7 November 2008

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Malaysiakini | Nov 7, 2008

The release of well-known blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin was today welcomed by politicians and civil rights activists, who called it a triumph for the rule of law.

They now want the government to release all remaining detainees being held under the draconian Internal Security Act at the Kamunting detention camp in Perak.

Many are also calling for the resignation of Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar for abuse of power.

DAP’s Bukit Bendera Member of Parliament Liew Chin Tong congratulated Shah Alam High Court Judge Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad for his courage in releasing the controversial blogger.

He, however, hoped Raja Petra would not suffer the same fate as DAP chairman Karpal Singh, who upon his release from ISA in 1988, was re-arrested just hours later.

“It would amount to contempt of court and I hope that the authorities will not misuse their power,” he told Malaysiakini today.

In freeing the popular blogger, Judge Syed Ahmad ruled that Raja Petra’s detention was illegal and unconstitutional because the home minister had not followed proper procedures in issuing the detention order.

Raja Petra was arrested on Sept 12 by police and was sent to the Kamunting detention camp on Sept 23.

United Hindu Religious Council deputy president AK Suppiah said the court decision showed that the government was palpably wrong to depict independent journalism and freedom of expression on civil rights and abuse of power as threats to national security.

He called on Syed Hamid to resign immediately for ordering the wrongful detention of Raja Petra, a sentiment shared by Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) national co-ordinator RS Thanenthiran.

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Malaysiakini | Nov 7, 2008

The Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today ruled in favour of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and decided that his sodomy trial would be heard in the same court.

Delivering the ruling this afternoon, judge SM Komathy Suppiah had ruled that the transfer order signed by Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail was invalid.

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7 November 2008

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Mahkamah Sesyen Kuala Lumpur melalui Hakim SM Komathy Suppiah sebentar tadi memutuskan perbicaraan kes Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim boleh didengar di mahkamah yang sama.

Menurut hakim, arahan pemindahan kes tersebut yang ditandatangani oleh Peguam Negara, Abdul Gani Patail adalah tidak sah.

Mahkamah menetapkan tarikh 14 November 2008 bagi meneruskan prosiding seterusnya.

Klik sini untuk membaca keputusan Hakim Komathy Suppiah.

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The Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today ruled in favour of Anwar Ibrahim and decided that his sodomy trial would be heard in the same court.

Delivering the ruling this afternoon, judge SM Komathy Suppiah had ruled that the transfer order signed by Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail was invalid.

The court fixed next Friday for mention.

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7 November 2008

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Malaysiakini:

The Shah Alam High Court this morning ruled that the detention of well-known blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin under the ISA was illegal and ordered his immediate release.

Judge Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad said that Raja Petra’s detention was unconstitutional.

He said the Home Minister had not followed proper procedure under Section 8 of the ISA to issue the detention order against Raja Petra.

The judge also ordered that Raja Petra, editor of the popular Malaysia Today website, be produced in court by 4pm today after which he should be immediately released.
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6 November 2008

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Untuk makluman, kes perbicaraan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim akan didengar semula esok di Mahkamah Sesyen, Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur pada jam 3 petang (7 November 2008).

Hakim Mahkamah Sesyen, SM Komathy Suppiah akan memutuskan samada kes tersebut akan didengar di Mahkamah Tinggi atau pun tidak.

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Kindly be informed that the sodomy charge against Anwar Ibrahim will be mentioned at Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court, Jalan Duta at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Nov 7) .

Judge SM Komathy Suppiah will deliver her decision tomorrow on whether the matter can be moved up to the High Court as applied by the prosecution.

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5 November 2008

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From Malaysiakini

By Syed Jamal Zahiid

The Dewan Rakyat proceedings was suspended for two hours following protests from the opposition bench over the additional figures tabled by Finance Minister Najib Abdul Razak to Budget 2009.

Deputy speaker Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar suspended proceedings until 2.30pm after the opposition refused to allow the Bill to reach the committee stage.

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5 November 2008

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Dari Malaysiakini

By Dzulkifly Ahmad

Analysis In what was Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s maiden speech as a Finance Minister, he has cast more doubts about his alleged or perceived ‘financial prowess’ of being better than prime minister when it comes to managing the economy.

Hopes quickly evaporated midway through his delivery of his ‘stimulus package’ to bolster the economy. It has nothing to do with his refusal to allow the Opposition Leader and MPs to interject during his delivery – an unprecedented move strangely condoned by the Speaker.

Firstly, quite unsolicited, he decided to take a pot-shot at the Pakatan Rakyat’s budget – perhaps more accurately the Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim – by accusing that the Pakatan budget was “contractionary” as opposed to their “expansionary” one.

He cunningly reminded everyone, that the nation will be in greater trouble – like during the 97-98 financial crisis – if we were to pursue Pakatan’s budget.

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5 November 2008

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From The Time

What seemed audacious and improbable before is now a reality. In Obama’s victory are sown the seeds of great expectations that a truly new chapter will be written in the history of the world.

Muslim nations will have cause to celebrate this triumph; it offers prospects for genuine dialogue and engagement and should witness the politics of diplomacy supplant the politics of war and the theology of terror. Other nations traditionally at loggerheads with America may find reason to reciprocate to a more balanced approach.

—By Anwar Ibrahim
Former Deputy Prime Minister

5 November 2008

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-KENYATAAN MEDIA UNTUK EDARAN SEGERA–
5 NOVEMBER 2008
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYISA

Bermula dengan satu harapan yang hampir mustahil akan tetapi berani, kini ianya sudah menjadi kenyataan. Kemenangan Barack Obama membuka satu lembaran baru dalam sejarah Amerika Syarikat. Hasrat beliau untuk memulakan halatuju baru hubungan di antara Amerika Syarikat dan seluruh dunia amat dialu-alukan.

Sokongan yang diterima bakal Presiden Amerika ini merentasi batas kaum, agama dan generasi, malah mempunyai persamaan dengan apa yang berlaku pada bulan Mac lalu apabila rakyat Malaysia memilih untuk menolak rejim Barisan Nasional yang masih terikat dengan polisi usang dan gagal.

Keintiman beliau dengan rantau ini serta keprihatinan terhadap dunia membangun terutamanya benua Asia dan Afrika ketika prospek ekonomi tidak menggalakkan, memberi harapan baru kepada kerjasama yang lebih erat. Negara-negara yang sebelum ini mempunyai pertikaian dengan Amerika Syarikat melihat adanya peluang untuk meneruskan kerjasama berhubung isu dasar luar, pembangunan dan alam sekitar.

Di bawah pentadbiran beliau, hubungan dan dialog di antara negara-negara Muslim dan Amerika Syarikat mempunyai harapan yang lebih cerah. Isu-isu di Timur Tengah sememangnya memerlukan komitmen terhadap diplomasi yang konsisten, bersedia untuk menyertai dialog yang lebih bermakna dan tidak bertindak sendirian tanpa menghiraukan suara-suara serta pendapat lainnya. Kami berharap bakal Presiden Amerika ini akan memperlihatkan kepimpinannya berhubung isu-isu ini berbanding pentadbiran lepas yang gagal untuk berbuat demikian.

Pemimpin diukur bukan melalui retorik kempen semata-mata, akan tetapi melalui dasar yang digarap serta pelaksanaannya. Kami mengucapkan tahniah kepada bakal Presiden; Barack Obama dan Naib Presiden; Joe Biden dan semoga mereka berjaya untuk membawa perubahan.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
Ketua Pembangkang

Dari Time Magazine

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5 November 2008

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Siaran Langsung Perbahasan Sesi Parlimen

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5 November 2008

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From The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition MPs walked out en bloc after Tian Chua (PKR- Batu) was barred from the Dewan Rakyat during the Finance Minister’s winding-up speech on Tuesday.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that it was “meaningless” for them to remain in the august hall when Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had presented a new Budget, but denied the fact.

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5 November 2008

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From The Star

IPOH: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has advised Perak civil servants to prepare for an economic downturn.

In his inaugural address at the state’s bi-monthly executive talk at the State Secretariat building here yesterday, Anwar said they should keep working hard.

“We are facing difficult times now with financial convulsions engulfing the region.

“If we are always given rosy images instead of reality, we will not work harder to change things and will fall into the culture of contentment,” he said.

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