Tan Sri Megat Junid dalam kenangan

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Mantan Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Penguna, Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub, 65, telah meninggal dunia akibat komplikasi kanser di Pusat Rawatan Pakar Pantai 5.30pagi ini. Mantan Ketua Penerangan UMNO itu meninggalkan dua orang balu, Puan Sri Faeizah Shuaib dan Puan Ziela Jalil.

Beliau telah berada di Unit Rawatan Rapi dan wad biasa Pusat Perubatan Pantai semenjak hampir tiga bulan lalu. Keadaan beliau semalam tidaklah seburuk seperti awal Disember lepas, apabila beliau telah mengalami koma kerana pendarahan akibat pembedahan mengeluarkan darah beku dalam tali perut.

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Jenazah telah dibawa pulang ke rumah beliau di SS 7 Kelana Jaya, dimandi dan kafankan. Antara yang terawal menziarah ialah mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad dan isteri, Tun Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. Tan Sri Megat merupakan Setiuasaha Politik kepada Tun Dr. Mahathir semasa beliau dilantik Timbalan Perdana Menteri pada 1976 dan mengambil alih jawatan Perdana Menteri dari Tun Hussein Onn pada 17 Julai 1981.

Tan Sri Megat merupakan Timbalan Menteri Perusahan Utama, 1984-86 dan kemudian kedudukan strategik Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri (KDN), 1986-97. Zaman beliau menerajui KDN merupakan zaman amat mencabar. Beliau antara yang bertanggung jawab membenarkan Polis melancarkan ‘Operasi Lalang’ pada 27 Oktober 1987 sebagai usaha untuk ‘mengawal keselamatan dalam negeri’, yang melihatkan 106 orang ditahan dibawah ISA.

Antara kejayaan Polis DiRaja Malaysia dalam tempoh beliau dalam KDN ini ialah perletakan senjata dan perjanjian damai ‘Perjanjian Hadyaii’ yang dicapai dengan Parti Komunis Malaya pada Januari 1989. Beliau menamatkan karrier politik dalam pentadbiran Kerajaan selama 17 tahun apabila kalah kerusi Parlimen Parit pada Pilihanraya Umum ke X November 1999 kepada calon PAS, apabila kerusi beliau Pasir Salak telah diambil oleh Pengerusi Perhubungan UMNO dan Perak ketika itu, Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib.

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Antara bekas rakan rakan Kabinet yang datang menziarahi ialah Timbalan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, TYT Melaka Tun Mohd. Khalil Yaakob, mantan Menteri Pelajaran Tan Sri Sulaiman Daud, Menteri Pembangunan Negara dan Luar Bandar Dato’ Seri Aziz Shamsuddin, Menteri Pengajian Tinggi Dato’ Mustapha Mohamad dan Menteri Besar Perak Dato’ Mohd. Tajol Rosli Ghazali. Turut kelihatan ialah Menteri Penerangan Dato’ Zainuddin “Zam” Maidin, Timb. Menteri Kesihatan Dato’ Dr. Abdul Latif Ahmad, mantan Timb. Menteri Luar Negara Dato’ Abdullah Fadzil Che Wan dan mantan Timb. Menteri Penerangan Dato’ Hj. Khalid Yunus.

Pegawai pegawai kanan Polis juga kelihatan, termasuk IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan dan mantan IGP Tun Mohamed Hanif Omar. Pemimpin pemimpin parti politik komponen BN juga datang untuk memberikan penghormatan terakhir.

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Barisan Exco Pemuda UMNO terdiri dari Naib Ketua Khairy Jamaluddin, Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir, Dato’ Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, Dato’ Firdaus Ismail, Harison Hassan dan Wan Azizi Wan Mohamed meluangkan masa untuk memberikan penghormatan terakhir dan mengiringi jenazah untuk disembahyangkan di Masjid Kelana Jaya, yang berdekatan. Jenazah beliau kemudian disemadikan di Perkuburan Kiara, Damansara petang tadi.

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Semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat keatas rohnya.

Published in: on January 24, 2008 at 16:17  Comments (1)  

Mukhriz dan Tun Dr. Mahathir amat prihatin kepada nasib Palestin di Gaza

Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir, Exco Pemuda UMNO hal ehwal antarabangsa telah memberikan temuramah secara langsung (melalui telefon) mengenai isu rakyat Palestin terbaru, terutama mereka di Gaza, yang kebelakangan ini diserang dan kepung secara total (blockade) oleh Tentera Zionis IDF, dalam channel 123 Awani (Astro) pada Selasa 22 Januari 2008.

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Ulasan dan pandangan beliau mengenai isu yang dibangkitkan menunjukan kefahaman mendalam dan kematangan tinggi.

Soal bahawa bekalan elektrik dan air terputus keseluruh jajahan bawah takluk Israel, Gaza dibangkitkan. Tindakan Yahudi Zionis ini amat kejam kerana mereka yang tidak berdosa, seperti kanak kanak dan mereka yang sakit dan menerima rawatan dihospital turut menderita kerana dinafikan bekalan utiliti asas, termasuk makanan dan ubat ubatan.

Apabila ditanya mengenai peranan OIC, beliau menjawab Malaysia selaku Pengerusi badan negara negara Islam itu wajar berusaha untuk menghantar bahan bahan keperluan terdesak (bahan makanan dan ubatan) untuk penduduk Gaza yang diserang dan kepung secara total (blockade) itu, sebagai usaha tindakan kemanusiaan meringankan bebanan dan penderitaan mereka. Tambah beliau lagi, sekiranya ini berjaya dilakukan, tindakan ini akan sedikit sebanyak memberikan ‘kesedaran diplomatik’ kepada negara negara Islam yang berada sekeliling dan lebih dekat rantau bergolak itu bertindak dan menyumbang, setidak tidak menyusuri langkah murni Malaysia itu.

Dipetik dari Portal BBC.com

Gazans flood through Egypt border

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Gazans have suffered shortages for months

Crossing the border

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have surged into Egypt from the Gaza Strip after masked militants destroyed parts of the border wall.

Gazans rushed to buy food, fuel and other supplies that have become scarce because of an Israeli blockade – aimed at stopping rocket attacks from Gaza.

Egyptian police took no action to stop people crossing.

Egypt‘s President Hosni Mubarak says he allowed Gazans in to buy food, but Israel urged Egypt to restore security.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called for urgent talks with Egypt and his Palestinian rival, President Mahmoud Abbas, on border crossings.

Map of the Egypt-Gaza border area

“We do not want to control everything, we are part of the Palestinian people,” Mr Haniya said, apparently in response to an offer from Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayad to control Gaza‘s borders – so far rejected by Israel.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since last June.

Correspondents say the breaching of the border is a security concern for Israel, as Egypt is a main source of weapons for the militant groups in Gaza.

“We want to buy rice and sugar, milk and wheat and some cheese”

Ibrahim Abu Taha,
Gaza resident

Eyewitness: Drama at border

In pictures: Border breached

Gaza diary: Day One

But the BBC’s Tim Franks in Rafah on the Gaza-Egypt border says it will be difficult for the Egyptians to reseal the border on their own, and Hamas has very little incentive to co-operate.

Palestinians have broken through the border before, in 2005, and it was quickly resealed with barbed wire, but reports say that on this occasion two-thirds of the border wall was destroyed.

Overnight, gunmen set off a number of explosions along the wall near the Rafah crossing.

EGYPT-GAZA BORDER

12km (7.4 miles) long

Egyptian side patrolled by 750 soldiers under 2005 agreement with Israel

Border crossing terminal south of town of Rafah

PA control of terminal under EU supervision collapsed after Hamas takeover of Gaza in June 2007

Border closed almost continuously since

People then packed into cars and donkey carts, or crossed the border on foot, to buy essential goods.

Among them was Ibrahim Abu Taha, a father of seven, who told the Associated Press news agency: “We want to buy rice and sugar, milk and wheat and some cheese.”

One Gaza woman told the BBC as she crossed the border: “We’re going over there to our family. They’re all there. I haven’t seen [them] for 10 years.”

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Mostly sealed

President Mubarak said he had allowed the Palestinians to come in.

GAZA BLOCKADE

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17 January: Israel seals border following rise in rocket attacks

20 January: Gaza’s only power plant to shuts down

22 January: Israel eases restrictions

22 January: Egyptian border guards disperse Palestinian protest against closure

23 January: Border wall breached

Gaza’s rocket threat to Israel

‘Wartime’ on Israeli border

Profile: Gaza Strip

He said he had told Egyptian troops to “let them come to eat and buy food and go back, as long as they are not carrying weapons”.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said his government was concerned about the chaos.

But in a BBC interview, he added: “It’s the responsibility of Egypt to ensure that the border operates properly according to the signed agreements.”

US State Department spokesman Tom Casey said Washington was concerned about the situation, as was Egypt.

In recent months the border has been mostly sealed, in an understanding between Israel and Egypt.

The territory has been short of fuel and other essential goods since last week, when Israel imposed the blockade.

It was eased slightly on Tuesday to allow some fuel and medicines through.

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Semenjak Hamas berjaya menubuhkan kerajaan selepas piliharaya umum palestin dua tahun lepas, penduduk penduduk Palestin terutama di Gaza telah ‘dihukum’ dengan pelbagai “perang tanpa pengisytiharan” (undeclared war). Ini menyebabkan pihak pihak yang menyokong Gaza makin mengeluarkan pelbagai kenyataan berbaur kesediaan mereka untuk terus bergolak dengan kekasaran dengan rejim Zionis Yahudi yang telah menunjukan kemampuan mereka untuk berlaku kejam dan serangan tidak berperikemanusiaan.

Dalam temuramah melalui telefon itu, Dato Mukhriz juga menyebut bahawa beliau lebih minat untuk orang orang Palestin berunding, berbanding dengan pengunaan senjata dan pendekatan keganasan untuk mencapai objektif dan sampai kepada apa yang dihajati.

Pencapaian rundingan mestilah menghasilkan keuntungan seimbang kepada dua dua buah pihak dan bukan Yahudi-Zionis Israel sahaja, sebagai Tentera Penjajah bumi Palestin”.

Ada laporan mengatakan bahawa sebahagian dari Kabinet Israel sendiri amat berminat agar gencatan senjata dilaksanakan serta merta. Ianya sebagai respons kepada laporan pemimpin Hamas Ismail Haniyeh diberitakan bersedia untuk menghentikan serangan roket dari wilayah Palestin kearah penempatan Yahudi Israel. Diberitakan 350,000 penduduk Gaza telah menyeberang ke Mesir, untuk mencari perlindungan dan keperluan asas.

Pandangan Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir, yang juga Penyelaras Aman Malaysia merupakan kenyataan komprehensif mengenai isu yang menyelubungi rakyat Palestin di Gaza, yang sedang dalam bahaya dan kesulitan itu.

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Dalam pada itu, semasa ditanya pemberita dalam majlis pelancaran The Loaf, Pavilion petang semalam, mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad memberi kenyataan ini, mengenai lawatan Presiden George W Bush ke Asia Barat baru baru ini dan keadaan di Gaza (dipetik dari Utusan):

Sementara itu, menjawab soalan lain, Dr. Mahathir berkata, lawatan Presiden Amerika Syarikat (AS), George W. Bush ke Asia Barat tidak mendatangkan sebarang manfaat kepada mana-mana pihak.

‘‘Kalau dia (Bush) boleh menghentikan tindakan Israel untuk menyekat bekalan elektrik baguslah juga tetapi selepas selesai lawatan Presiden Amerika itu, bekalan elektrik masih terputus.

‘‘Di Malaysia, jika elektrik terputus sejam sahaja orang sudah mengamuk tetapi ini sehingga berhari-hari dan boleh mengancam nyawa pesakit yang bergantung hidup pada mesin bantuan pernafasan. Saya rasa amat sedih,’’ katanya.

Keseragaman pendapat dua pemimpin anak beranak secara berasingan ini mengenai nasib rakyat Palestin di Gaza hari ini menunjukan keprihatin dan pekaan mereka berdua dengan maklumat terkini.

Published in: on January 23, 2008 at 23:15  Comments (5)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir officially launched “The Loaf” at Pavilion

 

 

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Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad officially launched his gourmet bakery and pastry restaurant, The Loaf, at The Pavilion in Jalan Bukit Bintang, this afternoon.

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The restaurant, is operated under M & M Consolidated Resources Sdn. Bhd., was a venture with the son of a long time Japanese friend. He was inspired to open this bakery as he was fond of gourmet Japanese breads and pastries, whilst on visits to Japan, since 25 years ago. Since there was no such product nor restaurant here, he took the opportunity after retired from Government.

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The first restaurant was opened at the foot of Gunung Mat Cincang in Langkawi and this one, commenced operations on 2 October 2007. his partner and long time friend, Jiro Suzuki will run the business. They expect to open more outlets, which include Singapore.

During the media conference, Jiro said the investment for this was RM 3 million and they expected to recover the investment just after a year. They also anticipated that the outlet would bring in RM 1 million per month sales.

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Many of his old friends were there, which include former Transport Minister Tun Ling Liong Sik, former Chief Secretary to the Government and EPF Chairman Tan Sri Halim Ali, Emkay Chairman Tan Sri Mustapha Kamal, Naza Motor Chairman Tan Sri Sheikh Nasimuddin S M Amin, The Pavilion Chairman Tan Sri Ismail Aziz, Berjaya Chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan, Ekran Chairman Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing, Country Heights Chairman Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew and wife of former Finance Minister, Toh Puan Mahani Daim. Celebrities like Dato’ Khalid Mohd. Jiwa and songstress Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza were present too, seen socialising along with Tun’s children and one of his in laws.

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During his last quarter of his 22 1/4 years tenure in office, Tun Dr. Mahathir focused and took personal interests on the development of middle-class Bumiputra entrepreneurs and retail businesses. He personally chaired the TEKUN committee and stressed on small and medium scale industries, especially fast-moving-consumer-goods businesses, such as bakery and food preparations/processing. So The Loaf is the testimony of him, “Putting the money where the mouth is”.

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is now a full-fledge middle-class Bumiputra businessman and retailer. It shall be the inspiration, for other aspiring Bumiputra retailers.

Published in: on January 22, 2008 at 18:37  Comments (2)  

Muslims in India

E mailed by Matthias Chang


The largest Muslim country in the world is Indonesia and the second
largest is not
Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, or Pakistan. It is India.
With some 150 million Muslims,
India has more Muslims than Pakistan.
But here is an interesting statistic from 9/11: There are no Indian
Muslims that we know of in al-Qaeda and there are no Indian Muslims
in
America‘s Guantanamo Bay post-9/11 prison camp. And no Indian
Muslims have been found fighting alongside the jihadists in
Iraq.
Why is that? Why do we not read about Indian Muslims, who are a
minority in a vast Hindu-dominated land, blaming
America for all
their problems and wanting to fly airplanes into the Taj Mahal or
the British embassy?

Lord knows, Indian Muslims have their grievances about access to capital and political representation. And interreligious violence has occasionally flared up in India, with  disastrous consequences. I am certain that out of 150 million  Muslims in India, a few will one day find their way to al-Qaeda, if   it can happen with some American Muslims, it can happen with Indian Muslims. But this is not the norm. Why?

The answer is context and in particular the secular, free-market,
democratic context of India, heavily influenced by a tradition of
nonviolence  and Hindu tolerance. M. J. Akbar, the Muslim editor of
the Asian Age, a national Indian English-language daily primarily
funded by non-muslim Indians, put it to me this way: “I’ll give you
a quiz question: Which is the only large Muslim community to enjoy
sustained democracy for the last fifty years?

The Muslims of India.


I am not going to exaggerate Muslim good fortune in
India. There are
tensions, economic discrimination, and provocations, like the
destruction of the mosque at Ayodhya [by Hindu nationalists in
1992]. But the fact is, the Indian Constitution is secular and
provides a real opportunity for economic advancement of any
community that can offer talent. That’s why a growing Muslim middle
class here is moving up and generally doesn’t manifest the strands
of deep anger you find in many nondemocratic Muslim states.”

Where Islam is embedded in authoritarian societies, it tends to
be­come the vehicle of angry protest Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia,
Pakistan. But where Islam is embedded in a pluralistic democratic
society Turkey or India, for instance those with a more progressive
outlook have a chance to get a better hearing for their
interpretation and a democratic forum where they can fight for
their ideas on a more equal footing. On
November 15, 2003, the two
main synagogues of
Istanbul were hit by some fringe suicide bombers.
I happened to be in
Istanbul a few months later, when they were
reopened. Several things struck me. To be­gin with, the chief rabbi
appeared at the ceremony, hand in hand with the top Muslim cleric of
Istanbul and the local mayor, while crowds in the street threw red
carnations on them both. Second, the prime minis­ter of Turkey,
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who comes from an Islamic party, paid a visit
to the chief rabbi in his office the first time a Turkish prime
minister had ever called on the chief rabbi. Lastly, the father of
one of the suicide bombers told the Turkish newspaper Zaman, “We
cannot under­stand why this child had done the thing he had done .
.. First let us meet with the chief rabbi of our Jewish brothers.
Let me hug him. Let me kiss his hands and flowing robe. Let me
apologize in the name of my son and offer my condolences for the
deaths . . . We will be damned if we do not reconcile with them.”

Different context, different narrative, different imagination.

I am keenly aware of the imperfections of Indian democracy,
starting  with the oppressive caste system. Nevertheless, to have
sustained a functioning democracy with all its flaws for more than
fifty years in a country of over one billion people, who speak
scores of different languages, is something of a miracle and a great
source of stability for the world.  Two of  India‘s presidents have
been Muslims, and its current president, A.P.J.  Abdul Kalam, is
both a Muslim and the father of the Indian nuclear missile program.
While a Muslim woman sits on
India‘s Supreme Court, no Muslim woman is allowed even to drive a car in Saudi Arabia. Indian Muslims, including women, have been governors of many Indian States and  the wealthiest man in India today, high on the Forbes list of global billionaires, is an Indian Muslim: Azim Premji, the chairman of  Wipro, one of India’s most important technology companies. I was in
India shortly after the United States invaded Afghanistan in late
2001, when Indian television carried a debate between the country’s
leading female movie star and parliamentarian  Shabana Azmi, a      Muslim woman– and the im am of
New Delhi‘s biggest mosque. The imam
had called on Indian Muslims to go to
Afghanistan and join the jihad
against
America and Azmi ripped into him, live on Indian TV,
basically telling the cleric to go take a hike. She told him to go
to
Kandahar and join the Taliban and leave the rest of India‘s
Muslims alone. How did she get away with that?  Easy. As a Muslim
woman she lived in a context that empowered and protected her to
speak her mind even to a leading cleric.

Different context, different narrative, different imagination.

This is not all that complicated: Give young people a context where
they can translate a positive imagination into reality, give them a
context in which someone with a grievance can have it adjudicated in a court of law without having to bribe the judge with a goat, give
them a context in which they can pursue an entrepreneurial idea and
become the richest or the most creative or most respected people in
their own country, no matter what their background, give them a
context in which any complaint or idea can be published in the
newspaper, give them a context in which anyone can run for office
and guess what? They usually don’t want to blow up the world. They
usually want to be part of it.

A South Asian Muslim friend of mine once told me this story: His
Indian Muslim family split in 1948, with half going to Pakistan and
half Staying in Mumbai. When he got older, he asked his father one

Published in: on January 22, 2008 at 02:38  Comments (2)  

Looking for Nini….

The search of pre-schooler Sharlinie “Nini” Mohd. Nasyar has gone into overdrive-mode, since her abduction from a playground near her home on 9 January 2008. The Petaling Jaya Selatan Police have already searched in over 10, 000 homes in a door-to-door exercise.

The NST has the story:

2008/01/21

More than 10,000 premises checked

By Lee Shi-Ianshiianlee@nst.com.my

PETALING JAYA: Police have visited more than 10,000 houses and buildings in the district since 5-year-old Sharlinie Mohd Na-shar was abducted on Jan 9. It is understood that they have drawn up a list of locations in the district which could have been used as a hideout by Sharlinie’s abductors.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Arjunaidi Mohamed said yesterday: “Searches were conducted at premises in which Sharlinie could have been held captive. In some places, however, we interviewed occupants.

“Some of the premises were chosen using police intelligence while others were subject to follow-up operations after tip-offs.”

It is learnt some of the locations checked were near Sharlinie’s house in Jalan PJS 2/C, Taman Medan. However, police also identified and visited premises beyond this area.

Meanwhile, the remand order on a maid detained for giving false information on Sharlinie’s whereabouts has been extended till tomorrow.

The 27-year-old Indonesian maid was picked up at her employer’s house in Johor Baru on Jan 14 after she sent text messages to Sharlinie’s parents, saying the girl had been abducted out of revenge.

Following her arrest, the woman was taken to Petaling Jaya police headquarters and remanded for three days.

The prank calls by the maid had hampered investigations as police had to follow up on her claims.

However, Arjunaidi said the number of prank calls had fallen and that information received by police was genuine but inaccurate.

On a report where a woman claimed she had spotted Sharlinie in a van along the Cheras highway on Saturday, he said checks showed that the registration number of the van was false.

Meanwhile, Bernama reports that Sharlinie’s father, Mohd Nashar Mat Hussain, is willing to accept the help of psychics in trying to trace the girl.

“I am willing to accept any kind of help to find Linie. If any psychic wants to help, I will give my full co-operation. Maybe this method can help find her,” he said when met at his home yesterday.

Mohd Nashar said various efforts had been made to trace Sharlinie but none had worked so far.

Also present at Mohd Nashar’s house was Shamsul Ghazali Shamsudin, the father of Muhammad Nazrin, more affectionately known as Yin, who went missing while on a shopping trip with his parents at the Sogo shopping complex in Kuala Lumpur on March 31 last year.

“I can understand what the family is going through. In my case, I was fortunate to get Yin back. I urge all Malaysians to give their co-operation to find Sharlinie,” he said.

Please also see 3540 Jalan Sudin on her piece of the same title.

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The effort is apparent. Today, this blogger saw a Selangor Police patrol car along the LDP Highway off Damansara Utama, having the famous coloured poster of Nini and the prime suspect, on the rear windscreen, as part of the operations campaign. The same posters were on the glass screen door of the Damansara Utama Police Station, which is about 8 miles north of the operations area.

This morning, 200 General Operations Force personnel were deployed in the door-to-door search around PJ Selatan area. According to Petaling Jaya OCPD ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed, this additional personnel would enhance the Police capabilities operation.

This case has also gained personal attention of Women, Community dan Family Development Minister Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan. Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Jeanne Danker visited the family of Maal Hijrah day.

We hope the Petaling Jaya Police, under ACP Arjunaidi have another effort up their sleeves, in case this operation failed. Till then, we are still keeping our fingers crossed, pray to Allah s.w.t. for the early release of the girl to her parents and may Allah s.w.t. give strength and courage to parents Mohd. Nasyar Mat Hussain and Suraya Ahmad, in these trying times.

Published in: on January 21, 2008 at 16:34  Comments (1)  

Keng Yaik: Waspada muslihat & ‘sandiwara’ Anwar

Mantan Presiden Gerakan Dato’ Seri Dr. Lim Keng Yaik menyelar DAP yang sanggup ‘tidur sebantal’ dengan mantan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Anwar Ibrahim dan mengingatkan warga pegundi Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng ‘bercita cita besar’ dan ‘kemaruk’ untuk menjadi Ketua Menteri.

Dr. Lim menegaskan bahawa Anwar bukanlah “penyelamat” kepada apa apa yang dirungutkan oleh orang orang pulau mutiara tersebut dan melalui pengalaman peribadi bekerja dengan Anwar, beliau merupakan hanya “indah khabar dari rupa”, yang dapat menghidu semua ‘janji janji palsu’ dan ‘wayang-sandiwara’ yang dipertontonkan mantan banduan itu.

The Star melaporkan:

Keng Yaik: Guan Eng hard up for Penang CM’s post

PENANG: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng is so “hard up” for the post of Penang chief minister that he cannot see Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for what the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser really is.

Guan Eng has only one vision – to lead the state – and he will not rest until he succeeds, Gerakan adviser Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said.

“He really gian (is hard up) for the position and will even hoodwink the public to get it.

“Guan Eng is too young to know about Anwar and his tricks. Ee chiak lu, lu pun um chai (loosely translated in Hokkien: He would not even realise that he was being hoodwinked).

“I am a veteran politician who can see the empty promises from a mile away, so it is my duty not to let the public be duped,” Dr Lim told reporters at the party headquarters yesterday.

“Anwar acts like he is a saviour coming to save Penang, but I have worked with him in many areas, including sports and education. I know what he can do,” he added.

Dr Lim was in town to discuss the party’s strategy.

The former Gerakan president noted that Barisan Nasional was aware that the people were worried about inflation but it was beyond the Government’s control.

“Hats off to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi because under his leadership, we managed to prevent the cost of things from skyrocketing.

“The price of petroleum went up three times in China last year and the cost of electricity there is double compared to ours.

“The Thais pay double for cooking oil what we Malaysians pay,” Dr Lim said, adding that the PKR-DAP pact was an “unholy union” that was aimed at “cheating the rakyat”.

Meanwhile, Guan Eng denied he wants to become chief minister.

“Obviously Keng Yaik is barking up the wrong tree.

“He is also sending out the wrong message to the people,” he said in a telephone interview.

“Our objective is clear – to deny the ruling BN coalition a two-thirds majority in Penang. How can we form a government if we have only one-third?” he asked.

The DAP will be contesting seven of the 13 parliamentary seats and 19 of the 40 state seats in Penang in the election.

Guan Eng remained tight-lipped on whether he would be contesting in Penang.

“I will reveal my candidacy when the time is right,” he said.

Memang jelas Penasihat PKR itu begitu berusaha dengan segala ‘wayang-sandiwara’ dan ‘tipu-helah’ untuk kembali ke persada politik perdana, walaupun sebenarnya rakyat sudah hilang selera dengan beliau.

Pemimpin terdesak yang dilihat sebagai ‘bankrap modal politik’ ini membawa pelbagai ‘aksi stunt politik’ untuk menarik perhatian masyarakat bahawa beliau masih lagi kekal relevan, walaupun sebenarnya tidak. Sebagai contohnya, dalam Pilihanraya Kecil Ijok April 2007, jelas menunjukan gerakan beliau tertumpu untuk ‘melanyak’ Timbalan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak berbanding dengan pembelaan dan penyelesaian masalah setempat ternyata ditolak pengundi, walaupun PKR cuba menengahkan seorang calon mantan tokoh korporat yang terkenal berbanding dengan BN, seorang guru.

Kemudian politik pergolakan politik dalaman PKR sendiri. ‘Wayang’ Anwar Ibrahim dalam perhimpunan tahunan parti yang ujud semata mata berlandaskan perjuangan membebaskan beliau dari hukuman penjara itu menunjukan jelas bahawa beliau sebenarnya seorang pemimpin yang mementingkan diri sendiri semata mata dan berterusan ‘bersandiwara’, termasuk sanggup mempertahankan kewajaran Anwarista ‘Ayam Tambatan’ beliau sendiri berkhidmat dalam parti politik lain. Kesan ‘sandiwara’ berpanjangan ini memperlihatkan reaksi negatif Timbalan Presiden parti itu Abdul Rahman Osman dan orang kuat Anwar sendiri, S. Nallakarupan sendiri meninggalkan perjuangan sempit PKR parti tanpa arah itu.

Sebagaimana sifat lumrah ‘wayang’; ianya nukilan imanginatif manusia (walaupun kadalang-kala, “berdadarkan kisah benar” [“based on a true story“] – tetapi masih kagi di’adun;’ untuk memenuhi citarasa ‘persembahan dan matlamat’), sensasinya terbatas sementara sahaja dan dalam sekejap masa, orang sudah lupa. Oleh demikian, Anwar memerlukan ‘wayang-sandiwara’ baru untuk terus kekal ‘relevan’, dalam skop kacamata dan perhatian rakyat.

Pada 17 September 2007, beliau mendedahkan sebahagian klip video mengenai peguam V K Lingam kunun kunun bercakap telefon dengan seorang ahli Kehakiman ‘penting’ dan ini disandarkan sebagai modal bahawa Badan Kehakiman sebenarnya ‘korupt’ dan ‘dirancang’. Ini dilihat sebagai usaha strategik beliau untuk ‘membebaskan tengkuk’ dari belengu penghakiman yang ekshaustif.

Ini berjaya menimbulkan reaksi panas pengamal guaman sehinggakan Majlis Peguam berjaya ‘diperkudakan’ untuk menganjurkan satu demonstrasi jalanan tanpa permit Polis di Putrajaya dalam tempoh genap seminggu selepas pendedahan tersebut, walaupun Timbalan Perdana Menteri telah mengumumkan satu Panel Siasatan Khas telah diujudkan untuk menyiasat klip video itu. Ini diperkudakan seterusnya dan emosi rakyat, termasuk golongan professional dimainkan, sehingga satu Suruhanjaya Siasatan DiRaja ditubuhkan untuk menyiasat dakwaan ini, yang berkemungkinan berakhir sebagai satu proses ‘akademik’ semata mata.

Walaupun di’kabur’kan segala segala konsep dan idealism “perjuangan menegakan keadilan”, ianya jelas muslihat Anwar percubaan memperkudakan secara maksimum segala ruang dan peluang perundangan dan pentadbiran untuk “membalas dendam” (getting even) dengan mantan Perdana Menteri dan Negarawan Ulung, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Untuk berterusan kekal relevan, Anwar Ibrahim kemudian menjadi ‘dalang’ kepada beberapa siri perhimpunan dan demonstrasi jalanan tanpa permit Polis, yang terbukti bertukar menjadi ganas. Ini merupakan modus operandi Anwar biasa, membangkitkan emosi orang ramai, menarik perhatian media dan NGO antarabangsa dan menguji secara sistematik kesabaran dan professionalism pihak berkuasa, terutama Polis, semenjak lebih 35 tahun ini. Ini termasuk “Perhimpunan Baju Kuning” 10 November 2007 dan “Demonstrasi HINDRAF” pada 24-25 November 2007. Peranan strategik Anwar di’belakang tabir’ ini menerima kecaman kuat dari mantan peguambela beliau sendiri, yang pernah di’perdaya dan perkuda’ untuk ‘menghulur tengkuk, kalah dan dimalukan’ dalam kancah politik sempit mantan Timbalan Perdana Menteri itu.

Tidak cukup itu, Anwar kemudian sanggup memburukan nama baik Negara semasa diluar negara, sehingga hampir mengeheret kepada satu konflik diplomatik antarabangsa antara Malaysia dan India. Ini bukan sahaja menerima kecaman pemimpin pemimpin politik perdana, malah dengan mantan peguambela beliau sendiri.

Agenda politik Anwar didalangi dan disokong luar amat jelas. Persahabatan akrab beliau dengan tokoh tokoh politik Yahudi Amerika Syarikat dan sokongan padu mereka kepadanya begitu terbuka. Dalam Pilihanraya Ijok dan Machap, kehadiran wakil wakil “pejabat perhubungan politik” Kedutaan Besar Amerika Syarikat dalam medan kempen juga secara bersahaja dan terbuka.

Mantan Presiden Gerakan Dr. Lim memang mempunyai asas apabila mengeluarkan kenayataan bahawa rakyat perlu waspada kepada segala ‘wayang-sandiwara’ Anwar Ibrahim, yang sebenarnya mempunyai muslihat politik yang serious, termasuk berkait dengan agenda politik luar.

Paling menarik ialah, selepas pusingan ini, apa dan bagaimana pergerakan ‘wayang-sandiwara’ terdesak Anwar seterusnya untuk menarik perhatian rakyat. Persoalan sekarang, berapa lama lagi sehingga orang ramai akan sedar dan bangkit dari segala muslihat dan ‘wayang-sandiwara’ Anwar Ibrahim, sebagaimana mereka yang pernah diperdaya terdahulu, seperti Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, Dr. Jomo K Sundram, Marina Yusuf, Nell Onn, Ruslan Kassim, Lokman Noor Adam, Hanafiah Man, S. Nallakarupan, Zainur Zakaria dan Abdul Rahman Osman? 

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Wong Chun Wai: What about “The pillow & bolster story”, with photo on 4 Jan 2008?

The Star reported, with photograph about a very small group of people, which include blogger Black in Korea, demonstrating in the compound of the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex in Jalan Duta. This is a reaction to former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s responses in the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the “V K Lingam Video”, now ongoing.

The Star has the story:


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KUALA LUMPUR: Outside the lobby of the Jalan Duta court complex seven members of the Malaysian Youth Secretariat held a mini protest for about 20 minutes from 10.30am, ridiculing the answers given by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday.

They held placards with slogans like “Mahathir Muda Lupa” (Mahathir easily forgets) and a caricature of him drawn by the side.

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We remember: The group holding placards condemning answers given by Dr Mahathir to the commission on Thursday.

Its spokesman Yunus Ali said that in most instances during the inquiry Dr Mahathir had replied that he could not remember or was not aware of the situation and denied any acquaintance with Lingam when he was in power.

“This is a clear indication that he has forgotten his past actions during his tenure as the prime minister.

“And Dr Mahathir had once said that Malays are forgetful. Actually he is the one who has proven to be most forgetful,” he added.

Yunus said that Dr Mahathir’s family and Lingam had known each other for some time as Lingam had represented the former prime minister’s eldest son Mirzan Mahathir in connection with his libel suit against printer Star Papyrus Printing Sdn Bhd in 1999.

It is obviously it was the same people, who demonstrated against the Prime Minister ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in front of Seri Perdana on 4 January 2008 and handed him ‘A pillow and bolster’, for being a “Sleepy-head and dozing-off Prime Minister”.


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Was there any reporting about this, in The Star, that day, especially with full living colour, like this morning’s? Doesn’t that complaint, by these same young people, deserve to have a similar valid reason to be reported, with living colour photo as well?

Isn’t it obvious that The Star has ‘an agenda’ and have been taking ‘instructions from someone’?

Published in: on January 19, 2008 at 10:25  Comments (17)  

Hak Perdana Menteri melantik Hakim dan Majlis Peguam sendiri amal ‘melobi’

Hari ini, perbicaraan kes Suruhanjaya DiRaja mengenai video peguam V. K. Lingam masuk ke episod yang amat diperhatikan dan menarik cukup banyak minat, semua pihak. Ini kerana mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, tampil memberi keterangan dan disoal peguam peguam kerana nama beliau terbabit dalam video yang diumum oleh Penasihat PKR Anwar Ibrahim September lepas.

Tun Dr. Mahathir menegaskan bahawa keputusan untuk melantik calon calon Kehakiman, terutama yang tertinggi adalah hak mutlak beliau, sebelum dimajukan untuk perkenaan DYMM Raja Raja dan Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong dan keputusan ini tidak boleh dipengaruhi sesiapa atau mana mana pihak, termasuk mereka dalam badan Kehakiman sendiri ataupun pegamal guaman, termasuk Majlis Peguam.

Utusan.com melaporkan:

Saya tidak dipengaruhi’ — Pelantikan Ahmad Fairuz adalah keputusan sendiri – Tun Mahathir

Oleh NOR ZAINAH NORDIN dan NOOR AZMAH IBRAHIM

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TUN Dr. Mahathir Mohamad melambaikan tangan kepada jurugambar dan orang awam sebelum meninggalkan Kompleks Mahkamah, Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur, semalam. – Gambar Halim Khalid.


KUALA LUMPUR 17 Jan. – Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad menegaskan pelantikan bekas Ketua Hakim Negara, Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim sebagai Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan dan Ketua Hakim Negara pada 2001 dan 2002 adalah keputusannya sendiri tanpa dipengaruhi sesiapa.

Bekas Perdana Menteri itu yang kelihatan tenang ketika memberi keterangan di hadapan Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja di sini hari ini berkata, walaupun mendengar pandangan pelbagai pihak secara rasmi atau semasa acara sosial, keputusan akhir adalah di tangannya.

Dalam hal ini, katanya, beliau tidak perlu menjelaskan kenapa beliau membuat keputusan sedemikian ketika itu.

‘‘Itu hak mutlak saya (sebagai Perdana Menteri) untuk membuat keputusan. Saya tidak perlu beritahu sesiapa,’’ katanya.

Dr. Mahathir, 84, disoal oleh pegawai pengendali suruhanjaya, Timbalan Pendakwa Raya Datuk Nordin Hassan mengenai urusan pelantikan hakim-hakim termasuk Ahmad Fairuz.

Beliau adalah saksi kesembilan hari keempat prosiding siasatan mengenai kesahihan rakaman klip video memaparkan Datuk V.K. Lingam berbual melalui telefon dengan seseorang yang dikatakan Ahmad Fairuz.

Bekas Perdana Menteri yang memakai sepasang sut kelabu memasuki bilik persidangan pada pukul 10.02 pagi diiringi tiga peguamnya, Tunku Sofea Jewa, Datuk Dr. Yaacob Hussein Merican dan Datuk N. Chandran serta beberapa orang pegawai polis.

Sejurus memasuki bilik persidangan, Dr. Mahathir tunduk hormat kepada panel suruhanjaya malah sempat tersenyum kepada peguam dan orang awam serta wartawan sebelum mengambil tempat di kandang saksi yang telah tersedia air mineral dan sekotak tisu.

Anak perempuan beliau, Datin Paduka Marina yang memakai baju kurung hijau berbunga coklat yang tiba pada 9.50 pagi untuk mengikuti prosiding, sempat bersalaman dengan peguam pemerhati termasuk Presiden Majlis Peguam Ambiga Sreenevasan.

Pada permulaan prosiding, Tunku Sofea menyampaikan kepada Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja kesediaan Dr. Mahathir memberi kerjasama penuh dengan menjawab semua soalan yang dikemukakan kepadanya sebaik mungkin.

‘‘Tun memberi jaminan menjawab semua soalan yang dikemukakan walaupun dari segi undang-undang, ia tidak relevan atau terkeluar daripada skop terma-terma rujukan suruhanjaya ini.

‘‘Beliau mahu menjawab soalan-soalan itu walaupun peguam menasihati beliau supaya tidak menjawabnya,’’ kata beliau.

Mendengar kenyataan Tunku Sofea, Pengerusi Suruhanjaya, Tan Sri Haidar Mohamed Noor berkata, suruhanjaya berperanan mengawal prosiding dan mereka akan melaksanakan tugas itu sebaik-baiknya.

Pada pukul 10.06 pagi, Dr. Mahathir mengangkat sumpah dalam bahasa Melayu dengan suara yang perlahan.

Ketika 30 dokumen yang menjadi bahan bukti dikemukakan kepadanya, beliau meneliti setiap halaman sebelum mengesahkan ia adalah surat-menyurat antaranya dengan Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah berhubung pelantikan hakim-hakim pada 2001 dan 2002.

Nordin : “Sila rujuk C26. Adakah ini surat Tun Dzaiddin kepada Tun berhubung pelantikan Tun Ahmad Fairuz sebagai Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan?’’

Dr. Mahathir : “Ya, saya sahkan ini surat Tun Dzaiddin kepada saya.’’

Nordin : “Di perenggan ketiga, benarkah Tun Dzaiddin mencadangkan nama Tun Ahmad Fairuz dilantik sebagai Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan?’’

Dr. Mahathir : “Benar.”

Nordin : “Sila rujuk C27. Boleh sahkan ini adalah surat Tun kepada Tun Dzaiddin?’’

Dr. Mahathir : ‘’Ya, saya sahkan.’’

Nordin : ‘’Di perenggan kedua, adakah Tun menyatakan persetujuan dengan cadangan Tun Dzaiddin melantik Tun Ahmad Fairuz sebagai Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan?’’

Dr. Mahathir : ‘’Ya, saya bersetuju.’’

Nordin : “Adakah Tun dipengaruhi mana-mana pihak untuk melantik Tun Ahmad Fairuz sebagai Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan?’’

Dr. Mahathir : “Dalam membuat persetujuan, saya mendengar percakapan orang walaupun saya tak minta pandangan mereka. Tetapi dalam perbualan dan perjumpaan sosial, ada orang bercakap dan saya ambil kira. Keputusan akhir adalah keputusan saya sendiri.”

Nordin : “Adakah Tun dipengaruhi oleh mana-mana pihak dalam pelantikan Tun Ahmad Fairuz sebagai Ketua Hakim Negara?’’

Dr. Mahathir : “Tidak secara khusus tetapi saya memang dengar pandangan-pandangan secara tidak rasmi dalam perbualan saya atau ada acara sosial. Saya ambil kira pandangan ini. Tapi keputusan akhir adalah keputusan saya sendiri.’’

Melihat

Ketika disoal Nordin sama ada beliau pernah melihat klip video rakaman perbualan telefon mengenai pelantikan hakim-hakim, Dr. Mahathir berkata, beliau menontonnya di televisyen.

Nordin kemudian meminta bekas Perdana Menteri melihat transkrip perbualan dalam klip video terbabit ketika menjawab soalan-soalan seterusnya.

Nordin : “Dalam transkrip itu, terdapat kata-kata ‘‘…Tentang memo kita, saya dah bincang dengan Tun Eusoff Chin dan kami telah hantar memo itu kepada PM (Perdana Menteri)…’’ Adakah Tun ada terima apa-apa memo daripada Tun Eusoff Chin dan Lingam mengenai pelantikan hakim-hakim?’’

Dr. Mahathir : “Saya tak ingat terima apa-apa memo daripada Datuk V.K. Lingam tapi sebagai Perdana Menteri, saya ada terima surat daripada Tun Eusoff Chin walaupun saya tak ingat.’’

Nordin : “Menurut Lingam (dalam klip video itu) Tun Dzaiddin mencadangkan lima nama dan dua nama ditolak. Adakah benar Zainuddin Ismail ditolak kerana dia pertikaikan pelantikan Ahmad Fairuz dan Tan Sri Mohtar (Abdullah)?’’

Dr. Mahathir : “Saya tak sedar ada pertikaian mengenai pelantikan hakim-hakim.’’

Menjawab soalan Nordin sama ada Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri ketika itu, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor mengatur pertemuan antara beliau dengan Ahmad Fairuz, Dr. Mahathir menjawab: “Tidak.”

Beliau turut menafikan dipengaruhi oleh Tan Sri Vincent Tan dalam memutuskan pelantikan enam Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan dan ahli perniagaan itu tidak pernah bertemu atau berhubung dengannya tentang pelantikan Ahmad Fairuz sebagai Hakim Besar Malaya.

Dr. Mahathir juga menafikan beliau mengarahkan Tengku Adnan menghubungi Vincent Tan untuk berbincang setiap kali beliau (Dr. Mahathir) menerima surat daripada Dzaiddin.

Beliau turut menafikan kandungan perbualan klip video yang menyebut Lingam, Tengku Adnan dan Vincent Tan menemuinya berhubung cadangan Dzaiddin melantik Allahyarham Tan Sri Abdul Malek Ahmad sebagai Hakim Besar Malaya.

Kepada soalan sama ada Abdul Malek ditolak kerana beliau antibekas Perdana Menteri itu, Dr. Mahathir berkata: “Dia ditolak tetapi sebabnya bukan itu.’’

Persidangan suruhanjaya bersambung esok.

 

Mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr. Mahathir dengan tegas menjelaskan bahawa hak beliau untuk menentukan mana mana personaliti wajar dilantik dan beliau tidak perlu menjelaskan kepada sesiapa dan mana mana pihak atas keputusan yang dibuat. Ini bersesuaikan dengan Akta Rahsia Rasmi (OSA) dimana keputusan keputusan strategik dan sulit dibuat dengan penuh rahsia dan tidak perlu diperjelaskan, walaupun jika diminta pihak Mahkamah. Rahsia rahsia Kerajaan, terutama yang diklasifikasikan “Rahsia Besar” dan “Sulit” harus secara rasmi dikekalkan sedemekian. Ini adalah lumrah mana mana Kerajaan dalam dunia, termasuk negara negara yang mempraktikan amalan paling terbuka dan demokratik.

Semenjak kes ini timbul selepas ‘pendedahkan mengemparkan’ oleh Anwar Ibrahim pada 19 September 2007. Pemimpin yang bankrap politik lewat ini, berjaya mensensasikan pendedahan ini sebagai modal politik dan ianya berjaya menimbulkan reaksi negatif pelbagai pihak, termasuk Majlis Peguam. Ini menguatkan lagi dakwaan badan professional itu yang kunun kununya Badan Kehakiman “tidak bebas dan mudah dipengaruhi, termasuk pengamal guaman dan tokoh tokoh korporat”. Dalam tempoh singkat selepas video ini diumumkan, Majlis Peguam telah menganjurkan perarakan dan demontrasi aman tanpa permit, dari Palace of Justice ke Perdana Putra (Jabatan Perdana Menteri) untuk menghantar memorandum kepada Perdana Menteri pada 26 September 2007.

Samada benar perlantikan jawatan tertinggi dalam Kehakiman ‘boleh dipengaruhi elemen elemen luar dan tidak fokus kepada profession mengadili undang undang’, masih lagi menjadi tanda tanya sebilangan pihak. Kenyataan mantan Perdana Menteri dalam sumpah ini secara automatiknya telah menafikan dakwaan dan kepercayaan bahawa keputusan untuk menentukan dan melantik Hakim boleh dipengaruhi pihak pihak yang berkepentingan.

Yang nyatanya, sebelum Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah bersara dari Ketua Hakim Negara dan Tan Sri Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Halim dilantik kejawatan tertinggi itu, banyak berlaku dimana pelbagai pihak untuk cuba melobi jawatan paling berprestij itu. Ini termasuk Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan Gopal Sri Ram (yang namanya kerap diketengahkan oleh beberapa peguam yang berperanan penting agar Majlis Peguam menganjurkan “Walk of Justice” 26 September itu), sebagai yang paling layak dinaikan pangkat sebagai Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan, sebenarnya sendiri secara peribadi telah cuba dua kali untuk bertemu Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Namun, usaha itu gagal dan permohonan itu temu janji itu ditolak.

Seorang Setiausaha Politik Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir ketika itu, juga mantan pengamal guaman, pernah diundang oleh Pesuruhjaya Tinggi Britain Bruce Cleghorn ke kediaman rasminya di Jalan Langgak Golf, Kuala Lumpur, untuk makan malam. Setibanya disana, didapati seluruh Exco Majlis Peguam hadir di makan malam tersebut dan masing masing mempunyai calon untuk diketengah dan hujahkan sebagai Ketua Hakim Negara, Hakim Besar Malaya, Hakim Besar Borneo dan Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan.

Nampaknya, Exco Majlis Peguam sendiri mengamalkan perbuatan ‘melobi’ ini, atas apa juga alasan. Jelas disini bahawa Majlis Peguam, sebagai penguasa badan pengamal professional yang sepatutnya bersifat ‘neutral’, jika boleh ‘dimain’ dan ‘pengaruhi’ oleh agenda politik, seperti mantan banduan Anwar Ibrahim, lambat laun akan disedari dan keyakinan masyarakat secara automatik akan tiris dan menurun.

Dirumuskan maka Majlis Peguam sebenarnya yang wajar dipersalahkan sekiranya keyakinan keatas Badan Kehakiman menurun, kerana personaliti dalam NGO eksklusif dan elitis itu sendiri, “Mengata dulang, paku serpih” atau bidalan Inggerisnya “Pot calling the kettle, black!“.

*Update as of 9.00am Tuesday, 18 January 2008

Ini merupakan sebahagian dari transkrib dua jam mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad memberikan keterangan dan disoal siasat dalam Suruhanjaya DiRaja itu.

Published in: on January 18, 2008 at 02:30  Comments (1)  

Percaturan chauvinis DAP di Pulau Pinang

Percaturan DAP di Pulau Pinang, sebagaimana dipaparkan dalam Blog ini Isnin lepas, semakin mendapat reaksi ‘menggangu’, termasuk Meja Pengarang akhbar perdana. ‘Percaturan’ pembahagian kerusi DAP-PKR, 19:21 dan kemudian dijangka PKR akan berkongsi dengan PAS (DAP tiada ‘pakatan rasmi’ dengan PAS) pembahagian ini 14:7, dilihat sebagai tidak ubah seperti formula pembahagian BN (UMNO/Gerakan/MCA/MIC), 15:13:10:2.

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Pengarang Kumpulan NST Dato’ Syed Nazri Syed Harun berpendapat bahawa permainan DAP ini ialah ‘budaya samseng Cina’ dan kenyataan Setiausaha Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng Isnin lepas merupakan ‘kenyataan berisi dan banyak makna’ (dalam kata lain, “ANCAMAN MERBAHAYA!”):

 

SYED NADZRI: DAP game of ‘tai ko’ in Penang

By Syed Nadzri


17 January, 2008

THE DAP appears to be trying to play big brother to Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Pas in Penang and this can be clearly seen from the bipartisan seat allocation pact for the general election sealed last week. The agreement was officially only between DAP and PKR but it is quite obvious that Pas, for strategic purposes, was in the shadows somewhere as the whole idea was for the entire opposition camp to have a loose alliance of planning a one-to-one battle against Barisan Nasional in all 13 parliament and 40 state seats in Penang.

The DAP is taking the lion’s share — seven parliament and 19 state seats — leaving PKR and Pas to distribute the balance. It is interesting to note that among the state seats it has been given in the pact are Sungai Pinang, Bagan Dalam, Perai and Pulau Tikus which PKR had initially wanted. In fact, these seats were also contested by PKR in the last election.

Assuming that PKR and Pas work out a 14:7 formula in the further division of state seats, the opposition pact will, therefore, stand at 19 DAP, 14 Keadilan and 7 Pas. Compare that with the Umno-Gerakan-MCA-MIC formula of 15:13:10:2 used in the last election — and likely to be used again this time — and we have a thrilling prospect in store.

What is also interesting is that although BN won 38 of the 40 seats in the last round, at least six of them were close shaves of fewer than 1,000-vote majority. And these seats are expected to be even more intensely fought this time.

And what is even more interesting is a statement by the DAP that it would back a chief minister from Gerakan if the opposition fails to form the next state government.

The party said the move was to ensure that the coveted chief minister’s post would remain in the hands of a Chinese.

Now that’s what I call a loaded remark. It can set the imagination to run wild in this art of the possible. Let the games begin.

Dato’ Syed Nazri berpendapat, hasrat DAP untuk menafikan UMNO diwakili dalam Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang aka kerajaan cina-oleh masyarakat cina-untuk cina amat membimbangkan dan kenyataan Setiausaha Agung Lim Guan Eng baru baru ini mengenai isu ini jelas menunjukan sikap perkauman parti chauvinis cina itu.

Yang jelas, kedudukan politik BN di Pulau Pinang pusingan ini disifatkan sebagai ‘rapuh’, oleh ramai penganalisa politik, termasuk meja meja pengarang. Walaupun BN menang selesa pusingan lepas dan Kepimpinan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi diterima dan boleh dibanggakan oleh warga Pulau Pinang kerana ianya satu kebangaan dan sejarah, namun begitu beberapa kerusi DUN, BN hanya menang majoriti tipis.

Kini terlalu banyak rugutan anak anak Pulau Pinang mengenai keputusan, samada Kerajaan Negeri ataupun isu isu peringkat nasional membelengu emosi dan selera pengundi pengundi pulau mutiara itu. Sememangnya, ini akan ditafsirkan sebagai undi dalam pusingan Pilihanraya Umum ke XII, yang dikatakan akan menjelang dalam tempoh yang amat terdekat ini.

Apa apa pun, ‘gambaran besar’ (the bigger picture) dan analisa makro perlu dipertimbangkan sebelum keputusan strategik seperti menukar atau ‘merubah landskap’ Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang. Semoga pengundi pengundi Pulau Pinang tidak berjaya di’permain’kan dan di’perkuda’kan oleh pendekatan perkauman dan chauvinis sempit DAP, yang sebenarnya tidak akan membawa kepada sebarang pencapaian progressif dalam Malaysia sebagai masyarakat majmuk pelbagai keturunan, adat resam dan kepercayaan ini.

Published in: on January 17, 2008 at 09:03  Comments (2)  

More of PM ‘Flip-Flop’s silly statement on the economy

PM: CONFIDENCE

PERKS UP BOURSE

 

by Matthias Chang

“The rise shows there is confidence in our bourse and our economy, which is at present booming. We continue to attract investments from overseas …”

Abdullah Badawi

Prime Minister of Malaysia

This was reported by the STAR newspaper on Sunday, 13th January 2008. This is as I had anticipated in my article dated the 6th January 2008 and reiterated again on Saturday, the 12th January 2008.

This is a silly statement, unbefitting of a prime minister. By this statement, is the Prime Minister of Malaysia making an admission that prior to the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange surpassing the all time high of 1,500 mark of the Composite Index, there were no confidence by investors, foreign and local in our local bourse and the economy?

Is this a further admission that if the composite index is to plunge, it is a reflection that the investors have lost all confidence in our local bourse and the economy? I for one shall hold the Prime Minister to his word.

The frenzy by the government linked companies (GLCs), investment bankers, stock brokers and UMNO politicians to jack up the stock market reveals all to clearly their desperation to hoodwink the people that the Malaysian economy will be able to weather the financial storm that is now sweeping across the world, in the hope that the Barisan Nasional will be returned to power with a big mandate.

I cannot say precisely how much they have spent till to date in shoring the stock market, but I can say with confidence that it has created a huge dent in the political war chest and has affected the amount of monies available for the coming General Elections. Is it any wonder that UMNO “bag men” are asking for upwards of RM50 million for projects that will be awarded under the 9th Malaysian Plan and the mega projects to be awarded under the various “development corridors”.

If foreign investors have indeed “invested” (I prefer to use the word, “gamble”) heavily in the stock market, I am sure that they have made huge profits and when the time is right, sell off to our unsuspecting “retail punters” who will soon be left holdings shares worth at the most 20 sens to the ringgit, when the market takes a prolong dive.

Today’s performance by the KLSE is merely the tip of the iceberg. I have stated repeatedly in the last one year that the stock market will gyrate violently, the overall trend heading rapidly downwards!

On Saturday, 12th January 2008 at precisely 8.55 pm I wrote:

“With the Friday news like the one above, it will be totally stupid of anyone to think that come Monday, the KLCI will shoot for the moon.”

“We are living in perilous times. The government is using various resources to pump the stock market to give an illusion that all is well heading to the General Elections. I cannot stop anyone from listening to fairy tales.”

“This Red Alert was written at 8.55pm, Saturday the 12th January 2008. Therefore it is not written on hindsight. I am telling you in advance what is going to happen on Monday to Tuesday, the 14th to 15th January 2008.”

“I am no soothsayer and I am not gazing at the crystal ball.”

“Given the above information and research to date I am making a logical and rational deduction. I don’t let emotions rule my head.”

Those of you who followed the Badawi Pipe Piper, I hope you have survived this bloody Monday and have some money left to survive the coming months.

What a painful lesson.

What is important is not the bloody index. It is the price you went in for the counter. Now if the counter dropped today, you got whacked! Period! You suffered a loss.

Some asshole may say that the index dropped marginally. The key issue is whether you suffered any losses.

And if you are a punter betting on some derivatives based on the KLCI, you would also have lost money.

The KLCI was down. The UMNO chaps and GLCs went all out to push the market but losers were more than gainers. God only knows how much monies were dumped to shore the market. Were these guys desperate! But one cannot go against the market trend. Plunge Protection Team can only push up the market so much before the monies run out.

Just got this news from Bernama. Read the words underlined and in bold.

“Share Prices Close Lower On Profit Taking”

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) — Share prices on Bursa Malaysia ended lower Monday on selling of blue chips as investors took profit from last week’s consecutive gains and its historic all time high closing of 1,516.22, dealers said.

At 5pm, the KLCI fell 9.18 points to 1,507.04 after opening 1.91 points lower at 1,514.31. It briefly touched a new high of 1,524.69, up 8.47 points, at 9.47am and posted an intra-day low of 1,502.10, down 14.12 points, at 4.56pm.

According to OSK Research, the KLCI is expected to trade within the range of 1,485-1,550 for the week but with mild technical correction as it has approached the 1,515-1,525 resistance area, and was also affected by the poor performance of Wall Street.

“Good support is seen at 1,500-1,485,” it said in a note.

Meanwhile, a local dealer said although the market is expected to consolidate during the week after recent gains, the benchmark index should still remain in the upward trend and above the 1,500 level in the near term.

The Industrial Index declined 41.99 points to 3,135.81 while the Finance Index gained 21 points to 11,510.3.

Of the FTSE-BM Index series, the FBMEmas fell 80.20 points to 10,234.38 and the FBM30, which comprises the top 30 companies by full market capitalisation, dropped 69.68 points to 9,808.80.

The FBM2BRD lost 73.77 points to 6,852.56 and the FBM-MDQ decreased 83.75 points to 6,119.31

Losers led gainers 630 to 222 while 233 counters were unchanged, 328 were untraded and 24 suspended.

Overall volume slipped to 1.048 billion shares worth RM2.532 billion compared with last Friday’s closing of 1.757 billion shares worth RM4.355 billion. …

Wow! Losers led gainers by 630 to 222. 328 were un-traded!

Friday closing was 1.757 billion shares worth RM4.355 billion.,

Today, Monday only 1.048 billion shares were traded worth RM2.532

Therefore volume decreased by 700 million shares and value declined almost 50%! There was no profit taking. Punters just got scared and ran for cover following Dow’s Friday’s dismal performance.

This week will be another yo-yo week. Best of luck to pundits who are gluttons for punishment.

By the way, for those who are still of the view that the world economy is and or will not be affected by the crisis in the US, maybe the article published in Reuters will inspire you to have second thoughts. I quote:

World economy threatened by U.S. slowdown

By Emily Kaiser – Analysis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Global investors are losing hope that Europe‘s economy can sidestep a possible U.S. recession, and even fast-growing Asia may not be immune.

The argument that the world economy could “decouple” from the United States took hold in recent years as U.S. growth cooled while the global economy expanded at an impressive 5 percent clip. That encouraged investors to pour money into international equities in hopes of fatter returns.

But as markets brace for a full-blown U.S. recession, faith in that decoupling theory is fading fast.

“The market has now begun to show signs that it is much more concerned about the domestic spending picture in Europe,” Goldman Sachs analyst Dominic Wilson said. “Our view that the U.S. will now fall into recession this year increases the risks to growth in the rest of the world.”

ASIA LOSES ITS SHINE

The freight index had risen nearly 150 percent last year as investors bet on huge demand from emerging markets such as India and China. While growth in those countries will easily outstrip that of the developed world this year — U.S. recession or not — it may not be as strong as hoped.

UBS economist Andrew Cates said his measure of emerging economic growth compared with that of the developed world had flattened recently.

“The data here bear watching, insofar as Asia‘s resilience to a U.S. slowdown is a cornerstone of the ‘decoupling’ thesis which has many adherents among investors,” he said.

Analysts at State Street Global Markets said the thesis was already losing adherents. In its weekly research note dated January 10, State Street said investors had slashed their positions in emerging Asian markets in the last three months.

“Institutional investors are not among the proponents of the theory that somehow the world barely sniffles when the U.S. goes down with a bad case of flu,” they wrote.

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Please read the words in bold. If institutional investors have slashed their positions in emerging markets in the last three months, how can our Prime Minister be so positive that “foreign investors are coming” in droves to Malaysia? Like I said, this is all pre-election hype. You are forewarned. Don’t get burned by this hype.

This temporary surge of the KLSE benefits the UMNO money men, for they know in advance when they are pushing the market up and when they are unloading. Most of you guys (and especially those Chinese punters who are gambling before the Chinese New Year) will be burnt all over. You won’t survive this fire!

MATTHIAS CHANG

KUALA LUMPUR

14TH JANUARY 2008

Published in: on January 16, 2008 at 07:07  Comments (3)