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Tanjung Bungah rep appoints transgender as political secretary

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.


MCA wants action taken against 'incredibly insensitive' sex blogger duo

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.


Booklet on DAP polls irregularities surfaces

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.

It reveals the irregularities in the party elctions and the subsequent investigation by the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and his father, the party adviser Lim Kit Siang, have come under fire in the booklet.

The writer accused the two Lims of manipulating the vote tabulation during the 2012 party polls on Dec 15 to get their cronies elected to the central executive committee (CEC).

He also alleged that Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua Kiam Wee and Seremban MP Anthony Loke Siew Fook were tasked to carry out the dirty job.

When the election results was announced at 8.30pm, some three and half hours behind schedule, Vincent Wu Him Ven received 1,202 votes to finish in joint fifth-sixth position with Anthony Loke for the 20-elected CEC positions.

Now Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Abdullah finished in 39th position with only 305 votes.

But following a revised result a month later, Zairil suddenly received 803 votes to leap to 20th position, while Wu was relegated to 26th place with a mere 669 votes.

DAP claimed a technical glitch in the Excel spreadsheet which caused the tabulation mistake.

The author dismissed the technical glitch and blamed it on vote-counting manipulation to strengthen and safeguard the Lims' political interests.

He claimed that Kit Siang had manipulated previous DAP elections to maintain power and control over the party.

The author said nearly 1,300 delegates did not receive notices of meeting while another 547 illegal ones, mainly from Penang, voted in the elections.

Even those who were issued the notices are said to have received the letters less than 10 days before the congress.

According to the author, the Lims had planned to rig the elections to prevent the rise of prominent party leaders, known as the "five tigers."

The five are Penang DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow, Perak cousins Ngeh Koo Ham and Ngah Kor Ming, Johor leader Dr Boo Cheng Hau and Selangor stalwart Teng Chang Khim.

The author claimed that Kit Siang,72, sensing that this could be his last term as MP, planned to ensure a safe passage for his son to helm the party in a strong position.



‘Bumi only ‘dropped from matriculation form

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.
This came after heavy criticism from public and Indian education groups.

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.

The ministry was insisting in the Applicant's Qualification (Kelayakan Pemohon) that the applicants must have Bumiputera status (Pemohon mestilah pelajar bumiputera warganegara Malaysia) to apply for the seat .

A check by FMT today showed that the ministry had taken down the word bumiputera in the Applicant's Qualification and now it states that all Malaysian students are eligible to apply for the matriculation seats for next year's enrollment.

However, the ministry still maintaining that matriculation is a programme for SPM Bumiputera students (Program Matrikulasi Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia merupakan program persediaan bagi pelajar bumiputera lulusan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia).

The applicants also have to fulfill another requirement which they must identify themselves as Bumiputera or non-Bumiputera.

A Thiruvengadam (picture), the president of Malaysian Indian Education Awareness and Welfare Association (PKP-KIM) thanked the public for applying  pressure on the  Education ministry .

He added that he believed the "Bumiputera" tiff is a drama by Education ministry to divert the public attention from the real issue where the matriculation department still   mum on the status of 333 qualified students name list sent by his NGO.

"The department promised to update us on the matter on Monday. But, today is Friday and there response on the status of the students," he said.



Sex bloggers in hot soup

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."


PAS wants to wield 16:16 magic in Kuala Besut by-election

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."


Street savvy Umno, PAS men in straight fight

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.

The duo will break the fast with locals as they observe Ramadan – a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability.

Without doubt the by-election where the BN is defending the seat is a duel between a street smart (Tengku Zaihan) and a street savy (Azlan).

The BN is banking its hope on Tengku Zaihan, an engineer with the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) based in Putrajaya who had once served the Kuala Besut District DID as district engineer for five years.

Hailed from Kampung Nail, Kuala Besut, Tengku Zaihan said although he was born with the honorific 'Tengku', he was a regular guy as he grew up among fishermen.

A graduate in civil engineering from Universiti Sains Malaysia, he has served the community as Kuala Besut district engineer and Seri Seratus Umno branch member.

Thanking the BN leadership for nominating him to stand in the by-election, he said, "It is my ardent hope that the voters will give the opportunity to me to serve them.

"If chosen, I will do my best to help them improve their livelihood," he added.

Azlan's popular with locals

On the other hand, Azlan of PAS is a self-made businessman who is fondly known as 'Che Long' by locals.

The choice of Azlan, who is Kuala Besut PAS treasurer, ended speculations that PAS would be fielding a well known religious teacher after it failed to wrest the seat from the BN through a woman candidate in the last general election.

Meanwhile, the two candidates filed their nomination papers for the by-election, scheduled for July 24, at the Rakan Muda Complex in Kuala Besut.

Only two names were announced as the official candidates by the Election Commission (EC) for the state seat which is holding the Terengganu state assembly in a limbo.

BN currently holds 16 state seats while Pakatan holds 15 in the state assembly.

In the event Pakatan wins Kuala Besut, it will effect a hung state assembly in Terengganu, which may trigger a statewide by-election to end the impasse.

The state seat fell vacant after its Umno assemblyman Dr A Rahman Mokhtar passed away last month due to cancer.

Earlier, thousands were seen gathered outside the nomination centre.

While Tengku Zaihan was accompanied buy BN deputy chairman  Muhyiddin Yassin and secretary-general Tengku Adnan Mansor, Azlan was also accompanied by Pakatan bigwigs such as DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.

The by-election was necessitated by the death of assemblyman Dr A.Rahman Mokhtar of the BN of lung cancer on June 26.

He had won the seat with a 2,434 majority by beating Napisah Ismail of PAS in the general election on May 5.

Kuala Besut has 17,679 voters which is made up of 17,463 Malays, 125 Chinese and the rest other races.


MIC members surprised by Daljit’s decision to contest

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.

Read more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/mic-members-surprised-by-daljits-decision-to-contest


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