Aliran media statement

Aliran media statement

Tharmendran’s detention deeply disturbing

The detention of former Air Force sergeant N Tharmendran by eight air force personnel outside the Shah Alam High Court is deeply disturbing.

The Court had fixed 17 December for a decision on Tharmendran’s application to strike out the charge for the theft of two fighter jet engines. Tharmendran had been charged with allegedly stealing the engines in 2007 at the RMAF base in Subang.

Tharmendran’s lawyers are clearly worried with justification about his safety as they claim he had been hurt before while in custody. His lawyer insists that Tharmendran is a civilian as he is no longer in service and therefore the air force had no right to arrest him. The air force, for its part, considers him a deserter for failing to report for work after posting bail on 6 September this year.

But according to his lawyer N Surendran, Tharmendran’s contract with the air force had expired on 28 May and had not been renewed. Neither had he received any wages since then. “This is a clear violation in the administration of justice…,” he said.

It is appalling that the air force personnel could haul away Tharmendran in full view of several police personnel who were at the court compound.

Aliran regards what happened to Tharmendran as an interference with the due process of justice and calls for his immediate release. The air force personnel responsible for his detention must also be hauled up and made accountable for their actions. Tharmendran’s previous allegations of ill-treatment must also be thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators brought to book.

Aliran executive committee
25 November 2010


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Aliran is saddened to learn of the passing of Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu at the age of 91.

His was a colourful and illustiouscareer that spanned many decades

Aliran is saddened to learn of the passing of Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu at the age of

A veteran politician who was active for almost half a century, Tun Dr Lim had a
colourful and illustrious career that spanned many decades. He left an indelible
mark on the socio-economic and political scene of Penang. Under his leadership,
the state’s rapid growth and vibrant industrialization revived Penang’s economy
and gave serious meaning to the motto Penang Leads. The Penang Free Trade Zone,
now renamed the Free Industrial Zone, and the Penang Bridge which connected the
two parts of the state, will remain fitting tributes to the memory of this
outstanding politician.

When campaigning for the 1969 General Election, Tun Dr Lim spoke at the
Esplanade with other Gerakan leaders. Then he shared his vision of developing
Penang into a dynamic state with the expansion of industrialization and creation
of jobs. He promised to create 90,000 jobs if returned to power. The vast
majority of the voters who eagerly attended this gigantic rally were skeptical
that such an enormous target could be attained. Looking back, we now know that
Tun Dr Lim surpassed his target. His successful economic transformation of
Penang turned the state into a leading centre of global electronic manufacturing
that paved the way for Malaysia’s industrialization.

The high point in his political career must surely be when the newly-formed
Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia captured Penang in 1969 which allowed Tun Dr Lim
to be the Chief Minister. He went on to hold the post for 21 years. Although his
political career ended with his defeat by Lim Kit Siang in 1990, Tun Dr Lim’s
record as Chief Minister has been unrivalled.

Gerakan threw up many magnificent leaders like the late Professor Syed Hussein
Alatas, Dr Tan Chee Khoon, V David, Tan Phock Kin, Veerappan, Mustapha Hussein,
and Professor Wang Gungwu. The party’’s founding came at a time of great promise
and expectations. The Alliance found a formidable match in Gerakan and there was
a real possibility for change. There was genuine potential for the emergence of
a two-party system.

In the May 1969 election, the Alliance lost its two-thirds’ majority in
parliament for the first time. In fact, the Alliance failed to win the majority
of state legislative assembly seats in Kelantan, Perak, Selangor, and Penang.
Sadly, the ethnic violence erupted on May 13, three days after polling, and
changed the course of our history. Sad, too, was the division within Gerakan
that led to the departure of several prominent leaders when Tun Dr Lim took the
party into the Barisan Nasional coalition which Tun Abdul Razak constructed with
the participation of most other opposition parties, including PAS, SUPP and PPP.

Notwithstanding that development which frustrated many hopes of a reformed
political system, Tun Dr Lim will be remembered as a dynamic leader who held his
ground against his critics, including those within the Barisan Nasional, such
being his fortitude and much respected stature. To that degree, Tun Dr Lim
Chong Eu’s Penang was never a brow-beaten but proud and admired state within

The Excecutive Committee and members of Aliran sincerely offer their condolences
to Toh Puan Goh Sing Yeng and members of Tun Dr Lim’s family.

May he rest in peace.

Aliran Exco
October 2010
With very warm regards,



Foto/berita oleh: wrlr

Kuala Krau- Kembara jejak fakir oleh pemuda PAS kawasan Kuala Krau yang di ketuai oleh Ustaz Shahril Azman Al-Hafiz selaku Timbalan Ketua Pemuda PAS Pahang yang juga merupakan ketua dewan pemuda PAS kawasan Kuala Krau bersempena dengan hari raya aidil adha baru- baru ini dilahat sebagai satu langkah mengukuhkan siratulrahim antara masyarakat dengan kaum asal .

Kembara jejak fakir ini yang bermula dari Bandar Jengka dimana sebanyak 14 ekor lembu korban telah ditumbangkan di mana para jemaah telah sudi membahagiakan daging korban sebanyak 100 kilo untuk disumbangkan kepada saudara seagama di kampong orang asal iaitu Kampung Pasu di daerah Kuala Krau .Kuala Krau terletak di bawah DUN Kerdau.

Rombongan konvoi ini yang di sertai seramai 30 aktivis dan juga para petugas PAS kawasan telah bertolak sekitar jam 5.00 petang dan sampai sejam kemudian.Rombongan kemudiannya di perkenalkan dengan Tok Batin kampong Pasu iaitu antara beberapa buah penempatan orang asal di dalam daerah Kuala Krau.Batin Raman Chen yang dikenali penduduk di situ begitu mesra membawa rombongan bertemu dengan masyarakat islam dan bukan islam dimana daging korban telah di bahagikan.

Rombongan kemudiannya bergerak dari rumah ke rumah dimana para petugas yang mengikuti telah bergerak membahagikan daging korban kepada penduduk kampong asal dimana sambutan dari penduduk kampong yang begitu mesra dengan kedatangan rombongan jentera PAS kawasan yang saban tahun dan setiap kali menculnya hari raya dan juga hari- hari kebesaran , penduduk kampong Pasu tidak dilupakan.

Selain dari daging dan duit raya yang disumbangkan kepada penduduk kampong Pasu, rombongan yang juga dituruti oleh tok batin mengedarkan risalah kepada penduduk kaum asal.Risalah mengenai agama islam juga diberikan sebagai bahan bacaan untuk penduduk kaum asal memahami sedikit sebanyak mengenai agama islam.

Program jejak fakir ini kemudiannya berakhir sekitar jam 7.30 malam dan rombongan berhenti solat berjemaah yang diimamkan oleh ustaz Shahril di masjid Kuala Krau.

Pakatan Rakyat bahagi kerusi selepas konvensyen
Hazayani Zakaria

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Nov: Timbalan Presiden PAS, Ustaz Nasharuddin Mat Isa berkata, proses persiapan pilihan raya Pakatan Rakyat bermula dengan perhimpunan penyokong parti di Pulau Pinang, 18 Disember depan dan disambung dengan Konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat pada keesokan harinya.

Pakatan Rakyat bahagi kerusi selepas konvensyen
Hazayani Zakaria

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Nov: Timbalan Presiden PAS, Ustaz Nasharuddin Mat Isa berkata, proses persiapan pilihan raya Pakatan Rakyat bermula dengan perhimpunan penyokong parti di Pulau Pinang, 18 Disember depan dan disambung dengan Konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat pada keesokan harinya.

Gugat kuasa Raja, Umno dicabar buktikan petualang

PAS hari ini melahirkan rasa kesal parti itu dengan isu gangguan perlembagaan dan kedudukan Raja-Raja Melayu seperti yang sering dibangkitkan, kata ketua penerangannya, Idris Ahmad.

idris ahmad information chief pas muktamar in kota bharuMenurut beliau usaha Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang mengingatkan pihak-pihak tertentu yang cuba mengubah perlembagaan negara supaya tidak bersikap seperti 'tikus membaiki labu' sebenarnya cuba menimbulkan ketakutan di kalangan orang Melayu supaya tidak menyokong PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat.

"Sejak mutakhir isu Melayu dan kedaulatan Raja-Raja dibangkitkan sebagai usaha untuk menarik sokongan orang Melayu kepada Umno, kononnya Melayu dan Raja Berperlembagaan hanya selamat di bawah Umno, setelah isu pembangunan sudah lapok, kerana dunia semakin maju," katanya dalam satu kenyataan media hari ini.

Harussani ZakariaIdris berkata satu ketika dahulu kononnya ada perlembagaaan baru seperti yang ditimbulkan oleh Mufti Perak, Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria tetapi sehingga hari ini perkara itu gagal dibuktikan.

“PAS mencabar mana-mana pihak yang ada bukti jika ada mana pihak yang hendak menggugat perkara yang telah dipersetujui bersama seperti kedudukan agama Islam, kedudukan Raja-Raja Melayu dan Hak Istimewa Raja-Raja Melayu silalah bawa ke pengadilan.

Isu derhaka

"Isu derhaka kepada Raja-Raja Melayu dibangkitkan dengan hebat ketika pilihanraya kecil Bukit Gantang, kononnya Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaludin derhaka kepada Sultan Perak. Mereka eksploit perkatan yang diucapkan oleh Nizar "Patik Mohon Sembah Derhaka", pada hal ini adalah istilah yang diajar oleh protokol istana ketika berbahasa dengan Raja apabila kita tidak sependapat dalam satu pandangan," kata Idris.

idris jusoh terengganu natang binatang animal banner 260308 02Menurut beliau, dalam sejarah politik Malaysia - “yang biadab dengan Raja-Raja Melayu ialah pemimpin Umno.” Malahan, dakwa Idris, Umno juga cuba mengambil alih kuasa mengistihar darurat daripada Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.

Katanya, rakyat negara ini juga tidak lupa bagaimana Umno “membelasah Raja-Raja Melayu pada tahun 1983 kerana menolak cadangan supaya kuasa Yang Di-Pertuan Agong mengenai pengistiharan darurat dikurangkan.

conference of rulers majlis raja raja"Begitu juga penyokong Umno pula mengatakan Sultan Terengganu binatang. Kenapa polis tidak tangkap mereka yang berdemonstrasi dan menghina sultan Terengganu kerana tidak melantik Datuk Seri Idris Jusuh sebagai Menteri Besar Terengganu?” soalnya.

Idris berkata sebenarnya, banyak lagi yang boleh dibongkarkan bagi membuktikan siapa yang sebenarnya menghina Raja-raja Melayu.

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