UMNO Youth International Bureau’s Statement on US’s latest announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 21, 2008

The Mockery of U.S Interference

The UMNO Youth International and NGO Relations Bureau strongly condemns the constant interference by the United States into the internal affairs of Malaysia, especially with regards to the detention of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over sodomy allegations by his former aide.

Sean McCormack, spokesman for the U.S State Department who noted that the arrest of Anwar raised serious concerns about our rule of law should be reminded that his country paid absolutely no respect to this doctrine when invading Iraq, a sovereign nation of 28 million people.

Iraq is now a failed state, where the rule of law has ceased to exist. Conservative estimates indicate more than a million innocent Iraqi lives have been lost due to this illegal invasion, which was carried out on false pretexts and deceit.

Perhaps, he should also explain the atrocities at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, a detention centre where prisoners are arrested with no charge yet are tortured inhumanely for as long as the U.S administration sees fit.

Anwar was arrested according to the provision of Malaysian laws, interrogated in accordance to proper rules and regulations and was released as soon as the police completed their questioning. He was treated just as any criminal suspect would have been, and none of his rights as a detainee were violated.

The same cannot be said for the approximately 270 detainees who remain incarcerated in GuantanamoBay. Perhaps, it is time this detention centre is closed down in a manner that builds confidence in the impartial rule of law in the United States, for it is surely a wound that continues to scar the face of the American judiciary.

It is best that those like McCormack and Senator Joseph Biden, who claimed that Anwar’s arrest was politically motivated, attempt to first fix the gaping holes in the American judicial system before instructing Malaysia on the rule of law. The United States has neither the moral high ground nor the expertise to lecture us on how we conduct our internal matters.

The UMNO Youth International and NGO Relations Bureau considers the statement made by the State Department, or similar statements by any foreign party, as undermining the sovereignty of Malaysia and the integrity of the Royal Malaysian Police.

Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir

Chairman

UMNO Youth International and NGO Relations Bureau

Published in: on July 21, 2008 at 19:11  Comments (10)  

Suara akar umbi melalui Cawangan UMNO boleh merubah keadaan

Plan ‘Peralihan Kuasa’ dari PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi kepada TPM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak dijangkakan pada Jun 2010 telah dimumkan pada 10 Julai 2008. Ini menimbulkan banyak reaksi bercampur campur dikalangan ahli UMNO, terutama akar umbi dan pemerhati dan penganalisa politik.

Secara kasarnya, TPM Najib amat mengalu alukan pengumuman ini. Ramai berpendapat bahwa tempoh 2 tahun itu amat lama dan sebarang kemungkinan, terutama dengan senario politik yang amat dinamik kebelakangan ini, boleh berlaku dan meninggalkan kesan strategik. Mantan Presiden UMNO Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad pula berpendapat bahawa apabila TPM Najib mengambil alih Kepimpinan, masa dan peluang untuk diperlukan untuk memperbetulkan keadaan, mengembalikan keyakinan dan seterusnya sokongan rakyat, terutama golongan muda kepada UMNO dan BN, menjadi amat terhad.

Exco Pemuda UMNO, yang bermesyuarat pada 14 Julai 2008 pula membuat kenyataan walaupun plan peralihan kuasa ini diumumkan dan dipersetujui Kepimpinan, tidak bermakna pada pemilihan parti semasa Perhimpunan Agung Tahunan UMNO 16-20 Disember 2008 ini, jawatan terutama termasuk Presiden dan Timbalan Presiden tidak boleh dipertandingkan dan dicabar. Ini sesuai dengan amalan demokrasi dan mengekalkan semangat bahawa UMNO merupakan parti akar umbi.

Semenjak minggu lepas, Cawangan UMNO telah mula bermesyuarat. Antara agenda yang terangkum dan diusulkan ialah pencalonan kepada jawatan samada diperingkat Bahagian, maupun diperingkat Majlis Tertinggi, termasuk Naib Presiden, Timbalan Presiden dan Presiden.

Sekiranya ahli akar umbi UMNO, bermula diperingkat Cawangan, tidak bersetuju dengan pengumuman ‘Plan Peralihan Kuasa’ yang diumumkan pada 10 Julai 2008 itu, maka Mesyuarat Tahunan Cawangan UMNO sekarang wajar digunakan untuk mencalonkan pemimpin tertentu yang paling sesuai dan praktikal, untuk jawatan jawatan tertentu, termasuk Timbalan Presiden dan Presiden UMNO.

Walaupun TPM Najib diberitakan bersetuju dengan pengumuman 10 Julai 2008 itu, sekiranya beliau menerima permintaan akar umbi, dalam bentuk pencalonan samada diperingkat Cawangan dan Bahagian untuk jawatan Presiden UMNO, tidak dapat tidak, beliau terpaksa menimbangkan permintaan ini. Ini lebih lebih lagi sekiranya pencalonan yang diterima itu substantif, terutama pencalonan itu melebihi pencalonan yang diterima PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah sendiri.

UMNO wajar menimbangkan proses pendemokrasian ini secara serious dan berani membuat perubahan, agar keyakinan dan seterusnya sokongan rakyat dapat dikembalikan.

Published in: on July 21, 2008 at 11:31  Comments (6)