PKR and reps are calling Bayan Baru MP Zahrain Mohd Hashim, a traitor. His own PKR assistant, Tan Seng Keat said he betrayed the PKR party's struggle. Tan is now the Acting Chief of the Bayan Baru branch.
Meanwhile, Sim Tze Tzin said members who are not with the party's struggle are free to leave PKR. He was answering media's question if there are more PKR MPs or Aduns leaving the party.
Abdul Malik who is the Batu Maung Adun claimed these problems with its members are part of the Barisan Nasional scheme to topple the Penang state government through defections.
Meanwhile, at another location where a Ceramah Perdana was being held, Deputy Chief Minister 1, Mansor Othman said no one is going to cry over Zahrain's departure. He said Zahrain left due to personal and 'small' problems.
Finally, CM Lim Guan Eng repeated his claim that the reason for Zahrain's unhappiness was over a 'RM2.00' company. He said Zahrain had betrayed his voters in the Bayan Baru parliamentary area and Zahrain has to answer to his voters.
Video by Citizen Journalist Chan Lilian
The Burmese military regime responded by bringing in hundreds of armed police and warned the workers that they would face a violent crackdown if they did not disperse peacefully. On February 10th the workers had little choice but to accept a compromised settlement of a monthly increase of US$2 –US$5. But then the next day, February 11th, workers from Myanmar Sunny shoe factory form Industrial Zone No.(2) and from Miss Style shoe factory from Industrial Zone No.(3) announced that they would also demand increased wages.
The industrial zone where these factories are located employs between 50,000 to 70,000 workers. The factories are owned by Korean, Thai and Burmese nationals, among others. Workers earn only around US$5 a month.
Burma continues to be ruled by a military dictatorship with a record of violent crack- downs against any form of protest or gatherings over 5 people. Trade unions are banned. Workers in Burma are thus denied their basic rights of assembly and collective bargaining. In addition, with a blackout on news coverage of any unrest, workers are completely isolated from international attention.
The isolation of the workers, the presence of the military and the history of the regime is cause for grave concern for the safety and the rights of all workers in Burma and urgently for the workers in the Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone.
It is also important to note that there are no international agencies in Burma who can support the rights of workers and monitor the situation, due to the restrictive political environment inside Burma.
Asian Migrant Centre, MAP Foundation and the Workers and Farmers Solidarity League of Burma, applaud the brave action taken by the workers and stand in solidarity with all workers in Burma in their struggle for workers rights. We are deeply disturbed by the threat of military force by the military junta in responding to these strikes by workers exercising their freedom of association.
The workers in Burma need your voices. They need your trade unions, civil society organizations and media to highlight their situation, to raise these violations of workers rights with your governments, especially those who are investing in Burma and your governments who are trading with Burma. Please petition your governments urgently.
The workers in Burma need you to demand that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) expand its mandate in Burma to include all forms of exploitation, not only forced labour.
You can also write letters to Sen. Gen Than Shwe c/o Ministry of Defence, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, to express your outrage at the use of threats of violence to quell workers’ call for a US$5 a month raise.
And finally please send a message of support to the brave workers in Burma at email@example.com
Unite with Workers in Burma!
For further information, please contact:Workers and Farmers Solidarity League of Burma at Wfslb2009@gmail.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org contact Reiko Harima Asian Migrant Centre Tel: +852 23120031or contact Jackie Pollock MAP Tel: +66 860904118
Tun Abdullah juga menyatakan begitu apabila diberitahu oleh akhbar mereka Utusan Malaysia..he..he...he..bekas PM dan TPM ekarang senang di tipu akhbar....
Keputusan sama ada kes Anwar diteruskan, 17 Februari
Ia akan menjadi penentu sama ada perbicaraan di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur yang ditangguhkan Rabu lalu, diteruskan pada Khamis depan atau beliau akan dibebaskan daripada tuduhan tersebut.
Keputusan itu akan diumumkan oleh panel tiga hakim diketuai oleh Datuk Wira Abu Samah Nordin yang bersidang bersama Hakim Datuk Sulaiman Daud dan Hakim Datuk Azhar Ma'ah.
Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) itu merayu terhadap keputusan Hakim Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd. Diah pada 1 Disember tahun lalu yang menolak permohonannya agar tuduhan liwat itu dibatalkan.
Ketua Pembangkang itu mengemukakan permohonan itu dengan alasan tuduhan tersebut berniat jahat, menindas dan menyalahgunakan proses mahkamah selain satu konspirasi politik serta muslihat jahat sama seperti pertuduhan yang dihadapinya pada 1998.
Peguam Karpal Singh yang mewakilinya berhujah agar tuduhan itu diketepikan kerana ia satu penindasan terhadap anak guamnya selain merupakan penyalahgunaan proses mahkamah.
Menurutnya, tuduhan itu tidak berasas kerana laporan perubatan oleh tiga doktor yang memeriksa Mohd. Saiful Bukhari menyatakan tiada penemuan klinikal yang kukuh menunjukkan berlaku kemasukan zakar dalam duburnya.
Ujar Karpal, ketiadaan elemen yang amat penting itu mencacatkan tuduhan liwat di bawah Seksyen 377B Kanun Keseksaan sedangkan ia menjadi asas kepada intipati pertuduhan.
Ujar beliau, tiada gunanya pendakwaan diteruskan dengan memanggil saksi-saksi memberi keterangan memandangkan perkara asas iaitu kemasukan zakar pada pertuduhan tidak dibuktikan.
Sehubungan itu, beliau memohon mahkamah menetapkan pendiriannya dengan membenarkan rayuan tersebut meskipun perbicaraan telah dimulakan.
Menurut beliau, persoalan yang dibangkitkan sewaktu di Mahkamah Tinggi sama ada pendakwaan berlaku jujur atau bertindak mengikut arahan pihak atasan, tidak harus diberi perhatian pada ketika ini.