Arkib Tahun 2009

25 January 2009

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Suara Keadilan Online

By Wong Choon Mei

Amid a blaze of public anger and increasingly strident calls from the opposition, led by Anwar Ibrahim, for fair and independent investigation into the death of 22-year old police detainee, Kugan Ananthan, Malaysia’s attorney-general has decided to reclassify the case as murder.

Given the police’s defensive stance and reluctance to allow a second post-mortem, the surprise recapitulation was cautiously welcomed by some civil groups.

“We hope from here on, Malaysian police will adhere to international standards. They are supposed to set an example, they represent and enforce the law. As such, their behaviour and conduct must be beyond reproach and acceptable to the people,” said Ramon Navaratnam, president of Transparency International Malaysia.

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25 January 2009

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The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 – He is without doubt the blue-eyed boy of corporate Malaysia, sitting atop the country’s top investment agency and lording over the vast government-linked company empire.

But Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar’s recent statements in the press have caused some unease with members of the outgoing Abdullah administration and raised some red flags with some supporters of incoming prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Senior government politicians are wondering why he has been bent on embarrassing the government with comments about Valuecap and KLIA East, statements which have put the administration on the back foot.

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25 January 2009

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Sebagaimana biasa, tiap-tiap tahun masyarakat Tiong Hua di negara ini, bersama masyarakat Melayu, India, Iban, Kadazan dan lain-lainnya menyambut perayaan Tahun Baru Cina dengan meriah. Tambahan lagi, tahun ini ialah tahun lembu; melambangkan kemakmuran yang dihasilkan dari usaha yang bersungguh-sungguh berserta keazaman yang tinggi.

Walaupun berdepan dengan jangkaan banyak pihak bahawa keadaan ekonomi tahun ini tidak memberansangkan, saya percaya berbekalkan keazaman yang teguh dan usaha yang bersungguh-sungguh, kita semua pasti mampu mengharungi segala krisis mahupun cabaran yang mendatang. Yakinlah hanya rakyat sahaja mampu memastikan ini semua terjadi; satu perubahan mendasar ke arah Malaysia yang lebih makmur dan kaya.

Saya mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan Xin Nian Kuaile dan Gong Xi Fa Cai buat seluruh rakyat Malaysia berbangsa Tiong Hua di Malaysia.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

24 January 2009

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Gesaan saya kepada pimpinan akar umbi Sabah untuk bersiap sedia di Pensiangan. Saya sempat mengadakan pertemuan tertutup dengan pimpinan gereja Sabah selain bersama peniaga Sabah disebelah malam.

Selaku Pengurusi Perhubungan Keadilan Negeri Sabah, saya menyediakan ruang waktu lumayan mendengar pandangan dan rintihan wakil-wakil bahagian sehingga jam 1 pagi dan kemudian disambung selama 2 jam pagi tadi.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

24 January 2009

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Saya menerima undangan Pas dalam perhimpunan khas bersama Tuan Guru Nik Aziz, Tuan Guru Hj Hadi, YB Lim Kit Siang untuk melahirkan rasa syukur, serta kagum dan bangga dengan semangat jitu pengundi Kuala Terengganu.

Namun saya turut mengajak rakyat agar meningkatkan kewaspadaan kerana menjangka tindakan terdesak yang lebih kejam dari pimpinan Umno-Bn.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

23 January 2009

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Saya agak kecewa tatkala diberitahu akan kekalahan pasukan bola sepak kebangsaan Malaysia di tangan pasukan Emiriah Arab Bersatu malam kelmarin. Perbedaan jumlah jaringan gol yang cukup besar semestinya menimbulkan keresahan dan patah semangat buat peminat-peminat setia bola sepak tanahair.

Saya pasti, ramai di kalangan kita yang cukup merindui persembahan mantap yang ditonjolkan suatu ketika dahulu oleh pemain-pemain terkenal negara era 60-an dan 70-an seperti Datuk Abdul Ghani Minhat, arwah Datuk Mokhtar Dahari dan Datuk Soh Chin Aun.

Kedudukan pasukan Malaysia yang kini berada di tangga ke-158 ranking FIFA sewajarnya dipandang serius oleh pihak pengurusan FAM. Kehebatan dan kegemilangan bola sepak Malaysia sewajarnya kembali dimartabatkan. Agenda perubahan bukan sekadar untuk memperbaiki sistem tadbir urus dan pengurusan ekonomi semata-mata, bahkan perubahan juga seharusnya turut dijana dalam lapangan sukan.

Buat anak-anak muda yang menggalas harapan bola sepak Malaysia, ayuh tingkatkan prestasi dan semangat juang kalian!

ANWAR IBRAHIM

23 January 2009

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From Asia Times Online
By Anil Netto

PENANG – A key parliamentary by-election on Saturday that fell to a resurgent opposition alliance has piled more pressure on Malaysia’s premier-in-waiting, Najib Razak.

At issue now is whether the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition Najib will lead beginning in March is capable of pushing through the reforms many believe are vital for the government’s long-term survival.

Najib, who spearheaded the BN’s campaign in Kuala Terengganu, capital of the oil-rich east coast state of Terengganu, was unable to stop another electoral swing to the People’s Alliance, which consists of
the three main opposition parties.

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22 January 2009

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—KENYATAAN MEDIA UNTUK EDARAN SEGERA—

Kuala Lumpur, 22hb Januari 2009

Insiden kematian seorang pemuda India di Balai Polis Taipan, USJ, Subang Jaya ketika masih ditahan sangat mengejutkan. Kematian Kugan Ananthan 22 tahun mengingatkan kita kepada insiden M. Ulaganathan, juga mati ketika masih ditahan polis. Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur memutuskan bahawa kematian M. Ulaganathan adalah disebabkan kecuaian dan pengabaian melampau pihak polis. Berulangnya insiden seperti ini pasti menghakis keyakinan rakyat terhadap kewibawaan pihak polis sebagai sebuah institusi keselamatan.

Bagi memastikan keyakinan rakyat dipulihkan, saya menuntut agar sebuah badan siasatan yang bebas dan telus diwujudkan serta merta bagi menyiasat insiden kematian Kugan Ananthan. Foto serta bukti yang menunjukkan adanya kecederaan pada si mati sudah tentu membangkitkan rasa tidak puas hati bukan sahaja kepada keluarga mangsa, malah juga kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia yang mahukan institusi polis memulihkan kembali kewibawaannya.

Saya selaku ahli parlimen dan Ketua Pembangkang Dewan Rakyat, komited untuk membawa isu ini ke Dewan Rakyat kelak. Beserta dokongan rakan-rakan ahli-ahli parlimen lainnya kami akan mencari jalan untuk meningkatkan tahap profesionalisme pihak polis serta memulihkan keyakinan rakyat terhadap institusi keselamatan tersebut.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

21 January 2009

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Pada hari Ahad yang lalu di Alor Star, saya beserta pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat yang lain secara muafakat telah bersetuju dengan Pengisytiharan Mentaloon.

Melalui pengisytiharan tersebut, Pakatan Rakyat secara rasminya kini telah menubuhkan Majlis Menteri-Menteri Besar dan Ketua Menteri Pakatan Rakyat serta Majlis Exco-Exco Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat. Kedua-dua majlis yang dibentuk ini akan bersidang sekurang-kurangnya untuk tempoh dua kali setahun dalam memastikan wujudnya kerjasama dan perkongsian pengalaman antara lima buah negeri yang ditadbir Pakatan Rakyat.

Insha-Allah, muafakat dan kefahaman pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat akan terus diperkasa dalam usaha memastikan kejayaan pelaksanaan agenda perubahan.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

21 January 2009

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The Malaysian Insider | Jan 21, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 – Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and his exco members took frugality to new heights by flying to and from Alor Setar with Air Asia.

The Selangor delegation had flown to Kedah to attend the conference of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) chief ministers and leaders on Sunday and were spotted by The Malaysian Insider at the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport waiting to board the return flight this morning.

With the Selangor Menteri Besar were exco members Datuk Dr Hassan Ali, Teresa Kok, Elizabeth Wong, Yaakob Sapari, Khalid’s political secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and Subang Member of Parliament Sivarasa Rasiah.

The group was seated at the boarding lounge, with other passengers waiting to board Air Asia flight Ak6347 to Kuala Lumpur, with no fanfare or fuss.

So unassuming was Khalid, dressed casually in a black-and-red chequered shirt and blue slacks, that most passengers did not realise he was the Selangor MB.

Nik Nazmi said although they were flying with the low-cost carrier, the state government had at least paid for express boarding for them.

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21 January 2009

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Malaysiakini | Jan 21, 2009

Perhimpunan anjuran Gerakan Mansuhkan PPSMI (GMP) membantah pelaksanaan dasar pengajaran dan pembelajaran sains dan matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris (PPSMI) akan diadakan pada 7 Mac depan.

Sempena perhimpunan tersebut, GMP juga akan menyerahkan memorandum kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong untuk memohon campur tangan baginda dalam menyelesai isu tersebut.

Pengerusi jawatankuasa induknya, Datuk Dr Hassan Ahmad berkata, perkara itu diputuskan dalam mesyuarat gabungan itu malam tadi di bangunan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri (SUK) Selangor di Shah Alam.

Bagaimanapun, kata beliau yang juga bekas pengarah Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), butiran terperinci mengenai perhimpunan belum diputuskan.

Menurutnya, keputusan itu dibuat setelah mesyuarat malam tadi menimbang cadangannya supaya mengkaji baik-buruk rancangan mengadakan perhimpunan tersebut.

Ketika membentangkan cadangan itu malam tadi, Dr Hassan difaham memaklum kepada mesyuarat bahawa ramai yang belum memahami sepenuhnya tujuan bantahan itu hendak diadakan.

Beliau juga difahamkan mencadangkan supaya diadakan kempen penerangan bagi membolehkan semua pihak benar-benar memahami isu tersebut, sebelum perhimpunan besar itu diadakan.

Bukan anti-kerajaan

Ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini hari ini, Dr Hassan berkata, setelah cadangannya itu diusulkan dan diperbincangkan, mesyuarat sepakat untuk meneruskan perhimpunan itu pada 7 Mac depan.

Bagaimanpun, katanya, mereka menghadiri mesyuarat tersebut sepakat untuk meneruskan perhimpunan itu mengikut garis panduan yang dipersetujui.

Antaranya, tambah beliau, ialah perhimpunan itu tidak boleh dilihat bercirikan kegasanan dan perkauman.

“Kalau bentuknya macam Hindraf (Barisan Bertindak Hak Hindu), saya tak nak (terlibat),” katanya sekali lagi mengulangi pendirian yang ditegaskannya semalam.

Menjawab soalan, beliau menegaskan perjuangan GMP bukan berasaskan perkauman – untuk bangsa Melayu sahaja.

Sebaliknya, tegas Dr Hassan perjuangan mereka adalah perjuangan kebangsaan dan untuk kebaikan semua kaum.

Beliau juga berharap gabungan itu tidak dilihat sebagai anti-kerajaan dan pro-pembangkang hanya kerana ia turut dianggotai ahli politik pembangkang manakala mesyuarat malam tadi diadakan di bangunan SUK Selangor yang diteraju Pakatan Rakyat.

“Di awal mesyuarat, saya beritahu semua, termasuk, (Timbalan Presiden PAS) Nasaruddin (Mat Isa) sendiri bahawa mereka bukan mewakili mana-mana parti politik tetapi atas dasar sebagai pejuang bahasa,” katanya.

20 January 2009

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Stratfor | Jan 19, 2009

Summary

Malaysia’s opposition movement scored a victory on Jan. 17 when Mohammad Abdul Wahid Endut won a by-election in Kuala Terengganu. The opposition continues to gain momentum in its bid to defeat the coalition that has dominated Malaysian politics for five decades.

Analysis

Malaysia’s opposition movement made gains Jan. 17 when Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) candidate Mohammad Abdul Wahid Endut won a by-election in Kuala Terengganu, the capital city of Terengganu state in the peninsular northeast. The region is part of the Malay heartland, and the election was seen as a litmus test for the opposition’s progress since making massive gains in general elections in March 2008.

The opposition is challenging the status quo that has been in place since Malaysia earned its independence from the United Kingdom in 1957. The country’s politics have been ruled for the past 50 years by the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), the largest political party, and the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition it founded to dominate parliament. The PAS, the Islamist party, has contended with the secular Malaysian leadership before, but lost support after being branded as having connections to terrorism. Recently, however, the PAS has joined up with the movement led by Anwar Ibrahim, once a high-ranking figure in the UMNO. Anwar has formed a shaky alliance, called Pakatan Rakyat, with Islamist voters and with ethnic Chinese. He has pledged to eliminate policies that enforce the deeply embedded privilege of the Malay majority.

When the opposition made great strides in elections in March 2008, it rattled the ruling coalition. Anwar, in exile at the time, made a dramatic return to the political scene and claimed that, by September 2008, he would form his own government and topple the ruling parties. Yet his self-imposed deadline came and went without seeing a swell of support for him among middle-of-the-road parliamentarians. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi then volunteered to step down to placate some of the rising criticism of the government, stealing Anwar’s thunder. Anwar was seen as having overextended himself.

But fractures in Malaysian politics continue to weaken the ruling party, and Anwar and his allies are exploiting the growing dissatisfaction among the public, which has been exacerbated by the global economic slowdown. The Kuala Terengganu by-election was seen as crucial because the region is part of the Malay heartland on the peninsula, and was once a BN stronghold. The BN held onto power there in the previous election, but by a mere 628 votes out of 65,809 votes. On Jan. 17 — just 10 months after that election — voters gave the PAS a 2,631-vote lead out of 63,967 votes. The poll results show that support for the ruling coalition is lukewarm, as voter turnout was two percentage points lower than that in March 2008. Also, the results show that Anwar’s alliance of Islamist, Chinese and secular Malays is holding together (despite many differences), and that Anwar has switched from hare to tortoise, adopting a slow and steady strategy of attempting to overtake the ruling coalition.

Now the BN will attempt to counter the opposition’s win. The coalition is scheduled to hold a major gathering in March to name Najib Razak as its new leader and as the country’s new prime minister after Abdullah steps down. The event will give the BN occasion to present itself as rejuvenated. There is plenty of time for the politicking to play out until the next general elections in 2013, though a snap election could be called this year if the government thinks it can benefit from doing so. But the Kuala Terengganu by-election, though small, is an unmistakable sign that the opposition is gaining momentum — and this will mean increasing political instability as the government attempts to fend off its opponents.

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