November 10, 2013
MY COMMENT: ‘Nambikei'(Trust), Mr. Prime Minister? Well, I for one cannot trust you. Your words are cheap. It is action that matters most. You have been talking from the first day you took office in 2009, and have not done anything that can promote the very things that you talk about. Are you sleep walking or a just blinded by sycophancy and flattery of the so-called deliverers of “good tidings” to notice that all is not well in our country? Bernama is obviously reporting the stuff you say to please you, and disappoint us. Enough of the spin from Bernama, your personal staff at the Prime Minister’s Department, and Idris Jala and his expensive consultants at Pemandu.
What more do you want? You got your mandate from GE-13, although Barisan Nasional lost the popular vote. You were recently made President of UMNO uncontested. There is enough power for you to what is good for our country. Let me remind you that leadership is about character and integrity. These qualities are the two fundamentals for any man who seeks to be a leader. Look deeply at yourself, and then show us that you have got what it takes to be the Chief Executive of our country. It is NOW or NEVER.–Din Merican
Prime Minister Najib: Embrace two fundamentals of Harmony
Najib Razak has urged people of various races to embrace two fundamentals of harmony – work together in a strong bond of friendship and allowing richness of culture to flourish.
The Prime Minister said the strong bond of friendship would enable the country to overcome any obstacles while the richness of culture would be a force that would portray Malaysia as a culturally diverse country.
Addressing the National Deepavali Open House at Bandaraya Square, Johor Bahru last night, he urged the Indian community to continue to strengthen the strong bond of understanding and cooperation between government and the community that was built over the years through ‘nambikei’ (trust).
The celebration held by the Tourism and Culture Ministry was attended by Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, Natural Resources and Environment Minister G Palanivel who is also MIC President, Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin, and Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Aziz.
Najib said cooperation among people of various races would ensure a better quality of life for the present and next generations.
“If the strength of an elephant lies in ‘thumbikei’ or trunk, the strength of a man lies in ‘nambikei’ or trust,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the government was committed in fulfilling the pledge made in the 13th general election manifesto to improve the well-being of the Indian community. He said this could be clearly seen through a number of initiatives such as an additional allocation of RM50 million for Tamil school infrastructure announced in the 2014 Budget.
Najib said RM100 million was also allocated to improve Tamil schools performance and provide skills training for Indian youths as well as a RM50 million fund for the Indian Entrepreneur Development Scheme (SPUMI) under Tekun Nasional and loans under Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia.
Special attention given
He said many areas in the life of the Indian community were given special attention through various innovative approaches to bring about a positive change to the community.
“For example, from 2009 to 2013, the government has allocated RM560 million for Tamil schools infrastructure development nationwide.
“I am very impressed when informed of the Tamil Schools Future Action Plan that for the past five years the achievement gap among SJKT (Tamil schools) was reduced by 50 percent while the gap between SJKT and national schools is now less than four per cent,” he said.
He said the UPSR National Average Grade for SJKT increased from 2.58 in 2010 to 2.44 in 2011 with similar trends seen in Mathematics achievement from 92.5 percent in 2011 to 94.1 per cent last year while Science achievement rose to 87.6 percent in 2012.
On entrepreneurship, he said until October this year, more than 19,000 Indian entrepreneurs had received financial assistance amounting to RM227 million, including about 11,000 from Tekun loans amounting to RM137.3 million since SPUMI was established in 2008.
Meanwhile, about 30,000 people of various races attended the celebration which was arrayed with cultural events depicting the multi-racial society in the spirit of 1Malaysia as well as a tourism product.
Kumpulan Artis Kebudayaan Johor waxed the floor with a welcome dance followed by Temple Five Arts Troupe gyrated with Indian traditional dances before revellers were vowed by Permata Seni Tari children.
In the spirit of Deepavali, Najib completed the ‘kolam’ pattern.The Deepavali celebration started at 2.30pm with various activities such as Indian music, dance performances and a demonstration on ‘bunga malai’ or flower arrangement.
Various traditional Indian food and delicacies such as muruku, masalavadei, laddu, putu mayam and tosei were served to visitors including MegaFam participants from Singapore and China.