24 July 2015


Pendapat Anda?

Whose party hat do you wear? Dr M’s or Najib’s?

On Friday, July 24, a unique political contest will take place in Kuala Lumpur: competing birthday parties for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his nemesis, former Premier Mahathir Mohamad, who is determined to drive Najib from office.

The simultaneous events have Malaysia’s elites trying to figure out which party to attend, or attend first, or for how long. It will be possible to attend both, but according to a politically well-wired source, both sides will be watching to see who is going to attend what party first, and for how long.

“The tan sris and datuks are in disarray,” chortled a source, referring to titles bestowed on well-connected Malasyians.

Najib was born 62 years ago on July 23, Mahathir was born 90 years ago on July 10, but was unable to celebrate his birthday on that date because of the onset of Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month. Last year, both birthdays fell inside Ramadan, during which celebrations must be postponed.

Vincent Tan, the billionaire who owes much of his fortune to Mahathir’s granting a non-tendered chance to buy the country’s lucrative lottery in 1985, reportedly sent out invitations to Mahathir’s party two months ago. As many as 1,000 people are expected to honor Mahathir at Tan’s convention hall in his Berjaya Times Square shopping center.

Najib appears to have miscalculated. His birthday actually is July 23 but apparently, a source said, the planning got underway just a few weeks ago and it was decided to postpone it until tomorrow because it means the next day isn’t a weekday. Reportedly Najib’s private secretary has been calling political figures, businessmen and others, asking them to make sure they attend his party.

The war between Najib and Mahathir has been going on either behind the scenes or out front for more than a year. After months of back-room criticism, Mahathir in August 2014 took to his popular blog, Che Det, to announce that he had publicly withdrawn his support for the man he anointed in 2009 after playing a decisive role in driving Abdullah Ahmad Badawi from office.

Their relationship has grown increasingly bitter, with Mahathir accusing Najib of deep involvement in the disastrous 1Malaysia Development Bhd state-backed investment fund and hinting that he may have had something to do with the 2006 death of Mongolian translator and party girl Altantuya Shaariibuu at the hands of two of Najib’s bodyguards, who were found guilty and sentenced to death. Najib has countered that Mahathir abandoned him because he refused to do the former premier’s bidding on white elephant projects.


23 July 2015


Pendapat Anda?

DS Anwar Ibrahim conveyed the following message to the public through his lawyers on 22 July 2015:

“The authorities have finally made arrests in relation to the massive 1MDB financial scandal.

This scandal has exposed the shocking extent of the mismanagement and corruption high in the BN leadership, with the PM himself heavily implicated.

I had raised the mismanagement of 1MDB funds in Parliament since 2009, but nothing was done by the government or Umno!

Now the country faces billions in losses and international embarrassment; the value of the ringgit has plummeted and investor confidence shaken.

This affects the financial well-being of every Malaysian, for which the BN must answer.

Although a couple of arrests have now been made, it is reasonable for the public to remain skeptical, until action is taken against the primary actors in this scandal.

The authorities must also work with international organisations such as Interpol, as some key players/witnesses are overseas.

There must be resolute action, to restore public and investor confidence; no stone must be left unturned. No one, no matter how high up, must be let off.”

Fahmi Fadzil
KEADILAN Communications Director
23 July 2015

22 July 2015


Pendapat Anda?

Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim has released this message to the public through his lawyers on 21 July 2015:

“Our country continues in a state of worsening crisis, whilst the BN government remains in denial. The value of the ringgit is plummeting, whilst corruption and financial scandals have reached levels unprecedented since Merdeka.

At this crucial time, Malaysians must come together, united and resolved, to save our country.

We are working towards a strengthened coalition which will work together with all progressive forces, including NGOs such as the BERSIH coalition, ABIM, IKRAM and newly formed Gerakan Harapan Baru.

This coming together of a wide range of groups committed to reform and change, will offer a genuine democratic and just alternative to the Rakyat.

Let us all put aside all other considerations and differences, and focus upon this great struggle to save Malaysia.”

Fahmi Fadzil
KEADILAN Communications Director

15 July 2015


Pendapat Anda?

Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim has completed 155 days of imprisonment at the Sg Buloh prison.

His conviction and jailing has been criticised by governments, respected organisations and prominent individuals throughout the world.

Millions of ordinary Malaysians share the concerns of the international community on the jailing of Anwar.

The highly respected global organisation Amnesty International has officially declared Anwar a Prisoner of Conscience.

The government must now recognise Anwar’s status as a prisoner of conscience, and treat him as such.

Malaysia, as a member of the UN Security Council and a trading nation, cannot afford to ignore the opinion of the internationally community. Neither can it, as a democratic nation, ignore the concerns of ordinary Malaysians for Anwar.

In view of the preceding, we have on the instructions of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on 14th July 2015 formally written to the Home Minister and D-G of Prisons asking that Anwar be treated as a Prisoner of Conscience. Accordingly, we have asked that Anwar be removed from Sg Buloh prison, and placed under house arrest as befitting a prisoner of conscience. His house arrest will be at his usual place of residence at Bukit Segambut, Kuala Lumpur.

We have made this request in accordance with legal requirements, pursuant to section 43 of the Prisons Act 1995.

Issued by,

N Surendran
Latheefa Koya
R Sivarasa

Lawyers for Anwar Ibrahim
15 July 2015

15 July 2015


Pendapat Anda?

Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim conveyed the following through his lawyers:

“For the first time in our history, a sitting Prime Minister is under investigation for the misappropriation of funds.

This is happening at the same time as the people face rising prices, the burdensome GST and the worst economic uncertainty since the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

At the same time, the Sedition Act and a range of other repressive laws remain in place in order to silence the people.

From behind these prison walls, I feel a great concern and worry for my country.

The BN must take full responsibility for the current state of affairs. Their corruption, abuse of power, arrogance and appallingly poor governance has brought Malaysia to this state. The utter collapse of the Greece economy is a warning of what can yet happen to our beloved country.

Removing Dato’ Sri Najib as prime minister is not enough for the Rakyat.

We have gone through the futile process of changing leaders, but leaving the corrupt and obsolete system intact. We do not want piecemeal solutions but a serious commitment to reform and the end of corruption.

A Mahathir-led removal of Najib, without real reform, will only satisfy some cronies; it will do nothing to bring about real change for the people.

There must be comprehensive change in the governance and administration of the country.

In the cities, towns and kampungs, the Rakyat want Change and Reform!

On behalf of my fellow Malaysians, I call for these immediate steps:

1) Reform of key institutions such as the MACC, the Attorney General’s office, the Judiciary and the Police force which have failed to stem the tide of corruption and abuse of power;

2) Reform of the electoral system as called for by Bersih 2.0;

3) The repeal of the Sedition Act and all repressive laws which pervert democracy and stifle the voice of the Rakyat;

Now is the moment for the Rakyat, united and strong, to rise up to demand change and accountability from the Barisan Nasional!”

Fahmi Fadzil
KEADILAN Communications Director

14 July 2015

13 July 2015


Pendapat Anda?

Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim was brought to Hospital Kuala Lumpur on the afternoon of 7th July to receive intensive physiotherapy treatment for his shoulder pains, monitoring of his blood pressure levels and CT scans of his kidneys.

DSAI thanked the specialist doctors and other hospital staff for their assistance and treatment. On the 12th July 7:45am he was transferred back to the Sungai Buloh prison.

Office of Anwar Ibrahim
13th July 2015

8 July 2015


Pendapat Anda?

Jailed PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has been sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for a much needed medical treatment.

PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said Anwar’s family has been informed on the matter.

“We were made to understand that Anwar will be placed at a separate ward at HKL for a few days.

“He will be treated with intensive physiotherapy for his shoulder, his blood pressure monitored and they will conduct a CT Scan for his kidney,” he said in a statement today.

Fahmi added that Anwar’s wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (photo) was allowed to visit the former deputy premier.

This comes after the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) of MPs from across the globe has called for Anwar to be given the necessary medical treatment.

Last week Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said he was informed on Anwar’s condition and has ordered the relevant parties to act on it.

Anwar is now at Sungai Buloh prison after he was found guilty of sodomy and sentenced to five years in jail in February.


4 July 2015


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The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) of MPs from across the globe has called for jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to be given the necessary medical treatment.

“Although the three-day IPU mission… acknowledged efforts in addressing Anwar’s health problems, it urged authorities to allow follow-up care requested by doctors in early June after he underwent hospital treatment,” the union said in a statement.

IPU’s three-day mission, which included a visit to Anwar in prison, concluded on Wednesday.

The call comes amid concerns about a tumour in Anwar’s kidney.

A day before the IPU concluded its mission, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak also noted Anwar’s condition, urging the relevant authorities to ensure he receives proper medical attention.

“I take note of Anwar’s health and want the relevant authorities to ensure he receives the necessary treatment,” Najib tweeted on Tuesday.

‘Anwar isolated’

The IPU also expressed concern that Anwar is not allowed contact with other prisoners.

In addition, they urged that other charges against other MPs over Anwar’s jailing to be dropped.

“The three-member delegation from IPU’s committee on the human rights of parliamentarians also call for the dismissal of charges and investigations against eight opposition MPs, including Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar.

“Some of the MPs had taken part in demonstrations, while Nurul Izzah had been briefly arrested after criticising the judiciary during a speech in Parliament,” it said.

It added the IPU delegation is urging Malaysian authorities to ratify and implement all key international human rights treaties.

It will present a full report on the mission to IPU members in October.


4 July 2015


Pendapat Anda?

PETALING JAYA, July 3, 2015:

Rahimah Abdulrahim, the executive director of the Indonesian Habibie Centre, urged all Muslims around the world to stay united as urged by jailed Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a message.

According to Rahimah, although Anwar was currently in prison, he still tried to provide his input on current issues concerning Muslims.

“Although behind bars, he did send a message through other people for us.

“He told us to keep strengthening Muslim democrats,” she said during a preparatory meeting of the second World Forum for Muslim Democrats (WFMD) held at One World Hotel in Bandar Utama here, today.

According to Rahimah, WFMD was the brainchild of Anwar. It serves as a platform for Muslims around the world to discuss current issues concerning Islam.

Executive director of the Institute for Policy Research (IKD) Khalid Jaafar, who was also present during the meeting, said that among the topics that would be discussed during this year’s forum were Islamophobia, terrorism, Muslim refugees as well as Muslim minorities living in non-Muslim countries.

Khalid said the upcoming forum would also be used as a platform for them to find a solution on the current Rohingya crisis.

“We will also be discussing about other refugees, too, such as those affected by sectarian wars as well as the political crisis in the Middle East.

The WFMD was held last year for the first time in Malaysia and saw the participation of about 300 delegates from several countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and Turkey.


30 June 2015


Pendapat Anda?

MEDIA RELEASE June 30, 2015

Legal Team Urges Immediate Transfer to House Arrest or Hospital
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s legal team reports that Anwar’s health is deteriorating as a result of not being provided access to treatments required to address his serious health conditions. It is urgent that he be transferred immediately to house arrest where he can be permitted to visit his own doctors for regular medical care and treatment. At the very minimum, even if the request for house arrest is denied, he must be hospitalised for a sufficiently long time to comprehensively deal with all his medical issues.

On June 2, 2015, after a four-week delay from when the prison requested his transfer to a hospital, he was evaluated by Kuala Lumpur Hospital in a three-day visit. The doctors reported to him orally that he requires further evaluation and treatment relating to a number of medical issues including irregular blood pressure, a 4 cm growth on his kidney – requiring a CT scan, gastritis – requiring a gluten-free diet, and a shoulder muscle tear and chronic arthritis – requiring intensive physiotherapy. Anwar has also lost 6 kg (13 pounds) since his initial detention. The prison says it has received no medical reports from the hospital requesting the further testing – and it has no facilities for any testing or treatment of these conditions.

Anwar is being held in solitary confinement in hot and humid conditions with minimal ventilation, which are exacerbating his health problems. In addition, he has received only rare family visits once in three weeks, despite a doctor recommending he be allowed to see his family weekly. Family members are denied physical contact with him and speak to him through a phone across a glass panel. Requested visits with counsel are limited to twice a week with much scrutiny of lawyer’s files and documents. Anwar is also being harassed by being checked every 15 minutes in his cell around the clock. Since his discharge from hospital about three weeks ago, he was visited once briefly in prison by a physiotherapist who provided some minimal manipulation therapy.

“The injustice being perpetrated against Anwar continues,” said Sivarasa Rasiah, Anwar’s counsel. “The international community should be alarmed by Anwar’s deteriorating health, which has been greatly exacerbated by his being denied access to required care and facilities while he has been wrongly detained,” he added.

Anwar’s detention was ordered by the Federal Court on February 10, 2015, after it affirmed a five-year sentence on fabricated sodomy charges. Amnesty International designated Anwar a prisoner of conscience on February 17, 2015, and said the court’s decision was a “deplorable judgment, and just the latest chapter in the Malaysian authorities’ relentless attempts to silence government critics.” And Human Rights Watch said the Federal Court decision was a “travesty of justice.”

Anwar is in fact imprisoned because he presents a democratic and non-violent threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak. This is the second time Anwar has been subjected to a politicallymotivated prosecution under the same government. And it takes place in the context of numerous opposition leaders, journalists, and activists, including Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar MP, having been arrested, charged, and or detained under the country’s draconian Sedition Act and other oppressive laws.

Sivarasa Rasiah
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Jared Genser
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18 June 2015


Pendapat Anda?

Pakatan Rakyat may be dead formally but still lives on in substance, says former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who was instrumental in setting up the coalition that lasted for seven years.

“I have followed the latest developments that have impacted the formal Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

“However, in substance, the cooperation between the three parties at state and parliamentary level to oppose greed and injustices by BN still goes on,” he said in a note was made public by his lawyer and Subang MP R Sivarasa.

Anwar was in February sentenced to five years in jail for sodomy, a charge he claims is politically motivated.


18 June 2015


Pendapat Anda?

The Home Ministry has denied blocking mail intended for the incarcerated opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

It told the Parliament today that there was also no complaints from Anwar against the Sungai Buloh prison since he was jailed on Feb 10.

“Nevertheless, some parties outside the prison who have certain interests have made all sorts of allegations against the management of Sungai Buloh prison in relation to Anwar’s treatment,” it said in a written reply.

The ministry was responding to a question from Ahmad Marzuk Shaary (PAS-Bachok) (photo), who asked yesterday for the number of complaints that Anwar had lodged, and the number of letters, postcards and books whose delivery has been blocked by prison authorities.

Anwar is serving a five-year jail sentence after being found guilty of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. He has maintained that he is innocent.

In its reply, the ministry also said that mail for Anwar are subject to the Prison Regulations 2000 and the Prison Department’s standard operating procedures.

“In relation to that, it is not blocked by the prison management. Anwar is also not barred from other amenities and equipment offered to other prisoners based on the prison’s regulations and procedures,” it said.


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