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06
Sep
09

Hindu temple & religious co-existence in 99.99% PAS ruled Kelantan

Since a two month old baby right up to my Form five, I was brought up in Tumpat, Kelantan. As teenagers, we prayed and played at the Sri Maha Mariaman Hindu Temple in Tumpat, Kelantan which was built by the then colonial days Railway working class Indians.

This Hindu temple is in a 99.99% Malay Muslim dominated population and ruled by PAS. During my last visit to this temple two years ago I was told that there are only two Indian families left in Tumpat. But our Hinldu temple stands right up to this day on the very main road leading into Tumpat town. I nostalgically showed my wife and children the Hindu temple which I grew up with. It is still the history and heritage of Kelantan right up to this date. This our Hindu temple could now be demolished or asked to be relocated as it is in a 99.99% Malay Muslim area or to be moved out of the state of Kelantan as it is in a “Serambi Mekah” State. I believe it would not even have crossed PAS’ Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Aziz’s mind. This is religious co-existence in practice in 99% Malay Muslim PAS ruled Kelantan. The biggest sleeping Buddha in the world is not in Thailand, Cambodia Sri Lanka or India where Buddhism originated from but it is in Kg. Neting, Tumpat Kelantan.

In multi racial and multi religious Malaysia it should be religious coexistence as opposed to  religious tolerance. Then we wont get the case of the UMNO majority and dominant area like in Section 19 and 22 of Shah Alam objecting to hindu temple because it is a Malay Muslim dominated area and the cow head protest by the religious extremist who were never arrested on sight and who would never be seriously prosecuted by the Attorney General in Prime Minister Najib Razak’s One Malaysia. And so the racism and religious extremism continues in Malaysia. In fact they had the support of even UMNO’s Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein who had justified their actions. To both the UMNO controlled Federal government and the PKR controlled Selangor state government and the other P.R ruled West Coast states you both have something to learn from PAS ruled Kelantan.

By the stroke of the pen vide a circular by Prime Minister Najib Razak, the PKR Selangor Menteri Besar the other P.R ruled Menteri Besars and Chief Minister, all existing Hindu temples could be issued with land titles and gazetted as Hindu temple reserves as is the case even in the 99% Malay reserve land State of Kelantan. This would put a stop and a finality to this new, unprecedented and unnecessary racial and religious division and tension in Malaysian.

Similarly this should also be done for all Hindu crematoriums Tamil Schools and Indian settlements like Kg. Buah Pala. This would actually solve half the Indian working class problems once and for all.

But in both the aforesaid UMNO, PKR in Selangor and the other West coast P.R ruled states, they are merely playing puppet shadow play (wayang kulit) politics using their Indian “mandores” via the print and electronic media by empty (kosong) announcements of the odd land for Hindu Temples, Tamil Schools and Crematoriums here and there and amplifying them as in the Malay proverb “Ayam telur sebiji rioh sekampong”. These State governments who wield almost absolute powers where it concerns their State land also do not issue a State government letter on the aforesaid odd land that they announce, issue land titles or gazette these Hindu temples, Tamil schools and Hindu crematoriums accordingly. Thus the current predicament of the working class Indians, the latest being in Kg. Buah Pala and Section 19 and 22, Shah Alam which is merely the tip of the iceberg of the Malaysian Indian working class critical problems.

Only in Malaysia and especially in the name of development, the first targets are Hindu temples, Hindu crematoriums Tamil schools and the poor Indian land settlers. We have recorded thousands of such cases. These problems hardly happens in the Malay, Chinese, Orang Asli, Iban or Kadazan communities in Malaysia. It happens almost only to the working class Indians. Why? But BN, PKR, DAP, PAS, NGOs’ and the Malaysian civil society all proclaim to be “multi-racial and multi-religious”.

All because the working class Indians have neither the political power or the economic clout and what follows is there are no takers for these critical Indian problems by almost all UMNO, PKR, DAP and PAS (except in Kelantan) NGOs’ and the Malaysian civil society.

Thank you.

Your faithfully,

________________________

P.Uthayakumar

Secretary General (pro-tem)

Human Rights Party (HRP)

04
Sep
09

Surat Terbuka Untuk Penduduk Seksyen 23

Kehadapan penduduk Seksyen 23 yang dihormati,

Semoga surat ini menemui tuan-tuan dalam keadaan sihat wal afiat serta keimanan yang teguh dan jitu berkat bulan Ramadhan ini.

Saya mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengingatkan diri saya serta tuan-tuan akan Firman Allah, Surah Al Maaidah ayat 8 yang bermaksud;

“Bertindak adil! Ianya lebih rapat dengan keTaqwaan.”

Semoga dalam usaha kita membina keTaqwaan dalam bulan Ramadhan ini, kita mengingati hakikat bahawa ‘keTaqwaan’ yang diusahakan itu mempunyai hubungan rapat dengan keadilan. Keadilan ini pula perlu dilaksanakan terhadap semua, walaupun terhadap yang tidak disenangi. Ini ditegaskan di dalam ayat yang sama yang bermaksud,

“dan jangan oleh kerana kebencian kamu terhadap sesuatu kaum menyebabkan kamu tidak berlaku adil…”

Kalau terhadap kaum yang dibenci sekalipun dituntut keadilan, apatah lagi terhadap jiran sekampung dan warga sekota? Walaupun mereka tidak sebangsa dan seagama, hakikatnya mereka tidak memusuhi kita atau memusuhi Islam. Maka, mereka layak mendapat layanan yang adil. Adakah adil sekiranya kita menafikan mereka hak tempat beribadat yang berhampiran dan sebaliknya memaksa mereka ke seksyen 22, di tengah-tengah kawasan Industri berat, jauh dari kawasan kediaman? Tiada apa di sana kecuali kilang-kilang.

Saya hanyalah seorang wakil rakyat yang dipilih oleh tuan-tuan melalui pilihan raya yang diadakan pada masa-masa tertentu. Saya tidak berhak memaksa apa-apa pandangan atau keputusan ke atas tuan-tuan semua. Saya hanya mengharapkan keputusan yang tuan-tuan rumuskan sendiri berhubung cadangan pemindahan kuil ke Seksyen 23 mengambil kira persoalan keTaqwaan dan keAdilan seperti di atas.

Islam adalah agama yang adil. Keadilannya mampu menawan hati semua manusia. Yang paling saya takuti adalah tindakan yang memberikan gambaran bahawa Islam adalah sebaliknya. Allah murka terhadap mereka yang bertindak dengan cara yang merosakkan imej Islam sehingga menyebabkan manusia terhalang untuk mengenali keadilannya. Allah berfirman ayat 94 Surah An-Nahl yang bermaksud:-

“Dan kamu ditimpa kehinaan kerana menjadi penghalang kepada jalan Allah (disebabkan tindakan buruk kamu) dan untuk kamu azab yang amat dahsyat (pada hari akhirat kelak)”

Ada yang bertanya kepada saya, tidakkah saya khuatir saya kalah dalam Pilihan Raya yang bakal tiba oleh kerana isu ini. Bagi saya sekiranya itulah kehendak pengundi, apakan daya? Yang penting sejarah akan menjadi saksi bahawa ada Ahli Parlimen dari parti Islam yang memperjuangkan keadilan untuk semua walaupun orang Hindu. Seperti kisah seorang raja Islam di Mysore, Bangalore, India pada abad ke 18 yang bernama Sultan Fateh Ali Khan Tippu (Tippu Sultan). Rakyatnya terdiri daripada orang Islam, Hindu dan Sikh. Hingga ke hari ini rakyat India masih menceritakan mengenai pemerintahan beliau yang berasaskan Islam sebagai sebuah pemerintahan yang adil.

Semoga Allah memberkati kita semua dan memimpin kita ke jalan yang diRedhaiNya.

وسلام عليكم و السلام على من التبع الهدى
YB KHALID BIN ABDUL SAMAD
Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam

05
Jul
09

Open letter from P.Waythamoorthy to Lim Kit Siang

Dear Mr Lim Kit Siang,

As much as HINDRAF respects you as an elderly veteran statesman, I am surprised that you are actually echoing similar statements of your son LGE in regards to the Kg Buah Pala issue and continue to admonish HINDRAF when the core accountability issue is still not solved.

HINDRAF is an ardent supporter of your party’s cause for competency, accountability and transparency for all Malaysian but it cannot sit quietly and watch when the state government in Penang has not done all that is necessary to safeguard the interest of the Kg Buah Pala residents.

Sir, Kg Buah Pala is not a new issue, but that had been in existence prior to your party’s governance. Yes, we are aware that the BN administration abetted by Koh Tsu Koon had acted mala fide for its own interest against the interest of the public, but, my question is why the current government didn’t do more than sit and wait until the whole issue exploded this week with the involvement of HINDRAF.

Sir, Are you telling me that the state government could not have initiated an investigation on the questionable sale and transfer that actually took effect after your party came in power. Did the state government ever make a report to MACC? No!!! What attempts did the state government conduct either through its executive and legal power to support the residents in establishing the allegation of power abuse and corruption that lead to the illegal sale & transfer of the land. None!!!

Sir, you ask us pursue after Koh Tsu Koon, but wouldn’t it be just and fair that your party that currently holds the power in Penang should have been doing this from the day you took over the helm as a segment of your state have been victimized. Did LGE ever once raise the issue of Kg Buah Pala residents and the questionable land transfer issue in Parliament? Not a chance.

The residents of Kg Buah Pala were left alone to fight their own battle against the mighty corrupted machineries of the government. If only they would have had your assistance and guidance through your resources then the whole transaction could have been invalidated and those residents would not be living out of fear for losing what is rightfully theirs. DAP fought tooth and nail in Perak for New Villages and Kg Tersusun but Kg Buah Pala residents slipped through its radar.

A simple independent investigative journalism as seen here at http://anilnetto.com/accountability/lifting-the-corporate-veil-on-nusmetro-ventures-part-1/   by a citizen cast a doubt on the affair of the sale and transfer of the land, yet why did the state government fail to flex its muscle in the state of Penang to assist these residents?

Sir, you talk about compensation and so forth when the issue here is not about that but why did Penang state government fail to rise to the occasion and challenge the fraudulent misappropriation of the land but rather watch the misery of these residents from the sideline.

Sir, on humanity stance, you may realize that the generation of Kg Buah Pala goes back to 200 years where they were even the first milk supplies to the Penang hospital. They have grown from one generation to another and live as a family union from the parents, children, brothers, sisters, grandchildren and great grand children within their own respective land running and playing around their compound along with the cows, goats and chickens. Those houses there were erected by themselves to fit the enlarged family members with at least each joined family owning close to 15,000 sq feet. Now the Developer steps in offers around 850 sq feet flat for each house, not the household with meager compensation. Can you expect them to buy a place similar to the quiet enjoyment that they had within their joined family, notwithstanding the fact the said sum need to divided between the household members. Where is the justice or fairness and can you consider this as adequate & fair compensation. Why has the Penang state government not paid any attention to these residents at least on the basis of humanity? I can understand if the supercilious BN ruled as this things does not matter to them as long as the nepotism, cronyism, corruption and inept system keeps them there, they will even sell their soul but definitely not from DAP along with their Pakatan partners who thrived on popular support to ensure a real change for the public.

The actual issue on the ground is more complex than what it appears in the media and lip service politicians to exculpate themselves from responsibility and accountability when all the residents seek is to continue the quiet enjoyment of their live with their families.

It is very convenient to come out and picture HINDRAF in a bad light and side track the whole issue but at the end of the day the truth is the consequences is faced by the poor and defenseless residents against the might of the government and the developer due to the failure of the Penang state government to protect its public in Kg Buah Pala.

HINDRAF wages a battle for the truth to emerge for the poor and defenseless irrespective of whichever is the governing party rather than doing what seems to be politically right.

Thank you

HINDRAF

P.Waythamoorthy

24
Jun
09

Rayuan Membebaskan Adik Saya – Lau Kok Siong

Kepada Menteri Dalam Negeri Yang Dihormati,

Saya, abang kepada Lau Kok Siong, ingin mengadu dan membuat rayuan di mana seorang insan yang tidak berdosa telah ditahan dan dipenjarakan tanpa perbicaraan.

By Lau Wee Liang

Saya memohon pihak kementerian dapat membebaskan adik saya secepat mungkin.

Disebabkan kes ini, kesihatan emak saya semakin terjejas.

Saya amat kesal dengan sistem perundangan Malaysia yang kini sudah disalahgunakan oleh pihak yang tertentu.

Sistem perundangan yang saya maksudkan adalah ISA.

Adik saya, Lau Kok Siong, banyak kali diganggu oleh dua tiga kerat polis Kluang pada awal 2008 di mana polis yang berkenaan hendak adik saya mangaku sesuatu kegiatan yang tidak dilakukan olehnya.

Kegiatan yang saya maksudkan adalah menjual extasy.

Polis berkenaan juga banyak kali serbu masuk rumah keluarga saya malah juga banyak kali menahan kereta yang dipandu oleh adik saya untuk membuat pemeriksaan teliti.

Dalam banyak kali pemeriksaan, tiada sebarang bukti (drug) telah ditemui.

Akhirnya, adik saya masih ditangkap dan dilokap di balai polis Kluang selama 60 hari dan setelah itu terus dipenjarakan di Batu Gajah Ipoh hampir setahun sehingga sekarang.

Bila keluarga saya menanya kepada pihak berkuasa atas sebab apa adik saya ditahan.

Jawapan yang diberi adalah polis dapat maklumat dari pihak ketiga bahawa adik saya mejalani kegiatan menjual extasy.

Kalau hanya sekadar dengar tanpa sebarang bukti, adakah seseorang boleh ditahan dengan ISA begitu saja???

Kalau begitu, di mana sistem kehakiman negara kita?

Kalau polis hendak menangkap seorang rakyat biasa tapi tiada sebarang bukti dan tidak perlu juga dibawa ke mahkamah untuk pembicaraan, adakah ini munasabah?

Keadilan di mana? Hak membela diri di mana? Adakah negara kita masih bertamaddun?

Kalau begitu, pihak polis boleh menggunakan ISA untuk menangkap sewenang-wenangnya jika penyiasatan polis sudah menemui jalan buntut?

Adik saya bukan pembunuh, bukan pengganas, bukan pengacau yang boleh mengugat ketenteraman negara, mengapa dia ditahan dengan ISA??

Adik saya ditangkap dengan ISA hanya kerana pihak polis sudah menemui jalan buntut??

Dengan tulus ikhlasnya, saya memohon jasa baik pihak Kementerian Dalam Negeri mempertimbangkan rayuan saya, masuk campur dan meneliti semula asal-usul kes adik saya.

Janganlah jadi adik saya atau mana-mana insan di Malaysia sebagai mangsa yang tidak bersalah dan berdosa untuk pihak yang tertentu.

Sekian, terima kasih.

p/s : Kepada sesiapa yang menerima email ini, tolonglah menghubungi saya untuk memberi bantuan dan nasihat dari segi undang-undang kerana pernah pergi cari peguam dan dato-dato tempatan tapi perlu membayar 25 ribu ringgit sebagai “service charge”. Juga pernah pergi cari bantuan polis yang berpangkat, sama juga keluarga saya diminta bayar berpuluh ringgit untuk melepaskan adik saya. Walaupun berpuluh ringgit itu, belum pasti adik saya boleh dilepaskan.

Seolahnya, polis yang dibayar gaji bukan berkhimat menjaga keamanan dan keselamatan rakyat malah mengambil kesempatan menangkap sesiapa saja untuk mendapatkan wang kopi.

Mungkin bukan semua polis begitu tapi kebanyakannya.

10
Jun
09

Open Letter to Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Y.A.B. TAN SRI DATO’ HAJI MUHYIDDIN

By Philip Yong Kee Chung (www.philipyong.net)

Dear Tan Sri,

I am writing this letter with regard to your question thrown to the public for discussion; the question on whether a pass in the English language should be made mandatory to pass the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Before I pursued my higher education at a private institution, for the whole of my schooling life I was enrolled in a local public school. Therefore, with my eleven (11) years of experience in public institutions, I think I am qualified to give my point of view of what I would call a highly significant issue.

Tan Sri,

Whenever I had an English language examination in school, I would score with flying colours and I was indeed very proud of myself. But that was until I pursued my higher education at a private institution. When I was told that I was required to take the subject in college, I was very reluctant to do so, thinking that my proficiency in the language is above standard. I was furious but had to comply in the end. During my very first lesson, I finally understood why the institution insisted on us taking the subject. In simple words, the standard of English in public schools is definitely not on par with those in private institutions. Therefore, the first thing your Ministry should do is to review the standard of the language taught in public institutions.

In my opinion, I do not think that the English Language is hard to master. If we go by the Malay proverb, ‘Melentur buluh biarlah dari rebungnya’, I believe it is achievable. In this state of reality, we should never teach our children to avoid the problem but should instead teach them to tackle the problem. If their proficiency in the language is not up to par then their parents or even the government should do something to help improve it and not just lower the standard of language in the public institutions.

I would say that I am fortunate to be born into an English-speaking family. If not, I seriously think that my proficiency of the language would be much worse than how it is today. Although I agree that this is the role of the parents, the government is also accountable for this issue. Until this very moment, I do not agree that a pass in English should be made mandatory to pass SPM for the fact that the level of English of many Malaysians are still not up to standard even for the very easy SPM. The government should first tackle the root of the problem which again is the proficiency of the English language of the citizens of Malaysia.

My point of view may seem very common but I believe it is what many ordinary Malaysians share. Until today, many of the issues mentioned above have been raised but still no action taken. Even if there were action taken, I do not think those actions were of much help. Let me raise a point that we are a developing country. If, as a developing country, our citizens’ proficiency of the English Language is not up to par with developed countries then how will we actually be able to achieve Tun Dr Mahathir’s Vision 2020?

Tan Sri,

Last but not least, I sincerely hope that your ministry will look into these matters seriously. I thank you for your patience in reading this letter. My sincere apologies if I had made any mistakes in my above writings. Thank you.




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