MORE PICS & Video – PM Abdullah & Samy Vellu Salvaging Indian Votes - 62 parliamentary & 130 state seats with 10000 Gathering & Thaipusam Holiday bait
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It was a last ditch & desperate effort before the GE campaign proper for Samy Vellu & MIC to organize this well orchestrated gathering in the confines of a badminton hall to stoke & fan the dying embers of the Indians flames for BN after realizing the potential danger the Indian voters can hold sway between 10 and 30 per cent of the voters in at least 62 parliamentary and 130 state constituencies. PM Abdullah responded with the carrot and have Thaipusam declared a Public Holiday In KL, Putrajaya and the formation of a High-Powered Committee To Eradicate Hardcore Poverty Among All Races. – just a pre-election promise
We have seen it all in Ijok in the by-election. Will it work in the next GE after all the humiliation the protesters had to subject themselves in the aftermath of the Nov 25 Hindraf Rally? It will be a futile effort with the Hindraf 5 still languishing in the Kamunting under ISA detention and about to begin a hunger strike to highlight the injustice they have to suffer in the cause of the Malaysian Indians.
And can the Cheras Badminton stadium hold a crowd of 21,000 as mentioned in the Government controlled news agency whereas the wire agency quoted a figure of around 10,000. In fact the MIC slated to bring in 15,000 participants only.
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Indians Will Once Again Back BN In Polls, Says Samy Vellu
Addressing the party's mammoth gathering in the run-up to the imminent general election at the Badminton Stadium in Cheras here, the Works Minister said he was confident the Indian voters would once again give their full backing to the Barisan. "Let us show to the country that the Indian community fully supports the Prime Minister and the Barisan Nasional. "Let us prove in the general election that our destiny rests solely with Umno, MCA and other Barisan component parties," he told the crowd, comprising mostly youths carrying banners and placards expressing support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Barisan.
Samy Vellu called on the Indians to unite and continue to back the Barisan government for their continued survival. In describing Abdullah as "our leader and the leader for all Malaysians", Samy Vellu said the Prime Minister was willing to listen to the Indian community's grievances and take steps to rectify them. "His ears are always open to listen and resolve the problems and grievances of all Malaysians," he said. Samy Vellu said Indians have been loyal supporters of the Barisan since the country's first general election in 1959 and they will continue to rally behind the 14-party coalition.
"Nobody can deny this fact," he said, adding that the party admitted that Indians did not form a majority in any parliamentary or state constituency. He, however, said the Indians constituted between 10 and 30 per cent of the voters in at least 62 parliamentary and 130 state constituencies. "Our vote counts and we are not only senior but also valuable partners in the Barisan," he said. Samy Vellu acknowledged that there were still many unresolved grievances within the Indian community. "At the heart of the problem are many issues related to delivery and implementation by the civil service and local government. We have been asking the Prime Minister for a special mechanism which will not only monitor but also ensure many more Indians can plug into the public sector provisions," he said.
Samy Vellu said the MIC was confident Abdullah would ensure in the remaining two-and-a-half years of the Ninth Malaysia Plan, the government machinery would give special attention to the grievances of the Malaysian Indian community. He also took a swipe at certain political forces who were working to weaken Indian representation in the government. "They continue to attack the MIC and its leaders by distorting information and confusing the hearts and minds of ordinary Malaysian Indians," he said, urging the Indian community to be watchful against such elements.
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Samy Vellu Thanks PM For Considering National
Abdullah was in
In making the announcement, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the government made the decision in respecting the request of the Indian community and the Hindus in the country. Thaipusam is currently a holiday in Selangor,
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the government on behalf of the Indian community. MIC had expected the government to declare Thaipusam a national public holiday but nevertheless the party was happy with the announcement eventhough it was only for
For other states, Samy Vellu said he would discuss with the menteris besar and chief ministers on declaring Thaipusam a public holiday. He said a public holiday would facilitate more Hindus, especially from
"I will not be attending the weekly Cabinet meeting on Wednesday as it is a public holiday in Putrajaya. Instead, I will be in
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Solidarity Is Key To
PUTRAJAYA, Jan 20 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the government's philosophy in giving priority to solidarity and cooperation between the various races is an important element in making
Abdullah said the people must also remember that
The Prime Minister said all these problems were successfully resolved by the leadership with the cooperation of the people of various races as a result of the successful development of the human capital.
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High-Powered Committee To Eradicate Hardcore Poverty Among All Races
"We still have a lot of work to do. Rural areas need to be developed while urban areas need to be developed further... The poor (in all areas) need to be helped," he said. Abdullah said the government would ensure efforts to help the poor would encompass all and that no race would be left out. "That is my promise," he said. He said the government also did not want to see any child missing out on education because of poverty, because it (education) was the passport to the progress of families and the nation. The Prime Minister said this was why the government abolished examination fees in 2006 and schools fees last year, apart from providing free text books as well as school uniforms and meals to needy students. In his speech at the MIC-organised gathering, Abdullah, who is also the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, praised the party for its unwavering loyalty to the post-independence
"We cannot forget the MIC... If the MIC has any problem, we are prepared to help so that it can continue its struggle in the BN," he said. Abdullah said the BN held fast to the concept of power-sharing and the social contract entered into by the various races when the county gained independence. He said MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu always fought for the Indian community by raising various issues important to it at Cabinet meetings. He said that overall, racial harmony in the country was good although there were the occasional hiccups. "We feel good... When there are festivals we celebrate them together," he said. Abdullah was also pleased with the turnout at the gathering led by MIC president and Works Minister, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu. "I see outside there are thousands of people... inside here also there are many. I am very happy with this huge support," he said. The 21,000-odd MIC members gathered there gave a resounding welcome when the Prime Minister entered the stadium accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah. Also present were Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique and Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
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ABOVE: PM Abdullah is doing everthing in its effort to "woo" back the ";ost Inidan votes"
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It Is Not Ahmad Fairuz, Says Lingam
Gwo Burne said he did not interfere with, edit or doctor the contents of the 14-minute video recording when transferring the data from the memory card to the computer and from the computer to his laptop."In my memory, the video clip is the recording that I took in 2001," he said. Gwo Burne earlier told the inquiry that he and his father, Loh Mui Fah went to Lingam's house that night as they were invited for dinner and also to discuss some of their legal matters with Lingam, who was their counsel. He said he took his Sony 707 camera along because he wanted to try it out as it was a new camera with a recording function. Gwo Burne admitted that the recording of Lingam's conversation as well as the conversation between his (gwo Burne's) father and Lingam after Lingam finished speaking on the telephone was made by him at Lingam's house without his father's knowledge. He said that initially he was taking photographs of a vase but half-way through, it was switched to the video recording mode. He then decided to continue recording because he was bored and fed up with Lingam because Lingam was always talking on the phone.
Gwo Burne said Lingam was constantly attending to other matters and talking on the telephone. Lingam went out to buy wine, talked to his (Lingam's ) sister who was also present during the dinner and when Lingam finally had the time to sit down to discuss their legal matters with them, he was on the telephone again, he said. To a question by Nordin on whether Lingam was aware that he was recording the telephone conversation, he said: "I do not believe so". Lingam made a brief appearance at the hearing today when he was called for identification by the witness. Gwo Burne identified him as the man who was speaking on the telephone in 2001.
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