Archive for December 2009

December 9, 2009

Cedar or Centre for Development and Research is Ramakrishnan’s brainchild. It is an organisation that conducts programs, workshops, seminars and forums to bring mind set changes and create awareness among the marginalized and underprivileged groups.

The purpose of these activities is to harmonize and integrate target groups with the society at large and to bring about transformation within themselves and their community.

Some of the programs conducted by Cedar and personally overseen by Ramakrishnan are English proficiency classes, self awareness and motivation camps and self development camps.

Those interested in our programmes could contact us at 03-79600210 or e-mail us at amar800@hotmail.com.

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Cut wastage, eradicate incompetency and save Malaysians the 4% GST burden

December 9, 2009

Government’s effort to raise RM1 billion by introducing Goods and Services tax (GST) is another example of being penny wise but pound foolish. Time and again opposition lawmakers and concerned groups have highlighted the wastages in government spending, the nepotism and lack of transparency in awarding contracts and the poor quality of decision-making in government services.

But the BN government continues to ignore the opposition voices as irrelevant. On one hand the government engages itself in the high sounding slogans of change for the better, while simultaneously increasing 4% in GST.

It is high time the BN government takes all measures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of delivery services, improve the financial management of taxes collected, creates an openness in awarding contracts and privatization of revenue generating enterprises.

The government has not shown any concern about financial leakages but instead increases taxes at the earliest opportunity possible.

If the BN government is really concerned about the welfare of people they must take into account views expressed by the opposition and include them in formulating and implementing money bills.

Implementing GST during an economic downturn and global slowdown is not prudent and will cause even more hardship to the poor and needy. Government needs to be more transparent to Malaysians as to how they have spent the revenue earned from Petronas.

The  BN Government must look into the annual audit report and bring to court those perpetrators involved in malpractices as an endeavor to improve the checks and balances.

The 4% GST proposed by the government is at different levels of distribution channels unlike the previous 10% ST which is collected at source. Therefore the 4% GST could inflict more pain to the poor.

Besides, does the government have the collection mechanism in place? Government must reveal the basis on which this 4% GST is implemented.

Therefore, I call upon the government to deliberate further on this issue through consultation with the opposition political parties and not to bulldoze it in Parliament.

Meeting the media after being sworn in on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

December 9, 2009

Firstly I would like to thank my party leaders for having faith and trust and nominating me for this Senator-ship. During my tenure in office I would raise matters pertaining to

•    Making the Senate more relevant to legislation and legitimization of bills passed
•    Matters concerning racial unity and equality for all Malaysians.
•    The provision of vernacular education as guaranteed by the constitution. The provision is not a privilege but a birth right to those Malaysians who want education through the vernacular medium.
•    Equal economic opportunities
•    Making civil service more inclusive, transparent, accountable and competent
•    Climate change. Our role in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and adoption of green technology. Public transport, greening of cities, alternative energy source, recycling, waste management

Publication

•    S.Ramakrishnan, R. (2007). Share Buyback Signaling Tool: Malaysian perspective,  http://icbm.bangkok.2007, 1-18.

•    S.Ramakrishnan, R. (2009). Determinants of share buyback and its implication on share price, October 2009,  1st,International Conference on Finance, Business & Accounting, 28-30 Dec,2009.

Need to re-orientate the BTN instructors’ mind set or replace them

December 6, 2009

The continued denial of racial elements in Biro Tata Negara (BTN) or National Civics Bureau by its progamme head Ahmad Maslan and other UMNO leaders reveals the depth of racism ingrained in the mindset of UMNO members.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s 1Malaysia rhetoric has a long way to go before it can ever be realised. The nation has to undergo a major surgery to carve out 50 years of divisiveness, racism and discrimination which is threatening to segregate the nation even further.

Firstly all the indoctrinated and brainwashed instructors have to be removed and sent for rehabilitation.

Malaysian companies are facing global economic downturn and financial hardship. The country, at its critical economic and social revival, does not need indoctrination or misinformation. What is in crucial deficit now is encouragement and support for critical and independent thinking.

The federal government needs to strengthen our democratic social institutions to foster and develop their commonalities and similarities. We need to amplify and celebrate our coexistence till today despite our diversities, problems and challenges. Instead BTN, which operates directly under the Prime Minister, is sowing the seeds of hatred and parochialism.

How foolish of the Malaysian government to have allowed this to operate when times have changed with a rallying cry for global thinking.

Worst still Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Ahmad Maslan, with direct charge of the BTN portfolio, can’t even recognise the racial undertones of BTN programs.

This program, conducted right under the Prime Minister’s nose, clearly spells out an impending catastrophe by inciting deeper racial polarisation. Ironically, Najib happily indulges in a verbal diarrhea about his 1Malaysia concept, which zeroes in on national unity through racial integration.

How naive are these UNMO leaders!

As such, I strongly support the decision made by the Selangor state government not to send any participants to Biro Tata Negara. I also call upon Najib to scrap the programme for the future of the country.

September 11- The Demise of Malaysian Local Councils.

December 6, 2009

I strongly condemn the non renewal of the license and subsequent issuance of a summon’s to GSM Mini Market Lanchang by the Temerloh Municipal Council, Pahang, as it shows the parochial and partisan mindset of the council’s officers.

To force, GSM Mini Market to move their fish and vegetable business to the failed wet market after 25 years in business is inconsiderate and foolish. This is a clear illustration of the high handedness of the municipal council officials who clearly care two hoots about the welfare of its residents.

There is no justice in enforcing this prosecution only after the case was highlighted by the STAR newspaper. When ordinary citizens face unjust law enforcement from local councils the only alternative they have is to go to the courts.  Subramaniam Gopal did just that.

The High Court discharged Subramaniam on September 11, 2009. There was no reaction from the Temerloh Local Council or its prosecutors until the STAR newspaper highlighted this case on the November 22nd, 2009. 

Then on November 24th, the Temerloh Municipal Council served the summons again but the magistrate court discharged Subramaniam upon the application of the prosecution themselves.

The wet market that Subramaniam is supposed to relocate to is in a ramshackle condition and has since almost closed down. This raises the question as to why the local council is still summoning the GSM Mini Market? 

The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) should investigate why the local council built a wet market which is now a white elephant. This is an utter waste of rate payers money.

It is also shocking to note the Attorney General’s Chamber’s is prosecuting the case for the third time. The Attorney-General’s chambers should instead concentrate their efforts on amending the relevant laws instead of harassing this poor man.

When I was walking around and talking to the people of Lanchang, they revealed that there are many illegal eateries, stalls and even other mini markets selling fish and vegetables in the area but the local council has clearly singled out the GSM Mini Market. 

This shows a blatant disregard of justice by the Temerloh Municipal Council. The state government, on the other hand, is blissfully pretending to be ignorant of the ineffective and inefficient local council.

As such, I call upon the Temerloh Municipal Council to immediately stop. harassing Subramaniam and instead focus their attention on clearing the illegal peddlers, illegal eateries and stalls which are carrying out brisk business in public.

Centre for Development and Research (CEDAR)

December 6, 2009

Cedar or Centre for Development and Research is Ramakrishnan’s brainchild. It is an organisation that conducts programs, workshops, seminars and forums to bring mind set changes and create awareness among the marginalized and underprivileged groups.

The purpose of these activities is to harmonize and integrate target groups with the society at large and to bring about transformation within themselves and their community.

Some of the programs conducted by Cedar and personally overseen by Ramakrishnan are English proficiency classes, self awareness and motivation camps and self development camps.

Those interested in our programmes could contact us at 03-79600210 or e-mail us at amar800@hotmail.com.

Towards a Senate that works without fear or favor

December 6, 2009

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;

Where knowledge is free;

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;

Where words come out from the depth of truth;

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;

Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action;

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. “