasiah, William Leong, Lee Seng Kim and Dr Lee Boon Chai.

高铭良轰周美芬缺席白小晚宴

熊玉生:被剥夺权利不能沉默
白小晚宴两千人赴会筹获26万
■日期/Jun 24, 2007   ■时间/02:00:37 am
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/Merdekareview 庄迪澎
           
【本刊庄迪澎撰述】白沙罗华文小学(原校)保校工委会、全体师生、家长,以及从全国各地风尘仆仆赶来的嘉宾齐聚雪兰莪州八打灵再也,在俨如华文教育嘉年华会的“华小要增建、白小要重开”筹款晚宴里相遇,踌躇满志地期待白小重开。“白小保留原校、争取分校工委会”(白小保校工委会)主办的“华小要增建,白小要重开”――白小保校运动七周年筹款晚宴”,昨晚在八打灵再也17区圣淘沙花园停车场圆满举行,宾主既聆听激昂的演讲,也观赏白小师生和家长们联袂演出的余兴节目,度过既激情又温馨的三句钟。“华小要增建,白小要重开”――白小保校运动七周年筹款晚宴”筵开182席,包括白小原校师生、家长,以及大专院校的义工在内,超过两千人赴会。这场筹款晚宴一共筹获大约马币26万7500元,达到了白小保校工委会定下的马币25万元筹款目标。白小已关了2364天!

教总顾问兼林连玉基金会主席陆庭谕、董总署理主席邹寿汉、副主席许海明、总务高铭良、隆雪华堂总务陈正志、校友联总秘书申玉堂等人都出席晚宴;朝野政党代表则有民政党雪兰莪武吉加星区(Bukit Gasing)州议员及雪州行政议员林传盛、人民公正党副主席李文材、总财政梁自坚、民主行动党主席代表刘镇东、秘书长代表刘天球。

位于八打灵再也白沙罗新村的白沙罗华文小学(原名华侨小学)创办1930年,马来西亚教育部在2001年以学校空气受污染、有噪音及交通阻塞危险等理由,关闭白小(白沙罗华文小学)原校。

当地居民不甘数世代长辈筹款而建的学校因此荒芜下去,于是联合家长、村民与校友成立“白小保留原校,争取分校工委会”,捍卫这所社区学校,并且在学校对面的阮粱圣公庙上课,迄今已经抗争了七年。

迄今,白小原校已经关闭了2364天。

被剥夺权利者不能沉默

声如洪钟的白小保校工委会主席熊玉生(右图)在晚宴上致词时说:“被剥夺权利的人,不能永远保持沉默。我们要维护自己的母语教育,社区要有华小,让孩子就近上学。学校是社区珍贵的财产资源,不应被荒废而浪费社区资源。”

熊玉生告诉赴会嘉宾,“白小保校运动”给了白沙罗新村村民很多磨练和学习的机会;“我们学会争取自己的权利,家长和孩子一起在困境中茁壮成长。”

熊玉生强调,由于拥有34万人口的八打灵再也严重缺乏16所华小,因此重新使用白小原校校园乃当务之急。

“白小原校被闲置不用已将近七年。七年了,多少想接受华文教育的孩子被拒于门外?因此,保校运动不能停下来,一定要坚持走下去。”

他说,虽然副教育部长韩春锦曾说白小已搬迁,原校不会再使用,但是白小保校工委会仍希望结合各党团的力量,携手合作,以务实的方法落实“华小要增建,白小要重开”的目标。【点击:白小工委要求暂返原校上课 韩春锦连说:没有什么好谈!】

师生家长村民联袂演出

虽然白小原校校园已在去年一月三日遭教育部全面封锁,不过白小保校工委会每年照旧招生,继续在阮粱圣公庙上课,目前有在籍学生36人、全职教师10位、兼任教师两位。

提起此事,熊玉生说道:“白小每年都有新生报到和毕业生顺利升上中学。虽然校舍没有了,但是有一群有爱心的校长和老师,耐心教导,给孩子最好的学习环境。”

“无论任何情况,我们坚持孩子的教育一天都不能等。”熊玉生现年69岁,自白小关闭那天起,他就陪白小一起马拉松长跑,后来从黄金风手中接过白小保校工委会主席的任务。

“白小保校运动七周年筹款晚宴”除了有大约160名嘉宾集体拉彩炮剪彩的盛况,另一独特之处是所有余兴节目都由白小(原校)教师、在籍学生、毕业生、家长及村民联手筹备、演出,没有礼聘外援表演嘉宾。

昨晚上场的节目有迎宾舞、描绘华文教育运动何其艰克的话剧、扯铃、歌剧、合唱等。晚宴从傍晚七时开始入席,八时左右开场,直至十时半左右散场,场面非常热闹;余兴节目演出时,在台下的家长也涌到台前集为演出者拍照留念。

“华小要增建,白小要重开”三项诉求

宴会结束之前,熊玉生率领白小保校工委会全体工委上台,感谢华人社会在过去七年来鼎力支持白小保校运动。白小保校工委会委员黄寿强代表宣读《华小要增建,白小要重开》的三项诉求:

一、重开废置了七年的白小原校:政府应该重新启用白沙罗华小原校作为华小用途,让当地学生到白小原校就近上学。

二、八打灵再也急需16所华小,解决社区教育基本需求:根据政府的人口统计和学校规划标准,八打灵再也需要24所华小,但目前只有八所而已,华小严重不足,政府需要增建16所华小。

呼吁政府在地方发展过程中根据社区学校原理、人口结构、教育需求及选择,制度化的主动拨款增建华小,以符合许多居民的实际需求和基本权益。

三、母语教育是孩子的基本人权:联合国多份国际宣言和公约都肯定表明和强调,接受母语教育是人类的基本人权,以及“采用母语是教育的最好工具”;政府必须俯顺各民族的意愿,合理的发展各源流学校,公平分配教育资源,真正落实教育上的基本人权。

陆庭谕:我不投票给“歪府”

■日期/Jun 24, 2007   ■时间/03:53:47 am
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/Merdekareview庄迪澎
           
【本刊庄迪澎撰述】在昨晚的白小保校运动七周年筹款晚宴上,雪兰莪州八打灵再也北区国会议员周美芬成了炮轰及揶揄的对象;最近刚走马上任的董总总务高铭良炮轰周美芬“从来没有到过白小宴会”,教总顾问陆庭谕则质疑国阵政府并没有把这位政务次长放在眼里。高铭良(右图)昨晚上台致词虽然备有讲稿,但他一开始演讲就先“脱稿演出”,先是质疑“首相可再婚,为何白小不能再开”,后来语锋一转,便把矛头指向周美芬,非议周美芬身为白小(原校)所在的八打灵再也北区的国会议员,却“从来没有到过白小宴会”。高铭良高声说道:“是不是她受的教育够了,所以就觉得不需要再有华小了?周美芬到底有没有在国会反映白小的问题啊?”捧林传盛贬周美芬高铭良更借坐在主桌的民政党雪兰莪州行政议员林传盛贬损周美芬,说林传盛“几乎每年都出席(白小宴会),在朝做官的,很少人有他这样的风度。”林传盛也是八打灵再也武吉加星区(Bukit Gasing)州议员。不过,高铭良继续致词时一再说明,他这番话是以个人身份发言,表达个人感受。周美芬(左图)是国阵成员党马华公会的妇女组全国署理主席,她在1999年大选当选八打灵再也北区国会议员迄今,后来更受委为妇女、家庭及社会发展部政务次长。周美芬从小学到大学都是接受华文教育,小学毕业自八打灵精武小学、中学毕业自吉隆坡坤成女中,而大学则赴笈台湾政治大学。

陆庭谕:政府眼里有没有周美芬?

后来轮到陆庭谕致词时,他以一贯激昂的声调说,白小事件是我国华文教育的缩影,是关乎华人公民的尊严与地位的问题;过后,他猛批国阵政府对华文教育的困境“装聋作哑”且“又聋又哑”,不把华人社会放在眼里。

已经78高龄的陆庭谕(左图)也高声说道:“国阵有把马华公会和民政党放在眼里吗?国阵只会让它们难堪!政府眼里有没有马华公会、有没有周美芬?”

陆庭谕说:“这种装聋作哑、又聋又哑的政府,哪是政府,是‘歪府’!大选要到了,你们要怎么投票?我以马来西亚公民、敦拉萨区选民的身份说:我不会投票给国阵!”

他继续说:“要政府乖,就要投反对票。Goyang-goyang(摇晃不稳)的政府,才会听你讲话!”

两千人赴会筹获马币26万

“白小保留原校、争取分校工委会”(白小保校工委会)主办的“华小要增建,白小要重开”――白小保校运动七周年筹款晚宴”,昨晚在八打灵再也17区圣淘沙花园停车场圆满举行,超过两千人赴会,筹获马币26万7500元。【点击:熊玉生:被剥夺权利不能沉默 白小晚宴两千人赴会筹获26万】

除了高铭良和陆庭谕,董总署理主席邹寿汉、副主席许海明、隆雪华堂总务陈正志、校友联总秘书申玉堂等人都出席晚宴;朝野政党代表除了林传盛,还有人民公正党副主席李文材、总财政梁自坚、民主行动党主席代表刘镇东、秘书长代表刘天球。

位于八打灵再也白沙罗新村、迄今已经关闭了2364天的白沙罗华文小学(原名华侨小学)创办1930年。马来西亚教育部在2001年以学校空气受污染、有噪音及交通阻塞危险等理由,关闭白小原校。当地村民、家长及校友成立“白小保留原校,争取分校工委会”捍卫这所社区学校,并且在学校对面的阮粱圣公庙上课,迄今已经抗争了七年。

虽然白小原校校园已在去年一月三日遭教育部全面封锁,不过白小保校工委会每年照旧招生,继续在阮粱圣公庙上课,目前有在籍学生36人、全职教师10位、兼任教师两位。

白小不重开 隆雪华堂计日牌不除

吉隆坡暨雪兰莪中华大会堂(隆雪华堂)总务陈正志(右图)受邀致词时表示,我国之所以有华文教育运动,是政府奉行单元化教育政策的结果。

他说,国阵政府必须正视华文小学及淡米尔文小学严重不足的现象,抛弃种族政治的偏见,公平对待各源流学校,以提升各族群的教育水平。

陈正志也斩钉截铁地说,隆雪华堂“支持白小保校运动,直到白小原校重开为止”的立场始终如一;而竖立在隆雪华堂二楼露台的白小保校运动计日牌,也只有在白小原校重开后才会除下。

他说,“隆雪华堂的(白小保校运动)计日牌,只有白小原校重开后,才会拿下来;白小原校不重开,我们不会拿下来!”

隆雪华堂是在2001年3月27日将保校运动天数牌挂在二楼露台,面向马哈拉惹勒拉路(Jalan Maharajalela),引起众人关注白小保校运动。

“全国举起重开白小之扇!”
白小保校宴2千赴会气氛热爆
王德齐
07年6月24日 凌晨3:57
Malaysiakini
昨晚举行的白小保校运动七周年筹款晚宴

,与往常的华教或社会运动晚宴惯常号召的全场举手

,表达民意有所不同;2000名赴会者皆高举人手一把的红绿色“救救白小”扇子

,形成一片“红绿之海”,誓言要在大选来临时,在全国各地举起这把扇子,传达重开白小的心声。

全场出席者更在司仪的号召下,举起扇子,一齐站起来4次高喊“华小要重建,白小要重开!”,把现场气氛冲到最高点。

迈入7周年白小保校运动筹款晚宴,声势不逊往年,昨晚于雪州八打灵再也17区停车场热烈举行,不但宴开180席,更汇集了约2000名从全国各地赶来赴会的华教人士,并一举超越了原本所订下的25万令吉筹款目标。

本届保校宴会以“华小要增建,白小要重开”为主题,在由捐款最多的的白沙罗新村盂兰胜会黄秀莲鸣锣后,即由一群白小学生呈现华族武术的影子表演正式掀开序幕。

长达约三小时晚宴上的所有表演节目,如扯铃、舞蹈、“戏凤”古装剧,以及呈现华教历史和白小事件的话剧和大合唱等,皆让出席者掌声不断。这些节目皆是由白小原校的家长、在籍学生、毕业生以及白沙罗新村村民一起联合呈现,除了展现了白小学生的多艺多才,更突现了白小社区运动总动员的齐心协力精神。

当晚,还有数十位来自国立及私立大专学院的大专生前来担任义工,在入口处向出席者义卖白小纪念品,包括限量版的晚宴T恤与环保袋、“救救白小”T恤、纪念笔和书本,并也在晚宴进行时到每一桌为白小筹款和进行义卖,体现出老中青幼一起为重开原校奋斗不懈的精神。

“首相新婚莫忘白小诉求”

白小工委会主席熊玉生和董总总务高铭良不约而同地在演讲中,提及刚刚再婚的首相阿都拉,呼吁他在享受其新婚幸福的同时,也莫忘白沙罗新村村民坚持了七年的重开原校诉求。

熊玉生表示,“我们要祝贺我们的首相伯拉新婚快乐、白头偕老,并能从中获得鼓励,我们的坚持,就是要首相批准重开我们的白小。”

高铭良则喊话,“我国尊贵的首相伯拉能够再婚,为什么我们的白小不能够再开?”

高铭良:周美芬不如林传盛

随着大选脚步声的来临,白小保校晚宴也自然充满着大选的气氛。受邀致词的嘉宾除了纷纷抨击执政党的表现,白小工委会也在晚宴上公布了三项诉求。

高铭良自称当晚心中感触良多,充满牢骚,并随即脱稿演讲,以个人身份赞扬民政党的雪州行政议员兼武吉加星区州议员林传盛多年来皆出席白小保校晚宴,反观也是白小原校所在的八打灵再也北区国会议员兼妇女部政务次长周美芬,始终未曾出席白小晚宴,也未曾在国会提出白小课题。

他质问道,“身为这一区的国会议员,她的责任在哪里?”

唯独马华领袖缺席晚宴

出席白小保校宴会的民间社团及政治领袖云集,可说是星光耀耀。出席的华团和非政府组织者人士包括了新任董总署理主席邹寿汉、新任董总副主席许海明、留台联总会长刘天吉、隆雪华堂总秘书陈正志、白小前校长翁诗佣、白小前任教务主任李成金、隆雪华堂首席执行长陈亚才、人民之声执行主任叶瑞生、坤成校友会会长李书祯、雪隆理华同学会主席廖国华、时评人李万千和隆雪华青团长陈松林。

政党领袖则有民政党雪州行政议员林传盛、人民公正党副主席李文材、人民公正党副主席西华拉沙(Sivarasa Rasiah)、人民公正党总财政梁自坚、民主行动党非政府组织局主任刘天球、秘书长选举策略顾问刘镇东、秘书长经济顾问潘俭伟以及人民党副主席辜瑞荣,唯独马华领袖并未出席。

陆庭谕:要政府乖,须投反对票

至于另一名晚宴上的演讲焦点人物,林连玉基金主席陆庭谕,则中气十足地抨击国阵政府对华教事务漠不关心,并以我国公民的身份,呼吁人民在下届大选时要善用手中选票,来让政府聆听人民的心声。他的发言,顿时获得出席者的热烈回应。

“各位!大选要到了,你们要怎样投票?好!我先告诉大家,我们的政府尤其是对白小、尤其是华教,是装聋作哑的政府,也就是聋的政府、哑的政府。这样的政府,是政府吗?不是!是‘歪’府!”

“这样又聋又哑又歪的政府,你还要投它的票吗?今天,我是以马来西亚的公民、敦拉萨镇选区的选民在这里告诉大家,我就不会投这又聋又哑政府的票!(观众报以热烈掌声)各位,全世界有个纪录,如果你要政府乖,你要政府听话,你就投它反对票!”

白小工委会提三诉求

保校工委会也在全体工委和老师的陪同之下,由工委会代表黄寿强念出他们的三项诉求,分别是第一、重开废置7年的白小原校;第二、八打灵再也急需16所华笑,解决社区教育基本需求;以及第三、母语教育是孩子的基本人权。

黄寿强疾呼,八打灵再也的华小,特别是新白小已经130%爆满了,并激昂地询问大家需不需要更多华小来容纳欲接受华文教育的学生,而全场出席者皆高喊“需要!”。

保校晚宴也成了华教运动聚集的地点。只见捍卫坤中联盟派发反对坤中改制的传单,林连玉基金则为筹建林连玉纪念馆进行筹款,并在现场派发“还我母语教育”明信片收集签名,希望能向首相阿都拉传达恢复以母语作为数理科媒介语的诉求。

白小保校晚宴,最终于在全体工委、老师、学生、工作人员和嘉宾大合唱“最美好的时光”,并一起挥舞“救救白小”扇子中的温馨气氛下落幕,继续迈出抗争2364天,仍然锲而不懈的强韧步伐。

BMC access: Action committee to launch signature campaign

June 24, 2007

BMC OARAC will launch a signature campaign thisSunday to fight for their rights to the access road.

They were extremely upset by Samy Vellu who

suggested to put up a toll plaza at the access road.

The access raod was built by the Lion Group at a cost

of some RM16 million as a selling point for the

Bandar Mahkota Cheras residential area. But

Grand Saga, the toll concessionaire of

Cheras -KL Expressway

objected strongly and blocked the access road

unilaterally. But the illegal act has the backing

of the “toll minister”, as usual.

As the advisor of the action committee, I will certainly

bring the BMC OARAC to the Parliament once again

to fight for natural justice.

For the event tomorrow, DAP will be represented

by Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Selangor DAP Chairman

EanYong Hian Wah, DAP Wanita leader Lee Kee

Hiong and DAP leaders from Balakong and Sg

Long. (I would be in Rawang together with

Selangor DAP State Treasurer to “fire” Chan

Kong Choy and Tang See Hang over their

inaction on the issue of high tension zone. )

Here’s the statement by BMC OARAC on the issue…

反对建收费站
公开大道合约
蕉赖皇冠镇“开路”行动委员会
07年6月22日 傍晚7:47
Malaysiakini
蕉赖皇冠镇“开路”行动委员会对工程部长拿督斯里三美日前在国会表示政府将在蕉赖皇冠城主要通道建立收费站之事深表遗憾。本行动委员重申反对建收费站的立场

,因为蕉赖皇冠城衔接蕉赖-加影大道只有1.5公里的路程

,而且这段公路是交还给加影市议会管辖

,根本不是联邦大道,工程部长要从地方政府接管这么短距离的公路,然后建立收费站是非常不合理、荒谬的一件事。

本行动委员认为工程部长存有双重标准。蕉赖皇冠城计划在1994年比蕉赖-加影大道的工程更早获得加影市议会的批准,是蕉赖皇冠城计划在先,而将蕉赖旧路提升为蕉赖-加影大道在后。工程部长现在却先后不分,执意在皇冠城建收费站,而对面的敦胡先翁镇的主要通道也同样衔接蕉赖-加影大道,但却没有面对同样的问题。
工程部长以开放蕉赖皇冠城主要通道会造成大道公司损失,而政府又不准备赔偿的情况下来批准建立收费站是无法令人信服。本行动委员要求工程部长公布政府与Grand Saga公司的合约内容,以确保该和约内容是符合人民利益,而不是偏袒大道公司。
本行动委员基于上述的理由,决定展开一项“反对建收费站、公开大道合约”的签名运动,号召支持这项呼吁人士响应并准备把人民的签名呈交给首相拿督斯里阿都拉。

本行动委员订于2007年6月24日(星期日)上午10时在皇冠城商业中心推展这项签名运动,同是邀请乌鲁冷岳区国会议员玛基曼、蕉赖区国会议员陈国伟、马华雪州联委会主席拿督庄祷融、雪州民主行动党主席欧阳捍华出席推介礼。

本行动委员希望在一个月内收集到一万个签名,然后择日呈交给首相,表达本行动委员及人民的决心。

陈文华
蕉赖皇冠镇“开路”行动委员会主席

“回到當初問題的原點”
商民大力反對設收費站

Sinchew Daily News

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updated:2007-06-21 10:17:11 MYT



■張文寶(商家):希望開放主要通道
■林志遠(居民兼商家):政府與發展商應設法解決問題
■劉貞滿:1.5公里不應設收費站
■林女士(居民兼商家):等同在家門前設收費站
■蕉賴皇冠城主要通道遲遲未開放,居民被迫忍受塞車之苦與金錢損失。(放大)
■“人民不要屋前收費站”的布條仍高高掛,這也是所有蕉賴皇冠城居民的心聲。(放大)
■楊代發(商家):政府應聽取民意
■陳文華(皇冠城開路行動委員會主席):已收集到600多份買賣合約副本

(加影訊)“我們堅決反對在蕉賴皇冠城主要通道設置收費站,工程部長的言談,還是回到當初問題的原點,顯示政府毫無誠意解決問題!”

蕉賴皇冠城主要通道遲遲未開放,拿督斯里三美威魯日前在國會下議院回答烏冷區國會議員馬基曼的提問時同意開放通道,條件是在銜接

蕉加大道的通道處,興建收費站,這番言論令該區商家和居民深感失望。
僅1.5公里路程須付費

當地居民與商家皆大力反對。他們強調,該通道位于住宅區,且只有1.5公里的路程,設置收費站是不合理的做法。

受訪者指出,蕉加大道收費站林立,政府不應再另外設置收費站,何況其收費每隔數年就調整一次,已加重人民負擔。

他們表示,該主要通道被關閉後,居民被迫與雙溪龍鎮居民共同用一條進出路,每天的上下班時段都忍受塞車之苦與金錢損失。他們促請

政府聽取民意,盡快無條件開放通道。

張文寶(商家):希望開放主要通道

我們希望開放主要通道,因為這原本就是我們的進出口;我們更反對在這麼短的路段設置收費站,這將加重居民的負擔。

現在隆市區四周圍都是收費站,難道這還不足夠嗎?如今竟然連住宅區也不放過!

林志遠(居民兼商家):政府與發展商應設法解決問題

從蕉賴至加影的大道路段已經有數個收費站,如今連一條小小的通道也要設置收費站,我們堅決反對!

這種做法已違反買賣合約的條列,這是政府與發展商之間的問題,雙方應該設法解決,而不是將問題轉嫁到人們身上。我曾連同

開路行動委員會會見工程部長,對方表示該道路是不合法的,我們質疑其說法。

我會一直站在委員會那一邊,若他們展開任何行動,我將給予支持。

劉貞滿:1.5公里不應設收費站

我們想知道,到底政府是以什么理由在住宅區通道興建收費站?

以南北大道為例,它是銜接各州的主要公路,讓駕駛縮短路程及行駛地更順暢,設置收費站或許還算合理。

然而,有關通道只是短短1.5公里的道路,竟然也要設置收費站,這是很不可思議的作法,仿佛是為了某一方的利益,

政府必須給予合理解釋!

林女士(居民兼商家):等同在家門前設收費站

在住宅區主要通道興建收費站,等同在家門前設置收費站,這簡直是離譜的做法。

當初考慮到此通道出入方便,才搬來皇冠城居住與開店。如今通道被關閉,除了面對塞車之苦,還消耗不少汽油費。

為了載送孩子到蕉賴11哩華小上學,我每日必須繞圈來回4次,引起諸多不便,而且每個月的汽油費還高達

400多令吉!

楊代發(商家):政府應聽取民意

蕉賴皇冠城主要通道開放後,皇冠城的商業活動將更繁榮。不過,既然工程部長開出設置收費站的條件,居民也應有

權開出條件,規定其收費限制。

過路費每隔數年就調整,令人民負擔越來越重,政府應該聽取民意。

陳文華(皇冠城開路行動委員會主席):已收集到600多份買賣合約副本

委員會反對在皇冠城主要通道設置收費站,目前我們已收集到600多份買賣合約副本,并準備籌備法律基金事項。

至于下一步的行動,委員會將開會商討,目前暫時還不便透露詳情。一旦有成果後,我們將會對外宣布!

(星洲日報/大都會•2007.06.20)

Rawang HTZ: Chan Kong Choy, what happened?

June 24, 2007
Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy, who’s also the MP for Selayang, has been keeping mum until today over the unilateral declaration made by TNB, that the TNB will proceed with the high tension transmission project in Rawang now that the Selangor State Goverment has given them the greenlight not to take an alternative route as agreed by Lim Keng Yaik, Chan Kong Choy and Rawang state assemblyman Tang See Hang last month at Putrajaya.I will be attending a protest cum press conference in Rawang new village on Sunday 24 June 2007 morning (10.30am at the market place) together with M Batumalai (DAP Rawang Rep), Tian Chua and representative from the KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.

Stay tuned!

萬撓高壓電纜計劃照跑
不接受繞道•26日原地動工

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updated:2007-06-20 14:54:25 MYT



(八打靈再也訊)紛擾已久的萬撓新村高壓電纜計劃照跑,而國能已訂於6月26日在原地動工!

雪州政府已在5月29日的會議上議決該高壓電纜計劃在原地進行,換言之,居民爭取繞道進行這項計劃的希望已破滅!
在這項計劃下,受影響的51戶居民必須搬遷,而涉及賠償的總額達430萬令吉。

受影響的居民必須在7月11日、12日及13日到鵝嘜縣土地局辦理索償事務。

據瞭解,居民提出4項繞道建議,以避開在人口稠密的萬撓新村。不過,在繞道建議中,卻要動用康情森林保留地或共和聯邦森林保留地。雪州政府以不想影響有關保留地而作出有關決定。

國能收到批准信

國能高級副主席(營運及技術)拿督莫哈末西迪阿末在匯報會上說,雪州政府作出上述定奪後,他們(國能)將在本週日開始動工。

他說,在這項計劃下,高壓電纜將從原本的33千瓦增至275千瓦。

他表示,這項計劃從2005年拖延至今,經無數次開會討論及研究繞道建議,最終還是議決在原地展開提昇電力工程。

他說,國能是在不久前收到雪州政府的批准信件,以繼續進行提昇電力工程。

3項技術因素無法克服

他說 ,於5月29日的一項會議上,雪州政府基於國能提出3項無法克服的技術的因素,而同意國能不接受繞道建議

“這3項技術因素包括了如果只將電壓提昇至132千瓦特,可能造成巴生河流域電供有時會出現供應不足問題。”

“其二是國能需至少再花一年時間重新設計、安排和測示所有工作,影響提昇電力計劃。”

“其三,新建議會牽涉新地區和新計劃,影響工程進度。”

他說,國能會於7月在鵝嘜土地局安排一項對話會,聽取居民賠償要求,並希望居民對於工程的進行給以配合。 (星洲日報/大都會•2007.06.19)

Baixiao: To raise RM 250,000 from this Saturday’s dinner

June 22, 2007
Baixiao Annual Solidarity Dinner

Venue: Section 17 carpark (former Sentosa Cinema) Petaling Jaya

Date: Saturday, 23 June 2007

Time : 7.30pm – 12 pm

This will be the 7th annual dinner organised by the Baixiao (SJKC Damansara )  to raise fund for the original school which was shut down by the Umno-led BN Government by force seven years ago. The decision was instigated by MCA.

See you there!

白小表明只要重开愿接受改名
旺姐:政府别因面子问题拖延

07年6月22日 下午4:09 Malaysiakini

人民公正党全国主席旺阿兹莎医生(左图)呼吁政府在人口稠密的白沙罗新村周围地区

,增建华小或重开白小

,以实现政府不会边缘化华小的诺言。

旺阿兹莎是在白小保校运动7周年筹款晚宴前夕发表文告表示

,在全民认同马来语文为国民共同语文的前提下,个别族群自由使用及发扬其母语教育是属于基本人权范畴,况且它还得到我国宪法的保障。

“因此,在华裔人口稠密的地区增建华文学校,这不仅是华裔族群应享有的教育权利,它更是政府刻不容缓的责任。”

最新筹款总数冲破23万

白小保校工委会定于明晚(星期六,6月23日),在八打灵再也17区29路停车场举办“白小七周年筹款晚宴”,并以“华小要增建、白小要重开”作为这次的主题。工委会执行秘书陈香琴表示,晚宴欲筹募25万令吉以应付来年开销和支付白小原校教师薪水,最新的筹募总数已经冲破23万令吉。

届时晚宴将筵开2百席,邀请2千名关心白小的人士赴会。去年的“陪白小走过2000天”筹款晚宴不只突破目标,最后冲到40万令吉,反映白小课题依然获得社会的热烈关注。

旺阿兹莎指出,白小保校委员会主席熊玉生曾表示,该委员会愿意接受任何名称为原白小重新命名,唯一的条件是重新启用旧校园作为华小用途。这种积极的建设性意见,政府是没有任何理由拒绝的。

她表示,八打灵是雪隆区最严重缺乏华小的地方之一,在白沙罗新村周围地区多增建两三间华小,才能缓华小学生爆满的问题。

“如果政府甩不掉某些利益关系,又或障于面子问题不去解决,它最终将会妨碍我国多元教育的发展。”

八打灵县内尚需29间华小

根据媒体报道,去年八打灵县内共有4万623名学生,今年的学生人数增加5%,即4万2千793人。根据每间华小1千500名学生的标准人数计算,八打灵县内尚需29间华小。

旺阿兹莎认为,白小保校委员会7年来坚持重建社区学校的斗争,是一种展现人民主权斗争精神的具体表现,值得支持和赞扬,同时考验政府平等对待各民族母语教育的诚意。

“白小原校是人为因素而被关闭的,政府理应远离利益关系而严守教育原则,更不应该使用行政权力使问题复杂化。”

APCET II: Dr Nasir and I were stormed by the BN thugs

June 21, 2007
On the “day of trouble”, Dr Nasir and Selvam of PSM and I (then National Secretary of DAPSY) were given the task to look after security. The other DAPSY representative, Lim Ching How, has gone back to his office to attend to an emergency. We were shocked to see so many thugs suddenly appeared outside (they climbed up from the stairways instead of taking the lifts) the conference hall when we were performing our duty.We immediately informed the participants inside about the mob and three of us were trying our best to stop the thugs from braking into the hall. At that point of time, we did not know that these thugs were actually members and supporters of Umno, MIC, MCA (not sure whether there were any Gerakan members). I would not be surprised if some of them were SB officers.The mob (more than 300 of them) managed to bring down the doors after some 10 to 15 minutes. DAPSY chairman Lim Guan Eng and the participants were inside the hall.We were threatened to leave the hall at once but we refused to leave and decided to put our arms together in a circle. That’s when the mob lead by Azman Atar bacame unruly. They broke our ring and brought down Tian Chua (then NGO activist) to the floor.

Dr Nasir managed to call in the police (led by Dang Wangi OCPD Zainal Abidin Ali) only about one hour after the physical tussle. At our insistance, Zainal Abidin ordered the mob to leave the hall. We decided to stay and continue with our meeting despite of repeated warnings issued by the mob. The OCPD also ordered us to leave but he too gave up after failing to persuade us to leave.

When everything was calmed down, Guan Eng needed to leave for Melaka to attend to a demolition exercise and I too left the hall to attend to my recording session at a studio in Petaling Jaya.

When I was on my way back to the hotel, I was informed by Teresa Kok (then DAPSY vice chairperson) that she and several others were arrested. But she was “let go’ together with another participant from Japan at the car park while others were sent to the police station.

A young DAP supporter (son of KL Wong, a lawyer) who was tasked to take care of the computers was taken to the teenager lock-up at the Sungei Besi police station. Cheras MP tan Kok Wai and I visited him in the evening. He was released the next morning. The ladies were all taken to a police station in Wangsa Maju and were locked up for a night. They were transferred to the police station near the Merdeka Stadium for several days together with othe men. Foreign participants were all deported to their respective countries the next day or two.

I remembered both Umno Youth chief and his deputy (Zahid Hamidi and Hishamuddin Hussein) claimed responsibility with “pride” for the incident after they have returned from overseas and Anwar Ibrahim, the then deputy Prime Minister, expressed regrets over the ugly incident. 

DAPSY was later ridiculed by some local participants for “not being arrested with the rest “:-). But that’s truly not our fault. Guan Eng and I left at the time when everything was cooled down. Little did we know that the police would return to the scene and arrest the participants. On the other hand, Teresa Kok could not understand why she and the Japanese participant were ‘let go’ soon after the arrest. 

A few years later, we were delighted to learn that the people of east timor succeeded in their struggle for independence. Timor Leste (total population slighjtly less than 1 million) is now a free and independent nation.

Apcet II: Megat ordered the mob attack

Beh Lih Yi
Jun 21, 07 6:52pm
Malaysiakini
Ex-deputy home minister Megat Junid Megat Ayob had ordered for an Umno Youth-led mob to stop an international conference on East Timor 11 years ago, a key witness in the ‘Apcet II’ suit told the court today.Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, who was then Umno Youth secretary and had led the mob, also had the court in stitches when he revealed he was given a ‘nasi kandar’ treat by the police after the incident.He was the seventh plaintiffs’ witness in the RM83 million civil suit filed by 36 local activists and journalists against the Malaysian government and several police officers for wrongful detention and police negligence.The 43-year-old – who had tendered a public apology over his role in the mob in 2001 – has since joined the Opposition after he was sacked by Umno in 1998. He was also the ex-Lunas state assemblyperson where he contested on the PKR ticket.Megat Junid’s instructionIn his testimony at the Kuala Lumpur High Court this morning, he recalled that the instruction to disrupt the conference was given to him by Megat Junid in a meeting held at the latter’s office.

Also present were Youth leaders from other BN component parties – MCA, MIC and PPP, as well as Umno’s Batu division head Azman Atar and several others whom he could not identify.

“Megat Junid started the meeting by telling us that a group of NGO activists will organise a seminar on East Timor in Kuala Lumpur. He said Malaysia’s stand is that the seminar is not permitted, fearing that we will be seen as interfering into problems in Indonesia,” he told the court.

“Megat Junid asked BN Youth to undertake the responsibility to stop the seminar as he said the government’s stand must be respected. I was asked to lead this task in my capacity as the Umno Youth secretary since the Umno Youth chief and vice-chief were abroad then,” he said.

“Megat Junid said Azman will head another group who will also be there. He said matters related to the police have been arranged and the police will arrive at the seminar hall in 30 minutes, where everything will be settled then.

“He added that a few of us might be arrested in this task,” Saifuddin told the court.

At this juncture, plaintiffs’ counsel Ranjit Singh asked Saifuddin to elaborate on Megat Junid’s instruction.

Ranjit: Did Megat Junid tell you how to stop the conference?

Saifuddin: Megat Junid asked me to mobilise BN Youth members. Secondly, he told me – as the head of the Barisan Bertindak Rakyat Malaysia (BBRM, the mob) – to meet with the Apcet II organisers at the hotel and tell them to stop the conference. Megat Junid said if the organisers refuse, I am to switch off their PA system.

Ranjit: You said “matters related to the police have been arranged”, what does that mean?

Saifuddin: Megat Junid said in carrying out this task, few (BN Youth) members and I will be arrested but he told us not to worry because everything will be over if I can successfully perform the duty.

Judge Wan Adnan Muhamad interjected: So Megat Junid only ordered you to switch off the PA system?

Saifuddin: Yes.

Asked to elaborate on Azman’s role, the witness said the former was known to be “an aggressive person and have a wide networking including those linked to the kaki-kaki pukul (gangsters)”.

Participants unhappy

Continuing his testimony, Saifuddin said on the day of the incident, he and about 300 BN Youth members had gathered at a stadium close to the conference venue at 8am and after he briefed the members, they marched towards the hotel.

He said many other BN Youth members were already present outside the hotel when they arrived and the Federal Reserve Unit personnel were stationed at the hotel entrance.

“As the number of those gathered grew, some of them had already broke through the FRU barrier and went up to the conference venue,” he said, adding that he also followed suit.

“As we arrived in the conference room, the door was closed and some of us tried to open the door. After it was opened, we went inside the room. The dining tables were scattered,” he added.

According to Saifuddin, he and Tajuddin Rahman – who is now Pasir Salak Umno division head – took turns to ask the conference participants to disperse while the police led by Dang Wangi OCPD Zainal Abidin Ali only arrived about an hour later.

“I overheard there were participants who were unhappy with our presence and asked the police to instruct us to leave the conference so that they could proceed with the conference. I objected and told Zainal that we will only leave after the conference is halted and the participants had left.

“Zainal then told me that I was arrested,” he told the court. Apart from him, several other Umno Youth leaders were also arrested.

Asked what happened at the police station, Saifuddin said the police recorded a statement from him but the process was not completed.

“They asked for my name, position and address. As I was telling them what I was doing at the conference venue, another police officer invited me to another room where nasi kandar was served,” he said to the amusement of those present in court.

He was released after the nasi kandar treat. Saifuddin was charged in court later for disrupting the conference. He pleaded guilty and was fined RM1,500.

The hearing was adjourned to Aug 15-16 as the team of federal counsel had requested for another date to cross-examine Saifuddin. The court will also continue with the cross-examination on the sixth witness, R Sivarasa.

Irrelevant questions

Earlier, Senior Federal Counsel Iznan Ishak objected to three questions in Saifuddin’s witness statement explaining why the latter was sacked from Umno in 1998 and his current political involvement.

Justice Wan Adnan upheld Iznan’s arguments that the questions were irrelevant to the case.

On Nov 9, 1996, over 100 people – including 10 journalists – were arrested on the opening day of the Second Asia Pacific Conference on East Timor (Apcet II), held to discuss human rights abuses in East Timor and its struggle for independence from Indonesia.

As the conference was about to begin, 400 members from the Umno Youth-led BBRM, or Malaysia’s People’s Action Front, broke down the doors of the conference halls, threw chairs and verbally and physically abused the participants.

Police then moved in to arrest the participants who were detained between one and six days, while 40 foreign participants were deported.

Online daily malaysiakini chief executive officer Premesh Chandran and editor-in-chief Steven Gan, both then journalists at The Sun, are also among the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs have named the government, then Inspector General of Police Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor and two senior police officers – then Kuala Lumpur chief police officer Ismail Che Rose and then Dang Wangi OCPD Zainal Abidin Ali – as respondents.

Rawang High Tension Zone: Was there a tussle between Gerakan and MCA?

June 20, 2007
Last month, Chan Kong Choy promised to find an alternative route for the high-tension tranmission towers within a month. This was witnessed by the Rawang 5-men committee, TNB, Tang See Hang and Lim Keng Yaik at Lim’s office in Putrajaya.Why then TNB held a press conference yesterday to unilaterally declared that it would proceed with works without the need to look for an alternative route?

Chan Kong Choy and Tang See Hang must now explain to the Rawang people instead of shying away from his responsibility. Or was there a political tussle between the former Gerakan chief and the MCA leaders over this issue?

I would be going down to Rawang together with our Rawang representative M.Batumalai on Saturday to meet the affected villagers to seek a solution.

Meanwhile, I have advised the residents to get ready with the lawsuit based on public interest in my capacity as their advisor.

广才承诺解决·国能宣布动工
万挠村民要以庭令阻高压电缆

■日期/Jun 20, 2007   ■时间/12:35:22 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/merdekareview庄迪澎
           
【本刊庄迪澎撰述】虽然马华公会署理总会长陈广才一个月前承诺用一个月时间解决雪兰莪州万挠新村高压电缆的问题,不过国家能源公司昨天宣布,高压电缆不会绕道而行,而且将在下周日(6月24日)动工。“反对高压电五人小组”成员吴亚九说,村民将采取法律行动捍卫家园。尽管陈广才(左图)的承诺言犹在耳,但是国能(营运与技术)高级副主席莫哈末西迪昨晚召开紧急汇报会,对媒体说,雪兰莪州行政议会决定在万挠新村兴建高压电缆已成定局,受影响的51座建筑物(其中35个持有地契),包括民众会堂、篮球场及住家,必须搬离原址。【点击《中国报》:51建筑物须让路 建高压电缆势在必行】吴亚九今早对《独立新闻在线》说,村民考虑采取法律行动,以业主的身份入禀法院,申请庭令阻止国能动工;不过,具体将怎么做、何时入禀法院,有待今晚与村民们对话后敲定。他说,“反对高压电五人小组”预料将在下周日上午召开新闻发布会报告详情。今年5月23日下午,马华公会署理总会长、雪兰莪州士拉央区陈广才及万挠区州议员邓诗汉与万挠新村的“反对高压电五人小组”协商后指出,后者同意给他们一个月时间解决高压电问题,而解决方案是把高压电路线转移到连接瓜雪亚三爪哇(Asam Jaya)和万挠邓普勒花园(Templer Park)的拉达高速公路(LATAR Highway)右边,绕过万挠新村。【点击:陈广才一个月内寻解决方案 万挠高压电事件或绕道解决】万挠是在士拉央国会选区范围内,陈广才也是交通部长;邓诗汉不但是万挠区州议员,也是雪兰莪州政府行政议员,掌管投资、工业与贸易事务。约见陈广才不果

吴亚九说,自两个星期前开始,“反对高压电五人小组”已尝试约见陈广才,但迄今仍不得要领;他们不但通过万挠新村村长唐可铧接洽陈广才,也曾到交通部求见陈广才,但都无功而返。

《独立新闻在线》今早也数度联络陈广才,但他的电话无法接通;他的新闻秘书姚伟豪则没有接听电话。因此,至截稿时,仍未能获得陈广才的回应。

万挠新村居民两年前接获通知,国能计划在新村附近兴建高压电缆,并要求该村51户人家搬迁。村民拒绝国能的赔偿建议,坚决捍卫家园。后来村民成立了五人小组,展开反对高压电缆运动。五人小组向国能建议绕道兴建高压电缆,可是邓诗汉却透露,国能以“技术问题”为由拒绝。【点击:高压电事件酿燃眉之忧 万挠村民呼唤议员良知】

今年5月17日,国能委托的承包商到万挠新村动工兴建高压电缆,遭居民抗议和阻止;双方协商了三至四个小时,稍后万挠警局副主任苏巴马尼安(Subramaniam)接获“上头”指示后,国能技术人员、工程承包商、警察才陆续离开动工地点。【点击:万挠人阻国能建高压电缆 邓诗汉讲要来却不见人影】

国能单方退出万挠高电谈判
隆雪华堂促林敬益等人斡旋
■日期/Jun 20, 2007   ■时间/02:34:31 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/本刊记者
        
【本刊记者撰述】吉隆坡暨雪兰莪中华大会堂对国家能源公司(国能)单方面宣布拒斥谈判,执意在下周日(6月24日)动工兴建雪州万挠新村高压电缆,感到遗憾,并促请能源、水务及通讯部长林敬益、士拉央区国会议员陈广才及万挠区州议员邓诗汉代表政府居中斡旋解决此事。隆雪华堂会长黄汉良今天发表文告说,万挠居民过去两年来不懈争取高压电缆绕道,研拟了各种可行的替代方案,并获得林敬益、陈广才及邓诗汉的赞同;如今国能执意采取单方面行动,等于无视协商成果,罔顾万挠新村居民的健康与安全。国能(营运与技术)高级副主席莫哈末西迪昨晚召开紧急汇报会,对媒体说,雪兰莪州行政议会决定在万挠新村兴建高压电缆已成定局,受影响的51座建筑物(其中35个持有地契),包括民众会堂、篮球场及住家,必须搬离原址。【点击《中国报》:51建筑物须让路 建高压电缆势在必行】黄汉良说,隆雪华堂对国能昨天的宣布深感惊讶,因为万挠新村“反对高压电五人小组”今年五月和林敬益、陈广才、邓诗汉、国能高层在布城协商沟通,陈广才、邓诗汉还表明愿意在一个月内斡旋处理绕道建议,并称各造将朝“尽量避免高压电影响人民”的方向商讨解决方案。【点击:陈广才一个月内寻解决方案 万挠高压电事件或绕道解决】“林敬益也答应协助解决国能的技术问题,民意代表们的反应均是积极肯定的,由始至终都没有反对绕道建议,国能岂能无视民代的善意努力。”支持村民诉诸法律行动

隆雪华堂因此呼吁林敬益代表中央政府与国能交涉,希望表明在尊重人民健康的前提下,促请国能回到替代方案商议的谈判座。该会也呼吁陈广才及邓诗汉信守承诺,把该议题带上内阁及州政府讨论,继续为民请命。

“隆雪华堂过去一直坚定支持万挠新村‘反对高压电五人小组‘的努力,现在更强烈支持村民向法庭申请庭令,禁止国能动工,以捍卫他们的家园及福祉。隆雪华堂认为,各造还在积极寻求解决方案,国能不应强硬展开兴建工程。”

隆雪华堂也呼吁各界积极参与支持万挠新村居民捍卫社区权益,该会深信万挠新村高压电缆工程攸关人民福祉,当政者应该聆听民意,营造双赢策略,不应以赤裸利益压倒人民健康与安全需求。

今天较早前,万挠新村“反对高压电五人小组”成员吴亚九告诉《独立新闻在线》,村民考虑采取法律行动,以业主的身份入禀法院,申请庭令阻止国能动工;不过,具体将怎么做、何时入禀法院,有待今晚与村民们对话后敲定。【点击:广才承诺解决•国能宣布动工 万挠村民要以庭令阻高压电缆】

Candlelight vigil in support of Revathi

June 15, 2007

Hello everyone,

Please attend the vigil being organised in support of Revathi, to be held at 8pm next Tues, 19 June, at the flagpole at Dataran Merdeka. Kindly spread the word.

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Candlelight Vigil In Support of Revathi’s Freedom of Faith

Please attend the following peaceful candlelight vigil in support of Revathi, and many others like her, who are unable to fully exercise their Constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of faith.  The vigil is an initiative of civil society organisations including MCCBCHST (the Malaysian Consultative Council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism) and various women’s rights groups (All Women’s Action Society (AWAM), Sisters in Islam (SIS), Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Women’s Centre for Change, Penang (WCC) and Women’s Development Collective (WDC)).

Date:              Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Time:              8 p.m.
Venue:           Dataran Merdeka (at the flagpole)

Please come to show your support in affirming the supremacy of the Federal Constitution and its protection of our fundamental liberties, including the freedom of belief.

Please bring candles, candle-holders and banners.

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Summary of Revathi’s case:

Revathi, an ethnic Indian woman, has been held in a rehabilitation center run by Islamic authorities since January 2007 because she wants the State to acknowledge she is a Hindu and not a Muslim.

Revathi was born to Indian parents who had converted to Islam before her birth. She claims she was raised by her grandmother as a Hindu. She and Suresh were married according to Hindu rites in March 2004. Revathi was advised by the Malacca Islamic Religious Department to make an application at the Malacca Syariah High Court to confirm her status as a Hindu. She did as she was told.

However, the Syariah Court ordered her detained in a rehabilitation centre in Ulu Yam, Selangor under Melaka’s Syariah criminal laws for 100 days. This detention was extended in Revathi’s absence for a further 80 days supposedly because she had not “repented”. In the meanwhile, Revathi’s Muslim mother obtained a Syariah Court order granting her custody of Revathi and Suresh’s 15 month old baby. That order was enforced on Suresh’s Hindu family with the assistance of the police.

The family is now torn apart – with the mother in detention, the child with the grandparents and the father in limbo without his family.