Sunday, December 27, 2009

Annual event for People With Disabilities

Recently, my office together with assistance from Sunway Pyramid and City Care put together a party for people with disabilities in my constituency. About 50 of them attended the party, each accompanied by their loved ones. In my speech, I announced the achievements made for people with disabilities in the last 12 months:-
I have raised these issues in the Selangor State Legislative Assembly after last year's dialogue with people with disabilities in Subang Jaya. I am glad that their needs are being met. I will continue to work on:
  • a special vehicle for them;
  • forming a special committee for disabled in Subang Jaya; and
  • the State Government to provide a special allocation for higher educational training for children with special needs.
In my speech, I also encouraged other residents to see people with disabilities as individuals first, each with their special gifts, before defining them by their disability.

My office gave out JUSCO vouchers worth RM80 for each of them to shop at Sunway Pyramid.

Apart from receiving shopping vouchers, they were also treated to spectacular performances and goodie bags sponsored by Sunway Pyramid.

Lunch was provided for all them. Chin Kit and Azizul were also present to join us!

Young people from City Care volunteered their time to serve and also to provide transportation for our friends with disabilities. Thank you to Sunway Pyramid, volunteers from City Care and Suzanna from my office for making the event a big success! You can read more about the event from the Star , NST and Sinar Harian. All photos courtesy of City Care.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Wonder of Christmas

I visited my Private Secretary - Debbie in the hospital earlier. She just gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Congratulations to Debbie & Kenny!

As I looked at the little baby, I was reminded of the Baby who was lying in the manger 2009 years ago and He is the real reason we celebrate Christmas.

The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel. Immanuel means God with us.

Glory to God in the highest!

I celebrate Christmas, I celebrate Christ, my personal Saviour and Friend. Without Him, I am nothing. He truly is the only Wonder of Christmas!

Have a wonderful Christmas to all my constituents and friends. May 2010 be a year of hope and peace for all Malaysians.

Monday, December 21, 2009

1st Pakatan Rakyat Convention



Video of my speech at the 1st Pakatan Rakyat Convention, held last Saturday Dec 19th at the MBSA Auditorium, Shah Alam, courtesy of MediaRakyat.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

10 reasons why Barisan Nasional should be voted out

(1) PKFZ scandal
(2) UMNO and their racist policies
(3) death of Teoh Beng Hock
(4) unfair trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
(5) stealing of the Perak state govt
(6) MCA and their silly power struggle
(7) massive abuse of taxpayers' funds in all their 'satu lagi projek Barisan Nasional' white elephant projects
(8) loss of public confidence in judiciary, police, MACC & Election Commission
(9) the numerous deaths in detention
(10) ISA
and the list goes on...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Forum on Whither the Constitution? Lessons to be learnt from the Perak Crisis

Dear friends of DAP,
We would like to bring to your kind attention a forum organised byMerdekaReview.com this coming Wednesday (9th December 2009). The details of the forum :-

Title : Whither the Constitution? Lessons to be learnt from the Perak Crisis
Date : 9th December 2009
Time : 8.00 pm
Venue : MBPJ Civic Hall (Auditorium)
Admission : Free

Speakers :

(1) Dato Seri Nizar Jamaluddin - MP for Bukit Gantang, Pakatan Rakyat MB for Perak.

(2) Professor Dato’ Shad Saleem Faruqi - the author of “Document of Destiny” and a constitutional law expert, he has taught for many years in local universities and is a regular columnist for the STAR.

(3) Professor Kevin Tan - from Yale University and author of numerous books and articles on the Malaysian and Singapore Constitutions. Besides lecturing in Singapore, he has also given lectures in constitutional law to students in Monash University in its campus in Kuala Lumpur.

Please do invite your family, friends and colleague as well. For enquiries, please contact : 03-7981 2831.

Campaign Accounts

As promised during campaign time, the accounts of my service centre would be published periodically. You can view the summary of accounts from March 2008 to September 2009 here. We have been very thrifty and mindful of the future when managing the use of this money. The money is used largely to pay a minimum allowance to my team of assistants. Thank you to all who have donated to us last year during the General Elections. We are a team of young people, passionate to bring about positive change to this nation. We cannot tolerate corruption and this is the reason why we enter public service. For those who wish to continue to support us and our cause for a clean and transparent government, please email me for details.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Children's Day Celebration

This year we celebrated Children's Day with residents and children of USJ3ABCD. The Neighbourhood Watch Group of USJ3ABCD organised this event and it was partly sponsored by my office.
Meeting the Dyslexia Association (Subang Branch)

Children from the Dyslexia Association performing for the residents. They did a great job!

MPSJ Councillor for USJ 2 - 15, Rajiv Rishyakaran was also present to address the residents. Rajiv has a blog detailing his work as a councillor - http://www.rajiv4malaysia.com/

While the children were kept entertained, I addressed the parents and provided an update on the issues concerning them in USJ

Children had a great time getting to know one another and were kept busy with fun-filled programs organised for them!

In my speech to the parents, I reminded them to teach their children how to fight corruption at a young age. Do not wait until they are in university or when they begin working. By that time, it may be too late! The time is now. To have a nation born again and free from corruption, we must begin with educating our children on integrity and ground them with unshakable principles so that when they grow up, they would not depart from them. Congratulations to the Chairman of Neighbourhood Watch Group of USJ3ABCD Yee Siew Meng and his able committee members for a successful community event.
Here's wishing a Happy Children's Day to all children of DUN Subang Jaya!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A bond which is colour blind

I am glad the posting on The real 1Malaysia has been highlighted by Citzen Nades of the Sun today.

Article below by R. Nadeswaran:
WHEN I walked into the office yesterday, I had already made up my mind on what I would write in this column. While I was contemplating yet another piece on theft of public land, I was alerted by reader Awtar Singh to this great piece of inspiration to all Malaysians. It is a must read for everyone who loves this nation. It would be a travesty of public interest if it is not shared by all like-minded Malaysians.

It is a poignant story which would make everyone’s day. While politicians squabble on race, religion and creed, this story transcends all boundaries. It tells of the little things that make a difference to our cosmopolitan society. It is fervently hoped that this story will send a strong message to our politicians who often use the colour of one’s skin to justify their actions. It should also send a subtle message to those who throw large sums of money on posters, advertisements and TV commercials on “unity”. On the whole, this is yet another message to all citizens of this country that there are individuals who see issues in a different light.

Before accusations are thrown that this story was plagiarised, let it be said that it appeared in the blog of Subang Jaya state assemblywoman Hannah Yeoh. It can be read at your leisure at: hannahyeoh.blogspot.com, but here’s a gist of what she wrote:

“I have been blessed by an encounter I had in Angsana flats in USJ 1. I was invited to visit a young gentleman there who is wheelchair-bound. His name is Chin Kit. When I arrived at Chin Kit’s house, I was informed by his parents that he was out with his friend. I waited for him to return home. I was curious to find out about his transport arrangement. When Chin Kit returned home, my eyes were fixed to his wheelchair. Behind his wheelchair was another young man, Azizul his name.

“As we chatted, I discovered that Azizul lives in Pantai Dalam, KL. Azizul would travel from KL to USJ 1 just to spend time with Chin Kit. Azizul also suffers from disability on his hand.”

Chin Kit then describes his friendship: “Azizul used to be my schoolmate. We studied in the same school before. Now he is one of my best friends. Whenever I want to go to a public place I will call him and he will surely take a bus to come to my house. Then after that we will take a taxi to travel wherever we want to go. When we get a taxi, he will help carry me in and out of my heavy wheelchair. When we are in public places, we live like normal people, window shopping, buying things, watching movies, and just hanging-out like normal people. So I’m very appreciative and I thank God to have a friend like Azizul. Hopefully our friendship will last forever.”

At times when overzealous politicians and wannabes throw the race card at every possible instance, this story tells of a friendship that was brought about by a common factor – their physical disability. While able-bodied men and women are easily taken in by edicts imposed by religious zealots and racist political rhetoric, this is a true example of how two friends are blind to any connotations which border on ethnicity or religion.

They don’t have medals or hampers for this unique relationship. And the people at the National Unity Department need not rush with a posse of journalists and letters of commendations. There is no necessity to give them a “1Malaysia” award. They don’t expect any. These two young men exemplify what it used to be long before race-based politics changed the scenario to race-based friends, race-based employment, race-based living and the like. There are perhaps hundreds, if not thousands of Chin Kits and Azizuls who care a damn for loud-mouthed politicians who sing different tunes to different audiences. Such bonds are not based on rewards or incentives. They are from their hearts where each is treated as another individual irrespective of the language spoken or to the religion they profess or what they are supposed to eat and not to eat.

Chin Kit and Azizul, you made my day and so will you do to the hundreds of thousands of readers of theSun. You are real heroes. I certainly will not be wrong that all Malaysians hope that your friendship and bond will inspire young Malaysians to discard their blinkers and treat one another as human beings with dignity instead of seeing colours.

R. Nadeswaran is elated he could write a “feel good story” for a change. He is editor (special & investigative reporting) at theSun and can be reached at
citizen-nades@thesundaily.com

Goodbye Carol...

I received news that Carol Rasiah passed away yesterday. She was a familiar face at Angsana, USJ 1. She was an epitome of courage. She lived well and she lived a full life despite her limitations. Her last email to me was to reiterate her hope for MPSJ to provide a vehicle for OKU in Subang Jaya. I will continue to work on this. Goodbye Carol and we will meet again where you are now - free from pain, free from limitations and perfect in the arms of our God.