16th May 2013
Segamat MP and MIC Deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has been appointed as Health Minister after retaining the Segamat parliamentary seat in the 13th general election in a close contest with former Health Minister Chua Jui Meng.
After his appointment as Health Minister, he said he wants to focus on increasing public awareness on health issues, especially early detection and prevention of diseases.
By Cindi Loo
6th May 2013
Newly-elected Segamat MP Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam was all smiles as he entered the counting centre at Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim, Segamat yesterday.
The seat, considered to be one of the hottest seats contested in Johor, was thought to be fallible when PKR had fielded its Johor chief Datuk Chua Jui Meng to go against him.
However, while it is obvious that Chua has the appeal, he could not garner enough votes, losing to Subramaniam with a majority of 1,217.
I awake with a massive hangover, not from overconsuming of certain liquids but, of disbelief. Disbelief of events in the past weeks leading up to GE13.
The majority of results have been officially announced and it contains a few exceptional FIRST!
First time voters surged to almost (more than) quarter of all eligible votes;
First time overseas voters accepted in the electoral process;
80% turnout to poll, highest in history...
to name a few of many notables which pundits have called the 'watershed' election.
18th April 2013
United Nations decreed 2nd of April as World Autism Awareness Day back in 2007. Since then organisations around the world have used this day to raise public awareness on this very common and misunderstood disorder.
Back in 2008, a report from The Star stated the 1 out of 625 Malaysian children are autistic. Recently, National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) estimated that the number has increased to 1 in 150 Malaysian children born with autism. This means there are more than 3000 new cases each year nationwide.
Segamat: Kg Abdullah Padang
Audience: 20K by organiser
Ind. Estimate: 5K, ebb and flow perhaps 20K
By Segamat Old Boy
A heavy air of euphoria and expectations, tinged with anxiety percolates.
Earlier, a report of IED at the BN ceramah the previous evening of Day11/23rd.Apr in Nibong Tebal, Penang had been broadcasted on radio/TV. Conspiracy theories and rumour mills are working overtime. I had received a plea from my concerned sister from KL to be cautious or skip the ceramah.
I recalled my first ceramah in Alor Star, Kedah ~1998 when REFORMASI was first coined. There was no broad coalition of opposition, and a platform of speakers from DAP, PAS, KEADILAN had come to town - joined in common cause due largely to the incarceration of Anwar Ibrahim on charges of sodomy. (Later fully acquited).
The crowd in Padang Abdullah was getting restless at ~8.30pm. The show have yet to live up to expectations - 2 emcees (Indian&Chinese) whipped up the crowd in multilingual rhetorics and slogans. Cars and motorbikes were still circling the padang for parking or vantage points.
24th April 2013
I was asked to contribute to this dear website that have been the source of my relief for the many flood alerts and tips and advice, the floods - a usual phenomena every year since I was wee little one.
But, what could I contribute having lived out of the country for over 10 years - an ignorant, selfish Malaysian, living the 'good life' overseas (sic)! Nevertheless, I will try and give it a shot. I came back last week at the opportune time when GE13 nominations are closed.
Since then, I have not only seen rockets on roof-racks of some souped up car, the ones that raced every Sunday am on 2nd Link that keeps me awake, though I'm sure its just my jet-lag I should be blaming.
23rd April 2013
Segamat will be in the eye of the electoral storm over the next 2 days. PKR leader Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim will attend the PKR ceramah at Kg. Abdullah Padang at 8:30pm, 24th April 2013.
The next morning at 10:00am, 25th April 2013, DPM Tan Sri Dato Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin will attend the Karnival Azam Kerja 1 Malaysia at Dataran Segamat.
16th April 2013
From Sin Chew Daily
By LIM MUN FAH
Translated by DOMINIC LOH
From a well respected federal minister to an ordinary man in the street. From a key leader in the ruling coalition to one in the opposition pact. From someone who told people not to act childish to one told likewise by others. From hiding away from public radar to open outpour of disgruntlement. From having no place to go to some place he can now stake his future on.
Chua Jui Meng's more recent political journey has made a truly exciting and intriguing political soap opera of unexpected upheavals and dramatic twists. His frequent turnarounds seem to illustrate the point that there are no permanent friends nor foes in politics.
22nd April 2013
From NST Online
SEGAMAT: MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam is ready to fight Johor Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Datuk Chua Jui Ming all the way in Segamat.
The incumbent for Segamat parliamentary seat since 2004 said Barisan Nasional (BN) had implemented various changes and development for people in the constituency.
"Anyone can contest here. We (BN) have been here for nine years and the people here know what we have done.