Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kritikan kecewa pembangkang - Makan Hati Ulam Jantung...



Belum pun masuk 24 jam selepas Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengakhiri pembentangan Belanjawan 2013 kelmarin, pelbagai kecaman, sindiran dan kritikan diajukan pembangkang.

Ia memang dijangka, kerana setiap tahun mereka mengulangi rentak yang sama.

Hari ini, portal-portal media dan akhbar yang ‘mewakili’ pelbagai kepentingan, rancak cuba mengupas dan mewujudkan bermacam-macam persoalan berhubung segala yang dibentangkan Najib.

Petang kelmarin, dalam ribuan tweet yang mengiringi agenda kerajaan dalam pembentangan belanjawan itu, hanya satu yang agak ketara dan berhemah.

Pengumuman sistem pengangkutan awam RapidKuantan diterima positif oleh Ahli Parlimen Kuantan Fuziah Salleh. Beliau melahirkan rasa lega kerana penduduk bandar tersebut akhirnya akan dapat menikmati perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam yang lebih teratur dan selesa.

Bagaimana pun, tindakan positif seperti yang disuarakan oleh Fuziah tidak dikongsi oleh rakan-rakannya dalam pakatan pembangkang mengenai perkara-perkara lain dalam Belanjawan 2013 itu.

Terlalu banyak kecaman daripada pemimpin serta penyokong pembangkang hinggakan jika saluran siber menggunakan kaedah wayar, mungkin ia sudah cair disebabkan kepanasan talian!

Biarlah setiap kritikan terjawab oleh pelaksanaan dan rasa lega serta kesyukuran rakyat yang menjadi sasaran utama segala yang diumumkan Perdana Menteri semalam.

Kesemua insentif yang diumumkan itu bukan bertujuan untuk menggula-gulakan rakyat supaya mengundi Barisan Nasional pada pilihan raya umum akan datang. Kesemuanya adalah hasil ekonomi negara yang diurus dengan sebaik mungkin oleh sebuah pentadbiran yang meletakkan yang terbaik untuk rakyat, sepertimana slogan “…rakyat diutamakan’

Segala dasar kerajaan yang anjal dan proaktif didasarkan kepada penentuan yang dihalusi secara mendalam, dan telah membantu negara mencartakan perkembangan ekonomi yang hebat. Kesemua ini dilakukan pada waktu negara-negara lain, termasuk negara-negara maju sendiri digugat pelbagai krisis dan masalah.

Seperti yang dinyatakan Najib, kita mampu berbuat demikian  kerana Malaysia kekal sebagai sebuah wadi di tengah-tengah gurun pasir yang kontang.

Apakah faktor yang menjadikan Malaysia seperti sebuah wadi yang mampu terus menampung kehidupan rakyatnya? Ia berpaksikan dasar-dasar kerajaan yang membantu menarik pelaburan luar dan dalam sejak sekian lama.

Mungkin jika dirasai degupan jantung bumi ini, kita tidak boleh menafikan kesan negatif di negara-negara lain. Tetapi, setidak-tidaknya kita perlu berasa bangga kerana kita masih berada di zon yang sihat.

Sehubungan itu, amat terpesong jika pembangkang terus menerus melabelkan segala tindakan dan dasar kerajaan untuk memperkasakan ekonomi, seperti inisiatif berani penyenaraian Felda Global Ventures Holdings yang tercatat megah sebagai IPO kedua terbesar di dunia.

Kejayaan seperti itu membuktikan kerajaan BN sekarang bukan kerajaan populis, kerana sebuah kerajaan populis tidak mungkin dapat melunaskan segala janji yang dibuat.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

ADAB protes kerajaan Amerika Syarikat berhubung filemlet 'Innocence of Muslims'



Berikutan tindakan biadab produksi ‘filmlet’ berjodol‘Innocence of Muslims’ oleh seorang rakyat Amerika Syarikat (AS) baru-baru ini, Lembaga Peradaban Melayu (ADAB) pada Rabu mengemukakan surat protes kepada Duta Besar AS, Paul W. Jones.

Pengerusi Majlis ADAB, Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd Yusof Hitam berkata reaksi kepada tindakan tidak sopan dan tidak menghormati sentimen serta sensitiviti umat Islam itu melanggar ketidaksusilaan masyarakat dunia yang bertamadun.

Justeru, menurut beliau kerajaan Amerika Syarikat perlu mengambil tindakan segera dan tegas bagi menangani perbuatan sebegitu yang cuba berselindung di sebalik prinsip sejagat ‘Kebebasan Berekspresi’.

Filem dalam bahasa Inggeris yang menghina Nabi Muhammad itu diterbitkan di California oleh seorang yang menggunakan nama samaran “Sam Bacile”,  dan seterusnya trelernya disiarkan di Internet melalui YouTube dengan pelbagai variasi, termasuk “Innocence of Muslims”.

Walaupun pejabat YouTube di Malaysia telah berusaha menyekat akses kepada treler filem tersebut, namun ia tidak dapat membendung usaha muat naik yang rancak dilakukan pihak-pihak tidak bertanggung jawab di serata dunia.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Selepas Ngeh, Anwar pula...ada 'pattern' ni...



Di satu penjuru, reaksi umat Islam terhadap kebiadaban filem‘Innocence of Muslims’ dan kartun menghina Nabi Muhammad di Perancis dianggap keterlaluan. Setidak-tidaknya pun persepsi keterlaluan itu terpahat pada minda  mereka yang dikuasai ’world view bertamadun’ berpaksikan perspektif barat yang kononnya liberal.

Tetapi, ini bukan calang-calang isu. Pada orang Islam ia membabitkan maruah dan asakkan berbahaya kepada pegangan ummah.

Oleh yang demikian, apabila ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata orang Islam bertindak keterlaluan dalam ungkapan, “problem with the Muslim psyche....people are easly enraged and emotional,”beliau dengan rakusnya menyokong dan membangkitkan kembali kebiadaban yang terkandung dalam tweet ADUN Beruas, Ngeh Koo Ham minggu lalu.

Patutlah sebahagian besar pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat tidak memberikan sebarang reaksi berhubung apa yang di tweet oleh Ngeh itu. Ini kerana ia seolah-olah mencerminkan betapa mereka sebenarnya menyokong apa yang dinyatakan.

Dan apabila Anwar sendiri tampil menggemakan nada yang sama dalam akhbar British The Scotsman seperti yang tersiar kelmarin, maka sahihlah apa yang ditanggapi sejak seminggu lalu – bahawa beliau sependapat dengan Ngeh. Bezanya dan jijiknya kali ini, Ngeh bukan orang Islam, tetapi Anwar seorang Muslim yang pernah dilabelkan sebagai ‘anugerah tuhan…’

Dalam pada itu, tidak kira sama ada ia dilakukan oleh seorang Islam atau pun tidak, yang penting kebiadaban tersebut datang daripada rakyat Malaysia yang sepatutnya peka dan sensitif terhadap sentimen keagamaan di Malaysia.

Laporan versi ‘online’ akhbar The Scotsman yang berpangkalan di Britain seperti yang dilaporkan dalam rencana oleh wartawan Eddie Barnes itu, secara terang-terangan melihatkan betapa Islam di Malaysia dieksploitasi oleh Anwar untuk dihebahkan di persada antarabangsa bagi memenuhi hasrat menguasai Putrajaya.

Bukti niat Anwar dan pakatan pembangkang di Malaysia jelas apabila dalam rencana akhbar The Scotsman itu disebut bahawa ‘dalam setahun yang menyaksikan pelbagai revolusi di luar dugaan yang berlaku di serata dunia, kini muncul seorang pemimpin yang akan mengepalai satu lagi (revolusi).’

Bukankah jelas apa yang dimaksudkan?

Asakan demi asakan dihalakan terhadap kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) di Putrajaya, hinggakan kini dengan hanya lebih kurang lapan bulan paling lama untuk diadakan Pilihan raya Umum Ke-13, pembangkang membangkitkan apa saja melalui bantahan demi bantahan untuk cuba melemahkan walaupun pegangan paling kuat kepada kerajaan BN.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Gratitude - It's a civilised trait...



Yes, there is such a thing as a day of gratitude, and in conjunction with that all-honourable gesture from the heart is the World Gratitude Day, which falls on Sept 21 every year.

By the time this article  is published here, that auspicious day will be over, but that must not stop us from delving into its significance to all humankind.

World Gratitude Day was started in 1977 by the United Nations' Meditation Group to celebrate a better life and to be grateful for all the things that bring joy to our daily existence.

Whenever we face challenges, the normal reaction would either be to be angry or worried, and we easily forget to understand why such a situation happens. We don't realise that it is, in fact, an opportunity for us to grow and learn.

The idea is for us to embrace challenges and be grateful, knowing that things are going our way, although the silver lining still escapes our spiritual radar.

Be grateful? What's in it for me, one may ask. Actually, it is such a mentality that can help transform us to discard our obsession with complaints, and to be a more motivated and positive character.

Here, in Malaysia, we have come of age. We have gone through almost untold trials and tribulations, from cowering under the dark shadows of imperialistic masters, to stand up against violent political ideologies, culminating in the coveted crown of independence in 1957.

Following that auspicious day of Aug 31, 1957, we have persevered and attained a higher level of existence with the formation of Malaysia.

That much we have achieved. So much we have dedicated to our struggle to create a better Malaysia.

World Gratitude Day is a time for us to be thankful -- to say thanks that we can still wake up each morning and see the sun rise in a land we manage ourselves, without having to exist under the shadow of another.

There are so many things to be thankful for, but on top of everything else in Malaysia now, it is an endorsement of things we now enjoy in peace and harmony.

No, being grateful on this day does not mean it is something personal only to the government of the day or even the prime minister, although looking deeper, we will see that it is that very government leading the country for the past 55 years that has made us what we are -- and that is, indeed, a reality.

If some among us choose to deny reality by bringing up trivialities and harp on the need for perfection, knowing that as mortals perfection can never be achieved, we will forever relegate ourselves to the backburner of development and opportunities for further growth.

The only way is to stop awhile and reflect on the good things we have. It is this reflection that should culminate in a heartfelt shower of thanks for our well-being.

Some laughed and mocked when the idea for societal thank you and gratefulness was mooted.

In their stubborn and strait-jacketed mindset, it is but a move fraught with greedy political undertones, to be resisted and ridiculed at all costs.

Should we be among those who feel that way, it is time we woke up and took a reality check.
We need to ask ourselves why we need to fight what is proven to be good. Why waste our energy on agitation and resistance to established order when we can do more things positively to help bring about excellence in Malaysia?

Gratefulness is the hallmark of greatness in a person. It is this quality that forms the thrust and basis for the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry coming out with colourful programmes that warm the heart.

And it is with this in mind that we call on all responsible Malay-sians to look back at our past and the prospects of a better future with whole-hearted gratefulness.

This can be done. The panacea is to stop a while, especially on this noble checkpoint we call World Gratitude Day, to say thank you for everything that's nice.

You can dance, you can pray, you can meditate and you can smile sincerely at everyone and say thank you.

I am grateful.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Price of Unfettered Freedom



It may be a cliche, but for every action, there will be a reaction.

What more an irresponsible action like the production and dissemination of a low-grade film mocking and ridiculing Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

Clips of the film have gone viral, courtesy of the unfettered visual based social media platform YouTube as well as the equally virulent and violent reactions of angry Muslims across the globe.

When initial reaction saw hundreds of protesters converging on the United States posts in Benghazi, Libya and Cairo, resulting in the death of US ambassador Christopher Stevens and four others, things begin to look bad -- very bad.

What happened was but one of the many examples of uncalled for provocation aimed at Muslims and Islam. It should not have happened, but it did, thanks to the misdirected anger, which should have been reserved for terrorism and all its many forms.

This time around, like several in the past, the flash-point was the much-touted land of freedom and opportunity -- the United States of America.

This is where personal freedom to do just about anything is jealousy guarded and even guaranteed under the constitution and entrenched in the nation's sacred document, the Bill of Rights.

In Malaysia, since we achieved independence in 1957, the government had always sought to ensure that peace and stability of the country was never compromised. To do so is not easy, given the myriad races who call this country home, and riding on the back of such varied ethnic differences are the disparate faiths.

And when it comes to faith, there can never be any compromise, no matter how insightful the pastors, ulama, monks or whoever presides over a religious flock. The differences in faith and spiritual practice have long been accepted as a unique facet of Malaysia's multi-ethnic populace. Respect has always been the order of the day, and tolerance is but the durable string that binds the hearts of Malaysians together.

However, somewhere along the line, the string of tolerance that has for long bound the hearts and minds of Malaysians to enable them to live in mutual respect with each other's differences seems to have come undone.

It could be due to the ravages of time that have brought rot to the bond, unleashing the demons of greed and disregard for others.

Today, with the advent of innovations in communications technology, the world has taken on a new dimension. The Internet and addictive forms of social media have given rise to stubborn and blinkered demands for more freedom of expression and speech throughout the world, including in Malaysia.

The Internet has, for quite some now, brought with it a myriad of social problems that often spill over into the provinces of politics and religion, with the latter perpetuating violence.

To address all these, governments are today at wits' end trying to come up with a cogent and effective set of laws to control transgressions emanating from the unfettered freedom of the almost lawless frontiers of the Internet.

In Malaysia, the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry, through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), has been appointed as the gatekeepers in this area.

With the recriminations and brickbats directed at the person at the top, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, the task of regulating and bringing some semblance of order to the cyber world is, indeed, not an enviable task.

So serious is this task of dealing with the demands for unfettered freedom within the frontiers of the digital world, which has now became an intrinsic part of "real" life, that other government agencies and institutions, including Parliament, have been called into action.

For Parliament, the latest move was the amendment of Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950, which presumes publication and ownership of offending items posted on the Internet as the owner's unless proven otherwise.

The amendment is meant to protect the country's security, and for all the recriminations directed at the government, detractors forget that things like acts of terrorism and provocation, as demonstrated by the irresponsible actions of the man behind the film Innocence of Muslims, should be reason enough to understand what the law stands for.

The freedom afforded by the Internet offers individuals the chance to hide behind false identities. It allows them to incite racial and religious hatred, which can ultimately trigger violent hate crimes, yet allows the perpetrator anonymity or immunity from prosecution.

This is but one area of contention that needs to be addressed and the responsibility, invariably, rests on the shoulders of the ministry through the MCMC.

Treading carefully between the need to allow space for the healthy development of new media and public freedom in cyberspace, the people must understand that the rights and sensitivities of multiracial Malaysia must always be guarded before it is too late.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tengok kebajikan orang bawahan jika mahukan pekerja taraf dunia



Saranan Ketua Setiausaha Negara Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa menggesa semua ketua jabatan dan agensi kerajaan mengambil berat kebajikan serta kemudahan penjawat awam, sesuatu yang patut direnungi secara serius.

Sememangnya, dalam perkhidmatan awam terdapat ramai kakitangan yang mahir, berkaliber dan mempunyai potensi taraf dunia, tetapi mereka terus berada di takuk lama kerana soal kebajikan tidak ditangani oleh orang atas.

Kebajikan mereka perlu diberi perhatian kerana, seperti kata Napoelon Bonaparte, ‘Sebuah Tentera Bergerak di Atas Perutnya.’ Apa yang dimaksudkan jeneral terbilang Perancis itu bahawa kebajikan orang bawahan dan pekerja yang mengapungkan kejayaan sesebuah negara atau organisasi perlu diberi perhatian penting dan utama.

Apa tidaknya? Bayangkan, di manakah seorang ketua jabatan dari segi prestasi dan reputasi tanpa input gigih dan positif daripada penjawat bawahan?

Bayangkan juga betapa jauh lonjakkan dan prestasi seseorang ketua jabatan yang berkaliber apabila berlaku sinergi dengan input orang bawah. Lebih beruntung jabatan berkenaan dan lebih dinamik negara.

Menurut Dr Ali Hamsa, jangan hanya mengharapkan mereka untuk memberikan perkhidmatan terbaik dan berkelas dunia kepada rakyat namun pada masa sama mereka bekerja dengan kemudahan dan suasana sebaliknya.

"Ketua jabatan jangan hanya melihat apa yang berlaku di hadapan kaunter perkhidmatan, lihat juga apa yang ada di belakang kaunter sama ada ia juga bertaraf dunia," katanya.

Realitinya, seperti pernah disuarakan oleh Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan,  Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim baru-baru ini, pengorbanan dan integriti penjawat awam dalam melaksanakan tugas juga antara wajah kemerdekaan yang perlu, selain hanya mengibarkan bendera dan melaungkan ‘Merdeka!’.

Saranan yang secara kebetulan disambut oleh Dr Ali Hamsa itu melengkapkan premis bahawa sikap peka ketua-ketua jabatan dan agensi kerajaan terhadap anak-anak buah mereka sesuatu yang penting demi usaha memperkasakan perkhidmatan awam dan seterusnya negara.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Apakah itu PUTERA-AMCJA?



Pada Januari 1947, Setiausaha Agung Parti Komunis Malaya, Lai Te atau Loi Tak yang memegang jawatan tersebut sebelum dikuasai Ching Peng, membiayai dan menyokong usaha untuk mewujudkan Malayan Democratic Union (MDU), yang merupakan sebuah pertubuhan pelbagai bangsa, tetapi untuk bukan Melayu.

MDU di garis untuk menggunakan program PKM bersama Parti Nasionalis Melayu (Malay Nationalist Party). Ia bertujuan menjadikannya sebahagian daripada Barisan Bersatu PKM (United Front) dengan misi untuk menentang perundingan di antara British, Raja-Raja Melayu dan UMNO bagi menggantikan Malayan Union.

Menyedari hakikat bahawa kaum Cina di Malaya dan Singapura melebihi jumlah orang Melayu, MDU menggesa diwujudkan dengan segera sebuah kerajaan berperwakilan yang diasaskan kepada Model Republikan. Barisan Bersatu berada di bawah bendera Majlis Tindakan Bersama Pan Malaya (Pan Malayan Council for Joint Action –PMCJA).

Bagaimana pun, PMCJA dilihat sebagai terlalu pro bukan Melayu, dan disebabkan itu Burhanuddinn Helmi dipaksa oleh para pemimpin sayap kiri Melayu supaya membawa keluar Parti Nasionalis Melayu (Malay Nasionalist party – MNP). Beliau kemudian menubuhkan PUTERA (Pusat Tenaga Rakyat) sebagai ‘kenderaan’ baru bagi melaksanakan segala desakan Melayu bersayap kiri ke arah menubuhkan sebuah kerajaan berperwakilan berbentuk Republikan yang pro Indonesia.

Pihak PKM menyedari kesilapan bahawa mereka telah merampas daripada Barisan Bersatu ilusi sokongan Melayu, mereformasi PMCJA dan  menjadikannya apa yang dikenali sebagai Majlis Tindakan Bersama Se-Malaya (All Malayan Council for Joint Action –AMCJA). Selain itu, mereka juga gagal menarik PUTERA yang dikuasai MNP supaya menyertai semula gabungan PUTERA-AMCJA yang di pengerusikan secara bersama oleh presiden masing-masing, iaitu Burhanuddin Helmi dan Tan Cheng Lock.

PUTERA-AMCJA seterusnya merangka sebuah Perlembagaan Rakyat sebagai persiapan untuk melawan Perjanjian Persekutuan Malaya yang sedang disiapkan oleh UMNO, Raja-Raja Melayu dan British.

Perjanjian Persekutuan dijangka mengehadkan kewarganegaraan bukan Melayu bagi tujuan melenyapkan kebimbangan kumpulan majoriti Melayu sayap kanan yang bimbang orang bukan Melayu yang begitu ramai jumlahnya akan mengetepikan orang Melayu. Pada muka surat 199 memoir Chin Peng, beliau berkata, “AMCJA bukan sebenarnya satu kumpulan komunis…ia sebaliknya tegas di bawah pengaruh kami.”

Tidak pernah terlintas di hati Cheng Lock untuk menjadi kongkongan PKM, tetapi itulah sebenarnya yang berlaku!

Tidak lama kemudian British mengetepikan persepsi kononnya PUTERA-AMCJA mewakili seluruh rakyat, kerana MNP hanya sekumpulan kecil individu Melayu bersayap kiri, walhal majoriti orang Melayu berada bersama UMNO – termasuk juga puak ulama yang menjadi ahli UMNO sehingga 1956, apabila mereka berpecah untuk menubuhkan PAS.

Bagi orang Cina pula, mereka berpecah, dan berpandukan keadaan tersebut mereka telah meyakinkan Cheng Lock supaya meninggalkan AMCJA dan seterusnya berunding dengan UMNO. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cina HK dabik dada kononnya lebih berdarjat, bantah dasar nasional



Menjelang sesi penggal persekolahan baru di HongKong, beribu orang penunjuk perasaan pada Rabu berhimpun untuk membantah kelas baru di bawah sukatan pelajaran rasmi kerajaan China.

Mereka membantah kononnya tindakan memperkenalkan kelas menggunakan sukatan pelajaran baru itu bertujuan mempengaruhi pelajar secara ‘pembasuhan otak.’

Itu dakwaan mereka, tetapi hakikatnya jika dilihat dari segi kenegaraan, kerajaan China mempunyai hak dan bertanggungjawab memastikan piawaian serta kesamarataan sistem pendidikan di negara itu.

Bagi kita di sini, menyorot perkembangan terbaru itu, rasa terpanggil juga untuk mengimbau kembali peristiwa beberapa dekad dulu apabila pemimpin kita berkunjung ke Beijing sebagai antara negara pertama menjalinkan persahabatan dengan negara tersebut.

Kita antara lain meminta supaya China mengambil balik orang Cina yang tidak memiliki kewarganegaraan Malaysia.

Malangnya, permintaan Malaysia ditolak dengan alasan puak-puak yang lari ke Malaya dulu bukan daripada rumpun bangsa Cina yang tulen; Mereka dianggap masyarakat di persisiran yang kebanyakannya tinggal di bahagian selatan negara itu.

Oleh yang demikian, dengan jawapan itu, perhatian terus merujuk kepada rakyat Hong Kong dan penduduk di sekitar wilayah tersebut.

Apakah memang ada kebenaran alasan yang diberikan pemimpin China berkenaan – bahawa kononnya golongan-golongan yang dimaksudkan suka bergaduh, tamak dan suka membantah?

Demonstrasi di Hong Kong yang merupakan bekas jajahan British sebelum diserap sebahagian dari wilayah China, menyingkap apa sebenarnya tersirat di sebalik pesona dan karakter orang Cina di Hong Kong.

Hong Kong diletakkan di bawah China sejak 15 tahun lalu, tetapi dibenarkan berpaut sedikit sebanyak kepada autonomi daripada sistem pemerintahan di tanah besar China.

Kajian oleh University of Hong Kong pada Disember lepas mendapati penduduk Hong Kong melihat diri mereka sebagai ‘rakyat Hong Kong’ dan bukan ‘rakyat China.’  Mereka lebih menganggap diri sebagai ‘anggota bangsa China’ daripada ‘rakyat China,’ dan tidak ingin dilabelkan sebagai warganegara Republik Rakyat China – satu label yang mereka menganggap sebagai tidak sesuai kerana merasakan diri lebih tinggi dan lebih berdarjat sebagai ‘warga global.’

Bagi pihak kerajaan China kelas sukatan pelajaran baru yang dikenali sebagai modul ‘Moral dan Pendidikan Nasional’ itu diperkenalkan untuk mengukuhkan identiti nasional selain menanam nilai-nilai dan sikap positif di kalangan pelajar.

Mungkin demi kenegaraan dan perpaduan, kerajaan China melihat rancangan terbaru itu sebagai kaedah paling baik untuk membetulkan apa yang dilihat sebagai sikap sikap bongkak dan sombong penduduk Hong Kong.

Kembali kepada senario di Malaysia kita rasa terpanggil untuk merujuk kepada desakan Dong Zong, antara lain.

Apa yang berlaku di Hong Kong sekarang ini membuat kita semacam tersentak, justeru tersedar untuk mengerti apa yang dirasakan kerajaan dalam usaha memupuk identiti dan nilai kenegaraan Malaysia.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What and who powers Radio Bangsar Utama?



The ‘anarchist’, Hishamuddin Rais is a veritable magnet that attracts the attention of the alternative (political) media. Aside from his column in Malaysiakini, which constantly beats the rhythm of discontent, he has a blog, which he named ‘Tukar Tiub’ and his very own Radio Bangsar Utama.

His vacuum cleaner of a blog, which readily sucks in the youthful detritus of undecided and mostly blind political minds, has thus far produced two understudies in the likes of Rahmat Haron and Amin Iskandar – both portal columnists with links to foreign sponsors.

Better known as ‘Black’, Amin Iskandar has graduated to the post of Assistant News Editor of another renegade pseudo news portal, The Malaysian Insider.

Radio Bangsar Utama, an offshoot of Radiq Radio

The alternative renegade radio project was mooted by Sonia Randhawa, whom detractors have readily labelled as a ‘foreign agent’ at the Malaysian campus of Monash University and the community-funded independent New Era College.

Sonia Randhawa was introduced in a working paper submitted by the Institute for Democracy and Reform (INDEFOR) to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). The incriminating letter was duly discovered on the premises, and through which she was appointed the director of the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), responsible for the training of causes founded on freedom of information to specific groups in Malaysia.

Part of Sonia’s profile in the paper described her as an editor at Radiq Radio, which was an independent radio station operating from 2001 till 2004.

Besides Sonia, the paper introduced three other characters, namely Cynthia Gabriel (Executive Director of SUARAM), Ibrahim Suffian (Merdeka Centre) and Azizuddin Ahmad (ABIM).

A handwritten note on the front page of the paper referred to the US-based foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

According Allen Weinstein, who helped draft the legislation establishing it, the NED was established in 1983 as a CIA front for international control agenda, hidden aptly behind the cloak of project funding for ‘democracy.’

A 2007 annual report of grants to Malaysia, it was recorded the CIJ headed by Sonia had received USD15, 000 in 2007.

At one time, Malaysiakini reported that Rahmat had worked with Radiq Radio.

Pro LGBT activist, Shanon Shah, who was the Executive Director of Amnesty International Malaysia (AIM) is said to be part of the deal.

The colour yellow prominently used as the theme of Radio Bangsar Utama is almost identical with the shade of yellow used by the amnesty.org website.

Incidentally, the same shade of yellow is the chosen colour of BERSIH and the recently infamous JANJI BERSIH , of which Hishamuddin Rais is among the core imitators.

Investigative writer of Land Destroyer Report, David Carlucci wrote in his piece, “A foreign-funded movement for a foreign-serving agenda,” Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch (HRW) are two international human rights organisations sponsored by no other than George Soros, through his Open Society Institute (OSI).

In his article, “Amnesty International is US State Department Propaganda”, Carlucci expounded on the intimate link between Amnesty and the US State Department.

Close ties between Maria Chin and Hishamuddin Rais

In a book written by Kamarazaman Yaakob titled “Bersama Anwar ke Penjara” (With Anwar in Prison), the writer, who was a former president of PMUM (University Malaya Students Association) tells how Hishamuddin Rais had at one time hid in the late Usman Awang’s house before escaping abroad in 1974.

According to Kamarazaman, another PMUM activist, who followed suit was Yunus Lebai Ali.

“Yunus Ali fled the country. He was a PMUM activist, who joined the PLO while abroad,” said Kamarazaman.

The description given by Kamarazaman, who is the elder brother of Minister for Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is as though Yunus Ali sacrificed himself for the Palestinian struggle all his life.

However, according to a Malaysiakini’s recording in memory of Yunus Ali, his wife Maria Chin Abdullah sees it differently.

And besides Maria, the portal interviewed three individuals who were close to Yunus. They were Hishamuddin Rais, Amin Iskandar and Dr Rohana Ariffin – all labelled as ‘fine’ examples socialist stalwarts.

Maria Chin recalled her meeting with Yunus Ali in London in 1979, the point from which things began to roll.

She said her husband’s stint as a fugitive abroad finally came to an end when the couple returned to Malaysia during Tun Mahathir’s era as Prime Minister.

Upon returning, Yunus formed the National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI), which aimed to recruit the younger generation in efforts to change the political system.

Besides NIEI, Maria Chin was active in other human rights and feminist NGOs, including EMPOWER and SUARAM, which is essentially the spine propping up BERSIH.

According to the website gndem.org, NIEI is an offshoot of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), which is an organisation operating out of Bangkok, and NAMFREL (The National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections), based in the Philippines.

Also included, was BERSIH as one of the movements under both ANFREL and NAMFREL.

According to former CIA operative, Philip Agee, NAMFREL is sponsored by the CIA.

“CIA’s  modus operandi was to setup a strong organisation (NGO) in the Pacific region, which will involve itself in what is termed as ‘election observers’ or something to that effect.

“The first that I came to know of was NAMFREL in the Philippines, which was formed circa 1950-1951 as among the country’s efforts to fight rebellion.

“And we implemented it through NAMFREL …NAMFREL inspired the much used war cry ‘People Power,” he said.