Wednesday, November 25, 2009

MACC - TIED HANDS?

MACC - TIED HANDS?


MACC - TIED HANDS?

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 09:32 AM PST

editor@thestar.com.my

The High Court recently ruled that MACC is only allowed to question suspects and witnesses during office hours ie about 8.00 am to 5pm. This is a landmark judgment and will definitely change how MACC offices throughout the country operate. Whilst on the one hand, it is good, especially in the wake of the death of the late Teoh Beng Hock who was grilled until late night before being released though found dead later on, I wonder if the judgment would create more problems than solving them.

Not questioning the Court's judgment, MACC must now find new ways and methods to build its cases solidly for prosecution. Imagine this scenario – the suspect is brought into MACC headquarters for questioning. However, by 5pm (close of office for the day), questioning is still not finished yet. Does this mean the MACC must now release the suspect or witness and ask him to re-submit himself for questioning the next working day? If that were the case, the scenarios might happen:-

i. Suspect / Witness does turn up the next day for further questioning;

ii. Suspect / Witness (if reluctant witness) will destroy all evidence soonest possible to destroy the case;

iii. If it involves a third party who will also be prosecuted if there is a strong case, Suspect / Witness might be kidnapped or killed by them.

iv. Suspect / Witness runs away to evade questioning.

And MACC would not know anything about any of the above scenarios happening until the next working day when the suspect / witness fails to show up. By then it might just be too late to do anything to salvage the case.

And what happens if it were over the weekend? That is a whole 63 hours (Friday 5.00 pm to Monday 8.00am) or 2 1/2 days before they know if their suspect / witness would turn up or not. By then, the suspect / witness can be half way around the world or be hidden anywhere and the MACC would be totally too late to react and salvage the case.

MACC must now crack their heads to find way to overcome this obstacle. Some suggestions could include MACC providing a "safe-house" for the suspect / witness. Alternatively, MACC could provide "bodyguards" after office hours.

However amusing and funny this sounds, it is actually very serious. MACC must be allowed to conduct its investigations as objectively as possible. Nothing must hamper its investigations such as the scenarios listed above.

Though I am saddened by the late Teoh Beng Hock's death, I hope MACC will find ways to ensure the integrity of their investigations and not be hampered by the after office hours ruling.

Ahmad Ikmal Ismail



<br><br>To: editor@thestar.com.my<br><br>The Selangor State government

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 09:32 AM PST

To: editor@thestar.com.my

The Selangor State government recently announced that it will buy over the debts Talam Corporation Bhd has with 4 Selangor state owned subsidiaries totalling RM391m, namely Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS), Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad (KDEB), Permodalan Negeri Selangor Bhd (PNSB)and Universiti Selangor (UNISEL). The vehicle used will be the state's investment arm, Mentri Besar Incorporated (MBI) to buy over the debts owed by Talam. The State Assembly had also on 9 November 2009, approved the supplementary budget totalling to RM391m for this corporate exercise.

Defending the move, the MB of Selangor stated that MBI will ensure that Talam pays off the total RM391m within 3 months and that he was the consultant and brains behind the corporate debt restructuring. In fact, YB Azmin Ali went several steps further when he was quoted defending the move and saying that Selangor Industrial Corporation (SIC), the arm used to get the CIMB loan can settle the debt within 24 hours.

YB Elizabeth Wong also defended the move and said that the Selangor State Government wil be using the full might of the state to recover the amount that been overdue for 10 years from Talam. YB Teresa Kok defended it by saying "By consolidating Talam's debt owed to the state under the MBI it makes it easier to collect the debts and to take the necessary action to recoup the losses," she said. She also stressed that MBI has more power to act as it can seize the land and assets involved if Talam does not repay its debts to the state as a last resort." And that the public should trust them.-Malaysiakini report.

After reading all the news reports made available, this is nothing more but a corporate bail-out for Talam Corp. Now, we have seen many bail –outs in recent days, especially in the US for their banks and major car-makers like Ford, Chrysler and so on. At the same time, the Government of Malaysia had in created Danaharta and Danamodal to buy out debts companies have with banks. But one common factor for these bail-outs – they are all for national interest to keep companies or banks with strategic national interests alive.

I wonder what strategic interest does Talam has for the Selangor State Government? And the state owned subsidiaries are not banks that will hurt their balance sheet and curtail them from doing further businesses. So exactly, why the bail-out?

If these debts have been accumulating for the last 10 years, why is the MB of Selangor and the few YBs above so confident that they can collect in 3 months. And if they can collect in 3 months, why execute all these corporate debt restructuring which will cost SIC and eventually the Rakyat RM70,000 per day in interest? If they had the patience to wait for 10 years, just wait for another 3 months for the debts to be settled without having to do all these costly exercises.

Even under the State subsidiaries, they have the full rights through legal channels to claim for what is owed, and eventually seize assets and lands or whatever to get payment. It does not have to go through MBI to do that.

In short I am perplexed why the Selangor State government is doing this. Absolutely no concrete reason.

The Selangor State Government owes the Rakyat an answer and clarification. Or else the Rakyat will think someone benefited from the whole deal.


umno govt. has no honor, no integrity, no heart!

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 09:34 AM PST

chinpeng-inthe DPM said 'no forgiving you, chin peng' and refused to let him return to sitiawan to die.

has t he govt. forgotten about the peace treaty signed in 1989 between the govt. and the CPM, to allow all ex communists to return to malaysia? where's the honor!

has the govt. forgotten that they allowed ex communists like rashid maidin, abdullah CD, shamsiah fakeh to return to malaysia? where's the integrity!

has the govt. forgotten that islam teaches them to be forgiving? as muslims, they ask for forgiveness from god and hope to be forgiven but why they do not want to forgive an old man who is going to die? they have no hearts!!

whatever happened to the PM's 1malaysia concept? aren't we all one – if some people can return, why not him? that's why 1malaysia is really totally pure crap!

is the govt. showing to us how inferior our culture is when they can't forgive an old man? this appears in comments of one of my previous post regarding chin peng:

The British, Germans, Japanese and Italians fought a horrific 2nd WW. they have forgiven each other. There must be something superior in their culture and something inferior in ours for us to exact revenge against old men. Is there no forgiveness in Asian cultures or even religions? Is what we see today limited to a few vicious and vindictive people or does it apply across the board to the whole nation?

nah, not the whole nation but to umno only. also many ex-servicemen (whatever parties, whatever religion) who does not adhere fully to their religious teachings.

somebody in malaysia today comments asked:

if Japanese did not invade Malaya, there won't be Chin Peng… but our govt forgive and carry the balls of Japanese now but won't forgive Chin Peng… yes, many people die during the Emergency…. but does that mean less people die during Japanese perior???

the above comment was actually in response to what one blogger with a unique name, 'utuh paloi banjar' wrote. make sure you read his interesting, meaningful post.  highlights of what he/she wrote:

As obedient servants of God, Muslims are guided by the teachings of Quran and practice the sunnah or preaching of Prophet Mohammad. And the majority of those who strongly opposed the return of Chin Peng are Muslims.

Have we not heard how Prophet Mohamad forgave his enemy Abu Sufian and the Jew who had the habit of  throwing water on him, and Saidina Ali who forgave the enemy whom he was about to kill? Those are just a few of the countless examples of forgiving the enemy.

As Muslims, we ask for forgiveness from God and hope to be forgiven. But why the reluctance when it is our turn to forgive others!

As human beings, it is never easy to erase the pain from memory but it does not take super human effort to forgive. After all, Islam as well as other religion and teachings encourage the faithful to be forgiving.

i'm not going to say anything more because i had already said much in my previous posts on chin peng except one thing… chin peng made a grave mistake to ask for forgiveness.  knowing how the umno govt. works, and how the mindsets of certain malaysians works.

note:  picture taken from the malaysian insider


Good and bad news for animal-assisted therapy in Petaling Jaya

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 09:18 AM PST


DATELINE PETALING JAYA: 

Advocates for Animal-Assisted Therapy received a huge boost on Wednesday, November 25 when it was announced that disabled residents in PJ will be allowed to obtain free dog licenses for their pets.


The move was announced at the monthly Full Board Meeting at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) that was also attended by several members of the public.


Disabled residents will be obtain their yearly free dog licenses when they submit their disabled identifications by the Welfare Department.


"The decision is a very positive step forward by a local council," said Anthony Thanasayan, President of Petpositive to PET+BLOGSPOT. Anthony who is also a MBPJ Councillor has been pushing for the move since last year. 


"By offering the handicapped a waiver of dog licenses, the MBPJ is immediately legitimising all pet owners with disabilities who have been keeping dogs without a license," said Anthony.


With the free licenses, they will not have to live in fear anymore about their dogs being caught by the local authorities or them being fined, he explained.

"Furthermore the move by MBPJ to provide such an opportunity is a first and significant step in recognising the role of animal-assisted therapy in the lives of the handicapped for positive living," he concluded.

While the disabled received good news, there was dismal news for the elderly when the Council refused to give the same privilege to elderly pet owners.

The normally dull MBPJ meeting turned into a lively debate when licenses for the elderly were discussed. 

State Assemblyman for Damansara Utama in Selangor - and a trained psychiatrist - YB Dr Cheah Wing Yin also threw in his support for free dog licenses for the elderly community.

However his arguments were shot down ironically by three members of his own party the DAP at the meeting.

The matter was referred back to the subcommittee that brought up the issue for further debate on the matter - though several councillors opposed the idea if deliberating further on the issue.

Commenting on the topic after the meeting, Stanislaus Anthony, an elderly resident who attended the meeting said he was most disappointed with the decision on the elderly. 

"Why does a Council want to make money out of senior citizens?" he asked and concluded,"Where is the caring government that Pakatan promised?"     




  
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Akhbar Yang Mana Lagi Mahu Sebar Fitnah? Teruskan..

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 06:05 AM PST

Mahkamah Tinggi hari ini memerintahkan New Straits Times Press (NSTP) membayar RM100,000 kepada Anwar Ibrahim kerana memfintah mantan timbalan perdana menteri itu.

NSTP juga diarah membayar RM20,000 bagi menampung kos mahkamah dan tambahan faedah 8 peratus selagi pampasan itu tidak dibayar.

NST diheret ke mahkamah selepas akhbar itu menyiarkan rencana pada 2 Mac 2002, mendakwa Anwar kononnya menyorokkan RM3 billion di akaun-akaun bank luar negara.

Akhbar itu turut menfitnah Anwar dengan melaporkan Anwar kononnya menggunakan pertubuhan tertentu di Amerika Syarikat untuk mempromosi dirinya.

Pesuruhjaya kehakiman Datuk Harminder Singh berkata akhbar itu gagal membuktikan kesahihan laporan yang disiarkannya.

Peguam Anwar, Sankara Nair menyambut baik keputusan penghakiman berkenaan yang disifatkannya sebagai adil.

"Datuk Seri Anwar Tidak dapat hadir hari ini. Kami Sangat gembira dan berpuas hati dengan keputusan hakim Harmindar Singh, beliau telah melakukan yang terbaik dengan menilai semua aspek dalam kes ini dan analisa semua isu perundangan dari kedua-dua pihak secara rapi," katanya.

Harmindar berkata rencana tersebut berunsur fitnah kerana ia menggambarkan Anwar sebagai seorang yang tidak ada integriti, dan ahli politik yang tidak boleh dipercayai.

Beliau berkata New Straits Times dan ketua pengarangnya ketika s itu Datuk Abdullah Ahmad gagal membuktikan kesahihan tuduhan-tuduhan yang disiarkan akhbar berkenaan.

Mahkamah mendapati rencana NST ini turut berniat jahat dan lebih dari sekadar menerbitkan semula rencana New Republic.

Pampasan yang diberikan oleh mahkamah kepada Anwar jauh lebih rendah daripada 100 juta ringgit yang dituntut oleh peguam Ketua pembangkang itu.

Namun Sankara berkata Anwar berpuashati dengan keputusan mahkamah membela kredibilitinya.

"Seperti saya katakana, bukan duit sebab utamanya. Disebabkan marah anda akan letak jumlah untuk menunjukkan kemarahan dan kekecewaan, tetapi akhirnya duit tidak bernilai berbanding petunjuk," katanya.

Beliau berkata, Anwar mahu kes ini menjadi pengajaran kepada mana-mana media supaya lebih berhati-hati dalam menyiarkan sebarang laporan.

Ulasan GB

Akhbar mana lagi mahu sebar fitnah. Boleh teruskan. Precedent sudah ada.

Jangan nanti sampai bankrap kerana terpaksa membayar saman sedangkan wang itu boleh digunakan untuk bayar gaji dan bonus kakitangan .. bukankah itu lebih mulia dan berfaedah?





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Mr. Disaster

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 03:32 AM PST

My postings have been getting a lot more fewer and so much more far between these days. And this time I can't even blame P1 ... LOL! My connection seems to be pretty good right now so much so that I'm getting pissed with the slow speeds of my office connection. We use Streamyx in the office by the way. I'm being unfair, it's not that slow really but it just so happens my house connection is by far leaps and bounds faster than this :D

What's been happening in my corner of the world? Hmmm, let's see, nothing much really. Work has been consuming quite a bit of my time and I hardly get the chance to blog in the office like I used too. But work pays the bills so I just have no choice in that matter.

Christmas is also peeking just around the corner. Decorations are popping up all over the place though I haven't got mine up yet. I've got a Christmas theme all running around in my mind for this year. It's going to take some work cos I have to hand make everything but I'm really looking forward to it. Last year we didn't have a theme at all for Christmas unlike the winter wonderland theme we had in 2007.

That year both wifey and me decided to go a little crazy and I ended up carving out a miniature winter village scene under my Christmas tree. It took quite a bit of work but both of us were pretty happy with the final results. This year I have something way different in mind and wifey, who is one my most difficult critics (LOL!) has given the green light for my Christmas concept.

I'm not going to use much of the ready made decorations we have so most of the theme will have to be produced manually and that's where the real hard work comes in. It's a good thing wifey is always ever willing to help me out and to also make sure I don't make a mess of the house or hurt myself in the process ... LOL! I have this nasty habit of never failing to either slice my fingers, smash it with a hammer or piercing it with a screwdriver or something whenever I do work at home.

Just a week or two back, I was doing some handy work in the boys room which required some double sided tape, a piece of urmmm, door trim cover (don't know how to describe it) and a saw, yes a saw, which is just the perfect ingredients for a disaster waiting to happen when it comes to me. There I was, with everything at the ready, and I position the saw on that piece of door trim flap ready to cut away.

I start sawing and then I feel this sharp piercing pain on my thumb and blood starts gushing out. I wince in pain. Apparently I was holding the saw upside down and was actually sawing my thumb instead of the door trim. Now, don't even bother asking me how I achieved that magnificently brilliant feat. Like I said, when it comes to doing handy work at home, I'm like a magnet for disaster.

In fact, just yesterday I sliced a nice long section of my left index finger while trying to fix some wire meshing to the back yard fence to keep some darned stray cats out of my house. They've been causing some really nasty damage. I'll write a post about this soon. So, there I was nicely working away trying to cut the wire mesh when I also sliced my finger in the process.

I thought I could keep quiet about it and not tell wifey cos she always gets upset when I'm careless but unfortunately my little boy was in the kitchen and saw me slice my finger and so helpfully shouted out,

'Mommy, he hurt his finger!'

Darn that boy (LOL!) cos the next thing I know I get this, 'not again, you careless doofus' look from wifey ... hehehe ... Pretty soon, I'll be banned from handling all my tools! Hopefully by the time I'm done with my Christmas theme production I'll still have all my fingers intact ... LOL! I'll post some pictures of my Christmas production along the way with the actual completed picture being posted on Christmas eve like what I did for 2007. Hopefully it turns out okay ...
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Happiness is....(Part 1)

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 05:24 AM PST

It suddenly dawn on me, recently, that in a few months' time I would be 56; even then it's assuming that God will allow me to live that long.

Much as I would like to live for as long as possible (for so long as I remain healthy that is), whether I like it or not I would not be around that much longer. After all, comparing human life to the clock, turning 56 would be just like the clock striking 5.30pm!

Which reminds me of the song 'Beyond The Sunset' which is one of the hymns frequently requested by family members of the deceased when our Prayer Group through the Benevolent Ministry pray for the dead either at the funeral parlour or at their home. But I will dwell more on this in a future post when I have the wordings (and hopefully the tune) ready.

Coming back to the original story, upon realising that I'm getting old (at least in the civil service sense as I will be retiring in less than 3 years' time) I've also become rather sentimental. So I decided to start a series of posts (hopefully once a week or at least fortnightly) based on the heading 'Happiness is....'.

So here is my first instalment. I took the above picture when I was having my breakfast in a Kepayan coffeeshop recently. As you can see, my hand was holding 'Yau Cha Kui' (my non-Chinese friends simply call it 'cha kui') and I was dipping it into my cup (or rather glass) of 'Kopi-O-Kau kurang manis'. As I'm turning 56, my memory is also beginning to fail me so that despite trying hard I can't remember what they call it (Cha Kui) in English. All I know is it should be called 'Fried (something)'. HELP! anyone?

Never mind what it is called in English, but what is more important is happiness is dipping my Cha Kui into my Kopi-O as we used to do during our childhood in the old-style coffeeshop back in my hometown Tamparuli in the 1960s; when even the tables, chairs, and cups were old-fashioned which you can't find nowadays.

I know most people would have their Cha Kui laced with either Kaya or Magerine/Butter or both (kahwin), but to me and my childhood friends, happiness is dipping your Cha Kui into the coffee before putting it into your mouth! While you still can, if I may add, as I turn 56 soon.


Selangor Lindungi Penjawat Awam Dari Brainwash BTN

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 05:06 AM PST

Dalam usaha melindungi penjawat awam Selangor dari tarbiyah ekstrem Biro Tata Negara, kerajaan negeri menghentikan penyertaan pegawai agensi kerajaan negeri dan penuntut di institusi pendidikan milik kerajaan negeri dari menyertai kursus biro itu.

Exco Pendidikan Dr Halimah Ali berkata keputusan ini berkuatkuasa serta merta hari ini selepas siasatan mendapati tarbiyah yang diterapkan BTN mengajak kepada perpecahan dan ketegangan kaum.

"Mereka yang telah melalui kursus Biro Tata Negara ini kebanyakannya adalah satu proses indoktrinasi oleh Kerajaan Barisan Nasional dan ia menimbulkan satu fenomenan yang agak perkauman, di mana ia seolah-olah ingin memecahbelahkan di antara penduduk-penduduk yang pelbagai bangsa dan agama di Malaysia ini", jelas Dr Halimah.

Terletak di bawah bidang kuasa Jabatan Perdana Menteri, BTN menawarkan kursus bina jati diri kepada penuntut universiti dan penjawat awam.

BTN diwujudkan bagi menanam semangat cintakan negara, namun umum kini melihat biro itu tidak lebih dari unit propaganda BN.

Minggu lalu, tujuh wakil rakyat Pakatan menggesa kerajaan Selangor menghalang kerahan anak-anak murid ke program tarbiyah BTN.

Bercakap dari pengalamannya sendiri, Adun Sri Setia Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad berkata peserta kursus diajar mengenai Ketuanan Melayu, PKR ejen Yahudi, DAP proksi Singapura dan Pas gerakan ajaran sesat.

Antara institusi pengajian tinggi milikan kerajaan negeri ialah Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor (KUIS), Universiti Industri Selangor (Unisel), Institut Kemahiran Yayasan Selangor dan Kolej Antarabangsa INPENS.

"Kita akan memberikan satu surat arahan formaliti kepada institusi-institusi yang telah saya sebutkan jabatan dan agensi kerajaan negeri Selangor bersama dengan IPT tentang perkara yang saya sebutkan tadi", tegasnya. - MOHD SAHRULNIZAM MOHD ZAIN (TVS)




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Ahli Hindraf Sertai Mogok Lapar Di KLCC

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 05:02 AM PST

Seramai 18 orang ahli Hindraf hari ini mengadakan mogok lapar tepat jam 9.15 pagi di hadapan pintu masuk Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur.

Ketua Penerangan, S.Jayathas berkata, 18 individu berkenaan mewakili 18 permintaan masyarakat India kepada kerajaan yang dibuat pada dua tahun lalu namun masih belum mendapat sebarang jawapan.

Mereka berhimpun seawal jam 9 pagi di perkarangan menara KLCC. Bagaimanapun, pada jam 10.15 pagi berlaku kekecohan apabila polis cuba menghalang tiga orang peserta mogok lapar dari menghampiri pintu masuk mercu Negara itu.

Bagi mengelakkan polis menahan mereka dibawah Akta Polis yang melarang perhimpunan lima orang dan lebih, kumpulan Hindraf ini berpecah kepada beberapa kumpulan kecil tidak melebihi empat orang di serata KLCC.

Tepat jam 1.20 petang, Pemimpin Hindraf, P Utayakumar dan Pengerusinya M. Manoharan datang bersama 10 kanak-kanak untuk menyampaikan bunga kepada 18 peserta mogok berkenaan.

Pemogok-pemogok ini disuraikan secara aman pada 1.45 petang.

Uthayakumar berkata perhimpunan ini adalah bagi memperingati 18 tuntutan yang dikemukakan Hindraf kepada kerajaan Malaysia.

Tuntutan itu menuntut pemerintah untuk tidak menindas masyarakat India kelas bawahan.

Menurut Uthayakumar, Hindraf akan menyampaikan memorandum kepada Perdana Menteri Najib Abdul Razak di Putrajaya menggesa kerajaan duduk semeja dan berdialog bersama mereka.

"Saya minta Najib untuk memanggil kami bagi mengadakan dialog. Kami tiada memorandum lagi kepadanya dan kami minta dia mengadakan sesi dialog. Kami hendak tahu apa tindakannya terhadap 18 permintaan kami," katanya.

M Manoharan, yang juga Adun Kota Alam Shah berkata masyarakat India juga berhak kepada hak-hak kewarganegaraan sepertimana yang kaum lain di Negara ini.

Beliau meminta kerajaan sedia ada memberi perhatian khusus kepada kesan kegagalan pemerintah sebelum ini memberi perhatian kepada maslahat masyarakat tertindas.

"Kami hendak tahu kenapa masyarakat India dilayan dengan teruk oleh kerajaan. Itu tujuannya, perit untuk melihat masyarakat India menderita," katanya. -TVS




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History of the 12th Battalion Malaysian Territorial Army by Lt Col Idris bin Hj Hassan

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 06:12 AM PST

This paper was written by him when he was in Staff College, for the Commandant's Paper. The paper is in two parts. The paper had to be split as the file was too large to be converted to a pdf file. Anyway, thanks to Lt Col Idris for his contribution.

12 Bn MTA Part 1

Part 2

12 Bn MTA Part 2


MALAYA: Waiting on Lefty Monday, Jan. 09, 1956

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 03:52 AM PST

On a mountain top in Malaya last week, John Davis waited for an old wartime friend. Davis had slipped into Malaya by submarine during the Japanese occupation, fought as a guerrilla against the Japanese with the man he was now waiting for: Chin Peng, Chinese-educated leader of Malaya's Communists. After World War II had come a parting of the ways: after marching in the victory parade in London, Chin Peng had gone back to the jungle to continue his guerrilla war, this time against the British and the Malayans; Davis had become a senior district officer in the government of Malaya. As Davis watched the jungle, two scouts walked across the border from Thailand; then came Chin Peng. No longer the slight, pimply youth of the World War II underground, Chin was now a pudgy, soft-faced 34. Laughing, he shook hands with Davis. Said Davis, in Chinese: "Long time no see."

It had, in fact, been something over eight years since non-Communist eyes had rested on Chin Peng. In that time, Chin and his force of 6,000 Communist terrorists had bobbed up all over Malaya, killed some 3,000 unarmed citizens and 2,000 police and soldiers. Running after Chin and repairing his disruptive work had cost the British (who still control Malaya's security and defense forces) a fabulous $1.4 billion. They had put a price of $82,500 on Chin's head, reduced it to $9,900 as the strength of his forces was halved and Chin's value declined. Though far from licked, the terrorists, driven into the remotest jungles, had been forced to set up their headquarters across the border in Thailand.

Recognition. To bring the war to an end, Prince Abdul Rahman (the Tengku), Chief Minister of Malaya's newly elected government, offered to surrendering terrorists an amnesty guaranteeing safe conduct, fair treatment, a pardon, or safe passage to Red China if desired. But he did not promise legal recognition to the Malayan Liberation Army, Chin's name for his Communist outfit. Chin made propaganda out of what he called the "peace negotiations," just as the British had warned the Tengku he would. When at last Chin rejected the amnesty offer, the Tengku was still hopeful, if only he could explain the amnesty terms personally to Chin Peng. Said he: "I am going to listen with an open heart to all Chin Peng has to say." Out of the jungle came a letter from Chin demanding that anti-terrorist activity be suspended over 400 square miles of northern jungle in order to give him safe conduct.

Once Davis and Chin had met, the Englishman led the way down the mountain to the village where Chief Minister Rahman, the colony of Singapore's Chief Minister David Marshall and Sir Cheng-lock Tan, president of the Malayan Chinese Association, were waiting. But first Chin asked to wash up, demanded five sets of fresh underwear, instructed the three servants who had come out of the jungle with him to cook a Chinese meal. Then he went in with his two lieutenants to listen to a four-hour speech by Chief Minister Rahman on the futility of continuing the war. When the Tengku had finished, Chin blandly demanded recognition of the Communist Party. The next day Chief Minister Rahman repeated his lecture and, getting nowhere, was soon shouting angrily: "If the Communists were in power ... I would not indulge in an armed struggle against the government because I love the people and seek their welfare." Chin countered that as long as the British controlled the security forces, the Tengku was not independent. Said the Tengku: "We cannot give the Communist Party equal status and let the events in China, Korea and Viet Nam recur here. Malaya is too small a country to be divided into warring factions."

Over and over the Tengku repeated the only terms on which the Communists would be allowed to return to the commu nity: they must surrender, disband armed forces, and abolish the Communist Party. After surrender they would each be subjected to a loyalty investigation and would be restricted to a specific area of the country, but once investigated, most would be allowed to enter political life again so long as they did not pursue a Communist line. Said Chin: "I and my people will never submit to investigation."

Humiliation. Here Singapore's David Marshall took a hand: "As a human being, I ask you to realize that there are 7,000,000 people in Malaya and 3,000 Communists. I appeal to you to think of their welfare and to accept the sacrifice of your pride in the mild humiliation which you state is implied in the investigation of the loyalty of M.C.P. members before their release." Said Chin: "To report to the police means surrender." Snapped the Tengku: "I will never give in, so you must give in." Replied Chin: "The amnesty means surrender. Surrender means humiliation. We will not accept surrender at any time. We will carry on the struggle to the last man."

Within an hour Chin was on his way back to Thailand. In Penang, a newly arrived contingent of Australian troops prepared for action in the jungle. Time


MALAYA: Into the Ambush

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 03:46 AM PST

In Malaya, where 98% of the Communist strength is among the Chinese, Manap Jepun was a key man. He was one of the few Malayans who would desert Allah for Marx. So he was placed in command of the loth (Malay) Regiment, a unit about 150 men strong and the only all-Malayan regiment on the Communist side.

For two years he held almost undisputed control of the back jungle country in Pahang, terrorizing villagers with his senseless cruelty. Late in 1950, disgusted with his ruthlessness and disillusioned with Communism, many of his own soldiers began to desert him. In one week, more than 10 of them surrendered. Since then, Manap Jepun, with only a small cadre of Chinese terrorists, has been pressed back into the northern mountains, hounded by British teams accompanied by his former followers, eager for the $25,000 price on his head.

Last week, Gurkha jungle fighters, acting on an informer's tip, set an ambush in the mountainous jungle. Into it walked Manap Jepun carrying a Sten gun. A fusillade of shots brought him down. Time


MALAYA: Back to War

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 03:40 AM PST

Shout before you shoot!

For the past three months of their eight-year war against Malaya's Communist terrorists, British and Malayan police and soldiers have been so ordered: before firing on suspects, they must call out the offer of a free pardon. The order stemmed from Malaya's recently elected popular government, which had the praiseworthy but perilous idea of starting the record of independent government by offering an amnesty to Communists. Last week the Communist guerrillas, after dickering briefly with the government about a truce , (they insisted on a Panmunjom-style international armistice commission, plus recognition as a legal political party), plainly showed that they preferred a shooting to a shouting war.

Under cover of a heavy monsoon downpour, 150 terrorists crept up to the barbed wire surrounding the jungle village of Kea in central Malaya, cut through the wire and attacked with machine guns. Quickly subduing the police, they forced the Home Guard commander to deliver up Kea's 35-gun armory, then looted the village of all transportable food. Just as they were about to leave, they called on the village headman to lead them to the house of Vegetable Farmer Chou Yin-san. Said a villager later: "The headman had to show them Chou's house. After he did, they didn't say anything. Chou looked at them inquiringly. They slit his throat." By this act (standard for suspected police informers), the Communists signaled to all Southeast Asia the fact that they were as ruthlessly opposed to the now democratic government of Malaya as they had been to colonialism.

The terrorists had hardly melted back into the jungle before the Royal Regiment of Artillery's 25-pounders began laying down heavy barrages on suspected Communist jungle hideouts. In Kuala Lumpur, headquarters of the British and Malayan forces, General Sir Geoffrey Bourne announced tersely that all-out war against the terrorists would be resumed immediately, canceled the order to "shout before you shoot." The reason Communists could face up to the resumption of a shooting war with some confidence lay not so much in the Federation of Malaya as in the British island colony of Singapore at the southern tip of the Malayan peninsula. Here, with considerable success, the Communists have dropped terrorism for a policy of infiltration in the predominantly Chinese population (Singapore has 900,000 Chinese to 20,000 Europeans). The Communist spearhead in Singapore is the Chinese student movement, among whom are an estimated 20.000 fanatical Communists.

Prompted by professional Communist organizers smuggled in from Red China, the students intimidate their teachers and bully their parents into adopting Communist attitudes. They provide mass support for popular demonstrations, and maintain a flow of anti-Western propaganda, e.g., against American movies, popular songs, clothes, books and ideas, all of which they call "yellow." A Chinese youth was recently stabbed for playing "yellow" songs —on his harmonica, while many have been beaten for attending "yellow" movies. The British method of handling the colonial problem in Singapore, without losing control of the rich commercial port, has been to let the people govern themselves. Singaporeans responded last April by electing a Labor Front government led by a spaniel-eyed criminal lawyer named David Marshall, who campaigned noisily on an anti-British, anticolonial bias, but in office has had to rely on British help to maintain order. In the past nine months there have been 220 strikes in Singapore, mostly Communist-inspired, aimed at crippling the port's economy.

More significant still is the appearance of a crypto-Communist parliamentary opposition led by the People's Action Party, whose spokesman is baby-faced Lee Kuan-yew, a Malaya-born Chinese. Lee Kuan-yew cannot read or write Chinese, but he graduated with high honors from Britain's Cambridge University. Lee's opposition never misses an opportunity of disrupting or discrediting the fledgling government.

The objective: to win sufficient popular support to carry the next general election and set up a legitimate Communist government. Lee's ruthless attack has at last aroused some spirit of resistance among the Labor liberals. Last week, in a confidence vote on a minor budget issue, Marshall defeated the crypto-Communists 19 to 13. But, said a State Department official last week: "We are more worried about Singapore than any place in Southeast Asia." Time


Husam Tolak Untuk Jadi Pengganti Nik Aziz Sebagai MB

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 04:11 AM PST

Timbalan Pesuruhjaya II PAS Kelantan, Datuk Husam Musa berkata beliau akan menolak tawaran jika dilantik menjadi Menteri Besar Kelantan, untuk menggantikan Datuk Nik Abdul Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

Beliau berkata Datuk Ahmad Yaakob lebih layak menjadi Menteri Besar Kelantan kerana senioriti serta hiraki di dalam kerajaan dan parti iaitu sebagai Timbalan Menteri Besar dan Timbalan Pesuruhjaya I PAS Kelantan.

"Semua calon layak, Timbalan Menteri Besar lebih layak lagi sebab dia paling senior.

"(Cuma) jangan calonkan nama saya cukup, kerana saya tidak mahu dicalonkan," katanya kepada pemberita selepas menyampaikan bantuan kepada ibu tunggal yang terpaksa menanggung anak yang menghidap down sindrom di Kampung Becah Keranji, dekat sini, hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian sebagai mengulas laporan Bernama semalam bahawa Nik Abdul Aziz tidak menolak wujud kumpulan pelapis dalam PAS Kelantan yang bakal mengambil alih tempatnya sebagai Menteri Besar sekiranya beliau melepaskan jawatan itu.

Bagaimanapun, beliau enggan membayangkan siapa nama yang disebut-sebut bakal menggantikannya, tetapi memberi gambaran ia tertakluk kepada hiraki dalam parti di peringkat negeri di mana wujudnya Pesuruhjaya, Timbalan Pesuruhjaya Satu hingga Tiga.

Pesuruhjaya PAS III Kelantan, Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah dalam laman web Malaysian Insider dipetik sebagai berkata Nik Aziz perlu mengumumkan calon penggantinya bagi mengelak perebutan dan konflik dalam PAS Kelantan apabila beliau tiada.

Sehingga kini Ahmad yang disebut-sebut di kalangan pemimpin dan penyokong PAS Kelantan kerana ketokohan ulama dan dirinya yang dilihat tidak pernah dicemari dengan pelbagai isu kontraversi.

Selain Ahmad, Husam dan Mohd Amar turut disebut-sebut sebagai bakal menggantikan Nik Abdul Aziz.

Husam, yang juga Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perancangan Kewangan, Ekonomi dan Kebajikan Negeri berkata, berkata isu itu tidak perlu dihebohkan, kerana siapa yang dipilih memegang jawatan itu beliau akan menyokong.

Husam berkata beliau akan mengkaji dengan peguamnya untuk mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap laporan akhbar New Straits Times Press (NSTP) dan Utusan Malaysia yang menyiarkan berita berbau fitnah terhadapnya.

Katanya, beliau memberi tempoh seminggu ke atas keduadua akhbar itu untuk menyiarkan kenyataan permohonan maaf terhadapnya sebelum beliau mengemukakan saman di mahkamah.

Husam sebelum ini "diserang" oleh media tempatan dengan dakwaan beliau telah meletak jawatan dalam kerajaan dan politik berikutan konon beliau memberikan kata dua kepada Nik Abdul Aziz berhubung pelantikan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif (CEO) Perbadanan Menteri Besar Kelantan (PMBK) Abdul Ariffahmi Abdul Rahman yang di dalam siasatan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM).

Mengenai kenyataan Nik Aziz yang memuji beliau sebagai pemimpin muda PAS yang berkaliber, Husam berkata beliau berterima kasih di atas penghargaan itu.

"Saya ucap terima kasih kerana saya dua tahun menderita kerana (dikatakan) menentang kerajaan perpaduan dan saya difitnah kiri kanan, blog yang tidak ada nama hentam saya, macam-macam program diatur untuk menanyakan saya, tetapi saya tidak boleh balas balik kerana nak jaga perpaduan dalam parti dan imej parti," kata Husam -BERNAMA

Ulasan GB

Itulah sifat kerendahan hati seorang pemimpin jemaah Islam sekalipun tidak mempunyai latarbelakang akademik ugama formal yang telah dididik oleh TG Nik Aziz sendiri.

Sifat mulia itu pernah ditunjukkan sewaktu Umar Al-Khattab dilantik sebagai khalifah pertama oleh Saidina Abu Bakar yang kemudiannya, Saidina Umar menyerahkan semula kepada Abu Bakar jawatan khalifah itu. Umar menyatakan Abu Bakar lebih kanan dan lebih tua darinya.

Seorang pemimpin Islam tidak mengatur langkah untuk merebut jawatan MB secara jijik dan kotor sehingga sanggup menemui dan berkompromi dengan musuh sepertimana yang dilakukan oleh seorang pemimpin sekalipun berbelatarbelakang pendidikan ugama di sebuah negeri yang diperintah oleh Pakatan Rakyat.

Juga bukan seperti pemimpin parti yang bercita-cita untuk menjadi pemerintah tertinggi negara dan kemudian menimbulkan gagasan yang memporak-perandakan jemaah parti akhirnya.

Mujur di kedua-dua kes terakhir ini, Allah tidak merstuinya.

Allah masih sayang dan tetap menjaga jemaah milikNya.


Sibu In The Blue Ocean - Part 21

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 04:28 AM PST

Tourism has been commonly called a "smokeless" industry. It is flourishing in several Asian countries and has long been an important GDP contributor.

Tan Kee Hian viewed mass tourism as a viable economic activity for Sibu. In his coverage, he based his vision on the following:

1. Mass tourism by way of affordable holidays through Sibu. Turn Sibu into a gateway to a major tourism zone.
2. There has to be a major increase in events, festivals, gatherings and places of interest.
3. Growth in tourist arrivals and spend in Greater Sibu from:
-Rest of Sarawak, Malaysia and South East Asian countries.
4. Major expansion of employment across all tourism-related sectors.

The picture shows Dato' Seri Wong Soon Koh and Hii Ching Chiong at the forum. Photo: Liong


NST Diperintah Bayar RM100K Kepada Anwar

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 03:19 AM PST

Ketua Umum Pakatan Rakyat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim hari ini memenango kes saman fitnah terhadap New Straits Times dan its bekas Ketua Pengarang akhbar berkenaan Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad.

Anwar yang juga Ketua Pembangkang telah mengemukakan saman RM100 juta tetapi Mahkamah Tinggi hanya memutuskan ganti rugi RM100,000.

Hakim Harmindar Singh Dhaliwall menyifatkan tuntutan RM100 juta terlalu tinggi, jadi mahkamah "menghadiahkan" RM100,000 dan RM20,000 sebagai kos.

Kadar faedah lapan peratus juga dibenarkan oleh mahkamah.

Hakim Harmindar menyatakan rencana berkenaan dipertikaikan kebenarannya dan bukan "satu jurnalism yang bertanggungjwab" dan tidak dilaporkan di dalam bentuk yang adil, tidak berpihak dan tanpa berkepentingan.

Anwar telah menyaman NST berhubung satu rencana disiarkan tujuh tahun lalu, yang mengaitkannya dengan pelobi berpengaruh Amerika Syarikat Douglas H Paal.

Artikel itu diterbitkan di dalam akhbar New Straits Times pada March 2, 2002, dengan tajuk "Anwar's link to US lobbyist".


Muhyiddin Nak Tunjuk Hero Kat Tg Razaleigh

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 02:54 AM PST

Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Mahfuz Omar menyifatkan tindakan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang meminta Tengku Razaliegh Hamzah berfikir dahulu menyertai Kaukus khas parlimen berhubung royalti petroleum sebagai primitif dan masih megamalkan politik zaman batu.

Sikap Muhyidin tidak memperlihatkan mahu memperjuang hak dan kepentingan rakyat sebaliknya masih terikat dengan stigma sempit kepartian.

"Muhyidin ini bagi saya seorang TPM primitif yang amalkan politik zaman batu, di mana tidak boleh menerima pandangan orang lain untuk kepentingan rakyat dan negara," tegas Mahfuz.

Muhyidin hari ini membuat gesaan kepada Ku Li, iaitu Ahli Parlimen BN Gua Musang supaya berfikir dan menjaga kepentingan parti sebelum menyertai kaukus tajaan pakatan rakyat itu.

Gesaan itu dibuat setelah Ketua Pembangkang semalam mengumumkan Ku Li bersedia untuk bersama dalam kaukus tersebut.

Saya menasihatkan Muhyiddin agar meninggalkan amalan politik secara primitif itu.

"Dia (Muhyiddin) patut tinggallah politik primitif itu sebab negara sekarang sedang menuju pada suatu yang disebut politik baru, berasaskan maklumat, keadilan perlembagaan serta meletakkan kepentingan rakyat adalah segala-galanya."

Tindakan Muhyiddin itu menggambarkan bahawa beliau lebih pentingkan Umno dari rakyat.

"Kalau Muhyiddin Timbalan Perdana Menteri 1Malaysia yang pentingkan rakyat, dia takkan halang Kuli... inilah wajah sebenar Muhyidiin (iaitu) lebih penting parti dari rakyat,"

Saya juga menganggap Muhyiddin cuba mengkhianati prinsip persekutuan-negeri, seperti termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Beberapa hari lalu, Ku Li dicadangkan mengetuai Kaukus Parlimen demi menyiasat keputusan kerajaan untuk memberi 'wang ehsan' hasil Royalti Minyak kepada rakyat Kelantan, tanpa melalui Kerajaan Negeri.

Cadangan tersebut setelah Ahli Parlimen Pembangkan kecewa dengan keputusan kerajaan Persekutuan menafikan hak rakyat Kelantan untuk menikmati royalti minyak di negeri mereka.

Kedudukannya sebagai bekas Menteri Kewangan era 1970an dan pernah mengikuti siri perjanjian persefahaman (MoU) Akta Pembangunan Petronas meletakkan beliau layak memimpin badan bebas di bawah kuasa Parlimen.




indah.

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 02:24 AM PST



Puncak Niaga Perdaya Pemegang Sahamnya Dengan Pengumuman Keuntungan Berlipat Kali Ganda?

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 01:46 AM PST

Selangor tidak akan bertanggungjawab terhadap kenyataan syarikat pengurusan air Puncak Niaga yang mengumumkan keuntungan berlipat kali ganda, antaranya hasil bayaran ganti rugi kerajaan negeri itu.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim juga berkata Selangor tidak akan membuat pembayaran ganti rugi itu kepada Syarikat Bekalasan Air Selangor (Syabas), anak syarikat Puncak Niaga, apabila enggan menerima tarif baru bekalan air.

Beliau mengulas keuntungan bersih Puncak Niaga yang diumumkan semalam sebanyak RM46.7 juta daripada dua sumber hasil utama, peningkatan pendapatan akibat kenaikan harga air dan ganti rugi daripada kerajaan Selangor.

"Kerajaan negeru berpendapat kenyataan Puncak Niaga semalam adalah satu overstatement of profit (anggaran berlebihan berhubung keuntungannya) dan syarikat itu perlulah bertanggungjawab kepada pemegang sahamnya dalam isu ini," kata Abdul Khalid di sidang media selepas mesyuarat exco negeri di Shah Alam petang ini.

"Kerajaan negeri juga tidak akab bertanggungjawab ke atas laporan yang dikeluarkan oleh Puncak Niaga mengenai peningkatan keuntungan tersebut." -malaysiakini

Ulasan GB

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MUKTAMAR PAS DITAJA KRONI UMNO? SUNGGUH MEMALUKAN!

Patutlah GB rasa semacam ada sesuatu yang tak kena dengan perjalanan Muktamar Kali ke 55 yang amat diberikan pujian oleh Timbalan Presiden PAS, Nasharuddin Mat Isa yang menyokong gagasan Kerajaan Perpaduan sebagai yang terbaik pernah diadakan.

Tatkala membaca nama-nama Jawatankuasa Urusetia muktamar, saya melihat pemuka-pemuka Kerajaan Perpaduan menguasainya sehinggakan para blogger dinafikan keizinan untuk menggunakan kemudahan internet di muktamar kerana kebanyakan blogger-blogger dianggapkan oleh mereka sebagai golongan menentang idea Kerajaan Perpaduan da dicopkan sebagai kumpulan Erdogan.

Tiba-tiba Malaysiakini melaporkan satu sumber memberitahu, 12 pemimpin tertinggi parti itu telah ditaja penginapan mereka oleh individu yang tidak dikenali, diragui mempunyai kaitan dengan Umno.

Manakala satu sumber yang lain memberitahu Malaysiakini, hanya sembilan bilik pemimpin atasan parti ditaja oleh pihak luar.

Sumber-sumber berkata, pembayaran untuk sewaan bilik di sebuah hotel lima bintang di Shah Alam bagi tempoh tiga hari sejak hari pertama muktamar 5 Jun lalu dibuat atas nama seorang bekas peguam dari Perlis.

Selain dakwaan pembabitan orang Umno dalam penginapan hotel, Ahad lalu, seorang perwakilan mempersoalkan tindakan PAS menerima tajaan sebuah syarikat besar untuk menjayakan muktamar tersebut.

Dikatakan Khalid Samad, juga yang dipertua PAS Shah Alam, melontarkan tuduhannya ketika membahaskan usul menggesa penubuhan suruhanjaya diraja siasatan kes rampasan kuasa BN di Perak awal tahun ini.

Beliau, juga ahli parlimen Shah Alam, mempertikaikan syarikat konsesi air Puncak Niaga – yang bertegang urat dengan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor dalam isu air – yang meletakkan iklannya di bahan muktamar.

"Apalah sepanduk Puncak Niaga berbanding mashaf al-Quran di hujung lembing? Apalah iklan Puncak Niaga di hadapan majalah yang diedarkan berbanding degan mashaf al-Quran di hujung lembing?" katanya.

"Kita kenal lawan kita. Mereka sanggup membelanjai (membiayai) segala perbelanjaan kita (bermuktamar) pada hari ini dan hari-hari sebelum ini, membayar hotel-hotel kita kalau perlu."

Beliau menyindir usaha pengendalian muktamar oleh PAS Selangor dengan mengambil iktibar sejarah perang Siffin antara puak Muawiyah Abu Sufian dengan angkatan Ali Abu Talib dalam perebutan kuasa khalifah.

Muawiyah, seorang ahli politik yang licik, mencadangkan majlis tahkim atau perundingan di tengah-tengah perang di luar Madinah dengan mengangkat kitab suci di hujung lembing sebagai lambang gencatan senjata yang akhirnya memecah-belahkan kumpulan tentera Ali.

Pada hari terakhir muktamar PAS Ahad lalu, satu risalah berukuran tabloid yang melaporkan perjalanan sepanjang persidangan tiga hari parti itu diedarkan kepada lebih kurang 1,000 perwakilan dari seluruh negara dan petugas media.

Dalam bahan edaran itu, disiarkan iklan besar Puncak Niaga di bahagian bawah muka depannya.

Sementara di luar tempat persidangan sekitar Stadium Malawati di Shah Alam, tempat muktamar itu berlangsung, syarikat konsesi itu turut menggantungkan kain rentangnya.

Puncak Niaga juga membuka pondok pameran mereka di kawasan gerai-gerai jualan bersempena muktamar itu.

Sumber-sumber bagaimanapun tidak jelas berhubung nilai tajaan yang diterima PAS bagi menganjurkan muktamar itu, termasuk bayaran iklan Puncak Niaga.

Usaha Malaysiakini mendapatkan penjelasan tuan rumah muktamar, PAS Selangor tidak berhasil setakat ini.

Difahamkan pesuruhjaya negeri itu Datuk Dr Hassan Ali sedang menghadiri sebuah program sewaktu dihubungi sebentar tadi.

Ketua Penerangan PAS Selangor yang juga setiausaha presiden PAS, Roslan Shahir Mohd Shahir enggan mengulas isu ini sewaktu dihubungi petang ini.

Ulasan Ringkas GB

Hal di atas, jika benar, amat memalukan PAS sebagai sebuah jemaah Islam yang rupa-rupanya dikotori oleh tangan-tangan bedebah pemuka-pemuka Kerajaan Perpaduan yang telah mendapat tajaan dari pihak UMNO.

Belum apa-apa pihak yang mendokong gagasan Kerajaan Perpaduan sudah berani membuat keputusan sendiri "bekerjasama" dengan kroni UMNO.

Apalah ertinya mempunyai muktamar yang terbaik pernah diadakan dengan menjual maruah parti sendiri dan kamu Roslam SMS, kenapa apabila diminta penjelasan tiba-tiba menikus?




SELPROA Tolak Kepimpinan Najib, Mohon Tarik Balik Pembatalan Pekeliling MB

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 01:33 AM PST

Persatuan Pegawai-pegawai kepada ahli parlimen dan ADUN Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor mengecam tindakan Peguam Negara mencabar surat pekeliling Menteri Besar melarang Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia menyoal siasat kakitangan kerajaan negeri selepas waktu pejabat.

Menurut persatuan itu, peguam negara seharusnya mengambil iktibar daripada tragedi mendiang Teoh Beng Hock yang ditemui mati setelah disoal siasat sepanjang malam oleh SPRM, Julai lalu.

Presiden persatuan berkenaan, Abdul Razak Ismail membidas tindakan Peguam Negara mencabar pekeliling Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim yang melarang pegawai kerajaan memberi kenyataan kepada SPRM selepas waktu pejabat dan diluar bangunan SUK.

Kes itu dirujuk ke mahkamah dan menunggu keputusan.

Justeru Abdul Razak menggesa Perdana Menteri Najib Razak untuk melaksanakan amanah dalam membela hak asasi rakyat termasuk kakitangan kerajaan negeri.

Persatuan ini mendesak Najib untuk mengarahkan Peguam Negara membatalkan tindakan mencabar surat pekeliling tan sri Khalid ibrahim.

"Kami amat terkejut oleh permohonan Peguam Negara kerana ini merupakan satu penafian ke atas hak-hak kami sebagai rakyat Malaysia untuk bekerja dalam satu persekitaran yang selamat dan terjamin.Tindakan ini juga menunjukkan tiadanya kebebasan dan kelihatan Peguam Negara bertindak bagi SPRM",katanya.
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Razak berkata demikian pada sidang media di Bangunan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri (SUK), Shah Alam, hari ini.

Katanya, Peguam Negara sepatutnya menyokong keputusan yang telah dibuat oleh Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi, Mohd Ariff Mohd Yusof pada 19 November lalu menyatakan bahawa SPRM tidak boleh menyoal saksi pada waktu malam.

"Kami menyeru kepada Peguam Negara untuk menarik balik permohonan pembatan pekeliling Menteri Besar dengan serta merta untuk menjamin keselamatan dan hak pembantu –pembantu wakil rakyat.

"Kami menyokong sepenuhnya pekeliling Menteri Besar dan menghargai usaha bersepadu oleh Pakatan Rakyat dalam memastikan keselamatan semua pembantu-pembantu politik kepada wakil rakyat pakatan rakyat Selangor",katanya.

Selproa atau persatuan pegawai-pegawai wakil rakyat pakatan rakyat Selangor ditubuhkan pada bulan ini bagi melindungi keselamatan, hak asasi kemanusiaan dan kebajikan pembantu politik di negeri ini.

Ia dianggotai oleh 85 orang ahli yang merangkumi pembantu kepada Ahli Parlimen dan ADUN Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor. -TVS




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