Jumaat, 24 Mei 2013



Rakyat can no longer tolerate death in custody

Posted: 24 May 2013 09:47 PM PDT

Najib, how many more Indians must die?

Posted: 24 May 2013 07:40 PM PDT

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Ke UPSI Berwacana Teori

Posted: 24 May 2013 04:06 PM PDT

念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang

念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang


Posted: 23 May 2013 09:19 PM PDT

共有21名马来西亚公民于5月11日,在新加坡参与"快闪活动"而遭逮捕。之後,其中一人的工作准证和2人的访问准证被吊销,另外18人则受到新加坡政府的警告(conditional warning)。











Lim Guan Eng

Lim Guan Eng

2013 Penang Wesak Day Message (en/cn)

Posted: 24 May 2013 10:13 AM PDT

2013 Penang Wesak Day Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 24.5.2013.

Whilst Penang Will Implement Policies That Embrace Change To Win The Future, We Must Never Give Up The Idea Of Penang As An Oasis Of Multi-Cultural Harmony And Mutual Respect That Is Both Inclusive And Diverse.

Penang is proud of our 250 year old history that respects all faiths and diversity. This singular success of Penangites from different races and religions living together in harmony and prosperity was recognised by UNESCO in awarding George Town World Heritage City status.

This year's Wesak Day celebrations in Penang reminds us again that despite our differences, despite our different skin colour, different faiths and languages, we belong to one race – the human race. Penang's successful progress despite having no natural resources can be traced to our respect for diversity and harmony as well as good people-centric policies.

The talent and wealth of the people must be harnessed to ensure sustainable economic development. There must be good governance and integrity in governance to ensure corruption and abuse of power is minimised. Most importantly the government shall continue to listen to the people so that policies are implemented for their benefit and not for cronies.

We believe that a government can be clean. We believe that the government can benefit the people not cronies. We believe that the business of government is stay out of business. We believe in building institutions so that we work according to rule of law where technical know who is more important than political connections. We believe in building modern infrastructure and not political empires. We believe in investing in people and not in mega white elephant projects to win the future.

We will not fear but embrace change as change is progress. Whilst Penang will implement policies that embrace change to win the future, we must never give up the idea of Penang as an oasis of multi-cultural harmony and mutual respect that is both inclusive and diverse.

Policies by the state government must pass this test whether it will make Penang cleaner, greener, safer and healthier.


——-Mandarin Version —–

槟州首席部长林冠英于2013年5月24日在槟城乔治市光大发表的2013年卫塞节献词 :




我们相信,政府是可以清廉的。我们相信,政府是可以惠民而不是惠及朋党的。我们坚信,政府的任务并不是从事生意 ,而是不涉及任何的生意往来。我们相信建立机制,让一切的工作依循法治进行,技术的知识比政治联系更重要。我们认为应该建造现代化基础设施而不是政治帝国。我们相信投资人民能够赢得未来,而不是投资在大型的白象计划上。




2013 DAP Wesak Day Message: Malaysia Must Not Be Myanmar 1990 Revisited (en/bm/cn)

Posted: 24 May 2013 10:05 AM PDT

2013 DAP Wesak Day Message By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 24.5.2013.

Democracy gives power to the majority and respects the legitimate rights of the minority. Democracy does not give the minority to oppress the majority or else we will have the situation like the South Africa racist government practicing apartheid in repressing the majority black population.

In Malaysia no opposition coalition has ever won more popular vote than BN nor won more than 50% of the popular vote. This has allowed BN to conduct a gerrymandering exercise that allowed BN to win more parliamentary seats than their popular vote.

By not respecting the principle of "one-person, one-vote, one-value", BN has created injustices in one case where one BN vote can be equivalent to nearly 10 PR votes. This travesty of justice was demonstrated in Putrajaya with only 17,000 voters won by BN as compared to Kapar with nearly 160,000 voters won by PR.

As no other party had won more popular votes than BN since 1957, this contempt of democracy was only highlighted in the recent 2013 general elections when BN lost the popular vote for the first time in history. BN recorded only 47% of the popular vote to PR's 51% but yet won 60% of the parliamentary seats to PR's 40%. In effect there is a minority Federal government, minority Prime Minister and minority Home Minister ruling Malaysia.

Despite PR winning the popular vote in the 2013 general elections, PR and DAP does not seek to overthrow the BN government. DAP and PR has always chosen a peaceful change of government in accordance with the Federal constitution.

However the BN government does not behave like a minority government but an authoritarian government. The recent arrests of 3 anti-BN leaders, PAS' Tamrin Ghafar, PKR's Tian Chua and NGO Haris Ibrahim and confiscation of PR's party organ of PKR's Suara Keadilan, PAS' Harakah and DAP's Rocket gives an eerie reminder of what had happened in Myanmar after the military rulers lost in the general elections.

In 1990 the democratic movement in Myanmar led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Syu Kyi won the general elections with 80% of the seats but was not allowed to take power and the generals took over with a harsh military rule that violated basic human rights. The harsh crackdown in Malaysia now imposed by two hardliners who were newly appointed as the new Home Minister and Inspector General of Police is a timely reminder to prevent Malaysia descending down this perilous path.

As we celebrate Wesak Day with full compassion for all, we must also say "No" to this latest attempt to stifle dissent the voices of conscience. Malaysians of all races and religions who voted for democracy, freedom, justice, truth and integrity must join together peacefully to prevent a new age of darkness. Malaysia must not by Myanmar 1990 revisited.


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Perutusan Hari Wesak 2013 oleh Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng di Kuala Lumpur pada 24 Mei 2013.

Malaysia tidak boleh mengulang sejarah Myanmar 1990.

Demokrasi memberi kuasa kepada majoriti dan menghormati hak warga minoriti. Demokrasi tidak membenarkan pihak minoriti untuk menindas pihak majoriti, jika tidak kita akan berdepan situasi seperti kerajaan perkauman Afrika Selatan yang mengamalkan sistem apartheid dengan menindas kaum majoriti kulit hitam.

Di Malaysia tidak pernah ada mana-mana pakatan pembangkang yang memenangi undi popular lebih daripada BN, atau menang lebih daripada 50% undi popular. Inilah yang telah membolehkan BN melakukan persempadanan semula yang membenarkan BN memenangi lebih banyak kerusi parlimen, melebihi undi popular yang mereka terima.

Dengan tidak menghormati prinsip 'satu orang, satu undi, satu nilai', BN telah mengakibatkan ketidakadilan di mana satu undi untuk BN boleh bersamaan dengan hampir 10 undi untuk Pakatan Rakyat. Penghinaan terhadap prinsip keadilan ini boleh dilihat di kawasan parlimen Putrajaya yang hanya mempunyai 17,000 pengundi dimenangi BN, berbanding kawasan parlimen Kapar dengan hampir 160,000 pengundi yang dimenangi Pakatan Rakyat.

Memandangkan tidak ada parti yang pernah menang lebih banyak undi popular daripada BN sejak 1957, penghinaan terhadap demokrasi ini hanya terserlah dalam pilihan raya umum 2013 apabila BN kalah undi popular untuk pertama kali dalam sejarah. BN mencatatkan hanya 47% undi popular berbanding 51% untuk Pakatan Rakyat, namun tetap memenangi 60% kerusi Parlimen, dengan baki 40% dimenangi Pakatan Rakyat. Kesannya kini terdapat Kerajaan Persekutuan minoriti, Perdana Menteri minoriti dan Menteri Dalam negeri minoriti yang memerintah Malaysia.

Walaupun Pakatan Rakyat menang undi popular dalam PRU 2013, Pakatan Rakyat dan DAP tidak berhasrat untuk menggulingkan kerajaan BN. DAP dan Pakatan Rakyat sentiasa memilih perubahan kerajaan secara aman, seiring dengan peruntukan undang-undang Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Namun kerajaan BN tidak berperangai seperti sebuah kerajaan minoriti, malah seolah-olah ia kerajaan autoritarian. Penangkapan tiga pemimpin anti-BN, Tamrin Ghafar dari PAS, Tian Chua dari PKR dan pemimpin NGO HAris Ibrahim serta rampasan lidah parti Pakatan Rakyat; Suara Keadilan PKR, Harakah PAS dan Rocket DAP mengingatkan kita tentang apa yang pernah terjadi di Myanmar selepas penguasa tentera kalah dalam pilihan raya.

Pada tahun 1990, pergerakan demokrasi di Myanmar pimpinan Pemenang Hadiah Keamanan Nobel, Aung San Syu Kyi menang pilihanraya umum dengan 80% kerusi, tetapi tidak dibenarkan mengambil alih kuasa; lalu para jeneral mengambil alih dengan melaksanakan pemerintahan tentera yang kejam dan melanggar hak asasi manusia. Tindakan keras yang terjadi di Malaysia yang dilakukan oleh dua ekstremis yang baru dilantik sebagai Menteri Dalam Negeri dan Ketua Polis Negara adalah peringatan yang kena pada masanya untuk menghalang Malaysia daripada jatuh ke kancah yang merbahaya ini.

Sambil kita menyambut Hari Wesak dengan penuh rasa kasih sayang untuk semua, kita juga mesti mengatakan 'tidak' terhadap usaha terakhir mereka ini yang bertujuan untuk membungkam suara-suara hati nurani yang berani berbeza pendapat. Rakyat Malaysia daripada semua keturunan dan agama yang telah mengundi demi demokrasi, kebebasan, keadilan, kebenaran dan integriti mesti berganding bahu secara aman untuk menghalang era gelap zaman baru ini. Malaysia tidak boleh mengulangi sejarah Myanmar 1990.


—–Mandarin Version ——




在不尊重"一人、一票、一等值"的原则下,国阵已经创造了不公平的现象,在一个案例下,国阵的一票相等于民联的近10票。 这项对正义的讽刺,展现在国阵胜出、只有1万7千名选民的布城国会选区,对比之民联胜出,有近16万名选民的雪州加埔选区。

基于从1957年起迄今,没有任何一个政党或联盟成功赢得比国阵更多的票数,这种对民主的蔑视,只在刚过去的2013年大选被突出,因为国阵创下史上首次失去多数票的记录。国阵得票率只有47%,民联则有51%得票率,可是国阵却牢牢赢得60%的国会议席,民联只赢得 40%国会议席。结果,少数的联邦政府、少数的首相及少数的国防部长正在管理着马来西亚。



在1990年,由诺贝尔和平奖得主昂山素姬带领的缅甸民主运动,成功在大选中赢得了80% 的议席,但是却不被允许执政。将军以违反基本人权的严厉军事统治方式夺取政权。在马来西亚,严厉打击的行动,正由两个强硬派的人去执行,也即是新受委的国防部长及全国总警长。这正恰恰提醒了我们:我们必需预防马来西亚走向这条危险的道路。



Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud

Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud

Transfomasi Najib undur ke belakang

Posted: 24 May 2013 02:40 AM PDT

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata, Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak bukan sahaja melanggar janji transformasi beliau, malah kini sedang bergerak dengan mengundur ke belakang.

Beliau berkata, tindakan mendakwa aktivis mahasiswa Adam Adli dibawah akta hasutan dan menahan Ahli Parlimen Batu Tian Chua, Ahtivis PAS Tamrin Ghafar serta aktivis ABU Harris Ibrahim adalah satu tindakan zalim.

Tindakan serupa itu katanya juga tidak diterima oleh rakyat di negara luar sehingga menyaksikan rakyatnya bangkit menyatakan bantahan kepada kerajaan.

"Pemerintahan diktator Stalin, Marcos dan Suharto telah lama berlalu. Orang-orang seperti Ben Ali, Mubarak dan Gaddafi juga telah berlalu tidak lama dahulu. 

"Walaupun masa Mahathir di mana penyelewengan dan salah guna kuasa kerajaan berlaku dan menjadi rahisa umum, ia juga sudah berlalu. 

"Namun, Najib bukan sahaja telah memungkiri janji reformasi politik beliau, tetapi dia juga sedang bergerak kembali ke belakang," katanya dalam satu kenyataan.

Dalam pada itu Anwar turut menyelar kenyataan pihak menteri dan juga polis yang memberi amaran supaya orang ramai tidak hadir ke himpunan aman bagi membantah penipuan dalam PRU13 lalu.

Namun rakyat ujarnya dilihat terus berani untuk menyatakan bantahan mereka kerana mereka percaya perjuangan mereka adalah untuk masa depan yang lebih baik.

"Ketua Polis Negara yang baru Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar bercakap mengeluarkan semua jenis ancaman kepada rakyat, mengambil petunjuk daripada Menteri Dalam Negeri. 

"Saya mengingatkan beliau bahawa tugasnya adalah untuk berkhidmat kepada rakyat, keutamaan beliau adalah untuk menjaga keselamatan negara, menentang penjenayah dan bukan bertindak ke atas perhimpunan aman yang sah," katanya.

Comments for Wee Choo Keong

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Comment on Happy Vesak Day to all Buddhists by Abdullah

Posted: 24 May 2013 02:20 AM PDT

May illumination and happiness be with you Sir, and all the seekers of truth,

A Beautiful Story of Great Humanity:

Comment on Happy Vesak Day to all Buddhists by Chong

Posted: 23 May 2013 08:08 PM PDT

Happy Vesak Day to you too YB. We should all cherish our freedom and peace in Malaysia. We don’t need all the protests to stabilize the country. Anwar should now carry out his promise to give up politics and be a lecturer somewhere else if he is wanted. But it would appear that he is now doing a U-turn. He was just bullshitting Malaysians again. Without him Malaysia will be much better place.

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PAS sertai himpunan aman “SuaraRakyat 505” esok

Posted: 23 May 2013 11:50 PM PDT

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KUALA LUMPUR: PAS mengumumkan akan bersama rakyat menyertai perhimpunan aman "Suara Rakyat 505" anjuran gabungan NGO di Petaling Jaya esok.

Setiausaha Agung PAS Datuk Mustafa Ali berkata, ianya sebagai menifestasi membantah segala penipuan yang berlaku dalam pilihan raya umum ke-13 (PRU13) lalu.

"PAS akan diwakili Timbalan Presiden Mohamad Sabu dan Naib Presiden Datuk Mahfuz Omar," katanya kepada Harakahdaily hari ini.

Himpunan anjuran gabungan labih 50 NGO itu dijadul berlangsung di Padang Timur (Amcorp Mall) bermula jam 5 petang sehingga ke sebelah malam.

Difahamkan himpunan itu juga bakal menampilkan individu-individu yang mengalami sendiri penipuan pada PRU13 lalu untuk menceritakan pengalaman masing-masing.

Semalam penggerak utama kepada himpunan itu, Solidariti Anak Muda Malayisa (SAMM) menegaskan, mereka tetap bertekad untuk memastikan himpunan mencapai matlamat, walaupun terpaksa berdepan dengan penangkapan.

Mereka mengulas beberapa pemimpin serta aktivis rakyat yang ditahan sejak bebarapa hari lalu di bawah akta hasutan.

Ianya termasuk aktivis pelajar Adam Adli , aktivis PAS Tamrin Ghafar, Naib Presiden PKR Tian Chua dan penggerak ABU Haris Ibrahim.

Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, Mahfuz yang juga Pesuruhjaya PAS Kedah turut memaklumkan bahawa PAS Kedah juga turut akan turun menyertai himpunan itu esok.

"Saya harap pihak polis dapat memberi kerjasama untuk mengawal himpunan itu esok dan tidak menggunakan kekasaran yang boleh mengeruhkan suasana," katanya.

Berubah lagi ! Kementerian Pelajaran jadi Kementerian Pendidikan

Posted: 23 May 2013 09:45 PM PDT

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PHUKET: Kementerian Pelajaran kini dikenali sebagai Kementerian Pendidikan, kata Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin pada Jumaat.
Beliau, yang juga Menteri Pendidikan berkata, perubahan nama kementerian itudiluluskan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Rabu lepas setelah pakar bahasa sependapat istilah pendidikan lebih tepat berbanding pelajaran.
"Pakar bahasa berpendapat istilah pendidikan lebih tepat dan sebab itu Perdana Menteri bersetuju dan saya juga telah beritahu pegawai supaya menerimanya sebagai nama baru, malah nama kementerian pendidikan juga pernah digunakan sebelum ini," katanya kepada wartawan Malaysia di sini.
Beliau berkata, proses penggabungan dua kementerian - Kementerian Pelajarandan Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi - yang dijangka selesai dalam tempoh sebulantelah bermula sejurus kabinet diumumkan dan yakin tidak akan menghadapi kesukaran kerana kedua-duanya mencakupi proses pembelajaran dan pengajaran yang berasal daripada satu kementerian sebelum dipisahkan.
Muhyiddin berkata, penggabungan itu tidak menyebabkan pertindihan antara sekolah rendah, menengah dan universiti kerana masing-masing mempunyai pelan pembangunan sendiri kecuali aspek kepimpinan yang diletakkan di bawah satu kementerian dengan mempunyai dua menteri dan dua timbalan menteri.
"Saya telah mengemukakan cadangan bagaimana struktur baru itu hendak dibentuk dan Ketua Setiausaha Negara telah mengambil maklum dan berbincang dengan Ketua Pengarah Perkhidmatan Awam di mana minggu depan akan ada perbincangan lanjut dan Insya-Allah pelantikan jawatan yang sepatutnya dibuatakan dilakukan," katanya dan menambah dalam bahasa Inggeris kementerian itu kekal dengan panggilan 'Ministry of Education'.
Beliau berkata, walaupun digabungkan beliau membayangkan tidak akan berlaku perubahan terhadap dasar yang digunakan sebelum ini sebaliknya penyatuan itu menghasilkan penjimatan dari segi guna tenaga dan kepakaran kakitangan.
Muhyiddin berkata sebagai contoh, koordinasi dua kementerian membawa kebaikan kepada sektor pendidikan kerana kepakaran tenaga pengajar di universiti seperti pensyarah bahasa Inggeris boleh digunakan untuk membantu meningkatkan kemahiran bahasa itu di sekolah rendah dan menengah kebangsaan.
Dalam perkembangan berkaitan beliau berkata, cadangan supaya bahasa Mandarin dan Tamil kembali diajar di Sekolah Kebangsaan akan dikaji secara mendalamkerana pelaksanaannya akan melibatkan perubahan kepada dasar tertentu.
Muhyiddin berkata, proses pengajaran kedua-dua bahasa itu pernah dilaksanakan sebelum ini tetapi tidak mencapai matlamat seperti apa yang dimahukan berikutan jumlah pelajar yang tidak begitu ramai.
"Itu sebenarnya bukan baru tetapi setelah ada pihak yang mencadangkan sebegitu, maka saya perlu meneliti kerana kita nak melaksanakannya secara bersungguh-sungguh dan tidak mahu orang bukan Melayu melihat Sekolah Kebangsaan ialah 'sekolah kebangsaan', bukannya sekolah Melayu dan menawarkan pelbagai bahasa selain bahasa Malaysia.
"Persoalan besar yang mencabar kementerian ialah kalau ia hendak dilaksanakan kita perlu sediakan sejumlah guru mahir yang ramai kerana kita memiliki lebih 7,000 sekolah rendah dan 3,000 sekolah menengah...jadi sebelum kita nak buat keputusan yang melibatkan dasar kita perlu kaji dengan sebaik-baiknya," katanya. - BERNAMA

Saya tetap akan berjuang selagi rakyat bersama-sama'

Posted: 23 May 2013 09:38 PM PDT

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Walaupun beberapa siri tangkapan telah dilakukan oleh pihak polis berhubung bantahan dakwaan penipuan pilihan raya, namun Ketua Umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata, beliau akan terus berjuang bersama rakyat. 

NONE"Penangkapan dah bermula. Di akhirnya nanti kita tahulah siapa yang kena. 

"Tapi saya nak beritahu, kalau tujuan Perdana Menteri (Datuk Seri) Najib (Razak) atau Menteri Dalam Negeri (Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi) nak buat penangkapan ini untuk beri isyarat pada saya untuk takutkan saya, saya nak beritahu, saya tetap akan berjuang selagi rakyat bersama-sama," katanya diikuti tepukan hadirin.

Beliau berkata demikian di hadapan kira-kira 20,000 hadirin dalam perhimpunan "blackout 505" yang diadakan di Kuala Ibai, Terengganu malam tadi. 

NONETurut hadir untuk memberikan ceramah ialah Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu serta Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Husam Musa.

Perhimpunan "blackout 505" di Terengganu malam tadi merupakan salah satu destinasi Anwar dalam siri jelajah ke seluruh negara bagi membantah keputusan pilihan raya umum ke-13.

Semalam, pihak polis menahan MP Batu, Tian Chua, aktivis Haris Ibrahim dan aktivis PAS Tamrin Ghafar dalam operasi berasingan yang dipercayai berhubung perhimpunan untuk membantah dakwaan penipuan pilihan raya Sabtu ini. 

NONEKetiga-tiga mereka telah ditahan dibawah Akta Hasutan dan di bawa ke Balai Polis Jinjang.

Selain individu terbabit, polis turut  menyiasat enam lagi pemimpin Pakatan dan aktivis selepas pilihan raya umum ke-13, atas kesalahan berbeza.

Ia termasuk ADUN Seri Setia Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, aktivis siswa Adam Adli Abdul Halim, MP Pandan Rafizi Ramli, pengasas DAP Dr Chen Man Hin, MP Taiping Nga Kor Ming dan MP Serdang Ong Kian Ming.


Puluhan ribu hadir di Black505 Terengganu malam tadi

Posted: 23 May 2013 09:35 PM PDT

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KUALA TERENGGANU: Himpunan Black505 peringkat negeri Terengganu yang berlangsung malam tadi menyaksikan puluhan ribu rakyat hadir.

Himpunan yang berlangsung di Markaz PAS Kuala Ibai malam tadi dianggar mencatat kehadiran kira-kira lebih 50,000.

Turut hadir malam tadi, pemimpin utama Pakatan Rakyat khususnya Ketua Umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Timbalan Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu, Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Husam Musa serta pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat peringkat negeri.

Mohamad dalam ucapannya malam tadi turut mengulas isu penangkapan tiga oran pemimpin dan aktivis rakyar iaitu Ahli Parlimen Batu Tian Chua, bekas MT Umno Tamrin Ghafar serta aktivis Asalkan Bukan Umno (Abu) Haris Ibrahim.

Katanya, tindakan tangkapan serta memberi amaran akan menggunakan kekerasan terhadap mereka yang mahu berhimpun membantah penipuan pilihan raya, menunjukkan Menteri Dalam Negeri yang baru Datuk Seri Dr Zahid Hamidi dalam keadaan panik.

"Penangkapan sudahpun bermula, pendekar Bagan Datoh sudag tunjuk belang.

"Zahid Hamidi mula menunjukkan belangnya terhadap rakyat marhean yang tidak bersenjata.

"Dia sudah panik, panik dengan kebangkitan rakyat," katanya.

Satelit Ecuador berlanggar serpihan roket Rusia

Posted: 23 May 2013 05:50 PM PDT

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QUITO 23 Mei - Sebuah satelit kecil Ecuador dilapor berlanggar dengan serpihan roket Rusia semalam, namun tahap kerosakan satelit tersebut masih belum diketahui.

Agensi angkasa Ecuador EXA melaporkan, satelit Pegaso masih kekal di orbit meskipun telah berlanggar dengan serpihan roket S14 yang dilancarkan ke angkasa hampir tiga dekad lalu.

Jelas agensi tersebut, pelanggaran terbabit berlaku kira-kira 1,500 kilometer di ruang angkasa timur Madagascar pada pukul 5.38 pagi waktu tempatan. - AFP

Iran nafi ceroboh ruang udara Bahrain

Posted: 23 May 2013 05:49 PM PDT

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DUBAI 24 Mei - Iran semalam menafikan laporan tentang sebuah drone miliknya menceroboh ruang udara Bahrain yang menempatkan Armada Tentera Laut Kelima Amerika Syarikat (AS).

Kelmarin, Menteri Penerangan Bahrain, Samira Rajab mendakwa, sebuah pesawat tanpa pemandu dikesan memasuki ruang udara di perairan Teluk antara Bahrain dan Arab Saudi.

Bagaimanapun, agensi berita Iran, IRNA yang memetik kenyataan seorang pegawai Kementerian Luar, menafikan tuduhan tersebut dan menggesa kerajaan Bahrain tidak membuat tuduhan sedemikian.

Sebaliknya, pegawai yang enggan dikenali itu mengingatkan kerajaan Bahrain untuk menyelesaikan masalah tuntutan rakyat di negara itu yang mahukan perubahan dan keadilan. - REUTERS

Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim

Fighting Mahathirism, again

Posted: 24 May 2013 06:03 AM PDT


I wrote about it, didn't I? A vote for Najib Abdul Razak would be a vote for the return of Mahathirism, and no sooner was I proven right last Saturday when student activist Adam Adli Abd Halim was hauled up by the police for investigation into his 'seditious' remarks.

While Adam is now out on bail awaiting trial, Haris Ibrahim, Tian Chua and Tamrin Ghafar were nabbed one after another, again under the notorious and anachronistic Sedition Act 1948.

It does feel like 1987 and 1998 all over again, and we are stuck.
We are stuck because this Umno-dominated government persistently refuses to acknowledge that the world has moved on and that a large segment of Malaysian society is now ready to ditch it. The only way for Umno to remain in power is through vote-rigging, bribery, control of the media, electoral fraud and draconian legislation.

While the Internal Security Act is gone, the Sedition Act is not. Najib, now the minority prime minister, announced last July that it would be abolished, but was cunning enough to not gazette it as he knew he would need it after GE13. How convenient. As a closet authoritarian, he never disappoints. And his Wesak message that "there will be an abundance of joy and peace and forgiveness as people seek blessings for themselves and their loved ones" just makes me puke.

NONEEarly this week, Mahathir Mohamad (left) warned against street rallies on his blog, saying that "in many instances the police had to withdraw or they may be directed to withdraw. They become disinclined to carry out their duties. Some people would take advantage of this by committing minor crimes. The people would feel insecure".

But time and again, the protesters have proven him wrong, for those who were bent on wreaking havoc turned out to be agents provocateur planted by Umno!

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, desperate to prove his worth, has first alienated the public with his migration outburst and then come down hard on those who dare to stand up to state bullying. There will be a do-or-die party election end of the year and, true to their chauvinistic nature, all the Umno bigwigs must act tough to secure the support of the rank and file.

As many Malaysia watchers have said, the real contest in Malaysia is not general elections, which are fought on uneven terrain and horribly skewed to the disproportionate advantage of the ruling coalition, but Umno party polls, in which horse-trading, betraying and vote-buying are far more rampant.

This year, it is going to be all the more crucial now that close to two-thirds of the cabinet is made up of Umno ministers, most of whom will not think twice to resort to high-handedness and provocative statements just to up the ante against their rivals, all at the expense of the people.

Iron-fisted tactics

Some have asked why I must blame Mahathir for all that is wrong with Malaysian society today?

Of course one has to apportion a large chunk of the blame to the man who is single-handedly responsible for the rot in our judiciary, distortion of parliamentary democracy, police brutality and media manipulation. In short, Mahathir has practically destroyed the relatively fair system of checks and balances envisioned by the founding fathers in 1957.

His iron-fisted tactics in 1987 and then in 1998 have left his successors with a modus operandi to emulate when their authority is severely challenged, and they have shown no qualms in substituting even the last vestiges of our democracy with renewed authoritarianism.

Lest not forget that it was Mahathir who as education minister in the 1970s brutally suppressed our vibrant campus culture, after which student activism went into a sharp decline. In the decades that followed, the Chinese were taught to think they were superior to the Malays academically.

For years, the Chinese parents would want their young ones to shun student activism, focus on textbook knowledge, and care about nothing else. For a student to take to the streets to protest against an unjust system and a suffocating campus culture was not only useless but also a sign of moral decay.

NONEThat's why Adam (right) has been amazing. With his simple but brave act of defiance, he has won the hearts and minds of many Chinese parents. He has changed radically their perception about student politics, and given them tremendous hopes for the future generations. Adam and his supportive father have done Malaysia proud indeed.

I would not care one iota if Mahathir had honoured his promise by not playing a prominent role in Malaysian politics. Instead, he is just omnipresent.

In other words, I would not hold Adolf Hitler accountable for neo-Nazism that is now becoming pervasive again across Europe, or Emperor Hirohito for the jingoistic stance taken by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in recent weeks, or Mao Zedong for the re-emergence of ugly nationalism in China, for the simple reason that all these autocrats who once brought their respective countries onto the brink of total destruction are dead.

Not so with Mahathir, as he continues to manoeuvre behind the scenes and influence his party's directions in a way that may eventually bring Malaysia 'securely' back to the age of tyranny,  not to mention the racist and seditious views which he sees no wrong in uttering every now and then.

This is precisely what the 'neutral elites' choose not to admit, pretending instead that Malaysia has moved out of the dark shadows of Mahathirism. Unlike the Germans who have thoroughly de-Nazified their beloved country, we are yet to embark on the project of de-Mahathirisation. The task is doubly hard now that Mahathir is practically the backseat driver, and a devious one at that.

Hence, the arrests of Adam, Tian Chua, Harris and Tamrin are only just the beginning and represent the shape of more abhorrent things to come.

Yes, it is 1987 and 1998 all over again, but the sentiments on the ground are vastly different in 2013. In their pursuit of greater democratic space, Malaysians have demonstrated their determination in confronting state violence face to face. It is a trend that must not be reversed, and change is now a duty that cannot be relegated.

Azmin: Crackdown a return to Mahathirism

Posted: 24 May 2013 06:00 AM PDT


The recent crackdown on opposition leaders and pro-democracy activists is a clear sign of the return of ‘Mahathirism’, when high-handed tactics were used to to muzzle dissidents, PKR says.

The slew of arrests yesterday under the Sedition Act are a “return to the days of (former premier Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad)”, when civilians were detained for their “assertion of civil rights”, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said today.

NONE“With Home Minister (Ahmad Zahid Hamidi) trying to outdo his predecessors in being high and mighty, and (Prime Minister) Najib (Abdul Razak) remaining in 'elegant silence’, we certainly can expect more arrests and prosecutions of opposition leaders and civil rights activists,” Azmin (left) said in a statement.

He urged the people to remain staunch in their pursuit for democracy and to exercise their constitutional rights to voice their objection to the electoral fraud that occurred during the 13th general election.

Yesterday, PKR vice-president Tian Chua, Anything But Umno (ABU) chief Haris Ibrahim and former Batu Berendam MP and PAS member Tamrin Ghafar were arrested for allegedly uttering seditious statements, while student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim was charged with committing sedition.

Earlier on PKR’s Seri Setia assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad wascharged with organising an illegal assembly to protest  against electoral irregularities.

Several other opposition leaders have also been investigated over various offences, including DAP founding chairperson Dr Chen Man Hin, Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming, Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming and Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli.

‘Home Ministry is high-handed’

DAP also condemned the Home Ministry for its “high-handed approach” in the police crackdown.

Commenting that the arrests so far could be only the “tip of the iceberg”, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said DAP leaders were willing to cooperate with the police in their investigations.

“If the police reveal to us the leaders on their list and what the charges are under the relevant laws, we will be more than willing to go to a designated police station at an appointed time,” Lim said.

In another statement, PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar lashed out at the BN for manipulating the laws and enforcement bodies at their whim  in oppressing its political foes.

“The confiscation of Harakah Daily and Suara Keadilan and the arrests of the political activists are proof that they (BN) don’t honour their word to reconcile after their humiliating loss in the election,” Mahfuz said.

NONEThe crackdown also attracted the attention of international human rights watchdog Amnesty International, which called on the government to release all peaceful protesters arrested under the Sedition Act 1948.

“Rather than abolishing the repressive sedition law as promised, the government is now using it against peaceful protesters,” Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific’s deputy director Isabelle Arradon said.

Najib, in July last year, vowed to replace the act with a new act to be known as the National Harmony Act.

Amnesty International has repeatedly raised concerns about the Sedition Act and the way the authorities have used it to repress political dissent.

The Sedition Act criminalises a wide array of acts, including those “with a tendency to excite disaffection against any Ruler or government” or to “question any matter” protected by the federal constitution, added Arradon.

PKR dakwa ada undi tambahan dalam peti undi

Posted: 24 May 2013 05:59 AM PDT


PKR hari ini mula mendedahkan dakwaan penipuan pilihan raya secara terperinci, bermula dengan kawasan parlimen Balik Pulau di Pulau Pinang di mana ia mendakwa terdapat lebih jumlah undi daripada kertas undi yang dikeluarkan.

NONEPengarah Strategi PKR, Rafizi Ramli mendakwa di saluran dua pusat mengundi di SJK (C) Yu Chye, Borang 13 menunjukkan sejumlah 424 kertas undi telah dikeluarkan.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, selepas perjumlahan keputusan dibuat, Borang 14 menunjukkan sebanyak 562 undi dalam peti undi tersebut, lebih 138 undi daripada kertas undi apa yang telah dikeluarkan.

Menurutnya, dengan majoriti yang kecil dan jumlah undi rosak yang tinggi, maka keputusan di saluran dua, cukup untuk mengubah keputusan di kawasan parlimen Balik Pulau dan kerusi negeri di Telok Bahang.

Rafizi memberitahu demikian dalam satu sidang akhbar di ibu pejabat PKR pagi ini.

PKR moots new panel to do redelineation

Posted: 24 May 2013 05:57 AM PDT


A new commission should be established to study the redelineation of state and parliamentary constituencies, which is due to soon, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali proposed today.

“The gerrymandering masterminded by Umno has crippled the electoral system in Malaysia. The delineation of constituency boundaries was done unfairly and did not meet the principle of representative democracy.

NONE“The Election Commission (EC) should focus more on the management of elections and not be burdened with the responsibility to propose redelineation of constituency boundaries.

“This will only jeopardise the credibility and independence of the EC,” Azmin said in his opening address at the annual congress of the PKR Wanita and Youth wings in Petaling Jaya this afternoon.

The Gombak MP proposed that a new commission that will be independent, transparent and professional be given the task of re-delineating constituency boundaries.

Azmin cited the Boundary Commission of the United Kingdom, which is tasked to conduct the redelineation of constituencies every five years, as the example for Malaysia to follow.

Kick off efforts in this, Wanita, Youth wings told

“Hence, I suggest that the Wanita and Youth wings be proactive in kicking off the effort to discuss with those who have the expertise to propose the justification for re-delineation based on democratic ethics, to serve as a counter-proposal to the re-delineation proposal of the EC at the end of this year.”

NONELast night DAP publicity secretary Tony Pua (right) told a rally in Petaling Jaya that Pakatan Rakyat MPs will push for a bi-partisan parliamentary select committee on redelineation when the new Parliament convenes on June 24.

This is to ensure a fairer distribution of voters in the constituencies, said Pua, the MP for PJ Utara.

The federal constitution stipulates for an interval of not less than eight years between two redelineation exercises, with a mandatory deadline of two years for the process to be completed.

The last constituency redelineation was carried out in 2002 and the proposals adopted by Parliament in 2003.

After the redelineation, the EC still needs a two-thirds backing of the Members of Parliament or the members of the state assemblies for the new constituency boundaries to be approved.

Yesterday, EC deputy chairperson Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said the new round of redelineation exercise will begin soon.

In his speech today, Azmin also slammed Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak by "reminding" him that he is heading a minority government, which has lost the popular vote.

"Yet, Malaysia's democracy is strange and miraculous. Pakatan Rakyat which has garnered 51 percent of the popular vote from the people becomes the opposition, whereas Umno (and BN) forms the government although he only receives 47 percent (of the votes)," he lamented.



[PRESS STATEMENT] Charging Adam Adli, Tian Chua, Tamrin and Harris arrest – This is tyranny

Posted: 23 May 2013 10:04 PM PDT

Adam Adli has been charged with sedition purportedly "by calling for the toppling of the elected government". Tian Chua, Harris Ibrahim and Tamrin Tun Gaffar have been arrested. This is tyranny writ large. Let's get it straight: Najib's government is not a duly elected government. It is a government that's come into power by systemic widespread fraud aided and abetted by the Election Commission. Its legitimacy is therefore in question. This is our position and we are mounting a legal and judicial challenge in this regard.

Meantime, the people by the hundreds of thousands are exercising their constitutional right to gather peacefully to demonstrate their utter disgust with this cheating and the consequent illegitimate assumption of power. By the latest count, almost half a million Malaysians, mostly comprising the young from all races have attended our nation-wide rallies.

They have come because of their conviction for justice and their deep sense of fair play and not because of any inducement or bribe or promise of material gain. On the contrary, they have come to these rallies in spite of the constant threats and warnings from the police of arrest because they believe in their cause – a cause for their future and the generations to come. This is nobility of spirit which no tyranny can suppress. Adam Adli embodies this spirit and the aspirations of the hundreds of thousands who have attended and the millions more who voted for change, fair play and justice.

The dictatorships of Stalin, Marcos are Suharto are long gone. The likes of Ben Ali, Mubarak and Gaddafi are gone not so long ago. Even Mahathir's time where such abuses of state power were ever so common is over. Yet, not only has Najib reneged on his pledges of political reform, he is winding the clock backwards.

First, Nik Nazmi was charged. Last night, they arrested 18 people who together with a thousand others had gathered in front of the Jinjang police station to show support for Adam.  No doubt, this intimidation will continue even as the show of solidarity for those arrested will spring up across the land.

The new Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar is talking tough and issuing all kinds of threats to the people, taking the cue from the Home Minister. May I remind him that his duty is to serve the people. His priority is to keep the county safe – not from legitimate peaceful rallies – but from criminals and real mischief makers.

Meanwhile, DAP veteran Dr. Chen Man Hin, who should rightly be honoured for his tireless service to the people, was hauled up and interrogated over frivolous allegations about him being linked to a plot to overthrow the government. This is completely insane.

Is this Najib's way of spending tax payers' money? Is this the new direction to be given to the police under its new IGP? While real criminals, including those who commit hate and racist crimes, are going about with impunity, those who are calling for justice are being hounded like rats and prosecuted?

Police detainee N Dharmendran was beaten to death and people at a peaceful candle light vigil for Adam in Penang were assaulted by thugs while UMNO's racist inciters to hatred and thugs are roaming the nation with impunity.

Najib is stepping on the heads of the rakyat. Eventually, the rakyat will prevail.


23rd May 2013

Anwar unfazed by government crackdown

Posted: 23 May 2013 10:03 PM PDT


The slew of arrests following accusations of electoral fraud in the May 5 general election has not spooked PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim into giving up the opposition struggle.

NONETelling this to about 20,000 people at a ‘Blackout 505′ rally in Kuala Ibai, Terengganu last night, Anwar said he would fight on so long as the people continued to support him.

“The crackdown has begun. We all know who will be their target in the end.

“If these arrests are a signal by Prime Minister Najib (Abdul Razak) or the home minister (Ahmad Zahid Hamidi) to rattle me, I’m telling you now that I am not afraid as long as the rakyat are with me,” he said to loud cheers.

Last night’s rally was part of the nationwide rallies organised by Pakatan Rakyat to spread the word about electoral fraud in GE13, which the opposition, despite winning close to 52 percent of the popular votes, failed to win federal power.

NONEAlso at last night’s rally were PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and party vice-president Husam Musa.

PKR vice-president and Batu MP Tian Chua was slated to speak at the rally but he was arrested by police at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang yesterday, just before boarding his flight to Terengganu.

Police investigations

NONEPolice also  detained human rights activist Haris Ibrahim and PAS member Tamrin Ghafar in separate locations yesterday.

The trio, believed to be nabbed in relation to a protest rally clated to be held in Petaling Jaya tromorrow, are being held under the Sedition Act at the Jinjang police station.

Since the election, six Pakatan leaders and activists have come under police investigation for separate alleged offences.

NONEThey include Seri Setia assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim, Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, DAP veteran Dr Chen Man Hin, Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming and Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming.

The police actions come  under the watch of newly-appointed inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.

Opposition crackdown shows reforms a lie, say Pakatan leaders

Posted: 23 May 2013 10:01 PM PDT

The Malaysian Insider


 The security dragnet on opposition leaders and critics this past week is the clearest sign yet that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government was never honest in wanting real political reforms, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders told a rally here last night.

They told a crowd of some 5,000 that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had promised to repeal the Sedition Act as a step towards greater civil liberties but the arrests of four men under the law meant the reforms pledges were only designed to win votes in Election 2013.

"What were we promised? By Barisan Nasional and the minority prime minister? Did they not say that the era of government knows best is over? That democracy will flourish under the pillars of 1 Malaysia?

 "Did they also not promise to abolish the Sedition Act? We have been had! We have been had by the BN government," PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar told a PR "thanksgiving" rally last night.

PKR Batu MP Chua Tian Chang, PAS's Datuk Tamrin Ghafar and political activist Haris Ibrahim were arrested yesterday for sedition and detained overnight at the Jinjang police station in Kuala Lumpur for investigation under section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act and section 124 of the Penal Code.

Najib had promised to abolish the law when he announced a slew of political reforms which included the repeal of the Internal Security Act not long before Election 2013 was held.

Chua, Tamrin who was once Batu Berendam MP and Anything But Umno (ABU) chief Haris were arrested separately yesterday afternoon in an apparent national crackdown on opposition supporters.

All three are believed to be detained over their involvement in a May 13 forum on the results of the just-concluded general election.

A view of the crowd at last night's rally


The first to be detained from the forum was student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim, who was charged with sedition in the Jalan Duta court complex yesterday morning.

The 24-year-old pleaded not guilty and was released on RM5,000 bail with his trial set for a mention on July 2.

Claiming the election had been rigged, PR has so far refused to recognise the Election 2013 results that saw Najib's BN retaining power but with a smaller majority. His coalition had also lost the popular vote which makes it a minority government.

Former Umno law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said the crackdown signalled BN's fear towards the opposition's growing strength, and that a clampdown was the only way for Najib to ensure his coalition would stay in power.

He also pointed out that the arrests under the Sedition Act were made despite Najib's pledge to repeal the law.

"They knew that PR had won more than 50 per cent of the popular vote and that they had won through cheating… and now you have all these arrests when Najib had promised to abolish the Sedition Act," he said.

Former DAP Selangor State Assembly Speaker Datuk Teng Chang Khim claimed the crackdown was engineered to appease Umno's hardliners and consolidate Najib's position as he is likely to be challenged at the party polls following his poor performance in Election 2013.

"He is in a mess. He's afraid. So that is why he is showing the Umno hardliners that he can be tough," he said.

Yesterday, a DAP lawmaker suggested that the Najib administration has shown the spectre of 1987 looms large behind its call for a "national reconciliation" through the Home Ministry's crackdown yesterday against opposition figures and their media.

Newly appointed Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, however, defended the police action, saying the law enforcers must surely have the basis and solid evidence to make the arrests.

Disebalik tindakan keras terhadap penentang, puluhan ribu hadir perhimpunan Black 505 Terengganu

Posted: 23 May 2013 09:58 PM PDT

The Malaysian Insider

Disebalik tindakan keras kerajaan terhadap pemimpin pembangkang dan aktivis, puluhan ribu rakyat berhimpun dalam perhimpunan menentang keputusan Pilihan Raya 2013 Black 505 di Terengganu.

Media melaporkan himpunan yang berlangsung di Markaz PAS Kuala Ibai malam tadi dianggar mencatat kehadiran lebih 50,000 orang.

Pemimpin utama Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Ketua Umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Timbalan Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu, Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Husam Musa adalah diantara yang berucap dalam himpunan tersebut.

 Mohamad dalam ucapannya malam tadi turut mengulas isu penangkapan ahli Parlimen Batu Chua Tian Chang, bekas ahli Parlimen Batu Berendam Tamrin Ghafar serta aktivis Asalkan Bukan Umno (ABU) Haris Ibrahim.

Menurut beliau yang dikenali sebagai Mat Sabu itu, Menteri Dalam Negeri yang baru Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi sudah panik dengan kebangkitan rakyat menentang penipuan Pilihan Raya 2013.

"Penangkapan sudahpun bermula, pendekar Bagan Datoh sudah tunjuk belang.?Zahid Hamidi mula menunjukkan belangnya terhadap rakyat marhean yang tidak bersenjata.

"Dia sudah panik, panik dengan kebangkitan rakyat," katanya dipetik dari portal Harakahdaily.

Chua, Tamrin dan Haris ditahan semalam kerana menghasut dan ditahan semalaman di lokap berpusat Balai Polis Jinjang di bawah Seksyen 4 (1) (c) Akta Hasutan dan seksyen 124 Kanun Keseksaan.

Individu pertama yang ditahan akibat forum itu dan didakwa kerana menghasut adalah aktivis mahasiswa, Adam Adli Abdul Halim di kompleks mahkamah Jalan Duta pagi semalam.

Lelaki berumur 24 tahun itu mengaku tidak bersalah dan dibebaskan dengan ikat jamin RM5,000 dan perbicaraannya ditetapkan bermula pada 2 Julai.

Mendakwa pilihan raya dicurangi, PR setakat ini enggan untuk mengiktiraf keputusan Pilihan Raya 2013 yang menyaksikan BN dan Najib mempertahankan kuasa akan tetapi dengan majoriti kurang. Gabungan dipimpinnya juga hilang undi popular menyebabkan ianya menjadi kerajaan minoriti.

Zahid walau bagaimanapun mempertahankan tindakan polis, mengatakan mereka mempunyai asas dan bukti kukuh untuk membuat penangkapan.

Sebelum ini perhimpunan Black 505 diadakan di Selangor, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Pahang, Johor, Negeri Sembilan dan Kedah dimana ribuan engkar kepada arahan polis dengan memenuhi stadium dan tempat ceramah.

Dalam Pilihan Raya 2013, BN mendapat 133 kerusi berbanding PR 89 kerusi. BN turut hilang undi majoriti pertama kali semenjak tahun 1969.