Tuesday, February 9, 2010

truth about the muslim NGO protest and zahrain and tan, PKR members

truth about the muslim NGO protest and zahrain and tan, PKR members


truth about the muslim NGO protest and zahrain and tan, PKR members

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 09:46 AM PST

the malay NGOs protest in penang

the recent protests by some stupid malay NGOs in penang was organised by the penang malay chamber of commerce and national malay students federation (GPMS)the reason they protested… well the main reason (they have lots of reasons!) was that they were mad at the penang govt. for tearing down some malay stalls.  but we all know they were only playing up the issue. the stalls were illegal and they had received notice already so naturally they were torn down. (and the penang govt. had said actually more non malay stalls were town down but this was not highlighted in the malay press, only when malay stalls torn down, it was highlighted!). the stalls were torn down by the majlis perbandaran pulau pinang (MPPP – city council).

it was such a shame that the protest was organised by the penang malay chamber of commerce when it was found out that  since 2008, there are 3 members from the chamber who sit in the council! i found this out from anil netto's blog. please read his blog to read further.

(you might also be interested to read what mujahid PAS MP for parit buntar had to say, and the blogger tulang besi, who exposed who the leaders of the protests were. both are in bahasa)

the 2 PKR members who hit out at penang CM, LGE

bayan baru MP, zahrain and nibong tebal MP, tan.  they made noises simply because their own personal agenda was not achieved.  go to this blog (it's in bahasa) to  read harakah interview with LGE, of which he tells all…. on why zahrain and tan attacked him.

i know there are lots more reading materials here and there which exposed the truth on these two issues. surf around and be informed.


Kantoi at Old Town White Coffee…

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 09:40 AM PST

… is where it all began, where it all got started. I am doomed! I have been exposed.

My zits, my pimples, my rambut gatal, have been seen by A BLOG READER!  Matilah aku lepas ni tak buat-buat cam bagus lagi! Eh bagus ke??

I cannot remember the number of years that I have been blogging. I can find out if I click on the archives but that would make my dainty finger tired (tu diaa.. buat bagus lagi!!!) and in 2010, for the first time ever, I actually crawled out from my siput sedut shell and met with a blog reader.

Her name is Su. She doesnt have a blog but she reads mine and she has been leaving comments using pseudoname – Diyanazman.com's Fan. And after I called Ah Fan, she kinda used that nickname too. She has a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering and claimed to be a civilized engineer. The latter I cannot confirmed.

This girl is one gutsy chic. I mean who in the whole wide world would wanna meet me? I thought she has read my blog?! Didnt she know that I pick my nose while driving I am crazy? Tsk tsk tsk…

Anyway thanks a lot Su, you are a very nice person and a good friend. I wish you all the best *wink*wink*

Actually, I have also met with 2 other bloggers that I have made friends through the blogosphere a few weeks ago during Miki's birthday party. Both are lovely ladies and I would love to hang out with them again. I guess 2010 is meet-blog reader-and-other-bloggers year. I have finally overcome the natural demeanor that I was born with – SHY, RESERVED and SOPAN SANTUN… ( dah diaaa buat bagus-bagusss lagiiiii)

old town white coffee

Diyana and Su at Old Town White Coffee, Alamanda Putrajaya


Am i a celebrity?

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 08:35 AM PST

I received a text on my phone
YUEN YUEN YUEN on Thursday!

then i replied
Celebrity fully book. Only available after CNY. I have company dinner on Thursday night. (something like that i also forgot the exact text)

i got a reply
Abalone, Celebrity pulak!

hahaha... This week was an extremely busy week for me. I have a disaster Monday if you read my entry yesterday. Then on Wednesday i need to head back home for dinner as i din't go back for dinner since last week. So mom is not very happy... Anyway, my parent will not be celebrating their Chinese New Year in Malaysia. Yup! I will be alone in Malaysia. Okie that will be another story...

Back to my busy slot.
Monday - work until very late --> Missed out dinner with mom
Tuesday - lots of work but managed to finish just in time to hit the gym for EASY STEP.
Wednesday - Place hold this slot for dinner with parent.
Thursday - Dinner with my colleagues --> "Soaw Gong Ciao"
Friday - Need to hit back early to take a nice sleep
Saturday - Heading to Penang early morning, driving alone
Sunday - Kuala Kangsar
Monday - Penang
Tuesday - Kuala Lumpur for dinner with uncle and aunties.
Wednesday - slot free
Thursday - slot free
Friday - Slot free
Saturday lunch - my classmate gathering
Saturday dinner - My ex-colleagues gathering
Sunday - Parent come back from Vietnam

Am i a celebrity or what? Anyway, anyone wanna to have dinner with me ... still have 3 slots free before it's gone... :p


...I will run to you. Another year, another appraisal...

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 08:58 AM PST

Thanks to God, once again, for His mercy and grace.

Thanks to God, for His words of truth.

My heart beat fast before the appraisal yesterday.

At the same time, my heart was comforted with the words of this song - '...and I will run to You, to Your words of truth...'

The words that came from the management - I took them as words of truth.

I must strive harder. Well, there's no other way but UP!


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justice is done in by the federal court

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 08:38 AM PST

Justice is done in by the Federal Court

By Martin Jalleh

Once again justice is shamelessly sacrificed on the altar of political expediency by judicial shenanigans of the highest court in Bolehland. It is a sad day indeed to see how five "blind" men of supposed legal stature strove so hard not to see and sense what was staring at them in the Federal and Perak constitutions.

The judiciary – the very portal of justice continues to be reduced to a convenient playground for the ruling elite to legitimize their power grab, persecute their opponents and promote their political agenda, through the perversion of the rule of law by certain court jesters.

The Federal and Perak Constitutions are dead, done in by those who decided to disregard, desecrate and discard constitutional provisions to treat the doctrine of separation of powers with deference. They are rigorously and rightly interpreted only when it best suits Umno.

In stark comparison to the courageous, cogent and convincing judgment of High Court judge Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim, the cowed five-member bench caved in and conveniently decided to take the cue from the powers that be.

It comes as no surprise that their "collective written judgement is apparently riddled with contradictions".The five judges surely qualify for retired Justice N H Chan's classic category of "recalcitrant" and "Humpty Dumpty" judges in the Perak conundrum.

Today the reputation of the judiciary or whatever was left of it, has been sullied irreparably. In the eyes of the public the judiciary has sunk so low as to allow itself to be intimidated, its independence and impartiality interfered with, and its integrity reduced to ignominy.

The judiciary has made a decision ignoring the overwhelming implications. As toppled Perak MB Nizar Jamaluddin said: "If this decision goes on and becomes the law of the day, it will lead to an absolute monarchy (which) means the ruler can now dismiss the prime minister or the mentri besar at any time."

The winds of change promised by the PM have turned into a stench of contemptuous compromise emanating from the corridors of the Palace of Justice. The rhetoric of the Chief Justice on a judicial renaissance and the Attorney-General on a "war against injustice" stink to high heaven.

In the halls of the Palace of Justice hangs a heavy suffocating air of hypocrisy whilst supposed men of honour with hollow character hang on to their high and lofty positions and holler, hype and harp on upholding and interpreting the constitution to the hilt as they hand out whimsical and warped judgments!

The Federal Court decision was merely the next logical step after the historic haste with which the judiciary helped Zambry back to the helm. Less than a day after the KL High Court had ruled in Nizar's favour, and three hours after Zambry had filed for a stay of execution, a one-man Court of Appeal readily heard the latter and granted him a stay two hours later! Zambry won his appeal 11 days later!

The Federal Court ruling is the climax of the shocking and scandalous manner the judiciary has handled the Perak crisis. It has left behind a dead constitution, "bad" and "perverse" decisions, dubious declaratory orders, judgments devoid of reasoned grounds, and disgraceful double standards.

The judiciary was bursting with bias which even the blind could see!

The added fact that the "Perak cases" were made the exclusive domain of a few judges in the High Courts and especially the Appellate Courts strongly suggests a hidden hand of one who obediently followed the instructions of the same Umno elite who hijacked the Perak state government by high-handed, hideous and heinous means.

What is next fellow Perakians? Yes it was a very unfair judgment but then again life is unfair! Shall we move on and win the war in spite of having lost the battle today? Let us leave the judiciary and the those who make a mockery of our justice system to swim and drown in their own judicial vomit.

Surely the past one year had drawn the rakyat of Perak closer together and made us more daring and determined to dream and drive ourselves towards a Government we really want in Perak. Personally, I have never been to so many PAS ceremahs before in my whole life!

Indeed the Perak Constitutional crisis had forged and fostered formidable comradeship amongst the leaders and members of the parties of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in Perak. Who can forget the kind of support the PR Aduns gave to one another as they tried to enter the State Assembly or the historic raintree State Assembly? The crisis also revealed the real friends and foes of PR.

The struggle made us Perakians realize that there were heroes amongst us – an MB with an indomitable spirit, a Speaker whose courage became an inspiration to many, a retired judge intensely committed to the law, intrepid principled politicians in the coalition and unknown individuals willing to risk involvement – surely in continued synergy we will be able to serve up a surging and unstoppable wave of change…in the next General Elections!

Martin Jalleh

9th Feb. 2010


DOG-CRUELTY - Did The Council Err Or Did We?

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 08:45 AM PST

MPSJ "DOG-CRUELTY" UPDATE:

 




So was I or was I not happy with my meeting with the Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ) this morning?

Folks, I have to be honest and tell you that I WAS SATISFIED with their answers.

And why am I feeling guilty for confessing this to you? 

Why is it that the local councils always seem to be the bad guys in the eyes of animal rights NGOs?

Can they do no good for a change?

Okay, yes, many local councils have not had a good record when it comes to handling dogs in the past. 

Who can forget the Seremban council that literally went on a shooting spree a few years ago and blew the brains out of more than a dozen stray dogs that were looked after in an elderly couple's home.

And more recently, there were a few more nasty incidents. The SPCA alleges that there are still other cases of cruelty secretly going on with local councils to this day.

But I think that some of us tend to forget that there is a new government in Selangor now since almost two years. And with that have come some interesting changes in which special interests groups have become connected at last with local governments. 

The Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) is one of them where the disabled, for example, have their own monthly committee meetings with the local council. 

And so do pet lovers in the form of the Canine Advisory Team. 

Once a month, councils throughout Selangor also take the opportunity to attend the meetings. This, so that they can share experiences and learn from each other how best to treat and tackle the - shall we say, "dog problem" in our midst.

MPSJ is one such member. And so, was with a certain amount of caution (and friendship) that I, as chairman of CAT, went to visit the town council this morning. 

The head of the dog catching company which MPSJ employs to round up strays was also present (at my request).   

I was told that it was MPSJ that decided to call for the press coverage of their dog catching exercise which was illustrated in The Star this week containing the "offending" picture. 


So what this means is that if the bad guys had anything to hide, this was certainly not a brainy decision on their part so as to have the exercise whilst having the voracious press breathing down your back.


I was also told that the puppy in the picture was caught by hand because the company doesn't use lasso ropes attached to poles to catch young dogs.

This is because they didn't want to get the animals injured or killed in the process.

Now, that's quite a noble intention, don't you think for a council to do which has a reputation to be a monster for canines.  


Most puppies are bodily carried into the van. Only certain exceptions are made to puppies that bite out of fear or in extreme situations - aggression. 

And so they are nabbed by their hind legs so as to prevent the dog catchers from getting bitten. 

I am told that many of them end up getting bitten in their profession. 

I also discovered later that some animal rescuers also use this method in special exceptions when dealing with aggressive puppies.

When it is executed, it is done as quickly as possible, frequnetly lasting only a few seconds so as NOT to stress the traumatised canines any further. 

When I suggested that they use a towel to cover the face of a puppy in future (as suggested to me by the SPCA) or use protective gloves, this was well received as a good suggestion to the dog catchers.

It was also pointed out that the dog catchers in the picture (the Indian lad/s) are all dog lovers at heart. Many of them would pat and play with the dogs that were caught and would also feel very sorry when any of the creatures had to be put down.)

To be honest, I also heard complaints about animal NGOs for a change. They are accused of not helping local councils enough to arm them with proper knowledge on how to treat dogs. 

"They seem to only criticize but never offer concrete suggestions on how to solve problems," said somebody. 

The meeting lasted for more than an hour. 

As CAT Chairperson of MBPJ, I seized the opportunity to invite the representative from the dog catching company to come to our meeting on Thursday where we could discuss the proper way to trap canines more effectively. 

So guys, that's it. You are most welcome to read whatever or whichever way you want of my account. 

However, as far as I am concerned for now, the incident was most unfortunate to say the best. 

I always prefer to engage local councils into effective dialogue than to merely throw brickbats at them when they have erred.

Such actions, frankly, don't help the canines.  

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MACC not at fault but the Attorney-General at fault?!

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 08:16 AM PST

The decision to prosecute a number of high-profile cases have been held up by the Attorney-General's Chambers due to decisions on evidence.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) boss Abu Kassim Mohamed had a one-hour informal discussion with MACC advisory panel member Anis Yusoff, Malaysiakini columnist KJ John and editor-in-chief Steven Gan a week ago at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur. Among the topics raised at the discussion, which took place a included the actions MACC must take to regain public trust, its never-ending probe on Khir Toyo and why the commission is reaching out to the alternative media.

Looks like MACC wants to 'restore' its already-battered image!


Highway Robbery: RHB Bank Responds

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 07:14 AM PST

I finally received an official response from RHB Bank today (for background read this, and this, and this). Here's what they said:

We thank you on highlighting the above incident to our En Mohamad Zaihan on 29 January 2009.
We took note that your wife as a passenger had an unpleasant encounter in the above incident. In such cases, please note that as governed by the Banking and Financial Institution Act, the Bank is not in the position to divulge any information to you. Rest assured that the matter is being handled tactfully in the most appropriate manner.
Once again, we thank you for bringing up this issue to our attention. We empathized with your wife for the discomfort and inconvenience caused. We believe it is not the intention of our panel repossessor to cause any anxiety.

Here's the response I sent back to them:

Thanks for finally getting back to me. I hope your statement that "the matter is being handled tactfully in the most appropriate manner" means you'll be giving a written apology to my wife for what the car repossessor did and acknowledging that his actions were wrong. I also hope you don't think I buy the part about the repossessor not wanting to cause anxiety. You can't carjack someone without causing anxiety. Let me be very clear on this: the incident we're all talking about here (the one you are not in a position to divulge information to me about) was a carjacking, albeit one that appears to fall within some sort of legal grey area (I'm assuming this because the police haven't charged anyone). You can't carjack someone and then be surprised and dismayed that the people who were carjacked feel traumatised. It's disappointing that RHB Bank is standing by the repossessor in this case. What you're saying here is that RHB approves of the way in which the car was repossessed. Why bother putting a copy of the Code of Ethics on Repossession on your website, then, if it's meaningless?

I feel RHB Bank's response here is inadequate and inappropriate. My wife and I will be sure to follow up on this with the appropriate authorities.

If my response seems a little angry, it's because I'm angry.


Nizar speaks

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 03:51 AM PST



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Visualise stress away

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 06:53 AM PST


WILL IT WORK?
YOU TELL ME!


Momentum Reformasi Telah Merudum?

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 07:25 AM PST

Reformis yang turun ke jalan raya pada tahun 1998 semestinya merindui nostalgia bagaimana bangunan mahkamah dibanjiri lautan manusia yang melaungkan "reformasi". Arus kebangkitan rakyat ketika itu walaupun gagal menghalang orang nombor dua dalam negara, Anwar Ibrahim daripada dimasukkan ke penjara; namun berjaya menumbangkan orang nombor satu dalam negara, Mahathir Mohamad dari tempatnya.

Istilah baru seperti "liwat", "sodomi" menyarat media arus perdana, dengan satu-satunya tujuan untuk mengaibkan seorang makhluk yang bernama Anwar Ibrahim. Maruahnya bersama keluarganya ditelanjangkan di khalayak ramai, sehingga melewati sempadan kesabaran masyarakat tempatan...

12 tahun kemudian, "Liwat II" dimainkan semula, dengan skrip yang agak sama tetapi pelakon yang berbeza. Namun, scene di jalan raya dan kawasan masjid jelas berbeza. Belum ada himpunan manusia yang melebihi ribuan orang di Lembah Klang setakat ini, sebagai sokongan terhadap Anwar Ibrahim sejak "Liwat II" dibicarakan pada 2 Februari.


Kesulitan teknikal

"Kalau awak nak pergi demo dekat mahkamah, awak perlu memandu kereta ke Jalan Duta, macamlah kamu nak pergi ke Putrajaya. Berbeza dengan dulu, sekitar bangunan mahkamah tu ada pejabat. Ramai orang bekerja di situ. Mereka turun saja dan demo," kata seorang "reformis" ketika ditanya mengapa bilangan peserta perhimpunan merosot, khususnya di mahkamah di mana Anwar dibicarakan.

Tetapi bagaimana pula dengan perhimpunan selepas sembahyang di masjid, pada Jumaat yang lalu, dengan bilangan peserta yang gagal mencecah angka seratus pun?

"Itu (keputusan) last minute (minit terakhir). Mereka sebarkan khabar (mengadakan perhimpunan) pada 11 malam (Khamis)..." kata seorang aktivis muda, cuba menjustifikasikannya dengan alasan "tidak sempat".

Perhimpunan semalam di ibu pejabat PKR yang bertempat di Merchant Square, Petaling Jaya "di-aib-kan", apabila tiada polis yang datang menjenguk, apatah lagi FRU dengan trak-nya.

Namun, seandainya diteliti, bukan sahaja penyokong tidak turun ke gelanggang, malah wakil rakyat PKR sendiri tidak turun untuk menunjukkan solidariti kepada Ketua Umum mereka. Antara yang hadir semalam, hanyalah Tian Chua (Batu, juga Pengarah Strategi), Zuraida Kamaruddin (Ampang, juga Ketua Wanita), S.Manickavasagam (Kapar), Amiruddin Bin Shaari (Batu Caves), Gan Pei Nei (Rawang), Lee Kim Sin (Kajang) dan sebagainya, selain Shamsul Iskandar Mohd. Akin dari sayap AMK dan Nurul Izzah Anwar (Lembah Pantai).

Apa yang sudah terjadi?

Jentera penyebar maklumat lemah

Jikalau "Liwat II" digambarkan sebagai perang hidup-mati antara UMNO-Barisan Nasional dengan Pakatan Rakyat, maka ia sememangnya mencungkil kekhuatiran, dan "keraguan" terhadap PR, apabila jentera sebegini digunakan untuk berperang. Tiada sebarang infomasi dalam laman rasmi PKR berhubung perhimpunan semalam, walaupun ia diberi nama "Malam (Suai Kenal) Himpunan Gerakan Reformasi 98".

Situasi sebenarnya lebih "membeliakkan", apabila sumber dalam parti memberitahu MerdekaReview, bahawa wujudnya perbezaaan pandangan yang ketara antara pemimpin tempatan dengan pemimpin peringkat pusat.

Secara terus terang, sumber ini memberitahu, "...Yang ada sense of crisis tu, hanyalah pemimpin di peringkat pusat. Sesetengah pemimpin di akar umbi masih terlalu optimis, bahawa Anwar tidak akan terjerat dalam kes ini."

"Apa yang selalu dimegah-megahkan oleh golongan ini (pemimpin tempatan) adalah, PR kini menguasai empat kerajaan negeri. Seandainya Najib berani 'mengisytiharkan perang' terhadap PR, kami akan mengerah sumber dan tenaga keempat-empat negeri ini untuk memerangi UMNO-BN habis-habisan!" tambahnya.

Menurut sumber maklumat dalam parti ini, kerana tanggapan bahawa PR masih dalam "keselesaan", maka sesetengah pemimpin tempatan tidak merasai bahang kemungkinan Anwar dipenjarakan. Keadaan ini bertambah dahsyat, apabila ada antaranya berlagak seperti "pembesar PKR", menyebabkan mesej dari pusat gagal sampai ke peringkat akar umbi.

"Misalnya, apabila perhimpunan dirancang, sesetengah pemimpin akan berlagak di depan penyokong akar umbi, 'saya tak tahu pun perhimpunan akan diadakan?!'," sambungnya, "Jadi, benda sekecil inilah yang mengakibatkan kekeliruan. Jentera penyebar informasi gagal berfungsi dengan baik, mesej tidak diselaraskan... Ini yang pening kepala ni!"

Ketidakpuasan "kaki demonstrasi"

Bukan sahaja "kerenah" sesetengah pemimpin seperti yang disebut, Anwar Ibrahim juga perlu berdepan dengan penyokongnya yang turun ke jalan raya semasa tahun 1998. Ramai antaranya yang dibelasah FRU, disembur air meriam kimia, ditembak gas pemedih mata semasa turun ke jalan raya untuk mempertahankan Anwar Ibrahim pada zaman reformasi.

Namun, Anwar Ibrahim, dan juga PKR berdepan dengan kesulitan untuk "menempatkan" golongan ini dalam parti, setelah memperolehi kuasa dalam PRU ke-12. Ketika berucap semalam di depan "reformis" ini, Anwar Ibrahim berkata, "Saudara tahu memang nak jadi wakil rakyat tak dapat. Saudara tahu, nak dapat projek memang tak dapat. Saudara sokong (saya), kerana saudara mahu keadilan dipertahankan."

Sebelum ini, rintihan dan rungutan kedengaran apabila sesetengah reformis ini menuduh bahawa Anwar atau PKR sudah terlupa "jasa dan sumbangan mereka", dan lebih mengutamakan "orang bersijil" untuk menyandang jawatan atau pangkat yang tinggi.

"Ada antara mereka sebenarnya mahukan agar kerajaan negeri yang dikuasai PR, memperuntukkan sumber kepada mereka. Tetapi Anwar dan Khalid Ibrahim (MB Selangor) bertegas dalam isu ini, kerana sedar bahawa mereka dipantau ketat SPRM," jelasnya, "tapi saya perlu mengakui bahawa Khalid Ibrahim tidak begitu peka dalam isu memberi penghargaan kepada golongan ini."

Kini, tenaga "kaki demonstrasi" ini amat diperlukan, seandainya PKR memutuskan untuk mengadakan perhimpunan secara besar-besaran, untuk memberi tekanan kepada regim UMNO-BN yang diterajui Najib Razak. Apakah ketidakpuasan golongan ini sempat diredakan, untuk mengerah perhimpunan raksasa yang kedua?

Faktor luaran: PAS dan DAP

Selain faktor dalaman PKR, PAS dan DAP menjadi tumpuan. DAP memang bukan terkenal sebagai parti demonstrasi, lebih-lebih lagi komuniti Cina kini bersiap sedia untuk meraihkan Tahun Baru Cina menjelang Sabtu (14 Februari) ini. Malah, Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng yang juga Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang sibuk menangkis serangan demi serangan daripada UMNO ke atas pentabiran kerajaannya.

PAS pula, yang sering menjadi "jentera mobilisasi" dalam hampir kesemua perhimpunan, kini berdepan dengan "perbezaan pendapat" dalam partinya sendiri. "Maklumlah, PAS kini berpecah dua. Ada yang dikenakan hukuman, ada yang tidak. Bila dah berpecah, susah anda nak mobilisasi rakyat untuk keluar berdemonstrasi. Takut kena label terlalu pro-Anwar pula," kata seorang aktivis kepada MerdekaReview semalam.

Walau bagaimanapun, Ahli Jawatankuasa Pusat PAS, Dzulkefly Ahmad menolak persepsi bahawa "PAS kurang komited dalam memberi sokongan kepada Anwar Ibrahim dalam kes Liwat II", sambil memberi bukti bahawa pemimpin utama PAS hadir ke mahkamah untuk memberi sokongan kepada Anwar Ibrahim.

Berdasarkan pengamatan dan pemerhatian dirinya, Dzulkefly Ahmad mendakwa bahawa kes Liwat II ini sebenarnya menimbulkan rasa benci, jelak yang tidak kurangnya di kalangan golongan kelas menengah. Namun, beliau mengambil kira senario stamina perjuangan, keadaan ekonomi dan sebagainya, yang mungkin menjurus kepada kemerosotan bilangan peserta demonstrasi sekarang.

Sambil menyifatkan situasi kini sebagai "simpan tenaga", Dzulkefly Ahmad menjangkakan kebangkitan rakyat di keempat-empat negeri yang dikuasai Pakatan Rakyat. "...Menunggu masa yang tepat," katanya. -MR

*Lim Hong Siang ialah Editor MerdekaReview, edisi bahasa Melayu.

Ulasan GB

Lumrah perjuangan. Biasanya yang akan lupa jasa orang-orang bawahan macam GB ni. Siapalah "kita" ni. Munkin tak berbaloi untuk GB ungkapkan apa jasa kita kerana ia mungkin terlalu kecil pada pandangan mata "mereka".

Namun perjuangan tetap diteruskan walaupun "mereka" itu semua telah melupakan "kita", kerana Allah tidak perlu lupa. Balasan akan tetap ada di sisiNya, untuk "kita" yang bekerja dan untuk "mereka" yang pelupa.



Malaysia has a democracy that exists in name but grievously compromised in substance, reality and fact: Ku Li

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 06:10 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has a democracy that exists in name but grievously compromised in substance, reality and fact, said Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, echoing the words of the nation's founding father Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj.

In his speech at the launch of Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas), the Gua Musang MP said Tunku's memory had been brushed out of the nation's consciousness.

He said Tunku and his generation built institutions that empowered the people rather than cults of personality to concentrate power and wealth in themselves.

"They reached instinctively for democratic decision making. The concepts and precepts of constitutional democracy were part of their natural vocabulary and instinctive reactions. They knew whom the country belonged to, and that they lived to serve.

"It is no accident that the erasure of his memory has gone hand-in-hand with the erosion of our institutions. Tunku built up a system of good civil service in which ordinary citizens did not need to see so and so to get things done.

"This has been replaced by a domineering style of leadership in which you get things done depending on who you know," said Tengku Razaleigh.

He also said in place of protection for ordinary citizens guaranteed by popular representation, rule of law and checks and balances of independent institutions, the country now had the cult of great leader.

"In place of a system which was designed to ensure the rights of the ordinary citizen, we have a system re-designed around the interests of corporate and political bosses.

"Ordinary Malaysians are disenfranchised of their rights to health, education and security. They are then patronised by leaders whose idea of public service is to go around like Father Christmas doling out gifts of resources, which are really the property of the people.

"This turns citizens into supplicants. Our properties are converted into gifts from the great leader. Our rights are converted into permissions. Our country has become his country," said Tengku Razaleigh.

He added that Tunku's conception of politics and system of government had no place for corrupt practices, arbitrary executive power and the manipulation of racial and religious identity for political gain.

He also said Tunku led and worked with an entire class of individuals schooled in the culture and practice of parliamentary democracy.

"In politics and the civil service they thrived in a time before the machine politics of patronage and low-brow identity politics had sucked the life and talent out of the ruling party and left it filled with people who quite simply don't have the ability to hold this country together anymore," he said.

Tengku Razaleigh said Malaysia was still stuck in 1997 where the country faced a mortal crisis.

"If anyone of us was tempted to imagine that Malaysia had outgrown the sordid events of 1997, the government's newspapers bring to our breakfast tables each day Sodomy 2, to remind us that after a decade of sloganeering, we have come full circle to find ourselves back at the doorstep of our debased institution and a constitution that is increasingly inoperative.

"The progress of the trial of the leader of the opposition, the government's apparent ignorance of sovereign rights of the states and the way in which we have allowed religious issues to be manipulated, point to that conclusion.

"The constitutional crisis in Perak, in which a government has been installed by illegal means, the failure to implement two Royal Commission of Inquiry findings, point to that conclusion," he blasted.

The Kelantan prince said the "barbarous political culture" promoted by the establishment media drove home the point that the system of government was still in 1997.

"We are still in the after-wash of a wave of bad taste, authoritarianism and arbitrary power that destroyed our practice of parliamentary democracy, compromised our judiciary and police, and disenfranchised our people.

"To modify Tunku's words, we now have a democracy 'existing in name, but grievously compromised in substance, reality and fact'.

"Our penchant for slogans is a reflection of our dislocation from the reality of constitutional and parliamentary democracy. We don't need slogans. We need our Constitution back," said Tengku Razaleigh.

He also urged the young people to rise to the task of changing the political system as it had been left too long to the politicians.

"To expect change from the incumbents is to expect, in the Malay saying, the mice to repair the gourd… Bagai tikus baiki labu.
"It is time for us to understand, discuss, organise and act together.

"Tunku was a true Malaysian. As we have forgotten him, we have also forgotten how to be Malaysians. We must learn again how to be free and equal citizens of a constitutional democracy.

"In our national life, we must learn again how to be a federation of sovereign states governed by the rule of law," said Tengku Razaleigh.
(Source: The Edge)


Isu Keputusan Mahkamah : Apa Pandangan Pimpinan PAS?

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 05:47 AM PST

Mahkamah seperti akui rampasan kuasa di Perak – Nik Aziz

tu keputusan mahkamah seperti mengakui rampasan kuasa yang berlaku di Perak dan bukannya melalui pilihan raya," kata Mursyidul Am PAS, Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

Oleh itu, beliau meminta rakyat di seluruh negara khususnya Perak memprotes sekurang-kurangnya dengan cara benci.

"Allah Taala menterjemahkan rasa benci-Nya terhadap manusia yang kufur serta fasik dan derhaka.

"Apa yang berlaku di Perak adalah kerja fasik kerana mereka menang tidak melalui pilihan raya dan pihak yang menang itu pula melompat keluar dari kerajaan yang dipilih rakyat," katanya ketika ditemui di sini.

Beliau diminta mengulas keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan yang mengesahkan kedudukan Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir sebagai Menteri Besar Perak, selepas tiga Adun Pakatan Rakyat mengisytihar sebagai wakil rakyat Bebas tahun lepas.

Nik Abdul Aziz yang juga Menteri Besar Kelantan berkata, rakyat memprotes keputusan mahkamah kerana seolah-olah mengesahkan mereka yang melompat parti.

Katanya, perlu diperjelaskan perbuatan melompat parti sehingga menjatuhkan kerajaan Perak yang dipilih rakyat secara sah mengikut demokrasi adalah salah.

"Sekiranya keputusan mahkamah berhubung penggunaan kalimah Allah baru-baru ini diprotes pihak tertentu, tidak ada salah juga protes yang sama juga perlu dibuat berhubung kes mahkamah hari ini," ujarnya.

Katanya, walaupun tidak menentang dengan demontrasi, namun ia boleh dilakukan dengan cara menanam rasa benci di hati rakyat berhubung perkara itu.

Kata beliau, melompat parti disifat sebagai pecah amanah rakyat yang mengundi mereka.

Tambahnya, pecah amanah sedemikian akan berulang pada masa akan datang disebabkan mereka semakin galak melakukan kerja jahat.

"Tidak mustahil huru hara akan berlaku di negara ini sekiranya tindakan galak tersebut dibiarkan berterusan," ujarnya. - harakahdily

Keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan Bukan Noktah

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) tidak akan berputus asa dengan keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan memutuskan Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir sebagai Menteri Besar Perak yang sah.

Sebaliknya Naib Presiden PAS, Salahuddin Ayub berkata, PR akan bekerja keras untuk menawan Perak pada pilihan raya umum yang akan datang.

"Kita sudah jangka keputusan mahkamah tidak akan berpihak kepada Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin sejak dari awal lagi.

"Berdasarkan rekod kes-kes besar sebelum ini, keputusan mahkamah memang tidak memihak kepada PR. Sebab itu kita tidak kecewa dengan keputusan hari ini," katanya kepada mStar Online hari ini.

Mahkamah Persekutuan hari ini memutuskan Zambry kekal sebagai Menteri Besar Perak yang sah.

Panel lima hakim yang diketuai Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan, Tan Sri Alauddin Mohd Sheriff bersetuju sebulat suara bahawa pelantikan Zambry sebagai Menteri Besar adalah mengikut Perlembagaan.

Mahkamah memutuskan Sultan Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah telah bertindak menggunakan bidang kuasa yang ada untuk melantik Zambry bagi menggantikan Nizar setelah berpuas hati bahawa Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Pasir Panjang itu tidak lagi mempunyai kelebihan undi dalam Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Perak.

Mengulas lanjut, Salahuddin yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kubang Kerian berkata, apa yang berlaku di Perak akan menguatkan lagi sokongan rakyat kepada pakatan pembangkang.

"Rakyat akan bersimpati terhadap apa yang berlaku kepada Nizar. PR perlu terus berusaha dan kekalkan sokongan yang sedia ada bagi memastikan kemenangan mutlak mereka di Perak pada pilihan raya umum akan datang," katanya.

Sementara itu, Timbalan Pengerusi DAP, Dr. Tan Seng Giaw berkata rakyat Perak amat kecewa dengan keputusan mahkamah itu.

"Ramai yang kecewa dengan keputusan hari ini. Mereka berharap sistem perundangan di negara ini dapat memberi keputusan yang sebaliknya kerana kes ini tertangguh agak lama," katanya.

Oleh itu, beliau berkata pihak polis wajar membenarkan rakyat mengadakan perarakan secara aman sebagai tanda protes mereka.

"Cara terbaik untuk selesaikan masalah ini adalah dengan membubarkan DUN Perak. Biar rakyat buat keputusan dan pilih siapa pemimpin yang layak menjadi pemerintah," ujarnya. -MSTAR

Ulasan GB

Hanya dua orang pimpinan PAS yang ada membuat ulasan. Hmmm... Yang seorang lagi pulak, adui. Stail ulasan dia sama macam UMNO. Cuba baca:

"Menteri Besar Kedah Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak hari ini meminta semua pihak menerima dengan hati terbuka keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan yang mengekalkan Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir sebagai menteri besar Perak."

Patutlah ramai orang kata Kedah akan jatuh ke tangn BN tak lama lagi.


Jitters, and Lessons from History

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 02:45 AM PST

When Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad popped off last week, to the effect that February 11 would bring "the demise of the liberal capitalist system," I chuckled that February 11 would obviously be the safest day in the history of the liberal capitalist system; but I did wonder what possible motive the Iranian leadership could have for letting their loose-cannon figurehead make such empty threats.

Well, it now appears we have an answer. When the country's actual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, echoes this threat, declaring that Iran will "punch the arrogance" of the West on February 11, it becomes much more likely that the Iranian regime is plotting to do something spectacularly foolish. I think they are underestimating the U.S. and our president — interpreting his (and our country's) desire for peace as weakness. The most spectacular miscalculation of this kind in recent memory was the 9/11 attack: Some of our country's enemies figured that with a relatively inexperienced (in foreign policy) and politically weak (barely eight months after the Florida recount) new president, they could engage in a massive slaughter of U.S. citizens with impunity.

They paid the price for that miscalculation. It's not too late for Iran to turn back from such a disastrous course: Even evil regimes — regimes that systematically violate the rights of their own people — have the use of intellect. Mike Potemra in The National Review


Institusi Kehakiman Negara? ... Teringat Tikus Dalam Kuah Roti Canai..

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 03:47 AM PST

Beberapa hari sebelum keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan mengisytiharkan Zambry sebagai Menteri Besar yang sah di Perak disamping menolak rayuan Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin, GB mengeluarkan satu berita tentang ada tikus di dalam kuah roti canai.

Ada yang bertanya GB. Kenapa GB bawa masuk kisah tikus tuh. GB pun menjawab: tak der sesuatu pun kisah dari Allah yang sia-sia. Termasuklah kes bangkai tikus di dalam kuah roti canai tersebut.

Sebelum ini GB ada mengulas mengenai "Ikan Berkepala Buaya Di Selangor",

Ikan berkepala buaya - sungguh dasyat. Dia ada di kalangan manusia. Ada di dalam kalangan kita juga. Badannya bersama-sama jemaah, tetapi kepalanya tak sama dengan kita. Kepalanya serupa musuh yang suka membaham. Dan kisah ini tidak jauh, di negeri Selangor adanya.


Di dalam kes bayi yang besar dan berat dalam perut di Kedah GB berkata:


Budak yang ibunya makan buah kedondong itu menjadi berat dan selamat dilahirkan.

Keputusan samada pilihanraya atau tidak untuk Kota Siputeh itu walaupun dilewat-lewatkan oleh SPR melalui hujah senandung dalam rayuan-rayuannya (bak ibu yang makan buah kedondong) ke mahkamah akan menambah beratkan keputusan hakim untuk berpihak kepada Speaker DUN Kedah.

Dengar keputusan hakim hari ini:

Dalam keputusannya, hakim menegaskan bahawa SPR bertindak secara tidak wajar dan keputusan suruhanjaya itu bahawa Abu Hassan masih merupakan wakil rakyat bagi Kota Siputeh dan kerusi DUN itu tidak kosong, perlu dibatalkan.


Dan di dalam kes Beruk-beruk Yang Menyusahkan Rakyat


Tiga kanak-kanak cedera selepas diserang beruk jantan liar di Taman Murni, Sungai Isap dekat sini, Isnin dan semalam.........

Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) sebentar tadi berjaya mendapatkan perintah penggantungan sementara (interim stay order) daripada Mahkamah Rayuan terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi semalam, mengenai kekosongan kerusi DUN Kota Siputeh, Kedah.

Semalam, Mahkamah Tinggi mengekalkan keputusannya pada 16 November lalu, bahawa kerusi DUN Kota Siputeh kosong dan pilihan raya kecil kawasan itu perlu diadakan.

Panel tiga hakim Mahkamah Rayuan yang diketuai Datuk Sulong Mat Jaraie memutuskan perkara berkenaan selepas bersidang sejak jam 2.30 petang tadi.


Nah, sekarang apa pula kaitan tikus di dalam kuah kari roti canai?

Roti canai adalah makanan rakyat marhain. Tetapi malangnya kuah roti itu dicemari sehingga begitu jijik dan kotor dengan kehadiran seekor tikus di dalamnya.

"Bagaimanapun, saya terkejut besar apabila melihat gigi dan misai panjang pada ketulan daging berkenaan dan selepas diamati ia sebenar bangkai tikus yang dibelinya bersama kuah kari roti canai berkenaan. Saya berasa loya dan terus termuntah.


Begitulah adanya sistem kehakiman di dalam negara. Jijik dan meloyakan. Rakyat marhain sudah tidak dapat keadilan dan kebenaran dari institusi kehakiman negara. Hakim yang berpihak kepada kebenaran ditekan dan ditukarkan.

Jangan nak salahkan atau nak tangkap GB. Kisah tikus dalam roti canai didedahkan Allah sendiri. GB tukang sampaikan saja kat sini kisah-kisah itu untuk renungan bersama. Itu ayat manzurah dari Allah, kepada yang tajam fikirannya. Kalau nak tangkap, pergi tangkap DIA.

Hasbiyallah.


hey bajingan..kamu maling ya!

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 03:34 AM PST

ha bersiaran lagi kita ek...ade baik?...

akak geram tul lah dengan orang2 yang panjang tangan ni...kalau aku dapat mmg aku rodok2 lubang dia pakai batang cangkul...lepas rodok pastu rogol..pastu sepak..pastu cik tot dia..pastu pijak perut..pastu cubit sampai berdarah....geram tul akak...

bukan ape...2 hari lepas adik akak pinjam kete akak..katanya nak kuar kejap....rupanya dia pegi rumah my sister ....so akak pun bagi je lah..kang x bagi kang kata akak ni kedekut lak kan...

then setengah jam pastu my sister call...

" hey bila adik balik nanti ko check kete ko...dia ade datang sini tadi ngan kawan dia..akak tengok kawan dia tu lain macam lah..duk belek2 kete ko"....

so akak pun buat dont know je lah kan..sebab kawan adik2 akak ni mmg comel semuanya...

then lepas dia bg balik kete akak..akak pun kuar umah nak pi amik hotmama...biase lah nak sejukkan kete..kang panas kang hotmama x biase lak..maklum lah dia kan beruang kutub...so pakai lah aircond....


akak terperanjat..punat aircond akak semua xde..kena cabut...ni sah kawan adik akak ni..x kan adik akak yang cabut lak kan...

dah rompong tempat punat aircont tu..dah rupa orang xde gigi dah...opssss...

sebab kawan dia tu ade kete sama ngan akak..mesti kete dia punat aircond dah hilang dia curi akak punya....

ape lagi naik hantu lah akak...benda2 kecik cam tu pun nak curi..hanjeng tul lah...dah lah kete akak ni buruk..bila benda kat aircond tu hilang lagi lah bertambah buruk...geram..gerammm...

akak suruh adik akak call kawan dia..x angkat lak..dia mesti tau akak ngah naik hantu ni...


siap ko aku dapat aku picit telo kau sampai ko pengsan..awas ek....


..


Malaysians at the Federal Court, Putrajaya this morning

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 03:26 AM PST


MALAYSIA'S DEMOCRACY LACKS SUBSTANCE

Written by Sharon Tan
Tuesday, 09 February 2010 00:15 THE EDGE

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has a democracy that exists in name but grievously compromised in substance, reality and fact, said Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, echoing the words of the nation's founding father Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj.

In his speech at the launch of Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas), the Gua Musang MP said Tunku's memory had been brushed out of the nation's consciousness.

He said Tunku and his generation built institutions that empowered the people rather than cults of personality to concentrate power and wealth in themselves.

"They reached instinctively for democratic decision making. The concepts and precepts of constitutional democracy were part of their natural vocabulary and instinctive reactions. They knew whom the country belonged to, and that they lived to serve.

"It is no accident that the erasure of his memory has gone hand-in-hand with the erosion of our institutions. Tunku built up a system of good civil service in which ordinary citizens did not need to see so and so to get things done.

"This has been replaced by a domineering style of leadership in which you get things done depending on who you know," said Tengku Razaleigh.

He also said in place of protection for ordinary citizens guaranteed by popular representation, rule of law and checks and balances of independent institutions, the country now had the cult of great leader.

"In place of a system which was designed to ensure the rights of the ordinary citizen, we have a system re-designed around the interests of corporate and political bosses.

"Ordinary Malaysians are disenfranchised of their rights to health, education and security. They are then patronised by leaders whose idea of public service is to go around like Father Christmas doling out gifts of resources, which are really the property of the people.

"This turns citizens into supplicants. Our properties are converted into gifts from the great leader. Our rights are converted into permissions. Our country has become his country," said Tengku Razaleigh.

He added that Tunku's conception of politics and system of government had no place for corrupt practices, arbitrary executive power and the manipulation of racial and religious identity for political gain.

He also said Tunku led and worked with an entire class of individuals schooled in the culture and practice of parliamentary democracy.

"In politics and the civil service they thrived in a time before the machine politics of patronage and low-brow identity politics had sucked the life and talent out of the ruling party and left it filled with people who quite simply don't have the ability to hold this country together anymore," he said.

Tengku Razaleigh said Malaysia was still stuck in 1997 where the country faced a mortal crisis.

"If anyone of us was tempted to imagine that Malaysia had outgrown the sordid events of 1997, the government's newspapers bring to our breakfast tables each day Sodomy 2, to remind us that after a decade of sloganeering, we have come full circle to find ourselves back at the doorstep of our debased institution and a constitution that is increasingly inoperative.

"The progress of the trial of the leader of the opposition, the government's apparent ignorance of sovereign rights of the states and the way in which we have allowed religious issues to be manipulated, point to that conclusion.

"The constitutional crisis in Perak, in which a government has been installed by illegal means, the failure to implement two Royal Commission of Inquiry findings, point to that conclusion," he blasted.

The Kelantan prince said the "barbarous political culture" promoted by the establishment media drove home the point that the system of government was still in 1997.

"We are still in the after-wash of a wave of bad taste, authoritarianism and arbitrary power that destroyed our practice of parliamentary democracy, compromised our judiciary and police, and disenfranchised our people.

"To modify Tunku's words, we now have a democracy 'existing in name, but grievously compromised in substance, reality and fact'.

"Our penchant for slogans is a reflection of our dislocation from the reality of constitutional and parliamentary democracy. We don't need slogans. We need our Constitution back," said Tengku Razaleigh.

He also urged the young people to rise to the task of changing the political system as it had been left too long to the politicians.

"To expect change from the incumbents is to expect, in the Malay saying, the mice to repair the gourd… Bagai tikus baiki labu.
"It is time for us to understand, discuss, organise and act together.

"Tunku was a true Malaysian. As we have forgotten him, we have also forgotten how to be Malaysians. We must learn again how to be free and equal citizens of a constitutional democracy.

"In our national life, we must learn again how to be a federation of sovereign states governed by the rule of law," said Tengku Razaleigh


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At the Federal Court: A Constitutional Crisis

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 02:47 AM PST


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Malaysia State Constitutional Crisis

Written by Our Correspondent Asia Sentinel
Tuesday, 09 February 2010
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The courts award Perak to UMNO

Any indication that Malaysia's courts were becoming independent of the government disappeared from view again Tuesday when the five-member Federal Court ruled that United Malays National Organization stalwart Zambry Abdul Kadir is the rightful chief minister of the state of Perak, the country's second biggest and one of its richest.

The state has been caught a constitutional crisis since May of 2009, with the government paralyzed by the controversy over who was actually in charge. Perak had been controlled by the national opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat as a result of the March 2008 national election, with Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as chief minister. However, then-Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak engineered the defection of three lawmakers, bringing the government to a halt in a 28-28 tie. Upon their defection, Sultan Raja Azlan Shah immediately ordered Nizar to vacate his position and installed Zambry in his place.

That kicked off a melee in which 65 people were arrested. Ahead of Tuesday's decision, Rais yatim, the the Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, was quoted by the state-owned national wire service Bernama as calling on the people to be calm.

"We should respect the decision irrespective of whether it favors A or B. We are confident in our judicial system and in the way the law is administered," Bernama quoted him as saying.

Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Abdul Aziz Rahim ruled on May 11 that the sultan lacked the authority to remove Nizar without a vote of confidence in the statehouse, only to have the appellate court put his decision in abeyance a few hours later. The case – and the Perak state government – have been stalled as the Federal Court, the country's highest, took up the decision in November and has chewed on it ever since.

The ruling, led by Court of Appeal president Alauddin Mohd Sheriff, was built on the premise that the Barisan Nasional, or ruling national coalition, controls 31 votes in the Perak statehouse although no vote has ever been taken, and while the three defectors are said to be leaning towards the Barisan, they have given no official indication that they would cross the aisle. The Election Commission refused a letter proclaiming the realignment of their loyalty, setting the stage for the constitutional crisis.

When Nizar refused to go, instead of waiting for Judge Abdul Aziz's original ruling, elite federal Field Reserve Unit police invaded the Ipoh statehouse on May 7 to drag opposition Speaker V. Sivakumar out of the chambers amid flying furniture and protests that resulted in the arrest of 65 people. As far as can be determined, it is the first time in Malaysian history that federal police had ever entered a legislature.

The ruling appears unlikely to end the continuing political uncertainty in either Perak or the government. Political analysts in Kuala Lumpur say the logical solution to the stalemate – a state popular by-election to determine the makeup of the statehouse – is unlikely because Najib and the Barisan do not believe they could win it.

The state, long a tin mining center, has an extremely large Chinese and Indian population and the Chinese have largely abandoned the Barisan because of the collapse into scandal of the Malaysian Chinese Association, which is embroiled in infighting over the disappearance of billions of dollars in the attempt to turn Port Klang, 60 km. west of Kuala Lumpur, into a multimodal port.

The Barisan instead appears to be counting on time to bring the voters, particularly disaffected ethnic Malays who have abandoned UMNO for the fundamentalist Parti Islam se-Malaysia and Anwar Ibrahim's Parti Keadilan Rakyat, or People's Justice Party, because of a long series of scandals and outright crimes.

However, Anwar is on trial in Kuala Lumpur in what has been widely billed as Sodomy 2, 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 the meantime, his party is beset by infighting in several state assemblies, particularly Penang and Selangor, with a growing number of restive lawmakers threatening to leave the opposition coalition and return to the Barisan. Three have been brought before a disciplinary committee of the opposition coalition seeking answers to questions over their use of personal expense accounts.

The coalition that Anwar cobbled together has been an unlikely one from the start, with the Islamic, largely rural and fundamentalist PAS on one side and the ethnic Chinese Democratic Action Party on the other, with Anwar's moderate, urban Malays in the middle. Zulkifli Nordin, a member of Anwar's Parti Keadilan Rakyat, was quoted publicly earlier this week as predicting mass resignations over the next two to three weeks over tensions with the DAP and PKR's difficulty in dealing with them.

"The problem was that Anwar rounded up a bunch of incompetents to run in 2008, and disillusionment was so great with UMNO that a lot of people got voted into office who should never have been voted into office," said a businessman in Kuala Lumpur. The opposition coalition, he said, has thus never been able to capitalize on its gains by actually paying attention to governing. At the same time, the opposition has been harried by Najib's use of law enforcement powers including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and others to bring opposition lawmakers in on charges that many observers believe are superfluous.

Nonetheless, the court's decision appears certain to reinforce popular opinion that Malaysia's judiciary is thoroughly in the pockets of UMNO. That isn't helped by the case against Anwar, who is charged with having consensual sex with the former aide, a charge that is extremely rare in Malaysia and especially Kuala Lumpur, where gay bars abound and homosexuality isn't particularly condemned despite the fact that it is nominally against the law. An examination of the evidence against him in similar charges in 1998 leads to the overwhelming conclusion that it was concocted to derail his political career.

The case has been put on temporary hold as Anwar's lead counsel, Karpal Singh, seeks to disqualify the presiding judge, Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah.

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Hafiz Yatim
Feb 9, 10
11:10am
Malaysiakini.com

The Federal Court, the highest in the country, has delivered a unanimous decision in declaring that Zambry Abd Kadir of BN is the rightful Perak menteri besar (MB).

In doing so just after 11am, it dismissed the appeal by Pakatan Rakyat's Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and delivered perhaps the final blow to his quest to be declared the MB. He can still apply to the court to review its own decision, if he chooses to.

azlanPresident of the Court of Appeal, Justice Alauddin Mohd Sheriff, led a five-member bench in delivering the verdict.

The others were Chief Judge of Malaya Justice Arifin Zakaria and Justices Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin, Mohd Ghazali Mohd Yusoff and Abdull Hamid Embong of the Federal Court.

Justice Arifin who read the solitary judgment for about an hour from 10.15am, reaffirmed the Court of Appeal decision, that the Kuala Lumpur High Court was wrong in not determining that Nizar's seat was vacant.

He ruled that it is not necessary for a vote of confidence to be done in the state assembly, as the sultan can conduct his own inquiry to determine which party or coalition has the majority.

"This can be done through extraneous sources," he said.

The sultan would have had sufficient evidence as to who commanded the majority in the Perak assembly or who suffered a lack of confidence, noted the judge.

As such, the sultan would have been able to arrive at a decision (and call for the chief executive to vacate the post). Should an individual refuse to do so, the post can be deemed vacant.

NONEAlthough Justice Arifin noted that the determination of who holds the majority can be done outside the state legislative assembly, he commented towards the end of the judgment that all is not lost for Nizar (left in photo).

"If he is not satisfied with the decision, he can seek a vote of no confidence against the respondent (Zambry) in the state legislative assembly."

In deriving the decision, the court also ruled that it would not levy costs on Nizar.

The attorney-general's (AG) chambers was represented by the head of prosecution division Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah and Kamaluddin Md Said, the head of the Trial and Appeals division.

gani patail ghani patailAG Abdul Gani Patail (right), among those who commented immediately on the ruling, said this was a sound and crucial judgment which encompasses all the previous decisions.

He refuted the suggestion that it would lead to a situation of an "absolute monarchy" – as claimed by Nizar at a press conference – because the constitutional monarchy "and everyone including the judiciary, has a place in the system".

Nizar's lawyers were Philip Koh, Chan Kok Keong, Leong Cheok Keng, Edmund Bon, Miohd Hanipa Maidin, Ranjit Singh, and Razlan Hadri Zulkifli.

zambry abdul kadirZambry's lawyers are Cecil Abraham and Sunil Abraham. Zambry (left) himself was not present in court for the decision, but responded to the ruling later.

Cecil said the verdict is binding on the federal and state government.

Mohd Hafarizam Harun and M Reza Hassan held a watching brief for Umno.

Previous judicial decisions

BN was seen to have usurped power in Perak when three Pakatan Rakyat assemblypersons switched sides to become BN-friendly Independents in February last year, leading to Pakatan seeking legal recourse.

On May 11, Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim had ruled that Nizar is the rightful menteri besar.

"He is, and was, at all material times the chief minister of Perak," Abdul Aziz told the court.

However, the appellate court's three-member bench unanimously overturned the decision in favour of Zambry, saying that the High Court judge had failed to properly and adequately appreciate the entire evidence before him.

"We hold the view that the granting or the withholding of the request for the dissolution of the state legislative assembly is royal prerogative," ruled Justice Md Raus Sharif.

The Federal Court had, on Nov 5 last year, heard Nizar's appeal and submission for more then six hours but defer its decision

The court had earlier dismissed Nizar's application for a full bench of 11 judges or an enlarged panel.

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Feb 9, 10 2:28pm
The Federal Court's decision today to dismiss Pakatan Rakyat's Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin's appeal and declaring Zambry Abd Kadir of BN as the rightful Perak menteri besar drew a variety of opinions from the legal fraternity.

Here are some responses.

Shad Saleem Faruqi, law professor

The decision is expected. There are two issues – Nizar lost the majority and the sultan rejected his request to dissolve the state assembly. It was a stalemate.I am not surprised with the Federal Court's decision. Since it is not a clear-cut matter, the court will give Zambry the benefit of the doubt.

George Varughese, Bar Council secretary

It may not be the most popular of decisions, but the highest court has decided. We will have to respect that. Still, I am neither surprised nor happy, as my interpretation of the Perak constitution is not the same as the Federal Court. This is my personal view.

Zaid Ibrahim, former law minister and Pakatan coordinator

NONEAs I said before, our judges in the upper echelon of the judiciary will continue to fail the people of this country. Today, the principles governing parliamentary democracy and the rule of law have been sacrificed because they have to please the political masters.

I hope the BN leaders in the midst of their celebrations realise the significance of the ruling. It means that the monarch can refuse the appointment of a menteri besar chosen by the party in power (as in Terengganu) but now can dismiss the lawful menteri besar if he so chooses. Another black day for the country.

Professor Abdul Aziz Bari, constitutional law expert

NONEIt is bad news for democracy for the court has reduced the constitution – which sought to put in place a democratic government – to a mere legal document. One wonders whether judges really understood the concept of responsible government.

The court in this instance has added another case to a list of cases that go against the very idea of constitutionalism and democracy, which stand at the very heart of the constitution. It is a pity that the court took a literal and pedantic approach that throws democracy out of the window.

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Nizar: Malaysia menuju monarki mutlak
Hafiz Yatim
Feb 9, 10
4:40pm

Keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan hari ini akan mengakibatkan situasi kemungkinan berlakunya monarki mutlak di Malaysia, dakwa menteri besar Perak yang disingkirkan, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.

Menurut beliau tidak perlu diadakan pilihan raya kerana raja-raja boleh menentukan siapa yang akan mengetuai kerajaan negeri ataupun pada peringkat persekutuan.

Pada sidang media, sejurus selepas mahkamah menolak permohonannya, hari ini, Nizar berkata: "Ini adalah risiko paling besar yang dihadapi oleh negara masa kini dan kita perlu perbetulkannya. Keputusan mahkamah itu mengketepikan prinsip-prinsip yang ditetapkan dalam perlembagaan."

Nizar juga berkata dia belum membuat keputusan samada akan merayu berhubung keputusan itu yang mengistiharkan Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir sebagai menteri besar Perak yang sah.

"Kami akan teliti keputusan bertulis penghakiman dan kemudiannya membuat keputusan," katanya sambil meminta penyokongnya supaya bertenang.

"Ini adalah hari yang paling sedih bagi Malaysia kerana ia membuktikan sistem penghakiman negara adalah tidak bebas. Sasaran kita sekarang ini ialah merampas semula Perak.

"Rakyat ingin melihat badan kehakiman bebas membuat keputusan. Tetapi berdasarkan apa yang didengar tadi, ia menunjukkan badan kehakiman masih tidak bebas dan dipengaruhi pihak tertentu."

Menurut Nizar, krisis di Perak tidak sepatutnya berakhir dengan keputusan mahkamah tetapi perlu diserahkan kepada rakyat untuk menentukan siapa yang patut mewakili mereka.


Detik Hitam Dalam Demokrasi Di Malaysia - Nizar

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 02:22 AM PST

Panel lima hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan di sini hari ini sebulat suara memutuskan Zambry Abdul Kadir adalah menteri besar Perak yang sah.

Ketika membuat keputusan ini jam 11.00 pagi, mahkamah tertinggi itu juga menolak permohonan Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin.

Dalam satu sidang media sejurus selepas keputusan itu, Nizar berkata keputusan ini merupakan satu titik hitam dalam sejarah sistem kehakiman di negara ini.

Beliau berkata, "kemelut politik di Perak nampaknya masih belum dapat diselesaikan kerana demokrasi masih diikat dan tidak bebas.

Bagaimanapun beliau belum membuat keputusan sama ada untuk memfail semakan semula atau tidak.

"kita akan kaji secara terperinci penghakiman bertulis dan saya meminta para penyokong supaya bersabar, bertenang dan tidak bertindak di luar batas undang-undang," katanya.

Alauddin Mohd Sheriff mengetuai lima panel hakim dalam membuat keputusan ini. Empat hakim lain ialah Arifin Zakaria, Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin, Mohd Ghazali Mohd Yusoff dan Abdull Hamid Embong.

Arifin yang membaca penghakiman itu memutuskan bahawa tidak perlu kepada undi percaya dilakukan dalam Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) dan sultan boleh menyingkir menteri besar. Oleh itu, Zambry mendapat sokongan 31 kerusi dalam DUN.

Kamar Peguam Negara diwakili oleh ketua bahagian pendakwaan, Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah dan Kamaluddin Md Said, ketua bahagian rayuan dan perbicaraan.

Para peguam Nizar terdiri daripada Philip Koh, Chan Kok Keong, Leong Cheok Keng, Edmund Bon, Mohd Hanifa Maidin, Ranjit Singh dan Razlan Hadri Zulkifli.

Para peguam Zambry ialah Cecil Abraham dan Sunil Abraham. Zambry sendiri tidak hadir di mahkamah ketika keputusan itu dibuat. Mohd Hafarizam Harun dan M Reza Hassan bertindak sebagai pemerhati bagi Umno.



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Pemukiman Pakatan Rakyat Bulan Mac

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 12:15 AM PST

Serangan bertali arus oleh gerombolan BN terhadap pentadbiran di negeri-negeri Pakatan Rakyat (PR) khususnya Pulau Pinang dan Selangor sejak akhir-akhir ini akan dihadapi dengan sebaik mungkin melalui program Pemukiman Pakatan Rakyat (PPR) yang dijangka bermula Mac depan.

Naib Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Azmin Ali, berkata, tujuan pemukiman itu bagi berhadapan dengan pelbagai perkara yang mencabar PR dan negeri-negeri selain mengatur strategi untuk menanganinya.

Menurutnya, permukiman pertama PR akan diadakan pada 7 Mac depan di Selangor dan diikuti permukiman peringkat kebangsaan sama ada pada 10 Mac atau 16 Mac di Pulau Pinang.

"Kami perlu menyiapkan diri untuk bertindak balas," katanya yang juga Ahli Parlimen Gombak.

Terdahulu, PR yang memerintah di Kelantan, Selangor, Pulau Pinang dan Kedah diserang satu persatu dari segenap penjuru sejak beberapa bulan lalu.

Bermula di Kelantan, Menteri Besarnya, (MB) Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nikmat diserang bermula dari isu Perbadanan Menteri Besar Kelantan (PMBK) sehinggalah isu tajaan Haji yang dilihat lebih kepada propaganda BN untuk mengalihkan isu Royalti Minyak di negeri itu.


Serangan BN itu akhirnya mula pudar apabila Ahli Parlimennya (MP) sendiri, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Ku Li) dengan beraninya bersama PAS dan PR dalam memperjuangkan Royalti Minyak yang menjadi hak rakyat Kelantan.

Malah, Ku Li bersetuju untuk mengetuai Kaukus Royalti Minyak Kelantan yang dicadangkan PR selain mahu ia diperluaskan melibatkan hak rakyat di Terengganu, Sabah dan Sarawak.

BN yang terkejut beruk dengan tindakan berani Pimpinan Veteren Umno itu, cuba pula menyerang Selangor dengan memanipulasi isu Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) di negeri itu dengan mendakwa kononnya MB Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim mementingkan kuasa tetapi pada masa yang sama Pengerusi YBK yang juga ahli totok Umno, Zainal Abidin Sakom enggan mendedahkan aliran wang yayasan itu secara telus.

Di Pulau Pinang (PP), Umno/BN pula memanipulasi isu perkauman kononnya Melayu di negeri itu tertindas di bawah pemerintahan DAP.

Umno/BN juga memanipulasi secara maksima isu itu dengan bantuan medianya yang kekal dikongkong dulu, kini dan tidak mungkin selamanya.

Anehnya, media itu bersama pemimpin Umno membutakan mata dan memekakan telinga berhubung peminggiran dan penjualan asset serta tanah orang Melayu selama Umno/BN memerintah PP sejak puluhan tahun lalu.

Rekod menunjukkan Umno sepanjang menjadi kerajaan bersama Umno, MCA, MIC dan Gerakan di negeri itu, Umno ialah Timbalan Ketua Menteri dan memiliki majoriti dalam Dun di negeri itu.

Sehubungan itu, diharapkan dengan pemukiman PR itu nanti, segala penyokong, pengikut dan pendokong sejati PR akan menghadam sebaik mungkin maklumat dan pesanan dari pimpinan PR dalam menghadapi segala serangan BN terhadap pentadbiran PR selain memantapkan agensi penerangan di setiap bahagian di negeri itu.

Bagi negeri Kedah pula, media Umno/BN seakan-akan lumpuh menyerang negeri itu sehingga terpaksa memainkan isu remeh iaitu isu sampah untuk menyerang pentadbiran Ustaz Azizan Abdul Razak.

Malah, seorang editor kanan di akhbar Umno mengakui kebijksanaan MB Kedah itu dalam menguruskan negeri Jelapang Padi itu yang disifatkannya sebagai telus dan cukup bertoleransi.

Antara kesan penting yang dapat dilihat ialah beberapa ahli jawatankuasa kampung yang juga orang kuat Umno mula menyertai PAS dan PR setelah melihat keadilan yang diterapkan oleh Ustaz Azizan di negeri itu. -erapakatan

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Walaupun lewat dan boleh dianggap "sudah terhantuk baru tengadah", namun sesuatu yang baik dan murni elok diteruskan.

Pakatan Rakyat perlu muhasabah, perlu menilai ke dalam diri, perlu melakukan kajian analisa SWOT, perlu melaksanakan pembedahan mencari punca penyakit yang ada di dalam diri sebelum kita bergerak lebih kedepan umpama sordadu yang telah parah.

"Better late than never".


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