Tidak Risau Rayuan, Fokus Pilihanraya – DSAI

Dari: Wall Street Journal

27 Januari 2012

Malaysia’s Anwar Presses On Despite Appeal


KUALA LUMPUR—Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he isn’t worried about state prosecutors’ move to appeal a court decision acquitting him of sodomy earlier this month, and said he remains confident it won’t derail his campaign to lead a new government to power in elections expected later this year.

“The judgment [in the sodomy case] was very strong” and “difficult to appeal,” Mr. Anwar said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal at his political party’s headquarters here Thursday. He said the appeal process, which began Jan. 20, would likely take at least six months, meaning it could loom over and outlast the election campaign.

Prime Minister Najib Razak has to call an election by March 2013, but under Malaysia’s parliamentary system of government, many analysts predict it will be called much sooner, triggering one of the most fiercely fought electoral contests this resource-rich nation has ever seen. Mr. Anwar said he believes the election is unlikely to take place later than June.

Since the Jan. 9 verdict by a High Court judge—who acquitted Mr. Anwar of violating Malaysia’s strict sodomy laws citing a lack of witnesses and flawed DNA evidence—the 64-year-old opposition leader has begun mobilizing support in this multiracial country, promising reforms to dismantle a decades-old affirmative-action program designed to give a leg up to the majority ethnic-Malay population while also targeting what he describes as widespread cronyism in Mr. Najib’s government. If elected, Mr. Anwar said he will accelerate privatizations and do more to enable free markets to operate more efficiently, such as improving transparency in the bidding for government contracts.

Mr. Najib, 58 years old, is also keen to brand himself a reformer in part to win back ethnic-Chinese and Indian voters who in recent years largely have thrown their support behind Mr. Anwar’s opposition alliance. Mr. Najib has also embarked on a series of sales of government assets to spur growth. Earlier this month, a government state investment fund sold its stake in car marker Proton Holdings Bhd. to conglomerate DRB-Hicom Bhd., and last year government-linked funds swapped shares in state-run Malaysian Airline System Bhd. with budget airline AirAsia Bhd.

“The overall principle is that we want the government-linked companies to sell off their noncore and noncompetitive assets,” Mr. Najib said in an interview two weeks ago. “We are always looking out for how to add value to the country.”

Mr. Anwar, though, criticized the way Mr. Najib’s government pursued these privatizations, saying that without open, public tenders, key companies remain controlled by a well-connected few.

Privatization “looks good, but look again at the procedures,” said Mr. Anwar. “The issue is not about privatization, it is blatant corruption.”

Following the Proton deal, state investment fund Khazanah Nasional said in a statement that it chose the best suitor for the job and the country.

A Malaysian government spokesperson said Thursday the government is “fully committed to openness and transparency in all privatizations and divestments of state-owned assets and to tackling corruption wherever and whenever it is found.” The spokesperson noted that Malaysia has introduced a new online database of government contracts so that anybody can alert authorities to any potentially improper actions.

“We are determined to ensure that all government contracts are awarded through a process that is fair and open to scrutiny,” the spokesperson said.

After being embroiled in the sodomy trial—which he claims was politically motivated—Mr. Anwar is now shifting gears from defending his reputation to fighting to win an election.

Once a high-ranking member of the United Malays National Organization that has run Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957, he was sacked from the party and lost his post as deputy prime minister after challenging former leader Mahathir Mohamad in the 1990s. He was subsequently charged for sodomizing his driver and his speechwriter, and spent six years in prison before his conviction was overturned.

After leading the opposition to one of its strongest-ever showings in 2008’s national elections, Mr. Anwar was accused by former aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan of sodomizing him, setting in train another marathon, headline-stealing trial which Mr. Anwar again said was designed to end his political career. Mr. Najib and his government have repeatedly denied having anything to do with the case.

Now, after Judge Zabidin Diah acquitted Mr. Anwar, ruling that the forensic evidence presented against the opposition leader was flawed, Mr. Anwar argues that he isn’t just “anti-UMNO” but has his own set of policies geared toward restoring Malaysia’s competitiveness in a global economy where countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia are emerging as alternative magnets for investment.

“We must always compare Malaysia to Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan,” said Mr. Anwar. “That’s what we were.”

If elected, Mr. Anwar said he would speed up the removal of racial quotas for university places and focus on helping lower-income groups regardless of race instead of solely aiding ethnic Malays.

In the interview, Mr. Anwar also clarified his position on homosexual rights and Malaysia’s sodomy laws, and also the Muslim-majority nation’s relationship with Israel.

“I support all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel,” said Mr. Anwar, although he stopped short of saying he would open diplomatic ties with the Jewish state, a step which he said remains contingent on Israel respecting the aspirations of Palestinians. Malaysia has consistently refrained from establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, although limited commercial ties exist between private companies in the two countries.

In response to recent local reports that he supported gay marriage, Mr. Anwar said they were wrong and that he “believes in and supports the sanctity of marriage between men and women.” The opposition leader is suing government-linked newspaper Utusan Malaysia for defamation, alleging that it implied he supports and wants to legalize homosexuality.

Still, Mr. Anwar said that Malaysia’s sodomy laws are “archaic” and could be amended.

“It is not my business to attack people or arrest people based on their sexual orientation,” he said.

—Wall Street Journal

Rayuan Fitnah 2 untuk Hapuskan DSAI

Dari: Malaysian Insider

21 Januari 2012

Rayuan memarakkan idea BN ingin hapuskan Anwar, kata penganalisis

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Jan — Keputusan untuk merayu pembebasan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dalam kes liwat beliau telah menyemarakkan kepercayaan bahawa Barisan Nasional (BN) tidak akan berputus asa dalam usaha menamatkan cita-cita politik Ketua Pembangkang berkenaan, demikian menurut penganalisis politik tanah air.

Pendakwa raya telah memfailkan rayuan semalam walaupun hakim perbicaraan, Datuk Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah menegaskan bahawa bukti DNA dalam kes tersebut mungkin telah dikompromi apabila disabitkan tidak bersalah meliwat pembantunya, Mohd Saiful Azlan Bukhari.

“Majoriti rakyat Malaysia berasa sinikal terhadap siri kezaliman di atas siri pertuduhan jenayah yang dikenakan terhadap Anwar, bahawa (BN mahu menjatuhkan Anwar) merupakan kesimpulan yang paling mungkin dicapai,” menurut Presiden Bar Council Lim Chee Wee kepada The Malaysian Insider.

Beliau turut mempersoalkan mengapa Peguam Cara Negara II, Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden,” orang ketiga terpenting Ketua Hakim Negara”, harusnya meluangkan masa “mendakwa jenayah yang tidak mempunyai mangsa dan berasaskan moral” daripada tuduhan yang lebih serius seperti rasuah dan kes bunuh.

James Chin, pensyarah Sains Politik di Monash Universiti menjelaskan kepada AP bahawa pergerakan itu melibatkan kesan negatif terhadap Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang mendakwa beliau tidak terlibat dan tidak masuk campur terhadap pertuduhan tersebut dan serius untuk memastikan keadilan sivil.

“Ia merupakan halangan untuk Anwar kerana beliau akan menghabiskan masa terhadap proses rayuan dan tidak bersedia untuk pilihan raya,” tambahnya.

Ibrahim Suffian, penyelidik bebas di Merdeka Center berkata kepada Reuters “rayuan terhadap pertuduhan itu bermain di sekitar cerita pembangkang bahawa kerajaan tidak akan berhenti daripada menghapuskan perjuangan politik Anwar.”

“Perkara itu turut menyelubungi reformasi Perdana Menteri pada masa terdesak untuk pilihan raya dalam masa terdekat. Suka atau tidak, rakyat Malaysia akan mengaitkan kerajaan dengan perkara ini,” tambahnya.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) dan Anwar telah berkempen ke serata negara sejak Saiful membuat pertuduhan kali pertama pada Jun 2008, dan mendakwa tuduhan tersebut merupakan permainan politik untuk menamatkan harapan pakatan pembangkang tersebut untuk menguasai negara.

Menurut pemerhati Kebebasan Hak Asasi Manusia, kerajaan BN telah gagal mengambil peluang yang dihulurkan oleh Mahkamah Tinggi dengan “merayu bagi pertuduhan yang memotivasikan politik Anwar.”

“Keputusan ini bermakna rakyat Malaysia akan terus dihadapkan dengan komplot politik di mahkamah, memandangna kerajaan menjadikan perbicaraan terhadap sebuah kes yang sepatutnya bukan kes jenayah,” kata Timbalan pemerhati kebebasan manusia Asia, Phil Robertson.

Anwar, 64, pertama kali dikenakan tuduhan sama pada 1998, sebelum dibebaskan enam tahun kemudian.

Ketua umum PKR itu kemudian mengemudikan pakatan pembangkang sampai menghalang BN daripada menguasi majoriti dua per tiga Parlimen serta merampas lima kerajaan negeri dari bawah BN.

Sementara itu, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, pengerusi pergerakan Bersih 2.0, percaya pentadbiran Najib akan mengalami kes senjata makan tuan.

“Nama baik mereka mungkin telah diperoleh sebelum ini daripada pembebasan sebelum ini akan jatuh dengan rayuan ini, menyedihkan!” katanya melalu Twitter semalam.

— Malaysian Insider

Pinda Undang-udang Yang Aibkan Manusia – DSAI

Dari: Malaysiakini

20 Januari 2012

Anwar: Pinda undang-undang aib musuh politik

Ketua Umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mencadangkan supaya undang-undang yang didakwanya digunakan untuk mengaibkan seseorang, dipinda termasuk peruntukan dalam seksyen 377 (B) dan 377 (C) Kanun Keseksaan.

Katanya, pindaan tersebut perlu dibuat bagi memastikan supaya ianya tidak digunakan untuk menghina seseorang khususnya terhadap musuh dalam politik.

“Memang undang-undang yang ada, (seperti) 377 (B), 377 (C) digunakan untuk mengaibkan orang, digunakan untuk musuk politik,” dakwanya.

“Orang bertanya kenapa tidak meminda undang-undang yang ada. Ya, saya akan pinda… supaya memastikan (ianya) tidak bermaksud untuk menghina orang,” katanya yang juga ketua pembangkang.

Anwar turut menempelak pihak tertentu yang mempertahankan undang-undang yang didakwanya “jumud” digunakan untuk memfitnah seseorang.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam ucapannya malam tadi bagi mengulas kontroversi wawancaranya dengan rangkaian penyiaran British (BBC) yang dilaporkan minggu lalu sehingga beliau dituduh menyokong homoseksual.

Rangkaian itu meminta Anwar menyatakan pendirian sama ada beliau bersedia memperjuangkan ‘idea anti-diskriminasi’ terhadap kumpulan itu dan menegaskan masyarakat Islam dan bukan Islam di Malaysia secara keseluruhannya percaya dan komited menyokong kesucian perkahwinan antara lelaki dan wanita.

“Tetapi kami tidak harus dilihat sebagai menyusahkan dan menganggap undang-undang lapuk sebagai relevan,” kata Anwar dalam temubual dengan BBC itu.

Bercakap di majlis kesyukuran sempenan pembebasannya daripada tuduhan liwat pada 9 Januari lalu, Anwar menegaskan kenyataannya bahawa Islam dan bukan Islam menyokong perkahwinan lelaki dan perempuan menjawab perbuatan seks bebas, homoseksual dan lesbian.

Anwar yang juga bekas presiden Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) berkata, umat Islam tidak boleh menghukum seseorang melakukan “perselingkuhan” kecuali ianya dilakukannya di hadapan umum.

“Orang berkata, itu kalau di tempat persendirian? Kamu tahu mana?… Bukan mengendap atau merobek privasi orang, tidak boleh,” tegasnya di hadapan tetamu yang hadir di kediamannya di Segambut Dalam, malam tadi.

Selain beberapa pemimpin PKR, turut hadir di majlis itu ialah bekas menteri kabinet, Tan Sri Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, yang turut serta bersolat maghrib, solat hajat, solat Isyak serta majlis bacaan Yassin sebagai tanda kesyukuran di atas pembebasan Anwar daripada tuduhan tersebut.

Mengimbau kisah pada hari keputusan liwat II diumumkan, Anwar yang juga ahli parlimen Permatang Pauh sempat bersarapan bersama-sama ahli keluarganya selepas bersolat subuh.

Bahkan, beliau juga sempat memeluk dan mencium ahli keluarganya kerana berkemungkinan beliau mungkin tidak balik sekiranya didapati bersalah, walaupun jauh di sudut hatinya, beliau merasa akan dilepaskan.

“Paling tidak, mungkin dibenarkan diikat jamin. Tetapi berlaku sebaliknya. Jika bersalah, mungkin riuh dalam negara dan menjadi fokus di luar negara.

“(Tetapi) saya lepas. Saya tidak tahu (sebabnya). Mungkin hakim tahu, sebab (penghakiman) dibaca cepat, beliau keluar pun cepat, tak sempat (saya) nak angkat tangan,” katanya diiringi dengan gelak ketawa hadirin.

“Yang saya pasti, the power of prayer. (Kuasa doa) ini adalah luar daripada pertimbangan politik,” katanya sambil memaklumkan masyarakat tempatan dan antarabangsa turut mendoakan agar beliau dibebaskan.

Katanya, dengan keputusan itu juga menyebabkan media arus perdana “meroyan macam orang gila” dengan mencari apa-apa sahaja” untuk menyerangnya, bahkan ada pihak yang terkejut dan kesal dengan pembebasan beliau itu.

Dalam kesempatan itu juga, Anwar turut menceritakan pengalaman beliau bersama isterinya Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail bertemu dengan cucu bekas perdana menteri India, Rajmohan Gandhi, yang mana temujanji itu telah lama diatur sebelum keputusan liwat II ditetapkan.

Katanya, Rajmohan memperuntukkan masa selama lima jam berbincang dengan Anwar secara peribadi, berhubung usaha memartabatkan perjuangan demokrasi.

Menurutnya dalam perjalanan menuju kediaman Rajmohan yang terletak di atas bukit di Panchgani – yang memakan masa selama lima jam dari Mumbai – Anwar singgah minum sejenis air teh yang menyebabkan beliau teringat akan kelazatannya.

Anwar juga berkata selepas berada di India, beliau bertolak ke Turki untuk memenuhi undangan bertemu dengan Perdana Menteri Raceb Tayyib Erdogan.

Bagaimanapun beliau terpaksa menangguh untuk bertemu Presiden Turki Abdullah Gul kerana terpaksa pulang ke tanah air bagi menghadiri Konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat di Alor Setar, Kedah.

Dalam ucapannya selama 45 minit itu juga, Anwar turut memberitahu bahawa beliau menerima banyak ucapan tahniah melalui emel, SMS dan panggilan telefon daripada pelbagai pihak berhubung keputusan tersebut.

Antaranya bekas naib presiden Amerika Syarikat Al-Gore, bekas perdana menteri Kanada Paul Martin dan ulama tersohor Yusuf Al-Qaradhawi dan Dr Wahbah Al-Zuhaili.

Sebelum itu, orang ramai termasuk penyokong memenuhi halaman rumahnya bagi menghadiri majlis kenduri kesyukuran sempena pembebasan beliau daripada tuduhan liwat II.

Sebanyak empat khemah besar dipasang di halaman rumah tokoh pemimpin PKR itu dan dihamparkan tikar bagi membolehkan hadirin yang hadir duduk bersolat dan duduk mendengar tazkirah ringkas yang disampaikan ketua penerangan PKR Dr Mohd Nor Manuty.


Fitnah: Anwar Saman Utusan RM 50 juta

Dari: Malaysian Insider

17 Januari 2012

Halal homoseksual: Anwar mahu saman Utusan Malaysia RM50 juta

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Jan — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim akan mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap Utusan Malaysia kerana mendakwa ketua pembangkang itu “menghalalkan homoseksual” dalam terbitan hari ini.

Akhbar milik Umno itu dalam laporan muka depan bertajuk “Tolak Anwar — Hasan” mengatakan bekas Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor Datuk Dr Hasan Ali membidas Anwar kerana kerana mempertikaikan undang-undang berkaitan homoseksual di negara ini.

Hasan berkata pendirian Anwar tersebut bukanlah baru kerana itulah pandangan peribadi dan pegangan asasi Ketua Umum PKR itu.

Justeru beliau menggesa rakyat menolak perjuangan Anwar kerana kegiatan tidak bermoral itu jika dihalalkan boleh mencetuskan pergolakan dan perpecahan dalam masyarakat serta kekacauan dalam negara.

Menurut Naib Presiden PKR N. Surendran (gambar), laporan yang disiarkan dalam Utusan Malaysia itu berunsur fitnah, tidak benar dan bermotifkan politik.

Isu ini berbangkit selepas Mingguan Malaysia, edisi mingguan Utusan Malaysia baru-baru ini mendakwa Anwar semasa temubual bersama BBC mengatakan ketua pembangkang itu mempertikaikan undang-undang berkaitan kegiatan homoseksual di negara ini.

Akhbar itu dalam laporan muka depan bertajuk “Anwar ulas isu gay” turut mengatakan undang-undang berkaitan homoseksual di Malaysia tidak boleh diterima dan sudah lapuk.

“Laporan-laporan yang disiarkan itu adalah fitnah, tidak benar, bermotifkan politik dan menunjukkan etika kewartawan yang rendah,” kata Surendran yang juga peguam Anwar.

Jelas peguam hak asasi ini, semasa temubual bersama BBC Anwar meminta agar undang-undang lapuk dikaji semula dan menegaskan “Kami masyarakat Islam dan bukan Islam di Malaysia secara keseluruhannya percaya dan komited untuk menyokong kesucian perkahwinan antara lelaki dan wanita. Kami tidak menggalakkan homoseksual di khalayak.”

“Ini jelas menunjukkan apa yang dilaporkan Utusan Malaysia tidak benar,” katanya.

Dalam pernyataan tuntutan yang diserahkan kepada pengurusan Utusan Malaysia, Anwar menuntut ganti rugi sebanyak RM50 juta dan memberikan tempoh 48 jam untuk melaksanakan tuntutan Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh itu.

Anwar menuntut Utusan Malaysia menarik balik segala laporan palsu dan permohonan maaf terhadap dirinya dan menuntut permohonan maaf disiarkan di muka hadapan akhbar itu.

Anwar menamakan editor Utusan Malaysia sebagai defendan pertama dan Pengarah Urusan Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd.

—Malaysian Insider

“Kalau Anda Boleh, Saya Pun Boleh” – Ketua AMK

Dari: Keadilan Daily

12 Januari 2012

Shamsul: Saya pun boleh saman Perkasa

KUALA LUMPUR 12 Jan: Ketua Angkatan Muda KEADILAN (AMK), Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin tidak ada halangan sekiranya Pertubuhan Peribumi Perkasa (Perkasa) mahu memfailkan saman terhadap beliau.

Ia ekoran desakan beliau meminta pertubuhan itu menafikan penglibatan mereka dalam insiden letupan berhampiran Mahkamah Jalan Duta pada Isnin lalu.

Sebaliknya, kata Shamsul, beliau juga boleh mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap pertubuhan itu kerana memutar belitkan kenyataannya.

“Saman itu adalah hak Perkasa.. saya bersedia untuk menjawab persoalan yang dikemukakan sekiranya mereka benar ingin mengemukakan saman. Tetapi saya juga mempunyai hak untuk menyaman mereka sekiranya dakwaan mereka kosong,” kata Shamsul.

Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan KEADILAN Melaka itu mengulas laporan portal Sinar Harian hari ini yang memetik kenyataan Setiausaha Agung Perkasa, Syed Hassan Syed Ali yang mahu mengkaji tindakan perundangan ke atas beliau.

“Biar lah mereka nak saman..tapi isu yang saya bangkitkan di dalam media ialah saya membuat desakan kepada Perkasa menafikan mereka terlibat dalam insiden letupan itu.

“Ini kerana mereka juga kelompok yang berada di situ (mahkamah),”

“Saya fikir mungkin Perkasa tidak dapat membezakan desakan untuk menafikan dengan tuduhan,” ujar beliau yang juga seorang peguam.

Dalam pada itu, Shamsul meminta pihak polis mengambil tindakan terhadap laporan Utusan Malaysia yang kononnya memetik sumber polis dengan mendakwa bom berkenaan dibawa peserta himpunan 901.

“Mengapa Utusan Malaysia melabel hanya satu kumpulan iaitu penyokong kempen Anwar Bebas sahaja yang terlibat (insiden letupan), sedangkan ada kumpulan-kumpulan lain termasuk penyokong Saiful dan Perkasa,” tegas beliau.

Sehingga kini, katanya, tidak ada sebarang kenyataan rasmi dari pihak polis mengesahkan laporan berkenaan.

“Sekiranya tidak betul mereka (Utusan) harus membuat jawapan balas atau mengemukakan kenyataan atau sumber dari pihak polis.

“Ia perkara sulit. Mana boleh perkara itu bocor kecuali pihak polis sendiri mahu membocorkan, sebab itu perlu ada jawapan segera dari PDRM. Kalau tidak rakyat akan semakin hilang kepercayaan terhadap pihak polis,” katanya.

—Keadilan Daily

Ceramah Pasca #901 di Hulu Kelang

Ceramah Pasca 901: Anwar Bebas

Lokasi: Dewan AU5, Lembah Keramat, Hulu Kelang, Selangor.
Tarikh: 12 januari 2012
Masa: 9.00 malam (Selepas Isyak)


1) Sdr. Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin – Ketua Angkatan Muda KeADILan (AMK) Malaysia
2) YB Saari Sungib – ADUN Hulu Kelang, Timbalan YDP PAS Selangor.
3) Sdr. Hanipa Maidin – AJK PAS Pusat, Peguam

*Dijemput hadir beramai-ramai bagi mendengar hal berkaitan isu-isu semasa

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.