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Rabu, 31 Julai 2013

Anwar Ibrahim

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PKR all set to fight new preventive law

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 11:04 PM PDT

Malaysiakini

PKR will strongly oppose any new version of an Emergency Ordinance (EO) because the BN has previously used such legislation to stifle political dissent rather than to fight crime.

Referring to reports of a new preventive law to tackle crime,  PKR vice-president N Surendran said today that such a law would pose “grave danger to the civil and political rights of all Malaysians”.

The law is reportedly being drafted by a committee headed by Minister Idris Jala, and is due to be tabled in Parliament in September.

“We will fight such laws at every stage of its tabling in the Dewan Rakyat, we will never surrender the fundamental rights of the rakyat," Surendran said in a statement.

"We call upon the prime minister to drop the intention of tabling such laws, and instead focus upon creating a better-trained and more efficient police force."

Surendran noted that, on one occasion in July 2011, the EO had been "misused" to arrest six PSM activists including a member of parliament.

“The police must also be freed from unnecessary political tasks on behalf of the BN, such as spying on and prosecuting opposition and civil society leaders and activists," he said.

"Using the police for these unconstitutional political tasks is a serious waste of resources and demoralises the police force."

Human rights activists and lawyers have also argued against a return to the EO era.

At a Proham forum, it was argued that existing laws, like the amended Prevention of Crime Act 1959, provide sufficient powers for the police to deal with serious crime.

Following a series of violent crimes, premier Najib Abdul Razak has mooted an EO-type law, in modified form, to enable the police to cope with such incidents.

The EO, which allowed the police to detain a suspect for two months without trial, was originally designed to enforce order after the May 13,1969 riots. It was abolished in 2011 and over 2,000 detainees were freed last year.

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Kenapa Najib tak buat sidang khas parlimen perangi jenayah?

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 05:27 PM PDT


Najib kata perlu tindakan segera untuk tangani jenayah berat yang semakin membimbangkan rakyat ketika ini. Perlu dikaji undang-undang yang dapat mengekang jenayah ini pada sesi parlimen akan datang. Persoalannya kalau perlu tindakan segera, rakyat semakin bimbang keselamatan mereka, kenapa perlu tunggu sidang parlimen, kenapa tak buat sidang khas parlimen? Bukankah wakil rakyat dilantik untuk membela rakyat? Mana lebih penting, sambutan raya atau keselamatan rakyat?

PUTRAJAYA 30 Julai - Kerajaan bersedia memberikan apa sahaja yang diperlukan oleh Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) untuk menambah keberkesanan dan usaha pasukan itu memerangi jenayah khususnya jenayah berat.

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata, tindakan segera perlu dilakukan oleh polis untuk memulihkan keyakinan rakyat terhadap insiden pembunuhan menggunakan senjata api yang berlaku sejak akhir-akhir ini.

Justeru, tegas Najib, polis perlu melihat kepada undang-undang sedia ada berhubung tindakan yang perlu dan boleh diambil bagi menangani insiden pembunuhan menggunakan senjata api.

''Apa yang disebut tadi, kita berniat membawanya pada sesi Parlimen seterusnya, peruntukan yang akan mengukuhkan tindakan polis (untuk memerangi jenayah) dan saya tidak bercakap tentang jangka panjang tetapi tindakan serta-merta iaitu pada sesi Parlimen seterusnya," katanya.


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DUN Chuah: Lagi masalah saliran tidak diselenggara di Kg India, Bukit Pelandok.

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 09:35 PM PDT



Keterangan gambar: ADUN Chuah, YB Chai Tong Chai melawat dan melihat longkang yang tersumbat kerana dipenuhi rumput kerana tidak diselenggara di Kampung India, Bukit Pelandok.

Masalah saliran tidak diselenggara oleh pihak berwajib yang menyebabkan longkang atau parit tersumbat atau dipenuhi sampah/tumbuhan adalah kerap berlaku di sekitar Bukit Pelandok kerana faktor geografi kawasan ini berhampiran dengan laut dan kawasan berpaya.

Kelewatan atau kegagalan pihak berwajib menjalankan tugas penyelenggaraan dan pembersihan saliran akan menyebabkan aliran air parit dan longkang tersumbat. Ia bertambah sulit lagi ketika waktu hujan atau musim hujan. Keadaan semulajadi di sekitar kawasan ini yang berlaku pertumbuhan rumput atau tumbuhan yang cepat memerlukan saliran seperti ini kerap diselenggarakan.

Keadaan ini juga memerlukan pihak bertanggungjawab khususnya Ahli Majlis-Ahli Majlis PBT yang ditugaskan menjaga kawasan terbabit melaksanakan peranan mereka. Jika tidak, peranan mereka terpaksa dipikul pula oleh wakil rakyat.

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Malam lailatulqadar .... kubah mesjid diatas tanah...

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 09:25 PM PDT

Selasa, 30 Julai 2013

Anwar Ibrahim

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Winning Egypt’s Long War With Extremism

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 09:23 AM PDT

Huffington Post

In what looked more like a scene from “The Dictator” than real life, Egypt’s leading general and de-facto head of state Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi addressed cheering crowds in his full military fatigue and Gamal Abdel Nassir sunglasses on Wednesday. He congratulated them for “making their will known” to the world on June 30th (when mass protests began) and July 3rd (the day Morsi was ousted), and declared that “the will of the people” delegitimizes the results of elections. He then called on “all noble Egyptians” to march on Friday in the millions to give him “the popular mandate to fight terrorism.”

The Tamarrod campaign enthusiastically endorsed his call on their official Facebook page, encouraging Egyptians to support the army in “the coming war against terrorism” and its “cleansing” of the country, widely understood as references to cracking down on The Muslim Brotherhood.

The head of Egypt’s security apparatus does not need a popular mandate to pursue those involved in criminal activity. However, a ruling junta in the Arab world’s most populous country concerned with its global image does need the theatrics of “popular will” to use force to wipe out an entire political movement and its supporters, one that by the most conservative estimates comprises no less than a quarter of the Egyptian people. Not only is the general fanning the already white hot flames of anti-Muslim Brotherhood fervor in Egypt, but he is exploiting it to gain political cover for mass repression and violence. In the current climate of ultra nationalism and deep polarization, sadly, many Egyptians are all too willing to provide it.

Far from eradicating terrorism, such an approach would only empower those who call for violence against the state.

Unless Egypt’s military junta decisively corrects its current course, and pursues a peaceful, inclusive and reconciliatory approach to putting Egypt back on a democratic path, it will be feeding rather than draining militants’ ideological fuel.

This is because Al Qaeda was conceived in the prisons of Egypt, contrary to conventional wisdom, not the caves of Afghanistan. Gamal Abdel Nassir’s torture chambers produced Al Qaeda’s intellectual foundation, whose original target was not the United States, but corrupt Arab governments the superpower was seen as propping up. Sayed Qutb, whose writings inspired many militant groups, including Al Qaeda, was radicalized and eventually executed in Nassir’s jail. Decades later, Ayman El Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and chief strategist, turned to militancy in these same confines, and went on to advocate for violence as the only way to correct perceived injustice.

The Egyptian people proved him wrong in the spring of 2011. Eighteen days of mass protests accomplished what decades of militancy could not: ridding Egypt of a thirty-year dictator. The January 25th revolt was the single greatest blow to Al Qaedaism since its bastard birth in Nassir’s jail. Islamists worked with liberals and leftists to rid their nation of a common enemy. When Iran’s supreme leader congratulated Egypt on its “Islamic Revolution”, it was the Muslim Brotherhood that corrected him. “This was an Egyptian People’s Revolution,” the Islamists declared. Former militants formed political parties, not terrorism cells, working within the system rather than seeking to destroy it. According to years of Gallup nationally representative surveys, while the majority of Egyptians (60 percent) said that “oppressed people can improve their situation through peaceful means alone” before the revolution, this number rose to 79 percent after it successfully ousted Hosni Mubarak, and to 85 percent after the first parliamentary elections. The January 25th revolution was a victory for not only “people power” but for peaceful means of change.

The threat to extremist ideology was apparently so acute that Ayman El Zawahri went out of his way in February 2011 to put out a statement responding to the Egyptian uprising, where he denounced democracy as unIslamic. It seemed that Egypt, the birthplace of Al Qaeda, would also be the land of its celebrated death.

After the military’s mass arrests and violent crackdown on supporters of the former president in the past weeks however, it might be El Zawahri who is celebrating.

In the early morning on Monday, July 8th, several days after the fall of Morsi, the military opened fire on a pro-Morsi sit in at the Republican guard leaving 51 dead, one soldier and 50 Morsi supporters. A grainy video of the incident shows people running in a panic as soldiers blast the crowd with gunshots. Human rights groups, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, as well as Western media outlets, including theNew York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy Magazine, reported the military used excessive force. Within hours, the military issued a statement saying it acted in self-defense. In response to the incident the armed forces made a number of arrests — not of officers allegedly responsible for the incident as a nod to accountability and reconciliation — but of senior Brotherhood leaders, including the Supreme guide Mohammad Badie, on charges that they incited their own massacre.

With few exceptions, Egypt’s so-called “liberals” hardly object. Many formally anti-military activists and human rights NGO leaders, who have themselves witnessed violence against protesters at the hands of Egypt’s security apparatus, now fiercely defend the military, scorning dissidents in their ranks. With eerie irony, Tamarrod spokesman has stated that, “Nassir’s Egypt will not tolerate the continuation of Morsi’s Egypt” apparently glorifying a time in the country’s history when it was anything but a democracy.

If democracy were established, Egypt could still be Al Qaeda's ideological death bed. But if the military pursues its current path, the country also has the potential to become the site of the network’s philosophical second coming. This risk was made clear in a social media exchange I had with a prominent Egyptian blogger named Ali shortly after the Republican guard shooting.

Ali: “They’re pushing us to be extremists, if they kept arresting pres. Morsy & refuse every democratic process" 

I responded in four parts:
“1. No one can force us to extremism. We have a choice. We must choose Islamic ethics over self defeating impulse. 1/4″
“2. Nothing would please your enemies more. Perfect pretense for mass repression and political exclusion. Choose wisdom. 2/4″
“3. Turning to extremism dishonors the blood of the martyrs. 3/4″
“4. Remember God said ‘don’t let a people’s hatred of you cause you to be unjust.’ God rewards patience. 4/4″

Ali:
“He also said “And if you punish an enemy, punish proportionally to that which you were harmed"[1]”

Me:
“Yes, within what is permitted. Responding in like in this case is wrong and unwise. Results disastrous.”

Ali:
“We are dying anyway, u should advise the one who kill not the victim”

Me:
“I have. See my timeline. They wish for nothing more than a pretense for more repression. Don’t give it to them.”

I might give Egypt's ruling generals, and their advisors in Washington and Brussels, similar advice: Ayman El Zawahri and those who agree with him wish for nothing more than a pretense for violence. Don't give it to them.

 
Dalia Mogahed is Chairman and CEO of Mogahed Consulting. With John L Esposito she co-authored “Who Speaks For Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think”

[1] The same verse goes to say, “But if you are patient – it is better for those who are patient.” It is understood to allow and limit Muslims to “proportional retaliation” in war, as opposed to massive or punishing retaliation, while encouraging forgiveness.

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Zahid Hamidi kata kurang anggota punca jenayah sukar dikawal?

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 01:41 AM PDT




Adakah punca jenayah semakin meningkat sekarang ini berpunca dari kekurangan bilangan anggota polis dan kekurangan peralatan? Zahid Hamidi nak salahkan apa pula atau siapa pula selepas ini? Kenyataan dari seorang menteri sebegini hanya menambahkan lagi kerisauan rakyat. Ini bermakna selagi nisbah polis dan rakyat belum 1:35, maka selagi itu jenayah sukar dikawal. Berapa pula nisbah polis dan rakyat tahun 70an, 80an dulu?

30 Julai 2013 - Polis tidak boleh dipersalahkan dalam peningkatan kejadian pembunuhan menggunakan senjata api yang dilihat seolah-olah berleluasa sejak kebelakangan ini.

Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berkata, sebaliknya semua pihak perlu memahami bahawa polis di Malaysia menghadapi kekurangan jumlah anggota dan peralatan berbanding negara maju.

"Sebagai contoh, di New York, Amerika Syarikat, seorang polis berkhidmat untuk 35 penduduk berbanding seorang polis di Malaysia berkhidmat untuk 700 penduduk untuk sesuatu kawasan," katanya.

Hussain Ahmad Najadi sokong kebangkitan Arab Spring?

Posted: 29 Jul 2013 09:47 PM PDT


Temuramah akhbar The Star pada 7 Mei 2013 dengan Hussain Ahmad Najadi , Pengasas Arab Malaysia Bank yang dibunuh mendedahkan bahawa Hussain adalah merupakan seorang pada usia mudanya seorang yang sering mengadakan demonstrasi terhadap pemerintah. Beliau telah dipenjarakan kerana mempersoalkan hutang seorang menteri yang sudah tertunggak selama sembilan tahun. Beliau juga secara tidak langsung menyokong kebangkitan Arab Spring. Apakah motif pembunuhan beliau yang sebenarnya?

By sharing his life, he hopes to create more understanding between Malaysia and the Arab world.
Tuesday May 7, 2013

It is the story of Hussain Najadi, a Bahrain-born commoner who founded the Arab Malaysian Development Bank – yes, the bank with the camel mascot! – in 1975.

Hussain was born in 1938 in Bahrain's capital, Manama.

As Ahmad's only child, Hussain displayed the same rebellious streak and, in his youth, joined the increasing number of people agitating for more personal freedom and liberties in then Britain-ruled Bahrain, resulting in repeated detentions.

After being caught leading several demonstrations, he was told to leave the country when he was 18 years old (in 1956), and he opted to go to Germany, where his training and career in business began.

And then, at the height of his professional success, the boy who came from nothing to gain so much was thrown into jail. He had had the temerity to ask that a loan, nine years overdue, be paid back – the problem was, the loan had been made to very senior Bahraini minister.

Knowing the political situation in Bahrain – it had gained independence from the British in 1971 but remains a strongly controlled Constitutional monarchy – why did Najadi make his demand?

Perhaps it had something do with his formative years when, unlike his peers, he was a voracious reader, and he had the good fortune of reading not just capitalist tomes, but also works by socialists and communists and other characters that are considered radical for capitalist-leaning Bahrain.

"My dad did say that one day, those books are going to get me into trouble. And he was right," Najadi says with a laugh.

By a stroke of luck, he was able to obtain an Iranian passport and fled as soon as he was let out of jail. Until today, Najadi remains persona non grata in his homeland and cannot re-enter Bahrain.

He does not shy away from talking at length about the rise of citizen movements like the Arab Spring demanding more democratic space in the Middle East.

"Bahrain is in turmoil now, and it is also running out of oil. It has had the same prime minister for the last 42 years. In a way, you could say that the Arab Spring started from Bahrain, and spread onwards from there, though the tsunami has yet to reach its conclusion."

While Najadi's life has centred on finance, The Sea And The Hills is not about making money.

"I have a zero ROI (return on investment) target for this book, which is purely about fostering better understanding between countries and civilisations. Malaysians still misunderstand the Arab world, and whatever they know about it usually comes from Hollywood movies and other Western perspectives of the Middle East."


Najadi Tokoh Kewangan Tersohor Dengan Gaya Hidup Ringkas, Sederhana
Selasa Julai 30, 2013

PETALING JAYA: Hussain Ahmad Najadi pernah tinggal di sebuah banglo mewah di Jalan Ampang, tetapi bertukar angin dan berpindah ke sebuah kondominium yang terletak kira-kira 15 minit berjalan kaki dari pejabatnya di Menara Haw Par.

"Pada usia saya, saya berasa lebih selamat tinggal di sana," katanya kepada The Star dalam satu temu bual pada 2 April untuk mempromosikan autobiografinya, The Sea and The Hills.

Dalam temu bual yang diadakan di pejabatnya yang serba ringkas dan sederhana, Najadi juga mendedahkan buku seterusnya akan bertajuk Decline of the West: The Enemy Within.

"Ia akan bercerita tentang bagaimana Barat jatuh melalui kemerosotan, seperti cara empayar Rome hancur, melalui kepuasan diri mereka sendiri," katanya.



Isnin, 29 Julai 2013

Anwar Ibrahim

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Opposition will resist any government attempt to control internet

Posted: 29 Jul 2013 02:59 AM PDT

TMI

The opposition will resist any attempt by Putrajaya to restrict use of the internet, calling it a selfish attempt to undermine freedom of information so as to perpetuate Barisan Nasional’s (BN) hold on power.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said that the desperate attempt by BN to maintain its status quo would not succeed as the people had already spoken in the 13th general election by giving Pakatan Rakyat the popular vote.

He labelled the attempt as a violation of BN’s very own Multimedia Supercorridor Bill of Guarantees against internet censorship.

 Lim questioned if this new "draconian" move was yet another failure of the ruling coalition’s policy following the abandonment of national reconciliation and 1Malaysia.

“The double standards and selective prosecution of punishing only those who attack Muslim sensitivities but not when non-Muslims are attacked is now followed by attacking internet use,” he said in a statement today.

Lim, who is also Penang chief minister, said the move was no different from “autocratic dictators desperately trying to cling on to power".

“How can internet bans help to prevent confusion that may arise as a result of internet defamation as mentioned by Ahmad Shabery, especially when there are double standards in punishing only opponents of BN but not when PR leaders are clearly defamed,” he said, referring to Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek's statement.

Ahmad Shabery said at a Ramadan gathering yesterday that internet defamation and similar ill-intentioned actions must be curbed before the situation deteriorated.

He added that his ministry would not hesitate to revise the internet facilities and access accorded to users in Malaysia, iterating that such move was to prevent confusion that might arise as a result of imprudent use of the internet.

"I see the misuse of the liberty given to users as reaching a critical level. It is about time we act firmly and sternly to restrain it," Ahmad Shabery said

Lim said that BN has failed to comprehend the yearning of the people for truth and freedom and quest for knowledge which was unfiltered by propaganda, racism and extremist ideologies.

He added that BN viewed the internet as a threat because the freedom and truth on the internet allowed lies, hate and fear to be quickly exposed.

“For example, BN's lies that my underaged son had sexually molested his female classmate were quickly exposed as a malicious lie when the internet identified the alleged victim's photo as a Hong Kong chess grandmaster who had never been to Penang and never met me or my son. Is this what BN is fearful of, that their lies, hatred and corruption will be exposed with internet freedom?” he said.

Anwar slams Home Minister’s quick dismissal of alleged police link to Sanjeevan shooting

Posted: 29 Jul 2013 12:51 AM PDT

TMI

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim took Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to task for quickly dismissing police involvement in the shooting of anti-crime watchdog chief R. Sri Sanjeevan last Saturday.

“He should not be too quick in dismissing anything. He should allow police to carry out a thorough investigation first," said Anwar.

“This is the problem with Umno politicians. This is an assassination attempt and there is evidence of previous threats on the victim. I regret that this came from Zahid.”

 Sanjeevan was shot while he was in his car in Bahau town with a friend. He is currently in stable but critical condition at the Seremban Hospital. He is scheduled to undergo surgery soon for a gunshot wound to his chest.

Anwar said police need to beef up security at the hospital where Sanjeevan is warded, adding that it was grossly inadequate.

He also urged Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to ensure that the taskforce set up to investigate the shooting did not include policemen remotely related to the complaints made by Sanjeevan.

The police must also investigate Sanjeevan’s complaints of certain rogue elements in the force,” said Anwar at a Press conference held at the PKR headquarters in Tropicana, Petaling Jaya.

Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, who was present, said Sanjeevan had told him that he was in possession of an internal memo with the “sulit” stamped on it, but he had not seen the list himself.

“Sanjeevan insisted there were a number of people on the list and that the offences were serious. These policemen were being probed for their alleged links to drug syndicates,” Rafizi said.

He said it was important not to preclude anything for now, and the probe by police must not just stop at this link, as the links with the underworld could also involve other parts of the home ministry.

“If Sanjeevan was to disclose the internal memo, it could provide a different perspective altogether on this issue of crime, particularly the relationship between underworld, police and possibly the home ministry,” said Rafizi.

Another PKR politician, R. Sivarasa, meanwhile said that looking at the manner of the shooting, it was clear that it was carried out by hired killers.

Sivarasa said Zahid and the IGP must appreciate the fact that former IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan had come out clearly to say there is a connection between Sanjeevan’s shooting and his expose of policemen being linked to the underworld.

To date, only Sanjeevan’s friend who was with him during the shooting has been detained. That too, police had said, was related to a drug offence and not to the attack on Sanjeevan.

[PRESS STATEMENT] On Assassination Attempt, Dismissals of Election Petitions, Selective Prosecution #Black505 and Egypt’s Bloodbath

Posted: 28 Jul 2013 10:37 PM PDT

PRESS STATEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
29 JULY 2013

1) ATTEMPT ON THE LIFE OF MYWATCH CHAIRMAN
We condemn in the strongest terms the cold-blooded assassination attempt at R Sri Sanjeevan who has been on a mission to do what other crime watchers have failed to do. Sanjeevan has taken the bull by the horns and has risked his life because of his dedication and commitment to expose the nefarious dealings between the criminal underworld and certain rogue elements in the police force. This is a matter of national importance.

We believe the shooting in broad daylight is not an isolated event done by some stray criminals as stated by former IGP Tan Seri Musa Hassan may be part of a much larger, more insidious criminal network with the motive of silencing him.Three months back, Malaysians were distressed with the assassination of DatukShaharuddin Ibrahim the Deputy General of Customs in Putrajaya.

KEADILAN note that IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has pledged a thorough investigation and we cannot over emphasize the importance that it be conducted in the most professional and impartial way. There should not be anyone in the investigation team even remotely related to the complaints made by Sanjeevan.

Meanwhile, we call on the IGP to beef up the security arrangements at the hospital where Sanjeevan is being treated. Without going too much into the details, we know that the current security detail is grossly inadequate. We are certain that the threat still remains and the police must therefore step up the security for his safety immediately.

2) SUMMARY DISMISSALS OF ELECTION PETITIONS
We are greatly concerned with the spate of summary dismissals of the election petitions filed by Pakatan Rakyat candidates with regard to electoral fraud in the 13th general election.

To summarily dismiss these petitions purely on so-called technical grounds and ignoring the fact that the issues raised in the petitions are matters of public interest which have a direct bearing on the conduct of free and fair elections.

Some of the technicalities raised can be considered frivolous. For example; the petitions for Machang and Selising were struck off on the basis purportedly that the petition was not served personally by the petitioner himself on the respondents. This is quite ridiculous when everyone understands that parties in court act through lawyers and do not go around trying to serve court documents themselves!

Judges are also saying that the facts stated in the petitions are not sufficient. However I am advised that provisions also exist in the election law for any party to apply for particulars and for the court to direct provision of such details. Surely this would be a better way to handle disputes when such important issues of election abuses are raised regardless by whom whether BN or PR.

The second trend is awarding high costs on the petitioners when their petitions are struck off. Petitioners have been ordered to pay as much as RM120,000 in the case of BalikPulau.

I am informed by lawyers that such costs are not in line at all with the trend of costs awarded for similar civil litigation. For example similar preliminary objections in the High Court will probably be awarded RM5,000 to RM10,000. Full appeals in the Court of Appeal are awarded RM15,000 to RM 20,000.

Such high costs are oppressive bearing in mind the public interest nature of the litigation and invites the inference that there is a decided policy to inflict punitive costs to discourage petitions. Judge Hadhariah Syed Ismail handling BalikPulau was heard to say that the RM30,000 costs that were awarded for the DUN TelokBahang petition against the KEADILAN petitioner were not high enough and proceeded to award RM 120,000.

The rakyat must perceive the judiciary as an independent institution. If they find, as in the case of these recent election petitions, that the courts are making decisions to simply maintain the electoral status quo, and appear to be acting under direction of a particular party, they will lose all faith in the judiciary.

The pattern of punitive costs suggests that a discussion has taken place amongst the judiciary with a consensus to award such costs. Whether or not that is true, I call upon the Chief Justice TunAriffinZakaria to intervene to ensure that a more appropriate approach is taken towards awards of costs. Cost orders should reflect the fact that election petitions are public interest litigation. In any event, costs should be in line with similar civil litigation.

We are raising this issue because collectively the outcome of the petitions bears directly on the people's electoral rights and ultimately on the legitimacy to govern. At the very least, the dictates of justice warrant a full and proper trial.

We are not making frivolous claims. The people have a legitimate expectation that the fraud be exposed. The best forum for this is a court of laws. Is that asking too much?

3) SELECTIVE PROSECUTION OF PAKATAN RAKYAT'S LEADERS AND BLACK505 PARTICIPANTS
Today's charging of the 33 protesters for participating in the Black 505 DataranMerbok rally on June 22 is yet another classic instance of selective prosecution and thus constitutes an abuse of discretionary power by the Attorney General.

Likewise, this unconstitutional practice of selective prosecution has led to Members of Parliament Rafizi Ramli and Anthony Loke as well as other activists being charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA) and the Sedition Act.
While scores of other cases involving corruption and criminal violence which truly warrant action by the AG are either swept aside or put on hold, this swift and overzealous effort to prosecute citizens and law makers alike exercising their constitutional right of assembly is deplorable and exposes a more insidious conspiracy by the government to silence the voices of freedom and justice. Prime Minister Dato Seri NajibRazak must be held accountable for these series of vindictive actions.

4) MASSACRE OF INNOCENT PROTESTERS AND NAJIB'S UTTER SILENCE
We wish to reiterate our call on all parties and nations to condemn Saturday's massacre of more than 100 pro-Morsi supporters and members of the Muslim brotherhood in Cairo. They must do everything in their power to put a stop to this carnage.

In this regard, the government's utter silence on the matter is shameful and totally inconsistent with a declared stand on transforming the nation on the path of reform and democracy. Malaysia's initial failure to condemn the military coup of a legitimately elected government was bad enough. Now, this lack of concern over the slaughter of innocent lives raises serious questions as to why this government has been so reticent in the matter.

Once again, we categorically condemn this bloodbath by the military and hold to account Army chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the leaders of the present illegitimate interim government of Egypt.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

[PRESS STATEMENT] Desak Polis Jalankan Siasatan Terperinci Dakwaan Penglibatan Anggota PDRM Terlibat Aktiviti Jenayah

Posted: 28 Jul 2013 10:25 PM PDT

KENYATAAN MEDIA

UNTUK EDARAN SEGERA
29 JULAI 2013

KEADILAN memandang serius insiden keganasan dan jenayah dalam negara, dan mutakhir ini adalah cubaan bunuh ke atas pengerusi badan pemantau jenayah MyWatch, R. Sri Sanjeevan dua hari lalu.

Kekerapan kes-kes bunuh secara tembakan ala mafia kebelakangan ini yang antara lain menjadikan penjawat awam sebagai mangsa; sebelum ini turut mengorbankan Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Kastam Datuk Shaharuddin Ibrahim, yang mati ditembak ketika dalam perjalanan ke pejabatnya di Putrajaya tiga bulan lalu.

Merujuk kepada kes Sanjeevan, kami difahamkan bahawa beliau sebelum ini turut menerima ancaman pada 11 April 2013 apabila diserang oleh empat lelaki bersenjatakan parang di basemen aras bawah di sebuah hotel di Kuala Lumpur, dan beberapa minggu lalu diekori oleh beberapa lelaki yang mencurigakan di Terminal LCC, Sepang. Insiden tembakan yang melibatkan beliau dua hari lalu turut berlaku beberapa jam selepas beliau memuatnaik tulisan di akaun Twitter miliknya bahawa beliau menerima ugutan tembak dipercayai dari anggota polis.

KEADILAN tidak menolak bahawa insiden yang menimpa Sanjeevan seperti yang telah dinyatakan oleh mantan Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Musa Hassan mungkin memiliki kaitan langsung dengan hasrat beliau untuk mendedahkan penglibatan anggota/pegawai PDRM dengan sindiket jenayah dan kegiatan haram.

Sehubungan dengan itu, KEADILAN menyambut baik tindakan pantas Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar yang berjanji untuk menjalankan siasatan terperinci terhadap kes ini. KEADILAN juga menuntut supaya pendedahan Sanjeevan berkaitan penglibatan anggota/pegawai PDRM dengan sindiket jenayah dan kegiatan haram turut disiasat serta membawa mereka yang terlibat ke muka pengadilan. Sementara itu, KEADILAN juga memohon supaya kawalan keselamatan ke atas Sanjeevan di hospital juga ditingkatkan.

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