12 May 2008

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Ada teman akrab yang turut khuatir kerana saya tidak terserlah dipentas ceramah atau media. Ada kebenaran telahan tersebut. Maka saya akan teruskan dengan sidang media esok dan menetapkan jadual ceramah peringkat negeri mulai minggu depan inshaallah.

Sekadar penjelasan maka tepat diteka bahawa saya tertumpu memantapkan muafakat Pakatan Rakyat, mesyuarat memperkukuh jentera KeADILan dan memantau perjalanan kerajaan negeri PR. Saya juga giat atau ligat (loghat utara) mengadakan pertemuan dengan ahli parlimen, sarjana, saudagar, aktivis, saling melontar idea dan menghimbau pandangan.

Sementara itu, Azizah ke Pulau Pinang dan Nurul Izzah ke Melaka dan Lembah Pantai. Maka saya memenuhi waktu menziarah jenazah ayah jiran di Kg Segambut, sahabat di Hospital Damansara, mengunjungi Tuan Guru, ke majlis kenduri perkahwinan dua anak Prof Razali Nawawi dan Kak Dah di Putrajaya. Selain itu saya melayani wakil-wakil rakyat tertentu.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

11 May 2008

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Saya ditegur kerana tidak memuatkan berita mendiang Daniel yang meninggalkan kita hampir dua minggu lalu.

Azizah cuba menghubungi keluarga beliau dan menyampaikan sumbangan bagi pihak keluarga dan KeADILan. Dalam mesyuarat MPT minggu lalu kita turut bertafakur mengenangkan pengorbanan beliau selaku pejuang reformasi sejak 1998 lagi.

Secara peribadi saya kurang mengenalinya kerana meringkuk di penjara ketika itu.

Maafkan saya kerana tidak memuatkan kisah rakan dan pejuang Daniel. Takziah buat keluarga.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

11 May 2008

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Di celah kesibukan berunding dengan pimpinan KeADILan, Pas, DAP dan ahli-ahli Parlimen, sempat juga saya melayani permintaan rakan saya, Penerbit dan Pengarah filem Hindustan yang terkenal Akbar Khan.

Beliau mengirim fillem tersebut khas untuk tontonan saya sebelum diedar kepada khalayak nantinya. Saya membuat catatan ringkas buat beliau dan saya paparkan buat saudara-saudari.

Ha, ternyata kisah cinta, intrig istana, permulaan era keruntuhan empayar Moghul ini lebih hebat dari Sivaji the Boss!

Bravo! A splendid production and superb directing. Its amazing how you have been able to bring to life what would otherwise have been mere historical figures or “monuments”.

What I find brilliant is the manner you built up the emotional tension between Shah Jehan and Mumtaz that builds up and breaks into true passionate love. I am reminded of Ayn Rand’s classic dictum about the central importance of conflict and resolution to be followed continuously until catharsis. It may sound a tad dry in philosophy but in this case you have brought out with great dramatic effect.

I must say that you did justice to the grandeur of this epic story by sparring no effort in respect to the meticulous historical records,
the period costume, the magnificent props and the spectacular scenes.

I will no do justice if I fail to recognise the remarkable performance of Kabir Bedi and other main characters.

Naushad’s music is undoubtedly phenomenal. His composition is absolutely soothing to the mind and a great comfort to the soul. The haunting thematic refrain that is heard throughout produces the emotional sensation of serenity with intermittent bout of sadness.

Well dear friend, I am just an ordinary fan, with neither an expertise on movies nor qualifications as a critic! Frankly I enjoyed it immensely….. Once again, bravo!

ANWAR IBRAHIM

10 May 2008

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Kempen media Umno kencang dengan agenda dan survival Melayu. Tidak pula dipersoal kepada pimpinan Umno, sarjana upahan serta bala tentera BTN mengenai amanah setengah abad yang diserahkan kepada Umno untuk memelihara kepentingan Melayu!

Dalam perhimpunan 14 April di Kg Baru saya tegaskan pendirian KeADILan dan Pakatan Rakyat mempertahankan kemurnian semangat Perlembagaan Negara – menjadi Malaysia negara yang mengamalkan sistem Raja Berperlembagaan dan Demokrasi berParlimen.

Maka selaras dengan prinsip sedemikian kedudukan bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa kebangsaan, Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan, hak keistimewaan orang Melayu dan bumiputera tetap dipertahankan di samping jaminan memelihara hak kaum, bahasa dan agama lainnya.

Arakian gembar-gembur sekonyong-konyong kedudukan Melayu akan ranap tidak lebih dari pintasan singkat mengelak dari serangan masyarakat Melayu sendiri terhadap penguasa rakus dan rasuah yang memperalatkan isu Melayu dan DEB untuk memperkaya keluarga dan kroni!

Dan menyinggung khusus isu ekonomi saya syorkan ditelaah semula Agenda Ekonomi Malaysia. Saya yakin malahan kepentingan Melayu dan bumiputera akan lebih terjamin.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

10 May 2008

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Tatkala saya mengumumkan KeADILan melancarkan Tabung Bangunan Parti, ada pihak yang kelihatan cuba mempertikaikan keupayaan kewangan KeADILan membiayai kos sewa-beli bangunan tersebut.

Ya, pindah bulan depan untuk lantai pertama sahaja! Ongkos masih belum mencukupi. Bayaran permulaan RM185 ribu selesai dibayar.

Selainnya menurut Bendahari Agung YB William Leong, akan diurus menurut kaedah sewa beli. Maka sebaik langsai bayaran, selesailah isu hakmilik.

Kita wajar melancarkan kempen derma minima RM10 setiap anggota dan penyokong.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

9 May 2008

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William Leong telah mengumumkan pelancaran dana bangunan KeADILan. Saya menggesa rakan-rakan berikhtiar memenuhi keperluan tersebut.

Sudilah membantu sekadarnya.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Sumbangan boleh dibuat melalui akaun bank 19901000076 (Hong Leong Bank Berhad)

8 May 2008

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7 Mei 2008, Sungai Buloh – Satu majlis ringkas “Solidariti Ke Atas Raja Petra Kamaruddin” telah berjaya dilangsungkan di hadapan penjara Sungai Buloh yang bermula kira-kira jam 9.15 malam semalam. BERNAMA.TV melaporkan lebih 300 orang telah hadir untuk menunjukkan sokongan dan membantah penahanan terhadap Raja Petra. Antara yang hadir adalah penyokong Kelab Anwar Ibrahim (AIC), ahli-ahli PKR, PAS, DAP dan para penulis blog. Turut hadir adalah YB Ronnie Liu ADUN Pandamaran, YB Sim Tze Tzin ADUN Pantai Jerejak dan Puan Marina Lee Abdullah, isteri kepada Raja Petra.
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6 May 2008

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Rakyat dimungkiri lagi! Janji lunak PM Abdullah, Umno dan BN setelah dikejutkan dengan kebangkitan rakyat 8 Mac lalu ibarat madu yang disuntik racun.

Pet diugut kerana mempersoalkan kebuntuan penyiasatan dan proses keadilan kes pembunuhan kejam Altantuya.

Rakyat perlu berani menyuarakan hak. Penjenayah perlu dihukum! Demikian hujah Pet. Sekarang beliau meringkuk di Sg Buloh!

ANWAR IBRAHIM

6 May 2008

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Mesyuarat MPT KeADILan minggu lalu menegaskan semula urutan keutamaan parti – menambah keahlian, memperkemas jentera parti, memantapkan muafakat Pakatan Rakyat dan kerajaan-kerajaan negeri PR serta meningkat khidmat kepada rakyat.

Isu keanggotaan parti dibahaskan dengan penekanan kepada latihan dan seminar buat anggota baru agar dihayati semangat perjuangan. Parti harus merangkul semua kalangan dan hasrat rakyat.

Menyentuh sedikit mengenai Allahyarham Rustam A Sani. Selain menyedekahkan Al-Fatihah dan bertafakur mengenang rakan-rakan yang pulang ke rahmatullah, saya menyentuh karya Rustam, khususnya Bercanda dengan Mahathir. Pimpinan parti di semua peringkat disarankan supaya menyemarakkan budaya membaca.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

5 May 2008

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Merujuk maklumbalas kepada Video: Anwar Kembali ke Parlimen

Saya mengiringi Azizah selaku ketua pembangkang ke Parlimen. Memang saya agak keberatan pada mulannya, namun saya rasa lega juga akhirnya.

Merujuk isu Islam dan Negara Islam, saya telah berulang kali jelaskan. Rumusan kenyataan atau temuramah saya dan Azizah harus dilihat dalam konteks hujah keseluruhannya.

Saiz songkok kecil? Ha nanti saya belek semula!

Kereta mewah berlebihan? Ya saya terbaca juga komentar wartawan Tempo. Mercedes ayah dan teman yang dipinjam telah dipulangkan. Van putih juga dikembalikan. Saya dinasihati menukar mobil atas alasan keselamatan, maka ada rakan yang sedia memberikan pinjaman kereta (mobil istilah Indonesia kerana kereta mungkin keretapi).

ANWAR IBRAHIM

3 May 2008

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From Foreign Policy Magazine, April 2008

Foreign Policy

Bill Clinton once styled himself the “comeback kid,” but he has nothing on Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim. Two weeks ago, the former deputy prime minister turned political prisoner was officially cleared to reenter politics, and many think he could become his country’s next prime minister. He spoke to FP about his return to power and how former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad thought he could break him.

 

Foreign Policy: When will you seek political office?

Anwar Ibrahim: I can now. The issue is when do I want to do it. [The opposition alliance] has five state governments with one federal territory, six regions that are the key regions. We have to make sure that they are managed well and transparently. There are a lot of things that need to be done because we are not just improving the performance of the previous government. I want to ensure that the coalition will stick together, and there is the responsibility of taking over the government. That is more pressing than my personally running for a seat in the Parliament, because that would deflect attention. But I am not discounting [my running for office]. We are still looking at it and it can even be soon.

FP: What explains your coalition’s strong performance in the last election?

AI: It is a strength of a more multiracial, interreligious formula. We are forged together on the basis of our belief in democratic reforms. After all, this is not something alien. This is what was promised to us when we achieved independence in 1957. Coupled with this multiracial, interreligious agenda, we talk about a new Malaysian economic agenda. We have lost competitiveness. There is no independent judiciary. People tend to ignore the fact that a true democratic administration would give people more confidence.

The elections here were never free and fair. We don’t have free media. I don’t have 10 minutes of airtime on local television. Even the electoral process was clearly fraudulent. But with all that, we still made an extremely impressive showing. They term it now a political tsunami.

FP: So what is the most difficult part of leading an opposition party like this?

AI: You have to spend a lot of time engaging them. Getting them to agree is not just a matter of political expediency. It is a matter of creating a specific policy and reform agenda while protecting the interests of these party elements. The engagement is a series of conversations. It is tiring.

FP: Do you have concern about people defecting? How are you going to hold them together?

AI: For now we are very firm and committed to the program. In fact, it is the ruling party that is now worried about people defecting.

We have the numbers. We have 30 [members of the ruling party who say they will defect]. The question then is, why don’t we move now? We are not moving now for a number of reasons. Number one, Parliament has not yet convened. Secondly, we want the majority to be comfortable. Number three, those that have committed must be tested that they are committed to the reform agenda. Otherwise the coalition can be volatile.

FP: Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister of Malaysia for 22 years before he retired in 2003. What do you think his legacy will be?

AI: I think [he will be remembered] as a young nationalist who came into the picture to try to make a stand in terms of change and becoming more independent, but grew to be too overconfident, too assertive, and turned into almost a megalomaniac. The country was his. This is often a problem with many of the leaders of emerging countries. You have the sense even now that he believes he cannot leave because of what [he thinks] will be destroyed. What is being destroyed? The media and the judiciary was destroyed under him.

FP: You got into trouble in the late 1990s once you began to criticize Mahathir, your former political mentor. Did you underestimate him as a political opponent?

AI: No, I didn’t. But at that time I had strong views. He resented the idea of my rapport and contact with the West, particularly the United States. And I said, I know I am not on the CIA payroll. I have strong views on Iraq. I have very independent views. What is the harm of my treating America as a friend? He expects everyone else to be so anti-American to the point of being irrational.

FP: Do you think that Mahathir inadvertently made you a tougher opponent?

AI: Mahathir probably underestimated me. He always believed that people crack under torture or detention. He used to tell me in those days, when we were on friendlier terms, that what he dreaded most was to be detained without knowing when he would be released. So that is what he did to me. He underestimated me. He thought that I would break.

Anwar Ibrahim is former deputy prime minister and finance minister of Malaysia. He was sentenced to six years in prison on corruption charges in 1999, sentenced to another nine years for sodomy in 2000, and released in 2004. He now leads the country’s alliance of opposition parties.

2 May 2008

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Artikel tersebut boleh dilayari di laman Time Magazine.

“During the 1990s, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and a group of U.S. Senators organized a forum to exchange views among East Asians and Americans. Asked at one session about the role of Islam in politics, Anwar replied, “I have no use for governments which call themselves Islamic and then deny basic rights to half their population.” (more…)

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