Growing MyKad woes for kids of Hindu-Muslim birth

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Aidila Razak (Malaysiakini)
Dec 31, 10
2:31pm

A special government taskforce, aimed at providing assistance with documentation issues plaguing the Indian community, has uncovered at least ten cases involving the children of Muslim-Hindu couples.

“There have been 10 to 20 of such cases identified by the taskforce in the one year since we started work,” said taskforce coordinator S Siva.

Of the cases identified, two have formally lodged their complaints to the National Registration Department for resolution and have received case numbers.

Of them, one involves a 30-year-old woman, raised as a Hindu but recently barred from marrying another Hindu when she was told by the authorities that she is Muslim.

NONEShe claims to have had no knowledge that the NRD has registered her as a Muslim following her mother’s religion at birth.

Fifteen-year-old M Saraswasthy* faces similar problems.

Born of a Muslim mother and a Hindu father, she had her MyKad application rejected because she chose the Hindu identity ‘Saraswathy a/p Muniandy’.

NRD officers are insisting on the Muslim name Saraswathy binti Kamal Shah – following the name religious officials had forced onto her father even though he had never converted and is recognised by the NRD as a Hindu.

While Muniandy* (left) has been persistent with the NRD in pushing for a MyKad for his daughter, he is still wary of going public with his predicament for fear of persecution.

The family, who have been living as Hindus for the past 17 years, has had to move at least five times in as many years following a religious department raid and threats from parang-wielding vigilantes who had discovered their situation.

‘Nothing to fear’

Subramaniam however asserts that those who bring their problems to the taskforce, that is chaired by Human Resources Minister S Subramaniam and that works closely with the NRD and the Home Ministry, have nothing to fear.

mykad counter 051105“They won’t be prosecuted, unless of course they have blatantly broken the law, like killing or robbing someone.

“We handle (these problems) on a case-by-case basis, and we will consult legal authorities, experts and religious bodies from both religions involved. At the end of the day, people need to be documented,” said Siva.

Malaysiakini understands that Muniandy will be in touch with the taskforce to find a solution for his children’s documentation problems.

Official records show that there are 32,000 Indians with birth certificates but without MyKads.

The figure for those without even the birth certificate is expected to be staggering.

The year according to Kuala Selangor folk (MalaysianInsider)

Though it is the new ‘Wawasan 2020’ or ‘Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang’ and as pervasive, the meaning of ‘1 Malaysia’ was severely criticised by respondents who felt that it did not gel with the racism in their lives. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA SELANGOR, Dec 31 — It’s that time of year again where the media recaps what it considers the biggest events of the past 365 days.

From church bombings in the first week of 2010 to (as of the writing of this article) the Cameron Highlands bus crash, news junkies and the punditry have had a lot to write about.

But just because an event or issue is incisively analysed and expertly commented on does not necessarily mean it matters as much to the public. This explains why stories like “man stabs wife then jumps to death” tend to always edge out political stories on online most-read lists.  

So what does the Malaysian public really think of the events that made the headlines? The Malaysian Insider decided to take a snapshot of this collective, ground-eyed view sentiment in the parliamentary constituency of Kuala Selangor.

It is an area that occupies a curious middle ground between what is usually regarded as urban and rural. Its residents insist it feels like a kampung yet it is only about 40 minutes from the metropolitan Klang Valley. 

The oil palm estates that carpet Kuala Selangor hide villages where cellphone reception is spotty and yet many youths commute each morning to factories in Petaling Jaya and Klang. 

There was a vast diversity in events and scandals that piqued the interest of those interviewed. But despite differences in ethnicity, age, occupation and exposure, they all felt touched by an over-arching national issue that wove itself into their lives and their loved ones. 

A brief on the methods

The interviewees were asked to recall themselves what were some of the events of 2010 that really held their attention. If they couldn’t do that, then they would get a list of suggestions.

The list included the church bombings in January, the fatal shooting of Aminulrasyid Amzah, the murder of cosmetics billionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya, the Sodomy II trial, the trials of former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo and former Transport Minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.

The third part of survey was a free-form interview on whether their lives were better this year compared to last year and their hopes going into next year.

A majority of them requested anonymity in order to speak freely. “Tolong aa jangan masuk nama. Nanti silap cakap masuk dalam tau,” replied when one respondent when interviewed.

Of the scores of people The Malaysian Insider met, only five could accurately name the state assemblyman and parliamentarian who were elected to represent them.

The rest either could not even name the parties that represent them at the state and federal level. But they knew their areas were under the “Opposition”. (For the record, the MP for Kuala Selangor is PAS’s Dr Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. Kuala Selangor has three state seats — Ijok (represented by Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Bukit Melawati (Muthiah Maria Pillay) and Jeram (Datuk Amiruddin Setro).  

So it’s no surprise that only two respondents took notice of the partisan bickering that went on throughout the year in Parliament.

By far, the most commonly remembered event was the murder of Sosilawati (five respondents). Along with Dr Khir getting charged for an allegedly fraudulent land deal (three respondents).

No one was interested as to whether or not Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim “did it” or not with Saiful Bukhari. Neither has anyone heard of WikiLeaks and what the Singapore intelligence agencies think of the court case against the PR de-facto leader.   

It all boils down to ringgit and sen

More than 10 respondents had trouble agreeing with any of the choices provided. But when it came to the question of how they generally felt about 2010 they, along with the others, talked endlessly about how frustrated they were with the economy.

Lack of decent-paying jobs in Kuala Selangor, the rise in the prices of goods and the removal of subsidies were at the top of their minds.

“Why is that when Mahathir (fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) was around the economy was OK?” asked a 28-year-old stationery store owner. Six other residents said the same thing.

“Mahathir brought in the factories, there were money and jobs. Everyone after him, Pak Lah ka (fifth Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi), Najib ka (current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak) everything went down.” 

This pining for the golden age of Mahathir is partly tied to the tepid Kuala Selangor economy. The former premier’s industrialisation drive in the ‘90s saw factories sprout up all over Kuala Selangor. The largest was an electronics firm called Sankyu which employed close to 2,000 workers.

When Sankyu closed shop about nine years ago businesses from consumer electronics stores to food stall operators to sundry shops saw a steep drop in sales. No other industry of comparable size has taken its place.    

While in the poorest parts of Kuala Selangor, the cycle of poverty and crime replenishes itself.

Subramaniam Ratnam runs free literacy classes for mostly Indian youth in a community hall in Kasawari, Kuala Selangor. He’s only been doing it for a year and half but he keeps finding more and more kids who can’t read or write, some of them in Standard Six.

“Because they are poor, the parents do not have the time or money to ensure that their children retain what they learned in school.

“So if they can’t read or write by time they are in Standard Six, the parents tend to pull them out as they feel that it is useless going to school. The parents feel their kids might as well be put to work.  

“Then these kids start hanging out with other older kids and delinquency develops,” says Subramaniam of the Light of Life Welfare Association. The centre in Kuala Selangor currently has about 100 kids of varying ages.  

The lack of high-income earners in Kuala Selangor crimps the association’s ability to get donors, says Sabrina Shantini Subramaniam, who also volunteers to teach free classes. 

“I was born here. Not in India or China”.

But their gripes do not just stop at the higher price for sugar and the lack of decent-paying jobs.

When it came to talking about depreciating incomes or how hard it is to get credit, two-thirds of the interviewees inevitably started blaming race.

They either said they were being discriminated against in getting jobs, loans and business space because of their race. Or that their race should be wary of trusting other races because the other was going to walk all over them.

Interestingly, like the economy, they felt that racial relations were better under Dr Mahathir.   

An Indian Malaysian grocer claims he never got small business loans because of his ethnicity.

“I look at the Malay next to me at the bank and he is getting a loan. Why are they getting and I am not? I am also poor. I was also born in Malaysia not in India.”

A Malay Malaysian woman felt that the supermarket near her roadside snack stall is trying to squeeze her out because the owner is a Chinese Malaysian.  

“They park their trucks on the road so I don’t have space. If it was a Malay owner, I don’t think he would do that. Malays are more considerate.”

A Chinese Malaysian businessman explains why he thinks industries are leaving Malaysia for Vietnam, Thailand or China.

“Who wants to do business here when they take 30 per cent from you?” he says, referring to the 30 per cent Bumiputera ownership imposed on foreign companies.

Not one of the complaints was optimistic that the Economic Transformation Plan could respond to their problems.

A national obsession goes local

Ibrahim Suffian, of the Merdeka Center, tracks people’s sentiments concerning national issues. His latest work shows that more and more Malaysians tend to link race with their troubles.

“When we talked to voters in a certain area, they said they felt marginalised because their race does not control the economy,” says Ibrahim when contacted.

In other words, there may have been other reasons for the respondents not being able to further themselves such as banks tightening credit or industries depressing wages, he says, but they decided to blame race.

“It is not surprising given how pervasive the subject of race is in our national politics,” he says.

Indeed, the ruling BN owes its very existence to making sure Malaysians identify themselves first with a given ethnic category. That category will then determine their pecking order when it comes to getting business opportunities, scholarships  and loans.   

This is the crux of the survey in Kuala Selangor. Many may not have remembered any specific events of 2010. But the raging debate about race and identity, which some have even called for the Internal Security Act to be used, has filtered down to them. 

It’s not the individual events that mattered. But the events coalescing together to form a lens with which to perceive the world.

The rhetoric of the Malay ultra-supremacist movement, ketuanan Melayu vs ketuanan rakyat, Malay vs non-Malay rights and debates over Article 153 of the Constitution has seeped into the public consciousness.

It has fused to fuel these individual stories of loans, opportunities and futures denied.  

Says an Indian Malaysian businessman who summed up the feelings of his friends.

“What is this 1 Malaysia? We should all get the same treatment but we don’t. That’s all I want. I don’t feel like I am one with Malaysia.”

 

HRP & Hindraf 2010 Records UMNO/BN & PKR, DAP & PAS/PR Violations of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution against the minority Malaysian Indians

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For the whole of 2010, HRP and HINDRAF have recorded as above from all newspapers and other sources, violations of human rights and the Federal Constitution against the minority Malaysian Indians from Birth Certificate, IC, Freedom of Religion, Tamil School, entry to MRSM, higher education, University/Matriculation seats, JPA scholarships, PTPTN loans, government jobs & top jobs, business opportunities,  government loans, 10 acre land for agriculture/ farming, Hindu temples, cemeteries, police brutality, etc as per HRP 26 categories in our website www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com.

We take this opportunity to thank our dedicated staff Gevita Roe, Anu Sriya and Vicky and also our editing team Pathma, Naragan and Suguz.

HRP & HINDRAF will continue our fight against this serious violation of human rights and oppression of minority Indians till the last Indian is treated equally.

Happy New Year 2011.

“Rights not Mercy”

S.JAYATHAS

Information Chief

HINDRAF & HRP

பி.உதயகுமார் புத்தகத்தின் அன்றாடத் தொடர். பகுதி 6 (31/12/10) ‘200 பில்லியன் வரவு செலவு திட்டத்தில் இந்திய இளைஞர் ஒருவரின் அடிப்படைத் திறன் பயிற்சிக்கு 7.75 காசு மட்டுமே ஒதுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.’

 

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200 பில்லியன் வரவு செலவு திட்டத்தில் இந்திய இளைஞர் ஒருவரின் அடிப்படைத் திறன் பயிற்சிக்கு 7.75காசு மட்டுமே ஒதுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

 

முன்னாள் மலேசிய பிரதமர் டத்தோ ஸ்ரீ அப்துல்லா அகமட் படாவி நாட்டின் வரவு செலவு திட்டத்தில் 230 பில்லியன் ரிங்கிட்டை ஒதுக்கீடு செய்துள்ளார். அதில் 400,000 இந்திய இளைஞர்களுக்கு அடிப்படை திறன் பயிற்சித் திட்டங்களில் பங்கெடுக்க வெறும் 3 மில்லியன் மட்டுமே ஒதுக்கீடு செய்துள்ளார். ஒரு இந்தியருக்கு 7.75 காசு மட்டுமே போய்ச் சேரும். இதில் வேடிக்கை என்னவென்றால் இந்த வரவு செலவு திட்ட அறிக்கையை தயார் செய்வதற்கே இந்த 3 மில்லியன் ரிங்கிட் செலவாகியிருக்கும்!
ஒன்பதாவது மலேசிய திட்டத்தின் மத்திய ஆய்வில் 2006 முதல் 2010 வரைக்கான ஒதுக்கீடு 230 பில்லியன் வரை உயர்த்தப்பட்டுள்ளது. எதிர்க்கட்சிகள், அரசு சார்பற்ற அமைப்புகள் மற்றும் மலேசிய நாகரீக சமுதாயம் இதுவரை மலேசியாவில் மலாய், சீனர், பூர்வீகக் குடியினர், ஈபான் அல்லது கடாசான் மக்களுக்கு குரலெழுப்புவதை போன்று இந்தியர்களின் தீவிர பிரச்சினைகளை குரலெழுப்புவதில்லை.
50 ஆண்டுகளாக இன மற்றும் அரசியல் அடிப்படையிலேயே இந்நாட்டு பல்லின மக்களின் சமூகப்  பிரச்சினைகளை குறித்து விவாதம் நடத்துவதை விடுத்து இந்தியர்களின் தீவிர பிரச்சினைகளை எதிர்கட்சிகள் தேவையின் அடிப்படையிலும் விவாதித்திருந்தார்களேயானால், இப்பிரச்சினைகளை களைய இவ்வளவு காலம் தேவைப்பட்டிருக்காது. இந்தியர்களும் இன்று இந்த வறுமை நிலைக்குத் தள்ளப்பட்டிருக்கமாட்டார்கள்.
ஹிண்ட்ராப் ஆதரவாளர்கள் ஆரஞ்சு வர்ண கால்சட்டையை அணிந்து பிரதமரைக் காணச் சென்றதும் அவருக்கு பெரிய நோன்பு பெருநாள் அட்டை, கரடி பொம்மை  மற்றும் ரோஜாப் பூக்களை கொடுத்து விட்டு, ஹிண்ட்ராப் வழக்கறிஞர்களை விடுதலை செய்ய வேண்டும் என்று கோரியது ஜனநாயகத்தின் முக்கிய கூறுகளில் ஒன்றாகும் என்று கூறிய பாஸ் கட்சியின் தலைவர் டத்தோ ஸ்ரீ ஹஜி ஹடி அவாங்கின் அறிக்கை பாராட்டத்தக்கது.

P. Uthayakumar’s 25 Nov Hindraf Rally book in daily segments No. 6 (31/12/10). “RM7. 75 per Indian youth skills training budget from RM200 Billion budget ”.

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RM7. 75 per Indian youth skills training budget from RM200 Billion budget

 

Another glaring and latest example for example is that only RM3 million has been allocated for 400,000 Indian youths to undergo basic skills training courses @ RM7. 75 per Indian youth under the ambitious RM230 billion Ninth Malaysia Plan as was launched by the UMNO Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi in a pomp and grandeur ceremony, which printing cost alone in itself would have perhaps cost this RM3 million.

This RM200 billion Budget (Utusan Malaysia 27/6/2008 front page and at page 8) was in the mid term review of the 9th Malaysia Plan (2006 to 2010) increased to RM230 billion. Even the Opposition parties, NGOs’ and the Malaysian civil society has never seriously addressed these very serious Indian issues which does not happen to any other community in Malaysia including the Malays, Chinese, Orang Asli, Iban or Kadazan. If only these opposition parties had championed these critical Indian issues on a needs basis or on its severity, as opposed to championing race based or populist issues as has and is being practiced in Malaysia for over the last 50 years, the state of affairs of the Indians would not be in this critical state as it is today and which injustices may take another 50 years or so to reverse or undo.

On an extremely rare occasion where Hindraf found support from PAS was when PAS President Dato Seri Hadi Awang defended as part of democracy the action of Hindraf supporters in wearing their orange Hindraf T-Shirt and asserting on seeing the Prime Minister to hand over to him a giant Hari Raya Card, a teddy bear and roses as part of their campaign in lobbying from the release of the Hindraf lawyers detained without trial under the ISA.

Who will be the next target?

Helen Ang
Dec 30, 10
1:12pm
Tan Yi Min was brought to Penang High Court on Monday wrapped in a tudung. Her convert mother Fatimah Foong Abdullah had put the seven-year-old Chinese child in Malay attire and Muslim head covering, reported the China Press

When Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak attended the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur’s Christmas tea party, his aides reportedly instructed the Catholic church officials to remove crucifixes in the vicinity. Another directive was that no hymns were to be sung. 

These precautions follow on the heels of a statement by the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (Ikim) that Islam rejects any claim “that all religions are equally true and equally good”.

NONEIn just this week alone, there was the crackdown on Shiites and the announcement by the Sabah faith rehabilitation centre of its plans to detain ‘apostates’ (affecting non-Malay natives). Outdoing Sabah, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) proposed a quarantine centre where ‘deviants’ are, like ancient lepers, to be separated from other detainees.

All such developments are part of a larger pattern. On Dec 14, ‘Membanteras Gerakan Pluralisme Agama dan Permurtadan Ummah‘ (Eradicating the religious pluralism movement and the apostasy of the ummah) was discussed at the Federal Territory mosque in Jalan Duta. The panel featured Islamic scholars from IIU, UKM and the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (Istac).

According to news reports, the above event by Muafakat was supported by heavyweights of the religious establishment, namely government agencies such as Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim), Jais, Federal Territory Mufti Department, federal Islamic missionary foundation (Yadim) and the Information Ministry’s Special Affairs Department (Jasa). 

Endorsing the panel finding that only Islam possesses “the perfect and complete revelation” are Muslim civil society – Allied Coordinating Committee of Islamic NGOs (better known by its acronym Accin, an organisation registered under the Societies Act) and the Majlis Pemuafakatan Badan Amal Islam Wilayah Persekutuan.

The National Fatwa Council, meeting early this month, had unanimously determined that “the action of non-Muslim political leaders arbitrarily using Islamic holy text, including the al-Quran, that stray from the real meaning [of the idioms and verses] at political ceramah does not reflect sincerity in learning Islam. Therefore, such action can bring about [a situation of] continued insult to the sacredness of Islam, particularly the al-Quran if allowed to persist”.

Evidently, the antics of certain Pakatan colleagues of the surau-hopping MP has not escaped the attention of the council special committee. The Mufti Department in collaboration with Jakim earlier this year laid out a strategic five-year (2010-2014) plan to strengthen and empower the fatwa institution. If they succeed in getting more teeth, one Malaysian-First-caliph wannabe will likely be the first to get bitten. 

No coerced conversion

Staunchly secular Singapore has handled race relations and religious differences much better. Their last religious riot was in 1950 over the re-conversion of Maria Hertogh (Muslim name Nadra, also spelt Natrah). 

SR Nathan is Singapore president. Prof S Jayakumar is senior minister (he was deputy prime minister until 2009), Tharman Shanmugaratnam (Finance Minister), Dr Vivian Balakrishnan (Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports) and K Shanmugam (Minister for Home Affairs/Law). They have not been asked to convert to Taoism to qualify as Ministers although Singapore is predominantly Chinese and upholds ‘Asian values’ (read: Confucianism). 

In Malaysia, where Islamic values are heavily promoted by DAP and its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, it is quite natural for the PAS mursyidul am and other party leaders to state that Lim Kit Siang will necessarily convert to Islam if he harbours any hope of becoming deputy PM. 

On a separate note, Petronas’ first non-Malay director (non-executive) is Omar Mustapha Ong. 

Global indices

According to the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index this year, the most corruption-free country in the world is Singapore, tying for first place with Denmark and New Zealand. 

NONENo Muslim country features in the Top 10. The sole Muslim country ranking in the Top 20 is Qatar at 19. 

The birthplace of Islam, Saudi Arabia, is placed at 50; Indonesia 110, Pakistan 143 and Iran 146. The rest of the Muslim countries are languishing in the bottom quarter such as Bangladesh 134, Libya and Yemen at 146, Tajikistan 154, Kyrgyzstan 164, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan 172. Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia fill the bottom rungs (172-178). 

Chinese countries do better: Hong Kong at 13th spot and Taiwan 33rd. Even communist China, ostensibly godless, is middle of the range at 78 and a hundred spots above the clutch of countries under Islamic rule. 

For the record, Malaysia is ranked 56. So much for ‘amar makruf nahi mungkar‘. 

NONEAn annual survey by Freedom House measures levels of freedom. This year, 78 percent of the Middle East and North Africa (read: Muslim countries) were found to be ‘Not Free’, and 17 percent ‘Partly Free’. The only free country in the Middle East is Israel.

Freedom House gave Israel top marks (1 point) for the political rights of her citizens and 2 points for their civil liberties. Malaysia got low marks (4 points) for our rakyat’s political rights and 4 points for civil liberties. We are categorised a ‘Partly Free’ country. 

Saudi Arabia got the lowest possible marks (7 points) for political rights and 6 points for civil liberties, and is a ‘Not Free’ country. 

Stressing separation

NONEMalaysia and the Club of Doom – the Collapse of the Islamic Countries‘ is a book written by Syed Akbar Ali, pro-tem president of Bloggers for Malaysia. In his 2006 book, he cited a United Nations Development Programme 2004 report saying the vast majority of Arab countries are ‘failed states’ which lack freedom and good governance, suffer acute corruption, marginalise women and minorities as well as mired in crises of legitimacy.

Among the key failure factors are “domination by a restrictive religion”. In Malaysia, the repressive situation affects not only adherents of minority religions but also Muslims who are not ahli sunnah wal-jamaah (the sole school of Islam sanctioned by Malaysia). 

Syed Akbar tells how “a friend who converted to Islam recalls when he sacrificed a cow for the Hari Raya Haji, he was told that he could not share any of the meat with his own non-Muslim relatives. Stuck with a lot of meat and no Muslim relatives, he ended up just giving it away to people standing next to him” (‘Club of Doom‘, p.115). 

NONEDo read the blog of PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi (left), who aside from pronouncing many prohibitions (he has compiled a longharam list), similarly preaches that non-Muslims are ‘kafir‘, supports a Quranic verse that exhorts Muslims not to take kafirs as their close friends (Dec 2, 2010), and most recently proposes that police brutality can be curbed by the establishment of a ‘religious corps’. 

On the other hand, Syed Akbar has this to say about our tiny neighbour: “The Singaporeans have done something that none of the Islamic countries will ever do … . They have provided a mechanism [Group Representative Constituency] where despite the overwhelming power of the Chinese majority, they have provided an avenue for the minority voice to be also heard”. (‘Club of Doom‘, p.187)

Chua Soi Lek found Syed Akbar’s book worth quoting. In August, Chua reiterated the book’s general finding that many leaders of Muslim countries are “fundamentalists” and “unable to cope with the fast development in the world”. This was reported by the Malaysian Insider in its story ‘Soi Lek fires broadside at Umno, PAS’

mca 140910 chua soi lekAccording to the Insider report, Chua said the book inferred that Muslim-majority countries were less democratic because they formulated policy based on religion. “Although these countries have cabinets and elections, they also have the Council of Muslim Elders, which enjoys absolute power to override the decisions or policies made by the government.” 

Note that Chua (right) is talking about today, the 21st century. But trust Lim Guan Eng to showboat his newly-minted Islamic credentials and rubbishing Chua with how Islam “was a centre of learning, justice, and excellence under the rule of Umar Abdul Aziz”. 

Since Caliph Umar ruled between 717 and 720 CE, one wonders if Lim intends to import camels to Penang as his mode of chief ministerial transportation, emulating his idol.

Lim vs Chua

In the same Insider article of Aug 6, Chua [quoting Syed Akbar’s book] pointed out that although “Muslim nations made up 22 percent of the world population, they only contribute 5 percent to the global GDP.” Mostly oil.

To which Malaysiakini reported that “Lim urged Chua to learn more about the history of Islamic civilisation, whose global empires had not only contributed breathtaking art and architecture, but also the introduction of numbers, algebra and astronomy.” 

NONELim refers to a bygone era of Arabic astronomers using sundials and astrolabes when today the non-Muslims have launched observatories into outer space. He also shifts the ground to olden history when Chua was referencing present-day statistics. As such, it won’t be altogether surprising if Lim heartily supports the ground-shifting by our school world history syllabus with its over-emphasis on Islam and Islamic civilisation. 

Chua had correctly cautioned: “We notice that Umno has become more conservative to compete with PAS in getting support from the Malay community. We raise this issue because we want to let the Chinese community think about it”.

Do the minorities want to live in a full-blown Islamic state? The data on Muslim countries vis-à-vis the rest of the world were collated by reputable international monitors and not conjured up by Chua or MCA. 

Evaluating the socio-economic indicators on Muslim countries, any statistician worth his salt whether in Sydney, Stockholm or Seoul would come to a conclusion closer to the one made by Chua. 

Lim Guan Eng’s Islamist grandstanding is devoid of intellectual integrity. From such a leader, it is only to be expected that he has had nothing at all to say about the plight of little Tan Yi Min. 


HELEN ANG used to be a journalist. In future, she would like to be a practising cartoonist. But for the present, she is in the NGO circles and settling down to more serious writing and reading of social issues.

HRPs’ Top Ten Newsmakers for the year 2010

1) Chakaraguna who torched himself to death to stop PKR Selangor demolishing Puchong hindu temple.

Puchong Temple

Chakaraguna, who set himself ablaze in a bid to stop a temple store demolition in Pusat Bandar Puchong on Nov 8, died in Hospital Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

M. Chakragunasegaran,52, who suffered severe burns to his body and face, died at 9.15am after 22 days in hospital. He leaves behind a wife and five children.

 http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/2010/11/30/man-who-torched-himself-over-puchong-temple-store-demolition-dies/

2) Hindraf joins forces with indigenous group at House of Common in London

House of Lords (7)Joe Fernandez & Chen Yi Ling  (Malaysiakini)
It was a historic first in London on Tuesday when Hindraf joined forces with an indigenous group from Sabah

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http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/2010/03/11/hindraf-joins-forces-with-indigenous-group-in-london/

3) Uthayakumar’s address in Pravasi Bharathiya Divas Meeting & distribute to some 2,000 worldwide Indian Diospara  The Malaysian Indian Minority & Human Rights Violations Annual Report 2009

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Uthayakumar Ponnusamy from Malaysia. The great Indian leaders, the Prime Minister, and the external Affairs Minister all spoke on business, social and cultural issues concerning the Indian Diasporas.  We regret that the Human rights issues of Indians especially in Malaysia, where the Indians are being denied their birth certificate and the citizenship even for the fourth and fifth generation Malaysian Indians.  Contineu reading:-

http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/2010/01/09/puthayakumars-address-in-pravasi-bharathiya-divas-meeting/

http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/2010/01/09/the-malaysian-indian-minority-human-rights-violations-annual-report-2009/

  

4) 1st Hindraf National Convention demands ‘rights not mercy’, from UMNO led Malay-sian government.

DSC_02791st Hindraf National Convention demands ‘rights not mercy’, from UMNO led Malay-sian government.
K.L 8/8/2010. Hindraf creates another major history yet again after the 25th November

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http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/2010/08/09/1st-hindraf-national-convention-demands-rights-not-mercy-from-umno-led-malay-sian-government/

5) Historic Buntong – First Indian majority seat. HRP on road to Project 15/38.

Signature Campaign Conversion

HRP will otherwise be at PKR, DAP and PAS’ mercy if no Project 15/38. (See The Star 10/8/10 at page N6)
The 1st Hindraf National Convention

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http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/2010/08/10/historic-buntong-first-indian-majority-seat-hrp-on-road-to-project-1538-hrp-will-otherwise-be-at-pkr-dap-and-pas-mercy-and-mandores-if-no-project-1538/

6) Indian stateless elimination campaign at HRP Penang HQ. JPN officers will be present on 26/9/2010

13Today was the happiest moment of some stateless people as clearly seen in the photograph above and these people have every reason to be so. Their applications for a birth certificate which was supposedly issued to them when they were born in this soil were systematically denied by the authorities but however with the interference and guidance of HRP Penang they were successful in submitting their application to the JPN at Bandar Baru Perda on this day.

http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/2010/09/26/hrp-all-smiles-on-stateless-people/

7) HINDRAF 18 Point Demands dated 12/8/2007 not fulfilled by UMNO prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

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52nd year Merdeka (Independence) demands by the two (2) million ethnic minority Indians in Malaysia to Y.A.B. Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak Prime Minister

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http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/2010/11/26/hindraf-18-point-demand/

8 ) Complaint to U.N on 2, 237 top Indian students denied higher education in Malaysia

  HRPMemotoUNRE: HRP Memorandum ON:-

 (1)      An estimated 2,237 top and high achieving Indian students have been segregated and denied JPA scholarships, PTPTN loans, Matriculation and University seats.

(2) Indian students in Public Universities systematically reduced from 28% to 0.27% in 40 years. Continue reading:-

http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/2010/09/15/complaint-to-u-n-on-2-237-top-indian-students-denied-higher-education-in-malaysia/

 

9) Memo Freedom of Religion: Malaysian Police insults Sultan of Perak and attempted to assault HINDRAF leader

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You can be forced into Islam when you are seven years old and there is NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT, there is no recourse for you – every body gangs up against you – the courts, the police, the administration, the politicians.

When some dare speak up against the injustice in all this, they are brutalized. Continue reading:–

http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/2010/09/01/pdrm-insults-sultan-of-perak-and-attempted-to-assault-hindraf-leader/

10)  Last Indian village in KL, Bukit Jalil Estate including Hindu temple, cemetery and Tamil school to be “ethnically cleansed” to make way for Malay muslim cemetery.

BktjalilUMNO’s DBKL Kuala Lumpur City Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail cheated and lied to the poor Indian estate workers that their Tamil School,

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http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/2010/12/05/racist-umno%e2%80%99s-dbkl-draft-city-plan-2020-bukit-jalil-tamil-school-hindu-temple-cemetery-and-indian-villagesettlements-and-hundreds-others-to-be-%e2%80%9cethnically-cleansed%e2%80%9d-but-al/

Two cops suspended for assaulting Chinese trader. But for Mugilan (14), slapped, assaulted by police, taken away handcuffed to police motorcycle but the policeman not suspended.

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(see The Star 30/12/10 at page N 27)

To add insult to injury it is two months now and Mugilan (14) is still in jail because his single parent mother cannot raise the RM 1,700 bail.

Mugilan was alleged to have accidently touched a young girl in an open swimming pool.

In One Malay-sia you have to be Malay or Chinese to get justice.

Karunai Nithi @ Compassionate Justice.

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