Posted tagged ‘Chaah’

In Chaah itself there are at least 25 red identity card holders all born in Malaysia

October 30, 2012

Yesterday 27th Oct. 2012, we had a program in Chaah, Johore to help and educate those with red Identity card, no birth certificate and citizenship problems. It was a Saturday afternoon and about 25 people came to see us. All holding red identity cards and born in Malaysia mostly in the 50s and above. In 2 cases the red identity card holders have done extensive documentation and submitted all the requirements but still blue identity card is not given.

Others were poor and simple estate folks, the mere documentation requirement and unfriendly front office in registration department have chased them away and they are looking for someone else to help in the documentation and getting the blue identity. Almost all of them have their siblings and children with blue identity cards. Yet the registration department wants documents that are 60 or 70 years old. These estate folks simply cannot produce them or they need help from those who are familiar with the procedures.

But Indonesians landing in Pengirang and other coastal towns in Johore are relocated to other districts and states on a daily basis even now. This is what Pakatan Rakyat is afraid off especially in Selangor. This is treason committed by the registration department, police and district offices and UMNO politicians to stay in power at all cost.

Yet Indians and Chinese, born in Malaysia with slightest error like born in estate without birth certificate, given red identity card. They have to get documents from penghulu, midwives, father’s and mother’s death certificates, siblings identity card copies etc to prove beyond doubt that they are Malaysians. Estate workers who are poor and ignorant cannot provide all documents and they end up living with red identity cards. These card holders don’t get as welfare, hospital support and they cannot vote. If in a small town like Chaah, Johore there are about 25 and much more, how about whole Malaysia?  300000 could be a realistic figure.

There were 2 cases of children not given citizenship because the mother is a foreigner and their marriage registered in Malaysia after the child was born therefore registration department classify them as illegitimate child. Even though both mother and father had their wedding registered in the country of mother’s origin but these so called “illegitimate” children cannot get their Malaysian citizenship under section 13/15A. This child will have difficulty in enrolling for schools. If they are Muslims the registration department will write father’s name as Abdullah and the child will be classified as legitimate.  

There was one case brought to our notice where a child born in police custody and the place of birth is written as Penjara (prison). The Penjara location too not mentioned. The innocent child carries this stigma for life.  This kind of couldn’t be bothered attitude of registration department clerks makes the child’s life miserable.

There was one lady who donot know how read Malay, didn’t collect her citizenship. We saw the letter dated one year ago to collect. Later on Monday she was taken to registration office in Segamat to collect but was told that the date to collect has lapsed and she has to start the procedure all over again. So near yet so far. But for Indonesians it is never far.

This is the kind of quagmire Indian Malaysians are caught in. They are kept under fear without proper rights given and misinformed. UMNO/BN has just neglected this group of estate workers who still live on the fringes of society without any right, dignity and pride. These are the people who are easily overwhelmed by hampers and rice bags.     

The educated and well to Indians have to come forward to lift these poor cousins in rural areas. Unfortunately their own children are of less help due low level of education and not well to do. Political awareness is needed to bring political change.

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Malaysia imports 95% of its milk needs but doesn’t develop local farmers for self sufficiency

September 26, 2012

In the July 2012 Dewan Negara session, I asked the Minister of Agriculture statistics on dairy cattle farmers and why is that Indian cattle farmers don’t receive any assistance from veterinary department.

The Ministry of Agriculture replied that they don’t have latest statistics on racial breakdown of cattle farmers but there are a total of 69524 registered with them. However the 2006 statistics shows that there were 34745 Malay, 4188 Indians, 1111 Chinese and 2664 other races in cattle rearing industry. Indian farmers are mostly in dairy cattle rearing. Of the 788 dairy cattle farmers registered 669 (84%) are Indians. He further added that under the agriculture national key economic area (NKEA), 13 entry point projects cluster dairy farming, 156 Indians (74%) out of 212 farmers were selected to cooperate with Anchor Company Allied dairy Sdn Bhd. The 212 selected farmers were given 1450 dairy cattle along with milking and storage equipments were distributed to farmers. Therefore it is not true that Indian cattle farmers do not get any assistance from veterinary department. Technical and extension services are given out by veterinary department to all dairy farmers regardless of race, religion and political divide.

Deliberation over the reply

These EPP 13 plans were initiated after the GE12 March 2008. Before 2008 no help was given to Indian cattle farmers. Veterinary doctors and officials are not liberal minded and inexperienced and not knowledgeable at all. Farmers are more knowledgeable than veterinary doctors.  Indians are very experienced and show a keen interest in dairy farming. But unfortunately the veterinary department does not know how to capitalize on their strength. Ministry of agriculture plans to invest RM32 million each year from 2011 and 2012 to develop commercial dairy clusters and more downstream activities under EPP 13 program of NKEA agriculture. But on the ground we cannot see any major difference in dairy farming. The assistance given now is not game changer but is of help to poor farmers. Since the introduction of EPP 13 program, veterinary department need a thorough revamp if government wants to bring economic transformation.

In 2007, self sufficiency rate for milk in Malaysia was a mere 5% (51.07 million liters). Malaysia was importing 95% (1.034 billion liters) of milk from foreign countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Holland and etc. Still, the industry was worth RM 69.25 million locally. If we produce 100% of the local demand, we could generate RM 1.477 billion for the country! On top of that, we will actually save RM 1.4 billion annually.

The biggest problem faced by Indian dairy farmers is non availability of land for cattle farming. Veterinary department never take the initiative to provide land for cattle farming. Development of dairy farming will save billions from importing dairy products. According to ministry statistics for the years 2007 to 2011, imports of milk and dairy products in Malaysia are as follows:

Year

Total Import (RM / billion)

2007

2.62

2008

2.68

2009

1.69

2010

2.03

2011

2.5

 

Imported products include dairy, cream, flour, fat and sweet filling. Local milk productions during this period are as follows:

 

Year

Productions (RM / million)

2007

79

2008

87

2009

118

2010

127

2011

134

 

But the Ministry does not have any long term vision to develop dairy farming. There is very little interaction between veterinary department officers and Indian cattle farmers. No new innovative concept of dairy farming introduced to Indian farmers. Many cattle farmers work in estate to rear cows due to lack of land. Some estates owned by GLCs and MNCs allow cattle rearing but there are controls and restrictions that do not encourage cattle rearing. Veterinary department do not facilitate and mediate issues arising from cattle rearing between farmers and estate management. Estate workers face difficulty in keeping cows in estates. EPP 5 plan under NKEA focuses on encouraging the rearing of cattle in oil palm estates. But there is no such effort visible on the ground. It’s all big talk and hype but no proper implementation on the government.

Unfortunately people like Datuk Sharizat Abdul Jalil can secure RM250 million for national feedlot project which was never used for cattle rearing. But genuine cattle farmers don’t get even a lease land and support to expand cattle farming from ministry of agriculture. With proper support and guidance Indian dairy cattle farmers will save billions of ringgit and make dairy farming a big revenue earner for Malaysia. The current MP for Labis Datuk Chua Tee Yong who is a deputy minister of agriculture has not done anything for cattle farmers in labis except giving cows to MIC and PPP local leaders who are not cattle farmers.  Discriminative policies are the biggest stumbling blocks to farmers. BN government has failed to develop this industry which is dominated by Indians.

Cattle farmers should convert their milk into downstream products to add value and sell at better prices. EPP13 plan to develop cluster dairy farm is a failure to far.  Cattle farmers need a political change to expand their dairy farming. It’s now or never.

MDL must compensate all flood victims from Chaah

September 12, 2011
Last Friday 19th August 2011 Dr. Boo Cheng Hau is accompanied by Senator S Ramakhrisnan, Johor DAPSY Secretary Andrew Chen Kai En, DAP Labis Branch Chairperson Tan Chin Guan, Bekok Branch Chairman Ng Chai Eng, Former DAP Chaah Branch Chairman Lee Ah Kaw visited flood victims during the big flood on Jan 30, 2011 and Tenang By Election. These people claimed the authorities have failed to allocate “wang ikhsan” to a substantial number of flood victims. Flood affected many residents in Chaah but only some people received compensation of RM500.

Within 2 hours of our presence in Chaah town, 420 residents signed as residents who were left out. They also claimed that there are many more residents left out in the flood compensation and that their Malay neighbors received compensation. We from DAP request the Majlis Daerah Labis (MPL), to allocate the “wang ikhsan” to all regardless of race and religion. Flood do not affect people of one race or religion but all people who come their way. Therefore compensation to flood victims too must be to all people who are affected. The affected people did inform us that MPL officials did not give them the forms and refused to write their names as flood victims. In fact, the flood victims have given up hope on MPL providing any compensation.

When the current MP for Labis Mr Chua tee Yong heard that we met the flood victims who were left in the payment of ‘wang Ikhsan”, he blamed us as trouble makers and that we have deserted the people after the last election. According to him we are trying to incite hatred towards the government and that the claims are all not true.  I challenge the Mr chuah Tee Yong to meet the people and prove that these people are lying or prove that they are not flood victims.

The residents of Chaah including MCA members complained to us that they are not compensated for the floods. DAP is in bekok not to create any disturbances but to help those who did not get any compensation for the bad flood of January 2011. They seem abandoned by MCA after winning the Bekok state and Labis Parliment seat. UMNO too have distributed forms to fill up for flood compensation. Looks like those people were compensated but the forms distributed by JKK members did not receive any news till now. I would like to ask Mr Chua Tee Yong why it is so. It is not the DAP who deserted the voters but the MCA.

I would like to inform Mr Chua Tee Yong that the MCA having won the Bekok state seat in March 2008 has not set up a service center in Bekok constitutency till now. Mr chua Tee Yong himself is never reachable by the people of Chaah. They have to go to labis to see him in his Labis service center. Well we can understand that he is a deputy minister. Therefore he has no time to serve the constituency. The state assemblyman for Bekok uses the office of Mr chua tee yong in Labis and never visits and serve the Bekok seat. The bekok MCA supporters and other residents have nobody to turn to serve them but to DAP leaders.

We have sent a memorandum requesting for compensation from the national flood relief body for compensation failing which the affected people will demonstrate in front of MPL. The government’s 1Malaysia slogan should be meaningful and implemented and not a mere empty slogan. We give them one month for MPL to provide compensation before we take our next course of action.
 
Senator S. Ramakrishnan