Thursday, March 29, 2012

MIC To Cater For All

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC's major challenge is to cater to the needs of Indians in the middle and higher income bracket, party secretary-general S. Murugesan said.

He said the party had shifted from merely focusing on the lower income group as the economic standing of the community had changed greatly.

“The party has been doing the same things for a long time, and failed to cater to the needs of the segment of the community which had moved up to the middle and higher income group,” he said.

Citing an example, he said the party was still carrying out activities such as the MyDaftar program-me to provide documentation in-cluding birth certificates and MyKad for the community, catering mainly to the lower income group in the rural areas.

“We need to transform to be relevant and cater to Indians who are educated and professionals with different needs. This is our challenge,” he said.

Murugesan said that under the leadership of Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, MIC was also trying to woo more Indian professionals and youths to join the party.

“We need new ideas and fresh perspectives on how to approach matters,'' he said, adding that all division leaders had been advised to be more inclusive and open up to new possibilities.

He said MIC had accepted that the country's political landscape had completely changed, and people were more vocal and expressive with the power of the Internet.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Deplorable Conditions of Low Cost Flats

Lifts that don't work, lights that don't work, railings that are stolen. These are some of the problems faced by the residents of a PPR flat in Kota Damansara.

SUBANG: A pregnant woman could not be rushed to the hospital and ended up giving birth in front of the lift door when the lifts in a low-cost flat here failed to function.

The residents of the PPR flat in Section 8, Kota Damansara, are living in extreme conditions, and this prompted a MIC leader to call on Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat to set aside political differences.

MIC secretary-general S Murugesan said both the Federal Territory and Urban Well being Ministry and the Selangor state government must work together to resolve the residents’ woes.

“It is not about politics but a humanitarian issue. The welfare of the people is of importance and political differences should be set aside,” he told reporters after visiting the PPR flat yesterday.

Murugesan said he met with the maintenance company Nilsham Resources last week and was informed that the maintenance service was stopped after the residents did not pay rental.

However, the residents claimed that they had refused to pay rental after the maintenance overlooked their basic needs.

Speaking to FMT, B Paneer Selvam, who has been staying there for the past five years, said that the problems started after Pakatan took over Selangor.

The state government increased the rental from RM124 to RM250 in July, 2008.

“We were against the rental increase because we could not afford it,” he said, adding that a year later, the state government agreed to the old rate after a series of meetings.

“However, the new maintenance company appointed by Pakatan forced us to pay the one year arrears which is more than RM3,000. We are poor people who cannot fork out such a big sum and this led to the maintenance company withdrawing its services,” he said.

Faulty lifts are the main problem

Asked about the condition of the flats, Paneer said that faulty lifts were the main problem.

“There are three lifts for each block but only one functions. Furthermore, the lift stops automatically on each of the 18 floors, and it takes about 30 minutes to go up and down,” he added.

The flats was also littered with rubbish, and Paneer explained that it was because it took the residents a long time to take their rubbish to the ground floor.

He also said that drug addicts also frequented the flats, and there have been numerous robbery cases because the lights along the walkways were not working.

Relating another incident, Paneer said a child fell down the staircase because the railings had been stolen.

Murugesan said most PPR flats were in a similar condition and stressed on the need for action to be taken.

“I am here not as a politician but like I said, this is more of a humanitarian issue,” he added.

“We want a long-term solution to this PPR flats problem,” he said, adding that the state government could follow the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) where the latter oversees all the low-cost flats in the Federal Territory.

He added that the state government should form a special department to cater for all the PPR flats in Selangor.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Press Statement - Appointment of Datuk Ranjit Singh as Chairman of SC

Press Statement - Appointment of Datuk Ranjit Singh as Chairman of SC

MIC welcomes the appointment of Datuk Ranjit Ajit Singh as Chairman of the SC and Dato Dr Nik Ramlah Mahmood as Deputy Chief Executive. Both are individuals of high calibre and integrity. Although both the appointments were based purely on merit, the appointment of Datuk Ranjit Ajit Singh as Chairman of the SC has a special significance for the Malaysian Indian Community. It recognises their contribution towards nation building and ability to lead important institutions in our country.

The appointment also signals to the Malaysian Indian youths that under the leadership of our Prime Minister YAB Dato' Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak, they can aspire for high office provided that they are willing to work hard.

MIC also wishes to thank the outgoing Chairman, Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar who has done an excellent job in strengthening and developing the Malaysian capital market and maintaining the high integrity of our Securities Commission.

MIC calls upon the government to appoint more qualified Malaysian Indians as board members and chairmen of GLCs; as currently the community is not proportionately represented in these bodies.

Secretary General