Khalid Ibrahim promised to settle issue…

and he is doing it quickly with his team – Rodziah Ismail, Khalid Samad, PKNS Chairman and the Datuk Bandar of Shah Alam…

Published: Monday September 7, 2009 MYT 4:06:00 PM
Updated: Monday September 7, 2009 MYT 4:16:47 PM

New site for Hindu temple in Shah Alam

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Government has identified a new, more suitable site for the relocation of the 150-year-old Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple in Section 19 here.

A press statement from the state government said that the new site is still in Section 23 but was more strategic and located 100m from the original relocation site and 400m from the residential area.

The state government would discuss the matter with the temple committee and look for an amicable solution acceptable to all parties, the statement said.

It said that the identification of the new site was the result of the efforts of Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, Shah Alam Mayor Mazalan Md Noor and PKNS chairman Othman Omar who checked out suitable sites in Section 18, 19, 20 and 23.

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‘Cow-head’ protesters to face charges
// Sep 7, 09 6:30pm

Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail today said that he would be charging those who took part in the ‘cow-head’ protest 10 days ago.

“I have decided to charge those who carried (the cow head) and spoke while stepping on the cow head under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act, alternatively under Section 298 of the Penal Code,” said Abdul Gani in a statement today.

He added that all the demonstrators will also face another charge under Section 27(5) of the Police Act for illegal assembly. [see below for details of the sections]

He said that the decision was based on the investigation paper submitted by the police to him this afternoon.

“I am satisfied based on the facts and evidence gathered by the police that the demonstrators should be taken to court,” he said.

The investigation paper was the result of a two-week long police investigation into the protest which has put Malaysia on the international stage for the wrong reason after public outcry over the issue.

Abdul Gani however did not state when the charges would be preferred against the demontrators. He also did not reveal the number of people to be charged.

New site identified

On Aug 28, the demonstrators, residents of Shah Alam’s Section 23, marched to the state secretariat to protest the proposed relocation of the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple from nearby Section 19.

They were reportedly unhappy that the 150-year-old temple is to be relocated in the Malay-Muslim majority neighbourhood.

The protest turned sour when several unidentified men came forward with a dismembered cow’s head and placed it in front of the building gates.

Several individuals then proceeded to spit and step upon the animal’s head while uttering threats apparently directed at Selangor executive councillor for health, plantation workers, poverty and caring government Dr Xavier Jayakumar

An attempt by the the state government to hold a dialogue with the residents last Saturday turned rowdly (photo, above) when the residents vehemently objected to the temple being relocated to their neighbourhood.

Following this the state government shelved the plan to relocate the temple but today announced that another site has been found in Section 23 for the relocation.

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When herd mentality ruled the day
Comment by Maria J.Dass


IF anything coherent came out of Saturday’s dialogue – if you can call it that – on the relocation of a Hindu temple from Section 19 to an industrial zone in Section 23 Shah Alam, it is this: that minority rights and peaceful discourse has lost out to mob rule.

Rowdy protestors disrupt the breifing by the panellist at the dialogue with Section 23
residents on the proposed relocation of a temple to the area. The proposal has since been
shelved due to the ‘strong’ protest.

The dialogue was meant for residents of Section 23 but in the end, it was hijacked by a mob determined to disrupt the proceedings.

The 50-odd protesters — made up of residents and non-residents — threatened to throw shoes and a chair at the state representatives which included Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Shah Alam MP Khalid Abdul Samad and Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail.

Amid the boos, insults and threats, the Selangor state reps sat through the whole two-hour session held at the banquet hall of the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and tried to deal with the hotheads.

This was especially evident when a resident expressed her fears that crime rate would rise if the temple was built in Section 23. In reply, Khalid Abdul Samad countered that this was precisely why a temple was needed so that Indian youth and children could have a place to congregate and where strong religious and moral values could be inculcated.

But his effort seemed futile as the rowdies were intent on disrupting the proceedings even before they stepped into the hall. It is also noted that police were conspicuously absent from the meeting, which at times threatened to turn ugly.

Rowdy protestors disrupt the breifing by the panellist at the dialogue with Section 23
residents on the proposed relocation of a temple to the area. The proposal has since been
shelved due to the ‘strong’ protest.

Social planning gone wrong

These loud protests over the temple relocation, however, fail to take into account the larger issue here — that it is a direct consequence of social engineering with poor planning on the part of the Selangor State Development Corporation or PKNS and the Shah Alam local authorities.

Just 50 years ago, large tracts of what is now Shah Alam were plantations. In the late 60s, PKNS started buying land from the Sungai Renggam estate, with a plan to build a township where 60-80% of the residents would be Malays.

As the area developed, many of the temples, some of which were more than a century old, ended up being surrounded by housing estates.

This is what happened to the 150-year-old Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Section 19. Originally built in a sparsely populated plantation, it slowly found itself surrounded by houses. But the Section 19 house buyers claim the temple was not in the brochure when the housing project was launched, and as such want the temple to be relocated.

Similarly, Section 23 residents are using the same argument — that they would not have bought their property if they knew a temple would be located nearby.

Another key point in the issue is the relocation of a temple to a Muslim-majority area. But where one can find a non-Muslim majority area in Shah Alam?

Nowhere to go?

With nowhere else to go, the only alternative open to the state government is to relocate the temples to industrial areas within the city. But this too is no easy task as it requires that all parties — the temple committee, the MBSA, PKNS and the state government — come to an agreement.

The temple committees are understandably unhappy as sites offered are isolated and not accessible by any form of transportation. Such was the case with the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple committee, which objected to a site in a remote area in Section 22.

Now it is back to the drawing board for those involved to fix a problem which resulted from a lack of foresight by past administrators.

Saturday’s dialogue ended with the mentri besar shelving the proposal to relocate the temple to Section 23. He has also said he will meet with the Hindu community to find a solution.

At the end of the meeting, some residents from both sides of the divide shook hands with each other as they said goodbye, but the underlying tension was evident.

If anything, the encounter has forced some Hindu residents of Section 23 to take a hard look at their neighbours.

One woman said: “We have been close to our neighbours all this while and have looked out for each other, but this incident has shown how our neighbours view us and where we stand.”

KEPURA-PURAAN 1MALAYSIA

Kenyataan Media

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN                                                                              7 September 2009

Kepura-puraan 1Malaysia

Seperti yang dijangkakan, media arusperdana Malaysia akan mengungkapkan pemikiran dan laporan yang dangkal serta berat sebelah, penuh dengan diskriminasi terhadap Kerajaan Negeri Selangor mengenai dialog anjuran Kerajaan Negeri Selangor bersama penduduk Seksyen 23, Shah Alam mengenai isu cadangan perpindahan kuil dari Seksyen 19 ke Sekyen 23, Shah Alam (Opposition “tasting own medicine” oleh Alina Simon, M.Hamzah Jamaluddin dan TN Alagesh, NST 7/09/09, http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/articles/20090907073422/Article/index_html)

Bagi mereka yang berpemikiran waras, jelas bahawa gelagat dan keceluparan yang dipamerkan oleh segelintir penduduk bukan budaya dari Pakatan Rakyat yang baru memerintah belum sampai dua tahun.(sila lihat video: https://wanitakeadilan.wordpress.com/2009/09/06/2558/)

Pendidikan rakyat adalah tanggungjawab kerajaan yang meletakkan dasar dan pengoperasian serta amalan pemimpin yang dicontohkan kepada rakyat.   Umno-BN telah gagal mendidik sebahagian Melayu sehingga menjadi Mat dan Minah pengacau dan pengganggu ketenteraman.   Sepanjang pemerhatian rakyat, Pakatan Rakyat tidak pernah menganjur aksi memalukan yang sebegitu rupa.   Ia melewati batas hak-asasi manusia untuk bersuara dengan aman.   Seluruh dunia diperlihatkan betapa sebahagian Melayu telah bersikap kekontangan nilai, adab dan tamadun – serta membawa imej pembuat kacau, penyangak dan buli dalam satu sesi dialog yang bertujuan untuk memberi peluang setiap pihak mengemukakan pandangan dan cadangan secara beradab, sopan dan dalam keadaan tenteram.

Kenyataan PM, Najib Razak sesungguhnya telah meletakkan diri beliau setaraf dengan penyangak, pembuat kacau dan buli yang beraksi amat menjengkelkan yang menjadi contoh amat buruk bagi sekelian rakyat Malaysia, khususnya generasi muda dan anak-anak.

Apakah Najib Razak akan membiarkan segolongan rakyat yang ganas perlakuannya dibiarkan tanpa sedecit muhasabah terhadap perlakuan mereka yang jelas salah dan sama sekali memalukan?

Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim adalah merupakan individu paling bijaksana di akhir sesi dialog tersebut.   Beliau telah sedayanya memberi peluang semua yang ingin menyuarakan pendapat dan mengatasi segala rintangan serta memberikan keputusan yang adil kepada semua pihak.

Bezanya Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat dengan Umno-BN ialah mengundang isu di tangani secara komited dan tidak membiarkan masalah didiamkan dan berlarutan berdekad-dekad.   Pakatan Rakyat akan sentiasa melakukan amanah mereka dengan bersungguh-sungguh tanpa menghiraukan sebarang intimidasi dari golongan penyangak yang menjahanamkan kebaikan di mana-mana saja dan memecah-belahkan hubungan sesama manusia.  Keseluruhan masalah yang dikendalikan oleh Kerajaan Selangor Pakatan Rakyat adalah warisan dari Kerajaan Umno-BN dan agensi mereka yang telah melakukan berbagai kepincangan dalam pentadbiran dahulu, termasuk mengenai kuil Seksyen 19 yang telah menjadi isu.

1Malaysia Najib Razak merupakan kepura-puraan yang tidak dapat disangkal lagi dengan kenyataan beliau yang sempit itu.

Wanita KEADILAN menuntut Najib Razak sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia untuk berpemikiran lebih sihat dan memberi pertimbangan yang lebih saksama terhadap semua isu yang disentuh pada setiap masa dan keadaan.

Zuraida Kamaruddin
Ketua Wanita KEADILAN

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Untuk sebarang pertanyaan mengenai kenyataan di atas, sila hubungi:

Rozaini binti Mohd Rosli, tel.: 0192676879, email: rozainiebbm@yahoo.com

Pakatan Rakyat an exciting alternative…

Jui Meng finds things very different in opposition

Chua feels free… Speaking during the Permatang Pasir campaign. – Picture by Jack Ooi

IPOH, Sept 6 — After decades of politics MCA-style, the experience of just over a month of fiery Opposition politics has been nothing short of a major culture shock for former party stalwart Datuk Chua Jui Meng.

For once, he is finding his oratory skills can be put to good use and people actually listen to him in rapt attention during ceramahs.

Those who turn up also do not seem to expect free handouts like transportation, food, money or goodie bags.

In fact, many appear willing to travel some distance to attend such rallies.

This was evident during the ceramah at the Tow Boo Keong hall here on Saturday night where more than 1,000 supporters gathered to listen to a star-studded line-up of speakers, which included Chua himself, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PKR vice-president R. Sivarasa and Parti Keadilan Rakyat strategic director Tian Chua.

In his speech, Chua, who not too long ago had adamantly said he would never leave the MCA for PKR, said such a sight was enough to convince him he had indeed made the right move to leave.

“I woke up on Merdeka morning and told my wife who was lying down beside me — I feel good and so young today — and I knew what made me feel that way.

“When I joined the PKR, it was after a long struggle for me. It was not easy to leave and join a new pathway.

“But after that decision, I suddenly began to feel…like how you felt when you voted for the Opposition… I felt free,” he said, to thunderous applause.

The former MCA man claimed he had never before experienced such “heart-warming” and overwhelming response for any political function in his political career until the day he joined PKR.

“I was in Permatang Pasir, helping with the by-elections and it was so amazing, so overwhelming to see the crowd come together.

“It is so heart-warming to see people of different races actually sitting together and working together and getting along — and they all want change,” he said in a press conference after the function.

His eyes lit up when reporters asked if he would be instrumental in the coming by-election for the Bagan Pinang state seat in Negeri Sembilan.

“Yes, yes, I will be there to contribute. Definitely,” he firmly said.

In fact, Chua is also confident that more would follow in his footsteps and leave the MCA to join a Pakatan Rakyat component party.

During the function earlier, a total of 600 applications for PKR memberships, signed by Barisan Nasional members, were handed over to Anwar.

Of the lot, at least 400 were from MCA, and officials claimed they comprised a former elected representative, a former division deputy chairman, scores of central delegates, divisional party post holders and members.

“It is no surprise that so many would join us from MCA. We expect that this wave is only just the beginning,” said Chua.

He added that the crossovers only mirrored the fact the party members were finally waking up to see that MCA was only a space-filler in the Barisan Nasional structure.

“We are only there to say yes and to take up some spots in the Cabinet and in the Government.

“MCA does not rule the nation. In the end, it is Umno that leads Malaysia, under the name of the BN,” he said.

Chua said that MCA could probably stand a better chance of survival if it abandoned the coalition and stood on its own.

During the function, Umno strongman Datuk Dr Abdul Malek Md Hanafiah, who is a former Perak state executive councillor, former Kamunting assemblyman and former Taiping Umno division chairman, was also seen confidently strolling into the temple hall shortly after Anwar’s arrival, to loud applause from the people.

Anwar however said that Abdul Malek was “yet to make any crossover announcement.”

Aksi, Lisan & Rupa Bullies at Work (updated)


Scenes at the Dialogue with citizens of Section 23 in Shah Alam 5th September 2009.

SIKAP BIADAP UMNO JELAS TERPAPAR UNTUK SEMUA.

Umno Seksyen 23 Shah Alam buat kecoh dimajlis dialog bersama penduduk mengenai isu pemindahan kuil ke Seksyen 23.

Sabtu 5hb.Sept,09– Kehadiran Umno Taman Seksyen 23 ke majlis dialog pada hari ini adalah untuk satu tujuan yang jelas, iaitu untuk membuat kecoh. Mereka telah memulakan rancangan mereka sejak sebelum majlis tersebut bermula.

Pada lebih kurang pukul 10 pukul pagi tiba-tiba beberapa orang Umno membuat bising dipintu depan Dewan banquet MBSA. Mereka memarahi anggota penguatkuasa MBSA kerana kononnya menghalang seorang penduduk cina dan isterinya masuk. Orang –orang tesebut memaki hamun pengkuatkuasa MBSA. Saya terpaksa mencelah menredakan keadaan. Saya memberitahunya bahawa kita tidak mengahalang penghui rumah membawa anak isteri mereka dan kita hanya hendak pastikan bahawa semua yang hadir untuk sesi dialog ini adalah penduduk Seksyen 23 sahaja. Setelah tiada isu lagi yang boleh dikecohkan lagi, kumpulan itu pun masuk ke dewan .

Sekali lagi kumpulan tersebut menjerit dan memaki apabila Menteri Besar, YB Khalid Samad , YB Rodziah dan delegasi Datuk Bandar masuk kedalam dewan. Pihak pengutakuasa terpaksa mengawal keadaan. Kumpulan itu juga menyerang dan mengasari seorang pembantu wanita YB Khalid Samad apabila beliau tengah mengambil gambar. Wanita tersebut terpaksa dibawa ke bilik VIP untuk mengelakkan kumpulan itu dari terus mengejarnya.

Kesemua tindakan dan perbuatan biadap UMNO ini direkodkan sepenuhnya oleh lebih 20 wakil media akhbar , TV and penulis –penulis blog .

Majlis yang reda seketika semasa bacaan doa, mula kecoh lagi semasa pembentangan Datuk Bandar Shah Alam Mazalan Md Noor. Kumpulan pengacau tersebut tidak enggan mendengar penjelasan isu tersebut dan beberapa kali menjerit agar beliau hanya menyatakan samada pembinaan kuil akan diteruskan atau tidak.

Mereka ini merebut mikrofon walaupun sesi dialog belum bermula dan memaki hamun semua kepimpinan negeri yang berada didepan. Antara kata-kata yang telah dikeluarkan ialah “ MB Bodoh , “Khalid Samad sekongkol dengan kuil”,” Rodziah pelacur “, “Rodziah saya akan rogol you sekarang ! “ dan banyak kata –kata kesat lagi .

Ada juga beberapa yang telah mengangkat kasut dan kerusi untuk dibaling ke arah MB dan Ahli Parlimen dan ADUN. Penguatkuasa terpaksa membuat benteng dihadapan untuk menghalang kumpulan ini daripada menyerbu Khalid Samad dan MB . Beberapa kali timbul pergaduhahan yang terpaksa diredakan keadaannya.

Wakil penduduk Hindu yang ingin bercakap juga di jerit dan dikacau oleh mereka. Pada suatu ketika orang UMNO ini menyerbu kedepan untuk menumbuk wakil penduduk Hindu ini daripada bercakap . Penguatkuasa terpaksa meleraikan mereka.

Dialog ini berakhir dengan saranan Menteri Besar bahawa, beliau ingin semua penduduk yang terlibat agar jangan membincangkan isu ini lagi. MB memberitahu bahawa Kerajaan Negeri akan mendengar pandangan jawatankuasa kuil sebelum membuat keputusan. Sehingga itu semua pihak tidak harus membangkitkan isu ini dan membiarkan Kerajaan Negeri meneliti untuk membuat keputusan muktamad.

RUANG DEMOKRASI DISALAHGUNAKAN !

Sesi dialog yang berupa ‘town hall meeting’ bersama penduduk hari ini disalahgunakan demi kepentingan politik UMNO. Kerajaan Negeri telah sudi mengadakan mesyuarat seumpama ini tetapi ianya pula memberikan platform untuk UMNO bersikap biadap. Segala tindakan memaki dan perbuatan biadap UMNO Seksyen 23 akan diperhatikan oleh seluruh rakyat Malaysia dan seluruh dunia nanti.

PIHAK POLIS BERSEKONGKOL !

Sekali lagi, sejak protes dan perarakan kepala lembu tersebut, pihak polis gagal menjaga keselamatan rakyat. Kegagalan pertama ialah apabila penghasut dan penganjur protes kepala lembu masih gagal ditahan dan dikenakan tindakan undang-undang. Yang hadir pada sesi dialog hari ini juga adalah orang –orang yang sama . Oleh kerana mereka masih bebas, dan seolah-olah ‘di atas’ undang-undang, maka ianya mengakibatkan kejadian kecoh hari ini.

Polis bertanggungjawab untuk kekecohan dan pemakian dan hasutan yang berlaku dalam sesi dialog hari ini. Ini adalah kali yang kedua dan polis terus membenarkan penghasut berbuat demikian .

Bersekongkolan polis juga terbukti apabila pihak polis gagal hadir dalam sesi dialog ini .Pada mesyuarat persiapan pada hari Khamis yang lalu semua ahli Majlis dn Datuk Bandar telah meminta kehadiran pihak polis dalam sesi dialog ini demi mengawal keadaan. Tetapi malangnya seorang pun pihak polis beruniform tidak hadir. Saya diberitahu ada 2tau 3orang SB sahaja yang hadir untuk menyaksikan kekecohan ini.

MAJORITY BELUM BERSUARA.

Jumlah penduduk Seksyen 23 yang sebenarnya ialah 323 rumah . Daripada jumlah ini 48 adalah keluarga India dan 28 adalah rumah orang Cina. Selebihnya ialah orang Melayu. Hujah bahawa kuil tidak boleh dibina dikawasan majority Melayu tidak relevan. Ini adalah kerana dalam semua projek pembangunan PKNS, adalah disyaratkan bahawa lebih 60% pembeli nya haruslah orang Melayu . Maka secara pratiknya tidak akan wujud kawasan majority Melayu di kawasan Tengah Shah Alam, iaitu Seksyen 1-24. Adakah ini bermaksud kaum lain akan dianiyayai dan ditindas hak mereka untuk beribadat ?

Justeru itu, hujah majority Melayu tidak sepatutnya wujud. Pemindahan kuil ke Seksyen 23 bukan sahaja untuk 48 keluarga yang menduduki Seksyen 23 tetapi juga kepada 2000 lebih penduduk India di kawasan Seksyen 19, 20 , 21 dan 23 keseluruhannya.

Tetapi yang hadir pada sesi dialog pada hari ini ialah sekumpulan penduduk ahli UMNO dan pro BN seramai lebih kurang 40 orang. Mereka telah hadir bersama naik bas, dengan tujuan utama untuk menimbulkan kekecohan .

Malangnya suara majority orang Melayu Seksyen 23 belum kedengaran lagi. ‘Silent majority’ ini sebenarnya tidak membantah pembinaan kuil kerana ianya langsung tidak menjejaskan keharmonian dan kesejahteraan mereka. Isu perkauman hanya dipermainkan oleh segolongan yang beragenda politik.

CABARAN KEPADA KERAJAAN NEGERI PR

Kini cabaran besar yang terletak pada Kerajaan Negeri untuk membuat keputusan yang wajar. Adakah sesi dialog yang kecoh hari ini dengan bantahan dan laungan biadap beberapa penduduk memberikan suatu gambaran hasrat sebenar penduduk Seksyen 23?

Selain daripada kata-kata kesat dan memaki hamun kepimpinan negeri , adakah mereka ini mempertengahkan hujah –hujah rasional kenapa kuil Hindu tidak boleh dibina ditapak tersebut di Seksyen 23 ?  Kalau tiada hujah rasional, apakah yang perlu dipertimbangkan ?

Jika Kerajaan Negeri ingin menawarkan suatu tapak alternative selain dari Seksyen 23, demi mengambil kira bantahan penduduk hari ini, pada pandangan saya ianya akan merupakan kekalahan politik bagi PR .

Jelas bantahan tersebut adalah agenda politik UMNO , maka jika kuil tidak dibina di Seksyen 23 sepertimana yang dicadangkan, maka ianya akan bererti bahawa Kerajaan PR walaupun berkuasa di Selangor telah mengalah kepada samseng UMNO . Adakah PR sedia menerima hakikat ini ?

PSM merasakan bahawa, rakyat dan ‘silent majority’ perlu bersuara. Hasrat rakyat pelbagai kaum untuk hidup harmoni harus diketengahkan . Sikap hasutan perkauman dan perangai biadap mereka harus dikecam sekeras-kerasnya. Rakyat Selangor telah bersuara secara jelas memilih Pakatan Rakyat untuk memerintah Selangor . Polisi dan tindakan UMNO Barisan Nasional yang memperjuangkan ketuanan Melayu dan mempermainkan perkauman telah pun ditolak oleh rakyat Selangor pada 8hb .Mac, 2008 yang lalu .

Justeru, rakyat perlu bangkit membantah dan melindungi hak demokrasi dan hak samarata semua rakyat. Tugas kuasa rakyat amat diperlukan pada ketika ini . Rakyat berbilang kaum harus digembeling untuk menyuarakan bantahan terhadap politik perkauman ini . Ini bukan sahaja isu diantara penduduk Melayu Muslim dan hak penduduk Hindu tetapi ia juga akan memberikan tamparan hebat kepada penganut Kristian , Buddist, Taosim dan Sikh. Hak beribadat adalah samarata dan harus dihormati. Jika hak penduduk Hindu Seksyen 23 dirampas, itu juga akan bermaksud, penganut agama Kristian , Buddist , Taoist , Sikh dan lain akan mengalami juga nasib yang sama.

Hapuskan perkauman, hapuskan politk keji UMNO Barisan Nasional, bangkitkan kuasa rakyat benteras politik perkauman.

Sivarajan

Ahli Majlis MBSA ,PSM .

Kenyataan Media: SELANGOR MAHU BATAL PERMOHONAN PEGUAM NEGARA

KENYATAAAN MEDIA

4 OGOS 2009


SHAH ALAM: Kerajaan Negeri Selangor hari  ini telah memfailkan afidavit jawapan kepada permohonan Peguam Negara Tan Sri Gani Patail untuk membatalkan satu pekeliling yang mengarahkan pegawai dan kakitangan kerajaan membantu siasatan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM)pada waktu pejabat dengan kehadiran peguam.

Afidavit tersebut telah ditandatangani oleh Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim dan difailkan di pejabat pendaftar Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam pada 3pm.

Afidavit yang telah difailkan mempunyai dua tujuan iaitu menentang permohonan yang difailkan oleh Peguam Negara, dan keduanya menyokong permohonan kerajaan Negeri Selangor untuk membatalkan tindakan  Peguam Negara malalui satu Saman Dalam Kamar yang juga telah difailkan pada hari ini.

Afidavit setebal 55 mukasurat antara lain menyatakan bahawa pekeliling bertarikh 28 Julai 2008 telah dikeluarkan setelah mendapat nasihat daripada Penasihat Undang Undang Negeri dan dikeluarkan bagi tujuan untuk membantu siasatan SPRM dan bukan sebaliknya.

Menteri Besar juga telah berkata dalam afidavit tersebut bahawa Peguam Negara tidak mempunyai hak memulakan prosiding (locus standi) untuk memfailkan permohonan tersebut kerana pekeliling tersebut hanya berkait langsung dengan SPRM, sebuah badan berkanun,  dan bukan Peguan Negara.

Afidavit tersebut juga memperincikan kacau ganggu yang dilakukan oleh SPRM terhadap pentadbiran Negeri Selangor dan bahawa kaedah siasatan yang diguna pakai oleh SPRM tidak mengikut lunas undang-undang sepertu siasatan melalui panggilan telefon tanpa notis, kunjungan mengejut tanpa pengenalan diri, tuntutan dokumen tanpa notis dan soal siasat saksi yang kadang kala menjangkau tempoh lewat malam.

Menteri Besar juga menyatakan bahawa pekeliling itu tidak mencabar peruntukan siasatan SPRM, tetapi  sebenarnya peruntukan di dalam Akta SPRM itu yang mencabar peruntukan perlembagaan yang menekankan hak kehidupan dan kebebasan (right to life and liberty), hak untuk mendapat khidmat guaman pilihan (right to counsel of choice) dan hak kesamarataan (right to equality).

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Bagan Pinang rep dies, 9th by-election on the way
Sep 4, 09 3:19pm

Barisan Nasional’s Bagan Pinang state assemblyperson Azman Mohd Noor, 54, passed away today from blood infection.

He passed away at about 2.30pm at the Seremban Specialist Centre.

His death will pave way for the ninth by-election since the March 2008 general election.

The outcome of the by-election however will not jeopardise the BN’s control in the state as the coalition controls 20 other seats out of 36 in all. Pakatan controls the remaining 15 – DAP (10), PKR (4) and PAS (one).

In March 2008, Azman defeated PAS’ Ramli Ismail by 2,333-vote majority.

He was a first-term state representative.

The seat is one of the five state seats under the Teluk Kemang parliamentary seat in Negri Sembilan, currently held by PKR’s Kamarul Baharin Abbas.

Of the five state seats in Teluk Kemang, two are held by Umno, two by PKR and one by DAP.

Complained of fever

His son Hairol Asfani, 22, said Azman was admitted to the hospital at 3.30am due to fever.

“He complained of fever but was able to walk unassisted. After the breaking of fast yesterday, his condition worsened and he was unable to walk,” he said.

He also said that all family members were at his bedside when Azman died at about 2.30pm.

He leaves behind a widow Normah Zainal Abidin, 49, and five children Mohd Khusairi, 23, Hairol Asfani, 22, Norsyazila, 19, Norsyafikah, 16, and Norsyafitra, 13.

Hairol Asfani also said his father underwent a coronary bypass surgery in May.

Also present at the hospital were Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan and
former menteri besar Mohd Isa Abdul Samad.

His remains would be buried at the Kariah Muslim cemetery in Bagan Pinang tonight.

Meanwhile, state assembly speaker Abdul Razak Mansor said he would send a notice informing the Election Commission of the vacancy for the Bagan Pinang seat. A by-election must be held within 60 days.

The Bagan Pinang by-election will only be the third seat which will be defended by Barisan Nasional in the nine by-elections since March 2008.

It retained the Batang Ai state seat in April but lost Kuala Terengganu parliament seat in January. All other seats were retained by Pakatan, including one in Penanti (state seat) in May which the BN did not contest.

Hear Penan (updated)

Respect native rights verdicts to end Baram blockades
Thursday, 03 September 2009 21:31
Aliran

With the last legs of logging operations being carried out in Sarawak with the advent of large monoculture plantations, the people’s forest resources have been in a state of acute decline. It could result in the total destruction of the people’s land and forest resources, including their communal water catchments, warns S M Mohamed Idris.

Over the past week, numerous news sources have been reporting of the blockades erected by several Penan communities in Tutoh-Apoh, Patah, Baram, Sarawak. SAM has learnt that the blockades, set up since 20 August 20 at three different locations on the logging roads within the territories of the villages of Long Nen, Long Bangan and Long Belok, have involved some 300 people from at least ten Penan villages in the area.

The blockades were set up to halt the transportation of logs by vehicles of several logging business groups operating in the area that for so long have been harvesting timber within the traditional territories (pemakai menoa) of the surrounding villages concerned.

According to community representatives, the blockades were set up for several interrelated reasons.

First and foremost, with the last legs of logging operations being carried out in Sarawak with the advent of large monoculture plantations, the people’s forest resources have been in a state of acute decline. If logging had devastating impacts on affected communities, plantations would certainly produce worse consequences, considering the fact that clear-felling operations would entail the total destruction of the people’s land and forest resources, including their communal water catchments.

Secondly, this impending deforestation disaster is certainly linked to the lack of land rights security of affected native communities to their traditional territories. For years, the communities’ numerous applications for their village forest reserves to be gazetted into Communal Forest Reserves have never been approved by the state.

In all, the people maintain that logging has failed to produce meaningful benefits to local communities and has instead over the years severely compromised their quality of life. They point out that local people even miss on employment opportunities as companies seem to prefer to hire Indonesian labour. The people also stress that their efforts to negotiate with the companies and their agents have often been futile, with some communities claiming to have experienced frequent attempts at deceptive behaviour on the part of the latter.

We have been informed that the protesters are determined not to give in into any intimidations or threats to dismantle the barricades unless their demands are met by the authorities and companies, the foremost of which is for all logging and plantation operations to be halted on their land, a call which if left unheeded may lead to significant food deprivation and widespread malnutrition among the people. Equally important, the people also demand that their Native Customary Rights (NCR) to be fully recognised and that they be allowed to exercise self-determination with regards to any development plans that may affect them. In our view, all the demands above certainly require an urgent comprehensive response at a policy level from the Sarawak State Government.

In this light, we find the statement attributed to Sarawak’s Rural Development Minister James Masing in an AFP news article published on 23 August which describes the Penan communities as “good storytellers” and that their land rights disputes “were often aimed at wringing more compensation from companies” as most regretful. Similarly, we find the insinuation on the communities’ blockades as suggested by State Assemblyperson YB Lihan Jok as equally unacceptable. YB Lihan was quoted by Utusan Borneo on 30 August 30 as suggesting that the blockades appear to show that as if the Penan communities are uncivilised – despite the fact that many of them have been highly educated -(Sekatan itu… menunjukkan seolah-olah kaum Penan tidak bertamadun sedangkan ramai di kalangan mereka sudah maju dalam pelajaran), filled with revenge and rebellion (Tindakan sekatan ini menunjukkan Penan penuh dendam dan pemberontakan) as well as ethnically prejudiced and selfish (Mereka prejudis dengan kaum lain seolah-olah hanya Penan sahaja yang perlu dibantu sedangkan kaum lain juga perlu perhatian).

In actual fact, the latest blockades put at least three questions over the sustainability claims of the Sarawak timber and plantation industries.

Firstly, from 1997 to 2004, the Sarawak Forests Department under its Licence for Planted Forest (LPF) system, has licensed out at least 2.8 million hectares of land for large monoculture projects, including land within the state’s Permanent Forest Estate (PFE), in addition to its non-gazetted stateland forests. Many Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports of the projects concerned seem to suggest that plantation development is today necessary in Sarawak due to the depletion in timber resources in the state. However, timber harvesting for Dipterocarp forests within the Sarawak PFE supposedly operates under a 25-year cutting cycle. If it is indeed true that timber has been largely depleted in just 30 years since large-scale logging commenced in the state, Sarawak should no longer claim to be practising sustainable forestry management.

Secondly, we believe that the Sarawak State Government has also failed to take full cognisance of our judicial decisions on native rights. The Federal Court in 2007 has ruled on the respect the principles of common law accord to the pre-existence of native rights under native laws and customs, explicitly stating that native rights owes its existence to native customary laws and not to any modern statute or legislation, while affirming that individual and communal native rights have equal legal force. Our Appeals Court meanwhile, on different occasions, have affirmed that such rights cover both cultivated and forested areas and are characterised by proprietary interests that go beyond mere usufructuary rights.

Finally, SAM is of the view that the continuous occurrence of land rights protests in Sarawak is a result of the absence of a participatory and consultative demarcation process of native territorial boundaries in Sarawak. Such a process should incorporate the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) mechanism and a set of substantiation procedures designed to yield corroborative evidence to support each native land rights claim. We strongly believe that this is not only feasible today, given the availability of GPS and other information technologies, but is in fact the most practical and rational way forward to end such protests.

Given all the facts above, we call on the Sarawak State Government to fulfil all the demands made by the blockading communities and exercise restraint in dealing with the protest. In our view, unless Sarawak halts further forest conversions in the state and subsequently establishes a consultative demarcation process which takes cognisance of the full stature, nature and extent of the NCR as ruled by our judiciary, any sustainability claims made on both the timber and plantation industries in Sarawak must be treated with great caution.

S.M.Mohamed Idris is president of Sahabat Alam Malaysia

Hishamuddin tak boleh terus jadi Menteri

Police report made against home minister
Sep 3, 09 6:15pm

Opposition parliamentarians and non-governmental groups have lodged a police report against Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, demanding that he be either sacked or he resign.

Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar, one of the complainants, lashed out at the minister for defending those involved in the ‘cow-head’ protest in Shah Alam last week.

“He used his status as a minister to condone the acts of the suspects who are being investigated by the police… it is very unbecoming of a minister,” he said, when contacted today.

Beside Jayakumar, parliamentarians Charles Santiago (Klang-DAP), Dzulkefly Ahmad (Kuala Selangor-PAS), Dr Siti Mariah Mahmood (Kota Raja-PAS) as well as several NGOs and individuals also signed the report at the Petaling Jaya Police District Headquarters today.

“The home minister has exonerated the offenders of all blame and has used his powers to influence the course of the ongoing investigation and the final action to be taken against the offenders.

“We ask him to step down or be sacked as minister of home affairs as he has broken the trust placed in him by Malaysians… as he is the minister in charge of the police force, this is a clear case of gross abuse of power,” said Jayakumar

On August 28, residents of Section 23 in Shah Alam had brought along a severed cow’s head, spat and stomped on it, as a sign of protest against the proposed relocation of the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple from Section 19 to their neighbourhood.

The incident has escalated discontent among the Hindus primarily because cows are considered sacred.

Utter disrespect for rule of law’

It has also raised doubts over the credibility of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak ‘s1Malaysia’ concept, which includes fostering unity in racial diversity with allegations from several quarters of Umno master-minding the grisly event.

“This was a deliberate insult to the religious beliefs of Hindus and an attempt at creating religious hatred and ill-will in our peaceful country,” Jayakumar in his police report.

Prior to filing the police report Jayakumar, said sarcastically, “Hey, all you thieves, murderers, rapists, corrupt officials and whoever else can now turn to Hishammuddin before the AG decides what to do.”

He also raked up Hishammuddin’s past where he had waved his keris inciting bloodshed, supported the arrest of lawyers who went to defend those detained by the police, arrested 580 people for standing up for their rights to protest against the Internal Security Act and now defends a group prepared to bring about racial unrest and bloodshed.

“This shows that he has utter disrespect for the rule of law and uses his position and power for his own political gain.

“It would also be interesting to find out how MCA, MIC, Gerakan, and others in the BN are thinking or saying… do minorities have a right to pray, build a place of worship and live peacefully with other Malaysians, or do Umno and the BN prescribe that we build our places of worship in the heart of a jungle, where we will be out of sight and is safe for BN?

“We teach our children Rukun Negara, moral studies in school, but how do we explain to a child that tolerance is important when such hatred and irresponsible behaviour is supported by national leaders?” he asked.

However, he pleaded to the people to uphold the values of tolerance and goodwill, and keep calm.

Perak Oh Perak! Lawan Tetap Lawan! (Video di bawah sekali)

Pakatan reps arrested, state secretariat blocked
Sep 2, 09 9:07am

The Perak Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives are determined to proceed with their planned state assembly sitting today despite a police order barring anyone from gathering at the state secretariat.

Ousted menteri besar Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin and some of the Pakatan state reps started arriving to the state secretariat at about 8.45am. Some 150 supporters were present.

The police meanwhile have thrown a heavy security cordon around the state secretariat with Federal Reserve Unit trucks and water cannon blocking the rear entrance of the building.

The police have also cordoned off the tree under which the last Pakatan-held state assembly was held in March. About 100 police personnel are on standby.

At 9.45am, all the Pakatan representatives and their speaker V Sivakumar began walking from the Perak DAP office towards the state secretariat. They were accompanied by some 50 supporters.

Three reps arrested

When stopped by police, Perak DAP head Ngeh Koo Ham argued with them about the court order prohibiting the gathering.

“The court order says the public cannot be in the vicinity, but is silent on state assemblypersons. It is illegal to stop state assemblypersons fromperforming their duties…

“Furthermore, Section 90 of the Criminal Procedure Code says that such an order must be gazetted.” [See notice on court order]

The group then attempted to march on, but was blocked by a row of riot police. Ngeh was arrested at 10.10am.

Also arrested was Stanley Tan (below), a photographer with Nanyang Siang Pau, who was said to have been kicked in the process.

He had shouted at the police: “You nak kerja, kita pun nak kerja.” (We both have duties to perform.)

Also arrested were Malim Nawar state rep Keshvinder Singh and Simpang Pulai assemblyperson Chang Ming Kai. Three other members of the public were also arrested.

By 10.20am, the Pakatan reps and their supporters retreated to the state DAP headquarters which is located just behind the state secretariat.

Here Sivakumar told reporters that the assembly would be convened at the nearby Heritage Hotel based on the doctrine of necessity.

Nizar meanwhile slammed the police over their high-handed approach in arresting the three state representatives and the others.

“This is the holy month and yet they behave in such manner,” said Nizar.

It was also learned that Keshvinder was hurt in the process of being arrested and has been taken to the Ipoh Hospital for treatment.

Pro-BN crowd arrives

Meanwhile a second group of people – pro-royalist/BN crowd wearing yellow shirts – also started arriving at the area at about 10am, shouting slogans in support of the Barisan Nasional state government, Perak sultan and the state assembly’s sanctity.

The police quickly moved in to disperse this crowd, which they did, but not before unfurling banners just next to the Pakatan supporters.

The banners generally showed support for BN’s Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir and his state government.

“Dr Zambry and BN government are the people’s choice,” read one banner.

Eye-witnesses reported that the police took a much softer approach in dealing with this crowd.

Seeking to set aside order

In another development, Pakatan lawyers applied to the court this morning to set aside the Ipoh Magistrate’s Court order yesterday which prohibits any gathering within a 30m radius of the state secretariat.

The order was obtained by the police to stop the gathering and is effective from 1am today to 11am tomorrow.

Ipoh police chief ACP Azisman Alias said yesterday that only civil servants working in the building would be allowed to enter the building today.

The notice for the meeting today was issued last week by Pakatan’s speaker V Sivakumar, who is also the Tronoh state assemblyperson.

BN’s speaker R Ganesan had however asked state assemblyperson to ignore the notice as it was issued by an illegal source.

Zambry: Pakatan ‘shiok sendiri’

In a statement issued later, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) expressed regret over the alleged assault and arrest of news photographer Tan.

“The photographer was merely carrying out his professional duty. The policeman who is said to have assaulted Tan should know the photographer was wearing his press tag, said NUJ president Norila Daud.

“The policeman’s highhandedness reflects that he has no respect for law,” she added.

Norila urged the police to exercise restraint when carrying out their duty.

Meanwhile, BN Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir has slammed Pakatan for seeking to convene the assembly.

“They are trying to make their own laws and implementing them to ‘shiok sendiri’ (please themselves)…they show total disrespect to the democratic system in the country.

“What they did was to provoke the police …they ask to be arrested and if possible be handcuffed so that it can be published in newspapers. They will then claim they are being oppressed,” he said.

Raja Petra: Selamat Moodeka!

Many Malaysians were born after 31st August 1957. Many were also born after 13th May 1969. Therefore, what they know of history is what has been revealed, or permitted, in the history books. Well, on the aftermath of the 52nd Anniversary of Moodeka, allow Malaysia Today to walk you through a brief Malaysian history lesson.

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Raja Petra Kamarudin

The recent development in Shah Alam has changed the entire landscape of the National Day celebration. What used to be known as Merdeka Day has now been renamed Moodeka Day. That will be the day all Malaysians will remember as the day a cow’s head was dragged to the Selangor State Secretariat building as a mark of protest.

Of course, it appeared like the protest was against the relocation of a Hindu temple from section 19 to section 23 in Shah Alam. Actually, the protest was against the Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, PKR Exco Member Rodziah Ismail, and PAS Member of Parliament Khalid Samad. They threw Dr Xavier Jayakumar in just to give it more ‘balance’ even though the good doctor is a Christian and not a Hindu.

The Hindu temple concerned was built 150 years ago at the time when that part of Selangor was still just a jungle. Then the jungle was cleared and turned into a rubber estate and, soon after, the temple emerged to serve the needs of the Indian estate workers. So the temple was built long before Shah Alam ever became a residential area, let alone a Malay residential area.

In that sense the houses that came along 100 years or so later encroached on the Hindu temple. It was not a case of a Hindu temple being built in a housing area, or a Malay housing area. It was a case of the houses being built in the Hindu temple area. So the houses were ‘disturbing’ the Hindu temple rather than the other way around. But the Hindu temple was asked to relocate because it was accused of disturbing the housing area whereas it should have been the Hindus who should have protested against the houses that were now ‘disturbing’ their temple.

Now, what has the above got to do with the National Day celebration? Nothing! But if I don’t bring this up then how can I explain why the National Day will forever be remembered as Moodeka Day?

But Moodeka Day only applies to West Malaysians. East Malaysians did not see independence until six years later on 16th September 1963. But the East Malaysians are also being asked to celebrate Moodeka Day or Independence Day on 31st August since the Hawaiians also celebrate the American Independence Day even though they did not get independence on 4th July 1776 but were in fact colonised much later on 21st August 1959.

But the Hawaiians don’t mind. They know they never got independence on 4th July 1776. In fact, they also never got independence on 21st August 1959 since they were annexed rather than freed. But by becoming America’s 51st state they now could have the US Dollar as their currency and this is more valuable than the beads that they used to use to trade in.

Of course, today, the US Dollar is not as valuable as the beads that the Hawaiians used to use as currency. There are so much US Dollars being printed that the US government has lost track of the actual amount of US Dollars in circulation. Today, the US Dollar has the same status as Malaya’s ‘Banana Money’ during the Japanese occupation. The only thing is the Japanese lost the war while the Americans did not. So the Banana Money is no longer worth anything while the US Dollar is still accepted as valid currency. But if the Americans had lost the war while the Japanese had instead won, then, today, the Banana Money would be the currency we trade in rather than the US Dollar.

No one disputes the fact that the US Dollar is an accepted currency only because we need it to trade in oil. But if the world suddenly switches to another currency for its oil trade then, poof, the US Dollar would go the same way as the Japanese Banana money.

But, of course, this will never happen because all the dictators of the world and the corrupted leaders keep their ill-gotten gains in US Dollars. If the US Dollar suddenly goes the way of the Japanese Banana Money then all the billionaires who plundered their own countries would be broke overnight. So it is to the interest of the corrupted people of the world to ensure that the US Dollar still retains its value so that they can continue being billionaires. Hence, oil will still be traded in US Dollars for the sake of the corrupted and in the spirit of the rallying call; Corrupted of the World Unite.

The Hawaiians, however, are beginning to realise that being colonised by the Americans because of the benefit of the US Dollar is slowly beginning to lose its attraction. A day will come when beads will be more valuable than the US Dollar and the Hawaiians will want to revert to beads as their legal tender. And that will be when the Hawaiians will demand true independence and America will be reduced to just 50 states.

And that is also the case with the East Malaysians. They realise that the Brunei Dollar is more valuable than the Malaysian Ringgit. The Brunei Dollar is at par with the Singapore Dollar and is accepted as legal tender in Singapore. The Malaysian Ringgit, however, not only is much lower in value, can’t be used in Singapore. Singapore shops will not accept the Malaysian Ringgit. And it is very hard to deal ‘under the table’ with the Ringgit since the largest Ringgit is only RM50 while you can get a Singapore Dollar as high as 10,000.

Imagine how many bags you need to pack to bribe a Malaysian politician RM10 million in cash if you pay them in Ringgit compared to using Singapore Dollars. So the Singapore Dollar is more useful if you need to pay off a Malaysian politician. And this is why East Malaysians prefer Singapore Dollars instead of Malaysian Ringgit. So what is the purpose of Sabah and Sarawak being part of Malaysia when it is so difficult to deal in Malaysian Ringgit when bribes need to be paid?

Anyway, East Malaysians resent the fact that they are being asked to celebrate 31st August as their National Day and that the recent National Day was dubbed as the 52nd Anniversary. This is not only because they never got independence on 31st August or, for that matter, never got independence at all, but also because they never ‘joined’ Malaysia in the real sense.

You see; Malaya already existed on 16th September 1963. By then, it had already existed for about six years. So, six years after Malaya’s independence from Britain, Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore and Brunei were invited by Malaya to form a new country called Malaysia.

Brunei, of course, refused because the Sultan realised that they would not be ‘joining’ a new country but would in fact be colonised by Malaya. And the fact that Malaya was behind Azahari who started a revolution and tried to topple the Sultan convinced the Sultan that Malaya’s intention is mala fide. And when Singapore left, or got kicked out of Malaysia, depending on whose history book you read, this convinced the Brunei Sultan even more that his decision was right.

Sabah and Sarawak did not leave though. No doubt, back then, there was talk that a few of the East Malaysian leaders were also contemplating doing what Singapore did. But since all these leaders somehow died in a mysterious plane crash and since ‘dead men tell no tales’ we will never know the truth. And immediately after that the leadership of East Malaysia shifted into the hands of the pro-Malaysia group and those still anti-Malaysia, after seeing what happened to those who mooted the idea of leaving Malaysia, decided to just go along with what the leaders of West Malaysia wanted. It was safer to play along than to also die in a mysterious plane crash.

But why are the East Malaysians so unhappy about being in Malaysia? Well, for starters, 50% of the oil and gas comes from East Malaysia but they do not get 50% of the development expenditure. In fact, the other 50% of the oil and gas comes from Terengganu but they also do not get 50% of the development expenditure. Terengganu does not even get 5% oil royalty like what the East Malaysian states get, at least not since 1990. The money goes to Umno.

The main bone of contention for the East Malaysians is that they never joined Malaysia, and for sure not on 31st August 1957, the date they are being asked to celebrate as their National Day or Moodeka Day. Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore and Brunei were invited to form a new country called Malaysia based on an equal status with Malaya. So, Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore and Brunei would be at par with Malaya, not become one of the states of Malaysia.

Today, however, Malaysia is said to have 13 states, down from 14 after Singapore left or got kicked out. But that is not true. Malaya originally had 11 states — Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan. These 11 states were under the Federation of Malaya. Then the Federation of Malaya merged with Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore to form Malaysia. So, there were now four member countries of Malaysia — Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore — and not 14 member states.

And that is why Lee Kuan Yew still wanted to be called the Prime Minister of Singapore. But the Prime Minister of Malaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman, did not agree to that. He wanted Lee Kuan Yew to be ‘downgraded’ to the status of Chief Minister of Singapore, just like the Chief Ministers of Sabah and Sarawak. Malaysia can’t have two Prime Ministers, argued the Tunku. And if Lee Kuan Yew still insists on remaining as the Prime Minister of Singapore, then Singapore would have to leave Malaysia.

And so Singapore did leave Malaysia though it left because it was chased out over a fight of whether Malaysia can or cannot have two Prime Ministers.

Now, of course, Malaysia has reverted to having two Prime Ministers. And Prime Minister 2, as we all know, is Najib Tun Razak. If Singapore had stayed in Malaysia then we would now have three Prime Ministers. And, knowing Rosmah Mansor, the Singapore Prime Minister would be Prime Minister 3.

No doubt Sabah and Sarawak are still allowed certain ‘extras’ compared to the 11 West Malaysian states. For example, they don’t have a CPO (Chief Police Officer) but a Police Commissioner. And the Sabah and Sarawak Police Commissioners get to drive around with flags on the bonnet of their cars, which CPOs of West Malaysia can’t do.

And the Police Commissioners of Sabah and Sarawak get to fly around in a police plane although they can get arrested and charged for doing so — like the pervious Police Commissioner of Sabah, Ramli Yusuff — if the IGP testifies during your trial that you were on leave that day even though you were not.

Furthermore, West Malaysian lawyers can’t practice in East Malaysia unless they first obtain permission while the Sabah and Sarawak Immigration Department can refuse to allow West Malaysians entry into the state. This is meant to give the impression that Malaysia is honouring the 20-Point Agreement that says Sabah and Sarawak are not at par with the 11 West Malaysian states but are, in fact, par with Malaya.

To West Malaysians, whether National Day should be celebrated on 31st August or 16th September is not important and whether this year it should be the 52nd Anniversary, or 52 minus six, is also not important. But to the East Malaysians it is. And this is what West Malaysians are not sensitive about.

Nevertheless, while West Malaysians and East Malaysians may disagree on these points, one thing that all Malaysians unanimously agree on is that 2009 will forever be remembered as Hari Moodeka in the spirit of the cow’s head that was dragged to the Selangor State Secretariat building in Shah Alam in an attempt to duplicate a coup in Selangor like what they did in Perak not too long ago.

Selamat Moodeka everyone!