- Anwar Sure of Pakatan Win, Warns GE-13 His Final Bid: Let New Generation Take Over
- Strategi Cantas Pelapis Dimulakan Dr Mahathir
- Anwar Was Acquitted Because Prosecution Evidence Was Fabricated & Not on Technicality
Posted: 09 Jul 2012 09:09 AM PDT
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim firmed up his retirement plan last night despite his daughter's plea that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) still needs his leadership, declaring at a rally here that the next general election would be his "final attempt" at federal power.
The 64-year-old politician, whose career in politics has seen him go from the seat of power and into prison before joining the opposition, told to a crowd of thousands here that he would return to teaching upon retirement, and allow the new generation of leaders to take his place.
"This is my final attempt. If we win, we shall proceed. If not, let the new generation take on the struggle.
"Let me retire and return to teaching," he said, affirming his recent remarks to international business daily Financial Times (FT) in an interviewed published on Wednesday.
"We present our manifesto, our policies and, of course, if I get a mandate, I continue, otherwise I think I'll go back to teaching," Anwar had told FT.
The influential paper noted in its article that Anwar seemed tired for a man facing his best shot yet of governing a 28 million multiracial population fed-up with over half a century of Barisan Nasional (BN) rule that appears unable to reform politically, socially and economically.
"Now 65, Mr Anwar admits this is 'probably' his last shot at becoming prime minister," the influential paper said.
We still need Anwar
In an immediate response, Anwar's daughter, Nurul Izzah, who is PKR vice-president and the Lembah Pantai MP, said in a press conference that PR still needs her father's leadership.
"He (Anwar) is a leader who has successfully united the opposition parties into a pact and many party members would not want to lose a leader as experienced as him," she had said, according to Sinar Harian Online.
Long-time nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was not so sympathetic to the opposition leader's announcement, however, and instead cast doubt on its sincerity by calling the retirement plan an "election ploy".
But despite possible political retirement being around the corner, Anwar appeared last night to be teeming with confidence that PR would storm Putrajaya come the 13th general election, which is due soon.
"I am confident Insha'Allah (God willing) that Pakatan will win, we will defend Selangor and head to Putrajaya," he said.
Still confident of Pakatan win
In previous functions, the former deputy prime minister had even pledged a "comfortable majority" win for PR in the next polls.
Anwar also repeated PR's promise to drop fuel prices within 24 hours of a polls victory, adding a pledge last night that "we would never forget the people because we have a experienced hardship".
He continued to poke holes in BN's administration, which he insisted is corrupt, questioning this time Malaysia Airline's (MAS) recent signing of a deal with Petron Malaysia Sdn Bhd, formerly Esso Malaysia Bhd, to purchase fuel.
Esso was rebranded as Petron after the Philippines-based Petron Corp, part of the San Miguel Corp conglomerate, became Esso Malaysia's biggest shareholder with a 73.4 per cent stake.
Anwar had previously demanded the government to explain why it had allowed one of the country's critical assets to be sold to a foreign entity, pointing out that the sale of ExxonMobil's stake in oil refiner Esso Malaysia was below market price.
Beer and oil
The opposition leader had also demanded Putrajaya explain the potential conflict in the deal because of the interests of Dr Mahathir's family.
The former prime minister's son, Mirzan Mahathir, was previously a board director of San Miguel Corp. The Philippines conglomerate is the biggest food and beverage conglomerate in the Philippines and the owner of San Miguel Brewery Inc.
San Miguel Brewery controls 95 per cent of the Philippines beer market. It has since diversified into infrastructure, public utility and energy requirements in the Philippines.
"Mirzan Mahathir bought the beer company San Miguel, Esso and now MAS signs a contract to buy fuel (from Esso)… that is why Dr Mahathir fears a Pakatan win," Anwar said last night.
Posted: 09 Jul 2012 08:55 AM PDT
Perbuatan mencantas bakat tokoh-tokoh muda semata-mata bagi mengekalkan kuasa dianggap bekas pemimpin Umno dimulakan di zaman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Bekas Exco Pemuda Umno Malaysia, Aspan Alias mendakwa sikap itu diamalkan Presiden Umno terbabit kerana bimbang ada pemimpin lain akan menyaingi kedudukan beliau.
Menurut beliau strategi tersebut ternyata memberi kesan buruk kepada struktur kepemimpinan Umno apabila pengganti-pengganti Dr Mahathir dilihat kurang berwibawa.
"Umno tidak dapat melahirkan barisan pemimpin pelapis yang benar-benar berwibawa untuk menerajuai parti dan negara.
"Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yang dilantik selepas itu dianggap ramai sebagai seorang pengganti yang lemah.
"Begitu juga Datuk Seri Najib Razak, kelemahannya dilihat lebih ketara berbanding pemimpin sebelumnya termasuk masalah peribadi," katanya pada ceramah di Kampung Pagar Pisang, Melor malam semalam.
Hadir sama Yang Dipertua PAS Ketereh, Wan Ismail Wan Jusoh, anggota Parlimen Ketereh, Abdul Aziz Abdul Kadir dan ahli jawatankuasa PAS Ketereh, Ahmad Rosli Ibrahim.
Aspan berkata, selama 23 tahun Umno di bawah Dr Mahathir, parti itu kehilangan tokoh yang berwibawa untuk diketengahkan bagi meneruskan kesinambungan parti terbabit.
Beliau yang juga seorang penulis kini bersama DAP berkata, kezaliman dilakukan pemimpin Umno menjadi penyumbang besar kepada kejatuhannya.
Contoh yang jelas berlaku di Kelantan sekarang apabila pemimpin Umno sewenang-wenang menafikan hak rakyat Kelantan mendapat royalti petroleum.
"Najib mengikut jejak Dr Mahathir dan Abdullah mengkhianati perjanjian yang ditandatangani antara kerajaan pusat dan Kelantan.
"Pusat sepatutnya membayar 5 peratus royalti setiap tahun tetapi mereka melanggarnya," ujar beliau.
Posted: 08 Jul 2012 10:33 PM PDT
I refer to the report in the Utusan Malaysia newspaper on 8.7.12 that claimed that Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had been acqutted in the Fitnah II trial on a technicality. Utusan Malaysia’s claim is completely opposite and inconsistent with the reasons for acquittal given in Judge Zabidin Mohd Diah’s written judgement. Judge Zabidin had concluded in his 80 page judgement that he could not convict Anwar Ibrahim on the uncorroborated evidence of the complainant Saiful. What this means is that Saiful’s evidence was simply not reliable enough to convict the opposition leader. As a matter of law, if the Judge had found Saiful’s evidence reliable, he could have convicted Anwar Ibrahim without seeking for further corroborative evidence. In short, the Judge did not acquit on a technicality, but because he was not convinced that Anwar Ibrahim was guilty.
It is clear that the UMNO-owned Utusan Malaysia was motivated equally by ignorance of the Judge’s reasoning and malice against Anwar in making the baseless claim that he was acquitted on a technicality. Further, Utusan Malaysia deliberately ignored crucial findings by the Judge which showed that the police had tampered with the evidence. The judge found that the evidence plastic bag (P27) was cut open by the investigating officer and that the seals were not tamper-proof, which indicates fabrication of evidence against Anwar. Who gave the orders for the investigating office to meddle with the evidence? The Judges findings now prove that the sodomy charges were a vicious political conspiracy against Anwar mounted by UMNO-BN with the compliance of the authorities.
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