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The PAS president rubbished talk that PRs inability to agree on a common logo was a sign of the coalitions weakness, saying that logos were not important.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) can form a federal government without having to be (registered) as a formal coalition. We have achieved successes in the past using our current formula, Hadi told The Malaysian Insider in an interview this week.
The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has been silent on the status of Pakatan Rakyats (PR) registration application despite giving a positive response early this year.
It is understood that the RoS last communicated with PR representatives a few months ago to suggest changes to the coalitions name.
Hadi (picture) also claimed that it was still too early for PR parties to come to a consensus on the logo, adding that more time was needed while the elections date was getting closer.
Whats important is not the logo, not the symbol but the agreement and consensus that has been created. If there is a logo but no agreement what is the use? That is the reason why we are not focused on the logo...we can prolong our 2008 victory, where we achieved victory without formalisation or any logo.
This has to be carried out. Its true, to create a line of parties under one official banner needs legal approval. Till today, it is quite difficult for us to get that many parties under one banner, said Hadi.
PR filed an application to register as a formal coalition to the RoS in November last year, just a month before it launched a common policy framework at its inaugural convention.
The coalit! ion bega n as an informal gathering of three parties PAS-PKR-DAP in April 2008 following Election 2008.
It currently leads the state administrations of Kelantan, Kedah, Penang and Selangor, and holds 77 parliamentary seats.
The Marang MP also sidestepped the question of PRs leadership succession plan if PR defacto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is out of the picture.
Till today, there are no leaders in Pakatan Rakyat. We move collectively. What is important is that we win the elections and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) can then judge who is the leader that can be accepted by all Malaysians.
The leader does not have to come from PAS, PKR...it could be Umno leaders who have joied PAS, Umno leaders who have joined PKR or even leaders among our current party leaders, Hadi told The Malaysian Insider.
Anwar is currently facing sodomy charges for the second time in his life.
The former deputy prime minister is charged with sodomising a former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan on June 26, 2008.
Anwar has denied the charge, describing it as evil, frivolous lies by those in power when the charge was read out to him. He is charged under section 377B of the Penal Code and can be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years jail and whipping upon conviction. The trial is taking place 18 months after Anwar was charged in court in August 2008.
Elaborating further, Hadi said that it was still too premature to declare who was PRs rightful leader as revealing PRs cards too soon would be akin to career suicide.
However, the PAS politician claimed that Umnos increasing attacks against Anwar, particularly on the PR leaders recent rejection of the Ketuanan Melayu concept was because Umno leaders were afraid of the former Umno man.
Their increasing attacks show Umnos weaknesses and fear of their own shadows, possibly because Anwar was part of the Cabinet before, he was DPM, so naturally he would know a lot of Umnos dark secrets, said Hadi. - Malaysian Insider
By Joseph Tawie
KUCHING: The issue of Dayak children being classified as 'Keturunan Melayu' in their school report cards has been resolved.
Sarawak Teachers Union president William Ghani Bina said the Education Ministry director-general Abdul Ghafar Mahmud had assured him that “it will never happen again”.
“He assured me the problem will be resolved and he will make sure that it will never happen again.
“The director-general said he will issue instructions to the state education department to make sure it does not recur in the future,” Ghani told FMT when contacted today.
According to him, the problem occurred because of the examination analysis by the examination section of the ministry.
“We should not put the blame on the teachers. They follow the directive from the ministry.
"But it will never happen again. This is the assurance given to me,” Ghani added.
Ghani flew into Kuala Lumpur yesterday to discuss the issue after he had received complaints from parents that their children at Temenggong Datuk Muip School had their racial status changed to Keturunan Melayu in the school report card.
One parent even said that he was told by the school that his child's status could not be changed back as it was already set in the system. The issue had caused an uproar in Sarawak.
Deputy minister under fire
Yesterday deputy education minister Wee Ka Siong added salt to wound when he dismissed the issue as 'not the fault' of his ministry.
"It could not have happened under our education system, because the ministry follows the child's birth certificate.
“Any correction to this (a child's racial origin) must be done with the NRD (National Registration Department).
"This has nothing to do with the ministry. We have no right to say if you're Malay or Chinese. We've no right,” Wee had said.
Wee's callous retort however has angered readers and Sarawakians here.
An e-mail response to the Wednesday's FMT report on the issue slammed Wee for his response.
"The moment you deny any responsibility in the misidentification of a child's race, it creates more problem for us who are affected. It's easy to say 'I'm Not Responsible' ... It's a pathetic attitude for a minister!," said the writer.
Meanwhile, Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian has also chided Wee for pushing the problem aside.
“I am utterly disappointed with the deputy minister for saying that his ministry is not responsible for this.
“He should at least investigate first. Did he investigate? It could be Little Napoleons within his ministry who are responsible for doing this,” added Bian, who also received complaints from the parents.
Native kids being classified as 'Melayu'
'Melayu' native kids: Ministry in the dark
PKR State Chief Baru Bian was disappointed that the Deputy Minister of Education Wee Ka Siong has pushed the blame to the National Registration Department (NRD) on the issue of native childrens race being changed to Malay.
It was reported on Tuesday that some six native students of Lun Bawang, Kelabit, Iban status have been classified as Keturunan Melayu instead of the usual lain-lain, in their school report cards.
I am disappointed with the Deputy Minister of Education, Wee Ka Siong, for saying that his ministry is not responsible for this. He should at least investigate first. Did he investigate? It could be Little Napoleans within his ministry that are doing this, Baru Bian said.
He urged for a clarification from NRD immediately as the parents of the affected students were worried that their children status would be changed without their approval.
Free Malaysia Today reported on Wednesday that Wee was unaware about the matter and said the fault did not rest with his ministry.
Any correction to this (a childs racial origin) must be done with the NRD, not us. This has nothing to do with the ministry. We have no right to say if youre Malay or Chinese. Weve no right, FMT quoted him as saying.
Wee also said it was possible that the information in the report cards was not official and could have been amended.
If the Minister says it is the work of the National Registration Department (JPN), then I want to hear a response from the NRD now. This issue must not be taken lightly and swept under the carpet! Baru Bian said.
Baru Bian had on Tuesday demanded the Education Ministry to inve! stigate the matter immediately and revert back the original status of the students.
By Rahmah Ghazali
SHAH ALAM: Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim appeared unruffled by a group's plan to contention a memorandum to a Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin regarding a state government.
The group, calling itself Gagasan Anti Penyelewengan Selangor (GAPS) or Selangor Anti-Irregularities Coalition, will be handing over a memorandum highlighting thirty irregularities allegedly committed by a state government.
Another group is additionally formulation to contention a memorandum to a King in await of a state government.
The two opposing groups have been streamer for a incident impetus when they impetus to Istana Negara upon Sunday. About 2,000 black shirts from GAPS as well as 10,000 red shirts (supporters of a Selangor government) from a second group have been expected to spin up for a showdown
The red shirts will impetus from a National Mosque to a palace as part of a return H2O rights to a people campaign.
Khalid extended an invitation to GAPS to stick upon a state supervision to contention a memorandum to a King upon H2O rights.
"They can stick upon us upon which day (Sunday). This is a party of democracy, as well as we encourage freedom of speech, although it comes with ethics. You can't insult as well as slander others," he said.
Khalid additionally appeared unfazed by a allegations of irregularities by GAPS.
"They can do whatever they want. But they must know which they can be sued if a allegations spin out to be slanderous. Our mission is to assistance a people as well as we will ensue with a plan," he said.
GAPS, however, will kick off its debate tomorrow by submitting a memorandum to Selangor Sultan Sharifuddin Idris Shah in Shah Alam.
GAPS, comprising 50 NGOs, skeleton to display thirty cases of purported corruption as well as malpractices, which, between others, involve state sub! sidiarie s PKNS, Yayasan Selangor as well as Talam Corporation.
'Syabas in crack of contract'
Meanwhile, Khalid suggested which H2O concessionaire Syabas has not responded to a state government's notice to stop its Tabung Budi fund collection programme.
"They have committed a crack of contract. Their job is to maintain as well as distribute H2O in Selangor as well as have been not entitled to pick up money from a people for alternative purposes," he said.
He additionally pronounced which a state supervision has a right to cancel a H2O agreement with Syabas if a concessionaire is proven to have committed crack of contract.
"If this matter is brought to court, we will infer which Syabas has not been gripping to its contract," pronounced Khalid.
"For exampe, if we pointer an agreement to sell nasi lemak, though we end up selling burgers, which is a crack of contract."
"If they have been adamant upon gripping a Tabung Budi programme going, we additionally have a right to cancel a H2O agreement with them," he added.
Syabas, upon a alternative hand, has insisted which a Tabung Budi programme has benefited a needy whose supply H2O has been cut off due to their disaster to pay their bills.
It pronounced it had no intention to stop a programme.
Stop Tabung Budi: Syabas to reply inside of 14 days
Support for Tabung Budi overwhelming, says Syabas
By FMT Staff
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Najib Tun Razak has sensed that his head could be on the chopping block, and it is his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin who is wielding the axe.
According to PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar, the postponement of the Umno elections was an indication that the prime minister could be uncertain about his position in the party which he took over last year.
"I believe Najib is sensing his political mortality, that his position as Umno president is not guaranteed. He is now waking up to the realisation that his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin is a threat.
"Najib knows that Muhyiddin sees himself as more Malay than him (Najib) and has no qualms about flaunting this with his (Muhyiddin) open support for Perkasa as compared to Najib, he said.
"Najib is also aware that Umno members see Muhyidin's stand and image as more suited to lead the party, he added.
Galas second lease of life for Ku Li
However, Mahfux said there was also another threat to Najib in the form of former Umno vice-president Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who is commonly referred to as Ku Li.
The PAS leader said since Barisan Nasional's recent victory in Galas, Razaleigh had enjoyed renewed acceptance from Umno members, particularly amongs influential veterans who had discounted his ability to lead.
"Now there is a group which wants to see Razaleigh return to mainstream Umno politics and Najib is aware of this," he added.
Najib had appointed Razaleigh, who is the MP for Gua Musang, to lead BN's charge to recapture the Galas state seat in Kelantan from PAS.
His appointment was met with much opposition within the party ranks in Kuala Lumpur and in his Gua Musang division with some even going as far as calling Najib's decision poor judgement.
Mahfuz said Najib's 18-month! deferme nt of all Umno branch, division and supreme council elections on the pretext that the party needed to focus on consolidating itself was also a clear admission that the crisis within Umno had not ebbed.
"Najib knows that a party election now will plunge Umno into the abyss of factionalism and disarray. It just shows that Umno is suffering from an internal leadership crisis and things have not been resolved," he said.
Yesterday Muhyiddin said that the postponement was to strengthen the party "where members won't be preoccupied with contesting for positions", adding that such postponements have been done before.
However it had not stopped people from speculating that the adjournment was to give way for a general election. - FMT
PENANG, Dec 2 — The Penang government announced its second special financial assistance to the state’s civil servants as the country prepares for possible snap polls next year.
The announcement comes days after the federal government’s decision to allow pensioners to withdraw a RM500 special financial assistance that was extended to civil servants in the Budget 2011 proposals.
Today, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (picture) said his administration's special financial assistance was awarded in recognition of the civil service’s commitment to the success of the state government’s policies.
“As a sign of the appreciation to the state civil service, the state government has proposed to provide a second special financial assistance as much as RM800 to all members of the public service.
“With RM500 for Hari Raya, this means that every member of the public service has received RM1,300 as a whole,” he said during an assembly with Penang civil servants this morning.
Lim added that the state government will spend RM6.25 million in rolling out the second special financial assistance package.
“The special financial assistance worth RM800 involves 3,153 state department officers with a financial implication of RM2.5 million. If we consider everybody including local authorities, statutory bodies and state agencies involving 7,812 officers, it will amount to RM6.25 million.
“The special financial assistance will be given to all public service officers in the Penang state administration including top management and its equivalent including officers with senior posts and special grades,” he said.
Penang’s second financial assistance package comes with the 13th general election likely to be held in the first quarter of next year as the state tries to mend strained ties with the civil service.
In July, Lim was involved in a spat with Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan and Penang State Development Officer Nik Ali Mat Yunus.
Syabas’s Tabung Budi fund, launched last month, allows Selangor residents who wish to waive their right to free water to pay for the 20 cubic metres they receive gratis from the state every month, valued at RM11.40.
The sole water distributor then uses the money collected to help other residents who lack access to clean water.
A total of 11 households in Selangor have received assistance from Syabas since the fund’s inception on August 24 as an internal Syabas and Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd initiative. The fund has collected over RM350,000 to date, according to Syabas.
“What Syabas is doing here is illegal. The money here is being paid by the state government, but Syabas is saying that is part of their social corporate responsibility. The state government has repeatedly told them to stop with this fund, but they have refused,” said Klang MP Charles Santiago.
The DAP man said that Syabas should heed Selangor’s warning to cancel the programme within the next two weeks or risk losing its water distribution licence.
Syabas has, however, maintained that it will continue to run the fund until it receives a court order to stop doing so.
“According to the Selangor Water Supply Enactment 1997, Syabas is given the licence to handle and manage water in Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur.
“However it is also understood that Syabas has not been given any mandate or authority to make any monetary collections from water users and has not been given any mandate to collect funds or start up a fund from money collected from Selangor water users which was given by the Selangor government in the first place,” said Kuala Selangor MP Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
Meanwhile, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said that Syabas’s gross “violations” of water concessions agreements were more than enough reason for the people of Selangor to join Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in the planned rally this Sunday afternoon.
“We have tried to negotiate with Syabas on many levels, but because of political motivations they have insisted on not co-operating... That is why we must show up in full force come Sunday, in the Selangor rally with the Selangor MB,” said Khalid.
The Selangor state government has said that collecting money from those who wish to pass their entitlement to those more deserving was akin to double-billing the state for the same water, as the state government pays Syabas in full for the free water at RM11 million a month.
The Selangor government also contends that the fund is a public relations exercise conducted by Syabas at the state’s expense.
The rally this Sunday will start at the National Mosque before making its way to the Istana Negara, where a memorandum will be submitted to the Yang diPertuan Agung.
SHAH ALAM, Dec 2 — Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim defended “ketuanan rakyat” today by proclaiming the concept as a feature of democracy.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz had told PKR leaders that “ketuanan rakyat” did not grant the people full power to decide their government leaders, reminding them that the Malay Rulers still reigned supreme in Malaysia’s constitutional monarchy system.
“Ketuanan rakyat is a common feature of the democratic process,” Khalid (picture) told reporters today.
“While the Constitution protects the rights and powers of the monarchy, but in the process of administration the rakyat still determines the (country)’s leadership,” he added.
The current row over the “ketuanan Melayu” or “Malay supremacy” concept started over the weekend when several PKR leaders, including president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and deputy president Azmin Ali, rejected the concept, pointing out that the Malay race was no more supreme than the others.
Dr Wan Azizah’s husband, PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, joined the fray later and propagated the “ketuanan rakyat” concept.
But Umno leaders say PKR’s arguments were an affront to the constitutional monarchy system.
Khalid, however, dismissed such fears, saying: “We can have ‘ketuanan Raja’. That is there (in the Constitution).”
The Selangor mentri besar, however, pointed out that the controversial “ketuanan Melayu” concept was not enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
“Ketuanan Melayu is not there,” he said.
Recently, history expert Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim said “ketuanan Melayu” does not exist in the Constitution.
Aside from the historical aspect, only the Rulers’ supremacy was stated in the Constitution where the people must show their loyalty to the Rulers, according to Khoo.
Today, Khalid noted that as a democratic nation, Malaysians were empowered to choose their government leaders.
“That is the reason why democracy gave priority to the rakyat to elect leadership and also to manage the country,” he said.
SHAH ALAM, Dec 2 — Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim gave the green light today for a group to proceed with its plans to protest against Selangor’s alleged mismanagement practices.
The Selangor mentri besar, however, warned the group, called Gabungan Anti Penyelewengan Selangor (GAPS), that it could face lawsuits if its allegations were unfounded.
“If it is the truth, they can go ahead and do it,” Khalid (picture) told reporters today.
“But if it is malicious and slanderous, they can be sued,” he added.
GAPS reportedly plans to send a memorandum highlighting 30 alleged mismanagement practices by Khalid’s Pakatan Rakyat administration to the Selangor Sultan tomorrow and to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Sunday.
Khalid stressed that freedom of speech should be accompanied with a sense of ethics.
“Freedom of speech is allowed, but it must be ethical,” said Khalid.
“You do not have the freedom to slander someone else,” he added.
Yesterday, GAPS chairman Hamizun Khairuddin reportedly said the memorandum would highlight alleged mismanagement practices by the Selangor government such as those involving Yayasan Selangor funds, the state’s water industry, and the use of public funds in taking over real estate developer Talam Corporation’s debt.
Last November, the Selangor state assembly approved a supplementary budget of RM391 million for Mentri Besar Incorporated to buy over Talam Corporation’s debt.
Talam Corporation’s multi-million ringgit debt was incurred after several failed real estate ventures with state agencies.
Last month, Yayasan Selangor came under fire for planning a 40th anniversary luncheon costing RM300,000.
The celebration was cancelled after the Selangor sultan snubbed it over its exorbitant cost.
The foundation’s deputy general manager Mohd Sharifuddin Sulaiman had been asked to go on a month’s leave with immediate effect, while the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has started investigations into Yayasan Selangor’s extravagant celebration.
Currently, Selangor’s attempt to restructure its water industry is stuck in a deadlock, while water concessionaires are at risk of debt service default as water bonds approach their maturity dates.
Selangor plans to submit a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Sunday over the federal government’s possible multi-million ringgit bailout of Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas).
Sources told The Malaysian Insider recently that Selangor water bondholders will urge Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to intervene directly in the state’s water consolidation impasse in an effort to safeguard their bonds from being further downgraded.
“We are here to help the rakyat,” said Khalid today.
“If they (GAPS) is interested in returning water rights to the people, they can join us,” he added, referring to Selangor’s planned protest that will coincide with GAPS’s march this Sunday.
Hamizun reportedly said documents and evidence would be furnished together with the memorandum.
He also said about 2,000 people were expected to march to the Bukit Kayangan Palace tomorrow and hand the memorandum to the Selangor Sultan.
The group are reportedly planning to send the same memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong this Sunday after a protest at Kuala Lumpur in the Masjid Jamek vicinity.
GAPS comprises 50 non-governmental organisations, including Perkasa Selangor, the Selangor Student Council (MBS) and Chinese and Indian associations in the state that were set up two months ago.
Dalam keadaan yang cukup tertekan dengan situasi yang melingkunginya, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) mutakhir ini menjalankan satu kegiatan yang didakwa dalam rangka Tanggung Sosial Korporat atau CSRnya.
Diberi nama Tabung Budi, Syabas sedang menggalakkan pengguna dan khususnya kakitangannya untuk menyerahkan wang RM11.40 sebagai nilai harga air percuma yang diberikan oleh kerajaan negeri Selangor kepada rakyatnya untuk Tabung Budi Syabas.
Mengikut Enakmen Bekalan Air Selangor 1997 atau Selangor Water Suply Enactment, 1997, Syabas diberi lessen untuk menjalankan kegiatan dalam hal mengurus dan membekal air di Selangor, Putrajaya dan Kuala Lumpur.
Adalah difahamkan bahawa Syabas tidak dimandatkan dan juga tidak diberi kuasa untuk membuat apa-apa pungutan wang dari pengguna-pengguna dan tidak sama sekali diberi mandat untuk mengumpul dana dan tidak dari wang yang hasil dari air percuma yang diberikan oleh kerajaan negeri Selangor kepada pengguna-pengguna di Selangor.
Justeru kegiataan Syabas menggalakkan pengguna-pengguna menyerahkan wang sebanyak RM11.40 sebagai nilai air percuma yang diberikan oleh kerajaan negeri Selangor adalah bertentangan dengan mandat dan terma perjanjian tiga pihak – Federal, kerajaan Negeri dan Syabas sendiri seperti juga terkeluar dari bidang kuasa Enakmen Bekalan Air Selangor 1997.
Tambahan, Tabung Budi yang diselenggarakan oleh Syabas ini jelasnya tidak dapat ditentukan ketelusannya dan juga tidak ada pertanggungjawabannya kepada pihak lain selain Syabas. Jelasnya Syabas telah terlibat dalam membuat dua kali kutipan dari pengguna dan dana itu pula tidak dapat dijamin akan sampai seluruhnya kepada golongan miskin dan kumpulan sasaran.
Syabas tidak dihalang untuk menunaikan CSRnya kepada masyarakat kurang berkemampuan dengan keuntungan yang dilaba sekian lama ini. Akan tetapi cara yang dilakukannya ini jelasnya menimbulkan pelbagai pertikaikan bahkan bercanggah dengan peruntukan undang-undang khususnya Enakmen Bekalan Air Selangor 1997.
Syabas digesa supaya tidak memburukkan lagi hubungan dengan kerajaan negeri Selangor dengan segara memberhentikan kegiatan tidak bertanggungjawab ini bagi memurnikan keadaan untuk mencari jalan penyelesaian baik bagi krisis air di Selangor.
Syabas boleh terbudi dan beramal dengan apa jua cara dengan hasil keuntungan bersih dari kegiatan pengurusan air tetapi jangan sampai Tabung Budi dipertikaikan kebersihannya dan ’nawaitu’nya.
Umno, on its own, can’t uphold or propagate Ketuanan Melayu. It needs the support of the non-Malays to do that. So it is the non-Malays who make Ketuanan Melayu possible. The figures speak for themselves.
NO HOLDS BARRED
Raja Petra Kamaraudin
(Bernama) -- People's Progressive Party (PPP), a multi-racial party under the Barisan Nasional (BN) banner, has regarded Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's statement on 'Ketuanan Melayu' (Malay Supremacy) as a disgrace to Malays.
PPP vice president Datuk Nik Sapeia Nik Yusof said though PKR itself has championed Malay rights in the country, they (PKR) were willing to say such things just for the sake of achieving their objectives and greed for power.
"If PPP which is a multi-racial party are not questioning the rights of the Malays, it is strange for PKR who are just a budding party that is only a year old, is questioning Malay rights. This is a shame to Malays," Nik Sapeia told Bernama when commenting on Wan Azizah''s statement last week on the subject of 'Ketuanan Melayu'.
Nik Sapeia said PKR should instead be fighting for the rights of Malays and 'Ketuanan Melayu' since the PKR party is dominated by Malays, including its adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Speaking of PKR adviser Anwar''s offer of the Deputy Prime Minister's post to DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang if the Pakatan Rakyat won the 13th General Election, the Kelantan PPP Liaison Chief said it was made by someone who was disappointed with the confusion in the party.
"Since the Malays have lost confidence in him, he is pretending to offer DAP instead but everyone knows the promise was just a gimmick," said Nik Sapeia.
There you are. PPP, an Indian-based multi-racial party in the Barian Nasional ruling coalition supports Ketuanan Melayu. So why should PKR, a Malay-based multi-racial party in the opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, question or oppose it?
This makes sense. Umno, on its own, can’t form the government. See the pie chart below.
In the 2008 general election, Umno garnered only 29.33% of the popular votes or 2,381,725 votes. It won only 79 seats or 35.6% of the seats in Parliament. Without the Indians, Chinese and other parties from Sabah and Sarawak, Umno would not be heading the government.
Umno, on its own, can’t uphold or propagate Ketuanan Melayu. It needs the support of the non-Malays to do that. So it is the non-Malays who make Ketuanan Melayu possible. The figures speak for themselves. And now PPP too has spoken. Are we now going to hear from MCA, MIC, Gerakan and all those parties from Sabah and Sarawak as well?
I suppose they need not say anything. The fact that they are in Barisan Nasional, and Umno is the lead partner in Barisan Nasional, and Umno upholds and propagates Ketuanan Melayu, means that the non-Malays also support Ketuanan Melayu. They don’t have to make statements saying they support Ketuanan Melayu. The fact that they remain silent and remain in Barisan Nasional is an indication of their support for Ketuanan Melayu.
And the non-Malays scream and curse Umno. How stupid when it is the non-Malays who make Ketuanan Melayu possible. Bodoh!
Now, on the issue of whether the Deputy Prime Minister should be Malay, Indian, Chinese, Dayak, Iban, Khadazan, Senoi, Siamese, Portuguese, Eurasian, Punjabi, or whatever, please look at Article 43 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
1. (1) The Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall appoint a Jemaah Menteri (Cabinet of Ministers) to advise him in the exercise of his functions.
2. (2) The Cabinet shall be appointed as follows, that is to say -
* (a) the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall first appoint as Perdana Menteri (Prime Minister) to preside over the Cabinet a member of the House of Representative who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of that House; and
* (b) he shall on the advice of the Prime Minister appoint other Menteri (Ministers) from among the members of either House of Parliament;
Can you see it just says that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall appoint a Jemaah Menteri (Cabinet of Ministers). His Majesty shall also appoint a Prime Minister.
Note there is no mention of the race, religion or gender of the Prime Minister. It could be an Indian-Hindu woman as far as the Constitution is concerned. It would be perfectly legal and constitutional.
Furthermore, there is no mention of Deputy Prime Minister. Malaysia does not need a Deputy Prime Minister. The Constitution does not make it mandatory that Malaysia has a Deputy Prime Minister. The Constitution only says Prime Minister and Cabinet of Ministers.
We can have no Deputy Prime Minister or we can have five Deputy Prime Ministers if we want to. And it does not matter whether they are men, women, Muslims, non-Muslims, Malays or non-Malays. The Constitution does not stipulate whether we must have none, one, or more than one Deputy Prime Minister and what race, religion and gender they must be.
Umno screams about respecting the law and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. But those who scream about respecting the law and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia do not even know what it says.
Again, I can only say, bodoh punya orang Umno!
Isu pembahagian harta pusaka biasanya hanya didebatkan apabila seseorang sakit teruk atau sudah meninggal dunia. Sekalipun tidak salah, namun jarang sekali isu pembahagian harta pusaka timbul dalam keadaan seseorang dalam keadaan sihat sejahtera. Demikianlah juga apabila isu perlantikan Timbalan Perdana Menteri jika Pakatan Rakyat menerajui negara dibangkitkan oleh media massa milik UMNO. Bagi saya, ia tidak lebih melainkan hanyalah merupakan tanda-tanda yang menunjukkan bahawa UMNO dan Barisan Nasional sudah sakit teruk dan tidak mempunyai harapan untuk pulih lagi. Alhamdulillah, media massa milik UMNO sendiri pun nampaknya mulai sedar saat-saat akhir hayat mereka di pentas politik Malaysia. Insya-allah, saya optimis akan tiba juga ketikanya Barisan Nasional akan digantikan oleh Pakatan Rakyat untuk menerajui Putrajaya.
Berhubung isu perlantikan YB Lim Kit Siang selaku Timbalan Perdana Menteri yang kononnya dikeluarkan oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, sukalah untuk saya menyatakan bahawa Pakatan Rakyat tidak pernah membuat apa-apa keputusan dan tidak pernah mengadakan apa-apa perbincangan tentang hal ini. Syak saya teramat kuat bahawa permainan media telah digunakan dengan amat dahsyat di dalam memanipulasi kenyataan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Apa yang peliknya dengan budaya media milik UMNO? ‘Islam plastik’ yang pernah saya tuturkan satu ketika dahulu pun pernah dilaporkan sebagai ‘Islam Palestin”. Salah dengar dan salah lapor ialah satu budaya biasa dalam amalan media milik UMNO.
Hari ini, isu perlantikan Timbalan Perdana Menteri ini diolah sekali lagi oleh media milik UMNO dengan begitu hebat. Lalu dijemputlah segala pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO segenap lapisan untuk memberikan ulasan. Seolah-olah UMNOlah satu-satunya parti yang mempertahankan Melayu, seolah-olah bangsa Melayu ini hanya akan berdaulat melalui keris tumpul UMNO dan seolah-olah rebah UMNO bererti rebahlah Melayu. Hanyir dan busuk sekali dakwaan-dakwaan sampah yang disebarluaskan ke dalam minda masyarakat pada hari ini.
Ingin saya nyatakan, pendirian saya dari dahulu hingga sekarang tidak pernah berubah bahawa bangsa tidak mempunyai sebarang nilai di dalam Islam. Melayu, Cina atau India tidak pernah mempunyai sebarang nilai tambah di sisi Allah SWt melainkan dengan taqwa. Seorang yang berbangsa Cina tetapi bertaqwa kepada Allah SWT jauh lebih mulia dari seorang yang berbangsa Melayu tetapi hidup dengan rasuah, menindas, mengkhianat dan sebagainya. Sekalipun songkok setinggi tiga jengkal di kepala, tanpa taqwa kepada Allah SWT, ia tidak mempunyai sebarang nilai.
Lupakah kita bahawa UMNO pernah menyerahkan kerusi Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang kepada Gerakan sekalipun UMNO yang mempunyai majoriti di Dewan Undangan Negeri? Di waktu itu, ke mana perginya ketuanan Melayu? Tersorok di dalam songkok tinggi UMNO? Ketika itu, ke mana perginya professor-profesor bertaraf cendikiawan yang sibuk mengulas isu ketuanan Melayu pada hari ini? Peliknya apabila Tun Dr Mahathir sendiri menggesa supaya dilupakan asal usul keturunan demi menjayakan 1Malaysia, tidak pula didesak untuk diusir keluar negara? Bukankah melupakan asal usul keturunan ertinya melupakan Ketuanan Melayu?
Apa yang penting ialah dasar, jika dasar Islam. Sesiapapun boleh menjadi pemimpin. Di Kelantan saya pernah mengeluarkan kenyataan berkali-kali bahawa Menteri Besar Kelantan boleh terdiri daripada seorang yang berbangsa Cina dengan syarat merupakan seorang muslim yang soleh. YB Lim Kit Siang atau sesiapapun boleh menjadi Timbalan Perdana Menteri bahkan Perdana Menteri sekalipun tidak mempunyai apa-apa halangan, syaratnya merupakan seorang muslim yang soleh. Seorang muslim yang soleh sekalipun bukan Melayu jauh lebih bermanfaat untuk negara ini dari seorang Melayu yang korup!
TUAN GURU HAJI NIK ABDUL AZIZ BIN NIK MAT
Menteri Besar Kelantan
By Joe FernandezANALYSIS It’s evident from the numerous and long-running criticisms levelled against the police in Malaysia that the force is single-mindedly focused on keeping the peace at any cost and to the exclusion of justice or any other abstract needs of a civilised society from the state.
Is it any wonder therefore that the Malaysian police are the “world’s best” – like our 1.2 million civil servants – for keeping the country peaceful? One of their favourite methods for keeping the peace is hammering the you-know-what out of anyone who looks less than peaceful and law-abiding. This does away, under this fast-track system, with the problem of clogging the courts.
It’s okay even if the country goes to the dogs in the process and becomes an international pariah, the police apparently think, as long as there’s peace in the country and the status quo is maintained, albeit for a highly debatable stability. The morality of it all is for the realm of academia.
This is the same mindset that saw China turn away from its voyages of discovery early in the last millennia and declare that “the Middle Kingdom had everything and that there was nothing that it needs to learn or obtain from the outside world of barbarians”. The result was the downfall of Chinese civilisation and eventually long years of humiliation at the hands of even tiny western imperial and colonial forces. The rest is even more history.
If China had learnt its lessons well since then and opened up to the world in ways surprising for a communist nation, the same cannot be said of the establishment, the police in particular, in Malaysia. The local version reminds one of the proverbial “katak di bawah tempurung” (frog under a coconut shell which thinks that is the world).
From the statistics on deaths in police custody and shoot-to-kills, it appears, for one, that the number one rule of the Malaysian police is that “all Indians, and only Indians, are trouble-creators and capable of disrupting the peace in the country and distracting everyone”.
Put this down to the police stereotyping of the Indians as noisy, plaintive, chest-beating, hair-pulling, head-banging, hopping around melodramatic “aiyoh amah kadavale” – oh mother, God – antics. So, mark them down for elimination at every possible excuse to keep the peace in the country. Shoot first, ask questions later before reading them their rights on the way to the mortuary, hospital, police station, court in that order of importance.
If all this sounds too much like P Uthayakumar of the still unregistered Human Rights Party Malaysia (HRPM) who’s convinced that only non-Indians are “racists”, it’s all deliberate to stress a point about the Malaysian police, that is, their prejudice – prasangka or prejudis -- knows no bounds especially when it comes to Indians. Again, we are going by statistics which shows that a disproportionate number of Indians are victims of the police force. The fact that the police seem to having a problem with Indians is clear from the statistics.
Uthaya, also Hindraf Makkal Sathi’s legal adviser, only sees Indians getting the short end of the stick in Malaysia. So, here goes, to continue the analysis, for want of a better term.
Enter the force’s shoot-to-kill policy sanctioned by four Emergency Ordinances which, complains Suhakam, have yet to be repealed, that is, Sarawak, konfrontasi, May 13 and Kelantan. The unrepealed Emergency Ordinances also provide legal cover in Malaysia for the extra-judicial killings first made notorious in Brazil and other Latin American countries in a long-running war of the elite against the poor and down-trodden. Latin America has moved on but in Malaysia the police continue to be trigger-happy somewhere in between their notorious ambush spots and the courthouses.
“The suspected robbers – 'planning' a robbery and hence automatically suspects – fired first, the police fired back in self-defence, robbers all shot dead, police all safe.” Dead men tell no tales.
This is the standard line by the police at every press conference stage-managed by them and complete with an impressive display of weapons, mobile phones and cash purportedly recovered from the suspected robbers. In this version, you can see the halos around the police, if not the angelic wings sprouting at their sides.
If some innocent Indians are shot dead in the process, that can be excused on the grounds that “since all Indians look alike to the police (who are usually not Indians) it’s difficult to tell the suspected robbers from other Indians who in any case are guilty by association”.
The police also belabour under the misconception that only Indians are capable of carrying out criminal activities with the term being reserved only for anything that smacks of violence and physical force including rape and murder. So, the police statistics show that the Indians are the biggest murderers in the country because generally it appears that only Indians get caught for this dastardly crime.
The murderers in police uniforms have a James Bond-style 007 licence to kill that would put even Ian Fleming to shame.
Let’s not make too much of a minor distraction like the C4 bombing killing of Altantuya. That’s collateral damage in an area where the C4 bombing trials were going on. Besides, she had no business entering the country without first making sure the Immigration recorded the fact in their computers. Legally, she does not exist. Anyway, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. We don’t need Mongolian models, no matter how ravishingly beautiful they are, to advise us on purchases of submarines we don’t need.
Peace first, justice later
If local non-Indians are discovered perpetrating the Indian type of criminal activities, it’s usually not their fault but society not indoctrinating them with sufficient religious knowledge and or mixing with too many Indians who “obviously picked up their criminal ways from watching too many Tamil and Hindi movies” or looking too much like Indians, the last definitely another crime in the police dictionary of law.
Crimes of the white-collar kind – politicians raiding the public treasury or milking the banks at will – don’t figure in the police radar as real crimes since such activities are not carried out by Indians. In fact, such “criminals” should be held up as role models for the rest of the citizenry in helping to re-distribute the wealth and admired for their cunning, “intelligence” and their ill-gotten gains.
The triads, for the same reason, can be excused as they are generous benefactors of the police force unlike the two-bit Indian criminals.
Put down the police refusal to grant permits to hold rallies, ceramahs, dinners or candle-light vigils by “anti-national elements” as purely due to their fervently patriotic desire to maintain peace in the country, even if it means denying justice in the process. Peace first, justice later, if at all.
Now Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation chair Lee Lam Thye has finally outdone even himself by fuming in public in recent days that criticisms against the police are a form of crime. No doubt the police will take Lee’s statement in their favour as something that should be diligently pursued under cover of theunrepealed Emergency Ordinances.
Anyone who criticises the police in future will get the Aminulrasyhid Amzah – too Indian-looking or the police – treatment, that is, more than a bullet or two at the back of his head. For this the police can thank Lee who is ever mindful that justice is not for others but, first of all, for the police.
“Gaps bukan sebuah pertubuhan politik tetapi kita rasa prihatin terhadap rakyat Selangor dianggarkan 58 peratus bangsa Melayu cuba diketepikan," jelas presidennya Hamidzun Khairuddin (gambar, tidak berikat kepala).
Kumpulan berbaju merah dijadual berkumpul di Masjid Negara pada jam 12 tengah hari sebelum berarak ke Istana Negara, tidak jauh daripada tempat itu.
Manakala Gaps pula akan berkumpul di Masjid Jamek setengah jam selepas itu.
Laluan yang akan digunakan kedua-dia pihak setakat ini masih belum jelas.
Menurut kedua-dua penganjur, mereka tidak memohon permit polis dan hanya memaklumkan kepada pihak berkuasa.
Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, Gaps juga akan menyerahkan memorandum yang sama kepada Sultan Selangor Jumaat ini.
Ini fakta menunjukkan Umno penjahanam tanah orang Melayu;
1) 22,000 ekar ( Ya! Dua Puluh Dua RIBU ekar) tanah kerajaan di gadai kepada gergasi KLK (KL Kepong) di Lekir, Manjung.
2) 5,000 ekar di Bruas 1500 ekar kepada MCA di Bandar Baru , Kampar (UTAR)
3) 200 ekar tapak kilang simen Perak Hanjoong (sekarang YTL kerana di gadai oleh pemimpin UMNO kepada YTL! ) Ini tanah rizab melayu di Padang Rengas, Kuala Kangsar dekat Highway!
4) Kerajaan Umno/BN Perak gadai tanah kerajaan di beberapa lokasi komersial di tengah bandar Ipoh, Taiping, Bidor , Kinta, dan Perak kepada taukeh-taukeh jika sekiranya BN kembali berkuasa pada 9 Mac 2008 (selepas PRU-12).
5) 9 ribu hektar tanah Rezab Melayu di Selangor telah ditukar status kepada bukan rezab Melayu. Hanya 1/3 sahaja (lebih kurang 3 ribu hektar sahaja yang diganti. Selebihnya jin tanah makan.
6)Pada tahun 1990, seramai 80 orang penduduk di Pantai Chenang Langkawi yang duduk di atas tanah rezab Melayu dihalau untuk membina Pelangi Beach Resort.
7) Pada tahun 1990, sebanyak 930 hektar tanah Rezab Melayu Kampung Mambau Negeri Sembilan telah diambil untuk projek Seremban 2. Sebelumnya terdapat 600 orang yang tinggal disitu.
8) 26,000 hektar (dua puluh enam ribu) tanah rezab Melayu di Tanjung Langsat-Tanjung Pia Johor diambil untuk New Town Ship. Projek yang diusahakan oleh Kuok Brother Collabratioan UEM.
9) 300 ekar tanah Rezab Melayu di Pulau Redang Teregganu kepada Vicent Tan untuk projek perlancungan.
10) Pada tahun 1993, 1000 ekar tanah Rezab Melayu di Kerpan Kedah (tapak sawah yang subur) untuk projek kolam udang.
11) 13 Jun 2008 (Utusan Malaysia) melaporkan penduduk sekitar daerah Kota Tinggi, kecewa dengan tindakan pejabat tanah menolak permohonan mereka mendapatkan tanah seluas 182.11 hektar di Batu 15 Jalan Kulai, Mukim Ulu Sungai Johor di sini. Tanah yang sudah dipohon sejak 20 tahun dahulu telah diberi kepada syarikat bukan bumiputera. Ini siapa punya angkara? PR atau Umno.
12) Akibat kebodohan pemimpin Umno menyebabkan Pulau Batu Putih pun terlepas yang dapat hanya pulau tenggelam timbul (Batuan Tengah dan Tubir Selatan). Kalau air pasang batu tenggelam, kalau air surut maka Pulau Batu itu timbul. Inilah yang disebut oleh Datuk Rais Yatim Menteri Luar menang-menang. Menang pada Umno ialah Singapura dapat pulau yang tidak tenggelam, manakala Malaysia hadhari dapat pulau tenggelam timbul. Ini lah lawaknya pemimpin Umno yang jaga kedaulatan negara.
13) Kampung Chubadak Sentul Kuala Lumpur, sebanyak 273 ekar tanah kampung Melayu tradisi telah menyebabkan kira-kira 160 keluarga telah dihalau keluar kerana pembangunan mega akan dibuat disitu.
14) Tanah rezab Melayu seluas 94 ekar yang diteroka sejak 72 tahun telah terkorban untuk projek Pencala Link dekat Damansara Kuala Lumpur.Sebanyak 840 hektar tanah rezab melayu di Pahang bakal hilang apabila projek ECER (Koridor ekonomi pantai timur)
15) Pengkhianatan Umno kepada orang Melayu telah berjaya menghilangkan tanah rezab Melayu dari 3juta hektar pada tahun 1957 kepada 1.7 juta hektar (1995). Bermakna 44% tanah rezab Melayu yang ditinggal oleh penjajah dengan susut kadar 1.2% setahun. Nampaknya penjajah lebih berhati perut daripada pemimpin Umno dalam menjaga orang melayu. Kalau tidak disekat maka tahun 2020 tanah rezab Melayu hanya tinggal 30% sahaja.
Daripada fakta di atas bolehlah dirumuskan Umnolah pengkhianat dan menggadai tanah orang melayu, Bukan PAS, bukan PKR dan bukan DAP. Sebenarnya slogan Umno “Hidup Melayu” perlu ditukar kepada slogan sebaliknya, iaitu “di mana Umno kuat di situ Melayu merempat”.SETUJU????
State PKR Chief Baru Bian lamented on Thursday why has Sarawak remained as the fourth poorest state despite having ample natural resources, when according to the Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud it had become prosperous.
Baru Bian was responding to remarks made by Taib who said he never took Sarawak’s development for granted and it had achieved progress and become prosperous.
The Chief Minister has also urged the people to put public interest above personal interest, the Borneo Post reported on Wednesday.
“He (Taib) urged the people to be wary of those who tried to brainwash and incite them to hate the government. This, he warned, would cause people to forget about the bread and butter issues like planning further development of the state and country. He said when people forgot about the bread and butter issues they would dwell on personal matters or think about things that were not related to their well-being,” the newspaper reported.
However, Baru Bian asked why Sarawak has become the fourth poorest state despite being richest in natural resources and why a huge wealth disparity still remains between the rich and poor.
“Let us be clear that it is the duty and responsibility of the government of the day (Barisan Nasional) to utilise and manage the coffers of the state for the benefit of the people. Development is not a choice. It is an imperative and a right to be enjoyed by the rakyat. Even the worse totalitarian regimes in the world have to develop their countries, what more to say Malaysia and in particular Sarawak which purportedly practises parliamentary democracy.”
“However, what is the track record and success rate of the BN government in executing this responsibility of developing the state? It has failed miserably in the last 30 years in discharging this duty,” he said in the statement.
While he agreed with Taib that rhetoric should be put aside, Baru Bian has urged Sarawakians to ask themselves some pertinent questions including the ownership of timber concessions and licenses, as well as palm oil plantations in the state.
“Who have benefitted from the many huge government contracts that have been awarded arbitrarily without open tender?”
Baru Bian claimed that PKR and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will ensure that the bread and butter will reach common public, not only the selected few.
“On the other hand, PKR and Pakatan Rakyat will offer good governance, better management of the state’s wealth, transparency, fair and equitable distribution of wealth, and implement an open tender system for all government projects and contracts. We want the bread and butter to reach the tables of the people, and not end up on the gravy train.”
From Martin Harnevie Betzen, via facebook
I refer to the article, 'The Reformasi that never was'. This writer seems ignorant of certain realities.
From Daniel Tan Kah Beng, via facebook
Guess Musa Aman's plans to eradicate proverty is by giving away his salary every month, even if his money is not clean. Talk, everybody can! It takes years for a nation to get rich, and eradicating poverty by the end of year? I guess he just want to be a laughing stock.
From PR, via e-mail
I'd like to say this to Wee Ka Siong: The moment you deny any responsibility in the misidentification of a child's race, it creates more problem for us who are affected.
It is so easy to say, “I'm not responsible”. The least we can expect you to say is that, I will investigate and see to it that the matter is resolved.
Is it SOP (standard operating procedure) for leaders to deny whenever any criticism is made against them?
That is a very pathetic attitude for a minister! If you are not willing to do your job, give it to others. There are many people who need and can deliver on the job.