Friday, October 29, 2010

Malaysia's Corruption at its Worst

Malaysia's Corruption at its Worst


Malaysia's Corruption at its Worst

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 02:05 PM PDT


Malaysia is in the lowest rating ever by Transparency International in the latest Corruption Perception Index for 2010. Malaysia is seen plunging down in to serious corruption with an index score of 4.4, the index has a range of 0 to 10, 0 being highly corrupt to 10 being very clean. An index score of 4.4 is deem to be a "serious corruption score" and is rank at 56 out of 178 countries being rated.

As compared to Singapore which is jointly tied at the top spot with Denmark and New Zealand with a high index score of 9.3 being the cleanest of countries.


Dato Paul Low, the President of the local branch of Transparency International noted the plunge was serious not only when compared to the country's perceived past performances but, more importantly, in relation to other countries worldwide and especially those within the Asean region.

Even tiny Brunei which was included in the CPI for the first time this year, outstripped Malaysia at 5.5.

Drawing special attention to neighbouring Indonesia, Low marked that though it ranks 111 and scored 2.8 on the CPI, the country's corruption level is seen to be improving steadily under the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Indonesia, which once scored less than 2.0, rose to 2.6 last year and this year improved to 2.8 in the CPI.



DAP Parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang called Malaysia's ranking the worst in 15 years and said it was a major blow to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's administration.

"This is a national shame and major blow for Najib's premiership," the Ipoh Timur MP said in a statement.

Dato Paul Low blame the federal government's lack of political will in enforcing tight anti-graft measures.

He said intense scrutiny surrounding public scandals exposing money siphoned off public funds, from the long drawn-out multi-billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project to the more recent double-tracking railway project, which went overboard by a whopping RM1.3 billion were clear examples that affected the increasing poor perception.

He said the impression the public gets is of double standards and selective prosecution, adding that the newly empowered Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is only seen to be catching "small fish" and focusing on Barisan Nasional's (BN) rival political parties.

"The Auditor General's annual report highlights extraordinary public procurement abuses, but no action appears to have been taken," he stressed.



This chart shows a correlation between the GDP and corruption and clearly indicates that the least corrupt countries enjoy the highest economic wealth.

The chart above relates the wealth of the nation on per capita income based on Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) of the GDP, Singapore which is tied in the Top spot of the CPI enjoys a PPP per capita income of US$53,000 which is higher by 3.8 times as compared to Malaysia at US$14,000 .

Singapore's GDP per capita income at PPP is the fourth highest in the world and Malaysia is ranked at no. 58 next to Libya and Lebanon as rated by the International Monetary Fund.

Professor Johann Graf Lambsdorff of the University of Passau, who carries out the Index for TI, underscored the disastrous effects of corruption and gains from fighting it, saying, "Evidence suggests that an improvement in the CPI by one point [on a 10-point scale] increases capital inflows by 0.5 per cent of a country's gross domestic product and average incomes by as much as 4 per cent."

"Stemming corruption requires strong oversight through parliaments, law enforcement, independent media and a vibrant civil society," said Labelle. "When these institutions are weak, corruption spirals out of control with horrendous consequences for ordinary people, and for justice and equality in societies more broadly." - Huguette Labelle of TI.

If Najib is sincere in wanting to bring Malaysia towards a high income economy than he must seriously act to rid the country of corruption by empowering the MACC (Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission) and making it fully independent and autonomous or otherwise all his talk of a New Economic Model and Economic Transformation is seen to be a Deception and a lot of Hog Wash.

Corruption Ruins Life, Take Action, Fight Back - Transparency International

List of countries GDP per capita HERE 


Vulgar bloggers in Galas

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 10:17 AM PDT

Vulgar bloggers!

I dont care about those on the Opposition side. Its their job, their task and their duty to belittle anynone with their bad words.

But I do care when pro-government bloggers too are subscribing to such an ill-mannered approach, especially when their assistance and contributions are needed most.

For instance, the Galas by-election in Gua Musang, Kelantan. I am not pinpointing at anyone in particular but some people - the potential government voters - are not comfortable at all with the badmouth some blogs are advocating in the pretext of helping Umno to win the State seat.

Not only character assassination. Some went even further by depicting Opposition leaders as pigs, dogs and monkeys.

"This wont help in securing a victory. It backfires instead. Pro-govt and pro-Umno bloggers should observe a good ethics. Maybe they come handy in other situation but not in a by-election. They easily create sympathy for the other party whom they attack," said an Umno veteran.

Some pro-Opposition bloggers are fond of launching fierce attacks on BN leaders including Datuk Najib, Muhyiddin, Rosmah and others. However, during Galas by-election campaigns, they seemed to have refrained.

On the contrary, few pro-govt bloggers are trying to 'help secure a victory' by advocating to vulgarity. All the *7*%(0&&^$^ words are used to pin down Pas and the Opposition, which I personally think is not wise.

Some readers of this blog also voiced out their concern that such blogs would help the Opposition, instead.

Sorry folks...


Agenda Awani Isu Islamofobia ~ Video

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 10:08 AM PDT



Rakaman program Astro Agenda Awani yang disiarkan pada jam 8.15 malam 5hb Oktober 2010 yang lepas baru sampai ke tangan saya petang semalam. 


Diserahkan oleh Puan Zarina Tahir Hafiz, Penyelidik Kreatif Kanan, Astro Awani untuk koleksi saya. Ribuan terimakasih saya ucapkan kepada beliau. 


Saya sendiri tak sempat menonton rancangan ini dan dengan adanya salinan program ini, dapat saya menonton sendiri bagaimana program ini disiarkan?


Pada pendapat saya, hos Suhaimi Sulaiman telah mengendalikan program ini dengan begitu baik sekali dan beliau tahu untuk bertanya soalan soalan yang berkaitan dengan topik perbincangan sahaja.


Tahniah Suhaimi. Hamba bersyukur dengan cara tuan mengendalikan program ini.


Ribuan terimakasih saya ucapkan kepada Puan Zarina kerna sudi menjemput saya ke Agenda Awani dan begitu juga ingin saya mengucapkan jazakallah khairan kathiraw kepada Hos Suhaimi Sulaiman diatas profesionalisma tuan.


Terimakasih juga saya ucapkan kepada rakan tamu program tersebut Professor Madya Shaharuddin Badaruddin yang turut menjayakan program Agenda Awani tersebut.


Saya amat menghargai peluang yang diberikan Astro Awani untuk saya turut bersama menyampaikan pendapat dan pandangan saya berkenaan isu Islamofobia yang begitu hebat dimainkan pihak berkepentingan dari kalangan kaum kuffar yang tegar memerangi kita didalam pelbagai cara dan lapangan.


Sebenarnya ramai dikalangan kaffir yang mahu mempelajari tentang Islam tetapi mereka ditakut takutkan oleh propaganda golongan tertentu yang menyampaikan gambaran yang salah tentang Islam melalui dokumentari dokumentari yang di adun begitu rupa sehingga orang orang yang jahil menelan bulat bulat penyampaian maklumat salah mereka itu tentang Islam.


Hasilnya ramai yang termakan dakyah pihak kaffir menyalah anggap terhadap Islam dan umatnya.


Maka jatuh wajib ke atas kita umat Islam untuk membetulkan keadaan dan menyampaikan yang hak kepada kaum kaffirin dan juga umat Islam sendiri yang mungkin belum cukup faham tentang asas asas dan prinsip serta amalan amalan agama Islam kita sendiri?


Islam adalah satu satunya agama wahyu yang diperturunkan Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala kepada umat Islam bermula dengan Ayahanda Kita sendiri, Nabi Adam Alaihi Salam sendiri dan turun temurun sehingga sampai kepada Rasulullah teragung Nabi Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam yang telah menyampaikan kepada kita dengan sempurna hingga ke hari ini.


Setiap dari kita harus memperkasakan diri dengan segala ilmu pengetahuan tentang Islam dan apa yang boleh kita buat dan apa yang harus kita jauhi?


Belakang parang di asah lagikan tajam ; inikan pula akal manusia?


Mahu tak mahu saja tuan puan.


Ayuhlah kita bersama sama berusaha menyampaikan kebenaran tentang Islam kepada sesama manusia dan kurangkan membazirkan masa, tenaga dan saki baki usia kita ini untuk perkara dan kerja sia sia.


Kurangkan berpolitik ; lebihkan berdiplomatik.


Carilah ilmu yang berguna dan sampaikan lah yang hak tentang Islam pada semua.


Insya Allah, saki baki hidup kita ini akan bermanfaat baik pada diri kita sendiri mahupun pada yang lain terutama sekali kepada anak isteri kita, kaum keluarga, sahabat handai, sanak saudara, jiran tetangga dan mereka yang mahu tahu tentang apa dia kebenaran Islam?


Mudah2an direstui Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.


Amin.


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拜票大談健康經 蔡細歷 邀婦女爬山跑步

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 08:09 AM PDT

(話望生29日訊)蔡細歷強調自己健康狀況很好,話望生婦女可以挑戰他爬山、跑步。

馬華總會長的拿督斯里蔡細歷今早到話望生拜票,今次似乎是衝著當地婦女選票而來,所談及內容都是針對女權等,甚至還大談健康經,勉勵當地女性選民要照顧自己的健康。

蔡氏也是衛生部前部長。他在交流過程中一連拋出多個數據,包括國內肥胖人士所攝取營養來源等,甚至還逗樂當地婦女,讚她們的身材標準,沒有太過肥胖。

"你們都保持得很好,我看不到當中有肥胖的人,我也是每天都有準時做運動,如果你們要挑戰我爬山、跑步,你們也未必贏我。"

對補選有信心

他今早到該處和當地的馬華婦女組排舞班交流時,宣布撥出5000令吉予她們製作制服,隨后到話望生佛教會時再另外撥出1萬令吉予佛教會青年團充當活動基金。

此外,他也和兒子蔡智勇坐下品嚐婦女組成員準備的早餐,邊吃邊談笑風生,心情不錯。

在召開新聞發布會時,排舞班成員圍繞在他周圍,他這時笑稱話望生有很多婦女都在做他的后盾。

另一方面,蔡細歷再次否認馬華是來話望生當財神爺,他說民聯也有派甜頭給人民,如果民聯執意以這課題來攻擊國陣,顯然他們是在講一套做一套。

他還說,加臘士選區內的人民都欣見國陣的發展宏遠,對今次補選成績有一定的信心。

《中國報》29-10-2010


TUDM - Tentera Unlawful Di Malaysia

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 05:07 AM PDT

The Malaysian Insider - RMAF says ex-airman's lawyer helping him go AWOL.

A lawyer representing ex-airman N Tharmendran accused of stealing two F5-E jet engines has been served a letter by the air force advising him that he risks opening himself up to criminal charges for allegedly aiding a deserter.

N Surendran of Lawyers for Liberty was today served at his office with a letter from the Royal Malaysian Air Force RMAF claiming Tharmendran was still on active duty until May 28 next year … […] … the air force chief demanded that Surendran advise Tharmendran to hand himself in to armed forces personnel within seven days or face potential criminal proceedings under Section 135 and 136 of the Penal Code … […]

… the letter said: Your failure to do so will expose you to offences under Section 135 and or 136 of the Penal Code which we believe you are more knowledgeable about. The punishment for abetting or harbouring a deserter under either section is a two-year prison sentence or a fine or both.

Lawyers for Liberty said in a press statement that the letter amounted to serious and unprecedented interference with the duties of a lawyer defending a client in a criminal matter. Members of the Malaysian Bar do not take instructions from the armed forces as to what to advise their clients. This unlawful threat and demand against Surendran must be immediately withdrawn and the Minister of Defence must answer for the actions of the air force chief to the public and the Bar …

Lawyers for Liberty further claimed that the air force's own documents showed that Tharmendran's service ended on May 28 and that he has not been paid wages since June.

When contacted, Surendran told The Malaysian Insider that the letter was a naked threat aimed at preventing him for doing his best to help his client.

"No lawyer can be said to be abetting a person if he is merely rendering legal advice and representing him in court. Whatever the dispute is they cannot threaten me with criminal proceedings because I'm just doing my job.

Unfortunately the TUDM has a well recorded notoriety for gungho conduct. Some years ago, one of its previous Chiefs, a man by the name of Abdullah, instructed his men to vote for the BN. In doing so he violated a basic code of conduct by a military man (a Chief at that), by becoming involvced in politics!

The TUDM has had many controversies over the years where the most troubling were two incidents (separated by years) relating to its officers (one Indian and one Malay) being killed by fellow officers during hazing (ragging).


Son of Adorna

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 04:48 AM PDT

The Malaysian Insider - Court dismisses Thai man's suit over Adorna ruling.

How can a gross injustice resulting in a bono fide owner losing her property, which was not only condoned but legitimised by a Malaysian (so-called) court of law, be ever allowed to be time barred from just redress.

Injustice lives on in Bolehland!


PKR Candidate “Masuk Air Sekali Lagi..??”

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 01:55 AM PDT

What has happened to PKR candidate for P185 Ansari? He must have stepped on someones shoes and they have put a curse on him. Maybe the third time he should and must just jump into the sea to wash away all the " EVIL WATER  SPIRITS "  hik hik hik

Halloween just around the corner ..31st October just remind him

(The report below courtesy of  an internet portal)

Ansari falls into the sea… again

By Clara Chooi
October 29, 2010
Ansari (holding on to platform in the water) with his campaign workers after the tumble. – Picture by Jack Ooi

 

BATU SAPI, Oct 29 — It was second time unlucky for PKR candidate Ansari Abdullah when he tumbled into seawater after a wooden walkway leading to a Kampung Gas home here gave way.

Ansari, who was on his campaign walkabout in the fishing village, fell several meters into murky seawater just as he was about to step into a villager's home.

He had been trailing behind Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim who unlike him made it without wetting himself.

Ansari, in his attempt to break his fall, managed to cling on to the wooden platform's edge before tumbling into the water.

Several other campaign assistants right behind him, followed him into the water. He was later rescued by villagers who used a ladder to help him climb to safety. Ansari, clearly shaken, left the village shortly after the incident for a medical check-up.

"I am fine but it is just for precaution," he told The Malaysian Insider.

He added that this was proof of the decrepit conditions of Batu Sapi villages.

"Their walk to their home daily is like a walk through a field of land mines," he said.

Two days ago, Ansari took his first tumble when he was visiting Api-Api island off the coast of Sandakan.

During that incident, Ansari fell after a wooden platform attached to the jetty gave way and collapsed into the sea.



Pas: BN akan guna pengundi hantu

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 10:17 PM PDT

Pas mengatakan BN akan menggunakan pengundi hantu untuk memenangi PRK DUN galas
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Malaysia’s Culture of Political and Social Oppression

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 10:47 PM PDT

Guest Columnists

Thursday, 28 October 2010

by Nurul Izzah Anwar

In recent years, Malaysia has seen a huge wave of migrations, with an estimated one million Malaysians now living abroad. The UK is now home to over 50,000 Malaysian citizens. Many travel to the UK to study or work, and choose not to return to Malaysia, often stifled by the lack of civil liberties and basic human rights in their own back yard. This is compounded by the race-based economic and social policies selectively championed by the ruling United Malay National Organisation(UMNO) that enriches a few at the expense of majority Malays who remain poor and where  many non-Malays feel that they are often treated as second class citizens.

On Saturday the 30th of October 2010, Malaysians from all over the UK will be peacefully protesting outside the Malaysian Tourism Office in Trafalgar Square against the continued use of Malaysia's draconian Internal Security Act, a throwback from the days of British colonial rule that allows for indefinite arbitrary detention without trial. The right to peaceful assembly and protest is not something that Malaysians take lightly.

In Malaysia, a police permit is required for gatherings of five people or more and peaceful civil society protests are often met with water cannons, tear gas and arrests. Similar protests in Malaysia in August saw the arrest of 36 people. Such crackdowns on basic civil liberties have ignited a debate amongst Malaysians abroad, galvanising them to stand in solidarity with their countrymen back home and help draw the attention of the international community to Malaysia's dismal human rights record.


The Internal Security Act(1960) was drafted by colonial British lawyer R.H Hickling, to use against Communist insurgents bent on armed struggle. Over the last 50 years, more than 10,000 people have been detained under the ISA. Despite the Malaysian government often claiming that the ISA is an anti-terror law, no detainees have ever been charged in a court of law for acts of terrorism. The protest on the 30th of October marks the twenty-third anniversary of Operasi Lalang when then Prime Minister Dr.Mahathir Mohammad used the ISA to detain more than a hundred civil society activists, political opposition leaders, educationalists and religious converts.

Many in my generation will be too young to remember or understand the exact reasons for the government clampdown in 1987. However what is clear is that the arrests were made following the escalation of political tensions with worrying racial undertones, not dissimilar to the sort of climate the current government appears intent on fostering today. As a result, respected academics like Dr Kua Kia Soong, veteran opposition politicians Lim Kit Siang and his son Lim Guan Eng, veteran lawyer and politician Karpal Singh, Women's Aid Organisation leader Irene Xavier and PAS leaders Khalid Samad, Mohd Sabu and Mahfuz Omar amongst others, lost almost two years of their lives in arbitrary detention. What they endured was harrowing, demeaning and completely unjust. But what remains unspoken by and large was the suffering and pain also endured by their spouses and families. I highly recommend Kua Kia Soong's book '445 days under the ISA' for an insight into what goes on behind the barb wire of Kamunting and the devastating impact the ISA has on the family and friends of those detained.

In the last year the Malaysian government has launched a number of initiatives to revamp its image abroad. These include recent bilateral talks with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and a series of high profile tourism and hospitality campaigns including a Malaysian food festival at Trafalgar Square, a booth at the Chelsea Flower Show and an address by Sarawak Chief Minister and Taib Mahmud at a Global Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum in Oxford. In June this year, Malaysia contentiously sought re-election to the UN Human Rights Council, and paid lip-service to a series of promises on human right's reforms, including reviewing the ISA. To date, no such review has been forthcoming.

However, Malaysia's repressive laws continue to cast a gloomy shadow over the nation. Corruption remains endemic and Malaysia's corruption perception ranking dropped to 57th place globally in Transparency International's 2009 report.  Foreign direct investment into Malaysia continues to dwindle, with Malaysia now lagging behind other regional neighbours such as the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia.

For a country who was a leader in the region in the 1960s-1980s and was sending engineers to South Korea to assist with their technology development, this is a sad state of affairs that can only be attributed to the financial mismanagement and lack of accountability and transparency that have become so endemic in the current form of governance.

Despite gaining independence from British colonial rule more than 53 years ago, Malaysians have only ever known one –party rule. The UMNO-led Barisan National (National Front) has won 12 successive general elections since independence, a feat that would be considered preposterous in most other countries claiming to be a democracy. The ISA remains a crucial component of the Barisan National's toolkit for immobilising and paralysing the political opposition and civil society, and hence ensuring their continued political dominance and survival.

In a speech at the recent UMNO party conference, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak warned of  "crushed bodies", "lost lives" and "ethnic cleansing" if UMNO failed to hold onto power. Such phrases are completely irresponsible and a reflection of the sort of scare-mongering and state sponsored psychological terrorism that we have become all too familiar with.

We must not forget that Barisan National also boasts an impressive array of other equally repressive laws aimed at curtailing freedom of expression, association and thought. These include the Press and Printing Act 1984 that require newspapers to apply for annual renewal of their printing permits, the University College and Colleges Act that prevents students from participating in political societies, and the Sedition Act that is frequently used to curtail freedom of expression and public debate.

The utter control of the government over mainstream media, the arrests and charging of the 4 UKM students earlier this year for observing the Hulu Selangor by-elections and the calls by UMNO led quarters to charge Chinese rapper and singer Namewee under the Sedition Act is testimony to the fact that the Malaysian government's brand of Orwellian politics is alive and thriving.

Indeed it is a chilling state of affairs when even cartoonists are not spared. Last month, Malaysian cartoonist, Zunar, famous for his comic take on Malaysian politics and current affairs was arrested, following the banning of his book '1FunnyMalaysia', on the eve of the launch of his latest compilation 'Cartoon-Oh-Phobia'. Home Ministry secretary-general Mahmood Adam claimed that 'the cartoons were a threat to national security', Readers and vendors were threatened with up to 3 years' jail or a fine of up to RM20,000 for being in possession of the publication.

Unless the Malaysian government starts to take socio-political reform seriously, our country may remind others of George Orwell's book 'Ninety Eighty-Four'. Its efforts to be taken as a serious player on the international stage will be in vain. The anniversary of Operasi Lalang provides a timely opportunity for the Malaysian government to repeal the Internal Security Act and revert to the rule of law. No act would go further to restoring the confidence and respect of the Malaysian people and providing the Malaysian government with the credibility and image overhaul it so desires. Till then, Malaysians will have to look elsewhere for the civil liberties and basic freedoms that people in many other parts of the world take for granted.

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If you happen to be in London, please join the ISA Protest Walk on Saturday the 30th of October 2010.  The walk starts with a protest at the Malaysian High Commission in Belgrave Square from 4pm- 4.45pm (Nearest Tube: Hyde Park Corner). The walk will then proceed to Trafalgar Sq where there will be a further protest outside the Malaysian Tourism Office the before a Wayang Kulit show at dusk, ending at 7pm.


(Gambar) PRK Galas : Kualiti Banner Barisan Nasional

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 11:00 PM PDT


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Tertinggal keretapi

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 10:32 PM PDT


BN Gua Musang beri tiket bola

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 09:08 PM PDT

BN gua musang memberikan tiket perlawanan akhir Piala Malaysia percuma di DUN Galas
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Robbing Peter to pay Paul

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 08:31 PM PDT

Talking to a sales representative and he was happy that there would be no Plus toll increase for 5 years.

For those who use the NS Highway frequently, it is indeed good news. But for those of us who do not use it often, but are taxpayers, it is actually not such good deal.

For the deferred increase in toll, government has to foot compensation about 5 billions , whcih is from  tax payers' money.  For those earning less than 2000 a month, they probably do not have to pay income  tax. But for those  who have to pay income taxes, like many of us out there, we  are actually subsidising the frequent users of the Plus highway.  Instead of users paying for usage, it is now those paying  tax who foot it.

But wait a minute.. Even among those who do not need to pay income tax, many forget that they are tax payers too. They do  pay road taxes and indirect taxes such as sales tax, service tax and excise tax, import taxes etc etc..Anyone who will in some way contribute to government coffers is actually tax payer.

Although there was a piece of news (read here)  saying that the government may not need to pay compensation(and I hope this is true), since PLUS is to be taken over soon, I will only believe it if Plus announces it officially that it would not seek compensation for the freeze on toll hike.

In the first place, there should not be such agreements for toll review every 3 years. Then secondly, remedial actions such as buying over PLUS should have been done long long ago.

But as i say, many road users like the salesman mentioned above ( who see things oly superficially) would be happy , and they are actually a big group of voters  out there.  No wonder this is labelled as an election budget!

 



Chua: Daily woes will influence votes

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 06:05 PM PDT

GUA MUSANG: The people in Galas take a deep interest in local and national issues, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.

He said that folks here would decide their votes based on how they evaluated local issues, from daily problems such as how fast land titles were renewed to how they felt about national development. He also said that national development would also benefit the people including those in Pakatan-led state. He assured Galas voters that Barisan Nasio nal would ensure no states were left behind in the country's development.

"The Federal Government has identified a piece of land to build low-cost houses here, the first such housing scheme in Kelantan. This is proof of Barisan's commitment," he told reporters after meeting several Chinese non-governmental organisations here yesterday.

On the upgrading of SJK(C) Pulai with eight more classrooms, he said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong had set up a committee to calculate the cost.

Dr Chua said he was confident of the Chinese support for Barisan.Later, Dr Chua, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Chua Tee Yong as well as Barisan candidate Abdul Aziz Yusof visited a Thai Buddhist temple – Wat Gua Musang Wat Uthis Sak Thammo Wararam – in Kampung Chegar Bongor.

Yesterday, Bandar MCA branch chairman Tan Guan Cheng handed over 140 member application forms to Dr Chua and pledged the branch's undivided support for the Barisan.

Eighty of the 140 applicants were voters in the Galas constituency.

Dr Chua said there were more restrictions living in an Islamic state, apart from not being allowed to consume non-halal food.

"We (MCA) have translated the PAS Constitution, and we want the Chinese to look at it. They do not understand the implications," he said here last night.

Dr Chua said the outcome of the Galas by-election would be an indication of the Chinese community's support for the Barisan; and also support for the various transformation plans and changes under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's leadership.

"It will indicate the community's support for the current MCA leadership," he added.

THE STAR (Friday October 29, 2010)


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