SALUTE TO KIM DAE-JUNG

MEDIA STATEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

20 August 2009
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SALUTE TO KIM DAE-JUNG

The name of Kim Dae-Jung, the former President of the Republic of Korea who died in Seoul yesterday, will resonate wherever in Asia people struggle against the fetters imposed by authoritarian regimes.
He was a leader who was willing to risk his life so that his countrymen would be free of the chains imposed by military regimes that ruled Korea from the 1960s onwards.
His courage in the face of danger to life and liberty shone like a beacon throughout the period of his struggles and, without doubt, the memory of its example will continue to inspire those on the continent who battle to free their societies from oppressive controls.
Kim Dae-Jung will also be remembered for his firm rejection of the argument, espoused by sundry Asian autocrats, that societies imbued with Confucian values are apt to prioritize social order and prosperity above the disorderly freedom of contentious democracies.
It was an argument he rebutted as intellectually shoddy and scorned for its implication that Asians would acquiesce to curtailments to their rights as long as their stomachs were full and their streets free of strife.
His name will occupy an imperishable niche in the history of the struggles waged by national patriots who were prepared to pay the highest price so that their people could enjoy the full measure of their humanity under freed polities.



ANWAR IBRAHIM
19 August 2009

The legal Pakatan Rakyat soon

Pakatan Rakyat to become legally registered body: Anwar

2009-08-13 18:03

PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Thursday said Pakatan Rakyat comprising PKR, PAS and DAP would become a legally registered organisation soon.

Anwar who is also the Opposition leader in Parliament and Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament said the registration process was being studied by the Pakatan Rakyat secretariat.

“The Pakatan Rakyat secretariat comprising Salahuddin Ayub (PAS vice president), Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (PKR) and Anthony Loke Siew Fok (DAP) are studying how to formalise the existence of Pakatan Rakyat and will present it in the next meeting,” he said after chairing a Pakatan Rakyat supreme council meeting at Tropicana Golf and Resort here. (Bernama)

MySinchew 2009.08.13

The Selangor Liquor issue

August 13, 2009 21:49 PM

Selangor Liquor Issue Settled, Says Anwar

By: Ramjit

PETALING JAYA, Aug 13 (Bernama) — Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the issue over sale of liquor in Selangor has been settled after State Exco members Datuk Hasan Mohamed Ali of PAS and Ronnie Liu of DAP agreed to abide by the Pakatan Rakyat leadership directive.

The Opposition leader claimed that the issue had been blown up by the media and that there was no misunderstanding between the two parties.

“Our stand remains the same. We don’t encourage the sale of liquor to Muslims but the sale of liquor to non-Muslims stays. The issue was brought up to cover the Port Klang Free Zone issue and corruption,” he said after chairing a Pakatan Rakyat supreme council meeting here Thursday.

PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang claimed that the liquor issue was an old one inherited from the Barisan Nasional (BN) state government.

“We managed to settle the issue whereby the rights of Muslims and non-Muslims are guaranteed. It is important for us (Pakatan Rakyat) to remain united despite differing views and ideologies,” he said.

Hasan, the Exco for Islamic Affairs, Malay Traditions, Infrastrcture and Public Utilities had asked the state government to strip Liu of his post as Exco for Local Government, Study and Research.

He claimed that Liu had interfered in the work of local councils after ordering that the beer seized be returned to a convenient store in Shah Alam.

Asked on his threat to quit his Exco post, Hasan skipped the question and said he agreed with the decision by Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

He denied that the decision to make up was for political interest, particularly the Permatang Pasir state by-election in Penang on Aug 25.

Asked whether they had apologised to each other, Liu just kept quiet and shook hands with Hasan.

On Aug 7, the Selangor state government decided that liquor sellers must self regulate by not selling liquor to Muslims and minors, particualrly in Muslim majority areas.

– BERNAMA

Kenyataan Media DSAI: Propaganda Umno

KENYATAAN MEDIA UNTUK EDARAN SEGERA 11 Ogos 2009

Pimpinan UMNO dan konco-konco mereka memintal propaganda yang memanipulasi simbol-simbol tentang bangsa, agama dan raja dengan hasrat agar pemikiran rakyat kembali sempit dan mundur. Ini bukanlah kali pertama saya menjadi sasaran di dalam isu pengkhianatan ini. Mereka telah mencuba puluhan kali sebelumnya. Usaha terbaru dengan menghebahkan isu pengkhianatan ini jelas menjadi petanda mereka kian terdesak. Saya tidak berhasrat untuk terjebak di dalam pertikaian peribadi dengan Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Saya akan hanya berhujah dari sudut dasar. Perlu saya tekankan pandangan saya dan Pakatan Rakyat jelas walaupun tidak siarkan oleh media milik UMNO.
Kenyataan Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat yang ditandatangani oleh YB Tuan Guru Hj Abdul Hadi Awang, YB Lim Kit Siang dan saya sendiri bersidang pada 8 September 2008, menegaskan komitmen menjunjung prinsip-prinsip dasar yang termaktub di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Ini termasuk soal-soal dasar seperti kedudukan Islam sebagai Agama Persekutuan, kedaulatan Bahasa Melayu sebagai Bahasa Kebangsaan dan mempertahankan hak bahasa ibunda, kedudukan dan kedaulatan Institusi Raja-Raja Melayu serta kedudukan hak-hak istimewa orang Melayu dan Bumiputera serta hak-hak semua kaum yang telah dijamin oleh Perlembagaan.

Kita menyakini mempunyai hujah-hujah yang cerah dan jitu untuk menangani politik kebencian pimpinan UMNO yang memperolok simbol-simbol bangsa, agama dan raja, semata-mata untuk mengekalkan kekuasaan dan menutup pekong rasuah, jenayah dan penyalahgunaan kuasa. Pengkhianatan amanah rakyat oleh pimpinan UMNO berterusan dengan skandal penyelewengan dana awam berbillion ringgit di atas nama komisen pembelian senjata, mengaut saham, kontrak dan lesen yang diperuntukkan untuk bumiputera tetapi dikaut oleh keluarga serta kroni mereka. Kita juga tidak lupa bahawa pimpinan UMNO lah yang menghina instutusi Raja-Raja Melayu pada tahun 1983 dan 1993.
Malahan mereka menghina Islam dengan memperbanyakkan lesen perjudian serta menggadai Gunung dan Bukit kepada tauke-tauke judi terbabit. Hatta pentadbiran UMNO sanggup menggadai kepentingan petani dan peraih kecil Melayu dengan menjual saham Bernas kepada syarikat asing.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
KETUA PEMBANGKANG
DEWAN RAKYAT MALAYSIA

Anwar saman Utusan Malaysia

Your Ref:

Our Ref:

Date: 3rd August 2009

The Managing Director

Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad
46M, Jalan Lima Off Jalan Chan Sow Lin
55200 Kuala Lumpur

Sir,

RE: Libelous Statement

We act for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who is the Former Deputy Prime Minister and is presently the Leader of the Opposition in the Malaysian Parliament.

We are instructed that on or about 3rd August 2009, you published or caused to be published the following words that were uttered by Y.A.B Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Bin Mohd. Yassin that was published in the Utusan Malaysia newspaper under the caption:

“Anwar Pengkhianat, Putar belit fakta mengenai usaha martabatkan Melayu – Muhyiddin”

Oleh Sahbullah Darwi

Batu Pahat 2 Ogos – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menyifatkan Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai pengkhianat besar terhadap perjuangan orang melayu.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri turut menyifatkan Anwar sebagai pemimpin lidah bercabang kerana sanggup memutarbelitkan fakta mengenai usaha UMNO untuk memartabatkan orang Melayu.

“Dulu dia pernah menjadi Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan Timbalan Presiden UMNO seperti saya sekarang, tetapi dia sekarang menggunakan cara yang memperdayakan untuk memusnahkan perjuangan kita,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika merasmikan Persidangan Perwakilan UMNO Bahagian Sri Gading di Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) di sini semalam.

Muhyiddin berkata, Anwar selaku Ketua Pembangkang kini menyebarkan dakyah untuk mencipta persepsi negatif terhadap usaha UMNO dalam mempertahankan hak keistimewaan Melayu dan institusi raja.

“Dia kata kepada semua orang bahawa UMNO zalim, tetapi beritahu saya sekarang dalam cara apa yang kita zalim? Kenapa dia tidak beritahu ini semasa dia jadi pemimpin kita?” soalnya.

Beliau mendedahkan taktik pembangkang mengulangi pembohongan sehingga rakyat mempercayai penipuan itu.

“Hingga sampai ke tahap ini, orang menganggap apa yang dilakukan oleh UMNO adalah salah dan apa sahaja yang dilakukan kita tidak baik untuk rakyat.

“Maka semua kebaikan yang dpernah kita lakukan membangunkan negara sejak 50 tahun lalu tidak lagi dihargai,” katanya.

Muhyiddin mengakui UMNO bukanlah parti yang tidak pernah melakukan kesilapan namun ia telah melakukan yang terbaik untuk menghapuskan rasuah, keangkuhan dan pengurusan yang tidak cekap.

“Tiada masalah untuk mengkritik kerana kita bukan maksum tetapi saya tidak boleh terima kalau pembangkang menghina dan tidak menghormati orang Melayu,” jelasnya.

Sehubungan itu, beliau menyeru ahli dan pemimpin UMNO mengubah persepsi negatif pembangkang terhadap parti dengan terus mendekati rakyat terutama di peringkat akar umbi.

Menurutnya, pendekatan itu jika dilakukan secara berterusan akan menyedarkan rakyat terhadap perjuangan ikhlas UMNO dalam membela nasib mereka terutama bangsa Melayu.

“Kita hanya mempunyai dua tahun untuk mengubah persepsi dan imej buruk itu,” katanya.

Menurutnya, UMNO juga bukan parti yang semata-mata mahukan undi rakyat pada setiap pilihan raya, tetapi untuk membela dan membangunkan mereka.

“Tetapi disebabkan dakyah serta pelbagai tuduhan pembangkang terhadap UMNO menyebabkan timbul persepsi buruk rakyat terhadap parti sejak kebelakangan ini,” katanya.

Ekoran itu, beliau berkata, tindakan segera perlu dilaksanakan mulai sekarang bagi mengembalikan semula keyakinan tersebut agar UMNO dapat terus berjuang untuk membela mereka. (hereinafter called “the Impugned Article”).

Inter alia, the Impugned Article contained the following defamatory words published and or quoted by you about our client:

i) Batu Pahat 2 Ogos – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menyifatkan Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai pengkhianat besar terhadap perjuangan orang melayu.

ii) Timbalan Perdana Menteri turut menyifatkan Anwar sebagai pemimpin lidah bercabang kerana sanggup memutarbelitkan fakta mengenai usaha UMNO untuk memartabatkan orang Melayu.

iii) “Dulu dia pernah menjadi Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan Timbalan Presiden UMNO seperti saya sekarang, tetapi dia sekarang menggunakan cara yang memperdayakan untuk memusnahkan perjuangan kita,” katanya.

iv) Muhyiddin berkata, Anwar selaku Ketua Pembangkang kini menyebarkan dakyah untuk mencipta persepsi negatif terhadap usaha UMNO dalam mempertahankan hak keistimewaan Melayu dan institusi raja.

v) Beliau mendedahkan taktik pembangkang mengulangi pembohongan sehingga rakyat mempercayai penipuan itu.

vi) “Tiada masalah untuk mengkritik kerana kita bukan maksum tetapi saya tidak boleh terima kalau pembangkang menghina dan tidak menghormati orang Melayu,” jelasnya.

vii) “Tetapi disebabkan dakyah serta pelbagai tuduhan pembangkang terhadap UMNO menyebabkan timbul persepsi buruk rakyat terhadap parti sejak kebelakangan ini,” katanya.

The Impugned Article and the Impugned Words were and are defamatory and or libelous of our Client and in their natural and ordinary meaning and or by implication mean, meant and were understood to, inter alia, mean that:

i)                    Our client is a dishonest person both in his private and official capacity;

ii)                  Our Client is a liar;

iii)                Our Client is an untrustworthy person as well as an unfit politician;

iv)                Our Client is a traitor to the Malays;

v)                  Our Client is unfit to hold public office;

vi)                Our Client is unprincipled and corrupt;

vii)              Our Client has committed a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment; and

viii)            Our Client is unethical.

By innuendo, the Impugned Article and the Impugned Words were and are defamatory and or libelous of our Client and in their natural and ordinary meaning and or by implication mean, meant and were understood to, inter alia, mean that:

i)                    Our client is a dishonest person both in his private and official capacity;

ii)                  Our Client is a liar;

iii)                Our Client is an untrustworthy person as well as an unfit politician;

iv)                Our Client is a traitor to the Malays;

v)                  Our Client is unfit to hold public office;

vi)                Our Client is unprincipled and corrupt;

vii)              Our Client has committed a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment; and

viii)            Our Client is unethical.

Inter alia, our client contends the following in that, the Impugned  Article and the Impugned Words published by you in respect of our client:-

a)      are bereft of truth, vexatious, specious, fallacious and wholly uncalled for;

b)      are and were grossly negligent, reckless, deliberate, malicious and aimed to lower our client’s esteem in the eyes of the public, both locally and internationally , and expose our client to public hatred, scorn, odium, opprobrium, contempt and ridicule;

c)      are wholly untrue, motivated by malice, mala fides, distortion of facts suggesting moral and legal impropriety on the part of our client and are principally done in your pursuit of seeking cheap publicity/ sensationalism for political and other purposes; and

d)     are pre-mediated and calculated to tarnish, malign, defame and seriously injure the good name and character of our client.

We are further instructed that you have republished or caused it to be republished the abovementioned Impugned Article and Impugned Words and the libelous comments.

The Impugned Words uttered and published by you in respect of our client and the comments against our client by you, amounts to a very serious libel on our client and have caused our client considerable distress and embarrassment.  These Impugned Words published by you in respect of our client and comments made against our client are false, malicious and your attack on our client is wholly unjustified.

We are therefore instructed to demand from you, which we hereby do:

1)      An immediate and unequivocal public retraction of the Impugned Article and the Impugned Words and the removal and retraction of all the offending and defamatory comments, forthwith;

2)      An apology in the terms to be approved by us as solicitors, to be published in newspapers or media of our client’s choice;

3)      An undertaking by you not to repeat the above allegations and comments as per the Impugned Words or the likes of the same;

Our client has also has instructed us to demand damages of RM100 million (Ringgit Malaysia One Hundred Million) from you for the injury caused to our client’s reputation.

Our client has also requested us to demand payment of all legal costs that has been incurred with regard to this matter.

This letter is written in accordance with pre-action protocol prior to the institution of a libel action. We look forward to hearing from you without delay. If we do not receive a satisfactory reply within seven (7) days of the receipt of this letter, our instructions are to institute legal proceedings against you. In the meantime, our client reserves all our client’s rights in this matter.

Please acknowledge receipt accordingly.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

S.N. NAIR & PARTNERS

c.c client.

IN PRAISE OF CORY AQUINO


Cory Aquino’s life proved that one woman’s heroic response to adversity can transform a tribulation into a national triumph.
In assessing every notable figure of history, a vexing question arises: to what extent did greatness inhere in the person, and to what degree was it a product of the situation?
If great persons have their starts, as Gandhi said he did, it is often because a national or world crisis favors greatness.
Corazon Aquino’s rise to historical fame was much like John Kennedy’s ascension to soldierly bravery. “They sank my boat,” said Kennedy responding to the question of how he became a wartime hero.
“They killed my husband,” one imagines Cory Aquino would have said had she been asked how a homemaker became the first female President of the Republic of the Philippines.
If her husband Benigno Aquino personified Filipino courage in the face of oppression, as Jamie Cardinal Sin famously eulogized Ninoy at his funeral, Cory Aquino exemplified every surviving victim’s desire for redemption of a cause momentarily ground into dust by brute force.
Against what she felicitously described as the “guns, goons and gold” of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Cory Aquino rallied the forces to change the seemingly hopeless destiny of the Filipino masses under the initially bright but soon-to-be blighted Marcos presidency.
Just as her husband could have preferred the sterile comforts of exile to the savage threats to his physical safety upon his return home, likewise Cory could have retired from her slain husband’s cause and let the cup of destiny pass into the hands of another presumptive leader.
She didn’t let the cup pass. Instead she raised her murdered husband’s fallen banner, and after a two-and-a-half year struggle, hoisted it victoriously at the Malacanang Palace.
Thus she earned the undying gratitude of the Filipino people for returning their country to the ideals of its founding liberator, Jose Rizal, whom history recognizes as Asia’s first fighter for constitutional government by consent of the governed.
Cory Aquino’s struggle for and success at fortifying constitutional democracy in the Philippines was one of the signal battles in the last quarter of the 20th century. Oppressed masses in Asia, nay the world, touched their forelocks in gratitude to her for the inspiring example of her courage in the face of adversity.
The Malaysian people have a special reason to view her as an iconic figure. Their striving for a return of their country to the dispensation entrusted to it by its founding constitution mirrors hers and Ninoy’s successful struggle to return the Filipino nation to the promise of Rizal’s legacy.
My family, especially my wife Azizah, has a more intimate reason to be grateful to her for the generosity of her support during the years of my incarceration. Cory treated my wife and children as family, exemplifying the solidarity of all hearts that thirst for justice.
Azizah will convey in person the grief felt by Malaysians, particularly members of the party she leads, Keadilan, for the inspiration of her life’s achievement and the solicitude she showed us in our hour of acute need.
Our gratitude for her support knows no bounds; likewise our grief at her passing.
ANWAR IBRAHIM

Pilihanraya Kecil Manek Urai (9)

Who does he think he is, King Solomon?’
Hafiz Yatim
Jul 13, 09
3:34pm Malaysiakini.com

While the campaign for the Manek Urai by-election in Kelantan enters its final phase, the fiery orator continues to do what he does best – setting the stage on fire.

Last night’s ceramah in Kampung Sungai Peria was no exception.

This time around, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim trained his guns on Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his offer to build a bridge.

The Umno number two had said that if Barisan Nasional wins tomorrow’s by-election, it would build a bridge to link Manek Urai Lama with Manek Urai Baru, the very next day.

Anwar however is of the opinion that the bridge should extend to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s office, and called on the watchdog to spring into action on this matter.

“Who does Muhyiddin think he is? Is he King Solomon? Making claims and promises that he will build the bridge next day,” he said.

“This is Umno and BN, they are stupid to make such promises. He (Muhyiddin) is not qualified to say that a bridge can be built immediately.

“Let us send a clear message and reject Umno and BN in this by-election,” he told some 5,000 people who attended the talk.

Also present was Kelantan Menteri Besar and PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, and DAP national adviser Lim Kit Siang.

‘Parliament will tremble’

Anwar also praised Nik Aziz as an efficient and responsible leader, who managed to reduce the state’s debt with the federal government.

“In fact, I can verify that Kelantan’s debt is one of the lowest, compared to other states. This is due to the prudent measures adopted by Nik Aziz who consistently paid what they owed.

“Unlike Muhyiddin when he was Johor menteri besar. That state still owes a large sum of money to the federal government and they have not been making their payments as regular as Kelantan,” he said.

Anwar also said that Pakatan Rakyat MPs are united in raising the Kelantan oil royalty issue during the next Dewan Rakyat sitting.

“We would demand Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak who is also the finance minister to explain in the House. We in Pakatan have agreed not to let Najib off the hook.

“If they (the federal government) refuse to answer, we would make Parliament tremble,” he thundered.

On June 17, the Kelantan government placed its claim of RM1 billion in royalty from the federal government for oil extracted 150 miles off Kota Bharu shores.

Last week, its senior exco member Husam Musa claimed that the Kelantan government possessed valid documents to back its claim.

‘Send Najib a clear message’

Meanwhile, DAP’s Lim said Manek Urai voters must send a clear message to Najib in conjunction with his 100th day in office by rejecting Umno and BN.

The veteran politician said the mainstream media has given the premier a glowing report card, including a survey of 1,700 Malaysians of various races.

“I strongly believe (the approval for Najib) is a distorted truth.

“I ask the voters in Manek Urai to send a clear message to Najib and all Malaysians. Let this be an impetus for Pakatan to win the 13th general election with Anwar as prime minister,” he said.

Following a string of by-election defeats under Najib’s reign, the DAP stalwart said BN and Umno is desperate to win in Manek Urai to show that they have not lost Malay support.

Accusing the ruling coalition of being involved in corrupt practices, Lim cited the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone controversy as an example.

Each voter in Manek Urai could have received RM10 million or 10 more schools could have been built for that amount, he said.

Tomorrow’s by-election is a straight fight between Umno and PAS.

Umno has fielded its Kuala Krai Youth chief Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat as its candidate, while PAS is banking on its Kuala Krai treasurer Mohd Fauzi Abdullah.

The seat fell vacant following the death of PAS’ Ismail Yaacob, a five term assemblyperson on May 22.

Manek Urai has 12,293 voters of whom 99.2 percent are Malays, while the remainder are Chinese and Indians.

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Manek Urai: Mungkinkah ada kejutan hari ini?
// Jimadie Shah Othman & Hafiz Yatim
Jul 14, 09
12:05am

Kesesakan di Manek Urai sepanjang tempoh berkempen pilihanraya kecil DUN Manek Urai, sampai ke kemuncaknya hari apabila lebih 12,000 pemilih yang layak, keluar mengundi mulai jam 8 pagi hingga 5 petang ini untuk memilih wakil rakyat mereka – Tuan Aziz Tuan Man dari BN atau Mohd Fauzi Abdullah dari PAS.

Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) menjangka keputusan pilihanraya kecil hari ini dapat diketahui seawal jam 8 malam.

Pengerusi SPR Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof berkata SPR tidak

menjangka sebarang masalah untuk mengumumkan keputusan awal berdasarkan kawasan DUN itu yang kecil.

Beliau berkata, sasaran SPR ialah lebih 85 peratus daripada 12,293 pengundi akan mengundi hari ini kerana 90 peratus daripada pengundi adalah petani, penoreh getah, nelayan dan tidak tertakluk kepada hari bekerja.

Manakala Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat juga telah mengumumkan hari ini sebagai cuti am untuk membolehkan pemilih keluar pengundi.

Sepanjang tempoh lapan hari berkempen, BN dilihat menggunakan isu latar belakang pendidikan dan karier calon PAS yang lebih dikenali sebagai Abe Uji – seorang pemborong ikan.

Manakala calon BN, Tuan Aziz pula merupakan lulusan ijazah pengurusan teknologi daripada Universiti Utara Malaysia.

Isu memperlekehkan latarbelakang Abe Uji itu telah mencetus rasa tidak puas hati di kalangan peraih dan peniaga ikan di Kelantan dengan mengadakan bantahan di Manek Urai Jumaat lalu.

Di samping itu, BN juga menjadikan isu pembangunan sebagai taruhan utamanya, antaranya menjadikan Manek Urai anak emas kerajaan pusat, menjadikannnya sebagai kota agropolitan serta membina beberapa kemudahan baru – termasuk jambatan baru dua lorong di Manek Urai Lama, sekolah kebangsaan di Chuchoh Puteri dan masjid baru di Temalir.

Oleh kerana faktor agama memainkan peranan penting di sini, BN juga cuba menyampaikan mesej kempennya bahawa pembangunan dan kemajuan merupakan sebahagian daripada tuntutan agama, bukan sekadar kejayaan di akhirat semata-mata.

BN turut mengadakan ajlis solat hajat di semua sembilan peti undi di Manik Urai malam tadi di bilik operasi BN di Sungai Sok Luar, Manik Urai, yang disertai kira-kira 200 jemaah, termasuk Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang juga timbalan presiden Umno, memohon kemenangan calonnya.

Dalam kempennya, BN juga menggunakan isu kerajaan perpaduan, dengan cuba “melaga-lagakan” antara Timbalan Presiden PAS, Nasharuddin Mat Isa, dengan Mursyidul Amnya, Nik Aziz. Ini tergambar melalui risalah harian mereka Suara Manek Urai yang diterbitkan secara harian.

Sementara PAS pula menyentuh isu penyalahgunaan jentera dan kakitangan kerajaan, antaranya penggunaan helikopter oleh Muhyiddin semasa berkempen. Isu tuntutan royalti minyak Kelantan berjumlah RM1 bilion yang diketengahkan oleh exco kanan kerajaan negeri Datuk Husam Musa, juga dilihat berkesan.

Hari ini, PAS mengeluarkan risalah khas isu royalti tersebut, bertajuk “Fakta Sebenar Minyak Kelantan” yang menggunakan hujah ilmiah dan penuh. Menariknya, risalah itu dicetak menggunakan keseluruhannya dakwat biru, seperti kelaziman dalam cetakan BN.

Jika isu pembangunan menjadi penentu kemenangan calon masing-masing, maka pengundi Manek Urai perlu membuat pilihan antara royalti minyak yang diperjuangkan PAS atau pembangunan insfrastuktur BN yang dijanjikan segera, sejurus selepas kemenangan dicapai esok.

Isu Zon Bebas Pelabuhan Klang (PKFZ) dan rumah mewah bekas menteri besar Selangor Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo, terus dimainkan dari masa ke semasa dalam kempennya.

Ceramah bukan ukuran

Sementara itu, diukur daripada jumlah kehadiran ke ceramah, PAS ternyata dapat mengumpulkan penyokong dengan angka yang jauh melebihi kehadiran di program BN.

Semalam, tiga tunggak utama Pakatan Rakyat – Anwar, penasihat DAP Lim Kit Siang dan Nik Aziz – mengumpulkan hampir 5,000 penyokong dalam ceramah di Sungai Peria. Sementara majlis timbalan perdana menteri petang kelmarin hanya mengumpulkan penyokong kira-kira 200 orang.

Bagaimanapun, kehadiran itu tidak dapat menjadi pengukur sokongan kerana secara tradisinya, tempat PAS berceramah bukan sekadar menjadi tempat penerangan parti tetapi juga pusat perniagaan yang dibanjiri para peniaga kecil.

PAS menang di Manek Urai 10 daripada 12 kali pihanraya umum. Terbaru, mereka hanya tewas pada 2004, ketika Ismail Yaacob atau Pok Su Wel, tidak bertanding.

Sepanjang lima kali bertanding, beliau menang kesemuanya. Kelebihan beliau sehingga kini masih dijadikan taruhan PAS yang menostalgiakan tokoh itu dengan memainkan lagu khas berirama dikir barat dan dokumentari pendek sebagai sanjungan kepadanya sebelum berceramah.

Sebuah jalan di Manek Urai Baru turut dinamakan Jalan Pok Su Wel.

Sumber PAS memberitahu, sehingga hari ini, parti Islam itu selamat dengan 58 peratus sokongan. Sejak semalam, Nik Aziz dan pengarah pilihanraya PAS Kelantan, Fatah Harun menyatakan keyakinan akan menang dalam pilihanraya kecil esok.

Esok jadi tumpuan

Bagaimanapun, mereka berdua kelihatan masih risaukan kehadiran pengundi hantu. Keharian 3,000 anggota polis di kawasan tersebut masih mengundang kecurihgaan berterusan pemimpin PAS.

Sumber Umno pula memberitahu, mereka yakin dengan sokongan lebih 50 peratus setakat ini. Semua mata kini tertumpu ke Manek Urai. Selepas “pengumuman besar” pembinaan jambatan semalam, BN dilihat sudah kehabisan peluru. PAS pula, yang menjanjikan kejutan besarnya hari ini.

Nik Aziz mengumumkan esok sebagai cuti umum di Kelantan bagi memudahkan pemilih keluar pengundi. Tetapi tidak dapat dipastikan sama ada perkara itu merupakan kejutan yang dijanjikan. Jika tidak, BN akan menghadapi masalahnya – serangan terakhir dan muktamad PAS.

Dalam pilihanraya lalu, PAS menang dengan majoriti 1,352 undi. Lantaran itu, semua mata tertumpu kepada hari pengundian esok. Persoalannya apakah PAS mampu mempertahankan kerusi itu dengan majoriti yang selesa.

Ataupun pilihanraya kecil esok akan membawa tuah kepada BN dan menandakan berakhirnya ‘kekecewaannya’ yang sering tewas dalam pilihanraya kecil sejak pilihanraya umum tahun lalu – kecuali di Batang Ai, Sarawak – sepertimana yang diharapkan oleh timbalan perdana menteri.

Kes Mahkamah Tinggi Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar’s trial adjourned to July 15
Jul 8, 09 9:21am

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial has been adjourned to next Wednesday, July 15, as his lead counsel Sulaiman Abdullah is unwell.

The hearing was to have started at the Kuala Lumpur High Court this morning.

anwar sodomy 2 duta court hearing pkr leaders 080709 04Judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohamad Diah accepted the defence request over the objections of the prosecution, which said other lawyers could handle the case

Next Wednesday, the court will first mention a hearing date for an application by Anwar to seek several documents from the prosecution to assist in his defence.

The court will also fix a new mention date for his other application to strike out the sodomy charge.

Only after the disposal of these two applications will the court proceed with the trial proper.

“Until and unless we dispose of the application, we cannot start with the trial,” judge Mohamad Zabidin told the court.

saiful bukhari azlan and anwar ibrahim sodomy 2 pc 150808 03Sulaiman has not been well since last Friday when he had to seek an adjournment of the application for the documents. He said he was feeling giddy.

Anwar, 61, is charged with sodomising his former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23.

He allegedly committed the offence at Unit 11-5-1, Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26 last year.

The opposition leader has claimed that – like his first sodomy charge in 1999 – this is also part of a political conspiracy. However, the authorities have denied this.

No rally by supporters

Outside the Jalan Duta court complex, the much anticipated rally of Anwar’s supporters fizzled out. Only a handful of supporters had gathered since 7.30am, against the expectation of a 5,000-strong crowd.

anwar sodomy 2 duta court hearing pkr leaders 080709 08Originally, PKR Youth members and Anwar supporters were to have marched from a nearby mosque to the court complex to object the sodomy charge.

As at 8.30am, however, fewer than 20 supporters were seen at the court complex.

At 9am, 30 PKR supporters dressed in black left the meeting point at a nearby bus station, walking quietly and in single file towards the court.

Police blocked them at the exit of the bus station, insisting that they continue in cars.

“I’m a lawyer. Tell me what is wrong with walking,” responded an annoyed Shamsul Iskandar.

By 9.10am, the group at the court entrance had grown to 50. Shouts bebas Anwar (free Anwar) and reformasi were heard.

Anwar’s reaction

Anwar held a press conference at 9.40am before leaving the premises.

anwar sodomy 2 duta court hearing pkr leaders 080709 03Asked if he thinks he may be detained, Anwar said: “I’ve been detained (before). They will find any technical reason to deny my right to function as a leader of opposition, so I have every reason to believe they will continue (to be unjust).

“I’m not afraid. I will deal with it. This is not a question of fear – you have to fight for justice.

“This is a peculiar case, where the prosecution is acting as slaves to their political masters, even (in providing the) documents… It is my entitlement under the law but why do they make it so difficult?”

According to Anwar, the prosecution has yet to submit a complete version of the CCTV footage, apparently recorded at the place of the alleged incident.

“It’s a mockery of the system… You are there to execute the law and to conduct the prosecution in a professional manner. You are not there as a (lackey) of (your) political masters,” he said.

anwar sodomy 2 duta court hearing pkr leaders 080709 09“So I have every reason to be suspicious and to cast doubts… aspersions on the whole conduct of the prosecution. But we will go through the motions next wednesday. I hope I will finally be vindicated.”

Asked if he wants the case to be speedily resolved, he said: “I am keen to proceed just to show Malaysians and the world how nasty the prosecution is – how the nasty political masters instruct the police under (inspector-general of police) Musa Hassan and the chambers under (attorney-general) Abdul Gani Patail to continue with their personal vendetta against me.”

Perak raises profile

Outside the court complex, meanwhile, a PKR member was arrested while distributing VCDs entitled Bubar DUN Perak (Dissolve the Perak assembly).

Tan Kim Huat, who is in his 50s, was part of a Perak PKR delegation who arrived in a chartered from Ipoh to led support to Anwar.

anwar sodomy 2 duta court hearing pkr leaders 080709 07Sentul OCPD ACP Zakaria Pagan, who was at the scene, confirmed the arrest but declined to elaborate.

When confronted by party election strategist Tian Chua, the officer replied: “The suspicion is (about) the disc. We will be checking its content.”.

Retorted Chua: “Please release him because the bus is waiting for him.”

Speaking to reporters later, Chua condemned the arrest, but said Zakaria had promised to release Tan in 30 minutes.

Teja state representative Chang Lih Kang said the arrest is unnecessary, since the VCD is already being widely circulated in Perak.

[More to follow]

Wall Streeet Journal: Anwar’s trial could strengthen opposition

PUTRAJAYA, July 7 — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is due to go on trial tomorrow, in a proceeding that could reinforce his political support, some political analysts say.

Anwar faces sodomy charges. His first sodomy trial, in 1998, ended in conviction and imprisonment, setting back Malaysia’s nascent opposition movement several years. This time, Anwar’s allies have grown into a significant political force and are better equipped to survive.

If Anwar is found guilty and imprisoned, some analysts say it could strengthen the opposition.

James Chin, a political-science professor at the Malaysian campus of Australia’s Monash University, says “Anwar could emerge as a martyr for the opposition,” strengthening the movement’s hand in the next general elections, which must be held by 2013.  The 61-year-old Anwar, who was elected to Parliament last year, denies the past and current sodomy allegations, saying the charges were fabricated by political enemies to destroy his reputation. Anwar didn’t specify whom he suspected was behind the charges.

Anwar faces his second trial after a 23-year-old former volunteer in his office, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, last year accused Anwar of sodomising him.

Members of Anwar’s defence team say they have obtained medical records stating that Saiful was examined and found not to have been sodomised.

Saiful couldn’t be reached to comment.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has denied having anything to do with the latest charges against  Anwar.

In 1998, Mahathir Mohamad, then prime minister, dismissed Anwar from his posts as deputy prime minister and finance minister for challenging Malaysia’s economic policies at the height of Asia’s financial crisis. Two years later, Anwar was convicted of sodomising two male aides. He was jailed until 2004, when his conviction was overturned.

Mahathir has repeatedly denied that he had anything to do with the earlier allegations against Anwar.

Anwar has become the linchpin of a strengthening opposition alliance that last year broke the ruling National Front’s two-thirds majority in parliament for the first time in decades.

Few Malaysians say they believe the charges against Anwar. In a national survey conducted last year by a Malaysian polling institute after his arrest in July only 11 per cent of respondents said they thought there was any credibility to the allegations against Anwar.

In recent weeks, Najib has tried to stake out his credentials as a reformer, to revive the economy and win voters from Anwar’s alliance.

With Malaysia’s economy facing its steepest contraction this year since the Asian crisis of 1998, Najib has opened up large areas of the Malaysian economy to foreign investment by rolling back race-based affirmative-action policies designed to give a boost to the majority ethnic-Malay population.

Among other measures, the amount of equity to be reserved for ethnic-Malay investors at initial public offerings was lowered to 12.5 per cent from 30 per cent.

Many economists hailed the moves as a step in the right direction to help Malaysia become more competitive with neighbours such as Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and China at a time when foreign investment around the world is declining.

Now Najib’s reforms risk being overshadowed by the Anwar trial. A number of political analysts point to widespread popular suspicion that the authorities orchestrated the allegations against Anwar to stop him from taking power in parliament.

The US and Amnesty International have expressed worries about the proceedings against Anwar, with the State Department last year stating that it had “serious concern” about the impartial rule of law in Malaysia.

While fighting his legal battle, Anwar will have to keep his unwieldy opposition alliance together. The alliance comprises a hard-line Islamist party, a secularly, largely ethnic-Chinese party, and Anwar’s own multiracial Parti Keadilan Rakyat. — Wall Street Journal

Anwar’s trial tomorrow : What chaos?

Don’t disrupt court process, PKR told
Hafiz Yatim
Jul 7, 09
10:55am malaysiakini.com

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, has warned PKR Youth leader Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin “not to create chaos” at the Jalan Duta court complex when the sodomy trial against Anwar Ibrahim begins tomorrow.

hishammuddin hussein ppsmi languanges debate issue 260209 05Hishammuddin said PKR supporters should let the law take its course and not disrupt the hearing at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

“I don’t have a problem if the gathering is done within the perimeters of the law and does not disrupt the court process,” he told reporters yesterday in Manek Urai.

“However, let me warn that if they create chaos and go against the law (to) disrupt security and the judiciary, the authorities will certainly react.”

The minister pointed out that the PKR should respect the judicial process since it advocates a free and independent judiciary.

“We too would like to prove to the world that the judiciary is transparent, just and independent. The public should have trust in the judiciary,” he said.

shamsul iskandarShamsul Iskandar is said to be planning a 5,000-strong gathering as a show of support for the party de facto leader. The group is dubbed the ‘public movement to reject conspiracy against Anwar’ or Kejam by its Malay acronym.

He claimed that the gathering is not out to create chaos, but to express solidarity with Anwar.

anwar ibrahimAnwar (right), 62, is charged with sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan at the Desa Damansara Condominium sometime on June 26, 2008.

His appeal to have the case be transferred back to the Sessions Court was dismissed by the appellate court.

By-election prospects

On the Manek Urai by-election, Hishammuddin said it is not impossible for Barisan Nasional (BN) to wrest the state seat from PAS, although it is an opposition stronghold.

“If we work hard, with unity among the component parties, and (if we) work as a team, we will win,” he said.

The by-election will see a straight fight between Mohd Fauzi Abdullah of PAS and Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat of BN on July 14.

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