Rasanya macam pernah dengar kerajaan nak berubah..nampaknya tak juga.anak muda pasti menilai ini semua.
Rasanya macam pernah dengar kerajaan nak berubah..nampaknya tak juga.anak muda pasti menilai ini semua.
BUKIT GANTANG-Baru-baru ini , di hari penamaan calon Bukit Gantang YB Roziah telah merasmikan jentera pilihanraya Srikandi keadilan dimana ianya dikenali sebagai “Pasukan Gerak Gempur WIN” yang membawa tema wanita berdaya harapan negara.
Menurut YB Roziah lagi wanita PKR negeri Perak , tidak akan hanya berdiam diri tetapi akan menggerakkan seluruh jentera wanita PKR bagi membantu calon PKR Bukit Gantang iaitu YB Dato Seri Nizar bagi memenangi pilihanraya kecil parlimen Bukit Gantang.
Dengan menggerakkan seluruh jentara ini dilihat sebagai satu langkah bekerjasama diantara parti dalam Pakatan Rakyat.Beliau juga selepas itu bergerak ke beberapa kawasan bagi menyampaikan maklumat kepada penduduk kampong serta risalah penerangan untuk rakyat di negeri Perak.
Hari penamaan calon juga menyaksikan persaingan sengit calon PAS Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin dengan calon BN Ismail Safian yang dianggap "bantahan " terhadap Najib dan menteri besar Pakatan Rakyat itu dianggap sebagai hero rakyat negeri Perak .Dato Nizar yang berpakaian serba hijau dilihat melambaikan tagann kepada pemberita dan penuh keyakinan . Ia dimeriahkan lagi dengan kehadiran seorang calon bebas Kamarul Ramizu Idris yang berpakaian serba hitam.
Berbagai banner dan juga laungan dari para penyokong memeriahkan suasana.malah turut kelihatan juga kelab penyokong PAS dari kaum India yang memukul gentang ,manakal di sudut lain pula sekumpulan masyarakat kaum Tionghua melaungkan dan menyanyikan lagu “Antantunya”.Ini adalah cabaran hebat buat PAS dan juga Umno kerana walau pun berbagai slogan dan janji untuk berubah semasa perhimpunan agong Umno ,pertentangan rakyat dalam pilihanraya kecil parlimen Bukit Gantang adalah juga satu cabaran hebat buat Timbalan Perdana Menteri Dato Najib yang dianggap sebagai satu hadiah buat beliau dan juga kemenangan manis buat PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat jika menang dan membuktikan tindakan Umno/Bn tidak dipersetujui rakyat Perak khasnya.
Written by Our Correspondent
Sunday, 29 March 2009
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Malaysia's leading ethnic party names a scandal-ridden party hack as its head and the country's leader
On Friday, Malaysia is scheduled to end months of waiting to announce its new prime minister, Najib Tun Razak, after the United Malays National Organisation, the country's biggest ethnic party named him their leader during their annual convention.
Najib told the UMNO parley, held in Kuala Lumpur last week, that it is crucial that his party reform itself or it will lose its hold on the electorate. But Najib's history, and that of the party itself, portends instead a return to the politics and practices that got the national ruling coalition into trouble in the first place, losing its historic two-thirds majority in the national parliament in national elections last year. Najib's ascent to power more likely represents a clear preference by UMNO stalwarts to return to cronyism, money politics and corruption after an eight-year interregnum from the authoritarian reign of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
The new prime minister's history may make it problematical whether the leaders of major countries are going to want to be seen with him. Concerns include hundreds of millions of dollars in questionable contracts steered to UMNO cronies and friends, not to mention continuing allegations of his involvement in the murder of the Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu following the controversial purchase of French submarines and, more recently, his role in sabotaging the opposition in the state of Perak and his shuttering newspapers and thwarting opposition candidates during his own party's elections last week.
The convention itself was a good example. Opponents of the Najib team were denied places on the ballot by a panel supposedly charged with cleaning up money politics, although they let Najib's allies slide by after having committed the same offenses. The result was that the deputy president, Muhyiddin Yassin, and all three vice presidents are from the Najib faction although the Najib forces were unable to prevent Khairy Jamaluddin, the son-in-law of ousted Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmand Badawi, from becoming head of the important UMNO Youth wing. They also were unable to stop Shahrizat Abdul Jalil from defeating longtime party hack Rafidah Aziz to take over the Wanita, the women's wing of the party, also a Badawi ally.
The final election night erupted into name-calling, with allies of Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of the former prime minister, charging that Khairy had bought the votes to make him head of UMNO Youth. Mahathir Mohamad himself railed against the two candidates against his son, calling them corrupt. Rais Yatim, the foreign minister, who lost out in one of the vice president races, demanded that UMNO's disciplinary board investigate the entire new supreme council over allegations that they had delivered gifts and money to delegates in the effort to win their seats. Mahathir Mohamad has repeatedly launched furious attacks on UMNO leaders, calling them corrupt although he showed up at the last night of the convention to be seen with Najib and others.
The UMNO-owned New Straits Times described the top party positions as having "given much-needed breathing space to Najib as he sets out to unite UMNO and push the party to undertake the reforms he has promised. He will have less of a task to deal with the factionalism that so often arises after a bitterly fought contest in the party." But in fact, UMNO appears to be as much riven by factional politics as it was going into the convention.
As early as April 8, the party faces the first of three important by-elections – one for a seat in the Dewan Rakyat, or national assembly, and two more for state legislative seats. The first test is for a Perak seat in which support for the Barisan appears to be waning.
"The problem is not the opposition, but within our own ranks," a local leader told the Kuala Lumpur-based website Malaysia Insider, referring to the perennial problem of factionalism within Umno.
Najib has sought to nullify the opposition with force. Last Monday, a rally led by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim was broken up by police who fired tear gas at the audience. Other rallies have been cancelled as well. Two opposition newspapers were cancelled until after April 8, the date of the Perak national by-election, presumably because the two papers have hammered away at allegations of Najib's connections with the two men on trial for killing Altantuya in October of 2006 and her role in the €1 billion purchase of French submarines that netted one of his closest friends €114 million in "commissions."
To say Najib brings considerable baggage with him is an understatement. While attention has focused on allegations of corruption in the submarine purchases, the fact is that as defense minister from 1999 to 2008, Najib presided over a cornucopia of defense deals that poured a river of money into the coffers of his close friends and UMNO cronies. A September 24, 2007 story in Asia Sentinel quoted Foreign Policy in Focus, a think tank supported by the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, as saying that "many foreign arms manufacturers generally used well-connected Malaysians as their lobbyists for contracts."
Three contracts approved under Najib have been widely cited by the opposition and fit well into Foreign in Policy in Focus's patronage scale. They have been forced back into public attention by his ascension to the premiership and by the exoneration under questionable circumstances of Abdul Razak Baginda, one of his closest friends, for Altantuya's murder.
Spending for defense accelerated across the board after Najib, called "the driving force" behind Malaysia's military modernization program by Foreign Policy in Focus. The shopping list, the think tank reported, "includes battle tanks from Poland, Russian and British surface-to-air missiles and mobile military bridges, Austrian Steyr assault rifles and Pakistani anti-tank missiles. Kuala Lumpur was also negotiating to buy several F/A 18s, the three French submarines and Russian Suhkoi Su-30 fighter aircraft.
It was the Sukhois that, after the French submarines, became the second controversial purchase brokered by Najib. The deal, worth US$900 million (RM3.2 billion), was through a Russian state company, Federal State Unitary Enterprise 'Rosoboronexport' on May 19, 2003. A company called IMT Defence Sdn. Bhd. was appointed the local agent for the Russian company and received 12 percent of the purchase price, US$108 million (RM380 million). The principal figure and chairman of IMT Defence is Mohamad Adib Adam, the former chief minister of Malacca, the previous Land and Development Minister and a longtime UMNO stalwart.
The involvement of IMT Defence only became known because in March 2005, a former director of IMT, Mohamad Zainuri Mohamad Idrus, filed suit against several Adib-related companies, alleging that Adib and his sister, Askiah Adam, "wanted to prevent him from exposing the reality of the Sukhoi deal." In 2006, Mohamad Zainuri lodged a police report alleging that Adib had stolen the US$108 million (RM 380 million) commission that was supposed to be channeled to the company.
According to Mohamad Zainuri's report, Adib had secretly registered a new company in the federal island of Labuan, Malaysia's offshore banking center, bearing a name similar to IMT Defence Sdn Bhd, allegedly in order to channel the commission illegally to the new company. The report was then sent to the Commercial Crime Investigations Department Headquarters. No report, however, has ever been released to the public.
Then, in late 2007, a third military scandal surfaced. Malaysia's Auditor General, in a report tabled in Parliament on September 7, alleged that a contract to build naval vessels given to PSC-Naval Dockyard, a subsidiary of Penang Shipbuilding & Construction Sdn Bhd, which is owned by another UMNO crony, Amin Shah Omar Shah, was near failure.
PSC-Naval Dockyard was contracted to deliver six patrol boats for the Malaysian Navy in 2004 and complete the delivery by last April. Those were supposed to be the first of 27 offshore vessels ultimately to cost RM24 billion plus the right to maintain and repair all of the country's naval craft. But only two of the barely operational patrol boats had been delivered by mid 2006. There were 298 recorded complaints about the two boats, which were also found to have 100 and 383 uncompleted items aboard them respectively.
The original RM5.35 billion contract ballooned to RM6.75 billion by January 2007. The auditor also reported that the ministry had paid out Rm4.26 billion to PSC up to December 2006 although only Rm2.87 billion of work had been done, an overpayment of Rm1.39 billion, or 48 percent. In addition, Malaysia's cabinet waived late penalties of Rm214 million. Between December 1999, according to the Auditor General, 14 "progress payments" amounting to Rm943 million despite the fact that the auditor general could find no payment vouchers or relevant documents dealing with the payments.
The auditor general attributed the failure to serious financial mismanagement and technical incompetence stemming from the fact that PSC had never built anything but trawlers or police boats before being given the contract. Once called "Malaysia's Onassis" by former finance minister Daim Zainuddin, Amin Shah was in trouble almost from the start, according to a report in Singapore's Business Times in 2005. The financial crisis of 1997-1998 meant he was desperate to find funds to shore up ancillary businesses, Business times reported.
After a flock of lawsuits, the government ultimately cut off funding in 2004 amid losses and a net liabilities position. Boustead Holdings effectively took control from Amin Shah, reducing him to non-executive chairman.
The scandal is bringing shame to the nation and damaging our international credibility. For the honour of the nation, for the honour of the office of prime minister, for the honour of the sovereign institutions expected to endorse, confirm and lend authority to him should he become prime minister according to Umno's plans, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak should finally face these suspicions and implied charges, submit himself to legal scrutiny, and come clean on them."
"Swearing on the Al-Quran is not the way out," Razaleigh continued. "Scoundrels have been known to do that. The truth, established through the rigorous and public scrutiny of the law, is the only remedy if an untrue story has gained currency not just internationally but at home among a large section of the people. Najib should voluntarily offer to testify at the trial of the two officers charged with killing Altantuya Shaariibuu. He could also write to these newspapers and if necessary he should take legal action against them to clear his name and that of our country."The case has troubling aspects that have increasingly been noted in British and French newspapers after Asia Sentinel raised them in 2007. They bear repeating.
According to testimony in the trial of the two men accused of killing her, Altantuya accompanied her then-lover Abdul Razak Baginda to Paris at a time when Malaysia's defense ministry was negotiating through a Kuala Lumpur-based company, Perimekar Sdn Bhd, to buy two Scorpene submarines and a used Agosta submarine produced by the French government under a French-Spanish joint venture, Armaris, which in turn was bought by DCNS, a French contractor, in 2007. Perimekar at the time was owned by a company called Ombak Laut, which was wholly owned by Abdul Razak.
The contract was not competitive. The Malaysian ministry of defense paid €1 billion (RM 4.5 billion) to Amaris for the three submarines, for which Perimekar received a commission of €114 million (RM510 million). Deputy Defense Minister Zainal Abdidin Zin told the Dewan Rakyat, Malaysia's parliament, that the money was paid for "coordination and support services" although the fee amounted to a whopping 11 percent of the sales price for the submarines. Altantuya, by her own admission in the last letter she wrote before her murder, said she had been blackmailing Abdul Razak Baginda, pressuring him for US$500,000. She did not say how she was blackmailing him, leaving open lots of questions.
The French government has never shown any enthusiasm for investigating French companies alleged to be involved in corruption in gaining contracts overseas. It appears likely that it will in this case.
After Altantuya was murdered, one of her accused assassins, Sirul Umar, in a written confession, said he and his boss had been offered RM50,000 to RM100,000 to kill her. In the 22 months since the trial began, nobody in court has thought to ask who was going to pay the money. Abdul Razak Baginda was exonerated by the court and has left the country to study at Oxford.
Persiapan tempat di padang Majlis Perbandaran Taiping sedang giat dijalankan petang tadi.Besok calon-calon akan bertemu dan para penyokong juga akan bertemu di padang ini.Calon PAS Dato ser Mohd Nizar dijangka menunaikan solat hajat di masjid Daerah Taiping pada jam 7.30 pagi dan berarak ke padang dan berkumpul pada jam 830 pagi berarak calon ke padang.
Gambaran di kampong-kampong Kurnia Jaya berdekatan kilang Kamunting
Dua kempen yang berbeza.Sebelah kiri ialah kempen oleh BN dimana poster ini di tabur di merata markas .Kempen ini memburuk kan pimpinan pembangkang dimana jika difikirkan secara rasional sudah tentu rakyat yang bijak akan berfikir banyak kali bagaimana taktik seperti ini agak keterlaluan dan diguna pakai sejak zaman 7oan .BN perlu bertukar dengan cara yang lebih logik untuk mempengaruhi orang ramai.
Manakala di sebelah kanan pula poster yang diambil di kawasan PAS/Pakatan Rakyat dimana jika dibaca ianya akan meminta rakyat berfikir sama ada betul atau tidak dan sudah tentu ianya akan banyak membuat orang ramai berfikir banyak kali dan ianya adalah lebih logik.
Gambar di kawasan Taman Mewah berdekatan Taiping dimana anak-anak muda menguasai pusat dan markas-markas parti
Malaysia's prime minister says he will resign on April 2 to let his deputy to take over the government.
The hand-over will complete a power transition one year in the making after the ruling coalition's shock drubbing in general elections blamed on Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's weak leadership.
Earlier this week, Abdullah stepped down as president of the ruling United Malays National Organisation party in favour of Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Abdullah said in a speech to the party congress on Saturday that he will meet the constitutional monarch on April 2 to convey his desire to step down. He says a ceremony to transfer power to Najib will be held later but gave no date.
KULA SEPETANG, 27. Sempat berada di kuala spetang di markas PAS di Jebong.Tertarik dengan nama tersebut dan hiasan lampu pada wau bulan , maka sempat singgah berbual dan menambil gambar.
The Associated Press
Published: March 26, 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak was formally elected chief of Malaysia’s ruling party Thursday, bringing him a step closer to taking over the government despite accusations that he will crack down on dissent.
Najib is to take over as prime minister next week from Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is stepping down after 5½ years in office to take responsibility for the drubbing the ruling United Malays National Organization party received in last year’s general elections.
In a farewell speech Thursday, Mr. Abdullah warned that the party will perish if it continues with its old ways of silencing critics, jailing opponents and discriminating against minorities.
‘‘We must come to our senses,’’ Mr. Abdullah told the party’s annual congress.
Mr. Najib, 55, ran unopposed and was declared U.M.N.O. president without any voting. Results of elections for deputy president, three vice presidents and 25 Supreme Council members were to be announced late Thursday.
Mr. Najib is suave and articulate, but his ascent to power has not been without controversy. He has been accused of corruption, including allegations about a deal to purchase French submarines when he was defense minister.
Mr. Najib denies the allegations, which have dominated blogs and Internet postings by Malaysian activists. The mainstream media, which are government-controlled, have not reported the accusations.
On Monday, police fired tear gas on an opposition rally, and a day later the government shut down two opposition party newspapers for three months.
As a result, the newspapers will not be able to reach out to voters during three parliamentary by-elections on April 7 that are seen as a referendum on Mr. Najib’s popularity.
The ban on newspapers also silences them on April 9, when a court will deliver its verdict in the trial of two policemen accused of murdering a former mistress of a close friend of Mr. Najib. The friend, Abdul Razak Baginda, was tried as an accessory, but was acquitted.
Mr. Najib denies the opposition allegations that he knew the woman.
Mr. Najib will also have to grapple with an economy that is heading for recession. Malaysia’s central bank said Wednesday it expects exports — the main pillar of the economy — will fall by a quarter this year.
Malaysian premier resigns as leader of party
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Kuala Lumpur, March 26 (DPA) Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Thursday stepped down as leader of the country's ruling party, clearing the way for his deputy, Najib Razak, to become president of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).
The uncontested election makes Najib, who is also deputy prime minister and Malaysia's finance minister, almost certainly the country's next premier.
Historically, all presidents of UMNO, the largest and most powerful party in the National Front government coalition, are elected as prime ministers.
While Abdullah has not set a date for handing the premiership over to Najib, local sources said it could take place as early as next week.
Earlier, in a rousing speech marking his resignation, Abdullah called on UMNO to work at rebuilding its badly bruised image or risk being made obsolete.
Abdullah was emotional and struggled to hold back tears throughout his opening speech of the UMNO general assembly in Kuala Lumpur.
"I've been privileged to see developments and growth within UMNO over the years and to be involved in the party's struggles," Abdullah said.
However, Abdullah said the party's popularity today was at an all-time low and urged delegates to unite in making the party relevant to the masses.
Abdullah said UMNO was facing "a test of credibility that is extremely heavy".
He said the party had been resting on its laurels for too long and failed to address the real needs of the people.
UMNO and the National Front have been in power for all of the country's 52-year history.
"We have been overcome by greed, by in-fighting," Abdullah warned. "We have failed to manage our own successes."
After Abdullah reiterated Thursday that he would not seek re-election, Najib was made party chief in an uncontested election.
Abdullah's resignation came after mounting criticism against his leadership following embarrassing losses for the party and the National Front government in last year's general elections.
The three-party opposition alliance managed to wrest away control of five of Malaysia's 13 states and for the first time in history denied the government a two-thirds majority in parliament.
Abdullah, who initially refused to step down, eventually relented after embarrassing public criticism of his performance.
On Thursday, Abdullah defended his service to the party since taking over from former premier Mahathir Mohamad in November 2003.
"I joined the party because I was confident in the party's struggles," he said.
"I have never insulted UMNO, I have never shamed UMNO, and I will never leave it," he said before choking up before the delegates.
"I've been through political hardships, but a test of our loyalty is only when we face struggles," he said.
Almost 2,500 delegates travelled from all over the country to gather for the annual congress.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat akan terus menerbitkan akhbar Suara keadilan walau pun di larang dan digantung selama 3 bulan oleh KDN.Menurut Tian Chua.
"Kita akan teruskan walaupun tanpa permit," kata ketua penerangannya Tian Chua."Kita tidak nampak tindakan (KDN) yang lebih keras daripada menggantung (permit akhbar) kita."Malah akhbar Harakah juga akan teteap mengeluarkan akhbar mereka .Harakah yang mulai tahun ini mendapat permit selama 2 kali seminggu.Tian Chua juga menjelaskan bahawa ;
Menurut Datuk Mustafa Ali selaku pengerusi akhbar tersebut ,semua Ahli lembaga pengarah Harakah dijangka akan mengadakan satu mesyuarat pada Khamis ini bagi membincangkan isu tersebut, katanya.
”Mungkin akan ada lagi tindakan yang lebih ketat terhadap media dimasa-masa akan datang.”demikian jelas Tian Chua lagi
Akan tetapi buat masa ini dengan adanya pilihanraya kecil,pemilihan Umno,peralihan kuasa,dan ini sebenarnya boleh menjejaskan parti pemerintah iaitu Umno yang menjadi dominant dalam pakatan pemerintah Barisan nasional.Menurut kementerian dalam negeri Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar hari ini dilaporkan berkata KDN tidak senang dengan laporan yang dimainkan oleh kedua-dua akhbar itu yang didakwa "salah, sensasi dan sensitive, mengelirukan"