- Rafizi: Tampung Hutang PTPTN Bidang Kuasa Pusat
- Pidato Politik Pendidikan Percuma, Mansuh PTPTN: Adakah Satu Mimpi?
- Siri Jelajah Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim Ke Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
- Statement from Anwar Ibrahim, Leader of Opposition on The Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill
- Malaysia: Security Bill Threatens Basic Liberties
Posted: 11 Apr 2012 04:48 AM PDT
Pengarah strategi PKR, Rafizi Ramli berkata kerajaan PKR tidak boleh menampung hutang peminjam PTPTN daripada kalangan anak Selangor kerana ia tertakluk bawah tanggungjawab dan bidang kuasa kerajaan pusat.
Katanya, pembiayaan pendidikan oleh negeri tidak boleh dibuat sewenang-wenangnya kerana ia terikat kepada akta tertentu, seperti akta pinjaman dan akta pencegahan pengubahan wang haram.
Bagaimanapun, tambahnya, jika dibincangkan daripada aspek kemampuan, ia boleh dilakukan di Selangor dengan syarat pusat membuat pengagihan peruntukan secara adil.
"Saya pasti, kalau nak, Selangor boleh biaya (pendidikan pelajarnya). Tapi pusat mesti adil dalam mengagihkan peruntukan,” katanya dalam dialog dengan sekumpulan pelajar di Shah Alam malam tadi.
"Cukai yang dikutip di Selangor menyumbang 30 peratus kepada Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) seluruh negara, tetapi yang (dipulangkan kepada Selangor) berapa sahaja," kata bekas pegawai di Petronas itu lagi.
Mengulas lanjut isu tersebut, Rafizi berkata universiti seperti Unisel dan Kolej Universiti Insaniah (Kuin) sebenarnya merupakan sebuah institusi pendidikan tinggi swasta (IPTS) walau dikatakan sebagai "universiti negeri."
Rafizi berkata demikian apabila ditanya kenapa Selangor tidak menghapuskan pinjaman Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) bermula di Universiti Industri Selangor (Unisel) miliknya.
Soalan itu juga menjadi cabaran yang kerap diulang-ulang oleh pemimpin dan penyokong kerajaan termasuk Menteri Pengajian Tinggi Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin dan juga naib canselor Universiti Teknologi Mara, (UiTM), Tan Sri Ibrahim Abu Shah.
Ibrahim sebelum ini juga mendakwa, yuran di Unisel telah dinaikkan apabila Selangor berada di bawah Pakatan Rakyat, sedangkan UiTm kekal sebagai kampus yang mengenakan yuran termurah.
Dalam majlis itu juga, Rafizi turut menekankan soal keperluan memantapkan kualiti dan menambahkan bilangan universiti awam dalam tempoh sepuluh tahun akan datang di samping menggalakkan penggabungan IPTS yang tumbuh bagai cendawan.
Katanya, kekayaan negeri lebih baik dilabur kepada pelajarnya yang menuntut di pelbagai universiti berkualiti baik daripada disumbangkan untuk pembangunan sebuah ‘universiti negeri’ sahaja.
Menurutnya, beliau percaya kualiti universiti dapat dijamin apabila ia diuruskan oleh pakar dan ahli akademik dan bukannya kerajaan negeri atau pihak swasta yang bermotifkan keuntungan.
"Duit itu lebih baik guna untuk hantar pelajar ke Oxford atau Harvard. Kalau UM (Universiti Malaya) lebih baik, patut bawa dia ke UM," katanya yang juga bertugas sebagai ketua eksekutif di pejabat penasihat ekonomi Selangor.
Posted: 11 Apr 2012 03:25 AM PDT
Dijemput rakan2 untuk hadir ke Pidato Politik Pendidikan Percuma, Mansuh PTPTN: Adakah Satu Mimpi?
Butiran adalah seperti berikut:
Panel : Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Penasihat Ekonomi Selangor, Ketua Pembangkang Parlimen Malaysia)
Tarikh : 11 April 2012 (Rabu)
Posted: 11 Apr 2012 12:42 AM PDT
Jom Bersih 3.0
12 April 2012 (Khamis)
9.00 – 12.00 malam
Ceramah Perdana – Jom Bersih 3.0
Lokasi : Padang Bola, Jalan Rejang 6, Setapak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur
Posted: 11 Apr 2012 12:24 AM PDT
I welcome the new law, The Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill, tabled for first reading today to replace the long-standing and repressive ISA (Internal Security Act).
The Bill intends to remove the government's right to detain persons without trial, and at the same time limiting any detention for investigations to 28 days.
We celebrate this move, to end a history of detaining people for their political beliefs. I have been, as many of my colleagues in PKR and Pakatan Rakyat, detained under the ISA. It must not be forgotten that Malaysia's civil society, led by movements like GMI (Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA – Abolish ISA Movement) and SUARAM, have long opposed the ISA.
There is nothing just in the home minister ordering individuals being incarcerated for two years without trial, especially when those jailed are his political opponents.
The end of ISA has been long overdue. The damage it has done over the decades to thousands of Malaysians and their families will remain a scar. The world should not forget the lives ISA has ruined.
While we commend Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, we have reservations about the new Bill. We share the position of the Bar Council as stated in their Memorandum dated 19 July 2010 (Its view that there is adequate legislation to combat terrorism and, where necessary, the existing legislation could be strengthened alongside improved safeguards and oversight mechanisms. The Bar has restated their position today in lieu of the Bill tabling, and I too share their apprehension.
Further, before this Bill introduction,the opposition coalition has already pledged to abolish the ISA when its win in the impending general election.
And second, Najib and his administration have only now moved to abolish the ISA due to the insistent and persistent objections to it by the Pakatan Rakyat. Our ability to force the government's hands was reinforced by Pakatan Rakyat gains in the general election in 2008.
This is not the end, this is only the beginning.
Najib has to repeal the remaining repressive laws, and there are various. I and the opposition Pakatan Rakyat ask Najib to continue from here and repeal or amend all oppressive laws, among others governing print & publications, students participation in politics, unions, assembly and overseas voting.
I repeat, Najib must seek to end all repressive laws, and with no reservations immediately.
Posted: 11 Apr 2012 12:14 AM PDT
From Human Rights Watch
Replacement for Internal Security Act Offers Some Reform, but New Concerns
The government of Malaysia's proposed law to replace the infamous Internal Security Act (ISA) of 1960 opens the door to a range of future abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 10, 2012, the government submitted the Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill 2012 to parliament, where quick ratification is expected.
The administration of Prime Minister Najib Razak touted the bill as a significant improvement over the ISA because it reduces the period of detention without judicial review from 60 to 28 days and only for an "active investigation." It also prohibits arrest solely on the basis of "political belief or political activity."
"The Malaysian government is putting to rest the long-derided ISA, but it is also setting the stage for future abuses," said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "While the new law has improvements, the authorities still hold too much power to detain people on broad grounds, for too long, and without judicial oversight."
Provisions of the Security Offences Bill will facilitate violations of fundamental human rights, Human Rights Watch said. Permitting detention for 28 days without being brought before a judge violates international standards for prompt judicial review. The bill also allows delays of 48 hours before the suspect has access to a lawyer, which encourages abusive interrogations. And the bill defines "political activity" too narrowly, leaving room for arrests for other forms of peaceful political activity.
Other provisions of the Security Offences Bill raise due process concerns for those suspected of committing security offenses, Human Rights Watch said. The proposed law would allow police to make an arrest without a warrant if the officer merely "has reason to believe" that the person may be involved in security offenses, many of which are vaguely defined. It would give the police broad powers to conduct searches and intercept communications without judicial warrant. And it would permit the police unilaterally to impose electronic monitoring devices on individuals released from detention, a serious infringement of personal liberty.
"There are not nearly enough civil liberties protections written into this law," Robertson said.
Those charged with security offenses would face serious infringements of their basic rights under the proposed law, Human Rights Watch said. The bill contains a blanket provision denying bail to people charged with security offenses. The identity of certain prosecution witnesses could be kept from defendants and their attorneys, depriving them their right to cross-examine the witnesses against them.
The law would also permit the use in court of any information obtained in raids and investigations, as well as all intercepted communications – which presumably would allow the admission of evidence obtained unlawfully. Finally, the law would permit a court to order the continued detention of an acquitted defendant pending the exhaustion of all prosecution appeals, thus allowing the authorities to keep a person who has been found not guilty behind bars for years.
Human Rights Watch expressed concern that the proposed law was drafted by the government without meaningful consultation with Malaysian civil society, including the Bar Council and other groups that seek to promote respect for human rights.
"The Security Offences Bill sets the stage for trials with secret witnesses, unlawfully obtained evidence, and continued detention of those found not guilty," Robertson said. "The government should go back to the drawing board and draft a law with input from civil society that will ensure the protection of basic rights."
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