15 September 2014


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Keynote address by Anwar Ibrahim, Opposition Leader, on the eve of Malaysia Day, 15th September 2014 at the Penang Institute

As we approach the 51st anniversary of the formation of our nation, we find ourselves asking the fundamental question yet again ‘what are we celebrating?’

Indeed, the term ‘independence’ is often used without a true appreciation of what it really means and signifies. Defined in our historical context, Independence for Malaya was freedom from British colonial rule officially granted on August 31st 1957. For Sarawak, it was the 22nd July 1963 supposedly given on the condition that Sarawak would, together with Sabah, join the Federation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963.

But that is the simplistic, if not entirely superficial, understanding of Independence where it is celebrated more by the appreciation of its form and colour and less by substance and true significance.

When the true substance of Independence is ignored or, when the powers that be consider it “…more honoured in the breach than the observance” then it is time again to take stock of things.

To my mind, independence has to mean among other things liberation fromoppression. In the historical context, it was liberation from the British colonial master. But history has not ended because we know that the post-war independence that was gained by most of the countries of Asia and Africa was eventually supplanted by a new-fangled oppression imposed from within by the powers that be.

So, for most of these countries, what was supposed to be the end of an era of oppression in reality saw the birth of a new era of tyranny and injustice, which turned out to be more insidious than the one it replaced.

How our independence went astray

For Malaysia, our attainment of independence was followed by the initial yearsof growth and development as a free nation.

However, it was interrupted by the outbreak of ‘Confrontation’ with Indonesiaand the mass arrests that ensued and subsequently that dark patch known as May 13. But the interaction between the Opposition and the ruling government saw intense and vibrant debates in Parliament, and our new found freedom wasas palpable as it could realistically be at that point in time.

However, as we moved into the last three decades, the path that should have taken us to the next level of political maturity and stability as a truly independent nation went off the track and took us instead to a new era of oppression, marked by harsh police crackdowns, mass arrests and detentions without trial and government lording over the people with impunity.

We cannot have true independence when repressive laws of the colonial era that should have been repealed with the passage of time still remain in our statute books.

Now, not only are these laws still in force, they are being used with a renewed vengeance and rigour. The Sedition Act, for example, is now employed as a newweapon of mass oppression.

To my mind, not only is this a negation of true independence, but the recent spate of arbitrary arrests and selective prosecution of Pakatan Rakyat leaders as well as lawyers doing their job and even academicians represents a gross affront to the democratic process and signifies a breakdown in the rule of law.

Hijacking democracy and the electoral process

It is a blatant and shameless attempt by the UMNO-BN government to hijack democracy by having duly elected law makers from Pakatan to be denied their legitimate representative capacities and disqualified from contesting in the subsequent by-elections. In doing so, they are attempting to stifle the voices of the rakyat.

Democracy is being hijacked and the electoral process is being undermined.True independence would mean that such abuse of power by the Executive will and cannot be tolerated.

It is an attack on the very foundation of our constitution which guarantees freedom from arbitrary arrests and prosecution. It violates the democratic process which renders elected representatives to be duty-bound to speak for the people against injustice and abuse of power.

Meanwhile, racist remarks and speeches by UMNO ministers and MPs aregiven full media coverage by UMNO’s propaganda network machine with complete impunity. Extreme right-wing groups and countless other racistorganizations continue to spread and incite communal hatred. Racists andpurveyors of religious extremism get off scot free while those who speak the truth for the sake of a better, more harmonious Malaysia are treated as criminals.

True Independence means that we must reject these archaic laws and that the maxim everyone is equal before the law must be observed strictly.

The concept of Federalism and Malaysia

Malaysia is in theory a Federation of states buttressed by the Federal Constitution. However, when we go through the Federal List, it would soon begin to dawn on us that we are more a unitary state.

The concept of federalism entails a division of power between the federalgovernment and the state governments while in a unitary state, power is centralised. A rather common misperception is that we cannot afford real federalism or decentralization because this diverse country will fall apart. Calls for decentralization are therefore often dismissed as conspiracies to undermine the nation-state or worse still, viewed askance as campaigns for separation.

Nothing could be further from the truth. True federalism ensures proportionate allocation of power so that all component states can work as separate unitswhile the overall federal structure remains firm and intact. This is essential to allow the Federal Government to move the nation forward as a sovereign state recognised in the international community.

To maintain cohesiveness as a multi-cultural multi-religious nation, all national policies must be inclusive and sensitive to the fundamental rights of the diverse communities.

Collective platform approach

True federalism can only be realised where there is a collective platform approach in first ensuring real independence.

Regardless of partisan affiliation, a pre-requisite must be the sharing of the values that will form the bed rock for a nation to maintain true independence. These are none other than respecting and honouring the fundamental rights and liberties as enshrined in the charter for statehood; cherishing and defending justice for all regardless of ethnicity, regional background, social class or religious calling; and last but not least subscribing to the basic principles of democracy and rule of law.

These values are not to be merely proclaimed for political expediency, trumpeted about when the occasion demands or articulated wantonly in public forums for the sake of grandstanding.

They must be sincerely believed in, actualised through word and deed and when push comes to shove held on to even at the risk of losing political power. For power gained through unprincipled means will be illegitimate power and all actions derived therefrom will be likewise illegitimate.

For Pakatan Rakyat, developments in the last two months have demonstrated a case of acute consensus deficiency flaring into open disputes and unwarranted washing of dirty linen in public. They should have been resolved if all members adhered to the shared values on a common platform.

In respect of the states under Pakatan rule, it must be reiterated that true independence must compel us to subscribe to the rule of law and the established process of Parliamentary democracy as well as to honour and respect our system of constitutional monarchy.

The words and actions of Pakatan leaders must reflect this conviction. They must reflect what Pakatan is fighting for. And in all situations, they must reflect a faithful adherence to the precepts and principles of the Orange Book.

Admittedly, people are beginning to question whether our words and actions do indeed reflect these shared values and perspectives. On the contrary, some are convinced that the rhetoric that is being spewed out by some of the leadersactually run counter to our shared values.

The tyranny of the majority

Ours is a “majoritarian democracy” highlighted by a concentration of power in the hand of winners while the losers are excluded from participating in any kind of power sharing. The inherent problem of such a system is the possibility of tyranny of the majority.

It was Edmund Burke who said that “The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.”

But in theory, federalism in our system which incorporates the Senate representing state interests in our Parliament should have served as a good check to the majoritarian tendency and move us more towards an alternative, “consensus democracy”. Unfortunately, our federalism is overly centralized and our Senate is, with all due respect, essentially incapable of advancing the states’ interest.

Some stark examples of the tyranny of the majority have been unfolding and threatening the sensitive social fabric of our multi-religious and multi-racial society. We know the myriad problems caused by the insistence of certain members of one community on disallowing the use of certain words they claimto be exclusive to them; or the demand that the religious books of onecommunity cannot be translated into a certain language.

The community that feels victimised naturally insists on its fundamental rights. The more dominant group threatens retaliation. That is unwarranted and confrontational. There is no reasoned discourse. It is less about theology than about generating mass psychology.

Bahasa Malaysia as the national identity

Language identity as a nation cannot be separated from its sovereignty. Anyproposal to enhance federalism without giving pride of place to Bahasa Malaysia as the national unifying language for all Malaysians is doomed to fail.

Thus, the position of Bahasa Malaysia must not be questioned at all. This is a struggle not just for the champions of the language but a conviction for all of us regardless of our mother tongue. While no community may be denied its fundamental right to its native tongue, Malay is the only language that will bind us linguistically as a nation.

We should be guided by such an overriding principle so as to maintain unity in diversity while preserving national sovereignty as a nation and this can done without an overconcentration of centralised power.

Rather than being fixated on amassing power at the centre, the Federal government must seriously consider a general decentralisation agenda that will add invaluable economic synergies and cultural empowerment to the states regardless whether they are controlled by Pakatan or Barisan Nasional.

To ensure the preservation of the national statehood, essential matters covered in the Federal List such as national defence, internal order and security and raising revenue should never be compromised.

Governance and accountability

Often, the discourse on decentralization and true federalism proceeds without sufficient thought being given to the issue of governance and accountability.

This cannot be overstated for decentralization from the federal nexus of powercould lead to over-centralization to the respective states. This in turn may generate an overconcentration of power and the host of problems that will accompany power that is unchecked. Even without this devolution we can see the level and magnitude of power abuse and corruption in certain states where governance proceeds without the slightest regard to demands of transparency and accountability. Therefore, the devolution of central power must go hand in hand with putting in place a system of checks and balances.


To conclude, true federalism can only proceed from true independence. The notion that we cannot afford real federalism lest the country will fall apart has no basis in truth. Calls for devolution of power from the Federal government must never be associated with campaigns for separation. As true federalism ensures proportionate allocation of power, decentralization will enhance thestrength of the Federal Government and positively contribute to its consolidation as a sovereign state recognised in the international community.

Thank you.

12 September 2014


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LFL: N.Surendran’s Sedition Charges Jeopardises Anwar’s Final Appeal

LFL views with serious concern the two sedition charges against N. Surendran for statements made in his capacity as Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyer. The first charge against Surendran was for mere criticism of the Court of Appeal’s judgment convicting Anwar; whereas the second charge was for comments relating to the case made after attending a case management hearing on behalf of Anwar at the Federal Court.

The alleged seditious statements made were in fact the crux of Anwar Ibrahim’s legal defence at the Federal Court appeal. It is shocking and unacceptable for a lawyer to be charged for statements made in relation to his client’s case, and even more so for statements which also form the basis of the client’s legal defence.

Needless to say, these charges have enormous ramifications on the independence of the Bar and the right of lawyers to defend their clients and to act without fear or favour. The public will be adversely affected if lawyers begin to fear criminal charges for speaking out on behalf of their clients.

The right to a fair trial crucially includes allowing lawyers to carry out their duties without threat or intimidation from the authorities. In this case, Anwar Ibrahim’s right to a fair hearing in the impending Federal Court appeal on 28 and 29 October 2014 has been seriously jeopardised by the sedition charges which has had a serious impact upon Anwar’s entire legal team.

It is unacceptable for the Federal Court to proceed with Anwar’s appeal with these sedition charges hanging over the head of one of his key lawyers for the appeal.

LFL urges the Attorney-General to urgently review and drop the charges against Surendran. In addition, the AG should also similarly review and drop all charges against all other persons charged under the Sedition Act and work towards the eventual repeal of this draconian law as promised repeatedly by the Prime Minister.

Eric Paulsen
Executive Director
Lawyers for Liberty

12 September 2014


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1. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Perdana Menteri menjelaskan apakah kerajaan berpendapat dengan mendakwa sebilangan pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat termasuk beberapa orang Ahli Parlimen, aktivis dan cendekiawan dengan tuduhan menghasut (Akta Hasutan 1948) selaras dengan komitmen PM menjadikan Malaysia sebuah negara yang lebih demokratik.

2. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Perdana Menteri menyatakan perincian jumlah liabiliti 1MDB terkini dan apakah sebab penangguhan IPO aset tenaganya yang bernilai USD 3 bilion.

3. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Perdana Menteri menyatakan adakah kerajaan telah mengenalpasti dalang tembakan pesawat MH17 di Ukraine dan berapakah kos yang ditanggung kerajaan bagi mempersiapkan kepulangan jenazah-jenazah mangsa nahas pesawat MH17 tersebut.

4. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Menteri Kewangan menyatakan apakah
1) jaminan kerajaan dan Khazanah bahawa MAS akan diurus
dengan lebih cekap.
2) kerajaan bersedia untuk mengkaji “fuel and oil
expenditure” yang menyumbang 36% kepada jumlah
perbelanjaan MAS.
3) jaminan kepentingan pekerja MAS dilindungi.

5. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Menteri Kewangan apakah langkah-langkah yang diambil kerajaan setakat ini untuk:
1) merapatkan jurang kesenjangan pendapatan yang semakin melebar.
2) mencapai pendapatan per kapita GNI USD15, 000 menjelang 2020 memandangkan kira-kira 30% daripada isi rumah masih berpendapatan kurang dari RM3000.

6. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Menteri Pengangkutan menjelaskan apakah kerajaan bersedia untuk mengkaji semula dasar kerajaan berkenaan pengangkutan awam, terutamanya bas awam yang beroperasi tidak mengikut jadual yang ditetapkan sekaligus menyusahkan rakyat terbanyak yang menggunakannya.

7. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Menteri Pendidikan menjelaskan secara terperinci berhubung insiden “perletakan jawatan” pengasas dan Pengarah Pusat Demokrasi dan Pilihan Raya Universiti Malaya (Umcedel) Prof Datuk Redzuan Othman.

8. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Menteri Pendidikan menjelaskan apakah tindakan yang telah diambil berhubung kecuaian sehingga berlaku kebocoran Kertas Peperiksaan Sains 018, 028, 038 bagi Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) 2014 yang sepatutnya berlangsung pada 11 September 2014.

9. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Menteri Dalam Negeri menjelaskan samada siasatan terhadap dua orang penumpang pesawat MAS MH370 yang dilaporkan menggunakan pasport palsu telah dijalankan dan apakah hasil siasatan setakat ini.

10. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Perdana Menteri menyatakan apakah kerajaan bersedia untuk menaiktaraf sistem Parlimen di Malaysia dengan mewujudkan sesi “Prime Minister’s Questions” atau “PMQs” sepertimana sistem Westminster di UK yang memperuntukkan setengah jam untuk Perdana Menteri untuk menjawab soalan-soalan berkaitan.

Soalan-Soalan Bertulis

1. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Menteri Dalam Negeri status terkini siasatan kes pencerobohan Lahad Datu di Sabah dan apakah kerajaan telah membayar pampasan kepada mangsa tragedi berdarah itu dan berapa jumlahnya.

2. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Menteri Dalam Negeri menyatakan statistik jenayah indeks dan jenayah bukan indeks mengikut negeri dan kawasan Parlimen.

3. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Perdana Menteri menyatakan dengan terperinci status kes-kes rasuah berprofil tinggi, apakah status siasatan dan apakah ada tangkapan dan pendakwaan yang telah dijalankan.

4. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Perdana Menteri menyatakan statistik pemilih berdaftar mengikut negeri dan kawasan Parlimen dan apakah perkembangan terkini ke arah persempadanan semula.

5. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim [ Permatang Pauh ] minta Menteri Luar Negeri menyatakan secara terperinci jumlah bantuan yang telah disumbangkan oleh kerajaan Malaysia kepada mangsa-mangsa di Palestin setakat ini ekoran “Operation Protective Edge” yang dilancarkan rejim Zionis terhadap Gaza baru-baru ini.


12 September 2014


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12 SEPT 2014

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s claim yesterday that I had agreed to the imposition of GST back in 1992 is both disingenuous and misleading.

Even then in Parliament I had made it explicitly clear that the GST must be carried out in a “transparent and efficient” manner and by that I had stated that certain pre-requisites must be met before implementation.

These included proper governance, transparency, no leakages and wastage, and safeguards against corrupt practices. I had also emphasized that the GST should start at a low level.

These pre-conditions not being fulfilled, that was why the GST was never implemented during my watch as Finance Minister.


12 September 2014


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Pertuduhan hasutan yang bertalu-talu terhadap wakil rakyat pembangkang dan individu lain dilihat sebagai “penindasan” dan bukannya pendakwaan, kata bekas Peguam Negara Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman mengkritik tindakan Jabatan Peguam Negara untuk mengkaji semula kes selepas pertuduhan dikenakan.

Abu Talib berkata, luar biasa bagi Peguam Negara Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail yang juga pendakwa raya mendakwa dulu, kemudiannya membuat keputusan untuk kajian semula.

“Kita mesti berlaku adil dengan melakukan pendakwaan dan bukannya penindasan,” kata Abu Talib kepada The Malaysian Insider dalam satu temuramah khas di Kuala Lumpur semalam.

Abu Talib, yang menjadi peguam negara pada 1980 hingga 1993, berkata demikian ketika mengulas kenyataan Gani pada Selasa pihaknya mengkaji kes terhadap pensyarah undang-undang Universiti Malaya Profesor Madya Dr Azmi Sharom dan beberapa lagi yang dihadapkan dengan tuduhan mengikut Akta Hasutan 1948.

Gani berkata, ia adalah amalan biasa bagi pihak pendakwaan dan beliau akan menjalankan tugasnya dengan penuh tanggungjawab, adil, tepat dan telus tanpa pengaruh mana-mana pihak.

“Mendakwa seseorang adalah perkara yang sangat serius kerana  ia memberi kesan kepada kredibiliti, kedudukan dan maruah tertuduh.

“Ia akan menyebabkan tertuduh dalam terganggu emosi. Malah, jika pertuduhan ditarik balik kemudian pun, kerosakan sudah berlaku,” katanya.

Abu Talib berkata, sepanjang tempoh perkhidmatannya, beliau hanya memberikan persetujuan kepada pendakwaan sekiranya terdapat 90% bukti untuk melakukan sabitan.

Katanya, pendakwaan dibuat berdasarkan undang-undang, keadilan dan pertimbangan kepentingan awam tanpa dipengaruhi pihak ketiga.

Beliau berkata, kenyataan Gani untuk mengkaji semula pertuduhan hanya memberi gambaran keputusan mengenakan dakwaan terhadap tertuduh dibuat tanpa pertimbangan teliti dan serius terhadap semua fakta yang ada.

“Adakah beliau (Gani) mengakui tidak adil dan telus apabila melakukan dakwaan, dan itu sebabnya mengapa beliau  mengkaji semula kes sekarang? Mungkin beliau perlu beri penjelasan,” katanya.

Abu Talib berkata, bukan tugas pihak pendakwa mendapatkan sabitan tetapi memastikan keadilan terhadap pertuduhan dan mangsa.

Beliau berkata, Dr Azmi hanya mengulas mengenai undang-undang atau menjelaskan undang-undang.

“Malangnya, makna menghasut sangat luas. Di sinilah peguam negara perlu menggunakan kebijaksanaan beliau dalam keputusannya untuk melakukan pendakwaan,” katanya sambil menambah pada zamannya hanya terdapat satu atau dua kes hasutan bagi pendakwaan.

Abu Talib, yang enggan menyebut sebarang nama berkata, terdapat personaliti yang membuat kenyataan hasutan kaum dan agama yang lebih serius tetapi tidak dikenakan dakwaan.

“Beliau tidak diperlukan untuk memberi penerangan tetapi ia amat ideal bagi meningkatkan keyakinan dalam soal pentadbiran keadilan dan jawatannya,” kata Abu Taib merujuk kepada Gani.

Pada Rabu, Majlis Peguam Malaysia menyeru Gani menarik balik dakwaan hasutan terhadap Azmi, pemimpin pembangkang dan aktivis.

Presidennya Christopher Leong berkata Gani pada pembukaan Undang-Undang Tahun 2013 menyatakan “setiap orang perlu mengemukakan pandangannya tanpa penalti dan perlu ada satu semangat toleransi di seluruh rakyat”.

Majlis peguam akan mengadakan mesyuarat agung luar biasa pada 19 September bagi membincangkan resolusi berkenaan Akta Hasutan 1948.

Mahasiswa daripada university awam di seluruh negara juga menyertai hartal (protes) yang dianjurkan Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya sebagai solidariti terhadap Azmi.

Pada 2 September, Azmi didakwa menghasut berdasarkan kenyataannya dalam satu artikel bertajuk “Ambil laluan krisis Perak bagi mengakhir kebuntuan Selangor, kata Pakatan”, yang diterbitkan dalam sebuah portal berita pada 14 Ogos.

Ahli politik Sabah David Orok juga didakwa mengikut undang-undang yang sama pada 3 September kerana didakwa menghina Islam dan Nabi Muhammad menerusi Facebook dua bulan lalu.

Sejak awal bulan ini beberapa ahli politik pembangkang termasuk Ahli Parlimen Padang Serai N Surendran (PKR), Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam dan Ahli Jawatankuasa Pusat PAS Khalid Samad serta wakil rakyat Seri Delima RSN Rayer (DAP) didakwa mengikut Akta Hasutan.

Ahli Parlimen Seputeh Teresa Kok (DAP), Ahli Parlimen Batu Tian Chua (PKR) dan aktivis Haris Ibrahim juga berdepan dengan perbicaraan kerana dakwaan menghasut.

Jika sabit kesalahan, mereka boleh dikenakan denda sehingga RM5,000 atau penjara sehingga tiga tahun, atau kedua-duanya.

Wakil rakyat berisiko kehilangan jawatan mereka jika mahkamah mengenakan denda RM2,000 atau lebih, atau sekurang-kurangnya setahun penjara.

12 September 2014


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The goods and services tax (GST) system must be executed transparently and efficiently, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said in denying the prime minister’s claim that he had agreed to impose the GST while he was finance minister more than two decades ago.

The opposition leader said Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s claim was “disingenuous and misleading”, and stressed that the tax system was never implemented under his watch.

Anwar said he had made it clear in Parliament then that the proposed tax system must be carried out in a transparent and efficient manner, and that certain prerequisites had to be met before its implementation.

“These included proper governance, transparency, no leakage and wastage, and safeguards against corrupt practices and I had also emphasised that the GST should start at a low level.

“These pre-conditions have not been fulfilled and that was why the GST was never implemented during my watch as finance minister,” Anwar said in a statement today.

Anwar’s response comes in the wake of Najib’s speech when closing a briefing session on the GST two days ago, where the prime minister had said that he was not the first finance minister to push the GST.

“The first finance minister who said that the government wanted to impose GST in his budget speech in 1992 was Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,” Najib had said on Wednesday.

Najib had also said that the GST was not new and had been announced by three previous finance ministers, including Tun Daim Zainuddin and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Najib added that the tax system slated to be implemented in April next year would not burden Malaysians.

11 September 2014


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Leaked test papers for a Year 6 examination must be a new low in Malaysia.

In times past, including a case last year, the leaks were either for SPM or STPM examinations but now, even primary school children are not spared such an incident.

Yesterday, the Education Ministry moved the Science paper test to September 30 because of a leak that was provided through social media. Today, the ministry said those who sat the English paper will also have to re-sit the paper as it was also leaked.

Are there any more papers that have been leaked for the Year 6 examination that tests nearly 500,000 across Malaysia?

And is this another indicator of Malaysia, where the moral compass has gone awry and where parents of even the young don’t understand between right and wrong?

Why would anyone want to buy examination answers for their 12-year-old child? Is passing an examination more important than the lessons learnt in school?

Are we teaching children that it is perfectly fine to cheat at examinations just so that they can get ahead of their peers in life? Won’t this be the new culture that they will take with them through their school life?

Cheating at any level is wrong, be it for a primary school examination or even at secondary and tertiary level. What more in life.

This year’s leaks tell us that some people don’t think so. They think they can get away with it because it is easily done and it is just an examination for 12-year-olds.

They are wrong.

It is this kind of cheating that leads to corruption, one of Malaysia’s biggest banes and one reason why there is so little trust in the authorities these days. But this kind of cheating will create a bigger trust deficit.

In future, no one will trust any school or university certificate or degree because cheating and examination paper leaks have spread to the most basic level of examinations – the UPSR.

Is it too late to nip this in the bud if it has reached the UPSR? Do we still know right from wrong? Can we go back to a time where at least examination papers are taken seriously and not just a commodity that can be bought or sold?

The nub of the matter is simple. It is not just Putrajaya that must take action but all of us, because our future generation depends on us sticking to the straight and narrow.

11 September 2014


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YOURSAY ‘It was good of Anwar to apologise and state the fact of the matter.’

‘Sorry your highness, I was following constitution’

Kim Quek: Through PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s statement, one can see the contrast between Anwar and PM Najib Razak.

The former has stood up bravely to uphold the supremacy of the constitution and constitutional monarchy, while the latter has twisted PKR’s stand to present one nominee as an act of betrayal of the sultan, the Malays and Islam.

Such slander is hypocrisy of the highest order, as Umno-BN has always nominated only one candidate for the posts of prime minister, menteri besar and chief minister since independence in 1957, as rightly pointed out by Anwar.

As prime minister, Najib’s despicable conduct has put Malaysians to shame. Now that the apology is over, Pakatan must stay on its course to nominate PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, for the sake of preserving our system of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy.

Hank Marvin: Given the circumstances Anwar was absolutely right. Now let us listen to what Umno has to say.

But as of now, the Malay party has been hypocritical. Two decades ago, it was Umno who went around asking the power to appoint MB to be abolished. Now they are upholding it as they know only through the palace they can hold on to power.

Hbasill: It is great that DSAI (Anwar) has stood his ground and politely told the sultan that the state constitution is supreme.

However, the real challenge for me is how DSAI is going to handle PAS because his mishandling may force a big number of PKR supporters to move their allegiance to DAP or BN.

DSAI is in muddy waters as he himself must be angry with the latest twist to the MB saga because of PAS. The opposition supporters are watching.

As I see it PAS must be axed for the non-Malay supporters to continue supporting PKR. Let’s see what unfolds next.

NewMalaysia: Yes, this is what we want to see in true political courage to stand firm to protect the interest of the people and the constitution.

Despite all the adversities, the people can see clearly that PKR and DAP tried their best to uphold the constitution and the spirit of democracy.

PKR and DAP are bound to name only one candidate because only Wan Azizah command the majority support from the state assemblypersons, any other candidate will automatically be disqualified.

If the sultan insists on someone clearly without the majority support, then there’s no need for Khalid Ibrahim to resign.

Kyrie Eleison: Anwar, you could not have said it better. Unless this country starts to respect the constitution and the rule of law, we will descend into anarchy very soon. This is what I really feared most.

Malaccan: Anwar has taken the difficult but principled stand and is the leader the country desperately needs. And his wife took the matured position to be the better Muslim and politician.

Even among royalty and religious leaders, despite their privileged lives and high stations, many have failed to live up to what this couple have sacrificed and their leadership.

If history is written fairly, they will be counted among the great sons and daughters this nation has birthed and that God has created.

Speaking Sense: If what Anwar says is correct, the question must now be asked: why do the palace advisers suddenly find the need to ask for more than one name this time when it is already very clear that the nominating Pakatan Rakyat coalition has a clear majority in the House?

And another question: was Najib hypocritical or lying when he accused PKR of disrespect for the sultan?

Malaysian 53: It was good of Anwar to apologise and state the fact of the matter. There is nothing more to explain because Anwar’s few sentences says it all.

It is either HRH is wrongly advised or has not been properly briefed of the consequences of a stalemate and the possibility of the ‘selected’ MB losing the vote of confidence in the House.

Many of us dread to see the embarrassment that will befall the royal house on such a situation.

Proarte: Based on what Anwar has revealed, BN looks very hypocritical and sadly it also appears as though the Selangor monarchy is dancing to the tune of Umno.

The sultan must be seen to be neutral in a constitutional monarchy, otherwise the raison d’être of the institution is negated.

Furthermore, Selangorians may begin to question the relevance of the monarchy. This would be the regrettable outcome if Umno’s carries out an unconstitutional and undemocratic attempt to influence the sultan.

Anonymous #57883242: Like it or not, Anwar is the only politician in Malaysia that has true courage to say what needs to be said.

MalaysiaMyhome: This is a defining moment in the history of our nation. I respect the sultan, but I respect the constitution too. Anwar and gang are just upholding the constitution and that’s why they have my support.

10 September 2014


Pendapat Anda?

9 September 2014


Pendapat Anda?


Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KEADILAN) dan Pakatan Rakyat tegak atas prinsip keluhuran perlembagaan serta menjunjung sistem raja berperlembagaan dan demokrasi berparlimen. Ini jelas dalam perlembagaan KEADILAN dan kenyataan muafakat bersama pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat.

Dato’ Seri Najib telah bersama dengan pimpinan UMNO sejak 1983 dan 1993 takkala menyokong pindaan perlembagaan bagi menjelaskan bidang kuasa Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang Di-Pertuan Agong selaras dengan prinsip raja berperlembagaan.

Kenyataan Dato’ Seri Najib semalam adalah keterlaluan kerana menafikan pendirian KEADILAN yang tuntas menjunjung kedaulatan undang-undang dan sistem raja berperlembagaan.

Dato’ Seri Najib juga sedia maklum bahawa dalam sejarah pemerintahan UMNO sejak negara merdeka 1957, UMNO dan Perikatan, dan kini Barisan Nasional hanya mengemukakan satu nama Ahli Dewan Negeri atau Ahli Parlimen untuk jawatan Ketua Menteri, Menteri Besar, atau Perdana Menteri.

Selaku Perdana Menteri, Dato Seri Najib sewajarnya jujur dengan pendirian parti beliau dan Kerajaan Barisan Nasional dan tidak menyerang KEADILAN kerana mematuhi amalan yang sama.

Merujuk kepada kenyataan media istana Selangor yang ditandatangani oleh Setiausaha Sulit Kepada Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultan semalam, pihak kami akan terus merafak sembah dan memohon keampunan Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultan seandainya keputusan kami mematuhi Undang-undang Tubuh Negeri Selangor dan amalan (“convention”) sejak 1957 menyebabkan terguris perasaan Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultan.

KEADILAN mengulangi pendirian untuk menjunjung kedaulatan Raja-raja Melayu, dan institusi raja berperlembagaan. Ini juga telah ditegaskan dalam warkah-warkah Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Presiden KEADILAN kepada Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultan Selangor.


7 September 2014


Pendapat Anda?

Atrocities continue to be committed against Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya who appear to be doomed for destruction if the international community persists in overlooking their plight.

Through decades of systematic discrimination worse than even the apartheid system, hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas are treated worse than animals and confined in 21st century concentration camps.

They are denied their right of citizenship, cut off from the mainstream of economic activity, living in abject poverty, and deprived of schools and medical care.

The Myanmar government continues to commit the genocide of minority Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar with impunity.

For those who remain sceptical, here’s NYT journalist Nicholas Kristof’s report on the plight of the Rohingyas that would turn our stomachs:


It is shocking indeed that the world has remained largely silent about this. These crimes against humanity must stop.

Anwar Ibrahim
7th Sept 2014

7 September 2014


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DAP is standing by Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s nomination as Selangor Menteri Besar even as its coalition partner, PAS, continued to dismiss her as unqualified and incapable for the post.

Its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the PKR president and Kajang assembly member would be able to succeed with team effort, as she is already proven to be academically superior and politically experienced.

Lim, who is Penang chief minister, said Wan Azizah should be given a chance to perform, in view of her record in excelling in the field of medicine and in leading the PKR since 1999.

“When I first took over as chief minister, I also had no experience,” Lim said. “But in the last election (in 2013), under my leadership, we won by a bigger mandate than in 2008.”

He said although he did not have much experience, he had a team that showed that the Pakatan Rakyat government could deliver.

“So I think it is basically a team effort,” he said today, when asked to comment on PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s assertion that Dr Wan Azizah was neither capable nor qualified to be menteri besar.

Lim said Dr Wan Azizah was the first Malaysian to be awarded a gold medal in obstetrics and gynaecology before graduating as an ophthalmologist at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

“In terms of intelligence she is far superior to many of us,” he said.

Noting her qualification as a specialist in a medical field, he said: “I am sure she is also equally qualified for other positions. I don’t see why she is qualified to be an ophthalmologist but not qualified for other posts.”

He added that the DAP supported her also because of her leadership of PKR since 1999 when she became party president of the party (then called KeAdilan) after her husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who has been the de facto head of the party, was imprisoned.

Lim was speaking to reporters after officiating at a charity event at the Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged in Penang.

Hadi had told a dialogue session for PAS members in Terengganu on Friday that he was not keen for Wan Azizah to be menteri besar, not because she is a woman, but because she was neither qualified nor capable.

He said a leader of a state had to fulfil many criteria, including the ability to answer in legislative houses like the Parliament and the state assembly.

Asked about a PAS faction called Parti Ummah Sejahtera Malaysia (PasMa) and its aim of ensuring that PAS stayed within Pakatan Rakyat, Lim said this was an internal issue for PAS.

“I think it is not appropriate for me to make any comment, to avoid us being construed as interfering in the internal affairs of PAS,” he said, adding that PAS was facing an upcoming assembly amidst turbulence within its ranks.

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