Youth in Revolt: Young voters key to 2010 General Elections.

14 Oct

Politicians Nurul Izzah and Khairy weigh in on the youth factor and its weight in changing the course of the country.

THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE, 12th October, 2010 – The call upon Malaysian youths to take hold of their country gets louder as politicians and their parties race to garner youth support.

 


Nurul Izzah hopes youths will vote for change.

 

Nurul Izzah Anwar, Member of Parliament for the Lembah Pantai constituency and Pakatan Rakyat member, believes that the young in Malaysia are ready for a change in the status quo.

“I do believe that the younger generation is really sick of the ongoing politics of hate, of race, even to the point of bigotry that’s going on, and they’re actually looking for hope,” she said.

She urged youths to take into consideration the dirty and communal politics of leading coalition party Barisan Nasional and to vote wisely.

Since last elections in 2008, more youths have shown an interest in participating in Malaysia’s politics.

 

Voter Distribution in 2004

Voter Distribution in 2004

 

 


Khairy Jamaluddin urges youths to take an active role in their country's politics.

 

While opponents in battle, both she and Khairy Jamaluddin see eye-to-eye regarding youth participation.

The MP for Rembau compelled youths to get involved with the causes and issues that are important to them, and get educated about each parties’ takes on them.

He recognises that the youth’s disenchantment and apathy about politics in the country stems from the constant bickering between the state’s leaders.

“Politics, as much as it has a bad reputation all around the world, is the forum in which you can change things.”

 

 

Sources:

Percentage of voter distribution

Political problems spill over into Selangor’s water woes.

7 Oct

Water Wars: The current power struggle between the federal and Selangor state government sees both parties battling over control of the state’s water assets.

SELANGOR, 7th October 2010 – Conflict between federal and state administration over water assets in Selangor has turned into a one politicised one.

Former Secretary-General for Water and Energy Consumer Association of Malaysia (WECAM), Piarapakaran Subramaniam says the issue is preventing plans for a huge pipe replacement project, restructuring work and adjusting tariffs.

Such plans are vital in reducing the state’s non-revenue water (NRW) rate which currently stands at 30%, much higher than the recommended 15%.

The Selangor state government argues that the problem of water shortage is due to the privatisation of the state’s water assets to four different companies,   creating an inefficient and fragmented industry.

On the other hand, the federal government believes the solution to Selangor’s water crisis lies in building the Kelau dam which will supply water from Pahang to Selangor, a plan which Selangor is also against.

 

Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament for Klang

 

“The reason why the project has to go on for the Barisan Government is because a lot of UMNO contractors are involved,” says Charles Santiago, a Member of Parliament for Klang.

Speaking in his capacity as a water activist, Santiago points out that besides cooperation between both parties necessary, educating society on the proper usage of clean water is also essential.

‘‘The government has a role and we in our homes and our households also have a role to reduce the use of water.’’

Traffic jams in Subang: Result of government incompetence?

26 Sep

TRAFFIC congestion in Subang Jaya may be indicative of more underlying problems in Malaysian governance.


Traffic jam in Subang Jaya, Malaysia

The occurrence of traffic jams in major cities including Subang Jaya is commonplace, and experts say the problem lies in poor job delegation and failure to plan transport systems ahead of building townships.

Muhammad Zulkarnain Hamzah, co-founder of the Reassociation for the Improvement of Mass Transit, states that overhauling whole road plans would be the best way.

“It is very evident that there are a lot of conflict points because the highway is not planned to be there in the first place,” he says of the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) near Sunway College.


State Assemblywoman for Subang Jaya, Hannah Yeoh

Selangor state assemblywoman Hannah Yeoh agrees. However, the option of revamping whole roads would be impossible because of how developed estates have become.

Instead, the both of them suggest an affordable, efficient and accessible public transport system regulated by the government as the solution.

Yeoh stated that government-owned company PRASARANA, which runs public transportation in the Klang Valley region, is not focusing on particular routes in Subang because they are unprofitable, and the job of the government is to ensure otherwise.

“That’s the duty of the government: to make sure that public transportation is there for the poor.”

Lessons from Koran-Burning Day and Ground Zero Mosque

9 Sep

First, it was the ‘Ground Zero’ Mosque. Apostrophes, because you know, it isn’t really at Ground Zero at all.

Now, this. Or as they’ve called it ‘International Burn a Koran Day”! Hmmm, wonder if I’ve gotten Facebook invitations to that event yet.

In a pretty sad way, I almost don’t know what to feel about it.

A few years ago, had you asked me what my feelings were towards this, I’d rant on about how disgusted, angered I am by this act. Appalled that something like this would be propagated or even tolerated. And this would be followed by exasperation and questioning my self-worth: Why do people hate us Muslims so much? Why don’t you guys like us? So pathetic I could die.

But now, when I’m older (though not that much wiser) I guess the prevailling emotion would be that of annoyance. How some people are just so stupid and close-minded, and self-righteous and intolerant and GOD, JUST SO DAMNED STUPID, is beyond me. These people are just a waste of space and semen.

Terry Jones, a pastor from a little-known Floridan church called Dove World Outreach Center, came into prominence recently for declaring a Koran-burning rally on Saturday’s 9/11 anniversary. Jones has had both support and opposition from everywhere across the world. But being as he is a controversial figure, he has obviously had more criticism and condemnation handed to him. Despite many warnings from the White House and General David Petraeus that it could harm U.S. soldiers who were serving in Afghanistan, Jones remains adamant about carrying on the event.

“We have firmly made up our mind, but at the same time, we are definitely praying about it,” told Jones to CNN on Tuesday.

As a moderate Muslim, and I may not speak for everyone in my community (although I can promise you that many, many of us feel this way), being a Muslim in the 21st century is kind of like being the least favoured child.

Yeah sure, pre-9/11, Muslims were still misunderstood. But we were mostly weird, falafel-eating people who studied in your Economics class. At least that was the stereotypical picture painted by Americans. After 9/11 however, there were so many things wrong about being a Muslim: you were a terrorist, you were conservative, you think all non-Muslims are infidels and deserve to burn in hell, and you wish to wage a cosmic war with the rest of the world.

Well then, the world is waging its war on us.

Tell me, how is that fair to the rest of the majority of Muslims who wish for nothing more but to live at peace with everyone else, maybe make a difference or two in our country, community or family and carry on our lives normally?

When Barack Obama came into presidency, many resolutions were made, opposing sides have called truce and shook on it, and the future between America and the Muslim community seemed brighter than ever. Even then, however, it has been much of a ‘one step forward, two steps back’ process when it comes to thawing this cold war with Muslims.

Building the mosque near the site where the World Trade Center towers used to be became an issue when some people thought it was “desecrating the memory” of people who died there.

If a new mosque in lower Manhattan is wise in theory but not in fact, if other civic and religious voices are saying, ‘Yes, build mosques in America, just not here,’ then what location is far enough from Ground Zero?

Do these people not realise that victims of the attack on that fateful that included Christian, Jewish and Muslim people as well?

(cont’d)

Virgin Post

26 Aug

And so fate has it that our wonderful Journalism lecturer Chin-Huat has us creating and maintaining a blog solely for the purposes of school.

The Virgin Mary and Joseph

The Virgin Mary. The guy behind her is Chin-Huat. He tells her she needs to create a WordPress account.

As if we don’t need any more work to add to our already meaningless lives.

Supposedly, this is where I post my musings and opinions regarding anything I’m passionate about; what moves me, what provokes and what concerns me the most.

And thus endeth the mandatory introductory entry. Watch this space.

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