Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Perak rebels seeks to remove Sivakumar as Speaker

As expected, rebel menteri besar Zambry Kadir has sought to table a motion to remove Perak state legislative Speaker, V Sivakumar, at a May 7 assembly sitting he has called.

Abdullah Antong Sabri, the assembly secretary whom Sivakumar suspended for insubordination, signed and sent out the notices for the motion on Apr 27. Elected representatives were asked to submit their nominations for Sivakumar’s replacement by Apr 30.

However, Pakatan Rakyat was unfazed by the latest manoeuvre against Sivakumar. A DAP leader and the first ethnic Indian in the country to become a Speaker of a legislative body, Sivakumar has been a key force in helping the Pakatan resist the Umno-BN’s coup d'etat of the Perak state government.

“This is unusual and will be the first time such a move has been made in Malaysia,” said Perak DAP Secretary and Pantai Remis assemblyman Nga Kor Ming.

According to Nga, the Speaker had the right to reject or accept any motion, including one aimed at himself. He also lashed out at Zambry for using Sivakumar’s suspended secretary to issue the notices.

“This shows that they think they can do whatever they want. We will let the Speaker decide on the motion,” Nga said.

The Pantai Remis representative, who is also a prominent lawyer, warned that Zambry’s latest move was in contempt of the High Court, where there is still an ongoing lawsuit challenging Zambry’s legitimacy as Menteri Besar.

Pakatan leaders will also be meeting on Thursday to chart out their next course of action. Said Perak DAP Chairman and Sitiawan assemblyman Ngeh Koo Ham: “Since the notice is illegal and hence void, we will not be responding to it. It is just another piece of paper, floating around.”

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Penanti poll on 31 May

The Penanti by-election will be held on 31 May , the prime minister's department's Election Commission (EC) announced yesterday morning. This time the EC had given up hope and decided to set the polling on Sunday.

Despite so many attempts by EC to reduce voter turnout to favour the BN-Umno rulers in the previous by-elections, voters turnout seems to be increasing and so does the majorities won by Pakatan Rakyat candidates.

This shows the voters are more determine nowadays to ensure changes in our nation.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Perak state assembly sitting on 7 May illegal

The state assembly sitting in Perak scheduled on 7 May next month which was called by the rebel menteri besar Dr Zambry Abd Kadir is deemed illegal because it did not adhere by the procedures of the state assembly and therefore, unconstitutional.

Besides, the Speaker V.Sivakumar was not even aware of the intended state assembly sitting which was planned by the rebel state government believed to be aimed at ousting him.

According to the Speaker’s newly appointed state assembly secretary Misbahhul Munir Masduki, the former state assembly secretary Abdullah Antung was suspended from his position because he had breached the procedures of the assembly by receiving an unconstitutional instruction from the rebel menteri besar to convene for the assembly sitting without the knowledge of the Speaker.

The call for the state assembly sitting should be made by the Speaker himself who will then instruct the assembly secretary to inform the Sultan for consent to convene the assembly sitting. Upon obtaining the consent from the Sultan, the Speaker will then issue the notices of invitation to all state assemblymen to attend the state assembly sitting.

The situation now is otherwise, the rebel menteri besar Dr Zambry Abd Kadir was making the call and instructed the former state assembly secretary Abdullah Antung to convene the sitting on his behalf, without even informing the Speaker. Since the Speaker was unaware of the sitting, who illegally signed the notices of invitation then? Did Dr Zambry himself sign it as “acting speaker”? Or Abdullah might have signed it by putting “bagi pihak Speaker”.

In this case, Dr Zambry illegally acted as a speaker, thus sidelining Sivakumar completely. The rebel menteri besar had in fact ignored the constitutional rights and powers of the Speaker and insulted the state constitution.

After proclaiming himself a menteri besar of the rebel state government, Dr Zambry now wanted to proclaim himself a speaker to chair the state assembly. Perak Umno is about to stage a second rebellion and coup d’etat against the state of Perak and its constitution.

Ketuanan Umno is now above the law, above the constitution, above the sultanate or they might even claim to be above Allah s.w.t. or God in near future.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Bersih: EC chairman should resign

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) said Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof’s position would be untenable if he continues to act like a Barisan Nasional (BN) election agent.

Ia statement to the media BERSIH said all state officers should observe administrative neutrality. "If Abdul Aziz cannot control his partisan behaviour, he should just quit his job and work full-time as a BN election agent or lead a lobby group advocating for the abolition of elections," the statement said.

"Abdul Aziz is constitutionally duty-bound to ensure free, fair and clean elections, his job is not to prevent elections and by-elections especially when it looks like BN cannot ensure victory," the coalition said.

BERSIH said Abdul Aziz’s earlier statement that he will study the possibility of not having a by-election in Penanti -right after Najib gave the excuse of by-election fatigue shows that the EC is a parrot that echoes BN’s opinions.

"Also, the EC’s insistence on studying and deciding if a seat is vacant rather than accepting the Legislature Speaker’s judgment, in Perak and now in Penanti, is both partisan and malicious," the statement said.

Lastly, Abdul Aziz’s earlier comment that the voting pattern in Kuala Sepetang was worrying was also gravely inappropriate and uncalled for. The EC’s job is to administer elections, not make patronizing, partisan and unsolicited advice on the outcome of elections, it added.

BERSIH said as elections, including by-elections are core to a representative democracy, EC must not propose any changes to deprive voters of their right to decide who they want to represent them.

"If the principle of "no taxation without representation" is violated, a government which collects tax revenue will be reduced to nothing but a mafia outfit which extorts protection money from the people," the statement said.

The coalition also urged EC to push for the lifting of Article 48(6) which bars an elected representative from re-contesting for five years after resigning from the seat.

Elections are like job interviews. An employee has the right to resign and seek reappointment under different conditions. Whether the person is to be employed depends on the prospective employer - Agencies.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Third coup d’etat expected in Perak

Another coup d’etat is expected to take place in Perak on 7 May next month when the state assembly sitting is to be convened by the Perak rebel menteri besar Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

Why do we see this as another coup attempt? Because Dr Zambry and his rebel state government wanted to overthrow the state assembly speaker V.Sivakumar with unconstitutional and undemocratic means. Sivakumar as speaker was not notified at all on the planned state assembly sitting on 7 May organized by the rebel state government.

That means in their motion to convene the state assembly proceeding, the speaker does not exist at all. Dr Zambry had in fact taken over the role of the speaker from Sivakumar and this action clearly shows disrespect on the normal democratic process and totally unconstitutional. Besides, it was also reported that Dr Zambry and his rebel state government also planned to oust Sivakumar when the state assembly convene on 7 May.

First of all is this state assembly legal? It is an illegal one as the speaker was sidelined from the entire process and proceedings, from planning, administration, notification right down to documentations. There is no justice at all now in Perak, which is now under the dictatorship of the rebel state government led by Umno.

Umno supremacist had reign control all over Perak now. They are above the law and they can do anything they like according to their wish and so on. With Umno in power now in Perak, the drug-related ecstasy pills business which being managed by Umno Grik division is also fast expanding.

The second coup d’etat previously was Perak Umno mobilized their supporters and with the assistance of the federal security forces stormed the state assembly building and prevented our state assemblymen from convening a sitting despite being called by the speaker. By storming and confiscating the state assembly building at that time means denying the democratic rights of the state assemblymen and the people who had voted in their representatives to speak for them.

Well, every one of us knew what was the first coup d’etat like. It happened when three state assemblymen from Pakatan Rakyat became independent, and the Perak Umno state assemblymen quickly convened their state assembly sitting at the Perak Umno headquarters which is chaired by their self-proclaimed “speaker” Najib Razak, because they did not want the lawful speaker Sivakumar to step into the Perak Umno building. The result of the state assembly sitting in the Perak Umno headquarters was a no-confidence motion was passed by all the Umno state assemblymen together with the three recently turned independent state assemblymen, which toppled the elected Perak state government under the leadership of Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin.

Therefore, when the third coup d’etat takes place on 7 May, Perak Umno is expected to mobilize their radicals and the federal security forces again to prevent the democratic rights from taking its place in Perak. Democracy is already dead in Perak. A ruthless rebel state government is now in charge.

Dr M to lead Umno campaign in Penanti

We are so glad to hear that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad is willing to lead the Umno’s campaign machinery in the upcoming by-election in Penanti state constituency.

Let us all welcome him and his team to campaign for their Umno candidate and the results would be terrific and wonderful.

As reported in the Malaysiakini recently, Dr Mahathir had stated his willingness to lead the Umno campaign machinery to storm the PKR stronghold as part of his revenge against PKR Advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Dr Mahathir wanted to “finish off” Anwar once and for all via the Penanti by-election.

In order for him to seek revenge on Anwar, Dr Mahathir is now seems to be pressuring the current Umno president and prime minister Datuk Najib Razak have the party contest in the by-election. Earlier Najib had indicated that the party may not be contesting in the by-election citing wastage of party and government funds, added that the by-election was nothing but a PKR political ploy which the Umno should not be involved with.

While the Najib faction favours a no-contest in Penanti, the Mahathir faction is putting up its pressure onto the Najib faction to take up the contest at the state constituency which is pre-dominantly a Malay majority area.

Will the Najib faction bow to Mahathir’s pressure then? And if Najib were to bow to Mahathir, what will Najib be at the end? Looks like Mahathir is beginning to overshadowing Najib and is he willing to allow Mahathir to control his administration?

Read more in our Bahasa Malaysia version.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Gerik Umno youth leaders arrested for drugs

We got to know from our fellow bloggers via Malaysiakini that four leaders of the Umno youth belonged to Umno Gerik Division has been arrested by the Thai police force in Betong for smuggling drug-related ecstasy pills last week on 10 April.

According to a reliable source, the division Umno youth leaders were then being detained at a police lock up in Bentong police station awaiting trial. Then on 12 April, it was reported that the Gerik Umno division chairman who is also the former Perak menteri besar, Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali had gone over the Betong, Thailand together with the division information chief to seek their release from the Thai police detention.

In order to seek the release of his youth divisional leaders, Tajol had to fork out about RM60,000 to pay the Thai police in order to have the drug charges against them dropped.

According to another source who is attached to the Gerik District Police headquarters, the police here has been observing these Umno youth leaders’ activities who frequently misused the party division’s van for some time but due to the pressure of some local top Umno leaders in Gerik, there is nothing they could do as attempts to arrest them at the Perak side were always blocked following interference from the local top Umno leaders.

Fed up and frustrated with the situation, the Gerik police decided to inform their counterparts in Thailand in order to have them arrested at the other side of the border.

And this is what Umno’ supremacist order is. Umno leaders who hold onto their ketuanan always enjoy being above the law and they are doing what they like be it against the law and order. Because they are above the law!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Pressure piles on T'ganu MB to step down

Malaysiakini ~ Eighteen of the 24 Barisan Nasional-Umno elected representatives in the state are now pushing for the unpopular Ahmad Said to relinquish his post as Mentri Besar of Terengganu.

Looks like a civil war in within BN-Umno is ongoing. They rebel against their own leadership in the state. BN-Umno not only have to face Pakatan Rakyat but they will have to face their rivals from within their party as well which is indeed more tense.

Well, let them fight to their death.

Umno can never learn

We just still cannot understand why BN-Umno still cannot realize and do not want to learn from their mistakes they had did and are still doing now.

In the case of Pakatan Rakyat, they did as per their principles and stand. Once they find they can no longer accept their elected representatives tainted with corruptions, they will remove them from office.

We see this as a noble thing to do as once you are perceived as tainted or corrupted, you will be always subject to threats and it will compromise your ethics and works. Apart from that, if you are tainted and corrupted, the institution that you are working for will also be affected as people may perceive the entire institution as tainted as well.

We all know that more people are getting tired with by-elections one after another but the people also knows that this is the right move to flush out all compromised representatives and leaders.

This is supposedly how our private sectors are doing it to their employees to ensure integrity of a company is not tarnished with such practices. And our country’s system should also be working in such manner to ensure integrity of public office is maintained.

From here, we could also see that Umno and its BN lackeys are still in denial mode. Their leaders, ministers, deputy ministers and mentris besar had been tainted and corrupted for decades and no one dare to take measures to remove them from office. And that is why the entire institution of the BN and Umno all over the nation completely tainted with corruptions, money politics, power abuses and a lot more.

And yet they still dare, shamelessly talk about other people who are out there doing their best to ensure their housekeeping is in order.

BN and Umno should look at themselves at the mirror first before they comment and condemn other parties for conducting their own clean up. In fact, BN and Umno themselves have been tainted for decades and they did not bother to ensure the integrity of their organizations are maintained but instead letting it spread from bad to worst in order to benefit and enrich their cronies and political allies.

Now, BN and Umno are complaining that they are running out of funds and money because of too many by-elections which they have to contest and blamed Pakatan Rakyat of playing politics in such way. If they are really short of funds or cash right now because of the previously several failed by-elections contests, then they should not contest in the upcoming by-election in the Penanti state constituency and let Pakatan Rakyat win unopposed. Don’t blame Pakatan Rakyat just because you cash and funds has been reduced.

BN and Umno should also realize that, knowing that they are going to lose most of the by-elections, they still stubbornly contested it and misused all the government machineries and funds to support them by providing the strongest ever resources to their candidates. Isn’t all these wastage of public funds and money?

And if BN and Umno were to realize their potential losses and mistakes earlier, they would have withdraw from most of the by-elections and avoid any further contests. With this, they will be able to help save billions of ringgit.

So, why blame Pakatan Rakyat for all your funds drained dry? BN-Umno should blame themselves and not Pakatan Rakyat and not the people for being “ungrateful”. Their mindsets, thinking and maturity are still behind time and they are almost outdated with no political wisdom at all.

It is a clear fact that BN and Umno are still in denial mode, they felt too hard and too difficult to change, to reform and diverse, and that is why they can never change at all.

Read more in our Bahasa Malaysia version.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

In that case, give us a walkover

If the Penanti by-election was a waste of time and money as suggested by the prime minister, Anwar suggested that BN spared the trouble by letting PKR retain the seat.

What the PKR advisor said is reasonable, if BN and Umno feel that it will be waste of time and money and they are not confident of capturing the seat, don't contest the seat as they too will be wasting their money, time and resources.

Furthermore, it was BN and Umno who are spending billions of ringgit via government machineries to assist its candidates who are contesting while Pakatan Rakyat's resources are limited.

It is certain that BN and Umno's fundings are now drying up and that is why they are complaining about wasting time and money. If they have think of that earlier, and withdraw their candidates from the earlier by-elections, billions of ringgit could as well being saved.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fairus resigns as Penanti assemblyman; by-election imminent

Former Penang deputy chief minister Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin yesterday resigned as Penanti state assemblyman, confirming weeks of speculation that a by-election for the Penanti state seat was likely.

In a press statement, Mohammad Fairus, 33, said he took this step to resign as a state representative to protect the interest of his party, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

The politician tendered his resignation as DCM I and state executive councillor effective April 8 and since then, PKR has yet to name a replacement.

Party's request baffling

By: Kalaichelvan

ONE is baffled by MIC’s argument that it needs more cabinet space to serve the Indian community better when one wonders why the need for cabinet positions to serve the community?

Political parties like Parti Sosialis Malaysia have been serving the communities without any cabinet positions so what is MIC’s point here or is MIC requesting the additional space for serving its members better?

Political parties in Malaysia often struggle to differentiate between their own members and the communities they are to serve when it comes to enriching the people. But why is MIC asking for more cabinet positions when its president only requested for one minister and two deputies in his meeting with the prime minister just two days before the announcement of the new cabinet?

They got what they asked for and this is the same president, who for the last 30 years was happy with the 1+2 cabinet space when he himself was a minister in the cabinet. He may have occupied a bigger space in the cabinet before but the Indian community has none the less never benefited from it then, so why should it now when nothing else has changed with MIC?

One should negotiate for more from a position of strength and not from a position of weakness, which is what MIC is today and sinking further by the day. There have been no signs of recovery from its disastrous performance in the last general elections; the Indian community has by and large walked away from MIC, rendering it irrelevant to its welfare and its re-branding exercise is all form without content. This latest song and dance by MIC for more cabinet space is yet another sign of desperate times signalling the nearing to the end of an ailing political party that was once relevant to the Indian community.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Eli Wong to remain as exco, state rep

Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim today announced that Elizabeth Wong will remain as both state executive councillor as well as Bukit Lanjan assemblyperson. She will report for work again tomorrow morning after a long vacation.

'This is the hardest decision that I have to make in my life and it is with the greatest humility that I accept the Selangor state’s offer to remain in office,' says Elizabeth Wong who had just confirmed she will stay on to both of her state positions to continue serving the people and the state. Latter in her statement, she also thank the Sultan of Selangor for his guidance and advice.

Welcome back Eli !

BN (Umno) rebels move to oust Terengganu MB

Malaysiakini ~ 10 BN (Umno) backbenchers did not turn up at Terengganu state assembly sitting today in a move related to their bid to oust Menteri Besar Ahmad Said.

Then later today, the 10 BN (Umno) rebels who ‘boycotted’ the Terengganu state assembly sitting yesterday, turned up at the morning sitting today after being warned by Umno president Najib Razak that stern action would be taken against them.

It seems that the rebellion had failed to materialised because of the threat from the party's top leadership and those rebels have to bow down in order to maintain their positions and wealth.

Anyway, this is Umno's civil war and if they want to fight, just let them hate, hate, fight, fight and fight to their last drop of blood. They are all fond of these.

Muhyiddin said Chinese were being ungrateful

The newly appointed deputy prime minister and Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently said that the Chinese voters are being so ungrateful in voting for the Pakatan Rakyat and continue deceiving Umno and Barisan Nasional in the recently concluded by-elections.

Looks like Muhyiddin and his Umno colleagues are still in denial mode. They still do not believe in the spirit of democracy and choose instead to blame the entire Chinese community for their continuous election failures and defeats.

They cannot realize what went wrong in their party and their beliefs. They had forgotten what they had did to Perak recently and what they had done to the other innocent people by harassing and arresting them, then put them in prisons and detentions without trial.

Muhyiddin and his Umno colleagues had forgotten that they talked about racism, political hatreds, revenge, violence and incite provocations. They thought by showing off their threats and warnings, our people would be afraid and vote for them in fear.

The Umno mindsets are totally outdated and cannot be changed anymore. Umno did not want to see a full, free and fair system of parliamentary democracy in Malaysia and denied that Malaysians had made their choice but put the entire blame instead onto the Chinese community.

As we had already knew, Umno had blatantly rejected Gerakan’s Malaysian Malaysia, DAP’s Malaysian First and even the Vision 2020’s Bangsa Malaysia. So, what does Najib’s OneMalaysia actually mean?

OneMalaysia will definitely fail just like Bangsa Malaysia had, because as long as Umno continues its reign over our nation, ketuanan Melayu (actually ketuanan Umnoputras) will always be there. Their arrogance and supremacist ideas will remain. How is OneMalaysia going to be materialized anyway?

Muhyddin’s statement also gives a very, very clear impression that the Umno leadership had refused to accept the facts and verdict that happened in the “8 March political tsunami” last year.

Besides, Najib’s OneMalaysia slogan and concept had also made some Umno leaders uneasy as if this concept is materialized, it may jeopardize their ketuanan and supremacist position in the party and our nation.

So, is OneMalaysia really going to be translated into a firm directive, policies and programs? On one condition, Umno must be disbanded at all cost and will Najib able to accept that?

Can Umno really change?

Based on the recently concluded by-elections, we had saw, heard and witnessed the election campaigns of Umno and its BN component parties.

Their campaign styles were all conservative, outdated and irrelevant. In fact none of their activities impress the people. Same old topics, repeated from during Tunku Abdul Rahman’s and Tun Abdul Razak’s era.

Umno and their BN lackeys always talk about race instead of respect, development instead of democracy, faith instead of friendship and finally treason instead of trust.

In fact, their campaigning activities had already shown that their maturity after ruling our nation for about 52 years is still zero. They still cannot realize what are their mistakes and irrelevance after ruling this nation for so long.

Just simply one basic example and this they had repeatedly failed despite their so-called “post mortem”. The Umno campaigns in the Malay areas, their MCA colleagues are assigned to campaign in Chinese areas and townships while MIC was send into Indian dominated areas, telling the same old stories over and over again all the time. Umno calling for Malay unity, MCA calling for Chinese unity and MIC talked about Indian unity. Just what kind of unity are all these?

When Umno campaigns, they talk about race and comes hatred, after that warning, then police report lodged against this and that. They actions seem to be very revengeful all the time. They are always very angry all the time.

MCA will talk about development, education, building roads and organizing free dinners for the people, while MIC continues with its usual “tanahair kita” theme, which was often mentioned by Samy Vellu.

This means Umno and its BN colleagues had already ran out of ideas. They did not have any new and reform programs for the people or they are just denying all these because if they renew and reform, they are afraid they might lose their positions and powers that they had being with it for so long.

Umno and BN are afraid of respect, democracy, friendship and trust as all these criteria will certainly jeopardize their positions and powers that they had been enjoying 52 years ago. They wanted to hold on as long as possible in order to accumulate more wealth.

Therefore, competency, accountability, transparency, justice, equality, democracy and freedom will one day wipe out both Umno and its BN component parties naturally. It will come soon.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Nik Aziz okays to Perak DAP secretary

The PAS Mursyidul Am and Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat gave his blessings to Perak DAP secretary Ngar Kor Ming who came under fire from Umno for reciting Quranic verses during the Bukit Gantang’s by-election campaign.

During a ceramah where Ngar spoke, some Quranic verses were recited in order to explain to the people on the current political situation in Perak. As the result, a pro-Umno NGO called the Malay Unity Action Force had lodged a police report against him by twisting the facts that Ngar had insulted the Quran.

This clearly shows the stupidity of Umno and its lackey Malay Unity Action Force in harping into such issue to gain political mileage and at the same time to provoke anger, hatred and revenge on Pakatan Rakyat. They tried to twist the facts and truth so the people would believe them.

Lucky for Pakatan Rakyat, the people understood the entire situation and voted for Datuk Nizar Jamaluddin by giving him an increased majority, thus sending him straight to the parliament. With the victory in Bukit Gantang, it also demonstrated that the people had rejected Umno’s coup d’etat which toppled the legitimate state government on last February.

Seven who took part in human rights march to know fate on 16 April

Seven people, including four lawyers, will know if they are to enter into defense for the charge of taking part in an illegal assembly in a human rights day march two years ago.

According to the prosecution and the police, the seven who were charged are disrupting public harmony at that time. We wish to question the authorities, what kind of activities had these people done to disrupt public harmony and did they do it? Can the authorities prove it? This is political motivated. Just because they are against BN-Umno government’s ketuanan style of reign supreme over oour people, the authorities are quick to arrest these innocent people who merely wanted their rights and voice heard. They wanted things to be cover-up from the public.

And the defense attorneys, who are representing the seven had their strong good reasons, it was a peaceful walk and did not disrupt nor provoke anyone. The gathering was merely a remembrance to those who observe the human rights day. It was the authorities who had provoked the entire situation so it became unruly and the police could march in start making unwarranted arrest.

This is clearly a violation of human rights.

Is Najib’s cabinet entirely clean?

When Datuk Najib Razak took his oath as prime minister, he promised our people that his government would be a clean one.

Was it really clean or how clean was the cabinet? And from the announcement of the new line-up made last week, it does not look impressive at all. The new cabinet line-up could have been drafted by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir and Najib could have merely made the presentation on his behalf. The question here, is Mahathir ruling from behind scene?

Then man who was once well known for his keris wielding in the Umno youth, named Hishammuddin is now a holding a powerful position as home minister, while the guy who actually helped to engineer the coup d’etat in Perak, Zahid Hamidi has been rewarded with the defense minister position which made him overall responsible for the country’s armed force.

This situation is rather unwanted by many people. Hishammuddin as the new home minister will rest control over the police and security force to avenge those who had went against him and the keris previously, while Zahid Hamidi was given the defense minister’s position as a reward because of his active role in toppling the Perak state government on last February and installed a rebel state government led by Perak Umno. This will give Zahid an advantage to use the military against the Pakatan Rakyat should the situation in the Perak constitution crisis runs out of control.

And the rest of the members of the new cabinet are not new at all. Najib’s line-up which is essentially the same people and some of Mahathir’s men were brought in or retained, with only a few new faces who are in less effective positions.

Besides, some of the ministers appointed are not even elected representatives of the parliament or rejected by our people in the general elections last year. Those who lost in last year’s poll were Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Datuk Shahrizat Jalil, to name a few, appointed as ministers after they were quickly sworn in as members of the senate. Getting someone rejected by the people into the cabinet is totally unwarranted.

Therefore, there’s nothing a new nor clean at all in Najib’s new cabinet line-up. Much of the Umno’s old guards and conservatives had been retained in the new administration. Were most of them drafted by Mahathir? There is some suspicion as his son Datuk Muhkriz has been appointed a deputy minister. Umno youth chief and son-in-law of former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Khairy Jamaluddin who has a very high profile political ambition has been clearly sideline from any position in the new administration.

It has been reported that Khairy’s exclusion and Muhkriz’s appointment has been the request of Mahathir. It also looked very quite awkward when Umno youth deputy chief Razali Ibrahim has been appointed a deputy minister which clearly indicated that Khairy had received a total black out from Najib.

And what will happen then? When Razali begin to consolidate his power as a deputy minister, he will flex his muscles in the Umno youth in future which may pose a serious threat and challenge to Khairy’s credibility and position as the movement’s number one. Sooner or later, a power struggle in the Umno youth will began to erupt.

Najib’s decision not to appoint Khairy as traditionally, other Umno youth chief got, was to curb his rising influence in the party that he build up previously with the help of his premier father-in-law. Khairy who was once known as the 4th floor kid who make decisions and flexing his influence from behind, is now being targeted by Mahathir’s men who all along wanted his powers in the party curbed.

In this case, Khairy’s ambition to become a prime minister one day is now gone. His political direction is now becoming uncertain and so do most of his strong supporters and fund backers. Is Khairy going to sit down and let Najib step on him forever? It is certain that Khairy with only a party position in his hand will be finding ways to rebuild his political ladder again. He is not letting opportunities go by just like that and he will fight his way through to claim his rightful position in the government. But will he succeed? Mahathir’s men are surrounding and watching him!

Factional fighting in Umno is also continuing based on the fact that Najib’s administration does not properly represent every faction from within the party. Tun Abdullah’s faction, Khairy’s faction and the other smaller ones are beginning to voice their dissatisfaction over Najib’s choice and his endorsement of Mahathir’s interference.

Besides, we must also remember that Najib was also a suspect involved in the death of a Mongolian lady named Altantuya Shaaribuu. Even though two of his former bodyguards were found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging, Najib’s reputation has been dealt with a blow because of his close connection with this case. In fact, in order to have this case closed as quickly as possible, a plan has been hatched between the judiciary and the 4th floor to have these two men sentenced to death, so the truth will not be uncovered forever.

Therefore, the new administration is very, very unclean and the list is too long for us to elaborate further. If there’s no more by-election right now, we will have to wait for the 13th general elections in four years time in order to effect a stronger change onto our nation.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

BN and Umno badly defeated in two by-elections

We had seen recently that Pakatan Rakyat’s PKR and PAS candidates had handsomely won their respectively state and parliamentary seats with increased majorities despite open and continuous attacks by both BN and Umno to undermine the opposition coalition with negative reports and publicities.

Still Pakatan Rakyat overcame all these obstacles without any problems. In Bukit Selambau, PKR’s S.Manikumar won with 10,229 votes with a majority of 2,403 which was higher than 2,362 which they gained in last year’s general election. At Bukit Gantang, PAS won the seat in 2008 with a majority of 1,566 votes but this time round with Near Jamaluddin contesting, he gained with an increased majority of 2,789 votes where he garnered 21,860 votes.

It proves that the people of both constituencies had not forgiven BN and Umno yet for what they had done i.e. racism, violence, threat, ISA, corruption, money politics and a lot more.

In Perak’s Bukit Gantang, the result was very clear. The people openly demonstrated their dissatisfaction and rejected Umno’s coup d’etat on February which saw the legally elected state government has been undemocratically toppled and replaced with a rebel state government led by Umno.

It was a moral victory for Nizar who once lead the Pakatan Rakyat state government in Perak until four of its state assemblymen defected after being enticed by Umno who later capitalized the defection by seizing power by undemocratic means i.e. having called for an illegal state assembly sitting at the Perak Umno headquarters to pass a “no-confidence” motion to topple Nizar and his state government.

In this case, the Umno-led Perak rebel state government must accept their defeat and call for the dissolution of the state assembly to pave way for a new state election. First of all, will they dare to face the people again? Certainly not, they are too scared of the people’s power.

In Kedah’s Bukit Selambau, it has been clear despite so many attempts by BN-Umno to discredit Pakatan Rakyat with numerous publicities of “defection” of PKR members, Manikumar managed to overcome the attack by gaining a far more sounding majority.

The loss for the BN’s candidate from MIC also dealt another blow to its party president Samy Vellu who himself had lost his Sungai Siput parliamentary seat in last year’s general election.

The victories have brought to four by-elections wins by Pakatan Rakyat after the earlier victories in Permatang Pauh and Kuala Terengganu. It significantly shows that the Malaysians want to change irrespective of the new prime minister. The people still want change and they are stronger in their support for Pakatan Rakyat.

There is nothing else BN and Umno could do now. The people are fed up with their old style of conservative stories and politics, coupled with already widely known corruptions, money politics, supremacist ideas, violence, threats and racist politics.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

What belittling Islam?

We heard that a police report has been made by the Malay Unity Action Force president Osman Abu Bakar who is also an Umno member, against Perak DAP Secretary Nga Kor Ming for belittling Islam in a ceramah at Changkat Jering, Perak.

We understood that Nga merely referred to some words in Surah Al-A’raf during his political ceramah. Nga referred to the Quranic verse as a guidance and example to inform the people on Pakatan Rakyat’s program for the people. What is wrong with that?

Let’s say if he were to recite the verse inaccurately, it does not mean he had insulted Islam or belittled Islam. He tried his best to recite the verse and he did not try his best to insult Islam. What Osman Abu Bakar claimed on his police report was definitely nonsense and he has being a radical racist narrow minded guy who only wanted to serve the interest of Umno and his own.

Osman is trying to politicize the Quranic verse in order to provoke racial tension and if this happens, Umno will have the opportunity to call in the security force to arrest these guy and that guy, and locking them up into ISA for “national security” reasons.

Even the Mursyidul Am of PAS and Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat had confirmed that there is nothing wrong if a non-Muslim were to recite a surah from the Quran, provided that he did not insult or criticize it. Did Nga insult or criticize Islam? No he didn’t at all. It was Osman who had in fact insulted Islam by politicizing it and brought the matter to the police for no reason.

What we could see here is Osman is trying to play with the religion in order to provoke racial and political tensions. This is clearly an Umno’s intention.

We still remember that an Umno leader from Penang had also belittled Buddhism by saying that Buddhism is a religion with a lower standing in this country. He is Shabudin Yahya, the Umno state assemblyman for Permatang Berangan. He said “this is something scary because Islam is seen as having a same standing as Buddhism which was founded by a man named Gautama Buddha”. This is clearly insulting Buddhism, because what he said really belittled Buddhism.

So, because of Umno supremacy, its party leader had the right to insult and belittle anyone they wish to but when someone tried to recite a Quranic verse because he made it as his guidance even if he is not a Muslim, Umno will definitely say this guy is insulting Islam. Is this fair?

Umno had nothng at all. They just like to instill hate, hate and nothing but hate.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

PKR: Mass defections from Kedah PPP

The mass defections, which included People's Progressive Party Vice President V. Nagarajan, meant that PPP, a BN component party has lost almost its entire membership in Kedah.

This shows the BN and Umno no longer have its support from the Kedahans. The Kedah PPP are fed-up and had enough with Umno's supremacist and manipulation over the other BN component parties.

We wish to congratulate PKR Advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for his success in bringing down one of the BN component party in Kedah and brought them into our Pakatan Rakyat fold.

Our final countdown is 7 April. We wish Pakatan Rakyat's PKR candidate all the best in their by-election. May the victory be with us.

Bukit Gantang: Reject the Umno rebel state government in Perak

It will be a referendum in Perak. On 6 February 2009, Perak Umno launched a coup d’etat to topple the Perak state government which was elected by the people on 8 March 2008 general election last year.

After the legitimate state government was overthrown, a rebel state government was briefly established by Perak Umno to replace the former. After the Umno rebel state government came to power, the state legislative assembly was suspended from its proceedings with the help from the police and other security force. State assemblymen were barred from entering the state legislative building for fear of popular vote that will undermine the Umno rebel state government’s legitimacy.

Therefore, let us all show Umno how illegitimate and treason they are in Perak. Umno had recently killed democracy in Perak, denying the Perakians their rights, their choice of government and their right to speak up.

Let us all give our votes to Pakatan Rakyat candidate Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin of PAS in the Bukit Gantang parliamentary by-election on this 7 April.

Go-go girls’ concert: Zahid insulted the Chinese community

During his campaigning rounds for the by-election in the Bukit Gantang parliamentary constituency, the Perak Umno liaison deputy chief and minister in the prime minister’s department Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi proudly said to the press that it is the culture of the Chinese to have sexy girls dancing on the stage.

The go-go girls’ concert was jointly organized by both Umno and MCA as part of the campaign for the Bukit Gantang parliamentary by-elections aimed to fish voters from the Chinese community to support the BN candidate.

Datuk Ahmad Zahid’s statement clearly shows that he portray the Chinese community as low-class citizens whose culture is drinking, eating and watching sexy beautiful girls doing stage performance.

Datuk Ahmad Zahid had insulted the Chinese community by portraying them in a lowest level. Besides, he together with the other BN-Umno leaders also insulted women by using sexy girls to fish for votes. By using sexy girls to fish for votes also means they had already portrayed women as low-class, cheap and willing to be used for any means.

Datuk Ahmad Zahid’s statements and actions were clearly barbaric, racist, disgusting, degrading and uncivilized with its aim was to demean the Chinese community and their culture.

Again, another political barbarian from Umno!

Disneyland scandal in Selangor

The loser of the Umno youth chief race, Dr Mohd Khir Toyo had created yet another “good name” for himself and so does his fellow Selangor Umno leaders and their spouses.

Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and his fellow Umno leaders who formerly governed Selangor had spent more than RM1.7 million of public funds to visit two Disneyland theme parks in the United States and France with their respective spouses and children.

These two trips which were organized in 2007 and 2004 were in addition to the two other trips to Disneyland parks in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

According to the chief executive officer of the state investment arm called Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB) Datin Khairiyah Abu Hassan who attended the hearing conducted by the Selangor Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency, PNSB paid for all those trips in full sum on instruction from Dr Khir Toyo who was at that time mentri besar and PNSB chairman.

Datin Khairiyah also testified to the select committee that Dr Khir Toyo’s entourage which also includes their families merely visited the theme parks as ordinary members of the public. Besides, Datin Khairiyah also confirmed that there were no reports file in accordance with procedures after the visits.

And there goes another discovery of Umno’s blatant power abuse and corruption during their years of governance in Selangor. These Umno leaders together with their spouses made use of the public funds mean for the betterment and development of the state for their personal enjoyment and luxurious livings.

The Selangor Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency which will be reporting its finding to the state legislative assembly should take its action as soon as possible by reporting these power abuses and corrupt activities to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).

However, we doubt MACC will act against Dr Khir Toyo and other Selangor Umno leaders because Umno is still in power at the federal level and MACC will have to act only on the jurisdiction of the prime minister. Will MACC act independently or not? We will not know until we see them doing it, but with full heartedly or half heartedly? Is MACC really independent?
And if MACC decided not to pursue with this case, we understand because Umno leaders powerfully reign supreme over the others. They are the supremacist and untouchable.

Another political barbarian from Umno!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Those who encouraged poverty should be condemned

The detractors of the Penang Pakatan Rakyat state government’s effort to eradicate poverty in the state should be condemned as traitors who were out to sabotage the welfare of our people.

What is wrong of giving money to the poor? Is it right that Umno and BN leaders give money for corruption? In fact, the Umno and BN leaders should come up to publicly apologize to our people for their corruption which was rampant during their governance.

As the result of the corrupt practice of these Umno and BN leaders, the state had loss millions in funds which was simply wasted and used for their own political and business agendas.

These Umno and BN leaders are questioning the Penang Pakatan Rakyat state government’s success because they cannot even answer why they could not eradicate poverty during their past 51 years of governance. They are just criticizing because they are already out of their minds and still in a denial mode.

Or maybe these Umno and BN leaders are simply too lazy to check the facts before criticizing the Penang Pakatan Rakyat state government’s effort to help the poor in the state for their own political agenda. They just wanted to sabotage the effort so they could blame the Penang Pakatan Rakyat state government.

Therefore, these Umno and BN leaders must be condemned for their anti-people and anti-welfare stand.

15 evidence of Umno’s treason against the Malay Rulers

Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat had recently exposed about 15 clear fact evidences of Umno’s treason against the Malay Rulers and the Constitutional Monarchy which are as follows:-

1. The founder of Umno Datuk Onn Jaafar was thrown out of the Johor Royal Palace in 1920 and he took refuge at Singapore because of his criticism against the Sultan of Johor on his property and debts by his royal family members;

2. In 1974, Tan Sri Ghazali Jawi, the father of former Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli refused to resign as Mentri Besar of Perak despite of his written agreement with the Sultan of Perak earlier indicating that he would only hold the position for two years. As the result of his broken pledge, the Sultan of Perak was displeased with his rudeness and actions. Then recently Tajol Rosli said Umno never commit any treason. So, what about his father’s action?

3. In 1979, the then Mentri Besar of Pahang Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakar quarreled with the Sultan of Pahang. As the result of this, pro-Umno medias waged their criticism against the Sultan.

4. In 1983, Umno initiated to reduce the powers of the Yang Dipertuan Agong which regards to rights to declare a state of emergency. In protest of Umno’s move, the Council of Malay Rulers rejected the proposal where Umno in response to the rejection mounted a nationwide criticism against the Malay Rulers via its party controlled media and press.

5. During the Umno general assembly in 1991, the Sultan of Kelantan was widely condemned and blamed by Umno leaders and delegates for the party loss in Kelantan to PAS during the general elections.

6. At the Umno general assembly too in 1991, Umno delegates had openly called for investigation on properties and monies accumulated by the Malay Rulers. The report was widely published in Utusan Malaysia as a headline. Isn’t this treason?

7. Umno leaders and members held a mass demonstration against the Sultan of Kelantan and handed over their memorandum to him on their disagreement with the sultanate. Why didn’t the police fire their tear gas to disperse the demonstration which was without permit and illegal at that time?

8. On 18 January 1993, Umno leaders had actively initiated an amendment to the Federal Constitution to allow Malay Rulers to be charged in Special Court for their offence and any other matters. When the Malay Rulers request the move to be withheld in order to have more time to review it, Umno wage a massive press war against the Malay Rulers with various criticisms and condemnations.

9. In the year 1993 too, massive rallies organized by Umno without permits were held Alor Setar, Bagan Datoh, Seremban, Batu Pahat and Melaka to show their support to the then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad wage their anger and condemnation against the Malay Rulers.

10. Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah once asked which one of these is more dangerous: the constitutional amendments in 1993 or the disrespect on the Sultan of Perak on 6 February 2009. According to Tengku Razaleigh, he did not agree with Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh’s intention to sue the Sultan of Perak in the court but also agreed that Karpal has the right to do under the provision of the Federal Constitution which was amended in 1993. All the sudden Umno shouted and yelled at Karpal, and organized demonstrations against him in front of his residence. Actually, Umno members should hold demonstrations in front of the Umno headquarters too because it was their party leader who had first went against the royal institution.

11. A Kelantan Umno leader, Datuk Annuar Musa supported the illegal installation of Tengku Ibrahim Inderaputra as a Sultan in an effort to topple Sultan Ismail Petra of Kelantan. Such move by an Umno leader is clearly a disrespect, disgraceful and treason against the royalty.

12. The former Mentri Besar of Perlis Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim openly declared that he had sufficient evidence to show that the present Sultan of Kelantan Tuanku Ismail Petra was not qualified for the throne.

13. Umno information chief, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib called Datuk Seri Mohamad Near Jamaluddin a traitor. Hasn’t he forgotten that he once absconded with the Sultan of Selangor’s daughter, Puteri Ku Yah? Due to the Sultan’s anger on Tan Sri Muhammad’s disrespect, his Datukship was withdrawn. The fact is this is also a treason.

14. After last year’s general elections, 23 of the 24 Terengganu state assemblymen threatened to boycott the swearing in of Datuk Ahmad Said as the new Mentri Besar. The rival Umno leaders made open statements condemning the Sultan of Terengganu’s alternate choice for the Mentri Besar position and insisted on wanting their Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh as the Mentri Besar. Umno members who supported Datuk Idris held demonstrations in front of the palace and took up banners and placards calling the Sultan “an animal”. Why didn’t the police arrest the Umno leaders and members for insulting the Sultan but only arrest people who demonstrated in front of Istana Kinta in Kuala Kangsar, Perak on 6 February 2009?

15. Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim boycotted the swearing in Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Isa Sabu as the new Mentri Besar of Perlis because he was not reappointed to the said position.

So, it has been clearly shown who were the real traitors and who had committed treason against the Malay Rulers and the Constitutional Monarchy. Umno is the real traitors and they committed treason against the Malay Rulers and our nation as a whole.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

BN sponsored phantom voters

What is phantom voter? Phantom voter is a person who is not residing in a parliamentary or state constituency but who is a voter in that constituency. A phantom voter is also considered not a local or a person who is born and bred in that particular area. A phantom voter is also seen as a stranger in that particular area and could have never been to the said area unless there is an election going on. Phantom voters are normally heavily sponsored by the BN via offers of cash, valuables and benefits like free transportation, food, lodgings, accommodations as well as limited shopping incentives for their votes cast in each electoral constituencies.

Well, a very large number of phantom voter were discovered by PKR elections operations team recently confirming that a housing estate was fully infested by these phantom voters believed to have been implanted by BN and Umno in order for them to gain additional and more votes in the by-election or general elections.

What did the PKR members actually found? A particular single storey terrace house with only three rooms situated in a “Taman” housed about sixty (60) over people in it, but upon checking with the actual residents who were staying there, they are no such persons residing there and they do not even know who are all those sixty over persons listed in the electoral list. So these sixty over people with an address situated at a single storey terrace house with only three rooms are definitely call Phantom voters. Why? Because they are actually not genuine voters and they do not even belong to that constituency.

And whenever such allegations arise, BN and Umno are quick to deny it, because they already got their backings from the Election Commission (EC) as well. The EC in order to assist BN and Umno, often view such claims as non-existence. The EC instead twisted the facts by saying that “ghosts” are wondering souls of dead persons and there is no such thing of “ghosts” being able to vote. They are all in fact trying to cover-up facts and confuse the people on the definition of phantom voter.

Now let us shift our attention to Umno. During their party’s divisional and branch elections held last year, they are a lot of allegations by their own local party leaders and members that phantom voters exist in their divisional and branch levels too. And the Umno top leaders never deny the existence of phantom voter inside their party and in fact some even acknowledged that phantom voters did really exist in their party by saying that such happenings are common in their party politics.

As such, you could see the chain reaction here, if money politics exist in Umno, there are sure to have phantom voters in the party as well. And these party phantom voters are also given the same exclusive treats like what BN is giving to the electoral phantom voters when there is a general or by-elections.

No matter how much BN and Umno firmly denying the existence of phantom voters, we all know the facts and figures. We all know who is actually cheating us all these while. They are doing these just because they are the federal government and had their control over the related authorities and departments which are able to assist them in such manipulations.

That is why we must reject BN, Umno, money politics, corruptions and phantom voters at all cost.