Isnin, 25 Mac 2013



Anwar Ibrahim

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 07:11 PM PDT

Anwar Ibrahim

[VIDEO] Anwar Ibrahim: Towards A New & Better Malaysia

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 05:08 AM PDT

Malaysia’s looming election – Video nasties

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 04:57 AM PDT

The Economist – 23 Mar 13

A two-year election campaign nears its climax

WITH a tight election coming up, it is politics as usual in Malaysia—only more so. This month alone has seen the opposition accused of colluding in a foreign invasion of the state of Sabah in Borneo; the death of a private investigator, reviving stories of the grisly murder in 2006 of a beautiful Mongolian woman linked to a friend of the prime minister, Najib Razak; the leader of the opposition, Anwar Ibrahim, denying that he was one of two men appearing in grainy pictures online in an affectionate clinch; and a film shot on hidden cameras that appears to show large-scale corruption in the government of the other Malaysian state in Borneo, Sarawak.

Sailing blithely above the mud and filth that make Malaysian political waters so murky, Mr Najib went on national television on March 19th to deliver the scorecard on the "transformation programme" his government has implemented. He had a good story to tell, of robust economic growth of 5.6% in 2012, poverty virtually eliminated, inequality reduced and 400 legal cases against corruption initiated. And he was able to announce that a scheme to give cash handouts to poorer households will become an annual event.

All should be set fair, you might think, for Mr Najib's ruling coalition, the Barisan Nasional (BN), to romp home again at the election, as it has done in every ballot since independence in 1957. Mr Najib is expected to dissolve parliament any day now, with the voting to follow in mid-April after a brief official campaign period (the unofficial one has now lasted two years or more). If he does not dissolve parliament, its term will expire at the end of April, and the election must then be held by the end of June.

In fact, the outcome is in doubt, for the first time in Malaysia's history. In the election five years ago the opposition coalition, the Pakatan Rakyat, for the first time deprived the BN of the two-thirds majority that allows it to change the constitution. That led to the downfall of the BN prime minister of the day, Abdullah Badawi. His replacement by Mr Najib was decided by their party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which represents the Malays (who make up about 55% of the population) and dominates the BN. In 2008 Pakatan actually won a slight majority of the popular vote in peninsular Malaysia (ie, excluding Sabah and Sarawak). Affirmative-action policies introduced more than 40 years ago to favour Malays and other indigenous groups over the Chinese and Indian minorities were no longer enough to ensure an overwhelming victory for the ruling coalition.

The BN says it would like to campaign on Mr Najib's record of relative economic success, modest liberalising reform and statesmanship. The opposition wants to keep the focus on issues of fairness and corruption. It can boast of good performances by governments in some of the four (out of 13) states it controls in Malaysia's federal system. But its best hope is that, after more than five decades of BN rule, many Malaysians want change.

This time, some Pakatan members express utter confidence that it will come. That is probably bluster. The odds still favour the BN. Constituency sizes give greater weight to voters in the countryside, who tend to be more conservative than the wired, cosmopolitan and cynical residents of the cities. Mr Najib has the advantages of incumbency—such as deciding when to call elections. Waiting has deprived the opposition of the chance of postponing elections in the four states it governs. Simultaneous elections tend to favour the BN, with its greater resources.

The risk in waiting has been that unexpected events might intervene. One such has been the extraordinary saga of the "invasion" of Sabah in February by nearly 200 gunmen calling themselves followers of a pretender to the title of the Sultan of Sulu, whose holder in the southern Philippines once ruled Sabah as well. What seemed at first a kind of practical joke turned into an extremely ugly confrontation, in which 62 of the intruders and ten men from the Malaysian security forces have died.

The suspicions of opposition involvement (vigorously denied) stem from the composition of Sabah's population. A commission is investigating the award of Malaysian citizenship in the 1990s to about 800,000 Filipino Muslims. The BN is accused of trying to change the ethnic make-up of Sabah, and of importing potential voters. Sabahans of Filipino origin, however, might be alienated by a fierce crackdown on the intruders. Perhaps with that in mind, coverage of the mopping-up operation on state-controlled television stations has been low-key. Indeed, even if the invasion might harm the BN in Sabah, the government's handling of it may have helped it overall.

Nor will the government be much worried by the impact of the death from a heart attack on March 15th of a private investigator who in 2008 had accused the prime minister of having been involved with a Mongolian woman. His death has revived interest in the story of her murder in 2006 by two members of an elite commando corps. Mr Najib has sworn on the Koran that he never met the woman, and although the case continues to create excited chatter online, it is ignored by the mainstream press. In opinion polls, Mr Najib remains very popular, with an approval rating of 61% in one recent survey.

The steady stream of improbable allegations of sexual impropriety against Mr Anwar, however, although always denied, may have eroded his standing. They may also create tensions within Pakatan, whose three components are Mr Anwar's multi-ethnic party, a conservative Islamist one and the Democratic Action Party, dominated by members of the ethnic-Chinese minority. Perversely, some Chinese remain worried by Mr Anwar for a different reason: his early days as a firebrand Islamist student leader.

That he still has some chance of becoming prime minister is testimony to widespread anger at the corruption endemic in Malaysia. The hidden-camera film on Sarawak, produced by Global Witness, a London-based NGO, produced shocking evidence of state-government criminality in land deals. Its many viewers in Malaysia are furious. But they are not surprised.


Posted: 24 Mar 2013 11:38 AM PDT



Posted: 24 Mar 2013 12:01 AM PDT

BN tak umum awal bukan pun sangat sebab strategi pilihanraya tapi takut bergaduh , sabotaj dan boikot sesama sendiri jika calon diketahui awal. 

Bila sudah tahu calon yang wakili PR maka calon berkenaan sudah diperkenalkan kepada pengundi di dun dan parlimen tempat mereka bertanding. Masing2 buat kerja dah...

Bila selesai sahaja penamaan calon, PR tidak perlu lagi ambil masa untuk perkenalkan calon kerana pengundi sudah kenal berbanding BN yang calonnya hanya diketahui pada hari penamaan calon. Maklumla waktu kempen pun pendek..

Calon dari kalangan orang tempatan tiada masalah tapi calon luar jika tidak diperkenalkan awal tentu ambil masa lama untuk pengundi kenal.


Posted: 23 Mar 2013 11:52 PM PDT

PRU-13: DAP akan Bertanding Guna Tiket PKR Atau PAS Jika Digantung - Karpal

Karpal Singh
GEORGE TOWN: Calon DAP akan bertanding di bawah tiket Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) atau PAS sekiranya pendaftaran parti itu digantung sebelum hari penamaan calon diadakan, kata Pengerusi DAP, Karpal Singh.
"Ini kerana kita bimbang serta tidak mahu calon DAP kucar-kacir, kerana tidak boleh menggunakan simbol parti untuk bertanding dalam pilihan raya. Kita juga tahu parti mungkin digantung sementara menunggu siasatan dijalankan," katanya kepada pemberita pada Sabtu.
Karpal berkata DAP telah memberi kerjasama penuh kepada Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS) dalam siasatan berhubung kontroversi keputusan pemilihan parti itu.
Bagaimanapun, beliau menegaskan semua siasatan yang dijalankan perlu dilaksanakan secara adil.
"Semua usaha yang dibuat oleh ROS adalah memastikan setiap parti dibenarkan menggunakan simbol mereka pada pilihan raya umum akan datang," katanya.


Posted: 23 Mar 2013 09:37 PM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Isu skandal pembelian kapal selam Scorpene bernilai RM7.3 bilion oleh kerajaan Malaysia benar-benar mencemarkan imej negara di mata dunia, apabila ia melibatkan komisyen berjumlah RM457 juta yang dibayar kepada syarikat Perimekar Sdn Bhd yang dimiliki Abdul Razak Baginda.

Lebih memalukan lagi apabila isu rasuah sebegitu besar itu yang kini sedang dibicarakan di mahkamah Perancis tercetus ketika Perdana Menteri, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak menjadi Menteri Pertahanan pada tahun 2002 lalu.  
Ahli Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat, Dato' Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa berkata, pada 20 April 2012 lalu, Hakim Penyiasat (Paris Tribunal Instance), Roger Le Loire telah menerima tujuh saksi yang dinamakan Suaram iaitu Razak Baginda, Dato' Seri Najib, Dato' Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Balasubramaniam, Jasbir Singh, Lodin Wok dan isteri Razak Baginda, Mazlinda Makhzan.
Menurut beliau, isu tersebut sangat penting dan memerlukan komitmen serta kehadiran Najib dan Zahid dalam perbicaraannya, tetapi keengganan mereka hadir ke mahkamah Perancis sehingga kini menimbulkan seribu tanda tanya, seolah-olah mereka ingin menyembunyikan sesuatu daripada pengetahuan rakyat.  

Katanya, isu tersebut turut membuktikan pembelian alat-alat senjata dan kelengkapan ketenteraan oleh kerajaan dijadikan tempat oleh pemimpin-pemimpin Umno-BN untuk mengaut keuntungan peribadi dan memberikan habuan kepada kroni-kroni mereka. 
"Sedangkan itu semua adalah soal keselamatan. Dalam soal keselamatan pula, terdapat dua perkara asas, iaitu maruah nasional dan kedaulatan negara. Mana-mana negara pun di dunia ini mesti ada dua benda itu kerana ia merupakan perkara asas untuk menjaga keselamatan dan kedaulatan negara," katanya ketika dihubungi 20 Mac lalu.
Beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Parit Buntar berkata, Malaysia tidak mempunyai peruntukan yang besar bagi pertahanan, tetapi jika peruntukan itu juga turut dieksploitasi oleh pihak-pihak tertentu, ia pasti menjejaskan kapasiti pertahanan negara seperti yang berlaku di Lahad Datu sekarang.
"Sedangkan angkatan tentera kita seperti juga tentera-tentera di negara lain pasti memerlukan peralatan canggih yang bermutu tinggi untuk menjaga keselamatan dan kedaulatan negara.
"Jika peralatan yang dibeli itu berharga rendah, ia pasti tidak bermutu dan tidak menepati keperluan yang sebenar. Ini bukan hanya merbahayakan negara, tetapi turut memalukan tentera kita di mata dunia. Itulah padahnya jika pemimpin tidak melaksanakan amanah rakyat dengan baik," ujar beliau.

Anak Muda Kampung Nak Senang

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 11:13 AM PDT

Anak Muda Kampung Nak Senang

Menteri Pertahanan amat prihatin kebajikan keluarga tentera?

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 07:18 AM PDT


Harian Metro 19 Feb 2013

"Tragedi ini dapat dielakkan jika lif itu diselenggara secara berkala dengan baik. Saya kesal kerana isteri saya menjadi mangsa akibat sikap sambil lewa ini," kata Rafie Johar, 37, yang kematian isteri akibat lif dinaiki di Pangsapuri Blok A25, Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM), di sini, terhempas dipercayai kerana kabelnya putus.

Dalam kejadian jam 5 petang Jumaat lalu, mangsa, Zamelia Isharuddin, 38, menaiki lif itu dari tingkat lima bangunan didiami untuk turun ke tingkat bawah bagi mengambil wang hasil perniagaan nasi lemak yang dijalankan secara sambilan.

Rafie berkata, lif di pangsapuri itu sudah lama bermasalah dan hanya satu daripada dua mesin pengangkat itu boleh digunakan. "Kemungkinan kabel lif yang boleh digunakan itu sudah 'haus' kerana tidak diselia atau diperiksa pengurusan kediaman ini," katanya.

Menurutnya, dia hanya mengetahui nahas ngeri membabitkan isterinya itu selepas dimaklumkan beberapa jiran yang tinggal berhampiran pangsapuri 10 tingkat itu.

Menurutnya, beberapa jiran yang terkejut selepas mendengar dentuman kuat itu segera menghubungi bomba dan penyelamat sebelum isterinya berjaya dikeluarkan dari dalam lif berkenaan.

"Ketika itu, isteri tidak sedarkan diri sebelum dikejarkan ke Hospital Seri Manjung bagi mendapatkan rawatan kecemasan. Keadaan Zamelia amat kritikal berikutan tengkuk dan kepalanya turut dihentak kabel besi lif yang putus itu.

"Doktor bertungkus-lumus menyelamatkannya sebelum isteri menghembuskan nafas terakhir pada jam 12.15 tengah hari Sabtu lalu," katanya.

Rafie berkata, dia tidak dapat menahan rasa sedih berikutan kehilangan isteri dalam tragedi yang amat mengerikan itu.

Difahamkan, jenazah mangsa dibawa pulang untuk dikebumikan di Kampung Sayong Lembah, Kuala Kangsar.

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