Thursday, September 30, 2010

NEM Is Seditious?

The Royal Malaysian Police should spend its precious time investigating criminal cases, especially those involving serious crimes, instead of wasting man-hours on trivial or non-issues

I have been invited to give a statement at the Shah Alam Police Headquarters today at 1pm with regards to one of the suggestions I made during the Selangor Budget 2011 dialogue on 26 July 2010 where I called for a review of the current bumiputra housing discount policy.

I have suggested that discounts for luxury homes valued at RM500,000 and above, and commercial properties valued more than RM2 million be discontinued. Under the current policy, the rich benefit much more than the poor as a house valued at RM2 million will receive RM140,000 discount while a medium cost flat worth RM100,000 will only get RM100,000. I have proposed instead for the discounts to be channelled towards helping the poor, particularly the bumiputra poor.

I was informed that the investigating officer that I'm now being investigated under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act.

I understand that the Menteri Besar of Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will also have his statement taken as he had commented on the same issue to the press in the subsequent days.

The whole idea of being investigated for Sedition for the policy proposals which I have raised is just completely frivolous and ludicrous.

Firstly, the policy suggestion is completely in line with the Prime Minister's call for reform in the countries' race-based affirmative action policy under the "New Economic Model (NEM)". This reforms include his often quoted remarks that the affirmative action policies will be "market-friendly and merit-based" and focused on the lowest 40% of income earners, the unlike in the past.

My policy suggestion is fully in-line with the Prime Minister's "NEM" where the removal of the discounts will make it more "market-friendly" for property developers and prevent abuses by middlemen who profit from re-selling the discounted properties to non-bumiputras.

In addition, it is also "merit-based" as the poor will receive the necessary assistance through the discount while the already wealthy will no longer be given such disproportionate assistance. Based on my suggestion, the policy will definitely be focused to benefit the bottom 40% of income earners.

How in the world is my suggestion seditious is really beyond me. If my policy suggestion is seditious, then sure the NEM is the same and perhaps the police should also bring in the Prime Minister for investigation on possible sedition in his "market-friendly and merit-based" affirmative action policy statements.

The fact that the event had taken place at the end of July and the investigation is now only taking place 2 months later with the installation of the new Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar shows that the new regime is becoming a bigger cats paw of the Umno and Barisan Nasional to intimidate members of the opposition and to frighten the rakyat into supporting the ruling parties.

I empathize with the officers who are investigating my case as well as the other cases involving my colleagues such as Teo Nie Ching and Ean Yong Hian Wah for they are being forced to carry out the investigations despite the obvious frivolousness of the cases.

I have cooperated fully with the investigating officer but I call upon the the new IGP to stop making a complete mockery of the police force by spending time investigating "non-issues" and start focusing its under-staffed criminal investigation department on the various serious crimes affecting the country today.

Umno To Start Halal-Currency System?

Umno continues to heighten irresponsible and incendiary race and religious rhetoric will drive Malaysia towards becoming a nation of extreme contradictions with the latest accusation that the Penang Government funds its programmes using funds from non-halal sources

Umno has continued its relentless attacks on the DAP, particularly the Penang state government with the latest being that the state government funded its welfare initiatives with funds contributed by non-halal entities such as the Penang Turf Club, and by extension, the Muslims in the state are benefiting from “unclean” money.

While the Penang Government has disclosed the fact that the accusation is completely and utter baseless when it was shown that such contributions are only channelled towards the eradiction of non-Muslim hardcore poor, the more critical point is perhaps “so what if it is?”

Umno leaders have shown utmost hypocrisy when even the Finance Ministry, who is led by the Prime Minister himself, have replied in Parliament that the Federal Government does not separate it source of revenue from halal and non-halal sources in its consolidated funds. This means that the revenue from gaming sources such as Tanjung PLC and Berjaya Sports Toto as well as alcoholic beverage companies such as Guiness Anchor Bhd (GAB) and Carlsberg are used for the benefit of all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region. And that is absolutely how it should be.

What is more worry however is the tendency of the desperate Umno leaders who wants to cling on to power at all cost will start calling for ludicrous ideas to be implemented by preying on the fears and insecurity of the wider public.

By calling for a separation of funds from halal and non-halal sources, Umno politicians are opening a whole new Pandora box which will lead ultimately to Malaysia becoming a global basket case. Is the Penang opposition leader, Azahar Ibrahim arguing for a case whereby Muslim companies, individuals and organisations cannot trade with say, alcoholic beverage companies like GAB even for the purchase of stationery or furniture because GAB derives its revenue and profits from non-halal sources? Or worse, is Umno arguing for the farcical case where Ah Chong the butcher, or Muthu who works for Berjaya Sports Toto, cannot purchase nasi lemak from Pak Ali because the latter should not “benefit” from such sources of income?

Will Najib put out a new proposal during the announcement of the 2011 Budget calling for a duel currency system where the halal Ringgit is used for transactions which are halal while the non-halal Ringgit is used for transactions which involves non-halal items or services, and hence preventing Muslims from sourcing any of the revenue or benefiting in any way, from sources of funds which has at one time or another “passed through” non-halal transactions?

Najib has called for “moderation” at the United Nations and his call must be supported. However, Najib must first reign in his party of hare-brained extremists who are using all means, including racially and religiously extreme views to politically assasinate DAP and Pakatan Rakyat who are clearly winning over the rakyat with its inclusive, moderate and progressive policies.

The relentless race and religious attacks by Umno must cease immediately to create the conducive environment for “moderation”, to defeat “extremism” and to bring Malaysia back into the forefront of the international investment map.

Najib Adopts Middle Malaysia?

Najib needs to win over extremists in Umno, just as he calls on the moderates of the world to defeat the extremists in the world.

The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak made a good speech at the United Nations which we could not fault. As reported in The Star today, the prime minister said there was a need to marginalise the extremists, and the “global movement of the moderates” of all faiths was needed to work together to make this a success.

Najib also said these extremists had held the world hostage with their bigotry and bias, adding that “we must choose moderation over extremism... We must choose negotiations over confrontation. We must choose to work together and not against each other. And we must give this effort utmost priority, for time is not on our side”.

What is interesting however, is the message and choice of words used by the Prime Minister bore remarkable resemblance to the speech made by DAP Secretary-General and Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng at the DAP National Convention held in Ipoh, January this year where Lim was slammed by Umno for calling for a “middle Malaysia”.

Then, Lim has called for resolution of religious disputes “not through confrontation but consultation and not by force but by negotiations” with a specific reference to the use of “Allah” controversy.

Lim had said that “we are not a nation at war with itself. What we are witnessing is UMNO is at war with the values that stand for openness, logical reasoning and mutual respect. When BN talks of international benchmarks, questions are raised as to why the global Islamic practice from Middle-East to Indonesia allowing Christians’ usage of the word “Allah”, not applicable in Malaysia.”

We had called for a Middle Malaysia which prefers co-operation not conflict, consultation instead of confrontation and an inclusive shared society rather than an exclusive separate society. And to embrace Middle Malaysia, Pakatan Rakyat must be seen as moderate and inclusive and distance and differentiate ourselves from our exclusive, racist, extremist opponents.

It is therefore “rich” coming from the Prime Minister to call for global moderation when he has failed to decisively clamp down on race and religious extremism, especially those from his very own political party.

Najib has no locus standi to preach global moderation when today Umno is still adamant on eliminating the rights of the other Abrahamic faiths to use the term “Allah”, his government's refuses to deal with racist school principals decisively and the National Civics Bureau continues to preach race supremacy as highlighted in the speech of its Deputy Director which was supported by Puteri Umno. What is perhaps worse is Najib's complete lack of willingness to openly condemn extremist organisations like Perkasa due to political expediency as the latter is constituted by Umno's own members.

We must applaud Najib's speech at the UN and support all and any effort to promote moderation and combat extremism. However the Prime Minister's pretty speech will be only deemed worthless if he refuses to steer his own party towards moderation, to achieve a middle Malaysia.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Najib Must Ask Utusan To Apologise

Utusan Malaysia has continued its campaign to slander and libel Pakatan Rakyat leaders and in particular, the DAP with baseless allegations and insinuations with the specific intent to poison the minds of its readers and sow the seeds of racial hatred.

In a report earlier, Utusan Malaysia quoted a Mohd. Zahid Md. Arip who tried to implicate DAP as being connected, even if remotely to the ghastly murders of Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and 3 others. The report in its final 2 paragraphs wrote:
Dalam pada itu, Mohd. Zahid mempersoalkan kenapa DAP langsung tidak bersuara bagi mengutuk pembunuhan kejam tersebut, sedangkan sebelum ini parti berkenaan gah mendakwa organisasi mereka sebagai sebuah parti yang memperjuangkan hak semua pihak.

"Apakah tindakan membisu ini mempunyai kaitan dengan dakwaan yang mengatakan bahawa suspek utama adalah ahli seumur hidup parti tersebut. Jika benar (dakwaan itu), ternyata DAP sebuah parti hipokrit yang hanya memperjuangkan kepentingan kaum tertentu sahaja," katanya.
First of all, the question of DAP not condemning the murders does not arise. The party condemns all crimes, much more so heinous crimes such as the above and we have been at the forefront both in and outside parliament to call for the Royal Malaysian Police to increase their efficiency and effectiveness in fighting crime in this country. It is however the Barisan Nasional government who has been extremely pleased with the crime situation in Malaysia which has escalated to record levels before declining recently according to official government statistics.

Secondly and more importantly, it is a disgusting attempt by the Umno-owned newspaper to insinuate and allege through its “news” report that the murder suspects are life-members of DAP, with no attempt at all to confirm the veracity of the allegations. We would like to put the record straight that both the suspects, Pathmanabhan Nalliannen and Surendran Nalliannen, are not members of the party at any point of time.

However, even if they were a member of a political party, whether the DAP or BN, the political affiliation have absolutely no relation whatsoever to the heinous crime which they are alleged to have committed. A crime is a crime, and even Umno has its own leader who has been found guilty for murder.

The unethical and downright unscrupulous attempt by Utusan Malaysia to use any and every opportunity to slander and publish lies about the DAP with the sole intent to incite racial hatred among its largely Malay readers signifies the utter desperation of the Umno leaders to maintain its hold on power, even if it were to mean using immoral means. In recent weeks, Utusan has headlined inflammatory and slanderous stories such as “Nama Guan Eng ganti Agong” and alleging that the MP for Serdang, Teo Nie Ching had delivered a religious sermon in a surau, which were all based on manipulated lies.

Despite that obvious, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has repeated defended Utusan Malaysia. In September 18 last year, he had at a breaking fast function at Sri Utusan Printing Complex hailed Utusan for “ethical and unbiased” reporting. Just earlier this month, he told the public while breaking fast at The New Straits Times headquarters to “trust the mainstream media and not the alternative media which are based on half truths.”

The Government Transformation Plan (GTP) launched by the Prime Minister himself has called for an “all-inclusive 1Malaysia media” which will “instil and internalise a commitment to journalistic professionalism” to prevent writers from “abusing the greater freedom of expression now available to
use terms and express feelings that are racist or inflammatory in nature and tone”.

Instead of just expressing his “sadness” on the “rise of extremism” in the country without naming those guilty of the so-called “extremism”, Datuk Seri Najib should openly reprimand parties who repeatedly lie and slander to harness the feelings of ill-will and extremism among the rakyat, especially Umno's own Utusan Malaysia. The Prime Minister's failure to act will not only mean blanket approval for Utusan to continue its reckless actions against the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat, but it will also mean the height of irresponsibility by jettisoning of his own “1Malaysia” goal.

To protect the good name of the party, the DAP is left with no choice by to instruct its lawyers to review this latest defamatory report and take all necessary actions against Utusan Malaysia, including suing the newspaper for damages in the court of law.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Howdy Australia!

I will be making a trip to Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne later this month September and will be meeting up with Malaysians there. For those keen on meeting up, the following are the schedule details:


Afternoon Tea @ Lincoln College
Date: 19 Sept 2010 (Sunday)
Time: 3.00pm
Venue: The Chapel, Lincoln College, Brougham Place, North Adelaide
Facebook Event:

There's no cover charge for Tea, but voluntary donations are welcome to cover the cost of the event. Any excess proceeds will go towards DAP for its activities.


An Evening with Tony Pua & Jeff Ooi @ Delima
Date: 23 Sept 2010 (Thursday)
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Delima Restaurant, Shop 69, Level 5, One Dixon Shopping Centre
Contact: 92677045 (Dennis/Delima) or
Tickets: AUD$45 per person (AUD$35 for students) for a 7-course dinner
Facebook Event:

Limited seats available, please book to confirm. This event is organised by the Malaysia Interest Group Sydney (MIGSYD). Any excess proceeds will go towards DAP for its activities.


1. Dinner with Tony Pua @ Kedai Satay
Date: 24 Sept 2010 (Fri)
Time: 7pm
Venue: Kedai Satay (Upper Floor), 186 King's St

2. Malaysian Aspiration Programme (MAP) Forum
Date: 25 Sept 2010 (Sat)
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Venue: Elizabeth Murdoch Theatre, University of Melbourne

This event is open to students and public, organised by the Malaysian Students' Council of Australia (Victoria). Admission is free. It will feature other prominent speakers from Malaysia - Dr Awang Adek Hussin (Deputy Minister of Finance), Tunku Zain Al-’Abidin Tuanku Muhriz (President, Inst for Democracy & Economic Affairs) and Assoc Prof Abdul Razak Ahmad (Research Fellow, University of Leeds)

Please forward the above details to all Malaysians and Malaysians-at-heart who are interested to meet up in Australia, and email me for any additional details required. I look forward to meeting and catching up with all of you! ;-)

DAP Condemns Quran Burning Plan

The DAP unreservedly condemn the proposed action by a US pastor, Terry Jones in Gainesville, Florida to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre, New York.

The intentionally provocative action by his church will serve to further agitate and worsen religious tensions around the world at a time when the people of the world of all religions should be grieving together in reconciliation in memory of the tragic event that fateful day.

The attacks on the World Trade Centre were the works of extremists and terrorists, and is in no way representative of Islam, the religion. Similarly, by taking such extremist action of burning the Muslim's holy book, Pastor Terry Jones cannot be taken as in anyway representative of the Christian and other non-Muslim community at large.

All acts of violence and extremism which seeks to destroy peace must be opposed without fail, regardless of any religious justification which may be used as an excuse.

We are comforted that the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denounced the plans as “disgraceful” and Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe has called the church's behaviour “offensive” and that “The Dove World Outreach Center is a tiny, fringe group and an embarrassment to our community”.

We also note the fact that the US National Association of Evangelicals had warned that the plan is offensive to both Muslims and Christians, while the Vatican has condemned the act as an “outrageous and grave gesture” and that “all religions have the right to respect and protection regarding their sacred books, places of worship and symbols.”

However, the plans by the church marks the urgent need for stronger relationships between leaders of the various faiths in the world as well as more interfaith discussions to promote greater inter-religious understanding.

We call upon the US government to take stronger and more active steps to inform Americans that the deplorable and hideous acts of September 11 is carried out by terrorists who abused a peaceful religion as a means to achieve their own ends. Similarly, there are other fanatics who have used Christianity and Catholicism in ancient and modern times as an excuse to carry out acts of violence around the world.

Hence we call for good sense to prevail where condemnation must be on the fanatics who carry out terrorism, and not the religion which has been unjustly targeted and abused. There can be no better time for peace to be upheld as Muslims around the world celebrate Aidilfitri, and non-Muslims to share their joy and celebrations.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Forum: What Does It Mean to be Malaysian?

Photo courtesy of TV Smith

The office of Kg Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San will be organising a public forum entitled "What Does It Mean To Be Malaysian? - Thoughts & Reflections Menjelang Malaysia Day".
Venue: Crystal Crown Hotel, Off Jalan Utara, Petaling Jaya
Date: 8 Sept 2010
Time: 8pm

  • Hannah Yeoh - State Assemblyperson for Subang Jaya
  • Rafizi Ramli - Chief Executive of Selangor Economic Advisory Office
  • V Ganabathirao - Former ISA detainee
  • Azmi Sharom - UM law professor
  • Leon Donald - DAP Sarawak Asst Publicity Secretary
  • Tony Pua - MP for Petaling Jaya Utara

All are welcome. Enquiries: 019-2865858.