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Anwar Ibrahim

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Five messages Sisi must hear

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 08:25 PM PDT

by Emad Shahin
30th May 2014

Egypt's presidential election is another blunder on the road map. The first was the trumped up results of the constitutional referendum that the military-backed regime set at 98% approval, a clear reminiscent of the old authoritarian ways. The current presidential election too has been geared to ensure the victory of the July coup leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The process misses basic requisites of credibility: meaningful competition, free environment, neutrality of state institutions, and disappointedly to Sisi – a necessary turnout to confer legitimacy on the new regime and provide him with a strong mandate to rise as Egypt's new pharaoh. As expected, he received a landslide victory, but a bitter one.

The military backed regime and its one-sided media machine did its best, including begging people to vote, extortion and threats of fines, to convince Egyptians to make an overwhelming turnout. This message was directed more to the US and the EU to prove the popularity of the coup leader and facilitate their full recognition of the new regime.

Egyptians, particularly the country's youth and opponents to the return of an authoritarian police state, boycotted the election. They disappointed Sisi, who expected 40 million people to vote. Instead he got less than 15% turnout as confirmed by independent observers. The low turnout set the pro-coup media machine up in arms calling hysterically upon all Egyptians to save the day and the "beloved" general. More importantly, the low participation rate sends five strong messages to Sisi and his regional and Western backers.

1. Inflated popularity

The low turnout in the first two days of the elections revealed that the Sisi-mania that has swept Egypt for the past 10 months since the military coup was nothing but an orchestrated and inflated media stunt that does not reflect the realities of the country's political landscape. Whatever popularity Sisi possesses, it does not rest on a solid constituency, but on diverse social segments with contradictory interests.

These include remnants of the old regime, segments of Christian Copts, and primarily citizens who initially supported him in hope for "stability" and economic recovery, but couldn't care less about democracy or freedoms. It is now clear that Sisi has lost a good number of these elements who were not moved to go and vote for him. In short, his base of support might have been loud, as the media made them, but not large or committed enough.

2. Questionable legitimacy

The low turnout sends a clear signal that the field marshal's legitimacy is going to be challenged no matter what his winning percentage will be. The alleged 30 million Egyptians who have participated in the 30 June demonstrations and the similar figure who took to the streets on 26 July in response to Sisi's request for a "mandate" to fight potential terrorism vanished leaving everyone wondering where they went.

The wide boycott or apathy for the elections is yet another indication of the deep polarization the coup has inflicted on Egyptian society. The boycott went beyond the Muslim Brotherhood or Islamists to include youth, the revolutionaries and average Egyptians. The empty polling stations have succeeded in proving beyond doubt that the consensus narrative Sisi's supporters have been relentlessly working to propagate to the world is nothing but a myth.

3. Unsupportive deep state

The first two days of elections raises questions about the extent of control Sisi has over the deep state. TV satellite channels exposed the low turn out and didn't attempt to cover up the shocking lack of support, contrary to what they used to do during Mubarak's time. Pro-coup TV show presenter, Ibrahim Eissa admitted that Sisi does not have a "political body" and that his campaign failed to run an effective electoral machine.

The Presidential Electoral Commission extended the voting period by a third day, thus shedding doubts on the credibility of the process and on Sisi's expected victory. State institutions, the wide network of the former National Democratic Party and related businessmen who were believed to support Sisi appeared weak, unwilling or unable to deliver on their promises of mobilizing large numbers of voters as they did with Mubarak's former PM Ahmed Shafeeq during the 2012 presidential elections.

Many attribute that to internal power struggles between the state's different institutions, while others believe that Sisi lacks the experience and skills to efficiently run the system to his benefit. In either case, the efficacy of state institutions in the electoral process was undoubtedly a blow to the field marshal's hopes.

4. No economic vision…No votes

Since the military takeover in July, Egypt has been witnessing a drastic economic deterioration. With the worsening economic situation and the decline in the standard of living of most Egyptians, many became increasingly disillusioned by Sisi's repeated assertions that "he has nothing to offer" and may have reached the conclusion that nothing is likely to change with Sisi's official inauguration.

It seems the field marshal's "ingenious" suggestions for solving the unemployment crisis by providing the youth with vehicles to transport vegetables to "poorer areas," exhorting Egyptians to divide the loaf of bread into four portions to save on wheat consumption, and using energy-efficient light bulbs to solve the electricity crisis have left many unimpressed.

5. People power

Egyptians have proved over the past three years that they will not allow a new pharaoh to emerge. The defiant slogan they raised during their popular uprisings in Tahrir 2011 "Down with the Next President" still holds and the phenomenon of "president for life" is a thing of the past. As they have previously done through mass mobilization and peaceful protests, they have once again established, by silence this time, that they, and not Sisi's regional or international backers, have the final word.

The low turnout sends a strong message to the military establishment and its design to continue controlling the political process. It eventually needs to take one or two steps back and allow for a reset of a true democratic system and civilian control over the political process.

Egypt needs to build a rational state that respects the rule of law, pluralism, human rights and the fundamental basis of democracy. The alternative may not fall short of a third revolutionary wave. This time it will make sure to dismantle the police state and its authoritarian institutions.

- Emad Shahin is Professor of Public Policy, the American University in Cairo (AUC) and Editor-in-Chief, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics. He is currently a Public Policy Scholar at Woodrow Wilson Center and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.

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Anak Muda Kampung Nak Senang

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Program Membantu Golongan Memerlukan di DUN Kota (Parlimen Rembau)

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 08:53 PM PDT

Sempena bulan Syaaban, Ramadhan dan Syawal PAS DUN Kota akan mengulurkan sumbangan keperluan kepada golongan keluarga yang memerlukan di kawasan ini. PAS DUN Kota mengharapkan sumbangan berupa kewangan atau barang keperluan untuk diagihkan kepada mereka ini.

Sumbangan barangan keperluan ialah bahan makanan yang tahan lama seperti beras, tepung, minyak masak, gula, susu tin, biskut , sardin dan sebagainya.

Kepada mereka yang ingin menyumbang bolehlah menghubungi Penyelaras Program, Tn Hj Nasir di talian 012-6920850

Sumbangan juga boleh disalurkan melalui akaun :
Nama akaun : PAS MTD DUN KOTA
Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad , No Akaun : 05-021-02-011755-8 ,

Sumbangan barangan keperluan adalah seperti berikut :

1. Garam ( 1peket)
2. Gula (1 kilo)
3. Tepung (1 kilo)
4. Biskut lemak (1 peket)
5. Susu tin (1 tin)
6. Teh (1 peket)
7. Kopi (1 peket)
8. Kicap ( 1 botol)
9. Minyak masak /kelapa (1 peket)
10. Beras (5 atau 10 kilo)

Anggaran kos barangan untuk satu keluarga ialah RM80

Suara Sri Andalas

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Pakatan Perlu Kerja Lebih Keras Tembusi Luar Bandar, Kata Anwar

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 07:51 PM PDT

Kekalahan calon DAP di Teluk Intan semalam menunjukkan usaha Pakatan Rakyat menentang Barisan Nasional tidak sampai ke kawasan luar bandar, kata Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, hari ini.

"Kami perlu mengambil pengajaran dan berusaha lebih keras untuk menembusi kawasan luar bandar," katanya.

Anwar berkata isu perkauman dan agama masih faktor dalam pilihan raya kecil Teluk Intan, yang dimenangi calon Barisan Nasional Datuk Mah Siew Keong, menewaskan Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud dengan majoriti tipis.

"Dalam erti kata lain, ini kerana mereka menggunakan isu perkauman kepada orang Melayu, terutamanya kononnya DAP akan menindas, dan ini sangat berbahaya.

"Semua kumpulan pelampau Melayu terlibat di sana dan saya fikir orang Cina dan India tidak menyedari tahap perkauman dan isu agama yang dimainkan," katanya di Bukit Mertajam ketika menghadiri satu majlis perkahwinan.

Anwar berkata orang Melayu diberitahu bahawa tekanan PR menyebabkan orang Melayu menjadi lemah dan kedudukan mereka di tampuk kuasa terancam kerana DAP.

Orang Melayu, tambahnya, juga diberitahu bahawa calon bukan-Melayu seperti Mah akan berada di bawah kawalan Umno, manakala calon Melayu dari DAP dikawal Cina.

Anwar turut memuji Dyana dalam kempennya dan kepimpinan DAP kerana menunjukkan kesepaduan mereka sepanjang pilihan raya kecil itu.

Anwar juga berkata, beliau memanggil satu mesyuarat di kalangan pemimpin PR esok bagi membincangkan pilihan raya kecil itu.

Katanya, kajian corak pilihan raya kecil kebelakangan ini sejak Kajang juga akan dilakukan sebelum PR memutuskan apa yang perlu dilakukan seterusnya.

Bercakap kepada pemberita pada majlis perkahwinan anak perempuannya di rumahnya di Cheruk Tokun, Pulau Pinang, pemimpin de facto PKR itu bersetuju bahawa pengundi lebih memilih BN kali ini juga boleh disebabkan oleh janji-janji pembangunan.

"Kami menemui orang-orang yang mengundi DAP sebelum ini mahu perubahan untuk Teluk Intan untuk mendapatkan pembangunan bernilai berjuta-juta ringgit yang dijanjikan, terutamanya selepas Mah diumumkan akan menjadi menteri.

"Itu sudah tentu boleh membuat perbezaan," kata beliau sambil menambah peratusan keluar mengundi yang rendah semalam, iaitu 66.5% juga menjejaskan prestasi PR.

Calon DAP Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, 26, tewas kepada BN, Datuk Mah Siew Keong yang juga presiden Gerakan yang sebelum ini selama dua penggal menjadi ahli Parlimen, 1999 hingga Mac 2008, kalah dengan hanya 238 undi dalam pilihan raya semalam.

Ketika ditanya sama ada isu-isu dalaman PR seperti isu hudud dan juga masalah pemilihan PKR sendiri yang menukar arah pemilihan pengundi, beliau berkata ia boleh menjadi faktor juga.

Beliau bersetuju bahawa PR perlu bekerja lebih keras, dan cuba menyelesaikan beberapa isu perbalahan, termasuk hudud.

Beliau berkata Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang juga berada di Teluk Intan untuk memastikan pengundi memahami isu hudud.

Beliau berkata masalah dalam pemilihan PKR adalah disebabkan oleh campur tangan samseng daripada luar.

Parti itu mempunyai klip video untuk membuktikannya, tetapi ia tidak akan dilaporkan oleh media arus perdana.

"Oleh itu, kita mempunyai masalah untuk menjelaskannya kepada rakyat.

"Pertandingan untuk jawatan-jawatan parti adalah perkara biasa dan sihat. Bahagian yang tidak sihat adalah tidak berdisiplin kasar... jawatankuasa pemilihan parti mengambil pendirian yang tegas, " katanya.

Anwar berkata terdapat juga perubahan daripada Umno dengan memperlihatkan ahlinya yang angkuh dan perkauman, digunakan untuk menyerang calon saingan mereka.

Beliau juga menjelaskan kenyataan awalnya bahawa orang Cina akan menjadi bodoh jika mereka mengundi BN lagi.

Beliau menjelaskan bahawa apa yang dia katakan disalah tafsir.

Apa yang dimaksudkan ialah ia tidak pernah dilihat sebelum ini sepanjang sejarah bagaimana pemimpin Umno begitu angkuh dan tidak bertimbang rasa dalam membuat tuduhan-tuduhan yang tidak masuk akal terhadap mana-mana masyarakat minoriti, dan dalam hal ini, kaum Cina.

"MCA atau Gerakan tidak mempunyai keupayaan mahupun keberanian untuk berdiri dan kita melihat ini. Ia sudah tentu akan menjadi tidak masuk akal atau bodoh untuk menganggap bahawa orang Cina akan terus menyokong BN.

"Itu adalah konteksnya dan saya adalah betul kerana majoriti Cina masih kekal dengan Pakatan dan dalam kes ini, dengan DAP.

"Tetapi peratusan pengundian itu faktor utama... sebelum ini, kerana Guan Eng berkata, ia perlu melepasi 70% keluar mengundi, yang tidak berlaku," katanya.

Anwar berkata Gerakan sendiri menjadi tidak penting, satu fakta yang semua orang tahu.

Parti itu boleh mengatakan bahawa Presiden mereka memenanginya tetapi semua orang tahu bahawa Gerakan sendiri hampir tidak berkesan.

"Ia (pilihan raya kecil ini) adalah pembangkang melawan kerajaan," katanya. – 1 Jun, 2014.

Sumber: TheMalaysianInsider

Menghadiri Sambutan Hari Ibu Di Taman Alam Megah

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 07:00 PM PDT

Shah Alam, 1 Jun 2014 - YB Dr Xavier Jayakumar hari ini hadir bersama YB Shuhaimi Shafiei dalam satu majlis meraikan kaum ibu di Dewan MPP Zon 10, Taman Alam Megah, Shah Alam.

Program pada jam 6 petang ini dianjurkan oleh Parti Keadilan Rakyat Cabang Kota Raja bersama MPP Zon 9 dan MPP Zon 10.

Upacara Pecah Tanah Pembinaan Kuil Sivan

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 02:00 AM PDT

Klang, 1 Jun 2014 - Menghadiri Upacara Pecah Tanah untuk pembinaan Kuil Sivan di Klang. Hadir bersama, saudara PS Rajoo.

Menghadiri Majlis Makan Malam Tokong Tien Ling Tuah

Posted: 31 May 2014 07:30 PM PDT

Klang, 31 Mei 2014 - YB Dr. Xavier Jayakumar hari ini memenuhi jemputan menghadiri satu program Majlis Makan Malam Tokong Tien Ling Tuah di Restoran Rahsna Baru, Jln Batu Tiga, Klang.

Majlis Penyampaian Khairat Skim Mesra Usia Emas di Dewan Taman Sentosa

Posted: 31 May 2014 03:00 AM PDT

YB Dr Xavier Jayakumar ADUN Seri Andalas di Majlis Penyampaian Khairat Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE) kepada waris-waris ahli skim di Dewan Taman Sentosa 31 Mei 2014. Hadir bersama YB Shuhaimi Shafiei ADUN Sri Muda & Penghulu Mukim Jalan Kebun, Tok Wahab Othman. Penerima faedah adalah dari DUN Seri Andalas, DUN Sri Muda & DUN Kota Alam Shah.


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