Read what I wrote, not what others quote, says Kadir Jasin


June 8, 2018

Read what I wrote, not what others quote, says Kadir Jasin

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Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim,

Having Kadir Jasin’s article in Sinar Harian and his blog post of June 4, I now ask you what is your game plan and what is your motive in making Royalty a political issue. It is totally unhelpful to Pakatan Harapan government.

Allow Dr. Mahathir who has been given the mandate to govern to lead the country until your turn comes. You will do us a great service if you can refrain from running a parallel government. There shall be only one captain of the Malaysian ship. That captain is Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

I agree with Dato A Kadir Jasin that any institutional reform that the government proposes to undertake should include a critical examination of the role of our esteemed Rulers in our system of governance. Let us eliminate any constitutional ambiguities that may exist. But Malaysia will remain a democracy with a constitutional monarch. —Din Merican

Following criticism from PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, former journalist A Kadir Jasin has urged members of the public to judge him by his writings and not what others quote from it.

In particular, he referred to his column titled “Masukkan Institusi Raja Dalam Reformasi” (“Include the Royal Institutions in the Reform”) that was published in Sinar Harian on May 27, and his blog post dated June 4, titled “Constitution: The King and the Pauper”.

“I will leave it to readers and speakers to judge me based on Anwar’s ‘criticism’ by re-reading and understanding my arguments on those issues,” the Bersatu supreme council member said in a blog post today.

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He stressed that he was speaking in his personal capacity and not those of any positions he holds.

He was responding to Anwar’s statement last night accusing Kadir of issuing disparaging remarks against the royal institution.

Anwar said that while individuals have the right to express their views, Kadir should have shown more respect and decorum, and give the rulers an opportunity to respond and clarify.

“To give disparaging remarks without giving the rulers the opportunity to clarify, that’s not healthy, especially when you use your position and be seen to be close to people in the government.

“I’ve also seen some of the assertions, and there are some major factual errors there. I think we should be mindful of that,” he told reporters.

He said it had been an “arduous” process to reassure the Malay rulers regarding Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s administration. As such, individuals should be mindful in making their remarks.

Kadir, who is also the Council of Eminent Persons’ spokesperson, denied that he is using his position to attack the royal institutions because the foreword to his articles clearly stated that the writings are his personal opinions.

He said if there are “questionable” facts in his writings, then those facts should be questioned and the correct facts should be provided.

“If I am mistaken, I will make a correction and apologise,” he said. He also denied questioning the necessity for Anwar to meet the Malay rulers.

“I merely said that the kings don’t need any guarantees or comforts because their position is guaranteed by the constitution.

“I don’t deny the fact that Pakatan Harapan had to work hard to win the support of the Malay rulers, just that I later learned that apart from Anwar, other Harapan leaders also had audiences with the rulers.

“I don’t wish to start polemics with Anwar because this is unnecessary. Anyone who wants to understand what I wrote can read the two articles in the links I’ve provided.

Read what I wrote and not what is quoted and purported by various parties,” he said.

Masukkan institusi raja dalam reformasi

A Kadir Jasin

TINDAKAN kerajaan baharu Pakatan Harapan (Harapan) nampaknya mula memberikan keyakinan bahawa ia sedang mengotakan apa yang dijanjikannya.

Seperti saya catatkan dalam tulisan minggu lepas, pasaran saham, mata wang dan bon tidak mengalami pergerakan negatif walaupun berlaku penyesuaian di sana sini.

Harga di Bursa Malaysia naik sedikit sejak kemenangan Harapan dalam PRU14 9 Mei lalu. Bagaimanapun ia turun pada 23 Mei sebagai tindak balas kepada pendedahan bahawa hutang kerajaan jauh lebih tinggi daripada yang didakwa oleh kerajaan lama.

 

Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, dan Menteri Kewangan, Lim Guan Eng, mendedahkan bahawa hutang kerajaan kini melebihi RM1 trilion (RM1,000,000,000,000) bukan RM685 bilion seperti bekas Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak dakwa selewat 12 Mac lalu.

Selaras dengan janji 100 harinya, kerajaan telah mengambil beberapa langkah bagi mengukuhkan kewangan negara. Antaranya memotong 10 peratus gaji menteri, menutup jabatan dan agensi yang bertindih atau yang menjalankan tugas politik Barisan Nasional (BN). Projek-projek mega dikaji semula dan sesetengah agensi utama mendapat ketua baharu.

Kes penyelewengan 1MDB dan SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC) dibuka balik. Banyak orang yang berkaitan dengannya, sama ada sedang disiasat oleh SPRM atau PDRM. Ada yang sudah disekat daripada meninggalkan tanah air.

Dalam proses penyiasatan dua kes rasuah terbesar dalam sejarah negara itu, peranan raja-raja menarik minat ramai. Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM yang baharu, Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, mendakwa “SPRM hampa” dalam usaha mendapatkan campur tangan Majlis Raja-raja. Beliau membuat dakwaan itu dalam sidang akhbar 22 Mei.

Sejak itu, Majlis Raja-raja telah mengeluarkan kenyataan menyangkal dakwaan berkenaan. Saya tidak berani mengatakan sejauh mana percubaan meminta bantuan raja-raja itu telah dibuat. Yang saya masih ingat ialah pada 5 Oktober 2015 Raja-raja telah mengeluarkan kenyataan meminta kerajaan mempercepatkan siasatan kes 1MDB dan mengambil tindakan wajar ke atas pihak-pihak yang terbabit.

Saya tidak tahu sejauh mana titah itu dipedulikan. Yang kita tahu ialah tidak sampai empat bulan kemudian, Peguam Negara baharu ketika itu, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali mengisytiharkan tidak ada kes jenayah melibatkan 1MDB. Mohd Shukri mendakwa SPRM menemui Majlis Raja-raja dua kali untuk memaklumkan mengenai siasatan 1MDB/SRC yang melibatkan Mohd Najib.

Dalam konteks yang lebih luas, mungkin baik kita menilai semula tindak balas raja-raja terhadap aduan berkenaan 1MDB, khususnya dan hal-hal lain yang melibatkan institusi raja kerana negara kini ditadbir oleh kerajaan baharu.

Kerajaan Harapan mungkin dituduh gagal dalam tugasnya menyelamatkan negara dan menyejahterakan rakyat jelata kalau institusi raja tidak dikaji dan difahami. Ini adalah kerana raja berperlembagaan adalah antara institusi utama negara.

Dalam kempennya, Harapan mendakwa kerajaan pimpinan Mohd Najib telah menodai dan merosakkan banyak institusi utama negara lantas berjanji melakukan reformasi institusi (institutional reforms). Maka wajarlah institusi raja dikaji dan, jika perlu, direformasi.

Hal ini sangat relevan kerana majoriti yang mengundi Harapan adalah generasi muda dan ramai daripada mereka tidak begitu memahami institusi raja. Kata pepatah, tidak kenal maka tidak cinta.

Raja-raja kita adalah raja-raja berperlembagaan. Kuasa dan kegiatan mereka tertakluk kepada perlembagaan. Lebih daripada itu, sumpah jawatan mereka dibuat dengan nama ALLAH. Mereka adalah ketua agama Islam.

Mereka dibayar gaji oleh rakyat jelata dan segala keperluan rasmi mereka ditanggung oleh kerajaan. Dalam keadaan di mana hidup rakyat susah dan kewangan negara sempit, kerajaan tidak boleh sekali-kali membazirkan wang untuk sesiapa pun. Biarlah saya kata macam ini: Istana-istana yang ada itu sudah mewah.

Raja-raja juga tidak kekal. Yang di-Pertuan Agong misalnya boleh disingkirkan oleh Majlis Raja-raja dengan lima daripada sembilan Raja-raja Melayu menyokong ketetapan berkaitan dengannya.

Dalam usaha kerajaan baharu mempertahankan hak rakyat jelata dan melindungi institusi negara daripada sebarang bentuk pencabulan maka adalah penting diambil tahu pembabitan raja atau istana dalam kegiatan-kegiatan tidak rasmi seperti perniagaan dan sosial.

Kalau perlu kita kaji semula perlembagaan dan kontrak sosial bagi mengambil kira suasana dan realiti yang ada pada hari ini bagi mengharmonikan perjanjian antara raja dan rakyat jelata.

Wallahuaklam.

* Penulis ialah Tokoh Wartawan Negara dan kandungan kolum ini adalah pendapat peribadi beliau semata-mata

13 thoughts on “Read what I wrote, not what others quote, says Kadir Jasin

  1. Feels more like old score between Kadir and Anwar. When Anwar was persecuted, Kadir was part of the knives that sticked it to him..

    On the Royals, they got is SO WRONG with 1MDB and Najib. In hindsight, they could have stopped him and show their real worth BUT they collosally did not and when the aging knights got it done, their points looks like flexing muscle rather than being useful insecurity after fallling short. So what is wrong with a little questioning of their expenses which we pay?

  2. Quote:- “…until your turn comes”

    Perhaps he is worried his turn never comes?

    looks like signs of insecurity.

    Remember the adage….give a man enough rope and he will hang himself.

  3. Many self previleged and entitled Malay/Mulsim are worried of the truth – the further discovery of too much rorting and gross mismanagement for decades.

    Irrespective of the 1 trillion debt and the great burden on the decent hardworking ordinary people and country, the self entitlement industry continue to expand.

  4. No way to query so hope you would raise this side matter about Tabung Harapan Malaysia where the pile has risen passed 5m by individuals and small businessmen group. What about the big boys effort in CSR esp the gaming companies like Berjaya Sports Toto, Magnum, Genting etc.and MacDonalds, KFC, Sunway Lagoon…

  5. Sorry, another issue to add onto your next blog piece.
    Here’s another cleanup opportunity now that few restaurants are asked to shut

    Hawkers and stalls in kopitiam, mamak and along lanes should wear the thin transparent disposable gloves and mouth pieces like they do in China else fine them and revoke their licenses.

    They do that in China despite all kind of news we received.

    Even cafeterias in China Univs have CCTV in dining halls where diners can watch happenings in kitchen.

  6. To make a perfect suit one has to measure well and have a fitting session before coming out with the final product. Once you fire the bullet, even from Putrajaya, you cannot recall it. Listen with your two ears, see with your two eyes, and speak with one voice because you have only one instrument for speech. As we move forward into this New Malaysia it is incumbent on all of us to be cautious because the cautious seldom err.
    Put in language the man-on-the-street can understand – measure four times because you can only cut once to make a perfect suit.

  7. Anwar, you’re too hasty and have become too anxious to spook your nose into matters detrimental to PH Government. Many could read your actions and body language though your mouth says otherwise. A majestic look of Tun, and a humble looking DPM next to Tun in all the press conferences speak a lot of the cooperation of PH coalition parties.Your wife only speaks when reporters direct her a question. That is respectable of a person.

    I find it difficult to understand your outburst on Kadir as ‘disparaging’ over his press statement when he released the royal household expenditure. Well, is there anything that Kadir should be mindful when saying such an issue. In fact you have been claiming to have run errands for Tun on the appointment of new AG to seek audience of Sultans and Agong to put matters in order. Why the need to run round by bragging that you have to assure our royalties that rule of law will be followed. Don’t tell me that Sultans are not aware of their Constitutional Rights and the binding of AG to the nation when PM recommends a name to Agong. Your actions have not only confused the Rakyat and Rakyat have become sensitive of the impasse. PM had nothing to say of the impasse and he only said that a name was submitted for AG’s post. Why didn’t you stop matters at there instead of talking of all sorts, thus championing the cause.

    Did Tun direct you to negotiate with Royalties over the AG’s matter? Secondly, did Tun ask you to shuttle north-south-east to meet the sultans to explain position of monarchy as explained in the Constitution? You acted beyond your powers.

    May I express my profound disappointment of your behavior after your release from the prison. In all the comments in MK and other social media, no one seem to write good about your behavior. At this rate, your popularity will go down in no time. What we are afraid of is the misunderstanding with Tun might spark another crisis within the PH coalition. Tun is doing a good job with his selected ministers and his DPM, so please be mindful (your own vocab often applied in your statements) of Tun’s age and let the transfer of power be smooth when Tun feels he cannot carry out Premiership anymore. That is wise thing to do for now.
    ______________
    Somu,

    Well said. Tun is tough and has set his mind on leaving a legacy. If he had not joined Najib would still be in power and Anwar would not be pardoned. I am disappointed in Anwar. –Din Merican

  8. i am totally in agreement with Din Merican ‘s opinion and wish that Anwar would be more discreet in his outburst.

  9. Anwar must be mind full of the fact that he is, at this moment, not an elected representative of the Rakyat.

  10. Anwar has the gift of the gab and that makes him suspiciously double-tongued. He plays to the audience. He is far removed from Mahathir who does what he says and says what he does. Two Malay leaders this far have been outstanding – Tunku for peace and harmony and Mahathir for developmental economy and progress. The twist is that one brought the other down.

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