Rabu, 28 September 2016

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Anwar ahead of Dr M as most popular opposition figure in Selangor

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 08:36 PM PDT

RAM ANAND (Malaymail Online)

SHAH ALAM, Sept 27 — Imprisoned PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim remains the most popular Opposition personality among Selangor voters, a survey by Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) has found.

Anwar's approval rating among five Opposition personalities was 30 per cent, while former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad received a 24 per cent approval rating. Anwar is serving a five-year prison sentence following his 2015 conviction for sodomy.

IDE polled the popularity of five Opposition figures, with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang coming in last with only a 14 per cent of the votes.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) pro-tem president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin scored 17 per cent while DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang scored 15 per cent.

“This survey shows that Anwar is still very much relevant and his support remains in the Malaysian political landscape even though he is in prison,” Redzuan said.

He also said that many of respondents polled had reacted positively to a possibility of Anwar and Dr Mahathir teaming up. Dr Mahathir and Anwar recently met at a courthouse for the first time in 18 years since the former sacked the latter from his government in 1998. Several leaders from the Opposition parties including PKR, PPBM, Amanah, DAP and PAS are said to be seeking to form a grand coalition to take on BN in the next elections due by 2018.

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Isnin, 19 September 2016

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Update For August 2016

Posted: 19 Sep 2016 08:06 AM PDT

Today marks day 588 of Anwar Ibrahim's incarceration.

The world was buzzing with the news of the meeting between former Prime minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim recently. To everyone's surprise Dr Mahathir turned up during a court appearance of Anwar. Anwar was in court to challenge the constitutional legitimacy of the newly minted controversial National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016. The two towering political figure met for the first time in 18 years and embraced each other with a warm handshake and smile. The meeting was indeed significant and received mix reactions from supporters and the public.

Considering their political differences and history between the two, it was humility and grace in its highest form for Anwar.

National Security Council Act (NSC) 2016

While the ruling government claims that the NSC act is crucial in their effort to combat terrorism and radicalization, critics are claiming that the act gives the prime minister and security forces unfettered power. The act allows the prime minister to declare security zone for up to 6 months where arrests and seizures can be made without warrants and total control of all departments including the military and police. The opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan has expressed their opposition to it with a statement calling it "bringing Malaysia to the brink of dictatorship"

"Subject to his whims and fancies, Najib can now declare any area a "security area" for six months at a time, a period of which he is authorized to renew indefinitely. The NSC Act empowers security force with arbitrary powers of violence and deadly force, warrantless arrest, search and seizure, and imposition of curfews. Despite disenfranchising Malaysians to such new lows, the NSC Act also decrees a ban that disallows any action, suit or proceedings to be brought against the NSC Council." It's presidential council said.[i]

Amnesty International's Deputy Director for South East Asia and the Pacific, Josef Benedict raised his concern stating, "With this new law, the government now has spurned checks and assumed potentially abusive powers".

"There is good reason to fear that the Act will be yet another tool in the hands of the government to crack down on peaceful protests under the guise of national security," Josef Benedict further added[ii]

Anwar is currently challenging the constitutional legality of the act by filing a suit from prison claiming that the act came into force without royal assent as the regent council had earlier requested the law to be further refined[iii]. It's clear that the fighting spirit is still alive in Anwar as he is still leading the charge in challenging the ruling government even behind bars.

Birthday Celebration Of Anwar Ibrahim

On 10th Aug 2016, some 500 supporters of Anwar congregated outside the Sg Buloh Prison to celebrate his 69th birthday. A large birthday cake was brought on to the makeshift stage where Anwar’s family members, friends and supporters were already gathered as early as 8pm.

Many political and activist leaders spoke on stage demanding the release of Anwar. They also rallied all Malaysians to remain united to bring down the curtains for Barisan Nasional, the ruling party.

Subsequent to the gathering, two elected opposition representatives were called in for questioning by the police force for their involvement in the gathering outside Sungai Buloh prison. Peoples Justice Party's Vice-President and Member or Parliament, Rafizi Ramli and assemblyman Lee Chean Chung was brought in for questioning for supposingly speaking and singing during the gathering[iv][v].

Tangkap MO1 Rally

After the US justice department coined the term Malaysian Official Number 1(MO1), a rally was called by student activists to put further pressure on the person known to be MO1, Prime Minister Najib.

Leading up to the rally slated to be on the 27th of August, three student activists were detained for promoting the rally under the Peaceful Assembly Act[vi]. This prompted Amnesty International to again come out with a statement urging to stop penalizing peaceful assembly and dissent[vii]. The rally went on and a few thousands turned up for it. What made it significant was the rally was organized and attended primarily by student activists clearly frustrated by the current political climate plaguing the country[viii].

Sedition Blitz Continues

Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) Youth vice-chief Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar was sentenced to 8 months in jail for the crime of sedition. The "crime" was allegedly made during the #KitaLawan rally February last year which was held to call for the release of Anwar after the start of his sentencing.

The Sessions Court judge when passing his judgment said “..the remark brought about hatred, excite dissatisfaction against the government and the administration of justice in the judiciary..and serves as a deterrent to others.[ix]

Again we see the blatant use of a draconian act to impede the most basic of human rights, freedom of speech. It continues to be used by the government as a tool to intimidate and stifle dissent against opposition activists.

Next month I will share the latest setback faced by the opposition coalition where the Election Commission (EC) recently announce a new redelineation of electoral boundaries that will increase gerrymendering and mallaportionment and benefit greatly the current ruling government.

From my recent family visit with Anwar, he sends his regards to all his friends. He is resolute in his fight but certainly hopes that the imprisonment will end soon. Please continue with your prayers and thoughts, pass the message of his struggle so that his pain and suffering will not remain unknown.

Thank you and till next month.



On behalf the family of Anwar Ibrahim

Old foes Anwar and Mahathir unite to condemn Malaysia’s new security laws

Posted: 19 Sep 2016 02:10 AM PDT

Channel News Asia (19 September 2016)

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has teamed up with an unlikely ally – former deputy Anwar Ibrahim – to condemn the country’s new National Security Council Act.

In a statement issued on Monday (Sep 19), Dr Mahathir and the jailed opposition figure said the Act implemented by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government “threatens the democratic system of the country”.

They said: “We observe that nearly every major institution in the country, including the Royal Malaysia Police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Attorney-General and central bank have already been fully controlled by him.”

“This Act has sidelined the powers and roles of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Conference of Malay Rulers in important matters regarding the security and liberties of the people,” they added.

“It is because of this national crisis that we, together with the people, object to this Act, thereby bringing transformation and reformation that will save the rights and freedom of the people and rebuild our beloved country.”

The statement comes a week after the former rivals met for the first time in 18 years, while the Parti Keadilan Rakyat leader was filing an injunction in court to stop the Act from being enforced.

Mr Anwar was sacked in 1998 by Dr Mahathir over political differences, an episode that continues to reverberate. Charged with sodomy and corruption, he had spent six years in jail.

But he emerged to lead the previously ineffectual political opposition to historically strong electoral showings until he was jailed again in 2015 by Mr Najib’s government.anwar-mahathir-statement-data

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim legal team to settle for house arrest

Posted: 19 Sep 2016 02:05 AM PDT

The Australian- Amanda Hodge (17 September 2016)

Lawyers for jailed Malaysian ­opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will seek house arrest for the ailing 69-year-old if a final legal review of his second sodomy conviction fails next month.

Anwar is serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomy after he was convicted in March 2014 in what has been widely condemned as a politically motivated and ­legally compromised trial.

US lawyer Kimberley Motley said Anwar's legal team would again highlight the lack of DNA evidence and inconsistency of his accuser's testimony in the October 12 appeal — the last legal recourse to overturn his conviction.

"Of course we want to get him released, period, and are going for an acquittal. If that doesn't work we will try for house detention which is allowed under Malaysian law," said Ms Motley, who is best known for her work in ­Afghanistan including the early release just last month of a former Australian soldier, Robert Langdon, serving time for murder.

Anwar was initially ­accused of rape by a young male intern to his People's Justice Party (PKR) on June 28, 2008.

He was eventually convicted of a lesser charge of sodomy, still a criminal offence in Malaysia, ­despite four separate doctors finding no evidence of forcible anal penetration of the alleged victim.

During the trial it was discovered that rectal swabs taken from the victim were compromised by a senior police officer who opened the tamper-proof evidence bag and — against instructions — placed the DNA in his filing cabinet rather than the police freezer.

It was also revealed that Mr Saiful met Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, at the time deputy prime minister, and at least one other government official on June 24, 2008 — two days before he alleged the sodomy took place.

The day after meeting Mr Najib, he met privately a senior police officer who had been ­involved in Anwar's earlier sodomy trial.

Mr Saiful waited two days after the alleged incident ­before reporting it at a local hospital.

Ms Motley says Mr Najib should be called to the witness stand to explain what was discussed during that meeting, two days before Mr Saiful apparently went to Anwar's house with a tube of KY jelly — the reason he gave in court for having suffered no physical injury from the incident.

While the case was "riddled with problems", one of the most critical was the issue of evidence tampering by police, she said.

"Why would a senior police ­officer tamper with evidence? He was instructed to refrigerate it. ­Instead he opened it and stuck it in his filing cabinet for several days," she told The Weekend Australian.

"There is no evidence of anything that convicts. I don't know of any court where this would have led to a conviction."

Ms Motley, who joined Anwar's legal team just this month, was initially refused access to her client but finally met him on Wednesday during which he ­appeared "active but tired".

"He's trying to keep his spirits up. He is obviously preparing for (the review) but he's not necessarily expecting a victory," she said.

"Every single step of the way has been a fight. There's a lot of ­intimidation going on."

Two of Anwar's legal team face sedition charges for speaking out on his case and others are under investigation.

His daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar was also arrested and ­investigated for sedition last year after speaking out in parliament against his conviction.

A legal white paper on Anwar's case, released in May, said the former deputy prime minister — first convicted of sodomy in similarly politically motivated ­circum­stances under former strongman Mahathir Mohammad — weighed less than 66kg and was in constant pain from spinal injuries sustained during a police beating after his first arrest, and a more ­recent shoulder injury. The one-time heir apparent fell out with Mr Mahathir over the Asian financial crisis of 1997. He is kept in solitary confinement, allowed just one hour each week with his lawyers and one non-contact visit with family every three weeks.

Supporters point to the fact the second sodomy allegations came just two months after Anwar's political disqualification ended, and three months after he led the opposition parties to their best election result, depriving the ruling UMNO for the first time since 1969 of a two-thirds majority.

In the 2013 election, despite the ongoing sodomy trial, the opposition secured more than 50 per cent of the vote but was unable to form government because of ­alleged gerrymandering of electoral boundaries.

The sodomy claim also came at a time Mr Najib was under ­pressure over allegations linking him to the murder of glamorous Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaaribu.

Sabtu, 3 September 2016

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Wan Azizah: Anwar is more concerned about politics than family

Posted: 03 Sep 2016 02:46 AM PDT

Malaysiakini -Zikri Kamarulzaman  (3 September 2016)

Incarcerated former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim asks more about political developments than about his family whenever they visit him in prison, his wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail revealed.

“Sometimes I feel sad when he asks more about our struggle, our party and our (opposition) pact, than he asks about our family.

“But I have accepted the fact that I am only Anwar’s wife, and that Anwar belongs to all Malaysians,” she said at an anti-1MDB organised by PKR in Sabak Bernam, a town located in the northern tip of Selangor, last night.

The roadshow coincided with the 18th anniversary of Anwar’s sacking as deputy prime minister.

Anwar was sacked by then-prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1998, after he started speaking out against corruption and nepotism within the government.

Seven months later, in April 1999, Anwar was sentenced to six years in jail for sodomy. He was released in 2004, but was jailed again, for Sodomy II, in 2015, and is currently serving a five-year sentence in the Sungai Buloh Prison.

Critics have said that the charges against him were politically motivated, and were meant to stem Anwar’s influence against the government.

He has been instrumental in forming the now-defunct opposition pact Pakatan Rakyat, which denied the ruling coalition BN its two-thirds majority in Parliament in the 2008 and 2013 general elections.
The coalition fell apart after Anwar was jailed, and after former PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat passed away, DAP and PAS clashed on issues and DAP officially declared Pakatan dead in June 2015.

Wan Azizah, who now heads Pakatan Harapan – the new coalition made up of PKR, DAP and PAS-splinter group Amanah – said the opposition can achieve what it has in the past, if the coalition members put aside their differences and sacrifice their efforts for the nation.

“If Anwar can get the opposition to sit down and work together to defeat Umno-BN, then we (the opposition) can do it too, today,” she said, adding that PKR welcomed the presence of Umno offshoot Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) in the opposition.

Bersatu pro-tem president Muhyiddin Yassin was among those present at the event.

Mengenang Anwar di sebalik jeriji

Posted: 03 Sep 2016 02:38 AM PDT

3 SEPTEMBER 2016 (Sinar Harian)

PADA malam 10 Ogos lalu, saya sempat merenung jauh ke tembok Penjara Sungai Buloh yang suram – menyembunyikan genggaman rindu serta sayu – tinggalan sejarah reformasi yang juga disulami realiti terkini.

Malam itu, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, ayahanda kepada kami enam beradik menyambut kelahirannya yang ke-69, walau jeriji besi 13 lapisan memisahkan kami buat masa ini. Seakan-akan deja vu melihat wajah sahabat, taulan, kenalan, teman, keluarga, semuanya seperjuangan.

Zaman silih berganti, namun sesiapa saja yang lantang berprinsip dalam menegakkan kebenaran menentang kezaliman masih lagi diperlakukan tanpa keadilan oleh parti pemerintah. Ayah saya merupakan salah seorang mangsa kebobrokan sistem. Kali pertama ketika beliau diperlakukan dengan tidak adil, yang kekal terpahat sebagai memori hitam adalah pada tahun 1998.

Ayahanda telah ditahan di bawah akta ISA tahanan tanpa bicara, disusuli dakwaan palsu yang menyebabkan beliau dijatuhkan hukuman penjara 6 tahun lamanya. Yakni, setelah saban tahun berlalu, diakui bahawa dakwaan palsu tersebut merupakan konspirasi politik berskala mega. Kerana lantang bersuara dalam mendedahkan salah urus tadbir negara, beliau sekali lagi dijatuhkan hukuman penjara 5 tahun di Sungai Buloh.

Pengalaman terdahulu, bermula dengan hampir 2 tahun ditahan di Kamunting semasa zaman mahasiswa – mengetuai protes di Baling pada tahun 1974, menjadikan jumlah beliau dipenjarakan di Malaysia adalah 13 tahun.

Tiga belas tahun merupakan tempoh yang signifikan sebagai fasa transisi pembelajaran. Bayangkan tempoh pengajian bermula dari pra sekolah 5 tahun sehingga tamat pengajian menengah pada umur 17 tahun. Bahkan, analogi yang lebih universal adalah tempoh 13 tahun itu sudah melebihi jumlah diperlukan untuk planet Jupiter mengelilingi Matahari!

Begitulah jika hendak dikira betapa lamanya tempoh itu, di mana satu perlima daripada hayat ayahanda diluangkan di penjara. Namun demikian, demi prinsip menolak penindasan yang berterusan, serta membuka ruang lingkup terhadap ke arah keadilan dan pemantapan demokrasi, berundur daripada prinsip tidak sekali.

Menerusi usaha beliau yang berterusan untuk mengangkat nilai keadilan sosial menerusi demokrasi dan dimulakan dengan seruan Reformasi mula bertapak di Malaysia. Sorotan krisis ekonomi dan politik pada 1998, reformasi kekal teguh dan tak lapuk dek zaman sehingga kini. Arakian, kini merupakan masa yang lebih relevan apabila reformasi diangkat sebagai keperluan dalam menyelamatkan masa depan Malaysia.Semangat Reformasi adalah satu agenda jelas dan takkan pernah luput.

Ketika diheret pergi, beliau sempat berbisik kepada saya bahawa perjuangan untuk rakyat perlu diteruskan bersama rakyat. Pada 1998, saya yang ketika itu remaja berumur 18 tahun nekad untuk menceburi politik. Dengan tunjuk ajar daripada ibu, dukungan daripada ahli keluarga, serta sokongan tak berbelah bahagi daripada rakyat, saya menyahut seruan perjuangan reformasi.

Hampir dua dekad telah berlalu, saya masih menggalas gelaran 'Puteri Reformasi' yang saya fikir amat berat untuk membawa anugerah sebesar itu, dan jujurnya telah saya usahakan sehabis daya. Gelaran itu adalah lebih daripada sekadar nama. Ia merupakan simbol pengiktirafan terhadap usaha yang digalas oleh ayahanda dalam membawa Malaysia ke tahap demokrasi yang sihat dan prinsip-prinsip asas keadilan demi Malaysia yang lebih baik. Lapan belas tahun lamanya, saya telah menggalas tanggungjawab ini dan membawa semangat perjuangan reformasi terus dipertahankan.

Agenda reformasi yang saya kira menjadi sebati dengan identiti semenjak memegang tampuk taklifan sebagai ahli Dewan Rakyat dan ibu kepada dua cahaya mata. Untuk masa yang telah berlalu dan tahun-tahun yang akan datang, saya tetap dan akan berterusan menjuarai isu berkait rapat dengan demokrasi, untuk mengetengahkan isu hak asasi manusia berkenaan wanita, isu kesaksamaan hak antara gender, memperkasakan golongan belia dan perlindungan kanak-kanak.

Salah satu usaha yang telah diinisiatifkan pada 2010 adalah Rang Undang-undang Persendirian memohon pembatalan kesemua 4 Deklarasi Darurat yang sering disalahgunakan oleh undang-undang lapuk, dan kerajaan kuku besi terutamanya seperti akta ISA.


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