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Anwar Ibrahim


Wan Azizah Condemns Lawsuit Against Ambiga-Bersih: Don’t Deflect Attention!

Posted: 24 May 2012 04:25 AM PDT

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (Keadilan) and Pakatan Rakyat hereby strongly condemn the decision by prime minister, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak to prosecute S. Ambiga and the Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee, for damages done by others, who include agent provocateurs.

Till now, except for the case of 25-year-old Mohd Safuan Mamat, where he was beaten up in an attempt to extract a confession, when Safuan went to the police station voluntarily, the police has not ascertained who damaged the police vehicles but are already bringing a civil suit against S. Ambiga and the Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee to seek RM122,000 in special damages for 15 police vehicles damaged during the protest, including two water cannon trucks.

It is also not transparent how the damages have been assessed in the first place, because there were no witnesses from both parties. Could it be possible that some damages have been further done to the vehicles in order to create a bigger loss?

Focus on the 8 electoral reforms

Going further, instead of pursuing a civil suit or pressing charges on the civil society movement, the Government should focus on the eight demands of Bersih.

Keadilan calls on Najib to focus on the eight demands by Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee, and ensure that all resources are focused on cleaning up the electoral roll and to make the electoral roll foolproof against any forms of cheating. After all, these people are doing a national service without being asked to be put on the already bloated government's payroll.

Both EC chief and deputy must resign

Keadilan calls upon Prime Minister Najib to clean up the electoral roll before the next General Election and deal with the other issues such as gerrymandering and mal-apportionment to ensure that we have a clean and fair election.

Both the chairman and deputy chairman of the Election Commission should be asked to resign to pave the way for a new team who can work closely with the civil society to ensure the electoral process is foolproof.

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat

Polemik Berterusan Politik, Ekonomi Melayu Pulau Pinang

Posted: 23 May 2012 11:02 PM PDT

Malaysiakini
Oleh Dr.Afif Bahardin

Polemik terbesar di Pulau Pinang pastinya persoalan kuasa politik dan ekonomi orang Melayu di negeri ini.

Sering kali kita mendengar atau membaca tajuk berita seperti "Melayu Pulau Pinang terpinggir", "Melayu tiada suara di Pulau Pinang" dan banyak lagi ungkapan yang cuba menggambarkan bahawa kewujudan orang Melayu di Pulau Pinang benar-benar terancam.

Amat malang sekali, sejak Mac 2008 keadaan Melayu di negeri ini digambarkan seolah-olah lebih parah. terutamanya oleh media kawalan pembangkang di negeri ini iaitu, Umno dan BN.

Mengikut statistik Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia, untuk tahun 2010, jumlah penduduk Pulau Pinang 1,609,000 orang. Mengikut pecahan etnik, orang Melayu sudah mengatasi jumlah orang Cina di negeri ini sebanyak 676, 900 (42.06 peratus) dan Cina 658, 700 (40.93 peratus) dan selebihnya 155,600 India dan 118,700 etnik lain-lain.

Maka, label bahawa Pulau Pinang negeri majoriti Cina tidak lagi sesuai untuk digunapakai. Hakikatnya jumlah orang Melayu dan Cina hampir
seimbang tetapi secara geografinya terpisah di pulau dan tanah besar, Seberang Perai.

Mac 2008 menyaksikan tsunami politik terbesar berlaku di Pulau Pinang. Jika pada pilihan raya umum 2004, BN dengan selesa memenangi 38 kerusi DUN.

Tsunami politik 2008 menyaksikan Pakatan Rakyat, terdiri daripada DAP memenangi 19 kerusi, PKR sembilan kerusi dan PAS satu kerusi, manakala BN melalui Umno sekadar memenangi 11 kerusi.

Ini bukanlah kali pertama rakyat Pulau Pinang memilih untuk menukar kerajaan kerana sejarah menunjukkan rakyat negeri ini pernah menolak Perikatan pada pilihan raya umum 1969 dengan memilih parti Gerakan.

Masalah yang diwarisi

Saat Pakatan menubuhkan kerajaan di Pulau Pinang, serangan retorik terkikisnya kuasa politik Melayu di negeri ini bermula. Stigma bahawa DAP sebuah parti cauvinis Cina diapi-apikan di kalangan orang Melayu.

Secara tiba-tiba rakyat disajikan dengan berbagai laporan kemiskinan orang Melayu, isu pemilikan tanah oleh orang Melayu yang kurang di Pulau Pinang dan pelbagai lagi bentuk serangan yang berasaskan politik perkauman sempit.

Walhal, kita semua sedia maklum, Umno pernah menerajui kerajaan negeri bukan hanya selepas merdeka, bahkan selepas 1969 pun, parti itu berada di tampuk kuasa.

Maka di manakah perwira dan pejuang bangsa Melayu yang merupakan pimpinan Umno ini berada ketika orang Melayu Pulau Pinang memerlukan pembelaan dan idea-idea baru dalam memajukan orang Melayu baik dari segi politik mahupun sosioekonomi?

Amat malang apabila masalah ekonomi dan kuasa pemilikan hartanah orang Melayu di negeri ini dipolitikkan seolah-olah ia bermula hanya selepas Pakatan memerintah. Sedangkan masalah ini diwarisi daripada kerajaan negeri di bawah pimpinan Umno dan BN.

Hakikatnya kerakusan Umno selama lebih 40 tahun memerintah Pulau Pinang menyebabkan banyak tanah milik orang Melayu, terutamanya di Tanjung tergadai, lantas kuasa ekonomi orang Melayu menguncup.

Krisis kepimpinan

Umno bukan saja gagal meningkatkan penguasaan ekonomi orang Melayu, tetapi telah memilih untuk membenarkan mereka yang korup kekal berkuasa kononnya di atas agenda ketuanan Melayu.

Namun, sejak 2008, kerajaan Pakatan pimpinan Ketua Menteri Lim Guan Eng melakukan beberapa reformasi penting di negeri ini.

Antaranya menghapuskan kemiskinan tegar, meningkatkan perbelanjaan hal ehwal agama Islam, memberi bantuan lebih banyak kepada rumah ibadat, khairat kematian yang lebih tinggi, hadiah untuk anak yang baru lahir, bantuan RM100 untuk warga emas dan lebih 70 peratus kontraktor Melayu memenangi projek kerajaan negeri hasil sistem tender terbuka.

Hakikat yang tidak dapat kita lari, nasib orang Melayu dan rakyat seluruhnya lebih terjamin semenjak Pakatan memerintah.

Program-program ekonomi yang disusun, kecekapan dan ketelusan pentadbiran kerajaan Pakatan bukan lagi rahsia atau retorik kosong semata-mata.

Laporan Audit Negara dan laporan pelabur asing menunjukkan negeri ini bebas dari amalan korup dan salahguna kuasa sejak Pakatan Rakyat memerintah.

Menjelang pilihan raya umum ke-13 yang semakin hampir, parti komponen BN – MCA dan Gerakan – masih lagi gagal untuk mengembalikan sokongan bukan Melayu di negeri ini.

Krisis kepimpinan yang dihadapi komponen BN nyata bakal merencatkan lagi usaha mereka untuk menawan kembali negeri ini. Usaha transformasi Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang indah khabar dari rupa juga disambut dingin oleh majoriti rakyat negeri ini.

Pencerahan buat segenap bangsa

Umno tidak mampu untuk membentuk kerajaan tanpa kemenangan parti komponen, MCA dan Gerakan, tanpa sokongan dari etnik lain selain Melayu di negeri ini.

Kenyataan pengerusi perhubungan Umno negeri Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman bahawa mereka bersedia menjadi pembangkang untuk satu lagi penggal membuktikan Pakatan bakal mengekalkan kuasa pada pilihan raya depan.

Maka, realiti politik orang Melayu Pulau Pinang pada pilihan raya umum depan tidak lagi duduk sebagai majoriti pembangkang, tetapi menambah wakil rakyat Melayu dalam barisan kepimpinan kerajaan negeri.

Sudah tiba masanya sokongan orang Melayu dialihkan kepada PKR dan PAS. Orang Melayu harus berani keluar dari dogma bahawa Umno saja mewakili orang Melayu.

Orang Melayu harus sedar bahawa parti politik untuk masa depan adalah parti politik yang mampu mendapat sokongan semua rakyat Malaysia tanpa kira ras dan agama.

Tiada guna lagi mengangkat pemimpin Melayu yang hebat melaungkan ketuanan tetapi sebenarnya korup dan pura-pura. Pemimpin Melayu yang progresif, berjiwa rakyat dan adil kepada semua adalah sosok pemimpin yang kita perlukan di saat ini.

Moga sosok pemimpin ini mampu membawa pencerahan kepada segenap bangsa di negeri ini untuk kita bina Pulau Pinang yang lebih gemilang untuk diwariskan pada anak- anak negeri.

Bersih Victim Hit By Tear Gas May Lose Sight in One Eye

Posted: 23 May 2012 10:50 PM PDT

Malaysiakini

One the most serious victims of tear gas during the chaos of Bersih 3.0 rally has come forward today to tell his tale of woe.

Asrul Wadi Ahmad, 29, from Kepala Batas, has been reviewed by four doctors and may be diagnosed as blind in the right eye if his condition does not improve in six months.

Asrul said he was hit by a tear gas canister directly on his face at about 3.15pm around Masjid Jamek, when he was participating in the Bersih protest on April 28.

"I lost vision in my right eye, and whenever I look, there is a black spot in my vision. The doctors I consulted told me that the impact on my eye had been due to an object which hit it at high speed," Asrul told a press conference in Penang.

Asrul said the situation was calm when he was around Masjid Jamek, but suddenly turned chaotic when the tear gas was fired into the crowd.

When the canister hit him, Asrul fell to the ground and was assisted by members of the public who took him to a nearby hospital, where he was given nine stitches below his eyes.

When asked if he regretted his decision to participate in the rally, Asrul said, "No, this is the people's struggle."

He added that he would join another rally if a Bersih 4.0 was organised.

"As youths of the nation, we have a responsibility to ensure that our country remains democratic," he stressed.

Asrul is in the process of initiating legal action against the police for his condition. He has also lost his job as a mechanical engineer in a manufacturing company in Penang, where he had been offered the job before the Bersih event.

"They told me the job needs someone with good eyesight, and with my condition, I can no longer be a suitable employee," he lamented.

The Bersih event, following the firing of tear gas, had resulted in scores injured, including journalists covering the event, who claimed they were beaten by the police while on duty.    

Doc: Asrul can only see hand movements

Meanwhile, a medical doctor Dr Khim Pa, who accompanied Asrul during the press conference, said the impact of the tear gas canister on the victim's eye was "very serious".

"There was damage to the interior chamber of his eyes, his iris was damaged, and there is a blood clot behind his retina," said the doctor.

"According to the eye specialist, his eyes could not be operated on as there is already scarring on his retina and his nerves there are damaged," he added.

"If he looks at you, Asrul can only see hand movements and not fingers, he can only see a bit around the edges," he stressed.

Dr Pa said that Asrul's blindness may be permanent and in six months if his condition does not improve, he will be certified as "legally blind".

Siri Jelajah Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim ke Johor

Posted: 23 May 2012 07:40 PM PDT

Merdeka Rakyat

25 Mei 2012 (Jumaat)

1)    3.00 – 5.00 ptg –  Perjumpaan Bersama Pimpinan  Persatuan Tiong Hua – Johor

        Lokasi : Pulai Spring Resort, Jalan Pontian Lama,  Johor Bahru

2)    7.15 mlm – Solat & Tazkirah Maghrib

       Lokasi : Masjid Pulai Perdana, Gelang Patah

3)    9.00 – 12.00 mlm – Ceramah Perdana 1- Merdeka Rakyat

        Lokasi : Kampong Baru Teluk Rumania, Pengerang

4)    9.00 – 12.00 mlm – Ceramah Perdana 2 – Merdeka Rakyat

        Lokasi : Jalan Betik 1, Taman Kota Masai, Pasir Gudang

5)    Penceramah:

i.                    YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim

ii.                  YBhg Dato' Seri Chua Jui Meng

iii.                YB Boo Cheng Hau

iv.               YBhg Dato' Dr Mahfodz Mohamed

v.                 YBhg Rafizi Ramli 

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