12 September 2008

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From Malaysiakini

Controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin has been detained under the Internal Security Act, said his wife Marina Lee Abdullah.

According to Marina, 10 police personnel came to their home in Sungai Buloh at about 1.10pm to arrest him.

When Malaysiakini contacted her at 1.25pm, the police personnel were still there.

On Sept 6, Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar had warned the 58-year-old editor of popular news portal Malaysia Today could be charged under the ISA for comments allegedly insulting Islam and Prophet Muhammad.

Several religious groups – Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim), Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (Maiwp) and Federal Territory Religious Department (Jawi) – had lodged police reports against him.

The groups complained his comment in an article entitled “I Promise to be a good, non-hypocritical Muslim” allegedly used sentences that insulted Muslims.

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12 September 2008

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Saya dan Azizah ingin mengucapkan selamat buat teman-teman Malayalee yang meraikan festival Onamshamsakal. Onamshamsakal merupakan perayaan musim menuai yang diwarisi dari masyarakat berbilang agama di negeri Kerala, India.

Semoga ikatan kemesraan dan jalinan persahabatan yang dibina berkekalan untuk selamanya. Mudah-mudahan, rezeki yang dituai pada masa akan datang berhasil serta bertambah baik dan lumayan.

Santhoshathindeeyum, sambalsamrithiyudeeyum, nirakudamaaya eee naalil, ningkkellaavarkkum ente ponnooonaashamsakal!

(Terjemahan Bahasa Malayalee: Pada hari ini yang berlimpah dengan kegembiraan dan kemakmuran, saya mengucapkan Selamat Meraikan Onamshamsakal!)

ANWAR IBRAHIM

12 September 2008

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From The Guardian

The Malaysian government has tried its utmost to keep Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of Malaysia’s resurgent opposition, from power ever since he fell out of favour a decade ago.

In the late 1990s, Anwar looked set to take over from Mahathir Mohamad, who guided Malaysia over 22 years to economic success. But mentor and protege had a bitter falling out over Malaysia’s response to the Asian economic crisis in July 1997.

Mahathir favoured currency and foreign investment controls. Anwar, who was then deputy prime minister and finance minister, implemented an austerity programme that slashed government spending and deferred infrastructure projects dear to Mahathir.

The rift became irreparable, when Anwar — named by Newsweek as man of the year in 1998 — went on a campaign against corruption and cronyism that rankled many of the elite, including Mahathir’s son, Mirzan who had myriad business dealings.

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12 September 2008

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Tanggal 12 September menyaksikan Perisytiharan Permatang Pauh yang dimasyhurkan pada tahun 1998 menjajat usianya yang kesepuluh tahun ini.

Perisytiharan ini, meskipun kelihatan terpencil di kalangan rakyat, sebenarnya merupakan satu langkah pemula kepada usaha ke arah menggerakkan pembaharuan Malaysia untuk mengorak langkah ke arah menjadi negara yang lebih adil, demokratik dan bermaruah.

Tekad dan iltizam kita merencana agenda perubahan bukan sekadar omong kosong. Ia bersendikan dukungan rakyat yang jelas terlihat rentetan daripada keputusan Pilihanraya Umum Ke-12, 8 Mac 2008 dan juga keputusan Pilihanraya Kecil Parlimen Permatang Pauh 26 Ogos lepas.

Kemelut politik perkauman dan ekonomi yang menindas bukan lagi penyelesaian yang relevan. Tuntasnya, rakyat memerlukan harapan baru. Dan harapan ini telahpun digarap seusai 10 tahun yang lepas melalui Perisytiharan Permatang Pauh, dan kini semakin hampir untuk direalisasikan.

Tekanan ekonomi semakin menggila, rasuah semakin menular dan pembudayaan demokrasi kian menguncup. Apa lagi harapan yang boleh kita sandarkan di kala kita sedang merencana masa depan Malaysia selepas 51 tahun kemerdekaan dikecap?

Kini masanya untuk kita memandang dan melangkah ke hadapan.

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11 September 2008

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Kepimpinan Pakatan Rakyat yang bertemu hari ini yakin proses pembentukan kerajaan baru yang berlandasan Agenda Reformasi sedang berjalan secara lancar. Kami percaya kerajaan Barisan Nasional akan diganti dalam masa terdekat.

Pakatan Rakyat yakin mendapat bilangan ahli Parlimen yang mencukupi untuk mempunyai majoriti dalam Parlimen yang membolehkan penubuhan kerajaan baru. Bagaimanapun tarikh sebenar penubuhan kerajaan mungkin terpaksa dilewatkan dari 16 September sebagaimana rancangan awal akibat beberapa ahli Parlimen telah dipaksa ke Taiwan.

Umum mengetahui negara kini masih dicengkam permasalahan politik, ekonomi dan sosial yang getir. Akibat kehilangan keyakinan rakyat terhadap kepimpinan UMNO dan BN, timbul percubaan mengalih pandangan kepada isu perkauman sempit.

Masalah perkauman yang diapi-apikan berterusan sehingga kini menunjukkan formula BN yang dihantui kebejatan rasuah dan korupsi gagal mentadbir negara ini. Api perkauman yang cuba dibakar akan mengancam kestabilan negara dan kebajikan rakyat. Kepimpinan BN yang semakin lemah juga menyaksikan parti tersebut semakin berpecah dan semakin hilang arah.

Melihat kepada perkembangan semasa inilah ramai Ahli Parlimen BN telah hilang kepercayaan terhadap kepimpinan BN dan memutuskan untuk bersama dengan Pakatan Rakyat. Pakatan Rakyat menegaskan bahawa kami tidak pernah dan tidak perlu membeli atau menyogok Ahli Parlimen berkenaan untuk menyertai kami. Mereka didorong oleh kesedaran sendiri serta memberikan komitmen menyokong agenda perubahan.

Kami yakin terdapat segelintir elit pemerintah BN yang diketuai UMNO bercita-cita untuk mencipta huru hara agar dapat membantut perubahan, melumpuhkan demokrasi dan merampas hak-hak rakyat Malaysia yang dilindungi Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Kami khuatir seandainya masalah sengaja dibiar merebak dan berlarutan untuk memberikan alasan kepada pemerintah bertindak keras termasuk penangkapan beramai-ramai menggunakan Undang-undang Darurat untuk membendung kemaraan rakyat yang menuntut pembelaan.

Kami menyeru kepada rakyat Malaysia termasuk penyokong UMNO untuk bertenang dan tidak terperangkap dengan retorik perkauman. Marilah kita rakyat Malaysia bersama-sama berusaha keras untuk memperbaiki keadaan ekonomi kita yang semakin teruk dan menyambut perubahan yang akan memberi harapan baru kepada kita semua.

Kami percaya apa pun jua usaha BN hanyalah dapat melambatkan proses pertukaran kerajaan tetapi tidak dapat menggagalkannya kerana formula BN telah gagal.

Dato’ Salehuddin Hashim
Setiausaha Agung PKR

YB Loke Siew Fook
Pengarah Pendidikan Politik DAP

YB Dato’ Kamarudin Jaffar
Setiausaha Agung PAS

11 September 2008

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From TODAY’S WALL STREET JOURNAL ASIA

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has vowed to entice 30 Members of Parliament to join his coalition and unseat the government next Tuesday. But can any of those pols jump ship if they’re not in the country?

Earlier this week, more than 40 of the ruling National Front coalition’s 140 MPs flew to Taiwan for an agricultural “study tour.” All backbenchers, nearly half hail from Sabah and Sarawak, the Borneo Island states with a clutch of MPs rumored to be considering Mr. Anwar’s offer. The state-run Bernama News Agency reported that the group is expected to return next Wednesday or Thursday — which happens to be after Mr. Anwar’s Tuesday deadline.

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10 September 2008

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From Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was bailed on sodomy charges on Wednesday, allowing him to push ahead with his bid for power at a time when the government is embroiled in a bitter race row.

This is the second time Anwar has faced what he calls politically motivated sodomy charges, after being jailed and barred from office for corruption and sodomy in the late 1990s.

He says the new charges are designed to discredit him as he seeks to entice 30 government legislators to join his opposition alliance in the coming days and take power from the coalition that has ruled Malaysia for more than 50 years.

“I am not guilty, this is a lie, this is malicious,” Anwar told reporters as he entered the court flanked by his wife and daughters and fellow opposition MPs.

“This is trial by ambush,” he said after the court appearance in which he was bailed until Sept. 24, when the judge will decide on a prosecution request to transfer the case to a Kuala Lumpur high court, a move he opposes.

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10 September 2008

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From The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur sessions court on Wednesday postponed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case to Sept 24 to allow the prosecution and defence time to prepare arguments on transferring the case to the High Court.

The prosecution had applied for the case to be transferred to the high court. Anwar’s lawyers objected to the transfer.

Earlier Wednesday, there was heavy police presence outside the Jalan Duta court complex here in anticipation of the expected crowd.

Several truckloads of FRU personnel were deployed in addition to armed uniformed policemen.

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10 September 2008

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Dari Malaysiakini

Mahkamah Sesyen Kuala Lumpur hari ini menangguhkan kes liwat terhadap Penasihat PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim kepada 24 September depan ekoran bantahan terhadap perintah yang ditandatangani Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail untuk memindahkan kes tersebut ke Mahkamah Tinggi.

Apabila kes itu disebut pada jam 9.58 pagi tadi di hadapan Hakim SM Komathy Suppiah, pihak pendakwa telah mengemukakan perintah untuk memindahkan kes tersebut ke Mahkamah Tinggi.

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10 September 2008

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[Dikemaskini]

9.20 pagi – DSAI bergerak keluar dari kawasan Bukit Segambut menuju ke Kompleks Mahkamah Jalan Duta.

9.25 pagi – Tiba di mahkamah dengan kawalan yang sangat ketat disediakan oleh pihak keselamatan.

9.31 pagi – Bergerak menuju ke kamar mahkamah Seksyen Jenayah 1. Hanya ahli keluarga dan peguam sahaja dibenarkan masuk.

10.16 pagi – Pihak pendakwa memohon untuk kes dipindahkan ke mahkamah tinggi. Peguam DSAI akan membantah permohonan ini.

10.28 pagi – Mahkamah ditangguhkan kepada 24 September bagi memberi masa kepada barisan peguam DSAI menyediakan hujah membantah permohonan pihak pendakwa untuk pindah kes ke Mahkamah Tinggi.

Bantahan dibuat berdasarkan sijil yang ditandatangani oleh Gani Patail.

10.29 pagi – Mahkamah selesai bersidang dan prosiding seterusnya ditetapkan pada tarikh 24 September 2008.

9 September 2008

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From New York Times

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The Malaysian ruling party flew more than a third of government lawmakers to Taiwan on Monday in a hastily arranged trip, ostensibly to study farming techniques.

But the trip was widely interpreted as a desperate government effort to try to stop lawmakers from shifting their support to Anwar Ibrahim.

Mr. Anwar, the country’s most prominent opposition figure, won re-election to Parliament last month after a 10-year absence and needs 30 more seats to oust the current government and form his own. His National Justice Party is openly wooing members of the ruling coalition.

Salehuddin Hashim, the National Justice secretary general, called the trip a “kidnapping” meant to protect the coalition, Barisan National, or National Front, which has ruled Malaysia for 51 years but is fracturing.

“This has obviously nothing to do with agriculture,” Mr. Salehuddin said. “It’s a very clear sign of the anxieties and insecurities inside Barisan.”

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9 September 2008

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Saudara-saudari dijemput hadir ke Rumah Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim hari ini di Bukit Segambut untuk bersama-sama kita menunaikan solat Maghrib dan solat Tarawikh.

Pejabat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

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