Monday, March 9, 2009

Teresa pays for Puchong mosque speakers- The Malaysian Insider

By Shannon Teoh

PUCHONG, March 9 – She was locked up for a week on allegations of being anti-Islam but yesterday Kinrara state assemblywoman Teresa Kok donated a sum of RM10,000 to the Surau Darus Salam here for its new speaker system to broadcast the call to prayer or azan.
The donation was in conjunction with Maulidur Rasul, for which the Seputeh MP also gave RM2,500 each to a local Islamic daycare centre and primary school.
The senior executive councillor for Selangor was accused of asking a Bandar Kinrara mosque, situated in the state seat of Sri Serdang — which neighbours her Kinrara constituency — to reduce the volume of its azan call last year, leading to her arrest and week-long detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

“This donation is in contrast to those accusations,” Kok told The Malaysian Insider today.
“Frankly, I also wanted to donate cattle to the mosque concerned in those allegations,” she said, adding that those plans have not panned out.
This comes after the Bandar Kinrara mosque authorities had itself cleared her of any involvement in the issue, but then denied her request to pay a visit. It is said that this was due to pressure by Umno who have been harping on Kok’s supposed anti-Islam stance.
Kok said the donation yesterday was due to the fact that the speaker at the surau has “not been functioning well for some months” and any balance from the RM10,000 will be used to subsidise the surau's repairs and renovations.

At yesterday's visit to the surau, Kok had stressed again that she was not involved in the petition to protest against the azan call.
Instead, she said her ISA arrest had opened the eyes of the public to the abuse of the law.
Writing in her blog, Kok quoted Surau Darus Salam imam Haji Harun as thanking her contribution and advising her to be patient against accusations by those dissatisfied with her.
Her donation follows a donation of 46 heads of cattle by Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim last year for Hari Raya Haji. But the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has said there is evidence of power abuse in that beef charity.

Friday, October 24, 2008

A relaxing day at DAP Hari Raya bash - The Malaysian Insider

DAP secretary general YAB Lim Guan Eng at Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim Hari Raya open house in Penang,

DAP Advisor YB Lim Kit Siang welcoming Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim at DAP Raya open house in Bangi, Selangor.

By Debra Chong

BANGI, Oct 18 – For a first effort, it was pretty decent. The spread was humble but substantial; the entertainment low-key but it captured the spirit of the festival; and the turnout small but muhibbah.
By all counts, the DAP's first national level Aidilfitri open house at the open-air carpark of the Kajang Municipal Council Stadium in Bandar Baru Bangi here was a success.
The members of the public who streamed in came in all shapes and shades. There were Chinese salaam-ing other Chinese, Malays, Indians and vice versa.
The mood was genial if not jolly. It helped that the weather held for the brief three hours the party lasted.
For once, it seemed, the opposition politicians were able to relax and mingle directly with the rakyat without fear of being molested or harrassed about when they were going to act on their promise to take over Putrajaya. The feel-good vibes were reflected in the easy smiles they wore on their faces.
There were representatives from the top echelon of the triparte Pakatan Rakyat at the do. Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim with his wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail the president ofParti Keadilan Rakyat were there. Datuk Seri Hadi Awang, the president of PAS also attended.
The three main leaders delivered a short speech each. Mainly it focused on practising good governance and building a strong and lasting partnership among the different ethnic communities.
Much of it was spin, of course, but the core message it attempted to convey was nevertheless true, more so in light of the special reminder issued by the council of rulers last Thursday. Solidarity amid diversity.
Or as Anwar summed it: "Let us not, while building, be demolishing."
He said that it was a quote from Muhammad Natsir, an influential Indonesian politician and ulama. He explained that it was a reminder that as important as it was to build for the future, it was equally important not to break down the foundations of the society it was building on.
"The issue of morals and ethics, that is still core," Anwar said, before launching a new book about the DAP secretary-general titled "Lim Guan Eng: Dari Penjara Ke Tampuk Kuasa" (Lim Guan Eng: FromPrison to Seat of Power).

Friday, September 19, 2008

Teresa Kok Freed : From Malaysiakini

DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was released unconditionally at 1pm today, after being held under the Internal Security Act for seven days.

Kok, 43, walked out from the Jalan Travers police station at 1.40pm, accompanied by her lawyer Sankara Nair and her personal aide, Mandy Ooi.She was greeted by her visibly elated parents.Kok was immediately hugged by her 71-year-old mother, Poon Seh Kwon, who gave her daughter a bunch of white and pink roses.

"I don't know what I've got into... I don't know what is the real reason (that) caused me to (be) put behind bars for one week," she told journalists as she left the police station.
Kok, who is also the Selangor state executive council member, expressed that she was still slightly shaken but glad that she was released."(There is) no reason at all to put me under ISA... What have I done? What have I said?" she asked.

During the whole one week, they didn't show any proof or evidence to show that I made statements that have caused racial and religious tension."The parliamentarian said that she felt like "fool" when she was incarcerated not knowing the grounds for her arrest.

When asked the reason for her release, Kok said, "I don't know... I don't know why I was charged... Of course, they have to release me; they find no case against me."Kok thanked all those who had campaigned for her release including those from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, such as "her friend" Zaid Ibrahim who had resigned as the de facto law minister following her arrest.

Deputy inspector-general of police Ismail Omar said that Kok was released after investigations showed that there was no reason to detain her any further.Kok held a press conference two hours later at the DAP headquarters in Petaling Jaya.‘Honey, I'm home; I've had a hard day'Minutes after the IT-savvy and affable politician was released, she updated her social networking Facebook account.

At 1.35pm, she posted an entry in her Facebook saying, "Teresa sings ‘Honey, I'm home, I've had a hard day, pour me a cold one da da da...", which immediately attracted comments welcoming her release.DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang also appeared to be surprised by Kok's early release.Lim wrote in his blog that he received a phone call with the caller identification ‘Teresa' at 12.56pm while he was having lunch in Ipoh, Perak and he had wondered who was using the MP's mobile phone."But it was her on the line and I wondered how she wangled the use of her phone while in detention. But no, she did no such improper thing. She told me that she was being released.

Bravo. The irresistible pressures for her unjust and undemocratic detention had succeeded," wrote Lim, who is also the Ipoh Timor MP.Last Friday, Kok was arrested under Section 73(1) of the ISA at 11.18pm, allegedly for sparking religious and racial tension ostensibly for her role in an Islamic matter.She was arrested on the same day with controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Sin Chew Daily journalist Tan Hoon Cheng, who was however released after 18 hours.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Free Teresa Kok Now!

The following is a transcript of what Teresa’s mum said outside the police station after visiting her for 90 minutes.

“I hope she can regain her freedom and come out as soon as possible and continue to live an ordinary life instead of being detained in a cage like a dog. They locked her up once she walked into that room which is only 6′ x 8′. She is not allowed to read newspaper or any other reading material. She lost all her freedom!
“I feel so sad. Yes they gave her three meals a day, but the food is bad! She had diarrhea this morning and her blood pressure plunged!
“Her dad did not notice it but she was so pale when we met her. It pains me seeing her like that. I never expected that my daughter who spend 2/3 of her time a day servicing the people, fighting for the people’s interest and right, can end up like this.
“This Bahasa Malaysia newspaper purposely defamed her, twisted the facts just to get her into trouble, to victimise her.
“I can only encourage her. I told her we are people who believe in God. Bible told us those who are victimise because they fight for justice are the blessed people. Such people are children of God. I encourage her with these words. I told her not to give up but keep on praying.”

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Residents of PPR Salak South Celebrate Merdeka Day

On Merdeka Day, 31-8-2008, residents of PPR Salak South celebrated the National Day by organizing the Merdeka walk.

Monday, August 25, 2008

15th DAP National Convention

DAP Chairman, Sdr Karpal Singh with DAP secretary general Sdr Lim Guan Eng

DAP advisor, Sdr Lim Kit Siang with Sdr Tan Seng Giaw.

Salak South DAP Chairman, Abdullah Chong in front of the DAP convention hall

Teresa Kok, the MP for Seputeh with Sdr Tan Kok Wai

DAP Seputeh members having a group photos at the Convention hall

The 15th DAP National Convention was held on 23rd August to 24th August 2008 in Kuala Lumpur. The 2 days convention also saw the election of the DAP central committee members with Sdr Lim Kit Siang, the DAP advisor obtaining the highest votes followed by Sdr Lim Guan Eng, the DAP secretary general who is also the Penang CM.PJ Utara MP Sdr Tony Pua was one of the newcomer elected to the CC.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Photos of DAP Salak South Penang Trip

The DAP SSNV delegation posed with YB Lim Guan Eng

The Chief Minister of Penang YB Lim Guan Eng readily autographed on the DAP cap

The DAP SSNV delegation with the DAP flags posing in front of the state building at Komtar

DAP SSNV Chairman posing in front of the CM official car

SsThe DAP Salak South secretary Mr Fong Kok Leong(left) and Chairman Abdullah Chong(right) posed in front of the Rocket models

DAP Salak South N/V suceessfully organised 2D/1N trip to Penang and was warmly welcome by the Chief Minister Sdr Lim Guan Eng at the Komtar building where the state administration is located.DAP SSNV also brought along the Rocket banners to the building to have some memorable photos taken with YB Lim who is also DAP Secretary General.