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8 March 2013

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Dilihat sebagai perkembangan terbaru yang akan memanaskan lagi politik menjelang Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13, bapa Saiful Bukhari, Azlan Mohd Lazim, hari ini mendakwa anaknya itu dipergunakan oleh pihak-pihak tertentu tidak bertanggungjawab – mendalangi kes liwat kedua melibatkan Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Saya Azlan Mohd Lazim sesungguhnya percaya anak saya Saiful Bukhari telah dipergunakan oleh pihak-pihak tertentu yang tidak bertanggungjawab.

“Mereka inilah merupakan dalang kepada semua fitnah liwat yang dilakukan terhadap Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, yang melibatkan anak saya,” kata beliau pada sidang media di sini pagi tadi.

Beliau juga berkata, perkara itu adalah konspirasi jahat untuk mengheret Anwar, yang dibebaskan daripada tuduhan meliwat 9 Januari 2012, ke penjara buat kali kedua.

“Saya percaya anak saya telah dipergunakan oleh pihak tertentu untuk kepentingan politik mereka, percakapan yang dibuat pada media juga telah diatur dan dirancang (pegawai khas pemimpin kanan negara).

“Saya hanya baca skrip tersebut disebabkan perasaan sayang saya kepada anak (Saiful), namun setelah lama saya berasa bersalah dan tak tenang.

“Ini adalah konspirasi politik jahat yang diatur untuk menjatuhkan dan mengheret kembali Anwar ke penjara,” katanya.

7 March 2013

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The reception given to the Manifesto Rakyat launched last week is encouraging. I am open to further proposals from various groups to refine further the manifesto, as long as they do not alter the principle policies of Pakatan Rakyat to reject racial politics and prioritise good governance and justice for the people.

I’m taking this initiative to hear out various ways, and at the same time explain elements of the manifesto as it is. For instance, the meeting with the representatives from the bodies advancing the issues of the disabled helped us explain better the programmes already in the manifesto to uplift and maintain their general welfare.

I have been in many discussions with leaders of the Indian community since last week to consider their point of view. I’d take this opportunity to reemphasise several things that will involve the Indian community, as follows:

1. 1. The longstanding issue of stateless people residing in Malaysia, without excluding Indians, will be resolved n the first 100 days of Pakatan Rakyat’s administration;
2. Technical training coupled with job opportunities will be made available to school leavers, with the focus to help those from poor families. The Indian community will be major beneficiaries from these programmes to eradicate poverty and uplift socio-economic standing;

3. 3. Pakatan Rakyat will ensure all Tamil schools will be fully funded and that their infrastructure is comparable to the national education standards. This declaration is clearly spelt out in Manifesto Rakyat;
4. Polis diRaja Malaysia (PDRM) will b reformed as stipulated in Manifesto Rakyat that also details the formation of an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).

5. A National Housing Board which will be formed by a Pakatan Rakyat government will build affordable homes for the people, including in that focus to help build freehold homes for ex-estate workers around the country.

All these stated above are already in Manifesto Rakyat, which is build on all the policies and announcements made by Pakatan Rakyat previously. Still, to strengthen our commitment to explicitly state our commitment, these matters will be detailed further in the Manifesto Rakyat for distribution, as urged by groups who have expressed their position to us.

I defend our needs based approach in all our programmes so that they are well-executed. In order for the effectiveness and success of each social engineering programme in Manifesto Rakyat, we require the support of all communities.
For example, the implementation of the Rakyat Apprenticeship Scheme will involve thousands of employers nationwide offering job placements to young school leavers through the job placement scheme, giving them technical training at their premises. Employers will cooperate with the government to train our young to meet the national technical skills standards.

This smart partnership will enable employers to tap the local human resource at a cheaper rate because the government will contribute to the majority of the trainee’s cost during their apprenticeship. In this way the government has a platform to train hundreds of thousands of young people in a programme to improve their low-income families socio-economic standings, while utilising young people in our economy.

Such a programme requires the cooperation of multi-sectoral employers and all communities to join it with an open mind and willing heart, in the spirit of national service. If the programmes appear to be tailor made for one race, it will quickly discourage the participation of other races for it only caters to the needs on one race only.

The failure of many Barisan Nasional programmes is due to poor reception and broad cooperation brought by each programme being race-
based.

That is why I defend a needs-based approach for only all-inclusive programmes can be implemented successfully.

Barisan Nasional attacks on our manifesto is based on outdated propaganda accompanied by deceiving figures to confuse the people. For instance, Barisan Nasional questions the wisdom in taking over the highways from the concessionaires and cancelling toll payments, while the funds they have apportioned annually for BR1M1 and BR1M2 have already outstripped the RM6 billion initially outlay.

I remind Barisan Nasional that Pakatan Rakyat presented a transparent financial calculation that RM45.7 billion would be required to fund our programmes. Therefore, Barisan Nasional should lay down the financial analysis they are adopting to support their accusations against us, so that the people can compare and decide.

I am told that Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak will be rebutting Manifesto Rakyat soon. I’m confident the people would prefer him giving his rebuttals in a live policy debate rather than offering them in isolation as he often does.

DATO’ SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

MARCH 7 2013

7 March 2013

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Manifesto Rakyat yang diluncurkan minggu lepas zahir kepada iltizam Pakatan Rakyat demi melaksanakan agenda perubahan di negara ini. Peluncuran manifesto tersebut adalah tuntas dengan ikhtiar Pakatan Rakyat selama ini yang senantiasa mengemukakan saranan serta kebijakan segar dan cergas.

Alhamdulilah maklum balas yang kita terima sangat memberansangkan. Saya menerima secara terbuka cadangan yang dikemukakan oleh pelbagai pihak untuk memperkemaskan lagi manifesto itu, selagi ia tidak mengubah prinsip dasar Pakatan Rakyat yang menolak politik perkauman dan mengangkat tata kelola, amanah dan keadilan untuk rakyat.

Saya mengambil inisiatif untuk mendengar sendiri pelbagai pandangan yang diutarakan, disamping menjelaskan beberapa perkara. Misalnya, pertemuan dengan wakil-wakil badan yang mewakili orang berbeza upaya menguatkan persefahaman bersama mengenai program-program khusus untuk mengangkat martabat dan menjaga kebajikan mereka.

Saya juga banyak berbincang dengan pimpinan masyarakat India sejak seminggu lalu untuk mengambil kira pandangan mereka. Saya telah mengulangi pendirian mengenai perkara-perkara besar yang melibatkan masyarakat India seperti berikut:

1. Masalah kerakyatan yang kebanyakannya melibatkan rakyat Malaysia dari kaum India di samping kaum-kaum lain di seluruh Malaysia akan diselesaikan dalam tempoh 100 pertama pentadbiran Pakatan Rakyat di Putrajaya;

2. Program khusus untuk menyediakan latihan teknikal yang digabungkan dengan peluang pekerjaan untuk anak-anak muda lepasan sekolah dengan sasaran utama kepada anak-anak miskin. Masyarakat India akan mendapat manfaat utama dari program ini untuk membasmi kemiskinan dan menaiktaraf kedudukan sosio-ekonomi;

3. Pakatan Rakyat akan memastikan semua Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil menjadi sekolah bantuan penuh agar kemudahan infrastrukturnya setanding dengan piawai pendidikan nasional. Pengiktirafan ini dimuatkan secara jelas di dalam Manifesto Rakyat;

4. Reformasi institusi Polis diRaja Malaysia (PDRM) yang disebut di dalam Manifesto Rakyat turut melibatkan penubuhan Suruhanjaya Bebas Pengurusan dan Perlakuan Polis (IPCMC); dan

5. Peranan Perbadanan Perumahan Negara yang bakal ditubuhkan oleh Pakatan Rakyat untuk membina rumah-rumah rakyat akan mengambil kira keperluan mendesak rumah-rumah mampu milik bagi bekas-bekas pekerja estet di seluruh negara.

Kesemua perkara ini sudah pun terkandung di dalam Manifesto Rakyat yang dibina di atas semua dasar-dasar dan pengumuman yang pernah dibuat oleh Pakatan Rakyat. Pun begitu, untuk menguatkan lagi komitmen Pakatan Rakyat, perkara-perkara ini akan disebut secara jelas di dalam Manifesto Rakyat edaran umum, seperti mana juga beberapa perkara melibatkan kumpulan lain yang mengutarakan pandangan kepada Pakatan Rakyat.

Saya mempertahankan pendekatan berdasarkan keperluan (needs based approach) kerana setiap program perlulah dilaksanakan kelak secara berkesan. Demi menjamin keberkesanan dan kejayaan program-program rekayasa nasional yang digariskan di dalam Manifesto Rakyat, kita memerlukan sokongan setiap kumpulan masyarakat.

Contohnya, pelaksanaan Skim Perantis Rakyat akan melibatkan puluhan ribu majikan di seluruh Malaysia yang dijemput kerajaan menyertai skim penempatan anak muda lepasan sekolah bagi tujuan latihan teknikal di premis milik mereka. Majikan ini akan bekerjasama dengan kerajaan melatih anak-anak muda mengikut piawaian kemahiran teknikal kebangsaan.

Perkongsian pintar ini membolehkan majikan mendapat khidmat tenaga kerja tempatan pada kadar yang lebih murah kerana kerajaan menyumbang sebahagian besar dari kos penggajian sepanjang tempoh latihan. Kerajaan pula mempunyai platform untuk melatih puluhan ribu anak muda sebagai program teras memperbaiki kedudukan sosio-ekonomi keluarga berpendapatan rendah, disamping meningkatkan guna tenaga anak muda di dalam ekonomi.

Program sebegini memerlukan majikan dari pelbagai sektor dan pelbagai kaum menyertai skim secara terbuka dan berlapang hati menyumbang atas semangat khidmat nasional. Jika program-program seperti ini dirangka mengikut perspektif perkauman, ia akan serta-merta mengenepikan penyertaan kumpulan-kumpulan tertentu kerana ia dilihat khusus untuk kaum tertentu sahaja.

Kegagalan banyak program yang dijalankan oleh Barisan Nasional ialah kerana ia tidak mendapat sambutan dan kerjasama yang meluas apabila setiap program dikhususkan mengikut kaum.

Sebab itu, saya pertahankan pendekatan berdasarkan keperluan kerana hanya program-program seperti itu yang akan dapat dilaksanakan dengan jayanya.

Serangan dari Barisan Nasional masih berkisar kepada propaganda lapok yang menghamburkan angka-angka tidak tepat untuk mengelirukan rakyat. Misalnya, Barisan Nasional mempersoalkan kewajaran mengambil alih lebuhraya untuk membatalkan tol, sedangkan peruntukan yang mereka telah gunakan setakat ini untuk BR1M1 dan BR1M2 telah melepasi jumlah RM6 bilion setahun yang diperlukan.

Saya mengingatkan Barisan Nasional bahawa Pakatan Rakyat telah membentangkan secara telus analisa kira-kira kewangan yang diperlukan sebanyak RM45.75 bilion untuk membiayai kesemua program Manifesto Rakyat. Makanya, wajarlah Barisan Nasional juga memperincikan analisa kira-kira yang mereka gunapakai untuk menyokong tuduhan mereka, supaya rakyat dapat membandingkan kedua-duanya.

Saya sedia maklum bahawa Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak sendiri akan memberikan bidasan-bidasan beliau terhadap Manifesto Rakyat. Saya percaya rakyat lebih gemar jika bidasan-bidasan ini diberikan secara langsung di dalam satu perdebatan dasar, bukannya bidasan bersembunyi seperti yang selalu dibuat oleh beliau sebelum ini.

DATO’ SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM

KETUA PEMBANGKANG MALAYSIA

7 MAC 2013

6 March 2013

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Pada minggu lepas, Joshua Trevino, bekas penulis ucapan presiden Amerika Syarikat George W. Bush memfailkan rekod kepada kerajaan AS yang mengesahkan beliau dibayar oleh kerajaan Malaysia menerusi APCO Worldwide di dalam kempen mempromosi pentadbiran Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan menyerang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Rekod tersebut mendedahkan Trevino dibayar AS$389,724.70 oleh kerajaan Malaysia, parti pemerintah UMNO-BN ataupun kepentingan yang berkaitan. Pada Ogos tahun lepas, Trevino dipaksa meletak jawatan sebagai kolumnis di akhbar UK, the Guardian. Ini berikutan beliau tidak mengumumkan peranannya sebagai konsultan kepada FBC Media, di mana beliau menulis memuji tentang ciri-ciri ‘kesederhanaan’ Najib.

Pada 2011, Najib mengakui bahawa kerajaan membayar RM94 juta kepada FBC Media antara 2007 hingga 2010. FBC turut membayar AS$70,000 kepada APCO Worldwide untuk melobi kerajaan AS mewakili pentadbiran Najib. Apabila skandal pembayaran dan pengaturan berita ini didedahkan, BBC dan CNBC menamatkan kontrak FBC kerana melanggar etika kewartawanan.

Ironisnya, ketika UMNO-BN terus-menerus menyerang Anwar sebagai pro-Israel di dalam propaganda dalam negara, Trevino dan konsultan-konsultan lain bekerja keras untuk menggambarkan Anwar sebagai anti-Israel di luar negara.

Najib perlu menjawab persoalan-persoalan berikut yang timbul daripada skandal ini:

a) Berapa banyakkah wang rakyat yang dibayar kerajaan kepada konsultan perhubungan awam, khususnya luar negara untuk menulis bahan-bahan anti-Pakatan Rakyat dan Anwar Ibrahim?

b) Selain daripada APCO di AS dan FBC di UK, di manakah lagi BN melantik konsultan untuk menyerang pembangkang?

c) Siapakah yang terlibat di dalam perlantikan dan koordinasi konsultan-konsultan ini?

Apakah arahan yang diberikan kepada konsultan-konsultan ini mengenai bahan-bahan berkaitan Anwar Ibrahim memandangkan kebanyakan kerja yang dibuat adalah menyerang Anwar semata-mata?

e) Adakah kerajaan sedar bahawa ramai konsultan yang dilantik terkenal dengan pandangan ekstrem dan anti-Islam mereka, yang menghina Islam, Ikhwanul Muslimin dan umat Islam di Amerika?

f) Adakah kerajaan sedar bahawa konsultan-konsultan yang dilantik adalah penyokong tegar Israel yang menentang hak rakyat Palestin?

Najib mestilah menjawab perkara ini dengan pilihan raya yang bakal tiba. Meskipun Najib terus membelanjakan jutaan ringgit wang rakyat bagi tujuan propaganda dan fitnah, beliau terus menolak gesaan Anwar untuk perbahasan polisi bagi kepentingan rakyat Malaysia.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD

PENGARAH KOMUNIKASI

PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT

6 March 2013

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8 Mac 2013 (Jumaat ) – PULAU PINANG
1) 7.00 mlm – Solat Maghrib, Hajat & Tazkirah

Lokasi: Madrasah An Nahdhoh Kubang Semang
2) 8.30 – 12.00 mlm – Ceramah Perdana – Sambutan 5 Tahun

Pemerintahan Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang
Lokasi: Padang Kota Lama, Pulau Pinang
3) Barisan Penceramah:

i. YB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim

ii. YAB Lim Guan Eng

iii. YB Dato’ Mansor Osman

iv. YB Prof. Dr. P. Ramasamy

v. YB Chow Kon Yeow

vi. YB Dato’ Mohd Salleh Man

9 Mac 2013 (Sabtu) – PULAU PINANG
1) 8.30 pagi – 1.00 Ptg – Konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang

Lokasi: DOME, KOMTAR, Pulau Pinang (Dewan Tunku)

9 Mac 2013 (Sabtu) – SELANGOR
1) 9.00 – 12.00 mlm – Ceramah Perdana – Sambutan 5 Tahun

Pemerintahan Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor
Lokasi : Dataran Kemerdekaan, Syah Alam
2) Barisan Penceramah:

i. YB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim

ii. YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim

iii. YB Lim Kit Siang

iv. YBhg Mat Sabu

6 March 2013

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Closing address by Anwar Ibrahim, Leader of Opposition, Parliament of Malaysia, at the International Conference on Malaysia, 13th General Elections, 4th – 5th March, 2013 at Lake Club, Kuala Lumpur

We are very heartened and encouraged by Dato’ Nazri’s categorical assurance yesterday that should BN lose the mandate of the people the coalition would step down and peacefully hand over power. However, my only worry is whether Dato’ Nazri has the mandate to give us that assurance!

I mean we appreciate it very much and spoken like a true gentleman. But this kind of thing must come directly from the horse’s mouth and I think it’s the responsible thing to do.

But in all seriousness, as you know, the former top brass of the defence forces who are now retired from service having served all their lives for the protection and security of the nation; they have joined us to continue serving the people, and they have told us that insyaallah, Godwilling, when Pakatan gets that mandate come the 13th General Elections, there will indeed be a peaceful transition to power.

But let us not jump the gun. This conference has come at a most crucial time to attempt to set the ground work for a consensus on what is needed to ensure electoral democracy in Malaysia. Indeed, the challenges are formidable because for more than five decades since Independence there has been no change in Federal rule and the reins of power have remained in the hands of the same coalition party.

While in established democracies, the culture is ingrained that with every election there is not just the possibility but a real likelihood of a change of government, the current leadership has not been able to demonstrate that open mindedness. Hence, the best practices of caretaker conventions at the Federal level is a subject which doesn’t seem to be of much concern because of the belief that power will not change hands. This of course is unwarranted because whether or not power changes hands, these conventions must be observed as a condition to free and fair elections.

Similarly, the issue of a playing field which I will elaborate shortly in particular, the role of media and civil society. And the issue of money politics and electoral corruption continues to bug us with no resolution in sight.

So, as the 13th general elections draw near, the question whether Malaysians will have free and fair elections remains unanswered.
We know that electoral democracy is not a privilege but a right recognised without question in all democracies. There are so many dimensions to this process and I’m sure that these have been well discussed.

Let me start with the issue of allowing international observers to witness our polling process. But the trouble is before we can even get there, the government has given us not much to be optimistic about.

For example, no matter how they want to spin it or downplay its gravity, the Najib administration’s action last month in detaining and deporting Australian senator Nick Xenophon doesn’t give us much reason to celebrate. On the contrary, this is yet another instance of the organised resistance of the powers that be to efforts to see the realisation of free and fair elections.
Media and Level playing field

On the subject of a level playing field, we can say that the ruling party has grossly unfair dominance of media coverage even before the onset of campaigning. The opposition, on the other hand, has no access to the mainstream media.

It is true that Pakatan Rakyat leaders have not had one day of rest in order to bring the message to the people. They work overtime and brave the odds putting their health and safety at risk because they work under severe disadvantage.

Hence, the talk of a level playing field will remain very academic and theoretical if the obvious reality is not recognised. And that is that there is no access to the mainstream print and electronic media which is monopolised by the incumbent powers that be at Putra Jaya. It would be naïve to dismiss the power and influence of such a vast media network which can penetrate every living room in the rural heartland.

With unlimited use of this crucial resource which will come to feverish pitch as the general elections draw closer; this propaganda machine is being used to savage the opposition. Blatant and vicious falsehood is being spread daily and we have to expend quite a bit of our resources, limited as they are, just to counter these lies. It’s not a question of choice but necessity. Day in and day the television networks spin stories about the opposition’s mismanagement of the state governments and the opposition leaders become targets of character assassination attempts.

As you know, just yesterday I have given Utusan and TV3 a 24 hour ultimatum to retract and apologise for their allegations of my complicity in the current incursion and outbreak of violence in Sabah. We have won a few court battles lately on these scurrilous attacks but it is quite obvious that they are not the least deterred in any way.

This is why we have resorted to self-help to travel the land and take the message home directly to the people. It’s true our buses and cars get attacked, our flags, posters and banners get vandalised and our speakers are assaulted. Yet no action has been taken against the culprits.

We call this organised gangsterism, funded by unseen hands and protected by the law.

Where there’s no equal protection of the law to safety and security; where complaints to the police about violence being brought on us and our property fall on deaf ears; and where the mainstream media would not give us any opportunity or time to respond to their wild allegation, there can never be a level playing field.

Bersih and the Elections Commission

The paramount importance of Bersih is undisputed. Bersih, as we all know, has made tremendous contributions to the cause of electoral reform. But at what cost? We know the answer. Which is why I take my hat off to National Laureate Dato’ A. Samad Said and Dato’ Ambiga Sreevanesan for continuing to put their necks on the chopping board. Kudos also the leaders of other NGOs who soldier on despite the odds.

After all, the protests and demonstrations to demand for free and fair elections clearly signify the dissatisfaction with the state of things. Our election commission is supposed to be the electoral watchdog. But among other things, its epic failure is that both the commission’s chair and deputy chair were card carrying members of the ruling UMNO party prior to their appointment. So, merely calling it an electoral commission does not guarantee its independence and impartiality.

While the appearance of impartiality is crucial the problem faced here is not just a matter of perception but of real and glaring discrepancies in voter registration. The existence of hundreds of thousands of fictitious names as well as names of dead people plus the widespread duplication of names in the electoral roll points to blatant fraud in voter registration.

We expect the watchdog to prevent fraudulent registration but we fear that the problem is getting worse. This is not self-induced paranoia. The problem is becoming rampant as evidenced by the daily exposes on this. The RCI in Sabah on the notorious project IC underscores the reality of the fear.
The politics of fear and hate mongering

The requirement that no party incites or threatens violence to another party or candidate is fundamental to electoral democracy. Unfortunately, this is frequently ignored. On the contrary, senior UMNO leaders are already on overdrive in threatening violence and bloodshed by raising the spectre of ethnic violence should Pakatan come to power. They make outrageous suggestions that a vote for the DAP is a vote for the oppression of Islam and Muslims. Then, Perkasa comes along threatening to burn the Bible and vowing to lay down their lives. We know where that is coming from. How can such hate speeches and fear mongering ways be allowed in a democracy and condoned by the leadership?

Fortunately, as I said at the outset, the confidence as expressed by the retired generals of a peaceful transition, gives us reason to be optimistic that these lowly and despicable tactics will fail.
Conclusion

We have to know why this struggle must go on. It is not just about who will win or who will lose. It’s about our Malaysian journey. It’s about striving to get what we think the people deserve.

On March 18, 2008, the people of Malaysia knocked down a huge wall which had formed the barricades to the determination of their destiny as a nation.

A fate that would seal their legitimate expectations to a just society where freedom and democracy would go hand in with social justice and economic progress.

And almost five years on, even though those barricades are now behind us and we have walked a long path, a huge door remains in front of us. We are knocking on this door and the reverberations echo through the land. Victory for the people is waiting there.

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4 March 2013

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5 Mac 2013 (Selasa)

Masa : 9.00 – 12.00 malam

Lokasi: Padang Tasik Tambahan Ampang

Barisan Penceramah:
1) YB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim

2) YB Azmin Ali

3) YB Zuraida Kamaruddin

4) YB Khalid Samad

5) YB Jenice Lee

6) YB Khassim Abdul Aziz

7) Brig. Jeneral (B) Dato’ Abdul Hadi Khatab

8) YBhg Dr Surendren

3 March 2013

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