Penang Deputy Chief Minister II (2008- to date) DAP Operation Centre Perai Junior COMBI Team Nomination Day Hindu Endowments Board Walkabout at Chai Leng Park

Penang takes up case of varsity ‘reject students’

By Aaron Ngui The Penang government is puzzled as to why students with straight A’s and with CGPA scores of 4.0 could not obtain places in the university course of their choice. Deputy Chief Minister II, Dr P. Ramasamy, said his office has received five such complaints, including one who was not even offered a place. He said the first case involved a student who applied to study medicine after obtaining 4A’s in STPM but was rejected without any alternative course offered, while the...

Malaysia should boycott CHOGM, IC should call for referendum

Malaysia should not participate in CHOGM in Colombo simply because what took place in 2009 was a genocide against Tamil people. Unless the Sri Lankan government is taken to task on the genocide against Tamils, I think the Commonwealth countries should boycott CHOGM in Colombo this year, said Malaysia’s Penang State Deputy Chief Minister, Prof Ramasamy in an exclusive interview to TamilNet this week. While the Tamil issue has been so much internationalised, countries like India try to go back...

The canteen issue isn’t a small matter

By P Ramasamy More than 50 years of BN/Umno’s political hegemony has meant not the resolution of outstanding ethnic and religious problems, but their perpetuation in different and nefarious ways. In a specific sense, the government in power has the tendency to cover up matters especially those that touch on racial and religious sensitivities. One such recent case involved non-Muslim children being told to use the shower/bathroom place to have their meals during the month of Ramadan at SK...

GE13: Taking Care of Unfinished Business (Published on April 25th in fz.com)

PENANG (April 25): Known to many in the state as “Prof”, DAP deputy secretary-general Ramasamy Palanisamy achieved what was thought the unthinkable in the 2008 general election. He stood in the parliamentary seat of Batu Kawan against then chief minister of Penang Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, who had helmed the state for 18 years, and won by a majority of 9,485.   For the state seat of Perai, under the Batu Kawan constituency, Ramasamy, who had lived in Kuala Lumpur prior to the 12th...

What really happened to the Kampung Buah Pala folks: The Untold Story

The previous government sold the KBP land to the developer. The Pakatan Rakyat government then had to deal with this mess created by them (previous government). It was not an easy task as some political leaders (opponents) managed to persuade 9 out of 25 families not to accept the compensation offered. 15 families (who trusted Pakatan Rakyat and accepted the compensation from the developer) each received a 500 000-ringgit property.  A community hall and a temple were also built for the...