For the good of all not just the rich and businesses
People's Representative once elected behave like 'Feudal Lords'?
How many were against this position? How many do we have to lobby?
For many in Malaysia, MPs are just the people you go to get some financial support, or maybe someone who may support some land/project application... This must change - Votes in Parliament need to be counted, and hopefully results would not always be the same as the number BN MPs and Opposition MPs present and voting... In 2014, we hope that MPs and ADUNs start behaving as people's representatives...
I do not want to hear you people - just LISTEN and 'obey'
People choose MPs & ADUNs - not Senators, Local Government(Local Council) or even community leaders. Why?
When they failed to have Local Council Elections, the Opposition States came out with the appointment of NGO or civil society representatives into the Local Council - but alas now that quota is also reducing? The civil society reps were also not democratically chosen by the civil society but rather chosen by the State. In Penang, democratically chosen names were handed to the State government but alas only some were accepted. A few in Local Councils do nothing when the majority who are from the political parties, who still many a time uses the 'whip', can always win any vote. Further, when it is the State that has the power to choose, many good civil society reps do change - becoming less a true 'civil society rep' and more a crony of sorts...a 'good person' doing the needful to ensure that they are in the good books of the people who has the power to appoint. There has also been no (or little) reporting back by these 'NGO/civil society reps' to the civil society or the Malaysian public which really should be happening on a regular basis - a report that highlights the plus, the negative aspects, the changes they are working towards and the hurdles faced, and the strategies forward, etc ... Transparency and accountability? Good thing in Selangor is that finally in 2013, we started seeing some minutes of Local Council meeting..(4) Parliament may by law -
(a) increase to three the number of members to be elected for each State;
(b) provide that the members to be elected for each State shall be so elected by the direct vote of the electors of that State;
Now, the Malaysian government has created laws that undermine the right to freedom of expression and even peaceful assembly. Control over print publications(newspapers and magazines), radio and television stations have also deprived Malaysians from not just information and alternative views, but also the ability to communicate views and opinions to others.
When people frustrated with a government that does not listen come out and express themselves in numbers through peaceful assembly - it is called 'illegal' - the new Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 really is more draconian...Denied the right to protest by peaceful assembly before Parliament(Dewan Rakyat) passed the law allowing Detention Without Trial
Oops...ordinary Malaysians are uniting - must stop this trend?
Human Rights & Justice for all - end all forms of discrimination
60L Director General may inquire into complaint.(1) The Director General may inquire into any complaint from a local employee that he is being discriminated against in relation to a foreign employee, or from a foreign employee that he is being discriminated against in relation to a local employee, by his employer in respect of the terms and conditions of his employment; and the Director General may issue to the employer such directives as may be necessary or expedient to resolve the matter.(2) An employer who fails to comply with any directive of the Director General issued under subsection (1) commits an offence.
GEORGE TOWN (Dec 30, 2013): To ensure the country remains competitive, the DAP is urging the government to review the implementation of the minimum wage for foreign workers in Malaysia.Party secretary general Lim Guan Eng (pix) said many small medium enterprises (SMEs) were forced to pay local workers higher salaries to stem unhappiness that their pay was to be on par with foreigners.He said this development added to the cost of doing business which could be reflected by the increase of prices in goods."For this reason, there should be a review of extending the minimum wage to all workers by giving a grace period of five years to allow SMEs to adjust before including foreign workers," he said in a statement today.The minimum wage policy comes into force on Jan 1 next year with RM900 set for the Peninsular and RM800 for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.The policy was launched on Jan 1 last year through the Minimum Wage Order.... - The Sun Daily, 30/12/2013, DAP urges govt to review minimum wage for foreign workers
Same standards of evaluation for all in matters of justice
The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) today proposed a RM300 per month cost of living allowance (COLA) for all the 10 million private sector workers in view of the escalating cost of living.Its President, Khalid Atan, told bernama that it was essential for the government to introduce the regulation on COLA because almost five million private sector workers were now earning just about RM30 above the poverty line of RM870 per month.At present the minimum wage for workers in peninsular Malaysia is RM900 and for those in Sabah and Sarawak it is RM800. - Bernama, Source: MTUC Website, 27/12/2013, MTUC Seeking RM300 Monthly COLA For 10 Million Workers
The new trend of the BN government is to make Malaysians more financially depended on government handouts like BR1M. Like 'beggars', we are asked to apply and get financial handouts, which by the way is not a guaranteed right but something based on the discretion of the PM and his government. Malaysians want their dignity to be respected - and way to do this is to reduce the cost of living. Malaysian government intentionally kept wages/income low to woo in the foreign investors, and we were OK with this provided the government kept the cost of living down and enabled Malaysians a good life - but over the last few years, this government is forgetting this or 'are they punishing us?' by just increasing prices across the board - hence increasing the cost of living and making people suffer?
BN has violated our human rights and has acted unjustly, and we, the people, shall do the needful to ensure that the cause of justice is upheld. The Opposition, who were before partners in the struggle for Human Rights and Justice, but today from time to time, they slip and take anti-justice and anti-human rights positions, and we have the duty to condemn such positions/stance with the hope that they will get back on the right path. If not, after GE14 when we may be having a non-BN government, we may find the new government that may not be very different from the one we all struggled to replace...