Good riddance

There have been a constant bee-line for Malaysians abroad to apply for their citizenship of the Federation of Malaysia be ceased, in order for them to be a citizen of another nation.

Pro-Anwarista news portal TMI story:

Bidding farewell to Malaysia

BY DINA ZAMAN

Published: 30 June 2015 7:00 AM
Things can get busy on weekday mornings at the guardhouse outside the regal building of the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore at Jervois Road, as a string of Malaysians come to renew their passports, announce their permanent resident (PR) status and renounce their Malaysian citizenship.
Between 30 and 50 applications to renounce Malaysian citizenship are received a day in Singapore, dropped off in a special box for documents of this nature, one of the guards on duty told The Malaysian Insider there recently.

Submission of renunciation applications is from 8.15am to 11am from Mondays to Fridays, but those who come to drop their documents off have often been turned away by 9.30am and told to return the next day.

The day’s quota has already been filled, they are told.
It’s a telling sign about the number of people who are keen to give up their identities as Malaysians, although there are no official statistics available on the number of Malaysians who renounce their citizenship in the island republic.

There are more than one million Malaysians said to be residing abroad as expatriates, as PRs and as citizens of their chosen countries.

But official numbers of Malaysians who have renounced their citizenship are hard to come by.

In Singapore, the number of Malaysians becoming citizens had been on an upward trend between 2004 and 2008.

There was a dip in 2009 for a spell and an increase in 2012. That year, 20,693 citizenships were awarded to new residents.

The dip in 2009 was “mirrored in the annual uptake of permanent residency, which more than doubled from 36,900 in 2004 to 79,167 in 2008 but suffered a decrease to 59,460 in 2009.

Population statistics as at December 2011 put the number of people in the republic at 3.81 million, of whom 3.27 are citizens and 0.54 million permanent residents.

“Sharper declines were recorded for both citizenship and permanent residency in 2010, ahead of the May 2011 general election,” according to data available at the Migration Policy Institute.

The country also had a non-resident population of 1.46 million who are working, studying or living in Singapore on a non-permanent basis.

New lives

For two former Malaysians who are now Singaporeans, the choice to surrender the citizenship of their birth country was made for a better life, on their terms.

Friends Daphne Lim and Saranee Joseph (not their real names to protect their children’s interests) became Singaporeans recently.

Lim, a single mother in her 40s, said the idea of renouncing her Malaysian citizenship was not foreign. She had grown up being told that as a Chinese, she was not welcome in the country.

Treading a path familiar to many Chinese Malaysians, Lim furthered her studies in Australia, returned to Malaysia with a degree, married and followed her spouse to Singapore.

They applied for PR status, but after a while, she decided to become a citizen upon seeing the benefits accorded to Singapore citizens. She said her children have benefited from her decision and life for her in Singapore was never dull. The buzz of the city invigorated her and she was glad to be rid of the political negativity in Malaysia.

“It was never an issue for me. I knew that one day, I would no longer be Malaysian,” she said.

Lim admitted she had a great childhood in Malaysia, but the contentment she has now as an adult surpassed the memories. The opportunities and benefits she and her children have “are good. You can’t get them in Malaysia!”

Joseph, meanwhile, became a citizen after her having a child. She had already been working in Singapore as a consultant, and upon becoming a mother, felt she had to think of her child’s future.

If before she harboured thoughts of retiring in Malaysia, the child’s presence has forced her to assess their lives.

Having a Malaysian citizenship in Singapore would only court confusion for her daughter, Joseph said. Since she was born and brought up there, it would just be easier to be a Singaporean, she said.

The experiences of former classmates also had an impact, Joseph said, noting that a few had become bitter at not being able to fulfil their potential in Malaysia.

“The bitterness they displayed was not something I wanted for myself,” she said, adding that she felt lucky to have found work in Singapore and to settle down here.

What Lim and Joseph both remember about their lives in Malaysia was the absence of race and religious tension. It was a carefree time for them, but one which no longer seems to exist.

Lim said Singapore was safe to the point that she allowed her children to take the MRT by themselves at night.

Joseph said “Singapore can be restrictive politically… but the pros outweigh the cons.”

It’s also the way the city and its infrastructure are planned. Singapore is a green oasis, they said, unlike Malaysia which is facing indiscriminate development and deforestation.

Farewell

Back at the Malaysian High Commission’s stately building, would-be Singaporeans come to submit their documents with bittersweet feelings.

The documents required are the forms “K” and “MY-RN1”, and with these forms, other documents such as identity cards, birth certificate, a letter of approval from the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Malaysian passport.

The two forms are straightforward – the applicant only needs to state all his particulars, but not the reason for renunciation.

To renounce Malaysian citizenship, the applicant must be 21 years of age and above. He may have been a PR, or may have already decided that he wants to be a Singaporean from the onset.

As one drops in the documents into the box, the soft thud is a reminder of the finality of it all: he is no longer Malaysian. – June 30, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/bidding-farewell-to-malaysia#sthash.dvgdIqt4.dpuf

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Many would feel that it would be good riddance for these bunch of Malaysians who donwannabes no longer remain as a Malaysians. By denouncing their citizenship, they would automatically lose all their rights and privileges.

They probably become their forefathers first as stateless people before they could be admitted as citizens of a new nation.

It is clear that these bunch should no longer be Malaysians because they are more self centred than anything else. This also means that they do not value their own family’s legacy and history how their earlier relations were Malayanised, unconditionally.

This episode about Malaysians wanting to leave is most likely the Non Malays of Semenanjung rather than Sabahans and/or Sarawakians. It is for simple reason that Sabahans and Sarawakians are very proud of their state and land of birth.

The fact is that history has proven that majority of the Non Malays were brought into Semenanjung for economic reasons by the British Colonialists to become coolie in their enterprises such as estates and mines. In the late Victorian era and early Edwardian era, opportunities were exploited to the maximum as industrialisation and trade in the United Kingdom was at its pinnacle.

As they were brought in as labourers and gradually later  some of the Chinese were allowed to set up cottage enterprises to serve the growing requirements of new settlements created by the plantation and mining activity boom, they were still ‘tools’ to the British economic eco-system.

HRH Malay Rulers, UMNO representataives, Menteri Menteri Besar and British High Commissioner at the Federation of  Tanah Melayu Treaty, inked on 21 Jan 1948 at King's House, Kuala Lumpur

HRH Malay Rulers, UMNO representataives, Menteri Menteri Besar and British High Commissioner at the Federation of Tanah Melayu Treaty, inked on 21 Jan 1948 at King’s House, Kuala Lumpur

Despite the administration of then Malaya was under British, these Non Malays are not subjects to HRH Malay Rulers, hence they had very limited rights.

When the wind of political awakening was arisen and fanned post WWII, the Malays and Non Malays equally state their grounds to earn and gain political standing. A milestone was achieved when 29 Malay NGOs formed United Malay National Organisation on 11 May 1946 and managed to convince HRH Malay Rulers to abandoned the Malayan Union which they inked and being announce at Westminster Palace, to formalise the colonialisation of the Federation of Malaya.

Perjanjian Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, 21 January 1948

Perjanjian Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, 21 January 1948

The demise of Malayan Union brought HRH Malay Rulers and the British Administrators to sit down and negotiate as UMNO as the political organisation representing the Malay masses attended as observants. On 21 January 1948 an agreement Federation of Malaya Treaty was achieved and inked.

The Federation of Malaya (Persekutuan Tanah Melayu) was formally incepted.

In the agreement, it was clearly stated that “The subjects of HRH Malay Rulers are the Malays” and Non Malays who want to be recognised as ‘Subjects of HRH Malay Rulers’ must adhere to strict conditions.

Hence, majority of Non Malays are classified as ‘Stateless Persons’. (With the exception of some who are considered British subjects by the virtue of their stature in Strait Settlements).

Excerpts of the Article 12 of the Federation of Malaya Treaty 1 February 1948:

There was a specific mention of Article 12 on citizenship, item

(a) “Any subjects of HRH Malay Rulers who were born on on before the date”,

(b) “Any British subjects who were born in the Strait Settlements on or before that date”,

(c) “Any persons which was born on or before the date in any of the Malay States within the Federation who is practicing the Malay culture and speak the Malay language”.

There was specific provision for the application to be citizens, which clearly state the requirement to be verse in Malay. No provisions for the rights of the Non Malays were mentioned.

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Needless to say, life carried on as business as usual till 16 June 1948 where three British planters were attacked and killed by Malayan Communist Party rebels. Majority of those who were drawn into MCP as terrorists and rebels are of Chinese ethnicity and they subscribe and inspired to the same communism led by Mao Ze Dong of China (then, rebelling against the Kuomintang National Government in mainland China).

The “Butchers of Malaya”

Even in the midst of communist rebellion, political movements still grow and political parties and organisations tend to represent the ethnicity divide. The working relationship started when UMNO (representing the Malays) worked with MCA (representing the Chinese) in an adhoc Kuala Lumpur Town Council election in 1952.

That political success brought towards a closer working ties where MIC representing the Indians were also drawn in. By 1955, the Alliance Party was formed and they agreed on a formula and were ready to face eligible Malayans for the first democratic process in the determination of the Federal Consultative Council.

Alliance Party won 51 out of 52 seats for grabs despite 84% of the eligible voters are Malays since although the population of Malaya between the Malays and Non Malays were almost balanced, most of the Non Malays are classified as ‘Stateless Persons’.

84% of the eligible voters in the 1955 Federal Consultative Council general election are the Malays, who were 'Subjects of HRH Rulers'.

84% of the eligible voters in the 1955 Federal Consultative Council general election are the Malays, who were ‘Subjects of HRH Rulers’.

Despite the issue of a good slightly more than a third of Federation of Malaya inhabitants are still classified as ‘Stateless Persons’, Tunku Abdul Rahman formed his first Cabinet comprises of UMNO, MCA and MIC leaders where a true power-sharing concept is born and practiced.

Never the less, Chief Minister of Federation of Malaya Tunku Abdul Rahman had MCA and MIC leaders to accompany him to negotiation withe Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Whitehall for Kemerdekaan.

Tunku’s wisdom and charisma successfully managed to struck a balance between obtaining HRH Rulers agreement to opt for a Constitutional Monarchy system and admission of the ‘Stateless Persons’ as citizens of the Federation of Malaya, a fundamental component for this nation to be born is what commonly known as the ‘Social Contract’.

Komponen Perjanjian Persekutuan Tanah Melayu; Raja Melayu, UMNO dan Pesuruhjaya British

Komponen Perjanjian Persekutuan Tanah Melayu; Raja Melayu, UMNO dan Pesuruhjaya British

The new Independent nation was born on 31 August 1957 and all citizens are granted equally rights to everything and opportunities. Hence, the economy grew due to the infrastructure and conducive environment provided by the government which is generally driven by the Malays where as the Chinese optimise all entrepreneurial opportunities.

Within the first decade of Kemerdekaan, the Chinese socio-economic stature improved if not flourished as their entrepreneurial sense enabled many to nurture their businesses and enterprises, even at commercial level. Where as, the Malays as the majority remained stagnant as the country grows wealthier.

The extremists and radicals within DAP and Gerakan parading through Kg Baru insulting the Malays, days after the May 1969 3GE

The socio-economic and political landmark changed after a racial-riot sparked on 13 May 1969 due to instigation by extreme elements, left wingers and Chinese chauvinists and the Malays reacted, especially the insult against them compounded by effect to the anguish of being socio-economically sidelined.

A marvellous solution of the New Economic Policy (NEP) was drafted and quickly executed by then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussin where the objective is to narrow the socio-economic gap, disassociate any particular ethnic with a specific economic activity and alleviate socio-economic standing of all through programs such as education.

It also meant that the economic cake is widened more to participate and a portion was carved out for the Bumiputra agenda, with the specific intent that they are able to rise and catch up on the entrepreneurial and commercial game of the economy.

The wealthiest Malaysians

Naturally, the Non Malays particularly the Chinese who are the ones most active in the entrepreneurial and commercial game of the game benefitted most. The state of the nation today with the sound commercial sector of four decades between mid 70s till present day is the empirical evidence that despite NEP being implemented, the economy, socio-economic standing and wealth of the nation grew.

At the early of the 90s, the encouraging economic growth and track record provided then Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Dr Mahathir Mohamad to launch the Vision 2020 policy where within 30 years, Malaysia is supposed to reach a developed nation status.

Hence, the entire system was geared towards achieving that goal through various policies. Many programs were introduced where the education system at tertiary level was liberalised and more students are sent abroad. Upskilling training programs were also introduced.

More and more opportunities are opened where students and youth are exposed to the various job opportunities and even entrepreneurial programs.

Many professionals from around the region started to apply for positions in Malaysia, especially in ICT sector. Particularly from India. Now, even Chinese and Filipino technical people are being brought in to fill in the industry requirements for human capital.

In short, Malaysia is a land of plenty.

However, if some Malaysians who benefitted from the transformation this nation has brought upon to their own rakyat through various programs in the past fifty years which has now bore fruit so many times over as living proofs still want to leave for greener postures, so be it.

Malaysian Chinese abroad holing the Jalur Gemilang upside down

They can rationalise and justify what ever angle they prefer but in actual fact, they probably failed to optimise all the opportunities and find their pot of gold, whilst others managed to make hay when the sun was still shining. Many continued to make really barns of hay.

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s administration is very committed towards the transformation agenda, which itself is a continuum of all the programs that were proven successful by the five prime minister before. He is determined to ensure the sun remains shining and the posture continue to be green for Malaysians to nurture, grow and exploit.

It is good riddance for those who are unable to see the big picture and seize the moment, especially when they had several moments of hot iron to strike within their reach, at the right time.

*Updated 1500hrs

Published in: on June 30, 2015 at 11:00  Comments (33)  

Manipulating God’s law for personal politics

The Malaysian society at large is getting quite lethargic on individuals manipulating religion and God’s law, for the purpose of their own personal politics despite any attempts to undo either through legal means or perception have exhaustively reach a granite stone wall.

Pro-Anwarista news portal Malaysiakini story:

11:28AM Jun 26, 2015
By Radzi Razak

Anwar files qazaf report against lawyer Shafee

 

Jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has filed a qazaf report against senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah who led the Sodomy II prosecution against him.

Anwar’s wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail lodged a report at Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) on Anwar’s behalf today, since he was not allowed to leave the prison.

“This report is made based on Shafee’s accusation that Anwar performed sodomy, without producing four witnesses as demanded by the law,” Wan Azizah told reporters in Shah Alam today.

Qazaf is defined as the wrongful accusation of adultery or homosexuality against a Muslim man or woman, without producing four witnesses as required under syariah law.

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On 10 February 2015, Federal Court upheld a lower court decision of then Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty under Section 377B Penal Code for sodomising political aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan in June 2008.

The case was exhaustive when it was rejected for a Royal Pardon by Pardons Board and Anwar had to serve the five years jail term. He was spared the whipping because of his age at the time of sentencing.

The oldest English daily story:

Anwar’s pardon bid rejected, Putrajaya confirms

BY SHAUN TAN

Wednesday April 1, 2015
10:01 AM GMT+8

 

KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — The Pardons Board has rejected Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s petition for a royal pardon, a senior government lawyer confirmed to the High Court today.

Senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh today supplied an affidavit from the board and a letter from the Attorney-General’s Chambers to support his notice last week to the High Court hearing Anwar’s application for a judicial review of his imprisonment, prompting the judge to dismiss the bid.

“On 16 March 2015, the Pardons Board rejected Anwar’s application for pardon, and since the (forfeiture) of his position of MP takes effect immediately under the Federal Constitution, there is no basis for the (judicial review) application to proceed, and it has been dismissed by the court,” Amarjeet said.

The rejection effectively invokes Anwar’s disqualification as Permatang Pauh MP and federal opposition leader due to his five-year sentence for sodomy, which had been stayed pending the disposal of his petition.

It will also force the Pakatan Rakyat pact that Anwar heads to confront the complicated task of electing a new opposition leader in his stead, during a time when allies DAP and PAS are openly hostile towards each other over disagreements on hudud and other issues.

Anwar’s lawyers refused to accept dismissal, however, saying that they not received official notice on it from the Agong.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya insisted that the only indication of the rejection was the documents supplied by Amarjeet, which she said did not clearly state that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has decided on the petition.

“When we met Anwar on Monday, neither he nor his family had received any decision from the Pardons Board,” said Latheefa Koya, one of Anwar’s lawyers.

She added that they will proceed in appealing the High Court’s dismissal of the judicial review bid under the assumption that Anwar’s petition remains pending.

When asked how the Secretariat of the Pardons Board could provide the affidavit conveying the dismissal if a decision had not been made, Latheefa said she did not know.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s petition seeking a royal pardon has been rejected, his lawyers said today. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s petition seeking a royal pardon has been rejected, his lawyers said today. — Picture by Choo Choy May
On February 10, the Federal Court upheld the Court of Appeal’s 2014 ruling that had reversed Anwar’s acquittal of sodomising former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, also sentencing him to five years’ jail.

On February 24, Anwar’s family sent a request for a royal pardon to delay his disqualification from his Permatang Pauh seat. They also applied to the Prison Commissioner to give Anwar leave to attend Parliament.

However, they received a letter on March 4 from the Prisons Commissioner rejecting their application, prompting the decision to seek judicial review.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/anwar-denied-royal-pardon-say-lawyers#sthash.mq7J1kSq.dpuf

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Now he wants to the courts to review the decision to reject the Royal Pardon petition.

The oldest English daily story:

Anwar seeks review of rejected royal pardon petition

BY MAYURI MEI LIN

Wednesday June 24, 2015
12:51 PM GMT+8
KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 ― Jailed leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today filed a judicial review of the Pardons Board’s rejection of his royal pardon petition, claiming there was conflict of interest in Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s presence during the board’s disposal of the application.

His lawyer N. Surendran said the judicial review seeks to have the boar reexamine Anwar’s petition but without the presence of the AG, who his client deems to no longer be a neutral party.

“The AG is an interested party, he’s been the subject of many of Anwar’s police reports so how can he sit in any board that disposes of Anwar’s rights?” Surendran said after filing for the judicial review at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.

He added that even former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had during his tenure said that the AG would not be involved in any proceedings involving Anwar due to the many reports lodged by the opposition leader against the country’s top lawyer.

“But now suddenly he’s (AG) sitting in the Pardons Board deliberation, it’s an inconsistent position,” Surendran said.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya added that Anwar’s family had never received a formal notification of the rejection of the royal pardon, which “creates suspicion” about the Pardons Board’s proceedings.

“Until today, the so-called decision of the Pardons Board has never been communicated to the family or even to Anwar Ibrahim. How we got to know of the decision was indirectly through our application to secure Anwar Ibrahim’s attendance to Parliament.

“The other thing is the decision was made on March 16 and that is the date when Anwar made the application to secure his attendance to Parliament, and the decision was only informed 10 days later on March 27 through that affidavit.

“All this creates suspicion as to what happens on the Pardons Board,” she said.

On February 24, Anwar’s family sent a request for a royal pardon on his conviction and avoid his disqualification from his Permatang Pauh seat. But on April 1, the government’s lawyers said that the Pardons Board had on March 16 rejected Anwar’s petition.

Following the decision by the Pardons Board, Anwar was disqualified as the Permatang Pauh MP, the seat which his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail later won in the March 8 by-election.

Anwar’s lawyers on April 30 also applied for a fresh Federal Court panel to review its February 10 decision to uphold a conviction and sentence him to five-years’ jail for sodomising his former political aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Later on June 10, Anwar’s lawyers filed an application to have the Federal Court hear retired senior police officer Datuk Ramli Yusuff’s testimony to the alleged conspiracy to cover up the infamous “Black Eye” incident during his detention before his first sodomy trial, or “Sodomy I.”

Anwar’s legal counsel applied to have this case heard ahead of its review of Anwar’s conviction in his second sodomy case also referred to as “Sodomy II”.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/anwar-seeks-review-of-rejected-royal-pardon-petition#sthash.9GFeRc7I.dpuf

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All the while, ever since he was charged back in August 2008 for sodomising Saiful under Section 377B of the Penal Code, Anwar had been trying his best to delay, deflect, postpone, attack the testimonies, evidence and even recuse the trial judge.

Now all of that has finally over and he no longer can reverse the fact that the Federal Court of Malaysia found him guilty and he is convicted for his hedious crime and immoral habit, he is trying to use the Syariah Court instead as a political circus.

He is now accusing the lawyer who represented the Public Prosecutor Tan Sri Muhamad Shafee Abdullah in obtaining the conviction under Section 377B of the Penal Code, of committing Qazaf.

Published in: on June 26, 2015 at 12:30  Comments (5)  

Union of the snake

Self proclaimed Islamist party PAS has now recluse back as a party of clerics and adopted their conservative approach and philosophy towards Islam.

Pro-Anwarista TMI story:

PAS ulama to decide direction of Malaysian politics, says Economist

Published: 19 June 2015 1:58 PM

PAS’s ulama faction has been tipped by newsweekly The Economist as the pivot of Malaysian politics. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 19, 2015.
PAS’s ulama faction has been tipped by newsweekly The Economist as the pivot of Malaysian politics. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 19, 2015.

The direction of Malaysian politics hinges on PAS’s ulama faction, especially in its response to the disintegration of opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat, says The Economist.

The weekly newspaper reported that the Islamist party’s conservative wing was the decision maker after it trounced its moderate members at the recent muktamar.

“Much hinges on how PAS’s dominant conservative wing chooses to proceed. The party’s ageing leaders seem to think that time is running out to introduce hudud in Kelantan and look willing to reach some form of accommodation with Umno, despite a history of antagonism, in order to achieve it,” it said.

It added that support from PAS, however tacit, would boost Umno’s chances of stringing out its long reign.

“But it would also see Malaysia’s poisonous politics split more cleanly along ethnic lines – hardly a heartening thought.”

Pakatan’s collapse came after PAS motioned to sever ties with DAP during its muktamar. The move originated from the Islamist party’s ulama wing and was forced through the assembly of the party’s main body, much to the anger of some grassroots delegates.

On Wednesday, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail confirmed that officially the pact was over.

Former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is serving time in prison, yesterday urged his former allies to work together to maintain Penang, Selangor and Kelantan, the three opposition-led states.

He also told party leaders to work together with non-governmental organisations to bring change and “reject the Barisan Nasional government’s greed for power and corruption”. – June 19, 2015.

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It is obvious PAS’s partner in crime of the (un)holy-marriage-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows is clear about their union is over where as PAS is dilly-dally being in denial admitting where exactly their position is.

Another Pr0-Anwarista story:

PAS in denial for saying Pakatan not dead yet, says Teresa

Published: 19 June 2015 1:04 PM

PAS is experiencing “denial syndrome” for not acknowledging that its motion to cut ties with DAP had brought about the demise of Pakatan Rakyat, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said today.

Yesterday, PAS election director Mustafa Ali said PR had only “fainted” and not dead despite DAP declaring the coalition had ceased to exist and PKR saying it could no longer function.

Kok, who is also DAP national vice chairperson, said Mustafa’s remark was “laughable” and failed to understand the consequences of his party’s motion in its recent muktamar or congress, which was passed without debate.
“His remarks also prove that he has not accepted the reality that PAS has killed off PR and that PR no longer exists,” Kok said in a statement today.

Although some PAS leaders have argued that the motion was not final, Kok said it was clear the muktamar was the highest decision-making body in the party.

“Mustafa and many PAS leaders are political veterans and there is no way that they did not understand the meaning and effect of the clear-cut motion.”

She also denied that DAP had made the decision to leave the coalition, saying it “repeated violations” of the common policy framework and PAS’s motion which effectively killed PR.

“Mustafa should not, therefore, attempt to shift the blame for PR’s demise on DAP, especially when he is totally aware that for close to a year, PR has existed only in name but not in fact due to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s violations of the Leadership Council’s decisions.” – June 19, 2015.

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It is not sure why PAS is very sluggish if not in denial about their failed coalition with Pakatan Rakyat. Nor the game that PAS is playing.

The grassroots which provided the actual machinery during any general or by-election not only for Pakatan Rakyat but any of the Opposition parties when they contest is dependent on PAS supporters and party workers.

PKR is the most which benefitted from PAS’s operational generosity.

Published in: on June 19, 2015 at 15:00  Comments (5)  

The trusted washing machine

The Malaysian Insider has proven itself to be a tool to extend the Anwarisra agenda with the habitual  consistancy of  spinning and manipulating facts and words and eventually manufacturing new ones.

This is what their story about what Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Seri Abdul Wahid Omar take on 1MDB’s solvency:

Minister admits 1MDB debt burdensome, Putrajaya to stop all new loans

BY MOHD IZWAN

Published: 17 April 2015 12:39 PM
Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar admitted that the Ministry of Finance’s strategic investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) is a burden, given its failure to generate cash flow against its huge debts.

The minister in the prime minister’s department said that 1MDB had taken loans from banks and the capital market to purchase assets, but failed to raise cash flow, causing it to be unsustainable.

Wahid said 1MDB had expanded by taking loans from banks and the capital market which they had used to purchase assets, including IPPs, causing their debt to rise to RM42 billion as of March 2014.

“So you can imagine the quantum; it is very high and tough,” he said at a forum in Petaling Jaya last night.
Responding to questions posed by the audience, Wahid said that as long as the assets were not able to generate cash flow, 1MDB will fail to be sustainable.

“Unless it can generate cash flow, it will not be sustainable,” he said.

He added that the debt is expected to have an impact on 1MDB and that three strategic steps have been taken to address the problems.

“They have taken strategic steps to re-evaluate the business model and structure, and three decisions have been taken,” he said.

According to Wahid, these included halting all forms of new loans, focussing on the two main projects, namely the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) and Bandar Malaysia, and to ensure the initial public offering of IPP Edra Energy can take place soon.

“These are the strategic steps that have been identified,” he added.

Criticism has been mounting over 1MDB, which was established in 2009 and has chalked up debts of up to RM42 billion.

This led to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak ordering the Auditor-General to “independently verify 1MDB’s accounts”, with the findings to be submitted to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). – April 17, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/minister-admits-1mdb-debt-burdensome-putrajaya-to-stop-all-new-loans#sthash.3cCNiw4M.dpuf

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According to this story, 1MDB was reckless in raising financing which include borrowings to fund its acquisition but failed to generate adequate ensure the cash-flow to service these financing commitments.

Now, compare that with what Wahid actually said about 1MDB at the Akademi Kapten Hussein.

“It was a strategic investment management company. Their model was to raise long term bonds. Aided by Government guarantee, it would help to lower cost of funds and invested in long term investments”.

“The burden of servicing (the financial commitments) such a high debt is difficult. So until and unless the assets are able to generate the cash-flow, it is not sustainable. That is something the board and management of 1MDB had realised and they have undertaken a strategic review of their business model and capital structure and they have decided three things:

1. Not to incur any new debts unless to meet the current debt obligations or refinance the current obligations

2. They have agreed not to embark on any new projects or ventures and focus the efforts on the two big projects; TRX and Bandar Malaysia

3. Work as much as possible to get the IPO of Edra Energy (holding company of the IPPs) going. This IPO will get proceeds to reduce their debts. Plus if they were to reduce their holdings to below 50%, then they are able to de-consolidate all the debts at subsidiary level.

There were a number of allegations as contained in the Sarawak Reports and a number of other publications. It would be investigated. Prime Minister has made a commitment for an audit to be undertaken by the Auditor General and the report would be presented to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Lets draw a line. We will do that audit for all the past actions. But what is important is for us to be constructive and focus our efforts on solving the current issue”.

Summarising the story should not tantamount to putting words into the Minister’s mouth. That is manipulating what the Fellow of Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and former President and Group CEO of the largest commercial bank, Maybank, actually said.

Spinning even in dry mode is utterly ‘laundering information’. Unless going low is the best that Anwaristas could do trying to stir up shit storm when their boss’s agenda has guttered into oblivion, then they should uphold the true principles of journalism which is telling the true story.

It is good business for mainstream media for online media to take up advertisement spaces as part of settlement means through inadvertent legal obligation.

Published in: on April 18, 2015 at 10:00  Leave a Comment  

The Lame Blame Game

The failure of Opposition MPs to co-ordinate themselves to defeat the Government on amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) Bill was passed without changes, resulted to the lame blame game amongst the partners-of-unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows.

Pakatan MPs defend absenteeism in Parliament after anti-terror law passed unchanged

BY SHAZWAN MUSTAFA KAMAL

Tuesday April 7, 2015
02:54 PM GMT+8

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — On the defensive after the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Bill was passed unchanged today, opposition lawmakers blamed the Home Ministry for what they claimed to be undue haste in pushing through the new law that revives preventive detention.

The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) MPs said their 26 colleagues who were missing during the debate of the bill in the Dewan Rakyat last night had “legitimate” reasons for skipping out, adding that there was no prior instruction for all opposition lawmakers to be present.

“When tabling laws like this, they should give more time as the Act is not a small issue,” PAS Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad told Malay Mail Online, referring to the Home Ministry.

“Don’t make it normal practice to drag proceedings until 2am,” he added when met at the Parliament lobby.

PAS chief whip Datuk Mahfuz Omar, who was himself absent last night, claimed that he had no idea there would be block voting on the anti-terror law.

“I had a planned engagement in Kedah.There was no instruction for us to be present.

“I did not know there would be block voting,” he told Malay Mail Online.

PKR chief whip Datuk Johari Abdul played down the absence of PR MPs, saying that “most” of the them were present.

“Most of them were, only a few were not here and we had concrete reasons,” Johari, who was also absent said.

But DAP Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua asserted that most of his party’s were present, and that federal lawmakers were aware that the Pota would be deliberated yesterday.

“We were here. Of course there would be block voting, the point is to be prepared for that,” he told Malay Mail Online.

The Pota was passed without amendment at the Dewan Rakyat at about 2.25am this morning after a debate of more than 12 hours.

The bill was passed after the ninth block voting, with the final voting favouring the government when 79 MPs from Barisan Nasional (BN) agreeing on the bill while 60 MP from PR disagreed.

Tabled in Parliament last Monday, Putrajaya’s proposed new law will allow authorities to detain suspected terrorists without bringing them to court for up to two years, with a Prevention of Terrorism Board (POTB) empowered to renew the detention order for an indeterminate amount of time.

Judicial reviews of such sentences are not permitted, according to the Bill, except for questions on its compliance with procedural matters.

Opposition lawmakers have claimed such provisions mirror that of the now-repealed Internal Security Act (ISA) 1960 which was often used to silence political opposition to the establishment.

They also argued that the government already have strong existing laws like the Special Security Offences (Special Measures) Act to deal with terrorism, noting that it allows for long detention for investigation.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi did not address the question but argued that existing laws were not equipped with preventive powers, which is required to deal specifically with terrorism.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pakatan-mps-defend-absenteeism-in-parliament-that-passed-anti-terror-law-un#sthash.1lugUqQu.dpuf

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In an extended several proposals by Opposition MPs which include notable lawyers such as N Sunrendan and Mohamed Hanipa Maideen to make changes to the POTA Bill.  The whole process saw these proposals being debated and voted and Dewan Rakyat sitting ended at 0225hrs earlier today.

Despite some heated exchanges between MPs of both side of the augur chamber, the Opposition failed to change the Bill which was introduced and defended by Home Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

NST story:

Dewan Rakyat passes POTA without amendment

7 APRIL 2015 @ 7:30 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Prevention of Terrorism Bill (POTA) 2015 was passed without amendment at the Dewan Rakyat at about 2.25am after a debate of more than 12 hours.

The bill was passed after the ninth block voting, with the final voting favouring the government when 79 members of parliament (MPs) agreeing on the bill while 60 disagreed.

Earlier, the bill which was smoothly debated at the policy stage, passed through a difficult committee stage when numerous amendments were proposed by opposition members of parliament to the extent that the debate and winding up stage had extended into the early morning.

The situation was made more difficult when the opposition insisted on amending almost all the 35 Clauses, forcing eight block voting to be carried out for each motion for amendment proposed throughout the debate at the committee stage before the final vote was made to pass the bill.

However, all the block voting ended with the vote favouring the government, thus rejecting the motions for amendment proposed by the opposition.

Among the motions for amendments proposed by the opposition were for the rank of the police officers involved in the arrest of any suspected person should not be lower than a Superintendent and for the period of remand not to exceed 14 days compared to 21 days as the proposed in the bill.

The opposition also proposed for several provisions, including under Article 13-28 concerning detention order and restriction be scrapped as they were described as having mala fide (bad intention).

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi when winding up the debate at the committee stage said the government was not in the opinion that the amendment proposed by the opposition should be made now.

He said POTA should be seen with the eyes of faith to really understand the government’s intention in introducing the law, while at the same time, should not be compared to the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 1959.

Earlier, when winding up the debate at the policy stage, Ahmad Zahid said the element of rehabilitation was the main priority in the implementation of Pota.

He pointed out that this was because Pota could not be viewed only from the legal aspect alone as it was more ‘preventive’ in nature.

“The element of rehabilitation on the detainees is a priority. The detention record of the detainees to the extent that the act was abolished, that is, from a total of 10,800 ISA detainees, 90 per cent were successfully rehabilitated,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid also gave an assurance that Pota would not be abused and no one who had political differences of differing opinion would be detained under this law.

“This is the transparency of the present government where we allow the freedom of political differences,” he said.– BERNAMA

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The fact that Opposition MPs fail to co-ordinate amongst themselves intra and inter party for this Bill is reflective of the coalition is getting brittle by the day.

Published in: on April 7, 2015 at 18:30  Comments (7)  

Rolling out the ‘3L’ program

Former Opposition Leader and now sodomy and sexual deviant convict Anwar Ibrahim’s petition for a Royal Pardon has failed. So it is time to capitalise this opportunity and make the best of it.

The Malay Mail online story:

Anwar denied royal pardon, say lawyers

Wednesday April 1, 2015
10:01 AM GMT+8

ICYMI

KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — Malaysia has rejected a petition seeking a royal pardon for jailed opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is serving a five-year prison term for sodomy, his lawyers said today.

The petition was filed by Anwar’s family in February after his sentence was upheld by Malaysia’s highest court. There was no immediate comment about the ruling from Malaysia’s government.

Anwar, who once posed the greatest threat to Malaysia’s long-ruling coalition, was found guilty of sodomising a former aide, a charge that he said was a politically motivated attempt to end his career.

He was head of a three-party opposition alliance that made stunning gains in the 2013 election, which for the first time raised the prospect of a genuine challenge to the coalition that has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957.

Anwar was the ruling party’s rising star in the 1990s until he fell out with then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. His family and political party have voiced concern about his health and conditions in prison since his sentence was upheld. — Reuters

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/anwar-denied-royal-pardon-say-lawyers#sthash.tlTYCwWQ.dpuf

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Anwar’s political career will end here too.After this, the Director General of Prisons probably would write to the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat and His Excellency would do what is provided in the Federal Constitution; declare Permatang Pauh Parliamentary seat vacant.

The Star story:

Published: Friday March 27, 2015 MYT 10:25:00 AM
Updated: Friday March 27, 2015 MYT 2:56:43 PM

Anwar no longer Permatang Pauh MP, says lawyer

BY CHRISTINE CHEAH

KUALA LUMPUR: Senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh says the petition for a royal pardon over Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction by his family has been disposed, and he is no longer Permatang Pauh MP.

“Our stand is a decision has been made. The Constitution has spoken for itself,” Amarjeet said to reporters.

However, Anwar’s lawyers N. Surendran, Latheefa Koya and Dr Dheeraj Bhar said the decision by the Pardons Board was not confirmed and would only be made known in the Appellate and Special Powers Court here on Wednesday.

The decision was conveyed to Anwar’s lawyers in the form of an affidavit issued by Datuk Nursiah Arshad, the Prime Minister’s Department legal affairs director-general, who is also part of the Pardons Board secretariat.

Amarjeet said the applicants had asked for the delay in announcing the decision in order to convey it to Anwar first.

Surendran confirmed that neither Anwar nor his family was informed of the decision, which was made Thursday.

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He then will inform the Election Commission Chairman and the EEC would convene to decide on the by-election for the rakyat of the said constituency to be given their right, for an MP to be elected and represent them in Parliament.

PKR is facing disintegration. Along with it, the Opposition loose coalition of (un)holy-marriage-of-(in)conveniences-between-back-stabbing-strange-bedfellows would disintegrate too.

The cracks are very clear when DAP CEC issued a statement that they no longer want to work with PAS President Dato’ Seri Hadi Awang, because of Hudud. Hadi is not an Opposition Leader without experience or contribution. He was one time the Opposition Leader in Parliament (11th Parliament Nov 1999-Apr 2004).

The best to do now is salvage whatever reminiscence of Anwar’s political tracks and make it satirical.

Probably someone could make a bit of money, as Anwar’s bizarre political legacy could be preserved so that more especially younger Malaysians could have the opportunity what he did and how he tried to burn the nation down, for his quest for power and hoodwink people for his in-despicable lust and sexual addiction.

The Prisons Department could provide one corner within any of the prisons complex and do a showcase centre about Anwar Ibrahim’s life; a fiery student leader, ISA detainee, admission into UMNO, won the 6GE and given a post as a Deputy Minister, toppling UMNO Youth Chief and eventually toppling UMNO Deputy President and taking over as Deputy Prime Minister with Minister of Finance job.

During these times, Anwar had several despicable sexual habits of buggering up men, adulteration with married women and fornication.

He was exposed by the Special Branch of the Royal Malaysian Police in 1993 but then Prime Minitser Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was not convinced enough until 2 September 1998 when he was summarily sack from all Cabinet posts. A day later, UMNO Supreme Council sacked him as a party member.

He riled up the people with voracious and malignant lies about Dr. Mahathir, his closes Cabinet colleagues, IGP, AG and eventually the entire Federal Government system and got too many to rise against the system in a massive mobstreet-styled demonstration, known as ‘Reformasi’.

‘Reformasi’ later became transformed as a political party, KeAdilan and PKN later combined with the Partai Sosialis Rakyat Malaysia to become Parti KeAdilan Rakyat as we know today.

The showcase centre would serve as a facility to exhibit the chronology of Anwar’s life; as an anarchist, political animal and sexual deviant. Artifacts and video footages would be displayed. Most of all, at the end of the showcase, visitors are allowed to view Anwar’s lifestyle as a sodomy convict through looking glasses.

This special program, which would we opened to public should be called as ‘Lawat, Libur, Liwat’ of the ‘3L’ program. The number of visitors admitted in day should be limited because Anwar is an old man (68 years old). Hence, the hours that visitors are allowed to have a peek at him through the glass (probably during his reading, feeding or political pantomimes) should be limited to probably 4-5 hours a day only.

It is in a way a living monument for the nation to honour Anwar as a failed politician, citizen, family head and probably someone who is supposed to embrace the teaching of God.

Most of all, Malaysians could benefit from the entire end-to-end big picture truth and watch for themselves a sick man who for a few times almost became the Prime Minister. After all, Anwar Ibrahim was an addict of attention even though how negative it was and he would enjoy meeting five thousand new faces every weekend and public holidays, if not everyday.

The mini gift shop at the end of this facility could provide jobs and activities for thousands of inmates of the Malaysian prison system, via the cottage industry program.

Published in: on April 1, 2015 at 10:44  Comments (11)  

Contra voluntatemque maioris

It is obvious the liberals is grossly disrespectful of the aspiration and the will of majority, despite through democratic means and obtaining unanimous support from an augur house of a legislative chamber.

The pro-Anwarista story:

Hudud laws will signal Malaysia has abandoned moderation, says G25

Published: 25 March 2015 12:52 PM

Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin is the spokesperson for the group of eminent Malays. The group says that no state in Malaysia can currently satisfy the pre-conditions needed before implementing hudud law. – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 14, 2015.

Malaysia will send a signal to the world that it has abandoned moderation should the PAS-led Kelantan government be allowed to enforce hudud in the state, said the G25, a group of retired high-ranking Malay civil servants who want a rational discourse on Islam.

The group said Malaysia would be seen as a country governed by religious laws that were subjected to the interpretation of clerics, and urged Putrajaya to protect the Federal Constitution as the country’s supreme law.

“Since Independence, this country has chosen the path of moderation. The prime minister has continued to steer the government along this path and has launched the Global Movement of Moderates to show to the world that the country is committed to the principle of moderation.

“The imposition of PAS’s hudud laws will signify to the world that Malaysia has abandoned the moderate path. We will be seen as a country governed by religious laws which are subjected to the vagaries of interpretation of the ulama who are also fallible human beings,” G25 said in a statement.
The group said that a multiracial country with an open economy like Malaysia could not afford to alter the secular character of its Constitution to allow for the implementation of PAS’s hudud enactment.

G25 added that it supported Dr Chandra Muzaffar’s view that the Federal Constitution was not un-Islamic, and said any attempt to amend the Constitution to allow hudud’s implementation would violate the Malaysia Agreement.

It also raised doubts as to whether Kelantan’s hudud law, as detailed in the Kelantan Shariah Criminal Code (11) Enactment, 1993 (Amendment 2015) would succeed in upholding justice, given the diversity of juristic interpretations of the law.

G25 added that the Kelantan government was pushing for hudud without even having met the conditions required for its implementation, as outlined by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Chairman of the World Union of Muslim Scholars.

Al-Qaradawi had said that a society must ensure the economic needs of the people were met, employment opportunities were provided for all, and poverty was eradicated before hudud could be enforced, said G25.

“In light of the above elucidation by Sheikh Qaradawi, can any state in Malaysia claim to have satisfied the pre-conditions in order to allow for the implementation of Hudud?” said G25.

The group also cited Islamic scholar Professor Hashim Kamali, who analysed PAS’s original 1993 enactment and found that it “failed to be reflective either of the balanced outlook of the Quran or of the social conditions and realities of contemporary Malaysian society”.

Hashim, who heads the Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), also said, “the Hudud Bill exhibited no attempt to exercise Ijtihad (creative thought) over new issues such that would fulfil the ideals of justice and to encourage the development of a judicious social policy.”

G25 said that a perusal of the 2015 hudud enactment revealed it continued to emphasise punishment rather than repentance and rehabilitation as espoused in the Quran.

“Many other prominent Muslim scholars such as S.A.A. Maududi, Salim el-Awa, Muhamad al-Ghazali, Mustafa al-Zarqa and Cherif Bassiouni have opined that the application of hudud as an isolated case without providing the necessary context and environment is not only unrealistic, but is more likely to induce the opposite result and frustrate, rather than satisfy, the Islamic vision of justice and fair play.

“In addition, they emphasise that the Hadith, as recorded in Sahih Al-Bukhari, and which is also a legal maxim, provides that Hudud must be suspended in doubtful situations,” said G25.

PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is seeking to table a private member’s bill in Parliament during the current sitting ending April 9, which, if passed, would allow the Kelantan government to enforce hudud in the state.

The bill is to amend the Shariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction) 1965, which limits the power of the Shariah courts to a maximum penalty of RM5,000 in fine, three years’ jail and six strokes of the rotan.

An amendment is required in this law to enable Kelantan to carry out hudud law, after the state assembly on Thursday unanimously passed the Shariah Criminal Code II Enactment 1993 (Amendment 2015).

If tabled in Parliament, Hadi’s private member’s bill only needs the support of 112 MPs, or a simple majority, for it to be passed if the full house of 222 MPs are sitting.

Barisan Nasional (BN) has yet to issue an official statement in support of hudud, while BN Back Benchers Club chief Tan Sri Shahrir Samad said the 87 Muslim Umno MPs and 10 Muslim PBB MPs may vote based on their conscience.

However, Umno MP Datuk Nur Jazlan has already stated he will not support the enforcement of hudud, while Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz became the first minister from the party to dismiss attempts to implement hudud in Malaysia, saying such talk was “stupid” as it could never legally happen.

De facto law minister Nancy Shukri yesterday, similarly dismissed the chance of hudud being implemented in Kelantan, saying the private member’s bill on the issue will not get a single vote from Sarawak lawmakers in Parliament. – March 25, 2015.

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It is an utter shameful statement by former Ambassador Noor Farida Ariffin representing the so-called ’eminent educated and liberal Malays’ G-25, when such opinion are put forth publicly.

It is doubtful that these really exclusive club of has-been Malays tried to properly present their case on Hudud to any of the 45 Kelantan State Assemblymen before it was tabled, debated and voted last week. Hudud was not something that came out of the blue but instead was given a lot of hype, even through mainstream media well ahead before last week.

That would be the proper ‘moderate persons’ manner of addressing an issue, especially when it was brought before a legislative chamber to be tabled, debated and later decided by members voting the Bill.

Instead, they did not and now they resort to attack the unanimous decision by Kelantan State Assembly which such statements.

Uninamous decision by the Kelantan State Assembly means that all 45 Yang Berhormats agreed and voted with the Bill. During the debate, none of the State Assemblymen who are democratically elected by the people of Kelantan on 8 May 2013 13GE spoke against it.

It is regretful that Noor Farida who served the nation in the field of international diplomacy and trained professionally to hold decorum resorted to invoking personal opinion against a lawful decision undertaken by a State Assembly, just because it didn’t go her way.

If persons like her refused to address any issue the proper way through proper channel which include engagement before a draft was even tabled in a legislative chamber, she should claim to be ‘moderate’. Probably ‘spoilt’ is more appropriate, if not ‘radical’.

Published in: on March 25, 2015 at 15:30  Comments (33)  

Single out the tree from the woods

The Chinese Chauvinist DAP leaders are able to single out a tree from the woods when they refuse to work with PAS President Dato’ Seri Hj. Hadi Awang but remained as part of the Opposition lose coalition of unholy-marriage-0f-inconvenience-between-backstabbing-strage-bedfellows Pakatan Rakyat,

Pro-Anwarista news portal story:

DAP stays in Pakatan but ends ties with PAS’s Hadi

Published: 24 March 2015 10:52 AM

 DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng says DAP has decided yesterday to end ties and cease to work with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. – Pic courtesy of DAP, March 24, 2015.


DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng says DAP has decided yesterday to end ties and cease to work with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. – Pic courtesy of DAP, March 24, 2015.

DAP says today it will end all ties with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, a move which puts the opposition pact, Pakatan Rakyat, in limbo.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the DAP central executive committee meeting last night had decided to “end ties and cease to work” with Hadi although it remained committed to PR. The party will discuss the pact’s future with PKR.

“DAP is unable to work with a PAS president like Hadi Awang who persists in such dishonest and dishonourable acts,” Lim said in a statement today.

“As Hadi is the PAS leader in PR, DAP’s decision to end all ties with Hadi will effectively put the PR leadership council in limbo. DAP will meet the PKR leadership to discuss the future course of PR,” he said.
Explaining the party’s reasons for ending ties with Hadi, Lim said he had first, betrayed the collective decision made by the PR leadership council on the nomination of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail last year as the sole candidate as the new Selangor menteri besar after Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was sacked from PKR.

Lim said Hadi’s betrayal, by unilaterally nominating three PAS assemblymen instead, had “resulted in a full-blown and protracted crisis” that threatened to bring down the PR Selangor government.

Hadi had also failed to honour his own words at the leadership council meeting on February 8, where it was agreed that Kelantan PAS’s hudud bill to amend the state’s Shariah Criminal Code Enactment II (1993) would first be discussed by all three PR party leaders, before it was tabled in the legislative assembly.

And third, Lim said Hadi had gone ahead to submit a private member’s bill on March 18 to Parliament without presenting it first to the PAS central committee and to the PR leadership council.

Lim said these actions showed that Hadi was “cooperating with Umno to violate this spirit of consensus as well as the common policy framework”, actions which he said jeopardised the opposition pact.

Affirming DAP’s commitment to PR, Lim also stressed that the party’s 37 federal lawmakers would oppose Hadi’s private member’s bill should it be raised in Parliament.

Lim also reminded Prime Minister Datuk Seri Naji Razak to make a clear stand whether Barisan Nasional (BN) opposed or supported Kelantan’s hudud enactment, and whether the prime minister supported Hadi’s private member’s bill.

The DAP leader said it was Umno who had instigated PAS to push for hudud law in Kelantan by promising federal government support.

The Kelantan legislature unanimously passed the amendments to the state’s hudud enactment on March 19.

DAP and PKR cried foul, saying the amendments were more than just a few changes as PAS initially promised, and were in fact a new law.

Lim said Najib must also explain why Umno’s 12 assemblymen in the Kelantan assembly had voted in support of hudud.

PAS’s insistence on hudud almost became a catalyst for PR to split but some have said that breaking up the opposition would only serve BN’s agenda. – March 24, 2015.

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How is that possible, to recluse Hadi but continue to work with PAS?

Hadi is a democratically elected PAS President and the last time anyone checked, he had grassroots support amongst PAS members across the nation.

This is politics par excellence because it is a really lame mime act, to be dramatised in the next act of a dying thread of political play which should have stopped the day the curtain was raised.

The fact still remain that the Opposition Coalition is cracking into splinters but some leaders are trying to Uhu-it, so that it remained to be perceived as ‘intact’ amongst the anti-BN hopefuls and aspirants.

The Chinese Chauvinist DAP like it or not is still very much dependent on PAS to canvass for Malay support and votes, especially in seats like Gelang Patah.

Especially now that PKR is already deadish after the migration and expulsion of strategic leaders such as Khalid Ibrahim, Ezam Md Noor, Lokman Noor Adam, Zainur Zakaria, Salehuddin Hashim and many others who through the past 15 years abandoned the futile struggle based purely on one’s personal problems and desires. Most importantly, now the Anwar Ibrahim being incarcerated.

The 21 Dewan Rakyat seats held by PAS is still substantial even though DAP is holding 38 seats. This because DAP have limited number of constituency left to venture into, since they have already got all the Chinese majority and most of the mixed-ethnic seats.

Singling the tree out of the woods is about Chinese Chauvinist DAP leaders hoodwinking the Non Malays, especially the Chinese who are very uneasy with the unanimous newly enacted Hudud Law in Kelantan.

Published in: on March 24, 2015 at 12:16  Comments (8)  

The ripple that avalanched

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Academician Daddy should not be complaining about the adverse reactions towards his daughter’s Aisyah Tajudin below the belt stunt, because probably he was indirectly part of the problem.

The Malay Mail story:

After threats to BFM presenter, father asks what has become of Malaysia

Friday March 20, 2015
08:32 PM GMT+8

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — The father of a radio presenter who was harassed over a video critical of hudud today asked if Malaysia remained a safe place to reside if simply expressing opposing views attracted such threats as rape and even death.

Noting that most of the threats appeared to originate from Malays, Professor Dr Mohamad Tajuddin Mohamad Rasdi asked how such a culture of hostility came to exist, questioning if it is rooted in the flaws of the country’s leadership or education.

“Is this country safe for our children to live in? If a simple point of view is raised against such an issue as hudud or even such an issue as democracy and clean elections can produce outbursts of murder, rape and burning people alive, what does it say about our country, its citizens and our leadership? Where did this culture come from?” Mohamad Tajudin said in letter published by news portal The Malaysian Insider.

“I have noticed that the ones making threats of this nature come from mostly Malays who I assume are Muslim. Where did we, as a nation go wrong in educating these Malays? What are we teaching in our secondary schools? More importantly are our public universities producing people of such culture?”

He expressed hope that none of those who issued the threats were products of Malaysia’s public universities, else they reflected poorly on vice-chancellors of such institutions.

“Yes, they are passable engineers and architects but are they barely passable Malaysian citizens, or passable Muslims or worse are they even passable human beings with a humane conscience? ‘Apa sudah jadi?’” he added.

Despite his anger over the incident Mohamad Tajudin said he was prepared to forgive Aisyah’s detractors, claiming that it was the society that created those blinded by rage.

Aisyah received the threats on various online platforms after a video titled “Hudud Isi Periuk Nasi? [Kupas] (Does hudud fill our rice bowls?)” was uploaded on the business radio station’s website and YouTube channel yesterday.

In it, she points out that even as Kelantan is attempting to implement hudud, the east coast state is facing other problems like its homeless flood victims, as well as increasing drug and divorce cases.

Users also urged the authorities to take action against Aisyah, accusing her of insulting Islam.

BFM later removed the video and apologised for any offence caused.

Kelantan, administered by Islamist party PAS, passed amendments to the Shariah Criminal Code II 1993 yesterday in a bid to enforce hudud law in the state ― despite fierce opposition from its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) allies, the DAP and PKR.

PAS is expected to table private members’ bills in Parliament to remove legal roadblocks in the implementation of the Islamic penal code that punishes apostasy with the death penalty and theft with the amputation of limbs.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/after-threats-to-bfm-presenter-father-asks-what-has-become-of-malaysia#sthash.Ds8LROh1.dpuf

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It is obvious that Tajudin as an academician failed to impart the concept of ‘respecting others’, especially when this democratic right is made via the legal process of democracy.

It is unsure that as someone who is supposed to be learned, he should have stressed the fact that the bill was tabled, debated and voted by all Kelantan State Assembly representatives.

Tajudin of all should be very aware that globally of late, making a mockery if not making insulting statements out of something adherence in Islam received very adverse reaction.

It may not be universally acceptable but then again, why stir the storm by make these statements which knowingly will definitely draw anger if not physical reaction even by certain quarters. Even as a parody.

Tajudin is trying to rationalise that it is alright to slight and insult an enactment which was unanimously passed by Kelantan State Assembly, without the consequence of Newton’s third law?

Those who desire a ‘Moderate World By and With Muslims’ must also practice ‘moderation’ towards the majority Muslims.

If any of them are trying to be funny with all these values they try to impose onto others, then they must make extra effort to understand the values, principles and philosophy if not interpretation of faith on what these Muslim majority have been holding onto close to their hearts, generations after generations.

Tajudin also must be mindful that in the advancement of communication, ‘small and little talk’ go a long way especially when it is in the public domain. Obviously, it would strike much more nerves that one first imagined that it would provoked.

Published in: on March 21, 2015 at 13:30  Comments (15)  

Pointing towards dementia

Where Ku Li when Gua Musang was cut off from the massive floods late 2014? Was he part of the rescue and supplies effort to relieve his own constituent?

Disgruntled and multiple-times recycled out-dated politician Tengku Razaleigh should be reminded how he was elected as an MP, right from the start till the last GE before making rhetorical speeches to affirm his standing as a spent-bullet.

Pro-Anwarista news portal:

Whom do you serve, Ku Li asks MPs

BY EILEEN NG

Published: 17 March 2015 1:43 PM
Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah urged his fellow MPs today to decide whether they were willing to give up their powers to “forces” outside Parliament by putting party interests first in their decisions, or remember their pledge to serve the people.

Malaysia’s longest-serving federal lawmaker said this was because the power of Parliament had shifted to the leadership of political parties, a development that he termed as “outside the Constitution”.

He said it was also against the provisions of the Constitution and did not reflect a constitutional democracy.

“All elected reps have to make a decision if they want to fulfil the pledge they made when they were first elected as a member of this Dewan or if they are willing to relinquish their right to powers outside the Dewan Rakyat.
“The decision has to be a fundamental decision for the people. It is a historic decision if they want to serve and bow to the needs of the people or if they want to be with the party leadership,” he said when debating the royal address in Parliament today.

The Umno Gua Musang MP said parliamentarians should make their decisions based on their conscience.

He said this meant being brave to accept or reject suggestions in the interest of Malaysians the MPs represented, although it might mean going against the wishes of their respective parties.

“In the meantime, we also need to act as a group and as a team to offer ourselves to uphold the sovereignty of the people as well as voters,” said the lawmaker who is also known as Ku Li.

He added that the Parliament is the institution responsible for the wellbeing of the country and its citizens.

As members of Parliament, federal lawmakers have taken an oath to serve the country as well as uphold the Federal Constitution in the interest of the people.

“Let me remind you the pledge is not for any parties or their leaders,” he added.

Ku Li said the country is now faced with an unprecedented situation where its economy and institutions responsible to uphold the rule of law and parliamentary democracy had eroded, while national unity was on the decline.

He said this had caused a crisis which has seeped into the grassroots, causing economic and political gridlock.

“This situation presents an opportunity to the Dewan Rakyat to play an important role in the nation’s development. No other institution, be it political or non-political, can overcome this gridlock apart from the members of the House,” he added. – March 17, 2015.

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The Gua Musang MP since 1974 and the founding and only President of defunct Parti Semangat 46 did contest and win all the General Elections (GE) he participated under parties, not on his own name and as an independent entity.

It is unfair for Ku Li to make the rhetoric call and ask MPs to decide based on the perceived perception of some part of the rakyat they represent. Conveniently, that would ignore the fact that the party which propped any candidate all the way even after becoming an MP, does represent the majority of the constituency.

The fact is that Ku Li no longer speak on behalf even representing a fraction of the minority.

Historically, he failed in the race as UMNO Deputy President twice (1981 & 1984) and nearly missed trying to topple then Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in the nail-biting “Team B challenging Team A” April 1987 party elections.

Consequently, he and some of his Team B mates (which include PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and former KKMM Minister Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim, Ph.D) sponsored twelve UMNO members to challenge the AGM. The outcome saw Kuala Lumpur High Court declared UMNO deregistered on 4 Feb 1988.

After failing to re-register UMNO as ‘UMNO 46′, Ku Li & Co. formed Semangat 46 which almost fragmented the Malays in half. His coalition with PAS, DAP and PBS under Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah was confident to topple BN in the November 1990 VIII GE.

The April 1995 IV GE saw Ku Li & Co, even with the coalition with DAP and PAS fail to unseat BN as the Federal Government. Hence, in 1996 he managed to convince his Semangat 46 posse to disband the Malay party and rejoin UMNO.

The face and impression of a politician in the same mindset, the past forty years

All the way when Ku Li contested his first GE in 1969 as a DUN candidate in Kelantan, he has been riding a party ticket. Unlike Tan Sri Shahrir Samad, Ku Li never contested and won any elections even bi-election on his own name as an independent entity.

Without doubt at 78 years old, Ku Li is the oldest MP if not Parliamentarian (taking the Dewan Negara into consideration as well). If Ku Li is still talking about rhetorics and ‘political romances’ of the past, then probably he is demonstrating signs of old age mind dysfunction.

One interesting point to note that since last year, there was this sporadic rumour that Ku Li is projecting himself as a worthily replacement to bind all the Opposition MPs if and when Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is incapacitated, probably for incarceration.

Rumours rife about him actively going around the country, particularly Sabah and Sarawak to instigate towards how the Federal Government has been depriving them from the consolidated revenues.

It is not sure how the Opposition politicians responded to this. However, it would not augur well with the growing young Malaysians who are getting into the eligibility as a voter. It is taking the consideration of his age if not his thought process, which is so obsolete and diverse from the expanding biggest stakeholders.

Regardless, he is way out of date and relevance.

Published in: on March 17, 2015 at 15:30  Comments (7)  
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