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30 September 2010

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Dari Malaysiakini

Dua tahun sudah berlalu dan ADUN Kulim dari PKR, Lim Soo Nee masih menunggu tindakan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) berhubung laporan yang dibuatnya mendakwa ditawarkan RM5 juta untuk berpaling tadah kepada BN.

Bagaimanapun, Lim berkata beliau tidak akan ‘mengejar’ SPRM supaya bertindak kerana adalah menjadi tanggungjawab mereka untuk menghubungi beliau atau bertindak apabila siasatan mereka selesai.

“Saya telah berikan segala butiran dan menyerahkan semua bukti kepada pegawai Suruhanjaya, jadi terpulang untuk mereka bertindak sekarang,” katanya.

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30 September 2010

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Pengumuman Biropolitik
Parti Keadilan Rakyat
30 September 2010

Biropolitik KEADILAN di dalam mesyuarat pada malam 29hb September, dipengerusikan oleh Presidennya, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail , telah membuat keputusan berikut:

a) meminta Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat menyiasat dengan berdasarkan klip-klip video, tentang mana-mana anggota yang melakukan keganasan, kekecohan dan tindakan liar lain yang melanggari Kod Tatalaku Pemilihan parti bertujuan untuk menggagalkan Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan Cabang dan pemilihan di beberapa buah Cabang KEADILAN dan mengambil tindakan yang sewajarnya.

Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat mempunyai kuasa untuk membuat keputusan serta mengambil tindakan displin berkenaan penglibatan anggota-anggota tersebut dalam proses pemilihan parti termasuk mengundi, menjadi calon mahupun berkempen.

b) mengkaji kes-kes mana-mana calon dan anggota yang memburukkan Parti serta pimpinan melalui media, selepas kalah dalam pemilihan.

Sementara itu Birpolitik menegaskan juga bahawa tiada arahan, aduan mahupun apa –apa keputusan yang telah diambil untuk apa-apa tindakan displin terhadap Zaid Ibrahim dan menyangkal fitnah dan maklumat palsu berkenaan perkara ini.

Harap Maklum.

30 September 2010

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KEADILAN views with bewilderment Zaid Ibrahim’s recent incessant complaints to the press about the party and the ongoing party election, including an exclusive interview with Utusan Malaysia which he had once called a Gestapo paper. Has he forgotten that he was once the subject of Utusan’s dirty smear campaign during the Hulu Selangor by-election? Has he also forgotten Utusan’s relentless and vicious attacks against Pakatan Rakyat which caused Pakatan Rakyat to dismiss the newspaper?

Zaid has also made unkind insinuations that certain leaders including Tian Chua and Gobalakrishnan had been prevented from contesting for divisional posts when they were in fact free to contest and campaign as they like. As a matter of fact, Tian Chua won the divisional chief post of Batu while Gobalakrishnan is contesting for divisional chief post at Padang Serai.

Likewise, no one has prevented Zaid from contesting and campaigning for any post including the Presidency.

We find it astonishing that he has frequently compared KEADILAN to UMNO when there is just no comparison as KEADILAN stands for everything UMNO does not. He should stop playing the victim to gain sympathy at the expense of the party.

Instead of complaining publicly on the election and undermining the party,

he should observe the proper organisational procedure by forwarding the details to the Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat (JPP), rather than making sweeping statements of underhand tactics and conspiracy.

We are also perplexed by Zaid’s assertions that the party is blocking his “reform agenda” when party decisions are always collectively made to enhance the party’s progressive and reform-based policies. Zaid should also reveal the so called “reform agenda” and proceed to advocate them through the usual decision making process rather than providing sound bites to the press.

As the KEADILAN Chief for the Federal Territory and also a member of both the Central Leadership Council and Political Bureau, Zaid is at the apex of the party decision making process. He certainly has more than the usual opportunity to express his views. Zaid should also acknowledge that he is part of the party leadership and he cannot avoid the inherent collective responsibility and must respect the party’s decision making process.

KEADILAN wishes to advise him to relook at what KEADILAN has achieved as an agent for reform in this country including the landmark direct party election which has empowered individual party members with equal voting right, irrespective of their positions in the party – a testimony of our commitment towards reform.

In the midst of intense party election, let us not forget who are our real adversary – UMNO/BN, and we are confident that KEADILAN can only emerge stronger after the landmark party election.

Lee Boon Chye
Vice President Keadilan

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30 September 2010

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Dari TV Selangor

Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim memberi jaminan tarif air di negeri ini tidak akan naik berikutan kerajaan Pusat perlu mendapat kebenaran kerajaan pimpinannya, untuk berbuat demikian

Sehubungan itu, beliau berkata, rakyat Selangor tidak perlu risau dengan khabar kenaikan tarif air sekalipun kerajaan negeri berdepan tuntutan ganti rugi daripada Syabas. (more…)

30 September 2010

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Keynote address by Anwar Ibrahim, Parliamentary Opposition Leader of Malaysia at Brussels, 28th September, 2010

First and foremost, there is essentially no problem in terms of compatibility, not a foundational problem at least that would make it impossible for a country with a majority of Muslims to be governed according to the requirements of a constitutional democracy. In other words, the notion of Islam being diametrically opposed to democracy and its principles is a fallacy.

Islam enjoins the faithful to uphold equality, justice, and human dignity. If violence and terror are being spread by Muslims in the name of Islam then it is an aberration reflective of such people and the focus should rightly be on the underlying causes of such actions, not Islam. Blaming Islam won’t solve the problem as long as the underlying causes are not addressed and resolved.

But detractors say that Islam not only condones but urges the faithful to commit acts of violence in the name of jihad. This is nonsense. But they cite chapter and verse to support this view. Yes, but it is only by extreme distorting of the textual interpretation. On the contrary, the truth is that Islam prohibits violence and terror by virtue of the principles of moderation and the protection of life, limb and property.

This is subsumed under the doctrine of the maqasid al-Shari’ah, a most crucial and significant tool for the progress of Muslim societies, a tool which unfortunately has been much ignored. By virtue of this doctrine for example, jihad is a call to the faithful to fulfill the tenets of the religion by doing good and averting evil, establishing justice, promoting charity and helping the weak and the marginalized. It is not a battle cry for war, let alone one to justify mayhem and murder. Above all, jihad enjoins Muslims to maintain peace and harmony and safeguard the sanctity of life and property. These are ideals completely in consonance with the dictates of democracy.

But what about this incarceration/liberation dichotomy? The answer lies in debunking the school of ideological rigidity which is largely responsible for making the religion very rigid and exclusive. The fact is that Islam is amenable to adapting to modern times with its defining feature being its inclusive nature. Empirically, we know that Islam in Southeast Asia is a case in point. So is Turkey though the same may not be said about the Islam of the Middle East but that ought to be seen in the context of the geopolitical situation there.

The modernity of Islam in Southeast Asia is reflected for instance in the adoption of the principles of freedom and democracy for the establishment of an independent state. In this regard, the region’s transition to democracy debunks the notion of incompatibility between Islam and democracy.

As for equating Islam with intolerance and violence, that again finds no basis in reality. Muslim rule for centuries in Spain remains in the history books as clear testimony to the tolerance and spirit of convivencia among Muslims, Christians and Jews. In Southeast Asia, traders and Sufis spread the religion through their accommodative style of proselytizing which attracted adherents who have also kept some significant aspects of their pre-Islamic cultures. This explains why multi-cultural and multi-religious societies evolved in Muslim majority countries.

Today, those who call for violence and terror in the name of jihad can find little traction for their brand of Islam. A case in point is Indonesia two elections back when the people overwhelmingly rejected the radicals who rode on the jihad ticket. This is significant in debunking the notion that democracy in a Muslim majority nation can be easily hijacked by extremists and radicals.

Turkey is a fine example of what a Muslim nation can achieve if its leaders remain steadfast in observing the basic tenets of Islamic statecraft: modernist, moderate, progressive and tolerant with justice and the rule of law as a motto for governance. The recent referendum of the Turkish people in favor of fundamental constitutional changes to further strengthen democracy speaks volumes. In this regard, Turkey’s leaders stand in sharp contrast to the autocrats and dictators in some other Muslim countries who continue to deny the people democracy by raising the hijacking by extremists’ spectre.

The question arises as to whether there has been any real progress in political reform in the Muslim world apart from Turkey and Indonesia? Isn’t it true that certain states continue to be under one-man or one-party rule despite the trappings of reform? And even though certain states appear to moving on the path to real democracy, the rhetoric often exceeds the reality. There must therefore be greater resolve for Muslim countries to embrace constitutional democracy and translate that into reality: hold free and fair elections, ensure the separation of powers and guarantee fundamental civil liberties including allowing the full participation of women in political life. Vindictive prosecutions, arbitrary arrests, and the use of the state apparatus to silence political dissent must be a thing of the past. Unless and until such reforms are in place, the convergence of Islam and democracy will only be a mirage.
As for the process of democratization itself, there is the troubling question of the real intention of certain Western powers. You cannot turn a blind eye to blatant human rights violations in some countries and condemn these practices in others. You cannot say to one country, give us your support in this current war we’re waging, and we won’t interfere in your administration. The “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” diplomacy may be good realpolitik but it is a betrayal of the cause of democracy and freedom.

Unfortunately, however, it is partly because of this hypocritical approach to democratization that we still see many Muslim societies languishing under sham democracies. These are governments with the trappings of democracy but are in fact masquerades perpetuating injustice, human rights abuses and corruption. These ‘democracies’ employ the entire state apparatus and exploit the people’s hard earned money to promote their personal and vested interests. They plunder the state coffers, parcel out vast tracts of prime commercial land to relatives and cronies, and expropriate millions of hectares of virgin forests transforming them into wasteland.

So, the truth is that the assault on freedom and democracy is not from Islam, though the bulk of the perpetrators are Muslims. Indonesia and Turkey have demonstrated that democracy is not only acceptable but essential to Islam and that the enemy of Islam is not democracy but injustice, corruption, tyranny and greed. Indeed, freedom and democracy is part and parcel of the self-evident truths that would set mankind apart from the rest of God’s creatures.

The real issue is not whether Islam and democracy are destined to coincide but whether those in power in Muslim majority countries will uphold freedom and democracy, respect the rule of law and fulfil their duties to the people. If that doesn’t happen then it is incumbent on us to make it happen. And that is a cause worth fighting for.

Thank you.

30 September 2010

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KENYATAAN MEDIA:
29 SEPTEMBER 2010

PENGUMUMAN KEPUTUSAN RASMI
PEMILIHAN PIMPINAN CABANG KOTA RAJA 2010

Pada Ahad, 26 September 2010, proses pengundian Pemilihan Pimpinan

Cabang Kota Raja bersempena Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan Cabang (MATC) bagi Parti Keadilan Rakyat Cabang Kota Raja telah berlangsung di Dewan Bukit Naga, Shah Alam, Selangor mulai jam 11:00 pagi hingga 5:00 petang.

Setelah tamat pengundian, bagi tujuan menjamin kelancaran dan kesempurnaan pemilihan tersebut, pengawas pemilihan yang dilantik oleh Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (JPP) membuat

keputusan bahawa proses pengiraan dan penjumlahan undi tidak dapat diteruskan di Dewan Bukit Naga, Shah Alam. Sebaliknya urusan-urusan tersebut diserahkan kepada tanggungjawab langsung JPP yang beribu pejabat di A-1-09 Merchant Square, Jalan Tropicana Selatan 1, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

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