Mukhriz: Kelemahan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah selesai masalah sebab no.1 BN ditolak


Exco Pemuda UMNO Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir malam ini berkata “Akan berlaku satu lagi Tsunami politik Disember ini”, sambil memberikan alamat bahawa orang Melayu akan bertindak menentukan apa yang penting bagi mereka. “Sebab no. 1 kita kekalahan dalam PRU 12 ialah sebab Kepimpinan yang lemah dan tak mampu selesai masalah”.

Beliau juga merayu kepada golongan professional muda Melayu agar “Biar kita sendiri tentukan bila Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) dihentikan dan bukan orang lain yang minta!”.Apabila bercakap panjang lebar mengenai DEB, Mukhriz menolak gesaan ramai golongan professional muda Melayu bahwa DEB sudah tidak relevan lagi kerana hanya mereka sudah berjaya dan mampu mencari rezeki dan membina kehidupan, sedangkan ramai lagi masih lagi bergantung kepada program program pendidikan, pembangunan ekonomi dan infrastruktur. “Datanglah ke Jerlun dan lihat dan rasakan sendiri kehidupan kemiskinan tegar”, sambil mengundang generasi kedua dan ketiga urbanit yang kini rata rata berpelajaran dan berjaya mendapat kareer stabil dan lumayan.

Ahli Parlimen Jerlun ini juga menjelaskan bahawa modal insan yang cuba yang ujudkan oleh PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi gagal kerana terdapat professional Melayu hari ini lebih berminat keluar negara untuk mencari rezeki dari menyumbang kepada negera sendiri.

Akramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi pula mengingatkan hadiri agar “Berbudi kepada apa yang diturunkan, yang memberikan menafaat kepada orang Melayu”, sambil membuat rujukan kepada DEB. Atas topik yang sama, hadirin digesa untuk menjaga bagaimana asas ‘persetujuan’ lahirnya negara ini dan sekiranya ada pihak meminta DEB untuk dihapuskan, maka beliau mempersoalkan bahwa adakah rakyat keturunan Bukan Melayu ini sanggup untuk melepaskan sama sekali sistem sekolah vernakular yang mereka begitu bersungguh sungguh pertahankan itu, sebagai timbal-balas.

Beliau mengingatkan bahawa semenjak empat tahun kebelakangan ini, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah belanja terlalu banyak wang untuk program ‘Islam Hadhari’, yang sepatutnya patut dibelanja bagi orang Melayu generasi muda menghayati warisan bangsa dan sejarah.

*Perkembangan Khamis 1 Mei 2008 2.30pagi

Semasa sessi soal jawab, Mukhriz menjelaskan kenapa Timbalan Presiden UMNO Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak menjadi pilihan beliau sebagai Presiden UMNO selepas PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah. Beliau amat yakin dengan kebolehan dan kemampuan Dato’ Seri Najib memimpin negara kerana “Buat masa ini pun, Dato’ Seri Najib mempengerusikan 36 jawatankuasa Kabinet. Oleh itu, urusan mengurus (hal hal operasi) negara terletak pada beliau walaupun tidak diberikan tanggungjawab”.

Dalam banyak sessi penerangan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah yang dihadiri Mukhriz, beberapa kali pengerusi menutup majlis tanpa memberikan hadirin berinteraksi dengan Presiden UMNO dengan alasan “Kerana PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah telah jelaskan semuanya, maka kita berakhir disini sahaja” dan ini menimbulkan tidak puas hati pemimpin akar umbi kepada parti.

Sebagai menyambung mengenai soal DEB, Mukhriz menjelaskan bahawa semenjak dasar affirmative action ini dilaksanakan, pertumbuhan negara lebih pesat dan semua pihak, termasuk Bukan Melayu mendapat nikmat dan kebaikan, walaupun tidak secara langsung. Program program DEB seperti membasmi kemikinan melalui pelajaran, kesihatan dan infrastruktur nyata memberi peningkatan kualiti hidup kepada semua rakyat Malaysia, tanpa mengira kaum. Sejarah menunjukan bahawa setelah berlaku krisis matawangan dan ekonomi pada 1997-98, negara tidak mengalami keadaan buruk seperti apa yang berlaku di Indonesia dimana harta rakyat keturunan Cina dan Bukan Pribumi dirosakan teruk dalam siri rusuhan luar kawalan kerana kemarahan rakyat Pribumi apabila mereka dilanda kesempitan hidup.

Kemudian beliau menyingkap dalam sebuah makan malam anjuran KL Business Club pada 14 Jun 2007 dimana PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah mengiyakan soalan mengenai setelah cadangan mengecualikan DEB dalam Wilayah Pembangunan Iskandar dibuat Pengerusi Panel Penasihat IDRA Tun Musa Hitam, bahawa DEB akan seluruhnya dihentikan perlaksanaan bagi peringkat negara pula.

Dalam soal Perjuangan pula, beliau bercakap panjang lebar mengenai semangat yang perlu disematkan dalam sanubari. Sambil itu, beliau memberi pandangan mengenai soal “Keris”. “Biarlah Keris itu terhunus dihati hati kita dan sentiasa terhunus, bagi Bangsa dan Ugama”. Beliau menyusuri pengalaman peribadi semasa diAmbon lapan tahun dulu apabila sendiri menyaksikan bagaimana penduduk majoriti (golongan Maluku Islam) merana kerana kepentingan strategik mereka dikuasai sepenuhnya oleh golongan minoriti (yang berugama Roman Katolik), terutama apabila terjadi pergaduhan berdarah antara kaum.

Apabila seorang graduan UUM mencadangkan bahawa Anwar Ibrahim merupakan kepimpinan alternatif kepada PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah, bangkit pula seorang wanita professional berusia tiga puluhan menolak dengan keras cadangan itu dengan hujah bahawa Anwar merupakan “Pengkhianat Negara!” dan ianya mendapat reaksi sokongan hebat hadirin.

Akramsyah pula mencabar golongan professional muda Melayu untuk berani masuk kedalam UMNO, berjinak jinak dengan Perjuangan dan beruasaha membuat perubahan, disebalik hanya membuat rungutan diluar, tanpa benar benar memahami isu sebenar akar umbi dan apa permasalahan rakyat yang cuba ditangani pemimpin, walaupun diperingkat Cawangan.

Published in: on April 30, 2008 at 22:23  Comments (4)  

Blogger Akramsyah on Astro Awani

My good friend, Akramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi, or more commonly known as A M Ubaidah S in the cybersphere with his politico-economic blog “Thoughts in Tangent”, came out of the closet last Saturday night and was featured on Suhami Sulaiman’s “Perspektif Kita” on Astro Awani (Astro Ch 501).

This morning, he was featured again in Dangsuria Zainuddin’s “WW”, on the same channel and specifically talked about blogging and how it affected domestic politics.

He elaborated on how he was pro-BN but there are changes needed to be made, so that the ruling party in more relevant to the rakyat. His blog was his medium to express his thoughts how things should be. Recently he dwelt deeply on the retail price of rice and not so long ago, cooking oil.

I was there, to give him moral support and the show went very well. Tonight, the 35 year old oil and gas engineer will speak at Sekretariat Melayu Muda do, along with Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir at Wisma Sejarah.

This morning’s program will be aired again at 4.30pm this evening and 6.30am, tomorrow.

Published in: on April 30, 2008 at 13:31  Leave a Comment  

An unhealthy trend developing

The recent decision of a senior GERAKAN leader to take a job under the DAP Government of Penang should not be taken lightly by the BN if it wishes to survive and regain support of its members and supporters.

2. The GERAKAN leader may be motivated by a genuine desire to work for the good of Penang and Malaysia. But it may also be because loyalty to BN is now based on personal gains or fear of punishment of some kind.

3. This is especially so among the leaders. There is no genuine love for the objectives said to be the raison d’etre for the party’s existence. They are all fighting to get a piece of the cake that the party would be able to distribute when it wins elections. They could become Ministers or Menteri Besars or Deputy Ministers or Speakers. They could get contracts or licenses, APs etc.

4. When the party loses these will not be forthcoming. The reason for supporting the party would disappear.

5. The rank and file on the other hand stands to gain nothing win or lose. The party is not any longer for the general good of the country but only for lining the pockets of the leaders. So why should the ordinary members help the leaders to line their pockets.

6. The party can keep on making promises but the members know that these promises are empty.

7. Supposing the opposition are smart enough to provide good Government, to look after the interests of the ordinary people, to lead a Spartan life like not flying in chartered planes when going to Kuala Lumpur or taking Excos and Divisional heads on jaunts to foreign countries, then those people who voted for the opposition out of anger against the BN in 2008, would transfer their loyalty permanently to the Opposition.

8. When that happens BN, UMNO and other component parties can forget about recapturing the states lost to the opposition. Their turn-coat members (saboteurs as they are classified by Dato Seri Abdullah) will remain turn-coats and will actively work against the BN at the next election. To lose once is bad but to lose a second time in Malaysian election is an unmitigated disaster.

9. The window of opportunity will close pretty soon. Unless drastic actions are taken now, there would be no time to rehabilitate BN and UMNO and indeed all the other BN component parties for the next election. When this happens and BN is totally defeated the leaders who mismanaged the BN will go down in history as betrayers of the parties which had so successfully defeated the Malayan Union, gained independence for the country and developed it to what it is today.

10. The leaders still have a choice. Continue supporting a person under whom the BN and its component parties were defeated or stop being self-serving and return to the true national struggle. You may gain something for yourself personally today but your children and grand children will pay a terrible price.

11. The choice is yours.

Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad

Published in: on April 29, 2008 at 18:01  Comments (11)  

Mukhriz dan Akramsyah: “Malaysia Baru: Senario Politik Masa Kini”

Sekretariat Melayu Muda, satu gagasan yang dipelopori
oleh profesional Melayu muda, akan menganjurkan satu
perbincangan bertajuk: “Malaysia Baru: Senario Politik
Masakini”

Ianya akan diadakan pada tarikh dan tempat seperti
berikut:

Tarikh: Rabu, 30 April 2008

Masa: 7.45 pm (ada surau di tempat acara)

Tempat: Aras 2, Anjung Wisma Sejarah
230, Jalan Tun Razak
50400, Kuala Lumpur

Tetamu jemputan adalah:

1. YB Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir
Ahli Parlimen Jerlun, EXCO Pemuda UMNO Malaysia

2. Sdr Akhramsyah M. U. Sanusi
Pemimpin Pro-Tem Alumni Melayu UK & Eire (AMUKE), Blogger

Senario politik negara sudah berubah. samada kita suka
ataupun tidak, samada kita sedar ataupun tidak, ianya
akan mempengaruhi kehidupan kita. Bersamalah kita
menentukan halatuju bangsa Melayu. Datang. Dengar.
Bersuara.

Hebahkan kepada rakan-rakan. Tempat adalah terhad.
sekiranya berminat, sila email nama dan pekerjaan anda
kepada: sekretariat. melayu.muda@ gmail.com

Terima kasih. Semoga berjumpa pada 30 April 2008.

Published in: on April 29, 2008 at 12:45  Comments (2)  

Ku Li: UMNO perlu kembali kepada visi asal dan membuktikan persepsi popular hari ini tidak benar

Mantan Naib Presiden UMNO Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah petang ini mengatakan UMNO perlu merenung semula dasar, cara pergerakan dan beriteraksi dan pandangan serta penerimaan ahli, terutama orang Melayu. “Perlu dibuktikan bahawa persepsi rakyat hari ini keatas UMNO sebenarnya tidak betul dan UMNO sebenarnya masih lagi relevan untuk orang Melayu, rakyat Malaysia dan menangani cabaran Globalisasi”.

Beliau membuat gesaan ini dalam satu majlis bersama sama Cawangan Umno sekitar Subang Jaya di Holiday Villa.

Kuasa orang Melayu hari ini bergantung kepada kekuatan sokongan dari Sabah dan Sarawak kerana calon UMNO telah banyak kalah dan tidak lagi mempunyai kekuatan seperti pilihanraya umum sebelum ini.

“Biasanya dalam sistem demokrasi, Kerajaan yang tidak mendapat sokongan majoriti, tidak akan berkesan” ujar pemimpin UMNO berusia 71 tahun itu. “Rakyat mahukan sistem ‘check and balance’, yang ditafsirkan dalam Pilihanraya Umum ke XII (PRU 12) 8 Mac 2008, melalui undi popular. Sistem demokrasi dalam Malaysia makin matang, maju dan celik politik”.

UMNO ditolak dalam PRU 12 kerana keputusan yang dibuat Kerajaan tidak memihak dan menjaga kepentingan rakyat kerana Kepimpinan tidak mendengar hasrat akar umbi. “UMNO itu Melayu dan Melayu itu UMNO”. Imej dan Perjuangan UMNO perlu membayangi aspirasi akar umbi yang mereka pimpin.

“Rakyat ini hilang keyakinan dan marah kepada BN dan UMNO”. Beliau menegaskan. Walaubagaimanapun, beliau tidak begitu yakin Pakatan Rakyat dengan mudah dapat menubuhkan Kerajaan kerana calon pemimpin mereka bukanlah dari golongan yang cukup mantap. “Yang penting UMNO perlu kembalikan usaha meyakinkan rakyat, memperkuatkan parti dan ubah budaya.

Keadaan yang berlaku hari ini ialah pada orang Bukan Melayu, parti komponen BN terlalu mengikut kehendak UMNO sehingga mereka ditolak sama sekali. Walaubagaimanapun, pada orang Melayu, UMNO dilihat terlalu berkompromi kepada desakan orang Bukan Melayu.

“Krisis yang melanda hari ini ialah mengenai nilai dan Kepimpinan” ujar Tengku Razaleigh. Kelemahan Kepimpinan ialah untuk melaksanakan visi asal UMNO ditubuhkan. Orang UMNO hari ini sanggup memberikan sokongan mereka kepada PAS dan PKR dan membelakangkan UMNO kerana mereka mempunyai persepsi bahawa Pembangkang itu lebih jujur, amanah, bersih dan adil. UMNO hari ini bertanggung jawab untuk membuktikan persepsi ini salah dan UMNO sebenarnya masih relevan.

“Akan budi Bangsa Melayu, yang akan berlaku adil untuk semua” adalah peringatan Tengku Razaleigh kepada dimana UMNO sepatutnya diletakan dalam masyarakat. Namun begitu, UMNO tidak seperti parti komponen, ‘memusuhi’ NGO Melayu yang cuba ‘menegur’, agar UMNO terus menjaga kepentingan Melayu. Secara mudah (convenient), NGO seperti ini dilabelkan sebagai ‘Pembangkang’ dan ada sebagai ‘Pengkhianat’. Oleh demikian, sistem ‘mematangkan’ masyarakat Melayu menjadi lebih terbuka, berketerampilan dan pandangan jauh terbantut.

UMNO didesak perlu menghapuskan persepsi ianya sebuah ‘parti elitis’ dan menangkis tohmahan bahawa UMNO hari ini lebih bersifat ‘liabiliti’, terutama sebagaimana yang dialami parti komponen BN. Ini dijelaskan bahawa kempen parti chauvinis Pembangkang membawa mesej bahawa mengundi parti komponen BN samalah seperti memberi undi kepada UMNO.

“Dasar parti ialah untuk kepentingan Bangsa dan Negara, Bukan untuk Bangsa dan Negara lain”, sebagai gesaan terutama tindakan Kepimpinan hari ini dilihat memberikan kelebihan pada pihak lain, termasuk luar.

Diakhir ucapan, Tengku Razaleigh mengaris langkah yang perlu UMNO lakukan untuk kembali relevan:

1. UMNO perlu mengekalkan semangat Kebangsaan, tanpa mengadaikan roh Islam yang didukungnya

2. Kuatkan sistem oganisasi dengan elemen innovatif, dinamik dan proaktif mutu Kepimpinan

3. UMNO perlu ditingkatkan setara seluruh peringkat dan tidak bergelumang dengan persepsi seperti rasuah dan kronyism

Ini merupakan ucapan paling komprehensif Tengku Razaleigh pernah berikan, yang dibuat atas platform UMNO dalam konteks ‘membaikan’ parti nasionalis Melayu yang berusia 62 tahun itu.

*Perkembangan dikemaskini 7.30pm

Semasa sessi soal jawab, Tengku Razaleigh ditanyakan mengenai cadangan ‘Pengasingan Kuasa’ antara Kepimpinan UMNO dan Eksekutif, sebagai yang diamalkan oleh Parti Komunis China dan memberi jawapan “Memang boleh buat, kalau kita nak buat. Perkara ini pernah dibangkitkan semasa zaman Tun Razak dan beliau menganggotai Biro Politik UMNO, yang membincangkan dengan mendalam isu ini selama 7 bulan”. Akhirnya, keputusan dibuat bahawa ianya tidak sesuai untuk UMNO dan negara. Beliau juga menjelaskan bahawa sistem Perlembagaan Malaysia tiada peruntukan untuk ‘memecat’ (impeach) seorang Perdana Menteri.

Untuk persoalan adakah Tengku Razaleigh akan meneruskan cabaran keatas jawatan Presiden UMNO, walaupun berlaku pertandingan tiga penjuru, beliau menjawab yakin “Kalau ada mandat (cukup pencalonan) dari ahli UMNO, saya akan terus! Saya bukan perlu jaga hati sesiapa, saya bukan perlu ampu sesiapa” dan menambah “Budaya ‘Ampu’ dalam UMNO ini perlu dihapuskan!”. Ini menerima tepukan gemuruh.

Pada soalan peranan Pemuda UMNO dalam konteks hari ini, beliau mengesa perlu diadakan pendoktrinan semula dan ‘semangat kepasukanan’ (Espirit D’Corp) dan Pemuda UMNO perlu berterusan diberikan suntikan semangat, bagi meneruskan Perjuangan.

Sebelum itu, penganjur Dato’ Mazlan Harun, mengutarakan bahawa apa yang berlaku merupakan kegagalan sistem Penerangan UMNO dan rakyat, terutama orang Melayu dahagakan penerangan. UMNO juga perlu melihat dan kekal relevan kepada 2 juta pengundi baru menjelang PRU 13.

*Perkembangan dikemaskini 11.30pm

Laporan Bernama.com:

26 April, 2008 20:48 PM

Ku Li Percaya Hasrat PKR Ambil Alih Kerajaan Boleh Jadi Nyata

PETALING JAYA, 26 April (Bernama) — Hasrat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) untuk mengambil alih pentadiran negara dalam masa beberapa bulan akan datang tidak mustahil dan boleh menjadi kenyataan, kata Ketua Umno Bahagian Gua Musang Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

Beliau berkata ini kerana memang ada kemungkinan anggota Parlimen Barisan Nasional (BN) “menyeberang” ke pihak Pembangkang.

“Ini bukan cakap main-main, tak boleh kata ini tak boleh berlaku. Orang di Sabah tak begitu kuat rasa kecintaannya terhadap Umno, tak macam kita di sini yang lahir dan membesar dalam Umno dan segala benda yang kita sentuh ada kaitan dengan Umno.

“Saya juga tengok kebanyakan Anggota Parlimen yang terpilih adalah orang kuat (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) dulu dan mereka masih berhubung rapat dengan Anwar,” katanya semasa sesi pertemuan dengan anggota Umno dari cawangan-cawangan sekitar Subang Jaya di sini hari ini.

Anggota Parlimen Gua Musang itu juga yakin Anwar serius dengan hasratnya mahu mengambil alih kerajaan.

“Tadi kebetulan semasa datang ke sini saya naik satu kapal terbang dengan beliau dan saya tanya beliau sendiri, dan beliau kata beliau serius,” katanya.

Tengku Razaleigh berkata berdasarkan kepada faktor-faktor itu, pemimpin BN wajar mengambil serius kenyataan Anwar kerana dengan hanya 30 kerusi Parlimen, kerajaan BN boleh tumbang.

“Jangan fikir kita boleh terus berkuasa. Kena ambil tindakan tegas untuk atasi masalah ini,” katanya yang turut melahirkan kebimbangan dengan sikap pemimpin BN sekarang berhubung isu itu.

Mengulas lanjut perkara itu kepada pemberita kemudian, beliau berpandangan pemimpin BN sekarang bersikap seolah-olah pengambilalihan kuasa oleh pembangkang tidak akan berlaku.

Ditanya mengenai keyakinannya bahawa terdapat kemungkinan Anggota Parlimen dari Sabah menyertai PKR, Tengku Razaleigh berkata keyakinan itu berdasarkan “suara-suara” dari negeri itu yang antara lain mengatakan bahawa mereka masih kurang senang dengan keadaan sekarang.

“Daripada apa yang saya dengar, mereka tidak mendapat apa yang mereka minta, misalnya lebih banyak perwakilan, maka perkara ini perlu diselesaikan,” katanya.

Kepada soalan lain, Tengku Razaleigh berkata beliau akan tetap bertanding jawatan presiden Umno sekalipun ketika pemilihan parti pada Disember nanti, jawatan itu telah dipegang oleh orang lain.

“Kalau saya diberi mandat saya akan bertanding,” katanya sambil menambah setakat ini hasrat beliau disambut baik oleh kebanyakan bahagian Umno.

– BERNAMA

Published in: on April 26, 2008 at 16:40  Comments (4)  

Dr. Puad Zarkashi: Peralihan Kuasa ialah proses “Merakyatkan UMNO”

Ketua Penerangan UMNO Johor YB Dr. Hj. Mohd. Puad Zarkashi menegaskan bahawa proses ‘Peralihan Kuasa dan Kepimpinan’ yang digesa akar umbi keatas Kepimpinan, agar PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi berundur sebelum Disember 2008 adalah model ‘Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj menyerah kuasa kepada Tun Razak’ dan “Merakyatkan UMNO”.

Ketua Bahagian UMNO Batu Pahat itu, yang juga Ahli Parlimen Batu Pahat membuat desakan ini dalam Mesyuarat Agung Luar Biasa (EGM) UMNO Batu Pahat di Dewan Jubli Intan pagi ini.

“UMNO perlu diselamatkan” dan Mantan Setiausaha Politik Menteri Besar Johor juga memberikan contoh UMNO hari ini berada dalam keadaan umpama “Alice di Wonderland sampai ke persimpangan” dan juga mengunakan puisi Dato’ Usman Awang mengenai ‘Surat dari masyarakat burung kepada Dato’ Bandar’.

Usul kemudianya dibentang Aziz Ismail dan disokong oleh Hj. Shahril Hj, Abdul Karim. Usul akan dibahaskan iaitu:

1. Mesyuarat Agung Luarbiasa (EGM) diadakan,

2. Segerakan Plan Peralihan Kuasa,

3. Desak adakan ‘Peralihan Kuasa’ sebelum Disember 2008,

4. Mengkaji punca rakyat marah, kekalahan BN dan faktor famili,

5. Laksana Perlembagaan tanpa kompromi keatas Islam dan Melayu

*Perkembangan dikemas kini 11.30am

Seorang perwakilan Jalil Taha membahaskan bahawa Dato’ Onn Jaafar memperjuangankan penentangan Malayan Union dan sekaligus Kemerdekaan sebagai Presiden UMNO, tanpa jawatan Perdana Menteri Malaya pun dan ianya berhasil. Oleh itu, tiada masalah untuk ‘Peralihan Kuasa’ yang dipinta sekarang ini.

Pembahas kedua ialah Abdul Rahim bin Hasnan. Perhubungan dan kerjasama dengan parti komponen perlu kajian semula keberkesananya.

Pembahas seterusnya, Abdullah Ismail mengesa agar ‘Plan Peralihan Kuasa’ ini @ Usul ke 3 itu tidak perlu, tetapi sebaliknya PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah berundur segera.

Wanita UMNO pula tidak bersetuju dengan usul 1 dan 2. Alasan yang diberikan ialah bukan untuk salah seorang, tetapi semua ahli UMNO. Jelas wakil Wanita UMNO ini gagal mendalami falsafah ‘Kepertanggung jawaban seorang Pemimpin’, terutama apabila menghadapi kekalahan.

Sebelum EGM pagi ini, Dr. Junaidy Abdul Wahab yang juga Setiausaha Politik Menteri Penerangan pernah membangkit beberapa isu apabila UMNO batu Pahat meneruskan EGM ini:

1. Pindaan Perlembagaan boleh dilakukan dalam Mesyuarat Tahunan Bahagian, pra-Perhimpunan Agung UMNO 16-20 Disember 2008 nanti

2.Apakah EGM ini diadakan untuk merombak sistem kuota, yang diperkenalkan zaman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad?

3. Apakah EGM ini untuk bagi endorsement kepada Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah untuk mencabar PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi?

4. Pindaan Perlembagaan dan Pertandingan boleh memecahkan parti; UMNO 1987-88. “Kenduri besar, modal pun besar!”

5. Pertandingan akan membabitkan kekecewaan. Elok cari pendekatan baru untuk rakyat sayangkan BN daripada mencari jalan menghalalkan pertandingan yang bakal mengundang bencana

6. Kepimpinan yang ada sekarang sebenarnya boleh ditegur EGM yang dipinta sebenarnya percangan untuk kepentingan individu/pihak tertentu

7. Segala pindaan yang ingin diadakan disalurkan kepada Biro Politik UMNO dan dibincangkan dalam PAU 16-20 Disember ini. Adakan satu konvensyen khas tahun depan membincangkan pindaan Perlembagaan

8. Peralihan Kuasa akan tetap berlaku, samada segera atau lewat. EGM ini seolah olah menolak Timbalan Presiden UMNO Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak keatas dan mengenepikan Kepimpinan.

*Perkembangan dikemaskini Isnin 28 April 2008

Teks ucapan penuh Dr. Hj. Mohd. Puad Zarkashi boleh dibaca disini.

Published in: on April 26, 2008 at 10:25  Comments (4)  

Expose War Crimes: Criminalise War

ADDRESS

by

TUN Dr. MAHATHIR MOHAMAD

“EXPOSE WAR CRIMES: CRIMINALISE WAR”

IMPERIAL COLLEGE

KENSINGTON

LONDON

 

 

1.It is heartening to be asked to speak on criminalizing war – a subject that needs to be taken up by all civilized people. How can we claim to be civilized when we condone and legalise mass killings of men, women and children, the old and the sick as a solution to conflicts between nations. We usually consider the most successful killers, the ones who do the most amount of damage as the winners and they are entitled to put thr losers on trial and punish them, including murdering them. The judges in these courts are nationals of the winning countries. There can be no impartiality.

2. Yet at the same time we consider murder as a very serious crime which merit severe punishment. The more civilized countries claim to be so concerned about human life that they have abolished the death penalty, even for murderes.

3. But these same countries and these same people consider the bombing innocent civilians, launching explosive missiles against them, machine gunning and blowing them up with grenades as ligitimise and morally right.

4.There is something wrong there. How can we object to the murder of individual when approve mass killing of innocent people. Yet that is what we do in war – we kill people, not always soldiers who may kill us but, now, more and more often, innocent civilians who can do us no harm.

5. War was in the ancient times a necessary option in the settlement of conflicts between primitive people of nations. But in thoese days the capacity to kill and to destroy was limited. The weapons used were incapable of mass destruction or mass killings. Soldiers had to handle the swords, bows and arrows, spears and daggers themselves. They had to face the enemies who were similarly armed. If they failed to kill the enemy they would be killed themselves.

6. Wars were fought by soldiers on battle fields in those days. Of the necessity the armies were small and the killings were relatively small. The losers would submit to the victors and the war would be over. The killings would also stop.

7. But over time the war-like nations developed more and more lethal weapons and the killings have become more massive. Now we are seeing weapons of mass destruction capable of killing hundreds of thousands, not on battle fields but just about anywhere. The whole country is made a battlefield, sparing neither towns nor countryside, neither soldiers nor civilians, the old, the sick and the disabled men, women and children. The killings and the devastation is total.

8. Such is the callousness of the human race that we see the killings and the wounds inflicted as just numbers, as casualties, and now as collaterals. The warriors gleefully notch their weapons to record scores of kills. It is as if these victims are not human. Yet the sufferings and the pain are very real to these people, to their families and friends.

9. These people may killed by the wounds inflicted, or they may have their limbs and their heads torn off from their bodies while still alive. The sufferings may be over quickly but imagine having parts of your body torn off, your head pulled out from your neck.

10. For those who survive, the pain and the suffering must be terrible. And in most cases no help would be forthcoming, no medical aid and, no hospitals to be taken to. They may lie there on the roads, of the fields or buried and crushed under fallen buildings, for hours with no hope for rescue. They may suffer horribly for hours until death relives them.

11. We are not talking about one or two persons. With modern weapons, hundreds and thousands would experience this horror, the pain and death.

12. We would strive hard to raise money to treat one cancer patient for example. We are so human and humane. Yet we think nothing of killing healthy people by ten of thousands.

13. We read about the war, we even see pictures and TV coverage of war but we hardly ever get to see the real sufferings of the victims of war. We practically enjoy the TV coverage of war without thinking about the sufferings of fellow-humans just like us who had been wounded and killed in real life, not just in the cinema or TV screens

 14. We do not think of the smell of war, of the smell of rotting bodies, of gangrenous legs and arms, because our television cannot bring these odours to our comfortable sitting room. In fact the TV cameras avoid showing the horrors resulting from the war. They do not want to offend our sensitivities. Nor do they record and broadcast the screams of pain of the wounded and the dying.

15. We must all know that war is about pain and death and destruction. But after the civilised countries of the West developed standing armies to replace the irregular rabbles, the state and the leaders of these countries began to glorify war. They promoted the idea that war was noble and those who fought wars and die or were wounded were heroes and the icons of the people. They struck medals to decorate the killers they sent into battle.

16. Soldiers in the standing armies began to be fitted with smart uniforms embellished with stars and gold braids. They glorify the killers with statues and monuments. And stories are told of their exploits i.e. of the murders they committed. Eternal flames burn over their graves.

17. In peace times they were made to parade in their smart uniforms, proudly showing off their skills at marching with precision like so many mechanical brainless robots. And indeed their brains had nothing in them other than thoughts of killing. The leaders are so proud and the girls are thrilled at the sight of these brainless killers.

18. They were continuously trained in killing people, not necessarily enemy soldiers. There were elite troops, equipped with the best weapons, and trained to kill in the most hideous ways. They were taught how to creep up to an unsuspecting victim and slit his throat. There was no thought about the victim being as his attacker, most likely with wife and children, brothers and sisters. There was no thought that a moment ago he was alive and breathing, just like his attacker. He must be killed because he was the enemy.

19. These elite forces troops invariably undergo a psychological cange. They became killers, pitiless killers. They look forward to wars so they can put their killing skills into practise.

20. But for years there may be no war. They retire and try to take up civilian life. But they are trained murderers. The forces have released murderers in the midst of ordinary people.

21. They will find difficulty to adjust. Hardened and trained to look at killings as a vocation, they either become criminals, murderers or psychopaths.

22. Those soldiers who had to serve on the war front, fighting and killing and witnessing the horrors and becoming immune to the sufferings of others cannot but become psychopaths also. They would find difficulty to adjust to civilian life. They may become mentally deranged.

23. In todays war waged by the U.S. the soldiers may be exposed to radiation, if not from nuclear explosions, perhaps from handling shells etc coated with depleted uranium. They will suffer from radiation sicknesses, from cancer.

24. The people who sent these young people to fight their wars will be safe. They will eat well, drink well, and enjoy life’s luxuries. It is the young who will suffer, who will pay the ultimate price.

25. The novelists, the television and film producers will concoct glorious stories of war and heroes. It does not matter if they are blatant lies. It is good for making money. The U.S. lost the war in Vietnam but on the cinema and TV screens Rambo would single-handedly defeat the whole Vietnamese army. And the Americans and their allies just love it. They would feel so proud seeing the exploits of Rambo on the screen.

 26. And youngsters would be taken in with the pictorial glory depicted and would be persuaded to join the killers in the armed forces, to gloriously kill and wound the enemies.

27. The leaders of the countries with the finest team of killers equipped with the best arms would not hesitate to send their young people to their death based on fabricated lies. That was what happened in Iraq. But the people of these countries re-elected these liars so they may continue to send the cream of their young people to their death.

28. That is what war really is – not a glorious struggle for democracy and human rights, but merely to satisfy the crazy ambitions of lying leaders of the powerful countries. In the old days leaders and generals lead from the front. The cowardly leaders of today stay clear thousands of miles from the front, sipping wine and gorging themselves on the finest food.

29. Even as we talk here, wars are going on in several places initiated by the bullies of the world. People are being killed and maimed. We need to make quick progress with the criminalisation of war.

30. It will not be easy of course. William Wilberforce spent 20 long years to get the British Parliament to outlaw slave trading nearly 300 years ago. But slave trading is nothing compared to the killings and the breaches of basic human rights in modern war. This is not to say that slavery and slave trading are less heinous than war. But the struggle against war is far more serious because every day newer killing machines are being invented by the rich and powerful in order to kill more people. And the urge to try out these machines is very strong.

31. Actually, these new weapons are bankrupting the nations of the world. To recover the cost of research, development and production these advanced countries are selling their weapons to countries which can ill afford them.

32. As soon as the weapons are sold to the poor, newer weapons would be invented or the previous weapons would be modified and updated. Then the arms salesmen would come again. If a country refuses to buy, a neighbouring country would be persuaded to buy. Then the salesmen would return to the first country and broadly hint that if it does not buy then its forces would be inferior to its neighbours.

33. Even if the countries are not at war with each other, their military personnel would feel unhappy if they cannot have the new toys. And so money that the poor can ill-afford would flow to the rich countries. As the weapons are upgraded and newer weapons invented the flow of money to the rich would become a deluge. The poor will get even poorer.

34. The worst part is that the poor countries will probably have no occasion to use the sophisticated weapons. Yet they have to be maintained at high cost while they give no returns at all to the poor nations.

35. The arms trade is destroying the economies of many poor countries. Yet the exporting countries are not benefitting either. They have to continue investing in research and development of newer and efficient killing machines. The cost will mount and keep mounting as the new technologies and innovative designs require even more sophistication and expensive material. And if the powerful countries go to war, as America has done in Iraq, the cost to the country is mind-boggling. The cost of the war in Iraq for the U.S. is estimated by Joseph Stiglitz the Nobel Laureate to be more than US$ 3 trillion dollars so far. It is going to go on gulping more and more money. Even the U.S. cannot afford to lose this amount of money, especially when victory has not and will not be achieved. Imagine what we can do for the poor and the sick of the world with just a fraction of the 3 trillion.

36. And the whole world is suffering also. Everyone has to spend more money on security, air travel is no longer safe, and lots of money have to be expanded on checking the so-called Muslim terrorists. Far from war against Iraq resulting in the spread of democracy in the Middle East, it has brought about the spread of instability and insecurity to the whole world.

 37. War is truly not an option in this modern world. The militarily powerful such as the US and European countries cannot win any war, their sophisticated and costly weapons notwithstanding. This is because the defeat of the enemy, no matter how weak, will not end in victory for the winner. The Governments may surrender and sign a peace treaty but the people will not. They will continue to fight with whatever means they have. Bitter over their countries’ defeat and occupation they will not stop fighting.

38. Against these people all the modern weapons, the helicopter gunships, missiles, bombs, rockets, stealth aircrafts and jet fighters, special forces, tanks, warships are quite useless. Once in a while the nationalists might get lucky and destroy a multi-million dollar aircraft and tank.

39. In Vietnam the powerful U.S. military was soundly thrashed by pyjama-clad Viet peasants until the U.S. ran away helter-skelter. In Afghanistan the Taliban successfully confined the NATO forces to certain towns only. In Baghdad, the American and British forces have achieved none of the objectives. Killing Saddam had not resulted in ending the war. “Shock and Awe” have not overawed the Iraqis and forced them into submitting.

40. Surge and new forces have cost more money and more deaths of U.S. soldiers, more mental diseases amongst them with no sign of bringing the war to an end or making Iraq a successful democracy.

41. The rich countries may come up with all kind of costly weapons capable of killing more people efficiently but all these weapons will not win wars against the people determined to fight and preserve their independence.

42. Perhaps the weapons, including nuclear weapons can be employed in a war amongst the militarily powerful. Perhaps they cab be used by the U.S. and Britain against Russia and China. They may be able to pulverize these countries but these countries would also wreak havoc in the aggressor countries. In fact the whole world will be destroyed by war between the powerful countries.

43. The rich and militarily powerful countries should take note of this. All their money, weapons and tactical skills will avail them of nothing. They will lose fighting against the countries weaker than them, and they will suffer death and destruction if they fight against countries which can match their military capability. In the end, they would still achieve nothing.

44. Clearly war is no longer an option, not just because of the massive death and destruction that modern weaponry can inflict but also because the cost of war has gone up so much that even rich countries like the U.S. can be bankrupted. As Joseph Stiglitz has computed the war in Iraq has so far cost the US $ 3 trillion dollars. The U.S. is bankrupt and this war will prevent the U.S. from ever settling its debts. Of course it can just not pay. That is the prerogative of the strong. The belief that the might is right still holds.

45. But as I pointed out, because of the virtual arms race caused by the high pressure sales tactics by arms salesmen, other countries have also become financial strapped. Indeed the whole world is now heading for financial disaster partly because of investing in ever more sophisticated and ever more costly arms. And for what? They are never going to win any war with these weapons.

46. The rise in oil prices are connected with war. And oil prices affect the process of all goods. In other words, the increase in oil prices brings about inflation. The poor of this world will be the ones most affected. But the rich will suffer also. We are seeing this happening now.

47. The wars will be clearly bankrupt the world. And yet the wars will solve none of the problems of humanity, none of the conflicts between nations. The cost in human lives and property is literally killin

48. Looked at from any angle, war is a great waste of everything. So why are we still going to war? Why are we still killing people and destroying wealth when we are not getting anything from our wars?

49. We claim to be civilized. How civilized is a society where duels and killings are legally accepted as a way of settling quarrels. Would justice be served when the winner usually is the one skilled in killing? The end result must be a society of killers

<!–[if !supportLists]–>50. <!–[endif]–>Yet war between nations is actually duel on a grand scale. Seventy million people were killed in the Second World War. Property that was worth trillions of dollars were destroyed. The Allies proclaimed the winners. But what have the winners got to show for all these? Was justice served? Were the people killed brought back to life? Was the huge sums of money expended recovered? Was there any profit for anyone?

<!–[if !supportLists]–>51. <!–[endif]–>The answer to all these questions must be resounding “NO”. No one gained anything from war. Everyone lost. And the cost in human suffering is inmeasurable.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>52. <!–[endif]–>We cannot claim to be civilized when we kill and destroy in order to prove how right we are or how just and fair we are.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>53. <!–[endif]–>How long more are going to do this? We are already capable of destroying the whole world. Must we wait until we do this before we stop, before we declare wars as illegal and the people who initiate wars as criminals? By that time you must agree it would be too late. War must be stopped now. War must be regarded as a crime. The people and especially their leaders who resort to war in order to settle disputes between them and others must be regarded as criminals, must be made to face charges in a court of law and be punished appropriately. Until then let us not claim that we are civilised.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>54. <!–[endif]–>I say criminalize war and punish the leaders and the people who resort to war in order to settle disputes with other countries.

 

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Published in: on April 26, 2008 at 01:53  Comments (16)  

Ku Li: Saya dan Dr. Mahathir bersahabat baik, tetapi beza pendapat

Mantan Naib Presiden UMNO Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah malam ini berkata bahawa beliau dengan Mantan Perdana Menteri dan Presiden UMNO Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad merupakan sahabat baik, tetapi berbeza pendapat.

Ini merupakan ucapan pengulungan dalam sebuah majlis menghimpunkan Ketua Ketua Cawangan UMNO di Kelantan yang diadakan di Balai Islam Lundang, dekat Kota Bahru malam ini. 2,000 orang, majoritinya ahli UMNO hadir dalam majlis ini.

Beliau menjawab isu isu yang dibangkitkan peserta dan hadirin, terutama kerjasama dan gandingan beliau dengan Tun Dr. Mahathir untuk melakukan ‘Peralihan Kuasa dan Kepimpinan’. Menurut Ketua Bahagian Gua Musang semenjak 1962 itu, “Kerjasama itu buat masa ini tidak perlu untuk menurunkan Presiden UMNO. Saya bergerak bertanding jawatan Presiden dan Tun Dr. Mahathir terus dengan teguranya”.

“Matlamat saya adalah untuk berkhidmat untuk Bangsa dan Negara. Saya sudah lama berpolitik dan sudah tiada lagi yang saya inginkan kerana saya sudah ada semuanya, selain dari terus berkhidmat”, perakuan seorang yang sudah bertaraf Negarawan itu.

Tengku juga mengingatkan cabaran paling utama sekarang ialah kenaikan harga barangan dan perkhidmatan dan ianya berkadar langsung dengan isu Globalisasi. “Apakah pemimpin yang ada mampu dan sudah bersedia? Globalisasi amat mencabar!”.

Mengulas perkembangan terkini, beliau mempersoalkan kenapa BPR yang akan dirombak semula fungsinya dan pengujudan Suruhanjya BPR perlu bertanggung jawab terus kepada Perdana Menteri dan bukan Parlimen.

Published in: on April 25, 2008 at 23:14  Comments (2)  

Muhyiddin: “Melayu itu UMNO, UMNO itu Melayu”

Naib Presiden UMNO Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin malam ini mengaku bahawa “Kuasa Pimpinan Melayu kini sudah terhakis” dan “Orang Melayu kini berada di tepi tebing tinggi dan merasa gayat”.

Beliau mengatakan demikian semasa member ucaptama dalam Forum Permuafakatan Melayu anjuran Persatuan Anak Melayu Johor (Selangor/Wilayah Persekutuan), di Wisma Sejarah, Jalan Tun Razak.

Sebagai seorang pemimpin peringkat no. 3 dalam UMNO, beliau secara jujur mengatakan keperluan ujud inisiatif besar dan radikal, hari ini, untuk membela nasib Bangsa Melayu dan mengatasi masalah Kepimpinan UMNO. Gesaan juga dibuat agar orang Melayu bersatu semula dibawah UMNO.

Ini diperkuatkan lagi dengan contoh semasa UMNO mengalami krisis dalam 1988, orang Melayu Johor telah mengadakan satu konvensyen khas dimana sebuah ketetapan dibuat, “Melayu itu UMNO, UMNO itu Melayu”.

“Teruskan inisiatif (untuk mengembeling segala perpaduan Melayu) dan elok adakan konsultansi (perundingan) dengan Kepimpinan (UMNO). Orang Melayu juga mesti ikhlas menegur Kepimpinan (UMNO)” pesan Mantan Pengerusi Perhubungan UMNO Johor selama sembilan tahun itu, disamping “UMNO adalah milik orang Melayu”, dalam merujuk kepada konvensyen Perpaduan Melayu yang bakal dianjurkan GAPENA di Persada, Johor Bahru, Johor pada 2 dan 3 Mei 2008 dan akan dirasmikan oleh DYTM Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ibrahim Ismail Ibni Sultan Iskandar Al Haj.

Ini mungkin akan menjadi lembaran baru bari Perjuangan Bangsa Melayu kerana DYTM Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim juga merasmikan persidangan NGO Melayu seMalaya, yang berthemakan ‘Nasionalism Melayu’ dan menyaksikan Perwakilan bersetuju untuk kelahiran UMNO pada 11 Mei 1946, dalam Istana Besar, Johor Bahru, Johor.

Seorang pengkaji sejarah terkenal Dato’ Dr. Malik Munip pula menjelaskan bahawa orang Melayu sebenarnya gagal ‘menjelaskan’ (articulate) sejarah dengan komprehensif dan tepat, termasuk merangkaikan dengan hujah dan rujukan yang relevan dan bernas. Contoh yang diberikan ialah dakwaan Pembangkang bahawa Perjuangan UMNO menjurus kepada “Assabiah”. Mengambil tulisan sejarawan terkenal British Arnold Toynbee, yang amat meminati falsafah yang diketengahkan oleh ilmuan kurun ke XIV kelahiran Tunisia Ibnu Khaldun, yang menyebut “Tiada masyarakat yang boleh mencipta kejayaan dan kegemilangan tamadun tanpa semangat ‘kekitaan’ (Espirit De Corp)”. Dr. Malik juga dengan tegas mengupas pegangan nafas dan roh semasa penubuhan UMNO, bahawa elemen ‘Kebangsaan’ (Nationalism) menjadi tunggak asas Perjuangan “Aspirasi Kebangsaan Melayu mesti menjadi aspirasi Nasional”, yang mula mula sekali ditegaskan oleh Pendita Za’aba.

Mantan Pensyarah Kanan Kajian Melayu Universiti Malaya Prof. Dato’ Dr. Zainal Kling pula mengutarakan ‘Kedaulatan Melayu’ perlu dikupas dan direncanakan melalui sudut Perlembagaan, Politik (prinsip Perjuangan), Ekonomi dan Kebudayaan, Ugama dan Pendidikan, termasuk memartabatkan Bahasa Melayu sebagai teras rakyat Malaysia, sebagaimana yang akan dipersembahkan dan bincangkan dengan khusus di Johor Bahru 2-3 Mei ini.

Semasa sessi soal jawab, persoalan yang paling banyak diutarakan ialah Plan Peralihan Kuasa dan post mortem Pilihanraya Umum ke XII (PRU 12).

Published in: on April 24, 2008 at 23:55  Comments (11)  

Hardtalk: Tun Dr. Mahathir compared to Anwar Ibrahim?

Two days post the landmark BBC program “Hardtalk” on Monday, 21 April 2007.

It is only wise to compare how Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad faired against his onetime-heir-apparent-turned-political-adversary Former Deputy Prime Minister and onetime convict Anwar Ibrahim, on the same platform, being grilled (although the latter were lucky enough to get the more milder Zeinab Badawi instead of caffeine-charged Stephen Sackur).

So, make your own comparisons.

P/S: For fun, we’ll throw in someone currently still in Government, then Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid Albar, on the same program being interviewed by Sarah Montague.

*Updated as at 11.15pm

Apparently, there was this one Sackur grilled Former Deputy Prime Minister and one time convict Anwar Ibrahim, two years earlier than Miss Badawi’s. This is really an interesting one. So, now do the comparisons.

Published in: on April 23, 2008 at 20:14  Comments (12)  
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