Tuesday, February 2, 2010




Posted: 02 Feb 2010 09:57 AM PST


Things are continuing to improve at the dog pound in Klang, Selangor. 

The pound received a satisfactory rating by members of Majlis Perbandaran Klang's Canine Advisory Team or CAT when they made a spot-check on Monday. 

CAT was pleased to discover that the cages were clean and clear of any foul stench. 

Water and food was also available for the dogs; thanks largely to the two dedicated workers in the pound.

The situation improved significantly after more people started coming forward to donate sacks of kibble to the animals that are generally on death-row if no one adopts them. 

The Selangor SPCA is now donating cooked food to the pound at least twice a week. 

However, this is on a temporary basis. It is hoped that over the weeks, the council will be able to obtain enough funds to provide for the dogs.   

The pound itself is designed in such a way where the dogs have proper shelter from the elements. There is also plenty of fresh air ventilation from the outside.

All dogs that are put down are done so only by a veterinarian or a veterinary assistant from the Department of Veterinary Services.

What is most striking is the way the dogs appear to be generally settled down in the pound. 

Many of them wag their tails and offer licks to the pound's caretakers when they enter their area. 

A media conference is being planned for sometime next week to announce the formation of the new CAT committee.

MPK will also announce some of the positive measures the council will take in their care towards dogs and cats. 

Resident associations as well as animal welfare NGOs are expected to be called in later for a dialogue. 

Other programmes include hands-on-training on dog care and management for the pound caretakers, training on effective and humane dog-catching methods and many more.      
Meanwhile, PET+BLOGSPOT has learnt that there is currently an attempt by one or two quarters to try and deliberately discredit the positive and progressive changes that are taking place in MPK's pound through CAT.

CAT advises all animal lovers to be extremely careful to differentiate disinformation from the facts. 

Members of CAT are currently the only animal NGOs that have access to the pound and what is going on with the dogs at the pound.

"Please be careful about pictures that are outdated or information that are taken out of context and mischievously and maliciously posted in blogs," cautions CAT.

The dogs at the MPK dog pound need our help as animal lovers.

The best way is to adopt a canine and take them out of the pound at once. 

This can done without any cost as the dogs are being offered by MPK free of charge. 

For more information on how you can make a difference in helping the canines at the pound, please contact Mrs Pat Lim, a member of CAT, at 016-656 8997.

For all the accurate, reliable and latest news on the MPK pound, please visit us again.

Pictures courtesy by MPK


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ipoh mali! calling ipoh lang! SABM goes to ipoh!

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 08:45 AM PST

saya anak bangsa malaysia (SABM) roadshow goes to ipoh this saturday.  olang ipoh, mali, mali, pi hotel excelsior on saturday, 6 feb. at 2.00pm. refer the SABM website or haris ibrahim's blog for further details.

Double Standard!

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 09:19 AM PST

Salam to all & good day,
Betul ke kat negara kita ni ada double standard? benarkah negara kita ada yg bersikap memonopulasi manusia, dan kenapakah ia terjadi sedemikian rupa? jom ikut cerita seterusnya.

Kadang-kadang kalau duduk mendengar org-org tua bercerita memang seronok juga, lebih-lebih lagi mengenai isu semasa ataupun cerita bantai membantai ni, apakan tidak kalau cerita dari mulut-mulut otai ni kadang-kadang memang pedas dan pedih telinga ni kalau kita mendengarnya, cerita mengenai double standard jarang kita dgr, tapi itu hakikatnya kat negara kita ni, golongan kaya akan ada ke istimewaan masing-masing, golongan miskin akan terus merana tidak ada pembelaan.

Tgk sahaja la kalau kita pergi ke hotel-hotel mewah tu, kalau org kaya pandu mercedes diorg masuk, siap terkejar-kejar budak-budak hotel tu pergi dapatkan org kaya, siap bukak kan pintu, siap angkat kan beg, siap tunduk hormat lagi, panggil org kaya tu boss la, tuan la, siap tabik hormat lagi, sanjung tinggi sampai ke langit, tapi kalau org pakai kereta buruk pergi hotel-hotel mewah ni, diorg pandang kita sebelah mata je, sikit pun diorg tak hiraukan kita, sebab kita ni lain standard dengan diorg tu, yg pakai baju ada siap tie, boleh makan dalam hotel, yg kucing kurap duduk luar, sebab kita ni org miskin, tak ada standard katanya!

Orang-orang berpengaruh ni pun lagi satu hal, diorg lagi banyak belangnya, kalau org ada pangkat, mula nak tunjuk lagak, kalau nak lepas satu-satu hal tu cukup senang betul, kalau dh langgar undang-undang tu, bila dh kene tahan, siap cakap kau tau aku siapa? aku anak siapa? diorg boleh lepas kalau cakap mcm tu dh kira boleh lepas dari undang-undang, yg mangsanya kalau diorg tu tetap berkeras dengan org-org sedemikian, maka tak lama lagi ke hujung dunia di ditransferkan, ke sabah sarawak ko duduk sana diam-diam, sebab dh kacau org besau-besau ni katanya, lebih-lebih lagi org-org pangkat M.

Tapi kalau kat negara jiran kita berbeda, mungkin ada sedikit jurang perbezaan dengan org kaya dan miskin ni, diorg tidak ada diskriminasi manusia seteruk kita kat sini, semua org sama je taraf, kalau org miskin ni buat salah, ataupun org kaya tu buat hal, sama rata kene sapu / tindakan akan diambil, maka semua puas hati sebab dapat sama ganjaran setimpal, itu yg harus kita fikirkan kenapa terjadi benda-benda ni semua? pelikan!

Sebab org kaya kat negara kita ni ingat diorg berharta diorg boleh beli darjat dan apa yg diorg nak, dan org miskin ni diorg anggap mcm sampah sarap, tapi tak semua org kaya ni benar-benar kaya, harap je pakai kereta mercedes , bmw, tapi poket kosong tak berduit, biar papa asalkan bergaya, tapi harus di ingat, org kaya ni mcm periuk nasi, lebih besar belangganya, lebih tebal keraknya hendak di sental, lagi kaya lagi banyak hutang, lagi kaya lagi cepat boleh jadi miskin kalau tak kene gayanya boleh jatuh bankrup, sebab nak berlagak pandai.

Senang cakap, orang kaya semua benda dia boleh beli, semua benda diorg boleh lepas, semua benda dalam gengaman dia, tapi kalau org miskin semua kene jawap sendiri.

Nak tanya satu je, org kaya ni agak-agak dia dah nak mati masih ada talian hayat ke, boleh ke dia beli nyawa dia dengan malaikat jibril yg nak cabut nyawa dia tu???

Torchlights (Stungun) Beware (being used in Msia )

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 09:19 AM PST

Must Read!: Torchlights (Stungun) Beware (to all drivers)


I just thought to let know what my doctor told me recently. I don't think she was lying and neither am I, so please pass this on to your friends. Her clinic is in SS2 and you know how congested that place is.

One morning a few months ago in broad daylight, a girl was getting into her car when a few men approached her with what looked like a torchlight. Quite harmless looking. They pressed the "torchlight" into her back and immediately she went limp and very pale. So she wouldn't be able to fight back, they slashed her thigh with a parang and sped away in her car.

There were many people around and they quickly took her to the nearest clinic which was my doctor's clinic. There were two doctors at that time and they managed to stitch up her wound but the girl remained pulse-less and still pale as paper. No pulse, no BP (blood pressure). Just like dead.

My doctors were confused as to how one wound on the thigh made the girl almost like dead? They managed to revive her and save her life.

After some checking around, the doctors found out what actually happened was that the girl was made unconscious not by a torchlight but actually a high voltage weapon. I forgot how many watts she mentioned. 1000? Anyway, it was high enough to kill a person by electrocution.

It seems this weapon is from China . It's not rampant yet in Malaysia , but with this thing, a person can rob, rape, kill, kidnap, and practically do anything to you. My doctor said that if the girl weren't taken to the clinic immediately she would have died because there was no pulse on her.

So please just beware of your surroundings, if anybody is lurking around with a torchlight-thingy and approaches you, just scream or run away. Better to be embarrassed than ZAPPED and fried, right? Take care.

Security When Kaabah Door Opens

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 09:08 AM PST

Kesan serangan ke atas gereja, rumah ibadat: Modal RM90 bilion ditarik keluar

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 09:08 AM PST

Malaysia dikhuatiri mengalami pengaliran keluar modal asing bernilai kira-kira RM90 bilion, susulan serangan ke atas gereja dan masjid yang dikaitkan dengan beberapa anasir dalam Umno.

Sumber-sumber perbankan mengesahkan, syarikat korporat antarabangsa mengeluarkan simpanan berjumlah USD5 bilion (RM17 bilion) dari dua bank antarabangsa di Kuala Lumpur sejak awal bulan lalu apabila bermula serangan ke atas gereja, sekolah mubaligh, masjid serta rumah ibadat Sikh.

Dua bank berkenaan adalah antara 13 bank asing yang beroperasi di Malaysia. Sekiranya purata USD2 bilion dibawa keluar dari setiap bank berkenaan, Malaysia mengalami 'pendarahan' lebih USD26 bilion atau RM89 bilion.

"Syarikat asing yang menyimpan modal dan keuntungan di bank asing di Malaysia, melihat kerajaan Umno-Barisan Nasional tidak mampu lagi mengurus ekonomi dengan baik," kata sumber-sumber perbankan antarabangsa.

"Ini diburukkan dengan kegagalan kerajaan mengurus siri serangan ke atas gereja, masjid dan kuil sehingga pelabur asing menganggap Malaysia tidak lagi selamat untuk menyimpan modal mereka," kata sumber berkenaan.

Pengaliran modal dari bank-bank terbabit bertambah rancak apabila berita serangan ke atas gereja tersebar ke seluruh dunia dan mencetuskan keresahan dalam pasaran kewangan antarabangsa.

Keadaan bertambah buruk apabila beberapa pihak mula tampil dan mendedahkan pembabitan anasir-anasir Umno di sebalik serangan ke atas gereja.

Menurut sumber-sumber itu, kenyataan-kenyataan oleh Najib mengenai perpaduan kaum dan rekod beliau menguruskan skandal-skandal kewangan Malaysia, kini lebih dilihat sebagai retorik di persada antarabangsa.

Hakikatnya ialah, umum melihat Umno cuba menimbulkan ketegangan kaum dengan menggunakan isu penggunaan kalimah 'Allah' oleh kaum Kristian untuk meraih sokongan orang Melayu.

Sumber-sumber berkenaan juga merujuk kepada rasa tidak puas hati Washington terhadap Najib bersabit kehilangan dua enjin jet F-5E serta skandal rasuah PKFZ 12 bilion ringgit.

"Umumnya, pelabur semakin tidak yakin kemampuan Umno-BN mempamerkan sistem urus tadbir negara yang adil, telus dan bersih," kata sumber-sumber berkenaan.

Sejak 8 Januari lalu, Gereja Metro Tabernacle dan 10 lagi gereja, dua masjid dan sebuah kuil Sikh rosak akibat serangan bom api, dibaling batu atau disimbah cat.

Pada 27 Januari lalu, kepala babi dilontarkan ke dalam pekarangan Masjid Jumhuriyah, Taman Datuk Harun di Petaling Jaya dan Masjid Al-Imam Al-Tirmizi, Taman Seri Sentosa, Jalan Klang Lama. Ia didalangi pihak tertentu untuk menimbulkan pergaduhan kaum.

Fenomena membawa keluar modal oleh syarikat asing kerana tidak lagi yakin terhadap kerajaan Umno-BN dijangka menjejas unjuran Kementerian Kewangan bahawa ekonomi Malaysia akan tumbuh sebanyak 5 peratus tahun ini.

Ekonomi negara mencatat penguncupan tiga suku tahun berturut-turut pada 2009, iaitu 6.2 peratus pada suku tahun pertama, 3.9 peratus pada suku tahun kedua dan 1.2 peratus pada suku ketiga.

Kemasukan pelaburan terus asing (FDI) ke Malaysia juga mengalami kemerosotan teruk sejak 2008.

Menurut Laporan Pelaburan Dunia 2009, yang diterbitkan oleh Persidangan Perdagangan dan Pembangunan Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (UNCTAD), Malaysia ketinggalan di belakang Thailand, Indonesia dan Singapura daripada segi FDI.

Negara mencatat pengaliran keluar bersih sebanyak USD6 bilion (RM20.4 bilion) pada 2008 berbanding USD2.7 bilion (RM9.2 bilion) pada 2007.

Laporan UBS Investment Research mengkategorikan Malaysia sebagai negara paling teruk mengalami penurunan rizab antarabangsa di seluruh Asia pada tahun lalu, iaitu sebanyak 50 peratus daripada Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) atau RM355 bilion. -SK

International observers want to ensure that Anwar will get a fair trial

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 07:48 AM PST

February 02, 2010 19:17 PM

International Observers Attend Anwar's Trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 (Bernama) -- The sodomy trial of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the High Court here has attracted international observers and representatives of foreign embassies.

Several were present at the High Court Tuesday when trial judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah heard Anwar's application to stay the trial and attempts by his lawyers to get a review of last week's Federal Court decision not to grant Anwar access to documents from the prosecution.

International Bar Association representative Jennifer Robinson said she was happy that the court had acknowledged their presence to be observers.

"Even though it's too early to say much about this case, we are happy to be here and allowed to follow the proceedings," said the London-based Robinson.

International Commission Jurists and Law Asia representative Mark Trowell said this was not the first time his organisation observed court proceedings in Malaysia.

He was here during DAP chairman Karpal Singh's sedition trial last year.

"I wanted to have a first hand view on this case by following the proceedings of the court," stressed Trowell.

Another observer from European Union (EU) said it was important to follow the trial because it was a high profile case and that he would submit a report to the EU headquarters at end of the trial.

"My duty is just to observe what is happening in the court and I will take turns with other embassy representatives from EU countries before making our own evaluation of the trial," he said.

Malaysian Bar Council representative Rajpal Singh said the strong presence of international observers showed that international community was concerned with the trial, which involved an opposition leader.

"They generally wanted to ensure that Anwar will get a fair trial," said Rajpal, who is hold a watching brief for the council.


Anwar denounces sodomy trial as corrupt

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 07:44 AM PST

By Conor Duffy in Bangkok

Posted 6 hours 20 minutes ago ABC Online

Former Malaysian Deputy PM Anwar Ibrahim

Former Malaysian Deputy PM Anwar Ibrahim has labled charges against him as machinations of a corrupt few. (AAP: Dean Lewins, file photo)


Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has appeared in court on sodomy charges, threatening to subpoena the country's prime minister.

When entering the court room Anwar labelled the charges against him dirty machinations of a corrupt few.

He claimed the charges were a conspiracy designed to sabotage the political process.

Anwar alleged prime minister Najib Razak met with his accuser shortly before a police report was filed.

He also threatened to subpoena Mr Razak and his wife as witnesses.

Anwar faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted.

He previously served six years on charges that were later overturned.

Mobilisasi ke-2, DSAI Trial, KL Courts 3rd feb. 2.00pm

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 07:20 AM PST

2nd mobilisation needed.   keep up the stamina.


Asia Sentinel

ImageTrial gets underway in a case designed to sideline the opposition leader permanently

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim went to court today in Kuala Lumpur on charges of sodomizing a former aide in a trial that to everybody but the government itself appears to be built on dubious allegations that were laid to derail the first realistic challenge to the ruling national coalition since the country was formed in 1948.

The trial takes place in an increasingly shaky country, with a sclerotic government faced with a challenge not only from the formal opposition but from a fast-growing Malay nationalist movement, an NGO called Perkasa, which looks as if it is seeking to tow the United Malays National Organisation, the leading ethnic political party, into a violent confrontation with the Chinese community over the so-called Ketuanan Melayu, or Malays-first rights. Police warned against illegal gatherings in connection with the trial.

Anwar, most impartial observers feel, is virtually certain of being railroaded into jail on the current charges unless the judiciary shows some uncharacteristic backbone. If he is jailed, even a short sentence is likely to end his political career. The appeals process could take as long as two years, court observers say. Where that leaves the country is open to question. If he remains free on appeal, Anwar, who has led rallies all over the country in recent weeks to large crowds, could well return to his previous status as a political martyr, which he was during his previous jailing on similar charges in 1998.

At this point, there is no real viable political successor to Anwar waiting in the wings. Attempts to groom them have fallen apart on political infighting. The opposition coalition has been reeling from a series of defections and intense pressure from the Barisan Nasional, the national ethnic ruling coalition, which has used its political power in a variety of ways. Most recently, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, or MACC, hauled three opposition leaders into court to face charges of political corruption for misusing expense accounts.

The case against Anwar, was briefly adjourned while his lawyers sought to review an earlier decision denying him access to prosecution evidence. A chaotic scrum of reporters, photographers and supporters greeted the 63-year-old head of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, or the People's Justice Party as he and his lawyers entered the court.

At best, the charges appear to be a selective prosecution in a country in which a long string of top politicians have been complicit in a long string of crimes, not just of murder or assault but massive corruption. Najib Tun Razak, the current prime minister as defence minister engineered the purchase or lease of three French submarines that netted his best friend €117 million in commissions. That was just one of a variety of questionable defense purchases during his reign.

The aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, is acknowledged to have been photographed with and met with Najib after the supposed sodomy took place and before he filed the charges against Anwar. Dr Mohamed Osman, who examined the then 23-year old Saiful at Hospital Pusrawi Sdn Bhd on Jalan Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur on June 28, 2008, filed a medical report that found no evidence of tearing or scarring that would indicate the youth had been sodomized. When Saiful went to another government hospital to obtain a diagnosis, doctors at that hospital refused to confirm that he had been sodomized as well. Nonetheless, Saiful filed the assault report four hours later at a nearby police kiosk.

Police later picked up the doctor and held him for three days, according to the website Malaysia Today, following his filing of the report that no assault had taken place. The doctor later went into hiding with his family. In an abbreviated interview with Asia Sentinel at the time, Deputy Inspector General of Police Ismail Omar confirmed that Dr Mohamad had been questioned, but said he had not been detained.

The charges against Anwar echo those that took place in 1998, when he was leading the charge against the government led by the United Malays National Organisation and the then-prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, who had fired him as finance minister and deputy prime minister. The charges have been widely reported as spurious. The supposed victims of Anwar's sodomy later recanted all of the charges and said they had been tortured and beaten into making them.

Munawar Anees, an internationally respected biologist, was one of four men accused of having sex with Anwar. The others were Anwar's adoptive brother, his wife's driver and a fashion designer. Anees wrote extensively in a statutory declaration of the five days of torture, brutality and deprivation he had suffered prior to being forced into making the charge. The declaration was published in Asia Sentinel on Dec. 9. It can be found here.

The prosecution, faced with contradictions in testimony, repeatedly changed the dates and times the alleged sodomy had taken place. Nonetheless, Anwar was convicted on charges of abuse of power and sodomy and served six years in jail before Mahathir left office and his successor, Abdullah Ahman Badawi, came to power. The sodomy ruling was overturned by the courts in 2004.

Anwar was suspended from running for political office until 2008 because of the abuse of power charge. He almost immediately became a major force in Malaysian politics, cobbling together a disparate coalition of the Democratic Action Party, a largely Chinese left-of-center party, Parti Islam se-Malaysia, a fundamentalist Islamic party, and his own moderate, urban, largely Malay Parti Keadilan, and for the first time broke the national ruling coalition's 50-year two-thirds hold on parliamentary power.

The opposition leader was arrested a day after a nationally televised debate that most observers thought made his opponent look incompetent and out of touch. When Anwar refused to give a DNA sample, charging previous samples had been used in the spurious 1998 case against him, the Barisan pushed a bill through the Dewan Rakyat to allow police to collect samples in criminal cases without the consent of the suspect. Since that time, the charges against Anwar have been modified from forcible sodomy to consensual sex. Saiful, however, has never been charged although presumably he had consented to homosexual sex, a violation of Malaysian law. He has remained sequestered by law enforcement and unavailable to the press.

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Mobilisasi ke-2, sambungan perbicaraan DSAI 3 feb. 2pm

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 07:02 AM PST

Mohon dari SEMUA, sokongan kehadiran di Mahkamah Tinggi KL, Jalan Duta esok, Rabu 3 Februari.

Jam 2.00 petang


Penangguhan ditolak, kes Anwar didengar esok
Hafiz Yatim
Feb 2, 10

Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur hari ini menolak permohonan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bagi mendapatkan penangguhan berhubung kes liwatnya.

Hakim Datuk Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah yang mendengar hujah kedua-dua pihak berkata tiada sebab bagi penangguhan lanjut

Beliau bagaimanapun membenarkan penangguhan perbicaraan sehingga 2.30 petang esok.

Keputusan itu bagi membolehkan peguam Anwar bertemu dengan Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan, Tan Sri Alaudin Mohd Sherif bagi menetapkan tarikh pendengaran permohonan semakan di Mahkamah Persekutuan.

Permohonan semakan itu adalah untuk menyemak keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan Jumaat lalu yang menolak permohonan Anwar mendapatkan dokumen dan material penting termasuk sampel DNA Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan bagi persediaan pembelaan kes liwat itu.

Anwar didakwa mengikut Seksyen 377B Kanun Keseksaan yang memperuntukkan hukuman penjara maksimum 20 tahun dan sebatan jika sabit kesalahan.

Peguam Sankara Nair berkata, permohonan tersebut telah difailkan di Mahkamah Persekutuan pada kira-kira jam 8.40 pagi tadi.

"Kami perlu memfailkan permohonan semakan semula kerana tanpa dokumen-dokumen tersebut, tangan kami terikat dalam membuat persiapan menghadapi kes ini," katanya.

Pagi tadi, Hakim Mohamad membenarkan prosiding ditangguh sehingga jam 2.30 petang ini, untuk mendengar hujah-hujah berhubung perkara tersebut.

Jumaat lalu, Mahkamah Persekutuan juga turut menolak rayuan Anwar untuk mendapatkan lebih banyak bukti dari pihak pendakwaraya seperti rakaman CCTV, nota doktor, senarai saksi dan kenyataan hemat saksi.

Dalam afidavit sokongannya, Anwar berkata Mahkamah Persekutuan – sebagai mahkamah tertinggi di negara ini – mempunyai kuasa untuk mendengar dan menyemak keputusan awalnya.

Menurut Anwar, beliau tidak diberi keadilan oleh Mahkamah Persekutuan yang didakwanya tidak memberi pertimbangan secukupnya terhadap rayuannya itu, kerana dokumen dan bahan-bahan tersebut, amat penting dalam menyedia pembelaannya.


February 02, 2010 19:17 PM

International Observers Attend Anwar's Trial


By: Ramjit


KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 (Bernama) — The sodomy trial of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the High Court here has attracted international observers and representatives of foreign embassies.

Several were present at the High Court Tuesday when trial judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah heard Anwar's application to stay the trial and attempts by his lawyers to get a review of last week's Federal Court decision not to grant Anwar access to documents from the prosecution.

International Bar Association representative Jennifer Robinson said she was happy that the court had acknowledged their presence to be observers.

"Even though it's too early to say much about this case, we are happy to be here and allowed to follow the proceedings," said the London-based Robinson.

International Commission Jurists and Law Asia representative Mark Trowell said this was not the first time his organisation observed court proceedings in Malaysia.

He was here during DAP chairman Karpal Singh's sedition trial last year.

"I wanted to have a first hand view on this case by following the proceedings of the court," stressed Trowell.

Another observer from European Union (EU) said it was important to follow the trial because it was a high profile case and that he would submit a report to the EU headquarters at end of the trial.

"My duty is just to observe what is happening in the court and I will take turns with other embassy representatives from EU countries before making our own evaluation of the trial," he said.

Malaysian Bar Council representative Rajpal Singh said the strong presence of international observers showed that international community was concerned with the trial, which involved an opposition leader.

"They generally wanted to ensure that Anwar will get a fair trial," said Rajpal, who is hold a watching brief for the council.



Published: Tuesday February 2, 2010 MYT 9:52:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday February 2, 2010 MYT 6:53:27 PM

Sodomy II: Trial to kick off tomorrow (Final Update)


KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim failed in his bid to get a stay of his sodomy trial and the hearing proper is now set to begin on Wednesday.

In rejecting the stay application on Tuesday, High Court judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah said there were no special circumstances to warrant a stay of the sodomy trial.

"I find that there is no special circumstances in the law of proceedings (shown by Anwar) to grant a stay. The trial will proceed," he said in his ruling in a packed courtroom.

The sodomy trial is set to begin at 2.30pm on Wednesday pending the outcome of the meeting of both parties with Court of Appeal president Justice Alauddin Mohd Sheriff at 9.30am in Putrajaya upon a directive from Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi.

The PKR adviser applied to the High Court to stay the trial until final disposal of his appeal at the Court of Appeal over his failure to strike out his sodomy charge.

Anwar, 63, claimed trial to sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 25, at Desa Damansara Condominium in Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.

On Dec 1 last year, Justice Mohamad Zabidin ruled that the findings of a medical report, which suggested that there was no penetration, could not be the basis for the court to quash the sodomy charge and that it should hear the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses first.

At the stay application Wednesday, Anwar's lead counsel Karpal Singh submitted that the court has the jurisdiction and power to stay proceedings pending the appeal.

Karpal said Anwar had filed a notice of appeal to the Court of Appeal on Dec 10 last year over his failure to strike out the sodomy charge.

Anwar's former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan at the KL High Court on Tuesday.

Karpal argued that if the trial proceeds as scheduled and subsequently the Court of Appeal allowed Anwar's appeal, then the entire trial would become nugatory.

He said substantial public funds would have been expended and hardship caused to the many witnesses, both local and abroad, who would have had to attend the trial which is fixed for 17 days.

"There is no certainty that the trial will be concluded in 17 days. It would be in the public interest to ensure such an eventuality does not arise," argued the veteran lawyer.

Karpal said Anwar's appeal to the Court of Appeal has merits, adding that the charge should be set aside as it is frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the process of the court.

"In the interests of the justice, the appellant (Anwar) should be given ever opportunity to exhaust his right to appeal to the Court of Appeal against the order of Dec 1 last year," he said.

Karpal submitted that the sodomy charge could not be sustained because the medical report dated June 28, 2008 by Pusrawi Hospital suggested that there was no penetration.

Karpal said Mohd Saiful had gone to Pusrawi Hospital on June 26, 2008 for an examination and he had alleged he was "assaulted by the introduction of plastic into the anus."

He said Mohd Saiful was examined by three doctors from the KL Hospital and that their medical report also did not add to the conclusive findings on penetration, which is an important element to prove the sodomy charge against Anwar.

"Two clinical findings did not suggest any penetration, which is a fundamental element of the charge. What is the purpose of calling the prosecution witnesses to testify when two medical reports have taken away the factual matrix of the sodomy charge?

"How can the complainant be accepted as a credible witness?" he said.

He said there was various special circumstance for the court to grant a stay, which included the reputation of his client.

However, lead prosecutor Solicitor-General II Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden submitted that it was "trite law" that the court has the absolute discretion whether to grant a stay or not.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Yusof said Anwar had to show to the court the special circumstances in order for it to grant the stay, and that it was wrong to discuss the merits of the case at this stage.

He said Anwar had failed to show the court how his appeal would become nugatory if a stay is denied him.

On the Pusrawi medical report, DPP Mohd Yusof said it was the matter of handwriting of the concerned doctor and that it was not meant to be "plastic" that was written in the document, which required the court to hear the evidence from the doctor.

Meeting tomorrow
Earlier Tuesday, Justice Mohamad Zabidin had allowed a request by Karpal to adjourn the proceeding until until 2.30pm to get an early date for the hearing of a review application.

However, Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi was not in his office Putrajaya to hear the review application, and instead asked Court of Appeal president Justice Alauddin Mohd Sheriff to meet both parties also on Wednesday to set a date to hear Anwar's review application against the Federal Court ruling last Friday which denied him access to key documents he sought to prepare his defence.

At the start of the court proceeding at 9.36am, Karpal said the defence team and DPP Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden would be meeting the Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi in Putrajaya for the purpose.

"It is very important that the documents are supplied to us.

"We want to exhaust our final avenue to get the documents. Give us the opportunity to see the Chief Justice, we will come back at 2.30pm, where Your Lordship will be bound by his order," he told the court.

Karpal, however, said he would proceed with the stay application to adjourn the trial proper in the High Court should the Chief Justice reject their request.

Last Friday, the Federal Court unanimously upheld the Court of Appeal's ruling and denied Anwar access to the key documents he sought.

The three-man Bench of the apex court — Chief Judge of Malaya Justice Arifin Zakaria and Justices Md Raus Sharif and Abdull Hamid Embong — ruled that prior to the start of the trial, Anwar was only entitled to documents and materials pertaining to the charge, which had already been provided to him.

The Bench ruled that at this pre-trial stage, a roving fishing enquiry for evidence was not permissible.

Lead prosecutor DPP Mohd Yusof said he had no objections for the brief adjournment based on the defence's assurance to proceed with the stay application at 2.30pm.

Justice Mohamad Zabidin then granted the adjournment for the stay application and the trial proper.

Speaking to reporters later, Anwar's lawyer Sankara Nair said he had filed the review application at the Federal Court registry at 8.30am Tuesday.

"We will be meeting the Chief Justice to get an early date for the review application, and to get an order for the stay of proceedings," he said.

In the review application filed Tuesday, Anwar claims that the Federal Court had erred in law in holding that the ruling of the High Court in granting him access to documents and materials was a final order.

"The Federal Court in review must put right what is obviously wrong, to ensure a fair trial," Anwar said in his affidavit to support his application.

He added that injustice had been done to him, and that he would be "severely prejudiced" should he be denied the material and documents he claims are vital for the preparation of his defence.

"I respectfully state that I have made out an exceptional case for the court to act as the decision of the Federal Court has occasioned an injustice which needs to be rectified and prevented," he said.

Anwar arrived at the courtroom at 8.59am accompanied by his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and his three daughters — Nurul Izzah, Nurul Iman and Nurul Hana.

The PKR adviser shook hands with Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, Bar Council president Ragunath Kesavan, and Kelantan Mentri Besar and PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat.

The Opposition leader also joked with foreign representatives: "After 11 years (since his first sodomy trial in 1998), I don't know how to get inside the dock."

He also teased a court police officer, asking him why he looked "so tense."

Over 30 local and foreign reporters were screened using metal detectors at 8.28am while six bomb squad officers checked the courtroom earlier before allowing the people into the public gallery.

Also present were Saiful's father Azlan Mohd Lazim and former Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng. Lawyer Zamri Idrus is holding a watching brief for Saiful.

An unidentified elderly man created a stir when he started shouting profanities in the courthouse lobby.

He was taken aside by a security guard after five minutes of screaming and then fainted.

A group of PKR supporters were seen attending to him and he was subsequently taken for medical treatment.

Anwar is being charged under section 377B of the Penal Code which carries a maximum 20 years' jail and whipping, if convicted.

The sodomy trial was originally set for Jan 25 but was postponed to today pending its decision whether to allow Anwar access to documents from the prosecution to prepare his defence.

In addressing the crowd, Anwar questioned the lack of evidence in the case adding that he was prepared for the trial to begin on Tuesday but with the documents that he had applied for his defence.

Meanwhile, PKR strategic adviser Tian Chua, in hinting that the party might hold demonstrations, said it wanted to show the country that the "rakyat (people) are with Anwar in the spirit of solidarity."

Mobilisasi ke-2, menyambung perbicaraan DSAI

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 06:26 AM PST

Mohon dari SEMUA, sokongan kehadiran di Mahkamah Tinggi KL, Jalan Duta esok, Rabu 3 Februari.

Jam 2.00 petang


Anwar akan sapena Najib, Rosmah jadi saksi
/ Hafiz Yatim
Feb 2, 10
10:27am Malaysiakini.com

Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata beliau telah meminta peguamnya, Karpal Singh supaya mensapena Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan isterinya, Datin Rosmah Mansor untuk menjadi saksi dalam kes liwat terhadapnya.

NONEAnwar yang juga ketua umum PKR berkata, beliau mempunyai bukti untuk menunjukkan bahawa Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, telah menemui Rosmah dan kemudian Najib, dua hari sebelum membuat laporan polis.

"Kita mahu tahu pembabitan Rosmah dan Najib dalam hal ini.

"Mereka tidak menafikan pertemuan tersebut dan kita mahu tahu," katanya.

Kemudiannya, ketika berucap kepada penyokongnya, Anwar berkata: "Biar mereka datang buat penjelasan apa yang sebenarnya berlaku.

"Mereka mesti hadir jelaskan keadaan," katanya.

Anwar mengakhiri ucapannya dengan laungan bersama penyokongnya "lawan tetap lawan".

NONEPada Julai 2008, Najib yang ketika itu timbalan perdana menteri, mengakui bahawa Mohd Saiful adalah menemuinya di kediamannya beberapa hari sebelum membuat laporan polis.

Najib mendakwa beliau telah menasihatkan Mohd Saiful supaya membuat laporan polis tetapi menafikan beliau terbabit dalam konspirasi terhadap Anwar.

Sebelum itu, Najib telah mengakui bahawa beliau juga telah bertemu dengan Mohd Saiful di pejabatnya di Putrajaya.

Mohd Saiful, bekas pelajar Universiti Tenaga (UNITEN), ketika itu mahu mendapatkan bantuan Najib untuk memperolehi biasiswa kerajaan.

Prosecutor: We have semen specimens

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 07:15 AM PST

UPDATED 7PM "Specimens were retrieved from the victim's anus. This will prove that penetration did indeed take place," says the lead prosecutor.

NONEThe lead prosecutor, Solicitor-General II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, said he was confident that the hearing would begin as scheduled tomorrow afternoon, following a day of stops and starts and the prosecution would prove its case through the chemist report, as semen specimens were found on the victim (Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan).

Laungan "Reformasi" Bergema Di Bangunan Mahkamah

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 07:13 AM PST

Laungan reformasi kedua bergema di perkarangan Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur hari ini apabila perbicaraan ke atas Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bermula.

Sekitar jam 2.30 petang ini, Anwar disambut oleh lebih 100 wartawan dan antarabangsa di lobi Kompleks Mahkamah Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Duta, di sini.

Dianggarkan lebih 1,000 rakyat pelbagai bangsa dan lapisan usia mula membanjiri mahkamah sehingga polis mula membuat kawalan di pintu masuk kandang perbicaraan.

Beberapa pemimpin utama Pakaran Rakyat seperti Ahli Parlimen Kuala Krai yang juga Bendahari PAS Pusat, Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli, Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Timur yang juga Penasihat DAP, Lim Kit Siang, Timbalan Presiden PKR, Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali antara yang terus hadir memberikan sokongan kepada Anwar.

Sebelum itu, dilaporkan berlaku suatu kekasaran kecil oleh pihak polis kepada beberapa orang wartawan asing yang mahu membuat liputan langsung ke atas perbicaraan Anwar di dalam kompleks mahkamah.

Manakala semua jurugambar turut diarahkan tidak mengambil gambar Anwar di dalam lobi mahkamah kononnya demi menjaga keharmonian mahkamah.

Pagi tadi, Anwar yang diiringi isterinya, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah dan anak-anak tiba di perkarangan mahkamah dengan disambut ribuan orang termasuk para pemimpin PKR, PAS dan DAP.

Mursyidul Am PAS, Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat turut tiba kira-kira jam 9.15 pagi sejurus selepas Anwar masuk ke dalam mahkamah.

Sejak jam 9 pagi tadi lagi, lebih dua ribu rakyat bersama-sama pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat dari pelbagai lapisan masyarakat berhimpun di perkarangan Kompleks Mahkamah Kuala Lumpur untuk memberi sokongan moral kepada Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Mereka yang hadir kelihatan mengangkat beberapa sepanduk bertulis Perhimpunan Bantah Fitnah ke-2, Bebas Anwar dan Rakyat Bersatu Tolak Fitnah Terhadap Anwar, sambil melaungkan reformasi' iaitu suatu slogan keramat seperti era Reformasi 1998 lalu.

Mengisi pentas bantah, Bendahari PAS Pusat, Dr. Mohd Hatta Ramli menyeru rakyat yang hadir supaya bersedia menempuhi gelombang reformasi kedua.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kuala Krai mengulangi ucapan yang pernah ditegaskan oleh bekas Presiden PAS, Almarhum Datuk Fadzil Mohd Noor, "bukan kerana dia Anwar, sesiapa pun yang difitnah, Islam menyeru kita menentang kezaliman".

Sebelum itu, Ketua Strategik PKR, Tian Chua menganggap tuduhan liwat Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan yang dialami Anwar mengulangi drama fitnah pada tahun 1997 lalu.

"Kita harap rakyat sekali kagi akan bangkit sama seperti 'drama 1997' lalu," jelasnya

Beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Batu tidak menolak kemungkinan bahawa perbicaraan kes Anwar yang bermula pada hari ini akan mencetuskan kesedaran rakyat dan reformasi kali yang kedua.

"Kita telah menyaksikan suatu kes dakwaan fitnah ke atas Anwar yang sudah tentu akan membangkitkan gelombang kesedaran rakyat kedua," jelasnya di lobi mahkamah.

Sejam kemudian, kelihatan Anwar keluar dari kandang perbicaraan lalu menuju ke anjung bantahan.

"Saya masih mempertikai motif polis memanggil isteri saya untuk memberi keterangan beberapa hari lalu, sedangkan dakwaan sudah berlangsung hari ini," kata Anwar.

Anwar turut merakamkan penghargaan kepada rakyat kerana sudi menyertai 'Gelombang Reformasi ke-2' bersama-samanya, sebagaimana waktu beliau disingkirkan sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri atas dakwaan liwat yang berunsur fitnah.

Jelasnya lagi, perbicaraan kesnya akan bersambung pada jam 2.30 petang ini.

Mendengar gelombang 'reformasi' tali menali oleh satu kelompok kepada satu kelompok yang lain, mengingatkan Harakahdaily pada peristiwa reformasi sedekad yang lalu. -- harakahdaily

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Family Weekend

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 06:44 AM PST

One of the long weekends where almost all of us managed to gather at home... well, of course except Mimie who missed out on all the fun :p hehehe.

It has been several weeks since Kakak & Shafri came home, so it was their first time playing table tennis at home! Bak kata Shafri, "Jaguh sudah pulang..." lol. We played our bum off in the morning, in the afternoon and at night.... Pelbagai aksi telah dirakamkan oleh mereka semua....

So on Sunday, we decided to cool off at Chongkak River! Since we are all hantu air, it didn't take long for all of us hippos to be in the bloody cold water! Maybe next week I should lepak Gabai Waterfall pulak..

So, I'm planning to go to Bali. Maybe. Planning stage still. Siapa nak ikut?

Stail Pendakwa : Hancurkan Integriti Pembela Sebelum Prosiding Bermula

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 05:55 AM PST

Pada hari ini, sekalipun prosiding terhadap kes liwat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim belum bermula tetapi pihak pendakwa yang diwakili oleh Peguamcara negara Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden berkata pihaknya mempunyai bukti yang kukuh dalam bentuk spesimen air mani bagi mendakwa Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim memang meliwat bekas pembantunya, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

"Pihak pendakwa akan membuktikan kes ini melalui laporan kimia yang menunjukkan air mani diperolehi daripada mangsa," kata Mohd Yusof yang mengetuai pasukan pendakwa raya dalam perbicaraan yang secara rasmi bermula esok.

"Terdapat spesimen yang dikeluarkan dari dubur mangsa. Ini akan membuktikan tembusan memang berlaku," katanya.

Demikian bagaimana pihak pendakwa dilihat cuba menghancurkan kredibiliti pembela sejak dari hari pertama kes itu berada di mahkamah.

Cara yang sama dapat dilihat semasa Inkues Kematian Teoh Beng Hock dimana di hari pertama pendakwa memberitahu (walaupun tidak ditanya) satu sampel DNA milik lelaki yang tidak dikenali ditemui di bahagian belakang pakaian dan tali pinggang mendiang.

Identiti lelaki itu belum dikenal pasti walaupun contoh sampel DNA daripada 102 individu terbabit telahpun diambil oleh Jabatan Kimia, kata peguam Tan Hock Chuan, yang dilantik membantu mengendalikan inkues bagi pihak kerajaan.

Tambahnya, lima sampel telah diambil daripada bahagian belakang blazer yang dipakai oleh Teoh pada hari kejadian dan hasil laporan menunjukkan terdapat dua DNA lelaki pada bahan bukti itu.

Difahami bahawa ia pada awalnya hendak mensabitkan Ahli Majlis Perbandaran Kajang, Tan Boon Wah dengan dikemukakan kononnya ada insiden pergaduhan dalam tandas.

Demikianlah kisahnya. Modus operandi semacam dapat dibaca. Perencanaan hampir serupa. Agenda berjalan seperti biasa.

Highway Robbery: An Update (& a Bit of Deja Vu)

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 04:53 AM PST

This morning Leen called me from work to tell me someone from RHB had called Hanim. It wasn't someone from the head office but Mr. Ho from the PJ branch. He wants Hanim to go to the bank on Friday for a face-to-face meeting with him and the repo man. She said yes, but then she had Leen call me to find out if that's the bank's big solution, sent down from the head office. In fact, she doesn't want to have a meeting with the guy who carjacked her. He intimidated her that day; why should she be subjected to another meeting with him? I called Zaihan, the guy from RHB's Corporate Comms, to see what's going on; he was going to get back to me by today but a couple of hours ago he sent me an sms to inform me he still hadn't heard anything from his bosses.

The bank's attempt to quietly settle this at the branch level when it's clearly gone beyond that reminds me of something that happened to Leen and me a few years back. Let me tell you a story.

It was early 2003 and a courier appeared at the door of the house we were staying in, government quarters in the health clinic compound in Tanjung Karang. After signing for the small package I opened it and was very surprised to see that it was a hire-purchase agreement from AM Bank. According to that document, Leen had just purchased a car, a Perodua Kembara. There was even a signature. But it wasn't hers.

A few weeks before that, Leen had been approached by a lady we'll call Cik Z, a sort of adopted daughter of Leen's paternal grandfather. Cik Z lived in Tanjung Karang and wanted to buy a car for her son, who was about to go off to college, but she'd been blacklisted. Leen initially agreed to let Cik Z use her name to get a car, and was in the early stages of the process when she decided it was in fact a bad idea. I'm all for helping people we know, but we didn't really know Cik Z; she had just sort of come out of nowhere, after decades of very little contact with the family. It didn't help that Leen and I had just barely started our life together in Malaysia. We couldn't afford to get screwed by someone.

Well, Cik Z went and screwed us anyway: Leen told her she was sorry but she couldn't help her, and Cik Z went ahead and bought the car, putting an illegible scribble where Leen's signature was supposed to be. We were surprised that she could have done that, but not just from a moral standpoint. How could a bank officer have accepted that signature? Shit, meet fan.

We made a police report and also went to see the manager of the local AM Bank branch, Mr. H. I can't remember which came first, the meeting or the police report. Anyway, our meeting with Mr. H was frustrating, to say the least. We made it clear that a crime had taken place, and that the bank would need to take immediate, appropriate action. To us, that meant immediately removing Leen's name from any association with the purchase, taking action against whichever bank officer had processed it, and taking legal action against Cik Z for fraud. But that wasn't what Mr. H had in mind. None of it, in fact.

Mr. H pretty much brushed us off. Even if a crime had in fact taken place, he said, we were complicit, and so the best thing for us to do would be to just let it go and allow Cik Z to keep the car. Changing the loan from Leen's name to that of Cik Z or her son would be a hassle, he said. He even called Cik Z in and attempted to get us to kiss and make up. Turned out they were friends. Tanjung Karang is a pretty small town. Cik Z, Mr. H and even the guy who had sold the car to Cik Z…they were all friends. After a very heated exchange that got us nowhere, we left.

Instead of going home to figure out what to do, we drove straight to KL, to the AM Bank headquarters on Jalan Yap Kwan Seng. There we talked to someone in the hire-purchase department, Mr. T. Ah, if only it was really Mr. T! "Ah pity da fool who try ta cheat ma customers!" he'd have said. No, this Mr. T was much smaller and wore a lot less jewelry, and didn't even have a mohawk. He was angry, though…at least, he made it seem like he was. He expressed what seemed to be genuine concern over the details of our case, and even said action would be taken. We left there that day thinking justice would be served.

As far as we know, what the people at AM Bank HQ did was this: they simply transferred the loan from Leen to Cik Z. That's right, Cik Z got to keep the car. The bank apparently thought it would be easier to do that than to get the car back and auction it off. As far as we know, she got to keep the car, and nothing was ever done to Mr. H or anyone else at the AM Bank branch in Tanjung Karang. As for the police report, well not only did it not lead to any charges, I don't think it even led to an investigation. The people at AM Bank HQ apparently thought it was enough that Leen's name had been removed from that particular loan agreement. We were definitely relieved to have her name cleared, but until now we feel justice was not served in that particular case.

In this current case, having Hanim sit down with the carjacker doesn't sound like a very good solution, because it looks like the PJ branch is trying to keep this local, and besides, as far as I know the repo man is still saying he gave the keys back to Hanim. This issue can't just go away. Hanim's still afraid; Leen's been traumatised as well. The people at RHB need to fix this. At this point I don't know whether the offer to have a meeting was a branch-level initiative or actually the solution proposed by HQ. Whatever the case, I hope RHB Bank will truly accept responsibility for this and act accordingly.

wed, 2 feb, 2.30pm, dang wangi police station, kl

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 01:27 AM PST

remember the al-islam issue? where 2 muslim reporters enter a catholic church and desecrated the holy communion? polcie report (twice) were made but they were not charge at all. about 2 weeks ago, stanley had wrote a letter to the PM and tomorrow he will be at the dang wangi (KL) police station again to hand in a memo. he's asking for support from… See more friends and also calling for press conference in front of the police station. he and and joachim will be at the police station at 2.30pm. all those in KL, please come support – WEDNESDAY, 3 FEB, 2.30PM , DANG WANGI POLICE STATION, KL

Of Optimisim, Opportunity & the Opposition

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 01:15 AM PST

by Martin Jalleh

Is the Opposition coalition crumbling like a cookie? Is the door for real, relevant and radical change slowly closing in on us? Shall we just call it a day as we witness Umno's final curtain of a failed State? Or shall we remain committed to a change in government no matter how challenging? Perhaps part of the answer begins with a review of the Opposition in 2009.

2009 saw the end of the euphoria that enveloped the whole country after the political tsunami of March 2008. It was a year during which the Opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat (PR), was brought down to earth and was forced to face the enormity of the challenge to deliver what they had promised during the elections.

It was also a year when the public increasingly perceived the fledging PR to be a "fragile", "feuding", "fraying" "faltering" coalition – one that was "not on a firm footing". For some members of the public, trusting the PR enough to vote them in as the next Federal government was farthest from their minds!

One would have thought that PR, after having lost Perak to the BN in Feb. 2009, as a result of Umno's subterfuge and scheming, would come to its senses and seek an inseparable synergy. But they continued on with their petty and puerile inter and intra public squabbles, spats and skirmishes, much to the surprise and scorn of the public and the satisfaction of Umno!

Meanwhile, the great hope which the apolitical Hindraf gave to the Indians and in fact to the whole country came to a grinding halt. Some of its highbrowed leaders haggled over its future, hurled accusations at one another, hauled one another to court, and accused PR of hypocrisy. By year's end, a splintered Hindraf appeared headless, helpless, hopeless and headed for oblivion!


Coming back to PR, in contrast to those disappointed, disillusioned and even disgusted over what they felt was the coalition's failure to deliver and to stop its disunity, there were PR diehards who felt that it was too early to dismiss PR altogether or declare its death sentence. It deserved more time and trust to prove itself — even though time was not on its side!

"Are we being fair to Pakatan Rakyat?" asked a reader of Harakah Daily, Li Fook Gao. He commented: "Yes, we gave birth to PR – but unfortunately we expected too much in return and to make things worse, we expected PR to deliver instant results. We expected those 100 apples in PR's bag to be 100 per cent perfect. When we find two or three rotten apples, we are very quick to punish PR and ask for a refund immediately."

He concluded: "PR's survival and success is about us and our country more than it is about PR or BN's political prosperity. We must ensure that PR survives and becomes the big brother in Malaysia's politics to kick-start healthy competition between BN and PR…For a better Malaysia, we need PR. Punishing them now will lead us to back to BN's dictatorship, and that's exactly what BN wants us to do."

In 2009, the opposition coalition was only less than two years old as compared to the BN of more than 50 years. It was their first time ruling and PR was made up of many first-timers with very divergent ideologies and inclinations and like any coalition, has an assortment of leaders such as the enlightened, the exceptional, the enigmatic, the erratic, the eccentric, the egocentric, etc.!

Further, PR, like any new organisation, was going through the forming-norming-storming process in order to transcend to a performing and transforming phase. Slowly but surely PR was making made a big leap in its maturing process. The concerted cohesiveness and clarity with which it handled and responded to the "Allah controversy" is an excellent example.

Further, PR was ruling their states quite well. The Auditor-General (AG) gave the highest rating to Selangor and Penang in terms of good governance since March 2008, which compared very favourably against BN-ruled states. The AG also gave a commendable rating to the PR's performance during its 11-month rule in Perak. Penang was also praised by Transparency International.

In 2009, PR also contributed significantly to Parliament in the form of better and bolder participation and stronger and more sensible arguments during Question Time and debates. In July, PR formed parliamentary committees in tandem with 25 government ministries to help its MPs deliberate on important bills and issues including the Budget.

Even in terms of by-elections, PR fared considerably well in spite of them having to come up against BN's juggernaut of man, machinery, media, money and muscle. There was a time when it was a foregone conclusion that the BN would be the winner in any by-election. But in 2009 (a year of by-elections), PR and BN faced off seven times, with the opposition pact winning five times to BN's two.


The successes of PR were however overshadowed by its many setbacks and shortcomings. In Aug., Anwar conceded that his party PKR was the "weakest link" in PR and that "there is a flaw in our vetting system. We rushed to choose candidates to contest in the last general elections but I promise that this will be improved."

In Oct., PR was humbled in the Bagan Pinang by-election. Before PAS could reveal the results of its post-mortem, Anwar without any hesitation attributed the defeat to the "weaknesses and shortcomings" in PR. Some supporters were even relieved that PR had lost! It was a much-needed harsh wakeup call.

Lethargy had set in as the year went by. PR was being lackadaisical. If not for the political lassitude of 20 missing PR MPs in Parliament, the BN's Budget Bill (in mid-Dec.) could have been voted out and PR could have won a vote of no confidence against the BN government. The coalition was resting on its laurels. It was also lagging behind and looked rather lost at times in its efforts to make inroads into East Malaysia.

An exasperated Lim Kit Siang warned: "Pakatan Rakyat had been suffering a prolonged and unceasing bout of loss of public confidence… to convince the Malaysian electorate in its credibility, cohesion, integrity and common sense of purpose." PR may be only a "one-term miracle", he prodded them on.

As the PR chief, Anwar also received a lot of stick from his comrades and supporters. In Feb., Karpal Singh slammed Anwar for "creating enough trouble" and asked him to quit. Raja Petra, a strong critic and supporter of Anwar said that the latter was in a "self-destructive mode". Others accused Anwar for being too soft and slow to stop those who threatened the well-being of PR. But the seasoned politician took the slaps in his stride.

The latest ruckus, rigmarole and rubbish churned out by Zulklifi Nordin and Zahrain Mohd Hashim reinforced the fact that the PR has its fair share of riff-raff, rascals, rotten apples, and renegades who want to ruin the PR for good. Whilst there is no need to be alarmist, such political rogues should not be allowed to run riot. They need to be reined in, reproved or removed!


Umno spent 2009 in making a mockery of the people's mandate given to the Opposition by sabotaging the PR-ruled states through the manipulation and maneuvering of key institutions of democracy such as the judiciary, the office of the attorney-general, the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Najib himself explicitly inferred that the institutions were no longer impartial. Tengku Razaleigh pointed at Umno as being the source of the faltering institutions, adding that Umno has "become corrupt, this corruption has weakened it, and as it grows weaker it is tempted more and more to fan racial feeling and abuse public institutions to maintain power. This is a death spiral."

The stage for the Sodomy II Trial or show-trial was set up in 2009,  the 10th anniversary of the first trial. Sivarasa Rasiah a PKR vice-president would write: "…what is really at stake here is the use of this framed up case as a political weapon to stop the advance of Anwar Ibrahim and the political movement of PR that he leads which threatens the very existence and future of the current BN government and its key leaders."

With the help of the mainstream media, the ICT and the internet, and Apco Worldwide, a global Public Relations consultant, employed to re-engineer and redeem the PM's flagging image, PR was portrayed as weak, wavering and wobbling. Umno was on the other hand presented as a party that was reformed, with Najib back in the saddle rendering rhetoric and all ready to take the country for a ride!

PR's successes were downplayed. Detractors, dissidents and disgruntled leaders within the coalition were used to derail its progress. Attention on Umno's scandals and schisms were diverted by distractions of all sorts. Federal funds to the PR-ruled States were either denied, delayed or distributed discriminately. Along the way, people and things disappeared!

PR leaders were demonised. Anwar whom Umno had once deemed "irrelevant" was denounced as a "traitor". (Ironically from the speeches and stance of Dr M and Tengku Razaleigh, it is Umno that has become increasingly "irrelevant"!). Umno was displayed as the great defender of Islam, the Malay race and the royalty and self-declared the "People's Champion".

But it soon became very clear that Najib's "culture of change" was a mere charade, claptrap and chicanery. One need only to look at 2009 – a year of big slogans, buckling economy, bad judgments, brutal police, biased mainstream media, "bloody racists" and burgeoning bigotry – to easily spot the leopard in Umno!

The forming of Perkasa by a man who keeps on party hopping to save his own hide, and who now wants to bring hope to the Malays by harping and hanging on to Umno's racist past, reduced Najib's "inclusive" Umno to hollow hype and hypocrisy. The fact that Perkasa's Selangor chapter was launched by the "Father of all racists" gave Najib a further headache!
On the last day of the year 2009, Lim Kit Siang noted that Najib's promises were nothing but play-acting, i.e. a mere "performance": "After nine months (of Najib's premiership), 1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now has proved to be mere publicity and propaganda puff of Najib's premiership with no meaningful change or consequence to the lives of Malaysians." The performance persists till today.

The fire bombs on churches as the aftermath of a landmark ruling by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on the Allah issue, reduced to ashes Najib's 1Malaysia boast. After being PM for almost a year, and being obsessed with annihilating the PR, Najib failed to fight the fires of racial and religious fanaticism often fiercely fanned by his own party and the Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia which has what Nazri Aziz calls, "an outdated racist propaganda".

Soldiering On

A dead constitution, a divided nation, decaying institutions, a dour economy and a PM dogged by allegations – perhaps the events and issues of the year 2009 point to the pressing reality that all real, relevant and radical change in Bolehland can only come about by a change of Government!

Coming back to PR, the leaders of the coalition were undaunted by the onslaught of a desperate Umno and the tasks ahead. In Dec. 2009, PAS MP Dzulkefly Ahmad introduced the PR's Common Policy Framework as a "Dawn of a New Awakening" – a daring framework of common goals and grounds derived out of debate and discussion of the three parties, determined to deliver the "revolution of a political culture" in unison.

The leaders of PR must realise that the road to Putrajaya requires stomach, stamina, solidarity and the sacrifice of personal agendas and parochial party issues for the nation's larger scheme of things. Sloganeering and navel gazing will not do. With each passing day they need to be reminded of the dictum like the 1,500 delegates at PR's 1st National Convention were: "Perform or Perish!"

The Opposition is not alone on the narrow less-travelled path to Putrajaya. There are many Malaysians like those the country witnessed in 2009, with an indomitable, intrepid and inspirational spirit who are willing to pay the price to bring about the change the nation so badly needs, be they ordinary citizens, government servants, politicians or even judges.

But the nagging question many are prompted to ask is whether the members and the leaders of the Opposition are ready? They have to make the choice of either seizing the moment or selling their souls!

Martin Jalleh

1 Feb. 2010

(The above article is an edited version from a series of articles by the author on a review of the year 2009 published in the latest issue of Aliran Monthly. Get a copy, its a "must read"!)


Posted: 02 Feb 2010 02:11 AM PST




Residents in Petaling Jaya, one of the most popular centre hubs of the Klang Valley, can look forward to more places becoming disabled-friendly in their city from now on. 

This is thanks to a special meeting that was held at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) earlier this morning.

Four directors heading several of the most important departments of the city pledged to work hard to integrate their projects in order to make PJ a more handicapped-friendly area in the near future.

The department heads who attended the extraordinary meeting were Tuan Ir Haji Cheremi bin Tarman, (Engineering), Puan Hamidah binti Ariffin (Building), Puan Zuraidah binti Sainan (Landscape) and Puan Hjh Sharipah Marhaini binti Syed Ali.

Cheremi who chaired the meeting expressed his full support and commitment from his department to make PJ more user-friendly to the disabled and elderly community.

Sharipah who spearheaded the collaboration of the directors stressed on the various departments to execute their actions in a coordinated way so as to avoid extra and unnecessary spending.

Zuraidah pushed across the green aspect of designs and pointed out that every effort should be made to make pavements go around trees on a pathway before making the last resort to cut any down. 

Hamidah encouraged everyone to accept the challenge and mission of a disabled-friendly city and to get into the act immediately. 

A working committee was immediately established to meet once a month or more often if necessary to ensure that everything discussed and decided at today's meeting goes on track.

Petpositive's President Anthony SB Thanasayan who also serves as MBPJ Councillor gave his views as a user with a disability. He also offered to make site visits to personally check out the disabled-friendly details of each project. 

The discussion, which was held at the MBPJ Menara Tower lasted about an hour-and-a half.

Some of the upcoming events that disabled and elderly residents can expect to see this year include the launch of a universally designed pavement to be used as a model construction for the entire city to a national workshop on disabilities for all local councils.

Stay focused for more such good news soon!  
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4 charged over Taiping church attacks

Posted: 02 Feb 2010 01:38 AM PST

UPDATED 4.40PM No plea was recorded as the cases are to be mentioned in the Taiping Sessions Court on Feb 8.
The four are: Abdul Sattah Shaharuddin, , Mohd Abdul Wahab, Mohamad Azreen Rosli and Andidi Rosdi - all aged 29, 20, 18, and 22 respectively.

Abdul Sattah and Abdul Wahab were charged with intent to cause arson between 12.01am and 3.30am on Jan 10 , on the All Saints Church in Jalan Taming Sari while Azreen Rosli was charged with attempting to cause arson on the Taiping Catholic Church, formerly known as St Louis Church, in Jalan Convent on the same date. Andidi Rosdi, facing a similar charge as Azreen Rosli on the same date on the guard house of SMK Convent Taiping located next to the Taiping Catholic Church.

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