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Thursday, October 28, 2010 | |


In these days and age of the internet, real time communication and interaction, I always make it a point to ensure that my children are up to date with the latest development in the IT world so as not to be left behind and be able to compete with people of their generation.

With technological advancement, comes the downside. There will be people who are unscrupulous and will not have any qualms in using the same technology to manipulate a perfectly innocent situation into that which will suit their own agenda; regardless of the effect it may have on the individual person whom they are targeting.

That happened to me recently. A video of an extract of the speech which I have given at a recent closed door discussion amongst the members of UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa was posted up on Youtube. As a result, I received so many negative comments and unsolicited e-mails condemning me in respect of the speech I have given which clearly was taken out of context.

I publish below one of the unsolicited emails, which represents the general tone of the backlash which I have received as a result of the said video and my reply to the same. I hope that the readers of this blog will use their best judgment in seeing clearly how, in the wrong hands, technology can be used to manipulate the general public thinking.

Email from Melinder;

Hello,

I was watching your speech on youtube regarding votes. You said that the malay votes are more important than the chinese and the indians. I will like to share my points about your racist point of view of the malays being the most important people in malaysia. Sadly barisan national have not kicked you are and your followers out. By allowing you to speak against the non malays, it shows that the government really is not focusing on 1malaysia but more on segregation. The disgusting approach your taking is bringing malaysia down, mahatir had his share of fault but he was a man of his words. He took the country from being crippled to a country that I am proud of. Your approach however is taking 20 steps back. Instead of showing a good example to malaysians, your promoting racism and thus allowing the non malays to be looked under. The lord name you take before you do sins does not actually wash away the sins, its more like you will get what you deserve when time is right. This is honestly not a threat from me for I believe in unity. I do hope that we will one day get rid of your racist mentality and change it to a mentality that have ONLY respecting the people of Malaysia as one. Do you think that malays/muslims are better than everyone else? Because of people like you, we have terrorist. Or more like you are the terrorist. One day, our country will cripple and on that day I want you to look at yourself and your despicable follows and think, did I do this? The answer is YES. YOUR TO BE BLAME.

Do reply me back with your beliefs of Malaysia because I will love to laugh about it with my NON MALAY FAMILY & FRIENDS


Thank You,
Melinder Kaur

My reply:


First of all I would like to thank you for taking the time to write to me and for expressing your views on the extracts of my speech on Youtube.

The video recording of the speech, or rather the extracts of it, was made during a closed door discussion among members of UMNO in July 2010 which discussion was part of a series of discussion following the 2008 General Election where, as we all know, Barisan National suffered the lost of an unprecedented number of seats and five states. Obviously shaken, UMNO began an almost immediate post-mortem and detailed analysis of the results and the trends of voting amongst the various races in this Country. The post mortem led to one major conclusion – the lost of the Malay support for the ruling Barisan Nasional. This is especially so in the Constituent of which I am now in charged, the Parlimen Titiwangsa, which was lost to the Opposition. Parlimen Titiwangsa has always been a Barisan Nasional stronghold; therefore, the loss was shocking to say the least.

Thus the closed door discussion was centred mainly on the Malay votes and the approach needed by UMNO to regain the Malay trust and support. Seeing the racial composition in Parlimen Titiwangsa which was a Malay Majority and based on a simple mathematical analogy, if UMNO can secure 70% of the Malay votes in Titiwangsa, Barisan Nasional can win Parlimen Titiwangsa.

If you notice, prior to the segment which was conveniently repeated again and again so as to make me out as a racist in the said video, I also said that as far as the Chinese and Indian voters in Parliament Titiwangsa are concerned, the Barisan Nasional Election Machinery is capable enough in engaging them in order to regain the lost votes. It was not that I could care less about the Chinese and Indian voters, it was that my main focus was the split in the Malay votes and how, based on simple analogy as said above, 70% of the Malay votes could secure the win. The speech was taken out of context and had you heard the entire speech during that closed door discussion, you would have arrived at a very much different conclusion and you will see that I am not a racist as I was made out to be.

I believe in 1Malaysia. As far as I am concerned, 1Malaysia is not just a concept or an ideal. It is something that I practise in my everyday life. You see, I am the Managing Director and a Major Shareholder of a Public Listed Company. The Chief Executive Officer of the Company is an Indian. The Director of Sales is a Chinese, so is the Head of Finance, the head of Production is Indian, and the various heads of department are a mix of Malaysian, born and bred in this country of ours. I recognise and reward talents and performance when I see it. I live in 1Malaysia.

Nevertheless, I would like to sincerely apologise to you for being offended by the extract of my speech and I wish to assure you that my interest is to serve the people in the Parlimen Titiwangsa specially and Malaysian generally. The Pusat Khidmat Barisan Nasional Titiwangsa in Desa Pandan in which I opened last 16 October 2010 and attended by representatives of MCA and MIC, welcomes all Malaysian, regardless of race, creed or political affiliation. Despite losing the Parlimen Titiwangsa to the Opposition, I felt that it was necessary to continually provide services to the people especially since the Opposition till today, has no such equivalent centre in the constituency.

Again, I apologise and hope that you will understand that it was never my intention to discriminate anybody based on race or beliefs.

Yours sincerely,
Johari Abdul Ghani
Thursday - 28 October 2010 

Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi


Satu majlis penyampaian sumbangan kepada mangsa kebakaran Pasar Raja Bot telah diadakan pada 20 Oktober 2010 yang lalu. Sumbangan telah disampaikan oleh Y.B. Senator Dato' Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar kepada kesemua 12 pemilik gerai. Hadir sama, Pemangku Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, YBhg. Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani; YBhg. Datuk Haji Mohd Idris Mohd Isa, Pengarah Eksekutif Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan, Saudara Affendi Zahari, Pemangku Timbalan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa dan Pengerusi Persatuan Peniaga dan Penjaja Kecil Kawasan Chow Kit, Choo Teng Loy.

Kebakaran di Pasar Raja Bot

Friday, October 22, 2010 | |




Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi

Pada 18 Oktober 201o (Isnin) yang lalu, telah berlaku kebakaran di Pasar Raja Bot, Chow Kit yang mengakibatkan 12 unit gerai hangus terbakar. Kebakaran yang berlaku sekitar jam 9.00 malam itu dikatakan berpunca dari litar pintas dan kerugian dianggarkan sekitar RM500,000.

Dialog Perpindahan ke Keramat Mall

Friday, October 22, 2010 | |

Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi

Persatuan Penjaja-penjaja dan Peniaga-Peniaga Kecil Melayu Wilayah Persekutuan (PPPKM) Cawangan Datok Keramat telah mengadakan dialog bersama peniaga-peniaga Pasar Datok Keramat. Dialog diadakan di Dewan Sekolah Kebangsaan Datok Keramat 2 dan telah dirasmikan Pemangku Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, YBhg. Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani. Hadir sama, Pengerusi PPPKM Caw. Datok Keramat Encik Shoid bin Chee; Pemangku Timbalan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Saudara Affendi Zahari serta ahli-ahli jawatankuasa PPPKM Cawangan Datok Keramat yang lain. Dialog diadakan bertujuan untuk mengenalpasti bilangan peniaga yang setuju dan tidak bersetuju untuk berpindah ke Keramat Mall.


Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi

Pusat Khidmat Masyarakat Barisan Nasional Titiwangsa telah dirasmikan pada 16 Oktober 2010 (Sabtu) yang lalu. Majlis perasmian telah disempurnakan oleh Y.B. Datuk Haji Ahmad bin Haji Maslan, Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri merangkap Ketua Penerangan UMNO Malaysia. Majlis telah dihadiri oleh lebih 1000 orang yang terdiri daripada pemimpin-pemimpin serta ahli-ahli parti komponen Barisan Nasional iaitu MIC, MCA dan PPP, pemimpin masyarakat setempat, NGO serta penduduk sekitar Parlimen Titiwangsa.

Turut hadir, Ketua Bahagian UMNO Cheras, YBhg. Datuk Wira Syed Ali Al-Habshee; YBhg. Datuk Haji Astamam, Pengarah Yayasan Pendidikan Titiwangsa; Ketua Bahagian PPP Titiwangsa, Saudara Zakaria Rahman; YBhg. Datuk Alex Chuah, Pengerusi MCA Bahagian Titiwangsa; Pemangku Timbalan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Saudara Affendi Zahari, Ketua Pergerakan Wanita UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Puan Khadijah Alang; Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Saudara Mohd Idham Yasser Dato' Seri Suleiman serta Saudara Nazir Hussin Akhtar Hussin, Exco Pemuda UMNO Malaysia merangkap Naib Ketua Pemuda UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa.

Pusat yang ditubuhkan khas untuk membantu menyelesaikan permasalahan masyarakat Titiwangsa ini, beroperasi setiap hari Isnin hingga Jumaat, jam 9.00 pagi hingga 5.00 petang. Untuk sebarang pertanyaan dan bantuan, sila hubungi sekretariat di talian o3-92846624.

Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi

Pergerakan Wanita UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa telah menganjurkan Majlis Penyampaian Sumbangan kepada Bakal Haji pada 16 Oktober 2010 (Sabtu) yang lalu. Seramai 20 0rang bakal haji yang terdiri daripada Ahli-ahli Wanita UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa telah menerima sumbangan yang disampaikan oleh Pemangku Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, YBhg. Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani. Hadir sama, Ketua Pergerakan Wanita UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Puan Khadijah Alang dan beberapa ahli jawatankuasa Pergerakan Wanita UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa yang lain.

Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi

Pada 16 Oktober 2010 ( Sabtu) yang lalu, Persatuan Penjaja-penjaja dan Peniaga-peniaga Kecil Melayu Wilayah Persekutuan (PPPKM) Cawangan Kg. Pandan telah mengadakan Majlis Doa Selamat di Desa Pandan. Majlis dihadiri oleh lebih 70 ahli PPPKM Caw. Kg. Pandan ini telah dirasmikan oleh YBhg. Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani, Pemangku Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa.

Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi

UMNO Cawangan Pandan Baiduri telah mengadakan Majlis Perasmian Program Nasi Lemak Kopi O pada 10 Oktober 2010 (Ahad) yang lalu. Majlis perasmian telah disempurnakan oleh Pemangku Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, YBhg. Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani. Turut hadir, Pemangku Timbalan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Saudara Affendi Zahari; Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Saudara Mohd Idham Yasser Dato' Seri Suleiman serta ahli-ahli jawatankuasa UMNO Cawangan Pandan Baiduri.

Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi

Bertempat di Restoran Rose 911 Kampung Pandan pada 10 Oktober 2010 yang lalu, Persatuan Penduduk Jalan Satu & Dua telah mengadakan Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri. Majlis dihadiri oleh 100 orang penduduk setempat ini, telah dirasmikan oleh Pemangku Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, YBhg. Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani. Hadir sama, Pemangku Timbalan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Saudara Affendi Zahari, Pengerusi Persatuan Penduduk Jalan Satu & Dua, Haji Yaacob bin Haji Yahya serta ahli-ahli jawatankuasa Persatuan Penduduk Jalan Satu & Dua yang lain.

Rumah Terbuka UMNO Bahagian Lembah Pantai

Monday, October 18, 2010 | |

Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi

UMNO Bahagian Lembah Pantai telah mengadakan Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri di Taman Seri Sentosa pada 10 Oktober 2010 (Ahad) yang lalu. Majlis telah menerima kunjungan YAB Perdana Menteri, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak. Hadir sama, Ketua UMNO Bahagian Lembah Pantai merangkap Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan & Kesejahteraan Bandar, Y.B. Senator Dato' Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin; Pemangku Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, YBhg. Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani; Pemangku Timbalan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Saudara Affendi Zahari serta pemimpin-pemimpin dan ahli-ahli UMNO yang lain.


Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi


Bertempat di perkarangan Masjid Jamek Kg. Baru pada 9 Oktober 2010 (Sabtu) yang lalu telah berlangsungnya Majlis Jalinan Mesra Aidilfitri anjuran Ahli Jawatankuasa Masjid Jamek Kg. Baru dengan kerjasama Lembaga Pentadbiran Penempatan Pertanian Melayu (MAS) Kampung Baru. Majlis telah dirasmikan oleh Y.B. Senator Dato' Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan & Kesejahteraan Bandar. Turut hadir, Pemangku Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, YBhg. Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani; Pemangku Timbalan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Saudara Affendi Zahari serta beberapa pemimpin-pemimpin masyarakat setempat.

Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi

Persatuan Penduduk Lorong-Lorong Kiri, Kampung Dato' Keramat telah mengadakan Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri dan Mesyuarat Dwi-Tahunan pada 9 Oktober 2010 (Sabtu) yang lalu. Majlis telah dihadiri oleh Pemangku Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, YBhg. Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani serta Pemangku Timbalan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Saudara Affendi Zahari.
Pada majlis yang sama juga telah diadakan penyampaian sumbangan berupa hamper dan duit raya kepada warga emas, ibu tunggal dan anak yatim.

Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi


Pada 8 Oktober 2010 ( Jumaat) yang lalu, Persatuan Penjaja-penjaja dan Peniaga-peniaga Kecil Melayu (PPPKM) Cawangan Pasar Wirawati Kampung Pandan, telah mengadakan Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri. Majlis turut dihadiri Pemangku Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, YBhg. Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani serta beberapa ahli jawatankuasa PPPKM Cawangan Pasar Wirawati yang lain.


Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi

Pada 8 Oktober 2010 yang lalu (Jumaat), UMNO Cawangan Kelab Golf Selangor dengan kerjasama Rukun Tetangga Desa Pandan Fasa 'A' telah mengadakan Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri yang berlangsung di Gelanggang Bola Tampar Fasa 'A'. Majlis telah dihadiri oleh 300 orang yang terdiri daripada ahli-ahli UMNO Kelab Golf Selangor serta penduduk-penduduk sekitar ini, telah dirasmikan oleh Pemangku Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, YBhg. Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani.

Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi

Persatuan Penduduk Sri Perlis 1, Kampung Datok Keramat telah mengadakan Majlis Rumah Terbuka bertempat di Dewan UMNO Sri Perlis 1 pada 5 Oktober 2010 (Selasa) yang lalu. Majlis telah dirasmikan oleh YBhg. Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani, Pemangku Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa. Hadir sama ialah Pemangku Timbalan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Saudara Affendi Zahari serta beberapa pemimpin masyarakat setempat.

Oleh: Eliza Aida Suhairi

UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa dengan kerjasama Persatuan Penduduk PPR Hiliran Ampang telah mengadakan Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri pada 3 Oktober 2010 (Ahad) yang lalu. Majlis yang diadakan di Padang PPR Hiliran Ampang ini, telah dihadiri oleh lebih 5000 orang tetamu dari sekitar Parlimen Titiwangsa. Para tetamu dihidangkan dengan pelbagai hidangan juadah makanan dan minuman yang disediakan secara gotong-royong oleh Penduduk-penduduk PPR Hiliran Ampang. Selain daripada itu, para tetamu juga turut disajikan dengan pelbagai persembahan seperti tarian, nasyid dan sebagainya.

Majlis rumah terbuka ini turut menerima kunjungan Y.B. Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar, Senator Dato' Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin. Hadir sama, Ketua UMNO Bahagian Cheras, YBhg. Datuk Wira Syed Ali Al-Habshee; Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Perkhidmatan DBKL, YBhg. Datuk Haji Mohd Amin Noordin Abd. Aziz; YBhg. Datuk Haji Astaman Abdul Aziz, Pengerusi Yayasan Pendidikan Titiwangsa; Mantan Ketua Bahagian Titiwangsa, YBhg. Datuk Seri Dr. Suleiman Mohamed; Pemangku Timbalan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa, Saudara Affendi Zahari; Ketua Pergerakan Wanita Titiwangsa, Puan Khadijah Alang; Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO Titiwangsa, Saudara Mohd. Idham Yasser, pemimpin-pemimpin parti MIC, MCA dan PPP serta pemimpin-pemimpin masyarakat setempat dan ahli-ahli UMNO Bahagian Titiwangsa yang lain.

Majlis turut diserikan lagi dengan penyampaian sumbangan duit raya dan hamper kepada lebih 500 orang penerima yang terdiri daripada warga emas, kanak-kanak dan OKU. Setiap tetamu kehormat yang hadir diberikan penghormatan untuk menyampaikan sumbangan.