Thursday, May 7, 2009

A joke on democracy...

I don't understand why so many people are interested in the politics of middle east and the rising of China when politics in Malaysia is so much more "interesting".

This is a total freaking joke on democracy.

But like in the past, all crack-downs like this will soon be forgotten. I hope it won't be the same for this one. Let's remember May 7.


Anonymous said...

Liang, by the day u back to Malaysia, i am sure everything change, remember the 2011 we will hav a whole new Malaysia, is only603 days from now.

Chan Peng,
Sg Petani,Kedah

Anonymous said...

It is a mockery to democracy! What hope do we still have? What faith do we still have? Are we matching forward or sliding backward? Sad...

Felix said...

Give exemptions to top grads
STUDENTS who obtain first class honours in their undergraduate degrees should be exempted from repaying their National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans.

Kedah Gerakan youth chief Tan Keng Liang in an open letter to Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin dated Wednesday, said this would serve as recognition by the Government of the students’ academic excellence.

He said it would also be in line with the promotion of better quality undergraduates in local universities.

“The minister should also consider allowing a 30% discount for graduates when repaying their PTPTN loans if they obtain second class upper degrees,” he said in his open letter which was also distributed to the media.

Tan hoped Mohamed Khaled would consider the requests as before July 1, 2005, graduates who obtained first class honours could be exempted from the repayment of their loans, which has since been discontinued.

He said currently there were students who were given full scholarships to enter local universities before achieving any result and who might not perform up to expectation.

“It would be disappointing to see that Malaysian students who were not granted scholarships initially but who actually performed up to expectation, not being rewarded for their academic excellence,” he said.

In an immediate response, Mohamed Khaled said the Cabinet had decided on this matter about two years ago.

“We can only consider this when the financial situation of PTPTN is sustainable,” he said when contacted.

PTPTN chief executive officer Yunos Abd Ghani said the corporation was presently unable to consider the requests.

“The amount would be too much for the corporation to absorb,” he said.

On Tuesday, Mohamed Khaled had said the ministry was currently conducting research on how to ensure the sustainability of the PTPTN.

“If the PTPTN funds continue to operate as they are, we will have a RM42bil deficit by 2020,” he said.

Anonymous said...

hi there,
can u explain further wat happen at that day??
y r the police arresting so many people?

shinliang said...

Dear Anonymous.....

It's a long long long story why 'they' are arresting so many people. I'll try to put it as brief and as neutral as possible:

In the general elections last year, the opposition parties won the majority in the state assembly in Perak, but only narrowly. They formed a coalition government - PR.

Early this year, 3 state assemblymen defected to the ruling party of the federal govt. - BN. After this defection, BN has more assemblymen than the PR. And this is where it becomes complicated...

The 'original' chief minister (from PR) requests for a dissolution and a re-election, but his request was refused and he was 'sacked' (i put this in quote because ppl may disagree that he was sacked). A new chief minister from BN was elected instead.

But does the Sultan has the right to sack? right to refuse a dissolution? and the right to elect a new Chief Minister before a vote of no confidence is cast in the state assembly?

PR would, of course, claim that this was a coup and that the takeover was unconstitutional. Therefore they protested.

And the police arrests them for protesting.

Note1: I try to be neutral in explaining the events at Perak. But my personal view is that there is an outrage due to the extreme biasness of the mainstream media, police and court of justice. It is these combined biasness that led to my anger and disbelief.

Note2: I'll write a post on my view on this later on

shinliang said...

To let anonymous know the scale of the arrest, it was necessary for him/her to know that many people in Perak disagreed with the defections and the changing of govt. from PR to BN.

So on that day, all wore black in protest of the illegal power grab as claimed by PR, which is supported by the majority of the people in that state.

If fresh elections are called for, there's little doubt that PR will win. So BN refuses to call for fresh elections and grabbed the power using defections instead. This is why so many people are unhappy.

On that day, it was a major protest where all are required to wear black to signify '1 black malaysia'. The police hunt down all that were wearing black around the vicinity, including those who were jogging, having breakfast, etc and hence so many people were arrested on that day.