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18 March 2014

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I cannot express enough my disgust to those who are so ready, in the absence of any proof whatsoever, to pin the blame on Captain Zaharie. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to his wife and children and his family too and to tell them to remain strong in these most trying times. The same goes for all the passengers and crew of flight MH370.

Casting aspersions on his character and making unfounded insinuations about Captain Zaharie’s support for my political cause being a probable reason for the disappearance of flight MH370 is not only reckless and insensitive but in the absence of any proof, is highly defamatory. In relation to me, these insinuations and innuendoes are of course part of the routine character assassination campaign carried out against me by government and UMNO-controlled media.

Meantime, many questions have been raised regarding not just the competency of the authorities in the investigations but also the sheer lack of transparency. What is it that the authorities are hiding that is making them so paranoid about letting others help in the investigation? It should be noted too that the Opposition’s attempt to move a motion in Parliament to discuss MH370 was flatly rejected.

Anwar Ibrahim

10 March 2014

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I have been receiving calls from the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan; the Governor of Bangkok, Mr Sukumbhan Paribatra; former President of Indonesia, Mr Jusuf Habibie and renowned Islamic Scholar, Dr Yusul al-Qaradawi since the Appeal Court judgment on the 7th of March. They have all expressed grave concerns over the manner on how the case was rushed and the subsequent ruling.

I was also visited by the American Ambassador to Malaysia, Mr Joseph Yun and his political officers at my residence on the 9th of March who have also express similar concerns. They have committed to convey these to President Obama soon.

Anwar Ibrahim

15 January 2014

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The Kuala Lumpur High Court has allowed the Bar Council’s objection against admitting former police officer Jude Blacious Pereira as an advocate and solicitor.

He was the main police investigator in the Sodomy II trial against Anwar Ibrahim, who was later acquitted.

Pereira had applied to practise in Ipoh where he had completed his chambering after retiring from the police force with the rank of superintendent.

Lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar ( left ) and Pavendeep Singh said the Bar Council objected to his petition because he was found “not to be a credible witness” during a human rights hearing in a case involving the arrest of five lawyers in Kuala Lumpur who were assisting those arrested during a candlelight vigil.

The Suhakam inquiry that found Pereira not a credible witness was chaired by then commissioner Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

The human rights case involved the Brickfields police arresting the five lawyers – Puspawati Rosman, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, Murnie Hidayah Anuar, Ravinder Singh Dhalliwal and Syuhaini Safwan ? for allegedly failing to disperse following a directive issued by then district police chief Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid.

The Suhakam inquiry found that the police had acted mala fide and that Wan Bari and Pereira clearly violated human rights.

Justice Zaleha Yusof agreed with the Bar Council that Pereira is “not a fit and proper person to be admitted as a lawyer to practice in the High Court of Malaya”.

“The court also makes consequential order for Pereira’s petition (for admission) to be struck out,” she said.

Pereira or his lawyer were not present to listen to the judgment as the order was made before Justice Zaleha in chambers.

Bar has right to object

Commenting on the matter, Malik said the Bar Council has the right and is duty-bound to object to anyone from gaining admission to practice as lawyers.

“The court’s duty in situations like these is to ensure that the admission of the petitioner’s concern would not have an adverse impact on the profession and community.

“The Suhakam inquiry panel concluded that Pereira was not a credible witness.

“Any court in Malaysia, Australia or New Zealand hold that a lawyer must have high standards of honesty and integrity,” he added.

Pereira had filed his petition for admission on July 23, 2012 and was short-called under Sections 36(2) (a) and (b) of the Legal Profession Act 1976.

However, he failed in the Ethics and Professional Standards course examination organised by the Bar Council on March 13 and 14 last year.

The Bar Council informed Pereira that it would be objecting his admission as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya on the ground that he was not fit for admission to the Bar.

Under Section 11 (1) of the LPA, a qualified person must be of good character but the Bar Council said Pereira being the second highest ranking police officer on duty at Brickfields was involved in the arrest of the five and cited the Suhakam inquiry report.

“We find the evidence of Pereira totally unsatisfactory. He was either consciously not telling the truth or suffered from a serious bout of loss of memory,” the inquiry stated in its
finding.

The Bar Council had held an extraordinary general meeting to condemn the arrest of the five lawyers in May 2009.

15 January 2014

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PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal upheld the High Court decision which had ruled earlier that two articles published by Utusan Malaysia (M) Sdn Bhd were defamatory and related to opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s interview with BBC on homosexual laws, two years ago.

A three-member panel headed by justice Zaharah Ibrahim ruled that there was no merit in the appellant’s appeal after perusing the ground of judgement and note of the proceedings of the High Court.
The panel ordered cost of RM25,000 to be paid to the respondent.

The court also dismissed the application by UMNO to intervene in the appeal. However, no cost was ordered.

The other two panel members were justice Mah Weng Kwai and K. Anantham.

Later, counsel Abu Bakar As-Sidek told reporters that UMNO made the application over the issue whether the party had influence over editorial policy of the daily.

The High Court last year ruled that the defendants Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd and its chief editor, Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak, failed to establish all the statutory defenses, namely justification, fair comment and qualified privilege.

On Jan 10 2012, Anwar filed a defamation suit seeking RM50mil in damages alleging the defendants had published the two articles in the Utusan Malaysia newspaper, on Jan 17, 2012, in relation to his BBC interview.

He had contended that the words implied he was unfit to hold public office and a Muslim leader who held views inconsistent with the teachings of Islam.

During today’s appeal, Anwar was represented by lawyer R. Sivarasa, while Firuz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin appeared for Utusan.

- Bernama

1 December 2013

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Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim akan berada di program berikut :

Tarikh   : Ahad 1 Disember 2013
Waktu   : 10 malam
Tempat : Perkarangan Padang Bola Sepak, Taman Tasek Tambahan Ampang.

Pejabat Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim

1 December 2013

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Saya telah menerima pandangan semua pihak mengenai kenaikan gaji yang melibatkan wakil rakyat Selangor. Saya juga telah mendapat penjelasan dari YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim mengenai rasional kenaikan gaji tersebut.

Pun begitu, KEADILAN sebagai parti yang membawa semangat reformasi perlu terus sensitif dengan kesempitan hidup yang dihadapi rakyat terbanyak.

Oleh itu, setelah berbincang dengan YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, saya bersetuju bahawa satu Tabung Pendidikan KEADILAN Anak Selangor akan ditubuhkan bertujuan mengagihkan biasiswa pendidikan kecil dan mengendalikan program pendidikan terutamanya di peringkat sekolah menengah dan pra-universiti.

Setiap wakil rakyat KEADILAN akan menyumbang RM1,000 sebulan atau 20% dari jumlah kenaikan gaji bulanan yang diumumkan untuk membiayai pemberian biasiswa kecil dan program pendidikan di bawah Tabung Pendidikan KEADILAN Anak Selangor.

Jumlah sumbangan wakil-wakil rakyat KEADILAN dari Selangor kelak dijangka mencecah setengah juta setahun dari kenaikan gaji mereka yang dapat membantu keluarga berpendapatan rendah dalam bidang pendidikan.

Anwar Ibrahim
Ketua Umum KEADILAN

24 November 2013

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Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) (AFP) – A notorious Malaysian wildlife trafficker dubbed the “Lizard King” for his smuggling of endangered reptiles is back in business, according to an Al Jazeera report that prompted outraged wildlife activists on Friday to demand action.

Anson Wong was arrested in August 2010 at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport while attempting to smuggle 95 endangered boa constrictors to Indonesia.

He was sentenced to five years in jail, but a Malaysian appeals court freed him in 2012, sparking an outcry.

Malaysian authorities had said in the wake of Wong’s arrest that his licences for legitimate wildlife trading were revoked.

But, in an investigative report, Al Jazeera said Wong and his wife Cheah Bing Shee were believed to be trading albino pythons and other wildlife from their base in the northern Malaysian state of Penang.

Trade in the pythons requires a permit, said the report by the Qatar-based network, which saw journalist Steve Chao go undercover to talk with wildlife dealers and associates of Wong’s.

The report, called “Return of the Lizard King” and aired late Thursday, said documents also revealed shell companies used by Wong to hide his activities.

Illegal trade in wildlife is thought to be worth at least $19 billion a year worldwide, according to conservation groups.

Outraged conservationists demanded action from the government and expressed shock over the lax attitude by the authorities for failing to monitor Wong.

“The ‘Return of the Lizard King’ raises so many doubts and questions about Malaysia’s commitment to that fight. It is time we had some solid answers from government,” Shenaaz Khan, an official with wildlife-trade monitoring network Traffic, said in a statement.

Traffic views the revelations about Wong’s post-prison activities with deep concern, and seeks a credible explanation on his apparent ability to continue trading wildlife despite government promises to the contrary, she said.

In Penang, Al Jazeera’s Chao confronted Wong on camera, but he declined to comment.

Several of Wong’s former associates also claimed that corrupt customs officials in Malaysia, Indonesia and Madagascar were helping to facilitate Wong’s activities, the report said.

In a press release, Al Jazeera said Chao and his team worked with anti-trafficking groups to track Wong’s Malaysian-based operation.

Kadir Hashim, enforcement director of Malaysia’s wildlife department, confirmed Wong’s permits remained revoked.

“The department is investigating both” Wong and Cheah, he said in an e-mail response to an AFP inquiry, without elaborating further.

Wong is described by wildlife groups as one of the world’s most active smugglers of wild animals.

He was sentenced to 71 months in jail in the United States in 2001 after pleading guilty to trafficking in endangered reptiles.

Despite efforts by Southeast Asian authorities to crack down on animal smuggling, the practice persists and poses a threat to a number of threatened species, conservationists say.

9 November 2013

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The recent allegations by Tun Dr Mahathir that the AG’s Chambers employed two CIA agents are shocking indeed and require an immediate response from the Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Razak as well as the Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Coming in the wake of the reports exposing a global spying network by the United States, Australia and other countries conducted on Malaysian soil about which the PM till today has remained absolutely silent, this latest expose is nothing if not shameful and scandalous.

This wall of silence that has been surrounding the PM and his Home Minister is symptomatic of a larger problem that is afflicting the government of DS Najib Razak where demands for transparency and accountability continue to fall on deaf ears.

In the same vein, Attorney General Tan Sri Gani Patail, owes the public an explanation concerning these allegations as well as the series of other allegations regarding his illegal and conspiratorial activities linked to his office.

Numerous police reports have already been filed by former CID chief of
Kuala Lumpur Dato’ Mat Zain containing damning allegations against the AG. His failure to deny them renders him culpable of the wrong doings alleged and at the very least warrant an immediate suspension of
duties.

The Prime Minister must not ignore public demands for answers and the AG must not be allowed to continue in office seemingly oblivious of the stark allegations of nefarious and criminal activities committed by him.

Anwar Ibrahim

9 November 2013

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Long before the recent «Arab Spring», when the topic of democracy with in many Muslim countries took center stage internationally, Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim, an energetic and charismatic politician, had been one of the most vocal global proponents of the compatibility of Islam and democratic principles. Anwar, who at one time was asked to be secretary-general of the United Nations, has lived a life that is a compelling testimony of the growth and evolution of his love for his country and his faith. Anwar has been active at the highest levels of Malaysian politics for over thirty years, and though he has been jailed for his activism on several occasions, he continues to be a dynamic, passionate voice for the diverse cultures, religions, and peoples of Malaysia. Anwar’s life story is told in a factual, impartial way, and his one-on-one interviews with this book’s author add a personal component. This volume is essential reading for scholars and students interested in Islamic politics and South East Asian studies.

Review
«Few public figures have transcended their milieu more decisively than Anwar Ibrahim. Moving well beyond the turbulent politics of Malaysia, he has become a major force in modern Islam. Charles Allers meticulously and insightfully documents Anwar’s unparalleled trajectory from intellectual and activist to political outsider and prime minister-in-waiting. This is an assured and sensitive biography that finds, in an exceptional life, the evolution of a liberal Islam in which inter-civilizational dialogue and cosmopolitan values are unexceptional.» (James Piscatori, Durham University)
«Anwar Ibrahim has been a pivotal figure in the intersection between Islam and politics in Malaysia, with an impact that has gone beyond the country’s boundaries. Through this thoroughly researched book, Charles Allers provides insight into the dynamics of change and approaches to ‘reform’, using Anwar as a lens through which decades of discourse and activity can be reflected upon and interpreted. Allers makes an important contribution to research on Islam and Muslims in the contemporary world, not just in relation to Malaysia. The book will be of relevance to students and specialists seeking to develop their understanding of the complexities and controversies surrounding Anwar Ibrahim and his place in Malaysian society, as well as those interested in attitudes toward politics and religion in modern Islamic contexts.» (Gary R. Bunt, Reader in Islamic Studies, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David)

About the Author
Charles Allers earned his PhD in Islamic studies from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and his D.Min. from Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Allers has been active in serving people in the capacity of church pastor and civic chaplain for over twenty years. He and his wife, Greta, reside in San Diego, California.

21 October 2013

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18 October 2013

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Herald Sun

Malaysian students in Adelaide have been warned off going to hear Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim during the Adelaide Festival of Ideas on Saturday.

An email sent on Monday to 90 Malaysian students in Adelaide warns “stern action” would be taken against them if they attended.

Anwar Ibrahim, who is due to fly in to Adelaide on Friday morning is world famous as a reforming politician in Malaysia, where he has been harassed and jailed on successive charges of homosexuality and sodomy, which he denies.

He is Leader of the Opposition in Malaysia and was invited to the Festival of Ideas to speak on Dissent and Democracy.

The email is addressed to JPA scholars, those who have received scholarships to study here funded by Malaysia’s Public Service Department.

The email is signed by Shahrezan MD Sheriff, student adviser at the Public Service Department, and advises students not to attend the meeting.

It reads: “You are smarter to think and focus on what matters rather than joining this activity that could make your hardship in maintaining good grades and earning the scholarship goes down the drain (sic).”

While the email’s authorship has not been confirmed and Shahrezan MD Sheriff did not return calls to the JPA office at the Malaysian Consulate, based in Sydney, it has caused consternation both in Australia and Malaysia.

The visit of Anwar Ibrahim was organised by the Festival of Ideas, together with the State Government, Flinders University and Senator Nick Xenophon.

Mr Xenophon said he had no doubt the email was real.

“When I first saw it I thought it was a hoax, but there’s no denial of it,” he said.

“This is not unusual. This is the story of intimidation that Malaysian students face all the time and now they are extending their harassment to Australia.

“That’s unacceptable, and that’s why I am about to send a letter to the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop about this because this is clearly intimidatory.”

Professor Clinton Fernandez, a Canberra-based expert on Malaysia, said ASIO should also be called in to investigate.

“This is clearly an intrusion in Australia’s domestic affairs and if he is employed by the Malaysian Government (Shahrezan) should be deported,” he said.

Mr Xenophon, who described Ibrahim as a beacon of hope for democracy in Malaysia and the entire South East Asian region, was himself deported and banned from Malaysia earlier this year.

The threatening email was greeted with derision on chat sites of the Anwar Ibrahim Club, both for its poor English and for its threatening tone. “We aren’t stupid anymore. Go to hell, government!” says one.

Mr Anwar’s official engagement is to appear in conversation with ABC broadcaster Waleed Aly at Elder Hall on Saturday, October 19 at 11.30am, hosted by Senator Nick Xenophon. Entry is free.

However, separate meetings have been organised in the city tomorrow and at Bradford Lodge, an international student hostel in Rose Park by the Anwar Ibrahim Club and Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia Adelaide on Saturday night.

It was not clear whether the threatening email was referring specifically to one or all of those events.

The 9th Adelaide Festival of Ideas continues until Sunday.

16 September 2013

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16 SEPT 2013

Satu episod sejarah negara berlalu dgn pemergian Chin Peng, mantan SUA Parti Komunis Malaya (PKM). Sejak era penjajahan Inggeris sehingga kemerdekaan, negara terpaksa bergelut dengan penentangan bersenjata komunis. Ramai yang terkorban atau sengsara termasuk dari pasukan keselamatan akibat pertarungan lebih tiga dekad itu. Dan adalah nyata bahawa rakyat kita umumnya menolak gagasan dan ideologi komunis.

Namun mendiang Chin Peng juga akhirnya memilih jalan perdamaian setelah gagal dalam perjanjian Baling 1955 dengan Almarhum Tunku Abd Rahman. Beliau mewakili bekas penggerak PKM, bersama Rashid Maidin memeterai perjanjian damai dan gencatan senjata dengan kerajaan pada tahun 1989.

Maka atas pertimbangan tersebut juga lah, berikutan perjanjian persahabatan negara Malaysia dan China, kami telah menggesa kerajaan mengizinkan beliau menziarahi keluarganya di Sitiawan. Takziah kami ucapkan kepada keluarga mendiang Chin Peng.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

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