Wednesday, March 2, 2016

SJKT Nigel Gardner Food Poisoning : NEVER AGAIN

2 March 2016 : The food program for students who are under privileged is a noble endeavor by the government to make sure that the students who need it get the necessary nutrition so that their body and mind are in a healthy state to ensure optimum attention on their studies. When I heard of the food poisoning case of the students in Nigel Gardner School I was immensely angry and disappointed that such a careless situation could even take place.

During my visit to Sungai Buloh Hospital 
I was informed of the issue on the 26th morning while in Johor for official work reasons.  The first thing I looked into arranging was transport for the afflicted 20 student to be ferried to the Sungai Buloh hospital to be checked and I was very relieved that all of those admitted were in stable condition. As soon as I was informed of the incident my immediate instruction to the officers in charge was to suspend  the company providing the tainted food and also make sure that a  qualified supplier of food be put in place as to not disrupt the on going extra food program.

I personally committed to pay for all the treatment of the affected students and also their follow up treatment if deemed necessary. I also instructed that all 54 students who ate the food to be given transport to do an x-ray the next day as a precautionary measure to ensure they are really free from any health afflictions due to the food poisoning.

I visited the children yesterday and was very relieved when the doctors informed me that there was not any permanent health issue for any of them. I will also personally continue to monitor the progress and recuperation of the admitted children till they are fully healthy and back to school. However let this be a severe warning to all those providing food for school children that such occurrences should never happen again nor will it be tolerated and the ministry will use the full extent of the law to punish those who provide tainted food, nothing is more important than the health and welfare of our children.



I’ve also instructed that the school authorities and teachers in charge of this program first check on the food and its quality before any student is allowed to eat it. It’s our responsibility to take every step possible to protect the well being of students. I’m awaiting the ministry’s full report on the matter as well as the hospitals findings before deciding on a sterner action against the company involved.

- P.Kamalanathan

Saturday, June 20, 2015

IS DATO' SERI G PALANIVEL AND FOUR OTHERS STILL MEMBERS OF M.I.C.?




Surely, not a difficult question to answer.

I am convinced that based on Article 91 of the MIC constitution, Dato' Seri G.Palanivel and four others who instituted a judicial review application against the Registrar of Societies (ROS) have ceased to be members of the party.

Article 91 of MIC’s constitution reads: "Every member shall be bound by the decision of the Central Working Committee in matters relating to his rights, obligations, duties and privileges as a member of the Congress.

"If the member resorts to court proceedings in respect of his rights, obligations, duties and privileges or on behalf of any other member or in respect of the rendering or meaning of the provisions of this Constitution without first referring to the Central Working Committee or in violation of any decision or directive of the Central Working Committee he shall 'ipso facto' cease to be a member of the Congress and shall not be entitled to exercise any of the rights of a member.”

In the judgement made recently, the learned judge in her decision cited a letter dated 5 February 2015 from the ‘President’ of MIC agreeing to hold fresh elections for all positions subsequent to his meeting with the Prime Minister.  Additionally, on 6 February 2015, the ‘President’, on behalf of MIC again submitted a proposal or proceedings to ROS to hold fresh elections to resolve the matter.

The learned judge was fair in her decision to conclude that the ‘President’ cannot claim to be adversely affected when he had agreed on having fresh elections for all positions.

The ‘President’ had also agreed to the 2009 CWC to conduct the fresh elections.

It is therefore the right decision by ROS not to appoint the 2013 CWC to conduct the fresh elections in view of the fact that it was tainted with illegality.  This decision is further supported by the ‘President’ himself who submitted the names of the 2009 CWC to conduct the fresh elections.

Article 91 is very specific in its meaning and in the very first line it expressly says that ‘every member shall be bound by the decision of the Central Working Committee (CWC) in matters relating to his rights, obligations, duties and privileges as a member of the Congress.’  It goes on to say that if a member resorts to court proceedings, he will cease to be a member of the Congress.

In her judgement, the learned judge also mentions that the applicants had not produced any resolution from the CWC to file the case in court.

Again it contravenes Article 91 and by virtue of it, the applicants cease to be members of the Congress.

It is my hope that this matter is not dragged further based on the detailed and justifiable decision of the learned judge.  Any attempt to further delay the resolution of this matter will be at the expense of the members of the party and progress of the Indian community.

The plaintiffs had taken this matter to court and they should now respect the decision of the court. I believe a fresh election for all positions is the best resolution and it should be constituted immediately.

Friday, May 29, 2015

RMK11 & MALAYSIAN INDIAN COMMUNITY - THE WAY FORWARD

I am humbled and happy to share with you the concern and kindness offered towards the Indian community by our beloved Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak when announcing the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK 11) recently.

Humbled, because a few of us from the community were able to provide good suggestions for the prosperity of the community, and happy because the Honourable Prime Minister listened to the feedback from the Indian community when he was developing the RMK 11.

Many of our proposals were considered and included in the RMK 11 by the Honourable Prime Minister. This proves that the government is committed to listening to solutions and ideas that originate from the Indian community.

In fact, the RMK 11 proposal is an extension of the Special Cabinet Committee on Indians Affairs initiative that delves deep into the areas that most impact and affect the Indian community in Malaysia. The committee which is chaired by the Honourable Prime Minister himself and ably assisted by Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam, the Minister of Health and Deputy President of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), is responsible and accountable in managing the multiple dimensions of mainstream development in the country.

Other responsibilities include creating avenues for the Indian community to be part of this wave. Affirmative action and policies are discussed at this committee to ensure that the Indian communities in Malaysia achieve their full potential and the government instrumentation is able and ready to facilitate this transformation.

Another Minister and two Deputy Ministers from MIC are members of this committee as well the chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa. Other high powered, prominent civil servants in the committee are the Secretary General of the Malaysian Treasury. Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar, Secretary Generals from the Ministry of Education YBhg Tan Sri Dr. Madinah and Dato' Seri Dr. Zaini Ujang and many Secretary Generals from various ministries.

This platform is the best place to formulate far reaching plans for the complete transformation of the Indian community and the catalyst to successfully chart the road map of change to the Malaysian Indian community. A little information on what transpired behind the scene to achieve the above success.

On the 17 and 18 January of this year, my office in collaboration with MIC organized a conference titled “Inclusivity in the 11th Malaysian Plan of Indians Education Needs”.

It was heartening to note that 130 Indians who were experts in their fields on education came together to come up with specific suggestions to the government to be included in the 11th Malaysian plan. Apart from the education based NGO’s the participants included various professors and also a deputy Vice Chancellor besides teachers and lecturers from across the country.

The purpose of this conference is to engage and take a holistic view of the challenges that the younger generation of Malaysian Indians have been facing and continue to face in the field of education.

The conference was divided into five specific levels of education namely pre-school, SJKT (Tamil schools), SK (National Schools), TVET (Polytechnics, Vocational and Technical education) and tertiary education. The outcome of the program was the identification of the relevant issues faced coupled with reasonable and realistic suggestions that are practical to be incorporated into RMK 11.

The aim was to ensure the inclusivity of Malaysian Indians to have optimum opportunities in their educational endeavours. Ultimately Malaysian Indians will be on par with all other Malaysians as the nation steps into the realm of a fully developed and high income nation.

Moving on, the proposal was completed and it was handed over to Datuk Seri Wahid Omar, who is the Minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). This was done in March.

Also the proposal was presented to Yayasan Pemulihan Social (YPS) during their organizations conference “Transformational Agenda for Community Resilience & Cohesion: Malaysian Indians & 11th Malaysia Plan, which was headed by YBhg Dato' Seri Utama S Samy Vellu, this was done so they could incorporate the educational perspective to their proposals to the government.