Song Kee Chai's fake JP award !

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Fake JP award to Song Kee Chai
BN candidate for Sungai Pinang state seat

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The truth about special rights, as told like never before

During this critical election period , those of you who are not actively involved in doing something to protect yiur own rights, do at least forward this message through emails to remind all the rest of the community,
the need to go all out and vote !

...to show that our combined force can make a difference


When the Nazis came for the communists,I remained silent; I was not a communist.When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent;I was not a social democrat.When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out;I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews,I remained silent;I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for me,there was no one left to speak out ..... - Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
My conscience play tricks with me reading this poem of Martin Niemoller. Certainly Kim Quek would have no such problem.

Here's something I ducked out. Saturday, December 04, 2004

Unveiling the truth of Malay 'Special Rights' .... - Kim Quek
The recurring issue of Malay 'special rights' was again brought into focus when Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang moved to reprimand Higher Education Minister Shaffie Salleh in Parliament on Dec 1st for the latter's recent racial utterances.
In the recently concluded UMNO annual assembly, Shaffie vowed to never admit any non-Malay students to the public funded Universiti Institute Teknologi Mara (UiTM), and he also undertook to ensure that in spite of the current meritocracy system of university intake, Malay students would always exceed 55%, which was the percentage stipulated under the previous quota system.
Proposing the motion, Kit Siang described these policy statements as shocking and extremist. He exerted that apart from damaging Malaysia's international reputation, they undermined national unity and integration and lowered competitiveness all round.
Opposing the motion, MP Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO, Kemaman) accused Kit Siang of stirring up racial issues and challenging Malay "special rights", for which Ahmad quoted Article 153 of the Federal Constitution which prescribed these rights.
Kit Siang denied these accusations and asked the newly appointed Speaker Ramli Ngah Talib for a ruling as to whether the motion was deemed seditious. The Speaker remained silent. As expected, the motion was eventually rejected in view of ruling party BN's overwhelming majority.
Forty seven years after Independence, racial issues continued to monopolise national politics, and championing Malay rights remains the single dominant ideology of the only ruling power that this independent nation has known, UMNO. Thousands of speeches have been made championing this Malay cause, using various terminologies such as Malay "special rights", Malay "special privileges" or simply Malay "rights", often invoking the nation's Constitution as the legal back-up.
But, of the thousands of politicians who have used these terminologies, how many have read through the Constitution to find out what these "rights" really are? Very few, perhaps!

Our Constitution is printed in a small booklet that can be bought for about RM10 in the book shops. Buy one copy and read through to find out what it says about these "rights". After all, these issues have been the hottest favourites of our politicians ever since our Independence. Aren't you curious to find out? If you have read through the Constitution to look for an answer to these Malay "rights", perhaps the first thing that has struck you is that, familiar terminologies such as Malay "special rights", Malay "special privileges" or Malay "rights" are no where to be found in the Constitution.
Instead, we only find the term "the special position of the Malays", which appears twice, in Clause (1) and Clause (2) of Article 153, which is titled "Reservation of quotas in respect of services, permits, etc, for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak". (The natives of Sabah and Sarawak were only incorporated into the Constitution upon the formation of Malaysia in 1963, during which Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore were merged with Malaya to form Malaysia.
In this article, the words "the natives of Sabah and Sarawak" will not be repeated after the word "Malay" when I quote from the Constitution, for abbreviation purpose). MP Ahmad Shabery Cheek has of course correctly pinpointed Article 153 as that part of the Constitution upon which Malay "rights" were founded. But has he read and understood the full meaning of Article 153?
Anyone who has read through Article 153 might be surprised to discover that the provisions favouring Malays are in fact quite moderate, and certainly no way as stretched out in intensity and scope as our politicians would want us to believe. Similarly, those provisions protecting the non-Malays as a counter-balance to the special position of the Malays under this Article are also surprisingly quite well conceived and fair.
In fact, when read in conjunction with Article 8 (Equality) and Article 136 (Impartial treatment of Federal employees), Article 153 cannot be construed as having significantly violated the egalitarian principles of our Constitution, contrary to common perception.

Since the egalitarian nature of our Constitution is largely intact, in spite of the presence of Article 153, then why should it have acquired such an adverse reputation as the legal root of all kinds of racial inequalities in this country?
Answer: the fault is not with our Constitution, but with our politicians twisting, misinterpreting and abusing it.
It is perhaps high time we get to the bottom of Article 153.Clause (1) of Article 153 states: "It shall be the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to safeguard the special position of the Malays and the legitimate interests of other communities in accordance with the provisions of this Article". So, the first understanding that we must have on Article 153 is that it is meant to protect the interests of not only the Malays, but also those of the non-Malays.Next, note the deliberate use of the words "safeguard" and "special position" (instead of "special rights" or "special privileges"). The choice of these words must be understood in the historical context of the drafting of this Constitution half a century ago when Malays were economically and educationally backward in relation to other races. It was thought fit and proper then that there must be "safeguards" to protect the Malays from being swarmed over by other races.
Hence, the creation of the "special position" of the Malays, which was obviously intended for defensive purpose: to protect for survival. The impeccable avoidance of using words like "rights" and "privileges", and the choice of the word "safeguard" were clearly calculated to reflect its defensive nature. Under that historical context, the provision of the special position of the Malays in the Constitution certainly could not be interpreted to mean the endowment of racial privileges to create a privileged class of citizenship. Clause (2) says that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall safeguard the special position of the Malays by reserving positions "of such proportion as he may deem reasonable" in a) the public service b) educational facilities and c) business licenses.

Clauses (3) & (6) say that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may, for purpose of fulfilling Clause (2), give general directions to the relevant authorities, which shall then duly comply.There is a separate clause covering the allocation of seats in tertiary education - Clause (8A). It says that where there are insufficient places for any particular course of study, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may give directions for the "reservation of such proportion of such places for Malays as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may deem reasonable; and the authority shall duly comply with the directions."
As for the protection of non-Malays against possible encroachment of their existing interests, there are several provisions under different clauses in this Article, prohibiting the deprivation of the existing facilities enjoyed by them, whether in public service, education or trading licenses.
Of these protective clauses, Clauses (5) and (9) are particularly significant. Clause (5) consists of one sentence, which reads: "This Article does not derogate from the provisions of Article 136".Article 136 also consists of one sentence, which reads: "All persons of whatever race in the same grade in the service of the Federation shall, subject to the terms and conditions of their employment, be treated impartially." Clause (9) consists of one sentence, which reads: "Nothing in this Article shall empower Parliament to restrict business or trade solely for the purpose of reservations for Malays."Reading Article 153 will not be complete without reading Article 89 (Equality).
I will quote the more significant Clauses (1) and (2) of this Article in full, as follows: Clause (1) states: "All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law."Clause (2) states: "Except as expressly authorized by this Constitution, there shall be no discrimination against citizens on the ground only of religion, race, descent or place of birth in any law or in the appointment to any office or employment under a public authority or in the administration of any law relating to the acquisition, holding or disposition of property or the establishing or carrying on of any trade, business, profession, vocation or employment."
Reading through these Articles of the Constitution, we are able to draw the following conclusions:
1. The present clamour for Malay "special rights" as sacrosanct racial privileges of a privileged race, especially under the ideological ambit of Ketuanan Melayu (Malay the master race), is in conflict with the letters and spirit of the Constitution.
2. The special position of the Malays as prescribed under Article 153 of the Constitution is limited in scope to only the reservation of reasonable quotas in these 3 sectors: public services, educational places and business licenses. Hence, the present rampant racial discriminations practiced on almost every facet of our national life are mostly violations of the Constitution.
Examples of these violations are:
a) Racial discrimination in the appointment and promotion of employees in publicly funded bodies, resulting in these becoming almost mono-raced bodies (particular so in their top strata). These bodies include: the civil service, police, army and various semi and quasi government agencies.
b) Barring of non-Malays from tenders and contracts controlled directly or indirectly by the government.
c) Imposition of compulsory price discounts and quotas in favour of Malays in housing projects.
d) Imposition of compulsory share quota for Malays in non-Malay companies.
e) Blanket barring of non-Malays to publicly funded academic institutions (that should include the Uitm, which is the subject of debate in Parliament referred to earlier in this article).
f) Completely lop-sided allocation of scholarships and seats of learning in clearly unreasonable proportions that reflect racial discriminations.
3) Our Constitution provides for only one class of citizenship and all citizens are equal before the law. The presence of Article 153 does not alter this fact, as it is meant only to protect the Malays from being "squeezed" by other races by allowing the reservation of reasonable quotas on certain sectors of national life.
However, this Constitution has now been hijacked through decades of hegemony of political power by the ruling party to result in the virtual monopoly of the public sector by a single race. The ensuing racism, corruption and corrosion of integrity of our democratic institutions have brought serious retrogression to our nation-building process in terms of national unity, discipline, morality and competitiveness of our people.

4) At this critical juncture, when nations in this region and around the world are urgently restructuring and shaping up to cope with globalization, our nation stagnates in a cesspool that has been created through decades of misrule.
Unless urgent reforms are carried out, beginning with the dismantling of the anachronistic racial superstructure, we are in for serious troubles in the days ahead.

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Lim Guan Eng stands with DAP Kota Alam Shah

Lim Lip Suan together with supporters attending the DAP New Year Gathering at its
PJ HQ and approaching Lim Guan Eng to lobby for his candidacy in the Kota Alam Shah




Take in the New , throw out the Old ...for sure !

迎 新送旧,理所当然! 哥打阿南沙主席林立选 今年的农历新年是鼠年,就让我在这向大家讲个有关老鼠的故事:几年前在市面上有一本畅销书叫《谁搬走了我的乳酪》;内容好像是特别写给大马华裔看的……故事是描述两只老鼠和两个小矮人面临乳酪完了的危机;老鼠总是用简单却没有效率的错误尝试法来找寻乳酪。另外两个小矮人,"犹疑"和"哈哈"则对找寻乳酪有不同的态度;"犹疑"是个懒得变动、害怕改变的人;"哈哈"却是太顾"恩情"而几乎害了自己的人。当"哈哈"成功的面对"乳酪完了"的现实,(这让我想起副首相纳吉在去年的巫统大会里警告说我们将在未来的四、五年之内从石油净出口国变成净人口国)而勇敢的去找寻新的乳酪时,他在墙上写下了许多发人深思的话,如:1.如果你不改变自己,你就会被淘汰!2.虽然比较晚开始,但总比没有开始要好得多了!3.要常常嗅一嗅乳酪的气味,如此你才会知道它何时开始变质!(要常常关心政 治,这样你才会知道……)4.选择往新的方向移动能帮助你找到新的乳酪!5.当你摆脱了恐惧,你就会感到无比的舒服!6.你愈早放弃旧的乳酪,你就会愈快找到新的乳酪!7.进入迷宫里寻找新的乳酪总比继续停留在旧的地方而已经有迹象说明将快没有乳酪的地方安全得多了!8.食古不化的想法,不会帮助你找到新的乳酪。 从这本书的故事,我联想到一个国家沿用了五十年的政策对那个国家的经济已经造成了许许多多的限制已是个不争的事实。以往的世界经济还可包容这类没有竞争力的种族经济,但是"全球化"(Globalization)已经把我们的乳酪从种族之间竞争转变到向全世界竞争,还句话说,如果我们不敢勇于改变,我们将会被世界所淘汰!试看看下面这一段:50年前,我国宣布独立时,自称是君主立宪国;50年后,我国副首相告诉我们说我国是回教国,首相则澄清是议会民主国……50年前,我国改编印尼情歌为Negaraku;50年后,我国有位年轻人把Negaraku改编为Negarakuku,从源头来看,其实并不过分……但这可怜的年轻人却被国阵政府动用整个政府能动用的打压手段来打压他……50年前,华、巫、印三大民族是建国的主要三兄弟,50年后,巫统告诉其他民族不可挑战他们主要民族(Ketuanan Melayu)的地位……50年前,查卡利亚是个在贫穷家庭生活的小孩子;50年后,因为政治背景的缘故,查卡利亚已是为了子孙满堂的理由而要建非法千万豪宅的Datuk!他在面对"市议会一门三杰"、"自己批地给自己"、"被控39项罪状"等一连串的事件后,依然无事,这要不说明查卡利亚本身是无罪的,要不就是说明我们的国阵政府是无能的! 所谓政府,是我们每五年选出来为我们做事的;它凡做一件事,我要用监督的眼光衡量它的效率与成果,做的好,是应该的,做得不好,就得换人。如果以上述50年的"业绩"来看,我左看右看上看下看都看不出国阵政府是及格的政府;更何况它把所有的政府建筑物弄得不漏水就不叫政府建筑物,这种丢人现眼的政府如果还不换的话,国家肯定没有前途!!!所以在这鼠年,我最大的愿望及要求就是所有大马华社的一份子都勇于改变,为了我们自己及我们的下一代,因为只有这样,我们才能面对全球化的挑战。就让我们在这个国家已经独立了50年后的今天勇敢的作出改变,抗衡霸权的国阵政府,争取更有保障的未来;使所谓的2020宏愿能真正的落实! 同时,我们也呼吁选民不要被国阵政府最近的大派糖果而冲昏头脑;糖果的背后还有许多的计时炸弹如外劳政策、治安问题、通货膨胀问题、过路费问题、油价问题等等等没有解决!再次祝愿大家;新年快乐,万事如意!

A New Year , a New Beginning, naturally

This lunar new year is the year of the Rat which gives me the opportunity to tell a story related to the rat.
A few years ago there is this best selling book by the title “Who moved my cheese?” by Dr Spencer Johnson which has some relevance to the Malaysia Chinese community. It features two mice and two miniature humans , "Hem" and "Haw". The two mice always use the crudest and inefficient ways to find cheese. Whereas Hem and Haw have a different way to go about it. Hem has big inertia to change and not willing to adapt while Haw has too much compassion that invariably exposes his loved ones to great danger.

As Haw has accepted the fact that the cheese has run out he set out to find a new source, (which reminds me of our DPM Najib ‘s warning during the UMNO general assembly a few years ago that Malaysia will become a net importer of crude oil in 4 to 5 years time) he writes on the wall of the cheese station the following thought provoking statement:

1. Change
If you do not change, you will become extinct

2. Its never too late to change

3. Monitor Change
Smell the Cheese often so you know when it is getting old
( that is , be more aware and concerned with politics, only then will you know the change)

4. Change Happens
New directions , new sources

5. Get rid of the fear to change

6. Adapt quickly to change
The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese

7. Enjoy Change!
Savor The Adventure And Enjoy The Taste Of New Cheese!

8. Anticipate Change
Get Ready For The Cheese To Move

The story makes me think of the undisputed fact of the under-achievements , wastage , damage and restrictions caused by the 50 years economic policy which Malaysia has suffered under the Barisan National regime.

The old uncompetitive & growth-delibidating race based economic policies may have worked to a certain extent in the past, but no longer in the present real world. Globalisation has made our ‘cheese’ change and exposes us to the harsh competitive world stage. Simply put, if we do not change, we will become ‘ extinct ‘.

Since 50 years ago, we have been a constitutional monarchy. now 50 years later, we were told by our DPM that we are an Islamic country, then again our PM clarified otherwise.

50 years ago, we adopted the Indonesian love song and modified it to become our national anthem ‘Negaraku’. 50 years later, a young man modified it again to become ‘Negarakuku’.
Looking at it objectively , it is not offensive in fact. Then again, the poor young helpless man was crushed by the disproportionate salvo unleashed by the merciless BN government machinery .
50 years ago, the three major races were united as the founding pillars of this country. 50 years later, UMNO has warned others not to raise the issue nor challenge the Malay dominant status (Ketuanan Melayu)

50 years ago, Zakaria Md Deros was only an ordinary small boy from a poor family. 50 years later, owing to his extraordinary political influence and so-called " family needs " , he built an illegal multi million ringgit mansion which has been dubbed " Zakaria's Palace" ! Still standing tall & basking in unabashed glory even after a string of negative issues such as the ‘3 town councilors from 1 family’, ‘self approval of land application’, ‘multiple charges of 39 law offences’ scandals , this can only prove either that the shameless man is not guilty or the BN government is simply hopeless!

The elected government , as the name suggests, is what we choose every 5 years to serve us, the people. We have to monitor closely its effectiveness and results. If the results are good , we deserve it. If bad , we can change it. If we judge the results based on the past 50 years performance, it goes without saying that the BN government is a total failure. If there is no change, there is little future for this country.

Therefore for the year of the Rat, I can only wish that all Malaysian have the courage to change, for our generation and the coming one. Only then, we are able to take on the challenge of world globalization.

Let us make the brave move and stand up against the unreasonable BN regime, fight for a better future, and make the Vision 2020 come true!

I would like to take the opportunity to call on voters not to be pampered and tricked by the election gimmicks and tricks currently served by the BN. Hidden behind all these promised sweets are unsolved hardcore issues like foreign workers policy, rising social crime statistics , inflation issues, toll hikes, imminent fuel price hikes, and other time bombs waiting to blow up.

Happy New Year!
Lim Lip Suan
DAP Kota Alam Shah Chairman


Press Release by DAP Sri Pinang

DAP Sri Pinang supports Lim Lip Suan

DAP Sri Pinang is totally dissatisfied and at a loss with a Selangor DAP leader who has with unabashed ulterior motives falsely created some dangerous spins as part of a shameful strategy to divert attention to his numerous personal shortcomings. This kind of uncouth behavior is uncalled for and incompatible with someone who is a leader of a responsible political party.

We need a trustworthy election candidate which DAP can be truly proud of !

We DAP Sri Pinang would humbly mention though that the issue of the Kota Alam Shah state seat would normally not be up to DAP Sri Pinang to comment. However due to the contemptuous and disgraceful tactics adopted and the strange and suspicious support towards someone who we sincerely believe to be intellectually handicapped and with dubious loyalty to the party and people at large , we DAP Sri Pinang , as an important part of the DAP family, cannot just stand idly by and we have resolved to defend the honour of our party with the fullest concern and responsibility that it deserves.

We have full confidence in our comrade Mr Lim Lip Suan , the DAP Kota Alam Shah Chairman and fully supports him and cannot by any accounts allow other unscrupulous people to sabotage his promising political career . As a mark of our total and unequivocal support and sincerity , we have through our own initiatives prepared 10 "Lim Lip Suan Chinese New Year banners" for the purpose of enhancing his image and publicity further to the public.

We DAP Sri Pinang firmly believes that Lim Lip Suan is the most qualified person available to lead the challenge in the coming election. We strongly urge the DAP Central Committee to give Lim Lip Suan due consideration and will appreciate the prompt response for campaign preparation purpose.

We hope that the Central Committee can accept the wishes of the grass root members. We would also take the opportunity to call on voters not to be pampered by the election gimmicks and tricks currently served by the BN. Hidden behind all these promised sweets eg, relaxed foreign workers policy, social crime problems , inflation issues, toll hikes, imminent fuel price hikes, and others are really time bombs waiting to blow up.

We urgently need strong and able people like Lim Lip Suan and his team to take up the fight against the BN regime, to make a difference and achieve our ultimate objective of forcing BN to solve the above woes and relieve the hardship of the general public.


DAP Sri Pinang supports Lim Lip Suan



A letter to all Malaysians

尊敬的马来西亚公民:我们生存在一片美丽丰裕的国土。这五十年来我们有些成就,也有值得我们庆幸和骄傲的地方。可是,好多严重的人为问题也产生了。我 们不再感到安全,因为罪案屡屡,警方好像束手无策。我们缺乏各种自由,如宗教,言论,和教育自由。我们生活逐渐困难,虽然国家资源丰富。经过半世纪的发展和奋斗,每人都已获得真正的平等了吗?资源的取用和分配公平吗?我们的社会公正吗?司法公正吗?有冤时能伸吗?有话能说吗?不满时能抗议吗?加上贪官当道,钱使推磨,欲诉无门,像个什么社会?种种病症,必有病源。其一,病入膏肓的贪污,加上鸵鸟式的无睹。其二,制度缺乏透明和制衡。其三,新闻和言论的封锁。再者,执政者不正,当权者滥权。又者,司法远离公正廉明四个字。可不悲哀?再这样下去,下一代怎办?很明显的,必须改革了!我们需要一个更好的政府,更好的国会。单靠埋怨政府是不够的。国会议员是我们选的,要嘛只能怪自己。所以,我恳求大家采取以下行动:一、和家人,同事,及朋友讨论改革国会的需要。二、在将来临的大选,前往投票,投于改革。三、请勿认为手中仅一票而无法影响大局。四、请勿认为政客一般黑,投谁都一样。也请勿保持自扫门前雪的态度。五、影响和鼓励你的家人,同事,及朋友在将来临的大选,前往投票,投于改革。投票是一个重大的责任,不是儿戏;每一票都代表民主和君国之别。我们在批评政府之时,自己应当先尽责。也让我们想想自己和他人的儿女,让我们仔细看着他们那些充满希望和期待的眼神。无数的幼小的他们,无法投票,只能把他们的前途托付于我们。我们对后代的责任,不仅是当前的抚养而已。为了大家的后代,我们有责任把票投于改革。在大选投票过后,我们还需要继续监督我们的国会议员,确保他们实行诺言,向人民交代。改革不是白日梦,改革是社会历史的必经路。但是,改革不能凭口,而要靠每个人的行动,要靠奋斗。让我们为了那无数的无暇的眼神而行动吧!谢谢!杨映波(一名关心社会的人士)________________________________