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Despite royal reprimand, Anwar keeps faith with Dr Wan Azizah
SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

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The PKR de facto leader fended off calls from within the party to submit more names and is adamant on Dr Wan Azizah being the only one put forth. — file picture

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is refusing to nominate anyone beyond his wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, to be Selangor mentri besar despite censure from the state palace for failing to submit three candidates as requested.

Party sources told local English daily The Star that the PKR de facto leader fended off calls from within the party to submit more names and is adamant on Dr Wan Azizah being the only one put forth.

“Azmin Ali had called on Anwar to be more rational and submit two more names as requested by the Sultan. But Anwar refused to budge,” said the source.

PAS previously proposed Azmin as an alternative to Dr Wan Azizah.

After being reproached by the Selangor palace for failing to comply with its request for at least three nominees for the Sultan’s consideration, PKR had said yesterday it would submit two more candidates within the next 48 hours.

The party’s secretary-general, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, said PKR “will announce and explain” its next move once it is finalised.

Selangor’s Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah last week asked the three Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties — DAP, PKR and PAS — to each send in at least three names for him to consider for the state government’s top post, by September 3.

The DAP and PKR were steadfast in their decision to nominate only Dr Wan Azizah for the post.

But PAS, in defiance of a PR presidential council decision on August 17, sent in three names yesterday.

Saifuddin said the party had contemplated PAS’ nominees, but no decisions have been made.

“Mustafa said two PKR and one PAS representative were named. We discussed the scenario… but even then we don’t know who their nominees from PKR were,” he said, referring to his PAS counterpart, Datuk Mustafa Ali.

PAS submitted three names to the state ruler directly from the party president’s office.

The current crisis stems from PKR’s move to oust Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim from office, including sacking him from the party and leaving the state in the hands of an independent mentri besar.

Khalid has since resigned as mentri besar but remains in office in a caretaker capacity until his successor is chosen.

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Umno losing Malay support, says PAS MP
S Pathmawathy
8:03PM Feb 28, 2012
The reality is Umno is losing Malay support, said PAS research head Dzulkefly Ahmad, stressing
that it is “undeniable” the community has been split for years.
“But the real question that should be asked is why is the Malay support leaving Umno,” he said at
a forum titled ‘Why are Malay votes split?’.
“Before, it was just between just Umno and PAS… first in 1969 and then again in 2008… today
Malays are in PAS, PKR and DAP,” said the Kuala Selangor MP.
However, the split should not be regarded as a “curse” and “is necessary to save the Malay race”,
Dzulkefly (right) said at the Shah Alam forum, organised by Kumpulan KarangKraf.
He recounted that PAS, which was allied with Umno from 1974 to 1978, severed ties after falling
out, with the latter claiming that Umno’s governance of the country has led to various issues
affecting Muslims.
Dzulkefly added that it was for the benefit of Malays because PAS has since made progress,
together with its coalition partners in Pakatan Rakyat, in ensuring that there are checks and
balances in the country’s administration.
“We would have to distribute sex videos (allegedly) of Anwar Ibrahim (if) we were still with
Umno,” he said.
The Malay community which accounts for 60.3 percent of the population, will have a harder time

deciding on who vote for if Malay-rights groups such as Jalur Tiga (Jati) and Pertubuhan Pribumi
Perkasa (Perkasa) decide to field independent candidates, he added.
‘Lack of a common vision’
Perkasa information chief Ruslan Kasim, however, said the existence of various politic parties is
not the reason the community is divided but the lack of a common vision.
“If we were to look back at history, Malays as well as the Chinese and the Indians, were united in
opposing the formation of the Malayan Union and in the defeating the British colonisers.
“Today we need to identify a common vision,” suggested Ruslan (right), stressing that Malays
have to come together when it concerns faith.
Johor PKR chief Dr Chua Jui Meng, who was also among the panellists, also concurred with
Dzulkefly that the rift is evident. However, he opined that race-based politics are becoming
“irrelevant”.
Chua (left) said that instead of targetting votes from a certain community, political parties should
be gunning on issues of rampant corruption and abuse of public funds.
Targetting Perkasa, he said, the NGO should be more vocal on issues like he National Feedlot
Corporation (NFC) controversy, capital flight and submarine commissions.
Ruslan, however, said that such matter are under investigation, particularly NFC, which is being
probed by the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
However, Pandan MCA parliamentarian Ong Tee Keat said that the split is apparent among all
communities irrespective of race
“Let’s not hold on to the zero-sum game mindset. It does not mean that if one race is divided,
another race will benefit,” he reminded, adding that racial polemics has to avoided to pave the
way forward.

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THE MALAYSIAN DREAM OF CHANGE, MODERATION AND HOPE

– By
LIM GUAN ENG

BN suffered historic losses because BN was an agent of corruption,
abuse of power, cronyism and extremism. BN ran out of both ideas and
ideals. Instead of repenting over its many broken promise BN became
more arrogant. The people chose DAP and PR because we are seen as
agents of change, moderation and hope. Most important we are clean.
the people’s expectations of being an agent of change, moderation and
hope. Despite our lack of experience we have inspired hope by proving
that we can govern better than BN. Whether in Penang or Selangor, DAP
and PR has performed in these 4 years better than BN for the last 51
years. We have made PR states cleaner, greener and safer and we shall
make Malaysia cleaner, greener and safer.

We must fulfil the aspirations of Malaysians, especially the young,
for change from a broken system of corruption and repressive laws that
violates basic human rights. Malaysians wants leadership with
integrity, a democratic people-centric government that listens to the
people, does the people’s work and gives hope to the people.
We have succeeded by practicing moderation and rejecting extremism,
preaching fellowship and not hatred, respecting each other as
Malaysians first and Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans and Ibans
second. Moderation is justice, freedom and truth combined. Moderation
is our road to success to realise our Malaysian dream of a clean and
developed nation enjoyed by all.

DAP’s greatest asset is our integrity and incorruptibility. That is
why DAP would punish any member leader involved in any illegal or
corrupt acts. We propose 6 integrity measures:-

1) there must be a ban on political parties’ involvement in business
which can only lead to conflict of interest. How can politics mix with
business as the former seeks to uphold public interests whereas the
latter is to pursue private benefit and profit? How wealthy political
parties that are involved in business have become can be seen by MCA
giving money to its members every year.

2) the ban on mixing politics with business must be followed by
establishing an open tender system to check crony capitalism. An open
tender system will avoid unjust contracts such as the Independent
Power Producers and the toll concession operators allowing the few to
earn tens of billions of ringgit in extraordinary profits at the
expense of the 27 million ordinary citizens.
Malaysians mourn the “the lost decade of corruption”, where the
Washington-based financial watchdog Global Financial Integrity (GFI)
estimated RM 1,077 billon of illicit money(including corruption money)
had been illegally siphoned out of our country from 2000-9. The recent
RM250 million “cows and condos” scandal where money was released 2
years before any agreement was signed to a family company of Women,
Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul
Jalil for buying condos instead of cows shows the BN refuses to
change.
No wonder in the latest Transparency International(TI) Corruption
Perception Index, Malaysia dropped to 60th place in 2011 as compared
to 37th in 2003 when Tun Abdullah Ahmad first took over as Prime
Minister. In contrast Penang was praised by TI for implementing open
tenders.

3) Freedom of Information Act to ensure transparency and also public
disclosure of government contracts.

4) there must be a declaration of personal assets by public officials
holding positions of public trust.

5) there must be full and unconditional implementation of the 125
recommendations proposed by the 2005 Royal Commission on the
Enhancement of the Management and Operation of PDRM, especially the
formation of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct
Commissionv(IPCMC). The IPCMC was intended to cut down abuses of
police powers and police corruption. Failure to set up the IPCMC only
shows the unwillingness of the BN government to deal with the negative
public perception about the police.

6) the Elections Commission(EC) must be punished for failure to act or
even failure to press for action by the relevant authorities on
election bribery, especially failure to comply with the Election
Offences Act 1954 imposing election spending limits of RM200,000 for
every Parliamentary constituency and RM100,000 for every state
constituency.

To Realise The Malaysian Dream Of A Developed Nation We Must Reject A
“Police State” In Favour Of A Policy State That Focuses On Improving
The Quality Of Life And Reducing The Cost Of Living Of Ordinary
Rakyat.

Policies must be made to benefit the people and not to turn Malaysia
into a police state.

Why should BN spend so much time and effort to justify why the Bersih
rally has to be banned, peaceful assemblies are not allowed near
petrol stations, places of religious worship and public places that in
effect bans peaceful assemblies? Should not time and effort be spent
on the managing the rising cost of living and poorer quality of life?
The price of meat, vegetables and fish has gone up over the past year.
Milk powder for babies have risen by nearly 50%. But other basic
commodities have gone up such as:

1. Sugar – RM1.45/kg (Jan 2010) to RM2.30 (May 2011) – 58% in 18 months
2. Telur: B grade RM9/30eggs (sept 2010) RM10/30eggs (now)
3. Electricity tariff – average increase of 7.12% in June 2011.
4. Teh tarik and kopi susu – increase RM0.10 to RM0.20 (9.1% to 18.2%.
5. Gardenia bread – 5%-14% hike (2011)
6. Service tax increase 1% – additional RM720 million in taxes to
Federal Government
7. Onions – price up 17% (Dec 2010)
8. Milo prices – up 5% 1st half 2011; 4% 2nd half 2011
9. Nescafe price went up further 6% in 2nd half 2011 – when price is
already >RM20 per 300gm.
10. All your favourite food whether roti canai, char koay teow and
nasi kandar is smaller even though at the same price.

When the Penang state government implemented our “Golden Child”
programme giving RM200 for every child born to Penangites since
1.1.2011, parents tell me that the RM200 can only last 3 months for
buying milk as compared to 5 months in 2010. This is borne out by the
inflation rate rising by 3.2% for Jan-Nov 2011 as compared to 2010.
The inflation rate rose by only 0.6% in 2009 and 1.7% in 2010. Over
2011(November) food prices increased 4.7%, Transport 4.6%, Restaurant
& Hotels 5.8%, Alcohol & Tobacco 5%.
Rising inflation is a serious problem because of high levels of household debt.
The bottom 60% of our population have an average household income of
less than RM3,000 a month, while the bottom 40% live on less than
RM1,500 a month. More worryingly, Bank Negara’s Annual Report 2010
revealed that Malaysia’s household debt at the end of 2010 was RM 581
billion or 76 per cent of GDP, thus giving us the dubious honour of
having the second-highest level of household debt in Asia, after South
Korea.
In addition, the Malaysian household debt service ratio stood at 47.8
per cent in 2010, meaning that nearly half of the average family’s
income goes to repaying debts. As a rule, banks would not lend money
to those whose total servicing of loans exceeded one third of their
income. In other words, we are spiralling into an indebted nation.
There does not seem to be a way out as income has also stagnated in
the last 10 years. This has resulted in a dire situation whereby the
bottom 40 per cent of our population earns only 14.3 per cent of the
total income while the top 20 per cent shares 50 per cent of the total
income.
To make matters worse, federal debt has now touched RM456 billion as
at the end of last year while our debt-to-GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
ratio has nearly reached the national debt ceiling of 55%. In contrast
Penang reduced our debt by 95% or RM600 million from RM630 million in
8.3.2008 to RM30 million by end October 2011, the largest debt
reduction amongst Malaysian states in history.

It is therefore time to introduce the concept of economic solidarity.
By this we mean solidarity between the rich and the poor, between the
urban and the rural, between the strong and the weak. Ultimately, our
aim must be to build a society that empowers its people, especially
the bottom 60% that really need it. More than anything, we need to
ensure economic survival and create economic solidarity through:
1. Implementing minimum wage.
2. Indexing minimum wage to the rate of inflation.
3. Fostering female participation in the work force.
4. Reducing reliance on unskilled foreign labour.
5. Moving up the value chain in automation and technology.
6. Addressing corruption and leakages through the CAT (Competency,
Accountability, Transparency) Governance model.
7. Observing rule of law and
8. Upholding the freedom of workers to protect their legitimate rights.

We also need to address the weaknesses inherent in the current system
that is characterised by corruption, crony capitalism and monopolies.
As the situation stands, Malaysia is the only rice-producing country
that has privatised rice production and worse, consolidated it into a
monopoly under a single crony capitalist company. As a result, while
Thailand and Indonesia are self-sufficient, we are dependent on
imported rice for one third of our consumption. And because of the
monopoly, we are paying more for imported rice than even Singapore.
Another example of crony capitalism is the gas subsidies of RM20
billion given to Independent Power Producers and lop-sided highway
toll concession agreements which allow toll operators to increase
their toll periodically over extended concession periods, despite the
fact that most of them have already recouped vast profits far
surpassing their investment outlays.
Until 31.12.2010, the toll operator for North-South Expressway (NSE)
spent RM 5,945 million to construct the NSE but has received RM 24,266
million in toll receipts and government compensation. In other words
the NSE toll operator has recorded a surplus of RM 18,321 million as
at 31.12.2010 over its investment outlay.
Is there any need for the NSE toll operator to collect any more tolls
from the public much less increase toll fares? By right and in the
rakyat’s interest, toll collection in the NSE should be stopped
immediately in view that the revenue returns are 3 times more than the
original investment. The situation is similar for Penang Bridge which
has collected RM 1,859 million but spent RM 944 million on
construction cost, enjoying a surplus of RM 924 million.
It is time that we replace this crony capitalistic economy with a
“People’s Economy” that will focus on increasing disposable income and
improving the basic foundations of skills, technology and
productivity.

Economic Prosperity
More than forty years ago, Malaysia’s GDP per capita was USD350 while
South Korea trailed at USD130. Today, South Korea’s GDP per capita
stands at around USD20,000 while we are languishing behind at around
USD7,000. Forty years ago, the average Malaysian was three times
richer than the average South Korean. Today, they are three times
richer than us.
This has happened because human talent was not valued and maximised,
freedom of opportunity was not encouraged and a system was fostered
that rewards know-who rather than know-how. Merit and excellence
became secondary to political connections. (No practice of
Meritocracy)
Hence, we now need to rebuild our economy to achieve prosperity based
on innovation and the ability to create and adapt to new and relevant
ecosystems. For example, today is the age of the information
superhighway. In order for us to prosper we will need to build
internet-related industries and skills that are relevant to these
industries.
We also need to build a new generation of entrepreneurs imbued with
energy and expertise. However, entrepreneurship must necessarily be
driven by the innovation, creativity and drive of the private sector.
In this regard, we believe that the business of government is to get
out of business.
The Government’s role in cultivating economic prosperity is to invest
in the future by concentrating on its social functions. Focus should
be given to the areas of infrastructure, housing, education,
transportation and healthcare, whereby a strong government role will
ultimately result in improving the economic well-being of the people.
For example, better public transportation will reduce the necessity to
buy cars and thus immediately increase disposable income in place of
car loans. The same applies with government intervention in affordable
housing, education subsidies and healthcare.
In Penang, we have embarked on a series of social programmes that have
lessened the burdens of the people. We give RM100 a year to senior
citizens, the disabled and single mothers, in addition to a RM1,000
one-off payment to their heirs if they pass away. We also give RM1,000
one-off to students who are accepted into public universities and
RM200 for every baby born in Penang. To help the people cope with the
high cost of bringing up children, we also give RM100 to every student
entering Standard 1 and 4 and Form 1 and 4.
Besides hand-outs to target groups, we have also established the CAT
Dialysis Centre in Balik Pulau that provides subsidised dialysis
treatment. In addition to that, we also provide free buses for in the
inner city of George Town as well as for commuters from Seberang Jaya
to Bayan Lepas. More significantly, we have also managed to abolish
hardcore poverty a year after taking over. Now, we are aiming to
eliminate poverty altogether by 2015. If we can do this in Penang, we
can do this for the rest of Malaysia.
3 Core Voter Groups To Win The 13th General Elections.
Three groups of voters will decide the next general elections – namely
phantom voters, East Malaysian voters and the youth. If we do not deal
with phantom voters by ensuring clean elections, we will have lost
even before we contest.
For Sabah and Sarawak we can not win only 2 out of 56 parliamentary
seats as in 2008 elections. This is too big a handicap to give to BN.
We need to win at least 1/3 or 18 parliamentary seats. DAP can help by
winning a bulk of the 18 seats. As we are stronger in Sarawak than
Sabah, Sarawak DAP shall be the fire engine room towards Putrajaya for
the next general elections. Even though Johor is one of the front-line
states, Sarawak can make Ubah Malaysia happen.
Sarawak DAP has accepted this challenge thrown by me to lead the
charge as the Putrajaya fire engine room from East Malaysia. Sarawak
DAP Chairman Sdr Wong Ho Leng will present a special report on how to
help PR achieve winning 18 seats at the next general elections.
According to official statistics, 72% or three quarters of Malaysians
are below the age of 40. Coupled with the fact that there will be a
record number of first-time voters in the coming General Election,
estimated to be about 2 million, we must appeal to the youth who make
up the bulk of the two million new voters.
We must also empower women. PR offers women a vision of respecting
their dignity and worth unlike that of Sharizat who will roll up her
sleeves to defend her family company in the cows and condos scandal
but not the Penan women who were raped.

BUILDING INSTITUTIONS TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE
We offer the Malaysian Dream. The Malaysian Dream of a country that is
truly Malaysian, where we can share in our country’s wealth, enjoy
equal opportunities to prosper, be rewarded for hard work, and where
economic prosperity and human dignity is assured. In this Malaysian
dream, we must build the following 5 institutions.

1) we are Malaysian First. This is the substantial dispute between DAP
and the racist BN. Despite that the BN-controlled media continues to
paint us as racists. Recently, I won a libel suit against UMNO’s
official mouthpiece, Utusan Malaysia for RM200,000 after they lied
that I am anti-Malay. We must fight lies with facts and let our record
prove that we treat every Malaysian whether Chinese, Indian Malays,
Kadazans and Ibans as brothers and sisters.
2) Malaysians deserve to enjoy basic human rights and a civil society.
We support the Federal Constitution where Islam is the religion of the
Federation and the special position of the Malays as well as freedom
of religious worship and protecting the legitimate rights of the
non-Malays. In Penang we increased the allocation for Islamic affairs
from RM12.5 million under BN to RM 63 million and established the EXCO
portfolio of non-Islamic affairs.
3) there must be equality of opportunity for all where what you know
is more important than who you know. We fervently believe that every
Malaysian is competent and that the colour of your skin does not make
one inferior or incapable.
4) there must be rule of law where institutions and not leaders
protect the people. Five, we must build integrity and intelligent city
communities towards a high-income and knowledge-based economy.
In building these institutions we must be free from fear. Thomas
Jefferson once said, that when the people fear the government, there
is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. A
government must show our respect for the people by trusting and having
faith in their wisdom and intelligence.
Conclusion

Before I conclude I would like to explain the necessity to amend the
party constitution by extending another 6 months to enable us to hold
our Party National Congress in December instead of August this year.
The Selangor Menteri Besar has reaffirmed his commitment to hold
Selangor state elections after June or July this year.
It is our duty and priority to focus on retaining and winning Selangor
for PR. As this amendment would mean only a difference of four months,
the CEC has unanimously proposed adopted this proposal to hold the
Party National Congress in December 2012 so that the party will not be
distracted from fighting the battle in Selangor that PR can not afford
to lose.
I would also wish reassert our party’s firm commitment and solidarity
with Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim as leader of Pakatan Rakyat and
Opposition Leader. The focus is not about Anwar Ibrahim but about how
to win the next general elections.

We were entrusted with an opportunity to prove that we can institute
change. We have shown that with a clear agenda of economic solidarity
and democracy, we can make a difference. Now, we seek to bring this
agenda to the national level.
Our party has persevered for 46 years for this very moment. Let us now
stand together, united in diversity and committed to our ideals. In
that respect, it is imperative that we focus not only on strengthening
our organization, aggressive fund-raising to fulfill electoral targets
and comprehensive dissemination of information, but also forge an
unbreakable bond of party unity, to make our dream a free, just and democratic Malaysia come true. We guarantee Malaysians one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of selling out or submission to BN. In our quest for the
Malaysian dream we do not seek the victory of might but the vindication of right.
Let us dare to dream the Malaysian Dream!

LIM GUAN ENG

Thursday, July 5, 2012

More Royalty-linked TROUBLE stirred in Johor: Blogger ‘Uncle Seekers’ arrested
Paranormal practitioner Syed Abdullah Hussein Al-Attas or better known by his blog name of Uncle Seekers was arrested last night for posting controversial articles about the Johor Sultan, his family and background.


Syed Abdullah is the son of well-known political writer Syed Hussein Al-Attas. He was arrested along with a 26-year-old woman Siti Nadhirah Mohd Zain and is now being detained at the police lockup in Air Molek, Johor Baru.
State police have confirmed the arrest was made under Section 8(1)(d) of the Official Secrets Act 1972, and will be making a statement soon. Police also said they plan to extend the detention and will be applying for a remand order from the court this evening.
The arrest of Uncle Seekers follows a slew of police reports lodged against him by mostly Umno-linked quarters, complaining that his posting were provocative and seditious – an insult to the Johor Ruler as well as the Crown Prince.
The blogger had published 64 articles in Malay as well as several allegedly confidential documents to back up his allegations. His series of postings under the umbrella title Sultan Johor Atau Kerabatnya? The Johor Sultan or his relatives? was considered offensive and disrespectful, and there was fear that they might instigate the Johor people and the general Malaysian public to discuss the heritage of the late Sultan Iskandar ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail and his progeny.

A controversial man, Sultan Iskandar died in 2010 and was succeeded by his son, Sultan Ibrahim. The articles also referred to a lawyer who had claimed that a member of the Johor palace had issued death threats against him. The lawyer, Kamal Hisham Jaafar, who is alleged to have embezzled RM660,000 from a Johor-based company, has since fled the country fearing for his life.
More than meets the eye
But there is more than meets the eye in this unsavory episode. Obviously, the influential Johor royal family would not pleased to have their dirty linen washed in public and it would not be difficult for them to instigate Umno-linked quarters to complain about Uncle Seekers and punish him on their behalf.
Above that, Johor is considered a front line state in the battle for control of Malaysia between the incumbent federal government led by Prime Minister Najib Razak and the Pakatan Rakyat led by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Over the past 2 years, Umno-BN leaders have tried to make full use of the Johor Palace’s apparent influence over the Johor Malays to stay loval to the current government and not be swayed by the anti-corruption and pro-democracy manifesto of the Opposition.
When PAS leader Nizar Jamaluddin recently commented that the RM520,000 spent by the Johor Sultan to buy the WWW1 car registration number plate could be better used to help the poor and needy, he was immediately hauled up.
Fearing a shift in voter sentiment towards the Pakatan, Johor Umno-BN leaders have seized on Nizar’s comments and got the authorities to charge him for his alleged seditious remarks against the Sultan. By creating a negative image for Nizar and PAS in Johor, state Umno-BN leaders hope to defend their traditional stronghold against the Pakatan, which consists of PAS, PKR and DAP.
However, political observers believe that such tactics were counterproductive as it only added to the long-simmering public perception that the Umno-BN government was willing to protect the Palace and place the Rulers above the law so long as it suited their political purposes.

http://malaysiansmustknowthetruth.blogspot.com/2012/07/more-royalty-linked-trouble-stirred-in.html
Malaysia Chronicle

SUPER GUAN ENG: Only 8 yrs old in 1969 and yet Umno says he started May 13
by Lim Kit Siang

Two days ago, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad warned in Kedah that Malays would lose political power in the country if UMNO is defeated in the next general elections.

This is a lie, for if UMNO is defeated in the next general elections, UMN0 would be replaced in Putrajaya not by DAP but by the Pakatan Rakyat coalition comprising PKR, PAS and DAP which is committed to a common policy framework to uphold the cardinal features of the Malaysian Constitution, including defending the role and responsibility of the institution of Constitutional Monarchy; Islam as the religion of the Federation while other religions can be practiced in peace and harmony in any part of the country; the position of the Malay language as the National Language while protecting and strengthening the use of mother tongue languages for all races; and the special position of the Malays and the indigenous peoples including Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interests of other races.

Mahathir knows that his warning that if UMNO is defeated, the Malays would lose political power was totally untrue and baseless – which was why Mahathir had campaigned actively for the defeat of UMNO led by former Prime Minister and UMNO President, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in the 2008 general elections.

If there was sabotage, then it was Mahathir’s fault and no one else’s

In fact, if it was true as alleged by some UMNO leaders that 47 out of 191 UMNO divisions were sabotaged during the last general election, a lot of thanks must go to Mahathir.

But what should interest all Malaysians is what made Mahathir to issue such a catastrophic and irresponsible prognosis about the next general election to arouse fear among the Malays?

There can only be one answer – Mahathir’s growing sense of desperation because of a growing feeling and conviction that the defeat of UMNO and the end of UMNO rule in Putrajaya in the next general election are eminently on the cards.

It is in fact this realization that despite all the “freebies” politics of money involving tens of billions of ringgit of public funds and the media/publicity blitzkrieg campaign polishing the image of the Prime Minister with high-sounding slogans and policy proposals, the possibility that UMNO/Barisan Nasional can lose national power in the next general election is haunting the corridors of Putrajaya and has caused Najib sleepless nights in his agony over when to dissolve Parliament and return the mandate to the voters for the 13th general election in the country.

The reason why BN will never agree to Bersih reform demands

This is also why one of the Eight Demands of Bersih 2.0 for clean, free and fair elections – to “Stop Dirty Politics” – will never be agreed or met by UMNO/BN.

In fact, we are already shaping up to have the dirtiest general election in the 54 year history of the country.

All sorts of lies and falsehoods are being hurled against Pakatan Rakyat parties and leaders. And this is only the beginning.

For instance, among the terrible and atrocious lies told about the DAP on the Internet and social media when there is no ounce of truth whatsoever include:

> DAP wants to create a Christian Malaysia and make Christianity the official religion;

> Appoint a Christian Prime Minister; and

> Abolish the Sultanate system and establish a republic.

As for me, I wasn’t even in KL

Through the Internet, UMNO/BN cybertroopers spread the vicious lie that I was responsible for the May 13 riots in 1969 and that I had roamed the streets of Kuala Lumpur after the 1969 general elections results, hurling anti-Malay abuses resulting in the May 13 riots.

In actual fact, I was never in Kuala Lumpur on May 10, 11, 12 and 13, 1969, something which could be easily verified in the media at the time and by the police records.

I was standing for parliamentary election in Bandar Melaka in 1969 and on the morning of May 13, 1969, I had taken the morning flight to Kota Kinabalu to help in the election campaign of Sabah Independent candidates as polling for Sabah/Sarawak in the 1969 general elections was scheduled a week after that in Peninsular Malaysia.

But what is even more monstrous is the accusation by these UMNO/BN cybertroopers that Lim Guan Eng was also responsible for the May 13 riots of 1969 on the ground that Guan Eng was the DAP Youth leader at the time and was in the forefront of anti-Malay attacks.

This was a triple lie.

The triple lie: Don’t even have DAP Youth then

Firstly, the DAP was never anti-Malay but was fully committed since our formation in 1966 to be a Malaysian party representing the legitimate rights and interests of all races in the country.

In fact, in 1969 DAP fielded several Malay candidates for parliamentary and state assembly elections and two Malay State Assemblymen were elected on DAP tickets, one in Perak and the other in Negri Sembilan.

Secondly, there was no DAP Youth in l969 as DAPSY (DAP Socialist Youth) was only formed in 1973, and the late P.Patto was the first DAPSY leader.

Thirdly, Guan Eng was only eight years old in May 1969 – and it illustrates how dirty and unprincipled politics has degenerated in Malaysia in the run up to the next general elections that such a despicable and contemptible accusation could be leveled against an eight-year-old child!

Is it any wonder why Bersih’s Demands for clean,

Pakatan now ready to form federal government, says Anwar
By Shannon Teoh
November 27, 2011

JOHOR BARU, Nov 27 – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today that Pakatan Rakyat was now ready to form the federal government after helming five states following the landmark 2008 election.

He said that if the electoral pact had taken Putrajaya three years ago “we may have been careless” but governing the states it won three years ago provided a “training ground” for the fledgling coalition.

“The party has struggled and suffered not one or two years, but over 10 years. If in 1999 we had won, we were not ready,” the PKR de facto leader (picture) said of the election that followed immediately after his sacking as deputy prime minister.

“In 2008, it was our first test to form state government. If we had formed federal government, we may have been careless. It is a training ground.

“We cleaned out the defectors, the dirty things from the party,” he added, referring to the six MPs and five assemblymen who have left PKR since the 12th General Elections.

Two assemblymen who left PKR in February 2009 had caused the fall of PR’s Perak administration.

Anwar said that three years ago, the party had “no strength in Sarawak… Sabah was a mess.”

The Permatang Pauh MP said gains made in April’s Sarawak state election, where it increased its representation from one to three assemblymen, showed the party is “now twice as strong as in 2008.”

“This is the best opportunity since 1957. This is the best opportunity for the people to rise up and change the system.

“If it is really clean and democratic before the election, it is certain Barisan Nasional will lose easily,” he said of polls that the opposition has insisted must only come after electoral reforms currently being discussed by a parliamentary select committee.

Anwar said this when closing PKR’s national congress here, likely to be its last before a crucial election expected soon.

He led an electoral pact with DAP and PAS in 2008 which made record gains, denying Barisan Nasional (BN) its customary two-thirds majority of Parliament after a record 82 opposition MPs were elected.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/pakatan-now-ready-to-form-federal-govt-says-anwar

PAS Pertahan Kampung, Umno-APCO Jual Pada Cukong
PAS akan menganjurkan Konvensyen Tanah dan Perumahan Kuala Lumpur pada Oktober ini sebagai satu usaha untuk menyelamatkan petempatan tradisi orang Melayu di ibu negara, yang terus menjadi “mangsa kerakusan” kerajaan Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN).

Langkah itu dilihat akan membolehkan PAS mendekatkan dirinya dengan isu-isu menyentuh orang Melayu susulan perubahan landskap politik pada pilihan raya umum Mac 2008.

Konvensyen 22 Oktober itu adalah anjuran kerjasama Lajnah Pembangunan Tanah dan Wilayah PAS pusat dan PAS Wilayah Persekutuan.

Konvensyen yang dijangka akan disertai kira-kira 500 peserta akan memberi fokus ke atas permasalahan kritikal petempatan rakyat di Kuala Lumpur terutamanya masyarakat Melayu yang menuju “kepupusan terancang.”

“Orang Melayu di bandar tidak nampak kesungguhan kerajaan untuk membela nasib mereka terutamanya petempatan-petempatan tradisi termasuk Kampung Baru tetapi apa yang ada adalah usaha untuk menghakis bilangan orang Melayu di bandar.

“Kita ada 12 kawasan Parlimen tapi hanya ada tiga kawasan yang majoriti orang Melayu ramai, perkara ini kita tidak boleh kekalkan dan ia sudah menjadi perkara yang tidak boleh kita biarkan,” kata Pesuruhjaya PAS Wilayah Persekutuan Mohamad Nor Mohamad pada sidang media di sini.

Tegas beliau, Umno-BN tidak berusaha untuk menyelamatkan petempatan-petempatan tradisi Melayu seperti Kampung Baru, Kampung Padang Balang, Kampung Puah dan Kampung Pasir Baru.

“Jadi sudah sampai masa kita kemukakan penjelasan tentang apa sebenarnya yang berlaku sehingga perkara ini timbul… kerajaan bukan nak selamatkan tapi nak menghilangkan kampung-kampung Melayu dan BN nak ketepikan orang Melayu di bandar,” katanya.

Ketua Penerangan PAS Wilayah Persekutuan, Mohd Nasaie Ismail pula berkata, terdapat banyak masalah yang menyebabkan petempatan tradisi Melayu semakin “pupus” termasuk kesan daripada projek-projek pembinaan yang dilakukan kerajaan.

Tegas beliau, kerajaan sepatutnya membantu mempertahankan petempatan tradisi Melayu, bukan “menghapuskannya.”

“Kampung-kampung tradisi yang sebahagian besarnya hendak diambil kerajaan bagi membangunkan projek-projek mewah dan komersial yang akan menyebabkan penghakisan tanah milik orang Melayu khususnya rakyat bawahan malah ada perkampungan yang sudah berusia lebih 100 tahun.

“Selain itu Kampung Baru yang terdiri daripada tujuh kampung kecil juga hendak dibangunkan sehingga tiada jaminan penduduk asal menjadi pemilik mutlak aset begitu juga dengan banyak perkara-perkara lain yang melibatkan perkampungan tradisi Melayu serta kaum lain juga,” katanya.

Nasaie menambah: “Perkampungan-perkampungan tradisi Melayu sedang menuju hari pengakhiran dalam Umno-BN dan ia semakin mengecil dan hampir pupus.”

Sementara itu, Pengerusi Lajnah Pembangunan Tanah dan Wilayah PAS pusat Mazlan Aliman menegaskan, kerajaan perlu mengiktiraf petempatan tradisi Melayu yang berusia lebih 100 tahun termasuk Kampung Baru.

“Panggil Pertubuhan Pendidikan, Saintifik dan Kebudayaan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (Unesco) untuk iktiraf kampung-kampung ini sebagai kampung warisan dan bila sudah diiktiraf oleh Unesco kerajaan tidak boleh buat apa-apa.

“Kita perlu ada mekanisme untuk pastikan perkampungan tradisi ini kekal walaupun pembangunan berjalan sebab kalau kita lihat kampung-kampung ini semakin mengecil dan menjadi mangsa kerakusan dalam projek-projek kerajaan,” kata ahli jawatankuasa kerja PAS pusat ini.

Monday, July 18, 2011
PAS mahu tutup Pusat Hiburan.. UMNO lanjutkan masa operasi..
Inilah yang bangga-banggakan oleh Pencacai UMNO.. Sebuah parti yang kononnya memperjuangkan Bangsa dan Ugama.. sempena menyambut bulan Ramadhan ini UMNO Melaka akan melanjutkan tempoh Operasi Pusat-pusat hiburan..

Kononnya tindakan itu seiring dengan kepesatan pembangunan sektor pelancongan Melaka di samping mendapat permintaan daripada pengusaha pusat hiburan terbabit..

Ketika kerajaan Kedah berusaha menyekat budaya hiburan bulan Ramadhan ini ke atas orang Islam, tiba-tiba kerajaan Melaka BN melanjutkan operasi pusat hiburan sehingga jam 3.00 pagi. Semakin jelas sekarang UMNO BNlah penyumbang paling besar gejala maksiat dan keruntuhan akhlak rakyat di negara ini. Mana pula perginya para ulama UMNO yg sebelum ini begitu lantang mengharamkan himpunan Bersih – Misbah Munir

Di sebalik usaha kerajaan negeri Kedah di bawah pimpinan PAS mahu menutup bar, disko dan kelab karaoke pada bulan Ramadan yang akan datang, lain pula yang berlaku di negeri Melaka.

Negeri Melaka di bawah kerajaan BN, baru-baru ini pada mesyuarat Exco telah memutuskan untuk melanjutkan tempoh masa operasi pusat hiburan di negeri itu dari sekitar jam 1 pagi hingga ke 3 pagi.

Malaysiakini difahamkan, tindakan itu seiring dengan kepesatan pembangunan sektor pelancongan Melaka di samping mendapat permintaan daripada pengusaha pusat hiburan terbabit.

Bagaimanapun Ketua Menteri Melaka, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam ketika ditanya berkata, lanjutan masa hanya boleh dilaksanakan pada hari Jumaat sehingga Ahad.

Manakala, bermula Isnin sehingga Khamis, pusat berkenaan hanya dibenarkan beroperasi sehingga jam 1 atau 2 pagi sahaja.

“Ini adalah atas permintaan pengusaha pusat hiburan dan pelaksanaan ini hanya dibenarkan untuk 15 premis sahaja di Melaka Raya.

“Bagaimanapun, sekiranya mereka ingkar melanjutkan waktu operasi dalam tempoh diberikan, kebenaran itu akan ditarik balik,” katanya.

Ditentang pelbagai pihak

Mohd Ali juga menjelaskan, kerajaan negeri telah pun mendapat maklumbalas daripada pihak polis bahawa keputusan itu tidak akan menjejaskan tahap keselamatan kawasan terlibat.

Sementara itu, keputusan yang dibuat kerajaan negeri Melaka itu ditentang banyak pihak termasuk dari kalangan ahli Umno sendiri.

Pengerusi Biro Agama Pergerakan Pemuda Umno Bahagian Tangga Batu, Muhammad Ahyad Abdullah yang merasakan keputusan itu mengambarkan keseronokan sesetengah pihak yang berkepentingan.

“Mereka lupa keadaan ini akan membiarkan lebih banyak perkara tidak senonoh berlaku di negeri Melaka. Sudahlah pusat hiburan muncul bagaikan cendawan tumbuh ditambahkan pula tempohnya dilanjutkan hingga ke jam 3 pagi.

“Cukuplah, keruntuhan akhlak yang berlaku kini di kalangan warga muda dan peningkatan kadar jenayah disebabkan pusat hiburan dan keseronokan yang tidak ada batasnya,” katanya.

Ketua Pembangkang dari DAP, Goh Leong San berkata, kerajaan negeri sepatutnya mendapat maklum balas dari semua pihak dan bukannya semata-mata meminta pandangan daripada pengusaha pusat hiburan sahaja.

“Tindakan ini menampakkan kerajaan negeri mengenepikan kepentingan rakyat hanya semata-mata mahu mengejar keuntungan tanpa memikirkan kesan daripada tindakan itu,” katanya.

Malaysiakini

Presiden PAS kekal, 6 layak tanding timbalan

Umno’s attacks on muktamar reflects panic, say PAS leaders
By Zulaikha Zulkifli
June 06, 2011

By Zulaikha Zulkifli
KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — Umno’s strident attacks on PAS for allegedly sacrificing its Islamic state agenda is proof the ruling party is shell-shocked by the election of professionals, party leaders say.
Re-elected vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the weekend’s party polls, which saw progressive leaders wipe out conservative ulamas from the deputy and vice-presidencies, have left Umno leaders shaken.

“(Tan Sri) Muhyiddin (Yassin) and other Umno leaders are now panicking. It looks like this muktamar has succeeded in bringing chaos among their ranks,” the Pokok Sena MP told The Malaysian Insider.

He said the question of whether PAS has neglected Islam does not arise at all but “Umno is acting in desperation as the public has rejected other issues it has been raising.”

Muhyiddin, who is Umno deputy president, accused PAS yesterday of sacrificing Islamic principles for the sake of politics, saying the party should have used its muktamar to seek the truth behind a sex video allegedly featuring Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The deputy prime minister also mocked PAS, which his party has repeatedly tried to woo into forming a unity government, claiming the Islamist party was likely afraid the “truth” behind the video would tarnish its religious image.

PAS delegates had moved at its party assembly to condemn state muftis and Islamic scholars for keeping silent over the controversial sex video caper.

It followed from the ulama faction, most significantly former deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa, suffering huge losses in Friday’s vote.

“My advice to Muhyiddin is that he should learn more from ulamas if he wants to talk about adultery,” Mahfuz said.

Newly-elected deputy president Mohamed Sabu also said Muhyiddin should refer to Islamic scholars before speaking about PAS and its Islamic agenda.

“He cannot say that because our leadership is made up of capable ulamas who refer to the scriptures,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

Vice-president Salahuddin Ayub condemned Muhyiddin for prejudging PKR de facto leader Anwar.

“He does not know Islamic principles. Islam does not allow us to disgrace others. The allegations against Anwar involve his dignity,” the Kubang Kerian MP said.

A mysterious “Datuk T” had aired a 21-minute recording to reporters at the prestigious Carcosa Seri Negara hotel here in April, alleging that it was a video of Anwar having sex with a prostitute, a claim that the former deputy prime minister has denied.

“Datuk T” was later identified as a group made up of businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik and former Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim.

http://my.news.yahoo.com/umno-s-attacks-muktamar-reflects-panic-say-leaders-001349607.html

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