• DAP dakwa 5 ijazah calon BN diragui?

    KUALA LUMPUR, 17 APRIL: Timbalan Menteri Luar Negeri A Kohilan Pillay adalah antara lima calon BN yang didakwa DAP memilik sijil kelulusan pengajian tertinggi yang bermasalah.

    Strategis pilihanraya DAP Ong Kian Ming (gambar) berkata Kohilan bersama Teh Kim Pooh, Pengerusi Pihak Berkuasa Pelabuhan Klang (PKA), Ching Eu Boon dan Lee Ban Seng dari MCA dan Ab Wahab Ibrahim, ketua hal ehwal agama Umno memiliki sijil kelulusan pengajian tertinggi daripada universiti yang pernah dibuktikan menjual ijazah.“Ini adalah sangat mendukacitakan apabila lima daripada calon BN, dua di parlimen dan tiga di DUN, mengemukakan kelulusan akademi daripada institusi yang boleh disifatkan sebagai kilang ijazah, atau erti kata lain daripada universiti dan kolej yang memberikan ijazah palsu dengan bayaran,” kata Ong dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.Ong mendakwa Kohilan, yang dipilih menjadi calon kerusi parlimen Puchong mendapat ijazah Sarjana Sains Perdagangan dan Ekonomi Industri dari Pacific Western University, Amerika Syarikat (AS), sebuah institusi pendidikan yang pernah disaman dan ditutup selepas didapati menjual ijazah.

    Calon bagi kerusi parlimen Klang pula, Teh Kim Pooh didakwa Ong mendapat Ijazah Doktor Falsafahnya dari New Port University – sebuah universiti yang diragui.

    Calon DUN Taman Medan, Abdul Wahad dari Umno pula mendapat PhD dalam Pentadbiran Awam dari Irish International Universiti yang dilaporkan palsu pada 2008 oleh British Broadcasting Corporation, kata Ong.

    Ching dan Lee, masing-masing calon BN untuk Pandamaran dan Kajang pula didakwa Ong mendapat ijazah daripada St George University International dan Universiti Rutherford di AS, yang disebut sebagai ‘kilang ijazah’.

    “Calon yang merasakan mereka perlu ‘membeli’ ijazah, samada di peringkat sarjana muda, sarjana, telah menyebabkan integriti mereka diragui.

    “Jika calon-calon ini sanggup menipu pengundi mengenai kelulusan akademi mereka, iaitu salah satu aspek penting di dalam hidup seseorang, mana aspek lain dalam kehidupan yang calon ini sanggup menipu termasuk perkara-perkara yang melibatkan kepentingan awam seperti pengurusan dana awam serta tanggungjawab menggunakan sumber awam,” tegas Ong.

    Ong mendesak lima calon BN untuk menjawab tuduhan beliau.

    “Jika mereka gagal untuk menjelaskan pada pengundi, saya menyeru mereka untuk mengundurkan diri daripada bertanding,” tambah Ong.

    Sebelum ini, Timbalan Pengerusi BN Selangor Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed telah menegaskan bahawa integriti senarai calon BN telah disahkan.

    Selepas Datuk Zulkifli Noordin dicalonkan di Shah Alam dan pendedahan Ong ini, rakyat akan bertanya apakah sebenarnya syarat-syarat untuk menjadi calon winnable Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

    Sumber: Harakah Daily

  • How can BN claim to have a ‘competent, dynamic and progressive’ line-up in Selangor when 5 of its candidates have degrees from bogus universities?

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Election Strategist, Democratic Party, in Kuala Lumpur on the 17th of April, 2013

    How can BN claim to have a ‘competent, dynamic and progressive’ line-up in Selangor when 5 of its candidates have degrees from bogus universities?

    The BN candidates for Selangor were revealed yesterday with great fanfare. The lineup is crucial for the most economically developed state in Malaysia and also the state which Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, as state chairman and elections director, is under great pressure to wrest back from Pakatan Rakyat.

    Najib was quoted as saying that “This is the lineup that will not only see us win the state, but also to form a strong government.”[1] Mohd Zin Mohamed, BN Selangor coordinator was quoted as saying that “Our candidates are highly competent, dynamic and progressive. They are qualified individuals from various backgrounds who can take the state to greater heights in tandem with the Economic Transformation Program (ETP).”[2]

    Given these superlatives which were being used to describe the BN Selangor lineup, it is highly disappointing that 5 of the BN candidates, two at the parliamentary level and three at the state level, listed academic qualifications from institutions that can be best described as being ‘degree mills’ – in other words, fake universities and colleges which issue bogus academic degrees for a payment.[3]

    The most shocking revelation is the listed qualification of the BN candidate for P103 Puchong – A. Kohilan Pillay A/L G Appu – who received an M.SC in Commercial and Industrial Economy (sic) from the Pacific Western University in the United States. This ‘university’ was found to be a degree mill, lawsuits were taken up against it and it was subsequently shut down.[4] What is even more shocking is that the candidate is Malaysia’s (caretaker) Deputy Foreign Minister! It is a disgrace to the country if indeed our Deputy Foreign Minister is a leader who has ‘bought’ a degree from a degree mill in order to bolster his own credentials.

     P103 PUCHONG  A. KOHILAN PILLAY A/L G APPU46 TAHUN (670724106491)M.SC COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ECONOMY, PACIFIC WESTERN UNIVERSITY, AS.PENGERUSI PARTI GERAKAN RAKYAT MALAYSIA SELANGORTIMBALAN MENTERI LUAR NEGARA+0193503806 

    The second most shocking revelation is the listed qualification of the BN candidate for P110 Klang, Teh Kim Poo, who is also the current chairman of the Port Klang Authority (PKA). Teh is listed as having obtained a PhD in Business Administration from the New Port University in the United States. This is the same university which the caretaker Menteri Besar of Perlis, Md Isa Sabu, obtained his PhD from.[5] My colleague in the DAP, National Publicity Secretary, Tony Pua had blogged about New Port University being a dubious university way back in 2006.[6] Even The Star newspaper reported this university, back in 2009, as a degree mill.[7] What is disconcerting is the fact that Teh’s role as PKA Chairman requires him to exercise transparency especially in dealing with the aftermath of the PKFZ scandal, which the PKA and the government of Malaysia is still paying for.

     P110 KLANG  TEH KIM POO62 TAHUN (510826106099)PHD BUSINESS ADMIN, UNIVERSITY NEW PORT, ASPENYELARAS PARLIMEN KLANGAHLI PERNIAGAAN+60122926352 

    Three other state candidates have listed qualifications from well-known degree mills. BN candidate for N33 Taman Medan, Ab Wahab Bin Ibrahim, is listed as having a PhD in Public Service from the infamous Irish International University. The BBC reported this university as a bogus university as a result of a sting operation in 2008.[8]

     N33 TAMAN MEDAN  AB WAHAB BIN IBRAHIM61 TAHUN (511017015669)PHD. PERKHIDMATAN AWAM, IRISH INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITYPENGERUSI BIRO AGAMA UMNO BAHAGIANLEMBAGA PENGARAH DAN PENGERUSI JAWATANKUASA AUDIT TANJUNG OFF SHORE+60193877508

    BN candidate for N47 Pandamaran, Ching Eu Boon, is listed as having a PhD in Network Marketing from the St George University International which has also been reported to be a degree mill.[9]

     N47 PANDAMARAN  CHING EU BOON46 TAHUN (670716105135)PHD NETWORK MARKETING, ST GEORGE UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL, UKKETUA PPMCA BAHAGIAN KLANGAHLI PERNIAGAAN+60193109897 

    BN candidate for N25 Kajang, Lee Ban Seng, is listed as having received a degree from the Rutherford University (also known as the Senior University International and Stratford International University) which also has been reported as a degree mill.[10]

     N25 KAJANG  LEE BAN SENG43 TAHUN (700228105595)IJAZAH PENGURUSAN PERNIAGAAN, UNIVERSITI RUTHERFORD, ASPENGERUSI MCA BHG. HULU LANGATPENGARAH URUSAN JLF HOLDING SDN. BHD.+60193310439 

    There is nothing in our election laws and regulations which state that a candidate must have a degree as a requirement for running for public office. Truthfully speaking, having academic qualifications, even at the postgraduate level, from prestigious universities all over the world do not automatically make one person a better candidate than someone without a degree.

    However, candidates who feel as if they had to ‘buy’ a degree, either at the undergraduate, masters or postgraduate levels, inevitably call their own integrity into question. If these candidates are willing to dupe voters about their academic qualifications, which is an important part of any person’s life, what other areas of life would these candidates be willing to lie about including in areas of public interest such as the management of public funds and the proper and responsible use of public resources?

    I call upon these 5 BN Selangor candidates to explain and to refute the fact that all of them have listed qualifications from reported degree mills. If they cannot properly explain to the voters, I urge them to withdraw themselves from contesting in the 13th General Election.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming

  • DAP strongly urges the Police to conduct an immediate investigation into Dr. Mahathir’s “Gelang Patah” blog post before nominations day in order to send a strong & unequivocal statement that the politics of race baiting and the incitement of fear will not be tolerated during the 13th GE campaign

    Joint Media Statement by DAP Legal Bureau Member, Lim Lip Eng; Dr. Ong Kian Ming, DAP Election Strategist; Tiew Way Keng, DAPSY Vice Chair

    DAP strongly urges the Police to conduct an immediate investigation into Dr. Mahathir’s “Gelang Patah” blog post before nominations day in order to send a strong & unequivocal statement that the politics of race baiting and the incitement of fear will not be tolerated during the 13th GE campaign

    A police report was made earlier this morning, 14th April, 2013, by Lim Lip Eng in his capacity as a member of the DAP Legal Bureau against Tun Dr Mahathir for his blog post entitled “Gelang Patah”.[1] The Police Report was made on the basis that (i) the allegations in this article was baseless and are of a defamatory nature against DAP parliamentary leader, Lim Kit Siang (ii) the article was written with ill intentions for the purpose of inciting the feelings of hatred and ill-will among the different races in Malaysia (iii) the police should investigate the writer of this article, Tun Dr. Mahathir, under Section 499 of the Penal Code, the 1948 Sedition Act and other appropriate laws which may have been broken.

    We urge the police to undertake an immediate investigation into Dr. Mahathir’s blog post before nominations day on the 20th of April, 2013, in order to send a strong & unequivocal statement that the politics of race baiting and the incitement of fear will not be tolerated during the 13th GE campaign. If the police do not take any action, this will send a message to would be candidates that remarks which are hateful and seditious will be allowed during the 13th GE campaign. By giving tacit approval to this kind of behavior, the police will inevitably have created the conditions for the wanton incitement of fear and hatred to occur during the campaign period.

    We echo the thoughts of Lim Kit Siang, that Dr. Mahathir’s recent antics, highlighted by his “Gelang Patah” blog post, is totally unacceptable and unbecoming for a former Prime Minister and the supposed statesman that he is.

    Furthermore, we call upon Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to immediately and irrevocably condemned the statements made by Dr. Mahathir in his blog post and to distance himself from this kind of fear inciting messages during the general election campaign. If not, Najib would have proven once again that his “1 Malaysia” slogan is nothing but empty words and nothing more than a sound bite without any substance or sincerity.

    Lim Lip Eng
    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Tiew Way Keng

    Copy of Police Report

    Photos outside the Jinjang Police Station


    [1] http://chedet.cc/?p=963#more-963

  • Election Commission Chairman should apologize for failing Malaysians living abroad

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Election Strategist, Democratic Action party in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, 5th of April 2013

    Election Commission Chairman should apologize for failing Malaysians living abroad

    The Election Commission Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof was quoted yesterday as saying that it was “… quite disappointing [that] after all that we did to provide a convenient registration process for the voters overseas…”, only 6,298 out of over 700,000 Malaysians living abroad have registered as postal voters.

    It is Malaysians abroad who should feel disappointed that we have such a dishonest and disingenuous Election Commission who has, time and time again, failed to live up to his duty to ensure that the institution he leads enjoys the public confidence that is required in Article 114(2) of the Federal Constitution.

    Firstly, the announcement for overseas postal voting was only done on January 21st, 2013, after the gazetting of the Quarter 4, 2012 electoral roll. This meant that those Malaysians overseas who had not yet registered as a voter, which is probably the majority of them, were not eligible to apply to be an overseas postal voter after the announcement of the EC guidelines on overseas voting.

    If the EC was really sincere in wanting Malaysians abroad to register in large numbers as overseas postal voters, it should have aggressively reached out to Malaysians overseas to register themselves as regular voters first during the months preceding January 2013. The EC could have done this in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry and other government Ministries by encouraging and inviting the many tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Malaysians overseas to register as regular voters at the Malaysian consulates, embassies and high commissions all over the world. As far as I know, the EC did not allocate any budgetary resources, nor did it work with Wisma Putra, to conduct an aggressive voter registration exercise for Malaysians overseas.

    In July, 2012, an informal audit conducted by MyOverseasVote, an advocacy group, found that the Malaysian embassies and consulates spread across a number of countries had inconsistent responses in terms of who could register as regular voters via the embassies and consulates. This shows the serious failure on the part of the EC to communicate and implement a standard registration procedure among the Malaysian embassies and consulates.

    Given this serious failure on the part of the EC to register Malaysians abroad as regular voters, should its Chairman be that surprised that only a small number of Malaysians applied to be overseas postal voters? I believe it is very much the case that a large majority of Malaysians abroad are not yet registered voters which mean that the act of opening up the overseas voting to Malaysians abroad is merely a symbolic and utterly insincere gesture on the part of the EC.

    Secondly, even after announcing the guidelines on how to apply to be an overseas voter, the EC to promote or advertise this option among Malaysia overseas through visits to the various embassies and high commissions and through social media, just to mention the two more prominent channels. Even on the day of the dissolution of parliament, I received many requests and questions via Facebook, twitter and email on how to register as an overseas postal voter, where to get the forms to register and the criteria for eligibility. This clearly shows that the EC failed in its outreach to Malaysian voters which resulted in the low number of registrations.

    Thirdly, EC’s own restrictive criteria of not allowing Malaysians living in Singapore, Southern Thailand, Kalimantan and Brunei immediately disqualified hundreds of thousands of Malaysians from registering as overseas postal voters.

    Fourthly, the EC’s own website (www.spr.gov.my) crashed on Tuesday, the day that parliament was dissolved and also the deadline to apply to be overseas postal voters.  This prevented many voters from downloading the necessary forms and instructions on how to register as an overseas postal voter.

    Instead of expressing his disappointment, the Election Commission Chairman should instead apologize to Malaysians overseas for not doing his duty as Chairman. One can only hope and pray that he does not make the EC lose even more public confidence in these coming weeks as the EC plans and organizers the historic 13th general election.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming

  • Close to 7,000 Problematic and “Red” and “Green” Sabah ICs in Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Election Strategist, DAP in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 23rd of March, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

    Close to 7,000 Problematic and “Red” and “Green” Sabah ICs in Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak

    Earlier this week, I revealed that there were more than 60,000 potentially dubious voters in Sabah – what I call P1 to P3 voters – in the electoral roll based on dubious old IC numbers highlighted in the Sabah RCI. I also revealed the presence of 7,475 voters in Sabah with “Red” and “Green” old IC numbers meaning that they were (or perhaps still are) non-Malaysians who were permanent and temporary residents respectively.

    Today, I want to reveal that this problem also affects Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak. A search of the Quarter 1 2012 Electoral Roll in Peninsular Malaysia showed that there were 6840 voters with P1 to P3 Old IC numbers and “Red” and “Green” Old IC numbers.  The state of Selangor tops the list with 2,412 such voters (35.4%) followed by Johor with 1190 such voters (17.4%) and KL with 952 (13.9%) (Table 1)

    Table 1: P1 to P3, “Red” and “Green” Old ICs in Peninsular Malaysia states (Q1 2012 electoral roll)


    (Note: The 11 P3 voters have since been deleted)

    The evidence thus far reveals that that a total of 74,988 potentially dubious voters – P1 to P3 and “Red” and “Green” old ICs – in Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia. (60,673 P1 to P3 voters in Sabah, 7,475 “Red” and “Green” voters in Sabah, 6,840 P1 to P3 and “Red” and “Green” voters in the rest of Malaysia)

    I repeat the call for the National Registration Department and the Election Commission to conduct a joint investigation to determine if these 74,988 voters are genuine voters who have been given their ICs and / or citizenship by following the proper procedures.

    I stand ready to present all of my evidence to the Sabah RCI if I am asked to testify.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming

    Election Strategist, DAP

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