DANNY aka KERP
I feel like I’ve just been slapped, kicked and punched. And I am neither Indian nor Hindu.
In a letter to Malaysiakini, Toh said the country had witnessed a series of protests over the past few months, the latest being the one organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).
"These marches drew flak and condemnation from almost all BN leaders. Their criticisms centred on their illegality, potential threat to peace, the possible destablisation of the economy including frightening away foreign investors. I disagree with the views of our country’s leaders.
"Instead of condemning, one would have thought and hoped that they should have been more concerned over the grievances, frustrations and disappointments that have brought so many thousands to the streets in the first place and to seek fair and just solutions to them," he noted.
Commenting further on the Hindraf rally, Toh said the government must look into the grievances, frustrations and unhappiness of the lower strata of the Indian community and other communities pertaining to housing, education, health, jobs, equity and religious freedom.
"Until and unless these and many more issues concerning our country's judicial and electoral systems as well as social justice for the poor are looked into seriously and satisfactory solutions found, the discontent that brought thousands to the streets over several months will remain.
"To me, it is this discontent and unhappiness that will be a greater threat to our country’s peace and stability, rather than marches, pickets and demonstrations," he added.
Datuk Dr Toh, Zorro salutes you!
Tuan Syed Hood bin Syed Edros [Parit Sulong]: [Some unrelated stuff first] Yang Di-Pertua, I would like to touch on a matter regarding the Ministry of Education, which are Christian missionary schools like Convent, La Salle, Methodist, and so forth. I was made to understand that the Board of Directors at these schools are partially administered by churches in foreign countries, for example in the Vatican City. I was also made to understand that the application to build a ’surau’ in some of these schools had to go through the approval of these Board of Directors whereby they are partially administered by the church. Therefore, it shames me that the school administrations are still controlled by the church. I was also made to understand that many Muslim parents send their kids to these schools, and that they have complained that sometimes, the school is started with church songs. I do not know if this is true, but what I discovered from these parents are the display of religious symbols. I feel disappointed that in an Islamic country, Malaysia, if I go to a convent school, the statue of St. Mary is displayed in the front of the school.
Datuk Haji Mohamad bin Haji Aziz [Sri Gading]: [Stands up]
Tuan Syed Hood bin Syed Edros [Parit Sulong]: Please proceed, Yang Berhormat for Sri Gading.
Timbalan Yang di-Pertua [Datuk Dr. Yusof bin Yacob]: Yes, Yang Berhormat for Sri Gading.
Datuk Haji Mohamad bin Haji Aziz [Sri Gading]: I am not shocked at all, Yang Berhormat for Parit Sulong. It’s not just a simple question. The question is, why has this happened? One. During the last Hari Raya, I was told by a father, when Aidilfitri was celebrated, these types of schools were not closed. Thank you.Tuan Syed Hood bin Syed Edros [Parit Sulong]: Not only statues, but fellow Yang Berhormat, go and see for yourselves, Christian crosses are displayed in front of schools. I do not understand the Ministry of Education, did the officers not see that, or is it our policy to allow such a thing? Nevertheless, I, as a responsible person to my religion, race, and country, I state my views that these statues need to be demolished, these crosses need to be destroyed and church influences in these schools need to be stopped. Also, the funds that are collected at these schools. Do we have a report? If possible, the ministry should reveal the funds for these schools. I was made to understand that these schools are also sponsored by the church.
"Young leaders who make racial and religious statements to be popular with a particular community will not go far in a multiracial and multicultural Malaysia," said Barisan Nasional Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. Anyone could make popular statements to gain popularity from a particular race or to gain support from their delegates, but their popularity would be short-lived, he said. (You heard that you dungoos,)
"They must be far-sighted because when it is time for them to be selected as ministers or party presidents, they must not only be smart, they have to be wise too." (These two can't smell those positions ....they are far from smart and by the gods where did UMNO pick these misfits from.....parits?)
He noted that the top leadership was mature enough to know who was sincere, honest and had held to the Barisan principle of multiracialism. (Thank You Sir, for this gem.....spoken like a true Johanian.)
"The top leadership will not forget – and in a multiracial
The top leadership would not select those who fought for only one race, and
"Their future will be tainted, and that applies to all young leaders who have aspirations to be national leaders," he said.
To the two former mission schools old boys I dedicate to them their former school anthem:
Cheer, cheer, and courage display
All ye Johanian, join in the fray,
Send the volley of cheers from high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky.
What though the odds be great or small,
Dear old St. John's will win over all
All our loyal sons go marching,
Onwards to victory,
At this point may I call on all Muslim Xaverians (Penang), Georgians (Taiping), Michaelians (Ipoh), Johanians (KL), LaSallians (PJ, Klang, Sentul, Peel Road, Brickfields), Paulians (Seremban), Franciscans (Malacca), all the Convent Girls and those from other Mission Schools throughout the country to give us your take on this issue.
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Eric and I were to rendezvous with Haris Ibrahim at the KLCC station at . At 8.10 Harris messaged that we meet at Dang Wangi, as the
As we walked together with the Bar Council Monitoring Team towards Jl. Ampang, the gathering gathered force by the time we reached the Renaissance Hotel. As we walked towards the Wisma Selangor Dredging the air had this irritable pungency that stung the eyes. Earlier the Police had unleashed their chemically laced water canon and lobbed tear gas into a crowd, irregardless of some people having their Sunday breakfast at one of the sidewalk joints. We could not move forward. During this respite, I gave my mineral water to a participant to wash his already teary and bloodshot eyes. I urged him to give his eye a good wash afterwhich he returned the bottle to me, saying, “Uncle keep some for yourself.” That encapsulated the spirit of the day; caring for and sharing with one another.
I HAVE BEEN WONDERING HOW COME THE RED CRESCENT AND THE
I took the opportunity to engage my fellow-walkers. Palani, an electronic technician from Kedah volunteered, “We are here not for the money from the Queen. We are here my friends and I to ask for fair treatment and equal opportunities “ His friends echoed similar sentiments but the most vocal was Sundaraj from Sentul. “Our temples are torn down, our gods are bulldozed into pieces. Samy Velu did not protest for us, so we have to do it ourselves.”
. We retreated back to Saloma Restaurant.
unlike some who sadistically proved
Whilst there was no way we could go near the High Commission, we chanced upon Mark and Lucy from Puchong. Mark showed us the kick mark he received earlier. Lucy, his wife concurred. His parting shot to us before he walked away: “I used to scold my wife for always voting opposition. I will follow her this time.”
At Haris messaged that the organizers had asked the gathering to disperse peacefully. That I am sure the people did. Generally, the tone was peaceful except for some shouts of warnings and cheering. I did not hear any tauntings and booing. But, I bet a round of beers, that this overwhelming crowd will never vote MIC again.
Let me just volunteer this to the party in power: “DON’T GIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE MASSES TO HATE YOU. TRY CONSCIENTIOUSLY TO RECALL WHAT STARTED THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. I WILL HELP YOU. WASN’T IT HATRED FOR THE RULING CLASS AND THEIR RUNNING DOGS?