Sunday, April 23, 2017
PETALING JAYA: A TV station has issued an apology to former national sprinter Watson Nyambek over its “Sukan Tak Sentral” television programme, which had apparently belittled his father.
The apology was issued by Primeworks Studios chief executive officer Ahmad Izham Omar on behalf of TV3 and TV9 today.
“We would like to humbly offer our sincerest apology to Watson Nyambek for the degrading remarks made over his father’s good name.
“Primeworks Studio has issued a reminder to all employees to be observant and sensitive when producing all our programmes.
“We have also conducted a review of our work method and operations to avoid a recurrence of such matters.
“The event has served as a lesson for us to be more aware of our surroundings,” Izham said in a statement.
“We have the highest respect for Watson, his father and family.
“We would like again to convey our apology for the mistake and we will ensure that such incidents will never happen again.”
The former record-breaking runner was apparently unhappy that his father, who died three years ago, was likened to an animal in the programme broadcast last night.
He said when people said he was poor and bankrupt, he didn’t mind his fate but nobody had the right to make fun of his departed father. -FMT
GEORGE TOWN: A total of 107 people have claimed to have lost RM6 million to a company here after investing in a scheme offering high returns.
A representative of the group, Justin Tay Ooi Hong, said the scheme had started about a year ago and none of the investors had received their returns as promised.
“Among others, we were promised investment returns of up to 40% per month.
“This company is led by a 25-year-old director,” he told a press conference at the Gerakan office here today.
Justin said they had trusted and had confidence in the company due to its valid business registration number.
“Over 500 people have become victims of the scam and there are still many people out there who have yet to lodge a police report,” he said, adding that some of them had made reports at the Jalan Patani police station, Timur Laut, on March 21.
Penang Commercial CID chief ACP Abdul Ghani Ahmad confirmed receiving the reports.-FMT
KOTA KINABALU: A building maintenance supervisor was killed after he fell from the 14th floor of an apartment block in Kampung Nounton, Inanam, near here yesterday.
Kota Kinabalu acting police chief Supt George Abd Rakman said today that Wong Vee Au, 35, died on the spot in the 2.30pm incident.
He said some workers doing renovation work on the floor heard his screams as he plunged down and found him lying sprawled on the 3rd floor of the block.
He added that Wong was working alone on the 14th floor when the mishap happened.
His body was sent to the Queen Elizabeth 1 Hospital here and police have classified the case as sudden death. -FMT
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Razak today hailed the federal government’s first-ever blueprint to uplift Indians in Malaysia, with an allocation of more than RM1 billion, as a serious document and not just “empty talk”.
He said the 10-year Malaysian Action Plan for the Indian community reflected the Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s sincere intention to improve the lot of the Indians and had no relation to the impending 14th general election due next year.
Describing the document as “historic”, he said it had no relevance at all to the upcoming election because he had already promised the initiative during the launch of the 11th Malaysia Plan in 2015.
“However, I would not block any Indian who wants to support BN,” he said to applause.
“Today, we are not just play-acting but presenting a serious effort,” he said while officiating at the launch of the blueprint at the Putra World Trade Centre here.
“Those who are cynical will say that this is just a plan and the implementation is a different story.
“Well, I want to inform you that this plan provides a clear mechanism and the executive committee will monitor the programmes to ensure they are run effectively.
“What we are presenting is not just empty talk, political rhetoric or ‘vetti pecchu’ (‘empty chatter’ in Tamil), but ‘nijjam’ (fact).”
Najib said the initiative’s progress would be monitored by the cabinet committee for the Indian community (CCIC), chaired by him.
Its implementation would be watched over by an executive committee chaired by MIC president Dr S Subramaniam.
On Sept 13, 2015, Najib had announced that an action plan for the community would be drafted for implementation from 2016 to 2020.
The launch of the Indian blueprint comes soon after he had unveiled the Bumiputera Economic Transformation Roadmap 2.0 on April 19.
The 10-year Indian blueprint plan includes:
– RM500 million for a shares scheme under Permodalan Nasional Berhad for the B40 group (those whose household income represents the lowest 40%);
– special assistance to increase admission of Indians into higher education institutions like universities, colleges and polytechnics by at least 7%;
– cooperation with the Indus Education Foundation, with a sum of RM40 million for four years, to tackle problems related to progress in higher education;
– raising the participation of Indians in the public service by at least 7% at all grade levels by 2016;
– a special approval system under the home ministry to help Indians born before 1957 to gain citizenship; and,
– a Special Implementation Task Force to be the “touch-point” between the government and the community via 10 service centres located in areas with high Indian populations.- FMT
Yet another blueprint for the Indian Malaysian community is to be announced on Sunday April 23, 2017. This blueprint is the prime minister’s initiative to give hope to the Indian Malaysian community in return for their vote. Unfortunately, the bureaucrats do not seem to be involved in the design and implementation of this plan. Private individuals, NGOs and some businesspersons have provided input and rolled out the blueprint.
Indian Malaysians become equal citizens just before elections, only to be forgotten and neglected after getting their votes.
However, like in past Indian Malaysian community economic plans, this national blueprint, too, is implemented on the periphery without the involvement of key government agencies. It is completely dependent on the current prime minister for its successful implementation. On one end, Umno/BN allegedly systematically marginalises and alienates Indian Malaysians and alienates them to the fringes. But before elections, handouts and blueprint are dished out.
The prime minister made the Indian Malaysian blueprint announcements at MIC meetings and during his recent visit in India. The last Indian Malaysian master plan was announced during the election year in 1974 and now, another blueprint is in the offing in yet another election year, 2017 where the Indian Malaysian votes are at the tipping point to salvage the prime minister himself.
Therefore, this socio-economic plan for the Indians in Malaysia is to serve a political purpose and is not about uplifting and development of the community.
During his recent visit to India, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak took time off to visit Tamil firm super star Rajinikanth, who directed the film ‘Kabali’. This movie was big hit in Malaysia. The crux and plot of this movie is about the failure of Indian Malaysians. How the Malaysian government ‘marginalised’ the Indian Malaysians and why and how they ended up as gang leaders and who have turned on their own and terrorised the Indian Malaysian community.
It is surprising to note that the prime minister had requested the Tamil superstar to produce ‘Kabali’ 2 and 3, and his accompanying MIC entourage did not raise any objections.
They are downtrodden citizens without any rights. They use to dominate sports in the 60s, 70s and even 80s but their contributions later fizzled out right under the nose of the Umno/BN government.
Indian Malaysians form about 7 percent of the population but 72 percent of gangsters come from the community. They, along with other Malaysians, provided outstanding services in the education and health services, but their numbers are dwindling and they are becoming few and far between as the days go by.
Traditionally an agrarian society
Indians were traditionally an agrarian society. But they are landless and the government agencies seemingly do not give two hoots for them. Indian Malaysians are a weak minority in a society where the majority has all the rights and privileges and makes them vulnerable and easy targets for political threats from the ruling party.
The special task force set up in 2011 to address stateless Indians had achieved little. To cover up these alleged failures, the Indian Malaysian blueprint is being introduced. Introducing masterplans and blueprints by political parties without cooperation from the civil services and implementers will only continue to keep the community at the bottom of society.
Alleged discriminatory policies, corruption and nepotism in high places and across the civil services will not help the marginalised minority.
Prime Minister Najib is battling for his political survival. MIC and BN Indian Malaysian parties are losing support. The Indian Malaysian blueprint is a masterplan for Umno/BN’s survival at the expense of the Indian Malaysian community. Indian Malaysians need justice, fair play and equal opportunity, not another blueprint and double standards.
Umno/BN has institutionalised racial and religious discrimination for the past 60 years yet now just before 14th general election, the Umno president and prime minister seem to show care and concern by introducing an economic blueprint.
No other country treats its minorities the way this Umno/BN government does. Even Zakir Naik, who is wanted by the Indian government, gets VIP treatment for apparently demonising Malaysian minorities. Minorities will never get justice and fairness under Umno/BN rule any time in future. It’s time to change the government to save Malaysia from Umno/BN.
S RAMAKRISHNAN is a former senator.- Mkini