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Yahoo! Merdeka gift from bn govt: Gov’t announces petrol price hike

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on August 31, 2009 by ckchew

The government today announced increases in pump prices with RON95 petrol which replaces RON92 will be sold at RM1.80 per litre.

Meanwhile, the price of RON97 has gone up to RM2.05 per litre beginning tomorrow.

The government has earlier warned that pump prices would increase on Sept 1.

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Perutusan Kemerdekaan: Semangat Kemerdekaan Menyanggah Perhambaan dan Membina Keyakinan Baru

Posted in Anwar Ibrahim with tags on August 31, 2009 by ckchew

Apabila mendekati tarikh 31hb Ogos, ingatan kita akan mengimbas kembali rentetan peristiwa dan perjuangan rakyat yang berkemuncak dengan Kemerdekaan. Tarikh tersebut terungkap sebagai tarikh keramat ,menjanjikan kebebasan daripada cengkaman penjajah dan menyelamatkan martabat hidup rakyat.

Persoalan yang menerjah kita semua ialah; bagaimana kita menghayati makna tarikh tersebut hari ini. Pergulatan ini menjadi penentu kepada persoalan makna diri kita sebagai rakyat Malaysia.Tekad baru untuk memahami makna diri Malaysia sebagai bangsa merdeka juga menuntut kita untuk memahami bagaimana kita menjadi tidak merdeka; bagaimana kita hilang kemerdekaan sebelum kita memperolehinya kembali.

Lebih dua ribu tahun yang lalu, Brutus bertanya warga Kota Rom “siapakah yang begitu hina sehingga mahu hidup sebagai hamba ?” Ceasar mahu memiliki kuasa yang tidak terbatas. Nafsunya sebegitu besar dan mahu memastikan Rom dalam genggamannya.

Pertentangan antara Brutus dengan Ceaser adalah pertentangan antara kebebasan menentang nafsu kekuasan tidak terbatas. Sejak negara kita merdeka kita masih bergelut dengan pertentangan ini. Kebebasan – kebebasan bersuara, kebebasan media, kebebasan institusi kehakiman sentiasa mahu disekat oleh penguasa. Oleh itu kita menginsafi hanya bangsa yang pernah melalui gelita penjajahan akan mengerti makna cahaya kemerdekaan. Bagitu juga, hanya diri yang pernah kebebasannya diragut akan menghargai nilai kebebasan.

Syarahan Perdana Professor Dr. Syed Muhammad Naguib al-Attas yang berjudul Islam Dalam Sejarah Dan Kebudayaan Melayu juga menghuraikan dengan panjang lebar peranan paksi tauhid sebagai aqidah menambat keyakinan baru yang menolak faham tahyul dan perhambaan, seterusnya menjadi pelantar kepada pemikiran yang berakar dengan tradisi aqliyah dan mencernakan budaya segar dengan bahasa Melayu sebagai pertuturan kepustakaan(lingua franca) rantau ini. Ratusan tahun berlalu yang sewajarnya tambah memperkukuh dan memantapkan semangat dan keyakinan baru tersebut.

Cantik sungguh puteri Palembang,
Sayang bersunting bunga pudak;
Betapa keras dilambung gelombang,
Kucacak tiang, kulayar jua.

Manakala melangkaui separuh abad kemerdekaan, kita rakyat Malaysia sewajarnya mempunyai kesedaran betapa Bahasa Melayu bukan sekadar bahasa pasar, bahasa komunikasi basahan untuk berjual beli. Bahasa Melayu adalah bahasa ilmu, bahasa tamadun dan bahasa untuk mengungkapkan pengalaman kemanusian yang paling mendalam dan luhur. Bahasa Melayu telah menjadi bahasa intelektual dan kerohanian untuk umat Islam, makanya Bahasa Melayu juga seharusnya menjadi bahasa intelektual dan kerohanian umat Budha, Hindu, Kristian dan lain-lain keyakinan.

Bahasa Melayu yang saya sebutkan di sini bukanlah bahasa milik orang Melayu semata-mata. Bahasa Melayu adalah milik rakyat dan bangsa Malaysia yang berketurunan Melayu, Cina, India, Kadazan, Dayak dan lain-lain. Bahasa Melayu adalah milik semua rakyat Malaysia.

Kemerdekaan mestilah tidak terperangkap dengan bahana dari politik sempit dan kelam sesebuah parti politik tertentu. Kemerdekaan perlu di lihat dari perspektif rakyat keseluruhannya ; perjuangan pelbagai kaum, menggunakan pelbagai wadah, dan melibatkan pelbagai aliran pemikiran. Sejarah ternyata mengajar kita bahawa Perjuangan Menuntut Kemerdekaan menerbitkan kesatuan semangat untuk menentang penjajah dan imperialisme Barat ketika itu.

Generasi terdahulu yang sama-sama berjuang untuk kemerdekaan, dan mereka yang menempuh zaman mudanya di masa awal kemerdekaan menjadi saksi kepada kepelbagaian aliran dan wadah perjuangan rakyat. Tetapi penulisan sejarah kemerdekaan yang disampaikan kepada generasi hari ini masih belum berlaku adil kerana fakta yang bercampur propaganda. Ini merupakan beban dan tanggungjawab kepada ahli-ahli sejarah kerana tanpa pensejarahan yang adil, kita tidak akan dapat melihat dan menemui makna dan rupa diri bangsa kita yang sebenarnya. Nama pejuang kemerdekaan seperti Dato’ Onn Jaafar, Ustaz Abu Bakar Baqir, Dr Burhanuddin al Helmy, Ahmad Boestamam, Mat Salleh, Panglima Rentap dan Rosli Dhobi tidak sewajarnya digelapkan dari sejarah menuntut kemerdekaan.

Kemerdekaan adalah untuk kebebasan dan keadilan. Inilah yang dijanjikan kepada kita pada 31 Ogos 1957. Sekiranya kita mahu berdegil untuk meneruskan saki baki peninggalan feudal, atau mahu memperkokohkan lembaga-lembaga sistem otoritarianisme, sudah pasti kita menjadi bangsa yang terpinggir. Bangsa Malaysia tidak miskin dengan sumber daya manusianya. Dengan paras pembangunan yang telah dicapai dan kekayaan yang kita miliki Malaysia boleh menjadi negara yang besar. Dan kita perlu yakin bahawa Malaysia boleh menjadi bangsa yang besar. Tetapi kita tidak boleh menjadi bangsa yang besar sekiranya rakyatnya tidak bebas dan merdeka.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Malays speaking without fear

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on August 31, 2009 by ckchew
By Nurul Izzah Anwar

AUG 31 — I can’t say that I know Datuk Zaid Ibrahim very well. Our past encounters have been limited to a fleeting hello in front of the steps of my alma mater, the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in 2006, another chat during a reception in honour of Datuk Ambiga Sreevanesagan in June and, most recently, at the PKR’s recent EGM. It’s amazing, but perhaps unsurprising that he has in these three years evolved from an ambiguous reformist in Umno into the conscience of all Malaysians.

I had always been impressed by his outspokenness, and his willingness to fearlessly voice out his views on issues of national importance is nothing short of inspirational. Zaid does not mince his words where many hesitate to call a spade a spade, especially where it matters the most.

An articulate Malay speaking out for a multiracial and progressive Malaysia is terribly important in this current political climate. For our own community, Zaid epitomises how the Malays might redefine ourselves, to re-imagine a world where we do not think that we are inferior or threatened but are rather confident in whom we are.

In reading Zaid’s book Saya Pun Melayu, I sense the need for Malays to embrace a new paradigm on what it means to be Malay. Many indeed are doing so and this is a heartening. “Malay” need no longer carry connotations of dependency on the state, insecurity or the crippling feeling alienation and the lack of self-worth.

The word “Malay” can and must eventually mean a call to embrace a broader Malaysian identity, along with a true, inclusive nationalism that is proud of who we are individually but also in what we have accomplished together. We can be sure of our identities and yet still be a part of something greater than all of us — and this is something all the ethnic groups in Malaysia ought to aspire to.

Zaid’s book highlights that fact that we need to look beyond the stereotypes and take an objective, albeit positive look at our community’s accomplishments. We have made great strides in business, the arts, education and the professions. Our success extends from Lembah Pantai where Malays own vibrant businesses selling products made by Malays to the flourishing nasi lemak stalls in Kota Baru.

We attend leading universities throughout the world, increasingly through our own merit. We can count internationally recognised choreographers, painters, cartoonists, writers, and film directors amongst our numbers.

Beyond these markers, our success can more often that not be seen at home through our everyday acts of compassion and sensitivity to others, which spread to our fellow Malaysians to become a national virtue. The kindness shown towards our children, parents and neighbours is perhaps one of the most important signs of who we Malays are as a community. These are real achievements that no one can or would want to take from us.

I’m not denying that we still have a long way to go in moving our community forward, nor am I unmindful that a lot of our successes would not have been in possible without the NEP and its institutions. However, it has become patently obvious that these structures are now holding the Malays back, and that the world has changed since then.

The Malays and, as a-matter-of-fact, all Malaysians need to change as well if we want to remain relevant in this world. We need to step away from our obsession with all things racial and realise that the project of nation-building is not a zero-sum game. Malaysia can never succeed until and unless its entire people feel like they are truly a part of it.

Why then does the old paradigm of ethnic insecurity persist? Why does suspicion and acrimony towards our fellow Malaysians and they towards us still linger? Why are mainstream newspapers calling for ethnic conflict, accusing minority communities of all sorts of ludicrous plots?

The sad reality is that these myths are being perpetuated by Umno and Barisan Nasional for their own gain. The fact is that Umno wants to keep the Malay community under its suzerainty forever. They do this by focusing on what we have supposedly not achieved, rather than acknowledging our gains and potential.

They claim to want to protect and uplift the Malay community, but all they have been doing for the last few years is playing on their fears and prejudices. The same can be said for the Barisan components with the non-Malays. This glass-half-empty mentality is being used by Umno/BN to protect each other and to ward off challenges to their stranglehold on power.

We’ve seen from the case of Zaid of how Umno demonises anyone who steps out of the pattern of complete loyalty to the party and who have different ideas on how to improve the livelihoods of Malays and Malaysians. We have also as of late seen their scare tactics in action. They have labelled people as “traitors” for calling for a new path of development for Malaysia. They prefer to protect their interests rather than allow the Malaysian people — especially the Malays — to benefit from reform, less corruption and more inclusion.

Umno also regrettably perpetuates the myth that the Malay community is perpetually under threat from their non-Malay counterparts, and that Umno is the only party that can save them from this supposed “servitude”. This, rather than anything else, is why race relations have gotten worse in Malaysia.

You cannot expect harmony in a country where its largest ethnic group is constantly bombarded with the message that the minorities are supposedly out to get them and take away their rights. Yet, they chose to follow this tactic since they believe in the short term this will strengthen Umno and bring Malays back to the party.

They use these “attacking” tactics because they cannot offer anything else. They have shown that they would prefer to entrench those in power rather than allow new ideas and reforms to increase our chances for greater success. There is a real danger that their short-sightedness may cost future generations of Malaysians dearly.

The fact is that Malays have nothing to fear. We are demographically the largest ethnic group in Malaysia and the birth rate is going to keep it that way. Our position in the constitution is enshrined and this isn’t going to change either.

That is what Umno and the Malay extremists do not get, and what the community as a whole needs to understand. The non-Malays and Malays who challenge Umno are not seeking to reduce the position of the Malays in anyway, but to defend and uplift all Malaysians. We have to understand that we are all tied together and that we all have a stake in the land. We cannot survive individually as Malays, Chinese or Indians but as Malaysians.

Our non-Malay fellow citizens are not “challenging” our rights or “insulting” or culture and religion — rather they are calling for our nascent nationhood to be allowed to achieve it’s full potential than for us to remain stuck in our ethnic and mental ghettos. The liberals and moderates amongst the non-Malays also suffer from the depredations of extremists within their own communities — they deserve our support as well. The wave of reactionary politics that is engulfing us can only be turned back if progressive Malaysians stand firm against their threats and untruths.

While it is true that much more needs to be done to address those who have not benefited — for all Malaysians — the focus on what we don’t have rather on what we have accomplished only undermines us. We need to imagine a better future, for Malays and Malaysians — this will incidentally make it easier for all of us to achieve what we might lack.

The Malaysia of tomorrow cannot be one in which we are blinded by fear and negativity. The first step in imagining and defining a better future for all of us is to open our eyes and speak out like Zaid and others like him.

Perutusan Hari Kemerdekaan oleh MB yang dipilih oleh Rakyat, Dato Seri Nizar

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on August 30, 2009 by ckchew

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Upper hook punch from Malaysia Today landed on the chin: More allegations against IGP

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on August 29, 2009 by ckchew

A statutory declaration by a purported aide de camp of Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan has alleged that his former boss had triads links.

The document was posted on the Malaysia Today blog, but vital information such as the ADC’s name, current occupation and name of commissioner of oath, have been blacked out.

The author of the document alleged that Musa had allowed a triad figure to manipulate promotions, rank and posting of police officers.

“I have personal knowledge and involvement in that I was asked, as ADC, to compile and co-ordinate such posting orders based on the drafts and proposals made by BK Tan,” wrote the author, who attached copies of the alleged drafts.

The author claimed that the transfers were made, in some cases, as entrapment. In others, it was made to look as though Musa initiated transfers to eradicate corruption.

Musa was also alleged to have ordered a blog to be set up to implicate then internal security deputy minister Johari Baharom, according to the statutory declaration.

In 2007, an anonymous blog accused Johari of accepting RM5.5 million in bribes to free three underworld figures. He was later cleared of the allegations.

The statutory declaration also repeated claims that Musa had a hand in a conspiracy against former federal Commercial Crimes Investigation Department head Ramli Yusuff and other officers probing certain underworld figures.

Musa’s contract to expire soon

The author said he had informed many powerful figures of his allegations including many top police officers at the time and then notable politicians including Johari and then Barisan Nasional secretary-general Radzi Sheikh Ahmad.

“However, nothing much could be done when Musa was given an extension of service of two years in July 2007, but the previous prime minister (Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) who was also the internal security minister. This served as a powerful endorsement that the government is fully behind Musa,” read the document.

Previously, Malaysia Today has published alleged statutory declarations from several police officers implicating Musa of having underworld links.

The ADC’s statutory declaration was published in an article allegedly penned by Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who jumped court bail in his sedition trial and his whereabouts are unknowned.

According to Raja Petra, there are signs that the government wants to extend Musa’s contract for a third time when the present contract expires on Sept 14.

“This means the Chinese underworld will continue to run the police force and decide on who gets transferred, promoted, demoted, and thrown into jail.

“Yes, they even throw police officers that do not ‘cooperate’ into jail. And, today, we offer the evidence of that,” wrote Raja Petra, adding that the ‘censored’ information on the latest statutory declaration would be revealed if Musa’s contract is extended.

Despite numerous attempts, Musa could not be reached for comment; when contacted, refused to comment. Mkini

Some of our politicians need this kind of treatment!!!

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on August 29, 2009 by ckchew

Kg Buah Pala: Blatant Lies about COMPENSATION

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on August 29, 2009 by ckchew

KBP land title

By Rwindraj@Cryingvoices!

Please read the whole article. This is the real story. The Malaysian mass media misled the public by not publishing the real story of why the Kg. Buah Pala resident did not accept the offer. The worst part is the Penang Pakatan government only cared about the contractors and did not care about the peoples’ welfare.

Basically there were no sensible offers made by Nusmetro or anyone! No cash money or in any terms or value had been promised to the Villagers as claimed by some party to the value of 500K or 200K. No such thing! First of all why must Nusmetro prepare an agreement for the villagers? Nusmetro is not the land owner and they are not the developer for the villagers since no one from this village bought any properties from them!

Lets look at the Invalid agreement letter prepared for the villagers by Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd. A signed letter without a valid company stamp and Name signed under the name of Pengarah. Has anyone of you ever seen an agreement without a valid name and details on the signee and without a legal stamp on any agreement letter?

Details on the agreement stated: Tuan Tanah (Land Owner) stated as Koperasi Pegawai Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang Berhad joint venture with Nusmetro to develop Kg.Buah Pala and the land beneficial rights given by Penang State Government. Where was the so called Land Owner during the Demolition Riot on the 13.08.09?

Why were they not present at the scene? Only the police and the developer’s boss and the demolition team were present at the scene. Do they have anything to do with the villagers?

In the agreement it is also stated that the agreement is based on Humanitarian and Ex-Gratia grounds. Only if: The Villagers clear the Land to give way to the development; and if they withdraw all the Legal Actions taken against them; and there can’t be any legal action taken against them or the project in the future! This is the trick and Trap!

No legal action can be taken against Nusmetro or anyone or anything relating to the project and land! 2storey house to be built for each of the houses demolished in the village. The houses to be built on a ground decided by the developer (Nusmetro).

Ok, lets discuss this matter now. 2storey house? Wooden house? Box house? What material to be used to build the house? No detail has been stated in the agreement! How if the house is built with plywood? And when will the project be completed? In 2 years? 10 years? 100 years? What will the villagers do for such a long time, renting in a place until the project is completed? Who will pay their rental? Can they sue the developer in court? No way!! Because they have signed this agreement, and no legal action can be taken on any matter relating to this matter!

Can you see the trick here? What will be the quality and value of the house? It is not stated in the agreement too! Where will the house be built? In Johor? Indonesia? Or South Africa? Because it is also not stated in the agreement about the location! Once the villagers sign this agreement, they are bound to the rules that their house can be demolished at anytime. It could be the next day after signing!

One more shocking fact in the agreement is, if in any case the project is halted, stopped or any approval relating to this project is disapproved or unapproved; or if the state government or the Local Council or any related authorities did not approve any matter relating to this project, the agreement is considered CANCELLED and INVALID! That means if this village has been demolished and the new project is stopped halfway or if there is any problem related to any problem from any authority or any formalities, then the dream of getting the 2storey house will be like building castles in the air!

Now Judge for yourself! Will you sign an agreement that sounds exactly like what I explained? Are these people in Kg.Buah Pala making any ridiculous demands? Who is paying them 200K? 500K? Ask them to come forward and meet me or any of the villagers, we will be happy!

More on the same issue:

Kg Buah Pala: Penang CM urged not to mislead the public on issue of compensation