Isnin, 20 Mei 2013

Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim

Voting denial proves phantom voters, integrity of ICs in doubt, says Rafizi

Posted: 20 May 2013 12:15 AM PDT

The Malaysian Insider

PKR's Rafizi Ramli today offered proof of phantom voters, which he alleged was widespread fraud that could potentially "discredit" the recently-concluded general election, besides put the integrity of Malaysia's identity card in doubt.

"The moment you have similar IC used by different people, so much so that the genuine or actual person proving the identity is denied to vote, that means this is part of a bigger planning to allow phantom voters to come in," the PKR strategy director said at a press conference.

Rafizi (picture)listed eight people who had approached PKR about being denied their right to vote as others had already voted in their names, while also showing reporters the police reports which he said they had lodged voluntarily.

The Pandan MP said that these complaints were also made in the constituencies where the federal opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had won, which he said showed that the alleged electoral fraud was "widespread" and "systemic".

But Rafizi said that such evidence has bigger implications than just proving the existence of phantom voters in the electoral roll, claiming that the National Registration Department (NRD) had failed to guarantee that the country's ICs are genuine and unique to all Malaysians.

"What comfort do we have that our ICs are now not subjected to counterfeiting, not subjected to fraud, where people can have multiple ICs to do various things with different identities?" he asked.

In Sabah, a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) panel today resumed its hearings on the state's illegal immigrants issue and allegations that foreigners were given citizenship in exchange for their votes.

PKR: GST will ‘punish the poor’, BN should cut corruption first

Posted: 19 May 2013 11:36 PM PDT

The Malaysian Insider

The Barisan Nasional (BN) government should not introduce the "regressive" Goods and Services Tax (GST) which, together with promised tax cuts, will "punish the poor", PKR's Wong Chen has said.

"It is regressive, it punishes the poor rather than the rich," the PKR trade and investment bureau chief said of the proposed GST scheme at the party's headquarters here today.

Wong (picture)claimed that the BN government's rationale of bringing in the new tax scheme to widen the tax base was "fundamentally flawed".

The Kelana Jaya MP explained that the majority of Malaysians are not evading the payment of tax to the government, but are instead earning too little to pay taxes.

It is estimated that currently only about 10 per cent of Malaysia's 28 million population pay taxes.

Wong also said the BN administration should look at tackling corruption and dubious mega-projects first before looking at implementing the GST.

Umno Baru’s hidden agenda

Posted: 19 May 2013 11:10 PM PDT


When Ahmad Zahid Hamidi – the new home minister – told disgruntled opposition supporters that they should migrate if they were unhappy with the results of GE13, he had unwittingly confessed that Umno Baru has a hidden agenda.

This little-known plan is Umno Baru's mass immigration policy and is a deliberate ploy fuelled by political self-interests. Asking people to emigrate will ensure that Malaysia is populated largely by Umno Baru-putras and selected foreigners.

Zahid reluctantly acknowledged that the rakyat was disappointed with the rigging of the polls, but at the same time, he revealed the fears of Umno Baru leaders. The cheating did not go as smoothly and secretly as they had intended.

Zahid possesses neither charisma nor intellect. His oft repeated line is for people to shape up or ship out. With each new political appointment, he stuns us with his ability to set new standards for boorish behaviour.

azlanIn 2008, he was appointed a minister in the Prime Minister's Department of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi with a portfolio which included religious affairs and agencies like the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim). He caused controversy when he warned officers that they had to support the government's policies, or leave.

When Abdullah resigned and Najib Abdul Razak took over in 2009, Zahid was made the defence minister. He invited criticism when he said that the low percentage of non-Malays in the armed forces showed that they lacked patriotism.

Last week, Zahid could not resist baiting the public, telling the people who opposed the results of GE13 to "migrate elsewhere".

Now, one out of every seven people in the country is a foreigner. If we were to follow Zahid's advice, this would increase to one in five. This is based upon a population of 28 million, however, none of the rakyat know the true population of the country. The census figures are another of Umno Baru's dirty little secrets, which they use to exert control over the rakyat.

Zahid has the ability to make remarks without thinking of the consequences. Perhaps his mouth works faster than his brain. On the other hand, his boss, Najib prefers to keep mum when ministers make provocative statements.

A history with Najib and Anwar

The two men – Zahid and Najib – share a long history which started when Zahid became Najib's political secretary in 1986, but Zahid has also been closely linked with Anwar.

In 1998, Zahid supported calls for the then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to curb cronyism and nepotism. After a brief period of incarceration, Zahid claimed that he had been duped by Anwar to challenge Mahathir.

After a much publicised apology to Mahathir, Zahid returned to Umno Baru, presumably with more than just his reputation bolstered.

Malaysia's youth are not as easily fooled by Umno Baru's tactics, social networking sites keep them informed and in GE13, they demanded fairness and change.

NONEInfluential people like student activist Adam Adli have been threatened with sedition, Seri Setia assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (left) has been charged with organising a mass rally, and Anwar Ibrahim has predicted that the authorities will be arresting him soon.

Most of us are shaped by our experiences in youth. Friends who grew up with Mahathir claim that the young Mahathir saw a lot of poverty on his rounds as a doctor. He would have known about the economic disparities between the various races, and to be fair, he treated many people without charge.

When he became a politician, Mahathir probably realised that his affirmative action policies could not remain in perpetuity. He knew that as Malays became better educated and more affluent, they would not return to the rural areas.

He understood that as people became increasingly exposed to global changes and opened their minds to different experiences, his affirmative action polices would lose their appeal.

mahathir um forum 140313 01Mahathir (right) knew that if ordinary Malaysians refused to vote for Umno Baru, he would have to bring people in from overseas to address the shortfall.

Our poorer neighbours – Indonesia, the Philippines, Burma, Bangladesh and Pakistan – have several million people who would willingly work for longer hours and less money. By giving them jobs and promising them citizenship, they became indebted to Mahathir.

Only Malays may join Umno Baru, and hence only Malays are likely to vote for Umno Baru, so only Muslims who could become 'instant Malays' were imported.

Mahathir used these people, in a most evil fashion, to provide short-term economic benefits at the expense of ordinary Malaysians. His desire to give Umno Baru (and BN) long-term political and electoral advantages was even more pernicious.

The difficulty of introducing a Malaysian minimum working wage is widely known. Why would the authorities and employers approve this policy, when laws exist to import cheap labour to depress wages and control the people, the economy and future votes?

Rural folk made vulnerable

Mahathir abused people in the rural areas, as they were more vulnerable. He continued to neglect the rural communities by not providing job opportunities or by depriving them of infrastructure and services.

Many children of Felda settlers are graduates, but they are hampered by a lack of suitable jobs back in their communities and cannot make a valuable contribution to society.

Friends have complained of large numbers of Felda graduates who are unemployed. Some hold degrees in aeronautical engineering which cannot benefit their community, whilst others have complained that some graduates have skills which are not put to good use in their areas.

In the end, the disheartened youth gravitate to the cities, to be followed shortly by the older generation. Then, the rural areas become depopulated, and to sustain the economy, more foreign workers are smuggled in by the authorities.

With more foreigners, both legal and illegal being imported, the Umno Baru vote bank is endless. The migrants provide Umno Baru with votes, they generate production on the estates and boost the economy.

Umno Baru does not care that the urban areas are bursting with displaced Malaysians from the surrounding countryside.

azlanRecently, parts of some cities are also being populated by foreigners. Malaysians have complained about a decline in services provided by hospitals, schools and community housing. The worst places record high rates of crime.

We know that from the 1980s onwards, Indians were displaced from the estates when plantations took over large tracts of land, perhaps, to satisfy Mahathir.

If the import of foreigners is not properly managed in the near future, the remaining Felda settlers and rural Malays will complete the exodus to the cities.

When that happens, and the Malays finally realise that Umno Baru has duped them, the recriminations will begin in earnest and Umno Baru will face a severe backlash from a cynical Malay community.

Then, politicians like Ahmad Zahid will wish that they had acceded to the relatively mild demands of free and fair elections from genuine Malaysians, rather than tell them to migrate.

Rafizi reveals evidence of phantom voters, dares Khairy to show his stand on GE fraud

Posted: 19 May 2013 11:08 PM PDT


Newly-elected MP for Pandan Rafizi Ramli challenged Khairy Jamaluddin, Umno’s newly-appointed minister, to speak up on the issue of phantom voters, which the political Opposition in the country has blamed as being one of the main factors that “robbed” them of victory at the May 5 general election.

“I would welcome Khairy who has happily assumed his seat in the Cabinet to speak up on this matter. He models himself as a reformist – so what does he have to say in the face of the mass of evidence that has been accumulated,” Rafizi Ramli, who is also the PKR strategy director, told a press conference on Monday.

The 36-year-old Rafizi had earlier revealed the names of 8 voters who have lodged police reports when they were barred from voting after the records showed that “other people had already voted using their names”.

“This implies that false ICs (identification cards) may have been issued by the National Registration Department to allow the phantom voters to go to the balloting stations and cast their votes,” said Rafizi.

PKR to start revealing electoral fraud evidence

Posted: 19 May 2013 11:05 PM PDT


PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli today revealed the names of eight individuals who had made police reports about someone else voting on their behalf across the country, which he says proves the existence of phantom voters.

NONEHe added that PKR will start revealing evidence of electoral fraud that happened during the May 5 election beginning this week.

Rafizi (right) said that the party and Pakatan Rakyat coalition have now collected enough evidence and will be releasing them periodically.

"We will have one press conference every two or three days to reveal things to the media, while others will go into our election petitions," said the newly-elected Pandan MP.

Benarkah Zahid Hamidi Nak Tangkap Anwar?

Posted: 19 May 2013 12:32 AM PDT


Bernarkah Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Menteri Keselamatan Dalam Negeri bercita-cita untuk menangkap DS Anwar Ibrahim atau ia sekadar propagnda murahan akhbar pencacai yang begitu tertekan dengan sambutan rakyat terhadap siri perhimpunan yang diadakan oleh Pakatan Rakyat di seluruh negara?

Jika benar Ahmad Zahid Hamidi bercita-cita demikian, yang akan menerima kesan negatif paling besar ialah UMNO BN sendiri kerana masing-masing sudah pun melihat bagaimana sambutan rakyat terhadap Anwar malah segala kempen dan perancangan untuk menghancurkan kareer Anwar tidak berjaya. Malah apa yang berlaku ialah di sebaliknya dimana “majoriti” rakyat menyokong Anwar. Saya menekankan perkataan “majoriti” kerana itulah hakikatnya, Pakatan Rakyat berjaya memperolehi “majoriti” undi popular semasa PRU13 yang lalu.

Hanya “persempadanan” yang dilakukan oleh SPR menyebabkan majoriti “bilangan kerusi” tidak dimenangi oleh Pakatan Rakyat. Hal itu pun masih banyak menimbulkan keraguan kerana petisyen akan berlaku selepas ini yang mana sekurang-kurangnya 27 kerusi parlimen kini sedang diteliti oleh Pengarah Strategi KEADILAN, Rafizi Ramli.

UMNO BN tetap tumbang kerana sepertimana GB selalu ungkapkan, hukum kebenaran dan keadilan akan tetap berjalan. Kemenangan dengan cara penipuan tetap tiada keberkatan dan kemenangan secara demikian tidak mempunyai dasar yang kukuh untuk bertahan lama.

60,000 defy police warning, attend ‘thanksgiving’ rally

Posted: 18 May 2013 11:14 PM PDT


Despite police warning that the rally was illegal, thousands turned up for a Pakatan Rakyat state government sponsored 'thanksgiving’ event at the Esplanade in Penang last night.

The crowd, mostly youths sporting black T-shirts armed with plastic vuvuzela horns, appeared to hold fast to the spirit of Blackout 505, Pakatan’s clarion call against alleged election fraud and vote buying in the May 5 general elections.

“In most countries if such incidents of fraud happen, there would have been massive civil strike,” said Pakatan leader Anwar Ibrahim, the last speaker for the night.

“Prime Minister Najib Razak should thank Pakatan for maintaining peace and calm in all our protests,” said the former deputy prime minister.

penang save democracy rally 180513 anwar lim guan eng“In all states, from Penang toPerakJohorNegeri Sembilanand Pahang, we held peaceful rallies yet Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi say these were illegal,” he lamented.

“I want to tell them, they can try to declare our rallies illegal but they can never stop people’s power because the people’s voice is mighty (suara rakyat suara keramat),” he shouted to loud applause from the crowd.

Anwar said it was impossible to accept the results of the general elections when there were close to30 seats in doubt, while BN retained Putrajaya although it managed to obtain only 48 percent of the popular vote.

“They asked us to accept the cheating and the robbery? Your car or home is stolen from you and they tell you to accept the reality? Reality, my foot!” he exclaimed.

“This is fraud, there is no way any citizen of Malaysia should accept this fraud,” added the Permatang Pauh MP.

“If there are any seats where Umno or BN had won, and we don’t have evidence of cheating, we would accept the results, we would concede,” he stressed.

“But in the 30 seats that we lost, we have evidence of electoral fraud and we shall challenge these results,” he vowed.

A celebrity’s welcome

When he arrived at 9.40pm, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was given a celebrity’s welcome, with loud cheers from the crowd, many of whom also blared their vuvuzelas repeatedly.
Lim estimated the crowd size to be about 60,000, thanking the Penang voters for giving Pakatan another term to rule the state.

He later introduced his team of state cabinet members to the crowd, saying they were specially picked to serve the people.

penang save democracy rally 180513 pakatan leadersLim then condemned the proposed implementation of the goods and services tax (GST), saying Pakatan would go all out in Parliament to fight the new tax.

“You give people RM500 BR1M money, and you want to get back millions by implementing the GST?” queried the DAP secretary-general.

“We will not accept this, we will go all out and fight it.

“You cannot impose this tax on the 52 percent majority (of those who voted for Pakatan) because you are a minority (government),” Lim chided.

He was referring to a statement by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Idris Jala who said the new tax can guarantee additional revenue of RM20 billion to RM27 billion for the government.

“I know BN has no more money, so what you have to do is stop being corrupt. Why not let us be the government and we will show you good governance,” he boasted, drawing loud cheers of approval from the Pakatan supporters.

During his speech, DAP national chairman Karpal Singh spoke about the right to assemble, while commending the crowd for being courageous enough to attend the rally despite the threat that the event was “illegal”.

“Let me warn the police this is not an illegal assembly but a gathering of citizens who want to express their concerns at the general elections results,” said the Bukit Gelugor MP.

The event ended at midnight, and with the police stationed at strategic locations leading to the Esplanade, no untoward incident or traffic congestion happened.

penang save democracy rally 180513 ramasamyMeanwhile, Zahid gave Pakatan fodder to condemn Najib’s new cabinet with his maiden articlein Utusan Malaysia as home minister on Thursday although hedenied being a “racist”, arguing that his comments were merely “practical”.

Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy said Zahid should be arrested and jailed for his “seditious” statement telling those who do not accept the results of the general elections to leave the country.

The crowd blew their vuvuzelas wildly in approval to Ramasamy’s suggestion..

“But is Najib brave enough to do this? No, he is a coward,” added the Prai assemblyperson.

Spread news to rural areas

New state exco for youths and sports, women, family and community development and arts Chong Eng, who switched from being a member of parliament to a state assembly representative, thanked Penangites for voting in Pakatan with a resounding victory despite all the challenges and temptations they faced before and during the 15-day campaign period.

“You have proven that you cannot be swayed by money or empty promises or threats, you are the best,” she said to loud applause from the crowd.

She spoke about how important press freedom was to effect change, especially in the rural areas, as well as Sabah and Sarawak, where Pakatan failed to capture the necessary seats to enable it to seize Putrajaya from BN.

“If we have our own TV station, I am sure Malaysia would have changed already. Democracy without press freedom is not complete or a matured democracy,” added the Padang Lalang assemblywoman.

“So please, go to the rural areas, bring your laptops or your iPads and share with the people the information you have from the Internet and online news like Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider so that they would have proper access to information,” she added.

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