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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Apa bila Dr Mahathir bercakap mengenai berat sebelah


Salleh Said Keruak




Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mempertahankan Tony Pua terhadap dakwaan beliau yang berat sebelah dengan mengatakan bahawa seluruh PAC adalah berat sebelah.

Apa tujuan  Dr Mahathir membangkitkan isu Tony Pua berat sebelah apabila semua orang yang duduk dalam PAC juga berat sebelah? Jadi ia adalah ok untuk berat sebelah selama anda tidak adalah satu-satunya yang berat sebelah tetapi seluruh jawatankuasa itu berat sebelah. Ia hanya salah apabila anda adalah salah satu-satunya yang berat sebelah. Ini menjadi berbunyi sangat tidak logik.

Dr Mahathir juga kecewa bahawa Polis Thailand menahan Xavier Andre Justo. Dalam satu tangan Dr Mahathir menuntut kebenaran mengenai 1MDB didedahkan tetapi sebaliknya apabila terdapat percubaan tulen untuk mendapatkan kebenaran ini Dr Mahathir tidak gembira.

Mengapa Dr Mahathir cuba untuk melindungi Justo? Jika Justo tidak bersalah maka sesungguhnya polis Thai akan melepaskannya. Mengapa Dr Mahathir mencadangkan bahawa Justo adalah mangsa yang tidak bersalah? Adakah Dr Mahathir tahu sesuatu negara lain di dunia tidak? Atau adakah Dr Mahathir bimbang Justo mungkin melimpah kacang dan mengaitkan orang lain yang terlibat dalam jenayah ini?

Dr Mahathir mencadangkan bahawa polis Thai tidak boleh dipercayai. Ini bermakna Dr Mahathir insinuating bahawa polis Thai adalah rasuah. Kita perlu berhati-hati mengenai dakwaan itu dalam kes kita mulakan satu insiden diplomatik dengan negara jiran.

Saya masih ingat pada tahun 1998 apabila Dr Mahathir menjadi amat kecewa apabila wartawan asing menulis bahawa polis Malaysia tetap Anwar di atas tuduhan palsu atas arahan Perdana Menteri.

Bukankah apa yang Dr Mahathir melakukan perkara yang sama? Ia mula muncul seperti Dr Mahathir mempunyai lebih untuk menyembunyikan daripada 1MDB yang dia menuduh cuba untuk menyembunyikan kebenaran.

Jika Dr Mahathir mahu kebenaran maka hendaklah kita mencari kebenaran. Tetapi kebenaran itu perlu dicari cara yang betul dan bukan Dr Mahathir. Lagipun, dia tidak mempunyai monopoli pada kebenaran.

Friday, June 26, 2015

When Dr Mahathir talks about bias


Salleh Said Keruak




Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad defended Tony Pua against allegations of him being biased by saying that the entire PAC is biased. What Dr Mahathir means is why raise the issue of Tony Pua’s biasness when everyone who sits in the PAC is also biased?

So it is okay to be biased as long as you are not the only one who is biased but the entire committee is biased. It is only wrong when you are the only one who is biased.

This is becoming to sound very illogical.

Dr Mahathir is also upset that the Thai police arrested Xavier Andre Justo.

On the one hand Dr Mahathir demands that the truth regarding 1MDB be revealed but on the other hand when there are genuine attempts to seek this truth Dr Mahathir is not happy.

Why is Dr Mahathir trying to protect Justo? If Justo is innocent then surely the Thai police will release him. Why is Dr Mahathir suggesting that Justo is an innocent victim? Does Dr Mahathir know something the rest of the world does not? Or is Dr Mahathir worried that Justo might spill the beans and implicate others involved in this crime?

Dr Mahathir is suggesting that the Thai police cannot be trusted. That means Dr Mahathir is insinuating that the Thai police is corrupt.

We have to be very careful about such allegations in case we start a diplomatic incident with a neighbouring country. I remember back in 1998 when Dr Mahathir got very upset when foreign reporters wrote that the Malaysian police fixed Anwar up on fabricated charges at the behest of the Prime Minister.

Is not what Dr Mahathir doing exactly the same?

It is beginning to appear like Dr Mahathir has more to hide than the 1MDB he is accusing of trying to hide the truth. If Dr Mahathir wants the truth then let us seek the truth. But the truth needs to be sought the proper way and not Dr Mahathir’s way. After all, he does not have the monopoly on the truth.

DATUK NASRUN DILANTIK SETIAUSAHA AGUNG USBO YANG BARU

KOTA KINABALU: Ahli Parlimen Silam, Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansor, dilantik sebagai Setiausaha Agung Pertubuhan Bumis Bersatu Sabah (USBO) yang baru, berkuatkuasa mulai 1 Julai ini.
  
Presiden Usbo Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, ketika mengumumkannya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini berkata pelantikan itu adalah selaras dengan perubahan dalam USBO yang meminda perlembagaannya baru-baru ini.

Datu Nasrun, seorang peguam dan berbangsa Suluk, menggantikan Baharul Sawi yang dilantik sebagai Penolong Setiausaha Agung dalam penyusunan semula itu.

USBO yang merupakan ahli gabungan Barisan Nasional (BN) meminda perlembagaannya baru-baru ini, dan diluluskan oleh Jabatan Pendaftaran Pertubuhan menerusi surat bertarikh 27 Mei 2015.

Why is Dr Mahathir so worried?


Salleh Said Keruak



Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad asked as to why the Thai authorities are taking action against Xavier Andre Justo. “What makes me puzzled is that he didn't commit a crime in Thailand. He committed the crime in Saudi Arabia,” said Dr Mahathir.

Actually, under the Computer Crimes Act 1997, computer crimes are borderless -- just like terrorism, money laundering, drug trafficking, war crimes, etc. Dr Mahathir should know this since in 1997 he was still Malaysia’s Prime Minister.

The Computer Crimes Act 1997 says:

9. (1) The provisions of this Act shall, in relation to any person, whatever his nationality or citizenship, have effect outside as well as within Malaysia, and where an offence under this Act is committed by any person in any place outside Malaysia, he may be dealt with in respect of such offence as if it was committed at any place within Malaysia.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), this Act shall apply if, for the offence in question, the computer, program or data was in Malaysia or capable of being connected to or sent to or used by or with a computer in Malaysia at the material time.

So there is no such thing as jurisdiction in computer crimes, plus the other crimes mentioned above.

Dr Mahathir also suggested that the government sue Sarawak Report and The Edge if they had committed a crime by publishing false reports based on fabricated documents.

Why does the government need to do that? This matter is now the subject of an international criminal investigation and if a crime has been established then the government can consider civil action later on.

In the meanwhile let the criminal action take its course, as civil action can be the next option once a criminal act has been confirmed. Anyway, if Xavier Andre Justo is indicted and found guilty, that itself would vindicate the government and civil action would no longer be necessary since the truth would then be established.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Scam after scam after scam



Salleh Said Keruak



Pakatan Rakyat is guaranteed of forming the new federal government on 16th September 2008 because 30 Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament are going to cross over on that day, announced Anwar Ibrahim. That did not happen and no explanation was offered as to why.

Pakatan Rakyat lost the 2013 general election because there were blackouts all over the country during the vote counting and Anwar launches the ‘Blackout 505’ road shows all over Malaysia.

Then Pakatan Rakyat files 60 election petitions and not a single election petition mentions blackouts or raises the issue of 40,000 Bangladeshi voters who are supposed to have helped Barisan Nasional win the general election.

Today, Nga Kor Ming, the Chairman of DAP Perak, announced that Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin of PAS is still Pakatan Rakyat Perak’s Opposition Leader even though DAP and PAS have already officially cut ties and Pakatan Rakyat no longer exists.

The PKR President, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, then announced that even though Pakatan Rakyat has been deemed to have been dissolved, the cooperation and working relationship between PAS, DAP and PKR will still continue. “Our relationship still continues. In fact, chief minister Lim Guan Eng has also said that it is business as usual,” Wan Azizah told reporters.

DAP has demanded that Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali choose whether he wants DAP or he wants PAS as PKR’s partner in Selangor. With DAP, PKR would have only 28 seats in the Selangor State Assembly while, with PAS, PKR would still have just 28 seats in the Selangor State Assembly.

Whether Azmin chooses DAP or PAS, he will need to keep the government with traitors and crossovers from one of the two parties or he does a deal with Umno or Khalid Ibrahim. Meanwhile, Azmin is just smiling and is saying nothing and this morning he met HRH the Sultan of Selangor with no explanation as to what the meeting was about.

There is a limit to how much nonsense the rakyat can swallow and I think that limit had already been crossed when PKR launched the Kajang Move and they made that incredible announcement –- which is: the reason for the Kajang Move was not so that they can oust Khalid as MB but to prevent Pakatan Rakyat from falling in the event Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad manages to oust Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dr Mahathir says it all



Salleh Said Keruak

This was what Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in his SCMP interview with Chris Wright -- and that more or less sums up what the man is all about whom Musa Hitam said suffers from PMS or "post-prime ministerial syndrome".

Regarding his retirement:

"It was very unsettling, I would say, because you move away from a position of power to being just an ordinary person. I thought I would relax, write my memoirs, things like that. It was a little bit depressing."

"I thought the party might use me, ask for my views. But it turned out that the party doesn't want to have anything to do with me. Well, I was practically forced to [return] because I didn't expect such bad treatment by the new prime minister, who basically I elevated to that position.”

Regarding Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi:

"I thought he would be, not grateful to me, but at least not vicious to me. And he was. Within two weeks he changed everything. Rejected all the things I had started, which he promised to deliver."

"Well, I had great hopes for him. I felt my relationship with him would be very close and at least I would have the opportunity to give some views to him. Unfortunately, for the first six months, he totally ignored me."

Regarding freedom of the press:

"There is no such thing as absolute freedom of the press, not even in the most advanced countries in the world. There are things you just don't say, because it will destabilise the environment. Malaysia is particularly sensitive: we have three races here and 29 different tribes. We are divided not just by race but by religion, language, culture and economic performance. If you allow people to say what they like, there will be violence, confrontations and all that. We need stability."

Regarding Anwar Ibrahim:

"And for a person who is going to lead the country to have that kind of behaviour is not acceptable. And we see that the people who are under him fear him. So in the West this is not a crime. Our perception of what is criminal and what is not differ, but it is our perception in this country that matters to us. We cannot have a person like that, with no moral values."

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dr Mahathir twisting and turning



Salleh Said Keruak

In his New York Times interview, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the reason why Malaysia has managed to remain stable and to grow economically all these years was because there was one big coalition of parties.

Actually, the ‘one big coalition of parties’ still exists until today. It is called Barisan Nasional and it was formed by Tun Razak Hussein back in 1973. Barisan Nasional -- unlike Pakatan Rakyat that was formed in 2008 and has now already broken up -- has not closed down, as Dr Mahathir seems to suggest.

Dr Mahathir also suggests that because Barisan Nasional has broken up it is going to lose the next general election and he also suggests that this is going to cause instability.

First Dr Mahathir says that Barisan Nasional has broken up. Then he says this break up is going to cause Barisan Nasional to lose the next general election. Thirdly, because of this the country is going to be unstable.

Dr Mahathir said in that interview that democracy is about the right of the people to choose their own leaders. Then he says if the people do this and do not choose Barisan Nasional then Malaysia would be unstable. So what is Dr Mahathir really trying to say because he sounds very confused?

Dr Mahathir calls Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak a criminal. A criminal is someone who has been convicted of a crime. Najib has not been convicted of any crime. The only thing that has happened is Dr Mahathir is saying that unless Najib can prove his innocence then it must be assumed he is guilty.

I wonder what the foreign media must be thinking of Dr Mahathir’s inconsistent and contradictory statements. He is beginning to sound extremely incoherent that it has become an embarrassment to Malaysia.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sejarah akan menilai Najib dengan positif, kata speaker Sabah

Oleh Eileen Ng (Klik sini untuk membaca temuramah oleh Malaysian Insider)

Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak muncul salah seorang penyokong paling tegar Datuk Seri Najib Razak, mempertahankan perdana menteri dan kontroversi yang menyelubungi 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) menerusi blognya.

Speaker Dewan Sabah itu juga tanpa berselindung menentang bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad di dalam blognya, berulang kali menulis menjawab kritikan beliau terhadap Najib dan 1MDB yang ketika ini berhutang RM42 bilion.
Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Usukan itu terkenal di Sabah kerana menjadi ketua menteri ke-9 pada pertengahan 90-an apabila Dr Mahathir memegang jawatan perdana menteri.
Bapanya Mohamad Said Keruak, merupakan ketua menteri Sabah ke-4, 20 tahun sebelumnya dan kemudiannya menjadi Yang di-Pertua Negeri.
The Malaysian Insider (TMI) meminta Salleh menjelaskan tindakannya yang tiba-tiba bangkit membela Najib. Di bawah petikan temu ramah tersebut:
TMI: Mengapakah anda pilih untuk meluahkan pendapat anda menerusi blog?
DSSSK: Saya pilih blog kerana pertamanya, saya ingin ketengahkan pendapat peribadi saya, bukan pendapat Umno atau kerajaan negeri Sabah, dan kedua, saya mahu dekatkan diri dengan generasi muda Sabah yang akan mewakili majoriti pengundi dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang.
Tidak ada salahnya untuk beri pendapat peribadi. Semua orang memiliki pendapat mereka sendiri. Tetapi anda perlu jelas yang itu pendapat peribadi bukan pendapat parti yang anda wakili, atau kerajaan di mana anda berkhidmat. Apa cara yang lebih baik untuk lakukannya daripada blog? Ini saya, Salleh yang sedang bercakap, bukan speaker DUN Sabah atau jurucakap Umno.
TMI: Di dalam blog anda, anda sering mempertahankan perdana menteri daripada pengkritiknya, termasuklah Dr Mahathir. Mengapa anda lakukannya? Adakah kerana tidak ramai menteri dan pemimpin Barisan Nasional (BN) yang pertahankan Najib secara terbuka?
DSSSK: Isunya mudah. Dr Mahathir seperti tidak boleh setuju dengan semua perdana menteri selepasnya yang beliau pilih sendiri. Dr Mahathir marahkan Najib kerana, menurut Dr Mahathir, Najib beralah dengan Singapura.
Itu diulang berkali-kali. Saya merasakan itu tuduhan yang tidak adil. Negara perlu bertimbang rasa, bertindak sivil dan berbudi bahasa dengan jirannya. Dr Mahathir bercakap seperti Malaysia sedang berperang dengan Singapura.
Inilah sebabnya saya pertahankan perdana menteri. Saya rasa Najib lakukan perkara yang betul dengan berbincang dengan Singapura sebelum melakukan sesuatu yang akan memberi kesan kepada kedua-dua negara. Bolehkah Britain membina terowong ke Perancis tanpa mendapatkan persetujuan Perancis? Itulah isunya.
TMI: Adakah anda berasa Najib sedang diserang? Adakah beliau disalah faham? Adakah beliau seorang pemimpin yang baik dan berkemampuan?
A: Pihak pembangkang akan menentang mana-mana perdana menteri daripada Umno atau BN. Tetapi kini, di dalam Umno ada yang bergabung dengan pembangkang untuk menyerang perdana menteri. Ini membentuk persepsi yang perdana menteri sedang diserang.
Mengapa mereka tidak cuba bawa usul undi tidak percaya terhadapnya di dalam Parlimen? Barulah kita tahu sekiranya perdana menteri sedang diserang atau tidak.
Adakah Najib disalah faham? Setiap perdana menteri bermula daripada Tunku Abdul Rahman disalah faham. Malah Dr Mahathir juga disalah faham. Winston Churchill dan Margaret Thatcher juga disalah faham. Saya rasa biasalah, semua lelaki atau wanita hebat akan disalah faham pada satu ketika. Orang yang hebat sememangnya rumit. Jadi, orang biasa tidak boleh memahami mereka. Memang lumrahnya.
Mereka kata kita hanya boleh dihakimi selepas kita tiada, jadi mungkin kita patut biarkan sejarah menjawab soalan sama ada Najib seorang pemimpin yang berkemampuan atau tidak. Saya bagaimanapun percaya, sejarah akan menilai Najib dengan positif.
TMI: Apakah mesej anda kepada pengkritik Najib?
DSSSK: Apa sahaja mesej yang boleh saya berikan kepada pengkritik Najib? Jika mereka tidak suka Najib mereka akan terus tidak menyukainya, tidak kiralah apa yang saya kata. Ramai yang mindanya tertutup, tidak akan terbuka walaupun apa yang anda katakan.
TMI: Apa pandangan anda tentang kontroversi yang menyelubungi 1MDB?
DSSSK: Malaysia berdepan banyak isu — ekonomi, keselamatan, sosial, kaum, agama dan sebagainya. Tetapi cara 1MDB dimainkan memberi gambaran seolah-olah itu isu paling kritikal.
Walaupun jika 1MDB boleh dianggap masalah yang serius, ia bukannya satu-satunya masalah yang ada, ataupun yang paling serius. Saya anggap isu keselamatan, perkauman dan keagamaan mengatasi segala masalah kerana jika tidak dikendalikan dengan baik, boleh merosakkan negara dan mengakibatkan kehilangan nyawa yang banyak.
Jadi inilah sebabnya saya bercakap tentang 1MDB. Lebih-lebih lagi, nampaknya terdapat banyak manipulasi dan salah faham tentang 1MDB.
Di sebelah pihak, kita mahu PAC (Jawatankuasa Kira-kira Wang Negara) menyiasat 1MDB dan tampil dengan laporan menyeluruh. Pada masa sama, sebelum siasatan dan laporan diselesaikan, kita sudah ada pendapat dan pendirian sendiri tentang 1MDB. Malah ada mengatakan 1MDB perlu didapati bersalah hingga ia dapat membuktikan ia tidak bersalah. Ini bertentangan dengan prinsip keadilan, iaitu tidak bersalah hingga didapati bersalah.
Jadi, apa yang kita minta PAC lakukan? Adakah kita minta PAC buktikan yang 1MDB tidak bersalah dan jika ia tidak dapat lakukannya, kita akan anggap ia bersalah? Adakah kita akan letakkan seseorang dalam perbicaraan kes pembunuhan dan jika orang itu tidak boleh buktikan dia tidak melakukan jenayah tersebut, kita akan hantarnya ke tali gantung?
Kalau begitu kesnya, senanglah. Apa yang PAC perlu lakukan ialah keluarkan kenyataan mengatakan mereka sudah menyiasat 1MDB dan tidak menjumpai sebarang bukti menunjukkan 1MDB tidak bersalah, jadi bermakna, 1MDB bersalah walaupun tiada bukti juga menunjukkan ia bersalah.
Dalam kata lain, buktikan yang anda tidak menerima rasuah dan jika anda tidak dapat lakukannya, mestilah anda terima rasuah, walaupun tiada bukti anda melakukannya. Ini kerja gila!
Kita minta 1MDB jawab soalan yang ditimbulkan. Tetapi apabila mereka menjawab, kita tidak percaya mereka berkata benar. Jadi, mengapa minta mereka jawab soalan jika kita yakin apa yang mereka katakan tidak benar? Mintalah pihak ketiga, dan bukan 1MDB, untuk menjawab. Dan pihak ketiga ini ialah PAC.
Tetapi mereka hanya boleh menjawab selepas mereka siasat 1MDB. Inilah sebab mengapa saya bincangkan 1MDB dalam blog saya. Situasi ini sudah jadi tidak masuk akal dan ramai yang bercakap secara tidak rasional. Sudah jadi seperti histeria beramai-ramai. Tiada siapa yang mahu ketahui perkara sebenar lagi. Mereka hanya mahu dengar satu perkara: 1MDB bersalah.
Apa sahaja kenyataan selain dari "1MDB bersalah" tidak dapat diterima. Apa yang sedang berlaku? Kenapa tidak biarkan sahaja PAC dan 1MDB lakukan kerja mereka? Apa yang kita mahu ialah kerja yang baik. Tetapi kita tidak benarkan itu berlaku. Itu yang saya cuba katakan dalam blog saya.
TMI: Dengan kemelut 1MDB, bukankah ia satu idea yang baik bagi Najib untuk menjawab  pengkritiknya dalam satu forum, dialog atau soal jawab siaran langsung bagi rakyat Malaysia mendengar pendapatnya, daripada dilabel penakut kerana tidak hadir ke forum Nothing to Hide tentang 1MDB?
DSSSK: Terdapat banyak kontroversi. Terdapat juga kontroversi kes liwat Anwar (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) dan kad pengenalan yang diberikan kepada pendatang Sabah secara tidak sah semasa era Dr Mahathir. 
Adakah Dr Mahathir setuju membincangkannya dalam perbahasan awam? Bagaimana pula dengan pembunuhan beramai-ramai Memali? Bolehkah Dr Mahathir setuju untuk bahaskan topik itu juga? Mengapa asyik salahkan 1MDB? Pembunuhan beramai-ramai Memali lebih serius, dan kepada kami di Sabah, isu kad pengenalan tersebut adalah isu nombor satu.
Jadi mengapa hanya salahkan 1MDB? 1MDB sedang cuba selesaikan semua isu. PAC juga masih belum melengkapkan siasatannya serta laporannya. Jadi mengapa ganggu semua ini?
Dialog Nothing to Hide itu sepatutnya menjadi dialog antara NGO dan Najib. Sepatutnya ia hanya untuk mereka yang dijemput. Kemudian mereka cuba tukarkannya kepada perbahasan Najib lawan Dr Mahathir. Bukan itu yang dipersetujui.
TMI: Isu menyelubungi 1MDB ditimbulkan seawal 2 tahun lalu, tetapi syarikat tersebut tidak menyangkal atau menjawab tuduhan dan menyebabkan orang ramai membina pendapat sendiri atau persepsi negatif terhadapnya. Adakah anda rasa 1MDB patut menjawab pengkritiknya sedari awal apabila isu salah urusnya timbul, daripada mendiamkan diri sehingga ia merebak seperti sekarang?
DSSSK: Pihak pembangkang menimbulkan pelbagai isu. Kita tidak boleh hendak menjawab setiap isu yang ditimbulkan. Kerajaan menghabiskan terlalu banyak masa membidas dan menjawab persoalan, hingga tiada masa untuk mentadbir negara.
Ini sudah menjadi tidak masuk akal. Biar PAC yang menjawab. Lagipun apa sahaja yang dikatakan 1MDB akan ditolak juga.
TMI: Dr Mahathir amat lantang menentang Najib dalam beberapa isu seperti 1MDB, BR1M (Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia) dan pembunuhan Altantuya (warga Mongolia Altantuya Shaariibuu). Dan tidak dapat dinafikan pendapatnya mempengaruhi pendapat rakyat terhadap perdana menteri dan BN. Bagaimanakah mudaratnya tindakan beliau terhadap BN dan Najib? Apa yang patut dilakukan untuk membendung pengaruhnya?
DSSSK: Dr Mahathir membantu pihak pembangkang menang besar pada 2008. Saya rasa Dr Mahathir mampu membawa mudarat kepada BN dalam pilihan raya akan datang. Kita lihat apa yang akan berlaku.
TMI: Negara juga kini sedang tegang dari segi hubungan antara kaum sejak pilihan raya umum yang lepas, dan kerajaan dilihat seperti tidak cukup mengambil langkah membanteras perbalahan antara kaum. Adakah anda rasa kerajaan tidak cukup bertindak untuk membendung ketegangan antara kaum? Apa yang perlu dilakukan untuk membawa kita kembali ke Malaysia yang harmoni di mana semua kaum saling menghormati?
DSSSK: Ahli politik dari kedua-dua pihak, dan dalam kes ini di barat Malaysia, memainkan isu ketegangan kaum dan agama. Tiada apa yang boleh dilakukan ahli politik sekiranya rakyat tidak menolak perkara ini. Jadi, rakyat perlu menolak ahli politik sebegini. Jika tidak, mereka akan terus memainkan politik sentimen kaum dan agama. – 16 Jun, 2015.

History will judge Najib positively, says Sabah speaker

BY EILEEN NG (Interview with Malaysian Insider http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/history-will-judge-najib-positively-says-sabah-speaker?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter)

Published: 16 June 2015 7:00 AM


Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak has emerged as one of Datuk Seri Najib Razak's fiercest supporters, defending the prime minister and the controversies surrounding the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) through his blog.


The Sabah assembly speaker also pulled no punches against retired prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, repeatedly taking to his blog to counter the statesman's criticism on Najib and 1MDB which is sitting on RM42 billion debt.

The Usukan assemblyman is well known in Sabah, having been the state's ninth chief minister in the mid-1990s during Dr Mahathir’s era.

 His father, Mohamad Said Keruak, was Sabah's fourth chief minister 20 years earlier and later appointed the state's Yang di-Pertua Negeri.

The Malaysian Insider asked Salleh to explain his defence of Najib. Below are excerpts from his interview:

TMI:  Why do you choose to express your opinions through your blog?

A: I choose to give my opinion through my blog because, firstly, I want to express my personal opinion rather than the opinion of Umno or the Sabah government and, secondly, I want to reach out to the younger generation who are going to represent the majority of the voters in the next general election.

There is nothing wrong in having a personal opinion. Everyone has one. But you must make it clear that this is your personal opinion and not that of the party you represent, or the government you serve. So what better way than to do that in a blog? This is me, Salleh talking, not the speaker of the Sabah state assembly or spokesman of Umno.

TMI: In your blog, you have repeatedly defended the prime minister against his critics, who include Dr Mahathir. Why are you doing this? Is it because there are not many ministers and BN leaders defending Najib?

A: The issue is simple. Tun Dr Mahathir cannot seem to agree with all his successors whereas he personally handpicked these successors. The reason Dr Mahathir is angry with Najib is because, according to Dr Mahathir, Najib gives in to Singapore.

That has been repeated many times. I think this is an unfair allegation. Countries must be considerate, civil and courteous to their neighbours. Dr Mahathir is talking as if Malaysia is at war with Singapore.

That is why I defended the prime minister. I think Najib is doing the right thing in discussing with Singapore, before doing something that mutually affects both countries. Can Britain build a tunnel to France unless France also agrees to it? That is the issue.

TMI:  Do you think Najib is under siege? Is he misunderstood? Is he a good, capable leader?

A: The opposition will oppose any prime minister from Umno or Barisan Nasional. But now some in Umno have united with the opposition to attack the prime minister. So they are creating an impression that the prime minister is under siege.

Why don’t they try to pass a vote of no-confidence against him in Parliament? Then we will know whether the PM is under siege or not.

Is Naijb misunderstood? Every prime minister since Tunku Abdul Rahman was misunderstood. Even Dr Mahathir was misunderstood. Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher were also misunderstood. I suppose it is natural that all great men/women are misunderstood to some extent. Great people are complicated people so simple people can never understand them. It comes with the territory.

They say that people are judged after they have gone, so maybe we will allow history to answer the question of whether Najib is a capable leader. I believe, however, history would judge Najib positively.

TMI: What is your message to Najib's critics?

A: What message can I give Najib’s critics? If they do not like Najib, they will continue not liking him, never mind what I say. Most have closed minds, which will never open to whatever you may say.

TMI: What do you think of the controversies surrounding 1MDB?

A: Malaysia is facing many issues – economic, security, social, racial, religious, etc. But the way 1MDB is being played up is giving the impression that is the only issue or the most critical issue of all.

Even if 1MDB can be considered a serious problem, it is not the only problem or even the most serious of all. I would rate security, racial, and religion as being above all other problems because if they are not properly handled, they can tear the country apart or cause a great loss of lives.

So that is why I speak about 1MDB. Furthermore, there appears to be a lot of distortion and misconception regarding 1MDB. On the one hand, we want PAC (Public Accounts Committee) to investigate 1MDB and come out with an extensive and thorough report.

On the other hand, even before the investigation and report can be completed, we have already formed an opinion and made up our minds regarding 1MDB. There are even statements such as 1MDB must be considered guilty until and unless it can prove its innocence. This goes against the very grain of justice, which is innocent until proven guilty.

So what are we asking PAC to do? Are we asking PAC to prove that 1MDB is innocent and if it can’t, then we will have to assume it is guilty? Will we put someone on trial for murder and unless that person can prove he or she did not commit the murder we will send him or her to the gallows?

In that case it will be very simple. All PAC has to do is to issue a statement saying that they have investigated 1MDB and they can’t find any evidence that 1MDB is innocent so that means 1MDB must be guilty although there is no evidence of guilt.

In other words, prove that you did not receive any bribes and if you cannot do that then you must have taken bribes even though we have no evidence that you did. That is crazy!

We demand that 1MDB reply to the questions. But when they do we say we do not believe they are telling us the truth. So why demand they reply to our questions, if we are determined that whatever they reply is not true? Don’t ask any questions then. Ask a third party instead of 1MDB to reply. And this third party is PAC.

But they can only reply after they investigate 1MDB first. That is why I talk about 1MDB in my blog. The whole situation has become ridiculous and many are talking irrationally. It is almost like mass hysteria. No one wants to know the truth any longer. They want to hear just one thing: that 1MDB is guilty.

Any statement other than 1MDB is guilty is not acceptable. What is going on? Have we all become mad? Why not just let PAC and 1MDB do their jobs? What we want is for a good job to be done. But we are not allowing that to happen. That is what I am trying to say in my blog.

TMI: With the current imbroglio over 1MDB, won't it be a good idea if Najib rebuts his critics in a forum, dialogue or even a televised Q&A for Malaysians to listen to his points of view rather than being branded a coward for not attending the Nothing to Hide forum on 1MDB?

A: There are many controversies. There is also the controversy of Anwar’s (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) sodomy charges and the controversy of the illegal ICs given to Sabah immigrants during Dr Mahathir’s time.

Did Dr Mahathir agree to a public debate to talk about these? What about the Memali massacre? Can Dr Mahathir agree to debate on that also? Why just pick on 1MDB? The Memali massacre is even more serious, and to us in Sabah, the illegal ICs are the number one problem.

So why just pick on 1MDB? 1MDB is trying to resolve all the issues. Also, PAC has not completed its investigation and report yet. So why disturb everything?

The Nothing to Hide dialogue was supposed to be a dialogue between NGOs and Najib. It was also supposed to be by invitation only. Then they tried to turn it into a Najib-Mahathir debate. That was not was what agreed.

TMI: Issues surrounding 1MDB were brought up as early as two years ago, but the company did not rebut or answer them. Do you think 1MDB should have answered its critics from day one when issue of its mismanagement was brought up instead of keeping quiet and letting it fester until now?

A: The opposition raises so many issues. We cannot reply to every issue the opposition raises. The government is spending too much time just replying and rebutting that we no longer have time to run the country.

It is becoming too ridiculous. Let us allow PAC to reply. After all, whatever 1MDB says is rejected anyway.

TMI: Dr Mahathir has been vocal against Najib on several issues like 1MDB, BR1M (1Malaysia People's Aid), the murder of Altantuya (Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu) and it cannot be denied that his views have influenced Malaysians' views on the prime minister and BN. How damaging are his actions to BN and Najib? What should be done to counter his influence?

A: Dr Mahathir helped the opposition win big in 2008. I suppose Dr Mahathir can still cause more damage to BN in the next election. Let us see what happens.

TMI: The country has also been mired in racial-religious tension since the last general election and the government has been viewed as not doing enough to douse such flames. Do you feel the government is not doing enough to check raging racial religious tensions? What needs to be done to bring us back to harmonious Malaysia where people of all races respected each other?

A: Politicians from both sides of the fence, in particular in (the peninsula), are playing the race and religion card. There is nothing politicians can do if the people do not reject this. So the people need to reject these types of politicians.  If not, then they will continue playing race and religion politics. – June 16, 2015.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

USBO PINDA PERLEMBAGAAN, MEWAKILI KOMUNITI BUMIS




KOTA KINABALU:

Selaras matlamat memperluaskan skop dan fungsinya, Pertubuhan Bajau Bersatu Sabah (Usbo) meminda perlembagaan dengan menukar nama kepada Pertubuhan Bumis Bersatu Sabah.

Presiden Usbo Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak berkata pindaan perlembagaan itu sudah diluluskan oleh Jabatan Pendaftaran Pertubuhan menerusi surat bertarikh 27 Mei 2015 yang baru diterima.

Katanya, singkatan Usbo masih dikekalkan, cuma perkataan Bajau ditukar kepada Bumis.

"Pindaan ini dibuat untuk menyesuaikan skop dan fungsinya memperjuangkan nasib serta kepentingan masyarakat bernaung di bawah Bumis," katanya dalam satu kenyataan.

Beliau berkata dari segi objektif dan peranan, Usbo kekal dengan perjuangan asal dengan kegiatannya menjurus kepada bidang pendidikan, ekonomi dan kebudayaan.

Salleh yang juga Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah berkata USBO komited mendokong pimpinan kerajaan di bawah Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak di peringkat Pusat dan Ketua Menteri Sabah Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Hj Aman di peringkat negeri.

USBO AMENDS CONSTITUTION TO ENCOMPASS BUMIS COMMUNITY



KOTA KINABALU:

The United Sabah Bajau Organization (USBO) has amended its constitution to change its name to united Sabah Bumis Organization in its effort to strengthen and broaden the horizons of scope and function of the association.

USBO president Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the amendment was approved by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) through a letter dated May 27, this year, which was received recently.

However, he said it still retained abbreviation of the renamed association as USBO, but the word Bajau was changed to Bumis.

"This amendment is made to adjust the scope and functions of the association as well as championing the interests of the community under the auspices of Bumis," he said in a statement, here today.

He said in terms of the objectives and role, USBO would maintain its original struggle with its activities focused on the areas of education, economy and culture.

Salleh, who is also the State Legislative Assembly Speaker, said USBO was committed to supporting the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Federal level and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Hj Aman at the state level.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

1MDB and the sodomy case of 1998



Salleh Said Keruak



I remember back in September 1998 when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad went on national TV to accuse Anwar Ibrahim of sexual misconduct with men and women. Dr Mahathir described in great detail what Anwar was alleged to have done.

Anwar was subsequently found guilt of sodomy because, according to the judge, he had failed to prove his innocence. Later the Federal Court acquitted Anwar on grounds that the prosecution had failed to prove his guilt, which was what the prosecution should have done instead of asking Anwar to prove his innocence.

Meanwhile, for six years from September 1998 until September 2004, Anwar was subjected to trial by media on the basis that he was guilty until and unless he can prove his innocence. Even after the court acquitted him due to the failure of the prosecution to prove Anwar’s guilt the stigma still remains.

Now, again, Dr Mahathir is subjecting Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to the same treatment. He is doing to Najib what he did to Anwar 17 years ago -- guilty until proven innocent. And, just like back in 1998, Dr Mahathir is talking as if he has the indisputable evidence of Najib’s guilt.

But when it is pointed out that he, too, had made mistakes in his tenure as Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir will argue that no evidence has ever been produced to prove that. When it is an allegation against him, Dr Mahathir talks about evidence but when against others mere suspicion is enough and no evidence is required.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

MARUAH KEDUDUKAN DALAM PEJABAT


Salleh Said Keruak



Ada perkara yang disebut maruah kedudukan dalam pejabat. Sebagai contoh, dalam tentera anda memberi tabik hormat kepada pakaian seragam dan bukan orang yang memakainya. Ini bermakna pangkat orang yang memakai pakaian itu yang diberi hormat dan bukan individu atas sifat peribadinya.

Pada masa yang sama, orang yang memegang jawatan tertentu atau pangkat juga mesti melindungi maruah atau digniti kedudukan atau pangkat jawatan tersebut. Pada asasnya, anda melindungi maruah pejabat anda.

Dan itulah sebabnya ia tidak wajar bagi Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak untuk melibatkan diri dalam perdebatan awam dengan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Hakikat bahawa ia bukan debat yang dirancang tetapi perdebatan 'serangan hendap' - kerana pada mulanya ia hanya sepatutnya dialog dengan Perdana Menteri - menjadikan keadaan lebih teruk.

Seorang Perdana Menteri tidak patut dijemput untuk menghadiri sesuatu majlis dan majlis itu secara rahsia ditukar kepada sesuatu yang lain tanpa pengetahuan atau persetujuan Perdana Menteri terlebih dahulu. Inilah apa yang Perdana Menteri katanya dalam menjelaskan mengapa beliau tidak hadir dialog yang ditukar menjadi medan perdebatan Jumaat lepas.

Bagaimanapun, hari ini, Dr Mahathir berkata dengan sangat jelas bahawa beliau tidaklah berminat mendengar apa-apa penjelasan mengenai 1MDB. Oleh itu, apakah tujuan dialog atau perbahasan itu? Satu-satunya perkara yang Dr Mahathir mahu adalah untuk Najib untuk meletak jawatan, dan seperti yang dikatakan oleh Dr Mahathir sendiri, Najib boleh kembali sebagai Perdana Menteri apabila urusan 1MDB disahkan teratur.

Kita semua tahu bahawa ia tidak mungkin boleh dibuat kerana apabila seorang Perdana Menteri meletakkan jawatan dan menyerahkan kepada penggantinya, beliau tetap dianggap telah meletakkan jawatan. Tidak ada kemungkinan boleh kembali memegang jawatan Perdana Menteri melainkan jika dia berbuat demikian sebagai de facto Perdana Menteri (atas nama sahaja) dan memerintah negara ini dari belakang tabir.

The dignity of the office



Salleh Said Keruak



There is such a thing called the dignity of the office. For example, in the military you salute the uniform and not the person. That means the rank of that person is given respect and not that person in his personal capacity.

Simultaneously, the person holding a certain position or rank must also protect the dignity of that position or rank. Basically, you protect the dignity of your office.

And that is why it would have been improper for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to engage in a public debate with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The fact that it was not a scheduled debate but an ‘ambush’ debate -- because initially it was just supposed to be a dialogue with the Prime Minister -- makes it even worse.

A prime Minister should not be invited for a function and then the function is secretly changed to something else without his knowledge or prior agreement. This was what the Prime Minister said in explaining why he did not turn up for last Friday’s dialogue turned debate.

Anyway, today Dr Mahathir said it very clearly. He was not really interested in any explanation regarding 1MDB. Therefore what is the purpose of a dialogue or debate? The only thing Dr Mahathir wants is for Najib to resign and, as Dr Mahathir said, Najib can return as Prime Minister later once 1MDB has been given a clean bill of health.

We all know that is not possible. Once a Prime Minister resigns and hands over to his successor he stays resigned. There is no coming back unless he does so as the de facto Prime Minister and runs the country from behind the scenes.

MAKSIMUMKAN PENGGUNAAN TANAH DENGAN AKTIVITI EKONOMI: SALLEH

SALLEH (tengah) bersama PPK Kota Belud
KOTA BELUD: Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah Datuk Seri Panglima dr Salleh Tun Said menasihatkan golongan petani supaya memaksimumkan penggunaan tanah di luar bandar, dengan aktiviti ekonomi.

Beliau berkata ia penting bagi meningkatkan sosioekonomi petani selain memacu pertumbuhan bagi menjayakan matlamat Rancangan Malaysia Kesebelas (RMK-11).

"Jangan biarkan tanah terbiar. Saiz tanah kecil tapi boleh mendatangkan pulangan besar dan lumayan," katanya ketika berucap merasmikan mesyuarat agung tahunan ke-46 Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan (PPK) Kota Belud di sini hari ini.

Hadir sama Pembantu Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Makanan merangkap Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Tempasuk, Datuk Musbah Jamli.

Salleh yang juga Timbalan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Sabah menegaskan kawasan luar bandar perlu diperkasakan aktiviti ekonomi untuk menjana pembangunan serta mengelak penghijrahan ke bandar.

Sehubungan itu, beliau menyarankan agar PPK memainkan peranan secara proaktif serta menjadi penggerak dan pemangkin pembangunan ekonomi orang kampung.

Katanya, PPK perlu mendokong falsafah dan komitmen Pertubuhan Peladang Kebangsaan (Nafas) sebagai tempat PPK bernaung.

"Gembleng tenaga dan usaha secara bersepadu, tumpukan gerak kerja di lapangan untuk pastikan kejayaan Dasar Pertanian Negara (DPN) terutama yang menjurus ke arah peningkatan pengeluaran, berasaskan Amalan Pertanian Baik (GAP)," katanya.

Sambil mengakui pertanian sebagai sektor terpenting ekonomi, beliau berkata langkah pemerkasaan itu seiring perancangan kerajaan menerusi Program Transformasi Pertubuhan Peladang 2012-2020 bagi mengubah wajah, dimensi serta halatuju gerakan peladang keseluruhannya.

Salleh turut menyarankan PPK supaya menggalakkan generasi muda, termasuk kalangan siswazah untuk menceburi bidang pertanian.

"Persepsi bahawa pertanian bidang yang kotor perlu dikikis.Pembabitan golongan muda dan berpendidikan penting demi kejayaan halatuju sektor pertanian negara," katanya.

Beliau berkata kerajaan menerusi pelbagai jabatan dan agensi menyediakan kemudahan, peluang dan insentif kepada golongan berkenaan menceburinya.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

When it becomes libel and slander


Salleh Said Keruak



Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called Arul Kanda Kandasamy a liar. That is a very serious allegation and tantamount to libel and slander and is not something you accuse someone of unless you have proof. Ultimately, the onus is on the accuser to prove that the person you accuse of lying did indeed lie.

Arul also referred to Dr Mahathir statement -- “a full accounting of the facts by lawful authorities are needed so that there can be no misinterpretation or spin” and “if any wrongdoing is proven, the law should be enforced without exception” -- and said that he, too, supports this and aims to see this happen.

With that I hope Dr Mahathir can allow PAC and 1MDB to do its job without too much harassment and without pre-empting the outcome. Arul is a professional who has been engaged to do a job and it is unfair to target him for attacks that are purely politically motivated. 

USAHA TINGKATKAN KECEMERLANGAN TADBIR URUS PERLU DIMANTAPKAN: SALLEH

SALLEH MENYAMPAIKAN UCAPTAMA

KOTA KINABALU: Semangat dan tanggungjawab untuk meningkatkan kecemerlangan tadbir urus perlu dimantapkan dan diteruskan, kata Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah, Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Salleh Bin Tun Said Keruak.

Beliau berkata ia penting memandangkan pelaksanaan tadbir urus yang baik menjadi landasan pembangunan yang holistik, untuk manfaat kerajaan dan rakyat.

Untuk mencapai matlamat itu, katanya, maka pembangunan akhlak dalam kalangan penjawat awam perlu dikawal.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam ucaptama sempena Seminar Tadbir Urus Cemerlang Dalam Organisasi Edisi Ke-8: Strategi Lautan Biru dalam Tadbir Urus Organisasi, anjuran Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) di sini malam tadi.

Salleh yang juga Timbalan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Sabah berkata, pada masa ini terdapat seramai 1.61 juta kakitangan awam di seluruh negara. 

Daripada jumlah ini, seramai 5,000 kakitangan mendapat markah skor pencapaian di bawah 60 peratus. 

"Apakah yang dimaksudkan dengan skor yang rendah ini?  Ertinya terdapat kakitangan awam yang tidak berfungsi dengan baik kerana ada masalah disiplin seperti gagal dikesan datang bekerja, lewat ke tempat kerja dan sering ponteng kerja kerana terbabit dalam perniagaan atau bekerja di tempat lain. 

"Menurut Ketua Setiausaha Negara Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, terdapat juga kakitangan yang sengaja tidak hadir bertugas selama 200 hari setahun.

"Situasi sebeginilah perlu diatasi dengan baik agar tidak menjejaskan strategi yang diperkenalkan," katanya.

Salleh yang juga bekas Ketua Menteri Sabah berkata negeri Sabah menyokong penuh usaha kerajaan, khususnya yang menjamin kesejahteraan rakyat, termasuk menerusi Strategi Lautan Biru Nasional (NBOS).

Katanya, NBOS adalah  inisatif yang diperkenalkan Perdana Menteri Datuk Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, pada November 2009 bagi kerajaan meneraju negara ini ke arah sebuah negara membangun, berpendapatan tinggi, harmoni dan sejahtera dalam semua aspek. 

"Strategi Lautan Biru ertinya mereka boleh  mencipta ruang yang tidak ada saingan. 

"Pada masa ini terlalu banyak syarikat dan organisasi yang bersaing dalam laut merah, iaitu satu tempat yang tidak mempunyai ruang untuk pembangunan yang sebenarnya. 

"Imej lautan luas menggambarkan kemungkinan-kemungkinan dan potensi yang ada, yang perlu diteroka dan diuruskan secara kreatif dan inovatif," katanya.

Salleh berkaya penerapan NBOS dalam enam Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara (NKRA) mampu mengurangkan kos dan menghasilkan objektif pada tahap maksimum untuk manfaat rakyat dan negara.

Enam NKRA yang digariskan adalah mengurangkan kadar jenayah, memerangi rasuah, meluaskan akses kepada pendidikan berkualiti dan berkemampuan, meningkat taraf hidup rakyat berpendapatan rendah, memperkasa prasarana luar bandar dan pedalaman serta menambah baik pengangkutan awam.

Sambil mengalu-alukan inisiatif UUM menganjurkan seminar itu, beliau optimis dengan keprihatinan, sokongan dan muafakat semua, keselamatan dan keamanan rakyat terus dapat dipertingkatkan.

Beliau yakin NBOS akan menjadi sebahagian daripada platform yang akan menjayakan pembangunan negara sebagaimana digariskan kerajaan menerusi Rancangan Malaysia Ke-11 (RMK-11). 

"RMK-11 ini merupakan untuk pusingan terakhir sebelum kita muncul negara maju," katanya.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Stop questioning and instead give us the answers, Mahathir


Salleh Said Keruak



Today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad attacked Arul Kanda Kandasamy, 1MDB and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. Dr Mahathir raises a lot of questions based on suspicion and says that all the replies to his questions are lies.

Dr Mahathir has so many suspicions and questions but when answers are given he rejects them and calls them lies. So what more then does he expect? When you do not reply he implies something is wrong but when you reply he calls them lies. What is it that can satisfy Dr Mahathir?

As he said, the only thing that can satisfy Dr Mahathir is Najib’s resignation. Anything short of that is not acceptable. No amount of explaining regarding 1MDB is going to satisfy Dr Mahathir other than Najib’s resignation.

Dr Mahathir wants the police and the MACC to investigate the allegations of corruption and abuse of power in 1MDB. And he is upset that the police and the MACC are not doing anything. Maybe Dr Mahathir should lodge reports with the police and the MACC. When Dr Mahathir makes these police and MACC reports he can also hand in all the evidence that he has to prove wrongdoing in 1MDB.

It is time that Dr Mahathir stop asking questions and instead give us the answers to those questions since only his answers are acceptable and everyone else’s are not. And he can give the police and MACC those answers to help them in their investigation.

Tidak Kepada Kerajaan Perpaduan tetapi Ya Kepada Perpaduan Negara


Salleh Said Keruak




Semalam, Naib Presiden PAS berkata, mana-mana kerajaan perpaduan di antara PAS dan Umno adalah terkeluar daripada soalan nya. Seorang ahli politik veteran harus tahu bahawa dalam politik tidak ada yang terkeluar daripada soalan kerana dalam politik apa sahaja boleh berlaku dengan bergantung kepada keadaan.

Bagaimanapun, saya akan bersetuju bahawa kemungkinan yang sangat jauh untuk PAS dan Umno mencapai persetujuan mengenai kerajaan perpaduan. Jika PAS tidak boleh bersetuju dengan rakan-rakan Pakatan Rakyat nya mengenai Negara Islam dan Syariah Islam undang-undang Hudud, bagaimana pula PAS dan Umno bersetuju mengenai perkara yang sama?

Saya tidak tahu mengapa DAP terus menyindir bahawa PAS dan Umno sedang meneroka kemungkinan untuk membentuk kerajaan perpaduan. Apakah DAP mengatakan bahawa Umno akan meninggalkan Barisan Nasional manakala PAS akan meninggalkan Pakatan Rakyat untuk bersama-sama membentuk satu pakatan yang baru? Ini pasti tidak berdaya maju untuk kedua-dua PAS dan Umno.

Mungkin DAP memainkan permainan memberi maklumat palsu tetapi Lim Kit Siang yang mencadangkan Barisan Nasional dan Pakatan Rakyat meneroka kemungkinan gabungan 'Save Malaysia'. Ia harus diperhatikan bahawa cadangan itu adalah berat sebelah dan Barisan Nasional tidak bertindak balas kepada idea itu.

Sabah dan Sarawak adalah sangat penting untuk Barisan Nasional dan tidak ada cara lain untuk Sabah dan Sarawak boleh menerima PAS sebagai ahli gabungan Barisan Nasional. Jenama PAS politik agama merosakkan dan rakyat Sabah dan Sarawak tidak dapat bersetuju dengan ideologi politik yang membahagikan rakyat jelata.

Marilah kita berhenti segala perbincangan kerajaan perpaduan, kerana itu tidak akan berlaku, dan sebaliknya bercakap tentang bagaimana kita boleh menamatkan politik bahaya yang berunsur bangsa dan agama yang seolah-olah akan memudaratkan perpaduan negara.


No to unity government but yes to national unity


Salleh Said Keruak



Yesterday, the PAS Vice-President said that any unity government between PAS and Umno is out of the question. A veteran politician must know that in politics nothing is out of the question because in politics anything can happen depending on the situation.

Anyway, I would agree that there is a very remote possibility that PAS and Umno can come to an agreement on a unity government. If PAS cannot agree with its Pakatan Rakyat partners regarding the Islamic State and Islamic Shariah laws of Hudud how can PAS and Umno agree on the same thing?

I do not know why DAP keeps insinuating that PAS and Umno are exploring the possibility of forming a unity government. Is DAP saying that Umno will leave Barisan Nasional while PAS will leave Pakatan Rakyat to come together to form a new coalition? This is definitely not viable both for PAS as well as Umno.

Maybe DAP is playing a game of disinformation but it was Lim Kit Siang that suggested Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat explore the possibility of a ‘Save Malaysia’ coalition. It must be noted that the proposal was one-sided and Barisan Nasional did not respond to that idea.

Sabah and Sarawak are very important to Barisan Nasional and there is no way we from Sabah and Sarawak can accept PAS as a member of the Barisan Nasional coalition. PAS’s brand of religious politics is very destructive and the people of Sabah and Sarawak can never agree to a political ideology that divides the people.

Let us stop all talk of unity governments, as that is never going to happen, and instead talk about how we can end the very dangerous race and religion politics that seems to be hurting national unity.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Unbecoming of a statesman


Salleh Said Keruak



Those critical of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak are mocking him for not attending the ‘Nothing2Hide’ dialogue session today. Some have even called him a coward for ‘chickening out’ and for not having the guts to face Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Personally, I think the public dialogue that was going to be turned into a public brawl between the Prime Minister and Dr Mahathir is a bad idea. I was actually quite relieved when it was called off.

First of all, I do not see what such a brawl can achieve. There are no winners and losers in something like this. I remember when a public debate was held between PKR Youth and Umno Youth, also in PWTC, and it was reduced to a jeering match with both sides claiming they won the debate.

All it did was to reduce the dignity of the debaters to the level of the crowd who were only interested in seeing a fight and were not interested in the facts that the debaters had to argue.

This is what would have happened today. No one would have been interested in what the Prime Minister has to say. What they wanted to see was for Dr Mahathir to hentam Najib in public.

In fact, that was the very purpose for Tun Mahathir turning up, so that he could hentam Najib. Dr Mahathir does not care what Najib has to say. He has already decided he will not accept Najib’s explanation.

Dr Mahathir has reduced himself from the level of a statesman to that of a street brawler. And this is most unfortunate. What is even more unfortunate is that Dr Mahathir expects the Prime Minister to also come down to this level.

Had Najib turned up today the entire event would have become undignified. With the shouting, booing and jeering, and the main purpose being to run down the Prime Minister, nothing would have been achieved.

It was, therefore, a very good idea that Najib did not turn up. I dread to think what would have happened had he turned up and tempers had gone out of control. Under such a situation it does not take much for words to turn to violence.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The reason why it is pointless for Najib to respond


Salleh Said Keruak



The main criticism against the Prime Minister is that Malaysians are not being given details about 1MDB’s exposure of RM42 billion. Some even do not understand the difference between exposure and loss and think that RM42 billion is what 1MDB lost.

As Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said, whether money has been lost or not is not the issue because during his time also money had been lost. In fact, during Dr Mahathir’s time the government lost more than RM42 billion. The Forex losses alone came to RM58 billion at today’s value and added to the RM20 billion MAS disaster that comes to RM78 billion.

Incidentally, yesterday, BBC, Aljazeera, etc., gave wide coverage regarding Malaysia’s national airlines, MAS, going bankrupt and the 20,000 employees that are expected to soon lose their jobs. So, for the third time, MAS and Malaysia are yet again in the news.

Anyway, is there any point in the Prime Minister doing what everyone is asking him to do: that is to explain what is happening in 1MDB? Even when he does the critics are still going to reject the explanation.

Take the investment from Abu Dhabi as one example. Everyone in the industry knows that 1MDB chief Arul Kanda Kandasamy has good links with Abu Dhabi. So this means it is not a problem for him to attract investments from there.

But then, when it is explained that billions of investments from Abu Dhabi is coming in with a first payment of US$1 billion, Tony Pua from DAP accuses 1MDB of borrowing money from loan sharks.
Then 1MDB explains that the money from Abu Dhabi is not a loan and Tony Pua asks, “If USD1b from Arabs is not a loan, what is it?”

So you see, 1MDB’s critics do not seem to accept any explanation. They insist that RM42 billion has disappeared into thin air and that there is an attempt to ‘bail out’ 1MDB. Even when 1MDB explains that it is not a bailout the critics still insist it is a bailout.

Is there any point for the Prime Minister to waste his time entertaining the critics when whatever he says is not going to be accepted because the critics are criticising for the sake of criticising and not for the sake of hearing the truth?