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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

JANGAN NAFIKAN ORANG MELAYU PELUANG YANG PERNAH SENDIRI NIKMATI


Oleh SSK

Enam hari yang lepas (21 Mei), calon DAP bagi pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Teluk Intan Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud berkata ibunya, Yammy Samat, tidak pernah menyertai Perkasa. Hari ini, Yammy mengumumkan dia meletakkan jawatan sebagai anggota Perkasa, sebuah organisasi yang kononnya dia sepatutnya tidak sertai.

Soal sama ada ibu Dyana Sofya telah atau tidak menyertai (atau masih ahli) Perkasa tidak sepatutnya timbul kerana bukan ibunya yang bertanding dalam pilihan raya kecil itu. Lagipun, Shahrir Samad, abang kepada orang kuat PAS Shah Alam Khalid Samad bukan sahaja seorang anggota kanan Umno tetapi pernah menganggotai Kabinet Persekutuan.

Oleh itu, organisasi atau parti politik yang disertai oleh anggota keluarga tidak seharusnya dijadikan  isu yang hanya membuang masa membincangkannya. Lagipun, Malaysia mengamalkan sistem demokrasi yang memberikan kebebasan berpersatuan. Jadi tidak menjadi masalah untuk kita menyertai mana-mana persatuan kerana setiap individu berhak berbuat demikian (melainkan ia sebuah organisasi pengganas).

Apa yang menarik perhatian ialah suatu perkara yang disangkal enam hari yang lalu kini disahkan sebagai benar. Ia merupakan satu pembohongan yang bertujuan semata-mata untuk memesongkan pemikiran pengundi Teluk Intan. Inilah perkara yang perlu difikirkan semasak-masaknya oleh para pengundi kawasan Parlimen itu.

Apa yang jelas Dyana Sofya menyatakan tentangannya terhadap dasar UiTM, sebuah universiti yang memberikannya pendidikan. Tentu sekali, dia tidak berada di kedudukannya sekarang jika tidak kerana UiTM dan kini dia menentang institusi yang memberikannya tempat yang lebih cerah di bumi Malaysia.

Adakah ini adil kepada berjuta-juta orang Melayu lain, dalam beberapa dekad mendatang, yang memerlukan peluang sama seperti yang dinikmati oleh Dyana Sofya . Tindakan Dyana Sofya ini seumpama cuba  menutup pintu atau peluang kepada orang lain selepas memperolehi apa yang diidamkannya selama ini.

Berikutan kenyataan yang dibuat oleh Dyana Sofya, penyokong pembangkang kini mempersoalkan pula Perkara 153 Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan meminta diperjelaskan sama ada peruntukan Perkara 153 itu membenarkan institusi seperti UiTM wujud. Dalam erti kata lain, adakah penubuhan UiTM melanggar Perlembagaan Malaysia?

Orang Cina nampaknya memburuk-burukkan Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah dan menggangapnya sebagi pengkhianat kepada bangsa mereka selain mengatakan tokoh pendidik itu sebenarnya berdepan dengan krisis identiti. Andaikata ada orang Melayu menuduh Dyana Sofya seperti itu, tuduhan akan dianggap sebagai berbau perkauman. 

Dyana Sofya kini berada di tempat yang lebih baik hasil nikmat pendidikan yang diperolehi daripada UiTM. Apa yang menyedihkan, dia mencadangkan pelajar Melayu lain yang ingin melanjutkan pelajaran ke UiTM dinafikan peluang sedangkan dia sendiri mendapat manfaat daripada universiti itu. Adakah dia akan bercakap dengan cara yang sama "jika dia terperangkap di kampung dan bekerja menjaga ayam kerana tidak berpeluang menuntut ilmu di peringkat yang lebih tinggi atau unversiti?

DON'T DENY OTHERS WHAT YOU RECEIVED

By SSK

Just six days ago on 21st May 2014, Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, the DAP candidate for the Teluk Intan by-election, said that her mother, Yammy Samat, had never joined Perkasa. Today, Yammy announced she is resigning from Perkasa, an organisation that she was supposed to have never joined.

Whether Dyana’s mother had or had not joined (or is still a member of) Perkasa is not an issue because it is not her mother who is contesting the by-election. After all, Shahrir Samad, the brother of Khalid Samad, the PAS supremo for Shah Alam, is not only a senior Umno member but was once even a member of the Cabinet.

So the issue of what organisation or political party a member of your family joins should not be an issue that we waste time discussing. After all, Malaysia is a democracy that allows freedom of association. So whom you associate with is your business (unless it is a terrorist organisation).

What is of concern is the fact that something denied just six days ago has now been confirmed as true. Hence an untruth was told to fool the voters of Teluk Intan. That should be what has to be of concern.

Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud has spoken out against UiTM, a university that gave her an education. She would not be where she is today if not because of UiTM and now she is opposed to the very institution that allowed her a place under the Malaysian sun.

Is this fair to millions of other Malays who over the next few decades would need the same opportunities that Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud received? This is just like trying to shut the door to others after you have got in.

Today, spurred by what Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud said, opposition supporters are even questioning Article 153 of the Constitution and are asking whether this Article allows institutions such as UiTM to exist. In other words, is UiTM a violation of Malaysia’s Constitution?

The Chinese are vilifying Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah and are calling him a traitor to his race plus are saying that he is suffering from an identity crisis. If any Malay were to accuse Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud of the same thing he or she would be called a racist.

Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud is who she is because she was a recipient of a UiTM education. And now she is proposing that other Malays who come after her should be denied what she benefited. Would she be talking the same way if she were stuck in a kampung looking after chickens because she was not allowed a tertiary education?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BOLEHKAH DYANA SOFYA MEMBERI REAKSI YANG JUJUR?

Oleh SSK

Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) perlu kekal sebagai satu-satunya institusi Melayu, kata Pro Canselor Tan Sri Dr Abdul Rahman Arshad.

Tan Sri Dr Rahman mengulas gesaan calon DAP dalam pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Teluk Intan Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud agar peluang samarata diberikan kepada semua untuk memasuki institusi pengajian tinggi awam di negara ini.

Justeru itu, Tan Sri Dr Rahman berhujah bahawa UiTM ditubuhkan berdasarkan peruntukan Perkara 153 Perlembagaan Persekutuan Malaysia dan seterusnya menekankan bahawa hak atau keistimewaan Bumiputera tidak harus dipersoalkan.

Jelas sekali, ini merupakan taktik DAP untuk meraih sokongan pengundi Cina yang kini berada di persimpangan jalan sama ada menyokong DAP atau Barisan Nasional (BN) pada pilihan raya kecil itu. Bagaimanapun, strategi kempen yang menyentuh isu sensitif bakal mengundang risiko kerana kemungkinan ia akan merubah senario kepada persaingan Melayu lawan Cina atau bukan Melayu. 
 
Sebelum ini, Dyana Sofya telah membuat kenyataan mengenai Hudud -- Undang-Undang Syariah Islam. Dalam kenyataan itu, yang Malaysiakini muatkan di Youtube, Dyana Sofya menunjukkan dia menentang Hudud kerana itulah pendirian parti yang diwakilinya.

Hari ini Dyana Sofya enggan mengulas mengenai perkara itu mungkin kerana menyedari komennya sebelum ini tidak memberi impak yang diharapkan.

Pilihan raya atau pilihan raya kecil merupakan platform dan peluang untuk calon-calon untuk menerangkan dasar dan ideologi parti mereka kepada pengundi. Disinilah mereka memperjelaskan kepada pengundi tentang pendirian parti. Mereka tidak sepatutnya memberitahu kepada pengundi "tidak mahu memberi komen" apabila ditanya tentang sesuatu perkara kerana ia bermakna mereka tidak bersifat terbuka dan menyembunyikan sesuatu perkara dari pengetahuan pengundi.

Jika DAP tidak bersetuju dengan peruntukan Perkara 153 dan UiTM sebagai sebuah institusi Melayu, dan menentang usaha PAS menggunapakai undang-undang Islam, maka ini perlu dinyatakan dengan jelas supaya pengundi akan tahu pendirian parti yang mereka undi.

Adalah tidak jujur bagi parti untuk meminta sokongan daripada pengundi tetapi enggan menyatakan pendirian sebenar mengenai isu-isu yang sensitif seperti Perkara 153, UiTM dan Hudud.

CAN WE HAVE AN HONEST RESPONSE, PLEASE?

By SSK

Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) should remain a Malay-only institution, said its pro-chancellor, Tan Sri Dr Abdul Rahman Arshad.

Tan Sri Dr Rahman was responding to a call by DAP's Teluk Intan by-election candidate, Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, for equal access to public institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.

Tan Sri Dr Rahman argued that UiTM was set up based on Article 153 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia and stressed that Bumiputera privileges should not be questioned.

 This is clearly a move by DAP to court the Chinese voters who are said to be divided as to whether to vote for DAP or Barisan Nasional in the by-election. However, to touch sensitive matters such as UiTM and Article 153 of the Constitution is a very risky strategy because this just turns the campaign into a Malay versus non-Malay contest.

Dyana Sofya had also earlier made a statement regarding the Islamic Sharia law of Hudud. In that statement, which Malaysiakini published on Youtube, Dyana Sofya indicated that she is opposed to Hudud, as this is her party’s stand.

Today she refused to comment on the matter, probably realising that her earlier comment was counter-productive.

An election or by-election is the platform and opportunity for candidates to explain their party’s policy and ideology to the voters. This is where you inform the voters as to what your party’s stand is. You cannot tell the voters you refuse to comment about this or that when asked because that would mean you are not being open and are hiding certain things from the voters.

If DAP is opposed to Article 153 and UiTM as a Malay-only institution, plus you is opposed to PAS pushing for Islamic laws, then this must be very clearly stated so that the voters will know the stand of the party they are being asked to vote for.

It is dishonest for the party to ask the voters for their votes but then refuse to tell the voters what their stand is regarding very sensitive issues like Article 153, UiTM and Hudud.

Monday, May 19, 2014

DAP UTAMAKAN ISU BANGSA UNTUK MERAIH SOKONGAN

Oleh SSK
Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud , calon DAP bagi Teluk Intan pilihan raya kini muncul sebagai orang penting yang mula menarik perhatian ramai.  Dia bukan saja muda tetapi mempunyi paras rupa yang menawan. Bagaimanapun,  apa yang lebih penting bagi DAP ialah Dyana Sofya berbangsa Melayu.

Mengapa hakikat dia berbangsa Melayu begitu penting? Mengapa perlu memberi penekanan kepada perkara itu dan menggunakannya sebagai faktor tarikan kepada pengundi ? Jika dia berbangsa Cina atau India, adakah dia seorang calon yang kurang baik? Persoalannya sekarang ialah andaikan Dyana Sofya bukan Melayu, adakah DAP memilihnya untuk bertanding dalam pilihan raya kecil itu ?
  
Jelas sekali DAP dan Pakatan Rakyat terlalu memberi penekanan kepada isu bangsa calon yang diketengahkan. Mengapa ia begitu penting untuk menonjolkan Dyana Sofya adalah Melayu dan bukan Cina, India atau apa sahaja?

Mereka juga kerap mengutarakan perkara ini terutama peristiwa lampau yang pernah diperjuangkan oleh Lim Guan Eng.

"Lim Guan Eng bukan seorang yang bersifat perkauman," kata mereka sambil berhujah bahawa buktinya ialah Guan Eng masuk penjara kerana membela nasib seorang gadis Melayu yang ada kaitan dengan kes pertuduhan terhadap Rahim Thambi Chik .

Sebenarnya Guan Eng tidak didakwa atas kesalahan membela nasib gadis Melayu tersebut. Jadi mengapa perlu mereka terus mengingatkan kita tentang perkara itu. Guan Eng ditahan, didakwa dan disabit kesalahan atas tuduhan hasutan. Beliau tetap juga ditahan, didakwa dan disabit kesalahan hasutan meskipun gadis terbabit Melayu, Cina, India atau bangsa lain. 

Kita dapat melihat fokus DAP ialah soal bangsa gadis tersebut dan bukan kesalahan yang dilakukan. Tindakan DAP memainkan "isu Guan Eng masuk penjara untuk perjuangkan nasib seorang gadis Melayu " memberi gambaran bahawa isu Guan Eng dipenjara adalah kerana gadis itu adalah seorang gadis Melayu tetapi bukan itu yang sebenarnya berlaku.

DAP terus memberitahu kita bahawa ia adalah parti berbilang bangsa. Parti berbilang bangsa pun masih berasaskan kaum . Kita tidak boleh mengelak daripada dikenali sebagai parti perkauman walaupun parti itu parti berbilang bangsa. Bagaimanapun, jika DAP mendakwa diri sebagai sebuah parti bukan berasaskan kaum - maka ia menjadi perkara yang lain sama sekali.

Namun begitu, DAP tidak menyatakan ia sebuah parti bukan berasaskan kaum kerana DAP tahu ia tidak boleh lari daripada kenyataan. Sebab itu, DAP mendakwa sebagai parti berbilang bangsa atau kaum, sekaligus bermakna ia masih sebuah parti berasaskan kaum iaitu lebih daripada satu kaum. Jadi tindakan politik DAP yang terus memainkan isu Guan Eng dan calonnya di Teluk Intan seorang Melayu menunjukkan DAP adalah parti yang lebih mengutamakan kaum dan melihat atau mengambil kira semua perkara, termasuk pemilihan calon dari sudut perkauman.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

DAP FOCUSES TOO MUCH ON RACE

By SSK

Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, DAP’s candidate for the Teluk Intan by-election, is being touted as the greatest thing since the invention of apple pie. She is young. She has the looks. However, most importantly of all, as far as DAP is concerned, she is Malay.

Why is the fact that she is Malay so important? Why the need to emphasis that point and use that as the selling factor? If she were Chinese or Indian would that have made her a lesser candidate? More importantly, I suppose, would be the question: if she were not Malay would DAP have chosen her to contest the by-election?

DAP and Pakatan Rakyat are putting too much emphasis on her race. They are making it appear like that is most important. Why is it so important that she is Malay and not Chinese, Indian or whatever?

They also very frequently bring this point up regarding Lim Guan Eng. “Lim Guan Eng is not a racist,” they will argue, “and the proof is because he went to jail for a Malay girl.” They are, or course, talking about the Rahim Thambi Chik case.

Guan Eng was not charged for the crime of defending a Malay girl. So why keep reminding us that the girl is Malay? Guan Eng was arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced for the crime of sedition. He would have still been arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced for the crime of sedition even if the girl was Chinese, Indian or from any other race.

We can see that the focus here is on the race of the girl and not on the crime that was allegedly committed. And the frequent reference to the fact that Guan Eng ‘went to jail for a Malay girl’ gives the impression that this whole issue of Guan Eng getting jailed was because the girl was a Malay girl. But then this is not what happened.

DAP keeps telling us that it is a multi-racial party. Multi-racial is still racial. You cannot avoid being called a racial party even if you are a multi-racial party. The only thing is you talk in terms of multi-race rather than single-race. However, if DAP claims to be a non-raced-based party then that would be another thing altogether.

But DAP does not say it is a non-raced-based party because it knows it can never get away with that. So it claims it is a multi-racial party, which means it is still racial but more than one race. And the frequent reference to Guan Eng going to jail for a Malay girl and that its candidate in Teluk Intan is Malay shows that DAP is very race-centric and looks at everything in terms of race.

Friday, May 16, 2014

NAJIB'S UNFORTUNATE INHERITANCE

By SSK

Malaysian Airlines has been losing billions over the last three years and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that it might be too late to save the national flag carrier in its current form.

In an interview with the The Wall Street Journal published yesterday, the Prime Minister said that bankruptcy might be among several options as a way to restructure the national airlines after years of losses and bitter conflicts with its labour unions.

This appears to be a huge problem that is about to erupt even before the missing plane, flight MH370, can be solved and which some say may never be solved or, even if it is, may take years before it can. MAS is not just an airline company. It is our national pride. So can we allow MAS to just be killed off?

Then we have the recent political crisis in Terengganu, which the Prime Minister just about solved. On top of that we have the ‘Allah word’ and ‘Hudud law’ controversy, which is festering and which no one knows what is going to be the end game. And I do not even want to discuss the Anwar Ibrahim ‘Sodomy 2’ controversy, called ‘Sodomy 2’ because there was also a ‘Sodomy 1’.

Najib is being slammed and is being blamed for his ‘weak’ leadership in handling all these matters. What many appear to have conveniently forgotten is that Najib inherited all these controversies and problems. Najib did not start these controversies and problems. They are all a legacy of someone else and were left to Najib to solve.

MAS’s problems first started when the airline company was ‘sold’ to Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli. According to papers filed in court, when the government bought back the company from Tajudin, MAS had already lost billions.

And why, in the first place, was MAS sold to Tajudin? Well, also according to papers filed in court, MAS was sold to show a profit so that this profit could cover an earlier huge loss on FOREX trading. Hence they had to show a profit by selling MAS and to cover this loss.

This happened long before Najib became Prime Minister and MAS has never been able to recover from this ever since. The badly planned expansion of the airline company to unprofitable routes, not to make money but to give an impression that MAS was aggressive, did not help matters either. This move was merely a public relations exercise with no guarantee of success.

The various controversies regarding Islam was also something inherited from the previous administration. PAS was challenged by the then Prime Minister to not be hypocritical and to do what they promised: implement Hudud. So, due to this challenge from the Prime Minister, PAS did exactly that: table a Hudud bill in both the Kelantan and Terengganu State Assemblies.

In short, Hudud was used as a political one-upmanship. This further made matters worse when the Sharia and civil law courts were given equal status, which created a lot of confusion and ambiguity in the legal system until we no longer know which court has precedence over which. And this was done by the earlier administration as well, long before Najib’s time.

The recent Terengganu crisis is another inherited problem. Back in 2008, before Najib’s time, the popular Idris Jusoh (who gave Umno a two-thirds majority in the Terengganu State Assembly in 2004) was ousted in favour of Ahmad Said, who did not have the support of Umno Terengganu and almost lost the state.

The reason this happened was because the Palace was not happy. And the Palace was not happy because Terengganu’s Oil Royalty had been withdrawn in 2000 and was replaced with Goodwill Money or Wang Ehsan. This Wang Ehsan was then placed directly under the Prime Minister’s Department and it was promised that when Umno takes back Terengganu the Oil Royalty would be reinstated.

Well, in 2004, Umno did take back Terengganu and Idris Jusoh was made the Menteri Besar. However, Terengganu’s Oil Royalty was not reinstated and still remained under the Prime Minister’s Department. And this upset the Palace although this was no fault of Idris Jusoh but the doings of the Federal government.

And the same for the ‘Sodomy 2’ issue, a continuation of ‘Sodomy 1’, a controversy started before Najib became Prime Minister and, just like in the case of MAS, the Allah word, Hudud, Terengganu, and so on, had been left to Najib to solve.

If we want to blame Najib for all these problems and accuse him of his so-called weak handling of these issues then we would also have to take note that these issues would not be around if not for the fact that the administration before Najib made certain decisions that resulted in all these problems.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A STORM IN A TEACUP

By SSK

The opposition is trying to paint the recent Terengganu episode as a crisis. In fact, they are even labelling it a Constitutional Crisis and are equating it to the Perak crisis of five years ago when the Pakatan Rakyat state government lost power due to three crossovers, two from PKR and one from DAP.

 Actually, it was merely a storm in a teacup and a minor misunderstanding that was easily resolved.

 What happened was that it was agreed a year ago soon after the 5th May 2013 general election that the Menteri Besar, Ahmad Said, would stay on for just another year and then resign to make way for his replacement. And that would make his resignation affective from 5th May 2014.

 Mat Said, as he is popularly called, however, had scheduled his daughter’s wedding for 10th May 2014. Hence Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak postponed his resignation to the day after that.

 What the Prime Minister did not realise is that there was to be as second ceremony a week later, that is on 17th May 2014.

 For Malays, a daughter’s wedding is very important, as the girl’s family must ‘play host’. It is not so crucial for the boy’s family and they can also hold a second ceremony later or not hold one at all if they so wish.

 Hence many would regard Mat Said’s resignation as a slap in his face because it happened in between the two wedding ceremonies. For that matter, any Malay would view this as a form of insult.

 The prime Minister has since apologised for confusion in date of wedding and has, in fact, indicated that he would be attending the wedding. There is no better gesture than this and the Prime Minister acted in a most diplomatic manner, contrary to what some say in that the Prime Minister had not acted diplomatically enough.

 It is also Malay culture that the greatest honour you can give someone is to attend his or her child’s wedding. It has been known that people who have been enemies for years have turned friends just because one attended the other child’s wedding.

 If Pakatan Rakyat is hoping that this so-called ‘crisis’ is going to leave the field open for a change of government this may just be wishful thinking and if it does happen it will certainly not be because of a mix-up in wedding dates.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

AHMAD SAID'S SELF INFLICTED WOUND

By SSK

Three Umno assemblymen in Terengganu have quit the party to become independent assemblymen, which could possibly leave the state with a hung state legislative assembly.

Former Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, who is Kijal assemblyman, was the first to quit followed by Ajil assemblyman, Ghazali Taib, and Bukit Besi assemblyman, Roslee Daud, who all quit the party last night just hours after Seberang Takir assemblyman, Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman, was sworn in as the new Mentri Besar of Terengganu.

Ahmad Said came in as Menteri Besar in 2008 amongst a lot of controversy. Idris Jusoh was still quite popular at that time but His Highness the Sultan wanted Ahmad Said over Idris Jusoh so Umno had no choice but to relent and agree to the change of Menteri Besar (but not before a most controversial and first ever anti-Sultan demonstration was held).

In the May 2013 general election, Barisan Nasional won only 17 of the 32 state seats against 15 that Pakatan Rakyat won. Out of the eight Parliament seats, PAS won four (Kuala Nerus, Kuala Terengganu, Marang and Dungun) and Umno also won four (Besut, Setiu, Hulu Terengganu and Kemaman).

This means it was a 50:50 situation and PAS is very confident that in the next general election they can maintain the 50:50 situation for Parliament seats and reverse the 15:17 loss to a 17:15 win, or maybe even better.

Ahmad Said has attracted further controversy along the way after spending more than RM1 billion on the Sultan’s new palace in Cendering. It was not so much the palace that was the issue but the manner in which the more than RM1 billion was spent.

For example, the palace front door itself was rumoured to have cost RM500,000 and was awarded on a negotiated contract basis. Hence there was no transparency in the managing of this project and no one knows how the money was spent.

Recently, Terengganu spent RM25 million to buy an interest in a chicken franchise in the United Kingdom called Chicken Cottage (Read here: http://terengganudaily.com/terengganu-take-over-united-kingdom-halal-fast-food-restaurants/). The business community in the UK says that the state overpaid by RM10 million.

All these controversies do not augur well for Umno and this may help prove PAS correct that it can win the state in the coming general election if Ahmad Said continues to head the state. Hence Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has no choice but to change the Menteri Besar before the Terengganu voters decide to change the government.

Anyway, it was agreed that Ahmad Said would stay on as Menteri Besar for just another year after the May 2013 general election. Ahmad Said knew that he would be replaced within a year and he had agreed to it. The only issue that Ahmad Said raised is that he wanted the Prime Minister to delay this replacement until after his daughter’s wedding this weekend. And when the Prime Minister did not agree Ahmad Said decided to trigger the current crisis in Terengganu.

That, unfortunately, is the level of party loyalty Ahmad Said has demonstrated. He has placed his personal interests above the interests of the party. Maybe it is good that this happens now rather than closer to the coming general election. And Ahmad Said’s action just proves that the Prime Minister did the right thing in replacing him.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

ISU HUDUD: WASPADA PERANGKAP POLITIK PAS

Oleh SSK

HARI ini, Pas dilapor membatalkan hasrat untuk membawa Rang Undang-Undang Persendirian (Hudud) di Dewan Rakyat pada persidangan Parlimen bulan Jun 2014. 

Alasannya, menunggu Jawatankuasa Teknikal antara kerajaan Pusat dan Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan untuk meneliti dan mengemukakan cadangan tindakan ke arah pelaksanaan Kanun Jenayah Syariah (II) 1993 Kelantan.

Saya melihat perkembangan ini sebagai satu lagi helah politik Pas. Punca sebenarnya adalah tekanan daripada DAP, sekutu Pas dalam Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

Dalam entri saya pada 13 April lepas, saya sudah membayangkan bahawa sandiwara Pas membangkitkan semula isu hudud ini tidak akan berakhir dengan `happy-ending' sebagaimana filem-filem Bollywood. Ini kerana sejak awal lagi, pendirian DAP begitu jelas. Tidak akan menyokong hudud.

Bukan rahsia lagi, isu hudud ini sekadar mainan politik Pas sejak dulu. Apabila sepi, ia akan dibangkitkan. Apabila kontroversi timbul, hudud muncul mengalihkan perhatian. Demikianlah hudud dalam diari Pas. Demi survival politik kepartian.

Sebab itu, Umno kena berhati-hati agar tidak terperangkap dengan permainan politik Pas ini.  Kerana Pas pada akhirnya akan mempersalahkan Umno dan Kerajaan Pusat jika Jawatankuasa Teknikal gagal mencari kata sepakat, sehingga menyebabkan pelaksanaan undang-undang tidak menjadi kenyataan.

Mengambil kira tentangan DAP terhadap hudud, Pas akan mencari helah untuk tidak bersetuju terhadap apapun rumusan Jawatankuasa Teknikal. Pas akan berusaha menggagalkan kejayaan pelaksanaan hudud ini, tapi ia tidak mahu dilihat sebagai puncanya. Inilah permainan politik Pas.

Dalam hal ini, keputusan Pas membatalkan hasrat membentangkan rang undang-undang itu di Parlimen adalah satu percubaan untuk memerangkap Umno.

Umum mengetahui bahawa Pas sebenarnya sudah akur dengan telunjuk DAP kerana terhutang budi dengan parti itu yang menyokong ramai calon Pas dalam PRU-13 sehingga jumlah Ahli Parlimennya bertambah.

Umno mesti melihat perkembangan terbaru ini dari pelbagai sudut, bukan dari hadapan saja, tapi juga dari sisi lain. 

Hudud adalah hukum Allah dan persoalan yang biasa dibahaskan ialah sama ada suasana sudah kondusif untuk melaksanakannya di sesebuah negara. Ini pertimbangan utama, jauh mengatasi pertimbangan politik atau sandiwara yang diulang tayang oleh Pas.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

SALLEH BIDAS PEMUDA MCA DAN PERTAHAN KM

KOTA BELUD: Timbalan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Sabah Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak membidas kenyataan pemuda MCA yang mempersoalkan kesungguhan kerajaan melalui Kawasan Keselamatan Khas Pantai Timur Sabah (ESSCOM) untuk mempertahankan kedaulatan dan keselamatan rakyat Sabah, khususnya di Zon Selamat Timur Sabah (ESSZONE).
Sambil menyifatkan seruan pemuda MCA supaya ESSCOM ditutup atau dibubarkan susulan kes penculikan di Pulau Baik Isnin lepas sebagai tidak bertanggungjawab, beliau berkata kenyataan itu tidak memberi penyelasaian kepada masalah yang  dihadapi seperti kata pepatah " kerana seekor nyamok kelambu dibakar".
Salleh yang juga Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah berkata pemuda MCA juga seolah memperlekehkan pengorbanan dan sumbangan anggota keselamatan dan pertahanan yang bertungkus lumus menjaga keselamatan dan keamanan di bawah pengawasan ESSCOM.
“Jelas sekali, pemuda MCA kelihatan tidak memahami  bagaimana sistem kerajaan berfungsi termasuk organisasi ESSCOM. Ketua Menteri (Datuk Seri Musa Aman) selaku pengerusi ESSCOM memantau sendiri keadaan ini dan adalah tidak adil bagi MCA untuk mempersalahkan beliau (Musa).
  “MCA sepatutnya memahami fungsi dan peranan ESSCOM serta memahami keadaan sebenar  keselamatan di kawasan pantai timur sebelum mengeluarkan apa-apa kenyataan yang tidak bertanggungjawab.  katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri pertandingan menembak anjuran Angkatan Relawan Malaysia (RELA) dekat sini, hari ini.
Salleh berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas kenyataan Ketua Pemuda MCA pusat Chong Sin Woon yang mencadangkan ESSCOM ditutup (shut down) dan memberikan kuasa penuh kepada Majlis Keselamatan Negara untuk mengurus isu keselamatan di Sabah, terutama kes penculikan.
Chong juga dipetik sebagai berkata bahawa Ketua Menteri sepatutnya bertanggungjawab ke atas isu keselamatan di negeri ini dan kejadian penculikan yang berlaku di ESSZONE.
"Kenyataan Pemuda MCA itu bersifat peribadi dan tidak masuk akal,” kata Salleh.
Mengenai saranan pemuda MCA agar Kementerian Pertahanan mengambil alih ESSCOM, Salleh berkata 
ESSCOM kini dianggotai pasukan dari Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM), Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) dan Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM).
  “Dalam unit pasukan keselamatan dan pertahanan iaitu ATM, PDRM dan APMM, agensi itu masing-masing mempunyai pengarah operasinya sendiri.
  “Tanggapan MCA ESSCOM tidak membabitkan tentera adalah tidak betul. Jadi soal ESSCOM diletakkan di ATM sama sekali tidak timbul. Peranan ESSCOM lebih kepada menyelaras operasi pelbagai agensi ini, sekali gus meningkatkan kerjasama dan kolaborasi," katanya.
ESSCOM ditubuhkan 1 April tahun lepas susulan pencerobohan pengganas Sulu di Tanduo, Lahad Datu.

Friday, May 9, 2014

DAP BERTINDAK `PENYERANG' BUKAN MANGSA POLITIK PERKAUMAN

Oleh SSK

Setahun selepas pilihan raya umum Mei 2013, negara kita nampaknya terperangkap dengan permainan isu perkauman dan agama yang kini semakin meruncing sehingga mengheret institusi diraja ke kancah pemikiran yang sempit.

Keadaan ini lebih ketara di Semenanjung Malaysia berbanding di Sabah dan Sarawak yang lebih aman dan harmoni. Walaupun Sabah dan Sarawak mempunyai pelbagai kumpulan etnik dan agama, namun kedua-dua negeri ini tidak pernah mengalami rusuhan kaum dan perbalahan agama seperti yang pernah berlaku di Semenanjung.

Dalam hal ini, adalah sangat mudah untuk menyalahkan satu pihak atau pihak lain tetapi jika kita benar-benar jujur maka kita harus mengakui bahawa kedua-dua pihak sama-sama bersalah dalam kemelut ini.

Oleh itu, rakyat pelbagai kaum dan agama di negara ini perlu sama-sama meredakan keadaan atau menurunkan nada retorik bagi memastikan ia tidak sampai ke tahap di luar kawalan.

Jika keadaan sudah semakin teruk dan jika tidak diperbetulkan, maka ia sudah terlambat untuk mengekang perkara yang tidak diingini.

Pembangkang sering menyalahkan Umno kerana memulakan kemelut ini, namun kita harus ingat bahawa Umno adalah parti nasionalis Melayu yang mendokong Islam.

Oleh itu, sudah tentu ada sahaja perbincangan yang menyentuh masa depan orang Melayu dan kesucian agama Islam tetapi ia tidak seharusnya ditafsir sebagai perkauman atau bercakap dalam bahasa perkauman.

Walaupun DAP mendakwa sebuah parti pelbagai kaum, secara fakta, DAP kelihatan lebih mengutamakan kaum Cina atau Chinese-centric dan perjuangannya juga nampak lebih tertumpu kepada isu-isu Cina. DAP kelihatan seperti sebuah parti Cina iaitu lebih tertonjol daripada MCA.

Menuduh Umno mengapi-apikan isu perkauman dan pada masa yang sama DAP memainkan isu-isu bangsa atau perkauman adalah perbuatan nakal. DAP sentiasa bermain politik dengan memaparkan parti itu sebagai mangsa dan menggunakannya sebagai mekanisme pertahanan pada hal parti itu sebenarnya yang sentiasa bertindak sebagai "penyerang" dan bukannya mangsa.

Apa yang kita lihat sekarang ialah Pakatan Rakyat sedang menghadapi pelbagai masalah dalaman dan masalah antara parti dalam pakatan itu sendiri. PKR berdepan pemilihan parti yang kucar kacir manakala hubungan DAP-PAS semakin renggang kerana tiada kesepakatan dalam isu Hudud.

Oleh kerana itu, DAP cuba mengalihkan perhatian orang ramai dari isu sebenar dan cuba menonjolkan kepada umum seolah Umno adalah punca semua masalah ini.

DAP: WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

By SSK 

Over the last one year since the May 2013 general election Malaysia has seen an escalation in issues related to race and religion, and which invariably and most unfortunately is dragging the Rulers into it as well.

This is more visible in Peninsula Malaysia than in Sabah and Sarawak, which has seen relative peace and harmony between those of different races and religions and never experienced race riots and religious discord the likes Peninsula Malaysia has seen.

It is very convenient to blame one side or the other for this but if we want to really be honest about this then we must admit that both sides are equally guilty of this crime.

Malaysians must really tone down this rhetoric because if it gets out of control and once we pass the point of no return it would by then be too late to prevent what we most certainly would not like to see.

While the opposition blames Umno for starting this we must remember that Umno is a Malay nationalist party that upholds Islam. Hence there would certainly be a certain amount of discussion regarding the future of the Malays and the sanctity of Islam, which should not be interpreted as racism or racist talk.

DAP claims to be a multi-racial party. However, DAP appears to be Chinese-centric and its perjuangan appears very focused on Chinese issues. DAP is looking more and more like a Chinese party, even more Chinese than MCA.

To accuse Umno of racism while DAP plays up issues of race is indeed mischievous. DAP always play the victim and uses this as a defence mechanism when in fact it is the aggressor rather than the victim.

Pakatan Rakyat is facing a lot of inter-party and intra-party problems. The PKR party election is in a mess and the DAP-PAS relationship is heading for the rocks because of Hudud.

Because of this DAP is trying to distract the public from the real issue and is trying to focus attention on Umno as if Umno is the cause of all these problems.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

KENAIKAN ROYALTI MINYAK: MEMAHAMI ASPIRASI RAKYAT SABAH DAN SARAWAK

Oleh SSK

SEJAK menjadi Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah, saya sentiasa menghadiri jemputan rakan sejawatan saya Speaker DUN Sarawak, Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, bagi istiadat perasmian persidangan DUN negeri itu. 

Pada 5 Mei lalu pun, saya hadir bersama Timbalan Speaker DUN Datuk Johnny Mositun ke istiadat perasmian persidangan DUN Sarawak.

Kali ini amat menarik kerana persidangan dirasmikan oleh TYT Sarawak yang baru, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud dan kerajaan negeri pula dipimpin oleh Ketua Menteri yang baru, Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

Majlis amat menarik dan penuh istiadat. Ketika jamuan tengah hari, saya duduk di meja utama bersama-sama TYT, Ketua Menteri, Speaker dan seorang Timbalan Ketua Menteri Tan Sri Alfred Jabu. Kami bersembang dan berbual. Cukup mesra. Apatah lagi semua mereka yang duduk semeja adalah kenalan saya secara peribadi.

Apa yang saya perhatikan, pimpinan kerajaan Sarawak komited dan sepakat dalam semua perkara, termasuk berkaitan pentadbiran.

Ini dapat dilihat menerusi peralihan kuasa dan kepimpinan yang saya kira begitu menarik dan sungguh teratur.  Pemimpin-pemimpin BN Sarawak mengutamakan kepentingan rakyat Sarawak dan sentiasa bersatu dalam isu-isu melibatkan hak dan kepentingan Sarawak.

Mereka mengamalkan politik pembangunan hasil perjuangan Pehin Sri Taib. Mereka turut mengamalkan pendekatan perundingan atau musyawarah dengan Kerajaan Persekutuan berkaitan hak Sarawak serta hubungan antara negeri-Pusat.

Demikianlah yang berlaku dalam persidangan DUN Sarawak kali ini.  Usul mengenai isu royalti minyak  untuk Sarawak diluluskan sebulat suara dan disokong semua pihak, termasuk pembangkang pada Selasa lepas.

Usul itu antara lain memohon Kerajaan Persekutuan menambah bayaran royalti minyak dan gas kepada Sarawak daripada lima peratus sekarang kepada 20 peratus.

Ia dibentang Abdullah Saidol (BN-Semop) dan mendapat sokongan sebulat suara daripada 68 anggota dewan yang hadir.

Ketika membentangkan usul tersebut, Abdullah berkata semakan semula bayaran royalti itu akan membolehkan negeri ini mendapat hasil tambahan untuk disalurkan secara khusus bagi melaksanakan pembangunan luar bandar.

"Sudah tentu Kerajaan Persekutuan akan mendengar dan menerima permohonan kami ini kerana kami, sebagai Barisan Nasional Negeri, adalah rakan akrab mereka, yang mempunyai wakil majoriti dalam kerajaan yang memerintah sekarang," katanya.

Abdullah berkata semakan semula bayaran royalti itu akan membolehkan Sarawak mempercepatkan rentak pembangunannya agar setanding dengan tempat lain yang sudah maju di Semenanjung.

Sementara itu, Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa), ketika menyokong usul itu menyuarakan harapannya agar tambahan royalti yang diterima kelak akan diguna secara telus, adil dan saksama.
"Melalui sokongan kuat sebulat suara dewan ini, (kejayaan mendapat bayaran royalti lebih tinggi) boleh memberi manfaat besar kepada Sarawak," katanya.

Langkah Sarawak memohon kenaikan kadar royalti minyak ini memancarkan ketegasan pimpinan negeri itu, khususnya Tan Sri Adenan sebagai penerajunya, untuk membawa kemajuan dan kemakmuran untuk rakyat.

Sejak awal lagi, Tan Sri Adenan memberi bayangan sama, yakni kenaikan royalti minyak perlu bagi membawa pembangunan lebih pesat untuk negeri itu.

Konteks yang sama juga relevan buat Sabah. Banyak persamaan antara kita. Barangkali elok bagi pemimpin kedua-dua negeri mengadakan perjumpaan formal atau tidak formal dari semasa ke semasa. Sebagai  dua negeri yang berada di Malaysia Timur, tidak salah bagi kita berunding demi kepentingan negeri dan negara.

Realitinya, memohon kenaikan royalti bukan bererti `menentang' atau `berkonfrantasi' dengan Kerajaan Pusat. Ia adalah proses mengemukakan kehendak serta aspirasi rakyat di Sabah dan Sarawak.

Di sebalik keunikan dan keindahan sosiobudaya, Sabah dan Sarawak mempunyai kekuatan dan kelebihan dari segi sosiopolitik. Kita adalah pendokong utama kerajaan pimpinan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, dan yakin Kuala Lumpur memahami aspirasi rakyat di kedua-dua negeri ini.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

BERSIKAP ANJAL MEMIMPIN, BUKAN DAJAL SIFATNYA

Oleh SSK

PAGI ini (Selasa), saya diundang menjadi tetamu program Jasa di radio SabahFM. Mereka memaklumkan saya sehari sebelum itu ketika saya baru sampai di Kota Kinabalu. Mereka beritahu, topiknya berkaitan politik alaf baru. Saya pun beri persetujuan.

  Ketika berada di konti Sabah FM, saya memperjelaskan pengertian politik alaf baru, cabaran politik semasa dan kepemimpinan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

  Saya katakan bahawa dalam menghadapi politik alaf baru ini, setiap pemimpin harus bersikap anjal dalam memimpin,  bukan dajal sifatnya. Anjal bermakna seseorang pemimpin boleh menyesuaikan diri dengan keadaan dan persekitaran atau fleksibel dan tetap berprinsip.

  Adalah penting bagi setiap pemimpin mempunyai prinsip yang teguh dalam perjuangannya. Berprinsip dalam konteks boleh menyesuaikan diri dengan keadaan.

  Dalam temuramah itu, saya juga jelaskan bahawa Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mengamalkan politik alaf baru, yakni bersifat terbuka dan menyediakan banyak wadah bagi rakyat meluahkan pandangan atau rintihan. Beliau mendengar keluh-kesah di akar-umbi menerusi pelbagai saluran yang ada.

  Yang jelas lagi, Datuk Seri Najib mengamalkan politik muafakat yang menjadikan beliau berjaya menambat hati rakyat. Beliau bersandar politik universal yang memahami aspirasi terkini, termasuk denyut nadi golongan anak muda, selain mengamalkan politik mengutamakan hak-hak asasi rakyat.

  Kesimpulannya, program temuramah Jasa di radio Sabah FM itu sesuatu yang boleh memberi pencerahan mengenai isu-isu politik semasa.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

PKR DILANDA SINDROM MENGEJAR JAWATAN

Oleh SSK

PERGOLAKAN jelas melanda Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) khususnya berkaitan proses pemilihan pemimpin yang bermula sejak seminggu lalu. Hari-hari ada saja cerita tentang ketidakpuasan hati. Semuanya menjurus kepada perebutan jawatan di pelbagai peringkat.

Terbaru di Sungai Petani, Kedah,  proses pengundian bagi pemilihan pemimpin PKR kawasan itu terpaksa ditangguhkan, selepas nama seorang calon yang bertanding  jawatan Ketua AMK Cabang Sungai Petani `lesap' dan lawannya diisytiharkan menang tanpa bertanding.

Sebelum itu, proses pemilihan PKR Cabang Batang Sadong, Sarawak turut dipertikai dan keputusannya terpaksa dibatalkan berikutan timbul dakwaan berlaku kegiatan manipulasi undi semasa bekalan elektrik terputus di tempat mengundi.

Pertikaian turut berlaku bagi jawatan tertinggi, khususnya Timbalan Presiden yang menjadi tumpuan ramai -- sama ada dalam PKR sendiri, dalam sekutu Pakatan Rakyat mahupun penganalisaan politik dan masyarakat netizen -- sehinggakan ada dakwaan mengatakan berlaku kegiatan manipulasi undi.

Perhatian menjurus kepada jawatan Timbalan Presiden kerana ia memberi gambaran terhadap aspirasi perjuangan Anwar Ibrahim dan Dr Wan Azizah Ismail.

Penyandang Timbalan Presiden, Azmin Ali, yang dikatakan menjadi `favourite' pasangan suami-isteri yang mengemudi PKR itu, sudah jauh mendahului Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim dan Datuk Saifuddin Nasution.

Tetapi Azmin dikaitkan dengan kegiatan memanipulasi undi dalam pe­milihan parti itu yang sedang berlangsung.

Sebagai orang politik, saya turut mengikuti perkembangan yang berlaku dalam PKR. Bagi saya, pergolakan yang berlaku ini semuanya menjurus kepada keinginan mendapat jawatan, tempat dan kedudukan.

Nyata PKR kini dilanda sindrom mengejar jawatan, untuk dijadikan `tiket' mencapai kedudukan.

Tumpuan menghala kepada persaingan antara Azmin dan Khalid. Ia bukan rahsia lagi. Kedua-dua mahu mengejar jawatan Nombor Dua dalam parti kerana ia menjadi `lesen besar'  untuk mendapat kedudukan dalam kerajaan negeri Selangor.

Khalid mengintai jawatan Timbalan Presiden untuk memperkukuhkan kedudukannya dalam parti, manakala Azmin mempertahan jawatan Timbalan Presiden untuk mengintai jawatan Menteri Besar Selangor, sedang Saifudin hadir dalam persaingan sekadar untuk mengurangkan sokongan buat Khalid.

Friday, May 2, 2014

THE GST ISSUE

By SSK

Malaysia’s population has just touched 30 million. However, only about 5.6% or 1.7 million of the country’s population pay income tax. This comes to just 14% of the 12 million employed Malaysians. This is very low and means that 5.6% of the country is supporting the other 94.4%.

No country can sustain its growth and development on this drastically imbalanced ratio. At the moment this may not be such a serious problem when we have oil and gas to help finance the county’s growth and development. But what will happen when this oil and gas runs out (and which will happen for sure)? How will we then finance the country’s growth and development?

We need to get more Malaysians to pay tax so that we do not have just 5.6% of the population paying tax for the benefit of the other 94.4%. Over the long term this is going to kill the country.

The issue, therefore, is not to oppose the GST or try to block its implementation. What we need to do is to make sure the GST is fair or fairer so that we distribute the task of paying tax in a more equitable manner.

Everyone has to share this burden of paying tax. The burden should not be placed on the shoulders of just 5.6% of the population. So how do we do this and make sure that some people who are less financially capable are not burdened while those who have the means end up paying pittance?

Because Malaysians are so focused on opposing the GST, no one is bothering to look at how to make it fair or fairer and not become a burden to the lower income Malaysians. This, I believe, is what politicians should be looking at because there is no way the government is not going to implement the GST unless we want to see Malaysia going broke 10 years or so from now.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

MALAYSIA IS FAR FROM GOING BANKRUPT

By SSK

The opposition leaders are going all over telling the people that Malaysia is going bankrupt. The picture they are painting is very bleak as if the country has only a few weeks left to live. Not only does the opposition sensationalise issues and tries to dramatise everything, they also do not tell the people the truth and distort a lot of things.

Why will the opposition not reveal that in 2013 Malaysia’s capital market touched RM2.7 trillion? The capital market, which is mainly bonds and equity, actually grew by 10.5% last year. Over the last two years, RM240 billion was raised through the capital market while the Islamic capital market grew by 8.8% to RM1.5 trillion with Syariah-compliant assets representing 56% of the overall capital market.

This is a remarkable performance by any standards and is a fact that is overlooked and probably intentionally ignored in the effort to undermine Malaysia and present the country as going to the dogs.

No doubt the opposition’s job is to show that it can govern the country better than the existing government. However, we should at least tell the people the truth and not mislead the people by telling them the opposite of what is actually going on.

The growth in the capital market and the RM2.7 trillion that the market is now seeing would not be possible if the country does not have the confidence of the investing public. And this confidence is built on fundamentals and not on political rhetoric, which the opposition is so fond of.