(See Thina Kural 25/09/12 at page 4)
Koh Jun Lin
10:38AM Nov 26, 2011
HRP central Exco member S Thiagarajan told Malaysiakini yesterday outside the temple’s wreckage that they wanted an explanation from Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim or face a protest outside his office.
“We have no other choice,” he lamented.”None of them considers our plight.”
He also demanded that the state government grant a one-acre titled land on the temple’s location and to all other Hindu temples in the state to ensure such incidents do not happen in the future.
Thiagarajan asserted that the state’s action contravened the Federal Constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom under Article 11, and equality before the law under Article 8.
According to Sri Muneswarar Temple committee member A Manamohan who witnessed the demolition, about ten vehicles brought a team of around 30 police and enforcement personnel at about noon.
He claimed the officers then spent the next two hours wrecking the 25-year-old temple with sledgehammers and chainsaws, without any prior notice.
‘They broke all our statues, all the frames, throwing them away,” said Manomohan.
Xavier: Notice was issued
Taman Glenmarie resident’s association chairperson P Muthphukamaran claimed that the temple located along Persiaran Kerjaya had served over 100 devotees during functions.
However, Selangor Exco Xavier Jayakumar refuted the claims that no notice had been issued. Instead, he said numerous notices had been given to the temple’s owners.
“We had given notice to the owners and they understood that they had to remove the temple because it was a hindrance to traffic,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted yesterday.
“I can assure you multiple notices were given, and we have already held discussions with them.”
He claimed that the temple was located at a road reserve, and so was illegal.
Xavier blamed the temple’s founders for not checking the status of the land before beginning construction, and so the temple ended up on road reserve when development started.
The following is a summary of a report on a so-called roundtable conference on the future of Tamil Schools from the FMT website on the 27th of June 2011. The report starts with a grand: “In a historic roundtable conference, BN and Pakatan leaders joined hands to chart the future of Tamil schools.” The stated purpose: “discussions were held to set up a steering committee to chart a blueprint for the future of Tamil schools in the country.”
Present at the conference were SK Devamany, M Saravanan, DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang, Kulasegaran, P Ramasamy, M Manoharan , S Manikavasagam, Charles Santiago , R Sivarasah , Dr Xavier Jeyakumar, A Sivaneson, P Guna, Daljit Singh Dalliwal and S Ramakrishnan.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz,
chaired the conference. It is learnt that the steering committee would be made up of 18, there would be six members from BN, six from Pakatan and the rest from Tamil Foundation and other NGOs.
Now look at the report like this.
This is the making of a “Wayang Kulit” in grander 1Malaysia style. This amounts to the politicans fine tuning their approaches. Before only the MIC used to engage in this sort of deceptive wayang kulit. Now, in the last 3 years the Pakatan Indian reps have begun to play the same game – you see this regularly in mock cheques and computers given away in the Tamil newspapers. Yesterday
both these groups have taken this wayang kulit thing one stage further – in 1Malaysia style and these two groups are getting together for a joint wayang. This is 1Malaysia after all isn’t it. History suggests that this is what is happening. If I am wrong, then they have to show that I am wrong now. And further as if to legitimize this wayang , they pull in a few Indian NGO reps to give it an appearance of a non-partisan effort.
For 54 years the UMNO regime has been using their accomplice MIC in the grand game of deceit of the Indian people. The Malay elite harbour an implicit desire to kill off the vernacular schools, but are blocked by the provisions in the Federal Constitution. To circumvent this, they adopt – and this is unstated private but explicit policy, an ambivalent attitude in public and a clear non-allocation of resources in private. They have been doing this with full collusion of the MIC
Article 12 reads:
Rights in respect of education
12. (1) Without prejudice to the generality of Article 8, there shall be no discrimination against any citizen on the grounds only of religion, race, descent or place of birth—
(a) in the administration of any educational institution maintained by a public authority, and, in particular, the admission of pupils or students or the payment of fees;
(b) in providing out of the funds of a public authority financial aid for the maintenance or education of
pupils or students in any educational institution (whether or not maintained by a public authority and whether within or outside the Federation). This is their way of killing off a part of the education system continued from the colonial times and which was institutionalized in the Federal Constitution.
Here is the reality.
The amounts spent annually on education is about 20% of a RM210 billion budget – works out to about RM 40 billion. The expenditure for just the MARA education system, not to mention everything else that occurs in the education arena, just this one – 42 MRSMs with a student population of 12,400 , with each such school costing anywhere from RM 50 -120 million to construct, 209 Giat MARA schools with a budgetary allocation of RM550 million in just the 10th Malaysia plan period alone, Institute Kemahiran MARA which has put out over 200,000 Malay students, MARA UiTM University with 4 satellite campuses, 12 branch campuses, 9 city campuses and 19 affiliated colleges with an enrollment of 120,000 students and 15,000 staff, and all the other MARA schemes for the last 54 years. How much do you think the expenditure on all of that may be. No clear stats are available for me to quote accurately. But I think easily that would be 30 to 50% of the RM40 billion annually.
If all of that was for 60 odd percent of the majority community of the country, how much should have been allocated to the Indians who constitute 7.4% of the population this year, given the provision in the Federal Constitution Article 12 – on equal treatment . Of course this statistics again is not available. You and I can venture guesses. My guess is that it is less than 0.1 % of all of this RM40 billion. Even the stated amounts of RM 100 million for each of the last 3 years – statement by Devamoney in this conference (which amount I think is just eyewash anyway – but this is what he stated) works out to a bare 0.25%. Like with all their allocation pronouncements for the Indian community, this is most likely a significant exaggeration.
See how serious the problem really is. A community starved of their rightful allocations for at least two generations. This has gone on unchecked for 54 years, just because of this kind of complicity and deception. It is this problem that these reps must really correct. They must get their fundamentals right first.
In light of this seriousness of the problem it is extremely frivolous on the part of these lawmakers to continue with this wayang nonsense – they want to set up a steering committee now, and for what – to do a blueprint – what nonsense. If they are really working for the good of the Indian community, they should all get together now and go to their tuans and towkays and ask for the rightful allocations, now!
We do not need another generation to lose out on something so fundamental as education. See the deleterious effects of this policy in just one aspect of the result– the increasing number of criminals among Indian youth, one in two youths that are in prison are Indians. These reps need to see what they are really dealing with.
If they do indeed represent the Indian people as they all project themselves to , then they have to start becoming effective in whatever they are doing. Without a doubt in my mind this is what they must all do, they should all get together now and go to their tuans and towkays and ask for the rightful allocations, now!. Otherwise I can only take it that they project themselves as representatives of Indians for no other reason than to make an income out of it for themselves. They are all today powerless because of the choices they all have made.They have chosen to make a personal career and a good income out of the miseries of the Indian poor.
If these reps are serious they should act where it matters. All the BN run states and the Pakatan run states should immediately and before the next elections alienate 5 acres of land to at least 10% of the schools in the country – about 50 of the schools to establish their bona fide intent. These representatives should show bona fide intention this way first while any blueprint or anything else in the form of a robust plan is drawn up.
If these reps are serious they should start there where they do have some authority, in the States where they are in the Exco lineup of the State. We do not need a blue print to start real activity, if that is the true intention it is only a matter of a will. This is well known, so, what is required now is action. Just allocate the land needed – 5 acres each, instead of doing as P.Ramasamy did a few months ago,when he told the people of Ladang Batu Kawan when they asked him for additional 3 acres of land to make their school a 5 acres school, that they and whoever was speaking up for them – in this case, Hindraf, should come up with the additional RM 3 million for the land for the school, as land was not cheap in Penang. This is exactly the kind of thing Samy Vellu has been saying all these 50 odd years as he played Tango with UMNO.
If your true intention is to undo a terrible injustice, then start where you must and can – do not mislead with wayangs. Enough of all that nonsense – we are all so sick and tired.
Go back to your PKR, DAP and UMNO tuans and towkays and just say it to them. Get the ball rolling. Do not form anymore committees – we need to see some action. Pakatan reps , understand this, you should have started on this at the beginning of your respective tenures in 2008 and not at the end of it in 2011. BN reps you should have started all of this 54 years ago.
SHAH ALAM: The parent of a secondary student expressed his disappointment with the principal who had allowed a racially tinged quarrel between schoolboys to get out of hand.
Stephen Perumal Velu (left) said the problem ensued [on the morning of April 20] after a group of students had taunted the Indian boys with harsh and insulting words. He told the reporter when met at the school that he received a call from his son around 10.30am and had immediately rushed there.
Stephen, who is a former committee member of the Parents-Teacher Association (PTA), said, “I asked the principal why quarrels between students of different races have been happening so often of late but I was not given a satisfactory answer as she only blamed the Indian students.”
Stephen claimed that his son had recounted that the Malay students denigrated the Indian students by calling them ‘Keling Pariah’.
At about 11am, a few police officers and parents were already gathered at the school front gate after being informed of the occurrence. Stephen said the principal handed over 26 students to be taken to the police station for questioning. It is reported that altogether 23 Indian and three Malay students had their statements recorded.
“I’m very disappointed that my son and other students were taken to the police station when the real culprits who started the quarrel were let off the hook,” said Stephen.
According to him, a school prefect had given the police a list of names of the students who were involved in the quarrel but these were not called up for investigation.
An attempt by Free Malaysia Today to get the principal’s comments was unsuccessful.
Abridged from the FMT news report, Pergaduhan Pelajar: Pengetua lepas tangan, kata bapa pelajar (April 20, 2011)
SHAH ALAM: The parents of a group of students who were taken to the Section 15 police station to give their statements on April 20 have still not received any clarification from the school principal, said their representative Stephen Perumal Velu.
“We read a Bernama report that Assistant Commissioner of Police (Shah Alam) Zahedi Ayob had said that the case is reverted to the school authorities because the incident occurred within the school premises”.
The report also quoted a source in the Selangor Education Department as saying, “the case is considered closed and the matter handed over to school to be resolved” and “the school administrators have informed [the department on the next day] that the parents of the students have been called for a discussion”.
According to Stephen, what the school said is untrue as the parents were never called. “In fact, we went to the school on our own accord on April 21 and were disappointed with the attitude of the principal who washed her hands of the matter and tried to blame the police for hauling our children to the station”.
“Not only had she neglected to inform us, she furthermore gave the excuse that the school did not have our contact details,” said Stephen when telephoned by the FMT reporter.
Stephen said several parent were with him at the station on April 20 when the 23 students had their photographs taken and IC photostated by the police. He added that the students were traumatized by the experience, and he also feared that a stigma will be attached to them because they were treated like criminals by the principal.
Abridged from the news report, Pergaduhan pelajar: Ibu bapa dakwa sekolah belum maklumkan perkembangan (April 23, 2011)
SHAH ALAM: About 50 parents assembled outside a secondary school in Section 25 here to protest the behaviour of the principal who denies that she had instructed 23 students to be detained by police.
Spokesman for the group Stephen Perumal Velu said that by right the police could not detain their children without express permission from the principal.
The gathering to demand the principal’s transfer lasted 20 minutes and ended upon negotiation with the police.
Former PTA chairman A. Sivaprakasam who resigned his post last month told FMT that the discipline problem in the school had gotten worse.
He said a number of teachers were also dissatisfied with the principal. “She’s a dictator”. Several calls by FMT to reach Megawati Hasbullah [the principal] were not answered.
Abridged from the news report, Ibu bapa protes terhadap sikap pengetua (April 25, 2011). Reproduced with permission by FMT.
Racist PKR, DAP & PAS Selangor State Government Special offer for Bumis even for a RM1mil property too. But no land for 98 Tamil School & Indian poor!! This is Pakatan Rakyat Multiracial. (See NST 5/1/11 page 53)
“Rights not Mercy”
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