Thursday, May 01, 2008

"Kotakan Kata"

I wore purple (the official colour of the JAG movement) too!
Picture courtesy of TV Smith

Upon entering the Parliament lobby yesterday morning, the first thing that happened as getting mobbed by the activists from JAG - Joint Action Group for Gender Equality ;-)

Remember Mak Bedah? Well, I was immediately presented with a cool looking cardboard folder, with the boldly written words "Kotakan Kata", a shorter form of "Kata Mesti Dikota" or roughly translated as "promises must be fulfilled".

Mak Bedah (Meera Samanther of Women's Candidacy Initiative) took pains to explain the points contained within the folder, which includes new laws which should be passed by this Parliament to reduce and prevent sexual crimes and harassment, and to re-activate the parliamentary gender caucus to curb gender discrimination and inequality.

We are also requested to apply pressure to the Government to withdrawal of all reservations by the Malaysian Government in relation to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which we are not yet a signatory.

I was even presented with a 6-inch ruler, as a gentle reminder that I will be measured by my performance in parliament to achieve the above objectives ;-)

While I can't guarantee that the Government will listen to me, I'll certainly play my part in the above objectives, all of which I found to be not only fair and just, but also imperative in a progressive and forward-looking society. And of course, I'll happily accept measurement ;-).

Watch the Mkini coverage of JAG in action in Parliament here, or read the Star coverage here.


What A Lulu said...

purple as in the little flower on your hair?

Anonymous said...

Dear Tony,
Thumbs up for JAG! I'm glad someone is putting in some well-thought out work from the word 'go'. I'm very pleased you support this important issue. Hit the ground running..., that's the way!
Best regards,

Anonymous said...

Mahathir has also become a blogger!

吉隆坡1日訊)馬哈迪今天用其筆名che det開設部落格,首篇文章是談論法官課題。網址是

petluc said...

Kor kor,
try purple glasses..:-)
anyway,I do agree...KOTAKAN KATA!

Best WIshes with your term in parliament.

Anonymous said...

OK kotakan kata .... can you please furnish DAP PJU General Elections campaign accounts for all to see???

Its been a little overdue.

Anonymous said...

Hi, i am a PJ resident , looking forward to see how you fulfill all your promises to the Pj residents, i guess your honey moon period should be over, waiting to see how you"prinsipal" is asking and making the "Gardeners" work. we feel a lil "neglected" after the election. pls pay attention to the road esp SS2/25 (very bad condition and lots of holes and dangerous to the motocyclist) and also the cleaniness in SS2 this sense i guess to certain extend the MCA did a fairly good job... all the best

Anonymous said...

Dear YB,

looking forward to see you in action in parliament. becareful abouut gamemanship and good luck.

set example for the new generation of MPs - articulate, intelligent and polished language

I remember on the Astro talk show,"talking issue", YB Wei Kah Siong overpowered you verbally and I hope you can gain experience and strength from that episode.

Lee Wee Tak