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100 days report card

100 days report card

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A hundred days after its chairperson P Waythamoorthy joined the federal government, Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia says it has made progress in only one of 32 areas of its agreement with BN: to set up a new unit under the Prime Minister’s Department.

Even then, Waythamoorthy as a deputy minister has little real power, reads the NGO's 100-day report card released today.

“(The unit is) not able to independently operate yet – the PM (Najib Abdul Razak) has to be involved in all matters. The time with PM is also limited so, matters are held up,” it said.

Further hampering its efforts is that it has yet for form an Expert Steering Committee (ESC), which the report says will delay many other aspects of the blueprint.

“The two members from the Hindraf side have been identified for this committee, (but we are still) waiting for the government’s side for identification of the chairperson and two committee members,” it said.

Among the issues stalled by the ESC delay include the setting-up of a subcommittee to deal with issues related to temples and burial grounds, and conducting of studies to resolve a myriad of issues such as displaced estate workers and the provision of skills programmes and housing.
Nine activities deemed feasible

The setting-up of the committee is deemed to one of nine initiatives that it deemed feasible in the first 100 days.

It expressed concern that unless this is rectified soon, the committee would not be able to provide input to the Budget 2014 planners for its implementation plans.

“The Budget 2014 planning cycle has begun. Unless the committee gets to work very soon, it is likely that the budget input for the implementation plan may be in jeopardy.

“In addition, this plan drives the infrastructure set-up for the unit and several activities in the plan. This is a major bottleneck for the plan at this stage,” it said.

In addition, it said it has already proposed a budget and an organisational structure for Waythamoorthy’s unit. However, the former is yet to be approved, while the latter has been rejected for being “too elaborate”.

The report card tracks the progress in 32 performance areas in the implementation of Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia’s 32-point MOU with BN from June 5, when Waythamoorthy was sworn into office, up to Sept 12.
After courting Pakatan Rakyat for months leading up to the last general election, Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia made an about-turn on April 18 by signing what it called a "historic" memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BN.

Waythamoorthy then urged the Indian community to throw its support behind BN in the election and was made a senator and roped into Prime Minister Najib Razak's administration after May 5.
The eight-page report concludes with a large blue ‘frownie’ (a frowning face) under the heading “Overall performance rating for this report period”.

“Our performance in this period is certainly unsatisfactory, but we believe this has much to do with the learning curve involved of this unprecedented effort deriving from the agreement.

“We believe that performance will certainly pick up with the approaches we are taking or planning to take,” the report said.
A hundred days after its chairperson P Waythamoorthy joined the federal government, Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia says it has made progress in only one of 32 areas of its agreement with BN: to set up a new unit under the Prime Minister’s Department.

Even then, Waythamoorthy as a deputy minister has little real power, reads the NGO's 100-day report card released today.

“(The unit is) not able to independently operate yet – the PM (Najib Abdul Razak) has to be involved in all matters. The time with PM is also limited so, matters are held up,” it said.

Further hampering its efforts is that it has yet for form an Expert Steering Committee (ESC), which the report says will delay many other aspects of the blueprint.

“The two members from the Hindraf side have been identified for this committee, (but we are still) waiting for the government’s side for identification of the chairperson and two committee members,” it said.

Among the issues stalled by the ESC delay include the setting-up of a subcommittee to deal with issues related to temples and burial grounds, and conducting of studies to resolve a myriad of issues such as displaced estate workers and the provision of skills programmes and housing.
Nine activities deemed feasible

The setting-up of the committee is deemed to one of nine initiatives that it deemed feasible in the first 100 days.

It expressed concern that unless this is rectified soon, the committee would not be able to provide input to the Budget 2014 planners for its implementation plans.

“The Budget 2014 planning cycle has begun. Unless the committee gets to work very soon, it is likely that the budget input for the implementation plan may be in jeopardy.

“In addition, this plan drives the infrastructure set-up for the unit and several activities in the plan. This is a major bottleneck for the plan at this stage,” it said.

In addition, it said it has already proposed a budget and an organisational structure for Waythamoorthy’s unit. However, the former is yet to be approved, while the latter has been rejected for being “too elaborate”.

The report card tracks the progress in 32 performance areas in the implementation of Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia’s 32-point MOU with BN from June 5, when Waythamoorthy was sworn into office, up to Sept 12.
After courting Pakatan Rakyat for months leading up to the last general election, Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia made an about-turn on April 18 by signing what it called a "historic" memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BN.

Waythamoorthy then urged the Indian community to throw its support behind BN in the election and was made a senator and roped into Prime Minister Najib Razak's administration after May 5.
The eight-page report concludes with a large blue ‘frownie’ (a frowning face) under the heading “Overall performance rating for this report period”.

“Our performance in this period is certainly unsatisfactory, but we believe this has much to do with the learning curve involved of this unprecedented effort deriving from the agreement.

“We believe that performance will certainly pick up with the approaches we are taking or planning to take,” the report said.

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HINDRAF’S 100 DAY
PROGRESS REPORT CARD
IMPLEMENTATION PROGRESS REPORTON THE AGREEMENT INTHE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEENBARISAN NASIONAL AND HINDRAF12th Sept 2013
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The Report Card
Hindraf is presenting to the public this report with the aim of informing on the status of theimplementation of the plans in the Memorandum of Understanding that was arrived at betweenBarisan Nasional and Hindraf on the 18
th
of April 2013.We deem this report an important communication exercise to the people whom we serve and onwhose behalf we are participating in Government. This is a precedent we want to set for goodgovernance and we hope other organizations in Government will take the cue from this.This 100 day report is the first one. We will be presenting this report periodically. We expect tosubmit our next report 12 months into our participation in Government.This exercise will increase accountability of all parties concerned to the pledges made before gettinginto office. The people can use this report card to make their future decisions about thegovernment.
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PROGRESS REPORT CARD
ON PERFORMANCE ONTHE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN BARISAN NASIONAL AND HINDRAF OF THE 18TH OF APRIL 20135th June 2013 to the 12th Sept 2013
MOU PERFORMANCE AREASTATUS COMMENTS
RATING
ITEMS THAT REASONABLY COULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED IN THIS PERIOD
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SET UP A NEW UNIT WITHIN THE PM'SDEPARTMENT AND APPOINT A HINDRAFASSIGNEE AS ITS HEAD WITH THE CHARTER TOIMPLEMENT THE MOU
A NEW UNIT HAS BEEN SETUP AND P WAYTHA MOORTHYHAS BEEN MADE THE HEAD OF THE NEW UNIT CHARTEREDTO IMPLEMENT THE MOU
THE NEW UNIT HAS YET TO BE NAMED AND THE CHARTER PUBLICLY CONFIRMED
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DEVOLUTION OF FULL EXECUTIVE AUTHORITYTO THE UNIT HEAD
FULL EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY HAS NOT BEEN DEVOLVED
NOT ABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY OPERATE YET -THE PM HAS TO BE INVOLVED IN ALL MATTERS. THETIME WITH THE PM IS ALSO LIMITED SO, MATTERS ARE ALL HELD UP
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ALLOCATE ADEQUATE BUDGET FO R THEIMPLEMENTATION OF THE MOU PLANS FOR2013
BUDGET IS YET TO BE ALLOCATED TO THIS NEW UNIT FOR2013.
A BUDGET REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN PROPOSED BUT HAS YET TO BE APPROVED. THEITEMS IN THEBUDGET REQUISITIONED RELATE TO FIRST PASS EXPENDITURES FOR DISPLACED ESTATE WORKERRESETTLEMENT PROGRAMS, FOR PRIMARY SCHOLL REBUILDING, RELOCATION FOR TEMPLE LANDACQUISITION
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ESTABLISH THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURETO CARRY OUT THE IMPLEMENTATION
THE UNIT'S ORGANIZTION STRUCTURE HAS YET TO BEESTABLISHED
A PROPOSAL FOR THE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE OF THE UNIT HAS BEEN PROPOSED BUT HAS BEENREJECTED BECAUSE IT IS CONSIDERED TOO ELABORATE
5
ESTABLISH AN EXPERT STEERING COMMITTEE(ESC)
THETWO MEMBERS FROM HINDRAF SIDE HAVE BEENIDENTIFIED FOR THIS COMMITTEE, WAITING FOR THEGOVERNMENT'S SIDE IDENTIFICATION OF THE CHAIRMANAND TWO COMMITTEE MEMBERS,
THE STEERING COMMITTEE IS A MAJOR ELEMENT IN MANY SUBSEQUNT PLANS FOR THE BLUEPRINT.THE DELAY IN SETTING UP THIS COMMITTEE WILL DELAY MANY OTHER BLUEPRING ACTIVITIES.
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SET UP AN ARBITRATION COMMITTEE
THE COMMITTEE HAS NOT BEEN SETUP YET
IF A DISPUTE ARISES IN THE COURSE OF OPERATIONALIZING THIS MOU, IT COULS LEAD TO ASTALEMTATE AND TO OTHER UNDESIRABLE CONSEQUENCES
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SET UP A SUBCOMMITTEE UNDER THEPURVIEW OF THE ESC TOADDRESSISSUE OFTEMPLES AND BURIAL GROUNDS
THIS SUBCOMMITTE HAS NOT BEEN SET UP AS IT ISDEPENDENT ON THE ESC SET UP.
TEMPLE DEMOLITION ATTEMPTS ARE STILL OCCURRING AND IF THIS COMMITTEE IS DELAYED THEJEORPARDY PERIOD FOR SUCH OCCURRENCES IS INCREASED.
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RSERVE 7.5% OF PLACES IN MATRICULATIONAND SKILLS TRANING INSTITUTES
2013 QUOTA FOR THE MATRICLUALATION PLACES HAVE NOTBEEN MET..
IT IS ALSO NOT CLEAR WHAT 7.5% WORKS OUT TO. NEXT YEAR ONWARDS A CLEAR ANDTRANSPARENT SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE SETUP TO PREVENT THIS FROM BEING A RECURRING EVENT
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DEVELOP PROPOSALS FOR THE ELIMINATIONOF STATELESSNESS AMONG INDIANMALAYSIANS
A SAMPLE STUDY HAS BEEN DONE AND 10 CATEGORIES OFCAUSES OF STSTELESSNESS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED ANDRECOMMENDATIONS DEVELOPED. THIS IS PENDINGDISCUSSION FOR ENDORSEMENT
IMPLEMENTATION CAN ONLY HAPPEN AFTER THE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN REVIEWED. LACKOF INFRASTRUCTURE HAS SLOWED THIS EFFORT DOWN.
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