Askar Melayu bantu awasi perhimpunan 10 November atas permintaan Polis, bukan arahan Tuanku SPB YDP Agong

Begitu banyak khabar khabar angin tersebar semasa “Perhimpunan Baju Kuning November 10” Sabtu minggu lepas bagaimana baginda Tuanku Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin memberi perkenan kepada Briged ke 19 Rejimen Askar Melayu DiRaja, yang berpengkalan di Sungai Petani untuk ‘melindungi; para peserta perhimpunan itu. Ini sekali gus memberikan banyak keyakinan kepada mereka.

Kemudian, Malaysia Today pula mengeluar sebuah artikel “What the eye does not see” pada Jumaat 16 November 2007, yang mengesahkan khabar khabar angin tersebut.

Kini ujud penafian keatas apa yang disahkan oleh artikel Malaysia Today itu. Menurut artikel yang dipetik dari lama web pro UMNO Berita MyKMU.net, yang disiarkan pada Isnin, 19 November 2007 ini, Polis DiRaja Malaysia sebenarnya yang meminta bantuan Askar Melayu untuk membantu mengawasi/mengawal keselamatan/ketenteraman awam sekiranya berlaku apa apa kejadian yang tidak diingi:

Askar Melayu bersiap sedia pada 10 November atas permintaan Polis
Contributed by SiKenit on Monday, November 19 @ 16:57:39 MYT
Topic: KOMENTAR

Begitu banyak khabar khabar angin, terutama dikalangan penganjur dan perserta perhimpunan/perarakan haram 10 November, telah diperkatakan bahawa Askar Melayu telah di’kerah’ DYMM SPB YDP Agong untukmemberikan ‘perlindungan’, secara pihak Polis mengambil tindakan keatas pendemonstrasi/peserta perhimpunan/perarakan haram itu.

Khabar Khabar angin yang begitu popular dan memberikan ‘keyakinan’ kepada penganjur/pendemonstrasi/peserta perhimpunan/perarakan haram itu agar apa yang mereka lakukan sebenarnya ‘diperkenan’ dan ‘restui’ baginda SPB YDP Agong Tuanku Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Mahmud, seorang Raja yang dikatakan berjiwa rakyat itu.

Namun apabila Dato’ Pengelola Bentara Bijaya Istana Negara Dato’ Wan Mohd. Safiain Wan Hasan memanggil sidang media khas, termasuk TV, menegaskan bahawa sebenarnya SPB YDP Agong “merasa kesal dakwaan baginda menyokong perhimpunan haram“, ada pihak pihak tertentu ‘tersentak’ kerana kenyataan rasmi ini. ‘Harapan’ dan ‘ayam tambatan’ mereka sebenarnya dusta belaka.

Sebagai reaksi kepada kenyataan ini, Raja Petra Kamaruddin telah menyiarkan dalam Malaysia Today artikel berjudul “What the eye does not see“, sebagai reaksi serta merta kepada kenyataan rasmi Istana Negara itu. Dalam artikel in, Raja Petra dengan jelas menafi dan pertikaikan kenyataan rasmi yang dibuat Dato’ Wan Mohd. Safiain itu dan secara peribadi, pegawai tinggi Istana Negara itu diperlekeh lekehkan. Sehingga no. KPT dan no. keahlian UMNOnya juga disiarkan.

Yang penting sekali, artikel Malaysia Today ini terus menegaskan bahawa baginda Tuanku Sultan Mizan sememangnya memberikan ‘sokongan’, ‘perkenan’ dan ‘restu’ bahawa perhimpunan/perarakan ini diteruskan, termasuk baginda kunun kunun memohon nama nama mereka yang terlibatkan dipersembahkan kepada baginda. Lebih dasyat lagi, dijelaskan dalam artikel tersebut bahawa baginda Tuanku Sultan Mizan meminta Briged ke 19 Rejimen Askar Melayu DiRaja (RAMD) yang berpengkalan di Sungai Petani dikerah ke Sungai Buloh, bersama sama 14 buah kereta perisai, untuk memberikan ‘perlindungan’ kepada pendemonstrasi sekiranya Polis mengambil tindakan. Peristiwa Batu Burok dijadikan modal sandaran.

Ini semuanya adalah dusta dan pembohongan semata mata. Fakta telah dimanipulasi untuk memberikan ‘semangat’ dan sebahagian dari ‘penghalalan’ tindakan mereka yang jelas bertentangan dengan undang undang Malaysia. Matlamat tidak sesekali menghalalkan cara!

Apa yang sebenarnya berlaku ialah perhimpunan/perarakan haram ini diwar warkan oleh media alternatif berminggu sebelum acara. Mereka mengharap dan anggarkan bahawa 100,000 orang akan menyertai perhimpunan/perarakan haram 10 November itu.

Polis DiRaja Malaysia, agensi biasa menjaga keselamatan dan ketenteraman awam merasakan sedikit sukar untuk mengawal keadaan, sekiranya benar 100,000 orang akan berhimpun/berarak pada tengahari Sabtu itu. Olehdemikian, Tentera Darat telah diminta oleh Polis untuk memberikan bantuan, sekiranya perlu apabila keadaan berlaku diluar kawalan dan kecemasan atau sesuatu yang tidak diingini berlaku.

Sebenarnya, pada tengahari Sabutu itu, pegawai pegawai tinggi Tentera Darat berada dipusat kawalan utama Bukit Aman, bersama sama pegawai pegawai tinggi Polis merancang dan memantau seluruh proses mengawal/menyelia/mengawasi perhimpunan/perarakan haram 10 November 2007 itu. Tentera Darat yang berada dalam keadaan siap sedia itu memang unit biasa yang berpengkalan di Kem Wardieburn dan Kem Sungei Besi, sekitar Lembah Klang.

Maka tidak benarlah apabila Malaysia Today dan Raja Petra menyatakan bahawa Briged ke 19 RAMD didatangkan khas dari Sungai Petani untuk kunun kunun ‘melindungi’ pendemontrasi perhimpunan haram. Kalau ikut logiknya, Kem Garisen berada di Port Dickson, yang termasuk rejimen mekanised dan satu Divisyen berada di Kem Terendak, termasuk Kor Gerak Khas yang berpengkalan diKem Sungai Udang. Unit unit ini lebih mudah dikerah apabila berlaku satu kecemasan dan lebih hampir ke Lembah Klang berbanding dari Sungai Petani.

Sungguh tidak bertanggung jawab Malaysia Today menyiarkan artikel yang mengandungi unsur unsur hasutan:

1. Memperlekeh dan menghina institiusi Raja Raja Melayu
2. Mempertikai dan mempersoal kenaytaan rasmi Istana Negara bagi pihak DYMM SPB YDP Agong
3. Memfitnah SPB YDP Agong kunun kunun mengeluarkan ‘arahan’ kepada Briged ke 19 RAMD digerakan semata mata perhimpunan/perarakan haram 10 November 2007
4. Mempersoal dan perikaikan integriti dan professionalism RAMD
5. Mempersoal dan peritikaikan integriti dan professionalism Polis DiRaja Malaysia, terutama kemampuan dan kekuatan menjaga keselamatan dan
ketenteraman awam semasa perhimpunan/perarakan haram Sabtu 10 November 2007 itu.

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Satu Laporan Polis telah dibuat keatas Malaysia Today dan Raja Petra Kamaruddin berkenaan artikel tersebut.

Wajarlah pembaca internet membuat penilaian yang mana fakta dan yang mana dusta/pembohongan atau manipulasi fakta.

Published in: on November 19, 2007 at 19:41  Comments (11)  

OPEC blunder reveals debate on weak dollar

 

This is a follow up article to the earlier posting, here and here, which is very related. An earlier article pertaining to the price hike imminence should be referred to as well.

This article was uploaded from Seattle Times.com:

 

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Saturday, November 17, 2007 – Page updated at 12:00 a.m.
OPEC blunder reveals debate on weak dollar

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The accidental airing of a closed OPEC session Friday provided a surprise glimpse into a sensitive debate over the weakening U.S. dollar, with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister warning that even talking publicly about the currency’s decline could further hurt its value.

The high-profile blunder ahead of a rare OPEC summit revealed the debate as Iran attempted to convince other member countries to express concern over dollar depreciation in the meeting’s final declaration.

Oil is priced in dollars on the world market, and its depreciation has concerned oil producers because it has contributed to rising crude prices and has eroded the value of their dollar reserves. Cartel officials have resisted pressure to increase oil production to ease prices.

“The reality is that we have this problem. I think we should draft the declaration to reflect our concerns,” Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said during a pre-summit meeting here with fellow ministers from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

But Saud al-Faisal, foreign minister of U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, came out against the proposal with unusually frank comments.

“In my feeling, the mere mention that the OPEC countries are studying the issue of the dollar is itself going to have an impact that endangers the interests of the countries,” he said.

“We all should be worried if any action that we take will lead us to do some injury to our returns on our product,” al-Faisal said. “Nobody wants to have less money than more money. I am sure that we all agree on that.”

Broadcast accidental

The closed meeting was accidentally broadcast to journalists and after about 40 minutes, an official rushed into the press room and yanked the television cable out of the wall.

A public declaration by OPEC expressing concern about the falling value of the dollar could send the currency even lower, putting at risk the vast dollar holdings oil producers have generated as crude prices have soared to record levels.

Iran and Venezuela have proposed trading oil in a basket of currencies to replace the historic link to the dollar, but they have been unable to generate enough support from fellow OPEC members.

After the meeting, OPEC Secretary General Abdalla Salem el-Badri said the group had decided not to mention concern over dollar depreciation in the declaration.

“We discussed it among ourselves, but I will tell you, you will not see it in the final declaration,” he said. “I told you … many times that we are concerned, but this is a member-country policy.”

Saudi Foreign Minister al-Faisal suggested during the meeting that OPEC analyze the impact of dollar depreciation without documenting its efforts or concern.

“This is not new. We have done this in the past, decide to study something without putting down on paper that we are going to study it so that we avoid any implication that will bring adverse effect to our countries’ finances,” al-Faisal said.

Not everyone agreed with the Saudi foreign minister in the meeting. Nigerian Finance Minister Shamsuddeen Usman suggested accommodating Iran’s proposed addition.

“While underlining our concern for the continued depreciation of the dollar and its adverse impact on our revenues, we instruct our finance ministers to study the issue exhaustively and advise us on ways to safeguard the purchasing power of our revenues, of our members’ revenues,” Usman suggested the statement should read.

Production speculation

Although the issue of dollar depreciation took center stage on the eve of the upcoming summit, which starts today, the run-up to the meeting was also dominated by speculation over whether OPEC would raise production after recent oil-price increases that have closed in on $100.

The record oil prices prompted U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman to call on OPEC to increase production earlier this week, but cartel officials have said they will hold off any decision until the group meets next month in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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