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Dengue Hotspots in Selangor January 30, 2009

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(According to districts)

Petaling (Flat A and Flat C Section 7, Terrace A Section 7, Terrace A and Terrace B Section 18, Section U3 Subang Perdana and Section U10 Puncak Perdana);

Kajang (Taman Kajang Perdana, Taman Semenyih Indah, Taman Koperasi Cuepacs Batu 12, Taman Cheras Jaya, Taman Industri Mega, Taman Sri Jelok, Taman Zamrud, Taman Kajang Baru, Taman Kajang Jaya, Section 2 Bandar Sri Putra, Section 2 Bandar Rinching, Zone 1 Taman Sepakat Indah, Zone 1 Section 8 Bandar Baru Bangi, Zon 3 Section 16 Bandar Baru Bangi, Zone 5 Section 16 Bandar Baru Bangi and Zone 4 Taman Bukit Mewah);

Shah Alam (Perdana Apartments Section 13, Flat 18/3 (Eps 2), PKNS Flats Section 20, Section 6 flats, Padang Jawa B, Padang Jawa C, Pangsapuri Anggerik Section 16, Section 10, Section 11, Taman Alam Indah Section 33, Terrace A Section 25, Terrace C Section 27, Terrace A Section 25 and Terrace A Section 8);

Gombak (Bandar Baru Selayang F2, Kampung Laksamana, Taman Pinggiran Batu Caves Z2, Taman Samudera Timur and Taman Sri Gombak Zone 3);

Subang Jaya (Taman Puchong Perdana and Taman Serdang Perdana);

Hulu Selangor (Bandar Baru Batang Kali);

Hulu Langat (Kampung Sg Kantan Kajang and Kajang Prison quarters); and

Sepang (Taman Seroja Zone A).

The overall number of dengue cases recorded from 1 to 25 Jan: 4,521 cases and 13 deaths.

Education Ministry and pregnant teachers January 29, 2009

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Human Rights, Politics, Women.
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Updated:

The chairperson of the Bar Council Human Rights Committee, Edmund Bon, sms-ed to say they were interested to assist in the case as it is a Constitutional matter. Thank you! 

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Earlier:

Note to Education Minister: Pregnant women are not weaklings, do not suffer from delusions and function as well as, if not better than the next person.

Amalan diskriminasi gender guru, Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia

Seorang calon wanita yang memohon jawatan guru sandaran tidak terlatih (GSTT) telah dinafikan hak untuk diambil bekerja hanya kerana beliau sedang hamilInsiden sedemikian mengukuhkan pengamatan bahawa gender mainstreaming di Malaysia terus gagal. Kegagalan itu telah meneruskan diskriminasi terhadap sebahagaian wanita di negara ini.

Perlembagaan mengenai pemberian hak kepada warganegara tanpa mengira agama, bangsa, keturunan, tempat lahir atau gender (Perlembagaan Malaysia, Perkara 8[2]) hanya berupa tulisan-tulisan di atas kertas yang tidak memberi sebarang perlindungan yang bermakna kepada rakyat yang benar-benar memerlukannya. Lebih memburukkan adalah bilamana pelaku terhadap pelanggaran hak perlindungan itu ialah pihak agensi kerajaan sendiri, Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia menerusi Pejabat Pelajaran Daerahnya (PPD). Kerajaan sememangnya tidak acuh dalam meratakan pengetahuan dan penghayatan kesensitifan gender di kalangan masyarakat dan dalam pentadbiran kerajaan.

Malaysia, sebagai penandatangan (signatory) kepada CEDAW (UN Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women), selama ini telah dicanangkan sebagai komited dalam menghormati hak wanita Malaysia.   Perkara 11 dalam Konvensyen tersebut menuntut setiap negara agar mengambil segala langkah ke arah menghapuskan sebarang bentuk diskriminasi terhadap wanita dalam bidang pekerjaan bagi memastikan keadilan sebagai hak asasi sejagat untuk semua manusia berlaku.

Noorfadilla Ahmad Saikin telah ditawarkan sebagai guru di bawah skima GSTT sembilan hari selepas menghadiri temuduga berkenaan pada 2 Januari lalu. Beliau telah diminta hadir untuk mengambil butiran penempatan sekolah di PPD, Hulu Langat. Sebaik sahaja diberitahu bahawa beliau sedang hamil tiga bulan, pegawai yang bertugas terus menyatakan bahawa pemohon yang hamil sepatutnya tidak boleh memohon GSTTTiada alasan yang logik dikemukakan dan tiada pula tercatat di mana-mana dokumen permohonan tentang syarat bahawa pemohon hamil tidak dibenarkan memohon pekerjaan tersebut. Jelas sebagaimana yang disebutkan oleh Setiausaha Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan, Lok Yim Pheng, bagi wanita yang dinafikan hak untuk diambil bekerja hanya kerana mereka sedang hamil adalah tidak adil, khususnya bagi mereka yang benar-benar berminat dalam profesion perguruan.

Mengapa ketidakadilan seperti ini tetap berulang dalam pentadbiran kerajaan? Kecuaian kerajaan BN dalam memastikan hak wanita terbela pada setiap ketika, tempat, masa, dan keadaan amatlah menghampakan. Apakah Wanita Malaysia sekarang ini sentiasa boleh mengharapkan kerajaan Malaysia untuk memelihara dengan baik dan berkesan hak-hak mereka yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan dan Undang-Undang serta Konvensyen Antarabangsa?

Wanita KeADILan menggesa Perdana Menteri, Abdullah Badawi untuk mengarahkan kesemua peringkat pentadbiran negara, khususnya Kementerian Pelajaran agar menghapuskan dengan serta-merta segala amalan diskriminasi gender bagi mengotakan komitmen beliau untuk menamatkan  ketidakadilan yang berunsurkan gender.
Zuraida Kamaruddin
Ketua Wanita
Parti Keadilan Rakyat
28 Januari 2009

Xin nian kuai le | Happy Chinese ‘Niu’ Year! January 27, 2009

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(Top: Bukit Lanjan state assembly / Subang Parliament CNY card)

Thank you all for a great year of the Rat; here’s wishing a ‘moo’valous year ahead for everyone! :)

海啸带来新气象,大步改革向前行! January 27, 2009

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Event, Malaysia, Politics.
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海啸带来新气象,大步改革向前行!”

 

随着2008308政治大海啸的形成,已经成功打破51年国阵种族政治霸权。更令人振奋的是,各族人民摒弃各种猜疑和矛盾,同心协力一起创造这个具有历史意义的壮举。一个全新的,充满希望的马来西亚也因此开拓了许多可能。

 

民主政治空间的扩大,民间的醒觉逐渐提升,草根基层更积极活跃的参与讨论公共政策,这些都是种种开放民众参与政治的机会。更重要的是,多年来许多政治工作者的愿景,也是发展大马两线制的雏形,已经慢慢的形成起来。

 

政治大海啸就像一棵刚被种下的改革树苗,这棵树苗需要各阶层人士的投入、呵护、培育与灌溉,才能在马来西亚这片国土上茁壮成长。当然这个过程是需要很多耐心和谅解,更需要准备且勇敢面对各种破坏或者摧毁改革树苗成长的可能性。

 

2009年将会是落实改革政策的一年。改革的方向还是锁定在打造一个自由、民主、公正的马来西亚。由于中央政权没有更换,很多宰制民众权利的恶法还是继续存在,玩弄种族政治的伎俩还是层出不穷,而经济发展也停滞不前,人民的生活素质更是每况愈下。

 

因此,回顾民联执政将近一年的日子里,我们所面对的各种破坏改革议程的阻力,特别是前朝政府政策的遗毒,并没有让我们放弃改革的意愿,反而是加强了我们对改革的信心与决心。

 

我们透过各种管道和方法去落实各种以民为本的福利政策,从20平方米的免费水供到提供扶助金给年老人士,从雪州子女教育基金到拨款给各源流学校,都是在短短一年内落实。虽然民联还很新,但是我们的决心是大家有目共睹的。

 

有鉴于全球经济不景气的来临,只有通过有为、有魄力、有方向的政府才能够”牛”转乾坤。有为、有魄力和有方向的政府将可以带给我们更多利益,可以舒缓日常生活成本的压力,并且可以在经济不景的时刻保持好的生活素质。

 

民联政府在新的一年里,会专注搞好经济,与人民共同分担经济不景的压力,致力落实改革议程,让属于大家的新马来西亚可以茁壮成长。

 

愿大家在新的一年:民主首航,万象更新!

 

黄洁冰

人民公正党妇女组宣传主任

雪州行政议员掌管旅游、消费人与环境

(KT) BN bites the dust January 18, 2009

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A congratulatory video, dedicated to the unsung, unseen campaign workers in Kuala Terengganu by MediaRakyat.

THANK YOU to all our new friends in KT: You have opened your homes and your hearts to us, warming us with your kindness, encouragement and hospitality. We thank you for your prayers and salute you for your courage!

HIDUP RAKYAT! HIDUP PAKATAN RAKYAT!

SARAWAK – Here we come! :D

An awful day for Najib and BN

Commentary by Wan Hamidi Hamid (Malaysian Insider)

JAN 17 — It was a horrible blow for Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The prime minister-in-waiting has now lost two by-elections in less than five months.

Both the by-election results saw higher majority votes for the federal opposition.

Najib did his best for his beloved Barisan Nasional in the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election. Yet the voters in the BN stronghold decided to vote for Umno’s arch enemy Pas.

He made many promises, granted many projects and offered a lot of goodies, and yet the voters rejected BN.

Is this a bad omen or merely another “minor” setback for the deputy prime minister who has a tough task ahead of him to take over from Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi this March?

Throughout the 11-day campaign period, Najib had worked diligently to ensure victory for BN candidate Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Salleh. According to journalists covering the by-election, he was one of the hardest working campaigners for the federal ruling coalition.

If it was not his fault, would BN leaders blame the voters? It may not be a smart idea to do so. After all, Terengganu voters were among those who helped BN increased its votes in the state when the political tsunami hit the country on March 8 last year.

What does the result mean for Umno and BN?

Besides the expected morose look on the faces of BN leaders tomorrow, the coalition’s backbone Umno will also face yet another question on its actual strength to bring the Malays back to its fold.

This dreaded question — is Umno still relevant — will continue to haunt its leaders. Since Abdullah is set to leave the political arena, Najib has to inherit all the misgivings and wrong perception brought about by his soon-to-be predecessor.

If Umno persists in blaming others in its post-mortem of the by-election, it would simply mean it does not want to address the root cause of the problem; and would further damage the image of the party.

Worse still, Umno will continue to lose its battle against perception of elitism, ignoring the people and too concerned with its own personal interests.

Yet in a more negative way, it can also push certain party leaders — particularly those entering the race for party posts in March — to be more insular and parochial in their racial approach to win the hearts and minds of their own supporters.

This could mean a more divided Malaysia. Unless the Pakatan Rakyat is willing to step in to provide a real alternative.

Pas candidate Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut’s victory was a second coming for Pakatan; the much-need shot in the arm for the loose coalition, after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s official political comeback five months ago when he regained his Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat.

Pas’s victory will also wipe away any possibility of the party trying to be friendly with Umno, despite the efforts by some of its top leaders almost a year ago. This will bring the party a new sense of confidence.

Other Pakatan partners — Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP — are already jumping for joy. Not only are they celebrating their partner’s victory, this is also the time for them to regroup for the next general election.

While the post-mortem on both sides will reveal the actual turn of events and provide more details, it can be safely deduced that most Chinese voters opted for Pas while there was a swing among Malay voters for Pas.

It was the Malay votes that had got Umno so worried and the damage had been done in Kuala Terengganu. Just like a football game, losing on your home turf will certainly have a deep psychological impact.

(KT by-election) One sided nightly news January 13, 2009

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And they are still pondering why people have turned to the internet for ‘real’ news …

Umno’s vigilantes tour Shah Alam January 12, 2009

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Politics, Race Relations.
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(You can also read YB Khalid Samad’s personal account here)

An incident of how UMNO goons intend to destabilise society
Published by guansin on January 11, 2009 11:59 am 

Today I want to publish a letter from Shah Alam MP, Khalid Abdul Samad of PAS, and expose the conspiracy by UMNO to create tension in the multiracial Malaysia for its own political objective.

In his letter (abdulsamad-section19-temple.pdf), YB Khald Samad describes an incident that he had to respond to in his constituency. In brief, there was a group of troublemakers from Malacca who were planning to build a field to practise Silat (without permit) right besides a Hindu temple in Section 19 Shah Alam. (Yes, you can almost say that “UMNO Malacca is busy to destabilise Selangor PR state government”, rather than focusing on Malacca’s state development.) The letter carries some interactions between the MP and the leader of the troublemakers; those are interesting reads.

I commend the sensibility and fairness demonstrated by YB Khalid Samad. Residents of Shah Alam are fortunate to have elected such a representative. And to many Chinese Malaysians, who have for years misled by BN propaganda machinery and the mainstream media, this MP is the voice of conscience of PAS.

Let me highlight some of the interesting parts of the letter below. (Highlights are mine.)

Kerajaan BN telah meninggalkan banyak perkara yang perlu diperbetulkan… Di antara yang ‘lain-lain’ itu adalah persoalan kuil-kuil yang bertaburan yang telah tidak diurus dengan baik apatah lagi bertanggung jawab oleh BN.

Dasar kerajaan PR adalah mudah. Pertama, kuil-kuil yang lama ini perlu dipindahkan
ke satu tempat yang lebih sesuai. Tempat perlu dikenal pasti oleh PBT dan semestinya dipersetujui oleh pengguna kuil berkenaan. PBT perlu mengambil kira segala permasalahan yang akan dihadapi oleh pengguna kuil hasil dari pemindahan tersebut. Sambil itu, pembinaan kuil baru, selain dari hasil perpindahan, juga dihentikan.

Translation: PR state government’s policy is simple. First, old temples need to relocate to more appropriate locations. Relocation sites must be identified by PBT and the sites agreed by the temple visitors. PBT must take into consideration inconveniences that the temple visitors will face as a result of the relocation. At the same time, new temple construction, except for the relocation, must be stopped.

It is all fairness and sensibility to all members of the society.

… saya mendapat maklumat dari seorang penduduk Melayu Seksyen
19 bahawa ada sekumpulan Melayu telah datang untuk menimbulkan ketegangan di
kuil tersebut. … kebanyakan mereka orang luar… Mereka … akan mengadakan kenduri … Untuk kenduri itu mereka akan tumbangkan 2 ekor lembu!  … Orang yang mengetuai kumpulan tersebut datangnya dari Melaka! Dia menyatakan dia ‘mewakili rakyat’ dan tindakan ini terpaksa mereka ambil melalui persatuan NGO mereka yang bernama ‘PEWARIS’ … Amat jelas, soal gelanggang silat dan sebagainya hanya satu helah. Sebenarnya mereka mahu provoke pihak kuil berkenaan.

Translation: … I was tipped off by a Section 19 Malay resident that a group of Malays have come to create tension at the temple… most of them are outsiders… They … will have a function … For the function they will slaughter two cows (which are sacred to Hindus)! … The leader of the group comes from Malacca! He said he ‘represents the people’ and they were forced to take the action through an NGO called ‘PEWARIS’.. Clearly, the silat practising ground is only an excuse. They actually wanted to provoke the temple’s management.

… dia mencabar saya … “awak orang Melayu, orang Islam, kenapa awak sibuk sangat nak membela kuil ini”? Saya jawab, “kerana Islam mengajar saya supaya bertindak adil terhadap semua manusia. Mereka, walaupun bukan Islam, ada hak dan Islam menuntut kita menghormati hak mereka”. Dia diam. Seterusnya dia berkata dia tak tahu sangat soal agama ini.

Translation: … he challenged me … “you are a Malay and Muslim, why are you so busy with defending the temple?” Saya responded, “because Islam teaches me to be fair to all. They, though not Muslim, have rights and Islam teaches us to respect their rights.” He was silent. Then he said he was not sure on religious matters.

This is the voice of conscience by educated Muslim leaders of PAS. This will definitely not come from most UMNO leaders, who although are Muslim do not practise what the religion teaches them.

Melihat dia mula teragak-agak saya pun menyatakan bahawa saya tahu Pewaris dan
Pekida adalah NGO yang adik beradik. Penaung Pekida adalah PM maka semestinya
begitu juga Pewaris. Kedua-dua NGO ini dikuasai oleh ahli UMNO. Saya tahu juga
bahawa tindakan mereka ini, pada masa ini, ada hubung kait dengan PR kecil KT.
Mereka ingin menimbulkan ketegangan dan masalah kaum supaya dengan itu mereka boleh menjaja keseluruh negara bahawa PR telah gagal menyelesaikan masalah ini di Selangor; dan Selangor sekarang ada masalah perkauman. Dia diam dan selepas itu dia menegur saya kerana buruk sangka, tetapi dia tidak menafikannya.

Translation: He appeared lost for words and I told him that I knew Pewaris and Pekida are two sister NGOs. The patron of Pekida is the prime minister and therefore the same for Pewaris. Both NGOs are controlled by UMNO members. I also knew that their action at that time was related to the by-election of Kuala Terengganu. They intended to create tension and racial issue so that they could make claim to the country that PR has failed to resolve the problem in Selangor; and Selangor now has racial problem. He was quiet and later commented me for making the assumptions, but he did not renied them.

Saya difahamkan walaupun gelanggang tidak dibina, namun mereka ingin teruskan kenduri mereka. Mereka kata mereka akan menjemput saya sekali. Saya menjawab, ikut undang-undang. Kalau pembinaan gelanggang dapat kelulusan MBSA, saya datang. Kalau tidak, program Aman Palestine di stadium Melawati pada 10hb jam 10 pagi adalah tempat yang lebih afdal bagi saya untuk hadir, begitu juga dia!

Translation: I was informed that the ground was not constructed, but they intend to proceed with the function. They said they would invite me again. I responded that according to the law, if the construction of the ground is approved by MBSA, I would attend. If not, the Palestine Peace programme at Melawati Stadium on 10th Jan at 10am is a better place for me to attend, likewise for him.

NOTA PENTING: Minta disebarkan perkara ini kerana dijangka provokasi yang
sedemikian rupa akan digunakan lebih kerap lagi menjelang PRK-KT, maka harus
sentiasa berwaspada. Jangan kita terpedaya!

Translation: IMPORTANT NOTE: Please disseminate this matter because provocation of this manner is expected to be abound with the upcoming Kuala Terengganu by-election. We should be vigilant. We should not be exploited!

What we can conclude from this incident and the pattern that we can derive from the recent incidents (or even those of years ago!) is that, it completely goes counter to the popular belief that a BN government is for stability of Malaysia. It is now clear that BN, with UMNO goons around, is the most destabilising factor to Malaysia now. With their resources, many of which are gained through dubious tactics and corrupt practices from 51 years of power, and their organisation, filled with goons like those involved in the incident at Section 19, BN is in the best position to manipulate the political situation. Malaysians certainly need to open up their eyes to a powerful machinery for racial and religious tensions in Malaysia. (by Guansin, Airkosong.com)

欢迎学巴30%附加费展3月,津贴柴油价至RM1.00 January 6, 2009

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新闻文告
2009年1月6日

致:新闻编辑

人民公正党全国妇女组宣传主任兼雪州行政议员黄洁冰于2009年1月6日星期二所发表的文告:

欢迎学巴30%附加费展3月,津贴柴油价至RM1.00

(沙阿南6日讯)掌管旅游、消费人与环境的雪州行政议员黄洁冰欢迎大马学生车联合会暂缓征收30%附加费措施至今年3月1日,并且呼吁中央政府体恤学生车业者的困境,把津贴柴油的价格降到RM1.00,让业者与家长可以达到双赢的局面。

学生车联合会考虑到农历新年将至,家长负担加重而而做出明智的决定,是值得赞扬与肯定。随着学生车的经营成本提高,同业之间的恶性竞争和政府当局苛刻的条例,已经把学生车业者逼到垂死挣扎的边缘。

令人遗憾的是商用车辆执照局主席拿督玛吉曼不但没有投桃报李的回应学生车联合会的善意,反而扬言在1月5日(星期一)开始在全国展开联合取缔行动,对付征收附加费的学生车。拿督玛吉曼应该仔细研究学生车联合会所呈交的备忘录,并且聆听与了解业者所面对的困境,一起与业者商讨如何在保障广大学生家长利益的当儿,可以协助业者渡过难关。

中央政府既然早在去年9月已经同意其他公共车辆,特别是长途巴士征收30%附加费,为什么现在却不批准学生车业者的要求?这不就是双重标准吗?更何况是学生车业者并不像长途巴士业者般有大型企业的撑腰,理应得到政府更多的协助与支持。

因此,当务之急是中央政府应该马上把津贴柴油价格降到RM1.00,以舒缓学生车业者的营业压力。更重要的是这项措施不只是对于政府所推行的”降价运动”可以有立竿见影的效果,也可以造福广大的学生家长和消费人的权益。

黄洁冰
人民公正党妇女组宣传主任
雪州行政议员掌管旅游、消费人与环境

(K. Terengganu) Nomination eve’s scare tactic January 5, 2009

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Politics.
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A new year. A by-election. The first politically-motivated arrests of 2009.

Fariz Musa, the KeADILan Youth chief of Terengganu, the state secretary Wan Amirudin Wan Ahmad and 4 others were arrested in Kuala Terengganu at 5.10 am while prepping for tomorrow’s nomination day.

Surely BN is confident enough of a “sure-win” not to have to resort to such dirty tactics?

Happy New Year! January 5, 2009

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It’s been a while since I connected to the hive (no internet, no phones = bliss), hence the belated New Year greetings.

My break is coming to a rapid end. Found a great 2nd hand bookshop on the island with some amazing tomes including Colette’s collected works and a biography which I am reading on Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallach. Too apt, considering what is going on in Iraq and the current invasion of Gaza.

May this new year bring us closer to peace of mind and peace on earth. And may common sense prevail in these trying times.

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