Ceramah “Pasca 428, Merdeka Rakyat” di Gombak

Saya akan berceramah bertajuk “Pasca 428, Merdeka Rakyat”:

Tarikh: 1 Mei 2012 (Selasa)
Masa: 9.00 malam
Tempat: Taman Kamariah, Taman Gombak Jaya, Gombak (berhampiran Masjid As-Syakirin Gombak)
Bersama: rakan-rakan pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat dan Adam Adli(pimpinan mahasiswa).

Peta lokasi:

Dijemput tuan-tuan dan puan-puan ke ceramah bagi mendengar penjelasan mengenai perkara sebenar himpunan Bersih 3.0 dan juga isu-isu semasa.

—Team Ketua Angkatan Muda KEADILAN (AMK) Malaysia

BBC: Malaysia police fire tear gas at protesters


Dari: BBC

29 April 2012

Malaysia police fire tear gas at protesters

Malaysian riot police have fired tear gas and used water cannon on a crowd of protesters who had converged on the centre of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Thousands of protesters marched on a central square in the city calling for changes to the electoral system.

They believe the current arrangements will benefit Prime Minister Najib Razak’s long-ruling coalition in forthcoming elections.

The rally is one of the largest in the country in the past decade.

A police spokesman estimated there were about 25,000 demonstrators at the protest, but some Malaysian news organisations put the numbers as high as 80,000.

Police had sealed off the city’s historic Merdeka (Independence) Square with barbed wire and barricades and began firing tear gas when these were breached by the demonstrators.

At least 20 people were reported to have been detained by the authorities.

The demonstration was organised by an opposition-backed reform group, Bersih. Police said the group had no right to use the symbolically important square.

Malaysia’s parliament approved a series of electoral reform measures this month, but activists say these do not address the main issue of electoral fraud which they maintain has kept the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition in power since independence.

Activists have alleged that the Election Commission is biased and that voter registration lists are tainted with fraudulent voters.

“I’m here because I’m a Malaysian and I love my country,” one protester, information technology manager Burrd Lim said. “There’s no election that’s perfect, but I want one that’s fair enough.”


— BBC

REUTERS: Peserta dan Polis Bertembung, Kemungkinan Pilihanraya Tangguh


Dari: Reuters

29 April 2012

Malaysian police, protesters clash, raising poll doubts

(Reuters) – Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon in clashes with thousands of protesters demanding electoral reforms on Saturday, raising the risk of a political backlash that could delay national polls which had been expected as early as June.

Riot police reacted after some protesters among the crowd of at least 25,000 tried to break through barriers, in defiance of a court order banning them from entering the city’s historic Merdeka (Independence) Square. They fired dozens of tear gas rounds and chased protesters through nearby streets.

Protesters also battled with police at a train station nearby, throwing bottles and chairs at officers who responded by firing tear gas rounds. A police car was overturned by angry protesters after it hit demonstrators. Most of the protesters had dispersed by early evening but sporadic clashes with police continued.

“They (the police) asked the crowd to disperse but did not give enough warning,” said Aminah Bakri, 27, with tears streaming down her face from the gas.

“They do not care.”

The police reaction could carry risks for Prime Minister Najib Razak if it is seen as too harsh, possibly forcing him to delay elections that must be called by next March but which many observers had expected for June. Najib’s approval rating tumbled after July last year when police were accused of a heavy handed response to the last major electoral reform rally by the Bersih (Clean) group. It has since rebounded to nearly 70 percent.

Some media sites put the number of protesters as high as 100,000, which would make it by far the biggest since “Reformasi” (Reform) demonstrations in 1998 against then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.

The protest posed a delicate challenge for Najib, who is anxious to attract middle-class voters ahead of an election that is shaping up as the closest in Malaysia’s history.

But Najib must be mindful of conservatives in his party, wary his moves to relax tough security laws and push limited election reforms could threaten their 55-year hold on power.

Human Rights Watch was quick to condemn the police action.

“By launching a crackdown on peaceful … protesters on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian government is once again showing its contempt for its people’s basic rights and freedoms,” said Phil Robertson, the group’s deputy Asia director.

WATERSHED FOR NAJIB

Malaysia’s Bar Council’s Legal Aid Center said around 200 people had been detained, far less than the more than 1,600 who were held in last July’s protest.

“Police acted with utmost restraint and efficiency,” Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Twitter, adding the situation was now under control.

Bersih, an independent movement whose goals are backed by the opposition, has a history of staging influential rallies as Malaysians have demanded more freedoms and democratic rights in the former British colony that has an authoritarian streak.

Many of the protesters on Saturday were younger Malaysians who have become more active in recent years, chafing at political restrictions and cronyism in the racially divided Southeast Asian nation.

“The younger generation, especially my generation, want to be involved,” said 19-year-old university student Chan Mei Fong. ‘We cannot be quiet.”

The July protest was a watershed moment for Najib, prompting him to promise reform of an electoral system that the opposition says favors the long-ruling National Front coalition.

The National Front is trying to recover from its worst ever election result in 2008 when it lost its two-thirds majority in parliament, giving the diverse, three-party opposition led by former finance minister Anwar Ibrahim real hope of taking power.

Najib has replaced tough security laws – ending indefinite detention without trial – relaxed some media controls, and pushed reforms to the electoral system that critics have long complained is rigged in the government’s favor.

A bipartisan parliamentary committee set up by Najib this month issued 22 proposals for electoral reform, including steps to clean up electoral rolls and equal access to media.

But Bersih has complained it is unclear if the steps will be in place for the next election.

The government says it has already met, or is addressing, seven of Bersih’s eight main proposals for the election, which will see the first use of indelible ink to cut down on fraud.

Bersih says the proposals do not meet most of its key demands, including lengthening the campaign period to at least 21 days from the current seven days and international observers at polling stations. Bersih and opposition parties say they have unearthed multiple instances of irregularities in voter rolls, including over 50 voters registered at one address.

(Additional reporting by Angie Teo and Siva Sithraputhran. Writing by Stuart Grudgings, Editing by Jonathan Thatcher and Ed Lane)


— Reuters

AL-JAZEERA: Police violence marks Malaysia reform rally


Dari: Al-Jazeera

29 April 2012

Police violence marks Malaysia reform rally

Malaysian riot police have fired tear gas and used water cannon on a crowd of demonstrators who staged one of the country’s largest street rallies in years, demanding fair rules for national elections expected soon.

At least 25,000 demonstrators swamped Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, hoping to pressure Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling coalition – which has held power for nearly 55 years – to overhaul electoral policies before polls that could be held as early as June.

Malaysian police said in a statement that 222 people were arrested. Lawyers said most were expected to be released soon after having their details recorded, but it was not immediately clear if they would be charged later with any offense.

Officials said three demonstrators and 20 police were injured.

Authorities insist the elections will be free and fair, rejecting activists’ claims that the Election Commission is biased and that voter registration lists are tainted with fraudulent names.

“The independent Elections Commission has gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure that the next elections are free and fair and meet the highest international standards,” Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, minister of home affairs, said in a statement.

Demonstrators wearing yellow T-shirts, waving banners and chanting slogans poured into downtown Kuala Lumpur, massing near the city’s historic Merdeka (Independence) Square that police had sealed off with barbed wire and barricades.

Authorities had refused to allow Bersih, or Coalition for Free and Fair Elections – the opposition-backed pressure group that organised the rally – to use the square, a nationally renowned venue that hosts parades and patriotic celebrations.

The demonstration remained peaceful for several hours, prompting organisers to declare it a success and ask people to head home.

But when a small group appeared to suddenly breach the police barriers, authorities began firing tear gas and water laced with stinging chemicals at the crowd.

A federal police spokesperson estimated there were about 25,000 demonstrators, but many witnesses and some Malaysian news organisations said there were between 80,000 and 100,000 protesters at the rally.

Police action ‘unjustified’

Kuala Lumpur’s police said in its social media statements that authorities were forced to move against the protesters, but opposition leaders and rights groups said the action was unjustified.

Defending the police, the minister of home affairs, said: “I would like to commend the police for their professionalism and the restraint they have shown under difficult circumstances.”

“A group of protesters tried to provoke a violent confrontation with the police, but overall at this stage it would seem this afternoon’s protest passed off without major incident,” he said.

“Despite opposition claims to the contrary, the government fully respects peoples’ right to peaceful protest, which is enshrined under Malaysian law.”

The rally’s organisers have also sought longer election campaigning periods and changes to ensure citizens living abroad can cast ballots, as well as international observers for the polls and fairer access for all political parties to the government-linked media.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett, reporting from Kuala Lumpur, said: “As far as the protesters are concerned, the government haven’t met their demands. They want a series of improvements to the electoral system. They are calling for better electoral role. They also want the electoral commission, which runs elections this country, to be entirely reformed.

“The protest was not what both sides [government and protesters] were talking about. They were talking about peaceful protests. Ideally, the protesters wanted to protest inside Independence Square.”

Saturday’s gathering follows one crushed by police last July, when 1,600 people were arrested.

That rally for clean elections prompted a police crackdown with tear gas and water cannon.

A resulting backlash prompted Najib, Malaysia’s prime minister, to set up a parliamentary panel whose eventual report suggested a range of changes to the electoral system.

But Bersih and the opposition are demanding a complete overhaul of a voter roll considered fraudulent and reform of an Election Commission they say is biased in favour of the governing coalition.

Najib has launched a campaign to repeal authoritarian laws in a bid to create what he called “the greatest democracy”.

His ruling coalition had a dismal showing against the opposition in 2008, and Najib is under pressure to improve on that


— Al-Jazeera

The Wall Street Journal: Malaysian Police Fire Tear Gas on Protesters


Dari: The Wall Street Journal

29 April 2012

Malaysian Police Fire Tear Gas on Protesters

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Police fired tear gas and chemical-laced water at thousands of protesters demonstrating for cleaner elections, potentially undermining Prime Minister Najib Razak’s efforts to present himself as a political reformer with elections months away.

Riot police took action on Saturday when some of the tens of thousands of demonstrators began encroaching on the historic Merdeka Square in the center of downtown Kuala Lumpur, despite police and government warnings to keep away from the area. Some groups of demonstrators lingered in the area for hours, and at least 388 demonstrators were detained, police said. Rally organizers criticized the police response as unnecessary and disproportionate.

Last year, police broke up a similar rally with tear gas and water cannon, and briefly detained about 1,600 members of the Bersih activist group, whose name means “clean” in Malay. That earned Mr. Najib’s government international condemnation and prompted him to move forward on a series of political overhauls, including ending the Southeast Asian nation’s Internal Security Act, which allows for indefinite, warrantless detention.

Protest leaders earlier Saturday said they would march up to the heavily guarded perimeter of Merdeka, or Independence, Square, where Malaysia first hoisted its national flag after independence from Britain. There they held a sit-down protest in the surrounding streets, joined by opposition politicians including opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Among other things, the yellow-clad Bersih supporters are demanding that the country’s electoral rolls be cleaned up to prevent fraudulent voting and that alleged biases within the country’s election agency be removed. In addition, they want international observers to monitor polls and also ensure that all political parties get similar access to government-controlled broadcasters and newspapers, which dominate the media in Malaysia. The protesters also want to enable Malaysians living overseas to be able to cast ballots. The next elections must be called by March 2013.

“Today is our day. No one can take it away from us,” Ambiga Sreenevasan, one of the co-founders of the Bersih group, told a crowd before beginning a march toward Merdeka Square. “Today we speak with a clear voice: We want clean elections.”

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal earlier, Ms. Sreenevasan said, “today we have reclaimed our public spaces.

“The atmosphere is simply amazing,” she said. “The camaraderie amongst everyone is unmistakable.”

Malaysia, a major global exporter of computer parts, energy and palm oil, still is a conservative country where many voters and political power brokers are fearful of large street protests despite the rapid growth of the Internet and a proliferation of independent news websites, which often are critical of the government.

While a parliamentary committee is considering changes to Malaysia’s election laws and the government has agreed already with some of Bersih’s proposals, authorities appear unhappy that the protesters wished to assemble in the historic heart of the city. Speaking in Kuching, Mr. Najib said only the square is an unsuitable venue for political protests. He said national and city authorities had offered alternative venues, including a nearby stadium.

“We have built this country. We have made sacrifices to bring Malaysia to where it is today. We must defend the country while at the same time allow them their basic right to assemble,” Mr. Najib said, according to state news agency Bernama. He also denied that Malaysia’s electoral system was rigged against the opposition.

In a statement, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the government respects people’s right to protest and added that he “would like to commend police for their professionalism and the restraint they have shown under difficult circumstances.”

There was a palpable tension throughout much of Malaysia’s commercial capital Saturday. Some businesses, especially around the busy central market, opted to pull down steel shutters. At Merdeka Square, police armed with tear gas had been preparing to repel protesters since cordoning off the area Friday morning.

When a group of protesters began to move toward Merdeka Square amid loud chants, police acted quickly, launching tear gas and firing water cannon, sending large groups of protesters running up city streets to avoid the acrid fumes from tear-gas canisters. Outside the Sogo department store, protesters overturned a police car, which allegedly had hit two protesters, while volleys of tear gas penetrated deep into the crowd.

“I was hit by tear gas. It was not very pleasant,” Sen. Nicholas Xenophon from Australia, who is leading an international fact-finding mission on electoral overhauls, told The Wall Street Journal. “There is an Arab Spring. This is the Malaysia Spring. There is an unstoppable desire for reform.”

Mr. Najib’s reformist credentials likely will be undermined by the police action, which march organizers described as disproportionate to the threat posed. Yet some political analysts said Saturday’s protest might not necessarily hurt him or the ruling National Front coalition in an election.

James Chin, a political science professor at the Malaysian campus of Australia’s Monash University, who attended the demonstration, said many protesters were looking for a confrontation and that this might play into Mr. Najib’s hands if he calls an early election. “The reforms will still be on,” Mr. Chin said. “But the core of the regime will remain intact.”
—Shie-Lynn Lim and Jason Ng contributed to this article.


— The Wall Street Journal

#BERSIH: Ambiga isytihar BERSIH 3.0 berjaya, 300,000 hadir


Dari: Malaysiakini

29 April 2012

Ambiga isytihar BERSIH 3.0 berjaya, 300,000 hadir

Gabungan menuntut pilihan raya bersih dan adil (BERSIH) berkata perhimpunan mereka berjaya dan mendakwa 300,000 rakyat Malaysia turun menyertai BERSIH 3.0 menuntut reformasi pilihan raya.

NONE“Dalam erti kata tersebut, ia adalah satu kejayaan,” kata pengerusi bersama BERSIH, Datuk S Ambiga dalam sidang media selepas perhimpunan tersebut.

“Suasana yang hebat dan bilangan yang ada di situ – ia amat besar.”

 “Kami merasakan bahawa ia adalah satu kejayaan kerana terdapat sokongan yang begitu banyak untuk tujuan ini dan segala-galanya berjalan dengan baik (sehinggakan) kami memberi arahan supaya bersurai dengan cepat, pada jam 2.30 petang, kerana semasa kita sampai ke Dataran (Merdeka), amat sukar bagi orang ramai untuk duduk,” kata Ambiga.

“Bagi orang yang hadir, mereka berkelakuan baik bagi sejumlah seramai itu,” katanya

NONEBeliau melahirkan rasa kesal atas kekecohan yang berlaku selepas
sebahagian daripada penghalang yang menutup Dataran Merdeka dirempuh, dan berkata ia “amat menyedihkan”.

Beliau juga memandang berat laporan bahawa penyokong dan anggota polis yang bertugas cedera dalam kekecohan tersebut, dan menegaskan bahawa jawatankuasa pemandu akan bekerjasama sepenuhnya dengan polis dalam menjalankan siasatan mereka.
   
Bagaimanapun, kerana beliau tidak ada fakta yang tepat mengenai kejadian itu, maka Ambiga berkata, BERSIH akan memanggil satu sidang akhbar minggu depan berhubung butir-butir lanjut mengenainya.


— Malaysiakini

#BERSIH 3.0: Kenyataan Media Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim


Kenyataan Media
Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim

28 April 2012

Himpunan Aman BERSIH 3.0: Kenyataan Media Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Alhamdulilah, perhimpunan aman untuk menuntut pilihanraya yang bersih dan adil disertai puluhan ribu rakyat Malaysia. Perhimpunan aman BERSIH bukan sahaja berjaya dilaksanakan di Dataran Merdeka, bahkan di seluruh negara dan bandar-bandar utama seluruh dunia. Rakyat Malaysia, tidak mengira ras dan keyakinan hadir dengan semangat berkobar-kobar demi menyatakan pendirian mereka bahawa pilianraya yang bersih serta adil merupakan salah satu tunjang amalan demokrasi di negara ini.

Saya mengucapkan syabas kepada Jawatankuasa BERSIH yang tuntas iltizamnya mahu menuntut satu reformasi pilihanraya yang menyeluruh. Tahniah juga kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia yang hadir memberi sokongan. Adalah dimaklumkan ada kemalangan membabitkan peserta perhimpunan aman petang tadi. Saya menggesa agar siasatan yang bebas dan menyeluruh diadakan bagi menyiasat punca serta pihak yang bertanggungjawab. Saya juga menyeru mereka yang menyertai perhimpunan aman ini agar segera bersurai kerana pimpinan BERSIH sudahpun mengeluarkan arahan untuk bersurai.


— ANWAR IBRAHIM

Tiada Kompromi, Wajib Turun #Bersih 3.0 – Anwar


Dari Malaysiakini

27 April 2012

Anwar: Tiada kompromi untuk hadir BERSIH

Menjadi kewajipan tanpa kompromi untuk semua rakyat Malaysia hadir ke perhimpunan BERSIH bagi menuntut pilihan raya yang bebas dan adil di Kuala Lumpur esok, kata Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Ini kerana, kata Anwar, kehadiran mereka bertujuan menuntut hak yang dijamin dalam perlembagaan dan bukan menuntut elaun atau ganjaran untuk diri sendiri.

Menurut Anwar, perhimpunan itu juga akan memberitahu perdana menteri dan anggota kabinetnya serta Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) supaya tidak melakukan penipuan dalam pilihan raya.

Bercakap dalam ceramah di hadapan kira-kira 1,000 orang malam tadi, Anwar menyelar pengerusi jawatankuasa pilihan khas parlimen Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili kerana gagal mengetengahkan isu daftar pemilih di sampai pelbagai cadangan lain.

“Dakwat kekal? Pasti. Tetapi perkara pentung siapa akan mengundi? Hantu, manusia, lembu?” soalnya yang juga anggota Parlimen Permatang Pauh.


—Malaysiakini

Pengerusi SPR dan Timbalan Ahli Umno?


Dari: Malaysian Insider

26 April 2012

PKR dakwa Pengerusi SPR, timbalannya adalah ahli Umno

PETALING JAYA, 26 April — PKR mencabar Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR), Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof dan timbalannya, Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, menafikan dakwaan mereka masih memegang keahlian Umno bagi membuktikan mereka adalah berkecuali daripada mana-mana parti politik.

Setiausaha Agung PKR, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail dipetik Sinar Harian Online berkata, mana-mana anggota SPR tidak seharusnya menganggotai mana-mana parti, dan bersifat berkecuali supaya tidak cenderung kepada mana-mana pihak.

Beliau membangkitkan perkara ini ketika desas-desus Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13) akan diadakan dalam masa terdekat dan mempersoalkan ketelusan SPR dalam mengendalikan pilihan raya.

Malah, Saifuddin turut menegaskan, pihaknya mempunyai bukti kukuh mengenai keanggotaan mereka dalam Umno — parti teras Barisan Nasional (BN).

“Saya tahu Aziz ahli Umno, cawangan mana, nombor ahli Umno (beliau). Satu-satu SPR di dunia, ketua dan timbalannya secara rasmi menjadi ahli politik yang bertanding dalam pilihan raya.

“Mereka patut lepaslah (keahlian dalam Umno), jangan ada sekelumit prejudis dan prasangka bahawa SPR ini berpihak kepada mana-mana parti politik,” katanya.

“Saya juga ada maklumat di mana cawangan mana Tan Sri Aziz dan timbalannya (Wan Ahmad) menjadi ahli (Umno),” katanya dalam satu temubual eksklusif di pejabatnya semalam.

“Saya minta, esok, mereka menafikan yang mereka bukan ahli Umno. Jika tidak, saya akan dedahkan di cawangan mana mereka menjadi ahli Umno,” katanya lagi.

Tambah Saifuddin, kedua-dua mereka seharusnya melepaskan jawatan dalam parti apabila dilantik menganggotai jawatan dalam agensi pengendali pilihan raya tersebut.

“Kalau ya pun, hati kecil biarlah dapat bersuara… dalam menguruskan SPR, pihak berkepentingan adalah rakyat,” katanya.

Malah, Saifuddin turut memuji tindakan yang diambil Speaker Dewan Rakyat, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia yang melepaskan jawatan dalam parti sebagai Ketua Umno Bahagian Kota Marudu, apabila dilantik menjawat jawatan berkenaan.

Tambahnya lagi, Pandikar sendiri ada memaklumkan perkara itu kepadanya bahawa Abdul Aziz dan Wan Ahmad seharusnya mengikuti jejak langkah Speaker Dewan Rakyat terbabit.

“Itu (jawatan Pengerusi dan Timbalan Pengerusi SPR) bukan jawatan politik, Agong yang lantik, mereka masih ahli Umno yang sah, saya minta mereka menafikan perkara tersebut,” katanya.

Pandikar dilantik sebagai Speaker Dewan Rakyat empat tahun lalu.

Abdul Aziz menjadi Pengerusi SPR pada Januari 2009 manakala Wan Ahmad pula kira-kira setahun sebelumnya.

SPR telah menghadapi dakwaan berterusan daripada pembangkang dan badan pemerhati pilihan raya Gabungan Menuntut Pilihan Raya Adil dan Bersih (Bersih), yang mengatakan badan pengendali pilihan raya itu tidak telus dalam daftar pemilih mereka.

Disebalik tuduhan tersebut, SPR telah mengemukakan buku menjawab segala dakwaan dan fitnah berkenaan pada Rabu lalu yang menjawab 12 dakwaan pembangkang dan badan NGO terhadap suruhanjaya berkenaan.

Ekoran rasa puas hati terhadap sistem pilihan raya di negara ini, badan menuntut pilihan raya adil, Bersih telah membuat keputusan untuk mengadakan demonstrasi “Duduk Bantah” di Dataran Merdeka pada Sabtu ini.


— Malaysian Insider