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Bone and marrow PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 April 2013 22:30

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AND about time too. When PM Najib announced the dissolution of the 12th Parliament on Wednesday, he closed the chapter on a fractious five years at the national legislative (not that Parliaments past were civil). In the midst of mud-slinging, new laws were passed hurriedly without due public consultation, among others the DNA Identification Act, Public Assembly Act in place of Section 27 of the Police Act, SOSMA in place of the ISA, and Section 114A introduced in the Evidence Act.


Due to loans and the lack of cows, we saw the first male check in as Minister for Women, Family and Community Development a year ago.


We saw frogs. Plenty of them. They who had not the decency to seek guidance from their constituents before hopping. The rakyat elected them in, and from then on, the rakyat can go to hell; that's just saying it as it is.


All this tells us a lot.


Are we in the business of nation-building or merely electing politicians? You know what they say about politicians; we've had more than our share. Nation-building needs people with a spine and a heart. Statesmen and stateswomen.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 21:59
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THE “PROMISE OF HOPE” vs THE “PEOPLE’S HOPE” PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 19:20

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By Jayanath Appudurai


Reading the recently revealed manifestos, the lyrics of the Bee Gees’ song “Words” kept flashing in my old brain.


“It’s only words, and words are all I have to take your heart away.”

 

It was a popular love song of the 60s that made many a heart flutter!

Adolescent romantics crooned to capture the object of their desire.

Not much different from politicians crying out for the attention of the electorate.

So what is the relevance of the song to the so called “mother of all elections”?


You think, I don’t even mean a single word I say.”

 

Unfortunately, YES, we don’t!

Your “Promise of Hope” rings hollow after all the years of ‘broken promises’.

Your “People’s Hope” pretends to be the “People’s Pact” when the People were not consulted!

So what do we the ‘objects of your desire’ do?

We remind ourselves that democracy really means…


‘Government of the People, by the People, for the People’,


NOT…..


‘Government of the Party, by the Party, for the Party’!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 19:30
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GBM: Statement on 13th General Elections PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 10:46

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Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) adalah gabungan dua puluh lima (25) buah Badan-badan Bukan Kerajaan berbagai ethnik dan agama, tidak memihak dan bertekad untuk membangun Malaysia yang lebih baik.

 

Memandangkan PRU 13 adalah persimpangan bersejarah dalam perjalanan negara kita menuju penghayatan demokrasi yang teguh dan matang; Kami menyeru semua parti-parti politik agar:

 

i. menghormati hasrat rakyat mahukan pilihanraya yang bebas, adil dan bersih yang mematuhi prinsip-prinsip dan proses demokrasi;

ii. berkempen berasaskan polisi dan program yang bermanfaat kepada rakyat dan negara dan bukan berasaskan kutuk-mengutuk;

iii. berjanji untuk tidak memutarbelit isu-isu berkaitan agama, kaum, kecenderungan seksual dan kepercayaan; dan

iv. mengutuk dan menghindar dari melakukan sebarang tindakan keganasan politik.

 

Kami menyeru semua institusi kerajaan agar:


i. berpegang teguh kepada prinsip tidak memihak dan neutral seperti yang termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan;

ii. menyelia dan menjalankan pilihanraya secara bebas dan tidak memihak seperti yang dikehendaki oleh Perlembagaan dan Undang-undang yang berkuatkuasa (Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya);

iii. mengamalkan piawai profesionalisme yang tertinggi dalam menguruskan urusan negara semasa fasa “kerajaan interim” dan dalam membantu Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya menguruskan proses pilihanraya (Perkhimatan Awam dan Pasukan Keselamatan);

iv. berpegang teguh kepada prinsip pemisahan kuasa dan keadilan di dalam mengadili keskes berkaitan pelaksanaan dan keputusan pilihanraya;

v. menghormati keputusan pilihan yang dibuat oleh rakyat dan memastikan perpindahan kuasa yang aman pasca PRU 13. Pembentukkan kerajaan baru hendaklah menurut semangat dan matan Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan Perlembagaan Negeri masing-masing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 11:37
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GBM against racism in Malaysia PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 May 2013 22:51

gbm-logoGABUNGAN Bertindak Malaysia (GBM), a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and non-partisan organisation  representing 25 NGOs is greatly concerned with the characterisation of the Pakatan Rakyat’s  gains in the recent elections as a “Chinese tsunami” by the Prime Minister YB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Abdul Razak.


It has since been echoed by the Utusan Malaysia and various facebook entries. The Utusan Malaysia, 7 May 2013, carried the headline, “Apa lagi Cina Mau?” (What else do the Chinese want?). This and other similar entries would undoubtedly instigate hostility of the Malay community against the Chinese.


Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak defence of Utusan Malaysia’s racial innuendos is most unbecoming.


The election outcome shows a BN winning only 47.38% of the popular votes. This poor showing cannot be entirely due to the Chinese voters alone.


Notwithstanding gains in Kedah, UMNO’s support base has been eroded substantially in Johor, Melaka and Pahang, where two outgoing Menteri Besar/Chief Minister and two deputy ministers were deposed. Similarly, there was a strong Kadazandusun swing against the BN, resulting in the opposition’s seat gains increase from 1 to 12 in the state legislative assembly. If there was indeed a Chinese tsunami, how could Chua Jui Meng the PKR candidate for Segamat, a Chinese majority constituency, be defeated by a Barisan candidate of Indian origin?

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 23:00
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RUEP participants experience richness in giving PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2012 21:06
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Tarian Sewang – a dance of welcome; our children and a facilitator sportingly joined in the fun

HEAVY rain ushered in the morning of Aug 25, 2012 but it failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the young participants of SABM’s Rural-Urban Exchange Programme. They came early to the Rumah for the day trip to the Orang Asli settlement at Sungei Bil, Slim River in Perak, their first RUEP 2012 venture into a rural area.


Our hope was that the excursion would help awaken our urban children, even the few from disadvantaged homes, to the fact that glaring disparities exist in the standard of living of Anak-anak Bangsa Malaysia in current times. And perhaps they would come away from that experience recognising how much they themselves had and what those in unfortunate circumstances lacked.


Weeks earlier, four RUEP facilitators had visited the settlement to meet Cikgu Nora, an amazing lady with immense capabilities and a strong conviction that education was the key to freeing her people from the cycle of poverty.


Nora adeptly finalized a program for our RUEP children. She also drew up a budget that covered resources required for children’s activities, meals and refreshments, and also the handicrafts her team of helpers would make for our impending visit. Nora was assured that RUEP would bear all expenses incurred, including the rental of canopies needed as shield against rain.


In the days leading up to the trip, parents of RUEP participants, well-wishers, RUEP facilitators and volunteers bought, as well as sourced from contacts they had, foodstuff and other items that had been identified as necessities at the settlement.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 21:19
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