Sebab utama Datuk Kalakau Sokong Pakatan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR : Bekas Timbalan Menteri pada tahun 1986 dan pernah menjadi Ketua Pemuda Pertubuhan Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Bersatu (UPKO) selama 12 tahun, Datuk Kalakau Unto hari ini mengishtiharkan keluar parti seterusnya menyokong perjuangan Pakatan Rakyat.

Beliau turut mengumumkan pelepasan jawatannya dalam syarikat-syarikat milik kerajaan (GLC) dalam satu sidang akhbar di Tamparuli, Sabah hari ini.

Antara jawatan beliau sehingga semalam ialah ialah Pengerusi Superpanel (Sabah) Sdn. Bhd., sebuah subsidiari milik penuh Lembaga Pembangunan Perumahan Bandar (LPPB), serta sebagai ahli Lembaga Pengarah Perbadanan Pembangunan Ekonomi Sabah (Sedco) dan ke semuanya dilepaskan beliau seterusnya menyokong perjuangan dan dasar-dasar PR.

Tokoh itu yang juga seorang blogger meletakkan tajuk 'Perhitungan Pengundi Sabah pada PRU 13' sebagai entri terkini di blog peribadinya.

"Dalam apa jua perkara, yang pasti kekal berterusan berlaku ialah suatu perubahan dan perubahan itu akan terjelma dalam pelbagai bentuk; termasuklah pemikiran dan pentafsiran.

Begitulah juga mengenai kaedah untuk membuat sebarang keputusan," katanya dalam blog yang 'tagline'nya D Patriot Agenda, Kalakau Untol.

Sehubungan itu, beliau juga akan menjelajah ke seluruh Sabah bersama PR selepas ini bagi menjelaskan perjuangannya ke arah merakyatkan dasar-dasar PR seperti yang terkandung dalam Konvensyen Pertama PR di Shah Alam 19 Disember lalu.

Dasar-dasar itu ialah memastikan Khazanah negeri Sabah dan Sarawak dinikmati sepenuhnya oleh rakyatnya dengan memperuntukkan royalti 20 peratus daripada pendapatan Petroleum mereka.

Selain itu, PR turut mencadangkan agar Suruhanjaya Diraja diwujudkan demi mencari jalan penyelesaian terbaik untuk isu Pendatang Asing di negeri itu.

Turut menjadi dasar PR ialah menjamin Tanah Adat Orang Asal tidak dicabuli di Sabah dan Sarawak selain mengehentikan serta-merta penindasan terhadap rakyat khasnya di kawasan Pedalamanakibat kegiatan ekonomi yang tidak beretika.

Penjelasan dasar-dasar itu juga katanya, akan diterus diperjelaskannya sehinggalah pilihanraya umum ke 13 berlangsung.

Presiden Persatuan Dusun Sabah Bersatu (Usda) itu dan pernah berkhidmat sebagai Senator sehingga tamat penggalnya pada Dis 2005 bagaimanapun enggan mengulas berhubung parti yang akan disertainya.

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Setia dan tahan uji, antara syarat calon PKR PRU 13 - Anwar

Thursday, 18 February 2010 Oleh Masdar Wahid

KUALA LUMPUR : Tahan uji mendepani cabaran dan setia dalam perjuangan yang dibawa oleh Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). Itu antara kiteria penting yang perlu ada bagi mana-mana calon PKR yang berhasrat bertanding mewakili parti itu dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Ketua Umumnya, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata, beliau akan mengambil tanggungjawab penuh berikutan keputusan individu tertentu yang telah bertindak keluar meninggalkan parti itu akhir-akhir ini.

Menurutnya, sejak awal penubuhan parti itu, ia adalah wadah sebenar kepada mana-mana insan di negara ini yang berhasrat mendukung prinsip perjuangan demi membawa perubahan untuk rakyat Malaysia.

"Oleh itu, tidak hairanlah perjuangan ini sedari mula sering diserang oleh kelompok-kelompok insan terdesak yang sedar pengaruh mereka kini goyah dilanda kesedaran rakyat.

"Kita tidak menjanjikan imbuhan serta kedudukan kepada mereka yang mahu bersama PKR. Perjuangan ini menuntut kesediaan dan kesanggupan calon untuk mengharungi segala tekanan dan cabaran," katanya.

Ketua Pembangkang itu turut memberitahu, bahawa walaupun PKR menghadapi sedikit hambatan kewangan menjelang pilihan raya umum sejak Mac 2008, tapi parti itu tetap menampilkan calon-calonnya dalam kalangan yang terbaik.

"Bagaimanapun sudah tentu ada antara mereka yang alpa lalu memilih meninggalkan PKR sekali gus mengecewakan hasrat rakyat untuk mengembalikan negara ke landasan yang sebenar.

"Namun, saya yakin bahawa kita mampu melewati titik kecil itu dalam sejarah kita yang panjang. Percayalah pastinya ada hikmah di sebalik semua ini. Kita semestinya mengambil episod ini sebagai pelajaran bermakna dan berusaha (untuk) tidak mengulangi kesilapan sebegini pada masa hadapan," katanya.

"Kepemimpinan akan menumpukan perhatian untuk memastikan bakal calon yang dikemukakan bukan sahaja berwibawa dan berkelayakan, malah calon itu sendiri perlu terdiri daripada mereka yang tahan diuji dan setia kepada perjuangan ini," kata Ahli Permatang Pauh itu diblognya.

ALIRAN MEDIA STATEMENT


Aliran media statement
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Are we entitled to a fair, unbiased trial?
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Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:40

Judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah did not disappoint discerning Malaysians. They did not expect him to rule otherwise. They expected him not to recuse himself.

This is a replica of a previous judgment in Sodomy 1 when Anwar wanted Augustine Paul to recuse himself as a judge in his case. Of course, he refused stating that he won’t be biased. That was a ridiculous decision. The judge did not understand the implications of what constitutes biasness.

Unfortunately, there is this worrying perception that many of our judges do not have a proper notion of justice and fairness. They are not really troubled about the question of biasness. They don’t seem to be bothered about what impression they create in the minds of fair-minded Malaysians. They are not concerned about what impact their judgment would have on the judiciary and the public perception of our system of justice.

But the point is shouldn’t it be incumbent on a judge to recuse himself when a party to the dispute imputes that they don’t have faith in him as a fair person to sit in judgment in their case?

A litigant’s confidence in the judge should not be affected to the extent that he is forced to request for another judge to hear his case. In that eventuality, a fair-minded judge would step down graciously in order to safeguard the people’s confidence in the judiciary.

In this present case, Utusan Malaysia’s reporting of the Sodomy 2 trial was deemed to be prejudicial to Anwar. There is a moot point for consideration when it reported, 'Tak Rela Diliwat Lagi' ('Unwilling to be sodomised again') and 'Berhenti Kerana Tidak Mahu Diliwat Lagi' ('Quit to avoid being sodomised again').

The reporting seems to suggest that sodomy has taken place when the truth is that it has not yet been established as a fact at this stage of the proceedings.

Anwar’s lead counsel Karpal Singh wanted the paper to be cited for contempt or cautioned for its prejudicial reporting. This was denied. And that was why Karpal wanted Judge Zabidin to disqualify himself.

Following Zabidin’s refusal to step aside, Anwar commented, "As a result of the rulings made by the trial judge, there has been a departure from the standard of even-handed justice which the law requires.”

We have a situation here where Anwar is facing a very serious charge which he contends as being manufactured to smear him and convict him in order to remove him from the political scene and contain the danger he poses to the Barisan Nasional. The consequences to his personal liberty are serious and his right to mount a challenge to the BN is in jeopardy. And that is why he deserves to be given every opportunity to defend himself in a fair and impartial court.

The way the courts have been ruling to deny him crucial evidence that would be so vital for his defence is questionable. Though the trial has started, the list of witnesses to be called has not been supplied to him. He is entitled to it without question.

The way the courts have conducted themselves also creates an indelible impression of biasness in the minds of Malaysians. In fact, it has also been stated that it is not Anwar who is on trial but the Malaysian judiciary is the one that is on trial.

Under the circumstances, in order to salvage the tattered and battered image of the judiciary, Zabidin should have stepped aside in the interest of justice.

Lord Denning's statement, as quoted by N H Chan in his book, Judging the Judges, is worth reproducing here for the benefit of our judges and for proper understanding of the issue of biasness:

“The court looks at the impressions which would be given to other people. Even if he was as impartial as could be, nevertheless if right-minded persons would think that, in the circumstances, there was real (danger) of bias on his part, then he should not sit. And if he does sit, his decision cannot stand. ...The court will not inquire whether he did, in fact, favour one side unfairly. Suffice it that reasonable people might think he did. The reason is plain enough. Justice must be rooted in confidence: and confidence is destroyed when right-minded people go away thinking:‘The judge is biased’.”

Aliran is concerned not because it is Anwar who is on trial. We are concerned whether any Malaysian is entitled to a fair trial in our courts.


P Ramakrishnan
President
18 February 2010

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