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2 May 2013

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ABC News

Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has alleged that the ruling party’s vote could be bolstered with phantom ballots, in this weekend’s election.

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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Polling predicts this weekend’s election in Malaysia will be the closest in the country’s history.

Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional coalition has ruled for 57 years, but at the last election in 2008, the party lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority.

Now the country is waiting to see whether the Opposition, led by controversial figure Anwar Ibrahim, can force a change in government.

South-East Asia correspondent Zoe Daniel reports from Kuala Lumpur.

ZOE DANIEL, REPORTER: It’s still a long shot. Malaysia’s Pakatan Rakyat coalition must win about 35 more seats than it currently holds to take government in its own right. A big challenge in a country where people have been voting only one way for almost six decades.

The Opposition is made up of three multi-racial parties, one of which is predominantly Chinese, one predominantly Islamic and is led by the sometimes controversial former ruling party deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, who spent six years in jail after allegations of corruption and sexual misconduct, now widely interpreted as a Government smear campaign.

The ruling party says the Opposition is fractious and unreliable and that its election could lead to instability in multi-racial Malaysia.

The Opposition responds by saying that the Government has been relying on the politics of fear and using cash handouts, mass media dominance and fraudulent stacking of voting roles to win Sunday’s poll.

We spoke with Mr Anwar at his office in Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Anwar, welcome. Are you going to win this election?

ANWAR IBRAHIM, OPPOSITION LEADER: Well, initially I said I was cautiously optimistic, but now I think with the upsurge of – in growing support, I’m very confident that we’ll make it.

ZOE DANIEL: You have to win 35 seats to get that majority. That’s a big ask, isn’t it?

ANWAR IBRAHIM: Not really because we are able to consolidate our position in the five states, including Kuala Lumpur, six states. So we have been enormously successful in our penetration into the rural heartland, particularly around Jahor, Saba and Sarawak, where we failed miserably in 2008.

ZOE DANIEL: What will prevent you from winning?

ANWAR IBRAHIM: Massive fraud. We have presented our case based on the March electoral roll where we find even postal voters who are actually designated there as Bangladeshis or Pakistanis or Indonesians, but they are supposed to serve the Army or the police. So clearly, there’s a fraud there. (Inaudible), more than 28,000 designated as Filipinos and Indonesians who are voters based in Saba but voting in Kuala Lumpur or Selangor and there has not been a satisfactory response from the Election Commission.

ZOE DANIEL: Are you disappointed that Australia didn’t send election observers?

ANWAR IBRAHIM: Well it’s quite baffling to my mind because the initial response from Australia is that there’s no interference in domestic affairs. We are not asking them to support any party. We are asking them to remain consistent with Australian foreign policy position in support of freedom and democracy. Why do you make so much noise about Iraq or Afghanistan or Myanmar and mute it with regard to Malaysia?

ZOE DANIEL: If you win, who will be Prime Minister next week?

ANWAR IBRAHIM: Well of course, as we say, we are party by consensus. There is talk that I may be able to – I mean, given the chance, or otherwise we’ll have to re-look at it if there is any other possibility or other candidate.

ZOE DANIEL: Is that a good answer though, because wouldn’t it be better if the population at least had certainty on that issue?

ANWAR IBRAHIM: Well, generally to the masses and all my campaign trips, Keadilan or DEP or Islamic Party leaders, they all – they always introduce me or invite me as the next Prime Minister, but I would leave it at that.

ZOE DANIEL: Thanks for your time.

ANWAR IBRAHIM: Thank you.

2 May 2013

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Human Rights Watch

For Immediate Release

Party Workers, Activists, and Online News Portals Targeted

Malaysia’s ruling party and opposition leaders should rein in their supporters to end intimidation and violence that threaten general elections slated for May 5, 2013, Human Rights Watch said today. The Royal Malaysian Police should fully and impartially investigate alleged attacks on party members and supporters on both sides.


Election-related violence targeting events organized by parties in the ruling Barisan Nasional and the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalitions has escalated as the election has approached, according to police reports. Calls by the two competing coalitions have so far failed to stem the violence. Cyber attacks on online news services have undercut election-related speech.

“Election violence threatens the right of all Malaysians to vote for the party of their choice,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Political leaders should demonstrate their commitment to democratic elections by taking firm action against their members and supporters who are responsible.”

Violent incidents escalated after the start of official election campaigning on April 20, Human Rights Watch said. Prior to that, political harassment was primarily limited to blocking access to meetings, loud noise, stone and egg throwing, and paint smearing on trucks and houses, though some violence has taken place. For example:

 

·         In mid-April in Georgetown, Penang State, five assailants seriously beat two men putting up opposition party flags;

·         On April 23, unidentified people set off an explosive device at a Barisan Nasional rally in northern Penang state that injured a security guard;

·         On April 25, assailants threw petrol bombs at a Barisan Nasional office outside of Kuala Lumpur, the capital; and

·         On the same day, unknown attackers torched the car of Pakatan Rakyat candidate Xavier Jayakumar’s daughter at her home.

Well-planned attacks on the websites of several Malaysian news services and online newspapers providing coverage of opposition candidates also raise serious freedom of speech concerns prior to the May 5 polls, Human Rights Watch said.

Since April 20, Malaysiakini, a popular online newspaper that is often critical of the government, has experienced technical interference that has prevented users from accessing its website from inside Malaysia. Readers have experienced slow-downs or sudden drops in service when browsing the website, which has been unpredictable and varied in time. It is unclear whether current disruptions are the result of interference by Internet service providers (ISPs) or by some other actor at centralized Internet gateways that connect Malaysia to the global Internet. Malaysiakini has been the target of distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks in the past. On April 28, the newspaper reported that several of its Twitter accounts had been hacked and taken over; the accounts were recovered on April 30.

On April 11, a major DDOS attack brought down three London-based radio web portals – Radio Free Malaysia, Radio Free Sarawak, and Sarawak Report – that have regularly been critical of the Malaysia federal government and the state government of Sarawak. The attack, emanating from computers around the world, generated over 130 million hits on the three websites in the course of three-and-a-half hours, rapidly overwhelming them. All three websites were only able to return to full operation on April 16.

Radio Free Malaysia, which began operations in March 2013, delivers election-related news to Sarawak’s urban population and openly supports Pakatan Rakyat. Radio Free Sarawak and the Sarawak Report, which broadcast primarily to indigenous people in Sarawak’s rural areas, frequently report on government corruption and criticize government policies affecting rural residents. In addition to the DDOS attacks, since the start of the election period Radio Free Sarawak broadcasts in the Iban language over shortwave radio lost clear transmission after jamming with noise transmitted on the same shortwave frequency.

“Ensuring everyone can access information without interference is critical if there is to be a level political playing field in Malaysia,” Robertson said. “The government has a duty to investigate and shut down all cyber attacks, interference with ISPs, and hacking so that freedom of expression and the right to receive information is preserved.”

1 May 2013

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The Malaysian Insider

The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) promised to change civil servants’ pay scheme to weekly from monthly when it takes power, potentially giving civil servants an extra four weeks’ pay annually, in a move to get votes from the 1.4 million-strong civil service.

De facto PR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim delivered his Labour Day’s address here, to greet thousands of supporters at the same ground in Precinct 3 where PAS’ spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat was given a historic welcome last week.

“Our approach is to give benefits and rewards to defend the fates of workers, equivalent to their sacrifices and work load. This is the principles that is not understood by our friends on the other side,” Anwar said to the crowd here who welcomed him with standing ovations and “Reformasi” chants earlier.

PR’s pledges for civil servants, called “Declaration of Putrajaya 2013”, were delivered to Anwar by its author PAS’ Datuk Husam Musa, who is making a bid for the federal administrative capital in the May 5 polls.

Civil servants are also slated to get interest-free home loans for first-time home buyers, and earlier pension age – 45 for women and 50 for men – should PR win Election 2013.

PR also pledged to reduce the promotion period from 15 to 10 years. Workers union will also be allowed, and any political interference in the civil service will be stopped.

Earlier on, Anwar praised the civil service for contributing towards his good record while in the Ministry of Education and the Treasury, but lamented that the workers have been demoted due to political interference and use of foreign consultants.

He also criticised the Public Service Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) which was introduced on January last year. It was scrapped just after two months, after being criticised for only benefiting top government servants while leaving the majority of the civil service with paltry salary hikes.

“This shows the attitude of Umno-BN leaders, they have always sided with the rich people above,” said Anwar.

It was revealed last year that under the SBPA, the Chief Secretary would draw a salary of RM60,000 while those in the “Premier Service” category were to rake in RM36,000, a vast difference from those in the lower pay grades, some of whom were only given increments as low as RM1.70.

The then prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had announced that the existing Malaysian Remuneration System (SSM) would be maintained with improvements, where salaries of the Chief Secretary to the Government and top-tier civil servants in the “Premier Service I” (Turus I) category would only be adjusted by seven per cent.

Civil servants in the management and professional groups and Grades 1 to 54, in turn, would see their salaries hiked by 13 per cent across the board.

“I assure you, a PR government will restore people’s trust towards the civil service’s professionalism and we will reform the service to increase their dignities as competent civil servants,” Anwar said to cheers from the crowd.

Malaysia’s bureaucracy is powered by some 1.4 million workers. Some 80,000 people live in Putrajaya, with 15,798 of them registered to vote.

1 May 2013

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Malaysiakini

On Sunday, Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim has his best – and seemingly last – chance to complete an extraordinary political comeback from beaten-down prisoner to leader of his country.

The 65-year-old former deputy prime minister and finance minister told Reuters in an interview he will step down if his three-party alliance fails to wrest power for the first time from the ruling National Front (BN) coalition in Sunday’s election.

“I’ll have given my best and if the people are not ready for change, it’s better that you have a post-Anwar situation,” he said after a gruelling day of campaigning in Malacca, a BN stronghold.

Anwar is closer to power than at any time since his meteoric career came crashing down in 1998 when he fell out with the then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, his mentor and Malaysia’s longest-serving leader.

His alliance surged to its best-ever election result in 2008, gaining support from ethnic Chinese and Indians disillusioned with race-based policies favouring majority Malays and discontent over a lack of political and economic reform.

NONEThe charismatic former rising star of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno) party said he was optimistic about going one better this time.

“What is encouraging compared with 2008 is that we have built the momentum rather early this time.

“Normally, you don’t see a crowd like tonight until the end of the campaign trail,” Anwar said as he sat down at a roadside restaurant close to midnight after a long day of campaigning.

Late diners mobbed Anwar for pictures and hand shakes, a reminder of how he remains a popular figure after his tumultuous political career.

‘Premature power play that failed’

Anwar, who had long been tipped to succeed Mahathir, was dismissed in 1998 and charged with sodomy and corruption after he clashed with Mahathir over his handling of the Asian financial crisis that battered Malaysia.

Many saw the events as a premature power play that failed badly for Anwar, who critics say is still motivated by intense personal ambition. However, his arrest sparked street protests calling for “reformasi”, or reform, that still resonate today, especially for a younger generation eager for change.

anwar ibrahim black eye small 080206Images at the time of the goateed, bespectacled Anwar appearing in court with a black eye and bruises sparked international outrage. Only a year earlier,Time magazine had put him on its cover, calling him “The Future of Asia”.

Anwar spent six years in solitary confinement and was forced to sit out Malaysia’s next two elections before returning to parliament in 2008 with a sweeping by-election victory.

Fresh allegations of sodomy then surfaced and many expected Anwar’s political career to end with a guilty verdict in court.

Instead, he was given a new lease on political life when he was acquitted in January 2012 following a trial that gripped the Muslim-majority, multi-ethnic nation of 28 million people.

Anwar has always maintained the charges against him were politically-motivated, a view shared by international human rights groups and a majority of Malaysians in opinion polls.

Fallen heir

Anwar has promoted a rival vision for Malaysia that would abolish or scale back its most authoritarian laws and scrap a system of ethnic preferences for majority Malays.

A magnetic speaker who has cultivated a range of international allies, Anwar rails against the network of patronage that has grown up between Umno and well-connected business people, fostering inefficiency and corruption.

His critics say he is far from clean himself, having long thrived within the very same establishment.

“Malaysia must mature as a democracy. And we must be able to ensure that the (country’s) enormous wealth be well and prudently managed,” Anwar said.

Anwar was born in northern Penang island in 1947, the son of a hospital porter who later became a member of parliament. He attended one of Malaysia’s top schools and made his name as a firebrand Islamic youth leader.

NONEHe was jailed for 20 months in 1974 under a sweeping Internal Security Act (ISA) for leading anti-government demonstrations against poverty.

Mahathir invited him to join Umno in 1982 to bridge a gap between the party’s ethnic Malay nationalist image and its rising Islamic aspirations.

He held a string of senior cabinet posts, including the ministries of agriculture and education, and had been finance minister since 1991 when he was sacked.

After his first sodomy conviction was overturned in 2004, Anwar quickly returned to politics as the head of a revitalised, multi-ethnic opposition, centred around Islamists and secular social reformers.

The 2008 election put Anwar’s coalition tantalisingly close to a parliamentary majority, challenging the coalition which has controlled Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957.

- Reuters

30 April 2013

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Dhaka Tribune

Malaysians will go to the polls on May 5

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Malaysians will go to the polls on May 5 in what is predicted to be a closely fought election, with 55 years of one-party government being challenged by Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the People’s Justice Party and head of the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat.

Campaigning for the ideals of empowerment, justice and equity, the coalition is calling for an end to corruption and the reform of civil and democratic institutions. Anwar Ibrahim emphasises social justice, poverty eradication, education and civil society and he has been a powerful symbol of integrity in the shadowy world of Malaysian politics for many years.

He was a former deputy prime minister in Malaysia, holding various cabinet positions in agriculture, commerce, education and finance before becoming right hand man to former prime minister Mahathir.

While finance minister he was recognised as an “Asian tiger” and Newsweek named him its 1998 “Asian of the Year” for his role in rescuing Malaysia from the Asian financial crisis.

When establishing a reform movement, he courageously accused the prime minister of corruption, which led to his temporary downfall and six years in jail on trumped-up charges.

Emerging from the politically motivated accusations in 2004, he gained a notable result in the 2008 elections, winning one-third of the seats and five states from the incumbent National Front party.

Attempts to smear his reputation again failed when accusations were finally dismissed last year for lack of evidence. He is regarded as Malaysia’s best hope against an autocratic and corrupt government which many think have ruled Malaysia for far too long.

The incumbents are using the usual tactics such as tampering with the electoral rolls and using huge amounts of public money to campaign against the opposition.

At speeches and rallies Anwar Ibrahim is compelling, charismatic and persuasive as he remains steadfast in his trust in true democracy and his faith in the wisdom of the people.

His followers are joining him in their hundreds of thousands in the call for electoral reform and an end to corruption scandals, crime and police brutality. Anwar knows well that he is up against a well-oiled propaganda machine that calls itself “Moderate Malaysia” and controls the media’s often empty vote-getting slogans which distort the meaning of freedom, democracy and human rights.

His own coalition is a triumph of bringing to consensus the disparate elements of his People’s Justice Party, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic party and the ethnic Chinese Democratic Action party. He has managed to bring them together into a broader liberal community through “active and vibrant intellectual discourse,” acknowledging extremists with respect and tolerance.

The objective is a multi-party democracy where leading parties will change every few years as a way of being accountable to the people, putting an end to the single party domination of Malaysian politics.

The twin issues of corruption and living costs are of major concern to voters. Anwar’s People’s Alliance has established a good track record in the states it currently governs, and he told reporters on April 4 that he was “cautiously optimistic” about winning a majority in parliament. The people of Malaysia have become more aware of national issues and their right to criticise, question and condemn their current rulers whose excesses and extravagances have no limits.

In the culture of patronage and political largesse, huge sums of public money have been squandered in failed economic ventures and speculative projects, which certainly have not benefitted Malaysians.

Education, housing and health services are all in need of upgrading and investment and the country suffers from stagnant wages and a huge and growing national debt, as the government borrows to maintain handouts to retain political power.

It is a tragic state for a Muslim country to be in, as it has moved far from the tenets of Islam which include moderation, piety, justice and fairness to all. The Pakatan Rakyat offers the best hope of reform and change and the fact that the coalition contains diverse interests and competing ideologies can be seen as one of its strengths. By bringing together different ethnic and religious groups the PR coalition is more representative of a truly democratic Malaysia, more concerned for the good of the country and all its people than the nationalist Malay group represented by the ruling Barisan Nasional.

If the nation is to eradicate poverty which is one of the often repeated campaign promises of the current government, then mismanagement, corruption and abuse of power will have to be replaced with a moral government with the interests of the people at heart.

Anwar Ibrahim has an opportunity on May 5 to save his country from the one-party rule that threatens to hold back the country with stagnating ideas and economics; hopefully the people of Malaysia will recognise the moment for its historical significance and give Anwar Ibrahim the chance to lead his country to a renaissance of integrity, prosperity and true democracy.

Dr Azeem Ibrahim is a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

30 April 2013

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3 Mei 2013 (Jumaat)

1)   1.00 ptg – Solat Jumaat – Masjid Ulu Melaka, Langkawi2)   2.00 ptg – Sepetang Bersama Anwar Ibrahim     Lokasi: Pdg Maktab Mahmud, Ulu Melaka, Langkawi

3)   4.00 ptg – Sepetang Bersama Anwar Ibrahim     Lokasi: Pekan Naka, Pedu

4)   5.00 ptg – Sepetang Bersama Anwar Ibrahim     Lokasi:  Kg Tanjong Musang, Pokok Sena

5)   5.45 ptg – Sepetang Bersama Anwar Ibrahim     Lokasi: Pej PKR Negri Kedah, Bakar Bata, Alor Setar

6)   7.15 mlm – Solat & Tazkirah Maghrib     Lokasi: Surau Taman Peruda, Sungai Petani

7)   8.30 mlm – Ceramah Perdana Pakatan Harapan Rakyat     Lokasi: Taman Ria Jaya, Sungai Petani

8)   9.45 mlm- Ceramah Perdana Pakatan Harapan Rakyat     Lokasi: Taman Semarak, Sungai Petani

9)   11.15 mlm – Ceramah Perdana Pakatan Harapan Rakyat    Lokasi: Stadium Mini Keladi, Kulim

30 April 2013

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Perutusan Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim kepada penjawat awam sempena Hari Pekerja bersama Dato’ Husam Musa, calon bagi Parlimen P125 Putrajaya di Presint 3, Putrajaya pada hari Rabu (1 Mei 2013) jam 2 petang.

 

Pejabat Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim

30 April 2013

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The Malaysian Insider

by Abdul Ghani Mohamad

If Pakatan Rakyat (PR) wins the general election on May 5, it will be because a majority of Malaysians decided that it wants a new leadership at the helm of our country.

But Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today that PR’s cry for change in Election 2013 is a call for chaos, division and national bankruptcy.

How’s that again?

If a majority of us — and that remains an if — want PR to run the country for the next five years, why exactly would there be chaos?

I would think the only chaos would be among Barisan Nasional (BN) parties and their leaders.

Surely, Muhyiddin is not suggesting that BN leaders, their parties and the voters who support them would be sore losers and create chaos?

Or is there an implied threat there? I would like to have more confidence in my fellow Malaysians.

After all, a significant number of Malaysians — millions, in fact — have consistently voted for opposition parties since independence.

And the result has more often than not been peace. Except in 1969 when BN’s predecessor the Alliance scraped through but lost the popular vote.

So, there has always been division in our country too, just like there is in any country, organisation or even family. We have different opinions but we are still Malaysians.

As for bankruptcy, I am assuming Muhyiddin is referring to Pakatan’s many promises in its election manifesto.

I do not agree with some of the proposals in Pakatan’s manifesto but it is rich of him to suggest the opposition, if given a chance to rule, would bankrupt the country.

BN’s policies in facing this election are equally if not more populist, what with handouts being announced every week.

I can only come to one conclusion — Muhyiddin’s remarks are nothing more than a self-serving bid to stay in power, and not an attempt to offer Malaysians a chance to make an informed choice between BN and Pakatan.

Maybe, it was too much to expect from the man.

30 April 2013

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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.

30 April 2013

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Malaysia Chronicle

Rumours have been circulating that a ‘cleaning up drive’ is underway in the top echelons of power, following a growing belief that Pakatan Rakyat will be forming the Federal government after this weekend’s polls.

It has been reported earlier that the National Council of Professors Malaysia (MPN), which assumes an advisory role on Federal government policies, will convene an extraordinary meeting in Putrajaya to discuss the latest developments.

For several days now, analysts and pollsters have been reporting a growing trend of voters preparing to ditch Barisan Nasional. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in Putrajaya itself, where ‘underdog’ PAS candidate Husam Musa’s programmes have been attracting mammoth crowds, forcing UMNO to bring its strongman Dr Mahathir Mohamad into direct campaigning. Days before nomination day, BN’s Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had boasted that Husam would lose by two-thirds majority.

And a survey released by University of Malaya’s Centre for Democracy and Elections pointing towards a PR victory has roused the ire of BN leaders including its chairman Najib Razak.

Seasoned political analyst Ahmad Lutfi Othman, who is also chief editor of PAS organ Harakah, has recently a source from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, on the extraordinary meeting by MPN.

Lutfi said the meeting was being called in the wake of “worries that a BN fall from power is imminent”, he wrote in the BM edition of the Harakahdaily news portal.

“Apparently there were many such meetings taking place in Putrajaya to discuss the subject,” he added.

Cleaning up?

Meantime, a text message is making rounds claiming that the Prime Minister’s Office is undergoing a ‘spring cleaning’ exercise in anticipation of a PR victory.

Harakahdaily has not been able to verify the claim, but judging from recent experience, such rumours cannot be easily dismissed as hearsay.

Similar ‘spring cleaning’ by outgoing BN state governments had been reported in 2008 hours before election results confirming PR’s victory in Selangor, Perak, Penang and Kedah, where it was claimed that documents on shady land deals had been destroyed before the new PR government was sworn-in.

29 April 2013

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Pilihanraya Umum ke 13 ini bakal menjadi satu detik yang sangat bersejarah. Pakatan Rakyat menjadikan perubahan sebagai teras pendekatan kami. Namun, kita sedar pendekatan Barisan Nasional (BN) adalah untuk menjadikan pilihanraya ini sebagai isu perkauman dan agama.

Pakatan Rakyat ingin menegaskan supaya UMNO dan BN jangan menakut-nakutkan pengundi dengan menggunakan isu bangsa dan agama untuk menimbulkan kecurigaan dan melaga-lagakan rakyat. Terutama, mempermainkan dan mengapi-apikan sentimen orang-orang Melayu sebagai kuda tunggangannya dalam meraih undi dan sering memaparkan Pakatan Rakyat sebagai musuh Islam dan bangsa Melayu.

Kami ingin menegaskan di sini bahawa ketiga-tiga parti Pakatan Rakyat memberi komitmen sepenuhnya mendokong perlembagaan Malaysia. Kami berikrar dan beriltizam akan memelihara status Islam sebagai agama rasmi, kedudukan istimewa orang-orang Melayu dan orang asal Sabah dan Sarawak, dan serta kedudukan institusi Raja-raja Melayu. Ini tidak pernah dipersoalkan dan tidak dipertikaikan oleh mana-mana parti Pakatan Rakyat.

Oleh sebab Dato’ Seri Najib Razak tidak berani tampil ke depan untuk debat dengan saya mengenai Manifesto Pilihanraya Umum ke-13, maka kami ingin mencabar Barisan Nasional, khususnya UMNO, untuk menjawab beberapa persoalan mengenai nasib orang Melayu:

Pertama, kenapakah di sepanjang pemerintahan BN jumlah tanah rezab Melayu yang berjumlah 3 juta hektar pada tahun 1957 telah menguncup kepada 1.7 juta hektar. Ke manakah pergi 1.3 juta hektar dan siapakah yang mendapat faedah dari penjualan tanah rezab Melayu? Bukankah BN yang cuba menjual tanah rezab Melayu Kampung Baru?

Kedua, kerajaan Pulau Pinang di bawah DAP telah mengekalkan kuota Bumiputera untuk kontraktor kelas F. Nilai kontrak yang diperolehi kontaktor Bumiputera telah meningkatkan dua kali ganda. Peruntukan untuk hal-ehwal Islam di Pulau Pinang telah meningkat sebanyak 2.5 kali ganda berbanding dengan ketika BN menguasai Pulau Pinang. Adakah ini dasar yang anti-Melayu dan anti-Islam? Prestasi Melayu di bawah kerajaan DAP lebih baik dari ketika Gerakan menguasai kerajaan Pulau Pinang. Di manakah suara UMNO ketika itu?

Ketiga, Dato’ Seri Najib sendiri dalam kenyataannya di Parlimen mengakui bahawa daripada saham syarikat yang tersenarai di Bursa Malaysia bernilai RM56 bilion yang telah diberi kepada Bumiputera, sebanyak RM52 bilion telah dijual kepada bangsa lain. Setahu kami, saham RM56 bilion tidak sampai kepada guru-guru sekolah, para nelayan dan penarik beca, kerani-kerani dan konstable polis. Berapa ramaikah menteri dan ketua-ketua bahagian UMNO yang telah menjadi jutawan melalui skim ini?

Keempat, kenapakah selepas 56 tahun Merdeka, orang Melayu masih merupakan bangsa yang termiskin? Jika benar, perjuangan UMNO ialah untuk membela orang Melayu, kenapa ramai pemimpin UMNO semakin kaya dan jurang di antara golongan miskin dan kaya semakin luas, terutama di kalangan orang Melayu? UMNO sedikit pun tidak memberi sumbangan kepada negara mahu pun meningkatkan kedudukan ekonomi orang-orang Melayu yang termiskin. Namun, UMNO cuba menagih budi dengan meningatkan orang Melayu supaya bersyukur kepada UMNO, tetapi kebetulannya merendahkan maruah Melayu dengan serdak yang mereka perolehi.

Kami, selaku pemimpin parti-parti Pakatan Rakyat, berikrar akan membebaskan rakyat dari belengu rasuah dengan langkah-langkah berikut:

  1. Mereformasikan urustadbir perkhidmatan awam supaya ia tidak menjadi instrumen eksploitasi kepimpinan politik. Ini akan dilakukan melalui proses yang telus, melalui pemisahan pembuatan dasar dari pelaksanaan supaya tidak wujud campur tangan politik dalam pelaksanaan dasar.
  2. Menjamin autonomi dan keberkecualian badan kehakiman, Pejabat Peguam Negara, PDRM dan SPRM supaya kesemuanya dapat bertindak tanpa pilih kasih atau perasaan takut. Kesemua badan ini perlu bertindak profesional dan tidak menjadi alat politik pemerintah.
  3. Menubuhkan sebuah Suruhanjaya untuk menyemak semula amalan kontrak runding terus yang berat sebelah dan amalan monopoli di ekonomi Malaysia yang membawa beban kepada rakyat.

Usaha membasmi kemiskinan di kalangan orang Melayu dan lain-lain komuniti yang terpinggir akan dipergiatkan lagi dengan program-program yang disasarkan untuk membina daya saing dan daya dikari seperti program mikrokredit. Dasar ekonomi yang berkesan dan berjaya ialah dasar yang dapat mengurangkan pergantungan kepada subsidi dan pemberian kebajikan. Dasar sebegini tidak akan merugikan masyarakat Melayu.

Orang Melayu yang miskin dan terpinggir tidak perlu bimbang akan perubahan yang kami bawa. Masa depan mereka lebih terjamin di bawah Pakatan Rakyat. Hanya orang Melayu yang menyalahguna kuasa dan terlibat dalam rasuah harus cemas dengan perubahan yang kami anjurkan.

 

ANWAR IBRAHIM

29 APRIL 2013

24 April 2013

Pendapat

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25 April 2013 (Khamis)

1) 3.00 ptg – Medan Selera Kg Baru, Bentong

2)    4.00 ptg – Sepetang Bersama Anwar Ibrahim

Lokasi:  Jln Saga 8, Taman Saga, Mentakab

3)    5.30 ptg – Sepetang  Bersama Anwar Ibrahim

Lokasi : Tapak Pekan Sari, Felda Lepar Hilir 1

4)    9.00 mlm – Ceramah Pakatan Harapan Rakyat

Lokasi: Felda Cini 1

5)    11.00 mlm– Ceramah Perdana Pakatan Harapan Rakyat

Lokasi: Simpang Kepayang, Bera

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