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Video ucapan Anwar Dalam Upacara Penerimaan Anugerah Sebagai Penaung Persatuan Silat Gayung Malaysia

Antara intipati ucapan beliau selain menyedarkan anak bangsa akan pentingnya budi dan seni
- Saya tolak banyak anugerah dari Sultan2 dgn baik, tapi akhirnya terpaksa menerima kerana dipaksa.

Ikuti ucapan beliuan selanjutnya di link kat bawah ini..


Video Ucapan Anwar Di Majlis Upacara Penerimaan Anugerah Sebagai Penaung Persatuan Silat Gayung Malaysia
Ewan_sn
8 jam di Bahrain
28 Marr 2008

Saya berlepas jam 3 pagi ke Bahrain utk menghadhiri mesyuarat lembaga bank Islam di sana. Rakan-rakan asyik menanyakan ehwal politik Malaysia. Mereka turut bersyukur dengan kemaraan pakatan rakyat.

Saya berlepas pulang pada petang yang sama.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
Ewan_sn
Krisis Kewangan Asia Selepas 10 Tahun - Apa Pengajarannya? Adakah Kita Mengambil Iktibar Darinya?
The Asian Financial Crisis 10 Years Later: What Lessons
Have We Learned?



Address by Anwar Ibrahim at the Asian Financial Crisis Seminar organized by the S Rajaratnam School
of International Studies, the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore on 22nd August, 2007
The task before us today is daunting indeed. So much has been written and said about the
Asian financial crisis that one runs the risk of flogging a dead horse. The academic discourse
on this too has been as phenomenal as the crisis itself. We run the risk of hairsplitting, or
getting drowned in a sea of statistics or having our vision blurred by the dazzling display of
multicolored pie charts and towering graphs. But while it is very easy to be an arm chair
critique, learning the lessons from the crisis is much more difficult. I am reminded of the
saying by the late John Kenneth Galbraith that this is not the age of doctrine; it is the age of
practical judgment, the world of intelligent thought and action, not of adherence to
controlling doctrine.1 There is only that much that theory can offer. We are after all talking
about real situations here, as real as the fact that even as we sit here today, the world’s
financial markets are again in turmoil because of the crisis in U.S. subprime mortgages. We
are again seeing central banks particularly in Southeast Asia defending their currencies
against panic selling, dumping millions of U.S. dollars in market interventions.
I need not revisit the stark facts of this crisis but being a student of literature all my life and a
firm believer that life can actually imitate art, let me begin with a short verse from Dante in
his Divine Comedy:

A heavy clap of thunder! I awoke
From the deep sleep that drugged my mind – startled,
The way one is when shaken out of sleep
Sure enough, on the morning of July 2, 1997 a heavy clap of thunder reverberated across the
financial markets of East Asia, shook us out of our slumber and signaled the start of a
financial crisis unparalleled since the Great Depression. From Thailand, the turmoil spread
to the Philippines, Indonesia, then Malaysia and Singapore. The other Asian countries
followed suit, then Russia and Latin America. GDPs tumbled and unemployment rose to 18
million at the end of 1998. The speed of the contagion was totally unexpected, but can
anyone of us deny that the writing was already on the wall? Ten years later, the question
remains: have we learnt anything?

Firstly, I think no one seriously disputes that there should be a major change in the
principles and policies on which the Bretton Woods institutions work. A one-size-fits-all
policy has been proven to have greater chances of failure than success under the global
system. The need for diversity becomes all the more pressing. Hence, I make no apologies
about criticizing the neo-liberal Washington Consensus and the IMF’s standard formulae for
borrowing countries. We are told that the IMF has already addressed this fundamental issue
but it appears that neither sufficient thought nor serious commitment has been given to it.
We are still left asking the question ten years after: Where is that new global financial
architecture that was to come about after this wave of creative destruction?
1 Galbraith, The Good Society -The Humane Agenda, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, New York,
2

The IMF prescription for privatizations is now recognized to be not only undemocratic but
economically unsound. This is especially so where the prerequisites are not in place. Among
them are good governance, transparency and accountability. Just recently the Malaysian
government unveiled a series of development projects which are so massive that the word
‘mega’ doesn’t even come close to describing their magnitude. Obviously, my concern is not
against development per se, but when you have an undertaking three times the size of
Singapore that would incur tens of billions of ringgit of tax payers’ money, the parceling out
of projects and the award of contracts is surely a matter of great concern. Without the
prerequisites that must be fulfilled for such a colossal enterprise, privatization will be a
passport for plundering. That such banditry can happen is not a mere possibility but a near
certainty.

Friendly policies and “pro-growth initiatives” may generate an even bigger pie but without
those prerequisites this pie will be devoured only by the select few at the expense of the
more deserving majority. And when a crisis breaks out, it is this majority who will bear the
brunt. One of the most enduring lessons, therefore, is that in a financial crisis of the kind
that we are talking about, the cronies and friends of the powers that be get away unscathed
or if they do get into trouble, they will be the first to be bailed out. The life boats are
reserved for them in times of trouble. In good times, they get the icing on the economic cake
and this applies across the board: water services, waste disposal, telecommunications, and
ports speaking of which, you might already know that in Malaysia, a five billion ringgit port
scandal is about to explode and it goes back to the issues of good governance, transparency
and accountability.

Another lesson perhaps is the lesson about prudence or more accurately the lack of it. We
also call it moral hazard. At the outbreak of the crisis, public investment expenditure in
Malaysia surged, pushing the total investment to GDP ratio to 46% in 1997, the highest in
the region. Through the 1990s, there had been a continuous increase in the share of
investment in domestic aggregate expenditure, from about 35% early in the decade to over
46% in 1997. Mega projects required mega borrowings. Bankers were intimidated by the
political connections of the big borrowers. Through such intimidation, “moral suasion” and
collusion of interests, the entire banking system became hostage to a handful of borrowers
whose debts made up more than half of the entire lending of the banking system. This was
vintage moral hazard. There’s much wisdom in Polonius’s dictum that one should “neither a
borrower nor a lender be for loan oft loses both itself and friend and borrowing dulls the
edge of husbandry.”2 Of course, adopting this advice would mean the collapse of the entire
banking and financial system but the truth remains that excessive leverage was one of the
key causes of the crisis. One should not be faulted for erring on the side of caution.
Thirdly, as regards managing the economy, my view is this: There must be flexibility and
common sense. The rule should be Hayekian free enterprise with a dose of Keynesian fiscal
remedy every now and then. This is the middle path. It has been said that Aristotle’s
recommendation of the Golden Mean was an attempt to evade the inadequacy of absolute
maxims. There must not be too much of anything, even of the virtues just as too much
courage is rashness, too much generosity is extravagance and too much accuracy is
2 Hamlet, Act I, Scene III
3

hairsplitting.3 In Islam we call it the awsatuha just as we are familiar with the chung yung of
Confucius. Translated into practical terms, it means that when the economy is
underperforming below its potential, increased public expenditures would be needed.
Obviously, fiscal discipline must be maintained to ensure that the consequent fiscal
imbalance remains within manageable levels at all times.
As Finance Minister, I had on occasions endorsed pump-priming programs geared towards
stimulating the economy. I had committed major expenditure for projects clearly underlined
with the agenda for social justice: public health, education and human resource training,
basic infrastructure and industry, public housing and rural development. Direct fiscal action
such as tax reduction, public job creation, and other fiscal measures to expand demand is the
hallmark of a caring state based on the humane economy, and should be recommended. But
I must immediately lodge a caveat here: At the level of implementation, pump-priming
measures, unless executed transparently and with an even hand, will be misused. In the
hands of unscrupulous and corrupt leaders and politicians, such measures become a mere
metaphor for the siphoning of tax payers’ money to line the pockets of their cronies and
relatives.

Fourthly, and this flows from the preceding issue, social justice must remain a long term
objective. So, how does that leave my professed belief in the free market? Adam Smith’s
laissez-faire economy postulated the invisible hand to maximize individual welfare and
economic efficiency. With David Hume, and then fine-tuned by the Austrian school, Hayek
being the most ardent of the exponents, the doctrine was that economies must be allowed to
develop by spontaneous order.4 The injunction is that state intervention should be avoided
like the plague. But while the spirit may be willing, the flesh could be weak and in this regard
the invisible hand has invariably demonstrated its fragility under the crushing weight of
monopolist suppliers and rent seekers alike. The dictum against state intervention is valid to
prevent the overbearing tendency towards totalitarianism. But it has been shown time and
again that the free market capitalist system has generated externalities that have led to gross
inequalities of income distribution. So I am not totally with him either. Enough has already
been seen in the history of free market that points to the exploitation of the poor by the rich
whether they are individuals, corporations or countries. Unemployment goes up, wages
remain stagnant or worse still, fall, while prices go up. Neoliberals will tell us that price
inflation is inevitable in a well functioning economy and given time things will find their
equilibrium; intervention will only worsen the situation. But my view is that the invisible
hand should start making itself seen to ensure that such inflation is within limits. Disparities
in purchasing power are real and cannot be analyzed purely from the halls of academia or the
detached corridors of power. Governments must be committed to the principle that a more
equitable distribution of income is a fundamental precept for the realization of social justice.
They should undertake with full conviction, integrated plans for poverty reduction in the
long run while ensuring a comprehensive support system for the poor and economically
marginalized. In other words, we can subscribe to Hayek only up to a point at which
neoliberalism must make way for the paternalism of Keynes. Some call this Dr Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde economics. I call it humane economics.

3 Jacques Barzun, A Stroll With William James, Harper $ & Row Publishers, New York, 1983, p. 94
4 F.A. Hayek, The Road To Serfdom, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1972; also The Fatal
Conceit – The Errors of Socialism, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1988
4

Fifthly, regardless whether the economy is developing or developed, or in the Rostovian
sense, at the stage of take-off or high mass-consumption, the right of workers to associate
and protect their interests must be central. I subscribe to the view that income distribution is
very much an issue of political power as it is of economic power. Such power must be
checked by the principles of governance and accountability. Ten years after the crisis, we see
the deterioration in the fabric of the institutions we have empowered to represent us.
Politicians in public office are not just reneging on their promises of social justice, but are
scandalizing the institutions of power with abuse and corrupt practices.
Yet another lesson that may be drawn concerns the issue of the liberalization of the capital
account. I know this is stirring up a hornets’ nest. Let me be the first to say that it is not the
be-all and end-all. We are familiar with the negative impact of short-term capital on an
economy with weak financial sectors. Countless tomes have been written about this.

Nevertheless, as I had advocated before, I believe there is a case for such a measure to be
introduced in phases taking into account the macroeconomic situation, the stage of
development of its financial institutions, and the impact of existing controls. We will recall
that recently, the Malaysian Central Bank embarked exactly on this course by first unpegging
the ringgit to the dollar and substituting it with a mixed managed float instead. Indonesia, for
instance, successfully liberalized its capital account very early in the reform process.
We need to acknowledge therefore that, imposing capital outflow controls to deal with a
short-term crisis may be tempting but the long term consequences are likely to be adverse. It
would undermine the systemic ability to respond to a changing environment. To my mind,
imposing capital controls was to treat only the symptoms. The lesson therefore is: in as
much as the Bretton Woods institutions need reform, the respective governments in the
region here are also in need of structural reform in the economic and political spheres.
It has often been argued that the emphasis on political freedom, liberties and democracy is a
specifically western priority. Economic development, it is said, must precede freedom.

Empty stomachs do not shout for liberty, but for food. But why should development
become a trade-off for un-freedom? Why should fundamental liberties be eroded and dissent
muzzled in the name of development? If development is to enlarge freedom, then substantial
development enlarges freedom substantially, for “it is hard to think that any process of
substantial development can do without very extensive use of markets”.5 The difference is
clear: extensive use of markets does not mean letting market forces go out of control in as
much as freedom cannot be absolute. In the words of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen:
Statecraft, which will necessarily warrant social support and public regulations, cannot be
precluded when they can enrich – rather than impoverish – human lives.6
The claim that Malaysia has emerged triumphantly out of the crisis is empty. As the numbers
show, Malaysia is significantly falling behind its Southeast Asian neighbors. We would have
thought that among the most important lessons learnt is that unstable debt/GDP dynamics
is a glaring red flag for the onset of financial crisis. It would appear that this basic lesson has
not been learnt.

5 Amartya Sen, Development As Freedom, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1999 p. 7
6 Sen, ibid.
5

South Korea and Singapore are is still leading the pack in showing budget surpluses over
GDP. Thailand posted small surpluses in 2003 and 2004 and currently registers balanced
budgets and Indonesia, incurring deficit budgets year after year since the crisis. But Malaysia
chalks up the highest deficit/GDP ratio among the countries affected by the crisis with low
sovereign rating.

I am aware I will be accused of being the proverbial dog in the manger. But let me put this
to rest. I will say that much good has come out of this and great strides have been made in
various areas which will help to fortify the economies in the region when crisis strikes again.
Various reputable studies show that in the area of trade, for example, intra-regional exports
have almost tripled, China being at the centre and the rest are riding piggy back. Ten years
after, considerably much more has been expended on research and development while
higher education has made leaps and bounds. The same is said about resource allocation,
reduction of systemic risk and the gaining of financial depth.7 But invariably this perspective
is only useful when talking in general terms. Some countries are lucky to be endowed with oil
and so they get oil money and this may be the primary thing sustaining the economy. Yet
other economies have had a head start even before the crisis, and with their infrastructures
in tact, have been able to recover faster. However, if we go beyond this veneer, reality bites
hard.

For most of Southeast Asian countries, there is little to show in the manufacturing sector,
key industries and in the production of services to enhance global competitiveness. Malaysia,
for example, needs a new economic agenda to propel the country to meet the challenges of
global competition.

And finally, in the context of a regional free market, the efforts within ASEAN are more
palpable even though unfortunately no intraregional financial integration appears in sight in
the near future. But that should only strengthen our resolve to work for greater
cohesiveness. Deeper integration means better capacity and preparedness to counter the
fluctuations of capital inflows and we cannot talk about integration without mentioning
liberalization again. But liberalization must be mutual, collective and coterminous.
When Caesar came upon the land and uttered those three famous phrases what was left
unsaid was his immaculate game plan, iron resolve and practical judgment to achieve his
ends. Recalling Galbraith’s dictum that this is indeed the age of practical judgment and not
of adherence to controlling doctrine, let me end by saying that with intelligent thought and
action, a deep resolve to learn from the lessons of history and most importantly, a profound
commitment to the principles of accountability and good governance, we would be better
placed to face the future ten years from now.

Thank you.
Ewan_sn


Pakatan Rakyat - KENYATAAN PIMPINAN PARTI PKR, DAP dan PAS
1 April 2008



Pimpinan tertinggi parti-parti PKR,DAP dan PAS hari ini telah mengadakan mesyuarat sebagai lanjutan daripada mesyuarat yang telah diadakan pada 18 Mac 2008.

Mesyuarat hari ini dihadiri antara lain oleh Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, YB En Lim Kit Siang, YB Dato Seri Tuan Guru Haji Hadi Awang dan YB Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Pada mesyuarat hari ini kami telah mencadangkan untuk memantapkan lagi kerjasama ketiga-tiga parti ini atas nama PAKATAN RAKYAT. Nama ini telah dicadangkan dan akan disahkan setelah ketiga-tiga parti mendapat persetujuan pimpinan masing-masing dalam masa terdekat ini.

Pakatan Rakyat juga berikrar akan memperjuangkan hak dan kebajikan semua rakyat tanpa mengira agama dan kaum seperti yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Negara.

Dengan keputusan pilihanraya yang lepas, kerajaan-kerajaan negeri Kelantan, Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Perak dan Selangor akan nantinya dikenali sebagai kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat. Dasar-dasar utama kerajaan negeri ini akan diselaraskan sesuai dengan dasar-dasar Pakatan Rakyat.

Bagi memantapkan pemahaman atas semua dasar, wakil-wakil rakyat Parlimen dan Dewan Undangan Negeri ketiga-tiga parti akan mengadakan satu konvensyen pada 27 April 2008.

Kami juga memperkemas dan memantapkan struktur Pakatan Rakyat dengan diwujudkan di bawah Majlis Pimpinan yang terdiri daripada ketua-ketua tiga parti, sebuah Sekretariat Bersama yang akan diwakili oleh tiga pimpinan daripada setiap parti. Sekretariat Bersama ini telah ditugaskan untuk membina asas dan kerangka pakatan untuk disahkan oleh Majlis Pimpinan nanti.

YB Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim
YB Lim Kit Siang
YB Dato’ Seri Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Hadi Awang



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Statement by the Leadership of KeADILan, DAP and PAS

The leaders of KeADILan, DAP and PAS met today in furtherance of the meeting held on the 18th of March 2008.

Today’s meeting was attended by, among others, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, YB Lim Kit Siang, YB Dato’ Seri Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Hadi Awang and YB Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

In today’s meeting, we have proposed to consolidate the cooperation between the three parties under the name “PAKATAN RAKYAT.” This name has been proposed pending confirmation by the respective parties.

Pakatan Rakyat pledges to uphold the rights and interests of all Malaysians, regardless of religion or race, as enshrined in the Constitution.

With the results of the recent elections, the state governments of Kelantan, Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Perak and Selangor will be known as Pakatan Rakyat state governments. The policies of these governments will be conducted in accordance with the policies of Pakatan Rakyat.

To further mutual understanding regarding such policies, a convention of all Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives of Parliament and State Assemblies will be held the 27th of April, 2008.

We have developed and strengthened the structure of Pakatan Rakyat by creating under the Leadership Council, consisting of the leaders of the three parties, a Joint Secretariat consisting of three leaders each from each of the three parties. This Joint Secretariat will be tasked with building the foundation and framework of the Pakatan Rakyat for ratification by the Leadership Council.

YB Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim
YB Lim Kit Siang
YB Dato’ Seri Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Hadi Awang
Ewan_sn
Video Pelancaran Pakatan Rakyat Oleh Anwar Ibrahim


Muafakat Berasaskan Kematangan, Hak Rakyat Terjamin
Anwar Ibrahim


Pasca PRU-12, tumpuan saya adalah ke arah memperkukuh KeADILan dan memantapkan kerjasama ketiga parti KeADILan, DAP dan PAS. Alhamdulillah akhirnya muafakat tercapai dalam bentuk Pakatan Rakyat.

Muafakat tersebut berlandaskan agenda perubahan - negara hukum, keadilan - serta berteraskan prinsip Perlembagaan. Ini bermakna hak dan kebebasan rakyat terjamin dan kedudukan Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan, Bahasa Kebangsaan dan hak keistimewaan Melayu dan Bumiputera tetap dipertahankan.

Pertemuan pertama dirumah saya di Segambut diantara Azizah, Sdr Lim Kit Siang, Ustaz Abdul Hadi dan saya pada 18 Mac lalu terpaksa diadakan secara tertutup dan tidak digembargemburkan. Tahniah setingginya kepada tokoh-tokoh tersebut. Mereka arif dengan agenda besar dan sekaligus menumpaskan tohmahan Umno-BN yang mengandaikan bahawa kerjasama ini longgar dan rapuh.

Insyaallah kita kini mampu bergerak lebih cergas dan lancar. Saya ulangi penghargaan tinggi kepada pemimpin parti yang matang dan bijak.

Semuga Allah memberkati usaha kita.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
Ewan_sn
Kita Lawan Fitnah Mereka - Peguam Anwar Ibrahim


KUALA LUMPUR: Selepas ditujah dengan pelbagai fitnah dan tohmahan, Ketua Umum KeADILan Anwar Ibrahim sudah memperkemaskan persiapan dalam kes saman terhadap bekas aktivis Dr Chandra Muzaffar dan timbalan Ketua Pemuda Umno, Khairy Jamaluddin sebagai respon kepada serangan mereka dalam dua insiden berasingan menjelang PRU12 lalu.

Ketika ditemui Suara KeADILan 31 Mac lalu, Peguam Sankara Narayanan Nair berkata pihaknya sudah bersiap-sedia untuk membawa Dr Chandra dan Khairy ke mahkamah dan yakin keadilan akan berpihak kepada kliennya, Anwar Ibrahim.

Menjelaskan dua insiden berkenaan, Sankara berkata Khairy menggambarkan Anwar Ibrahim seorang manusia yang rendah moral, luar tabii dan tidak mempunyai nilai-nilai Islam kepada kelompok pendengar dalam satu ceramah Umno di Lembah Pantai 20 Februari lalu.

Sementara Chandra pula menuduh Anwar Ibrahim “menggalakkan dan mencetuskan perpecahan kaum di kalangan kaum di Malaysia,” dalam satu forum lalu seperti yang dilaporkan akhbar New Strait Times 4 Mac lalu.

Khairy dan Chandra masing-masing diberi masa 48 jam – dari 4 Mac hingga 6 Mac – untuk memberi jawapan. Sekiranya gagal pihak guaman Anwar diarahkan untuk “mengambil tindakan undang-undang” terhadap mereka.

Anwar Ibrahim juga memfailkan saman RM10 juta setiap satu, selain dari tuntuan memohon maaf secara terbuka, kerana tindakan mereka mencemar maruah beliau dengan tuduhan berniat jahat.

“Fitnah-fitnah ini harus dihentikan. Ia berniat jahat dan mempunyai motif politik untuk mencemar maruah klien saya. Kita akan lihat nanti bagaimana mereka mempertahankan fitnah mereka di mahkamah,” kata Sankara.

Temubual penuh bersama Sankara Narayanan Nair boleh dibaca dalam keluaran Suara Keadilan akan datang.
Ewan_sn
Mesyuarat di Geneva

Saya ke geneva selama 12 jam mempengerusikan mesyuarat Exco Yayasan Masa Depan.

Kami meluluskan projek media bebas di Beirut, pusat gerakan rakyat di Maghrib, badan hak asasi di Yemen dan lain-lain. Projek terbaru ini menelan belanja hampir 10 juta ringgit.

Exco diberitahu keputusan saya mengundurkan diri sebagai Pengerusi Yayasan mulai Jun nanti. Kami kemudian mengadakan pertemuan dengan wakil menteri luar Switzerland, duta Liga Arab, Turki dan lain-lain.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
Ewan_sn
Kedudukan Melayu dipertahankan bersama hak semua rakyat Malaysia


Saya meneliti ulasan blog yang kian meningkat. Dan izinkan saya merumus dan mengulas sekaligus.

Kita harus bezakan dari sikap rakus menindas dan mengurung rakyat, menipu dalam PRU, membelenggu media, merosakkan badan kehakiman dan merompak harta rakyat buat memperkaya anak-anak dan sanak saudara yang menunjangi Umno-BN dibawah Dr. Mahathir dan kini Abdullah-Najib. Maka ulasan dari kalangan yang terus mempertahankan dasar usang dan rasuah boleh dianggap sedikit melucukan.

Seandainya ada yang ikhlas mencari kebenaran, lihat saja perjalanan mahkamah, fatwa Sheikh Yusuf Qardawi, atau kenyataan awal - Yayasan Masa Depan, Krisis Kewangan 97-98.

Sekonyong-konyong kini muncul jaguh Melayu baru, yang buta dengan rompakan besar dan pengkhianatan terhadap dasar bahasa, pendidikan kebangsaan. Kononnya Melayu diancam kerana kemaraan Cina termasuk DAP. Melayu kini terpinggir dan terperosok manakala ‘jaguh’ Melayu melimpah kekayaan.

Inshaallah kami bersama akan mempertahankan hak Melayu, kedudukan Islam melalui pendekatan baru dengan dasar dan program telus serta menjamin keadilan bagi semua rakyat Malaysia.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Ewan_sn
Anwar mahu ke Sabah, Sarawak
Apr 5, 08 4:31pm


Penasihat PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bercadang ke Sabah dan Sarawak, tidak lama selepas lawatan perdana menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, menguatkan lagi spekulasi awal bahawa wujud keresahan politik dalam kalangan ahli parlimen BN.

"Insya Allah saya akan ke sana dalam masa terdekat," katanya hari ini, menjawab pertanyaan seorang pengunjung blognya kelmarin.

Pengunjung itu yang dikenali Datuk Halik Zaman mengharapkan "amanat yang segar" daripada bekas timbalan perdana menteri itu kepada barisan pemimpin PKR Sabah yang, menurutnya, "kurang arif dengan istilah 'hikmah muafakat' dalam PKR."

"Agar tidak ada lagi orang-orang Sabah berani menulis poster dengan tulisan PKRS (Parti Keadilan Rakyat Sabah)," tulis pengunjung itu 3 April.

"(Keadaan) ini mungkin kerana sebilangan pemimpin parti masih ada lagi kurang arif tentang istilah PKR," katanya lagi, "lalu mengadakan 'jurang perbezaan antara Sabah dan Semenanjung' maka timbullah PKRS."

Anwar menambah, melalui coretan ringkas di blognya, banyak liputan media menyatakan beliau ke Kota Kinabalu dan Kuching sesudah pilihanraya umum ke-12.

"Walhal saya belum pun ke sana. (ketawa) Siapa gerangan pelanduk dua serupa?" katanya.

Malaysia timur mula menjadi perhatian selepas pilihanraya umum 8 Mac susulan ura-ura sebahagian wakil rakyat BN akan melompat kepada parti-parti pembangkang.

BN Sabah dan Sarawak juga dilaporkan tidak berpuas hati dengan pengagihan jawatan dalam kabinet.

Dua ahli parlimen Sabah meninggalkan jawatan timbalan menteri yang ditugaskan kepada mereka, sementara dua wakil rakyat BN Sarawak menimbulkan kegemparan apabila tersebar khabar angin mereka telah keluar parti sebagai membantah barisan kabinet 2008.

Anwar sendiri menyatakan beliau berhubung dengan wakil-wakil BN di Malaysia timur dalam rangka mengalih sokongan kepada Pakatan Rakyat.

Abdullah baru-baru ini ke Kuching, antaranya, dipercayai untuk meredakan ura-ura usaha melompat parti.

BN Sarawak kemudiannya menyatakan kesetiaan bersama Perdana Menteri dan tidak akan berpindah sokongan kepada pembangkang.

Semuanya ini gara-gara tersebar berita bahawa pembangkang berusaha "membeli" 30 wakil BN untuk mencapai jumlah majoriti dua pertiga - dan sekali gus membentuk kerajaan persekutuan.

BN menang di 140 kerusi parlimen, manakala PKR (31), DAP (28) dan PAS (23).
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Perhimpunan khas 'Black 14' Isnin depan
Apr 8, 08 1:40pm


Perhimpunan rakyat sempena 'Black 14' dan pidato perdana Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim akan diadakan di Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru di ibu negara pada 14 April depan.

Perhimpunan "Countdown dari Black 14 ke arah kemenangan rakyat" itu diadakan bagi menandakan berakhirnya larangan selama lima tahun terhadap Anwar untuk aktif dalam politik.

Larangan itu dikena selepas beliau disabitkan hukuman terhadap tuduhan salah guna kuasa sewaktu menjadi timbalan perdana menteri. Hukuman itu dijatuhkan pada 2003.

Ahli Majlis Kepimpinan Tertinggi (MPT) PKR, Badrul Hisham Shaharin, dalam blognya menulis, 'Black 14' dikenang setiap tahun sebagai peristiwa hitam negara.

"Tetapi 14 April 2008 bakal disambut dengan berbeza sekali kerana 14 April 2008 bukan lagi gelita. Ia sudah mula diterangi cahaya.

"Tanggal 15 April, udara di Malaysia akan berbeza kerana wira rakyat Anwar Ibrahim bakal melangkah masuk ke arus perdana politik negara secara sah.

"Seluruh rakyat dijemput untuk bersama dalam perhimpunan khas countdown rakyat di Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru pada jam 8.45 malam 14 April depan," katanya.

Anwar akan menyampaikan ucapan sulung selepas pilihanraya, selain ucapan barisan pemimpin utama Pakatan Rakyat dalam mengimbau kenangan perjuangan rakyat.

Tayangan video khas 'Dari Black14 ke arah kemenangan rakyat' dan pameran khas juga akan diadakan.

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PAS veep tells Umno to ditch Abdullah
Beh Lih Yi & Fathi Aris Omar | Apr 9, 08 3:07pm


Umno has received a timely advice from an unlikely source as the powerful ruling party’s internal crisis intensified after Barisan Nasional’s unprecedented electoral defeat on March 8.

Giving his unsolicited suggestion, PAS vice-president Husam Musa said Umno members should show embattled party chief Abdullah Ahmad Badawi the exit before the party is shown the exit from the government.

In an interview with Malaysiakini on Monday, the Kelantan-based PAS leader argued that Umno members should rethink whether they want a weak Umno - the backbone of BN - under Abdullah as the party faces a risk of being overthrown “anytime after April”.

“The Umno ship is going to sink through his leadership. For us in the opposition, it’s good to have a weak opponent but it’s bad for the nation because we can’t move forward with a weak leader,” he said in the hour-long interview in Kuala Lumpur.

“Umno can continue to have him as prime minister and president, we don’t mind. Abdullah wants to wait until December 2008 to see whether he still gets the support, but he can’t prevent anything that is going to happen before December,” the PAS leader added.

Umno is to hold its party polls during its annual general meeting in December. So far, former party vice president Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has offered himself to contest for the top post.

Anwar’s eligibility to contest


The possible scenario, Husam suggested, would include the ambitious Pakatan Rakyat to take over the federal government if some 30 BN MPs defected to the opposition alliance. Such a crossover would allow the opposition coalition to gain a simple majority.

“(PKR de facto leader) Anwar Ibrahim is eligible to contest anytime after April... When he goes in (Parliament), I don’t think he will just go in as an ordinary MP. With Anwar inside the House, anything can happen,” argued Husam further.

Anwar’s ban from active politics, a result of his conviction under corruption charge, will be lifted on April 15, next Tuesday. The opposition figurehead is widely speculated to contest in a by-election for him to make a comeback to Parliament.

Calls on Abdullah to step down as Umno president and prime minister - a post which he held since 2003 - over the dismay election results have grown louder in recent weeks, alluding to a damaging internal crisis in the party.

Abdullah however has defiantly said he would hold on the premiership and would wait till the Umno party’s election in December to let the party delegates decide his fate as the leader.

“Abdullah claims he still has the supports but that is not true, the only support he got came from the ‘fixed deposit’ from Sabah and Sarawak,” added Husam.

Contrary to common political analysts’ views, Husam also argued the post-election cabinet line-up introduced by Abdullah has not helped to strengthen the latter’s position as premier.

He was of the view that the new cabinet was ‘tainted’ by figures such as de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim and Rural and Regional Development Minister Muhammad Muhd Taib.

Zaid was found guilty of money politics by the Umno disciplinary board in 2005 while Muhammad was charged - but cleared later - in Australia in 1996 of making false declaration on carrying in the equivalent of RM2.4 million in different currencies.

Wrong to blame Razaleigh



On BN’s performance in Kelantan, Husam - a leading potential successor to Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat - said it was wrong for Abdullah to point fingers at Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who is also Kelantan’s Gua Musang MP.

The PAS politician pointed out that if Razaleigh was to be blamed for the BN’s perfomance in Kelantan, it would be worse off for Abdullah who as the BN chief lost in four other states.

“Furthermore, Tengku Razaleigh has never been given the (Kelantan Umno) state chief post or any prominent role. He was not consulted on major decision about Kelantan,” argued Husam.

After coming under continuous attack, Abdullah went offensive over the weekend by firing back at his leading critics which included his predecessor Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar and Razaleigh.

The premier said Razaleigh “should look at himself” as to why Kelantan remained in PAS hands and alleged the latter had made no effort to help BN to recapture Kelantan from PAS.



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Anwar ziarah Presiden PAS, bincang perkembangan Pakatan Rakyat
Awang Harun
Sat | Apr 12, 08 | 10:48:19 am MYT


KUALA TERENGGANU, 12 April (Hrkh) - Ketua Umum Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KeADILan), Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim meluangkan masa hampir satu jam ketika melawat Presiden PAS, Dato' Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang di Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah (HSNZ), dekat sini semalam.

Beliau yang tiba di HSNZ pada jam 5.30 petang semalam bersama rombongan pemimpin PAS dan KeADILan negeri khusus bagi bertemu dengan Presiden PAS tersebut.

Anwar turut berpuas hati dengan tahap kesihatan Presiden PAS itu sekarang yang kini hanya perlu berehat secukupnya setelah diserang 'minor stroke' iaitu angin ahmar ringan.

"Saya harap Tuan Guru Ustaz Hadi Awang cukup rehat dan saya bagi pihak Wan Azizah dan keluarga dan kawan-kawan ramai yang sampaikan salam semua kepada dia.

"Saya rasa syukur kerana dia puas hati dengan rawatan pakar perubatan dan hospital di sini dan nampak keadaan dia (Tuan Guru) jauh lebih stabil, lebih baik daripada semalam," ujarnya pada sidang media di perkarangan HSNZ, semalam.

Dalam pertemuan ringkas itu Anwar dan Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi sempat mengambil peluang berbincang serba sedikit tentang politik tanahair terutama berhubung dengan Pakatan Rakyat.

"Saya juga sempat berbincang sedikit dengan beliau tentang perkembangan terakhir kerjasama Pakatan Rakyat.

Beliau mewakili pimpinan PAS Pusat masih memberikan sokongan dan laluan supaya kerjasama ini dapat dimantapkan dan diteruskan.

Beliau akan minta pimpinan PAS yang lain runding dengan cara teliti agar Pakatan Rakyat benar-benar boleh berfungsi dengan baik dan diterima rakyat seluruhnya," kata Anwar.

Namun begitu, katanya kedatangan beliau ke Terengganu adalah khusus bagi melawat seorang sahabat dan rakan dalam pimpinan.

"Saya datang ini bukan untuk bincang soal itu (Pakatan Rakyat) tetapi soal kerisauan saya tentang kesihatan dia (Abdul Hadi) sebab itu saya segera datang untuk ziarah sebagai seorang sahabat lama dan rakan dalam pimpinan.

"Kita nasihatkan supaya beliau berehat walau pun keadaan sudah mula baik tetapi sebaiknya beliau rehat dan saya mendapat tahu ramai kawan-kawan di Terengganu dan di luar sama ada PAS, KeADILan dan lain-lain yang kasih kepada dia dan doakan untuk kebaikannya," ujarnya.

Mantan Timbalan Perdana Menteri itu berharap agar Presiden PAS diberi ruang dan peluang berehat secukupnya demi kebaikan dan kesihatan.

Menurutnya, Presiden PAS itu perlu mendapat cukup kerehatan kerana sejak sekian lama hampir tidak rehat kerana memenuhi urusan parti dan negara.

Hadir sama mengiringi Anwar adalah Timbalan Pesuruhjaya PAS Terengganu, Dato' Abu Bakar Chik, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Ladang, Dato' Tengku Hassan Tengku Omar serta beberapa pimpinan PAS dan KeADILan negeri Terengganu./wann


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Kenyataan Bersama: Pakatan Rakyat Bertunjangkan Muafakat Pimpinan dan Rakyat

Para pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat ingin menegaskan di sini bahawa Pakatan amat komited untuk meneruskan agenda besar membangunkan negara dan memakmurkan rakyat tanpa ada sempadan kaum, agama serta budaya dan selaras dengan hak asasi sejagat manusia.

Dasar-dasar Pakatan adalah berpaksikan kepada perkara-perkara yang telah dipersetujui dan disepakati oleh semua pemimpin tiga parti iaitu, KeADILan, DAP dan PAS. Antaranya ialah membina negara ini atas landasan keadilan, membuka peluang untuk semua rakyat menikmati kemakmuran negara dengan memberi keutamaan kepada mereka yang miskin dan terpinggir.

Pakatan bukanlah medan bagi mana-mana pihak untuk memperjuang ideologi persendirian atau parti masing-masing. Walaupun ada pihak-pihak yang memberi pandangan berbeza dari yang telah dipersetujui oleh pemimpin-pemimpin utama tiga parti dalam Pakatan, pandangan itu adalah pandangan peribadi yang tidak sama sekali mewakili mana-mana parti dalam Pakatan. Oleh demikian, semua pemimpin dan ahli dalam Pakatan telah diarahkan menghentikan pandangan yang lain daripada muafakat bersama ini.

Tidak ada parti yang menjadi tunjang Pakatan. Bahkan tunjang kekuatan Pakatan berpaksikan prinsip sama taraf dan berasaskan semangat pemuafakatan pimpinan Pakatan berteraskan mandat yang diberikan oleh rakyat dalam Pilihanraya Ke-12 yang lalu.

Pakatan berazam melaksanakan dan membawa perubahan berlandaskan prinsip-prinsip demokrasi, keadilan sosio-ekonomi, peluang ekonomi yang saksama dan kebebasan beragma. Tugas besar ini kami tanggung bersama selaras dengan janji kami semasa Pilihanraya Umum Ke-12 yang lalu.

Pakatan telah melangkah ke hadapan dengan menyusun dan memantapkan lagi dasar untuk dilaksanakan oleh semua kerajaan negeri yang ditadbir oleh Pakatan dan juga untuk digunapakai oleh semua ahli Parlimen Pakatan apabila Parlimen bersidang nanti. Kami akan mengumumkan satu perisytiharan prinsip yang lebih menyeluruh kelak.

YB Wan Azizah Ismail DS Anwar Ibrahim YB Lim Kit Siang YB Haji Hadi Awang

Joint Statement: Pakatan Rakyat Reaffirms its solidarity for Malaysians

The Leaders of Pakatan Rakyat hereby reaffirms its commitment to implement the broad agenda to develop the nation and its desire to create a prosperous society irrespective of ethnicity, religion and culture and uphold human rights.

The policies of Pakatan Rakyat are centered on objectives that have been agreed upon and accepted by the leaders of the three parties that are KeADILan, DAP and Pas. Among these are to develop this country on the basis of justice, create opportunities for all citizens to enjoy national prosperity and to accord priority to those who are poor and marginalized.

Pakatan Rakyat is not the forum nor is it the place for any group or individual to champion personal ideologies or that of its component parties. Although there have been individuals who express personal views that are differ from the agreed agenda of Pakatan Rakyat, those views are clearly personal. They do not represent that of any of the Parties in Pakatan Rakyat. As such, all leaders and members of Pakatan Rakyat have been directed to desist from expressing views that contradict those that have been mutually agreed upon by Pakatan Rakyat.

There is no one party that is the backbone of Pakatan Rakyat. In fact, the strength of Pakatan Rakyat is based on principles of equality and spirit of co-operation among leaders of Pakatan Rakyat in keeping with the mandate that has been given to us by the people during the 12th General Elections.

Pakatan Rakyat is determined to implement and bring changes in accordance with the principles of democracy, socio-economic justice, equal economic opportunities and religious freedom. This great responsibility will be borne together in keeping with our pledges made during the 12th General Elections.

Pakatan Rakyat has moved forward by arranging and strengthening policies to be implemented by all the State Governments under Pakatan Rakyat. These will also be adopted by all Pakatan Rakyat Members of Parliament when Parliament is in session. We will announce a general declaration of principles at some later date.

YB Wan Azizah Ismail DS Anwar Ibrahim YB Lim Kit Siang YB Haji Hadi Awang
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Melayu tidak tercabar, Umno yang tercabar
Chan Kok Leong | Apr 13, 08 7:45pm


Ketua umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata isu ketuanan Melayu semakin dimainkan oleh Umno bagi mengalih perhatian umum daripada masalah dalaman ekoran prestasi buruknya dalam pilihanraya umum lalu.

Beliau, yang juga mantan timbalan presiden Umno, menegaskan demikian ketika ditanya mengenai berita muka depan Mingguan Malaysia bertajuk 'Ketuanan Melayu tercabar' hari ini.

Ketika bertitah dalam Perhimpunan Perpaduan Melayu semalam, Tengku Mahkota Kelantan, Tengku Mohammad Faris Petra Ibni Sultan Ismail berkata, tidak wajar bagi kaum bukan Melayu yang mendapat kerakyatan, menuntut persamaan hak dan keistimewaan yang sama dengan orang Melayu.

"Kita tidak mendengar mengenai isu (hak Melayu) ini bulan lalu atau sebelum pilihanraya umum. Saya percaya niat mereka adalah untuk mengalih pandangan umum," kata Anwar.

Katanya, apa yang lebih penting ialah memperjuangkan 'ketuanan rakyat'.

"Dan apabila kita sebut 'rakyat', ia termasuklah orang Melayu... terutama yang yang tertindas dan bukannya yang kaya," kata Anwar, yang juga bekas menteri kewangan.

"Pendekatan kita seharusnya untuk membantu rakyat yang dipinggirkan, yang dinafikan peluang dan hak mereka. Oleh itu, ia termasuklah orang Melayu, Cina, India dan rakyat Malaysia yang lain," katanya.

Anwar berkata, beliau yakin bahawa Pakatan Rakyat akan terbukti lebih berkesan dalam membantu rakyat, berbanding dengan Umno ataupun BN sebelum ini.

Jawab kritikan Dr M

Mengulas mengenai kritikan mantan perdana menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang mengaitkan beliau dengan Yahudi, Anwar menolak dakwaan itu sebagai "tidak masuk akal".

Bercakap kepada pemberita pada forum kepimpinan Melayu di Kajang semalam, Dr Mahathir berkata hanya orang Israel yang akan mengundi Anwar jika beliau mahukan jawatan Perdana Menteri.

"Beliau (Dr Mahathir) nampaknya semakin letih dan keliru. Saya tidak pernah bertemu mana-mana pemimpin Israel, tetapi beliau ada berjumpa... secara diam-diam, ketika beliau menjadi perdana menteri," katanya.

Anwar berkata, Dr Mahathir berurusan dengan pihak Yahudi, membabitkan AS$1.2 juta yang didakwa telah dibayar kepada pelobi Amerika Syarikat, Abramoff untuk mengatur pertemuan beliau (Dr Mahathir) dengan presiden negara kuasa besar itu George W Bush pada 2002.

Anwar menasihati Dr Mahathir supaya memberikan tumpuan menjaga kesihatan dirinya dan memohon maaf kepada rakyat atas kezaliman yang telah dilakukannya.

Dr Mahathir juga, tambah Anwar, perlu menjelaskan tentang bagaimana beliau telah memusnahkan badan kehakiman, mengawal media, bagaimana beliau menahan beratus-ratus orang bawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA), termasuk ketika Operasi Lalang 1987.

Di samping itu, katanya, Dr Mahathir juga perlu menjelaskan pembabitannya dalam pelbagai amalan rasuah, salah urus, mencuri dana kerajaan melalui banyak syarikat milik kerajaan yang mengalami kerugian seperti Perwaja Steel.

"Saya fikir lebih baik beliau menjawab isu-isu berkenaan," tegas Anwar.

Hadiri perhimpunan esok

Mengenai desakan Dr Mahathir supaya Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi berundur, Anwar berkata:

"Sejak dulu lagi saya tidak pernah mengambil serius pandangan Dr Mahathir."

"Sudah tentulah perdana menteri tidak boleh mengelak daripada bertanggungjawab terhadap kekalahan BN, tetapi beliau mengetuai kempen pilihanraya bersama dengan (Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak)," kata Anwar.

"Najib yang menerajui kempen dan Abdullah adalah perdana menteri, jadi kedua-dua mereka perlu bertanggungjawab terhadap kekalahan teruk mereka," katanya.

Mengenai rancangannya untuk bertanding kerusi parlimen, Anwar sekali lagi berkata, ia tidak penting sekarang kerana beliau mahu menumpukan kepada usaha memperkukuhkan Pakatan Rakyat.

"Kerjaya (politik) peribadi saya bukan satu keutamaan kerana saya masih ada masa," tambahnya.

Ditanya mengenai pelan peralihan kuasa Abdullah kepada timbalannya, Anwar berkata:

"Umno dan parti-parti komponen utama (BN) dalam keadaan huru-hara sekarang. Pilihan terbaik untuk mereka ialah menyertai Pakatan Rakyat."

Anwar dijadual menghadiri satu perhimpunan di Kelab Sultan Sulaiman di Kampung Baru esok untuk menandakan tamat larangan ke atas beliau aktif dalam politik.

Larangan selama lima tahun itu berakhir pada Selasa depan.


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Anwar marks end of political ban
Apr 13, 08 11:02am


Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will tomorrow celebrate his official return to the political stage, as a ban from public office expires a decade after he was sacked as deputy prime minister.

The lifting of the ban marks the end of an extraordinary saga that saw Anwar convicted on sex and corruption charges and spend six years in jail, before storming back to prominence in historic March elections.

With Anwar at the helm, a reinvigorated opposition seized a third of parliamentary seats and five states in the worst ever showing for the Barisan Nasional coalition that has ruled for half a century.

Now the 60-year-old maverick is once again being touted as a future prime minister, but this time for his Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance which he has described as a 'government-in-waiting'.

Anwar had been expected to re-enter parliament quickly through a by-election in one of the seats held by his Keadilan party, and to challenge Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in a symbolic no-confidence vote soon after.

He's in no hurry to be MP

But in light of the stunning and unexpected gains, although he is eligible to run for office from Tuesday, he has said he is in no hurry to act.

"Certainly not in the next few months," he said in a weekend interview with The Star daily. "Building up an effective, creditable Pakatan Rakyat is to my mind far more important for now."

"My number-one priority is to ensure accountability and good governance in maintaining the five states."

Anwar said the expiry of the political ban "has no significance in my mind" because he does not recognise the decision of the court which convicted him of corruption.

But PKR is nevertheless holding a major rally on Monday evening, with thousands of supporters of Anwar's campaign for 'Reformasi' (Reform) expected to attend to hear him speak.

"It will be a huge gathering of all our supporters, of what we call the Reformasi crowd, people who have been struggling for the past 10 years," Keadilan's information chief Tian Chua told AFP.

"Of course we feel that our struggle has been redeemed and recognised, and we are optimistic that our agenda for reform can be implemented," said Tian Chua, who is also a newly minted parliamentarian in the March 8 polls.

Abdullah has refused to stand down despite the electoral debacle, insisting he has a mandate to rule and promising to introduce the reforms which he promised years ago but was punished for never delivering.

Umno to continue to flounder

But the opposition and many political commentators believe the coalition led by Abdullah's Umno will continue to flounder and that Anwar could seize power within a few years, or perhaps even a few months.

"I think they are very likely to form the next government and it's a matter of timing, of when this will take place, whether it's at the next elections or before then," said Tricia Yeoh of the Centre for Public Policy Studies.

Anwar has said that coalition lawmakers from Sabah and Sarawak states on Borneo island are interested in switching sides, a prospect that could quickly unseat the government, but Yeoh said he will let the dust settle first.

"There are too many seismic shifts taking place in too short a period and they do want to have a stable handover. If it were to take place, they would want the economy and tourism to be stable," she said.

The prospect of Anwar seizing the top job is an astonishing twist in a story that saw him hauled to court, dealt a black eye in a beating by the police chief, and the subject of lurid testimony over sex charges that were later dropped.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the former premier who ruled Malaysia with an iron fist for two decades, can barely contain his irritation over the change in fortunes of his one-time protege who he sacked after months of discord over economic policy.

"He shouldn't kid himself into thinking he is very popular. He is not popular," he told reporters yesterday.


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Anwar to defy police and celebrate end of political ban
Apr 14, 08 12:48pm


Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will celebrate the lifting of a ban from politics with a huge rally tonight despite police declaring the event illegal, his party said.

Political gatherings are strictly controlled in Malaysia, and police have reportedly threatened to cordon off the private club where the event is to be held, and deploy riot squads to prevent it from going ahead.

"We have not issued any permits for the gathering. I advise all the supporters not to attend it. The gathering is banned," city police chief Muhammad Sabtu Osman told AFP.

Anwar's party PKR said it expects some 10,000 people to attend the celebrations in central Kuala Lumpur which mark the expiry of his ban from public office, a decade after he was sacked as deputy prime minister.

Once seen as the heir apparent to long-time leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad, he was subsequently convicted on sex and corruption charges and spent six years in jail, before storming back to prominence in March elections.

With Anwar at the helm, a reinvigorated opposition seized a third of parliamentary seats and five states in the worst ever showing for the Barisan Nasional coalition that has ruled for half a century.

Now the 60-year-old maverick is once again being touted as a future prime minister, but this time for his Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance which he has described as a "government-in-waiting."

The sex charges were later dropped but the corruption count prevented him from standing for public office until Tuesday.

Surprise in store

Anwar had been expected to re-enter Parliament quickly through a by-election in one of the seats held by his party, and to challenge Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in a symbolic no-confidence vote soon after.

But in light of the stunning and unexpected gains, he has said he is in no hurry to act and will instead focus on building up the opposition.

In a highly anticipated speech late today, Anwar is expected to set out his plans for the future.

"We had some discussions last night in the (PKR) committee and I presume he'll be making some important statements. Let him give the surprise tonight," the party's deputy president Syed Husin Ali told AFP.

Syed Husin rejected the police objections to the rally, but said PKR had made confidential alternative arrangements for the celebration.

"We will go ahead with it for the simple reason that that area is a private area, it is not a public area," he said of the proposed venue.

"We can't understand why there is this sudden change of mind on the part of police... in fact they were originally involved in discussions to control traffic and ensure security."

Pressuring the police

Syed Husin said he suspected the government, which has been badly rattled by the unprecedented election setback, may be putting pressure on police.

"They might fear that there might be some strong political influence that this gathering might have on the public," he said.

Abdullah has refused to stand down despite the electoral debacle, insisting he has a mandate to rule and promising to introduce long-heralded reforms that voters punished him for never delivering.

But the opposition and many political commentators believe the coalition will continue to flounder and that Anwar could seize power within a few years, or perhaps even a few months.

"I think they are very likely to form the next government and it's a matter of timing, of when this will take place, whether it's at the next elections or before then," said Tricia Yeoh of the Centre for Public Policy Studies.


(AFP)

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Anwar: We have numbers to topple gov't
Apr 15, 08 12:12am
Malaysiakini


Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim last night said he has the support of enough defectors from the ruling coalition to seize power, although he will not act until he has a bigger majority.

"Yes, we have enough MPs to topple the government," he told reporters after a rally to celebrate the end of his ban from politics, which was broken up by police.

"We are saying here for the first time that we are ready (to rule the country)," he said. "But we will only enter when the majority is comfortable.

"When we take over we want to initiate the move. Do we want to be a government with a two- or five-seat majority?"

The Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance claimed more than a third of parliamentary seats and five states from the Barisan Nasional coalition in stunning March general elections.

Anwar has said that government lawmakers from Sabah and Sarawak have approached him about switching sides, but so far none have declared their intentions publicly.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is floundering amid mounting calls to resign and take responsibility for the election results, which were the worst in the coalition's half-century history.

"The situation in Malaysia is uncertain at the moment, people don't know when the prime minister is going and who will succeed him, so we will respond to this," Anwar said.

He said that rather than seizing government, the opposition's priorities are to consolidate its gains and work with Sabah and Sarawak lawmakers "who agree with our new Malaysian agenda."

"The priority now is to administer the Pakatan Rakyat states as incorruptible and financially transparent, fulfil our promises to the people and give meaning and essence to participatory democracy."

Minor scuffles

Earlier, his speech to some 20,000 supporters was halted by police who shut down the rally celebrating the end of his political ban, a decade after he was sacked as deputy premier and hit with sex and corruption allegations.

"The police chief has asked us to stop so we are stopping, but remain peaceful because soon we will be running this country," Anwar told the crowd.

Witnesses said there were some scuffles between police and supporters as the crowd dispersed.

Political gatherings are strictly controlled in Malaysia, and police had threatened to break up the event, held at a private club in central Kuala Lumpur, because they said it was illegal.

About 300 officers including riot police, backed up with water cannon trucks, formed a heavy security presence, but the event went ahead on schedule and Anwar spoke for an hour before the authorities intervened.

Once seen as the heir apparent to long-time leader Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar spent six years in jail before leading the opposition back to prominence in the March elections.

The sex conviction against him was later dropped but the corruption count prevented him from standing for public office until Tuesday.

Anwar, 60, had been expected to re-enter parliament quickly through a by-election in one of the seats held by his PKR party, and to challenge Prime Minister Abdullah in a symbolic no-confidence vote soon after.

But in light of the stunning and unexpected gains, he has said he is in no hurry to act and will instead focus on building up the opposition.

Analysts: He's pouring oil into fire

Anwar has said that coalition lawmakers from Sabah and Sarawak have approached him about switching sides, but so far none has declared their intentions publicly.

"It is true MPs are waiting to jump. They will do it for money and power," said James Chin, political science professor with Monash University's Kuala Lumpur campus.

Chin said coalition MPs would defect because of the infighting in Umno and uncertainty over Abdullah's leadership.

"Abdullah is fighting for his political life and Anwar is pouring oil into the fire by stating that he has enough defectors to form the next government."

Tricia Yeoh from the Centre for Public Policy Studies said Anwar was highlighting his ability to form the government in order to "inject in people's mind that there can be an alternate government."
"My gut feeling says yes. He has been rallying support in East Malaysia. It will be risky for him to lie," she said, when asked if he had enough support to take power.

Yeoh said that under Abdullah, the coalition had no political direction.

"The Barisan Nasional is like a ship being tossed on the high seas. We do not know who is the captain."

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Anwar lebih senang Pak Lah kekal!
Posted on Friday, April 18 @ 19:21:56 MYT
Oleh Dr Mohd Khir Toyo

Sungguhpun berada di luar negara, isu-isu dalam negara turut saya ikuti. Berdasarkan laporan-laporan media hari ini ternyata YAB Pak Lah berhasrat untuk kekal buat beberapa tahun lagi. Persoalannya apa akan berlaku kepada senario politik negara dan UMNO? Apakah hala tuju kepimpinan negara berdasarkan kenyataan Pak Lah beberapa hari lalu?

Dalam catatan sebelum ini, saya menyatakan bahawa Pak Lah harus melaksanakan exit plan seperti yang disarankan oleh banyak pihak termasuk UMNO Johor.

Saya juga menyarankan beberapa pembaharuan segera dalam kerajaan dan UMNO jika BN mahu kembali mendapat kepercayaan rakyat. Beberapa pandangan yang diberi oleh pembaca mengenai arah pembaharuan dalam catatan sebelum ini turut boleh dijadikan panduan.

Nampaknya cadangan peralihan kepimpinan dan pembaharuan secara baik tidak akan berlaku dalam masa terdekat ini. Saya percaya ini akan memberi kesan kepada usaha untuk meraih kembali kepercayaan dari kalangan akar umbi UMNO dan rakyat.

Melihat kepada kegigihan Tun Dr. Mahathir mewujudkan momentum yang agak tinggi dalam siri ucapan beliau, jalan untuk kepimpinan hari ini meraih kembali kepercayaan ahli UMNO agak sukar dan penuh liku. Penerimaan pemimpin bahagian, cawangan dan ahli UMNO serta rakyat terhadap usaha Tun semakin tinggi.

Sukar sama sekali untuk BN kembali pulih jika terus mengabaikan pandangan Tun secara total. Kedudukan Tun sebagai pemimpin ulung negara belum pudar bukan sahaja kepada ahli UMNO malah kepada seluruh rakyat tanpa mengira batasan kaum, agama mahu pun peringkat umur.

Malah, menurut seorang rakan, rakyat memberi reaksi spontan kepada Tun dengan memberi tepukan gemuruh sambil berdiri (standing ovation) dalam dua majlis terakhir yang beliau hadiri iaitu - Konsert anjuran Pengasih dan Konsert Celine Dion. Ini wajar membuka mata kepimpinan hari ini mengenai pengaruh dan populariti Tun.

Senario Semasa Politik Negara

Beberapa perkara mungkin akan berlaku dan bakal mengubah lanskap politik tanah air. Perubahan ini boleh menjadi satu yang menguntungkan parti dan negara atau sebaliknya. Walau apa pun kita perlu hadapi secara bersama. Saya menjangkakan beberapa senario seperti berikut mungkin berlaku:

Senario Pertama

Berlaku perubahan atau rombakan kabinet. Pak Lah terpaksa merombak kabinet sedia ada untuk memenuhi tuntutan dari Sabah dan Sarawak.

Pertemuan Pak Lah dengan pucuk pimpinan Sabah memperlihatkan kekecewaan rakyat Sabah. Para pemimpin di Sabah melihat rakyat di negeri itu dilayan sebagai kelas kedua dan sebagainya.

Malah ada yang mengatakan "bukan pemimpin Sabah yang perlu dibimbangi akan lompat, tetapi takut nanti rakyat Sabah yang akan lompat dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang."

Saya melihat kenyataan ini ada kebenarannya. Malah saya boleh merasakan perasaan yang sama itu kerana saya pernah bekerja di Sabah.

Saya tidak ikut serta dalam perjumpaan di Sarawak. Tapi saya rasa mungkin perkara yang sama berlaku. Untuk itu saya berpendapat, sama ada suka atau tidak Pak Lah perlu merombak kabinet.

Namun sama ada rombakan Kabinet akan berlaku atau tidak, ia merupakan hak budi bicara (prerogratif)YAB PM.

Senario Kedua

Namun senario kedua yang mungkin berlaku adalah undi tidak percaya terhadap PM di Parlimen oleh pembangkang. Lebih-lebih lagi pemilihan Speaker juga tampaknya kurang teliti (sama seperti ketika membentuk kabinet). Jika ini berlaku, Datuk Seri Najib akan mengambil alih kepimpinan setelah mendapat persetujuan UMNO dan Barisan Nasional serta Perkenan Yang Di Pertuan Agong.

Namun saya tidak menjangkakan ini akan dilakukan oleh DS Anwar Ibrahim dan sekutunya dalam jangka masa terdekat ini. Jika ia dibuat pasti jalan Anwar untuk kembali ke puncak akan lebih sukar. Ini kerana saya pasti DS Najib akan melakukan perubahan yang agresif dalam kerajaan dan parti untuk mengekang Anwar dan sekutunya.

Pada hemat saya, Anwar lebih senang melihat Pak lah terus kekal. Ini akan mewujudkan kedudukan UMNO yang lemah dan sokongan parti komponen juga agak kurang. Akhirnya BN akan kalah teruk dalam pilihan raya akan datang. Pakatan Rakyat akan membentuk kerajaan baru.

Justeru, jalan terbaik Anwar Ibrahim adalah untuk terus melemahkan UMNO dan BN. Bagi tujuan itu, Anwar akan cuba membina keyakinan rakyat terhadap beliau melalui proses demokrasi dan sekaligus meruntuhkan moral dan kepercayaan rakyat dan ahli UMNO terhadap Pak Lah dan Najib.

Saya yakin menjelang sidang kedua Parlimen nanti, satu pilihan raya kecil akan diadakan bagi memberi laluan kepada Anwar kembali ke Parlimen. Kawasan yang hampir pasti ialah Bandar Tun Razak yang berada di depan batang hidung kepimpinan hari ini.

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim akan mengosongkan kerusi ini sebagai balasan diangkat menjadi Menteri Besar Selangor. Jawatan tersebut sepatutnya disandang oleh pemimpin nombor dua PKR, Azmin Ali. Namun ia merupakan tolak ansur Azmin yang dijanjikan jawatan Timbalan Perdana Menteri bila Pakatan Rakyat PR) berkuasa kelak.

Anwar akan bertanding sebagai calon Perdana Menteri (in waiting). Sementara itu seperti tradisi, Timbalan Presiden UMNO, DS Najib akan mengetuai jentera pilihan raya kecil BN.

Dengan Pak Lah masih menjadi pemimpin nombor satu, mood di kalangan ahli UMNO dan BN akan berada di tahap amat rendah dan amat sukar untuk BN menang. Keputusan hampir pasti akan menyebelahi PKR.

Apabila ini berlaku, kemenangan Anwar bukan sahaja menghancurkan keyakinan rakyat, terutama ahli UMNO, kepada Pak Lah tetapi juga kepada DS Najib. UMNO hampir pasti hancur jika ini berlaku.

Ini yang amat saya bimbangi dan saya yakin akan berlaku, lebih-lebih lagi memikirkan kemungkinan pilihan raya kecil ini diadakan hampir dengan Persidangan Agung UMNO tahun ini. Saya tidak dapat bayangkan apa yang akan berlaku kepada UMNO.

Anwar Ibrahim akan mendapat sokongan moral dalam dan luar negara. Beliau akan menyusun langkah seterusnya dengan mengadakan undi tidak percaya kepada PM dalam sidang kedua Parlimen akan datang.

Ketika itu, sama ada beliau telah "beli" wakil BN atau tidak bukan lagi persoalan. Krisis keyakinan terhadap kepimpinan Pak Lah ketika itu amat dahsyat dan boleh dikatakan tiada keyakinan langsung. Jadi undi tidak percaya kepada Pak Lah bukan proses beli undi tetapi kerana krisis keyakinan kepada kedua-dua kepimpinan negara iaitu Pak Lah dan DS Najib (yang kalah dalam pilihan raya kecil Bandar Tun Razak).

Anwar Ibrahim akan membentuk kerajaan campuran baru. Sama ada parti komponen yang lompat atau wakil yang lompat itu perlu dikaji dengan lebih teliti.

Saya yakin Anwar tidak akan masuk sidang Parlimen sebagai Ketua Pembangkang. Jika ini berlaku akan banyak cerita lama beliau akan ditimbulkan semula dan pasti akan melukakan hati anak dan isteri beliau.

Melihat karektor Anwar sejak dahulu beliau tidak akan membiarkan perkara ini berulang dalam hidupnya. Anwar akan hanya masuk semula ke Parlimen sebagai Perdana Menteri. Itu adalah prasyarat utamanya. Walau apa pun kos dan keadaan itu soal kedua.yang penting ingin jadi Perdana Menteri negara ini.

Kesimpulan

Atas kebimbangan inilah, saya merayu Pak Lah memikirkan semula exit plan yang terbaik dan ia tidak boleh dilengahkan.

Jika proses peralihan kuasa ini dilakukan segera, ia akan memberi ruang dan masa untuk DS Najib melakukan sesuatu yang drastik, menyusun semula kabinet dan melakukan pembaharuan dalam parti.

(Bagi saya, jika Pak Lah yang melakukan rombakan kabinet seperti dalam senario 1 pun, ia tetap akan ada krisis keyakinan dan kepimpinan. Ini kerana Pak Lah sekali lagi dilihat membuat keputusan yang berubah-ubah. Justeru pemimpin baru perlu bagi melakukan pembaharuan dalam senarai kabinet mahu pun sistem pentadbiran.)

Jika ini dapat dilakukan dalam waktu terdekat, rancangan Anwar untuk bertanding dalam pilihan raya kecil pasti tergendala. Ini kerana mood ahli dan rakyat akan berubah untuk memberi peluang kepada pemimpin baru.

UMNO dan parti komponen BN juga akan lebih kukuh menghadapi pilihan raya kecil jika diadakan.

Malah jika Anwar menang dalam pilihan raya kecil pun sama ada di bandar Tun Razak atau Permatang Pauh, ia tidak mungkin dapat menjadi Perdana Menteri kerana keyakinan dalam UMNO dan BN telah dipulihkan.

Segala hasrat untuk mengadakan undi tidak percaya di Parlimen akan berkubur begitu sahaja.

Jika Pak Lah kekal dan dicabar dalam Pemilihan UMNO, akan berlaku suasana yang berbeza sama sekali. Ini mungkin saya akan ulas dalam tulisan akan datang.
Ewan_sn
Wakil BN siap sedia sertai Pakatan
Apr 23, 08 10:21pm


Benar, memang ada ahli-ahli parlimen BN di Sabah bersedia menyertai Pakatan Rakyat, dakwa penasihat PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim hari ini.

Cuma, mereka belum bersedia berbuat demikian kerana belum mengangkat sumpah di Dewan Rakyat, katanya lagi seperti laporan Bernama.

Anwar berkata mereka sedang mengatur masa yang sesuai untuk meninggalkan BN.

"Apa yang menahan mereka ialah pengaturan masa.

"Anggota-anggota parlimen ini belumpun mengangkat sumpah di Parlimen (lagi). Kami bukanlah tergesa-gesa," beliau dpetik sebagai berkata di Kota Kinabalu sewaktu lawatannya di negeri itu.

Beliau juga berkata, jika mereka tidak menyertai bulan depan, mungkin bulan berikutnya, Julai atau malah pada hari sambutan kemerdekaan pada 31 Ogos.

"Tetapi saya fikir kami tidak akan melewati tempoh itu," tambahnya.

Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) hari ini membantah usaha menggerakkan kempen lompat parti wakil-wakil BN seperti yang dijalankan Anwar .

Sambil menyifatkan usaha sedemikian "tidak sah dan tidak beretika", presiden PRM Hassan Abdul Karim menggesa keputusan pilihanraya umum lalu harus dihormati semua pihak.

"PRM berpendapat kerajaan BN perlu diberi peluang untuk mentadbir kerajaan pusat bagi lima tahun lagi dengan aman dan tanpa
diganggu-gugat secara yang tidak demokratik," katanya.

Akhbar Utusan Malaysia melaporkan parti-parti komponen BN di negeri itu menafikan mereka akan melompat parti dan menyertai Pakatan.

Timbalan presiden Parti Maju Sabah (SAPP), Datuk Eric Majimbun (gambar) dilaporkan berkata, desas-desus terdapat wakil parti itu berhasrat melompat parti berkemungkinan besar timbul susulan kelantangan SAPP menyuarakan pandangan kepada pimpinan BN.

Lawatan Anwar di negeri itu dan Sarawak memanaskan lagi cakap-cakap tentang isu lompat parti yang dimulakan daripada kenyataan bekas timbalan perdana menteri itu sejak kemenangan besar PKR dan dua rakannya DAP dan PAS pada 8 Mac.

Tawaran terbuka pengerusi jawatankuasa pemandu PKR Sabah dan Sarawak, Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan kepada wakil rakyat BN agar menyertai pakatan pembangkang baru-baru ini menghangatkan lagi keadaan.
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AD-LIB: Anwar masih 'berbisa'
23-04-2008 05:34:07 PM
Oleh ARIFFUDDIN ISHAK
The Star


SEORANG pembaca mStar, Lia Shiela, pernah menulis, 'Anugerah Pelakon Terbaik' milik Datuk Seri Anwar setelah membaca laporan yang bekas Timbalan Menteri Malaysia itu ditahan selama 30 minit di lapangan terbang Kuala Lumpur seperti yang dilaporkan di dalam laman web Malaysiakini pada bulan Disember tahun lepas.

Kononnya, laporan itu tidak berasas sama sekali dan cuba mempropagandakan keadaan semasa yang sedang berlaku ketika itu. Kata Lia, 'lakonan' Anwar yang diibaratkan sebagai hero Bollywood itu sengaja dilakukan untuk meniupkan lagi api semangat penyokong beliau yang sememangnya ekstremis dan tidak tahu mengikut peraturan undang-undang yang ditetapkan.

Namun empat bulan selepas pendapat itu disiarkan, ahli politik yang selalu melaungkan dirinya sebagai pejuang rakyat dan pejuang reformasi telah memeranjatkan ramai pihak apabila dengan mudah memberi kemenangan besar pada Pakatan Rakyat di Pilihan Raya 12 pada 8 Mac.

Malah undian yang dijalankan oleh pihak mStar on-line ....'Adakah 'come-back' Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim memberi impak besar kepada senario politik negara?' jawapan yang diterima di luar jangkaan kerana 86.8% berkata Ya, 8.2% berkata Tidak dan hanya 5% Tidak pasti.

KEMENANGAN PAKATAN RAKYAT KERANA ANWAR?

Satu kemenangan yang begitu manis sekali bagi pihak lawan. Mengikut percaturan Anwar yang sememangnya seorang 'strategis' semuanya kerana satu pakatan yang bersepadu dari semua komponen baik DAP, Pas mahupun Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

Di saat pihak Barisan Nasional cuba meneruskan propagandanya, Anwar dalam senyap telah membuat banyak komplot dan pakatan untuk menumbangkan parti pemerintah.

Telahan yang dibuat oleh bekas 'orang kuat' PKR, Dr Chandra Muzaffar bahawa undi simpati tidak lagi berpihak kepada PKR kerana Anwar sudah bebas dari 'sangkar besi' juga meleset.

Malah beliau kini 'terbang' bebas bagi meneruskan misi utamanya iaitu menggulingkan kerajaan.

Buktinya, pihak pembangkang memenangi 82 kerusi Parlimen, pencapaian yang terbaik pernah dicipta dalam mana-mana pilihan raya.

Jika di pilihan raya umum 2004 PKR hanya memiliki satu kerusi Parlimen, hari ini ia merupakan parti pembangkang yang mempunyai kerusi terbanyak di Dewan Rakyat.
Malah, isteri dan anak Anwar, Nurul Izzah kini sedang bersiap sedia ke Parlimen.

Pada akhir tahun 2006, Anwar pernah mengumumkan yang beliau akan bertanding dalam pilihan raya umum ke-12, yang telah diadakan baru-baru ini. Walaupun impiannya tidak menjadi kenyataan, mimpi indahnya telah direalisasikan oleh rakan-rakannya yang bersungguh-sungguh ingin menyaksikan Barisan Nasional tumbang.

Ketika isteri beliau Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yang juga bertindak sebagai Presidan PKR membuat kenyataan yang beliau akan mengosongkan kerusi Parlimen Permatang Pauh dalam suku kedua tahun ini bagi memberi laluan kepada Anwar kembali ke Parlimen, ramai masih tertanya-tanya, adakah mungkin perkara ini akan berlaku?

Wan Azizah menyandang kerusi Presiden sejak kali pertama bertanding pada tahun 1999 dan sebelum itu ia dimenangi Anwar ketika berada dalam UMNO.

ANWAR SEBAGAI STRATEGIS

Anwar seorang 'orator' - pemidato yang baik dan berjaya memukau siapa saja apabila beliau berucap. Bukan setakat seorang strategis, bekas Menteri Kewangan ini juga adalah adalah seorang 'master planner' atau perancang yang bijak.

Lihat sahaja kejayaan besar PKR menghimpunkan pengikut setianya seramai 20,000 dalam perhimpunan gerila 'Black 14' sebagai mengakhiri 'zaman gelap' Anwar.

Tiada siapa sangka perancangan rapi mereka mengadakan perhimpunan itu cukup 'kebal' walaupun tanpa permit polis. Manakan tidak, Kelab Sultan Sulaiman yang selama ini menjadi saksi pelbagai peristiwa bersejarah Melayu itu kini milik Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Menteri Besar Selangor.

Setelah melihat kejayaan luar biasa parti pembangkang, tidakkah kita terfikir yang faktor Anwar ini adalah sesuatu yang tidak boleh kita perlekehkan.

Tambahan dengan iltizamnya untuk membuktikan sesuatu dan 'membalas dendam' tentang ketidakadilan ke atas dirinya satu ketika dulu, seolah situasi yang ada sekarang berpihak kepadanya.

RAMALAN

Ramalan yang dibuat oleh Ahli Majlis Tertinggi UMNO yang juga bekas Menteri Besar Selangor, Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo melalui blognya juga kuat mengatakan bahawa Anwar hanya akan masuk semula ke Parlimen sebagai Perdana Menteri!

Ini bukan tilik nujum Pak Belalang, Dr Khir mungkin sudah 'celik' dan banyak masa untuk membuat analisa lebih-lebih lagi setelah tidak menjadi Menteri Besar apabila tewas dalam pilihan raya umum lalu.

Beliau sendiri sedar bahawa karisma Anwar pasti akan merebak seperti virus yang menular keseluruh negara hingga mampu melumpuhkan pengaruh BN terhadap rakyat.

Dr Khir juga begitu yakin menjelang sidang kedua Parlimen nanti, satu pilihan raya kecil akan diadakan bagi memberi laluan kepada Anwar kembali ke Parlimen. Kawasan yang hampir pasti ialah Bandar Tun Razak yang berada di depan batang hidung kepimpinan hari ini.

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim akan mengosongkan kerusi ini sebagai balasan diangkat menjadi Menteri Besar Selangor. Jawatan tersebut sepatutnya disandang oleh pemimpin nombor dua PKR, Azmin Ali. Namun ia merupakan tolak ansur Azmin yang dijanjikan jawatan Timbalan Perdana Menteri bila Pakatan Rakyat berkuasa kelak.

Tindak tanduk Anwar sebagai 'strategis' dan 'master planner' cukup licik. Segala gerak gempur dan perang saraf yang ingin dilakukan agak sukar dijangka.

Sememangnya kerusi yang diidamkannya adalah Perdana Menteri.

Kini timbul spekulasi yang PKR sedang berusaha memancing sekumpulan Ahli Parlimen Sabah dan Sarawak untuk menyertai parti itu.

Cakap-cakap kedai kopi juga terngiang-ngiang bahawa bukan sahaja pemimpin Sabah dan Sarawak yang dibimbangi lompat parti, takut nanti rakyat Sabah dan Sarawak juga ikut 'sekapal' lompat-melompat dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang.

KOMPLOT

Ketika artikel ini ditulis, Anwar sedang mengadakan lawatan ke Sabah dan Sarawak. Apa maksudnya? Beliau menafikan kunjungannya ke negeri berkenaan untuk memancing Ahli Parlimen BN.

Namun beliau sempat berseloloh, "lawatan ini bukan untuk memancing tetapi jika ada ikan (ahli Parlimen BN) di sekitarnya, kami mengalu-alukan dan menjemput mereka."

Mungkinkah Anwar "bakal Perdana Menteri"? Beliau pernah dipilih sebagai Timbalan Presiden UMNO pada tahun 1993 dan menjadi pilihan Tun Mahathir ketika itu untuk menggantikan Tun Ghafar Baba, sekali gus menjadi orang nombor dua. Namun satu skandal yang memalitkan ramai pihak telah mengheret beliau pada tahun 1998 dan disingkirkan oleh Mahathir.

Sebelas tahun dulu, Anwar juga sedang bersiap-siap untuk menjadi 'bakal Perdana Menteri' namun sikap penasihat-penasihat di sekelilingnya yang ingin beliau menyingkirkan Tun Mahathir lebih awal dari waktunya memakan diri.

Kini, adalah peluang kedua untuk Anwar untuk duduk di kerusi idamannya itu. Mungkin faktor itu membuat Anwar lebih berhati-hati mengatur langkah dan tidak lagi bersikap terburu-buru untuk duduk di atas takhta.

Walaupun berada dalam tahanan mahupun bebas tanpa sebarang jawatan politik secara rasmi, Anwar TIDAK pernah 'bersara'. Tanggungjawab politik yang digalasnya cukup berat dari sejak dia disingkirkan lagi.

Yang patut kita kagumi ialah sifat dan peribadi Anwar atau 'charm' yang beliau ada sehingga berjaya memikat bukan sahaja kawan-kawannya di Barisan Alternatif seperti Tian Chua, Lim Guan Eng, Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh, Nik Aziz, Hadi Awang juga isteri dan anak tercinta untuk berjuang bagi pihaknya tetapi telah berjaya memikat hati seluruh rakyat Malaysia untuk mengundi parti lawan.

Siapa kata 'faktor' Anwar sudah berlalu? Orang-orang yang berkata ini berada 'in denial' kerana menafikan satu hakikat dan realiti yang sedang berlaku di depan mata. Larangan politik yang dikenakan ke atasnya bukan penghalang tapi penggerak untuknya merancang komplot yang lebih hebat.

Apakah kejutan yang menanti kita sekembalinya Anwar 'melancong' ke Sabah dan Sarawak? Adakah tanggal 28 April bakal mencetuskan fenomena baru? Mantan Perdana Menteri pernah berkata Anwar bermimpi di siang hari.

Katakan apa saja tentang Anwar - 'Pembelot', 'Manusia angkuh' mahupun 'Pelakon Bollywood', namun Anwar tetap Anwar. Tindak-tanduknya tegas dan licik, sekeras laungannya..."lawan tetap lawan!"
Ewan_sn
Anwar: Malays have nothing to fear
Andrew Ong | Apr 26, 08 8:13pm


PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said Malays have nothing to fear despite their smaller representation in several Pakatan Rakyat state governments.

This is because the new Pakatan state governments, which champions the concept of Ketuanan rakyat (people's power), will not conceive policies detrimental to the Malays.

“I will not compromise on this issue. Nor will Pakatan members. We will not conceive any policy to the detriment of the Malays. That issue does not arise,” he pointed out.

Anwar said this when asked about unease among certain quarters that the position of Malays had eroded following their reduction in numbers in the two state governments and appointment of non-Malay speakers in the Perak and Selangor state legislative assemblies.

Immediately after the general election, Malay groups had protested against the new DAP-led Penang government over the new Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s remarks pertaining to the New Economic Policy.

Following this, Kelantan Regent Tengku Faris Petra had in a controversial speech said that the position of the Malays were being “challenged” and called on Malays to be united.

Apology or not, Umno the same

Acknowledging that the reduction in the number of Malays in the Penang, Perak and Selangor state governments as a political reality, Anwar said it doesn’t mean that policies will be skewed against the Malays.

“There can be a Chinese chief minister in Penang and a Malay menteri besar in Selangor. What is more important is that we have a unequivocal commitment to defend the rights of all Malaysians, regardless of race or religion,” he added.

On Umno Youth chief Hishammuddin Hussein’s apology for waving the keris during the past three Umno general assemblies, Anwar said that PKR would accept and that the former should not repeat his act.

“The crux of the matter is not the keris as a symbol. What matters is his attitude which shows arrogance and the use of racial issues in politics.

“That is still being continued. They are raising issues about pig farming, Malay supremacy...claiming that the Malays are now very angry against the Selangor government...this sentiment is still strong in Umno,” he added.

Anti-hopping laws

On a related matter, Anwar was non-committal when asked to state his stand on the new ‘anti-party hopping’ laws which Barisan hopes to introduce.

He also refused to be drawn into commenting on whether such laws would be unconstitutional.

“We have to look and discuss about it first,” he said.

He also refused to be drawn into the debate on whether it was ethical to poach for Barisan Nasional MPs to make up the numbers necessary for Pakatan Rakyat to form the next federal government.

“History has shown that dozens have hopped into Barisan. Itu halal semua (that is all kosher to them),” he said.

Anwar had been repeatedly claiming that Barisan MPs are waiting for the opportune moment to leave their parties and join forces with Pakatan.

Asked whether his Pakatan peers - DAP and PAS - shared his sentiments on the need to poach for Barisan MPs, Anwar attempted to skirt the question.

“Don’t worry about that. At every stage we have had elaborate discussions and meetings with party leaders. I have said enough on the subject. We have to move on. Let the Umno and Barisan worry. You should not be unduly worried”.

Anwar was speaking to reporters after launching two books penned by the late Rustam Sani.

Earlier in his speech, Anwar had praised Rustam as an “extraordinary public intellectual” who had helped PKR draft their 2008 election manifesto.

Rustam’s two books, Social roots of the Malay left and Failed Nation? Concerns of a Malaysian Nationalist are now available on


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Orang Melayu tidak perlu takut - Anwar
Sunday, 27 April 2008




Orang Melayu tidak perlu takut walaupun wakil rakyat Melayu kurang dibeberapa negeri Pakatan Rakyat kerana kerajaan baru Pakatan Rakyat yang menangkat ‘Ketuanan Rakyat’ tidak akan mengandungi polisi menjejaskan ketuanan Melayu. “Saya tidak akan berkompromi dengan isu ini, Pakatan Rakyat tidak akan melaksanakan sebarang polisi menjejaskan Melayu.
”Isu ini tidak timbul.” tegas Anwar.

Beliau berkata demikian sebagai respon apabila ditanya berkenaan kebimbangan dikalangan kelompok Melayu bahawa kedudukan Melayu telah terhakis di Selangor dan Perak berikutan perlantikan bukan Melayu sebagai Yang Dipertua Dewan dikedua-dua negeri tersebut.

Malaysiakini memetik beliau mengatakan beliau menerima hakikat bahawa kekurangan wakil Melayu di Pulau Pinang, Perak dan Selangor adalah suatu reality politik, namun ia tidak bermakna polisi dinegeri tersebut akan condong menentang Melayu.

Menyentuh tentang isu Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Hishamuddin Hussein yang meminta maaf kerana menjulang keris, Anwar berkata PKR menerima maaf tersebut dan berharap Hisham tidak aakan mengulangi perbuatan itu.

”Pokok persoalannya bukan keris sebagi simbol, tapi masalah sikap yang menunjukkan kesombongan dan menggunakan isu perkauman dalam politik,

”sikap sombong dan isu perkauman masih berterusan digunakan, mereka timbulkan isu lading babi, ketuanan Melayu……., mereka dakwa sekarang Melayu sangat marah kepada kerajaan Selangor,

”sentimen ini masih kuat dalam UMNO.” tambah Anwar
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One foot in the door
R. Nadeswaran and Terence Fernandez


Despite a bad back and fatigue from two weeks of criss-crossing the nation, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de-facto leader and former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is all smiles, following the alternative front’s unprecedented performance in the recent general election and his impending return to active politics. He tells R. Nadeswaran and Terence Fernandez of the challenges in going into the polls and the even bigger tests ahead.

Nades: One of your biggest challenges was (prior to the elections) getting a cohesive team. You had three different parties with three different ideologies. How did you manage to unite and convince them on having straight fights?

Anwar: What’s so different about Umno, MCA and MIC? Or PBB or PBS or PBDS. One talks about ketuanan Melayu, one talks about Chinese survival, one wants Indian affairs resolved. It does not seem to be contentious as in practice they were able to show a cohesive stance. Similarly within Keadilan, PAS and DAP. Other than what’s perceived from outside … look at the manner they conducted the election campaign, they were together and worked well. We have Chinese voting for PAS, Malays voting for DAP. The people have spoken. They said: “Look, we want a cohesive Opposition, so today, so-called contentious issues of the past, like the Islamic State and Hudud have been resolved. It’s neither their (PAS’) manifesto nor their agenda anymore.”

Nades: How did you manage to get PAS to drop the Islamic State agenda which they had been so vociferous on in previous elections?

Anwar: I’ve convinced them and they also know my position ... if you want me to be involved, this is my position. Similarly with Keadilan and DAP. They must be seen to be multiracial and not questioning the position of Bahasa or the Malay position. You can adjust but the paramount interest of justice, catering to those who are poor and marginalised, covering all races must be realised. I think what was achieved last night (a meeting between PKR, DAP and PAS) is a very important beginning. We sat down and discussed for hours and looked at the issues and it was agreed that we must unite and make politically expedient decisions.

Terence: It seems that when you go into elections it is easy to have a common front. But like what happened in Perak shows that once you gain power, it is a different story altogether.

Anwar: What happened in Perak is less problematic (than those) in Perlis and Terengganu (laughs). Because the media is controlled by them; that is why the focus is on Perak and Selangor. But I don’t deny that there are problems. Even within Keadilan, we have contending candidates, the DAP and PAS also have issues. But in the case of Perak, I understand the problem. PAS had the least number of seats so naturally, for DAP to take a tougher stance is quite understandable. (But) Why does the media play up this huge issue? We took a position that was quite tough too – we support the MB; we support the administration but we refused to participate in the administration unless the spirit of cooperation is there. I have enough problems in Penang with having eight non-Malays and two Malays. To have a similar arrangement in Perak would not be wise. It does not mean the Opposition is cracking up and to be fair to DAP, they made adjustments. And I have to record my appreciation. That’s in the past, now contrary to popular perception that the collaboration is merely prior to elections or prior to forming a government ... as of last night (March 18), we have now entered into this new arrangement. It will be a much more cohesive force as it will not be like the BN or PAS or DAP… here is the agenda, about constitutional guarantees, what about the Malaysian Economic Agenda, basic tolerance and the perceived dominance of one race against the others.

Terence: You needed this new resolution because you were ill-prepared for the aftermath of the elections where Barisan Rakyat took fi ve states and Kuala Lumpur? You never expected the results.

Anwar: I was very confident that we will take over the whole government. We crossed the one-third mark a long time ago.

Nades: Reading your comments in a Singapore interview, we said maybe Anwar is overconfi dent? Anwar is sounding cocky that he can form the government.

Anwar: The interview in Singapore was given after they cancelled the indelible ink and the reason they cancelled the ink was because we were edging towards that (winning the election). We had passed 48% of the popular vote. Edging about 2% a day of the shift; and they knew that. That’s why they cancelled the indelible ink. Which means they had 3-4% votes to cheat. So imagine if they had used the ink? And the postal votes? We would have won easily.

Nades: Should the postal votes be abolished as we are not at war or in emergency. It was (mostly) meant for our servicemen in the jungles during the Emergency and the war against the communists.

Anwar: No. Postal voting can be conducted in a transparent and fair manner. These people … they virtually have robbed the people of their votes. Like in Setiawangsa (which was won by Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique) … we won. Then came 14,000 postal votes.

Terence: We cannot prove this but is there any truth that in Lembah Pantai, where your daughter Nurul Izzah was contesting (and won against Datuk SeriShahrizat Abdul Jalil), there were similar attempts?
Anwar: Yes. But there was not enough to go around. In Teluk Kemang 7,000 postal votes were brought in, still our guysmanaged to win. Which means the number supporting us is big. That’s why I said, we will win if we get 55%. Even during the campaign I said you want to win with 50%, forget it!

Nades: How are you going to put your economic plan into action while dealing with the sensitive topic of the NEP?

Anwar: I drafted the MEA (Malaysian Economic Agenda) a year ago and gave a detailed explanation to civil servants about what we have planned for the poor and marginalised Malays, Chinese and Indians. We should start with regaining our competitiveness which we have lost, and attract more foreign direct investment. We have to build the economy upwards. With that in mind, then we can talk about distributive justice and equity.

Terence: It seems that only Umno is opposing the MEA while the other BN component parties are keeping mum.

You see, even in Umno there is disconnect between the thinking of the leaders and the grassroots. I will be meeting division leaders to explain this. I was portrayed negatively by Utusan Malaysia. They were demonising us, saying that we are traitors to the Malays. That’s interesting. “I am a traitor to the Malays”. I have not taken one share, no taxi permit, no contract in the name of bumiputra and all those so-called champions of Malays have taken hundreds of taxi permits, APs and contracts by the hundreds of millions of ringgit. So I said don’t enter into this (argument) otherwise I will smash them hard. Don’t use the racial card. If you say you are concerned about the NEP, it’s okay we can argue, we can discuss this but don’t start condemning us. I’ve appealed to them to stop this. Reviewing the NEP is not just (DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister) Lim Guan Eng’s view; of course in my mind we should craft the words properly. Coming from a Chinese they would immediately play the racial card. It is unfair to Guan Eng, although I would have advised him not to touch on the NEP, but it was unfair to him because his words were taken out of context. He did say it was for the poor of all races.

Nades: Closer to Selangor, what changes can we expect from the new government?

Anwar: Firstly, it’s governance. There was so much of wastage, corruption, leakages and alienation of land. According to the reports I have, hundreds of millions of ringgit are literally down the drain. But we have to be careful. We cannot create the impression that we are going to dismantle everything, because we will lose investor confidence. People want stability and continuity. The only major issue we accept is the mentri besar’s recommendation to review the water agreement. The water agreement is virtually scandalous! And it is a burden to consumers.

Nades: What about land alienation to cronies? You cannot take the land back because the deal is done.

Anwar: There are many ways to deal with this. If the land is given, we can go through the plans; we want to know why this is done in such a way.

Terence: But you are not going on a witch hunt, are you?

Anwar: I think it will be a problem for us, because it is endless. Then we will spend the next two years just doing this instead of running the states that we won. Immediately our plans are to move on by ensuring a vibrant economy. Drawing foreign investment, but problems affecting the poor are top on our list. Yesterday we went to Kampung Jawa (in Klang) to visit the Malay and Indian squatters. A contention was the demolished temple. So I told (Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul) Khalid (Ibrahim), you better deal with this immediately. In two weeks get it done; give them their land and pay compensation to rebuild their temple. Of course they will demand for this and that. That’s normal, but we draw the line. Then it’s their housing status. Khalid was concerned with Ijok where some areas have no water supply. It cost just RM200,000 to supply the water, so Khalid has announced that water will be supplied. These things must happen whether it’s a Malay area, Chinese area or Indian area, it must happen. There are huge problems in Selangor and he (former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo) has the audacity to talk about governance!

Nades: What are your plans after April 13 when you are eligible to contest for political office? Your wife is Opposition Leader - a position which is being warmed for you.

Anwar: Yes, but it is still early. Parliament only convenes in May. We still have time. I have to travel overseas for some engagements and I have to resign from my positions (in several foreign think tanks and academic boards) … meetings and lectures in Harvard and at Kennedy School … we’ll see. But now the focus is on having a cohesive Opposition and make sure the state governments are on track.

Terence: Are you ready to take over?

Anwar: This is for the MPs and the people to decide. We just want to make sure that the states are running well, and that we are prepared for Parliament. We have time to come to that.


Terence: If you asked me two weeks ago, one would dismiss Anwar Ibrahim being prime minister. But today, there is such likelihood, with the dawn of the two-party system.

Anwar: Yes, well, like I said, we actually won the election.

Terence: While Anwar can become PM, there seems to be a dearth of individuals who would be able to govern and this brings me to the formation of the shadow cabinet.

Anwar: Yes, when all these fellows took over … (former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) … they had no administrative experience. Myself too … so was the first generation of civil servants. As long as we have a clear programme and agenda, and more importantly here and now, clearer ground rules we will be all right. No way are we going to tolerate alienation of land to your son, daughter, son-in-law. No way! I think we have to work as a team. As far as qualified people are concerned, you look at (DAP stalwart Lim) Kit Siang, he is still there. We were discussing some election laws last night and he brought up some laws which I don’t remember. (laughs) He says, “Anwar you were finance minister, how can you not know this?” I said: “Yalah Kit, I don’t remember.” Then he reminds me. I think he is certainly qualified to serve. You have (PAS president) Hadi (Awang) who has four years experience of being mentri besar of Terengganu … and many others.

Nades: Come to think of it, you have some experts on your side like Charles Santiago on water and R. Sivarasa on human rights.

Anwar:There you are! Some of them of course are not as well-known as I am but Siva is a Rhodes scholar … very articulate. Syed Husin Ali is one of the more renowned scholars.

Nades: How did you manage 13 days of campaigning with a bad back?

It was not easy. We were using my Dad’s car a Mercedes since it was bigger. I had to duduk bersila like in yoga. (laughs) Also, we had (PKR deputy president) Dr. Syed Husin Ali. He didn’t want to stand in this election, but he was here manning the fort, while I was travelling all over the country. I was wondering who would be doing this as (former PKR Youth chief) Ezam (Mohd Noor) is gone, Nik Nazmi (Nik Ahmad who won the Seri Setia state seat in Selangor ) is gone; (Sim) Tze Tzin (who won the Pantai Jerejak state seat in Penang) is gone … then I realised I was handicapped. My staff was making all the arrangements.

Terence: Do you think the media has been fair with the new state governments under Barisan Rakyat?

Anwar: They have not been fair to them. What with these loaded questions and their own agenda. Give them a chance to do something like how I suggested to Guan Eng that he should go to the Malay villages, no one highlighted it when he went to Tanjung Tokong. That’s why I was very rough with the Utusan guy. It’s not their fault though, I know that when they start pushing, they have their instructions but repercussions can be great.

Terence: Can we touch a little on some of the media organisations that used to blacklist you but now want to put you on Page One? Also associates who once had no time for you, but now are queuing up to see you?

Anwar: (Laughs) I have no malice. You know, sometimes I laugh at these people. This is the quality of people and they think they are great. I have no personal agenda. They have. Some of them are scared. Dead scared! They came to see me saying we are sorry, but were forced to do this and do that. In a way it is good - not that it is fair for them to put me in prison and treat me that way … but it is a good experience. And if people make mistakes and are remorseful, we should give them a chance. I always believe that.

Nades: But what was your problem with (former PKR vice president) Chandra Muzaffar? He came out very scathing against you.

Anwar: I was in prison when he first decided to attack and smash me to pieces prior to the 2004 elections. He had problems within the party, initially with the Youth Wing … Ezam, later (former PKR vice-president) Marina Yusof. I was still backing him but he came out very strong against me. I still wonder why.

Terence: After Chandra was released from the ISA, he seemed to be more proestablishment.

Anwar: Well, he went through a lot. I can’t deny that and I do appreciate his initial contributions to Keadilan. I did not want to pursue litigation (over his statements against Anwar during the election), but my lawyers advised me (to proceed) and the letter (of demand) was already sent.

Terence: Do you want to retort against Chandra’s allegations about the words you uttered when you visited the Hindu temple in Penang? (Background: In March 27, 1998, a group of Muslims marched from the Kampung Rawa mosque to the nearby Sri Raja Raja Madurai Veeran temple, angered by the loud ringing of the temple’s prayer bells. The resulting clash between 500 Muslims and Hindus resulted in several people being injured. The dispute was settled when the state government provided an alternative site for the temple.)

Anwar: These accusations are excessive. Did he ask me what happened at the mosque? I was DPM at that time and nobody wanted to go down there. I went to the mosque and then the temple. (Then) IGP (Inspector General of Police Tan Sri) Rahim Noor called up the Penang CPO (chief police officer) and told him: “Tell Anwar not to go down to the mosque as the police cannot guarantee his safety.” (Incidentally it was Rahim Noor who gave Anwar his black eye that inspired the PKR symbol). I told the CPO: “You call back the IGP and tell him, I cannot be a Penang leader if I can’t settle this problem.” Nobody wanted to go! Koh Tsu Koon, Shariff Omar, all the excos semua tak nak pergi! So I went. You know the problem? I told the mosque people, azan five times a day is ok but there were some announcements, touching on Melayu and Islam, some hints ... so I told them: “Lima kali. Lebih daripada itu, I have a problem. I kena rampas you punya mike.” (Five times. Anything more, I will have to seize your microphone.) So they said: “Jangan Datuk.” So I said: “You know I’m with you, don’t overdo it.” I also told Koh Tsu Koon to give them the land for the (relocation of the) temple. So, I told the (Muslim) people, you pukul budak Hindu umur 12 tahun, (hit a 12-yearold Hindu boy) is not right. So they settled and shook hands. Done. I only brought my plainclothes guards. Even the police were not allowed in the temple because people were already angry as they teargased the neighbourhood. I said the same thing to the temple committee: “I know your prayer times.” I was studying in Malay College Kuala Kangsar where there was a temple next door. You don’t have to look at your watch. Teng! Teng! Teng! Teng! 6am. Teng! Teng! Teng! Teng! 6pm. So I told them don’t provoke because during the Muslim prayer times they were ringing the bells even louder. So I told them that I warned the mosque committee that I will seize the microphone. So, to the temple committee, I said if you do the same thing, I will also rampas your bells. And what did Chandra say? That I threatened to silence all bells in Hindu temples across the nation?! It’s not true. Of course I had to sound very tough also. How do you solve the problem when they are fighting like that? It is totally wrong what they are trying to portray me as. I am very indebted to the Indian community. They have helped me a lot. You see the Bukit Selambau fellow (Independent candidate V. Arumugan)? He said he will join PKR if I come there and hold his hand. So I did. And he won, and now he has joined Keadilan!

Terence: What is your take on the new cabinet? Some say that it is very Umnocentric.

Anwar: Ya! First I can see that there are attempts to respond to the electorate but overall it is a disappointing line-up. It is not catered for the expectations of people. There seem to be some shift in policies but then some characters tainted with corruption continue to be in office… well, these are exciting times!


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Anwar 'returns' to Parliament
Beh Lih Yi | Apr 29, 08 5:03pm
Malaysiakini



After more than a decade, opposition icon and former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim was present in Parliament again, albeit in the public gallery.

He was there as the spouse of the opposition leader, PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to attend the opening ceremony of the 12th Parliament.

Elated with the recent turn of events, Anwar stressed that today is the first step in the countdown to his return to the corridors of power.

"It has began. This is a new beginning. Now that I am here, I will stay, there is no turning back," he told reporters.

Since his unceremonious sacking in 1998 and his subsequent jailing, the PKR leader has never been to Parliament.

He became free to run for public office again when a five-year ban stemming from his corruption conviction expired two weeks ago.

Previously, PKR had stated that one of the party’s elected representatives might step down to pave the way for Anwar’s return to active politics.

Following the March 8 polls, Anwar also claimed that there are enough MPs from Barisan Nasional who are willing to cross over to allow Pakatan Rakyat to form government. The opposition alliance is short of 30 seats to do so.

Pressed on these issues today, the former deputy premier quipped: "I am back already... There is the possibility of (contesting in) Kuala Kangsar and some other seats, I will discuss with the Opposition Leader."

The Kuala Kangsar seat is currently held by Umno Wanita chief Rafidah Aziz. It is widely expected that her victory will be disputed through an election petition as her opponent had complained that Rafidah had not complied with election laws by signing certain documents.

Wan Azizah, who was by Anwar’s side, said her husband will be back "when the time is right." "Now we are still in-waiting," added the PKR president.

'Good to be back'



The couple arrived at the Parliament building 15 minutes before the opening ceremony by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah.

On his way to take his seat, Anwar greeted his former cabinet colleagues. Later in the chambers, he was seated in the public gallery along with the spouses of other parliamentarians.

"Ten years is a long time, I feel good to be back to accompany the opposition chief, it makes me feel more humble and respect the grand lady," he said.

Anwar also said he was happy to meet his former colleagues, including Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, ministers Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, Hishammuddin Hussein and Syed Hamid Albar.

"I always believe in politics you shouldn’t be bitter. I accord them the same respect and in fact was happy to meet some very old friends in cabinet. They said very nice things to me but I wouldn’t say what they told me."

After the ceremony ended, Anwar was also present in the VIP dining room together with the royal couple but did not interact much with the prime minister.

"We just said ‘hello’... I was at the spouse table with the queen," he smiled.

PKR yesterday complained that the Parliament did not extend an official invitation to Wan Azizah and her spouse. The couple however received the invitation late evening yesterday.


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Video, " Saya Dah Masuk..Saya Tak Akan Keluar"



‘Saya sudah masuk…saya tak akan keluar’







Kalau setakat sepuluh tahun kelibatnya tidak kelihatan di parlimen belum cukup untuk menjadikan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tumpuan semasa muncul majlis perasmian penggal pertama Parlimen ke-12 oleh Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Selasa.

Rentetan kisah-kisah politik selepas pilihanraya umum 8 Mac yang memberi nafas baru kepada pembangkang membuatkan ramai yang nak tahu apa ceritanya semasa Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) itu mengiringi isterinya, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yang juga Ketua Pembangkang di Dewan Rakyat di majlis itu.

Ini lebih-lebih lagi dakwaannya ada sebilangan ahli parlimen Barisan Nasional nak menyeberang ke kem pembangkang dan kerajaan pimpinan Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi akan tumbang selewat-lewatnya September ini.

Asalnya ada sedikit salah faham Isnin bila Wan Azizah mendakwa tidak menerima kad jemputan macam ahli parlimen lain yang membolehkan pasangan mereka menghadiri majlis itu.

Anwar,60 tetap dengan stailnya bersahaja sepanjang berada pada majlis itu.Beliau turut menyaksikan perjalanan perasmian dari galeri awam Dewan Rakyat.

Bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri itu juga menyapa sejenak Perdana Menteri serta sebilangan menteri.

Semasa ditemui para wartawan Anwar tidak menyembunyikan azam politiknya untuk ‘menawan parlimen’.

“Sekarang saya sudah masuk…saya tak akan keluar,”katanya.


Anwar bagaimanapun tetap bermain teka teki mengenai spekulasi mengatakan beliau akan bertanding dalam satu pilihanraya kecil untuk melangkah masuk secara rasmi ke parlimen.

“Saya fikir tak banyak masalah tapi kita bincang dululah dengan parti lain dalam Pakatan Rakyat. Terlalu awal sekarang,”ujarnya.

Apapun kata Anwar beliau mahu para ahli parlimen pembangkang menjadi suara yang mengegarkan parlimen.- 29/4/2008
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Anwar to sue Samy if there's no apology
Apr 30, 08 5:41pm


PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has demanded a public apology and RM100 million in damages from a senior politician for alleged libelous remarks made against him.

Anwar’s counsel Sankara Nair named S Samy Vellu as the defendant over the MIC leader’s remarks which appeared in a Malay daily newspaper two weeks ago.

According to Sankara, Berita Harian in an April 15 article headlined ‘Kenyataan Anwar Dibidas’ reported Samy Vellu’s response to Anwar’s criticism of Barisan Nasional.

He cited the following three paragraphs in the article which contained the alleged defamatory remarks against Anwar:

Presiden MIC, Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu membidas keceluparan Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yang mengkritik parti komponen Barisan Nasional (BN) selepas menggalakkan penyokongnya menggunakan pelbagai taktik kotor pada pilihanraya umum lalu.

“Katanya, negara akan lebih aman dan makmur jika tiada kelibat manusia seperti Anwar yang menggunakan ugutan, tekanan, paksaan dan menakut-nakutkan pengundi bagi menjamin kemenangan calon pembangkang.

“Saya sudah lama kenal dia. Ini cara mereka meraih undi,” katanya di Kuala Lumpur semalam.

Sankara (left) said that Samy Vellu’s allegations were understood to mean that Anwar, among others, was promoting “unlawful elections practices” and that he has no regard for the process of free and fair elections.


He added that Samy Vellu was also trying to show that Anwar was acting in a “criminal manner” as well as behaving “immorally, fraudulently and irresponsibly”.

“Your (Samy Vellu’s) utterances in the impugned article as stated above of our client (Anwar) are and were grossly negligent, reckless, irresponsible, deliberate, malicious and aimed to lower our client’s esteem in the eye of the public and expose our client to public hatred, scorn, odium, contempt and ridicule.” said Sankara in the letter of demand to Samy Vellu.

‘Samy seeking cheap publicity’

Sankara also added that Samy’s remarks was done mainly to seek cheap publicity and sensationalism.

In the letter, Sankara said that Samy Vellu “have or caused to have republished the following libelous comments in the impugned article.”

He stressed that the comments against Anwar was extremely libelous and has brought Anwar considerable distress and embarrassment.

According to an e-mail to Malaysiakini, Sankara said the letter of demand has been served to the MIC headquarters this morning.

Anwar gave Samy Vellu 48 hours to apologise otherwise a RM100 million law suit would be initiated against the MIC chief.


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Anwar tells magazine: Dr M underestimated me
Posted by Super Admin
Sunday, 04 May 2008

(The Malaysian Insider) - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the man many consider to the force behind Malaysia's resurgent political Opposition, says former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has probably underestimated him.

He made the remark in an interview in Foreign Policy (FP) magazine's April edition posted on Anwar's blog. He says Dr Mahathir "always believed that people crack under torture or detention. He used to tell me in those days, when we were on friendlier terms, that what he dreaded most was to be detained without knowing when he would be released. So that is what he did to me. He underestimated me. He thought that I would break."

He describes his political nemesis, who was in power for 22 years, as a young leader who turned into a near-megalomaniac believing the "country was his".

"This is often a problem with many of the leaders of emerging countries. You have the sense even now that he believes he cannot leave because of what [he thinks] will be destroyed. What is being destroyed? The media and the judiciary was destroyed under him," Anwar elaborates.

One big difference in their international perspectives, Anwar points out, is their approach to US relations. "He resented the idea of my rapport and contact with the West, particularly the United States. And I said, I know I am not on the CIA payroll. I have strong views on Iraq. I have very independent views. What is the harm of my treating America as a friend? He expects everyone else to be so anti-American to the point of being irrational."

Anwar reiterates what he has already made known publicly about his formal return to politics and the position that the Opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) already has the numbers to move into Putrajaya.

On seeking political office: "I can now. The issue is when do I want to do it." He tells FP he wants to ensure that the six regions (five states and one federal territory) under the control of PR are managed well and the coalition will stick together.

He explains that the shock results of Election 2008 derived from the Opposition's "strength of a more multiracial, inter-religious formula". "We have lost competitiveness. There is no independent judiciary. People tend to ignore the fact that a true democratic administration would give people more confidence," he says.

"The elections here were never free and fair. We don’t have free media ... But with all that, we still made an extremely impressive showing."

And he insists: "We have the numbers. We have 30 [members of the ruling party who say they will defect]. The question then is, why don’t we move now? ... we want the majority to be comfortable ... those that have committed must be tested that they are committed to the reform agenda. Otherwise the coalition can be volatile."

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Anwar Ibrahim - Comeback kid
From Foreign Policy Magazine, April 2008


Bill Clinton once styled himself the “comeback kid,” but he has nothing on Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim. Two weeks ago, the former deputy prime minister turned political prisoner was officially cleared to reenter politics, and many think he could become his country’s next prime minister. He spoke to FP about his return to power and how former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad thought he could break him.




Foreign Policy: When will you seek political office?

Anwar Ibrahim: I can now. The issue is when do I want to do it. [The opposition alliance] has five state governments with one federal territory, six regions that are the key regions. We have to make sure that they are managed well and transparently. There are a lot of things that need to be done because we are not just improving the performance of the previous government. I want to ensure that the coalition will stick together, and there is the responsibility of taking over the government. That is more pressing than my personally running for a seat in the Parliament, because that would deflect attention. But I am not discounting [my running for office]. We are still looking at it and it can even be soon.

FP: What explains your coalition’s strong performance in the last election?

AI: It is a strength of a more multiracial, interreligious formula. We are forged together on the basis of our belief in democratic reforms. After all, this is not something alien. This is what was promised to us when we achieved independence in 1957. Coupled with this multiracial, interreligious agenda, we talk about a new Malaysian economic agenda. We have lost competitiveness. There is no independent judiciary. People tend to ignore the fact that a true democratic administration would give people more confidence.

The elections here were never free and fair. We don’t have free media. I don’t have 10 minutes of airtime on local television. Even the electoral process was clearly fraudulent. But with all that, we still made an extremely impressive showing. They term it now a political tsunami.

FP: So what is the most difficult part of leading an opposition party like this?

AI: You have to spend a lot of time engaging them. Getting them to agree is not just a matter of political expediency. It is a matter of creating a specific policy and reform agenda while protecting the interests of these party elements. The engagement is a series of conversations. It is tiring.

FP: Do you have concern about people defecting? How are you going to hold them together?

AI: For now we are very firm and committed to the program. In fact, it is the ruling party that is now worried about people defecting.

We have the numbers. We have 30 [members of the ruling party who say they will defect]. The question then is, why don’t we move now? We are not moving now for a number of reasons. Number one, Parliament has not yet convened. Secondly, we want the majority to be comfortable. Number three, those that have committed must be tested that they are committed to the reform agenda. Otherwise the coalition can be volatile.

FP: Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister of Malaysia for 22 years before he retired in 2003. What do you think his legacy will be?

AI: I think [he will be remembered] as a young nationalist who came into the picture to try to make a stand in terms of change and becoming more independent, but grew to be too overconfident, too assertive, and turned into almost a megalomaniac. The country was his. This is often a problem with many of the leaders of emerging countries. You have the sense even now that he believes he cannot leave because of what [he thinks] will be destroyed. What is being destroyed? The media and the judiciary was destroyed under him.

FP: You got into trouble in the late 1990s once you began to criticize Mahathir, your former political mentor. Did you underestimate him as a political opponent?
AI: No, I didn’t. But at that time I had strong views. He resented the idea of my rapport and contact with the West, particularly the United States. And I said, I know I am not on the CIA payroll. I have strong views on Iraq. I have very independent views. What is the harm of my treating America as a friend? He expects everyone else to be so anti-American to the point of being irrational.

FP: Do you think that Mahathir inadvertently made you a tougher opponent?

AI: Mahathir probably underestimated me. He always believed that people crack under torture or detention. He used to tell me in those days, when we were on friendlier terms, that what he dreaded most was to be detained without knowing when he would be released. So that is what he did to me. He underestimated me. He thought that I would break.

Anwar Ibrahim is former deputy prime minister and finance minister of Malaysia. He was sentenced to six years in prison on corruption charges in 1999, sentenced to another nine years for sodomy in 2000, and released in 2004. He now leads the country’s alliance of opposition parties.
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'Jangan pandang remeh Anwar Ibrahim' - Khir Toyo
Azamin Amin
Tue | May 06, 08 | 2:42:28 pm MYT


KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Mei (Hrkh) - Dato' Seri Mohd Khir Toyo menggesa supaya Barisan Nasional (BN) khususnya Umno mengambil perhatian serius perancangan dan kenyataan Penasihat KeADILan Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim untuk menubuhkan Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat.

Beliau berkata Anwar Ibrahim mengumumkan untuk membentuk kerajaan pakatan rakyat pada 16 September kerana tarikh ini mempunyai signifikan tersendiri kerana merupakan tarikh pembentukan Malaysia.

"Saya sedar Anwar ingin menggunakan tarikh ini sebagai permulaan era Malaysia Baru.

"Dan saya agak kesal melihat pemimpin Umno masih menganggap ianya suatu sandiwara," katanya yang dipetik daripada blognya.

Baginya, Anwar tidak akan merelakan kredebilitinya jatuh buat kali kedua kerana sekiranya berlaku dunia akan menganggap beliau sebagai pemimpin yang kuat berbohong dan tidak akan mendapat kepercayaan rakan politiknya.

"Atas dasar itulah pemimpin BN perlu menganggap perkara ini lebih serius. Tindakan tertentu perlu diambil.

"Dalam politik segalanya berkemungkinan. Bagi mereka yang merancang dengan baik kemungkinan itu akan berpihak kepada mereka," katanya.

Sebelum itu beliau turut mempertikaikan tindakan kerajaan yang agak terburu-buru membuat keputusan membentuk suruhanjaya kehakiman baru-baru ini.

Katanya, selain daripada peranannya yang tidak dijelaskan, beliau khuatir akan ada banyak persepsi dan harapan yang tidak dapat dipenuhi oleh kerajaan kepada rakyat.

Kekhuatiran ini kata bekas Menteri Besar Selangor itu berdasarkan banyak pengumuman-pengumuman yang dibuat oleh kerajaan berkenaan penubuhan suruhanjaya yang disambut gembira oleh rakyat berakhir dengan lebih banyak kemarahan kemudiannya.

Pada beliau lebih penting pengumuman yang sebesar ini perlu dibuat dengan kajian dengan teliti bersama banyak pihak.

"Janganlah kerana nila setitik rosak susu sebelanga. Janganlah kerana ingin mencari populariti sehari rosak negara bertahun lamanya," katanya. - mks.


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Menanti kehadiran kali kedua Anwar ke Parlimen sebagai PM
Mohd Rashidi Hassan
Fri | May 09, 08 | 4:40:05 pm MYT


Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim menjejakkan kaki ke Parlimen kali pertama selepas 10 tahun, sewaktu Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin merasmikan pembukaan Parlimen, minggu lepas.

Ketika itu beliau hadir untuk menemani Ketua Pembangkang, Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Kehadiran pemimpin utama Pakatan Rakyat tersebut, beserta dengan 82 orang anggota Parlimen kali ini begitu menggerunkan pemimpin-pemimpin Barisan Nasional, khususnya dari Umno.

Hadirnya Anwar ke Parlimen membawa mesej yang sangat jelas, bahawa, beliau pasti akan kembali ke Parlimen, bukan untuk menjadi Ketua Pembangkang, tetapi sebagai ketua kerajaan baru.

Pakatan Rakyat memerlukan sokongan hanya dari 30 orang ahli Parlimen untuk membentuk kerajaan baru di Persekutuan menggantikan BN.

Penegasan Anwar dalam beberapa siri kenyataannya, bahawa terdapat kalangan ahli Parlimen BN yang sedia menyertai Pakatan Rakyat, dipandang sinis pemimpin Umno.

Daripada Perdana Menteri, Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Menteri-menteri, semuanya beranggapan bahawa Anwar hanya menjual cerita. Bagi mereka Anwar hanya berilusi dan mencetuskan propaganda untuk menggoyahkan kerajaan.

Beberapa bulan lepas sewaktu Anwar mensasarkan untuk pembangkang memperolehi sekurang-kurangnya 60 kerusi Parlimen dalam pilihan raya umum, semua mereka mengatakan ianya hanya angan-angan kosong!

Sewaktu Anwar mengatakan kaum Cina dan India akan menolak BN dalam PRU ke 12, Anwar ditempelak dengan mengatakan beliau hanya berilusi dengan omongan kosong.

Sewaktu bekas Menteri Kewangan, Tun Daim Zainuddin mengatakan Selangor, Pulau Pinang dan Kedah dalam bahaya, tiada siapa kalangan pemimpin Umno yang mahu mempercayainya.

Kuasa memerintah selama 50 tahun menyebabkan pemimpin Umno/ BN benar-benar lupa diri.

Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak dan ramai pemimpin Umno seolah-olahnya sedang berada di dalam 'buaian mimpi kuasa'.

Seperti kata Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, yang menempelak Abdullah dengan mengatakan, setelah BN terjejas teruk dengan keputusan PRU yang sedemikian rupa, Abdullah masih tidak sedar.

Mahathir mengingatkan betapa seriusnya, kemungkinan Anwar dan Pakatan Rakyat akan menubuhkan Kerajaan Persekutuan, malangnya Abdullah, Najib, Muhyiddin Yassin dan juak-juak mereka masih tidak sedar!

Peranan anggota Pakatan Rakyat di Parlimen

Kehangatan sidang Dewan Rakyat sudah dijangka. 82 orang anggota di kelompok pembangkang bukannya mudah untuk ditangani BN.

Selepas PRU 1999 yang menyaksikan Barisan Alternatif ketika itu, bersama pembangkang lain, memperolehi 45 kerusi Parlimen pun sudah cukup membuatkan BN menggelabah.

Tambahan sekarang ini. Sama ada PM, TPM, Menteri dan backbenchers BN sudah pasti tidak akan 'senang duduk' apabila bertembung dengan wakil Pakatan Rakyat.

Perbalahan anggota Parlimen dalam sidang Dewan Rakyat bukannya perkara baru. Sewaktu Allahyarham Tun Zahir Ismail menjadi Speaker dahulu, lebih gamat dan gawat daripada sekarang.

Cumanya kehangatan perdebatan itu tidak diketahui secara jelas kerana tiada siaran secara langsung.

Pada sidang kali ini, ramai orang baru. Sama ada anggota Parlimen BN atau Pakatan Rakyat, sama seperti Speaker dan Timbalan Speaker, kebanyakannya orang-orang baru yang belum mahir dengan peraturan mesyuarat Parlimen.

Apapun anggota-anggota Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat ketika ini, tidak seharusnya berperanan sebagai pembangkang yang menidakkan segala program kerajaan.

Anggota Parlimen tidak seharusnya bertindak sebagaimana pembangkang seperti dahulu.

Justeru, tidak harus ada lagi anggapan 'mencuri prime time' untuk mencetuskan berita atau mendapatkan tempat di media massa.

Khusus bagi rakan-rakan dari DAP, mereka sering dijadikan sasaran. Mereka sering 'dipergunakan media' untuk dilaga-lagakan dengan KeADILan, PAS, bangsa Melayu, agama Islam dan kini dengan Raja-Raja Melayu.

Penulis tidak mempersoalkan sama ada benar atau tidak sesuatu fakta yang disebutkan menurut undang-undang. Undang-undang bukan segala-gala, kita turut terikat dengan persoalan etika, kesopanan dan ketatasusilaan.

Lebih berat lagi jika sesuatu bentuk kebenaran, dilontar pada waktu dan kepada sasaran yang salah. Mereka harus ingat bahawa media massa dalam negara ini masih milik BN yang pada bila-bila masa sahaja sedia merosakkan Pakatan Rakyat.

Anggota Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat harus menyedari bahawa, rakyat pada ketika ini, mahukan sebuah pakatan yang ampuh dan tidak kelihatan goyah atau berkecamuk.

Mereka harus berperanan sebagai wakil 'the government in-waiting', selaras dengan komitmen Anwar, untuk membentuk Kerajaan Pusat pada 16 September 2008 atau mungkin lebih awal daripada itu.

Harapan rakyat kepada Pakatan Rakyat

Hakikatnya rakyat mahu pembentukan kerajaan yang kukuh dan stabil. Kerajaan BN dilihat tidak stabil kerana parti yang menjadi tongaknya, berserabut.

Pada waktu ini, BN tidak mungkin lagi boleh menjadi sebuah kerajaan yang boleh dipercayai rakyat.

Kekalahan besar dalam PRU ke-12 8 Mac lepas membongkar pekung sesama parti komponen BN.

Apabila ramai pemimpin kanan BN tewas, maka tuding menuding jari sesama mereka berlaku secara terang-terangan.

Pemimpin Umno, MCA, MIC dan Gerakan menyalahkan sesama sendiri. Pemimpin PPP langsung tidak berbunyi.

Malahan dalam Umno sendiri, suara-suara mendesak Abdullah Badawi meletakkan jawatan terus kedengaran.

Perang dalam parti untuk merebut jawatan utama akan berterusan sehingga Disember depan. Tidak mungkin Umno akan stabil apabila akan berlaku perang besar dalam parti.

Gerakan menentang kepimpinan Abdullah yang didakwa sedang membawa kemusnahan kepada Umno dan BN, diketuai oleh bekas Menteri Kewangan, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, dengan hasrat untuk mencabar beliau bagi jawatan Presiden Umno.

Gerakan menentang pemerintahan Abdullah turut disertai Dr Mahathir yang tidak henti-henti menyuruh beliau meletakkan jawatan.

Keserabutan dan kekecamukan dalam Umno, barangkali akan melanda MCA, MIC dan mungkin juga Gerakan yang akan membuat pemilihan tahun ini.

Hagemoni BN yang sudah berkuasa lebih 50 tahun kini benar-benar tercabar. Dicabar dari dalam dan luar parti.

Maka bagi rakyat, kemungkinan untuk Kerajaan BN memastikan keadilan, kesakmaan dan kestabilan amat sukar.

Dalam keadaan tekanan ekonomi dan peningkatan harga barang yang meruncing, ditambah dengan keserabutan yang dihadapi Abdullah Badawi dalam parti, sudah tentu ia gagal ditangani dengan baik.

Dari segi politik pun BN tidak stabil. Dari sudut ekonomi juga BN gagal menyeliakannya dengan baik. Daripada dua aspek ini, BN sudah kelihatan pincang.

Apabila BN goyah, rakyat tiada pilihan untuk bergantung kepada Pakatan Rakyat. Dan Anwar sebagai tonggak kepada Pakatan Rakyat harus berusaha mengemukakan jalan keluar kepada kemelut rakyat dan negara ketika ini, Rakyat mahu Anwar membantu memulihkan ekonomi negara, antaranya dengan memacu pertumbuhan dalam negara dan membawa FDI masuk dengan segera.

Sudah tentu Anwar amat bersedia sekarang ini. Segala harapan dan janji beliau sejak sebelum pilihan raya sudah dikota.

Kini rakyat menunggu janjinya untuk membentuk Kerajaan Persekutuan Pakatan Rakyat.

Maka, jika sekarang ini, Anwar mengatakan bahawa beliau sudah memperolehi 41 orang ahli Parlimen BN yang sedia menyertai Pakatan Rakyat, apakah kata-katanya boleh dipercayai dan mendapat sokongan rakyat?

Sudah tentu! Kini rakyat menanti beliau kembali menapakkan kaki kali kedua ke Parlimen sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia.


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Agenda Melayu
Anwar

Kempen media Umno kencang dengan agenda dan survival Melayu. Tidak pula dipersoal kepada pimpinan Umno, sarjana upahan serta bala tentera BTN mengenai amanah setengah abad yang diserahkan kepada Umno untuk memelihara kepentingan Melayu!

Dalam perhimpunan 14 April di Kg Baru saya tegaskan pendirian KeADILan dan Pakatan Rakyat mempertahankan kemurnian semangat Perlembagaan Negara - menjadi Malaysia negara yang mengamalkan sistem Raja Berperlembagaan dan Demokrasi berParlimen.

Maka selaras dengan prinsip sedemikian kedudukan bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa kebangsaan, Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan, hak keistimewaan orang Melayu dan bumiputera tetap dipertahankan di samping jaminan memelihara hak kaum, bahasa dan agama lainnya.

Arakian gembar-gembur sekonyong-konyong kedudukan Melayu akan ranap tidak lebih dari pintasan singkat mengelak dari serangan masyarakat Melayu sendiri terhadap penguasa rakus dan rasuah yang memperalatkan isu Melayu dan DEB untuk memperkaya keluarga dan kroni!

Dan menyinggung khusus isu ekonomi saya syorkan ditelaah semula Agenda Ekonomi Malaysia. Saya yakin malahan kepentingan Melayu dan bumiputera akan lebih terjamin.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
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Anwar berteka-teki isu lompat parti
Jimadie Shah Othman | May 12, 08 8:42pm


Penasihat PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim masih bermain teka-teki berhubung jumlah ahli parlimen BN yang akan melompat parti dan tarikh sebenar peristiwa besar itu akan terjadi.

Beliau berkata pihaknya masih menunggu masa yang sesuai.

"Masa itu bergantung kepada keadaan (sokongan) Umno yang semakin sedikit. Sekarang mereka mulai panik dan memainkan sentimen perkauman, isu kelangsungan masa depan Melayu. Jadi kami rasa biar mereka sambung perdebatan itu. Kita akan mempertimbangkan pilihan kita.

"Perubahan besar begini tidak harus dilakukan secara tergesa-gesa. Kita harus beri ruang kepada pimpinan (Pakatan) untuk meneliti semua aspek.

"Dan baiknya ialah apabila kita berikan tempoh, ia dibahaskan di seluruh negara. Jadi dia tidak menimbulkan hal yang agak tegang," katanya di sidang media di pejabatnya di Petaling Jaya petang tadi.

Mengulas jumlah ahli parlimen BN yang sudah berada di pihaknya, Anwar menjawab:

"Saya sudah jelaskan, biar Umno dan BN buat spekulasi masing- masing. Kita ambil langkah mengikut peruntukan undang-undang dan prosedur dan kita akan umumkan pada waktu yang tepat.

"Bila sampai waktu, saya bagi notis," katanya, sambil ketawa kecil dan disambut ketawa beberapa wartawan.

Anwar juga berkata, terpulang kepada ahli-ahli parlimen itu sendiri jika hendak membuat pengumuman lebih awal meninggalkan BN.

"Ada pilihan pada mereka untuk mengumumkan pada masa yang sesuai. Mereka bebas untuk mengumumkan bila masa yang sesuai. Tugas saya sebagai memimpin tiga parti hanya mengumumkannya mengikut jadual," katanya.

Tentang langkahnya bertanding dalam pilihanraya kecil untuk dilantik sebagai seorang ahli parlimen, Anwar berkata beliau mempunyai pilihan sama ada untuk bertanding sebelum atau selepas pembentukan kerajaan baru.

"Kita mempertimbangkannya kedua-duanya (pilihan). Berlawan dalam pilihanraya dan membentuk kerajaan," katanya.

Mengulas kenyataan menteri besar Kelantan Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat bahawa kegiatan lompat parti sebagai tidak bermoral, Anwar menjawab perkara itu bergantung kepada keadaan.

"Yang dimaksudkan dengan tidak bermoral (oleh Nik Aziz) itu apabila ada kaedah membeli orang," katanya.

"Kita tahu proses pilihanraya banyak penipuan. Pilihanraya yang dilaksanakan pada 8 Mac itu penuh dengan penipuan termasuk pembatalan dakwat. Kerusi yang wajib dimenangi, dikalahkan dengan cara tipu-helah," tambahnya.

Beliau mengulangi kenyataan awalnya bahawa dasar lompat parti yang sedang diusahakannya tidak melibatkan duit tetapi kesediaan wakil BN mengikut agenda parti-parti pembangkang.

"Banyak ahli dan kawan kita daripada BN, termasuk juga mereka di Sabah dan Sarawak sedar bahawa berlaku penipuan pada pilihanraya lalu. Tiada harapan untuk perubahan atau reformasi yang bermakna dalam pemerintahan sekarang atau bawah kerajaan pimpinan Umno," katanya.

Ditanya tentang kemungkinan BN membubarkan parlimen untuk mengelakkan peralihan kuasa melalui langkah lompat parti, Anwar tidak menolak kemungkinan itu.

Beliau berkata jika pilihanraya umum yang baru diadakan, beliau berharap ia tidak dijalankan oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) yang sedia ada.

"Saya yakin ia (BN) akan menyaksikan kekalahan cukup parah," katanya.

Mengulas isu pengerusi DAP Karpal Singh yang didakwa mempertikaikan kuasa Raja-raja Melayu, Anwar berkata media yang dimiliki Umno terus-terusan cuba menggambarkan pembangkang tidak menghormati institusi raja.

Dalam perbincangannya dengan Karpal, tambah bekas timbalan perdana menteri itu lagi, ahli parlimen Bukit Gelugor "tidak bermaksud menyinggung atau tidak menghormati kedudukan Raja-raja Melayu".

Beliau juga menganggap siasatan polis terhadap Karpal menunjukkan pihak berwajib menggunakan piawaian yang tidak konsisten apabila penghinaan terhadap institusi raja yang jelas seperti di Terengganu dilambat-lambatkan siasatannya.

"Ketua polis negara hanya menyegerakan siasatan terhadap ahli parlimen pembangkang," katanya.

"(Keadaan) ini mengesahkan kebimbangan rakyat selama ini bahawa dalam badan kehakiman, dalam siasatan polis, dalam pendakwaan Jabatan Peguam Negara, tidak banyak perubahan selepas pilihanraya yang lalu."
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Anwar defends morality of crossovers
Chan Kok Leong | May 12, 08 7:51pm


Pakatan Rakyat leader Anwar Ibrahim has defended the morality of inviting Barisan Nasional representatives to form the next federal government.

At a press conference in Petaling Jaya today, the tone and atmosphere changed when questions were thrown at him about the morality and ethics of crossovers.

“The conduct of the recent elections was full of cheating, including the cancellation of the use of indelible ink,” said Anwar.

“What is immoral is cheating, buying of candidates or parliamentarians or false election promises. What has transpired in all our discussions is about our (Pakatan) agenda.

When pressed on the issue, the normally unflappable Anwar fired back, “I’m puzzled as to why you are all questioning the morality of crossovers now.

“What kind of morals is it when there are unsolved murders and or when there are no investigations when someone has stolen RM500 million? What kind of morals is it when there is fraud in the election process? Why don’t you ask those questions?

Those who understand the situation and realise that this (new government) could bring goodness, give their support. They are not only talking about benefits to the Malays. What kind of morals do we talk about when Hindu temples are destroyed without reason?”

He said that morals and ethics must be consistent and should not be limited to certain races.

“It is also no longer morally defensible for a MP to feel comfortable in defending his position when corruption is endemic, abuse of power is being condoned, when the judiciary is not independent, when crime is increasing and the media is not free.

“Why has there been no discussion on morality before? Over the last 50 years, you (were able to) find MPs crossing over to BN (as) morally defensible and now (there is) a question mark (about this)?”

The issue, he said, is not about crossing over but about the basis for such a major change being made.

During the 40-minute session, the former deputy prime minister offered no new information pertaining to the crossovers.

There were no revelations on who would cross the floor to Pakatan. No date was put forward other than that (Sept 16) being bandied about, after a journalist had suggested it during his recent tour of Sabah.

There was no hint either of whether he would announce the newcomers to his Pakatan coalition.

“The timing (in forming a new government) is when BN and Umno are more at ease. Now, they are quite panicky and inciting racial sentiments and the issue of Malay survival. Rather than continue that debate, which I consider as obsolete, we will consider our options.”

The only substantive factor was the presence of Jeffrey Kitingan - Sabah deputy chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan’s brother - at the press conference, alongside PKR officials Syed Husin Ali, Mustafa Kamil Ayub and Shamsul Iskandar.

Lingam tape report

At the start of the press conference, Anwar delivered a brief statement, saying he welcomed the submission of the report of the Royal Commission on the Lingam video clip to the King yesterday.

“We call for its full ventilation to the Malaysian pubic. If Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is serious about judicial reform, than he should take this report to its logical culmination which is the investigation and prosecution of those who the report deems to have deviated the course of justice.

“These issues are of deep concern to the Malaysian people and should not be taken lightly by the present administration. A half-hearted attempt at restoration would be as unsatisfactory as no restoration at all.”

He also responded Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s accusation he had used the tape to blackmail VK Lingam, who is the former premier’s lawyer.

“That his (Dr Mahathir) personal view and I don’t need to respond to that. The facts speak for themself. The video clip was (recorded) in 2001.

“I can understand and forgive Mahathir for forgetting the fact that in 2001 I was in Sungai Buloh jail (serving sentence after being convicted of corrupt practice.”



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Laporan Suruhanjaya Pita Lingam - Anwar jawab Mahathir
Azamin Amin | Foto Wan Zahari Wan Salleh
Mon | May 12, 08 | 6:42:32 pm MYT


PETALING JAYA, 12 Mei (Hrkh) - Ketua Umum KeADILan, Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim hari ini menjawab tuduhan yang dibuat oleh bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed ke atas dirinya berhubung isu klip video VK Lingam.

Katanya ketika insiden dan rakaman itu dibuat, beliau masih berada di penjara Sungai Buloh.


"Saya maafkan Mahathir sebab dia terlupa saya masih di penjara Sungai Buloh pada tahun 2001," katanya sinis, dalam satu sidang media di Petaling Jaya sebentar tadi.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika mengulas dakwaan Mahathir bahawa klip video itu dibuat untuk tujuan peras ugut.

Dr Mahathir juga dilaporkan berkata bahawa setiapkali seseorang itu membuat rakaman rahsia, niatnya ialah untuk mengugut dan beliau bimbang 'kerajaan telah menjadikan percubaan memeras ugut itu, berjaya'.

Anwar dibebaskan pada September 2004 ketika Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi menjadi Perdana Menteri manakala Isu klip video 'Linggam' muncul pada 2002 tetapi menimbulkan kontroversi di Malaysia pada tahun 2007.

Klip video ini dikatakan mengandungi perbualan telefon antara seorang peguam terkemuka, Dato' V.K. Linggam dan seorang hakim kanan bagi mengatur perlantikan hakim-hakim di Malaysia pada 2002.

Sebelum itu dalam kenyataannya Anwar menggesa kerajaan mendakwa mereka yang didapati terlibat dalam skandal kehakiman seperti dirumus oleh suruhanjaya diraja siasatan klip video VK Lingam.

"Perdana menteri Dato' Seri Abdullah Badawi berhasrat melaksanakan reformasi badan kehakiman, maka cadangan suruhanjaya tersebut supaya menyiasat dan mendakwa kalangan yang terlibat dalam dilaksanakan.

"Kami juga ingin memohon penjelasan bersabit laporan suruhanjaya yang mengaitkan isu ketidakadilan pendakwaan dan penghukuman kes-kes tertentu di bawah bidang kuasa suruhanjaya tersebut," katanya.


Berikut disiarkan kenyataan penuh Anwar Ibrahim dalam sidang akhbar petang tadi:

Kami mengalu-alukan penyerahan Laporan Suruhanjaya Diraja mengenai video klip Lingam kepada Yang Di-Pertuan Agong dan meminta laporan itu segara didedahkan kepada umum.

Perdana Menteri, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi berhasrat melaksana reformasi badan kehakiman, seperti mana yang beliau umumkan sebelum ini, maka cadangan suruhanjaya tersebut supaya menyiasat dan mendakwa kalangan yang terlibat dapat dilaksanakan.

Kami juga ingin memohon penjelasan bersabit laporan suruhanjaya yang mengaitkan isu ketidak adilan pendakwaan dan penghukuman kes-kes tertentu dibawah bidang kuasa suruhanjaya tersebut.

Amat mendesak sekali untuk kerajaan mengambil tindakan wajar mengembalikan keyakinan terhadap badan kehakiman serta memastikan agar penyiasatan dan pendakwaan salah laku jenayah oleh Jabatan Peguam Negara yang bebas dari gangguan pemerintah.

Ini pastinya melibatkan beberapa percanggahan dan kaedah yang dipertikai yang sewajarnya dipatuhi oleh pihak berwajib dalam penyiasatan kes yang melibatkan pimpinan kanan kerajaan termasuk kes-kes yang tercela seperti pembunuhan dan yang melibatkan dana yang besar.

Rakyat Malaysia prihatin tentang permasalahan tersebut dan justeru itu tidak harus diremehkan oleh pemeritnhn sekarang. Sebarang tindakan yang dianggap tidak bersungguh-sungguh bagi memulihkan kewibawaan badan kehakiman pasti nya tidak akan berhasil.

ANWAR IBRAHIM - mr


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Kenyataan SUA KeADILan mengenai tuduhan Mukhriz
18 May 08


Kenyataan yang dibuat oleh Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir dengan merujuk Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai mempunyai kaitan dengan anasir anti Islam di Amerika adalah satu kenyataan yang dangkal dan dibuat secara mala fide.


Pemilihan Paul Wolfowitz sebagai pengulas di dalam artikel edisi Khas Majalah Time mengenai Anwar Ibrahim adalah keputusan yang independen yang dibuat oleh editorial majalah Time sendiri.

Mukhriz secara asasnya gagal untuk memahami isi kandungan ulasan Wolfowitz, yang menyatakan:

“When he was finally released from prison in 2004, U.S. policy on Iraq was unpopular in Malaysia, and Anwar was harshly critical. It would have been easy for him to disown our friendship, but he is not that kind of person. He kept the channels of dialogue open, even while making clear our disagreements.”

Wolfowitz sendiri mengauki bahawa ketegasan Dato’ Seri Anwar mengenai perang di Iraq dan Anwar dengan tegas dan jelas menyatakan ketidaksetujuan beliau mengenai perkara tersebut secara berhadapan.

Keputusan Dato’ Seri Anwar untuk tidak memutuskan jambatan silaturrahim menggambarkan sifat negarawan beliau, yang jelas membuktikan bahawa dengan memutuskan silaturrahim tidak akan membantu sebarang usaha menghentikan perang mahupun menyumbang sebarang harapan untuk keamanan di masa hadapan.

Tuduhan mengenai liputan Jerusalem Post yang mengulas mengenai Dato Seri Anwar sebagai bakal Perdana Menteri Malaysia juga menimbulkan pertikaian. Sekiranya Mukhriz boleh membuktikan bahawa hanya Jerusalem Post yang menjadi satu-satunya akhbar di dalam dunia yang memainkan spekulasi bahawa Dato Seri Anwar akan menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia, maka itu bolehlah dijadikan asas kepada tuduhan beliau yang bersifat melulu tersebut.

Hakikatnya ialah media di seluruh dunia tidak berada di bawah kawalan Barisan Nasional, sepertimana berlaku di Malaysia. Secara objektifnya seluruh dunia kini memerhatikan kebenaran terserlah dengan perkembangan politik, kebangkitan rakyat, dan kejatuhan Barisan Nasional dewasa ini secara khusus menjadi petanda bahawa potensi Dato Seri Anwar untuk menjadi bakal Perdana Menteri Malaysia adalah benar.

Merujuk kepada Yayasan Masa Hadapan (Foundation For the Future, FFF), Mukhriz begitu ghairah menunding jari mempersoalkan sumber dana yang diperoleh FFF, tetapi gagal memperincikan bagaimana wang tersebut dibelanjakan.

Antara projek yang dibelanjakan oleh FFF yang melibatkan tajaan jutaan ringgit termasuklah:

* The Arab Focus on Rule of Law Reform - The Arab Center for the Development of the Rule of Law & Integrity (ACRLI) (Jordan)

* Regional Action Network on Tolerance - Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies (RCHRS) (Palestin)

* Youth and Democracy Reform in Yemen - National Forum for Human Rights (NFHR) (Yemen)

* Middle East Center for Media Excellence - Samir Kassir Foundation (Lebanon)

* Women’s Human Rights Education Program - Al-Jamiya Al-Khairiyah Al-Islamiya Al-Amlieh (Philanthropic Amlieh Association) (Lebanon)

* Promoting the Independence of the Egyptian Judiciary - United Group: Attorneys at Law, Legal Advisors and Human Rights Advocates (Mesir)

* Institutional Support for the Central Elections Commission - Central Elections Commission (Palestin)

* Human Rights Information & Training Center - HRITC (Yemen)

* The Arab Center for the Development of the Rule of Law & Integrity - ACRLI (Jordan)

Bertentangan dengan salahtafsir Mukhriz ini, rakyat Malaysia sepatutnya menyatakan rasa bangga di mana pandangan komuniti antarabangsa - memilih Dato Seri Anwar sebagai Pengerusi Lembaga Pengarah FFF yang turut dianggotai oleh personaliti terkemuka dunia, dan juga memilih beliau sebagai salah seorang daripada 100 manusia berpengaruh di dunia - penghargaan yang buat pertama kali dianugerahkan kepada seorang rakyat Malaysia.

Tidak ada sebarang keraguan yang perlu dibangkitkan daripada penglibatan Dato Seri Anwar dan hubungkait beliau tersebut. Sedih sekali, ianya tidak dapat diungkapkan oleh mereka yang rakap dengan Mukhriz.

Dalam keadaan Mukhriz sedang menggambarkan diri beliau sebagai seorang yang profesional dan beretika, rakyat Malaysia berhak untuk berasa malu tatkala bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Mahathir Mohamad, telah didedahkan terlibat dengan membuat bayaran sebanyak RM4.6 juta kepada pelobi Amerika pro-Zionis, Jack Abramoff demi memastikan pertemuan antara Mahathir dan Presiden George Bush direalisasikan.

Abramoff telah menyatakan kekesalan beliau merasuah ahli-ahli politik Amerika dan menipu puak peribumi Amerika di dalam “casino deal”, dan Mahathir sendiri telah mengaku bahawa wang yang dibayar untuk menjamin pertemuaan pada Mei 2002 tersebut hanyalah ’sesuatu yang normal’. Pendedahan terbaru oleh Suruhanjaya Diraja menggambarkan Mahathir sebagai seorang manusia yang tidak mempunyai pertimbangan nyata untuk membelanjakan sejumlah wang yang besar untuk meluaskan pengaruh.

Kita menyedari bahawa Dato Seri Anwar tidak perlu membayar kepada sesiapapun untuk dijemput oleh mana-mana pemimpin antarabangsa dan pemimpin negara-negara luar, khususnya di kalangan dunia Islam, di mana pandangan beliau sebagai seorang negarawan dan pemikir senantiasa dipandang tinggi dan diterima.

Serangan Mukhriz jelas menggambarkan tindakan terdesak beliau yang mahu mengalihkan pandangan umum daripada laporan Suruhanjaya Diraja yang mengaitkan bapanya terlibat dalam salahguna kuasa dan pemusnahan sistematik integriti kehakiman negara.

KeADILan mempelawa sesiapa dan semua individu yang mempertikaikan rekod Dato Seri Anwar sebagai pemimpin Malaysia, Muslim dan Melayu yang bertindak secara konsisten dengan kebenaran dan keadilan - demi orang Melayu, masyarakat Muslim, rakyat Malaysia, dan segenap lapisan manusia.

Dato’ Salehuddin Hashim
Setiausaha Agung
Parti Keadilan Rakyat
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Malaysia’s Defining Moment and the New Economic Agenda - Singapore CLSA Keynote Speech
20 May 08


Categories: Agenda Baru, Anwar and Ekonomi Keynote address by Anwar Ibrahim on 20th May 2008 at the CLSA Corporate Access Forum in Singapore, a high-profile gathering of corporate decision makers of the region’s most interesting companies and investment bodies.

Ladies and Gentleman.

On the eighth of March, with fortitude and conviction the people of Malaysia sent a clear message to the powers that be they would not continue to tolerate a corrupt and incompetent government. With resoluteness hitherto unseen they voted the Barisan Nasional out of office in four states and terminated their stranglehold two-third majority in Parliament. In the final toll, the Pakatan Rakyat, that is, the People’s Alliance, now controls five states accounting for about 60% of the nation’s GDP. Additionally, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur is almost entirely represented by Pakatan representatives in Parliament. After being in power for five decades, the Barisan Nasional meanwhile is still in comatose under this knock out defeat while its dominant and dominating anchor party UMNO is in utter turmoil.

In this defining moment of Malaysia’s history, the courage and singularity of purpose of the people has been extraordinary. Having suffered the slings and arrows of an outrageous regime that had become very cozy with the culture of corruption, wastage and misuse of power, the people marched headlong into the battlefield and took the bull by the horns.

To my mind, the eighth of March, 2008 is the metaphor for the birth of a new era where the mill stone of race and religion which had been our burden to bear for the last fifty years has finally been shattered. With one stroke of the mighty pen, notwithstanding the overwhelming forces of electoral fraud and collusion of the organs of state, the people transformed the political landscape of the nation.

This will be a new chapter indeed for Malaysia indeed as it was for Indonesia not too long ago when the waves of reformasi swept the country taking it out of dictatorship to democracy. In a way, it was also for Myanmar though tragically the iron hand of military oppression proved far stronger than the earnest cries for justice and liberty.

A New Economic Agenda has been crafted borne of a long-term strategic vision to develop Malaysia into a prosperous and dynamic society competitive not just in the region, but in the world. We are not talking about knee-jerk reactions or strategies calculated to gain political mileage. This Agenda is a comprehensive program that we earnestly believe is sustainable in the long run.
According to a recent survey, young Malaysians are now open to more multi-racial socio-economic policies as opposed to race-based ones. The general consensus is that affirmative action should be given to the poor and the marginalized regardless of race or religion. Notions of social dominance and racial superiority find no resonance among the people except for those diehards still bigoted over ancient and archaic forms of political ideology.
That is why our New Agenda is not purely economic. Its viability depends very much on observing the principles of democracy, socio-economic justice, equal economic opportunities and religious freedom. There is no contradiction in talking about affirmative action while waving the banner of equal opportunity because a level playing field can never be level unless and until the poor and the marginalized are taken out of the vicious cycle.

The broadest platform that forms the bedrock of this New Malaysian Agenda rests on policies formulated to bring maximum benefit to the people across as broad a spectrum as possible in order to uplift the living standards of the ordinary Malaysian. Ostentatious projects will be shelved. Public expenditure will be focused on infrastructure such as transportation, health and education. There is no doubt that we will be pro-business but the New Agenda will redress the social inequities unleashed by the forces of the free market. Rent-seeking activities, for example, must be kept at bay. Predatory marketing will be outlawed. A more comprehensive regulatory structure will be crafted with the bulk of the input from people actually in the business. All this may raise the alarm that this is populist agenda which encroaches upon free market principles. On the contrary, the New Agenda aims at taking Malaysia to the status of a developed nation that is built on the people’s trust with accountability, transparency and good governance.

Let us first of all answer the question: What is Malaysia’s status today? We hear for example politicians talking about how rich Malaysia is compared to some of her neighbors and how we have recovered so well since the Asian financial crisis of 1997. The truth, however, says otherwise: South Korea and Taiwan were much poorer than us in the 1970s but today their per capita income is US$19,200 and US$15,270 respectively. Our per capita income is only US$6,240. And we haven’t begun to talk about Singapore, a city-state of four million inhabitants. At US$30,810, it is five times that of Malaysia’s. The enormous difference becomes all the more glaring if we consider that just 30 years ago, Malaysia was neck and neck with Singapore.

If we analyze deeper we will realize how even more troubling the numbers are. The per capita income scenario paints only a partial picture. What we don’t see is the gross inequality in income distribution. In 2005, Malaysia registered the most glaring GINI coefficient in Southeast Asia, worse than Indonesia and Thailand. As you know, being the most effective measure of income disparity, at 0.47, Malaysia was number two in Asia losing only to Papua New Guinea.
This is a devastating indictment of the failure of the New Economic Policy, crafted almost four decades ago. In the area of the urban-rural gap, this policy has also been a complete fiasco. In 1999, income in rural homes was 55% that of urban homes with the highest poverty in mostly Bumiputera majority states such as Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Perlis, Sabah and Sarawak.

Of course there has been some development in the country but we do not see anything impressive in the numbers unless we still want to compare ourselves with African countries. Incidentally, Malaysia’s poverty reduction statistics are unreliable because our base rate is unrealistic.

By far the most damning case against the NEP is that it has been hijacked by the ruling elite to satisfy their lust for wealth and power. No doubt this was a multi-racial rip-off of the most systematic kind: the leaders of the component parties of the ruling coalition working hand in glove with UMNO to deprive the deserving Malays, Chinese, Indians, Ibans and Kadazans of the benefits that were to be derived from the NEP.

Tender procedures, transparency and independent evaluation in privatization issues, equity distribution, all these were swept aside in the name of the NEP on the sacred ground that this was all for the benefit of the Bumiputeras. But the numbers stack hard against the hype. Just compare the money spent on scholarships with say the tens of billions expropriated by the select few in equity awards, Approved Permits, contracts to companies controlled by families and cronies, and the billions in profit reaped on account of privatization projects and schemes. There is also a high economic cost to this gross abuse of the policy. The people have to pay higher costs for energy, water, highway tolls. The people’s protest falls on deaf ears.

The decline in FDI as well as private domestic investment is serious. This collapse has led to serious underperforming by Malaysia in the region. India in the last five years saw its investment/GDP ratio rise from 22% to 34% and Brazil’s ratio shot up from 15% to 27%. Malaysia’s ratio, on the other hand, plunged to 9% last year from 30% in 1996. In terms of FDI over GDP, Malaysia plummeted from 8% to 4% for the same period. This is one of the steepest declines anywhere in the world. What these numbers signify is the plunge in the level of competitiveness and the degree of profitability of companies and there is no reason to imagine things will improve for the better barring a drastic change in circumstances. As a matter of fact, for the World Competitiveness Index for 2007/08, Malaysia dropped two notches from last year’s standing.

Yet the authorities are touting Malaysia’s so called impressive current account surplus which increased from 8% in 2002 to 14% in 2007. But what it means really is that investments have fallen and hence a decline in the import of capital goods. Even Malaysia’s growth rates for the last five years will show that private consumption is the main driver for the increase. What has not been highlighted, however, is the fact that our economic growth is essentially fuelled by borrowings to such an extent that individual indebtedness is now the highest in the region. Just last year, I spoke about the lessons of the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Once again, the question is: have the Malaysian authorities learned anything?

Malaysia lags behind other emerging economies in spite of a diversified economy with commodities and manufacturing and a relatively good physical infrastructure. Our competitiveness suffers because of the failure to develop and keep innovative human capital. Our brain drain problem is legendary. This reflects foundational weaknesses in our educational infrastructure as well as a policy of mismanaging the vast human resources. The traditional mindset of bolstering the manufacturing sector as a key driver for economic growth must also be changed in an age where information and knowledge provide the bedrock for growth and competitiveness. We suffer also because of the high cost of doing business, a cost which is reflective of the failure to observe the basic standards of good governance and to fulfill the demands of accountability. At the end of the day, these principles will continue to be compromised when those who hold the trust of the people succumb to the temptations of power and fall victim to the cancer of corruption.

The report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the V.K. Lingam scandal has fully vindicated our earnest efforts to expose the corruption that has beset the highest institutions of power. The Malaysian judiciary once touted as one of the best in the world has been severely compromised. Judge fixing, ghost written judgments, horse trading in judicial appointments, these are the symptoms of a judiciary ravaged by executive influence and interference and corruption by the rich and the powerful. We cannot overemphasize the importance of an independent and competent judiciary to realize the objectives of the New Agenda because bereft of such an institution, the rule of law itself hangs in the balance. When justice can be bought and sold, the economic implications are extremely far reaching. Foreign investors want impartial and fair hearings in trade and commercial disputes. The fact that most international contracts executed in the region choose Hong Kong or Singapore rather than Kuala Lumpur as the forum for arbitration speaks volumes about the level of confidence of the international business community in Malaysia’s judiciary.

From one corridor to another, with pledges of billions of ringgit to be poured into infrastructure and other projects, the Federal government is still trying to foist on the people undertakings of such a gargantuan scale that make the mega projects of the previous administration look rather tame. This lavishness in spending is symptomatic of the Barisan’s conventional responses to the economic woes of the nation. They have given supply-side economics a new meaning, predicated on the assumption that the supply of money has no limits.
History has already shown what dire consequences such a philosophy can bring. Forged on the anvil of greed and self-interest, these projects can only see the light of day if and only if the main beneficiaries are cronies, family members and conglomerates connected with the ruling elite. Hence, projects which were in the pipeline before the elections suddenly become unviable now that they would be in the States governed by the Pakatan. Perhaps this is the silver lining to the clouds that hang over the Pakatan-controlled states because we want no part in the plundering of the people’s wealth by the UMNO-controlled Federal government. They must be held accountable.

In spite of these concerns will honour commitments already made, excepting for gross abuse and corruption, and will seek new ways of engaging with the international investor community under the principle of responsible competitiveness that would encompass conservation, sustainability and fair labour practices.

The New Economic Agenda recognizes the multi-ethnic composition of Malaysia and therefore is fortified with a policy to foster and nurture a plural and tolerant society. After all, that was the catalyst for the formation of our nation pursuant to a social contract to build a nation that is harmonious, just and fair. That cannot be realized without a New Agenda relevant and just to all. The Bumiputera community is ready for this change because it will continue to be firmly grounded on affirmative action to help the poor and the marginalized.
The fear that such an agenda will erode the rights of the Bumiputera is but the consequence of the racist chanting of some UMNO leaders who will stand to be the biggest losers in the new agenda. So, fearing the prospect of their corrupt sources of income being reduced if not altogether eliminated they resort to stoking the fires of racist sentiments through the mainstream media controlled by them.

Our policy is simple and straightforward enough. We do not intend to do away with the affirmative action principles outlined in the NEP, but we will apply them across the board making them available for all races on a needs basis.
The question is: Should we condone the abuses of a policy which make the rich richer and the poor poorer or should we not support a policy that provides equitable assistance to all needy Malaysians?

Again, to the detractors who will continue to distort the new agenda as an anti-Bumiputera policy, let me reiterate that the interests of the Bumiputeras will never be compromised because we are committed to building a new system that is just and fair. In this new order, no one will be left behind on account of race or religion. Unlike the current scheme of things, the New Agenda will put in place mechanisms to ensure that economic aid goes to those who most need it. For example, small traders who form the bulk of the Bumiputera community in business enterprises will therefore be better off than they ever were under the NEP.

Certain detractors have pointed out the road to a more deregulated free market economy will lead to the abandonment of social instruments. We would answer this by saying that we have no intention of abandoning of our electoral promises among which is the promotion of social justice. We advocate no doubt Hayekian free enterprise but we don’t think Adam Smith’s invisible hand will be that responsive to the changing times. Hence, whenever necessary, to paraphrase John Kenneth Galbraith, we temper free market with an appropriate dose of state intervention to rectify the social inequities attendant on the interplay of pure market forces. We don’t think that we need to apologize for advocating a policy on fuel, health care and education which is calculated to ease the burden of the rising cost of living. We call this humane economics.

Bearing in mind our diagnosis of the Malaysian economy and the state of our nation, the New Agenda will set in place the drivers that will take the country out of the doldrums to greater heights.

In other words, measures will be in place to ensure that private investment as well as FDI will return with a vengeance. The conditions precedent for Malaysia to regain its status as an attractive destination for investors must include the rule of law, a regulatory framework, and incentives to develop our human capital. At the same time, with the implementation of more prudent macroeconomic management, growth will be stimulated without getting out of hand. The State economies under the control of Pakatan Rakyat will become more robust and vibrant. In spite of the efforts of the Federal government to derail development projects, we are confident that these state economies will be able to forge ahead. The SMEs too will benefit from a policy that recognizes the role that they play in an economy that will be increasingly more globalized. Take care of the head and the tail will take care of itself. With transparency and accountability in place, cronyism and corruption will die a natural death thus immediately lowering transaction costs while enhancing improvements in service delivery.

If I may conclude with an apology to Shakespeare: Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by the sun of Pakatan’s New Economic Agenda. Victory lies in courage and conviction to replace the old with the new, the obsolete with the functional. Without this paradigm change, Malaysia will be adrift in an ocean of uncertainty at the risk of being marooned on the island of oblivion. We must take the current when it serves or forever lose our venture.

Thank you.


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Anwar: 'Saya tidak akan jadi PM lebih 10 tahun'
21-05-2008 08:10:38 PM
Oleh G. MANIMARAN


PETALING JAYA: Bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata, beliau tidak akan memegang jawatan Perdana Menteri lebih daripada 10 tahun jika berpeluang untuk memimpin negara ini.

"Jika anda tidak berupaya melakukan perubahan signifikan dalam 10 tahun (sebagai Perdana Menteri), bermakna sudah sampai masanya untuk berundur," kata beliau yang yakin bahawa mempunyai sokongan padu ahli-ahli Parlimen untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri.

Beliau, yang dipetik Bloomberg, menyatakan demikian pada pertemuan dengan wartawan di Singapura hari ini.

Anwar yang kini mengetuai Pakatan Rakyat berkata, sehingga kini belum lagi menerima makluman rasmi mengatakan bahawa beliau sudah layak untuk memegang jawatan parti.

Larangan memegang jawatan parti dan bertanding dalam pilihan raya selama lima tahun ke atas Anwar, yang dipecat daripada jawatan Perdana Menteri dan Presiden pada 1998, berakhir bulan lalu.

Kini Pakatan Rakyat menguasai 82 kerusi di Dewan Rakyat manakala Barisan Nasional (BN) yang gagal mempertahankan majoriti dua pertiga pula memiliki 140 kerusi.

Sejak kebelakangan ini, Anwar mendakwa beliau mempunyai sokongan memandangkan sekumpulan ahli Parlimen BN telah menyatakan kesediaan untuk melompat ke Pakatan Rakyat.

Pakatan Rakyat memerlukan 30 kerusi lagi untuk membentuk kerajaan persekutuan.

Malah, kata Anwar, beberapa wakil rakyat pembangkang telah menyatakan kesediaan untuk berundur bagi membolehkannya bertanding kerusi Parlimen.

Dalam pertemuan tersebut, Anwar juga berkata, undi tidak percaya ke atas Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi merupakan "pilihan terbaik untuk menjatuhkan" BN yang sedang memerintah.

"Anda gunakan saluran perlembagaan untuk membuktikan bahawa anda mempunyai sokongan majoriti Dewan Rakyat untuk membawa usul bagi menjatuhkan perdana menteri," katanya.

Kelmarin tekanan ke atas Abdullah meningkat ekoran keputusan bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad memutuskan untuk keluar Umno atas alasan kecewa dengan kepimpinan parti.



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Anwar says it again: We have the numbers
Tony Thien | May 24, 08 11:47am


Anwar Ibrahim says it again. Pakatan Rakyat has the numbers to take control of the federal government from the Barisan Nasional.


Addressing a PKR dinner in Kuching last night, the Pakatan de facto leader said many things were happening which made many Barisan MPs unhappy but they dare not speak out in Parliament.

The Barisan MPs could speak out if they join Pakatan, he added.

The former DPM said under the BN's long rule, a lot of things were going wrong which had put Malaysia way behind many other countries, such as Singapore and even Indonesia and Thailand , in terms of the economy, except for the corruption index which was going up.

The 'political tsunami' following the March 8 general election was the beginning of change necessary to make this country great once again, he said.

Clearly trying to erase any doubts about his claims, Anwar reiterated that Pakatan would topple the BN and form the federal government as “we already have the numbers but the timing for the change will come at the appropriate time”.

Pakatan Rakyat, a loose coalition comprising PKR, DAP and PAS, are in control of five states (Penang, Kedah, Perak, Selangor and Kelantan) and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. In the March 8 polls, Pakatan won 82 parliamentary seats against the BN's 140 seats, denying the latter of a two-third majority.

Figures from Jeffrey



But the current leadership crisis in Umno and the continuing demands especially by component parties in Sabah are threatening to chip away the ruling coalition's majority, and it is the frustrated Barisan MPs from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak that are now the targets of Pakatan.

As Anwar repeated his ‘number’ claim, one of his party’s veeps came out with some 'figures', as if to lend credence to the claim.

Dr Jeffrey Kitingan told Malaysiakini last night the numbers come from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, almost equal in number for each of them.

According to Jeffrey who is also Sabah PKR deputy chief, the first batch of Barisan MPs to join Pakatan will take place either at the end of May or early next month.

This would be followed by those in the peninsula, he said, adding that Sarawak MPs would be the last to follow suit.

Anwar had earlier said that when forming the government, political stability was important just as immediate attention must be paid to the economy.

He repeated pledges to increase oil/gas revenue for Sarawak, Sabah and Terengganu from the present 5% to 20% should Pakatan form the government at the centre as well as reduce oil prices, saying this was possible because Malaysia, unlike Singapore and Thailand, is an oil exporting country, like the oil-producing and exporting Middle East countries where petrol prices for the local consumer market are low.

“You cannot say our petrol prices are lower than Singapore or Thailand and compare it. You should compare with the oil producing and exporting countries,” he added.

Anwar said under the BN, the country has lost its sense of direction, foreign direct investments are declining and the state of the economy is a big worry.

The former DPM said he would not like to make promises he could not keep, adding that should Pakatan take over, he would use all his overseas contacts with countries in China, the Middle East, Europe and the US to bring in foreign direct investments and to make Malaysia great again.
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Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai
By Anwar Ibrahim

Saya kini dalam perjalanan ke Kuching dan Kuala Lumpur. Di Lubuk Antu, bersempadan dengan Kalimantan Indonesia saya melancarkan KeADILan Bahagian Lubuk Antu, Bintulu. Nicholas Bawin memperliatkan kewibawaannya menarik dukungan masyarakat Iban serta mengungkap permasalahan rakyat termasuk isu tanah, kemiskinan.

Perjalanan dari Lubuk Antu ke Kuching mengambil masa empat jam, kira-kira melelahkan juga. Walhasil berbaloi kata orang Kedah kerana kehadhiran di rumah panjang amat menggalakkan. Sekalung penghargaan kapada penduduk Lubuk Antu, Batang Ai. Dan kapada masyarakat Iban yang akan menyambut hari Gawai 1 Jun nanti saya ucapkan: Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai.

Semalam setibanya saya dan Dr Jeffry Kitingan di Kuching, saya mengadakan dialog dengan 60 orang tenaga profesional Sarawak yang baru menyertai KeADILan. Sebelum itu acara dipenuhi pimpinan negeri dan Tian Chua.

Selesai maghrib saya menghadiri jamuan bersama masyarakat Cina anjuran Dominic Ng.

Kemudian kami ke kawasan pinggir kota, Kg Gita menyampaikan ceramah bersama Wan Zainal di hadapan ribuan penduduk Islam.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
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Pulau Terlepas, Batu Terhempap, Putih Mata Akhirnya!
By Anwar Ibrahim
26 May 2008


Keputusan ICJ terpaksa diterima rakyat Malaysia dengan rasa amat sugul, pahit bagaikan menelan empedu. Hanya kita terkilan dengan keputusan hakim 12 berbanding 4, yang mengukuh hujah Singapura ke atas Pulau Batu Putih. Penghujahan pihak Kerajaan Malaysia ternyata lemah dan dangkal.

Meneliti keterangan penghakiman, Kerajaan Malaysia lebih berjaya mengemukakan alasan dari sudut sejarah, tetapi penghujahan undang-undang hambar!

Pasukan Malaysia diketuai Tan Sri Gani Patail Peguam Negara yang dikenali licik mengikut arahan penguasa politik tetapi tidak pernah terserlah selaku pakar perundangan. Singapura diwakili Prof Tommy Koh, tersohor dengan penglibatannya dalam sidang Undang-undang laut dunia serta Prof Jayakumar, pakar undang-undang. Hanya ini yang kami masyghulkan. Apakah kepentingan negara tidak terkorban seandainya yang dimajukan untuk mempertahankan maruah ibi pertiwi adalah pakar handalan?

Kini penguasa dan media Umno bermadah, Pulau Batu Putih hanya sebesar setengah padang bola dan Batu Tengah (yang dianugerah kepada Malaysia) tenggelam di kala air pasang!

Rakyat harus melahirkan penyesalan di atas kecuaian dan bantahan ke atas Kerajaan Umno-BN dan Peguam Negara!

ANWAR IBRAHIM
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Strategi Memperkemas Pakatan Rakyat


Selain dari kerjasama Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat (Pakatan), terdapat beberapa langkah tambahan bagi memantapkan lagi hubungan di antara ketiga parti.

Mesyuarat pimpinan yang turut dihadiri Azizah, Dr. Syed Husin Ali, Azmin dan Siva mewakili KeADILan, Sdr Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh, Dr. Chen Man Hin mewakili DAP, Ustaz Abdul Hadi Awang, mewakili Pas. Pertemuan terakhir adalah petang Isnin lalu yang turut memutuskan agar :

1–Membentuk sekretariat bersama membicang semua isu berkaitan dan diketuai bersama Dr Syed Husin, Tan Kok Wai dan Kamaruddin Jaafar (Mereka juga ditugaskan menyiapkan deraf kerangka dasar bersama Pakatan);

2–Melantik Jawatankuasa Penyelaras Parlimen di antara Azmin Ali, Dr. Tan Seng Giaw dan Sallahuddin Ayub bersama beberapa ahli parlimen lainnya untuk mempastikan wujudnya kerjasama erat dalam semua tindakan di Parlimen;

3–Memboikot akhbar Utusan dan Mingguan Malaysia. Dengan ini Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan juga tidak akan membeli atau mengiklan di akhbar tersebut.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
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Mengatur temu janji dengan lelaki yang dikagumi ramai ini bukanlah sesuatu yang mudah. Memahami jadualnya yang ketat, kami sekadar mencuba. Meletakkan sedikit harapan untuk dikongsi ceritanya bersama pembaca NONA. Awal-awal lagi, kami sudah ketepikan cerita tentang politik. Bukan itu yang kami inginkan. Cukuplah apa yang dipaparkan di dada-dada akhbar, televisyen dan halaman blog.

Kami sememangnya mahu keluar dari belenggu kisah begitu. Kami mahu mendekati cerita hatinya tentang anak-anak dan keluarga. Tentang puteri sulungnya yang berwajah lembut itu. Ya, sememangnya bukan mudah untuk mencari ruang dan waktu untuk kedua-duanya; Datuk Seri Anwar dan Nurul Izzah untuk ditemu bual serentak.



Kala persetujuan diberi, kami benar-benar gembira. Biarpun masa diberikan cuma seketika ia sesungguhnya penuh makna buat Majalah Nona sempena Edisi Khas Lelaki. Lalu kami meminta ingin merakamkan gambarnya dalam pakaian moden. Sut dan tali leher. Sekadar meminta dan tidak mengharapkan lebih kerana sudah dimaklumkan awal-awal tentang jadualnya pada hari itu apa lagi hari itu hari Jumaat.

Begitu juga dengan Nurul Izzah. Kami juga dimaklumkan tentang jadualnya selepas itu. Punya acara rasmi di Bangsar. Kesibukan yang mencengkam, ditambah ketiadaan privasi lantaran didampingi pembantu setiap hari, apakah mereka punya masa untuk diri dan keluarga? Pagi itu juga ramai tetamu menanti giliran untuk bertemu mereka.


Apa pun kami berbesar hati apabila Izzah memberitahu betapa kami bertuah kerana papanya mahu ditemu ramah bersama. “Bukan mudah memujuk papa,” ujarnya sambil tersenyum. Ya kami berterima kasih kerana masa yang diluangkan. Dan Izzah juga memberitahu setiap hari Jumaat, Datuk Seri Anwar akan mengenakan baju Melayu.

“Cubalah tanya, kalau-kalau papa mahu,” beritahunya lagi tidak mahu menghampakan kami. Ya benarlah kata Izzah. Dia lebih memahami papanya. Apabila Datuk Seri Anwar menolak, kami sudah bersedia menerimanya.

Sambil menunggu Datuk Seri Anwar bertemu tetamunya, kami berbual dahulu bersama Nurul Izzah. Sebagai anak sulung dalam keluarga, Izzah akui tugas dan tanggungjawab yang digalas oleh beliau sungguh mencabar. Dugaan paling hebat diterimanya sewaktu bapa di penjara. Kejadian malam 2 September menjadi lipatan sejarah buat beliau sekeluarga.

“Saat itu papa hanya sempat berpesan agar menjaga ibu dan adik-adik dan sentiasa menjaga hubungan yang erat dalam keluarga. Kata-kata papa menjadi pegangan saya. Ia sentiasa tersemat di hati dan menjadi pendorong semangat untuk saya dan keluarga meneruskan kehidupan, biarpun jauh di sudut hati berbuku rasa sedih dan rindu pada papa, namun saya perlu kuat. Kekuatan saya akan menjadi kekuatan buat kami sekeluarga,” akui Izzah dengan nada sayu.


Ikuti paparan istimewa ini sempena Edisi Khas Lelaki di dalam NONA keluaran Jun 2008.

Eddie : Edisi Jun Nona pasti akan melonjak jualannya..
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Pengakuan Ezam Mohd Nor
Jun 1, 08 11:25am


Dalam wawancara selama hampir dua jam dengan Malaysiakini semalam, antara soalan utama yang dikemukakan kepada bekas ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK), Ezam Mohd Nor ialah kisah sebenar yang membawa beliau kembali semula ke pangkuan Umno.

Untuk berkongsi sepenuhnya dengan para pembaca, di bawah ini kita siarkan jawapan Ezam penuh terhadap soalan tersebut.

Saya berterima kasih pada soalan tersebut, sebab itu soalan penting kerana ada perbezaan yang besar di antara cakap-cakap dan pertemuan-pertemuan saya dengan pemimpin Umno sebelum pilihanraya baru-baru ini, pilihanraya 2004 dan sebelum itu, dengan keputusan saya kali ini.

Saya mengakui dalam 2004 khususnya, ialah kita bermula dengan 1999 lagi, setelah saya ditahan di bawah ISA dan semasa saya di Kamunting, tidak ada usaha untuk menarik saya balik ke Umno, tiada ada usaha yang bersungguh-sungguh. Tetapi selepas itu dipisahkan dengan rakan-rakan di penjara Kajang dan sendirian, masa itu ada usaha untuk cuba mengajak saya untuk meninggalkan perjuangan PKR, memimpin Pemuda PKR untuk masuk Umno.

Saya tolak masa itu kerana prinsip saya, saya tidak akan deal (berbincang) dan bertolak ansur dalam keadaan saya dalam penjara. Bagi saya, apapun, kena keluar saya (dari penjara). Saya bebas dalam 2003, dan selepas itu Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi menjadi menteri. Beliau berbeza dengan (Tun) Dr Mahathir (Mohamad). Kalau Dr Mahathir, approach (pendekatannya) adalah menekan. Lagi kuat anda lawan, lagi kuat dia tekan, masukkan dalam penjara. Tapi pendekatan Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi menarik. Sebab itu apabila pilihanraya 2004 ada usaha untuk menarik saya dan rakan-rakan lain untuk kembali ke Umno.

Dan usaha tersebut, saya lihat satu peluang pada masa itu, untuk deal (berbincang) untuk mendapatkan kebebasan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, sekurang-kurangnya membebaskan beliau untuk mendapatkan rawatan. Kalau tak bebas sepenuhnya pun tetapi untuk mendapatkan rawatan. Pada masa itu, keadaan Datuk Seri Anwar adalah kritial. Setelah bincang dengan beberapa teman-teman senior dan kawan-kawan lama Anwar sendiri, yang non-partisan dan sebagainya, maka mereka merasakan keutamaan harus untuk menyelamatkan Anwar Ibrahim.

Sebab itu kita melangkah untuk membuat keputusan untuk memulakan perbincangan dengan pemimpin Umno. Antara pemimpin tertinggi yang kita temui termasuk Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib, Datuk Aziz Shamsuddin - antara pemimpin besar Umno. Dan semua ini saya lakukan dalam pengetahuan Datuk Seri Anwar.

Dalam pertemuan kedua bersama Datuk Sri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, Datuk Seri Anwar sendiri yang minta supaya saya membawa bersama dua pemimpin PKR untuk berbincang - Mereka adalah Datuk Kamarul Bahrin dan seorang lagi Hajah Rahmah Othman. Kita berempat, seorang lagi Johari Abdul. Kita berempat berjumpa dengan Datuk seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo dan saya yang mengetuai perbincangan tersebut. Ini atas keputusan Datuk Seri Anwar. Kata OK macam mana, Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo nak berbincang - 2004 sebelum pilihanraya umum - Anwar kata Ok tapi bawa tiga orang, biar ada saksi. Nanti orang kata apa-apa (pula) kat you.


Memang saya yang deal, sepatutnya, Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob, ketika itu setiausaha agung (Umno) hadir (sama) dalam pertemuan yang kedua itu tapi tak hadir, jadi Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo sahaja, di rumah Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo. Jadi, line (hujah) saya ialah sebarang deal atau usaha untuk bincang mestilah dimulakan dengan membebaskan Datuk Seri Anwar. Itu saya firm (tegas), mesti dimulakan dengan membebaskan Anwar Ibrahim, sekurang-kurangnya untuk mendapatkan rawatan. Dan saudara boleh tanya Datuk Kamarul, Johari Abdul dan Rahmah Othman. Saya sengaja sebut nama kerana semua ini saksi.

Apabila Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo tidak boleh komit yang itu, kita back out. Dia kata you masuk (Umno) dulu dan (kemudian) bincang tentang Anwar. Tapi you kena masuk dulu, you kena bertanding... saya kata no,no, kita tolak kerana tidak minat dengan apa yang kami akan dapat. Fokus kita adalah jelas.

Lepas itu berjumpa dengan Datuk Aziz Samsuddin, bersama dengan sebelas atau dua belas kawan-kawan, Ruslan Kassim dan teman-teman lain. Begitu juga. Dia cakap-cakap, akhirnya dia minta kita masuk (Umno) tapi saya kata apa pun sama juga, mesti bebaskan Datuk Seri Anwar. Jadi (bila) dia tidak boleh komit, saya keluar. Saya tamatkan di situ.

Selepas saya tamatkan, kawan-kawan teruskan dan sebab tu mereka masuk (umno) sebelum pilihanraya. Bagi saya itu keputusan masing-masing dan saya faham ketika itu mereka sudah dalam keadaan susah, tertekan dan sebagainya, masalah kewangan, peribadi dan sebagainya. Mungkin mereka perlukan wang dan saya tidak dapat halang sebab saya pun dalam keadaan yang tidak senang. Kita dah berjuang lama, ini saya faham. Sebab itu saya masih berkawan dengan mereka hingga hari ini. Bagi saya itu bukanlan an act of betrayal (berpaling tadah) walaupun saya tidak bersama (mereka) sebab saya punyai bottom line iaitu bebaskan Datuk Seri Anwar. Selain dari itu, saya tidak akan terima.

Selepas pilihanraya, keadaan Datuk Seri Anwar semakin teruk. Semakin kritikal selepas pilihanraya (di mana) Barisan Nasional (BN) menang besar. Datin Seri Wan Azizah jumpa saya minta supaya diusahakan untuk rawatan. Buka pintu balik (perbincangan), bukan untuk bertanding atau bukan untuk masuk Umno tetapi untuk Datuk Seri Anwar. Kita cuba pelbagai-bagai. Saya jumpa sendiri Datin Paduka Rahmah Othman yang baik dengan Abdullah sebab dia Team B dulu, tapi simpati dengan kita. Saya jumpa dia, kita hantar rombongan jumpa mufti-mufti, kita jumpa beberapal lagi pemimpin Umno yang lain yang dekat dengan perdana menteri.

Tetapi mesej tak sampai, hinggalah satu hari, seorang wartawan asing memberitahu saya, jika hendak (mesej) sampai kepada PM, dapatkan (bantuan) Khairy (Jamaluddin). Saya jumpa Datin Seri Wan Azizah dan tanya macam mana. Ini pandangan mereka, mungkin kita boleh cuba. Saya tidak kenal Khairy. Ini penting untuk rekod, sebab (ada) tuduhan (yang mengaitkan) saya dengan Khairy. Ini kisah benar. Saya tidak kenal Khairy tapi ada cadangan untuk saya cari Khairy sebab dia dapat sampaikan mesej dengan cepat kepada perdana menteri. Sejurus selepas pilihanraya, dekat-dekat dengan tarikh Anwar bebas, September 2004, jadi mungkin Mei atau Jun.

Saya cari Khairy melalui kontak di London, melalui kawan-kawan, akhirnya saya dapat jumpa Khairy. Di situlah bermulanya hubungan saya dengan Khairy. Masa itu dia belum (jadi) naib ketua pemuda. Dan saya bagi tahu dia kebimbangan kita tentang keadaan kesihatan Datuk Seri Anwar dan mintalah sampai kepada perdana menteri. Selepas dua pertemuan, Khairy aturkan pertemuan antara Datuk Seri Abdullah dengan Datin Seri Wan Azizah di pejabat perdana menteri.

Saya hadir tapi saya tidak masuk ke dalam. Saya biar Datin Seri Wan Azizah berjumpa dengan Datuk Seri Abdullah. Saya tidak tahu secara terperinci (apa yang dibincangkan), tapi pada asasnya ialah untuk kesihatan, perubatan dan minta Anwar dikeluarkan dari penjara duduk di hospital, sebab (masa itu) dia berulang, kerana tidak ada pihak berkuasa yang berani benarkan Anwar duduk di hospital.

Masa itu juga Pak Lah ambil telefon, hubungi menteri kesihatan dan arahkan, masa itu petang dah, keluarkan Anwar Ibrahim on the spot dan lepas tu kita minta rawatan keluar negara , PakLah tak komited, dia kata dia akan tengok. Dan ketiganya, Datin Seri Wan Azizah minta Pak Lah adil dalam penghakiman (kes rayuan Datuk Seri Anwar di Mahkamah Persekutuan), jangan campur seperti Dr Mahathir. Pak Lah beri komitmen, dia tak akan campur, Masa itu tengah (perbicaraan), dah hujung-hujung (di peringkat penghakiman dibuat).

Mengikut kata Datin Seri Wan Azizah, Pak Lah kata OK, katanya, dia seorang pemimpin Islam, itulah yang beliau (Wan Azizah) beritahu saya, Pak Lah kata: "saya komited, saya pemimpin Islam, takkan saya nak buat macam tu".

Selepas Datuk Seri Anwar ke hospital, saya masih lagi jumpa Khairy sebab target saya masih lagi nak dapatkan rawatan ke luar negara. Khairy mencuba, hingga pada suatu ketika, dah ada keputusan pun untuk mendapatkan rawatan di luar negara tapi bukan di Jerman tapi di Singapura.

Pada mulanya, Datin Seri Wan Azizah tidak setuju. (Kemudian) jumpa Anwar dan beliau kata OK ke Singapura. Jadi saya (pun) sampaikan pada Khairy. Tiba-tiba Jabatan Peguam Negara nasihatkan jangan, walaupun menurut Khairy, Pak Lah telah bersetuju. Kata peguam negara ianya bertentangan dengan peruntukan undang-undang. Perkara tu habis di situ, tak jadi, walaupun sebenarnya telah ada keputusan dari perdana menteri.

Selepas beberapa ketika, mahkamah tetapkan tarikh untuk keputusan (rayuan) di Mahkamah Persekutuan. Jadi kita tangguh dulu perbincangan untuk rawatan (Anwar) di luar negara dan kita tunggu keputusan. Kalau keputusan bebaskan (Anwar) oklah. Kalau tidak bebas, kita sambung (perbincangan). Tapi bila keputusan (Anwar) bebas, sebagai tanda hormat, saya bagi tahu Khairy (Anwar) bebas, dan Khairy bertanya apa lagi yang boleh dibantu. Saya tanya Datuk Seri Anwar dan beliau minta pasport sebab dia nak terbang cepat. Itulah yang diminta oleh Datuk Seri Anwar dan saya sampaikan kepada Khairy dan dia sampaikan kepada bapa (mentuanya). Malam tu juga Khairy datang dan esoknya saya uruskan pasport Datuk Seri Anwar. Itulah peristiwa yang berlaku bila Khairy datang ke rumah Datuk Seri Anwar pada malam itu. Ini yang sebenarnya berlaku.

Sebab itu saya hendak tekankan di sini (ialah) keseluruhan proses ini hanya membabit dan memfokuskan kepada soalan untuk menyelamatkan Datuk Seri Anwar. Tidak ada deal (masuk Umno) seperti yang dituduh terhadap saya. Saya sebenarnya expect (harap) Datuk Seri Anwar dan Datin Paduka Wan Azizah untuk menyatakan perkara ini, sekurang-kurangnya untuk membela saya bila orang (mengaitkan) saya dengan Khairy kerana mereka tahu perkara yang sebenar. Seluruh proses yang saya deal dengan Khairy, dengan Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo dan semua proses ini bukan untuk saya, malah saya menolak semua tawaran lain, hanya semata-mata - dan saya tidak berganjak dengan permintaan saya - untuk membebaskan Anwar Ibrahim. Jadi itu ceritanya.

Selepas itu, Datuk Seri Anwar bebas, tidak ada lagi deal, Khairy pun saya tak jumpa dah. Khairy pun takut nak jumpa saya kerana dia telah dikritik hebat kerana datang ke rumah Anwar... (setakat itulah) hubungan kami. Kadang-kadang terjumpa di lapangan terbang (tapi) tidak ada hubungan, tidak ada perjumpaan selepas itu.

Selepas setahun Anwar bebas, saya ada masalah dengan Keadilan dan sebab itu saya dah mula jauhkan diri pada 2006. Saya dan tubuhkan Gerak. Saya tidak ada deal sehinggalah sebelum pilihanraya 2008, datang lagi kawan-kawan dalam Umno dan sebagainya untuk meminta saya bertanding tapi bukan (pemimpin) peringkat senior, tapi di peringkat negeri dan bahagian, yang minta saya timbang bertanding dan balik semula ke Umno dan itupun saya tolak. Kawan-kawan (dari PAS) juga memang secara ikhlas mahu saya tanding di kerusi selamat di Kelantan.

Pada masa itu, kita tidak tahu yang (kawasan-kawasan lain) juga selamat. Itupun saya tolak kerana fokus saya sekarang ini, berbalik kepada persoalan reform. Walaupun fokus awal saya tidak pada reform kerana nak selamatkan Datuk Seri Anwar yang kritikal dan sakit. Bila dia keluar, kita tidak cerita dah bab kemanusian, kerana semua sudah bebas, jadi saya fokus kepada reform.

Pada 2008 ada usaha untuk menarik saya supaya bertanding tapi saya tidak bertanding kerana saya tidak nampak ada reform dalam Umno untuk saya kembali kepada Umno. Sebab itu saya tolak tawaran (bertanding) dalam pilihanraya umum lepas. Saya ingin meneruskan usaha dalam Geraka kerana saya merasakan usaha reform penting atau peranan lebih baik dapat saya mainkan dalam sivil society, dalam Gerak.

Selepas pilihanraya yang tsunami baru-baru ini, ada usaha yang dilakukan oleh Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yang bagi saya merupakan satu langkah signifikan untuk reform, tentang badan kehakiman, tentang rasuah. Jadi, selepas itu ada beberapa pegawai beliau dan pimpinan Umno minta pandangan saya dan saya nyatakan saya amat setuju dengan reform ini dan ini bagi saya fundamental dan signifikan dan saya yakin ini sebenarnya membuka ruang kepada proses reform dalam negara.

Selepas itu, mereka aturkan saya berjumpa dengan Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, saya rasa hampir sebulan yang lalu. Bagi saya, kalau nak dikatakan deal, itulah deal yang pertama yang masuk Umno. Saya nak katakana bezanya, deal yang dulu-dulu tu bukan masuk Umno, tetapi adalah deal untuk bebaskan Datuk Seri Anwar

Dan saya mahu berbicara dan berbincang kerana saya yakin ada ruang untuk reform yang dibawa oleh Datuk Seri Abdullah dalam BPR dan badan kehakiman. Setelah berjumpa beliau selama dua jam, saya yakin bahawa beliau memang komited tentang usaha reform tersebut dan beliau mempelawa saya untuk bersama-sama dalam Umno.

Setelah saya mengambil masa seminggu untuk berbincang dengan keluarga dan kawan-kawan, akhirnya, saya membuat keputusan untuk masuk Umno. Itu keseluruhan prosesnya.

Saya sebut nama-nama di atas tadi, - Datuk Kamarul dan Johari dan Rahman - kerana mereka masih dalam PKR. Mereka tidak ikut saya (masuk) dalam Umno. Jadi mereka seharusnya tampil dan menyatakan apakah perkara i(pelbagai tuduhan terhadap Ezam) tu benar. Jika mereka benar-benar ikhlas dan jujur, seharusnya mereka memberitahu memang segala tuduhan terhadap saya, tuduhan tawaran dan imbuhan, dan sebagainya, semuanya itu adalah fitnah. Saya ada bukti, termasuk Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan Datin Seri Wan Azizah sendiri (bahawa) proses saya deal dengan Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo dan Khairy, semuanya dalam pengetahuan Datuk Seri Anwar dan semuanya fokus untuk membebaskan beliau.

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Perjalanan Pulang Dari Amman
Anwar Ibrahim


Saya kini dalam perjalanan pulang dari Amman. Terasa lega satelah melepaskan jawatan Pengerusi Yayasan Masa Depan. Saya telah memberi notis perletakan jawatan sejak satu tahun lalu atas alasan penglibatan dalam kegiatan politik tanahair.
Namun saya gembira kerana berjaya meluluskan sumbangan besar terhadap kegiatan di Palestin, Selatan Lubnan, yemen, Tunisia dan Maghribi.

Anwar Ibrahim


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Program Di Amman, Jordan
Anwar Ibrahim



Saya tiba lewat di Amman dan selesai di kamar penginapan hampir 2 pagi. Sarapan pagi bersama Prof Ibrahim Kalin, sarjana Turki dan penasihat Kerajaan Turki.

Selang-seli dengan mesyuarat Lembaga Yayasan Masa Depan, saya ditemubual media termasuk akhbar Addustur.

Saya kemudian ke istana YTM Putera Ghazi, seorang sarjana dan penasihat Raja. Kami turut membincangkan beberapa inisiatif memperkukuh suara Islam dalam forum antarabangsa.

Di sebelah petang saya sempat menziarah sahabat lama yang juga pejuang Islam gigih Dr Ishaq Farhan.

Ahli Lembaga Yayasan diundang makan malam di rumah Mamduh Abu Hassan dan turut dihadiri wakil istana dan menteri.

Esok mesyuarat bersambung dengan memilih Pengerusi baru kerana saya telah memberi notis sejak tahun lalu hasrat saya menumpukan perhatian ka politik tanahair.

Sebelum berlepas pulang kami diminta minum teh bersama YTM Putera Hassan bin Talal.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
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Pakatan Rakyat komited turunkan harga minyak - Anwar
Azamin Amin
Thu | Jun 05, 08 | 11:22:05 am MYT


KUALA LUMPUR, 5 Jun (Hrkh) - Ketua Umum KeADILan, Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim membantah keras sikap Kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) yang terus mengabaikan tanggung jawab dan membebankan rakyat berikutan kenaikan harga bahan bakar yang diumumkan semalam.



"Saya ulangi pendirian saya dan Pakatan Rakyat untuk menurunkan harga minyak dan meletakkan asas ekonomi manusiawi," katanya dalam satu kenyataan media kepada Harakahdaily sebentar tadi.

Beliau menyatakan kenaikan tersebut menyebabkan kehidupan rakyat semakin rumit yang akan merebak kepada kenaikan taraf elektrik, kos pengangkutan dan harga barang keperluan yang lain.

"Persoalannya keuntungan Petronas yang jenuh melimpah tertiris dan bocor ke mana? Tidak ada pertanggungjawaban waima kepada Parlimen sekalipun.

"Yang arif mengenai kedudukan kewangan Petronas hanya Perdana Menteri dan yang terserlah adalah projek mega dan koridor (ekonomi)!" katanya yaang membidas pembaziran wang rakyat oleh kerajaan.

Beliau menyatakan bahawa rakyat bukan sahaja dinafikan maklumat malah limpahan dan habuan dari khazanah utama negara tidak dirasakan tetapi manfaatnya hanyalah buat keluarga dan kroni yang sekonyong-konyong dianugerah kontrak dan projek.

"Inilah yang kami sering ungkapkan sebagai pengurusan ekonomi yang lembab dan tidak bertanggungjawab. Amalan hidup pimpinan negara terus boros, pembaziran dan rasuah terus berleluasa.

"Setelah gagal mengurus ekonomi dan menjamin keselesaan hidup rakyat, pimpinan Umno-BN seharusnya berundur!" katanya.
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....Manila media summary



ERAP TO HOST DINNER FOR MALAYSIAN DEPUTY PM, CORY




[PHOTO AT LEFT - Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Azizah arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport from Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Photo By RUDY SANTOS ]

MANILA, JUNE 6, 2008 (STAR) By Jose Rodel Clapano - Pardoned former President Joseph Estrada will host tonight a dinner with former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and former Philippine President Corazon Aquino.

Estrada said he would welcome Ibrahim with a dinner, which will also be attended by Mrs. Aquino, at his house on Polk Street in North Greenhills, San Juan.

Estrada, however, refused to elaborate on the highlights of his meeting with Ibrahim and Aquino.

“I do not want to preempt our dinner meeting. But we will meet tomorrow night in my house,” Estrada said yesterday.

But in an earlier interview over abs-cbnNEWS.com, Estrada said he would discuss with Ibrahim and Aquino their respective problems in Malaysia and the Philippines.

“We’ll have dinner with Cory (and discuss) our respective countries’ problems, talk about general views of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations),” Estrada told abs-cbnNEWS.com.

Estrada said that considering the short visit of Ibrahim, he might not be able to take him on a tour of the country.

Ibrahim and his wife Azizah and two other Malaysian nationals arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport from Kuala Lumpur and were met by businessman Fernando Peña, honorary consul to the Philippines of the Republic of Estonia.

“I was touched by the kindness of President Estrada and was pleased to come back and eager to see him after a long break,” Ibrahim said during a brief interview upon his arrival.

He said that he and his wife would also visit former President Aquino, after hearing that she had been stricken with cancer.

“Of course, Azizah and myself are interested to meet up with Cory Aquino since she has been unwell and we would be inquiring about her health,” Ibrahim added.

Ibrahim is expected to be busy during his Manila visit and he and Estrada have a lot to talk about.

“As you know, we were former prisoners,” Estrada said.

Ibrahim was detained from 1999 to 2004 after he was found guilty of corruption and sodomy, while Estrada was jailed for six years and six months for plunder.

Ibrahim was freed in 2004 while Estrada was released from detention in his rest house in Tanay, Rizal in October 2007 after President Arroyo pardoned him.

Estrada’s spokeswoman Margaux Salcedo said Ibrahim will also attend a forum entitled “Islam, Politics and the Prospects for Peace” at the RCBC Plaza in Makati.

“This (visit) is primarily for a social visit to old friends, including former President Estrada, and to attend a forum at the RCBC Makati,” Salcedo said. – With Rudy Santos
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Erap says Anwar is 'icon' of Malaysian democracy
By ROY MEDINA
abs-cbnNEWS.com


A dinner with former Philippine Presidents Corazon Aquino and Joseph Estrada will be among the highlights of the two-day visit of ex-Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim to the Philippines.

"We'll have dinner with Cory and discuss our respective country's problems, talk about general views on the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Countries)," Estrada said Thursday in a telephone interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com.

The dinner will be held Friday in Estrada's residence in North Greenhills, San Juan.

In an interview with ANC, Estrada said Anwar and Mrs. Aquino are symbols of democracy in their respective countries.

"I believe, in deputy minister Anwar, he's the icon of democracy in Malaysia, while I consider former President Cory Aquino as the mother of democracy in the Philippines. So I've invited the two of them to have dinner here in my house," Estrada said.

He also compared the experience of Anwar under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his own experience under President Arroyo.

"There is a parallelism between the former deputy prime minister and myself. Both of us were jailed, and his wife and daughter ran and won in the parliament. And my wife and my son won in the elections for the Senate. So, there is somewhat of a parallelism betwen the two of us," Estrada said.

Estrada was under house arrest during his 5-year trial for plunder or large-scale corruption. He was found guilty in September 2007 but was immediately pardoned and ordered released by President Arroyo.

Anwar was jailed starting in 1999 after being found guilty of corruption and sodomy. He was freed in 2004.

"I am just happy I'll see him for the first time, for more than seven years. I will see the former deputy minister together with President Cory Aquino," he said.

Considering the short visit of Anwar, Estrada said he may not be able to take him to his resthouse in Tanay, Rizal which he developed into a small, family resort while serving time.

"No time for that...he will only be here for two days," he said.

A statement from Estrada spokeswoman Margaux Salcedo said Anwar will also attend a forum entitled "Islam, Politics and the Prospects for Peace" at the RCBC Plaza building in Makati.

"This (visit) is primarily for a social visit to old friends, including former President Joseph Estrada, and to attend a forum at the RCBC Makati," Salcedo added.

Salcedo described the friendship of the two former leaders as unique.

"The friendship between Anwar and Estrada is unique because their political careers run parallel lines," she said.

"Anwar is considered the 'voice of democracy in Malaysia' while Erap is considered the 'voice of democracy' in the Philippines," she added.
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..laporan lawatan dua hari Anwar ke Filipina



Malaysian opposition leader Anwar in town

To meet former presidents

By Tarra Quismundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 17:48:00 06/05/2008


MANILA, Philippines -- Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrived in Manila Thursday for a two-day visit during which he is meeting three former Philippine presidents.

The former Malaysian deputy prime minister arrived for a speaking engagement and private meetings with former Philippine heads of state, namely Joseph Estrada, a long-time friend, Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos.

“Well, we will be [meeting] friends...President Estrada [invited me] to come back...I'm here to see him for the first time after a long break,” Ibrahim said in a brief statement at the airport.

“And of course, I'll meet up with President Cory Aquino...She's doing well and we will be inquiring about her health. We also have a meeting with President Fidel Ramos,” said the former Malaysian official.

Ibrahim arrived from Kuala Lumpur with his wife Azizah on a Malaysian Airlines flight at 3:30 p.m. He was last here in September, when he also gave talks.

The couple was received at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport's old terminal by former Batangas vice governor Ricky Recto and former Malaysian senator Michael Bong.

Ibrahim was jailed in Malaysia on corruption and sodomy charges for some five years -- from 1999 to 2004. Estrada, who was convicted of plunder September last year, was freed in October after he was pardoned by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Before his conviction, he was detained for six years.

Estrada's spokesperson, Margaux Salcedo, said Ibrahim tried to visit the former president in his Tanay, Rizal rest house, where he was detained, but was not allowed to do so by the courts.

It will be the first time the two friends, opposition leaders in their respective nations, are meeting again since politics brought them close when Estrada was vice president.

“He's very happy and excited that they will see each other again after a few years. They are very close, their lives are like parallel lines,” said Salcedo.

Ibrahim will address a forum on the theme “Islam, Politics and Prospects of Peace” on Friday at the RCBC Plaza in Makati City.

He and his wife are flying out on Saturday morning
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Anwar Ibrahim to visit Erap, attend forum in RP
06/04/2008 | 07:34 PM


MANILA, Philippines - Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim will be arriving in Manila Thursday for a two-day social visit to old friends, including former President Joseph Estrada.

In a statement, Estrada spokesperson Margaux Salcedo described the friendship between Anwar and Estada as “unique.”

"The friendship between Anwar and Estrada is unique because their political careers run parallel lines. Anwar is considered the 'voice of democracy in Malaysia' while Erap is considered the 'voice of democracy' in the Philippines," she said.

In 1999, Anwar was sentenced in a highly controversial trial to six years in prison for corruption, while Estrada was found guilty of plunder in 2007. Anwar was released in 2004, Estrada last year.

Also, there is strong speculations that both will return to power in their respective countries, as Anwar is widely predicted to be Malaysia’s next prime minister while Estrada is being rumored to run for president again in 2010.

Aside from meeting with Estrada, Anwar will also attend a forum at the RCBC Makati entitled "Islam, Politics and the Prospects for Peace." - GMANews.TV
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Asia Inc. features Anwar Ibrahim
01 Jun 08

“…I think people are underestimating what we [Pakatan Rakyat] can do. It’s not just that some of the Barisan state governments were so badly run that it doesn’t take too much to improve on what they did. We have a clear signal in Selangor for example. No wastage. No new cars. No redecoration of offices…”
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