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.

Anwar Ibrahim keynote address to Muslims world business community

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June 27, 2009, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

ANWAR IBRAHIM’S VISIT TO WASHINGTON DC FOR KEYNOTE ADDRESS ON US MUSLIM WORLD BUSINESS COOPERATION HAMPERED BY MALAYSIAN COURTS

The unprecedented actions taken by the Malaysian courts to expedite the beginning of Anwar Ibrahim’s trial have forced him to abandon his plans to travel to Washington DC this month.  He will deliver his already scheduled keynote address at the “Business Opportunities in the Muslim World” conference in Washington DC on June 26th at 12:00 PM EST via live video teleconference from Kuala Lumpur.

The non-cooperation of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, which has impeded the preparation of the best defense that Mr. Ibrahim is lawfully entitled to, and the insistence of the Malaysian courts to begin his trial in early July despite the repeated requests by his lawyers for access to basic discovery items, requires Mr. Ibrahim be present in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to attend to his various applications including to quash the charges leveled against him. This reprehensible conduct by the Prosecutors has been affirmed by Anwar’s lawyer S N Nair in his statement issued by his office on 10th June 2009 which amongst others, has affirmed that Anwar will not get a fair trial in the Malaysian courts.

The actions of the Courts to expedite the hearing of Mr. Ibrahim’s various preliminary motions, including the pending appeal to the Court of Appeal, appear unprecedented.  These applications, including a request for documents in possession of the Public prosecutor that are favorable to Mr. Ibrahim as well as an application to quash the charges altogether, under normal circumstances will take some time for the Courts to consider.

We reiterate that the Court’s insistence on preferring a charge of sodomy that contravenes medical records indicates malicious intent, that the charges are politically motivated and that this trial would be a travesty of justice akin to what Anwar Ibrahim faced in 1998-1999.

OFFICE OF ANWAR IBRAHIM

For information about the conference contact pgutlove@irss-usa.org

Memerangkap Anwar dengan AKTA DNA

Menyalahguna kuasa dalam Dewan Rakyat, sejenis Politik Durjana.

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DNA bill passed, Anwar cries foul
S Pathmawathy and Tarani Palani | Jun 23, 09 7:43pm Malaysiakini.com
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The Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Identification Bill was passed at the lower House and will be sent to senate for approval.

The controversial legislation was passed today after two days of intense debate, mostly by opposition parliamentarians who did their best to delay bill’s passage as they claim it would be a disaster for legal and human rights.

The bill specifically gives the police and authorities the power to obtain DNA samples from any suspects who have direct links to a crime.

The committee level debate saw amendments being made to nine sections of the bill, which includes the appointment of the head of the DNA Databank, the deputy head and other officers.

Deputy Home Minister Abu Seman Yusop told the House that the post of the head of Databank will no longer be helmed by a police official but by a public officer, who is sufficiently qualified and has the requisite experience in DNA science.

Prior to the amendments, the home minister had to appoint a police officer not below the rank of a Deputy Commissioner to head the databank.

Before the amendments were made, a police officer was allowed to use all means necessary for the purpose of taking or assisting the taking of a non-intimate DNA samples from a person.

Now, the amendments give the person the prerogative to refuse giving a non-intimate sample to the magistrate.

In the committee stage of the rounding up speech, Abu Seman also proposed to remove two sections of the bill.

They are Section 14, which holds a person liable to a fine not exceeding RM10,000 or a prison term not exceeding one year or both and Section 24, which states any information from the DNA Databank would be construed as conclusive proof in any court proceedings.

Anwar: This is a malicious campaign

Although the bill passed does not affect obtaining intimate samples such as blood and semen, the Magistrate’s Court can issues an order to obtain non-intimate samples like saliva.

The bill, which is divided into six parts and contains 27 Sections, was tabled in August last year for a second reading.

The objective of the legislation is to enable the establishment of a Malaysian Forensics DNA Data Bank which is expected to store and analyse samples.

anwar ibrahim and dna testingSpeaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim expressed disappointment with the passing of the bill.

“Pakatan Rakyat is convinced that the way they are rushing through and refusing to acknowledge some very (important) criticisms is clearly meant to be used during the my trial,” said Anwar.

The Permatang Pauh MP suspects the bill is an attempt to trap him in his ongoing sodomy case which is set for trial in July.

“As far as I am concerned it is not an issue… we have to fight them with or without the bill. It is a malicious campaign, nothing more,” he added.

Subang PKR MP R Sivarasa added that to be fair to the government, some proposals made by the opposition was taken into account.

Sivarasa also said that the bill will definitely have an impact on the Anwar sodomy trial as the prosecution would be able to use samples that have been collected way back, when Anwar was held under the Internal Security Act in 1998.

“They can use it to legitimise the illegitimate samples,” said Sivarasa.

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.

Altantuya : It hasn’t ended…

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Altantuya murder: Case against Abdul Razak delayed
Hafiz Yatim | Jun 16, 09 11:21am
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The family of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu will have to wait for their day in court, to compel the attorney-general (AG) to appeal against Abdul Razak Baginda’s acquittal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AG’s discretionary power

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unity Government?

Macam mana nak berpadu dengan Umno? Umno tak ada prinsip, tak ada ideologi. Ia sebuah parti yang tidak hiraukan benar atau salah, adil atau zalim, baik atau buruk.
Macam mana nak berpadu dengan kedurjanaan dan kelalangan yang sudah sebati dalam Umno yang sedemikian?

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Delegates slam unity gov’t idea
Rahmah Ghazali | Jun 7, 09 2:50pm Malaysiakini.com
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s unity government with Umno concept received more criticisms today when many delegates continued to criticise the talk of unity government in the final day of the PAS 55th Muktamar in Shah Alam.

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pas muktamar usul debate 070609 khalid samadShah Alam lawmaker and Selangor delegate Khalid Samad told the delegates that “it is very important for us to know our enemies or foes so that we would not be cheated by these people claiming they want to be peaceful with us”.

“Do not even mention about forming a unity government or holding talks with Umno as both of the parties have very little in common.”

Khalid said this when debating a motion on the setting up of an independent Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Perak political crisis which they believed Umno played an important role.

“Such a commission is vital to unmask all the Umno and BN wrongdoings in Perak. They had seized  the state government which was lawfully elected by the people,” he said, adding that he gave his full support to the motion.

Khalid also stressed that even though Umno embraces the same religion and race with PAS, they “did not care about us when they seized the lawful state government in Perak”.

“So, don’t you mention beautiful words like unity or making peace because this will only lead to a split in our cooperation with (Pakatan Rakyat),” he said.

“With this, I urge you all to give full support to this motion so that we could build a strong platform when they (Umno) are on a decline in its influence,” said Khalid, drawing strong cheers from the delegates.

The motion, which was proposed by Tambun delegate, Dr Khairuddin Malek, stated that such a commission is important to investigate “the criminal acts to topple the previous Perak state government”. It was passed unanimously by the muktamar.

No one wants to cooperate with Umno

pas muktamar usul debate 070609 zulkifili ahmad wakil pemudaIn his fiery speech debating the same motion, Youth central committee delegate Zulkifli Ahmad believed that “no one wants to cooperate with Umno and compromise with them”.

“We must be steadfast in our struggle to defend Islam. I have learnt that there are some leaders who had held talks with Umno in regards of unity government.

“But this is not the term that we should use. The term of talks we are looking at here is to instead attract them to join us rather than we joining them,” he said.

Zulkifli argued that the talk of unity government is like something munafik or hypocritical.

Meanwhile, Rantau Panjang parliamentarian and a delegate from the Muslimat wing, Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof, said she had faith in PAS stressing that the party “could stand strong without Umno”.

“We don’t need to be a slave to Umno. All we have to do now is to strengthen Pakatan and choose the best leadership there is,” said Siti Zailah in her winding-up speech.

pas muktamar usul debate 070609 vincent lee yao bangMeanwhile, PAS supporters club deputy president Vincent Lee expressed worry on the “secret talks” held between PAS and Umno.

“It has indeed worried the non-Muslim community who support PAS. They have been wondering whether the party would leave them behind when they have made Umno as their best friends.

“Please don’t do something that could tarnish our image and go back to the old ways by isolating the non-Muslims from the party. What is the meaning of our support to PAS if the party deviates from its original struggle?” said Vincent to cheers from the crowd.

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Nizar: Unity talks with Umno will not take place
Hafiz Yatim & Rahmah Ghazali | Jun 7, 09 1:11pm Malaysiakini.com
Highest grossing PAS central working committee member, Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin personally believes that the mooted unity talks with Umno will not take place.

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pas muktamar usul debate 070609 nizarNizar, who is also the ousted Perak menteri besar said the matter was not discussed by the delegates during this muktamar although it was mentioned by the party president Abdul Hadi Awang.

“Personally, I feel the unity talks would not go through. Unlike Umno, what the PAS president had said should not be viewed as party policy. This matter have yet to be discussed extensively and I think it would not fall through,” he said.

Asked whether Abdul Hadi’s views and PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat’s opposing views is seen as a conflict within the party, Nizar said he does not think so.

“As I stated this is not a majority view (unity talks) held by the party. It is not deliberated by the delegates in this muktamar and this should not be viewed too deeply.

“The mainstream media may be focussing on the issue as they may find it favourable to them (Umno and Barisan Nasional,” the ousted Perak menteri besar said.

On Friday, after delivering his policy speech, Abdul Hadi, who won uncontested, reiterated that PAS will continue to encourage dialogues with all parties including Umno and added that Pakatan coalition partners – PKR and DAP – were quite receptive to the idea.

“(It is) not just members of Pakatan who support us fully but also members of Umno, who want our cooperation to work together in solving the problems confronting the country,” Abdul Hadi had said.

However, in an immediate response, DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang refuted such allegations that DAP has agreed to the question of unity talks and this was confirmed by PKR deputy president Syed Husin Ali yesterday that such talks do not take place.

Last night, Nik Aziz also rubbished such ideas. He was adamant that the Islamic party should not even be thinking about the idea.

“The call to have a unity government with Umno is ridiculous,” he told the ceramah at the Melawati Stadium last night.

Filing for leave either tomorrow or Tuesday

Nizar also commented that his lawyers will likely file his leave application to the Federal Court either tomorrow or on Tuesday.

“So far we have only obtained Justice Md Raus (Sharif’s) judgment on Friday. We are still awating Justice Zainun Ali’s judgment,” he said.

Nizar also said his lawyers have been working day and night since Friday to draft the questions to be submitted to the apex court for the leave application.

perak tree of democracy - the plaqueHe also asked reporters on how they felt about the events so far regarding the Perak takeover by BN.

“I am sure many Malaysians feel the same way that the Perak assembly should be dissolved to end the stalemate,” he said.

During the debate of motion against the teaching of science and maths in English, Nizar said he and other PAS members had filed a suit against the Education Ministry and its minister to stop the implementation.

“The matter has been fixed on June 5. I fully support the motion as the progressive societies in the world has so far used their own mother language to advance.”

“We should be steadfast in the support of Bahasa Malaysia in the teaching of science and maths as from feedbacks gained, the teachers are now teaching Bahasa rojak (a mixture of both English and BM) when teaching the subjects.”

This, he said leads to confusion among the pupils. He also adds that students in the rural area would be in a disadvantage in learning the two vital subjects.

Penanti: Gempur & Anjak

Fasa terakhir gerak kerja dari dapatan kerja lapangan akan akan diteruskan sehingga tamat kempen.

Persediaan hari mengundi juga dititikberatkan.

Taktik durjana yang bertujuan mengurangkan undi dengan membawa lari pengundi melancung ke tempat amatlah tercela.   Objektif bertanding dalam mana-mana pilihan raya ialah untuk menang dan berkhidmat kepaa rakyat.   Lain pula hasrat calon-calon bebas yang bertanding; yang hanya bertujuan mengurangkan undi majoriti menang KEADILAN.

Rakyat tidak perlu mengundi calon yang bertujuan lain dari menang dan berkhidmat kepada rakyat.

Kata Haniza Talha (Adun Taman Medan & Timbalan Speaker Dun Selangor):

“Tak pelah kalau menerima tawaran untuk melancong tu, tapi pergi mengundi dulu, lepas tu barulah ikut melancong.”