Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Following Took Place between 26 & 27 Feb 2009

26.2.09 (morning) - Works Minister Mohd Zin announced toll increases for 5 highways which were to have taken effect on 1.3.2009.

26.2.09 (noon) - Public outcry against the announcement.

26.2.09 (late afternoon) - PM Abdullah Badawi called for a review of the decision following a public outcry.

27.2.09 - DPM Najib led Cabinet decided that the toll increases would be put off indefinitely.

27.2.09 (after Cabinet meeting) - Works Minister said the Cabinet decided to rescind its Feb 11 decision & PM also said the Cabinet’s new decision was made due to the people’s economic hardship.

Conclusion - 2 weeks ago, our “public-minded” & “always on the ground to keep in touch with the rakyat” Ministers thought that the people did not face any economic hardship. But in less than 24 hours after the increase in toll announcement on 26.2.09, the same group of Ministers overturned their early decision on the ground that they are now “enlightened” by the people of their economic hardship. MCA president cum Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat, why the silence when the decision was made 2 weeks ago?

Lim Lip Eng

What Umno Youth & IGP Said & What the Law says

I deny to the claim by umno youth members which is reported in The Star that “I came and, after some heated words, pushed them.” One of them said in the report, “he spoke nicely to Karpal Singh but it was someone else who was rude,” however Karpal said "They were very unruly and refused to let me leave." On one hand, they said “they had gone to Parliament on their own without any prior planning.” On the other hand, they said “they had a smoke while waiting for Karpal outside the tower block.” OxyMORONS?

Also in The Star, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) said “the police had no authority or jurisdiction to enter or intervene during the fracas.” However the law in this land pursuant to 124 of the Penal Code says “Whoever, with the intention of inducing or compelling or attempting to induce or compel a member of Parliament to exercise or refrain from exercising in any manner the lawful powers of such member, assaults or wrongfully restrains, or attempts wrongfully to restrain, or ..., such member shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 7 years, and shall also be liable to fine.” On top of that, the Standing Orders of the Dewan Rakyat says “Order 1(e): Motion directing the IGP to provide free passage to Members of Parliament.” Now, can anyone say the IGP is still fit to be the No. 1 law enforcer?

Lim Lip Eng

Thursday, February 26, 2009

'Singh is King' mobbed, MP claims assault (updated)

Malaysiakini | S Pathmawathy | Feb 26, 09 2:57pm

A day after proclaiming that 'Singh is King', DAP veteran Karpal Singh finds himself mobbed by a group of angry Umno Youth members at the Parliament lobby.

This followed Karpal's accusation yesterday that the 'celaka' (damn) Umno Youth was responsible for the death threat and live bullets he had received via mail last week.

Karpal had also warned Umno Youth not to play games with him and likened himself to the recent Bollywood blockbuster 'Singh is Kinng'.

At about 2.30pm, the wheelchair-bound politician was surrounded by about 30 Umno Youth members, who prevented him from entering the Dewan Rakyat.

Karpal then telephoned fellow DAP MP Fong Po Kuan, who arrived with a 'rescue team' comprising DAP MPs to save their chairperson.

During the ensuing drama, which saw a little shoving and pushing, DAP MP for Segambut Lim Lip Eng claimed that he was assaulted.

According to Lim, he was hit a number of times on the face and his body.

The opposition parliamentarians also complained that security personnel did not intervene until they made noise.

In an immediate reaction, House speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia expressed regret over the incident, which he said was a first in Parliament.

The speaker added that he would ask the Home Ministry to investigate the matter and vowed that such incidents would not recur.

Meanwhile, a defiant Karpal later declared: "I might be in a wheelchair but I will not be cowed or intimidated by anyone."

BN Backbenchers Club chairperson Tiong King Sing later told reporters that all 22 members of the unruly crowd have been arrested by the police from Bukit Aman.

However, this could not be confirmed with the police.

He also apologised to Karpal over the incident and said that he would urge the speaker to limit the entry of political party supporters into the House.


Additional 3 photos (below) from

Friday, February 20, 2009

Another Close Case of Police Brutality

Below is my oral question to Parliament and the answer I got on 18.2.2009:

“Lim Lip Eng minta Menteri Dalam Negeri menyatakan identiti-identiti anggota polis dan FRU yang menggunakan kekerasan terlampaui serta mencabul hak asasi manusia terhadap Chang Jiun Haur, Chang Jiun Mein, Chan Siew Meng dan Chok Kem Hoo pada 27.5.2008 di Bandar Mahkota Cheras dan bilakah tuduhan mahkamah akan dibuat.”

“Menteri: Tuan Yang Dipertua, saya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Ahli Yang Berhormat dari Segambut. Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, kes penggunaan kekerasan melampau oleh anggota polis dan FRU disiasat mengikut seksyen 324 Kanun Keseksaan berdasarkan laporan polis Kajang Report 13909/09. Kes tersebut telah pun dirujuk kepada Timbalan Pendakwa Raya dan pihak Timbalan Pendakwa Raya memutuskan tiada pertuduhan dibuat kerana semasa kawat cam, saksi-saksi berkenaan tidak dapat mengecam suspek iaitu anggota polis dan FRU yang dikatakan terlibat.”

Some backgrounds: Human Rights Commission of Malaysia has on 7.1.2009 found that the police and Federal Reserve Unit used excessive force on the four Chinese youths (A Toothless Tiger?). Deputy Inspector General of police Tan Sri Ismail said on 10.1.2009 action will be taken on those responsible for the excessive use of force by law enforcement personnel (Mere Talk). MCA lawyers also said they will help the victims (Sheer Act). And now, the minister said NO CASE.

Lim Lip Eng

Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Child Abuse

Late afternoon yesterday, I received photos and a note from an unknown source alleging that the little girl in the photos is abused by family members. House address is given in the note and the girl is said to be 4 years old. I cannot lodge a report because I have no proof and I cannot go to the house because that would be an offence for trespassing.

Still, I went immediately to see the police chief of Sentul Police District. After seeing the photos, the OCPD said action must be taken. This morning, a team of police (mostly policewomen) and I arrived at the house and to our shock, a babysitter was there babysitting 3 young kids including the injured little girl. Police took away the little girl for medical examination and statements were recorded from few adults in the house. At writing time, I heard the babysitter was also taken to police station for further investigation. I applaud the informer who may have helped us to save a life. I urge the public to tip the authorities even in anonymity if someone’s life is in danger.

Lim Lip Eng

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Adulterous Woman

…then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?" They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She replied, "No one, sir." Then Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more."

From the Bible, Book of John: Chapter 8

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Forum: "Perak Coup D'etat : What Say You?"

Date: 17th Feb 2009
Time: 8:00pm
Venue: Dewan Hamzah, Majlis Perbandaran Klang, Klang
Speakers: Ngeh Koo Ham, A. Sivanesan, Lim Kit Siang, Khalid Samad, Dr. Dzulkifli Ahmad, Haris Ibrahim, Charles Santiago
Organizer: Charles Santiago (MP Klang)

Please contact Yap (016-2026300) / Sarah (016-6267797) if you have any further enquiries.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Can We Have Our Highways Back?

DAP is having its first public consultation and dialogue on Malaysia's highway toll concession agreements since they were "declassified" for public viewing about a month ago. For members of the public who wish to find out more details of our findings, as well as for the professionals with additional information, please join us for an evening of sharing and brainstorming.
The details are as follows:

"Can We Have Our Highways Back?"

Venue: Crystal Crown Hotel, Petaling Jaya
Date: 18 February (Wed)
Time: 7.30pm
The panel speakers include:
YB Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader
YB Tony Pua, MP Petaling Jaya Utara
Mr Teh Chi Chang, Economic Advisor to DAP Secretary-General
Other speakers to be confirmed

For venue’s direction, please click HERE

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Demolition of a Mystery Tower

A huge “mystery” tower set up recently at Jalan Sri Hartamas 1 was brought down by KL city hall this morning using two cranes following complaints from neighboring residents of Duta Nusantara and after my letter of enquiry sent to the director general of city hall. Government personnel from many agencies were involved in this “legitimate” demolition including officers from TNB, JKR and the police. In fact, I highlighted the construction of the tower to the residents’ group of Duta Nusantara on 1st January to which its chairman told me that the structure was meant to be a clock tower under city hall landscape plan as this was what they were informed by JKR and city hall and the chairman thanked me for my concern. However, the residents’ group later realised that they have been played out or rather cheated or conned when the near completed tower was clearly in the shape of a telecommunications tower! It ain’t over just yet by bringing down the tower, city hall must follow up by lodging a police report against the culprit telecommunications company and its contractor for trespassing into state’s land which is a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment under 441 of our Penal Code 1997.

Lim Lip Eng

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Aftermath of Flash Floods 2009

Local resident, M.Govin and I at Segambut Estate Hindu Temple where the statue of God was destroyed by floods

Yesterday morning I went to inspect the areas affected by the day before flash floods. The aftermath scenes were the usual muddy floors, water-soaked furniture, damaged household electrical appliances, need-to-be overhauled motor vehicles, and dirty laundries/carpets until I saw a saddened panorama of a destroyed Hindu temple at Segambut Estate, its statue of God was nearly washed off by the waist-deep flood water. Mr M.Govin, a local resident who accompanied me there was almost in tears when he asked me what is to be done. I’m speechless… DBKL please tell me, what is to be done?

Lim Lip Eng

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Flash Floods 2009!

At 6pm today just after a short downpour of heavy rain, flash floods happen at all over Segambut. Some residents told me it’s the worst they have ever seen! The affected areas include the flood-prone Segambut Estate, Segambut Tengah, Segambut Dalam, Segambut Bahagia and surprisingly for the first time it happens at the affluent Mont Kiara area where mostly the upper class and expatriates reside. The resulting traffic jams clog up motorists at Jalan Duta and some parts of Sprint Highway.

I don’t have to be a flood expert to know the main cause of this flash flood. It is due to overdeveloping without having the proper drainage system.

Lim Lip Eng