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9 Articles on Malaysian Politics : Malays waking up, DPM’s Platitudes ignoring apartheid, DAP’s Platitides ignoring apartheid, Edging towards democracy at a snails pace, CM of Penang’s Platitudes ignoring apartheid, LGE takes on the role of the Journalists Association Chairman (use that mandate to END APARTHEID already you coward!), UN, International Criminal Court can act where the national governments cannot, Royalty plays part of 3rd Force (though looks to be about power rather than protecting of citizen rights?), Ambiga’s Bersih Capers (2 Articles) – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 22nd April 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, 3rd Force, Apartheid, Assemblymen have not declared assets, asset declarations, Bad By-Laws, Bumiputera Apartheid, criticism, cult of personality, Ethics, hudud, intentional omissions, Malaysia, media sabotage, misplaced adoration, misrepresentation of facts, MPs have not declared assets, Nepotism, Political Fat Cats, politics, unkept campaign promises, unprofessional behaviour, vested interest, waste of mandate on April 22, 2012 at 6:27 am

ARTICLE 1

The state is God? – April 20, 2012

APRIL 20 — I am actually dumbfounded as to where in the religion of Islam it says the Kedah state government is God?

This is because, as far as I know, Muslims are actually only prohibited to ever question the will of God.

We are, however, perfectly allowed and even encouraged to question what is not clear to us in order to understand it better.

So, I am baffled as to why the Kedah state legislative assembly has decidised to amend the Mufti and Fatwa Enactment (Kedah Darul Aman) 2008.

It was passed unanimously by the House that:

“Any fatwa decided by the state Mufti or Fatwa Committee, whether gazetted or not, cannot be challenged, appealed, reviewed, denied or questioned in any civil or syariah court.”

As I have mentioned previously, I don’t really think they can do this because if I’m not mistaken, members of the Kedah assembly are ordinary people and not God.

Fatwas are man-made, and are actually man’s attempt at trying to best understand and interpret God’s decree in whatever context.

What is known in Islam as Fiqh, or jurisprudence, is actually just opinions of jurists which then become a set of guidelines for people to follow.

But, as with anything that is man-made, it is open to flaws and hence, not only is it allowed to be questioned, questioning it should be mandatory so the flaws can be fixed.

The Quran states in Surah Ta Ha:

“Ask of Him: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

And how are people supposed to learn and understand anything if they are not allowed to ask and question as proposed by the Kedah legislative assembly?

The Prophet Muhammad did say:

“Whoever conceals knowledge would be muzzled on the Day of Resurrection with a muzzle of fire.”

And by not allowing their decisions to be ever challenged, appealed, reviewed, denied or questioned, they are imposing their thoughts on others, which is clearly unIslamic.

The Quran states in Surah Al Baqarah:

“There is no compulsion in Islam. Certainly, right has become clearly distinct from wrong.”

It is also unIslamic because the Kedah state government is obviously against the concept of Shura, which calls for the consultation of its people in matters of society.

The Quran states in Surah Al Shura:

“Those who listen to their Lord, and establish regular prayer; who conduct their affairs by mutual consultation; who spend out of what we bestow on them for sustenance, [are praised].”

“The blame is only against those who oppress men with wrong doing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice: for such there will be a penalty grievous.”

The Quran states in Surah Al Imran:

“So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him].”

Finally, I am convinced that nowhere in the religion of Islam is it ever mentioned that the Kedah state government is God. Not in the Quran and not in the Hadiths.

So in accordance with Islam, all action taken by the government must always be questioned by the people for the best interest of the people.

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

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More importantly :

2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)

Did you know that apostasy is effectively illegal in Malaysia? Did you know that non-Muslim rights such as haram food processing facilities (like abbatoirs) not too distant from wet markets, assigned non-Muslim places of worship (there are none assigned but Muslims alwas get their assignments of land for Mosques), avenues to gambling other than 4D, meaning Cards, Dice, Dominos, Mahjong, Roulettes, Jackpots, etc.. – at one time even Mahjong during Chinese New Year was disallowed) though legal limits on losses should be implemented alongside – as of now all the above are only available in a single mega-sized venue of few, most prefer small venues in convenient places) in an inaccessible place, as well as lack of proper adult services avenues and legislation of formal Red Light Districts,  are effectively disallowed as well or immensely difficult to get the state governments to assign?

Finally, there is nothing ‘Maha’ about Mahasiswa if they cannot even choose their own religion without becoming second class citizens.

ARTICLE 2

DPM: Beware ‘modern’ threats – Region must be prepared to face transnational crimes, says Muhyiddin – by Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani – Friday, April 20, 2012 – 17:14

ASEAN must strengthen its cooperation on extraterritorial legal processes to combat modern threats to the region’s security, says Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said nations were not only confronting terrorist threats but other transnational crimes which affect the global community.

“Apart from the war on terror, we are confronting a host of other issues that pose an imminent threat to the security of our region, and which can harm the economic and social well-being our people,”he said when closing the Defence Ministry’s Putrajaya Forum at am hotel here yesterday.

“Illegal immigration, human trafficking, drug trafficking, piracy and transnational environmental crime have devastating consequences on the security as well as social and economic well-being of a sovereign nation.”

Muhyiddin said the emergence of non-traditional security threats would destabilise the region if not checked. “These threats, which are transnational and trans-regional in nature, require collective and multilateral responses from all Asean member states and Dialogue Partners.

“Indeed, regional forum plays an important role in addressing these threats through collaborative use of political, economic, diplomatic and legal means in the true spirit of regional security and defence cooperation.”

He said Asean had learned from experience and understood terrorism was not a threat limited to a particular or group of countries. “The span of terror networks and activities is cross-border and its impact is trans-regional.

In coping with the threat of terrorism, it is important for Asean countries to step up collaborative efforts to terminate the root of terror network through effective preventive measures mechanism.

“We need to strengthen cooperation on extraterritorial legal processes, share technical expertise and information, and act as a forum in which to continue discussions on effective ways to fight against terrorism.”

Muhyiddin said in Asean’s 45-year history, the regional organisation has evolved from practising preventive policies to constructive ones.

“The end of the Cold War, the advance of globalisation and the increasing influence of China and India as emerging political and economic power houses have forced Asean to shift from its original preventive diplomacy of maintaining peace and harmony to the constructive diplomacy of community building.

“This strategic realignment of Asean’s mission helps the association to address the increasing political and economic competitions in the global world.”

He said the grouping’s emergence as a new engine of robust economic growth had made security and stability a top priority in the region.

“Asean has always been at the forefront of efforts to maintain regional peace and security as well as to promote regional integration and community-building.

“This is evident in our continuing initiatives to align ourselves with the paramount objective of creating a stable, peaceful and prosperous Asean community by 2020.”

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The biggest threat is a lack of :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

Disenfranchisement of entire segments of population via apartheid is an old threat that is still present in supposedly modern Malaysia. Will the BN if not UN address this threat of apartheid  and inequality first?

ARTICLE 3

Pua unimpressed with resignation of Europlus president – Friday, April 20, 2012 – 14:58 – by Ram Anand

KUALA LUMPUR: Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua was unimpressed with the resignation of former Kumpulan Europlus Bhd president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Chan Ah Chye after the RM7.1 billion West Coast Expressway (WCE) project was awarded to the company.

Dubbing the tycoon’s resignation as a “golden handshake”, he claimed to have information that Chan’s shares in the company would be acquired at a rate more than 30 per cent higher from the current market price, amounting to about RM231 million.

“Chan owns a 27.6 per cent stake in the company, which saw its stock price leap from 88 sen last September to a new high of RM1.36 after the announcement regarding the project was made in January. There is no conceivable reason for him to resign,” he said.

Pua asked the government to withdraw the WCE contract and reopen it for bidding via an open, competitive tender to ensure the best companies offering the lowest construction prices and the shortest concession period are awarded the contract.

Chan formerly led the beleaguered Talam Corporation, who was responsible for a host of abandoned housing projects in Selangor and this led to certain parties questioning the government’s wisdom in awarding the contract to another company linked to him.

It was reported Chan resigned earlier this month “to spend more time with the family”, after spending more than 16 years finalising the WCE deal which resulted in the formation of West Coast Expressway Sdn Bhd, where 80 per cent of the stake was owned by Kumpulan Europlus Bhd.

Pua claimed Kumpulan Europlus Bhd was not qualified to take up the project.

“They have never built a highway before this. Why give such a major project to them? This is not even their core business,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

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We’re even less impressed with DAP’s unkept campaign promises and Pua’s pretentious acting as if everything is fine with DAP. DAP is a LIAR who cannot keep campaign promises meaning the 2 term limitless oligarchs shamelessly running a political party as a family business are at the centre of the b.s.. Again the obsession with people’s money rather than Dewan oriented or national issues like ending apartheid.

Pakatan b.s. list (this is a small sampling) :

Ask for 750K funeral funds? Can. Tolerate Hudud? Can. Ask for equality, end apartheid? Cannot. Whats so great about DAP?

Is DAP a business conglomerate or a political party interested in Human Rights and amending bad laws? If DAP is a  nepotistic 3rd world style family business, GTFO of the Dewan and don’t bother running for GE13. Self serving people who cannot keep campaign promises are UNVOTABLE.

ARTICLE 4

Minister’s absolute discretion removed – Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 15:30 – by Ram Anand – Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop

KUALA LUMPUR: The home minister will no longer enjoy absolute discretion when it comes to granting, refusing and revoking a publishing permit under long-awaited amendments to the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) tabled in Parliament yesterday.

Instead, the proposed amendments state that the minister’s decisions can be challenged in court.

The amendments to the PPPA form part of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promised “reform bills” and were tabled by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop (pic).

The highlight of the amendments was the removal of the annual licensing for printing presses and publications.

Najib had on Monday said that a self-regulatory media council would be able to regulate the industry and would be feature in a new PPPA.

A proposed amendment “allows for judicial review of the home minister’s decision to grant, refuse, revoke or suspend a permit”.

The term “his absolute discretion”, referring to the minister’s powers, has been proposed to be removed from the Act.

Another amendment allows media entities to “be heard” first before any decision to revoke or suspend a licence is made.

However, the home minister still retains powers to grant a licence or to refuse an application for a printing press. He can also suspend licences for “any period he considers desirable”.

Although the amendments touched on several areas which many observers feel had restricted press freedom, it remains to be seen if the media landscape will improve.

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Any other absolutist powers in all other Ministries should also be removed. This is a democracy and Malaysia’s showcase of 1800s laws and constitution are a blight on all Malaysians. Start with Section 377B which UN Sec, Gen Ban Ki Moon has made himself very clear on. What is the Bar Council doing about Section 377B and the earlier mentioned problems? Withdraw their degrees if they do not file a formal complaint to the UN on outdated laws!

ARTICLE 5

Guan Eng: Scrap section on false news – Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 15:26 – by T.K. Letchumy Tamboo – Lim Guan Eng

LIM: Section 8A has been used to persecute and punish the Opposition. It has not been used against all publications that write false news

KUALA LUMPUR: Amendments to the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) 1984 fall short of reforms promised by the government as the section on publishing false news remains, said DAP secretary-general Lim
Guan Eng.

He said the amendments were inadequate and did not address the issue of freedom of information and press freedom.

Lim, who is the Bagan MP and Penang chief minister, said the section was a political weapon against the Opposition as it punished writers, editors and printers for publishing false news. Those found guilty could be imprisoned for three years and fined up to RM20,000.

“If the government is serious and committed to freedom of the press and upholding human rights, it should remove Section 8A and pass the Freedom of Information Act as done in Penang and Selangor,” he said at the Parliament lobby.

“Section 8A has been used to persecute and punish the Opposition. It has not been used against all publications that write false news.”

Lim cited his experience as a victim of Section 8A, when he was found guilty of publishing false news in 1994 and jailed for 18 months in Kajang prison.

“Utusan Malaysia published false news that I was anti-Malay and anti-Islam and that I demolished Malay kampungs. That is false news. I brought the defamation suit against Utusan Malaysia and won RM250,000 but why isn’t there action against the paper under Section 8A?

“Why were Utusan Malaysia and Umno Online not charged under the section for defaming my 16-yearold son by saying he molested a girl in the same school?”

He said Section 8A should be scrapped as there were sufficient safeguards in the law, such as the Penal Code.

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A good point is brought up, but this is something any blogger or journalist can study and bring to attention of the Dewan.

Try making good on FALSE CAMPAIGN PROMISES first then talk here. No standing to speak thus as of now. Where are those MP asset declarations? Still hiding behind the EXCO declarations? You think this bait and switch method won’t offend the electorate? LIARS do not deserve to represent the people, especially those who abuse powers and refuse to amend laws so as to abuse powers. GTFO of the Dewan and let those petty traders and water sports guys DAP has been kicking around take charge instead!

Use that CM’s mandate dad nepotistically gave to END APARTHEID, send delegations to UN to end apartheid not flounder around being all ‘CM’mish’. VIPs are only VIPs by what they do. What are you doing about 2nd class citizenships in Malaysia? Nothing? WTF are you doing in Dewan otherwise especially without a quorum to justify your CM’s post? Speak on APARTHEID or be a KTK II. Equality only!

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

This sort of issue is to be addressed by the Journalists Association, not a Chief Minister. First LGE is a CEO wannabe in OZ, then takes on the role of Chairman of the Journalists Association (We know the Journalist’s Association is not able to act but this is selling that CM’s post short)? Stealing thunder from the Journalist’s Association by a CM? Thats what happens when a parachute CM is undemocratically and nepotistically INSTALLED rather than voted for by the Rakyat at a 66.6% quorum.

No REAL leader of the Chinese would not mention or not address to counter APARTHEID at least in this way. No ethical person would shamelessly accept a quorumless CMship as well . . . so how do you justify dad’s nepotistic choice of CMship?). Not much better than KTK, also DAP has FAILED to keep almost ALL of the campaign promises that brought DAP to power in Penang, and piled abuses of so many kinds . . . worst so-called ‘leader’ ever . . .

Voters, BN is apartheid, corrupt and refuses to use that mandate to better Malaysia, PR is self serving non-pro-active, self glorifying, unable to keep their campaign promises, alsovery nepotistic, so vote instead for 3rd Force Parties like : KITA, JATI, MCLM (whats left of MCLM), PCM, Borneo Front, Konsensus Bebas, HRP/Hindraf and PSM, ABU, PRS, STAR etc..

3rd Force parties. Pic will be updated as new 3rd Force parties arrive.

ARTICLE 6

French court has no jurisdiction over Razak Baginda, says lawyer – by Debra Chong – April 22, 2012

Malaysia paid RM6.7 billion in 2009 for the two Scorpene submarines — Picture courtesy of shaktiraj25.blogspot.com
KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 — While Suaram has formally filed a complaint with the French court over the scandalous Scorpene submarine sale to Malaysia, it holds no illusions that those named as witnesses, including Abdul Razak Baginda, will actually step forward to testify.

Lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri told The Malaysian Insider the Paris tribunal has no jurisdiction over the Malaysian seen as a key witness in the ongoing hearing over allegations government officials were bribed by French defence giant DCNS.

“Since he’s the main person who represented Perimekar, Razak Baginda is obliged to answer to the subpoena.

“The crux of the matter is he has to testify before the French court,” she told The Malaysian Insider yesterday, fresh from returning from Paris.

Fadiah who was part of a three-member Suaram team that filed a formal complaint with the Tribunal Grand Instance de Paris on Thursday.

The local human rights group has accused Putrajya of failing to address the serious allegations of multimillion ringgit kickbacks involving high-ranking government officials, suggesting a deliberate suppression of information to keep the issue under wraps.

Malaysia paid RM6.7 billion in 2009 for the two submarines of which RM574 million was earmarked for co-ordination and support services for Perimekar Sdn Bhd, owned by Abdul Razak, a close associate of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Abdul Razak and his wife, Mazlinda Makhzan, a director in the company, top the list of witnesses submitted by Suaram, Fadiah said.

She added the French court has yet to issue a subpoena for Abdul Razak as it has yet to finalise the list of witnesses, and that the former could choose to defy the court order and not fall foul of action by the French authorities.

“There’s nothing the French court can do,” the lawyer-activist admitted.

She said she had confirmed the matter with Suaram’s two French counsel, Joseph Breham and William Bourdon.

“In case he defies the subpoena, the French court will issue a warrant to compel appearance, and if he refuses, it could issue a warrant of arrest against him.

“But it’ll be difficult to execute the warrant of arrest if he is on Malaysian soil as it’s not within French jurisdiction,” she said.

Fadiah added: “Same with Najib. If he receives a subpoena and does not answer it, the court may be unable to take action. He might be placed on a suspect list. If he sets foot in France, they can take action against him.”

The prime minister is also named as a witness in Suaram’s list submitted to the French inquiry, Fadiah said, and added that Najib may also be summoned to testify in the French probe as the court had yet to finalise its witnesses.

“He was the then Defence Minister. He has to expect to receive a subpoena. He has a moral obligation to answer the subpoena,” she said.

“It’s going to look so bad if he doesn’t entertain the subpoena, what more as Malaysian government officials are involved. It will be bad on Malaysia,” she said.

Fadiah stressed that it was still early for such speculation as things would happen “in due course”.

Recent media reports have pinned Najib to the RM7.3 billion Scorpene submarine deal by French authorities.

Human rights groups and opposition parties have linked the submarine purchase to the 2006 murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu, a one-time lover to Abdul Razak.

The former political analyst who headed think-tank Malaysian Strategic Research was acquitted of a charge of abetting two Special Action Squad members — Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar — to commit the murder in 2006.

Earlier this month, Altantuya’s father Dr Setev Shaariibuu told a press conference in Petaling Jaya that he had offered himself as a witness in the Scorpene submarine probe, claiming that his testimony would be able to “connect the dots” between her death and the Scorpene” case.

Fadiah said that the tribunal was currently investigating the matter as a civil case but that Suaram’s French counsel had told them the prosecutors may be filing criminal charges soon.

The French court is conducting its own inquiries into Abdul Razak’s current address to subpoena him for the trial. He is believed to be living in Britain with his family currently.

But Fadiah also said there were various legal ways to get Abdul Razak to testify before the French court.

Lawyer Andrew Khoo, who heads the Malaysian Bar’s human rights committee, echoed her view.

“It is possible that France could ask for the Malaysian government’s help under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Agreement. But there is no guarantee that Malaysia will assist.

“However, if RB is in the UK at the moment, it may be that France will seek the UK government’s help instead under the EU’s mutual assistance framework,” he told The Malaysian Insider when contacted for comment.

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There is always the UN, International Criminal Court and Interpol or some EU apparatus if the French government is inadequate. The Rakyat might fight to protect PM Najib, if PM Najib will grant with that mandate :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

1 Malaysia remember? All for 1 and 1 for ___ (let PM Najib fill this blank . . . ). Viva le France!

ARTICLE 7

Kedah Royalty lodges report over enactment amendment – Monday, 23 April 2012 14:03

ALOR SETAR – Tunku Laksamana Kedah, Tunku Mansor Tunku Kassim today lodged a police report over the Kedah State Legislative Assembly’s amending of an enactment to give absolute power to the state mufti and fatwa comittee.

“I am making this report because I fear the enactment will usurp the powers of the Sultan of Kedah, who is the head of Islam in the state,” he told reporters after lodging the report at the Alor Setar police headquarters at 9.30am here today.

The state assembly recently amended Section 22A of the Kedah Mufti and Fatwa Committee Enactment 2008 to give the mufti and fatwa committee unlimited powers over Muslims in the state.

Following the amendment, all decisions by the mufti and the fatwa committee need not be gazetted and cannot be challenged in any court, whether syariah or civil.

Meanwhile, Save the Madrasah Salihiah Kanchut movement chairman Mansor Ahmad denied a statement by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak recently that they had withdrawn their court action to save the surau which was built in 1909.

“We only withdrew or original application for an injunction to prevent the surau from being demolished but replaced it with a new one,” he said, adding that the Alor Setar High Court had given them permission to do so and that they had hired a lawyer to fight the case.

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Unless staged, this is one time the people will be happy that the royals have spoken against extreme Islam.

Need not be gazetted and cannot be challenged in any court?

Terrifying and a human rights abuse for certain. Would UN or even the Sunnite highest authority at Al-Azhar Islamic university in Cairo Egypt send a Muslim Official here to admonish the local Sunnite practicioners against such treatment of the law as well as remind the institution of the rights of non-Muslims (do speak about Apartheid and Bumiputeras you Sunnite Al-Azharians . . .)? There are NON-MUSLIMS here that will be affected by not being able to challenge fatwas that will doubtless affect them if civil court cannot challenge a skewed fatwa.

Malaysia is a 3rd world country because Malaysia does not have :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional government has caused massive human rights abuses and corruption via the 2 classes of citizenship which amount to APARTHEID. The Bumiputra with Special Privileges vs non-Bumiputra dual system of citizenships are an abuse that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, as well as the Human Rights Council (which should boot Malaysia out of the council for allowing) need to address post haste, including the denial of rights to apostasy for Muslim citizens of all races. Meanwhile advanced psychiatric technologies and drugs are also being used to suppress peaceful activists in Malaysia as well, effectively destroying the lives of would be politicians ready tp bring Malaysia to the first world. Will the UN and the UN’s major patron nations in the first world, backed by supposedly freedom propagating NATO ensure that the rights of all abused persons, are corrected with justice and reparations made to the citizens and activists living in Malaysia?

ARTICLE 8

EC-Umno ties: Ambiga shocked – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Friday, 27 April 2012 Super Admin

However, she gives the commission’s top officers the benefit of the doubt until all details surface.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Bersih leader S Ambiga today expressed shock over a revelation that the top heads of the Election Commission (EC) are Umno members.

However, she said she would give EC Chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusoff and his deputy, Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, the benefit of the doubt until the issue had been clarified.

“I was shocked beyond belief, but whether they still are Umno members has yet to be established,” she told reporters today.

She said the two should have disclosed their ties with Umno even if they were no longer members of the party. “The least they could have done was to disclose the information on the EC’s website.”

She was responding to PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution’s statement in the daily Sinar Harian that Abdul Aziz was a member of Umno’s Sri Ampang branch and Wan Ahmad a member of the Kubang Bunggor branch in Pasir Mas.

“It does show partisanship,” Ambiga said, “but to be fair to them evidence has yet to come out in full.”

Both Abdul Aziz and Wan Ahmad have responded to Saifuddin’s revelation, saying that they may have been registered as members decades ago but have remained inactive.

Abdul Aziz told Sinar Harian: “I can’t even remember which branch I was with because after I completed my studies, I lived in several areas.

Wan Ahmad said he could have been been registered in the 1970s or 1980s in Gombak, Damansara or Subang Jaya division, adding: “I have never bothered to find out. I am not a politician, but a government servant and I still am to this day. I’m telling the truth.”

They both said the EC’s independence was unaffected by their affiliation to Umno.

Ambiga seized on Wan Ahmad’s reference to himself as a “government servant”.

“That is what we call a Freudian slip,” she said. “He thinks he serves the government.”

She said the presumed bias for the government was precisely the problem with the EC.

This matter comes up just as Bersih is set to have its third rally tomorrow. The election watchdog has three specific demands: the immediate resignation of the EC heads, allow international observers to monitor the coming election and the implementation of all reforms recommended by the Parliamentary Select Committee before the upcoming polls.

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Sitting with the Keris Bearer who has not yet properly apologised for that ‘Keris Waving Incident’ who still apparently supports apartheid and a 2 class of citizenship system, as if best of friends with Ambiga is also equally shocking. Ambiga has not made clear on ending apartheid via Bumiputra vs Non-Bumiputra system.

Good Cop (Ambiga from Bersih) and Bad Cop (Khairy from UMNO) = Rakyat in trouble. Stage plays do not impress, even with tear gas, file the lawsuits against the Election Commission already!

ARTICLE 9

Malaysian police fire teargas at protesters – AFPBy Julia Zappei | AFP 28th April 2012

Malaysian police fire teargas and water cannon as crowds of protesters demanding electoral reforms surge into a central square in Kuala Lumpur

Protesters break down the barricades as they make their way towards Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur. Police on Saturday fired teargas and water cannon as crowds of protesters demanding electoral reforms surged into the square

Malaysian police on Saturday fired teargas and water cannon as crowds of protesters demanding electoral reforms surged into a central square in Kuala Lumpur, AFP correspondents said.

The protesters trampled through barbed wire barricades as they poured into the heavily guarded Independence Square, defying a ban on holding the rally at the venue in the heart of the congested capital.

The rally follows one that was crushed by police last July, when 1,600 people were arrested, and marks a major test for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has sought to portray himself as a reformer ahead of widely expected polls.

The protesters scampered and sought shelter at nearby buildings as police fired repeated rounds of teargas and water cannon.

An AFP correspondent said police descended on the venue to beat back the protesters and were in control of the square, while dozens of people were rounded up and held inside a police truck.

“We want peace, we want justice for our country. We don’t want to make any trouble,” said housewife Carmen Yap, 42, who attended the protest with her husband and 10-year-old son.

The protesters confronted a lockdown in various parts of the city.

Large crowds of people, many in the yellow colours of the reform movement, gathered at various points around Kuala Lumpur, defying a ban on holding the rally at Independence Square.

But a heavy police presence hindered access to the city centre, including about 2,000 armed police deployed around the sealed-off square as a police helicopter buzzed low overhead.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said earlier that the demonstrators were intent on marching to the square.

National police spokesman Ramli Yoosuf said about 20,000 protesters had gathered at various locations around the square.

“Please obey the law and stay away from the square. It is a banned area,” he said.

On Friday, it obtained a court order banning public gatherings there, provoking outrage from the opposition and rights groups who say the restrictions violate free speech and assembly.

Earlier Saturday, the crowds were vocal but peaceful, with a carnival atmosphere prevailing in some areas as people held balloons while others smiled as they snapped photographs of themselves in front of the razor wire.

“The government is being high handed in denying the people the changes we want. We demand free and fair elections,” said Zainuddin Tahar, 54, a pensioner from central Malaysia, who wore a yellow shirt.

A sign stuck on the razor wire at one point said “Welcome to Tel Aviv.”

Last July’s rally brought tens of thousands to the streets but was met with police tear gas and water cannon.

A resulting backlash prompted Najib to set up a panel whose eventual report suggested a range of electoral changes, but main rally organisers Bersih 2.0 and the opposition say the recommendations fell far short.

They demand a complete overhaul of a nationwide voter roll they say is packed with phantom or duplicate voter registrations, and reform of an Election Commission viewed as biased in favour of the ruling coalition.

Speculation is rife that Najib could call polls as early as June, and Bersih is demanding elections be postponed until full reforms are implemented.

“People want a clean electoral roll. The government is refusing to do that. Because of this they are getting angry and are out here today,” Anwar said.

The rally poses a dilemma for Najib, who since last year’s crackdown has sought to portray himself as a reformer, launching a campaign to repeal authoritarian laws in a bid to create what he called “the greatest democracy”.

But while giving the go-ahead for Saturday’s rally, his government ruled out the city centre, instead offering several stadium venues. Bersih has declined, saying demonstrating at the square was a basic right.

Critics have said the rally restrictions and alleged harassment of activists in recent days have exposed Najib’s reform promises as insincere.

“Today is a major test case for basic freedoms in Malaysia, starting with the right to peacefully march and assemble,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

Najib’s ruling coalition has governed Malaysia for more than five decades but made a dismal showing against the opposition in 2008, and he face pressure to improve on that.

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Hope this is not a strawman by the hagelian eclectic (Ambiga took down MB Nizar when she was Bar Council President, now you think her role is honest after what she just pulled in the above article?) Inside woman alert anyone? And mixing with UMNO people beneficiaries of nepotism now? Voters, please vote only for 3rd Force parties. Neither Ambiga nor Khairy nor any Bersih person has yet mentioned :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

; but are willing to march and shout etc.. Will the UN remind the so called MPs and the Cabinet that lacking the above is ILLEGAL by international standards? Will the Bersih and Bar Council FILE LAWSUITS at the UN or Human Rights Council about illegal Election Commission Amendments instead of marching meaninglessly and getting innocent people hurt for no reason?

This is a sandiwara of domestic terrorism, and Bersih and Ambiga are using the Raklyat as a human shield insteasd of honestly filing charges against the perpetrators of bad laws honourably – one-on-one – IN COURT, LIKE GENTLEFOLK. That education and support is WASTED on ‘Bersih leaders’. Bersih leaders are bad citizens and saboteurs of the poorly read! Use the international legal framework (the local framework isn’t working so contact the Universities who awarded the Supreme Court Judges degrees to blackball these legal pariahs causing unconstitutional harm to the citizens of an entire nation, remove their degrees). You marching fakes !

SUGGESTION

So called leaders of Bersih and the Opposition (who is not serious at all but mainly power mad) also the Bar Council, must file lawsuits against all who support APARTHEID, even at the International Criminal Court if necessarily. Marching does nothing.

At very least,  ALL academics of any ethics should challenge APARTHEID and lack of religious freedom, so that at very least, the Universities that awarded those degree holding racists and bad legislators will have their educations revoked and thus shamed into unelectibility. HEAR THAT ACADEMICS, do not act and too be lumped together on the blackball list of all educated civil and polite society types world wide. For being racist and religious supremacist, for tacit approval of the above 2 via silence ALL degree holding individuals will become DEGREELESS, should not be allowed to apply at foreign universities, will become unemployable and unelectable!

This method of destroying racists and bad legislators and bureaucrats was NOT from Sun Tzu’s Strategy, but do feel free to use this method to remove USELESS nepotistic term limitless and apartheid embracing, extreme religion embracing racist citizens from polite society. In fact lobby groups funded (who else but by the apathetic and selfish millionaire minorities here) should get the nation of any racist’s  awarding University to bar them from entry to that country for Human Rights abuses (apartheid and extreme religion) as well. Ambiga, Pak Samad, Barcouncil, all NGOs, this march or walk or whatever and subsequent suffering was NOT NECESSARY!

Brainless leaders for democracy lead to poor results in democracy, now file those lawsuits and send those recommendations for removal of academic qualifications and travel privileges of the racists and parasite crony, nepotistic, term limitless plutocrat politicians already!

Use this logos moi has presented for without use of that ethos (mainly limelighting is USELESS), any directed pathos FAILS! Injured civilians in marches does nothing! Use the legal method!

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