Tuesday, July 31, 2007

JeffOoi Speech

As reported everywhere now, JeffOoi has officially joined DAP. In his maiden speech as a member of the party, he points out 8 key points. You can read a copy of his speech here. Jeff's website seems to be down at the moment (must be the /. effect).

  1. Think "Malaysian First".
  2. Foster real racial integration.
  3. Give us good governance.
  4. Wake up to knowledge-based economy.
  5. Overhaul education system.
  6. Upholding democracy.
  7. Equitable distribution of national wealth.
  8. Enrich Joe Public.
All in all, I agree with all the points that he has raised. I've raised pretty much the same points in my previous blogs as well. Any thinking Malaysian would be able to see these things, unlike what's suggested by our Gahmen that only overseas educated Malaysians think this way. I can summarise the issues he's pointed out into these categories:
  1. Race
  2. Government
  3. Education
  4. Economy
However, I'll still wait with bated breath on the details of how the Opposition plans to fix all the problems. I always feel that if we can fix education and economy, the rest of the problems will slowly go away. I've tried to sit down and think (I was invigilating a 3 hour paper at the time) with my little brain on how to fix education (assuming unlimited time and money) and ended up with a headache. There is no easy fix for any of the problems. And there lies the challenge for Opposition 2.0.

Spitting out more rhetoric is fine. Considering that this is a speech, it's meant to showcase ideas and outline broad strokes. But, I do hope that the Opposition has got the details written down somewhere. Otherwise, they're just the same old, same old. That was the very same comment I had when my Tory friend asked me what I thought of David Cameron. I said, "all air". Needless to say, he never spoke to me again after that.

So, I would like to ask the Opposition to show us all a plan to tackle any one of the problems. Just one is enough to show that they can think like a government. I would be interested to see how they plan to solicit input, from all walks of life, for the ideas that will go into the document. I would like to see how they would spend our precious petrol dollars on fixing the problems. Most importantly, I would like to see how they would be any different from our present Gahmen.

I'm still a skeptic and if they want my vote, they still have to convince me on why I should even bother to vote for them. To me, it's still "all air" at the moment.

PS: TheStar has an article out about this.

5 comments:

delphi said...

You say, quote:

"I'm still a skeptic and if they want my vote, they still have to convince me on why I should even bother to vote for them. To me, it's still "all air" at the moment."

Does this imply that you are are satisfied with the present BN and unless the opposition can do better than the BN you will continue to vote for the present BN? Why not give the opposition a chance and see if they can do better or are more sincere.

Your comment seems to suggest that you are happy with the BN and unless the opposition can prove (how can they when they are not even given a chance)they can do better you will continue to support the BN? Still sticking your head in the sand?

Shawn Tan said...

Welcome, my new reader! You must be new since you did not understand what I meant.

Does this imply that you are are satisfied with the present BN and unless the opposition can do better than the BN you will continue to vote for the present BN?

I'm neither satisfied with BN nor our Opposition. Read my other blogs and you'll see why. I don't want an Opposition that is better than BN. I don't need to replace stoopid corruption with efficient corruption. I want an Opposition that is different from BN.

Why not give the opposition a chance and see if they can do better or are more sincere.

I do not accept this as a valid reason to give them my vote. I won't marry a girl that I don't like, just to give her a chance, because the other girl turned out to be a !"£$%.

Your comment seems to suggest that you are happy with the BN and unless the opposition can prove (how can they when they are not even given a chance) they can do better you will continue to support the BN?

You misunderstand me. With regards to giving them a chance, they have plenty of chances. For example, instead of asking "why this/that" in parliament, they can instead suggest "do this/that" to fix our country's problems. I don't see enough of the latter. Ability to point out problems is good, but coming up with solutions is better.

Still sticking your head in the sand?

Au contraire, I believe that I have my head in the clear.

I'm not on BN side nor Opposition side. I'm on Malaysia's side. I want to vote for a good government. Not the lesser of two evils.

human book said...

List of racial discriminations in Malaysia, practiced by government as well as government agencies. This list is an open secret. Best verified by government itself because it got the statistics.

This list is not in the order of importance, that means the first one on the list is not the most important and the last one on the list does not mean least important.

This list is a common knowledge to a lot of Malaysians, especially those non-malays (Chinese, Ibans, Kadazans, Orang Asli, Tamils, etc) who were being racially discriminated.

Figures in this list are estimates only and please take it as a guide only. Government of Malaysia has the most correct figures. Is government of Malaysia too ashamed to publish their racist acts by publishing racial statistics?

This list cover a period of about 50 years since independence (1957).

List of racial discriminations (Malaysia):

(1) Out of all the 5 major banks, only one bank is multi-racial, the rest are controlled by malays

(2) 99% of Petronas directors are malays

(3) 3% of Petronas employees are Chinese

(4) 99% of 2000 Petronas gasoline stations are owned by malays

(5) 100% all contractors working under Petronas projects must be bumis status

(6) 0% of non-malay staffs is legally required in malay companies. But there must be 30% malay staffs in Chinese companies

(7) 5% of all new intake for government army, nurses, polices, is non-malays

(8) 2% is the present Chinese staff in Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), drop from 40% in 1960

(9) 2% is the percentage of non-malay government servants in Putrajaya. But malays make up 98%

(10) 7% is the percentage of Chinese government servants in the whole government (in 2004), drop from 30% in 1960

(11) 95% of government contracts are given to malays

(12) 100% all business licensees are controlled by malay government e.g. Approved Permits, Taxi Permits, etc

(13) 80% of the Chinese rice millers in Kedah had to be sold to malay controlled Bernas in 1980s. Otherwise, life is make difficult for Chinese rice millers

(14) 100 big companies set up, managed and owned by Chinese Malaysians were taken over by government, and later managed by malays since 1970s e.g. MISC, UMBC, UTC, etc

(15) At least 10 Chinese owned bus companies (throughout Malaysia, throughout 40 years) had to be sold to MARA or other malay transport companies due to rejection by malay authority to Chinese application for bus routes and rejection for their application for new buses

(16) 2 Chinese taxi drivers were barred from driving in Johor Larkin bus station. There are about 30 taxi drivers and 3 are Chinese in October 2004. Spoiling taxi club properties was the reason given

(17) 0 non-malays are allowed to get shop lots in the new Muar bus station (November 2004)

(18) 8000 billion ringgit is the total amount the government channeled to malay pockets through ASB, ASN, MARA, privatisation of government agencies, Tabung Haji etc, through NEP over 34 years period

(19) 48 Chinese primary schools closed down since 1968 - 2000

(20) 144 Indian primary schools closed down since 1968 - 2000

(21) 2637 malay primary schools built since 1968 - 2000

(22) 2.5% is government budget for Chinese primary schools. Indian schools got only 1%, malay schools got 96.5%

(23) While a Chinese parent with RM1000 salary (monthly) cannot get school-text-book-loan, a malay parent with RM2000 salary is eligible

(24) 10 all public universities vice chancellors are malays

(25) 5% - the government universities lecturers of non-malay origins had been reduced from about 70% in 1965 to only 5% in 2004

(26) Only 5% is given to non-malays for government scholarships over 40 years

(27) 0 Chinese or Indians were sent to Japan and Korea under "Look East Policy"

(28) 128 STPM Chinese top students could not get into the course that they aspired e.g. Medicine (in 2004)

(29) 10% place for non-bumi students for MARA science schools beginning from year 2003, but only 7% are filled. Before that it was 100% malays

(30) 50 cases whereby Chinese and Indian Malaysians, are beaten up in the National Service program in 2003

(31) 25% is Malaysian Chinese population in 2004, drop from 45% in 1957

(32) 7% is the present Malaysian Indians population (2004), a drop from 12% in 1957

(33) 2 million Chinese Malaysians had emigrated to overseas since 40 years ago

(34) 0.5 million Indian Malaysians had emigrated to overseas

(35) 3 million Indonesians had migrated into Malaysia and became Malaysian citizens with bumis status

(36) 600000 are the Chinese and Indian Malaysians with red IC and were rejected repeatedly when applying for citizenship for 40 years. Perhaps 60% of them had already passed away due to old age. This shows racism of how easily Indonesians got their citizenship compare with the Chinese and Indians

(37) 5% - 15% discount for a malay to buy a house, regardless whether the malay is poor or rich

(38) 2% is what Chinese new villages get compare with 98% of what malay villages got for rural development budget

(39) 50 road names (at least) had been changed from Chinese names to other names

(40) 1 Dewan Gan Boon Leong (in Malacca) was altered to other name (e.g. Dewan Serbaguna or sort) when it was being officially used for a few days. Government try to shun Chinese names. This racism happened in around year 2000 or sort

(41) 0 churches/temples were built for each housing estate. But every housing estate got at least one mosque/surau built

(42) 3000 mosques/surau were built in all housing estates throughout Malaysia since 1970. No churches, no temples are required to be built in housing estates

(43) 1 Catholic church in Shah Alam took 20 years to apply to be constructed. But told by malay authority that it must look like a factory and not look like a church. Still not yet approved in 2004

(44) 1 publishing of Bible in Iban language banned (in 2002)

(45) 0 of the government TV stations (RTM1, RTM2, TV3) are directors of non-malay origins

(46) 30 government produced TV dramas and films always showed that the bad guys had Chinese face, and the good guys had malay face. You can check it out since 1970s. Recent years, this tendency becomes less

(47) 10 times, at least, malays (especially Umno) had threatened to massacre the Chinese Malaysians using May 13 since 1969

(48) 20 constituencies won by DAP would not get funds from the government to develop. Or these Chinese majority constituencies would be the last to be developed

(49) 100 constituencies (parliaments and states) had been racistly re-delineated so Chinese voters were diluted that Chinese candidates, particularly DAP candidates lost in election since 1970s

(50) Only 3 out of 12 human rights items are ratified by Malaysia government since 1960

(51) 0 - elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (UN Human Rights) is not ratified by Malaysia government since 1960s

(52) 20 reported cases whereby malay ambulance attendances treated Chinese patients inhumanely, and malay government hospital staffs purposely delay attending to Chinese patients in 2003. Unreported cases may be 200

(53) 50 cases each year whereby Chinese, especially Chinese youths being beaten up by malay youths in public places. We may check at police reports provided the police took the report, otherwise there will be no record

(54) 20 cases every year whereby Chinese drivers who accidentally knocked down malays were seriously assaulted or killed by malays

(55) 12% is what ASB/ASN got per annum while banks fixed deposit is only about 3.5% per annum

There are hundreds more racial discriminations in Malaysia to add to this list of "colossal" racism. It is hope that the victims of racism will write in to expose racism.

Malaysia government should publish statistics showing how much malays had benefited from the "special rights" of malays and at the same time tell the statistics of how much other minority races are being discriminated.

Hence, the responsibility lies in the Malaysia government itself to publish unadulterated statistics of racial discrimination.

If the Malaysia government hides the statistics above, then there must be some evil doings, immoral doings, shameful doings and sinful doings, like the Nazi, going on onto the non-malays of Malaysia.

Civilized nation, unlike evil Nazi, must publish statistics to show its treatment on its minority races. This is what Malaysia must publish……….

We are asking for the publication of the statistics showing how "implementation of special rights of malays" had inflicted colossal racial discrimination onto non-malays.

Shawn Tan said...

humanbook (an apt name): My goodness. That is a loooong list. You must have spent some time compiling the list. I have at least acknowledged your effort by reading through the list.

As a researcher, I question the credibility of the information as most of the list aren't facts. These are the kinds of statements that are dangerous. They try to pass off as real facts but do not present any real facts.

As a scientist, I will question the conclusion that the problem is due to "collosal" racial discrimination. Some items on your list aren't race issues unless you choose to look at it that way.

As for your claim that there is racial discrimination in Malaysia, It isn't news. I'll point you towards our Constution, Article 153. We are not all born equal in Malaysia. That, is a real fact.

Asking them to publish statistics of racial discrimination is just plain silly. I doubt that those numbers exist. Trying to equate our Government to the Nazi isn't very fair. But if you want to make the comparison, recall that one of the reasons Hitler lost was because he didn't have the real facts.

However, I do support your call for more transparency from the government. I have tried, on occasion, to look up some numbers. But the amount of data being released by our Statistics Department isn't very helpful. It would be very useful for everyone if accurate statistics were made available.

PS. If you wish to make a political statement, my blog isn't the best place to do it. It's mainly read by my friends. And I don't have very many of them. You may wish to start your own blog page, and make your list, with links to the appropriate sources.

KC said...

Haha disclaimer :P Oh yea, read this from RPK's website..might be useful since your blog is accessible through google search ;)

"Norza Zakaria said, according to section 121 (B) and Section 123 of the Penal Code, Section 4 of the Sedition Act 1948, Section 263 and 266 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, being a publisher, Raja Petra Kamarudin was responsible for providing clear warning to every person who gives comments that they were responsible for their comments."