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800 voters in Labis given cash to vote for BN, claims DAP

May 17, 2013

M Krishnamoorthy

4:26PM May 13, 2013

Seven police reports have been lodged on canvassing in a voting room of the Labis parliamentary constituency, monetary rewards, blackouts and the wearing of BN T-shirts in the polling centre area.

The most serious offence was the handing out of cash ranging from RM30 to RM50 to about 800 voters in Ladang Gerchang and Ladang Claire when they returned after voting and handed over a slip with the BN logo.

DAP volunteers said they complained on Election Act violations to the Election Commission-appointed Ketua Tempat Mengundi (voting centre head), who is also the local MIC branch chairperson, but he brushed them off.

The cash payments, DAP aspirant candidate S Ramakrishnan (left) said, were made at the BN pondok outside the polling station at Sungei Gerchang Estate. This estate, he said, is owned by members of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s family.

Ramakrishnan, who lost narrowly to MCA’s Young Professionals Bureau leader Chua Tee Yong, handed over seven copies of police reports to Malaysiakini.

Five of the reports were made at the Chaah police station yesterday. The other two police reports on allegations of RM100,000 offered to buy over DAP campaign workers were made before the general election.

Ramakrishnan said he was shocked when he heard that the constituents were paid in cash immediately after voting.

‘Estate staff watched them mark ballot papers’

“They were paid cash when they returned a slip, which they were given before voting, with the assurance of money benefits.

“The slip of paper had the BN logo on it. The voters were monitored by BN officials at the Sungei Gerchang polling station while estate staff stood next to the polling booth to watch them vote for the BN.

“The Sungei Gerchang centre also used pencils for the voting, despite the centre being issue with ballpoint pens,” Ramakrishnan told Malaysiakini soon after returning from Labis yesterday.

He said the Achi Jaya Group of Plantation, which owns the estate in Sungei Gerchang, was owned by relatives of Taib Mahmud and it occupied an area of 30,000 hectares.

The estate staff banned the DAP workers and volunteers from campaigning in Sungei Gerchang or putting up posters there during the campaign period.

“Estate workers were threatened and warned not to support or allow opposition candidates or workers to campaign in the area,” said Ramakrishnan, who lost to Chua by 353 votes.


Critics pan Petronas’ Deepavali advertisement

November 16, 2012

Critics pan Petronas’ Deepavali advertisement

  • M Krishnamoorthy
  • 8:36AM Nov 6, 2012

This year’s Petronas advertisement wishing Hindus ‘Happy Deepavali’ is a far cry from the affectionate, meaningful and memorable works of film maker Yasmin Ahmad.

The three-minute video clip ‘Let’s do the Dappan’ – a musical depicting people dancing in the streets – is in bad taste, according to viewers who were interviewed.

*Wikipedia explains ‘Dappan Koothu’ as: ‘A folk dance and music genre with an emphasis on percussion performed in Tamil Nadu, India. It has become one of several popular genres employed in film music …

‘A percussion instrument called the Tharai thappattai drum, resembling a tambourine without the jingles, is often used …

‘This instrument can be heard being played in houses where death has occurred to reduce or to suppress the sound of crying or to inform others about a death in Tamil villages. The particular beat employed is called Saavu Adi.

‘It may also be used to express joy. Mostly, this dance form is pretty much accompanied by ‘Gaana Songs’ – a typical song genre that goes along with this dance type. Like in Local Chennai they say, “Like Liquor and Pickle, DappanKuthu and Gaana go together”.’

Launched on YouTube on Sunday, the advertisement is expected to hit the airwaves this weekend, but has already drawn negative comments.

One comment on YouTube states: “For God’s sake, do some research on the Indian festive season… Seriously, in what way does this represent Indian culture?”

Another notes: “This is worst ad I have ever seen for Deepavali. It is a disgrace and insult.

“It’s a thumbs down for the one who conceptualised the ad. Please don’t ever play this ad on TV. I miss Yasmin Ahmad’s ad.”

Former Malaysian Hindu Sangam president A Vaithilingam said: “It is a controversial advertisement from the start. It shows gangster-like Indian characters causing havoc in the community.

“The clip stereotypes Indians negatively as the ones creating traffic jams by dancing in the middle of the street.

“It is something typified with the Hindraf movement and Bersih 3.0 to insinuate that Indians are to be blamed for causing traffic jams. This should be stopped and removed from YouTube immediately.”

Advertisement ‘targeted at youth’

Senator S Ramakrishnan said although the Petronas advertisement is targeted at the youth, it glorifies a passing trend.

Ramakrishnan said the clip does not represent the more than 5,000-year-old Indian culture or the sentiment of celebrating Deepavali among Hindus.

“The advertisement does not portray Indian culture, but is based on the current trend of Tamil films that depict violence, gangsterism and (cult) worship of film stars.

“At the end of the advertisement, the hero emulates Rajinikanth, a Tamil cinema superstar. (The clip) portrays Indians as being a nuisance to society, who should not be taken seriously.”

Although the advertisement appears to be an attempt at hilarity, Ramakrishnan said it puts Indians in bad light by showing them as street urchins and delinquents.

A film director who has seen the advertisement said it is quite clear that it was produced by a team of non-Indians or poorly-advised Indians who do not really understand Indian culture and values.


Kenyataan Akhbar mengenai Tanah Perkuburan Masyarakat India Cheras yang terbiar

February 13, 2012

Kenyataan Akhbar & Respon drp DBKL – Mengenai Tanah Perkuburan India Cheras

Kenyataan Akhbar – Tanah Perkuburan India Cheras

January 30, 2012

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