- Tanjung Bungah rep appoints transgender as political secretary
- MCA wants action taken against 'incredibly insensitive' sex blogger duo
- Booklet on DAP polls irregularities surfaces
- ‘Bumi only ‘dropped from matriculation form
- Sex bloggers in hot soup
- PAS wants to wield 16:16 magic in Kuala Besut by-election
- Street savvy Umno, PAS men in straight fight
- MIC members surprised by Daljit’s decision to contest
Posted: 11 Jul 2013 07:56 PM PDT
(The Star) - The newly-appointed political secretary of Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu hopes that her appointment to such a post would pave the way of equal treatment for the transgender community.
Hezreen Shaik Daud, 33, a transgender, admitted feeling nervous but excited at the same time when she officially begins work on Monday.
"I am grateful to YB for offering this job to me and I am looking forward to the challenge.
"It is difficult for us to be hired by companies so I hope that with my appointment, we can show that we are as capable in our work as others," she said when contacted on Friday.
Hezreen, formerly employed as a project officer with the Penang Family Health Development Association, said certain companies had refused to employ her as they were worried that she would not be able to fit in to the working place, which has male employees.
"I am asking to just please give me a chance and I will try my best at work.
"We need the acceptance as we are also human. We want to be treated the same as the others.
"YB had offered a job to me early this year and again last month. He explained to me the duties and job scope as a political secretary so I would understand better," said Hezreen who speaks Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin and Hokkien.
The former Heng Ee High School student said she had worked with Teh on several projects since she was in the association.
She holds a diploma in Information Technology from Informatics College.
Though she also hopes to open her own fashion boutique selling bags and shoes of her designs, Hezreen said she would continue working for Teh as long as she can.
She was appointed by Teh to be his political secreatary and also to oversee the transgender community welfare.
In the recent Penang State Assembly, Teh had said (transgender) community were a discriminated lot and requested for a special committee be set up to look into their issues and problems.
Teh could not be reached for comments at press time.
State Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Chong Eng could not be reached too.
Posted: 11 Jul 2013 07:27 PM PDT
(The Star) - The Negri Sembilan MCA have filed a police report on sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee after the duo allegedly posted a Selamat Berbuka Puasa greeting with a picture of themselves eating bak kut teh on Facebook.
State MCA chairman Datuk Dr Yeow Chai Tiam said the duo were incredibly insensitive to the feelings of Muslims and what they did could create unnecessary problems.
"What they did was totally uncalled for and not amusing.
"This is a multi-racial country and we must respect the religious beliefs as well as traditions and cultures of all Malaysians," he told reporters after lodging a report here.
Dr Yeow said necessary action should be taken against the pair to serve as a lesson to others.
"They are university grads and they should know that an act is totally unacceptable."They should be able to tell what is a joke and what isn't," he said.
Posted: 11 Jul 2013 05:07 PM PDT
A booklet has surfaced in Penang on the DAP polls irregularities and how the father-and-son team of DAP secretary-genaral Lim Guan Eng and party adviser Lim Kit Siang are using under-hand tactics to hold on to power.
Athi Shankar, FMT
A 16-page booklet on the alleged irregularities and internal politics in the DAP polls, held last December, is being widely distributed here.
The booklet, entitled The Equity Report (CEC Election Fraud), is writen by one, Father Augustus Chen, and printed in Malay, English, Tamil and Mandarin.
Posted: 11 Jul 2013 05:00 PM PDT
The Education Minister after criticism from the public and education groups has altered its online application form.
B Nantha Kumar, FMT
The Education Ministry has dropped the "Bumiputera Only" sentence on the online matriculation application form.
Yesterday, FMT reported that Education ministry's online application has blatantly stated only Bumiputera students can apply for matriculation places for next year students enrollment.
Posted: 11 Jul 2013 04:04 PM PDT
(The Star) - Sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee stirred up a controversy with a Selamat Berbuka Puasa greeting uploaded to their joint Facebook page last night.
The picture depicted them eating bak kut teh and describing it as 'wangi, enak, menyelerakan' (fragrant, delicious, appetising).
Tan confirmed that they posted the greeting for "no reason. Just a joke, I guess".
However, the post has earned over 500 comments, mostly chiding the couple for their insensitivity.
One user commented: "You have freedom to post whatever you want to post. But this freedom is not absolute. I have no problem with your erotica but this is too much."
Others decried their action by calling it a "disgrace" and one "looking for glamour", while some wondered if they knew the history of May 13.
When asked if he regretted posting it, Tan said "not yet...".
"Yeah, in a way. I don't know. I was just curious to see how people will perceive it. It seems not everybody is on the same page as us. It is dark humour. It is just our attempt to see how it will be perceived. It is just trying to be humorous on the matter," he said in a phone interview with The Star Online.
To him, the unfavourable response shows that "people don't see the humour, people are mostly angry and upset".
As to whether he will delete the posting, Tan said he would probably take it down, but "by now, many have shared the picture."
Posted: 11 Jul 2013 01:47 PM PDT
(The Star) - PAS is determined to ensure that the Kuala Besut by-election ends in a "hung legislative assembly". This, said its secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali, was because there were different legal interpretations of the number of seats between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat in the assembly was equal and also on the voting power of the state Speaker.
"What is important now is for PAS to win in Kuala Besut to equal the number of seats that Barisan has in the state assembly," he told The Star.
"Then, we will get legal experts to give their views on the situation."
The 13th general election saw Barisan securing a slim win in Terengganu with a two-seat advantage over Pakatan's 17 seats. Should the Opposition win the Kuala Besut by-election, Barisan and Pakatan would have the same number of seats —16 — in the state assembly.
While some view this as a hung assembly with a possibility that a re-election must be called for the entire state, there are also those with the opinion that Barisan still has the advantage of ruling the state as the Speaker has the right to vote.
State PAS commissioner Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut said the party's machinery was focused on winning the by-election and making history despite disputes over a possible hung state assembly.
He said a "balanced" assembly was unheard of, thus it would be one of the motivations to win the Kuala Besut seat.
"Seats locked at 16:16 will be the first of its kind. We want to be the first to do so," he said.
"We have won the seat before so it is not impossible for us to win again this time."
He added that the "magic number of 16:16" was also one of the party's campaign mottos for the by-election.
"We have chosen our best candidate with the goal of locking the assembly at 16 seats each."
Posted: 11 Jul 2013 01:03 PM PDT
(Bernama) - Two locals who are pitted against each other in the Kuala Besut by-election have promised to adopt a moderate and prudent approach to reach the voters in this Muslim enclave.
By and large, Barisan Nasional's (BN) Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abd Rahman, 37, and PAS' Azlan Yusuf, 48, will be attending religious programmes such as tazkirah (religious talks) in mosques and surau throughout the campaign.
Posted: 11 Jul 2013 09:18 AM PDT
(The Malay Mail Online) - He is also an MIC veteran, how is he going to bring about change?
Leaders and members of the MIC are surprised with the news that former Senator Datuk Daljit Singh will be going for the party's top post.
This comes after Daljit had criticised party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel's leadership as "disappointing", "old-fashioned" and "non-democratic", among other comments made.
The Malay Mail had reported yesterday that Daljit, who is linked to former president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, intends to create a new direction and bring fresh blood to the party.
Daljit had also said that "modernisation" was needed to infuse new blood into the party. Former MIC secretary general Datuk S. Murugesan seemed speechless upon hearing the news.
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