GST Zalim!

Dari KeadilanDaily

21 November 2011

GST zalimi golongan miskin

AMPANG 22 Nov: Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan (GST) yang bakal dilaksana pentadbiran Datuk Seri Najib Razak selepas Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) akan datang menzalimi golongan miskin.

Itu antara kesimpulan dalam Forum GST yang berlangsung di Auditorium Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) semalam.

Pengarah Strategi KEADILAN, Rafizi Ramli berkata, GST secara teorinya nampak baik kerana setiap peringkat perniagaan dari pengilang hingga pembeli dikenakan cukai.

Namun dari segi praktikalnya, kata beliau, ia sebenarnya zalim kepada golongan berpendapatan rendah yang terbeban sekiranya cukai itu dilaksanakan.

“Bagaimana golongan miskin hendak membayar cukai dalam keadaan pendapatan mereka rendah,” soalnya.

Selain beliau, turut hadir dalam forum berkenaan ialah Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Ahli Petaling Jaya Utara, Tony Phua, Ahli Parlimen Kuala Selangor, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad dan Ahli Parlimen Ampang, Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Izzah pula memberi contoh mudah pelaksanaan GST dengan membandingkan pendapatan RM1,000 bagi golongan miskin dengan gaji golongan berpendapatan tinggi.

“Apabila cukai sebanyak empat peratus dikenakan kepada dua kumpulan ini, nampak macam adil. Tetapi hakikatnya, golongan miskin secara automatik pendapatannya semakin rendah dari segi peratusan selepas GST dilaksana.

“Berbanding golongan kaya bergaji RM20,000 sebulan, mereka hanya terjejas sedikit akibat pelaksanaan GST,” katanya.

Tony pula mencadangkan agar sistem monopoli diubah kepada sistem persaingan jika Pakatan Rakyat diberi mandat membentuk kerajaan persekutuan yang baru.

“Kerajaan (Umno BN) kata GST dilaksana kononnya untuk menambah pendapatan kerajaan bagi menangani defisit belanjawan. Tetapi mengapa wang rakyat sewenangnya dibazir dengan mengekalkan sistem monopoli dan rundingan terus,” katanya.

Beliau memberi contoh bagaimana harga beras di negara ini mahal kerana ia dikawal Bernas, yang dulunya milik kerajaan tetapi kini dikuasai syarikat swasta yang juga kroni Umno, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.

Sementara itu, Dr Dzulkefly mengakui GST adalah suatu cukai yang agak kompleks kerana sehingga kini masih ada golongan profesional yang tidak memahaminya dengan betul.

“Kita sudah rangka penerangan untuk diedar sehingga ke akar umbi dengan sasaran utama memahamkan rakyat diluar bandar.

“Penerangan ini kita bentang dan jelaskan dalam bahasa yang paling mudah difahami untuk setiap peringkat masyarakat,” katanya menjawab soalan hadirin.

Bagi Zuraida pula, beliau mengingatkan jentera Pakatan Rakyat di peringkat akar umbi yang hadir dalam forum itu memberi maklumat mengenai GST kepada rakyat sebelum berlangsungnya PRU-13.

“Cabang dan ranting Pakatan Rakyat di seluruh negara perlu memperkemas dan memperkukuhkan penerangan dengan memastikan risalah GST ini sampai kepada sasaran demi memastikan rakyat faham apa itu GST demi kebaikan semua,” katanya.


—Keadilan Daily

PR Sudah Bersedia Menghadapi PRU 13, Lancar Jentera Pada 14 Disember ini

Dari Keadlian Daily

15 November 2011

Pakatan Rakyat lancar jentera pilihan raya 14 Disember

KUALA LUMPUR 15 Nov: Pakatan Rakyat akan melancarkan jentera pilihan raya di Stadium Melawati Shah Alam pada 14 Disember depan, kata Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Pelancaran jentera pilihan raya itu katanya, sebagai antara persediaan Pakatan berdepan pilihan raya umum yang bakal berlangsung dalam masa terdekat.

Setiausaha Agung KEADILAN, Saifuddin Nasution menjelaskan, ia akan turut dihadiri pimpinan tertinggi Pakatan termasuk Anwar selaku Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, dan Penasihat DAP, Lim Kit Siang.

“Selepas pelancaran itu, jentera penerangan akan terus bergerak ke seluruh negara,” katanya pada sidang media selepas mesyuarat majlis pimpinan pakatan di pejabat ketua pembangkang di parlimen hari ini.

Turut serta dalam sidang akhbar itu ialah Kit Siang, Abdul Hadi dan anggota majlis pimpinan Pakatan.

Saifudin menegaskan, buat permulaan, jentera pakatan akan difokuskan pada negeri-negeri yang ditadbir gabungan itu.

“Selepas itu, jentera akan menjelajah pula di negeri-negeri tumpuan untuk kita tawan termasuklah Johor, Negeri Sembilan dan Melaka,” katanya.

Menurutnya, selain merapatkan pimpinan dengan rakyat, jentera pilihan raya itu juga akan berdialog dengan rakyat setempat agar segala penerangan sampai kepada sasaran.

“Kita akan terangkan, kejayaan dasar-dasar yang kita amal di negeri yang kita perintah yang lazimnya tidak disiar di media arus perdana.

“Kita juga akan menerangkan isu semasa termasuklah skandal kondominium lembu (National Feedlot Corporation) yang gagal dijawab oleh pentadbiran (perdana menteri) Datuk (Seri) Najib,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Anwar dalam sidang media berkenaan berkata, Pakatan Rakyat sedia menyokong pindaan undang-undang bagi memastikan dakwat kekal digunakan pada PRU akan datang.

Anwar berkata, sebelum ini peguam negara memberi alasan kononnya dakwat kekal tidak dapat digunakan pada PRU lalu kerana ia memerlukan pindaan undang-undang.

“Walaupun begitu, kami mendesak agar cadangan itu segera dibawa ke parlimen dengan segera dan kami sedia menyokong pindaan itu.

“Namun kita berharap ini bukanlah helah untuk melengah2kan penggunaan dakwat kekal krn jika pindaan usul ini hanya dilulus selepas PRU, ia tiada makna lagi,” katanya.


—Keadilan Daily

GST? Inflasi?

Warga Lembah Klang dijemput untuk mendengar sebuah forum yang bertajuk “Forum GST dan Inflasi”. Berikut adalah butiran program tersebut:

Tajuk: FORUM GST DAN INFLASI
Tarikh: 21/11/2011, ISNIN (TARIKH BARU)
Masa: 8.30 PM
Lokasi: AUDITORIUM MPAJ, MENARA MPAJ, JALAN PANDAN UTAMA, PANDAN INDAH

Ahli Panel:
1) YB NURUL IZZAH (AHLI PARLIMEN LEMBAH PANTAI, NAIB PRESIDEN PKR)
2) YB TONY PUA (AHLI PARLIMEN PETALING JAYA UTARA, SETIAUSAHA PUBLISITI DAP)
3) YB DR. DZULKIFLY AHMAD (AHLI PARLIMEN KUALA SELANGOR, AJK PUSAT PAS)
4) SDR. RAFIZI RAMLI (PENGARAH STRATEGI PKR)

Diharap dapat memenuhi program ini untuk mendengar informasi terkini mengenai kedudukan ekomoni kita yang sebenar.

MEMIMPIN HARAPAN RAKYAT

—TEAM KETUA ANGKATAN MUDA KEADILAN (AMK)

Pakatan Rakyat bakal kekal di Selangor, KL, rampas Perak dan beri cabaran sengit di Johor

Dari Malaysian Insider

15 November 2011

Pakatan ahead in Perak, Selangor, KL, internal poll shows

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is expected to secure a majority of the federal votes in Perak, Selangor as well as Kuala Lumpur, an internal PKR poll shows.

Fifty-one per cent of respondents from Perak said they would vote for the federal opposition, along with 57 per cent in Selangor and 61 per cent in Kuala Lumpur, where PR holds 10 of the 11 parliamentary seats.

File photo of Pakatan Rakyat leaders at their convention in Shah Alam in December 2009. A recent poll shows the coalition will do well in the next general election in several states.
PR is also expected to win 40 per cent of the votes in Johor, traditionally a Barisan Nasional (BN) stronghold, according to the survey obtained by The Malaysian Insider.

This is despite Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim scoring net negative approval ratings in all but one of the four states.

The de facto PKR leader only achieved a net positive two points in Selangor with an approval rating of 44 per cent, while support was lukewarm in Kuala Lumpur (net negative one point) and weaker in Perak (net negative 16 points) and Johor (net negative 17 points).

In comparison, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak scored net positives of two, six, 10 and 34 points for Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Perak and Johor respectively.

The survey also found that support for current Perak and Johor mentris besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir and Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman respectively were split along racial lines.

Abdul Ghani was very well-regarded by Malay voters (net positive 44 points) but failed to strike a chord with Chinese ones (net negative 23 per cent).

Likewise, Zambry, seen positively by the Malays (net positive 27 per cent), was shunned by the Chinese (net negative 34 per cent).

Former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin and Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, in contrast, were more popular with the Chinese but scored net positives with Malay voters as well.

Nizar, who was removed from his post during the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis, received net positive approval ratings of six and 18 points from Malay and Chinese voters respectively.

Khalid’s support among Malays was a touch lower at net positive three points but relatively higher among the Chinese at net positive 22 points.

The survey, released to PKR last month, was conducted between August 22 and September 15 and polled 1,000 voters in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Perak and Johor.


—Malaysian Insider

Pakatan Perintah, Sektor Awam Terhakis, Tidak Masuk Akal – Aziz Bari


Dari MalaysianInsider

8 November 2011

Aziz Bari: Kebimbangan sektor awam terhakis jika Pakatan perintah tak masuk akal

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Nov — Sambil menegaskan perkhidmatan kerajaan dilindungi sepenuhnya oleh Perlembagaan Persekutuan, pakar perlembagaan Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Bari berkata, satu suruhanjaya diraja perlu ditubuhkan untuk mengkaji kedudukan sektor awam dan mengemukakan syor-syor bagi tujuan penambahbaikan.

Sehubungan itu kata beliau, tiada mana-mana pihak termasuk kaum Melayu harus bimbang dengan tanggapan sesetengah pihak bahawa kedudukan perkhidmatan awam akan terganggu gugat.

“Anggota perkhidmatan awam tidak boleh disingkirkan begitu sahaja. Begitu juga dalam soal kenaikan pangkat,” kata beliau dalam satu kenyataan.

Aziz (gambar) berkata kemungkinan Setiausaha Publisiti DAP Tony Pua telah tersilap dalam memberikan pandangannya dan digunakan oleh media pro-Umno seperti untuk menjadikannya sebagai satu isu, tetapi wakil rakyat itu ada mencetuskan beberapa perkara yang perlu diberi perhatian.

“(Sebenarnya) beliau ada membuat beberapa poin yang baik, tetapi kena ingat bahawa sebahagian besar daripada 1.3 juta kakitangan awam adalah orang Melayu. Kira-kira 150,000 adalah tentera dan 100,000 lagi polis,” kata beliau lagi.

Pensyarah Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) ini menambah, dalam mana-mana kes kakitangan awam, mereka dilindungi oleh Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

“Jadi, kebimbangan yang ditimbulkan oleh Utusan adalah mengarut. Anggota awam tidak boleh dibuang begitu sahaja,” kata beliau lagi.

Dalam komennya semalam, Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Mahfuz Omar berkata Pakatan Rakyat tidak pernah membincangkan pengurangan jumlah kakitangan awam jika mengambil alih kerajaan pusat tetapi tidak menolak keperluan menggunakan tenaga kerja secara cekap demi pulangan yang optimum.

Justeru kata beliau, jika ada mana-mana pihak yang melahirkan pandangan sedemikian, ia hanya merupakan pandangan peribadi pemimpin terbabit dan bukannya dasar Pakatan Rakyat.

“Kalau ada mana-mana pihak yang membangkitkan perkara itu, itu adalah pandangan peribadi dan tidak mewakili Pakatan Rakyat,” kata beliau.

Mahfuz yang juga Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena menekankan tentang keperluan pelaksanaan pengurusan yang bijak dan berkesan bagi mengoptimumkan pulangan dari kakitangan awam yang ada kini.

Laporan-laporan media pro-Umno mendakwa hasrat DAP mahu mengurangkan bilangan penjawat awam sekiranya dipilih sebagai pemerintah negara mengukuhkan dakwaan bahawa parti berkenaan tidak selesa melihat penguasaan orang Melayu dalam sesuatu bidang.

Ruangan Awang Selamat Mingguan Malaysia kelmarin juga mendakwa isu tersebut satu lagi provokasi DAP yang tersirat agenda tertentu.

Pua dipetik sebuah akhbar Cina baru-baru ini berkata kerajaan pihaknya akan mengurangkan penjawat awam dan menamatkan perkhidmatan mereka yang tidak efisien seperti yang dilakukan kera jaan China bagi mengurangkan bajet kerajaan.

Sehubungan itu Mahfuz juga berkata, banyak yang boleh dipelajari daripada sektor korporat dan swasta mengenai kaedah-kaedah mengoptimumkan pulangan dari jumlah pekerja yang ada.

Dalam ulasanya, Aziz juga berkata, sektor awam telah melalui pelbagai perubahan sehingga aspek keberkecualian kakitangan awam telah terjejeas khususnya ketika pentadbiran Dr Mahathir.

“Ini termasuklah pengenalan akujanji ataupun amalan pelantikan (pelanjutan jawatan) yang bersifat kontrak yang telah menjejaskan moral perkhidmatan,” kata beliau sambil menambah, aspek itu telah membawa kepada elemen politiking yang menjejaskan mutu perkhidmatan.

“Di bawah Perlembagaan, perkhidmatan awam seharusnya neutral, berkhidmat dengan mana-mana kerajaan semasa. Kesetiaan dan ketaatan adalah kepada negara, yang diterajui Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Itu sebabnya bagi saya akujanji adalah tidak berperlembagaan,” katanya lagi.

Pakatan Rakyat akan kekal di Kedah

Dari Malaysia Chornicle

8 November 2011

Pakatan will retain Kedah despite Umno’s best efforts to topple Azizan

Azizan Abdul Razak is the incumbent Menteri Besar (MB or Chief Minister) of Kedah. His Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) leads a coalition government of Kedah with PKR and the DAP after their victory in the 2008 General Election. Kedah has never seen Opposition rule since Independence and Azizan is the first Menteri Besar of Kedah from a political party other than UMNO.

The former lecturer holds the Kedah state assembly seat of Sungai Limau, is the PAS Commissioner for Kedah and member of the PAS Central Committee. An al-Azhar University graduate, he later spent four years studying in England. And at 71, he is still the man of the moment in Kedah.

Astounded by the quick success

As a student leader back in university, he was involved in grassroots politics then he moved on to party politics after his student days. In 2008, upon his rise to the post of MB and as a responsible politician he is now involved in politics of government. He has speedily picked up the subject matters in governance – within a short period of three years. This is undeniably an achievement for a politician who never had the experience of governance prior to this. His nemeses, UMNO politicians, are astounded by his swift success and all their hounds and cries have failed to deride Azizan through the media. Azizan, on the contrary, is a very cool and patient MB and is not the sort who would plump for witch-hunts. He delights his political opponents and the media with respect. It is his religious background that has made him a man of these desirable qualities.

When he took over as MB of Kedah, there was no official hand-over from the previous menteri besar. He was not given any briefing whatsoever. The shelves in his office were completely empty and the files were all gone. Never disillusioned, he managed to grip on to his guts, academic experience and his political acumen to start leading the state. He went on to turn the knob of governance with success and credibility – much to the chagrin of his political enemies. He, however, believes that to forgive is divine – a religious doctrine that he attaches so much importance to – and this trait of his has endeared him to the people. Today, there are even politicians in the opposite divide who tacitly support his leadership. This is squarely attributed to his political persona and sincere deportment in politics.

In the 2008 General Election, PAS won 16 state seats. They only lost the Belantek and Kota Siputeh seats. PKR won four, DAP one and an Independent another. PAS in fact expected victory in this election. Azizan now leads an opposition alliance made up of PAS, PKR and DAP. He is now not just the leader of PAS in Kedah but the Opposition Alliance as well. The State Assembly now comprises PAS (16 seats) DAP (1 seat), PKR (2 seats), Independent (2 seats) and BN (14 seats). Two PKR State Assemblymen left the party to become Independents.

A graduate of University of Kent

Azizan is a graduate of Al-Azhar University and the University of Kent, England and was a former head of the Sharia Law Department of the National University of Malaysia (UKM). Azizan was sworn in as the MB of Kedah on 9 March 2008, before Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah at Wisma Darul Aman. On 16 July 2008, Ustaz Azizan was conferred the Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Kedah (SPMK) which carries the “Datuk Seri” title. The award was presented by Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah at Istana Anak Bukit in conjunction with the Sultan’s Golden Jubilee celebration. Azizan has known His Majesty the Sultan of Kedah for a long time and gets along fine with him. His Majesty is apolitical. Azizan even accompanies His Majesty for golf using his old Wilson golf that he purchased in London in 1984. The new Kedah MB, nonetheless, is still very much the Ustaz Azizan residents have known since he became their assemblyman in 1995.

Critics were sceptical when PAS appointed Azizan as MB of Kedah. Judging the book by its cover, UMNO immediately used his religious background to haunt the people by disparaging the MB as a person with no business experience, a conservative and that he would not bring progress to Kedah He became a soft-target but little did they realise that Azizan is a very capable leader and that he could deliver the goods. Azizan may appear to be rather quiet and is seen as a low-profile politician but his political acumen is in fact glittery. As they say, still water runs deep. He has in fact proven all his critics wrong. He is today a well-liked MB in Kedah – being accepted by people of all races and religions. The dynamics that has made him succeed as MB is the “2H factor” – being humble and honest. Ask any Kedahan and they would admit that the MB is a very humble man. He would put aside protocols when meeting the people. He welcomes anyone to meet him at any time. Beyond that, Azizan is an honest man in politics. He tolerates no corruption, nepotism or cronyism in his administration – a totally new culture in the administration of Kedah. These attributes of the MB have become the envy of many UMNO aspirants. UMNO politicians in Kedah would find it real tough to match Azizan’s reputation at the moment.

Kept himself in sync with new political realities

Azizan has been an academic and politician for many years. His academic background and experience have kept himself in sync with new political realities. He has been with PAS since 1978. He lived in England for four years, studying for his Masters in Philosophy in Law at the University of Kent. The focus of his study was on South East Asian Law, with reference to the Malaysian old legal system and the administration of Muslim Law in Malaysia. It was his stint in England that opened up his mind to many things. He is an avid reader and has a lot of knowledge on world politics. He has lived and lectured in the Philippines, and later returned to head the Syariah Department at UKM.

Under Aizian’s competent headship, Kedah has seen positive growth under his “2H Policy” since PAS (Pakatan) took over the state in 2008. Being the 10th MB of Kedah since 1948 and the first for PAS, he has shown to be an effective leader in Kedah despite the incessant political onslaught by UMNO against him. The press, nevertheless, has a soft spot for him. He may not get the publicity as much as those UMNO MBs but his media-friendly approach has endeared him to the reporters. His sterling performance in Kedah as a people-friendly leader is enough to make the electorate here happy with him. The people of Kedah generally considers Azizan as the most compassionate MB Kedah has ever produced. He is kind, honest, always humble and gets many things done without great pomp and ceremony.

Surprisingly, the pro-UMNO media has been quite fair in reporting as far as Kedah is concerned. The state has since received adequate and fair coverage. This has helped the tourism industry and foreign investment in the state. What’s more, Kedah has an open-door policy on foreign investment and this has ensured the success of their economic ventures in the state.

Under Azizan’s “2H Policy” and his accomplished stewardship, the Kedah state government achieved a 135.8 percent increase in state revenue with a record surplus budget for 2010 at RM22.50 million, compared to a deficit of RM62.89 million in 2009. Kedah under him has always been business and investor friendly. No bribery is entertained for any investor to set up businesses in Kedah. Businessmen and investors thus find it very comfortable to deal with the state government as they do not have to resort to bribery and corruption to run their businesses.

The success of Kedah

Azizan is a staunch believer that the private sector should generate the economy for the state. For this reason his government is always open to business ventures. He however does not tolerate sleazy deals to lure private investments and business ventures. This has very much relieved the business community.

Last year, the Auditor-General’s Report rated Kedah’s financial position as satisfactory with a consolidated revenue increase of 23.9 percent from RM265.52 million to RM328.28 million in 2009. State expenditure for 2010 rose by RM2.55 million or 0.6 percent. This led to a surplus for the state government in 2010.

The increase in revenue reduced the balance of the Consolidated Revenue Account deficit in 2010 by a total of RM22.50 million or 7 percent, from RM320.73 million down to RM298.23 in 2009. On projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, the report rates the state’s project implementation as of 31 December 2010 as satisfactory with RM2.51 billion or 73.3 percent from the RM3.42 billion allocated being spent. Four of the state agencies received the ‘very good’ rate, 12 ‘good’ and one as ‘satisfactory’. Overall, the financial management of the state’s agencies has improved compared to 2009.

Kedah is one of the four Pakatan-controlled states that has achieved tremendous success in the past three years and this has been relatively far better than any Barisan-controlled state. The economy has improved and the people find it more “cosy” to be under the Pakatan government. The testimony to this:

“We are happy with him. We have nothing to worry despite all the negative ways UMNO and MCA try to indoctrinate us. Our business goes on as usual. We don’t have to bribe any officers to get things done. Business has improved since PAS took over. The delivery system is better. Officers are more humble these days. The present state government is business friendly. Just look at its achievements, the increase in investors in the state and business is flourishing without hindrances.”

The tourist Island of Pulau Langkawi island is recognised by the state government for its special needs. There is no unnecessary restrictions in this tourist zone. The state keeps an open mind on tourism. In fact. There has been more tourists visiting Pulau Langkawi in the past three years – an increase of 15.3 percent as compared with the three years prior to 2008.

Nothing to complain about

“He is a humble man. He helps everybody – Muslims and non-Muslims – and he is ‘colour-blind’. We know Kedah is not as rich as Penang or Selangor but with Azizan leading us the state will gradually flourish. He and his team are always unassuming and are willing to listen to our plights. We Indians here hope he continues to lead us. The state will progress more under the present government. ”

“We have nothing to complain about. The government is business friendly. Only MCA and UMNO are exploiting on irrelevant issues that we the non-Muslims are deprived of our rights. Even in Kelantan, the Chinese and Indians have little to complain about, so why should there be any problems with us here in Kedah? We can do business as usual, in fact it is better now as we don’t have to bribe anybody. We strive in business better and we pay more tax to the government. As for the night joints, hotels or restaurants, if people want to drink liquor and their religion allows it, they are not going to stop them. It is their rights.”

Since PAS helming the government the people have not heard of enforcement officers going round hotels and entertainment centres and shutting them down. That is not the way Kedah is governed. The Chinese, Indians and Malays have no reason to fear the government. The government allows what are allowed by the respective religions or culture – business as well as matters of worship is concerned – as long they do not intentionally perturb the sensitivity of the Muslims. The government has never gone overboard. The government has never curtailed the rights of the non-Muslims in the state. This has endeared the MB to the people.

“At first we were worried, as UMNO and MCA were alerting us on many issues. Some quarters in the business sector were worried that an Islamic-type administration will eventually take centre stage here. They say the current political climate will not make for better living, with entertainment curtailed and liquor not to be served freely in hotels and restaurants. It turned out to be spuriousness. In fact, nothing of that sort has happened. We are happy with the state government.”

“He first became an assemblyman in 1995. He is a humble man who talks to everybody in a humble manner. If Nik Aziz is the icon to the Kelantanese, Azizan is the icon to the Kedahans. Both these icons are humble, pious and honest.”

A God-fearing MB

“As an MB he is now in the driver’s seat and he always believe in making the people feel comfortable in the state. The people’s concerns are always with him. He listens to suggestions and has a lot of ideas for them. We would continue supporting him. It is better to be led by a God-fearing MB than a dishonest and corrupted leader. ”

“The MB has taught us to be humble and honest. We don’t ask for bribes from our customers. We make sure that they get into their businesses with ease. They pay tax and we earn salaries through these taxes. We have to be co-operative. On top of that, we should not encourage corruption. Corruption is against the teachings of all religions and a corrupt culture will destroy the state.”

“I believe we officers are professional in discharging our responsibilities. We are probably lucky to have an MB who understands our responsibilities. He is very supportive of us. We do not need to fear him as long as we are honest in our duty. Whatever it is, honesty is the best policy.”

Just mention the name Ustaz Azizan to the people of Kedah and they would immediately be elated because of the man’s humbleness. Azizan has astounded critics with his zest for the job as MB. He meets the kampung folk in his modest office-cum-residence located along the trunk road in his rural Sungai Limau constituency. Residents have no qualm meeting him at anytime as he does not belief much in protocols when it comes to meeting or helping the people. The Malays, Chinese, Indians, Siamese and others could freely approach him and he would always receive them with a smile on his face. He would collect all the unpaid water and electric bills of the poor kampung or estate folk who approach him for help. He would then settle the bills for them. Some poor citizens would approach him for financial help and he would help them. He only takes home a third of his salary as MB with the rest used to help the poor and needy. To the people of Kedah and his constituency he is still very much the Ustaz Azizan they have known since he became their assemblyman in 1995.

Matching his words with deeds

He has cut down on extravagance that was typical of the past governments. He has lived to his pledge to reduce the perks and special privileges of the Menteri Besar – matching is words with deeds. He used to move around in his old Mercedes Benz 280 and another old 4-wheel-drive to go round and meet the people. He does not live in the posh residence in Mentaloon but his humble house where he usually meets the ordinary people. He only uses the official residence for official events.

Azizan had a very poor and humble beginning in life. Born and bred in the area, Azizan used to brave tempestuous waves as a fisherman during his younger years there. Now as MB and Yang Amat Berhormat, there is no change in his demeanour – he talks pleasantly to the people and dresses up simple. He looks so comfortable in his Malay sarong and baju Melayu with songkok. He looks equally at ease in his dark pin-striped suit with songkok and bright tie as he leaves for his office at Wisma Darulaman.

Pakatan would retain Kedah

Kedah is the 8th largest state by land area and 8th most populated state in Malaysia, with a population of 1, 890,098. It has a relatively heterogeneous populace comprising three major ethnic groups – Malays, Chinese and Indians – similar to most of the other Malaysian states.

There are 1, 336,352 Malays (who make up about 75.5 percent of the state’s population), 252, 987 Chinese (or 14.2 percent), 122, 911 Indians (or 6.9 percent), 35, 293 non-citizens (or 1.9 percent) and 27, 532 people from other ethnic groups (or 1.5 percent) in the state.

Economically, the four Pakatan states of Kedah, Penang, Selangor and Kelantan have beaten the other 10 BN states by attracting RM25 billion in investments comprising 53 percent of Malaysia’s total investments of RM47.2 billion in 2010. These four Pakatan states alone could beat the remainder 10 states of BN Malaysia combined. For the first time in history, Kedah has shown to the people that in absence of wastage, corruption, nepotism and cronyism the state could bring in improved economic development to the people. Despite the financial constraints and limitations imposed by BN, Kedah under the stewardship of Azizan, has indeed shown good governance.

An online survey of the people of Kedah in October 2011 still gives Pakatan an edge over Barisan Nasional. A significant number of those who responded to the survey favour PAS or Pakatan to lead Kedah. Among the reasons cited were: The image of some national BN leaders is not to their liking. The economic situation in the country where prices of almost everything has gone up does not favour BN. The perception is that BN is not doing enough to clamp down the growing price hike of essential items. The hike in pay and the one-off bonus and payments given to civil servants are not going to help the poor and the non-wage earners. The majority of electorate in Kedah are not civil-servants. The poor are feeling the pinch and find that the small income they make is not sufficient to make ends meet.

Besides that, UMNO in Kedah is perceived by the people as a divided force, as there are many within the party who are too ambitious to become candidates in the next general election. They are at loggerheads now. There are presently at least three major factions within UMNO in Kedah and this does not bode well for the party. MCA is quite insignificant in Kedah as the party itself is in disarray at the national level. MIC cannot make an impact in Kedah as the incumbent Pakatan Indian leader under PKR is perceived as doing an exemplary job in his Bukit Selambau constituency. PAS is still the preference among the majority Malays in this state after seeing for themselves the progress made by the State government under the incumbent MB. The next general election would see Pakatan retain Kedah.

—Malaysia Chronicle

Dasar Pakatan Adalah Memansuhkan PPSMI – Nik Nazmi

Kenyataan Media

Oleh YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad
Pengarah Komunikasi PKR

3 November 2011

PPSMI OPSYENEL BUKAN DASAR PAKATAN

Minggu ini DAP mengumumkan bahawa mereka menyokong pengajaran dan pembelajaran sains dan matematik di dalam Bahasa Inggeris (PPSMI) sebagai opsyen bagi sekolah-sekolah yang mana majoriti ibu bapa memilihnya.

Kami memahami keperluan pelajar menguasai Bahasa Inggeris dan mendapat pendidikan yang bermutu. Tetapi PPSMI bukanlah dasar untuk mencapai kedua-dua objektif ini.

Tambahan lagi, PPSMI tidak disebut di dalam Dasar Bersama mahupun Buku Jingga yang mendasari muafakat antara KEADILAN, PAS dan DAP.

PPSMI diperkenalkan pada 2003, tidak sampai enam bulan selepas Kabinet Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad memutuskan untuk berbuat demikian tanpa sebarang perundingan, penyelidikan mahupun kajian.

Dasar ini mendapat tentangan ibu bapa, pendidik dan sarjana daripada pelbagai latarbelakang dan kaum. Sementara PPSMI diperkenalkan sepenuhnya di sekolah-sekolah kebangsaan dan Tamil, pengajaran dan pembelajaran sains dan matematik di sekolah-sekolah Cina dibuat di dalam dwi-bahasa Mandarin dan Bahasa Inggeris berikutan tentangan keras Dong Jiao Zong.

Akhirnya kerajaan menerima kelemahan PPSMI pada 2009 dan memutuskan untuk memansuhkan dasar ini pada 2012.

Kami menentang PPSMI kerana:

1. Cara terbaik mendidik anak-anak kita ialah menerusi bahasa kebangsaan yang difahami semua. Mendidik pelajar dengan bahasa yang asing pada mereka kecuali segelintir kecil keluarga yang beruntung datang daripada keluarga yang fasih berbahasa Inggeris (yang merupakan minoriti kecil) hanya akan memberi manfaat kepada mereka yang fasih Bahasa Inggeris dan merugikan majoriti pelajar-pelajar lain, sekaligus melebarkan jurang pendidikan. Malaysia merosot secara mendadak di dalam kajian Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2007, Amerika Syarikat selepas pelaksanaan PPSMI.

2. Kedudukan Bahasa Malaysia sebagai bahasa kebangsaan telahpun termaktub di dalam muafakat Perlembagaan kita yang dipersetujui bapa-bapa kemerdekaan kita. Pakatan Rakyat telah mengulangi komitmennya kepada muafakat ini.

3. Kami menyokong usaha menambahbaik pengajaran Bahasa Inggeris untuk semua rakyat Malaysia. Namun cara sebetulnya ialah dengan meningkatkan kualiti guru-guru dan kurikulum Bahasa Inggeris serta menambah masa pengajaran Bahasa Inggeris, bukannya menerusi PPSMI!

4. Pelaksanaan PPSMI yang dibuat serta-merta menyebabkan guru-guru sains dan matematik yang tidak menguasai Bahasa Inggeris dipaksa mengajar di dalam bahasa tersebut, sekaligus menjejaskan mutu pengajaran mereka. Mangsa paling besar dasar ini ialah pelajar-pelajar yang datang daripada keluarga yang tidak berbahasa Inggeris yang menanggung beban tambahan menyesuaikan diri dengan guru-guru yang tidak dapat mengajar kedua-dua mata pelajaran ini dengan baik.

5. Pada masa dunia berbahasa Inggeris menjadi semakin terbuka terhadap pengajaran bahasa-bahasa asing seperti Mandarin, Perancis, Sepanyol dan Arab, keghairahan kita dengan Bahasa Inggeris adalah luarbiasa. Kita sepatutnya bersyukur dengan warisan masyarakat majmuk kita yang membolehkan semua diajar Bahasa Malaysia dan Inggeris dan diberi peluang untuk mempelajari bahasa-bahasa lain seperti Arab, Mandarin, Tamil dan lain-lain lagi.

Justeru, dasar Pakatan adalah jelas dalam isu PPSMI dan tidak patut dibangkitkan lagi sehingga dan sekiranya kepimpinan Pakatan mahu mengkajinya semula.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
Pengarah Komunikasi
Parti Keadilan Rakyat

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Ceramah Belanjawan Bersama DSAI 4 November 2011

Ceramah Belanjawan Pakatan Rakyat

Tarikh: 4 November 2011 (Jumaat)
Masa: 9.00 malam – 12.00 tengah malam
Lokasi: Dataran Hamas, Kg, Kelubi, Rim, Jasin, Melaka

Penceramah:

1) Dato Seri Anwar Bin Ibrahim (Ketua Pembangkang, Ketua Umum PKR, Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh
2) Dato Mahfuz Omar (Naib Presiden PAS, Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena)
3) M. Manogaran (Ahli Parlimen Teluk Intan)
4) Sdr. Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin (Ketua Angkatan Muda KeADILan(AMK))

Rakyat Melaka mari beramai-ramai mendengar isu-isu semasa.

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Ceramah Parlimen Gombak dan Parlimen Pandan

Parlimen Gombak:

Pidato Rakyat Pilihanraya Adil dan Bersih
Tarikh: 30 Oktober 2011, Ahad
Masa: 9.00 Malam
Lokasi: Taman Permata Hulu Kelang
Pemidato:
1) YB Azmin Ali; Timbalan Presiden PKR, MP Gombak, ADUN Bukit Antarabangsa
2) YB Anthony Loke; Ketua DAPSY, MP Rasah, ADUN Lobak
3) YB Hatta Ramli; Bendahari PAS, MP Kuala Krai
4) YB Saari Sungib; ADUN Hulu Kelang

Parlimen Pandan:

Bincang-Bincang Belanjawan 2012
Tarikh: 31 Oktober 2011, Isnin
Masa 9.30 Malam
Lokasi: Dewan Orang Ramai, Jalan Nirwana 21, Taman Nirwana
Pemidato:
1) Rafizi Ramli; Pengarah Strategi PKR
2) YB YB Hatta Ramli; Bendahari PAS, MP Kuala Krai
3) YB Iskandar Samad; Exco Selangor, ADUN Chempaka(Pandan)

Admin

Lim Guan Eng Ketuai Delegasi Ke Filipina

Kenyataan Akhbar

27 Oktober 2011

Penang CM leading state delegation to Manila

The Penang Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng is leading a state delegation to Manila, Philippines from 26th October till 28th October 2011. The purpose of the trip is to visit and study the successful story of the City of Manila which has been named the second top Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) destination in the Asia-Pacific region by the International Data Corporation (IDC).

Philippines was also named as the ‘Off Shoring Destination of the Year‘ by the United Kingdom’s National Outsourcing Association. In the IDC report Manila was ranked second after Bangalore, India.

The Chief Minister’s visit will include meetings with main Shared Services & Outsourcing (SSO) players in the Philippines who are involved in contact centers, BPO services, data transcription, animation, engineering and software development. This investment trip is in line with the State’s objectives of having a BPO, SSO and Shared Information Outsourcing (SIO) hub for leading global SSO (BPO-KPO) companies to invest or expand their current operations in Penang.

While in Manila, the Chief Minister will meet up with the senior executives of Asian Development Bank (ADB) to discuss facilitation by the ADB on public and socio-economic projects undertaken in Penang; Alliance Global Group, Inc, and Manila Broadcasting Company. During this visit, the Chief Minister and delegation will also tour the Cyberpark sites.

The Chief Minister will be accompanied by YB Tuan Hj. Abdul Malik – State Executive Councilor of the Penang State Government ; YB Senator Tunku Abdul Aziz and YB Tuan Koay Teng Hai – Board Members of InvestPenang;Pn Hafidzah bt Hassan -Deputy Director Makro UPEN; Dato‘ Rosli Jaafar – General Manager of PDC ; Miss Loo Lee Lian – General Manager of InvestPenang; Mr. Ooi Kok Seng – KPMG Penang (Program coordinator); Ms Anna Ong – Senior Manager InvestPenang; Ms Lim Chiew Boey -Special Assistant to the Chief Minister and MissTun Qurratul Ain – Senior Executive InvestPenang.

Special Assistant to
Chief Minister of Penang