Jumaat, 27 Ogos 2010

Zulkifli Noordin

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Zulkifli Noordin


Posted: 26 Aug 2010 10:37 AM PDT

Salam 2 all.

Teman dah banyak tulis pasal DAP dan sandiwara mereka. Dah berkati dan berguni. Pada teman DAP ni parti yang patut dinyahkan daripada peta politik Malaysia.

Tengah teman dok belek-belek laman web, terbaca artikel terbaru mengenai sandiwara DAP ni oleh YB Wee Choo Keong. Satu pendedahan yang sangat relevan dan "eye opener".

Perlu diingat YB Wee Choo Keong adalah bekas pemimpin kanan DAP. Semasa zaman kehebatan beliau, ramai pemimpin DAP masakini masih budak-budak ingusan dok bawah ketiak pak depa lagi.

Tapi pada tahun 1995, YB Wee Choo Keong, semasa itu Ahli Parlimen Bukit Bintang dan Ketua Penerangan DAP telah dipecat dari DAP. Teman dimaklumkan alasannya, "for not showing enough affection to party leadership"!! Lawak 'Senario' pun tak kelakar macam tu!

Baru-baru ini, YB Wee menulis mengenai sandiwara terkini DAP, parti yang dia kenali luar dalam. Dan teman perturunkan analisa beliau disini untuk renungan dan pengajaran bagi mereka yang dok syok tidoq sebantal dengan parti cauvinis ini.

Semoga kupasan YB Wee menjadi "eye opener" untuk mereka yang masih berfikir menggunakan akal, bukan kepala lutut!

Adios amigos, grasias senor.

Zulkifli Bin Noordin
17 Ramadhan 1431
27 Ogos 2010


By YB Wee Choo Keong
Kuala Lumpur 26 August 2010

Make no mistake. DAP is equal to its supreme leaders, and vice versa. The rest of the minions are merely expendable party slaves tied constantly to a short, snug leash to cow them into absolute obedience. No matter what, the dynasty is to be served and its survival is all that matters. It can do no wrong. 'Do what I say and not do what I do' is law. The slightest hint of not showing "enough affection" to one or two supreme leaders can and will cost you your political career in the party. I was such a victim of this whimsical aberrance when I was sacked in 1998, a ludicrous 'first' in the world. No regrets though or I would be caught between the devil and the deep blue sea; between hyprocrisy and being a dynastic slave. Neither will serve integrity nor self-respect.

The recent sacking of Mr Tee Boon Hock, the ex-DAP councilor, who was alleged to have embroiled in the "letterhead scandal" is a clear example of blatant victimisation for the sake of protecting the cronies – for the sake of the endearing dynasty.

But it's this question of integrity that DAP falls way short on. The supreme leaders know it and for the purpose of the party's political relevance and survival they will draw on their mastership of the art of political expediency to pull them through. It will save the day, no doubt, once more. PAS with its recent talk and posturing for an Islamic state will be muted and neutralized, yet again. PAS will withdraw into the background, re-group and wait to pursue its agenda another day. Why PAS will always do this like a gentleman beats me and this strategic behavior alone warrants a posting all its own on another day.

DAP should know better. When it decided to go into a marriage-of-convenience in the 1990 General Elections with Semangat 46 under the flagship of Gagasan Rakyat and Semangat 46 in turn had a coalition with PAS under the flagship of Angaktan Perpaduan Umrah (APU), the DAP  knew what PAS stood for and the party will live by its constitution to propagate Islamic states whenever and wherever it comes into power. All went well for the 1990 General Elections but the coalition failed to take over power in the federal government.  

After the 1990 General Elections, in 1992 the DAP's supreme leaders decided to pull out from Gagasan Rakyat under the pretext that Semangat 46 was indirectly associated with PAS through APU and that PAS was serious in promoting and setting up an Islamic state.  

n the 1999 General Elections, the DAP went into a loose coalition with PAS despite the fact that PAS never abandoned their objective of setting up an Islamic state when it comes into power. The DAP supreme leaders went campaigning to assure Malaysians not to be worried about the said PAS stand on Islamic State as the DAP will ensure that it will not materialise. In 2001 the DAP supreme leaders were again playing with their politics of expediency by disassociating itself with PAS over the issue of Islamic State. 

t must be noted that PAS has and will continue to be candid about this objective but why do the supreme leaders of DAP behave like a disobedient, unsupportive and combative "wife" every time the subject crops up? Political expediency at play, is it? But to me it's more a question of integrity with DAP's supreme leaders. They should look themselves in the mirror and come clean. Hypocrisy is sinful, hateful damning. PAS has integrity. Their leaders are honest, trustworthy and faithful to their party's constitution. From day one the party did not hide its desire to form Islamic states and it will not go back on its promise for any form of political expediency no matter what.

PAS has better watch it lest DAP's supreme leaders seemingly skilful art of political expediency cows the party into singing and dancing to its tune. Which, by my analysis, is most unlikely to happen. Which also brings into question the validity of this marriage-of-convenience in the eyes of PAS.

Moreover, for DAP's supreme leaders to fan out enmass throughout the country in 1990 and again in 1999 General Elections to convince its supporters that going into a marriage with PAS (for votes fishing of course) will not affect their interests is akin to pulling a fast one and lying through their teeth. The art of political expediency is anything but scheming, any which way one looks at it.

DAP's supreme leaders short-coming goes even further. The supreme leaders can ride on the moral high horse and say one thing and do another. They will shout and scream themselves hoarse for freedom of the press and freedom of speech in public. The next moment, at the snap of the fingers, they will also invoke a 'gag order' when it suits them and get all and sundry to toe the party line or else …

Chairman of the party Karpal Singh has always been the instrument for such incongruences. The recent 'gag order' on all talk of the "letterhead scandals" in Selangor is not the first, and it will not be the last. Remember also when he was reportedly quoted to have said the equivalent of "Islamic state over my dead body"? Why are other supreme leaders so mumed with statements of this nature and why is Karpal Singh singled out to do this kind of dirty work all the time? Preservation of the dynasty, remember? It should be above the supreme leaders demeanor to display such outward hypocrisy but there will always be hangeron-s to carry out the unspeakable.

DAP's supreme leaders way of keeping the party's minion in check is also hypocritical and seemingly subtle. But if one has been tracking their traits it's always the repeated reminders that the General Elections are just round the corner when there's a hint of it by the ruling government. The reminders will get so loud that the hopefuls will realize it's a signal not to get too smart to buck the trend and show disaffection lest one is put out to pasture without a constituency to stand in, or, be placed in a hopeless constituency. Never mind one can lose the party's election at the party's stronghold in Malacca but if the condition is right the loser can be jettisoned to becoming the DAP Secretary-General and then a Chief Minister in another state!

DAP should stop riding the moral high horse. It's a joke to say one thing and do another. It's even more damning when you carry up the cudgel to fight against corruption but look the other way when the same loathsome transgression stares you in the face in your own backyard in the form of the recent Selangor illegal sand mining scandal and letterhead scandals. Mr Tee Boon Hock is expendable but the newly converted blue-eyed-one, even though had been labeled 'he is trouble,' will be protected because of vested dynastic interest.

The art of political expediency riding on the moral high horse is diametrically opposed and has no place under the sun. It is contradictory. It is all hypocrisy. It is scheming to blur the blatant acts of preserving the dynasty, practising cronyism and indulging in malpractices under cover. What is the difference then between what the government of the day is doing and what the hopeful government in waiting (and it's a long shot okay) is hiding behind? You be the judge!

Anwar Ibrahim

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Anwar Ibrahim Again Battles Dubious Sex Sharges

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 04:01 PM PDT

From The Globe And Mail
By Mark MacKinnon

There is an uncomfortable pattern to life for Anwar Ibrahim, the charismatic leader of Malaysia's opposition. In 1998, shortly after he quit the authoritarian government of Mahathir bin Mohamad, he was convicted and jailed on trumped-up sodomy charges.

Six years after that conviction was quashed and he was released from prison – and just as it looked like he and his multi-ethnic coalition might finally oust the long-ruling United National Malays Organization from office – Mr. Anwar finds himself trapped in the most awkward of reruns, once more accused of "consensual intercourse against the order of nature."

The charges again look to be a thinly veiled attempt to ruin Mr. Anwar's reputation and sabotage his political career in this Muslim-majority country. The trial to date – dubbed "Sodomy II" in Malaysia's unsubtle government-controlled press – has produced a succession of lurid headlines about lubricant tubes and stained underwear, while Mr. Anwar and his lawyers have been denied the right even to see the medical records of the man with which he is alleged to have had anal sex.

But instead of letting the scandalous court proceedings force him to the sidelines, the eternally optimistic Mr. Anwar has been using good humour and his ever-present BlackBerry to turn even the most awkward of headlines to his advantage, holding up the charges against him as proof of the absurdity of the system he's trying to change.

As a lone judge contemplates whether there is evidence to convict Mr. Anwar and sentence him to up to 20 years in prison, as well as a flogging, Mr. Anwar has continued his ferocious assault on a government he derides as repressive and corrupt, blogging from the courtroom and sending cheeky and upbeat 140-character updates to his followers via Twitter.

"Sodomy circus turns into sex opera!" reads one of Mr. Anwar's mid-trial posts, which linked to a video of a lawyer discussing the lurid details of the case. "Courage of conviction. Que sera sera," was his response to a fellow Twitter user who worried the energetic 63-year-old was headed back to jail.

The odds do seem stacked against Mr. Anwar, a former deputy prime minister who was once considered the rising star of Malaysian politics. But to hear him tell it, his déjà-vu legal ordeal is evidence that Prime Minister Najib Razak and his party are losing their grip on power, and they know it well.

"They can't deal with me politically – either my economic programs or policies. They can't debate me. So they resort to this ludicrous exercise to demonize me," he said in an interview at the offices of his People's Justice Party in western Kuala Lumpur, a confident grin fixed on his narrow, goateed face. "We will win the next election and we will change the courts."

It seems unlikely things will go quite that smoothly. Mr. Anwar's political career has seen his fortunes change as often and as quickly as the weather in this peninsula thrust between the Indian and Pacific oceans. The leader of a Muslim youth organization during his student days, he shocked his followers by joining UNMO in the early 1980s and taking a succession of cabinet posts in the authoritarian government of Mr. Mahathir, eventually rising to become his powerful finance minister and deputy prime minister.

But the two men never saw eye-to-eye on key issues, and they eventually fell out during the 1997 Asian financial crisis over economic policy and Mr. Anwar's accusation that cronyism at the top was hurting the country's economy. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Anwar – frequently held up in the West as an example of a moderate Muslim democrat – was in jail.

Though initially barred from politics upon his release, Mr. Anwar steered the opposition to a surprisingly strong finish in 2008 elections, and – even as the new sodomy charges were being laid –very nearly won the long-sought prime minister's chair in the aftermath when he called for a vote of non-confidence in Mr. Najib's government. Mr. Anwar said he had the support of a majority in parliament, including an unspecified number of UMNO defectors, but the vote never happened. Instead, 40 key lawmakers were sent on a government junket to Taiwan during which some were apparently convinced to rethink supporting Mr. Anwar's bid for power.

The next election, which can be called any time before 2013, is set to be a high-stakes affair in this rapidly developing country of 28 million, which has seen freedom of speech blossom since the 2003 retirement of Mr. Mahathir and the rise of the Internet. Any kind of conviction would keep Mr. Anwar – who heads an improbable coalition that consists of liberal reformers like himself and an Islamist party that seeks to impose Koranic law – on the sidelines for another five years.

Mr. Anwar, a married father of six children, denies the new charges that he had sex with a 25-year-old former aide to Mr. Najib. (The sodomy law, which dates back to the British colonial era, has only been used seven times since independence, with four of those charges being levelled against Mr. Anwar.)

The case recently devolved into further farce when it surfaced that the complainant was having an affair with a member of the prosecution team. Though Judge Mohamad Zabidin Diah acknowledged the affair as fact, he denied Mr. Anwar's application to have the charges thrown out on that basis.

Mr. Anwar, who counts Al Gore, Nelson Mandela and former Canadian prime minister Paul Martin among his friends, said that while the Malaysian court system would do him no favours, he thinks his case is high-profile enough that the government won't dare jail him again. "It's a catch-22 for them. If they put me in jail, they invoke more sympathy, certainly the government will lose … And unlike Mahathir, Najib wants to be seen to be acceptable in the international community."

Mr. Anwar's undimmed ambition to be prime minister clearly infuriates his political opponents. Even in retirement, his mentor-turned-nemesis Mr. Mahathir uses his own blog to mock his former protégé and lash back at accusations that the case against Mr. Anwar is trumped up. "Could it be that it was actually the victim of anal rape who decided to tell things as they happened? I would like to say we should wait for the court to decide, but that can take a very long, long time or even never," Mr. Mahathir wrote recently.

Despite a near-complete ban on his speaking to the official media, Mr. Anwar appears to be winning the public-relations battle, in part because of his savvy online efforts. A poll conducted by the independent Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research shortly after the new charges were filed found that only 11 per cent of the more than 1,000 respondents believed the new sodomy allegations against Mr. Anwar. Two-thirds said they agreed with the statement that the trial was "a politically motivated action to disrupt Anwar Ibrahim's political career."

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Umno Mahu Taib Undur, Untuk Kuasai Sarawak

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 03:43 PM PDT

Dari Harakah

PAS melihat Umno kini terdesak untuk menyingkirkan Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud selepas
kekalahan yang memalukan BN di Sibu baru-baru ini.

Ketua Penerangan PAS, Idris Ahmad berkata, tekanan tersebut sama seperti dilakukan Umno ketika mahu menjatuhkan Mahathir dan Pak Lah.

Ianya sewaktu kedua-duanya dituduh sebagai punca Kekalahan BN dalam pilihanraya Umum 1999 dan 2008.

Umno ujar Idris mahu menguasai Sarawak dengan menyingkirkan Taib yang kini presiden Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).

Ini kerana di Semenanjung Umno sudah kehilangan sokongan majoriti besar rakyat Melayu.

“PAS melihat, kejatuhan Taib Mahmud akan menjadi perintis kepada pembubaran PBB sama seperti USNO yang lenyap selepas Umno tiba di Sabah.

“Umno kini bercita-cita untuk menjadikan negeri itu sebagai destinasi terbarunya berikutan trend sokongan rakyat kepada BN di Borneo yang masih lagi memberikan ruang untuk Umno-BN bernafas,” katanya.

PAS juga katanya sedar parti-parti komponen BN yang lain sudah muak melihat keangkuhan Umno yang mahu mendominasi BN.

“PAS menasihatkan agar parti-parti komponen BN memikirkan kerelevenan untuk mereka bersama Umno yang kini seolah-olah dilihat sedang menjadi “Maharaja dalam BN”.

“Pas menyeru supaya parti komponen BN dipersilakan untuk menyertai Pakatan Rakyat untuk kita membentuk satu kehidupan baru,” pelawanya.

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Malaysia’s New Journey

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 03:02 PM PDT

From Time Magazine
By Michael Schuman / Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is that rare country with an unequivocal national narrative. It goes something like this: Malaysia’s 28 million people, comprising mainly Malays, Chinese and Indians, make up a moderate and modern emerging democracy. Unlike members of other multiethnic countries, they respect one another’s beliefs and values and share a commitment to achieving prosperity. The official religion is Islam, but other faiths are freely allowed and celebrated. This is one harmonious place.

Much of that narrative is true — but not all of it. Malaysia’s economic miracle has stalled, and while the nation is, indeed, somewhat pluralistic, it is no melting pot. Indeed, it is a society where people define themselves first and foremost by race.
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The country’s political leadership has in some respects reinforced those ethnic identities. For the past 40 years, policymakers have doled out special privileges — in education and business — to one community: the majority Malays. The program is one of modern history’s greatest experiments in social engineering and possibly the world’s most extensive attempt at affirmative action. But the policies have also bred resentment among minorities, distorted the economy and undermined the concept of a single Malaysian identity.

Now a movement is gaining strength to finally change the system — and it’s coming from the very top. Prime Minister Najib Razak, 57, has surprised the country by advocating a fundamental reform of the pro-Malay program first introduced, ironically, by his father, who was Malaysia’s Prime Minister in the 1970s. Though the specifics of the new policies remain hazy, Najib’s intent is not. “I want Malaysia to be globally competitive,” he told TIME in an exclusive interview. “For that, we need to get every single Malaysian to be together.”

Najib’s proposals have simultaneously raised hopes, ire and fear. The mere idea of changing the affirmative-action system has reopened old wounds in Malaysian society and reactivated the long-running debate on how best to fuse Malays, Chinese and Indians into one nation. The direction Malaysia takes, moreover, has repercussions beyond its shores. The issues raised by Najib’s proposals are relevant to any upwardly mobile developing economy, especially a multicultural one: how to increase wealth and do so equitably.
(Read “Why the Honeymoon is Over for Malaysia’s New PM.”)

In confronting these sensitive challenges, Najib is taking enormous political risks. The primary base of electoral support for Najib’s political party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), is the Malay community, and altering decades-old perquisites could cause voters to defect to the opposition. But Najib believes he has little choice. If Malaysia’s economy is to compete with China, India and other rapidly emerging neighbors, Najib sees no other route but reform. “The competition is much greater and some would describe it even as cutthroat,” Najib says. “There is a realization that what has worked in the past may not necessarily work in the future.”

The Malay Card
Najib is facing the same dilemma his predecessors have since the earliest days of Malaysian independence: balancing the perceived needs of the Malays, both political and economic, with those of the country as a whole. At the heart of the problem is the reverse-pyramid shape of the Malaysian economy. Though the Malays and other indigenous peoples, together known as bumiputra in Malay, make up about 60% of the population, they have traditionally been poorer than the Chinese and Indian immigrants, who have long dominated the nation’s business and trade. After Kuala Lumpur was struck by race riots in 1969, a shaken leadership determined that communal peace was impossible without economic balance. The result was the New Economic Policy (NEP), introduced in 1971, which aimed to raise the Malays’ share of the economic pie. Malays were given preferential access to public contracts and university scholarships. Any company listing on the stock market had to sell 30% of its shares to bumiputra investors. Though some measures have been softened or eliminated over the past two decades, many pro-Malay privileges remain. Certain government contracts are available only to bumiputra-controlled firms, for example. Malays even receive special discounts on home purchases. The affirmative-action program has become so ingrained in the Malaysian psyche that it is akin to a national ideology.

It is also controversial. Critics contend that the pro-Malay program too often benefits the connected few over its intended targets: the poor and struggling. All car-import permits, for example, are awarded to bumiputra-controlled firms, a policy intended to foster entrepreneurs in the community. But government audits have revealed that Malay businessmen with access to the permits sometimes sell them to minority traders who don’t — at an instant profit. (The Ministry of Trade and Industry, recognizing the problem, says it will phase out the permit system by 2020.) “Unfortunately, as [the NEP] was implemented over time, some of the zealots, politicians and bureaucrats included, tended to become more racial and emphasized more on the people who have relationships with them,” says Razaleigh Hamzah, an UMNO dignitary and former Finance Minister. “That’s where it went wrong.”

Despite four decades of special aid, 3 in 4 of the poorest people in Malaysia are still bumiputra. Adli Ahmad Ghazi, the Malay co-owner of Malaysian Defensive Driving & Riding, a 70-employee driving school in Kuala Lumpur, complains that the pro-Malay policies do little to help a small businessman like himself. In 2008, Adli tried to get financing from three agencies tasked with supporting Malay businessmen or small enterprises, but got rejected. When he has to deal with the bureaucracy, Adli says, he faces the same red tape as any other businessman. It took him two years to buy a parcel of land for his company from the local government. “The [NEP] rules don’t really apply to people on the ground,” Adli says. “They say the NEP would help the Malays, but it only helps a small percentage of the Malays.”

Comfort Zone
Affirmative action may not be helping the overall Malaysian economy either. Though Malaysia has been among the best-performing economies in the world since World War II and boasts a spectacular record of improving human welfare — the percentage of the population living in absolute poverty has plummeted from 50% in 1970 to less than 4% today — the story is now stuck on the same chapter. Malaysia has fallen into what is called the “middle-income trap.” Having elevated itself to a comfortable level of income, Malaysia has been unable to take that next leap into the realm of advanced economies. While growth has slowed, Malaysians have watched other fast-paced Asian rivals zip by. In 1970, the gross national income per capita of South Korea, at $260, was below Malaysia’s $380, but by 2009, South Korea’s was almost three times larger, at $19,830 vs. $7,230, according to the World Bank.
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Malaysia’s struggles reflect those facing Southeast Asia as a whole. The region’s economies once seemed among the world’s most promising emerging markets, but in recent years, progress in almost all of them has been stymied by upheaval and poor governance. Thailand remains rudderless as its fragile democracy has degenerated into perpetual factional strife. The promise of the Philippines remains unrealized as its feeble government has continually failed to enact the tough reforms needed to turn around the underperforming economy. Indonesia is only now returning to its place as one of the world’s premier emerging economies after a decade of political uncertainty scared off foreign investors.

If it is able to change its economic system, Malaysia could show its neighbors the way forward. Malaysia’s essential problem is that its growth model — export-oriented manufacturing, often by foreign-invested factories — has become mismatched with its needs. Malaysia must become more innovative if its rapid development is to continue. But that’s not happening. Private investment has fallen from a third of GDP in the mid-1990s to only about 10% today, labor-productivity growth has slowed, and R&D spending remains anemic. Instead of developing new products with highly skilled technicians, Malaysia’s manufacturing sector still too often assembles goods designed by others, using imported technology and low-skilled foreign workers. “There is a growing realization that Malaysia’s relative position compared to other countries that are catching up very quickly is not improving,” says Philip Schellekens, a senior economist at the World Bank. “Relative to where they want to be, there is still a long road.”
(Read “Fortress Asia: Is a Powerful New Trade Bloc Forming?”)

Though it would be incorrect to blame the pro-Malay policies for the economy’s woes — Malaysia did, once, achieve remarkable rates of growth with the perquisites in place — they are nevertheless dampening business sentiment, scaring off talent, curtailing investment and stifling domestic competition. Chua Tiam Wee, president of the SMI Association of Malaysia, a small-enterprise organization, believes relaxing the NEP preferences would create a more level playing field on which the most capable firms could advance, making the economy more merit-based and upgrading Malaysian industry. The affirmative-action policy is “a source of a lot of distortions to the economic system,” Chua says. By limiting the opportunities available to minorities, the NEP is likely contributing to a brain drain, in which some of the country’s most talented people choose to work elsewhere. The government estimates that more than half of the 350,000 Malaysians working abroad have a college education. Stéphane Garelli, director of the World Competitiveness Center at IMD, a business school in Switzerland, believes that the affirmative-action regulations have made Malaysia less attractive to foreign investors. Malaysia’s “bargaining power to put such restrictions on foreign investors is not as big as other nations’,” he says.

Chinese and Indian entrepreneurs in Malaysia certainly believe the pro-Malay policies cap their business opportunities. Pardip Kumar Kukreja, the Malaysian-Indian chairman of Grand Paradise Holdings, a Kuala Lumpur — based firm that manages and owns hotels and operates travel agencies, laments that he can’t get access to lucrative contracts providing travel services to the government due to regulations that favor Malay-owned enterprises. Removing such restrictions, he says, can act as an incentive to invest. Kukreja recently decided to launch an Internet-based business to sell travel services worldwide because Najib’s administration liberalized affirmative-action rules for the tourism sector last year. “There are many things we’d like to do, which we hope we’ll be able to do in the near future,” he says. “To a small and medium entrepreneur, he wants to make his own decisions.”

New and Untested
Najib is convinced the old ways must go. The centerpiece of his economic reform program, introduced in March, is called the New Economic Model (NEM). The plan envisions reducing red tape to encourage more private investment and internal competition, decreasing the state role in the economy and improving the education system to produce more skilled workers. “For us to move up a few notches, we have to address the structural problems,” Najib says. “We cannot be in denial.” Most of all, the NEM also proposes a major reform of affirmative-action policies to phase out remaining racial quotas and focus efforts on uplifting the poorest 40% of the population — irrespective of race. Says Najib: “I don’t want anyone to feel that they’ve been left out or marginalized.”

There are urgent political reasons he feels that way. UMNO, which has ruled Malaysia in coalition since its independence from Britain in 1957, lost ground to opposition parties in a hotly contested 2008 general election, and Najib is faced with the daunting prospect of expanding UMNO’s political base outside its core Malay constituency. The NEM is an effort by Najib to turn stodgy UMNO into the party of change and outmaneuver its rivals. Some powerful voices within UMNO are egging on Najib to push his reforms. “We have to be bold and brave to ensure [our] long-term competitiveness,” says Khairy Jamaluddin, an UMNO member of Parliament.
(Read “Will Sodomy Charges End Malaysia’s Opposition?”)

Yet Najib has also come under pressure from conservative elements in the Malay community to hold back. “The bumiputra are still lagging behind,” complains Ibrahim Ali, president of Malay nationalist organization Perkasa. “If the economy is not balanced, then everything will lead to trouble.” As a result, Najib doesn’t have full support from an UMNO worried about scaring off Malay voters. Najib’s reform program “is a tough sell within the party,” admits Khairy. “There will be people who resist the changes.”

The split in UMNO reflects the greater divide within the Malay community over the future of affirmative action. Some Malays believe that they still don’t possess the skills and resources to contend against Chinese businessmen, making continued affirmative-action policies indispensable. The program “should stay in place and improve,” says Rizal Faris, president of the Penang Malay Chamber of Commerce. “What [officials] want to achieve is a level playing field where all parties are able to compete on their merits, but we need to ensure that the Malay community has been sufficiently skilled and pulled up.” But others believe the time has come for Malays to step up and compete on their own, without special government aid. Akmal Syahirah, a 21-year-old law student at the University of Malaya, says that affirmative action should be eliminated, even though her family has greatly benefited from it in the past. Her father acquired land to produce palm oil through a pro-Malay development scheme, and her three younger sisters received tuition for extra after-school studies. But now, “I think we need to change,” she says. “We can’t just let Malays stay in their comfort zone.”

Balancing Act
Faced with such contending forces, Najib is trying to please everybody. Affirmative action won’t be eliminated entirely under the NEM, but altered to weed out abusive practices, target money where it is most needed and support the most worthy Malay businessmen, all the while trying to open up opportunities for minorities. Najib sees no contradiction in such a strategy. “Affirmative action remains in place, but the way it is carried out would be different,” he says. “When it comes to helping the poor and the vulnerable groups, it should be irrespective of race. But there are certain affirmative actions which are still necessary, because the bumiputra are still very much behind and they must be helped. We want to help those bumiputra who are potential winners.”

Even as he faces the daunting task of reforming Malaysia, Najib must deal with the domestic and international fallout from the divisive trial of Anwar Ibrahim, the opposition’s most prominent leader. In 2008, only months after the opposition’s electoral success, Anwar was charged with sodomy, a serious crime in Malaysia. The trial has a déjà vu flavor. Anwar was convicted of sodomy in 2000 (and abuse of power a year earlier), but the ruling was overturned in 2004 and he was freed after six years in prison. Anwar has pleaded not guilty to the latest charge and attacked his trial as a politically motivated attempt to discredit the opposition. The government denies that, saying the courts have a duty to conduct a fair trial. Yet the case has tainted Najib’s administration. In a joint essay in the Wall Street Journal, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz wrote that Anwar’s trial threatens “all those in Malaysia who have struggled for a freer and more democratic nation.”

The biggest test for Najib still awaits. All eyes are watching for the detailed policy prescriptions of Najib’s NEM, which could be released in October. Some Malaysia experts expect the final package to be underwhelming. Najib “doesn’t have the strength to follow through, whether politically or personally,” says John Malott, a former U.S. ambassador to Malaysia. “He’s not a transformational figure.” Najib insists his critics underestimate him. “I want to transform Malaysia,” Najib says. “I want Malaysia to be a 21st century nation and I am determined to do that.” Malaysia’s future — and new narrative — depends on it.

— with reporting by Liz Gooch And M. Krishnamoorthy / Kuala Lumpur

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Posted: 27 Aug 2010 12:35 AM PDT

Walaupun diancam dengan tangkapan dibawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri, srikandi Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Nurul Izzah Anwar tidak akan sama-sekali mengubah pendiriannya berhubung skandal rasuah kapal selam Scorpene. Bahkan beliau mengalu-alukan Polis Diraja Malaysia untuk menyiasat kandungan temubualnya bersama Tempo, yang membincangkan kecurigaan-kecurigaan disebalik pembelian Scorpene, serta isu kegagalan kapal selam itu untuk menyelam.

Menteri Pertahanan Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi menyelar Izzah sebagai penderhaka selepas Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai itu menerangkan kontroversi yang berlegar sekitar kapal selam Scorpene milik Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia kepada majalah Indonesia. Menteri Agama Jamil Khir Baharom pula menganggap Izzah telah berdosa kerana Malaysia boleh huru-hara jika keburukan Kerajaan Umno-BN diceritakan kepada orang luar.

Bekas Naib Ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan, Muhammad Zahid Mad Arip menggesa Izzah disiasat dibawah ISA kerana memperkecilkan kemampuan kapal selam Scorpene, yang sebelum ini dilaporkan gagal menyelam selepas pembelian oleh Kerajaan Malaysia. Nurul Izzah berkata, beliau sudah memberi kenyataan bertulis tentang siapa penderhaka yang sebenar dan beliau juga menyatakan Menteri Pertahanan tidak menjawab kenapa tidak ada sokongan tentang siasatan komisyen lima ratus juta Ringgit terhadap Perimekar yang dilakukan oleh suruhanjaya pencegahan rasuah (SPRM).

Persoalan lain yang dtimbulkan oleh beliau adalah kenapa latihan ketenteraan laut dikurang kepada sekali setahun berbanding sebelum ini 3 kali setahun atas alasan mahu jimatkan kos. Izzah sekali lagi menegaskan pandangannya mengenai kegagalan kapal selam negara berfungsi itu bersandarkan kepada jawapan bertulis yang diberikan Zahid Hamidi pada Dewan Rakyat. Tetap dgn pendirian itu, beliau mengulas maklumat tersebut boleh diperolehi umum. "Saya sedia disiasat oleh polis dan sisastan polis pun belum berlangsung lagi. Ini cara kotor dan jijik nak heret saya dibawah siasatan ISA" kata Izzah lagi.-TVSelangor

'Tazkirah' di surau: Saya ikhlas, kenapa dipermain?

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 11:56 PM PDT

Ahli parlimen Serdang Teo Nie Ching berkata beliau tidak faham kenapa lawatan 'kontroversinya' ke sebuah surau di Kajang Ahad lalu "dipermainkan-mainkan" kerana beliau berniat ikhlas.

"Lawatan ke surau Al Huda adalah satu lawatan yang mesra, (dan) ikhlas untuk berjumpa dengan penduduk di situ. Mereka menerima kehadiran saya. 

"Saya tidak faham mengapa lawatan kecil ini dipermain-mainkan," katanya.

Ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini Teo menjelaskan hanya mahu menyampaikan sumbangannya bagi memperbaiki pagar surau berkenaan, seperti yang diminta oleh pihak pengurusan rumah ibadat itu.

Beliau juga mendakwa tidak tidak menyentuh langsung soal politik sebaliknya hanya menerangkan tentang bantuan pendidikan yang ditawarkan oleh kerajaan Selangor.

"Kebanyakkan mereka tidak mengetahui tentang perkara ini, dan saya mengambil kesempatan untuk menyampaikan perkara tersebut kepada mereka," katanya.

Sementara itu, mengulas isu kemasukannya ke dalam ruang solat di surau itu, Teo berkata beliau hanya memenuhi jemputan.

"Pada hari tersebut mereka menjemput saya masuk. Saya double check sama ada boleh masuk atau pun tidak.

"Saya sudah mendapat keizinan daripada pihak surau untuk masuk ke dalam surau. Muslimin dan muslimat pun, mereka menjemput saya masuk," jelasnya lagi.

‘Lagi berdosa kalau saya biar kezaliman Umno-BN berterusan’ - Nurul Izzah

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 07:08 PM PDT

Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar menyangkal dakwaan menteri Kabinet bahawa beliau berdosa, sebaliknya menegaskan "lagi berdosa kalau membiarkan kezaliman bermaharajalela."

"Sememangnya jihad terbesar adalah berkata benar di hadapan pemimpin yang zalim.

"Justeru, panduan saya hanya al- Quran dan sunah, bukan sesetengah pimpinan yang memilih bulu dalam memperjuangkan prinsip," kata beliau dalam satu kenyataan dikeluarkan hari ini membalas pendirian Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

Jamil Khir berkata mereka yang memburukkan negara sendiri dengan niat menimbulkan kekacauan disanggap berdosa.

"Kita kena sayangkan dan cintakan negara kita dan perlu bersedia dalam mempertahankan negara kerana ia merupakan satu jihad dan sudah pasti ganjarannya untuk orang yang berjihad ini juga besar.

"Maka, kalau besar ganjarannya, besarlah juga kesalahannya apabila seseorang itu memburukkan negaranya sendiri, maruah negara, di tempat orang dengan harapan negara akan jadi huru hara," katanya.

Jamil Khir diminta mengulas laporan bahawa Nurul Izzah, yang didakwa mengeluarkan

kenyataan yang menjejaskan imej dan maruah negara dalam satu temu bual dengan sebuah akhbar Indonesia baru-baru ini.

Dalam temu bual itu Nurul Izzah didakwa telah menyebarkan maklumat tidak tepat mengenai dasar baru ekonomi serta memperkecilkan keupayaan kapal selam negara ini.

The Malaysian Insider

Pakatan Rakyat Desak Siasat Kehilangan RM52 Bilion Saham Untuk Bumiputera

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 06:12 PM PDT

Oleh Sidiqin Omar

PETALING JAYA 27 Ogos - Serangan Umno-Barisan Nasional terhadap Pakatan Rakyat dengan menggunakan sentimen perkauman adalah untuk menutup penyelewengan dan kegagalan mereka mengurus khazanah negara termasuk skandal rompakan saham yang dikhaskan bagi Bumiputera dan rakyat termiskin bernilai RM52 bilion.

Sehubungan itu Ketua Umum Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KEADILAN), Datuk Seri Anwar mendesak satu suruhanjaya diraja ditubuhkan segera bagi menyiasat secara terperinci kehilangan jumlah saham sebegitu besar kepada Bumiputera.

Anwar berkata isu ini pernah dibangkitkan tahun lalu oleh beberapa orang ahli parlimen termasuk Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng.

"Bagi saya, isu yang melibatkan hak orang Melayu dan kaum Bumiputera ini masih belum dapat diselesaikan. Mana pergi agihan saham untuk Bumiputera dan faedahnya kepada siapa?.

"Kalau benar kita ambil berat untuk menjamin hak mereka, orang Melayu yang miskin dan terpinggir itu harus dibantu. Kini hanya tinggal RM2 bilion sahaja yang tinggal bagi pegangan ekuiti Melayu," kata Anwar pada sidang media selepas mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat di inu pejabat KEADILAN di Tropicana di sini semalam.

Ketika ditanya mengenai isu undang-undang hudud di negara ini, Anwar berkata sistem perundangan di negara ini mengamalkan sistem demokrasi, tetapi agama Islam mendapat tempat yang istimewa sebagai agama Persekutuan, selain jaminan hak kepada penganut agama lain untuk mengamalkan ajaran mereka.

"Kita memperkukuh institusi yang ada melalui dialog peradaban dan sebagainya. Kita turut menekankan muafakat dan kerjasama antara budaya, agama dan memperbaiki hubungan kaum.

"Oleh yang demikian, berkenaan pertindihan antara undang-undang sivil dan syariah, kita menuntut untuk ditubuhkan suruhanjaya diraja bagi mengkaji perkara tersebut."Kita mesti berikan ruang untuk setiap parti mengungkap pandangan mereka mengikut prinsip parti. Tetapi dalam Pakatan Rakyat, kita terikat dengan konsensus atau persefahaman yang kita meterai bersama, perkara ini telah dijelaskan dalam Konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat yang lalu," tegas Ketua Pembangkang lagi.

Beliau juga menyelar tindakan Umno-BN yang mengapikan sentimen perkauman sempitdan agama dengan tujuan memecah belahkan keharmonian masyarakat di negara ini.

"Politik usang yang bersifat peras ugut dan memesongkan fakta ini digunakan oleh pemimpin Umno-BN, kerana mereka kini berada dalam keadaan terdesak untuk teruskan kelangsungan kuasa mereka. Demi mencapai cita-cita politik tersebut, pelbagai jentera kerajaan seperti Biro Tatanegara dan media seperti Utusan Malaysia diperkuda untuk menggugat kesejahteraan rakyat," kata Anwar.

Turut sama pada sidang media itu termasuk Timbalan Presiden KEADILAN, Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali, Ketua Parlimen DAP, Lim Kit Siang, Timbalan Presiden PAS, Nasharuddin Mat Isa, Setiausaha Agung PAS, Datuk Mustafa Ali dan Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng.


Posted: 26 Aug 2010 05:45 PM PDT

26 OGOS 2010

Pakatan Rakyat sedar wujudnya satu muslihat politik oleh pimpinan Umno-BN untuk mengapikan sentimen perkauman sempit dan agama bertujuan memecahbelahkan keharmonian masyarakat. Politik usang bersifat peras ugut dan memesongkan fakta ini digunakan oleh pimpinan Umno-BN kerana mereka berada dalam keadaan terdesak untuk meneruskan kelangsungan kuasa mereka. Demi mencapai cita-cita politik tersebut pelbagai jentera kerajaan seperti BTN dan media seumpama Utusan Malaysia diperkuda untuk menggugat kesejahteraan rakyat. 

Berhadapan serangan bertali arus itu, Pakatan Rakyat tetap beriltizam untuk melaksanakan Perubahan demi kemaslahatan rakyat keseluruhannya. Kita beriltizam untuk memastikan keharmonian dan perpaduan masyarakat dapat diperteguh serta politik perkauman sempit akan sirna dari negara ini.

Pakatan Rakyat menghormati perjuangan parti masing-masing dalam Permuafakatan Pakatan Rakyat. Permuafakatan ini sememangnya berlandaskan Dasar Bersama Pakatan Rakyat yang telahpun disepakati.

Dasar Pakatan Rakyat menyatakan:
"Pakatan Rakyat bertekad untuk menyemai persefahaman dan perpaduan di kalangan rakyat berteraskan prinsip memelihara kepentingan bersama. Perpaduan negara mesti mencerminkan kesepakatan, persefahaman serta muafakat sejati antara kaum, budaya dan agama."

Kita akui sememangnya terdapat perbezaan di antara komponen Pakatan Rakyat, walaupun begitu kita tuntas menggalakkan perbincangan dan bersikap terbuka. Ini berbeza sekali jika dibandingkan dengan politik dalaman BN yang mana komponennya sering bertelagah dan bersikap menyembunyikan segala permasalahan.

Pakatan Rakyat tidak mempunyai keraguan untuk tetap bersatu melawan kemungkaran dan penganiayaan Umno-Barisan Nasional terhadap rakyat. Kami beriltizam untuk menentukan hala tuju baru buat rakyat dan negara ini. Menjelang 53 tahun kemerdekaan, sudah tiba masanya negara ini meninggalkan politik perkauman sempit yang seumpama barah merosak masyarakat. Pakatan Rakyat merasa bertanggungjawab untuk memaknai kembali Kemerdekaan yang berlandaskan Politik Baru yang lebih matang dan mengutamakan kemaslahatan rakyat serta negara ini.

Kita percaya antara lainnya serangan ini adalah untuk menutup kegagalan kerajaan Umno-BN menguruskan khazanah negara seumpama skandal rompakan saham untuk rakyat termiskin bernilai RM 52 billion. Kita menggesa satu Suruhanjaya Di Raja ditubuhkan bagi menyiasat kehilangan hak rakyat tersebut.

YB Anwar Ibrahim
Ketua Umum

YAB Lim Guan Eng
Setiausaha Agung

YB Ust Nasharuddin Mat Isa
Timbalan Presiden 


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Perbaiki segera Surau Air Musang

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 01:56 AM PDT

Baru-baru ini Penyelia D.U.N. Pengkalan Hulu Lee Sing Long telah melawat ke Kampung Air Musang, semasa lawatan Lee juga menerima aduan daripada penduduk Air Musang Encik Mohd Rosli 50, berkenaan masalah kebocoran bumbung Surau Air Musang.

Dalam tinjauan Lee ketika di surau tersebut di dapati air hujan masuk teruk ke dalam surau. Akibatnya sebahagian permaidani lantai tempat solat basah. Dalam keadaan sedemikian di harap masalah ini mendapat perhatian dan tindakan segera dari pihak Pembangunan Luar Bandar, Pejabat Daerah Gerik atau pihak yang berkenaan. Agar penduduk atau khairiah surau dapat mengejarkan solat dengan lebih selesa dan sempurna.

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Posted: 27 Aug 2010 01:47 AM PDT

Anak Muda Kampung Nak Senang

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Mengapa Beraninya Hanya pada Malaysia, pada Singapura Tidak?

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 12:12 AM PDT

Hubungan Indonesia dan Malaysia saat ini sedang memanas. Banyak pihak yang menginginkan Indonesia memutuskan hubungan dengan Malaysia. Di tengah situasi yang panas itu, saya menemukan sebuah tulisan yang memandang persoalan ini dari sudut pandang berbeda. Sepertinya ada agenda dari pihak-pihak tertentu yang tidak menginginkan Indonesia dan Malaysia rukun. Berikut tulisan tersebut saya kutip seutuhnya.

Mengapa Kita Beraninya Hanya pada Malaysia?

Oleh: Afriadi Sanusi
Sumber tulisan:

SEORANG Profesor Singapura menulis dalam sebuah artikelnya; Kebanyakan rumah mewah yang ada di Singapura, Kebanyakan uang yang beredar di Singapura adalah punya orang Indonesia. Kebanyakan pembangunan yang ada di Singapura, dibangun dari uang yang datangnya dari Indonesia. Dan di saat Singapura mengadakan Grand Sale setiap tahunnya, lebih 2 juta orang Indonesia datang belanja ke sana.."

Seorang sahabat di Singapura pernah mengatakan, "dari jalan ini sampai ke ujung sana dulunya adalah lautan, dan sekarang menjadi daratan cantik yang ditimbun dengan pasir yang didatangkan dari pulau-pulau kecil di Riau".

Apa yang sebenarnya kita dapatkan dari Singapura?

Pertama, TKI laki-laki dari Indonesia diharamkan bekerja dan mencari nafkah di Singapura seperti di bidang pembangunan, kuli kasar, buruh dan sebagainya. Singapura lebih memilih warga negara lain daripada WNI, dengan berbagai alasan yang tidak masuk akal.
Kedua, banyak orang mengatakan dan dari sumber lainnya, "Satu per satu pulau-pulau kecil di Riau hilang karena pasirnya diangkut ke Singapura.

Ketiga, identitas orang Melayu yang identik dengan Islam seperti istana, rumah, perkampungan orang Melayu, dihilangkan. Adat dan budaya melayu dimuseumkan. Azan diharamkan menggunakan pengeras suara di semua masjid dan surau di Singapura.

Keempat, pemerintah Singapura melayani dan melindungi koruptor RI yang telah membuat rakyat RI sengsara selama ini (karena hak-hak rakyat untuk mendapatkan pendidikan, rumah sakit, infrastruktur, makan dan tempat tinggal yang baik terjajah dan terzalimi), dengan tidak mau menandatangani perjanjian ekstradisi.

Kelima, banyak rakyat, nelayan dan petugas kita diacungi senjata berat dan diusir dengan pengeras suara karena disangka telah melintasi garis batasan laut kepunyaan Singapura.

Malaysia Lebih Baik dari Singapura

"Sejahat" apapun Malaysia, saat ini ada 2 juta orang lebih WNI yang sedang mencari rezeki di Malaysia untuk nafkah keluarga mereka di RI. Triliyunan uang TKI dikirim ke Indonesia setiap tahunnya. Dapat dibayangkan, bagaimana dampak sosial, ekonomi dan budaya yang akan berlaku di Indonesia kalau TKI pulang sekaligus.

Faktanya, TKI-lah sebenarnya "pahlawan" yang harus dilindungi, karena mereka penyumbang devisa negara. Di saat lain, ada banyak institusi yang keberadaannya hanya menghambur-hamburkan uang negara. Kegunaan mereka sangat perlu dipertanyakan di saat keberadaan mereka tidak memberikan manfaat yang berarti kepada rakyat. Ibarat pepatah Arab, "wujuduhu ka adamihi." (adanya seperti tidak adanya). Dengan kata lain, ada atau tidak adanya mereka, sama saja. Tak memberi manfaat.

Ribuan orang Indonesia sedang belajar S2 & S3 di Malaysia saat ini. Kebanyakannya mendapat bantuan atau keringanan biaya dari pemerintah Malaysia dan banyak juga yang sambil bekerja. Uang kuliah di perguruan tinggi negeri Malaysia lebih murah dari Indonesia. Kualitas, infrastruktur dan kemudahan lainnya jauh lebih baik dari di Indonesia tentunya.

Sebagai warga asli Indonesia, penulis tidak merasa sakit hati kalau ditilang oleh polisi Malaysia. Karena kami yakin, uang itu pasti akan masuk ke dalam kas negara untuk pemerintah Malaysia memperbaiki jalan, jembatan, lampu jalan yang aku gunakan setiap hari di negara ini.

Sebalinya, saya sering sakit hati jika ditilang oleh polisi Indonesia. Karena kami yakin, uang itu belum tentu masuk kas negara. Bahkan ada yang masuk pribadi polisi, keluarga dan golongannya tanpa dikembalikan kepada ke negara untuk membangun infrastruktur.

Lalu yang sangat mengherankan, isu-isu yang sebenarnya bisa diselesaikan di tingkat diplomat, tetapi menjadi barang dagangan pasar yang dikonsumsi oleh rakyat umum. Boleh jadi isu ini sepertinya dimanfaatkan oleh segelintir orang yang memang memiliki agenda, bagaimana supaya Islam, Melayu dan Nusantara yang kaya dengan SDM & SDA ini, tidak menjadi sebuah kekuatan. Mengapa rakyat di negaraku begitu mudah emosi?

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Isu "memanasnya" hubungan Indonesia-Malaysia tidak akan membuat rakyat lupa terhadap semua penipuan, pembodohan dan "perampokan" uang rakyat yang telah, sedang dan akan berlaku.

Damaikanlah Saudaramu

Pakar Melayu Prof. Dr. Dato' Nik Anuar Nik Mahmud dari Institut Alam dan Tamadun Melayu, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) dalam sebuah wawancara khusus dengan ["Ada Kuasa Besar Halangi Terbentuknya Melayu Raya], mengatakan, dalam buku-buku sejarah Melayu yang ditulis sebelum perang dunia ke-2, seperti "Sejarah Melayu" yang ditulis oleh Abdul Hadi dan Munir Adil, wilayah Semenanjung dan Indonesia dianggap sebagai alam "Melayu Raya". Mereka menamakan tanah Melayu; Sumatera, Jawa, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Sumatera, Johor, Kelantan, Pattani, dan lainnya sebagai "alam Melayu", atau di Indonesia dikenal istilah Nusantara. Yaitu wilayah Semenanjung tanah Melayu dan gugusan tanah Melayu.

Sejarah ini diajarkan kepada pelajar-pelajar Melayu sebelum Perang Dunia ke-2. Saat itu, ada semangat untuk memulai kembali bersatunya Melayu. Intinya, ada hasrat untuk bersatu.

Kalau mau jujur, semua suku di Indonesia ada di Malaysia: Jawa, Bugis, Aceh, Minang. Kini banyak orang Jawa di Johor, juga di Selangor. Termasuk banyak warga Aceh di Malaysia. Negeri sembilan sebagian penduduknya dari Minangkabau. Bahkan Sultan Selangor itu berasal dari Bugis.

Jadi seharusnya, semangat kita (Indonesia dan Malaysia) adalah semangat "satu rumpun" untuk bekerjasama untuk bangunkan alam Melayu ini. Hanya saja, jika berpecah, mustahil, bangsa Melayu tumbuh menjadi bangsa yang besar.

Aksi ingin mengajak perang dengan Malaysia, pelemparan kotoran ke Kedutaan Malaysia, sweeping warga Malaysia pasti akan menyakitkan hati dan membuat hubungan bukan makin mendekat, tapi malah menjauh.

Walaupun gerakan LSM Bendera tidak mewakili gerakan orang-orang cerdas di Indonesia, seperti Senat Mahasiswa, Muhammadiyah, ICMI, HMI, dll., namun warga Indonesia harus lebih peka dan mencari tahu, siapakah LSM ini? Ada apa di balik agenda mereka?

Apakah mereka bergerak untuk kepentingan partai politik tertentu, ataukah untuk menaikkan partai dan pemimpin tertentu, ataukah mereka dibiayai oleh pihak asing untuk menghancurkan rumpun Melayu?

Di sisi lain, biasanya, isu-isu yang akan memungkinan pecahnya hubungan Malaysia-Indonesia jarang ditanggapi dan dibesar-besarkan media Malaysia. Namun akhir-akhir ini, khususnya pemberitaan 'ketegangan' hubungan Indonesia-Malaysia, ditanggapi berbagai pihak. Termasuk pakar politik di berbagai media massa, seperti oleh Samy Vellu, Bernama dll.

Ada dua kemungkinan mengapa mereka menanggapinya. Pertama, untuk membangkitkan rasa nasionalisme rakyat menjelang hari kemerdekaan Malaysia yang jatuh pada setiap tanggal 31 Agustus. Kedua, mungkin juga dimanfaatkan oleh keturunan China dan India Malaysia yang memang kurang suka dengan hubungan baik Indonesia-Malaysia. Karena ini akan menguatkan kepentingan mereka dari segi politik, ekonomi, sosial, budaya dan pembangunan di Malaysia.

Apakah kita akhirnya memutuskan "berperang" dengan Malaysia? Apakah kita tetap ngotot mengajak perang dengan Negara yang di dalamnya banyak keturunan Melayu Riau, Palembang, Aceh, Bugis, Minang, Mandailing, Rao, Jambi, Kerinci, Jawa, karena kita seagama Islam dan satu rumpun melayu?

Di saat yang sama, sudah ratusan kali pasir kita dicuri, minyak kita diselundupkan, tapi kenapa kita selama ini tidak membenci Singapura yang menguras minyak kita dengan Caltexnya? yang menguras gas kita dengan Harunnya dan sebagainya, tanpa memberikan dampak yang berarti terhadap pembangunan, ekonomi dan sosial rakyat?

Apakah kita takut pada Singapura karena mereka memiliki peralatan perang yang sangat canggih dan jauh meninggalkan Indonesia? Ataukah kita sengaja dibuat takut, karena para pejabat kita banyak yang memiliki hubungan mesra dengan Singapura yang menyimpan uang mereka dalam bentuk saham dan investasi?.

Malaysia secara tidak resmi telah melarang rakyatnya datang ke Indonesia. Kalau ini berlanjut, pasti semua ini akan memberikan pengaruh terhadap perusahaan penerbangan, hotel, pariwisata, tempat berbelanja, investor di Indonesia.

Kalau sengketa ini berlanjut di tingkat pemerintah, maka akan sama-sama kita dengar, tiga, lima bulan lagi. Malaysia akan membeli peralatan perang yang baru, Amerika pula akan menawarkan "jasanya" pada TNI untuk memberikan pinjaman utang, untuk membeli peralatan perangnya yang katanya, harga sebuah kapal perang bekas saja, sama dengan harga sebuah pulau besar di Indonesia.

Namun sebelum itu terjadi, ada sebuah pesan dari al-Quran.

"Sesungguhnya orang beriman itu adalah bersaudara, karena itu damaikanlah antara kedua saudaramu dan bertakwalah kepada Allah semoga kamu mendapat rahmat." (QS: al-Hujurat ayat 10)

*)Penulis yang berasal dari Sumatera, PhD. Candidate Islamic Political Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Rakyat Malaysia semakin gila, pengawal bunuh 2 rakan

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 07:42 PM PDT

Begitu banyak bom jangka di kalangan rakyat Malaysia. Hanya sebabkan pertengkatan seorang pengawal keselamatan telah menembak mati 2 rakan di Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR), Klang. Malaysia menuju kehancuran. Pembangunan fizikal lebih penting dari pembangunan rohani dan jiwa. Hari ini 17 Ramadhan.

Dua pengawal keselamatan mati ditembak rakan sekerja
Berita Harian 27 Ogos 2010

SHAH ALAM: Dua pengawal keselamatan mati ditembak rakan sekerja sendiri selepas terbabit dalam satu pertengkaran di Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR), Klang, dekat sini, pagi tadi.

Mufti bantah pendidikan seks tapi Muhyiddin nak kaji

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 05:41 PM PDT

Mufti Perak Tan Sri Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria menyatakan nikah gantung hanya diamalkan oleh orang Islam terutama orang Melayu di negara ini. Beliau menegaskan yang penting untuk menangani gejala sosial ialah iman yang kukuh. Pendidikan seks tidak diperlukan apabila ada iman yang kukuh. Tapi sebaliknya Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin akan mengkaji Pendidikan Seks yang diberi nama Pendidikan Kesihatan Reproduktif dan Sosial untuk dijadikan mata pelajaran teras di sekolah.

Apa Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin tak nak dengar cakap mufti ke untuk memperkukuhkan iman di kalangan para pelajar di sekolah, bukannya untuk mengkaji pendidikan seks di sekolah ?

Nampaknya Dato Seri Najib masih tidak bersuara lantang dalam isu Nikah Gantung, Pendidikan Seks, Buang Bayi dan cara untuk menangani gejala sosial dan untuk menyelamatkan bangsa Melayu.

Perak mufti Tan Sri Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria said suspended marriages are only practiced by Muslims, mainly Malays, in the country.

"The need for parents to educate their young ones from a religious perspective on what's right is vital as without iman (faith), no matter how educated they are, they are drawn into doing what's haram (forbidden). The point is not getting involved with illicit behaviour. Sex education is not needed when you have faith."

PUTRAJAYA, 4 Ogos 2010 (Bernama) -- Kementerian Pelajaran sedia mengkaji cadangan memasukkan Pendidikan Kesihatan Reproduktif dan Sosial (PKRS) dalam kurikulum sekolah atau sebagai mata pelajaran teras, Kata Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin, yang juga Menteri Pelajaran, berkata sebuah jawatankuasa teknikal terdiri daripada pegawai Kementerian Pelajaran, Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat serta pakar-pakar berkaitan masalah sosial, akan meneliti cadangan itu sebelum keputusan mengenainya dibuat.

Dapat elaun JKM RM150 tapi kos pengangkutan ke bank RM200

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 05:29 PM PDT

Utusan Malaysia. MIRI 26 Ogos 2010 - Gara-gara ketiadaan mesin pengeluar wang automatik (ATM) terdekat, kira-kira 200 penerima elaun daripada Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat kawasan Baram, Mulu dan Bario mengadu mengalami kesukaran untuk mendapatkan bantuan bulanan itu.

Sebahagian besar penerima bantuan ini yang majoritinya terdiri daripada golongan orang kurang upaya (OKU), warga emas dan miskin tidak mengambil bantuan itu kerana tidak mampu membiayai kos pengangkutan.

Lokasi bank yang paling dekat adalah di Miri dan Marudi, namun hanya dapat dihubungkan menggunakan pesawat, bot atau jalan balak yang memakan masa sehari suntuk.

Setiap bulan, mereka mendapat bantuan antara RM60 hingga RM450 bergantung kepada keadaan yang dihadapi, sedangkan kos mengambil wang itu mencecah RM200, lebih tinggi daripada jumlah elaun.

Bagi penerima elaun yang tinggal di Mulu, mereka tiada pilihan iaitu menggunakan bot panjang sehari suntuk ke Marudi atau menggunakan pesawat ke Miri semata-mata mengeluarkan wang tersebut.

Situasi yang sama turut dialami penduduk di tanah tinggi Bario yang bergantung dengan pengangkutan udara sama ada ke Miri ataupun Lawas.

Bagi penerima dari Baram, mereka terpaksa menyewa kenderaan pacuan empat roda yang mengambil masa lima hingga enam jam untuk sampai ke Miri, itupun bergantung dengan keadaan jalan balak.

Philip Lakai dari Kampung Ramapuh, Bario berkata, baru-baru ini Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) meluluskan bantuan kepada kira-kira 40 penduduk terdiri daripada OKU, warga emas dan miskin.

''Kami berterima kasih dengan usaha kerajaan, namun ketiadaan ATM menimbulkan satu lagi masalah besar kepada kami. Bagaimana kami mahu mengeluarkan elaun itu?"

''Apa yang kami terima kurang daripada kos yang kami keluarkan untuk mengambil bantuan itu. Bayangkan penerbangan pergi balik ke Miri mencecah RM200 manakala pengangkutan darat antara RM200 hingga 400," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini semalam.

Sehubungan, Philip mencadangkan agar pihak kerajaan atau agensi berkaitan mencari jalan untuk memudahkan penduduk yang jauh di pedalaman mengambil elaun bantuan itu termasuk menyediakan ATM yang boleh digunakan di luar bandar.

Bapa kepada Paris Khiasan Laji seorang remaja Penan OKU, Laji Lupung dari Batu Bungan, Mulu berkata, mereka tidak mampu turun ke Miri kerana tidak mampu membeli tiket pesawat walaupun ia hanya mengambil masa 45 minit untuk sampai.

''Bank yang paling dekat adalah di Marudi, itupun perjalanan mengambil masa 10 jam (pergi dan balik) menggunakan bot panjang. Namun jika musim kemarau, perjalanan lebih mencabar kerana paras air sungai yang cetek," keluhnya.

Menurut Laji, setiap bulan anaknya menerima kira-kira RM150 elaun bulanan, namun ia tidak berbaloi kerana tambang bot yang mencecah RM200 untuk setiap perjalanan.

Beribu Pegawai Banci Belum Dapat Elaun dijanjikan

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 05:14 PM PDT

KUANTAN, 27 Ogos - Lebih seribu orang Pegawai Banci Penduduk 2010 di negeri ini bakal berputih mata dan kemungkinan besar tidak dapat "duit raya" seperti yang dijanjikan. Ini berikutan elaun banci mereka bermula dari 6 Julai hingga 22 Ogos baru-baru ini masih "tergantung" dan tiada tanda-tanda untuk dibayar sebelum Aidil Fitri ini.

Maklumat ini sungguh mengejutkan sebenarnya. Pegawai banci yang hanya bekerja secara sambil dalam tempoh tertentu itu sepatutnya tidak dilayan sedemikian rupa. Kini ramai yang sangsi untuk menyambung tugas mereka, kerana segala hasil titik peluh mereka seolah-olah tidak dihargai.

Kami cuba memantau perkara ini untuk mencari punca sebenar kenapa ini berlaku. Menurut seorang pembanci, mereka kini umpama "peminta sedekah" untuk menagih simpati agar dibayar elaun gaji tersebut. "Apalah gunanya penat lelah, jika kami diperlakukan sedemikian rupa.

Memang bayarannya tidak tinggi, setiap orang hanya mendapat elaun sekitar RM1,000 lebih sahaja untuk tempoh tersebut. Tetapi kami amat memerlukan wang itu untuk perbelanjaan menjelang perayaan nanti", kata seorang pembanci yang tidak mahu namanya disiarkan.

Menurut beliau, dia sudah penat berkejar ke Pejabat Daerah Dan Tanah Kuantan untuk bertanyakan tentang elaun tersebut. "Di pejabat daerah dan tanah, kami diarahkan ke pejabat SUK Pahang. Di situ kami diberitahu bahawa elaun masih belum diproses dan mereka mahu kamu bertanya terus kepada Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri", kata seorang pembanci lain.

"Apa maknanya semua ini. Kami bukannya hamba abdi yang perlu dilayan begitu rupa. Tambahan pula di bulan Ramadhan yang mulia ini. Kami mahu menuntut hak kami, itu saja!", katanya. Apa yang berlaku ini amatlah malang sekali. tambahan pula kami difahamkan peruntukan oleh kerajaan pusat berjumlah hampir RM15 juta bagi tujuan tersebut telah diterima oleh kerajaan negeri.

Soalnya. mana pergi kesemua wang tersebut dan kenapa ditahan elaun para pembanci itu?.


Ceramah Nuzul Quran 27 Ogos 2010 Seremban

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 05:13 PM PDT

Oleh : Ustaz Kamarudin Sidek
Tarikh : 27 Ogos 2010 , Jumaat
Tempat : Surau AnNaim , Bandar Seremban Selatan, Fasa 3

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