Khamis, 10 Mei 2012

Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim

Stop Mocking the Rakyat’s Desire for Free and Fair Elections

Posted: 10 May 2012 04:00 PM PDT

While we should welcome the government's withdrawal of amendments to the Election Offences Act, we must be cognizant that the said amendments should not have been tabled so hastily nor bulldozed through Parliament in the first place.

This sudden but among the many about-turn decisions by the Najib administration not only demonstrates the sheer incompetence of a government lacking a reform legislative agenda but appears more likely to be a calculated move, making a mockery of the rakyat especially in light of the Bersih 3.0 demands and rally.

This hard won victory by the rakyat on the aftermath of Bersih 3.0 is bittersweet as the electoral reforms demanded was never considered. Instead, what was not asked was proposed, passed in Parliament, only to be withdrawn now at the senate.

The acceptance of the ‘decoy’ Parliamentary Select Committee on electoral reforms sans the opposition minority report, the ambivalence of the government on SUHAKAM’s recent report on the handling of the 2011 Bersih 2.0 rally, employing religious fatwas to demean the democratic right to peaceful protest, and the irresponsible attempt to paint the recent over 200,000 strong Bersih 3.0 rally as an attempt to overthrow the government through violent means are distracting and insulting to the Rakyat’s legitimate desire for free and fair elections.

To add insult to injury, Prime Minister Najib now decides to appoint former IGP, Tun Hanif Omar as chairman of the ostensibly Independent Panel to Investigate Bersih 3.0 brutalities; which, undeniably includes the police force whilst sidelining SUHAKAM. Meanwhile, Najib continues to rebuff UN Special Rapporteur Frank Le Rue's offer to assist – much relying on the bruised and tattered credibility of Genting Director Tun Hanif.

Clearly, if the administration lead by Datuk Seri Najib is even remotely interested in making Malaysia the ‘Greatest Democracy' and not the 'Greatest Mockery' in the world, all he needs to implement are the following:

(a) all 8 demands made by Bersih 2.0

(b) a realignment of the existing malapportionment of both state and federal seats (where the difference between number of voters between seats should not exceed 15% – state seats should not cut across local authorities boundaries – and to recognise that 70% of Malaysians are already living in Urban areas hence the need for rural seats balance is not relevant. Furthermore based on GE12 in 2008, of the 139 smallest seats, BN was able to win 112 seats for a simple majority with just 2.06 million voters  or 18.9% out of 10.9 million voter population (1))

(c) to repeal Section 9A of the Election Act that currently disallows judicial review of the electoral roll

(d) to repeal in its entirety Printing Presses and Publications Act to facilitate free and fair media

(e) to allow international observers for the upcoming 13th General Election

(f) Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Sabah Illegal Immigrants issue

(g) Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Citizenship for Votes scandal

The above should be guaranteed to be implemented BEFORE GE 13 even if a special sitting of the Parliament is required. I believe that the government has the ability and the political will to do so as demonstrated vis the rushed eight pieces of legislation during the last day of Parliament; one of which has since been withdrawn.

Failure of the Najib administration to implement these demands will only result in a General Elections that will be riddled with fraudulent practices, lending credence to the allegation of an illegitimate government, and Malaysia will never achieve the much touted objective of being the ‘Greatest Democracy in the World'.

Nurul Izzah Anwar
Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai and Vice President of KEADILAN

Can Najib Survive Scorpene’s Sting?

Posted: 10 May 2012 12:18 AM PDT

By Mariam Mokhtar

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak sealed his own fate, 11 years ago at a meeting to discuss the Scorpene submarine purchase. The date was July 14, 2001.

As any history student will tell you, the storming of the Bastille in Paris, on the morning of July 14, 1789, signalled the beginning of the French revolution. Every year, the French celebrate their National or Bastille Day, on July 14.

From now on, Malaysians may also attach some significance to July 14. It might not be the start of a Malaysian revolution, but it was on July 14, 2001, that Najib held a meeting with DCNI, the subsidiary of the French shipmaker DCN.

Najib, who was the defence minister at the time, had allegedly demanded that the French pay US$1 billion (RM3 billion) to the Malaysian company Perimekar, as a condition for meeting him.

These details were divulged by the French investigators for Suaram, and form only the tip of the iceberg. Their list of witnesses includes Najib, Abdul Razak Baginda and the current Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi. All are required to testify in Paris.

It has not been a good week for the PM. The government’s response to the Bersih sit-down protest has attracted international condemnation. In the week which coincided with World Press Freedom Day, his policemen have been accused of brutality and his administration has been villified for media censorship.

Independent foreign observers have criticised Najib for mishandling the peaceful protest, and denying the rakyat their fundamental right to freedom of assembly.

Two newspapers face legal action; the New Straits Times, by an Australian senator, Nicholas Xenophon, because the paper libeled him, and Utusan Malaysia, which ran a front-page story that the Opposition politician Azmin Ali was involved in a tryst.

Diminishing support

With the French court case looming, corruption scandals rocking his cabinet and further delays to GE13, Najib fears that support for him and his party will diminish further.

Is it any wonder that a few days ago, Najib tried to distract us, by claiming that Bersih’s sit-down protest was a plot to topple his government?

Najib’s opposition to Bersih 3.0 is a clear indication that Umno knows that it cannot win a clean election. He knows he cannot allow a free and fair election.

That explains the concerted effort by Umno and the Election Commission (EC) to cheat. In desperation, Najib has accused Bersih 3.0 of wanting to turn Dataran Merdeka into Tahrir Square.

In a press conference last week, Suaram confirmed that the French judicial probe had evolved from a “civil complaint” into a “criminal investigation.”

The French lawyer acting for Suaram, Joseph Breham said: “Investigations so far have provided sufficient evidence to point our finger at Malaysian officials in this (court) hearing.”

Suaram secretariat member and lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri said, “….The parties involved in the scandal would soon be charged in the French criminal court. It’s going to be bigger than it already is now”.

Suaram secretary-general Cynthia Gabriel (left) called the Scorpene scandal, “the Great Malaysian Robbery” with several companies, including the pilgrimage fund (Lembaga Tabung Haji) and the military servicemen’s pension fund (Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera) being used to obscure the money trail.

Gabriel said, “The Malaysian and French people have clearly been misled, cheated and robbed of their monies through blatant corruption and mismanagement of funds in the name of national safety and security.”

The former finance director of DCN, Gerarde Philippe Maneyas, alleged that Malaysian officials in the deal had been bribed.

With the introduction of new laws in France and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Convention in 2002, bribes made to foreign officials are considered a criminal offence. Previously, these bribes were tax-deductible.

As a result of these laws and the OECD, all documentation relating to arms deals would replace reference to the payment of “commissions” with “payment to service providers”.

Terasasi surfaces

The French inquiry also revealed the presence of a previously unknown company, Terasasi, which is owned by the PM’s former aide, Abdul Razak Baginda.

Baginda (left) also owned Perimekar, and both these companies received several million euros in commissions and kickbacks. Baginda’s wife and father are also linked to Perimekar and Terasasi.

Interestingly, French investigators found an invoice from Terasasi to a French company, Thint Asia International, dated Aug 28, 2004 for 359,450 euros (RM1.43 million) with a handwritten note saying: “Razak wants it in a hurry.” Needless to say, the race is on to discover which “Razak” this refers to.

Despite the rapid pace of development by the French investigators, members of Najib’s cabinet have remained eerily silent.

One thing is clear. Najib cannot be non-committal in future press conferences and abruptly terminate them when any reference is made to Scorpene. He cannot use that old trick of saying he will go the mosque and swear on the Quran. He cannot avoid the French subpoena without risking an international arrest warrant.

Despite the internal power struggles in the upper echelons of Umno, none of those who wish to be PM has appeared to lodge the first knife in his back. Perhaps, they all realise that despite Najib’s unpopularity, they have to band together to save their skin.

Najib faces a dilemma. He needs the support of Umno members so he can remain as PM, because it is said that a head of state enjoys immunity while he is in office. Once he stands down, he becomes another ordinary person and will be prosecuted, for any crimes committed.

Najib probably rues the day he entertained the French on July 14, 2001. Even Swiss bank accounts and exile to a “friendly” country are no guarantees of freedom.

Kenyataan Media AIC: Panel Penasihat Bebas Bersih 3.0, Apakah Kebebasan Yang Dimiliki?

Posted: 09 May 2012 10:39 PM PDT

Kelab Anwar Ibrahim (AIC) mempertikaikan keputusan kerajaan yang melantik Tun Hanif Omar mengetuai enam anggota Panel Penasihat Bebas bagi mendapatkan gambaran sebenar mengenai kejadian rusuhan di Kuala Lumpur berikutan penganjuran Bersih 3.0 pada 28 April lepas.

Panel Penasihat Bebas itu terdiri daripada bekas Ketua Polis Negara Tun Hanif Omar selaku pengerusi panel, bekas Ketua Hakim Borneo Tan Sri Steve Sim, Pengarah Urusan Kumpulan Akhbar Sinar Harian Datuk Husammuddin Yaacub, Penasihat Undang-undang Kumpulan Akhbar Sin Chiew Liew Peng Chuan, Pengurus Besar Kanan Hal Ehwal Korporat Petronas Datuk Medan Abdullah, dan Pakar Psikologi Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Prof Dr Ruszmi Ismail.

AIC ingin mempersoalkan tentang kebebasan yang dimiliki oleh Panel Penasihat tersebut memandangkan majoriti daripada anggotanya adalah masih atau pernah berkhidmat dengan kerajaan dan juga mewakili kepentingan-kepentingan korporat yang mereka ketuai.

Amatlah malang juga apabila Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (SUHAKAM) tidak dipertanggungjawabkan bagi mengetuai siasatan ini atau, sekurang-kurangnya tiada seorang pun wakil Suhakam yang dijemput bagi menganggotai Panel Penasihat yang dibentuk ini. Justeru AIC melihat ini lebih kepada satu lagi bentuk sandiwara kerajaan untuk membolehkan satus quo keadaan pada 28 April lepas memihak dan memberi kelebihan persepsi terhadap mereka. 

Tindakan kerajaan menolak sebarang wakil pemerhati dan siasatan daripada Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu juga adalah satu langkah aneh dan terdesak, seolah-olah tidak mempercyai sebuah badan dunia yang Malaysia sendiri menyertainya sebagai anggota. 

AIC juga mempertikaikan pemilihan langsung yang dibuat terhadap Tun Hanif Omar yang sebelum ini begitu lantang mengkritik penganjur dan ratusan ribu rakyat yang menyertai Bersih 3.0 , satu sikap prejudis yang dipercayai bertujuan untuk menimbulkan rasa sangsi terhadap keganasan oleh polis terhadap rakyat seperti yang dilaporkan berlaku pada Bersih 3.0 

AIC mencabar Kerajaan Malaysia terutamanya Kementerian Dalam Negeri untuk berlaku adil dan benar-benar telus bagi mendapatkan gambaran sebenar tentang kejadian yang berlaku pada 28 April lalu, yang telah mencatat sejarahnya yang tersendiri dengan melihat kebangkitan rakyat dari satu sudut positif untuk membawa perlaksaan sistem di negara ini lebih teratur dan dipercayai.

Generasi Penggerak Zaman

Saifuddin Shafi Muhammad

Anwar Ibrahim Club

Siri Jelajah Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim Ke Hulu Selangor

Posted: 09 May 2012 09:44 PM PDT

Merdeka Rakyat – Pascal Bersih 3.0

11 Mei 2012 (Jumaat)

1)    7.00 – 9.30 malam –   Munajat Perdana  / Tazkirah / Jamuan Rakyat

        Lokasi : Dataran Sungai Tengi, Felda Sungai Tengi, Hulu Selangor

2)    8.00 – 12.00 malam – Ceramah Perdana – Merdeka Rakyat – Pascal Bersih 3.0

        Lokasi: Padang Bukit Beruntung (Belakang Esso)

3)    Penceramah:

i.                    YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim

ii.                  YB  Sivarasa Rasiah

iii.                YB Xavier Jayakumar

iv.               YB S. Manikavasagam

v.                 YB IR. M. Muthiah

vi.               YBhg N. Surendren

vii.             YBhg Khalid Jaafar

viii.           YBhg Naza Yakin  

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