Monday, December 31, 2007

Welcome 2008, farewell 2007

Another day and another year has usual i'm up, had shower, done my prayers and ready to tuck in my breakfast...but before i do that i thought i just dedicate this New Year's Morning to this 3 Special souls that need our help to get through another year...., i have previously highligthed their plight on this Blog but thought just another highlight this morning hoping that we all could help these souls to have a better 2008.....

SANJEEV RAO A/L SARAVANAN, 1 tahun empat bulan is down with posterior urethral valve with non functioning left kidney. Part of his kidney malfunctioned since he was in mother’s womb. This cute baby need to go to India for an urgent operation on 29th January 2008

Call person below for more information
Mr.Robert 017-6329045
Mr.Thuresh 017-4233460

NITIAWARIE A/P MURUGAN, 11 tahun is diagnosed with what is medically known as, Lypomonogycial Terterd Cord, Uregynic bowel bladder lower limb weakness and Neurogynic bladder. Also was said “ketumbuhan di bahagian pinggul”

Call person below for more information
Mr.Robert 017-6329045
Mr.Thuresh 017-4233460

K. Kalyani, 39 - An accident 19 years ago left her paralysed from the neck down. But this has not broken her spirit. Fate delivered another blow two years ago when her father died. A year later, her mother, K. Ammacham, had a stroke and the right side of her body was left paralysed.She also needs dialysis treatment three times a week after losing both her kidneys.

Those who want to offer assistance may contact Kalyani at 013-2593732

God Bless....

Singaporean says on hunger strike to support M'sian Hindus

Source : The Straits Times
Image : Net

A SINGAPOREAN artist said he had begun a hunger strike to seek the release of Malaysian Hindu rights activists detained under a tough security law.
'At 9.00am I began,' 23-year-old Seelan Palay said from near the front gate of the Malaysian High Commission on Monday.

Mr Palay said he would drink water but not eat during the hunger strike, which will last five days - one day for each detained member from Malaysia's Hindu Rights Action Force.

The five are being held under Malaysia's Internal Security Act, which allows for indefinite detention without trial.

'I'll sleep on the ground on a straw mat,' he said, adding he was wearing a sign around his neck that read: 'Give them fair trial.'

The activists were detained after they enraged the government in November by mounting a mass rally alleging discrimination against Indians in Malaysia, where the majority are ethnic Malay Muslims.

Police used tear gas, water cannon and baton charges to break up the street protest by at least 8,000 people. Mr Palay said he attended that rally.

In a statement released before the hunger strike, Mr Palay called for global pressure on the Malaysian government to free the five and to prove allegations against them in open court.

'In line with the greater focus on human rights in Asean today ... we surely cannot turn a blind eye to this matter,' his statement said.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) last month signed a charter calling for the establishment of a regional human rights body.

Singapore currently chairs the 10-member Asean and Malaysia is a member. -- AFP

Phhheeeww...Year 2007 finally coming to an end...!!!

It's hard to believe that 2007 is finally coming to an end. To be frank it's something we were looking forward although the New Year will mark us as a person a year older not to mention a year Wiser too...he...he...he...

2007 has been an eventful year in many ways to all Malaysians - as for us it made us Realise and Understand how difficult is it to lose our loved ones and how life would change overnight.

We all know 2008 might be another eventful year, all the best for the New Year and we would like to end this note with a New Year quote which caught our attention...

“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”

- William Arthur Ward

Here we go again...Samy Vellu to meet India’s leaders to explain situation of Indians in Malaysia

Source : NST
Image : Bernama

Malaysian Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu will meet Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to explain the real situation concerning the Indian community in Malaysia.

Samy Vellu, who is also MIC president, said he would undertake a similar effort with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister S. Karunanidhi.

He said that in view of negative publicity arising from the Nov 25 illegal street demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur involving a group of Indian Malaysians, he would explain to the two leaders the actual position of the Indian community in Malaysia.

Samy Vellu was speaking to Indian journalists after launching a book here today. He is on a stopover here en route to New Delhi to attend the three-day Pravasi Barathiya Divas 2008 conference beginning Jan 7.

Samy Vellu is leading a 70-member delegation comprising MIC leaders and Indian-based non-governmental organisations to the annual gathering of people of Indian origin from all over the world.

“I hope to meet the Indian prime minister on the sidelines of the Pravasi conference and meet the Tamil Nadu chief minister here within the next few days,” he said.

Samy Vellu said it was not true that Indians in Malaysia were deprived of so many things and that many Hindu temples had been demolished arbitrarily.

“Some of the temples were demolished because of court orders as they were built illegally,” he said, adding that many of the temples were relocated to alternative sites.

He also said that the Malaysian government had created many opportunities for Indian Malaysians and many were doing well in various fields.

Samy Vellu expressed hope that his explanation to the Indian government would clear up any misunderstanding over the issue.

Relations between Malaysia and India are strong “and nothing will affect this cordial relationship”, he added.


Source : The Elctric New Paper
By Susan Tam

THEY are a minority in Malaysia, but Indians might be large enough a bloc in some parliamentary seats to make the difference between winning and losing.

Indians represent only 7per cent of the Malaysian population but, in seats in nine states, they form 10 to 20 per cent of voters.

If the margin of victory here at the previous election is under 20 per cent, then Indians might well tip victory in favour of the ruling coalition or the opposition.

As the graphics show, Kedah, Pahang, Perak and Penang have enough Indian voters to topple seats currently held by the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional (BN).

In these states, the margins of victory range from 4 per cent to 29per cent. This is the proportion of extra votes the winning candidates got.

One seat in Pahang has no hope without Indian voters. The others are touch and go if 20per cent of Indian voters swing to the other side, along with a small proportion of Chinese swing voters.

This could lead to BN losing up to seven seats in these four states.(This assumes the margin of victory in the individual seats does not vary greatly from the average winning margins for the state.)

In the remaining five states with a high proportion of Indian voters, the BN's victory margin is too large for Indian voters to make a difference.

With elections tipped to take place soon (expectedly next March), political observers are closely watching the Indian vote.

Not that Indian voters can, on their own, change the overall results of the national elections.

And not that the Opposition can gain an upper hand based on the share of votes at the last election.

BN took 66 per cent of votes, while the Opposition got 34 per cent.

There are only 50 parliamentary constituencies out of a total of 219 that have between 10 and 20 per cent Indian voters.

And out of these, only seven seats are vulnerable to Indian bloc voting.

The status quo, therefore, may not face danger of a big change in government at the federal or state levels. But the Indian factor, together with a host of recent events, might well represent a tipping point, as the Chinese in Malaysia are also rattled by race relations.

Also, a charismatic candidate who wins a seat in one of the hot constituencies has the potential to gain a higher profile at the federal level. This might lead to an amplification of the opposition's influence and could affect decisions on national policies.

Last month, more than 20,000 Indians marched in Kuala Lumpur claiming they had suffered discrimination.

Protesters were led by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf). The incident ended with several Hindraf leaders being arrested under the Internal Security Act.

Political observers said the clashes could possibly lead to Indian voters not showing support for BN.

'That is an extreme view, if we were to assume all Indian voters will record their unhappiness at the polls,' said political science head DrAhmad Nidzammudin from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.


'The Hindraf issue has certainly impacted the Indian voters and Malaysians as a whole, it could act as a catalyst in changing the hands of power in some seats,' he observed.

Also, an anonymous e-mail being circulated recently is seen as part of the efforts to mobilise the Malaysian Indians. In it, the sender called for those who were disappointed with current political situation should 'make themselves heard' at the ballot boxes.

BN's dominance will not come to an end should all Indian voices rally against it, but losing several seats will see an erosion of the current two-third majority it holds in the Parliament.

BN is made up of main political parties representing the Indian (MIC), Chinese (MCA) and Malay (UMNO) ethnic groups.

Compared with these two other communities, the Indians are perceived as not having much say in the makings of the Malaysian government, said DrAhmad.

But last month's Hindraf led rally may have affected the way this community view the ruling power.

In the 2004 General Elections, close to seven million Malaysians voted. To date, there are no official figures on non-voting Malaysians.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Kalyani aims to show she's no quitter

Source : NST

SEPANG: An accident 19 years ago left her paralysed from the neck down. But this has not broken her spirit.

Despite being bedridden, K. Kalyani, 39, is a picture of determination. Never without a smile, she charms those who visit her at her home in Sungai Pelek with her vibrant personality.

"I used to cry and hate myself for ending up like this. I didn't even talk to my family for months. But, in 1993, I met a radio personality who changed me to who I am now," she said.

"I used to be a Selangor state runner during my school days. Now I can't even move my legs. I miss those days," she said.

Fate delivered another blow two years ago when her father died. A year later, her mother, K. Ammacham, had a stroke and the right side of her body was left paralysed.

She also needs dialysis treatment three times a week after losing both her kidneys.

"The Klang Buddhist Society pays for my mother's treatment. The Welfare Department gives her a monthly allowance of RM200. I get RM160," she said.

Her brother, a garbage lorry driver, helps to pay their house rent and the maid who takes care of them.

"Both my mother and I need adult diapers and that alone comes to RM340 a month. Visits to the dialysis treatment centre are expensive as we have to take a taxi," she said.

"If I could at least use my hands, I would try to get a job. But, with this condition, how could I?," she asked.

Those who want to offer assistance may contact Kalyani at 013-2593732.

Malaysia faces Christian outcry over word "Allah"

Source : Reuters Africa
Reporting by Jalil Hamid; Editing by David Fogarty)

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian Catholic newspaper and church groups cried foul on Friday over a government move to forbid non-Muslims from using the word Allah.

The row could further strain race and religious relations in the country, where many non-Muslims believe their rights are being trampled by the Muslim majority.

The dispute came out in the open after Malaysia's internal security ministry ruled recently the term Allah -- long used by Christians in Malaysia to refer to God -- could no longer be used by non-Muslims.

"Malaysia is probably the only nation where the term Allah by Christians to refer to God is prohibited," parliamentary opposition leader Lim Kit Siang said in a statement, adding that the term was never banned even in the Middle East.

"The term Allah was used to refer to God by Arabic-speaking Christians before Arabic-speaking Muslims existed," he said.

The government clampdown could force Kuala Lumpur-based "Herald - the Catholic Weekly" newspaper to lose its publishing permit if it failed to drop the word Allah in its publication, the publisher said.

The publisher, the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, said on Thursday it had filed a lawsuit challenging the state order.

"We are of the view that we have the right to use the word Allah which right is now sought to be curtailed," his office said in a statement. "We have decided to have our legal position to use the word to be determined by the courts."

Politically dominant ethnic Malay Muslims form about 60 percent of the population of roughly 26 million, while the ethnic Indian and Chinese minorities include Hindus, Buddhists and Christians.

Political analysts say the ruling is an extension of the Malay Muslim supremacy taking firmer root in Malaysia.

"The Malays want to make Islam exclusive to Muslims," said one analyst.

Separately, another church group, the Evangelical Church of Borneo in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah, has filed a suit against the ministry's move to stop it from importing Christian books which contain the word Allah.

"From the earliest days of the church, the Malay-speaking congregation of the Church have been freely using the Alkitab, the Bahasa Indonesia translation of the Holy Bible wherein the word Allah appears," it said in the suit.

"The Christian usage of the word Allah predates Islam," it added.

A spokesman for Deputy Internal Security Minister Johari Baharum said he could not comment because the cases were before the courts.

No respect for the elderly....Not me..he..he...!!!

Source : Star News Paper

I WRITE this letter with some disgust.

Recently, I travelled in the KTM Komuter and LRT trains and had to stand all the way while young Malaysians, both males and females, ensconced themselves comfortably in the seats allotted for seniors and the disabled.

I am truly appalled with the values our young people are picking up.

They seem to have no respect for the elderly.

YennaMike says : "Not me tau...i found this and i thought i better highlight to you all, someone/somebody definately upset this person...!!!"

Malaysian Indians launch signature drive to free jailed Leaders

Source : International Herald Tribune

An ethnic Indian group launched a campaign Thursday to gather 1 million signatures demanding the government release five Indian leaders who were put in indefinite detention after leading an anti-government rally last month.

"We call upon all Malaysians who believe in justice and freedom to support this campaign," P. Waytha Moorthy, the chairman of the Hindu Rights Action Force, said in a statement.

Moorthy is in self-imposed exile in London because he fears he will be arrested like his five Hindraf colleagues, who were taken to a detention camp Dec. 13 under the Internal Security Act, which allows indefinite detention without trial.

The government said they were a threat to national security and accused them of having terrorist links. The group has denied the allegations.

"We call upon the government to unconditionally release all five who have been falsely and unjustly incarcerated," Moorthy said, adding that if the government has evidence it should file charges against them.

Hindraf was a little known group until it organized a massive rally Nov. 25 in Kuala Lumpur to highlight what it says is racial discrimination faced by ethnic Indians, who form 8 percent of the population in this Muslim-majority country. Malays, who are Muslims, make up 60 percent of the population, and ethnic Chinese account for 25 percent.

The Indians say the Malay-dominated government does not give them a fair chance to get jobs and education. They also complain their temples are being systematically destroyed, which the government denies.

Moorthy's statement was released at a news conference called by the wives of two of the leaders.

The signature campaign began with the wives signing their names to the petition. They said copies of the petition will be distributed in schools, shops, offices and homes throughout the country, and they called on all Malays — not just Indians — who support their cause to sign.

"It is not one voice any more. It is the voice of all Indians. We have not committed any crime. We are just asking for our rights," said Indira Devi, the wife of P. Utthayakumar, the key leader of Hindraf.

After they have collected 1 million signatures, the petition will be submitted to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Malaysian dilemma: a book about livelihood of Malaysian Indians

Source :
Image : BBC & Net

The Malaysian Indian Dilemma A research finding that must be read by all Malaysian Indians.

The ‘Malaysian Indian Dilemma’ is a book about the Malaysian Indian community, focusing on its economic, educational, social and political status, in the past and present. The book that is to be launched soon, is authored by Mr. Janakey Raman Manickam, a social activist and freelance writer. Tun Dr. Mahathir wrote the book ‘The Malay Dilemma’ in 1970. A prominent Malaysian born Australian businessman, Mr. Ye Lin Sheng, wrote ‘The Chinese Dilemma’ in 2003.

Now Mr. Janakey Raman has taken upon himself to expose the dilemma faced by the Malaysian Indian community. He has written this book based on extensive research and his very own personal experiences working as an estate worker for 15 years.

‘The Malaysian Indian Dilemma’ is an insight into the socio-economic status of the Indian community. Even though the country attained independence 50 years ago, Malaysian Indians who constitute 7.6% of the total population are still lagging behind other communities in terms of socio-economic development. It highlights the fact that though Indians have contributed immensely towards economic development and nation building, they have been categorically neglected and even denied of their rights as Malaysian citizens. Estate workers continue to toil hard in order to make ends meet and poverty is not uncommon among the urban Indians. However, people in power have not given due attention to the plights of the Indians.

The book has detailed accounts, supported with relevant data, of the causes of socio-economic problems faced by Malaysian Indians and its negative effects of on the community. The author also discusses in detail the views of the Malaysian Indian community on the social, economic, educational and political issues. The book is divided into 8 chapters spanning 480 pages and contains pictures and valuable information about the pre-independence struggles of the Malaysian Indian, post independence status of the Malaysian Indian community, vis-à-vis the New Economic Policy, the New Development Policy, Vision 2020 and the future challenges faced by Malaysian Indians. Having covered the past and present, the author concludes the book by leaving it to the readers to decide what is to be the future of Malaysian Indians.

A must read book by every Malaysian Indian.!!! If you interested to buy, please contact the author Mr. Janakey Raman ( Hand phone no.: +06 013-3927727).

Govt Urged To Set Up IPCMC

Source : Sin Chew Daily

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Opposition parties and Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) formed an alliance Friday (28 Dec) in order to urge government to set up Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) again.

Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang said the alliance was to carry out general mobilization and giving pressure to government in order to set up IPCMC again.

This alliance is led by the human rights commission under Bar Council, NGOs are welcomed to join the alliance.

"There is turning point in setting up IPCMC again, it depends on the people's unity," Lim told reporters after chairing the "The Parliamentary Roundtable on the Special Complaints Commission (SCC) Bill" here, Friday.

Lim said the terms of reference of SCC were very limited, therefore SCC was not able to restructure the efficiency and image of royal police.

On the other, Former Bar Council Chairman P. Balan said police should not feel worry on the setting up of IPCMC because there were same mechanisms in Australia, England and Hong Kong.

"These mechanism are proved to be effective in monitoring the police behaviours," he said.

Balan said police was the largest enforcement institution, therefore IPCMC needed to monitor it.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Be Prepared - Financial Outlook for 2008

Source : Telegraph UK

City experts give us their top predictions

Dong Tao, chief regional economist for Asia ex-Japan, Credit Suisse

We expect export growth in Asia in the first half of 2008 to be constrained by a substantial fall in G3 growth and a tightening of global credit flows, but the slowdown in the region will be moderated by robust domestic demand.

For the year, the bank downgraded its 2008 growth forecasts for Asia from 8.3pc to 7.8pc, with the biggest adjustment seen from export-dependent South Korea and Taiwan.

This follows a cut in Credit Suisse's G3 growth forecast to 1.5pc from 2pc for 2008, and its US growth projection to 1.5pc from 2.5pc, with most of the slowdown expected to take place between Q4 2007 and Q2 2008.

Inflationary pressures remain a concern in Asia, with Credit Suisse raising inflation forecasts sharply next year for Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Asia's exports will be affected by the slowdown but domestic demand in the region remains strong. China seems to be heading for a soft landing; it can provide a buffer to the rest of the world but cannot totally compensate for the decline.

Growth forecasts for China and India were revised down, from 10.2pc to 10pc for the former and from 9.6pc to 8.5pc for the latter, in Credit Suisse's newly published Emerging Markets Quarterly report.

China is well positioned to weather an anticipated G3 slowdown. Factors such as an overheated economy that may have caused concerns previously may stand it in good stead during a downturn.

The growth of exports is expected to slow to 16pc-17pc in 2008 from 27pc in the first ten months of 2007. But the impact on net trade, and hence GDP, will be muted as more than 50pc of export earnings are used to pay for imported materials.

However, there are four major risks to the Bank's forecast: a sudden and sharp fall in the A-share market, a significant policy-induced correction on housing prices, a slow response to a G3 slowdown, and heightened cross-Strait tensions.

On the currency front, Credit Suisse expects a 10pc RMB appreciation against the US dollar in 2008 compared with the 6.23pc year-on-year gain at end-November 2007 and 3.3pc rise in 2006.

In Hong Kong, the Bank expects growth to be driven by private consumption, with GDP growth in 2008 forecast at 4.6pc versus a projected 6pc for 2007.

Residential property prices could rise 20pc-30pc over the next six months, as rising inflation, strong capital inflows, negative real interest rates, and a positive wealth effect generated by the equity market pushes up transaction volumes. Inflation is likely to surprise on the upside, fuelled by strong economic momentum and robust employment conditions.

Other factors driving inflation include high food prices from the mainland, surging commodity prices, rising rents, and rising wages. The Hong Kong dollar peg will remain despite pressure for revaluation.

In Southeast Asia, Vietnam is again expected to lead the region in terms of growth with projections for 2008 of 9.1pc versus a forecast 8.5pc for 2007. The expansion of market share and capacity, the technological upgrade of existing industries, and FDI-driven investment should provide a buffer to a global slowdown but concerns of overheating persist.

Inflation hit a new three-year high of 10pc year-on-year in November 2007 and is forecast to rise to as high as 12pc year-on-year in 2008. Growth in Singapore is likely to moderate to 6pc in 2008 from nearly 8.0pc in 2007, reflecting slow external demand from G3 economies.

We no longer fear Them

Source : Malaysiakini

Article By : Abdullah Junid

When a version of current history is written, the name S Paranjothy may get a special mention. It is not just what the Gerakan politician said - an “in your face” display of brutal honesty and guts, qualities you don't expect from governing-party politicians - but what his action symbolised. Change is in the air. The shackles of fear are slowly but surely being thrown off. The genie does not appear to be heading back into the bottle any time soon.

The clear signs are recent rallies that attract tens of thousands and the sense that Umno is running out of heavy-handed cards to play. Somehow things aren't working the way they always have for the ruling party. People seem to be losing fear of police violence and the police are at a loss on how to respond. The pesky, nagging and persistent reaction against use of ISA indicates that detention without trial no longer shuts mouths.

The writing is on the wall. The ones who really need to read it for the sake of this country are the Umno leaders. They need to carry out an honest assessment of their party. It which will surely reveal an old, empty hulk rotten to the core and headed towards collapse. They must realise that their party needs an overhaul and to be brought into the 21st century. They must realise that they no longer truly represent Malay Malaysians. They represent an unrespected caricature which is out of touch with the 21st century Malays.

Their caricature was on display at the Umno general assembly, dressed garishly and spewing mindless bluster all over the place. The real Malays were seen a few days later dressed in yellow. They displayed excellent qualities of organisation, compassion, discipline and commitment. While the Bersih rally signalled a new spring of reformasi, the Hindraf rally may have a more profound influence on the coming year. Quite simply, the Indian Malaysian community announced itself as a serious player in this country's affairs.

Umno has been visibly staggered. This is not 1969. A party with unquestioned power can still do a lot of unmentionable things but the price to be paid in today's world would be stiff indeed. But the biggest change has been how Umno's sheepish friends of convenience - its coalition partners - have been emboldened by recent events. While there is hardly a flood of "Say please!" demands by MCA and MIC to Umno, new ground is definitely being broken by individual rebels.

The biggest blast so far has come from Paranjothy who laid it bare for Malaysians to confront the truth. It doesn't matter that the Gerakan bigwigs peed in their pants on hearing what Paranjothy had to say. His words will resonate loud for Malaysians and add to the coming storm for Umno.

Surely there has to be thinkers in Umno who can steer an intelligent path? Surely a party that has ruled this country for 50 years - and which, on balance, will be judged to have done more good than harm - has substantial leaders who can accept the new realities and reshape their party accordingly? Surely there must be people of conscience and courage in Umno who can demand that the party rejuvenate itself and get rid of the crooks and idiots who have turned it into a sinking laughing stock? Surely they can also wield the stick and demand similar house cleaning in other Barisan parties?

In Alor Star on Sunday, 50,000 people turned up to listen to Anwar Ibrahim. For an opposition figure in Malaysia, that number of attendees is unheard of. Here is a man who is widely, if discreetly, admired by ordinary Malaysians. He has charisma which is backed up by substance. Somehow he seems to most aptly typify the real Malaysian, and you get the sense that he is the man who can restore glory to Malaysia. He is also a genuine Malay hero, admired around the world for his good nature, intelligence and fortitude.

What is happening today is a direct result of his groundbreaking reformasi movement a decade ago that cracked open the door of complete oppression. Umno needs to start taking Anwar seriously and initiate a dialogue with him about this country's future. This may be the best thing the ruling party can do for itself and for the country or else they risk being swept into the dustbins of history with unfortunate consequences for all Malaysians.

Malaysian court defers sentence of 25 Hindraf activists to 1st Feb 2008

Source : Express India / Malaysiakini

Kuala Lumpur, December 27: A lower court here today postponed the sentencing of 25 activists of an ethnic Indian organisation, who pleaded guilty of causing mischief and taking part in an illegal rally, to February 1 next year.

The accused were part of the 69 people arrested for unlawful gathering after the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) organised a massive rally in Kuala Lumpur on November 25 to protest the alleged marginalisation of ethnic Indians in Malaysia.

Five students, who were earlier charged together with the 25 at the Sessions Court, were acquitted earlier this month by the same court.

- DPP to consolidate all cases
- Detainees suffered food poisoning

Eleven of the 69 arrested have jumped police bail and had not appeared in court to face charges, while the rest were charged in the Selayang magistrate's court, Star online paper said today

Attorney-General Chambers' head of prosecution Yusof Zainal Abiden asked for more time to transfer the cases to another court.

This had to be done to consolidate the charges against the Hindraf supporters in both courts. Those charged in Selayang had only been charged for illegal assembly to-date and would be produced in court to face the additional charge of causing mischief, he said.

According to Yusof, the prosecution also needed time to serve arrest warrants on the 11 who had jumped police bail.

All 64 people are expected to be produced in court on Feb 1.

"With the agreement from lawyer A Sivanesan who led an eight-men defence team, judge Azimah Omar said the postponement will give the prosecutors time to consolidate the charges."

"Azimah also told the Hindraf 25 that they could still retract their guilty plea before the sentencing date and claim trial."

"The 25 could face up to five years in prison or a fine, or both, when they are sentenced in five weeks’ time."

"The court room was packed with some 80 supporters and family members of the Hindraf 25. Also present were opposition party leaders who were there to lend support to the accused."

Read More @ Malaysia Kini

Set up Indian quota in public service, gov't told

Source: Malaysiakini

While it may seem like a regressive request, an Indian Malaysian business group says the current state of affairs has left the government with no choice.MORE

- Indians have lost faith
- Samy Vellu puzzled

Read More @ Malaysia Kini

1 Million signature campaign to free Hindraf 5

Source: Malaysiakini

Hindraf activists will launch a campaign to collect one million signatures to press the government to free five of their leaders held under ISA.

Read More @ Malaysia Kini

Benazir Bhutto killed in Attack

Source : BBC

Pakistani former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated in a suicide attack.

Ms Bhutto - the first woman PM in an Islamic state - was leaving an election rally in Rawalpindi when a gunman shot her in the neck and set off a bomb.

At least 20 other people died in the attack and several more were injured.

President Pervez Musharraf has urged people to remain calm but angry protests have gripped some cities, with at least 11 deaths reported.

Security forces have been placed on a state of "red alert" nationwide.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack. Analysts believe Islamist militants to be the most likely group behind it.

Map: Scene of the assassination Benazir Bhutto's coffin has now been taken from the hospital

Ms Bhutto, leader of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), had served as prime minister from 1988-1990 and 1993-1996, and had been campaigning ahead of elections due on 8 January.

It was the second suicide attack against her in recent months and came amid a wave of bombings targeting security and government officials.

Nawaz Sharif, also a former prime minister and a political rival, announced his Muslim League party would boycott the elections.

He called on President Musharraf to resign, saying free and fair elections were not possible under his rule.

The United Nations Security Council held an emergency session and later said it "unanimously condemned" the assassination.

Scene of grief

Ms Bhutto's coffin was removed from hospital in Rawalpindi and has now arrived by plane in Sukkur in Sindh province for burial in her home town, Larkana.

Her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, has arrived in Pakistan from Dubai to escort the coffin to its final resting-place.

The attack occurred close to an entrance gate of the city park where Ms Bhutto had been speaking.

Police confirmed reports Ms Bhutto had been shot in the neck and chest before the gunman blew himself up.

She died at 1816 (1316 GMT), said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of the PPP who was at hospital.

Some supporters at the hospital wept while others broke into anger, throwing stones at cars and breaking windows.

Protests erupted in other cities as news of the assassination spread, with reports of 11 deaths in the PPP's heartland province of Sindh, including four in provincial capital, Karachi.

More than 100 cars were burned in Karachi, while cars and a train were reportedly set on fire in Hyderabad.

In other violence:

Police in Peshawar, in the north-west, used batons and tear gas to break up a rally by protesters chanting anti-Musharraf slogans

One man was killed in a "shoot-out" between police and protesters in Tando Allahyar, the mayor said

Unrest was also reported in Quetta, Multan and Shikarpur

'Security lapse'

Mr Musharraf has announced three days of national mourning. All schools, colleges, universities, banks and government offices will remain closed.

Protesters set vehicles on fire in the streets of Hyderabad

Mr Sharif said there had been a "serious lapse in security" by the government.

Earlier on Thursday, at least four people were killed ahead of an election rally Mr Sharif had been preparing to attend close to Rawalpindi.

Ms Bhutto's death has plunged the PPP into confusion and raises questions about whether January elections will go ahead as planned, the BBC's Barbara Plett in Islamabad says.

The killing was condemned by India, the US, the UK and others.

US President George W Bush telephoned Mr Musharraf for what the White House would only describe as a "brief" conversation on the situation.


Father led Pakistan before being executed in 1979
Spent five years in prison
Served as PM from 1988-1990 and 1993-1996
Sacked twice by president on corruption charges
Formed alliance with rival ex-PM Nawaz Sharif in 2006
Ended self-imposed exile by returning to Pakistan in October
Educated at Harvard and Oxford
Ms Bhutto returned from self-imposed exile in October after years out of Pakistan where she had faced corruption charges.

Her return was the result of a power-sharing agreement with President Musharraf

He had granted an amnesty that covered the court cases she was facing.

But relations with Mr Musharraf soon broke down.

On the day of her arrival, she had led a motor cavalcade through the city of Karachi.

It was hit by a double suicide attack that left some 130 dead.

Rawalpindi, the nerve centre of Pakistan's military, is seen as one of the country's most secure cities.

Many analysts say attacks like those on Thursday show the creeping "Talebanisation" of Pakistan.

Radical Muslims calling for Islamic law, and fiercely opposed to the US, have become increasingly active in Pakistani politics in recent years, analysts say.


1. Benazir Bhutto had addressed a rally of thousands of supporters in Rawalpindi's Liaqat Bagh Park
2. As her convoy was leaving the park via the rear gate onto Murree road, she was shot twice in the neck and chest
3. The gunman then blew himself up killing at least 16 people
4. Ms Bhutto was taken to Rawalpindi General Hospital, but was pronounced dead at 1816 local time.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Malaysian Hindu loses bid to ban Muslim Conversion

News Source : Asia News

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia's highest court threw out on Thursday a bid by a Hindu woman to stop her estranged husband from converting their youngest son to Islam.

Her case is another sign of strain in the social fabric of the multi-racial nation, where many non-Muslims believe their rights are being trampled by the Muslim majority.

R. Subashini took legal action after her husband converted himself and their elder son, now four, to Islam in 2006. She says she now fears the husband wants to take their two-year-old, who still lives with her, and convert him to Islam as well.

The Federal Court rejected her request for an injunction on technical grounds, leaving her free to try again, but one judge noted the court's jurisdiction was limited, given the husband was now a Muslim and therefore governed by Islamic or sharia law.

"The civil and sharia courts cannot interfere with each other's jurisdiction," said Nik Hashim Nik Abdul Rahman, one of two judges who dismissed the case. One judge dissented.

Family law has become an emotional battleground between Malaysia's religious communities, with non-Muslims complaining civil courts are too willing to surrender jurisdiction to their Islamic counterparts in cases involving a Muslim conversion.

Marriages between Muslims and non-Muslims are forbidden in Malaysia, so once a non-Muslim spouse converts to Islam, the union is broken, lawyers say. While it can still exist under civil law, in reality the Islamic court does not recognise it.

A lawyer for R. Subashini said that although his client's case failed on a technicality, the judges' comments made it clear they recognised the husband's right, as a newly converted Muslim, to have recourse to the Islamic courts.

"The High Court has jurisdiction to hear matters when this is a non-Muslim marriage but the husband also has a right to sharia court under Islamic Law," lawyer K. Shanmuga said when asked by reporters to sum up the ruling's significance.

R. Subashini, a 29-year-old clerk, had initially asked the High Court to prevent her husband from gaining custody of both their sons through the sharia courts.

Her husband, a 32-year-old businessman, had converted to Islam and when he conveyed the news to his wife, she attempted suicide and was admitted to hospital.

After her hospitalisation, she discovered her husband had converted their eldest son to Islam.

Her lawyers had told the Federal Court the civil system was the right place for this case because she was not a Muslim.

They cited a landmark ruling by the Federal Court in July which stated that if one party was a non-Muslim, the sharia court had no jurisdiction. This was a rare ruling that went against a tide of decisions granting jurisdiction to the Islamic courts.

Banks face Financial turmoil despite abundant Global Liquidity

Source : Channel News Asia / AFP

PARIS : The international banking sector is grappling with a grave financial crisis at a time when, paradoxically, there is an abundance of ready cash available, notably from emerging market countries.

Big banks since August have slashed the amount of credit they are prepared to offer each other, anxious to avoid lending money to any institution that could be liable to huge losses because of exposure to the crisis in the US housing market.

The sub-prime, or high-risk, sector of the US market has been hit with a wave of foreclosures by homeowners unable to meet higher mortgage payments.

That in turn has undermined the value of billions of dollars' worth of securities backed by sub-prime mortgages and issued by major banks and finance institutions.

But according to Jean-Francois Robin of the French bank Natixis, "it's not that there is a lack of liquidity (in the global financial system), it's that it is not circulating."

If the inter-bank market has seized up, there are in fact funds available.

"The world's money supply is growing at a red-hot pace - 10 to 15 percent a year," said Jean-Herve Lorenzi of the French research group Cercle des Economistes.

Foreign exchange reserves held by emerging market powerhouses such as China and other big commodity exporters - Russia and members of the OPEC oil cartel, for example - are steadily expanding.

In such countries, along with Japan and Norway, sovereign wealth funds have been created to find fruitful investment outlets for the reserves that have built up over the years.

The funds, which are said to total more than US$2.8 trillion, have lately come to the rescue of some of the biggest names in global finance.

The US investment bank Merrill Lynch is to be re-capitalised thanks to a US$5.0 billion injection by investment company Temasek.

Morgan Stanley has been reinvigorated by the participation of the China Investment Corporation, also in the amount of US$5.0 billion, while another US behemoth, Citigroup, has received a US$7.5 billion lifeline from the Abu Dhabi sovereign fund.

Swiss banking giant UBS, which has been especially hard hit by the sub-prime meltdown, raised 11 billion dollars from another Singapore fund.

But sovereign funds are not the only entities sitting on piles of cash.

US billionaire investor Warren Buffett announced Tuesday he was buying a 60 percent stake in Marmon Holdings Incorporated, an industrial group owned by one of America's richest families, for US$4.5 billion.

Buffett's investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated, will acquire the remaining 40 percent of Marmon over five to six years at a price to be based on the group's future performance, the two sides said.

Marmon, which has been owned by Chicago's Pritzker family since 1953, is a manufacturing and services group with more than 125 units and whose products range from railroad tank cars to electrical wires and cables.

In addition, said Robin of Natixis, "there's lots more liquidity" held by insurers and pension funds, which manage savings worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

"They have taken their capital out of risky assets," such as stocks and bonds linked to real estate, he said.

"And they have lots of money to invest in the coming months, which should help the markets get back on their feet."

Hindraf 5: Lawyers want them in court

Source : Malaysia Kini

The lawyers of the five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) members who were held under the Internal Security Act (ISA) want the court to allow the detainees to be present during their habeas corpus trial.

The court hearing, which was set for today at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates’ Court, was however been postponed to Jan 24 to 28.

High Court judge Zainal Azman put off the hearing after the prosecution team, led by senior deputy public prosecutors Kamaludin Md Said and Abdul Wahab Mohd, said that they needed more time to prepare for the hearing.

“We will need at least three weeks to file in the 40 affidavits and prepare our case,” said Kamaludin.

The defence lawyers have earlier applied for a habeas corpus hearing last week in a bid to seek the release of the ISA detainees.

Habeas corpus is a writ ordering prisoners to be brought before a judge to ascertain if there are any procedural defects which could render their detention unlawful.

Lawyer Gobind Singh Deo (right) along with his father, DAP chairperson Karpal Singh - who led a 12-member defence team - argued that it was imperative for the detainees to be present during the trial in order to challenge the affidavits.

“It is much more convenient for the defense counsels to have their clients present during trial as it would assist us immensely when cross-examining the affidavits,” said Gobind.

They also said that it would be easier for the lawyers to communicate with their clients - who are currently being detained in Kamunting, Perak; about four hours away from Kuala Lumpur - if they were present during the hearing.

Furthermore, the lawyers argued that under section 17 and 18 of the ISA, the attorney-general (AG) can use his discretion to allow detainees to be produced in court during their trial.

But the prosecutors however argued that the AG must first have the consent of the internal security minister - who is Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi - before he can let the five from the Kamunting Detention Centre to be brought to court.

Judge Zainal Azman then instructed the prosecutors to consult with the AG to see if the prosecution team had any problems with having the five in court.

Gobind when met after the hearing said that they would write a letter to the AG’s Chambers and the Internal Security Ministry on the matter.

The five detained Hindraf leaders are lawyers P Uthayakumar, 46, M Manoharan, 46, R Kengadharan, 40, V Ganabatirau, 34, and former bank officer K Vasantha Kumar, 34.

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Writing on the wall for MIC Supremo

Source : MalaysiaKini
By : Athi Veeranggan

The jeering and booing of Works Minister S Samy Vellu at the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa) last Sunday shows the naked truth that a growing number of Indian Malaysians are against the MIC strongman.

On Sunday night, loud boos accompanied Samy Vellu on stage as he emerged to officiate Astro’s 'Aattam 100 Vagai' (100 types of dance), an international modern Indian dance competition. If the crowd's unhappiness was anything to go by, Indian Malaysians want the beleaguered Samy Vellu to gracefully relinquish both his party and government positions immediately. Watch the YouTube

"The message is loud and clear. Hindu masses have had enough of Samy Vellu,” said Penang-based United Hindu Religious Council President G Mugunthan, 65.

"Samy Vellu (should) honourably resign. He has been ‘warming’ the chair for far too long."

Indeed, Samy Vellu has firmly held the party’s reign for nearly 30 years. During this period, he has made sure that he is the only Indian cabinet minister, no one else.

Obviously, he wants to be revered as the supreme leader for the 1.8 million Tamil-speaking Indians in the country.

In the past, he called all the shots and held the key to all major government decisions on issues pertaining to Indian affairs.

Stability in MIC

Certain party insiders believe that Samy Vellu's autocratic political style has provided stability within the party.

But political stability of a party does not guarantee prosperity for the community.

"It will work so long (that) there is no dissent. Now after 50 years, Hindus have finally (awaken) from their deep slumber to realise that Barisan Nasional, MIC and Samy Vellu have had deceived and manipulated them for selfish gains," said a MIC observer who declined to be named.

It is a known fact that the majority of Indian Malaysians have been staunch BN supporters over the years. In return, they expected the ruling coalition to safeguard and enhance their interests, rights and benefits.

However, this did not happen.

The nationwide awakening was driven by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf). It rapidly caught fire due to prevailing discontentment, disenchantment and disillusionment amongst Indian Malaysians.

A political observer said that Hindraf does not need to spread lies to capture the imagination of the Hindu masses since the disturbing truth created by MIC and BN’s lopsided policies was evident enough.

"The Hindu masses needed a spark and they got it through Hindraf,” the observer noted.

"At Pisa, Hindus vent their anger against the MIC leader for his feudal-style leadership tainted by cronyism, nepotism, corruption and miseries to Indians through the country. Never before have Hindus loathed and despised the MIC supremo so openly."

The abuses and foul words lashed out last weekend would have traumatised anyone but the thick-skinned Samy Vellu took it all in his stride.

He even had the cheek to wave to the abusive crowd of largely Indian youths who wanted the long-time Indian leader to get out of their sight.

But what about him?

Malaysian Indian United Party (MIUP) Penang pro-tem liaison committee chairman L Balasupramaniyam described the whistling and jeering as a "mass dissatisfaction and displeasure demonstrated against the mess created by Samy Vellu and company."

"Samy Vellu said MIC would change its elected representatives who were suffering from ‘fatigue’. But what about him?” asked Balasupramaniyam.

It is undoubtedly time for the government to look more seriously into the problems affecting Indian Malaysians and resolve them by taking effective measures.

Mugunthan said that the government should not merely listen to MIC and the array of party-linked NGO leaders.

He added that the government should understand the fact that thousands of Indian Malaysians do not recognise Samy Vellu as their leader.

All the issues resurfacing now are issues that should been resolved in last 50 years, he added.

The BN-led government has failed to so despite numerous calls by various parties.

Indian Malaysians have been on the losing end after backing BN and MIC for all these years. They now want what is rightfully theirs.

On Nov 25, they collectively showed their disapproval to the failures of BN, MIC and Samy Vellu in the streets of Kuala Lumpur and once again, a month later in Penang's Pisa.

It is up to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Samy Vellu and the party to see the writing on the wall.

It is there for all to see. It would be the height of arrogance if Samy Vellu fails to see it himself.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Malaysia moves to preserve temples to calm Indians

Source : Reuters - Asia News

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia vowed to preserve Hindu temples on Monday in a bid to calm ethnic Indians who complain that their places of worship have been torn down as part of racial discrimination.
More than 10,000 ethnic Indians took to the streets in an unprecedented anti-government protest last month, demanding better education and job opportunities and an end to state demolition of temples.

"I will scrutinise all matters concerning temples with a view to ensure no temples are demolished in the future," Works Minister S. Samy Vellu, the only ethnic Indian minister in the cabinet said in a statement.

"And if they have to be demolished, suitable alternative sites must be allocated so that Hindus can continue to worship," he said, adding that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had ordered him to monitor the temples nationwide.

Hindu activists say one temple had been pulled down every three weeks on average. Authorities deem temples built without permission as illegal structures.

Around seven percent of Malaysia's 26 million people are ethnic Indians, whose forefathers were brought to the Southeast Asian country as labourers by British colonial rulers.

Many in the community complain of racial discrimination, accusing the government of trying to wipe out their culture by imposing Islamic laws and targeting Hindu temples.

Following last month's mass protest, which prompted India's prime minister to voice sympathy for the plight of ethnic Indians, Malaysia arrested five Hindu activists under a tough security law that allows indefinite detention without trial.

The government denies it is mistreating Indians.

Malaysia's stalling reform threatens investment

Source : Reuters - Asia News

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's drive to woo investment is losing traction, as efforts to get rid of red tape and inept bureaucrats falter, threatening to put it further behind neighbouring Singapore.A year after the authorities vowed to speed up the business approval process, businessmen are still battling unwieldy procedures and inert government staff.

"Civil servants have become more courteous, they smile more than usual but the bureaucracy, the red tape, is still there," said Mohd Ghouse Mohd Noor, who is setting up a hospital resort in Penang state in northern Malaysia where he hopes to entice visitors for medical treatment.

Ghouse said potential investors from the United Arab Emirates had been scared off by the red tape encountered at government departments.

"They are still passing us from one person to another. Nobody seems to know who is responsible and who should look into matters," he said of the bureaucracy. "Some of our investors say to us 'You go and solve your problem first'."

While Malaysia's record in attracting foreign investment would be the envy of many developing countries, it is still much harder to open a business here than in Singapore.

It takes nine steps and more than a week to register a business in Malaysia compared with five steps in five days for Singapore, according to the World Bank's Doing Business Index 2008.

Many blame Malaysia's civil service for being slow, unresponsive and opaque, and it continues to disappoint despite a state-led revamp aimed at winning more investment.

Perhaps now more than ever, Malaysia needs investors as it seeks private money to help fund several multibillion dollar farming, energy and tourism projects.

Foreign direct investment into Malaysia leapt to a 10-year high in 2006 but many in the business community say that is despite red tape, rather than because of government efforts to reduce it.

"If you compare with other countries, it's nothing," Pankaj Kumar, chief investment officer at Malaysian insurance company Kurnia Insurans, said of foreign investment. "Asia as a whole has been a magnet for investments to come in, especially with the petrodollars."

In response to complaints, the government set up a cabinet committee in September 2006 to fast-track approval for projects involving high-technology, huge capital investment or job growth.

And in February, the authorities created a task force of officials and business leaders to simplify procedures. It expedited approval for expatriate work passes and speeded up the registration of businesses and renewal of business licences.

Since the drive was launched, businesses have reported improved service from customs and immigration staff. On the whole, however, complaints about sluggish bureaucrats and tardy service are still common.

Malaysia was ranked 24th in the World Bank's 2008 index on ease of doing business, down three places from 2007. It was behind Hong Kong and Thailand but ahead of South Korea, China, Vietnam and India. Singapore topped the list of 178 economies.


Overseas investors helped build Kuala Lumpur's iconic twin towers and the main highway, which spans the length of the peninsula, while global oil majors are developing multimillion dollar energy fields in Malaysia.

But foreign companies have complained that the regulatory authorities sit on applications to set up offices here, and local businessmen allege that government officials have asked for payment in return for state contracts.

The government awards state contracts through open tender but in some instances it has expedited the process by shortlisting only proven contractors and then awarding the job to one of them.

Malaysia wants to attract foreign dollars into its Islamic finance industry to build on its success as the world's largest Islamic bond market.

The authorities are also setting up a $105 billion, electronics, food, health and education hub in Johor state in the south.

It also wants to transform its Malay heartland in the northern states of Kedah, Penang and Terengganu into a farming, tourism, energy and manufacturing powerhouse.

But its plans are at risk of foundering as it struggles to galvanise its roughly one million public servants, despite wielding the stick.

"The government might want one thing but the culture of the civil service might not react to it," said political analyst Ooi Kee Beng of Singapore's Institute of South East Asian Studies.

"That's the tough part to change: you can change the rules and all that but how do you, down the hierarchy, actually get people to work?" Ooi said.

In the Malaysian civil service, rewards are modest, punishments are few and jobs are usually secure for life, which offers little incentive for improvement.

Public servants are almost all ethnic Malays, due to an affirmative action policy which favours the race in jobs, education and business.


In the World Bank's Doing Business Index 2008, Malaysia got good marks for investor protection but scored less well for enforcing contracts, registering property and starting a business.

Pemudah, a panel to facilitate business comprising private and public sector officials, says efforts are being made to rectify Malaysia's weaknesses.

"It is a matter of procedures and how we can shorten them," said Yong Poh Kon, who co-chairs the panel.

Kuala Lumpur is also struggling with perceptions that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has gone soft on his pledge to stamp out graft in the civil service.

High profile prosecutions of civil servants for corruption have been rare. Former lands minister Kasitah Gaddam, the most senior official prosecuted for graft so far, was charged in 2004, and his case is still wending its way through the courts.

Analysts say the Anti-Corruption Agency's discretion to prosecute is fettered as it reports to the Prime Minister, unlike countries such as Hong Kong where the equialent body reports to Parliament.

And some critics say there are other pressing issues raised by investors, including a requirement that listed firms be owned 30 percent by "Bumiputras" (sons of the soil) who are Malays or indigenous people under the affirmative action policy.

"If the government is serious about facilitating rather than imposing barriers for foreign investors we must actually address fundamental problems," said opposition politician Lim Guan Eng.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

FINS Charity Night 2008

We the able ones should assist in helping the others who are in need. Please help these youngs ones, give them a chance to live their life better than us and give them a chance for their journey to the future...

NITIAWARIE A/P MURUGAN, 11 tahun is diagnosed with what is medically known as, Lypomonogycial Terterd Cord, Uregynic bowel bladder lower limb weakness and Neurogynic bladder. Also was said “ketumbuhan di bahagian pinggul”

SANJEEV RAO A/L SARAVANAN, 1 tahun empat bulan is down with posterior urethral valve with non functioning left kidney. Part of his kidney malfunctioned since he was in mother’s womb. This cute baby need to go to India for an urgent operation on 29th January 2008.

How to donate?

There is a program called "FINS CHARITY NIGHT 2008" organised by Kolej Rahim Kajai, UKM and the details are as follows :-

Tarikh : 13 Januari 2008 (Ahad)
Masa : 7.31petang -11.45 malam
Tempat : DECTAR, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Call person below for more information

Mr.Robert 017-6329045
Mr.Thuresh 017-4233460

Credits to for the highlight...