16 June 2008

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Meskipun saya tidak berkesempatan untuk mengikuti perjalanan Euro 2008 dengan dekat, kendati begitu saya tetap ambil pusing perkembangannya secara ringkas.

Kelihatan Sepanyol dan Belanda agak gah di pusingan awal. Jerman tersentak tatkala tewas mengejut di tangan Croatia.

Saya meminati corak permainan Brazil, justeru dalam Euro 2008 ini saya memilih ‘Brazil Eropah’ untuk menjadi juara. Siapa lagi kalau bukan Portugal!

Portugal tewas kepada Greece dalam siri terdahulu pada tahun 2004. Kelihatan kini masa terbaik untuk Portugal memanfaatkan skil Cristiano Ronaldo dan Deco, pastinya untuk merangkul kejuaraan.

Biarpun skuad Portugal mungkin gusar dengan perpindahan Scolari ke Chelsea selepas siri Euro ini, perjuangan perlu terus!

Força Portugal!

ANWAR IBRAHIM

15 June 2008

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Semalam saya diberi penghormatan meluncur dan membedah buku The Malays: Their Problems and Future karya sarjana, tokoh politik dan pejuang rakyat Dr. Syed Husin Ali (SHA).

Sambutan hebat sekali dari pelbagai kalangan – MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid, Azmin Ali, Manickavasagam, Sasterawan Negara A Samad Said dan pelukis Syed Ahmad Jamal, puluhan bekas tahanan politik termasuk Said Zahari dan C C Yong.

Saya mulai dengan gurindam, nukilan dari karangan Almarhum Pendeta Zaaba menggambarkan suasana sang penulis di penjara.

Maka beredarlah kalam yang rucing di atas kertas oleh setitik dakwat yang kelabu.
Pada ketika malam masih gelap dan udara pelajaran dan pengetahuan di antara kaum Melayu masih mengerang dengan kesempitan!

Penerbit The Other Press, Koyakutty memulakan acara dan diikuti tokoh politik veteram Rajakumar mengupas singkat buku tersebut.

SHA menghimbau pengalaman lampau, terutama selaku mangsa tahanan politik, dihina dan didera. Saya tersentuh dan sedih mendengar luahan derita beliau. SHA merumus dengan menekankan tesis beliau mengenai “kepedulian rakyat” – bagi menyelamatkan Melayu dan rakyat Malaysia umumnya.

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In his preface to the first edition (1978), Syed Husin Ali (SHA) said “The Malay people are now at an important crossroad(s)”. And may I venture to add that the Malays are now at a defining moment of their history!

SHA represents “the other”, and not the dominant political mode in Malaysia. His ideas were marginalized and remain subaltern to use Edward Said’s description. But he was adamant and persisted.

The book is not an academic treatise but written with a conscience and a passion.

The neofeudal syndrome has become a means of patronage and control. The Malays need a renewed surge of confidence to explode the myth of dependency, the insecurity and paralysis, dispensing inferiority complex perpetrated by the colonial masters and their surrogates.

We must disenthrall ourselves from this myth and fetters. The Malays and Bumiputras require opportunities and space so that genuine Malay talent and creativity can flourish. And finally it is about justice for all Malaysians.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

15 June 2008

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Petang tadi saya ditemani YB Sivarasah menemui Menteri Luar Belgium Karel De Gucht di kediaman rasmi Duta Belgium ke Malaysia.

Kami membincangkan keputusan referendum Ireland dan kesannya ke atas Kesatuan Eropah (EU), prospek pelaburan Belgium ke Malaysia, masalah harga minyak, agenda Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat dan dialog agama.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

14 June 2008

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15 Jun 2008 (Ahad)

1.  Perasmian Pusat Khidmat ADUN Pantai Jerejak, Y.B. Sim Tze Tzin
Tempat : 12-J-2, Jalan Rumbia, 11900, Bayan Baru, P.Pinang (Berdepan dengan Kompleks Bkt Jambul)
Masa : 5.30pm

Sila hubungi Gurdeep 012 4870217 atau John 012 4432088 untuk keterangan lanjut

2. Ceramah Perdana “Menuju Harapan Baru Untuk Malaysia”

Tempat: Stadium Bandaraya, Lorong Kulit, Pulau Pinang
Masa: 9 malam

Aturcara:

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14 June 2008

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Khaleej Times Online DUBAI – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, yesterday said his country had a major role to play in solving the Darfur crisis as Malaysia is a beneficiary of oil from Sudan’s troubled region.

Anwar, who is visiting Dubai for drawing investment to Malaysia from the Gulf, told Khaleej Times that he was not satisfied with Malaysian government’s efforts over Darfur. China has the major role to play to resolve the Darfur issue.

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13 June 2008

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Malaysian opposition figurehead Anwar Ibrahim said on Friday he would press ahead with a campaign to topple the government and would cut fuel prices if he took power.

Anwar, who says he has parliamentary backing to bring down the government, said his supporters included senior defectors from the ruling coalition. He said he also had growing support from the oil-producing areas of Sabah and Sarawak.

“We do have the numbers but the issue is when to move on the no confidence vote… It can be weeks to months,” he said.

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13 June 2008

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Majlis Ramah Mesra Bersama Rakyat Malaysia di Dubai

Saya ke Dubai sehari bersama YAB Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim dan dua pengurus dari Selangor menemui pelabur utama disini.

Kami membincangkan potensi pelaburan di Selangor dan negeri Pakatan Rakyat dengan jaminan kos pengendalian perdagangan dan pelaburan tanpa rasuah, dan kelulusan segera tanpa karenah pentadbiran. Pertemuan diadakan dengan 7 konglomerat besar dengan cadangan projek.

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Di sebelah malamnya kami bersama YB Dato’ Husam Musa sempat menemui dan berdialog dengan masyarakat Malaysia Dubai.

Soalan popular: bila ka Putrajaya?
Jawab saya: inshaallah, usaha dan doa.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

13 June 2008

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Rabu lalu, saya diundang dalam satu pertemuan dengan bekas Perdana Menteri Norway, Kjell Magne Bondevik yang berkhidmat antara 1997-2000 dan 2001-2005. Sepanjang kariernya, beliau juga pernah menjawat jawatan Menteri Pehubungan Luar dan Menteri Hal Ehwal Agama dan Pendidikan.

Kami bicara sekitar isu pembangunan terkini Malaysia juga peri pentingnya impak pilihanraya 8 Mac dalam melandaskan Malaysia ke arah agenda pemerkasaan demokrasi. Turut saya tekankan ialah penerusan prestasi cemerlang kerajaan negeri di bawah Pakatan Rakyat dan agenda meningkatkan daya saing Malaysia dalam kancah ekonomi global.

Saudara Bondevik merupakan pengasas OSLO Center, organisasi bebas yang ditubuh untuk mempromosikan nilai keamanan dan hak asasi manusia serta toleransi antara agama di serata dunia. Saya turut diundang untuk ikut serta dalam Forum OSLO 2008 bersama-sama dengan bekas Presiden Iran, Mohammad Khatami. Saya menyatakan sokongan penuh terhadap usaha mereka dalam mempromosikan dialog dan nilai persefahaman meski pun tidak dapat ikut serta dalam forum tersebut.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

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On Wednesday I had the pleasure of meeting with Kjell Magne Bondevik, the former Prime Minister of Norway who served from 2001-2005 and a longtime member of Parliament. In his career he also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister Religion and Education.

We discussed the latest developments in Malaysia and the importance of the March 8th elections in putting Malaysia on course for democratic reform. I also assured him of the recent and ongoing success of the Pakatan Rakyat governments and our agenda for improving Malaysia’s competitiveness in the global economy.

Mr. Bondevik founded the OSLO Center, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of Peace and Human Rights and interreligious tolerance around the world. I was in fact invited to participate in their 2008 OSLO Forum, along with former President Khatemi of Iran. Although I cannot attend the event I support the work they are doing to promote dialogue and undestanding around the world.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

13 June 2008

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June 13 (Bloomberg) — Confined to a wheelchair by a police beating and facing corruption and sodomy charges, Anwar Ibrahim wasn’t about to let his jailer spoil a good photo opportunity.

“He scolded me for blocking photographers and preventing supporters from shaking his hand,” says Ahmad Romli, recalling the 1999 High Court appearance in Kuala Lumpur. “Anwar said his life was in politics and he would never surrender.”

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12 June 2008

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1) Debat isu ekonomi dan kenaikan harga minyak:

Sudah sekian kalinya saya pelawa Perdana Menteri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi atau Timbalan Perdana Menteri Najib Tun Razak untuk berdebat terbuka. Mereka tidak bersedia tetapi menggunakan hulubalang dan media untuk menyerang atau cuba menempelah hujah saya.

Kenaikan harga minyak bermakna pendapatan negara melonjak. Istilah subsidi digunakan manakala dikaitkan dengan harga pasaran dunia!
Mereka menyanggah: mustahil untuk menurunkan harga minyak.
Seandainya hujah sademikian benar, mengapakah harga minyak di Malaysia jauh berbeda tinggi berbanding negara pengeluar minyak lainnya?

2) Kunjungan Ke Luar Negara:

Sudah dijelaskan bahawa semua kos ditanggung oleh badan yang mengundang. Malah dalam kebanyakan program kuliah atau konsultan kepada badan perniagaan, saya dibayar honororium lumayan juga.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

11 June 2008

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Sekembalinya dari Manila, saya agak sibuk memenuhi jadual harian. Tidak berkesempatan untuk bercerita tentang pengalaman semasa di sana.

Memenuhi undangan, akhirnya saya sempat ketemu juga dengan teman lama, bertanya khabar dan berkongsi pandangan sambil mengimbau kisah lampau. Cory Aquino masih tegar menyambut saya sekalipun masih kurang berdaya kerana rawatan kimoterapi. Azizah dan beliau berborak panjang kisah diktator disana yang kurang lebih hikayatnya sama seperti di tanah air.

Saya turut memenuhi undangan bekas Presiden Filipina dan teman baik saya Joseph Estrada untuk makan malam bersama di rumahnya di San Juan. Bercerita saat pahit manis ketika di tahanan cukup menyegarkan kami. Estrada tampak semakin kacak walaupun sudah menjangkau usia. Beliau turut prihatin dengan perkembangan saya di sini dan terkejut dengan isu-isu yang tampaknya hampir seabad tidak ada noktahnya. Pun begitu azam dan fikrahnya saya fikir masih tetap utuh untuk membela nasib marhaen seluruhnya.

Disamping itu, saya turut berkesempatan bertemu dengan Jose de Venecia, Manual Villar dan bekas President Fidel Ramos. Sempat saya mengambil nota berbincang perkara yang tidak kurang pentingnya untuk bekalan di Malaysia. Saya kemudian bergegas memenuhi satu undangan forum dan menegaskan bahawa adalah sesuatu yang sangat mendukacitakan apabila kerajaan Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara pengeluar minyak, terus enak menekan rakyatnya sendiri demi memuaskan tembolok penguasa.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Anwar says Erap like a member of his family“, Philippine Headline News, June 8 2008

Aquino, Estrada, Anwar: Evening of memories, Inquirer, June 8, 2008

By Fernando del Mundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

THEIR TIES WERE BOUND IN GOOD TIMES and bad, and for one special evening they shared memories of triumph and tragedy.

There was Anwar Ibrahim, 60, former deputy prime minister of Malaysia. He had been thrown in jail for six years as he sought to become premier. He is now on the cusp of political restoration.

There was his wife Wan Azizah Ismail. She had struggled to seek justice for her husband who she said was jailed on trumped-up charges of corruption and sodomy. She had tried to fill the political shoes of her husband and became a member of the Malaysian parliament.

There was Corazon Aquino, now cancer-stricken, the icon of People Power revolutions in countries yearning to be free, and the widow of martyred opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.

Wearing her trademark yellow, the former President was making a rare social appearance since it was announced that she would be undergoing chemotherapy, to attend a soiree in honor of one she had inspired.

Looking wan and even slighter than she did only a few months ago, Aquino nevertheless engaged in an animated conversation with Azizah during most of the evening. (more…)

10 June 2008

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From Daily Express – Kuala Lumpur: Opposition figurehead Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Sunday his bid to seize power with the help of defecting government lawmakers had been boosted by an unpopular fuel price hike.Anwar said that at least 30 parliamentarians are willing to cross over to the Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance, and that if the opposition gained power, the fuel price would immediately be cut.

“According to our timetable it is still on. Now it is more attractive after the price hike,” Anwar told a press conference after a meeting with members of his Keadilan party’s Supreme Council.

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