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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PERLUNYA SIKAP TOLAK ANSUR DAN MODERAT: TOLAK EKSTREMISME 


Salleh Said Keruak

1. Ekstremisme adalah sikap melampau yang tidak mengakui pendapat orang lain, menolak tolak ansur, kasar dalam tutur kata, keras dalam penyampaian dakwah, dan mengkufurkan orang lain yang tidak menerima fikiran mereka.

2. Sikap ekstremis begini bukannya Islamik kerana Islam adalah agama yang tidak menyusahkan umatnya, toleran dan moderat.  Namun demikian, ada saja kelompok yang melampau dalam tindakan mereka.

3. Fenomena ini membahayakan kerana memberi peluang kepada musuh-musuh Islam memfitnahkan agama Allah ini sebagai agama teroris. Kumpulan ini tidak minat terlibat dalam politik.  Bagi mereka, politik adalah karut.  Yang penting bagi mereka ialah bangunkan negara Islam mengikut acuan mereka.

4. Oleh itu, kumpulan ekstremis ini perlu kita awasi.  Untuk berjaya mengawasinya, kita perlukan sokongan dan kerjasama rakyat.  Hingga setakat ini kita berjaya.  John Dauth dalam tulisannya di The Telegraph menyatakan Malaysia adalah model negara berjaya dalam menguruskan ancaman kumpulan ini.  Kejayaan ini adalah disebabkan oleh tiga faktor: keupayaan kerajaan mengukuhkan pertumbuhan ekonomi negara, mewujudkan keharmonian dalam masyarakat, dan sikap rakyatnya yang moderat.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The lowest form of despicable politics


Salleh Said Keruak

In 2015, when they thought the MACC could be used to attack Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, those opposed to the government would visit the MACC head office and would sing the praises of the MACC and worshiped the ground that the then MACC Chief Commissioner walked on.

Today, Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad is being brutally attacked. If they can use you then you are a god-send and if they cannot use you then they will go to any length to discredit you, humiliate you, tarnish your image, and destroy your reputation with lies, slander and fabricated allegations of all sorts of imagined ‘crimes’.

I urge Tan Sri to remain steadfast and not succumb to such underhanded tactics and continue in your efforts to clean up the country. As a senior and high profile public servant, being subjected to attacks comes with the territory. The more you do your job the more you will suffer attacks. So just ignore them and continue doing your job.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

POLITIK BAHARU PERLU ADA ROH PERLEMBAGAAN


Salleh Said Keruak

1. Politik baharu adalah politik yang berpisah daripada kerangka perkauman.  Politik baharu ini juga adalah politik yang mengutamakan isu-isu sejagat sesuai dengan arus globalisasi.  Politik baharu ini berkembang pesat kerana terobosan internet dan mendapat utama tempat di hati anak muda.

2. Ramai merasakan politik baharu disukai, namun bagi anak muda yang celik politik, mereka menimbulkan satu pertanyaan: mana roh kenegaraan dalam politik baharu?

3. Kata mereka, jika mengutamakan hanya aspek globalisasi dan isu-isu sejagat sahaja, bagaimana pula dengan asas-asas pembentukan negara ?Apa gunanya politik baharu jika asas pembentukan negara ini dianaktirikan?

4. Pertanyaan anak muda seperti di atas ada relevannya.  Namun, dalam dunia globalisasi ini, kita harus menerima politik baharu untuk menjadikan kita mampu bersaing dengan dunia semasa.  Menolak politik baharu adalah satu langkah ke belakang, tetapi dalam menerima kemunculan politik baharu tersebut, asas perlembagaan jangan ditinggalkan.  Biarlah politik baharu dan roh perlembagaan negara berjalan seiring untuk kita membina sebuah negara bangsa yang maju dan makmur dengan rakyatnya yang bersatu.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Consumers vote with their feet


Salleh Said Keruak

There is a saying: consumers vote with their feet. In other words, if they are not getting a good deal they just walk away. Consumers should never allow themselves to becomes victims of blackmail and be put in a situation where they are compelled to buy from or patronise an establishment because they feel they are powerless and have no choice in the matter.

Consumer associations should be more active in this matter and should launch public campaigns to advise consumers on what they should do to ensure they always get the best deal. There should also be more laws passed concerning consumer protection such as in Europe where they have a 30-day return policy if you are not happy with what you bought or you found you can buy the same thing elsewhere much cheaper.

It is time consumers be empowered and not be victims of unfair trade practices. Consumers must not only know their rights but must be very cautious and selective before buying. The saying ‘let the buyer beware’ holds true here and the government cannot always solve problems through legislation if buyers themselves are careless and do not choose carefully before buying.

CURB ON FAKE NEWS TO SAFEGUARD DIVERSITY AND HARMONY OF MALAYSIA



SALLEH SAID KERUAK

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has taken action against 3,047 fake accounts on various social media platforms identified between January and September this year.

Almost 80% of 3,047 fake accounts have been deleted by social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter for violating the terms and conditions set by the respective providers.

Even Internet giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google China’s Baidu Inc. are cooperating with Government as they are constantly pressured to improve on their algorithms by using a combination of technology and content authorization to minimize fake news.

All Malaysians are responsible to help defend Malaysia from fake news/accounts which have bad intent, defamatory or seditious in nature. Respect in our diversity and harmony must be strengthened as a Malaysian way of life.

It is time we make full use of initiatives like sebenarnya.my portal and make it a habit to check the authenticity of the news first before sharing it with others.

Let us remind ourselves if we come across suspected fake accounts or fake news or information, we should use the ‘report’ facility provided by the relevant social media concerned, so that the action can be taken as soon as practicable. We can also report to the MCMC of such acts.

Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA 98) makes it an offence “to make or create content that is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in nature.”

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

FEDERALISME MALAYSIA: KERAJAAN PERSEKUTUAN ATAU KERAJAAN PUSAT?


Salleh Said Keruak

1. Malaysia adalah sebuah negara persekutuan (federal).  Ciri utama negara persekutuan ialah pembahagian kuasa antara kerajaan persekutuan dan kerajaan negeri seperti yang ditetapkan oleh perlembagaan.

2. Negara kesatuan pula adalah negara yang diselenggarakan oleh satu kesatuan tunggal, iaitu kerajaan yang mempunyai kuasa tertinggi.  Wilayah-wilayahnya hanya menjalankan kekuasaan seperti yang dibenarkan oleh kerajaan pusat sahaja.  Ini bermakna kerajaan pusat berkuasa untuk meluaskan, menyempitkan atau menghapuskan kuasa kerajaan wilayah.

3. Penjelasan ini merumuskan satu perkara: Kerajaan pusat ini hanya sesuai dipanggil untuk negara kesatuan sahaja.  Bagi negara persekutuan, panggilannya yang betul ialah kerajaan persekutuan kerana ia menjadi kerajaan kepada semua wilayah dalam persekutuan, bukannya memiliki semua kuasa seperti mana dalam sistem kesatuan.  Dalam sistem persekutuan, terdapat bidang-bidang tertentu yang kuasanya berada di tangan wilayah (negeri).

4. Oleh sebab itulah, dalam konteks Malaysia, jika ada pihak yang mendakwa kerajaan pusat mengawal kuasa negeri, itu adalah dakwaan yang tidak betul.  Ciri utama negara persekutuan ini ialah demokrasi dan ‘unity in diversity’, bukannya seperti sistem kesatuan yang mana semua sumber kuasanya adalah terletak di tangan kerajaan pusat.

5. Akhirnya, dalam sistem persekutuan, tidak tepat kita memanggil kerajaan Malaysia sebagai kerajaan pusat, sebaliknya yang tepat ialah kerajaan Persekutuan. Ini kerana kerajaan Malaysia adalah milik semua rakyat dalam negara Persekutuan Malaysia.

Kit Siang camouflaging his true ambitions


Salleh Said Keruak

In spite of all his denials, Lim Kit Siang cannot hide the fact that he is the de facto DAP leader and that DAP, with the largest number of seats, calls the shots in Pakatan Harapan. That means he gets to decide who becomes the Prime Minister if Pakatan Harapan wins GE14 and being the de facto leader of the party with the largest number of seats the natural choice for Prime Minister would be Kit Siang himself.

Kit Siang has very cleverly outmanoeuvred Anwar Ibrahim from the top post and is successfully using Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to camouflage his political intentions. That is why Mahathir is very sensitive about the matter, and every time somebody talks about Kit Siang becoming Prime Minister, he will be the first person to come forward to refute the allegation and defend Kit Siang.

When Pakatan Rakyat was closed down it was Kit Siang who made that sole decision and it was Kit Siang who decided to end the relationship with PAS even though PKR did not want to. Pakatan’s history is full of examples where Kit Siang and not Pakatan decides what happens. This is going to be repeated in the case of who becomes Prime Minister if Pakatan wins the general election. Pakatan’s track record speaks for itself.