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Anwar: Kepimpinan KeADILan dan amanat harapan rakyat

Posted in Anwar Ibrahim with tags , on February 28, 2009 by ckchew

Ucapan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim kepada kepimpinan PKR “Amanat Harapan” 28 Februari 2009 di Hotel Quality Shah Alam

Hadirin Sekalian,

Himpunan hari ini menjadi bukti kepada bulatnya tekad serta matlamat kita semua untuk berbakti kepada negara dan rakyat negara ini. Bersama rakan-rakan dalam Pakatan Rakyat, kita akan pastikan Perubahan mengambil tempat dan menyempurnakan janji untuk membawa Harapan Baru kepada negara ini.

Tidak lama dahulu ramai yang percaya parti ini tidak ada masa hadapan. Mereka mentertawakan hasrat serta cita-cita kita. Muncullah nujum-nujum politik yang meramalkan kepupusan PKR kerana tidak percaya politik baru yang kita bawa; sebuah negara yang benar-benar bersatu dan tidak terperangkap dengan politik sentimen perkauman yang sempit.

Kepada rakan-rakan sekalian percayalah bahtera perjuangan ini tidak akan karam. Jangan sesekali keutuhan tekad perjuangan kita melonggar lemah.

Kepada mereka yang masih tersemat keraguan, percayalah kepada keluhuran akal budi rakyat, bukannya nujum-nujum yang sebenarnya masih terus mendokong regim korup. Parti ini sudahpun memasuki tahun yang ke 10 dan perjuangan kita mulai menunjukkan hasil. Yakinilah haluan tepat negara ini berada di tangan-tangan kita.

MASA YANG SUKAR
Ini adalah saat-saat sukar buat Malaysia. Ekonomi negara berada di ambang kemelesetan. Kita lihat kilang-kilang ditutup, perniagaan mulai terkesan akibat merudumnya ekonomi dan pengangguran pastinya mencecah ratusan ribu di akhir tahun ini. Rakyat Malaysia akan menempuh saat-saat sukar.

Malangnya menteri kewangan sekonyong-konyong terpinga-pinga dan hanya semalam terkejut menyatakan bahawa tidak ada yang menjangka kedudukan ekonomi sebegini parah. Walhal kita bersama mengungkap permasalahan ini enam bulan sebelumnya ketika membahas belanjawan tahun lalu.

Namun ketegangan kaum yang direkayasa demi meraih keuntungan politik masih berlaku. Nilai-nilai yang menjadi teras masyarakat Malaysia; kepercayaan kepada Tuhan dan menghormati Sistem Raja Berperlembagaan dimanipulasi oleh politik sempit untuk melaga-lagakan di antara satu kaum dengan yang lainnya serta digunakan untuk mempertikaikan kesetian terutamanya pendokong Pakatan Rakyat terhadap Negara.

Sedangkan mereka pada masa yang sama menginjak-injak Semangat Keperlembagaan negara ini, yang menjanjikan kepada seluruh rakyat negara ini hak untuk bebas bersuara dan berhimpun.

Perkembangan politik tanah air mutakhir ini meletakkan Pakatan Rakyat di persimpangan jalan. Kita berdepan dengan propaganda yang menggembling emosi tiga R – Race, Religion and Royalty – bangsa, agama dan raja. Tiga isu emotif ini bertapak dan memunyai akar yang meresap dalam dalam psikologi orang Melayu.

Sekiranya rakyat tidak mendapat penjelasan yang kukuh dan persuasif tentang isu hakiki ini mereka akan diperdayakan dengan pujukan simbol-simbol tentang bangsa, agama dan raja dan akan mengakibatkan pemikiran mereka kembali sempit, mundur dan kembali ke zaman feudal, bertentangan dengan semangat perjuangan pahlawan dan pendita bangsa- Dr Burhanuddin al Helmy, Dato’ Onn Jaafar, Ahmad Boestamam dan Pendita Bangsa.

Kita menyakini kita mempunyai hujah-hujah yang cerah, jitu dan persuasif untuk menangani propaganda Umno yang memperolok simbol-simbol bangsa, agama dan raja yang semata-mata digunakan untuk mengekalkan kekuasaan dan menutup pekong rasuah, jenayah dan penyalahgunaan kuasa.

Sebaliknya kita mempunyai iltizam yang ikhlas dan sahih terhadap kepentingan dan kedudukan istimewa bangsa Melayu dan bumiputera, serta agama Islam yang dihuraikan dari perspektif sejagat dan berteraskan prinsip keadilan, tradisi ilmu, Bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa rasmi dan prinsip raja beperlembagaan.

Rakyat benci dengan sikap sombong pemerintah, rasuah dan pembohongan yang dilakukan dengan berterusan. Tindakan ini perlu dimulai dengan membina muafakat yang berlandaskan ilmu di kalangan pimpinan dan penggerak parti.

Justeru itu kita perlu menggembleng semua idealisme,cita-cita dan hasrat rakyat untuk berdepan dengan momokan dan putar belit sentimen perkauman sempit Umno.

Keadilan telah mula mengambil langkah-langkah untuk mengungkap persoalan Islam dari perspektif sejagat dan inklusif yang berlandaskan tradisi ilmu. Sekarang propaganda Umno telah memutarbelit isu raja-raja Melayu untuk menimbulkan kekeliruan dan kekeruhan di dalam pemikiran rakyat. Kekeruhan ini perlu dijernihkan kembali.

Isu raja-raja Melayu perlu ditangani dengan sikap serhana, berhikmah tetapi tegas. Ia juga harus mencermin pemikiran arus perdana, dan bukannya retorika yang terpinggir. Selain dari hujah-hujah Islam dan keadilan sejagat, perspektif progresif dalam sejarah dan kebudayaan Melayu perlu dinukilkan.

Dalam konteks ini tiga sikap terhadap raja perlu dibentangkan: pertama sikap Hang Tuah yang setia membuta tuli, kedua sikap Hang Jebat yang menderhaka dan menumpahkan darah rakyat yang tidak berdosa, di antara keduanya adalah Bendahara Paduka Raja, yang setia lagi bijaksana.

Sikap Bendahara Paduka Raja boleh dibandingkan dengan pendirian Edmund Burke yang berdepan dengan revolusi Perancis, dan Hang Jebat seorang Jacobin. Kaitannya pemikiran Edmund Burke kepada kita adalah kerana beliau seorang reformis, mendukung Glorious Revolution( Revolusi Gemilang), revolusi parlimen yang membataskan kuasa raja, dan ahli parlimen yang menentang penyalahgunaan kuasa yang dibuktikan dalam sikap beliau menuntut Warran Hastings meletakkan jawatan.

Perlu disebutkan juga tafsiran Bernard Mandeville dalam The Grumbling Hive terhadap ungkapan rex non potest peccarre – the king can do no wrong – dengan bait: But Kings, that could not wrong, because Their Power was circumscribed by Laws.

Kerajaan Umno-Bn menjadikan negara ini lumpuh. Mereka tidak mampu untuk membuat keputusan demi kesejahteraan rakyat kerana apa yang diperjuangkan adalah keuntungan politik semata-mata.

Apa tidaknya harga barang terus melonjak tinggi; tol dinaikkan dan hanya ditangguhkan sejenak menjelang pilihanraya kecil. Keutamaan bagi memastikan negara terus makmur serta kebajikan rakyat dipelihara ternyata diabaikan sedangkan kemelesetan mula memberi dampak.

Penubuhan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia dan Suruhanjaya Perlantikan Kehakiman gagal memenuhi harapan rakyat untuk melihat sebuah badan yang bertindak bebas dari pengaruh Umno-Bn. Rasuah masih berleluasa dan kedaulatan undang-undang seperti dicabut taringnya.

Umno-BN lebih mementingkan politik kabilah ketimbang menyelesaikan masalah sebenar yang dihadapi oleh rakyat Malaysia. Manakala itu suratkhabar arus perdana masih tidak mahu memaparkan maklumat tepat berhubung salah guna kuasa mahupun keadaan ekonomi negara, sedangkan pemuka-pemuka negara gagal melaksanakan tanggungjawab mereka.

Ini menjadikan tanggungjawab yang digalas kita semakin berat; untuk menyahkan segala bentuk rasuah dan kemunduran, untuk bangkit agar tidak terperangkap dengan permasalahan titik bengit serta kebencian yang disebabkan kekeliruan ciptaan politik jijik.

SUDAH TIBA MASANYA UNTUK SEDAR DARI LAMUNAN
Menjelang ulangtahun 8 Mac 2009, marilah kita semua merenung kembali samada kita sudahpun berusaha sedaya mungkin untuk memenuhi cita-cita Perubahan yang kita jana. Adakah kepimpinan parti melakukan yang terbaik bagi menyampaikan mesej Ketuanan Rakyat kepada rakyat.

Janganlah kerana kejayaan yang sedikit itu membuatkan kita berpuas hati. Jangan lah pula sesekali kita menyerah kepada serangan demi serangan yang datang segenap penjuru, direkayasa demi mencemar imej parti.

Kekecewaan jangan dibiarkan hinggap, penat lelah berjuang pasti disusuli kemanisan kemenangan.
Kita tidak boleh lagi bersikap sambil lewa dalam menunaikan amanah yang dipertanggungjawabkan. Ini bukanlah masanya untuk mendabik dada siapa kah yang paling banyak berkorban.

Masih segar dalam ingatan apabila dipasung dalam penjara, betapa saya terkesan dengan keberanian saudara, tersentuh akan kesetian para pendokong serta didorong dengan pengorbanan rakan-rakan seperjuangan menentang kezaliman.

Kita mesti kembali menggilap semangat perjuangan bagi memastikan Perubahan terlaksana dan parti yang dicintai ini diperkasa.

Masa untuk berbulan madu sudah tamat. Banyak lagi peperangan yang kita mesti menangi. Raikanlah kemenangan kita dengan penuh sikap tawaduk dan bersedia menghadapi cabaran yang lebih getir. Bulan-bulan mendatang menjanjikan halangan-halangan baru yang memperlihatkan wajah sebenar regim Umno-Bn yang sanggup menggunakan undang-undang kuku besi demi menghalang kemaraan kita.

MEMBAHARUI TEKAD

Rakyat Malaysia dahagakan Perubahan. Mereka mahukan ianya direalisasikan. Mereka mahukan pemimpin yang menjadikan rakyat sebagai agenda utama serta sebuah negara yang bersih dari rasuah serta salah guna kuasa.

Apabila rakyat memilih kita, mereka mahukan iklim politik yang berlainan; memimpin dengan penuh sikap tawaduk serta berbicara dengan penuh hemah. Oleh itu kita mesti berusaha bukan sahaja sekadar memenuhi harapan mereka bahkan mesti lebih baik. Kita mesti belajar untuk mengakui kesilapan dan memastikan ianya tidak lagi berulang.

Kita percaya politik adalah wadah buat kita berbakti kepada rakyat. Makanya kita bertanggungjawab baik terhadap sesama kita dan juga terhadap rakyat. Perjuangan kita berasaskan keyakinan untuk memastikan negara ini kembali berada di landasan yang tepat.

Izinkan saya menukil sepotong ayat dari esei tulisan Vaclav Havel yang berjudul “Paradise Lost”:
“Those who find themselves in politics therefore bear a heightened responsibility for the moral state of society, and it is their responsibility to seek out the best in that society, to develop and strengthen it.”

(“Mereka yang berada dalam politik sesungguhnya memikul tanggungjawab besar terhadap apa jua keadaan masyarakat dan adalah kewajipan mereka membangunkan masyarakat itu dengan segala kekuatan dan yang terbaik darinya”)

Saya menyeru kepimpinan Keadilan untuk membaharui komitmen mereka kepada rakyat. Tidak kira mereka yang berkhidmat dalam Biro Politik, MPT, Ahli Parlimen mahupun ADUN, juga kepimpinan parti di seluruh negara, kita mesti memastikan rakyat adalah agenda kita. Tunaikanlah amanah dengan berkesan dan penuh tanggungjawab.

Ingatlah perjuangan Parti Keadilan Rakyat tidak berasaskan ideologi kabilah, teras kita adalah perjuangan menegakkan keadilan dan merangkul semua tanpa mengira batasan kaum mahupun kepercayaan. Ini juga tentulah tidak asing dari seruan li-ta’arafu yang berasaskan ayat Al Quran Wahai umat manusia!

Sesungguhnya Kami telah menciptakan kamu dari lelaki dan perempuan, dan Kami telah menjadikan kamu berbagai bangsa dan bersuku puak, supaya kamu berkenal-kenalan( Al Hujurat: 13)

Manakala Confucius di dalam Analect, Buku 12, dan dirumuskan oleh pengarang terkenal Han Su Yin, ada mengatakan Si hai zhi nie jie xiong di, yang bermaksud “Empat lautan terbentang luas, Semua manusia bersaudara.”

Oleh yang demikian, kita punya ruang yang luas bagi semua suku kaum di negara ini untuk bersama merealisasikan impian ketuanan rakyat yang merupakan harapan baru untuk Malaysia.

Dari Perlis ke Johor merentasi lautan hingga kesabah dan Sarawak, Keadilan harus bergerak dengan kesungguhan memperjelas serta meraih keyakinan rakyat agar tiada lagi keraguan untuk melakukan perubahan bersama kita kearah masa depan yang lebih gemilang.

STRATEGI
Justeru itu, kita perlu memperkukuhkan jentera serta memperkuat semangat, kita juga harus memikirkan secara bersama bagi mendapatkan dana untuk parti.

Untuk itu, saya telah meminta setiausaha agung parti agar membawa parti ke hadapan untuk menyahut cabaran tersebut. Mulai saat ini juga, pihak sekretariat akan lebih memberi tumpuan kearah pengukuhan akar umbi diseluruh negara.

Bagi mencapai tujuan itu, kita akan memastikan sekurang-kurangnya satu mesyuarat dan ceramah diadakan pada setiap bulan oleh setiap negeri dan bahagian. Manakala ketua penerangan di setiap negeri akan diminta untuk melaporkan kepada ibu pejabat parti setiap bulan bagi membincangkan perkembangan terkini serta arahan dan langkah selanjutnya.

Pengambilan ahli-ahli baru harus ditingkatkan kerana ia adalah salah satu strategi kita bagi menghadapi pilihanraya di masa depan.

Tahun-tahun kebelakangan ini, anda telah mempamerkan semangat kesungguhan dalam perjuangan. Namun demikian kita seharusnya akur bahawa masih terdapat kekurangan dan kelemahan, masih ada ruang untuk kita memperbaiki serta melakukan peningkatan.

Kita juga mahukan penyertaan yang lebih berkesan daripada rakan-rakan yang baru menyertai parti. Kita mesti terus melangkah ke hadapan, manakala mereka yang ada bersama kita pada hari ini adalah mereka yang komited dan sanggup berkerja keras untuk membawa parti ini ketahap yang lebih tinggi.

Perjuangan ini akan mencapai matlamatnya jika setiap daripada kita mengerti akan pentingnya semangat kerja berpasukan.Bahtera telahpun menarik sauh tanda pelayaran sudah bermula, ayuh bersama kita melakar sejarah yang penuh gemilang.

Kepada anda yang telah meraih undi daripada rakyat, adalah teramat penting mendapatkan sokongan berterusan dari rakyat untuk terus bersama melayari bahtera perjuangan.

Buat anda yang telah diberi tanggungjawab dengan memegang jawatan-jawatan dalam parti, diharap dapat menjalankan amanah tersebut dengan berusaha lebih gigih demi memartabatkan perjuangan keadilan.

Masa semakin berlalu , ia telah membawa kita hampir kepada Pilihanraya Umum sekali lagi, oleh itu amatlah penting buat kita merebut setiap detik bagi membina kekuatan perjuangan menegakkan keadilan.

Dengan situasi ketidaktentuan ekonomi serta kerapuhan dalaman pihak lawan, ia seharusnya memberi kita kelebihan untuk terus mara kehadapan. Tambahan pula, keyakinan yang ditunjukkan rakyat terhadap kepimpinan Pakatan Rakyat masih tetap utuh. Ini semua hasil dari kesungguhan kita yang selama ini senantiasa menumpukan untuk terus berkhidmat demi masyarakat.

ISU KEWANGAN
Menyedari bahawa kita tidak mempunyai kekuatan kewangan seperti BN, namun kita tidak akan sesekali tunduk kepada politik wang apatah lagi menyalahgunakan kuasa yang diamanahkan bagi mencapai matlamat perjuangan.

PENUTUP
Kita akan tetap bergantung kepada dukungan rakyat yang menyokong agenda membawa perubahan untuk terus memberikan bantuan kewangan bagi membolehkan kita menjana kemenangan.

Adalah menjadi prinsip kita selama ini bahawa kualiti kepimpinan serta komited melakukan perubahan dan pembaharuan dalam memperjuangkan kehendak rakyat adalah merupakan asset terpenting demi merealisasikan impian membina Malaysia Baru.

RM120mil taxpayer’s money approved by bn federal gov’t for cronies in mic

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on February 28, 2009 by ckchew
By Baradan Kuppusamy

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — A former confidant of Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has alleged that MIC misappropriated a government allocation meant to help the hardcore poor in the Indian community.

The charge was made by P. Chitrakala Vasu, former CEO of MIED, the MIC’s education arm, at a dramatic “tell-all” press conference in Petaling Jaya today.

Chitrakala, who lodged two police reports in Subang Jaya today, turned up at the press conference with guns blazing, blaming Samy Vellu for a variety of ills faced by the MIC and the Indian community.

She told of how the party misused government funds to shore up support for party leaders, including Samy Vellu, in the runup to the MIC elections.

According to her, the party had asked the federal government for an allocation of RM120 million to be paid out over four years to help poor Indians, as voters from the community had stopped backing the Barisan Nasional government.

After the elections Chitrakala said Samy Vellu had instructed her to put up a paper and ask for government funds for hardcore projects to win over the Indians who had gone to the opposition.

“I prepared a paper outlining eight categories of hardcore poor needing urgent assistance,” Chitrakala said and “we asked for RM30 million a year over four years for the projects to be undertaken by the Yayasan Pemulihan Sosial or YPS”.

‘The Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) was very happy with the paper and agreed to approve the funds. He open the MIC AGM and announced his approval of the funds,” she said.

However the Finance ministry wanted the YPS management team strengthened before payment was made. They wanted new people on the board, meaning fewer people beholden to Samy Vellu.

By the time the first instalment was to be paid out to YPS, Datuk Seri Najib Razak had become Finance Minister and wanted further “strengthening” of YPS.

He also decided not to give RM30 million at one go.

Instead instalment payments of RM10 million each was to have been paid out while a report was to be prepared before the next tranche could be released.

The first instalment of RM10 million was disbursed in December 2008.

But Chitrakala claims that the money is intended for the pockets of MIC branch chairmen and supporters of the incumbent leadership team instead. MI

Who is najib Altantuya to say Perak Asembly sitting cannot be held?

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on February 28, 2009 by ckchew

By SK English Team

Less than 24 hours after Perak Speaker V Sivakumar called an emergency sitting of the legislative assembly, Deputy Premier Najib Abdul Razak has begun giving the runaround in a bid to cling to power in a state where his name is no longer a welcomed word.

“It cannot be held because there has been a court action,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama. “Whatever it is, we have to wait for the decision of the court first. We have to first establish the status of the Perak government in terms of the constitution.”

The scandal-plagued Najib, who is also incoming Umno president, was referring to a court case filed against BN Menteri Besar Zambry Kadir by Pakatan Rakyat MB Nizar Jamaluddin.

Shot back Tian Chua, KeADILan information chief: “The ongoing legal suit doesn’t in any way affect the status or the powers of the Speaker. That suit disputes the legality of the MB.

“The purpose of the emergency sitting on Tuesday is to table a motion of confidence in Nizar as Menteri Besar and another to dissolve the state assembly. How can you mix up the suit with the sitting? The logic needs to be checked.”

More cheating had been expected

Najib’s reaction has been expected. Being the one who hatched the plot to replace the Pakatan government in Perak with his own Umno-BN line-up, a reversal of fortunes now would be embarrassing and untimely.

Already, the unpopular 55-year old is trying hard to consolidate power ahead of succeeding Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on April 1.

Civil society groups too have warned of dire consequences for the nation at both international level and at home if Najib and his coalition disregarded the rule of law and continued to abuse the federal apparatus in their bid to cling to office.

“This episode has washed up a lot of dirt and the debris that we are seeing is the result of democratic processes not being allowed to find expression at the ballot box and elsewhere,” said Ramon Navaratnam, president of Transparency International Malaysia.

“Increasingly, it has become apparent that the federal apparatus is being abused to further the position of the politicians of the day. But this is a very dangerous precedent and bears a very heavy cost – not least to the image of country at the international level but also at home.”

Get out & Get lost, PKR opportunists told

Posted in Anwar Ibrahim with tags , on February 28, 2009 by ckchew

With three by-elections around the corner, PKR is in serious mood. And the party has to be.

MCPX

Today, PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim sets the tone for the tough battles ahead by calling on all party leaders and members to strengthen the  party from the core.

Speaking at a special meeting for PKR legislators and other key party leaders in Shah Alam, Anwar said one of the major steps needed to strengthen PKR is to rid the party of opportunists.

Without naming names, he told his party chiefs that there were members who emailed him specifically to request for titles and posts in the party.

“Some of them even threatened me by saying that they will leave the party if they don’t get any posts. If they want to leave the party just because of this, let them leave,” Anwar told his audience of some 300 people gathered in a Shah Alam hotel this afternoon.

He stressed it was better for such selfish people to leave as they would be liabilities to the party.

Anwar, both casual in mood and dress, seemed to give Sarawak voters something to look forward to in the upcoming by-election in Batang Ai by focusing on native customary rights (NCR) land issue in the state.

“But this is not only Sarawak’s issue, but a national issue,” he said, promising that land problems will feature prominently in the coming Batang Ai campaign.

PKR is expected to vie for the Batang Ai seat and among those present at the event today were key PKR leaders from Sarawak, including its potential candidate Nicholas Bawin.

Bawin, the Sarawak PKR deputy chair, is a known advocate of the rights of indigenous groups in Sarawak to own NCR lands and have them titled.

On the proposed on-off toll hike, Anwar lashed at the government for their incompetency, saying that it was nothing short of lip service by the government.

“Trust me, after the by-election in Batang Ai (Sarawak), the toll increase will be put back on track as it was postponed for only a short period of time…this is definitely Umno-BN culture,” he said.

However, he conceded that the current political scenario has put Pakatan Rakyat at a crossroad as they are now faced with an “emotional propaganda – three R’s – race, religion, and royalty.”

“These three emotive issues have developed into the Malay’s psychology.

“If the people are not shown the real picture on these issues, they will be fooled by persuasion on the symbols of race, religion and royalty, which will bring their way of thinking back into the feudal era,” said Anwar.

‘Police acting like Umno tools’

At a press conference later, the PKR supremo slammed the police for arresting the PKR parliamentarian for Kapar, S Manikavasagam, earlier today for lodging a police report against the authorities for denying medical treatment for detained Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar.

“He and the supporters were just defending their friends in detention but it looks like the police have become the tools for Umno,” said Anwar.

Earlier in the afternoon, about 300 Hindraf supporters had gathered in front of the Brickfields police station in Kuala Lumpur to demand proper medical attention for Uthayakumar, only to be sprayed by chemical-laced water by the police.

This also resulted in the arrest of 17 people including Manikavasagam and Police Watch and Human Rights Committee co-ordinator S Jayathas.

“What is wrong in lodging police reports? They’re not even disrupting the traffic. It is not healthy for the police to obstruct anybody from doing so,” said Anwar. Mkini

Another BIG TIME Flip-Flop by bn: Home Ministry rescinds gazette on word ‘Allah’ after gazetted it!!

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on February 28, 2009 by ckchew

KOTA KINABALU, Feb 28 — The Home Ministry has rescinded a government gazette that allowed conditional use of the word ‘Allah’ in Christian publications with immediate effect.

Admitting that there was a mistake in enacting the gazette that resulted in confusion over the word in question, Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the government’s decision to ban the use of the word “Allah” in Herald-The Catholic Weekly remained in force until the court decided otherwise.

The government had recently ordered a ban on the Herald‘s Malay edition until the court makes its decision, as part of conditions for it to be allowed to continue publishing in English, Chinese and Tamil.

‘There is a judicial review on the matter and we leave it to the court to decide. I think there was a mistake in enacting the gazette. When we made a mistake I must admit that there is a need look at it thoroughly.

‘As there was a mistake… so it is better we make a correction,’ he told reporters today.

Syed Hamid was commenting on the call by the Malaysian Islamic Da’wah Foundation (Yadim) earlier today, urging the government to withdraw permission for the conditional use of the word ‘Allah’ in Christian publications.

Its chairman Datuk Mohd Nakhaie Ahmad said the government had not acted wisely in allowing the use of the word in Christian publications which he said could anger Muslims not only in the country but also throughout the world.

A government gazette dated Feb 16 has stated that documents and publications relating to Christianity containing the world ‘Allah’ are prohibited unless the words ‘FOR CHRISTIANITY’ was written on their front cover.

The condition was contained in an order entitled “Internal Security (Prohibition on Use of Specific Words on Document and Publication) Order 2009”.

Paragraph 2(1) of the order reads: The printing, publication, sale, issue, circulation and possession of any document and publication relating to Christianity containing the words Allah, Kaabah, Baitullah and solat are prohibited unless on the front cover of the document and publication are written with the words ‘FOR CHRISTIANITY’. — Bernama

MIED – CEO lodges police reports: The plot thickens in MIC

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on February 28, 2009 by ckchew

The plot thickens in MIC education arm’s financial fiasco as the chief executive officer of Maju Institute for Education Development (MIED), P Chithirakala Vasu, 38, today lodged two police reports disputing all claims of misdeeds involving some missing contract documents.

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Breaking her silence for the first time since the allegations erupted in December, 38-year-old Chithirakala told reporters today that she can no longer stay mum over claims of wrongdoings in awarding contracts as MIC party president S Samy Vellu had gone out all out to damage her image.

Chithirakala, who has served at the MIED for the past 14 years, was told to go on leave pending an internal investigation into the alleged irregularities in giving out maintenance contracts for the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) University.

However, she lodged a report this morning at the Shah Alam police station that RM2 million of donations which were collected to help the tsunami victims in 2004 under the Ministry of Works, when Samy was its minister, was transferred to the account of MIC’s social welfare arm Yayasan Pemulihan Sosial (YPS).

According to her, Samy had said that the cash was extras from the funds that were collected and intended for future use for the people of Sri Lanka (where an ongoing civil war has caused the loss of hundreds of lives).

“Sometime in late February 2008 (just before the March 8 election), Samy called me on my mobile phone and informed me that the Ministry of Works treasury would be transferring a sum of RM2 million into YPS and asked me to place the sum in fixed deposit,” she stated.

In a move to clear her name, Chithirakala noted that she was now making the report “to avoid the possibility of Samy using the RM2 million for any other unauthorised purpose and putting the blame on me”.

Heated argument with Samy

Chithirakala also revealed that YPS had received a grant of RM120 million for three years to execute assistance for those who are financially and socially-challenged.

The grant, according to Chithirakala, who was the CEO of YPS until recently, was given four times a year in RM10 million instalments beginning this year.

However, although the money was supposed to be used for those who were identified to be financially-challenged, Samy had tried to use it for those he preferred.

Chithirakala, in another report, claimed that her personal files which were kept in her office in the MIC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur were missing and engaged the assistance of the police to retrieve her files as she was told to stay out of the premises until further notice.

She had also described the sequence of events since their fallout on Dec 31, where Chithirakala had noted that she had an “heated argument” with Samy when he made baseless allegations linking her to another senior MIED board member.

“At one point I raised my voice and challenged him to sack me and that I will meet him in court. My reaction angered him and he uttered (that) the court is not the place we will meet. I (Samy) will make sure that the police arrest and embarrasses you,” stated Chithirakala.

Ever since, more than six show-cause letters have been issued to Chithirakala as well as police reports by MIC vice-president S Sothinathan of missing files pertaining to the contracts awarded to AIMST.

On Jan 2, Chithirakala said she had went to her office only to discover that there were “individuals waiting to conduct an audit on the accounts of MIED”.

Asked to make unauthorised payments

“I cooperated and handed to them the company documents that they had requested…in the meantime, I gave my replies to the show-cause letters given on Dec 31 with all the original supporting documents.

“At around 2pm on the same day, the MIED board meeting commenced and I was not called to attend…(but) just before the meeting I was slapped with yet another show-cause letter and gave my reply immediately. (However later) Samy created a scene in the MIED office and I was told to leave pending the completion of the investigation,” she said in the report.

“I left without even taking my personal documents and files…later that day I learnt that a lot of my files were removed from the MIED office using lorries on Samy’s instructions to an undisclosed location,” she said.

Chithirakala, who was once amongst Samy notable favourites, also revealed the party head’s unorthodox ways in managing government awarded funds and donations.

“There came a point after he (Samy) had lost the election when he wanted me to make a payment of RM2 million to a particular contractor without any documentation.

“It was for the landscape contractor whose contract which initially was at RM27 million rose to RM30 million but there were authorised receipts for the exceeded amount and yet in addition to that Samy wanted to pay RM2 million in compensation,” she said.

However, Chithirakala said she had refused to submit the payments and that angered Samy.

“He wanted me to pay the contractor without proper documents. I am a chartered accountant, it is not my job to question who he (Samy) is giving contracts to but when it comes to payments I have to make sure that it is legitimate.

“We have projects managers and we have quantity surveyors who certify all the work that have been done and we pay according to the certificate of completion signed by the consultants and professionals,” said Chithirakala.

Asked if she had ever done anything wrong when requested by Samy, Chithirakala said: “There have been occasions, but I have always avoided such things.”

‘Hijacking of MIED & AIMST’

She said the incident over the payment to the contractor was what led to what she described as the “hijacking of MIED and AIMST”.

“I took over as the accountant in 1995 when MIED was still very small and I helped in developing the education arm and I am proud to say that we are now worth RM1 billion,” said Chithirakala.

Chithirakala claimed that as Samy’s days as the MIC president “were numbered” following the lost of his stronghold in Sungai Siput, he wanted to hold onto his position in MIED and release it from the hold of MIC.

“The bulk of the RM1 billion is in AMIST and now that he is the chancellor of the university, he wants to remain as the chancellor and the chairman of MIED…(and) the only way to maintain this is to remove MIED from MIC,” she said, adding that Samy was even pushing to replace the arm’s 35 board members.

She added that although it was legally possible, it was not the “morally right” thing to do as MIED was developed under MIC.

“It is very wrong because I cannot let what happen to Maika Holdings (MIC’s investment arm) happen to MIED,” said Chithirakala, also revealing suspicions that Samy was plotting to replace her with his son, Vel Paari, who is also the CEO of Maika Holdings.

The mother of four said that she had bravely come out today despite warning from her lawyers, instead of hiding.

“There are people taking photos of me and observing my house constantly…he (Samy) can do anything but I can’t as I am just an ordinary person,” expressed Chithirakala, who soon after broke down into tears.

Malay Mail web editor resigns over nude photo row

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on February 28, 2009 by ckchew

Malay Mail website editor U-En Ng has resigned over the newspaper’s coverage of the controversy surrounding the revealing photos of Selangor executive councillor Elizabeth Wong.

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Ng made public his decision to resign during a forum titled ‘Privacy: Does it exist in Malaysia? Is it time to legislate?’ organised by the Bar Council last night.

According to Sin Chew Daily today, Ng who was a speaker at the forum, said the reports on Wong’s private photos failed to establish the truth and instead created more problems.

Matter of principle

He stressed that the media must practice self-regulation and avoid reporting news that invades personal privacy.

Thus, Ng said that his decision to resign was a matter of principle.

However, Ng agreed that an invasion of privacy in the name of public interest may sometimes be warranted, such as in the case of a government official being bribed in their own home.

Malay Mail was among two newspapers which broke the news that Wong’s revealing photos were making rounds in public on Feb 16.  Mkini