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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Anwar's sodomy trial to start at 2pm - Malaysiakini

Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial is to be heard from 2pm today, after the Kuala Lumpur High Court denied him a postponement to engage a new lead counsel this morning.

Senior lawyer Sulaiman Abdullah (right), who is still unwell, had told Anwar to appoint a new lead counsel as he did not want to be the cause of further delays to the trial. It has already been postponed once.

Anwar is being represented by a nine-member team of lawyers, including Sulaiman.

Speaking to reporters outside the court, Anwar said his lawyers had met Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohamad Diah in chambers this morning to seek more time, but were told that this was “a technical matter that can be solved”.

The judge then set 2pm for the case to start.

An upset Anwar also said the defence team has yet to receive the authorised medical report from the private hospital where the complainant had sought treatment after allegedly being sodomised.

“(The prosecution) said we can get the report online. This is clearly to frustrate our case. If they want to start, how can (we respond) without basic documents?”

He repeated his long-held assertion that the prosecution team is “tarnished” because of its association with attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail, whom he has implicated in fabricating evidence against him in a case in 1998.

'Right of choice'

Another defence lawyer, Sankara Nair cited Article 5 of the federal constitution in noting that Anwar has the right to the lawyer of his choice.

“Sulaiman has over 30 years of experience... the judge has asked for junior lawyers to proceed without Sulaiman, but we are just assisting him,” said Sankara (left).

He said the defence team will apply to the judge to consider his decision when the court sits this afternoon.

“It is just a matter of just reading out the submission, but Sulaiman has the experience to expand on this (in a way that's) better than (if it were done) by a junior counsel,” explained Sankara.

He added that they would need at least two weeks to look for and appoint another lawyer of “equal stature” to Sulaiman.

This afternoon, the court:

  • Will first hear the defence team's application to compel the prosecution to supply a complete set of original documents, statements of witnesses, security recordings and other exhibits relating to the charge;

  • Set a date for mention of Anwar's application to strike out the sodomy charge; and

  • Fix new trial dates, depending on the outcome of the previous applications.

Anwar, 61, is charged with sodomising his former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23.

He allegedly committed the offence at Unit 11-5-1, Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26 last year.

Najib @ Rosmah And The Billionaire

WHEN Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak met visiting Indonesian reporters ahead of his official visit to Jakarta in April, he singled out businessman Peter Sondakh.

Last month, Malaysia’s King conferred the prestigious title of Tan Sri on Mr Sondakh. It was a rare honour for a foreign businessman who hardly has a public profile beyond his country.

It was not the first time Mr Sondakh was visiting the palace. The controlling shareholder of the Rajawali Group, an Indonesian conglomerate with diverse interests ranging from cement to cigarettes, was also at the palace when Datuk Seri Najib was sworn in as Malaysia’s sixth Prime Minister in April. He was among a select few private individuals invited to the event.

The tight nexus of business and politics has long been a key feature of corporate Malaysia and analysts say that Mr Najib’s takeover is set to usher in a new group of powerful economic players even as several already well-known ones gain greater prominence.

His younger brother Nazir Razak, for example, is an urbane and influential banker who heads regional financial group CIMB.

Datuk Seri Nazir is highly regarded by local and foreign businessmen and is considered to be the Premier’s most influential adviser on economic and financial matters.

Many people close to the Premier say that Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is often consulted when it comes to politics.

MUST READ: Najib’s Inner Circle

Nota Untuk Pengunjung KR:

Sesiapa yang sudi, tolong buat terjemahan ringkas titipan di atas demi faedah bersama.

Anwar’s lawyer in ‘critical’ condition, defence team in disarray

Suliaman has taken ill, and is too sick to continue his court cases. — File pic

By Debra Chong - The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been left in the lurch as his lead lawyer unexpectedly pulled out from his Sodomy II case late yesterday due to failing health.

High Court judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah rejected the Opposition Leader’s bid for more time to appoint a replacement for an ill Sulaiman Abdullah.

The veteran lawyer, who has 30 years’ experience, fell sick two weeks ago following episodes of “giddiness” and was warded at the government-run Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

His condition remains “critical”, a grim-faced Anwar told reporters in the courtroom this morning.

“Sulaiman told me last night he’s going to discharge himself. He cannot continue with the defence for my case,” Anwar said unhappily and added: “or for others,” referring to the seasoned lawyer who is also representing toppled Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin in his Federal Court bid to regain his office.

The national lawmaker says his other lawyers had pleaded with the judge in chambers this morning asking for two weeks to decide on the new chief counsel and failed.

Anwar is invoking Article 5 of the Federal Constitution, which he says gives him full rights to choose his lawyer in a trial.

Despite having a massive legal team of some 13 lawyers originally, Anwar is looking for a lead counsel outside the circle. He wants someone with Sulaiman’s stature.

Ex-Malaysian Bar chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan was seen in deep discussion with the PKR leader in the courtroom but denied that she would be taking over Sulaiman’s position.

Justice Zabidin fixed the hearing, which had been postponed twice, to start at 2pm today. The court is scheduled to hear Anwar’s bid to get more evidence for his trial, which he claims the prosecution is withholding from him.

Anwar walking to court with wife and PKR president Wan Azizah. - Picture by Choo Choy May

“My counsel Sivarasa said the judge insists on starting the session now. So we’ll see what happens at 2pm as far as the due process is concerned,” Anwar said.

The 61-year-old leader stands who accused of sodomising a former male aide last June has repeatedly claimed he is being denied a fair trial.

The former deputy prime minister who made his political comeback last year has also applied to strike out the sodomy charges against him.

He is also trying to disqualify the present 7-member prosecution team headed by Solicitor-General II Datuk Yusof Zainal Abiden.

He claimes they are a part of a “malicious” prosecution handpicked by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, whom he accuses of trying to put an end to his political career.

If convicted, Anwar faces up to 20 years in prison, effectively snuffing his dreams of taking over the federal government.

“It stands as you can see. You need time, but the judge says ‘No, it’s a technical thing. You can proceed.’ That’s what the instruction is, ladies and gentlemen,” Anwar complained, the corner of his lips lifted in a wry smile.

However, the beleaguered leader appeared to waver when pressed on his opposition faction’s razor-thin victory in yesterday’s Manek Urai by-election.

Anwar dismissed it as a “small by-election” pointing out that PAS and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had faced the entire might of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government machinery and triumphed.

“I’m more concerned with...the issue of perception,” he stressed, brushing aside the various public spats among the three-party PR as propaganda efforts by BN through their party-controlled media.

But he is not resting on his laurels. He knows the wave of public support for PR is slowly falling and is “taking all measures” to combat the decline.

Asked if he anticipates a snap poll next year, despite Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s firm rejection of idea, Anwar said: “Maybe, I don’t know. But we’re preparing. The sooner the better.”

Nine Christian students arrested at UPM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 — Nine Christian students from the National Evangelical Foundation were arrested by police this morning at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), allegedly on a covert conversion mission.

Lawyer Annou Xavier told The Malaysian Insider the students were visiting their friends at the campus in Serdang when they were stopped by cops.

The police claimed a report had been lodged against them, said Annou, who was contacted by one of the nine.

The students are now being held at a police station in Sepang, he added.

NOW SUARA KEADILAN SPINS LIKE UMNO IN KG BUAH PALA ISSUE

By Tan Mei Ling - reported in Malaysia today

I am a Malaysian from a middle class family. I have been following this issue on Kg Buah Pala and see the injustice that has happened to them.

I didn’t even know about the existence of Kg Buah Pala and the trouble they were in until HINDRAF highlighted the whole issue and I am sure many Malaysians too. Thereafter, I have been following various sites and blogs to uncover what actually happened to this fellow Malaysians of ours.

There are many write ups by people from different parts of the society and when I see the comments written by Malaysians, I am actually shocked. Here, until about two weeks ago many did not even have an opinion until the whole thing was brought to light by HINDRAF and today everyone is a loyar buruk.

Some of the comments are so pathetic that it runs down on racial lines and condemns HINDRAF and even those residents of Kg Buah Pala of being selfish, arrogant and hostile against the state government.

For them it is either viewing HINDRAF as racist or jumping boat or the Kg Buah Pala people are so insignificant but never the fault of the beloved DAP government although the truth is the state government screwed up in this matter.

I fail to see why our views are so narrow and side tracked, when you all know that DAP had screwed themselves so badly in this Kg Bala issue. Everything about Kg Buah Pala is revolved with an obsession that the state government never faulted in handling this matter but it is HINDRAF and Kg Buah Pala residents who are at fault for their own benefits and of course the previous government.

I wonder how liberated is our mind in Malaysia when obsession with half truth overrides the truth and the inaction on the part of the government for the spin created by the Penang state government to sweep it under the carpet. Isn’t this the same thing that BN has been doing for the last 52 years and it appears the role has reversed itself in Penang with DAP?

Nobody seems to take the trouble to understand the truth but continue to make assumption that this must be because Lim Guan Eng says so. Lim Guan Eng must be the Mahathir of Penang, because for 22 years, nobody did anything about him nor questioned him and even if you were to do that you will be totally squashed or his spin masters will do the job for him.

The latest spin by Suara Keadilan is a classic tale of the forgotten truth but a spin that is so biased and self reflective of the similar mold that resembles our very own BN. Sadly our Malaysians will continue to fall prey to this tactics when the truth is highlighted by HINDRAF on the plight of the Kg Buah Pala residents, they would rather blindly run into a conclusion without a thought for the truth but how rightful the mighty state government have been in playing the spinmaster’s role. I guess we deserve the government that we chose.

Sure, go ahead, I must be from the other side trying to stir the pot, being paid off, offered a position, maybe a Datukship, all for money even if I were to tell you that I am just a normal, average person who sees the truth. Malaysians “Mah”. So sure, so real, so correct always, never wrong, always just and fair just like Lim Guan Eng with the Kg Buah Pala residents.

Parliamentary roundtable to be convened in fortnight on whether Malaysia should have a new IGP to roll back the tide of crime

By Lim Kit Siang,

A parliamentary roundtable of Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat MPs, NGOs, civic organisations and stakeholders will be convened in a fortnight on whether Malaysia should have a new Inspector-General of Police to provide new leadership to roll back the tide of crime in the last five years and present a new image of democratic policing as well as who among the serving top police officers should be handed the baton of IGP.

To lobby for a second renewal of his term as IGP, Tan Sri Musa Hassan is now talking about the police giving priority to stamping out street crimes, when he should be explaining what success he had done as IGP since his first appointment in September 2006 as well as his two-year extension from September 2007 in rolling back the tide of crime, especially street crimes, in the country!

In fact, street crimes became worse in the nation’s history during Musa’s tenure as IGP in the past three years and on each of the three core functions which the Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission had outlined as the priority tasks of the police force – to keep crime low, eradicate corruption and uphold human rights – Musa failed in everyone of them!

When Musa was first appointed IGP, I publicly congratulated him in a statement dated 8th September 2006, stressing that “the question uppermost for Malaysians is whether Musa’s promotion would make any difference in the law-and-order situation in the country – whether they can look forward to a safe and low-crime Malaysia, which must be regarded as the most fundamental of all human rights of Malaysians but which will also affect Malaysia as a investment centre, tourist destination and international educational hub for foreign students”.

When Musa was given a two-year extension as IGP on the expiry of his term in September 2007, Musa declared that he would make the criminals “fear the police, every second of their lives”.

Musa failed miserably on both scores, as today, it is not the criminals who fear the police “every second of their lives” but in many instances, the other way round.

As the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and the Police Force Commission had given their backing for Musa’s second extension as IGP, have they considered Musa’s failed KPIs in fighting crime, with the crime and the fear of crime situation worse than the pre-Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission period before 2004 although police pay rise had since increased by some 50% with the trebling of police allocations to RM8 billion under the Ninth Malaysia Plan as compared to the previous Eighth Malaysia Plan?

The crime situation became so bad under his tenure as IGP that it was not only the ordinary Malaysians who felt unsafe whether in the streets, public places or the privacy of their homes, even serving and former top police officers became victims of crime – like the former Inspector-General of Police, Tun Haniff Omar and the former Penang Chief Police Officer, Datuk Albert Mah who was killed in his Petaling Jaya home in an armed robbery both in 2007,as well as the unprecedented cases of the Johore Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Yaakob tied up and robbed at knifepoint in his house in Johore Baru in May 2009 and the Tawau acting OCPD Supt Ramli Ali Mat who was stabbed in his house in Tawau in a burglary attack by five men in January this year.

The time has come for full national consultation and discussion on the police force the country needs 52 years after nationhood, whether Musa’s renewal for another term as IGP going into the fourth and fifth year as the No. 1 top police officer in the land is the answer to the problem of endemic crime as well as a police force capable of understanding the modern concepts of Democratic Policing.

Furthermore, whether there is none among the serving top police officers who could be handed the baton of Inspector General of Police.

Those who are interested in attending the Parliamentary Roundtable on whether Musa should have his term as IGP extended further or whether the country needs a new IGP from among the current crop of top police officers should contact their respective MPs for further details.

Kezaliman Lampau Dikhuatiri Berulang

Petang semalam ketua pasukan pembelaan saya memaklumkan bahawa beliau terpaksa berundur dari kes saya dan lain-lain kerana keuzuran. Kita turut mendoakan kesejahteraan saudara Haji Sulaiman dan terpaksa menerima keputusan beliau dengan sedih dan berat sekali.

Dalam keadaan terdesak sademikian peguam saya mengusulkan agar ditangguh perbicaraan bagi membolihkan saya melantik ketua pasukan guaman baru. Hakim lantas menolak dan menetapkan perbicaraan pada jam 2 petang hari ini.

Ini agak janggal dan menunjukkan aliran perjalanan mahkamah yang dikhuatiri mengulangi kezaliman lampau. Persoalannya ialah siapa yang menyebabkan penangguhan? Mengapakah Gani Patail terus zalim dan berdendam sehingga konco-konconya gagal menyerahkan dokumen hingga sekarang. Ini termasuk lapuran perubatan Pusrawi!

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Manek Urai: Will Pakatan “wake up dead” someday?

by Nathaniel Tan

Time for Pakatan to be on their toes, wouldn’t you say?

Even taking into consideration extremely fishy occurrences, The PAS majority would likely still be in the 3 digits? That’s slim, and that’s cause for significant soul searching.

Already the pundits are taking out their knives, and I don’t have anything profoundly original to add.

I only hope the wake-up call is well heeded, along with the surge in Najib’s popularity.

I echo concerns that infighting is wounding Pakatan severely.

I’ve written before that we cannot but expect politicians to be serve their political interests first.

The degree to which putting self interest ahead of the groups interests of late however, leaves much to be desired, to say the least.

In Malaysian politics, the cycle tends to be that every 10 years or so, a serious threat to BN emerges. But they then adapt and reconsolidate.

If Pakatan wants to avoid falling a victim to history, I think more needs to be enforced from the top.

Anyway. I know it’s easy to hit people when they’re down. My loving hope is still to see an end to BN rule, and I want to sincerely keep pushing towards making that possible.

In the meantime, tahniah to the new YB Mohd Fauzi Abdullah, and to the team that made his election possible.

To Pakatan as a whole, I cannot help but reproduce more Auto-tune the News, with special attention to the last section, parodying Michael Jackson’s lawyers tirade about how we may one day just “wake up dead” :P

Najib Happy With Votes Swing In Manik Urai

From Mokhtar Hussain

SHARM EL-SHEIKH (Egypt), July 15 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak has expressed satisfaction with the swing of votes in the just-concluded Manik Urai state by-election in Kelantan, attributing it to the acceptance by the people, especially the Malays, of the measures introduced during the 103 days thus far that he has been the prime minister of Malaysia.

Although the Barisan Nasional (BN) failed to capture the seat, the result of the by-election was most encouraging, more so because the by-election took place in the Malay heartland, he said.

The BN lost by a mere 65 votes when Mohd Fauzi Abdullah retained the seat for PAS with 5,348 votes after beating Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat of the BN who garnered 5,283 votes in the by-election yesterday.

"Hopefully, the people's rising support and trust will continue," said Najib, who is also BN chairman, when speaking to Malaysian journalists covering his attendance at the 15th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in this Red Sea resort city.

He said the by-election results showed that the BN was beginning to regain the people's confidence and that continuing with the efforts which have been taken thus far would place the ruling coalition on a stronger footing.

"We cannot (as yet) say that everything (we have done) has passed the test but I am most satisfied that what we have started over the last 103 days has received encouraging response from the people," he said.

The prime minister said he had conveyed his appreciation and congratulations to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Kelantan BN election director Datuk Mustapa Mohamed and the BN candidate.

"Although we did not win, the result is a huge moral victory for the BN," said Najib in reference to the difference between the current 65-vote majority and the 1,352-vote majority PAS had garnered during the general election last year.

On the 117 spoilt votes, which exceeded the 65-vote majority, Najib said the BN had yet to ascertain the reason for such a large number of spoilt votes.

He said the BN would register an objection if it suspected any irregularity during the by-election. Otherwise, the BN would accept the result and consider it as a moral victory, he added.

On the issues which could have influenced the voters in Manik Urai, Najib said: "We have to assess whether they were influenced by national issues or local issues or if it was a combination of both. But whatever it is, we are gratified that there is a major swing that has taken place in Manik Urai. And this is part of the Malay heartland."

High (Rashid) Chaparral

A video clip from Citizen Journalist Chan Li Lian (5x Mom):


Source: YouTube
Some 20,000 copies of the (BN-Umno ex-DCM) Rashid's officiating of the sale of the High Chaparral site has been ordered for local distribution to provide a perspective as to who sold off the Kg Buah Pala residents' rights.

Manek Urai: PAS wins by 65 votes

Vote buying: RM300 for 'transport allowance'

Pagi mengundi tenang, PAS optimis menang

High Chaparral: Gerakan bears more of the blame - Malaysiakini

I refer to Malaysiakini report 'Hindraf hails revelation but questions remain'.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should be commended for revealing events leading to the sale of Kampung Buah Pala but I am puzzled by the fact that he endorsed the sale three weeks after he came to office.

He has a lot to explain to the public why didn't he used his new found power to block the sale. It is very disturbing in view of the fact that he is a strong advocate of a clean governance with utmost care to transparency in whatever dealings. I am sure this is disappointing not only to Hindraf but most of DAP supporters.

At the same time, leaders of previous government cannot be absolved from this blunder. In fact Koh Tsu Koon and his officers should bear a bigger portion of the blame.

Thus, if he truly wants to help solve the problem, he should come back to Penang to help out. He should not be shouting from Putrajaya telling Lim to make good his election promise knowing that the problem is an offshoot from his administration.

Now that the dealings had been laid bare for all to see, let us hope that Lim can solved the problem to the satisfaction of the villagers

Empathy and Myopia: How Malaysians No Longer Understand One Another

By Farish A. Noor

Malaysia is once again landed with yet another predictable mini-controversy (as there are too many controversies at the moment, this one has been relegated somewhat) involving a report that was purported written by two Muslims for the magazine al-Islam. The report was written by the two Muslims who claimed that their intention was to investigate the allegations that Muslims were being converted to Christianity in the country, but the cause of the controversy lies in the fact that the two writers chose to pretend to be Christians and took part in Christian rituals of worship in the Church. For many Christians the most offensive aspect of the investigation lay in the claim that the writers took part in the rituals without revealing who they were, and that they consumed the holy wafer/bread of Christ, then spat it out, and photographed the remnants of what they had consumed later.

Now of course this begs the obvious question: How would Muslims had reacted if some non-Muslim journalists had done the equivalent; to enter a mosque, take part in rituals, photographed them, and then published the report in some journal?

In response to the clamour of complaints that have been issued, the authorities now claim that the two writers will be investigated, and if found guilty of carrying out acts detrimental to public order may even be imprisoned. This would not, however, address the key issue which is this: Have levels of emphathy and understanding in Malaysian society dropped to such an extent that someone could even contemplate doing such a thing without considering its wider impact on society and the consequences to others and themselves? Could the writers of the article not even consider the potential offence that they might have caused by assuming a fake identity only to take part in rituals they did not believe in; and did they not realise that this might have been seen as outrageous by others?

Empathy - the ability to put oneself in the shoes of another, no matter how different that other person is - and to share the pain, joy, hopes and aspirations of others is one of the variable factors that hold societies together. An alienated society that does not communicate with the various streams that flow within the broader mainstream is a society that is in danger of losing tough with itself and growing more fragmented and alienated in time. That is the juncture that we have reached in Malaysia, despite talks of national unity and one-ness.

Here again we need to look back to the structural and institutional factors that may account for this lack of empathy among Malaysians.
For a start, a quick look at our urban landscape will tell us that the shared public spaces that ought to mark out the contours of our public domain are rapidly deminishing. Our public parks and playgrounds are being replaced by shopping malls and condomeniums, and the shared spaces where young Malaysians may meet, interract and form lasting childhood friendships are being lost and eroded in time.

To compound matters further, our manifold multi-streamed educational system that still allows for different vernacular streams has also eroded the shared public domain where young Malaysians can meet and interact across the divide of ethnicity and language. Is it a surprise that some Muslims can walk into a Church to write a report as was done by the two writers today? After all, when we look at the social landscape of Malaysia at the moment there is precious little in terms of space where genuine inter-ethnic communication (and by this I mean meaningful communication, not ordering a pizza) can take place. The absence of a national educational system for all means that young Malaysians are growing up in not one but several Malaysias that are growing apart. I would not be surprised if the two writers were themselves from such a background, and had had little contact with non-Muslims in their lives.

This absence of a shared public domain where there is the recognition of different subjectivities is one of the factors that is compounding the problem of nation-building and that is why we as a nation remain fragmented and unable to empathise with one another. And in case Malaysia’s Christians are so offended by the article that was written for al-Islam (which it was, in this writer’s opinion) then they should spare a thought for the Muslim minorities who live among us too, such as the Shias and Ahmadis who have for decades now been branded apostates, deviants, heretics and outsiders within. I was informed recently that in our school exams today Malaysian Muslim children are even asked to identify the groups that are considered devaints/apostates, in a systematic and institutionalised manner of generating a sense of alienation and radical difference with others.

If this is the sort of social and educational landscape that we now inhabit and have to work with/in, how can there be the sort of empathy that is required for citizens to recognise the common humanity they share with others? Worse still in the present-day context of Malaysia, such strategies of deliberate Othering and alienation have become institutionalised by and through the educational process, as in the case of the exam questions for Muslim kids who are told to identify other Muslims as outsiders and deviants against the norm.

This, then, is the root of our problem today and the revelation of the report in al-Islam is just the tip of the iceberg. If we are worried about the impact that such reports may have on inter-religious understanding in the country, we ought to be more worried about the social environment that produced such reporting in the first place, and which sustains the readership of such divisive material. We are, in short, in a mess.

KMM: The Young Malay Union (1938) : part 2

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Mustapha Hussain: Malay Nationalism Before UMNO

THE MEMOIRS OF MUSTAPHA HUSSAIN, 1910-1957

KMM members were the first to stay in the then newly completed Changi Prison. After they were all were released by the British just before the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942, British inmates replaced them during the Japanese Occupation. Thus, KMM members were Changi Prison’s first inmates.

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

I repeat that KMM’s primary objective was to uphold the rights of the Malays, who had been oppressed by others, due to the British inability to stop them from making claims, especially on the delicate question of ownership. KMM would adopt wide ranging nationalistic principles and strive in the name of nusa dan bangsa (country and people).

KMM would pressure the British to act. Failing that, KMM would move accordingly, as India, Burma and Indonesia had done. In short, radical and revolutionary thoughts would be activated towards gaining KMM’s cherished objective, Independence.

KMM had no interest in communism. Even though some of its policies seemed similar to those of several Indonesian political organisations, KMM was not influenced by them.

After KMM’s formation, Ibrahim Yaakub and Ishak Haji Muhammad (Pak Sako) returned to Singapore, where they were journalists with a Singapore daily. With nationalistic fire burning in my heart, I began to carry out my responsibilities as Vice President. M.N. Othman and I sat down to draft KMM’s constitution clearly outlining the name, motto, objectives, policies, and other matters relating to the formation of a union.

Not in a position to reveal our political aspirations, KMM was registered as a social body with several features drawn from the Selangor Indian Youth League. M.N. Othman and I visited the Registrar of Societies, where I paid a $15 registration fee, a hefty sum then, out of my own pocket.

In a harsh and unfriendly tone, the Registrar, a white man, rained us with questions. We kept giving the same plain answers despite his pressuring us for more information on the real nature of the body. We maintained it was a social body to motivate Malay youths in various fields: sports, education, co operatives, health, agriculture and others. Our immediate plan was to set up a library in Kuala Lumpur where Malay youths in general, and KMM members in particular, could meet, read, listen to lectures and exchange ideas.

Even though registration was yet to be confirmed, we went ahead to set up branches in Kajang and Seremban. In Kajang, a meeting was held at a book store where for the first time, I met Saidi Hashim and Mustaffa Yunus, a barber who later became a member of the Selangor Executive Committee.

After the formation of several branches, M.N. Othman and I were called up by a British Special Branch Officer, who pointed out that we had violated certain regulations and could be fined or imprisoned. I answered that there was nothing wrong in our setting up branches as KMM was a union, and not an association. The white man muttered “Damn!” under his breath and sent us out.

British suspicion of KMM was clear. Several leaders were suspended from work. Our secretary M.N. Othman was suspended for nine months, but that did not deter others. After four months of close British surveillance, in September 1938, KMM was accepted as a legitimate body. Following that, more divisions and branches sprung up in several states.

Monthly Central Committee meetings were usually held at the Jalan Pasar home of Hassan Haji Manan, very near the house of YM Raja Ahmed Hisham, Malay Section Chief of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). Sometimes, Ibrahim Yaakub came to the meetings, but not Ishak Haji Muhammad (Pak Sako), who was outside KMM’s inner circle.

“Independence”, “Freedom” and “Malay pre-eminence” were words which cropped up frequently in our conversations and discussions. But this exhilarating nationalistic awakening among KMM members could not be injected into the veins of the Westernised Malay bureaucrats who felt most uncomfortable discussing Malay poverty and backwardness. KMM resolved to shake them out of their wealth induced dreams.

KMM subscribed to “Equality, Fraternity and Liberty”, principles already preached by Prophet Muhammad (Praise Be Upon Him) in his time and again by French politicians in the 16th century. KMM members were already calling each other Saudara (‘friend’ or ‘brother’ in Malay), brother, comrade and ikhwan (‘brother’ in Arabic).

At a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, I suggested KMM be galvanised into a mass movement of 100,000 members within three years, to pressure the British more effectively.

Where would the members come from? I suggested three sources. One, members of Friends of the Pen Association , who were facing a leadership crisis. Two, non supporters of state Malay associations led by the traditional elite and bureaucrats, especially since Malay newspapers had begun to question the Malay elite’s sincerity towards their own people. If the purist and nationalistic KMM were to throw its doors wide open, Malay dailies and a new nationalistic awakening would direct disenchanted Malays towards KMM, the ‘House of the People’.

Finally, KMM would be a natural attraction for the Kaum Muda, or Young Faction, representing the modern, or reformist Islamic school of thought then in conflict with the Kaum Tua, the Old Faction, representing conservative or traditional school of thought.

I also proposed KMM rent a room near the Bukit Bintang Amusement Park for members to meet in; hold lectures; organize indoor and outdoor games; and publish a fortnightly newsletter Berita Kemam, or KMM News.

But all my ideas were shot down by KMM President Ibrahim Yaakub, who insisted that KMM remain small. He may very well have had other ideas for KMM, as would later emerge. When Japan invaded Malaya, Ibrahim Yaakub made KMM its ‘Fifth Column’ without consulting us.

At the end of 1939, KMM’s first annual general assembly was held at the Gombak Lane Malay School (later the site of Restoran Rakyat) in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The school, often called ‘The School under a Tunnel’ is no longer there. This meeting, which brought together members on a nation wide basis, was quite successful, and KMM made its mark in Malaya. Had KMM been the body that wrestled Independence from the British, the school would be a historical landmark. Alas, it was not to be! Sadly, the 1939 annual general assembly was its first and last.

A few days before the outbreak of World War II, on 8 December 1941, about 100 KMM members nationwide were arrested by the British Police. Handcuffed KMM members were dragged to local lock ups before being transferred to Pudu Prison in Kuala Lumpur. When Japanese troops began to make a rapid advance south, these detained members were moved to Singapore, where most were thrown into Outram Prison, while a few were kept in Changi Prison.

KMM members were the first to stay in the then newly completed Changi Prison. After they were all were released by the British just before the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942, British inmates replaced them during the Japanese Occupation. Thus, KMM members were Changi Prison’s first inmates.

The Japanese should be held responsible for the arrest of KMM members as it was their Propaganda Department that repeatedly broadcast that KAME would assist the Japanese once they invaded Malaya. In Japanese, KAME means ‘tortoise’, an animal that only knows how to advance. As soon as British Intelligence decoded KAME to be KMM, they spread their dragnets to rope in KMM members from wherever they were.

Ibrahim Yaakub and Ishak Haji Muhammad (Pak Sako) were arrested in Singapore, where they worked as journalists with Warta Malaya, the paper Ibrahim Yaakub bought with Japanese funds. Others arrested were Hassan Haji Manan, Abdul Karim Rashid, Ahmad Boestamam, Idris Hakim, Sutan Jenain and my own brother, Yahaya Hussain, an active KMM member in Pahang. Yahaya was dragged, handcuffed, from Jerantut, first to Kuala Lumpur, and then to Singapore.

Why is Lim Guan Eng resorting to these treacherous antics?

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Guan Eng is calling for a "heart-to-heart" talk with the Kampung Buah Pala Villagers using this unsigned note of invitation. What is happening????.

Is there any sincerity in all of this or is it just another ploy to cheat the simple people of Kampung Buah Pala..

This is totally unbecoming of a Chief Minister , let alone a Pakatan Chief Minister. Guan Eng is no different than the UMNO/BN types.

On top of that see what Tan Kok Ping a leading Developer in Penang is saying in his press statement - everything that Guan Eng has been saying including the lie about the RM 200,000 offer. What is Tan Kok Ping's interest in all of this? Is Guan Eng in cahoots with Tan Kok Ping - Guan Eng's game is clear, he is no friend of the people, he is a friend of the developers and all the other moneybags in Penang. He only needs the votes - then it is bye bye like all the other politicians - no difference.No difference at all.

This is getting to be truly exasperating.

extensions becoming routine

By Tengku Razaleigh

Of late there has been a tendency for the Government to routinely extend and re-extend the service of top civil servants scheduled for retirement.

Extension of service is meant be an extraordinary measure. It is in danger of becoming the norm. This is bad practice.

  1. It politicizes the leadership of a service that has its own processes and criteria for promotion. Those extended become, in effect, political appointees with rather cosy relations with the political bosses who determine these extensions.
  2. Public servants owe their allegiance to King and country, not to politicians. It is by an accumulation of bad practices like this that the once independent ethos of the civil service has been eroded.
  3. It is highly disruptive in a system that promotes by seniority. Promotions are log-jammed all the way down the line. People are not developed on schedule, and their pay and prospects are retarded. Those near retirement lose out on seniority and the pension that they would otherwise have retired with. An extension for one favoured official means a promotion freeze, with all the career frustration this entails, for hundreds of others down the line.
  4. It contradicts our talk of developing talent. It cannot be that no replacement good enough could be found from among the swollen ranks awaiting promotion.
  5. We are on our way to creating cults of personality in a service that used to pride itself on impersonal professionalism. Feudal expectations of indefinite incumbency, justified by manufactured media approval, are being imported from the Executive into the civil service. There is a reason why bureaucrats are rotated regularly. Since Ancient China people have understood that officials too long incumbent are tempted to carve out empires for themselves.

PAS WINS AT MANEK URAI WITH A 65 VOTES MAJORITY


PAS wins the Manek Urai State seat with a majority of only 65 votes.
pictures courtesy of tumpang sekole......

Hishammuddin must present his case why he and the Police Force Commission back Musa Hassan’s extension for IGP

By Lim Kit Siang,

Malaysian Insider reported yesterday that the Police Force Commission, which is constitutionally responsible for the appointment and emplacement of members of the police force, has backed a second extension of the service of Tan Sri Musa Hassan as the country’s Inspector-General of Police in September.

The commission comprise members who are top current and retired civil servants and the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

Hishammuddin should present his case to the Malaysian public why he and the Police Force Commission backs Musa’s extension for IGP, when Musa has such a dismal record as the nation’s top police officer when judged by the Police Royal Commission Report which submitted 125 recommendations to create an efficient, incorruptible, professional world-class police service with the three core functions to keep crime low, eradicate corruption and uphold human rights.

One hundred reasons could be advanced why Musa should not have his extended term of IGP renewed in September as he had failed in all the three core functions spelt out by the Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission to keep crime low, eradicate corruption and uphold human rights.

Can Hishammuddin’s reasons to support Musa’s extension as IGP so strong and incontrovertible that they can withstand the most rigorous public scrutiny or are they so weak and flimsy that Hishammuddin dare not make them public?

Bernama today reported Musa as saying that the police will give priority to stamping out street crimes, in line with the government commitment to reduce crime and corruption. He said drastic measures would be taken to address the problem to ensure public safety and security.

Why did Musa only wake up from what should be the No. 1 responsibility of the police when he is lobbying for another term of IGP?

Musa’s belated awakening of the urgent need to check and roll back the galloping crime in the country, particularly street crimes, is too little and too late – at least four years too late after the Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission Report in May 2005!

Let me refresh Hishammuddin and Musa to the Dzaiddin Royal Police Commission report in May 2005 which had expressed alarm at the “high incidence of crime”, when it noted:

“The incidence of crime increased dramatically in the last few years, from 121,176 cases in 1997 to 156,465 cases in 2004, an increase of 29 per cent. The increase seriously dented Malaysia’s reputation as a safe country. Malaysians in general, the business sector and foreign investors grew increasingly concerned with the situation. The fear was that, if the trend continues, there would be major social and economic consequences for Malaysia. A survey of 575 respondents from the public carried out by the Commission clearly demonstrates the extremely widespread concern among all ethnic groups and foreign residents. Between 82.2 per cent and 90 per cent of the respondents, or 8 to 9 persons in every 10, were concerned with the occurrence of crime.”

The Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission recommended an immediate action plan and target to reduce the incidence of crime by a minimum of 20 per cent within 12 months of the Report’s acceptance and implementation.

Instead of a reduction of a minimum of 20 per cent, i.e. bringing the incidence of crime to 125,172 cases in 12 months from 154,465 cases, crime galloped and shot past the 200,000 barrier to reach 209,582 cases in 2007 and 211,645 cases in 2008.

This means that in the four years from 154,465 cases in 2004, the crime index soared by 39% to reach 211,645 cases in 2008 – totally contrary to Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission target proposing a 20% reduction of the crime index within 12 months!

If this is not a failure, what is it? If IGP Musa is not to be held responsible for this failure, who else?

In September 2006, I had congratulated Musa for his appointment as IGP but he has failed the nation and people.

Musa is lobbying for another term of as IGP. Does he know or understand the concept of democratic policing, as enunciated in the Commonwealth Human Rights Report on Police Accountability in 2005 and the United Nations International Police Task Force Report 1996? But this is another long story and another sorry tale by Musa as IGP.

Is the Royal Malaysian Police so short of quality officers that there is not a single serving top police officer who could be entrusted with the baton of IGP?

Time for Pakatan Rakyat to set up a disciplinary committee to restore public confidence in PR cohesion, coherence, discipline, unity and common sense

By Lim Kit Siang,

In responding to my blog “Will Najib call for general elections in November this year if he could crank up his popularity rating to 80 to 85%?”, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said at a meet-the-people session in Jitra he had no plans to announce snap elections at the function but remained very ambivalent as to whether he would go the full term or hold early general elections.

As he said that he “read an email sent by an opposition leader”, let me clarify that I never sent him any such email.

In my blog, I had asked whether Najib would call general elections in November this year (which seemed to be his personal auspicious number like No. 13 for his predecessor, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) if he could crank up his popular rating to 80 to 85% from a dismal low of 42% just before taking oath as Prime Minister on April 3, 45% a month after becoming PM and a jump to 65% two weeks before his First Hundred Days as PM.

What I find significant in Najib’s response is that he did not rule out the possibility of snap general elections.

Of course Najib being enamoured with the number “11” could also mean general elections in November this year, 2010 or 2011.

I am quite optimistic about the Manek Urai by election in Kelantan today, as there is strong likelihood that Pas will win with a bigger majority than during the general elections last year – which will be an unmistakable message that the people in the East Coast stand solidly with the people in the West Coast in Peninsular Malaysia in supporting Pakatan Rakyat to bring about historic political changes in the country, as evident in the previous by-elections in Permatang Pauh, Kuala Terengganu, Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau and Penanti after the political tsunami of the March 8, 2008 general elections.

Hard work for Pakatan Rakyat will begin after the Manek Urai by-election result tonight.

The Pakatan Rakyat leadership council will have to address a host of problems in the Pakatan Rakyat, many of which are self-inflicted ones, which had been fully exploited to create the public perceptions that Pakatan Rakyat is losing momentum and in terrible disarray.

The Pakatan Rakyat leadership council meeting on Friday will be a most important one after the foundation meeting establishing PR after the political tsunami of the March 8 general election last year.

Pakatan Rakyat must take a grip of itself if it is not to disillusion its members and the Malaysian people looking for political change and national renewal, erasing public perceptions of the great difference between Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional.

One great difference between Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional must be the way internal and inter-party differences are addressed. In the Barisan Nasional, they are handled on the basis of two factors – “fear” of Umno, the Big Brother and Big Bully, by the other BN component parties; and “greed” so that unhappiness of the other BN component parties can be pacified with the distribution of goodies and even bread crumbs.

Such a modus operandi to resolve internal and inter-party differences has no place in Pakatan Rakyat, where differences will have to be resolved on the basis of equality, mutual respect and commitment to agreed common principles.

Internal and intra-party differences in Pakatan Rakyat cannot and should not be swept under the carpet but they must be ventilated and resolved in a manner which do not cast Pakatan Rakyat in a poor light as a quarrelsome, undisciplined and divided lot, which could only damage and destroy public confidence and support.

Time has come for Pakatan Rakyat to set up a disciplinary committee to restore public confidence in PR cohesion, coherence, discipline, unity and common sense of purpose.

This is a subject among many others which the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council will have to address on Friday.

High Chaparral: CM Wants To Meet Kampung Buah Pala Residents Without Their Lawyer Present

PENANG, July 14 (Bernama) -- Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has stood firm that the residents of Kampung Buah Pala, Bukit Gelugor do not include their lawyer Darshan Singh Khaira for their meeting with him this Thursday over the village land issue.

He said the state government did not want "outsiders" to be in the meeting which would be held at Komtar about 8pm on that day.


"It's up to them, but if they still want their lawyer to come along, he will have to wait outside as the discussion will only be held with the residents," he told a news conference at his office, here, Tuesday.

He said he did not want the discussion to be manipulated by "outsiders" and asked that the residents make a firm decision on the matter.

"The thing is, the state government is prepared to meet the 23 families concerned to resolve the issue. I ask that they make the right decision," added Lim who also handed the invitation letter for the meeting to the residents' representatives, K. Santha and S. Saravanan.

The Kampung Buah Pala land issue became heated up after the Federal Court issued an order for the 23 families living on the 2.6ha village land, dubbed High Chapparal, to vacate the land by Aug 2.

However, the residents refused to move out, claiming that the village land was given by the previous state government to Koperasi Pegawai Kerajaan Pulau Pinang without their agreement.

The residents also claimed that some opposition leaders had promised to resolve the issue during their campaign in the last general election if they could take over the state administration.

However, when the residents were ordered to vacate the land, the current state government said it would not be able to acquire back the land as it would be too costly and blamed the previous state government for the problem.

Meanwhile, Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer who was present at Lim's news conference, said he would hand out 20,000 copies of the VCD bearing the recording of the signing of the land sale agreement by the previous state government leader.

Rayer also said that a police report had been lodged on threats issued by a few of the villagers for Santha and Saravanan not to attend the meeting with the chief minister.

PAS's slim victory in Manik Urai

By Zedeck Siew
thenutgraph.com


Mohd Fauzi Abdullah (with pink tag) and other PAS leaders celebrating their narrow win

TALKING to reporters after PAS candidate Mohd Fauzi Abdullah was officially announced as the victor in the Manik Urai by-election, PAS treasurer and Kuala Krai Member of Parliament Dr Hatta Ramli quoted former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"As Mahathir said, 'A win is still a win'," Hatta quipped. "But now we will need to have a post mortem, to find out why we didn't do better."

During the campaigning, it was believed that a PAS win in Manik Urai was inevitable, even though the margin of victory was an open question. However, that the Islamist party only scraped through with a mere 65-vote majority has been a crude jolt, especially since it had declared victory earlier in the evening. PAS had expected a majority in excess of 2,000 votes in what was considered its stronghold.

In the end, PAS only gained 5,348 votes. The Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate, Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat, garnered 5,283 votes. The federal ruling coalition took five out of the constituency's nine polling districts, including the PAS stronghold of Manik Urai Lama.

Positive for BN

"This would be the first positive sign for the BN since March 2008, at least in Peninsular Malaysia," political analyst Ong Kian Ming tells The Nut Graph.

The BN has lost all six by-elections in Peninsular Malaysia this year, including this one. Manik Urai is the closest they have come to an almost-win.

"It would be interpreted as the first step in which the BN is taking to regain the electoral ground," Ong adds.

"Umno can claim a moral victory," Monash University Malaysia political scientist Prof James Chin agrees, adding that the Manik Urai results proved that Umno was, once again, a formidable opponent.

The BN has already begun using the bragging rights they gained in the Manik Urai fight. Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, in his Twitter account, claimed: "BN posts gains in ALL young voter streams. Ergo shift in young voters to BN."

If the under-40s of Manik Urai did indeed vote for the BN, Ong mulls, "it could be a sign that the BN is slowly regaining some of the youth support it lost in the 2008 general election."

Good for PR

Ong has previously argued that a PAS setback could be good for the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition.

"It would be a stark reminder to PAS members that there is no escaping the reality that Umno is their main political adversary," Ong had written.


Mohd Fauzi shaking hands with party supporters

The Manik Urai by-election campaign coalesced around three main issues: oil royalties that Putrajaya allegedly owes Kelantan; a bevy of outraged fishmongers; and the mysterious absence and subsequent appearance of PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa.

The last of the three issues is of the most interest to wider Malaysia, as it really concerns the possibility of a unity government between PAS and Umno.

Nasharuddin has come to represent the faction within PAS that is open to having so-called "unity talks" with arch-rival Umno in the name of Malay-Muslim solidarity. This openness — and Nasharuddin himself — was denounced by PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat.

Nasharuddin was scarce during the campaigning, with most of the media noting his absence on nomination day. This, along with the absence of posters depicting PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in the first days of the campaigning, fuelled speculation that there was a growing rift within the party.

"[PAS losing ground] would put a stop to the unity talks and would shake [the PR] out of its complacency," Ong reiterates.

"More pressure will be put on Nasharuddin and Hadi, since some people would blame the unity talks for contributing to the reduced majority," he adds.

Divisive

Other analysts disagree. Bridget Welsh, a political scientist attached to Singapore Management University, has been following the Manik Urai race closely. She opines that PAS's underperformance in the by-election would strengthen those in the Islamist party who would welcome cooperation with Umno.

"It is potentially very divisive. [PAS's setbacks] may be played up by the Terengganu [Umno-friendly] faction as proof that the party needs unity talks with Umno to retain the Malay vote," Welsh tells The Nut Graph.

The Manik Urai campaign was carried largely on the charisma and leadership of Nik Aziz. The Kelantan menteri besar delivered speeches and visited voters practically every day. His iconic face was plastered on party banners and posters throughout the constituency.

"If there had been a landslide victory, that would have meant a lot of people support Tok Guru (Nik Aziz) and what he stands for, such as a stronger opposition and social justice," Welsh explains.

Conversely, therefore, the votes against PAS in Manik Urai may be seen as a protest against the Kelantan menteri besar, the moderation he stands for, and his rejection of an alliance with Umno to maintain Malay supremacy.

Welsh also attributes the BN's gains in Manik Urai to Umno rhetoric that played to Malay Malaysian insecurity. "There was a below-ground campaign that was meant to play the race card, and tell voters that there were things that threatened the position of the Malays," she says.

For example, late on 13 July 2009, a day before polling, banners had appeared, chiding Nik Aziz for his leading of PAS into an alliance with the DAP, a party that has been stridently opposed to an Islamic state in Malaysia. These presumably BN banners were the final salvo in a long campaign to question PAS's Islamic credentials because of its ties with the PR.


A BN banner that reads: "Your father (Nik Aziz) loves DAP? Is DAP more Islamic than Umno?"

Also a factor, according to Welsh, was the very fact that the Manik Urai by-election was deemed insignificant.

Chin agrees. "Manik Urai had no effect on national politics. At best, the by-election was a sideshow," he says, adding that either outcome in the constituency would not have unravelled PAS's control of the Kelantan government.

"Therefore, there was more space to take for themselves," Welsh concludes. As the Manik Urai campaign progressed, reports surfaced about "gifts" delivered to families, and returnee voters receiving "transport allowance".

Moreover, promises of development projects, such as Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's pledge of a bridge between Manik Urai Lama and Manik Urai Baru, appeared to have worked. Both polling districts fell to the BN.


The bridge in question

Weaknesses in PR

In the end, all seem to agree that PAS's performance in Manik Urai was indicative of weakness in the party — and in the PR coalition as a whole.

"I think as long as the rumours of unity talks do not die down and are not put down strongly by PAS, [especially] Hadi and Nasharuddin, it will remain a thorn in the side of the PR," Ong says.

"The opposition is losing momentum," agrees Welsh, who thinks that the opposition has ridden on their surprising gains in the last general election but has failed to redefine themselves for a more significant role in Malaysian politics.

At the same time, she notes: "Umno has changed, to a certain degree", especially with Datuk Seri Najib Razak as party president and the country's prime minister.

Hence, the Manik Urai by-election is wake-up call to the opposition. If it is to survive, it cannot rest on its winning streak since March 2008. It must transform itself. But what that transformation will be like remains to be seen.

Tahniah kepada PAS diatas kejayaan Manek Urai

Saya mengucapkan syabas kepada seluruh pengundi Manek Urai kerana memastikan kemenangan manis buat Pas dan Pakatan Rakyat. Tidak disangkal lagi, sungguhpun dihambur dengan segala macam ugutan oleh pimpinan tertinggi negara dan tidak kurang yang menabur janji pembangunan, rakyat tetap menolak kepimpinan Dato’ Sri Najib. Manek Urai yang majoriti pengundinya terdiri dari orang Melayu menjadi saksi penolakan umno yang sering mendabik dada sebagai pelindung umat Melayu.

Rakyat disogok dalam masa beberapa ketika ini oleh media umno-bn akan kejayaan kepimpinan baru. Masih terikat dengan gelagat lama, digembar gemburkan, kononnya kejayaan kepada seluruh pelusuk demi menarik hati rakyat. Umno-bn masih tidak sedar bahawa usaha memperbodohkan rakyat tidak akan berhasil. Rakyat sedar bahawa pilihan mereka penting buat menentukan hala tuju negara dan oleh itu hari ini mereka memilih untuk bersama dengan Pakatan Rakyat demi melaksanakan Perubahan.

Saya mengambil kesempatan ini merakamkan ucapan tahniah kepada YB Fauzi, seluruh jentera pilihanraya dan kepimpinan Kelantan, terutamanya YAB Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Manek Urai: Will Pakatan “wake up dead” someday?

by Nathaniel Tan

Time for Pakatan to be on their toes, wouldn’t you say?

Even taking into consideration extremely fishy occurrences, The PAS majority would likely still be in the 3 digits? That’s slim, and that’s cause for significant soul searching.

Already the pundits are taking out their knives, and I don’t have anything profoundly original to add.

I only hope the wake-up call is well heeded, along with the surge in Najib’s popularity.

I echo concerns that infighting is wounding Pakatan severely.

I’ve written before that we cannot but expect politicians to be serve their political interests first.

The degree to which putting self interest ahead of the groups interests of late however, leaves much to be desired, to say the least.

In Malaysian politics, the cycle tends to be that every 10 years or so, a serious threat to BN emerges. But they then adapt and reconsolidate.

If Pakatan wants to avoid falling a victim to history, I think more needs to be enforced from the top.

Anyway. I know it’s easy to hit people when they’re down. My loving hope is still to see an end to BN rule, and I want to sincerely keep pushing towards making that possible.

In the meantime, tahniah to the new YB Mohd Fauzi Abdullah, and to the team that made his election possible.

To Pakatan as a whole, I cannot help but reproduce more Auto-tune the News, with special attention to the last section, parodying Michael Jackson’s lawyers tirade about how we may one day just “wake up dead” :P

Narrow Defeat A Moral Victory For BN - Mustapa

KUALA KRAI, July 14 (Bernama) -- The result of the by-election for the Manik Urai state assembly seat is a moral victory for Barisan Nasional (BN) and the rejuvenation of BN in Kelantan.

BN Kelantan's election director Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said the narrow margin victory by PAS, compared with the March 8, 2008 general election, was a clear indication that the people have accepted Umno.

"It is a moral victory for BN and we lost by just 65 votes with the 1,352 majority earlier. We had fielded a capable candidate who had worked very hard to ensure BN's victory," he told reporters here today.

PAS retained the Manik Urai seat when its candidate Mohd Fauzi Abdullah defeated Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat of BN by a narrow margin of 65 votes after polling 5,348 votes against Tuan Aziz's 5,283.

The margin is a far cry from the party's 1,352-vote majority it obtained in the 2008 general election.

Mustapa was also happy that it was the first time BN were able to reduce the winning margin of the opposition in five by-elections held since the 2008 general election.

"It shows that the people of Manik Urai are disappointed with the leadership of Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat because he had failed to bring about any changes or development.

"It is a good sign that people are beginning to accept BN and that has given new inspiration for Kelantan Umno to continue striving for excellence to ensure BN's victory in the next general election," he said.

He also expressed regret that the election process was tarnished by PAS supporters who behaved like gangsters by throwing objects and injuring two Puteri Umno members at Sekolah Kebangsaan Peria polling station.

Mustapa said he would meet the candidate and the party's lawyers to file a petition in the court to request for a recount.

"We will compile all evidences, including the action of PAS supporters who violated the Election Commission's directive on campaign rules by waving flags at their vehicles in support, which was a breach of the election rules," he said.

Meanwhile, Kelantan PAS deputy commissioner III Datuk Husam Musa alleged that the reduced majority for its victory was due to BN practicing money politics.

Umno Information chief Ahmad Maslan said the narrow victory by PAS in the Manik Urai by-election in Kelantan today is a clear indication that the opposition was losing ground while the people were beginning to accept Barisan Nasional (BN).

"Looking at the reduced winning majority by PAS, there is evidence that those who did not support BN previously, had returned and accepted BN.

"I am personally not disappointed because we did not lose in all the ballot boxes counted. There were areas that we won and areas that we lost. However, we did our best and worked hard," he told Bernama here today.

Ahmad who is also deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department said there was much to learn from the defeat but PAS has no reason to be elated by the victory.

Wanita Umno chief Senator Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said though BN lost in the vote count, it won the fight and the sincerity in its campaign.

"BN is beginning to win the hearts and minds of the people. This is evident from the result at Manik Urai and the reduced majority.

Peoples' Progressive Party (PPP) president Datuk M. Kayveas said the narrow victory by PAS showed that the oppositions propaganda was beginning to fade.

"We are witnessing an increase in support for BN and the days of victory is not far," he said.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Dr Syed Hussin Ali said although PAS won by a narrow margin, there was every reason for PKR to rejoice as it was a victory for Pakatan Rakyat.

Nora kena hukum RM80 kerana balas makian Polis



Semalam Nora dijatuhkan hukuman denda RM 80 kerana kesalahan maki Polis. Kejadian ialah pada 16 Julai 2008, iaitu ketika perhimpunan di luar IPD Kuala Lumpur ketika malam Anwar Ibrahim ditahan.

che'GuBard sendiri bersama dalam perhimpunan tersebut sejak pagi lagi. Bertungkus lumus dari panas tengahari hingga sejuk malam cuba sedaya upaya menenangkan semua yang berhimpun agar perhimpunan terus tenang. Apa yang berlaku ialah anggota polis khususnya yang berpakaian biasa sering melakukan provokasi. Mereka sesekali sering mengeluarkan kenyataan menghina sehingga ada yang berbau lucah.

Malah che'GuBard sendiri malam itu sebelum bersurai dilemparkan perkataan lucah oleh seorang anggota polis, namun dengan tenang menuju ke arahnya bertanya apa yang dia cakap, dia panik dan berlari anak ke kumpulan polis yang ramai. Bayangkan kalau tak sabar dalam keadaan letih mesti sudah berbalas maki dan itu yang mereka mahu.

Begitu juga dalam kes Nora, dia cuma balas provokasi (balas carutan dengan carutan) Polis yang jahat. Lantas dia ditahan malam itu dan didenda semalam dengan RM 80.00 yang 'style'nya dia tak rayu pun untuk kurang atau apa saja.

Dia pula bela diri sendiri tiada peguam reformasi yang bela dia, malah katanya yang paling dia sedih ada peguam pemimpin parti yang tak nak membelanya kerana kononya tuduh dia orang bekas pimpinan KEADILAN yang telah masuk Umno. Ini budaya tak baik sebenarnya, Nora ini memang mulutnya sikit tak ada 'brek'...tapi itulah dia yang ada dalam perjuangan selama ini. Dia kalau kritik pemimpin tak ingat...malah masa che'GuBard jumpa dia, Nora cakap mana pemimpin satu pun tak tanya khabar aku....hahaha....itulah Nora ....sama ada Nora lupa atau dia tak iktiraf che'GuBard yang menang bertanding jawatan Pusat KEADILAN ini sebagai pemimpin parti.

Kepada Nora harap istiqamah dalam perjuangan, ingat kalau kita berjuang kerana individu kita akan kecewa....tetapi berjuanglah sebab prinsip dan perjuangan yang kita faham.

Balik semula kepada bab Polis tadi..... inilah kerja Polis yang jahat (tapi ada juga polis yang baik) .....bila kita report mereka akan tanya kita nama polis itu dan seumpamanya , tentu sukar bagi kita nak tunjuk polis mana lebih - lebih lagi yang tak pakai tanda nama dan cuma berpakaian biasa..... (sila klik sini untuk baca posting Nora)

Jangan sampai lepas ini mana polis yang lakukan provokasi terus ditumbuk atau dipukul lepas tu baru buat report dan bila ditanya polis yang mana mencarut itu senang tunjuk polis yang patah hidungnya !

Darshan (Kg Buah Pala) Singh... very familiar

By Jeff Ooi,

According to Malaysiakini, Kampung Buah Pala residents overwhelmingly decided that lawyer Darshan Singh Khaira must be brought along when they attend the meeting with the Penang Chief Minister Thursday night.

The resident committee also decided that they will always take their legal adviser Darshan Singh to any meeting with the state government officials.

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This Darshan Singh looks familiar to me, now that I am rooted in Penang... and had just shared a bottle of Australian shiraz at The Penang Club.

Since the Kg Buah Bala residents had chosen a lawyer, I checked The Malaysian Bar Council website. It revealed something that The Star reported on August 23, 2007.

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Court declares lawyer a bankrupt ... from the Malaysian Bar Council website

Meanwhile, my colleague Komtar state assemblyman Ng Wei Aik has launched a poll on the Penang DAP website asking for public opinion on whether the state should use Penangites' money to acquire the 2.6ha village land that Kg Buah Pala resides.

As at 8:15pm Tuesday, 87% of the 356 respondents said “no” when asked whether the state government should acquire the land even if it costs more than RM100mil.

All the best, High Chaparral. Good night and good luck.