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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Race issues strain BN coalition

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 — The ethnic gamesmanship that has dominated the political airwaves in recent weeks is exposing the deep strains in the Barisan Nasional government and highlights the dilemma the multi-racial coalition faces on how to deal with an increasingly sophisticated electorate.

Leaders from two of the coalition's most senior members, Umno and the MCA, have been locked in a shouting match on the touchy subject of “Malay supremacy”, while a junior member, the People's Progressive Party, has threatened to pull out of the coalition if the government does not repeal its tough security laws.

Adding to the mounting dissonance is this week's call by Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, for the closure of vernacular schools, which he blames for the growing polarisation in Malaysian society.

Government politicians have brushed off the debate as part of the coalition's competitive politics.

“I wouldn't read too much into all of this. Umno is heading into its own election and leaders vying for position are playing the race card, while MCA is responding to these noises because they feel they need to recover lost ground with the Chinese,” says a member of Umno's policymaking supreme council, who is also contesting in the party's internal elections in March.

But several political analysts and businessmen are not so sanguine.

“The statements are becoming very shrill and contrived,” says Khoo Boo Teik, who teaches political science in University Sains Malaysia in Penang.

He argues that tensions in the BN on the issue of race reflect the coalition's inability to confront and deal with the stunning setbacks it suffered during the March general election.

“The (BN) component parties have become more insular because they believe (it) will help them regain lost ground, which I think is misplaced and a dangerous trend,” he says.

The opposition alliance, led by former deputy premier Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, wrested control of five state assemblies and raised its representation in Parliament to deny the BN its customary two-thirds majority in the Lower House.

Analysts believe that the stunning erosion of support was because Malaysians, including the country's ethnic Malays who have traditionally supported Umno, have grown tired of the BN's paternalistic brand of politics and are demanding greater transparency in government.

In an interview with Al Jazeera this week, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is set to take over the premiership in March, acknowledged that the BN was facing its most serious challenge after 50 years in power.

“I realise there is a new Malaysia that has evolved and changed. Malaysian society is now more mature and demands more openness,” he said, adding that “if we do not change or reform, then it is quite possible that the electorate will decide to end BN rule.”

But for the moment, Najib's concerns are not being shared by his colleagues in the BN.

In recent weeks, senior Umno leaders have chastised their counterparts in BN for raising questions over the community's special economic rights and their dominant role in national politics.

“It is better for BN component parties who continue to question history and established facts to join the opposition alliance,” Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein, the country's Education Minister and leader of the Umno Youth wing, said over the weekend in apparent reference to the MCA.

MCA's newly elected deputy president Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek, who has been at the centre of the debate, stressed yesterday that he was not questioning the special position Malays enjoy in society as guaranteed in the Constitution.

“We must change the power-sharing concept in the BN as the term 'Ketuanan Melayu' (Malay supremacy) gives the impression that other parties in the BN are slaves,” he said.

He added that the MCA accepts “the leadership of Malay leaders”.

“But it cannot be denied that certain parties exploit the term,” he told reporters. — The Straits Times

Anwar calls Zaid an asset, says Pakatan would welcome him

By Shannon Teoh

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 – Just a day after former de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim was sacked from Umno, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim revealed today that the two leaders have had discussions on his political future since Zaid resigned from Cabinet.

"There were a series of private meetings since he resigned as minister," the de facto PKR leader told reporters in Parliament today.

Zaid had resigned from the Cabinet on Sep 15. Since then he has been courted by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties, and PKR in particular.

After he attended last weekend's PKR national congress, Umno vice president and deputy presidential candidate Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that Zaid must explain himself.

Anwar however, said that while PR "welcomed him to be more involved" and "take up the challenge and dive into the arena," they did not want to push him but instead wanted to give him "space to reflect after being unceremoniously sacked."

According to the Permatang Pauh MP, Zaid has met with leaders from PKR, Pas and DAP on several occasions and the opposition is comfortable with his stance on human rights and draconian laws, a plural society and constitutional issues.

Calling him an "asset to the nation," he rebuked Umno for its "intolerant attitude towards a difference of opinion" in sacking Zaid simply for attending the PKR congress.

The lawyer had been appointed a minister by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi in March to push forward judicial reforms but he had been isolated by other Umno leaders and the Cabinet.

They rejected the first draft of the Judicial Appointments Commission and Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar ticked him off for suggesting in Parliament that the government was reviewing the Internal Security Act.

Still suspicious, Dr M says Pak Lah may stay on as PM

By Adib Zalkapli

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 – In yet another stinging attack against his successor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said "it was not impossible" Datuk Abdullah Badawi may not step down as the Prime Minister next March, when Datuk Seri Najib Razak takes over the Umno party leadership.

"There is talk that even if Najib becomes Umno president, he may not be the Prime Minister. I hear news that Abdullah is still interested to continue serving as Prime Minister," said Mahathir in the latest posting on his blog

"Normally anyone who becomes Umno president will be the Prime Minister if Barisan Nasional wins and form a majority in Parliament. But this is just tradition. Someone who is not Umno president or BN chairman can also be the prime minister if he has the confidence of the majority of the Dewan Rakyat members," he added.

Dr Mahathir pointed out that it was common practice among Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties where their leaders are not necessarily the heads of state governments they administer.

He hinted that Abdullah may resort to bribing Umno members to stay in power.

"Looking at the Umno leaders and members, it is possible for this to happen. They will not go against Abdullah as they are so comfortable with his leadership and certain pleasures that they received from him," he added.

He also warned Umno members not to let Abdullah continue as it will lead to the party's defeat in the next general election.

"The people are not interested in opposition parties but they don't have a choice. Umno is full of corrupt leaders and if Umno wins with BN, so those who bribed will become Prime Minister and ministers and they will continue to be corrupt in the government to recover their investment," said Dr Mahathir.

He added there are Umno members who believe that the party is surely going to be defeated so it is better for them to enjoy the benefits.

"What ever happens to Umno or to the nation they don't care. For them the gifts cannot be declined even if it is only RM100," said Dr Mahathir.

IGP’s statistical sleight-of-hand to explain away worsening crime index

Malaysians are shocked that the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan is deadly serious with his ridiculous ploy to explain away the worsening crime index with a statistical sleight-of-hand by claiming that it is purely a problem of misperception by Malaysians, tourists and investors.

What is outrageous is that the Cabinet and the National Economic Council could be browbeaten so easily by the IGP on Tuesday to accept such a ridiculous ploy, to the extent that this has been adopted as the official policy position as to be publicly enunciated by the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak two days ago.

Musa has claimed that figures show that Malaysia is a relatively safe country with 772 crimes for every 100,000 residents in the country. This ratio compares favourably with Hong Kong where there are 1,166 cases for every 100,000 residents; Japan 1,569 cases and Australia 4,470 cases.

Taken as a whole, the statistics showed that only Singapore with 704 cases per 100,000 residents had a safer environment.

It is a reflection of the intellectual inadequacy and poverty of the Cabinet Ministers and National Economic Council members that they could be so easily bamboozled by the IGP with suspect statistics and data.

The statistics given by the IGP to show that Malaysia is safer than Japan and Hong Kong are most misleading and unacceptable, as different definitions are used as to render a proper comparison quite useless.

What is needed is a proper comparison of the crime statistics for the three countries.

For instance, homicide per 100,000 population is 1.09 cases in Japan, 0.26 cases in Hong Kong but 2.12 in Malaysia; while rape per 100,000 population is 1.62 in Japan, 1.54 in Hong Kong while in Malaysia it is 11.47. For robbery per 100,000 population, it is 4.78 for Japan, 17.56 for Hong Kong while 90.49 for Malaysia.

With these shocking statistics about violent crimes for the three countries, how could the IGP be so irresponsible as to mislead the Cabinet and the National Economic Council to believe that Malaysia is safer than Japan and Hong Kong?

If the Cabinet Ministers and National Economic Council members can so easily buy the bluff of the IGP, I challenge them to walk the streets of Johore Bahru and Kuala Lumpur for a day without protection - when they would have no qualms about safety in walking the streets of Tokyo and Hong Kong without protection for a day!

I call on all BN and PR MPs to take a common stand in Parliament tomorrow to reject Musa Hassan’s ridiculous ploy to explain away the worsening crime index with a statistical sleight-of-hand by claiming that it is purely a problem of misperception and to demand full police accountability, responsibility and transparency for the galloping crime situation in the country where Malaysians, tourists and investors have lost their fundamental right to be free from crime and the fear of crime.

No to “ketuanan rakyat Malaysia” - BN abandoning Bangsa Malaysia?

I will move a motion under Standing Order 43 to challenge and review the ruling of Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee condoning the gross breach of parliamentary privilege by former Minister and Barisan Nasional MP for Rompin Datuk Jamaluddin Jarjis in trying to sabotage my speech during the 2009 Budget debate on the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage on Monday in misleading the House by falsely claiming that I had said “the Malays treated the Chinese like slaves” when referring to “ketuanan Melayu”.

Jamaluddin was being most mischievous, irresponsible and racist when he deliberately repeated at least ten times in various variation of the false accusation that I had said the Malays regard the Chinese as slaves to try to paint me as racist and anti-Malay – when he was the one who was demonstrating his worst communal colours.

He even challenged me to apologise and withdraw the allegation when this is verified in a check with the Hansard the next day.

A check with the Hansard has proven that Jamaluddin was telling a big lie, which he compounded by repeating it ten times in the House on Monday, and it is now clearly confirmed that I had never said that the Malays treated the Chinese as slaves.

This is a gross breach of parliamentary privilege, compounded by his deliberate repetition of the lie ten times, hoping to turn a lie into a truth by sheer repetition!

If a Pakatan Rakyat MP had done to a Barisan Nasional Minister what Jamaluddin did to me in Parliament on Monday, the Pakatan Rakyat MP would have been stopped within seconds and suspended from the House, let alone being allowed to repeat the lie ten times, or referred to the Committee of Privileges for more serious disciplinary action to be meted out to him.

Why should there be one rule for Pakatan Rakyat MPs and another rule for Barisan Nasional MPs in the Malaysian Parliament?

I call on all right-thinking and justice-loving MPs, regardless of party whether from Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional, to take a common stand to censure Jamaluddin for his gross breach of parliamentary privilege in Parliament on Monday.

It is most pertinent that when I repeatedly asked in the House on Monday whether UMNO MPs would support the concept of “ketuanan rakyat Malaysia”, there was total silence and strenuous evasion with Jamaluddin trying to distract the issue by lying that I had accused the Malays of treating the Chinese as slaves in “ketuanan Melayu” concept.

In actual fact, it is the Umno leaders and Umno-putras who have enslaved all Malaysians – ordinary Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans and Ibans – by trotting out the “ketuanan Melayu” concept, which has nothing to do with the position of Malay Rulers and is not to be found in the Merdeka Constitution.

Last year, the government spent RM100 million to celebrate 50th Merdeka anniversary of the nation. Why are the UMNO and Barisan Nasional leaders not prepared to come forward to state clearly and unequivocally that they are in full support of “ketuanan rakyat Malaysia”?

In refusing to fully endorse the concept of “ketuanan rakyat Malaysian”, aren’t the Barisan Nasional government abandoning the Bangsa Malaysia concept of Vision 2020?

It is sad that Umno leaders are not prepared to endorse the concept of “ketuanan rakyat Malaysia” -, which show that they are not yet prepared to become fully Malaysian leaders. They should give serious thought to the very eloquent and heart-wrenching speech by the DAP MP for Batu Gajah, Fong Po Kuan, in the debate on Monday who asked on behalf of all Malaysians why they are not regarded as full Malaysians when their sole loyalty is to this country and no other!


UMNO Supreme Council that met today has sacked Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, the former de facto Law Minister from the party for attending opposition events.

UMNO President Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi made this announcement at about 11.30pm after chairing the supreme council meeting at the party headquarters in Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Datuk Seri Abdullah while replying to questions from the reporters during his 10 minutes press conference stated that Datuk Zaid had no avenue to appeal against his dismissal since he has been sacked where there is no opportunity to appeal. Among the leaders present were his deputy, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak and Secretary-General, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor.

While replying the issue on State Assemblyman for Seberang Jaya Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah who had claimed that he had been sidelined by the Permatang Pauh UMNO Divisional chief Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid, Datuk Seri Abdullah replied that Datuk Arif Shah met him yesterday and informed that he fully supports UMNO and BN and would not join any other party.
With regards to the forthcoming Kuala Terengganu by-election, Datuk Seri Abdullah stated that the party has not finalised a candidate for the parliamentary seat.
photo courtesy of Agendadaily

Zaid Ibrahim sacked

"I feel fine". It was just in March that Pak Lah appointed Zaid Ibrahim a senator so that he could assume the post of de facto Law Minister in his Cabinet. Tonight, the outgoing Prime Minister chaired an Umno supreme council meeting that decided to sack Zaid for attending the PKR's congress over the weekend.

Zaid made quite an impression in the short time that he was Minister. Possessed with a wish to restore confidence in the judiciary, he got the PM to agree to pay ex-gratia to Salleh Abas and the judges from the 1988 crisis (Pak Lah even got himself a rare standing ovation at the dinner in April) and initiated the idea of a Judicial Appointment Committee (which is being discussed and likely to be tabled at Cabinet this month and, if approved, could be Pak Lah's biggest legacy). But he stepped on many big toes along the way. In Sept, he decided to quit Pak Lah's Cabinet.

I asked Zaid a while ago, after getting The Star's sms alert on the sacking: "Shocking news. Do you feel betrayed, bro?".
Zaid told me: "No, I feel fine."

He'll be holding a press conference on Thursday at 10 am at the Tropicana Golf Club (which is not too far away from Keadilan's headquarters).

Forum Rakyat “No to ISA” berjaya. Niat jahat pemerintah gagal….


Setelah berhempas-pulas untuk membuat persiapan, akhirnya Cakap Rakyat Group berjaya menganjurkan Forum Rakyat “No to ISA”: “Arus Pergolakan Politik di Malaysia, diantara harapan dan cabaran. Satu penilaian semula”.

Selain daripada aktivis politik dan peminat blog, forum ini turut dihadiri oleh bekas tahanan ISA termasuk daripada generasi Operasi Lalang seperti Suhaimi Said dan Yunus Ali.

Baca selanjutnya di sini

Selangor Sultan unhappy with politicians exploiting race

"Malaysia belongs to all races, not just the Malays. The country is what it is today because of the contributions of all races and that is something we must acknowledge," he said.

By Leslie Lau, The Malaysian Insider

The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah says he is disappointed with the manner in which some politicians exploit racial issues for their own agenda.

Speaking to The Star newspaper in an interview published today, the Sultan's remarks comes amid a heated debate sparked by a raft of recent public comments about race relations and the concept of Malay Supremacy.

His comments are also the latest sign of a more vocal royalty which appears to be filling the vacuum left by a lack of political leadership.

The Sultan said he was disturbed by how some politicians preferred to dwell on what he called trivial issues instead of focusing on dealing with the economy.

"Malaysia belongs to all races, not just the Malays. The country is what it is today because of the contributions of all races and that is something we must acknowledge," he said.

He also acknowledged, however, that it was his initiative to have the recent Conference of Rulers issue a statement defending the social contract, which has also been the subject of roiling debate recently.

"People need to understand that the social contract is the primary basis for the formation of Malaysia. Let's not debate it because it is better for the rakyat to understand the history behind the social contract," he said.

He said the rights of the Malays were well protected and could not be taken away without the consent of the Rulers.

But he said the Rulers also felt that non-Malays should not feel apprehensive over their rights as these rights are also guaranteed.



Never mind the ISA is un-Islamic. Never mind the ISA violates Islamic teachings. Never mind the Quran says no one can be punished without evidence of a crime having being committed. Umno needs such laws to enable it to hold on to power.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

ISA has protected country from terrorism, says Najib

The Internal Security Act (ISA) has been instrumental in combating terrorism in Malaysia, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said. He said the law has kept the nation secure from the threat of terrorism.

"There is a very strong raison d'etre for the Internal Security Act. Just look at Mumbai and you realise that we cannot take security lightly. The main reason why there have been no serious acts of terrorism in this country is because we have in place the ISA," he said on the Riz Khan Show on Al-Jazeera last night.

Najib, who is also finance minister, acknowledged however that the government needed to look into some elements of the act that troubled the people. "At the same time, what is important now is to realise that people are concerned about civil liberties... what is important is how you apply the ISA. I realise there are some controversies relating to how the act has been used lately, therefore, we intend to address them in future."

The prime minister-in-waiting gave assurance that the nation's security forces were adequately trained and equipped to face any threat to national security. "They (security forces) are competent and well trained. So far, we have not encountered any serious form of terrorist attacks on Malaysia."

Najib stressed that news reports claiming Malaysian links to the gunmen who terrorised Mumbai were "baseless and unsubstantiated". He also said the threat of extremist Islamic leanings in Malaysia was not serious, although he cautioned against being complacent.

"Generally speaking, the people are very moderate in the way they see Islam being applied in this country. But we have to be vigilant about it. There are few individuals who try to interpret Islam in an extreme and myopic way, which can mislead some young people."

Najib reiterated that the government was committed towards reform and change, in line with the wishes of the people that were reflected in the results of the March 8 general election.

"I realise that there is a new Malaysia today, a Malaysia that has evolved, a Malaysian society that is more matured and sophisticated, demands openness and its concerns relating to human rights and civil liberties. I think as the government, we have to respond to this new Malaysia." Najib said reforms to the judiciary and Anti-Corruption Agency were clear messages to the people that the government was "listening to the electorate".

He said while the government attends to the needs of the Malays and Bumiputeras who form the majority of its support base, it will also champion the rights of the non-Malays. The recent allocation of RM50 million each to Chinese, Tamil, missionary and religious schools, apart from granting government scholarships to students who score nine As and above in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examinations regardless of race, are examples of the government's new approach.

Najib said the view that Malaysian politics was being dominated by a proxy race was not a significant issue as the democratic process was alive and well in Umno. He also welcomed second and third generation Malays who were coming to the fore as they wanted to participate in the democratic process of the party.

"This shows that Umno is a very open and democratic party," he said when asked to comment on the heated contest between Khairy Jamaluddin, the son-in-law of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad, for the party's Youth chief post.

On the nation's economy, Najib said it had grown stronger and more resilient and was in a strong position to weather the current global crisis. "We are in a strategic location as a gateway to China. We also have strong links with India and the Middle East. We are in a unique position to leverage on our links with various centres in this part of the world."

To a question on his reservations regarding the media, Najib said he was more concerned with them "telling the truth".

"Whether it be the mainstream media or the new media, it is important for them to tell the truth. If they tell lies, or half-truths or baseless allegations, they should be responsible for what they say or print." – New Straits Times


“………it is important for them to tell the truth. If they tell lies, or half-truths or baseless allegations, they should be responsible for what they say or print," said Najib. Agreed! So let’s get down to the truth -- no, not MY version of the truth, but the REAL truth, not the distorted ‘truth’ of Umno and Barisan Nasional.

In 1960, Najib’s father, Tun Abdul Razak -- many whom refer to as ‘Bapak Tiga-Belas Mei’, but whom I would not go so far as to label as such seeing that this ‘dark period’ of Malaysia was not a one-man effort but a collective thing -- mooted the Internal Security Act (ISA). Allow me, therefore, to take you down memory lane so that we can better understand how the ISA came about.

There is no online version of the Malaysian Parliament Hansard records from 1960 and I am too lazy to drive down to Parliament House to conduct a manual search -- so I will have to rely on my memory to ‘extract’ what happened that day in 1960 when I was only ten years old. Forgive me, therefore, if I am not able to quote verbatim what was argued and debated in Parliament. I will try to relate, as close as possible, what was said, although it will have to be ‘lebih kurang’ and not a verbatim version of events.

Before that, for the less literate of our readers, allow me to explain what is a Hansard record. Hansard is the traditional name for the printed transcripts of parliamentary debates in the Westminster system of government. In addition to the Parliament of the United Kingdom and the UK's devolved institutions, a Hansard is maintained for the Parliament of Canada and the Canadian provincial legislatures, the Parliament of Australia and the Australian state parliaments, the national Parliament of South Africa and South Africa's provincial legislatures, the Parliament of New Zealand, the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, the Parliament of Malaysia, the Parliament of Singapore, the Legislative Council of Brunei, the Parliament of Sri Lanka, the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, the National Assembly of Kenya, the National Assembly of Tanzania, and the Parliament of Jamaica.

Tun Razak

Tun Abdul Razak Hussein

Okay, now back to the 1960 Parliament debate. Tun Abdul Razak Hussein was then Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence. He became the second Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1970 to 1976 after successfully ousting Tunku Abdul Rahman soon after the 13 May 1969 race riots -- which most historians agree was ‘engineered’ by the ‘Young Turks’ in Umno led by Tun Razak in their bid to oust the Tunku (and which worked if that was the reason for May 13).

Tun Razak was the Prime Minister responsible in setting up Barisan Nasional, which is the ruling coalition of political parties that have held power in Malaysia till today. Tun Razak, Najib’s father in case you have forgotten, is also the ‘architect’ behind the New Economic Policy (NEP) -- so this makes him an ‘engineer’ and ‘architect’ both in one.

But May 13 and the NEP are not the only things we can ‘credit’ Tun Razak with. In 1960, Tun Razak tabled a proposal in Parliament to enact the ISA, a draconian law that allows for detention without trial. The Umno argument that the ISA is an ‘old British law’ is therefore not true. Malaya was granted independence or Merdeka from Britain in August 1957. This means the ISA was made into law three years AFTER Merdeka. So how can it be an ‘old British law’? That is a lie which Umno has been perpetuating for a long time and in the spirit of ‘telling the truth’, as Najib said, let us therefore tell the truth.

D.R. Seenivasagam, a lawyer and founder of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), who was the then opposition leader in Parliament, stood up to oppose the proposed ISA. This law was too draconian and too ‘loose’ to be allowed.

Tun Razak then explained that the ISA will only be used against the Communist Terrorists (CTs) in the government’s effort to combat terrorism perpetuated by the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM). It will be for that purpose and for only that and for no other purpose.

There are about 500 CTs operating along the Malayan-Thai border and another 200 plus in the Pahang jungles, explained Tun Razak. The ISA will be used only against these 800 or so CTs in an effort to end terrorism in Malaya. With that explanation and assurance, even the opposition supported the ISA and Seenivasagam, plus all the other opposition Members of Parliament, voted in favour of introducing the ISA into law.

We must remember that Malaya, then, was under a state of emergency, which was declared by the British in 1948. However, twelve years later, in 1960, the Emergency was lifted. Therefore, when the ISA was proposed in 1960, Malaya was no longer under a state of emergency. So why the need for an ‘emergency’ law like the ISA? This is something that escapes me. If there was no longer a state of emergency why do we need an emergency law? Furthermore, the British Emergency Ordinance (EO) was never repealed (and which is still used till today). So the ISA was an additional law.

In 1989, almost twenty years ago, the Communist Party of Malaya signed a Peace Treaty with the Malaysian government in Haadyai, Thailand. Officially, the ‘war’ had ended and Malaysia was no longer under a state of emergency (which had been lifted in 1960 anyway). But the ISA remains and continues to be used.

Since the signing of the Peace Treaty in Haadyai in 1989, the ISA is no longer used against the CTs. It is now used against the ‘new Communists’, the Islamists -- plus of course those opposed to Umno. Back in the 1990s the West had declared -- after the break-up of the USSR in December 1991 and when Communist Russia no longer posed a threat -- that the ‘new Communism’ is Islam and Malaysia, a so-called Islamic country with Islam as the official religion, agreed with the West that Islam is the ‘new Communism’. So the ISA, which used to be used against the CTs of the MCP in the old days, is now used against the ‘new Communists’, the Islamists.

So much for Islam Hadhari.

The Malaysian government, therefore, has cheated the rakyat. The ISA is a law that is a SPECIFIC law meant to combat terrorism perpetuated by the Communist Party of Malaya. It is not meant for anything else. And the target of the ISA was the 800 or so CTs operating along the Malaysian-Thai border and in the jungles of Pahang. But that threat no longer exists. The ‘war’ ended in 1989 with the signing of the Peace Treaty in Thailand. There is no longer a state of emergency in Malaya, which the British lifted in 1960 anyway. But the ISA remains and is used against those who oppose Umno and against the so-called ‘new Communists’, the Islamists.

Umno says that Malaysia’s government is a ‘Malay’ government. Umno claims to be the largest Muslim party in the world. Umno says that Islam is the official religion of Malaysia. But Umno, the so-called largest Muslim party in the world in a country that legislates Islam as the official religion of this country, upholds laws that violate Islamic teachings. That is the reality of the situation. And Islam has a word for this. This word can be found in the Quran. And that word is munafiq, which means hypocrite.

In Surah Nur of the Quran, it specifies the punishment for the crime of adultery. No one can be accused of adultery unless there are four witnesses to the crime. And if the accuser is not able to prove his allegation, then he is to be punished instead. Yes, the accuser and not the accused must receive punishment in the absence of evidence. That is what the Quran says.

But those Muslims from the largest Muslim party in the world -- who foam at the mouth when they perceive in their very narrow minds anyone ‘insulting’ Islam and who scream that Islam is the official religion of this country -- violate the Quran’s edicts. We need the ISA, say these people, for the sake of preservation of national security. Never mind the Quran says no one can be punished unless there is evidence of a crime. Never mind the Quran says the accuser instead of the accused must be punished if the allegation is not supported by evidence. The Quran can say one thing. Umno will do the opposite.

This, Islam calls, munafiq.

Last night, 30 or so Malays aligned to Umno demonstrated outside the Bar Council in Kuala Lumpur. These 30 or so were demonstrating their support of the ISA. It was a pro-ISA demonstration. And they were protesting the anti-ISA forum being held inside the Bar Council.

The forum started at 8.00pm. The pro-ISA demonstrators came after the Ishak prayers. This is probably because they first went for their Ishak prayers. And this also probably means they do not miss their mandatory five times a day prayers. And, when they pray, they recite verses from the Quran. And they also probably recite verses from Surah Nur of the Quran. But, last night, after their Ishak prayers, they assembled in front of the Bar Council in support of the ISA and in violation of the verses of the Quran.

This, Islam calls, munafiq.

And Najib, too, wants to retain the ISA, a law that his father mooted back in 1960. Never mind the ISA is un-Islamic. Never mind the ISA violates Islamic teachings. Never mind the Quran says no one can be punished without evidence of a crime having being committed. Umno needs such laws to enable it to hold on to power. So it may not be the Islamic thing to do. So what? Power is more important than Islam. The ISA is more important than the Quran. This is what matters.

This, Islam calls, munafiq.

All together now, repeat after me……..munafiq…...munafiq….….munafiq.

Ketuanan Melayu – concept used by UMNO leaders to enslave all Malaysians

Part 2

Mumbai terror: Hema’s life revolved around her children

By : Adrian David and Evangeline Majawat , NST, Dec 01 2008
Hemalatha Kassippillai (left) and Jaya Pushani Ponnudurai.
Hemalatha Kassippillai (left) and Jaya Pushani Ponnudurai.

KUALA LUMPUR: Mumbai terror victim Hemalatha Kassippillai was a strong-willed woman who successfully battled congenital heart disease for more than a decade, undergoing two open-heart surgeries.

She was described as a fighter and go-getter, and that is why her family is trying hard to come to terms with her death in the Mumbai massacre.

Hemalatha’s charred body was found in room 637 of the Taj Mahal Palace hotel and Towers on Saturday, more than 60 hours after terrorists had caused mayhem in India’s financial district.

Post-mortem revealed that Hemalatha, 51, died of smoke inhalation.

Her sister-in-law, Jaya Pushani Ponnudurai, 55, said Hemalatha was a focused and determined person who led an industrious life.

Her life revolved around her two children whom she last saw three months ago before they left to further their studies in medicine in Volgograd, Russia.

“She never let her illness slow her down. She had great strength and foresight and saw to her children’s every need,” said Jaya Pushani at the family house in Bangsar Baru yesterday.

Her children, Nishalini, 19, and Dhinesh, 18, have not been told of their mother’s death.

“We only have the children’s interests at heart, butwe don’t knowhowthey will cope when they eventually find out,” Jay a Pushani said.

Hemalatha was described as hardworking and had even finished a full day’s work before rushing to catch her flight to Mumbai on Nov 25.

She had, two days earlier, attended a large family reunion to celebrate her brother’s birthday.

“There was no indication that it would be the last time we got to see her. She told us she would be back on Dec 5.

She had always returned home safely from the many overseas assignments.” Hemalatha’s body was identified by her husband K.

Sivakumaran, a general manager of a security company in Kuala Lumpur, and her brother, K. Ratnarajah.

The family was then informed through a text message from Sivakumaran that simply read “bad news”.

Hemalatha’s body is expected to arrive here at about 7.30am today.

A customer relations manager with German reinsurance firm Hannover R├╝ckversicherung AG she was in Mumbai for a business trip.

Hemalatha’s death added to the toll of at least 26 non-Indians who were killed in the attacks, which left 172 people dead and 293 injured.

Malaysian Indian Congress president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu extended his condolences to Hemalatha’s family.

“We feel sad and enraged over the death of Hema and almost 200 other people in this barbaric and unthinkable act of terror.”


Makkal Osai




We wanted to hit CST at peak hour, says arrested terrorist
2 Dec 2008, S Ahmed Ali,

The Times Of India

MUMBAI: Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab (21), the terrorist arrested by Mumbai Police, has told his interrogators that their plan was to get off the
Security lapse
A person exposed the huge chink in security at CST railway station in Mumbai. He travelled by train to CST with his licensed .32 revolver. (TOI Photo)
dinghy near the fishing village at Badhwar Park, Cuffe Parade, at dusk and strike all targets except Nariman House between 7 pm and 8 pm. However, the landing was delayed and they reached at 8.45 pm.

‘‘They knew that the crowds at CST would be thickest at 7.30 pm and their bullets would cause the greatest harm,’’ said an officer on condition of anonymity. Kasab told interrogators that Cama hospital and Metro cinema were not in their plan which was to take hostages at CST and return to base by hijacking a boat off the Gateway of India.

The duo opened fire at platform no 13 of CST station, which caters to outstation trains, around 9.45 pm. Then, they walked towards the concourse of the local train station. By then, the commuters had dispersed.

Afraid that they would be spotted and shot, they exited the station from the foot overbridge on the Northern end, walked past the Times of India building and went towards Cama Hospital. According to Kasab, this was not in the plan. At Cama hospital, they encountered a police team led by additional commissioner Sadanand Date.

When cornered, they lobbed grenades, injuring Date and two constables, and fled towards Rang Bhavan, where they killed five more policemen , including ATS chief Hemant Karkare.

Their landing was delayed because it took them some time to locate a trawler to hijack off the coast of Porbandar.

‘Only 10 terrorists’
After the attack at CST railway station, the two terrorists had planned to escape by mixing with the crowd, police sources said.

The police are also investigating whether the terrorists had chalked out a plan to return to Pakistan by the sea route.

‘‘After the attack, they wanted to be away from the sight of the police. This is probably the reason that the duo got into the bylane leading to the rear of Cama and Albless Hospital. By then the police had cordoned off the areas,’’ a senior police officer said.

The duo however had no plans of carrying out another attack. The intelligence bureau and Mumbai police maintained that only 10 terrorists landed in Mumbai.

‘‘All the terrorists have been accounted for,’’ an officer said. The Coast Guard too confirmed this fact to TOI. A senior Coast Guard official said they found only 10 life jackets in the trawler Kuber. They also found some cosmetics and blankets in the trawler.


Its been reported that various parties have expressed their displeasure at the statement issued by aspiring UMNO Youth leader Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, son of former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that vernacular schools in Malaysia should cease to exist.

MIC President Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu was quoted as saying today that he wants the Attorney-General to take appropriate action against Datuk Mukhriz for raising this sensitive issue that vernacular schools must be closed and using this agenda to canvass for votes in the upcoming UMNO Youth polls in March 2009.

Malaysians need to realise that nothing can happen if you are a UMNOPUTRA - they are all above the law, UMNOputras can say and do anything and nothing will ever happen. We have seen it happen and it will continue to happen.

The only way for Malaysians to stake their rightful claim will be to SHUT DOWN UMNO and BARISAN NASIONAL.

Are they prepared for it?

Zaid sacked from Umno

By Adib Zalkapli

(Themalaysianinsider) KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 – Former de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim was sacked from Umno late last night for breaking the party's code of ethics.

Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi who chaired the party supreme council meeting that lasted more than three hours said Zaid's attendance at opposition events was inappropriate.

"It is against the party's code of ethics," said Abdullah when asked to elaborate on Zaid's sacking.

The former Kota Bahru MP had attended a DAP victory dinner in Penang and PKR’s annual national congress last weekend.

When asked whether Zaid wanted to be sacked from the party by attending the events, Abdullah said it was just a perception.

"Let it be interpreted that way, but most importantly Umno has to be consistent. We cannot have double standards," said Abdullah adding that the decision cannot be appealed.

When met at the PKR congress, Zaid had told reporters that he did not expect to be sacked from the party.

Zaid had resigned from Abdullah’s Cabinet in protest against the use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) recently.

He had been appointed minister earlier this year and was tasked with bringing about reforms to the judiciary.

Since his resignation Pakatan Rakyat partides have been actively courting him to join them.

Adjust font size: DAP: Dakwa Mukhriz menghasut

Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir boleh dikenakan tindakan bawah Akta Hasutan apabila mencadangkan penutupan sekolah berpendidikan Cina dan Tamil semalam untuk menubuhkan sistem persekolah satu aliran.

Tokoh utama DAP Lim Kit Siang berkata, sejak pindaan Perlembagaan Persekutuan pada 1971, seseorang yang mencadangkan penutupan sekolah vernakular pernah dikenakan tindakan seperti Utusan Malaysia pada tahun itu.

mukhriz tamil school chinese schoolAhli parlimen Sabah, Mark Koding pernah didapati bersalah menghasut apabila membangkitkan saranan menutup sekolah Cina dan Tamil di Dewan Rakyat pada 1978.

Pindaan itu meletakkan kesalahan tersebut bawah Seksyenn 3(f) Akta Hasutan.

Lim menambah, jika wujud kemerdekaan sistem pentadbiran keadilan di negara, Mukhriz boleh didakwa menghasut dan jika didapati bersalah, beliau boleh dilucutkan keanggotaannya di Dewan Rakyat jika didenda RM2,000 atau dipenjara setahun.

Pemuda DAP Pulau Pinang dipercayai akan membuat laporan polis hari ini berhubung kenyataan kontroversi Mukhriz di Parlimen semalam.

Sementara itu MCA menganggap kenyataan anak mantan perdana menteri itu Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad demi menguatkan kedudukannya menjelang pemilihan Pemuda Umno, Mac depan.

"Mukhriz hanyalah seorang daripada sekian ramai yang mengungkitkan polemik sejak beberapa dekad lalu, semata-mata untuk berdepan dengan pemilihan parti," kata presidennya Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

"Sangat menyedihkan kerana ahli-ahli masih tidak boleh berfikir di luar kotak.

Sementara timbalannya Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek berkata "yang hendak menjadi hero dalam pemilihan parti, bukan saya.

"Pemilihan MCA sudah lepas. Saya mencadangkan tengok cermin (dulu), siapa yang hero."

Tambahnya, kebebasan memilih aliran pendidikan dan menggunakan bahasa ibunda di sekolah-sekolah telah didebat sekian lama dan telah diterima sebagai amalan meluas.

Pengerusi biro pendidikan Gerakan turut mengkritik kenyataan Mukhriz itu.

"Kami mendesak Datuk Mukhriz menarik balik kenyataannya demi perpaduan rakyat, dan juga perpaduan BN," kata Dr Hsu Dar Ren.

Beliau juga berkata kenyataan exco Pemuda Umno itu bercanggahan dengan Akta Pendidikan yang mengiktiraf hak mendapat pendidikan vernakular, selain bertentangan Perkara 152 (1) (a) dan (b) Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Dengan mendakwa Mukhriz rela bermain dengan api perkauman demi meraih populariti menjelang pemilihan Umno tahun depan, wakil rakyat PKR Nurul Izzah Anwar berkata cadangan itu boleh membantutkan perkembangan pendidikan pelbagai aliran dan juga menjejaskan hubungan sesama kaum.

"Sekiranya Mukhriz benar-benar seorang 'pejuang bangsa Melayu', beliau seharusnya menentang Dasar Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Matematik dan Sains dalam bahasa Inggeris (PPMSI) yang menyebabkan kemerosotan mutu pendidikan khususnya di kalangan masyarakat Melayu luar bandar yang miskin, dan bukan menghapuskan aliran pendidikan lain," kata ahli parlimen Lembah Pantai dalam satu kenyataan.

Beliau juga menggesa kerajaan BN kembali kepada sistem pendidikan yang adil kepada semua.

Najib says vernacular schools to continue

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today that vernacular schools will continue existing as long as the Chinese and Tamil communities need them.

The government’s commitment to vernacular schools is a rebuff to the proposal made by Umno Youth chief candidate Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir for such schools to be abolished.

Najib’s quick response is seen as a move to bring to an end the controversy sparked by the proposal.

The proposal has drawn flak from both Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders who have accused Mukhriz of trying to appeal to extremist elements as part of his election campaign.

Both the DAP’s Lim Kit Siang and MIC president Datuk Seri S Samy Velly have said Mukhriz’s remarks were seditious.

Najib said today the government’s stand is in accordance with the policies contained in the 1956 Razak Report on education.

The report states that all Malaysians should have a right of choice when it comes to the education stream, Bernama quoted Najib as saying.

He said an amendment to the Education Act in 1996 had made Chinese and Tamil national type schools a part of the national education system and, as such, the existence of these schools was provided for in law.

“Our policy is one that allows every individual to choose the schooling system that he or she wishes to have.

“We have also given our commitment that these schools will continue to exist as part of the national education system so long as they are needed by the Chinese and Indian communities,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting of the National Council for Local Government.

Najib said that Chinese and Tamil national type schools played an important role for the Chinese and Indians because they were the main medium for them to instil positive and useful values in the lives of their children, respectively