Monday, September 22, 2008

Wan Azizah: More Barisan MPs keen to cross over

The Star ; Monday September 22, 2008

BUTTERWORTH: PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said that more Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament were keen to cross over to the Pakatan Rakyat.

She said that her husband and Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim were holding discussions with them in Kuala Lumpur.

“Anwar is making extra effort to meet more MPs as some were sent to Taiwan and Hong Kong,” she said.

She said this when asked about Anwar’s absence from his Permatang Pauh constituency yesterday where he was scheduled to give Hari Raya aid.

She also said an official letter had not been sent to the Yang DiPertuan Agong but that would be the next course of action.

In Kuala Lumpur, PKR strategist Saifuddin Nasution said Pakatan Rakyat had started its “countdown” for the takeover and things were moving according to plan.

He said the opposition pact had a “complete and comprehensive checklist” in place, taking in every possible scenario for the takeover.

This, he said, included strategies should Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi step down as Prime Minister and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak take over. He said a change of prime minister would not affect their plans.

“Our timeline is by the hour. Putrajaya is within reach,” he said.

Anwar had set Sept 16 as the date to take over the Government but this did not happen and Barisan leaders said it was a big bluff.

Saifuddin said a detailed and comprehensive planning was necessary because the takeover of Government was a process that had never been done before in Malaysia.

He said the plan looked at aspects such as the powers of the Yang DiPertuan Agong and prime minister, and the possibility of an emergency or snap elections by the Government to prevent a takeover.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said Abdullah should reconsider Anwar’s call to hold an emergency Parliament meeting to table a no-confidence motion against him.

Friday, September 19, 2008

16 Sept bersama Ahli Nujum Negara

Memanda : " Di dalam baju hamba, ada sebatang kayu yang telah dipilih, bagaimanakah kia mahu tahu yang mana UMNO yang mana PR ?"

Ahli Nujum Negara : " Mintak pada hamba !!, apabila sebatang kayu diletakkan di dalam air, yang condong ke bawah itulah UMNO dan yang menegak ke atas itulah PR..

Memanda : "Sebabnya?"
Ahli Nujum Negara : " Kita pun telah tahu sekarang ini parti UMNO hampir tenggelam, manakala PR makin tinggi kedudukannya."

Memanda : " Dua ekor anak itik yang baru menetas, yang manakah UMNO dan yang manakah PR ?"

Ahli Nujum Negara : " Ini senang sahaja, kita letakkan kedua anak itik ke dalam bekas berisi air, yang mengejar itulah PR dan yang lari sampai terberak itulah UMNO".
Memanda : "Sebabnya?"

Ahli Nujum Negara : "Sebab di dalam negara kita, musuh PR hanyalah UMNO yang patut kita kejar, bukan Parti Amanat Bangsa di Indonesia atau Parti Rak Tai di Thailand..!! "

Memanda :" Ada sebuah Masealah, satu baaaanyak-banyak!!,dua sedikit-sediiiiikit !!,tiga Jarang-jarang!! ,empat kad-dang, kad-dang, apa itu ?

Ahli Nujum Negara - " UMNO !!!"
Memanda : "Buktikan"

Ahli Nujum Negara : "Satu Baaanyak-banyak , ertinya ahli UMNO memang banyak dalam negara ini,
dua sedikit-sediiikit, ertinya sedikit sahaja yang berani bersuara dari bilangan ahli UMNO yang banyak itu,
tiga jarang-jarang, ertinya jarang-jarang yang kita dengar pemimpinnya berani melawan ,
empat kad-dang,kad-dang, ertinya kad-dang, kad-dang barulah kita dengar dan lihat ada pemimpin tertinggi UMNO yang mahu mendengar suara ahlinya"

Memanda : "Dimanakah terletaknya kekuatan Laksamana UMNO,di keris nya kah? atau di jenteranya kah ?"

Ahli Nujum Negara - " Kekuatan Laksamana UMNO bukan terletak pada kerisnya ataupun pada jenteranya,
Memanda : "Dimana terletak kekuatannya?. "
Ahli Nujum Negara : "Kekuatan UMNO hanya terletak pada TOYOL-TOYOLnya!! "
Memanda : "Buktikan!!
Ahli Nujum Negara "Laksamana UMNO begitu bergantung kepada toyol-toyolnya untuk menonjolkan kekuatan, iaitu toyol dari Media Prima, Toyol dari Polis serta Toyol dari Badan kehakiman..Toyol-toyol inilah yang menampakkan Laksamana UMNO nampak hebat walaupun telah hakikatnya mereka luka parah"

"Biasalah , UMNO akan memungkiri janji dan suka lari dari tajuk apabila kalah dalam apa-apa pertandingan.. Tapi bak kata DSAI, jangan takut..LAWAN..LAWAN.."

Sultan : " Kalau Ahli Nujum betul bijaksana!! Apakah yang ada di genggaman beta ?...

Ahli Nujum Negara : .......DUIT !!.. kerana duitlah yang telah MENJAHANAMKAN UMNO..

Subsidising Gas to Private Power

ENERGY-MALAYSIA: Subsidising Gas to Private Power - State Utility Pays
By Anil Netto

PENANG, Oct 12 (IPS) - A staggering 27.6 billion ringgit (8.2 billion US dollars); that's the amount the Malaysian public has incurred through gas subsidies given out over the years to private power producers by national petroleum corporation Petronas.

With oil and gas prices now soaring, the government – and Petronas – is feeling the pinch of higher fuel and gas subsidies. Petronas has proposed a removal of gas subsidies for electricity production, but much of the attention has focused on the impact it would have on state power firm Tenaga Nasional Berhad.

Tenaga faces a double whammy: from higher gas prices and from higher fuel costs being passed on to it by the privately owned, and from hugely profitable, independent power producers (IPPs). The IPPs sell power to Tenaga under lucrative power purchase agreements (PPAs). Tenaga also generates its own electricity through its network of power plants.

The earliest of these lopsided agreements were signed with well connected firms in the early 1990s under the administration of then premier Mahathir Mohamad. They have about eight years left to run.

The power sector is the biggest consumer of gas in the country consuming 62.5 percent of gas distributed. For the financial year 2007, Petronas supplied 762 million standard cubic feet per day (or 36 percent) of subsidised gas to the IPPs out of a total of 2,128 mscfpd of gas delivered. In contrast, Tenaga received just 27 percent of total deliveries.

Petronas sells gas to Tenaga and the IPPs at 6.40 ringgit (1.90 dollars) per million British thermal units (Btu) whereas the current market price is around seven dollars per million Btu. That's a 70 percent subsidy.

Since 1997, out of 58.2 billion ringgit (17.2 billion dollars) that Petronas has dished out in gas subsidies, 27.6 billion ringgit or 47 percent has benefited the IPPs, 21.2 billion ringgit (6.2 billion dollars) has gone to Tenaga, while small industrial, commercial and residential users received 9.4 billion (2.8 billion dollars). IPPs have thus benefited more from subsidised gas than Tenaga has.

That's not all. Tenaga is forced to buy electricity from the private producers under terms widely seen as favourable to the IPPs – even though the country has a 40 percent spare capacity out of a total 19,000-megawatt generating capacity. In effect, Tenaga, which needs a reserve of only 15-20 percent, has to buy electricity it does not need, reportedly paying 3 billion ringgit annually in capacity charges.

The IPPs thus win both ways, leaving TNB squeezed in the middle, with extra costs eventually passed on to consumers. Over the years, the IPPs, especially the earlier ones, have collectively raked in billions of ringgit in profit -- higher than initially anticipated.

When the first generation of IPPs came online, Tenaga's profits plunged by 30 percent in 1995. "When the generous terms were given to the IPPs, all my other peers around the world asked what was happening," former TNB executive chairman Ani Arope told the media last year. "They said (the contracts to IPPs) were 'too darn generous'. (The terms) were grossly one sided."

When asked how the Malaysian model of IPPs was created, Ani who helmed Tenaga in the early 1990s, replied, "Ask our previous Prime Minister (Mahathir)!"

Some of the earliest power purchase agreements are due to expire in 2015, but reports have suggested that these could be extended by perhaps five years in exchange for lower capacity payments for the IPPs’ older plants.

"The IPPs are getting high returns for very little risks," says economist Subramanian Pillay, pointing out there were no open tenders for these plants. Moreover, he said the loans they obtained were indirectly guaranteed by the government through the capacity payments that Tenaga has had to pay.

A couple of the IPPs plants were even built on sites that Tenaga had identified and done the ground work for, "but for mysterious reasons they were offered to IPPs," he claimed.

As a result of the lucrative PPAs, "the IPPs would continue to enjoy the subsidised gas price as it is shielded from any increase in fuel cost through the pass-through clauses in the agreement signed with Tenaga," noted Azam Aris, group executive editor of The Edge business weekly in a commentary published last month. "Subsidies, for all their good intention, will only be meaningful if they are targeted at those who need them, notably the low-income group."

He said Petronas would not have minded providing subsidy to a government firm such as Tenaga Nasional, but the gas subsidy has gone to privately owned IPPs, "most of which belong to billionaires in this country".

In an earlier analysis, the business weekly identified the IPP beneficiaries as Genting Sanyen Power, YTL Power, Malakoff Bhd and Tanjong Plc/Powertek Bhd - companies "controlled by the families of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary and Ananda Krishnan, four of the richest families and individuals in the country".

Analysts like Subramaniam argue that the IPPs are not any more efficient than Tenaga. In fact, Tenaga's chief executive officer was quoted as saying that its own plant in Port Dickson was "the most efficient plant in the system".

Increasingly there is recognition that the lopsided PPAs and gas subsidies favouring the IPPs have cost Petronas, Tenaga, the government and ultimately the public dearly.

Petronas is losing money by subsidising gas to the IPPs, and since Petronas is government owned, that means it is the Malaysian public that is subsidising the profitable IPPs, stressed Subramaniam. "It is time they re-negotiate the deals."

Kenyataan Nazir Masjid Kota Damansara

Adalah saya selaku nazir Masjid Kota Damansara dan jawatankuasa ingin merujuk kepada isu larangan penggunaan azan oleh orang bukan islam yang kononnya didalangi oleh Teresa Kok @ DAP seperti yang diwar oleh Melayu Net dalam laman ini dan juga kenyataan Bekas Menteri Besar Selangor (Khir Toyo) dalam Utusan Malaysia bertarikh 9.9.2008.

Pihak jawatankuasa masjid melihat isu yang sengaja ditimbulkan oleh pihak yang kecewa ini berniat jahat, fitnah dan cuba menimbulkan suasana tidak harmonis dan prajudis dikalangan pelbagai bangsa di Kota Damansara.

Adalah amat malang lagi dangkal seorang bekas Menteri Besar (Khir Toyo) boleh mengutip khabar angin (berita sampah) lalu bersedia untuk menjadi jaguh mempertahankan islam. Walhal sejarah telah terpahat tentang isu menutup surau, menangkap penceramah, mengadakan pelbagai sekatan terhadap perkembangan syiar islam, zakat dijadikan senjata mengugut pelajar Al-azhar yang tidak sehaluan (banyak lagi) sewaktu beliau berkuasa di Selangor dulu.

Sebenarnya apa yang berlaku bukan atas tekanan dan bantahan oleh orang bukan islam, tetapi sistem pembesar suara masjid dalam proses ujian oleh pihak kontraktor. Untuk makluman semua Masjid Kota Damansara baru 2 minggu digunakan. Sudah pasti terdapat kekurangan dan kelemahan disana sini. Masih dalam jaminan pihak kontraktor selama setahun. Disamping itu, berlaku masalah elektrikal pada pembesar suara ekoran masalah cuaca baru-baru ini.

Bagi mengatasi untuk tujuan kuliah, tarawikh, tazkirah dsbnya, pihak masjid berterima kasih kepada Pengurusan Sekolah Menengah Seksyen 10 Kota Damansara yang bersedia meminjamkan PA Sistemnya. dan telah digunakan dengan sempurna. Insya-Allah sistem pembesar suara masjid dalam proses pembaikan dan dijangka siap pada hari ini (9.9.2008) mengikut janji kontraktor. Namun untuk mengatakan azan tidak kedengaran langsung adalah satu pembohongan kerana pihak masjid menyambug sistem tersebut ke menara.

Justeri itu, pihak masjid meminta Melayu net dan pihak berkenaan memohon maaf diatas fitnah jahat tersebut yang menyebabkan timbul sipa prajudis dikalangan umat islam KOta Damansara.

Sekian, wassalam.


Anwar claims to have 31 MPs

The Star, Tuesday September 16, 2008 MYT 3:06:48 PM

PETALING JAYA: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has claimed that more than 31 Barisan MPs have agreed to cross over to Pakatan Rakyat.

He, however, refused to reveal the names of the 31 MPs.

Anwar told a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya on Tuesday that he would give the list of the names to the Prime Minister, when he meets him.

The Permatang Pauh MP also claimed that the transition to the new Government has been delayed a few days pending the meeting with Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to ensure a smooth and peaceful transition.

He said it was up to Abdullah to agree to the meeting and its date.

Anwar said that in a letter submitted to Abdullah on Monday, Pakatan had made four demands to ensure a smooth transition:

1) That Barisan does not hinder or prevent the MPs from acting in accordance with their conscience, constitutional rights and independentjudgement;

2) That the Barisan government should not invoke the Internal Security Act to detain the MPs or any other current Pakatan MPs;

3) That the Barisan government does not invoke emergency laws or police powers or suspend the Constitution or dissolve Parliament; and

4) That the Barisan government shall not impose roadblocks or impede MPs from going to Parliament or any institution of government.


Which was revealed in Al-Madinah and They also say in Makkah

[بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ ]

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

[إِنَّآ أَعْطَيْنَـكَ الْكَوْثَرَ - فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ - إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الاٌّبْتَرُ ]

(1. Verily, We have granted you Al-Kawthar.) (2. Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice.) (3. For he who hates you, he will be cut off.)

Muslim, Abu Dawud and An-Nasa'i, all recorded from Anas that he said, "While we were with the Messenger of Allah in the Masjid, he dozed off into a slumber. Then he lifted his head smiling. We said, `O Messenger of Allah! What has caused you to laugh' He said,

«لَقَدْ أُنْزِلَتْ عَلَيَّ آنِفًا سُورَة»

(Verily, a Surah was just revealed to me.) Then he recited,

[إِنَّآ أَعْطَيْنَـكَ الْكَوْثَرَ - فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ - إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الاٌّبْتَرُ ]

(Verily, We have granted you Al-Kawthar. Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice. For he who hates you, he will be cut off.) Then he said,

«أَتَدْرُونَ مَا الْكَوْثَرُ؟»

(Do you all know what is Al-Kawthar) We said, `Allah and His Messenger know best.' He said,

«فَإِنَّهُ نَهَرٌ وَعَدَنِيهِ رَبِّي عَزَّ وَجَلَّ،عَلَيْهِ خَيْرٌ كَثِيرٌ، هُوَ حَوْضٌ تَرِدُ عَلَيْهِ أُمَّتِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ، آنِيَتُهُ عَدَدُ النُّجُومِ فِي السَّمَاءِ، فَيُخْتَلَجُ الْعَبْدُ مِنْهُمْ فَأَقُولُ: رَبِّ إِنَّهُ مِنْ أُمَّتِي، فَيَقُولُ: إِنَّكَ لَا تَدْرِي مَا أَحْدَثَ بَعْدَك»

(Verily, it is a river that my Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, has promised me and it has abundant goodness. It is a pond where my Ummah will be brought to on the Day of Judgement. Its containers are as numerous as the stars in the sky. Then a servant of Allah from among them will be (prevented from it) and I will say: "O Lord! Verily, he is from my Ummah (followers).'' Then He (Allah) will say: "Verily, you do not know what he introduced (or innovated) after you.)'' This is the wording of Muslim.

Imam Ahmad also recorded from Anas that the Messenger of Allah said,

«دَخَلْتُ الْجَنَّةَ فَإِذَا أَنَا بِنَهْرٍ حَافَتَاهُ خِيَامُ اللُّؤْلُؤِ، فَضَرَبْتُ بِيَدِي إِلَى مَا يَجْرِي فِيهِ الْمَاءُ، فَإِذَا مِسْكٌ أَذْفَرُ، قُلْتُ: مَاهَذَا يَا جِبْرِيلُ؟ قَالَ: هَذَا الْكَوْثَرُ الَّذِي أَعْطَاكَهُ اللهُ عَزَّ وَجَل»

(I entered Paradise and I came to a river whose banks had tents made of pearls. So I thrust my hand into its flowing water and found that it was the strongest (smell) of musk. So I asked, "O Jibril! What is this'' He replied, "This is Al-Kawthar which Allah, the Mighty and Majestic has given you.'')

Al-Bukhari recorded this in his Sahih, and so did Muslim, on the authority of Anas bin Malik. In their version Anas said, "When the Prophet was taken up to the heaven, he said,

«أَتَيْتُ عَلَى نَهْرٍ حَافَتَاهُ قِبَابُ اللُّؤْلُؤِ الْمُجَوَّفِ فَقُلْتُ: مَا هَذَا يَا جِبْرِيلُ؟ قَالَ: هَذَا الْكَوْثَر»

(I came to a river whose banks had domes of hollowed pearl. I said: "O Jibril! What is this'' He replied: "This is Al-Kawthar.'')'' This is the wording of Al-Bukhari.

Ahmad recorded from Anas that a man said, "O Messenger of Allah! What is Al-Kawthar'' He replied,

«هُوَ نَهْرٌ فِي الْجَنَّةِ أَعْطَانِيهِ رَبِّي، لَهُوَ أَشَدُّ بَيَاضًا مِنَ اللَّبَنِ، وَأَحْلَى مِنَ الْعَسَلِ، فِيهِ طُيُورٌ أَعْنَاقُهَا كَأَعْنَاقِ الْجُزُر»

(It is a river in Paradise which my Lord has given me. It is whiter than milk and sweeter than honey. There are birds in it whose necks are (long) like carrots.)

`Umar said, "O Messenger of Allah! Verily, they (the birds) will be beautiful.'' The Prophet replied,

«آكِلُهَا أَنْعَمُ مِنْهَا يَا عُمَر»

(The one who eats them (i.e., the people of Paradise) will be more beautiful than them, O `Umar.)

Al-Bukhari recorded from Sa`id bin Jubayr that Ibn `Abbas said about Al-Kawthar, "It is the good which Allah gave to him (the Prophet).'' Abu Bishr said, "I said to Sa`id bin Jubayr, `Verily, people are claiming that it is a river in Paradise.''' Sa`id replied, `The river which is in Paradise is part of the goodness which Allah gave him.'''

Al-Bukhari also recorded from Sa`id bin Jubayr that Ibn `Abbas said, "Al-Kawthar is the abundant goodness.'' This explanation includes the river and other things as well. Because the word Al-Kawthar comes from the word Kathrah (abundance) and it (Al-Kawthar) linguistically means an abundance of goodness. So from this goodness is the river (in Paradise).

Imam Ahmad recorded from Ibn `Umar that the Messenger of Allah said,

«الْكَوْثَرُ نَهْرٌ فِي الْجَنَّةِ حَافَتَاهُ مِنْ ذَهَبٍ، وَالْمَاءُ يَجْرِي عَلَى اللُّؤْلُؤِ، وَمَاؤُهُ أَشَدُّ بَيَاضًا مِنَ اللَّبَنِ، وَأَحْلَى مِنَ الْعَسَل»

(Al-Kawthar is a river in Paradise whose banks are of gold and it runs over pearls. Its water is whiter than milk and sweeter than honey.)

Then Allah says,

[فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ ]

(Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice.) meaning, `just as We have given you the abundant goodness in this life and the Hereafter -- and from that is the river that has been described previously -- then make your obligatory and optional prayer, and your sacrifice (of animals) solely and sincerely for your Lord. Woship Him alone and do not associate any partner with him. And sacrifice pronouncing His Name alone, without ascribing any partner to Him.' This is as Allah says,

[قُلْ إِنَّ صَلاَتِى وَنُسُكِى وَمَحْيَاىَ وَمَمَاتِى للَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَـلَمِينَ - لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَبِذَلِكَ أُمِرْتُ وَأَنَاْ أَوَّلُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ ]

(Say: "Verily, my Salah, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of all that exists. He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims.'') (6:162-163)

Ibn `Abbas, `Ata,' Mujahid, `Ikrimah and Al-Hasan all said, "This means with this the Budn should be sacrificed.'' This is the opposite of the way of the idolators, prostrating to other than Allah and sacrificing in other than His Name. Allah says,

[وَلاَ تَأْكُلُواْ مِمَّا لَمْ يُذْكَرِ اسْمُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ وَإِنَّهُ لَفِسْقٌ]

(And do not eat from what Allah's Name has not been pronounced over, indeed that is Fisq.) (6:121)

The Enemy of the Prophet is Cut Off

Allah says,

[إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الاٌّبْتَرُ ]

(For he who hates you, he will be cut off.) meaning, `indeed he who hates you, O Muhammad, and he hates what you have come with of guidance, truth, clear proof and manifest light, he is the most cut off, meanest, lowliest person who will not be remembered.

Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid, Sa`id bin Jubayr and Qatadah all said, "This Ayah was revealed about Al-`As bin Wa'il. Whenever the Messenger of Allah would be mentioned (in his presence) he would say, `Leave him, for indeed he is a man who is cut off having no descendants. So when he dies he will not be remembered.' Therefore, Allah revealed this Surah.''

Shamir bin `Atiyah said, "This Surah was revealed concerning `Uqbah bin Abi Mu`ayt.'' Ibn `Abbas and `Ikrimah have both said, "This Surah was revealed about Ka`b bin Al-Ashraf and a group of the disbelievers of the Quraysh.''

Al-Bazzar recorded that Ibn `Abbas said, "Ka`b bin Al-Ashraf came to Makkah and the Quraysh said to him, `You are the leader of them (the people). What do you think about this worthless man who is cut off from his people He claims that he is better than us while we are the people of the place of pilgrimage, the people of custodianship (of the Ka`bah), and the people who supply water to the pilgrims.' He replied, `You all are better than him.' So Allah revealed,

[إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الاٌّبْتَرُ ]

(For he who hates you, he will be cut off.)'' This is how Al-Bazzar recorded this incident and its chain of narration is authentic.

It has been reported that `Ata' said, "This Surah was revealed about Abu Lahab when a son of the Messenger of Allah died. Abu Lahab went to the idolators and said, `Muhammad has been cut off (i.e., from progeny) tonight.' So concerning this Allah revealed,

[إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الاٌّبْتَرُ ]

(For he who hates you, he will be cut off.)'' As-Suddi said, "When the male sons of a man died the people used to say, `He has been cut off.' So, when the sons of the Messenger of Allah died they said, `Muhammad has been cut off.' So they thought in their ignorance that if his sons died, his remembrance would be cut off. Allah forbid! To the contrary, Allah preserved his remembrance for all the world to see, and He obligated all the servants to follow his Law. This will continue for all of time until the Day of Gathering and the coming of the Hereafter. May the blessings of Allah and His peace be upon him forever until the Day of Assembling. This is the end of the Tafsir of Surat Al-Kawthar, and all praise and blessings are due to Allah.


PAKIDA bakal jadi Agen Umno

PAKIDA bakal jadi Agen Umno Cetus Rusuhan Kaum kerana 16 September!!

Tranungkite,Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Oleh Reformis Muda

Berita terbaru, Pak Lah telah memberi lampu hijau agar isu perkauman kembali dimainkan menjelang 16 September, bukan sahaja untuk menghalang pertukaran Kerajaan 16 September tetapi selepas Kerajaan Baru andainya dibentuk selepas 16 September. Amaran Paklah awal minggu lepas bahawa " Beliau akan Pastikan perubahan16 September tidak Berlaku" bukan gertakan olok olok, ia satu bentuk dendam kesumat yang bersedia menggunakan apa sahaja cara agar pertukaran kerajaan ini tidak berlaku. Itu lah sebabnya Ahmad Ismail (Ketua UMNO Bukit Bendera) kini bukan sahaja tidak tunduk selepas perjumpaan dengan Pak Lah tetapi menjadi lebih racist berbanding sebelumnya sehinggakan para penyokongnya menjeritkan perkataan "Bunuh Koh Tsu Kon" "tembak Koh Tsu Kon" sambil mengoyakkan gambar bekas Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang tersebut

semua bahagian Umno Pulau Pinang menyokong Ahmad Ismail termasuk Kepala Batas kawasan Perdana Menteri. andainya Ahmad Ismail itu adalah ahli DAP sudah pasti kini dia sudah berada dalam ISA, seperti rakan rakan Hindraf. jangan lupa Hindraf pun adalah angkara menantu Pak Lah pada awalnya. bila isu Hindraf menjadi semakin hangat dan di dalam Blog mendedahkan menantu Pak lah adalah dalangnya , bukan sahaja pemimpin Hindraf ditaha ISA tetapi menantu Paklah menghilangkan diri. ketika itu sms sudah bertiup kencang bahawa Pakida akan berkumpul dikampung baru. dulu Umno mencuba dengan kaum India, kini mereka kembali mencuba dengan kaum Cina. andai sebelum ini permainan perkauman dengan India menghasilkan Tsunami pertama apakah kali ini permainan mereka akan memerangkap mereka sendiri, akan berlakukah Tsunami kedua?


Pada 2.9.2008 kita dikejutkan dengan kematian ketua JKKK, Taib Ali 65 yang juga ketua Pekida kawasan tersebut yang ditembak mati orang yang tak dikenali, malah di Kota Bharu seorang ketua calon ketua cawangan pula disimbah asid, berita ini cuba dijadikan berita utama seolah olah huru hara berlaku. ia cuma satu Plot untuk adegan yang lebih ganas selepas ini. mereka sudah bermula meniup semangat perkauman, termasuklah isu pemberian 400 hektar tanah untuk sekolah Cina oleh kerajaan Pakatan Perak ia cuba dijadikan bahan berita hampir setiap hari oleh akhbar agen perkauman iaitu Utusan.

diberitakan Pekida kini diminta bersiap sedia terhadap sebarang kemungkinan, kerana mereka bukan sahaja bakal membuat huru hara sebelum 16september tetapi selepas kerajaan baru dibentuk. ini dilakukan atas sebab kononnya kuasa Melayu kini sudah hilang apabila jumlah kerajaan baru Pakatan Rakyat nanti majoritinya adalah dikalangan bukan Islam. mereka akan cetuskan huru hara. semangat perkauman akan ditiup bertalu talu. agar kerajaan baru nantipun tidak stabil. ada pemimpin Umno kini sudah mula mengadu domba kepada raja raja Melayu dengan Fitnah kerajaan yang ada nanti adalah terdiri dari majorii bukan melayu dan akan menghakiskan kuasa melayu dan kuasa raja raja.bila kita sebut Pekida anda harus ingat ia termasuklah dikalangan unit cawangan Khas PDRM. mereka kini bersiap sedia untuk ke jalanraya untuk mencetuskan ketegangan kaum. Paklah kini seperti membiarkan ianya terjadi atas sebab mahu mempertahankan kuasa. mungkin Ezam masih ingat bagaimana Polis dalam soal siasatnya semasa dia di penjara dengan mengatakan andai Keadilan Menang Polis akan turun ke jalanraya untuk menggulingkan Kerajaan baru Keadilan. malam ini Ezam akan meniupkan semboyan perkauman melalui siri Hujjah TV9 tentang kononnya Melayu ditindas dan bakal dipijak bangsa lain. dan anda jangan terkejut seterusnya akan merebaknya isu perkauman selepas ini, mereka bersiap sedia untuk itu.

Khairy dan Ezam kini adalah proksi yang meniupkan api perkauman, mereka bercakap bukan kerana Melayu, tetapi kerana Kuasa, mereka ingin mempertahan kan kuasa, langkah terakhir mereka adalah dengan mencetuskan semangat perkauman. PAS sebagai parti berpaksikan Melayu harus segera membuat satu kenyataan dan ketetapan sebelum semua masyarakat Melayu diheret ke kancah peperangan kaum. saya melihat ianya kini semakin bahaya. hanya Presiden PAS dan Ulama' seperti TG Nik Aziz boleh menghalang usaha jahat yang mahu menimbulkan api perkauman, ia dirancang dari tingkat 4 Putrajaya bagi mempertahankan seorang tua gila kuasa di tingkat 5.

Lawan Tetap Lawan

Reformis Muda

Anwar Press Statement on Sept 18, 2008


Today Pakatan Rakyat leaders have submitted a letter to the Prime Minister requesting him to call an emergency session of Parliament to deliberate a motion of censure against the leadership of YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi no later than Tuesday 23 September 2008.

This is in accordance with Order 11(3) of the Standing Orders of Parliament and warrants an immediate response given the gravity of today’s political impasse. A delay in his response would be interpreted as nothing short of a further sabotage of the democratic process and abuse of Executive Power.

The Prime Minister’s haggling on the syntax of our first letter is puerile at best. The intent of our meeting as described in that letter was clearly to discuss the future course of the nation’s leadership – though in deference to his position and in accordance with acceptable norms we remain considerate and polite in our approach.

I find the Prime Minister’s comment about me in his press conference yesterday to be reckless and irresponsible in light of the disastrous outcome of last Friday’s ISA raids.

He has conflated what is essentially an issue of democracy, freedom and the rule of law with national security. The use of the ISA to harass and detain duly elected political opponents is a grave transgression of the law and its continued use would further erode confidence in the current government and exacerbate political instability.

As the incumbent Prime Minister actively holding office and exercising all Executive powers, and as the outgoing Finance Minister, we hold him fully accountable for the current political turmoil and mismanagement of the nation’s economy. His accusation that I have had an adverse impact on the nation’s economy is entirely without basis.

I have met with the key fund managers in the region, representing over USD 1 trillion in assets, and on multiple occasions they were unanimously in support of comprehensive reforms in Malaysia including judicial independence, a free media, a more professional police force and anti-corruption agency, investor friendly laws and assurances on the non-interference of politicians in the governance of Bank Negara. These are policies Pakatan Rakyat has promised to implement– and initiatives that the current administration has done virtually nothing to advance since March 8th.

Leader of Opposition
De-facto leader, Keadilan

Anwar wants Parliament to meet by Sept 23

The Star,Thursday September 18, 2008 MYT 2:56:08 PM

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claims he sent a letter to the Prime Minister on Thursday requesting him to call an emergency Parliament session no later that Sept 23 to deliberate on a vote of no-confidence against Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s leadership.

The letter was jointly signed by him as PKR leader, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and DAP parliament leader Lim Kit Siang, he said at a press conference at the PKR headquarters here Thursday afternoon.

“We will convene an emergency meeting if there is no response from the Prime Minister.

“And we won’t reveal the 31 names (of the MPs crossing over) unless the Prime Minister categorically assures that MPs are given their chance to appear (in Parliament) next Tuesday (Sept 23) to give their vote in the motion of ‘no-confidence’ against the PM,” he added.

The Opposition leader and Permatang Pauh MP also told reporters that he has been in touch with SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

The Sabah party announced on Wednesday that it was pulling out of Barisan Nasional but would not be joining Pakatan Rakyat.

Yong had said SAPP would remain independent in the Opposition bench until a time came when the party was ready to be back in government.

On Tuesday, Anwar claimed that he had enough lawmakers to form a new government but has officially delayed the takeover deadline.

He said he was prepared to delay the deadline in the interest of a smooth transition of power.

He said he was also ready to show Abdullah Ahmad Badawi the list of Barisan Nasional MPs defecting over to Pakatan Rakyat should Abdullah grant him a meeting.

“The numbers are increasing by the hour, but as of now, it is in excess of 31 MPs, This is not empty talk. I am fully responsible for my statement but we have choose to be patient and use the conciliatory way,” Anwar had told a packed press conference at the PKR headquarters.

The Opposition Leader said he would even give Abdullah the list of names of Barisan MPs wanting to defect at their meeting.

“I am appealing in the name of political stability and smooth transition. It will be preposterous for the Prime Minister to deny me this meeting. He has no choice but to negotiate since we have the numbers,” said Anwar.

Asked why he still refused to give the exact number of defecting MPs, or their names, Anwar replied there was fear the MPs would be detained or harassed.

Pressed for a deadline for the meeting, Anwar said he did not like to give any ultimatum but it should be within these few days or other options would be considered.

Asked if he would seek an audience with the King and present himself as commanding majority in Parliament, or would he seek a no-confidence motion against Abdullah at the next Parliament sitting in October, Anwar was non-committal and said such options would be discussed at the highest leadership level in Pakatan.

Fighting for a better Malaysia

The Star, Thursday September 11, 2008


Anti-corruption activist Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, who recently joined DAP, still sees his role as one to fight graft and now also to ensure a fairer place for all Malaysians.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s most prominent anti-corruption and good governance activist, Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, raised many eyebrows recently when he announced his new role as a politician by joining the DAP.

And in an unprecedented move, the DAP instantly appointed him a vice-chairman.
Tunku Aziz, 74, had a distinguished career in the corporate sector before being actively involved in Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption.

He has written and spoken widely on corruption and integrity issues both domestically and internationally and published his book, Fighting Corruption: My Mission.

He also served at the World Bank and in 2006 was invited to establish the United Nations Ethics Office as a Special Adviser to then secretary-general Kofi Annan.
Following are Q & A excerpts of the interview:

Q: Many are surprised that the Tunku Aziz that they know to be someone who is apolitical, who speaks out without fear or favour especially against corruption and for good governance, has decided to be actively involved in politics and to have joined the DAP.

A: No one seemed to be taking all those issues that I have been talking about all these years seriously. Those were very important issues, issues of the day.
And I’ve noticed that over time instead of the political situation in the country getting better, it has in fact grown worse from my perspective. So I decided that I would have to take a more active political interest because I’ve always believed that the future of this country really depends very much on how we deal with outstanding issues and there are many outstanding issues.

It’s all very well to talk about national unity but let’s scratch the surface a little and you would find that there are very serious undercurrents of suspicion, discontent, of a sense of being marginalised or excluded, and these are important issues.

I’ve always believed ever, since I was at school, on the need for a united country. To me the most important thing is loyalty to our country.

That is my No. 1 priority. It doesn’t matter what organisation I belong to, that does not change. I do not support anything which is extra-constitutional because the foundation of our country and our society is really the Constitution.

Q: Now, why did you choose to join the DAP?

A: I joined the DAP because I’ve been watching DAP for more than 20 years. I was highly suspicious of DAP because it seemed to me to be nothing more than an alternative Chinese party, it was chauvinistic.

But over time I’ve also seen that this party has remained steadfast to some of the values that I share, such as the need to fight corruption comprehensively, which has been my life-time concern, and also of course with fighting corruption we are obviously also fighting for transparency, accountability, and I’ve been not just advocating but encouraging companies and people to practise good governance.

And DAP is opening up. The fact that it remains a largely Chinese party, I think, is not their fault. It’s because Malays and other people have not joined the party. They have opened it up, they have declared themselves to be a party for all Malaysians.

It meets my own requirement in terms of the need for Malaysia to be a multi-racial country because we cannot really expect this country to progress divided, we have to unite. But unity can come about only if we develop and adopt policies which are inclusive.

It doesn’t matter what your political affiliations are as these affiliations merely demonstrate an important facet of the democratic system, which is that there is the freedom to be different, to espouse dissenting views. And I hope that the ruling party will accommodate all views provided they are constructive views and they are views that will not hurt the country.

I’m against any politician who, at the slightest hint of any problem in our country, rushes out to the outside world to compare this country with Zimbabwe, for example, and to regard this government as if it has no legitimacy. I think that is wrong. The fact that I belong to a political party does not mean that I’ve surrendered my own personal independence. There are views which I’ve held since I could remember and these views are important.

Q: What are your views on race relations in the country now?

A: As a Malay, naturally I would like to see the Malays being treated as the Constitution intended them to be treated. But I also recognise the fact that we cannot exclude the rights of other races.

While we want to protect the rights of the Malays as provided for under the Constitution, we must also ensure the rights of the non-Malays are also protected. And that really has been the real reason for accelerating my move into the political arena. But having said that, I’m not a political animal. I’m an advocate and activist for a clean (government) and transparency, accountability and for integrity in government.

I would like to see whichever party gets into power, I would like to see that party behave in an ethical way in the management of the country’s affairs because people must not forget that what may look as well within the law or as legal may not necessarily be ethical and that is an important issue.

It’s a real dilemma for someone to say that I’m going to give up my independence which I’ve cherished and valued for years which enabled me to speak without fear or favour.

But now the same message which I’ve been putting out will be looked at in a totally different light, but you know Tunku Aziz the person is still the same man, he hasn’t changed and to me it’s like saying now that you have gone into the political arena and therefore you are different. I’m not different, I’m the same person still believing in all those things which I’ve been promoting.

Q: You spoke earlier about certain things in the country that have not only not improved but have gone from bad to worse. Can you cite some examples?

A: While we have achieved a great deal in terms of development, the question I’ve always asked myself is at what cost. Let’s talk about unethical public behaviour, which seems to be getting worse. We’ve just been reading about more cases of corruption and a flurry of arrests by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA).

These are things that you and I have known happen all the while but this merely confirms what we already know. But there is so much rhetoric. There is no government in the world that has not come into power with this flag-waving “we will fight corruption and so on and so forth”. It is not just in Malaysia but I was hoping that we in Malaysia would be different, but I’ve not seen that happening.

Q: Back to corruption, are you encouraged by the ongoing flurry of arrests by the ACA?

A: It is very encouraging because, for years and years, some of us have been saying that the ACA should be made into an independent commission. The ACA has repeatedly said that it was independent. But again, we knew they were not.

It is up to the ACA now to tell the Government this is the form we want the new Anti-Corruption Commission to take. The Government should be listening to the people (on) what kind of ACA we want in Malaysia.

But what I really would like to see is the ACA being given the power, if they have not got it already, to go out to anyone who is suspected of being involved in corrupt practices or anyone who evidently is living beyond his means and say “Sir or Madam, how do you account for this?”, put the onus on that person. But this has not happened.

I tell you if they were only to do this, as Hong Kong is doing or has done, they would have a lot more success. So there is a lot of foot-dragging.

I am convinced the ACA, if you want it to be based on the Hong Kong model which is really the benchmark, I think it should have many of the positive aspects of the Hong Kong set-up, and one of them is the power to go to anyone in the land, whoever, put the onus on them to please account for their assets and wealth. I think that is one thing that would ensure that people will really be frightened to commit corruption.

Q: You are now not only a member of the DAP. Instantly you have been made one of the five vice-chairmen. Did it come as a surprise to you that you straightaway became a vice-chairman?

A: Yes, it did. Because, when I wanted to join the DAP, my intention was simply to join as a member, not to hold any high position, so it did come as a surprise but at the same time I feel that they put me into the policy-making body.

I think that would enable me to influence the way DAP develops in terms of the things I’ve been speaking about but also more particularly to make them become a more Malaysian organisation so that they are not seen as just a Chinese party in disguise or chauvinistic. In fact they must be more Malaysian than Malaysian.

If we are talking about a united, strong, cohesive nation. I think we’ve had 51 years of that to really create the sort of country that the founding fathers had intended it to be. Whether it was Datuk Onn Jaafar, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Hussein Onn, that vision which really was the factor that made all these people sacrifice so much. Tun Dr Ismail, for example, and Tun Razak both were unwell; they could have just spent time with their families but they didn’t. Why? Because their vision was for a strong Malaysia, for a Malaysia that is respected internationally.

I’ve always used the phrase, Malaysia to be at the top of the table and not be picking up scraps from the floor. We should be there, we have the capacity to be there. I think we can really develop a strong nation. So we have to come up with ideas, policies which will be seen to be compatible with the aspirations of the people. This is essential.

Q: To balance things up, giving credit where it’s due, what are some of the country’s achievements over the last 51 years of independence?

A: Well, it would not be fair to merely highlight what we see as the negatives. There are definitely lots of positives as well. The country today has achieved development status which many countries are still dreaming about, are envious of. I’ve been asked by Universiti Malaya’s Institute of Policy Studies to give lectures to people from other countries like Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Sudan and India, Nepal and I sometimes have a quiet cry.

When they say what a wonderful country Malaysia is, the things that they could only dream about and they always ask you what do you do to achieve this, so successive governments must have done something right. You cannot just criticise them.

But of course what we are talking about is how much better we could all have been. We could have been a truly great and united country if only we had paid more attention to the concerns of our people of all races in a fairer and more just way. That is what this nation should be all about and that’s what our religion is all about. It doesn’t preach unfairness, it doesn’t preach corruption. — Bernama

PAS tersalah pilih PesuruhJaya Terengganu

1. Saya telah membaca dengan teliti pandangan Pesuruhjaya PAS Terengganu yang kali ini lebih gemar menggunakan nama beliau sebagai pengamal dan penganalisis politik daripada bertindak sebagai seorang Pesuruhjaya PAS Negeri. Walaupun sewaktu beliau berdiri sebagai penganalisis politik dalam mana-mana waktu sekalipun, pada saya, beliau tetaplah Pesuruhjaya PAS Negeri Terengganu. Baik dalam keadaan berdiri, duduk, atau berbaring, Mustafa bin Ali adalah seorang Pesuruhjaya PAS.

2. Dengan demikian, mahu tidak mahu pandangan beliau itu tetap mencerminkan pandangan PAS Terengganu. Lebih mendukacitakan lagi ialah apabila pandangan beliau ini bersifat anti keputusan Muktamar. Sekaligus, ia menentang arus Syura yang memutuskan untuk mengukuhkan Pakatan Rakyat dan tidak sebaliknya seperti yang sedang dilakukan oleh Mustafa Ali. Dalam respons dan setiap ayat yang digunakan, saya tidak nampak sikap Mustafa yang boleh mengukuhkan Pakatan Rakyat seperti yang diputuskanoleh Muktamar secara “standing ovation”.
3. Sepatutnya tugas pemimpin termasuk Pesuruhjaya ialah mendukung dan mengukuhkan keputusan Muktamar. Sifat rajin mengeluarkan kenyataan walaupun tidak disuruh adalah sesuatu yang aneh dan menghairankan. Lebih-lebih lagilah ia mencanggahi keputusan Muktamar. Sepatutnya ceramah atau temuramah bersifat lanjutan kepada keputusan Muktamar.

4. Saya membuat perbandingan antara kenyataan Mustafa di muka surat 1 dan 3 Utusan Malaysia, 11 September 2008 dengan kenyataan Dato’ Johari Baharom, Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri sendiri termasuk kenyataan PM sendiri dalam Berita Harian pada hari yang sama. Mesejnya sama iaitu tidak ada apa yang akan berlaku pada 16 September 2008 iaitu “tidak mungkin ada undi tidak percaya kerana Parlimen tidak bersidang.” Sentimen Mustafa yang “terus terang tidak yakin adanya bilangan sebanyak 30 orang yang akan melompat parti” betul-betul serupa dengan nada Presiden Umno. Betul-betul serupa.

5. Lidah Mustafa boleh dikatakan sudah menjadi lidah Umno. Kita kena faham bahawa lidah ini adalah jurubahasa kepada hati. Jika begitu keadaannya apa yang ada dalam hati, maka lebih baik terang-terang sokong Umno. Hujah untuk “meredakan keresahan rakyat” yang digunakan oleh Mustafa tidak tepat. Apa yang tepat ialah kita kena tanya rakyat resah kerana apa? Jawabnya, rakyat resah kerana pimpinan di bawah Umno selama ini telah menimbulkan seribu satu macam keresahan.
Usaha Pakatan Rakyat yang sama-sama sedang didukung oleh PAS, PKR dan DAP ini adalah usaha untuk memulihkan keresahan rakyat. Pemulihan dan keyakinan akan berlaku apabila Pakatan Rakyat menguasai di peringkat Pusat. “Cross over” kepada Pakatan Rakyat yang menuju ke arah peralihan kuasa sama ada 16, 17, 18, 19 atau 20 September 2008 hendaklah menjadi agenda setiap orang : agenda setiap Pesuruhjaya PAS Negeri termasuklah Mustafa bin Ali. Inilah semangat Muktamar yang telah kita sama-sama putuskan secara sebulat suara. “Standing ovation” itu adalah sebulat suaralah tu. Keputusan Muktamar ini, bukan kerja main-main.

6. Apa tujuan kita adakan kursus, seminar, ceramah, tamrin, usrah, doa, sembahyang hajat, munajat, pagi, petang, siang dan malam kalau tidak kerana untuk menumbangkan sebuah pemerintahan yang tidak cenderung kepada Islam. Jika Umno hendakkan Islam, sudah lama dia laksanakan Islam.

7. Saya tidak fahamlah bila Mustafa menyebut bahawa dia bercakap secara bebas dan pendirian beliau bertaraf peribadi; bukan atas kapasiti seorang pemimpin PAS. Pada saya, beliau adalah Pesuruhjaya PAS Terengganu. Dalam Islam, seseorang itu hanya boleh mempunyai satu sahsiah saja. Sesiapa yang cuba bermain-main dengan dua atau lebih rupa sahsiah, tidak layak menjadi pemimpin gerakan Islam. Sebab itu, Islam selalu menekankan soal tauhid, yakni penyatuan segala perkara di atas satu dan menuju kepada satu. Dalam PAS, tidak ada dua wajah sahsiah. Jika ada juga, maka ia sesuai untuk mewakili Umno.

8. Jika Dr. Mahathir pernah berkata bahawa ia tersalah pilih Perdana Menteri maka dalam konteks ini boleh jadilah Terengganu sudah tersalah pilih seorang Pesuruhjaya. Dalam akhir ayat Mustafa Ali, ada juga saya terbaca beliau menyifatkan isu ini timbul disebabkan keghairahan satu pihak untuk mengambil alih kerajaan. Di sini, saya cukup tidak fahamlah. Seolah-olah pada Mustafa, adalah satu kesalahan apabila kita ghairah nak gantikan kerajaan secara demokrasi. Sejak bila pula Mustafa jadi begini? Kita kena faham bahawa isu menghuruharakan ini timbul kerana sejak 50 tahun Umno memimpin negara, rakyat tidak dipimpin dengan jelas dan betul dari segi Islam atau demokrasi. Keadilan tidak diberi kepada orang-orang Melayu, Cina, India, Siam atau Kadazan. Ini yang kita ghairah untuk menggantikan kerajaan.
Kita bawa Islam kerana Islam itu adil. Islam itu untuk keamanan dan kesejahteraan seluruh kaum yang bermastautin di Malaysia. Apabila nampak bahawa Kerajaan BN/Umno sudah panik dan resah sehingga terpaksa melarikan 50 Wakil Rakyat, maka pada saya, ini adalah petanda kejayaan. Tak tahu lah pula saya kenapa Mustafa Ali terpaksa bersusah payah untuk menjelaskan situasi sebenar demi meredakan. Meredakan hati siapa? Hati pemimpin Umno?

9. Dalam keadaan beginilah hati saya cepat-cepat teringat tentang HARAKAH. Saya tak dapat bayangkan bagaimana HARAKAH boleh memainkan peranan sebagai lidah rasmi parti dan organ parti, apabila orang nombor satu yang merupakan Pesuruhjaya PAS Terengganu ini telah mengambil sikap membelakangi keputusan Muktamar. Saya percaya, ini sedikit sebanyak akan mempengaruhi pojok, cerita, berita dan analisis yang dibuat. Dengan dibenarkan penerbitan dua kali seminggu maka lebih cepat lagilah ia boleh merosakkan imej HARAKAH. Pada logiknya, pembaca HARAKAH akan berkurangan. Saya fikir suatu keputusan perlu dibuat mengenai perkara ini.

10. Saya sebenarnya masih mahu mengambil sikap bertangguh dari terlalu cepat mengemukakan respons. Dengan begitu, saya akan cuba ikuti lagi apa rentak yang akan dibawa oleh pemimpin seperti Mustafa Ali. Saya percaya, mungkin ada satu atau dua orang lagi yang bersama dengan beliau. Selaku orang tua dalam parti, saya telah mengikuti orang penting dan orang yang tidak penting keluar masuk ke dalam parti. Bahkan Allahyarham Dato’ Haji Asri Muda sekalipun pernah meninggalkan Parti PAS. Pada waktu itu beliau adalah di kerusi Presiden. Beliau akhirnya masuk Umno dan semua orang tahu bagaimana beliau mengakhiri karier politiknya.

Bertarikh : 11 Ramadhan 1429
11 September 2008.

Usah buang kekuatan semulajadi PAS semasa jadi pembangkang

Oleh : Iskandar Abdul Samad

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Memang tidak dapat dinafikan program-program yang melibatkan pimpinan PAS di Selangor semakin bertambah sejak kemenangan Pakatan Rakyat pada 8 Mac yang lalu. Kalau dulu hanya program-program Parti sahaja yang menonjolkan pemimpin-pemimpin Parti tetapi sekarang ini terdapat program-program kerajaan negeri yang memberi pendedahan kepada pimpinan Parti terutamanya yang menjadi ADUN atau Ahli Parlimen.

Kalau dulu hanya di markas-markas sahaja tetapi sekarang di masjid, di surau, di dewan serbaguna, di balairaya malah di pejabat agensi-agensi kerajaan negeri, pimpinan PAS boleh berucap.

Ini adalah satu perkembangan yang baik kerana kita akan berupaya melebar luas pengaruh Parti atau sekurang-kurang meletakkan pimpinan kita di tengah-tengah masyarakat tetapi saya agak bimbang dengan perkembangan sedemikian. Kenapa tidaknya kerana ramai di antara kita yang hanya bergerak di atas platform kerajaan negeri.

Contohnya bagi kawasan-kawasan yang mempunyai ADUN, ADUN-ADUN akan menganjurkan program-program Mesra Rakyat. Tidak kiralah, sama ada Hari Kesihatan, Dialog Bersama Rakyat, Makan Sate, Makan Durian, Motivasi Pelajar, Motivasi Ibu Bapa atau Sambutan Merdeka, hampir setiap minggu ada program yang dianjurkan. Kadang-kala sehingga tidak ada ruang untuk program-program Parti.

Tetapi bukankah baik ada banyak program? Memang baik bagus tetapi ada perbezaannya.

Program kerajaan negeri atau program Mesra Rakyat ADUN lebih mudah hendak dianjurkan. Peruntukan disediakan oleh ADUN. Tidak perlu satu sen pun. Tempat, pilih saja dewan yang hendak digunakan. Malah khemah dan PA system pun majlis perbandaran boleh menyediakan.

Tetapi program Parti lain. Duit kena cari sendiri. Tempat pula terpaksa kita gunakan “creativity” kita, cari rumah orang ini dan orang itu malah kita boleh menganjurkan program di kaki lima. Kalau di markas, kita akan buat gotong royong membersihkan markas terlebih dahulu. Petugas-petugas pula akan datang menderu walaupun hanya dijamu air mineral dan nasi lemak kosong. Tetapi sekarang petugas-petugas pun ada yang minta diupah!

Walaupun sekarang ini lebih banyak program tetapi saya takut kita kehilangan kekuatan yang dikagumi oleh rakan dan lawan. Ingat atau tidak dulu, apabila UMNO begitu gerun kerana kita dapat menganjurkan program yang hebat-hebat? Mereka bertanya, “Di mana dapat duit?” atau “Ramainya petugas?”.

Betul, kita perlu memberi sedikit keselesaan kepada Cawangan-Cawangan dan petugas-petugas kita tetapi janganlah sampai kita hilang “competitive edge” dan “creativity” kita. Janganlah sampai kita lupa kepada budaya infaq atau budaya sukarela yang telah menjadikan PAS disegani dan dihormati. Cubalah minta derma dari ahli-ahli malah AJK-AJK, tidak ramai yang akan menghulur malah ada yang bertanya, “Bukankah kita ada YB?”. Kita sudah menjadi terlalu manja.

Ketika hadir di dalam satu program anjuran SRI Ilmi, Ampang saya diberitahu bahawa di Terengganu apabila PAS memerintah, sekolah-sekolah agama telah mendapat bantuan dari kerajaan negeri dan ramai guru-guru yang telah dinaikkan gaji dari RM450 kepada RM1,500. Ada yang telah membeli kereta.

Tetapi apabila kerajaan PAS tumbang, tidak ada lagi bantuan dari kerajaan negeri BN. Akibatnya guru-guru malah sekolah-sekolah itu menghadapi masalah. Ada yang menjadi lebih teruk dari sebelum PAS memerintah. Itu apa yang saya diberitahu. Mereka tidak dapat pulih seperti ketika mereka menjadi pembangkang. Mungkin ini sebabnya ada orang-orang Terengganu yang bersungguh-sungguh hendak bekerjasama dengan UMNO!

Walaupun kita tidak mahu kalah di Selangor tetapi kita pastikan yang jika ……… jika ……… jika kita kalah, kita tidak akan terduduk terus. Kita boleh bangkit, melawan balik, untuk merampas semula pemerintahan kerajaan negeri. -detikdaily

Anwar’s options

Thursday, 18 September 2008 22:34

By Leslie Lau and Shannon Teoh, The Malaysian Insider

There are many roads that can lead to power for the Pakatan Rakyat alliance if opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim indeed has the support of a majority MPs in his hand.

Today, the so-called "prime minister in waiting" demanded that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi convene Parliament next Tuesday to move against a motion of no confidence against the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

Next Tuesday is, of course, the day before Anwar goes back to court to face sodomy charges, in a trial he has claimed is politically motivated to stop in the tracks his challenge against the BN.

Such a move appears designed to play up the urgency of his moves to take power, and remove the threat of his court case.

By calling for a vote just days after Sept 16, when he failed to take power according to his self-imposed deadline, he is strengthening his case in his contention that he has the support to form the government.

The prime minister does not need to bring Parliament back into session on Anwar's say-so, and is not likely to.

And this will certainly lead to assertions from the opposition that Abdullah fears losing the vote.

Whatever happens, the stalemate will continue.

Constitutional expert Prof Abdul Aziz Bari believes that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong can also intervene to break the impasse.

"We are heading towards a stalemate," he told The Malaysian Insider.

But he points out that under Article 40a (2) of the Federal Constitution, the King may use his discretion to either appoint the prime minister or withhold consent for the dissolution of Parliament.

According to Abdul Aziz, the King could summon Anwar to the palace to furnish him with the list of MPs he claims supports him, and verify the claim by summoning the MPs as well.

He cited the initiative of the Rulers of Selangor and Perlis post-March 8 when they dealt directly with the elected lawmakers to ascertain their support.

"Should the claim by Anwar prove to be true then he needs to tell Abdullah to resign. This is actually putting the last nail in the coffin for as soon as Anwar manages to get 112 MPs with him, Abdullah no longer has the right to be in the PM's office," he said.

However, political analyst Khoo Kay Peng feels the most democratic answer is simply to wait until Parliament reconvenes on Oct 13.

"Anwar is using the only way possible now by asking the PM to resign. But it will not happen because even if Abdullah wants to comply, Barisan Nasional will not allow it. They would rather get rid of Abdullah than cede government," he told The Insider.

According to Khoo, there is no mechanism that Anwar can use to trigger a change in government until the opposition submits a motion of no confidence where legislators can vote democratically.

That is exactly what Anwar is now trying to do.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Question of legitimacy looms as Sept 16 draws near

ANALYSIS By Wan Hamidi Hamid, The Malaysian Insider
Thursday, 04 September 2008 14:43

Twelve more days and it will be revealed whether Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's Sept 16 takeover of the government is a reality or nothing more than the former deputy prime minister's psychological warfare against Barisan Nasional (BN).

One thing is real though – BN, especially its backbone Umno, is under a tremendous pressure, both externally and internally.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's stern warning to Anwar last week – at the end of his 2009 Budget speech in the Parliament – was a reflection of what was going on in his mind at the moment.

"Efforts by certain parties to destabilise the country by attempting to seize power through illegitimate means, and without the mandate of the people, must be rejected.

"I will not permit the mandate given by the people to be seized from Barisan Nasional, which had won the last election with a majority of the seats, based on democratic principles," said the Prime Minister in a direct reference to the takeover plan.

The question of whether a new Federal Government formed through mass defections has a legitimate plank to stand on remains even among strong supporters of the Opposition.

Anwar has been pushing for the plan since the political tsunami which swept BN out of five states and lost the coalition its precious two-thirds majority in the Parliament.

And even in those early days in March, there were already debates among the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) supporters, including some academics, on the legitimacy of forming a government through mass defections.

Political researcher Ong Kian Ming wrote in in April that "a mass migration of 30 or more BN MPs today would mean Pakatan could no longer maintain the moral high ground as it would be guilty of employing the dirty tactics used by BN during the Mahathir years".

Academic Dr Mavis Puthucheary, while agreeing with Ong on the evils of party hopping, argued that in coalition politics, political parties were free to enter into and withdraw from coalitions as they wish.

"This happened in the period immediately following the 1969 elections when several opposition parties were co-opted into the newly formed Barisan Nasional. So too in 1990, when the Parti Bersatu Sabah left the BN to join the opposition alliance. In such a situation the question of the moral hazard of party hopping does not arise," she said.

She also proposed that it would be better for the Pakatan, if parties, rather than individual MPs, crossed over to their side.

"In doing so the leadership of these parties ought to get the broad agreement of their membership so that the rank and file understands the importance of switching sides. This would reduce the unhealthy wheeling and dealing that is associated with the defection of individuals".

Those arguments were made before Anwar came up with the Sept 16 deadline.
To many PKR leaders, they have to go along with their leader Anwar. Even those who are not really convinced – with the date, not the takeover plan – the best they can offer when asked about it is, "Insya Allah" (God willing).

To PKR allies however it's a different story. No doubt many harbour the hope that Anwar could pull it off. Yet for Pas, the oldest partner among them with the most formidable grassroots election machinery, its senior clerics are not convinced.
Even Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat who is supportive of Anwar has reminded his party members not to be obsessed with the Sept 16 date, saying that it was just a technical matter.

"What is important is that the government must change its policies and mindset to appease the needs of the people," said the Kelantan Mentri Besar.

To DAP leaders, many were initially unfazed with the idea of party hopping. And many more were convinced later when Anwar explained that the offer was to get a fresh mandate to reform the country.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

It’s in the arithmetic, stupid

by Raja Petra Kamarudin

Tuesday, 02 September 2008 14:32

This is not just about kicking Barisan Nasional out. This is not just about forming a new Pakatan Rakyat federal government. This is also about maintaining the peace, stability and harmony between the many races and about denying Umno the opportunity to turn this whole thing into a race issue.

Soon after the 8 March 2008 general election, Malaysia Today mooted the possibility that Pakatan Rakyat could form the new federal government if at least 30 Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament crossed over. Another idea that Malaysia Today mooted was the formation of the ‘Unity Government’ and the eventual emergence of a two-party system in Malaysia.

The two-party system was accepted with no problems but the crossovers and Unity Government proposals were whacked to kingdom come. Some even commented that I had ‘changed’ since the election and no longer speak the way I used to. They were beginning to wonder what had happened to me and whether I was suffering from ‘battle fatigue’ and should in fact take a long rest before continuing to write again.

The ‘ailment’ I was suffering from was merely a case of realpolitik or pragmatism. Let’s face it: what can Pakatan Rakyat do with a mere 82 seats in Parliament? It does not even have enough clout to stop the federal government from sabotaging the five states under Pakatan Rakyat control. And this can be done easily enough by squeezing the five states of development money (like how they did to Terengganu in 1999) whereby, come the next election, these states will fall back into Barisan Nasional’s hands (like what happened to Terengganu in 2004).

It’s all about money. If the states get squeezed of money, then the people will re-evaluate the logic of keeping these states under Pakatan Rakyat control. See what the 2009 Budget was all about. It was about pouring money into states like Sabah and Sarawak that may be the source of the crossovers. Umno knew that Sabah and Sarawak were the most possible targets of the crossovers. So they are promising billions to these two states just to ensure that they remain in Barisan Nasional.

Barisan Nasional has 140 seats in Parliament against Pakatan Rakyat’s 82 -- which is 31 for PKR, 28 for DAP and 23 for PAS. But that is for the whole country. In Peninsular Malaysia, Pakatan Rakyat has 80 seats against Barisan Nasional’s 86. Yes, that’s right. In Peninsular Malaysia, Barisan Nasional has only six seats more than Pakatan Rakyat. If just three Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament from Peninsular Malaysia cross over, Pakatan Rakyat would have 83 seats against Barisan Nasional’s 83.

The ‘main players’ in Barisan Nasional are Umno (79 seats), MCA (15 seats), MIC (3 seats) and Gerakan (2 seats). But 13 of Umno’s seats are in Sabah. Therefore, in Peninsular Malaysia, Umno has only 66 seats against MCA’s, MIC’s and Gerakan’s 20 (Total 86 for Barisan Nasional versus Pakatan Rakyat’s 80).

Sabah and Sarawak are definitely the Kingmakers. And the fact that, by law, 25% of the Parliament seats must come from Sabah and Sarawak means they shall always be the Kingmakers. And this is even more so now since, in Peninsular Malaysia, Barisan Nasional’s and Pakatan Rakyat’s seats are almost split 50:50. In fact, in Peninsular Malaysia, Pakatan Rakyat garnered more votes than Barisan Nasional (51% versus 49%). Only when you add the votes from Sabah and Sarawak are the percentages reversed.

The King of Kings would be PBB, Taib Mahmud’s party in Sarawak, which has 14 seats. This is followed by Umno in Sabah, which has 13 seats. SUPP and PRS, both in Sarawak, have six seats each. UPKO in Sabah and SPDP in Sarawak have four seats each -- followed by PBS in Sabah (3 seats), SAPP in Sabah (2 seats) and PBRS and LDP, both in Sabah, with one seat each.

The bottom line is, there are 56 Parliament seats in Sabah and Sarawak. Umno controls 13 and the opposition (DAP) two. The balance 41 are controlled by the component members of Barisan Nasional East Malaysia. If you regard the 13 Umno Sabah seats as ‘component member’ seats, then the total ‘hostile’ seats in East Malaysia (within Barisan Nasional) would be 54. Add the 20 from MCA, MIC and Gerakan, then Pakatan Rakyat would now have 74 seats to fish from.

And 30 seats are all Pakatan Rakyat needs. So 74 are plenty. And that is assuming the 66 Umno seats in Peninsular Malaysia remain with Barisan Nasional and do not cross over.

But there would be a problem if none of the 79 Umno Members of Parliament cross over. Pakatan Rakyat has 43 Malay Members of Parliament opposed to 39 non-Malays. That is okay because then Umno can’t say that the non-Malays control the opposition. But if 30 non-Malay Members of Parliament cross over to Pakatan Rakyat, and they get to form the new federal government, then it would be 69 non-Malays opposed to only 43 Malays.

Herein lies the problem and that is why there is a delay in Pakatan Rakyat forming the new federal government. Anwar Ibrahim does have his 30. In fact, it is more than 30. But Anwar has to be very careful in maintaining the ‘balance’. He can’t afford to form the new federal government with 69 or more non-Malay Members of Parliament and only 43 Malays. Umno would go to town with this and it will ‘prove’ what Umno has been saying these last many months: that the non-Malays have grabbed political power and the Malays have lost political power.

Yes, this is the song Umno has been singing since the 8 March 2008 general election. Malay political power had eroded, argues Umno. And once the 30 or more non-Malay Members of Parliament cross over and Pakatan Rakyat forms the new federal government, the Malays will lose political power.

In an Umno Johor Convention a couple of months ago, they spoke about how they regret giving citizenship to the immigrants on 31 August 1957. Now that these immigrants have been granted citizenship, they have demonstrated ingratitude by voting for the opposition. These immigrants should never have been given citizenship, argued speaker after speaker. And Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah were guests of honour in this Convention.

You could see Tengku Razaleigh cringe, as if in great pain, on hearing this. He knew that Barisan Nasional suffered its most humiliating performance on 8 March 2008 because of exactly this. Such statements are not going to help. It will just make matters worse.

Umno played the race card to the hilt in the run-up to the recent general election. And it is still doing so until now, as the Umno Bukit Bendera Division Chief has shown. They still refer to Malaysian-born Chinese and Indians as immigrants. They still call the Chinese and Indians ungrateful squatters. They still ask the Chinese and Indians to go back to China and India, though all these people were born in Malaysia and not in any other country.

In a PPP Convention in Melaka, held before the 8 March 2008 general election, the Umno Vice-President and Chief Minister told the 1,000 or so Indians that Umno does not need the non-Malays. They do not even need Sabah and Sarawak, said Ali Rustam. Umno has ruled Malaysia for 50 years without the non-Malays, or the people from Sabah and Sarawak, and they can continue to do so another 50.

Ali Rustam was not asked to apologise. Neither was the Umno Bukit Bendera Umno Chief, who Abdullah Badawi said did not really mean what he said. But if I were to say something like that, the police would be in front of my house the very next day and I would be hauled into court and charged for sedition within 24 hours. That would be how swift the police would act in the event I said even 10% of what the Umno leaders say.

And this will be what will trigger the crossovers. The Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament will join Pakatan Rakyat to form the new federal government because of such talk. Umno has no respect for the non-Malays. Umno thinks all it needs to do is to bribe Sabah and Sarawak with more development funds and they will remain the loyal running dogs of Barisan Nasional. Umno knows that the Parliament seats in Peninsular Malaysia are split almost 50:50. So all they need to do is to bribe Sabah and Sarawak and the 54 seats in East Malaysia will remain in Barisan Nasional and Umno will subsequently remain in power.

Umno also knows that by just getting at least 30 Members of Parliament from Sabah and Sarawak, or even the 20 from MCA, MIC and Gerakan, to cross over is not enough. That would give Pakatan Rakyat a 43-Malay versus 69-non-Malay federal government. This will be exactly what Umno wants. Then they can play up the ‘Malays have lost political power’ race card. And then the May 13 Version 2 would become a reality.

There are many impatient people. They want Anwar to take over and form the new federal government today. They want at least 30 Members of Parliament from Sabah and Sarawak to cross over now. They want Anwar to tell Umno to go to hell. But he can’t do that. He needs Umno. Well, at least he needs some of those from Umno. He needs at least 15 to 20 Umno Members of Parliament to join another 15 to 20 non-Malay Members of Parliament to cross over so that he can form the new federal government with the right racial balance. Then Umno can’t say that the Malays have lost political power. And Umno also can’t use this to fan the sentiments of the Malays and trigger another race riot the likes of what happened on 13 May 1969.

This is not just about kicking Barisan Nasional out. This is not just about forming a new Pakatan Rakyat federal government. This is also about maintaining the peace, stability and harmony between the many races and about denying Umno the opportunity to turn this whole thing into a race issue.

And Anwar, of all people, knows this. And that is why he is taking his time about it and is covering all the bases before making his move. We want Malaysia to move forward into 2009. We do not want to return to 1969. This is the crux of the matter.