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Pencabar Anwar, Arif Shah ingin sertai PKR

Posted in Pakatan Rakyat with tags , on November 30, 2008 by ckchew

Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah, pencabar tokoh utama PKR sewaktu pilihanraya kecil Permatang Pauh pada Ogos lalu, sedang mempertimbangkan untuk menyertai parti itu.

Beliau berkata kini 30 peratus peluang beliau menyertai parti pimpinan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim itu selepas mendakwa diketepikan dengan serius oleh ketua bahagian Umno Permatang Pauh, Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid.

“Saya harus berbincang dengan (ketua menteri Pulau Pinang) Lim Guan Eng dahulu supaya beliau selesa (dengan kemungkinan beliau menyertai Pakatan Rakyat,” katanya kepada Malaysiakini hari ini.

arif shah omar shah pc 040808 01“(Pemimpin) PKR (negeri) mempelawa saya (menyertainya), mereka mengalu-alukan kehadiran saya tetapi ia bukan keputusan yang mudah, banyak perkara perlu difikirkan dan saya harus menyelesaikan satu per satu.”

Mengulas sama ada pergeseran beliau dengan Abdul Jalil – yang mengekalkan jawatan ketua bahagian Umno pada Oktober lepas – dengan kepemimpinan atasan Umno, Arif Shah berkata beliau akan membawa perkara itu jika beliau ingin meninggalkan parti itu.

Diminta mengulas lanjut sebab-sebab yang mendorongnya melompat kepada parti pembangkang itu, Arif Shah berkata penyalahgunaan kuasa yang didakwa dilakukan Abdul Jalil telah menghalangnya menjalankan tugas sebagai wakil rakyat.

Arif Shah menguasai DUN Seberang Jaya, dalam bahagian Permatang Pauh, selama dua penggal berturut-turut. Dua lagi DUN bawah parlimen itu masing-masing dikuasai PAS (Permatang Pasir) dan PKR (Penanti).

“Banyak perkara yang saya harus melalui beliau (Abdul Jalil) termasuk di kawasan DUN saya sendiri, saya tidak boleh bertemu dengan pemimpin-pemimpin cawangan,” katanya.

“Bagi saya, jika orang memerlukan khidmat saya, tanpa mengira sama ada mereka Melayu, Cina atau India, saya mesti menolong mereka.”

Ditanya sama ada PKR menawarkan sebarang jawatan, beliau berkata: “Perkara itu tidak penting, saya perlukan wadah untuk menyalurkan khidmat saya.”

Arif Shah dilaporkan ditawarkan jawatan timbalan ketua menteri I yang kini dipegang oleh wakil rakyat Penanti, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin.

Beliau bagaimanapun berkata perlu masa untuk mengambil keputusan muktamad.

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Salah ahli PKR, reformis minta jasa dibalas

Posted in Pakatan Rakyat with tags on November 30, 2008 by ckchew

Salah bagi anggota-anggota PKR dan aktivis Gerakan Reformasi, yang menggelar diri mereka “reformis”, meminta jasa mereka dibalas dengan alasan pernah berjuang sejak awal perjuangan parti itu 10 tahun lalu, kata timbalan presidennya Dr Syed Husin Ali.

“Kami sudah berjuang selama sepuluh tahun, mana balasannya, mana anugerahnya.

“Ini sikap yang salah,” katanya sewaktu menggulung perbahasan di penghujung kongres nasional parti itu di Shah Alam petang tadi.

Menurutnya, rakyatlah yang harus dihargai kerana membantu menaikkan pemimpin-pemimpin PKR dan Pakatan Rakyat dalam pilihanraya umum lalu.

“Kita mestilah mengiktiraf, rakyat ramailah yang banyak berjuang. Balas budi kepada rakyat ramai.

“Jadi keutamaan balas budi kita ialah kepada rakyat ramai. Inilah namanya perjuangan,” kata Dr Syed Husin.

Bekas ahli akademik itu, yang berdekad-dekad dalam aktivisme politik khususnya bersama Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM), mengkritik mereka yang menuntut budi dibalas jasa dengan menyifatkan mereka sebagai mengutamakan kepentingan diri dan tidak layak dipanggil pejuang rakyat.

Beliau bagaimanapun tidak menafikan sumbangan besar ahli PKR dan reformis sejak 1998 dan menjelaskan barisan pemimpin PKR akan memberi perhatian terhadapa nasib mereka.

“Saya yakin mereka akan menjalankan perkara yang sewajarnya dengan adil,” tambahnya.

Semalam perwakilan Johor menegur PKR kerana tidak mengambil berat dan tidak membela nasib aktivis Gerakan Reformasi.

Suaranya itu mewakili sentimen popular dalam kalangan para penyokong Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim khususnya mereka yang terlibat secara aktif menuntut pembebasannya sewaktu dipenjarakan antara 1998 hingga 2004.

Mengulas “projek 16 September” untuk menukar kerajaan persekutuan, Dr Syed Husin berkata beliau cukup yakin dengan Anwar yang dikenali sejak di Universiti Malaya dan bersama-sama berada di kem tahanan Kamunting, Taiping pada awal 1970-an.

“Kita bukan cakap kosong,” tambah ahli sosiologi itu.

Harapan Baru 29/11/08: Anwar Ibrahim Part 1-4

Posted in Anwar Ibrahim with tags on November 30, 2008 by ckchew

Some of the old friends met at Shah Alam Melawati Stadium

Posted in Pakatan Rakyat with tags on November 30, 2008 by ckchew

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Multiracialism is the Way Forward, says PKR Deputy President Dr. Syed Husin Ali

Posted in Pakatan Rakyat with tags on November 30, 2008 by ckchew

SHAH ALAM, Nov 28 – PKR’s No. 2 told its youth and women’s wings members to shape up and reach out to the growing number of Malaysians looking for a multiracial and multi-religious party to represent their needs in a changing world.

Dr Syed Husin Ali told the two wings that now was not the time to rest on their laurels even though they had won big at the March general elections as the victory came from the people’s support rather than the party’s own efforts.

“They gave a clear message that the party which implements policies, runs campaigns and acts to fight for one community and denies the rights of other communities will not be accepted,” he said.

He added: “They gave a clear indication that parties such as Umno, MCA and MIC are only waiting to be buried.”

Syed Husin said that its political rivals, especially Umno, was fanning racial and religious fires because they were threatened by the opposition’s climb to power in five states.

He reminded them that the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) plan to take over the federal government was still on track even though the leadership was keeping quiet on when it will happen.

“The lesson learnt is that we talk about it, it alerts undesirable elements,” the deputy president said at PKR’s annual general meeting for its youth and women wings here today.

In sober tones, the party elder told the 1,000-strong crowd to seriously examine themselves to raise the quality of the membership and party.

He stressed that the party did not only want more members but thinking members who could fight for justice for all.

“I fervently hope Wanita and Angkatan Muda prepare themselves to face the challenges ahead.

We must not disappoint the rakyat after they gave us their trust to lead the government of our beloved country,” Syed Husin ended.

Anwar Ibrahim rallies his troops: “Together we will win the hearts and minds of the entire nation”.

Posted in Anwar Ibrahim, Pakatan Rakyat with tags , on November 30, 2008 by ckchew

Anwar Ibrahim Keynote Address at PKR 2008 Congress, 29 November 2008, Stadium Melawati, Shah Alam


I stand before you, humbled by your courage, overwhelmed by your loyalty, and inspired by your extraordinary feats. From a dark cell I felt your pain. I cried when your freedom was taken from you.

And today I share your pride and joy; that we are gathered here to celebrate the historic event our fellow Malaysians brought forth on March 8 – a Brave New Dawn.

I welcome the new faces among us. When we formed this party we knew a day would come when we would open our doors to a flood of Malaysians joining us on this noble mission. Your presence marks the beginning of a new phase for our party and for our nation.

I marvel at the support we have earned from our nation’s youth and women. You have given us hope that Malaysia’s future will fall into the hands of a generation that cherishes democracy and will continue the fight for freedom and justice.

With this Congress we embark on a major exercise to refocus and reorganize the party to reach new levels of discipline and new heights of effectiveness. We will take steps to ensure that our call for justice is heard loud and clear from the northern reaches of Perlis to the southern tip of Johor and all the way to the shores of Sabah and Sarawak.

Yet it was not too long ago that many believed this party had no future. They poured scorn on our aspirations and laughed at our dreams. Some even said we would just disappear!

They said multi-racial politics were impossible and our vision for a unified nation had all but expired. There are some whose conviction wavered and who believed that the ship upon which we were sailing may not reach its destined shore. To those who harbor doubt I say: trust in the wisdom of the people and trust not the pundits and cynics bent on supporting a corrupt and decadent establishment.

The desire for change is unstoppable. The people can no longer tolerate the abuses of the current government that affront us each day. The prevailing order prevails no more.

Never in the country’s history have Malaysians in such great numbers exercised their right to vote out of office such an entrenched institution. Never before have the people set aside their racial and religious identities and called in a single voice for a Brave New Dawn.

Our successes in 2008 are immense and we should be immensely proud. After two successful elections we have a proven that the Pakatan Rakyat coalition is strong and unified, working together hand-in-hand for change.

We have also witnessed a government under siege and a ruling party in disarray. We have seen them strangle and suffocate the democratic process and we have seen them ignore the crisis of an economy in turmoil.

Yes there have been setbacks. We skirted with destiny on September 16 and despite our best efforts our march to victory has been delayed. I empathise with you and with the people of Malaysia. We are all forced to further endure the slings and arrows of an incompetent government that has lost touch with the people. Although our promise has not yet been fulfilled, the Pakatan Rakyat leaders and I remain committed to the agenda for change and our tenacity has never been stronger.

I call upon you to aspire — as only we united in our quest can — to A Brave New Dawn: Where every child has the right to quality education and every family feels safe at home and in their streets. Where we can believe what we read in the newspapers and what we watch on the television. Where the country’s leaders will be honest, where justice prevails and where judges cannot be bribed.

I ask of you first as Malaysians and second as members of KeADILan, let us prepare ourselves with a renewed resolve and the courage of conviction that with our efforts a thousand flowers of freedom will yet bloom in Malaysia.

To my fellow citizens in the Pakatan States, you have humbled me with your support and I thank you. I say to you – let us work together to bring forth a new order and a better quality of life; a new measure of confidence in the accountability of government. I ask you to bear with us; the challenges we face cannot be overcome in a single month and some may take more than a year to redress. Much has been accomplished already, and soon our State Governments will report regularly their accomplishments and their plans for the continued development of our states.

To those living outside the Pakatan States the task before you is formidable. You believe in KeADILan and you believe that with Pakatan Rakyat the future of the country can be great. Yet you live in the stronghold of Barisan Nasional. We need your unwavering commitment and we need you to work harder than ever before so that Pakatan Rakyat’s banner can be raised throughout Malaysia.

We in Pakatan Rakyat will continue to protect the rights of every Malaysian including the Malays and Bumiputeras, and strive to bring forth greater quality of life for all. We will reach out to our friends in Sabah and Sarawak – Ibans, Kadazans, Dayaks. Your cry for help has been ignored. We in Pakatan Rakyat say we hear you and we will support you.

Members of Keadilan: Your work has brought our people together. Look around you. Our ancestors might not come from the same place. But we are citizens of this nation and we each want this country to move in the same direction to make it a better home for our children and grandchildren who – we hope – will be living together peacefully. And for them we wish a nation that is prosperous where they can obtain a good education and find a decent job to support their families.

These are Malaysian problems. They are not just Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban, Dayak or Kadazan problems. They are ones that affect Sabah and Sarawak the same way that they matter to people living in Selangor, Penang, Kelantan or Johor. They are problems that we all face, day after day. And will continue to face them unless we work harder for change.

Today our nation is confronted with monumental challenges. The economy is in virtual crisis. Violent crime in our cities and villages has never been more pervasive. More Malaysians are jobless, or will lose their jobs in the coming year than ever before in our history. Our education system is crumbling just like the buildings in which our children attend school. Billions are wasted every year in blatant corruption while the poor and marginalized are left hoping for some reprieve.

We have called this gathering to celebrate our success but I am now calling you to arms. Let us renew our commitment. Let us resolve to build on what has been accomplished this year and make Malaysia great once again.

Let us fulfill our promise to our friends in Pakatan Rakyat, DAP and PAS, to build a strong partnership. We have shared aspirations for the country and we are stronger as a coalition than the sum of our parts. Together we will win the hearts and minds of the entire nation.

Thank you.

Anwar stays mum over September 16, 2008

source:www.malaysiakini.com

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim did not offer any new explanation over his failure to topple the Barisan Nasional-led federal government at the annual PKR congress today.

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Anwar, who is also PKR de facto leader, did not explain why the takeover did not happen during his much-awaited speech – which lasted for about 20 minutes – at the congress this morning.

pkr national congress 291108 anwar ibrahim3He merely touched on the subject in passing at the outset of his speech, admitting that the change the opposition promised the rakyat would take place on September 16 is yet to happen.

“Our wish to change the government is not about personal political ambition or greed. We want a just system, an independent judiciary and a professional police force.

“Despite all the sabotage and plotting (towards the Sept 16 plan), our desire to bring about a new dawn for Malaysia will never be quashed,” he told a 4,000-strong crowd at the Malawati stadium in Shah Alam, Selangor.

He later moved on to other topics, including the economy and the Sarawak state elections.

He evaded the press conference too

In a copy of his speech distributed to reporters, Anwar conceded there were setbacks to his plan but said the party’s “march to victory” had merely been delayed.

He did not explain the reasons in the written speech, which he did not read out at the congress.

The 61-year-old ex-deputy premier also evaded a press conference held during a break later. The media session was instead attended by his wife, party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and a few other party leaders.

anwar ibrahim pkr national congress 291108 01Many were expecting Anwar to issue a proper explanation at the congress over his failure to meet his self-imposed deadline of toppling the BN-led federal government.

Prior to September 16, Anwar had consistently said he had enough BN lawmakers to defect to the opposition alliance, Pakatan Rakyat, and obtain a simple majority to form government.

Following his failure to topple the government, the PKR leader merely attributed the reasons to purported harassment from the authorities on those who intended to defect to Pakatan but did not reveal any names or details on the ‘defectors’.

Party deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali at the opening of the party’s Youth and Women’s wings meet yesterday said Anwar and Wan Azizah would explain on the September 16 plan today.

However, Wan Azizah also did not offer any explanations in her policy speech this morning.

Despite the lack of an explanation this morning, party officials and Wan Azizah said Anwar will elaborate on the matter at a ceramah (political talk) at the stadium tonight.

Vice-president Azmin Ali said the explanation will be made at the ceramah instead of the official congress because “the ceramah is also part of the congress”.

New target – Sarawak state election

Meanwhile, in his speech, Anwar said the party will mobilise its big guns to Sarawak to start preparing for the Sarawak state election.

He said a rally is being planned next month in the state to kick off the party’s campaign.

Party officials said they expect the state election to be called by June next year, although it is officially not due until 2011.

“Hopefully there will be change in Sarawak and hopefully, there will be a bigger change in the country,” he said, before ending his speech.

Anwar’s speech was preceded by speeches from several multi-racial leaders including former MCA Wanita leader Tan Yee Kew and Sarawak’s Ngemah state assemblyperson Gabriel Adit. Adit, who was an independent state assemblyperson, joined PKR early this month.

Azizah slams power transition plan

Posted in Pakatan Rakyat with tags on November 30, 2008 by ckchew

Rahmah Ghazali | November 29, 2008

PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today slammed the March transition plan of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy, Najib Tun Razak, saying it would not bring any positive changes to the country.

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pkr national congress 291108 wan azizahDuring a policy speech at the PKR annual congress in Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam this morning, she told the 4000-strong crowd that the transition plan would only impact the nation in a negative way.

“We are here to stress that the transition plan between the prime minister and his deputy, Najib Abdul Razak will not make any positive changes to the damage that has been done to the judicial system, the police, the Anti-Corruption Agency and Parliament,” she said.

Wan Azizah, who is also former Permatang Pauh MP and the wife of PKR de-facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, said the transition plan would be “no different than the old regime”, referring to the tenure of Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“It will have so much similarities with the old regime, where the Internal Security Act and corruption were widely practised. The same regime also contributed to the terrible erosion of government institutions,” she added.

The transition plan, which was originally planned for June 2010, had to be pushed forward to next March after Abdullah was forced to review his departure date after losing support from Umno grassroots in the wake of the huge loses suffered by Barisan Nasional in the last general election.

Najib, who is Umno deputy chief, last month won the leadership of the ruling party unopposed, paving the way for him to be appointed prime minister next March.

Touching on the good relationship between the political parties in Pakatan Rakyat, Wan Azizah also reiterated PKR’s commitment to DAP and PAS, saying the opposition coalition would do all in its power to preserve the special position of the Malay rulers, Malays, Islam and Bahasa Melayu.

“In fact, we are willing to return royal immunity in the spirit of a constitutional monarchy. This is the real meaning of the change we are committed to bringing to the country,” she said.

However, she clarified in a press conference later that she was not talking about the restoration of royal immunity per se but restoring the power of the Agong in the law-making process.

According to Wan Azizah, she was referring to restoring the Agong’s power to reject a Bill in enacting a new law. At present, any bill that is not assented by the Agong will be passed in 30 days.

Growing support from Sabah and Sarawak

Wan Azizah today also vowed to pull off an “incredible performance” during Sarawak’s state election next year. She said PKR had thousands of new members, mostly from Sabah and Sarawak, a strong indication of winds of change sweeping the two states.

pkr national congress 291108 raja petra“If we were able to gain power in Sabah and Sarawak during the previous general election, we could have formed a new federal government by now. Insya’Allah this hope will materialise when the time comes,” said the 56-year-old politician.

She added that PKR was currently in the midst of strengthening the party’s relationship with the two states to “ensure a more successful future” with them.

“We are also committed to our promise – where 20 percent of petroleum and oil revenues in Sabah and Sarawak will be given back to the people.

“We also promise to give more pro-active roles to these states at the federal level if we are chosen to lead the country one day,” stressed Wan Azizah.