Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year Wish of a Patriot

New Year Wish of a Patriot

New Year Wish of a Patriot

Posted: 31 Dec 2009 12:21 PM PST

Happy New Year my fellow Malaysians and to all my readers from all over the world.

We have to endure yet another year under the evil  and deceptive rule of corrupt politicians and hopefully this may be the last and than  we can have a truly Happy New Year in 2011.

My wish for the New Year would be that in this New Year of 2010 we find our New Nation a Nation that is a real Democracy a new nation that respect and honour the rights of its people, where there is true Justice, Freedom and a Clean and Efficient government that is sincerely out to serve its people.

May we be rid of the decepticons of politicians that is out to deceive the people and country, that they are there through their devious and cunning mind and are actually thieves and robbers out to serve their own greed for power and money.

May these evil politicians die a thousand deaths in hell for oppressing, cheating and robbing the people and the nation and thus causing much sufferings to the general populace.

May the truth be found and may those who have sacrificed for this nation of ours, who have given their precious life so that others can be alerted and realize the truth and that the real spirits of the patriots be awaken and rise up with bravery and courage to stand their ground against the evil tyrants.

May these evil doers who manipulate and controls the stolen power of the judiciary and all other institution of the people and have created and used their evil and unjust laws against the good people be discovered and defeated.

May the people find their courage and rise up against the evil that is upon their land for the witnesses of evil doing that than stands down out of fear, is guilty of a sin greater than the evil doers and would than be susceptible to the evil and becomes a part, as Evil Feeds on Fear.
Stand your ground and starve the evil of their power.

"Socrates spoke of courage as a knowledge of what is truly to be feared and  that is to be viewed as an integral part of Virtue, which is to have the wisdom to know the good from the evil. 
If moral evil is the only real evil than the evils that fortune and men inflict upon us, such as poverty, sickness, sufferings and even death, are not to be feared if they are faced with true spirit as they cannot make us morally worse creatures.  

The evil actions of other men cannot harm us morally and there is only one thing that Socrates truly fears and that is the fear of doing injustice to his fellow man."

-The Patriot-

Majoriti Orang Melayu Semakin Miskin dan Tertekan di Bawah UMNO Walaupun ada DEB

Posted: 31 Dec 2009 10:29 AM PST

Sebelum ini saya ada mengeluarkan artikel yang berkaitan dengan betapa semakin ramai Melayu yang mahu meninggalkan Malaysia. Artikel tersebut bertajuk Ramai Belia Melayu Mahu Meninggalkan Malaysia?. Artikel tersebut menunjukkan betapa semakin ramai belia Melayu mahu meninggalkan Malaysia dan membina hidup mereka di negara lain. Trend ini cukup menghairankan kerana orang Melayu di Malaysia ada Dasar Ekonomi Baru yang sentiasa membantu mereka.

Bagi menyokong lagi artikel saya itu, suka saya membawa beberapa fakta ekonomi yang dapat memberi keterangan berkenaan dengan trend baru di kalangan belia Melayu ini.
Sila rujuk data di bawah. Pekali GINI (atau GINI Coefficient) adalah indicator menunjukkan jurang kekayaan antara yang miskin dan kaya. Dalam carta di bawah, dipecahkan jurang ini mengikut bangsa:


Kalau dilihat, jurang antara kaya dan miskin di kalangan Melayu telah melebar dari tahun 1990 ke 1997. Ertinya, hanya dalam 7 tahun jurang tersebut melebar dari 0.428 ke 0.4495. Pelebaran jurang dalam jumlah 0.022. Ertinya, hanya dalam 7 tahun, jurang tersebut melebar dengan jumlah 0.022.
Kalau mengikut trend ini, maka pada 2004, jurang ini akan mencecah 0.472. Ini bererti jurang antara kaya dan miskin pada 2004 telah sampai ke tahap sebelum DEB dilaksanakan (yakni pada tahun 1970:0.466). Ini juga bererti DEB telah GAGAL SAMA SEKALI di bawah pengawasan UMNO.
Mungkin kerana inilah Kerajaan UMNO/BN sudah berhenti menerbitkan jumlah Pekali GINI mengikut bangsa. Mereka takut kegagalan UMNO akan terserlah lagi.
Ini bererti UMNO gagal untuk membangun ekonomi majoriti dari orang Melayu. UMNO hanya kesah mengkayakan mereka yang sudah kaya. Mereka2 ini lebih dikenali sebagai UMNOPUTRA. Mereka adalah elit-elit Melayu yang hanya tahu menghisap kekayaan negara untuk kepentingan mereka dan sanak saudara mereka sahaja. Manakala majoriti orang melayu adalah seperti kerbau kepada mereka.
Jadi, tak hairanlah semakin ramai belia Melayu meninggalkan Malaysia untuk membina hidup baru di negara lain. Saya pernah berjumpa dengan seorang pemuda Melayu sewaktu saya transit di Bahrain. Pemuda itu juga transit di Bahrain kerana pulang bercuti dari kerja beliau. SAya bertanya beliau bekerja di sebuah hotel sebagai pembasuh pinggan di Dublin, Ireland. Saya bertanya mengapa beliau bekerja di Dublin dalam kerja-kerja "kuli" sebegitu. Beliau kata, gaji yang beliau dapat sebagai kuli di Dublin lebih tinggi dari gaji yang beliau dapat sebagai eksekutif di Malaysia.
Hakikatnya, belia Melayu tidak akan teragak-agak untuk meninggalkan Malaysia walaupun ditawar kerja sebagai kuli di negara-negara Barat. Bagi saya, UMNO semakin gagal untuk memberikan peluang ekonomi kepada belia-belia Melayu walaupun berjalannya DEB.
Dalam berdegar-degar UMNO mempertahankan DEB, sampai menganjurkan demonstrasi mempertahankan DEB, rupa-rupanya MAJORITI Belia Melayu tidak merasa apa-apa dari DEB.
Biasiswa sudah tiada. Bila keluar universiti sudah berhutang. Bila keluar university, kerja pula tiada. Kalau ada gaji rendah. Kerja teruk. Kalau nak bisnes, kena jadi kroni UMNO. Bila jadi kroni, berapa la sangat boleh buat untung. Semuanya kroni2 UMNO sapu.
Pokoknya, UMNO memang parti bangsat, parti penipu, parti pembohong. Bila orang Melayu marah, dia salahkan Cina, salahkan DAP, salahkan semua orang. Yang dia mentekdaghah duit sampai buncit perut tu tak salah.
Kalau orang Melayu mahu hidup selesa dan menjamin masa depan, mestilah mereka menolak UMNO sepenuhnya dalam pilihanraya depan

Tulang Besi

Ps Saya petik dari WIKIPEDIA berkenaan dengan mengapa Anwar Ibrahim dipecat:

"Anwar's frontal attack against what he described as the widespread culture of nepotism and cronyism within UMNO (and the ruling coalition as a whole) angered Mahathir, as did his attempts to dismantle the protectionist policies that Mahathir had set up. "Cronyism" was identified by Anwar as a major cause of corruption and misappropriation of funds in the country. The events of late-1998 marked the beginning of Anwar's descent within UMNO and his subsequent ouster from the party and from Malaysian politics."

Anwar dipecat dan difitnah kerana Anwar nak pastikan kekayaan negara dapat dinikmati oleh lebih ramai orang Melayu, tidak hanya UMNOPUTRA.

Who's The Stupid Ass Writing The RPK Manhunt Script?

Posted: 31 Dec 2009 10:36 AM PST

This sandiwara is getting surreal. The way logic seems to twist and turn and fade in and out of our earthly dimensions is incredible. Consider this Dali-esque gems in the latest NST report "Cops zero in on RPK."

Our intelligence reports have confirmed that RPK is in London, but we have yet to confirm his exact location," he (the IGP) said in an interview with the New Straits Times.

So the cops KNOW that RPK's in London but don't know where exactly. Fair enough. Now...HOW do they know he's in London? There are a few possibilities: the cops must have some knowledge of RPK's travel arrangements, or someone saw RPK there, or someone who knows RPK's whereabouts spilled the beans.

Let's look at them one by one and see if these scenarios can support the IGP's statement.

1) The cops know RPK's travel arrangements. That means they managed to trace how RPK got out of the country undetected by the Immigration Dept, which routes he took (which also means the cops know who the people helping RPK through those routes are) and finally where the trail ended - in London. The reason why the PDRM won't know RPK's exact whereabouts in London could be because RPK made his own arrangements after arriving in London.

However, there is a gaping hole in this story. If the trail ended in London and RPK makes his own arrangements from there, how can the IGP really confirm that RPK is in London? RPK could have caught a train and left London to go stay with his long-lost relatives in Wales!

So in this scenario, there is really no way for the IGP to CONFIRM that RPK is in London. Unless...

2) Someone saw RPK in London. Now, who would be able to see RPK in London and know how important it is to report it to the relevant people? It would have to be either anti-RPK Malaysian civilians or Malaysian agents in London looking for RPK. Now if it was a civilian who spotted RPK and was concerned enough to report the fugitive to the Malaysian Embassy, it would be logical to assume that the fella/s did not do a comprehensive surveillance on RPK's exact whereabouts, hence the uncertainty over his exact location. If that's the case, what's to stop RPK from catching a train to Wales and staying with his long-lost relatives?

So in this case, there really is no basis for the IGP to say that RPK is confirmed to be staying in London!

What if it was a Malaysian agent following RPK around? Then surely he would know RPK's exact location, wouldn't he! That would be his no. 1 priority. Doesn't make sense for the agent to spot RPK and let go of his quarry just like that! Surely the agent/s investigations would confirm RPK's exact location! So if it was an agent who located RPK, why can't the IGP confirm RPK's exact location?

Again, this theory is impossible to justify.

3) Someone spilled the beans on RPK's whereabouts. This is perhaps the theory with the highest possibility. The cops somehow got to someone very close to and trusted by RPK (must be la - fugitives don't reveal their whereabouts to just anyone, what) an the fella talked. But all they could get out of him/her was that RPK was in London. Now the cops have the relevant info at hand and they just need to follow up on that thread and they'll get their man.

But then again...if you are really closing in on a hunted fugitive, would you announce to the world that you kind of know roughly where he is, and that you are going to get him soon? So nice of the cops to give RPK the heads up so far ahead in advance, right? Give RPK plenty of time to make ascape arrangements!

But we Malaysians know better, right? If the cops really wanted to get someone, they're not going to announce it. They just show up with machine guns a balaclavas like in 1998. But well, you might say that RPK is in London, the Malaysian cops can't just do stuff like that over there.

So that's probably why the IGP dropped the next Dali-esque gem to try and cover up the gaping holes in the plot:

He said Malaysian police have sought the help of their British counterparts to bring Raja Petra back.

"The British courts might call for an inquiry and request the relevant documentation to support the extradition process before making a decision," Musa said, adding that the police were also working with the Attorney-General's Chambers in preparing the documents.

Hey, how stupid you think Malaysians are? You think we got no brains to think, ka? You think all of us are frogs living under coconut shells in the kampung and have never left the country before ka?

If RPK left the country with no Immigration records and still managed to get into the UK, it can only mean one thing: he used a fake passport. If so, there's no need to convince the UK police about all his Sedition charges here in Malaysia la. Just report his fake passport to the UK authorities - they'll put RPK on the next flight back to Malaysia already, no questions asked!

But this is Malaysia. Apparently here, the cops' job is not to find and arrest fugitives who pose a dangerous threat to the stability of the country. Their job is to offer friendly advice to such fugitives:

Musa also advised Raja Petra to return to Malaysia of his own accord. "If you're not guilty then come back and defend yourself. Why should you hide in another country?"

The Malaysian Insider carries an even sillier quote by the IGP:

On the possible extradition of Raja Petra, Musa said the application would take time. "In fact, there is no need for (an extradition) order. He has to surrender," he said.

Wahh...Musa Hasan so kind la. First give RPK a long heads up so that he can have plenty of time to prepare further escape plans, then take his own sweet time over the extradition process, now give him friendly advice to come home. Hey, isn't it urgent and of utmost importance to bring this lawbreaker home - if for nothing else but to maintain the dignity of the PDRM?!

Like I said, we seem to be living in one of Salvador Dali's landscapes these days. This is so surreal!

Selamat Tahun Baru dari THE MAN,HIS VISION THE UNSTOPPLE ANWARFreedom and Democracy and the Dignity of the Human Spirit *Freedom and Democracy

Posted: 31 Dec 2009 08:44 AM PST

Ubah sebelum parah, ubah demi maruah.


Selamat Tahun Baru dari Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim
31hb. Disember, 2009
Selamat Tahun Baru dari Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Ketua Umum, Parti KeADILan Rakyat dan Ketua Pembangkang, Parlimen Malaysia
Kita menyambut kedatangan tahun 2010 dengan penuh harapan, agar keadaan menjadi lebih baik buat diri sendiri, keluarga, masyarakat dan negara. Tahun yang baru, secara simboliknya, menandakan, satu permulaan kepada yang lebih baik dan berusaha menyingkirkan segala kelemahan dan keburukan. Sudah tentu semua ini tidak bermakna sekiranya kita hanya berpeluk tubuh dan gagal melakukan sesuatu. Pendek kata, iltizam untuk melakukan Perubahan sahaja tidak lah mencukupi, ianya memerlukan satu tindakan yang jitu berasaskan kefahaman terhadap Perubahan yang ingin dilaksanakan. Rakyat sesungguhnya bijak serta berkemampuan untuk membezakan di antara intan dan kaca. Mereka sedar yang manakah program perubahan palsu serta satu agenda Perubahan berhasrat untuk membawa kemaslahatan kepada rakyat. Namun sekiranya kita gagal untuk menunaikan hasrat dan cita-cita baik tersebut untuk dikecapi rakyat, ianya akan kekal sebagai satu laungan kosong semata-semata.
Tahun 2009 menyaksikan Pakatan Rakyat berjaya melahirkan satu dokumen penting yang dikenali sebagai Agenda Bersama Pakatan Rakyat. Kita menyediakan suatu rencana dasar untuk membawa bangsa dan negara keluar dari kemelut yangmencengkam. Dokumen tersebut merupakan penzahiran kepada satu permuafakatan yang bukan otoritarian sifatnya. Ianya adalah permuafakatan berasaskan kepercayaan dan benar-benar jujur untuk membawa Perubahan. Kita akui sebagai satu permuafakatan yang muda, dalam proses pembentukan kepada satu permuafakatan yang lebih utuh, sudah tentu kita berhadapan dengan pelbagai pertanyaan. Ini adalah lumrah, kerana kita menuju kepada yang lebih baik, kita menawarkan satu yang baru buat rakyat dan kita berhasrat mahu sentiasa bersama mereka memastikan kesejahteraan negara ini terjamin.
Alhamdulillah rakyat menyambut baik kehadiran dokumen bersejarah tersebut. Mereka sedar untuk mengembalikan negara ini ke persada negara-negara yang sudah jauh meninggalkan kita seperti Singapura, Taiwan, dan Korea Selatan agenda pembangunan yang selama ini berasaskan perkauman sempit dan hanya membawa keuntungan kepada segelintir yang dekat dengan pemerintah mestilah diketepikan. Kini tibalah waktu untuk kita mendakap satu agenda Perubahan yang terperinci, cermat dan menyegarkan. Pakatan Rakyat menawarkan satu agenda yang seimbang; tidak hanya tertumpu memulihkan kembali ekonomi negara, akan tetapi juga berusaha mengembalikan hala tuju negara ini sebagai satu negara yang berasaskan Demokrasi Raja Berperlembagaan.
Pakatan Rakyat yakin untuk mengemudi negara ini ke taraf negara maju dengan memastikan pertumbuhan ekonomi yang sihat, agenda pembangunan yang adil untuk semua, institusi kehakiman yang bebas dari cengkaman pemerintah dan pembinaan sebuah masyarakat demokratik yang berteraskan kemuliaan insan. Dengan kepercayaan rakyat  yang kita perolehi, kita akan menggembeling seluruh tenaga dan keringat untuk memastikannya terlaksana. Keyakinan terhadap semangat rakyat, faith in the power of the spirit of the people, akan menjadi satu lagi sumber kekuatan kita, rakyat Malaysia.
Moga tahun 2010 merupakan tahun yang lebih baik buat semua dan negara ini. Inshaallah kita semua berusaha menjayakannya. Saya mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan Selamat Tahun Baru 2010 kepada semua rakyat Malaysia.
Ubah sebelum parah, ubah demi maruah.
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TLadies and Gentleman:

I am greatly humbled by this award. I accept it with a profound sense of humility with the full knowledge that this award is not really about me but, as indeed it should be, a resounding appreciation for the hard work and sacrifices of family, friends and colleagues. Togetherwe have championed the cause of freedom and democracy and, by the grace of God, we shall continue to do so.

They say that freedom and democracy are nice catchphrases hewn from philosophical cogitation or mere abstract doctrine divorced from reality. Or that democracy is overrated. What's there to talk about or to lose sleep over? Just conduct elections every four or five years and let the people to decide who should be in power. Why should think-tanks and NGOs waste so much time and resources dissecting and debating these issues in academic halls, intellectual colloquiums and political forums?

I think the answer is as clear as daylight. As Walt Whitman, the great poet of democracy, once said:

"Did you, too, O friend, suppose democracy was only for elections, for politics, and for a party name? I say democracy is only of use there that it may pass on and come to its flower and fruit in manners, in the highest forms of interaction between people, and their beliefs — in religion, literature, colleges and schools — democracy in all public and private life…."

Indeed, freedom and democracy is part and parcel of the self-evident truths that would distinguish mankind from the rest of God's creatures, as dear to us as the blood that sustains our hearts and keeps us alive. Closer to home, the ever redeeming words ofthe great Malayan hero Jose Rizalcontinue to remind us that"humanity will not be redeemed while reason is not free."Even though that was written more than a century ago, it is no less significant today, as democracy and freedom are once again under attack. Today, and perhaps more than in the past, we witness the clash between the institutions of civil society bent on preserving freedom and democracy and the powers that be with their increasing tendency to rob us of our liberties and undermine our constitutional foundations.The resulting report card on the state of democracy and freedom here (in Malaysia) is dismal and damning. The prospects are dim and the challenges daunting.

At the root of these issues is the question of accountability, governance and transparency in the exercise of the powers of state. Contrary to what the opponents of freedom and democracy say, accountability does not lead to weakness; nor would an independent judiciary lead to the death of the Parliamentary process; ensuring the rule of law to protect the constitutional freedoms of free speech, of assembly and of religion would not cause dissension and confrontation.

Denying these fundamental liberties and eroding the democratic space would. It would also be a gross affront on the dignity of man. Indeed, to paraphrase Emerson, a nation's strength is not forged in gold but only men and women can make a people great and strong; Men and women who for truth and honor's sake stand fast and suffer long.

We have heard the famous line by Thomas Jefferson that "a democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." But this was certainly not his ideal of democracy. Indeed what he was really talking about was in fact what was to be later referred to as the "despotism of the majority" where governments abuse power or develop dictatorial tendencies on account of numerical strength in the legislatures.

This concentration of power invariably leads to abuse of the legislative process.The UMNO-led ruling coalition, having since the nation's independence controlled the Federal Parliament with a two-thirds majority, remains unrepentant in their arrogant display of power. Intolerant of criticism, dissent or anything seen as a stumbling block to their vested interests, they ride rough shod over the aspirations of the people by bull-dozing through oppressive laws and the Federal budget.

The political landscape has changed since the March 2008 elections when the Opposition created the biggest upset to the status quo at the Federal Parliament as well as gained control of five states in the peninsula. One would have thought that they would have learnt some lessons from this defeat but it would appear that a leopard cannot change its spots. Motions for a full parliamentary debate on crucial social and financial issues are invariably disallowed on grounds that they are not urgent matters.

Just less than a year on, a desperate attempt was made at wresting control of the state of Perak by the foulest of means in violation of ethical, political and constitutional principles. And even more tragically, this is being done hand in glove with the judiciary.

If democracy is about giving dignity to the human spirit, then we can rest assured that this dignity can never be realized as long as the institutions of power such as the judiciary, the police, the public prosecutor and the anti-corruption agency continue to be employed by the Executive to further their own ends.Democracy will not see the light of day when dissenting views are not allowed expression and a healthy vibrant opposition is considered a threat to national security. Democratic governments cannot use the state apparatus to silence political opposition.

The existence of a vibrant opposition is essential as the bulwark against the tyranny of absolute power. Opposition must not be just merely tolerated but must be allowed to flourish as the people's conscience. Its paramount role is to hold the powers that be to account when they go astray and to remind them that power is trust, not might.

Once again, we call for a concerted effort to restore the judiciary to its pristine position. Judicial independence must mean protecting the people from governmental arbitrariness and political despotism.The judiciary is not just the bulwark of our fundamental liberties. It is the final arbiter of our constitutional and political disputes and the anvil on which the rule of law of the nation is to be forged. If judges are to be independent of political authority, attempts to muzzle them must not be allowed. If in their deliberations they make statements apparently critical of the executive or in their judgments, decide against it, they should not be threatened with reprisals, or transferred into less important positions or jurisdictions or worse still, forced into early retirement.

To put it bluntly, judges must be freed from the stranglehold of the ruling elite, tyrants, dictators or the rich and the powerful. We cannot have a government which continues to use the judicial system for its own ends and at the same time call it a democracy.

This recognition therefore comes at an auspicious moment. We have just witnessed the historic Pakatan Rakyat convention. The gathering on Saturday marked the first ever national convening of Malaysia's first viable political movement that is multi-racial not only in composition but also in its fundamental aims. The coalition's aims and objectives have been spelled out in a document unrivalled in its articulation of the coalition's commitment to Constitutional provisions and a reform agenda. They will say that the proof is going to be in the pudding and not until this coalition takes power will the weight of its promises be felt. On the contrary – a taste of what is to come is clearly evident in the four opposition states that have demonstrated a commitment to transparency, multi-racialism and good governance.

Progress has been made despite the subversive actions of a Federal government hell bent on recapturing power by any means necessary. Butin the cause of freedom, there shall be no room for despair. Let us endeavor to draw from misfortune new hope and new strength. Therefore, let us not recoil in our resolve to fight for what we believe in. Soldier on we must, and soldier on we shall. As freedom and democracy is our birth right, we must never forsake it or allow anyone to take it away from us.

Thank you.

*Acceptance speech by Anwar Ibrahim, Opposition leader of the Malaysian Parliament, on being awarded the IAPC Democracy Medal, Shah Alam, December 21, 2009

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Unlike the silence in MSM, Malaysiakini and Free Malaysia Today reported that Pakatan Rakyat leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was invested with the Democracy Award for 2008 by the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) today at a ceremony in Shah Alam. Read more about it AT THIS LINK and alsoOVER HERE.
The International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC), founded in 1968, is a professional global organization of senior political and public affairs advisers dedicated to fostering democracy throughout the world. Their 100-plus members are from more than 20 nations in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
I am not going to repost what Malaysiakini and Free Malaysia Today has published with the exception of the following quotes extracted from Malaysiakini:
Anwar said despotism of the majority occurred when governments abuse power and develop dictatorial tendencies on account of numerical strength in legislatures.
"The Umno-led ruling coalition, having since the nation's independence controlled the Federal Parliament with a two-thirds majority, remains unrepentant in their arrogant display of power," he said.
"Intolerant of criticism, dissent or anything seen as a stumbling block to their vested interests, they ride rough shod over the aspirations of the people by bull-dozing through oppressive laws and the Federal budget," enumerated Anwar.
Anwar said for democracy to flourish, institutions that guarded its integrity like an independent judiciary, a professional police force and graft-combating agency, and an opposition that holds the powers that be to account, were vital as props.
Certainly, he did not mince his words in going to the heart of the problem of our nation by going for the jugular, even at such a defining moment in his life. Is it any wonder then that DSAI has been recognized not once but many times internationally for his contribution to world politics?
For your information, DSAI holds the chair as Visiting Prof, Malaysia Chair of Islam in SE Asia and is Honorary President, Accountability Department in the PRINCE ALWALEED BIN TALAL CENTER FOR MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN, Georgetown University.
DSAI also made it to The 2008 TIME Finalists and you can read about it AT THIS LINK.
He also won the Muslim Moderate of the Year 2005 that was conferred on him by the Centre for the Study of Islam and Democracy which you can read about AT THIS LINK.
"In the midst of Asian Financial Crises of 1997, do remember that Anwar was hailed for guiding Malaysia through this period of instability. He backed free market principles and called for "creative destruction", highlighting the need to reconsider the proximity of business and politics in Malaysia. He advocated for greater accountability and refused to offer government bail-outs to companies facing bankruptcy. He also instituted widespread spending cuts and gut government expenditure on mega projects. These prescriptions saved the Malaysian economy and earned Anwar many accolades, including the title "Asian of the Year" by Newsweek International in 1998." (extracted from THIS LINK)
There are still many awards that DSAI has received in recognition of his leadership capabilities and contributions. The latest award given to him is an international endorsement of DSAI's potential as a world-class leader. Being human, no one is perfect – something that we all know, but find so difficult to accept especially when it comes to leaders. Yet, in the international circuit, others are willing to accept and recognize DSAI but not that many in his own country. Isn't that very sad?
There is a saying that a prophet is not accepted in his own land and the many brickbats hurled at DSAI testify to the truth of this saying. Can I ask you to name me ANY ONE LEADER IN BN who has received as many awards as DSAI? I rest my case.
Personally, I have my own criticism of DSAI but I recognize his role, capabilities, leadership potential and charisma that few can compare. We cannot deny that he was instrumental for the 2008 March tsunami. Even Encik Ibrahim Suffian of Merdeka Centre said so at a recent forum held in Penang.
The current scenario with DSAI as Opposition Leader shows as that Pakatan Rakyat has a strategy which is about a choice which affects an outcome. The choice is for three parties to work together for the betterment of the nation and that outcome is one that affects all of us.
Through all the challenges that he has been facing, we can see that he adopts clear and systematic strategies based on the needs of the society within the framework of PKR and Pakatan Rakyat. I believe that all the challenges, trials and sufferings he went through in the past humbled him, made him more human and passionate about his cause. In the face of such difficulties, he and his whole family never gave up hope or their vision for this nation. Indeed they have paid a very heavy price for their choice in life and the journey is still a difficult one as his case is not over. One would think he would be rattled and would give up his noble ambition to focus on his case but admirably, he plods on, even in the face of severe criticism…..If that is not strength of character, what is?
The convention ended yesterday and this award was given at such a timely moment. We can deduce that Anwar is a strategist who is adaptable to changing environmental conditions and reduces the vulnerability of his variables calmly as a move to discover more opportunities to operate in a goal-achieving manner. From his speech, we can see that he has his expectations which he keeps within the political climate and the context of his position as PKR leader.
I marvel at Anwar's stamina in counter-attacking whatever moves his enemies have taken to ward off Anwar's threat by just being himself. Few have that sort of commanding personality and powerful charisma in his oratorical skills and his vision for the country or even his depth of political analysis.
Current developments can remind you of scenes from a suspense drama. We see one development unfolding after another and then we are plunged into more suspense when another leader says something to nullify the previous statement. What then can we do? More importantly, what is DSAI's psyche now?
I am sure he planning his strategies very carefully. Clearly, Anwar's approach to strategizing is not Machiavellian in nature. Those from that school of thought seem to justify a number of actions done solely to perpetuate power and is concerned with its acquisition, expansion, and effective use. According to Machiavelli, the greatest moral good is a virtuous and stable state, and actions to protect the country are therefore justified even if they are cruel. That is not Anwar's style at all.
True, DSAI made mistakes in the past but I am sure he has learnt his lessons well. We cannot continue to penalize him for the past, especially when it is so clear that he is sincere in his desire to make right what went wrong in the past and the present. Give him a chance to lead PR. Give him a chance to realize his ambition and dreams which were seen clearly in his opening speech given at the inaugural convention. I need not say more. But what I want to ask you is this.
What does international recognition of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mean to you, to Pakatan Rakyat, to PKR and most importantly, to Malaysia?
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The Passing of Southeast Asia’s Prominent Spokesman for Pluralism in Muslim PoliticsA Tribute to former President of Indonesia Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) December 31, 2009

Posted: 31 Dec 2009 08:06 AM PST

by Terence Netto

The death of former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, 'Gus Dur' to legions of his admirers, in a Jakarta hospital yesterday deprives Southeast Asia of its pre-eminent spokesman for pluralism in Muslim politics.

anwar ibrahim and gus dur former indonesia president 110808 01For a man with his long history of ill-health, death at 69 could not be said to have come early. Still, it is untimely because Gus Dur's voice was a major one against monism: the human delusion that life is explainable by a single, overarching principle.

By leveraging on his stature as the son and grandson of pioneers of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), said to be the world's largest Muslim social organisation, Gus Dur influenced the direction of Muslim politics in his country towards democratic pluralism at a time when the country was groping following dictator Suharto's ouster in the late 1990s.

Ordinarily, a Muslim potentate like Gus Dur would be expected to be in favour of Islamist prescriptions like syariah in a time of national questing after a more equitable social order, but Gus Dur was flatly opposed to theocracy.

Though his term as Indonesian president was curtailed because of a scam over rice supplies, Gus Dur remained untainted by the dross of scandal such that while out of office he continued to extend his much-sought patronage to those on the fringes of Indonesian society.

His defense of the right to exist in Indonesia of the dissident sect, Achmadis, was a notable example of his courage in taking positions at odds with the majority of his countrymen.

In the mid-1990s, his decision to accept an invitation to the Nobel ceremony honouring peace laureate Bishop Carlos Belo, whom Jakarta suspected as a East Timorese separatist, was typical of Gus Dur's bucking of the majority view.

Support for Anwar's decision

In an interview with Malaysiakini in Kuala Lumpur in August 2008, that streak was evident in his support of Anwar Ibrahim's decision not to swear on the Quran as proof he was innocent of an accusation of sodomy leveled by a former aide.

anwar ibrahim and gus dur former indonesia president 110808 04In other opinions expressed in the interview, it was clear that Gus Dur was one Islamic leader who could be counted on to take the side of the rationalists against the orthodox in their recurrent debate of issues that is subsumed by what is defined as the Socratic puzzle.

This is the question that is so abstruse it gives philosophy a bad name: Is an action good because God commands it? Or does God command it because it is good?

In other words, do the categories of right and wrong have an existence independent from divine will?

Secular reason, the building blocks of democratic pluralism, says yes; theocracy holds there is no independent criterion of morality outside the will of God. The death of Abdurrahman Wahid represents a loss to the argument that holds with the former and dissents from the latter.

When the New Order administration came to power in 1968, not one Islamic party felt it was necessary to develop the idea of an Islamic state.

Bahtiar Effendy, The Jakarta Post

As we enter the elections year, hope does not seem to be running high for Islamic or Muslim-based parties. Surveys have indicated that if elections were held today, there is a strong likelihood that they would get fewer votes than they did in 2004.

The six major Islamic parties — the United Development Party (PPP), the National Awakening Party (PKB), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the Reform

Star Party (PBR) and the Crescent Star Party (PBB) — received somewhat disheartening results in the polls, with support ranging between 2 and 7 percent.

Allowing for a 1-3 percent margin of error, these figures are not significantly different from the 1999 and 2004 election results for Islamic parties. Yet in fact, perhaps with the exception of the PKS, which appears to be at the forefront of Islamic political discourse, there is the possibility they may gain less support in the 2009 elections.

It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what factors have led to this unpromising performance of Islamic parties. The stigma attached to Islamic parties in Indonesia's political history has frequently been touted as the source of problem. In the past, Islamic political parties were always identified with an Islamic state project.

During the Constitutional debate in the mid-1940s and 1950s, their activists and practitioners consistently strived to institute Islam as the basis of the state. Ultimately settling for less, in the late 1960s they appealed to the New Order government for the Jakarta Charter — a compromise clause making sharia (Islamic law) mandatory for Muslims — to be reinstated. A similar appeal was lodged during the process to amend the Constitution in the early 2000s.

None of these attempts bore the hoped-for fruit. Instead, Islamic parties have become an object of suspicion: The ultimate goal of political Islam is perceived to be making Islam the basis of the state where sharia serves as the governing law of the land. While this is legitimate as an ideological and political aspiration, it nonetheless seems not to accord with the interest of the majority of Indonesian Muslims.

In the nation's first democratic elections in 1955, Islamic parties did not emerge as the winners.

The two largest Islamic parties, Masyumi and Nahdlatul Ulama, took second (20.92 percent) and third (18.41 percent) place, respectively, after Sukarno's Indonesian Nationalist Party, or PNI (22.32 percent).

Collectively, however, they gained 43.93 percent of the votes. Considering Indonesian Muslims constitute 90 percent of the population, this means that the majority of the country's Muslims did not cast their votes for Islamic parties.

Perhaps it is an oversimplification to say that an Islamic state project is the root cause of the alarming position of Islamic parties — after all, the abandonment of the cause did not automatically make Islamic parties more popular, either. When the New Order administration came to power in 1968, not one Islamic party felt it was necessary to develop the idea of an Islamic state.

This religious-political stance continued until the Soeharto regime crumbled in 1998.

Undoubtedly, the authoritarian nature of the Soeharto regime served to discourage Muslim activists from entertaining the idea of an Islamic state.

But it was not only the coercive measures of the New Order administration that made Muslim political activists abandon the Islamic state idea. During this period, more substantive Islamic political ideas and practices were in the making, where the notions of justice, egalitarianism and equality were emphasized more than the formalist ones. This encouraged Muslims to detach themselves from ideological and symbolic partisanship. Quite naturally, it was the Islamic parties that suffered the most from this intellectual transformation.

Put together, these two factors led more Muslims to support non-Islamic parties, especially the Golkar Party. The inability to compete with Golkar in translating Islamic principles or ethos into practical programs, perceived as relevant to public interests, only exacerbated the declining support of Islamic parties.

Obviously, one can always argue that authoritarianism played a major role in the decline of support for Islamic parties during the New Order government. This argument is no longer valid given the performance of Islamic par-ties in post-1998 Indonesia. Like those in 1955, Islamic parties are not performing well individually.

Of the 10 Islamic parties represented in the parliament, only three can be considered "respectable" parties — the PKB, the PPP and the PAN. Still, however, they are only mid-sized parties, far behind the strength of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and Golkar.

Their individual performances worsened in the 2004 elections, with the exception of the PKS, which gained a remarkable increase in support from 1,436,565 votes (seven seats) to 8,325,020 votes (45 seats). Even though the PKS is the most ideologically oriented Islamic party, it is nonetheless perceived as the most promising. This perception is based mainly on the image that the PKS has managed to create: Becoming a "public service" party. It was through this political branding that the party attracted more support.

There are several reasons Islamic and Muslim-based parties do not seem to have great prospects for next year's elections. Of course, some kind of political overhaul is needed to make Islamic parties more saleable. Regardless of their official trademark as Islamic parties, their thinkers and activists need to reflect, and finally decide, on whether Islamic parties should remain exclusively an arm for the few (party constituents), or become a vehicle for the many (Indonesian society in general).

But, of course, this is a long-range solution. For the 2009 elections, there is no easy answer for Islamic parties other than to form a meaningful coalition. This is not an easy task, and perhaps too difficult to turn into reality. But their collective strength (37.59 percent in 1999 and 38.35 percent in 2004) clearly indicates that they could serve as a delicate balance to the country's polarized presidential politics — B.J. Habibie versus Megawati in 1999, and Megawati and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2004.

This is if Islamic parties want to make substantial, meaningful changes. Otherwise, individually they can hope for little more than to be a supporter of either Megawati or Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The writer is a professor of political science at the State Islamic University (UIN), Jakarta.


Stretching absurdity to the extreme!

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 11:48 PM PST

Aliran is appalled by the statement of Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar claiming that the Sri Kembangan state assembly member Ean Yong Hian Wah had intimidated the police when he called on them to stop their investigation of DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng, for alleged sedition.

Apcet II court decision: Get ready to be disappointed!

Posted: 23 Dec 2009 01:11 AM PST

Aliran hails the Kuala Lumpur High Court decision  ordering the government to pay RM30,000 to each of the 29 human rights activists and journalists wrongfully detained during the Apcet II conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Climate change: "We're not finished yet," civil society warns

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 08:40 AM PST

COPENHAGEN, Dec 19 (IPS) - The climate change summit proved to be a "spectacular failure even according to its own terms," but civil society had "some successes," such as the inclusion of certain issues on the climate agenda, and making the voice of the South heard loud and clear.

Civil society groups also came up with a final statement in which they rejected"purely market-oriented and technology-centred false and dangerous solutions," such as "nuclear energy, agro-fuels, carbon capture and storage, Clean Development Mechanisms, biochar, genetically 'climate-readied' crops, geoengineering, and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD)."

Establishing an anti-discrimination law in an Asian country

Posted: 30 Dec 2009 03:00 AM PST

As Malaysians struggle for equality as well, it is timely to look at the challenge facing another Asian country, Korea, which is in the process of establishing an anti-discrimination law. John Smith Thang has the story.

Malaysia: Refusing to resolve migrant woes

Posted: 18 Dec 2009 12:51 AM PST

The 7-8 December 2009 ACMW Drafting Committee Meeting on a Framework Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of Migrant Workers' Rights in Kuala Lumpur ended in deadlock. The Malaysian government continues to oppose the stance taken by its three Asean ACMW partners (Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines) to include provisions to protect the rights of all migrant workers and their families.

Liberalisation of misery

Posted: 23 Dec 2009 02:08 AM PST

Liberalisation of services will make life more difficult for the majority of Malaysians and fuel resentment among the marginalised, writes Jeyakumar Devaraj

The struggle must continue… change will come

Posted: 23 Dec 2009 02:03 AM PST

It is critical that this public sphere is expanded so that there can be debate on alternative ideas and insights about our past, our present, and our future, says Francis Loh

Taking a stand

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 03:06 AM PST

There is no room for neutrality. We must be on the side of truth and justice at all times so that we can have the future we want, asserts P Ramakrishnan

Why we need a two-coalition system

Posted: 18 Dec 2009 05:02 AM PST

The only way to have leaders who are accountable for their actions, to have a fair and just system and good governance is to have a strong alternative choice, writes Zaid Ibrahim.

Pemecatan Annual Bakhri: Siap Sedia Untuk PAS Masuk BN Siri 1

Posted: 31 Dec 2009 10:06 AM PST

Nota: Jangan lupa untuk merujuk artikel dari laman GReenboc yang mengandungi kenyataan YB Zul Nordin di sini.

Semua ini telah dirancang dalam pertemuan dengan wakil2 Najib di rumah Pak Din Langgar. Bahawa seorang ahli UMNO bernama Arifahmi akan digunakan bagi mensenyapkan Tok Guru Nik Aziz. Tok Guru dilihat sebagai halangan terakhir bagi kemasukan PAS ke dalam barisan yang sama dengan UMNO.

Perkembangan yang terbaru dari Kelantan menunjukkan Arifahmi dan ahli keluarga lain berjaya meyakinkan Tok Guru Nik Aziz bahawa Husam dan kawan2 yang lain telah memfitnah Arifahmi. Tok Guru sekarang ini tidak mahu lagi mendengar nasihat dari sesiapa sahaja kecuali dari ahli keluarga beliau.

Natijahnya, Annual Bakhri telah dipecat dari jawatan yang beliau telah pegang selama 10 tahun. Ahli-ahli keluarga Tok Guru berjaya menyakinkan Tok Guru bahawa Annual Bakhri telah memfitnah seorang ahli UMNO bernama Arifahmi.


Annual Bakhri telah dinyatakan sebagai dalang yang mengagalkan usaha "Kerajaang Perpaduang" oleh Nik Abduh sendiri. Ini bukan cakap kosong. Sila rujuk tulisan Nik Abduh dalam blognya satu masa dulu bertajuk "Kerja Kerja Bodoh Dalam PAS.

Nik Abduh dengan jelas menamakan "pembantu-pembantu ayahanda" sebagai orang-orang yang bertanggungjawab menyebabkan ayahanda beliau menolak gagasan Kerajaan Perpaduang. Nah, sekarang barulah kita tahu siapa sebenarnya pembantu-pembantu ayahandanya yang amat dibenci. Antaranya adalah Annual Bakhri Haron yang baru sahaja terpecat dari jawatannya.

Fasa kedua tidak lain tidak bukan adalah pemecatan Husam Musa secara keseluruhannya. Itu yang telah dirancang bersama-sama dengan wakil Najib Tun Razak di rumah Pak Din Langgar bulan Ogos 2009. Bahawa Husam Musa mesti dibuang dahulu dengan apa cara sekalipun.

Maklumat yang saya dapat, Husam Musa akan terkorban dalam bulan Febuary hanya kerana ahli UMNO bernama Arifahmi dan isterinya benci pada Husam Musa. Dan termasuk yang benci Husam adalah Nik Abduh sendiri.


Ya benda tersebut dibincangkan dalam mesyuarat dengan wakil-wakil Najib Tun Razak. Dengan bantuan ahli keluarga Tok Guru Nik Aziz, selepas Husam disembelih, maka Tok Guru akan diyakinkan untuk melepaskan jawatan politik dan bersara sepenuhnya dari politik.

Mengikut kenyataan Ustaz Abu Bakar Chik dalam Mesyuarat Khas AJK PAS Pusat tempohari, calon PJ Kelantan yang baru adalah Ustaz Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman. Itulah juga bakal calon MB yang baru bagi negeri Kelantan.

Malahan Nik Abduh secara terbuka mahukan ayahandanya bersara dan berhenti sebagai MB. Adakah kita lupa. Itu bukan cakap kosong tetapi sebahagian dari perancangan yang telah dipersetuji dengan wakil-wakil Najib dalam mesyuarat di Langgar itu.

Satu komen dari pembaca saya:

Anonymous said...
-nik abduh prnah tulis dlm blog die..'jgn sape2 yg mnahan jika ayahanda ingin meletak jawtan,ayahanda benar2 sudah letih'..nik amar pun prnah sound, "tok guru kna segera menamakn penggantinye agar tak brlaku krisis semasa peralihan kuasa"..

-bkn stakat geng perpaduang smakin kukuh di ganu malah di kelate pun dah nmpak taring geng2 perpaduang nie..

-ape agaknye pemimpin2 pas yg lain spt mat sabu, mujahid , dzulkifly,husam , nizar,mahfuz, salehudin dll dlm mnghadapi kemelut nie?..

p/s:pd nik abduh,sgguh hebat kamu brpencak,mayb ini yg dikatakan kamu ,seni berpencak yg digemari malaikat..salam kamunting pd kamu..jgn lupe survey2 skali toyota caldina atau mitsubishi evo10..

Hj Mustafa Ali sendiri sedang merayakan kejayaan Fraksi UMNO. Tiba-tiba sahaja Mustafa Ali boleh menyokong kenyataan Tok Guru secara terbuka.. Almaklumlah pucuk dicita ulam mendatang.


Happy New Year 2010

Posted: 31 Dec 2009 08:00 AM PST

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Pete when Rosmah get slaughtered in the Malaysian blogosphere she squeezed Musa Hasan’s balls

Posted: 31 Dec 2009 07:19 AM PST

Can a thief plead as defence that somebody else steals more and that his victim still has his shirts? Have you read the Unholy Trinity
In the late 90s, the Director-General of the EPU was "caught" with a rather large bundle of cash in his office drawer by the ACA. Again, Mamakthir said "no" to the proposed prosecution.What would be different if the MACC had been in place at those times ?
He also acknowledged that Bank Negara had traded foreign currencies and lost money, but he denied that it was in the amount Wain imputed.



you are going to jail buddy

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the Malaysia Today website editor, popularly known as RPK, was currently hiding in London.

"Our intelligence reports have confirmed that RPK is in London, but we have yet to confirm his exact location,"


However, Musa said he could not verify if Raja Petra was staying at the posh Trinity Court apartment in Gloucester, Bayswater, in London, as reported by the media.

He said Malaysian police have sought the help of their British counterparts to bring Raja Petra back.

"The British courts might call for an inquiry

and request the CLICK THIS THE RELVANTPete this Musa Hassan doggie can't find shit even if you are to led by his noses to it.relevant documentation to support the extradition process before making a decision," Musa said, adding that the police were also working with the Attorney-General's Chambers in preparing the documents.SO YOU SEE Musa beg Raja Petra to return to Malaysia of his own accord.

but than again he can no more trust musa hassan inspired JUDGES LIKE THIS


Mohd Zaki bin Md. Yasin

Mohd Zaki bin Md. Yasin

DISGRACE#11 Mohd Zaki bin Md. Yasin, currently judge at Shah Alam High Court, presided the mock trial of Altantuya murder case, which eventually acquitted Abdul Razak Baginda, a close associate of then deputy prime minister Najib Tun Razak, without even entering defence.

Reference: Altantuya

"If you're not guilty then come back and defend yourself. Why should you hide in another country?

He is a bankrupt and we believe he must have used a false passport to leave the country," he said.


On the recent allegation that a person or organisation was sponsoring Raja Petra in London, Musa said police would investigate the claim.



A source familiar with the investigations said there had been no movement of money from Malaysia to Raja Petra's account.


Raja Petra, 59, disappeared after two arrest warrants were issued against him for failing to attend court in April and May. He had claimed on his website to be in a self-imposed exile.


Court declares 'Allah' ban invalid

Posted: 31 Dec 2009 03:30 AM PST

In a landmark judgment, the Kuala Lumpur High Court presented the Catholic Church a belated Christmas present by ruling that the Home Ministry's blanket ban on the use of the word 'Allah' is illegal. In making the decision to allow the motion by the Catholic Church to set aside the ban, High Court judge Lau Bee Lan stated that the minister's order is illegal, null and void.
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Stretching absurdity to the extreme!

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 11:48 PM PST

Aliran is appalled by the statement of Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar claiming that the Sri Kembangan state assembly member Ean Yong Hian Wah had intimidated the police when he called on them to stop their investigation of DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng, for alleged sedition.

Establishing an anti-discrimination law in an Asian country

Posted: 30 Dec 2009 03:00 AM PST

As Malaysians struggle for equality as well, it is timely to look at the challenge facing another Asian country, Korea, which is in the process of establishing an anti-discrimination law. John Smith Thang has the story.

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