Saturday, August 6, 2011

Anwar takes lesson from Estrada The Actor

Anwar takes lesson from Estrada The Actor

Anwar takes lesson from Estrada The Actor

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 11:01 AM PDT

Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada said he will attend the official ceremony if Anwar becomes Malaysia's prime minister. The former movie star (he is in fact a good actor, still) also voiced his confident that the Opposition Leader will be sworn-in after the next general elections.

During his visit to Manila on Friday, Anwar also strewed lies that the Bersih 2.0 July 9 public demo was confronted by the police firing blindly at the protesters, causing one death and hundreds injured, some seriously, including himself.

Citing the pro-democratic uprising in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and other Middle East countries, Anwar said pro-democratic reform in Malaysia should follow the footsteps set by the late Ninoy Aquino.

And in effort to win the heart of the Filipinos, he also said Malaysians got plenty to learn from Philippine hero Jose Rizal (here) who 'inspired him as a free man as well as a man under incarceration'.

(Rizal promoted what was described by many Filipinos and others as a 'dream' - a world without races. To second that notion was only the late John Lennon via his popular song, 'Imagine'.).

Well... Estrada and Anwar share some similarities. Estrada was convicted for plunder while Anwar for corruption and sodomy. During his tenure as the president, Estrada was accused of massing up personal wealth, which brought him down.

Another thing. Anwar also commended President Aquino's policy in combating graft by comparing corruption in Malaysia as among the worst in the world. When he was deputy prime minister, Anwar used to hammer the Philippines for its high corruption rate.

And who is Anwar and Estrada as compared to Aquino and Rizal? Both are stewards of their respective national instability and they are best known for disintegrating their own race.

Anwar also wanted the help of Estrada as his group battles with the ruling party in Malaysia's forthcoming general elections. Getting Estrada to directly campaign for him would be a sticky matter but that the former Philippine leader's endorsement and support could come in many ways.

"Erap is my great friend, family friend," Anwar said, referring to Estrada by his nickname. "And how I wish he could come to Malaysia and help me in the campaign because he still has many admirers there" (here).

Admirers? Who? Rather than Estrada, Anwar should also consider getting Barack Obama or Netanyahu to help his election campaigns.

Hmmm... actually Anwar himself is gaining a lot from his close relationship with Erap the actor...

Najib Diperingatkan Lagi Supaya Panggil Sidang Tergempar Parlimen

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 09:13 AM PDT

Ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat sekali lagi mengingatkan pentadbiran Perdana Menteri agar segera memutuskan desakan pemimpin parti itu supaya sidang Parlimen tergempar diadakan bagi membincangkan isu penduduk tetap (PR) berubah menjadi warganegara sekaligus didaftarkan sebagai pengundi untuk pilihan raya umum ke-13.

Ahli Parlimen Bukit Bendera, Liew Chin Tong berkata, peringatan itu dibuat berikutan tempoh seminggu yang diberikan kepada Datuk Seri Najib Razak untuk memberi maklum balas berhubung desakan seolah-olah dipandang sepi.

"Ini adalah peringatan kembali kepada beliau (Najib) bahawa beliau hanya ada kurang dari 3 hari untuk menjawap gesaan Pakatan Rakyat," tegasnya.

"Kami memberi seminggu kepada Perdana Menteri untuk mengadakan sidang parlimen tergempar bagi membincangkan isu warga asing yang diberikan kad pengenalan sekali gus disenaraikan dalam senarai pemilih," kata beliau pada sidang media di Pejabat Pakatan Rakyat, Seksyen 16, dekat sini hari ini.

Sebelum ini, ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat mendesak Perdana Menteri memanggil sidang Parlimen tergempar bagi membincangkan isu penduduk tetap (PR) berubah menjadi warganegara sekaligus didaftarkan sebagai pengundi untuk pilihan raya umum ke-13.

Justeru, ianya perlu dibincangkan secara serius di Dewan Rakyat kerana ia melibatkan keselamatan negara.

Malah, penemuan beberapa bukti jelas dalam bentuk cetakan, status kerakyatan sebelum dan selepas pertukaran di laman web Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) yang berjaya dikesan PAS Selangor pada awal bulan lalu juga perlu diambil perhatian.

Jelasnya lagi, rekod sebelum ini juga turut menyaksikan status pemastautin tetap (PR) kepada warganegara Malaysia diubah dalam masa tidak sampai 24 jam.

Seramai 1,597 pemegang kad merah di seluruh negara dari 1 Mac hingga 31 Jun ini telah didaftarkan dalam Rang Daftar Pemilih Tambahan (RDPT) tanpa menyertakan alamat.

Malah, Selangor turut mencatatkan bilangan tertinggi dengan 1,108 penduduk tetap yang telah didaftarkan sebagai pemilih yang layak mengundi. -tvsnews

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Freedom IX

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 08:16 AM PDT

And an orator said, "Speak to us of Freedom."

And he answered:

At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom,

Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them.

Ay, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.

And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment.

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief,

But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.

And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour?

In truth that which you call freedom is the strongest of these chains, though its links glitter in the sun and dazzle the eyes.

And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?

If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.

You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them.

And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their won pride?

And if it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you.

And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.

Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.

These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling.

And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light.

And thus your freedom when it loses its fetters becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom.

by Khalil Gibran

Lampu Lip Lap Lip Lap Nak Raya!

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 08:10 AM PDT

Adalah tak sah kalau nak beraya takde lampu liplap ok!


Kasihanilah Anak2 Yatim Ini

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 08:27 AM PDT

Anak-anak yatim ini telah kehilangan ibu bapanya setahun yang lalu. Dalam lawatan saya semalam 4 Ogos 2011, Khamis, ke Kg Chicha, dalam parlimen Kubang Kerian, rumah kediaman mereka telah terbakar dan mereka sekarang ini tinggal sehelai sepinggang.

Saya akan cuba IsyaAllah membantu membina semula rumah kediaman mereka.

Kepada sesiapa yang bersimpati untuk bersama menyumbang mendirikan semula rumah anak-anak yatim ini belehlah memberikan sumbangan ke akaun Bank Islam 01032020132475 atau Maybank 101422116503 atas nama Salahuddin Ayub.

Sila nyatakan jumlah sumbangan untuk tujuan pengkhususan bina semula rumah anak-anak yatim ini. Saya akan mengambil tanggungjawab untuk menunaikan amanah tuan-tuan IsnyaAllah. -YB Salehuddin Ayub

Hasan Ali Is Pakatan's Ibrahim Ali

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 05:43 AM PDT

Malaysia is plagued by the 'Ali Problem'. We have Ali Baba businessmen - Umno Malays who help Chinese cronies to get rich. Then there are followers of Ali, the Shi-ites being arrested for spreading Islam and Ibrahim Ali, Dr Mahathir's spanner-in-the-works to undermine Najib and bring him down.

Now, we have Hasan Ali (regarded by many as Umno's Trojan Horse in Pakatan, the man who is rooting for the Umno-PAS 'Malay unity' talk) whose role in the JAIS raid of DUMC could be the undoing of PAS. Upon closer analysis, one wonders of the possibility of it being an Umno conspiracy to get PAS to do something stupid that will hurt Pakatan. A case of history being repeated?

Down Memory Lane

After the 1999 general election, the then Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declared that since Malaysia was already an Islamic country, PAS was not needed. He argued that Umno was then the largest Islamic party in the world. PAS, he claimed, was then only a quarter or less the size of Umno in terms of membership. With that, the one-upmanship tussle between PAS and UMNO began.

From thence, Dr Mahathir goaded PAS by saying that the Islamic party promised all sorts of things before the elections, but now that they were running two states, Kelantan and Terengganu, they still had not delivered on their promises. He questioned, "Where is the promise of Islamic laws?"

PAS fell into the trap. Without the consensus of its other three coalition partners in Barisan Alternatif  (PKN, DAP and PRM), PAS unilaterally announced that the Terengganu state government was going to introduce Islamic laws in the state. Following that,  PAS launched its Islamic State Document (ISD) and introduced Islamic laws in the Terengganu State Assembly and that was the beginning of the end for the opposition coalition.

Subsequently, DAP distanced itself from the ISD by leaving the opposition coalition and embarking on a 'No to Islamic State' campaign. That had a devastating effect on the 2004 General Elections. PAS paid a very high price for that move.

Then,  PAS was under pressure. They had been called 'liars' and were accused of cheating the voters by not delivering its election promise. If they had not done what they did then,  the rural electorate would have swallowed the Umno propaganda hook, line and sinker and all would have been lost. So it tried to deliver what it had been mandated to do by the voters who voted for it. And PAS did just that. It fulfilled its election promise.

Fortunately for us, since the 2004 general election, when PAS lost Terengganu, almost lost Kelantan, and saw its 27 Parliament seats reduced to just nine, PAS has stopped talking about the ISD. DAP knows this. To PAS, ISD  is an embarrassing mistake that is history. Unfortunately,  some resurrect this ISD to stigmatize the head of what could be the most successful and powerful opposition party.

Since PAS is gaining ground not just among Malays, but non-Malays as well, a spanner has to be thrown into the works - this time under the guise of the JAIS raid of DUMC. If history is repeated and they naively react to the church in an unfavourable manner, for sure they would suffer backlash from the voters in the next GE.

The Hasan Ali Factor

In September 2009, Hasan Ali plunged the Pakatan Rakyat into controversy with Muslim voters by unilaterally calling for a ban on beer sales.

Then he stepped on the toes of his colleagues in the Selangor state executive council by deliberately taking aim at non-Malay colleagues such as Ronnie Liu and Teng Chang Khim. According to party insiders, he has been intentionally spinning issues he has against them with a Chinese versus Malay-dominance twist.

According to Malaysian Mirror, "his goal, they claim, was not only to raise communal feelings amongst the Malays but also to set the stage for Umno leaders such as Khir Toyo to attack the Pakatan."

In 2008, Hasan Ali was the one who urged PAS to form the Selangor state government with Umno instead of alliance partners PKR and DAP.

Back then, DAP colleague and Klang MP Charles Santiago minced no words when he called for PAS to discipline Hasan, demanding his removal both as state commissioner and exco member.

Hasan Ali was also the one who publicly slammed Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim's Select Committee for Competency, Accountability and Transparency for holding a public inquiry on the way Barisan Nasional assemblymen had spent their state allocations.

Blogger and now ADUN Jeff Ooi said in his blog:

"It's now a foregone conclusion that Hasan Ali is not a solution but a part of the problem for the PR state government."

Nobody will discount the possibility Hasan will help Umno stage a Perak-like coup d'etat that Najib had openly called for.

Why Hasan must go

Hasan Ali's superficial but over-indulgence in the Islamic State overtures will do nothing to resolve the after-effect of a corruption-ridden government under Khir Toyo, which now continues to fester even among the top echelon of the civil service.

Hasan Ali's Islamic overtures, be it a munāfiq posturing or otherwise, has even aroused the anxiety of the investor and the non-Muslim communities. A large cluster of the electorates who voted in PR -- lock, stock and barrel -- to deliver total revamp of BN-styled governance is feeling rudely unsettled. If PR can't rule the Selangor state, can it do the whole country?

If Hasan Ali thinks he can be made the BN-plus menteri besar by bringing the 8-member PAS representation in the Selangor state assembly to cross-over to join Khir Toyo, he must have had wet dreams. Nobody would ever think local PAS leaders like Saari Sungip shared Hasan's wavelength.

Even PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar said Hasan should not have kicked up the matter in the open as it was tantamount to attacking the principle of separation of powers enshrined in parliamentary democracy.

Here, we should ask a pertinent question: What and who is Hasan manoeuvring for if not to destroy the new political baseline PR has garnered against BN?
Tay Tian Yan of Sin Chew Daily also wrote about Hasan Ali in this article. CLICK TO READ. Pay careful attention to the last part of the post.

In a Skype interview with Raja Petra Kamarudin, the Blogger in Exile, made the following statement in his usual flamboyant and sensational style:

[7:56:09 PM] RPK the Blogger in exile: For a long time PAS Selangor has been keeping this tumour called Hasan Ali from the public.

Hasan Ali was relieved from his position as the head of PAS Selangor last June for various reasons. Part of it was his inclination to side with UMNO goons despite his position as the number one man in PAS Selangor. Under his EXCO portfolio, several projects were awarded to UMNO goons, reason were they are much more capable than any of Pakatan's companies. Loads of crap.

He is also very close to Tan Sri Rozali, CEO of SYABAS, in fact neighbour, and there have been several accusations that he has received some fat 'contributions' from Rozali. In short, Hasan is on Rozali's payroll.

A sore loser, nowadays Hasan seems to be trying to undermine the new head of PAS Selangor, YB Dr. Abdul Rani Osman. Dr. Abdul Rani is clearly annoyed by a lot of unprecedented actions taken by Hasan ever since he was relieved of his position. Nevertheless, Dr. Abdul Rani has tried to keep it from the media spotlight to avoid it turning into a media circus.

At the moment Dr Abdul Rani is abroad and Hasan has seized this opportunity to appear in the limelight once again.

The JAIS task force comprise of JAIS, PDRM, Immigrations, Municipal councils, Narcotics and several other agencies. In this sort of large scale operations, the head is usually picked from high ranking PAS leaders. Normally, they won't act without permission from the top. Hence the raid in Damansara is believed to have been orchestrated by Hasan Ali.
The Malaysian Insider also carried a post HERE which said that "The end game is to force the conservatives in PAS to lash out and force DAP to react, leaving Pakatan Rakyat in an untenable position."

Clearly, PAS needs to be very careful. It must realize that it is treading on eggshells. Having won considerable support from the non-Muslims who now trust PAS even more than PKR, any wrong move about the DUMC raid can set PAS back to pre-2004 levels.

PAS has to realize the high likelihood of this trap. They want PAS to react negatively and if they do, guess who will be the first to jump on their backs to say that PAS is extreme or Taliban and so on?

Hasan Ali should follow Ibrahim Ali into Umno. Hopefully, Azmin Ali will do the same and Pakatan Rakyat can be spared the agony of having to live with THREE TROJAN ALI'S.

Harga Minyak Antarabangsa Menurun, Tapi Di Malaysia?

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 05:30 AM PDT

Harga minyak antarabangsa menurun, tapi di Malaysia?

Harga minyak mentah antarabangsa menurun ke paras USD86 setong pada Jumaat, mencatat magnitud penurunan terbesar dalam seminggu sejak Mei 2011, berikutan kekhuatiran pelabur terhadap ekonomi dunia yang diperlahankan.

Meskipun harga minyak mentah antarabangsa memperlihatkan pola menurun sejak Mei 2011, namun harga minyak RON 97 Malaysia yang diapungkan mengikut pasaran antarabangsa hanya diturunkan 10 sen pada Jun, dan tiada lagi pengumuman dalam tempoh dua bulan selepas itu.

Harga minyak RON97 telah meningkat sebanyak 85 sen dari Julai 2010 hingga Mei 2011. Penurunan pada 15 Jun 2011 membawa harga RON 97 ke paras RM2.80. Harga RON97 pernah mencatat paras RM2.90/liter pada Mei 2011. Dengan kata lain, RON 97 mencatatkan pertambahan sebanyak 75 sen dengan harga kini, jika dibandingkan dengan harga pada Julai 2010.

Harga minyak mentah mula memperlihatkan pola menurun sejak Mei 2011 sehingga kini, setelah mencatat paras USD120 setong pada April tahun ini.

Menurut laporan Reuters hari ini, harga minyak mentah Brent Crude telah menurun kira-kira 9% dalam minggu ini, sementara harga minyak U.S Crude pula menurun 10% dalam minggu ini. Ini kerana kebimbangan yang menyelubungi pasaran, bahawa US akan terperangkap dalam kemelesetan ekonomi, yang bakal menggugat keperluan petroleum. Selain itu, krisis hutang di Eropah juga menggugat harga minyak mentah.

Harga minyak U.S Crude menurun 6% pada Khamis, mencipta magnitud penurunan harian yang terbesar sejak 5 Mei 2011. Pada Jumaat ini, harganya menurun USD1.40 sehingga USD 85.23 setong, mencatat paras terrendah sejak 17 Februari 2011. Harga minyak Brent Crude pula menurun secara mendadak dengan USD6 pada Khamis, dan kini mengekalkan harga pada USD 107.25 setong pada Jumaat.

Barclays Capital yang paling optimis dengan perkembangan harga minyak mentah pada tahun ini, mengakui bahawa keperluan dunia dijangka akan diperlahankan. Bank pelaburan itu menganggar, keperluan petroleum dunia bakal bertambah 1.1 juta tong, mencatat 88.68 juta tong pada tahun ini.

Ia memperlihatkan perubahan sikap bank pelaburan ini. Sebelum ini, bank pelaburan ini menjangka pertambahan keperluan 1.56 juta tong minyak, malah pernah menjangkakan pertambahan 1.7 juta tong, dua bulan yang lalu. -MR

*Neo Chee Hua ialah Assistant Editor MerdekaReview, edisi bahasa Cina.

Why We Can't Imagine Ourselves Getting Old?

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 04:38 AM PDT

5 August 2011 Last updated at 09:59 GMT Why can't we imagine ourselves getting old?Comments (223) By Tom de Castella & Virginia Brown BBC News Magazine  A girl born in the UK today has a one-in-three chance of reaching 100 and a boy has a one-in-four chance. But can people really comprehend what that means?

Gadis Miang Kena Cekup Lagi Dengan Lelaki Lain

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 04:55 AM PDT

Ampang - Seorang gadis 'miang' yang sebelum ini pernah dikenakan hukuman kerana bersekedudukan dengan teman lelaki tidak pernah serik apabila dia sekali lagi dicekup Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais). Gambar fail

Namun kali ini, dia dicekup berkhalwat dengan lelaki lain apabila teman lelakinya pergi berkursus.

Pegawai Masjid Al-Azim Pandan Indah, Ahmad Nawi Osman berkata, operasi tersebut dijalankan di sebuah rumah kedai kira-kira jam 5.30 pagi semalam, setelah pihaknya menerima maklumat daripada orang awam.

"Kami terpaksa menunggu beberapa minit sebelum pintu rumah dibuka oleh seorang gadis berusia 20 tahun. Dia yang berpakaian lengkap itu memberi alasan tinggal seorang diri di rumah berkenaan apabila kami menyoal siasat," katanya.

Menurutnya, siasatan awal mendapati rumah tersebut disewa oleh teman lelaki kepada wanita berkenaan.

"Ketika serbuan dijalankan, kami mendapati pasangannya hanya memakai seluar pendek tanpa baju menyorok di bawah katil," katanya.

"Pasangan tersebut dibawa ke balai polis berhampiran untuk pihak kami membuat laporan polis," katanya.

Ahmad Nawi berkata, dalam operasi berasingan pihaknya turut mencekup sepasang kekasih yang juga penuntut di institut pengajian tinggi awam (IPTA) pada jam 8.00 pagi di sebuah pangsapuri di Pandan Indah setelah didapati berkhalwat.

"Kedua-dua operasi itu dijalankan di bawah Seksyen 29, Enakmen Jenayah Syariah Jais 1995, jika disabit kesalahan boleh didenda sebanyak RM3,000 atau penjara dua tahun atau kedua-duanya sekali," katanya. -SH

Ulasan GB

Di dalam bulan puasa pun masih berani bersikap demikian. Syaitan dah dibelenggu, teapi manusia mengambil-alih peranannya.

Yingluck confirmed as Thailand's first female PM

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 03:00 AM PDT

Visiting the orphan

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 01:19 AM PDT

Exactly a week after Shila passed away, today I decided to pay her family a visit. Her daughter Laila is under our education sponsorship programme, and since it wasn't the right time to discuss the matter during Shila's funeral last week, I figured today would be the right time to pay them a visit. Besides, Shila's main buddy was overseas last week and was not able to attend her funeral, and so when I asked if she'd like to join me for the visit, she immediately agreed.

Before I left the house last week, I told Shila's mother and sis-in-law to make sure Shila's handphone is kept on to make it easier for me to contact them. I had promised Shila's mother that we'd still continue to help out with Laila's schooling needs. So yesterday when I sent a text message to Shila's number, saying I'd be coming to visit today, her SIL replied using her own number. I guess Shila's number ran out of credit to reply my message.

We got to the house at about 11 am as promised. Initially we only saw Shila's sisters-in-law and the small children. After a while Laila came out with her grandma. The girl looked okay, I think for the moment she is coping quite well without her mother. According to the grandma, the girl's paternal family did come and visit last week during the funeral, although they were a bit late as they came all the way from another state. Apparently Laila's paternal grandma did offer to take care of Laila but that would mean a total change of environment for Laila as not only would she have to move to another state, she'd have to change school and she'd be staying with people she's not quite used to. That girl would probably miss her mother even more!

At least if she continues to stay with her maternal grandma, the only thing she'd have to adjust to is to live without her mother by her side. So the maternal grandma just told the other grandma that they could come take the girl during school holidays. They would have to come and fetch her though…

Anyway, all the while, the monthly pocket money for Laila under the sponsorship programme goes direct into Laila's own bank account. So we don't have to worry about changing the standing instructions to the bank. Today we just wanted to make it clear to Laila's grandma that anything to do with the girl's schooling needs is covered by the funds, but they'd have to tell us if there are any expenses needed out of the ordinary because we wouldn't know unless we're told.

I asked how Laila goes to school. I know previously Shila herself used to send her daughter to school on a motorbike. However according to the grandma, ever since Shila became unwell of late, she sought the help of a relative to send Laila to school. The relative isn't so well-to-do either, so she gives RM30 per month to the relative to send the girl to school and fetch her after school. Looks like beginning this month I will have to add another RM30 to the bank's monthly standing instructions to cover for transport.

When Shila was alive, she used to get a financial aid of RM250 per month from Baitulmal. The amount went into her bank account every month. Hopefully Baitulmal will now consider giving the aid for Laila instead, under the grandma's name. The grandma has yet to go to the Baitulmal office, according to her she plans to go this coming week. Hopefully her plea will be considered. But that, even if approved, may take some time to be processed. They need money, especially with Raya coming soon.

Before we left, I passed an envelope containing some cash to the grandma. The money had been donated by my friends who banked in the amount into my account, meant to cover for Laila's needs. I think the grandma didn't expect to get the cash – she seemed quite surprised. Earlier on I only mentioned about wanting to discuss Laila's schooling needs, nothing else. The amount should be enough to cover their Raya expenses. My colleague then mentioned to Laila about our Family Day and that she's welcomed to join us for our future Family Day events. Laila had always looked forward to our Family Day when she gets to enjoy herself. At this point, I could see tears dwelling in the grandma's eyes.

"Memang dia seronok sangat yang pergi hari tu," said the grandma. That was probably the last time Shila and Laila had their photo taken together. I passed them the photo when I brought the two for makan-makan in Ipoh about a month ago. I bet Laila will treasure that photo forever…


A nation divided, a country devastated

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 01:00 AM PDT

Times have changed and are fast changing even in ultra-traditional societies. The lessons we are drawing from even recent episodes as in the likes of Egypt Springs is most edifying for the selfless and wise.

The well worn cliché 'a nation divided is a country devastated' has sprung back with profound meaning in this century. It applies very aptly to Malaysia.

Today we are witnessing the nation heading down a slippery slope on all four frontiers of governance, namely the political, social, economic and environmental parameters. Political party survival has taken precedence over all else and it is clearly becoming an 'at all cost, by any means' war cry and battle strategy.

Religion is not spared. Race is not spared. Sex is not spared. Institutions are not spared. Ethics is prostituted. Justice is clouded. And how long can the main stream media continue to orchestrate to the whims and fancies of those embroiled in winning at all costs?

Chop! Chop! Chop! Separate them...
Meanwhile the world is being swept without warning by financial tides of devastation; weather havocs that predict imminent food crisis; and the rise of civil society to fight the 21st century's worst enemy namely corruption and political tyranny. These, the governments around the world – including even our neighbors like Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia are better braced to combat as they have no political party survival wars to be preoccupied with. Neither do they subscribe to the stone-age 'kill at all cost' mantra.

But in our own yard here, just look at the volume of files mounting within the Palace of Justice as thousands of reports are lodged against corruption and misuse of power. Look at the breaking news every day. Listen to the talks at warongs. Scan the online forums.

Look at the way politicians from BN are spending money; or how about their families and spouses?

Look at the way the government denies brutality inflicted on its own citizens (Bersih 2.0), only to be exposed by the international media.

Look at the scandals that keep surfacing one after another – scandals that not only involve Malaysians within its borders but also those that have global implications involving international players. Do not forget the many episodes of custodial deaths and how the cases are being battled and dragged in court.

Look at our daily news rations. What do all these tell us?
Indeed this nation is being divided left, right and centre in the name and want for power and control. The victims are the knowing and unknowing rakyat of today those who are yet to be born.

The leaders are not interested in knowing that a nation divided is a country devastated. Who cares anyway? "If this country crumbles, I have my safe haven on the Gold Coast" seems to be the hidden assurance amongst the powers that be.

Two sets of everything
Take a look at all the social pages of glossy magazines that are spilling over in Malaysia. What do you see?

No different. One set of laws for the knowing and unknowing rakyat and another set of freedom for the rich, famous, well heeled and power brokers.

Yes, the fact that some lone and brave voices with still some conscience and integrity left behind are stepping forward from behind the curtains of the ruling BN to state the truth about this nation's governance, is a crystal clear indication that this country is in a perilous state of affairs.

While the world is collaborating and partnering with all of its political parties within each nation, ours is one that is going after the opposition's throat. While others around the globe are re-focusing on the four crucial parameters of politics, social, economic and environment to be better prepared in protecting its citizens against the ravages of weather, corruption, abuse, power and control, and financial uncertainty, we are saying "everything is okay" while we are dead bent on dividing the nation along race, religion, politics, social, economy.

Therein remains the assessment that Malaysia is on the highway of being a devastated country.

J. D. Lovrenciear, is a reader of Malaysia Chronicle

iPhone Proposal in Movie Theater @

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 01:00 AM PDT

September 30, 2010

iPhone Wedding Proposal

Chad shared this with us and we loved it so, we for sure wanted to share it with you. HE proposed to his girlfriend in a true DIY manner. Chad took Vy, his bride to be to the movie theater where they had their first date. He wrote her a song accompanied by an incredibly sweet and hilarious music video. The video played as the trailer before the movie and we highly suggest you watch this. You will LOVE IT!

Kes Scorpene Di Perancis Dapat Perhatian Selepas Peguamnya Diusir

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 02:49 AM PDT

Pengusiran peguam Perancis, William Bourdon oleh kerajaan Malaysia, mencetuskan minat lebih besar rakyat Perancis terhadap skandal pembelian kapal selam Scorpene.

Menurut Pengarah Suaram, Cynthia Gabriel, pengusiran tersebut mendapat liputan meluas media Perancis ekoran reputasi cemerlang Bourdon sebagai peguam hak asasi manusia.

"Orang Perancis tidak tahu yang beliau mengendalikan (kes ini) di Malaysia, dan ia membangkitkan minat yang besar di kalangan orang ramai," katanya seperti dilapor Malaysiakini.

Bourdon "terkenal" kerana antara lainnya, mewakili pihak yang membuat tuntutan terhadap pemerintahan diktator Pinochet dan kes-kes pembunuhan beramai-ramai Rwanda dan pengusirannya telah memburukkan prestasi Malaysia.

Beliau diusir ketika tiba di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) pada 22 Julai lalu, ketika mahu menghadiri program makan malam anjuran Suaram yang turut diadakan di Petaling Jaya dan Ipoh.

Beliau hanya sempat hadir program majlis makan malam yang diadakan di Bayan baru Pulau Pinang, sehari sebelumnya.

Pengusiran beliau menggambarkan ketakutan kerajaan pimpinan Najib kerana beliau sepatutnya dijadual memberikan ucapan mengenai skandal pembelian kapal selam Scorpene oleh kerajaan Malaysia yang dibicarakan di Perancis.

Kes melibatkan pembayaran komisen berjumlah 114 juta Euro atau bersamaan RM540 juta, membabitkan syarikat Perimekar Sdn Bhd dan firma pertahanan Perancis, DCNS, selain dua lagi komisen yang akan dibongkar di mahkamah negara itu.

Perimekar dimiliki sepenuhnya Ombak Laut, syarikat milik penuh Abdul Razak Baginda iaitu teman rapat Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang terlepas hukuman mati kerana membunuh Altantuya. -tvsnews

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Instant citizenships for votes: How low can the BN go?

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 12:54 AM PDT

So, Malaysians want freedom? Freedom from an oppressive government which has taken us for a ride all these years? So, do Malaysians want change, a more progressive society, meritocracy, social freedoms, total democracy, freedom of expression and be 1st class citizens? Do we want unity, racial blindness, justice and a corrupt free government? Sorry, baby! Fat hopes and dream on. Yes, you heard me. Dream on and fat hopes!

You know why it is not going to happen. Not for a thousand years, at least? Because Malaysians are too complacent to make the change. So what are we waiting for? Christmas?

The recent evidence uncovered by PAS shows a BN plot to stuff the electoral rolls with foreigners who have been given instant citizenship. This itself warns us that BN is not going to take the General Election for granted. Due to all their fumbling and flip flops, Najib with Rosmah tagging sheepishly behind, have been given clear signals that their time is almost up. This is why they are trying to make sure they win by a huge margin so that their enemies in UMNO cannot unseat them.

This new evidence has undoubtedly caused a commotion amongst the people, who are shocked at the BN's audacity. Pakatan Rakyat is calling for an emergency parliamentary sitting to probe the issue of non-citizens being registered as voters by the Election Commission. Some say it may be the tip of the iceberg. As usual, the EC says nothing suspicious is going on. But when the government says that nothing is going on, it means that something is going on!

Bolehland voting
The Election Commission is registering every Tom, Dick and Harry who is eligible to vote. Doesn't matter whether they are red or yellow, black or white, as long as they hold a Mykad, then they are welcome to vote. Remember, this Malaysia. There is nothing much that we can do about it. Right?

Ahhh...caught you there. Didn't I say Malaysians are too complacent and BN will get back two-thirds majority in Parliament because the people are simply to lazy to bother?

Malaysia is doomed to the dogs. Chinese and Indians, book your tickets 'home'. Instead, there will be more 'Bumiputras' arriving at our Malay shores. Current Bumis have to share the cake with the rest of the new ones. The non-Bumis who are willing to stay can of course keep the scraps. It is the least we can do, give you all the crumbs, so enjoy while we can still spare them!

Are the govt numbers reliable?
The government is saying that 2 million illegal immigrants will be registered. But when has the government been truthful with figures? Who knows what the actual number is?

Also, do not be mistaken. The current registration exercise is not to give the foreigners a Malaysian citizenship. It is merely an Amnesty to register them, so that we can track their movements and allow them to legally work in this country for a certain period. After this period, we will deport them when their contracts are finished. So please do not panic, so goes the mantra from Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

But in the first place, what has our Immigration department been doing all this while that we are unable to detect 2 million foreigners entering this country? Did these immigrants employ stealth technology that our country's defences are unable to detect? Is that the reason why it is so important for us to procure submarines and jetfighter technology to guard our defenceless shores?

Secondly, what is is to prevent these 'legalised' workers from running off when their contracts are due so as to escape deportation? This is the known pattern in other countries with high illegal foreign workforce. So the third issue remains, why now? Why suddenly Amnesty when GE-13 is at our doorstep knowing that this is a problem that will keep recurring through the years and there is no solution except a long-term plan?

Malays hit most, will they be forced to compete with the foreign workers?
Then, there is the worry of whether there will be enough jobs for us and for our children? And the most affected are the Malays. Now do you understand why PAS and PKR are screaming and shouting about it!

Malays must ask the BN government, won't they need to compete with the foreign workers for better pay now? Is Malaysia so economically prosperous that we can absorb another 2 million workers? Yet at the same time, BN is so ready to chase away the rich Chinese and Indians who have lived with us for decades and even centuries. Some are so fed up they take their assets overseas in case extremists like Ibrahim Ali and Perkasa compound their property. What is UMNO really doing? Have the UMNO members thought about it? Are they protecting the Malays or their own elite leaders?

Later, when the law is passed for a minimum salary scale, every legal immigrant will be able to enjoy higher pay. If they send back RM500 a month home, that will be about RM1billion capital flight each month or RM12 billion a year. Does that make economic sense? Can any economist out there please comment?

Already RM888billion has gone missing, although that was for corruption. This is foreign repatriation of salaries earned by foreign workers and should be covered by the higher GDP or higher economic activity that the workers bring in.

The real problem is when they have no jobs and the current set of corrupt government official keep siphoning funds out of Malaysia - it is this double whammy that may kill us all.

Push the PANIC button, NOW
So if there is just a grain of truth that these workers will be registered to vote in the next election, it is already time to push the panic button. Immediately.

The thing is, what do we do? How do we help ourselves? Has the Pakatan Rakyat any back-up plan to counter this offensive, or are they just going to sit back and complain about the sad state of affairs? What about Bersih? Yes, it has been outlawed. But the fight to press for clean elections has not and cannot be outlawed. So first thing first, regroup so that Malaysians have a focal point to turn to. Then strategise.

Some believe that the new allegations are a blessing in disguise. If Prime Minister Najib Razak does not react responsibly, then it may trigger the Tsunami we have been waiting for, as more Malaysians become disillusioned with the current regime's treasonous tactics to stay in power.

Iskandar Dzulkarnain
Malaysia Chronicle

The rot within the Election Commission, NRD and Immigration Dept

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 12:47 AM PDT

In the face of denials by the Election Commission and the National Registration Department on irregularities in voter registrations and the issuing of citizenship to illegals, one has to wonder; what would have happened if no-one had taken the time to check on the registration listings and the status of citizenship of certain people?

Would the irregularities have gone unnoticed? And if they have been irregular practices - how long have they been in place?

Does this not smell of the infamous Project IC of the 1990s?

Again, it began with UMNO
Project IC is the name used to describe the allegation of systematic granting of citizenship to immigrants (whether illegal or legal immigrants) by giving them identity documents known as IC (identity card), and subsequently, MyKad.

The project is a complex matter involving certain political parties as well as various government agencies including the Election Commission of Malaysia, the National Registration Department and the Immigration Department, which comes under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The suspicions and allegations on the existence of Project IC began around the mid-1990s.

The project, in its widespread and intensive form, is suspected to have begun in the early 1990s after the entry of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) into Sabah politics.

Throughout the 1990s, several government officers were arrested under the Internal Security Act for their involvement in Project IC. A Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity was set up to hear testimonies of some of the detainees in February 2007. The committee was chaired by Sabah Member of Parliament Bernard Dompok. On May 16, 2007, Dompok quit as chairman of the committee over disagreements on the function and scope of the committee, in particular, over the refusal of the National Registration Department to appear before the committee. Later on, the findings of the committee was never made public.

Has a rehashed Project IC been reborn and using the latest technology to aid it?

Some wait a lifetime, others need only 4 hours
In the case of the individual called Mismah, who had her PR status upgraded to Full Citizenship in the space of four hours, Election Commission head Abdul Aziz Yusof attributed the problem to technical negligence.

Elaborating on the issue, he said he had contacted the NRD and was told that its online database had not been updated alongside the Agency Link-Up System (ALIS).

"(It was only) when I called (them) that they realised they have not updated the names online," Abdul Aziz added.

The NRD online database - used by the public to verify their status and details - is different from ALIS, which is the reference point for the EC in registering voters, he said.

If the NRD only knew that their online databases were not updated when the EC chairman called them, what were their ICT staff doing the whole time before the phone call?

And the EC explanation does not explain how Mismah could have her status changes within the same day during a four hour span. The changes to Mismah status were made before the call by the EC chairman to NRD. Thus, the ICT team was updating its record before the call. Does this mean that the main database had already had the changes made, and thus, this database has different information as compared to the online databases?

How many more are there?
And how many more Mismahs do we have? The records held by the NRD are now a point of contention? How sure are we that the information contained within the NRD databases are credible and true?

And with the impending use of the biometric system by the EC, one still wonders; how sure are we that the biometric information is coming from the correct database and how correct will the data be?

The legalisation of immigrants also uses biometrics as a means of registration, and this database of immigrants may be far more complete than the NRD or EC databases. Yet, even this to is looked upon suspiciously. How sure are we that the records from the Immigration Department's databases will not make its way into the NRD databases?

Bear in mind, the EC still has to collect finger-print information of current and existing voters. The easiest method is to tap into the NRD database but not all those registered in the NRD database are registered voters.

Citizens still have to register to vote and a vetting process still has to be complied with. Thus, there will be a lot of activity to update and keep current the databases under the control of the EC, how sure are we that during this period of activity, manipulated information does not makes its way in?

The EC assertion that everything is transparent and clean is a farce. The EC must now convince the public that their right, as citizens of Malaysia, is not tainted nor super-ceded by the needs of a ruling government desperate to stay in power and willing to do anything to accomplish the task - even to the point of selling citizenships to illegals in order to buy votes

Maclean Patrick
Malaysia Chronicle

At 86, Mahathir is still calling the shots in Umno

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 12:28 AM PDT

Back in 2008, Najib Razak and Muhyiddin Yassin were only too happy and willing to help Mahathir Mohamad bring down the then prime minister Abdullah Badawi. Mahathir had made many attempts but could not hammer it through because Badawi had been smart enough to get a mandate of his own from the people, something that his successor Najib has failed to do and which is costing him now.

In 2004, Badawi who was Mahathir's appointed successor took the BN to a landlisde victory, a record 95 per cent rout that immediately sparked a jealous reaction from his former boss that too huge a dominance in Parliament was not good for the country. But Mahathir needn't have worried because in 2008, Badawi crashed. He took the BN to its worst-ever electoral performance, even losing the coalition's long-held two-thirds majority in Parliament.

Fitting in with Dr M's plans
This gave Mahathir the opportunity to oust him. Mutual respect between the two men had long flown out of the window. In place was a deep-seated hatred especially for Badawi's over-ambitious son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin, whom Mahathir blamed for freezing several of his pet projects including the crooked bridge to Singapore. By then the public was not so thrilled with Badawi either. From Mr Nice Guy and Mr Clean, he became known as Mr Sleeping Beauty for dozing on the job. It was also apparent that his family had benefited from his premiership, amassing huge wealth for themselves.

Now Najib finds himself in the same boat as Badawi in the aftermath of the March 2008 general election. The 58-year old Najib knows he is being pushed out but he seems determined to fight back, even though this may require him to 'bite the hand that feeds him', which had been Mahathir's. When the 86-year old Dr M decided to call it a day in 2003, he made sure Badawi accepted Najib as his deputy.

Why Najib? Partly it was due to old loyalties and to repay old favours to Najib's dad and uncle, who were the country's second and third prime ministers respectively. But mainly because it fit in with Dr M's own scheme of things which is to keep the leadership succession in UMNO a tightly-held affarir, with the UMNO presidency and premiership rotated amongst the Najib, the Hussein and his own family. All others such as Badawi would be seat warmers and this includes Muhyiddin Yassin, who looks all set to fill Najib's shoes as the next UMNO president with Mahathir's support.

Who will Mahathir choose?
At 64, Muhyiddin is best known for his "I'm Malay first, Malaysian second" comment which has stirred great unease amongst the non-Malays. This ill-judged comment, while winning some support from the Malay community, makes it highly unlikely that he will succeed in managing or controlling the non-Malays which is essential if he wants to stay UMNO president on his own steam. This is what Najib found out the hard way, promising different things to different races and in the end, losing the trust of all and landing himself at the mercy of his party colleagues.

But as far Mahathir is concerned, the Muhyiddin weakness fits in with his key condition for support - one term only as prime minister - for all who come and seek his 'kingmaker' endorsement. Such a criteria is to allow his son Mukhriz, now 46, to become PM by 50 or early 50s.

Kelantan prince Tengku Razaleigh created a mini-stir when he suddenly launched an 'NGO' called Amanah two weeks ago. Straight-off he was accused of setting up a new political platform and initially the UMNO spinners made use of Amanah to accuse Pakatan parties PAS and DAP of plotting to replace Anwar with Ku Li. But their illogic could not sustain and Utusan - the UMNO newspaper which takes its editorial lead from Najib - is now 'advising' Ku Li to disband and not create further divisions amongst the Malays.

At 74, Ku Li is also able to accomodate Mahathir's No. 1 requirement of 'one term' only. Of the lot, he is perceived to be the most 'honorable', insofar as he will keep his promise to go when it is time to do so - in sharp contract to Badawi and now Najib. Like Muhyiddin, Ku Li's support within UMNO is restricted. But the disadvantage for Malaysians is that Ku Li, in having to honour his word to Mahathir, would end up being just another 'lip-service' PM. To those who know Mahathir, it is inconceivable he would allow any policies for reform that could threaten the existing authoritarian style of rule. Malaysians can expect that his conditions for support would include a restriction on policy-making.

Why is Muhyiddin keeping quiet about Ku Li coming onto the scene? UMNO watchers say firstly, he has no choice but to be patient beacuse he has no significant support of his own in UMNO at all. Secondly, he is already ahead on the list and Ku Li kicks in only when it becomes apparent that his 'Malay first, Malaysian second' boo-boo is too insurmountable a risk to BN's retaining federal power. All considered, it is wiser to be patient.

For Badawi and Khairy, unless they spring a very dramatic power grab, it is hard to see them making any headway in UMNO at all. Badawi's support is weak and while he was well liked by Malaysians at one point in time, when he refused to champion them against Najib and the during the days of Perak crisis, opting instead to strike a deal for himself, they lost faith in him. As for Khairy, until he is able to convince Malaysians that he is not youngest billionaire in the country with the loot obtained through corrupt ways, no one will bother to waste time on him, except himself and his small little camp.

For Najib, the going can only get tougher and whaetver fight that he puts up, he won't be able to stave off his UMNO foes because he was foolish enough to kill off his own popularity with the people, who are actually the pivotal point in the power equation against Mahathir.

Najib's only trump card is he may try the same tactic his dad used to push out first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. Which is to create racial riots and instill military or police rule. And then go about systemically purging his rivals from UMNO and replacing these with his own loyalists. This is also Mahathir's biggest nightmare and he has already warned against it through his former adviser Matthias Chang.

Emergency rule is still in the picture
Obviously, should Emergency rule be imposed, the implications would affect far more people than the UMNO protagonists. It would mean a loss of democracy for Malaysia, and the toll this would inflict on the nation's future would be irreparable. But really, it seems as if Najib, Rosmah and his cousin Hishammuddin Hussein are more concerned about staying on and enjoying the fruits of their fathers' labours than what happens to Malaysians. Why they should think so or what huge gratitude Malaysians owe Abdul Razak and Hussein Onn is an enigma and lost to most people.

And this is may be precisely why Mahathir believes that if any Malay leader is owed a debt of gratitude and has the right to perpetuate his own dynasty, it should be him. He ruled Malaysia from 1981 to 2003. Razak ruled from 1970 to 1976 , Hussein from 1976 to 1981. As for Tunku, who was PM from 1957 to 1970, he died without a male successor and his family, having been shut out by Abdul Razak, has preferred to remain out of politics.

Despite having grown to a size of 3 million members, with nearly one person or other in most Malay extended families an UMNO member, the party is still very much an elitist and feudalistically-run outfit. Power is in the hands of a few and most of this power is currently in the palm of Mahathir's hand.

Just days ago, PAS leaders made a rare public accusation that some group in UMNO was trying to topple Najib. But at this stage in the power game, the PM's closest enemies are no longer from the Pakatan but from UMNO itself. And Najib knows who they are, the UMNO elite is nothing but a small old-boys club. Neither have his challengers minced any words and if he is feeling the heat from the string of scandals about his family's lavish lifestyle being exposed around the globe, then he'd better buy more air-conditioning.

Whoever wins the day at UMNO may not be able to clinch the PM's seat. There is a chance for Anwar's Pakatan to win at GE-13 and this may force a new and seismic shake-up in UMNO, perhaps the only way for the party to really reform itself and survive as a political option for the people.

Wong Choon Mei
Malaysia Chronicle

BERS✔H 3.0 Meyusul Jika Najib Gagal Bersihkan Daftar Pemilih

Posted: 06 Aug 2011 12:03 AM PDT

Sambil menegaskan pihaknya tidak meletakkan sebarang keyakinan ke atas pentadbiran Najib bahawa akan menyelesaikan kemelut pengurusan pilihan raya, Pakatan Rakyat mahu Perdana Menteri memikul tanggungjawab bagi memastikan daftar pemilih benar-benar bersih.

Jika tidak, kata Pakatan Rakyat gelombang Bersih 3.0 akan menyusul.

Ketika dihubungi The Malaysian Insider, Naib Presiden PAS Salahuddin Ayub (gambar) menegaskan, Najib perlu bertindak segera lalu menyelesaikan semua penyelewengan dan konspirasi yang didakwa wujud demi memenangkan Barisan Nasional (BN) pada pilihan raya umum ke-13 termasuk terbaru dakwaan pemberian kad pengenalan MyKad kepada warganegara asing.

Bagaimana beliau tidak meletakkan harapan tinggi untuk Najib menyelesaikan masalah yang berlaku termasuk isu pertukaran status kewarganegaraan pemastautin tetap.

"Apa lagi yang kita boleh harapkan pada perdana menteri, Himpunan Bersih 2.0 pun beliau tak boleh nak tangani, macam mana dengan isu yang terbaru ini (pertukaran status kewarganegaraan pemastautin tetap).

"Tapi sebagai pemerintah, beliau perlu bertindak segera... tuntutan Bersih 2.0 juga perlu dilaksanakan malah isu yang baru ini diselesaikan sebelum pilihan raya umum ke-13," kata Salahuddin.

Isu daftar pemilih menjadi hangat baru-baru ini ekoran pendedahan mengenai pertukaran status kewarganeraan pemastautin tetap kepada warganegara dalam tempoh yang singkat dan ia mendapat bantahan hebat daripada kepimpinan Pakatan Rakyat.

Bagaimanapun perkara itu dinafikan oleh Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) dan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR).

Berikutan pendedahan itu, Pakatan Rakyat mahu sidang tergembar Parlimen bagi membahaskan isu kewujudan pengundi-pengundi kalangan rakyat asing yang diberikan taraf kewarganegaraan Malaysia.

Selain itu Pakatan Rakyat juga mendakwa BN mendaftarkan warga asing sebagai rakyat negara ini melalui operasi "MyDaftar."

Operasi itu dikatakan mahu menjadikan warga asing sebagai pengundi yang sah bagi memenangkan BN pada pilihan raya umum ke-13.

Tegas Salahuddin, Najib harus bertanggungjawab terhadap semua penyelewengan yang berlaku dalam sistem pilihan raya selain memberi penjelasan tentang langkah JPN membenarkan pemastautin tetap ditukar status menjadi warga negara Malaysia.

"Walau macam mana pun beliau (Najib) harus bertanggungjawab, beliau perlu tampil menyelesaikan semua kemelut yang berlaku ini...beliau mesti bertindak segera dan bertanggungjawab.

"Kita tahu apa yang dilakukan ini adalah usaha-usaha untuk membantu BN menang, selagi Najib sebagai perdana menteri beliau perlu tampil menyelesaikan perkara ini kerana ia akan mengancam keselamatan negara," katanya.

Ahli Parlimen Kubang Kerian ini turut mengingatkan pentadbiran Najib agar melakukan segera transformasi pilihan raya sekiranya tidak mahu berdepan dengan Himpunan Bersih 3.0.

"Sekiranya masih tiada perubahan sebelum pilihan raya umum ke-13 besar kemungkinan Himpunan Bersih 3.0 akan mengambil tempat.

"Kalau perlu kita akan lakukan, apa lagi yang kita boleh harapkan dengan sistem (pilihan raya) sekarang? Kalau SPR kata daftar pemilih bersih dan nafikan lagi, kita ada bukti... kita boleh buktikan, adakah kita mahu terus berdiam diri?," katanya sambil menambah cadangan Himpunan Bersih 3.0 masih belum dibincangkan secara serius.

Lapan tuntutan Bersih 2.0 adalah agar SPR membersihkan daftar undi, mereformasikan undi pos, gunakan dakwat kekal, akses media yang bebas dan adil, tempoh kempen minimum 21 hari, diperkukuhkan institusi awam, hentikan rasuah dan hentikan politik kotor.

Ditanya apa langkah akan diambil PAS selepas ini, Salahuddin berkata pihaknya telah menyediakan beberapa pelan tindakan untuk mendesak Putrajaya.

"Saya rasa kita ada pelan tindakan...kita mempunyai beberapa siri pelan tindakan yang harus dilaksanakan dan buat masa ini tempat terbaik untuk mendedahkan semua konspirasi peringkat tertinggi ini adalah di Parlimen sebab itu kita mahu sidang tergempar Parlimen.

"Kita juga akan desak kerajaan menubuhkan inkuiri awam untuk kita kenal pasti siapa yang terlibat sehingga ke akar umbi," katanya.

Tegas beliau, sekiranya semua pelan tindakan itu tidak dipedulikan Putrajaya, pihaknya terpaksa menghadap Yang di-Pertuan Agong sebagai langkah terakhir bagi memastikan sistem pilihan raya diadakan secara bersih dan adil.

Ditanya sama ada mempercayai daftar pemilih SPR, Salahuddin bagaimana pun menegaskan "sebab itu kita mahu satu pembersihan dilakukan yang mana ia merupakan perjuangan kita selama ini." -TMI

SUHAKAM Akan Siasat Keganasan Polis Pada Himpunan BERS✔H 2.0

Posted: 05 Aug 2011 10:32 PM PDT

Panel Inkuiri Awam Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (SUHAKAM) akan menemubual anggota polis yang terlibat dalam himpunan aman Bersih 2.0 yang berlangsung pada 9 Julai lalu.

Pesuruhjaya SUHAKAM, James Nayagam mendedahkan hal ini ketika menerima penyerahan aduan mengenai tindakaan Polis pada himpunan tersebut dan berjanji bahawa panel ini akan bertindak tanpa berpihak dan adil.

"Panel inkuiri kita akan melihat untuk menemubual semua polis yang bertugas ketika hari itu.

"Panel kita bebas dan kita akan siasat segenap aspek dalam hal ini," kata beliau ketika menerima testimoni dan keterangan mengenai keganasan polis hari ini.

Panel Inkuiri Awam Suhakam ini dianggotai Naib Pengerusi, Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee dan akan dibantu Professor Datuk Dr Mahmood Zuhdi Abdul Majid dan peguam Detta Samen.

Mereka dijangka akan memulakan temubual itu selepas Ramadhan ini.

Wakil Gabungan Pilihan Raya Bersih dan Adil (Bersih 2.0) hari ini menyampaikan 17 video, 15 testimoni dari orang ramai serta 17 lagi testimoni spesifik mengenai kejadian di Hospital Tung Shin.

Ahli Jawatankuasa Pemandu Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah menyatakan keperluan untuk Suhakan menyiasat tindakan polis bukan sahaja pada hari tersebut, tetapi sebelum dan selepas himpunan itu.

"Sekurang-kurangnya lima Kementerian mengutuk dan menuduh bahawa Bersih menyebabkan keganasan dan sebagainya.

"Media arus Perdana turut memainkan cerita bahawa kami merupakan organissi yang ditaja oleh Kristian, Yahudi dab sebagainya," kata Maria.

Beliau turut memberi contoh mengenai acara berkaitan Bersih 2.0 seperti 'road show' dan termasuk penahanan ahli PSM berkaitan Bersih serta pengharaman 91 individu dari ke pusat bandar pada 9 Julai sebagai usaha dan tindakan berlebihan.

Selain Maria, mereka yang turut hadir ialah Pengerusi Tenaganita Irene Fernandez, wakil Lawyers For Liberty, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri selain Ahli Parlimen Batu Tian Chua.

Tian Chua menceritakan kisah mengenai tembakan polis ke arah terowong di KL Sentral yang mengakibatkan kecederaan beberapa pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat iaitu Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan Khalid Samad.

Pengawal Peribadi Anwar Fayadh Afique Albaqri turut mendapat kecederaan parah kerana melindungi Ketua Pembangkang itu dari kanister gas pemedih mata yang didakwa dihalakan tepat kepada peserta himpunan oleh polis.

Peguam Fayadh, Fadiah menyatakan tindakan menembak kanister terus ke arah orang ramai boleh menyebabkan kecederaan dan kematian.

"Beliau (Fayyadh) lihat polis mengacukan senjata ke arah Anwar, lalu Fayadh menarik Anwar ke tepi..tulang pipi beliau pecah dan rahangnya senget.

"Polis yang menebual doktor yang merawat Fayadh turut terkejut dengan kecederaan yang dialamai beliau," terang Fadiah sambil menambah kanister Fayyadh masih berehat memulihkan kecederaannya.

Seorang lagi demonstran, Brian Yap pula menceritakan mengenai peristiwa beliau ditangkap dengan ganas oleh Polis di perkarangan Hospital Tung Shin.


Posted: 05 Aug 2011 09:31 PM PDT

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