“Blogging to unblock”: chedet.com dedicated

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s blog chedet.com, was dedicated this evening when the book “Blogging to unblock” was launched, in a simple ceremony in Perdana Leadership Foundation, Putrajaya. Articles from his highly successful and sought after blog were compiled in a bi-lingual Berita Publishing special publication.

The objective of the book is to capture his most recent thoughts on many issues, current, historical and perspective, in a media that is documented for generations to come.

Friends, top bloggers and members of the media were invited for the pre-buka puasa event.

This event also mark Tun Dr. Mahathir’s writing since first published in Straits Time (Singapore) in 1947, in an article about how Malay women makes their own choices. His pseudonym then was “C.H.E. DET”, a name he is called by at home since childhood. He maintained the name in his blog, which first came on air 1 May 2008.

By far, chedet.com is the most read political blog in the country. Within 17 days, this blog hit the first million visitor. By far, chedet.com is the most successful, fastest growth and prolific blog in the Malaysian blogosphere scene. In less than five months, it has received more than 7 million visitors.

Tun Dr. Mahathir explained that all the writings in chedet.com are his own thoughts and choice of words and expression, and his staff only assist him to upload it into the blog. Of course, all the original drafts are in his own handwriting and this was used as the cover for his book.

This is not the first book by the Statesman. He also added there are times where his work has been completely plagiarised and passed on by someone else’s. However, he sincerely felt that the credit is not so important as what has been said is more pertinent to be transmitted across. As so, he also said that he does not mind this book being photocopied and passed around as what has been said is more important for more people to understand.

One interesting note is that Tun Dr. Mahathir admitted some of his writing in chedet.com is left open ended. It is because he wanted the readers to think and come up with their own conclusion.

During the Q & A, when asked by blogger and primero journo Dato’ Ahmad A. Talib, Tun Dr. Mahathir explained that he started reading other peoples’ blogs like Rocky’s Bru, Malaysia Today, The Scribe and BigDogDotCom, besides Rantings by MM, before he was inspired to put his thoughts in the blogosphere.

Published in: on September 18, 2008 at 20:26  Comments (10)  

Petrol price could be @ RM 2.00/litre?

 

An update of the earlier notion that the retail of petrol prices could actually go as low as RM 2.10/liter, within this year. The current market and cost of production price of petrol had actually come down very recently.

Yesterday, the Mean of Platts, Singapore (MOPS) is traded at USD 107.50/barrel for octane 97 petrol. That is roughly RM 2.30/litre for retail price at the pump stations. So if the PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is really serious about providing the rakyat affordable petrol; i.e. RM 0.30 below the MOPS U97 price, then the fair retail price for octane 97 petrol should be at RM 2.00/litre at the pump stations.

How so about it YAB Prime Minister, who is also YB Finance Minister? Spare us the rakyat the burden and let us enjoy retail petrol at RM 2.00/litre, please……

* Updated 245pm

Word has it PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah just resigned as Finance Minister I and DPM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak has assumed the Cabinet post. So Dato’ Seri Najib, how about it?

Your first act is to relieve the rakyat’s suffering.

*Updated 415pm

Bernama.com reported this:

 

Abdullah, Najib Swap Portfolios, Committed To Power Transition Plan

By: Ramjit

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 17 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today swapped the finance and defence portfolios between them.

With this, Abdullah now handles the Defence Ministry while Najib takes care of the Finance Ministry.

Both leaders also stay committed to the transfer of power in 2010 as planned, which means that Abdullah will defend his Umno president post and Najib, the deputy president post, in the December party elections.

Najib taking over the finance portfolio was part of the power transition process between the two leaders by giving him (Najib) more roles, said Abdullah at a news conference at his office here Wednesday, with Najib also present.

Abdullah said the finance portolio was important, taking into consideration the current economic situation in the country and uncertain world economic climate.

He believed that Najib would shoulder his responsibility in his new portfolio well, especially in ensuring that the economy remained strong to face the challenges.

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Published in: on September 17, 2008 at 09:56  Comments (13)  

Anwar: A compulsive liar or lousy ‘short seller’?

16 September 2008 finally came and actually went. Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim promised that he would take over as Prime Minister of Malaysia. Over and over again, he etched on the promises that the Pakatan Rakyat would take over the Federal Government, behest very strong ground emotions and claimed ‘stirring’ democratic wave many would want to believe that is inadvertently, unstoppable. Again, last night, at a gathering not befitting the usual “Anwar crowd”, he stubbornly continued this promise.

However 16 September 2008 or 916 came and went as a completely non eventful day. In fact, it was almost ‘no brainer’. The build up preceding yesterday was only to be finished by a tasteless anti-climax!

Anwar again lied. Just like as always, he vehemently denied that his promise was not anything by a completely failure and would have a  continuing story, however unbelievable, to support his prolonged lie. This was anticipated by many who already were utterly convinced who and what Anwar was really about.

The pro-Anwar online news portal, Malaysiakini, has the story:

Anwar: We’ve more than 31 defectors

 

Chan Kok Leong | Sep 16, 08 2:40pm

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim said today he had signed up more than 31 defectors needed to form a new government and called on Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi not to impose emergency rule to thwart a takeover

“We have a slight majority, it is in excess of 31,” he told a packed press conference held at 2pm in the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya.

Anwar, however, did not reveal the list of the lawmakers but had asked to meet with Abdullah to discuss a transition of power and was prepared to show him the list of defectors.

“We name them now and they get harassed immediately. So I’m telling you now that I will choose to confide in the prime minister.

“And if he wants the list I will show the list at the meeting. Until the right opportune moment, we can’t declare. We know how the system operates,” said Anwar.

Abdullah has rejected Anwar’s claims as “political lies” and ruled out resigning, but the opposition leader urged him to accept a peaceful handover.

The prime minister did not rule out a meeting earlier today, but his spokesman Kamal Khalid said it was unlikely.

“I doubt very much he will be meeting with Anwar,” he told AFP.

However, Abdullah said in his constitutency of Kepala Batas this afternoon that he would not entertain Anwar’s request to meet him until the list of defectors is made public.

Ministers are on the list too

Anwar urged the government not to arrest his new ministers under draconian Internal Security Act, or declare a state of emergency in an attempt to prevent him from seizing power.

His Pakatan Rakyat alliance – made up of the PKR, DAP and PAS – now holds 81 out of the 222 seats in Parliament. Its rival, the Barisan Nasional coalition led by Abdullah’s Umno party, currently has 140 seats.

To overthrow the Barisan, Pakatan would need another 31 MPs to join its camp for it to hit 112 seats, the minimum simple majority required.

Anwar also said that many BN MPs were keen to join him in forming a new government.

“It keeps increasing by the hour… seriously. I’m not joking. This morning, I received a signed note from another member. What do you want to know? You want to know if we have the numbers. We’ve the numbers!” he added.

He revealed that these included cabinet members and their deputies.

The 61-year old Anwar, who has been in talks with a number of disgruntled backbenchers, also said he wants Abdullah’s assurance the power transition could proceed smoothly.

Peaceful transition

Abdullah had last week shocked the nation by arresting three civilians under the ISA, which allows for detention without trial.

The move, which sparked widespread condemnation, was seen as a means to shore up his political standing within his Umno party and also as a warning to Anwar’s Pakatan.

“We want a peaceful transition. We hope that Barisan (Nasional) will not put up emergency rule to stop MPs from going to Parliament or arrest (government) MPs or stop them from joining Pakatan Rakyat,” he said.

“That’s why we have taken a very soft, conciliatory option. I am not making excuses. We have the numbers. We can and are prepared to move. If after a few days there is no response, Pakatan leaders will meet and see what is the next course of action.”

Pakatan leaders had yesterday sent a letter to Abdullah, requesting for a meeting.

“We give the PM time to consult and act responsibly as head of the country to heed the wishes of the people,” Anwar said.

“I believe he will meet and we will have to wait today or tomorrow. He is a politician under siege, so you can forgive him for sounding desperate.”

“We are looking at a matter of days (for a change in government),” he added.

“We’ve not given any ultimatum to Abdullah. We’ve said it is of national importance, it is incumbent and urgent for any sitting prime minister to respond positively in the interest of the nation and not just to appease the upheavals and turmoil within Umno,” said Anwar.

According to Malaysian law, the king has the right to accept and formalise any new government that can show proof of sufficient mandate in Parliament.

This means that Anwar can approach the monarch with proof that he has the support of enough MPs to be the new leader.

And Anwar said that his first option was to discuss the takeover with the prime minister before going to the king.

Alternatively, the king could order fresh general elections, provided the prime minister – either outgoing or incoming – recommends it.

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Who are these so called “31 MPs”, who Anwar claimed ready to ‘jump ship’ and support him? Why aren’t these “31 MPs” throw support to him yet, today or anytime before and still live under the blanket of doubt? What is the purpose of the wait? List down these “31 MPs” now and make them open show their support for Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim, who also in the dark underworld of homosexualism calls himself by the name of “Mat King Leather” when with his anal intercourse partner,

It is obvious that Anwar DID NOT HAVE these “31 MPs” at all. Otherwise, he would not wait a single moment to realize his dream of running the country as the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The last time he had the same dream, it was swiftly yanked out his nose in absolute humiliation.

Then, Anwar did not do a multiple repeated media conference to “announce his readiness to take over as PM and the rakyat was behind him” ten years ago, when actually near half of the nation almost bought into his stories of vile accusations being victimized by then Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and all the corruption, nepotism and cronyism stories embedded with the whole ‘Reformasi’ deal. Anwar brought upon the most intensive and massive street demonstration in an otherwise, a dormant country.

So, is Anwar Ibrahim actually a compulsive liar or simply a ‘short selling trader’?

XVIth century great English playwright William Shakespeare once said, “The bigger the lie is, the more people would believe in it”. Is his lie today, big enough? Or his constant lies ever since he launched this “take over the Premiership” campaign on the eve of 14 April 2008 to mark the “Black 14” in Kelab Sultan Sulaiman padang is not actually big enough?

Or Anwar is simply a mere ‘short selling trader’, who thrived on the market by ‘selling’ things he don’t actually own and thus rig the market, to his advantage? He tried to ‘short sell’ several UMNO MPs, using money to entice support. However, the Kuala Pilah MP and Deputy Minsiter rejected this near indescribable attempt of low class ‘political prostitution’.

All of these will only translate that bottom line, Anwar is someone who cannot be trusted. Even once his closest aides, abandoned him, for all the reasons we suspect about him. His own lawyer, Zainur Zakaria calls him “treacherous“. View what one time henchman Dato’ S. Nallakarupan has to say about his best friend.

Either which, level headed Malaysians should at this point be tired , if not angered of Anwar’s “Call my bluff” childish antics. Let us move on. Leave Anwar and his “angan angan Mat Jenin”. Pay no more attention to him. Anwar has a strong trait of being a ‘sickman’, most probably suffering from schizoprenia. Let us focus on who is more realistic to be the next Prime Minister, probably by the end of December and move this forward.

*Notice how this article was published entirely at the beginning of a new gregorian day

Published in: on September 17, 2008 at 00:01  Comments (37)  

Najib Razak launches 1 Malaysia portal

Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak joined the digital media bandwagon by launching his own personal portal, 1 Malaysia. He launched this interactive portal after a specially organized buka puasa held at his official Deputy Premier residence Seri Satria in Leboh Perdana, Putrajaya, in front of thousands of well wishers, mostly party kin.

We at BigDogDotCom wishes him and his team all the best.

Published in: on September 16, 2008 at 21:09  Comments (12)  

Khairy tawar diri; ‘kelebihan’ yang menentukan UMNO terus dibenci

Besok, Rabu 17 September 2008 merupakan hari dimana Naib Ketua Pemuda UMNO Malaysia Khairy Jamaluddin mengumumkan menawarkan diri untuk jawatan Ketua Pemuda UMNO Malaysia pada pemilihan parti, Perhimpunan Agung Tahunan UMNO 16-20 Disember 2008 di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra, Kuala Lumpur.

Pada peringkat akar umbi UMNO, penawaran ini adalah cukup kontroversi. Ini kerana begitu banyak diperkatakan mengenai MP Rembau ini, yang di’parachut’kan kepada persada perdana politik UMNO dan tanahair pada usia yang sangat muda. Pada pemilihan parti Ogos 2004, Khairy yang baru mencecah 28 tahun diangkat kejawatan sekarang tanpa pertandingan, setelah calon calon yang pada asalnya berhasrat kuat seperti Dato’ Mohd. Norza Zakaria menarik diri pada saat akhir.

Timbul juga desas desus dimana Presiden UMNO PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi memberikan ‘restu’ agar Khairy diberikan pencalonan atau tidak diberikan ‘tentangan’ apabila Pemuda UMNO peringkat Bahagian seluruh negara membuat penyenaraian jawatan parti.

Kini, timbul pula kontroversi yang UMNO perlu pertimbangkan semasak masaknya. Sekiranya Khairy menawarkan diri, maknanya dia mempunyai peluang cerah untuk menang jawatan Ketua Pemuda UMNO Malaysia.

Apa akan jadi pada UMNO sekiranya Presiden merupakan bapa mertua dan Ketua Pemuda merupakan menantu kesayangan? Apakah masyarakat Malaysia menerima percaturan politik dinasti ini, terutama tatkala UMNO dan BN sudahpun begitu tidak diterima majoriti rakyat? Apa akan jadi pada UMNO dan BN pada Pilihanraya Umum ke XIII, dijangkakan selewat lewatnya 2013?

Khairy Jamaluddin sendiri merupakan seorang personaliti politik yang begitu kontroversial. Anak muda ini mula mula menimbulkan kontroversi apabila pada usia semuda 29, dibawa masuk kedalam bank pelaburan ECM Libra sebagai Pengarah dan kemudian bank ‘butik’ ini “menelan” sebuah syarikat jauh lebih besar, Avenue Capital, dalam tempoh amat singkat dan proses yang amat mencurigakan., termasuk penyah-sejat nilai harta ehsan (impairment of goodwill) yang bernilai RM 300 juta  dan membinggungkan pasaran modal. Badan seperti Suruhanjaya Sekuriti ‘menutup sebelah mata’ walaupun bertubi tubi aduan dibuat, termasuk badan professional penyelia bebas bagi pihak pemegang saham minoriti, Malaysian Minority Stockholders Watchdog Group. Kemudian ECM Libra – Avenue (pada masa itu) secara mudah diberikan lesen universal stock broking dan dinaik taraf kepada bank pelaburan.

Khairy juga dikatakan berperanan besar dalam pengembangan strategik AirAsia, terutama dalam tempoh yang amat singkat. Kontroversi paling tiada tolok bandingnya ialah hubung kait terlalu rapat Khairy dengan ‘Budak Budak Tingkat Empat’, yang ramai percaya punca asal ketirisan kepimpinan dan ketokohan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah. Banyak penulisan diterbitkan mengenai tempoh hayat Khairy sebenarnya tidaklah lama lagi kerana penglibatan beliau dalam pelbagai kontroversi.

Walaubagaimanapun, penawaran besok ini wajar diteliti secara rapat. Liputan media, terutama perdana keatas calon yang cukup kontroversi ini jelas menampakan percaturan yang dilakukan pihak tertinggi untuk menentukan Khairy mendapat ‘kelebihan’ dalam pertandingan Disember ini. Ini kerana calon calon lain yang menawarkan diri sebelum ini, Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir, Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohd. Khir Toyo dan Dato’ Zahidi Zainul Abidin, diberikan liputan media ala kadar dan “sekadar melepaskan batuk ditangga semata mata”.

Semua ‘kelebihan’ yang personaliti kontroversi seperti Khairy perolehi, dalam pemilihan Disember ini, hanya akan menimbulkan kebencian rata rata rakyat Malaysia kepada dinasti PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah makin memuncak dan mungkin meluap luap. Walaupun ada pihak akan mengunakan alasan “demokrasi masih subur dalam UMNO” apabila mengunakan pencalonan Khairy semasa PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah masih lagi berkuasa, ianya ‘wayang yang tidak laku lagi’ pada kacamata rakyat marhain.

Yang nyatanya, ini semua merupakan proses yang menentukan UMNO dan BN terkubur, dalam  kepimpinan dan pemerintahan seorang Presiden yang hanya baru berusia 5 tahun Oktober ini.

Published in: on September 16, 2008 at 08:08  Comments (15)  

Now Riong Kali try to spin against Najib?

 

Malaysian Insider.com published in their main page that DPM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s so called “commitment” to the ‘Leader Transition Plan’, due June 2010.

However, UMNO members close to the UMNO Deputy President confirmed that his earlier call for UMNO to decide on the “change-of-leader” be decided by UMNO Divisions when they started their Annual General Meetings beginning of October still stands.

UMNO members as grassroot has already voiced their utter displeasure of the weak leadership through informal channels, sometime within the party. Even at “Meet The Leader” forums, organised by UMNO, be it by State Liaison (including in the presence of UMNO management committee) or Division levels, grassroot leaders, especially Branch level have started to openly criticize the weak leadership and the ‘Flip-Flop’ policies. They believed that this is the main course why UMNO and BN performed poorly in the 8 March 2008 concluded 12th General Elections  (12 GE) which saw the loss of control in 5 + 1 states.

This restlessness amongst UMNO grassroot is very apparent. Example is during the 12 GE, in the mainstay support of UMNO Johor where there are close to 500,000 UMNO registered members, saw over 100,000 spoilt vote casted. That is 1 in 3 of the national accumulated spoilt votes casted and UMNO members and supporters clearly illustrate their dismay in the Leadership by refusing to vote Oppositions but instead waste their usually treasured votes.

Malaysian Insider, a newsportal believed to be linked to Riong Kali and the Fox Media, is making another desperate attempt to spin stories very not reflective of the truth. Now that NST has lost its credibility, the alternative media seems to be Riong Kali’s new mode of spinning.

This, could not be anything else but an act of desperation.

 

Published in: on September 15, 2008 at 20:38  Comments (16)  

Zaid Ibrahim resigns

Minister in the Prime Minister Department Dato’ Zaid Ibrahim announced resignation as a Cabinet Minister effective immediately. This came conveniently as a response to the reply of the Home Minister Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid Al Bar on Zaid’s stance on the ISA yesterday, on the wake of three persons arrested under the same law on Friday.

The Star has the story:

Don’t use ISA, says Zaid

By IAN MCINTYRE

KOTA BARU: De facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (pic) stuck his neck out against the Government by condemning the use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) against civilians.

He urged the Government to revert to the original purpose of the law, which was to curb communism.

“It is time for the Government to go back to the original spirit of the ISA and it should only be used on armed terrorists or those out to topple the Government by force.

“I am not calling for a repeal of the ISA but for it to be used only when there is a real threat to national security and not on civilians,” he told a press conference at his home in Pasir Hor here yesterday.

According to Zaid, he was prepared to accept any consequences from his apparent breaking of ranks from the Cabinet over the issue of the ISA.

He said he was also willing to step down as a minister if his actions were deemed to have undermined the Government and Cabinet.

“I do not want to cause any trouble for Pak Lah (Abdullah). I respect what he is trying to change but on the matter of the ISA, I am against imposing it on civilians. I joined his administration to make changes and everybody knows, I am also for a more open-form of press reporting.”

Zaid was commenting on the arrests of Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng, Selangor senior executive councillor Teresa Kok and Malaysia Today news portal editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin on Friday under the Act. Tan was released on Saturday.

By using the ISA randomly, Zaid said, the Government was sending a message that it did not trust the capabilities of its own enforcement agencies such as the police in maintaining peace.

“There were ample punitive law to act against lawbreakers without having to invoke the ISA,” Zaid said.

Zaid, who is a Minister in the Prime Minister’s department, said the use of the ISA also creates an impression of selective prosecution as the Government cannot seemingly incarcerate everybody but only a handful.

“In this latest episode of ISA, we (the Government) have generated an impression of selective prosecution since no action was taken against the person who allegedly uttered seditious remarks. We are saying that we are only acting against those who are disloyal to us.”

He said he was glad that Tan was released but was concerned over the continued detention of the other two

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Zaid was making a statement against the Internal Security Act (ISA) which provided the Police powers to detain without trial suspects who threaten national security. This law is a tool closely protected by the Government  when he was appointed Cabinet Minister in March.

Zaid has not proven himself yet, after six months in office. In reality, the one term Kota Bahru MP who was not given the opportunity to re-contest as the BN candidate in the 8 March 12th General Elections was very ambitious when he first appointed Cabinet Minister in March. He promised to revamp the Legal and Judciary, in six months.

He was seen as trying to be heroic when promptly mooted the idea for the Government to apologize to sacked Lord President Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas, which the Cabinet found totally inappropriate. The fact he went against his own statement on Salleh, made when he was acting as an aspiring lawyer for UMNO.

However, Zaid was instrumental in the act to reward all the dismissed Judges in 1988, which include sacked Lord President Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas. A large undisclosed sum of ex-gratia payment were  inadvertantly announced by PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah at a dinner organised by Bar Council and eventually issued personally by Zaid to the dismissed Judges, which many found inappropriate. It even construed as an attempt to make PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah look good in the eyes of the minority within the legal professionals.

It seems that that Zaid is more concerned on the Bar Council’s opinion on himself rather his own Boss or his  Cabinet/party leadership colleagues. The fact that the latest development in the Kota Bahru UMNO Division, despite as a Cabinet Minister Zaid received lesser nominations from the UMNO Branches compared to Dato’ Fatmi, who was only DPM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s former Political Secretary. This clearly illustrate the acceptance of the former’s position into mainstream politics, even at grassroot level.

Some thought this resignation is somewhat an ‘honourable’ quick exit from the disgrace being a failed Cabinet Minister and UMNO politician.

*Updated 245pm

The Star has the developing story:

Monday September 15, 2008 MYT 2:27:53 PM

Zaid Ibrahim quits?

By SHAILA KOSHY

KUALA LUMPUR: Speculation is rife that de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has resigned.

According to sources, the senator tendered his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s office just before 2pm on Monday.

Zaid could not be reached for confirmation.

The former Kota Baru MP was not fielded to stand in the March 8 general election.

Following the general election, however, Abdullah appointed him a Senator and a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

In announcing his new Cabinet on March 18, Abdullah said that Zaid would be responsible for legal matters and take on the role to reform the judiciary.

It was only last Tuesday that Zaid said he might soon become a full-blown Law Minister with the requisite authority and responsibility to help him effect legal reform.

“In fact, my own position will be reviewed to Minister of Law to give me more authority but that will take time. You can’t have responsibility without authority,” he had said then.

However on Sunday, Zaid broke from rank to say that the use of the Internal Security Act against civilians was wrong, adding that he was prepared to resign over the issue.

Published in: on September 15, 2008 at 14:08  Comments (21)  

Mukhriz: Suburkan demokrasi dalam UMNO

KENYATAAN YB DATO’ MUKHRIZ MAHATHIR

Suburkan demokrasi dalam UMNO

1. Umum mengakui bahawa pemilihan UMNO kali ini akan menentukan tenggelam timbulnya parti kita ini. Ahli-ahli UMNO, orang Melayu, malah Rakyat Malaysia keseluruhannya memberi perhatian yang khusus kepada pemilihan UMNO kerana lazimnya pemenang-pemenang jawatan tertinggi parti akan dilantik jawatan-jawatan tinggi Kerajaan. Presiden UMNO akan memegang jawatan Perdana Menteri, manakala Timbalan Presiden pula Timbalan Perdana Menteri.

2. Ini menjadi kenyataan sekiranya Barisan Nasional (BN) masih menguasai majoriti kerusi-kerusi dalam Parlimen, dan UMNO kekal dengan kerusi Parlimen terbanyak dalam BN. Jika BN tidak dapat mempertahankan bilangan kerusinya, maka sudah tentu parti lain yang akan menawarkan ketuanya kepada YDP Agong untuk dilantik sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia. Ini adalah realiti yang selalu kita ambil mudah kerana kita berada dalam zon selesa dan beranggapan bahawa Kerajaan BN tidak mungkin tumbang.

3. Oleh itu, adalah amat penting bagi UMNO mengetahui dengan terperinci keadaan dan sentimen di peringkat akarumbi. Saya percaya ahli-ahli UMNO di peringkat terbawah pasti menyedari sentimen rakyat, dan dapat berikan maklumbalas yang paling berguna kepada pucuk kepimpinan parti. Dengan matlumat ini, kepimpinan kita sudah sepatutnya dapat membuat keputusan-keputusan yang sesuai dengan sebarang keadaan dan menepati citarasa rakyat.

4. Tetapi malangnya kita lihat keputusan-keputusan pemimpin kita tidak bantu menyelesaikan sebarang masalah yang dihadapi mereka. Ini mungkin berlaku kerana sentimen rakyat yang disampaikan oleh ahli-ahli kita di peringkat akarumbi tidak diendahkan dan diketepikan begitu sahaja.

5. Rakyat yang telah dihadapkan dengan pelbagai masalah kebelakangan ini kini menuntut pembelaan. Apabila pemimpin sudah tidak dilihat membela rakyat, sudah pasti rakyat menuntut perubahan kepimpinan.

6. Dalam UMNO, kita mengamalkan sistem demokrasi untuk memilih kepimpinan di semua peringkat. Proses pemilihan ini menyuburkan parti, sekaligus memberi nafas baru kepada perjuangan yang didokonginya. Proses ini juga menjamin parti sentiasa relevan kepada rakyat, khususnya orang Melayu, kerana pemimpin yang dipilih sudah tentu dapat memahami kehendak golongan yang diwakilinya itu.

7. Apabila “perancangan” Peralihan Kuasa 2010 diumumkan oleh YAB Presiden parti, dan disokong ketika itu oleh YAB Timbalan Presiden, ianya memberi impak yang negatif kepada amalan demokrasi parti. Presiden mencadangkan agar ahli-ahli UMNO menyokong rancangannya supaya kedua-dua jawatan Presiden dan Timbalan Presiden tidak dipertandingkan. Hatta YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Hj Ahmad Badawi dan YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak dicadangkan oleh Pak Lah supaya dikekalkan jawatan mereka sebagai Presiden dan Timbalan Presiden UMNO hingga tahun 2010.

8. Sebenarnya, apabila hanya ada satu “perancangan”, dan tiada perancangan lain yang boleh dipertimbangkan, maka Perancangan Peralihan Kuasa 2010 itu bertukar daripada hanya sebuah ‘perancangan’ menjadi satu ‘arahan’ dari pihak-pihak yang berkepentingan. Ini jelas apabila Pak Lah meluahkan rasa kecewanya apabila YB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin, Naib Presiden UMNO menyatakan bahawa peralihan pada tahun 2010 itu perlu dipertimbangkan semula baru-baru ini.

9. Terkini, Pak Lah mengarah kita semua supaya jangan lagi membangkitkan soal peralihan kuasa ini yang kononnya telah dipersetujui oleh MT dan Jemaah Menteri. Nampaknya pandangan ahli-ahli UMNO, ahli-ahli BN dan rakyat keseluruhannya tidak akan dipedulikan oleh pemimpin yang hanya mahu mengekalkan jawatannya sendiri.

10. Tidakkah boleh kita menyuarakan persoalan apabila pemimpin yang berkepentingan mengarah pengikutnya terus menyokongnya tanpa melalui proses pemilihan seperti pemimpin-pemimpin dan bakal-bakal pemimpin lain yang bertanding? Kenapa juga kita tidak boleh menyuarakan persoalan apabila tempoh penggal jawatan yang sepatutnya berakhir pada Disember 2008 ini dipanjangkan hingga tahun 2010 sewenang-wenangnya?

11. Saya yakin bahawa ramai yang bersetuju dengan saya bahawa amalan-amalan seperti ini menampakkan seolah-olah UMNO ini kepunyaan beberapa individu sahaja dan bukan hampir 3.5 juta ahlinya yang berdaftar. Malah, ahli-ahli UMNO telah menolak pemimpin-pemimpin parti yang tidak mengiktiraf peranan mereka sebagai ahli, lantas menyumbang kepada kekalahan UMNO dan BN di PRU 12 dan Pilihanraya Kecil Permatang Pauh 26 Ogos yang lepas.

12. Untuk menyelamatkan keadaan, saya percaya bahawa kita mesti serahkan semula kuasa memilih pemimpin kepada ahli-ahli di peringkat akarumbi. Saya sendiri telah menulis sepucuk surat kepada semua Ketua-Ketua Cawangan UMNO untuk memohon mereka mencalonkan pemimpin-pemimpin peringkat nasional sewaktu Persidangan Tahunan Cawangan-cawangan mereka baru-baru ini. Ini telah saya lakukan kerana saya yakin bahawa inilah satu-satunya cara bagi kita untuk menjamin barisan kepimpinan parti yang bakal dipilih kelak benar-benar mendapat mandat dari sebilangan besar ahli UMNO.

13. Justeru, saya menyokong kenyataan YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak menyerahkan pemilihan pemimpin tertinggi parti kepada perwakilan di Mesyuarat Perwakilan UMNO di Bahagian-bahagian. Ini adalah sebagai menyahut saranan YB Tan Sri Muhyiddin bahawa peralihan kuasa antara YAB Presiden dan Timbalannya itu perlu disegerakan demi kelangsungan UMNO di dalam pemerintahan Malaysia.

14. Pada hemat saya, tidak siapa yang harus pertikaikan pendirian kedua-dua pemimpin ini. Pastinya mereka telah mendapat maklumbalas dari pelbagai pihak, dan sedar bahawa perubahan pucuk kepimpinan mesti dilaksanakan sebelum Mesyuarat Perwakilan UMNO Bahagian-bahagian Oktober depan. Olehitu kenyataan-kenyataan yang dilontarkan pula oleh pihak-pihak tertentu (yang jelas berkepentingan juga) membidas kenyataan asal Tan Sri Muhyiddin itu adalah berniat untuk menidakkan hak akarumbi untuk bersuara dan terlibat dalam pemilihan pucuk pimpinan.

15. Bagi menghadapi dan menangani ancaman yang dilaungkan oleh Anwar Ibrahim, kita mesti sudah menyusun langkah untuk mempertahankan UMNO dan juga hubungannya dengan parti-parti komponen di dalam BN. Saya percaya kepulangan YABhg Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad ke pangkuan UMNO untuk menyumbang nasihat, memberi keyakinan dan kekuatan baru untuk kita bersama mengharungi cabaran getir umat Melayu ini.

16. Marilah kita sama-sama menyokong gerakan perubahan ini. Kita mesti berani mengorak langkah untuk mencapai perubahan agar perjuangan rakyat dapat kita jayakan Insya’Allah.

Dengan itu, saya ucapkan selamat berjuang dan Berani Berubah!

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Najib: Ahli ahli UMNO tentukan ‘Peralihan Kuasa’ Oktober ini

Pada pagi ini YAB Timbalan Perdana Menteri telah membuat kenyataan yang secara ringkasnya adalah seperti berikut –

Peralihan kuasa: TPM Dato’ Seri Najib menyerahkan kepada ahli-ahli UMNO untuk menentukan soal peralihan kuasa. Katanya, pimpinan tertinggi dan Majlis Tertinggi UMNO telah bersetuju dengan pelan peralihan kuasa itu, tapi bagi menjayakannya Ia mestilah ditentukan oleh ahli-ahli melalui mesyuarat UMNO Bahagian. Dato’ Seri Najib berkata demikian pada sidang media di Kuala Lumpur.

Kenyataan ini akan membuka lembaran baru dalam proses pemilihan kepimpinan UMNO.

· Pelan peralihan kuasa adalah satu cadangan daripada Majlis Tertinggi UMNO dan bukanlah satu yang wajib dituruti oleh akar umbi Peringkat akar umbi juga boleh mencalonkan sesiapa juga yang layak untuk apa jua jawatan dan ini tidak menyalahi mana-mana peraturan dan perlembagaan parti.

· Keadaan sekarang memaksa pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO untuk membuat keputusan yang tepat demi menyelamatkan parti agar kembali diterima rakyat dan dihormati kawan dan lawan.

· Pelan peralihan kuasa adalah hanya cadangan dan bukanlah peraturan. Dalam perkara ini,YB Tan Sri Muhiyuddin tidak berada di dalam negara semasa mesyuarat membuat keputusan pelan peralihan kuasa. Jadi tidak adil untuk mengatakan beliau tidak memegang semangat musyawarah mesyuarat.

Saya mengalu-alukan kenyataan YAB TPM Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak yang memberi erti kata bahawa beliau tiada halangan sekiranya beliau dinamakan bagi mana-mana jawatan dalam MKT termasuk jawatan presiden. Saya juga menyokong penuh kenyataan beliau menyerahkan keputusan pelan peralihan kuasa kepada akar umbi melalui bahagian-bahagian.

Dato’ Mohd Radzi Manan

Ketua UMNO Bahagian Kampar

12 September 2008

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The tale of the sensitive “citizen”

It is an elementary principle in the law of contract, that a contract represents the meeting of minds. It entails the mutuality of obligations and of commitment. It is the law’s means of enforcing a traditional value of “keeping your promise”.

It followed that when one side breached or repudiated his obligations under the contract, it was open to the innocent party to either press for performance or to itself decide to abort the agreement. For those unfamiliar with the law of contract these realities are ingrained in every culture on the premise that one “should do unto others as you would like others to do unto you”.

It is perhaps necessary that the recent statements by Ahmad Ismail be viewed under these spectacles.

In the land of Malaya, there existed a hierarchy of Malay Rulers who governed their citizenry. Across a period of time, colonization rose. With it came new opportunities and new burdens. It opened the gates of immigration and the beginnings of a modern state. The land of Malaya was handed an opportunity and a new challenge, the challenge of dealing with the unknown and the indeterminate. In this time the Rulers came to accept British Advisors in a framework that the Rulers still ruled albeit within limits.

After the war, a reassured Britain sought to exercise its colonial power through the Malayan Union instrument. The Rulers stood in a weak position to oppose it. If they did so, they ran the risk of being labeled Japanese collaborators. While the British were swift to get the Rulers to sign up in time the British government would to learn an important lesson in the art of Malay Statecraft, this took place through the subtle and sustained rise of dissent, clever diplomacy and footwork, ranging from the ulama, teachers, to the common people and ultimately to the birth of UMNO.

There were many facets to the Malayan Union plan, but few will disagree that a key component concerned the grant of citizenship to the migrant races and the curtailment of the powers of the Malay Rulers. In essence, these initiatives would have resulted in Tanah Melayu not being Tanah Melayu. It would have resulted in a situation where the Malays would have been a bare majority in their own nation or even a minority. They would stand with no guarantees in regard to the status, the migrant races who filled the commercial sector and the civil service would stand to rule what was in essence Tanah Melayu.

These experiments are not new South Africa tried to maintain such a status quo of white ruling minority. The colonial masters across history also tried to achieve like ends with a ruling minority reaping the wealth of a nation of the majority. These efforts failed. Thus it became evident that the Malayan Union was likewise doomed to fail. The British acknowledged it. The criticism of the Malayan Union plan rang strongly in England as well, with senior members of the British Civil Service taking a strong position against it.

Learning from this lesson the British moved towards the Federation of Malaya Agreement of 1948. Let us be clear that this was an agreement. While it retained some of the essence of the Malayan Union Plan, it did impose stricter citizenship requirements and it confirmed the special status of the Malays. It was a case of the Malays agreeing to a dilution of their sovereignty in the land of the forefathers in exchange for these guarantees. There can be little doubt that the right to citizenship of the migrant non-malays draws its origin from this very same agreement which confirms the status of the Malays, the status of the Malay language and of Islam. Prior to this the non-malays did not enjoy any political status whatever, they were not the subjects of the Malay Rulers nor were they the subjects of the British Crown. The 1948 Agreement gave them the legal right to citizenship.

It is interesting that even with the 1948 Agreement the practical effect upon Malay political power remained the same. Their hold on political influence had been diluted so had their share upon the national wealth. Let us be under no doubt, the tycoons that hailed from the migrant races did not rise to riches by inventing and patenting new products for the world market. They wealth came from the domestic economy of this nation and the wealth of this land. Yet the Malays seem to have placed such great trust in these safeguards that they were prepared to give away citizenship to these alien races for nothing more than a written assurance in an agreement and with this assurance they were prepared to sign away what would otherwise have been a complete political dominion of their lands.

When the country reached Independence these safeguards found itself into the constitution which was itself a complex balance of competing interests. When Malaysia was formed the indigenous races of Sabah and Sarawak were accorded the same safeguards and more.

Today we are presented with a vogue euphoria of seeking to have “transparent dialogue” or “a debate” or “a round table” or a desire to “get it all out there in the open”. This is understandably fashionable in this new age of the Coffee Bean Court and the Boardroom of the enlightened ones who seem to place a premium on this vast beauty of openness in the comfort of their ethnically creased linen shirts and leather sandals. This carried us on course to a robust debate on the rights of Malays and Islam in the context of the Sharyiah Court’s jurisdiction. It led to a debate on whether there was such a thing as a social contract between the races. It led to a debate on how Muslims may renounce their faith apparently through a declaration by word of mouth.

Placed in this background and in the spirit of openness, in all its beauty, one must appreciate where Ahmad Ismail is coming from. To him if his privileges as a Malay are called into question, then he too wishes to call into question the otherside of the agreement – the privilege of citizenship. Yes it has hurt the Chinese, it has scared other non Malays. But in moments like this we should realize a few factors:

i. we should realize how a Malay feels, when after having made the major concessions of citizenry and the consequent dilution of their political sovereignty in 1948, that they are now faced with these debates as to the standing of the only safeguards they had sought for these concessions;

ii. non Malays must now ask themselves how they feel when another race starts a debate upon a noble aspiration of free speech to question something that they hold sacred.

Much has been said of the arrogance of UMNO. Arrogance is relative, as is opportunism. In 1986 and in the elections that followed, most of the Barisan component parties survived on the wave of UMNO. Gerakan was humbled in Penang by the DAP in 1986, it retained its position then and in a number of succeeding elections with the support of UMNO. The MIC and MCA were no exception. But UMNO kept the faith. Penang remained with Gerakan despite Karpal Singh’s view that the CM’s post should devolve to UMNO. So did the distribution of Ministries. Yet I seem to remember that after one election where, non-Malay votes carried Barisan through, there was a popular rise of “requests” by trade guilds etc as a price for continued support. Yet again this time, in 2008 when Umno’s support slid, we see the rise of opportunism in some component parties. Some of these parties clung to UMNO for survival yet today they open debate disengagement.

If I was a Malay I would see myself in a position of increasing isolation. I would think that unless I was able to anchor sustained Malay support, I would remain at the mercy of fair weather friends. These sentiments exist in the minds of many. But some speak their minds others wait to see where the wind blows.

It is not about an apology and who apologises for whom. We need to make a choice. Either we accept the parameters of nationhood which form the nation’s foundations and build a sustainable future on them. Or we try to reinvest these foundations. If the past is to be an indicator, our country was at its lowest every time we did this. In 1948 – during the emergency, in 1969 – during the racial crisis, in 1987 when Lee Kim Sai of MCA openly questioned the Bumiputera status, in 1998 on the pretext of Refomasi and for the past few years when everything was up for graps, we now ask why is Singapore and Thailand forging ahead and why we are left behind ?

The answers should be obvious. Our moments of greatest prosperity lay in those periods when we accepted our positions in society, counted our blessings, accepted the foundations of our nation, respected our differences and made the government work for us and made the government’s policies work for us, this spirit marked the booming 1990s and our rise from the 1997 recession.

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