Pasca #901: Landskap Politik Berubah

Oleh: Kim Quek

11 Januari 2012

Anwar’s not-guilty verdict has altered Malaysian political landscape

The judge walked into the court room, read the judgment in one minute, and disappeared into his chamber.

By the time the flabbergasted people in the court room recovered from their shock and realized what it all meant, they jumped in uncontrollable jubilation with shouts of joy, burst of tears, hugging, back-slapping, utterances of congratulations and thanks. Within minutes, the same ecstatic outburst also came over the thousands of supporters gathered outside the court building. In fact, the sense of joy and emotional relief has quickly reverberated right across the nation, transcending race and religion.

Such was the high drama that greeted the totally unexpected acquittal of Anwar Ibrahim from the sodomy charge by Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah at the Kuala Lumpur high court on Jan 9.

And such was the impact of this sensational Anwar story that it travels instantly around the globe with international TV channels like Aljazeera and BBC stopping their programs to break the news, which no doubt has also brought relief and satisfaction to overseas pro-democracy and human rights bodies and well-wishers who had been anxiously awaiting the outcome of this sodomy trial.

No doubt the heightened sensation derived partly from the shock element of the verdict as no one had expected an acquittal. This is due to the fact that the trial had been so outrageously unjust and vindictive right from the start that everyone recognized it as political persecution and had anticipated a conviction and possibly instant jail on D-day, Jan 9th. And so, imagine the joy of learning the opposite in such a dramatic fashion at the end of this long drawn ordeal.

It is common human experience that it is only when one is on the verge of losing a dear person that he discovers how much he loves that person.

And so it is with Anwar Ibrahim. The nation-wide anxieties (expecting the worst scenario) that were steadily building up in the run up to judgment day, and the irrepressible smiling faces that appeared everywhere upon learning Anwar’s acquittal is the best testimony of the hitherto not so obvious truth that the nation has in fact all along treasured his leadership.

Such spontaneous response is also indication that Anwar’s indefatigable struggle to bring an end to the long antiquated and corrupt autocracy in this country, against unparalleled cruelty inflicted on him, has not gone unnoticed and unappreciated by the people, despite the regime’s high-handed media black-out on him all this time.

This wholly unanticipated finale to the three and a half year long Anwar sodomy II saga has far- reaching ramifications, and in fact transformed the political landscape and altered the balance of power between the challenger and the incumbent. Anwar’s vindication of his innocence and his return to full political life from the precipice of a potentially lengthy prison term has brought the following consequences:

· It has spared Pakatan Rakyat the potential crisis of a leadership vacuum.

· On a personal level, it has revitalized Anwar and strengthened his position as the undisputed leader of the opposition group.

· It has enhanced his public image as prime minister-in-waiting who will lead Pakatan Rakyat to rid the country from the current quagmire of racial and religious dissension and economic malaise perpetrated by Barisan Nasional (BN).

· Having averted near catastrophe, Anwar’s new lease of political life will re-energise the Pakatan alliance and bring the component parties closer together as a compact fighting force.

· It has caused BN a disastrous set-back, for not only bringing a political plot that it has labored for three and a half years to naught, but also for damaging BN’s public image and credibility.

· It has demoralized BN and increased the risk of its fringe component parties deserting the mother ship.

· For whatever reason that precipitated this unexpected verdict – whether the last stage reversal was decided by the judge himself or by the political masters to avoid greater net loss of electoral support – such a disastrous finale has apparently deepened the conflict between the hardliners and reform-inclined faction within Umno.

The last point is important as it has the potential to cause an implosion in Umno – a thoroughly corrupted political party, void of political idealism, and characterized by its world famous brand of “money politics” and perennial in-fighting.

That there has been a last moment reversal is suggested by the following occurrences:

First, more than a week before D-day (Jan 9), blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK), long time Anwar loyalist, launched a vicious attack on Anwar, branding him a sodomite who was guilty as charged. These attacks, which were widely publicised in Umno-control newspapers and TV channels, were recognised as a signal that Umno was still on-course to convict Anwar, and the RPK’s attack was a tactical move to pre-empt the potential backlash of an Anwar conviction.

Second, a few days before Jan 9, home minister Hishamuddin Hussein hinted a softening of stance against the proposed ‘free Anwar’ mass rally on Jan 9, when he suggested to Anwar’s party PKR to seek permission for the rally from the police, which had up to that point vowed to crack down harshly on it. And to the surprise of everyone, the police promptly gave their consent upon its first meeting with PKR, despite having vehemently opposed it previously. In hind sight, that could be the point in time when the decision to convict Anwar was reversed, as it makes sense not to clash with Anwar’s supporters when Anwar was already destined to be acquitted.

Third, it is odd that the judge should give only a one-minute verdict at the final judgment, while it took him one hour and fifty minutes to deliver his lengthy judgment at the interim stage to establish the prima facie case. A palpable explanation is that the one-minute verdict was a last moment decision. Alternatively, it could be the honest but sketchy script of a judge who finally could not bring himself to pass a judgment that would condemn him and his descendents to eternal infamy.

That Umno’s hardline faction has been rattled by the Anwar acquittal is seen in the uncharacteristically belated response of faction leaders deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin and former premier Mahathir Mohamad. As expected, both hypocritically claimed that the Anwar verdict was proof that the Executive had never interfered with the judiciary. Such manifestly untrue claims only re-confirm that these hardliners are still living in the past, grossly out of tune with the tempo of the Internet age.

These political dinosaurs belong to history. They don’t deserve to rule Malaysia.

Kim Quek

Mesej Tahniah Bekas PM Kanada atas Pembebasan DSAI

Mesej Bekas PM Kanada, Paul Martin atas pembebasan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dari kes Fitnah 2

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—Team Ketua Angkatan Muda KeADILan (AMK) Malaysia

Pasca #901: Hasad Dengki dan Dendam Kesumat


11 Januari 2012


Bagi setiap insan terdapat parameter yang menjadi panduan untuk dia berfikir dan bertindak. Seorang athies yang tidak mempercayai kewujudan tuhan, akan bertindak dalam kerangka kefahaman dan kepercayaannya itu. Begitu juga bagi kalangan yang mempercayai kewujudan tuhan, akan berfikir dan bertindak mengikut kehendak dan kepercayaan kepada arahan tuhan. Seorang muslim yang mempercayai kepada Allah sebagai Rabb (Tuhan) yang memiliki alam, mengurus dan mentadbir sewajarnya bertindak mengikut kehendak kepercayaannya itu.

Mutaakhir ini bagaimana pemikiran muslim bila bertembung dengan isu yang melibatkan hukum hakam agama ?. Kedengaran dari suara-suara tertentu yang meresahkan umat Islam, malah mengelirukan serta berlaku pelanggaran pada syariat dan lebih menyedihkan dia menyesatkan orang lain dalam tindakannya itu. Amat malang bagi kita apabila mencampuri kepentingan peribadi dan emosi bila mengungkapkan perkara yang berkaitan dengan hukum agama. Tidakkah pelik seorang yang bergelar muslim yang sepatutnya menuruti ajaran agama lantas bersedia untuk mengenepikan hukum bila berhadapan dengan isu-isu tertentu. Seharusnya agamalah yang meluruskan emosi dan peribadi seorang muslim itu.

Rujukan kes yang ingin saya utarakan adalah berkaitan dengan fitnah liwat yang melibatkan DSAI. Bukan sekadar memberikan maklumbalas kepada keputusan mahkamah yang telah membersihkan DSAI daripada salahlaku tersebut. Tetapi bagaimana seorang muslim seharusnya berfikir dalam kerangka orang yang beragama dan yang memiliki Tuhan. Apa maknanya agama jika ia bukan untuk diamalkan dan dituruti jalannya.

Pasca keputusan diterima oleh orang kebanyakan, terutamanya penyokong PR dengan gembira, kesyukuran dan sebahagian dari episod kemenangan dalam perjuangan. Namun bagi orang yang membawa emosi dan peribadi sukar untuk menerima keputusan tersebut, lantas mengeluarkan kenyataan yang jelas melampaui batas-batas hukum dan syariat yang dianutinya. Kepercayaan bahawa berlaku peristiwa liwat tersebut kekal dalam minda mereka , kerana dendam kesumat, kebencian yang sukar dinyatakan serta kesombongan diri dan dikelirukan dengan fakta palsu.

Tidak ada asas langsung untuk kelompok ini menjustifikasikan liwat telah berlaku. Pertama dari sisi agama, jelas amat rapuh, tidak ‘valid’, bertentangan dengan kaedah mensabitkan perbuatan liwat. Malah membuat tuduhan tanpa bukti yang dipinta oleh syarak patut dikenakan hukuman qazaf. Kedua, bukti di mahkamah yang cuba dimanipulasi dengan pelbagai cara dan kaedah saintifik juga ditolak. Apa lagi hujah kalau ia bukan suatu kesombongan, kebencian dan kedengkian serta dendam kesumat untuk melakukan apa sahaja, walaupun ia bertentangan dengan agama sendiri.

Saya cuba untuk membawa pemikiran pembaca untuk melihat dari sisi agama, dengan mengenepikan sentimen kepartaian dan ketaasuban. Jauh sekali untuk memaksumkan insan yang bernama Anwar Ibrahim. Kerana apabila ia melibatkan soal hukum hakam syariat, sewajibnya seorang muslim itu mengutamakan agama lebih dari segalanya. Perkara ini saya tegaskan berkali-kali dalam pertemuan, kuliah atau berbicara dengan sahabat-sahabat supaya jangan kita terlajak untuk menghukum seseorang dengan hukuman yang melibatkan syariat Allah. Termasuk kepada musuh-musuh dalam politik kepartaian. Tidak ada sebab juga untuk kita membalas serangan dan tuduhan sebagaimana kita menerima tohmahan dan fitnah dari musuh politik.

Sering saya ingatkan sahabat-sahabat, supaya menjaga lidah daripada membuat tuduhan zina atau liwat kepada musuh politik kita, kerana kita tidak ada asas dari sudut agama untuk menjustifikasikan tuduhan. Maklumat yang berupa “hear say” tidak membenarkan kita untuk membuat tuduhan yang melibatkan hukum syariat. Serangan kepada musuh politik juga mesti dipelihara adap dan batasan agama, supaya kita tidak melanggar tanpa alasan yang syarie. Kerana menuduh seorang muslim baik lelaki atau wanita yang terkenal suci melakukan zina dan liwat amat berat disisi agama.

Kesimpulan dari topik perbincangan ini, saya ingin mengajak semua muslimin dan muslimat untuk kembali ke jalan yang telah ditetapkan syariat. Sekiranya begitu kehendak syariat maka begitulah kata kita. Walaupun di hadapan kita ada musuh yang sepatutnya diganyang semahunya, namun syariat tidak membenarkan, maka patuhilah syariat. Bersifat tawaduk dan menghormati syariat mengatasi segala-galanya mudah-mudahan hidup kita penuh keberkatan dan mendapat keredhoan illahi.

Ahmad bin Kasim,
Pengerusi Biro Pemahaman dan Pemantapan Agama (PKR)
Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Kuala Kedah.

Sistem Kehakiman Bebas…Benarkah?

Dari: Malaysian Insider

Oleh: Dr Kamal Amzan

11 Januari 2012

An independent judiciary… really?

JAN 11 — We are a funny lot.

Just because of one acquittal, we claim to have an “independent” judiciary. Forget about Eric Chia, forget about the first sodomy trial, forget about what happened to Teoh Beng Hock and let us all just focus on this one and only trial.

From the mainstream media to the online news portals, the response from the government and the opposition leaders to the verdict was akin to striking the lottery.

Today’s headlines in the Star and NST, “Government says it shows freedom of judiciary”, “Slow reassertion of Malaysia’s public institutions”, “Court ruling clears government of baseless accusations.”.

Really? I may be wrong but to claim the judiciary’s independence from one trial verdict seems a bit premature, no?

Why is this verdict such a landmark one… that the entire judiciary’s independence is based on it? Or is it because the verdict went against the establishment that we feel it is independent and free?

In case you haven’t realised, going against the establishment seems to be the “in” thing nowadays. It has been demonstrated by students from UPSI whose tuition fees are borne by us, the taxpayers. They became overnight heroes to some for their so-called “courage”, no matter how misplaced that was.

In as much as I wonder what their grades are like, and whether we should have such individuals teaching our children, I also wonder whether the rakyat will still claim judicial independence when and IF the appellate court overturns the verdict later? Less we forget, the AG has the power to appeal.

Or will we cry conspiracy then?

I ask because I think it is too early to celebrate. Mind you, this is not a perfect science, because only science expects predictable, reproducible results time and again. This is the judiciary.

Malaysian judiciary at that.

Just like winning the SEA Games does not make our Harimau Malaya Olympic champions, one unexpected verdict means nothing in the long run, nor should we start exclaiming judicial independence based on it.

We should be cautiously optimistic, and not lose sight of the real goal. Guilty or innocent, the future of this country does not lie with one man and our progress should not be hindered by the verdict.

It is time we move on. Let the politicians politicise. Malaysians should do what we do best all this while; work hard for our family and by extension the nation. We must keep level heads, be logical and not let our emotions run high. Nothing, and no one should distract us from building and developing this nation of 28 million.

Failing which is detrimental to our own future.

—Malaysian Insider

Dr Kamal Amzan is concerned about where the country is heading, and whether the correct diagnoses and treatment will be able to save us all. He believes that politics is both an art and a weapon, which can be deadly in the wrong hands.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

Pasca #901: Kearah Malaysia Yang Lebih Adil – AIC

Kenyataan Media

Oleh: Kelab Anwar Ibrahim (AIC)

10 Januari 2012

Pembebasan DSAI: Ayuh Perbaharui Komitmen Ke Arah Malaysia Yang Lebih Adil

Kelab Anwar Ibrahim (AIC) merakamkan rasa syukur ke hadrat Ilahi kerana dengan keizinanNya, keputusan hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur hari ini memihak kepada Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim selepas diputuskan tidak bersalah.

Keputusan ini – yang diakui sedikit mengejutkan – membuktikan bahawa segala fakta-fakta perundangan yang telah dikemukakan oleh pasukan peguam pembela Datuk Seri Anwar berjaya menimbulkan keraguan yang munasabah sehingga gagal disanggah oleh pasukan pendakwaraya.

Walaupun mahkamah membebas dan melepaskan Datuk Seri Anwar, AIC melihat ini bukanlah bermakna sistem kehakiman Malaysia sudah bebas sepenuhnya. Malah, AIC berpandangan sekiranya sistem kehakiman Malaysia mempunyai integriti yang tinggi, kes ini sewajarnya dibuang lama dahulu kerana kes yang dibawa pendakwa adalah kes yang rapuh dan tidak kredibel sama sekali.

Dalam masa yang sama, AIC berharap agar pihak berkuasa boleh bertindak untuk mengekang sebarang bentuk fitnah yang disasar ke atas Datuk Seri Anwar. Tidak perlu ada kompromi dalam hal ini, tanpa mengira sasaran, budaya fitnah harus dikekang dan dihentikan sepenuhnya.

Segala kemungkinan akan dihadapi, dan sokongan generasi muda sentiasa tidak putus ke atas Datuk Seri Anwar dengan agenda merealisasikan Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara yang lebih baik.

Tanggal 9 Januari harus menjadi satu permulaan baru untuk rakyat Malaysia, memperbaharui azam dan tekad untuk mengeluarkan Malaysia dari gejolak rasuah, salahguna kuasa dan sistem tadbirurus negara yang lompong. Perubahan yang dituntut, melangkaui perbezaan agama, ideologi dan kaum: ianya untuk masa depan generasi muda Malaysia pastinya.


Hidayat Saifuddin
Kelab Anwar Ibrahim (AIC)

Tamatnya Fitnah 2.0 – The Economist

Dari: The Economist

9 Januari 2012

The end of Sodomy 2.0

AFTER more than two years of sordid revelations in the media, legal wrangling and political point-scoring, on January 9th the High Court in Malaysia’s capital finally handed down a verdict in Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case: not guilty. Homosexuality is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia, and if found guilty the former deputy prime minister and current leader of the opposition could have been jailed for up to 20 years and whipped. The case began in 2008 when a male aide reported to the police that Mr Anwar had sodomised him. But Mr Anwar and his supporters have always argued that the charge was a lie and that the whole trial was a put-up job by a nervous government, desperate to discredit him after he came close to winning a general election earlier in that year.

Indeed, to many Malaysians the whole case seemed an unlikely re-run of earlier charges brought against Mr Anwar when he was ousted from his post as deputy prime minister in 1998—hence the moniker of Sodomy 2.0 for this case. The first time round he went to prison for six years on corruption and sodomy charges, only to be cleared of the latter by the supreme court in 2004. This time the judge ruled that the prosecution case against Mr Anwar was too flimsy for a conviction; the DNA evidence, in particular, was unreliable.

Indeed, Mr Anwar claims that all the accusations and legal suits over the past 14 years amount to nothing more than a sustained political vendetta against him by the country’s ruling party, which started after he fell out with the autocratic and long-serving prime minister Mahathir Mohammed. Once the golden boy of the United Malays National Organisation, which has ruled the country continuously since independence from the British, Mr Anwar has been demonised by his former colleagues ever since.

Malaysian politics is an unusually dirty business. But the trials of Anwar, together with the explicit sexual revelations in the press that have necessarily accompanied them in the guise of court reporting, have taxed the patience and fortitude of most Malaysians. Whatever they think of Mr Anwar personally, most Malaysians will be glad that the whole thing is finally over and hope that the trial is not followed by Sodomy III.

If the two sodomy charges really were invented by elements within the government bent on wrecking Mr Anwar’s political career, then these attempts have backfired. The first case rallied huge public sympathy for him. In Sodomy 2.0 he has been publicly vindicated, despite a widespread belief that he was going to be convicted. The government swiftly tried to spin the verdict to its advantage, claiming it shows that Malaysia has an “independent” judiciary after all, and that “the government does not hold sway over judges’ decision”. But, such is degree of public cynicism in Malaysia, few will take these statements at face value.

How will the verdict affect Malaysia’s politics? It was delivered against the background of an impending general election, and in the short term Mr Anwar’s victory will doubtless give his party and the opposition in general a much-needed boost. It might even persuade the prime minister, Najib Razak, to postpone going to the polls for a bit longer, to allow time for the political spotlight to swivel back onto his own agenda.

In the longer term, however, the verdict might not serve the opposition so well. Although Mr Anwar remains a charismatic figure and a forceful speaker, he is at 64, he is too familiar and his ideas and rhetoric have not really shifted since the mid-1990s. He has failed to groom a successor or to nurture a new generation of opposition leaders. Rather than becoming a vibrant, modernising force in politics his party has become something of a family-run affair, riven by discord and infighting. In prison, so the hard-nosed political operators say, he would have served as a useful martyr to rally the opposition. Now they are stuck with him indefinitely; a man still strong and popular enough to worry the government, but too weakened to win an election or recruit the cohorts of younger voters that they need. As a result, the more savvy, younger politicians will now be eyeing up the following election for their opportunity, not this coming one. And that’s not good for democracy in Malaysia, which is rarely in rude good health at the best of times.

—The Economist

Insiden Letupan Bom di Mahkamah, Siasat Segera – AMK

Kenyataan Media

Oleh: Sdr. Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin

10 Januari 2012

AMK Kecam Insiden Pengeboman, desak siasatan segera

Angkatan Muda Keadilan Malaysia (AMK) mengecam sekeras-kerasnya insiden pengeboman yang berlaku di sekitar kawasan Kompleks Mahkamah Jalan Duta pagi tadi.

5 individu tercedera dan beberapa buah kenderaan turut rosak disebabkan insiden tersebut, di mana tidak kurang 3 letupan telah berlaku di sekitar kawasan berkenaan.

Adalah sesuatu yang memelikkan, di saat Kompleks Mahkamah Jalan Duta boleh diiktiraf sebagai kawasan paling selamat di Malaysia dengan kawalan rapi ratusan anggota polis, masih ada ruang untuk pihak tidak bertanggungjawab melakukan perancangan bodoh sebegini.

AMK mengesyaki wujud unsur-unsur sabotaj yang mahu dilancarkan oleh pihak-pihak tertentu di sebalik perhimpunan aman BebasAnwar901 hari ini. Berkemungkinan besar, letupan itu dirancang kerana mereka daripada awal mengesyaki Anwar didapati bersalah, maka imej KEADILAN akan dipalitkan kononnya ada cubaan menghuru-harakan situasi dan gagal mematuhi perjanjian awal antara pihak polis dan KEADILAN.

Sayang sekali, perancangan jahat mereka terencat kerana Mahkamah memutuskan Anwar tidak bersalah dan dibebaskan daripada tuduhan. Lantas, letupan berskala kecil pula yang dilakukan hingga mengakibatkan berlaku kecelakaan pada beberapa individu dan harta awam.

AMK menegaskan bahawa perancangan kotor dan jijik seumpama ini adalah perancangan yang bodoh dan merendahkan kredibiliti rakyat yang matang menilai. 14 tahun cukup untuk mengajar rakyat bahawa sememangnya ada pihak yang cuba menjadi ‘api dalam sekam’, mengotorkan perjuangan murni rakyat menuntut keadilan dengan insiden-insiden yang tidak diingini.

AMK mendesak pihak polis bertindak segera menangkap mana-mana individu yang disyaki terlibat dengan insiden ini. AMK percaya dengan kawalan rapi pihak polis, termasuk dengan fasiliti lengkap CCTV di sekitar kawasan berkenaan, pihak tersebut boleh diberkas segera.

Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin
Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK) Malaysia

2 Hari Menjelang #BebasAnwar901: AMK di Kota Raya

Petang ini (Sabtu, 7 Januari), Ketua Angkatan Muda KeADILan (AMK), Sdr. Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin bersama AMK Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur akan mengedar risalah Bebas Anwar 901 di Pasar Malam Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman(TAR) dan kawasan sekitar.

Rapat Umum bersama Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di
Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, Kg. Baru.
Ahad, 8 Januari 2012
8.30 malam

Ayuh ramai-ramai bersama mendengar amanat dari Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim!

Dan jangan lupa, 9 Januari 2012 ke Mahkamah Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur untuk solidariti terhadap
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim!

Keadilan Untuk Anwar! Ayuh turun 9 Januari 2012!

—Team Ketua Angkatan Muda KeADILan (AMK) Malaysia

TERKINI: Polis Benar perhimpunan #BebasAnwar901

Menurut maklumat dari twitter Ketua Angkatan Muda KeADILan (AMK), Sdr. Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, hasil rundingan dengan pihak penganjur himpunan Bebas Anwar 901 dan pihak polis, pihak polis membenarkan pehimpunan diadakan di perkarangan tempat letak kereta kompleks Mahkamah Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur:

@shamsuliskandar: Persetujuan dicapai dgn @PDRMsia utk perhimpunan solidariti utk @anwaribrahim 901 di kawasn letak kereta Kompleks Mahkamah KL. Jom turun #fb

Keadilan Untuk Anwar! Ayuh turun 9 Januari 2012!

3 Hari Menjelang #BebasAnwar901: DSAI di Lembah Klang

Berikut adalah jadual jelajah Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim untuk hari ini:

6 Januari 2012 (Jumaat):

1) Solat Jumaat di Masjid Al-Firdaus, Bandar Baru Selayang, Selayang

2) 8.30 malam: Lembah Pantai (Dewan Gasing Indah, Petaling Jaya)

3) 10.30 malam: Kelana Jaya (Stadium 3K, Subang Jaya – Berhampiran Sunway Lagoon)

Keadilan Untuk Anwar! Ayuh turun 9 Januari 2012!