Tun Dr. Mahathir: MP BN tinggalkan parti dan menjadi MP bebas untuk tukar Perdana Menteri

Mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad hari ini mengesa MP BN keluar dari parti tetapi tidak menyertai mana mana parti lain dan menjadi kumpulan MP bebas dalam Dewan Rakyat, sebagai usaha untuk membuat Kerajaan BN sekarang menukar pemimpin dan Kepimpinan diterajui oleh pemimpin UMNO lain.

Beliau membuat gesaan demikian dalam program “Suntikan Semangat Satria” di Crystal Crown Hotel, Petaling Jaya pagi tadi. “Sekiranya 35 MP BN keluar dan bertindak sebagai MP bebas, maka Kerajaan (PM -Flip-Flop’ Abdullah) yang ada tidak lagi boleh memerintah. Perdana Menteri akan terpaksa berhenti. Apabila pemimpin lain ambil alih Kepimpinan, maka mereka boleh kembali kepada BN dan ada Perdana Menteri lain”. Ini merupakan selesaian agar Kepimpinan Negara ditukar dan segala masalah yang timbul, dapat diselesaikan oleh Kepimpinan baru.

Gesaan ini dibuat kerana beliau mengaku, dengan sistem yang ada sekarang (kuota) dan budaya ‘takut’ pemimpin pemimpin UMNO, kemungkinan besar ada sesiapa yang mampu meraih cukup pencalonan bagi mencabar PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi adalah tipis. PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah perlu ditukar segera.

Menjelaskan keputusan untuk keluar bersyarat dari UMNO “Saya mesti membuktikan apa yang saya harapkan orang lain buat, saya buat dahulu”. Sambil berseloroh “Saya biasa dah menjadi Mantan Ahli ni, dah dua kali!”.

“Sekarang ini, keadaan sudah menjadi apabila kita membincangkan soal mengenai ‘Melayu’, kita dianggap perkauman tetapi orang lain secara terbuka boleh membincangkan isu perkauman dan mempersoalkan kedudukan Melayu”.

Dalam isu Pulau Batu Puteh pula, beliau menjelaskan bahawa keputusan yang diberikan merupakan amat mengelirukan. Ini kerana surat yang ditulis oleh seorang pegawai British pada tahun 1956, digunakan sebagai modal untuk memberikan keputusan sedangkan apa apa yang dipersetujui Sultan Johor sebelum itu tidak langsung diambil kira. Beliau juga mengatakan bahawa pasukan Malaysia “Tidak bersedia” berbanding Singapura, yang menghantar delegasi termasuk seorang Ketua Hakim. “Sedikit sebanyak, seorang berstatus Ketua Hakim akan mempengaruhi Hakim Hakim dalam kes itu”.

Dalam sessi sidang media, Tun Dr. Mahathir menjelaskan bahawa beliau bersedia untuk dipecat dari kedudukan sebagai Penasihat Petronas dan tidak perlu meletakan jawatan. Menurut beliau, Perdana Menteri ke III Tun Hussein Onn bukan ahli UMNO semasa pusingan akhir Penasihat Petronas dan beliau tidak dipecat dari kedudukan itu. Ini ditimbulkan sebagai reaksi kepada isu yang ditimbulkan dua orang Menteri Kabinet, Dato’ Azalina Othman Said dan Dato’ Ismail Sabri mengenai isu Dato’ Mokhzani Mahathir sebagai Pengerusi Sepang International Circuit, kerana mengumumkan keluar dari UMNO.

Program yang asalnya inisiatif oleh UMNO Cawangan Seksyen 14 ini telah diambil alih oleh NGO tempatan ARENA PJS 14 kerana mendapat tekanan Perhubungan UMNO Selangor.

*Gambarfoto ialah ehsan photo-blogger-journo Jinggo

Published in: on May 31, 2008 at 14:26  Comments (18)  

Muslihat Ezam kembali kepada UMNO

Kemasukan Mantan Ketua Angkatan Muda PKR Ezam Md. Nor kembali kedalam UMNO dua hari lepas, yang diberikan layanan VVIP oleh Presiden UMNO PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi merupakan sesuatu yang begitu banyak diperkatakan, terutama peringkat akar umbi.

Dalam upacara khas tetapi luar biasa di Bangunan Parlimen, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah menerima borang keahlian UMNO Ezam, berserta dengan RM 100.00 sebagai yuran membolehkan beliau menjadi ahli seumur hidup. Apabila ditanya pemberita samada permohonan Ezam itu akan diluluskan, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah menjawab spontan “Kira luluslah tu”. Apakah Presiden UMNO mempunyai hak untuk memberikan kelulusan terbuka kepada mana mana pemohon, terutama seseorang yang pernah menentang calon UMNO dalam Pilihanraya Umum dan malah pernah memijak bendera keramat UMNO, Sang Saka Bangsa?

Naib Presiden UMNO Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin memberikan reaksi berbeza. Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

MT perlu bincang- Muhyiddin

KANGAR 29 Mei – Penyertaan semula bekas Ketua Angkatan Muda Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Mohamad Ezam Mohd. Noor ke dalam UMNO perlu dibincang dan dipertimbangkan oleh Majlis Tertinggi (MT) parti.

Naib Presiden UMNO, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata, ini kerana Ezam pernah meninggalkan parti dan menyertai parti pembangkang.

“Beliau tidak boleh diterima secara automatik sebagai anggota parti kerana MT perlu melihat rekod politiknya.

“Kalau dia orang baru dan tidak ada rekod, MT tiada masalah untuk menerimanya tetapi kalau seseorang itu ada rekod atau misalnya pernah meninggalkan parti atau dipecat daripada parti lawan, selepas itu nak masuk semula UMNO, itu kena bawa kepada MT.

“Dalam perlembagaan parti, MT ada kuasa untuk menerima atau menolak permohonannya,” katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas memberi taklimat tataetika UMNO kepada pemimpin UMNO Perlis di sini hari ini.

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Ketua Pemuda UMNO Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein pula apabila ditanya mengenai kemasukan Ezam semula kedalam UMNO, mempersoalkan apa yang UMNO boleh dapat dengan kemasukan ini dan keikhlasan seorang pemimpin yang tidak lama dahulu begitu berusaha menghancurkan UMNO.

Exco Pemuda UMNO Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir juga mempersoalkan keikhlasan dan agenda sebenar Ezam kembali kepada UMNO yang diragui sebagai ‘pembuka jalan kepada Anwar Ibrahim kembali kepada UMNO’, sebagaimana dilaporkan Utusan Malaysia:

Exco Pemuda UMNO, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir pula berkata, bekas Ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan, Mohamad Ezam Mohd. Noor kemungkinan mempunyai agenda tersendiri apabila kembali menyertai UMNO.

Tambahnya, beliau sehingga kini masih samar-samar mengenai tindakan itu kerana Ezam seperti diketahui mempunyai ‘sejarah tersendiri’ sewaktu berada dalam UMNO mahupun di luar parti.

”Saya risau apakah kemasukan Ezam menjadi satu petanda awal bahawa bekas Timbalan Presiden UMNO, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim akan kembali menyertai UMNO,” katanya.

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Sebenarnya, UMNO sekarang dalam persimpangan rumit dengan usaha Ezam kembali kepada UMNO dan Presiden UMNO PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah begitu mengalu alukan tindakan ini.

Banyak pihak melihat bahawa Ezam merupakan ‘kuda tunggangan’ Khairy Jamaluddin dijawatan Ketua Pemuda UMNO, dalam keadaan dimana Naib Ketua Pemuda UMNO itu sebenarnya amat tidak popular dikalangan akar umbi Pemuda UMNO. Sekiranya Ezam berjaya merebut jawatan Ketua Pemuda UMNO dalam pemilihan parti 16 Disember ini, Khairy ‘berjaya’ kerana menghalang Mukhriz menduduki kerusi strategik itu dan sekaligus, akan ‘memperkudakan’ Ezam untuk terus ‘menguasai’ Pemuda UMNO. Ini mungkin percangan strategik Khairy untuk mempersediakan diri bagi merealisasikan impian menjadi Kepimpinan UMNO suatu hari nanti.

Ezam juga sebagai ‘kuda tunggangan’ Khairy untuk kunun kunun membawa perpaduan dan penyatuan Melayu, apabila Ezam kembali dan akan membawa jumlah yang signifikan orang Melayu dalam PKR kembali kepada UMNO. Ini akan di’putar belit’kan media arus perdana, yang akan menunjukan ketokohan dan kehebatan minda strategik Khairy dalam “Terus memperkuatkan UMNO”, tatkala begitu ramai orang Melayu, termasuk akar umbi UMNO sendiri berada dalam keadaan kurang yakin dan tidak menyokong parti itu. Sekiranya percaturan mebawa Ezam kembali kepada UMNO ini gagal menepati hasrat menunjukan usaha penyatuan Melayu, Khairy dengan mudah “lepas tangan” dari sebarang ‘tanggung jawab keatas eksperimen ini’.

Telahan bahawa usaha membawa Ezam kembali kepada UMNO sebenarnya membuat laluan (paving the way) agar Anwar Ibrahim kembali kepada UMNO adalah sesuatu yang menjadi fasa kedua mengenai cakap cakap ‘konspirasi’ Khairy-Anwar ini.

Apa pun, UMNO perlu berhati hati dengan pemimpin yang memang licik dan karier politik mereka selama ini berdasarkan ‘main wayang’ (deception) semata mata. Amat malang bagi orang orang Melayu dan UMNO ‘belajar dari kesilapan’ hanyalah selepas “Sudah terhantuk baru tergadah” (getting wiser after the event) kerana orang Melayu sebenarnya tidak mempunyai banyak masa dan peluang lagi, untuk membuat kesilapan besar. Terutama setelah 8 Mac 2008.

Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 23:58  Comments (13)  

Kenyataan media Ketua Ketua Cawangan UMNO P005 Jerlun

KENYATAAN AKHBAR OLEH KETUA-KETUA CAWANGAN UMNO BAHAGIAN JERLUN

1. Kami dari ahli akhbar umbi UMNO Bahagian Jerlun memberi kenyataan akhbar seperti berikut :-

Kami memberi sokongan padu serta memahami tindakan Yg. Amat Berbahagia Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad di atas tindakan beliau keluar daripada UMNO demi untuk memperkukuhkan UMNO dengan memberi kesedaran kepada pucuk pimpinan UMNO untuk berundur dan seterusnya membenarkan pucuk pimpinan baru mengambil alih teraju UMNO supaya proses pemulihan dapat dilaksanakan dengan segera bagi menghadapi pilihanraya ke 13 yang akan datang.

Kami faham bahawa proses membaikpulih parti akan memakan masa dan proses ini perlu dilaksanakan segera. Kami diperingkat akar umbi tidak berkeyakinan bahawa pucuk pimpinan sediaada mampu untuk menerajui proses pemulihan ini.

2. Kami juga menyokong dan berada dibelakang ahli Parlimen kami Yg berhormat Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir untuk terus lantang menyuarakan hasrat akar umbi untuk mengkritik pucuk pimpinan demi keuntuhan UMNO. Dengan itu kami memohon supaya tiada tindakan dan juga sebarang tekanan dikenakan ke atas ahli Parlimen kami kerana tindakan beliau mengkritik pucuk pimpinan. Kritikan terhadap pucuk pimpinan tidak bermakna yang beliau mengkritik UMNO.

Pada hemah kami kritikan beliau adalah untuk memperkukuhkan UMNO dan tanda sayang beliau dan kepercayaan beliau bahawa hanya UMNO yang menjadi wadah perjuangan agama, bangsa, dan negara.

3. Kami juga ingin menyatakan bahawa tindakan Ketua Bahagian kami Yg. Bhg Dato’ Abd. Rahman Arifin yang mengeluarkan kenyataan baru-baru ini menyarankan agar ahli Parlimen kami YB Dato’ Mukhriz bin Mahathir tidak membuat sebarang kenyataan berhubung dengan pucuk pimpinan bukanlah satu tindakan yang mewakili ahli akar umbi UMNO Bahagian Jerlun. Tiada sebarang perbincangan dan mersyuarat diadakan dengan kami di peringkat akar umbi.

Published in: on May 28, 2008 at 21:54  Comments (9)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir berucap di Seksyen 14, Petaling Jaya

Mantan Presiden UMNO dan Mantan Ahli UMNO (keluar bersyarat) Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad akan berucap dalam satu majlis anjuran beberapa NGO Seksyen 14 Petaling Jaya,  Sabtu 31 Mei 2008 ini.

Program “Suntikan Semangat Satria” akan dianjurkan di Crystal Crown Hotel, Jalan Utara, Petaling Jaya bermula 900pagi.

Semua penyertaan diminta membuat pra-pendaftaran online butir butir seperti nama, no. telefon dan organisasi (Cawangan atau Bahagian UMNO – sekiranya ada) di hidup.melayu@gmail.com untuk menjamin tempat yang dijangkakan terhad.

Published in: on May 28, 2008 at 08:07  Comments (4)  

Masih ada pemimpin UMNO mahukan Ezam kembali?

Khabar angin mengenai kemasukan Mantan Ketua Angkatan Muda PKR Ezam Md. Nor kembali kedalam UMNO kini menarik perhatian ramai. Samada spekulasi ini merupakan sesuatu realiti atau ianya fenomena “jual dulu, baru cari modal” (dalam pendekata Inggerisnya, short selling) sebagai taktik untuk mengembali keyakinan ahli ahli UMNO kepada proses ‘kemasukan dan penerimaan’ Ezam kembali UMNO, merupakan sesuatu yang hanya masa menentukan.

Yang nyatanya, spekulasi kebalinya Ezam kepangkuan UMNO merupakan sesuatu yang “Lebih sudu dari kuah”. Sehinggakan MP BN untuk Pulai Dato’ NurJazlan Mohamed menyifatkan dalam Edge Daily “Episod Mantan Presiden UMNO Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad ‘keluar bersyarat’ dari UMNO tidaklah sehebat ‘ancaman’ Ezam kembali kedalam UMNO dan mempunyai prospek sebagai Ketua Pemuda UMNO”.

Apabila disingkap kembali, siapa Ezam dan apa hebatnya gerangan ini? Mungkin ada dikalangan ahli Pemuda UMNO masih lagi ingat Mantan Pegawai Khas Mantan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Anwar Ibrahim dan Ketua Pemuda Petaling Jaya Selatan ini, yang suatu masa dulu ‘menyelengara’ sekian ramai pemimpin UMNO peringkat Cawangan dalam Bahagian lamanya dulu, dengan kadar bulanan untuk suatu yang tempoh yang cukup strategik.

Ataupun ada yang masih ingat ini merupakan personaliti yang dipenjarakan kerana gagal mempersembahkan kunun kunun “enam kotak” penuh mengandungi pelbagai maklumat rahsia (bawah Akta Rahsia Rasmi) yang cukup kuat untuk memenjarakan beberapa Menteri Kabinet kerana kesalahan rasuah. Persoalanya sekarang, kenapa “enam kotak” ini tidak pernah ditimbulkan lagi oleh sesiapa, termasuk mendesak Ezam mengotakan janji janjinya itu?

Apakah dikalangan pemimpin UMNO hari ini amat “Mudah lupa”? Atau sengaja ‘buat buat lupa’?

Rencana penganalisa politik The Star, Joceline Tan mengenai Ezam dan PKR:

Damage control by PKR leaders after Ezam quits

By JOCELINE TAN

PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat leaders are trying to do damage control following the resignation of their former Youth leader Ezam Mohd Nor and the devastating allegations he has made.

PKR leaders such secretary-general Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and information chief Tian Chua are keeping mum but Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar has come out strongly, calling Ezam “a traitor.”

“He is like one of the main characters in the Chinese classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms – very courageous and daring but at the end of the day, he betrayed the kingdom.

“Ezam has behaved like a traitor to our party and struggles,” said Shamsul.

Ezam, who announced on Monday that he had quit the party, is the second high-profile resignation from PKR since the party congress last month.

Former deputy president Abdul Rahman Othman resigned to join PAS earlier this month.

In resigning, Ezam had criticised Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for allegedly practising dictatorial politics and said that vice-president Azmin Ali’s power and influence was detrimental to the party.

Ezam, who was Anwar’s former political secretary, was also unhappy with Azmin’s control over Anwar on a number of political issues.

Shamsul accused Ezam of behaving like a pawn of the ruling party.

“He was committed to our struggle but now I suspect he is part of an agenda to undermine Datuk Seri Anwar and PKR with the general election so near. His motive is clear and his timing is perfect,” he alleged.

Meanwhile, Selangor vice-Youth head Khairul Anuar said that if Ezam was sincere about reforming the party, he would have taken on Azmin from within the party instead of quitting to attack PKR leaders from the outside.

“It is wrong of him to say that Anwar is a dictator because PKR is democratic. This is what happens when people join the party because they believe in a personality rather than the bigger struggle,” said Khairul.

Khalid said he needed time to come out with a consensus statement.

Chua declined to comment on Ezam’s allegations but said Ezam wanted to disassociate himself from PKR so as to give greater credibility to his anti-corruption NGO, Gerak.

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Kini pemimpin kanan Anwar yang telah “Berpatah arang, berkerat rotan” dengan PKR, terutama dengan personaliti seperti Azmin Ali, kerana isu ‘duit’ ingin mencuba nasib kembali bersama UMNO, tatkala UMNO amat lemah dan menglamai krisis Kepimpin yang amat meruncing.

Jika benar, kenapa ada dikalangan UMNO pula yang membuka seluas luas peluang untuk orang yang gagal mengotakan dakwaan tidak berasas ini kembali kepada parti keramat nasionalism Melayu itu?

Published in: on May 26, 2008 at 20:51  Comments (13)  

Matthias Chang’s response to Tun Salleh Abas

MATTHIAS CHANG’S RESPONSE

TO TUN SALLEH’S CHALLENGE

by Matthias Chang

I was just informed by Rocky that Tun Salleh has issued a challenge to me in response to my article which was published in MALAYSIA TODAY and Bigdogdotcom.wordpress.com

I immediately visited Rocky’s blog to read the challenge and to say that I was most disappointed in Tun Salleh’s challenge, is an understatement.

Why?

He asked me to demand from the government to establish a Royal Commission to investigate into his dismissal. Why should I? I hold the view that the Tribunal had every reason to hold that Tun Salleh had misconducted himself as per the charges.

Is it my responsibility to call for a Royal Commission when a Tribunal convened by King himself found him guilty of all the charges that was proffered against him? He should be the one who should “lobby” the government if he feels strongly that he has been unjustly victimised!

In anticipation of Tun Salleh’s reply that he did not demand a Royal Commission during Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s tenure as Prime Minister because it would not receive a favourable response, my query to Tun Salleh is:

Why have you not demanded a Royal Commission after Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad retired in October 2003, and thereafter in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and only now in 2008?

You are legally trained and held the highest judicial office. So, if anyone knows about rights and legal remedies, it must be you. All these years why have you not commenced any legal proceedings to establish, as you have alleged, that you have been wrongfully dismissed? You had a team of senior lawyers advising you. What was their legal advice?

It is a pity that Tun Salleh does not realize that the powers that be have used his dismissal to prop-up the Badawi regime after the 12th General Elections fiasco. Tun Salleh is a mere pawn in this political wayang kulit orchestrated by the spin doctors of the Badawi regime.

In my article, I posed certain questions to Tun Salleh and demanded to know his answers.

Why is Tun Salleh avoiding the issues posed by my questions and diverting the issues by asking me to “lobby” for a Royal Commission?

Tun Salleh should be transparent first and answer my questions.

1) Did Tun write two letters to the Agong? What was the content of the first letter?

2) Did Tun advise his fellow judges, especially the five judges who supported him, the contents of the first letter?

3) If Tun did, what was their response?

4) If Tun did not advise the judges, what were Tun’s reasons for the cover-up?

ROCKY, I am truly disappointed in you. You have read my article and having done so, have you posed the questions to Tun Salleh?

After all, you are assisting in Tun Salleh’s memoirs. Surely, you should be equally interested in the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Please pose this response in your Blog.

Thank you.

Matthias Chang

25th May 2008 7.25pm

Kuala Lumpur

Published in: on May 26, 2008 at 02:49  Comments (23)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir: Asia should liberate itself from Western mental hegemony and support us

SPEECH BY

TUN DR MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD

AT THE JAPAN FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS’ CLUB

IN TOKYO, JAPAN

ON FRIDAY, 23 MAY 2008

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1. I would like to thank you for this invitation to speak on the role of Malaysia and Asia on international affairs involving politics, economic and the environment.

2. By itself I do not think Malaysia can do much. But Asia is perhaps more able to contribute to these fields.

3. Asia is not homogenous like Europe. The people of Asia range from dark-skinned people to brown skinned to yellow and to white Caucasians. It is not possible for all these different people inhabiting different parts of Asia to collaborate in voicing identical views on anything. It is not possible at this point in time to think of an Asian Union with the same clout as the European Union.

4. Obviously Asia’s contribution would differ greatly between the ethnic and the regional groupings. This will render Asia less able to influence international affairs.

5. However certain parts and certain countries of Asia, particularly those in the East and India have gained a level of development, which would make their voices heard and respected by the rest of the world. They would therefore be able to play a role in international affairs.

6. Unfortunately they are not doing so. They are very reticent and unwilling to take a prominent role. This is because Asians have not got over their having been dominated in the past by the West.

7. Because of this Asia is always trying to understand and accommodate Western ideas and creeds. Asia has tried to adopt European ideologies, European systems of Government, European perceptions of things and values, European regimes for trade and finance etc. etc.

8. There has never been an Asian initiative for the world in any field. When globalisation was promoted by the West, Asians merely try to adjust to a new concept of international relations, particularly in trade, commerce and finance. Asians failed to recognise the inevitability of a New World Order resulting from the advances in speed of travel and instant communication and so to propose new regimes for the world.

9. If Asia wants to play a role in international affairs it must first liberate its minds from Western mental hegemony. This must be through deliberate effort. Asians can fall back on their greatness in the past and learn how to reassert themselves. After all Asians discovered Europe before the Europeans discovered Asia. Spain, the Mediterranean lands and Eastern Europe were ruled for centuries by Asians. So Asian involvement in international affairs is not new.

10. Asian countries have shown that when they have the political will they can excel in all the activities once dominated by the Europeans. Asian countries have now become developed, have been able to set up effective governments and have replaced the European countries in the production of all kinds of goods and services.

11. Many have now developed inventive skills and introduced new products to the world.

12. But Asians have shied away from formulating new ideas and ideologies, new systems and new trading and financial regimes for the world. Yet I am quite sure that if Asians put their minds to it they can offer better solutions to international problems.

13. There is no doubt that the international trade and financial regime as formulated by the west have now been shown to be disastrous for the world. The US Dollar is no longer stable for use as the benchmark for other currencies. Trading in currencies have now undermined the value of the currencies of the world including the United States. Free trade has resulted in many poor countries becoming unable to export their products and earn foreign exchange. Mergers and acquisitions by giant corporations have created monsters that have killed the small man and created serious social and economic problems for the many countries.

14. While all these disasters are happening Asian countries have either been bystanders or they have tried to struggle for survival. They have not proposed anything original or shown any initiative to overcome these problems. Yet they are in a position to do something not just to mitigate the effect of these Western conceived systems and regimes but to propose entirely new ideas and proposals that can replace the old regimes and usher in a new and fairer World Order.

15. Asians can propose fair trade instead of free trade; the replacement of the US Dollar by a new trading currency, the stoppage of currency trading, replacing it with a new Bretton Woods kind of agreement that can restore stability in the valuation of currencies, imposing limits on mergers and acquisitions and the formulation of an international anti-trust laws etc. etc.

16. I would like to mention a particular effort initiated by Malaysia. The world still accepts that one way of solving conflicts between nations is to kill people and see who can kill the most. This is called war but war is about killing people.

17. In human society killing is a serious crime meriting the most severe punishment. Yet killing thousands of people in a war is not considered a crime. This is absurd. You must not kill one person but you can kill hundreds of thousands.

18. Malaysia is trying to make killing people in war as much a crime as murder in any human society. This is to be a total change in human values. Whoever initiates wars must be condemned as criminal killers and must be punished by the international community.

19. Asia can back this effort by Malaysia. This can be a major initiative by Asia. If Asia succeeds in stopping the killings, in making war a crime, it will mark a powerful contribution of Asia to human civilisation. It will mean that the human race has become truly civilised.

Published in: on May 25, 2008 at 18:59  Comments (6)  

Pulau Batu Puteh bukti jelas Kepimpinan malapetaka PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah gadai negara dan maruah bangsa

Jumaat 23 Mei 2008 merupakan sejarah hitam dalam proses pengkolonialisasi semula Malaysia. Mahkamah Keadilan Antarabangsa yang berpusat di The Hague, Belanda memutuskan bahawa perbalahan 28 tahun keatas Pulau Batu Puteh diberikan kepada Singapura untuk hak pemilikanya.

Tidak cukup maruah rakyat Malaysia tercemar dan kedaulatan negara diperlekehkan dengan keputusan ini, kini ada pula Menteri Kabinet cuba menyalahkan Negarawan yang begitu berjasa dalam tanahair dengan desakan lantang kepada kuasa kuasa besar dan mengkritik pemimpin lain sebagai punca negara tidak dihormati dan kes ini adalah illustrasi yang baik.

Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

Berhati-hati supaya kes Pulau Batu Putih tidak berulang

KOTA BHARU 24 Mei – Kerajaan diminta agar lebih berhati-hati pada masa akan datang bagi memastikan hak kedaulatan kawasan dan wilayah negara ini kekal terjamin di bawah kekuasaan Malaysia.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim berkata, langkah itu perlu supaya kes seperti kedaulatan Pulau Batu Putih tidak berulang.

Katanya, kerajaan perlu belajar dan mengambil iktibar daripada keputusan Mahkamah Keadilan Antarabangsa (ICJ) yang menyerahkan kedaulatan pulau tersebut kepada Singapura.

”Mengikut hakim yang membaca penghakiman dia mengatakan kita tidak mempunyai rekod yang baik dan tidak melakukan sesuatu yang seolah-olah menunjukkan itu hak kita.

”Kalau itu benar apa perlu dipelajari, kita harus berhati-hati dan jaga hak dengan baik supaya tidak lagi menghadapi perkara yang sama,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Mesyuarat Agung Persatuan Wartawan Melayu Kelantan Kali Keempat di sini hari ini.

Beliau mengulas keputusan ICJ di The Hague, Belanda semalam yang menyerahkan kedaulatan Pulau Batu Putih kepada Singapura.

Dalam penghakiman kira-kira sejam 45 minit itu, ICJ turut memutuskan bahawa Middle Rocks yang terletak kira-kira 0.5 batu nautika di selatan Pulau Batu Putih menjadi milik Malaysia, manakala status satu lagi bentuk maritim iaitu South Ledge akan menjadi milik negara di perairan mana pulau itu terletak.

Zaid berkata, keputusan tersebut tidak menimbulkan masalah besar kerana Malaysia dan Singapura mempunyai hubungan yang baik.

”Tidak jadi masalah kerana hubungan kita dengan Singapura sangat baik khususnya sejak Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi jadi Perdana Menteri.

”Ini hakikatnya negara mempunyai hubungan yang baik dengan negara-negara lain kerana Datuk Seri Abdullah tidak suka hentam pemimpin sana sini,” katanya.

Apa yang berlaku ialah sebaliknya. Wakil wakil yang dipilih negara untuk menghujahkan kes pemilikan rasmi Pulau Batu Puteh (nama antarabangsanya Pedra Branca) adalah lemah dan tidak bersungguh sungguh dalam persediaan. Ianya adalah umpama “Seorang yang menulis surat memberitahu bahawa beliau tidak lagi meminta hak keatas satu bidang tanah yang asalnya milik nenda beliau dan dengan surat itu, orang lain membawanya ke ICJ untuk memohon hak keatas sebidang tanah itu”.

Ini semua berlaku kerana Kepimpinan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi amat lemah dan sangat mudah dipermain dan pergunakan oleh semua pihak, terutama anasir anasir luar.

Apa yang berlaku seterusnya? Iskandar Malaysia adalah projek pembangunan terancang 2,600 km persegi dilancarkan dimana Singapura, sebagai negara industri akan meraih keuntungan besar. Semua program program industri yang menjadi penyokong dan pembekal huluan tulang belakang industri ‘bernilai tinggi’ (high value industries) seperti ICT, elektroniks, bio-teknologi, pasaran modal dan perkhidmatan professional akan dipindahkan ke Johor. Oleh itu, segala isu yang Singapura tidak mahu terlibat seperti alam sekitar dan keperluan buruh akan menjadi masalah Johor.

Ini lebih jelas apabila PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah mempelawa Singapura duduk dalam jawatankuasa bertindak peringkat pegawai tertinggi dalam isu isu perancangan dan keputusan strategik Iskandar Malaysia melibatkan soal imigresen, alam sekitar, pengangkutan dan sumber manusia.

Iskandar Malaysia juga akan menjadi hub barangan yang berasal dari Israel dipakej semula di Singapura dan diedarkan kepada dunia Islam berjumlah lebih 250 juta dirantau ini dan dalam fasa seterusnya, kepada 1.1 billion umat Islam lainya dengan segala kemudahan pengimportan tanpa pemeriksaan, dokumentasi dan sekatan (seamless movement of goods) kedalam sempadan Malaysia melalui mana mana pintu masuk Selatan.

Wakil wakil (nominee) Yahudi Zionis juga bebas membeli hartanah dan memiliki syarikat dalam Malaysia, melalui syarikat yang mereka labur dalam Iskandar Malaysia. Buktinya, Haliburton, syarikat yang mendapat begitu banyak perolehan lumayan dalam episod penaklukan dan penghambaan Iraq, kini mempunyai kilang beroperasi di Johor.

Sebelum ini, Pengerusi Panel Penasihat IDRA Tun Musa Hitam sudahpun mengumumkan bahawa Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) tidak akan dilaksanakan dalam Iskandar Malaysia dan apabila ditanya bahawa apakah ini permulaan (DEB) akan tidak dilaksanakan keseluruh negara pula, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah menjawab “Ya”.

Samada debat dimana semua ini dirancang dan beliau sebahagian dari perancangan untuk mengadai negara dan maruah dan kedaulatan negara (melalui rancangan licik ‘Tingkat Empat’) atau beliau merupakan seorang pemimpin yang dungu dan bebal, ianya tidak menjadi keutamaan lagi. Sekarang sudah tiba peringkat TERLAMBAT untuk PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah terus menerajui dan mempunyai kuasa mutlak membuat keputusan!

*Perkembangan dikemaskini 8.30pagi

Peguam Matthias Chang mempunyai pendapat berikut mengenai konspirasi Yahudi Zionis dan menyusup melalui kes seperti Pulau Batu Puteh ini:

THE PULAU BATU PUTEH CASE

A STRATEGIC DISASTER FOR MALAYSIA

by Matthias Chang

Singapore Got The Mansion

Malaysia Got Some Rocks Which Cannot

Be Used To Put Up Even A Kampong Hut

YET RAIS YATIM SAYS,

We won half and Singapore won half. So I

Say it’s a win-win situation …”

A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS

AND THE PICTURE OF PULAU BATU PUTEH, MIDDLE ROCKS AND THE SOUTH LEDGE AT THE FRONT PAGE OF STAR NEWSPAPER 24.5.2008 SAYS IT ALL

Summary of Criticism

1) The Legal Team

I am a lawyer and had studied International Law for my Bar Exams in 1975 under the distinguished Professor Ian Brownlie C.B.E. Q.C. member of the English Bar, Chairman of the UN International Law Commission, Emeritus Chichele Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford, member of the Institut de droit international, Distinguished Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford.

Ian Brownlie is the “leader” of the foreign team advising the Singapore government. A brilliant choice!

(a) Foreign Component

The foreign component of the legal team of Malaysia and Singapore are internationally renowned experts in international law and I have no doubts that they discharged their responsibilities admirably. But tactically, the Singapore “foreign component” had a critical advantage in that Ian Brownlie is the Chairman of the UN International Law Commission, and Mr. Alain Pellet is a member and former Chairman of the UN International Law Commission. And Ian Brownlie is not just a brilliant Lawyer (Q.C.), he is also a lawyer who has a profound grasp of geo-political issues.

To dispel any misperceptions and misunderstanding, I am not suggesting that they can influence the ICJ judges, but having served in such a critical position, Ian Brownlie and Alain Pellet have the inside track on the current thinking and or the approach of the ICJ in such disputes. After all, the UN International Law Commission sets the direction and the development of international law. I am therefore not surprised that Singapore went the extra mile to secure their services – a brilliant strategic appointment.

This dispute is not a mere dispute of ownership and sovereignty over some patches of rocks etc. but a strategic battle for control of territorial waters and sea lanes.

(b) Local Component

Both countries for obvious reasons had Ministers to provide the political imput and the critical linkage to their respective Prime Ministers. But, it cannot be said of Abdullah Badawi, our Prime Minister that at all material times, he was “hands-on” in this strategic battle with Singapore – especially when he had conceded so many issues to Singapore (the bridge, airspace, the Iskandar project etc.).

Singapore had a battle-ready Commander-in-Chief, whereas Malaysia’s leader was sleeping and out of touch.

Once again, I must praise Singapore for their brilliant tactical move in having the Chief Justice Mr. Chan Sek Keong as part of the legal team. It reflects the seriousness and total commitment of Singapore to win this case at all costs!

Why was having the Chief Justice as part of the legal team another brilliant strategic appointment?

Simple!

A good advocate does not necessarily make a good judge. But a judge knows the inside workings of the judiciary and how consensus is established amongst judges in arriving at a decision. Therefore, in submitting on behalf of Singapore, the Chief Justice would know how to play to the strength and weaknesses of judges and would be able to offer critical advice to the rest of the team. The Judges of the International Court of Justice must have been impressed by the presence of the Chief Justice. I stand to be corrected, but this could be the first case in which a Chief Justice appeared before the Court. Even if I am wrong on this score, it can be said without fear of contradiction that it would be very rare for a Chief Justice to advance a case for his country.

My US$ Trillion dollar question is – Where was our Chief Justice when it was apparent that Singapore would be using all their “heavy” weapons?

Sad to say, our Judges, including the Chief Justice were all too busy fighting among themselves for the coveted top three jobs in the judiciary to be bothered about this mundane affair. It has no significance to them. I am not surprised that they took the attitude, “this has nothing to do with the judiciary, we judges hear cases, we do not partake in advocacy – even if the country’s strategic interests are at stake.”

We may dislike Singapore and disparage their system of administration, but there is one thing we must admit and learn – when they go to battle, any battle, anyone from the highest to the lowest can be and must be recruited if it serves to ensure victory. Should we be surprised that we keep on losing to Singapore?

The independence of the Malaysian Judiciary is meaningless, if at such critical juncture it is not able to play any role at all. Leadership is sorely lacking!

The Malaysian Bar Council is likewise irrelevant. It is so arrogant and conceited that it cannot see beyond its ugly nose. Like the judiciary, it is a den of vipers and its primary aim (as reflected by the conduct of past and present Chairman) is to promote it’s preferred slate of judicial candidates for higher office.

(c) The Research Component

If the research component is the same as the one that was assembled to do battle with Singapore on the Water Dispute, then I am not at all surprised that we lost this crucial battle to Singapore.

In both cases, Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Mohamad was the point man.

The team that advised the then Prime Minister (which is almost the same team as the present one) took the view that Malaysia had a weak case. The Prime Minister was so disappointed in their collective attitude that he instructed me to embark on an independent research and to ensure that no stones were left unturned.

Working close to 18 hours a day for a week, I was able to compiled 14 volumes of critical documents (approximately 1,500 pages) and assembled a team of senior practicing lawyers. The critical document (and our nuclear weapon) was the letter written by none other than Mr. Lee Kuan Yew that no documents, notes, letters, memos etc. exchanged between Malaysia and Singapore will be binding as they were written on a “without prejudice” basis, and that unless and until a formal agreement has been signed by the respective Prime Ministers, nothing is deemed agreed!

When this crucial letter was brought to the attention of the said legal team (which they were not aware) they sheepishly conceded that Singapore had no case against Malaysia!

I do not know whether the team has learnt a lesson from that experience and that for this case, a more thorough effort was mounted. I certainly hope so. But I have my doubts, as Tan Sri Kadir Mohamad is still the point man. In fact, he was appointed by Abdullah Badawi as the “Adviser” and on my retirement as Political Secretary to the then Prime Minister, he moved in and occupied my then office.

2) The Legal Arguments

1) Introduction

For the purposes of this article which is written for the benefit of the public, I do not intend to provide an exhaustive analysis of the judgment of the International Court of Justice. But, I would like to highlight some salient points which will expose the perverse conclusions of the said court that “sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh passed to Singapore” as a result of events in the last eighty (80) years.

From the submissions of the respective parties and the judgment of the Court, it is clear that Malaysia and Singapore adopted the common strategy of having all or nothing in determining whether it has sovereignty over:

a) Pedra Branca /Pulau Batu Puteh

b) Middle Rocks

c) South Ledge

as they are “geographically linked”.

Pulau Batu Puteh is a granite island measuring 137 m long, with an average width of 60 m and covering an area of about 8,560 sq m at low tide. It is situated at the eastern entrance of the Straits of Singapore, at the point where the latter open up into the South China Sea. Pulau Batu Puteh is located at 1º 19’ 48” N and 104º 24’ 27” E. It lies approximately 24 nautical miles to the east of Singapore, 7.7 nautical miles to the south of the Malaysian state of Johor and 7.6 nautical miles to the north of the Indonesian island of Bintan.

On the island stands Horsburgh Lighthouse which was erected in the middle of the 19th century.

Middle Rocks and South Ledge are the two maritime features closest to Pulau Batu Puteh. Middle Rock is located 0.6 nautical miles to the south and consists of two clusters of small rocks about 250 m apart that are permanently above water and stand 0.6 to 1.2 m high. South Ledge, at 2.2 nautical miles to the south-south-west of Palau Batu Puteh is a rock formation only visible at low tide.

I trust that you will now agree that Singapore was given “the mansion, while Malaysia was given some rocks which stand only 0.6 to 1.w2 m high”! In short, Malaysia was given crumbs to save face! But our current Foreign Minister says that it is a win-win situation.

How stupid and ridiculous can one get? Freaking a#@hole!

2) Applying Imperialist’s Logic

a) Ownership by Sultanate of Johor

After reviewing the history of the Johor Sultanate and the Dutch and British rivalry for control of South East Asia and the insidious role of the East India Company as an instrument for colonial conquest and occupation, the Court concluded:

“The territorial domain of the sultanate of Johor covered in principle all the islands and islets within the Straits of Singapore, including the island of Pulau Batu Puteh. It finds that this possession of the islands by the Sultanate was never challenged by any other power in the region and can in all circumstances be seen as satisfying the condition of ‘continuous and peaceful display of territorial sovereignty. The Court thus concludes that the Sultanate of Johor had original title to Pulau batu Puteh.”

The Court then reviewed the Imperialist Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824 wherein the two colonial powers divided South-East Asia into two separate spheres of influence. The argument by Singapore that by this time the islands in the Straits of Singapore (including Pulau Batu Puteh) were terrae nullius and therefore subject to appropriation through “lawful occupation” was rejected by the Court. The Court concluded that notwithstanding the aforesaid Treaty:

“that as of the time when the British started their preparations for the construction of the lighthouse on Pulau Batu Puteh in 1844, this island was under the sovereignty of the Sultan of Johor.”

b) The 21st September 1953 Letter

On 12th June 1953, the Colonial Secretary of Singapore wrote to the British Adviser to the Sultan of Johor on the status of the island. We know that at the material time, British Advisers had tremendous influence. Why was there such an enquiry when it was very clear that the Sultan had ownership and sovereignty over the island at all material times? The British using this subterfuge must have been preparing the ground for a letter to be issued disclaiming sovereignty over the island. In a letter dated 21st September 1953, the Acting State Secretary replied that “the Johore Government did not claim ownership of Pedra Branca.”

Surely, if the Sultan was indeed disclaiming ownership and sovereignty to the island, any reference would be that of Pulau Batu Puteh as the island was known as such to the Sultanate. The fact that the letter used the Portuguese name of Pedra Branca is evidence that the British contrived to issue this letter. The letter did not say that it was the Sultan that was disclaiming sovereignty. It was the Johor government, which was under British control. Thus we had a situation whereby a British administration in Singapore was writing to another British administration in Johor as to the status of an island belonging to the Sultan and by a stroke of a pen, hijacked the island for their own strategic use.

The Court, applying Imperialist logic dismisses Malaysia’s contention that “the Acting State Secretary was definitely not authorized and did not have the legal capacity to write the 1953 letter, or to renounce, disclaim, or confirm title of any part of the territories of Johor.”

The Court applying bizarre logic then concluded:

“In the light of Johor’s reply, the authorities in Singapore had no reason to doubt that the United Kingdom had sovereignty over the island.”

This is perverse Imperialist logic! Why should the Sultan for no rhyme or reason and out of the blues disclaim or renounce sovereignty over the island? This the Court never explained.

It is abundantly clear that the ICJ used this letter as the main basis (giving its historical context) for their majority decision that sovereignty passed to Singapore. The other secondary reasons (issue of maps) relied on by the Court which of itself are never ever sufficient and or conclusive to support a claim for sovereignty as they can refuted by other countervailing documents.

I am fortified in my view as one of the judges, though agreeing with the majority opinion that Singapore has sovereignty over the island observed that the Court failed to appreciate impact and consequences that at the material time when the letter of 1953 was issued, the Sultan of Johor was under the “colonial control” of the British Colonial administration. I quote:

“While relations between sovereign colonial Powers fell within the ambit of international law, it is difficult to argue that dealings between the United kingdom and the Sultanate of Johor were based on relations between sovereign, equal subjects of international law. Thus, the sovereignty acknowledged to indigenous authorities was inoperative vis-à-vis colonial Powers, the authorities’ sole obligation being to submit to the will of the powers. Under these circumstances, the Sultan of Johor could not broach the slightest opposition to a decision by the British.”

Judge Parra-Aranguren was more devastating in his dissenting opinion and considered that “the findings made by the Court in the judgment demonstrate that judicial reason can always be found to support any conclusion.”

This is indeed a grievous indictment as to the integrity of the judgment and the judges that formed the majority opinion. I believe that this may be the first time that a fellow judge has questioned in such a dramatic way the integrity of the judgment of his fellow judges.

I wonder whether the Malaysian Bar and its Chairman, Ambiga has the courage of its convictions to expose this perverse judgment. In his dissenting judgment, Justice Parra-Aranguren supported my contention that the Court applied imperialist logic with regard to the effect and implications of the 21st September 1953 letter.

Additionally, the said judge exposed the fact that the conclusions offered by the majority opinion contradicts and are in conflict with their own findings of fact. For example, the bulk of activities of alleged “Singapore control” over the island was post 1953 and that both parties had agreed and the Court found that 1980 was the critical date for the purposes of the dispute as to sovereignty over the island.

Therefore, Singapore was only “actively involved” in the island for about 20 odd years. Yet, in an earlier decision in 2002, the Court handed down a judgment that a period of 20 years of activity is “far too short” a period to establish sovereignty [case: Land and Maritime Boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria, ICJ Reports 2002, page 352]

Such activities cannot in law undermine historical title, which title was acknowledged as having being with the Sultan of Johor. There is the added confusion in the said judgment [para 222] in that the Court expressly acknowledges that “ownership is in principle distinct from sovereignty.”

This is where I believe the Malaysian team screwed up big time. The judge observed that at all material times, the Sultanate of Johor used the term “ownership” and not “sovereignty”.

The judge also observed that there have been a few instances where in international litigation, “ownership” over territory has sometimes been used as “equivalent to sovereignty”. Be that as it may, the fact remains, that “ownership” and “sovereignty” are two distinct and separate concepts!

Conclusions

This article written for the public cannot encompass the entire legal arguments in support of my contention that the judgment of the ICJ is perverse.

There are urgent lessons to be learnt from this case. But I am not hopeful that Malaysia will more vigilant in protecting itself from predator states like Singapore from hijacking our lands.

This case seems to rest on the same principles in which Israel was founded. The myth and propaganda [specifically by Golda Meir] for the creation of Israel in Palestine was that Palestine was a land without any people, and that the Jews were people without a land.

Therefore, it was right and proper to take the land away from the Palestinians.

Singapore do not have enough land for its people. It has attempted to reclaim land even on the island of Pulau Batu Puteh, besides the use of the strategic lighthouse. Singapore claims that Johor has no sovereignty over the island. Therefore, the island belongs to Singapore.

This is Zionist fascist logic.

Matthias Chang

24th May 2008

Kuala Lumpur

Published in: on May 25, 2008 at 06:04  Comments (33)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir kembali ke tanahair setelah keluar bersyarat dari UMNO

Mantan Presiden UMNO dan kini, Mantan Ahli UMNO (keluar bersyarat pada 10 Mei 2008 ) akan kembali ke tanahair setelah lawat kerja ke Jepun.

Semua dijemput untuk menyambut dan memberikan sokongan di:

Terminal Persendirian Petronas

Lapangan Terbang

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah

Subang

27 Mei 2008

400pm

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BigDogDotCom millionth paw prints

BigDogDotCom reached its millionth paw prints today. Fifteen months ago, it started with the article on post Perdana Global Peace Forum III. Then it was the scoop from Johor Bahru on Former UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s call for “UMNO not to fear leadership change”. Till present, it has posted 518 articles.

In during this time, BigDogDotCom managed to have several scoops, some controversial, including the one with Riong Kali enjoying his beverage. There was one which was translated into French and linked into an official French Navy portal.

We at BigDogDotCom would like to express our utmost sincere appreciation and gratitude all those who supported, inspired, encouraged, commented and even detest writings in our blog. It provided some degree of recognition and validation, especially amongst Malaysians who dwell actively in the blogosphere and made this fifth estate a colourful dimension place to be.

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