Sunday, August 19, 2007

PM Abdullah Election Gimmick – Fairness for All – Offers Contracts to Joint-Venture Companies; MCA 4 Demands for BN to Stay Relevant in next 50 years

More pics & video Clip - ONG KA TING demands and PM Abdulah - "I'm Fair, I have always been fair"

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UPDATE from STAR; Aug 20 2007, Full text of ONG K T desperate pleas and appeals for sanity to prevai in this Nation of 50 years old.

Now how to Change & achieve our dreams…….for the next 50 years
The past existed in multitudinous ways. You only experienced one probable past. By changing this past in your mind, now, in your present, you can change not only its nature but its effect, and not only upon yourself but upon others. Pretend a particular event happened that greatly disturbed you (in this case, the gulf between the promises and realities of the Merdeka Proclamation on democracy, liberty, justice, people’s welfare and happiness).

In your mind imagine it not simply wiped out, but replaced by another event of more beneficial nature (achieving the goals of the Merdeka Proclamation in the face of the challenges of globalization in the 21st century).
Now we all do this with great vividness and emotional validity, and many many times. It is not a self-deception. The event that you choose will automatically be a probable event, which did in fact happen, though it is not the event you choose to perceive in your given probable past.

Telepathically, if this process is done correctly, your idea will also affect ANY people who were connected with the original event, though they can choose to reject as well accept your version.
On the 50th anniversary of our independent nationhood, Malaysians should ponder the gulf between the promises and realities of the Merdeka Proclamation on democracy, liberty, justice, people’s welfare and happiness and reaffirm their dedication, determination and resolve to achieve the goals of the Merdeka Proclamation in the face of the challenges of globalization in the 21st century.

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Political alliance still a winning formula until today


54th MCA Annual General Assembly

IT IS with great honour that I, on behalf of the MCA, express our greatest appreciation and thanks to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for once again attending and opening the party’s annual general assembly.
Independence the result of the struggle by all races under the Alliance

This year’s assembly is very meaningful and historic because 2007 marks the country’s 50 years of independence that is being celebrated in a big way by the Government and all levels of society.

What makes it more meaningful and special is that 50 years ago, Umno, MCA and MIC, together through the Alliance, fought for independence until they were successful in freeing the country from British rule. On Aug 30, 1957, when Tunku Abdul Rahman made his speech at the Alliance rally in Kuala Lumpur, our Bapa Merdeka described it as the greatest moment in the life of the Malayan people. He described it as a nation that will stand forthright, free and independent.

To the members of Umno, MCA and MIC, he thanked them for having gone through together all the difficult stages of the journey. In his words “at no point have you faulted or wavered or lost faith in our cause in our struggle for independence”. We gained independence not through armed struggle, nor through revolution, but with the strong spirit of unity through continuous peaceful negotiations until we succeeded. The strong spirit and high level of enthusiasm shown by the various communities at that time were due to the effective leaderships of Umno, MCA and MIC. The wisdom and the visionary views of the leaders of these three parties were so precise and strategic that till today we have the base and foundation that are still so strong and firm. Through the responsible and rational attitude, they jointly agreed with the social contract enshrined in the Federal Constitution that is the supreme law of the country.
Keep to the spirit of Rakyat Malaysia, to head towards greater success

The spirit of consultation and discussion between all the communities that enabled us to attain independence is also Barisan Nasional’s key of success to form the Government and to administer the country. Discussions and constantly taking into consideration the desire as well as the sensitivity of all communities is still the main or guiding principle of Barisan Nasional to bring our multiracial society to greater success. After 50 years, we gather here as a component party of Barisan Nasional that originated from the Alliance. Not only do we still exist, but we have also become more mature, capable and experienced in administrating the country, developing the economy and guiding the people of different communities.

There are other countries that have gained independence but remain unstable and undeveloped. There are also countries that are always in chaos, having constant racial strife that affects development. Since gaining independence and eventually forming Malaysia, our country has been successful in many aspects.
Malaysia is a multi-racial country with people of different religions and cultures, but on the whole we are able to focus on our similarities and use this spirit of similarity and togetherness to the fullest to achieve success for oneself and the nation.
The spirit of oneness and constantly holding on to the principle of the Constitution and independence is the spirit of Rakyat
Malaysia that has evolved slowly and naturally without any duress. We must appreciate this situation and constantly strengthen this Rakyat Malaysia spirit so that it will not be destroyed by narrow-mindedness, intolerance and the lack of understanding of history.

Adherence to the principles of the Constitution and the spirit of independence should be further strengthened so that our country will become more stable, harmonious, stronger and united.

The falling poverty rate and the rapid economic growth
In the past 50 years, we have progressed from an agriculture-based nation to a country with modern and high-tech industries.

At the time of our independence, many people were living in poverty or had very low wages. In 1970, the poverty rate was at 58.7%, but today the rate is only 5%. The hardcore poverty rate is expected to be reduced to zero by 2010. This is the vision and mission of the Prime Minister and the Barisan Nasional leadership.
The efforts and struggles of the past have brought results and achievements. We cannot stop here and be satisfied until we become complacent. Barisan Nasional is now facing a bigger and more challenging mission and responsibility.
We must strengthen the mutual understanding between the component parties which represent the various races; we must face the various challenges in uniting the people and society; we should work together in maintaining political stability that will then create a more attractive investment climate; we must ensure that the people are protected and their welfare looked after; we should stand strong together to face external challenges such as the effects of globalisation.

Adoption of principles to ensure the continuity of the Barisan Nasional model for the next 50 years
We have struggled for 50 years. We have experienced many challenges, periods of happiness and sadness, but overall the tradition of political alliance and comradeship and power sharing have become the primary model that cannot be replaced by any fake model. Can we remain as comrades for another 50 years? In order to get a prediction of the answer, I suggest that these principles should first be adopted:

1. We must hold firm to the principles of sincerity, honesty and mutual respect among the component parties, we should protect the rights of all communities fairly and effectively by holding to the principles of moderation which rejects all forms of racial and religious extremism.
2. We should hold strong to the spirit of social contract and principles of the Federal Constitution as agreed to by the founders of the coalition during the time when the country achieved independence to ensure the protection of the rights of the various communities.
3. All component parties should steadfastly practise a healthy political philosophy and culture, and encourage a culture of integrity so that the people will feel more confident in supporting us.
4. The leadership of the component parties should be wise, visionary, progressive, innovative, and together have the capability to improve the country by overcoming the challenges of globalisation and today’s high technological age.

We place high hopes on Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s leadership as Barisan Nasional chairman. He is the captain of the Barisan ship who will lead us and ensure that all component parties adopt the principles and spirit in the principles that I have outlined, so that we can continue our joint struggle for the next 50 years. It is also important for each component party to fulfil these principles by practising a healthy and clean political culture and promoting a culture of integrity. A clean and honest political culture should also be adopted by all levels of the Government. Only then will Barisan Nasional last for another 50 years.

Datuk Seri, 50 years ago, the father of Independence Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Alhaj laid the foundation and set the tone with the participation of the founding fathers of the MCA and MIC, for our nation to achieve our independence and enable our country to grow in strength. It has been a glorious 50 years.
Today, just like 50 years ago, I stand before this historic MCA AGM to reaffirm our full support and our confidence in you, our Prime Minister, to set the tone and to lay the foundation for the country for the next 50 years. Datuk Seri, your moderation, fairness and leadership qualities have given us the trust and confidence to work with you for our future generation.

Instilling the culture of integrity, combating corruption and abuses
When he took office, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pledged to fight corruption, abuses and breach of trust in our society. The Government has taken steps to implement the National Integrity Plan and established the National Integrity Institute.
As envisioned by the Prime Minister when launching the National Integrity Plan and National Integrity Institute on April 23, 2004: “What’s the use of having a Malaysian society that is rich materially but devoid of moral values, ethics and integrity?”

The MCA fully supports the efforts of the Prime Minister to fight graft and promote integrity in the public sector and society. The MCA itself is making efforts to instil the culture of integrity in the party, so that leaders at all levels will conduct their responsibilities with honesty, efficiency, and trustworthiness. In this way, an unhealthy political culture can be curbed.

The spread of corruption and the abuse of power, if left unchecked, will not only erode the country’s progress but also tear apart the structure of the society that has been built on good principles and values. All parties must steadfastly work towards building a society free of corruption and abuse of power.
Fighting crime for public safety

The rising crime rate is a hot issue among the people. Cases such as murder, rape, robbery and snatch theft continue to hog the headlines in the local media. This situation alarms the people and affects the country’s image in the eyes of foreign investors and tourists. Most of the criminals are drug addicts, the unemployed, illegal immigrants, members of secret societies and those facing dire financial problems because of loans. The Government must combat the problem of crime by taking more stringent actions including imposing heavier penalties against criminals and tightening control over illegal immigrants and drug addicts.
The MCA takes a serious view on crime because parents and members of the public are constantly worried for their own safety and that of their children when they leave home for work or school.

The proposals forwarded by the MCA to the Government to fight crime have been well received. Serious efforts have been and are being carried out by the Government and the police to fight crime and to ensure the safety of the people. These include increasing the number of police personnel by 60,000, providing 2,000 more patrol cars, sending more rank and file officers to do patrolling in crime-prone areas. These are the right steps and most welcomed by the people.
Many seminars and dialogue sessions on crime prevention have been organised by the people and local media together with the police. This has increased public awareness that crime should be fought together with the police. Hopefully, the joint co-operation between the Government and the public will reduce the crime rate to a safe level.

The role of the Chinese community in developing the country
The achievements and successes of our country in all fields are the pride of the nation and our multi-racial people. The country’s achievements and successes are the result of the contributions and sacrifices of all communities.

The contributions of the Chinese community in the advancement of the nation especially in the growth of the national economy cannot be denied by anyone. The Chinese community in Malaysia wants to contribute and play a bigger role in the development of the country. They are willing to work with other communities to generate new wealth. They hope that the Government will provide the opportunities, based on a win-win concept, by giving out government contracts or concessions to multi-racial joint-venture companies. So too for GLCs or government-linked companies, which can also play a role by giving some of the contracts or procurement deals to Chinese entrepreneurs who can generate various economic activities that can help the other races.

Any effort by the Government to restructure society must be based on the principle that it does not reduce the existing equity rights or force any quarters to give up part of their equity that was the result of their long and hard work. When coming out with a guideline on investment or business, the authorities must be sensitive and careful not to erode confidence of foreign or local investors. It is also not right to come out with circulars that can curb any quarters’ opportunity for business as it is against the Barisan Nasional’s concept of always protecting the interests of all communities.

The MCA has expressed the views of the Chinese community and submit their proposals through its channels in the Government and also to hold discussions with government leaders on economic issues. The Chinese community is always prepared to play an active role to assist the Government in implementing development projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan and to realise its objectives. The Chinese community, through the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Malaysia (ACCIM) and Malaysian Chinese Economic Consultative Council (MCECC), have taken the initiative to understand the Iskandar Development Region (IDR) strategy and is striving hard to attract foreign investors, including those from China, to invest in the IDR.

The Chinese community is also very interested to participate in the Northern Corridor Economic Region and large-scale projects in any other areas that will be implemented by the Government.
MCA has always conducted dialogues with the Chinese community especially businessmen and entrepreneurs, who are the strength of our country over the past 50 years.

They hope that the Government can provide equal opportunities to all communities by allocating more projects through open tender. They are willing to discuss with the Government on how to co-operate and conduct joint ventures with other communities as the Ali Baba practice is not something encouraged by the Chinese.

But we want all parties to have adequate room to develop together. We understand, regardless of races, as long as they are from the low-income group, as long as they need assistance, we will help them. Today, it is not true that all Chinese people are rich because many of them live in new villages, the outskirts of towns, rural areas or even in the cities are wage earners. They are not rich. They need to earn for their children’s education. They have many burdens which are not easy to overcome.
So we believe through Barisan Nasional, we can find the best way and we are counting on YAB. For the country’s economy to further accelerate and become more resilient, the contributions of the private sector and small and medium-scale enterprises are important and must be given support. The Government’s effort to improve the public delivery system and good governance under the leadership of the Prime Minister is much welcomed by the private sector.

The achievements of the MCA: concentrating on the genuine accomplishments
Although the MCA as a party champions the rights and interests of the Chinese community from within the Government, the stand and perspective of the MCA has always been one of fairness and has worked to protect the interests of all communities. The role of the MCA is not just to solve the issues or problems faced by the people but also to ensure that the Government’s policies are fair to all communities. The accusations by the opposition parties that the MCA did not dare protest openly on sensitive issues is a political trap because such issues must be handled internally without hurting the feelings of any community. Only then can there truly be a good solution.If the MCA behaves like the DAP by only seeking publicity with no intention of obtaining a solution, then the community or those involved will lose out because the problem is not solved.

Opposition parties only know how to talk and criticise but do nothing to resolve matters for the benefit of the people. As a comparison, the MCA has greatly contributed to the country and its people since it was formed 58 years ago.

By involving MCA representatives at all levels of Government, the party has been able to contribute effectively in the development of the country to improve the people’s standard of living and economic prosperity. The achievements of the MCA should not be measured by how many statements it has made but should be assessed by how many problems it has resolved from within, how effective it has been in its contribution towards the implementation of projects that benefited the people and the role it played within the Government to ensure that administrative policies are just to all communities.

The MCA will continue to promote its lifelong learning programme by establishing learning centres nationwide to provide various courses for the elderly, women, workers, students and children. Many of them have obtained the knowledge and skills that are needed for life and their careers. Our contribution in education is aimed at improving our country and people’s competitiveness in this challenging globalised era.

The MCA is in the process of transformation where all leaders and members will give their full attention and emphasis on the 9-Point Party Platform that outlines the party’s direction and objectives in specific aspects. These areas are creating a healthy political culture, education, economy, concern for the unfortunate and to move the party ahead with a new image by encouraging culture and a Malaysian spirit. This effort is not meant just to strengthen all aspects of the MCA but also to give a meaningful contribution in national development.

Due to the limited time, I suggest that I continue my speech on party affairs, which are related to internal matters, after the official opening of the assembly so that we can have more time to listen to the speech by the Prime Minister, who is the Barisan Nasional chairman.
Once again, I wish to express my thanks to the Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and other guests for attending the 54th MCA annual general assembly this morning.
Thank you.

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PM Abdullah Latest Election Slogan GimmickFairness for All – Offers Contracts to-Joint-Venture Companies; MCA 4 Demands for BN to Stay Relevant in next 50 years

ABOVE & BELOW: Malaysiakini as usual had the early story on the MCA General Assembly H E RE while others are compiling it

August 19, 2007 14:27 PM

More Govt Contracts For Genuine Joint-Venture Firms - Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- The Government will give top priority to award contracts to genuine joint-venture companies comprising various races, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (ABOVE) said today. "I'm not saying there must be 30 per cent Bumiputera participation. You decide yourselves. This must be a genuine cooperation... Malay-Chinese, Malay-Indian, Chinese-Indian, everyone. "We'll give them priority consideration to secure projects," he said when opening the 54th MCA General Assembly at Wisma MCA. Present were Barisan Nasional (BN) component party leaders. Abdullah said priority consideration for contracts would be given only if the multiracial joint-venture companies were truly genuine, that is, everyone works together to develop their company. He said everybody must play their role to make profit, face the losses and risks together. Abdullah said he had reiterated many times that joint ventures in the form of "Ali Baba" was not acceptable.

Abdullah also urged genuine joint-venture companies to bid for projects abroad. He gave an assurance to support Malaysian genuine companies, with joint venture participation of Malays, Chinese and Indians, seeking business opportunities overseas. The prime minister's assurance received thunderous applause from the floor. He said genuine joint-venture companies were still negligible as many were not inclined to setting up such entities. Abdullah, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, also stressed the importance of the country having sincere leaders, taking into account the interests of all races, fair and just in their actions and considering the feelings of others in their decisions. "Leaders should not harbour intentions to isolate or discriminate any race. This should never be done. If a leader tries to isolate a certain race, he is not fit to be a leader in this country," he said.

The prime minister said the government steadfastly held to the principle of mutual understanding and consensus in resolving an issue. "If you see how the cabinet discusses all sorts of issues, you will feel proud as leaders exchange views on diverse issues openly," he said. Abdullah also said the government did not want to see the public and private sectors being dominated by a particular race. "This is particularly important to negate the current perception that the civil service is monopolised by the Malays and Bumiputeras while the private sector by the Chinese and Indians," he said. The prime minister also expressed his concern over the requirement to be fluent in Mandarin as a prerequisite to join the private sector as this would prevent many who could not speak the language from getting jobs in the private sector. "There is no policy to Malaynise the public sector, similarly there is no policy to privatise the private sector to the Chinese. "All sectors are for all races. This policy must be upheld at all times," he added.

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August 19, 2007 14:40 PM

MCA Outlines Four Principles For Continuous Cooperation In BN

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- MCA, the second largest component party in Barisan Nasional (BN), today outlined four key principles for the party's continuous cooperation in the BN and to retain the concept of power sharing. MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting (ABOVE) said the four principles need to be practised if the present BN model were to remain for another 50 years. He said the first principle is for all component parties to hold strongly to the principles of sincerity, honesty, mutual respect and fairness in protecting the rights of all races at all times. This means BN component parties have to always hold to the principle of moderation which rejects racial and religious extremism, he said at the opening of the 54th MCA general assembly at the Wisma MCA here. The assembly was opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Ong said that under the second principle, MCA wants all BN component parties to uphold the spirit of the social contract and the Federal Constitution to guarantee the rights of the various races in the country. The third principle calls for the component parties to earnestly practise a healthy political philosophy and culture by promoting the culture of integrity so that the people will have more confidence in supporting the BN. He said a healthy political culture with integrity has to be practised at all levels in the government and only then, the BN will remain strong for another 50 years.

And under the fourth principle, Ong said, the leaderships of all component parties have to have the wisdom and vision, and be progressive, innovative and competitive, and able to work as a team to develop the country by overcoming the challenges of globalisation in the era of high technology. He said that 50 years ago, the first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Alhaj laid the foundation for cooperation among parties to gain independence and today, MCA reaffirmed its full support to stand on a similar platform for cooperation to lead the country face the challenges in the next 50 years. Ong said Abdullah's moderation, fairness and leadership qualities have given MCA the trust to work with him in the interest of future generations. MCA will also continue to fully support efforts by the prime minister in fighting corruption and enhancing integrity of the public sector and general public, he said. He said that MCA itself is striving to promote the culture of integrity within the party, so that its leaders carry out their tasks honestly and efficiently and are clean and trustworthy and directly prevent the practise of unhealthy political cultures.

Ong also said that MCA views seriously the rise in crime cases which has become a hot topic of conversation among the people. The MCA president said criminal cases like murder, rape, robbery and snatch-theft have constantly made headlines in the local media and this has made the people to be concerned and affected the country's image in the eyes of investors and foreign tourists. "Most of the criminals are drug addicts, unemployed, illegal immigrants, secret society members, those who are desperate because of debts and so on," he said.

Ong said the government should address the problem by taking firmer action including imposing heavier penalties on offenders and tightening the controls on illegal immigrants and drug addicts. He also stressed the need for Government-Linked Companies (GLCs) to play a role of giving a portion of contracts to non-Bumiputera companies which can generate various economic activities to benefit the Bumiputeras. "Any effort by the government to restructure the society should be based on a principle of not affecting the existing equity rights or forcing any quarters to give up part of the equity which they obtain over a long period of hardwork," he said.

He said the authorities, when imposing guidelines on investments and businesses should be sensitive and careful so as not to adversely affect the confidence of investors, both foreign and domestic. "Circulars which can restrict business opportunities of any quarters are not appropriate because they are against the concept of the Barisan Nasional government which always safeguards the interests of all races," he said.

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August 19, 2007 18:59 PM

Samy Vellu Turns Reporter At MCA Assembly

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu turned reporter when he was seen busily taking down notes as the MCA president, Datuk Seri Ong Kah Ting, delivered his welcoming address at the 54th MCA Annual General Assembly at the Wisma MCA, here Sunday. As the MCA president raised several issues concerning the Malaysian Chinese community in his address, including asking the government to open up more opportunities for the Chinese community in the various economic sectors, Samy Vellu was vigorously jotting down notes.

The MIC president's vigorous note-taking did not go unnoticed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman. When delivering his opening speech, the Prime Minister asked Samy Vellu how many pages he had written down, which amused the delegates.

"I have never seen Samy Vellu taking down notes (on Ong's speech) so furiously. How many pages have you written?" asked Abdullah, drawing laughter from the audience. Samy Vellu, on his part, acknowledged the Premier by waving his notepad from the floor. Ong, in his opening remarks, also said that not all Chinese were rich as perceived by some people because there were poor Chinese in urban and rural areas who needed assistance. Abdullah, while thanking Ong for speaking up his mind, said similar grouses would probably be raised by the other BN component parties that had yet to hold their annual assemblies.

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August 19, 2007 16:27 PM

Samy Vellu Willing To Meet Hindraf To Iron Out Problems

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu is willing to meet the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), a non-governmental organisation, to iron out Indian community issues and unresolved matters. He said he was ever ready to meet any individual or organisations who were unhappy with the alleged shoddy treatment accorded to the Indians or wanted to resolve the community's problems.

"I am always ready to listen to their views and explain to them the efforts taken by the government in resolving the woes of the Indian community," the Works Minister said when asked by reporters if he was willing to meet Hindraf officials. Hindraf, said to be aligned to an opposition party, submitted an 18-page memorandum to the Prime Minister's office last Sunday on what it alleged as the marginalisation of the Indians by the government.

It also called for an end to the special privileges given to the Malay community. While stressing that Hindraf had not approached him for a meeting, Samy Vellu said he was willing to meet them to discuss only matters concerning the Indian community. Samy Vellu also rebutted some of the allegations made by Hindraf that the government had neglected Tamil schools and demolished hundreds of Hindu temples. "There is no truth to such thing and I have the figures to substantiate them. Please do not make wild allegations," he said. He said of the 523 Tamil schools in the country, 180 are fully-aided schools, while the remaining were partially-aided, of which 66 schools have been rebuilt through government and private funding. "We are going to rebuild another 160 Tamil schools with the help of the government," he said.
On temples, Samy Vellu said only temples that were built or extended on private land without government approvals were demolished and not hundreds of temples as claimed by Hindraf. "There is a limit to accusations. We must have an open mind and see things clearly," he said, adding that the MIC has sought fresh applications for government grants to build and rebuild more temples. On allegations of mistreatment of estate workers, Samy Vellu said the number of Indian estate workers had dwindled drastically, with only about 20 per cent still engaged in the plantation sector, while the rest have migrated to urban areas.

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I'm Fair To All Races, Says Abdullah
KOTA KINABALU, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he is being fair to all races in making decisions on matters affecting their interests, including in the distribution of economic wealth. "I am your Prime Minister representing all the races... I have to be fair to all," he said when opening the Convention of the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO), here today. Abdullah said he was giving serious attention to whatever problems raised by the Baisan Nasional (BN) component parties including UPKO. "What is being raised by the UPKO Convention is a serious matter. But I believe that with the spirit of tolerance, we can resolve the matter," he said. In the UPKO Convention this time, several hot issues were debated by the delegates, including the fear over the unhealthy trend in relations between the various faiths and races such as the question over child custody and common properties between the husband and wife. Abdullah said that there were certain legal provisions which sometimes appeared to be `excessive'. However, he said if there was a need, such provisions could be amended for the benefit of all parties.

Under certain circumstances, the Prime Minister said he had to have a stand to clear the confusion over issues affecting public interest. "For example, the question whether our country is a secular country or otherwise. I have to make a stand. I have to have mercy, (to be) just and fair to the people," he said. On Aug 5, Abdullah had said that Malaysia was neither a secular country nor a theocracy. On the other hand, Malaysia practised parliamentary democracy, adding that the government adopted elements that reflected the multi-racial and multi-religious composition of the population. Abdullah called on the BN component parties to continue to uphold the spirit of consensus as a culture to preserve party unity. "We reach a consensus every time we decide on an election manifesto. We reach a consensus every time we decide on seat allocation and we also reach a consensus when we have to decide on the Cabinet line-up and the deputy ministers and so on. Sometimes we decide based on the circumstances and not based on equality, but equity," he said.

On the concept of `Islam Hadhari' or Civilisational Islam, the Prime Minister said the principles of `hadhari' was not confrontational, but involved all aspects of life such as the environment, family, and laws which could be applied in the lives of non-Muslims.

"I'm a Muslim and I follow what is being taught in Islam and others can follow what they believe in," he said.
= == = Background from the Human Book of Records, Is this Fair or Not or the figures distorted or are all lies? Source

Letter; Racial Discrimination in Malaysia;
Human Book; Penang, Malaysia; March 29, 2006

Re: The Day They Took Away Our Computers

There is a list of statistical data detailing racial discrimination in Malaysia, practiced by the government and its agencies. This list is an open secret. Its existence is best verified by government itself since it keeps the statistics. This list is not in the order of importance; that means the first one on the list is not the most important and the last one on the list does not mean it's the least important. This list is a common knowledge to a lot of Malaysians, especially those non-Malays (Chinese, Ibans, Kadazans, Orang Asli, Tamils, etc.) who have been racially discriminated against.

Figures in this list are merely estimates, so please take it as a guide only. The government of Malaysia has the most correct figures. Is government of Malaysia too ashamed to publish their racist acts by publishing racial statistics?

This list covers a period of about 50 years since independence (1957).
List of racial discriminations (Malaysia):

(1) Of the five major banks, only one is multi-racial, the rest are controlled by Malays.

(2) 99% of Petronas directors are Malays.

(3) 3% of Petronas employees are Chinese.

(4) 99% of 2000 Petronas gasoline stations are owned by Malays.

(5) 100% all contractors working under Petronas projects must be of Bumis status.

(6) 0% of non-Malay staff are legally required in Malay companies. But there must be 30% Malay staffs in Chinese companies.

(7) 5% of all new intake for government police, nurses, army, are non-Malays.

(8) 2% is the present Chinese staff in Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), a drop from 40% in 1960.

(9) 2% is the percentage of non-Malay government servants in Putrajaya, but Malays make up 98%.
(10) 7% is the percentage of Chinese government servants in the entire government (in 2004); a drop from 30% in 1960.

(11) 95% of government contracts are given to Malays.

(12) 100% all business licensees are controlled by Malay government, e.g. Taxi permits, Approved permits, etc.

(13) 80% of the Chinese rice millers in Kedah had to be sold to Malay controlled Bernas in 1980s. Otherwise, life is made difficult for Chinese rice millers.

(14) 100 big companies set up, owned and managed by Chinese Malaysians were taken over by government, and later managed by Malays since 1970s, e.g. UTC, UMBC, MISC, etc.

(15) At least 10 Chinese owned bus companies (throughout Malaysia in the past 40 years) had to be sold to MARA or other Malay transport companies due to rejection by Malay authorities to Chinese applications for bus routes and rejection for their applications for new buses.

(16) Two Chinese taxi drivers were barred from driving in Johor Larkin bus station. There are about 30 taxi drivers and three were Chinese in Oct. 2004. Spoiling taxi club properties was the reason given.
(17) 0 non-Malays are allowed to get shop lots in the new Muar bus station (Nov. 2004).

(18) 8000 billion ringgit is the total amount the government channeled to Malay pockets through ASB, ASN, MARA, privatization of government agencies, Tabung Haji etc, through NEP over a 34 years period.

(19) 48 Chinese primary schools closed down from 1968 - 2000.

(20) 144 Indian primary schools closed down from 1968 - 2000.
(21) 2637 Malay primary schools built from 1968 - 2000.
(22) 2.5% is government budget for Chinese primary schools. Indian schools got only 1%, Malay schools got 96.5%.
(23) While a Chinese parent with RM1000 salary (monthly) cannot get school textbook loan, a Malay parent with RM2000 salary is eligible.

(24) All 10 public university vice chancellors are Malays.
(25) 5% of the government universities' lecturers are of non-Malay origins. This percentage has been reduced from about 70% in 1965 to only 5% in 2004.

(26) Only 5% has been given to non-Malays for government scholarships in over 40 years.

(27) 0 Chinese or Indians were sent to Japan and Korea under the "Look East Policy."

(28) 128 STPM Chinese top students could not get into the course to which they aspired, i.e. Medicine (in 2004).
(29) 10% quotas are in place for non-Bumi students for MARA science schools beginning in 2003, but only 7% are filled. Before that it was 100% Malays.

(30) 50 cases in which Chinese and Indian Malaysians are beaten up in the National Service program in 2003.

(31) 25% of the Malaysian population was Chinese in 2004, a drop from 45% in 1957.

(32) 7% of the Malaysian population is Indian (2004), a drop from 12% in 1957.

(33) 2 million Chinese Malaysians have emigrated in the past 40 years.
(34) 0.5 million Indian Malaysians have emigrated overseas.
(35) 3 millions Indonesians have migrated to Malaysia and become Malaysian citizens with Bumis status.
(36) 600,000 Chinese and Indian Malaysians with red IC were rejected repeatedly when applying for citizenship in the past 40 years. Perhaps 60% of them had already passed away due to old age. This shows racism, based on how easily Indonesians got their citizenships compared with the Chinese and Indians.
(37) 5% - 15% discount for a Malay to buy a house, regardless whether the Malay is rich or poor.

(38) 2% is what new Chinese villages get, compared with 98% - what Malay villages got for rural development budget.
(39) 50 road names (at least) had been changed from Chinese names to other names.

(40) 1 Dewan Gan Boon Leong (in Malacca) was altered to another name (e.g. Dewan Serbaguna or something like that) when it was only officially used for a few days. The government tries to shun Chinese names. This example of racism occurred around 2000.

(41) 0 temples/churches were built for each housing estate. But every housing estate got at least one mosque/surau built.
(42) 3000 mosques/surau were built in all housing estates throughout Malaysia since 1970. No temples or churches are required to be built in housing estates.

(43) 1 Catholic church in Shah Alam took 20 years to apply to have a building constructed. But they were told by Malay authority that it must look like a factory
and not like a church. As of 2004 the application still have not been approved.

(44) 1 publishing of Bible in Iban language banned (in 2002).

(45) 0 of the government TV stations (RTM1, RTM2, TV3) are directors of non-Malay origin.

(46) 30 government produced TV dramas and films always showed that the bad guys had Chinese faces, and the good guys had Malay faces. You can check it out since 1970s. Recent years, this has become less of a tendency.

(47) 10 times, at least, Malays (especially Umno) had threatened to massacre the Chinese Malaysians using May 13, since 1969.
(48) 20 constituencies won by DAP would not get funds from the government to develop. These Chinese majority constituencies would be the last to be developed.

(49) 100 constituencies (parliaments and states) had been racially re-delineated so Chinese votes were diluted for Chinese candidates. This is one of the main reasons why DAP candidates have consistently lost in elections since the 1970s.
(50) Only 3 out of 12 human rights items are ratified by the Malaysian government since 1960.

(51) 0 - elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (UN Human Rights) has not been ratified by Malaysian government since 1960s.(52) 20 reported cases whereby Malay ambulance attendances treated Chinese patients inhumanely, and Malay government hospital staffs purposely delayed attending to Chinese patients in 2003. Unreported cases may be 200.

(53) 50 cases each year whereby Chinese, especially Chinese youths, are being beaten up by Malay youths in public places. Police reports may be checked to verify this, provided the police took the report, otherwise there will be no record.

(54) 20 cases every year whereby Chinese drivers who accidentally knocked down Malays were seriously assaulted or killed by Malays.

(55) 12% is what ASB/ASN got per annum while banks fixed deposits are only about 3.5% per annum.

There are hundreds more examples of racial discrimination in Malaysia to add to this list of "colossal" racism. It is hoped that the victims of racism will write in to help expose this situation.

The Malaysian government should publish statistics showing how much Malays had benefited from the "special rights" of Malays and at the same time release the statistics which show how minority races are being discriminated against.
Hence, the responsibility lies in the Malaysia government itself to publish unadulterated statistics of racial discrimination.
If the Malaysia government hides the statistics above, then there must be some evil doings, immoral doings, shameful doings and sinful doings, like the Nazis, going on with the non-Malays of Malaysia. Civilized nations, unlike the evil Nazis, must publish statistics to show its treatment of its minority races. This is what Malaysia must publish.

We are asking for the publication of the statistics showing how "implementation of special rights of Malays" had inflicted colossal racial discrimination onto non-Malays.

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ABOVE: Malaysiakini broke the news H E R E that Wee is now being investigated by MCMC. Obviously this is because the RM500 and 1 month jail is viewed by the authrities especially the Culture Minster Rai Yatim

Namewee RM500 Fine & 1 Month Jailunder the National Anthem Act; MCMC used to Add Salt to his wound; Politicians - let Emotional Anger Flow Thruthey disappear

The action taken by MMNC is obviously to get the Rapper “Namewee; - Wee Meng Chee to bleed more. The wound (fine & jail) that the National Anthem Act that can inflict upon him is not enough; so they are looking at the laws in MCMC to see if they can add further salt to his wound. Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim is fully aware of and he has brought up a valid point and asked other politicians not to be too emotional over this issue.

Yes emotions like energy, they flow through you; you feel them and then they disappear. When you try to hold them back they build up and when you get angry if there is further incitement, people might protest and get violent. .
Politicians should be more level headed; Wee’s spontaneous expression of his inner feelings generate the appropriate emotions and the politicians should let them flow through. If you don’t like it, don’t view it and get all shooked and worked up.

It is somewhat fashionable to place feelings above conscious thoughts, the idea being that emotions are more basic and natural than conscious reasoning is.

The two actually go together but your conscious thinking largely determines your emotions, and not the other way around.
The point is that we are here in existence to experience. No right or wrong.(according to the man made laws) No good or bad. No evil. We are here to watch our beliefs—regardless of what they are—spin out into reality. Why deny Wee the emotional experience even though they may be negative?

The flow of life implies that life is spontaneous and Wee is just acting it out. As all of you know, spontaneity knows its own order. The gods created the Universe out of joy and playfulness and creativity, not because they thought they had to. Your being is blessed and spontaneous because it is. And fulfilling it with nature automatically fulfills your purposes and, in your terms, your responsibility.

If the politicians equate Wee’s spontaneity with irresponsibility; abandon with evil then if you abandon yourselves to yourselves, then what good would seem to spring out of the heavens of your being? Our world is in dire straits because we do not trust ourselves. Our social institutions are set up (with the man made laws) to fence in the individual, rather than to allow the natural development of the individual.
Ultimately the magic of your being is well equipped to help you find fulfillment, understanding, exuberance, and peace. Your education tells you that the world is defined by its physical aspects alone. When you think of power you think of, say, nuclear energy, or solar energy - but POWER is the creative energy within men's MINDS that allows them to use such powers, such energies, and such forces. Wee has that true power in the imagination which dares to put up the video in such a way no one has done it

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August 20, 2007 22:43 PM

Rais Tells Politicians Not To Be Emotional Over "Negaraku" Issue

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 (Bernama) -- Politicians were told not to be emotional over Malaysian student Wee Meng Chee mocking the "Negaraku" and to leave the investigation to the Attorney-General for action to be taken. Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said politicians could only act as the executive power (if they had the power) and not follow their emotions. "This is the system is this country. The process of the law must be carried out. It's now left to the Attorney-General (Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail) to act," he said when asked to comment on the issue after launching the book,

"Malaysian Constitutional Landscape: The First 50 Years", here today. Asked about the penalty under the National Anthem Act 1968, Rais said We could be fined up to RM500 and jailed not more than one month for the offence. "I will also leave it to the Attorney-General to see whether Wee can be charged under other Acts. I hope the issue will be resolved soon," said. Meanwhile, the book launched today provides a comprehensive look and in depth analysis of the Federal Constitution's evolution since 1957. Rais has also contributed the first chapter on "The Road to
Independence" in the 19-chapter book


Blogger Billy said...

Look at these MCA blokes. Just because the PM says "Fairness for All ", they all stood up, fists raised and shouted "MCA Boleh". Gosh what a bunch of gulliable lots. I am ready to lay a bet with anybody that it will back to business as usual for these UMNO blokes once they return to their own turf, cursing and swearing at the non-Malays again. As for MCA, where is your pride and dignity?

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole thing sounded like two business chiefs dicussing their territories and one begging the other....oh by the way can you open up some areas for us?, can we have some dignity please? etc.
I was expecting to read about some 4 serious conditions for renewed co-operation but it turned out to be 4 wishy washy "sweet dreams" of no value.
So sad..this is not government.


6:25 AM  
Blogger Chicken Ball said...

Bulls! Fairness to all???

I did noticed that there were news that appeared in sin chew online wasn't reported in any other english daily online or berita harian online...

8:12 AM  

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