Sidang Media KW KEADILAN: Pemerdagangan Manusia – Penguatkuasaan yang lemah

Kenyataan Media

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN (Ahli Parlimen Ampang)

29 Jun 2009

Penguatkuasaan Akta Pemerdagangan Orang 2007 lemah

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zuraida Kamaruddin

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN

Ahli Parlimen Ampang

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Malaysia destinasi, transit pemerdagangan orang (human trafficking)

Oleh Rozaini Mohd Rosli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Malaysia destinasi dan transit bagi perdagangan manusia, suatu kekejaman yang menghapuskan masa depan insan

Malaysia blacklisted for human trafficking
Jun 17, 09 6:29am Malaysiakini.com
The United States has put Malaysia back on the blacklist of countries trafficking in people after removing the country from the list last year.

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The State Department annual ‘Trafficking in Persons Report 2009’, which examined efforts in more than 173 countries to combat trafficking for forced labour, prostitution, military service and other purposes, has Malaysia sharing the blacklist with 16 countries.

Among the 17 countries on the blacklist are Burma, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, Sudan and Saudi Arabia.

“Malaysia is a destination and, to a lesser extent, a source and transit country for women and children trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation, and for men, women, and children trafficked for the purpose of forced labour,” said the report, which was released by the US State Department today.

immigrant workers 280205 moving outMalaysia was elevated from the blacklist in 2008 to the ‘Tier 2′ watch list after plunging into the dreaded ‘Tier 3′ two years ago.

The country was first blacklisted in 2001 but its ranking improved to ‘Tier 2′ in subsequent years until 2007.

In that year, it was relegated to ‘Tier 3’ but last year, the report said “significant efforts being made to comply with minimum standards of combating human trafficking” which resulted in Malaysia being removed from the blacklist.

“Malaysia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so, despite some progress in enforcing the country’s new anti-trafficking law,” said the 2009 report.

It said that while the government took initial actions under the 2007 anti-trafficking law against sex trafficking, it has yet to fully address issues of human trafficking.

Refugees ‘sold’ by immigration officials

The report referred to another report by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee two months ago which found the involvement of Immigration Department officials in trafficking Burmese refugees.

According to the report, Malaysian immigration officials sold refugees for approximately US$200 (RM700) per person to traffickers operating along Thailand’s southern border.

rohingya registration refugees“In turn, the traffickers demanded ransom – ranging from US$300 (RM1,000) for children to US$575 (RM2,000) for adults – in exchange for their freedom.

“Informed sources estimated 20 percent of the victims were unable to pay the ransom, and were sold for the purpose of labour and commercial sexual exploitation.”

It said that so far little action has been taken since the released of the Senate foreign relations committee report in April.

“The Malaysian police is investigating the allegations with the cooperation of the Immigration Department, as publicly confirmed by the prime minister but no officials were arrested, prosecuted, or convicted for involvement in trafficking during the reporting period,” it lamented.

Migrant workers victimised

The report is also scathing in describing the country’s treatment of migrant labourers.

“Some migrant workers are victimised by their employers, employment agents, or traffickers who supply migrant labourers and victims of sex trafficking.

“Some victims suffer conditions including physical and sexual abuse, forced drug use, debt bondage, non-payment of wages, threats, confinement, and withholding of travel documents to restrict their freedom of movement.”

captured detained illegal immigrants 030707The report pointed out that the government continue to condone the confiscation of passports by employers, while employers passed the government’s ‘immigration levy’ on to the low-skilled migrant workers, which facilitated debt bondage.

It also said that women from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Mongolia, and China are forced into prostitution after being lured to Malaysia with promises of legitimate employment.

The report concluded that the government had made only “limited efforts” to prevent trafficking in persons over the last year.

“As a regional economic leader approaching developed nation status, Malaysia has the resources and government infrastructure to do more in addressing trafficking in persons,” said the report.

Could face sanctions

Countries on the blacklist could face sanctions, including the withholding by US of non-humanitarian, non-trade related foreign aid.

They would also be subject to withholding of funding for government officials to participate in educational and cultural exchange programmes.

On a bright note, the report named Malaysia’s Alice Nah as one of its nine 2009 ‘heroes’.

Nah, who is from the Migration Working Group, has raised government and public awareness through online articles describing the plight of trafficking victims, refugees, and migrant workers.

“In January 2009, Nah wrote about the trafficking of Burmese refugees along the Malaysia-Thailand border. Her article increased local and international attention to the issue and raised public awareness within Malaysia,” it said.

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M’sia, 6 African nations join ‘modern slavery’ list
Jun 17, 09 12:15am Malaysiakini.com
The United States today added six African countries to a blacklist of countries trafficking in people, and put US trading partner Malaysia back on the list.

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Chad, Eritrea, Niger, Mauritania, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe were added to the list in the annual report, which analysed efforts in 173 countries to fight trafficking in humans for forced labor, prostitution, military service and other reasons.

Staying on the blacklist list are US allies Saudi Arabia and Kuwait but also Cuba, Fiji, Iran, Burma, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Sudan, and Syria, according to the State Department report for 2009.

Removed from the list were Qatar, Oman, Algeria, and Moldova.

“This is modern slavery, a crime that spans the globe, providing ruthless employers with an endless supply of people to abuse for financial gain,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in introducing the report.

The ‘Trafficking in Persons Report’ said “the global economic crisis is also boosting the demand side of human trafficking.”

The 17 countries on the blacklist could face sanctions, including the withholding of non-humanitarian, non-trade related US aid.

The report said Malaysia fails not only to “fully comply” with minimum standards to eliminate trafficking but “is not making significant efforts to do so.”

Last year the report elevated Malaysia to a “watch list” from the 2007 blacklist after finding that it was “making significant efforts” to comply with such standards.

The new report said that while the government took early steps to fight sex trafficking, it has yet to fully tackle labor trafficking in Malaysia.

It also said there were “credible allegations,” including those in a Senate report this year, that some immigration officials took part in trafficking and extorting refugees from Burma.

Zimbabwe joins rogues’ gallery

Like many African and other poor countries, the report said, Zimbabwe “is a source, transit and destination country for men, women and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation.”

Some of the many Zimbabweans who fled to neighbouring countries amid Zimbabwe’s severe economic and political crisis faced “human trafficking,” it said.

It charged that members of Zimbabwe’s military were involved in trafficking.

Chad “showed no results in enforcing government policy prohibiting recruitment of child soldiers,” the 320-page report said.

The government of Niger “demonstrated marginal efforts to combat human trafficking, including traditional slavery, during the last year,” it said.

“The government of Mauritania made inadequate efforts to raise awareness of trafficking during the last year,” it added.

Eritrea showed no progress in prosecuting or punishing traffickers, while Swaziland showed no effort to do the same.

Burma shows some progress

The report said Saudi Arabia and Kuwait admit men and women from Asian and African countries to work as domestic servants or other low-skilled laborers, but then subject many to “involuntary servitude.”

It added that Saudi Arabia made “no discernible efforts” to punish or prosecute traffickers, although Kuwait “demonstrated some progress” in punishing them.

North Korea does not recognise or make any attempt to identify trafficking victims, it said. Nor does it make any effort to prosecute perpetrators.

But another longstanding blacklist member Burma showed some progress to fight cross-border trafficking as well as limited efforts to investigate and prosecute internal trafficking, it said.

Fiji, described as a source country for child laborers and prostitutes, showed no significant efforts to protect victims or prosecute perpetrators, it said.

Apa dah jadi Tok Nan?(Ooops…apa dah TAK jadi, Tok Nan)

MB Pahang diarah bayar RM63 juta

Mahkamah Tinggi Kuantan hari ini mengarahkan Menteri Besar Pahang, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, melunaskan bayaran penghakiman berjumlah RM63 juta kepada sebuah syarikat kerana melanggar perjanjian pemberian konsesi pembalakan di Mukim Bebar, Pekan, dekat Kuantan.

Hakim Datuk Abd Halim Aman memutuskan pihak responden (menteri besar) perlu melunaskan bayaran berkenaan dalam tempoh 14 hari bermula hari ini.

Ketika membenarkan permohonan perintah ‘mandamus’ (untuk memaksa) syarikat Seruan Gemilang Makmur Sdn Bhd., Abd Halim berkata, tindakan itu dibenarkan selepas segala saluran perundangan untuk menuntut bayaran itu telah selesai.

Syarikat berkenaan memperoleh perintah bayaran penghakiman dari Mahkamah Tinggi Kuantan pada 25 Mei 2007 dan kerajaan negeri gagal membuat bayaran tersebut, lapor Bernama.

“Pendirian sebegini mencerminkan keengganan kerajaan negeri mematuhi kehendak statutori dan secara tidak munasabah membebankan rakyat (pembayar cukai) kerana ia akan membebankan kerajaan negeri dari segi faedah harian,” katanya.

Abd Halim berkata permohonan responden untuk mengenepikan tindakan ‘mandamus’ itu dengan hujah bertulis bahawa syarikat terbabit salah menamakan menteri besar sebagai responden adalah tidak tepat.

“Menteri besar adalah orang yang tepat serta berkelayakan untuk dinamakan sebagai responden kerana di Pahang dan mana-mana negeri sekalipun kecuali Sabah dan Sarawak, tiada wujud jawatan menteri kewangan negeri,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, mengikut Artikel 41 (1) Undang-Undang Tubuh Kerajaan Pahang turut menyatakan menteri besar mempunyai kuasa serta berkompeten untuk menyempurnakan jumlah bayaran dari Tabung Kumpulan Wang Yang Disatukan Negeri.

Fail semakan kehakiman

Seruan Gemilang diwakili peguam Rajoo D Moothy dan Richard Bong Chong Fook manakala Adnan diwakili oleh Datuk Shafie Abdullah.

Pada 15 Oktober 2008, syarikat pembalakan berkenaan memfailkan permohonan ‘mandamus’ setelah gagal menerima sebarang pembayaran walaupun telah menuntut pembayaran jumlah penghakiman dan faedah pada 7 April 2008 dan 27 Ogos 2008.

Pada 9 Disember 2002, syarikat itu memfailkan saman terhadap kerajaan negeri Pahang Pahang dan Pengarah Perhutanan Negeri kerana didakwa melanggar perjanjian

kontrak konsesi pembalakan berhubung pengeluaran kayu balak di atas tanah seluas 4,000 hektar di Mukim Bebar.

Pada 17 September tahun lalu, kerajaan Pahang diperintah membayar sejumlah RM60 juta kepada syarikat tersebut selepas ia gagal dalam usaha terakhirnya di Mahkamah Persekutuan untuk mendapat kebenaran merayu.

Mahkamah Persekutuan dengan itu mengekalkan keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Kuantan pada 25 Mei 2007 yang memerintahkan kerajaan Pahang membayar RM37,127,471.60 beserta faedah lapan peratus setahun mulai 31 Disember 2000.

Sementara itu, Penasihat Undang-Undang Kerajaan Negeri, Datuk Mat Zara’Ai

(Zara’Ai) Alias berkata pihaknya akan memfailkan permohonan menangguhkan keputusan esok.

Malah beliau berkata, pihaknya sebelum ini juga telah memfailkan semakan kehakiman terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan pada 17 September tahun lalu.

TV Antara.

The face of Umno Assembly

Beauty is in the eyes of the Beholder.

And Beauty is handy thing to have, esp. for someone who ain’t handsome.

Umno beauty?

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Hot rhetoric and Pakatan-bashing

Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Mar 25, 09 8:24pm
That time of the year, where folks dressed in white baju Melayu, red samping and songkoks congregating at the Tun Hussein Onn Hall in PWTC in their thousands and passionately indulging in verbal trashing of the opposition political parties, has arrived.

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umno 59 agm 2009 puteri youth wanita mt campaign 250309 01It is the ‘Umno season’, where in each of the 59 years the party has convened its annual general assembly, the tradition is to begin with waves of oral shelling fired from the trenches of the party’s Youth wing.

This year is no exception when delegates of the Youth wing kicked off the debate session with scathing attacks, often with racial overtones, against Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

One delegate from Johor, Rohazam Shah, blasted Pakatan leaders, chiefly PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim, as arrogant after the coalition had taken over five states and denied BN the two-third parliamentary majority in the last general elections.

anwar ibrahim 02 060207Anwar was also labelled a traitor to the Malays by Rohazam when he argued that a leader who tries to question Malay special privileges should be described as enemy number one to the race.

“He tried to abolish the Malay rights that is enshrined in the Federal Constitution when he suggested to do away with the New Economic Policy,” said Rohazam and it was followed by thunderous applause from the audience.

For him, no one and certainly not non-Malays, can question the special Malay rights and call for Umno and the Youth wing to fight to the end to defend such privileges.

Pakatan had insulted the MalaysHe also blasted Pakatan for the Perak constitutional crisis and said that the opposition coalition had tested the patience and insulted the Malays when they question the sultan’s decision to appoint Zambry Abdul Kadir as the new menteri besar.

umno agm 250309 hishammuddin wield keris 02Rohazam’s offensive was then followed by fellow delegate, Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said from Penang, who accused the DAP government of Penang of being  racists.

“It is DAP that controls Penang and not Pakatan. There is no such thing as the Pakatan coalition in Penang,” said Zaidi, implying that the state is controlled by the Chinese and not a multi-racial coalition as claimed by the state’s Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

guan eng respond to ong tee keat 020209 02“You know what Guan Eng first did when he became chief minister? He had all the posters that you can see in state government buildings changed to Yang Berhormat Tuan Lim Guan Eng,” he added.

Zaidi said the term “tuan” or master in English was only used by the Malays when addressing English governors when Malaysia was colonialised by Britain.

He then said the resignation of Mohd Fairus reflected the inability of PKR to serve and protect the interest of the Malays in the state and called for his resignation not only as Penang’s deputy chief minister, but as the state representative as well.

After he was done with DAP, Zaidi shifted his attacks on PKR by ridiculing Anwar.

He said the Malays should not be fooled by the leader who is “only good at giving promises but not delivering.”

‘Biggest mistake was to free Anwar’

“He can promise you everything, he can even promise you the front and the back,” said Zaidi in an apparent insinuation to Anwar’s sodomy case.

“The biggest mistake we ever did was to free Anwar (from jail),” he added and was accompanied by stomps from the floor.

Kelantan delegate Mohd Affendi Yusof, when taking his turn to debate, said Umno has been very lenient and patient towards Pakatan’s antics.

nizar jamaluddin interview 250309 04He also touched on the Perak fiasco and blasted ousted Perak menteri besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin for his now legendary statement: “Mohon maaf tuanku, patek mohon derhaka.” (Your highness, forgive me for I plead to commit treason).

“In Islam, there is no forgiveness for those who commit treason against the sultan,” he said, claiming that the sultan is considered as God’s representative on earth.

“When he faces God, he will have no excuse when God asks him why he had committed treason against the sultan. He would not die as a man, but would die as a bangkai (rotten corpse),” he added.

Instigating the crowd, Affendi said now is not the time for Umno to be soft and patient, and said it was time the party uses force to crush its Pakatan rivals.

“We cannot be soft anymore. We must use force. And we will use it immediately after the annual general assembly ends,” he said.

Kempen Tolak Politik Durjana di Temerloh, Pahang

The primary reasons for this (economic) collapse are corrupt politicians, and fraudulent banking institutions that colluded to put the country into massive DEBT! – Foundingfather1776 on the 2001 economic collapse of  Argentina, a country rich in natural resources with a generally well-educated population, has undergone an economic collapse since 2001.

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Konvensyen Wanita KADILAN Pahang telah diadakan semalam 9 Mac 2009.   Ketua-Ketua Wanita dan berisan pimpinan dari Bahagian-Bahagian Pahang telah hadir menjayakannya.

Koordinator program tersebut, Nancy Khong dengan sokongan sekelian Wanita Pahang telah mengumpul seramai 100 orang aktivis dan wakil-wakil Perhubungan Negeri Pahang.

Forum Wanita Berdaya, Harapan Negara, telah turut dijayakan.   Antara ahli-ahli panel terdiri daripada, Ketua Wanita KEADILAN, Zuraida Kamaruddin, Ketua Biro Pembangunan Wanita, Felicia Ling.   Turut memberi pandangan dalam forum tersebut ialah Ketua Bahagian Kuala Krau, Hj Suhaimi.

Sekumpulan Wanita Orang Asli telah hadir menerima sumbangan pakaian daripada Wanita Kuala Krau yang telah disampaikan oleh Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Kehadiran Srikandi Pahang di Konvensyen tersebut mempamerkan kesriusan Wanita Pahang dalam menyediakan takungan barisan pemimpin masa depan.

Pelancaran Kempen Tolak Politik Durjana/No To Gutter Politics telah dilancarkan oleh Zuraida Kamaruddin sejurus setelah beliau merasmikan Konvensyen Wanita KEADILAN Pahang.   Pelekat Tolak Politik Durjana/No To Gutter Politics telah diedarkan kepada para peserta Konvensyen.

Turut hadir ialah Naib Ketua Wanita KEADILAN, Haniza Talha, selaku Exco yang menyelia Wanita Pahang dan Exco Wanita (Biro Penerangan), Rozaini Mohd Rosli.

Gambar: Haniza Talha dalam perbincanganbersama Ketua-Ketua Bahagian Pahang.

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The Saga of Perak Defections

‘Najib promised RM50mil for defections’
Kuek Ser Kuang Keng | Feb 2, 09 1:40pm Malaysiakini.com
PKR Ipoh Barat division head Fauzi Muda has leveled the damning claim that Umno deputy president Najib Abdul Razak had tried last year to induce him to secure the crossover of two Pakatan Rakyat representatives in Perak.

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Fauzi said he had been offered a total of RM50 million for his services and to pay off those he managed to convince, but that he had remained non-committal.

najib and malaysia and peopleWhile conceding that he has no concrete evidence to back his allegation, he nonetheless dared Najib (left) – also the deputy premier and deputy head of ruling coalition Barisan Nasional – to deny the claim.

Reading from a three-page statutory declaration at a press conference in Ipoh this morning, Fauzi said a friend Suleiman Mansor, an ordinary member of Umno, had invited him to Kuala Lumpur on a business matter on March 11, 2008.

This was three days after the momentous general election that dumped BN out of the Perak government, and brought a Pakatan coalition into power, albeit with a slim majority of five seats.

However, Suleiman took Fauzi to meet three men, “including former deputy defence minister Zainal Abidin Zin at the Jalan Duta toll plaza”.

perak pkr pc fauzi muda pc statutory declaration 010209 02“Thereafter, I was taken to Najib (Abdul) Razak’s residence in Putrajaya, where he tried to persuade me to lobby for the crossover of two PR assemblymen to BN,” said Fauzi.

“I was promised RM50 million in return for my services and told that I would be allowed to allocate (part of) the money (to the asseemblypersons) as I wished.”

Fauzi, however, did not name any representatives in the document or during the press conference. He would not distribute copies of the statutory declaration either.

“Najib assured me that if I succeeded, the appointment of the menteri besar for Perak would be delayed. However, I left his residence without making any promises as I feared for my safety.”

perak pkr pc fauzi muda pc statutory declaration 010209 04He further claimed that Suleiman approached him once more last year, after PKR assemblypersons Jamaluddin Mat Radzi (Behrang) and Osman Jailu (Changkat Jering) were charged with corrupt practice.

“I was told that if I succeeded in lobbying for their crossover, the charges would be dropped. But this time, the reward for their defection dropped to RM5 million per person. Again, I refused the offer.”

‘Willing to meet Najib’

Fauzi told the media that he intends to lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission today.

Commenting on the now-anticipated crossover by Jamaluddin and Osman, he expressed his suspicion that Umno has succeeded in pulling them out of Pakatan.

When pressed as to why he had not lodged a report earlier, he said that rumours of BN attempting to manoeuvre the defections of Pakatan elected representatives had been rife since the general election.

“I did not believe this would happen until the disappearance of Jamaluddin and Osman (since last week),” he said.

anwar sodomy trial 141108He noted, though, that he had previously brought up the matter with Pakatan leaders including Anwar Ibrahim.

Fauzi, in challenging Najib to refute the allegations, said he is prepared to meet face-to-face with the latter over this.

“As to why (BN) had chosen me to lobby for the defections, perhaps they thought I had close relations with them and that I am easily hooked…but they are wrong. I have my principles,” he said.

“I also hope that what I have done today will benefit the state as well as the nation. They will now know the evil political practices that our PM-in-waiting is capable of.”

During the press conference, held at the PKR Perak headquarters, state party head Osman Abdul Rahman refused to comment on the brouhaha surrounding Jamaluddin and Osman or the legality of their resignation letters.

He would only say that both of them are still incommunicado.

jamaluddin mat radzi and osman jailu perak pkrThis morning, Perak assembly speaker V Sivakumar officially informed the state election commission chief of the vacancy of the two state seats.Sivakumar had announced on Sunday that the seats became vacant after Jamaluddin and Osman tendered their resignation with immediate effect.

Jamaluddin has, however, challenged the resignation letter, insisting that he has not stepped down and that he remains a state assemblyperson.

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Pilihan Raya Kecil P036 Kuala Terengganu(5)

Menteri Besar Selangor, Khalid Ibrahim bersama Wanita KeADILan dan AMK serta aktivis PAS telah menemui pengundi di Hiliran Masjid.

Rakyat di situ telah mengadu bahawa pampasan yang sepatutnya mereka dapati ketika pembinaan lebuh raya dahulu tidak diberi oleh kerajaan Terengganu.

Isu suatu masa dahulu bahawa Kerajaan negeri ingin mengambil tanah-tanah rakyat Terengganu di Hiliran Masjid untuk pembangunan telah terbantut dan dibatalkan kerana protes dari rakyat.
Rakyat perlu tahu bahawa mana-mana kerajaan tidak boleh dan adalah salah di sisi undang-undang untuk mengambil tanah milik persendirian dengan status bukan komersil digunakan untuk tujuan komersil.
Penukaran status tanah mestilah dimohon sendiri oleh pemilik tanah.

Bagi sebahagian petugas Wanita KeADILan yang telah melihat dari dekat kehidupan rakyat di Kuala Terengganu, ibu negeri Terengganu,ia menimbulkan rasa kehairanan dan kekecewaan terhadap kepimpinan dan pentadbiran Kerajaan Terengganu yang telah tidak melaksanakan lebih dari yang terlihat untuk kebajikan rakyat di Kuala Terengganu.
Perkara itu sebenarnya dikongsi oleh rakyat tempatan yang belum sepenuhnya menikmati hasil minyak dan kekakyaan negeri Terengganu.

Kemiskinan bandar di Terengganu tentunya melibatkan risiko penyakit, bukan saja kepada penghuni di kawasan setinggan, tetapi kepada rakyat Terengganu yang lain kerana tiada sistem pengairan yang baik.
Kemiskinan juga membawa segala gejala sosial yang boleh mencemarkan kehidupan rakyat di bandar.

Manifestasi Dasar Sosial Negara tidak kelihatan dalam kehidupan sebahagian rakyat Terengganu yang terbelenggu dalam kemiskinan di tengah-tengah bandar Kuala Terengganu. Menjadi kebiasaan dasar-dasar BN yang cantik di atas kertas, tetapi kebanyakan pengoperasiannya sentiasa belum menepati hasrat dasar-dasar yang digubal walaupun telah mentadbir lebih setengah abad lamanya.
BN terus berjanji dulu kini dan selamanya.

Galeri Wanita KeADILan di Pilihan Raya Kecil Kuala Terengganu:
Di Hari Penamaan Calon

Selepas Penamaan Calon, sejenak bersantai, suatu perkara yang jarang sekali dibuat oleh pemimpin Wanita KeADILan, khususnya mereka yang telah bergelar Yang Berhormat. Aktivis akan mengambil kesempatan untuk bergambar dengan mereka walaupun telah banyak kali bergambar bersama!

Kebersamaan…

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Kempen bersama Menteri Besar Selangor, Khalid Ibrahim: