Bringing back the Chinese votes

UMNO President Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak reiterated the importance to bring back the Chinese votes towards Barisan Nasional (BN) to ensure the continuity of the development agenda is strong and on the right track.

The Star story:

Published: Saturday November 29, 2014 MYT 7:16:00 PM
Updated: Saturday November 29, 2014 MYT 7:18:48 PM

Umno AGM: Support of all races vital, says Najib

BY DINA MURAD
KUALA LUMPUR: The support of all races and communities is vital if Barisan Nasional wishes to remain in power, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“There are some delegates who say that we do not need Chinese votes. Look back at history, why did Tunku Abdul Rahman form ties if it did not benefit us?

“In 1974, why did Tun Abdul Razak form Barisan Nasional? If it was not beneficial, do you think Tun Razak would have formed the coalition?

“After that, Tun Mahathir, Pak Lah and until today, we defend BN. Why is that?” asked Najib.

To elaborate his point, Najib gave the example of the time former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamed had lost an election because word had spread that Mahathir did not need Chinese votes.

“Let that be a lesson. When I went to Pengkalan Kubor, we had 1700 votes from the Siamese community. The votes are not much, but had they voted for PAS, we would have suffered. Do not win the battle but lose the war (Jangan sampai menang sorak, kampung tergadai). We must use our brains. This is why we need to take care of Barisan,” he said in his winding up speech at the Umno general assembly.

Najib, however, stressed that in protecting the coalition there should not be a sacrifice of the principles close to the heart of the Malays.

“Everyone says the Malays are a fair and firm people. We must be firm but fair to others as well. We do not just want to win the elections but we need to also build a successful country,” he said.

Najib also added that there was a need to look after all leaders despite their mistakes if the leaders were looking to strengthen their parties.

“They are all human and none of them are perfect. If they make mistakes, we should correct them, but in the right manner,” he said.

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Prime Minister Najib refutes the call of certain quarters who are fed up with the Non Malays especially the Chinese which include their voice via BN component parties such as MCA and Gerakan, that voraciously raise very sensitive issues which are very close at the heart amongst the majority of the Malays.

Prime Minister Najib who is also the BN Chairman also stressed the point that no one should freely question provisions in the Federal Constitution such as the role and position of Islam as the religion of the Federation, Malay Rulers, Special Malay Rights and the Royal Malay Regiment.

It is true many Non Malays especially question these sensitive subjects in very challenging or even seditious overtones. However, the matter grew rapidly only in specific quarters but not wholesomely at large.

It is believed that main issues about the grouses of the Non Malays especially the Chinese are not centred on those mentioned by Prime Minister Najib. Instead, the starting point is the abuse of power and blatant corruption which causes grave leakage on Federal Government spending and strategic investments.

This failure of good corporate governance and practices spiralled into grave integrity issues where UMNO leaders themselves have been proven to be involved.

Yet, some of these UMNO leaders are still very much comfortable in their strategic position in the party and even Federal and State Governments.

Many UMNO leaders use the excuse of their party position to ‘canvass for projects, contracts, concessions or jobs’ to finance their ‘Grass-root politics’. They also conveniently use the new found wealth build their ‘fortress’ and fortify themselves in their positions.

That did not stop there. They flaunt their wealth indiscriminately considering that some of them are not known to be professionals nor posses entrepreneurial skills and experience prior to them being alleviated in positions within the party of government.

This is the single most grave perspective towards UMNO, BN and the Federal Government by many of the Non Malays especially the Chinese, who are the mainstay of the Malaysian economy which is based on commercial and entrepreneurial activities.

UMNO leaders are very edgy when these issues are raised against them if not in denial, hoping the Malaysian public would buy into their make-believe story which could never hold water right from the start.

If Prime Minister Najib is serious about bringing back the Chinese votes, then he has to be very serious about addressing the corruption issues. Without a doubt, he must be bold enough to bite the bullet and get rid some of the UMNO, Federal and State Government leaders.

Published in: on November 29, 2014 at 20:00  Comments (30)  

Letting Go the Lord-rina of Lembu

Consistent to the call by UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin for the “Warlords within UMNO to quit for the sake of the party”, Cheras UMNO Head Dato’ Syed Al Habshee called  Wanita UMNO Chief Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil to throw in the towel too.

The Star story:

Published: Friday November 28, 2014 MYT 10:04:00 PM
Updated: Friday November 28, 2014 MYT 10:14:33 PM

Umno AGM: Cheras division chief calls for Shahrizat’s resignation

BY T. AVINESHWARAN

PETALING JAYA: While the Umno president called for party solidarity during the Umno general assembly, a division chief has expressed his unhappiness with Umno Wanita Chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (pic).

On Friday, Cheras Umno division chief Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabshee went on Astro Awani to openly ask Shahrizat to resign from her post as the wing head.

“Shahrizat should reflect on herself, and not just be seen as someone who is chasing for a position. It is not fair for her to demand for the vice-president seat for Wanita.

“She has liabilities. So the best solution – Is to step down, end of story,” he said to Astro Awani at PWTC on Friday.

Meanwhile in his blog, he urged Umno Wanita to be more realistic and put people’s agenda first rather than chasing for a bigger role in the party.

He said that the question of giving an important position in the leadership hierarchy shouldn’t be the main importance.

“Wanita Umno shouldn’t voice their thoughts. It is like pressuring and pushing the party president.”

“Those who are burdening the party should just leave, including those in Wanita Umno,” said Syed in his blog.

Before this, Syed disputed the suggestion to increase the Vice-President seats just because the party gets 89 percent support or 171 out 192 support from Wanita Umno divisions around the country.

“It only came from them and was not agreed by the majority members of the party.”

“Why do you have to request the leadership to consider an extra seat for Wanita which will only be contested by those in Wanita Umno.”

“If you’re asking for an extra seat, then the party will have to ‘prepare’ one seat just for Wanita. I deny that Umno is cruel and they don’t recognise women as the backbone of the party.

“Yes … for now, there is no Wanita leader chosen as a full minister. But the members of the wing should ask the Wanita Umno chief why is this happening,” questioned Syed.

This is not the first time that Syed has questioned Shahrizat’s leadership of the wing as he has called on her to step down on a number of occasions over the last two years.

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Syed has been consistent about his calls on Shahrizat to bow out, who is undoubtedly has strategically been a liability to UMNO and brought the integrity of an UMNO leader at Vice-Presidency level in vain.

Shahrizat has been playing the “Wanita UMNO solidarity card” to justify her presence in the current post despite her existence as a a de-facto UMNO Vice President stature  position is loathed by many UMNO delegate themselves during these annual assemblies.

Her lame sordid excuse which is blindly echoed by Wanita UMNO arden supporters, “Wanita UMNO is the backbone of UMNO machinery”.

Her self-centredness prevalence is nasuseating. Not only Shahrizat failed to give due care on wholesome Malaysians’ perspective towards the nationalist party as the mainstay of Barisan Nasional which is the ruling party, she has now risen to the big-headedness and arrogance of ‘leaving a legacy’.

Shahrizat went on official party platform and dragged Wanita UMNO at the Annual Assembly three years ago to defend her immediate family’s problem with regards to corrupt practices and misuse of funds obtained from Federal Government.

It was a response to PKR leaders’ raised discrepancies with regards to the National Feedlot Corporation Sdn. Bhd. drawdown of soft loan from the Ministry of Agriculture. Part of the funds was alleged to have gone to the acquisition of luxury properties in Bangsar and Singapore.

Malaysians conveniently relate Shahrizat as synonymous with the word ‘NFC’ and ‘Lembu’ whenever abuse of power and corruption is mentioned coyly in everyday conversations.

A year ago, she defeated challenger Dato’ Maznah Mazlan for the Wanita UMNO Chief contest.

Syed Ali is very accurate in his description that “She is a burden to UMNO”. What is more glaring is that him reminding everyone especially UMNO members that Shahrizat is first Wanita UMNO Chief who has been excluded from the Cabinet.

Currently, the only women in Cabinet is not from Wanita UMNO.

“She is very selfish”, is spot on. “She tried to drown all the women” is also true, when Shahrizat used undemocratic practices to retain her position in UMNO’s contest for the top position of the most important wing in 2013.

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Published in: on November 28, 2014 at 23:59  Comments (7)  

Political testoterone

UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin addressing the UMNO Women, Youth and Puteri annual assembly penning ceremony Tuesday 25 Nov 2014

UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin addressing the UMNO Women, Youth and Puteri annual assembly penning ceremony Tuesday 25 Nov 2014 – pix courtesy of The Rakyat Post

Tonight’s traditional opening speech for the Women, Youth and Puteri wings of UMNO was one of the adrenalised political speech extended by the UMNO Deputy President in a long time.

TEKS UCAPAN

YAB TAN SRI DATO HJ MUHYIDDIN HJ MOHD YASSIN
TIMBALAN PRESIDEN UMNO
DI MAJLIS PERASMIAN PERSIDANGAN WANITA, PEMUDA
DAN PUTERI UMNO 2014

“MEREKAYASA PERUBAHAN
MENDEPANI ZAMAN”

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلىَ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدِ، الْفَاتِحِ لِمَا أُغْلِقَ وَالْخَاتِمِ لِمَا سَبَقَ، نَاصِرِ الْحَقِّ بِالْحَقِّ، وَالْهَادِي إِلَى صِرَاطِكَ الْمُسْتَقِيْمِ وَعَلىَ آلِهِ حَقَّ قَدْرِهِ وَمِقْدَارِهِ العَظِيْمِ .

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wa barakatuh, salam sejahtera dan salam 1Malaysia.

YB Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
Ketua Pergerakan Wanita

YB Sdr. Khairy Jamaluddin
Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda

YB Sdri. Mas Ermieyati Samsudin
Ketua Pergerakan Puteri

YB Naib-Naib Presiden UMNO

YB Setiausaha Agung UMNO

Ahli-ahli Majlis Tertinggi

Barisan Exco Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri

Saudara-saudari sidang perwakilan, dif-dif jemputan dan para pemerhati sekalian

1. Alhamdulillah, puji dan syukur ke hadrat Allah s.w.t. serta selawat dan salam ke atas junjungan Nabi Muhammad s.a.w., malam ini saya dan saudara-saudari semua yang mewakili Pergerakan Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri UMNO dari seluruh pelusuk negara, dapat sekali lagi berhimpun di Dewan Merdeka ini untuk mempertegaskan matlamat perjuangan parti kita, memperkukuhkan perpaduan dan merencana masa depan bangsa Melayu. Saya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada wanita, pemuda dan puteri UMNO kerana terus istiqamah berada dalam saf perjuangan parti kita.

Hebatnya Hang Tuah sehingga kini,
Kisahnya menjadi bualan zaman,
Jiwa pejuang takkan terhenti,
Selagi nyawa di kandung badan.

SEJARAH PERJUANGAN UMNO

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

2. Parti kita UMNO telah mencapai usia 68 tahun. Telah banyak ranjau yang kita lalui dalam pelbagai keadaan, pelbagai cabaran dan pelbagai zaman. Kita telah melalui pasang surut asakan terhadap perjuangan kita. Alhamdulillah, walaupun kita diasak dan diterjah dengan pelbagai dugaan, Allah masih memberikan kemenangan kepada UMNO. Allah masih mentakdirkan UMNO memikul amanah kuasa pemerintahan ini. Namun, jangan kita lupa, jangan kita alpa. Allah juga menggilirkan kemenangan antara sesama manusia sebagai pengajaran kepada kita semua. Sebagaimana firman-Nya dalam surah Ali-Imran Ayat 140:

إِن يَمۡسَسۡكُمۡ قَرۡحٌ۬ فَقَدۡ مَسَّ ٱلۡقَوۡمَ قَرۡحٌ۬ مِّثۡلُهُ ۥ‌ۚ وَتِلۡكَ ٱلۡأَيَّامُ نُدَاوِلُهَا بَيۡنَ ٱلنَّاسِ وَلِيَعۡلَمَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَيَتَّخِذَ مِنكُمۡ شُہَدَآءَ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ
Yang bermaksud:

Jika kamu (dalam peperangan Uhud) mendapat luka (tercedera), maka sesungguhnya kaum (musyrik yang mencerobohi kamu) itu telah (tercedera juga dan) mendapat luka yang sama (dalam peperangan Badar) dan demikian itulah keadaan hari-hari (dunia ini dengan peristiwa-peristiwa kemenangan atau kekalahan), Kami gilirkan dia antara sesama manusia, (supaya menjadi pengajaran) dan supaya nyata apa yang diketahui Allah tentang orang-orang yang tetap beriman (dan yang sebaliknya), dan juga supaya Allah menjadikan sebahagian di antara kamu orang-orang yang mati Syahid dan (ingatlah), Allah tidak suka kepada orang-orang yang zalim.

3. Inilah sunnatullah. Allah s.w.t. menggilirkan kemenangan dan kekalahan sesama manusia. Hatta antara kaum muslimin dan musyrikin pun, Allah menggilirkan kemenangan dan kekalahan sebagai peringatan kepada orang-orang yang beriman. Maka, dalam konteks UMNO, kemenangan yang kita perolehi dalam mana-mana pilihanraya tidak boleh menjadikan kita angkuh, sombong dan selesa. Cabaran terhadap perjuangan kita masih hebat, jalan yang perlu kita lalui masih berliku, ranjau di hadapan kita masih berduri. Maka, dalam perhimpunan kali ini, saya ingin mengajak saudara dan saudari supaya ikhlas dan jujur dengan diri kita sendiri. Kaji adakah parti kita berada dalam keadaan yang selamat? Adakah parti kita disenangi oleh sebahagian besar rakyat? Adakah parti kita bakal beroleh kemenangan dalam pilihanraya akan datang?

4. Saudara-saudari, jika kita himbau kembali sejarah penubuhan UMNO dalam konteks dunia pada waktu itu, UMNO berada di tengah-tengah kancah pertembungan antara fahaman nasionalis, fahaman komunis dan fahaman sosialis. Namun, UMNO berjaya membina identiti perjuangannya sendiri di atas semangat kebangsaan Melayu yang berteraskan Islam. Pada ketika itu juga, nasionalisme merupakan ideologi utama yang menggerakkan parti-parti politik di negara-negara tanah jajahan bangkit menentang penjajah. Alhamdulillah, berkat perjuangan UMNO, negara kita berjaya mencapai kemerdekaan.

5. Pada masa yang sama, sebagai sebuah parti yang toleran dan sederhana, UMNO berjaya merintis kerjasama dengan parti-parti yang mewakili kaum-kaum lain di negara kita untuk membina sebuah negara bangsa. Sebagai kerajaan pula, parti kita UMNO menerusi Perikatan dan kemudiannya Barisan Nasional telah berjaya mengekalkan kestabilan politik dan memacu kemajuan ekonomi dengan cara kita sendiri. Sehingga beberapa dekad yang lalu, UMNO adalah sinonim dengan sebuah ceritera kejayaan; ceritera sebuah negara yang aman dan stabil di sebalik kepelbagaian kaum dan agama. Hasil perjuangan UMNO, negara kita telah berganjak daripada sebuah negara miskin sewaktu merdeka kepada negara industri yang insya-Allah akan menjadi negara maju dalam beberapa tahun lagi di bawah gagasan besar Wawasan 2020.

CABARAN PERUBAHAN ZAMAN

6. Namun, suasana politik hari ini sudah banyak berubah. Di seluruh dunia, nasionalisme bukan lagi ideologi utama. Malah, banyak parti nasionalis yang memperjuangkan kemerdekaan negara masing-masing telah berkubur. Selepas era perang dingin, liberalisme telah muncul sebagai ideologi yang dominan di seluruh dunia. Di bawah lembayung ideologi baharu ini, idea-idea Barat mengenai demokrasi, kebebasan dan kesamarataan tersebar secara meluas, termasuk di negara-negara Asia. Sama ada kita sedar atau tidak, kebangkitan gerakan demokrasi liberal dan masyarakat sivil yang memperjuangkan kebebasan dan kesamarataan mengikut neraca Barat telah memberi kesan yang besar kepada perjuangan UMNO.

Memperteguh Kedudukan Istimewa Melayu dan Bumiputera

7. Hari ini, banyak pertubuhan dan individu yang sama ada secara langsung atau tidak langsung mempersoalkan hak keistimewaan Melayu, kedudukan istimewa agama Islam, kedudukan Raja-Raja Melayu, bahasa Melayu dan lain-lain lagi yang merupakan teras perjuangan UMNO. Apabila UMNO bersuara membela kepentingan Melayu, mereka kata UMNO rasis. Tetapi apabila kaum-kaum lain bangkit memperjuangkan hak kaum masing-masing, itu dikatakan hak kumpulan minoriti dalam sebuah negara demokrasi. Sama juga, apabila UMNO bangkit mempertahankan kedudukan Islam, UMNO dikatakan ekstrem, walhal Islam adalah Agama Persekutuan. Tetapi apabila kepentingan kumpulan agama lain diperjuangkan, itu dikatakan hak kebebasan beragama. Hari ini, perkara-perkara penting yang termaktub di dalam perlembagaan yang melindungi hak semua kaum secara saksama semakin dipersoalkan.

8. Suara kumpulan penentang ini semakin lantang sehingga kedengaran di forum-forum antarabangsa. Mereka menuduh UMNO mengamalkan diskriminasi dan zalim terhadap rakyat. Ini amat pelik bagi saya. UMNO yang dahulunya berjuang bermati-matian untuk membebaskan rakyat daripada cengkaman penjajah; UMNO yang memperjuangkan keadilan sosial; UMNO yang mempelopori politik kesederhanaan; hari ini, dalam zaman kebebasan ini, UMNO dituduh sebagai parti yang zalim, parti yang menindas, parti yang menjajah rakyat. Pendek kata, segala yang buruk dan keji itu adalah UMNO. Seolah-olah tiada setitik pun jasa UMNO kepada negara. Kebaikan yang ditabur ditutupi oleh debu-debu pembohongan, fitnah dan propaganda jahat. Demikianlah zaman telah berubah, pola fikir masyarakat telah berubah, cabaran kepada UMNO juga berubah.

Agenda Ekonomi Bumiputera dan Merapatkan Jurang Ketidaksaksamaan Adalah Agenda Nasional

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

9. Perubahan juga berlaku dalam bidang ekonomi. Dahulu, pembangunan negara kita digembeleng oleh kerajaan. Kuasa kerajaan membolehkan kita melaksanakan program penstrukturan semula masyarakat menerusi Dasar Ekonomi Baru. Melalui dasar ini juga kita telah berjaya mengeluarkan masyarakat daripada belenggu kemiskinan dan menangani penguasaan ekuiti asing dalam ekonomi negara. Kita juga menetapkan sasaran pemilikan ekuiti Bumiputera sebanyak 30 peratus sekurang-kurangnya, dan penyertaan Bumiputera digalakkan dalam setiap sektor ekonomi. Dasar ini dibentuk agar ekonomi berkembang dan pengagihan berlaku secara adil dan saksama. Atas sifat bertimbang rasa dan semangat supaya kek ekonomi dapat dirasai oleh semua rakyat Malaysia, orang Melayu dan UMNO pada waktu itu tidak bersifat keterlaluan untuk meminta lebih daripada 30 peratus.

10. Walaupun sasaran pemilikan ekuiti Bumiputera tidak tercapai, namun Alhamdulillah, DEB telah berjaya mengagihkan kekayaan negara kita secara lebih saksama serta meningkatkan pendapatan kaum Bumiputera dan bukan Bumiputera. Tuduhan bahawa DEB kononnya satu dasar keterbelakang, menyekat pelaburan, menyebabkan brain drain dan hanya menguntungkan segelintir pihak yang ada kabel politik adalah tidak benar. Bagi saya, tuduhan meleset ini hanya dicipta oleh mereka yang sarat dengan kebencian. Banyak kajian ilmiah yang menunjukkan bahawa semua kaum mendapat manfaat daripada pelaksanaan DEB. Ini termasuk kajian mutakhir Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid yang diterbitkan di dalam bukunya the Color of Inequality yang membuktikan bahawa DEB telah memberi manfaat kepada semua kaum dari segi pembasmian kemiskinan, peningkatan pendapatan, peluang pekerjaan, pemilikan ekuiti dan lain-lain. DEB telah mencapai sebahagian matlamat pengagihan ekonomi dan menyamaratakan peluang. Namun, masalah ketirisan memberikan kesan negatif kepada pencapaian matlamat asal DEB yang disasarkan oleh kepimpinan UMNO terdahulu.

11. Namun begitu, 24 tahun selepas pelaksanaan DEB berakhir, kita kembali mendengar keluh kesah dan gundah-gulana masyarakat Melayu. Dalam era pasca DEB, data terbaharu Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia untuk tahun 2013 menunjukkan bahawa jurang ekonomi antara kaum masih wujud. Misalnya, median pendapatan bulanan isi rumah Bumiputera sebanyak RM3,282 masih rendah berbanding kaum Cina, iaitu RM4,643 dan kaum India sebanyak RM3,676. Dalam kumpulan isi rumah berpendapatan 40% terendah, 75.5% adalah Bumiputera. Pemilikan hartanah dalam kalangan Bumiputera juga masih jauh lebih rendah berbanding kaum-kaum lain. Hanya 36.3% transaksi bangunan hartanah kediaman melibatkan Bumiputera. Pemilikan hartanah bangunan industri dan perdagangan Bumiputera juga rendah iaitu 2.37% bagi hartanah industri dan 7.85% bagi hartanah perdagangan.

12. Begitu juga, satu kebenaran yang pahit untuk kita akui ialah kaum Bumiputera masih menerima layanan yang tidak saksama dalam sektor swasta. Kajian yang dilakukan oleh Dr Lee Hwok Aun dan Dr. Muhammed Abdul Khalid pada tahun 2012 mendapati bahawa bagi setiap seorang graduan Melayu yang dipanggil temu duga dalam sektor swasta, secara puratanya 5.3 graduan Cina ditemu duga, walaupun mereka mempunyai kelulusan yang sama. Data rasmi juga menunjukkan kadar pengangguran adalah tertinggi dalam kalangan tenaga kerja Bumiputera iaitu 70.3%, termasuk graduan menganggur sebanyak 66.9%. Kita juga sering mendengar keluhan pekerja Bumiputera yang menerima gaji lebih rendah berbanding kaum-kaum lain dalam sektor swasta. Pakar ekonomi Just Faaland, J.R Parkinson dan Rais Saniman membuktikan dalam buku mereka Growth and Ethnic Inequality: Malaysia’s New Economic Policy, bahawa pekerja Bumiputera menerima gaji 20 hingga 40 peratus lebih rendah berbanding bukan Bumiputera.

13. Secara umumnya, kedudukan ekonomi orang Melayu hari ini masih meruncing. Ketidaksaksamaan dalam masyarakat agak menggerunkan kita. Pada masa yang sama, kita berhadapan dengan pelbagai cabaran dalam meneruskan agenda ekonomi Melayu. Kita bersaing dalam ekonomi yang lebih terbuka. Kita berhadapan dengan fahaman kesamarataan yang menentang sebarang pelaksanaan agenda Melayu. Menerusi pelbagai instrumen perjanjian perdagangan bebas antarabangsa, negara kita didesak supaya jangan lagi mengamalkan dasar untuk melindungi kepentingan kaum Bumiputera. Kononnya, dasar seperti ini merupakan penghalang kepada pembangunan ekonomi dan merencatkan pasaran. Padahal, dasar ini pernah digunakan oleh negara maju lebih setengah abad sebelum mereka mencapai tahap negara maju.

14. Kita sebenarnya sedang menongkah arus kapitalisme global dan ideologi pasaran bebas yang semakin melebarkan jurang ketidaksaksamaan. Seperti yang diakui oleh pemenang hadiah nobel ekonomi Joseph Stiglitz dalam bukunya The Price of Inequality, dasar ekonomi yang berasaskan teori dan ideologi yang salah telah memburukkan keadaan ketidaksaksamaan dalam masyarakat di seluruh dunia, termasuk di Eropah dan Amerika Syarikat.

14. Saya fikir sudah sampai masanya kita menilai kembali model ekonomi negara kita. Ya, benar pertumbuhan ekonomi negara sebanyak 6.3% adalah antara yang tertinggi di Asia; nilai pelaburan langsung asing sebanyak RM216.5 bilion pada tahun 2013 adalah antara yang terbaik dalam sejarah; kedudukan Malaysia dalam Laporan Dayasaing Global 2014 meningkat daripada nombor 24 ke nombor 20 daripada 148 buah negara. Semua ini menunjukkan bahawa pencapaian ekonomi negara kita amat memberangsangkan dan kita berada pada landasan yang betul untuk menjadi negara maju berpendapatan tinggi pada tahun 2020.

15. Tetapi di sebalik semua pencapaian ini, Yang Amat Berhormat Presiden dan saya selaku Timbalan sering memikirkan adakah kita boleh memejamkan mata dan memekakkan telinga dengan tidak berbuat apa-apa jika kaum Bumiputera yang merupakan 67.4% daripada rakyat negara kita masih berada dalam kumpulan berpendapatan rendah; jika 4 juta daripada 6.5 juta pekerja yang mencarum dalam KWSP di negara kita berpendapatan kurang RM2,000 sebulan; jika jurang ketidaksaksamaan di negara kita antara yang tertinggi di rantau ini; jika rakyat masih tidak mampu memiliki rumah sendiri.

16. Mengenai isu perumahan, ada ahli UMNO di akar umbi yang mengatakan kepada saya, rumah-rumah yang dibina dengan harga RM400,000 sebenarnya bukan rumah mampu milik, tetapi rumah mampu tengok sahaja. Pandangan ini ada juga kebenarannya. Menurut Kajian Khazanah Research Institute, harga rumah mampu milik yang sewajarnya adalah 3 kali median pendapatan isi rumah, iaitu bagi kumpulan pendapatan isirumah 40% terbawah dengan harga RM70,000 dan kumpulan berpendapatan sederhana pada harga RM160,000 atau pada purata harga RM130,000. Rumah-rumah yang dibina dengan harga yang terlalu mahal, terutamanya di kawasan-kawasan bandar dan pinggir bandar, sudah tentulah tidak mampu dibeli oleh rakyat berpendapatan rendah dan sederhana.

16. Saudara-saudari, persoalannya nanti, ketika negara kita mencapai sasaran Pelan Transformasi Ekonomi dengan nilai GNI RM1.7 trillion, dengan pendapatan perkapita RM48,000, dengan penambahan 3.3 juta pekerja berkemahiran dan RM1.4 trillion pelaburan daripada sektor swasta dan kerajaan, berapakah daripada jumlah sasaran ini akan turun mengalir menjadi milik kaum Bumiputera? Dalam keghairahan kita meletakkan sasaran besar untuk mencapai status negara berpendapatan tinggi, kita juga harus menetapkan sasaran yang jelas untuk kaum Bumiputera dan memastikan kekayaan negara kita dapat diagihkan kepada semua rakyat baik di kota mahupun di desa, di semenanjung mahupun di Sabah dan Sarawak, baik kumpulan berpendapatan tinggi mahupun kumpulan pertengahan dan 40% terbawah, semuanya – kulluhum ajma’in – perlu dipastikan mendapat peluang yang adil dan saksama.

17. Saudara-saudari, kita sebenarnya amat memerlukan satu model ekonomi yang benar-benar dapat memastikan pertumbuhan disertai dengan pengagihan yang saksama. Kita tidak boleh membiarkan majoriti rakyat negara kita terpinggir dan tersisih daripada arus kemajuan ekonomi negara. Apatah lagi, ketidaksaksamaan dalam masyarakat kita hari ini bukan lagi merupakan masalah kaum semata-mata, tetapi juga masalah kelas. Kita sedang menghadapi masalah jurang yang besar antara golongan kaya dan golongan miskin, jurang antara etnik dan intra etnik,jurang antara Semenanjung, Sabah dan Sarawak, jurang antara masyarakat bandar dan luar bandar, jurang antara CEO, pengurusan kanan syarikat dan pekerja bawahan. Semua ini jika dibiarkan berterusan akhirnya akan menjejaskan pencapaian ekonomi negara kita secara keseluruhan.

18. Sebagai mewakili suara orang Melayu dan Bumiputera, saya ingin tegaskan supaya pendekatan, dasar dan strategi yang lebih berkesan untuk merapatkan jurang kaum dan kelas dilaksanakan segera. Kita perlu memberikan tumpuan dan keutamaan kepada program latihan peningkatan kemahiran pekerja Bumiputera, memperbaiki mekanisme subsidi, menangani diskriminasi dalam sektor pekerjaan, memperkemaskan perundangan, pengawalan dan penguatkuasaan terhadap pekerja asing, memperkenalkan dasar mengenai peningkatan dan pengawalan pendapatan pekerja, menambah mekanisme percukaian yang lebih berstruktur (targeted), meningkatkan insentif bagi membantu keluarga menambah kekayaan, menyediakan ekosistem kondusif kepada pelajar luar bandar dan miskin bandar, menekankan semula pembangunan luar bandar, memperluaskan jaringan keselamatan sosial, dan menyasarkan tindakan afirmatif berdasarkan keperluan (need-based) khusus untuk kumpulan isi rumah 40% terbawah tanpa mengira kaum. Jangan ada mana-mana pihak yang cuba mempersoalkan tindakan pembetulan ini sebagai agenda perkauman. Ini adalah agenda negara.

19. Oleh itu, kita perlu menjadikan Agenda Bumiputera sebagai Agenda Nasional, bukan agenda kaum. Majlis Ekonomi Bumiputera yang dipengerusikan oleh YAB Presiden mempunyai peranan penting untuk mengkaji secara terperinci kedudukan ekonomi Bumiputera, merencana hala tuju masa depan ekonomi Bumiputera, termasuk memperkukuhkan instrumen dasar, institusi dan inisiatif memajukan ekonomi Bumiputera. Saya mencadangkan supaya Agenda Bumiputera serta dasar dan strategi merapatkan jurang ekonomi dijadikan teras utama Rancangan Malaysia Ke-11 yang merupakan lonjakan terakhir Malaysia untuk menjadi negara maju. Agenda Bumiputera sebagai Agenda Nasional tidak boleh dilaksanakan secara picisan atau terpisah daripada kerangka besar ekonomi negara. Ia mesti dilaksanakan secara inklusif, komprehensif dan merentasi semua sektor ekonomi. Saya juga mencadangkan satu Dasar Ekonomi Nasional yang baharu dirangka untuk memacu inisiatif kesaksamaan ke hadapan. Apatah lagi, tanggungjawab merapatkan jurang kaya dan miskin adalah perintah Allah s.w.t. kepada kita sepertimana firman-Nya dalam Surah Al-Nahl, Ayat 71:

وَٱللَّهُ فَضَّلَ بَعۡضَكُمۡ عَلَىٰ بَعۡضٍ۬ فِى ٱلرِّزۡقِ‌ۚ فَمَا ٱلَّذِينَ فُضِّلُواْ بِرَآدِّى رِزۡقِهِمۡ عَلَىٰ مَا مَلَڪَتۡ أَيۡمَـٰنُہُمۡ فَهُمۡ فِيهِ سَوَآءٌ‌ۚ أَفَبِنِعۡمَةِ ٱللَّهِ يَجۡحَدُونَ

Yang bermaksud:

“Dan Allah telah melebihkan sebahagian daripada kamu atas sebahagian yang lain pada rezeki yang dikurniakan-Nya dalam pada itu, orang-orang yang diberi kelebihan itu tidak mahu memberikan sebahagian daripada kelebihan hartanya kepada hamba-hamba mereka, supaya orang-orang itu dapat sama mempunyai harta. Maka mengapa mereka tergamak mengingkari nikmat Allah itu dengan perbuatan syirik?”

Memperkukuhkan Manhaj Wasatiyyah Dalam Menangani Cabaran dan Ancaman Terhadap Islam

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

20. Kita juga sedang menghadapi pelbagai cabaran baharu dalam soal agama. Saban hari saya mendengar keluh kesah orang Melayu yang bimbang dengan kesan faham liberalisme dan sekularisme ke atas aqidah umat Islam. Hari ini kita banyak mendengar kes-kes pelanggaran syariat yang dilakukan atas nama kebebasan dan hak asasi. Penghinaan ke atas umat Islam juga dilakukan secara terbuka. Selain itu, umat Islam juga sedang berhadapan dengan ancaman ekstremisme dan militanisme yang sekiranya tidak dibendung segera akan memberi kesan buruk kepada negara.

21. Apa yang lebih membimbangkan ialah wujudnya trend sekularisasi dalam agama, iaitu agama dilihat dalam neraca ideologi sekular liberal Barat yang tercabut daripada akar Syariat. Trend ini sedang berkembang di seluruh dunia. Misalnya, majalah Economist keluaran bulan Oktober yang lalu memberikan gambaran yang agak mengejutkan mengenai amalan perkahwinan sejenis yang dilarang oleh syariat Islam dan juga oleh agama-agama lain. Menurut majalah ini, dalam tahun 1950-an, perkahwinan sejenis tidak diterima di hampir semua negara di dunia. Namun, dalam tempoh hanya enam dekad, yang disebut sebagai “the leap forward”, hari ini 113 negara atau 63% daripada keseluruhan negara di dunia telah mengiktiraf perkahwinan sejenis atas nama menghormati hak asasi dan kesamarataan.

22. Keadaan ini menimbulkan keresahan dalam kalangan orang Melayu dan umat Islam. Mereka bimbang sekiranya gejala sekularisasi agama ini tidak segera dibendung, maka benteng aqidah dan syariat yang sekian lama dipertahankan oleh umat Islam akan runtuh dirempuh arus liberalisme. Dalam konteks perjuangan UMNO, semua ini merupakan cabaran baharu yang tidak pernah kita lalui sebelum ini. Kalau dahulu kita cuma berhadapan dengan asakan PAS yang cuba membuktikan siapa lebih Islam. Tetapi hari ini kita berada di luar kancah perlumbaan ini. Kita sedang berada dalam dunia pasca-moden yang menganggap agama sebagai penghalang kepada kebebasan manusia. Dalam realiti hari ini, semakin ramai pula pihak yang cuba membuktikan siapa lebih liberal, bukan siapa lebih Islam.

23. Saudara-saudari, UMNO sebagai parti tunjang Melayu-Islam tidak pernah dan tidak akan sesekali meminggirkan agenda memartabatkan Islam daripada dasar perjuangan kita. Ia sudah lama termateri dalam Perlembagaan UMNO sebagaimana peruntukan Fasal 3.3 yang menjelaskan bahawa asas dan tujuan UMNO adalah untuk menegak, mempertahankan dan mengembangkan Islam. Malah sejak 57 tahun kita merdeka, UMNO-lah yang telah banyak membangunkan Islam di negara ini dalam segenap sektor sama ada pendidikan agama, ekonomi dan kewangan Islam, pembangunan sosial, pentadbiran mahupun perundangan Syariah.

24. Pendekatan UMNO sejak dahulu, kini bahkan selamanya berpaksikan kepada orientasi atau manhaj Wasatiyyah. Yang dimaksudkan dengan Wasatiyyah bukanlah pendekatan yang bersifat ‘al-ghuluw wa ttatarruf fiddīn’ iaitu bersifat melampau dan keras dalam pendekatan beragama hingga terjerumus kepada perlakuan yang kaku dan beku, dan terbawa-bawa kepada perlakuan militan yang merosakkan agama. Wasatiyyah juga tidak bersifat ‘al-tasāhul fiddīn’ iaitu memperlonggar dan mempermudahkan agama hingga ke peringkat liberal yang menyesatkan.

25. Sebaliknya pendekatan wasatiyyah yang diamalkan UMNO adalah konsep kecemerlangan dan kesederhanaan umat yang berpaksikan Syariat Islam. Sememangnya maksud wasatiyyah di dalam Islam adalah berlegar sekitar konsep keadilan, kecemerlangan, pilihan terbaik dan perimbangan dalam segala perkara. Boleh dikatakan perkataan-perkataan ini adalah kata kunci dalam memahami konsep wasatiyyah dalam Islam. Pendekatan ini jelas diisyaratkan di dalam Al-Quran, surah Al-Baqarah, Ayat 143:

وَكَذَٲلِكَ جَعَلۡنَـٰكُمۡ أُمَّةً۬ وَسَطً۬ا لِّتَڪُونُواْ شُہَدَآءَ عَلَى ٱلنَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ ٱلرَّسُولُ عَلَيۡكُمۡ شَهِيدً۬ا‌ۗ

Yang bermaksud:

“Dan demikianlah (sebagaimana Kami telah memimpin kamu ke jalan yang lurus), Kami jadikan kamu (wahai umat Muhammad) satu umat yang terpilih lagi adil, supaya kamu layak menjadi orang yang memberikan keterangan kepada umat manusia (tentang yang benar dan yang salah)”.

26. Sebab itulah saudara-saudari sekalian, sebagai pendokong perjuangan suci ini, kita sebagai pejuang UMNO bermanhaj wasatiyyah harus tegas menentang gejala esktremisme dan militanisme yang ketika ini begitu cepat mempengaruhi anak-anak muda yang mahukan jalan pintas ke syurga. Kita juga tidak akan berkompromi dengan mereka yang cuba memesongkan makna wasatiyyah yang cukup sinonim dengan prinsip kesederhanaan Islam atau moderation dengan membawa ideologi songsang seperti liberalisme dan sekularisme.

27. Kita juga tidak boleh lagi berada dalam khutub khanah lama untuk mencari penyelesaian baharu kepada kemelut yang dihadapi oleh umat Islam hari ini. Kita perlu meneroka ilmu dan kemahiran terkini untuk menangani cabaran semasa. Bagi saya, di sinilah letaknya peri penting tradisi keilmuan di dalam UMNO. Seluruh ahli UMNO perlu menambah khazanah ilmu di dada bagi mendepani cabaran masa kini.

28. Saya fikir budaya membuat laporan polis dan mengangkat sepanduk dalam menghadapi asakan terhadap akidah dan syariat Islam bukan lagi jawapan yang tuntas kepada kemelut yang dihadapi oleh ummah. Kita perlu memperbanyak perbincangan, penerbitan dan wacana mengenai kebebasan dan hak asasi manusia menurut persepektif Islam dan juga bagaimana Islam menghadapi tantangan sekularisme. Kita perlu menangani trend sekularisasi dalam agama ini dengan keteguhan akidah dan ketajaman minda, bukannya diselubungi oleh ketegaran emosi. Di samping itu, institusi-institusi Islam perlu diperkasa, penguatkuasaan undang-undang Islam perlu dipertegas dan kerjasama UMNO dengan NGO-NGO Islam perlu diperkukuh.

Bunga kesidang si bunga tanjung,
Tumbuh di laman mekar berkembang,
Agama dijulang Bangsa dijunjung,
Begitulah UMNO terus berjuang.

Pendidikan Sebagai Wahana Kemajuan dan Perpaduan Nasional

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

29. Kita juga menghadapi cabaran baharu dalam bidang pendidikan. Peranan pendidikan sebagai wahana untuk bangsa Melayu meningkatkan taraf sosio ekonomi menjadi lebih penting. Jika dahulu fokus kita dalam bidang pendidikan ialah untuk meningkatkan kadar enrolmen dan membasmi buta huruf. Hari ini, sasaran dalam bidang pendidikan telah berganjak kepada melahirkan tenaga manusia yang berpengetahuan dan berkemahiran tinggi. Dalam dunia yang semakin kompetitif hari ini, memiliki kelayakan di peringkat menengah sahaja tidak memadai.

30. Sebagai parti yang memperjuangkan nasib Bumiputera, UMNO perlu memberi perhatian secara lebih serius kepada usaha meningkatkan kemahiran tenaga kerja Bumiputera. Data terkini menunjukkan 64.3% tenaga buruh Bumiputera mempunyai sijil SPM dan ke bawah. Hanya 27.8% berpendidikan tinggi. Keadaan ini tidak memberikan kelebihan kepada kaum Bumiputera untuk bersaing dalam pasaran kerja yang semakin kompetitif. Oleh itu, kita perlu berani berganjak untuk melihat pendidikan sebagai komponen penting dalam meningkatkan pencapaian Bumiputera. Di samping memberikan fokus kepada pencapaian di peringkat pengajian tinggi, kita juga perlu memberi tumpuan kepada bidang latihan teknikal dan vokasional untuk meningkatkan kemahiran dan daya saing pekerja Bumiputera.

31. Di samping itu, kita jangan lupa peranan pendidikan sebagai wahana perpaduan dan wahana untuk membina identiti nasional. Kerana itu saya sering menegaskan kepentingan kita memperkasakan sekolah kebangsaan sebagai sekolah perpaduan. Jika murid daripada semua kaum dapat belajar di bawah satu bumbung dengan meningkatkan penguasaan bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa perpaduan, maka saya yakin perpaduan di negara kita akan menjadi lebih kukuh. Hari ini, polarisasi kaum masih wujud sebahagiannya kerana politik kebencian yang dimainkan oleh sesetengah pihak. Sensitiviti kaum tidak dipedulikan, institusi Raja dimomokkan, malah wujud cabar mencabar antara agama. Saya percaya, kita boleh mengembalikan kepercayaan antara kaum melalui satu sistem pendidikan kebangsaan yang memberi keutamaan kepada perpaduan nasional.

32. Matlamat ini boleh kita capai jika kita meletakkan asas-asas yang kukuh untuk perpaduan dalam sistem pendidikan kita. Ini termasuklah memperkasa Bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa perpaduan dan menjadikan perpaduan nasional sebagai agenda utama semua aliran persekolahan di negara kita, termasuk di sekolah jenis kebangsaan, sekolah agama rakyat, sekolah swasta dan lain-lain. Jangan lagi ada kisah murid yang tidak tahu berbahasa Melayu, sedangkan bahasa Melayu adalah bahasa kebangsaan negara kita. Jangan lagi ada insiden kenyataan berbaur perkauman dikeluarkan oleh guru atau murid di sekolah. Jangan lagi ada perasaan prejudis kaum dan agama yang tebal dalam kalangan rakyat negara kita. Saya fikir, tempoh 57 tahun merdeka sudah cukup untuk kita hapuskan segala rasa prejudis dan syak wasangka antara kaum. Tinggal lagi, kita semua, baik parti politik, pertubuhan bukan kerajaan, gerakan pendidikan Melayu, Cina, India dan kaum-kaum lain, perlulah ada keikhlasan, ada kejujuran, dan ada kesungguhan untuk memupuk perpaduan. Jangan kita bercakap mengenai perpaduan, tetapi pada masa yang sama bertindak menebalkan tembok pemisahan kaum.

33. Pada hemat saya juga, dalam semangat untuk mengikis sikap prejudis sesama rakyat, adalah wajar kerajaan mengambil tindakan tegas dalam membendung kenyataan-kenyataan yang menyentuh sensitiviti kaum dan agama daripada memercikkan api perbalahan. Adalah lebih baik kita mencegah daripada nantinya terpaksa merawat luka permusuhan yang parah. Kerana itu saya telah menyatakan pendirian saya mengenai Akta Hasutan. Bagi saya, Akta ini wajar dikekalkan dengan beberapa penambahbaikan. Peruntukan khusus perlu dimasukkan untuk melarang mana-mana pihak daripada mempersoalkan jaminan perlembagaan mengenai kedudukan agama Islam sebagai Agama Persekutuan. Akta ini juga perlu menghalang mana-mana pihak daripada mempersoalkan hak penganut agama lain untuk mengamalkan kepercayaan agama masing-masing. Begitu juga dengan kedudukan tanah rezab Melayu dan Regimen Askar Melayu DiRaja yang merupakan sebahagian daripada wasiat Raja-Raja Melayu perlu dilindungi daripada perbuatan menghasut. Apa yang penting ialah kita perlu melihat Akta Hasutan bukan sebagai akta yang hanya melindungi kepentingan orang Melayu, tetapi akta yang memelihara perpaduan dan keharmonian nasional.

PERSEPSI ORANG MUDA TERHADAP UMNO

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

34. Hari ini, parti kita sedang menyongsong perubahan. Sebagai parti yang memperjuangkan kemerdekaan, UMNO telah banyak berjasa kepada orang Melayu dan rakyat Malaysia.Tiada siapa yang boleh menafikan sumbangan UMNO kepada agama, bangsa dan tanah air. Tetapi, survival parti kita pada masa hadapan tidak boleh bergantung semata-mata kepada rekod sumbangan kita pada masa lalu. Rakyat, khususnya orang Melayu, ingin melihat apa sumbangan UMNO kepada mereka dalam mengharungi cabaran masa hadapan yang lebih getir. Untuk itu, kita perlu mempersiapkan UMNO untuk menjadi parti masa hadapan, parti harapan umat Melayu, parti idaman generasi muda Melayu dan parti yang sesuai dengan dinamika politik nasional.

35. Terus terang saya katakan saya agak bimbang melihat perkembangan hari ini. UMNO masih bertahan di kampung-kampung, tetapi semakin hilang sokongan masyarakat bandar yang lebih terbuka, lebih terdedah kepada pelbagai maklumat dan lebih sofistikated dari segi pemikiran, nilai dan cara hidup. Dalam pilihanraya umum yang lalu, UMNO kalah di kebanyakan kawasan bandar majoriti Melayu. Kita kalah di Shah Alam, Ampang, Lembah Pantai, Bangi, Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu dan banyak kawasan lain yang suatu ketika dahulu merupakan kubu kuat UMNO. Kita juga kalah teruk di Selangor yang merupakan negeri termaju di Malaysia.

36. Dalam rangka menyediakan ucapan saya pada malam ini, saya mendapatkan pandangan pemuda dan pemudi Melayu mengenai UMNO. Mereka terdiri daripada graduan muda, golongan profesional, aktivis masyarakat, usahawan dan ahli akademik. Bagi saya, pandangan orang muda terhadap UMNO adalah penting dalam menentukan survival UMNO. Orang muda merupakan pewaris perjuangan parti kita, dan pandangan mereka tentang UMNO akan menentukan jatuh bangunnya UMNO pada masa hadapan.

37. Saya bertanya kepada mereka apa persepsi mereka terhadap UMNO? Apa aspirasi mereka? Apa harapan mereka? Apa kebimbangan mereka? Apa perkara penting yang hendak disampaikan kepada UMNO? Saya minta supaya mereka bercakap secara jujur, ikhlas dan terbuka. Saya ingin tahu apa yang perlu UMNO lakukan supaya anak-anak muda di luar sana ghairah untuk berada bersama-sama kita dalam saf perjuangan UMNO.

38. Izinkan saya berkongsi pandangan mereka dengan saudara dan saudari pada malam ini. Pertama, mereka kata UMNO sedang mengalami trust deficit atau defisit kepercayaan; kedua, UMNO ini parti feudal; ketiga, dalam UMNO ada budaya play safe dan budaya pak turut; keempat, UMNO dikuasai oleh warlord; dan kelima, UMNO diancam oleh budaya ugut dan budaya tabur. Ini kata mereka.

39. Mereka menjelaskan satu persatu kepada saya apa yang mereka maksudkan dengan kelima-lima perkara ini. Mengenai defisit kepercayaan, mereka beritahu saya mereka sebenarnya sokong perjuangan UMNO. Mereka sayang kepada UMNO. Bagi mereka tidak ada parti lain yang boleh diharapkan untuk mempertahankan agama, bangsa dan tanah air melainkan UMNO. Cumanya, mereka ingin melihat pemimpin UMNO di setiap peringkat lebih berintegriti, lebih amanah, lebih jujur, lebih telus, tidak terpalit dengan gejala rasuah, tidak menonjolkan kemewahan yang berlebihan, tidak bergaduh sesama sendiri dan sebagainya. Jika ini boleh dilakukan, maka orang muda akan percaya semula kepada UMNO.

40. Mereka juga tidak mahu UMNO terlalu terikat dengan hirerki hingga mewujudkan gambaran parti kita menjadi parti feudal sehingga orang bawah tidak boleh bersuara selagi orang atas tidak bersuara. Sehinggakan hendak beri pandangan pun kena tengok apa orang atas kata. Kalau orang atas kata A, maka yang di bawah mesti kata A. Kalau orang atas kata B, yang di bawah pun mesti kata B.

41. Menurut mereka lagi, orang muda dalam UMNO mempunyai idea-idea yang bernas tetapi merasakan lebih baik diam daripada bercanggah pandangan dengan orang atas. Ada yang kata kalau bercakap lebih sedikit nanti dianggap hendak memandai. Ada pula yang beri nasihat orang muda mesti berhati-hati dalam politik. Jangan terlalu menonjol. Jangan terlalu laju. Nanti kena sekat, nanti kena cantas, kena kerat, kena sabo, kena cah keting, kena terajang dan lain-lain lagi. Jadi, lama-kelamaan mereka fikir lebih baik diam daripada bercakap, atau lebih selamat jadi pak turut saja. Seolahnya ada satu budaya play safe, atau budaya pilih jalan selamat dalam UMNO.

42. Akibatnya, dalam UMNO, lebih ramai orang memilih untuk berdiam diri daripada bercakap. Ini mewujudkan persepsi bahawa parti kita sedang dilanda budaya kelesuan. Akhirnya, orang Melayu dan rakyat tertanya-tanya di mana suara keramat UMNO? Di mana taring Pemuda? Di mana ketegasan Wanita? Di mana kelantangan Puteri? Kesannya, kita seolahnya ketandusan pemimpin untuk menjuarai kepentingan orang Melayu. Sehinggakan timbul cakap-cakap di luar sana yang mengatakan NGO Melayu lebih lantang daripada UMNO dalam memperjuangkan hak dan kepentingan Melayu.

43. Bagi saya, kita perlu membuktikan bahawa UMNO bukannya sebuah parti yang lesu. UMNO bukannya parti yang mempunyai budaya pak turut, budaya nyanyi, budaya puji, budaya lambung, budaya ampu sana ampu sini. UMNO adalah parti yang berwibawa, parti yang ada idealisme, parti yang ada masa depan, parti pilihan anak-anak muda. Ingatlah, orang muda hari ini tidak suka jadi pak turut. Mereka naik geli dengan budaya ampu. Mereka benci budaya sabo. Mereka tolak budaya cah keting. Jika kita boleh buang semua budaya negatif ini jauh-jauh, saya yakin UMNO akan menjadi parti pilihan orang muda.

44. Satu lagi ialah budaya warlord. Ramai yang beritahu saya dalam UMNO ada banyak warlord. Mereka ini amat berkuasa kerana mempunyai ramai pengikut setia yang sanggup melakukan apa sahaja untuk mereka. Dengan sokongan pengikut, warlord akan mengugut pemimpin atasan parti untuk berikan apa sahaja yang mereka minta. Jika tak diberi, mereka akan sabo parti dalam pilihan raya.

45. Kita perlu buktikan bahawa warlord bukan sebahagian daripada budaya UMNO. Kita menolak sikap sekalangan yang cuba untuk kekal berkuasa dengan menabur kemewahan kepada pengikut. Sehinggakan ada yang kata tak payah buat kerja dalam UMNO. Yang perlu dibuat ialah kumpul kekayaan untuk tabur kemewahan kepada pengikut supaya mereka sentiasa setia. Keadaan ini menyebabkan kos politik menjadi semakin mahal. Yang tiada wang tidak boleh masuk politik. Walaupun ada bakat, ada kelulusan, ada kebolehan, mereka tak mampu untuk bergerak aktif dalam parti jika tiada wang. Saya bimbang, akhirnya nanti yang naik dalam hirerki parti adalah orang yang ada wang, bukan orang yang ada kebolehan. Orang kata money is everything in politics. No money, no talk. Seolahnya, wang adalah kuasa, wang adalah segala-galanya.

46. Saya kadang kala terfikir adakah sudah tidak ada keikhlasan dan kejujuran dalam perjuangan? Adakah sudah tidak ada nilai pengorbanan dalam politik? Adakah pengikut menilai pemimpin semata-mata berdasarkan kemampuan mereka untuk tabur kemewahan? Adakah pemimpin mengukur kesetiaan pengikut berdasarkan harga yang mereka bayar? Bagi saya, budaya ugut dan tabur ini amat bahaya kepada parti kita. Budaya ini akan menyebabkan politik wang berleluasa di dalam parti. Pengikut yang terima wang akan suka. Mereka puji pemimpin yang boleh beri sesuatu kepada mereka. Tetapi jangan kita lupa. Rakyat di luar sana tak suka politik wang. Mereka curiga bila lihat orang politik hidup mewah. Tak setimpal dengan pendapatan. Apatah lagi jika ada yang suka menunjuk-nunjuk kemewahan. Rakyat akan mula menuduh bermacam perkara yang tidak baik terhadap parti kita. Inilah punca masalah trust deficit atau defisit kepercayaan terhadap UMNO. Jadi, ingatlah. Apa guna kita naik dalam hirerki parti, tetapi rakyat menolak parti kita kerana mereka tidak suka dengan imej dan sikap kita.

47. Apa yang saya sebutkan ini adalah persepsi dan kritikan orang muda terhadap UMNO. Barangkali ada yang betul, ada juga yang kurang tepat. Tetapi mengambil yang baik daripada kritikan ini adalah lebih afdal. Ini membuktikan bahawa UMNO adalah parti yang terbuka dan kita sentiasa bermuhasabah. Sepertimana firman Allah s.w.t. dalam Surah Al-Zumar Ayat 18:

ٱلَّذِينَ يَسۡتَمِعُونَ ٱلۡقَوۡلَ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ أَحۡسَنَهُ ۥۤ‌ۚ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ ٱلَّذِينَ هَدَٮٰهُمُ ٱللَّهُ‌ۖ وَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمۡ أُوْلُواْ ٱلۡأَلۡبَـٰبِ
Yang bermaksud:

Yang berusaha mendengar perkataan-perkataan yang sampai kepadanya lalu mereka memilih dan menurut akan yang sebaik-baiknya (pada segi hukum agama); mereka itulah orang-orang yang diberi hidayat petunjuk oleh Allah dan mereka itulah orang-orang yang berakal sempurna.

HARAPAN ORANG MUDA TERHADAP UMNO

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

48. Sebenarnya, orang muda dan umat Melayu seluruhnya menaruh harapan yang tinggi kepada UMNO. Mereka tidak menolak perjuangan UMNO. Mereka mahu supaya pemimpin UMNO tegas memperjuangkan kepentingan Melayu dan Islam, tetapi pada masa yang sama tidak dilihat terlalu ekstrem perkauman atau terlalu liberal. Mereka percaya bahawa dalam sebuah masyarakat pelbagai kaum, UMNO perlu bersikap adil terhadap kaum-kaum lain, tetapi tidaklah sampai menggadaikan asas dan prinsip perjuangan UMNO. Pendek kata, orang muda mahu UMNO terus menjadi parti yang sederhana, parti yang berjaya mengekalkan keseimbangan dalam hubungan kaum dan agama. Apa yang penting ialah pemimpin UMNO mesti dilihat lebih ikhlas, lebih jujur, lebih telus, lebih adil dan lebih berwibawa dalam menggalas perjuangan parti.

49. Saya fikir orang muda mempunyai pemikiran yang agak kritis. Apabila ada perkara yang dilihat tidak cocok dengan idealisme mereka, maka mereka akan mengkritik.Tetapi itulah lumrah orang muda. Itulah juga kekuatan orang muda. Mereka yakin dengan idealisme mereka dan berani memperkatakan apa yang mereka fikir benar. Mereka ada courage – iaitu keberanian – dan ada conviction – yakni keyakinan yang teguh dengan apa yang mereka fikirkan benar. Kedua-dua sifat inilah yang menjadikan orang muda ada kewibawaan, ada ketokohan, ada keupayaan untuk memimpin.

50. Jadi, dalam proses untuk melengkapkan perubahan dan peremajaan UMNO, untuk menjadikan UMNO sebagai parti harapan orang muda, parti idaman, parti masa depan, saya mencadangkan 7 langkah pembaharuan yang perlu kita laksanakan segera:

Pertama, UMNO perlu melahirkan pemimpin muda yang berwibawa dan menjadi peneraju pemikiran (opinion leader) di dalam masyarakat. Garap idealisme orang muda. Galakkan budaya berfikir dan bersuara dalam UMNO. Pemimpin muda yang ada idealisme, ada wibawa dan berani bersuara perlu diketengahkan untuk menjuarai isu-isu rakyat, menjadi jurucakap parti, bukan diketepikan oleh parti;

Kedua, UMNO perlu melakukan pencarian bakat. Kita perlu menyediakan platform untuk orang muda daripada golongan profesional, intelektual, agamawan, aktivis sosial dan lain-lain yang diterima oleh masyarakat untuk bergerak aktif dalam UMNO. Paltform ini perlu diwujudkan di peringkat pusat, negeri dan bahagian. Contohnya, mereka yang berbakat boleh dilantik ke unit-unit tertentu di dalam parti dan diberi peranan untuk menyumbang kepada parti. Kita juga perlu ketengahkan mereka yang berbakat dan berkaliber untuk menjadi calon dalam pilihanraya. Mereka ini tidak semestinya berjawatan tinggi dalam parti. Pengalaman kita dalam pilihanraya kecil Pengkalan Kubor dan Kuala Besut menunjukkan calon yang tidak berjawatan tinggi di peringkat bahagian boleh menang kerana mereka diterima oleh rakyat;

Ketiga, wujudkan modul pengkaderan dan pentarbiyahan yang tersusun untuk melahirkan lebih ramai pemimpin muda UMNO yang bijak, petah dan tangkas berhujjah serta teguh daya rohaninya. Kita perlu membentuk UMNO dengan kalangan ahlinya yang punya kekentalan semangat serta menghayati prinsip dan matlamat perjuangan parti yang sebenar. Beri mereka kekuatan untuk mengolah perjuangan UMNO yang lebih segar dalam konteks cabaran semasa. Jadikan mereka kumpulan pemikir muda di dalam UMNO.

Keempat, semarakkan semangat kesukarelawanan melalui program-program bersama rakyat. Pecahkan tembok pemisah antara parti dan rakyat menerusi kerja-kerja sukarela. Dekati rakyat, dengar rintihan mereka, fahami masalah mereka. Tanya diri kita, berapa ramai daripada kita yang sentiasa mendekati rakyat dan disayangi oleh rakyat. Manfaatkan sepenuhnya teknologi maklumat, khususnya media sosial, untuk sentiasa mendekati dan memenangi hati golongan muda;

Kelima, wujudkan institusi naziran di dalam UMNO untuk memantau setiap Bahagian dan Cawangan. Satu Jabatan Naziran perlu diwujudkan di dalam UMNO untuk pastikan semua pemimpin di peringkat Majlis Tertinggi, sayap, negeri, bahagian dan akar umbi buat kerja. Bahagian ini bertanggungjawab untuk melaporkan kepada Jawatankuasa Pengurusan UMNO dan Majlis Tertinggi mengenai keberkesanan program-program yang dilaksanakan oleh parti;

Keenam, gerakkan revolusi mental yang baharu dalam UMNO dan bangsa Melayu seperti yang pernah digarap oleh Allahyarham Datuk Senu Abdul Rahman. Mungkin kita boleh namakan Revolusi Mental 2.0. Cerna idea, pemikiran dan kaedah baharu untuk menangani cabaran perubahan zaman dalam bidang ekonomi, politik, agama, hubungan kaum, teknologi dan lain-lain. Sepertimana yang diungkapkan oleh Allahyarham Tun Abdul Razak dalam pendahuluan buku Revolusi Mental, antara sebab kemunduran bangsa Melayu ialah pemikiran yang terkebelakang yang disebabkan oleh kekurangan ilmu dan cara hidup yang lama. Justeru, UMNO perlu berani menerajui perubahan pemikiran, budaya dan sikap bangsa Melayu untuk menempa kemajuan. Pada masa yang sama, hadapi dengan bijaksana kemunculan pelbagai tantangan yang cuba menggoyahkan prinsip perjuangan UMNO untuk bangsa Melayu sebagai bangsa teras di Malaysia. Yang penting, jadikan prinsip perjuangan UMNO relevan sepanjang masa; dan

Ketujuh, bangkitkan gerakan kesedaran nilai undi dalam kalangan masyarakat Melayu. Gerakan pendaftaran pengundi baharu mesti dibuat dengan lebih bersungguh-sungguh. Jangan buat sambil lewa. Jangan buat sekadar melepas batuk di tangga kata orang. Jangan sampai kegagalan kita menambah bilangan pengundi Melayu menyebabkan kaum Melayu yang merupakan kaum majoriti menjadi golongan minoriti dalam pilihanraya. Sasaran gerakan ini wajib dimulai dengan memastikan semua ahli UMNO yang layak mengundi didaftarkan sebagai pengundi.

MEREKAYASA PERUBAHAN

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

51. Bagi saya, UMNO mesti melakukan perubahan yang drastik jika ingin kekal relevan dengan peredaran masa. Pendekatan dan gerak kerja UMNO hari ini sedang dipintas oleh gerakan yang lebih canggih dan sesuai dengan selera masa kini. Lebih-lebih lagi, jika UMNO ingin menjadi parti masa hadapan, maka citra UMNO mestilah cocok dengan jiwa anak-anak muda Melayu, golongan profesional Melayu dan tidak lupa seluruh generasi muda yang berada di desa mahupun di kota. Mereka adalah pewaris perjuangan parti kita.

52. Untuk itu, UMNO memerlukan suntikan tenaga muda sama ada di kalangan wanita dan lelaki, yang berkebolehan dan berkelayakan untuk memimpin parti. Orang lama mesti beri laluan kepada orang muda. Lebih-lebih lagi jika kita menjadi liabiliti kepada parti, kita harus segera berundur secara terhormat. Kita telah lama bercakap mengenai peremajaan UMNO, tetapi tanyalah diri kita apakah proses ini benar-benar berlaku di dalam parti.

53. Untuk tidak ada banyak masa untuk menunggu perubahan berlaku. Kita perlu merekayasa perubahan. If change does not happen, we have to engineer the change. Justeru pada hemat saya, wajar untuk kita pertimbangkan pemilihan parti dilaksanakan mengikut kehendak Perlembagaan UMNO dan tidak ditangguhkan selepas pilihanraya umum seperti yang pernah dibuat sebelum ini. Saya juga mencadangkan pindaan Perlembagaan UMNO diadakan tahun hadapan dengan memperuntukkan pindaan yang sesuai untuk membolehkan barisan pelapis muda menyumbang peranan dan khidmat bakti yang lebih besar kepada UMNO. Saya percaya UMNO tidak akan berpecah sekiranya pemilihan diadakan. Pemimpin UMNO tentunya cukup matang untuk menghadapinya. Saya sendiri akan sentiasa berdiri bersama-sama YAB Presiden untuk merealisasikan perubahan dan peremajaan parti kita.

54. Ini adalah seruan terakhir untuk UMNO. Do or be dead! Jangan letak kepentingan diri melebihi kepentingan parti. Saya ingin mengingatkan diri saya sendiri dan pemimpin UMNO di semua peringkat, jika kita menjadi batu penghalang kepada peremajaan parti, maka kita mesti berundur secara terhormat. Parti kita mesti kekal relevan supaya bangsa Melayu terus terbela. Diri kita tidak penting. Yang penting ialah bangsa Melayu dan UMNO. Ingatlah, Allah tidak akan mengubah nasib sesuatu kaum kecuali kaum itu sendiri mengubah apa yang ada dalam dirinya. Sepertimana firman Allah s.w.t. dalam Surah Al-Ra’du Ayat 11:

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوۡمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُواْ مَا بِأَنفُسِہِمۡ‌ۗ

55. Jangan kita lupa akan seruan YAB Presiden. Di Dewan Merdeka ini jugalah semasa merasmikan Persidangan Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri UMNO tahun 2008, Presiden dengan jelas menuntut agar kita berubah untuk kepentingan rakyat. Saya petik kata-kata Presiden. “Berubah dari sikap-sikap mazmumah kepada sikap-sikap mahmudah. Berubah daripada kurang mesra kepada mesra, daripada mementingkan diri kepada mementingkan rakyat, daripada malas kepada rajin kerja, berubah daripada kurang berkhidmat kepada suka berkhidmat. Berubahlah, jika tidak, kita rebah”. Soalnya, apakah kita mengambil serius gesaan YAB Presiden ini? Atau, adakah ia ibarat masuk telinga kanan keluar telinga kiri?

56. Saudara-saudari, kita mesti memperbetulkan segera segala kesilapan kita dan melakukan perubahan demi kelangsungan agama dan bangsa kita. Amatilah betul-betul peringatan Allah s.w.t. sebagaimana firmanNya dalam surah Al-An’am Ayat 6:

أَلَمْ يَرَوْا كَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ مِنْ قَرْنٍ مَكَّنَّاهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ مَا لَمْ نُمَكِّنْ لَكُمْ وَأَرْسَلْنَا السَّمَاءَ عَلَيْهِمْ مِدْرَارًا وَجَعَلْنَا الْأَنْهَارَ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهِمْ فَأَهْلَكْنَاهُمْ بِذُنُوبِهِمْ وَأَنْشَأْنَا مِنْ بَعْدِهِمْ قَرْنًا آخَرِينَ

Tidakkah mereka memerhati dan memikirkan berapa banyak umat-umat yang telah Kami binasakan sebelum mereka, padahal (umat-umat itu) telah Kami teguhkan kedudukan mereka di muka bumi (dengan kekuasaan dan kemewahan) yang tidak Kami berikan kepada kamu dan Kami turunkan hujan atas mereka dengan lebatnya dan Kami jadikan sungai-sungai mengalir di bawah mereka, kemudian Kami binasakan mereka dengan sebab dosa mereka dan Kami ciptakan sesudah mereka, umat yang lain?

PENUTUP

Saudara dan saudari yang saya hormati sekalian,

57. Zaman untuk dipuja dan dipuji dalam kelompok sendiri sudah berlalu. Ini adalah zaman untuk kita bersama-sama masyarakat, merasai keresahan mereka, berusaha mencari penyelesaian kepada permasalahan yang mereka alami. Ini zaman untuk kita meraih keyakinan rakyat, zaman untuk kita memimpin bangsa mengharungi cabaran yang semakin hebat. Hormat rakyat bukan sesuatu yang boleh dipaksa. Berusaha, berkhidmatlah kepada rakyat bagi mendapatkan hormat mereka kepada kita. UMNO adalah parti massa yang lahir daripada kebangkitan rakyat yang mempunyai matlamat dan arah tuju yang jelas. UMNO terbina demi masa depan umat Melayu dan negara. UMNO bukan parti yang lahir daripada rasa benci, tetapi penuh dengan rasa kasih dan sayang demi kesejahteraan rakyat. UMNO adalah parti yang sarat dengan harapan untuk masa depan bangsa dan negara. Binalah keyakinan, tunjukkanlah keazaman, hamparkanlah harapan kepada bangsa Melayu dan rakyat Malaysia seluruhnya bahawa parti ini adalah pilihan terbaik buat mereka.

59. Kepada umat Melayu dan Bumiputera yang sedang menekuni ucapan saya ini samada yang berada di Semenanjung, Sabah dan Sarawak bersatulah kita atas nama kewatanan dan kecintaan kepada negara. Kita sudah tiada masa untuk bertelingkah atau berbenci antara satu sama lain. Kepada seluruh rakyat tanpa batas kaum dan fahaman, marilah kita menolak gerakan meracuni dan membenci sesama kita. Jangan kita biarkan negara ini runtuh hanya kerana umpan-umpan yang dilontarkan kepada kita oleh pihak luar.

60. Kepada Wanita, bangunlah dengan istiqamah perjuangan. Hulurkan salam jemputan buat wanita Melayu dari segenap ceruk rantau dan latar belakang–guru wanita, ustazah, peguam, doktor, pegawai profesional hatta NGO wanita dan ibu-ibu tunggal– marilah bersama-sama sebaris dengan kita dalam perjuangan ini. Buat Pemuda, bangkitlah dengan bara perjuangan. Beranikan diri berada di mana sahaja bila panggilan untuk berkorban masa dan tenaga. Bawalah golongan muda yang dahagakan kebersamaan dan interaksi. Berikan mereka harapan. Buat Puteri, bangkitlah dengan semangat baharu yang segar membawa pemudi dan wirawati negara meyakini perjuangan kita. Tanamkan benih kasih kepada mereka, nescaya mekarlah nanti dengan rimbunan pendokong.

61. Harapan saya kepada seluruh bangsa Melayu, renunglah nasib masa depan bangsa kita. Hargai sejarah perjuangan bangsa di masa lalu, perjuangan yang meletakkan kita di sini hari ini. Bangkitlah bersama-sama UMNO untuk merencana masa depan bangsa kita agar tidak hilang ditelan zaman, agar terus tegar mendepani cabaran. Saya percaya, dengan kekuatan tekad dan keazaman kita semua, dengan limpahan rahmat dan inayah Allah s.w.t, UMNO akan beroleh kekuatan dan keyakinan untuk melakukan perubahan dan pembaharuan, dan seterusnya mara membela agama, bangsa dan negara kita.

Gagahnya pahlawan dahulukala,
Menjadi tauladan sepanjang zaman,
Kalian tinggalkan warisan bangsa,
Untuk kita teruskan perjuangan.

Hidup Melayu! Hidup Melayu! Hidup Melayu!

Dengan lafaz Bismillahirrahmanirrahim saya dengan sukacitanya merasmikan Persidangan Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri UMNO 2014.

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Amongst other things, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin criticised the warlord within UMNO who refuse to back out from the party to give away for new blood and the party regeneration and rejuvenation program can take place.

Their sincerity towards the struggle to uplift the Malays is being questioned.

The message of redundancy towards obsolesce is very clear. This is not withstanding the fact that they are not realistic with the fact that their own community, which include non-UMNO members no wonder want them around.

He was very bold to state the facts about the economy of the Malays, where the gap between other ethnic Malaysians are widening.

The Deputy Prime Minister called for the proverbial ‘Malay Agenda’ or ‘Bumiputera Agenda’ to be a ‘National Agenda’ and no longer to be racial based.

The punt on Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak especially for the Bumiputera, particularly in strategy for socio-economic is the most bold a Deputy UMNO President has had the opportunity to address aimed at the UMNO President.

Liberal policies in the flavour of global economic dynamism should not be at the expense of the Bumiputera, which the Malays are the majority.

One of the points he raised was the initiatives to change the Sedition Act.

The most inspiring bit about Muhyiddin’s speech is to ask Prime Minister Najib to make the bold decision for calling for early party elections by next year, ahead of the UMNO term which supposed to end in 2016. 

This is very strategic to exercise the riddance of obsolete party leaders in favour of younger and more productive and should provide UMNO which is mainstay of Barisan Nasional two years room for consolidation and re-strategising before the next GE.

At the 13GE, UMNO contributed 88 out of BN’s 133 Parliamentary seats.

What is interesting is that all three UMNO Vice Presidents, Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Dato’ Seri Shafiee Apdal and Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein were present when the UMNO Deputy President delivered this speech. They, along with Women Head Dato’ Seri Shahrizat A. Jalil retained their posts in last year’s party elections.

It is popular believe that Prime Minister Najib wanted “Status quo” to be retained, for the excuse of continuity in leadership and party policy.

It is interesting how the Women, Youth and Puteri delegates would respond if not react to Muhyiddin’s speech. Especially when he challenged UMNO Youth to stop to be “Toothless tiger” and outlined with youth stay away from UMNO Youth.

The Rakyat Post story:

PUBLISHED: Nov 25, 2014 11:29pmUPDATED: Nov 25, 2014 11:56pm

Muhyiddin gives five reasons youth rejected Umno

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25, 2014:
Five reasons have been identified as the reason Umno has been losing the public, especially the youth’s support.
These reasons were laid down by Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as he addressed the delegates present at the launching of the party’s three wings’ general assembly here tonight.
He said in a survey conducted among the nation’s Malay youths regarding their opinion of Umno, most said that the party was seen as facing a trust deficit, a feudal party, was practising a play safe and a ‘yes man’ culture, controlled by warlords, and is threatened by a culture of intimidation.
“They told me that they actually support Umno’s cause and they love the party. To them, no other party can be relied on to defend the religion, race, and the country.

“They want to see the party leaders from all levels to have more integrity, to be more honest, more transparent, and to be free of corruption.”
His statement received a loud “boo” from all the attendees to which Muhyiddin responded by saying that those were the points given by the nation’s youths, who were the ones deciding the party’s future.
Muhyiddin went on to explain all five criticisms as he said that the younger generation did not want Umno to be tied to the hierarchy and the party seemed too feudal to the point that those from the lower position could not voice out their opinions as long as those in higher positions did not do so.
“They said if the leaders say A, then those in the bottom will say A. If they say B, surely the lower ranked ones will say B.”
He repeatedly reiterated that these were not his words as he continued saying that the youths in Umno had great ideas, but felt that it was better to be silent than to contradict the leaders.
“It was as if there is a play safe culture in Umno. As a result, more people choose to keep silent, causing our party to be perceived as tired.
“So the Malays and the people are wondering where is the voice of Umno? Where is the sharpness of the Youth? Where is the strictness of the Wanita? Where is the loudness of the Puteri?”
Muhyiddin added that this had led to the people to question the party’s ability to fight for the rights of the Malays.
He said it was time for Umno to prove itself as nothing like the negative perceptions attached to it.
“Show them we are a party that is idealistic, a party with a future, a party that is the choice of the youth. Remember that the younger generation today dislike being a yes-man.
“They are disgusted with the culture of apple polishing. They hate the practice of sabotage. If we can get rid off all these negative culture, I’m sure Umno will be the choice of the youth.”
He touched on the system of “warlord” in the party, a term inferred on those who had many followers, allowing them to threaten the party’s leaders to give them whatever they want.
This, according to Muhyiddin, needed to be proven wrong by rejecting the act of some who tried to stay in power by spreading wealth to their followers.
“Some even said that there is no need to do work in Umno. What needs to be done is collect wealth to be distributed to the followers so they will remain loyal.
“This has led in the rise of cost needed to be involved in politics. Even with talent, credentials, capability, they couldn’t move actively if they have no money.
“I’m worried that at the end, those who climb the party’s hierarchy are only those with money and not talent.
“People will say that money is everything in politics. No money, no talk. As if money is power, money is everything.”
Read more: http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2014/11/25/muhyiddin-gives-five-reasons-youth-rejected-umno/#ixzz3K6SRxbeX

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What should be interesting is to watch how Prime Minister Najib is to respond, even in abstracts in his keynote address as UMNO President on Thursday morning.

The boldness of the UMNO delegates who are debating is put to the test as the nation watches how the nationalist party respond and reacts to Muhyiddin’s political testosterone charged opening salvo.

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Published in: on November 25, 2014 at 22:30  Comments (30)  

Caught Between the Hats on Professional Reports

Protasco Bhd. Chairman and MACC Chairman of OEP Tan Sri Hadenan Abdul Jalil

The Chairman of the Protasco Berhad board Tan Sri Hadenan A Jalil is getting tangled and entwined between the web of several hats in the listed company’s boardroom tussle, especially now the technical due diligence on the concession for the Acheh oil deal surfaced.

The Star reported that Protasco Berhad was given a USD22 million profit guarantee spread over four years for the deal in Kuala Simpang Timur in Acheh. It is impossible that Hadenan is ignorant of this supplementary agreement.

KPMG report on the due diligence for the Acheh deal

KPMG report on the due diligence for the Acheh deal

What is more intriguing, Hadenan who preside over Protasco Berhad’s BoD must be aware of the KPMG valuation report on the due diligence made on this deal and project.

Upon the various documents presented as part of the technical, financial and legal due diligence made, Hadenan played along with Protasco Berhad Managing Director Dato’ Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng’s management decision to take Tey and Ooi to court in September.

Some of the BoD of Protasco Bhd; Tan Sri Hadenan A Jalil, Dato' Ir. Chong Ket Peng, Dato' Ibrahim Mohd. Noor and Larry Tey

Some of the BoD of Protasco Bhd; Tan Sri Hadenan A Jalil, Dato’ Ir. Chong Ket Peng, Dato’ Ibrahim Mohd. Noor and Larry Tey

This action was preceded with Ir. Chong’s campaign using mainstream media mainly the business papers to paint a black picture against Tey and Ooi. Washing dirty linen as part of a boardroom tussle would just invite reaction and reciprocity, which would spiral downwards perception on the Group.

Then more legal suits against BoD member Adrian Ooi mounted by Protasco Berhad led  Ir. Chong, a few days ahead of the management requested EGM to remove Tey and Adrian Ooi from the BoD.

NST story:

Protasco sues PT Goldchild

22 NOVEMBER 2014 @ 12:26 AM

PROTASCO Bhd has filed a legal suit against PT Goldchild Integritas Abadi and director Ooi Kock Aun to recover a US$5.16 million (RM17.3 million) deposit under a coal trading deal in Indonesia.

In the suit filed at the Shah Alam High Court yesterday, Protasco also seeks a declaration that the coal trading agreement is void and in breach of the Companies Act, 1965.

The company had agreed to undertake coal trades with PT Goldchild under an agreement on February 4 this year via Protasco Trading Sdn Bhd which paid a US$5.16 million deposit to PT Goldchild. The deposit was to be deducted in stages against future coal trades.

Protasco said it had discovered that both Ooi and another director Tey Por Yee have interests in PT Goldchild. The discoveries were made after Protasco filed its first legal suit against Ooi and Tey in September 2014.

Ooi was a director of Protasco at the time the company entered into the coal-trading agreement with PT Goldchild, but did not disclose his interest in the transaction which he was under obligation to.

“Protasco has been advised that by Ooi’s failure to declare his personal interest contravenes Section 132E of the Companies Act, therefore the coaltrading agreement has been rendered void. Ooi is also personally liable to account to the company for any direct or indirect gain made from the agreement and/or to indemnify the company for losses and/or damages suffered,” Protasco said in a statement.

Protasco had earlier in September filed a suit against PT Anglo Slavic Utama to recover US$27 million in monies paid, and against Tey and Ooi for conspiracy to defraud, hiding their beneficial interests in PT ASU, making secret profits and breach of their fiduciary and statutory duties.

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Amongst the perception that is haunting Hadenan at the moment that he is walking in the shadows of Malaysian former Corporate King Tun Daim Zainuddin.

Dato' Ibrahim Mohd. Nor receiving a souvenir from Dato' Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng at Protasco's annual dinner November 2013

Dato’ Ibrahim Mohd. Nor receiving a souvenir from Dato’ Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng at Protasco’s annual dinner November 2013

Some punters already speculating that there are some hanky-panky. The market-talk also include some kickbacks arisen from the deals that were brokered upon the departure of Tun Daim’s known corporate operative Dato’ Mohd. Ibrahim Mohd. Nor from Protasco Bhd., via Cruise Dream Sdn. Bhd.

Considering there are technical due diligence documents to back against Protasco MD Dato’ Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng’s opposition to scuttle the Acheh oil and gas concession deal, there are questions raised what is Hadenan’s role in this.

PT Anglo Slavic Indonesia, which Protasco Bhd. owns 63% holding and management control is reflected in the listed co's 2013 Annual Report

PT Anglo Slavic Indonesia, which Protasco Bhd. owns 63% holding and management control is reflected in the listed co’s 2013 Annual Report

Protasco is a company which is known to be have awarded contracts to maintain Federal roads.

It is rather peculiar for former Auditor General Hadenan who now chairs the MACC Evaluation Operation Panel, to have accepted the job as Chairman of Protasco knowingly that these sort of businesses and companies are often laden with the burden for the practice of corruption.

Utusan Malaysia business section yesterday

Utusan Malaysia business section yesterday

More over Hadenan accepted the appointment when it was speculated that Tun Daim was involved in the company.

Like it or not, public perception on the company, nature of business and key personalities continues especially in the diversity of the Group’s involvement, which include contracts from the Federal Government.

Now that there are boardroom tussle and allegations being flung against each other which include a report made with the MACC against the Protasco Group MD Ir. Chong Ket Peng and Hadenan been seen to side-stepped this bit, the perception on diminishing corporate governance and integrity compounds.

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Published in: on November 21, 2014 at 12:00  Comments (6)  

Questioning the Hat Party Master of Ceremony

Protasco Bhd. Chairman and MACC Chairman of OEP Tan Sri Hadenan Abdul Jalil

Mainstream media has begin to question the possible issues of integrity and corporate governance on the stance and actions that Protasco Bhd. Chairman Tan Sri Hadenan A. Jalil is taking in the case of boardroom tussle between Deputy Chairman and Group MD Dato’ Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng against two directors and shareholders Tey Por Yee and Ooi Kock Aun.

Utusan Malaysia story:

Kedudukan Hadenan dalam Protasco jadi tanda tanya

20 November 2014 3:04 AM

KUALA LUMPUR 19 Nov. – Kedudukan Tan Sri Dr. Hadenan Abdul Jalil sebagai Pengerusi Protasco Berhad (Protasco) menimbulkan persoalan dalam kalangan sesetengah pihak apabila syarikat tersebut menghadapi krisis di peringkat pengurusan tertinggi.
Persoalan timbul apabila pihak yang bertelagah di dalam syarikat itu dikatakan perlu merujuk kes tersebut kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) mengenai dakwaan wujud salah laku membabitkan pengurusan syarikat terbabit.
Apa yang menimbulkan persoalan pihak terbabit ialah kedudukan Hadenan selaku Pengerusi Panel Penilaian Operasi SPRM dan status beliau tersebut dikhuatiri boleh menimbulkan konflik kepentingan selain aspek soal integriti urus tadbir korporat.
Kemelut dalam Protasco timbul setelah Pengarah Bukan Eksekutifnya, Tey Por Yee dilaporkan memfailkan tindakan mahkamah bagi pihak dan kepentingan syarikat untuk menuntut semula wang sebanyak RM10 juta daripada Pe­ngarah Urusan, Datuk Seri Ir. Chong Ket Pen yang didakwa diperolehnya secara rahsia daripada urus niaga pembelian 68 peratus saham syarikat minyak dan gas Indonesia, PT ASI.
Krisis tersebut berpanjangan apabila Protasco pula dilaporkan bertindak balas dengan memfailkan tindakan mahkamah ke atas Por Yee dan seorang lagi Pengarah syarikat itu, Ooi Kock Aun pada 22 September lalu kerana didakwa melanggar kewajipan fidusiari membabitkan tuntutan ganti rugi sebanyak AS$27 juta (RM88 juta) atas penipuan dan konspirasi dalam urus niaga pembelian saham sebuah syarikat minyak dan gas Indonesia, PT ASI.
Tidak cukup dengan itu, syarikat dilaporkan turut membuat laporan polis ke atas Por Yee dan Kok Aun yang dikatakan mahu mengadakan mesyuarat agung luar biasa (EGM) dijadual 28 November ini bagi menyingkirkan Chong.
Krisis dikatakan semakin panas apabila Chong pula dilaporkan memanggil EGM pada 26 November ini, bagi menyingkirkan ke­dua-dua seterunya itu.
– See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/bisnes/korporat/kedudukan-hadenan-dalam-protasco-jadi-tanda-tanya-1.26827#sthash.zrQ7PKIW.dpuf

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It is obvious that Hadenan is caught between two if not three hats when the two shareholders went to him as Protasco Chairman on 27 October to initiate a shareholders’ called EGM set for 28 November, to get the shareholders to throw Ir. Chong out.

Ooi made a report of corrupt and CBT allegations with MACC against Ir. Chong on 29 October, of which Hadenan was told about it. Hadenan acts as MACC Chairman for Evaluation Operation Panel.

Instead, Hadenan presided the BoD Meeting on 31 October which decided that the management requested EGM is to be held on 26 November, which is with specific intention to throw Ooi and Tey out from the board for the allegations made by Ir. Chong against them.

Did Hadenan as EOP Chairman of MACC give the due consideration for the alleged wrongdoings of Ir. Chong which Ooi officially complained to MACC, in decision to go with management called EGM on 26 November?

There is obvious there are grave issues of perception here, as what Hadenan said in the Youtube video. Members of public are very confused, not to mention shareholders who would attend the two EGMs and vote.

Father and Son: Ir. Kenny Chong Ther Nen (left) and Dato’ Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng (centre)

Tey and Ooi alleged that Ir. Chong as the sole management personality in the Protasco board, dragged their feet in realising the deal in Indonesia for the marginal oil concession even though there exists technical due diligence reports which supported the project.

Tey and Ooi also alleged that Ir. Ooi’s son, Ir. Kenny Ooi who is Protasco MD for property development and  infrastructure oversee the developments of the technical due diligence reports which eventually is in favour for the deal to be completed and exercised to monetise the investment.

Some of the BoD of Protasco Bhd; Tan Sri Hadenan A Jalil, Dato' Ir. Chong Ket Peng, Dato' Ibrahim Mohd. Noor and Larry Tey

Some of the BoD of Protasco Bhd; Tan Sri Hadenan A Jalil, Dato’ Ir. Chong Ket Peng, Dato’ Ibrahim Mohd. Noor and Larry Tey

There are obvious corporate governance issues in here in play. Not with standing issues of corrupt practices, CBT and integrity, which are entwined to make the boardroom tussle more complicated.

Hadenan is definitely caught between all these hats.This is not withstanding that he also sits as BoD member on the largest banking group, Maybank and he was once the Auditor General to His Majesty’s Federal Government.

Dato' Ibrahim Mohd. Nor receiving a souvenir from Dato' Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng at Protasco's annual dinner November 2013

Dato’ Ibrahim Mohd. Nor receiving a souvenir from Dato’ Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng at Protasco’s annual dinner November 2013

Adding another twist to this, Dato’ Mohd. Ibrahim Mohd. Nor still remain as an independent non-executive director despite relinquishing his position via Cruise Dream Sdn. Bhd. upon the entry of Ooi and later Tey into Protasco almost two years ago.

Ibrahim had always been a corporate personality who is closely to former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin.

The other question probably lurks in the minds of people who are watching this boardroom tussle as it unravels fresh information, ahead of the two peculiar EGM next week; is Hadenan is in cahoot indirectly with the invisible hand of Daim Zainuddin.

Published in: on November 20, 2014 at 08:00  Comments (9)  

The Mad Hatter

Protasco Bhd. Chairman and MACC Chairman of OEP Tan Sri Hadenan Abdul Jalil

Protasco Chairman Tan Sri Hadenan A. Jalil who is also MACC Chairman for the Operation Evaluation Panel would have a further hard time especially from the perspective of upholding integrity in the boardroom tussle between Tey and Ooi versus Chong.

The shareholders agreement between Dato’ Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng and Larry Tey Por Yee, was inked on 3 November 2012, which was supposed to pave Tey’s entry into Protasco. In return, Tey was supposed to bring an oil and gas concession for a brownfield near Acheh.

In the shareholders agreement, even profit guarantee was incorporated.

That was Protasco Bhd’s diversification into another business track, on top of construction, property development, asset management and maintenance and education.

PT Anglo Slavic Indonesia, which Protasco Bhd. owns 63% holding and management control is reflected in the listed co's 2013 Annual Report

PT Anglo Slavic Indonesia, which Protasco Bhd. owns 63% holding and management control is reflected in the listed co’s 2013 Annual Report

Ir. Chong was said to be frantically looking for investors and supposedly partners, at the time trying to gain control of Protasco Bhd. It was said it had something to do with the exit of Dato’ Mohd. Ibrahim Mohd. Nor. from the listed company and Ir. Chong’s option was expiring within a few weeks time.

It was said that Ir. Chong, who was a career JKR engineer turned into a senior management and eventually able to arrange the substantial holding of Protasco Bhd., where he was made the Executive Deputy Chairmn and Group Managing Director.

Even without the boardroom tussle which escalated from end of September, Hadenan being the former Auditor General and MACC Chairman for EOP should have had some degree of curiosity how is a retired civil servant and a paid employee for so long is able to raise monies and finance 20% holding of a RM600 million market capitalisation group.

Dato' Ibrahim Mohd. Nor receiving a souvenir from Dato' Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng at Protasco's annual dinner November 2013

Dato’ Ibrahim Mohd. Nor receiving a souvenir from Dato’ Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng at Protasco’s annual dinner November 2013

Instead, Hadenan demonstrated his impartiality when he took side with Ir. Chong who reacted upon Tey’s and Ooi’s move as shareholders to remove the Group Managing Director from BoD of Protasco.

Tey and Ooi written to Hadenan for their move as shareholders to remove Ir. Chong in an EGM which they called for 28 November 2014.

It was regard about alleged Ir. Chong’s misconduct and unbecoming as an MD in fulfilling the agreement with PT Anglo Slavic Indonesia. Also, there is a further allegations about Ir. Chong and some of the senior management benefitting from proceeds amounting to RM10 million as inducement for some of the layered transaction.

Some of the BoD of Protasco Bhd; Tan Sri Hadenan A Jalil, Dato' Ir. Chong Ket Peng, Dato' Ibrahim Mohd. Noor and Larry Tey

Some of the key personalities amongst the BoD members with substantial shareholdings within Protasco Bhd; Tan Sri Hadenan A Jalil, Dato’ Ir. Chong Ket Peng, Dato’ Ibrahim Mohd. Nor and Larry Tey

Ooi also made a report against Ir. Chong and filed it with MACC Putrajaya on 29 October. It is assumed that Hadenan was informed about this, since MACC officers should be aware that he sits in the listed company as the Chairman.

Yet Hadenan chaired the BoD meeting on 31 October which instead went along with the management’s call for EGM on 26 November which intended to remove Tey and Ooi from the board. The complaint made to MACC was ignored.

Hadenan as the Chairman of BoD may want to pay a little more attention that Ir. Kenny Chong Ther Nen, who is Ir. Chong the elder’s son and he is also the MD for infrastructure and property development arm of the group. It was Kenny Chong who was responsible for the technical due diligence of the Indonesian oil and gas land deal.

Father and Son: Ir. Kenny Chong Ther Nen (left) and Dato’ Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng (centre)

Adding insult to injury, the deal that Ir. Chong inked with Tey dated 3 November and the initial acquisition of PT Anglo Slavic Indonesia for the oil and gas concession in Acheh was not brought into proper BoD meeting.

Only a circular resolution was passed and subsequently, an announcement made to Bursa Malaysia.

Probably a deal that huge should be deliberated properly in a proper BoD meeting and eventually an EGM called to get the shareholders’ mandate. Also, for the supplementary agreement dated 28 June 2013. However, there weren’t.

The consequence from these decisions would place the whole deal in the bigger scheme of things and now in hindsight it would seemed that Hadenan failed to do as Chairman of Protasco, for probably several reasons.

Father and Son

As more information surfaced about this boardroom tussle where Ir. Chong instituted to sue Tey as a shareholder for the Indonesian oil and gas land deal and there are several serious allegations against Ir. Chong for abusing power, CBT and getting kickbacks, it becomes more complicated.

Needless to mention, new developments made the matter becomes more dodgy and many non-halal corporate governance moves and hidden agendas.

So far Hadenan’s move could be construed as insult against the integrity that he should be upholding in the several esteemed position and role that he is holding and fulfilling. Proven, it would be serious dent in Malaysia’s corporate governance.

Published in: on November 16, 2014 at 23:59  Comments (180)  

Caught Between Two Hats

Protasco Bhd. Chairman and MACC Chairman of OEP Tan Sri Hadenan Abdul Jalil

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman for Operation Evaluation Panel Tan Sri Hadenan A Jalil in a deep conundrum when it comes to the boardroom tussle between key personalities of Protasco Berhad.

Hadenan who is the Chairman of the listed company which principle business activities diversify between road construction, property development and education, have to preside on the upcoming two EGMs.

The first EGM was called by the some of the board members for 26 November 2014 is for the removal of two independent non-executive directors Adrian Ooi and Larry Tey.

The Malaysian Reserve story:

Accusations fly at Protasco

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:04 P Prem Kumar 0 Comments

Shareholders representing 10.52% of the construction company filed a petition to remove two directors of the company, Tey Por Yee and Ooi Kock Aun. The company had already in September filed a RM89 million lawsuit against Tey and Ooi and Indonesia-based PT Anglo Slavic Utama (PT ASU).

Responding to the petition, Tey and Ooi came out in public to accuse Protasco’s managing director Datuk Seri Chong Ket Pen of inappropriate behaviour involving kickbacks.
Tey told a Press conference yesterday that the lawsuit against him was “entirely a plot by Chong to oust me and my partner from the board of Protasco.”

Tey claimed that some parties are “afraid” of him because he is the second largest shareholder in the company, with 18% of its entire paid-up capital under his control.

“I was pointing out what was wrong in the board. There were some financial issues where I was not satisfied with the way Chong and the top management were handling the case,” an emotional Tey said in his lawyer’s office in Kelana Jaya.

Tey also claimed that PT ASU informed him that certain board members gained financially in deals with the Indonesian company involving oil, bitumen and coal trading.

Tey released details of the deals he said channelled money to back to some directors.

Tey, via his vehicle Kingdom Seeker Ventures Sdn Bhd had yesterday filed a derivative action for the benefit of Protasco to recover RM10 million from Chong, and other senior managers.

Tey said he had tried calling for a emergency board meeting on October 27th, however was rejected due to short frame of time.

Protasco has fixed October 31st to hear Tey’s allegations against Chong.

“Chong has betrayed the trust of Protasco shareholders. We are being made the scapegoat to cover this major breach of the shareholders’ trust,” he said.

In light of this, Tey is set to call for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to present the evidence to shareholders, and ask for the removal of Chong, as Protasco managing director and executive director.

“We will in the next few days notify the shareholders when the EGM will be held. Most probably in the last week of October or the first month of November,” said Tey.

Tey also claimed that the petition to remove him from the board came from Chong and his supporter.

“Now, I know the real reason for the lawsuit – it is really just a board room fight and they want to remove me, who have invested close to RM100 million in Protasco. I am a substantial shareholder and a threat to Chong,: he said.

In a statement to Bursa Malaysia yesterday, Bursa Malaysia said it has received a suit against the company as well as Datuk Seri Chong Ket Pen and several others by a company which is controlled by Tey.
The company said the suit is making a claim for the return of RM10 million and damages against Protasco.
In 2012, Protasco agreed to buy a stake in PT ASU subsidiary as it ventured into the lucrative oil and gas business. However the deal fell through and Protasco terminated the agreement in August this year.
Protasco then proceeded on to sue PT ASU, Tey and Ooi on Sept 22, 2014, for conspiracy to defraud Protasco and making secret profit.

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Initially, on 29 October Ooi and Tey requested for Dato’ Sri Ir. Chong Ket Peng to be removed as director and automatically as the Group Managing Director. These shareholders called for an EGM on 28 November.

As a reaction, a BoD meeting was called on 31 October. Ir. Chong engineering another director Tan Heng Kui who is affiliated to him for the pre-emptive EGM now slotted on 26 November.

The Star story:

Tey seeks to remove Chong from Protasco

Friday, 31 October 2014

PETALING JAYA: Protasco Bhd’s non-executive director Tey Por Yee (pic) wants to remove managing director Datuk Seri Chong Ket Pen as a director of Protasco and is calling for an EGM for this purpose.

“The facts and evidence of Chong’s (alleged) wrongdoing will be brought directly to the shareholders via an EGM that is being fully funded by myself. I am paying for the cost of the EGM with my own money,” Tey said in a statement.

“Chong, on the other hand, through his shares in UOBM Nominees (Tempatan) Sdn Bhd wants to instigate Protasco to call for an EGM at Protasco’s cost to remove me and Ooi Kock Aun. This action of Chong again calls into question his motive and him hiding behind Protasco and other entities as he covers up his activities,” Tey added.

UOBM Nominees (Tempatan) and Tan Heng Kui, who own 8.99% and 1.52% in Protasco, respectively, had three days ago called for an EGM to remove Tey and Ooi.

Tey, in turn, said the EGM called by him was necessary, alleging that there was evidence of Chong having received financial gains from Protasco’s oil and gas dealings with PT Anglo Slavic Utama (PT ASU), which was entered into Tey and Ooi’s defence on Oct 28.

Section 145 of the Companies Act 1965 states that two or more shareholders holding not less than one-tenth of the paid-up and issued share capital of the company may call for a meeting of the company.

Protasco had in September launched a legal suit against PT ASU and Tey and Ooi, to claim for a refund of the purchase price paid under the restated sale and purchase agreement dated Jan 28 from PT ASU and/or damages – and/or for damages – arising from the breach of contract.

Protasco’s claim against Tey and Ooi is premised on allegations that they have breached their fiduciary and statutory duties, including the duty to disclose their interest in the transaction, conspiracy to defraud Protasco and the making of secret profits.

Both Tey and Ooi have denied all allegations made against them.

“The lawsuit that Protasco took out on Ooi and myself as per their announcement on Sept 22 is a cover-up for their intention to remove me from Protasco. In a board room fight, both parties should be prepared to be upfront and use (their) own money to fund a legal counsel and convene company meetings,” Tey claimed.

Tey also claimed that he had called for an emergency Protasco board meeting to present the facts and evidence of this wrongdoing and ask for the board to take action.

His statement yesterday claimed that the chairman, Tan Sri Hadenan A Jalil, decided to adjourn the emergency meeting, citing “insufficient time” for all board members to be present.

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was said that Ooi and Tey wrote and complained to Hadenan they were denied the process natural justice on a deal involving the sale of a land with oil concession in Sumatera. During the Indonesian Presidential election Protasco management imposed a condition to the vendor for the public policy by Indonesia to favour the Malaysian plc.

Hadenan responded on the excuse of going with the management on the biased simplified solution to a problem which is a multilayered transaction and multinational.

The complain is more complicated than what meets the eye. Ooi made a report of alleged corrupt practices by Ir. Chong with MACC Putrajaya on 29 October 2014.

Protasco Bhd MD Dato’ Sri ir. Chong Ket Peng

As someone who is high placed within MACC, it is almost certain that by the time of the BoD meeting on 31 October Hadenan already been informed of the report made by Ooi. Yet, he still went with Ir. Chong’s game to have the EGM two days ahead of the Tey’s and Ooi’s sponsored EGM.

It is very unprofessional for Hadenan to do so.

However Hadenan in his wealth of experience as the Auditor General and as a corporate personality in some of the most prolific and strategic corporations are not being reflected in the decisions that he made here in Protasco.

NST story:

Tey fails bid to suspend Chong

1 NOVEMBER 2014 @ 12:29 AM

PETALING JAYA: Protasco Bhd non-executive director Tey Por Yee yesterday claimed that its board of directors refused to have managing director Datuk Seri Chong Ket Pen answer any of the allegations on a RM10 million personal financial gain.

The call to suspend Chong until disciplinary action can be taken was also not allowed to be tabled at the board’s meeting yesterday, Tey said.

Protasco had in September launched a legal suit against Tey, another non-executive director Ooi Kock Aun and PT Anglo Slavic Utama (PT ASU) to claim back US$22.1 million (RM72.49 million) it paid in its foiled attempt to buy a controlling stake in an oil and gas firm in Indonesia.

In return, Tey filed a derivative action early this week against six board members of RS Maha Niaga Sdn Bhd, including Chong, to recover RM10 million for Protasco. Tey also sought to remove Chong by calling for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on November 28.

In a statement yesterday, Tey said Protasco had brought in lawyers to the board meeting, who then objected to the resolution being tabled or put to vote.

Tey also said the EGM called by Protasco’s board two days earlier than the one by him is deliberately to “prevent shareholders from knowing the truth”.

Meanwhile, Protasco said its board had agreed to hold an EGM on November 26 to deliberate on the resolution to remove Tey and Ooi as its directors.

“A notice to call the EGM will be issued in due course and further announcement(s) on the matter will be made.”

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In fact there is probably a conflict. Hadenan should not be seen as taking sides when he should be impartial in the boardroom tussle. Especially now that there is a legal case brought by both parties against each other.

The Sun story:

Protasco’s Tey counter sues senior management

Posted on 29 October 2014 – 05:36am
Lee Weng Khuen
sunbiz@thesundaily.com

PETALING JAYA: One of the embattled directors of Protasco Bhd Tey Por Yee has responded to the suit filed against him by Protasco with a counter suit claiming failure by management of the company to exercise their authority for the benefit of the company.

Tey, suing in a representative capacity on behalf and for the benefit of Protasco, is alleging that Protasco’s senior management had made RM10 million in secret profits from the aborted PT Anglo Slavic Indonesia (PT ASI) deal and is suing to recover the said amount.

Protasco’s vice chairman and managing director Datuk Seri Chong Ket Pen, Edward Khoo Mong Wei, Lim Yew Ting, Low Kian Seng, Khor Hooi Ling, Kenny Chong Ther Nen, as well as Protasco and RS Maha Niaga Sdn Bhd are all named in the suit by Tey and Ooi.

Tey, speaking in the presence of his lawyer at a press conference yesterday, said that he had discovered evidence of a money trail where monies paid by Protasco for the proposed acquisition of PT ASI was flowed through two layers of companies before a RM10 million cheque was drawn and paid to benefit RS Maha Niaga Sdn Bhd’s account with United Overseas Bank (M) Bhd in early 2013.

Ooi Kock Aun, the other party being sued by Protasco was not present at the press conference and is not part of the suit filed by Tey though his company Kingdom Seeker Ventures Sdn Bhd (KSV).

According to Tey, PT Anglo Slavic Utama (PT ASU) vide its lawyers cited that the RM10 million was Chong’s financial gain from two contracts, which are related to the takeover of an oil deal and bitumen and coal trading with Indonesian companies.

Filings with the Companies Commission of Malaysia show that Khoo and Lim are the shareholders of RS Maha Niaga.

In a statement released later in the evening in response to Tey’s statement, Chong denied the allegation made by Tey and said he will be lodging a police report on the claims made by Tey.

Back in December 28, 2012, Protasco entered into an agreement to acquire some stake in PT Anglo Slavic Indonesia (PT ASI) from PT ASU, in a move to venture into the oil and gas business. However, the deal fell through last August when Protasco decided to terminate the deal.

Tey, who himself is sought to be removed by substantial shareholders in Protasco, meanwhile said he will call for an EGM at the end of November or early December to remove Chong.

Tey, who owns a 18% stake in Protasco through KSV, plans to present the evidence he has gathered against Chong to shareholders at the EGM.

“We’re (Tey and Ooi) are being made the scapegoat to cover this major breach of shareholders’ trust,” he told a media briefing here yesterday.

Tey pointed out that as soon as he discovered the evidence of money trail, he had called for an emergency board meeting on Monday to present the facts and evidence of the wrongdoing and ask for the board to take action.

The company’s chairman Tan Sri Hadenan Abdul Jalil however informed Tey vide a letter that the meeting would instead be held this Friday.

In a separate statement to rebut Tey’s claims, Protasco explained that the postponement of the meeting is in view of its importance to enable all board members to attend.

On Monday Protasco received notice from its shareholders, UOBM Nominees (Tempatan) Sdn Bhd and Tan Heng Kui who collectively hold a 10.51%, to call for an EGM to remove Tey and Ooi.

Tey and Ooi are currently being sued by Protasco for breach of fiduciary duties, involving a claim of US$27 million (RM88 million) in damages for fraud and conspiracy over the PT ASI takeover deal.

Share price of the construction and property development firm closed 4 sen lower to RM1.60 yesterday.

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Then again, there could be a perception issue when Hadenan is remains as Protasco Chairman when MACC investigation officers conduct their pry into the allegations as per in Ooi’s report.

What could very interesting is that Hadenan as the Chairman was part of the circular resolution in the deal to acquire the Indonesian parcel with the intention of taking Protasco Bhd. into oil and gas business. It was part of the deal when Tey and Ooi came and took substantial position in the company.

PT Anglo Slavic Indonesia, which Protasco Bhd. owns 63% holding and management control is reflected in the listed co's 2013 Annual Report

PT Anglo Slavic Indonesia, which Protasco Bhd. owns 63% holding and management control is reflected in the listed co’s 2013 Annual Report

No proper BoD meeting was held. What was more interesting, no EGM was held too for the listed company to make such a strategic departure on top of their existing business tracks.

It is a mystery that the former Auditor General and an experienced corporate man went along with Ir. Chong’s game. Too much at stake here, when all the mitigating factors are being weighted into public perception, which would spill over beyond Protasco Bhd.

Some of the BoD of Protasco Bhd; Tan Sri Hadenan A Jalil, Dato' Ir. Chong Ket Peng, Dato' Ibrahim Mohd. Noor and Larry Tey

Some of the key personalities amongst the BoD members with substantial shareholdings within Protasco Bhd; Tan Sri Hadenan A Jalil, Dato’ Ir. Chong Ket Peng, Dato’ Ibrahim Mohd. Nor and Larry Tey

The Malaysian corporate scene would be discoloured when the facts presented in the suit would itself undermine the perception if not the integrity itself of the personalities involved.

Right at the top is definitely Hadenan.

Hadenan is caught between the two hats of Protasco and MACC. A third, if the membership of BoD of Malaysia’s largest banking group, Maybank Berhad is included. Public perception would be gambled especially as the boardroom tussle will also turn into a bitter courtroom.

Published in: on November 15, 2014 at 22:00  Comments (13)  

Liberalising out of context

In the zest of upholding the feminist movement in the perspective and flavour of universal rights, Sisters in Islam activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir is generalising the Malaysian democratic system in the most simplistic interpretation.

The Malay Main online story:

Malaysia not theocratic dictatorship, SIS tells Jamil Khir

BY BOO SU-LYN

NOVEMBER 10, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 — Women’s advocacy group Sisters in Islam (SIS) has told minister Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom that Malaysia is a democracy and not a theocratic dictatorship.

The Muslim women’s rights NGO also said shariah laws are man-made and therefore not infallible, pointing out that the recent court challenges by SIS against a fatwa and by a group of Muslim transgender men against a state shariah law prohibiting cross-dressing were challenges to the “unjust and inefficient” Islamic legal system in Malaysia.

“We would like to remind the minister that Malaysia is a democratic country, not a theocratic dictatorship,” Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, a member of SIS’ board of directors, told Malay Mail Online.

“Our Federal Constitution guarantees the fundamental liberties of every citizen including Muslims. The rule of law applies to everyone, and everyone has a right to seek redress in the courts if they feel they have been unfairly treated,” she added.

SIS also expressed alarm at the call by Jamil Khir, who is the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Islamic affairs, for all Muslims to defend their faith from liberal ideologies “by any method”.

“Does this mean he is giving the go-ahead for anyone to take vigilante action against those the minister deems un-Islamic, including violence? Does this mean that should anyone physically attack such persons, the state will take no action against them?” Marina asked.

Jamil Khir said yesterday that in a “new wave” of assault, Muslim transgenders and SIS are colluding with Islam’s enemies to put its religious institutions on trial in a secular court.

The minister was responding to two recent court challenges where state Islamic authorities were cast into a defensive role, with one initiated by SIS at the High Court here against a Selangor religious edict, or fatwa, declaring their organisation and its members “deviants”.

The other was a separate case mounted by a group of transgender men who were convicted of cross-dressing under the Negri Sembilan state shariah law, which they won at the Court of Appeal Friday.

A three-judge panel at the Court of Appeal had unanimously ruled Section 66 of the Negri Sembilan Syariah Criminal Enactment 1992 to be unconstitutional as it violated the three Muslim men’s right to freedom of expression.

Jamil Khir said Islamic institutions like the state Islamic councils must work together to face “this new wave against Islam”, claiming that there is an “agenda” outside the country’s predominant religion aiming to twist the faith of Muslims.

Malaysia’s religious authorities have long derided liberalism and pluralism, with Friday sermons nationwide claiming a conspiracy by “enemies of Islam” to manipulate Muslims through ideas like secularism, socialism, feminism and positivism, in addition to the two.

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The comment of simplistic generalisation could be seen as immature, especially when taken out of context. The fact is that Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin and Minister in Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Islamic Affairs Dato’ Sri Jamil Khir Baharom urged the Negeri Sembilan State Government to appeal against the CoA judgement.

NST story:

‘Negri body must appeal ruling on Muslim men’

BY A. AZIM IDRIS AND LAVANYA LINGAN – 10 NOVEMBER 2014 @ 8:15 AM

PUTRAJAYA: NEGRI Sembilan’s religious authorities should seek to overturn the Court of Appeal’s decision declaring its law forbidding Muslim men from dressing up as women as unconstitutional, says Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Describing the landmark ruling as “extraordinary” and “shocking”, Muhyiddin said although the court must be respected, the religious authorities should try to get the ruling reversed.

This was in light of the furore raised by Islamic leaders, including state muftis and Muslim lawyers’ associations, which were left baffled by the judgment.

“There are matters under Syariah courts and Islamic law that have their limitations and can be overruled by the Court of Appeal or other courts,

“Although I am not an expert in the matter, this involves the Federal Constitution (and the decision) needs to be reviewed as it carries great implications.”

Muhyiddin said this during a press conference after chairing a special emergency meeting with the National Security Council on the floods and mudslides in Cameron Highlands, Pahang.

He said the matter should be referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers and Islamic religious departments.

Last week, the Court of Appeal struck down the state law in an unanimous decision delivered by a three-man bench chaired by judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus.

The judgment favoured three transgender persons who challenged Section 66 of the Syariah Criminal (Negri Sembilan) Enactment 1992.

Hishamudin said the provision was unconstitutional as it discriminated against Muslim men suffering from a medical condition called gender identity disorder.

He ruled that the section contravened the fundamental right to liberty, equality before the law, and freedom of movement and expression, as contained in the Federal Constitution.

In Kuala Lumpur, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom urged Negeri Sembilan’s Islamic Religious Department (Jain) to appeal against the ruling as it involved the state authority’s integrity as a body that safeguarded Muslims.

“It also reflects the state authority’s firmness in upholding the faith and curbing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activities among Muslims,” he said yesterday, adding it was crucial that Jain take the case to the Federal Court to determine the jurisdiction of a state’s religious authority.

“The ruling affects legal provisions in other states as well. Islamic teachings must be upheld by any possible means.”

Jamil Khir said the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) was ready to intervene in proceedings if Jain were to move forward with the appeal.

He said the provision forbidding Muslim men from imitating women or wearing women’s clothes was in place to curb the spread of LGBT activities that went against Islamic teachings and that all parties must remind themselves that, as stated in the Federal Constitution, Islam was the nation’s official religion.

Jamil criticised Sisters in Islam for filing a judicial review against the Selangor Fatwa Committee, Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and the Selangor government over a fatwa labelling them religious deviants.

“Their attempt to drag the Islamic institutions to civil court is uncalled for,” he said, adding that in 2010, the High Court had rejected an application by ESQ Leadership Centre Sdn Bhd for a judicial review of a fatwa, ruling that civil courts did not have jurisdiction to hear such cases, which come under the Syariah court’s purview.

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The fact is that Federation of Malaysia is a country which practice Constitutional Monarchy democratic system. It means that the the democracy falls back on the Federal Constitution, which requires Royal Assent in some matters.

Especially in matters pertaining to Islam and Malay Culture, in nine of the states where there is Malay Ruler. HRHs act as the Constitutional Head for such matters, based on the corresponding State Constitution.

The fundamental liberty system in Malaysia is not and never had been a total democracy. Like it or not, there some limitations of ‘democracy’, which also include the freedom to voice opinion.

The Federal Constitution exist to protect the interest of the community first, above the pleasure of individuals. It exist with the spirit of righteousness.

An example is a man who impose himself on a retarded woman. The woman may not be in the state of mind to stop the man from imposing himself on her. In fact, she might not even be able to report of such hedious act of violation of will.

Let us take a bet that there would be possibility in his defence, the man would cite it is his ‘democratic right’ to impose himself on her.

The Penal Code exist to limit such social deviant from their sinister interpretation of ‘democratic right’ onto others, especially those who are unable to fend for themselves. It is the society which defines that this individual’s act is hedious and criminal.

Same goes to the ‘age of consent’. Can ‘democratic rights’ be an excuse, for sexual relations below the age of consent?

Marina’s statement should be seen as outrageous, if not deemed to be extreme. It is the escalation and expansion of such liberal talks that would eventually morph the situation and mirror interpretation into extremism.

Challenging and confusing the people especially the majority who upholds the conservatism against the principles and values of Islam and the process and administration of Islam and Syariah Law in Malaysia is bordering to extremism.

It is no mystery such continuous attempts by different parties on different angles would simply draw out the Jihad extremists either in reciprocity or reactionary.

The tolerance and accommodation of the Malay-Muslim majority should not be abused and put towards the extreme test. This nation was born from the Social Contract which HRHs compromised for the equal rights of people once deemed ‘Subjects of HRHs’.

Constitutionally and by convention, that has its limitations from the absolute freedom of some minority which to dream for. By no means, moderate Muslims are to be defined for accepting such obscure ideology of ‘free-for-all-anything-goes’ concept.

Published in: on November 10, 2014 at 14:45  Comments (6)  

“Kita masih lembap lagi!”

They say a picture paints a thousand words. We are not sure about motion picture. The permutation should be in billions of words. In vivid colours, that is.

Published in: on November 10, 2014 at 12:00  Leave a Comment  

Moving towards Darul Khunsa

Supporters of transgender rights group Justice for Sisters celebrate outside the Court of Appeal after the court declares Section 66 of Negri Sembilan Shariah law unconstitutional, November 7, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/fearing-domino-effect-of-court-decision-on-transgenders-isma-says-mains-mus#sthash.Z0oMIaZH.dpuf

Muslim lawyers appeal to the corresponding State Governments to view and prepare all cases involving Muslims with proper referrences to State Constitution, where they are bound to adhere.

KENYATAAN AKHBAR PERSATUAN 

PEGUAM PEGUAM MUSLIM MALAYSIA (PPMM) 

Berkaitan Penghakiman Mahkamah Rayuan  yang memutuskan Seksyen 66 Enakmen Jenayah Syariah (Negeri Sembilan) 1992  tidak berperlembagaan)

Bertarikh: 8 November 2014

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PPMM berasa amat terkejut dengan keputusan sebulat suara Mahkamah Rayuan pada 7 November 2014 yang memutuskan Seksyen 66 Enakmen Jenayah Syariah ( Negeri Sembilan) 1992 adalah tidak berperlembagaan kerana mendiskriminasi golongan minoriti. Keputusan tersebut dibuat setelah tiga orang lelaki Islam merayu kepada Mahkamah Rayuan apabila Mahkamah Tinggi menolak permohonan mereka mengisytiharkan sekyen tersebut tidak berperlembagaan.  Ketiga-tiga lelaki Islam berkenaan telah dituduh di Mahkamah Syariah Negeri Sembilan di bawah seksyen 66 tersebut kerana memakai pakaian perempuan atau berlagak seperti perempuan di tempat awam.

Seksyen tersebut berbunyi seperti berikut:

“Seksyen 66. Lelaki berlagak seperti perempuan.

Mana-mana orang lelaki yang memakai pakaian perempuan atau berlagak seperti perempuan di mana-mana tempat awam adalah melakukan satu kesalahan dan hendaklah apabila disabitkan dikenakan hukuman denda tidak melebihi satu ribu ringgit atau penjara selama tempoh tidak melebihi enam bulan atau kedua-duanya.”

Sehingga siaran akhbar ini ditulis PPMM masih lagi belum mendapat salinan penghakiman yang diputuskan pada 7 November 2014 itu. PPMM juga tidak mendapat makluman berkaitan dengan hujahan-hujahan yang telah dikemukakan oleh kedua belah pihak semasa prosiding rayuan berjalan. Pada kebiasaan hakim-hakim akan membuat keputusan berdasarkan persoalan yang dihujahkan di hadapan mahkamah.

Oleh yang demikian siaran akhbar ini dibuat berdasarkan laporan-laporan yang dibuat di akhbar-akhbar dan media alternatif sahaja dan menyentuh aspek keabsahan dan kesan keputusan yang dibuat oleh Mahkamah Rayuan tersebut.

Di dalam kes Sulaiman Takrib v Majlis Agama Islam Trengganu, Mahkamah Persekutuan telah memutuskan bahawa Dewan Undangan Negeri mempunyai kuasa legislatif untuk membuat apa-apa kesalahan dan hukuman yang melanggar perintah agama Islam. Perintah agama Islam termasuklah juga isu-isu berkaitan akhlak atau moral bagi orang Islam seperti di dalam Seksyen 66 tersebut. Di dalam kes tersebut Mahkamah Persekutuan memutuskan makna ‘precepts of Islam’ bukan sekadar rukun Islam tetapi apa-apa perintah agama Islam. Menjaga akhlak adalah sebahagian dari perintah agama Islam dan lelaki berpakaian wanita adalah diharamkan di dalam Islam.

Manakala di dalam kes Titular Roman Catholic Archibishop of Kuala Lumpur v Menteri Dalam Negeri dan 8 yang lain pula, Mahkamah Persekutuan memutuskan antara lain kebenaran dari Mahkamah Persekutuan perlu diperolehi terlebih dahulu di dalam sesuatu prosiding yang mencabar keperlembagaan sesuatu undang-undang.

Berdasarkan dua penghakiman Mahkamah Persekutuan di atas, PPMM berpandangan Mahkamah Rayuan telah khilaf di dalam penghakiman semalam.  Malah ia juga tidak sejajar dengan beberapa peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan seperti Perkara 3 yang meletakkan Islam bukan sekadar agama rasmi tetapi agama bagi Persekutuan seperti yang diputuskan di dalam kes-kes Lina Joy melawan Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persecution (Mahkamah Persekutuan) dan Meor Atiqurrahman melawan Fatimah Sihi (Mahkamah Tinggi). Begitu juga obligasi berperlembagaan Yang Di Pertuan Agong di dalam Jadual Keempat Perlembagaan Persekutuan di mana YDPA bersumpah memelihara Islam pada setiap masa.  Sebagai Ketua Eksekutif sebenar Negara (Perkara 39) sumpah YDPA tersebut menjadi suatu obligasi kepada semua cabang pentadbiran dan kehakiman negara untuk dipenuhi.

Isu diskriminasi kepada golongan minoriti tidak seharusnya timbul kerana kebebasan fundamental  (fundamental liberties) seperti yang dinyatakan di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan bukanlah suatu yang tiada batasannya. Hak tersebut tidak bersifat mutlak dan ia perlu dibaca bersama-sama dengan peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang lain. Perlembagaan Persekutuan mesti dibaca secara bersesama bukan diasing-asingkan antara satu sama lain (harmonious interpretation). Mentafsirkan peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan secara berasingan akan hanya membawa implikasi percanggahan peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan sesama sendiri.

Keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan tersebut juga gagal mengambilkira norma masyarakat Melayu Islam (grundnorm of the society) yang merupakan teras kepada jatidiri kebangsaan. Islam dan Melayu merupakan sebahagian daripada struktur asas (basic structures) yang membentuk Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Memusnahkan strucktur asas ini akan mengakibatkan jatidiri dan kerangka Perlembagaan Persekutuan itu sendiri terpecah.

Walau apapun penghakiman semalam adalah penghakiman yang sah oleh sebuah mahkamah yang kompeten. Ia perlu dihormati sehingga ada keputusan sebaliknya.

PPMM menyeru Kerajaan Negeri Sembilan dan pihak-pihak yang dinamakan di dalam prosiding tersebut memohon kebenaran merayu dalam tempoh yang ditetapkan. PPMM juga mendesak sementara menunggu permohonan kebenaran merayu diputuskan Kerajaan Negeri Sembilan memohon penggantungan perintah yang dikeluarkan itu.  PPMM juga menyeru Kerajaan Persekutuan yang merupakan “amicus curae” di dalam prosiding tersebut  bekerjasama dengan Kerajaan Negeri Sembilan di dalam rayuan tersebut.

PPMM selanjutnya menyeru semua Majlis-Majlis Agama Islam Negeri-Negeri  (MAINS) di seluruh Malaysia supaya memohon kebenaran mencelah di dalam prosiding rayuan kelak. Ini adalah disebabkan Majlis-Majlis Agama Islam adalah penasihat utama dalam hal ehwal agama Islam kepada Sultan/ Raja/ Yamtuan negeri masing-masing dan YDPA bagi negeri yang tidak mempunyai Raja. Keputusan ini juga memberi kesan kepada undang-undang yang sama yang ada di negeri-negeri lain.  MAINS mempunyai kepentingan undang-undang yang jelas di dalam prosiding ini kerana ia juga akan memberi kesan kepada undang-undang di negeri berkenaan.

PPMM bersedia memberi taklimat, khidmat dan pandangan kepada MAINS khasnya dan semua Majlis Agama Islam amnya   dalam perkara ini.

PPMM juga menyeru kepada semua umat Islam di Malaysia supaya bertenang bagi membolehkan proses undang-undang berjalan sewajarnya.

Dato’ Haji Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar
Presiden
Persatuan Peguam Peguam Muslim Malaysia (PPMM)

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In the surprise decision by Court of Appeal on men cross-dressing, which was decided by Seremban Syariah Court based on Section 66 of the Syariah Penal Code for Negeri Sembilan, is deemed ‘Unconstitutional’ and contravened to individual rights. The judges decided that fundamental liberties are guaranteed by the Federal Constitution.

The Star story:

Published: Friday November 7, 2014 MYT 11:36:00 AM
Updated: Friday November 7, 2014 MYT 4:48:44 PM

Court of Appeal: Negri Sembilan Syariah law against cross-dressing unconstitutional

BY QISHIN TARIQ

Palace of Justice in Putrajaya

PUTRAJAYA: Punishing transgenders for cross-dressing contravenes freedom of expression, the Court of Appeal declared Friday, in a landmark ruling.

The panel allowed the appeal of three transgenders who sought to have Section 66 of the Syariah Criminal (Negri Sembilan) Enactment 1992 declared unconstitutional.

The panel lead by Justice Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus ruled that Section 66 contravened multiple Articles of the Federal Constitution which ensured fundamental liberties, including Article 5(1), 8(1), 8(2), 9(2), and 10(1).

“A person’s dress, attire or article of clothing are a form of expression, which in our view is guaranteed under Article 10 (freedom of expression),” he said.

The panel also found that a state legislative assembly has no power to restrict freedom of speech, and that only Parliament could do so within reason.

Currently, Section 66 allows the Syariah Court to punish any man who dresses or poses as a woman with up to six months in prison or be fined a maximum RM1,000; regardless of whether they had Gender Identity Disorder (GID).

“Clearly, the restriction imposed on the appellants and other GID sufferers is unreasonable. Thus from the aspect of reasonableness, Section 66 is unconstitutional,” ruled the court.

Justice Mohd Hishamudin disagreed with the Seremban High Court findings that the Syariah law was reasonable in order to protect society from homosexuality which would lead to the spread of HIV.

“The High Court’s remarks are unsupported by, and contrary to, evidence and is tainted by unscientific personal feelings or personal prejudice,” said Justice Mohd Hishamudin.

He said the High Court judge was “particularly transfixed with homosexual relations” in her reasoning, although the present case has absolutely nothing to do with homosexuality but was rather about gender identity.

The Court of Appeal panel, which also included Justices Aziah Ali and Lim Yee Lan, made no order as to costs.

Counsel Aston Paiva represent the transgender appellants, while Iskandar Ali Dewa acted as legal advisor for the Negri Sembilan state government, and senior federal counsel Suzanna Atan acted for the Attorney-General’s Chambers as amicus curae(friend of the court).

Speaking to reporters, Aston said cross-dressers could still be arrested, but were now empowered to challenge it at High Court.

Justice For Sisters advocacy manager Nisha Ayub said they would be educating transgenders around the country and encouraging them to challenge similarly prohibitive laws in their states.

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This landmark ruling will now set the precedence for other Pondans and Mak Nyahs to challenge any rulings against them.

The Malay Mail online story:

After landmark win, transgenders set to challenge anti-crossdressing Shariah laws across Malaysia

BY ZURAIRI ARNOVEMBER

7, 2014

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 7 ― Transgenders all over Malaysia have been urged to challenge Shariah laws outlawing crossdressing in each state, after the Court of Appeal ruled earlier that the Negri Sembilan version is inconsistent with the Federal Constitution and therefore void.

Calling the decision “landmark”, rights group Justice for Sisters (JFS) said the transgender community should now feel empowered and realise that their rights are being tread upon.

“I’d say this is a historical moment for the transgender community not just in Seremban, but throughout Malaysia. It’s a landmark case. Hopefully we can use this case as a landmark case to challenge in other states too,” JFS’ activist Nisha Ayub told reporters outside the court here.

Section 66 of the Negri Sembilan Shariah Criminal Enactment 1992 outlaws any Muslim man who “wears a woman attire and poses as a woman”, with the punishment of a fine not exceeding RM1,000 or jail of not more than six months or both.

The court’s three-man bench, led by Justice Datuk Hishamudin Mohd Yunus, ruled today that the Shariah law contravened constitutional provisions that guarantee personal liberty, equality, freedom of movement, and freedom of expression.

It also said the law was discriminatory as it fails to recognise men diagnosed with the Gender Identity Disorder (GID), or transgenderism.

Besides Negri Sembilan’s Section 66, other states’ Shariah criminal enactments also have provisions that give religious authorities the right to prosecute the trans community for “cross-dressing”, with fines ranging from RM1,000 to RM5,000, and imprisonment from six months to three years.

“I would definitely encourage other transgenders in other states to do the same thing, because it’s time for us to move on,” said Nisha.

“The thing about the trans community, once they see this, you encourage them to come out rather than being oppressed. Looking at today’s judgment, they will be more empowered to come out.”

Nisha also said the transgender community is unfazed by probable backlash from religious authorities, who might intensify their crackdown on the community despite the ruling.

“[The persecution] is not something new. At least now the transgender community know their right to challenge the law, not to just plead guilty.”

Muslim-majority Malaysia continues to reject the perceived rise in queer activities, which it deems to be an assault against Islam together with growing calls for greater civil liberties.

Transgender activists estimated that there are around 60,000 Malaysian who identify as transgenders, with Malays making up 70 per cent of them.

“Transwomen” or “transgender” are terms used to refer to those who were born male but associate themselves with the female identity, and has nothing to do with sexual preferences.

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Inadvertently this will spur the drive of the movement to promote more acceptance of LGBT.

The Malay-Muslim hardliners are pleading for the Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Sembilan (MAINS) to appeal against the CoA judgment, which set aside the Syariah High Court.

The Malay Mail online:

Fearing domino effect of court decision on transgenders, ISMA says MAINS must appeal

NOVEMBER 7, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 — Muslim group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) urged the Negri Sembilan Islamic religious council (MAINS) to immediately file an appeal against an appellate court’s decision today to declare a Shariah law banning cross-dressing as unconstitutional.

Muhammad Luttfi Abdul Khalid, who chairs the group’s law unit iPeguam, said the appeal is necessary as today’s court decision will likely be used as a precedent in all similar legal challenges in the future by the country’s community of Muslim transgenders.

“This decision will also be used as a reference point by other states and the Federal Territory should a similar case crop up.

“This is because the state Islamic religious authorities have no choice but to bound by the Court of Appeal’s ruling,” he said on ISMA’s website.

Earlier this morning, the Court of Appeal declared as unconstitutional Section 66 of the Negri Sembilan Shariah Criminal Enactment 1992, which outlaws any Muslim man who “wears a woman attire and poses as a woman” and stipulates a punishment of a fine not exceeding RM1,000 or jail of not more than six months or both upon conviction of such an offence.

The court’s three-man bench, led by Justice Datuk Hishamudin Mohd Yunus, ruled that the Shariah law contravened constitutional provisions that guarantee personal liberty, equality, freedom of movement, and freedom of expression.
It also said the law was discriminatory as it fails to recognise men diagnosed with the Gender Identity Disorder (GID), or transgenderism.

Besides Negri Sembilan’s Section 66, other states’ Shariah criminal enactments also have provisions that give religious authorities the right to prosecute the trans community for “cross-dressing”, with fines ranging from RM1,000 to RM5,000, and imprisonment from six months to three years.

After the landmark victory, rights group Justice for Sisters (JFS) said the transgender community should now feel empowered and realise that their rights are being tread upon.

The group also urged transgenders all over Malaysia to challenge all Shariah laws outlawing cross-dressing in each state.

“I’d say this is a historical moment for the transgender community not just in Seremban, but throughout Malaysia. It’s a landmark case.

“Hopefully we can use this case as a landmark case to challenge in other states too,” JFS’ activist Nisha Ayub told reporters outside the court here.

Muslim-majority Malaysia continues to reject the perceived rise in queer activities, which it deems to be an assault against Islam together with growing calls for greater civil liberties.

Transgender activists estimated that there are around 60,000 Malaysian who identify as transgenders, with Malays making up 70 per cent of them.

“Transwomen” or “transgender” are terms used to refer to those who were born male but associate themselves with the female identity, and has nothing to do with sexual preferences.

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It has been highlighted in some quarters, the preparation by the Negeri Sembilan State Government was poor. It was said that the lawyer representing MAINS was not competent enough to handle such cases, especially at Court of Appeal level.

On top of that he was not assisted. Whether it is deliberate or a gross oversight, the damage has already been done.

The fact is that, this ruling based on the judges’ interpretation of provisions in the Federal Constitution provided the precedence for any future undertakings for these persons who choose to be against the natural order of preference.

This ‘preference’, which unacceptable to majority of Malaysians which include the Non Muslims and more often being frowned upon, is now a right guaranteed under the law.

It is very clear that the struggle for the interpretation of ‘human rights’ in Malaysia has been manipulated and skewed for the benefit individual preference, be it at the expense by insulting the norm, principles and value system of the majority and traditions, not to mention beliefs.

A progressive and developed society does not tantamount of individuals to complete free to interpret norms, principles and value system. Decadence, is just a few steps before any society or civilisation to self-destruct into oblivion.

The next step the activists for these odd persons is to revoke the laws against ‘Unnatural sex’, which had always been a proviso under Section 377 of the Penal Code. The same law also is embedded in 41 other Commonwealth nation.

Published in: on November 9, 2014 at 16:00  Comments (12)