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Notes from the river: 1805 deaths in custody PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Monday, 19 July 2010 01:47

1805bWe still do not know.

Your soul slipped away; your body unable, broken beyond repair.

Behind the opaque walls of law and order, you died.

Mati. Of the many truths, that is truest.

The rest we may never know.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 July 2010 03:48
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More than one reason to hold a party PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 June 2010 17:21

selatan-vr1By Dharmalingam Vinasithamby

Anak Bangsa Malaysia - Selatan

 

The next time you throw a party, make sure you have voter registration forms on hand. That is what Yang Oi Mun did at his home in Taman Sutera, Johor Bahru, last Saturday. Friends and relatives had gathered to celebrate the arrival of his second child, Yu Rui, now one month old.


When they sat down to eat, Oi Mun made sure they would be reminded of their civic responsibility by placing placards on the tables announcing the number of unregistered voters in each state - in Johor, an embarrassing 605,000! Standing by was Mr Fletcher Soo and others to help them get registered. The message got through and by the end of the evening, four guests had registered themselves as voters.


Picture  / Dharmalingam Vinasithamby

Last Updated on Monday, 28 June 2010 17:36
 
'When I get to the Polling Booth...' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 01:55

ongohingBy Goh Keat Peng

First published in onGOHing (parts 1 and 2)


I. SAVE THE PEOPLE’S MONEY CAMPAIGN


When I get to the polling booth this coming general elections, the question among others that I will ask myself will be: Which of the two contesting political party coalitions will be more likely to move against those who have allegedly committed crime against the country by misusing the people’s financial resources?

 

This issue concerns me because, despite the fact that I myself may no longer be poor, it is unconscionable that so many Malaysian families are today still deprived of so much essential goods and services in their daily lives while some in positions of power or have connections with those in positions of power seem to be able to live it up either by paying themselves exorbitant salaries, packages and bonuses or awarded contracts which are worth a lot.


Bona fide business must of course be given space to start and grow to create jobs and enhance taxes to increase the nation’s wealth which in turn can generate work opportunities and more essential goods and services for all our people. But there must be opportunities for qualified Malaysians to bid for government contracts through openly conducted tender.


Issues of good governance are of great consequence because no country is so wealthy that it can allow an unmitigated drain on the people’s resources and yet not have adverse effects on national development and impact on its people. If we have “Save Water” and “Save Electricity”campaigns which we as the people must take very seriously, can we as a nation afford not to have a“Save the People’s Money” campaign?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 02:57
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Stop threats, stop violence PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 March 2012 12:16

cs-jointstatementPendirian Organisasi Masyarakat Madani:

Hentikan Ancaman dan Keganasan terhadap Aktivisme Sosial dan Politik

2 Mac 2012


Kami, organisasi masyarakat madani yang tersenarai di bawah, menyatakan kegusaran kami di atas serangan terhadap beberapa majlis yang sah dan demokratik dianjurkan oleh gerakan sosial dan parti politik. Tindakan biadab di majlis seperti Himpunan Hijau 2.0 di Pulau Pinang, forum-forum ABU (Asal Bukan UMNO), ceramah YB Nurul Izzah di Gambang, Pahang dan serangan terhadap kereta YB Anwar Ibrahim di Sembrong, Johor di antara lain membayangkan perkembangan yang berbahaya dalam masyarakat kita.


Kami amat khuatir dengan perkembangan ini dan kami percaya ini adalah keganasan terancang berlatar belakangkan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 yang akan datang. Ia adalah petanda buruk suasana politik ugutan dan kekerasan untuk menyekat kebebasan pertukaran ide, wacana dan kepelbagaian pilihan politik.


Kegagalan pihak berkuasa untuk bertindak dengan pantas dan tegas akan menggalakkan pelakunya untuk meningkatkan gangsterisme, menjadikannya lebih kerap dan berleluasa hingga boleh menjadikannya tidak terkawal. Ini boleh memudaratkan asas amalan demokrasi seperti yang termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan Rukun Negara. Kerosakan pada mata masyarakat dunia tidak terhitung.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 March 2012 12:57
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They are taking away my Chan Ah Tong PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 09:18

cat1In April this year, the government unveiled its plans for Little India in Brickfields, KL. A report in The Star came complete with an artist's impression of the district. You can view it here. The upgrading works involved temporarily relocating the many stalls lining the main street of Brickfields to the playfield at Jalan Chan Ah Tong causing some disdain among the traders. But under the guise of progress and development comes a catch. Sun2Surf reported:


"Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal said the cabinet had decided to give Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) the land two months ago and that the company had submitted a proposal for commercial development to the federal government...

 

Raja Nong Chik said there was a possibility that the government quarters would be torn down. However, the Chan Ah Tong field, which is gazetted as a green area, will be preserved. he said."


Outrageous, says JAYANATH APPUDURAI

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 10:16
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