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Sunday, September 21, 2014

SALLEH TURUT BANTU CALON BN DI PENGKALAN KUBOR

SALLEH KETIKA BERUCAP
TUMPAT: Timbalan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Sabah Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Salleh Tun Said turut membantu kempen Barisan Nasional (BN) dalam Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Pengkalan Kubor.

Pada Sabtu, beliau yang juga Speaker DUN Sabah bersama-sama pimpinan Umno Sabah membantu kempen di daerah mengundi Jering.

Dalam PRK ini, calon BN  Ustaz Mat Razi Mat Ail ditentang calon Pas, Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim dan seorang calon Bebas, Izat Bukhari Ismail Bukhari.

Sementara itu, penampilan calon Barisan Nasional (BN), Mat Razi Mat Ail berjubah dan berserban bukan dibuat-buat, malah ia adalah pakaian yang sering digunakannya sejak zaman kanak-kanak lagi.
Perkara tersebut didedahkan oleh ibunya, Habsah Ismail, 65, ketika ditemui oleh pemberita di rumahnya di Kampungan Simpangan di sini hari ini.
DAERAH MENGUNDI JERING

Malah Habsah menegaskan, anak sulungnya itu tidak pernah lekang daripada membaca al-Quran sejak usia muda lagi dan beliau tidak pernah berubah terus kekal dengan keperibadiannya itu sehingga kini.

"Mat Razi seorang anak yang baik dan taat, selain mempunyai pegangan agama yang cukup kuat.
"Sejak kecil dia (Mat Razi) banyak menghabiskan masa membaca al-Quran selain menjadi tonggak keluarga dengan sentiasa membantu adik-adik yang lain," kata Habsah lagi.

Friday, September 19, 2014

FAHAMI KONSEP `AGREE TO DISAGREE'

Oleh SSK

1. PERBEZAAN pandangan dan perselisihan pendapat adalah perkara lumrah. Ia biasa berlaku dalam mana-mana organisasi, kelompok mahupun antara individu. Kerana tidak semua dilahirkan dengan tahap pemikiran yang sama. 

2. Manusia bukan seperti kereta yang dibina di satu kilang yang mesti mengikut spesifikasi ditentukan. Sebab itu, fizikal manusia tidak akan sama antara satu sama lain. Ada tinggi rendah, kecil besar. Demikian juga dalam pemikiran, ada tinggi rendah akhlaknya dan kecil besar otaknya.

3. Inilah rumusan saya terhadap polemik yang dicetuskan oleh Datuk James Ligunjang berkaitan isu tahun kemerdekaan.

4. Jika pun Datuk James Ligunjang tidak setuju dengan pandangan mana-mana pihak, terhadap apa isu sekalipun, dia sepatutnya tidak menggunakan bahasa sedemikian. Penggunaan bahasa dan perkataan-perkataan itu menggambarkan keperibadian seseorang. Dan dalam hal ini, apabila seseorang menggunakan perkataan yang tidak sepatutnya diungkapkan oleh siapapun, apatah lagi seorang bergelar Datuk, maka itu mencerminkan kecelaruan fikirannya dan emosi yang tidak terkawal.

5. Datuk James Ligunjang sepatutnya kena terima hakikat bahawa perbezaan pendapat dalam mana-mana isu adalah perkara biasa. Kita jangan emosi, sebaliknya kita kena kawal diri.

6. Kita boleh berbahas berdasarkan fakta masing-masing, bukan dengan kata nista. Dan akhirnya biar khalayak yang buat penilaian. Kita tidak boleh paksa orang lain terima pandangan kita bulat-bulat. Kita kena memahami konsep `agree to disagree'.

7. Sebenarnya, pandangan saya itu (berhubung tahun kemerdekaan) adalah reaksi kepada soalan pemberita dalam satu majlis baru-baru ini, sebagai response kepada kenyataan Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek sebelum itu yang menyatakan bahawa mulai tahun depan tidak perlu disebut tahun ke berapa kemerdekaan negara bagi mengelak kekeliruan fakta.

8. Malahan, YAB Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, telah pun mengumumkan perkara ini pada sambutan Hari Malaysia di Miri, Sarawak pada 16 September lepas. 

9. Secara peribadi, dan sebagai seorang sarjana politik, saya mendukung konsep `agree to disagree' kerana di gelanggang politik, perbezaan pendapat tidak boleh dielakkan. Ia lumrah dalam setiap pertubuhan politik. Lebih ramai ahlinya, maka lebih banyak pandangan dan pendapat.

10. Bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad juga pernah tidak menyetujui pendapat saya berkaitan isu 1MDB. Beliau (Dr Mahathir) melihat dari perspektif hutang dan saya melihat dari sudut CSR. Jelas ada perbezaan pendapat. Masing-masing menghormati pendapat masing--masing, tanpa hilang rasa penghormatan. Tanpa menggunakan bahasa emosi.

11. Satu lagi contoh perbezaan pendapat ialah berkaitan isu tanah di Tenom yang dibangkitkan oleh Naib Presiden Umno, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Pendapatnya disanggah banyak pihak dan saya turut mengulas, akhirnya mencetuskan polemik. 

12. Perdebatan berdasar fakta masing-masing dan dari sudut berlainan tanpa menggunakan bahasa yang tidak sepatutnya.

13. Yang penting, kita jangan jadikan perbezaan untuk berbalah secara peribadi. Perbezaan sebenarnya sesuatu yang menarik kerana akhirnya akan membawa kita bersatu atas kebenaran. Natijahnya, raikan perbezaan pendapat.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PKR's SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST PAS

By SSK

Today, PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang was forced to deny that PAS was talking to Umno to form a unity government. He was also forced to reiterate that PAS would stay with Pakatan Rakyat and not go to bed with Umno.
This rumour was started by PKR to coincide with the PAS assembly this week, which saw a lot on internal squabbling between the ulama’ group and the so-called professionals a.k.a. the Anwarists. The rumour was clearly meant to undermine the ulama’ faction that is said to be talking to Umno.
Malaysians have very short memories because it was as recent as December last year that PKR Secretary-General, Saifuddin Nasution, met Umno Vice President, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in London to discuss a unity government between Umno, PKR and PAS.
PAS leaders Abdul Hadi, Mustafa Ali and Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man were also in London at that time and Saifuddin invited them to join the talks with Ahmad Zahid.
Abdul Hadi, however, declined the invitation and only Mustafa and Tuan Ibrahim went. Abdul Hadi did not want to endorse the meeting and his decline of the invitation was the message he was sending to Saifuddin and Ahmad Zahid that he is not in favour of such a unity government.
Today, this whole thing has been twisted to say that Abdul Hadi is the one who wants to make a deal with Umno when he intentionally absented himself from the meeting for the very reason he does not want to make a deal.
Anyway, that matter is now going to be overshadowed by new developments.
On Tuesday, 23rd September 2014, the new Selangor Menteri Besar is going to be sworn in. So far no names have been mentioned but reports say that whoever it may be it is not going to be Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
So, at the moment, it is still merely speculation with some saying it is going to be Iskandar Abdul Samad from PAS while others are saying it is going to be either Azmin Ali or Dr Idris Ahmad from PKR.
What can be confirmed, though, is that Khalid Ibrahim’s last day as Selangor MB is 23rd September 2014. And, depending on who the candidate for new MB is, expect another round of internal bickering between PAS and DAP/PKR.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

DAP the winner in the Selangor MB Crisis

By SSK

While Malaysians remain focused on the Selangor Menteri Besar Crisis, what many may have not noticed is that DAP is facing an internal crisis of its own. And this crisis is regarding its 2012 party election and the 2013 re-election that the Registrar of Societies (RoS) has classified as unconstitutional.

DAP is challenging the RoS in court so in the meantime nothing is going to happen. However, if the court rules that the RoS is correct and that DAP did, in fact, violate its own party constitution, the party may be facing deregistration like what happened to Umno some years back.
LIM KIT SIANG

The Selangor MB Crisis is basically between PAS and PKR. DAP appears to be quite silent about this matter and for good reason. DAP is hoping that if this crisis is not resolved then the Selangor State Assembly may be dissolved to make way for new state elections.

Umno is not too keen on new state elections and neither is PKR and PAS. In 2008, Umno won 18 seats and MCA two, giving Barisan Nasional 20 seats in the 56-seat State Assembly. In 2013, Umno dropped to 12 with zero for MCA.

Hence if new state elections are held Umno can only win between 12-18 seats, most likely 15 at best. So it is of no benefit to Umno to participate in a state election it is never going to win anyway.

Pakatan Rakyat will contest all 56 seats and most likely win 40-41. The question here would be how would PKR, DAP and PAS divide the seats?

Out of the 56 seats, about half are Chinese-majority seats and the other half-Malay majority. Hence DAP has the potential to win about 28 seats.

DAP is preparing to contest 20 seat with 18 each for PKR and PAS. While DAP is able to win all the 20 seats it will contest (like what happened in Penang where DAP won all the sates it contested), PKR and PAS will have to ‘share’ their seats with Umno.

Hence PKR and PAS can win only about 20-21 seats combined with PAS getting lesser seats than PKR. And this would make DAP the largest party in the Selangor State Assembly.
LIM GUAN ENG

This time around DAP will field about three to five Malay candidates. And this would mean DAP can claim the post of Selangor Menteri Besar, something they could not do in 2008 and 2013.

So it is to the benefit of DAP that the Selangor State Assembly is dissolved and new state elections are held because there are enough young Malay professionals ready to contest the election, especially when that could mean they would be given the post of the new Menteri Besar of Selangor.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Salleh Keruak: Mahathirism no longer works


KOTA BELUD: Prime Minister Najib Razak should be given some space to implement his own style of governing instead of being shadowed by the era of Mahathirism, says Salleh Keruak in his recent blog post.
Salleh compared the reality of Malaysia in 1980s to today, saying that the advent of new media had made the people more informed.
“Furthermore, Malaysia’s population and number of voters have more than doubled since Mahathir took the office,” he said.
“To win the hearts and minds of the people, you need to introduce reforms and not get tougher with them.
“And this is what many of the Old Guard do not appear to understand.”
Salleh was refeering to those who “are aligned to or had at one time served under” ex-prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.
“If Umno and Barisan Nasional do fall,” Salleh said, “it will be because of internal bickering and sabotage.
“Umno warlords justify the attack on Najib by saying that it is to advise and not meant as a move to oust Najib.
“More vocal critics say it was a mistake for Dr Mahathir to appoint Najib, hence the ex-prime minister has to correct his mistake.”
Commenting on the recent crackdown on opposition politicians with sedition charges, he said: “The government will have to tread very carefully lest this move triggers negative repercussions. Umno-Barisan Nasional is not going to be a very popular government once the trials begins.”
“If the court kicks out these cases because the prosecution fails to prove intent, the government is going to be very embarrassed. And if instead these people are sent to jail, the government is going to face a lot of criticism.
“This is where, both ways, the government loses.” - Freemalaysiatoday

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Why Mahathirism no longer works

By SSK

There appears to be a concerted effort by some people within Umno to undermine Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. Is it a coincidence that most of these people are aligned to or had at one time served under ex-Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad?

How would one view this? Would this be considered interference? Would this be called sabotage? Have we forgotten that when the same thing was done to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2006-2007 Umno and Barisan Nasional almost fell in the 2008 general election?

We have always said: If Umno and Barisan Nasional do fall it will be because of internal bickering and sabotage by its own members, machinery and leaders. And yet this is precisely what they are doing.

The Umno warlords justify this attack on Najib by saying that it is just advise to make the Prime Minister see the error of his ways and make him come back to the right path and is not really meant as a move to oust Najib.

The more vocal critics say it was a mistake for Dr Mahathir to appoint Najib the Prime Minister and hence the ex-Prime Minister has to correct his mistake.

How many ‘mistakes’ has Dr Mahathir made in appointing his successors? First it was Musa Hitam, and then Ghafar Baba, followed by Anwar Ibrahim, and finally Pak Lah. No one is ever good enough. And it is all because none have the Mahathir-touch and can match Mahathir in running the country.

But Malaysia of the 1980s and Malaysia of today, 30 years later, is a very different place. With the advent of the internet, blogs and social media, the people are more informed.

Furthermore, Malaysia’s population and number of voters have more than doubled since Mahathir took office. And the demographics, too, have changed. Because of urbanisation and urban migration, the voters in the cities and towns have surpassed those in the rural areas -- plus the age group of these voters has fallen sharply.

In short, to put in bluntly, Mahathirism, as some people call it, no longer works. And this is what many of the ‘Old Guard’ do not appear to understand.

Even the on-going use of the Sedition Act on some opposition leaders is being condemned. The government will have to tread very carefully lest this move triggers negative repercussions. Umno-Barisan Nasional is not going to be a very popular government once the trials begin.

The crime of sedition is not about what you say but about the intent behind what you say. Hence the government needs not prove what you say (which is on record anyway) but why you said it. And intent is not easy to prove because intent is not what you say but what is in your heart.

If the court kicks out these cases because the prosecution failed to prove intent, the government is going to be very embarrassed. And if instead these people are sent to jail, the government is going to face a lot of criticism. This is where, both ways, the government loses.

The Sarawak state election next year is going to be very crucial. This will more or less determine what is going to happen in the next GE around 2017-2018. And the next GE will decide whether Umno and Barisan Nasional will still be in power.

Hence the Najib critics had better back off and not pressure Najib to return to the era of Mahathirism because that would be a sure recipe for disaster -- for Umno and Barisan Nasional, that is. Najib must propagate reforms and be seen to be serious and sincere about it. If not, then Umno’s and Barisan Nasional’s days are numbered.

This is what the ‘Old Guard’ needs to understand. To win the hearts and minds of the people you need to introduce reforms and not get tougher with them.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The 1MDB approach to human rights

By SSK

When we talk about human rights, most people equate human rights to freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion, freedom of sexual orientation, and whatnot. This is the limited scope of human rights from the understanding of most.

One thing common in the advocacy of human rights in most parts of the world is that the fight for human rights is confined to the more affluent societies. Societies that are being torn apart by civil strife have no time to stop and think about human rights. They are too busy just trying to stay alive.

This may be a bit unfair to say but you can afford to advocate human rights when your society already has everything. When you lack the basics required to sustain life and allow you quality of life, freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion, freedom of sexual orientation, and so on, are meaningless. All these do not put food on the table or allow your very sick child to reach adulthood.

What most advocates of human rights do not understand is that the right to education, or the right to a good education, plus the right to quality of life, also come under the ambit of human rights. To deny citizens an education or a good education, plus to deny them quality of life, is also a violation of their human rights.

We must not only look at human rights from the western perception. Societies that already have everything would definitely look at the issue of human rights from a more sophisticate level. Societies that still lack basic needs would have to look at the issue of human rights from the level of needs and not wants.

And there is a large difference between needs and wants.

After the need of food on the table, clothes on our backs, and a roof over our heads, we need education, quality of life, and to develop our youth who are the future of our nation. Societies that have degenerated into hell on earth are those that have neglected this very fundamental requirement.

The Malaysian government’s 1MDB programme is basically just this. The three main focuses of the 1MDB strategy are:

1. Education
2. Improving Quality of Life
3. Youth Development

The opposition, plus even some of those in government, appear opposed to the 1MDB programme. But have you noticed that most of those opposed to the 1MDB are those from the urban areas?

This means those who already have everything do not want the 1MDB. However, those from the rural areas, or from parts of Malaysia that are not as developed as the urban areas and big cities, welcome the 1MDB as the means to pull themselves out of the miserable state they live in.

Take the Ebola outbreak in Africa that is currently worrying the entire world. The UN WHO says that the problem they face is ignorance. It is due to ignorance and a lack of education that are the obstacles to the battle against Ebola.

Take the many civil wars that are going on in many parts of the world. This is also being blamed on ignorance, lack of education and poor opportunities for the youth due to lack of programmes to develop the youth.

Take any problem the world is facing and invariably it all points back to lack of education, lack of quality of life, and lack of youth development. Hence to ignore these issues is to invite civil strife in time to come when the country has a large neglected population whose needs have not been taken care of.

The 1MDB programme is a long-term programme meant to ensure that the youth have a place under the Malaysian sun. We must remember that Malaysia’s population is growing and that the majority are youths.
In 1970, Malaysia’s population was just 10 million. Today, it is 30 million, a tripling in just 40 years or so. 

By 2050, Malaysia is expected to have a population of 60 million or more and if by that time we have millions of Malaysians who have been left behind we cannot even imagine the explosive situation the country will face if the youth are not equipped to face the future properly prepared.

At the time of Merdeka, Malaysia had a large lower class with a small higher class. Today, Malaysia has a large middle class, so large that the middle class can be sub-divided into three categories: the upper-middle class, middle-middle class and lower-middle class.

While the upper-middle class is affluent enough to not need programmes such as 1MDB, and therefore oppose it, it is the lower- and middle-middle class that we need to be concerned about. And this is the category that 1MDB is addressing, before they feel that they are the ignored class and take by force what has been denied them.

As Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said 30 years ago in 1982 when he addressed a group of businessmen at the Equatorial Hotel in Kuala Lumpur: we need to look after the poor so that the rich can live in peace and not face the risk of an unsatisfied poorer class who are jealous of the rich and take by force from the rich.

Maybe Dr Mahathir forgot what he said when he defended programmes such as the New Economic Policy that was meant to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor where one race is rich and the other one is poor.

And the 1MDB programme is not race-based because even Chinese schools are included in this programme.