Guan Eng moved to tears as he consoles fire victims
by Bernard Cheah
SEBERANG PERAI (Sept 22, 2008) : Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was moved to tears today when he tried to console the victims of a predawn fire in Mak Mandin here, which claimed two lives and left 14 families homeless.
“Be strong, do not lose hope,” he told them at the Mak Mandin Murugan Hindu Temple, where a relief centre has been set up.
He said the state government will do its best to help the victims.
The fire, which broke out at about 1.30 am, destroyed 16 houses and left 72 people homeless at the Mak Mandin Green House area.
A resident, M. Raman, 72, died when he was trapped in his house, and another, Abdul Hamid, 63, succumbed to a heart attack at Seberang Jaya Hospital, where he was admitted after he collapsed during the fire.
About 40 fire fighters and eight fire engines were at the scene.
The Butterworth Fire Department, which responded to a call at 1.48am, managed to prevent the fire from spreading with the help of fire fighters from the Bandar Perda and Kuala Muda stations.
Welfare Department officers, and volunteers from the DAP Bagan Service Centre were at the scene to help the victims, who were taken to temporary relief centres at the Murugan Temple, Mak Mandin Buddhist Temple, and the Mak Mandin Community Centre.
Lim presented RM500 to each families. Health, welfare and caring society committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the victims would be moved to a low-cost housing estate in Ambang Jajar soon.
Also present were Lim’s wife and Kota Melaka MP Betty Chew, Deputy Chief Minister II Prof Dr P. Ramasamy, public works, utilities and transport committee chairman Lim Hock Seng, Bagan Dalam state assemblyman A. Thanasekharan and Padang Lalang state assemblyman Michael Tan Cheong Heng.
A spokesman from the Butterworth fire station said the cause of the fire and losses were being investigated.
Finally, after 7 days in detention under the ISA, Teresa Kok has been released this afternoon.
MP Teresa Kok Freed
S Pathmawathy | Sep 19, 08 1:22pm
DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was released at 1pm today, after being held under the Internal Security Act for a week, revealed her lawyer Sankara Nair.
– At Jalan Travers police station
– Press conference at 3.30pm
She held a press conference at 3.30pm. Alongside her was her parents, the MB of Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, DAP President, YB Karpal Singh, YB Lim Kit Siang & other Pakatan Rakyat leaders.
PRESS Statement by YB Teresa Kok, Member of Parliament for Seputeh, Senior Exco for Selangor State Government and ADUN for Kinrara on Sept 19, 2008 at Petaling Jaya.
My ISA detention is without any legal or moral basis. It is a clear abuse of detention without trial
I have been released after being detained in solitary confinement in a 6-by-8 holding cell for seven days under the Internal Security Act (ISA). I was informed by the police that they detained me under section 73(1) of Internal Security Act 1960, which means I have incited racial and religious tension and conflict.
After being detained for seven days under the guise of so-called investigations, the police failed to produce any evidence or proof of me being involved in the activities of causing racial and religious tension. They were only able to ask me few questions based entirely on the false and malicious article written by Zaini Hassan under the topic ‘Azan, Jawi, JAIS, UiTM dan ba-alif-ba-ya’ that was published in Utusan Malaysia on Sept 10, 2008.
The three main questions that the investigation officers asked me were:
1. whether I have mobilised a group of residents at Bandar Kinrara to present a petition to oppose to the azan at the Bandar Kinrara mosque;
2. whether I have made a statement that 30 percent of the Selangor Islamic Department (JAIS) allocation is to be given to other non-Islam religious bodies; and
3. whether I have opposed to the Jawi-wording road signages in Kuala Lumpur.
I denied the first two accusations as I did not do any such things as accused. I also told them that the issue of opposing Jawi road signages in Kuala Lumpur were done in January/February 2008 at the request and following the pressure of resident associations.
The resident associations, particularly in Taman Seputeh, were most unhappy because many of the road signages were changed arbitrarily by DBKL a few months before and changed again soon after, this time with Jawi wordings. They were strongly opposed to this kind of wastage of public funds by DBKL.
I was quite surprised that there were no other questions posed to me besides these few main questions.
The ISA is meant to detain people who threaten national security. The three issues stated above have nothing to do with national security. If the police wanted to carry out investigation on me, they can always ask me to give statements in any of the police station and there was absolutely no need to detain me under the ISA for seven days. This is a phenomenal abuse of the power of police under the ISA.
Besides, it is nonsensical for the police to detain me under the ISA merely based on the unsubstantiated article written by an irresponsible columnist in Utusan Malaysia. How can they regard that article as the gospel truth without investigating the writer in the first place? How can Utusan Malaysia publish it without verifying the facts?
I wish to ask the police whether they have called Zaini and Utusan Malaysia’s editors for questioning before and after my detention.
I know that the imam of Bandar Kinrara mosque has publicly denied that I was involved in the Puchong residents petition against azan of his mosque on Sept 13. I am also quite surprised to read in the New Straits Times dated Sept 19 that the official of the Bandar Kinrara mosque was called by the Dang Wangi police for statement recording only yesterday afternoon.
Why did the police do it so late, one week after I was arrested? Why didn’t they check their facts first before they arrest me and put me behind bars?
I see my detention as a ploy by Umno to try to cover up the embarrassment and the outrage of the racist statements made by (ex-Bukit Bendera Umno division chief) Ahmad Ismail in Penang. I wonder why did they choose an innocent person like me as I have never made any racist statements or racist speeches in the past?
I have lodged the police report on Sept 17, 2008 against Utusan Malaysia, Zaini and Dr Mohd Khir Toyo for criminal defamation. I would therefore urge the police to investigate Utusan Malaysia’s editors, those racist bloggers and Khir Toyo under the Penal Code.
As I have mentioned in my previous lawyer’s visit, I will sue Utusan Malaysia, Zaini and Khir Toyo. I have also instructed my lawyers to sue the Malaysian government for my unlawful arrest and detention.
As I am free from ISA detention today, I also call for the release of Raja Petra Kamarudin, the Hindraf Five and all other 60 over detainees under the draconian ISA.
I would also like to thank all politicians in the ruling parties as well as in the Pakatan Rakyat, NGOs, churches and all social organisations who have campaigned and prayed for my release.
Selangor senior exco
Kinrara state assemblyperson
Deal stitched, all systems go in Perak
The opposition has successfully averted an impasse after party leaders reached an amicable decision to reallocate the composition of the Perak state executive council posts last night.PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali confirmed that the new composition will be six DAP, three PKR and one PAS to form the 10-person Perak state executive council.Syed Husin said the new state government will also appoint a PKR representative to be one of its two senators.
More details will be revealed after the swearing-in of the new Perak Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin from PAS.
Syed Husin also said that a second deputy MB post will be allocated to PKR. It is expected that Perak will follow Penang’s example of naming two deputy MBs.
He added that the compromise was reached after both Perak and central leaders concluded their discussions last night.
source : malaysiakini.com
First it was Lim Kit Siang, then Dr Syed Husin. Now that all the dust has settled, let’s start your service to the people of Perak.
This is why Ir. Mohammad Nizar was chosen as Perak’s new MB : harakahdaily.net
The apology …
(13.03.2008 – 10.13 a.m.)
My three-paragraph statement at 7 pm last night that the DAP Central Executive Committee emergency meeting on 9th March had not given approval for a PAS Mentri Besar to head a Perak coalition state government was not made out of disrespect to the Perak Sultan and Regent both whom I have always held in the highest regard and I apologise for any offence caused. The statement was on the party position at the time.
There have been further discussions and developments on the matter in the hours after the statement. Announcements of the latest position will be made.
source : blog.limkitsiang.com
The source of uproar …
(12.03.2008 – 7.20 p.m.)
The decision to appoint a PAS Assemblyman Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin as Perak Mentri Besar has caused shock and consternation to DAP leaders, members and supporters.
The DAP Central Executive Committee, at its emergency meeting in Penang on Sunday, 9th March 2008, had given approval for the formation of a Perak coalition government comprising 18 DAP Assembly members, seven PKR Assemblymen and six PAS Assemblymen.
DAP is prepared to accept DAP chairman and Assemblyman for Sitiawan Ngeh Koo Ham or PKR Behrang Assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi as Perak Mentri Besar.
As the appointment of PAS Assemblyman for Pasir Panjang Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin as Perak Mentri Besar representing the third and smallest political party in the proposed coalition has not received the mandate of the CEC, DAP Perak Assemblymen will stay away from the swearing-in ceremony for Perak Mentri Besar scheduled tomorrow.
source : blog.limkitsiang.com
Mr Lim’s statement has caused an uproar all across Malaysia. His statement has been the hottest topic discussed for the whole of 14 hours & 53 minutes. As of now, there has been 596 comments on his blog regarding the statement. Malays, Chinese and Indians have lent their support in asking him to retract. Surprisingly, even the most staunch supporter of DAP has come forward in asking him to correct his mistake.
In the end, Mr Lim had made a wise decision in retracting his statement & apologising for his mistake. Kudos to him for accepting that he had indeed made a mistake.
Let this be a lesson to all the Barisan Rakyat representative. You are voted into your position by the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians & all other Malaysians. During the PRU 2008, all seats has been fought one-on-one, so whomever the candidates were, the people has given their support & voted for them collectively regardless of the symbol that they hold, as long as it is against the BN candidate. So please, don’t let Barisan Rakyat become another BN … We are all after all Malaysians, aren’t we ?
Pasir Panjang state assemblyperson and Perak PAS secretary, Ir. Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin was today confirmed as the new menteri besar of the state.
The decision was reached after the Regent of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah met with the three nominees for the post this evening.
The other two candidates for the post were state DAP chairperson and Sitiawan state assemblyperson Ngeh Khoo Ham and PKR’s Behrang assemblyperson Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi.
Also decided today is that Ngeh would be made the deputy menteri besar (1) while an Indian candidate would be made deputy menteri besar (2).
source : malaysiakini.com
Kelantan has stick with Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat to lead the state, yet again. The PRU 2008 has shown that whatever the BN are doing, the people of Kelantan still wants to be led by PAS.
The Sultan of Kedah has approved the appointment of Ustaz Azizan Abd Razak as the next MB of Kedah.
Air Putih state assemblyperson and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng was sworn as Penang’s fourth chief minister today.
source : malaysiakini.com
The Perak coalition has nominated 3 names for the MB post.
1. Ir. Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin (PAS / Pasir Panjang)
2. Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (PKR / Behrang)
3. Ngeh Khoo Ham (DAP / Sitiawan)
The official list of candidates was handed over to Sultan Azlan Shah, and the Ruler is expected to make an announcement within the next two days.
source : malaysiakini.com
Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is expected to be appointed as MB of Selangor, subject to the approval of the Sultan.
source : suarakeadilan.com
Got this statistics regarding the just commenced PRU 2008. Quite an interesting figure what with nearly half of the votes are given for the Barisan Rakyat. We should also consider that some of the spoilt votes could have meant to be given as a vote of no confidence to the BN candidate.
P.S. : If we deduct the ‘pengundi hantu’ would the BN have won ?
source : hmetro.com.my