Kes-kes pergaduhan dan cabul kehormatan di Kem PLKN, Pekan

Separate allegations of molest and an apparently racially-motivated clash have emerged from a National Service (NS) camp in Chini, Pekan, near Kuantan in Pahang.

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NS plan a spooking failure?

Stanley Koh

Thursday, 02 July 2009 19:53

KUALA LUMPUR – After five years, the national service (NS) training camps across the country continue to be spooked by ugly and tragic incidents of sexual molest, physical fights, food poisoning, sudden deaths and drowning.

Two recent incidents at the Cini training camp, near Kuantan in Pahang, have provided another scoring point for the Opposition’s credible call for the nation’s conscripted training programme to be scrapped.

On June 23, a female trainee was allegedly molested by more than 20 male trainees at night when the victim was trying to make a call at a phone booth within the camp site.

ns-fight-1.gifFour days later, a fight believed to be racially motivated took place at the camp’s canteen between two groups of trainees.

Incidents such as these are not new. In 2004, a trainee was raped at the Merang camp in Setiu, Terengganu. There had also been reported cases of indiscipline over the years.

Original proposal

Over the past two decades, the nation has witnessed an increasing racial polarisation among university students. It was under such a scenario that the ‘Program Latihan Khidmat Negara (PLKN)’ or National Service Training Programme was proposed in late 2001 and implemented in December 2003.

The original proposal was subjected to review and had innovatively been changed in terms of training duration; shortening from the initial idea of a two-year period to an eventual three-month term.

Deserters and draft dodgers are subjected to punishment of a fine of up to but not exceeding RM3,000 and/or up to six months jail, a penalty the Opposition parties have described as an instrument of injustice.

The training modules of physical, nation-building, character-building and community service to match the objectives of developing a patriotic, active, intelligent and confident younger generation have, so far, been just an academic exercise.

For this, the Government had spent some RM2.37bil to finance the NS training since launching it in 2004.

fuziah-salleh.pngKuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who disclosed the Cini incidents claimed the officials concerned were either playing down the seriousness of the incidents or trying to sweep them under the carpet.

“There should be a survey to ascertain whether the NS is self-defeating or whether it is achieving or increasing national unity,” she said, citing the physical brawl at the camp as an example.

A parent from Kelantan (name withheld) wrote in 2004 on her daughter being called for NS training: “My worry is how safe my daughter will be, especially when I read there are not enough trainers.

“I try not to be negative but my mind wonders about young girls in the midst of young energetic teenage boys who might (or might not) be naughty or unscrupulous.”

The Auditor-General’s Report as at December 2007 stated that three people have been charged while 3,856 cases were under investigation. Some 751 other cases were referred to the deputy public prosecutor for charges to be preferred.

Some critics of the NS training have described it as “an icon of the Barisan Nasional’s failed education system.”ns 3.jpg

While the young generation has been forced to join a training programme for three months to bridge racial integration, their 11-year education from primary to secondary level has failed to achieve this.

Many have criticised the costly project and suspected a hidden agenda to influence the younger generation into supporting the Barisan.

NS a success or failure?

With the benefit of hindsight, the print looked good on paper but it started in 2004 with a bad omen. Besides being ill-conceived, it faced a host of logistics and transportation problems, allegedly badly run training camps and a shortage of qualified trainers, among other difficulties.

The programme started with public confusion related to the specific criterion and procedures to seek deferment by selected students (on the training programme). These were later determined and streamlined.

There was also havoc caused by poor coordination between the NS Department, the Education Ministry and private colleges on the national service call-up, even though it was done through the computerisation process.

Within months following the implementation, trainees were reported lost in a jungle and the first rape case happened in Trengganu in February 2004.

There were also incidents of bullying by camp commandants and officers and claims of poor management.

Between 2004 and 2008, sporadic serious incidents and accidents, including death of trainees, began to filter to the press.

Yet there was no barometer to professionally gauge the success of the conscripted NS in terms of national unity among trainees except propaganda in guise of a public relations exercise to rally the ‘feel-good” experiences in the camps.

Should NS be scrapped?

Batu MP Tian Chua thinks so. “In the first four years, there had been at least 10 deaths at the training camps,” he said.

tian-chua.pngAs at June last year, there were 17 deaths. Twelve were reported to have died in the camps and five others during breaks or within days of completing the training.

Critics and opposing parties have blamed the Government and related organisers for lack of proper living amenities and improvements at some training camps.

Other issues included improper diet and hygiene, personal safety, discipline of trainees and trainers besides the need to pay particular attention to those with special medical needs.

Allegations have also been directed at the government for nurturing “beneficiaries” including camp operators and NS contractors in the supply of food and logistic support.

While the Government maintains the moral high ground to continue the training program, it will be on shaky ground to peddle its continuation at the next general elections.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2009 20:29

Sidang Media KW KEADILAN: Pemerdagangan Manusia – Penguatkuasaan yang lemah

Kenyataan Media

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN (Ahli Parlimen Ampang)

29 Jun 2009

Penguatkuasaan Akta Pemerdagangan Orang 2007 lemah

Wanita KEADILAN telah menerima aduan para pekerja asing yang telah dikurung, ditempatkan dalam kediaman yang amat daif,  tidak dibayar gaji, bekerja tanpa rehat dan dinafikan passport mereka oleh majikan yang tidak bertanggungjawab.

Wanita KEADILAN memandang serius penderaan majikan yang sedemikian, khususnya terhadap pekerja wanita dan gadis yang juga terdedah kepada eksploitasi seksual.  Ia menjadikan para pekerja yang terbabit menjadi terikat dalam hutang berpanjangan kepada majikan atau mereka yang telah membawa masuk pekerja yang terbabit.    Ia boleh diklasifikasikan sebagai salah satu bentuk pemerdagangan orang, dan dikira sebagai kesalahan jenayah di bawah Akta Pemerdagangan Orang 2007.

Pemerdagangan Orang ini menjadi berleluasa oleh penguatkuasaan yang lemah kerajaan Malaysia.   Penguatkuasaan diterajui oleh Kementerian Dalam Negeri, Jabatan Imigresen, dan Kementerian Sumber Manusia.   Ada laporan yang mengsyakki wujudnya rasuah dalam pengurusan kemasukan dan pengendalian para pekerja asing ke Malaysia oleh pegawai-pegwai kerajaan di Malaysia.   Laporan Pemerdagangan Orang 2009 yang dikeluarkan oleh Jabatan Negara Amerika telah meletakkan Malaysia dalam senaraihitam, Tier 3, yang membawa implikasi berlakunya perleluasan pemerdgangan orang di Malaysia dan penguatkuasaan yang sangat lemah terhadap aktiviti tersebut.

Wanita KEADILAN menggesa agar kerajaan Malaysia menambah usaha untuk benar-benar membantras gejala pemerdagangan orang ini; membawa mereka yang bersalah ke muka pengadilan selepas penyiasatan, mendakwa pegwai-pegawai kerajaan yang telah mendapat keuntungan menerusi pemerdagangan orang, meningkatkan kefahaman dan profesionalisme  jentera kerajaan dalam penguatkuasaan Akta Pemerdagangan Orang 2007, meningkat dan memperkemas perlindungan terhadap mangsa pemerdagangan orang, dan memperluaskan pengetahuan mengenai jenayah pemerdagangan orang kepada golongan majikan dan kakitangan kerajaan serta orang ramai.

Wanita KEADILAN juga menggesa supaya Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat mengambil peranan aktif dalam memastikan bahawa aduan-aduan rasmi yang diterima oleh pihak berkuasa diambil tindakan dan penyelesaian segera.   Di antara yang teraniya tergolong dari wanita dan gadis yang telah didera secara emosi, fizikal, mental dan dijadikan hamba seks.

Persoalan yang besar ialah kenapa kerajaan Malaysia, dengan segala sumber dan jentera yang banyak masih gagal mengurangkan atau membendung gejala pemerdagangan orang yang kian berleluasa walaupun sudah ada Akta Pemerdagangan Orang 2007?

Zuraida Kamaruddin

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN

Ahli Parlimen Ampang

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Malaysia destinasi, transit pemerdagangan orang (human trafficking)

Oleh Rozaini Mohd Rosli

Pada 1 September 2006, Kongres Nasional Wanita KEADILAN telah meluluskan usul anti perdagangan wanita.   Usul itu menuntut dengan tegas supaya kerajaan:

  1. Mewujudkan dengan segera satu Akta Anti-Perdagangan Manusia
  2. Menunjukkan  kehendak  politik (political will) serta komitmen  di dalam usaha membasmi rasuah dan korupsi yang dikhuatiri telah membantu  memakmurkan perdagangan wanita dengan cara memastikan bahawa BPR dipertanggungjawabkan terus kepada Parlimen.
  3. Menubuhkan satu Pasukan Petugas Khas (Special Task Force)  bagi tujuan mengkaji dasar dan program yang akan menggerakkan usaha  preventif, pemulihan  dan seterusnya membenteras sehabis-habisnya aktiviti perdagangan  wanita ini.

Sejurus selepas itu, kerajaan Malaysia telah membentangkan Rang Undang-Undang Anti-Pemerdagangan Orang 2007.   Parlimen telah meluluskannya sebagai Akta dan penguatkuasaan sepenuhnya pada akhir Februari 2008.   Dengan itu, Malaysia telah keluar dari senarai hitam Tier 3.

Kerajaan Malaysia pernah dituduh menjadi destinasi dan lokasi transit bagi penjenayah pemerdagangan orang dan telah disenaraihitamkan dalam Tier 3 oleh Amerika Syarikat pada tahun 2001 dan 2007.   Ia memberi implikasi bahwa Malaysia akan mengalami sekatan-sekatan dan bantuan, khususnya dalam bidang ekonomi dan peruntukan kewangan dari masyarakat antarabangsa untuk tujuan bukan perniagaan.

Laporan tahunan Amerika Syarikat, yang dihebahkan pada 17 Jun 2009 lalu, telah menyenaraikan semula Malaysia dalam Tier 3.   Negara-negara lain yang disenarihitamkan ialah: Burma, Chad, Cuba, Eritrea, Fiji, Iran, Kuwait, [Malaysia], Mauritania, Niger, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, dan Zimbabwe.

Kegagalan membendung kegiatan pemerdagangan orang ini telah membawa persepsi bahawa kementerian-kementerian yang terlibat tidak melaksanakan tugasan dengan sempurna atau ada pegawai-pegawai kementerian berkenaan yang terlibat dalam jenayah pemerdagangan orang ini.   Perkara yang menyuburkan perlanggaran hak asasi manusia dan jenayah yang meranapkan kehidupan dan masa depan mangsa perlu diatasi segera oleh Menteri Dalam Negeri, Menteri Sumber Manusia dan Ketua Polis Negara kerana dalam banyak kes, segala laporan dan bukti yang diperlukan telah dibawa ke pengetahuan pihak berkuasa.   Tiada apa-apa tindakan wajar yang diambil.   Kerajaan Malaysia dilihat tidak memberi komitmen yang dikehensaki untuk melaksanakan Akta Pemerdagangan Orang 2007.

Mangsa-mangsa didapati oleh penjenayah menerusi penculikan, memperdaya mangsa dengan janji-janji pekerjaan dengan gaji lumayan dan peluang perkahwinan di luar negara, mengiklankan peluang-peluang dalam akhbar, menemui mangsa dan keluarganya secara langsung dan menjanjikan pekerjaan yang baik.   Penjenayah juga mendapati mangsa wanita dari kem tahanan pelarian dan menawarkan peluang tempat tinggal yang lebih baik dan juga pekerjaan.   Selepas mendapatkan dokumen-dokumen palsu serta membayar segala kos-kos perjalanan, mangsa diikat dengan kos tersebut yang kini dikira sebagai pinjaman dengan bayaran bunga yang sangat tinggi agar mangsa selamanya berada di bawah telunjuk penjenayah pemerdagangan orang; dalam erti kata lain menjadi mangsa sebagai hamba abdi di zaman pasca moden ini.   Mangsa wanita sebahagiannya telah dipaksa bekerja di sarang pelacuran dan ada yang menjadi pelayan peribadi bapak-bapak ayam sehingga ada yang hamil.   Biasanya mangsa-mangsa tidak dibenarkan berkomunikasi dengan orang luar, walaupun menerusi telefon.   Segala dokumen mangsa-mangsa dari luar negara ini akan disimpan oleh penjenyah.  Dengan itu, mangsa tidak berani keluar atau melaporkan apa-apa kerana ditakuti akan ditangkap dan dipenjarakan kerana berada di Malaysia tanpa sebarang dokumen.   Selain itu, mangsa juga didera secara fizikal dan dikurung oleh penjenayah.

Penggubalan Akta di Parlimen tidak membawa sebarang makna kepada rakyat Malaysia yang terkesan dengan aktiviti jenayah pemerdagangan orang kecuali Akta tersebut sepenuhnya disokong, dilaksana dan dikuatkuasa oleh kesemua Menteri-Menteri yang terlibat.   Kementerian-kementerian yang diamanahkan dituntut untuk bekerjasama secara integrated dan berkesan dan tidak berterusan memberi alasan-alasan untuk menutup kekurangan dalam mencari penyelesaian membantras jenayah pemerdagangan orang ini.   Gejala rasuah yang timbul di kalangan pegawai-pegawai kerajaan yang terlibat dalam jenayah ini mestilah dibawa segera ke muka pengadilan dan dihukum dengan hukuman yang seberat-beratnya.   Kempen-kempen umum yang komprehensif dan merakyatkan pengetahuan tentang Akta Pemerdagangan Orang dan kejelekan aktiviti jenayah berkaitan perlulah dilaksanakan dan diperluaskan kepada rakyat Malaysia.

Kerajaan Malaysia Umno-BN perlu meyakinkan rakyat dan masyarakat global bahawa ia benar-benar serius dalam menangani permasalahan jenayah pemerdagangan orang.   Setakat ini, Akta Pemerdagangan Orang 2007 dilihat belum berfungsi sepenuhnya seperti yang dikehendaki.

Keganasan seksual terhadap wanita dan gadis minoriti Penan, Sarawak

Kenyataan Media

25 Jun 2009

 

Keganasan seksual terhadap wanita dan gadis rakyat minoriti Penan, Sarawak

Wanita KEADILAN mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya kejadian penderaan seks dan rogol keatas wanita, gadis dan anak-anak perempuan Penan di Sarawak.   Ia mempamerkan bahawa di Malaysia masih wujud era kegelapan yang kekontangan sama sekali sifat kemanusiaan yang dikehendaki dalam memelihara keselamatan dan kehormatan golongan yang lemah, lebih-lebih lagi terhadap kaum minoriti.

Laporan pertama mengenainya terbit pada bulan September 2008 lalu.   Ia telah dilaporkan oleh Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) yang berpangkalan di Switzerland.  

Sehingga kini, rakyat Malaysia masih menunggu hebahan mengenai laporan penyiasatan yang telah lengkap disediakan pada pertengahan bulan November 2008 oleh task force berkenaan, seperti yang dijanjikan oleh Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat ketika itu, Dr Ng Yen Yen.   Menteri yang baru, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil baru saja menyerahkan laporan tersebut kepada Jamaah Menteri pada 27 Mei lalu.

 Apakah yang menghalang kerajaan Malaysia untuk menghebahkan laporan penyiasatan tersebut?   Kelewatan yang bertimpa-timpa ini memberi persepsi bahawa ada sesuatu yang ingin disembunyikan oleh kerajaan atau kerajaan tidak ingin membawa ke pengadilan mereka (didakwa pekerja-pekerja syarikat pembalakan) yang telah dikenalpasti bertanggungjawab mengenai pencerobohan dan  keganasan seksual yang keji itu.   Polis Sarawak juga telah didakwa bersikap prejudis atau tidak kompeten dalam menangani permasalahan wanita dan gadis Penan ini.

 Tindakan kerajaan yang berdiam diri mengenai permasalahan ini boleh mengakibatkan kemusnahan sosial masyarakat Penan.   Malaysia sebagai penandatangan CEDAW dan Deklarasi Hak Pribumi Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu wajar prihatin dan progresif dalam memastikan keselamatan fizikal, mental, maruah dan hak warisan setiap rakyat pribumi minoriti dipelihara dengan utuh.

 Wanita KEADILAN menuntut agar Sharizat Abdul Jalil segera mengedarkan laporan tersebut kepada umum agar dapat diteliti  dan bersama mencari penyelesaian terhadap perlakuan sesuka hati pemangsa dalam penderaan dan keganasan seksual ke atas wanita, gadis dan anak-anak Penan yang lemah itu.  Jika Menteri gagal berbuat demikian, ia seolah-olah membenarkan penerusan perbuatan keji itu oleh mereka yang sama sekali telah hilang sifat kemanusiaannya.

 

Zuraida Kamaruddin
Ketua Wanita KEADILAN
Ahli Parlimen Ampang

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Make Penan report public, PKR says25 Jun 09 : 4.58PM

By Zedeck Siew
zedecksiew@thenutgraph.com

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 June 2009: The women’s wing of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) wants the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry to not only release the Penan task force report to the public, but to also table it for debate in Parliament.

“What is stopping the Malaysian government from publicising the report of the investigation? The repeated delays lend to the perception that the government has something to hide,” said PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin at a press conference in parliament today.

Zuraida
Zuraida was commenting on the fact that the Penan task force report was still not available to the public.

Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has so far not committed to making the report public, only saying that interested parties could go to the ministry to view the report.

“We feel this is not enough. The public has a right to know,” Zuraida said.

The Penan task force was commissioned by former minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen in October 2008. It was despatched to investigate claims that logging company employees were sexually abusing and raping young Penan girls and women.

After almost six months without word, Shahrizat finally revealed the ministry’s plans for the report, telling The Nut Graph that she would submit it to cabinet on 27 May.

Zuraida said she had written to Shahrizat on 23 June 2009, asking for a copy of the report but has not had any reply since.

“The government’s silence on this issue may result in the social collapse of the Penan people,” Zuraida warned.

“Malaysia is a signatory of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw) and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We should be concerned and progressive in ensuring the safety and rights of every indigenous minority,” Zuraida added.

Altantuya : It hasn’t ended…

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The family of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu will have to wait for their day in court, to compel the attorney-general (AG) to appeal against Abdul Razak Baginda’s acquittal.

abdul razak baginda altantuya murder 141108The hearing of their judicial application will only continue after further written submissions are made.

The matter came up in the Shah Alam High Court today before Judicial Commissioner Noraini Abdul Rahman, but another mention date was set on July 8.

karpal singhThis is to allow lawyer Karpal Singh (right), acting for Altantuya’s family, to submit his submission in reply.

The case will be mentioned before a deputy registrar on that day. Counsel Sangeet Kaur mentioned the case on behalf of Karpal this morning.

Senior federal counsel Kamaluddin Mohd Said represented the AG’s Chambers, while KK Wong appeared for Abdul Razak.

Mongolian honorary consul to Malaysia, Syed Abdul Rahman Al Habshi, was also present to monitor the progress of the case.

parliament 2008 first day 280408 setevThe case was filed on Dec 24 last year by Karpal on behalf of Altantuya’s father Dr Setev Shaariibuu (left).

In the application, they asked the court to quash the AG’s decision not to appeal Abdul Razak’s acquittal on an abetment charge in the murder.

They also want the court to direct the AG to use his discretionary powers under Article 145 (3) of the federal constitution to apply for leave to file an appeal.

Abdul Razak was acquitted and discharged on Oct 31 last year without his defence being called.

Shah Alam High Court judge Mohd Zaki Md Yasin had ruled that the prosecution had not proven a prima facie case, as a sworn affidavit by Abdul Razak was not rebutted.

AG’s discretionary power

Lead prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah announced two weeks later that the prosecution would not appeal, as the court had made a finding of fact in its decision.

lingam tape panel meeting 031007 abdul gani patailAG Abdul Gani Patail (right) has since filed an affidavit, stating that the matter is non-justiciable based on Article 145 (3) of the constitution, which states that no one can question the chamber’s decision to prosecute or not file an appeal.

The article reads that the AG shall have power, exercisable at his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence, other than proceedings before a Syariah court, a native court or a court-martial.

Abdul Gani had also submitted that Shaariibuu does not have locus standii (legal standing) in the case as the AG has represented the public interest.

Two special action squad members – Azilah Hadri, 33, and Sirul Azhar Umar, 37, – have been found guilty of the murder and sentenced to death. They have filed separate appeals.

Kamaluddin also stated that Shaariibuu’s RM100 million civil suit against the two policemen, Abdul Razak and the government is fixed for mention next month.

The AG’s chambers have requested Shaariibuu to deposit RM1 million in security to cover possible costs in the suit.

PERAK OH PERAK!: LAGAK yang memalukan negara di mata seluruh dunia (sentiasa dikemaskini)

Kenyataan Media sebelum Ketua Wanita KEADILAN dibebaskan.

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THE ABSENCE OF CONSCIENCE PAINTED ALL OVER THE BN SPEAKER

“The one who is devoid of any conscience does what he likes…nothing else matters.”


5.10pm: BN speaker
Ganesan tells reporters that he does not
see any problems with regards to executing
his duties in future.

“There is a maxim in democracy -
majority rules. BN has 31 (seats),
Pakatan has 28. The majority
elected the speaker.”

perak state assembly chaos ganesan appointed speaker pakatan pc 070509 01Asked on how he plans

to keep the House in order, he replies:
“I won’t be a dictator. I will do my duty
as per standing orders.”

On the manner he was elected, Ganesan (left)
says the issue of an ‘illegal speaker’
does not arise because BN has the majority.

“Sivakumar was removed as per standing order.”

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5.06pm: Nizar leaves the
building and is seen waving at journalists as well
as police personnel.

5.03pm: Sivakumar leaves
the state secretariat building. His car briefly stops at the gates
to allow photographers to snap a few shots.

5pm: Nizar tells a press
conference that as far as Pakatan is concerned,
the House did not sit today. He says that
whatever BN did was “illegal and unconstitutional”.

As for the regent’s speech, the ousted
MB describes it “as just a royal speech,
nothing more than that. It is not opening the assembly.”

4.30pm: PAS’ Salahuddin Ayub
says all the elected reps arrested earlier
have been released.

4.05pm:
Perak Regent Nazrin
leaves the chamber. BN-appointed MB Zambry
suggests for the House to be adjourned.
Pakatan reps repeatedly shout
‘Dissolve the assembly’ again.

New speaker Ganesan adjourns the
assembly to a date to be decided.
Pakatan reps to call press conference.


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4pm: PKR election
strategy director and
Batu parliamentarian
Tian Chua is arrested
outside the
state secretariat
building in Ipoh.
The police inform him
that the area has
been cordoned off.
The opposition
politician tells police
that he is there to greet
his Pakatan colleagues.

Although he was accompanied
by PKR treasurer
William Leong and several
other party leaders,
the police only detained him.
He is forcefully
dragged to an unmarked
police vehicle.

3.47pm: Raja Nazrin ends his royal speech.
He does not touch on the ongoing political crisis
in the state during his 30-minute speech.
He spoke on the stimulus packages and
development of the state. A closing prayer
session is underway.

3.36pm: Sivakumar’s
official car is seen returning to the state
secretariat building with the same woman passenger.

3.16pm: Order is restored
in the House and Raja Nazrin starts his royal address,
which has been delayed for almost six hours.

3.15pm: ROUND 4 -
BN SPEAKER FULLY IN CHARGE

Regent of Perak Raja Nazrin enters the House
and talks to ousted MB Nizar and DAP’s
Ngeh Khoo Ham. Following this, Nizar tells all Pakatan
reps to take their seat and they obey.

The police install a new chair for Ganesan as
the old speaker’s chair was damaged during
the earlier scuffle. The plainclothes personnel
have also left the House.

3.12pm: Sivakumar’s official
Toyota Camry bearing the registration plate ‘AFD 999′
is seen leaving the state secretariat building with
a woman passenger but the speaker is not in the car.

3.10pm: Ganesan adjourns
the House in order to wait for the Regent of Perak
to deliver his official address.

3.05pm: Ganesan starts chairing
the meeting and calls for the customary prayers
to be recited. He also calls for the removal of
two Pakatan reps but no action is taken to do so.

Sivakumar’s wife, who is in assembly, is enraged
and demands to see her husband. The ‘officials’
then take her to see the Pakatan speaker but
nobody else is allowed to meet him.


3pm:
PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub
who was arrested this morning
tells Malaysiakini via telephone
that he is being held at the Sungai Senang police
station in Ipoh.

He says some 40 others arrested this morning are
also at the station. He adds that he gave a
statement to the police but has not been informed
when he will be released.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the police have released
13 people who were arrested this morning.

The exact number of those arrested could not be
ascertained but DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said
the number stood at 64.

2.55pm: The same group of ‘officials’
escort Ganesan to the speaker’s chair.

2.41pm: A group of men clad
in jackets grab hold of Sivakumar and forcibly
remove him from the House. The men are believed
to be police personnel.

2.35pm: Attempts by
the sergeant-at-arms and state assembly
staff to remove Sivakumar are being resisted
by the speaker and Pakatan reps. Some other
Pakatan assemblypersons are continuing with
their attempts to eject BN speaker Ganesan
from the house.

2.30pm: The situation is still
chaotic in the house. The sergeant-at-arms is
now trying to remove Sivakumar from
the speaker’s chair to allow Ganesan to assume
the chair.

2.15pm: ROUND 3 -
TUSSLE FOR SPEAKER’S SEAT

The assembly resumes. Pakatan reps are
trying to physically stop Ganesan from entering
the chamber.

There is a lot of pushing and shoving among
the state reps. A few punches are being thrown
about as well. A number of reps climb up the table.
It is complete pandemonium in the assembly.

A couple of police officers are now inside the assembly
to try to restore order. Pakatan reps shout at
the police to leave the assembly.


At the same time, the BN reps are trying to force
Sivakumar out of the speaker’s chair but he is
being protected by some Pakatan assemblypersons.

2.15pm: Assembly has resumed.
Pakatan reps are trying to physically stop Ganesan
from entering the chamber. There is a lot of pushing
and shoving among the state reps. A few punches
were thrown. A number of reps climb up the table.
It is complete pandemonium in the assembly.

A couple of police officers are now inside the assembly
to try to restore order. Pakatan reps shout at the police
to leave the assembly.

1.10pm Difahamkan Zambry bertemu
dengan Raja Nazrin Shah – yang dijadual membuka
secara rasmi persidangan DUN Perak pagi ini -
di luar dewan.

Tiada maklumat lengkap tentang pertemuan dan tujuannya.

12.55pm: BN speaker Ganesan
announces that the House will be adjourned for
another hour. This is the second adjournment he
has announced since been appointed by
the BN as the speaker.

As he is unfamiliar with the House standing orders and has to be helped by BN exco Hamidah (Sungai Rapat), he is laughed at by Pakatan reps.

Despite the adjournment, the elected reps remain
in the House.

12.50pm: Umno Youth’s Saiful Adli
files a police report against Sivakumar for ordering
Zambry and others out of the House. He says
this is in contempt of court.

12.45pm: The situation turns ugly in the House. Pakatan rep Thomas Su (Pasir Pinji) ridicules Ganesan by offering him RM50 and shouting ‘Go and die’ in Cantonese.

BN-friendly independent state rep and deputy
speaker Hee comes to Ganesan’s defence by
snatching away the money and tearing in into pieces.

Another Pakatan rep Yew Tian Hoe (Aulong) also throws some
papers at Ganesan. Other reps -
from both sides of the divide – are recording
the happenings in the House with their handphones.

Earlier Yew, a disabled person, claimed that
Yee had splashed him with pepper spray.12.37pm
Hampir semua ADUN Pakatan Rakyat mengerumuni
kawasan tempat duduk ADUN BN bagi meminta
R Ganesan – speaker baru lantikan BN yang
duduk di situ – meninggalkan dewan.

Kumpulan ADUN BN mempertahankan Ganesan,
dan berlaku sekali pertengkaran di dalam dewan
yang mulia itu. Berlaku sedikit pergelutan
seketika antara ADUN BN dan Pakatan tetapi
mereka kemudian menghentikannya.

Ganesan, bekas ADUN Sungkai dan pemimpin MIC Perak,
tetap berdegil dan terus duduk di situ.

12.15pm Speaker asal V Sivakumar
mengharamkan R Ganesan, speaker baru yang dilantik BN,
meninggalkan dewan.

Kemudian beberapa ADUN Pakatan mendekati
Ganesan agar berbuat demikian dan mereka bertengkar.

Mengejutkan, wakil-wakil rakyat BN hanya duduk
dan memerhatikan gelagat tersebut, sambil membuat bising.12.15pm:
Its Speaker vs Speaker in the assembly now.
After an hour-long recess, the session continues
with Pakatan speaker Sivakumar asking BN
appointed speaker Ganesan to leave the dewan.

Five Pakatan reps have gone to Ganesan to ask him
to leave but latter is arguing with them over his status
as the speaker. BN reps are just watching the arguments.11.59am Tidak pasti
bila Pemangku Raja Perak,
Raja Nazrin Shah akan masuk ke dewan
untuk merasmikan pembukaan persidangan DUN Perak.

Kedua-dua kumpulan wakil rakyat BN dan
Pakatan sedang menunggu di dalam dewan.
Tiada lagi pertikaman lidah seperti sejak dua jam lalu.
Mereka sedang menunggu.

FROM THE EDGE:11.55am:
BN lawyers enter House on the sidelines.

They are Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun,
Datuk Shafee Abdullah and Zambry’s counsel
in suit against Sivakumar, Firoz Hussein
Ahmad Jamaluddin. State legal adviser
Datuk Ahmad Kamal Mohd Shahid was earlier
seen leaving the hall.

11.48am: Pakatan elected representatives told Malaysiakini
that their seating arrangements were changed
before they entered the house this morning -
moving their places from the right
of the speaker to the left.

However since they arrived into the house much
earlier than the BN reps, they just made the
necessary changes to sit in their original places at
the right of the speaker.

By convention, the ruling party sits in the right
of the speaker.

11.37am: A ceasefire seems
to be in place. Pakatan reps are still in discussion
with Mohammad Nizar while the BN reps are glued
to their seats, worried that Sivakumar would start
the sitting if they leave the house.

11.34am: Sivakumar is questioning
the legality of the decisions made by the BN side,
including the decision to appoint a new speaker.
He said that the assembly has not officially begun
as the Perak regent has yet to declare the sitting open.

He said Raja Nazrin should give a royal speech first
before the sitting officially starts.
11.30am: “As long as I am here,
the other speaker (Ganesan) is haram,” said Sivakumar
while attempting to start the assembly sitting.
His microphone is still turned off.11.25am:
Pakatan reps walk over to their ousted
MB Mohammad Nizar to discuss their next strategy.
The verbal salvos continue in the background.

11.23am:
Sivakumar once again asks
the 10 BN reps to leave the House. Failing which,
he warns that he will not reconvene the sitting.
But as far as BN reps are concerned, their speaker
has adjourned the sitting. A shouting match erupts again.

11.21am:
Amidst the pandemonium in
the House, BN still manages to pass four motions.
These include to remove Sivakumar as the speaker,
to appoint Ganesan as the new speaker,
to appoint new state committee members and
to declare the tree assembly illegal.11.20am: Zambry moves a motion to adjourn the sitting and
the motion is passed. The new speaker announces
that the sitting has been adjourned.
Pakatan reps respond by shouting ‘keluar’.
But both sides return to their seats later
while Sivakumar continues to occupy the speaker’s seat.
The House is calm again. The regent of Perak
has yet to deliver the royal address.

11.13am: BN representatives
seem to have the upper hand in the House
now with new speaker Ganesan controlling
the proceedings. His microphone is the only one
which is working at the moment. With Ganesan
chairing the proceedings, BN is now moving
a motion to appoint members of various
state committees.

They are also moving a motion to declare that
the tree-assembly held on March 3 was illegal.
In that sitting, a motion moved by the Pakatan representatives to dissolve the assembly was passed. BN reps did not attend the sitting.
11.05am: Deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong, who is
now a BN-friendly independent, announces
that she has taken over from Sivakumar. Standing behind
a cordon of BN state reps, she orders
the sergeant-at-arms to expel Sivakumar.
However, no action is taken by the sergeant-at-arms.

BN-appointed MB Zambry again reads out
the motion to sack Sivakumar. All BN state
reps raise their hands in support. Zambry also
moves the motion to appoint R Ganesan as
the new speaker. This is again backed by
BN reps and the three BN-friendly Independents.

Ganesan walks into the assembly hall to accept
the speaker’s gown. He is quickly sworn in among
the turmoil, and signs the appointment document at
the BN side of the assembly.

Sivakumar, who is still occupying the speaker’s seat,
keeps shouting, “Speaker ini haram”
(He is an illegal speaker), referring to Ganesan.

Ganesan conducts the assembly meeting from
the floor among the BN state reps. Zambry
tries to move other motions to change a number of key posts.10.35am: Perak assembly still at a stand-off. Sivakumar keeps repeating that BN MB Zambry’s
motion to sack him as speaker is “null and void”
and orders the sergeant-at-arms to expel
the 10 state assemblypersons. However,
the sergeant-at-arms refuse to abide to
the speaker’s instruction.

perak state assembly chaos in the assmbly between speakers and state reps 070509 01A group of state reps from both sides surround Zambry
as the shouting match continues. Assembly
state secretary Abdullah Antung tries to talk
to the speaker, but he is ignored by Sivakumar.

Zambry maintains that the speaker has now
been sacked as BN controls the majority in the assembly.

10.25am: Contrary to the chaos
inside the assembly, the situation outside the
state secretariat is much calmer with the
police successfully dispersing the crowd.

The police have widened the no-go cordon,
as a result the coffees shops are deserted.

Earlier the police ordered all those having drinks
in the restaurants to leave immediately. Many left
without paying for their drinks. Two refused to
udge and were arrested.

perak state assembly chaos in the assmbly between speakers and state reps 070509 0210.20am: The impasse
between speaker V Sivakumar and
BN state reps continues. The speaker refuses to
begin proceedings unless the seven suspended
reps and three BN-friendly independents leave the hall.

Assembly secretary Abdullah Antung tries
to take his seat in front of the speaker.
But about 10 Pakatan reps walk up to him
and physically stop him from doing so.
They instruct Antung not to interfere
with assembly business as he is a civil servant.

Both sides then engage in a free-for-all shouting match.
Pakatan reps are also seen trying to prevent
BN MB Zambry from speaking.

Zambry moves motion to sack the speaker.
According to Zambry, the speaker has abused
his powers. All BN reps raise their hands in
support of Zambry. The motion was seconded by
Hamidah Osman.

But speaker Sivakumar however is unmoved.
He rejects the motion and says his decision to expel the 10 state reps is final. The assembly plunges into chaos.

Meanwhile, Raja Nazrin, who is to give his royal
address and officially open the assembly, waits in a VIP room.10.19am: Two more
politicians have been arrested by the police for
breaching the injunction against gathering at
the state secretariat -
Sungai Siput MP Dr D Jeyakumar (PSM)
and PAS’ MP for Parit Buntar Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

Also arrested was Malaysiakini columnist and activist Helen Ang.10.05am:
The speaker said his suspension of Zambry
and his six exco members was made in his
capacity as the chairperson of the privileges
and the special rights committee and not as the speaker.

He said the Federal Court decision was based
on his standing as a speaker and as such
the matter was inapplicable.

He also asked the three BN-friendly independents
to leave the assembly as his legal suit against
the three was still pending in court.

His order for the 10 to leave the assembly was
greeted by cheers and table-clapping by
the Pakatan representatives.
They shouted ‘keluar‘ (out) repeatedly.

However the 10 elected representatives are
still in the house. A shouting match between
the two sides is presently underway.

Nizar is seated in the right side of the speaker -
the place allocated for the ruling party
while Zambry is on the left.

9.55am: The action has
now moved inside the state assembly.
House speaker V Sivakumar, after immediately
taking his seat, asks the seven suspended
BN state reps including BN appointed
MB Zambry to leave the hall.

He says he won’t begin the assembly sitting
until they are out of the hall. According to Sivakumar,
he has the power to do so. Pakatan
state reps thump their table in support.
9.45am:
PAS youth chief and MP for Kubang
Kerian Salahuddin Ayub is arrested near
the ‘democracy tree’ behind the state
secretariat building.

9.40am:
Pakatan supporters,
estimated at around 200, are scattered in
various places near the state assembly building.
There is no crowd at the gate of the building.
The compound is barricaded by about 200 police.

9.30am: Perak crown prince
Raja Nazrin Shah arrives. He inspects
the guards of honour. Unlike the cold
reception given to BN MB Zambry,
all Pakatan state reps raise to their feet
o welcome Raja Nazrin.

He was greeted by Zambry, assembly speaker
Sivakumar and deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong
(who defected from DAP to become a
BN-friendly Independent rep).9.25am:
BN Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir arrives
to inspect the guards of honour.
He shakes hand with assembly
speaker V Sivakumar. 9.23am:
All 59 state reps seated outside
the state secretariat building where
the opening ceremony will be held.
They are waiting for the arrival of
Perak crown prince Raja Nazrin Shah.

BN appointed state cabinet members
could be seen wearing ‘exco’ (executive councillor)
tags while Pakatan reps, including ousted MB Nizar,
were wearing ‘Adun’ (state representative)
tags.

9.15am: The police have
moved in to arrest people gathered at the restaurant,
including people having their breakfast.
Many people have been arrested.
Exact number of those arrested is uncertain.

The police first allowed those having their
breakfast to do so but then soon changed
their mind and started arresting them as well.

One man who was having tea lashed out at
the police for their actions. He was allowed
to have his tea and then was arrested.

The restaurant has decided to close its
shutters for the day.

9.11am:
The police are issuing
warning to people who have gathered near
the state secretariat, asking them to disperse
by reminding them of the ban against gathering.

People having breakfast in a nearby restaurant
are also being told to get away. Fresh arrests are expected.

9.09am: The crowd which had gathered at the Umno
headquarters has started to disperse.
Umno Youth exco member Lokman Adam
told reporters that their members were now
free to do their own work.

“We gathered to show support this morning
and now that the assembly is about to start,
we have decided to disperse.

“We are not like the Pakatan crowd who want
to protest at the state secretariat despite
a police ban,” he said.

ampang mp zuraida arrested ipoh 070520099.01am: The 11 people who have been arrested are herded into a police
lorry inside the state secretary compound.
They include one MP and
three state assemblypersons – Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR-Selangor) (photo: centre), Ayer Keroh state rep Khoo Poay Tiong (DAP-Malacca), Teratai state rep Jenice Lee (DAP-Selangor) and Bahau state rep Tey Kok Seong (DAP-Negri Sembilan).

The police lorry leaves the compound
with those inside shouting “1BlackMalaysia”,
“Dissolve the assembly” and “Reformasi”.

9am: All elected representatives
are getting ready for the official ceremony to start.
The regent is expected to arrive at any time.

8.59am: DAP’s Ipoh Timor
member of parliament Lim Kit Siang, under whose
area the state secretariat is located, is turned
away from the building.

Also with Lim are DAP’s MPs for Ipoh Barat M Kulasegaran
and Teluk Intan MP M Manogaran. The three MPs
had official invitations to attend the sitting from
assembly speaker.

In an ensuing shouting match with the police,
Kulasegaran’s aide was arrested.

janice lee smiling arrested ipoh 070520098.50am: More arrests by the police. This time four people, including a Pakatan
elected representative from Negeri Sembilan
and Teratai state representative
Jenice Lee (centre in photo),
were arrested while having breakfast in a mamak stall.

8.47am:
Batu MP Tian Chua,
who has donned a black suit, arrived at
the state secretariat compound. He was in
Tai Sing Ng (Perak’s Kuala Sepetang rep) car.
While Tai was allowed into the building, Chua
was told to stay outside the ‘500m exclusion zone’.
Chua left the area in another car.

So far, eight have been arrested, including
Ampang MP Zuraida (PKR-Selangor), Ayer Keroh
state rep Khoo (DAP-Malacca) and her aide.

8.45am: Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin,
who wanted to give a press conference outside
the state secretariat building, was arrested by the police.
She resisted, resulting in a slight scuffle.
Police officers forcibly subdued her and
put handcuffs on the parliamentarian.

“Why do you handcuff me?” she shouted at
the police. The Ayer Keroh state rep Khoo Poay Tiong
from Malacca, who was arrested minutes earlier, was also handcuffed.

8.44am: A group of Umno/BN
supporters numbering about 100 have started
to gather at the Umno headquarters since morning.
A spokesperson said they will be at the building until
the official opening of the state assembly sitting.
The crowd is carrying banners and placards.
Some police officers are on standby.

notice on tree ipoh 070520098.37am:
The police have totally cordoned off
the road behind the state secretariat
with barbed wires. A copy of an injunction obtained
yesterday to bar people from gathering has been
pasted on the ‘democracy tree’.

8.35am:
Ousted menteri besar
Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin and Pakatan reps enter
the state secretariat building. All their bodyguards
are stopped at the gate. Only their drivers can
go through the entrance.

8.30am: All Barisan Nasional
elected representatives arrived at the state
secretariat in one bus. Their arrival is greeted
by a small group of demonstrators wearing black.
The demonstrators are located outside
the state secretariat.

Pakatan ADUNS Ipoh 07052009The police have moved in to
stop the demonstration by arresting three people.
Among those arrested are DAP’s Ayer Keroh
elected representative Khoo Poay Tiong.

8.15am: Security is tight at
the Perak state secretariat building in Ipoh, where
the controversial legislative assembly meeting is
to be held. About 100 police and FRU personnel
have been deployed in the area.
Five FRU (riot police) trucks are at
the back entrance of the building complex.

SUK Perak 07052009The assembly hall will be opened at 9am. There will be a
guard of honour by crown prince Raja Nazrin Shah,
who is expected to represent the Perak sultan.
Journalists will be allowed into the hall at 9.45am.

The assembly will officially be opened by
Raja Nazrin, who will give his address to
the 59 assemblypersons.

8:05am: The 28 Pakatan Rakyat
state assemblypersons leave for the Perak
state secretariat building in a convoy from
the Grand View Hotel in Ipoh.
They were accompanied by assembly
speaker V Sivakumar and police escorts
complete with outriders. The hotel is about 600m
from the state secretariat building.

Earlier this morning, the state representatives
had breakfast together at a mamak stall near
the hotel. There are about 50 Pakatan supporters
milling around the area – all wearing black.
They are being watched by an equal
number of police.

[More to follow]


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A quick recap for those who have just joined the
coverage. Overzealous police action in the morning
has resulted in more than 60 arrests, with several MPs
nd ADUNs also detained. By Suara KEADILAN
English News

Jam 12.20 tadi baru beliau memaklumkan kepada
dewan bahawa sidang tidak akan dimulai jika mereka
yang digantung tidak keluar dari dewan. Dari idhamlim.

Walking out of area to figure how to save our
arrested comrades.. Can’t help but notice how
quiet n peaceful ipoh is.
Where is rakyat perak?

YB Zuraida digari oleh polis kerana tidak
membenarkan beliau memasuki SUK Ipoh
atas undangan sidang Dun Perak -
SMS dari Noorsham Abu Samah (0846hrs)
Ketua Wanita KEADILAN bersama tahanan yang
lain kini berada di Balai Polis Sg Senang, Perak.

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Najib’s 1Malaysia shredded into smithereens
by the disgraceful police lockdown of Ipoh
and the scandalous spectacle of two Speakers
and two Assemblies

By Lim Kit Siang

The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia
has been shredded into smithereens by the disgraceful
police lockdown of Ipoh and the scandalous spectacle
of two Speakers and two Assemblies – as if the
constitutional scandal of two Mentris Besar is not bad
enough for Perak and Malaysia!

It is unlikely that Najib will be able to live down
the political baggage of having orchestrated the
three-month Perak constitutional and political crisis
and stalemate spawning two Mentris Besar,
two Speakers, two Assemblies together with
three renegade State Assembly members and
a renegade State Assembly clerk unless he is
prepared to act boldly to admit his colossal error
and misjudgement and agree to the dissolution of
the Perak State Assembly for the holding of Perak
state-wide general election to return the mandate
to Perakians.

For the sake of an unethical, undemocratic, illegal
and unconstitutional power grab, Najib has brought
important institutions of the country into greater
disrepute, whether the police, the MACC,
the judiciary and seriously impaired the vital
doctrine of separation of powers.

Perakians, Malaysians and the world today
witness another unethical, undemocratic, illegal
and unconstitutional power grab – the office
and powers of the Speaker when the Perak
State Assembly has not officially met.

The mass arrests including Pakatan Rakyat
MPs and State Assembly representatives in
the police lockdown of Ipoh, turning
the Perak capital into a war-zone, must be
condemned in the strongest possible terms
illustrating the ludicrous lengths of such a
baseless police crackdown.

Lim Kit Siang

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Thursday, 07 May 2009 12:36

(The Malaysian Insider) – As events continue
their rollercoaster ride in Perak, chaos has moved
from the streets that Lim Kit Siang called
“a war zone” to inside the Perak State Assembly
where rival state speakers have joined rival
mentris besar and executive councils.

What began as a solitary defection to
Pakatan Rakyat before Chinese New Year
has now turned into pandemonium in
the House with Barisan Nasional at
the helm and its palace-appointed
mentri besar facing off Pakatan’s
Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.

And today, the House has two speakers,
with defecting Jelapang assemblywoman
Hee Yit Foong, who was the tipping point
that ended Pakatan’s rule, again playing
the key role in the chambers.

While the fracas continues and has just
stopped for an hour’s “adjournment” by
the Barisan Nasional side, the Raja Muda of Perak,
Raja Nazrin Shah, remains outside waiting to address
the sitting that was consented by
his father Sultan Azlan Shah.

However, no one has left the House yet,
save the state mufti and other officials.

When will this farce end?

All we know is it won’t end today, not even if
Barisan Nasional auctions off all the cars and
moves on to appoint officials, enact laws,
plan policies and implement them in the near future.

The fate of the rival state governments rests
with the courts of law, which have opened a
Pandora’s Box and breached all rules of
separation of powers in a parliamentary
democracy that Malaysia was founded on.

At least outside the state secretariat building,
peace has reigned once again as policemen
who tried to force restaurants to close in a
bid to disperse the black-clad crowds have given up.
They had earlier arrested scores of people,
including lawmakers, in an attempt to keep the peace.

The heat of the day has made them thirsty
and the shopkeepers are providing relief.

One would expect the same from
the lawmakers inside. All the barbed wire
and road blocks outside the building together
with a court order to stop gatherings have
come to naught to keep the peace and
restore order in the Silver State.

For the lawmakers are still fighting it out for
their version of “1 Malaysia. People First.
Performance Now”.

Except, we now have two Peraks.
And never the twain shall meet. At least not today.

Remembering Altantuya…

Any day will be a good day to catch the real killer(s)…

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3 arrested for sending birthday cake to PM’s office
May 6, 09 12:32pm Malaysiakini.com
Three activists were arrested this morning for attempting to deliver a cake commemorating the 31st birthday of Altantuya Shaariibuu to the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya.

MCPX

altantuya and prime minister office jpmThe activists, all of whom are from the Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia, were detained at 11.15am by the police near the security booth in front of the building.

About 30 police officers and 10 light strike force personnel were deployed to stop the activists from entering the building.

Those arrested were Sani Md Shah – who was holding a butter cake topped with white icing – and Saufi Mihat and Yasir Sheikh Abdul Rahman, who were carrying a ‘Happy Birthday Altantuya’ banner.

The group had intended to deliver a letter to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak written by Altantuya’s father, Setev.

Cake squashed by the police

The square cake, weighing about 2kg, was squashed by the police when it was being confiscated. According to the police, the cake was seized for ‘security reasons’.

The cake was taken in a police car along with the three detainees to the police headquarters in Putrajaya.

Altantuya was shot twice in the head and her body blown up with military-grade explosives in a jungle clearing three years ago. She was 28 when she died.

Her former lover, Abdul Razak Baginda, who is a close associate of Najib, had been accused of ordering two police officers to kill her after she came to his family home to harass him for money.

Razak Baginda was initially charged with abetting the two men, but was acquitted last October.

The two officers, however, have been found guilty and sentenced to death. They are appealing the ruling.

[More to follow]

Might there be conversations recorded,too?

RPK reveals his ‘source’ on Altantuya allegations
May 5, 09 6:34pm
Popular blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin,
in a posting today, revealed what he claimed
was his source for his sensational allegation
that Malaysia’s first lady Rosmah Mansor was
at the scene when a Mongolian woman
was murdered.

MCPX

According to Raja Petra, the information
came from Lt Kol Azmi Zainal Abidin, who is
the “number two in the Special Branch of the Military Intelligence”.

In a posting which appeared in
Raja Petra’s Malaysia Today website, the controversial blogger said he was put in touch
with Lt Kol Azmi by one of his long-standing
friends – Nik Azmi Nik Daud, who is an aide
to Umno veteran leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

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Petra’s revelations were made in his trademark
colourful style in the form of a dialogue between
him and his police interrogators when he was
detained under the Internal Security Act
last August.

When asked by his interrogators whether
he could trust his source since he did not know
him, Raja Petra reportedly answered: “I don’t
know him well enough to trust him all the way.
But the person who introduced us is a very old friend.

“I’ve known him for about 45 years,
longer than I’ve known my wife. And I trust
my friend. My friend gave me his personal
assurance that the story is legit.”

According to Raja Petra, he had also
sought help from a few other people to
vouch for Lt Kol Azmi’s credibility,
among them PKR de facto leader
Anwar Ibrahim through his aide, Din Merican.

“I also asked John Pang, who also works
for Ku Li (Tengku Razaleigh), to check with
Ku Li whether Lt Kol Azmi’s information is reliable.
I told John what Lt Kol Azmi told us and asked
him to inform Ku Li about it. John confirmed
that Lt Kol Azmi told Ku Li the same thing and that the information is reliable.”

Pang, who is an aide to Razaleigh, said he did receive a phone call from Raja Petra regarding the matter.

“Yes, Raja Petra did ask me about it and
I confirmed that Ku Li was aware of the story,”
said Pang when contacted today.

He added that his boss did not dispute
Raja Petra’s account pertaining to his contact
with Lt Kol Azmi.

Razaleigh has declined to comment
apart from saying, “Read the (Raja Petra’s) blog.”

According to Pang, Nik Azmi is not an
official member of Razaleigh’s staff.

Misgivings
in signing statutory declaration

Raja Petra also revealed that he had
misgivings in signing a statutory declaration
based on the information which he received
from Lt Kol Azmi.

“I told Bull (Nik Azmi) I was a bit worried
about signing a statutory declaration because
the government will surely arrest and charge
me if I do. I felt an article would be safer.

“But Bull disagreed. He felt an article
was not strong enough. Bull said if anything
happens to me they would go to court to testify
that what I had signed is the truth.
Bull assured me they would not allow me to rot in jail.
So, on June 18 (2008), I signed the
statutory declaration.”

http://media1.malaysiakini.com/179/83d294229d38a74ca48aaf75e3e05d55.gif” alt=”raja petra court cases defamation sedition 230409″ width=”248″ height=”383″ align=”right” />Raja Petra, 59,
has been charged for criminal defamation in a
statutory declaration which he signed
implicating Rosmah, who is wife of Prime Minister
Najib Abdul Razak, and two others in the grisly murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006.

He has also charged with sedition
for his posting ‘Let’s send Altantuya murderers
to hell’, but he failed to turn up in court last month.

Sessions judge Rozina Ayob had subsequently issued an arrest warrant for Raja Petra.
Now a fugitive, Raja Petra’s whereabouts is unknown.

Raja Petra also claimed that former minister
Jamaluddin Jarjis, who is from Najib’s home
state of Pahang, had contacted him to
“make a deal”.

“We drove to a roadside stall in
Jalan Ipoh (in Kuala Lumpur) and sat there
and talked. JJ (Jamaluddin Jarjis) told me that
Najib had asked him to meet me to make a deal.
I asked him whether Najib really knows we are
meeting and whether he had endorsed or
sanctioned the meeting and JJ replied that
our meeting was on Najib’s instructions,”
Raja Petra allegedly told his interrogators.

“We spent about an hour talking.
The bottom line is he wanted me to stop
writing about Najib and Altantuya. He also
asked me whether I could delay my sedition
trial until Najib becomes the prime minister.
Once Najib is installed as prime minister,
they will drop the charges against me.
I will also receive a monthly allowance
of RM30,000 for my cooperation.
He didn’t say for how long though.”

Raja Petra said that he did not make
the deal and soon after he signed the
statutory declaration.

Meanwhile, veteran opposition leader
Lim Kit Siang said that Raja Petra’s
latest revelation has again show
the urgent need for a royal commission to
probe the scandal.

“I had repeatedly made in Parliament
for a royal commission of inquiry to deal
with all the allegations haunting and hounding Najib,
especially as he had said that he was innocent
and had not done anything wrong,” he said.

Raja Petra’s statutory declaration

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