6 June 2013


Pendapat Anda?

6 June 2013

Malaysia’s Sovereignty Sacrificed for Free Trade?

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) initiative involving 11 countries and is currently in its 17th round of closed-door negotiations. Malaysia joined the TPP discussions in October 2010. Unfortunately, in keeping with past traditions, Malaysians including their elected representatives have not been informed of the discussions pertaining to the TPP.

This unfortunate exclusion from discussions, debates or any other form of participation let alone the entire process of obtaining a Parliamentary ratification denies the public their right to oversight and scrutiny of international treaties and agreements – be they bilateral or multilateral – which could affect national interests and sovereignty.

Although the Government is allowed to enter into international agreements and treaties without having to obtain Parliamentary approval, the scale and size of the TPP supercedes any other treaties in the world. Consistent with President Barack Obama’s goal to make it the ‘trade treaty’ worthy of the 21st century, TPP far exceeds the authority and quality of the multilateral agreements already agreed at World Trade Organization (WTO). This in itself should have been a red flag for further caution.

Invariably, we are extremely worried that the Government will sign the TPP agreement without first seeking public opinion, or being attentive to the concerns and sentiments of the people of Malaysia.

While KEADILAN in principle supports FTAs if all stakeholders are involved in the process, alongside Parliamentary review and ratification, all FTAs nevertheless must be premised on “fair trade” principles without compromising the socio-economic sphere, environment, cultural domain, labour rights, public safety and national security. On that premise, we call for a parliamentary expert study group on TPP – formed of Malaysian experts and specialists drawn from around the world – to be immediately convened to look into the nuts and bolts of the FTA.

We have justifiable reasons to be concerned. This is because by joining this trade agreement:-

– TPP confers greater legal rights on foreign businesses than those available to domestic businesses through a clause called the “investor-state” dispute settlement (ISDS) resolution. In lieu of this, we question the motives of the Government for entertaining the notion of joining an agreement that empowers foreign corporations to challenge domestic laws and regulations outside of domestic courts without first exhausting local legal measures. This is especially frightening as it allows foreign corporations to circumvent laws and regulations enacted by our Government in public interest such as those pertaining to natural resource, environmental protection, and health policies.

– TPP contains provisions concerning infringements of Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) ranging from basic pharmaceuticals to digital information online. These provisions would result in the increased costs of medicines purchased by our Government, and for the private consumer of medicines. Further, some provisions would hinder privacy, expression and innovation on the Internet as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would be required to monitor the everyday activity of internet users, and are given the authority to act upon them by means of disabling net access or throttling bandwidth, effectively hindering freedom of speech.

Accordingly, even if we accept TPP, we demand that the Malaysian Government ensure certain safeguards to be in place:-

1) Strengthen our environmental laws to that of international standards to prevent any abuse of our diverse ecosystem.
2) Emulate the international best practices to strongly oppose ISDS, and incorporate these best practices in the Trade Policy Statements.
3) Enact laws to protect the interest of domestic internet users and maintaining freedom of information as long as it does not breach existing security laws.

A study has been made by the Peterson Institute, stating that Malaysia stands to gain huge income gains through TPP. However, the projection has made no attempts to determine the impact of this trade deal on income inequality or environmental sustainability. Hence, we see TPP, and especially the processes leading to its ultimate acession, to be fraught with various social, political and economic risks, which could undermine the very integrity of the agreement eventually.

I will move a motion within Parliament strongly demanding a Parliamentary Expert Group on TPP be convened, with the added caveat that the legislature should be duly informed. This is to ensure the protection of the democratic rights of the Malaysian Parliament, especially in relation to the issue of review and ratification of all treaties.

Indeed, subsequent legislative amendments must be restored in light of this upcoming new treaty of TPP. Our concerns are not trivial. We will not accept the blind faith assurances that the Malaysian Government would perform its duties when they have failed miserably to protect our national interest and sovereignty in the past; including instances such as the territorial dispute cases of Pulau Batu Putih (with Singapore) and Block L and M (with Brunei), the Water Agreement (with Singapore) and the Singapore Tanjong Pagar KTM land deal (with Singapore).

I will further prioritise engagement with representatives from the Chinese, Malay, Indian and Chamber’s of Commerce regarding this matter. We take kindly to the invitation of the US Embassy which stated that they have offered give numerous groups from both business and civil society here in Malaysia the opportunity to be a stakeholder in the negotiations. I fully intend to represent the interests of Malaysians during the upcoming round of negotiations that will be held in Malaysia and will be bringing with me representatives from the respective CCM’s to be stakeholders as well.

This TPP may have been in the spirit of ‘Free Trade’, but is it truly a ‘fair trade’ deal for the citizens of our country?

Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai
and Vice-President Parti KEADILAN Rakyat (People’s Justice Party)

30 April 2013


Pendapat Anda?

Malaysia Chronicle

It was past midnight and the ceramah had long since ended, but a small crowd lingered at the playground area of Blok 100 of the PPR Sri Pantai people’s housing project, shaking hands and taking photographs with Lembah Pantai incumbent Nurul Izzah Anwar .

Appearing tired, Nurul Izzah nevertheless obliged, chatted with them and handed out her name card. She then made her way to an opposite block to visit one of her constituents, 82-year-old Ahim Mat who is bedridden after having suffered a stroke recently.

Ahim’s wife Rahimah Bakar, 76, had earlier attended the ceramah and had invited Nurul to her home. Despite the late hour, Ahim was delighted to see Nurul Izzah.

Nurul Izzah then made her way to the home of Siti Aminah who suffers from high blood pressure.

“Kak Siti always helps and takes some of the residents who are ill to the hospital,” said Nurul Izzah.

Despite being indisposed, Siti’s face lit up when she saw Nurul Izzah and chatted amiably with her.

At about 12.45am, Nurul Izzah said good night and took her leave.

“I do my best and try to visit. I’m tired of people accusing me of not visiting my constituents,” she said as she made her way out.

She enjoys celebrity-like status in her constituency and before she started her ceramah earlier that night, she went around shaking hands with everyone present and appeared to recognise most of them.

A few minutes later, in her Penang accent, she began her 30-minute speech, touching on cronyism, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, mariyathei (respect in Tamil), the water problem in Selangor and the “flavour of the week”, Shah Alam parliamentary candidate Datuk Zulkifli Noordin, which got the crowd excited.

“He (Zulkifli) insulted people but he is protected. In my view, anyone who disrespects other religions must be brought to court, regardless if he is a civilian or a minister. Justice must be for all,” she said to loud cheers from the crowd.

A resident, who has been living in Sri Pantai for the past 10 years, said she understood Nurul Izzah’s plight.

“Nurul Izzah has done her level best to try to solve our problems,” said the 53-year-old who declined to be named.

Another local, who declined to be named, said he attended the ceramah because he wanted to get the “feel” of the environment. Working in the oil-and-gas industry, the 44-year-old moved out two years ago having earlier resided in Lembah Pantai for 12 years.

“My voting constituency is still here. I feel since she came, there is a lot of political awareness among the locals but she has an uphill battle. “Still, I believe the locals are wise enough to judge,” he said.

In 2008, Nurul Izzah had wrested the Lembah Pantai seat by a margin of 2,895 votes (7%).

The Lembah Pantai electorate has apparently increased to around 71,000 voters, compared to 56,650 in 2008. Indicating a 25% increase in registered voters in the four years since 2008, sharply contrasting the 9% growth of the electorate across the previous 13 years between 1995 to 2008.

Nurul Izzah considers the Lembah Pantai constituency as a “microcosm of Malaysia”. She has “a trusted core team” of 50 people plus a wider base of division heads and volunteers.

Besides groundwork, the team is also meticulously analysing the historical voter-turnout trends by wards/sectors within the constituency to address the new challenge.

23 November 2012


Pendapat Anda?


Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar hari ini memfailkan saman terhadap Utusan ekoran laporan yang mengatakan beliau ‘menyokong’ kebebasan beragama kepada masyarakat Melayu di negara ini.

Ianya berhubung empat artikel pada 5, 6 dan 7 November 2012 diterbitkan akhbar Umno itu yang didakwa telah memfitnah beliau.

Saman itu menamakan tiga pihak iaitu Ketua Pengarang Kumpulan Utusan, Datuk Aziz Ishak, penerbit Utusan Publising dan pencetak Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad sebagai responden.

Beliau memohon gantirugi am, teladan, teruk dan lain-lain relif yang difikirkan sesuai oleh mahkamah, selain menuntut perintah injunksi terhadap Utusan Malaysia untuk tidak menerbitkan berita yang boleh menjejaskan reputasinya.

Beliau diwakili peguam Hanifa Maidin dan Sulaiman Abdullah.

Utusan pada muka depannya 5 November lalu, memanipulasi kenyataan Izzah dalam forum ‘Negara Islam: Versi Mana; Siapa Bertanggungjawab’ di Geraja Full Gospel Tabernacle di Subang Jaya.

Laporan tersebut bertajuk “Melayu bebas pilih agama? Rakyat tidak harus dipaksa amal ajaran tertentu – Nurul Izzah”.

Lanjutan itu, Izzah pada 9 November membuat laporan kepada Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais) terhadap Utusan, dengan dakwaan bahawa akhbar milik Umno itu memutarbelit kenyataannya.

Sementara itu beliau yang juga Naib Presiden PKR turut menyatakan kesediaannya untuk menghadap Sultan Selangor bagi memberikan penjelasan berhubung fitnah Utusan itu.

“Saya sudah menyerahkan surat penjelasan kepada DYMM Sultan Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

“Saya juga telah mengadakan pertemuan dengan beberapa NGO Islam untuk mendapatkan pandangan dan bersedia menghadap Tuanku untuk memberi penjelasan,” kata yang dipetik KeadilanDaily.

9 November 2012


Pendapat Anda?


By CT Ali

I am not interested in talking to the converted. Certainly not to those of you who passionately believe that Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not abuse the office of prime minister to make his children insanely rich.

Nor do I intend to engage those among you that have consigned body and soul to the cause of Pakatan Rakyat unconditionally – for even in Pakatan today there are those whose conduct and beliefs bring into question their ability to be open, accountable and responsible should they be given the responsibility of government.

For those of you that vehemently insist that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, or any other religion is the only salvation of the human race, I bid you to leave us and not trouble us with your self-righteous indignations.

I intend to speak to those among you that have clarity of purpose to listen, hear, understand and debate this vexed issue of “compulsion” – especially in relation to religion – vis-à-vis to what Nurul Izzah Anwar did or did not say in her recent comments at a public forum.

In truth, it is really as much an issue of compulsion as it is of politics. More of politics.

I am not going to refer to any quotes from the Quran, the Bible, the Torah, the Tripitakas, the Bhagavad Gita or any other holy books for I am not that scholarly a person.

I have no emotional revulsion against any religion for we must all realise the good all religions have also done.

Today we live in wondrous time. On Tuesday night, I read Obama’s tweet: “This happened because of you. Thank you,” proclaiming himself winner over Mitt Romney.

A few minutes later I receive an e-mail from my cousin MK in Kuala Pilah updating me about his lunch with AJ, earlier at the new Chinese restaurant at the Lake Club in KL.

I am sharing what happened on Tuesday night because what happened in the US and the news from Kuala Pilah reached me instantly at the click of my mouse.

Now if you know this, then you will also know that what Nurul said or did not say in the name of religious freedom also reached me the same night.

Desperate politicians

Now we know that others have waded into this issue – each for his or her own personal gain and I do not intend to give them further gain by quoting what they have said. Suffice to remind you of what Andy Warhol said: “In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.” So let them look for their 15 minutes of fame elsewhere.

What I want to try and do here is this: gaze into the abyss, into a Malaysia without Umno.

It is as worrying to me as it is exhilarating. It fills me with apprehension at a future without Ketuanan Melayu and that “Bumiputera” safety net in business at work or play for us Malays and yet invigorating for my senses as I face a future that will demand much of the Malays – as much as it would demand of anyone else that calls Malaysia their home.

Whoever wins or loses in this general election, there is no denying that we are on the verge of changing Malaysia for the better. We are no longer fighting hubris, our politicians are. And none more so than those desperate politicians from Umno-led Barisan Nasional.

And how desperate are they? Let me tell you how desperate.

They troll the ranks of Pakatan looking for who will be their nemesis.

They seek here, there and everywhere for who in Pakatan could become the rallying point for that final surge needed to knock BN into that “lintang pukang, helter skelter” mode triggering Umno’s free- fall towards oblivion.

Who will rally the rakyat into stampeding towards the opposition ranks? Who? We know Anwar Ibrahim is a constant. Everything you would expect a leader to have endured physically and mentally, Anwar has endured. He has been to hell and is now back with us.

But Anwar, Lim Kit Siang, Abdul Hadi Awang are yesterday’s people. Still relevant but age is a punishing master and sometimes politics asks for more than what the aged will give.

So who will venture against Umno? Only one name emerges. One solitary name: Nurul Izzah.

Future is Nurul

Umno has now lined up the big guns against Nurul. JAIS, Ibrahim Ali, Nazri Aziz, Hishammuddin Hussein, Muhyiddin Yassin, Mahathir… did I forget anybody?

Umno has already told us that Anwar is pro-Christian. Now Nurul is blasphemous towards Islam.

To be honest, I do not know what it is that she has said, nor do I care to read the countless articles by all giving their spin on what she was supposed to have said against Islam.

I have held my peace so far – one, because I did not want to wade through all that has been written so far for and against her on this matter, and two, I did not want to add my writings to the lot.

I ask that each and every one of you go and read what you can read about what Nurul said or did not say. I have made up my mind about this matter and it is this.

This will not go away. Like an old, hungry, desperate toothless crocodile that has seized a baby antelope for lunch, Umno, in all its wisdom, has decreed that this (Nurul) is its most dangerous opponent and so the attacks on Nurul will not stop.

It won’t stop because Umno, like that old desperate, hungry and toothless crocodile, will not let go until and unless we shoot it dead so that Nurul can live.

For Nurul, I would suggest that she move on. Do not give credence to those who seek to discredit, defame or cause you distress by hurling accusations that you support apostasy.

We know you for what you are: a courageous daughter, a dutiful wife, the proud mother of two cuties and the defection-proof member of parliament for Lembah Pantai.

And even if she does not say so, she is our future.

CT Ali is a reformist who believes in Pakatan Rakyat’s ideologies. He is a FMT columnist.

7 November 2012


Pendapat Anda?


Pengerusi Sekretariat Himpunan Ulama Rantau Asia (Shura), Abdul Ghani Shamsudin mempersoal tahap kewarasan media Umno apabila sanggup memutar belit kenyataan Naib Presiden KEADILAN, Nurul Izzah Anwar sehingga ada yang mempertikai akidahnya.

Katanya, media Umno seolah-olah diperalat supaya memesongkan pemikiran rakyat kepada parti pemerintah semata-mata pilihan raya semakin hampir.

“Media Umno dah dekat-dekat pilihan raya ini, tahap kesiuman mereka semakin rendah. Oleh kerana itu, kita kena check (semak) dulu apa yang disiarkan mereka.

“Kalau mereka tak tahu pasal agama, jangan berani putar belitkan kenyataan terutama melibatkan soal agama,” katanya ketika dihubungi.

Tegas beliau, tiada apa yang perlu diisukan berhubung kenyataan Nurul Izzah sedangkan beliau hanya menyebut perkara asas dalam surah al Baqarah mengenai beragama.

“Apa yang diperkatakan Nurul Izzah itu betul, cuma mereka (media) putar belit. Tindakan mereka mengaitkannya dengan isu murtad sama sekali tidak betul kerana isunya sekarang kebebasan agama.

“Murtad isu lain…maksudnya ia tertakluk kepada yang sudah beragama Islam. Jadi kenapa media kaitkan isu ini pula,” jelas beliau.

Abdul Ghani berkata, tujuan sebenar media kawalan Umno bukan mahu membela agama, tetapi demi menjaga pemerintah yang di ambang kebangkitan rakyat.

“Tujuan media Umno itu jelas, mereka dipulun setiap hari untuk cari kesalahan parti pembangkang. Sebab itu mereka gunakan media BN untuk burukkan Pakatan Rakyat,” ujarnya.

7 November 2012


Pendapat Anda?

The Malaysian Insider

Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri Perak menempelak Pergerakan Pemuda Umno Negeri Perak dan Pergerakan Pemuda Barisan Nasional (BN) Negeri Perak yang mencabar agar menyatakan pendirian berikutan kenyataan Nurul Izzah Anwar, Naib Presiden PKR yang dikatakan membenarkan kejadian murtad oleh umat Islam di Malaysia.

Persoalan mudah kami, siapakah yang telah berkuasa memerintah negara Malaysia lebih 50 tahun? Bukankah sebelum ini pada tahun 2006 kenyataan daripada Tan Sri (Dr) Haji Harussani Zakaria, Mufti Kerajaan Negeri Perak telah mengatakan menerima laporan menerusi kajian sekumpulan Melayu profesional dan intelektual bahawa terdapat jumlah mereka yang murtad tersebut mencapai sehingga 100,000 orang? Di mana Pemuda Umno ketika itu?

Siapakah yang sebenarnya membenarkan kes murtad berleluasa di negara ini dan di Perak khasnya? Siapakah yang cuba mengamalkan kembali ‘ancak’ di Manong, Kuala Kangsar dulu yang jelas boleh mengelirukan umat Islam? Siapakah yang menganjurkan program-program hiburan ala barat sehingga membawa anak-anak muda lalai kepada Agama? Bukankah juga Parti-Parti dalam Komponen BN terutamanya MCA melalui Presidennya yang secara jelas menyerang Islam tanpa ada amaran keras daripada Pemuda Umno? Bagi kami Pemuda Umno tidak ikhlas membela Islam dan memertabatkan Islam di mata orang bukan Islam sedangkan mereka berkuasa melakukannya. Dan sebenarnya Pemuda Umno dan BN sudah ketandusan idea untuk terus menjadi tonggak Umno dan BN.

Ini juga jelas bahawa Pemuda BN ingin meletakkan kegagalan mereka menjaga Islam seperti yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Malaysia sebagai Agama rasmi kepada pihak terutamanya melalui kenyataan Nurul Izzah yang telah diputar belit oleh media tertentu. Saya bersedia mencabar Pemuda Umno terutamanya Ketua Pemudanya untuk berdebat di atas kepentingan Islam jika mereka benar-benar ikhlas dan berani untuk bersemuka. Tidak perlu melalui sidang media dan kenyataan media semata-mata dan akhirnya semua tindakan akan merugikan Islam kembali.

Dr Raja Ahmad Iskandar Al-Hiss, Timbalan Ketua Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri Perak.

5 November 2012


Pendapat Anda?

Saya ucapkan terima kasih di atas pertanyaan lanjutan yang diterima setelah saya menghadiri satu forum bertajuk “Islamic State: Which version? Whose responsibility?” sebagai seorang panelis.

Sewaktu sesi soal jawab, salah satu soalan ditanya kepada saya berkait isu paksaan dalam agama melibatkan masyarakat Melayu. Jawapan saya menegaskan ungkapan – “Tidak ada paksaan dalam agama (Islam)….” – daripada ayat suci Al Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah, ayat 256. Ungkapan ini merangkumi seluruh umat manusia.

Namun ditambah, saya berpegang pada pendirian umum sedia ada, iaitu setelah memeluk Islam, seorang Muslim tertakluk dengan Syariat Islam; sebagaimana seorang warganegara tertakluk dengan Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Saya kesal kerana ada usaha kalangan yang cuba memutarbelitkan kenyataan saya seolah-olah saya meremehkan soal aqidah atau mudah menerima orang Islam yang memilih untuk murtad.

Saya cenderung mendukung program pendididkan dan daawah utk memperkukuh aqidah dan meningkat kefahaman terhadap Islam.

Saya berdoa agar Allah SWT memberi petunjuk dan hidayah kepada semua, demi kesejahteraan bersama.

Nurul Izzah Anwar
4 November 2012

15 October 2012


Pendapat Anda?

Peguam N.Surendran akan mula menyoal balas Bekas Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Musa Hasan dalam kes Saman atas laporan polis Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim (kes mata lebam) berkenaan pemalsuan keterangan laporan perubatan oleh Musa Hassan dan Ghani Patail.

Perbicaraan bermula besok 9:00pagi 16 Oktober 2012 di hadapan Mahkamah Tinggi Sivil Y.A.Dato’ Asmabi binti Mohamad Aras 4, Sayap kiri.

8 August 2012


Pendapat Anda?


Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Izzah Anwar mempersoal apa sebenarnya tangungjawab Ketua Polis Negara (KPN) kerana beliau sering dilihat membantu Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar mengedarkan bubur lambuk.

Menurutnya, perkara tersebut diadu penduduk yang menyaksikan tiga kali Tan Sri Ismail Omar bersama-sama Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin menyampaikan juadah berbuka puasa itu kepada masyarakat di sekitar Lembah Pantai baru-baru ini.

“Memang pelik, sejak bila Ketua Polis Negara mendapat tugas baru mengedar bubur lambuk sedangkan banyak lagi tugas lebih penting perlu dilaksanakan.

“Apakah ini transformasi yang dibawa Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dalam usaha menjaga keamanan negara,” soalnya.

Beliau mengulas demikian pada sidang media selepas menyampaikan bantuan zakat beserta barangan keperluan dapur kepada 200 golongan yang memerlukan termasuk dua buah kerusi roda kepada warga emas dalam Majlis Iftar Ramadhan Jasamu Dikenang semalam.

Tegas Naib Presiden KEADILAN itu lagi, tugas utama KPN adalah memastikan semua anggota polis menjalankan tanggungjawab menjaga keselamatan negara.

Kata Izzah, peningkatan kes jenayah di kawasan jagaannya semakin membimbangkan dan ia perlu diambil perhatian serius.

“Masyarakat terutamanya di Brickfields rasa keselamatan mereka tergugat sejak balai polis di sini dirobohkan tahun lepas. Berbagai rungutan penduduk saya terima dan mereka mahukan balai polis baru dibina seperti yang dijanjikan oleh Nong Chik. Malangnya hingga hari ini, janji manis itu tidak dilunaskan.

“Justeru saya mendesak Menteri Wilayah menepati janjinya untuk bina balai polis baru dengan mencari lokasi strategik sebelum penduduk mengadakan protes bantahan. Begitu juga Tan Sri Ismail Omar perlu kembali menjalankan tugasnya sebagai KPN,” tegas Izzah.

5 August 2012


Pendapat Anda?


KEADILAN menubuhkan Kelab Mahasiswa KEADILAN bagi menarik minat mereka terhadap politik semasa, kata Naib Presiden KEADILAN, Nurul Izzah Anwar.

Berucap pada majlis pelancaran, beliau percaya kelab itu bakal menjadi penggerak ‘kuasa tiga’ mewakili rakyat khususnya golongan muda dalam isu berkaitan.

“Mahasiswa adalah kuasa ketiga yang bawa suara rakyat. Ini dapat dilihat  dalam demonstrasi Baling sehinggalah mereka ditangkap,” katanya ketika melancarkan kelab itu di ibu pejabat, hari ini.

Nurul Izzah berkata, sikap kerajaan Umno yang menghalang hak mahasiswa bersuara bukan perkara baru, malah mahasiswa sentiasa dikawal dengan pelbagai bentuk program ‘ampu’ kerajaan.

“Pegawai khas Perdana Menteri baru-baru ini dikesan terlibat dalam perancangan menangkan mahasiswa pro Aspirasi. Apa ini? Ini penghinaan kepada mahasiwa.

“Tidak hairanlah pilihan raya kampus tidak berfungsi, kemudian kerajaan gunakan kursus Biro Tata Negara (BTN)  bagi mengawal pelajar di kampus,” katanya.

Wakil Kelab Mahasiswa KEADILAN, Ahmad Bakhtiar Amir Zaimi, 24, pula berkata ia sebagai langkah awal mengenali dunia politik berikutan mahasiswa adalah pelapis politik pada masa depan.

Mahasiswa jurusan Kejuruteraan Kimia dari Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) itu menyatakan penubuhan kelab itu sudah lama dirancang sejak mereka menyertai program santai bersama Rafizi Ramli.

Rafizi ialah Pengarah Strategik KEADILAN yang menemui formula untuk memansuh pinjaman PTPN, selain membawa kaedah pendidikan percuma kepada pelajar.

Baktiar berkata, siri jelajah dimulakan pada September depan bermula di institusi pengajian tinggi sekitar Lembah Kelang, khususnya mengenai tawaran KEADILAN membabitkan isu mahasiswa.

“Kami akan mulakan jelajah di Universiti Malaya sambil mencari ahli baru di samping menerangkan objektif penubuhan kelab dan penerangan isu PTPTN,” katanya.

4 August 2012


Pendapat Anda?

Malaysiakini | 4 Ogos 2012

Penubuhan panel siasatan bagi menyiasat dakwaan ciplak melibatkan lagu kemerdekaan memberikan gambaran seolah-orang menteri berkenaan cuba mengalihkan tanggungjawabnya, kata PKR.

Naib presidennya Nurul Izzah Anwar berkata, Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim sepatutnya mengesahkan sendiri sama kesahihan dakwaan itu.

“Saya lebih suka kalau beliau (Rais) sendiri sahkan atau tidakkan pilihan (lagu) tersebut.

“Kepada beliau, saya ucapkan selamat maju jayalah,” kata Izzah sinis.

Rais terlibat menulis lirik untuk lagu gubahan Jasnie Mohd Yaakub itu.

Rais semalam mengumumkan satu panel akan ditubuhkan untuk mengkaji lagu “Janji Ditepati” yang didakwa disadur dari lagu gereja di Indonesia.

Tubuh Kelab Mahasiswa PKR

Sebelum ini, Rais turut menarik balik logo sambutan 55 tahunkemerdekaan yang dikritik ramai kerana tidak menarik dan kelihatanseperti dibuat secara sambil lewa.

Nurul Izzah juga berkata, kontroversi demi kontroversi melanda lagu itu “amat memalukan” memandangkan Rais seorang menteri yang berpengalaman.

“Ia agak mengecewakan apabila satu demi satu perkara sebegini berlaku,” katanya di ibu pejabat PKR tengah hari tadi.

Sebelum itu, beliau merasmikan penubuhan Kelab Mahasiswa PKR yangmenurutnya mampu merapatkan hubungan PKR dan mahasiswa.

Wakil kelab itu, Ahmad Bakhtiar Amir Zaimi berkata penubuhannyabertujuan menghimpunkan mahasiswa untuk mendokong hala tuju PKR tanpa perlu menjadi ahli parti secara langsung.

Pelajar kejuruteraan kimia itu berkata, kelab itu akan turut memperluaskan capaiannya kepada mahasiswa luar negara secara berperingkat-peringkat.

3 August 2012


Pendapat Anda?

Penduduk Lembah Pantai terutamanya yang tinggal di Brickfields dan Bangsar pada mulanya menerima baik berita di The Star dan New Straits Times bertarikh 16 Julai 2012 yang memetik Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, sebagai berkata bahawa IPD Brickfields akan dibangunkan semula di tapak asalnya di Jalan Tun Sambanthan (Lot 18).

Namun, ramai terkejut apabila melihat dengan mata sendiri papan tanda yang didirikan di tapak IPD Brickfields, yang mengatakan adanya cadangan menukar zon kegunaan tanah daripada institusi kepada perdagangan untuk membangunkan tanah tersebut bukan sebagai tapak IPD Brickfields yang baru, tetapi sebagai pembangunan bercampur. Hal ini turut dilaporkan The Star pada 31 Julai 2012, yang juga merupakan tarikh akhir bantahan.

Oleh itu saya mendesak Menteri Wilayah untuk bercakap benar tentang hal IPD Brickfields ini:
1) Apakah sebenarnya status pembangunan semula IPD Brickfields?

2) Mengapa kenyataan beliau pada 16 Julai bercanggah dengan apa yang kelihatan pada papan tanda yang didirikan di Lot 18?

Seperti yang telah saya dedah pada 26 April lalu, Lot 18 telah diberi kepada syarikat Primamuda Holdings Sdn Bhd di dalam satu pertukaran tanah (landswap) sebagai balasan membangunkan Lot 55 (Balai Polis Jalan Travers). Sekali lagi diingatkan bahawa salah seorang pengarah syarikat tersebut adalah Mariany Mohamad Yit, iaitu Ketua Wanita UMNO Bukit Bintang, Senator Dewan Negara, dan mantan Ahli Lembaga Penasihat DBKL.

Juga, persoalan yang saya timbulkan dahulu masih belum terjawab: Apakah kedudukan Mariany Mohamad Yit di dalam DBKL, Primamuda Holdings, dan sebagai Ketua Wanita UMNO Bukit Bintang telah mempengaruhi pemberian projek pembangunan Lot 55 dan landswap Lot 18?

Dan jika didapati Lot 18 benar-benar telah diberi kepada Primamuda Holdings, maka Menteri Wilayah seharusnya meminta maaf kepada warga Lembah Pantai dan penduduk Brickfields khususnya kerana mengecewakan penduduk yang mengharapkan IPD Brickfields dikembalikan ke lokasi asal di Jalan Tun Sambanthan.

Akhir sekali, sekiranya jawapan kepada persoalan-persoalan di atas tidak diterima selewatnya hari Khamis 9hb Ogos 2012, sebagai langkah terakhir, saya selaku wakil rakyat Lembah Pantai yang dipilih akan menggesa penduduk Brickfields dan Bangsar untuk mengadakan satu tunjuk perasaan aman pada jam 10 pagi hari Jumaat, 10hb Ogos 2012 di Lot 18 Jalan Tun Sambanthan untuk menyatakan rasa tidak puas hati penduduk berkenaan isu ini.

Nurul Izzah Anwar
Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai

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