Pak Kadiak: Smartphone may cause trouble in GE-13


February 28, 2013

Pak Kadiak: Smartphone may cause trouble in GE-13

by Hazlan Zakaria@http://www.malaysiakini.com

Pak Kadiak and SmartphoneA veteran media practitioner believes that the common smartphone, and its more than common capabilities, may cause trouble in the 13th General Election (GE-13), if authorities are not prepared for it.

“This coming election may not be as smooth if the people involved in the process do not pay attention to the power of the smartphone,” said blogger and veteran editor A Kadir Jasin at a forum on the changing landscape of media in the face of the upcoming general election in Kuala Lumpur today.

“In GE-13 things can be complicated and go wrong if you don’t preempt. Unless you can ban the smartphone, there may be problems,” he argued.

Kadir said that this is because all sorts of rumours, chit-chat and false news Pak Kadiakcan be conveniently spread on the devices which can lead to low voter turnouts or crisis situations. He warned that a single picture of an alleged unverified incident somewhere going viral through smartphones may cause untold problems at the thousands of voting centres nationwide.

His views of the ascendancy of smartphones were shared by fellow forum panellist and The Star Executive Editor Wong Sai Wan, though with a different tack.

Instead of believing that smartphones are key to chaos, Wong said that they are the kingmakers of GE-13 which he argued will not be won by issues or debates but by a single picture of a political personality doing something controversial.

Ku Li

“Much like the photo of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah which cost Semangat 46 quite a few votes,” recounted the senior journalist. The 1990 photos of Razaleigh, popularly known as Ku Li, allegedly wearing a headdress with a the Christian cross on it caused a stir in Malaysian politics and brought down his hopes of victory in that year’s general election.

In GE13, either side may use this method and use the smartphones’ instantaneous means of information transfer to great effect, said Wong.

‘Info spread more effectively via handphones’

The viral nature of smartphone information transfer and its possible use to stir chaos or win elections, whether in a dirty way or not, is supported by findings made by the third member of the forum panel, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) journalism doyen Syed Arabi Idid.

During his speech, Syed Arabi  said that information is spread more Mahathireffectively via handphones rather than through newspapers or even radio and television.

He cited a case on the passing away of a prominent personality, when he said that most people found out about it almost immediately from handphone calls and word-of-mouth.

The almost instantaneous speed of information transfer available via gadgets in the numerous hands of the public has led to a sea-change in politics and campaigning, as instead of controlling its flow, even governments are at the mercy of social media and handphone-wielding members of the public.

Experts stress that information now is no longer for mass distribution but for individual consumption.

Former ISA Detainee admits to processing I/Cs for Illegals In Sabah


February 28, 2013

Former ISA Detainee admits to processing I/Cs for Illegals In Sabah

by Zulaikha Zulkifli @http://www.malaysiakini.com

A former ISA detainee has claimed she and her group had helped process “thousands of identity cards” for Sabah illegal immigrants in the early 1990s to help topple the PBS state government.

NONESixty-three-year-old Siti Aminah Mahmud (right) was detained under ISA in 1995 for two years for her alleged involvement in the IC project.

Speaking at a press conference in Petaling Jaya today, she described how she had been tasked with collecting information for the illegal immigrants’ IC application and handing the issued ICs to village chiefs throughout Sabah, to be issued to foreigners who were mostly Indonesians and Filipinos.

Siti Aminah said she had been instructed to facilitate the issuance of ICs for the foreigners as part of a plan to help UMNO take over Sabah.“It was in the early 1990s, I was told to help UMNO to contest in Sabah and defeat PBS by conducting Project IC in Sabah.

“There were five tasks for me – helping to campaign, increasing Malay voters, locating villagers in rural areas especially those who have no IC at the border of Sabah-Indonesia, and ensuring the victory of UMNO in toppling PBS,” she said at the press conference, where PKR Wanita Chief Zuraida Kamaruddin was also present.

Originally from Sabah and residing in Skudai, Johor, Siti Aminah was a member of Johor Baru UMNO then and was asked by her cousin, who was also an UMNO member, to help the party in Sabah.

She was continuously involved in the covert operation from 1990 to 1994, before she was detained under the ISA in 1995 over the operation.

Tun Datu MustaphaSiti Aminah claimed the instruction was from the late Sabah UMNO chief Datu Mustapha Datu Harun, who allegedly told her that the project was led by the then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and executed by the Deputy Home Minister Megai Junid Megat Ayub and Mahathir’s Political Secretary Aziz Shamsuddin.

“I knew about it because Datu Mustapha told us not to be afraid about getting arrested. He said this is Mahathir’s and Megat Junid’s project, and he said if he helps UMNO to win, he would be appointed as state governor. He said so during a mass briefing at the UMNO office in Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu in the early 1990s,” she claimed.

‘Documents prepared within a month’

Elaborating on the operation, Siti Aminah said the related documents were prepared within a month after the forms were processed.

“We gave out the forms and later handed them over over to the National Registration Department (NRD) and the UMNO office in Sembulan. After that, we just distributed the completed ICs to Village chiefs.I don’t know (the village chiefs). We went in a group of five. One recorded (the details), one collected fingerprints, and I sometimes arranged forms. I went to Sabah twice a week.We found a village, we gathered several people without ICs. The motive was indeed (to give them ICs),” she explained.

Among others, the IC were given to a group of Indonesians in a Felda area in Sandakan, she claimed.

“After collecting the forms, we handed them over to the NRD and the UMNO office. Not some but in bags. The process to get ICs would be completed in a month or slightly more than that.After we submitted the forms, the process took a month and the ICs will be completed and distributed back to the villages.”

Siti Aminah claimed that those ICs can be identified by the special code printed on the back of the ICs.

“The project IC code is 04 and 05. It is on the back of the ICs. Only NRD people can identify them.”

From 1990 to early 1995, when Mahathir was Prime Minister, the average number of ICs given to Filipinos and tun-dr-mahathirIndonesians was nothing less than half a million, according to her estimation.

“The areas with the highest numbers were Tawau, Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Kota Kinabalu, as well as areas at the Tawau-Indonesia border. Another area was Semporna. Many were given there because many Filipinos were there.”

Some 100 persons in her team were individuals who were not working with NRD. They also told the Village chiefs who collected the ICs from them to help inform those IC holders to vote for UMNO.

She did not know whether the Village chiefs had received any money, but she and her team received no pay except a transport allowance.

“I volunteered myself and I went there to fight for UMNO because I was an UMNO member in Johor then. Hence, I was called to campaign in Sabah.”

Although not summoned to testify in the ongoing public hearing of the royal commission of inquiry on the Sabah immigrants issue, Siti Aminah hoped she will be given the opportunity to tell her story to the Royal Commission.

Former UMNO Treasurer sued for cheating, deceit and forging documents


February 27, 2013

Former UMNO Treasurer sued for cheating, deceit and forging documents

by Hafiz Yatim@http://www.malaysiakini.com

Sixty British investors through Fiscal Capital Sdn Bhd have filed a RM12 million suit against a firm owned by former UMNO Treasurer Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi for cheating, deceit and forging documents in the purchase of six telecommunication switches.

The investors had approached the Chambers of Kamarul Hisham and Hasnal Rezua and had filed the suit on February 20 at the Kuala Lumpur High Court. Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin, in a press conference today, said the investors had lodged a police report on October 5, 2011, but they complained that action had been slow.

She claimed that they only started investigations last month. Zuraida said the matter had been brought to the attention of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and also Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Mukhriz Mahathir while they were in the United Kingdom, but there had been no progress.

Lawyer Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin said the matter has been fixed for case management on March 21.NONE He, along with partner Hasnal Rezua Merican, said the Police have sent the case to the Attorney-General’s Chambers but he got to know that the A-G had returned the papers to the Police.

“We cannot understand the slowness of the authorities’ action despite a police report having been lodged more than a year ago. Following this, our clients have asked us to come out to exert pressure,” he said.

The investors, through Fiscal City Sdn Bhd, named Doxport Technology (M) Sdn Bhd, and its directors Abdul Azim (left), Gurmeet Kaur and Sivalingam Techinamoorthy as defendants. Abdul Azim is also the chairperson of Doxport Technology.

Complaint to House of Lords

The victims had also complained to British politicians including Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, who will bring this matter up at the House of Lords next month.

Lord Ahmed, who was not present, said in a statement that a number of British MPs have been aware of the background to this unsettling case for several years, where British citizens and investors have made serious allegations involving misappropriation of funds.

“I have personally raised this issue with senior members of the Malaysian government. As the investors have stated to me, their demand is non-malicious and plain. They are seeking natural justice to take its course and any alleged perpetrators brought to book,” he said.

“I appeal to the executive and its representatives to continue to support and facilitate the due process, which is in the interest of Malaysia’s international reputation as a reliable hub for inward investment and trade,” he said.

Statement of claim

According to Hasnal, the investors had invested US$4 million (RM12 million) since 2008, to purchase the switches and have a stake in Doxport Technology.

The plaintiffs claimed that they had paid RM6.9 million for the purchase of the switches and another RM5.8 million to purchase the stake. The six switches were then purchased and placed in Phnom Penh, Hanoi, Saigon, Singapore, Manila and Hong Kong.

They claimed that since the switches were in operation it had generated revenue and that the investors should have received the return for their investments, for helping purchase the switches.

The investors claimed Doxport Technology had made false representations, based on fraudulent documents. They approached Lord Ahmed and also the British High Commission over Doxport’s failed business.

The plaintiffs further claimed that the defendants had made a misrepresentation to them resulting in them to suffer further economic losses.

Hence, the defendants are seeking RM6.9 million which they had fork out to purchase the switches and another RM5.8 million for the stake in the company along with general, aggravated and exemplary damages.

BN likely to win between 123 and 135 seats, says ASLI


February 27, 2013

BN likely to win between 123 and 135 seats, says ASLI

by Dr. Michael Yeoh@http://www.malaysiakini.com

COMMENT: The upcoming 13th general election will be aUMNO's Najib and Associates much-anticipated, most exciting and nail-biting election in the country’s history.

Speculation on the election date has gone on for almost one year. The options for the election timing is getting shorter. It is expected that the GE will be held on April 14 or 21.

There are three possible outcomes for the coming election:

Scenario 1: The present status quo remains
Scenario 2: A reduced majority for BN
Scenario 3: BN regains two-thirds majority

There are 222 parliamentary seats in the country, of which about 150 are Malay–Bumiputera seats, 30 mixed seats and 42 Chinese-majority seats.

In the 2008 elections, BN won 140 seats and the Opposition won 82 seats. A further breakdown shows that UMNO won 79 seats, MCA 15 seats, MIC three and Gerakan two, PKR won 31 seats, DAP 28 seats and PAS 23 seats.

Table X

From our analysis, it is becoming quite clear that the rural population has largely returned to BN, in particular rural Malays has largely shifted back to UMNO. In this regard, UMNO is expected to win more seats than in 2008. It is likely that UMNO may win 85 to 90 parliamentary seats, up from their existing 79 seats. There is also a clear trend that Indian voters in rural and semi urban areas have also shifted back to BN. However, the urban voters are largely still with Pakatan Rakyat.

Even though urban Malay voters may support Pakatan and even if more urban Malays were to support Pakatan in the urban seats, it will not increase seats for Pakatan as these urban seats are already held by DAP. However, the urban voters are still very much with the opposition in particular. The urban Chinese are very strongly supporting the DAP.

As high as 85 percent of urban Chinese may vote for the DAP. This will increase the DAP’s numbers of seats won to 35-40 seats, up from the 28 seats DAP won in 2008, making DAP the biggest Opposition party in Pakatan.

Chinese voters still pro-Opposition

The Prime Minister’s hope is that his various outreach programmes to the Chinese community can win over some of the undecided Chinese voters but that is still a difficult challenge. Most of the Chinese seems to have made up their mind.

Some older Chinese and the Chinese business community may want to give Najib Abdul Razak a chance. They value peace, stability and prosperity and like Najib’s engaging style, like his presence at the Dong Zong Chinese New Year open house.

Corruption
In a recent roundtable and study on the main concerns of the Chinese community organised by ASLI’s Centre for Public Policy Studies, it was determined that the main issues of concern to the Chinese community are crime and corruption, education, cost of living, fairness and justice, cultural and religious issues, lack of civil service participation and lack of meritocracy.

These have caused frustrations among the Chinese voters. However, if the Malay and Indian swing back to UMNO-BN is strong, it will help MCA and Gerakan in the mixed seats where Malay voters account for higher than 40 percent and Indian voters are between 10-15 percent of the constituencies, such as Padang Serai and Gopeng.

NONEMany of the undecided voters will want to see who are the candidates being put up by the parties and how the campaign unfolds. A gaffe or a mistake can be very costly during the campaign period.

The campaign can be a dirty campaign with a lot of personal attacks and accusations thrown by both sides. Surprises can be revealed during the campaign.

Najib (right) will campaign from a position of strength. His popularity and personality and his hard work and tenacity can win him a lot of support. Obviously, he is more popular than his party.

Najib’s proven track record in the transformation programmes and economic performance with the 6.4 percent GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2012 stands him and the BN government in good stead.

On the other hand, there is some urban dissatisfaction on the abuses of power, human rights violations, crime and corruption.

BN should win Kedah and Perak

In Sarawak, Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will deliver 100 percent of his PBB seats to the BN and hence secure the majority of Sarawak seats. However, the PRS and SPDP may lose a couple of Dayak seats to PKR.

The SUPP will come under a strong challenge from DAP and could lose all its Chinese majority seats to DAP but win back Sibu with a new strong candidate and retain the Dayak majority seat of its deputy president Richard Riot, hence winning two out of its six parliamentary seats.

In Sabah, Sabah UMNO should be able to do well, leading the BN to regain control of the state government. Again DAP will win in several more Chinese-majority seats.

In Peninsular Malaysia, the MCA seats that will hard fought are Gelang Patah, Kulai and Tanjung Piai in Johor and Lumut in Perak. These seats can be vulnerable.

On the other hand, MCA has a good chance of winning back Padang Serai, Gopeng and Selayang should there be a strong Malay and Indian vote swing back to BN.

In the state contests, Pakatan should retain Kelantan and Penang but will face a strong challenge from BN. In Penang, if the Malay swing is strong, UMNO may win 17 Malay seats and if MCA and Gerakan can win just four more seats, BN will narrowly regain Penang.

The fight for Selangor will be the toughest and it is 50:50 for either side. BN should win Kedah and Perak where the Malay swing back to UMNO could help UMNO win back PKR and PAS state seats in Perak although the DAP will still likely hold on to all its Chinese-majority seats in Perak.

Margin of BN’s victory uncertain

In the final analysis, the BN will win the 13th general election. The only uncertainty remains in the size of the majority.

From our analysis, BN is expected to win between 123 to 135 seats. This is the most likely outcome. However, if the Malay and Indian vote swing back to BN is very strong and Najib is able to bring back more undecided Chinese, BN can win up to 150 seats, which will restore the BN’s two-thirds majority. This outcome will be a difficult challenge.

The third scenario is the BN retains about the same number of seats around 140, which it won in 2008. Nevertheless what can be certain is that the two big winners in the coming elections will be UMNO and DAP.

What is also important to consider is the shape of the post-GE13 government. Will there be a new political realignment? Will UMNO seeks a new alliance with PAS for Malay and Muslim unity? How will this impact on the non-Malays and non-Muslims?

Will the two big expected election winners UMNO and DAP seek a new political realignment?Nothing is impossible after the general election. After all, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies in politics. These are the sort of post-election scenarios that need to be also considered.


Dr. MICHAEL YEOH is Chief Executive Officer, Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) and Deputy Chairperson of the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS).

- Bernama

The Lahad Datu Standoff: Another Point of View


February 27, 2013

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The Lahad Datu Standoff: Another Point of View

by Lt Gen (Rtd) Datuk Seri Zaini Mohd Said  | panglima_sauk70@hotmail.com

Sulu armyLIKE many happenings in the realm of national security, the ones often thought unlikely and even impossible to happen will. Old military hands had already learned this and will constantly remind themselves to expect the unexpected to occur, somehow.

Long ago, the United States experienced Pearl Harbour and then the 9/11 attack. We had among others, things like the Al Maunah arms heist at our military camps, the two-person samurai sword attack in Putrajaya and now the incursion and entrenchment in Sabah of armed soldiers of the Sultanate of Sulu on Feb 12. All of these were mostly unexpected.

Those in the business of defence and security are conscious of threats that can emanate from outside or from within the country. However, they can never predict and picture fully the actual and detailed form these threats can manifest themselves. These, therefore, can still surprise.

We were surprised by the incursion of the soldiers and their demand forHome Affairs Minister2 Sabah to be handed back to the Sultanate of Sulu or else they would fight — to the death if necessary. It was also some surprise to many as to the manner they made their demand, with more than 100 armed men, in Sabah, and, headed by a royal member from the sultanate.

Not unexpectedly, many are questioning why they were able to land in the first place and why it is taking so long to evict or apprehend them, forcibly if need be.

Understandable, questions from reasonable minds but since the operation and delicate process of urging them to leave is ongoing, it is best to let the authorities go about doing their job and wait for the complete answers to come once there is full closure of the matter.

In the meantime, there is little need for worry or cause for alarm. Indications are that the authorities and Police are on top of the situation and are prepared for any eventuality.

The Sulu soldiers are also reported to begin to lose their nerve and tiring fast. Even our military is close by and ready to come in if needed. It should not be too difficult for the security forces to end the standoff by use of force at all.

We should, however, pray that this will not be necessary. It would certainlyRajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram affect and jeopardise the effort and our role as the facilitator towards getting the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Manila peace accord finalised and the establishment of the Bangsamoro state in southern Philippines.

If force were to result in many casualties on the Sulu side, then Malaysia’s plans and prospects of helping and participating in the development in the land of the Moros will diminish. It cannot be easy when there are to be vengeful and angry people from within the population there.

In any case, it is believed that they had not come intending to fight us or our security forces. That they came led and dressed in recognisable military uniforms with clear insignias is not to appear intimidating but to be identified as a bona fide and organised military body and not terrorists or common criminals.

map-sabah-intrudersA recognition that would entitle them to be regarded and treated under all the provisions of the international law on land warfare and the Geneva Convention as military combatants. A status they could nevertheless lose if they were to make monetary or other material demands over what has already been stated.

This must have been clear to our authorities and that probably explains the present strategy of urging them to leave peacefully and not giving in to any inappropriate demand, being the most appropriate option to pursue.

Avoid the shooting part at all costs for it will never ever end in that part of the world and not with the Moros.

 

Pakatan Rakyat Manifesto for GE-13: Some Glaring Omissions


February 27, 2013

Pakatan Rakyat Manifesto for GE-13: Some Glaring Omissions

by Malaysiakini (02-26-13)

PR GE-13 Manifesto

Pakatan Rakyat has drawn up many bold and far-reaching promises in its manifesto, which has the potential of transforming Malaysia at its very core.  However, the document – dubbed as ‘The People’s Pact, The People’s Hope’ manifesto – does contain some glaring omissions, which made it inconsistent with the coalition’s policies.

A list of five key issues, chosen by Malaysiakini, follows:

1. Goods and services tax

The BN government has been playing around with the idea of implementing the goods and services tax (GST) since the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi administration.

And although the necessary law has since been tabled in 2009, all the signs are pointing to a post-general election implementation. The Najib Abdul Razak administration, however, had argued that the GST is essential to help sustain the debt-laden federal government, and in widening the tax base beyond the present crop of 1.7 million taxpayers.

Pakatan was opposed to the idea, with PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim stressing that the new tax will burden the lower-income group. However, there is no mention of any move to scrap the proposed Goods and Services Bill in the Pakatan Rakyat manifesto.

2. The Indian and disabled communities

we-the-rakyatMost of the nation’s minority groups, from Orang Asli to the indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak, received considerable mentions in Pakatan’s manifesto, with the exceptions of the Indian and disabled communities, who had been left out.

The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) has long highlighted the main problems that are faced by the Indian community – such as obtaining equal economic opportunities and land concessions for the construction of Tamil schools – that has so far not been resolved during Pakatan’s reign in the Penang and Selangor states.

It has also been considered strange that Pakatan did not outline its policies for the disabled community. In Selangor and Penang, the state government had ensured that there was representation from the disabled community in the local government bodies to formulate policies for barrier-free access.

3. Local government elections

Local government elections were suspended in 1964, and since then, DAP has been actively championing the restoration of the elections which it argued would bring about greater efficiency and transparency to the operations of local authorities.

Last year, the DAP-led Penang government passed a law which was designed to allow such elections, but the Election Commission (EC) had decided not to comply. The matter is expected to be brought to court soon.

That was as close as DAP has gotten thus far. But judging from Pakatan’s manifesto, which makes no mention of the matter, they might not get much further even if Pakatan takes over Putrajaya.

It is widely believed that PAS and PKR are not in favour of the idea, and are comfortable with the present system of having political appointees in the running of local government bodies.

4. Freedom of information

NoIn many modern democracies, public access to government documents is a right. Both Selangor and Penang have passed the necessary laws meant to facilitate this service, but in truth, the mechanism for such a service has yet to be in place.

Perhaps the fact that the laws are currently still window-dressing for both the Selangor and Penang administrations, resulted in this policy being left out of Pakatan’s manifesto. On the other hand, BN has been noted to be opposed to such measures.

5. Asset declarations

Pakatan has been hounding the BN leaders who hold public office to declare their assets, but the former had not pledged to do so in their manifesto. However, the coalition has implemented this system for the state cabinet members in Selangor and Penang, whereas the Kedah and Kelantan states had chosen not to follow suit.

Adakah lagi tempat Melayu bergantung?


February 26, 2013

Komen Pak Kadiak: Adakah lagi tempat Melayu bergantung?

oleh Dato A. Kadir Jasin @www. kadirjasin.blogspot.com

Pak KadiakSeorang usahawan Melayu yang pada satu ketika dulu amat berjaya dan tersohor dengan mainan pasaran sahamnya yang sangat licik tetapi sudah lebih sedekad terpelanting daripada perniagaan arus perdana di Malaysia kerana politik, bertanya saya kepada siapakah orang Melayu boleh bergantung.

Bukan alang kepalang punya soalan itu. Orang putih kata, a million-dollar question (soalan sejuta dolar). Saya kata, soalan yang tidak ada jawapan. Lagi hebat, dia bertanya soalan itu (melalui sistem pesanan ringkas/SMS) dari di Milan, Itali yang berupa ibu kota fesyen dunia.

Untuk sama-sama memahami dan memikirkan jawapan kepada soalan berkenaan, izinkan saya mengemukakan beberapa fakta, andaian dan keluhan sebagai asas perbahasan:

1. Di saat-saat kedudukan orang Melayu semakin terdesak dan terancam, kepemimpinan Melayu di kedua-dua belah sempadan politik dilemparkan pelbagai dakwaan, tuduhan dan insinuasi yang sangat dahsyat. Ada tuduhan sudah terbukti. Ada tuduhan sekadar sensasi. Ada tuduhan disangkal sepenuh hati. Ada yang pucat kesing, murung berdiam diri. Apabila tuduhan tidak dibalas, tentu ada yang percaya ia berasas.

2. Persepsi yang semakin negatif di kalangan orang Melayu sendiri terhadap jati diri, integriti dan moral pemimpin politik Melayu.

3. Yang malu, rugi dan dicaci adalah orang Melayu. Dan Melayu bukanlah ramai sangat di Malaysia ini. Menurut Bancian 2010, penduduk Malaysia seramai 27,484,596 orang. Daripada jumlah itu, Melayu 50.1 peratus, Cina 22.5 peratus, Bumiputera bukan Melayu 11.8 peratus, India 6.7 peratus, kaum-kaum lain 0.7 peratus dan orang asing 2.25 juta atau 8.2 peratus.

4. Jadi hanya separuh penduduk Malaysia orang Melayu dan orang Melayu pula, secara purata, adalah lebih daif daripada orang Cina dan India di segi ekonomi. Orang Melayu dan Bumiputera adalah warga ekonomi kelas tiga.

5. Orang Melayu semakin lemah di segi politik kerana berpecah tiga antara UMNO, PAS dan PKR. Hanya UMNO boleh dianggap parti yang berorientasikan Melayu. Itu pun azam Melayunya semakin luntur. PAS mengaku parti Islam dan PKR parti pelbagai kaum.

6. Kepemimpinan Melayu, sama ada dalam UMNO, PAS atau PKR tidak lagi komited 100 peratus mempertahan dan memperluaskan kuasa politik dan ekonomi Melayu/Bumiputera kerana berlumba-lumba memikat hati pengundi Cina dan India.

7. Sikap orang Melayu yang semakin lemah dan negatif terhadap jati diri bangsa, penerokaan ilmu, komitmen kepada kerjaya, mencari kejayaan dan mengumpul harta. Orang Melayu tidak malu lagi menjadi peminta bantuan dan penerima subsidi. Mereka semakin tidak berdaya berdikari, sesat dan hilang arah tujuan.

8. Mungkin benarlah kata Hang Tuah, takkan Melayu hilang di dunia. Tetapi kita tidak pernah pula mendengar Hang Tuah berkata, takkan Melayu hilang di Tanah Melayu. Hari ini, ke mana pun kita pergi di dunia, kita akan berjumpa orang Melayu yang boleh hidup senang di perantauan.

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9. Saya sangat komited kepada pendirian bahawa zaman orang Melayu bergantung semata-mata kepada kepemimpinan politik Melayu sudah berlalu. Kalau orang Melayu masih berasa perlu mempertahankan bangsa mereka, mereka perlu mewujudkan suara atau kuasa ketiga di luar kerangka politik dengan berpayungkan Raja-Raja mereka.

10. Dan dalam jangka masa singkat, saya tidak nampak wujud jalan pintas yang akan membolehkan orang Melayu mengembalikan kedudukan dominan mereka sebagai bangsa induk Malaysia. Kuasa ekonomi orang Melayu tidak pernah ada. Kini kuasa politik semakin terancam. Wallahualam.

Najib’s Approval Rating continues to slide


February 26, 2013

Najib’s Approval Rating continues to slide

by http://www.malaysiakini.com

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s approval rating, according to independent pollster Merdeka Centre, has slipped further as the general election approaches.

Of the 1,021 voters polled between January 23 and February 6, only 61 percent were satisfied with the Premier’s performance, down two percentage points from a similar survey held last December.

Performance of Prime MinisterAccording to Merdeka Centre, the decline is mainly attributed to a four-point drop in satisfaction among Malay voters, down from 77 percent a month earlier. Chinese satisfaction with Najib’s performance was at status quo at 37 percent, while Indian support dipped one point to 75 percent.

Najib’s dissatisfaction rating has increased by two points to 32 percent – making it the highest since he took power in 2009. Merdeka Centre noted that the survey was conducted following the January 12 Opposition rally at Stadium Merdeka, the start of the Royal Commission of Inquiry hearing in Sabah, and criticism of the Federal government by businessman Deepak Jaikishan and former police chief Musa Hassan.

Low-income group supports BN

Najib’s approval rating was at its highest, at 71 percent, in December 2011.Unsurprisingly, Najib’s disapproval rating has increase 10 points, up from 22 percent in December 2011.

br1m 2.0 launch by najib razak 2Meanwhile, the survey also found that there is a consistent gap between voters sentiments towards Najib’s, the Federal government and BN.

Less than half the respondents are satisfied with the performance of the Federal government (48 percent) and BN (45 percent), which has been relatively consistent over the past year.

A breakdown of voter sentiments towards BN revealed that 62 percent of respondents who earn below RM1,500 were “happy” with BN.

Women more likely to support BN

However, such responses are gradually lower across the income scale, with only 31 percent of those earning more than RM5,000 stating that they were “happy” with BN.

Similarly, those working in the private sector or are self-employed are less inclined to be “happy” with BN as compared to those working as civil servants or are not formally employed.

NONERegionally, voters in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia are more likely to be happy with BN, compared to the more urban west coast.

In terms of race, 60 percent of Malay respondents were “happy” with BN, followed by 52 percent of Indian respondents.

Only 16 percent of Chinese respondents expressed the same sentiment. The survey also found that 52 percent of female voters were “happy” with BN, compared to 38 percent of male voters.

Full report can be downloaded here.

Philippines Press: Stand-off is Malaysia’s ‘karma’


February 26, 2013

Philippines Press: Stand-off is Malaysia’s ‘karma’

The whole saga is a “karma” on Malaysia for its clandestine role in supporting the Muslim Sulu insurgence against Manila government in southern Mindanao, says a writer.

Sulu army

Philippines dailies are having a field day reporting on the ‘invasion’ of Sabah’s east-coast town of Lahad Datu by men claiming to be members of the “Royal Sulu Sultanate Army”.

One writer by the name of Ramon Tulfo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer recently wrote that the whole saga was a “karma” on Malaysia for its clandestine role in supporting the Muslim Sulu insurgence against Manila government in southern Mindanao in the 1970s and 1980s.

“When the (Philippines) government was fighting the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) in the 1970s through the 1980s, Malaysia was secretly supporting the rebellion in the South. Weapons coming from Libya and other Middle East countries passed through Malaysia on their way to the MNLF.

“Now, it seems the shoe is on the other foot. The law of karma is being played out,” wrote Tulfo.

The Sulu men called Tausugs entered Sabah’s coast about two weeks ago armed with automatic weapons, seeking Malaysian’s recognition to establish their own territory under the name of their Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram.

The Sultan himself, sometimes reportedly making statement from a hospital bed in Manila, said there are in fact 400 of his men in the state and that if they are armed, the arms were already in Sabah prior to their arrival, according to sources, made possible via a tourist boat!

Now if the Sultan’s version is to be the correct one, where are the remaining 300 or so Sulu army soldiers now? Does this give credence to earlier rumours that they had made it to Kota Kinabalu and even set a cell in Keningau?

Tulfo argued that Malaysia is in no-win situation from the current stand-off in Lahad Datu.LahadDatu-Hishamuddin2-Reuters-540x374

The Malaysian Home Affairs is bird watching in Lahad Datu

“If Malaysia is clumsy about handling the Sabah stand-off, it will have the same problem the Philippine government had when it fought a Muslim rebellion in the South in the 1970s up to the 1980s,” he warned.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer writer observed that “Malaysia is in a no-win situation as a result of the stand- off in Sabah. If it uses deadly force on a small group of armed Filipino Muslims now holed up in the village of Tanduo in Lahad Datu town in Sabah, members of the fiercest of Philippine Moro tribe, the Tausugs of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, will retaliate.

“If, on the other hand, Malaysia compromises with the armed group purportedly belonging to the Sultanate of Sulu, it will be perceived as a weakling by its neighbours.

“Which will Malaysia choose, fighting a rebellion in the Sabah state or swallowing its pride and compromise with the Sultanate of Sulu?”

Tulfo said it would be better for Malaysia to be perceived as a weakling rather than have a bloody civil war in Sabah.

“Tausugs love to fight and look for reasons to pick a fight. It’s very easy for armed Tausugs to enter Sabah and wage a guerrilla war against the Malaysian government should hostilities break out between the Sultanate group and Malaysian Police.

“If Malaysia assumes a violent stance against the Sulu Sultanate group, the Tausugs will have a reason to fight them,” he said adding that more from the southern Philippines would enter Sabah’s wide coastline to be with their brothers.

Revolt in Sabah

Zaid HamidiMalaysia, meanwhile, is on the verge of a general election and its security force, especially the police, are already gearing for a possible chaos or even violence by groups already alleging vote-rigging by the ruling the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional coalition.

There is no record of the number of Filipinos, mostly Tausugs, in Sabah, but a former Philippine military intelligence official once estimated that up to a third of the population in the Malaysian state is Tausug.

“Many of the people in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi have relatives in Sabah, which is just one hour by speedboat from Simunul in Tawi-Tawi. If the Tausugs in Sabah rise up in revolt against the Malaysian government, their relatives in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi will go to Sabah and fight with them.

“And to the Tausugs, the claim of the group purporting to represent the Sultanate of Sulu that Sabah belongs to the sultanate is legitimate,” further opined by Tulfo adding that the Sulu Sultanate, long dormant and somewhat forgotten because of the war waged by the Tausug-led MNLF against the government, is still revered by Moros in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Tulfo said that the Tausugs respect the Sultan of Sulu in much the same way Rajah Muda Agbimuddin KiramMalaysians pay homage to their royal family.“If harm is done to Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, brother of Sultan Jamalul Kiram, who ordered the Muda Agbimuddin to enter Sabah, his fellow Tausugs in Sabah and in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi will take up arms against the Malaysian government.

“Filipino Muslims declare a “rido” or vendetta against people who harm their relatives. The “rido” has set off feuds between families or clans that last for decades,” he said.

Most of the Tausugs in Sabah have relatives in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi who are ready to take revenge if harm is done to Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram and his armed followers in Lahad Datu town, he further wrote.

Tulfo also claimed that his sources within the Sulu fraternity told him that even before the landing of the about 200 men in Lahad Datu two weeks ago, the sultanate had already sent armed men in small groups to Sabah to escape notice of the authorities.

“The armed groups are being coddled by Tausugs in the Malaysian state. The sea border between Sabah and the Philippines is porous or easily penetrated. Most of the tens of thousands of Filipino illegal immigrants in Sabah entered through this porous border…” he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysian authorities who say they are in control of the tense The Malaysian security sandiwarastand-off within a palm oil plantation in Tandiau, Lahad Datu, have cordoned the whole perimeter and declared curfew around it, making it impossible to come near the site.

Reporters were barred from entering and those brave enough to seek their own way like the al-Jazeera investigative team who tried to reach the village by boat were detained for several hours for questioning.

Both Manila and Kuala Lumpur are still negotiating for a safe passage home for these Sulu armed men and women, and pressure is mounting on the Malaysian security forces to end the stand-off.

While they know it must end sooner or later, Sabahans are angry with the way the authorities are pussy-footing around the issue.Opposition leaders from State Reform Party (STAR) and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) have both accused the Federal government of having failed to protect the safety and security of the state and Sabahans.

Lahad Datu Incursion: Police have decided to act based on the Law


February 26, 2013

Lahad Datu Incursion: Police have decided to act based on the Law

by Bernama (02-25-13) @http://www.malaysiakini.com

Police have decided to act based on the law to resolve the intrusion of armed Filipinos in Kampung Tanduo, some 130km from Lahad Datu town.

NONESabah Police Commissioner Hamza Taib said today Police would use relevant laws to prosecute the foreigners under siege by security forces, to ensure that nobody could escape and enter the area.

“We will decide after considering various factors, including the surrounding area, before acting. When the time comes, there will be no more negotiations. We can charge them in court. It is up to us.

“We don’t care where they come from, including the Sultanate of Sulu. They are foreigners who intruded our country and violated our laws and sovereignty.

“Action can be taken under the Penal Code or related laws,” Hamza told reporters at Lahad Datu Marine Police Complex in Lahad Datu.

He said the Police would use a suitable approach and would never compromise on the intrusion issue to guarantee the country’s sovereignty.

NONE“Yes, we heard gunshots but I dare say they were not from security forces. They may be aimed at animals or warning shots (from intruders),” he said, commenting on a report published in the alternative media.

Hamza urged the people not to worry as security is still under control adding the intruders may face shortage of water, food and fuel.

Asked about the alleged Philippine vessel sent to bring the intruders home, he said the vessel was not in Malaysian territorial waters. Police have identified the group of armed Filipinos who landed in Kampung Tanduo on February 9 as descendants of “Raja Sulu” from Southern Philippines.

- Bernama

Lahad Datu Incursion: Filipinos have invaded Sabah


February 25, 2013

Lahad Datu Incursion: Filipinos have invaded Sabah

Din Mericanby Din Merican

The invasion of Sabah last week by more than 200 armed Pinoys brings back memory of the ill-fated Jabidah force. In 1968, a group of Muslim irregulars were trained at the Corregidor Island to invade Sabah. When some of the trainees discovered the sinister plot, they tried to escape. A number were gunned down. That ended temporarily Manila’s attempt to reclaim Sabah by force.

map-sabah-intrudersCould this incident be a renewed attempt to reclaim Sabah by force? The difference this time around is the armed foreigners have reached our shores under all kinds of pretext. Instead of arresting and charging them, for breaching our national security, we gave them VIP treatment.

Our reaction defies logic and common sense.

There is a double standard in the treatment. Our leaders seem to turn a blind eye to armed foreigners. Under the Malaysian law, it is mandatory death penalty for any Malaysian committing offences in security areas for possession of firearms and explosives (Section 57(1) of the Internal Security Act 1960).

Invading another state is a treasonable offence. In many countries, the Philippine Presidentoffence usually carries death penalty. Imagine what Manila would do if one hundred Malaysians armed with rifles and rocket launchers were caught in the Philippine town of Cotabato in Mindanao? Manila would probably hang them.

A diplomatic protest note would follow and a state of war declared.  Manila would probably request for the Security Council at the United Nations to be convened to discuss a grave matter of invasion.

Because our Government has not been transparent on this sensitive national security issue, it raises all kinds of insinuation. Some say the Government is complicit in this case as the border is not that porous; we have layers and layers of defence in depth.

Everybody was in the area: the Maritime Enforcement Agency (Coast Guard), the Marine Police and the Royal Malaysian Navy vessels. On land, the Army and Police had been there since Sabah joined Malaysia. In the air, the kumpits carrying the armed invaders were easy targets for the RMAF. Not to forget, the area of Lahat Datu is within radar range.

Home Affairs Minister2It is time for our Government to come clean on this invasion by the armed men from the Philippines. Perhaps, there should be a White Paper for consideration of our Parliament. Playing coy is not acceptable. Our Government must explain this invasion to the rakyat and reassure them that serious steps are being taken to prevent future incidents of this nature which challenge our sovereignty and territorial integrity. This is the least we must expect of any responsible government.

It is indeed disgraceful that our Prime Minister has chosen to remain silent on the matter, leaving  his Minister of Home Affairs to deal with it.

What went wrong

What went wrong? Why were they not stopped at sea? Is it a failure in intelligence or it was done on purpose to remind the Sabahans that something untoward could happen if they choose to vote the Opposition.

Whatever it is, it would seem that the project has backfired. At the time of writing, despite promises to the contrary, the armed bandits remain.

Invasion is a form of external threat. Under our law, the crisis should be PARLIMEN / ANIFAH AMAN / KIMANIShandled by the military and the Ministry of Foreign affairs. But getting the media attention are the members of the Field Force and the Minister of Home Affairs.

Has our Minister of Defence gone hiding? Where is the Minister of Foreign Affairs? Has he surrendered his fate and taken the easiest way out?

ASEAN turns a blind eye

The ASEAN Secretary General is too very quiet. No ASEAN country has made any statement. There is little evidence of any form of diplomatic shuttle by Brunei, the ASEAN Chair. Are they saying that invasion is okay so long as it does not happen to them?Is everybody pretending that all is well in ASEAN?

The Lahad Datu Standoff: Give Malaysians the FACTs


February 25, 2013

The Lahad Datu Standoff: Give Malaysians the FACTs

by R. Nadeswaran (02-24-13) @http://www.thesundaily.com

AS THIS column is being written, there are scores of intruders in this LahadDatu-Hishamuddin2-Reuters-540x374country. No one knows the exact number in Tanduo in Lahad Datu town in Sabah, but it varies depending on where it is coming from. But our Inspector General of Police says the public should not be influenced by online reports on the standoff, which he said were being spread through social media networks.

From what has been reported, they are subjects of the Sulu Sultan and the latest is that he has asked the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) to help his followers who are running out of provisions.

According to The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III wroteSultan Jamalul Kiram III to the UNCHR in Manila on February 20, asking for protection for 250 members of the “Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo” whose lives, he said, were threatened by a food blockade thrown by Malaysia.

Jamalul has also written to Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei asking for help in resolving the standoff in Tanduao peacefully. The UNCHR was furnished with a copy of Jamalul’s letter to the Sultan of Brunei, also dated February 20.

In the absence of official bulletins or announcements from the Police, what choices have the people got? Even the exact numbers are hazy and on the Net, it varies from 100 to 400.

Since our authorities have no control over the press in the Philippines, it has gone to town with its stories and commentaries. The Philippine Daily Inquirer also says Malaysia is in a no-win situation as a result of the standoff in Sabah.

“If it uses deadly force on a small group of armed Filipino Muslims now holed up in the village … members of the fiercest of Philippine Moro tribe, the Tausogs of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, will retaliate.

“If, on the other hand, Malaysia compromises with the armed group purportedly belonging to the Sultanate of Sulu, it will be perceived as a weakling by its neighbours.”

But that’s not all. A commentary by Ramon Tulfo in the same newspaper makes compelling reading because we are not talking about just the men and women who arrived by boat three weeks ago, but something more sinister. He says that even before the landing of 200 men in Lahad Datu, the Sulu Sultanate had sent armed men in small groups to Sabah to escape notice from authorities.

“The armed groups are being coddled by Tausogs in the Malaysian state,” he wrote.That claim should make every Malaysian sit up and ask: “What the hell is happening to our country.” All we know is that the IGP has told us that the “situation is under control and we know what we are doing.”

And Tulfo adds insult to injury by saying: “When the (Philippines) government was fighting the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in the 1970s through the 1980s, Malaysia was secretly supporting the rebellion in the South. Weapons coming from Libya and other Middle East countries passed through Malaysia on their way to the MNLF. Now, it seems the shoe is on the other foot. The law of karma is being played out.”

Lahad Datu Stand OffAs much as we want to heed the advice by the IGP not to listen to what is happening in the social media scene, those who are Net-savvy, cannot avoid but read news portals, many of which are reliable.

After all, the information above did not come from newly-set platform by some anti-national elements. It comes from The Daily Inquirer which is one of the most widely read and respected newspapers in that country.

While Malaysians do understand the need to be secretive of security operations, what they are asking for is daily updates on a situation that threatens the country as a whole. It cannot be dismissed as a local problem as it involves the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country.

No one wants bloodshed. No one wants to see dead bodies. No one wants to tell the police how to deal with the problem – they know best as they are trained for such purposes. No one even knows their motives or what they want. No one knows if they have taken hostages or have occupied strategic positions in the area. In short, we have been blanked by the silence of officialdom.

No one is asking for operational details but it will be a relief to all Malaysians if we are told the truth, and nothing but the truth.

R. Nadeswaran is editor (special and investigative reporting) at theSun. Comments: citizen-nades@thesundaily.com

Pakatan Rakyat stays ahead with GE-13 Manifesto


February 25, 2013

Pakatan Rakyat stays ahead with GE-13 Manifesto

PR GE-13 Manifesto

Pakatan Rakyat has headed off BN by announcing the coalition’s election pledges first for the 13th general election today.

The document, dubbed ‘The People’s Pact, The People’s Hope’, appears to expand on the three parties’ common policies outlined in their Buku Jingga document. Pakatan’s manifesto is available in six languages and can be downloaded from the coalition’s official website. A list of top 10 issues raised, as chosen by Malaysiakini, follows:

1. Shutting down the Lynas plant

Lynas ProjectAs part of the coalition’s environmental sustainability policy, Pakatan pledges to stop the Lynas rare earth refinery in Gebeng, Pahang. “Environmental sustainability is a hallmark of Pakatan’s economic policy,” read the document.

Additionally, Pakatan promised to review the oil refinery project in Pengerang, Johor; halt the construction of damaging dams in Sarawak and reform logging laws.

2. Abolishing the AES

Pakatan argues that the automated enforcement system (AES) for traffic AESoffences has endangered lives and enriched cronies, and thus will be immediately stopped. “Any summonses issued will be rescinded.”

In place of the AES, Pakatan pledges to emphasise on safer road infrastructure, education for road users and warning measures instead of the current punitive approach.

3. Putting the brakes on healthcare tax

Pakatan promises to provide free basic healthcare and thus will stop longstanding plans to introduce a healthcare tax, which the Najib Abdul Razak Administration has dubbed the 1Care system.

4. Promoting media freedom

free mediaThe coalition says it will abolish all legislation that restrict media freedom, including the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (PPPA). Additionally, it seeks to corporatise RTM and ensure all media organisations practice “media freedom with integrity”.

5. Freeing all ISA detainees

Apart from a thorough review of all legislation which are in conflict with principles of “justice for LL and freedom of the people”, Pakatan promises that its administration will apologise to all Internal Security Act detainees from the past to the present.This is to be undertaken within the first year.

6. Affordable housing

Pakatan says it will build 150,000 affordable homes in the low-cost category Affordable Housing(below RM75,000) and medium-cost category (below RM250,000) within its first term. It will also establish a National Housing Corporation to build, regulate and develop affordable housing.

7. Policing

To deal with rising crime, Pakatan says it will reallocate human resources to increase the size of the Criminal Investigation Department by reducing the General Operations Force and other non-core task personnel. Additionally, Pakatan says it will increase remuneration by 15 percent in stages.

8. Free education, abolishing PTPTN

Describing education as the people’s right and the government’s Education_for_all_UNESCOresponsibility, Pakatan says its administration will bear tertiary education fees and subsidise fees in private institutions. Additionally, it will provide cost of living allowances for students of public institutions in need and abolish the National Higher Education Loan Fund (PTPTN), which the coalition blamed for a rapidly expanding private education industry.

“PTPTN will not be needed when higher education is provided for free to the people.A specific mechanism to overcome the students’ debt dependency due to PTPTN will be introduced to ensure that every student’s welfare will be taken care of,”the document states.

9. Lowering fuel, electricity and water charges

Pakatan’s manifesto argues that the country’s oil revenue should be shared with the people in the form of cheaper fuel prices. As for electricity, Pakatan argues that the country loses RM25 billion annually in the form of gas subsidies to independent power producers, a sum which the coalition wants to channel to the people by reducing their electricity bills.

On highway toll charges, Pakatan promises to take over the nation’s highways, with the “intention” of “gradually” abolishing toll charges.Pakatan said that these policies, including reducing water tariffs, will help reduce the cost of living.

10. Reducing foreign workers by 1 million

Foreign Labour in Malaysia

Pakatan said it will introduce a “comprehensive package” to ensure the removal of one million foreign workers within five years to allow locals to take up the jobs.

PI Bala is back: More Juicy Tales Ahead


February 25, 2013

PI Bala is back: More Juicy Tales Ahead

by Lu Wei Hoong (02-24-13) @http://www.malaysiakini.com

Bala PIFormer private investigator P Balasubramaniam today publicly swore that his first statutory declaration in July 2008 linking Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to slain Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu was the truth.

Speaking to reporters after arriving at KLIA this evening, a teary-eyed Balasubramaniam held a copy of the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita and stressed that the statutory declaration (SD) he made to nullify the first document was untrue.

“I swear on this holy book that the first SD is the truth and nothing but the truth. I’m sorry to all of you that the second SD is not true,” he said. Balasubramaniam’s first statutory declaration contained vivid details of his alleged interactions with several personalities leading to Altantuya’s final days. Among other issues, he claimed that Najib was close to Altantuya.

Just one day after making the SD public, he withdrew it with a second SD, claiming that he had made the first under duress. Following this episode, he fled the country and has since claimed that the first was true and it was the second SD that was made under duress.

‘They can’t afford to harm me’

Balasubramaniam is now back in the country alone to campaign for Pakatan Rakyat, leaving his wife and children abroad.Balasubramaniam said that he would be revealing more about the Altantuya murder in the coming days.

“On that day, I will let you know what happened, inch-by-inch,” he said.  Asked if he was still concerned over his safety, Balasubramaniam said yes. “But I tell you, if something happens to me tomorrow, where will you point the finger?

“There has already been one murder. Do you want a second murder?” he said, cryptically. To another question, Balasubramaniam said he would not actively seek collaboration with Deepak Jaikishan, the well-connected carpet trader who was instrumental in the preparation of SD2.

“(But) if he (Deepak) comes forward and wants to work with me, I am okay with it. But I won’t go looking for him,” he said.

Warancara dengan Dr Bakri Musa (Bahagian 5)


February 25, 2013

Warancara dengan Dr Bakri Musa (Bahagian 5):Islam cara Ismaili atau Talibanlisme

“BANDINGKAN mereka dengan Taliban di Afghanistan. Taliban maknanya pelajar tetapi mereka sibuk membakar sekolah dan melempar asid ke muka anak dara yang ingin belajar. Pemuda Taliban sibuk belajar mengunakan letupan C4 dan senapang AK 47, pelajar Ismaili tekun menyelesaikan masalah sains dan ilmu hisab…”

Suaris:  Dr dilihat amat sinikal terhadap perkara yang dibalut dengan nama Islam. Ramai yang faham bahawa Dr kurang berminat dengan Islam konservatif sepertimana amalan kebanyakan penduduk Islam hari ini, bukannya

Dr Bakri  Saya dilahirkan dan mengamali Islam. Saya percaya kepada Bakri MusaTuhan dan Muhammad (SAW) Rasul terkemudiannya. Selanjutnya saya percaya atas kelima-lima landasan agama kita. Itu memanglah disetujui oleh semua umat Islam.

Apakah intisari ajaran agama kita mengikut kitab suci dan Nabi Muhammad SAW? Amalkan yang baik, jauhi yang jahat. Ayat itu disebut beberapa kali dalam al-Quran dan hadis. Itu juga tidak jadi soalan antara umat Islam, semua setuju.

Itulah yang saya utamakan dan sifatkan Islam, atau dalam kata lain, ajaran emas atau “golden rule” agama kita. Saya kurang berminat dengan label; itu senang saja dicetak. Isi atau kandungan hal lain. Maknanya, kalau pemerintah atau negeri tidak mengamalkan kebaikan dan menjauhi kejahatan, saya tidak anggap pemerintahan atau negeri itu Islam tidak kira apa labelnya. Mengukir “Allah” dan “Muhammad” di pintu gerbang dan bangunan besar senang saja, begitu juga bagi pemimpin memakai serban dan jubah menjela-jela.

Soalannya, adakah rasuah, makan suap dan menyalahgunakan kuasa amalan menjauhi kejahatan? Begitu juga jika pemimpin tidak membela dan membaiki penderitaan dan kemiskinan rakyat, adakah itu amalan yang baik? Bila saya menimbang keislaman pemimpin atau negara, itulah landasan yang saya kira, bukan berapa kali pemimpinnya ke Mekah atau berapa indah tajwidnya membaca al-Quran.

Liberating the Malay MindSeorang rakyat Singapura pernah menganggap negaranya lebih Islam daripada Indonesia. Di Singapura tidak ada rasuah dan penyelewengan kuasa di antara pemimpin. Rakyat pun tidak mengganggur atau bangsat. Kemiskinan mendekati kekufuran, dan kekufuran nanti mendekati kekafiran. Pergilah ke Riau dan kebijakan perpatah itu ternyata. Kita tidak boleh salahkan orang Indonesia. Orang China semasa dulu pun macam itu juga akibat kebangsatan hidup mereka.

Mengikuti asas Islam – amalkan yang baik, jauhkan yang jahat – susah hendak mempertikaikan pandangan orang Singapura itu.

Saya kurang faham dengan erti “konservatif” dan “liberal.” Saya faham maknanya dalam bahasa asal (Inggeris), tetapi bila digunakan dalam bahasa kita, perkataan itu bertukar 180 darjah! Itu sebabnya saya enggan mengunakan kedua-dua label itu.

Lebih bermakna jika diberi contoh umat dan pemimpin Islam yang saya sanjung tinggi dan patut kita contohi, dan bandingkan dengan satu masyarakat dan pemimpin Islam yang enggan saya mencontohi. Bukan tempatnya untuk saya mengatakan yang mana lebih Islam atau puak mana yang akan masuk syurga. Itu Tuhan saja yang tahu, dan Dia tidak memberi tahu saya atau makhlukNya yang lain.

Kaum Islam Ismaili tidak melebehi 15 juta, lebih kurang sama dengan orang Melayu di Malaysia. Mereka tidak ada negeri sendiri pun, tetapi kuasa, sumbangan dan pengaruh mereka serta kebajikan mereka kepada dunia amnya dan masyarakat Islam khasnya beberapa kali ganda melebihi bilangan mereka.

Kaum Ismaili memberatkan zakat, dan duit itu mereka laburkan dalam syarikat membuat ubat dan membina sekolah, universiti dan hospital. The Aga Khan University Hospital di Pakistan hanya dibina pada tahun 1985, tetapi sekarang ia satu pusat terkenal. Kaum Ismaili tidak mengutamakan sama ada perempuan mereka berhijab; mereka pesat dilatih menjadi doktor, jururawat, cikgu dan engineer supaya boleh menjadi makhluk soleh, maknanya, membuat baik untuk masyarakat.

Bandingkan mereka dengan Taliban di Afghanistan. Taliban maknanya pelajar tetapi mereka sibuk membakar sekolah dan melempar asid ke muka anak dara yang ingin belajar. Pemuda Taliban sibuk belajar mengunakan letupan C4 dan senapang AK 47, pelajar Ismaili tekun menyelesaikan masalah sains dan ilmu hisab.

Masyarakat mencerminkan pemimpin. Pemimpin Ismaili ialah Aga Khan. Betul, dia mewah, membela kuda lumba, dan bapanya pernah berkahwin dengan Rita Hayward, pelakon Amerika tercantik. Tetapi dia berkelulusan Harvard dan mengunakan kaitannya dengan cerdik pandai Amerika untuk memikat mereka mengajar di universiti-universiti yang ditubuhkannya di Asia.

Pemimpin disanjung tinggi oleh Taliban ialah Osama. Dia pun mewah, berkelulusan kejuruteraan dari universiti Saudi. Tetapi ia menggunakan kekayaan dan kepandaian dia untuk menjahanamkan bangunan dan membunuh orang.

Siapa yang lebih mengamali baik dan menjauhi buruk, Aga Khan atau Osama? Terpulanglah kepada pembaca untuk memutuskan sama ada kaum Melayu lebih dekat dengan Ismaili atau Taliban. Bersama itu, terpulanglah kepada pembaca sama ada masyarakat Ismaili atau Taliban yang patut kita contohi.

Kita heboh dengan hudud dan hijab sementara masalah dadah dan membuang bayi tidak terhad lagi. Apa sebab beratkan hudud tetapi tidak menghukumkan semua termasuk sultan membayar zakat? Zakat satu daripada lima landasan Islam, hudud tidak.

Kalau semua (kecuali si miskin) membayar zakat mal (2.5 peratus nilai harta) dan kita ambil pakar ekonomi untuk mentadbirkan modal itu, tak terhingga akibat baik yang tercapai. Itu yang diberatkan oleh kaum Ismaili dan membolehkan mereka membina sekolah dan rumah sakit. Apa berkat zakat kaum Taliban? Kalau kita beratkan hudud, banyak yang tidak bertangan. Siapa nak menyuap mereka makan dan bagaimana mereka hendak mencari nafkah untuk keluarga?

Kita lebih membentengkan keislaman kita dengan mengutuk dan tidak bertolak ansur dengan pemimpin yang menipu, tidak adil, pecahkan amanah, dan terang-terangan melakukan rasuah. Itu disyaratkan oleh kitab kita.

Betul, kita mesti ambil Islam dengan sepenuhnya tanpa memilih mana yang kita suka sahaja. Soalannya ialah apa sebab kita beratkan hijab dan memotong tangan tetapi mengabaikan tekun belajar dan menentang rasuah?

buya-hamka1Ambil (contoh) tekun belajar. Hamka pernah berkata Tuhan memberi kita dua Quran. Quran pertama kita sedia maklum. Quran kedua ialah alam indah di sekitar dan di dalam kita. Tuhan memberi Nabi Muhammad SAW untuk memimpin kita belajar Quran pertama. Untuk Quran kedua, Dia merestukan umatNya dengan akal supaya kita boleh memilih antara yang benar dan palsu, yang baik dari yang busuk. Kita diwajibkan belajar kedua-dua Quran.

Ahli sains menyelidik virus polio boleh disifatkan mengkaji Quran kedua ini. Akibatnya ialah suntikan yang membasmikan penyakit yang dulu melumpuhkan ribuan kanak kanak. Itu perbuatan baik. Tetapi kaum Taliban menyifatkan suntikan polio sebagai racun rekaan si kafir! Akibatnya, polio masih lagi merajalela di Pakistan! Sekali lagi, berlandaskan ajaran emas agama kita, adakah itu perbuatan baik?

Di permulaan agama kita, ulama tidak membezakan antara apa yang disifatkan sebagai ilmu ain dan ilmu kafiyah. Ilmu itu ilmu, dan berasal dari Tuhan. Ulama dulu juga pakar sains, perubatan, dan ilmu hisab. Mereka tekun belajar Quran kedua itu seperti Quran pertama. Tetapi ulama sekarang tidak memberatkan bahkan mencaci mengaji Quran kedua ini, kononnya itu perusahaan untuk dunia bukan akhirat. Akibatnya kita tidak boleh memberi sumbangan yang sepatutnya untuk membuat kebaikan di dunia.

Itu yang patut kita bincang, bagaimana mendidik anak-anak kita supaya mereka boleh membuat baik di dunia ini. Kalau kita membuat baik di dunia ini mungkin Tuhan tidak akan lupakan kita di kemudian hari.

Fikirkan hadis mengatakan seorang pelacur masuk syurga sebab dia memberi air kepada anjing yang nak mati dahaga. Perempuan seumpama itu pakai hijab ke? Satu lagi hadis mengatakan seorang itu masuk syurga sebab ia membuang duri dari tengah jalan. Kalau membuang duri dari jalan satu perbuatan yang baik, berapa baiknya jika seseorang itu membina jalan?

Kita boleh lebih menunjukkan keislaman kita dengan membina jalan yang tidak bahaya atau jambatan yang tidak senang runtuh. Tidak ada gunanya mengukir ayat-ayat Quran di bumbung kalau jurutera kita lalai atau tidak mahir dan bumbung mereka bina runtuh dalam ribut mencederakan kanak- kanak sekolah.

Dr  AsriBeberapa tahun lalu ada perbahasan antara Datuk Asri Zainal Abidin (Dr. Maza) dengan Astora Jabat berkenaan tajdid. Mereka berdua adalah antara pemikir Melayu yang amat saya hormati. Tetapi dalam tiga jam perbahasan itu, mereka bertengkar sama ada rambut perempuan disifatkan aurat dan patut ditutup! Hanya di penghujung ada seorang menyoal apa sebab kita beratkan pasal hijab sementara di negara kita rasuah sudah tidak terbendung lagi.

Soalan asas itu tidak sempat dijawab! Kita mesti buat tajdid Islam supaya kita boleh mengatasi perkara ini serta lain-lain masalah sosial yang pesat dalam masyarakat kita. Jangan heboh pasal hijab.

Bila kita dengar perbincangan agama di radio, masjid atau universiti, haluannya sehala sahaja, dari ulama ke pendengar. Kebanyakan masa ditelan dengan menyebut ayat-ayat Quran dan hadis. Bila sebut saja hadis atau ayat Quran, habislah perbicangan. Sepatutnya ayat-ayat Quran dan hadis semestinya memulakan dan bukan penghabis perbincangan!

Fikirkan hadis yang mengatakan kaum Islam akan berpecah ke 73 puak tetapi hanya satu sahaja yang tulen. Yang 72 lain itu masuk neraka! Tiap-tiap ulama dan orang Islam sangkakan puak mereka sahaja yang tulen. Apa akibatnya dengan sikap itu? Kita terdesak “membaiki” orang Islam lain dengan alasan untuk menolong mereka ke syurga! Itu sebabnya Taliban membakar sekolah dan menyembur asid ke muka perempuan!

Mengikut statistik, kemungkinan kita betul hanya satu daripada 73. Can (peluang) tak sampai 1.5 peratus pun! Kita patut berasa insaf dan rendah hati serta ingin belajar dan faham fikiran, fikih, dan puak Islam yang lain. Mungkin satu di antara mereka yang betul dan tulen!

Saya bermastautin di Amerika. Melalui kebebasan di sini saya boleh baca kitab Shiah atau Ahmaddiyyah dan tidak bimbang diganggu oleh wakil jabatan Islam. Di Malaysia kita sudah diberitahu terus terang oleh ulama kita bahawa ajaran Shiah itu sesat. Baca kitab mereka dan kita akan dipenjarakan tanpa bicara, seumpama seorang komunis! Soalan yang penting, adakah prasangka demikian membawa kedamaian dan keamanan atau pertengkaran dan permusuhan antara umat Islam?

Seperti Astora Jabat, saya tanpa bermazhab. Saya masih belum tahu lagi Astora Jebatyang mana di antara 73 puak itu yang tulen. Apa yang saya tahu ialah kealiman, kearifan, dan kebijakan tidak terhad kepada sesuatu bangsa, kaum atau mahzab. Dalam perkataan lain, saya masih lagi boleh belajar dari kaum Shia, Ismaili, Salafi, dan Wahabi, antara lain tentang kebenaran dan kemuliaan agama suci kita.

Di Hari Kemudian kita akan disoal tentang perbuatan kita di dunia. Kita tidak boleh memberi alasan bahawa perbuatan kita ialah akibat mengikut ajaran ulama itu atau mahzab ini. Agama kita teristimewa sebab tidak mempunyai kelas paderi tertentu. Kita mesti fikir sendiri. Patutkah kita ikut ajaran ulama yang menyuruh kita membencikan orang bukan Islam atau menyifatkan orang Islam yang politiknya kita tidak setujui sebagai kafir?

Balik ke pangkal, fahaman Islam saya ringkas sahaja: amali yang baik, jauhi yang jahat. Yang lain hanya contoh dan hiasan.

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Khalid Ibrahim, Azmin Ali and Selangor


February 24, 2013

Khalid Ibrahim, Azmin Ali and Selangor

Joceline-Tan-Insightby Joceline Tan@www.thestar.com.my

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim seems confident of holding on to Selangor but he is probably not as sure of whether he will still be the Mentri Besar after the general election.

WATCHING Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s bid to dissolve the Selangor Legislative Assembly is like watching one of those TV series where each episode ends with a question mark about whether the hero will survive.

Last week, it seemed like Khalid was moving towards a dissolution after Chap Goh Meh. Then on Monday, he said Selangor would go along with the general election. A day later, he emerged from an audience with the Sultan to say that the Palace had no objection to the dissolution of the State Assembly.

So is the Mentri Besar going for a dissolution or what? No one can say for sure because Khalid, after all these years at the top, is still an enigma to even his own PKR members.

“Covering him is like covering Pak Lah. You just don’t know how to read them,” said a Selangor journalist.

But according to Selangor Speaker Datuk Teng Chang Khim, the Selangor assemblymen have given Khalid “full authority” to decide. “There is consensus on the dissolution, we’ve discussed all the factors. But the MB may have information we don’t have, so we will let him make the final decision,” said Teng.

Last year, when there was media speculation that Parliament would be dissolved, Khalid had declared that Selangor would not go along with the general election.

Coveted seat: Incumbent Mentri Besar Khalid (left) has been talking about dissolving the Selangor Legislative Assembly but his likely potential successor Azmin said a decision of such magnitude should not be made by an individual. Coveted seat: Incumbent Mentri Besar Khalid (left) has been talking about dissolving the Selangor Legislative Assembly but his likely potential successor Azmin said a decision of such magnitude should not be made by an individual.

Back then, some Pakatan Rakyat politicians had even demanded that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak consult the Opposition on a suitable date – that must have sent the British, who are pioneers of the Westminster system, rolling on the floor with laughter. It was a good reminder of how the tsunami swept in good stuff as well as rubbish.

However, now that it looks like the Prime Minister is running the full marathon, Khalid is making noise about dissolving the Selangor Assembly. People in Pakatan like to say that Khalid is not meant for politics but that need not mean he is without some tricks of his own. He is evidently using the dissolution card to keep his Barisan Nasional opponents dancing like cats on a hot tin roof.

Some people say Khalid should not go around declaring he will do it and then not do it because that will affect his credibility. But the rules of politics in this country have been turned upside down since the political tsunami. Politics has acquired a certain Arab Spring frenzy, never mind that the real Arab Spring has turned into the winter of discontent.

But it appears that Khalid may be trying to dissolve the State Assembly without consulting his party bosses.

Selangor PKR Chairman Azmin Ali, when asked about the dissolution matter, said: “Whatever policy in the state has to have the support of the Pakatan leaders. It should not be the policy of one person. Decisions have to be made based on consultation and consensus.”

Khalid is struggling to put on his game face for the final lap. His administration has been unable to implement all of their election promises simply because they had made promises that could not be realistically implemented.

But he is apparently very sure of holding on to Selangor and Teng has even said that they will do better than 2008. “We are aiming for a two-thirds majority,” said Teng.

Their surveys show Khalid’s popularity is at more than 60% and that Pakatan will remain in power in Selangor, he said.

The confusing part for journalists covering Selangor is that the Barisan side is also saying they will take back Selangor. Barisan’s prediction is based on a seat-by-seat analysis of a variety of issues and voter sentiment. It is very detailed and meticulous as anyone who has been to their war room in Shah Alam would know.

The war room commander is of course Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed, the Barisan coordinator for Selangor. He said 22 seats are considered white for Barisan, 16 are in the grey zone and another 18 are what he termed as “tough”.

“We are working hard to get the marginal seats,” he said. Barisan is more grounded these days as opposed to the years when they thought they were the Masters of the Universe. They are as hungry to win back Selangor as Pakatan is about holding on to power. They have been humbled by defeat and are less prone to talking big.

“We don’t want to paint a hooray-hooray picture but we have put in a lot ofdoc61jevlt71x4w7yj6lvz effort and we are positive that we will make it,” said Datuk Faizal Abdullah, Deputy Treasurer for the state Barisan (right).

Najib, who is Selangor Barisan chief, has spent a lot of time in the state. But it is still anybody’s guess which way Selangor will go.

Barisan’s problem is that it has yet to identify their potential Mentri Besar. People want to know because this election is going to be about the quality of candidates. Selangoreans want a top quality Mentri Besar.

Pakatan has the edge on this count but its problem is that it has two rival candidates – the incumbent Khalid and the would-be successor Azmin Ali.

Teng: ‘Aiming for a twothirds majority’

The inner circle of PKR say that Azmin is waiting in the wings as Khalid enters his swan song months as Mentri Besar. They point to the way that PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had made Khalid sweat when he announced a few months ago that Khalid would contest in Bandar Tun Razak while keeping silent on the latter’s Ijok state seat. Azmin followed up and said that Khalid’s talents were needed at the federal level.

It was very embarrassing for Khalid and his supporters were furious.But Azmin has tried to downplay his likely takeover of Khalid’s job.

“I don’t want to entertain speculation but it’s important that the MB is someone who does not act unilaterally and who has support within the party leadership. The selection is still on and as far as I am concerned, Khalid will represent Ijok and Bandar Tun Razak. But I will not discount that some candidates will be replaced,” he said.

Azmin is playing a very sophisticated game ahead of the polls. At public functions, he praises Khalid for a doing a good job in Selangor but everyone knows that they cannot stand each other and it shows in their body language.

During the last Hari Raya, he was received at open house events as though he was already the Mentri Besar. At one function, people were trying to shake his hand through the window of his moving car. He made it a point to go to the Lembah Pantai PKR open house to dispel talk that he is at odds with his vice-president Nurul Izzah and also the open house of Mustaffa Kamil Ayob, the man he defeated for the deputy president post.

He is the ultimate political animal, and that is what makes him so dangerous to Khalid.

During the state government’s Chinese New Year open house, Khalid and his state exco stood on the stage decked in red clothes, beaming big smiles and looking as though they had won the election. The good life of power and privilege is showing because a number of them are looking quite “prosperous”, the Chinese way of saying that one is getting round and chubby.

A hallmark of the lunar new year is greetings of good wishes but when Khalid held up a red scroll with Chinese calligraphy, it was another political slogan: “Destroy the old, welcome the new”.

Despite the power play for the Mentri Besar post between the two PKR leaders, DAP will be the one to emerge as the dominant party in Selangor because the Chinese mood is still with them.

Barisan currently has 20 seats against Pakatan’s 36. The Pakatan sweep was thanks to the perfect storm that blew through the peninsula. It would need another perfect storm for Pakatan to hold on to all its seats or to secure the two-thirds majority that Teng spoke of.

Mohd Zin: ‘Battle in Malay and mixed seats’Most analysts still think the state could swing either way depending on two factors. One is the choice of candidates and the other is the new voters.

Selangor has the highest number of new voters, followed by Johor, Perak, Sabah and Sarawak. There will be a total of 455,000 first-time voters in Selangor this election and they could be the kingmakers in a number of seats.

Both sides are equally nervous about this group because they are new and hard to predict. Pakatan leaders claimed they will get the bulk of the young votes since young people are quite naturally anti-establishment. Barisan politicians said that, on the contrary, young people, especially Malays, had voted for Barisan in the last few by-elections.

Selangor is 53% Malay and 46% non-Malay. The real battleground, said Mohd Zin (above right), will be in the Malay and mixed seats held by PAS and PKR. Barisan has to win in these seats to win Selangor.

According to a Barisan insider, the coalition is confident it has secured the edge over the Malay and Indian voters in Selangor. All it needs is 35% of the Chinese vote to secure the mixed seats.

But Khalid is taking his fight to another level. A few days ago, he ordered a review of all federal projects planned in Selangor. He is basically telling the Barisan that if it tries to be funny with him, he has the authority to stop these infrastructure projects worth billions of ringgit. He is cracking the whip and holding the federal government to ransom. The backlash, however, will also hurt Selangoreans and the local economy.

The latest development has left people wondering whether this is a case of cutting off the nose to spite the face or a tough-talking strategy on the part of the enigmatic Khalid.

Demand for clean elections an exercise in futility


February 24, 2013

Demand for clean elections an exercise in futility

by Anwar Ibrahim@http://www.malaysiakini.com

anwar-ibrahim12COMMENT: As the 13th general election draws near, the will of the people hangs in the balance as the question of free and fair elections remains unanswered.

The right to such a process is recognised in all democracies. Three conditions must be fulfilled: an independent audit of the electoral roll, a minimum campaign period of reasonable duration and allowing international observers at polling stations.

Anwar with ZenophonThe Najib Abdul Razak administration’s action last week in detaining and deporting Australian senator Nick Xenophon (left), who was in Kuala Lumpur to meet with me as well as leaders of the ruling party to discuss ways and means to meet those conditions, has rendered the demand for free and fair elections an exercise in futility.

Meanwhile, the Opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat remains severely disadvantaged in campaigning. There is no access to the mainstream print and electronic media which, despite being largely funded by taxpayers’ money, are used as a propaganda machine in ways not seen since the time of Goebbels.

Vicious lies are spread about the Opposition’s mismanagement of state governments, characters of key Opposition leaders are assassinated and a movie (Tanda Putera) is set to be screened nation-wide, calculated undoubtedly to sow hostility and hatred among the indigenous Malay community towards ethnic minorities, particularly the Chinese.

So we resort to self-help to travel the land and take the message home directly to the people. But where’s the right to security for our lives and property?Campaign buses and cars get pelted with stones and splashed with paint. Speakers are attacked and some supporters were knifed, with violent acts caught on camera.

Ban on Xenophon

To ensure free and fair elections, there must be protection of the law, but complaints to the police fall on deaf ears. The home minister tells the media that he can’t guarantee our safety. Yes, this is the same man who issued the ban order on Xenophon  and then proclaimed that this was a routine matter.

Labelling a visiting law maker from a friendly country “a security threat” and “an enemy of the state” is a routine matter?

NONEMeanwhile, the veracity of electoral rolls remains unresolved with hundreds of thousands of phantom votes in the list. In an on-going inquiry on citizenship-for-votes, it was revealed that for Sabah alone, more than 40,000 registered voters were on the highly suspect list.

Other independent checks in other states have likewise revealed similar major discrepancies. This is fraud perpetrated on a grand scale, with the Election Commission itself being culpable.

Helmed by people who were card carrying members of the ruling UMNO, a fact that had remained secret until it was exposed by independent watchdogs, how can anyone expect the Election Commission to remain fair and impartial?

Complaints on the presence of significant numbers of phantom voters are ignored. The commission chair and deputy then go town to bash the opposition for ‘selling out’ the country’s sovereignty by calling for international observers. Right-wing groups brand it as an act of treason.

‘What’s there to hide?’

Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called for S Ambiga, the Dr Mco-chair of BERSIH, the democratic reform movement Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, to be stripped of her citizenship.

Indeed, the test of free and fair elections is not merely allowing international observers but welcoming them with open arms because they lend credibility to the process as well as the outcome. If our elections are free and fair, what’s there to hide?

In this regard, Xenophon, as well as other international would-be observers, will no doubt be a threat but only to those who believe they are entitled to perpetual power.

The fear of losing power haunts them making them desperate in action and in word. The left hand sometimes doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. And no one shows this up better than the Prime Minister himself.On the one hand, Najib invites the international media to cover his economic transformation programme and touts it as a decisive move towards democratic reform. He tops it up with visits overseas, Australia being one of the first on the itinerary.

In Melbourne and in Sydney he spoke to local audiences about how genuine his government was in steering the country towards freedom and democracy.

Can’t have it both ways

On the other hand, as the Xenophon debacle illustrates, his administration Najib frowningnow decries “foreign interference in its internal affairs” and declares that “outsiders must keep their hands off our electoral process”.

Well, Mr Prime Minister, you can’t have it both ways. First, you blew away millions of dollars of the taxpayers’ money in travelling to other countries to promote your persona as an emerging reform-driven democratic leader.Then you tell lawmakers from those countries who are coming to verify the truth of what you have been saying that this is none of their business!

So, Xenophon was indeed a “security risk”, but not to the Malaysian people. The only rationale for his expulsion is that he represents a serious threat to the UMNO government because of his advocacy for clean elections in Malaysia.

But, as I have said on Day One of his arrest, Malaysia does not belong to we-the-rakyatUMNO. It belongs to all its citizens (we the Rakyat), regardless of their political affiliation.

Facile acts of reform done with much fanfare may help in the promotion of one’s persona. But it only takes one act of desperation to tear the veneer of hypocrisy and diabolical maneuvering.

To repeal the Internal Security Act only to replace it with another law that gives the Police even wider powers of detention is a classic example. Expelling a lawmaker on a mission for electoral reform is yet another.

However, come polling day, despite the cheating and the fraud, we believe the people will triumph.