Archive for May 2010

Are Our Education Policies Ineffective In Coping With Discipline In Schools

May 31, 2010

31/5/2010

The recent outcry of deteriorating disciplinary problems among students in Sri Gading secondary school in Rawang, is a tip of the iceberg. Disciplinary problems have grown into a serious menace to the future of this country because of the indifferent and don’t care attitude of education ministry officials and police department. They are embroiled into a culture of reporting only pleasant news and pleasing their bosses. Many schools are withholding or sweeping indiscipline problems under the carpet hoping it won’t grow into public outcry. The heads, teachers and police all know what’s happening but they give excuses for the problem like nobody reported, small problem, action being taken etc. The decline of education quality in our schools started long time ago due to various reasons outlined below.

  1. Sri Gading secondary school has about 3500 students. This figure is too large to instill good values and discipline. To manage such a huge co-educational school there must be high powered and strong minded headmaster with good track record and not a mediocre headmistress who dare not report bad news to education Ministry. Our schools are managed by mediocre caliber headmistresses with no track record. 
  2. Many teachers today are not the dedicated and professional teachers of yesteryears. The ministry of education has gradually replaced dedicated teachers with teachers who will blindly follow instructions and be indifferent to discipline problems. Malaysians parents have given up on our educators and have turned to tuition teachers to educate their children. This is a failure of our education policies. Teachers don’t have the ability on their own and the support from ministry to handle problems. Everything needs approval from ministry.
  3. Education has been politicized by every subsequent education ministers since 1971. With the introduction of New Economic policy, education in Malaysia has lost critical thinking skills, independent and courageous debates and expressions and core competitive abilities. Today schools churn out compliant students to join the work force, if not drop out students. Local universities students find difficulties in getting jobs because they are unemployable.
  4. Schools and its administration are not able to cope with large classes of students of mixed abilities. Education system does not cater for students who need more guidance from teachers.
  5. The social economic backgrounds of students are far different compared to 20 years ago. Rapid urbanization without the parallel development in playing fields for sports and games, cramped low cost housing, mass illegal workers competing for living space and jobs have taken the toll on poorer Malaysians who find it difficult to provide for the family. Everything is politicized into race and religion by the government of the day.
  6. Malaysian police are oblivion of the crimes going on around them. Somebody must report to them and only then they will take action. But when complain is launched they will give all kinds of reasons and excuses why the vandalism and gangsters are thriving in Malaysia. They don’t have the political will and wish to keep criminals out of the streets. Corruption among police force is well known and tops the list.   

Malaysians need a political system that is accountable and in touch with ground reality. A system that is representative of all stakeholders be it minority or majority. We need to do away with parochialism and bigotry. When will the people truly stand up for such a political system?

Senator Dr. S. Ramakrishnan

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MAIKA HOLDINGS BHD

May 27, 2010

27/5/2010

Maika holdings bhd finally caught UMNO’s attention during the Ulu Selangor buy elections. A group of private individuals got together under the banner of G Team Resources & Holding Bhd (G Team) and made an offer to purchase all Maika holdings shares for 80cents per shares from its current shareholders. These businessmen are not known for any services to Indian community. Yet they made the offer to buy Maika shares and to finally sell of the assets and finally close the Maika chapter once and for all. No businessman will invest (80cents per share for 125 million shares) for nothing or for purely corporate social responsibility purpose. The talk in town is that PM Najib finds Maika holdings becomes a contentious issue in every elections with the Indian community and therefore he has decided to settle this scandal. Only when Indian vote bank deserted BN his attention turned to settling the Maika issue.    

He must have approached Tan Sri Gnanalingam and a group his supporters from the business community settle the issue for him. Najib’s concern towards Indian community can be seen in the way he has decided to settle the issues. He could have used government assistance to revive and turn the poor Indians investment into profitable investment such as PNB. But inturn approached private individuals to settle off Maika holdings and in the process absorbed all those culprits who brought Maika holdings to this state. He is more concerned with removing the Maika holdings issue than to find a satisfactory compensation to the thousands of investors who did not see any profit what so ever for the past 27 years. He is only interested in securing Indian votes for BN than solving their problems. There will be enough businessmen to serve his purpose for they may not get an opportunity to do a favor to Prime Minister. The BN government has no commitment to uplift Malaysian Indians.        

PM Najib must initiate an investigation into Maika holdings scandal. Those who have abused or misappropriated in Maika holdings must be brought to justice. It is unfortunate that the Indian community could not see the callous attitude of UMNO in the Maika holdings scandal. Maika holdings went down the drain because MIC leaders had unlimited protection from UMNO. The Indian community could not remove MIC leaders from Maika because of the unreserved support from UMNO to MIC. Malaysian Indians have woken up and are holding MIC accountable for their investment. The shareholders approval for further action must be obtained before Maika holdings are sold to a third party. Najib should not take Indian voters for granted.

With all the lucrative offers given to GLCs, they must be financially strong and reinvesting by now. They must be in the for front of economic growth unfortunately not. Govt must rethink the way the GLCs are managed. GLCs must be performance based or else fired. Decision making management must be multi racial and get the best based on delivery. The GLCs now are not competitive, profitable no good governance e.g. sime darby,

  Senator Dr.S. Ramakrishnan

Soalan-soalan yang ditanya di Parlimen

May 14, 2010

14/5/2010

1)    Tuan Ramakrishnan a/l Suppiah (dipilh oleh Dun Selangor) minta Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan menyatakan pelaksanaan undang-undang baru untuk melarang dan mengharamkan remaja di bawah umur 18tahun daripada membeli dan mengambil minuman keras dan juga mengharamkan penggunaannya di tempat awam seperti taman,tempat letak kereta dan kaki lima.

Jawapan:

Tuan Yang DiPertua,

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, penjualan arak termasuk arak buatan sendiri di kedai-kedai adalah dilesenkan di bawah Lesen Kedai Runcit berdasarkan peruntukan Seksyen  35, Akta Eksais 1976 [Akta 176]. Lesen tersebut dikeluarkan oleh lembaga Pelesenan Eksais Daerah di bawah peruntukan akta yang sama.

Syarat-syarat yang terkandung dalam lesen tersebut secara terang menyatakan minuman yang memabukkan tidak boleh dijual kepada seseorang dibawah umur 18tahun. Dalam menangani isu pembelian arak termasuk buatan sendiri, Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) sentiasa menjalankan tindakan penguatkuasaan secara bersepadu dari semasa ke semasa bersama-sama pihak Kastam dan Polis DiRaja Malaysia untuk memastikan segala syarat dan peraturan pelesenan dipatuhi.

Berhubung kes jenayah yang berpunca dari masalah meminum arak, PBT tidak mempunyai sebarang rekod berhubung perkara tersebut memandangkan PBT hanya terlibat dalam mengeluarkan kompaun kepada pemilik premis terbabit sekiranya didapati melanggar syarat-syarat yang telah ditetapkan.

PBT berperanan dalam memastikan kesesuaian premis tersebut bagi menjual minuman keras sebelum lesen premis dikeluarkan oleh PBT dengan mengambilkira aspek lokasi yang tidak berdekatan dengan kawasan perumahan, sekolah atau masjid/ surau serta tidak mengganggu ketenteraman dan sensitivity masyarakat di kawasan berdekatan. (more…)

IKLAN KEKOSONGAN JAWATAN MBPJ

May 13, 2010

IKLAN KEKOSONGAN JAWATAN MAJLIS BANDARAYA PETALING JAYA

 13/5/2010

PERMOHONAN ADALAH DIPELAWA DARIPADA WARGANEGARA MALAYSIA YANG BERKELAYAKAN DAN BERUMUR TIDAK KURANG DARIPADA 18 TAHUN PADA TARIKH TUTUP IKLAN UNTUK MEMBUAT PERMOHONAN JAWATAN SEPERTI BERIKUT.

NAMA JAWATAN: PEMBANTU TADBIR (TASKA DAN TADIKA) – GRED N17

SYARAT KELAYAKAN :

(a)    SIJIL PELAJARAN MALAYSIA ATAU KELAYAKAN YANG DIIKTIRAFKAN SETARAF DENGANNYA OLEH KERAJAAN.

 

DAN

(b)   KEPUJIAN BAHASA MALAYSIA/ BAHASA MELAYU ( TERMASUK LULUS UJIAN LISAN) PADA PERINGKAT SIJIL PELAJARAN MALAYSIA ATAU KELULUSAN YANG DIIKTIRAFKAN SETARAF DENGANNYA OLEH KERAJAAN.

SYARAT-SYARAT TAMBAHAN:

(a)    SIJIL ASAS ASUHAN KANAK-KANAK; ATAU

(b)   SIJIL KURSUS PENGURUSAN PRASEKOLAH; ATAU

(c)    MEMPUNYAI PENGALAMAN MENGAJAR ATAU MENGASUH KANAK-KANAK.

PERHATIAN:

BORANG JUGA BOLEH DIMUAT TURUN DARI LAMAN WEB MBPJ:

http://www.mbpj.gov.my

TARIKH TUTUP PERMOHONAN: 14HB MEI 2010 (JUMAAT)

Indian Community in Malaysia Lack of Job and Business Oppurtunities, Educational and Welfare Support from Government.

May 13, 2010

11/5/2010

The local media announcement (financial daily) on 10th may 2010 reported that MIC might get an additional full ministerial post or a deputy minister’s post. This announcement shows the ignorance of UMNO led government of Malaysian on the cause and remedy to Indian community problem. Malaysian Indians have been long ignored and neglected by government. Malaysian Indians occupancies in government services, transport services, estates, menial work in other sectors have been slowly replaced by Malays and legal and illegal immigrants. They were pushed to the brims of hardship in urban squalors and a large section of the community became worse off economically. The many youths in these communities have turned to gangsters and alcohol addiction.        

The majority of the children of these affected groups did not have financial support and were ill prepared for the social and economic changes that came about from the fast development. In fact the plantation based Indians were victims of national economic growth. They were misplaced in these developments. These developments brought large number of foreign workers from Indonesia, Bangladesh and other countries who replaced the Malaysian Indians because the new comers were cheaper and desperate for work. Majority of Indians who worked in estate and other menial workers were old and worn out and the others were not trained to do the work. Not training the estate community for the development to come was the greatest led down by the government.

Malaysians Indians need affirmative action for urban poor for all races to be integrated into the mainstream of economy. Appointing an additional Indian minister or deputy minister does not solve any problem for Indian community. Datuk Palanivel was M.P and deputy minister for welfare and women’s development from 2004 to 2008. But poverty and social problems of Indians from his constituency never reduced. Datuk Dr. Subramaniam became minister for human resource in 2008. Did this appointment brought about any policy change for Indian working class. These appointments do not serve any purpose to the Indian community. Datuk Saravanan was appointed deputy minister for Wilayah persekutuan, does that solve any problem to Indians in federal territory. 

The prime minister must replace race based programs with need based affirmative action. Government policies and programs must be inclusive in the real sense and not merely slogans without any substance. After being left out for many years Indians do have hope on government help. Therefore government must reach out the support for education, welfare and business opportunities to those needy Indians and all other poor.

Senator Dr. S.Ramakrishnan

Usul Tergempar YB Ramakrishnan Pada 4 Mei 2010

May 4, 2010

4/5/2010 

Yang Di Pertua

Terima kasih saya mengucapkan kepada Yang Di Pertua kerana mengizinkan saya mengusulkan satu isu yang mempunyai kepentingan ramai dan perlu disegerakan di bawa Peraturan Mesyuarat 17(1).

Usul yang saya ingin bangkitkan di dewan yang mulia ini ialah berkaitan dengan kematian seorang pelajar berusia 15 tahun, Aminulrasyid Amza yang ditembak mati oleh polis pada awal pagi Isnin 26 April 2010.

Terdapat dua versi di dalam isu ini.

Pertama ialah dari versi anggota polis yang mengatakan bahawa mangsa dan rakannya cuba melarikan diri dari sekatan polis manakala rakannya berjaya melarikan diri. Menurut laporan akhbar New Straits Times bertarikh 4 Mei 2010 halaman 6 bertajuk WITNESS BREAKS SILENCE,  polis juga memberitahu bahawa mereka menemui parang di dalam kereta yang dipandu oleh mangsa. Anggota polis memberitahu bahawa tembakan dibuat bagi tujuan ‘self defense’ dengan izin kerana kereta mangsa cuba melanggar kereta polis.

Bagi versi saksi pula, rakan kepada mangsa yang membuat laporan polis selepas kejadian, Azamuddin Omar, beliau menafikan kenyataan tersebut dengan meyatakan bahawa mereka telah bergeser dengan sebuah kereta dan kemudiannya sekumpulan motosikal sebanyak lima buah mengejar mereka.

Menurut saksi lagi, apabila tiba di bulatan Kayangan, Shah Alam, kereta mangsa melanggar salah sebuah motosikal sehingga menyebabkan penunggang motosikal itu terbabas. Mangsa menjadi panik dan memandu kereta dengan laju untuk pulang. Pada ketika itu, kereta mereka dikejar oleh kenderaan polis yang kemudiannya melepaskan tembakan ke arah mereka.

Menurut saksi, sebanyak lebih kurang 20 das tembakan telah dilepaskan oleh anggota polis yang mana salah satunya mengena kepala Aminulrasyid sehingga mengakibatkan kematian. New Straits Times juga melaporkan bahawa saksi memberitahu beliau dibelasah oleh anggota polis.

Dewan yang mulia ini harus memandang berat insiden ini kerana tindakan anggota polis menembak sewenang-wenangnya perlu disiasat dengan terperinci tanpa berpihak kepada sesiapa pun.

Apa yang saya ingin bangkitkan ialah pihak polis mestilah memastikan 100% bahawa pihak yang mereka sasar itu ialah penjenayah.  Sekiranya dalam keadaan sangsi atau syakwasangka, anggota polis tidak sepatutnya menggunakan senjata untuk menembak. Sekiranya anggapan itu tersilap, keadaan tersebut tidak boleh diulang sekali lagi.  Nyawa yang sudah hilang, tidak boleh dikembalikan.

Isu yang kita mahu ketahui sekarang ialah sama ada anggota polis berkenaan telah menggunakan kekerasan dalam menjalankan tugas mereka?

Adakah tugas kerja seperti menggunakan kekerasan seperti yang telah berlaku kepada arwah terkandung di dalam SOP (dengan izin).

Saya juga ingin mengetahui apakah pihak PDRM dilatih untuk mengendalikan situasi tertekan sebegini. Masyarakat kita sedang menuju kepada perbandaran di mana populasi ditumpukan di beberapa kawasan yang padat. Seperti yang kita maklum, kes jenayah sering berlaku di kawasan-kawasan seperti ini. Budaya di Malaysia kini juga sering kita saksikan bahawa ramai orang suka untuk keluar malam dan memenuhi restoran-restoran 24 jam, terutama sekali apabila terdapat tayangan siaran langsung bolasepak.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

Tujuan saya mengutarakan usul ini ialah bukan mencari salah polis tetapi memperbetulkan keadaan dan tidak mengulangi keadaan seperti ini di masa hadapan.

Di dalam usul saya ini, saya ingin mencadangkan agar satu inquest dijalankan oleh sebuah badan bebas yang terdiri daripada pihak yang berwibawa dan professional dalam pelbagai aspek siasatan.

Saya juga ingin mencadangkan agar sebuah suruhanjaya diraja yang bebas ditubuhkan bagi menilai tahap profesionalisme PDRM dan keupayaan mereka dalam menangani sesebuah kes jenayah.

Oleh itu, saya mohon mencadang.