Gong Xi Fa Cai

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We here at BigDogDotCom wish all readers of the Chinese ethnic origin Happy Year of the Ox. May 2009 bring prosperity and harmony to all.

Published in: on January 26, 2009 at 11:46  Leave a Comment  

Ahmad Ismail dijangka akan didakwa menghasut

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Mantan Ketua Bahagian UMNO Bukit Bendera Dato’ Ahmad Ismail, yang pernah menimbulkan kontroversi dalam ceramah semasa Pilihanraya Kecil Permatang Pauh Ogos lepas dan diangkat sebagai ‘Wira Melayu’ semasa Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan UMNO Bahagian Bukit Bendera November lepas kini dikatakan akan dihadapkan ke Mahkamah Sesyen Butterworth Khamis 29 Januari 2009 atas tuduhan menghasut.

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Ini adalah berhubung ceramah dimana Ahmad menyifatkan rakyat Malaysia keturunan Bukan Melayu pra-Kemerdekaan sebagai “pendatang”. Ini dilaporkan akhbar bahasa Mandarin Sin Chew Jit Poh dan telah digembar gemburkan sebagai ‘berbaur perkauman’ dan menimbulkan keadaan yang ramai menyifatkan ‘tegang’. Oleh sebab tindakan itu, MT UMNO menggantung keahlian Ahmad selama 3 tahun dalam mesyuarat 10 September 2008.

Ramai orang Melayu, terutama ahli UMNO melihat perkembangan ini sebagai tidak adil dan tindakan Ahmad membuat kenyataan dalam ceramah 23 Ogos itu begitu diperbesar besarkan oleh parti politik, termasuk komponen BN yang menyifatkanya sebagai ‘rasis’. Ini juga berkaitan rapat dengan Ketua Wanita Gerakan dan Timbalan Menteri Penerangan Dato’ Tan Lian Hoe juga membuat kenyataan bahawa orang Melayu juga disifatkan sebagai “pendatang”.

Kenyataan Ahmad ini digesa parti komponen BN untuk memohon maaf dan ada yang meminta UMNO mengambil tindakan keras, termasuk mendisiplinkan beliau. Etika perlakuan pemimpin juga digesa dengan begitu lantang sekali. Namun, pemimpin UMNO Pulau Pinang sebulat suara menyokong keengganan Ahmad untuk memohon maaf.

Jika benar Ahmad akan didakwa dibawah Akta Hasutan, maka apakah tindakan yang sama akan dikenakan keatas Tan? Jika tidak, apakah kedudukan  dan nilai maruah seorang pemimpin UMNO yang hanya menyatakan sebagaimana sejarah merakamkan proses migrasi kaum yang sebenarnya tidak berasal dari Nusantara ini? Mengapa sejarah kaum immigran ini sebagaimana ditafsirkan secara nyata oleh seorang pemimpin UMNO dianggap sebagai “menimbulkan kemarahan” sedangkan pemimpin komponen BN sendiri mempersoalkan apa yang sudah termaktub dalam Perlembangaan Persekutuan (yang diujudkan melalui proses demokrasi)?

Sekiranya tindakan berasaskan Akta Hasutan atau mana mana peruntukan relevan Perlembagaan Persekutuan Malaysia tidak dikenakan kepada Tan (dimana satu laporan Polis juga dibuat keatas beliau),  maka ianya akan disifatkan sebilangan majoriti orang Melayu sebagai berat sebelah. Keputusan untuk menjaga hati ‘rakan kongsi’ parti komponen BN yang membentuk Kerajaan yang mengamalkan konsep ‘perkongsian pintar’, akan dilihat tidak adil dan kemungkinan akan menimbulkan kemarahan dikalangan orang Melayu.

Asas kuasa parti komponen, terutama parti yang menyumbang sokongan ala kadar, yang sebagaimana diillustrasi jelas semasa PRU 12 wajar dikaji semula dan kedudukan dan peranan mereka sebagai ‘rakan kongsi’ memerlukan perhatian teliti. Orang Melayu, melalui UMNO, kini menyumbang 56.4% dari 140 kerusi BN dalam Dewan Rakyat berbanding dengan parti komponen Bukan Melayu MCA 10.7%, Gerakan 1.4%, MIC 2.1%, SUPP 4.3% dan LDP 0.7%. Untuk menentukan kemenangan, kerusi yang dimenangi oleh parti komponen BN Bukan Melayu adalah bergantung atas undi majoriti Melayu dan bukan sokongan kumpulan etnik mereka sendiri.

Apakah perasaan orang Melayu sebagai penyumbang kuasa dan kekuatan utama bagi Bukan Melayu bersuara sebagai parti pemerintah dalam Dewan Rakyat dan Kerajaan tidak diambil kira dan boleh diperlekehkan, bila bila dan dimana mana? Ketirisan prihatinan keatas perasaan orang Melayu dikalangan parti komponen BN makin terserlah dan ramai orang Melayu yang dan akan menganggap ini sengaja dijadikan modal provokasi, kemungkinan untuk menguji secara sistematik toleransi dan had kesabaran etnik asal majoriti rakyat Malaysia.

Perasaan dan daya toleransi orang Melayu  wajar ada hadnya. Menghormati batas batas yang telah menjadi asas kesefahaman  dan kemudian, semangat setiakawan semenjak ber’kongsi kuasa’ selama lebih 53 tahun ini wajar diambil perkiraan menyeluruh dan iktibar, sebelum masing masing mengambil tindakan yang akan merugikan semua, sampai bila bila.



Published in: on January 26, 2009 at 07:12  Comments (14)  

Bota ADUN crossover: PKR to take over as MB and Tajol to resign

 

The nation’s political scene was jolted with UMNO State Assemblyman for Bota YB Nasarudin Hashim crossed over to PKR. The recent humiliating defeat of former Deputy Home Minister Senator Dato’ Wan Farid Salleh in P36 Kuala Terengganu and the arrest and charge of several UMNO leaders by newly formed and ultra eager Malaysia Anti Corruption Commission shocking news mid week have not even subsided just yet.

The Star has the report:

Published: Sunday January 25, 2009 MYT 4:22:00 PM
Updated: Sunday January 25, 2009 MYT 8:22:56 PM

Umno man joins PKR in Perak (updated)

By JANE RITIKOS and CLARA CHOOI

 

PETALING JAYA: Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim is quitting Umno to join PKR, bringing the total number of state seats held by the Pakatan Rakyat alliance here to 32, versus Barisan Nasional’s 27.

Nasarudin, 58, said his decision was based on the people’s growing support for Pakatan, and the current situation within Umno and with its leaders.

Speaking at a press conference with PKR advisor and de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday, the former Parit MP said he was joining PKR with immediate effect but would submit his resignation letter to Umno later.

Saying that he was doing this in the interest of the people, especially his supporters and voters, he added that he was confident in PKR’s commitment to protecting the rights and interests of all races.

“I am confident PKR will continue to uphold and respect the Constitution with regards to the position of Bahasa Melayu (sic) as the official national language, the position of the Rulers and Islam as the federal religion,” he said.

He added that by joining PKR, he would be able to more effectively represent the interest of his constituency since Pakatan Rakyat is the state government in Perak.

Nasarudin is former Felcra Berhad chairman and was an administrative and diplomatic officer in Wisma Putra, and also served at the Information Ministry. He joined Umno in the 1970s and had held the post of branch head since 1985.

Calling him an important leader in Perak, Anwar said Nasarudin’s decision was critical as it reflected the sentiment of the voters, especially his Malay constituents.

“He is responding to that demand. We welcome him and I see it as a beginning of a new wave,” said Anwar.

Unhappy Barisan
The defection left Barisan leaders in shock. In IPOH, Perak MCA chairman Datuk Kong Cho Ha described the move as a “selfish one,” adding that Nasaruddin needed to answer to his party and his electorate.

“I am surprised and shocked to hear of this crossover by a Barisan assemblyman,” he said.

“It is also up to his conscience on whether he should have first vacated his seat in Bota. He has to answer to his electorate because they had voted for him under the Barisan ticket,” he said.

Perak Gerakan chief Datuk Chang Ko Youn concurred, saying that Nasaruddin should have first resigned as Bota assemblyman.

“If you are elected under a certain party, you should stick with it.

“If you disagree with certain policies, then you should rightfully resign from your seat and later offer yourself up as a Pakatan Rakyat candidate in the by-election,” he said.

Elated Pakatan
Pakatan component party leaders were however elated by the news and some even claimed there would be more such crossovers.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, who is also state PAS deputy commissioner, said there were unconfirmed reports that more Barisan representatives planned to follow in Nasaruddin’s footsteps.

“There will be more crossovers … we are working on it,” he said.

Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham welcomed Nasaruddin into the Pakatan family, saying that the latter had told him in a phone conversation that he wanted to contribute more effectively to the alliance.

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It seems, there is another twist to this latest political development in Perak. Since Barisan Nasional’s (BN) being ambushed on 8 March 2008 12th General Elections, the ‘coveniently married’ Pakatan Rakyat had never got their act together. The leader of the pack DAP did not manage to put State Chairman Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham as the Menteri Besar (MB) because as a Non Malay, he was deemed ‘unacceptable’ by the Palace. Hence, the ‘minority shareholder’ in the band of unholy alliance parties had to put Dato’ Seri Mohd. Nizar Jamaluddin of PAS as the MB, even with only 6 Assemblymen.

 

As a puppet of the DAP, Dato’ Seri Nizar’s administration has been plagued with several controversies. The issuance of 999 years lease to Chinese New Village folks, timber concessions awarded, meritocracy on state funded scholarships, the purchases of the new fleet of Toyota Camry and equal grant be given to temples, which impaired the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia and State are some which attracted so much attention is less than 10 month leadership.

Sources from top PKR echelon informed BigDogDotCom that Adviser but Non Member Anwar Ibrahim wanted to horse-trade amongst the PR leadership and take over the MB’s position from PAS. This is important as Nizar already is losing confidence of the majority Malays in the state and PKR wants to gain a more pivottal role in Malaysian political scene, especially with even though without being a member of the party, PKR Adviser and former abuse of power convict Anwar Ibrahim is now the Opposition Leader in the Dewan Rakyat. Thus, Nasarudin has been promised the MB’s job when PR manage to convince the other unholy alliance partner of the change of management in Perak.

With this move, the Perak Malays unhappiness and discomfort as their MB has been seen as a puppet of DAP will be cushioned and compromised. PKR will smoothen the uneasiness of the Non Malays submitting to a PAS MB, which party recently still renewed their stance of Hudud Law and the Malays’ feeling against the  Chinese chauvinistic DAP.

Tonight’s UMNO State Liaison Meeting has an unprecedented decision. Chairman and former MB Dato’ Seri Mohd. Tajol Rosli Tan Sri Ghazali was reported twill be resigning effective from 1 February 2009 and UMNO Deputy President Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is expected to take over as the State Liaison Chairman. This is to strengthen the party, where moral and public confidence has started to erode.

Tajol should have resigned the moment BN lost on 8 March, instead of crying and sulking the whole week long. Perak UMNO Liaison badly in need of better calibre leadership, especially the unholy alliance ‘marriage of convenience’ State Government has been expected to have problems and would not able to sustain long. Moreover, the margin of comfort for the PR Government is slightly above 5%.

With the switch over of state management from PAS to PKR, the focus on  the pressure of Anwar to deliver his “16 September 2008 promise” should be more interesting, if not intense. As UMNO Presidency and Federal Government leadership being handed over to Dato’ Seri Najib within the next 75 days, how and what issues Anwar will fabricate, manipulate and spin against the upcoming sixth Prime Minister will be expected to be intensified. Afterall, Anwar’s political model to garner support ever since his sacking as the Deputy Prime Minister on 2 September 1998 and UMNO member the next day has evolved around fabrication, manipulation, twisting and distortion of facts.

Published in: on January 26, 2009 at 00:11  Comments (10)