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Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Put Dr. Zakir Naik in Jail or to Stop his Filthy Speech against Hindus.

FIR LODGED AGAINST DR. ZAKIR NAIK FOR THE DEFAMATION OF LORD GANESH AND HINDU DHARMA.

HJS and Ganeshotsava Festival Mandals lodge complaints all over the State
Dr. Zakir Naik should be immediately arrested for denigrating Shri Ganesh; else intense agitation will be staged !
 
Panvel : Devout Hindus filed complaint against Dr. Zakir Naik for insulting Shri Ganesh
Panvel : Devout Hindus filed complaint against Dr. Zakir Naik for insulting Shri Ganesh
Mumbai| Nij Bhadrapad Shukla 10, Kaliyug Varsha 5114 | September 25, 2012 : The so-called Islamic thinker, Dr. Zakir Naik tried to hurt religious sentiments of Hindus by denigrating Shri Ganesh; that too, during the Ganesh Festival. He has given a challenge to Hindus, through the medium of ‘Facebook’ and ‘You-tube’, to prove that Shri Ganapati is a Deity. He also made an anti-Hindu statement that ‘If your God is unable to recognise his own son, how will he know that I am in danger’. By making such comments that too during Ganesh Festival, Dr. Naik has hurt religious sentiments of billions of Hindus. It has also created rage among members of Shiv Sena, BJP and various pro-Hindu organisations, Ganeshotsava Mandals and devout Hindus.

A complaint has been lodged by office bearers of Shiv Sena, BJP, Ganesha Festival Mandals and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) with various Police Stations all over the State demanding that ‘when Ganesha Festival is being celebrated in peaceful atmosphere, Dr. Zakir Naik is trying to disturb Hindu-Muslim harmony by giving such challenge; therefore, case should be immediately filed against him’.

The above information was given by Mr. Ramsh Shinde, the national spokesperson of HJS in a press conference.
Police should take immediate action ! – HJS

HJS has issued a circular in this connection. ‘Respecting religious sentiments of Muslims in the background of anti-Islam film, the Maharashtra Chief Minister meets their delegation immediately and assures to stop denigration of Islam taking place through the film. Similarly, it has to be seen whether the CM shows guts to take strict action against Dr. Zakir Naik who has hurt religious sentiments of Hindus by denigrating Shri Ganesh or as usual, the CM is going to bow before Muslims. When Ganesh Mandals display scene of Chhatrapati Shivaraya, Police issue notices claiming that such scene hurts religious sentiments of Muslims. Now, it is our demand that these Police should show promptness in taking action against a fanatic Muslim when proof of his denigrating Shri Ganesh is produced.’

Hindu-hater Dr. Zakir Naik always spits venom against Hindus’ seats of worship !

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Complaint lodged at Pune against Dr. Zakir.

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O Hindus, strongly condemn Dr. Zakir Naik who has spitted venom against Shri Ganesh ! – Sanatan Sanstha.

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Dr. Naik doesn’t have the capacity to understand spirutal meaning behind the birth of Shri Ganesh ! – Jyotirbhaskar Jayant Salgaonkar, President, ‘Maharshtra Rajya Sarvajanik  Ganeshotsava Mandal’.

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Sri Subhas P Nalavade, Senior Advocate , Bombay High Court lodged an FIR against Dr Zakir Naik in Chirag Nagar Police Station.
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Taliban remove Bilour from hit-list for anti-Islam film bounty

Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour.—Reuters Photo

PESHAWAR: The Pakistani Taliban say they are granting an “amnesty” to a Cabinet minister who is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who kills the American maker of an anti-Islam film sparking deadly riots in the Muslim world.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told reporters on Wednesday that the minister’s views represent the true spirit of Islam. Consequently, the militants have removed him from their hit list.

“We have totally forgiven him and removed his name from our hit list,” the Taliban spokesman said in a phone call from an unknown location.

Ehsan said that Taliban shoora, a top consultative body, had met on Tuesday and “praised Bilour for his sacrifice for the cause of Islam”.

“The shoora paid rich tributes to Bilour and endorsed his bounty announcement,” he said.

But Ehsan clarified that others in Bilour’s secular party – The Awami National Party (ANP), which opposes the Taliban – won’t enjoy the reprieve.

Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour had announced a $100,000 bounty for the killing of the maker of “Innocence of Muslims” – a film which has sparked deadly protests throughout the Muslim world. Bilour had also sought the Taliban’s and al Qaeda’s help in the “noble cause” of killing the filmmaker.

Pakistan’s government says Bilour’s bounty doesn’t represent official policy, and his party, the ANP, has also distanced itself from the minister’s comments.

Bilour, however, insisted public opinion was behind him in Pakistan, which has seen widespread protests against the film including nationwide rallies on Friday that ended in bloodshed and looting, with at least 23 people killed.

“I expressed my personal view and faith. I stand by my declaration,” the 72-year-old Bilour had said on Tuesday. “My faith is non-violent, but I cannot forgive and tolerate (this insult),” he said.

Bilour had added that a businessman from Lahore had offered to put up a further $400,000 for the reward and said that freedom of speech should not be used as an excuse to insult Islam.

“Killing is not a good way, but right now it is the only way, because no action has been taken from Western countries (against the filmmaker),” he said.

Washington condemned Bilour’s reward offer as “inflammatory and inappropriate”, while the EU said it deplored it.

Bilour could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Why do the Asians hate me? Heartbreaking letter victim, 13, of grooming sex gang wrote to herself

  • Girl, 13, had her virginity taken away from her by a man who groomed her
  • When she was 14 she told police 5 men queued outside bedroom to demand sex from her but still no one has been charged with the alleged crime
  • She wrote a letter to her alter-ego, Michelle, saying, 'They took all my dreams and my life away from me'
A 13-year-old girl who told police how she had been groomed and raped by an Asian sex gang wrote a harrowing letter to herself at the age of 14.

In the letter addressed to her alter-ego Michelle, she wrote, 'I feel like the asians really hate me even when they say they love me'.

The girl, who told police about the rape that took her virginity and the time five men queued outside a bedroom to demand sex from her, added, 'They took all my dreams and my life away from me.'
Victim: A vulnerable 13-year-old white girl wrote a letter to herself saying Asian men took her dreams and life away from her (posed by model)
Victim: A vulnerable 13-year-old white girl wrote a letter to herself saying Asian men took her dreams and life away from her (posed by model)

In a three hour interview with South Yorkshire Police in 2003, the girl, at the time 13, told of the hellish ordeal of how she was ensnared to two police officers.

Six months later, at the age of 14, Amy, a name used to protect her identity, from a village near Rotherham, was interviewed again for two hours, which was filmed and captured.

She found the courage to speak to officers in the hope that the men who had exploited her would be prosecuted.

In footage obtained by The Times, Amy identified the youths who befriended her and spoke of how she enjoyed spending times with them after school
.Victim: A vulnerable white girl who was sexually abused by Asian men was offered lessons in Urdu and Punjabi after her ordeal. (Picture posed by model)
Victim: A vulnerable white girl who was sexually abused by Asian men was offered lessons in Urdu and Punjabi after her ordeal. (Picture posed by model)

She said they introduced her to older men, cars, alcohol cigarettes and cannabis.

She also spoke of the shame and confusion about whether to tell anyone after she was raped for the first time and how she was subjected to acts of casual, brutal sex.

In a later interview she said she was held in a bedroom in a flat as five men queued to demand sex from her.

When Amy was with her abusers, they told her to tell police officers her name was Michelle.

The letter she wrote to herself at 14 reveals the torment she suffered at the hands of the gang.

She added, in a letter revealed in The Times, that the men 'say they love me' and 'I just feel sad because they've took all my dreams and my life away from me.'

'If I had one dream it would be for them to treat me like I'm human and not just a piece of meat'.

She wrote a reply to herself from Michelle saying she was frightened of the men and that she felt she deserved the horrible things they did to her.

Police have never charged anyone in connection with any sexual offence against Amy.

Before the girl spoke to officers in 2003, South Yorkshire police already knew of a crime pattern involving the sexual exploitation of young teenagers in Rotherham by a group of offenders, largely of Pakistani heritage.

The news comes as research, reports and case files revealed police turned a blind eye to allegations of sexual abuse of white girls.
Confidential documents have revealed the scale of sexual exploitation of young white girls in Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Confidential documents have revealed the scale of sexual exploitation of young white girls in Rotherham, South Yorkshire

And it was claimed council officials were desperate to cover up any racial link to the abuse of young girls.

The research shows that a string of warnings dating back as far as 2000 were ignored by the authorities. In many cases, police action was taken only against the victims.

Among other alleged crimes which no one was prosecuted for was a British Pakistani man found in a car with a 12-year-old, a bottle of vodka and pornographic images of the girl.

Another alleged crime was a 14-year-old girl missing for a week and found under the influence of drugs in a car with a man 20 years older. They had sex but he was arrested only for drug

According to previously confidential documents seen by The Times, police in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, found evidence of thousands of similar crimes and described ‘networks of Asian males exploiting young white females’.
South Yorkshire Police headquarters in Sheffield where details of the problem of sexual exploitation are revealed in internal reports prepared by the force
South Yorkshire Police headquarters in Sheffield where details of the problem of sexual exploitation are revealed in internal reports prepared by the force
 
The groups were reported to have trafficked victims to cities including Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham.

Despite this, just two prosecutions of groups of men for sexual abuse have taken place in South Yorkshire since 1996.

Since the revelations there have been calls for a public inquiry into the sex grooming by gangs and the trafficking of girls.

Race-based policies must end, says Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pledged today that a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government would put an end to race-based policies as he said the current preferential treatment for Bumiputeras had been abused to enrich cronies.

He also promised a “new phase of competitiveness and open tenders” to help Malaysia regain its edge, as part of PR’s alternative Budget 2013 proposals he unveiled in Parliament today.

“Race-based policies must end...we will continue to help the poor to get facilities like microcredit. Who benefits the most? The Malays. They have the most people, so even if you give help to an Indian person, it won’t affect the majority who are Malays,” he told reporters today.

PR’s Budget proposals, which include promises to raise disposable income by cutting car taxes, abolish road tolls and waive student loans, were announced today ahead of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s official announcement on Friday of the government’s plans for spending and taxes next year.

PR’s proposals will put pressure on BN as the country braces for what is expected to be its most keenly contested general election in the next few months.

Najib also is expected to announce equally populist policies on Friday as he seeks to lead his Barisan Nasional (BN) to a strong mandate and will need to aggressively court voters to his side.

Najib is expected to announce more cash handouts for the poor and introduce policies to help Malaysians afford homes.

Anwar (picture) said today that Bumiputera policies had been abused to enrich a minority of Malaysians, and appeared to take a swipe at his old nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Now the children of a former PM control billions of rights for petroleum. Bumiputera rights have to benefit larger numbers of people. Does this mean therefore ignoring poor marginalised communities? No. That’s why our proposals take into consideration the need for qualified Bumiputeras to compete. Malaysia cannot regain its competitiveness if we do not move to enhance its competitiveness,” he said.

Asked if PR would reduce government subsidies if they were to take over Putrajaya, Anwar said his coalition would first have to adopt more transparent policies to plug leaks that arise as a result of inefficiency and corruption.

“We will make the policies under the PR government more transparent to avoid leakages and waste through corruption,” he said.

“We also will make the process in procuring government contracts more transparent and have open tenders to end the monopoly by families of ministers.

“Then we will look at the possibility of reducing subsidies,” he added.

Anwar also said PR’s budget would present a more “realistic” picture of Malaysia’s economic situation next year, forecasting the size of the Malaysian economy at RM1,064 billion with an economic growth rate of 5.2 per cent, inflation rate of three per cent and a budget deficit ease of 3.5 per cent.

“BN has never fulfilled any of their economic forecast. They have never been honest about their figures,” he said, pointing out that Putrajaya had failed to register the targeted growth of six per cent for eight consecutive quarters from Q3 2010 onwards.

“PR will be honest about the figures and in turn, present a more realistic forecast on the direction of the economy,” he added.

PR’s Budget proposals, which include promises to raise disposable income by cutting car taxes, abolish road tolls and waive student loans, were announced today ahead of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s official announcement on Friday of the government’s plans for spending and taxes next year.

PR’s proposals will put pressure on BN as the country braces for what is expected to be its most keenly contested general election in the next few months.

Najib also is expected to announce equally populist policies on Friday as he seeks to lead his Barisan Nasional (BN) to a strong mandate and will need to aggressively court voters to his side.

The PM is expected to announce more cash handouts for the poor and introduce policies to help Malaysians afford homes.

Speaker blocks debate on AG Gani Patail

In a letter to Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Dewan Rakyat secretary Rosmee Hamzah said that oral questions posed at the House should not be based on hearsay and insults.

PETALING JAYA: Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai’s application to submit an oral question to debate on the allegations contained in the controversial book “Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail Pemalsu, Penipu, Penjenayah” was rejected by the Dewan Rakyat.

In a letter to Tan, Dewan Rakyat secretary Rosmee Hamzah said that any questions at Parliament should not be based on hearsay and insults.

“Standing Order 23 (1) C states that oral questions should not be based on prejudice, slander, praises, insults, confusing terms or any issue which is trivial,” said Rosmee.

A copy of the letter was also sent to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia and Home Ministry secretary Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi.

In August, former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisory panel member Robert Phang challenged Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail to deny the allegations made in the book authored by Zainal Abidin Ahmad.

The book lists details on Gani’s alleged criminal acts ranging from abuse of power, corruption to other criminal acts.

“I challenge the MACC and the police to probe the allegations made against Gani by the author,” Phang was reported saying.

He also lodged a police report against Gani.

Gani has come under fire from various quarters over the years, with even former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim calling Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to establish a tribunal to investigate the alleged wrong-doings of the AG.

The former policeman alleged that Gani had tampered with evidence during the Sodomy I trial in 1998 involving former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim.

“I believe Zainal, by himself, is unable to prove Gani’s wrongdoings. But I can, and am able and ready to prove the allegations against Gani, in particular with regard to the falsification and fabrication in the investigation of the black-eye incident that is being debated until today,” Mat Zain reportedly said.

Pahang MB and Palanivel accused of lying


PSM disputes a statement about Cameron Highlands issues and seeks Najib’s intervention.
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PETALING JAYA: Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob and MIC president G Palanivel have reneged on their promise to resolve security problems and land ownership issues faced by farmers and traders in Cameron Highlands, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) alleged today.

It also accused the two of dishonesty when they put out a statement on July 17 claiming to have settled those problems, which are the source of complaints from farmers and traders in Green Cow, Kea Farm and Blue Valley.

The leader of PSM’s Cameron Highlands branch, B Suresh Kumar, made the allegations after he submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s office. He also requested an appointment with Najib.

“We want Najib to resolve the problems since Adnan and Palanivel have failed to keep their word,” he told reporters.

Green Cow used to be farming land spread out atop a hill. Property developers are currently carrying out earth-moving activities there, apparently endangering the lives and properties of farmers who live below the hill.

In Kea Farm, the state government is demolishing trading stalls to give way to a commercial project.

In Blue Valley, farmers are complaining that they have been denied land ownership despite having worked the land for nearly 50 years.

Cronyism

Suresh accused the state government of giving land to its cronies to the detriment of the farmers and traders.


“People allied to the state government and their cronies are given land titles even though applications to open new land have been stopped since 2002,” he said.

“The people have lost trust and confidence in Adnan’s leadership. He has not met the people of Cameron Highlands since 2010.”

He also said Adnan promised in May that he would meet the farmers and traders but had not done so.

As for Palanivel, Suresh said the MIC chief was trying to give the impression that he was doing something for the people of Cameron Highlands even though he was not.

He attributed this to Palanivel’s interest in seeking election to the Cameron Highlands parliament seat.

Suresh was among 20 activists who were charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act on July 11 over a protest a day earlier outside the Pahang Menteri Besar’s office.

Referring to that demonstration, which was to highlight the issues in Cameron Highlands, he said Palanivel met him and other organisers on July 5 to dissuade them.

“We asked him to follow us to get an answer from the Menteri Besar, but he said he was too busy,” he said. “And then on July 17, he and Adnan gave a joint statement that all the issues had been resolved.”
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RM414,000 spent on special envoys

The total amount does not include the envoys' salaries.

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM414,366.16 in expenses have been spent on Malaysia’s two special envoys to China (Ong Ka Ting) and India (S Samy Vellu) this year.

These details were revealed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz in the Dewan Rakyat today, in response to a query by PKR-Batu MP Tian Chua over the matter.

Samy Vellu, who is serving as Malaysia’s special envoy with a ministerial rank on infrastructure to India and South Asia, apparently racked up a total overall expenditure of RM373,071 in 2012 so far.

At the same time, he was paid a monthly salary of RM27, 227.20. The former MIC president also had on staff a private secretary, special officer, two special drivers, an office secretary and a police escort.

Ong, on the other hand, appeared to rack up a smaller amount, with expenses totalling RM41,295.16 in 2012 so far.

The former MCA president was also paid a monthly salary of RM20,000, and had on staff a senior and non-senior private secretary.

Nazri said that Ong himself suggested for less facilities.

Samy Vellu was appointed to his post on Jan 1, 2011 and his stint will end on Dec 31, 2012. Ong started work on Nov 1, 2011 and his appointment will end on Oct 31, 2013.

Former ministers have the edge

Tian also asked about Ong and Samy Vellu’s role as special envoys, given that Malaysia already has ambassadors to these countries.

He then asked how the government could appoint these two envoys, alleging that they were supposedly involved in matters of bribery.

This query irked Nazri, who termed Tian’s allegation as slander, denying that the two had been involved in corruption of any kind.

He said that it would have been a big mistake not to use Malaysians of Chinese and Indian heritage to deal with these economic powerhouses.

He said Samy Vellu was appointed because of his experience as works minister, besides his infrastructure-related connections with India.

Ong, Nazri added, shared similar connections with China. However, he said that Ong had language advantages over Malaysia’s embassy staff in China.

“We have an embassy there, but they [staff] are not fluent in Mandarin. But our special envoy is fluent in Mandarin, and can ease our relationship with China,” he said.

Nazri added that the envoys’ former status as ministers also gave them an edge over normal businessmen.

He said that people in these two countries would prefer to meet with former ministers rather than with everyday folk.

New field for Senawang Tamil school, maybe

MIC expects good news soon from JKR.

SENAWANG: MIC has obtained a promise from the Public Works Department (JKR) that it would consider acquiring land on which to build a new sports field for the Senawang Tamil School.

The promise came yesterday from a senior JKR official in the wake of protests against a planned flyover project that will cut across the current quarter-acre school field, reducing its size by a half.

Negeri Sembilan MIC chief T Rajagopalu told FMT that the official, Nor Azman Ismail, assured him he would bring up the matter with his superiors.

Nor Azman is the senior general manager for construction in JKR’s Special Projects Unit. He had a meeting at the school yesterday with MIC delegates, officials from the Negeri Sembilan Education Department, the headmaster of the school and the president of the school’s PTA.

Rajagopalu said he proposed that JKR acquire 1.5 acres of plantation land adjacent to the school for the new field.

“He was receptive to the idea and promised to bring the proposal to his bosses in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

He added that he was confident of receiving “the good news” soon.

The PTA president, T Balakrishnan, said he was happy with the proposal but would withhold his congratulations at least until the acquisition of the land was confirmed.

“Yes, the proposal is a good idea,” he said. “But this is just a proposal that hasn’t been confirmed. I have first to see the document first for the land acquisition. I also need to discuss this with my committee members. Let’s see what the outcome is.”

Earlier yesterday, Rajagopalu, together with MIC leaders from Rembau and Rasah, joined parents in a peaceful protest in front of the school against JKR’s takeover of the current field.

Stay away from M’sia, Zakir

The call is growing louder for the government to bar controversial Muslim preacher from coming here.

GEORGE TOWN: Hindraf Makkal Sakti and a local Gerakan leader have called on the government to bar controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik from Malaysia.

Former president of Malaysian chapter of Transparency International, Tunku Aziz Ibrahim, meanwhile cautioned Zakir not to “come here and insult Malaysians”.

Hindraf national coordinator W Sambulingam was uncompromising with the movement’s stand, saying that Zakir must be banned from the country.

He said Zakir was known for pouring scorns on other faiths, pointing out that the controversial orator was banned in Canada and United Kingdom.

He said Zakir would be a menace to the country’s multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-culture and multi-language landscape.

“He is a national threat against peace and harmony that we all cherish. He must be barred and banned altogether.

“He is the last person that Malaysia wants,” Sambulingam told FMT here today.

Gerakan’s Baljit Singh concurred with Sambulingam, saying that Malaysia had no place for religious fanatics like Zakir.

He said the government should be sensitive to all religious sentiments as Zakir would likely insult other religions in his speeches.

“His reputation precedes him,” said Baljit, who heads Penang Gerakan’s legal and human rights bureau.

He noted that all Malaysians had demonstrated a united stand in condemning the controversial US-made movie “Innocence of Muslims”.

Similarly, he called on all Malaysians to also speak out with one voice to compel the government to stop Zakir coming here.

Zakir of Mumbai, India, is expected to address several forums across the country, including in PWTC, until Oct 7.

“Malaysians should demonstrate their consistent stand against religious extremism. It’s time for all Malaysians to oppose Zakir and stop him from coming here,” said Baljit.

“The government should not issue a visa to Zakir. The government should be sensitive to all religions,” he added.

Constitutional duty

Tunku Aziz said that the government probably cannot bar Zakir.

But, he said the government has a constitutional duty to caution Zakir and the Malaysian host for his trip, Saba Islamic Media, “on the impact of what he says on the country’s multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural set-up.”

“No Malaysian would want a foreigner to come here and insult Malaysians,” he said.

Citing the Muslims’ latest outrage against the video “Innocence of Muslims”, he urged Muslims to be consistent in their stand to oppose all forms of religious extremism that would incite violence and hatred among Malaysians.

He reminded Muslims that Islam is a religion of peace strictly forbidding violence, hatred or insults on others.

“The Federal Constitution upholds freedom of religion for all Malaysians. All Malaysians are duty- bound to uphold the freedom.

“Hence, Muslims should safeguard the interests, rights and sensitivity of non-Muslims,” Tunku Aziz said.

Zakir’s imminent arrival has sparked a storm in cyber space, especially in social network Facebook.

Many complained that Zakir frequently insults Hinduism, the latest during last week’s Vinaayagar Chathurti, a Hindu festival marking the birth of Lord Ganesha (elephant-faced deity).

Malaysia's Budget and the Election

Najib says things will be better
Najib says things will be better
Prime Minister Najib seeks to deliver the goodies to his core constituencies
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is expected to table a national budget Friday that will be bulging with takeaways for prospective voters in an election that keeps receding into the future.

It is likely to include relief for first-time homebuyers and some aid for senior citizens, as well as yet more benefits for civil servants, the great preponderance of whom are Malays, Najib’s core constituency, as well as some additional assistance for people in the kampungs, or rural Malay villages. It has been estimated that there are almost no Malay families without a family member either in the civil service or the military.

The election now appears likely to be pushed back to sometime after the Lunar New Year, which begins on Feb. 10. November is unlikely, analysts say, because roughly 30,000 prospective Malay voters will be in Mecca on the hajj. Najib also has said he won’t call elections because the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition has announced that it will not call its own in the states it controls.

That apparently is because Selangor, the state surrounding the city of Kuala Lumpur, thought to be one of the opposition’s major strongholds, could be in play. The Bersih election reform NGO complains it’s because the Barisan Nasional, or ruling national coalition, has registered tens of thousands of suspicious new voters, some with scores living at the same address. The Barisan says it’s because Parti Keadilan Rakyat, which opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim heads, is badly organized and hasn’t been able to efficiently run the state government it won in 2008.

There may be truth in both claims. But in any case it probably means at least another five months of fevered politicking in a country increasingly exhausted, racially divided and tired of ceaseless maneuvering between the two forces.

The electioneering is taking place in a polarized and difficult political setting that law enforcement officials should be attempting to control and either can’t or don’t. There are growing instances of both opposition and Barisan Nasional partisans burning and stamping and urinating on the pictures of their opponents, in the Barisan’s case pictures of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and his partners from Parti Islam se-Malaysia, or PAS, Nik Aziz Nik Mat and Hadi Awang, and Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng from the Democratic Action Party.

The respected Economist Corporate Network, the UK-based magazine’s global briefing service for business executives, in August predicted that the Barisan would be returned to power although its majority would be reduced again. In 2008, when the Barisan was returned to power with a dramatically diminished majority, it spelled the end of Abdullah Badawi’s political career.

Would a similar result spell the end of Najib’s political career as well? There has been long-standing speculation that Muhyiddin Yassin, appointed deputy prime minister when Najib took over in 2009, has long coveted the job, and any weakness on Najib’s part would let slip the dogs of internal politics. Last month, unknown people widely distributed posters in Johor and Penang states asking for Najib to step down and make way for Muhyiddin to be prime minister even before the elections are called. No one has taken responsibility for the posters.

According to a poll taken between Sept. 1-16 poll by the University of Malaya Centre for the Study of Democracy and Politics, Najib’s popularity has fallen from 61 percent to a still-respectable 58 percent since April while that of the Barisan Nasional has fallen from 40 percent to 32 percent during the same period, although the opposition approval figures are far below either of them.

UMNO continues to be hobbled by a long series of scandals and corruption eruptions. The government has sought to limit the damage not by going after those exposed by various entities as corrupt, but instead by seeking to neutralize and discredit the whistle-blowers. The Companies Commission has brought charges of money laundering against Suaram, the human rights NGO that has been the motive force behind the French investigation of bribery in the 2002 purchase of two submarines and the lease of a third. Cynthia Gabriel, the director of Suaram, was called in for questioning today on the charges.

The leaders of Bersih, the NGO that is demanding election reform, have been sued for RM117,000 for damage to a police car which was overturned in the aftermath of a reform rally in April. The government said the organizers of the rally didn’t adequately protect the police car—an interesting construct, since usually the police are there to protect the crowd.

The most recent to feel the government’s hot breath are Rafizi Ramli, the strategy chief for the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat, and Johan Mohamad, a former Public Bank clerk, for leaking explosive details of an equally embarrassing scandal involving Malaysia’s National Feedlot Corporation, controlled by the husband of Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, the head of the women’s wing of UMNO. The scandal became known as Cowgate, in which more than RM100 million from a government soft loan were allegedly squandered on personal trips, fancy cars, condominiums in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and largely failed in its mission to establish an operation to slaughter tens of thousands of cattle annually following Islamic religious practices.

Chinese voters abandoned
The Barisan seems to have largely abandoned the Chinese vote. Political infighting and scandal have reduced the Malaysian Chinese Association to a shambles. Despite the fact that it remains in the Barisan, the MCA has lost most of its clout. As a result, the Barisan has largely written off the major cities where Chinese votes are concentrated, to concentrate on the kampungs in the belief that since ethnic Malays make up 60.3 percent of the population, they will deliver a national majority for the coalition. In 2008, about 45 per cent of Malays voted for opposition parties. The Chinese percentage of the population has shrunk to 22.9 percent from 45 percent in 1957, partly because of Chinese migration to Singapore, Australia and other countries, and partly because ethnic Malay fertility rates are 40 percent higher than those of ethnic Indians and 56 percent higher than Malay Chinese, whose total fertility rate at 1.8 live births per adult woman, has fallen below replacement.

That has put racial politics at the front and center of the campaign and made for periodic bouts of ugly rhetoric, particularly from the Malay supremacy NGO Perkasa, and its leader, Ibrahim Ali, who has made flame-throwing speeches that come close to inciting violence. The still influential former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is the patron of Perkasa and has backed their inflammatory rhetoric publicly and in his blog.

UMNO has also sought to exploit the presence of Parti Islam se-Malaysia in the opposition coalition over a long-standing provision in the conservative Islamic party’s platform to institute hudud, or Shariah law, which includes harsh punishment for certain crimes, including theft, adultery, alcohol consumption, fornication and apostasy. The allegations that PAS would institute hudud are designed to impel urban ethnic Malays, who tend to be more liberal, from voting for PAS. The party’s newly elected moderate leaders deny they have any intention of doing any such thing.

The racial and electoral tensions have had a negative effect on investment, with foreign direct investment, a crucial Najib goal, actually falling on an annual basis. Net FDI is forecast to be down 5.8 percent in US dollar terms in 2012. As a percentage of gross domestic product, net FDI is expected to be off by 1.9 percent for 2012.

There have been reports that top Chinese businessmen have delayed investments until after the election because of concerns about the political climate. That situation continues despite protestations of confidence from the prime minister and UMNO cadres. One particularly alarmist contact – an ethnic Malay businessman – said he and sizeable numbers of others, particularly Chinese ones, intend to book flights out of Kuala Lumpur after voting on the day the election is called because they fear a breakdown in law and order should it appear that the opposition is close to gaining an edge in the 222-member lower house of Parliament

If there were actually to be a hung parliament, chaos could be expected in the Dewan Rakyat, or parliament. Intensive horse-trading would take place in which both sides would resort to pouring money to safeguard or secure the loyalty of the minority parties and lure members away from the other party. In particular, the Barisan-affiliated parties in Sabah and Sarawak are especially thought to be open to swapping sides. The chief ministers of both states have been implicated in massive – a word that is often overused, but in this case may be inadequate – corruption.

In particular, Abdul Taib Mahmud, the long-serving chief minister of Sarawak, has been implicated in looting the state of billions of dollars from resource extraction and salting the money away in Swiss banks as well as Australian, British, Canadian and US real estate. In Sabah, records show that the chief minister Musa Aman, steered more than US$90 million from timber sales into a Zurich, Switzerland account. If Anwar is close to tipping the balance in the Pakatan Rakyat’s favour, he will attempt to entice the two to change sides, partly through guarantees of immunity from prosecution – there goes his record as a reformer – and through an increased portion of the oil and other revenues on East Malaysia resources that are now collected by the federal government. The two states get 5 percent of the royalty but have lately been clamouring for up to 20 percent.

Parti Keadilan remains riven with factions largely stemming from the frustrated opportunists who left UMNO in 2008 and 2009 to join Anwar for a new avenue to power. Anwar continues to be constantly harried by lawsuits and attacks. But at the same time he appears to be manoeuvring deftly to keep the coalition ready for a projected election.

A lot of money has been lost betting against UMNO. In the 1980s, the party was split among factions backing Musa Hitam, Tunku Razaleigh Hamzah and Mahathir. Going into the 1986 general elections, the party then as now was saddled by major controversy including the Bank Bumi scandal, in which the state-owned bank was forced to recapitalise after having lost US$1 billion through its Hong Kong-based subsidiary, Bumiputra Malaysia Finance. Mahathir himself had been exposed as the architect of a disastrous attempt to corner the tin market, which lost another US$500 million. The Cooperative Central Bank, established to help smallholders, was exposed as nearly insolvent because of nonperforming loans made to 19 UMNO politicians which had not been serviced in years.

Nonetheless, when the dust settled in the wake of the election, the Barisan Nasional had won a clear and convincing victory and Mahathir was still in charge. UMNO in particular traditionally has had the nuts-and-bolts ability to use government services to get its voters to the polls. There are continuing – and credible – allegations that the Barisan has been registering large numbers of illegal aliens from Indonesia to pad the Malay vote. The party has also always been able to use its coffers to pay for the sandwiches, the buses, the polycarbonate for poverty-stricken voters’ roofs, the little bribes to its rural Malay constituents. There It retains that capability and it will use them.

That doesn’t put Pakatan Rakyat out of the picture. Sources in the business community say that businessmen, either sensing an opportunity or covering their bets, are opening their wallets to the opposition, giving them for the first time the ability to play the same kind of Moneyball. The opposition won in five of Malaysia’s 13 states in 2008 and with the power of incumbency and ability to dish out projects and contracts, businessmen doing commerce in these states are more willing to open their wallets for the opposition parties this time around.

On balance, it is inevitable to escape the conclusion that political instability will continue – until the election if the Barisan wins handily, and well afterward if it’s close as the jockeying for power continues on both sides. Over the next few months, politics as it is practiced in Kuala Lumpur will not be for the faint-hearted.

Permintaan untuk Campur Tangan dalam menghalang Penceramah Zakir Naik dari memberi ceramah di Malaysia bemula 28hb Sept 2012

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Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak
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Y.A.B,
PE : Permintaan untuk Campur Tangan dalam menghalang Penceramah Zakir Naik dari memberi ceramah di Malaysia bemula 28hb Sept 2012

Dengan segala hormatnya selebih dahulu kami mewakili masyarakat India melalui Persatuan RAPAT Malaysia bersama dengan lebih dari 50 buah NGO dari pelbagai kaum dengan ingin menarik perhatian pihak Y.A.B dan kerajaan khususnya dalam bercampur tangan dan menghalang Penceramah En Zakir Naik dari memberi sebarang ceramah di bumi aman Malaysia ini.

2. Untuk pengetahuan pihak YAB, Encik Zakir Naik ini merupakan seorang penceramah yang kontroversial dan banyak menghina ajaran agama lain seperti Kristian dan Hindu. Beliau pernah dihalang masuk ke Britian dan Canada kerana ceramah beliau yang berbau hasutan. Negara kita yang terdiri dari pelbagai kaum tidak memerlukan seorang yang tidak menghormati agama lain.

Rumah Gopinath diserang
3. Banyak laporan polis telah dibuat oleh individu dan organisasi sepanjang 2 hari ini dan dijangka lebih ramai yang akan berbuat demikian. Semalam sahaja lebih kurang 50 laporan dibuat di IPD Klang dan antaranya, report ialah KLANG030754-12 dan banyak lagi. Malangnya sehingga kini tiada sebarang kenyataan atau tindakan terhadap laporan-laporan polis kami. Berlainan pula dalam kes Sdr Gopinath Jayaratnam yang mana beliau telah diserang oleh sekumpulan pemuda petang semalam dan kini ditahan oleh PDRM dalam tempoh 24 jam laporan dibuat terhadapnya kerana disyaki menulis paparan di laman sosialnya yang menghina Nabi S.A.W.

4. Kami berharap pihak polis dan kerajaan akan bersikap adil serta saksama dalam tindakan untuk memastikan keamanan Negara terjalin. Saya juga sertakan beberapa links Youtube di mana ianya membuktikan penghinaannya terhadap agama lain terutama Hindu dan Kristain. Ianya terlalu sensitif di Malaysia dan pencegahan adalah mujarab dari pengubatan.


5. Sebagai anak Malaysia kami bersama-sama dengan rakan Islam baru-baru dalam menentang penerbitan filem “ Innonce of Islam” yang menghinakan dan mempesongkan kebenaran Islam. Akan tetapi berlainan pula layanan agensi kerajaan kepada seorang yang menghina umat lain. Beliau di alukan pula dengan permaidani !!. Saya juga sertakan sebahagian ucapan dan bukti penghinaan oleh Zakir Naik terhadap agama lain.
a. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-0G-PQZLRw - menghina Lord Ganesha
b. "Indian preacher Zakir Naik is banned from UK". BBC News. 18 June 2010.
c. Carlson, Kathryn Blaze. "Controversial Muslim televangelist Zakir Naik banned from Toronto conference".

6. Kami berharap yang kerajaan dan pihak Y.A.B akan meneliti permintaan ini dengan kadar segera dan serius dengan pandangan yang segera dan membuat persiapan untuk membatalkan lawatan Zakir Husinke Malaysia. Kami mengucap terima kasih kepada pihak YAB dan kepimpinan kerajaan secara amnya dalam mendengar rintihan masyarakat India dan mengubahnya segera.

Sekian. Terima kasih.


KANNAN RAMASAMY
Pengerusi
Persatuan RAPAT Malaysia
( Tel 012 269 0024)

s.k Y.B Datuk Seri Muyiddin Yassin, TPM Malaysia merangkap Menteri Pelajaran Malaysia
Y.B Dato G.Palanivel, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri merangkap Presiden MIC
Y.B. Koh Tsu Khoon, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri merangkap Presiden Gerakan
Y.B Datuk Ir.Dr. Wee Ka Siong, MCA
Y.B Dr. Mohd Puad Zarkashi, Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran II
Jabatan Agama Islam Negeri Selangor
Jabatan Islam Negeri Johor




Kepercayaan Umno adalah segala-galanya adalah pemikiran usang — Aspan Alias

26 SEPT — Kenyataan Dr Mahathir terhadap apa yang beliau katakan sebagai ‘Melayu tidak berterima kasih’ dan ‘tidak bersyukur’ memberikan reaksi yang sangat besar terhadap kewibawaan BN dalam menghadapi PRU yang akan datang. Bagi Mahathir Melayu yang tidak menyokong Umno itu adalah Melayu yang tidak bersyukur dan Melayu yang tidak berterima kasih.

Kenyataan Dr Mahathir itu telah memisahkan ramai Melayu diantara dua pihak yang bertentangan dengan lebih dalam lagi dan kata-kata Dr Mahathir itu sangat menyentuh ramai Melayu yang sedang dalam pencarian sekarang ini. Mengatakan Melayu tidak bersyukur dan tidak berterima kasih itu adalah kenyataan yang tidak bertanggungjawab kerana adalah tidak wajar untuk menuduh Melayu yang betul-betul Melayu itu tidak bersyukur. Hanya orang Melayu yang benar-benar Melayu sahaja yang tahu isi hati orang Melayu sendiri.

Jika benar Umno telah berjuang dan berusaha untuk menyatukan orang Melayu tidak akan berlaku perpecahan seperti yang kita alami sekarang ini. Enam puluh enam tahun mengaku sebagai parti yang menyatukan orang Melayu tetapi apa yang kita sekarang ini hanya menunjukkan kegagalan Umno untuk melakukannya. Bagi Mahathir dan pemimpin Umno yang lain bersatunya Melayu itu ada beberapa cara:

Pertamanya Melayu mesti menyokong Umno bulat-bulat dan jangan mengambil kira samada Umno itu jujur atau tidak. Mereka menganggap Melayu mesti dipenjara dan diberi makan sikit-sikit untuk mengelak orang Melayu dari berfikir dan bertindak mengikut kehendak zaman dan waktunya. Kalau pemimpin rasuah di tabur benih-benih nilai yang membunuh orang Melayu sendiri seperti ada setengah Melayu yang berkata, “kalau Melayu rasuah itu Melayu, orang Melayu juga yang kaya. Apa yang hendak di cemburukan?”

Apa sahaja yang pemimpin mereka buat jangan dipersoalkan. Yang Melayu mesti lakukan ialah menyokong sahaja dan jangan berbuat apa-apa. Terima sahaja bantuan rakyat 1 Malaysia (BRIM) dan bersyukurlah sampai mati. Terima sahaja bantuan dua batang gigi palsu dan terus mengundi Umno sampai mati. Itu adalah sifat berterima kasih. Kalau tidak menyokong Umno pulangkan balik gigi palsu itu kepada kerajaan.

Pemandu teksi diberikan empat tayar percuma dan dengan empat tayar percuma itu Umno mesti disokong tanpa berbelah bagi. Apa yang pemimpin buat di atas jangan dipersoalkan kerana mereka dah dapat empat biji tayar. Banyak lagi pemberian kerajaan yang kecil-kecil ini diperguna untuk menambat jiwa dan hati orang Melayu dan di harap terus menyokong parti itu. Kalau tidak menyokong kononnya orang Melayu akan hilang di dunia ini, tetapi mereka tidak sedar perlakuan pimpinan kita akan membuatkan orang Melayu hilang dunianya.

Cara keduanya ialah dengan membina perasaan benci terhadap bangsa bukan Melayu untuk dijadikan sebagai fakta yang boleh menyatukan orang Melayu. Pakatan Rakyat jika memerintah akan menghilangkan kuasa Melayu dalam politik dan merendahkan martabat agama Islam. Isu ini dimainkan dengan begitu hebat di kampung-kampung dan desa-desa bagi menakutkan orang Melayu untuk memberikan sokongan kepada parti-parti selain dari Umno.

Umno itu adalah segala-galanya kepada orang Melayu. Tidak ada Umno tidak akan selamat orang Melayu itu dunia akhirat. Itulah yang Umno cuba tanamkan dipemikiran orang Melayu. Itulah yang telah diyakini oleh orang Melayu sebegitu lama. Tetapi kepercayaan itu tidak lagi kekal dalam pemikiran orang Melayu kerana Umno sendiri telah menunjukkan yang itu hanyalah satu mitos yang usang.

Janji Umno untuk membina masyarakat bersatu padu sebagai matlamat yang ‘ultimate’ telah gagal samasekali malahan Umno pula yang menyuntik perasaan curiga- mencurigai diantara kaum dan agama. Memperbaiki kedudukkan ekonomi orang Melayu juga merupakan satu yang dijanjikan oleh Umno kepada rakyat tetapi orang Melayu tetap berada ditahap yang lama setelah Umno melalaikan dasar-dasar yang telah terbentuk sebelum Mahathir mengambilalih kepimpinan. Hanya segelintir orang Melayu yang mendapat segala-galanya dan tidak payah kita ulangi acapkali.

Umno tidak lagi mempunyai ‘attribute’ sebagai parti yang memerintah dengan sikapnya yang sama seperti parti-parti yang memulakan kejatuhan seperti yang kita lihat dimerata-rata negara didunia ini. Umno menampakkan sangat rasa ‘desperado’nya untuk kekal berkuasa dan itu tidak lagi ada sifat seperti parti pemerintah yang ‘magnanimous’ yang berlaku adil kepada semua rakyat jelata.

Umno gagal untuk memperbaiki diri mereka. Mereka tidak tahu ‘priority’ dalam penyelesaian kemelut politik hari ini. Mereka gagal untuk mengakui bahawa yang paling utama untuk di selesaikan ialah imej dan stigma rasuah yang telah melekat begitu ketara kepada Umno. Rakyat yang berfikir tahu jika rasuah tidak dapat dihapuskan tidak ada penyelesaian terhadap masalah mereka. Kita tahu jika kerajaan itu kerajaan rasuah tidak akan ada dan terjumpa lagi mereka (kerajaan) membuat keputusan dengan betul. Rasuah itu adalah pembunuh kepada tamaddun manusia dan jika rasuah berluas-luasa, percayalah negara tidak akan menjadi betul lagi sampai bila-bila.

Dengan keadaan ini ‘mindset’ rakyat sudah berubah dan ianya telah memadamkan segala kerja baik yang terdahulu kerana politik ini berkisar kepada keadan terkini dan masa depan negara.

Jika ‘mindset’ Melayu sudah berubah maka perubahan sebanyak 5 peratus sudah mencukupi untuk mengalih dan menganjakkan siapa yang akan memerintah negara selepas ini. Orang Melayu bukannya sesuka hati untuk menganjak dan mengalih atau mematahkan BN ini. Mereka bukan mematahkan semata-mata untuk mematahkan. Ianya bersebab dan penyebab ini telah wujud sejak hampir tiga puluh tahun dahulu.

Pilihanraya kali ini merupakan pilihanraya yang amat kritikal dan ia akan menentukan samada negara akan masih ditadbir oleh mereka yang tidak boleh dipercayai atau oleh mereka yang akan melakukan perubahan dalam segala-galanya semata-mata untuk menentukan Malaysia kekal sebagai negara yang mempunyai ‘consequence’ di mata masyarakat antarabangsa. Kaum bukan Melayu sudah menentukan sikap mereka. Jika ada perubahan sebanyak 5 peratus dikalangan orang Melayu maka Umno wajar menerima kenyataan yang sekarang adalah giliran mereka untuk duduk di kerusi pembangkang.

Inilah yang membuatkan Dr Mahathir bercakap tidak berhenti-henti untuk menyelamatkan kuasa yang berada di tangan BN pada masa ini. Segala kritikan beliau terhadap orang Melayu sekarang ini adalah kritikan kepada dirinya sendiri. Kekuatan yang bertambah yang dibentuk oleh pihak pembangkang sekarang telah diperkuatkan lagi oleh Mahathir sendiri.

Kata-kata Dr Mahathir kini merupakan kata-kata yang ‘counter productive’ bagi Umno dan BN. Lagi banyak Dr Mahathir bercakap lebih mudah lagilah Pakatan Rakyat untuk meneruskan perjalanan ke Putrajaya itu. Orang Melayu mempunyai ‘alternative’ yang banyak, di antaranya PAS akan menjadi pilihan kepada perjuangan orang Melayu bersama dengan Islamnya dan DAP pula telah mengakui yang mereka (DAP) bahawa orang Melayu merupakan tonggak kepada politik dan siasah orang Melayu.

Tiada parti yang selamat tanpa sokongan orang Melayu dan itulah juga sebabnya Umno merasa tidak selamat kerana kehilangan sokongan Melayu yang agak mendadak sekarang ini.

Sesungguhnya Umno sedang menghadapi masalah yang tidak dapat digambarkan besarnya dengan kata-kata. Umno bermasalah dan akan terus bermasalah… Jika sesebuah parti menghadapi masalah yang besar ia akan meruntuhkan lagi keyakinan rakyat yang akan mengundi. — aspanaliasnet.blogspot.com

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

Bar Still An Important Partner In Rule Of Law, Says Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Malaysian Bar remained an important partner in the rule of law and administration of justice in the country although the government did not always agree with some of its views and activities.

The Prime Minister said despite the occasional belligerence, both in politics and the legal profession, the government still listened to what the body had to say and took a keen interest in what they did.

"We may make the occasional joke about lawyers, but nonetheless they have a unique and important role to play in our country," said Najib at the International Malaysia Law Conference 2012, here today.

However Najib said he was fully aware that some in the law fraternity, especially those in the area of human rights, chose to see "the glass as half empty rather than half full", notwithstanding the government's gradual introduction of progressive legislation over the past year.

"To them I have this to say: Walls are more easily crumbled than foundations raised. Just as Rome was not built in a day, the building of a just, equitable and democratic Malaysia cannot be achieved overnight," he said.

Najib said that law reforms such as the decision to rescind three Emergency Proclamations leading to the expiry of Emergency Ordinances showed that the government had delivered on its promises to the people.

He noted that the government had also decided to repeal the Internal Security Act 1971, Banishment Act 1959 and Restricted Residence Act 1933 as well as to amend the Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984 for better rights to freedom of speech and expression.

To uphold every citizen's right to freedom of assembly, section 27 of the Police Act was abolished and the Peaceful Assembly Act 2011 was introduced, while the government simultaneously expressed its intention to repeal the Sedition Act of 1948, he added.

"We've already embarked on several steps but the journey is long and will continue. These are a few examples to corroborate when we say 'We walk the talk'.

"Judge me not by what I say but by what I do," he said promising that the reforms would be irreversible.

Referring to the launch of the National Legal Aid Foundation (YBGK) in February last year, Najib said it was another milestone towards ensuring that access to justice was made available to individuals who were arrested.

YBGK provides free legal aid and advice to all Malaysians (irrespective of their financial means) at the police station during questioning, remand hearing and when they are charged in court.

According to Najib, it is estimated that 539 people were arrested every day by the police in Peninsular Malaysia alone.

Najib said although the right to legal advice and representation was included in Section 28A of the Criminal Procedure Code, the establishment of YBGK was a firm expression of the government's commitment to breathe life into Article 5(3) of the Federal Constitution, which states that those under arrest should be allowed to consult and be defended by a legal practitioner of their choice.

"The positive result of this initiative is apparent. Between April and July 2012 alone, YBGK lawyers have assisted 16,274 persons from remand up to hearing," he said.

Najib also quoted his late father Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, who opened the inaugural Malaysian Law Conference in 1971, where as the country's second prime minister he emphasised the importance of mutual cooperation between the Bar and the administration to better serve the people.