Monday, April 30, 2012

Di senja zaman politiknya, Zaharin pertikai tindakan polis



Seperti mana keadaannya dengan Naib Pengerusi DAP, Tunku Abdul Aziz yang mengecam tindakan perhimpunan Bersih, begitu juga keadaan dengan Zaharin Yassin yang digugurkan sebagai Setiausaha UMNO Bahagian tahun lalu.

Dulu, dah banyak kali Zaharin Yassin bertukar warna sepanjang beberapa dekad dia menganggotai UMNO.

Episod-episod yang masih diingat mengenai dirinya banyak dikaitkan dengan zaman Tun Ghafar Baba, Tun Abdullah, selain sewaktu Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berada dalam UMNO.

Kini, pada senja zamannya dalam politik, ramai berpendapat Zaharin yang dulunya dianggap ‘gurkha’ mantap, telah melepasi era-era dinamik parti tersebut.

Terbaru, beliau mencetuskan kontroversi lagi apabila kononnya mendedahkan mengenai anggota polis menyamar sebagai peserta demonstrasi Bersih 3.0 Sabtu lalu.

Apa yang di pos pada laman Facebook mendakwa beliau mengenali anggota polis yang terbabit.

Kenyataan Zaharin menaikkan kemarahan ramai ahli UMNO dan blogger pro-kerajaan.

Mereka berpendapat apa yang dinyatakan beliau tidak benar dan tidak wajar.

Rata-rata mereka menganggap Zaharin sengaja mensabotaj parti, dan tindakan perlu dikenakan terhadap beliau.

Bagaimana pun, sejurus selepas mesyuarat Majlis Tertinggi (MT) UMNO malam tadi Zaharin pos susulan kepada apa yang dinyatakan sebelum itu. Dia mendakwa umpannya mengena dan pengkritiknya ‘cukup kuat melatah’

"Umpan saya dimakan. tiba-tiba saya jadi glamor... dan ini memberikan gambaran cara fikir kita belum lagi sampai ke tahap cukup matang... dan yang peliknya unit media baru Umno pun ikut sama bodoh. ..kesimpulannya orang di Malaysia ni tak kira Melayu, Cina dan India.. cukup kuat melatah," kata Setiausaha BN Bandar Tun Razak itu.

Bagi yang masak dengan taktik peribadi dan tabiat Zaharin, mereka tahu apa yang sebenarnya di hati beliau...mereka hanya tersenyum sinis.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Apa hal Guan Eng Kerap Ke Wilayah-Wilayah China?



Kekerapan Ketua Menteri DAP Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng keluar negara menimbulkan pelbagai tanda tanya.

Bagi 2010 sahaja beliau terbang ke luar negara sebanyak 10 kali, empat kali ke Singapura, Hong Kong tiga kali, China dua kali dan Taipei sekali.

Mengapakah destinasi tersebut masing-masing wilayah China belaka?

Jika tidak lama dulu timbul dakwaan beliau ingin modelkan Pulau Pinang seperti Singapura, kini dengan kekerapan lawatan itu kita dapat lihat ‘paten’ yang menggambarkan apa yang tersirat di hatinya.

Di sebelah tangan, Guan Eng memantapkan hubungan dengan wilayah-wilayah China dan di negeri sendiri beliau mendabik dada berkata dialah Ketua Menteri untuk semua kaum.

Untuk 2011, Guan Eng melakukan 12 perjalanan ke luar negara, masing-masing ke wilayah China, kecuali satu ke Itali.

Lagi?

Dan bagi Mac 2012 saja setakat ini beliau telah ke Hong Kong dan Singapura empat kali.

Mungkin banyak lagi perjalanan akan dilakukan dalam jadual beliau sehingga akhir tahun, kecuali jika Pulau Pinang kecundang pada PRU Ke-13.

Fikir-fikirkan...

Jangan jadi peguam jika tidak mampu patuh undang-undang



Sekiranya anda membaca buku panduan ‘Tanggung Jawab dan Kod Profesional Peguam’, anda mungkin merasakan bahawa untuk menjadi seorang peguam yang baik, anda perlu hampir menjadi seorang wali atau separuh wali.

Ini kerana profesion perundangan merupakan satu kerjaya yang mulia.

Yang membezakannya daripada profesion-profesion lain kerana ia menangani hak masyarakat harian – jangan melanggar undang-undang, dan anda tidak akan didakwa.

Berpandukan ini, maka daripada ramai anggota masyarakat, para peguam merupakan golongan yang perlu sentiasa ingat bahawa tiada siapa pun berada di atas undang-undang.

Justeru, sebagai pelindung atau pemelihara undang-undang, peguam memegang peranan amat penting dalam sesebuah masyarakat.

Bagi memenuhi peranan ini memerlukan para peguam memahami hubungan mereka dengan fungsi sistem perundangan negara.

Antara tanggung jawab peguam ialah memastikan pematuhan tertinggi terhadap etika profesion berkenaan.

Oleh yang demikian, apabila kita mendengar tentang peguam yang didakwa kerana melanggar undang-undang, kita berasa amat kecewa.

Apa tidaknya, memandangkan mereka sepatutnya menjadi pemelihara undang-undang.

Sehubungan masalah ini, setiap tahun Lembaga Disiplin Peguam menerima purata 900 aduan, termasuk bersabit jenayah pecah amanah dan melanggar kod etika guaman.

Mereka digugurkan daripada daftar guaman.

Hari ini, profesion guaman semakin sesak dengan lebih 14,000 orang peguam di semenanjung, dan semakin ramai graduan menyertai lapangan itu setiap tahun.

Disebabkan kesesakan yang membawa kepada persaingan hebat, tidak kurang didapati antara mereka yang mencari jalan licik dan tidak beretika untuk mendapatkan keuntungan.

Bagi yang pintar, dan petah berhujah, gelanggang mahkamah menonjolkan betapa mereka dapat menggunakan putar belit undang-undang untuk mendapatkan kemenangan kes daripada segi teknikal, walaupun bukti jelas menunjukkan tertuduh bersalah.

Juga sejak kebelakangan ini tidak kurang yang menumpukan perhatian kepada politik dan menawarkan kepintaran songsang mereka dalam perundangan bagi menyokong kebiadaban pihak tertentu.

Kebanyakan daripada peguam yang berbuat demikian terdiri daripada peguam-peguam muda yang baru mula celik dunia dan berasa terlalu ghairah dengan status ‘palsu’ kononnya merekalah yang hebat dan maha tahu.

Mereka memegang kepada falsafah yang tidak selari dengan suasana tempatan, terutama disegi undang-undang perlembagaan serta sosial politik.

Bagi mereka terdapat hanya satu acuan untuk membentuk dunia sempurna, iaitu kononnya prinsip dan konsep demokrasi daripada kaca mata barat.

Justeru itu mereka membiarkan diri diperalatkan oleh anasir-anasir luar yang begitu licik bergerak di serata dunia, termasuk di Malaysia.

Keadaan kini membawa kepada isu yang sedang dan kita akan hadapi pada Sabtu apabila didakwa puluhan ribu orang penyokong puak pembangkang akan berkumpul untuk protes di Dataran Merdeka.

Mereka tegar mencabar undang-undang. Bukan undang-undang hak perhimpunan aman yang kini tidak lagi menjadi kesalahan, tetapi undang-undang dan peraturan sampingan yang melarang perhimpunan diadakan di kawasan tertentu.

Ketegaran mereka jelas membuktikan mereka mencabar undang-undang – dan di tengah-tengah persekongkolan yang di namakan Bersih 3.0 itu ialah kumpulan peguam.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Datuk Ron: Anwar is a very confused person



“I really must tell Anwar Ibrahim that he is a very confused person,” said former Parit Sulong Member of Parliament, Datuk Ruhanie Ahmad during the launching of TIBAI (Reject this Individual Called Anwar Ibrahim) at the Sultan Sulaiman Club in Kuala Lumpur on April 22.

More popularly known as Datuk Ron, Ruhanie told the audience about the time he was a die-hard supporter of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim -- when the latter was still in the government in 1988.

“At that time I was the president of the Backbenchers Club, and in charge of between 40 to 50 Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs, who were not holding any posts.

“I was asked to get my friends to ‘crossover’…how could he have the heart to do that…I am an UMNO person, and he had the audacity to ask me to cross over and be a turncoat.

“And so I said…Pak Sheikh (Anwar), if you can get even one to cross over tomorrow morning, this is the one (pointing to himself) who will be a cow and jump across, “he said.

Datuk Ron told of how Anwar between 1994 and 1995 had made a pact with some UMNO members to topple Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was at that time the UMNO president.

“So, today, Anwar has committed the biggest sin to all Muslims and the people of Malaysia…firstly, because he recognises the Jewish state of Israel.

“Secondly, for working together with the DAP towards the realisation of Malaysian Malaysia. My late father said the ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ concept was all about equality and equal feelings…but I don’t know what it meant to Anwar…you may have to ask Azmin about it…” he said.

It never occurred to Datuk Ron, who had known Anwar since 1969, that the de facto PKR leader, whom he had known for such a long time, would go to such an extent to satisfy his personal interests.

Rafizi dabik dada, kata apa jua asakan PKR mampu atasi



Pengarah Strategi PKR, Mohd Rafizi Ramli menyifatkan bukti terbaru yang mengasak ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dalam bentuk video ‘menggemparkan’ satu lagi cubaan untuk memburukkan beliau.

Beliau berkata setelah 14 tahun menentang UMNO, PKR bersedia untuk menghadapi dan mengatasinya, justeru pendedahan video oleh Datuk Nallakaruppan dianggap tidak mampu menggugat parti itu.

Mencabar atau angkuh pendirian itu?

Bagi sesetengah pihak mungkin ia berupa cabaran, dan pihak lain pula, mungkin ia memperlihatkan sikap angkuh dan taksub.

Apa sekali pun, Rafizi perlu membuka hati yang semakin hari semakin tertutup kepada hakikat dan kenyataan di depan mata.

Ada kalanya kita mungkin berada di pihak benar, dan ada waktunya kita mungkin terpesong jauh daripada kebenaran.

Berhubung video terbaru yang dikatakan telah pun diserahkan oleh Nallakaruppan kepada peguamnya, Datuk Seri Mohamad Shafee Abdullah, Rafizi mengaku tidak tahu menahu tentang kandungannya.

Namun demikian beliau masih memilih keangkuhan daripada mengambil pendirian berhemah, tunggu, lihat dan fikir.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Shafie Apdal nafi laporan bayar artis RM1.5 juta


Menteri Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal hari ini mengeluarkan kenyataan menafikan tuduhan yang dibuat oleh seorang yang mendakwa bekas pemandu di bawah beliau baru-baru ini.

 Dakwaan tersebut mengaitkan beliau dengan seorang artis wanita, dan kononnya beliau membayar RM1.5 juta dalam beberapa siri pertemuan sulit.

 Shafie berkata apa yang terkandung dalam laporan polis oleh seorang yang bernama Noor Azman bin Azemi itu tidak benar, berniat jahat dan bermotivasikan politik semata-mata.

Beliau memberi amaran akan mengambil tindakan undang-undang ke atas sesiapa saja yang terus mengaitkan beliau dengan isu tersebut.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Edge bares its sneaky agenda


We are so used to reading scathing and often one-sided reports from the likes of The Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini and Free Malaysia Today, to come to the conclusion that these are partisan media – partisan to the detractors of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

However, it looks like these are not the only ones encamped on the supposedly-hallowed and sacred grounds of the Fourth Estate. Latest developments have it even the niche publication, The Edge, has come on board the bandwagon.

At least that was what Bujai and his blog, ‘Just-Read-Whatever’ has pointed out.

According to Bujai, it’s the work of the Anwarites again, and this time around they are bent on putting a distance between UMNO and MCA, using the Transport Ministry as a sledgehammer.

Seems that the pro-opposition media have become experts at sniffing out the familial nerve centres within BN. Upon being fed by their network of foot soldiers of no less than 300 committed and fulltime bloggers and other social media guerrillas, they will concertedly home in on the targets like hungry piranhas.

The Edge claimed that the MCA will have to relinquish the traditionally-held portfolio and give way to UMNO if BN wins the coming elections. Their rationale for doing so is founded on the presumption that top UMNO businessmen have been pushing Najib to take a good look at the ‘serious money’ involved for projects under the Transport Ministry.

It’s about money, then. Lots of it and it is no wonder that The Edge as the media bastion of the business movers and shakers in the region had decided to have the issue within its crosshairs.

Now, how did it come to such a ridiculous conclusion (ridiculous because it is really not true)?

Like Bujai said, it all came from some ‘reliable’, unidentified and, of course, non-existing source.

It is just a ploy to hype up the issue and get the gullible folks on both sides of the political divide to salivate or foam at the mouth.

Get into the details at Bujai’s blog here.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Kaji Semula Akta Hasutan 1948 langkah perlu


Baru-baru ini Menteri Komunikasi, Penerangan dan Kebudayaan Datuk Seri Utama Rais Yatim membangkitkan tentang kebiadaban sesetengah pemimpin pembangkang mempersendakan Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Susulan dari itu, hari ini Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengumumkan hasrat kerajaan mengkaji semula Akta Hasutan 1948 secara menyeluruh, tanpa mengetepikan mana-mana opsyen.

Apa yang dibangkitkan oleh Rais itu amat satu yang perlu demi menjaga perpaduan rakyat di negara ini di bawah payungan Raja-Raja dan Yang di-Pertuan Agong, walaupun pembangkang memberikan reaksi kononnya ia hanya strategi politik.

Ini kerana dalam iklim ‘progresif’ dunia yang mahukan segala-galanya di acuan secara lebih liberal, namun keadaan sesuatu masyarakat dan negara amat berbeza dan tidak boleh dilakukan dengan mengguna hanya satu kaedah.

Tidak dapat dinafikan, Malaysia seperti negara jiran Thailand menyaksikan institusi raja memegang peranan sebagai elemen yang menjamin perpaduan rakyat.

Cubaan mengasak atau mengecilkan status raja hanya akan mengundang bencana, dan disebabkan itu sesuatu perlu dilakukan segera bagi menangani keadaan, dan dalam konteks ini yang paling penting ialah pengkajian semual Akta Hasutan 1948.

Menurut Najib, kajian akta tersebut akan mengekalkan tiga prinsip dalam sebarang kerangka perundangan baru.

Ini bagi menangani perbuatan dan perlakuan, termasuk tindakan menimbulkan kebencian, penghinaan serta tindakan membangkitkan perasaan tidak setia terhadap Yang di-Pertuan Agong atau mana-mana raja.

Perundangan baru itu akan dapat menangani perbuatan menyebar niat jahat dan permusuhan antara kaum di Malaysia

Apa yang termaktub kelak dalam kajian semula akta tersebut termasuk usaha mengelak mana-mana pihak mempersoalkan apa-apa perkara, hak, taraf, keistimewaan, dan kedaulatan yang ditetapkan atau dilindungi peruntukan Bahagian III Perlembagaan Persekutuan, atau Perkara 151, 153 dan 181 Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Karya pincang seorang 'patriot'?


Terlalu mudah bagi seseorang bergelar sasterawan atau pendukung seni mengetepikan segala yang terpahat dan nyata pada pihak berkuasa.

Sifat individualisme dan ketegaran berpegang kepada sesuatu perspektif atau prinsip itulah yang menjadikan golongan ini lebih menonjol daripada anggota masyarakat biasa.

Oleh yang demikian begitulah adanya dengan buku terbaru yang di karya oleh pelakon teater dan aktivis seni pentas yang agak terkemuka, sekurang-kurangnya dalam sfera kecil penggiat seni teater kontemporari di Malaysia, yakni Kee Thuan Chye.

Buku terbarunya yang ditulis dalam bahasa Inggeris, ‘No More Bullshit, Please, We’re All Malaysians’ (terjemahan kasar: ‘Jangan Mengarut, Kita Semua Orang Malaysia) ketara begitu ngeri personanya hingga begitu mudah melabel si anu dan si ini sebagai rakus, ‘autokratik’ dan sebagainya.

Kesempitan interpretasi dalam penghasilan buku tersebut dilonggokkan dengan pelbagai pujian oleh penyokong yang mengulas apa yang tersirat, justeru meletakkan si penulis sebagai seorang patriot tulen.

Dalam pada itu, walaupun Kee mengaku payah untuk orang kebiasaan memahami iklim politik di Malaysia, namun penulis berjaya juga melukiskan keadaan, percanggahan dan segala pergelutan rakyat Malaysia yang mempunyai rasa cinta terhadap negara ini.

Siapakah agaknya yang memahami mesej yang tersirat dalam benak si penulis itu? Mungkin ia sekadar rasa optimistiknya semata-mata berdasarkan keegoan sebagai seorang pengkarya.

Secara ringkas muka-muka surat awal karya tersebut melihat bagaimana Kee mencuba meyakinkan sahabat-sahabatnya yang berhasrat meninggalkan Malaysia supaya bertahan dan berdiri untuk berjuang untuk Malaysia. Di akhir bab pertama penulis dengan nada kecewa bertanya “tetapi apakah negara ini benar-benar mempedulikan sama ada kita pergi atau terus menetap di sini?”

Dengan modal yang dipegang dan ditonjolkan di bab pertama, jelas buku itu memperlihatkan bagaimana liciknya penulis merentap hati dan membelai hati nurani pembaca supaya berkongsi sentimen pincang semangat kenegaraan dengan penulis.

‘No More Bullshit, Please, We’re All Malaysians’ diterbitkan oleh Marshall Cavendish yang pernah menerbitkan buku mengenai Tun Dr Mahathir oleh Tom Plate berjodol ' Conversations with Mahathir Mohamad: Dr M: Operation Malaysia.'

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Anwar, Islam, Democracy: Ideology & Funds


Questions on ideology were the main factors for Professor Dr Chandra Muzaffar’s resignation as the Deputy President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, and his leaving the party in 2001.

It all began with an article in TIME magazine dated October 15 2001 written by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The article, ‘Who Hijacked Islam?” changed Dr Chandra’s stand, persuading him to retract his support.

“I remember an incident after the September 11 attack…he (Anwar) wrote in TIME magazine…we were very disappointed with what he wrote. It was as if he sided with the Americans without giving any thoughts to issues pertaining to global equality…it was as if he blamed the Muslims at that time.

“It happened in October 2001…I left the party in December of that year, three months after the revelation in the article published in TIME magazine.

“Reading the article I could sense his stand and tendencies…I could see that he was willing to be the puppet of the Zionists,” said Dr Chandra.

According to Dr Chandra, based on the article, he poured out his disappointment and frustrations when he met Anwar, but the de facto PKR leader denied that he ever wrote the article. His excuse was that he was still languishing in Sungai Buloh Prison when the article was published.

It was a denial that Dr Chandra could not accept, because the article clearly carried Anwar Ibrahim’s name.

Like the Wall Street journal case relating to the security of Israel, TIME magazine, too, accepted responsibility when it published the article written by Anwar Ibrahim.

Dr Chandra realised that in the TIME magazine article Anwar was not telling the truth – it eventually led to his (Dr Chandra) resignation from Keadilan and his leaving Anwar.

About 10 years later, when Anwar spoke at the “International Meeting of Prayer for Peace”, in Munich, Germany, when he said he wrote the piece for TIME magazine, it confirmed that his denying to Dr Chandra earlier was a lie.

“Exactly 10 years ago today, when I was still in solitary incarceration in the federal prison, guards rushed to my cell shouting “they have bombed the building! It was a big explosion…the plane was hijacked...I was cut-off from any print and electronic media, so I could not imagine the situation that occurred on September 11 2001.

“However, three days later when someone smuggled in a copy of the 12th September newspaper, I discovered to my utter horror the carnage and destruction wreaked by the September 11th attacks.

“Within a week I managed to despatch an article to TIME magazine condemning the attack and calling for calm and sanity to prevail fearing naturally that this event would unleash reprisals and a new tide of hostility towards Islam and Muslims.

Who Hijacked Islam? Revelation of Anwar’s principles

“Who Hijacked Islam?” – It was an article that aptly underscored the orientation of the propaganda during that time, when the US accused that the planes were ‘hijacked’ by Islamists who were wholly responsible for the massive destruction and deaths at the World Trade Centre (WTC) in New York.

“This is what Mohammed Atta and his fellow terrorists and sponsors have done to Islam and its community worldwide by their murder of innocents at the World Trade Center in New York and the Defense Department in Washington,” said Anwar.

Besides Mohammed Atta, Anwar made other accusations that went along with the policy lines of the US at that time in putting the blame on Osama bin Laden, who was described as the actual person behind the attacks.

“One wonders how, in the 21st century, the Muslim world could have produced an Osama bin Laden… uses his personal fortune to sponsor terror and murder, not learning or creativity, and to wreak destruction rather than promote creation, “he said.

Anwar said Afghanistan's descent into chaos and anarchy as a result of the Soviet invasion and the subsequent rise of the Taliban, and the suffering inflicted on the Muslim masses in Iraq by its dictator as well as by sanctions imposed on that long-suffering nation.

As a conclusion, Anwar postulatedthe solution that was of greatest urgency was the effort to inculcate an intellectual and political orientation that promoted democracy and openness.

“The growth of democracy, political participation and civil society is the final answer… For more than 100 years, the Muslim world has had to grapple with the problem of modernity…

“Of greatest urgency is the effort to inculcate an intellectual and political orientation that promotes democracy and openness…

“Intellectuals and politicians must have the courage to condemn fanaticism in all its forms. But they must, in the same breath, equally condemn the tyrants and oppressive regimes that dash every hope of peaceful change,” he said.

Two Muslim Personalities Helping to Shape view of Islam – Wolfowitz

According to Dr Chandra, as expected Anwar’s message in TIME magazine was partisan to the West, and this was confirmed by New York Times journalist, Peter J. Boyer in his article “The Believer Paul Wolfowitz Defends his War”, which was published in The New Yorker on November 1 2004.

In the article, Boyer said Anwar’s piece in TIME magazine was among the factors that persuaded former US Defence Secretary, Paul Wolfowitz to visit Anwar in Munich, Germany.

“En route to Poland, Wolfowitz made a brief stop in Munich, where he met with two men who had helped to shape his view of Islam.

“One was Anwar Ibrahim, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, who was in Germany for medical treatment. Ibrahim had been a nineteen-seventies-era student activist who entered politics and became, in the eyes of Wolfowitz and other Westerners, the embodiment of the moderate Muslim ideal…

“Just after the September 11th attacks, Ibrahim, still in a Malaysian jail, wrote an impassioned essay condemning the attacks as an abomination and lamenting the Muslim world’s failure to address “the suffering inflicted on the Muslim masses in Iraq by its dictator as well as by sanctions,” wrote the journalist.

According to Boyer, besides Anwar, another Muslim figure much trusted by Wolfowitz was Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur).

“Wolfowitz and Wahid became lasting friends, and, inevitably, one of their shared interests was the subject of Iraq.

“Wolfowitz told me that Wahid had studied in Baghdad, and that he was an early witness to the Baath Party’s atrocities.

“Wahid had described how Saddam’s regime “left the bodies hanging so long, the necks stretched…,” he said.

Islamic Mastermind & Democracy

In his article “Susu Kerbau Dibilang Susu Kambing” (Buffalo Milk Said to be Goat’s Milk) Gus Dur related in detail about the time he met Paul Wolfowitz and Anwar.

“The writer (Gus Dur) wanted to make it to Munich, Germany where he would meet Wolfowitz along with Malaysia’s Dato’ Anwar Ibrahim.

“Anwar had just had his back operated on, following his release from prison in Kuala Lumpur where he was jailed for six years. This writer thinks that he would emerge as a ‘key personality’ in the progress of the Islamic world, “he said.

According to Gus Dur, given his life background, Anwar was very suitable to be made the ‘key personality’.

“Because of that, this writer considers the meeting with Paul Wolfowitz and Anwar Ibrahim as highly important. This writer was part of the meeting, hence making it even more valuable. It was on such understanding on the part of Paul Wolfowitz that he flew in his private jet to Munich, after which he hastened back to Washington DC.

“This writer and Paul Wolfowitz are agreeable that Anwar Ibrahim, like the de facto leader of Muntada Al-Fikr-‘Al-Arabi (an Arab think tank), Saad al-Din Ibrahim who was similarly jailed for years in a Cairo prison, must be protected as among the most prominent moderate Muslim leaders.

“Within the circle of Muslim leaders, such a position cannot be filled by anyone without such background credentials,” he said.

For the record, Saad al-Din was an activist of human rights and democracy in Egypt.

He was a professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo, as well as the founder of the Ibn Khaldun Centre for Development Studies, Arab Organisation for Human Rights, and on the board of advisors for the Project on Middle East Democracy.

In 2000, Saad al-Din was jailed by Hosni Mubarak for allegedly defaming Egypt's image abroad by providing information of national interest to outsiders.

He was said to have accepted NGO funding from sources that shared “peaceful and democratic values”, including those in the US, such as the NED, IRI, and USAID.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Masalah 'Nur Alert' perlu ditangani segera


Terbaru Timbalan Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat, Datuk Heng Seai Kie berkata system ‘Nur Alert’ tidak boleh aktifkan serta merta apabila seseorang kanak-kanak dilaporkan hilang bagi memastikan keselamatannya.

Beliau berkata polis perlu terlebih dulu menyiasat sekiranya kanak-kanak berkenaan telah diculik.

Di sini, menurut Heng, rasionalnya kerana jika sistem tersebut diaktifkan bagi kanak-kanak yang diculik, ia akan membahayakan keselamatan kanak-kanak itu pula.

Berdasarkan premis ini, ramai yang bertanya apa gunanya sistem ‘Nur Alert’ jika elemen ‘penggera’ yang menjadi pemangkin sistem tersebut tidak diutamakan?

Kita faham keperluan pihak polis dalam hal ini, tetapi bagaimana pun isu berkenaan perlu diatasi segera demi kepentingan yang sama, iaitu menyelamatkan kanak-kanak yang hilang.

Sistem ‘Nur Alert’ yang merentasi pelbagai platform telekomunikasi, dan sebagainya, merupakan kaedah yang juga digunakan di beberapa buah negara dalam bentuk sama, tetapi dengan nama berbeza.

Di Amerika Syarikat ia dikenali sebagai ‘Amber Alert’, dan di tahap awal penggunaannya pelbagai isu timbul, seperti mana yang dihadapi di Malaysia sekarang.

Oleh yang demikian apa kata kalau polis dan lain-lain pihak mencari jalan pintas bagi mengatasi perkara ini dengan mencontohi pendekatan polis di Amerika, jika dianggap sesuai.

Kekerapan laporan kanak-kanak hilang atau diculik memerlukan tindakan segera.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Opposition’s back-to-the-street culture, again


Like a spoilt child, throwing tantrums is not enough when mom just ignores him, so he throws himself on the sidewalk for a spectacle.

This is the behaviour Malaysians see as so predictable of the opposition and their NGO cohorts.

This time, again, it’s the BERSIH circus on the streets of Kuala Lumpur on April 28.

And being the sponge minded and parrot-like persona that they are, the theme now is ‘Duduk dan Bantah’ (Sit and Protest) – an updated version of the infamous 60s sit-ins and the current trend for disobedience, aptly called ‘Occupy.’

If they expect a hail of diatribes for doing something ‘illegal’, no, they won’t see it, as the good Prime Minister has given them a near carte blanche to do so in the name of freedom of expression and assembly.

The only detestation coming their way is concern for the careless inculcation of such a culture in our society.

Think, and think rationally.