MH 370 missing

Malaysia Airlines B777-200 with Rolls Royce Trent 892 engines, acquired from 1997

Malaysia Airlines B777-200 with Rolls Royce Trent 892 engines, acquired from 1997

Malaysia Airlines B777-200 MH 370 bound for Beijing from KLIA is believed to be missing after two hours flight. The flight is carrying 2 flight crew, 10 cabin crew and 227 passengers went off the radar screen without any distress call.

Exact location has not been determined but  the aircraft is believed to be off the coast of Semenanjung Malaysia and somewhere over the South China Sea closer to Vietnam.

It took off from KUL at 0041hrs and was expected to land in PEK at 0630hrs, which is an hour ago. All communications to contact MH370 failed. HKG air traffic controllers confirmed at 0530hrs that MH370 did not enter Hong Kong airspace. The air traffic controller in Subang delacred code red at 0530hrs. Search and rescue has been activated, to locate the missing aircraft believed in the South China Sea.

The commander of the missing aircraft with tail number 9M-MRO  is believed to be Captain Zahari Ahmad Shah, 53. He is an experienced aviator.

*Updated 0900hrs

NST story:

08 March 2014| last updated at 08:54AM

Malaysia Airlines ‘lost contact’ with plane carrying 239 people: carrier

By HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN | shamira@nst.com.my
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KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today.

The plane was carrying a total number of 227 passengers including two infants and twelve crew members.

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that the B777-200 aircraft had departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am today and was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day.

“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft,” the statement said.

The airline said they will provide regular updates on the situation.

Meanwhile, the public may contact +603 7884 1234 for more information

Read more: Malaysia Airlines ‘lost contact’ with plane carrying 239 people: carrier – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/malaysia-airlines-lost-contact-with-plane-carrying-239-people-carrier-1.502231?cache=03%2F7.230513%3Fkey%3DMalaysia%2F7.325431%2F7.478238%2F7.478238%2F7.478238%2F7.502513%2F7.502513%2F7.502513%2F7.502513#ixzz2vKT9wHug

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*Updated 1130hrs

Malaysia Airlines GCEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya’s media conference

This was AJ’s PC 40 mins ago;

MH370 Incident

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are deeply saddened this morning with the news on MH370.

Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 had lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today.

There has been speculation that the aircraft has landed at Nanming.

We are working to verify the authenticity of the report and others.

Flight MH370 was operated on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

It departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 amearlier this morning bound for Beijing.

The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time.

The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.

The passengers were of 14 different nationalities – citizens from:-

1. China – 152 plus 1 infant
2. Malaysia – 38
3. Indonesia – 12
4. Australia – 7
5. France – 3
6. United States of America – 3 pax plus 1 infant
7. New Zealand – 2
8. Ukraine – 2
9. Canada – 2
10. Russia – 1
11. Italy – 1
12. Taiwan – 1
13. Netherlands – 1
14. Austria – 1

This flight was a code share with China Southern Airlines.

We are working with authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.

Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew.

The flight was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53. He has a total flying hours of 18,365hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981.

First officer, Fariq Ab.Hamid, a Malaysian, is aged 27. He has a total flying hours of 2,763 hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.

Our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.

The airline will provide regular updates on the situation.

The public may contact +603 7884 1234.

For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.

Please also log on towww.malaysiaairlines.com for updates.

Next-of-kin may head to the Support Facility Building at KLIA’s South Support Zone. For directions, call 03 8787 1269

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*Updated 1430hrs

Transport Minister Dato' Seri Hishamuddin Hussein giving a media conference at the  media centre in Sama Sama

Transport Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein giving a media conference at the media centre in Sama Sama. Together with him are Malaysia Airlines GCEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, DG DCA Dato’ Azaharuddin Abdul Rahman and Security of National Security Council Dato’ Mohd. Thajudden Abdul Wahab

In his media conference at 1430hrs Minister of Transport Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein confirmed these points:

1. After consulting Chief of Defense Forces, Chief of the Navy and Chief of the Air Force this morning, Malaysian Armed Forces would be deployed in the area where the aircraft at the last known position which is 065515N, 103443E
2. Operation Command Centre headed by DCA Chief Dato Azharuddin Abdul Rahman would co-ordinate all search and rescue operations. OCC would update the media every two hourly.
3. The OCC and all Malaysian Government agencies involved in the operation are working very closely with relevant agencies and governments of Vietnam, The Phillipines and China, through their embassies and foreign offices on the operation to locate, search and rescue of the missing aircraft and if there are any survivors
4. Confirmed that the earlier stories about the ‘Landing at Nanming’ and ‘Debris at an island off the coast of Vietnam’ are not true and cannot be validated

The Minister also added the since the DCA and National Security Council denied the report about debris seen nearer to the Vietnam coast, he has asked the Chief of Navy to work closely with the Vietnamese Navy of the search and rescue.

“Our C130s and EC725s already started the search and rescue operations. All RMN vessels  in the vicinity have also joined the operation”.

He also reminded that public shouldn’t be reckless and over-eager in spreading unconfirmed reports or stories as it would complicate the situation further.

“We will be transparent with this operation. Please liaise with the OCC, which would update the media every two hourly”.

Malaysia Airlines GCEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Head of Engineering Azahari Mohd. Dahlan, DG of DCA Dato’ Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, National Security Council Secretary Dato’ Mohd. Thajuddeen Abdul Wahab and Malaysia Airports Bhd. Director of Operations for KL Dato’ Azmi Murad were present at the Transport Minister’s Press Conference.

“Our sympathies are with the families of passengers and crew of the missing MH370. We would do our best to help them”.

Ahmad Jauhari said an emergency respond team has been activated and the moment are engaging all the family members. Most affected families have been contacted and they have started to come to Main Terminal Building KLIA.

“We would send an aircraft with some of these team very soon, to faciliate all necessary efforts in the operations”.

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Agong: Allah is exclusively for Muslims only

His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badli Shah made it clear that kalimah “Allah” is exclusively for Muslims only.

Agong says ‘Allah’ exclusive to Muslims, cites 1986 fatwa

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong today said several words including “Allah” were the exclusive rights of Muslims, citing a 1986 decree by the National Fatwa Council on their use.

Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, who is also the Sultan of Kedah, said that religious sensitivity must be observed and the status of Islam as the country’s official religion must be respected.

“Confusion and controversy can be avoided if all parties abide by the law and judicial decisions,” he was quoted by the New Straits Times as saying in his speech during an investiture ceremony at Istana Anak Bukit in Alor Setar, today.

The ceremony was in conjunction with the Sultan of Kedah’s 86th birthday.

The Sultan’s speech was read out by the Sultan of Kedah Council of Regency chairman, Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Sultan Badlishah.

The Sultan, who is presently the head of Islam in Malaysia, said the public should respect religious and social sensitivities, including on the “Allah” issue, to preserve peace and stability in Malaysia.

“Mutual respect of religion and race in Malaysia’s multiracial society has long been the pillar of stability and peace in the country.”

“Without stability, the state and country would descend into a state of chaos. It is also feared that enemies from within would seize the opportunity to implement their agenda.”

He also urged Muslims to reject all other Islamic schools of thought other than Sunni to preserve the interests of the ummah.

“This is of paramount importance to avoid civil war breaking out among Muslims, like what is happening in other Muslim countries,” the Agong said in his speech.

The Sultan’s speech comes against a backdrop of rising religious tension between Muslim and Christian groups in the country over the use of the word “Allah” by Malay-speaking Christians.

Yesterday, Minister the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nancy Shukri insisted that Putrajaya remained committed to the 10-point solution signed with Sabah and Sarawak, allowing Christians to use “Allah” in the Bahasa Malaysia Bible.

The 10-point solution was announced in April 2011 to resolve the issue on the use of the word “Allah” in Bahasa Malaysia Bible used by majority of Christians in East Malaysia.

Among others, the agreement, drawn up by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala, allows Bible of all languages to be printed locally or imported into the country.

The controversy boiled over again early this month following a raid by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) at the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM), seizing some 300 copies of Malay- and Iban-language Bible and detaining two BSM officials.

Christian and Muslim groups have been at loggerheads after the October 14 ruling by the Court of Appeal, barring “Allah” to the Catholic Church.

The “Allah” row dates back to a 2009 High Court ruling upholding the Catholic Church’s constitutional right to use the word in the Bahasa Malaysia section of its weekly Herald, and has its roots in laws prohibitng non-Muslims from using the Arabic term.

The legal dispute between the government and the Catholic Church is still pending before the Federal Court, which will hear the case on February 24 to decide on whether it would hear an appeal by the Catholic Church. – January 19, 2014.

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His Majesty said this is his titah commemorating his 89th birthday, which was read by Chairman of Kedah Regency Council HRH Tunku Tan Sri Annuar Sultan Badlishah at Istana Anak Bukit, Alor Setar, Kedah.

This is reference to the 1986 National Fatwa Council definition. In 1988, almost all states rectified the Enactment for Propagation of Non Muslim Religions. This is direct reference to existing provisions to safeguard the interest of Malay-Muslim majority as per enshrined by the Federal Constitution Articles 3(1) and 11(4).

This is the highest level titah for HRH Rulers on the definition of kalimah “Allah” exclusively for Muslims only after HRH Sultan of Selangor’s titah on the same matter 6 January 2013.

In his 2012 Christmas Day message, Chinese Chauvinist DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng demanded that Christians be allowed to use kalimah “Allah” in place of God.

The matter of Catholic Church Malay publication Herald to challenge in court Minister of Home Affairs decision to ban the use of kalimah “Allah” in 1986 has been used as a matter of contention to provoke the sentiments of the Malay-Muslim majority. In the same stroke, the matter is used to systematically challenge the sanctity of Islam as the Religion of Federation and position and role of HRH Rulers as Constitutional Heads of Islam.

This had been part of the ‘politics of hatred’ strategy to demonise the authority, which is mainly under the watch of Malay-Muslim power base, to portray the example of ‘The majority oppressing the minority’ when decisions or actions are taken against them. It doesn’t matter is these decisions or actions are within provisions enshrined by the Federal Constitution.

This decree by His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong should provide some bearing on how interpretations of the kalimah “Allah” contention should be made, once and for all.

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Strengthening the basics

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UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin in his closure speech at the 64th UMNO General Assembly focused on issues pertaining to education and Islam, as a take away for this year’s meet.

1. All education bureau at division level is to participate in National Education Blueprint. Their role is to get the local community in understanding and roll out of the policy
2. “Lifelong Learning for Islam” introduced in the opening speech of the Wanita, Pemuda and Puteri UMNO general assembly on Tuesday is to use existing community colleges as the platform and special programs instituted
3. Learning of Al Quran in all schools would be intensified and ensure all school leavers khatam the Holy Book by the time they leave school
4. More schemes to convert PTPTN as scholarship would be introduced, based on merit

5. The roll out for school-based evaluation system instead of examination-based evaluation system for the education system

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak in his closure speech announced that Maybank would temporarily suspend all commitments affected by home and property owners affected by the flood. A special RM500.00 relief fund would be issued to all affected families.

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Menyambung Risalah Perjuangan Suci

TEKS UCAPAN

YAB TAN SRI DATO’ HJ MUHYIDDIN HJ MOHD YASSIN
TIMBALAN PRESIDEN UMNO

DI MAJLIS PERASMIAN PERHIMPUNAN PERGERAKAN WANITA, PEMUDA DAN PUTERI UMNO 2013

“MENYAMBUNG RISALAH PERJUANGAN SUCI”

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلىَ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدِ، الْفَاتِحِ لِمَا أُغْلِقَ وَالْخَاتِمِ لِمَا سَبَقَ، نَاصِرِ الْحَقِّ بِالْحَقِّ، وَالْهَادِي إِلَى صِرَاطِكَ الْمُسْتَقِيْمِ وَعَلىَ آلِهِ حَقَّ قَدْرِهِ وَمِقْدَارِهِ العَظِيْمِ

Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

YB Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
Ketua Pergerakan Wanita

YB Sdr. Khairy Jamaluddin
Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda

YB Mas Ermieyati Samsudin
Ketua Pergerakan Puteri

YB Naib-Naib Presiden UMNO

YB Setiausaha Agung UMNO

Ahli-ahli Majlis Tertinggi

Barisan Exco Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri

Saudara-saudari sidang perwakilan, dif-dif jemputan dan para pemerhati sekalian

1.​Alhamdulillah, kita bersyukur ke hadrat Allah s.w.t. kerana pada malam ini kita dapat berhimpun untuk menyempurnakan Majlis Perasmian Persidangan Perwakilan Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri UMNO 2013. Untuk kesekian kalinya, kita pewaris perjuangan bangsa Melayu sejak turun temurun meneruskan tradisi menghadiri perhimpunan terbesar umat Melayu demi menyambung risalah perjuangan memartabatkan agama, bangsa dan tanah air kita.

2.​Setinggi-tinggi kesyukuran juga kita panjatkan ke hadrat Allah s.w.t. kerana kita menjadi insan yang terpilih untuk berada di dalam saf perjuangan UMNO. Melalui wadah UMNO, para pejuang bangsa kita yang terdahulu telah berjaya menyatukan hati umat Melayu untuk memerdekakan tanahair dan seterusnya menggembeleng usaha mengangkat martabat agama dan bangsa kita.Semua pejuang UMNO yang berada di sini pada malam ini, dan di seluruh pelusuk negara, merupakan penyambung risalah perjuangan suci ini.Dalam mengemudi haluan perjuangan parti kita, yang kita harapkan hanyalah pertolongan dan redha Allah jua. Sepertimana firman Allah s.w.t. dalam Surah Al-Ankabut, Ayat 69:

وَٱلَّذِينَ جَـٰهَدُواْ فِينَا لَنَہۡدِيَنَّہُمۡ سُبُلَنَا‌ۚ وَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَمَعَ ٱلۡمُحۡسِنِينَ

Yang bermaksud:

Dan orang-orang yang berusaha dengan bersungguh-sungguh kerana memenuhi kehendak agama Kami, sesungguhnya Kami akan memimpin mereka ke jalan-jalan Kami (yang menjadikan mereka bergembira serta beroleh keredaan) dan sesungguhnya (pertolongan dan bantuan) Allah adalah berserta orang-orang yang berusaha membaiki amalannya.

3.​Terlebih dahulu, di awal ucapan ini saya ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan syabas dan tahniah kepada barisan kepimpinan Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri UMNO yang telah dipilih untuk menerajui ketiga-tiga sayap parti dalam pemilihan baru-baru ini. Saya ucapkan tahniah kepada Datuk Seri Shahrizat, Khairy dan Mas Ermiyati.Marilah kita berikan tepukan gemuruh kepada mereka.Saya juga ingin mengucapkan tahniah kepada seluruh barisan exco Pemuda, Wanita dan Puteri serta kepimpinan ketiga-tiga pergerakan di peringkat bahagian dan cawangan.

4.​Kita bersyukur kerana proses pemilihan parti kita telah berjalan lancar tanpa sebarang musibah. Saya yakin, pemilihan UMNO yang melibatkan ratusan ribu perwakilan di seluruh negara membuktikan bahawa proses transformasi UMNO menjadi parti yang lebih demokratik, telus dan terbuka semakin berhasil. Menerusi pemilihan yang lalu, kita semua dapat saksikan bahawa amalan demokrasi di dalam parti kita terus subur, malah jauh lebih baik berbanding parti pembangkang.

5.​Ada sebuah parti di negara kita yang sering menuduh kononnya UMNO tidak demokratik, tidak telus dan menipu semasa pilihan raya. Parti ini gemar mendabik dada dialah juara demokrasi, akauntabiliti, ketelusan, kecekapan dan bermacam-macam lagi.Kononnya dialah parti yang terbaik di negara ini.Tetapi Allah Maha Berkuasa. Baru-baru ini ditunjukkan tembelang sebenar parti ini yang terpaksa mengadakan semula pemilihan Jawatankuasa Eksekutif Pusat kerana didakwa oleh ahli mereka sendiri terdapat penipuan dalam proses pengundian. Lebih teruk lagi, pemilihan kali kedua pun masih dipertikaikan. Bak kata pepatah:

Paku dulang paku serpih
Mengata orang dia yang lebih

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

6.​Perhimpunan tahun ini amat istimewa kerana diadakan selepas kita mencapai kemenangan dalam Pilihanraya Umum ke-13. Setahun yang lalu di dewan inilah kita bulatkan tekad, jitukan semangat dan panjatkan doa kepada Allah untuk memenangi pilihanraya umum yang dikatakan amat mencabar bagi kita. Alhamdulillah, kita bersyukur ke hadrat Allah s.w.t. kerana doa kita telah dikabulkan olehNya dan ikhtiar kita telah mendatangkan kejayaan yang amat bermakna buat kita semua.

7.​Saya mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan terima kasih dan tahniah kepada seluruh jentera Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri UMNO yang telah berusaha dengan gigih untuk memastikan kemenangan UMNO dan Barisan Nasional. Kita berterima kasih kepada rakyat Malaysia yang terus memberikan mandat kepada Barisan Nasional untuk mentadbir negara. Kepada orang Melayu dan Bumiputera khususnya, kita amat berterima kasih kerana dengan sokongan padu mereka kepada UMNO, parti kita telah berjaya menambah kerusi di Parlimen daripada 79 kepada 88 kerusi kesemuanya. Dengan kemenangan ini, UMNO adalah parti yang memenangi jumlah kerusi terbanyak dalam pilihanraya. Alhamdulillah, berkat sokongan padu orang Melayu dan Bumiputera kepada UMNO, parti kita kekal menjadi tonggak kekuatan Barisan Nasional.

8.​Tidak kita nafikan bahawa PRU-13 merupakan suatu pentas jihad untuk memastikan kelangsungan perjuangan UMNO demi agama, bangsa dan negara kita. Alhamdulillah, kita telah berjaya menjulang panji kemenangan di medan jihad ini. Walaupun berhadapan dengan pelbagai tohmahan dan pembohongan yang dilemparkan oleh pembangkang, termasuk oleh konco-konco mereka dari dalam dan luar negara, UMNO dan Barisan Nasional terus berdiri megah sebagai parti yang mendapat mandat rakyat untuk memerintah.

9.​Kita sedar dalam pilihanraya yang lalu, UMNO bukan sahaja berhadapan dengan serangan parti pembangkang, malah belasahan gerombolan kuasa jahat yang mahu melihat parti keramat orang Melayu dan umat Islam ini berkubur di tanah air sendiri. Namun, berpantang maut sebelum ajal, dengan rahmat dan inayah Allah s.w.t. kita berjaya mempertahankan kelangsungan UMNO.

10.​Di sebalik kejayaan memenangi PRU-13, jangan kita lalai dan leka. Kemenangan UMNO dan Barisan Nasional adalah kemenangan bersyarat. UMNO berjaya menambah bilangan kerusi di Parlimen, tetapi Barisan Nasional mengalami kekurangan sokongan terutamanya dalam kalangan pengundi muda dan pengundi bandar. Kita berjaya memenangi semula negeri Kedah dan mengekalkan pentadbiran negeri Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Pahang, Terengganu, Perlis dan Sabah, tetapi kita gagal memenangi Pulau Pinang, Selangor dan Kelantan. Bilangan kerusi kita di negeri-negeri kubu kuat UMNO seperti Johor dan Melaka juga berkurangan.

11.​UMNO perlu memahami mesej jelas yang cuba dihantar oleh para pengundi. Kita perlu bermuhasabah secara jujur dan ikhlas untuk mengetahui sebab-musabab mengapa sokongan pengundi bandar dan golongan muda terhadap parti kita tidak seperti yang diharapkan. Apakah selama ini sentuhan UMNO tidak begitu dirasai oleh mereka? Mungkinkah terdapat kelemahan-kelemahan yang perlu kita perbaiki? Apakah bentuk penambahbaikan yang perlu kita laksanakan? Setidak-tidaknya, para pengundi telah menghantar mesej jelas kepada UMNO bahawa transformasi UMNO sebagai parti yang benar-benar merasai denyut nadi rakyat dan berupaya menggalas harapan rakyat mesti diteruskan.

12.​Bagi orang Melayu dan Bumiputera pula, mereka telah buktikan bahawa sokongan padu merekalah yang menjadi sumber kekuatan UMNO dan Barisan Nasional. Harapan mereka kepada UMNO semakin tinggi dan mereka mahu sokongan kepada UMNO tidak disia-siakan. Mereka ingin melihat UMNO terus menjadi penyelamat Melayu dan perisai Islam yang sejati. Bagi orang Melayu dan Bumiputera, UMNO lah tempat mereka bernaung. Bak kata pepatah:

Uratnya tempat bersila
Batangnya tempat bersandar
Daunnya tempat berteduh

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

13.​Persoalan yang sedang berlegar di minda orang Melayu selepas PRU-13 ialah kemanakah halatuju UMNO? Apakah UMNO akan terus berusaha untuk meningkatkan taraf ekonomi orang Melayu dan Bumiputera? Apakah UMNO akan terus berikhtiar menyediakan peluang-peluang pendidikan, latihan dan biasiswa kepada orang Melayu dan Bumiputera? Apakah UMNO akan terus berjuang menyediakan peluang-peluang ekonomi dan pekerjaan kepada anak-anak orang Melayu dan Bumiputera? Bagaimanakah UMNO berhadapan dengan cabaran liberalisasi ekonomi dan pasaran bebas? Masih adakah iltizam politik UMNO untuk membantu orang Melayu dan Bumiputera bersaing dalam kancah ekonomi global? Masih adakah kekuatan pada UMNO untuk memastikan syarikat-syarikat berkaitan kerajaan membantu syarikat-syarikat Bumiputera? Apakah orang Melayu masih boleh bergantung harap kepada UMNO untuk menjadi penyelamat Melayu dan perisai Islam?

14.​Di pentas ini, saya ingin memberi jaminan kepada orang Melayu dan Bumiputera. UMNO akan terus membela anda semua. Selama ini pun, berkat perjuangan UMNO, taraf ekonomi orang Melayu dan Bumiputera telah berjaya kita tingkatkan. Kadar kemiskinan Bumiputera menurun daripada 64.8% pada tahun 1970 kepada 2.2% pada tahun 2012. Insiden kemiskinan tegar Bumiputera juga telah menurun daripada 9.9% pada tahun 1970 kepada 0.3% pada tahun 2012. Dalam tempoh yang sama, purata pendapatan kasar bulanan isirumah Bumiputera telah meningkat daripada RM172 kepada RM4,457, dan pemilikan ekuiti Bumiputera telah bertambah daripada 2.4% kepada 23.5%.

15.​Risalah perjuangan UMNO untuk meningkatkan penyertaan Bumiputera dalam bidang ekonomi terus diperhebatkan dengan pelaksanaan Agenda Pemerkasaan Ekonomi Bumiputera yang telah dilancarkan oleh YAB Perdana Menteri baru-baru ini. Melalui program terbaru ini, kerajaan akan memberi tumpuan kepada usaha mendaya modal insan Bumiputera, memantapkan pemilikan ekuiti Bumiputera dalam sektor korporat, memperkukuhkan pemilikan aset bukan kewangan Bumiputera, memperhebatkan keusahawanan dan perniagaan Bumiputera, dan memantapkan ekosistem penyampaian perkhidmatan untuk membantu golongan Bumiputera.

16.​Kita mengucapkan syabas kepada YAB Presiden selaku Perdana Menteri atas komitmen dan usaha beliau untuk memperkasa ekonomi Bumiputera. Ketegasan YAB Perdana Menteri memperkasa ekonomi Bumiputera menambah keyakinan orang Melayu dan Bumiputera kepada UMNO.Melangkah ke hadapan, kita perlu menjadikan agenda memperkasa ekonomi Bumiputera sebagai satu agenda besar yang bertujuan meningkatkan ekonomi Bumiputera dalam pelbagai bidang. Selain memberi tumpuan kepada pemilikan ekuiti dalam sektor korporat, pembangunan modal insan dan keusahawanan, dan pemilikan hartanah Bumiputera, kita perlu terus berikhtiar memajukan sektor-sektor ekonomi yang mempunyai impak besar kepada orang Melayu dan Bumiputera. Ini termasuk memperkasa sektor pertanian, perikanan dan ekonomi luar bandar yang mempunyai kesan langsung kepada orang Melayu dan Bumiputera.

17.​Di samping meneruskan usaha-usaha membasmi kemiskinan di luar bandar, program-program kesejahteraan bandar juga perlu berfokus kepada usaha meningkatkan kualiti hidup golongan Bumiputera kelas pertengahan dan mudah miskin. Mereka ini semakin hari semakin dihimpit oleh kos sara hidup yang kian meningkat. Kita mahu peningkatan taraf ekonomi dan kesejahteraan orang Melayu dan Bumiputera bukan sahaja diukur dari segi peningkatan angka-angka pemilikan ekuiti dan pendapatan perkapita, tetapi benar-benar dirasai dalam kehidupan seharian mereka.

18.​Secara khusus, 7 inisiatif utama hendaklah dilaksanakan segera untuk menyokong pelaksanaan Agenda Pemerkasaan Ekonomi Bumiputera:

Pertama, selaras dengan KPI yang telah ditetapkan, Ketua-Ketua Eksekutif Syarikat-Syarikat Berkaitan Kerajaan hendaklah menyediakan pelan lengkap bagaimana untuk membantu syarikat-syarikat Bumiputera. Senaraikan peluang-peluang yang boleh direbut oleh syarikat-syarikat Bumiputera dan kemukakan laporan prestasi secara berkala kepada Majlis Ekonomi Bumiputera.

Kedua, anak-anak Bumiputera mesti segera merebut peluang menyertai pelbagai latihan peningkatan kemahiran yang disediakan oleh kerajaan. Ini termasuk pendidikan vokasional yang merupakan salah satu teras di dalam Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia yang menjadi asas pembentukan modal insan berkemahiran. Menerusi transformasi pendidikan vokasional, bilangan kolej-kolej vokasional akan ditambah untuk melahirkan lebih ramai tenaga kerja Bumiputera yang berkemahiran, memenuhi kehendak pasaran dan berpendapatan tinggi. Penambahan kolej-kolej vokasional harus disegerakan bagi memenuhi permintaan yang semakin tinggi dalam kalangan pelajar-pelajar Bumiputera untuk mengikuti latihan vokasional.

Ketiga, kerajaan hendaklah mempergiatkan usaha meningkatkan peratusan golongan profesional Melayu dan Bumiputera dalam pelbagai bidang. Sehingga kini kerajaan telah berjaya meningkatkan jumlah tenaga profesional Melayu dan Bumiputra menerusi skim latihan dan pendidikan tinggi sehingga peratusan mereka telah menjangkau 40-50% dalam pekerjaan profesional seperti doktor perubatan, doktor gigi, doktor veterinar, jurutera dan juruukur. Usaha ini hendaklah diteruskan dalam semua bidang profesional sehingga peratusan Melayu dan Bumiputra mencerminkan peratusan mereka dalam jumlah penduduk Negara.

Keempat, peniaga dan pengusaha Melayu dan Bumiputera mesti meningkatkan daya saing serta bersedia menghadapi persekitaran perniagaan yang mesra-pasaran. Oleh itu, orang Melayu dan Bumiputera mesti menerima prinsip ketelusan dan persaingan untuk menikmati bantuan kerajaan dan merebut pelbagai peluang yang tersedia. Ini bertujuan supaya peniaga dan pengusaha Melayu lebih bersedia untuk menangani cabaran globalisasi dan pembukaan pasaran yang semakin mendesak ketika ini. Di samping itu, isu ketirisan dan pembaziran juga perlu diatasi untuk meningkatkan keberkesanan usaha membantu golongan Bumiputera.

Kelima, bagi mengukuhkan lagi kemajuan ekonomi orang Melayu dan Bumiputera kerajaan mestilah meneruskan usaha membantu dan memajukan aset-aset kaum Melayu dan Bumiputra seperti tanah dan tabungan untuk melengkapkan usaha lain yang selama ini telah dilaksanakan. Usaha ini memerlukan sokongan yang padu dari kaum Melayu dan Bumiputera agar pihak Kerajaan dapat mengadakan program yang lebih mantap dan sesuai sebagai inisiatif baru di masa hadapan.

Keenam, kerajaan harus meneruskan usaha memenuhi tuntutan kebajikan dan kesejahteraan masyarakat Melayu dan Bumiputera, baik di kota mahupun di desa. Bagi meningkatkan kesejahteraan masyarakat Bumiputera di kota, skim perumahan mampu milik perlu diperluaskan dengan segera di samping memperkenalkan skim rumah mampu sewa.

Ketujuh, bagi mengatasi masalah peningkatan kos hidup, lebih banyak program menjana pendapatan mesti dilaksanakan, terutamanya di kawasan luar Bandar dan kawasan miskin Bandar. Kerajaan mesti memperluaskan industri berasaskan pertanian dengan pelbagai bentuk sokongan dan bantuan seperti pinjaman modal dan latihan, memperkasa industri kecil dan sederhana, serta membantu peniaga-peniaga kecil, petani dan nelayan. Agensi-agensi yang menyediakan kemudahan pembiayaan, hendaklah mempermudahkan pemberian pembiayaan kepada usahawan dan peniaga Bumiputera yang layak. Selain itu, pihak-pihak berkuasa tempatan hendaklah mempermudahkan pemberian lesen kepada peniaga-peniaga kecil. Saya menyarankan agar Pergerakan Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri, khususnya Biro Ekonomi, bekerjasama dengan agensi-agensi kerajaan untuk mempelopori usaha membantu usahawan dan peniaga Bumiputera meningkatkan pendapatan.

19.​Kesemua inisiatif ini disediakan oleh kerajaan yang diterajui oleh UMNO untuk membantu golongan Bumiputera. Oleh itu, UMNO mesti mengambil peranan yang lebih penting untuk menggalakkan lebih ramai Bumiputera merebut peluang-peluang yang disediakan oleh kerajaan. Pergerakan Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri wajib melaksanakan pelbagai inisiatif tambahan untuk menyokong usaha kerajaan memacu ekonomi Bumiputera. Kita telah meletakkan sasaran Malaysia menjadi negara maju menjelang tahun 2020. Kita hanya tinggal 6 tahun sahaja lagi. Masa amat mencemburui kita. Apa makna kita menjadi negara maju jika orang Melayu dan Bumiputera tidak mendapat bahagian yang adil dan setimpal dalam kek ekonomi negara.

Nenek moyang kaya raya
Tergadai seluruh harta benda
Akibat sengketa sesamalah kita
Cinta lenyap di arus zaman

Indahnya bumi kita ini
Warisan berkurun lamanya
Hasil mengalir ke tangan yang lain
Pribumi merintih sendiri

Kini kita cuma tinggal kuasa
Yang akan menentukan bangsa
Bersatulah hati bersama berbakti
Pulih kembali harga diri

PENEGASAN UMNO

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

20.​Perjuangan membela nasib Melayu dan Bumiputera masih belum selesai. UMNO tidak akan mengabaikan kepentingan ekonomi orang Melayu dan Bumiputera. UMNO akan terus mendukung tugas besar ini selagi UMNO wujud dan mendapat sokongan rakyat. Kesemua ini adalah bukti komitmen UMNO untuk terus membela orang Melayu dan Bumiputera.Justeru, kepada mereka yang meragui ketegasan UMNO mempertahankan agenda Bumiputera, katakan kepada mereka UMNO bukan parti picisan yang mudah tenggelam dalam arus perubahan. UMNO sebagai parti terbesar umat Melayu akan terus menggalas agenda memperkasa bangsa Melayu dan Bumiputera tanpa rasa takut atau gentar. UMNO juga bukan parti jumud yang kekal di takuk lama.Kita sentiasa mengharungi arus perubahan sambil menggalas agenda perjuangan.

21.​Melihat ke hadapan, menggalas harapan umat Melayu kepada UMNO bukanlah satu tugas yang mudah. Lebih-lebih lagi ketika umat Islam sedang menghadapi pelbagai cabaran. Di pentas dunia, negara-negara Islam adalah antara negara yang paling banyak dilanda pergolakan dan pertumpahan darah. Ketika krisis di Palestin belum selesai, kita dikejutkan pula dengan tragedi di Syria, Mesir, Tunisia, Libya dan negara-negara Islam yang lain. Bunuh-membunuh sesama umat Islam disebabkan perbalahan kabilah, perbezaan mazhab dan perebutan kuasa politik menjadi semakin lumrah.

22.​Alhamdulillah, kita di Malaysia tidak mengalami krisis seperti ini. Negara kita terus stabil.Rakyat hidup dalam keadaan yang aman dan tenteram. Namun, jika bibit-bibit perpecahan dalam kalangan umat Islam samada yang disebabkan oleh perseteruan politik atau perbezaan mazhab tidak segera dibendung, tidak mustahil kita juga akan ditimpa nasib yang sama. Kita berdoa kepada Allah s.w.t. mudah-mudahan kita semua dijauhi daripada musibah ini.

PERPADUAN UMMAH

23.​Justeru, tugas utama UMNO adalah untuk memastikan perpaduan ummah sentiasa terpelihara. Untuk itu, UMNO akan terus berganding bahu dengan pertubuhan-pertubuhan Melayu dan Islam untuk mempelopori usaha penyatuan ummah dalam ertikata yang sebenar. Pintu UMNO sentiasa terbuka luas untuk menyahut seruan perpaduan dan kerjasama dengan semua pertubuhan Melayu dan Islam.Inilah yang menjadi harapan umat Melayu dan Islam di negara kita. Mereka mahu melihat perpaduan ummah yang lebih jitu terbina kerana dengan perpaduanlah kepentingan umat Islam akan sentiasa dapat dibela.

24.​Maka, sebagai parti yang memperjuangkan Islam, saya merasakan tidak sepatutnya ada tembok pemisah antara UMNO dan pertubuhan-pertubuhan Islam yang lain untuk membentuk kerjasama dan membina perpaduan yang lebih jitu berasaskan semangat persaudaraan di dalam Islam demi memastikan kepentingan Islam sentiasa terbela. Saya yakin, jika ditanya setiap seorang yang ada di dalam dewan ini pada malam ini, pastinya kita semua bersetuju bahawa tiada yang paling utama bagi kita umat Islam yang berpegang dengan ajaran ahli sunnah wal jamaah melainkan perpaduan di atas jalan Allah yang lurus. Sepertimana firman Allah s.w.t. dalam Surah Al-An’am ayat 153:

وَأَنَّ هَـٰذَا صِرَٲطِى مُسۡتَقِيمً۬ا فَٱتَّبِعُوهُ‌ۖ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ ٱلسُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمۡ عَن سَبِيلِهِۦ‌ۚ ذَٲلِكُمۡ وَصَّٮٰكُم بِهِۦ لَعَلَّڪُمۡ تَتَّقُونَ

Yang bermaksud:

Dan bahawa sesungguhnya inilah jalanKu (agama Islam) yang betul lurus, maka hendaklah kamu menurutnya dan janganlah kamu menurut jalan-jalan (yang lain dari Islam), kerana jalan-jalan (yang lain itu) mencerai-beraikan kamu dari jalan Allah, Dengan yang demikian itulah Allah perintahkan kamu, supaya kamu bertakwa.

CABARAN TERHADAP UMAT ISLAM

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

25.​Perpaduan ummah menjadi lebih penting ketika umat Islam di seluruh dunia sedang menghadapi pelbagai cabaran. Umat Islam bukan sahaja dilanda krisis dan pertumpahan darah, malah diasak dengan pelbagai serangan minda dan jiwa. Kononnya atas nama globalisasi, hak asasi dan demokrasi, umat Islam dipaksa menerima konsep kebebasan individu tanpa batas, mengiktiraf perkahwinan sejenis, perkahwinan berlainan agama, hak untuk murtad, amalan ajaran sesat, gaya hidup gay dan lesbian serta pelbagai budaya songsang yang lain. Malah, dalam dunia hari ini, prinsip kebebasan individu yang tidak berteraskan nilai agama dan budaya dijadikan penandaaras moral di peringkat global.

26.​Jika dipenuhi kesemua tuntutan hak asasi tanpa batas ini, kesucian institusi keluarga sudah tidak dapat dipertahankan lagi. Malah, keruntuhan institusi keluarga dan akhlak insan pasti terjadi. Ini amat berbeza sekali dengan pandangan Islam mengenai hak asasi manusia. Deklarasi Cairo Mengenai Hak Asas Manusia Dalam Islam yang diisytiharkan semasa Persidangan Menteri-Menteri Luar OIC pada tahun 1990 mengiktiraf institusi keluarga sebagai tiang seri masyarakat dan perkahwinan yang sah sebagai asas pembentukannya. Keselamatan akidah umat Islam juga dipelihara dengan tidak mengiktiraf kesalahan murtad sebagai suatu hak. Kandungan Deklarasi Cairo ini perlu dijadikan panduan oleh negara-negara Islam dalam menghadapi kumpulan hak asasi manusia yang mendesak supaya umat Islam mengiktiraf hak-hak yang bercanggah dengan prinsip Islam.

27.​Malangnya, ada sesetengah pihak di negara kita yang mengatakan bahawa orang Melayu yang beragama Islam wajar diberikan hak untuk murtad sepertimana orang bukan Islam boleh menukar agama. Mereka persoalkan mengapa perlu dibezakan hak orang Islam dengan hak orang bukan Islam. Kalau orang bukan Islam boleh, mengapa orang Islam tidak boleh? Mengapa kita mendiskriminasi orang Islam? Mereka menuduh kononnya kita tidak mengamalkan prinsip kesamarataan atau equality yang menjadi perkara asas dalam sebuah masyarakat yang demokratik.

28.​Begitu juga dengan amalan gay dan lesbian. Mereka berkata kalau di Barat boleh, mengapa di Malaysia tidak boleh? Apa istimewanya Malaysia sehinggakan perkara yang diamalkan di Barat tidak boleh diamalkan di sini? Apabila mereka hendak menganjurkan festival gay di negara kita, kerajaan tidak benarkan kerana kita hendak menjaga masyarakat kita daripada keruntuhan moral dan akhlak.

29.​Kita juga tidak membenarkan penularan ajaran sesat di kalangan umat Islam. Kita hendak pastikan umat Islam di negara kita tidak terpesong daripada ajaran Islam yang sebenar.Kita hendak menjaga akidah umat Islam. Tetapi mereka berkata atas prinsip kebebasan beragama sepatutnya kita biarkan orang Islam menganut apa sahaja fahaman atau ajaran. Kalau ada orang yang mengajar kononnya umat Islam boleh sembahyang dengan niat sahaja, tidak perlu mengerjakan solat seperti yang diajar oleh Rasulullah s.a.w., biarkan.Kerajaan tidak boleh menghalang. Kalau ada pihak yang menyebarkan ajaran kononnya orang Islam boleh mengerjakan haji dengan niat sahaja, tanpa perlu pergi ke Mekah, pun biarkan. Tiada siapa boleh menghalang.Kemudian, kalau ada pihak yang mengatakan orang Islam boleh berkahwin secara kontrak hatta untuk tempoh yang singkat sekali pun, tiada siapa boleh menegah. Kononnya agama adalah hak individu.Jika kita menghalang, mereka menuduh kita melanggar hak individu, tidak bersikap terbuka, tidak inklusif, tidak progresif dan sebagainya. Bagi mereka, atas nama kebebasan dan hak asasi, manusia boleh berbuat apa sahaja walaupun perbuatan itu jelas bercanggah dengan ajaran agama.

30.​Baru-baru ini satu pertubuhan bernama Coalition of Malaysian NGOs (COMANGO) telah menyediakan satu laporan mengenai pelbagai isu hak asasi manusia di Malaysia untuk diteliti dalam Proses Semakan Berkala Sejagat Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia di Geneva, Switzerland. Kumpulan ini telah melobi negara-negara asing supaya mendesak Malaysia mematuhi prinsip hak asasi tanpa batas.Antaranya, menandatangani International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR) yang mengiktiraf hak individu termasuk orang Islam untuk menukar agama.Malaysia juga digesa supaya mengiktiraf hak-hak bagi golongan lesbian, gay, biseksual dan transgender (LGBT), selain memansuhkan undang-undang yang menjadikan hubungan seks luar tabi’i seperti liwat sebagai satu kesalahan jenayah. Mereka juga mendesak supaya enakmen-enakmen mengenai kesalahan jenayah syariah seperti khalwat, meminum arak, berjudi, mengamalkan ajaran sesat dipinda atau dimansuhkan atas alasan mengganggu hak peribadi orang Islam.

31.​Saya lihat desakan-desakan ini adalah contoh jelas kewujudan gerakan menyebarkan dakyah songsang atas nama kebebasan tanpa batas di negara kita. Kumpulan ini nampaknya mempunyai dana yang cukup besar sehingga mampu menghantar wakil-wakil mereka ke luar negara untuk melobi negara-negara asing supaya memberi tekanan kepada Malaysia. Saya nak tanya saudara-saudari yang ada di dalam dewan ini. Adakah kita rela pihak asing memaksa kita menerima konsep kebebasan yang bercanggah dengan agama kita? Adakah kita rela kebebasan tanpa batas yang sebegini rupa diamalkan di negara kita? Adakah kita mahu akidah umat Islam dipesongkan oleh mereka? Tentu sekali tidak.

32.​Saya dapat merasakan umat Islam amat resah apabila pelbagai dakyah songsang yang bertentangan dengan ajaran Islam disebarkan di negara kita. Mereka khuatir ini akan merosakkan aqidah dan perpaduan umat Islam. Kerana itu, akhir-akhir ini banyak NGO Melayu dan Islam bangkit mempertahankan aqidah umat Islam. Pertubuhan-pertubuhan seperti PEMBELA, PERKASA, Majlis Perunding Melayu, JATI, MUAFAKAT, Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia, Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia, para ulama’, guru-guru pondok, pendakwah bebas dan pertubuhan-pertubuhan yang seangkatan bangkit memperjuangkan keselamatan aqidah umat Islam. Mereka bangkit kerana merasakan nilai-nilai murni yang diamalkan selama ini diancam oleh satu bentuk penjajahan baru. Penjajahan dalam erti kata memaksa umat Islam menerima nilai-nilai yang bercanggah dengan ajaran Islam.

33.​Di sini, di pentas ini, di depan saudara dan saudari sekalian, saya memberi jaminan UMNO tidak akan berkompromi dengan sebarang cubaan untuk mengancam aqidah umat Islam. Kita tahu bahawa sekarang ini terdapat satu bentuk cubaan yang tersusun untuk merungkai institusi dan asas-asas Islam di negara kita. Kerana itu, UMNO sebagai benteng Islam mengambil pendirian tegas menolak sekeras-kerasnya segala tuntutan yang bertentangan dengan hukum Islam.

34.​UMNO tidak akan sekali-kali menghalalkan sebarang perbuatan dosa besar kononnya atas dasar menghormati hak peribadi. Yang haram di sisi Islam tetaplah haram. Tidak ada sesiapa yang boleh mengubah hukum Allah atas apa jua alasan sekalipun. Kerana itu, UMNO mengalu-alukan pertubuhan-pertubuhan Melayu dan Islam yang lain untuk berganding bahu bersama-sama kita mempertahankan akhlak, moral dan aqidah umat Islam. Saya yakin gandingan dalam perkara yang ma’ruf ini akan memperkukuhkan lagi perjuangan menegakkan agama. Sepertimana firman Allah s.w.t dalam Surah Al-Maaidah ayat 2:

وَتَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى ٱلۡبِرِّ وَٱلتَّقۡوَىٰ‌ۖ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى ٱلۡإِثۡمِ وَٱلۡعُدۡوَٲنِ‌ۚ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ‌ۖ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ شَدِيدُ ٱلۡعِقَابِ

Yang bermaksud:

Dan hendaklah kamu bertolong-tolongan untuk membuat kebajikan dan bertakwa dan janganlah kamu bertolong-tolongan pada melakukan dosa (maksiat) dan pencerobohan dan bertakwalah kepada Allah, kerana sesungguhnya Allah Maha Berat azab seksaNya (bagi sesiapa yang melanggar perintahNya).

PENDIDIKAN ISLAM SEPANJANG HAYAT

35.​Saya percaya benteng aqidah Islam akan lebih kukuh sekiranya umat Islam mendapat pendidikan agama yang sempurna. Umat Islam di negara kita mestilah dididik dengan aqidah Islam yang sebenar berpandukan ajaran ahli sunnah wal-jamaah. Untuk itu, gerakan dakwah dan tarbiyah mesti diperhebatkan. Institusi-instiusi agama Islam mesti diperkukuhkan. Peluang untuk umat Islam mendapat pendidikan agama tidak harus terhenti di peringkat sekolah atau universiti sahaja, sebaliknya perlu diteruskan sepanjang hayat.Kerana itu saya ingin mencadangkan agar Pendidikan Islam Sepanjang Hayat dijadikan dasar utama negara kita. Menerusi dasar ini, kita boleh menubuhkan pusat-pusat pengajian Islam di peringkat komuniti yang memberi peluang kepada masyarakat Islam mendalami ilmu-ilmu agama dengan sempurna. Pakar-pakar yang terlatih dan bertauliah dalam bidang agama Islam boleh ditempatkan di pusat-pusat ini untuk mengajar pelbagai bidang keilmuan Islam seperti ilmu tafsir, qur’an, hadith, fekah, tauhid, mu’amalat, akhlaq, mantiq, balaghah, falsafah dan lain-lain. Program persijilan boleh ditawarkan kepada individu-individu yang berminat untuk mendalami ilmu Islam tanpa mengira peringkat umur. Sebagaimana hadis Nabi s.a.w:

“Utlubul ilma minal mahdi ila lahdi”

Yang bermaksud:

Tuntutlah ilmu dari buaian hingga ke liang lahad

36.​Untuk melaksanakan dasar pengajian Islam sepanjang hayat ini, saya mencadangkan Kerajaan Pusat dan Majlis-Majlis Agama Islam Negeri berbincang untuk menjayakan inisiatif ini sebagai usaha bersama. Dengan adanya kerjasama antara Kerajaan Pusat dan Kerajaan Negeri, saya berharap inisiatif ini akan menjadi satu inisiatif nasional yang penting dan lestari. Buat permulaan, kelas-kelas pengajian yang dianjurkan oleh institusi-institusi pondok, maahad tahfiz dan masjid di seluruh negara boleh dinaiktaraf untuk dijadikan Kolej Komuniti Islam yang menawarkan kursus pengajian Islam kepada masyarakat Islam setempat.

37.​Sehubungan ini juga, saya ingin menjemput pertubuhan-pertubuhan Islam untuk turut sama terlibat menjayakan inisiatif ini sebagai salah satu usaha ta’awanu ‘ala al-birri wal taqwa seperti yang disebut di dalam al-Qur’an. Saya berharap agar dasar ini boleh kita laksanakan dengan segera untuk memberikan pencerahan kepada umat Islam mengenai ajaran Islam yang sebenar, dan sekaligus membentengi mereka daripada pelbagai dakyah songsang yang menjejaskan aqidah umat Islam. Selain itu, bagi memastikan ajaran ahli sunnah wal jama’ah sentiasa terpelihara, saya mencadangkan agar satu jaminan terhadap aliran ahli sunnah wal jama’ah sebagai pegangan umat Islam di negara kita dimasukkan di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

38.​Menyentuh mengenai kedudukan Islam di negara kita, saya menegaskan bahawa kedudukan Islam sebagai Agama Persekutuan mesti kita pertahankan. Ini penting bukan sahaja untuk mempertahankan kesucian Islam, tetapi menjamin keseimbangan dalam hubungan antara kaum dan agama. Di dalam Perlembagan Persekutuan, terdapat banyak prinsip keseimbangan yang perlu kita pertahankan. Misalnya, kedudukan Islam sebagai Agama Persekutuan diseimbangkan dengan hak semua individu untuk mengamalkan agama masing-masing dalam keadaan aman dan harmoni. Kedudukan istimewa kaum Melayu dan Bumiputera diseimbangkan dengan hak kerakyatan kaum-kaum lain serta jaminan menjaga kepentingan semua kaum. Kedudukan Bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa kebangsaan diseimbangkan dengan hak semua kaum untuk mempelajari bahasa ibunda masing-masing. Prinsip-prinsip keseimbangan yang terkandung di dalam Perlembagaan ini tidak semuanya selari dengan idea kebebasan Barat. Tetapi kita tidak perlu bersikap apologetik kerana prinsip-prinsip ini penting untuk menjamin keharmonian dalam hubungan antara kaum dan agama di negara kita.

39.​Kita tidak akan sekali-kali tunduk kepada tuntutan-tuntutan yang bercanggah dengan Perlembagaan seperti menghapuskan hak keistimewaan Melayu dan Bumiputera, menghina agama Islam, menghina institusi Raja, tidak menghormati bahasa Melayu dan lain-lain. Jika kecenderungan merungkai asas-asas perlembagaan ini diteruskan, apa lagi dengan menuntut perkara-perkara yang menyentuh sensitiviti masyarakat pelbagai kaum, nescaya akan wujud suara-suara yang lebih ekstrem menuntut bermacam-macam perkara yang boleh menyebabkan hubungan kaum di negara kita menjadi lebih tegang. Trend ini amat tidak baik untuk negara kita yang berbilang kaum dan agama. Keadaan tidak akan menjadi aman dan segala usaha kita mempertahankan kestabilan dan keharmonian negara akan menjadi sia-sia. Bak kata pepatah:

Tuba binasa
Ikan tak dapat

PEMUJAAN DEMOKRASI LIBERAL BARAT

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

40.​Cabaran nilai dan budaya yang dihadapi oleh umat Islam hari ini bukanlah sesuatu yang terpencil. Ia adalah sebahagian daripada perkembangan sejagat yang menganggap demokrasi liberal Barat sebagai satu-satunya sistem politik dan kerajaan untuk umat manusia. Bukan itu sahaja, nilai-nilai yang dibawa oleh pemikiran liberal barat juga dianggap sebagai nilai mutlak yang perlu dianuti oleh seluruh umat manusia. Seperti yang disebut oleh Francis Fukuyama di dalam bukunya “The End of History and the Last Man”, tidak ada ideologi lain yang layak menggantikan demokrasi liberal sebagai sistem politik dan kerajaan dalam evolusi sejarah manusia.

41.​Dakwaan ini nampak macam betul. Kerana menurut Laporan Freedom House 2013, sebanyak 118 daripada 195 negara di seluruh dunia sudah pun mengamalkan sistem demokrasi. Negara yang tidak mengamalkan demokrasi adalah minoriti. Namun, di dalam laporan Freedom House ini, Malaysia tidak disenaraikan sebagai sebuah negara yang mengamalkan demokrasi. Sebaliknya, negara seperti Bhutan, Georgia dan Libya pula dikatakan telah mengamalkan demokrasi, manakala Lesotho, Senegal, Sierra Leone dan Tonga telah menjadi negara bebas. Menurut laporan ini lagi, Malaysia berada sebaris dengan Rwanda, Nicaragua dan Korea Utara yang bukan merupakan negara demokrasi. Suara-suara sumbang seumpama ini boleh didapati dalam laporan-laporan mengenai hak asasi manusia yang diterbitkan oleh pertubuhan tertentu di negara kita dan juga di dalam akhbar-akhbar parti pembangkang.

42.​Tuduhan Malaysia bukan sebuah negara demokrasi bunyinya agak pelik bagi kita. Kalau boleh saya katakan pelik bin ajaib kerana negara-negara yang baru sahaja bebas daripada cengkaman diktator pun telah diberikan status negara demokrasi, sedangkan Malaysia yang sudah merdeka lebih lima dekad dan mengadakan berpuluh kali pilihan raya, termasuk pilihanraya-pilihanraya kecil, belum boleh dikatakan sebuah negara demokrasi. Apatah lagi, dengan mengambil kira program transformasi politik yang telah dimulakan oleh YAB Presiden kita selaku Perdana Menteri, ruang demokrasi di negara kita menjadi lebih luas, dengan kerajaan mengambil sikap yang lebih responsif dan terbuka dalam memenuhi kehendak rakyat.

43.​Jadi, apakah sebenarnya muslihat mereka menuduh kita tidak demokratik? Adakah terdapat udang di sebalik batu? Adakah dengan mengatakan Malaysia bukan sebuah negara demokrasi, mereka berharap kita akan mengambil tindakan tertentu untuk kononnya menjadi lebih demokratik, termasuk mengapuskan hak keistimewaan Melayu dan Bumiputera, membenarkan kebebasan beragama tanpa batas diamalkan di negara kita, menghapuskan institusi raja-raja Melayu untuk menjadi negara republik sepenuhnya, dan lain-lain lagi. Sebenarnya, niat mereka ialah untuk membentuk persepsi bahawa perjuangan menegakkan agama, bangsa dan tanah air seperti yang digalas oleh UMNO sebagai satu perjuangan yang tidak releven dan sia-sia. Inilah yang cuba dibuat oleh mereka.

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

44.​Mengapa saya bercakap agak panjang lebar mengenai soal agama dan kedudukan orang Melayu dan Bumiputera kerana inilah teras perjuangan UMNO. Umat Melayu dan Islam hari ini dilanda pelbagai ancaman secara halus yang boleh menyebabkan perbalahan, perpecahan dan penyelewengan akidah. Bagi memperkukuhkan perjuangan ini, mesti ada kesedaran, keinsafan dan kesepaduan di kalangan kita semua untuk menjadi benteng perjuangan parti kita. Jika kita gagal mengurus cabaran ini dengan betul, kita akan menerima padah perpecahan ummah yang parah.

45.​Sedarlah, UMNO adalah perisai Melayu dan benteng Islam yang sebenar. Walaupun ada sebuah parti di negara kita yang nampaknya berjuang untuk Islam, tetapi mereka seringkali terpaksa berkompromi dalam perkara-perkara asas mengenai Islam. Ini kerana parti ini bergantung kepada pihak lain untuk meraih kuasa. Oleh sebab itu, umat Islam tidak menaruh harapan yang tinggi kepada parti ini untuk memperjuangkan Islam. Sebaliknya, harapan umat Islam adalah kepada UMNO. Sebagai parti terbesar umat Melayu, parti kita tidak perlu berkompromi dalam hal agama semata-mata untuk meraih populariti dan kuasa politik.

PESANAN KEPADA WANITA, PEMUDA DAN PUTERI

Saudara-saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

46.​Pergerakan Wanita adalah pembawa obor perjuangan UMNO. Dalam setiap medan pertempuran UMNO menghadapi pilihanraya, pergerakan Wanita setia berada di barisan paling hadapan membawa mesej parti kepada para pengundi. Pergerakan wanita sentiasa bersemangat waja merayu undi tak kira panas, hujan, ribut, taufan, mereka tetap setia berada di medan perjuangan. Wanita tidak pernah berundur walau selangkah.Orang kata, di sebalik kejayaan seorang lelaki di belakangnya adalah wanita. Maka dalam konteks parti kita, di sebalik kejayaan UMNO di belakangnya adalah pergerakan wanita kita.Selaku Timbalan Presiden parti, saya wajib memberikan pengiktirafan kepada sumbangan Wanita yang sebenarnyalah tulang belakang UMNO. Tahniah wanita!

47.​Pergerakan Pemuda dan Puteri adalah pewaris perjuangan UMNO. Masa depan perjuangan UMNO bergantung kepada citra generasi pelapis UMNO yang berada di dalam Pergerakan Pemuda dan Puteri hari ini. Jika Pemuda dan Puteri hari ini kental daya juangnya, hebat pemikirannya, kukuh imannya, kuat jatidiri Melayunya, mulia akhlaknya, saya percaya obor perjuangan UMNO akan terus menyala, dan rakyat akan terus memberikan keyakinan kepada UMNO sebagai parti tempat mereka bernaung. Inilah ciri generasi UMNO yang ingin kita lahirkan.

48.​Yang penting, kita mesti kembali memahami idealisme dan matlamat perjuangan UMNO. Kita berjuang di dalam UMNO bukan untuk UMNO, tetapi untuk orang Melayu dan Bumiputera. Apabila kita diangkat menjadi pemimpin di dalam UMNO bukan bermakna kita hanya berkhidmat untuk orang UMNO, tetapi berkhidmat untuk orang Melayu dan Bumiputera.Kita mesti ingat harapan orang Melayu dan Bumiputera yang amat tinggi kepada UMNO. Seperti yang saya sebut di awal ucapan saya, orang Melayu dan Bumiputera telah memberikan sokongan padu kepada UMNO dan mereka amat berharap kita dapat membela nasib mereka. Bila kita diberi mandat, kita melakukan yang terbaik untuk membela nasib orang Melayu dan Bumiputera, serta menjamin kaum-kaum lain juga mendapat pembelaan yang adil.

49.​Saya percaya, pergerakan Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri UMNO yang merupakan tonggak kekuatan parti kita memiliki kekuatan masing-masing untuk menggalas harapan orang Melayu dan Bumiputera kepada UMNO. Tugas kita menggalas amanah besar ini insyaAllah akan menjadi lebih mudah jika kita bersatu hati, saling bantu-membantu, jujur dan ikhlas di dalam perjuangan, dan menggembeleng seluruh kekuatan kita secara bersama. Bak kata pepatah:

Yang kuat pembawa beban
Yang berani pelawan musuh
Yang cerdik pelawan perkara

50.​Saya percaya, watak-watak yang disebut di dalam peribahasa Melayu ini semuanya ada di dalam ketiga-tiga pergerakan UMNO. Yang kuat menyumbang tenaga kepada parti. Yang berani mara ke barisan paling hadapan di medan-medan pertempuran. Yang cerdik bijak berbahas, berdebat, bersyarah, berforum untuk mematahkan hujah-hujah parti lawan.

51.​Medan pertempuran kita yang seterusnya adalah PRU-14 yang pastinya lebih mencabar. Kita mesti ingat tempoh 4 tahun sebelum PRU-14 bukanlah satu jangkamasa yang panjang. Kita mesti telah pun bersedia bukan hari ini, tetapi dari semalam. Kerjasama, perpaduan dan komitmen kita semua penting untuk memastikan kemenangan UMNO dan Barisan Nasional. Jangan kita ulangi kesalahan, kesilapan dan kelemahan lampau. Bina kekuatan baru. Yang hampa biar terbang, yang bernas biar tinggal.

52.​Kita mesti lebih lantang, berani dan yakin supaya kehadiran kita lebih dirasai oleh masyarakat. Selesaikan sebarang masalah dengan segera supaya Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri UMNO benar-benar wujud sebagai pergerakan yang dihormati. Terjemahkan konsep transformasi politik sebagai hijrah minda dan sikap kepada yang lebih baik. Generasi lama di dalam UMNO telah menyumbang, yang penting ialah sumbangan generasi hari ini sebagai penyambung risalah perjuangan parti demi agama, bangsa dan tanah air kita.

53.​Orang muda lebih mengetahui kehendak generasi muda. Dekatilah mereka, bercakaplah dengan mereka, bersantailah dengan mereka. Ajaklah mereka menyertai perjuangan kita. Kita sedar bahawa UMNO yang diwujudkan enam dekad yang lalu kini berhadapan dengan pelbagai cabaran baru. Untuk terus releven, UMNO perlu sentiasa mencari pendekatan baru. Kempen membenci UMNO perlu ditangani dengan segera. Pemuda perlu berinteraksi dengan generasi muda termasuk di kampus dan kampung. Wanita perlu terus cekal dan kental dengan tradisi menawan hati dan budi wanita-wanita termasuk golongan profesional dan agamawan wanita. Puteri perlu lebih persiapan untuk menjadi rakan dan taulan buat remaja perempuan yang begitu ramai di luar sana.

54.​Saya percaya dengan kehebatan Sdr Khairy berdebat, Datuk Seri Shahrizat yang mesra, Ermi yang rajin, pasti akan membawa perubahan buat parti kita. Prinsipnya jangan undur ke belakang, jangan bergerak berseorangan, jangan teragak-agak dan jangan gentar untuk berada di barisan hadapan untuk menjulang obor perjuangan parti dan mewujudkan keterujaan baru kepada UMNO.

55.​Saya ingin mengingatkan saudara-saudari bahawa anda semua memikul tugas yang amat besar dalam menyambung risalah perjuangan suci parti. InsyaAllah, saya dan Presiden akanmembantu saudara-saudari. Kalau wanita hendak menjadi tulang belakang UMNO, teruskanlah semangat itu. Yang penting wanita mampu menyahut apa jua cabaran.

56.​Pemuda dan Puteri pula wajib menjadi jurubicara umat mewakili suara orang muda. Lantanglah bersuara, beranilah membuat pendirian, muncullah di semua pentas menjuarai isu rakyat. Biarlah kehadiran Pemuda dan Puteri benar-benar dirasai dan dihargai oleh rakyat. Berusahalah dengan gigih tanpa mengenal jerit perih dalam menggalas harapan rakyat.

57.​Ingatlah, berjaya atau gagal perjuangan kita sebahagian besarnya terletak di atas bahu saudara-saudari semua. Maka seharusnya saudara-saudari sudah lebih daripada bersedia untuk menyahut cabaran besar ini. Akhirnya, berdoa dan bertawakkallah kepada Allah. Mudah-mudahan, Allah s.w.t memberkati perjuangan kita dan memberikan kita kemenangan.

Kita sudah tiada masa
Majulah dengan gagah perkasa
Janganlah terlalai teruskan usaha
Melayukan gagah di Nusantara

Faiza azamta fa tawakkal ala Allah

Dengan lafaz Bismillahirrahmanirrahim, saya dengan sukacitanya merasmikan Perhimpunan Pergerakan Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri UMNO 2013.

Hidup UMNO! Hidup UMNO! Hidup UMNO!

Allahuakbar! Allahuakbar! Allahuakbar! Walillahilhamd.

Wabillahi al-taufiq wal hidayah wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

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Malaysian woman enslaved, freed

A Malaysian woman is amongst three held as ‘domestic servitudes’ for over thirty years in a house near Lambeth, across the River Thames in a district of South London. They were rescued soon after one of them contacted an NGO, Freedom Charity, after watching the spokeswoman Aneeta Prem being featured on SkyNews.

AP story:

UK Police Rescue 3 Women Allegedly Held as Slaves

LONDON November 21, 2013 (AP)

British police say they have rescued three traumatized women allegedly held as slaves in south London, one of whom claims to have been held against her will for more than three decades.

Metropolitan Police said a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman were arrested on Thursday as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.

The investigation comes after a charity contacted police in October to relay that a woman had phoned to say she’d been held unwillingly for more than 30 years.

Police said further inquiries revealed the location of the south London house and that with the help of Freedom Charity, a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman were rescued.

The force said the women are in a safe place.

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And NBC story:

Three women rescued from ‘slavery’ after 30 years in London home – police

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor

Three women were rescued from a south London house where they were believed to have been held captive for more than 30 years, police said Thursday.

A man and a woman, both 67, were arrested “as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude,” the city’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Officers rescued a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, 57-year-old Irish woman, and 30-year-old British woman after receiving a call in October from a domestic abuse non-profit called Freedom Charity.

“All three women, who were highly traumatized, were taken to a place of safety where they remain,” the statement added.

“We applaud the actions of Freedom Charity and are working in partnership to support these victims who appear to have been held for over 30 years,” Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, from the Met’s Human Trafficking Unit said.

“We have launched an extensive investigation to establish the facts surrounding these very serious allegations.”

Hyland said a documentary on forced marriages relating to the work of Freedom Charity had prompted one of the women to call for help, claiming she had been held against her will in the house for 30 years.

The Met statement added: “Further enquiries by police revealed the location of the house and with the help of sensitive negotiations conducted by the charity the three women.”

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Aneeta Prem of Freedom Charity told Kay Burley on SkyNews that these women were rescued a week after the Irish woman called her. She also told Burley “Three of them were afraid of their captors. They were terrified by these people (the couple who held them). They were not allowed any freedom”.

“They were held in an ordinary house in an ordinary street”.

Prem and her NGO has been fighting on human rights issues such as forced marriage. However, there are no details about this ‘domestic servitude’ case or whether or not it is about ‘forced marriage’.

Most interestingly, is there any matrimonial relationship between these women and the couple which was held. An interesting fact is that it is unlawful to practice polygamy in the UK.

SkyNews story:

Women Were ‘Kept As Slaves For Over 30 Years’

3:19pm UK, Thursday 21 November 2013
Police tape cordons off a scene 

Two people have been arrested as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude at a house in London sparked by a report on Sky News.

The inquiry was launched after one of three alleged victims told a charity she had been held against her will for more than 30 years.

She contacted the Freedom Charity after seeing its founder Aneeta Prem in a report last summer about forced marriages on Sky News.

Scotland Yard said the charity, which advises and supports victims of forced marriages or honour-based violence, got in touch after receiving the call.

Further inquiries by police revealed the location of the house and with the help of sensitive negotiations conducted by Freedom, the three women were rescued.

One was a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, the other a 57-year-old Irish woman and the third a 30-year-old Briton.

All three, described by police as “highly traumatised”, were taken to a place of safety where they remain.

Ms Prem told Sky News it was the Irish woman who phoned the Freedom Charity after watching her on television.

Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, from the Met’s human trafficking unit, said: “We applaud the actions of Freedom Charity and are working in partnership to support these victims who appear to have been held for over 30 years.

“We have launched an extensive investigation to establish the facts surrounding these very serious allegations.

“A television documentary on forced marriages relating to the work of Freedom Charity was the catalyst that prompted one of the victims to call for help and led to their rescue.”

Officers said the two suspects, a man and a woman, both aged 67, have been taken to a south London police station for questioning.

Earlier this year the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) – a joint operation by the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office – revealed it helped in 1,485 cases of possible forced marriage in 2012.

These involved 60 countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North America.

The statistics for last year show that of the 744 cases where the age was known, more than 600 involved people under the age of 26.

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The three women were rescued from the house a few weeks ago, after a “Protracted delicate negotiations”. Their ‘captive against their will’ became news only after the arrest of the couple this morning.

Detective Inspector Kevid Hyland of Human Trafficking Unit said in a media conference outside New Scotland Yard the Metropolitan Police has never seen the magnitude of ‘domestic servitude’ before. Hyland said it was a complicated process to establish what had happened in the house before the Metropolitan Police is satisfied for the arrest of the couple.

Last week British Prime Minister David Cameron made a lot of issue about Sri Lanka’s post civil war human rights violations and alleged missing persons as a pre-event and during his visit to the South Asian nation for attending the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting. He even broke protocol to visit the Tamil majority area in the north.

Cameron demanded that Sri Lankan administration for an investigation by an international team, for the alleged war crimes and missing persons, after armistice was achieved to end the civil war caused by Tamil separatist militant forces rebellion against the Sri Lankan government.

It seems that for a nation which is attempting to profess ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’, the crime of ‘modern slavery’ is actually being practiced miles from West Minister Palace.

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Arafat was assassinated by Mossad

Pro-Israeli British satellite news network which is part of Australian Jewish Rupert Murdoch media empire reported that PLO Chairman and President of Palestinian National Assembly Yasser Arafat was almost certain to be poisoned by radioactive material polonium. This ‘political assassination’ is another of a stream brutal and cold blooded military-styled clandestine operations carried out by Israeli secret service and special operations agency MOSSAD.

The former Palestinian leader’s widow claims forensic tests have uncovered evidence of poisoning and a “political assassination”

5:20pm UK, Wednesday 06 November 2013
Former Palestinian leader Yasser ArafatMr Arafat, who was Palestinian leader for more than a decade, died in 2004

Forensic tests on former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s corpse have revealed he was poisoned to death with radioactive polonium, his widow has claimed.

Suha Arafat said the results of the tests in Switzerland revealed a “real crime” and a “political assassination”, adding: “It’s scientifically proved that he didn’t die a natural death and we have scientific proof that this man was killed.”

A team of experts have been examining samples taken from Mr Arafat’s body since his grave was opened in the West Bank city of Ramallah last November.

The exhumation came eight years after his death at a military hospital in a suburb of Paris, France.

A post mortem revealed he died from a massive stroke but doctors said they were unable to find the origin of his illness.

Suha Arafat poses near a portrait of her late husband and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
Suha Arafat said her husband’s death was a “political assassination”

French prosecutors opened a murder investigation in August 2012, after traces of polonium-210 – the same radioactive substance that killed Russian spy Alexander Litvinkenko in 2006 – were reportedly found on some of Mr Arafat’s belongings.

Professor David Barclay, a British forensic scientist who has seen the results of the Swiss tests, said the findings were a “smoking gun” for those who suspect he was murdered.

“In my opinion, it is absolutely certain that the cause of his illness was polonium poisoning,” he said. “The levels present in him are sufficient to have caused death.”

Professor Barclay said a miniscule dose of the deadly isotope may have been slipped into Mr Arafat’s drink, food, eye drops or toothpaste.

People walk past members of Palestinian security forces standing guard near grave of Arafat in Ramallah
Mr Arafat’s body was exhumed behind a screen in November 2004

The substance must have been made in a nuclear reactor, he claimed.

Mrs Arafat did not accuse any country or person for her husband’s death and acknowledged that he had many enemies.

Many Palestinians have pointed the figure at Israel, although the Israeli government has denied any role in his death, noting that he was 75 years old and had an unhealthy lifestyle.

Some experts have also questioned whether Mr Arafat could have died of polonium poisoning, given that he did not lose all his hair and made a brief recovery during his illness.

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Skynews also speculated that the likeliness that Arafat poisoning “Was done by the Israelis”.

Arafat suddenly fell very ill during a meeting on 25 October 2004. His health deteriorated very rapidly. He was taken to Paris for treatment, out from his HQ in Ramallah, West Bank with the explicit agreement of Israel that he would be allowed to return after the treatment. Arafat has been holed up his HQ in Ramallah, West Bank for more than two years under intense aggression by Israel at the time when he suddenly fell ill.

During this trying period, his HQ was often shelled and fired upon by small arms by the brutal IDF including incursion by tanks into the PNA compound.

Extracted from Wikipedia:

First reports of Arafat’s treatment by his doctors for what his spokesman said was the “flu” came on 25 October 2004, after he vomited during a meeting. His condition deteriorated in the following days.[1]Following visits by other doctors, including teams from Tunisia, Jordan, and Egypt—and agreement by Israel not to block his return—Arafat was taken to France on a French government jet, and was admitted to the Hôpital d’instruction des armées Percy in Clamart, a suburb of Paris.[2] On 3 November, he had lapsed into a gradually deepening coma. Various sources speculated that Arafat was comatose, in a “vegetative state” or dead. However, Palestinian authorities and Arafat’s Jordanian doctor denied reports that Arafat was brain dead and had been kept on life support.[3]

A controversy erupted between officials of the PNA and Suha Arafat when officials from the PNA traveled to France to see Yasser Arafat. Suha stated “They are trying to bury Abu Ammar [Arafat] alive”.[4]French law forbids physicians from discussing the condition of their patients with anybody with the exception, in case of grave prognosis, of close relatives.[5] Accordingly, all communications concerning Arafat’s health had to be authorized by his wife. Palestinian officials expressed regret that the news about Yasser Arafat was “filtered” by her.[6]

The next day, chief surgeon Christian Estripeau of Percy reported that Arafat’s condition had worsened, and that he had fallen into a deeper coma.[7]Sheikh Taissir Tamimi, the head of the Islamic court of the Palestinian territories—who held a vigil at Arafat’s bedside—visited Arafat and declared that it was out of the question to disconnect him from life support since, according to him, such an action is prohibited in Islam.[8]

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This recent investigation came after Aljazeera played up the need to for samples to be obtained from his corpse. Aljazeera’s story on the reinvestigation on Arafat’s death.

Arafat’s body was exhumed last year and samples of his corpse were obtained and sent to be tested by laboratories in France, Russia and Switzerland. The Swiss scientists confirmed that “Arafat’s death had 83% chance of poisoning by polonium”.

In 40 years, the Palestinian freedom fighter dodged 13 attempts to assassinate him, including a direct Israeli aerial bombing at his HQ in Tunisia 1985 which killed 73 people.

Thomson-Reuters story:

Yasser Arafat was murdered with polonium, widow says

Former Palestinian leader had many enemies, including Israel

Thomson Reuters Posted: Nov 06, 2013 11:56 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 06, 2013 12:39 PM ET

A Palestinian student walks in front of a mural depicting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, right. A team of experts opened Arafat's grave last November, and took samples from his body to seek evidence of alleged poisoning.A Palestinian student walks in front of a mural depicting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, right. A team of experts opened Arafat’s grave last November, and took samples from his body to seek evidence of alleged poisoning. (Hatem Moussa/Associated Press)

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband’s corpse.

“We are revealing a real crime, a political assassination,” she told Reuters in Paris.

A team of experts, including from Lausanne University Hospital’s Institute of Radiation Physics, opened Arafat’s grave in the West Bank city of Ramallah last November, and took samples from his body to seek evidence of alleged poisoning.

‘A tiny amount of polonium the size of a flake of dandruff would be enough to kill 50 people if it was dissolved in water and they drank it.’- David Barclay, forensic scientist“This has confirmed all our doubts,” said Suha Arafat, who met members of the Swiss forensic team in Geneva on Tuesday. “It is scientifically proved that he didn’t die a natural death and we have scientific proof that this man was killed.”

She did not accuse any country or person, and acknowledged that the historic leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization had many enemies.

Arafat signed the 1993 Oslo interim peace accords with Israel and led a subsequent uprising after the failure of talks in 2000 on a comprehensive agreement.

Allegations of foul play surfaced immediately. Arafat had foes among his own people, but many Palestinians pointed the finger at Israel, which had besieged him in his Ramallah headquarters for the final two and a half years of his life.

The Israeli government has denied any role in his death, noting that he was 75 years old and had an unhealthy lifestyle.

An investigation by the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television news channel first reported last year that traces of polonium-210 were found on personal effects of Arafat given to his widow by the French military hospital where he died.

That led French prosecutors to open an investigation for suspected murder in August 2012 at the request of Suha Arafat. Forensic experts from Switzerland, Russia and France all took samples from his corpse for testing after the Palestinian Authority agreed to open his mausoleum.

Smoking gun

The head of the Russian forensics institute, Vladimir Uiba, was quoted by the Interfax news agency last month as saying no trace of polonium had been found on the body specimens examined in Moscow, but his Federal Medico-Biological Agency later denied he had made any official comment on its findings.

The French pathologists have not reported their conclusions publicly, nor have their findings been shared with Suha Arafat’s legal team. A spokeswoman for the French prosecutor’s office said the investigating magistrates had received no expert reports so far.

One of her lawyers said the Swiss institute’s report, commissioned by Al Jazeera, would be translated from English into French and handed over to the three magistrates in the Paris suburb of Nanterre who are investigating the case.

Professor David Barclay, a British forensic scientist retained by Al Jazeera to interpret the results of the Swiss tests, said the findings from Arafat’s body confirmed the earlier results from traces of bodily fluids on his underwear, toothbrush and clothing.

“In my opinion, it is absolutely certain that the cause of his illness was polonium poisoning,” Barclay told Reuters. “The levels present in him are sufficient to have caused death.

“What we have got is the smoking gun — the thing that caused his illness and was given to him with malice.”

The same radioactive substance was slipped into a cup of tea in a London hotel to kill defecting Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. From his deathbed, Litvinenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder.

The British government refused to hold a public inquiry into his death after ministers withheld some material which could have shed light on Russia’s suspected involvement.

Barclay said the type of polonium discovered in Arafat’s body must have been manufactured in a nuclear reactor.

While many countries could have been the source, someone in Arafat’s immediate entourage must have slipped a minuscule dose of the deadly isotope probably as a powder into his drink, food, eye drops or toothpaste, he said.

Brief recovery

Arafat fell ill in October 2004, displaying symptoms of acute gastroenteritis with diarrhea and vomiting. At first Palestinian officials said he was suffering from influenza.

He was flown to Paris in a French government plane but fell into a coma shortly after his arrival at the Percy military hospital in the suburb of Clamart, where he died on Nov. 11.

The official cause of death was a massive stroke but French doctors said at the time they were unable to determine the origin of his illness. No autopsy was carried out.

Barclay said no one would have thought to look for polonium as a possible poison until the Litvinenko case, which occurred two years after Arafat’s death.

Some experts have questioned whether Arafat could have died of polonium poisoning, pointing to a brief recovery during his illness that they said was not consistent with radioactive exposure. They also noted he did not lose all his hair. But Barclay said neither fact was inconsistent with the findings.

Since polonium loses 50 percent of its radioactivity every four months, the traces in Arafat’s corpse would have faded so far as to have become untraceable if the tests had been conducted a couple of years later, the scientist said.

“A tiny amount of polonium the size of a flake of dandruff would be enough to kill 50 people if it was dissolved in water and they drank it,” he added.

The Al-Jazeera investigation was spearheaded by investigative journalist Clayton Swisher, a former U.S. Secret Service bodyguard who became friendly with Arafat and was suspicious of the manner of his death.

Hani al-Hassan, a former aide, said in 2003 that he had witnessed 13 assassination attempts on Arafat’s life, dating back to his years on the run as PLO leader. Arafat claimed to have survived 40 attempts on his life.

Arafat narrowly escaped an Israeli air strike on his headquarters in Tunisia in 1985. He had just gone out jogging when the bombers attacked, killing 73 people.

He escaped another attempt on his life when Israeli warplanes came close to killing him during the 1982 invasion of Beirut when they hit one of the buildings they suspected he was using as his headquarters but he was not there. In December 2001, Arafat was rushed to safety just before Israeli helicopters bombarded his compound in Ramallah with rockets

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Arafat, who lead the PLO for over 40 years signed the Oslo Accord with the Israelis in a peace initiatve brokered by then President Bill Clinton. Many hardliners within Israel and amongst the Zionists are not happy with this. As a result, a right wing extremist  Jew Yigal Amir shot President Yitzhak Rabin on 4 November 1995.

Cairo born engineer Yasser Arafat was a very charismatic Palestinian leader. In 1959 he formed Fatah and later was instrumental in the founding of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964. He assume the Chairman of the Executive Committee of PLO in 1969.

PLO continued to be the voice and internationally recognised body to represent the Palestinians. It earned more prominence when PLO was accorded as the representative for the Palestinians in 100 countries including Malaysia, where it was accorded with diplomatic status. As such, PLO was accorded with observer status by the United Nations in 1974.

Globally, Arafat made a lot of friends with international leaders and won a lot of support by many nation in the name of Palestinians and Palestine, particularly PLO’s struggle against the Zionist’s criminally instituted  illegal state of Israel and persecution of the Palestinians by the Jews since seventy years ago.

The poisoning of Arafat on 25 October came after the Zionists’ Israeli Defense Force brutally attacked the Palestinians in Gaza under Operation Days of Penitence. 133 persons, mainly non combatants women and children were killed in the 19 days military operation.

Israel has been under the premiership of brutal soldier-turned-right-winger Ariel Sharon at the time when Arafat was under siege in his HQ. Sharon, who was a military officer and commander since 1948, started the 2000 Intifada by visiting the Al Aqsa mosque with an escort of 1,000 Israeli troops on 28 September 2000. The general who is responsible for the Sabra and Shatila massacre on 17-18 September 1982 near Beirut also proclaimed at the Dome of Rock would remain under perpetual control of Israel.

Despite the 1991 Madrid, 1993 Oslo and 2000 Camp David accords between PLO and Israel, many Zionist hardliners are very uncomfortable as the peace process between the two states draws closer.  Sharon has been wanting to get rid of Arafat from the internationally recognised territory of Palestinian West Bank since 2002.

Mitch Ginsburg’s story The Times of Israel.

Sharon floated idea of deporting Arafat to Sudan in 2002

Former Mossad chief says the radical suggestion came up in the wake of the devastating Park Hotel Passover bombing

BY MITCH GINSBURG May 26, 2013, 8:22 pm 9
The Park Hotel on the night of March 27, 2002, after a suicide bombing killed 30 Israel people (Photo credit: Flash 90)

The Park Hotel on the night of March 27, 2002, after a suicide bombing killed 30 Israel people (Photo credit: Flash 90)

On a March night in 2002, after a Palestinian suicide bomber killed 30 people during a Passover Seder at Netanya’s Park Hotel, prime minister Ariel Sharon told his army and intelligence chiefs that he wanted to deport Yasser Arafat to Sudan. The suggestion came up during consultations on operational plans for an IDF takeover of the West Bank, former Mossad head Ephraim Halevy revealed on Sunday.

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“I won’t go into the tactical elements of the plan,” Halevy said at an Institute for National Security Studies seminar in Tel Aviv, adding, however, that each of the officers and commanders in the room opposed the notion.

In October 2002 the Maariv daily revealed that IDF special forces had prepared a plan to deport Arafat to a distant and desolate patch of land in a coastal Middle Eastern state. MK Ahmed Tibi, in an interview with al-Mustakbal one week later, said the Israeli plan was focused on Sudan and added that he had submitted a formal request for information to the prime minister.

The Netanya attack, carried out by Abed al-Basset Udeh, a Hamas suicide bomber, came on March 27, 2002, and marked the apex of the Second Intifada.

Sharon received word of the devastating attack in the middle of a Passover Seder at his ranch. “My father was livid, and he let that be known in his conversations with the army officers and other high-ranking security personnel,” his son, Gilad Sharon, wrote in his memoir of his father’s life (full disclosure: this reporter translated the memoir to English).

Israel had attempted something similar several years before with the heads of Hamas. On October 16, 1992, prime minister Yitzhak Rabin ordered the arrest and deportation of 415 senior Hamas members to Lebanon. The move, approved by the Supreme Court at the last minute, was criticized internationally and, after roughly one year, during which they received advanced training, the Hamas members were returned to their homes.

Efraim Halevy, former head of the Mossad (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90)

Arafat himself had run PLO operations from Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia before being allowed to enter the West Bank and Gaza Strip under the Oslo Accords.

Operation Defensive Shield, the IDF’s response to terror emanating from the Palestinian territories during the Second Intifada, entailed an IDF takeover of each of the major cities of the West Bank and essentially marked the end of Arafat’s freedom of movement and ability to rule.

Halevy, speaking at a conference on intelligence work in the modern age, and referencing the fact that intelligence officers are at times used by political leaders, implied that Sharon was well aware that the notion would be shot down by the security officers.

“For him it was a win-win situation,” Halevy said, explaining that, after the Sudan discussion, the military mission was authorized without debate and the more controversial measure of deportation had, at least, been spoken aloud.

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The agenda of assassinating Arafat is an obvious solution for Sharon since the former is a major stumbling block for the continuous expansion of Jewish settlement in the West Bank, which is prove that Israel never interested to have a political settlement with the Palestinians and co-exist under a two-state equation.

It is without doubt that some Zionists wanted to see Arafat be eliminated and the PLO leadership is being taken over, by someone like Mahmood Abas. Assassination is one of the extension of services done by Israeli secret service, espionage and special operations agency MOSSAD to maintain the criminally instituted illegal state of Israel.

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Hijrah for betterment

The 1435H banner boorowed from Majlis Agama Islam Johor

The 1435H banner boorowed from Majlis Agama Islam Johor

Hijrah is the migration for betterment where Muhammad S.A.W. alongside his most trusted aide Abu Bakar As Siddiq, moved from Mekkah to Medinah in his 13th year as a Rasul. As things were getting unbearable for him to spread the word of Allah, Muhammad sneaked out of Mekkah to escape persecution. Pagan worshipping Meccans then were torturing Muslims.

Unlike in Mekkah where he and fellow early Muslims were under constant hostilities, Medinah folks greeted him with warmth and comfort as a great preacher the faith for Allah. More Meccans followed Muhammad’s migration journey and were known as Muhajirins where as the Medinahites were known as Ansaris.

Quba mosque in outskirts of Medinah. This is the first mosque Muhammad built, which was his last stop during the emigration from Mekkah on 622AD.

Quba mosque in outskirts of Medinah. This is the first mosque Muhammad built, which was his last stop before entering Medinah during the emigration from Mekkah on 622AD.

There on, whenever someone take the bold steps to migrate towards betterment is described as making a ‘Hijrah’.

In Sabah, an Opposition ADUN did his Hijrah. ADUN for Kedamaian Jeremy Malazad quits PKR. He is now an Independent ADUN but willing to throw support towards BN.

Published: Monday November 4, 2013 MYT 4:23:00 PM
Updated: Monday November 4, 2013 MYT 5:02:48 PM

Kadamaian assemblyman quits PKR

BY RUBEN SARIO

Jeremy (second right) chats with Barisan Nasional's Pantai Manis assemblyman Datuk Rahim Ismail (right), Senallang assemblyman Datuk Nasir Tun Sakaran (left) and Kepayan assemblyman Dr Edwin Bosi (second left) before the winding up session at the state assembly sitting in June.Jeremy (second right) chats with Barisan Nasional’s Pantai Manis assemblyman Datuk Rahim Ismail (right), Senallang assemblyman Datuk Nasir Tun Sakaran (left) and Kepayan assemblyman Dr Edwin Bosi (second left) before the winding up session at the state assembly sitting in June.

KOTA KINABALU: Kadamaian asssemblyman Jeremy Malajad @ Malazad has quit PKR and declared himself an independent.

Announcing the move in the northern Kota Belud district some 60kms from the city, Malajad said he was ditching the opposition party to ensure that his constituents fully benefitted from the development programmes of the Barisan Nasional-led Sabah government.

He said Barisan’s victory in more than two thirds of the 60 state constituencies clearly demonstrated the people’s confidence in the ruling coalition.

”As a newly elected representative I fully realise the aspirations of the people of my constituency who want to see improvements and positive changes including the provision of basic amenities such as roads, water supply and rural clinics,” he said in the presence of the 50 Kadamaian PKR members who had also quit the party.

Malajad along with PKR state assemblyman Jailani Hamdan of Matunggong had been widely expected to quit the party after their absence from a meeting with party chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim here last weekend.

When contacted, Jailani told The Star: ‘’I have not reached that point yet. However I am not ruling out the possibility of leaving the party.”

Jailani said did not attend the Sabah PKR liaison meeting with Anwar on Saturday as he and Malajad did not see any point in attending it.

‘’We cannot work with Sabah PKR chief Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin anymore,” he said.

He said Anwar and Lajim had ignored their repeated calls for better representation of the Kadazandusun-Rungus communities in the state PKR liaison line-up.

In particular, Jailani said they had requested for a Kadazandusun-Rungus to be made the deputy state chief which Lajim had promised to but subsequently appointed Api Api State Assemblyman Christina Liew.

‘’I am not against anyone but there are three State Assemblymen and a Member of Parliament from the Kadazandusun-Rungus communities in PKR. All we are asking for is justice,” he said.

He said as Sabah PKR chief, Lajim had deliberately sidelined the Kadazandusun and Rungus leaders.

He said Anwar had also named Lajim as Sabah State Assembly opposition chief without proper consultation of PKR and DAP assemblymen.

Jailani said many among the PKR and DAP Assemblymen were not in favour of Lajim becoming the opposition chief.

‘’In fact in the early stages of discussions Lajim’s name was not even brought up but suddenly he was named opposition chief,” he added.

Sabah’s elected opposition ranks in the State Assembly began cracking on September 27 after DAP’s Hiew King Cheu of Luyang quit the party and declared himself an independent.

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Malazad is translating the feelings of Sabahans,  particularly the Kadazan-Dusun community and realising how PKR leadership treat them, It is obvious Anwar Ibrahim wants their support. However, he is simply falling a deaf ear for the true sentiments in Sabah and expect PKR Sabah to run as if it is somewhere in Semenanjung where the members adhere and comply to him.

ADUN Kedamaian Jeremy Malazad

It is for the betterment for Kedamaian constituents and also for Sabahan. In their strategy to weakened BN, Sabah was hyped to be under Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s clinch for taking months in the run up of the 13GE.

However, that could be short-lived. Sources within leaked information about Anwar Ibrahim going helter skelter about Malazad leaving PKR and now intensifying efforts to reverse the situation and bring him back into the fold of PKR.

Anwar Ibrahim and Jeremy Malazad

It is not surprised if money is actually offered by Anwar to lure Malazad to remain in the Opposition’s bench in the Sabah State Assembly.

That is nothing new with Anwar since many stories about him offering BN Parliamentarians money when he wanted to realise the “By or on 16 September 2008 take over of the Federal Government”, where then he needed 31 BN MPs to jump to his Pakatan Rakyat side.

Anwar Ibrahim and some of the Sabah PKR leaders

It is an interesting development to watch. Probably money isn’t the best motivation for Sabahan PKR elected representatives. Instead of gaining respect like what they yearn for, Anwar might lose more PKR leaders in Sabah.

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Old men’s wish

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad with BN candidate for N20 Sg. Limau by-election Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad with BN candidate for N20 Sg. Limau by-election Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim

Menteri Besar Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir vowed that he would follow through his predecessor and former ADUN for N20 Sg. Limau Allahyarham Tan Sri Azizan A Razak’s wish for Kedah and the paid-field area the latter represented for four terms.

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YAN: Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Dr Mahathir has resolved to fulfil his predecessor Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak’s wish that he looks after Kedah and shoulder his responsibility to the best of his ability.

“During my walkabouts in Sungai Limau, I met a lot of people who raised many outstanding issues such as houses and surau in dire need of repair and puddles popping up on the roads.

This reminded me of what former Sungai Limau assemblyman Allahyaram Tan Sri Azizan had said to me.

“He told me to look after Kedah as best as I could. I’d consider his wish as the most important responsibility shouldered by me as the menteri besar, with the assistance of state executive councillors, to solve the people’s problems one at a time in a short time,” he said here today.

Mukhriz said the assistance and support he received from the federal government enabled him to shoulder the trust and responsibility to his level best.

He hoped Sungai Limau voters would give the BN the opportunity serve the constituency and solve pressing problems faced by the people by voting BN candidate for the Sungai Limau state by-election Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim.

“Let the constituency be run by the BN like the administration at the state and federal levels to enable us to fulfil our promises and shoulder the trust,” he added.

Ahmad Sohaimi, former Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) senior lecturer, is facing Mohd Azam Abd Samat of PAS in the Sungai Limau state by election tomorrow.

The seat fell vacant following the death of five-term assemblyman Azizan on Sept 26. — BERNAMA

Read more: Mukhriz resolves to fulfil ex-MB Azizan’s wish – Latest – New Straits Timeshttp://www.nst.com.my/latest/mukhriz-resolves-to-fulfil-ex-mb-azizan-s-wish-1.391065#ixzz2jZxY9o5O

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Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at Karnival, PPK Mada, Bukit Besar

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at Karnival, PPK Mada, Bukit Besar

In the same day, Fourth Prime Minister and Fifth UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad vowed that he would make sure that MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz do a good job in Sg. Limau and Kedah.

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Mukhriz is my son, I will make sure he carries out his duty if BN wins, says Dr M

BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA
NOVEMBER 03, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: NOVEMBER 03, 2013 05:54 PM

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) has promised Sungai Limau voters that he will make sure Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir does a good job for the people in the constituency, but only if they choose Barisan Nasional (BN) in the by-election tomorrow.

The former prime minister, who made an appearance at a carnival rakyat in Sungai Limau today to support the BN campaign, said an elected representative who was close to the BN state government would get more assistance not only from the state but also from the Federal Government. He urged voters to make the right decision by choosing the BN candidate.

“The menteri besar is my son, his name is Mukhriz, he is bald because I keep all the hair. He is bald because he is thinking what else can be done for the people of Kedah,” he said, drawing laughter from the crowd.

Dr Mahathir went on to say he would make sure Mukhriz did a good job in Sungai Limau and Kedah or he would return and teach him a lesson.

He also said the scenario and situation in Sungai Limau had changed quite a lot since his time.

“In 1969, I could not even enter Sungai Limau. Now, they let us in and even listen to our explanations,” he said, adding that Kedah will see more development with BN in power.

On Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that Umno is the reason why Malays are poor, Dr Mahathir (pic) said that Anwar was ungrateful.

“He gained his wealth because his father was an Umno supporter. When he was with BN he never told me all this. When he is no longer a deputy prime minister, only then there is an issue,” he added.

He also quashed rumours that his presence in Sungai Limau was due to Mukhriz not being able to stand on his own feet and needed his father to help him.

“If I wanted to help him, I would have helped him when I was prime minister. I forbade him when he wanted to get involved in politics before. Now I am no longer prime minister, he can stand on his own,” said Dr Mahathir.

He also said his last-minute visit to Sungai Limau was of his own accord.

“I will support BN as long as I am healthy and can talk,” he said.

Sungai Limau has been a PAS stronghold since 1995.

PAS candidate Mohd Azam Abd Samad is squaring off against BN’s Dr Sohaimi Lazim in the by-election, which was triggered following the death of the late former Kedah menteri besar and Kedah PAS commissioner Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak who had held the seat since 1995. – November 1, 2013.

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Tun Dr Mahathir with ADUN for Sg Tiang and Exco for Women and Family Affairs Dato' Suraya Yaacob at PPK Buluh

Tun Dr Mahathir dropping in for tea with ADUN for Sg Tiang and Exco for Women and Family Affairs, Welfare, Agriculture and Agrobased Industry and Entrepreneur Development Dato’ Suraya Yaacob at PPK Matang Buluh

Tun Dr. Mahathir dropped in on the N20 Sg. Limau by-election. First he was at BN N20 Command Centre in Sg. Limau. Then he met some Tok Guru pondok  in Sg Dedap and later attended Karnival PPK Mada Bukit Besar. He also dropped by at PPK Matang Buluh.

The BN Blue flying strong on the road to Sg Limau

The BN Blue flying strong on the road to Sg Limau

It was a full itinerary for an unscheduled appearance.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin and Dato' Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir visiting one of the fisherman village in Sg Limau

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin and Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir visiting one of the fisherman village in Sg Limau

Tomorrow, it is expected that 90% of the 27,287 eligible voters will cast their votes to elect the ADUN to replace Azizan. Many observers felt that the result have almost equal chance to go either way. The winner is expected to only tip the scale slightly, unlike the 13GE on 5 May where PAS won with a 2,774 majority.

*Updated Tuesday 5 November 2013 0100hrs

PAS managed to retain N20 Sungai Limau State Assembly seat but with a reduced majority. BN managed to reduce the majority from 2,774 just under six months ago to 1,084. The reduction in majority signifies 6.2% change of voters confidence towards BN, under MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir.

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SUNGAI LIMAU BY-ELECTION: Mukhriz thanks BN machinery

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YAN: Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir thanked the Barisan Nasional machinery for their hard work in helping Kedah BN in significantly reducing Pas’ majority in the Sungai Limau by-election.

Mukhriz hoped that the defeat to Pas in Sungai Limau would not deter the spirit to strengten the coalition’s determination to continue serving the rakyat.

He said despite the loss, BN had managed to break into and secured higher votes in the Pas strongholds in the constituency as compared to the 13th General Election’s results five months ago.

“This is a good sign for BN and we will continue to work hard based on the platform we have built during this by-election,” he said.Meanwhile, BN candidate Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim said he accepted the loss with an open mind and thanked the 10,985 voters in Sungai Limau who had voted for BN.

“I am also extending my sincere appreciation to the BN machinery which had worked very hard during the 12-day campaign period,” he said when contacted.

Sohaimi stressed that the loss would not deter him from continuing his service to the party and the Sungai Limau folk.Meanwhile, in a Bernama report, Mukhriz described the success of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in reducing PAS’s majority by more than half in today’s  Sungai Limau election as a victory in itself.

“In that aspect, it is a good victory even though we failed to win this seat (Sg Limau), and as we said before the by-election, win or lose, it has no impact,” he told reporters at the BN’s by-election operations room here tonight.

 

He said the BN accepted the result but promised that the BN would not stop efforts to get close to “sekolah pondok” (madrasahs) as pledged by the coalition in its manifesto for the 13th General Election in May, in upholding the teachings of Islam.

 

“We will keep our promises because from the government’s perspective, we do not practise favouritism,” he said.

 

He said the BN government in the state would also deliver two projects it announced, namely a road linking Guar Chempedak and Pulau Bunting, and the proposal to build a port on the island.

 

PAS candidate Mohd Azam Abd Samat won by a 1,084-vote majority, as compared to the 2,774 majority obtained by the late former Kedah menteri besar, Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak in the 13GE.

 

Mohd Azam received 12,069 votes, beating Ahmad Sohaimi who obtained 10,985 votes. The votes obtained by Mohd Azam was 1,225 votes or 9.2 per cent less than the total votes garnered by Azizan in the 13GE, at 13,294 votes.

 

Meanwhile for BN, the majority in the Sungai Limau by-election increased by 4.4 per cent or 465 votes. The total voter turnout today was lowered by 1,100 voters or 4.5 per cent from 24,349 in the 13GE.

 

PAS’ strength depended on Azizan’s name, which was heavily used in the by-election campaign, including showing Mohd Azam as a student of Azizan and being related to the former

menteri besar.

 

In fact, PAS also allegedly used a picture with a superimposed image of Mohd Azam with Azizan in the party’s campaign leaflets when it was actually the photograph of a Sinar Harian journalist during a visit to Azizan’s office in 2011.

 

Meanwhile, Ahmad Sohaimi said he accepted the people’s verdict with an open heart.
“We have to believe in Rukun Iman (rule of faith) and qadar (destiny),” he told Bernama when contacted.
He also thanked the party machinery and the media for their support in helping to get him closer to the community.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, who is also Jerai Umno division chief, said he was not disappointed with the result, but would shoulder on to capture the seat.
“In the 12-day campaign alone, we managed to reduce PAS’ majority. Given five years before GE14, we could create an upset. This itself is a victory,” he told reporters at the BN operations room.
As Member of Parliament for Jerai, Jamil Khir said he was committed to assist the constituents and would not marginalise the community.

 

Mukhriz had earlier admitted BN was an underdog but BN put up a strong fight by offering the people in Sungai Limau, in terms of development.

 

Despite losing, the residents of the Sungai Limau state constituency will benefit from the federal and state governments as proof that the BN government does not marginalise areas under opposition parties.

 

On BN’s side, many likened the loss to the candidate factor as he was too low profile and not considered suitable as a people’s representative.

 

The new Jerai Umno division leadership which changed from Datuk Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom in the Jerai division election on Oct 19, could also be a factor.

 

Many considered the voters were still with PAS, not because they were confident of Mohd Azam but as a check-and-balance for the Kedah Government controlled by BN.

 

If seen from the support of voters to Mukhriz during the campaign, the residents of Sungai Limau were actually more confident with Mukhriz and the state government, and only time can determine if BN can recapture the Sungai Limau state seat.

 

The conclusion on the Sungai Limau by-election is that neither PAS nor BN won everything. — BERNAMA

Read more: SUNGAI LIMAU BY-ELECTION: Mukhriz thanks BN machinery – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-sungai-limau-by-election-font-mukhriz-thanks-bn-machinery-1.392290#ixzz2jiKoQq5h

Published in: on November 3, 2013 at 18:30  Comments (12)  

‘Transformation Plan’, how?

Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya

Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya

The Chairman of UMNO 2013 Party Election Tan Sri Tajol Rosli Ghazali just announced the results of the top position after the contest.

President:                 Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak (not contested), 59 years old

Deputy President: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin (not contested), 66 years old

Vice Presidents:

Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (185 divisions), 60 years old

Dato’ Seri Ahmad Shafie Afdal (174 divisions), 56 years old

Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein (100 divisions), 52 years old

Vice President posts (by default)

Wanita Head:           Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abd. Jalil, 60 years old

Youth Head:             Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, 37 years old

Puteri Head:             Mas Ermieyati Samsuddin, 37 years old

Only one out of the eight posts had a change. Even that happened because the previous Puteri UMNO Head had to vacate the post due to statutory obligation as part of the party constitution that there is an age limit.

Everything else remained status quo.

The “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question now is; What and how is the ‘Transformation Agenda’ for UMNO when there is hardly any top leadership change where as the Malay based Opposition parties are giving more room and opportunity for regeneration of its top leadership?

The addendum to that; What is UMNO ‘succession plan’? How is the nationalist party able to remain relevant to continue the struggle of the Malay Agenda of “Aliff Baa Taa”, without a proper strategy for future top leadership?

A party of 3.4 million members cannot tweak their way through time and worry about the river when they reach at the bridge. Probably it that worked well the past 67 years but soon, for UMNO to remain relevance simply cannot be left to chance.

The fact is that by 14 GE or there abouts, the President would be 63 years old, Deputy President 70 years old and all the Vice Presidents would be 64, 60 and 56 years old respectively.

Conservatism that UMNO stand for is not about the fact that the nationalist party is a ‘Grand Old Party’ by and for old people. That is the fundamental of the struggle that lead to the birth of the nation and her spirit and soul, which reflected in the Constitutional Monarchy system, Federal Constitution and value system and practice of the Malaysian society.

Yes, now that the contest is done all of us should close in the ranks and work together as a party. After all, in a few days time BN got to face PAS in the Sungai Limau by-election with the recent passing of former PAS MB of Kedah Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak.

However, the baton of leadership should be passed after a proper planning and grooming. This is to ensure the party struggle is affirmed of its continuity. It is an assurance that the ‘Transformation’ is being carried through in the right direction, for the right reasons.

How, now?

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UMNO President Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak responded to the ‘Transformation Agenda of UMNO’ question.

Transformation of Umno and Malaysia still on track, Najib insists

BY LEE SHI-IAN
OCTOBER 20, 2013

Najib gestures to the media during a press conference in Putrajaya, today. He expressed confidence that the newly-elected Umno leaders can work as a team to transform Umno and Malaysia. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, October 20, 2013.Najib gestures to the media during a press conference in Putrajaya, today. He expressed confidence that the newly-elected Umno leaders can work as a team to transform Umno and Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, October 20, 2013.Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak today insisted that the party’s transformation was on track although the same leaders retained the party’s top five positions after yesterday’s polls.

“It is not a necessity for the present batch of Umno leaders to be replaced in order to transform the party. The current Umno team has the calibre and talent to bring about transformation,” he said.

Najib acknowledged that the party’s leadership, including newly elected vice-presidents Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, have a lot to live up to.

“We carry the hopes and expectations of the party members who cast their votes for us. We have a national and party agenda which we are expected to deliver upon,” he said.

Najib was confident that the leaders who had won would be able to work as a team to transform Umno and Malaysia.

He said at a press conference at the IOI Golf Resort in Putrajaya that the election had been conducted smoothly.

“Now that we have settled the issue of party elections, it is time to continue with transforming the party and the country. There is a lot of work to be done,” the Prime Minister said.

He rubbished rumours that the 150,000 Umno members nationwide had been instructed to maintain the status quo of the party’s leadership, saying,  “It is a quite impossible feat even for me to influence the 150,000 members nationwide and get them to vote for what I want instead of letting them choose on their own.”

On the tussle between Hishammuddin and Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, Najib said the fierce fight was expected.

“These are two popular individuals and politicians, obviously the support garnered by both men was nothing less than expected.

“In any election, there will never be a result which will satisfy all parties. There will always be winners and losers in any election.”

However, he praised Umno members for their maturity in making their choices. He also cautioned those who had won not to be arrogant or complacent.

Najib said he would be discussing the issue of making special appointments to the Umno supreme council with party deputy president and Deputy Premier Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“It is within my discretion as party president to make special appointments and there are a few talented professionals whom I will be evaluating,” he said, declining to elaborate. – October 20, 2013.

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Prime Minister Najib said “It is not a necessity. The current Umno team has the calibre and talent to bring about transformation”.

However, he completely missed the most important point.  Probably Prime Minister Najib has been obtuse and been looking inwards on each of the top leadership that will be closest to him for the party. Naturally, these leaders would ‘circle their wagon’ around him.

It is not about calibre and talent but perception. It is actually a matter of faith, integrity and credibility. A few of the current Vice Presidents voted in are of doubtful integrity and credibility and majority of the rakyat see them as nothing but ‘Tainted’ and even ‘Corrupt’.

A serious problem of perception also plagued Vice President Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

19 October 2013| last updated at 06:37PM

UMNO ELECTION 2013: Hishammuddin regrets being labelled a ‘weak leader’

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KLUANG — Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is defending his vice-president’s post in Umno today, has expressed regret at being labelled a weak leader by certain quarters.

The Defence Minister who is also Acting Transport Minister, said the presumption was baseless and ill-intentioned.

“I am far from being weak. If I am, the country would already be in chaos. I would not have been able to initiate the amendment to the party’s constitution.

“I would not have sustained for five years in the Home Ministry or be part of the 13th general election or the party election today,” he said at the Sembrong Umno division delegates’ meeting at Sekolah Menengah Sains Sembrong, here.

Hishammuddin said it was easy for others to point fingers at him, thus it was necessary for him to provide a justification for the delegates to appreciate his contributions.

He said, as someone who was on the right track, he was confident of thedelegates’ absolute support for him.

He said, as someone who was on the right track he was confident of the delegates’ absolute support for him.

“When the intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah happened, I temporarily relocated there with my family for three weeks to ensure that the security there remained intact,” he revealed.

Meanwhile, Hishammuddin’s eldest daughter Nasya Alyssa, 24, despite being seven months’ pregnant came to the centre to express support for her father.

She arrived with her husband Muhd Anas Zawawi Khalid, 26, mother Datin SeriTengku Marsilla Tengku Abdullah and younger brother Faris Hussein.

Hishammuddin in a light moment shared with the 481 delegates that he could not wait to become a grandfather. — BERNAMA

Read more: UMNO ELECTION 2013: Hishammuddin regrets being labelled a ‘weak leader’ – Latest – New Straits Timeshttp://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-umno-election-2013-font-hishammuddin-regrets-being-labelled-a-weak-leader-1.379993#ixzz2iFq0Yw3l

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It is disturbing when the UMNO President and Prime Minister completely missed the plot, for his own preferential personalities in the party top echelon. UMNO has also been seen as no longer focused to champion the Malay issues and agenda.

Published in: on October 20, 2013 at 01:30  Comments (48)  

Mukhriz on Soal Jawab TV3

MB Kedah Dato' Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir with Exec Director of News Media Prima Dato' Ahmad A Talib in Soal Jawab TV3

MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir with Exec Director of News Media Prima Dato’ Ahmad A Talib in Soal Jawab TV3

MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir would be on Soal Jawab TV3 tonight (Thursday 10 October 2013 0030hrs – After Nightline). Media Prima Executive Director in-charge of News Dato’ Ahmad A Talib would host the Q & A show.

Mukhriz is one of the UMNO Vice President aspirant, which would be decided by 146,500 delegates on 19 October 2013. Mukhriz went with his 2008 tagline, ‘Berani Berubah!’.

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Published in: on October 9, 2013 at 14:00  Comments (13)  
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