Politik Durjana dan Kempen Memfitnah dan Memburukkan Pakatan Rakyat oleh Umno-BN di Pilihan Raya Kecil Permatang Pasir

Politik Durjana dan Kempen Memfitnah dan Memburukkan Pakatan Rakyat oleh Umno-BN di Pilihan Raya Kecil Permatang Pasir

Permatang Pasir, 24 Ogos 2009;   Ketua Wanita Keadilan, Zuraida Kamaruddin, yang juga Ahli Parlimen Ampang, telah mendedahkan beberapa taktik durjana dalam kempen Pilihan Raya Kecil Umno-BN di Permatang Pasir dalam satu sidang media di Markaz Pemuda Pas Kg Pelet semalam.

Pengundi telah dikirimkan warkah-warkah yang berunsur fitnah melalui pos.

Bukti tersebut telah didapati dan diserahkan oleh para pengundi dari Kg Pelet kepada petugas pilihan raya Wanita KEADILAN.   “Bayangkan bahawa sekali hantar menggunakan setem 30sen yang berjumlah RM6000 untuk penghantaran kepada 20 ribu pengundi… jika dihantar sebanyak sepuluh kali akan mendapati keseluruhan jumlah wang, jika diambilkira perbelanjaan lain akan mudah saja melepasi perbelanjaan yang di benarkan oleh SPR dalam sesebuah pilihan raya kecil,” jelas Zuraida Kamaruddin.

(Gambar: dari kiri, Saudara Zalizan, Zuraida Kamaruddin, dan Rodziah Ismail)

Para pengundi juga telah dikirimkan wang palsu untuk meraih undi di Permatang Pasir.  “Cetakan wang palsu adalah suatu jenayah…ia satu taktik untuk menipu rakyat… satu tidakan yang amat tidak bertanggungjawab dan sama sekali bukan  mencerminkan 1Malaysia yang dilaungkan oleh Perdana Menteri, Najib Razak,” kata Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Serentak itu, enam puluh penduduk telah mengadu kepada wakil KEADILAN di Kg Pelet, Saudara Zalizan bahawa mereka (penduduk) sentiasa diganggu oleh SMS yang berunsur memfitnah Pakatan Rakyat, dan mengugut penduduk supaya tidak mengundi calon Pakatan Rakyat.


(Gambar: Rodziah Ismail menunjukkan wang palsu bernilai RM100)

Wanita KEADILAN dan penduduk terbabit akan membuat laporan polis terhadap kesemua aduan-aduan tersebut hari ini.

Poster-poster yang sangat aib, di mana pihak-pihak yang tidak bermoral dan bertanggungjawab telah memperlihatkan kepada khalayak poster-poster sebegini:

Zuraida Kamaruddin menyelar pihak-pihak yang berselindung disebalik simbol parti politik lain dan memfitnah PAS.   Penduduk telah menyatakan kemarahan mereka dan tidak termakan dengan tohmahan-tohmahan murahan sedemikian.

Turut hadir dalam sidang media itu ialah Timbalan Ketua Wanita, Rodziah Ismail yang juga Ketua Biro Pilihan Raya Wanita KEADILAN dan  EXCO Kerajaan Negeri Selangor serta pimpinan Wanita KEADILAN peringkat Pusat dan Negeri Pulau Pinang.

“Isu-isu yang ditimbulkan (dalam pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pasir ini) adalah berbentuk perkauman yang bertujuan melaga-laga antara Melayu dan Cina dan sebagainya…politik durjana…yang hanya berniat memecah-belahkan masyarakat … ia suatu tindakan terdesak Umno-BN yang langsung tidak menggambarkan 1Malaysia yang diperkatakan oleh Perdana Menteri, bahkan ia adalah suatu dongengan…” tegas Rodziah Ismail.

“Kes wang palsu membuktikan bahawa pihak yang mencetak wang tersebut masih memilih politik wang, boleh dihukum di bawah ISA…pihak berkuasa mesti segera disiasat dan dibawa ke pengadilan mereka yang tidak bertanggungjawab…tidak boleh ditutup hanya kerana laporan berpunca dari

Pakatan Rakyat. “ ujar beliau lagi.

Rodziah Ismail juga menegaskan bahawa amalan Umno-BN yang menggunakan jentera kerajaan dalam pilihan raya telah berlaku sejak dahulu lagi.   Laporan demi laporan telah dikemukakan tetapi tiada satupun tindakan wajar yang diambil oleh pihak-pihak yang berkuasa.

Petugas Wanita KEADILAN telah mendapati di Kg Ara, Puteri Umno Negeri Pulau Pinang dan Puteri Umno Bahagian Permatang Pauh telah menjadikan pusat atau dewan orang ramai sebagai bilik gerakan kumpulan Umno-BN (gambar bawah).

Rakyat, khususnya pengundi Permatang Pasir, merasakan fitnah yang dilemparkan terhadap Pakatan Rakyat  adalah keterlaluan dan boleh menatijahkan krisis kepercayaan terhadap Umno-BN dan calonnya dalam Pilihan Raya Kecil Permatang Pauh.

AMNESTY AWARD FOR AUNG SAN SUU KYI

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Date: 8 August 2009

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AMNESTY AWARD FOR AUNG SAN SUU KYI

On behalf of KEADILAN, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Aung San Suu Kyi on receiving the Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2009 from Amnesty International on 27 July 2009.

Her unwavering courage and determination, as well as her immense personal sacrifice, have inspired millions around the world and have made her an icon for the universal struggle for democracy and human rights.

At the same time, the continuing illegal detention of the leader of a party which won a national election more than two decades ago is an affront to universal principles of justice and democracy. It reflects badly on the world that, after so long, the international community’s political will to put a stop to it has been found lacking.

It is even more shameful that the governments of ASEAN member countries, including Malaysia, have been even more half-hearted in their efforts to push the Junta to free Aung San Suu Kyi and restore democracy in Burma. They should by now be ready to admit that their strategy of neighbourly engagement and persuasion has been an abject failure. Worse still, it has facilitated continuing covert support of individuals and companies, including in Malaysia, doing lucrative business with the military junta, which has contributed not a little to its ability to cling onto their illegal power.

ASEAN should also abandon its misguided – not to mention immoral – policy of non-interference in the “internal affairs” of its member states, as if such affairs exist in a vacuum. The folly of this stand is by now obvious since, as a result of its continuing inability or disinclination to bring Burma into line, ASEAN’s reputation, and consequently its influence in the world, has suffered a significant decline. This in turn has caused considerable damage to the economic wellbeing and competitiveness of all member states. In short, ASEAN nations, in this global era, not to mention economic recession, disregard the Burma problem at their common peril.

August 8 marks the 21st anniversary of the Burmese people’s brave, but unfortunately unsuccessful, uprising aimed at overthrowing the military regime. By bestowing this award on Aung San Suu Kyi, Amnesty International, a universally respected organisation, is not only racking up the pressure on the junta itself, but giving a firm reminder to political leaders, especially Burma’s neighbours, to do more than simply utter politically correct platitudes regarding this important issue.

For the rest of us, as Aung San Suu Kyi remains in detention, let us be inspired anew by her shining example and let our outrage at the continuing injustice against her be reaffirmed. Let us redouble our efforts to press for her immediate release, as well as enhance our initiatives to establish freedom, justice and democracy in our own country, in Burma and in every nation.

WAN AZIZAH WAN ISMAIL
President
Parti Keadilan Rakyat
Malaysia

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

MALAYSIA’S ANWAR IBRAHIM FACES A NEW TRIAL

Date: 3 July 2009

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MALAYSIA’S ANWAR IBRAHIM FACES A NEW TRIAL

In September of 1998, Malaysia and the world were stunned when its Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, was suddenly sacked, and a short while later arrested on charges of corruption and sodomy. Incredibly, almost 11 years later, he is facing the same nightmare all over again, with his trial on a new charge of sodomy due to be heard starting 8 July.

The 1998-99 trial was condemned around the world as manifestly flawed, riddled as it was with manipulation and shoddy fabrication of evidence, and unfair decisions by the judge. On the night of his arrest, Anwar was savagely assaulted by the chief of police, and denied proper medical treatment for the entire duration of his 6-year detention. He was also kept in solitary confinement throughout. Leaders from around the world as well as international human rights and legal organizations recognized him as a political prisoner.

Anwar, having made a remarkable return to Malaysian politics since his release from prison in 2004, is now Leader of the Opposition, and is widely seen as a serious threat (or a viable alternative, according to one’s political leanings) to the 51-year reign of the National Front coalition, and to new PM Najib Abdul Razak in particular.

The new charge was served on Anwar in July of last year. He was arrested and detained in the police lock-up overnight, despite offering full cooperation to the police in their investigations. Anwar maintains that, once again, the case is baseless and has been cooked up in an attempt to scuttle the revival of his political career. And indeed, the conduct of the case thus far seems to be aimed at humiliating him and ruining his reputation rather than fulfilling the requirements of the legal process.

Ominously, some of the main players in the prosecution are the same as for the first case, including Gani Patail, since elevated to Attorney General, and Musa Hassan, now holding the top police post.

Anwar and his team of lawyers believe that this new case will be argued mainly on the basis of DNA evidence. A new DNA Bill was recently rushed through Parliament, thought to be intended to facilitate the prosecution’s case.

Looking at the progress of the case so far, there appear to be many serious discrepancies and a lack of professional ethics on the part of both the police and the Attorney General’s office. But, as in the earlier case, if a pliant judge has been found, this will not prevent a conviction from being handed down to Anwar. If he is found guilty, he faces another lengthy spell behind bars.

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

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

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NS plan a spooking failure?

Stanley Koh

Thursday, 02 July 2009 19:53

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

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

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

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

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

Original proposal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NS a success or failure?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should NS be scrapped?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2009 20:29

Sidang Media Wanita Pakatan Rakyat di Parlimen

Kerajaan Malaysia masih gagal mengarusutama agenda

Pemberdayaan Wanita Malaysia

Penerapan prinsip-prinsip kesetaraan gender dalam dasar dan pentadbiran negara bukanlah sekadar janji kosong.   Ia dicapai dengan kesungguhan untuk merealisaikan komitmen terhadap pengarusutamaan gender (gender mainstreaming) dalam semua ruang lingkup kehidupan rakyat, khususnya dalam merangka dasar kerajaan, bidang penyelidikan, dialog, perundangan, pengagihan sumber dan khazanah negara, serta dalam perancangan, perlaksanaan dan penyeliaan terhadap semua program dan projek.

Gender Focal Point yang diwujudkan pada tahun 2004 telah tidak berfungsi sepenuhnya sebagai mekanisme yang boleh melonjakkan aspirasi pengarusutamaan gender.

Pengarusutamaan gender bukanlah bermaksud bersaing kuasa dengan lelaki.   Ia merupakan suatu usaha menjelaskan dengan adil, keadaan dan keperluan sebenar 50% daripada penduduk Malaysia, iaitu wanita.

Sehingga kini, Ahli Parlimen wanita berjumlah 23 orang (10.36 %).  Statistik ini tidak menunjukkan perubahan ketara yang dikehendaki dalam tiga penggal pilihanraya yang lalu – dalam tahun 1999, 10.4% Ahli Dewan Rakyat Wanita dan 2004, 10%.  Daripada 29 orang Menteri, hanya terdapat dua orang Menteri wanita iaitu hanya 6.9%. Manakala daripada 40 orang Timbalan Menteri, hanya terdapat lapan orang Timbalan Menteri wanita (20%).   Dari segi perkhidmatan awam pula, di peringkat tertinggi, peratusan wanita tidak mencecah 15% – Ketua Setiausaha (14.8%), Ketua Pengarah (11.8%) dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif (14.1%).   Ada hanya 6.9% wanita dalam Dewan-Dewan Undangan Negeri, 12.5% dalam kerajaan-kerajaan tempatan dan 7.6% ahli lembaga dalam syarikat-syarikat yang disenaraikan dalam Bursa Malaysia (statistik 2007).    Banyak kajian mendapati bahawa wanita adalah pemimpin transformasi yang lebih berjaya, jujur, telus, menjauhi rasuah, dan bersungguh dalam melaksanakan komitmennya.

Maka amatlah penting diwujudkan suatu mekanisme yang mengukur pencapaian usaha ke arah kesetaraan gender itu.   Wanita Pakatan Rakyat menggesa kerajaan Malaysia mewujudkan satu indeks kesetaraan gender yang diterapkan ke dalam Petunjuk Prestasi Utama (Key Performance Indeks/KPI) setiap kementerian agar dapat diukur sejauh mana keberkesanan usaha pengarusutamaan gender dalam kementerian-kementerian berkenaan dan dalam pentadbiran kerajaan keseluruhannya.    Dengan cara ini, kerajaan bukan sahaja dapat mengumpul data untuk mengukur keberkesanan langkah yang telah diambil, tetapi juga akan membantu dalam pembentukan pelan strategi yang lebih berkesan untuk mencapai tujuan kesetaraan gender yang memberdaya wanita Malaysia,  dan pada akhirnya akan menghasilkan keadilan untuk semua rakyat.

Wanita Pakatan Rakyat menegaskan bahawa pengiktirafan terhadap wanita yang didokumentasikan semata-mata tidak akan berhasil mencapai matlamat kesetaraan gender.

Zuraidah Kamaruddin                          Chong Eng                              Nuridah Salleh

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN                  Ketua Wanita DAP                 Ketua Muslimat PAS

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.

Perak: The Death of Democracy through Umno-BN Gutter Politics

Kenyataan Media
Ketua Wanita KEADILAN
8 Mei 2009-05-08

Terkuburnya Demokrasi kerana Perbuatan Durjana Umno-BN
di Dewan Undangan Negeri Perak

Kedurjanaan rampasan kuasa di Dewan Undangan Negeri Perak oleh Umno-BN adalah bersifat keji dan hina.
Kajian rambang mendapati bahawa rakyat Perak dan ramai golongan muda, yang telah mengikuti insiden yang melupuskan tamadun dan kemuliaan itu, meronta-ronta jiwa mereka mencari jalan bagaimana pula untuk menguburkan kedurjanaan Umno-BN itu.
Jentera Kerajaan Persekutuan, khususnya Polis Di-Raja Malaysia telah disejarahkan sekali lagi sebagai bersekongkol dengan kedurjanaan ciptaan Umno-BN di Perak. Mereka adalah penyebab kejayaan kesinambungan segala kedurjanaan yang berlaku di Malaysia. Keazliman yang tidak kunjung padam, bahkan semakin menjadi-jadi sejak jawatan Perdana Menteri disandang oleh Najib Razak, akan dirintihkan oleh Rakyat kepada Tuhan mereka sehingga Ia menjatuhkan keputusan terhadap sekelian penzalim.
Penahanan saya di Balai Polis Sungai Senam, Perak adalah tidak sah dan menyanggahi kebebasan dan hak asasi saya sebagai Warga Malaysia, Ahli Parlimen Malaysia dan tetamu undangan ke Dewan Undangan Negeri Perak. Kesemua Ahli-Ahli Yang Berhormat Parlimen, khususnya dari Pakatan Rakyat telah diundang untuk menjadi tetamu di sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri Perak pada 7 Mei 2009 semalam.
Pihak polis telah mengasari saya dan bertindak di luar batasan dan kewarasan yang dituntut oleh undang-undang. Pegawai-pegawai polis yang bertugas telah bersikap seperti robot yang tiada akal fikiran dan enggan mendengar penjelasan saya. Saya telah dikasari oleh polis ketika ingin memasuki Dun Perak dan telah mengalami kecederaan di tangan saya. Surat jemputan untuk saya ke sidang Dun Perak telah dirampas apabila ditunjukkan kepada pihak polis supaya saya diizinkan masuk ke Dewan persidangan.
Pihak polis telah dilihat dan dilapor menangkap rakyat yang berpakaian serba hitam yang berada berhampiran dengan bangunan yang menempatkan Dewan persidangan. Tindakan tersebut juga adalah menyalahi Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang memberikan hak kebebasan dalam soal peribadi kepada rakyat, selagi mana ia tidak mengganggu ketenteraman awam.
Kesangsian rakyat terhadap Umno-BN sudah semakin menebal hasil dari perbuatan durjana Umno-BN di Perak. Keadaan itu boleh diselamatkan dari menjadi lebih parah dengan pembubaran segera Dewan Undangan Negeri Perak dan untuk memulihkan demokrasi di mata rakyat dan dunia seluruhnya.

Zuraida Kamaruddin
Ketua Wanita KEADILAN
Ahli Parlimen Ampang
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Sebarang pertanyaan mengenai kenyataan di atas, sila hubungi:
Rozaini binti Mohd Rosli, tel.: 0192676879, email: rozainiebbm@yahoo.com

Nik Aziz to Elizabeth Wong

Pertemuan Eli dengan EXCO Wanita KEADILAN dua hari lepas telah menyaksikan Eli seorang yang lebih matang dan telah belajar dari peristiwa lalu yang dilemparkan oleh mereka yang mengamalkan politik durjana.

Eli telah sempat menemui Tuan Guru Nik Aziz sebelum beliau berangkat untuk menunaikan umrah. Eli telah menerima nasihat Tuan Guru yang mengandungi pesanan, yang sebenarnya sesuai untuk semua mereka yang ingin merealisasikan Politik Baru.

Nasihat beliau kepada Eli: Jangan buat tiga “D”; Dendam-Dengki-Degil.

Semoga Tiga “D” tiada dalam kamus setiap pejuang kebenaran dan keadilan, khususnya dalam Pakatan Rakyat.

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KENYATAAN MEDIA
1 Mei 2009

PERUTUSAN DATUK SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM
BERSEMPENA HARI PEKERJA 2009

Golongan pekerja merupakan nadi utama yang membina negara Malaysia ini. Mereka bertungkus lumus mencari rezeki dan pada masa yang sama usaha mereka itulah yang menggerakkan negara ini. Setiap cerita kejayaan negara ini yang kita saksi dengan penuh rasa bangga, maka kenanglah setiap titik keringat yang tumpah dari batang tubuh para pekerja yang berkorban untuk hasrat tersebut.

Bila datangnya 1hb Mei setiap tahun, kita mengambil kesempatan itu untuk mengucapkan setinggi-tinggi penghargaan kepada semua pekerja. Namun tahun ini kita resah mengenangkan muramnya kedudukan ekonomi negara dan betapa ianya memberi kesan buruk kepada semua pekerja. Kegawatan ekonomi yang melanda serta pengurusan ekonomi negara yang tidak berwibawa hanya menimbulkan keresahan terhadap kedudukan para pekerja. Ekonomi negara yang sama-sama dibangunkan, manifestasi dari harapan untuk mencipta masa depan yang lebih baik, hari ini tidak lagi bermanfaat buat mereka. Kadar pengangguran dijangka mencecah 4.5% tahun ini, bermakna hampir 500 000 individu akan kehilangan pekerjaan.

Oleh itu kita tidak boleh berlengah lagi. Perubahan serta langkah pemulihan yang diwar warkan hanya bersifat runcitan demi mencuri masa yang kian suntuk buat kerajaan BN pimpinan UMNO. Sudah tiba masanya rakyat Malaysia memilih Perubahan yang sebenarnya, yang tuntas memperjuangkan hak setiap dari warganya termasuklah hak golongan pekerja. Para pekerja, ayoh bersatulah demi mencipta Perubahan!

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Anwar Ibrahim: Penanti by-election

— KENYATAAN MEDIA UNTUK EDARAN SEGERA –

28 April 2009

(Permatang Pauh, Pulau Pinang) Sesudahnya tsunami politik Mac 2008, rakyat Malaysia kembali ke peti undi sebanyak lima kali. Empat darinya kita menyaksikan rakyat Malaysia memilih Pakatan Rakyat, yang kelimanya walaupun dicemari politik wang dan penipuan, menunjukkan betapa rakyat begitu mengidamkan perubahan dan politik baru di negara ini.

Mesejnya jelas. Rakyat Malaysia mahukan perubahan dan menidakkan pemerintahan BN yang dikuasai Umno. Mereka mendakap perjuangan Pakatan Rakyat yang mahukan rakyat bersatu padu dan berusaha membasmi rasuah serta memastikan tidak ada lagi kaum yang dipinggirkan, baik Melayu mahupun kaum bumiputera Sarawak dan Sabah.

Oleh itu saya dengan sukacitanya ingin mengumumkan calon KEADILAN bagi kawasan Penanti pada pilihanraya 31 Mei ini ialah En. Mansor bin Othman. Beliau merupakan Ketua Bahagian KEADILAN Balik Pulau dan Timbalan Pengerusi Perhubungan Negeri KEADILAN Pulau Pinang. Beliau juga telah berkhidmat selama 10 tahun sebagai Ahli Majlis Pimpinan Tertinggi Parti Keadilan Rakyat dan Timbalan Pengarah Pilihanraya Pusat KEADILAN. En. Mansor Othman juga telah berkhidmat dengan saya yang pada ketika itu merupakan Timbalan Perdana Menteri sebagai Setiausaha Politik dari tahun 1996-1998.

Beliau telah mencurahkan tenaga demi membawa pembangunan ke Pulau Pinang dan saya yakin beliau bersedia untuk berkhidmat untuk penduduk Penanti sepenuh jiwa dan raga.

En. Mansor merupakan pemegang ijazah sarjana dari Universiti Sains Malaysia dan sarjana falsafah serta sarjana sastera dari Universiti Yale. Beliau merupakan Profesor Madya di USM dan Pengarah Pusat Kajian Dasar. Beliau secara aktif berusaha meningkatkan taraf pendidikan dan program belia di Pulau Pinang dengan penglibatan sebagai ahli Jawatankuasa Pendidikan Masyarakat dan Jawatankuasa Program Pembangunan Belia. Sebagai exco PEMADAM, beliau bekerja keras meningkatkan kesedaran awam berhubung penyalahgunaan serta langkah-langkah pencegahan dari terlibat dengan dadah.

Melalui program TEKUN di mana beliau sebagai Pengurus Besar, En. Mansor Othman terlibat secara aktif dalam pembangunan usahawan bumiputera, bertujuan meningkatkan kemahiran usahawan kecil dan sederhana serta membiayai usaha mereka dengan pemberian kredit mikro.

Saya merakamkan ucapan penghargaan kepada YAB Ketua Menteri Lim Guan Eng kerana sudi bersama kita malam ini dan membuktikan kepada semua keteguhan kerjasama Pakatan Rakyat. Parti Keadilan Rakyat yakin DAP dan PAS pasti bersama-sama di dalam pihanraya kecil ini bagi memastikan kemenangan Pakatan Rakyat.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Ketua Umum

Parti Keadilan Rakyat

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— PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —

28 April 2009

(Permatang Pauh, Penang) In the aftermath of the March 2008 political tsunami Malaysians have gone back to the polls five times. In four elections they have voted overwhelmingly in favour of Pakatan Rakyat and in the fifth, but for the influence of money politics and electoral fraud, demonstrated a growing preference for change and for a new style of politics.

The message is clear. The Malaysian people are eager to turn the page on Umno-led BN rule. They have embraced Pakatan Rakyat’s message of unity and are inspired by our commitment to eradicating corruption and addressing the needs of the poor and marginalized, particularly among the Malays and bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak.

I am pleased to announce KEADILAN’s candidate for the May 31st by election for the State seat of Penanti in Penang. En. Mansor bin Othman is KEADILAN’s Division Chief for Balik Pulau and Deputy State Chief of KEADILAN Penang. He has served on KEADILAN’s Supreme Council for over ten years and also served as the national Deputy Director of Elections. In addition, he served me honorably and with distinction as Political Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1996-1998.

Mansor has contributed immensely to the development of Penang and is ready to serve the people of Penanti from day one in office.

He earned a masters degree from USM and a Masters in Arts and a Masters of Philosophy from Yale University. He was an associate professor at USM and was also the Director of the Center for Policy Research.

Having served in the Committee for Community Education and the Committee for Youth Development Programs, he has contributed to improving both education and youth programs in Penang. As an Exco member of PEMADAM Penang, he worked tirelessly to raise awareness about drug abuse and the prevention of drug addiction. Mansor was also actively involved in the development of bumiputera entrepreneurs, notably through his role with TEKUN, a program designed to improve skills of businessmen in small and medium enterprises by providing them with microcredit facilities.

I would like to thank CM Lim Guan Eng immensely for joining us tonight and for his continued support of the Pakatan agenda. On behalf of KEADILAN I look forward to continued cooperation with DAP and PAS in the coming election. Their contributions have been instrumental in the previous by-election victories and have demonstrated the growing strength and cohesiveness of this coalition.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

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Mansor is PKR candidate for Penanti
Athi Veeranggan | Apr 28, 09 11:06pm malaysiakini.com
Former academician and PKR state deputy leader 58-year-old Mansor Othman (

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pic below) will be the party candidate for the Penanti by-election next month.

anwar ibrahim dr mansor othman pkr candidate for penanti state seat by election 280409 03This was announced by PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim to a crowd of more than 1,000 people packed into Yayasan Aman, Penanti tonight.

Among Pakatan Rakyat leaders present were Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, PKR national president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, state PKR chief and Bayan Baru parliamentarian MP Zahrain Mohd Hashim, state DAP chairperson and state executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow and former deputy chief minister Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin.

Since the seat fell vacant after its incumbent representative Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin resigned on April 16, speculations were rife that Mansor was PKR supremo Anwar’s pick for the contest.

Mansor, a former professor from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), was Anwar’s political secretary when the parliamentary opposition leader was the deputy prime minister in the Barisan Nasional government.

“He earned a Masters degree from USM and a Masters in Arts and a Masters in Philosophy in Yale University,” said Anwar in introducing Mansor to party supporters.

Mansor, who is PKR Balik Pulau division chief, is also the party’s Penang deputy chief.

“He has served in PKR’s supreme council for 10 years and also served as the national deputy director of elections. In addition, he has served me honourably and with distinction as political secretary to the deputy prime minister from 1996 to 1998,” added Anwar.

The Penanti by-election was called by the Election Commission when Fairus resigned as the elected representative.

Polling day will be Sunday, May 31

Earlier on April 8, he resigned as deputy chief minister 1 and executive councillor after he was embroiled in a graft allegation linking him to quarry operations on Penang’s mainland.

anwar ibrahim dr mansor othman pkr candidate for penanti state seat by election 280409 01He has since been cleared by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) from all allegations.

Last weekend, Fairus reiterated his stand to resign from Penanti, prompting the EC to call for a by-election. Polls will be on Sunday, May 31 and nomination falls on Saturday, May 23.

The “Fairus” lesson has prompted Anwar to pick “a politically-strong Penang-based party senior leader” to contest Penanti.

Mansor is a highly-respected figure within PKR circle and could not be bullied by rivals as in the case of Mohammad Fairus, who was young, inexperienced and lacked political maturity.

Apparently Anwar needs Dr Mansor to put order in the state PKR, which currently is being hit by factionalism.

Anwar has earlier hinted that the PKR candidate for the Penanti by-election will be the highly likely nominee for vacant deputy chief minister and exco positions in the Pakatan Rakyat Penang government.

The posts, which included one of the two chief ministers positions, are part of PKR’s quota in the DAP-led state government.

anwar ibrahim dr mansor othman pkr candidate for penanti state seat by election 280409 04Anwar said the by-election was unavoidable because PKR had to choose a capable leader who can work closely with the chief minister and contribute efficiently to the state administration.

The PKR leader’s stand dashes any lingering hopes harboured by current state executive councillor and Batu Maung assemblyperson Abdul Malik Abdul Kassim to succeed Fairus.

However, Mansor has a black mark in his CV, a history of losing streaks in general elections.

Hopes to end unwanted record

He lost to Zain Omar in the Balik Pulau parliamentary duel in 1999, to Ariff Shah Omar Shah in Seberang Jaya state seat contest in 2004 and to Muhammad Farid Saad by 294 in Pulau Betong state constituency.

He hopes to end the unwanted record and stripped off his loser’s tag with a win in the Penanti by-election.

penanti state seat penang 200409On paper, PKR looks favourite to retain the seat. Even the Umno leadership recently hinted the party may not field a candidate.

Penanti comes under Anwar’s Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency – a PKR stronghold.

In the Permatang Pauh by-election last August, Penanti voters gave Anwar a thumping majority of 3,276.

PKR’s Abdul Rahman Abdul Kadir won the state seat in 1999 before losing it to Permatang Pauh Umno chief Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid in 2004. He in turn lost to Mohammad Fairus last year.

First-timer Mohammad Fairus took the seat with a majority of 2,219. He polled 7,346 votes against Abdul Jalil’s 5,127.

“Even though it is in Permatang Pauh, our stronghold, we shall not be complacent, arrogant and take things for granted. We must work harder to achieve a big win,” said the PKR leader.

Anwar also called on Lim to consider Mansor, if he wins Penanti, as PKR nominee for the DCM post.

Mansor, a former university student leader, could have been Anwar’s original choice to be the state DCM 1. But it did not materialise due to his electoral defeat in Pulau Betong.

Penanti will be the sixth by-election since the March 8 general election, five of which were snatched by Pakatan Rakyat.

Lim earlier reaffirmed DAP’s commitment to ensuring a PKR’s victory in the by-election and called on Penanti voters to teach another lesson yet again to Umno and Barisan Nasional.

Zahrain reminded party supporters to protect the pride of the party and Anwar, and ensure victory as Penanti comes under the “PKR political bastion”.

And Mansor has said he is up to the challenge.

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Fairus makes surprise appearance
Athi Veeranggan | Apr 28, 09 11:37pm
After a month-long disappearance from public view, former Penang deputy chief minister 1 Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin made a surprise appearance tonight at the announcement of the PKR candidate for the Penanti by-election.

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anwar ibrahim dr mansor othman pkr candidate for penanti state seat by election 280409 04The ever-smiling Mohammad Fairus arrived at Yayasan Aman together with PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim and president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

He was given a rousing welcome by Pakatan Rakyat leaders and supporters when he entered the hall and walked to the stage.

Once on the stage, he shook hands and hugged Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and state executive councillors Chow KonYeow and Phee Boon Poh.

He was immediately given the microphone and he delivered a brief but sharp speech.

“I have gone through hell and have come back. Now I know who are my friends and foes,” he told more than 1,000 PKR supporters in the packed hall.

He hit out at his detractors for not only conspiring to bring about his downfall but also for spreading rumours questioning his honesty, sincerity, commitment and loyalty to the struggle of PKR and Pakatan.

“My public appearance tonight has surely proved otherwise. The rumour mongers merely spread lies to tarnish my image and credibility.

“No matter what the rumour mongers spread, here I am to demonstrate my commitment and loyalty to PKR and Pakatan,” he said.

Fairus resigned as DCM 1 and relinquished his state portfolios effective April 8 after he was embroiled in a graft investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

People conspire but God decides

Local boy Fairus, who quit his Penanti seat on April 16, was alleged to have accepted bribes to allow illegal quarry operations on Penang mainland.

MACC has since cleared Fairus from all graft allegations.

“This shows no matter how hard the conspirators tried to destroy me, the truth prevailed. People can always conspire and plot, but only God decides,” he said.

anwar ibrahim dr mansor othman pkr candidate for penanti state seat by election 280409 01Anwar later praised Fairus for being a gentleman and for his resilience in facing and overcoming all challenges during this trying times, including attempts by certain quarters to buy him over to the “other side”’

“He gave them a kick and a chop,” he said of Fairus, a silat exponent.

He explained that Fairus needed to step down to take a temporary political break “to smoothen a rough situation”.

Anwar said he had left it to Fairus’ discretion to decide whether to sue those who had plotted to bring him down.

Fairus has already threatened to file civil suits against his detractors for plotting his ouster from the Pakatan state government.

He plans to help Pakatan campaign for a big win in the Penanti by-election and then leave the country for a while.