- [PROGRAM] Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim di Pulau Pinang
- Why is Dyana Sofya a threat to Umno?
- MH370 cargo manifest has been deleted, says Anwar
Posted: 20 May 2014 07:44 PM PDT
Program Ceramah MEGA bersama Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim di Pulau Pinang
Jumaat, 23hb 2014
8.30pm – Dewan Sekolah Menengah Han Chiang, Jalan Lim Lean Teng, Pulau Pinang
PEJABAT DATO’ SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM
Posted: 20 May 2014 03:41 AM PDT
It is just supposed to be a parliamentary by-election but the battle for Teluk Intan is now between Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud (pic) and Umno, which appears to be rattled by her candidacy on a DAP ticket.
She has apparently struck fear in several Umno leaders, from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil – who have all castigated the political novice for not joining Umno.
Even Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali has thrown his soiled fingers into the fray, urging Gerakan to use a photograph of him together with the 27-year-old DAP candidate as campaign fodder.
But Gerakan has refused to use the photograph as part of the campaign by their president Datuk Mah Siew Keong, the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the May 31 by-election.
So why is Umno so afraid of the young UiTM law graduate, whose mother is an Umno member? Several reasons come to mind.
One. Dyana Sofya’s candidacy on a DAP ticket shows that Umno is not the only party for Malays, apart from PKR or PAS. Particularly when more Malaysians are seeing themselves as Malaysians and not identifying themselves along racial lines.
As more of that happens, Umno and other race-based parties and even groups like Perkasa will have fewer members and cease to exist or even be relevant in Malaysia.
Dr Mahathir, Shahrizat and even Ibrahim can’t allow this to happen because this will be the end of Umno and its dominance in Malaysian politics.
Two. Dr Mahathir is right, the younger generation have forgotten the hard work of the early Umno members and leaders. Perhaps that is because the old Umno was de-registered under his watch.
The Umno today is Umno Baru, a pale shadow of the Umno of Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Abdul Razak Hussein that fought for Malaya’s independence in 1957. The Umno today believes in keeping everything for itself, and only sharing the crumbs with others.
And every day, Umno gives Malaysians a reason to detest them. Every day.
Three. Dyana Sofya’s candidacy shows that there are political parties out there willing to gamble on youth and idealism rather than just rely on the tried and tested or the experienced politician.
There isn’t much of a queue in DAP unlike BN parties where party presidents and top officials are favoured as candidates over younger members. Perhaps it is also the fact that young talent have deserted the BN component parties.
Malaysia’s future belongs to Dyana Sofya’s generation, not the ones who have already tasted power and want to keep it for a while more.
Four. Dyana Sofya’s candidacy shows that young graduates, even from local varsities, such as UiTM, have the intelligence, mettle and leadership skills to strike their own path instead of following what their parents want them to do.
These young Malaysians can think and know they can make the difference. They are hungry and they don’t want to bide their time.
If anything, this mindset is the anti-thesis of a typical BN member who does what he or she is told and waits patiently in line for a shot at political office.
Only some, especially those in the inner circle, make it in BN. That might not be the case in DAP or other PR parties which have had to put up young candidates due to the lack of those willing to run for political office.
If more Malaysians, especially Malays, follow Dyana Sofya’s footsteps, then a party like Umno will come to an untimely end.
Umno cannot allow that to happen and it has to demonise, castigate, heckle and humiliate Dyana Sofya so that others will not follow her footsteps and join parties willing to take a chance on them.
Her success and victory in Teluk Intan will be more than just DAP keeping a seat in parliament or another young Malay becoming a DAP MP. It also means that Umno cannot assert itself as the only platform for the Malays to keep power or run Malaysia.
That is the sad state of Umno these days, that it has to fight a young woman just to keep power.
Posted: 20 May 2014 03:39 AM PDT
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) has claimed that the cargo manifest for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 had been deleted by “people in authority” as part of efforts to conceal information on the plane’s disappearance.
In an interview by Caro Meldrum-Hanna for the Australian Broadcasting Corp’s Four Corners programme yesterday, Anwar said his sources told him that the manifest had been deleted.
“I could not verify that, the only reasonable action I could take was to raise specific questions and demand the cargo manifest,” he said, adding that the matter had even been raised in Parliament but there was no response from the authorities.
“Even if it is deleted or not, the government must come (out and explain) in a transparent manner. You can’t expect the internatiomal community to have this huge search and rescue operation to find the debris. We have to know what is the cargo on the flight.”
Pressed by Meldrum-Hanna if his contact in MAS had actually seen the cargo manifest, Anwar said he wouldn’t know but people volunteer information to him in the strictest confidence as they were afraid of repercussions.
Asked why the government would conceal so much information, Anwar said: “The only plausible reason I could give is that either they want to conceal evidence in order to deflect (something) or (they are) fearful the infomation will cause further embarrassment.
“To my mind, it is not acceptable, you are talking about lives and national security.”
MAS had previously revealed that the cargo on board flight MH370 included 4 tonnes of mangosteen and lithium ion batteries.
Anwar was also asked about the failure of Malaysia’s military to respond when it had picked up flight MH370 on its radar.
“Yeah, I mean it’s a major scandal here, because this is of course amounting to a major threat to national security,” he said.
He said the military had breached the standard operating procedures.
“The Air Force will be alerted and will have to then be flown to that area to either, you know, normally to guide the plane to land or to leave the Malaysian airspace.
“They’re standard operating procedure and this was never done.”
Four Corners also quoted former first admiral of the Malaysian Navy, Imran Abdul Hamid, as saying that the military should have reacted to the plane passing over the peninsula.
“They should be responsible for what they are doing.
“They have to answer to the people of Malaysia for failing to react. So, the Chief of Defence Forces has to answer for it, the Chief of Air Forces has to answer for it.
“If they cannot answer it, I think they should leave the service for other people to serve the country,” he said.
Anwar said clearly there was no defence over the radar issue.
MH370 had flown almost directly over the top of Malaysia’s military radar station located on the island of Penang.
Four Corners said that a team of up to five officers could or should have been on duty at the nearby radar operations centre at Butterworth airbase.
Their job? To man the military radar screens, looking for unidentified aircraft entering Malaysia’s airspace.
In defending the Malaysian military in another interview with Four Corners, acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had said that the military had been told to keep an eye on the plane but had allowed it to disappear off their radar after considering it as non-hostile.
This was the first time that Malaysia had said that civil aviation authorities told the military to keep an eye on the aircraft – a fact which was not mentioned in the five-page preliminary report on the plane’s disappearance released by the Ministry of Transport on May 1.
The much-criticised preliminary report had made no mention of the instructions from the civil aviation authorities to the military to monitor the plane.
Instead, the brief report, which had been sent to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), revealed a chaotic four hours after communications between Malaysia air traffic controllers, the flag carrier and other regional air traffic controllers before a hunt was initiated.
Hishammuddin, who appeared defensive in the interview, said that the military did not send a plane up to investigate the aircraft shown on their radar as “it was not deemed a hostile object and pointless if you are not going to shoot it down”.
He was defending the military's failure to scramble a fighter jet after flight MH370 had disappeared from civilian radar on March 8 when its transponder stopped transmitting during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing around 1.21am.
The military radar had tracked it after it made a turn-back and turned in a westerly direction across the peninsula.
“If you’re not going to shoot it down, what’s the point of sending it (a fighter) up?” Hishammuddin was quoted as asking on the Four Corners programme.
Delays in pinpointing the Boeing 777-200's location led to days of searching in the South China Sea before analysis from British satellite firm, Inmarsat, pointed its likely course as the Indian Ocean.
Hishammuddin had also said that had the jet been shot down with 239 passengers and crew on board, “I’d be in a worse position, probably”.
He said he was informed of the military radar detection two hours later and relayed it to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who then ordered a search in the Malacca Strait.
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