The ICERD discourse

There has been a lot said about International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and more importantly recently there are some quarters who seek to question the need to protest against the possibility of ratification of the said Convention, especially when Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir has recently announced that the ratification will not take place at this point of time, notwithstanding after he made an announcement and a pledge at the General Assembly in the UN that Malaysia would ratify such Conventions.

To many, it is common sense and the right thing to do that Malaysia adopt the treaty, and what the current government is doing is obviously ethical and therefore any inquiry or conversation as to the Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s speech at the UN is down-right ludicrous.

The same crowd also would go on to say that the Prime Minister Dr Mahathir has since made a u-turn and is not ratifying the convention and therefore any protest on ICERD is also equally ludicrous.

The problem in having rules of absolutes, coupled with negating the right of expression and speech is that we stifle democracy, and Malaysians stifle rules of policy making that takes in to account all stake holders’ rights when deciding what is good for a nation state as a whole. 

Before going in to the crux of the argument as to why the conversation pertaining ICERD is still relevant notwithstanding the Government recent u-turn on the ratification of the Convention Malaysians needed to be pointed out an inherent weakness in the current method of governance and policy making adopted by the current government.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir delivering Malaysia’s national statement at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly’s general debate, said that the ‘New Malaysia’ will firmly espouse the principles promoted by the United Nations in its international engagements and these include the principles of truth, human rights, the rule of law, justice, fairness, responsibility and accountability, as well as sustainability.

“It is within this context that the new government of Malaysia has pledged to ratify all remaining core UN instruments related to the protection of human rights.”

He said nonetheless that “We will accord space and time for all to deliberate and to decide freely based on democracy.”

Now when making a pledge to the world at large, the issue is was this just political double speak or was this issue a genuine attempt to garner political legitimacy at the international political scene without concern of accountability from Malaysia as a whole, which includes the majority Muslim population.

The point is simple, The Federal Government is empowered by Article 74(1) read with the Federal List in the 9th Schedule, Article 39, and Article 80(1) of the Federal Constitution; to enter in to treaties internationally but the proviso is that it needs Cabinet Approval. The point to ponder at this juncture is whether the ratification of these treaties was discussed at parliament and did it get the Cabinet approval before the speech was made. 

An accountable government would have first sought to get the feedback from all stakeholders and discuss the matter before the speech were made and pledge be given at the international arena. Why should the nation state be made to look like fools when politicians’ practices irresponsible politics at the international stage, and as usual the politics of UMNO being a race-based party and its legacy will be blamed for this detraction. 

What people failed appreciate in its entirety when evaluating the PM‘s motives is that the person who gave the pledged at the UN is a leader of the only race-based party in the current government, which party is the weakest in regards to parliamentary seats, and is actively trying to stigmatise UMNO while coveting MP from UMNO to hop over to strengthen his current Party Position.

While it is convenient to be a hypocrite and to practice thievery and coercion due to political expediency it is definitely silly to drown out any semblance of conversation on these issues because it is only through debate and conversations that we promote accountability in governance and it further creates a thinking voter which is needed in a vibrant democracy. 

The Conversation pertaining to ICERD, be it a street protest or discussion in parliament is needed and crucial notwithstanding the ratification of which has been postponed.

Some of the main arguments and narratives put forth pertaining to the positives in ICERD and the contemporaneous sustenance of Malay rights issue are the following;

1. There is no way Article 153 would be affected simply because we need a special majority of change the Constitution and therefore with Malaysia comprising of majority of Malays this will not happen;
2. Even if Malaysia ratify the treaty it can be limited, and it would not affect the manner in which things are done in Malaysia;
3. Parliament is not selling its sovereignty to decide what it best for the Malays or the rest of Malaysian Society at large by ratifying convention at MP are the law makers and they control what is allowed and what is not to be the common morality which is reflected in policy and laws in Malaysia.

Respectfully, this is only part of the picture, and it would be morally irresponsible not to provide the circumstances how ICERD might affect our current political and legal landscape.  

Malaysians need to realise the following crucial facts;

1. The Guardians of the Constitution are not solely Parliament.  In actually fact the Courts play a very crucial role guarding the applicability of rights based on common morality and public policy.
2. It is noted that, the Federal Court and at time even the High Court has been known to interpret provisions in the constitution either widely or narrowly. 
3. Courts generally interpret the law based on precedent i.e. locally and foreign decided cases. The judges also take cognizance public policy prevalent morality in deciding as to whether to interpret a matter narrowly or widely. Often, it is conveniently referred to this as judicial activism based on the ‘Rule of Law’.
4. Therefore, in taking in to account the above issues it is very probably for the certain rights to be given a narrow interpretation upon ratification of ICERD. This can happen even if the Constitution is not amended. 
5. The Judiciary is independent and neither is it political. Therefore, Parliament has no control over the Judiciary, and neither can the PM nor the King bully or interfere with Judicial Activism simply because we have Separation of Powers in this great Nation State. This is part of a functioning modern Democracy. Therefore once we ratify a treaty there are far reaching consequences.
6. An example of where ratifications of international treaty has affected local laws and policy can be seen in Australia. The reason why Australia is used as an example, because just like Malaysia it has a written constitution, it is based on common law, its political system is based on a Federation which head is the Queen. The examples of international treaty having an impact on local law, policy and local morality can be observed in the following cases;

 

a. Toonen v Australia (1994)

Mr Toonen complained to the International Human Rights Committee about Tasmania’s criminal laws which made homosexuality illegal. Toonen claimed that the law contravened Article 17 and 26 of the ICCPR because the laws interfered with his right to privacy and self-discrimination. The HRC agreed with Toonen. The Federal Parliament responded to the HRC finding by passing the Human Rights (Sexual Conduct) Act 1994 to override the Tasmania law which criminalised homosexuality. Eventually in 1997 the State of Tasmania repealed the law criminalising homosexuality due to Toonen case.

 

b. Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen

The Aboriginal Land Fund Commission entered into a contract to buy a pastoral lease in Queensland. The Queensland Minister for Lands refused to give his consent to the transfer of the lease on the basis that Queensland Government policy was opposed to the acquisition of large parts of the State by Aborigines. Mr Koowarta, an Aborigines, brought an action against the Premier of Queensland, Mr Bjelke-Petersen, for breach of sections 9 and 12 of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). It is noted that RDA was passed due to Australia’s obligation under CERD. The Queensland Government responded by challenging the constitutional basis of the Act.  In Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen, the High Court upheld the validity of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, and in short allowed the transfer of land notwithstanding the State Government policy at that time.

 

c. Tasmania Dam Case – Here Australia Federal Government ratified the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in August 1974. Part of its scheme involved the listing of properties under the World Heritage List. The Tasmanian Government requested that a certain area of Tasmania be listed under the Convention. A subsequent Tasmanian Government authorised the construction of a dam on the Franklin River within this area. The area was accepted by the World Heritage Committee for entry into the World Heritage List in December 1982. In short notwithstanding that land came under the purview of the state due to its external affairs power the Federal Government here managed to dissipate the Tasmania State rights and stopped the Dam from being built, as a result of the internal convention that it had signed, which allowed the lands to be listed as a world heritage site.

What shown here is that notwithstanding any rights and powers in the Federal Constitution, once we ratify certain treaties, there is a very real possibility that these international obligations will affect the relationship between Federal and State Government, and Rights provided to certain segments of society, and in many of such cases parliament would have no choice but to comply. 

Whether we as a nation would want this to occur collectively, would have to be predetermined by a Conversation, and this protest against ICERD is a testament to that.     

 

 

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The sum of all fears

Some of us were invited to have a private session with Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, about a week after he lashed his critics against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and openly asked the Sixth Prime Minister to go.

We heard from the Fifth UMNO President’s own mouth on the points he had in his head, considering that he has been complaining   (in private) about the eldest son of the former’s political idol for quite a bit now.

“I cannot be seen as disagreeing with everyone”, a consistent phrase he had reminded us for a few times in our private engagements over more than two years.

 PM Najib's first GE: BN fared worse than 12GE despite UMNO gaining 9MPs more. MCA lost 8MPs where else Dap gained extra 10MPs


PM Najib’s first GE: BN fared worse than 12GE despite UMNO gaining 9 more MPs. MCA lost 8MPs where else DAP gained extra 10MPs

Despite, Tun Dr. Mahathir kept this thoughts to himself threw his relentless support, to ensure BN win big in 13GE. He was out campaigning, as if he was still an active politician.

He was all over Kedah. He was in Johor Bahru. He was in Selangor. He was on stage, to lend Ku Nan’s bid for Putrajaya Parliamentary seat. He even campaigned for unknown Dr. Mazlan Ismail, in his attempt to defeat Anwar Ibrahim in Permatang Pauh.

He also did say that if Prime Minister Najib fared worse than his predecessor, in all fairness, then he should go. Over all, BN did worse in 13GE as compared to 12GE despite wrestling Perak and Kedah back from the Opposition.

At the State Assemblies in 13GE

At the State Assemblies in 13GE. The one time UMNO/BN ‘fixed deposit’ saw the impairment of quarter of DUN seats where else it was a very thin margin in Terengganu and Perak

Particularly in Selangor, where Prime Minister Najib then was BN and UMNO Liaison Chief. UMNO saw the reduction from 21 to 12 ADUNs and BN only manage to scathe with five MPs.

Now, the good doctor penned what he said to us in private for the benefit of all.

We are not sure what is the plan now since UMNO party elections is so far away. What is immediately interesting how this will affect the Permatang Pauh by-election which is coming up around the corner, where it was a perfect opportunity for the people to bury Anwar & Co. for good.

Never the less, it is a situation where the ‘sum of all fears’ for too many people, especially within the party.These are the same people who kept the status quo in late October of 2013, when they could have made a difference.

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“You are not alone in telling the truth”

 

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin praised Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for his consistency and perseverance in standing up and telling the truth, from the days as an ordinary UMNO member and young doctor till present day, which include against the West and champion the efforts to criminalise war.

Astro Awani story:

‘You’re not alone in telling the truth, Dr M’, says Muhyiddin

Astro Awani | Updated: April 19, 2015
(First published on: April 19, 2015 17:11 MYT)
KUALA LUMPUR: Any clues of extremism among Malaysians must be immediately blocked and addressed before it poses serious threat to the stability and peace in the country, deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

Strong measures, he said must be put in place to keep such threats in check and address its root causes.

“Malaysia has done so by introducing tough laws to deal with such threats, including the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) which has been passed by the Parliament recently,” he said when delivering his keynote address at the International Forum ‘Engaging The Young To Criminalise War and Energise Peace’ at Putra Word Trade Centre (PWTC) here.

Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister during delivering the keynote address to the 300-odd participants, also commended Dr Mahathir on his role as a proponent of war movements with the establishment of the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War — the foundation which Dr Mahathir founded and sits as chairman.

Muhyiddin lauded Dr Mahathir for speaking his mind and expressing his views and advocacy against war.

“Tun has been very vocal in voicing out the brutal truth about war and the misery he causes to the mankind. and therefore calls for war to be made a crime. I must praise you, Sir for your bravery, perseverance in stating the brutal truth about and your guts to stand against a powerful nation,” said Muhyiddin.
Muhyiddin said the theme for this international conference was most appropriate as it had clear and precise message to the young, as they assumed an important role in the shaping of the future.

“The organisers have also scheduled the young members of the pioneering CWC to share their world views of what their movement is all about, their hopes and aspirations,” said Muhyiddin.

He added the young generation must understand and appreciate that this country had been blessed in many ways, and that there was no armed conflict or massive loss of life like in other places.

“I remind you of this to highlight to our young audience here of what peace and goodwill can bring to all of us, not just in our own homes and backyards, but also at the international level. And because we have given our children the best in education, health care and welfare, most Malaysians enjoy a high standard of living.

“Many are able to seek jobs internationally, all because of a solid background in primary and secondary education,” he said.

Muhyiddin also advised the young that they must appreciate the time and Dr Hasmah’s effort on her involvement to the projects under CWC.

Also present were Founder/Chairman of The Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Founder/Chairperson of The Criminalise War Club (CWC) Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
Read more at: http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/youre-not-alone-telling-truth-dr-m-says-muhyiddin-58192?cp

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There would be some who would prefer to read what Muhyiddin said today and construe it as a subliminal message in support of Tun Dr. Mahathir’s call for Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to quit.

However, it is also important to relate what the UMNO Deputy President said in Jakarta, when the Fourth Prime Minister called for the current Prime Minister to go.

Astro Awani story:

Sebagai ahli UMNO, Dr Mahathir berhak bersuara – Muhyiddin

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Sebagai ahli UMNO, Dr Mahathir berhak bersuara – Muhyiddin
Muhyiddin minta Tun Mahathir beri Najib peluang tadbir dengan cara sendiri
JAKARTA: Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menegaskan sebagai ahli UMNO, Tun DR Mahathir berhak untuk bersuara dan menulis sesuatu, lapor Bernama.

Muhyiddin juga dilaporkan berkata beliau tidak merasakan Dr Mahathir mempunyai niat tidak baik apabila mempersoalkan tentang dana pelaburan negara 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

“Saya tidak fikir Tun (Dr Mahathir) berniat tidak baik sebab dia kata dia ahli UMNO dan sebagai ahli UMNO dia berhak untuk bersuara dan kita tidak menyekat beliau bersuara, menulis sesuatu.

“Kita hadapi masa mencabar, kita nak UMNO dan BN (Barisan Nasional) kuat,tak apalah pembangkang kuat tak kuat itu soal dia tetapi yang penting diperingkat UMNO kita mesti bersatu sebab kita akan hadapi rakyat dalam pilihan raya akan datang,” Muhyiddin dipetik sebagai berkata oleh Bernama.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri berada di Jakarta sempena lawatan kerja tiga hari yang berakhir hari ini.

Menyentuh kritikan Dr Mahathir terhadap Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Muhyiddin berkata beliau menghormati kedua-dua pemimpin dan tidak mahu membuat kenyataan yang berat sebelah kerana apa yang lebih penting ialah rakyat mahukan kebenaran dan parti akan menghadapi pilihan raya.

“Kita kena berlaku adil kepada rakyat,untuk berlaku adil kepada rakyat ialah dengan memberitahu perkara sebenar. Apa yang rakyat mahu ialah kebenaran,apa yang rakyat mahu ialah cerita yang benar.

Kalau mereka mendengar daripada pihak lain, (akan timbul) pelbagai cerita,tetapi tidak dapat disahkan (sama ada) benar (atau) tak benar, jadi (akan) timbul banyak tanda soal dalam kepala dan benak rakyat dan pasti itu tidak baik untuk kita,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, kabinet pernah berbincang mengenai perkara itu dan berpendapat bahawa dalam hal seperti itu terutama yang menyentuh peribadi perdana menteri atau keluarganya dan 1MDB, Perdana Menteri lebih tahu daripada orang lain.

Muhyiddin berkata, satu perkara yang perlu diberi perhatian ialah bekas perdana menteri itu diketahui umum sebagai seorang tokoh dan pemimpin sebelum ini dan beliau masih mempunyai pandangan, berpengaruh dan ada pengikutnya.

“Sebab itu, apabila beliau mencetuskan beberapa perkara dalam penulisan beliau, saya sendiri secara peribadi tidak memandang ringan. Ia ada impak dan kesannya. Kalau dia (Dr Mahathir) menyentuh mengenai urusan kerajaan, yang mana patut kita jelaskan, kita patut jelaskan,” kata Muhyiddin.

Muhyiddin berkata, dalam isu tertentu yang menyentuh soal seperti 1MDB dan hal yang ada kaitan dengan perdana menteri sendiri, Najib juga boleh bertemu dengan Dr Mahathir untuk menjawab bagi menjelaskan
perkara sebenar.

“Saya setuju supaya bukan sahaja Perdana Menteri menjelaskan (isu-isu yang dibangkitkan oleh Dr Mahathir) untuk pengetahuan umum supaya tidak ada salah anggapan dan salah fahaman tentang perkara tertentu, penting juga penjelasan untuk pengetahuan rakyat. Tetapi saya fikir yang agak baik ialah pertemuan, kalau Datuk Seri Najib sebagai anak dan Tun sebagai bapa, maka saya pun begitu.

“Jumpalah Tun, kalau dah jumpa dahulu, mungkin perlu jumpa lagi, elok jumpa lagi sebagai bapa dan anak, saya percaya Tun Mahathir pasti akan menerima dan Datuk Seri Najib tidak akan berasa janggal. Janggal makna anda tahu, anda berasa seperti anda tahu bukan (sesuatu yang) luar biasa,” kata beliau.

Katanya, jika bersemuka dan saling memahami, maka Najib boleh bertanya dan berbincang secara ikhlas dan mungkin isu yang dibangkitkan itu tidak berterusan serta tidak menjadikan kerajaan pimpinan Najib dalam keadaan serba salah.

Namun dalam masa yang sama Muhyiddin juga meminta Dr mahathir agar memberi peluang kepada Najib untuk mentadbir negara dengan caranya sendiri.

“Ada pandangan berbeza, tetapi biarlah pimpinan kerajaan hari ini cuba laksanakan perkara yang kita fikir beri impak kepada pembangunan sosioekonomi rakyat menerusi program transformasi, rasionalisasi subsidi, bantuan rakyat dalam bentuk BR1M dan sebagainya, ada impaknya walaupun Tun tidak begitu bersetuju dengan perkara begitu,” katanya.
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Muhyiddin, who has been known to make bold statements, asked that Prime Minister Najib to continue and engage Tun Dr. Mahathir and address issues raised which include the many unanswered bits which deemed scandalous in the 1MDB episode.

The same time, one time Minister of Youth and Sports and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs in then Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s Cabinet between 1995-2003, asked his former Boss to allow time for the announced audits to be carried out in 1MDB.

The past six weeks, Muhyiddin had been very consistent on 1MDB and issues be addressed, in the open.

He was the first Cabinet Minister to ask then Prime Minister ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to quit upon forming the Federal Government post 12GE, which resulted in BN losing for the first time the two-third majority control in Dewan Rakyat and five-plus-one state to the Opposition.

Acknowledging Tun Dr. Mahathir’s consistency and perseverance is a good step for further initiatives to stop the rot or perception on the rot, especially in government strategic investment such as 1MDB and programs which are supposed to benefit the people.

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Mega Malaysia

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Extending the legacy of growth, to propel the nation forward is a very tall order but it was expected of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak when he took the reigns of the Federal Government exactly six years ago this week.

Making Malaysia a great nation and realising its full potential as an extension if not value added to work already done the previous three and a half decades is what Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad expects from Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is able to do and deliver.

In twenty two and a third years, Tun Dr. Mahathir challenged odds in the transforming Malaysia. He introduced heavy industries and literally got the wheels in motion for Malaysia to be an automotive producing nation by his third year in office.

Islamic banking was introduced. Trade was multiplied and industrialisation was a big agenda. Infrastructure programs were planned and realised in mega proportions (then in the late eighties), where acts as the catalyst for domestic trade.

In short, everything was big. Really big for Malaysia and in the eyes of most Malaysians, then.

He did not give a toss whether it was popular or not, even by the people. He weighted the odds and went for it. Government owned utility and infrastructure service owners and providers were privatised and corporatised, to improved on efficiency and ability to expand without resting the burden on the government.

“If we need to alleviate the livelihood of the people, we gave them education, created jobs and provided opportunities. We didn’t give them money”, the Doctor who was in the House opposing to BR1M. “If they are really poor, then we help them. Its our responsibility. But not like this!”.

All these sounds about what British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did, despite being very unpopular when her ballsiness.  Regardless, these bold strategic actions did pay off. British economy grew into into a powerhouse in the late eighties.

Then Malaysia too, had the progressive growth bullish enough to project the nation to be propelled as a developed nation’s status by thirty years time. Launching it in 1991, Tun Dr. Mahathir calls it ‘Vision 2020’.

Tun Dr. Mahathir saw the pace and adreline steaming towards 2020 being dismantled during the bleak leadership of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Despite having a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ of not interfering, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah was the one who broke promised when he cancelled all the projects and programs decided and agreed during Tun Dr. Mahathir’s time.

It was exactly nine years ago this week Tun Dr. Mahathir openly went against PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah. It was because the latter unilaterally cancelled the ‘Scenic Bridge Replacing the Johor Causeway’. This was despite then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in writing didn’t oppose Malaysia’s intention to remove the causeway and replaced it with a bridge on Malaysia’s side of the waters.

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Tun Dr. Mahathir expected Prime Minister Najib to reinstate the project and reclaim the ‘face lost’ when PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah cancelled it, which was seen favouring Singapore instead upholding the pride of Malaysia is free to do what we want at our end. However, Prime Minister Najib had a different approach and agenda when dealing with Singapore.

Then multi billion Ringgit burning contention is the 1MDB. The interview with Hamdan Ahmir did see Prime Minister Najib providing answers, However, those aren’t to the questions Tun Dr. Mahathir raised.

“Yes, I watched it”, stating it with his usual smirk.

“All these AG’s (Auditor General) report takes time. Would there be any investigative audit? How long before we get to know all these?”.

We did ask him about his call for Prime Minister Najib to withdraw and pass the baton on to someone else. “What should the new Prime Minister do (for 1MDB)?”.

“Bite the bullet. Even if it breaks his teeth. We will lose some but its alright”.

On politics, Tun Dr. Mahathir opined that despite doing so much and involved is so many programs, Prime Minister Najib faired worse than his predecessor.

“The ‘Sleepy Head’ even did better than him!”.

He stressed that the Chinese are not with Prime Minister Najib. “It would not work (without the Chinese). When the Malays were not with me (during his last election, 10GE November 1999) because of ‘Mata Lebam’ (Anwar Ibrahim’s black eye), the Chinese were all out supporting me. I won more than two third (majority in Dewan Rakyat)”.

“The Malays are divided. The Chinese are not with him. How to win (14GE)?”, the simple analysis. Since the formation of Barisan Nasional (BN) by PM Najib’s late father Tun Abd Razak Hussein in 1973, the latter led BN to win its first at the 4GE. When PM Najib led BN to face his first (13GE), the coalition faired the worst performance of 10 GEs.

“I want to see Malaysia to be great”, the sincere parting words of an old man who did so much for nation building.

Like it or not, this man with a very sharp mind despite of being short of a decade to be a centenarian, in his stride defied unimaginable odds to win in the toughest of all challenges. Economic, political and global.

In the course, he did transform the nation into a different landscape, on all sides. Malaysia was put in global map as a trading nation and also on the global diplomacy arena.

Malaysia was even a nation of impeccable principle when he committed armed forces for the peace keeping role in Bosnia, when the Europeans and Americans were still wishy-washy about it.

It is obvious that Prime Minister Najib could learn from the vast experience, strategic perspective and wisdom of a man who was actually part of his father’s Cabinet after the Great Tun won his only GE after Barisan Nasional was born and the New Economic Plan was introduced.

It is a perfect time to do mid-term review. Some serious restructuring (Cabinet, Khazanah, GLCs, civil service, commissions) must be done and course correction put in place, necessary to move forward. Prime Minister Najib should get Tun Dr. Mahathir actively involved in some of these capacities.

After all, he has proven to be engaged globally for this thoughts and visions. This is on top assuming the position and role of Chairman of the Proton BoD.

Then again, Prime Minister Najib should be the bigger man and work with Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, in the course of nation building to make the Mega Malaysia. It is not quite suffice with  just the proclamation of respect.

Published in: on April 12, 2015 at 11:00  Comments (14)  

Bidding farewell

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad bidding farewell to First Democratic South African President Nelson R Mandela, Union Building, Pretoria

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad bidding farewell to First Democratic South African President Nelson R Mandela, Union Building, Pretoria

The remains of Nelson Mandela has been flown from Pretoria to East London, before the cortege was driving to the outbacks of Eastern South Africa to Qunu where he would be laid to rest 12 hours from now.

To follow the event live:

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Tun Dr Mahathir: Kekalkan hubungan baik antara kaum & ‘kongsi-kuasa’ cara BN

Perdana Menteri IV Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad meminta warga Johor mengekalkan hubungan baik antara kaum dan kekalkan formula ‘kongsi-kuasa’ cara BN demi meneruskan agenda pembangunan dan transformasi. Beliau berucap dalam program Bicara Perdana di Muar, Johor.

“Apakah keadaan Muar ini sebelum dan setelah Merdeka? Bandingkan pembangunan yang dibawa Kerajaan BN. Rakyat Johor bijak memilih”.

Beliau mengupas sejarah DAP sebagai ‘anak PAP’ dan konsep ‘Malaysian, Malaysia’. Ianya bertujuan untuk menimbulkan kebencian orang Cina kepada orang Melayu, kunun kunun semua peluang dalam negara ini hanyalah untuk orang Melayu semata mata.

“Apabila Singapura disingkirkan Persekutuan, agenda menghasut untuk menimbulkan kebencian orang Cina ini diteruskan oleh DAP. Kununnya kita (orang Melayu) menafikan hak mereka ( orang Cina); bahasa mereka, hak mereka, peluang perniagaan, sekolah mereka dan ugama mereka”.

Hakikatnya, ianya tidak benar malah sebenarnya pembohongan yang berniat jahat.

“Lihat seluruh negara ini. Orang Cina bebas berniaga dan mengumpul kekayaan. Orang Melayu sedia ber’kongsi kuasa’ dengan semua kaum dan berkongsi kekayaan. Ini formula kejayaan kita. Tapi DAP cuba membakar hati seolah olah orang Cina dinafikan hak dan ditindas”.

Presiden UMNO V itu menjelaskan bahawa walaupun orang Melayu merupakan golongan tidak berada paling besar dalam negara ini, tiada berlaku permusuhan diantara orang miskin dan kaya. Ini berlaku dibanyak negara termasuk Eropah, sehingga Raja dan Kerajaan digulingkan. Ini kerana orang Melayu tidak dibiarkan tanpa pertolongan dan pembangunan untuk menereka berterusan.

“Di Malaysia ini kita tolong orang miskin dan menghargai golongan yang kaya. Kita mahu orang kaya terus berusaha dan mereka yang cekap berniaga terus diberikan ruang, agar mereka boleh terus bayar cukai dan duit itu kita gunakan untuk bantu dan bangunkan orang miskin”.

Tun Dr Mahathir memberikan contoh Tan Sri Robert Kuok sebagai anak Johor yang diberikan lesen untuk mengimport dan berniaga gula dan tepung yang boleh berjaya, sehingga menjadi pemaju dan kemudian pemilik hotel. Ianya merupakan rahsia bagaimana orang Melayu yang menguasai pentadbiran menyediakan ruang untuk usahawan Cina maju, iaitu kerjasama perkongsian antara pentadbiran-perniagaan yang berjaya, iaitu formula Malaysian Inc.

“Ini semua Lim Kit Siang tidak mahu cerita. Dia hanya mahu membakar hati orang Cina. Ini dia mahu cuba pula di Johor ini. Dia tidak akan berjaya! Orang Johor tak boleh terima orang yang cuba mengugat kestabilan seperti ini!”

Beliau menjelaskan konsep ‘kongsi-kuasa’ yang memberikan peluang semua kaum diwakili dalam Kerajaan Persekutuan dan bersama sama merancang dan membuat keputusan. Ini merupakan kunci kejayaan dimana kestabilan dan kerjasama erat memberikan ruang untuk pembangunan pesat dijana. Pembangunan yang berterusan ini menjana pertumbuhan ekonomi yang pesat.

“Semua orang tidak bermusuhan walaupun orang macam Lim Kit Siang membakar hari orang Cina. Sebaliknya, kestabilan memungkinan pertumbuhan ekonomi dan pembangunan seluruh pelusuk negara, sehingga kita hampir mencapai taraf negara maju. Jika Lim Kit Siang berkuasa, dia tidak akan meneruskan dasar ini”.

Dalam program yang dihadiri oleh 10,000 warga Johor sekitar Muar dan Menteri Besar Johor Dato’ Abdul Ghani Othman dan MP Muar dan Timbalan Menteri Belia dan Sukan Dato’ Razali Ibrahim, Tun Dr. Mahathir memperincikan hasrat Pembangkang yang kunun kununnya ingin mengujudkan sistem ‘Dua Parti’. Namun, ianya sebenarnya  parti Pembangkang hanya dikuasai oleh pengamal nepotism.

“Kita sudah ada Sistem Dua Parti; Parti Kerajaan dan Pembangkang. Namun kita dah tukar lima kali Perdana Menteri. Mereka masih tidak ‘TUKAR’. Tukarlah mereka dahulu! Tukarlah Lim Kit Siang. Tukarlah Nik Aziz. Tukarlah Anwar Ibrahim. Bagi orang lain pula peluang, selain keluarga mereka sahaja!”.

Ucapan yang penuh bersemangat selama 1 jam ini dihayati penuh oleh semua yang hadir.

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Dr Mahathir: Tubuh RCI siasat kelayakan kerakyatan 1juta

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berucap di Permatang Pauh

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berucap di Permatang Pauh

Perdana Menteri Malaysia IV Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad menyarankan ditubuhkan Suruhanjaya Khas menyiasat kelayakan keturunan mereka yang diberikan hak kerakyatan Persekutuan Tanah Melayu. Beliau membuat saranan ini dalam Konvensyen Tranfromasi Ekonomi dan Pelajaran Melayu Pulau Pinang 2013 di Permatang Pauh.

“Orang Melayu ‘murah hati’. Kita sedia berkongsi tanahair dengan mereka, membenarkan mengekal identiti, bahasa dan budaya mereka. Kemudian kita kongsi-kuasa dengan mereka yang bukan pri-bumi negeri ini. Orang Melayu benarkan orang asing ini bebas berniaga dan mengumpulkan harta. Orang Melayu tidak pernah meminta apa apa pun dari mereka”.

“Malangnya mereka tidak menunjukan kesyukuran. Bukan sahaja mereka sudah menguasai 70% ekonomi. Kini mereka ingin megambil kuasa dari kita pula. Apabila kita mempertahankan apa yang hak bagi kita (sebagaimana yang diperuntukan dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan Malaysia), kita dianggap tamak. Kita dianggap ‘rasis’!”.

Jelas dengan lantang Mantan Presiden UMNO V itu menyuarakan kekecewaan kepada golongan minoriti dikalangan Bukan Melayu yang lewat ini membuat tuntutan yang tidak munasabah dan membangkitkan isu isu sensitif dengan niat tidak baik, untuk menunjukan bahawa mereka sebagai minoriti ditindas dan dinafikan hak oleh majoriti.

Sebelum itu, beliau menjelaskan dalam amalan biasa banyak negara negara lain apabila pri-bumi memgambil kuasa dari kuasa penjajah, mereka mengusirkan keluar orang orang asing dan bukan pri-bumi. “Contohnya negara negaar Afrika dan Burma. Orang India diusir, walaupun mereka golongan peniaga. Kini mereka menafikan hak kaum Rohingya”.

Perdana Menteri Malaysia antara 1981-2003 itu menjelaskan 200,000 kerakyatan yang diberikan di negeri Sabah ialah kepada mereka yang secara tradisi berada dikawasan itu, menjalani kehidupan dan bertutur dalam Bahasa Melayu. “Mereka diberikan kerakyatan (meng)ikut undang undang (amalan proses biasa melalui permohonan yang mereka buat)”.

Antara mereka yang hadir

Antara mereka yang hadir

Antara pemimpin Pulau Pinang yang hadir dalam majlis ini alah MP Bayan Baru Dato’ Seri Zahrain Hashim dan ADUN Seberang Jaya Dato Ariff Omar Shah. Antara pemimpin lain yang hadir ialah Mantan Naib Cansellor UUM Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Nordin Kardi, Timbalan YDP PERKASA Dato’ Abdul Rahman Bakar, Ketua Penerangan PERKASA Ruslan Kassim, Murshidul Am TIBAI Zahid Md Arip dan mantan Ketua Pengarah EPU Tan Sri Sulaiman Mahbob.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad juga menjelaskan Ketua Pembangkang dan bekas-banduan-salah-guna-kuasa Anwar Ibrahim asalnya menunjukan kecenderungan sebagai pemimpin belia Islam. “Masa itu, untuk dia kehadapan dalam politik, dia perlu pilih antara PAS atau UMNO. Dia memilih UMNO. Ini kerana hanya melalui UMNO sahaja dia boleh memjadi Perdana Menteri. Kalau dia masuk PAS, bayangkan sampai tahap mana dia boleh sampai?”

“Ramai yang tertipu. Saya pun kena mengakulah, saya pun ditipu!”

Beliau juga membuat peringatan agar orang Melayu tidak membuat apa apa keputusan hanya berdasarkan emosi semata mata. “Kita perlu buat keputusan yang ada emosi, tapi bersandarkan dengan akal dan logik. Kalau kita buat keputusan berdasarkan emosi semata mata, kita akan menjadi taksub dan hilang pertimbangan”.

“PAS atau Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PIMP) ini ditubuhkan bukan kerana memperjuangkan Islam. Ianya ditubuhkan kerana golongan ulama dalam UMNO mintak 1o kerusi dalam Majlis Perwakilan Persekutuan. Tunku Abdul Rahma Putra ketika itu berkata ‘Kita hendak mentadbir negara dan orang Melayu. Kita bukan nak baca doa’. Maka mereka merajuk dan terus menubuhkan PIMP. British dengqn segera meluluskan parti baru ini. Ini kerana PIMP boleh memecahkan perpaduan dan kekuatan orang Melayu, yang begitu padu ketika itu”.

“Saya sudah berada disitu (pada masa itu)”.

Amanat terakhir bagi orang Melayu agar tidak sia siakan peluang untuk mengekalkan kuasa, terutama PRU13 yang akan menjelang, “Kita fikirkan betul betul. Kalau kita undi selain dari UMNO/BN, percayalah orang Melayu akan hilang dari mukabumi ini”.

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Stand up for Gazans and Palestinians in condemning the unjust war

In the urgency of recent developments in Gaza, Perdana Global Peace Foundation will be organizing an emergency event on Tuesday morning at Putra World Trade Centre. This emergency event would be held  just before the scheduled Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission on Palestine hearing would commence.

MALAYSIANS CONDEMN OF THE UNJUST WAR IN GAZA

 

 

Date    :           Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Time    :           8.00 am

Venue  :           Dewan Merdeka, PWTC KUALA LUMPUR

Program

8-9oo am  –           Convening of NGOs, members of the public and members of the media

9oo am     –           Arrival of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

9.05     –           Address by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

9.15     –           Launch of Gaza Emergency Fund by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

–                      Hand over of cheque to Medical Aid for Palestine

–                      Pledges of support from NGOs and Corporations

9.40     –           Ends.

Note   :                        All present are invited to proceed to Dewan Tun Dr. Ismail for the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission Hearing on Palestine at 10.00am.

We wish to call upon ALL MALAYSIANS to STAND UP  and BE COUNTED in THIS SUPPORT INITIATIVE.

This is the whole program schedule for the next four days:

We are pleased to inform you that Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) and its sisters Foundation,  Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW)  will be organising a series of International Conference and Commission Hearing from 19 – 22 November as below :
1.  19 November 2012 – Monday (from 9am – 6pm)

     International Conference on “(9/11 Revisited – Seeking the Truth)”

     at Dewan Tun Dr Ismail, PWTC
     YABhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir’s keynote address will be at 9am
     Press Conference will be held at 6pm.
2.  20 – 21 November 2012 – Tuesday & Wednesday (from 9am – 6pm)

     Commission Hearing on Palestine

     at Dewan Tun Dr. Ismail, PWTC
     (we will bring in 10 witnesses from Palestine to give their testimonies on Israelis war crimes towards Palestinians)
3.  22 November 2012- Thursday (from 9am – 12 noon)

     International Conference on War Affected Children

     at Dewan Tun Dr. Ismail, PWTC
     YABhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir’s keynote address will be held at 9am
     Press Conference will be held at 12noon.
4.  22 November 2012 – Thursday (from 7.30pm – 10.30pm)

     Dinner to launch the Children’s Charter to Criminalise War

     Guest of Honour – YAB Prime Minister and wife and YABhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and wife
     at Dewan Tun Dr. Ismail, PWTC where Children’s Charter to Criminalise War will be signed by 17 Children representing 17 countries from all around the world.
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Published in: on November 18, 2012 at 23:15  Comments (10)