Archive for May 8th, 2012

Say no to foreign interference

— Ali Kadir
The Malaysian Insider
May 08, 2012

MAY 8 — No matter who finally rules Putrajaya, one principle must remain sacred: that foreigners should not interfere with the internal affairs of this country.

This rule would apply to the United States, Australia, Singapore, China and even Saudi Arabia.

It is a most natural part of international relations that countries want to have leverage over each other, mostly through trade, financial aid, access to markets, visas, etc. Some try and interfere in more subtle ways like cutting down scholarships and quotas.

According to Jamil Khir (the same chap who used zakat money for his legal expenses), a Saudi Arabian diplomat in KL said that his government was considering cutting haj visas because of disturbance caused by Bersih 3.0. That is the prerogative of the kingdom and it would be perfectly understandable because Saudi Arabia opposes any expression of freedom of assembly or for that matter any other democratic right.

These are the people who shudder at the thought of the Arab Spring. So we should expect the Saudi government to react in this threatening manner. Read the rest of this entry »


Bersih: Putrajaya urging foreign governments to crack down on Bersih protesters

By Clara Chooi
The Malaysian Insider
May 08, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — Bersih alleged today that the Najib administration has requested that the governments of other countries crack down on Malaysians who participated in Bersih 3.0 rallies overseas.

In a statement here, the election watchdog said such action should be “deplored” and urged Malaysians across the globe to support the safety of their fellow citizens living outside the country.

“We express concern that the Malaysian government appears to be requesting governments not disposed to democratic reforms to launch a crackdown on Malaysians living in their countries who participated in the global Bersih 3.0 event on April 2012.

“If these reports are true, it is a negative development that must be deplored, and we urge all Malaysians to unite in support of the safety of our fellow citizens,” the group said in the statement.

Bersih 3.0 was said to have been attended by tens of thousands of Malaysians not merely within the country but across the globe, where similar rallies for free and fair elections were held in 85 cities across 35 countries. Read the rest of this entry »


Umno’s perfect game plan

by Amran Ariffin
Free Malaysia Today
May 8, 2012

“If you tell a lie and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the state can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its power to repress dissent, for truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension the truth is the greatest enemy of the State” – Joseph Goebbels

Before 428

There was no news on Bersih 3.0 on national (read: BN’s owned) TV, radio and newspapers. Something amiss here! There was no banning of anything yellow from the men in blue! It can’t be right! There was no restriction order for certain personalities from entering KL on 428. Something fishy here! And for Utusan Malaysia not demonising Bersih3.0, it was too good to be true!

Ultimately, the big-mouthed son of Umno’s founder declared Bersih 3.0 had no traction and was not a threat at all. When discussing these rather seemingly unlikely reactions from the establishment with like minded friends, they tended to believe that government had learnt the lesson from Bersih2.0 and will allow Bersih3.0 to proceed without disturbance as with Hijau 2.0 last month. I did not buy into this for one second because a leopard does not change its spots overnight. I strongly believed Umno had sinister plan in place but I was more than happy to be proven wrong. Read the rest of this entry »


Expert: Fatwa not final

Tarani Palani | May 8, 2012
Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Although the fatwa prohibiting Muslims from participating in illegal assemblies cannot be challenged in court, there is room for discussion to reconsider the edict, according to an expert.

An official of the Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association said the National Fatwa Council could issue another fatwa to clarify the current one although it was unlikely to reverse its decision.

“Remember the indelible ink episode? It first said that it was haram. Later, after much consultation and deliberation with various parties, it put up a clarification that only inks with a certain percentage of chemicals is haram,” said Abdul Rahim Sinwan, the association’s deputy president.

He said parties disagreeing with the council could still approach it to present their points of view.

Since the fatwa was issued last Sunday, many Islamic scholars have argued that a person’s intention of participating in any such rally should be taken into consideration.

They argue that it would not be sinful for Muslims to join a rally calling for clean elections and good governance because Islam champions such causes.

According to Abdul Rahim, a fatwa is not legally binding until gazetted as law at the state level. Read the rest of this entry »


‘No one was provocative during Bersih rally’

by Stephanie Sta Maria
Free Malaysia Today
May 8, 2012

PETALING JAYA: Social activist Marina Mahathir has said that she hadn’t witnessed any provocation from Bersih 3.0 supporters during the massive rally on April 28.

The rally, which turned ugly an hour after it officially began, saw police shooting tear gas canisters and water cannons into the 80,000-strong crowd after a group of protesters breached the barricades surrounding Dataran Merdeka.

In the aftermath, videos and pictures of violence from police as well as protesters surfaced with both sides insisting that the other take responsibility for the rally’s outcome.

In a recent interview on business radio station BFM, Marina recounted walking up to the barricades at Jalan Lebuh Pasar where the police were gathered.

“No one was being provocative,” she said. “There were high spirits, many young people and the police was being very patient.”

“But having said that they suddenly brought out the trucks, and the guys in helmets and shields. We didn’t really understand why. I thought it was an intimidation factor, to just have them standing there.”

Marina added that while word of Bersih 3.0 co-chairperson, S Ambiga’s, directive for the crowd to disperse had spread, many “rally tourists” still wanted to get closer to the barricades for snapshots. Read the rest of this entry »


Rally Bersih itu haram, kata Majlis Fatwa?

Oleh Aspan Alias | May 08, 2012
The Malaysian Insider

8 MEI — Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan dalam mesyuarat kali ke-99 telah membuat keputusan bahawa rally Bersih dan demonstrasi itu adalah haram. Fatwa ini memang satu fatwa politik kerana hakikatnya pihak polislah yang merancang kekecohan dalam rally Bersih baru-baru ini. Bagi saya, saya rela dicemuh dan dikata oleh sesiapa pun, tetapi ini merupakan fatwa yang sangat mengejutkan.

Majlis Fatwa sepatutnya mengambil isu-isu yang banyak berlaku di keliling kita yang sangat bertentangan dengan kehendak hukum dan syariat agama suci kita. Saya bukan orang pandai agama tetapi untuk menentukan yang fatwa ini adalah fatwa politik tidak payah menjadi seorang ulamak kerana ianya adalah fatwa politik.

Jika benar Majlis Fatwa ini mempunyai kredibiliti elok kita cadangkan supaya Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan ini mengeluarkan fatwa tentang isu NFC misalnya. Ini merupakan isu salah guna kuasa yang dilakukan oleh pihak pemerintah dan jumlah yang terlibat bukannya sedikit.
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Dibawah lindungan hipokrasi

Oleh Sakmongkol AK47 | May 08, 2012
The Malaysian Insider

8 MEI — Ini artikel yang di tujukan khas kepada majoriti orang Melayu supaya kekal tidak menyokong parti fasis yang bernama Umno. Ya, pembaca dengar tidak bersalahan. Saya menggelarkan Umno parti fasis yang menghamba-abdikan orang Melayu dan memperbudakkan dan membodohkan bangsa Melayu. Setelah 50 tahun ketika Umno lemah, barulah pemimpin Umno berkejaran memberi RM500 seorang. Berapa ribu orang terpaksa beratur mendapatkan RM500 untuk menyamai harga cincin RM74 juta? Berapa yang kena beratur mendapatkan RM500 menyamai handbag Birkin Hermes?

Amat menakjubkan orang Melayu sanggup menerima RM500 tapi melupakan kezaliman dan penganiayaan kerajaan Umno keatas orang Melayu khususnya. Bolehkah kita ganti RM500 seorang dengan penafian hak rakyat Kelantan yang majoritynya orang Melayu mendapatkan royalty minyak? Minyak di jumpai di perairan Kelantan, tapi Kelantan di nafikan peluang membangunkan industri minyak dan gas di Tok Bali. Mahathir lebih rela menyalurkan minyak ke Songkhla, Thailand dari Tok Bali. Jadi rakyat Kelantan, ambil RM500 tersebut tapi jangan lupa kezaliman dan penganiayaan keatas kamu oleh Umno dan BN.
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Will Najib live up to his pledge to make Malaysia “best democracy in the world” and concede defeat in a gentlemanly fashion like Sarkozy?

In the recent French presidential elections on Sunday, the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy conceded defeat minutes after the polls closed, announcing that he had called the Socialist candidate Francois Hollande to wish him “good luck” as the country’s new leader.

The question that immediately occurred to Malaysians is whether Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who had declared that he wanted to make Malaysia “the best democracy in the world”, would concede defeat in a gentlemanly fashion like Sarkozy if this is the verdict of the voters in the next general elections.

Or will Najib stand by his deplorable speech at the UMNO General Assembly two years ago when he used the language of “crushed bodies, lives lost” for Umno to defend power at any cost in Putrajaya?

It is most deplorable that Najib has come out with the wild, irresponsible and baseless allegation that the Bersih 3.0 “sit-in” at Dataran Merdeka on April 28 was a coup attempt by the Opposition to topple the government.
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EC has not been honest in its rebuttals

By Ong Kian Ming | May 7, 2012

COMMENT Bersih 3.0 may have been a success in terms of its ability to attract more than 100,000 Malaysians from all walks of life to come out in support of clean and fair elections but the hard work of ensuring that this aspiration is translated into reality needs to continue.

All the more so when the Election Commission continues to ignore the many problems highlighted by the Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project (Merap) with regard to the electoral roll.

The EC has recently published a booklet with 12 points of rebuttal against allegations that the electoral roll is full of problematic registrations and that the EC has been complicit in not cleaning up the electoral roll.

In this article, I want to highlight two of the rebuttals to illustrate that the EC has not been honest in its responses which reflects its inconsistent policies in managing the electoral roll and electoral boundaries.
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