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25 April 2012

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24 Apr 2012

APA pun PTPTN mestilah dimansuhkan dulu serentak dengan pengumuman pelajaran percuma hingga ke universiti.
 
Beban pertama yang perlu ditangani ialah membebaskan para pelajar dari hutang  sejak hari pertama melangkah ke universiti atau kolej.
 
Dalam sistem sekarang baik kaya dan apa lagilah miskin sebaik melangkah ke menara gading disediakan dengan hutang yang berbunga. Sebaik bekerja dan sejak gaji bulan pertama terpaksa membayar hutang.
 
Ia mesti dibebaskan dulu.
 
Tidak berbangkit tiada yang sanggup ke universiti apabila PTPTN mansuh, kerana universiti disediakan secara percuma.
 
Apabila ia dikatakan percuma tentu semua perkara besar yang melibatkan kewangan akan dikendalikan oleh kerajaan yang mendapat RM80 bilion setahun dari hasil minyak dan gas.
 
Anwar  Ibrahim yang pernah menjadi menteri pelajaran termasuk bertanggungjawab terhadap pelajaran tinggi pada masanya tahu keperluan setiap universiti  dan kolej.
 
Belajar dari pengalaman PAS memerintah Kelantan sejak tahun 1959, tiada lulusan STP boleh masuk universiti tanpa penaja sekali pun sijilnya cemerlang. Seluruh pelajar dari Kelantan termasuk yang dapat sijil tidak penuh ditaja oleh kerajaan Kelantan.
 
Antara mereka masuk kampus tak berduit. Berhempas pulaslah Prof. Diraja Ungku Aziz mengikhtiarkan keperluan mereka. Selama 19  tahun PAS memerintah hanya setahun  saja pelajar Kelantan tidak jadi pelajar yang teramai dibandingkan dengan setiap negeri.
 
17 buah sekolah yang terbaik masa itu terhadap di tiga buah kota iaitu Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh dan Pulau Pinang. Tidak termasuk sekolah di Kelantan, tetapi siswa yang teramai bukan dari Selangor,  Perak dan Pulau Pinang bahkan dari Kelantan.
 
Perdana Menteri kata, jika PTPTN dimansuhkan kerajaan terpaksa tanggung RM43 bilion. Anwar yang pernah jadi menteri kewangan kata, RM43 bilion itu bukan peruntukan setahun. Yang disediakan oleh kerajaan sekarang tiga bilion saja setahun. Tetapi PR sedia belanjakan lima bilion setahun dari 80 bilion setahun dari hasil minyak untuk tampung keperluan ganti PTPTN itu.
 
Bukan Najib saja pernah jadi menteri kewangan dan menteri pelajaran. Anwar pun pernah jadi menteri pendidikan  dan menteri kewangan.
 
Kata Khaled Nordin, menteri pengajian tinggi, tanpa PTPTN tutup  semua universiti swasta (IPTS). Khaled Nordin tidak pernah jadi menteri kewangan dan tiada pengalaman jaga kementerian pelajaran. Anwar lebih banyak pengalaman dan dia adalah pengerusi jawatankuasa anti penyelewangan. Dia tahu ke mana  tumpah kuah.
 
Tidaklah 100 bajet universiti swasta datang dari dana kerajaan, tetapi kekurangan peruntukan disebabkan oleh ketiadaan PTPTN tentulah dapat ditampung oleh kerajaan yang menyediakan peruntukan lima bilion tadi.
 
Pelajaran bagi Pakatan Rakyat adalah termasuk dalam negara berkebajikan. Ia bukan produk yang diswastakan seperti di bawah BN. Konsep swasta adalah mencari sebanyak-banyak untung. Banyak siswa, maka banyaklah pulangannya. Mutu pengajian jadi perkara kedua.
 
Tetapi di bawah pelajaran percuma, mutu pengajian diutamakan dan ia mesti memenuhi kehendak kebajikan. Sebagaimana graduan Kelantan dengan standard pengajiannya yang bermutu balik membangunkan Kelantan, maka nilai pelajar yang keluar dari semua universiti, tentulah dapat membangunkan negara, bangsa dan agama atau bermoral tinggi.
 
Kita jangan berbalah dulu tentang ganti PTPTN dan macam nak tangani kampus tanpa PTPTN. Mansuh  dulu PTPTN dan laksanakan pelajaran percuma. Setelah itu kita fikirkan bagaimana  anak orang kaya dan anak orang miskin.
 
Persoalan pertamanya jangan jadikan PTPTN sebagai ah long kepada pelajar.
 
Menuntut ilmu adalah ibadat. Bebaskan pelajar dari gejala  riba membatalkan ibadat bahkan jadi maksiat pula. Bebaskan pelajar dari berhutang kerana hutang itu menyebabkan ibadat tidak sampai ke langit dan  doa tidak makbul. Kejayaan dalam pelajaran bukan sekadar cerdik dan rajin studi, tetapi dibantu oleh doa. Kalau siswa berhutang doa untuk lulus cemerlang dan dapat kehidupan baik tidak tercapai kerana halangan hutang.
 
Jika universiti dan kolej jadi tempat ibadat dan doa dimakbulkan, maka melimpah ruahlah bantuan dari Allah. Ramailah orang kaya memberi zakat kepada kampus sebagai ganti kepada PTPTN. Apabila  universiti makmur, maka bukan orang miskin saja dapat kebajikan dari pengajian percuma, anak orang kaya juga boleh dapat pelajaran percuma. Belanja dari orang kaya untuk pengajiannya adalah sedekah.
 
Islam agama diterima di sisi Allah. Malulah kepada Sweden,  Norway dan Finland bukan Islam dapat memberi kebajikan kepada pengajiannya, negara Islam mencari keuntungan dari bidang pelajaran.

25 April 2012

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Sinar Harian

PETALING JAYA – PKR meminta penjelasan daripada Kerajaan Negeri Terengganu, Petronas dan Kerajaan Persekutuan berhubung terma penyelesaian di luar mahkamah mengenai jumlah bayaran royalti minyak dan gas di negeri itu.

Setiausaha Agungnya, Saifuddin Nasution Ismail berkata, pada 12 Mac lalu, Kerajaan Negeri telah menggugurkan tindakan undang-undang terhadap Petronas dan Kerajaan Pusat sedangkan ia dimulakan oleh Kerajaan Negeri pada Mac 2001.

Menurutnya, tindakan undang-undang tersebut telah dimulakan oleh Kerajaan Negeri ekoran keengganan Petronas dan Kerajaan Pusat meneruskan bayaran royalti sepertimana Perjanjian 1975.

“PKR mahu penjelasan jumlah bayaran sebenar akan diperolehi Kerajaan Negeri hasil penyelesaian tersebut memandangkan perbezaan harga minyak dunia antara AS$20 hingga AS$100 setong sepanjang tempoh tersebut.

“PKR juga mahukan penjelasan mengenai akaun mana wang ini dimasukkan sama ada kumpulan wang disatukan Kerajaan Negeri atau digunakan terus untuk membiayai projek-projek seperti Piala Monsun, Masjid Kristal dan lain-lain,” katanya pada satu sidang media, semalam.

25 April 2012

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Malaysiakini

Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur menuntut penjelasan lanjut daripada Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein yang mengisytiharkan gabungan proreformasi pilihan raya BERSIH 2.0 sebagai pertubuhan tidak sah tahun lalu.

Hishammuddin (kanan) kemudiannya bertukar pendirian apabila membenarkan BERSIH 3.0 atas alasan ia bukan ancaman kepada keselamatan, berbeza dengan keadaan sebelum 9 Julai apabila perhimpunan seumpamanya dianjurkan.

Hakim Datuk Rohana Yusof meminta penjelasan itu daripada hakim kanan persekutuan Azizan Md Arshad dan mengarahkan menteri berkenaan supaya memfailkan afidavit berhubung perkara itu sebelum 10 Mei.

Rohana akan menyampaikan keputusan terhadap permintaan BERSIH pada 15 Mei untuk memeriksa balas Hishammuddin dan Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Ismail Omar, dan untuk mendapatkan 1,706 laporan polis yang difailkan terhadapnya sebelum perhimpunan tahun lalu.

Peguam Aston Paiva, yang mewakili BERSIH dalam mencabar pengharaman kerajaan, memberitahu perkara itu kepada pemberita selepas beliau dan Azizan bertemu hakim di kamar.

24 April 2012

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Jom Bersih 3.0

26 April 2012 (Khamis)

1)    7.00 mlm – Solat & Tazkirah Maghrib

    Lokasi – Kediaman Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim – Bukit Segambut

2)    9.00 – 12.00 – Ceramah Perdana – Countdown Bersih 3.0

    Lokasi : Flat Sri Labuan, Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

       

    Penceramah:

i.                    YB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim

ii.                  YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim

iii.                YBhg Tan Sri Kadir Sheikh Fadir

iv.               YB Khalid Samad

v.                 YBhg Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin

24 April 2012

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Sinar Harian

BANKRAP adalah satu modal baru Umno-BN untuk menakutkan rakyat supaya jangan pilih Pakatan Rakyat. Sebelumnya mereka menggunakan isu agama, bangsa dan raja. Oleh kerana ketiga-tiga isu ini sudah menjadi basi dan tidak laku kerana Umno mempunyai rekod yang buruk terhadap tiga perkara yang diperkatakan. Maka Umno mengalih pemikiran rakyat dengan menakutkan isu bankrap jika Pakatan Rakyat memerintah. Semua tawaran Pakatan Rakyat akan dilabelkan bankrap dengan harapan rakyat tidak beralih sokongan dan meninggalkan Umno.

Apabila Pakatan Rakyat menjanjikan untuk menghapuskan PTPTN, hapuskan tol, gaji minimum RM1,100.00, menurun harga minyak, mengekalkan subsidi. Maka terdapat suara-suara sumbang mengatakan negara akan bankrap, termasuklah dari kalangan pensyarah. Apa yang pelik semua yang dilakukan oleh kerajaan BN tidak berani ditegur walaupun memudaratkan ekonomi negara dan membankrapkan negara walaupun mengenepikan prinsip ketelusan.

Sebenarnya taktik pemimpin BN bermodalkan bankrap supaya rakyat lupa bahawa negara akan menjadi bankrap, kerana rekod pemerintahan Umno seperti barah di peringkat empat. Apa tidaknya, hutang negara 53 peratus, paras bahaya ialah 55 peratus. Hutang negara melonjak dari RM146 bilion pada tahun 2002, RM242 bilion (2006) dan RM456.1 bilion pada penghujung 2011. Wang Felda susut daripada RM4.08 bilion (2004) kepada RM1.35 bilion (2009). Saham Bumiputera RM52 bilion lesap, Stadium Terengganu berharga RM292 juta runtuh, walaupun hanya setahun dibina, upah Apco Yahudi Israel RM77 juta setahun, RM589 juta hutang bekas Pengerusi Eksekutif MAS Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli dihapus kira, projek NFC RM250 juta, Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2008 menyatakan berlaku ketirisan RM28 bilion, laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2006 melaporkan Kementerian Pertahanan membayar kepada kontraktor sebanyak RM943.46 juta (hampir RM1 bilion) tanpa ada baucar.

Ini bukti bahawa negara akan bankrap jika BN terus berkuasa. Sedangkan tawaran PR untuk membantu rakyat dengan kita memerangi rasuah, perbelanjaan berhemah insya-Allah negara selamat, rakyat mendapat rahmat.

Idris Ahmad, Ahli Jawatankuasa Pas Pusat

24 April 2012

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Tindakan perdana menteri terus berdiam diri sama berhubung tanda tanya beliau akan muncul di mahkamah Perancis untuk inkuiri dalam kes pembelian Scorpene akan memberikan kesan buruk kepada kerajaan Malaysia, kata anggota parlimen DAP.

“Ia memberikan kesan buruk kepada PM, yang berjanji melakukan pembaharuan dan beriltizam ke arah melawan rasuah,” kata wakil rakyat Puchong Gobind Singh Deo melalui e-mel malam tadi.

“Sebagai PM, menjadi tanggungjawabnya untuk membersihkan segala perkara yang menjejaskan kerajaannya. Ia menjadi kemahuan seluruh rakyat Malaysia, terutamanya yang berada di peringkat antarabangsa.”

23 April 2012

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Dari http://msomelayu.blogspot.com

Malam tadi telah dilancar secara rasmi sebuah Ngo yang bertujuan khusus untuk menyerang peribadi Anwar Ibrahim. Perlancaran itu dilakukan oleh presiden Perkasa(m), .. lupa nama. Ngo ini entah yang ke berapa dalam urutan Ngo di Malaysia yang seracunya dan juga disertai oleh muka-muka masam dan ‘komoh’ yang sama. Di Malaysia ini jangan pelik kalau seseorang individu itu menyertai lebih dari 10 buah Ngo yang berlainan jenama atau pun yang anggotanya suami isteri saja.

Gaya baru mempersonakan penonton.

Malang sedikit mereka tidak pernah menukar wajah atau mengenakan topeng setiap kali menyertai Ngo. Itulah menyebabkan orang mudah mengenali mereka. Mereka juga tidak pernah mengikis atau memotong lidah mereka menyebabkan orang gampang kena mereka menerusi suara percakapan mereka. Suara mereka sumbang dan telor bila membaca Hadith.

Mereka juga pakai kosmetik serupa sahaja. Penubuhan Ngo di Malaysia sudah menjadi seperti cendawan tumbuh selepas hujan mutakhir ini. Apakah ini penyakit orang Melayu yang gemar mengikut dan menurut apa yang orang lain buat. Persis perniaga gerai, seorang bukan gerai pisang goreng semua buka gerai pisang goreng akhirnya menyebabkan semua terpaksa tutup kerana bersaing harga.

Mereka yang menubuhkan Ngo dan menggunakan sebagai wadah untuk bersuara adalah mereka yang tidak ada kekuatan diri sendiri atau pun diri mereka sudah tidak laku. Kalau diri mereka laku dan berwibawa cukup mereka bercakap atas kapasiti diri sendiri. Tidak perlu melekatkan apa-apa Ngo atau pun persatuan untuk mengukuhkan idea dan juga pandangan kita.

Saya tidak larat untuk menghitung sudah berapa banyak Ngo yang ditubuhkan sejak 10 tahun lalu dan menjadi rancak dalam tempoh dua tiga tahun ke belakangan ini. Banyak sangat sampai mat rempit dan pelacur pun ada Ngo. Semua aspirasi penubuhan itu kerana untuk membelasah dan menyerang Anwar Ibrahim. Tengok saja apa yang disiarkan oleh tv media penjilat buntut, atau diliput oleh media cetak setiap hari memuatkan kenyataan-kenyataan dari ketua Ngo itu. Kita konfius apakah idea mereka yang tak bernilai itu hendak dikongsikan media berkenaan untuk pembaca.

Mereka semua adalah orang yang tidak tetap pendirian dan rosak akal. Hari ini mereka bersama kumpulan politik ini, esok pula kumnpulan lain. Hari ini mereka menentang parti ini esok menyokong setinggi langit. Hari ini memuji dan menyanjungi pemimpin dan tokoh ini, esok mereka akan keji dan hina sehina-hinanya. Inilah wajah dan keperibadian ketua-ketua Ngo itu. Pentas mereka berbagai-bagai. Apakah orang-orang seperti ini boleh diharap untuk menjadi pemimpin?

Kalaulah idea dan pandangan mereka diterima pakai nescaya negara akan rosak dan hancur berkecai. Alhamdulilah rakyat negara ini rata-rata arif dan bijak dalam menilai individu-individu ini. Mereka tidak mudah menelan hujah orang-orang sakit ini. Mereka hanya datang bertepok dan bersorak bukan kerana terpesona dengan hujan, tetapi menyorak gelagat mereka yang merupakan sebahagian perserta Raja Lawak yang tidak lulus tapisan ke separuh akhir.

Apabila penubuhan Ngo itu atas nawaitu dan tujuan yang begitu, maka kita tidak perlu merasa hairan kepada mereka. Apa yang dilaksnakan bukan kebenaran melainkan ia adalah agenda peribadi untuk memenuhi kehendak orang lain. Mereka mencari peluang atas modal yang satu, Anwar. Mereka menjadikan Anwar sebagai batu loncatan untuk mencari makan.

Kedudukan ini menyebabkan Anwar perlu merasa bertuah kerana dirinya boleh membantu individu berkenaan yang sebelum ini juga merupakan kawan-kawannya dapat mencari makan. Mungkin di sini benarnya, Anwar sengaja dianugerahkan Allah begitu untuk dijadikan alat penyambung nyawa segelintir manusia parasit lain. Lihat berapa banyak orang memngambil kesempatan ke atas Anwar untuk hidup.

Saya yakin kalau Anwar tidak ada dan dirinya tidak menjadi isu dan aset, individu-individu berkenaan sudah lama mati kebuluran kerana kekurangan zat makanan. Mereka ini jenis tidak boleh berburu sendiri melainkan menumpang bangkai seperti dubuk. Tetapi dengan adanya Anwar mereka mendapat upah atau bekalan makanan apabila bekerja sebagai penyerang Anwar membuat fitnah dan serba serbinya. Bukan saja yang anti kepadanya, di pihak yang simpati dan menyokong juga turut sama mendapat limpahan rezeki dan pahala iman kerana sabar melayan kerenah peneyerang Anwar dan menjadi sukarelawan penangkis fitnah.

Justeru Anwar tifdak perlu merasa sedih ataas apa yang berlaku. Sebalik beliau perlu merasa gembira dan syukur kerana dirinya masih dijadikan modal dan dapat berbakti kepada banyak orang. Batang tubuh dan kisah dirinya bolerh dijadikan sumber rezeki untuk individu tertentu. Mereka tidak akan menyerang dan melanyak Anwar kalau tiak diupah sesenduk nasi. Mereka semua adalah serigala yang dipecut dan diberikan setongkol daging yang tidak dibasuh.

Bohong kalau mereka menubuhkan Ngo untuk memperjuangkan bangsa, negara apa lagi agama. Kalau itulah matlamat mereka cukup sertai Umno atau perkukuhkan saja Umno. Dalam hal ini Anwar tidak perlu memberi apa-apa komen kepada mereka itu yang dulu semuanya berkhemah dan berkampung di rumah Anwar di Bukit Damansara. Wajah-wajah yang menjadi kepala Ngo dan ekor Ngo itu dulu semuanya makan dan minum di rumah Anwar. Tahi yang mereka buang dalam tanda rumah Anwar juga masih ada kerana ayam pun tidak lalu untuk mematuknya.

Mereka mengerumi Bukti Damansara kerana mengira di situ ada makanan. Di situ ada gula dan ada harapan menggunung tinggi serta ada kuntum-kuntuman bunga yang mereka boleh menghidunya dari luar pagar. Mereka awal-awal lagi mengunjungi Anwar bukan atas niat perjuangan, tetapi kerana perut dan nafsu. Jadi apabila setelah 10 tahun Anwar gagal memenuhi tembolok mereka, maka mereka berarak berpindah menjadi nomad yang perlu mencari kawasan dan lembah kehidupan baru . Mereka mahu hidup dan perlu hidup untuk seribu tahun lagi. Kalau mereka berpindah demi perut tidak mengapa tetapi jangan sambil berlalu menghina musuh. Ini celaka.

Kalau tidak percaya cuba perhatikan apa yang akan berlaku selepas ini. Kalau tertakdir Pakatan Rakyat menang dan Anwar diberi angkat jadi PM mereka ini semua akan kembali semula ke lembah Anwar. Mereka akan datang berlari, merangkak dan berpimpinan ke Bukit Segambut. Atau mungkin ada yang terlajak ke Bukit Damansara kerana mengira Anwar masih di sana.

Sebaik terhidu sahaja aroma makanan atau kelihatan fotomorgana di rumah Anwar mereka akan berduyun-duyun ke rumah Anwar. Mungkin talian telefon Anwar dan Wan Azizah juga akan sendak kerana terlalu banyak panggilan masuk. Peti surat dan sms juga akan penuh hingga pecah.

Rumput dan semak sambu yang melihar di jalan ke rumah Anwar di Bukit Segamut akan lumat dan hancur lebur dipijak mereka. Mereka akan berasakan macam ayam keluar reban untuk menuju ke jamban tahi. Mereka tidak akan peduli apa yang mereka lakukan hari ini, naluri perut akan menghalal dan melupakan segala-gala apa yang mereka lakukan.

Saya sudah lihat dan tengok dengan mata kepala saya sendiri kejadian ini. Orang yang memaki hamun Anwar, menempuk meja marahkan Anwar, menuduh Anwar liwat, berzina dan sebagainya… akhirnya datang melutut denagn lingan air mata kepada Anwar. Meminta saya menemani dan membawanya masuk ke rumah Anwar. Meminta saya memberitahu yang indah-indah mengenai kepada Anwar. Mengungkitkan nostalgia yang dia pernah meringkuk bersama Anwar di Kemunting.

Jadi apa yang dilakukan oleh individu-individu berkenaan, tidak perlu dikisahkan. Tindakan mereka tidak memberi sedikit kesan pun. Malahan apa yang mereka lakukan memberi liabiliti kepada Umno yang mereka sokong kembali hari ini. Bukan saja rakyat di luar menyampah dan geram, tetapi ahli Umno yang setia dan tidak tahu mengkhianati parti juga meluat melihat mereka ini.

Rakyat tidak kisah penghinaan kepada Anwar, apa yang mereka mahu Anwar jadi PM.

Saya juga memerhati sendiri bagaimana seorang dari mereka terkayan-kayan bersendirian di PWTC sewaktu persidangan Umno. Dia jenguk ke situ dengan harapan kawan-kawan lamanya dalam Umno memuji dan mengucap tahniah atas tindakannya meninggal Anwar dan PKR. Sebaliknya dia jadi kera (ekor pendek muka bulat) yang sumbang, terpaksa mengending di meja makan untuk dapatkan sepiring nasi. Nasib baik saya ada, saya menyalematlkan air mukanya yang sudah jatuh ke tanah.

Biarlah mereka tubuh sebanyak mana Ngo untuk menyerang Anwar ia tidak akan merubah keadaan yang ada. Serangan-serangan tidak bermoral dan beretia ini tidak berbekas, pukulan mereka tidak memberi kesan. Apa mereka dapat hanya letih sendiri kerana menghanyun senjata kerana mereka memukul angin sebenarnya.

Kita juga tidak perlu menghormati kepada orang-orang ini kerana mereka adalah ‘calo-calo’ yang mengambil upah untuk survival mereka dan anak beranak. Kaum seperti ini bukan baru hari ini tetapi ia ada sejak zaman Nabi Adam lagi, cuma mereka menjelama dalam keadaan identitas yang berbeza. Apa perlu dikisah.

Mengenai Anwar, lakulah semahunya dan fitnahlah apa saja kepadanya ia tidak akan merubah keadaan. Anwar sendiri sudah lali, kalau ia plastik ia sudah hancur dan akan keluar menurut acuan baru sebagai PM. Manakala rakyat tidak pedulia apa. Nekad dan azam rakyat sudah kemas dan kejeap. Rakyat tidak hirau kepada peribadi Anwar yang diburukhuduhkan; apakah Anwar peliwat, pengkhianat, atau apa-apa ‘per..’ mereka tidak kisah. Yang kejap tertanam di nubari rakyat ialah mereka mahukan perubahan inginkan peralihan. Mereka mahu melihat kerajaan bertukar tangan. Mereka mahu ajar UBN, bagaimana menjadi pembangkang, dan mereka mahu menjulang Anwar menjadi Perdana Menteri. Itu saja hakikat hari ini.

23 April 2012

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Malaysia Chronicle
Written by Nawawi Mohamad, Wong Choon Mei

Did Prime Minister Najib Razak send Umno’s top legal eagle off to Europe for some derring-do and hush-hush activity?

So far, two versions have hit the news portals. One, that Shafee Abdullah is in Australia attending an international law conference as any diligent and good lawyer should do. Two, that he is now somewhere in Europe, most likely Paris, where he has been tasked to look after the interest of the Malaysian PM and wife Rosmah Mansor in connection to the RM7.3 billion Scorpene corruption scandal.

Whichever it is, Shafee is but the mere hired help – the butler so to speak. The interesting question is, what stinky stuff do Najib and Rosmah have in their closets that cannot be aired publicly?

Why not Anifah or Muhyiddin …

As the saying goes, no smoke without fire. No reaction without action. Thus, the buzz around town. Why on earth would Najib find the need to send someone off on this rather strange assignment? It really is like a “James Bond” mission but without the action, guns and the beauties in bikinis and plunging necklines. Or rather, not since the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu anyway. The 28-year-old Mongolian translator was a stunning beauty, that’s for sure, and she was somehow tied up with the Scorpenes case as her dad Setev Shaariibuu is due to reveal to the French courts soon.

In the olden days, an assignment of this nature would be seen as being akin to Genghis Khan sending a trusted general to size up the next country he planned to conquer. Or Henry VIII sending a trusted confidant to check out the prospects of successfully hooking a new wife. But given that Rosmah’s name was also mentioned by PKR leaders when they divulged Shafee’s alleged assignment, it must be somewhere in between.

Since Malaysia is in no position to conquer any country, the alleged assignment must be related to a very personal and private matter. Incidentally, Malaysians, having recently experienced being duped to pay for Najib’s guests during his daughter’s engagement parties, had better beware of yet another grand onslaught on their public coffers.

If it was a mission of diplomacy, surely Najib would turn to Anifah Aman, the Foreign minister. If it was political, Muhyiddin Yassin, the deputy prime minister should go.

Since there have not been any news of threats against Najib, his children or even his unpopular wife, the ‘assignment’ is unlikely to involve their personal, family or national security. There were also those who wondered if it was a ‘health issue’, but looking at how chubby and in the pink of health Najib and Rosmah are, that is unlikely.

Obviously a personal matter of a very sensitive nature …

Perhaps, the clue lies in the fact that Shafee is a lawyer. Yes, as far as most Malaysians are concerned, the cat is out of the bag. The French Scorpene trial has finally begun. Najib, Defense minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Abdul Razak Baginda are key witnesses to be called to the stand over whether French arms seller DCN had paid “specific” Malaysian officials illegal kickbacks in order to secure the Malaysian government’s agreement to buy 2 Scorpene submarines for RM7.3 billion.

So obviously it makes sense Najib and Rosmah would want their lawyer to represent them – someone entrusted to answer all the relevant questions on their behalf and also to make the necessary denials. Since this involves a head of government, Najib’s grilling will be done in a closed courtroom and of course, nothing will be made public. An experienced legal beagle like Shafee would set this as a first condition before agreeing to take part.

But why would Najib agree to such request from the French court? Look at the arrogant way in which he and Rosmah showed contempt for the due process in Malaysia when they snubbed a request to take the witness stand in the Anwar Ibrahim trial.

No traction in France

Ah! That is the nutshell, the essence of the way that the Umno elite see life. They have two perspectives. In Malaysia, everything is under their control, from the police, to the courts to the press. Notice, not a squeak in Utusan, the Star or the other mainstream media about the globe-trotting Shafee nor the French court agreeing with Malaysian NGO SUARAM that there is ground to investigate alleged corruption and bribery.

But in France, if Najib were to ignore a call to answer questions in relation to the DCN sale in which he as the Defense minister in 2002 had sanctioned, it would immediately raise eyebrows. Already the diplomatic corp is whispering about his greed and indiscretions. It would certainly not do for it to be officially recorded that Najib – the Malaysian PM – had failed to respond to what is a perfectly normal request that any RESPONSIBLE person, what more a leader, should willing agree to.

After all, what is the purpose of the French trial but to find out the truth in the name of transparency and justice for a society – in this case the Malaysian people – who may have been duped of their hard-earned money by an unscrupulous conspiracy of big-time crooks.

Of course, the court can find Najib ‘innocent’. But given he was the main person behind the purchase, the chances are slimmer. Would a soldier or his general get a bribe of RM570 million to buy the subs? Would a soldier have the capability to sanction the purchase in the first place? The answers are clear and self-explanatory.

Who is Najib to Sarkozy or the rest of the world?

But why did Najib not seek the help of the French government. President Nicholas Sarkozy himself has been implicated in other shady DCN-related arms deals. After all, Najib is king of the “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” business. Even to voters at Malaysian by-elections, Najib can unashamedly say such things, so why not sound out Sarkozy in faraway France who must surely understand the stress his Malaysian counterpart is going through given his own recent experience.

The are several answers to this question. Firstly, Sarkozy does not want to be tainted with anymore of the DCN dirt. The French conglomerate has been involved in just too many dark deals. Mysterious deaths have occurred because the size of the bribes offered have been so huge, those who received the largesse would do ‘anything’ to hang onto their new-found but unsavory wealth.

Sarkozy has already been slapped on the wrist and if he wants to continue to be the French president, which he does, why should he stick his neck out? Moreover who is Najib? Sarkozy would not waste his time and reputation on a person he hardly knows and who has absolutely no stature in the international arena.

Why the James Bond secrecy if not guilty?

No matter, how much of Malaysians’ money Najib squanders on international public consultants, he cannot come anywhere near his arch rival Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is known far and wide and respected as a reformist. Even Nelson Mandela sent greetings and a personal invitation to Anwar and family when the Malaysian leader was released from incarceration in 2004 imposed by ex-boss Mahathir Mohamad.

The thing is, if Najib is truly innocent and the French court has no evidence whatsoever – as his underlings are desperately spreading down the corridors of Putrajaya – why didn’t Najib announce to the world that he is sending a lawyer to clarify the matter? Why didn’t the Malaysian premier make a public declaration that he is innocent and the truth will be made clear in the French trial?

That would be the right protocol and he would have been respected for having the moral integrity to stand on the right side of the light. Instead, Najib Razak secretively sent his “James Bond” lawyer off on a mysterious mission. If Najib is innocent, he should not be afraid as he has nothing to hide.

So, sad to say, this is another damning piece of evidence against the Malaysian prime minister and his wife. Their own behavior and apparent fear of being found out already pinpoints them.

Money, money, money

Finally, why was it stated in the news reports that the Umno lawyer would go to several cities including New York, London, Dubai, Paris and Basel? Now, this is INTERESTING. You see, New York, London and Dubai are the world’s financial centres and Basel is located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet.

Could Najib be involved in some financial transaction or other? Basel is quite a strategic city for any lawyer to be in. For example, Najib’s own lawyer can attend the court in Paris and then go to the Swiss banks to check on his client’s accounts – maybe even to get some hard cash to defray some of his expenses.

Some of the Opposition members even suspect Najib of trying to use cash to gain some favors with the French authorities, especially the DCN officials so as not to implicate him and his associates such as Razak Baginda.

Yet others think Najib is trying to get into Altantuya’s father’s good books so that the former university professor will not blow the whistle on him. Remember, Altantuya’s dad has seen a photo of his daughter with Najib and Baginda. He has said that she came to Malaysia to see Najib specifically. Sad to say, she was murdered because she allegedly pestered too hard for her share of the Scorpene loot.

Arrested!

There is even some wild conjecture that Najib is contemplating going overseas on self-exile. But this is ridiculous since at the moment he is free to go anywhere in the world. Just resign and go. Nobody would stop him and he can go wherever he likes.

Even if the outcome of the French trial is against him, Najib and family would be most welcome in Kazakhstan, which is ruled by an even more scandal-tainted dictator and where the Najibs have relatives by marriage.

But chances are if Najib goes to France and Mongolia, he might get arrested.

23 April 2012

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Harakah

Ketua Umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak akan berdepan dua soalan maut dari wartawan dalam dan luar negara apabila menjadi Ketua Pembangkang Parlimen Malaysia nanti.

Soalan pertama adalah kenapa harga minyak boleh diturunkan apabila Pakatan Rakyat memerintah negara sedangkan ketika Barisan Nasional (BN), bukan hanya mustahil untuk diturunkan, malah berdepan kenaikan setiap tahun.

Soalan kedua kata Anwar, bakal ketua pembangkang itu akan ditanya adakah Malaysia akan bankrap selepas harga minyak diturunkan Pakatan Rakyat.

“Dua soalan itu pasti menjadi fokus utama takkala Najib menduduki kerusi Ketua Pembangkang.

“Wartawan seluruh dunia inginkan penjelasan Najib yang selama ini memberitahu rakyat bahawa kerajaan pimpinanya akan kekurangan wang ataupun boleh bankrap jika mengisytiharkan penurunan harga minyak, ” kata Anwar.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap merasmikan pelancaran jentera pilihan raya Pakatan Rakyat Permatang Pauh di Taman Cermai, Sama Gagah, semalam.

Menurutnya, dua soalan itu sudah memadai untuk Najib ‘kecut perut’ kerana selama ini dia membohongi rakyat semata-mata mahu mengekalkan kuasa dan hegemoni BN. (more…)

23 April 2012

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23 April 2012

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Malaysia Chronicle

On 19 April 2012, many Bills were rushed through Parliament. One of them, which appears to have escaped the attention of the public, was a Bill that sought to amend the Election Offences Act 1954.

The amendments are, to say the least, shocking and have far reaching consequences upon the voting process.

They are designed solely for the purpose of making the voting process less transparent. Needless to say this Bill was passed.

1. Those that publish defamatory, racist and sexist remarks may do so with impunity

Section 11(c) which had required any print materials to have the names and addresses of its printer and publisher is DELETED IN FULL.

This means that anyone can now put up anonymous defamatory, racist or sexist posters without identifying the publisher or printer. Poison posters will now become standard fare. This goes completely against Bersih 2.0’s demand to end dirty politics.

2. Election monitoring at EC’s discretion

s14 1(A) is replaced with a clause which allows the Election Commission to appoint time slots to determine when polling agents or counting agents of a candidate may be present. Therefore the time when an agent of a candidate is allowed into the Polling Station is no longer fixed and is now left to the discretion of the EC to decide. They are free to remove Agents from Polling Station at will.

The reality is that polling and counting agents are usually appointed by the candidate and this ensures a more transparent process. However, with the new amendment there are possibilities of abuse. The time schedule is best understood by the candidates as they organise their agents according to their time availability, as most of them are volunteers. If the time schedule is at the discretion of the EC, this may mean that different persons are being rotated and this does not allow the agents to observe inconsistencies systematically. Worse, when such a time schedule is applied during vote counting, as it again may open up opportunities for mis-counting.

3. Curbing candidates and their staff from checking on identity of voters

S26 1(e) which allowed for checking of the identity of any person entering a polling centre is DELETED IN FULL.

The implication is that candidates and its election staff are not allowed to check on the identity of voters to establish if they are genuine or even to help them to identify if they are at the correct polling station. This also means that phantom voters or multiple voters will not be detected. The 50m exclusion zone outside the polling centre is now extended to 100m or more, depending on what the EC to decide. This makes it impossible for election monitors to see anything illegal going on.

It will also make it impossible to see if a voter is marked with indelible ink thus minimising its effect.

4. Election agent or candidate disallowed at election booths (barong) S26A Sub-section (2) and (3) are DELETED IN FULL. This means that all channels of election observation are sealed off as it now does not allow election candidates and staff to observe the registration of voters during polling day. Such an amendment opens up possibilities of abuse and fraud. There will be no more Barung Observers who were previously the only non-EC people able to look at the IC of the voter and pick up discrepancies. This is a major blow to the plans to weed out phantom voters. They can now walk in freely and the polling agent (even if he is allowed into the polling station) will have no opportunity to look at the IC of the voter. The same point about indelible ink made above, will apply

These amendments which have been introduced so late and bulldozed through Parliament makes a mockery of our electoral process. More importantly it makes a mockery of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) as it appears that these amendments were hidden from them. What does the PSC have to say about this?

Today, Bersih 2.0 reiterates its call for the Election Commissioners to resign immediately as it has failed to uphold the rakyat’s demand for a clean, fair and democratic electoral system. In fact it is unashamedly doing the opposite.

If anyone had any doubt that Bersih 3.0 is necessary, that doubt is now dispelled with this latest move. These amendments confirm our worst fears that the 13th GE will be the dirtiest yet.

The audacity with which these amendments are proposed and the speed with which they were passed reflects the utter contempt being shown for the rakyat’s call for clean and fair elections.

The EC must resign for allowing such amendments to be proposed.

We urge members of the public to read the amendments for themselves and then to fax the EC at 603-88889117 to express their views and if seen fit to call for their resignation.

23 April 2012

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Malaysiakini
By Josh Hong

The atmosphere was joyous and almost festive. Fahmi Reza, founder of Student Power, was jumping from one end to the other just to get people to sit down for the lecture, and so enthusiastic was he that his lanky body seemed to belong to someone else.

And there was Azmi Sharom (right), the Universiti Malaya (UM) associate professor who persistently pushes the boundaries of academic freedom, ready to speak with a cigarette in his hand. Was there a cooler way to deliver a talk?

The topic? Not just about one’s right to affordable tertiary education, but also on Article 153 of the federal constitution and its implications for race relations in this country.

“The definition of Malay cannot be based on race, for a simple reason that none of our prime ministers is 100 percent Malay!” Azmi grinned, and the crowd laughed out loud.

“Tapi boleh kah Ridhuan Tee diingat sebagai orang Melayu menurut Artikel 153?” one young student asked curiously.

“Oh, memang. Dia ni 100 persen Melayu!” Azmi’s tone couldn’t be more sarcastic.

“Tapi dia Melayu Umno!” someone interjected to boisterous laughter.

All this, of course, will never happen in a conventional lecture room in any of our universities. But Universiti Dataran Merdeka is different in that the participants are eager to quest for real knowledge that cannot be found elsewhere.

They are protesting against the increasing costs of tertiary education that will soon be beyond the ability of an ordinary Malaysian household, but also using the opportunity to challenge and even subvert the doctrines that are jealously guarded by the powers-that-be as the sacrosanct truth.

So why did the peaceful, rational and edifying event have to be met with violence?

Who is outsourcing thuggery to reckless, irresponsible and even dangerous forces that now seem bent on scaring the general public?

Najib Abdul Razak recently appeared on NTV7 and defended the police, arguing that crime rates had come down substantially. If our police were indeed so professional, why have they repeatedly failed to tackle the slew of attacks by the thuggish elements, who – ‘coincidentally’ – only struck at those who happen to disagree with Barisan Nasional policies?

I would say our police can indeed be efficient, but only selectively.

Beating the police at their own game

The daring character of these ruffians and the failure of the police to ensure the safety of the students at Dataran Merdeka are telling and instructive of the capricious nature of the BN-ruled Malaysia. One may blame the onlookers for appearing to have done nothing, yet how does one fight off a sizeable group of hoodlums who have beaten the police at their own game time and time again?

With the connivance and acquiescence of you-know-who, these unruly youths will continue to frighten to their heart’s content those who yearn for change, while the police stand idly by allegedly because of “the lack of capacity”.

The refusal by Hishammuddin Hussein to condemn the incident is only expected. The home minister’s reputation was so terribly damaged after the fiasco over the Bersih 2.0 protest last July that he is now only full of resentment and bitterness towards civil society.

What is most despicable is the tweet by Khaled Nordin which appears to imply that the students only have themselves to blame. Such acerbity from someone holding the portfolio of higher education – while tarnishing further Malaysia’s already tainted image – is emblematic of BN politics nonetheless. It is akin to saying one deserves to be robbed by a snatch theft simply for being ‘audacious’ enough to carry a suitcase in public!

There is simply no hope for the future generations if Najib is to materialise his flamboyant and pompous pledge to transform the country with the likes of Hishammuddin, Khaled Nordin, Kong Cho Ha, Liow Tiong Lai and, lest we forget, Rais Yatim.

But why should the public continue to back a prime minister who does not even have the guts to appoint a right person to oversee the Women’s Ministry? This ludicrous arrangement only strengthens the perception of Rosmah Mansor being a back-seat driver!

No, we have not heard any unequivocal condemnation from any prominent government figure. Would there be such ‘elegant silence’ if the victims had been BN politicians? Or would Najib and his cohorts continue to bury his head in the sand over some anti-Islamic/Malay remarks?

It is also utterly ridiculous for the government to accuse the students of serving the opposition’s agenda. If anything, it is the dearth of a proper channel to address various issues concerning our tertiary education – ranging from escalating costs to the stifled academic freedom – that some are compelled to take to the streets. If they happen to find a common platform with a political party, so be it.

Wasn’t it Antonio Gramsci who famously argued that civil society is a site of social contestation, wherein collective identities, ethical values and alliances are forged? Too bad that the BN henchmen have chosen to be absent from the meaningful struggle.

Be that as it may, one ignores the latest havoc at one’s peril, for it could be a harbinger of more sinister things to come as ‘the mother of all elections’ draws near. It is therefore vitally important that Malaysians be bold to stand up and be counted, and the best way to regain democracy is for one to be present at Dataran Merdeka on April 28.

JOSH HONG studied politics at London Metropolitan University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. A keen watcher of domestic and international politics, he longs for a day when Malaysians will learn and master the art of self-mockery, and enjoy life to the full in spite of politicians.

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