Sunday, January 25, 2015

'PAS Di Landasan Betul Bantah Tindakan DAP', Mingguan Malaysia, 25 Januari 2015

#DAP dan PAS disaran berbincang kerana masing-masing adalah sekutu dalam barisan parti pembangkang berdasarkan kepada faktor demografi dan geografi tanahair. DAP sudah pasti mahu mengadakannya memandangkan ia adalah sebahagian perancangan mereka dan PAS pula sudah pasti tidak mahu dilihat parti lemah dan sering mengalah dalam barisan pembangkang ini.

Friday, January 23, 2015

'News Focus: Improve Enforcement Of Sedition Act To Avert Untoward Incidents, Says Political Analyst', Bernama, 23 January 2015

 



KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 (Bernama) -- Lately certain quarters have been proclaiming that the right to free speech is an absolute right of every human being but little do they realise the havoc such freedom can unleash in a multiracial, multireligious society.

Remarks that sully one's race and religion can stir quite a bit of agitation in a country like Malaysia, with its plural society.

It is for this precise reason of maintaining Malaysia's peace, prosperity and stability that the government had decided to retain the Sedition Act 1948 and also beef it up to protect the nation's interests and security.

Despite the existence of this act, statements that reek of sedition are still being heard loud and clear, much to the chagrin of the people. Are the existing laws, including the Sedition Act 1948, not effective enough to check potential conflicts from flaring up?

Commenting on this, a political analyst said the authorities should continuously carry out more stringent monitoring in their efforts to enhance the enforcement of the Sedition Act 1848 to prevent anything untoward from happening.

Universiti Sains Malaysia School of Social Sciences lecturer Associate Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian said this was important as, currently, there were individuals who deliberately created issues, which could trigger racial conflicts and disrupt the nation's multireligious and multiethnic ties, just to gain popularity.

"In beefing up the enforcement of the act, we need the coordination and cooperation of the various parties involved, especially those responsible for nabbing individuals who cross the limits... action must be taken against them quickly and a heavy penalty should be imposed on them.

"A stiffer penalty as well as transparency in the prosecution process will prove that the authorities had taken the right action, and the public will also begin to have confidence in the enforcement agency," he told Bernama.

Echoing his views was Associate Prof Dr Ahmad Martadha Mohamed, Dean of Universiti Utara Malaysia's College of Legal, Government and International Studies, who also called for a more deterrent penalty for offenders, saying that it would also serve as a reminder to the people not to behave indiscriminately.

He said such punitive measures were necessary to prove that the act has enough authority to clamp down on offenders, especially those who attempted to disrupt interracial harmony or questioned Islam or the special privileges and position of the Malays, as provided for in the Federal Constitution.

"Perhaps, a longer jail sentence and heavier fines should be imposed. Only then will people think twice before making uncalled for remarks," he said.

On the assertion that every human being had the right to free speech and could say anything without considering the repercussions on the people and nation, Ahmad Martadha said the freedom of expression should come with certain limitations.

"In the United States and Europe, it's considered as anti-semitism if individuals criticise the Jews, and action will be taken against them.

"Anti-semitism refers to those who criticise and oppose the Jews, and they are ostracised by society. And if they try to resort to using any element of violence, they will be charged with attempting to create chaos," he said, adding that people in any society should be taught the importance of respecting one another's religion and race in order to forge harmony.

What role does society play in empowering the Sedition Act 1948?

Sivamurugan said the people should come together to take collective action to combat the perception that the act was not being utilised in a serious and effective manner.

He said with society's involvement, the various loopholes and shortcomings in the act could be addressed, and there would no longer be any need to keep blaming the authorities.

"Our society has to take the initiative because today, extremism and radicalism are festering. People must come forward to complain because all of us have the responsibility to safeguard the peace and prosperity our nation enjoys.

"Apart from that, the silent majority must also act. Most of the extremists behave the way they do because they know the silent majority will not make any 'noise' against them," he said.

Sivamurugan also felt that the silent majority played a role in boosting the enforcement of the Sedition Act 1948, including not allowing offenders to get away easily.



-- BERNAMA

'Fokus Berita: Pemantauan Ketat Dan Berterusan Bantu Perkukuh Penguatkuasaan Akta Hasutan 1948', Bernama, 23 Januari 2015

 



KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 (Bernama) -- Akhir-akhir ini ada pihak tertentu cenderung menjadikan konsep dan hak kebebasan bersuara sebagai satu hak mutlak, tanpa memikirkan impak kebebasan bersuara itu boleh menimbulkan konflik perkauman dan mencetuskan ketegangan.

Ada sahaja kenyataan berbaur perkauman dan penghinaan agama dilontarkan sehingga mencetuskan keresahan di kalangan rakyat Malaysia, yang terdiri daripada pelbagai kaum dan agama.

Bagi memastikan keamanan dan keharmonian Malaysia dan kestabilan negara, kerajaan memutuskan bukan sahaja untuk mengekalkan Akta Hasutan 1948 malah menambah baik demi melindungi kepentingan dan kesejahteraan seluruh rakyat.

Namun begitu, masih timbul juga kenyataan berbaur hasutan yang meresahkan rakyat. Apakah undang-undang sedia ada termasuk Akta Hasutan 1948 masih kurang berkesan untuk menangani sebarang bentuk konflik yang timbul di negara ini?

Mengupas hal ini, seorang penganalisis politik berpendapat pemantauan lebih ketat, berterusan dan tidak bermusim perlu dilakukan pihak berkuasa dalam usaha memperkasa penguatkuasaan Akta Hasutan 1948, sekali gus menangani sebarang bentuk konflik yang timbul.

Pensyarah Pusat Pengajian Sains Kemasyarakatan di Universiti Sains Malaysia, Prof Madya Dr Sivamurugan Pandian berkata ini penting kerana terdapat segelintir individu pada masa ini yang sengaja menjadikan sesuatu isu sehingga menimbulkan konflik perkauman dan mengganggu-gugat nilai keagamaan dan hubungan etnik, demi meraih populariti.

"Dalam usaha memperkasa penguatkuasaan akta ini, kita memerlukan koordinasi dan kerjasama pelbagai pihak terutama pihak berwajib untuk memastikan individu yang bertindak melanggar norma keterbatasan dan keselamatan awam negara dikenakan tindakan segera dan dikenakan hukuman berat.

"Hukuman yang lebih ketat dan disertai dengan pendakwaan telus secara langsung akan membuktikan tindakan pihak berwajib mengenakan hukuman itu wajar, sekali gus memberi keyakinan masyarakat awam terhadap pihak berwajib," katanya kepada Bernama.

Mempunyai pendapat sama, Dekan Kolej Undang-undang, Kerajaan dan Pengajian Antarabangsa Universiti Utara Malaysia Prof Madya Dr Ahmad Martadha Mohamed berkata dengan mengenakan hukuman yang lebih ketat terhadap individu terlibat, ia mampu memberi peringatan kepada anggota masyarakat agar tidak bertindak sembarangan.

Beliau berkata tindakan tegas itu perlu bagi membuktikan 'kekuatan' akta dan undang-undang melalui hukuman terhadap individu, terutama mereka yang cuba menimbulkan ketegangan kaum, mempersoalkan isu berkaitan agama Islam, hak istimewa orang Melayu serta kedudukan orang Melayu dalam perlembagaan.

"Sekiranya kerajaan serius menangani perkara ini dengan mengenakan hukuman yang lebih berat, ia akan membuatkan masyarakat berfikir dua kali sebelum bertindak atau mengeluarkan sebarang kenyataan," katanya.

Mengenai pandangan segelintir individu yang menyifatkan setiap rakyat mempunyai hak dan kebebasan bersuara, Ahmad Martadha berkata kebebasan bersuara wajar mempunyai batasan tertentu.

"Kebebasan bersuara mesti ada had... seperti di Amerika Syarikat dan Eropah, sekiranya ada individu yang mengkritik Yahudi (Jews), mereka akan diambil tindakan sebagai 'anti-semitism'.

"'Anti-semitism' ini maksudnya golongan yang mengkritik dan menentang Jews, mereka akan dipulau oleh masyarakat. Bagi mereka yang cuba mewujudkan unsur-unsur keganasan, mereka akan didakwa cuba menimbulkan rusuhan," katanya, sambil menambah kata bahawa sikap hormat-menghormati antara agama dan bangsa perlu sentiasa disemai demi keharmonian bersama.

Apakah pula peranan masyarakat dalam memperkasa Akta Hasutan 1948?

Sivamurugan berkata rakyat secara keseluruhannya perlu terlibat mengambil tindakan secara kolektif dalam memerangi persepsi bahawa akta tersebut seolah-olah tidak digunakan dengan berkesan.

Katanya dengan penglibatan seluruh anggota masyarakat ia mampu memperbaiki kelonggaran dan kelompongan yang terdapat pada akta berkenaan selain mengelakkan sifat menuding jari, menyalahkan pihak tertentu sahaja.

"Masyarakat sendiri perlu ambil inisiatif kerana pada hari ini nilai ektremism dan radikalisme semakin menular. Mereka perlu tampil melaporkan kepada pihak berkuasa kerana kita semua mempunyai tanggungjawab dan perlu menghargai kemakmuran dan keamanan yang terbina selama ini.

"Di samping itu, kalangan majoriti senyap harus bertindak. Golongan ektremis ini kebanyakannya melakukan tindakan tersebut kerana mereka tahu golongan majoriti ini tidak mahu bersuara," katanya.

Sivamurugan turut berpendapat peranan kumpulan majoriti senyap akan membantu memperkukuh penguatkuasaan Akta Hasutan 1948 termasuk tidak membiarkan mereka yang terlibat terlepas dan bebas begitu sahaja.

-- BERNAMA

'Kumaar Lancar Mogok Lapar', Berita Harian, 23 Januari 2015


'Delay in Solving Party Woes Will Harm BN As Well', New Straits Times, 23 January 2015


Thursday, January 22, 2015

'Fresh polls needed to resolve MIC internal crisis', Malaysian Reserve, 19 January 2015



Alfian ZM TahirMonday, January 19, 2015
               
The ongoing internal crisis within the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) party can only be resolved by holding an immediate fresh election – a political observer told The Malaysian Reserve.
Associate Professor Dr Sivamurugan Pandian when contacted said MIC can no longer allow its internal problem to be made public as it would waft away Indians from voting the party in the next general election.
“What is happening in MIC is due to allegation of frauds in its previous party election.
There are some who accept the result but there are also some who refuse to accept the result.
“Registrar of Society (RoS) has demanded MIC to hold a party election and that is the best way of solution for MIC. They should have an immediate party election to solve the crisis," Sivamurugan, who is the professor at School of Social Sciences in University Sains Malaysia (USM) said.
He said MIC cannot delay the party election as it would only cause more harm than good, pointing out the delay would also demotivate members and supporters and lead them to look at 'other alternatives.'
Referring to DAP as an example, Sivamurugan said MIC should learn from DAP’s case in conducting a fresh party election when it was hit with crisis in its Central Executive Committee (CEC) election in 2013.
The political analyst added the crisis in MIC will also tarnish Barisan Nasional’s image as a whole party component.
“MIC cannot let this problem to continue because it will also have an effect on BN. BN’s supporters out there will question MIC’s political legitimacy.
“It should stop immediately and they should learn from DAP on how they resolve their crisis.
They hold a fresh party election,” he added.
Asked if BN should interfere and help MIC in their internal impasse, Sivamurugan said there is no need for BN to intervene, reiterating that MIC should just carry on with its fresh party election as soon as possible.
“I don’t think BN should come in. MIC with its leadership should be able to deal with this matter without BN’s help.
“There is nothing else can MIC can do now accept hold a party election soon,” Sivamurugan said.
It was previously reported that MIC saga started when RoS discovered discrepancies in the party polls and ordered it to hold fresh elections for the three vice president post and Central Working Committee.
Former CWC member, Datuk R Ramanan later accused MIC president’s wife Datin Seri P Kanagam of running the party with her husband G Palanivel acting only as a puppet.
Ramanan backed his allegations by claiming Palanivel had some kind of sickness that caused him to forget things including important decisions before lambasting the president’s inability to win back the Teluk Kemang and Sungai Siput seats in the last general election because of his contradicting statements and last minute decision making.
Yesterday Bernama reported that two former MIC leaders had accused the ethnic Indian party of fraud in setting up of branches at eight divisions during the party election in 2013.
Former treasurer general Datuk R Ramanan and former Youth Chief Senator Datuk S A Vigneswaran submitted evidence to RoS to facilitate investigations into alleged
irregularities in that party election.
Talking to reporters at the RoS office, Vigneswaran said the eight divisions were Sepang, Subang, Hulu Selangor, Petaling Jaya Selatan, Seremban, Kuala Langat and Serdang.
Meanwhile the party president had asked all those involved to stop attacking family members, a view which was echoed by his deputy, Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam.
Palanivel has since remained silent over the plans to hold fresh elections and members are restless and concerned that the party is heading towards de-registration.

'Bertindak Pantas, Keras', Utusan Malaysia, 20 Januari 2015


Monday, January 19, 2015

'Krisis MIC Perlu Ditangani Segera', Berita Minggu, 18 Januari 2015


'MIC Told To Resolve Crisis Quickly And Move On', Bernama, 17 January 2015

 



By S. Kisho Kumari

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The MIC does not really have all that much time left to sort out its issues and resolve the internal crisis that has brought the party on the brink of deregistration.

Ever since last Dec 5, when the Registrar of Societies (ROS) ordered the MIC to hold fresh elections for its three vice-presidential and 23 Central Working Committee (CWC) posts within 90 days or face deregistration, not much has been done to resolve the various outstanding issues.

Political observers and party insiders are anticipating a massive uphill struggle for Malaysia's largest Indian-based party to stay relevant in the community if it does not take immediate steps to set things right.

Associate Professor Dr Sivamurugan Pandian, political analyst at Universiti Sains Malaysia's Faculty of Social Science, opined that this was the right time for the MIC leaders to close ranks and move forward to prove that the party still has the ability to serve the Indian community.

REINVIGORATE THE PARTY FAST

"For me, I see it as a chance for the party to revive itself... in fact to strengthen itself and bring about unity so that the people can see that the MIC is capable of bouncing back fast," he told Bernama recently.

After having met the ROS' requirement, he said, the party could embark on planning for the future, and even work on creating a new wave of leadership and new a branding, following which it could focus on the actual struggle of the party.

The ROS had issued the re-election order following complaints of abuse of power and misconduct at the party elections in November 2013, which violated the party constitution and the Societies Act 1966.

The ROS had also on Dec 5 directed the party to hold fresh elections in eight divisions, namely Bayan Baru, Bukit Gelugor, Subang, Bandar Baru Kulim, Taiping, Tambun, Sepang and Jasin within 60 days.

It also ordered fresh polls to be held within 30 days for the Batu Kawan division deputy chairman, Kota Raja division chairman, Tanjung Malim division chairman and Taman Koperasi Polis branch chairman posts.

Two branches, Merlimau Utara and Rumah Pangsa Pekeliling Selatan, were also ordered to hold fresh polls within 30 days.

However, on Jan 6, the party CWC obtained an extension of time from the ROS to conduct the re-election at the Merlimau Utara branch but the period of extension was not stated.

On the ROS order to the MIC to hold fresh polls, Sivamurugan said if the party did not agree with it, then it should waste no time in challenging the order in court.

"If it intends to follow the directive, it should take immediate steps to hold fresh polls to prevent members and observers from having a negative perception of the party," he said.

Following the order from the ROS, party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel had established a special joint committee comprising Palanivel and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, five of the complainants who had reported irregularities in the earlier party polls to the ROS, and five other members.

Sivamurugan said the MIC should act immediately as it had already formed a committee to look into the outstanding issues.

"The DAP had also previously been issued with an order by the ROS to conduct fresh elections and the party obliged immediately as it knew that if the re-election was delayed, the party's future could be jeopardised," he pointed out.

LET THE GRASSROOTS DECIDE

Former MIC secretary-general and deputy Dewan Rakyat speaker D.P. Vijandran said the MIC was in grave danger if it failed to resolve its internal crisis and return the power to the grassroots.

He also cautioned that even if the MIC could solve the party polls issue, the leaders should realise that whilst they were busy focusing on the internal squabbles, the support from the people had literally faded.

Describing the party's structural problem as one the factors that had caused the party to be thrown into disarray, he said: "It is all about who wants to be a king (a position).

"I am not saying everyone does that but most of them do... they are so into finding the crown that they don't realise they had lost their kingdom," he said.

Citing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's call for all Indian political parties to unite and work together, Vijandran said the Indians were speaking in too many voices, resulting in them going in various directions without taking a clear united stand.

"All of them should unite and focus on how to win support from the people. The leaders should not be so engrossed with their positions that they can't see that they have lost the (support of the) Indian community," he said.

-- BERNAMA

'MIC Perlu Selesaikan Krisis Segera', Bernama, 17 Januari 2015

 



Oleh S. Kisho Kumari

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- MIC tidak mempunyai banyak masa lagi untuk menyelesaikan apa juga isu yang timbul serta menyelesaikan krisis dalaman yang menyebabkan parti itu berada di ambang pembatalan penubuhannya.

Sejak 5 Dis lepas, apabila Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS) mengarahkan MIC untuk mengadakan pemilihan baharu bagi tiga jawatan naib presiden dan 23 jawatan Anggota Jawatankuasa Kerja (CWC) dalam tempoh 90 hari atau berhadapan risiko dibatalkan pendaftaran, tidak banyak yang dilakukan untuk menyelesaikan pelbagai isu tertangguh.

Pemerhati politik dan kepimpinan dalaman parti menjangkakan parti kaum India yang terbesar di Malaysia itu akan berhadapan dengan cabaran besar untuk kekal relevan dalam masyarakat jika ia tidak mengambil langkah segera untuk memperbetulkan keadaan.

Profesor Madya Dr Sivamurugan Pandian, yang juga penganalisis politik di Fakulti Sains Sosial, Universiti Sains Malaysia berpendapat bahawa ini adalah masa yang sesuai bagi pemimpin MIC merapatkan barisan dan bergerak ke hadapan, sekali gus membuktikan bahawa parti itu masih mempunyai keupayaan untuk berkhidmat kepada masyarakat India.

MENCERGASKAN SEMULA PARTI

"Secara peribadi, saya melihat ia sebagai satu peluang untuk parti memulihkan keadaan... hakikatnya untuk mengukuhkan organisasi dan mewujudkan perpaduan supaya rakyat dapat melihat bahawa MIC mampu bingkas bangkit kembali," katanya kepada Bernama baru-baru ini.

Setelah memenuhi syarat-syarat ROS, beliau berkata parti itu boleh mula merancang untuk masa depan, malah berfungsi untuk mewujudkan gelombang baharu kepimpinan dan penjenamaan baharu, yang mana selepas itu ia boleh memberi tumpuan kepada perjuangan sebenar parti.

ROS telah mengeluarkan perintah pemilihan semula berikutan aduan penyalahgunaan kuasa dan salah laku pemilihan parti pada November 2013, yang melanggar perlembagaan parti dan Akta Pertubuhan 1966.

Pada 5 Dis, ROS turut mengarahkan parti mengadakan pemilihan baharu di lapan bahagian iaitu Bayan Baru; Bukit Gelugor; Subang; Bandar Baru Kulim; Taiping; Tambun; Sepang dan Jasin dalam tempoh 60 hari.

Ia juga memerintahkan pemilihan baharu diadakan dalam tempoh 30 hari bagi jawatan timbalan pengerusi Batu Kawan; pengerusi bahagian Kota Raja; pengerusi bahagian Tanjung Malim; dan pengerusi cawangan Taman Koperasi Polis.

Dua cawangan iaitu Merlimau Utara dan Rumah Pangsa Pekeliling Selatan, juga diperintahkan untuk mengadakan pemilihan baharu dalam tempoh 30 hari.

Walau bagaimanapun, pada 6 Jan, CWC parti memperoleh lanjutan masa daripada ROS untuk melaksanakan pemilihan semula di cawangan Merlimau Utara tetapi tempoh lanjutannya tidak dinyatakan.

Berhubung perintah ROS yang mengarahkan MIC mengadakan pemilihan baharu, Sivamurugan berkata jika kepimpinan parti tidak bersetuju dengannya, maka ia tidak perlu membuang masa dan sebaliknya mencabar perintah berkenaan di mahkamah.

"Jika ia bercadang untuk mematuhi arahan berkenaan, ia perlu mengambil langkah segera untuk mengadakan pemilihan baharu bagi mengelakkan anggota dan pemerhati daripada mempunyai persepsi negatif terhadap parti," katanya.

Berikutan perintah ROS, presiden parti Datuk Seri G. Palanivel telah menubuhkan satu jawatankuasa khas bersama antara Palanivel dan timbalannya Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, lima daripada pengadu yang telah melaporkan penyelewengan dalam pemilihan parti kepada ROS, dan lima anggota lain.

Sivamurugan berkata MIC perlu bertindak segera kerana ia telah membentuk sebuah jawatankuasa untuk mengkaji isu-isu tertunggak.

"DAP juga sebelum ini telah menerima suatu perintah daripada ROS yang mengarahkannya melakukan pemilihan semula dan parti ini segera mematuhinya kerana mereka tahu bahawa jika pemilihan semula ditangguhkan, masa depan parti itu boleh terjejas," katanya.

SERAHKAN KEPADA PERINGKAT AKAR UMBI

Bekas Setiausaha Agung MIC dan Timbalan Speaker Dewan Rakyat D.P. Vijandran berkata MIC berhadapan risiko besar jika ia gagal menyelesaikan krisis dalamannya dan mengembalikan kuasa kepada anggota parti.

Beliau juga mengingatkan walaupun MIC boleh menyelesaikan isu pemilihan parti, para pemimpinnya perlu sedar bahawa sementara mereka sibuk memberi tumpuan kepada masalah dalaman parti, sokongan daripada rakyat sebenarnya sudah pudar.

Menyifatkan masalah struktur parti itu sebagai satu daripada faktor yang menyebabkan parti itu berada dalam kancah pergolakan, beliau berkata: "Semua ini adalah tentang siapa yang mahu menjadi raja (memegang jawatan).

"Saya tidak menyatakan bahawa semua orang melakukannya tetapi kebanyakan mereka berbuat demikian... mereka begitu beria-ia mencari kedudukan tanpa menyedari mereka sebenarnya telah kehilangan kekuasaan mereka," katanya.

Memetik saranan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak kepada untuk semua parti-parti politik kaum India supaya bersatu dan bekerja bersama-sama, Vijandran berkata orang India mempunyai terlalu banyak suara, sehingga menyebabkan mereka berpecah ke pelbagai arah tanpa kesepaduan untuk mengambil pendirian yang jelas.

"Kesemua mereka perlu bersatu dan memberi tumpuan kepada bagaimana untuk memenangi sokongan daripada rakyat. Para pemimpin tidak perlu asyik dengan kedudukan mereka sehingga mereka tidak dapat melihat bahawa mereka telah kehilangan (sokongan) masyarakat India," katanya.

-- BERNAMA

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

'Arahan Baharu Penggunaan Ibu Pejabat MIC Terima Pelbagai Reaksi', Bernama, 12 Januari 2015

 



PUTRAJAYA, 12 Jan (Bernama) -- Arahan baharu, yang dikeluarkan MIC dan dilaksanakan dengan serta merta di ibu pejabatnya, mendapat pelbagai reaksi daripada pemimpin parti dan penganalisis politik.

Ketua Pemuda MIC C.Sivarraajh berkata langkah menghalang sesetengah pemimpin parti daripada mengadakan sidang akhbar di bangunan itu adalah tidak adil, tidak demokratik dan bersifat rosot kembali.

Sambil menyifatkan keputusan itu sebagai tidak relevan, beliau berkata ia boleh mengundang lebih banyak bantahan daripada angota parti.

"Mereka yang dihalang terdiri daripada anggota MIC sendiri, termasuk peyandang jawatan penting dan para pemimpin ini diiktiraf Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS) seperti Ketua Pemuda dan Ketua Wanita.

"Ini berbeza dengan Setiausaha Agung (Datuk G. Kumaar Aaman), yang jawatannya tidak diiktiraf ROS yang mengeluarkan arahan agar pemilihan semula diadakan bagi jawatan anggota Jawatankuasa Kerja Pusat (CWC) dan tiga naib presiden," katanya kepada Bernama hari ini.

Di samping itu, kata, Sivarraajh, sayap Pemuda dan Wanita serta pemimpin mereka, berbeza dengan CWC, diiktiraf ROS dan menghalang mereka daripada menggunakan ibu pejabat parti untuk mengadakan sidang akhbar samalah seperti menutup pintu kepada mereka.

Semalam, Kumaar Aamaan memperkenalkan perubahan yang dilaksanakan dengan serta merta di ibu pejabat MIC, termasuk hanya membenarkan pucuk pimpinan pusat parti mengadakan sidang akhbar rasmi di situ.

Mereka ialah presiden, timbalan presiden, naib presiden, setiausaha agung dan bendahari agung.

Sivarraajh mendakwa jawatan setiausaha agung baharu parti itu, yang mengeluarkan arahan "tutup mulut", adalah tidak sah kerana ROS mengisytiharkan pemilihan mereka sebagi tidak sah dan terbatal, serta mengarahkan MIC mengadakan pemilihan semula.

"Ketika presiden ingin mengamalkan demokrasi lebih meluas dan mengadakan pemilihan di semua peringkat parti, setiausaha agung baharu yang tidak sah pula menggunakan langkah autoritarian untuk menghalang pegawai yang dipilih," katanya.

Ketika menyuarakan sentimen serupa, bekas pengarah strategi MIC Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari meminta Kumaar Aaman berhenti daripada mengeluarkan kenyataan sebagai setiausaha agung parti itu kerana mendakwa pelantikannya "tidak mengikut undang-undang".

"Sebarang perkara dasar yang mempunyai kaitan dengan hak anggota MIC perlulah diputuskan dalam mesyuarat agung tergempar, bukan dibuat dengan sesuka hati Datuk Kumaar.

Saya tidak ada hak untuk mencampuri sebarang kenyataan yang dibuat atas kedudukan peribadinya, tetapi sekiranya beliau terus berbuat demikian sebagai penyandang jawatan dalam MIC, saya akan gunakan saluran undang-undang kerana tindakan beliau itu boleh menjejaskan parti," katanya.

Bagaimanapun, Pengerusi MIC Cawangan Kuala Ketil Datuk S.Subramaniam mengucapkan syabas kepada Kumaar Aaman kerana membuat keputusan tepat bagi memastikan hanya mereka yang 'ikhlas' dibenarkan memasuki bangunan MIC.

"Ini bukan masa untuk menjerit siapa yang betul dan siapa yang salah. Parti kita lebih utama. Saya harap lebih banyak perubahan inovatif dilakukan demi kebaikan parti dan masyarakat kami," katanya kepada Bernama hari ini.

Pensyarah Kanan Sekolah Sains Sosial Universiti Sains Malaysia Prof Madya Dr Sivamurugan Pandian berkata Palanivel perlu menyelesaikan isu pelantikan setiausaha agung parti itu agar sebarang kenyataan yang dikeluarkannya tidak lagi dipersoalkan bagi mengelak berlaku pergeseran lebih teruk dalam parti itu.

"Sekiranya pelantikan itu tidak sah, maka mungkin semua kenyataan perlu hanya datang sama ada daripada presiden atau timbalan presiden bagi mengendurkan ketegangan antara kumpulan," katanya.

-- BERNAMA

'Mixed Reaction To MIC's New Measures At HQ', Bernama, 12 January 2015

 



PUTRAJAYA, Jan 12 (Bernama) -- MIC's immediate changes which are being implemented at the party headquarters have received mixed reaction from its leaders and a political analyst.

MIC Youth chief C.Sivarraajh said the move by the party to stop some leaders from holding press conferences in the building was unfair, undemocratic and regressive.

Describing the decision as irrelevant, he said this could lead to more protests from MIC members.

"Those who have been shut out are members of the MIC, including key office- bearers and these leaders are recognised by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) like the Youth and Wanita chiefs.

"This is unlike the secretary-general (Datuk G. Kumaar Aaman) whose post is not recognised by ROS which has ordered re-election for the CWC and three vice-president posts," he told Bernama today.

Besides that, Sivarraajh said, the Youth and Wanita wings and their leaders, unlike the CWC, were recognised by ROS and barring them from using the party headquarters as a place for press conferences, would be like shutting the door on them.

Yesterday, Kumaar Aamaan introduced immediate changes that are being implemented at the MIC headquarters that will, among others, see only the party's national leaders allowed to hold official press conferences there.

These leaders are the MIC president, deputy president and vice-presidents, as well as secretary-general and treasurer-general.

Sivarraajh claimed that the post of the new "secretary-general" who was issuing the gag orders, was invalid since ROS had declared their election as null and void, and had ordered the party to hold re-election.

"At the same time, the president wants to practise greater democratisation and to hold election at all levels of the party, while the new 'invalid secretary-general' is resorting to authoritarian measures to shut out elected officials," he said.

Echoing similar sentiment, former MIC strategic director Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari has asked Kumaar Aaman to stop issuing statements as party secretary-general, claiming that the latter's appointment was "unlawful".

"Any policy matter that relates to the rights of MIC members must be decided at an emergency general meeting (EGM), not at the whim and fancy of Datuk Kumaar.

"I have no right to interfere in any statement made in his personal capacity, but if he continues to do so as an MIC office-bearer, then I will seek legal redress for acting to the detriment of the party," he said.

However, MIC Kuala Ketil branch chairman Datuk S.Subramaniam congratulated Kumaar Aaman for making the right decision to ensure that only bona fide persons could enter the MIC building.

"This is not the time to cry out who is right and who is wrong. Our party is supreme. I look forward to more innovative changes to bring betterment to the party and our community," he told Bernama today.

Universiti Sains Malaysia's School of Social Sciences senior lecturer, Assoc Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian said Palanivel must clear the air on the secretary-general's appointment, so that whatever statements issued would not be questioned to avoid further friction within the party.

"If the appointment is invalid, then perhaps any statement should only come from either the president or deputy president to ease tension between the factions," he said.

-- BERNAMA

Monday, January 12, 2015

'Kerjasama Kerajaan Pusat, Kelantan Bangunkan Semula Negeri Itu Luar Biasa', Bernama, 10 Januari 2015

 



KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Kerjasama antara kerajaan pusat dan kerajaan negeri Kelantan membangunkan semula negeri itu selepas dilanda bencana banjir disifatkan sebagai satu kerjasama yang perlu diteruskan untuk kebaikan rakyat di negeri itu.

Pelbagai pihak yang menyokong kerjasama itu berharap ia menjadi penanda ke arah menyaksikan kerjasama yang membawa kepada kebaikan, perlu dipertingkatkan.

Pengerusi Yayasan 1Malaysia, Dr Chandra Muzaffar berkata kerjasama antara kerajaan Pusat dan negeri tanpa mengira fahaman politik amat perlu dalam usaha pemulihan dan pembaikan pasca banjir.

"Persoalan politik dan kepartian serta isu personaliti harus diketepikan agar usaha keseluruhannya ditumpukan kepada kesejahteraan rakyat Kelantan," katanya dalam kenyataan di sini, Jumaat.

Beliau berharap kerjasama ini akan membawa kepada persefahaman yang lebih mendalam dan menyeluruh di antara kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) dan kerajaan Kelantan pimpinan PAS, termasuk dalam aspek pembangunan alam sekitar, ekonomi, politik, kemasyarakatan dan keagamaan dan membantu mengurangkan politik kepartian yang kurang sihat, katanya.

Sementara itu, Presiden Persatuan Peniaga dan Pengusaha Melayu Malaysia (Perdasama) Datuk Moehamad Izat Emir pula berkata kerjasama ini diharapkan menjadi permulaan baik bagi memastikan ekonomi dan kehidupan rakyat Kelantan diberi perhatian utama.

"Ini merupakan permulaan baik untuk menjadikan perpaduan masyarakat Melayu terpelihara tanpa menghiraukan pengaruh politik yang ada," katanya.

Bagi penganalisis politik Prof Madya Dr Sivamurugan Pandian dari Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), kerjasama seumpama itu harus dilihat sebagai penanda aras untuk menyelesaikan isu banjir.

Beliau berkata ideologi politik tidak seharusnya dijadikan halangan untuk membantu masyarakat khususnya ketika bencana seperti banjir yang melanda negara baru-baru ini.

"Saya rasa ini adalah satu permulaan yang baharu dan baik di bawah pimpinan PAS di Kelantan dan mungkin bencana banjir ini boleh digunakan oleh kedua-dua parti tersebut untuk mengeratkan lagi hubungan yang terjalin demi kebaikan masyarakat dan negara," katanya ketika dihubungi Bernama.

Sivamurugan juga berkata kedua-dua parti itu harus mengabaikan tindakan segelintir pihak yang menentang kerjasama ini kerana mereka mungkin terlalu taksub dengan fahaman politik yang sempit.

Katanya, rakyat negeri Kelantan juga perlu memberikan sokongan kerana kerjasama yang bakal terjalin akan memberikan banyak kelebihan secara tidak langsung kepada penduduk negeri berkenaan.

Beliau juga berkata kerjasama antara kerajaan pusat dan negeri membuktikan kedua-dua pihak menitikberatkan kebajikan masyarakat dan secara tidak langsung mengenepikan ideologi politik masing-masing.

Berkongsi pandangan yang sama, anggota Lembaga Pemegang Amanah Yayasan 1Malaysia Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye berkata keharmonian negara akan terus terpelihara jika kerjasama sebegini dilakukan pada masa akan datang.

Beliau yang juga seorang aktivis sosial berkata kebajikan masyarakat lebih penting daripada fahaman politik dan pendekatan yang digunakan oleh kerajaan persekutuan dan kerajaan negeri adalah langkah terbaik menangani cabaran bencana banjir.

"Gabungan kerjasama antara BN dan PAS ini pasti akan mengembalikan semangat masyarakat Kelantan. Selain itu, ia juga adalah muafakat yang dicapai melalui bencana," katanya.

Katanya kerjasama dalam menangani isu pasca banjir itu akan mengikis sentimen politik sempit dan melahirkan masyarakat berpandangan jauh.

'Cooperation Between Federal, State Governments To Rebuild Kelantan Lauded', Bernama, 10 January 2015


 

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Cooperation between the federal government and Kelantan government to rebuild the state after being hit by severe floods has been lauded by various parties.

They hailed the collaboration and hoped that it was a step in the right direction for both governments to build on the cooperation.

1Malaysia Foundation chairman Dr Chandra Muzaffar said that cooperation between the federal and Kelantan government, irrespective of political understanding was necessary for post-flood recovery and repair.

"Political, partisan, and personality issues should be put aside so that all the effort could be devoted to the welfare of the people of Kelantan," he said in a statement here, today.

He hoped that this cooperation would lead to a more deeper and complete understanding between the Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS government in Kelantan, including in aspects of envrionmental development, economics, politics, society and religion.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Malay Entrepreneurs and Merchants' Association (Perdasama) president Datuk Moehamad Izat Emir said this cooperation was hoped to be a good start to ensure that the economy and the lives of the people of Kelantan were given the primary focus.

"This is a good start to making sure that unity of the Malays is always maintained regardless of political influence," he said.

Political analyst Assoc Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) said this cooperation should be seen as the benchmark for resolving flood issues.

He said that political ideology should not be a hurdle in efforts to help people, especially during disasters such as the floods that have hit the country.

"I feel this is a new and better beginning under the leadership of PAS in Kelantan and maybe the flood situation can be used by both parties to further strengthen their relationship for the betterment of society and the country," he said when contacted by Bernama.

Sivamurugan also said that both the governments must ignore those who oppose this collaboration because, they may be too obsessed with narrow political thinking.

He said the people of Kelantan should also give their support because a well established collaboration would provide many indirect advantages to them.

He also said that the cooperation between the two governments proved that both parties emphasised social welfare and they indirectly set aside their political ideologies.

Sharing a similar view, 1Malaysia Foundation Trustee member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said national harmony could be preserved if such collaboration was continued.

Lee said social welfare was more important than political ideology and the approach used by the federal and state governments was the best way to address the flood situation.

"The collaboration between BN and PAS will definitely revitalise the people of Kelantan," he said.

-- BERNAMA

'Bantuan Banjir Bukti BN Utamakan Rakyat, Ketepikan Ideologi - Dr Siva', UMNO Online, 8 Januari 2015

Bantuan banjir bukti BN utamakan rakyat, ketepikan ideologi - Dr Siva

Bantuan banjir bukti BN utamakan rakyat, ketepikan ideologi - Dr Siva
DR SIVA: Banjir buktikan BN utamakan rakyat, wujudkan kerjasama ketepikan ideologi - Gambar fail
KUALA LUMPUR: Banjir yang melanda beberapa negeri harus dilihat sebagai bencana alam yang langsung tidak membabitkan politik atau membangkitkan isu-isu yang berkait dengannya, kata penganalisis politik tempatan, Prof Madya Dr. Sivamurugan Pandian.

Katanya, penglibatan Barisan Nasional (BN) untuk turut serta dalam usaha menyelamat dan membantu mangsa banjir sejak dari awal berlaku sehinggalah kepada proses pasca banjir sekarang ini adalah bukti keprihatinan terhadap masyarakat keseluruhan tanpa melihat kepada ideologi politik sebagaimana di Kelantan.

"Kita lihat bagaimana kerajaan pusat sedia bersama-sama kerajaan negeri biarpun Kelantan ditadbir oleh Pas yang menjadi sekutu dalam pakatan pembangkang, tetapi kesediaan ini menunjukkan bahawa BN mendahulukan kepentingan rakyat," katanya kepada UMNO-Online.

Ujar beliau, penglibatan BN dalam negeri tadbiran Pas membabitkan penyatuan dalam usaha membangunkan semula sebuah negeri yang terjejas teruk kerana banjir tanpa melihat kepada kepentingan peribadi atau keuntungan yang bersifat politik.

"Walaupun memang wujud tohmahan kepada BN kononnya bantuan yang diberi hanya bersalutkan politik atau atas nama semata-mata tetapi BN tidak ambil hirau malah mereka membelakangkan semua kata-kata yang dilemparkan dengan hanya fokus kepada usaha untuk memastikan keselesaan rakyat yang ditimpa bencana sama ada semasa banjir dan sekarang ini pasca banjir.

"BN melalui kerajaan telah menggerakkan semua sektornya termasuklah pelbagai kementerian untuk terlibat dalam bantuan memulihkan mangsa banjir, walaupun memakan masa tetapi ada usaha berterusan digerakkan yang mendapat sokongan dari kerajaan negeri di bawah tadbiran Pas."

Beliau yang juga Pensyarah Kanan di Pusat Pengajian Sains Kemasyarakatan, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) melihat perkembangan yang ditunjukkan antara kerajaan Pusat iaitu BN dan kerajaan Negeri iaitu Pas adalah satu perkembangan positif dalam kerjasama demi kepentingan rakyat.

"Memang ada segelintir pihak yang menentang terutamanya mereka yang terlalu mengagungkan kepentingan peribadi tetapi apabila ianya melibatkan kepentingan umum maka tentunya dengan kerjasama yang baik akan dapat menyelesaikan pelbagai kerumitan yang wujud.

"Ada harapan agar kerjasama sedemikian diperhebat dan bukan hanya apabila ada musibah sebagaimana banjir ini berlaku sahaja tetapi macam-macam perkara juga boleh dilaksanakan apatah lagi ikatan seperti ini dapat membawa kepada proses penyatuan walaupun nyata ia bukanlah sesuatu yang mudah tetapi tidak mustahil untuk berlaku."

Semalam, Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin mengadakan pertemuan tertutup selama 50 minit dengan Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Ahmad Yakob di pejabat menteri besar di Kompleks Kota Darulnaim dan dipercayai pertemuan itu diadakan berkaitan dengan bencana banjir besar yang berlaku di negeri itu baru-baru ini.

'Pulanglah Anak Kelantan, Beri Sokongan Moral', Sinar Harian, 8 Januari 2015


'MIC Can Ill Afford Internal Crisis To Fester', New Straits Times, 8 January 2015


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